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Obituaries and Death Notices


Bengtson Child
Source: Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Thursday, 4 Aug. 1916; transcribed by FoFG mz

Hallock, Minn., Aug. 3. – The five-year-old child of Otto Bengtson died last Tuesday evening from an illness of long standing. The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Bengtson extend their sympathy in this dark hour.


Mrs. Benson
Source: Minneapolis Journal, dated April 12, 1897; submitted by Denise Hansen

Special to The Journal
Hallock, Minn., April 12 – The wife of Judge Benson died yesterday, aged 74 years. She passed away peacefully. She leaves a husband and four children. In 1880 Mrs. Benson was affected by dropsy and was operated on. Since that time, 150 dropsical operations have been performed on her, nearly all of them here, an average of fifty-five pounds of fluid ebing taken at each operation, making 8,200 pounds in all.


Mrs. Louis Blomquist
Source: Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Friday, 5 May 1916; transcribed by FoFG mz

Hallock, Minn., May 4. - Mrs. Louis Blomquist died on Friday after an illness of two months. She was 42 years of age and is survived by three children, Edward, Anne and Daly.


Arvid Dahlin
Source: Duluth News-Tribune, dated April 27, 1907; submitted by Denise Hansen

Man Dies From Hurt Received In Sawmill
(News Tribune Special)
Hallock, Minn., April 26 – Arvid Dahlin is dead from blood poisoning which was caused by an injury which he received while he was running a slab saw at Williams. He attempted to removed some of the sawdust lying inside the saw, his hand came in contact with the blade and was nearly severed from his arm. He was taken to Beaudette for treatment and later to a hospital at Winnepeg, where he died. His body was brought here for burial today.


Dr. DeMars
Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (ND) Friday, 25 Oct. 1907; transcribed by FoFG mz

Crookston Times: As the result of injuries sustained when he was struck by a train Wednesday evening, Dr. DeMars of Hallock passed away yesterday afternoon. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon from the residence at 1 o’clock. Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Mills will be among the people from here who will attend the funeral.


Jane A. Dwyer
Source: Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL) Tuesday, February 18, 1896; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Jane A. Dwyer was born about six miles southeast of the city on the Ensly farm near Sugar creek, Aug. 15, 1820. She joined the First Presbyterian church in 1833, of which she had been a consistent member until her death. She was a devoted Christian and bore heroically the trials she met on life's journey, her hopes being firmly anchored on Christ. She was married to William Cone at Lebanon Springs, N. Y., Oct. 1, 1838, and after residing in Massachusetts two years returned to Springfield and settled on the farm three miles west of the city where she had since resided. She was a devoted mother and stanch friend to those who knew her but to love her. She died very suddenly of apoplexy Sunday at 4:30 p.m., Feb. 16, and leaves to mourn her death two daughters and two sons-Mrs. J. B. Sims, Mrs. J. W. Hunt, C. B. Cone of Hallock, Minn., and J. W. Cone, who made his home with his mother. She is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Armstrong, who lives in Iowa.

The funeral will occur Thursday at 11 a.m., at the First Presbyterian church in this city.


Mrs. P. A. Erickson
Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Friday, April 13, 1917; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

STROKE FATAL TO AGED WOMAN
Mrs. P. A.. Erickson Died at the Family Residence Early Thursday Evening.

Mrs. P. A. Erickson, 77 years of age, died Thursday night at 6 o'clock at the family residence, 721 North Third street, from the effects of a paralytic stroke which she suffered April 1.

The deceased emigrated from Sweden in 1880 and following a residence of twenty years on a farm near Wylie, Minn. She and her husband moved to Grand Forks, where they have since been living. The late Mrs. Erickson was a member of the Swedish Lutheran church and was well known among the older residents of the city.

Surviving with the husband are one son, Oscar A. Erickson of Halma, Minn., and three daughters, Mrs. N. O. Twite and Mrs. H. O. Sargent of this city and Mrs. H. Gaustad of East Grand Forks.

Funeral arrangements have not been completed.


Agnes Forslind
Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (ND) Friday, 25 Oct. 1907; transcribed by FoFG mz

Kennedy, Minn., Jan. 10. – Agnes Forslind, 17-year-old daughter of George Forslind of this place is dead as the result of burns received in a very peculiar manner.

