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Obituaries and Death Notices


H. F. Brodt
Source: Minneapolis Journal (21 Apr. 1900) submitted by Friends for Free Genealogy BZ
Fairmont Man Drops Dead
Fairmont Minn. April 21 H. F. Brodt, a well-to-do and high-respected citizen of this county, dropped dead in a field oh his farm.

He was a successful farmer and also engaged in the furniture business. A petition to the district court is being circulated and very generally signed to appoint a charter commission as preliminary to converting the village of Fairmont into a city. Fairmont enjoyed the distinction at present of being the largest village in the state.


Lucia Day
[Source: New Ulm Review (MN) Nov. 24, 1909, page 1; submitted by Robin Line]

MRS. DAY BURIED
Funeral Services Held at Fairmont.

The funeral of Mrs. Frank A. Day took place Wednesday of last week at Fairmont, the former home of Mr. and Mrs. Day. Members of the family and close friends were taken from St. Paul to Fairmont Tuesday evening on a special car attached to the funeral train.

Nearly all the state officers appointed by the late Gov. John A. Johnson were in Fairmont to attend the funeral. Mrs. John A. Johnson, St. Paul and F.W. Johnson, New Ulm, also attended the funeral.

Her death was due to a stroke of paralysis sustained Oct. 29th. This was the third stroke, the first having occurred about three years ago.

Lucia Howland was born in Roscoe, Ill., Aug. 20, 1854. Her parents later removed to Charles City and then to Grinnell, Iowa. She graduated at the Grinnell college at the age of 19. With other members of the family the deceased removed to Faribault county at an early day where she resided some years. Her father died at Grinnell, and her mother passed away a short time after the family moved to this state.

There were twelve children in the family of whom Mrs. Day was the youngest. The brothers and sisters who survive her are John Howland, at Blue Earth, Fred, in California, Hallect at Medford, Oregon, Mrs. Geo. R. Smith, at Rockford, Ill., Mrs. M.M. Jenkins at Sherburn, Minn., and Mrs. H.G. Day of Albert Lea. She is also survived by her husband and four children, Juanita, Constance, Marcus and Horace.


Arthur Deane
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Tuesday, 13 Nov. 1906; transcribed by FoFG mz

GRANADA, Minn., Nov. 12. – Arthur Deane of Sherburne was found dead in a creek one mile west of Granada this morning. Mr. Deane had been here about a week taking treatment and on Thursday evening he disappeared. Search was started the next morning but he was not found until today.

Mr. Deane was at one time a well-to-do man and owned the drug store at Sherburne. He leaves a wife and two daughters.

The coroner decided no inquest was necessary as it was thought he fell into the creek and was unable to get out on account of his weak condition, and froze to death.


William Eastman
Source: Dixon Evening Telegraph (IL) October 18, 1913; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
The funeral of William E. Eastman, who passed away Oct. 16, at the home of his son, Frank, in Ceylon, Minn., will be held in Dixon from the home of his son Charles Eastman, 506 Peoria avenue, Monday afternoon at 2:30. Rev. Fred D. Stone will officiate at the services and burial will take place in Oakwood. The remains will arrive here Sunday at 6:30 a. m.

William Eastman was born in Cumberland, Md., August 25, 1937. In November, 1861, he was married to Sarah Ellen Ware, at her home in Berlin, Pa. His wife preceded him in death July 13, 1897, while in the east on a visit.

In 1865 Mr. and Mrs. Eastman came to Lee county and purchased a big farm in Marion township, where they both resided until Mrs. Eastman's death, after which Mr. Eastman made his home with his sons and daughters, who are Hattie, who died in infancy; Mrs. Geo. Cleaver, Pierre, S. D.; Mrs. Robert Hutchinson, Spokane, Wash; Calvin, Chicago; Charles and Lee, Dixon; Frank, Ceylon, Minn.; Henry, Renwich, Iowa; Clinton, Frankfurt, S. D., and Fred, Ellendale, S. D.

Mr. Eastman was a man with numberless friends. During his life as a prosperous farmer he made a name for himself as one of the best horsemen in this part of the state. His death was the result of paralysis, from which he suffered five strokes.

