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DIED: HONORABLE J. J. LENZ . November 21 1892. J. J. Lenz died at his home in Grand Prairie at the age of 58 years after a long and painful illness He was born in Germany and at the age of 17 came to this country and first settled at Brighton, Wisconsin where he lived until 1856 when he moved to Scott county Minnesota.  Soon after he settled in Scott county he was married to the wife who survives him. To them were born a family of thirteen children Mr. Lenz was a man of more than usual ability and during his residence in Scott county he was repeatedly elected to the office of county commissioner and in 1883 was elected to the state legislature About nine years ago he came here and settled on a farm four miles north of town and became one of the most successful farmers in this part of the state At the time of his death he owned about 1200 acres of land.

Ellsworth News
1892


DIED GEORGE LEUDERS The old German carpenter who had been living here and working at his trade for the last three or four years died here last Monday morning March 29 1897 He was sick nearly all last winter but was not confined to his bed until a few days before his death As far as we can learn he had no relatives in this country but had a brother in Germany.  In the dark days of the Rebellion he showed his loyalty to his adopted country by carrying the musket for nearly four years during the war He was a member of the Second Iowa Cavalry and saw lots of hard service during his army life. The old soldiers of this place took charge of the remains and gave him a Christian burial in the Norwegian cemetery west of town His age was fifty eight years.

Ellsworth News
1897


DIED MRS. VALENTINE LENZ The community was greatly shocked to learn that Mrs. Valentine Lenz had passed away The immediate cause of her death was the effect of an operation which became necessary Wednesday and from which she was unable to rally. She was 31 years old and leaves a family of three boys and one girl the youngest being three years old Mrs. Lenz was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Gerhardy of Scott county Minnesota and was married to Valentine Lenz about twelve years ago Since that time they have made their home ln Grand Prairie township.
The funeral took place from the Adrian Catholic church and was attended by the largest crowd of friends and neighbors ever assembled in this community Over 80 teams were in the funeral procession. Among those who attended the funeral from a distance were Chris Gerhardy,  father of the deceased, Peter Lenz and wife of Fairfax Minnesota, Nicholas and Mrs. Lenz, parents of Valentine Lenz, from Scott county, and Mrs Schneider and Mrs Huss and son of Scott county.

Ellsworth News
1897


DIED. MRS.  S H LOVELAND. December 3 1903. She was born in Parma, Ohio May 31,1850 and married to Mr. Loveland March 4 1864 at Wakeman Ohio. They moved to Dakota Territory in 1882 and in 1889 to Pipestone Minnesota.  In 1890 they moved to Ellsworth and have lived here for the past thirteen years.  Children surviving are Charles and Warren, Ellsworth, Mrs Tom Wilson, Ellsworth, Mrs D E Murray, Chicago, Mrs. M E House, Clear Lake, South Dakota, and Mrs. Louella Waters (Walters) Brookings, South Dakota.

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DIED, NICHOLAS LENZ SR, November 7 1912 ,at his home of his son Nick, on the former Reddy farm northeast of town. He was 86 years old a man of generous heart and kindly views. He was born ln Altendorf, Germany, March 12 1826. He came to America and was married at Kenosha Wisconsin May 13 1857 to Gertrude Rosenplanter. The following children survive him: John, Thomas, Valentine, Nicholas Jr, and Mrs Matt Gerhardy of this community, Peter, Adrian; Mrs. Matt Pint and Mrs. Clement Huss Belle Plaine Minnesota.. The body will be taken to Union Hill for interment.

