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Claude Austin
Source: "Huron (SD) Daily Plainsman", Wednesday, Jan. 30, 1974 -- Submitted by Karen Seeman

Mankato, Minn.—Claude Austin, 84, of 325 Page Ave., North Mankato, died Saturday. The funeral service was to be held Wednesday morning in Mankato with graveside rite in the afternoon at Winona, Minn. Austin, a retired accountant for the C. & N. W. Railway, lived at North Mankato 18 years and prior to that resided in Chicago, Huron and Winona. He is survived by a sister in California, nieces and nephews. His wife Clara died Aug. 14, 1970.

Chauncey R. Barnes
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Tuesday, 23 Jan. 1917; transcribed by FoFG mz

ST. PETER, Minn., Jan. 22. – Chauncey R. Barnes, who had served as editor or printer on newspapers and other publications in Detroit, St. Louis and St. Paul, died at the state hospital here today, age 76. He was well known throughout the northwest.

W. J. Bean
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Minneapolis, MN) Wednesday, 10 Jan. 1900; transcribed by FoFG mz

St. Peter, Minn., Jan. 10. – W. J. Bean of Granby, a former member of the Minnesota legislature and father of J. B. Bean, present member of the house from Nicollet county, died at his home this morning from injuries sustained in a runaway on Monday evening. Mr. Bean was one of the early settlers of the county and one of its best-known citizens.

Emma Bergquist
Source: Winthrop News (MN) Jan. 11, 1923, page 1; submitted by Robin Line.

Found Prostrate On Railway Tracks
Mrs. C.F. Bergquist Suffers Apoplectic Stroke From Which She Fails to Rally.

The uncertainty of death has been again revealed in the unexpected demise of Mrs. C. F. Bergquist of Lafayette, well known in and about Winthrop, where this estimable woman had made her home for many years.

Her sad and sudden death, which might be termed nothing short of tragic, occurred on Wednesday morning at the hour of 2:30 a.m.

On the afternoon previous to her death she went to the home of her son, Theo. F. Bergquist, and had spent the afternoon visiting, apparently in the best spirits and enjoying her usual good health. This was about 3:00 p.m. About 6:30 she left her son's residence to return home. At this time Mr. Bergquist, her husband, phoned to learn if she was on her way, and was so informed that she had already left homeward bound. She and husband had planned on attending prayer meeting that evening.

Several minutes elapsed and Mr. Bergquist again made inquiry by phone as to her whereabouts and it was then that he was informed of the shocking news.

Her body was found lying prostrate across the M.& St. L. tracks by Mr. Anderson, a grocery dealer. Help was immediately summoned and she was carried to the office of Dr. F. W. -ehmler (unable to read last name of Dr.), but all possible aid was of no avail. She failed to regain consciousness. Her fall was thought to have intensified the hemorrhage of brain, which bought on the sudden stroke, and which cost her her life.

From the imprints in the snow it was discovered that after her collapse she had forcibly dragged her body a considerable distance in an effort to reach her home, but fell into unconsciousness when she had reached the railway tracks where her prostrate body was found. The news of her sad and unexpected death when received here came as a distinct shock to her wide circle of friends throughout this community. Her last visit to her old home, Winthrop, was shortly before Christmas, when she greeted friends in her usual happy spirit and was enjoying good health.

Emma Appelquist was a native of Sweden. Her birthplace was Island of Kollands, Vestergotland. She was born on May 15, 1856, and had attained the age of 66 years, 7 months and 18 days.

In was in the year of 1872, when 16 years of age, that she immigrated to America accompanying her brothers, who came westward and located in Sibley county, Minn., at an early date following the arrival to the U.S. she continued her residence with her brothers on the farm in Alfsborg and on March 5, 1874, she was united in marriage to Mr. Bergquist. In the fall of 1874 Mr. and Mrs. Bergquist moved to St. Peter residing there until 1882 when they moved to Fremont, Iowa, where Mr. Bergquist accepted a position as organist and instructor. In the spring of 1884 Mr. Bergquist accepted a call as organist from the Augusta church in Minneapolis.

It was in this city that the deceased continued her residence until 1892, when she located at Winthrop where she lived for 28 years. In May 1920, she moved to Lafayette, her husband being a pioneer builder of that village and accredited with un--ading the first consignment of --mber at that point, and where he has since maintained his business interests.

Mrs. Bergquist was the proud mother of five sons. They are Dr. -E., of Duluth; Prof. J. Victor, of Minneapolis; Theodore, of Lafayette; Prof. E.B. of Little Falls; and Cscar, Druggist at Galesville, Wis.

She leaves to mourn her sad death her aged husband, five sons; two brothers, Gust Larson, of Alfsborg; Swan Strom of Rockford, Illinois. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren.

Mrs. Bergquist was a woman of strong Christian faith and was held in high esteem by all who knew her. She was of kind hearted and charitable disposition and never falter in her duty as a devoted wife and mother and true neighbor and friend. In her loss the community mourns the death of one of its most beloved citizens.

