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Selma Cliffgard
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) Sunday, 27 May 1923; transcribed by FoFG mz 
The sad news reached Sisseton Monday that Mrs. Ernie Cliffgard, nee Selma Christianson, a bride of less than a year, a graduate of the Sisseton high school 1921, had passed away at Ivanhoe, Minn., where she was operated on for ruptured appendicitis. The body was shipped here for burial. Funeral services were held from the Trinity Lutheran church Wednesday at 2:00 o'clock. She leaves to mourn her early death her parents, one sister, one brother, and her husband.

Daniel D. Eastman
The body of Daniel D. Eastman was brought to Lake Benton, Wednesday morning for buriel in the local cemetery.
Deceased was engaged in farming near Staples, Minn., and sometime ago was injured while horseback riding, which injury caused an internal abcess. He underwent an operation at the Brainard hospital and passed away at 9:00 p. m. Monday, June 6.
Deceased was born in Lynn county, Iowa and was past 59 years of age at the time of his demise. He came to Ash Lake Township, this county, about 23 years ago and settled on a farm where he remained for about ten years. He then moved with his family to Lake Benton and resided here about five years, operating the feed mill most of that time. He was married and is survived by his wife and two daughters, the latter being Mrs. Lewis Thies of Waukon, Iowa and Miss Minerva Eastman of Minneapolis. The funeral services were held late yesterday afternoon with Masonic rites, he being a member of that order. Rev. Carson of the M. E. Church preached the funeral sermon.

Alvin Eich
Source: Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy

Funeral services for Alvin Eich, 82, of Lake Benton were held Wednesday, July 18 [2007] at 2:00 p.m. at the Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Interment in Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton.
Alvin Anthony Eich was born February 2, 1925 on a farm near Sheldon, Iowa to Frank and Mary (Smith) Eich. He grew up with eleven siblings and early in his childhood his family moved to a farm near Matlock, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Church. He attended country school Dale #8 through 8th grade and then returned to help on the family farm. On April 5, 1945 he was united in marriage to Marge Kuiper in Dakota City, Nebraska. Their union was blessed with five children, Karen, Sandy, Kelly, Lea, and Jodee. After marriage they moved and farmed in Sheldon, Iowa. In 1951, they moved to a farm north of Lake Benton. In 1955, they moved to California where Alvin received his contractor's license and worked as a building contractor. In 1966, they returned back to farming north of Lake Benton. In 1974, they moved into town and Alvin worked as a carpenter. He retired in 1985. In retirement he enjoyed playing cards, fishing, repairing campers, and any family gatherings. In May of 2005 he was diagnosed with lung cancer. After a courageous battle he died at Hendricks Nursing Home on July 15, 2007 at the age of 82 years, 5 months, and 13 day.
Alvin will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 62 years, Marge, children, Karen (Alan) Johansen of Currie, MN, Sandy (Robert) Walker of League City, TX, Kelly (Kristi) Eich of Brookings, SD, Lea Lory of Wayzata, MN, Jodee (Tim) Fodstad of Grand Rapids, MN, eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, brothers, Edward of Sparks, NV, Paul of Mexico, and Frank of Townsend, MT, and one sister, Gladys Norton of Milford, IA. He was preceded in death by three sister, four brothers, parents, grandsons Jamie Eich and Bradley Walker, and two great grandchildren.

Carl A. Engdahl
Source: Omaha World Herald (Omaha, NE) Thursday, December 1, 1938; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Carl A. Engdahl, 59, of 3122 South Twenty-second street, died yesterday in a hospital in Council Bluffs after having been kicked by a horse while a work on a farm near Council Bluffs.

Survivors: Brother, Andus H., Omaha; sister, Mrs. John Halling, Arco, Minn.

Services: Friday at 2 p.m. from the N. P. Swanson chapel, Rev. Frank Hanson in charge. Burial: Forest Lawn Memorial park.

Frederick Gooch
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Friday, 15 Sept. 1911; transcribed by FoFG mz

Lake Benton, Minn. - Rev. Frederick Gooch, pastor of the M. E. church, died suddenly yesterday of pneumonia.

Clarence Heasty
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Friday, December 14, 1906; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Fearful Tragedy is Enacted on a Farm Near Hendricks, Minn.

