Obituaries and Death Notices
Source: Evening Times (Grand Forks, ND) Monday, 11 Sept. 1911; transcribed by FoFG mz
Capt. Joseph Amiot, one of the real pioneers of the Red river valley and who was a pilot on the Red river in 1871 and 1872, under Capt. Alex Griggs, and who went from here to Saskatchewan, is dead. His demise occurred at LeSueur, Minn., and the funeral took place in that city Sunday. Two daughters reside in North Dakota, being Mrs. G. F. McPherson and Miss Mabel Amiot of Bismarck.
Captain Amiot came to Grand Forks with Sam Painter, Jerry Webber and Aaron Russell, all well known river men of the early days who worked with Captain Griggs.
The LeSueur News tells of his death in the following manner:
"Joseph Amiot, a native of Canada, of French birth, died at his home in this city. Mr. Amiot was 77 years old last July and since the year 1856 has been a resident of this vicinity. When he arrived in Minnesota he engaged in boating on the Minnesota river and was one of the first licensed pilots to run a boat up above Mankato. From that time until the railroad made river navigation unprofitable on the Minnesota, he remained as a pilot, living at Henderson and later on at a farm west of Rush river. When boating was no longer profitable here, with Capt. Alex Griggs, Seegar and Timmons, he went north and engaged in the same work on the Red river, where he remained until the railroads again became the masters of commerce, when he went westward to the Saskatchewan for two years. Mr. Amiot knew his work thoroughly and was reliable. He was a good citizen and enjoyed the ever growing prosperity of the vicinity. To him it was a pleasure to know that his neighbors prospered. He was a real gentleman in every way, and tried to do unto others as he wished to be done by. About three years ago he celebrated his golden wedding, surrounded by his entire family, eight children, who with his wife now survive him. The children are Mrs. Brouilett and Mrs. A. E. Huber of St. Paul, Mrs. McPherson and Miss Mabel of Bismarck, N.D., Mrs. P. Huberty of this city, J. J. Amiot of British Columbia, the only child unable to be at the funeral; Edward and U. A. Amiot of St. Paul.
Source: Zumbrota Independent (Zumbrota, MN) October 17, 1895, page 2; submitted by Robin Line
Aaron Arnold, who has had a clothing store at Le Sueur for nearly two years, died suddenly this morning from disease.
Julia Maria Baker
[Source: The Hastings Conserver (MN) Tuesday, August 4, 1863; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]
At Waterville, Le Sueur County, Minn., July 30th, 1863, Julia Maria, infant daughter of Chas. A. and Helen S. Baker, aged 5 weeks and 3 days.
George A. Blair
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Minneapolis, Minn.) Monday, 24 Aug. 1896; transcribed by FoFG mz
Waterville, Minn., Aug. 24. - George A. Blair dropped dead last evening while calling at the house of L. S. Rogers. He had been around during the day in apparent good health. Death was caused by the bursting of a blood vessel. He was 57 years of age and came to this place in 1864, engaging in the lumber and hardware trade. He served as sheriff of Le Sueur county for several years. He was an Odd Fellow, K. of P., and a Mason, a member of Faribault commandery and Osmun Shrine, St. Paul.
Rev. J. S. Boyd
Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (ND) Wednesday, 15 July 1914; transcribed by FoFG mz
Fargo, N.D., July 14. - The death of Rev. J. S. Boyd of this city occurred at the home of his daughter in LeSueur, Minn. The interment took place at Lakewood cemetery, Minneapolis.
Rev. Boyd recently left Fargo for Rochester, Minn., where he underwent an operation. After his recovery from the operation he, with Mrs. Boyd, went on to LeSueur. On the way he met with a railroad accident from which he never recovered. He is survived by his wife and two daughters, Mrs. W. A. Pringle of LeSueur, Minn., and Mrs. W. H. Otterburn of Fargo, N.D.
Dewey F. Brown
Source: Seattle Daily Times (Seattle, WA) Wednesday, April 4, 1962; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Dewey F. Brown, 64, of 8419 116th Av. S. E., Renton, died yesterday of cancer in a Renton hospital.