The death of this man marks the close of a life of goodness and sincerity, and many residents of this vicinity are saddened by the news.


Ernest W. Eisenbarger
Source: personal papers of Oscar and Jewell Eisenbarger, Funeral Card, Transcribed by FoFG, MB

Born: May 3, 1906
Died: November 17, 1972
Funeral Services 2:00 p.m. Granada Congregational Church, Granada Minnesota, Rev. K. Sykora officiating. Interment: Center Creek Cemetery, Granada Minnesota


Ora Martin Eisenbarger
Source: Personal papers of Oscar and Jewell Eisenbarger, Funeral Card, transcribed by FoFG, M.B.

Born: Oct. 4, 1913
Died: June 24, 1967
Funeral Services were Tuesday, June 27, 1967 at 2:00 p.m., Granada Congregational Church, Rev. Ernest Strandberg, officiating.
Interment at Fairview Memorial Park.

Source: personal papers of Oscar and Jewell Eisenbarger, unknown newspaper clipping, transcribed by FoFG, MB

Granada Oil Dealer dies at age 53
Funeral services for Ora M. Eisenbarger, 53, Granda oil dealer who died Saturday from a heart attack, will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Granada Congregational Church.

Mr. Eisenbarger was stricken about mid morning at his oil station. Present were his son, James and County Commissioner Melvin Roforth. He was born October 4, 1913 in Harrison Co. Mo., coming to the Granada area with his parents in 1919. He graduated from Granada High School in 1932 and on Sept. 19, 1934 he married Lucille Bullard.

He was associated with his father in a farming and dairy business until 1943, then joined his brother Ernest, in farming and corn shelling operation. In 1962 he became a partner of Chester Short in the Granada Oil Company.
Mr. Eisenbarger served on the Center Creek Township board for 19 years. He was a 4-H leader for 13 years and in 1958 was named one of four state alumni 4-H leaders. He served on the Granada Congregational Church board, was secretary of Center Creek Telephone Association, Member of Odd Fellows, active in Farm Bureau and other enterprises.

Surviving are his wife and a son and daughter, James and Mrs. Don Gronewald, both of Granada. There are three grandchildren. A brother and sister are Ernest Eisenbarger and Mrs. Dale Barnes, both of Granada.


William Eisenbarger (1883-1970)
Source: personal papers of Oscar and Jewell Eisenbarger, unknown newspaper clipping, transcribed by FoFG, M.B.

Funeral services for William Eisenbarger, 87, were held at 11 o’clock, Friday, Oct. 23 in the Methodist Church in Winnebago, with the Rev. Dudley Keech officiating. Interment was in Center Creek cemetery at Granda.

Mr. Eisenbarger died Tuesday morning in St. Joseph Hospital in Mankato, where he was admitted Oct. 12, after fracturing his hip in a fall at his home. Surgery was performed.

Mr. Eisenbarger was born Oct. 2, 1883, in Martinsville, Mo. He was married Sept. 12, 1909 to Bessie Shoemaker at Eagleville, Mo. They came to Minnesota in 1914 and farmed in the Granada area for 30 years, retiring to Winnebago in 1944.

Survivors are his wife, two daughters, Muza, Mrs. Victor Spencer and Leona, Mrs. Gilbert Henriksen of Truman; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Also three brothers, Oscar of Bethany, Mo. Lloyd of Eudora, Kan. and Roy of King City, Mo. and two sisters, Mrs. Lida Piburn of Martinsville and Mrs. Millard Cox of Bethany, Mo. Mr. Eisenbarger was a gentle, kind man who will be missed by many.


Gerhard Gjertsen
Source: Minneapolis Journal (24 Mar. 1896)
submitted by Friends for Free Genealogy BZ 

At Fairmont Minn. March 23, died of typhoid fever, Gerhard Gjertsen, aged 43. Remains will be brought to Minneapolis for burial.


John Hayworth
Source: Minneapolis Journal (25 Nov. 1897) submitted by Friends for Free Genealogy BZ

Died At Fairmont
Special To The Journal
Fairmont Minn. Nov 24 John Hayworth, an old respected resident of Martin County and respected citizen of Fairmont, died today of internal cancer, after a long illness. He was 68 years old, an old soldier and a prominent member of the G.A.R. and an active and enthusiastic mason, and the funeral will be conducted under the auspices of these orders.