HENDRICKS, Minn., Dec. 13.-At 8 o'clock last night, in the town of Royal, Clarence Heasty, employed on the farm of Anton Nerson, called on Stena Jensen, his sweetheart, beckoned her to come out on the porch and without remarks, pulled a revolver and shot her twice.

He then stepped off the porch and turned the pistol on himself, putting a bullet into his brain. He died in a short time. The girl cannot live.

There was no apparent cause for the act except that Heasty brooded over the fact that he could not secure a license to marry the girl, he being three months under age.

Peter Hensler
Source: Dakota County Herald (Dakota City, NE) Jan 24, 1913; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Peter Hensler, aged 85 years, a pioneer settler in Dakota county, Neb., died Sunday at his home, Waterbury, Neb. He has been ill several weeks. Funeral services will be held this morning at 9 o'clock at the Cathedral of the Epiphany. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary cemetery. Mr. Hensler is survived by his wife and seven children - Mrs. P. J. Wachter and A. Burns of Waterbury; John Hensler, of Arco, Minn; Mrs. F. Christianson, of Minnesota; Peter Hensler, jr. of Waterbury, and Mrs. F. Latzenberger and A. Braunger, of Sioux City. Mr. Hensler was born in Germany. He came to America while a young man. He was married to Miss Kate Schnyder and lived in Lincoln county, Minn. In 1878 Mr. and Mrs. Hensler moved to Dakota county, where they lived during thirty-two years. Recently Mr. Hensler quit active farming and moved to Waterbury.

Nils Jorstad
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) Wednesday, 8 Feb. 1922; transcribed by FoFG mz

Hendricks, Minn. - Nils Jorstad, 91 years old, died at his home near Astoria, following a stroke of paralysis.

Stella Kabot
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Wednesday, 19 Apr. 1911) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Ivanhoe, Minn. - Stella Kabot, aged daughter of John Kabot, died as the result of a gunshot wound accidentally inflicted by a younger brother.

Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) Wednesday, 19 Apr. 1911; transcribed by FoFG mz

Ivanhoe, Minn., April 19. - Stella Kabot, aged twenty, daughter of John Kabot, is dead as the result of a gunshot wound inflicted upon her accidentally by a younger brother who in walking away from the Kabot home swung the gun across his shoulder and in so doing caused the weapon to be discharged.

Camilla Krog
Source: Benton Valley News (MN) June 28, 1951; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 23rd, for Mrs. Erick Krog, 77, who passed away last Wednesday at the Hendricks hospital. Services were conducted at 1:30 at the home at 2:00 o'clock at Diamond Lake church, the pastor, Ray Walter Brown of Ruthton officiating.

Pallbearers were Alvin and Harold Simonsen, Johan P. and Hans Krog, Roy Nelson and Dick Werkman. Interment was in Diamond Lake cemetery.

Camilla Caspersen Krog was born Oct. 26, 1874 in Humle Byg Sogn Langeland, Denmark and passed away June 20, 1951 at the age of 77 years, at Hendricks hospital.

She was the daughter of Peter and Mette Caspersen, and came to America with her parents in 1883 to Wilno. Later the family moved to Diamond Lake. She was baptized in Denmark, confirmed in the Icelandic Lutheran church near Wilno, and later became a member of the Diamond Lake Lutheran church.

She was united in marriage on Oct. 29, 1902 to Erick Krog. They lived on a farm in Drammen twp. For forty-four years, then moved to town where she has since resided. To this union three sons were born: Peter of Bagley; Rasmus, who died in infancy, and Herbert of Lake Benton.

Mrs. Krog was preceded in death by her parents, one sister who died on the voyage to America, a sister Minnie Wrede of North Baltimore, Ohio, and her only brother, Rasmus Caspersen of Lake Benton.

Those who survive are her husband, two sons, Peter of Bagley and Herbert of lake Benton; one sister, Mrs. Emma Lund of Lake Geneva, Wis., also several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Krog was a great lover of flowers which gave her much comfort and pleasure during her many years of failing health.