Funeral services will be at 2 o'clock Friday at the Stokes Funeral Home, Renton. Burial will be in Greenwood.
Born in Cordova, Minn., Mr. Brown moved to the Kennydale area in 1906. He was a carpenter and logger until 1946, when he went to work on a surveyor's crew for the Port of Seattle. He retired in December. He had been ill two years.
Mr. Brown was a member of Seattle Aerie No. 1, and Renton Local No. 1797, Carpenters' Union.
Surviving are his wife, Ora; a son, Fred Brown, Renton; two brothers, Jess, Renton, and Ben Brown, Beaumont, Tex., and two sisters, Mrs. Katherine Hogan, Renton, and Mrs. Dorothy Krum, Bel Air, Md.
Mitchell A. Brown
Source: Seattle Daily Times (Seattle, WA) Friday, September 22, 1961; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Mitchell Arthur Brown, 65, of 12249 77th Av. S., died yesterday in a Renton hospital.
Funeral Services will be at 2 o'clock Monday in the Stokes Funeral Home, Renton. Cremation will follow.
Mr. Brown was a fireman for the Reilly Tar & Chemical Corp., and Kennydale. He was born in Cordova, Minn. He came here in 1929. He was an Army veteran of the First World War.
Surviving are his wife, Martha; three sons, Charles G. and Ernest A., both of Renton, and Mitchell M. Brown, Camas, Clark County; a daughter, Mrs. Lucille Boneparte, Seattle; three brothers, Dewey and Jess, both of Renton, and Ben Brown, in Texas; two sisters, Mrs. John Krum, Bel Air, Md., and Mrs. Catherine Hogan, Renton; a stepson, Lucien Smith, Seattle; three stepdaughters, Mrs. William McLaughry, Enumclaw, Mrs. Knute E. Krom, Sparks, Nev., and Mrs. Thomas Murdock, Port Orchard, and ten grandchildren.
Source: Winthrop News (MN) Dec. 1, 1932, page 3; submitted by Robin Line.
When the car he was driving collided with one driven by Geo. Goodman of Pequot, Sidney Bruce of Elysain was killed. Bruce and his wife were on their way to Lakeville. Their car skidded into the path of the Goodman car. Mrs. Bruce suffered a fractured arm and severe lacerations.
Nona Eleanor Carlstrom
Source: Seattle Daily Times (Seattle, WA) Thursday, August 17, 1961; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Mrs. Nona Eleanor Carlstrom, 78, of 8632 116th av. S. E., Renton, died yesterday in a Renton hospital. Jehovah's Witnesses funeral services will be at 1 o'clock tomorrow in the Stokes Mortuary chapel, Renton. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Renton.
Mrs. Carlstrom was born in Cordova, Minn. She came to Seattle in 1907. Her husband, Erick Carlstrom, a farmer, died in 1946. Surviving are four brothers, Mitchell, Dewey and Jess Brown, all of Renton, and Ben Brown, Texas, and two sisters, Mrs. Catherine Hogan, Renton, and Mrs. Dorothy Krum, Maryland.
Source: The Ward County Independent (Minot ND) May 13, 1909; submitted by Mary Kay Krogman.
LIFE OF WILLARD CHILTON.
Mr. Willard Chilton was born at Hermon, New York, in 1844 and in 1882 was married to Miss Emma Gotham. About that time he removed to Cordova, Minn., for 24 years where he was town clerk and Notary Public for years and always held a position of trust for the public. He also taught a great many terms of high grade school at that place. He belonged to I. O. O. F. lodge at Waterville, Minn. In 1902 he came to Minot, N. D. where he filed on a homestead where he lived until his death. He leaves a wife to mourn his loss and his friends which are counted by the hundred extend this their heartfelt sympathy to her in this hour of bereavement.
[Source: The Hastings Conserver (Hastings, MN) Tuesday, Sept. 11, 1866; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]
From The St. Peter Tribune, 5th.
J. Corcoran, living near Marysburg, Le Sueur County, was instantly killed last evening by the falling of a tree. He was caught under some portion of the trunk or branches, and terribly crushed.
