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Obituaries


John Anderson
Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Sunday, January 14, 1923; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

DIED AT LITCHVILLE.
Kingston, Minn., Jan. 13.-John Anderson, 60, of Kingston, died Thursday at the home of his brother, C. W. Anderson, at Litchville, N. D. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday and interment made in a cemetery here. He was born in Sweden, but came to America 39 years ago.


James B. Atkinson
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) Monday, 10 Dec. 1894; transcribed by FoFG mz 

LITCHFIELD, Minn., Dec. 10. – By the death of James B. Atkinson, which occurred in this city from heart failure just before noon, one of the old landmarks of the county and state has been removed. Mr. Atkinson was a native of Canada, where he was born Nov. 13, 1822. He came to Meeker county in 1857.


James A. Austin
The Oregonian, 24 December 1922] Transcribed by James Van Der Mark

Death took James A. Austin, pioneer of Minnesota and long a resident of Oregon, at his home in Woodburn on December 20. He was 80 years of age and had been in ill health for several years. Funeral services were said on Friday afternoon in Woodburn, his home for a third of a century. He was born at Monroe, Wis., in 1842. In 1864 he moved to Minnesota, where in may he took up a homestead in Meeker county. Two months before he married Sarah L. Barrick at Faribault, Minn. Four sons and two daughters were born from the union. The year 1889 saw his advent to Oregon. In the fall of 1891 he established a grocery business in Woodburn and remained active up until six years ago. Mrs. Austin died in Woodburn in November, 1892. He married Mrs. Jennie M. Carlson in September, 1895. He leaves his widow at the home in Woodburn and the surviving children of the first union: A. E. and H. M Austin of Woodburn, L. B. Austin of Pasadena, Cal, Mrs. W. B. Cornutt of Portland and Laura F. Austin, Bombay, India. An elder son died in Minnesota in 1889.


Mrs. Daniel Byrnes
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) November 4, 1890; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

The death of Mrs. Daniel Byrnes, mother of T. E. and John T. Byrnes, occurred at Kingston, Minn., Saturday. The deceased was sixty-eight years of age. The Messrs. Byrnes left for Kingston immediately upon receipt of the news.


Emily Carter
Source: Winthrop News (MN) Nov. 24, 1932, page 3; submitted by Robin Line.

After a search of seven weeks, Harry Carter of Dassel found the body of his mother, Ms. Emily Carter, 78 years old, in a lake near her home. He had continued to search long after the organized search for her had ended and finally found the body embedded in the ice and mud of the lake after covering the shallow body of water inch by inch. Mrs. Carter disappeared on the evening of September 19 when she stepped outside without wraps telling her family that she was going for a walk. She did not return and a general alarm was raised. Hutchinson citizens and other citizens of nearby towns assisted in the search. Sellard's Lake, where her body was found, lies a mile west of Dassel and is surrounded with mud and quicksand.


Patrick Casey
Source: The Irish Standard (Minneapolis, MN) Aug. 18, 1894; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

DEATH OF AN OLD PIONEER.
Patrick Casey, an Esteemed Citizen of Meeker County, Passes Away.

Special to The Irish Standard.
DARWIN, Minn., August 13. - Patrick Casey, one of the earliest settlers of Meeker county, died at his home last Friday after a prolonged illness and was buried here today. His funeral was the largest ever witnessed in the county, the procession to the cemetery extending about a mile and a half in length. The remains were conveyed to the church where solemn requiem high mass was celebrated by Father Boland, of Litchfield, assisted by Father McDevitt, of Mananah, as deacon, and Father Gleason, of St. Paul, as subdeacon. Father McCabe, of Darwin, preached the funeral sermon, and in a touching manner paid a deserving tribute to the memory of the deceased whom he had attended during his illness and prepared for a happy death. In speaking of his departed parishioner, Father McCabe declared that by his exemplary life he reflected honor on both the land of this nativity and of his adoption as well as on the church to which he adhered with fidelity during a long life. He said his career as a citizen and a christian was a model for his hearers to imitate, and that he had passed from earth to his eternal reward with the respect and esteem of all who knew him.