Relatives from away attending the services were Mr. and Mrs. John Lund of Lake Geneva, Wis., Mrs. Peter Krog of Bagley, Herluf Krog of Okabena, Mr. and Mrs. Darwin Van Stelten, Slayton, Mrs. Bob Larson, Garvin, Mr. and Mrs. John Isfeld, Taunton, Mrs. G. C. Voss, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Nielsen of Minneapolis, Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Nielsen, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Nelson of Ivanhoe, Mrs. Justin Oien of Brookings, S. D., Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lokken, Mr. and Mrs. Ingvald Lokken, Mr. and Mrs. Kenton Weeks, Mr. Henry Rogness, Mrs. Tobias Sand, all of Hendricks, Mrs. Guy Lund of Pipestone, Mrs. Robert Jensen and Elmer, Tyler, Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Nielsen of Ramona, California.

John Leitz
Source: Aberdeen American (Aberdeen, SD) Monday, 13 Feb. 1922; transcribed by FoFG mz

Ivanhoe, Minn. - John Leitz, 68 years old, a resident of this section of the state for many years, fell dead from apoplexy as he stepped from his automobile on returning to his home after a trip to town.

Christine Nelson
Source: Omaha World Herald (Omaha, NE) Saturday, December 10, 1932; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Mrs. Christine Nelson, 80, died of heart disease Friday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Leo W. Olson, 135 West Washington avenue, after an illness of two weeks.

Surviving are her husband, Nels; three sons, Ollie of Council Bluffs, Nels Peter of Arco, Minn., and Chris of Chicago, Ill., and one daughter, Mrs. Olson of Council Bluffs. The body is at Cutlers mortuary.

Peter J. Olesen
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Monday, 3 Nov. 1919; transcribed by FoFG mz

CLOQUET, Nov. 2. - Funeral services for Peter J. Olesen, 86, father of Peter Olesen, superintendent of schools here, who died Wednesday at Lake Benton, Minn., were held yesterday at Lake Benton. The local school man attended and returned tonight. Pupils and teachers of the Cloquet schools sent floral offerings.

Mr. Olesen was born in Denmark and fought with the Danish army against Germany in the war that cost his native country Schleswig Holstein, where he lived. Rather than live under German rule he came to this country.

Besides Peter Olesen, a son, Paul, Lamberton photographer, and two daughters of Lake Benton survive.

Henry John Pope
Source: Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) April 3, 1919; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

POPE - At the residence 425 Woodward ave., April 1, 1919, Henry John Pope, aged 52 years, 7 months, beloved husband of Ricka Pope, father of Arthur F. Pope, Irvine Pope of Portland , Mrs. C. R. Holland of Salem, Or., and Mrs. C. E. Lowell of Dallas, Or.; brother of Fred Pope of Corvallis, Or.; Mrs. John Burnett of Harrisburg, Or.; Mrs. John Bing and Mrs. Charles Adams of Portland and William Pope of Arco, Minn. Friends invited to attend the funeral services, which will be held at Holman's funeral parlors at 2 P. M. today (Thursday,) April 3, 1919. Interment Rose City cemetery.

Walter F. Robinson
Source: Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) January 3, 1920; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

ROBINSON - Jan. 1, 1920, at the residence of his son, Walter F. Robinson, 1816 70th st. S. E., Markus A. Robinson, aged 84 years 16 days, beloved father of Walter Robinson of Portland, Clarence Robinson, Frank Robinson of Chicago, Harry Robinson of St. Paul, Minn.; Alonzo Robinson of Arco, Minn.; Mrs. Nettie Fenton Winona, Minn.; Will Robinson of Port Orford, Wash. Mr. Robinson was a member of Gorden Granger post, G. A. R., who will conduct the services Monday, Jan. 5, at 2 P. M., from R. T. Byrnes' parlors, 901 Williams avenue at Mason st. Interment at Rose City cemetery. Friends invited to attend.

Edward Rockensock
[Source: The Bemidji Daily Pioneer (MN) Sept. 30, 1915] mkk
The funeral of Edward Rockensock was held from the Huffman & O'Leary undertaking rooms at 2 o'clock this afternoon. Services at the cemetery were conducted by Rev. S. E. P. White. John Rockensock a brother of the deceased, from Lyon county and Richard Polesky, a brother-in-law, from Arco, Minn., arrived in the city yesterday and took charge of the arrangements. Interment was made in Greenwood cemetery.