Funeral services were held Saturday. A devotional was held at the T. F. Bergquist home in Lafayette, followed by services in the Lafayette, followed by services in the Lafayette Swedish Lutheran church. This was followed by services at the Swedish Lutheran church in Winthrop, burial being made in the Winthrop cemetery. The officiating clergymen were Rev. A.F. Lundquist of Winthrop, and Rev. John H. Nelson of Lafayette.

The five sons and a brother, Swan Strom, served as pall bearers. The floral offerings were many and beautiful and a large number both here and at Lafayette were in attendance to pay their last respects to this beloved woman.

Ida Bittner
Source: The Minneapolis Journal (MN) December 19, 1906; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

ST. PETER, MINN.-The remains of Miss Ida Bittner were brought here yesterday from Salem, N. D., for burial. Miss Bittner had taken a homestead near New Salem, and the lightly constructed building on her claim did not afford sufficient protection from the rigorous North Dakota weather. Following a prolonged cold spell she contracted pneumonia and died.

Julius H. Block
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Tuesday, 28 Sept. 1915; transcribed by FoFG mz

The body of Julius H. Block, former state treasurer, who died early Sunday morning at St. Mary’s hospital, was sent to St. Peter, Minn., last night for burial. Funeral services, under the auspices of St. Peter Masons will be held this morning.

Mrs. Alfred Broe
Source: The Republican Press (Atwater, MN), January 3, 1930
Mankato-Mrs. Alfred Broe, 35, of Delavan, Minn., was found dead in a room, at the Hotel Heinrich here. Mrs. Broe had made rope out of bed sheets and hanged herself from the bed.

William Budde
Source: Nicollet Leader (MN), 5 April 1913

"The funeral of William Budde, a former resident of Belgrade township, was held from the Kerns church Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, and interment was made in the church Cemetery. Rev. A. A. Schendel of Mankato had charge of the services. Mr. Budde died very suddenly last Saturday morning at a Mankato hospital of apoplexy. The deceased was born in Hanover, Germany, 76 years ago last December. He came to America when he was about nine years old and settled with his parents in Cook county, Ill. His father died soon after going there and Mr. Budde with his mother and sister moved to Chicago, where he remained until after his marriage in 1855. He came to Minnesota thirty-five years ago, and located in Belgrade township where Mr. Budde purchased a farm. About twenty years ago he moved to Mankato to reside and has lived there continuously since that time. He leaves three daughters and two sons. They are Mrs. J. H. Reed of Glenville, Ill., Mrs. G. W. Johnson of Kerns, Philip Budde of Washington, Frank Budde of Kerns and Mrs. Cora Westbrook of Glenview, Ill. His wife died a year ago last November. Mr. Budde's friends are [end of data]

Obit: This version of the obituary was found in Cora Budde Westbrook's house after her death. The source was not attached.
BUDDE - William Budde was born in Hanover, Germany Dec. 5, 1835, and died from apoplexy, Dec. 29, 1913. When he was about 9 years old, he came with his parents to America and settled in Cook Co., Ill. Soon, however, his father died, after which the family moved to Chicago. After his marriage in 1855, he moved to Wheeling, Ill., and in 1879 came to Minnesota and settled in Nicollet Co. About 14 years later, he moved with his family to Mankato, Minn., where he resided until his death. Brother Budde was converted in his youth under the influence of the Evangelical Association and tried to live a Christian life and serve God. His wife died in 1911. He leaves 2 sons and 3 daughters, besides many other friends. A. A. SCHENDEL. (Newspaper obituary)

R. D. Collins
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Minneapolis, MN) Monday, 14 Feb. 1898; transcribed by FoFG mz

St. Peter, Minn., Feb. 14. – Dr. R. D. Collins died at noon to-day after several weeks’ illness. He was one of the best-known physicians in the state, having been for many years a member of the state lunacy commission, and was also prominent in other ways. He was one of the leaders of the republican party and served as a member of the state central committee for many years. During the twenty-seven years that he had been practicing medicine in the state, he was a member of the government pension board. He served in the late war and was a member of the G.A.R. He was a brother of B. S. Collins of the firm of Grennell & Collins of Minneapolis and of W. R. Collins, auditor of the Soo road.

Joseph W. Davis
Source: Duluth News Tribune (23 Feb. 1907) transcribed by FoFG MZ

MANKATO, Feb. 22. – Joseph W. Davis, a prominent resident of Lake Crystal, died at St. Joseph’s hospital in this city last night of a complication of diseases, but the immediate cause of death was heart disease. Deceased was 48 years old and was unmarried. He was town clerk of Judson for nine years and manager of the Eureka creamery. He was also a prominent Knight of Pythias.

Agnes Delger
Source: Winthrop News (MN) March 29, 1923, page 1; submitted by Robin Line.

This week we are called upon to chronicle the sad death of Mrs. Ralph Delger of Sibley township, who passed away at their home on Tuesday, March 13th, at 11:20 p.m. Cause of death was lobar pneumonia. Mrs. Delger was sick for about eight days and her death is a hard blow to the husband and son, as well as to relatives and friends.