Miss Forslind was preparing dinner and in the hurry of the work set a can of shoe polish on top of the coffee pot as a temporary cover. The polish ignited in a few minutes setting the girl’s clothes on fire. The father, who was working in the basement, heard her call for help and, coming to her assistance, he extinguished the flames but not until she was so badly burned that she died shortly after being taken to the hospital at Hallock.


C. J. Freeberg
Source: The Pierz Journal (Pierz, Morrison County, Minnesota), 15 May 1913; transcribed by FoFG mz

Crookston – C. J. Freeberg for thirty years a resident of Kennedy, died here Tuesday aged 75. His wife died nine years ago and he is survived by two children, Mrs. Charles Munson, of Kennedy, who was here when the end came, and Miss Christine Freeberg, who is employed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Gillman.


Gust Gabrielson
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) December 10, 1885; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

DEATH IN A BLIZZARD.
Special to the Globe.
KENNEDY, Minn., Dec. 9-Last Friday the body of Gust Gabrielson was found in the swamp five miles from his home. He had been chopping wood a half-mile from his house and got caught in a blizzard, lost his way and wandered about until overcome with fatigue and cold. He leaves a wife and seven children to mourn his sad loss.


Bernice E. Gregory
Source: Ellensburg Daily Record (Ellensburg, WA) Oct. 16, 1976; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Bernice E. Gregory, 64, formerly of 704 East 5th died Wednesday at Halma, Minn., where she had made her home since April of this year. In ill health for several months, Mrs. Gregory moved to Halma to live with her son-in-law and daughter, Dough and Cherrie Reitsch, returning to Ellensburg briefly in August to close the family home.

A daughter of the late Riley and Ina Lamprey Hartzog, she was born July 9, 1911 at Kittitas. Following graduation from Ellensburg High School, she attended Ellensburg Normal School.

She and Arthur Gregory were married at Ellensburg July 16, 1933. He preceded her in death in July, 1975.

From 1955 to 1970 Mrs. Gregory was a sales clerk at the book store, formerly Patterson's now North's Stationers. Prior to her illness she was an Avon representative. She was a member of the First Christian Church; Maltese Cross; and Grace Chapter 105, Order of Eastern Star. She served two terms as Worthy Matron of the Star and had also served as Deputy Instructor.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Murry (Karen) Kocker of Mercer Island and Mrs. Doug (Cherrie) Reitsch of Halma; 7 grandchildren; an uncle, Gerald Lamprey of Ellensburg, and several cousins.

Committal services for the family will be Monday morning at the IOOF Cemetery, followed by funeral services Monday 1 p.m. o'clock at the First Christian Church.

The family suggests memorials to the First Christian Church Memorial Fund.


Ernest Hales
Source: Evening Times (Grand Forks, ND) Saturday, 5 June 1909; transcribed by FoFG mz

Pembina, N.D., June 5. – The funeral of Ernest Hales, the Orleans, Minn., lad drowned in the Pembina river in this city, was held Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock at Hallock, Minn., internment taking place there also. The parents of the young man are pioneer residents of Kittson county.

The work of locating and recovering the body of the unfortunate boy was a hard one. Dynamite was used and it was nearly twenty-four hours until the body was brought to the surface of the water again.


Mrs. J. J. Harstad
Source: Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Thursday, 30 Nov. 1916; transcribed by FoFG mz

Mrs. J. J. Harstad, aged 38, died at her home Saturday evening after a lingering illness, caused by cancer. She leaves a family of four children, besides her husband.


John Howard
Source: New York tribune (New York, NY) Thursday, May 27, 1880; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

DIED.
HOWARD-Of rheumatism of the heart, at Hallock, Minn., May 16, 1880, Mr. John Howard, formerly of New-York City in the 38th year of his age.


Johanna Johnson
Source: Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Thursday, 4 Aug. 1916; transcribed by FoFG mz

Hallock, Minn., Aug. 3. – Mrs. Johanna Johnson, wife of the late Jonas L. Johnson, died at her home, North Red River, on Wednesday, July 26, 1916, at the age of 78 years, 4 months and 10 days.