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DIED: THOMAS LENZ 1915. The news of the death of Thomas Lenz came as a shock to our people. Acute appendicitis has seized him the Sunday previous and the growth had broken before an operation could be completed. Physicians advised him that no chance of life existed without the operation and but small hopes could be held out for a successful outcome should he submit to the knife. He took the one chance willingly, and seemed to be recovering when the fatal turn came and in a short time had ended a useful Christian life. The end came peacefully in the presence of the entire family. Sister Borremeo, of Rochester, a daughter, arriving the previous morning.
Thomas Lenz was born in Scott County, Minnesota December 21 1862, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Lenz. In 1890 he was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Witt of Union Hill, Minnesota and they came to Grand Prairie township to make their home, where they have since lived and have built up a fine farm estate. To them were born twelve children, all of whom but one are now at home. They are: Helena, Gertrude ( Sister Borremeo of St Mary’s in Rochester), Edward, Elizabeth, Julia, Dora, Veronica, Cecelia, Raymond, Genevieve, Bernard, and Carolina.
The deceased was a devout Catholic and a very useful and generous supporter of the doctrine of his church. He was an active member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and St Joseph’s Society and the large number of members of these orders paying their last earthly respects to his memory was eloquent testimony of their love and esteem. He was a grand and good American citizen, a zealous Christian, and unsparing of self in his devotion to home, state, country, church and society.
To the grief stricken family and other relatives the heartfelt sympathy of the community is extended. Relatives from a distance in attendance at the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. John Schneider, Turton, South Dakota; Mesdames Matt Huss, Josephina and Barbara Pint, Frank Geisen, Barton and Walerius, Mr. and Mrs. John Geisen, Peter Klinkhammer and Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Scheneker, all of Belle Plaine, Minnesota; Mrs. Matt Seuer and Peter Seuer and sister of New Market, Minnesota; Charles and William Witt of St. Paul, Minnesota; Peter Bonzelet and Charles Witt, Kranzburg, South Dakota; Mrs. Joseph Witt, New Ulm, Minnesota; Mr. and Mrs. W.F.Wacker and the latter’s sister of Sioux City Iowa; and John Witt of Omaha, Nebraska.
The funeral took place Tuesday morning at St. Mary’s church with burial was in St Mary’s cemetery west of town. The funeral was largely attended, being one of the largest ever held here.

Ellsworth News


DIED: MRS TOM LARKIN. November 8 1915. Mary Ann Rohan was born in Streator Illinois March 1852. She was married to Tom Larkin February 15 1882. Five years later they came to Nobles county and settled on the farm two miles east of town which has ever since been their home. To them were born five children: Charles, John, Winfred, and Anna, all at home. Nellie, a child of two and one/half, preceded the mother in death.

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DIED: NICK J. LENZ. At his home, June 17 1917. Nick J. Lenz was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John N. Lenz of north of town. Born on the family farm in Section 17 of Grand Prairie township on November 17 1883, he grew to manhood surrounded by every influence tending toward the making of an honorable and useful member of society. He had been a patient sufferer from rheumatism. Seized with this affliction shortly after his marriage he strove valiantly to shake it off but to no avail.
He was married to Miss Christina Eischens of St Benedict Minnesota on May 11 1911 and their union was blessed with two children, one preceding the father in death and a son, Norbert, five years old surviving to mourn the loss of the father he adored.
We knew him as an ambitious young man, intent on making life better for his having been in the world. He was slow to take offense and even slower to offend, content to live the honorable life and to make a home for himself and his loved one. He asked no greater reward than what his Lord was pleased to give. Although but thirty four years, six months and two days of age at the time of his death, these years were spent in loving ministry and patient suffering. May his Heavenly reward be in proportion.
Besides his parents, wife and son, five brothers and two sisters survive to mourn his loss. These are: Charles, William, Frank, George, and Arthur, and the Misses Rose and Johanna Lenz.
Funeral services took place Wednesday morning at 9:30 o’clock and burial was in St Mary’s cemetery west of town. Relatives from a distance attending the funeral were: Frank and John Giesen, Mrs. Joe Witt, Matt Pint Jr, Mike Adam and Sophie Eischens, John Eischens, wife and daughter, Matt Huss, Frances, Mary and Gertrude Gerardy and Matt Geisen, all of Belle Plaine, Minnesota; Mr. and Mrs. John Schneider, Turton SD; Chas Witt, Kranzburg SD; Chas Witt Sr, St Paul; and Mr. and Mrs. William Wacker, Sioux City, Iowa.

