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Itasca County, Minnesota
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Obituaries and Death Notices


Mrs. Floyd Anley
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Thursday, 31 Oct. 1918; transcribed by FoFG mz

GRAND RAPIDS, Oct. 30. – Mrs. Floyd Anley, a resident of Grand Rapids, died yesterday in Minneapolis of Spanish influenza. Mr. and Mrs. Anley bought the William Lehman farm near La Prairie about a year ago. She leaves her husband and daughter Beryl.


Lucy Baker
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Saturday, August 28, 1915; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

WARBA, MINN. The body of Mrs. Lucy Baker was brought from Virginia Wednesday for interment in the Warba cemetery. Mrs. Baker for a number of years resided south of Warba but last year the family moved to Virginia. The body was laid by the side of her husband, who was a veteran of the Civil war, and a son who died several years ago. Mrs. Baker is survived by several daughters and a son.


Blanche M. Black
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) - January 8, 2002 - submitted by a FoFG (NW)

Blanche M. Black, 87, of Grand Rapids died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002, in the Itasca Medical Center, Grand Rapids.

Blanche was born Dec. 19, 1914, in Terrebonne, Minn., to Philimon and Ida Gagner. She was married to Arvid L. Black on June 26, 1939.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arvid in 1999; brothers Maurice, Theodore, Lawrence, Thomas, Louis and Harvey; and sisters Alma and Florence.

Survivors include her sons, Dick (Denice) Black of Grand Rapids and Milton (Sandi) Black of Cohasset; daughters Janet (Dave) Mattson and Janice (Jim Murphy) Hince, both of Grand Rapids; sisters Theresa LaCoursiere of Red Lake Falls, Minn., and Cheri Pederson of St. Paul; a brother, Henry Gagner of St. Louis Park, Minn.; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

VISITATION: 5-7 p.m. today with wake prayers at 5:30 p.m. in Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids. Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Grand Rapids, the Rev. Father Thomas Radaich officiating. Burial in Itasca-Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home.


John Caldwell
Source: The Duluth Herald (MN), Monday Evening, Oct. 24, 1910, Volume XXVIII - No. 170.

BELIEVE INDIANS KILLED CALDWELL
Victim Found Stabbed to Death Near Sand Lake, Itasca County

Grand Rapids, Minn. - Oct. 24 - (Special to The Herald) - Important arrests are imminent in the case of John Caldwell, who was found stabbed to death near Sand Lake, Itasca county a few days ago. Coroner Russell, who investigated the case, believes Indians killed Caldwell, and the sheriff expects to have the culprits soon. some important developments were also expected this week in the third river poisoning case, mention of which was made in last week's Herald, about water drawn from a homesteader's well causing the death of a horse that drank from the well leading to the belief the well was poisoned with strychnine. William F. Noble is under arrest charged with poisoning the well. It is claimed he had made threats against the family using the well.


Melvin John Carlson
[Source: State of Minnesota Death Certificate; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Melvin John Carlson, Died July 3, 1979 in Grand Rapids, Itasca County, at age 60.
Born: September 14, 1918 to Alvin M. Carlson (b. Wisconsin) and Elizabeth Christopherson (b. Iowa)
Married: June McClean
Occupation: Pipe Fitter
Cause of Death Cardiac Arrest, a consequence of Coronary Artery Disease.
Burial at Itasca Cemetery


Mrs. Andrew Connors
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Friday, 2 Sept. 1910; transcribed by FoFG mz

GRAND RAPIDS, Sept. 1. – Mrs. Andrew Connors died of heart failure following an illness of almost six months. Mrs. Connors was 52 years old. She came to Grand Rapids with her sons, who are prominent loggers operating in this vicinity, three years ago from Renousbridge, New Brunswick. Mrs. Connors was born in New Brunswick, and was married 34 years ago. She was the mother of seven sons, six of whom are living. The sons are William P., Amos D., Samuel H., Michael and Freeman of Grand Rapids and Weddall of Renousbridge, N.B. All of the sons were present with their mother during her last hours. Miss Susie Holt, a sister of the deceased, was also present, she having come some time ago from her home in Boston to minister to the wants of her sister.