Deceased was born in Sweden. She came to this country nearly twenty-five years ago, and has been identified with the early pioneer days of this county. She was a devoted wife and mother and a kind neighbor, and will long be remembered by those who have been counted as her friends. She was a member of the Swedish Lutheran church. She leaves three sons, Pete, Carl and Albert, and five daughters, Mrs. Sjoholm, Hilda, Signid, Ida and Annie, all residing in this county, except Annie, whose home is in Seattle, Wash., but who has been at the mother’s bedside the past month.


Kittel K. Koland
Source: Warren Sheaf (Warren, MN) February 12, 1919; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Strandquist. After many years of suffering caused by a stroke of paralysis, Kittel K. Koland passed away on Jan. 21st, at 2 o'clock p. m. Deceased was born in Bjelland Sogn, Mandel, Norway, in 1844, where he spent his childhood and manhood days till in the year of 1892 when with his family he left his fatherland and settled on his homestead 3 miles north of town, and resided there, till about one and a half year ago when he was moved to his son Ole Koland, to receive the care he needed as he was unable to take care of himself and there he remained till his death. He was a member of the Zion church and in that cemetery his remains were laid to rest till resurrection day. The ceremony at the home and grave was officiated by Rev. Gjerde, of Halma, and a large number of relatives and friends were present to show their last respect for the dead one and the sympathy for the bereaved. Deceased is mourned by wife and children, Christ and Olel Koland, of this place, and Knut Koland of Alaska, Mrs. E. Ran, of Halma, Minn., Mrs. C. Peterson, of Chinnock, Alta., Canada, and Mrs. Isaacson, of Seattle, Wash., and Mrs. Haarstad, of Drayton, N. D. Two of the family, namely, his daughter Mrs. Mortenson and son Torkel have already gone before him to the great beyond, where we hope they have met to part no more.


Pars P. Mattison
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) June 16, 1884; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

ACCIDENTALLY DROWNED.
[Special Telegram to the Globe.]
KENNEDY, Minn., June 14.-Pars. P. Mattison, a young Dane aged twenty-two years, was drowned accidentally about 5 o'clock this afternoon. He has a sister in Freeborn county. He was bathing in the lake at Kennedy. An inquest was held by coroner G. D. Mars, and the verdict rendered accidental.


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

MINNESOTA BRIEFS. Hallock - The death has occurred here of one of Hallock's pioneer women, Mrs. John J. Moe, whose death occurred at her home in this city on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the age of 79 years, death being due to a recent attack of illness and advanced age.


Joseph Mordy
Source: Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Friday, 26 May 1916; transcribed by FoFG mz

Hallock, Minn., May 25. – Joseph Mordy died at the general hospital at Winnipeg May 17th, 1916, at the age of 77 years. The immediate cause of his death was the shock from a serious operation. Mr. Mordy had been ailing for several months from a chronic internal trouble and was advised to have an operation. He first went to the Drayton hospital, and from there was sent to Winnipeg.

Mr. Mordy was born in Huntlt township, county of Lanarek, Ontario, Canada, Aug. 19, 1838. Soon after birth the family moved to Ross, Renfrew county, and there he grew to manhood. He was married to Agnes McKillop, of Bristol, Quebec, Feb. 8, 1872. In the spring of 1880 they moved to Drayton, N. D., where the family resided on their homestead for 33 years, until 1913, when he sold the farm and came to Hallock.

Deceased was a member of the Presbyterian church. He leaves behind him a loving and faithful wife and two daughters, Mrs. Robert Sutherland and Mrs. R. A. Morrison, both of Hallock. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. M. Gray Friday, May 19th. An immense party of mourners were present at the services. A large number of his old Drayton friends came over to pay their last respects to their departed friend. The surviving members of the family have the sincere sympathy of the whole community. The remains were laid to rest in Greenwood cemetery.


John Muir
Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Friday, November 22, 1895; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

A MUSKRAT CAP
Mistaken for a Deer's Head With Fatal Results.