Mrs. Ralph Delger (nee Agnes E. Peterson) was born in Nicollet county on July 31st, 1877 and her age on July 31st of this year would be 46 years. On June 28th 1904 she was married to Mr. Ralph Delger, and they have lived on the farm in Sibley continuously since. A son, Burton, was born to them, his age being 16 years.

Besides the husband and son, she leaves to mourn her death her aged mother, 4 sisters and 2 brothers, namely: Thos. Peterson of San Diego, Cal.; Arthur of Norseland; Mrs. C.A. Anderson of Taylor Falls; Mrs. F.W. Severt, Chicago; Mrs. F. Godfrey, Denver, Col.; Mrs. J. Baldwin, Denver, Col.

The funeral was held Friday afternoon with services at the Sibley Lutheran church and interment in the cemetery of that congregation.-Hub.

Mrs. William Dickmeyer
[Source: New Ulm Review (MN) July 13, 1892; submitted by Robin Line]

A Woman Takes Poison.
Last Wednesday in the town of West Newton near Fairfax a married woman, named Mrs. Wm. Dickmeyer, ended her life by taking poison. The dose consisted in two teaspoonful of paris green and the agony lasted for several hours before it resulted in death. She had been troubled with melancholy; it seems, during the past few years and her life was far from a happy one. To New Ulm people she will be best known by her maiden name of Sophie Stark. For several years she worked at the home of August Schell.

Martha Erickson
Source: Duluth News Tribune (23 Feb. 1907) transcribed by FoFG MZ

ST. PETER, Minn., Feb. 22. – Mrs. Martha Erickson for more than 40 years a resident of Nicollet county, died at her home in this city, aged 78. Mrs. Erickson and her husband settled in Lake Prairie township in 1862, but a few months later the Sioux uprising occurred and they narrowly escaped being captured by the Indians. Mrs. Erickson is survived by five children.

Grausam Baby Boy
Source: New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN) November 15, 1911, page 2; submitted by Robin Line

Mr. and Mrs. J. Grausam of Ridgely Township mourn the loss of their three months old baby boy whose death occurred Wednesday. The child was buried in the Catholic cemetery at St. George Friday morning.

John Gronholz
Source: Winthrop News (MN) Oct. 25, 1923, page 2; submitted by Robin Line.

Courtland Farmer Crushed To Death
When Automobile collides With M. & St. L. Freight at New Ulm Crossing.
(Brown County Journal.)
A most distressing accident which caused the death of John Gronholz, 60, well-known Courtland township farmer, occurred about 5:45 Wednesday afternoon where Twelfth South street crosses the M. & St. L. tracks. Mr. Gronholz and daughter, Esther, were returning home from New Ulm. The trip was made in the Gronholz Studebaker touring car, and, it is said, the machine was in low when it approached the tracks. The northbound M. & St. L. freight, No. 60, was approaching, and the machine could not be stopped and collided with the ninth car from the engine.

Mr. Gronholz, it is said, was standing on the running board and the impact swung the car around and he was crushed between it and the freight. He probably fell to the track and one of the wheels of the train passed over his left lower limb near the ankle, as it was almost severed. In addition his ribs were crushed in, his head bruised in two places, and his left hip and shoulder were bruised. He was taken to a local hospital, but life was extinct almost as soon as the accident occurred.

Miss Gronholz remained in the car and was not injured further than the mental shock.

Deceased was born Sept. 10, 1863, in Courtland township and he was married in August, 1893 to Miss Amelia Thordson, who survives. The following children also survive: Mrs. Wm. Brinkmann, Courtland township Paul, Esther, Amelia, Arthur and Myrtic. Two children are dead. Deceased is also survived by two brothers, Henry Gronholz, Redfield, S.D.; and Fred Gronholz,Vesta, and two sisters, Mrs. Fred Hareming, Sleepy Eye., and Mrs. Fred Schroeder, Redfield, S.D

Coroner G.F. Reincke viewed the remains, but the cause of the deceased's death was so apparent that no inquest was held.

The car was not overturned and was not damaged except that the radiator and front of the machine was somewhat smashed.

Fred Hahn
Source: New Ulm Review (MN) Sept. 7, 1892, page 8; submitted by Robin Line.

Fred Hahn, a young lad 10 years old living about eight miles south of St. Peter was accidentally shot and instantly killed while handling a gun. He had gone home from the field to get the gun for this father and was accompanied back by his younger brother. A discussion ensued as to the gun being loaded, and in their attempt to find out it was discharged.

George Pierce Hicks
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Minneapolis, MN) Monday, 25 May 1896; transcribed by FoFG mz

George Pierce Hicks, aged 83 years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. H. P. Drew, 1400 Summit avenue, Sunday evening. The remains will be taken to St. Peter for internment to-day.