Harriet Darling Cox
Source: Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) January 16, 1913; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
COX-In this city, January 15, Mrs. Harriet Darling Cox, aged 75 years. Remains are at Holman's funeral parlors for shipment to Le Sueur, Minn.
Source: Eau Claire Weekly Telegram, 19 May 1898; submitted by KT
Montgomery, Minn., May 16 - James Donohue, a pioneer settler of Shieldsville, died there, aged about 65 years. He was a bachelor and had no relatives here. He leaves a farm and money to heirs in the East and the old country.
Source: Kalamazoo Gazette (Kalamazoo, MI) Sunday, July 7, 1889; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
MURDERED BY A YOUNG TOUGH.
Lake Madison, Minn., July 6.-James Donahue, a carpenter of Lesueur, was murdered here Friday morning by Joe Hardacre, a 19-year-old tough. During a saloon brawl Thursday night Donahue accidentally struck John Hardacre, whose brother took up the quarrel and boasted that he would kill Donahue. At 4 o'clock Friday morning while the party was returning from a dance, Hardacre struck Donahue in the neck with his fist, knocking into a ditch. Donahue's neck was broken by the blow and he died instantly. Officers are now searching for Hardacre, who is hiding in the woods.
S. A. Farrington
Source: The Minneapolis Journal (MN) Jan. 18, 1905; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
WATERVILLE, MINN. - S. A. Farrington, father of S. H. Farrington of the Advance, died after a long illness, aged 79. He was an early settler, having come to this place in 1857. He is survived by his wife and seven children. Three daughters are in Oregon, one son at Foley, Minn., one at Redwood Falls, and two in Waterville.
Source: The National Tribune (Washington DC) April 2, 1908; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
GLOSS.-At Cordova, Minn., March 2, 1908, John Gloss, aged 85. Comrade Gloss served in Co. G, 10th U. S. He was a member of Farnsworth Post, 78. A widow, two sons and a daughter survive him.
Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (ND) Thursday, 21 Sept. 1916; transcribed by FoFG mz
Mandan, N.D., Sept. 20. - Funeral services were held here today for John Goodman, pioneer local resident, formerly of LeSeuer, Minn. Mr. Goodman died of paralysis, being ill two years.
Mrs. W. H. Rounsevelle, St. Peter, Minn., is his only sister.
Lillie C. Goodspeed
Source: The Independent Record (Helena, MT) Nov. 5, 1945; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
WIFE OF EARLY-DAY NP EMPLOYE DIES IN MINNESOTA
Glendive, Nov. 5. - News has been received here of the death in Waterville, Minn., of Mrs. Lillie C. Goodspeed, 73, for many years a resident of Glendive. Mrs. Goodspeed was the wife of Stanton W. Goodspeed, old-time employe of the Northern Pacific railway.
Mrs. Goodspeed was born near Cordova, Minn. She was married in 1895, in Minnesota. Soon after, her husband was transferred to Montana and they settled here, remaining until his retirement several years ago, when they returned to Minnesota.
Surviving besides the widower are two sons, Melvin A., of Washington D. C. and Lt. Charles A. of the navy, and a daughter, Mrs. Roger Wilterding of Chicago.
Source: Oakland Tribune (CA) October 22, 1943; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
FUNERAL HELD FOR ICHABOD JACKSON
Funeral services were held today for Ichabod Andrew Jackson, 73, who died Wednesday at 1015 Pardee Street, Berkley.
A resident of this area for 37 years, Jackson and his wife, Fannie May, celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on October 8. He was a native of Cordova, Minn.
Jackson is survived by his widow, six children, Percy and Clyde Jackson of Oakland, Karl Jackson of Palo Alto, William J. Jackson of Richmond, Mrs. Marion Maki of Berkeley and Mrs. Lois Prentiss of Eugene, Ore.; a brother and a sister; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Services were held at the Fruitvale Chapel of the Clarence N. Cooper Mortuary.
Source: St. Cloud Journal (MN) Dec. 19, 1867, page 1; submitted by Robin Line.
The Mankato Record gives the particulars of a runaway accident near Ottoua, in Le Sueur county, whereby John Jones had both legs broken. Amputation was performed, but the poor man died in three days afterward.