A SAD OCCURRENCE.
Death Occurrs [sic.] After 48 Hours of Agony

Pembina, N. D., Nov. 21.-(Herald Special.)-The funeral of John Muir, who was accidentally shot while hunting near Rat Portage, Ont., took place at the M. E. church at 1 o'clock today. Mr. Muir was out deer hunting and when he left home he wore a muskrat cap, much against the wishes of his brothers. Last Wednesday while hunting on the mountains about 40 or 50 miles from Rat Portage another hunter heard a crackling among the bushes and on looking over saw this fur cap. Mistaking it for the head of a deer he took deliberate aim and fired, the ball plowing through the top of John's head, giving him a mortal wound.

The hunter-Bell by name-rushed forward and found John lying on his face. He turned him over and they recognized each other. Bell at once started for help. He found a companion and they put Muir on their shoulders and carried him over rugged mountain paths five miles to the cabin. The nearest physician-forty miles away-was gotten as quickly as possible, but nothing could be done for him and he died Friday after suffering intensely for 48 hours, being conscious to the last. His brother, Dr. J. B. Muir, of Hallock, Minn., was telegraphed for, but did not arrive until the day after he died. John grieved greatly for his brother, having full confidence that if he would only come he could save him. Bell is completely prostrated over the affair.

John was a very exemplary young man and the eldest boy at home of the Muir family living near Bowsmont, this county, where they have resided for several years and are well-to-do farmers. He was a member of the Bowesmont court of Foresters which body attended his funeral and paid their last respects to all that was mortal of John Muir.


Pearson Boy

Michael Murphy
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) July 17, 1890; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

BOTH DIED OF INJURIES.
Special to the Globe.
KENNEDY, Minn., July 16.-A serious accident occurred here Monday evening. While returning from Hallock under the influence of Liquor, Michael Murphy drove over the three-year-old boy of Isaac Pearson, killing him instantly. Murphy's horse became unmanageable, he fell from his seat and got entangled in the wheel, receiving injuries from which he died to-day.


Mrs. M. E. Murray
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Friday, 31 Jan. 1919; transcribed by FoFG mz

BAUDETTE, Jan. 30. – Mrs. M. E. Murray is dead, following a two weeks’ illness of influenza-pneumonia. Funeral services will be held Friday, Rev. Mr. Evans officiating. Besides a husband she leaves three children. She was 33 years old. Before coming here the family lived at Drayton, N.D., and Lancaster and Hallock, Minn.


E. P. Nelson
Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (ND) Monday, 23 May 1910; transcribed by FoFG mz

Fargo, May 23, - E. P. Nelson, the man who organized and established the state grain weighing department for North Dakota at Superior, Wis., was killed by the explosion of a gasoline engine at Carmangay, Alberta, Canada.

This information was received in the city. Mr. Nelson at the time of his death was the superintendent of a Canadian elevator company. He was attempting to start the engine when it exploded and a portion of the machine struck him in the head causing almost instant death.

The remains were taken to his old home at Hallock, Minn., and will be buried there. His wife and three children have been living at Hallock for the past several months and he has several relatives there.

His death removes one of the best informed and most prominent grain men of the northwest. He received his appointment to the office of grain weigher at Superior largely through the efforts of W. C. Macfadden of this city.


Stephen Olson and Daughter
Source: Jackson Citizen Patriot (Jackson, MI) Tuesday, December 8, 1891; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

FROZE TO DEATH IN A BLIZZARD.
St. Paul, Minn., Dec. 8.-Stephen Olson, a farmer, and his daughter, 23 years of age, left Hallock, Minn., Friday, to drive to their home six miles northeast of Drayton, N. D. Sunday their bodies were found, both having been frozen to death in the blizzard. Miss Olson was to have been married Sunday.

Source: Daily Illinois State Register (Springfield, IL) Wednesday, December 9, 1891; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

St. Paul, Minn., Dec. 8.-Stephen Olson, a farmer, accompanied by his daughter, a young lady about 23 years of age, left Hallock, Minn., Friday, to drive to their home six miles northeast of Drayton, N. D. Sunday their bodies were found, both having been frozen to death in the blizzard that raged at that time. The bodies were found about eighty rods from the cutter, which was overturned. The horse broke loose from the cutter and was found alive. Miss Olson was to have been married Sunday to a prominent young business man of Kennedy, Minn.