The deceased came to Minnesota forty-five years ago, settling in St. Peter. He was one of the best-known pioneers of the state and figured prominently in the Ft. Ridgely massacre of 1862. He volunteered to sand the roof of the fort while the savages were making their onslaughts, after everyone else had refused. His uncle, John Hicks, fought in the revolution and at the time of Mr. Hicks’ death he had in his possession a diary over 100 years old, which contained minute descriptions of events which occurred at the foundation of the government.

Ingvall Iverson
Source: Winthrop News (MN) Nov. 3, 1932, page 4; submitted by Robin Line.

Dr. and Mrs. J.T. Jacobson attended the funeral Sunday of Ingvall Iverson of Swan Lake, a cousin of Mr. Jacobson's, who was killed while cutting down a tree. The tree which was cut, fell on another tree from which a branch was broken. The broken branch fell and at a shout of warning from his son, to watch out, he looked up and just then, the limb struck him full in the face. This occurred Thursday and he died Friday without regaining consciousness.

Lillian Jacobs
Source: Carroll Daily Herald (IA) November 1, 1937; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Mrs. Jacobs, 34, Dies Sunday After Brief Illness
Rites Will Be Held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church Wednesday

Mrs. George Jacobs, jr., 34, of First and Whitney streets died at the St. Anthony hospital at 7:15 o'clock Sunday evening, her death being caused by thrombosis of the cavernous sinus. She had been ill for about two weeks, but had been confined to bed for only a few days before being removed to the St. Anthony hospital Saturday evening.

The body will be taken Tuesday afternoon from the Huffman Funeral home to the family residence, First and Whitney streets, where it will repose until the rites.

Brief services at the family home at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon will be followed by final rites at St. Paul's Lutheran church, with the Rev. A. O. Bieeke officiating. Burial will be in the Carroll cemetery.

Mrs. Jacobs was born Lillian Gronholz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gronholz, at Courtland, Minn., on July 19, 1903. The family later moved to Vesta, Minn., where she attended school. She subsequently was employed in the hospital at New Ulm, Minn.

On Feb. 6, 1924, she became the bride of George Jacobs, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Jacobs, who live near Lidderdale. The ceremony took place at Vesta, Minn.

Mr. and Mrs. Jacobs spent the first few years after their marriage in Carroll, following which they moved to Minnesota. They returned from that state to Carroll about five years ago.

Mrs. Jacobs was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran church of Carroll.

She leaves her husband and three children: Junior, 11; Betty Ann, 9 and Lois, 6. She is also survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gronholz, a sister, Mrs. Peter Barber (Hilda), and a brother, Herbert Gronholz, all of Vesta, Minn. Her mother and sister are here, having arrived Sunday night, and her father and brother will arrive shortly.

A sister, Elizabeth, preceded her in death about three years ago.

Carl A. Johnson
Source: Warren Sheaf (Jan. 12, 1881)submitted by fofg mb

Carl A. Johnson, aged seventy years of St. Peter was found dead on Sunday near the bank of the river, his body frozen and his head submerged in a spring. He had evidently fallen thirty feet down the bank, and been stunned or killed.

Enoch T. Johnson
Source: Winthrop News (MN) Dec. 1, 1932, page 1; submitted by Robin Line.

Enoch T. Johnson of Lafayette, Buried With Military Honors. Funeral at Clear Lake

(Lafayette Ledger)
In our issue of last week, brief mention was made of the death of Enoch T. Johnson, local ex-serviceman, who passed away Wednesday evening at the Veteran' hospital, Fort Snelling. For less than a year he had been affected with diabetes and his illness was not considered serious until six weeks ago, when he was compelled to give up his duties about the farm place. He was given attention at his home for a week and then was taken to the hospital, where the best attention was given him, but he failed to rally.

Enoch Theodore Johnson was born on August 29, 1868, on his father's farm in Cornish township, located one mile north of this village. He has spent his entire life on that place, with the exception of one year, when he served his country in the World war. Deceased was unmarried and was one of five children born to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Johnson. His mother passed away in July 1925. Surviving him are his father of Lafayette village, and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Anna Lirdstrand of Gibbon; Mrs. Edah Gerard of Cornish; Carl E. Johnson on the old home place; Bennie G. Johnson of Winthrop. Since his return from service, he has been farming the home place in partnership with his brothers.

The following paragraph was taken from the May 24, 1919, issue of the Ledger:
"Private Enoch T. Johnson, who returned home a couple of weeks ago from the service was one of the boys who helped to lick the Kaiser in the Argonne. He left home May 27, 1918, for Camp Lewis, Wash., was transferred to Camp Kearney, Calif., and next to Camp Mills, N.Y., from where he left for overseas on July 27. Landed at Liverpool, England, and arrived at LeHarve, France, Aug. 14. Was in training at Camp Legurse. On Oct. 2nd he went in with 1st Division Regulars and participated in four day fighting near Argonne Forest. Was then assigned to 35th division and a member of Co. A of 128 Machine gun Batallion and helped to hold the lines at the Metz and Verdun fronts for twenty-eight days. Was scheduled for attack on city of Metz on November 14 but on account of the armistice being signed up the attack could not be made. He made a three weeks visit to St. Michael and for two months was stationed at Vadonville and a short time at Le Mans. He boarded the return transport at St. Nazarine and arrived at Newport News April 24, was mustered out at Camp Grant May 2 and arrive home May 9."