Mrs. Fred Helmich
Source: The Pioneer (MN) March 12, 1919; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

MRS. HELMICH DIES.
Mrs. and Mrs. Henry Klug, Sr., of Nymore have received a message announcing the death of their daughter Mrs. Fred Helmich of Ceylon, Minn., death being due to pneumonia. Her death is particularly sad, owing to the number of small children she leaves. There are eight children ranging from five months to fifteen years in age and their father is also seriously ill from the Spanish "flu." She leaves three brothers surviving.


Arthur Hugdahl
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (17 Nov. 1915) submitted by Friends for Free Genealogy BZ

Funeral services lor Arthur Hugdahl, who died Sunday at the state sanatorium at Walker, Minn., will be held tomorrow, at 1:30 p. m. from the family home, 25 North Sixty-second avenue West, and at 2 o'clock from. Our Savior's Sorwegian Lutheran church, .Fifty-seventh avenue West and Wadena street. Interment will be in Oneota cemetery. Rev, B. L. Opdahl will officiate.

Arthur Hugdahl was 20 years old and had been ill of tuberculosis but a few months. He was at the Nopeming sanatorium before his removal to Walker, and until a short time before his death recovery was expected.

The deceased was reared in West Duluth and was well-known through-out of the western section of the city

He attended the Fairmont school and until his illness was employed at Freimuth's store. He is survived by his father, Hans Hugdahl, and a sister, Miss Ragna Hugdahl.


William R. Keitzer
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Wednesday, 9 Apr. 1911) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Truman, Minn. – William R. Keitzer, a wealthy retired farmer living in this village, died last night of dropsy.


Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Lester
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) Wednesday, 24 May 1893; transcribed by FoFG mz

FAIRMONT, Minn., May 24. – About two weeks Mrs. Harvey Lester, of Nashville, suddenly died while in apparently good health. Considerable credit was given to a rumor that she had been purposely put out of the way, but Coroner Rice could see no suspicious signs that would warrant an inquest. Now comes the startling phase of the affair. On Friday evening last Harvey Lester, husband of the woman above mentioned, went to bed after eating a hearty supper and seemingly in the best of health. He was found dead in bed the following morning, and the community is worked up to a great state of excitement over the occurrence. Despite all the talk there is nothing to show that the couple were the victims of foul play, as there was no object in their being put out of the way. The occupants of the house were a married son and unmarried daughter of the deceased couple.


Peter Lund
Source: Minneapolis Journal (25 Oct. 1895) submitted by Friends for Free Genealogy BZ
Crushed to Death
Special to The Journal.
Fairmont, Minn., Oct. 25 Wednesday, Peter Lund, a farmer living in Manyaska township, this county, while endeavoring to couple the separator and engine of a threshing outfit, was crushed between them, dying before medical assistance could be secured.


James McHench
Source: Minneapolis Journal (27 Apr. 1895) submitted by Friends for Free Genealogy BZ
Hon. James McHench Died
Special To The Journal
Fairmont, Minn. April 27, Hon. James McHench died today of cancer of the stomach. He has been prominent in state politics for many years, as state senator, vice president of the state fair board, county treasurer for eight years and at his death a member of the late capitol commission.


Leo Neal
Source: Aberdeen American (Aberdeen, SD) Wednesday, 19 Feb. 1913; transcribed by FoFG mz

In the speaking of the funeral of Leo Neal, formerly of this city, who was buried at Fairmont, Minn., last week, the Fairmont Sentinel says the following:

"The funeral of Leo Neal was held at the Congregational church Tuesday afternoon, the remains having been shipped here from Colorado, where the young man died.

"He was the son of Mrs. Freeman Jones and was twenty-one years of age.

"He had long been a sufferer from tuberculosis and was sent to Colorado several months ago with the hope that his health would be better there, but he gradually failed and fell another victim to the great white plague."


Chris Nelson
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Monday, 28 Jan. 1918; transcribed by FoFG mz

GRANADA, Jan. 27. – Relatives received word today of the death of Chris Nelson, Company G, One Hundred and Thirty-Fifth infantry, First Minnesota, who died at the base hospital at Camp Cody, N. M., where he was in training.