P. Riley
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) Wednesday, December 21, 1892; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

HALLOCK, Minn., Dec. 21.-A few days ago Coroner Campbell was called to the eastern part of the county to investigate the case of a man found hanging in an old hunting camp. He has returned with the corpse and reports that the found the body hanging from the rafters of the hut by a rope twisted from willow wands. The body was identified to be that of P. Riley, an old man of 70 years, who got lost in the swamps while out looking for cattle some six weeks ago.


Israel Ryder
Source: Daily Register (Rockford, IL) Friday, November 25, 1887; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

AN INDIAN TRADER KILLED.
Hallock, Minn., Nov. 25.-Israel Ryder, an Indian trader, was shot and killed Thursday by Charles Copenaz, an Indian living at Roseau Lake. The murder occurred during a drunken spree, and is supposed to have been premeditated, as the Indians have been feeling extremely bitter toward Ryder. The murder escaped over the line into the British possessions.
Source: Aberdeen Weekly News (Aberdeen, SD) Friday, November 25, 1887; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

HALLOCK, Minn., Nov. 24.-E. Heard, of the upper Roseare valley, came here for the coroner today. On Sunday night Israel Ryder, a well known Indian trader, was shot by Charles Cognass, an Indian because he was refused liquor. Ryder lived three hours. The officers are after the murderer.


Mrs. Spencer
Source: The Umpqua Weekly Gazette (Scottsburg, OT) – Saturday, 30 Dec. 1854; submitted by Jim Dezotell

Murder of a Missionary’s Wife –
Letters from the Selkirk Settlement, state that Mrs. Spencer, wife of one of the American missionaries, was shot dead while in bed with her husband and child, at Pembina, Minnesota Territory. The deed is imputed to a Siox [sic] Indian.


Bengt E. Sundberg
Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (ND) Friday, 8 Aug. 1919; transcribed by FoFG mz

Hallock, Minn., Aug. 7. – Bengt E. Sundberg, wealthy Red River Valley pioneer, and former state senator, who died at his farm home near this city Tuesday, was buried from the Swedish Lutheran church here today. He was sixty-eight years old.

Mr. Sundberg will be remembered in Minnesota and throughout the northwest as the man who brought about legislation that precipitated the famous Minnesota “rate cases” some years ago. He was born in Sweden, but moved to Germany in 1866, immigrating to the United States five years later and settling on a farm in Kittson county. He acquired large farming interests, became wealthy and operated his own threshing outfits.

The ex-senator’s career in politics might be said to have begun when an express company charged him $19.50 express on a casting for his threshing machine. He employed private counsel and attacked the existing express tariffs. Later he was elected to the state senate serving in that body from 1903 to 1913, during which time he introduced bills and lead fights resulting in the famous Minnesota "rate cases" which attracted nation-wide attention.

Mr. Sundberg held various county and village offices, including those of postmaster, county commissioner, school clerk and town treasurer.


L. A. Swanson
Source: The Minneapolis Journal (MN) October 22, 1903; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
KENNEDY, MINN. - The coroner's jury in the case of the death of L. A. Swanson, who was struck by a train, returned a verdict of death due to his own carelessness.


Swan Tuverson
Source: Duluth Daily News (Duluth, MN) Monday, July 18, 1887; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Swan Tuverson was drowned while bathing at Hallock, Minn.


Nick Vedin
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (SD) Tuesday, 23 Oct. 1894; transcribed by FoFG mz

HALLOCK, Minn., Oct. 23. – The worst thunder storm of the season passed over this place during the evening. Nick Vedin and four head of cattle were killed by lightning.


Melvin Wass
Source: Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Thursday, 30 Nov. 1916; transcribed by FoFG mz

Melvin Wass, son of Mr. and Mrs. Iver Wass, died Monday at the age of nine years, after a long illness.


Leslie Winters
Source: Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Friday, 5 May 1916; transcribed by FoFG mz

Hallock, Minn., May 4. – Leslie Winters, the four-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. James Winters of Lancaster, was drowned in the Two River last Thursday morning. The body has not as yet been recovered. Much sympathy has been expressed for the sorrowing mother and father.

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