The funeral was held Sunday afternoon with military honors conducted by the Lafayette post of the American Legion, with John Sazma, Post commander in charge. Brief services were held at the home, followed by services at the Clear Lake M.E. church, with Rev. O.R. Palm officiating. Songs were rendered by a mixed quartette composed of Mrs. Lloyd Swanson, Mrs. Guy Finley, Clarence H. Swenson and Henning W. Johnson, with Mrs. Norman Isenberg at the piano. Mrs. Swanson also gave a vocal solo. At the grave, the quartette and Mrs. Wallace Olin sang "The Stars-Spangled Banner." the following ex-servicemen acted as pallbearers: Adolph and Theodore Lundberg, Norman Isenberg, B.C. Hedren, Clarence H. Swenson and Henning W. Johnson. The color bearers were Claus and Calixus Bonderson, with Rudolp Schmidt and Harold Cox as guards. The firing squad was made up of E.E. Hedberg, Ed. Lund, Alvin Fell, Harry Flygare, Oscar Fjell, Henry Larson, El. Youngblom and Harris Halvorson. Taps were sounded by C.C. Hedren. Other members of the Lafayette Post attended in a body. The floral offerings were many and beautiful, and the obsequies were largely attended.

Those from a distance that attended the last rites were: Mrs. C.J. Lind, Carl Lind, Jr., Mrs. C.F. Anderson, Dr. and Mrs. Grant R. Christenson, of Minneapolis; Wm. Kuester of Nicollet.

Miles Johnson
Source: Winthrop News (MN) Nov. 8, 1923, page 7; submitted by Robin Line.

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Anderson and Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Nelson attended the funeral of Miles Johnson at St. Peter Sunday. The deceased was president of the Nicollet Co. Tel. Co., and well known locally.

Joseph Kaseforth
Source: New Ulm Review (MN) June 15, 1892; submitted by Robin Line.

Jos. Kaseforth, a young man of North Star, died last week of brain fever.

Nicholas Keltigan
[Source: Hastings Conserver (Hastings, MN) Tuesday, August 21, 1866, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

A young man named Nicholas Keltigan was drowned in the forenoon of Wednesday of this week, in attempting to cross the Minnesota on horse back. He lived in the town of Belgrade, Nicollet County, and had crossed into town safely, and was returning after doing some errands at the stores.

[Source: Hastings Conserver (Hastings, MN) Tuesday, August 28, 1866, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]
The body of Nicholas Kelkin, who was drowned on Wednesday of last week in the Minnesota River opposite this place, was found on Sunday last, about two miles below town, in a bend of the river, having carried there by the swift current. It was taken in charge by his relatives and buried.

Paul J. Kionka
Source: Manitowoc Herald Times (WI) January 14, 1938; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

The Rev. Paul J. Kionka, 70, for 35 years pastor of the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran church, Maribel, died last night in Milwaukee. Since his retirement from the ministry in 1936, owing to ill health, he had been making his home with his daughter, Marie, at Milwaukee.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p. m., from the Bethany Lutheran church, North 38th and Lloyd streets, Milwaukee. Burial will be in Graceland cemetery.

The Rev. Kionka came to this county with his family from Owosso, Mich., in 1901. He was born in Germany in 1868. He studied at schools at Breslau and Benzlau, Germany, finishing hs theological studies at the Lutheran seminary at Krop, Schleswig, Germany. He came to America in 1888 and took a parish near Ann Arbor, Mich. His next call came from Owosso, Mich., where he remained 10 years.

While in Michigan he served as vice-president of the Michigan Lutheran Synod.

When he located at Maribel his responsibility was not only the care of the church but of a parochial school as well. He was an instructor in the school for eight years before full time teachers were employed. He resigned his Maribel parish in August, 1936.

Rev. Kionka married Miss Marie Klein of Saline, Mich., in 1889.

Seven children survive. Two sons are in the ministry, Edward of the St. John's Lutheran church, Newton, and Carl, at Swan Creek, Mich. The other children are Paul and Waldemar, both of Milwaukee, Mrs. K. F. Kath, Courtland, Minn., Marie and Gertrude, Milwaukee. Five brothers, three sisters and 10 grandchildren also survive.

The body may be viewed at the Froemming funeral home, 24th street and Fond du lac avenue, Milwaukee, from 2 p m. Sunday to 10 a. m. Monday when it will be taken to the Bethany Lutheran church to lie in state until the hour of the services.

Mrs. J. A. Krantz
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Friday, 4 Sept. 1908; transcribed by FoFG mz

The funeral of Mrs. J. A. Krantz, wife of Rev. J. A. Krantz, president of the Swedish Lutheran conference, will be held this morning at 10 o’clock from the Elim Swedish Lutheran church, Elinor street and Fifty-sixth avenue west. The body will be taken to the church at 9 o’clock and will lie in state for one hour. Internment will be at St. Peter, Minn.