Ellsworth News


DIED Mrs. Teresa Lenz mother of Mrs. Wm Bofenkamp of Ellsworth and for many years a highly respected citizen of Adrian, died quite suddenly at 5 30 last Sunday morning at her home. Her immediate death was due to a stroke of paralysis.  For several months however, she had been in very poor health and death was not wholly unexpected. She was about 85 years of age. Funeral services were held at 9 o’clock Wednesday forenoon a solemn High Mass being celebrated at St Adrian s church by the Rev Fathers Raymond Krebsbach of Adrian, Herman Boecker of Altura, MN and J M Kiely of Ellsworth. Interment was in St Adrian s cemetery beside her husband.
Theresa Luke was born in Prussia November 25 1840 and came to America with her parents in 1854 settling near Burlington Wisconsin.  In 1847 she married Peter Lenz and lived near Brighton Wisconsin until they came to Minnesota in 1884.  She was a devoted mother a devout Catholic and a charitable woman.  One son died in infancy and a daughter Rose, died at the age of 18.  Her husband preceded her in death twenty one years ago. 
Ten children mourn the passing of a devoted mother. They are Mrs. Paul Cook, Adrian, Mrs. Casper Kramer Adrian, Mrs. Joe Dries Ashton IA, Mrs. Wm Bofenkamp, Ellsworth,  Mrs. Barbara Seitz, Mrs. Nic Siegfried and Matt and Miss Regina all of Adrian Also Ferdinand, Lismore and Thomas Lenz of the community northeast of Ellsworth. Besides her children she leaves 39 grandchildren and 43 great grandchildren.
Out of town people in attendance at the funeral included Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Dries and family Mrs. L Dries Anton Dries, Mrs. and Mrs. J Honkomp, Mrs. L Hoffman, Mrs. M Spartz, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Stollman and family and Frank Dries all of Ashton Iowa.  Also Mrs. J Luke, Joe Luke Mrs. Rose Pierson all of Graettinger Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Lenz, Mr. and Mrs. J Kaely, Mr. and Mrs. Peterburs, Mr. and Mrs. G Farmer, all of Lismore MN., Mr. and Mrs. M Melcher and Mrs. Val Dries Woodstock MN.  From Ellsworth came Mr. and Mrs. Wm Bofenkamp, Ray Bofenkamp and family Mr. and Mrs. Frank Seitz and Family,  Mr. and Mrs. Wm Vogelsberg and Henry Borget.

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DIED THOMAS LARKIN July 1922 The funeral of Thomas Larkin took place from St Mary s church last Saturday forenoon.  Interment was in St Mary s cemetery The pallbearers were six of his closest friends, Thos Burke, G W Fagan, Thos F Carey, Thos 0 Connor, Valentine Lenz and Nick Neyens.
Deceased was born in County Galway Ireland November 28 1848 and at the age of seven emigrated to the United States, settling finally at Streator Illinois. Being ambitious to get ahead he came to Minnesota in 1880 and bought the farm just east of Ellsworth, his home until he died.  He did own two good town properties in Ellsworth but chose to live on the old home farm which was endeared to him by memories of happy bygone years. Two years after his settling here he returned to Streator and there on February 15 1882 was married to Mary A Rohan They returned to the farm in Grand Prairie to begin a life of happiness.  His wife was his constant companion and helpmate until her sudden death six or seven years ago. Of the several children born to them only four survive the father and they are John and Charles and Misses Winnie and Anna all at home. It may be said that they did much to make the closing years of their father’s life years of peace and contentment. Besides his children he had six sisters and three brothers. Of these one sister and two brothers preceded him in death. Those living are E J Larkin, Streator Illinois; Mrs. Katherine Sharkey Chicago, Mrs. Lizzie Worthington Joliet Ill, Mrs. Frank Wilson Vinton Iowa, Mrs. Marla Jennett, Grafton Neb, and Mrs. Will Jennett Sac City Iowa.

