Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota

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Hans Amandson
Source: Broad Axe, St. Paul Minnesota (Thursday, April 27, 1893) Page three; transcribed by Tam

Hans Amandson, a farmer living 3 miles northeast of Boyd died recently of cancer.

Coleman Bridgman
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) Tuesday, November 27, 1900; transcribed by FoFG mz

ST. CLOUD, Minn., Nov. 27, Coleman Bridgman, a pioneer lunberman of this state and the founder of the town of Bridgman, Lac qui Parle county, died at his home in this city of Brights disease. The deceased was 72 years of age and came to Minnesota from South Amherst, Mass., in 1859.

Mrs. James Christianson
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Minneapolis, MN) Saturday, August 31, 1895; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Madison, Minn., Aug. 31.-Mrs. James Christianson, of this place, who was burned a week ago by the explosion of an oil store which she tried to fill while the fire was burning, died this morning from the effect. This is the second case of death from the explosion of an oil stove in this place in four months.

Emily T. Farnham [or Emma Farmer]
Source: Star Tribune (MN) May 23, 1890; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Madison, Minn., May 22. - [Special.] - Miss Emily T. Farnham, sister of T. E. Farnham, editor of the Lac qui Parle County Press and a former resident of Albert Lea, died here today from the effect of a wound in the side received two weeks ago by the accidental discharge of a heavy revolver.

Source: Star Tribune (Mpls, MN) May 23, 1890; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Miss Emma Farmer, daughter of S. S. Farmer, of 2436 Pierce street northeast, who was accidentally shot two weeks ago at Madison, Minn., died yesterday at 12 o'clock. The remains will be brought to Minneapolis today, and the interment will take place in Lakewood after the arrival of the 6:20 p. m. train on the Minneapolis & St. Louis road.
Note: See New Injury page for additional information.

Helen M. Houck
Source: The Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, MN) Monday, January 8, 1906; submitted by Jim Dezotell

Pioneer Woman of Lac Qui Parle Dies
Lac Qui Parle, Minn., Jan. 7 – Mrs. Helen M. Houck, a pioneer settler of this county, died at her home here at the age of 77 years. She was a native of New York. She moved to Dodge county, Minn., in 1864, and to this county in 1871. Two sons, two daughters, 23 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren survive.

Frank Howels
Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Sunday, August 27, 1893; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Madison, Minn., Aug. 26.-Frank Howels and Hans Wesby, both about 15 years old, were out hunting. The latter shot Howels accidentally in the chest and he died instantly.

Mrs. Andrew Nelson
Source: Freeborn County Standard (Albert Lea, MN) July 9, 1890; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Mrs. Andrew Nelson, sister of the Ellickson brothers, died of consumption at Madison, Minn., on the Fourth and was buried there.

John Nelson
- - - Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (ND) July 31, 1897
Great Excitement Over a Tragedy at Madison, Minn.

St. Paul, July 30.-The little town of Madison, Minn., is wild over the shooting of one John Nelson, of Minneapolis, which occurred there last night. The coroner's jury is now sitting the case, but delay in their action seems only to inflame the public mind. The tramps who shot Nelson are in the sheriff's custody and he is observing every possible precaution that trouble may be prevented. Nelson was shot and killed almost instantly, the evident purpose of the assault being robbery. The hoboes who made the attack though he had considerable amount of money with him. [more at the crime news page]

- - - Source: Omaha World - Herald (NE) August 6, 1897; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
OMAHA AT A GLANCE. - Chief Sigwart has a letter from Madison, Minn., asking about the brother of one John Nelson, who was murdered at that place in a box car by tramps, July 29. The brother is supposed to be working in the Hammond packing house, but his first name is not known.

Sophie Bakken Prinz
Source: From the memorial leaflet; contributed by Jacque McDonnell

Birth: May 10, 1905 (Madison, MN)
Parents: Hans & Martha (Elvekrog) Bakken
Marriage: Walter Prinz (June 3, 1932, Huron, SD)
Death: July 29, 1992 (Hand co., Memorial Hospital, Miller, SD)
Age: 87 yrs 2 mos 18 ds
Funeral: Aug. 1, 1992 (Our Savior Lutheran Church, Highmore, SD)
Burial: Highmore City Cemetery (Highmore, SD)
Education: Madison, MN schools; Huron High School, Teacher's Training Department; Bachelor's Degree, Huron College.
Occupation: rural school teacher in Huron, SD area; Highmore Public Schools (retired 1970)
Organizations/Civic: Our Savior Lutheran Church; Eastern Star
Preceded in death by: Parents, 2 sisters, 2 brothers
[Survivor information omitted for privacy]

Joseph Renville
Source: The Daily Pioneer and Democrat (St. Paul, MN) Friday, March 7, 1856; submitted by Jim Dezotell

Death of Joseph Renville – A son of the celebrated Indian trader, Renville, died at Lac qui Parle, on the 8th of February. His disease
was consumption.

Mary Salisbury
Source: Warren Sheaf (Warren, MN) Thursday, September 10, 1891; submitted by Jim Dezotell

The death of Mrs. Mary Salisbury occurred near Bellingham, Minn., aged 102. Her husband, 103 years, could not long survive. The couple had been married eighty years.

Soderberg Children and Mother
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) Wednesday, October 29, 1919; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman


Watertown, Oct. 29.-With her throat cut from ear to ear with a razor, which she still held in her hand, Mrs. N. F. Soderberg, wife of the state's attorney at Madison, Minn., was found dead in her home by neighbors yesterday afternoon. In an upstairs room were the dead bodies of her three children, Robert, Charles and Helen, all under five years of age, all of whom had been cut across the throats in the same manner as their mother’s

Mrs. Soderberg is believed to have suffered from temporary insanity. The verdict of the coroner's jury was infanticide and suicide. The Soderberg family is one of the best known in that section of Minnesota.

Martin Stoick & sons
Source: The Minneapolis Journal (Minneapolis, MN) Thursday, August 3, 1905; submitted by Jim Dezotell

Three Lost In A Well
Martin Stoick and Sons Overcome by Gas at Bellingham

Bellingham, Minn., Aug. 3 - Martin Stoick, a farmer living three miles west of this place, and his two sons, aged 21 and 18, while repairing
a well this morning, were overcome by gas and lost their lives.

One of the boys was let down into the well by a rope to repair the pump. He slipped out of the rope and fell to the bottom. The other
boy went down to rescue him and was likewise overcome. The father, not thinking of gas, descended to help them, and was also suffocated. There was about four feet of water in the well.

Help was sent for from Bellingham. Light was thrown into the well by mirrors and the bodies were taken out by lassoing them.

Dr. Charles Wiensina
Source: New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN) July 27, 1892; submitted by Robin Line

BELLINGHAM, Minn., Special, July 25. - Dr. Charles Wiensina, a Free Mason of high degree and a prominent Odd Fellow, died last night from heart failure. The societies to which he belongs will conduct the funeral.

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