Wm. Roos
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Minneapolis, Minn.) Thursday, 22 Sept. 1898; transcribed by FoFG mz

Wm. Roos, who was killed by falling from his buggy Tuesday afternoon, was a man well known here. He was the father of Mrs. Swan Peterson of this city. Mr. Roos was about 45 years old and of good character.

Patrick Ryan
[Source: The Irish Standard (Mpls, MN) Sept. 1, 1906, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]
Patrick Ryan, a veteran of the civil war, and one of the oldest employes of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad, died Monday night at the family residence, 2809 Third avenue south, aged 71 years. In 1862 he enlisted in the Thirty-first Wisconsin infantry, and, although wounded, served until mustered out at the close of the war. For 41 years he was in the constant employ of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad. He is survived by a wife and seven children - J. M. Ryan, train dispatcher of the Great Northern at Havre, Mont.; Mrs. J. J. Hubbard of Arco, Minn., and Mrs. Frank Archer, Misses Aggie M., Fannie and Letitia and Joseph, of this city. The funeral was held from St. Stephen's church Thursday at 9 a. m. and interment took place at St. Mary's cemetery.

Charles Soderlind
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Saturday, 30 May 1908; transcribed by FoFG mz

IVANHOE, Minn., May 29. - Charles Soderlind, vice president of the First National bank of Ivanhoe and president of the Farmers Independent Elevator company of Ivanhoe, committed suicide on his farm near here today by cutting his throat.

His act is attributed to temporary insanity, brought on by melancholia and ill health.

Rev. William Wilson
Source: Early History of Lincoln County; Complied by A. E. Tasker; Lake Benton News Print (1936) transcribed by Susan Geist

Rev. William Wilson Frozen to Death
(Lake Benton News, July 26, 1893)

Rev. William Wilson, formerly pastor of the Congregational church here (Lake Benton), got caught in a blizzard in Wyoming last December (1892) and perished. From the Tenica (Ill.) News we learn the particulars as follows:

He had been out in Wyoming, Utah, and other states selling some standard publications, and had started home. At Ham's Forks, southwest Wyoming, on the 27th of December, he left the railway and intended to take a shorter cut home. He went north into what is called Pomeroy's Basin, a sort of valley seven to nine miles wide and perhaps twenty-five miles long. The night of the twenty-seventh was very cold, 40 degrees below zero, and the next day and night were much colder, with a blizzard raging. This valley, by the way, seems to be one of the worst places for storms in the winter that can be found, while curious enough no rain falls in the summer. On this account no one lives in the valley. It appears that he encountered deep snow after entering the valley. During the blizzard, which lasted ten days with but slight intermissions, he left his horses and travelled around a good deal and finally found a shepherd's summer cabin and made a pair of snow shoes with boards taken from the house, but still was unable to get out of the valley and finally perished.

His wife, not hearing from him, became worried and wrote his brothers in different states, and a search was commenced. No trace of him, however, could be found after he left Ham's Forks on the morning of December 27, and the snow was so deep in the valley that search had to be abandoned until the latter part of April, when it was resumed and after forty days spent in search the body was found. One horse was found feeding on the mountain. The other two were not found. The remains reached Loda, Ill., June 9, where they were interred.

The remains when found had not been touched either by man or beast, and fifty odd dollars being found in his pockets.

Mr. Wilson came to this county fourteen years ago last spring and preached in Marshfield about a year and then moved to Lake Benton. He organized the Congregational Church here and it was during his pastorate that the present church was erected, in 1881. Services were at first held in the old log school house just at the foot of the hill west of the present town. This building was afterward sold by the district and moved, but is supposed to be still in existence. Afterward services were held in the school house on the hill, as it was called which, by the way, was afterward purchased by the Episcopal society, and has been remodeled and fitted up principally by the efforts of Mr. J. D. Greene, and has been called St. John's Chapel for several years.

As pastor for several years of the first church in Lake Benton, he and his estimable family were highly esteemed by our citizens who deeply sympathize with the wife and eight children who are left to mourn his terrible death. Although in somewhat straightened circumstances, yet the widow will not be entirely destitute, as Mr. Wilson had a $2,000 life insurance policy and also owned a farm in Diamond Lake township at the time of his death.

It has been generally supposed that Mr. Wilson organized the first church in the county, but this is erroneous, a church having been organized in Marshfield in 1876 or ’77 by the Reverend Henry Simmons; who afterward died here.

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