Ellsworth News


DIED JOHN N LENZ at his home north of Ellsworth on the morning of Wednesday July 14 1926. Death came as a merciful relief after a several months illness of diabetes following an attack of flu and pneumonia. For several weeks it has been realized that the battle for life was lost and this in a measure prepared family and friends for final sad news. Deceased was an upright citizen, a progressive one,a deeply religious man and a power for good in our entire community.  He was one of the biggest and most progressive of the farmers of this section and an old time resident of southwest Nobles county.  He owned more than a section of land north of town.  He was born in Kenosha Wisconsin May 25
1859 the son of Nicholas Lenz and Gertrude Rosenplanter Lenz.  While yet a year old the family moved from Kenosha to Scott county Minnesota and there he made his home until June 18 1881 when he came to Nobles county driving with his uncle, J J Lenz.  He stayed
only six days at this time but returned the following spring and began farming the SE 1/4 of Section 17 in Grand Prairie township.  This had been purchased by his father and of that land he broke 45 acres and put it into crop besides 30 acres already broken to plow. After harvesting this crop he returned to his old home in Scott county to spend the winters of 1882 and 1883.  Returning the next spring with his bride he built a house on that place which by this tune his father had given him and he has lived there ever since.
He was married January 23 1883 to Miss Lizzie Geisen of Scott county and together they have shared life s joys and sorrow for more than forty three years.  To them were born nine children seven of whom with the widow survive him, Nick, the eldest of the
family died of rheumatism several years ago and Henry was killed in a corn sheller accident in May 1913. The others are Charles, living east of town,  William, Frank, George, Johanna and Arthur at home and Rosie, now Mrs. Hermann Witt of northwest of Ellsworth. Deceased was a man of few faults and many virtues. He was an ideal man in his family life and was kind and thoughtful toward others. His was a charity ln which angels rejoice for he gave quietly and not boastfully.
The Ellsworth news on behalf of the entire community gives fullest assurance that our deepest sympathy goes out to his bereaved one in this hour of their great sorrow. The funeral will be held Saturday July 17 at 9:00 from St Mary’s Catholic church in Ellsworth.

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Mrs P.F. Levins

Mrs P.F. Levins, of Flandreau, SD., formerly of Ellsworth, Minn., and Rock Rapids, passed away at Flandreau Friday, March 20. She had been ill since last August and had been to Rochester, Minn., and Sioux Falls for medical treatment. Deceased was born at Green Island, Ia., July 1, 1863. She was educated at Mrs. Darling's Select School for Girls at Miles, Ia. After completing her collegiate work, she taught school near Hawarden, Ia., and in the high school at Fulda, Minn. She was married to Mr. Levins at Hawarden March 27, 1895. They lived in Rock Rapids some years ago when Mr. Levins was in partnership with P.H. McCarty in publication of The Review. They moved to Flandreau about 18 years ago. There, Mr. Levins is publisher of the Moody County Enterprise. Mrs Levins was active in church and civic affairs at Flandreau. She organized the Catholic Daughters of America there and was the first grand regent.

Rock Rapids Review
March 26, 1925


DIED: Mrs. Ole Larson. At her home north of Ellsworth Wednesday evening November 25,1925 due to a paralytic stroke suffered two weeks previously. Death came at the age of 75 years and 20 days. Randi Johnson was born in Hadeland Norway November 5 1850, the daughter of Lage and Martha Johnson. In 1869 the family emigrated to the United States and settled at Blanchardsville, LaFayette county Wisconsin where she was married to Ole Larson in 1875. Since 1879 they have been residents of Nobles county, helping in the development and prosperity of this section. Of hardy, thrifty Norwegian stock, they have proven themselves most desirable citizens, firm friends and workers for all that is good in community and church life. Funeral services were held at the Congregational church at Ellsworth November 28 at 2:00, a brief service being held at the home at 1:00. Rev A C Rykken of the Lutheran church of Adrian spoke in English and Reverend Peter Nilson
spoke in the Norwegian language. Rev George E Field, pastor of the local Congregational church offered prayer.. Mrs. E A Nelson sang the touching hymn, “Fleet As A Bird.”
Burial took lace in Grand Prairie cemetery . Six children were hem to the couple. Anton, Church’s Ferry, N D; Martin O, Willmar Minnesota; Lena M, Estherville Iowa; Gilbert J., who died in France August 6 1918; Clara A Simpson, also of Estherville Iowa; and Alvin R
who died September 19 1903.
Only a few weeks more and Mr. and Mrs. Larson would have retired from active farm life to spend their remaining years with their daughters at Estherville. But God willed
otherwise and this good woman breathed her last amidst the scenes so dear to her and where the golden years of an ideal life well spent