Mrs. J. T. Kelly
Source: Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) October 4, 1919; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
EDITOR'S WIFE DIES.
SOUTH BEND, Wash., Oct. 3.-(Special.)-Mrs. J. T. Kelly, wife of the editor of the Ilwaco Tribune, died in an Astoria hospital from blood poisoning Tuesday. The body was sent to Sueur Center, Minn, for burial. Mr. Kelly and the two sons accompanied the remains.
Source: Broad Axe, St. Paul Minnesota (Thursday, April 27, 1893) Page three; transcribed by Tam
Dora Koachel suicided act Le Sueur by drowning herself in the river. Trouble at home was the cause.
Source: The National Tribune (Washington DC) April 7, 1887; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
MAHOOD.-Comrade Alex. Mahood died near Cordova, Minn., March 3, aged 69. He enlisted from the town of Cadiz, O., in March, 1862, in Co. K, 69 Ohio; served in that organization as first Sergeant, Second Lieutenant and Captain, and was discharged in September, 1864, on account of disability. Capt. Mahood was an esteemed citizen and an honored member of Post No. 78, Department of Minnesota by whom he was buried with G. A. R. ceremonies.
Mrs. Fred Riggs
Source: Ames Daily Tribune (IA) September 26, 1959; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
MRS. FRED RIGGS OF AMES DIED.
Mrs. Fred A. Riggs, 72, 225 South Kellogg Ave., died about 11:30 p.m. last night at her home. Born at Cordova, Minn., she graduated from Leander-Clark College at Toledo in 1912. She came to Ames in 1939 with her husband.
She was a member of the Evangelical United Brethren Church.
Survivors include five sons, Max E. or Seattle, Wash., Robert E. of Seoul, Korea, Donald of Ames; Carl B. of Washingtonville, N. Y. and Glenn J. of Espanola, N. M.; three daughters, Mrs. John A. Wiley of Portland, Ore., Mrs. Max Allen of Cranston and Jean M. Riggs of Ames; two brothers, Austin C. Repp of Ames and Roy L. Repp of Clear Lake, Wis.; 20 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Fred A. Riggs, pastor of the EUB church here, Dec. 15, 1944.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Evangelical United Brethren Church. The Rev. A. E. Wilken, pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will be in Ames Municipal Cemetery.
Source: The Sunday Oregonian (Portland, OR) October 19, 1913; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
MRS. CLARA RYAN IS DEAD. - Mrs. Clara Ryan, a well-known writer and educator, died in Owwawa, Minn., October 11. She was born in Craftsburgh, Vt., in 1852 and came to the Pacific Coast in 1885. Mrs. Ryan has taught in various schools in Oregon, Washington and California. At one time she was County Superintendent of Jefferson County, Washington. She was a great student, and will be missed in educational circles. She is survived by her sister, Miss Grace Randall, and a brother.
Source: Oshkosh Daily Northwestern (Oshkosh, Wis.) Thursday, 27 July 1961; transcribed by FoFG MZ
Dr. and Mrs. M. M. Scheid attended funeral services for the former's brother, Arthur, an attorney in Waterville, Minn., who was buried in a family cemetery in Bay City, Wis. They also visited for a few days with Dr. Scheid's nephew, Walter, in Bay City.
Source: Tucson Daily Citizen (AZ) January 5, 1959; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Dr. Isaac Seeley, 77, of 3907 E. Montecito, died Saturday at Tucson Medical Center, Native of Cordova, Minn. Came to Tucson eight years ago from Northfield, Minn. Retired physician. Husband of Alice, Father of Stanford, Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. Audrey Eppstein, Tucson, and Mrs. Patricia Youngs, Albuquerque, N. M. Brother of Mrs. Laura Thompson, Long Beach, Calif. Eight grandchildren. The body has been sent by Adair Funeral Home to Northfield for funeral service and burial.
Source: New Ulm Weekly Review, (New Ulm, Minn.) 26 Nov. 1879; submitted by Kathy McDaniel
Henry Seibert, a German living near Lake Jefferson in Le Sueur Co., died at his residence on Thursday evening of last week, from the kick of his horse. He had, by honest industry, paid for eighty acres of land, besides paying a friend for his passage over. He had built a new house and was just beginning to enjoy the fruit of his labors, when he was suddenly called from his family and friends.