Avery J. Porter
Source: The Hillsboro Argus (OR) Jan. 22, 1903; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Avery J. Porter, whose death occurred Friday in Portland, was born near this place July 24, 1863, and with the exception of two years spent at Fresno, Cal., had been a continuous resident of Washington county. He was a son of Jerome Porter, who was one of the best known horsemen in Oregon, and who died here in 1896. He received his education at the public school here, and was a former student of Tuslatin Academy and Pacific University. In 1897 he married Miss Myrtle Johnson a daughter of John Johnson, of North Yamhill, who, with twin children, survives him. His mother died here a year ago, but he has a sister, Mrs. Nellie Campbell, of Ceylon, Minn., and two brothers, Cary Porter and William Raffety, of Forest Grove. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Daniel Staver here today.


Ellen Porter
Source: Oregonian (Portland, OR) Tuesday, December 10, 1901; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

DEATH OF AN OREGON PIONEER OF 1845.
Forest Grove, Dec. 9.-Mrs. Ellen Porter, and Oregon pioneer of 1845, aged nearly 65 years, died at her home, one mile west of this place, Saturday night. She was born in Ohio, and crossed the plains to Oregon by way of Meek’s cut-off. The party were lost in the mountains, and suffered great hardships. Mrs. Porter was twice wedded in Washington County, her first marriage being to Joseph Raffety, in 1856, who died five years later. They had two sons, one of whom, William Raffety, of Forest Grove, is living. In 1862 she was married to Jerome A. Porter, who died in 1896. Four children survive-A very J., Charles A., Cary W. and Mrs. Collin Campbell, of Ceylon, Minn. Charles A. left home over 20 years ago, and has not been heard from. Avery L. is living in California, and Cary on the farm here. Deceased had been a member of the Congregational Church for over 40 years. Interment will be in the Buxton cemetery.


Bernhard Richter
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (30 Nov. 1911) submitted by Friends for Free Genealogy BZ 

DEATH AT CLOQUET.
(News Tribune Special.) CLOQUET. Minn.. Nov. 29.—Bernhard Richter died Monday night at the home of his father. J. T. Richter; after suffering for more than a year from rheumatism and heart trouble. The deceased was 18 years old and was well known In Cloquet. The remains were shipped to Fairmont Minn. Tuesday night on the midnight train. A short service was conducted by Rev. C. H. Blake at 8 o'clock Tuesday evening: at the home.


John Schrooten
Source: Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Thursday, 24 Mar. 1921; transcribed by FoFG mz

Fairmont, Minn., March 23. – John Schrooten, state representative from Martin county in 1913 and 1915, died at Long Beach, Cal. Yesterday. He is survived by two children.

Funeral services will be held here Sunday.


Sarah Snell
Source: Daily Register Gazette (Rockford, IL) Saturday, June 20, 1903; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

FORMER ROCKFORDITE DIES IN MINNESOTA.
Mrs. Sarah Snell, a former resident of this city, died at her home in Ceylon, Minn., June 12. Mrs. Snell resided in this city a number of years ago and was a member of the local Swedish M. E. church during her stay here. A sister, Mrs. Anderson, resides here.


Frank Wade
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (4 Mar. 1919) submitted by Friends for Free Genealogy BZ

FRANK WADE, BROTHER OF DULUTH MAN, DEAD
Frank E. Wade, mayor of Fairmont and brother of B. C. Wade, general secretary of the Duluth Y. M. C. A., died at his .home, after a short period of Illness, yesterday, Mr. Wade was widely Interested in business and political affairs of southern Minnesota, and was personally interested in many of the industries of Fairmont

The funeral will be held at 2:50 o'clock tomorrow.


Philip Wohlhuter
Source: Minneapolis Journal (28 Dec. 1896) submitted by Friends for Free Genealogy BZ

Dead at Fairmont
Special To The Journal
Fairmont, Minn. Dec 28, Philip Wohlhuter, a highly respected citizen of Martin county, died in Silver Lake township at the age of 89 years. He was the father of Secretary George Wohlhuter of the Ward & Cadwell company, and uncle of Register of Deeds-elect Valentine; Wohlhulter.



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