The funeral was held from the Presbyterian church, Rev. Davies officiating, and internment was made in Itasca cemetery.


George Corell
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) Sunday, 5 July 1914; transcribed by FoFG mz

WARBA, Minn., July 4. – George Corell, 86 years of age died at the home of his son near here yesterday morning. He was a veteran of the Civil war, having been a member of Company C of Brackett's Minnesota cavalry. Since the close of the war he has made his home at Spring Valley, Minn., during the greater part of the time. He leaves two sons, Frank, at Warba, and Fred, at Big Falls, Minn.


Anna Dahl
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) Monday, 10 Jan. 1916; transcribed by FoFG mz

WARBA, Minn., Jan. 9. – Mrs. Anna Dahl, age 85, died at the home of her son Erick, after an illness of several months. Deceased had made her home here 13 years, coming from Cambridge, Minn. Funeral services were held at the Swedish Lutheran church. Deceased is survived by two sons, Erick Lewis and Peter Dahl.


Mike Delich
Source: Duluth News Tribune (11 Mar. 1920) transcribed by FoFG MZ

CALUMET – Mike Delich died at St. Mary’s hospital, Duluth, following several operations. He was born in Austria in 1875 and came to America in 1903, living in Duluth for 10 months thereafter and then coming to Calumet. His widow and eight small children survive.


Marshall L. Doble
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Saturday, 23 Mar. 1918; transcribed by FoFG mz

Marshall L. Doble, age 58 years, a carpenter, died March 21 at St. Mary’s hospital. He is survived by a wife and family. The former home was at Grand Rapids, Minn. Body is at Bell’s Funeral services today and internment in Oneota cemetery.


Herbert Duus
Extracted from: Grand Rapids Herald-Review (MN) Monday, October 21, 2013 submitted by Jim Dezotell
Died: October 20, 2013
Age: 85
Former Residence: Cottage Grove, Minnesota and Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Preceded by: Infant son Tommy
Interment: Fort Snelling National Cemetery


Mrs. Willis Dodge
Source: Duluth News Tribune (11 Mar. 1920) transcribed by FoFG MZ

NASHWAUK – Mrs. Willis Dodge died here after an illness of a week. Three children and her husband survive. The body was sent to her former home in Aitkin for burial.


Lillian Erickson
Source: Duluth News Tribune (10 Apr. 1920) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Keewatin – Lillian Erickson, 15, employed in a Hibbing laundry, dropped dead from heart trouble. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Erickson, this village.


Mrs. Nels Esterson
Source: Duluth News Tribune (8 Feb. 1920) transcribed by FoFG MZ

BOVEY – Mrs. Nels Esterson died here. Surviving are her husband and two children. Burial was made at Foley, Minn.


Theodore Ferrier
Source: Duluth News Tribune (4 Feb. 1920) transcribed by FoFG MZ

MARBLE – Theodore Ferrier, Greenway (Coleraine) high school sophomore, and son of local hardware merchant, is dead. He won his football letter and played center on Greenway basket ball team.


John W. Francisco
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Tuesday, 2 Dec. 1919; transcribed by FoFG mz

GRAND RAPIDS – John W. Francisco, father of 10 surviving children, including Neal, Hibbing and John, Grand Rapids.


John Goard
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Thursday, 23 Jan. 1919) transcribed by FoFG mz

GRAND RAPIDS, Jan. 22. – Announcement was received today by C. M. Goard of this city, of the death of his son, John Goard of Blue Earth, following an attack of influenza. The body will arrive here Wednesday.


daughter Harkala
Duluth News-Tribune (20 Nov. 1915) contributed by Friends of Free Genealogy BZ

NASHWAUK, MINN--The son and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Harkala, who left this village about, a month, ago for Florida, recently died from a fever contracted shortly after their arrival, Mr. Harkala and family were pioneer residents of Nashwauk. They are expected to return here in a short time.