Ellsworth News


DIED MRS. JOHN LENZ, died at her home north of Ellsworth last Thursday evening after an illness extending over several years For the last six months she had been confined to her bed and death came to her as a relief to her suffering She had not been in very good health for more than thirteen years but the fact was not generally known until in February of 1920 when she fell on the kitchen floor and broke her hip Always the best of care was given her for her family was very devoted to their mother and she had picked up health until a little more than three years ago when the death of her beloved husband gave her a backset in health from which she seemed not to have the wish nor the strength to rally. From then on her decline was noticeable and for the last few moths it became apparent to all that she could not recover in spite of all the love and care lavished upon her by her devoted children she passed into the Great Beyond fully resigned to go and with all the rites of the Catholic faith of which she was a practical member.
Deceased was born near Union Hill, Scott county Minnesota on November 7 1862. Her maiden name was Elizabeth Giesen daughter of John and Helen (Hoffman) Giesen. She grew to young womanhood there and she was married there January 23 1883 to John N Lenz and very shortly after came to Nobles county and to this locality. In June of 1881 her then future husband had driven from Scott county with an uncle to see the farm land of Nobles county, then being widely exploited and advertised so impressed with it was he that he bought the southeast quarter of Section 17 in Grand Prairie township, after a stay here of only three days. The following spring he was back here and began farming operations in earnest. So well did he do in his first venture that he went back to his old home in 1883 for his bride and that spring saw the first home built on the land which has been their home ever since. They did well in those years and by dint of hard work they found much happiness and added to their holdings so strong was the companionship between them that from the time of her husband s death she has steadily declined in health her mourning was most deep and sincere.  To them were born eleven children two of which, Raymond and Helen, died as infants.
Also deceased are Nick, died June 24 1917 and Henry killed in a corn sheller accident June 2 1913. The living children are Charles William, Frank, Rose (Mrs. Herman Witt), George, Johanna and Arthur.
The funeral was held from St Mary s church Monday forenoon, a solemn requiem mass being celebrated with Rev Father Barden as celebrant, Rev Father Scheld of Adrian and Rev Father O Connor of Luverne as Deacon and Sub Deacon respectively. After the blessing of the corpse Rev Father 0 Connor preached a sermon on death that was applicable to any Christian and was at the same time a source of comfort to the sorrowing children of the deceased.  Interment was in the parish cemetery beside her husband and children who had gone on before. The pall bearers were Henry Bofenkamp, Frank Recker, Jas Maher, John Schweitzer, Nick Neyens and Mike Reiter.
In the passing of Mrs. Lenz her family loses a devoted mother one who gave her whole time and thought and efforts for her home and her family She was a thoroughly Christian woman charitable to all. She was a good neighbor and many a kindly act of hers is still cherished by relatives and those who were her neighbors in years gone by. She was a devout Catholic and a charter member of the Ladies Altar Society of this church. There was a tremendous attendance at the funeral of this pioneer resident. Those attending were paying their last respect to a fine mother and their presence showed without a doubt the esteem in which she was held by the community. The News sympathizes with
the fine family of this good woman in the hour of their bereavement.

Ellsworth News
1929


Nicholas Lenz, October 23, 1930, died of a heart attack at his home early today. at age 66.  He is the first of a family of 13 to die. Surviving are his mother, six brothers and six sisters. There were seven brothers in Mr Lenz s father s family also but only two sisters. The senior Lenz died 39 years ago.  Nicholas Lenz was born in Scott county Minnesota on August 17 1854.  He had been living as a plumber in Sioux Falls for the last ten years. Surviving are the widow Susan B Lenz his mother, Mrs. Anna N Lenz, Adrian Minnesota, six brothers, Joe Lenz Campbell Minnesota, Peter, Wolf Point, Montana Gerhardt and Herman, Adrian Minnesota, Leo, Barney North Dakota, and Rudolph, Litchfield Minnesota and six sisters Mrs. Barbara Ruffing, Marshfield Wisconsin, Mrs. Margaret Ruffing, Adrian Minnesota, Mrs. Theresa Pint, Adrian Minnesota, Mrs. Dorothy Pass, Madison Minnesota, Miss Katherine Lenz, Adrian Minnesota and Mrs. Johanna Witt, Watertown South Dakota. Funeral services will be held at Adrian Minnesota at the Catholic church there and interment will be m the St Adrian cemetery.