Joseph Krosche
Source: Zumbrota Independent (Zumbrota, MN) October 17, 1895, page 2; submitted by Robin Line
Joseph Krosche, of lake Prairie township near St. Peter died while husking corn, He was 72 years old and had been troubled with heart disease for some time. No inquest has been held.

Rudolph Laingen
Source: Winthrop News (MN) Nov. 10, 1932, page 5; submitted by Robin Line.

(Ledger, November 4th)
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Peterson received a message from their daughter, Mrs. Oscar Troldahl of Hanska, Monday, informing them that her brother-in-law, Rudolph Laingen, about 25 years old, of near that village, had died from asphyxiation. Mr. Laingen had gone to the garage to take out his car, and as he did not return to the house his wife made an investigation. She was shocked when she went to the garage and found her husband sitting at the steering wheel, dead. The doors of the garage were closed and the motor was still running. His wife, nee Agnes Troldahl, and two small children survive. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Peterson and Mrs. Gug Finley attended the obsequies.

Hjalmar Lund
Source: Winthrop News (MN) March 15, 1923, page 1; submitted by Robin Line.

Death Ends Long Period of Illness
Hjalmar Lund, One of Early Settlers Near Lafayette, died in Minneapolis Hospital.

After an illness of about sixteen years, Hjalmar Lund, one of the early settlers in this section, died Sunday morning in the Swedish hospital, Minneapolis. His death resulted from a complication of diseases. During the last five months, he was confined to the hospital.

Mr. Lund was born August 4, 1862, in Skarstad Forsamling, Skaraborgs, Lan, Sweden. He came to America, when nine years old, with his parents, Anders and Catherina Lund. The family took up a homestead one mile north of Lafayette In May, 1872. He was married January 6, 1885, to Christine Olson. Later he took up the homestead left by his father and mother.

His wife died June 30, 1905. He was married a second time to Selma Gustafson Dec. 20, 1912. He lived on the old homestead until about six years ago, when the family moved to Little Falls, Minn.

He was father of ten children by his first marriage and three by his second marriage. Two children of his first marriage died in infancy. Those left to mourn his loss are Fred, Reuben, Hugo, George, and Harry, Lafayette; Ella, Minneapolis; Mrs. Joe Ubl, Sleepy Eye, and Lilly, Winthrop. Three children and his wife at Little Falls are left by his second marriage. The children are Beatrice, Roy and Louise. Three brothers and two sisters survive him. They are August, Hector; John, Lafayette; Claus, Montana; Mrs. A. Birch, Geneva Ill., and Mrs. Emma Olson, Minneapolis.

Mr. Lund was a member of the Lafayette Lutheran church since its founding. He was one of the founders of the Lafayette Camp No. 5438 Modern Woodmen of America twenty five years ago.

The pall bearers were Soren Sorenson, A.B. Swenson, S.D. Olin, J.S. Peterson, Victor Lund and B. R. Swanson. Honorary pall bearers were Ben Paulson, Alvin Anderson, John Holberg and Henry Johnson.-Ledger.

The funeral was conducted from the M.E. church at Lafayette last Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. O.J. Olson, Mrs. E.J. Olson and Miss Lillian Lund, the latter a daughter of the deceased, and Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Rudell of Winthrop were in attendance at the obsequies.

Charles F. Julius Meyer
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Thursday, 12 Oct. 1922; transcribed by FoFG mz

Funeral services for Charles F. Julius Meyer, age 85, 2129 Sussex avenue, Civil war veteran, and member of the G.A.R. will be held at the Masonic temple at 2 p.m. today; the body will be taken to St. Peter, Minn., for burial. He is survived by one son, Garfield Meyer, 2129 Sussex avenue. Mr. Meyer, who was a member of the Masonic lodge for 64 years, lived in Duluth with his son for the last 12 years. He was superintendent of the state farm at St. Peter for 22 years, and lived in Minneapolis before coming to Duluth.

Mrs. (Rev.) J. H. Nelson
[Source: Winthrop News (MN) Dec. 8, 1932, page 4; submitted by Robin Line]
(Ledger, Friday, Dec. 2nd)
Word has been received here of the death of Mrs. (Rev.) J. H. Nelson, which occurred at her home in Centuria, Wis., on Tuesday of last week, following a stroke. Deceased is remembered by many of the older folks of this community since Rev. Nelson had charge of the Bernadotte Lutheran congregation, 28 years ago. The couple has resided in Centuria only a month. Besides her husband, she is survived by two daughters and one son, residing at Kenosha, Wis. The funeral was held at Minneapolis last Friday.

N. N. Ostrom
Source: Winthrop News (MN) Oct. 25, 1923, page 2; submitted by Robin Line.

Death Claims Well Known Pioneer
N.N. Ostrom dies at Age of 89 Years. Was a Resident of Nicollet Co. 54 Years.