Jack Howard
Source: Saint Paul Daily Globe (MN) Dec. 25, 1884; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

FROZEN TO DEATH.
Intelligence has been received in Minneapolis that on Monday Jack Howard, a young lumberman well known at Grand Rapids, Minn., started for a lumbering camp in the vicinity of Grub Pile, and, losing the trail, was frozen to death. He was a single man and was in the employ of Hall & Buckman as a subcontractor.


Ida Evangeline Hull
[Telegraph-Herald (Dubuque, IA) May 29, 1949, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Services for Mrs. Franklin Hull, 76, who died Wednesday, were held Friday afternoon at the home east of Maquoketa. The Rev. A. L. Eddy, pastor of the Congregational Church, officiated. Burial was in the Union Center cemetery.

The former Ida Evangeline Fowler, daughter of William and Harriet (Luckey) Fowler was born Nov. 19, 1872, in Fairfield Township, Jackson County, where she spent her entire life. She was married to Franklin Hull, who died in 1933. Surviving are two sons, Franklin B. of Indianola and Lewis of Chicago, one daughter, Mrs. Edward Lust of Cohasset, Minnesota, four grandchildren, one brother, Allen Fowler and one sister, Miss Elizabeth Fowler, both of near Maquoketa.


Mrs. Louis F. Jergenson
Source: Duluth News Tribune (24 Mar. 1920) transcribed by FoFG MZ

GRAND RAPIDS – Mrs. Louis F. Jurgenson and three sons have returned from Neenah, Wis., where they attended the funeral of Mr. Jurgenson who died here of paralysis. He was superintendent of Itasca paper mill for 18 years.


Adolph Johnson
Source: Duluth News Tribune (6 May 1920) transcribed by FoFG MZ

NASHWAUK – Adolph Johnson was working under a steam shovel when a heavy iron fell on his head. He was instantly killed.


L. F. Knox
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Tuesday, 7 Jan. 1908; transcribed by FoFG mz

GRAND RAPIDS, Jan. 6. – The funeral of L. F. Knox, one of the old settlers of Itasca county and well known in the northern part of the state, took place today under the auspices of the Masons and Odd Fellows, of which the deceased was a member. The latter lodge officiated at the grave.

Mr. Knox was the senior member of the lumber firm of L. F. Knox & Co., a director of the First National bank of Grand Rapids, and interested in several mining properties under option to the Oliver Iron Mining company. He is survived by his wife and a son and daughter, both of age. Representative Knox, of Aitkin, is a brother.


William Kruger
Source: Duluth News Tribune (17 Feb. 1920) transcribed by FoFG MZ

GRAND RAPIDS – William Kruger, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Kruger, died of pneumonia at Jefferson barracks.


Richard Allen Longtine
Grand Rapids Herald-Review (Grand Rapids, MN) Monday, September 19, 2011; submitted by Jim Dezotell 

Richard Allen Longtine, 81, Effie, Minn., died peacefully Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 in the comfort of loving family and friends at his side. 

Allen was born June 18, 1930 in Lake Park, Minn., the son of Hulda Dahlen and Trefle Longtine. He grew up on a farm near Lake Park. Until his retirement following a work-related injury, he was a heavy-construction worker on numerous large projects in many states, including the St. Lawrence Seaway, Oahe Dam, and the Iron Range. Allen moved to Effie in 1975. In 1979, while working in Beaulah, N.D., on the Dakota Coal Gasification Plant, he met Lillian Black. 

Allen was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Floyd, and infant son, Paul. 

Allen is survived by his wife and partner of 32 years, Lil Longtine (Black). He is also survived by his former wife (Carol), their sons, Mark (wife Marie) Longtine, St. Louis, Mo., and Craig (wife Megan) Longtine, Minneapolis. Allen had five grandchildren: Anne (21), Charlie (18), John and Liz (both 11), and Sam (18). Lillian's mother, siblings, nieces and nephews, and many close friends, particularly James Drewlow, were dear to him. 

Allen enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, and driving the back roads looking for wildlife. Throughout his life, he enjoyed the company of several black Labrador retrievers and, most recently, Allen and Lil shared their home with Toby, a twenty-two toed cat. Allen will be missed by his extended family and friends. 