Ellsworth News
1930


DIED: NICK J. LENZ. A gloom was cast over the Ellsworth community last Sunday afternoon by the tragic death of Nick J. Lenz, who died shortly after being shot accidentally while crossing over the barbed wire fence on the east line of his farm, one mile northeast of town. Mr Lenz’s right leg was caught on a piece of wire of the upper strand of the fence, throwing him headforemost to the ground and retaining his leg on the top wire where it had been caught by his overalls midway between the ankle and knee. Somehow his 10 gauge shotgun was discharged in the fall and be was seriously injured by the gun charge entering his head just above the right eye. His plight was discovered almost immediately by his second oldest son and Dr P. J. Cress and Rev. Father Barden were immediately summoned by telephone. Death came most mercifully to him very shortly after their arrival. Within a very few minutes other friends appeared at the scene of the tragedy, but the unfortunate man had then just ceased to live. The gun was lying between the dead man’s body and the fence he had attempted to cross, the barrel pointed south
toward his head and the hammer down on the discharged right hand barrel The second barrel of the gun, loaded and frilly cocked, had not been discharges and it was necessary to remove the weapon before undertaking to release the body from its wire entanglement. No one can say just what position the gun was in when Mr. Lenz was tripped by his overalls catching on the fence he was crossing. Life having existed when the doctor arrived, no farther post mortem preliminaries were necessary and the body was released from its position and tenderly carried across an intervening creek, there to be conveyed by auto trailer to his late home.
Deceased was born at Union Hill Minnesota December 28 1879 and grew to young manhood there. He was the youngest child in a family of thirteen children. On May 23 1905 he was married to Miss Elisabeth Eischens at St Benedict's church at Union Hill. They lived at Union Hill until March 1 1909 when they came to this locality. Several brothers and sisters were already living in this community and were doing well so he and his wife purchased the old Reddy farm northeast of town and have lived here ever since. Ten children were born to them: Philotnene, Cleveland Ohio; Sister Mercedes, Rochester Minnesota; Julia, Andrew, Leonard, Mercedes, Robert, Fabian, and Rose Mary at home, who, with their mother mourn the loss of a devoted husband and father. Besides his widow and children he leaves two brothers and five sisters. Valentine Lenz and Mrs. Matt Gerardy of this place; Peter, Omaha Nebraska; Mrs. Schneider, Turtin, South Dakota; Mrs. Matt Huss, Mrs. John Pint and Mrs. Matt Pint, all of Belle Plaine Minnesota The funeral was held from St Mary's church Wednesday forenoon. The pall bearers were Frank Egan, Jos. Redder, Wm. F. Burke, Ray Bofenkamp, John Schweitzer and Patrick Hefferan. After the Requiem Mass Father Barden spoke a few minutes on the sudden visitation of death and the need there is of all being prepared by good living and adherence to the commandments of God to meet death when it shall come to us. The attendance at church and at the cemetery was the largest in years. Burial was in St Mary's cemetery beside the tiny infant gone before.

Ellsworth News
1932


DIED: MRS WADDY LOVELAND, November 8 1934, former Ellsworth resident died at the Estherville Iowa hospital last Saturday after a long period of suffering from cancer of the stomach. She was about 60 years of age. The funeral services took place Monday forenoon for the Catholic church of Estherville. Prior to her marriage she was Miss Kate Reiter of Sioux Falls South Dakota. She leaves two sons and a daughter, as well as her devoted husband to mourn her passing.