The following obituary from the St. Peter Herald will be of interest to many of our readers. It deals with the death of N.N. Ostrom, father of Theo. Ostrom, the latter up to recent date a Winthrop resident:

"Sixty-four years of wedded life and a long and useful career was terminated last Friday afternoon when Nels Nelson Ostrom, pioneer of New Sweden, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. J. Quist. He answered the final summons at the advanced age of 89 years.

"The venerable pioneer had been unusually rugged until a few years ago when the weight of his years began to tell. Since that time he has failed slowly until Wednesday of last week, when complications set in. He failed to rally and at 1:50 p.m. Friday he passed peacefully into the coma of death.

"Though the death of Mr. Ostrom, New Sweden township losses one of its most valuable and best known men. For 54 years he was a power in that community and the county as well. Like so many other pioneers who wrested the fertile land of Nicollet county from mother nature, he was born in Sweden, Skane Lan, on August 20th, 1834. He remained in his native country until he was 24 years of age and then decided to seek his fortunes in America. He came directly to Minnesota in 1858 and located in the Swedish settlements in Carver county. He remained there eight months when his adventurous spirit led him to Washington county where he was employed as a farm hand and later at his trade as a stone mason.

"The young couple set to work at once to convert the wild prairie into a fruitful farm. Assisted by their children, as they grew older, they succeeded in developing the home place into one of the finest farms in the township and 23 years ago were able to retired to enjoy the declining years with their daughter on the farm which they developed.

"Ever since their arrival, they have taken an active interest in all community activities. The welcome sign always hung at their doorstep and the home was always remembered for its warm hospitality. Mr. Ostrom became a leader in public affairs of his township. He was one of the first prohibition leaders in the state and ran for county commissioner and representative on that ticket. He was one of the first in the state to take up the fight against liquor, being instrumental in abolishing the practice of serving drinks at auctions in his township. He held the office of town and school treasurer for many years and had the confidence and respect of his neighbors. He was a fluent speaker, a gift that made him an influential factor in the early political fights in the county. He voted at every presidential election from Lincoln to Harding and it was his boast that the men named were the only republicans that received his support. He was one of the leaders in the democratic party in this county during all those years.

"Fourteen years ago, the worthy couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. The happy event took place on the old home farm that summer, although the anniversary was not until December. All of the children were home for the event and the observance was long remembered in that community. Had Mr. Ostrom lived until December, this year, the couple would have celebrated their 64th anniversary, an event which few people attain.

"Mr. and Mrs. Ostrom were the parents of twelve children, nine of whom are living. besides the aged widow, these children survive: Aaron J. Ostrom, Evansville; Mrs. N.O. Peterson, Detroit: Mrs. Olaf Jones, Braham: Theo. Ostrom, New Sweden; Chas. G. Ostrom, Seattle, Wash.; Rev. Oscar W. Ostrom, Fresno, Cal.; Walter N. Ostrom, Braham; Mrs. A. V. Carlson, Detroit, and Mrs. Ansel J. Quist, New Sweden. He also leaves 54 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. He is the last of his family, but leaves a nephew, Alec Ostrom, and a niece, Mrs. Frank Lauffman, of Minneapolis. All of the children have arrived this week for the funeral with the exception of the two boys on the west coast.

"Friends of the deceased paid a last tribute to his memory yesterday, when the funeral took place at the Scandian Grove Lutheran church. Short services took place in the home at 1 o'clock and from the church at 2 o'clock. Dr. J.H. Ford, of the Scandian Grove church, and Rev. Idwin Karlstrom of the Clear Lake M.E. church officiated. Special musical numbers were rendered by the choir. Interment was made in Greenwood cemetery in New Sweden. The pallbearers were six grandsons of the deceased as follows: Archie Ostrom, Walnut Grove; Kenneth Ostrom and Reuben Jones of Braham; Lloyd Ostrom, St. Paul; Douglas Johnson, Minneapolis, and Russell Quist, New Sweden. The honorary pallbearers were as follows: A Felt and A.P. Abraham of this city; B. Strom of Lafayette, A.P. Anderson of Nicollet, Ole Peterson of Brighton, and A.W. Webster of New Sweden.

Page Son
Source: The St. Cloud Journal (MN) Dec. 19, 1867, page 1; submitted by Robin Line.

The St. Peter Tribune notices the death by drowning of a young son of H.D. Page, in Lake Washington, while skating.

Henry Patsche
Source: Duluth News Tribune (20 Jan. 1907) transcribed by FoFG MZ

ST. PETER, Minn., Jan. 19. – Henry Patsche, a veteran of the civil war and a resident of Nicollet county for 50 years, died at his home in this city yesterday. Mr. Patsche aided in the defense of New Ulm in 1862, and later served in the south as a member of the Eleventh Minnesota regiment. He leaves a wife and four children.

Gretchen Poehler
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Thursday, 3 Mar. 1904; transcribed by FoFG mz

POEHLER – Gretchen, infant daughter of Walter C. Poehler, 812 East First street, aged one year and eight months. Remains to be sent to St. Peter, Minn., today for internment.