C. M. Shafer
Source: The Princeton Union (Princeton, MN) Thursday, June 27, 1902; submitted by Jim Dezotell
The friends and comrades of Maj. C. M. Shafer were shocked to learn of his suicide which occurred Saturday at New Prague. He left nothing to explain his rash act, but his friends believe that his spirit was broken when Mayor Gray humiliated him by reconsidering his appointment as chief of the Minneapolis police department after the papers had announced it. Maj. Shafer commanded the first battalion of the Fourteenth to which company M was assigned. He was a popular officer with is men, who esteemed him highly.
Source: New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN) September 07, 1892, page 8; submitted by Robin Line
Sarah Tobias of Le Sueur took strychnine and was dead in less than an hour. Insanity was the cause, she having returned from the asylum but a short time ago. She was about twenty-three years old and lived with her parents one mile west of Le Sueur.
Asa W. Waite
Source: The St. Cloud Journal (MN) October 2, 1873; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
- Hon. Asa W. Waite, ex-member of the Legislature, died at Waterville, in Le Sueur county, on Saturday morning, of lung fever.
Florence Sophie Schmidt Wemmering
Source: memorial leaflet, contributed by Jacque McDonnell
Birth: March 1, 1900 (Cleveland, MN)
Parents: Charles and Minnie (Vollmer) Schmidt
Marriage: Fred J. Wemmering (January 21, 1920, LeSueur, MN). 1 son.
Death: December 14, 1989 (Lumberton, N. C.)
Age: 89y 9mos 13ds
Funeral: Wednesday, December 20, 1989 (Church of Christ, Highmore, SD)
Burial: Highmore City Cemetery (Highmore, South Dakota)
Education: Cleveland, MN area
Locations: LeSueur co., MN; farm NW of Holabird, Holabird, Fayetteville, NC (1984)
Organizations/Civic: Church of Christ (Highmore)
Preceded in death by: parents, husband, 7 sisters, 2 brothers
[Survivor information omitted for privacy]
Source: The Eugene Guard (OR) Sept. 19, 1955; submitted by Mary Kay Krogman.
WILLIAMS - "Dar" Williams of 1409 Cal Young Road, Eugene, passed away Sept. 18, 1955, at the age of 73. He was born in Greenland, Minn., on Aug. 19, 1882. He married Anna E. Lingel on April 10, 1901, in Roanby, Minn., and came to Oregon, residing at Fall Creek before moving to Eugene. He had been a resident of this community for 16 years. He was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Eugene. He is survived by his wife Anna in Eugene; a daughter, Mrs. Carl Hamilton of Eugene; a brother, Theodore, of Eugene; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held at Buell Chapel on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m., the Rev. Perry H. Smith officiating. Interment will be in Forestview Cemetery at Forest Grove, Ore.
Nancy J. L. Winger
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune (UT) November 9, 1950; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Mrs. Nancy Janet Lindsey Winger, 79, 249 Glendale, died Tuesday at 6 p.m. in a Salt Lake hospital after a lingering illness.
She was born in Cordova, Minn., Oct. 17, 1871, a daughter of Thomas and Margaret Cunningham Lindsey. She was married at St. Joseph, Mo., to Ira Ozra Winger, who died Nov. 19, 1928.
Mrs. Winger moved to Cache valley 43 years ago, living at Smithfield and Logan until moving 27 years ago to Salt Lake City, where she has since resided. She was a member of the Baptist church.
Surviving are two sons, Clarence P. and Dallas H. Winger, Salt Lake city; a daughter, Mrs. Goldie Long, Monterey Park, Cal.; 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, two brothers and three sisters. Benjamin Lindsey, Portland, Ore.; Pearl Lindsey, Kansas City, Kan.; Mrs. Myria Gill, Higgins, Tex.; Mrs. Sadie Yager, St. Joseph, and Mrs. Flossie Hamilton, Kansas City.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 11 a. m. at 125 N. Main by Glendon Eugene Steiner, bishop of the Eighth ward. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Burial will be in Smithfield cemetery.
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