Ellsworth News
1934


DIED: OLE LARSON, died at his home in Estherville Iowa Sunday June 30 1935 at the ripe age of 84 years, T months and 25 days. Funeral services were held Wednesday of this week at the Congregational church of Ellsworth with interment in the Grand Prairie cemetery beside the remains of his wife and son Gilbert, the first Ellsworth volunteer to die in U.S. Army service during the World War and for whom the Ellsworth American Legion Post is named. Rev. L. A. Mathre, pastor ofthe Estherville Lutheran Church was in charge of the funeral service. Pall bearers were: Charles Marr, Martin Nelson, C. A. Barnes, C. W. Sherman, Herman J. Lehens, and Art Birkett.
Ole Olson Larson was horn November 5th 1850 in Hadeland Norway, the son of Lars and Mary Olson. He was baptized and confirmed in Graus church and attended the common school of his home district. while still young he served his apprenticeship and met all the requirements of the shoemaking trade. In 1870 he came to America, settling first at Blanchardville Wisconsin. In 1875 he married Miss Marandi Johnson. They lived on a farm in Lafayette county Wisconsin and lived there for several years before coming to the Spirit Lake Iowa area. They came to Nobles county in 1879 leasing the farm of the late Thos. A. Thompson. After three years he bought the homestead rights to a farm two miles north of town, now leased by the John Heiderscheid family. They lived here for the next ten years until Mrs Larson died. Mr Larson then quit farming and has since leased the farm.
Six children were born to their union: Anton (Reverend Anton Larson) Church’s Ferry North Dakota; Martin Oscar (deceased) formerly of Willmar Minnesota; Lena, Mrs E.Wilkens, Estherville Iowa; Gilbert Joseph (died in France), Mrs. Harry Simpson, Estherville Iowa; and Alvin Rudolph (deceased).
Deceased was one of the early settlers of the community, having come here 56 years ago, five years before the town was started. He was a hard working and conscientious man, a fine husband and father. With his wife he put ceaseless toil into his farming work and wrested a living and security for his years of retirement. His life was without reproach and we admit our inability to express proper tribute to his memory.

Ellsworth News
1935


DIED: MRS J. J  LENZ, pioneer settler in the community northeast of town, died at the family home last Sunday following an illness of several months duration. She had been cared for by her daughter Katie and son Herman who live at home.
The funeral took place from St. Adrian’s Catholic church Wednesday of this week with interment in the parish cemetery. She was the mother of the late Nick Lenz who conducted a general merchandise store in Ellsworth about thirty years ago. She is survived by twelve children. They are Peter, Wolf’s Point Montana; Garret, Joe Leo and Herman at home and Barbara, Mrs Peter Ruffing; Margaret, Mrs Jake Ruffing; Johanna, Mrs Chas Witt; Teresa, Mrs Tony Pint; and Mrs Fred Pass.
Deceased came to Grand Prairie township in the early l880’s from near New Prague, Scott county Minnesota with her husband and family. The original farmstead still belongs to the Lenz family.
A large number of local people, relatives and friends of the deceased paid their respects to her memory by attending the funeral services and by calling at the family home the three evenings following her passing;

Ellsworth News
1935


DIED: THOS. LENZ, Death suddenly claimed one of Grand Prairie township’s oldest citizens Saturday when Thomas Lenz died at his home six miles northeast of Ellsworth. He had not been in the best of health during the past spring and summer and had been advised by his doctor to take things a little easier last spring due to heart trouble. There was not, however, any indications of a serious nature and no one among his family or friends who had any idea that death was so close at hand. His passing was therefore a distinct shock to everyone.  Awakening about five o’clock, Mr Lenz had complained of the close condition of the atmosphere and expressed the complaint of it being difficult for him to breathe. He had been out on the porch and not feeling any better had returned to his room where he succumbed to the attack not long after he had stated his difficulty in breathing. His physician, Dr F. W. Bofenkamp, and a priest were called immediately but were unable to arrive before death had stepped in.
The funeral took place from St Adrian’s church, of which he had been a member since coming to this community. Interment was made in St Adrian’s cemetery. Pall bearers were Leo Schweitzer and Wm Recker of Ellsworth; Jos. Mauch, Jacob Sievert, John Jonas and Albert Schutz, all of Adrian.                                                                                                                                                                                              Tom Lenz was born in Kenosha county, near Brighton, Wisconsin January 19 1874, the son of Peter and Tracy (Luke) Lenz. When he was ten years old the family moved to the farm northeast of Ellsworth which they had purchased and upon which he had lived continuously ever since. He worked for his father until the latter retired in 1901 at which time the deceased took over the place, later buying it outright. He was married at St Adrian’s church on January 22, 1901 to Miss Rosa Spartz and the young couple began life together on the old home place, building it up and adding conveniences from time to time until it is now a large and conveniently arranged and equipped farm. There were six children born to them: Martin, Cletus, Otto, Urban, Mrs. Peter (Bernadine) Schutz, and Rose Marie, who with their mother are left to mourn the passing of a good husband and father.  Besides his immediate family he leaves six sisters and two brothers: Mrs Susie Kamp; Mrs Nick Siegfried, Ashton Iowa; Mrs William Bofenkamp, Ellsworth; Mrs Casper Kramer, Mrs Paul Cook, Regina and Matt Lenz of Adrian. Another sister, Mrs Barbara Seitz died only a month ago at Adrian.