John Roller
Source: New Ulm Weekly Review, (New Ulm, Minn.) 5 Mar. 1879; submitted by Kathy McDaniel

John Roller, a saloon keeper and musician at St. Peter was found dead Thursday, Feb., 20th, at the foot of the stairs leading to the second story of his building. Mr. Roller slept in the second story and it is supposed that sometime during the night previous he went down stairs for something, and when near the bottom fell forward, and breaking the lamp which he carried, cut his face with the fragments of the lamp and bled to death. As no one else lived in the building his body was not discovered until about 5 o’clock Thursday afternoon.

Lars Ruda
Source: New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN), January 5, 1910, page 5, rll
Lars Ruda died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. August Samuelson of Mr. and Mrs. August Samuelson of Bernadotte Monday morning at 9 o'clock. He was born in Alfsborg, Lan, Westergotland, Sweden, January 20, 1815. Was a farmer in his native land and also worked at the carpenter trade. He, like so many at that time, was caught by the fever to remove to America, the great land of the West, and in the year 1865 came here and settled at Weoga, Shelby county, Ill, where he lived for three years, when he came to Minnesota in the spring of 1868. Some time was spent at Carver, Scott county, while locating the homestead in Bernadotte where he has since lived. At the time of his death he was nearly 95 years old.-Lafayette Ledger.

Mrs. A. L. Sackett
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Minneapolis, MN) Saturday, 26 Sept. 1896; transcribed by FoFG mz

St. Peter, Minn., Sept. 26. – This morning occurred the very sudden death of Mrs. A. L. Sackett, one of the prominent ladies of this city and well known in the state. Her death occurred about 3 o’clock this morning from apoplexy, the stroke appearing about midnight, just after returning from a party given at the home of Lieutenant Governor Ives.

Lucilla Harriet Stoever
Source: St. Paul Daily Pioneer (St. Paul, MN) Wednesday, 28 Mar. 1855; transcribed by FoFG mz

DIED. – At St. Peter, March 19th, Lucilla Harriet, wife of J. C. Stoever, and daughter of Augustine Ludington, late of West Springfield, Mass., aged 34 years.

Mr. Vogel
Source: New Ulm Review (MN) October 26, 1892, page 5; submitted by Robin Line
The father of Franz Vogel died at his home in West Newton on Saturday and was buried Monday morning.

Ole B. C. Walle
Source: Unknown newspaper (1932) contributed by O. J. Benton

Ole B. C. Walle, son of Bertha and Christian Johnson Walle, was born December 1, 1862 at Molde, Norway. He came to America with his parents in a sailboat when a lad of five years. They settled near Mankato, Minn. From there they moved to Aman, Iowa, where he lived with his parents until 1906.

In 1905 he was united in marriage to Caroline Matre of Amon, Iowa. They moved to North Dakota in 1906, living at Pettibone for seven years, then moving to near Berlin, where they lived on a farm until two years ago when they moved into town and have resided there since.

To this union were born 8 children – 6 girls and 2 boys: Christen Walle of Berlin, Mrs. John Evenson of Berlin, Mrs. O. Houghton of Cotesfield, Neb.; Jeanette and Orena Walle of Minneapolis, and Gordon, Clara and Mary Elizabeth Walle, who are at home with their mother. Besides his 8 children he leaves to mourn his passing, his beloved wife Caroline, 3 grandchildren, and two brothers, Christ and Ed Walle, both of Kiester, Minn.

*** Note on original article states he passed away on Nov. 25, 1932. Note from great grandson O. J. Benton states that Christian Johnson Walle came to Minnesota by sailboat from Norway in 1869. he says the obit is wrong when it says Amon, Iowa -- it was Eden, Minnesota.

John Walter
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Thursday, 5 Mar. 1907; transcribed by FoFG mz

ST. PETER, Minn., March 4. – John Walter, a resident of St. Peter for more than 50 years, and a defender of Fort Ridgely, died at his home in this city, aged 73. Mr. Walter came here in 1855, and in 1862 enlisted in Company E, Fifth Minnesota infantry. He was stationed at Fort Ridgely when Little Crow and his Sioux attacked that post and was also present at the execution of the 38 Indians at Mankato. He is survived by a widow and nine children.

Mrs. Carl Weier
Source: Duluth News Tribune (23 Feb. 1907) transcribed by FoFG MZ

MANKATO, Feb. 22. – Mrs. Carl Weier died at her home on Franklin street at 11 o'clock last night of cancer. She was born March 29, 1863, in Germany, but came to America when a little girl and for the past 18 years has made her home in Mankato. She is survived by a husband and five children.

Fred Witte
Source: New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN), December 13, 1905, page1, rll
Fred Witte, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Witte of Nicollet died Saturday afternoon of consumption. Deceased was eighteen years of age and had been sick for the last two years. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at two o'clock at the Friedens church of Nicollet by Rev. Eyrick. A sister of the young man died about two months of the same disease.

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