Memorial service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Effie Community Center.

Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River and Bigfork, Minn.


B. Lonsford
Duluth News-Tribune (10 Feb. 1920) contributed by Friends of Free Genealogy BZ

BOVEY- Reuben Lonsford and Mrs. C. Clifford were called to Minneapolis because of the death of their father, B. Lonsford.


George W. Lore
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Sunday, 2 Jan. 1910; transcribed by FoFG mz

GRAND RAPIDS, Jan. 1. – George W. Lore, who has worked around Grand Rapids for the past four or five years, died of heart failure at the home of William Richardson. The deceased was a member of the First battalion of light artillery of Wisconsin, and served during the civil war from 1861-1864. As he was alone in the world, he was buried in the Soldiers’ cemetery by the B. F. Huson post, G.A.R.


Walter Maddy
Source: Duluth News Tribune (11 Mar. 1920) transcribed by FoFG MZ

GRAND RAPIDS – Walter Clifford Maddy, 23, died Tuesday morning of influenza. He was born here and graduated from the local high school with the class of 1915. He enlisted in the navy aviation department in January, 1918, and was stationed at Key West, Fla., until he received his discharge last August. Besides his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Maddy, three sisters and two brothers survive. They are Lila, Grace Eunice and Daniel of Grand Rapids and Chester, who is with the navy and stationed at San Diego, Cal. Mr. and Mrs. William Deshaw, Taconite, and Mrs. John Winter, Duluth, are here to attend the funeral.


George McDonald
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Friday, 12 July 1912; transcribed by FoFG mz

GRAND RAPIDS, July 11. – George McDonald, a pioneer resident of Grand Rapids, died at Williston, N.D., July 5. Mr. McDonald had taken a claim in the Williston country about two years and it was while performing his homestead duties that the illness which proved fatal attacked him.

His widow, residing at Marble, two sons, six sisters and a brother survive him. Mr. McDonald came to Grand Rapids from Woodstock, Ontario, nineteen years ago and was one of the best known among the pioneers of Itasca county.


Sophia McDougall
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Friday, 13 Oct. 1916; transcribed by FoFG mz

GRAND RAPIDS, Oct. 12. – The funeral of Mrs. Sophia McDougall, of Little Jessie Lake, was held here yesterday, the remains being brought to Grand Rapids on the afternoon train from Deer River where the funeral was held. Mrs. McDougall was the wife of Duncan McDougall, one of the best known farmers in Itasca county. She had a wide acquaintance not only in the Jessie Lake district but in Grand Rapids, where she lived for several years prior to her marriage to Mr. McDougall.


Edward J. McGowan
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Tuesday, 12 Apr. 1921; transcribed by FoFG mz

DEATHS
M'Gowan – Edward J., age 47, Grand Rapids, Minn. Died April 1. Internment at Grand Rapids, April 12.


Henry McNutt
Source: Saint Paul Daily Globe (MN) Mar. 9, 1885; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

The remains of Henry McNutt, a young man 14 years old, who dropped dead Saturday at Grand Rapids, Minn., from heart disease, were brought to this city yesterday preparatory to being shipped to Bangor, Me., for interment.


George F. Meyers
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Monday, 8 May 1922; transcribed by FoFG mz

Grand Rapids, May 7. – George F. Meyers, age 68, one of the old pioneers of Itasca county, died at his home here following a week’s illness. Mr. Meyers was born in Manitowoc, Wis. He came to Grand Rapids in 1875, when the opened up one of the first trading posts in the county. The local Masonic lodge will have charge of the funeral, which will be from the house at 2:30 p.m. Monday.


Joseph Mitchell
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, 13 July 1913; transcribed by FoFG mz

GRAND RAPIDS, July 12. – Joseph Mitchell, 75 years old, died here at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank McCormick this morning. He had been a resident of Grand Rapids for about a year and was an old settler in northern Minnesota, being one of the first to engage in farming in the vicinity of Aitkin. Another daughter, Mrs. C. W. Messinger of Ray, N.D., has been here for some time aiding in caring for the aged patient. Internment will be at the Catholic church at 3 o’clock, Monday morning.