Mr. Casey was born in Ballyporeen, County of Tipperary, Ireland, in 1816 and was 78 years and 5 months old at the time of his death. he left his native home in 1848 in company with the late John Nash, of Minneapolis, and after spending seven years in Pittsburg, Pa., where he married Nora McRaith, he removed to Minnesota and carved out a home for himself in the then wilderness within four miles of this town. That was in 1856, and he was first settler in that locality. There he resided continually until his death except for three years he lived in Minneapolis after the Sioux massacre of 1862, when the Indians attacked the settlers and killed several of them with barbaric cruelty. Mr. Casey and the other Irish farmers in the vicinity escaped the fury of the red men, as they gained the good will of the Indians by their kind and hospitable treatment of them when they visited their homes for food and clothing. Shakopee, the Indian chief, was a frequent visitor at Mr. Casey's home, and showed his friendliness by warning him and his Irish neighbors of the impending massacre. The Germans and Scandinavians did not win the friendship of the aborigines as the Irish did, and they fell victims to the tomahawk and scalping knives of the savages. After the terror inspired by the massacre had passed away, Mr. Casey returned to his farm and lived there undisturbed until he died full of years and honors. He leaves behind him his good wife who shared all his joys and sorrows, and six sons and six daughters of whom he had reason to be proud. Three sons and one daughter are married and reside within a few miles of the paternal homestead. One of the daughters is in the convent in East Minneapolis and is known as Sister Emerantia. From time to time Mr. Casey bought land in the vicinity of his home for his children until he had acquired possession of 1,200 acres of the finest land in the county. He was a brother of the late Mrs. John Nash, of Minneapolis, mother of County Commissioner Nash, and of the late Mrs. Gibbons, mother of Mrs. M. W. Flannigan, of the same city. the deceased was universally esteemed and his death will be read with regret by a large circle of acquaintances who peruse THE IRISH STANDARD. For the last twenty-one years he was a member of the Father Mathew T. A. A. and during his long and painful illness he refused to taste wine even when prescribed by his attending physician. All his sons have followed his noble example in abstaining from intoxicating drink. Members of the society acted as the pall-bearers: John Keeley, Thomas Cunningham, Michael Hurley, Daniel Daugherty, Martin Branley and William White. His bereaved family have the heartfelt condolence of numerous friends in their affliction, who will fervently pray for the eternal repose of the faithful departed.


Frank Daggett
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Friday, 20 Oct. 1876; transcribed by FoFG mz

We very much regret to hear of the sudden death of Frank Daggett, editor of the Litchfield News-Ledger, of apoplexy, on last Saturday. He fell dead while sitting in his chair at home. Mr. D. was one of the most genial and popular members of the fraternity in this State and was an excellent citizen.


Mrs. J. F. Eby
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Saturday, 27 Feb. 1915; transcribed by FoFG mz

The funeral of Mrs. J. F. Eby, 305 East Isanti street, wife of Joseph F. Eby, [phrase illegible] will take place at the residence Monday at 2:30 o’clock, with Rev. Le Grand Pace, pastor of the First Christian church, officiating. Internment will be in Forest Hill cemetery.

Mrs. Eby was 40 years old and had been a resident of the city for about 20 years. She taught school in Duluth for four years and was an active worker in the First Christian church and Sunday school.

She was born in Indianapolis in 1873. In 1875 she went to Litchfield, Minn., where she was graduated from the Litchfield high school. Later she was graduated from the normal school at St. Cloud.


Even Evenson
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Monday, 30 Jan. 1911) transcribed by FoFG mz

LITCHFIELD, Minn., Jan. 29. – Even Evenson, one of the most prominent of the old settlers of Meeker county, died Saturday from pneumonia, aged 67. He formerly represented the county in the legislature and held other important offices. He was president of the Minnesota Mutual Creamery association.