Daniel O’Marra
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Thursday, 7 Oct. 1909; transcribed by FoFG mz

GRAND RAPIDS, Oct. 6. – A number of boys, while hunting Sunday morning near Prairie lake found a man lying in the old trail which runs parallel with the Prairie river road. When found the body was in an advanced state of decomposition. The boys immediately notified Coroner Russell, who waited for Deputy Coroner Reussvig to assist him. The men drove out Monday morning to get the body and discovered it to be that of Daniel O’Marra, aged 60 years, who was one of the old-time river drivers of this section of the state.

As near as could be learned O’Marra left Grand Rapids on foot Sept. 20, carrying a jug of whiskey. When found the jug was beside him and still contained a portion of the spirits.

His death is attributed to heart failure. Internment was made in the potter’s field.


Carl Putman
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 13 June 1909; transcribed by Marla Zwakman 

COLERAINE, June 12. – Carl Putman, aged 27, for some time in the employ of Hermanson Bros., died last evening after a brief illness of typhoid fever. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, and that order took charge of the body, which was shipped to his former home at Ashland, Wis., this morning. Putnam was a single man. ***Note: Both spellings of the surname appeared in the article.


Mrs. George W. Shook
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 29 Feb. 1896; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

 Mrs. George W. Shook, one of Grand Rapids’ oldest citizens, died suddenly at her home Tuesday morning, after an illness of only a few days. The deceased was about 33 years of age. She leaves a husband and five young children to mourn their sad loss. The funeral occurred yesterday afternoon from the Methodist church.


Georgia Thum
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Wednesday, 21 July 1920; transcribed by FoFG mz

The body of Mrs. Georgia Thum, age 38, who died yesterday morning at a local hospital, will be taken to Grand Rapids, Minn., tomorrow and the funeral will be held there Friday morning. Mrs. Thum lived at 1616 Cumming avenue and had been a resident of the city 10 years.

She is survived by her husband George Thum, and one daughter, Evelyn, both of this city. Her mother, Mrs. Eliza LaFond of Grand Rapids, Minn. Four sisters also survive as follows: Mrs. Emma Boudezette, Grand Rapids; Mrs. Mary Carrier, Taconite, Minn.; Mrs. Joseph Ellison, Keewatin, Minn., and Mrs. Alice Lemeuan of Minneapolis. L. E. Nicol, undertaker, is in charge of the body.


Henry Cortland Tuller
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Sunday, 26 Feb. 1911) transcribed by FoFG MZ

BEMIDJI, Feb. 25. – Henry Cortland Tuller, aged 50 years, died in this city last night. The announcement was not unexpected as he has been seriously ill for the past two years. He was a native of New York state and came to Minnesota in 1885, first locating in Madison Lake, where he remained until 1891, when he removed to Grand Rapids, in which village he was engaged in mercantile pursuits until his removal to Bemidji.


John Watson
Source: Saint Paul Daily Globe (MN) June 21, 1888; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

DROWNED AT GRAND RAPIDS.
Special to the Globe.
Anoka, Minn., June 20. - John Watson, well and favorably known in this city, was drowned on the 15th inst. At Prairie river dam, Grand Rapids. No particulars have been learned except that the body has not been recovered. He was twenty-eight years old and unmarried.


J. D. Whaling
Duluth News-Tribune (10 Feb. 1920) contributed by Friends of Free Genealogy BZ

BOVEY-Mr. and Mrs. Whitmas attended the funeral in Hibbing of the latter's brother-in-law, J. D. Whaling:, who died of pneumonia.


LeVern Young
Extracted from: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Monday, February 6, 2006; submitted by Jim Dezotell
Died: February 2, 2006 at Lake Havasa City Arizona
Born: April 12, 1925 (age 80)
Preceded by: Parents Art and Eve Young of Grand Rapids
Survived by: Five children


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