Mr. & Mrs. Milton Gorton
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Thursday, 2 Jan. 1902; transcribed by FoFG mz

LITCHFIELD, Minn., Jan. 1. – Mr. and Mrs. Milton Gorton were burned to death at their residence four miles northeast of Litchfield at 10 o’clock last night. There were but three persons in the house, the two old people and the hired man, Frank Addy, eighteen years old. He escaped with but a shirt and that was on fire. Mr. Gorton had been an invalid for years.

Chris Heaney
Anaconda Standard (20 Jan. 1917) Transcribed and contributed by: AFOFG FC

Minnesota Pioneer Dies at Eighty Years of Age
William Heaney, assistant jailer at police headquarters, received word Thursday night of the death of his father, Chris Heaney, in Meeker County, Minn. Chris Heaney, who was 80 old, settled in Minnesota before the civil war. James and Owen Heaney and Mrs. John Lovett, Mrs. Feeney and Mrs. James Silk, all of Butte, are children of Chris Heaney. One unusual incident connected with the death was that Chris Heaney, a few hours before he died, read a telegram from Ontario telling of the death of his brother that same day.


John Herman
Source: Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Sunday, 25 Sept. 1892; transcribed by FoFG mz

LITCHFIELD, Minn., Sept. 24. – John Herman, a plasterer, was murdered here during the evening. Herman, with two other men, had trouble in a saloon, separated and came together again in the outskirts of the town, when Herman was shot dead. One of the men has been arrested, but the other is still at large.

C. W. Johnson
Aberdeen Weekly News SD (17 Oct. 1895) transcribed by FoFG MZ

MOUND CITY, S.D., Oct. 10. – C. W. Johnson, president of the Campbell County State Bank, died on Tuesday, October 8th, of entric fever, after an illness of four weeks. His remains will be taken for internment in a sealed casket to Litchfield, Minnesota, his former home. It is not known what will be done with the banking concern here, though it is probable his wife may continue doing business, with W. O. Irwin as cashier.


Olaf Johnson
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Friday, 28 Oct. 1921; transcribed by FoFG mz

Deaths
JOHNSON - Olaf, age 75, 1910 East Third street. Died Oct. 25. Internment at Litchfield, Minn., Oct. 27.

D. W. Krueger
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Wednesday, 29 June 1898) transcribed by FoFG mz

Litchfield, Minn., June 29. – D. W. Krueger, who came to Meeker county in 1857, died at his home in Litchfield yesterday, aged 80 years. He was a well-to-do retired farmer, and respected by all who knew him for his sterling character and integrity. He leaves a wife and several grown-up children.


Michael McGraw Sr.
Source: New Ulm Weekly Review, (New Ulm, Minn.) 27 Mar. 1878; submitted by Kathy McDaniel

Michael McGraw, Sr., a resident of Greenleaf township, Meeker county, since 1859, died on the 5th, aged 67 years.


James F. O'Brien
Source: Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Wednesday, 25 Apr. 1894; transcribed by FoFG mz

DEVILS LAKE, N.D., April 24 – The funeral services over the remains of Judge James F. O’Brien were held at the Catholic church in this city this morning. At the close of the services, John O’Brien, brother of the deceased, arrived from St. Paul. The remains will be taken to Litchfield, Minn., for internment. The train held here last evening will be released for the purpose.


Mrs. A. E. Peterson
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Thursday, 8 Aug. 1912; transcribed by FoFG mz

News of the death of Mrs. A. E. Peterson which occurred at the home of her parents in Litchfield, Minn., on Tuesday, was received here with much surprise by former friends of the deceased. Mrs. Peterson was the wife of Rev. A. E. Peterson, former pastor of the First Baptist church here. The deceased had suffered from a cancerous affliction for several months.


Joshua Mackrice Pitman
Source: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1901-1902, Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by Kim Mohler
Class of 1841 – JOSHUA MACKRICE PITMAN. Born, May 29, 1819, Meredith, N.H. Son of Ebenezer and Abigail (Richardson) Pitman. He taught at Durham; was preceptor of Gilford Academy for one year, and assistant principal of Gilmanton Academy from 1843-45. He studied divinity at Andover Theological Seminary, graduating in 1848, and was ordained a Baptist minister.
Later he lived at Litchfield, Minn.
Date of death not known.


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