Ellsworth News
1936


ROBERT LENZ, July 2 1937. It is with regret that we record the passing of Robert Lenz, third eldest son of Mrs Nick Lenz of northeast of town at McKennan Hospital Sioux Falls shortly after four o’clock this Friday morning. Robert Lenz was born December 16 1918. He graduated from St Mary’s high school June 10 1937. On Sunday June 20 deceased contracted sinus trouble of which he had been a sufferer for years and which malady had affected his eyesight. Infection set in the sinuses and developed into spinal meningitis. He awoke on Thursday July 1 with a pain at the base of his brain. He was taken to the Ellsworth hospital and the family was advised to take the youth to specialists
in Sioux Falls. Having received the last Sacraments of the church, deceased was taken to McKennan Hospital and the family was advised to return to their home. With the coming of daylight Friday July 2 the patient’s throat became paralyzed, yet at 4 o’clock he had
answered his nurse in a jovial way when she inquired as to his condition. A half hour later, with a crucifix in his hand, the young man passed into the Great Beyond. The body was brought to the Lenz home Saturday to await funeral services planned for Monday morning at St Mary’s church. Rev. Father S. Hale preached a beautiful sermon which was at once a comfort to the family and a fine tribute to the youth who had been taken by his Maker as he stood at the threshold of adulthood. The large attendance at the
funeral of one so young was testimony to the high regard in which held by the community and by young and old alike. The pall bearers were John Bofenkamp, Francis Sadler, Francis Egan, Herman Redder, Redmond Carey and Edwin Fischenich. Burial was in St
Mary’s cemetery in the family lot. Surviving are his mother, three brothers, Andrew,
Leonard and Fabian and five sisters, Julia, Worthington Minnesota; Philomene, New York, New York; Sister M. Mercedes, of the Franciscan Order, Rochester Minnesota; and Rose Mary, at home.
Out of town relatives attending the funeral included: Mrs Anna Eischens and Ardith DuBay, St Paul Minnesota; Mrs. Christina Lenz and Norbert, New Auburn Minnesota; Mr and Mrs Mike Eischens, Jordan Minnesota; Adam Eischens and Mr and Mrs John Eischens, New Prague, Minnesota; Mrs Elizabeth Hass and Mr and Mrs Matt Pint, Bell Plaine Minnesota; Mr and Mrs Bernard Trappen, Norcross Minnesota; Mr and Mrs John M Eischens, Anton Eischens and Mrs Henry Tilscher, St Leo Minnesota. Another group on the way to attend the funeral were unable to make the trip because of an automobile accident en route. One of the party, Mrs. Josephine Pint is in a critical condition in an hospital suffering from a crushed chest.

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VALENTINE LENZ, November 23 1937. Death at an early hour Tuesday morning brought sweet release from suffering for Valentine Lenz, grand old settler of the Ellsworth community. His death is mourned on all sides. Even though he has suffered much during the past few months the final news that he was no more has saddened the community for which, during his long residence here, he has done so much. Funeral services will he held this Thursday morning, November 25, a Requiem Mass to be said at St Mary’s church by the pastor, Rev. Father J. Hale with interment in the parish cemetery west of town.
Deceased was horn at New Prague Minnesota January 4 1861 and grew to young manhood there. In 1881 he came to the Ellsworth vicinity with a group of relatives to look at land, most of the others returning to New Prague but he stayed on to work until he located his own farm, the one now occupied by his son, Sylvester Lenz and family northeast of town. In 1887 he went back to New Prague for his bride, Miss Frances Gerardy and brought her back to the new home. She lived only 12 more years, dying in 1899 leaving him with four small children. Two years later January 22 1901 he was married to Mrs. Catherine Wagner at St Benedict‘s church New Prague and brought her and her four children to the Ellsworth community. to live.
To his first marriage were horn. Phillip, now of Mooreton ND; Theodore, who died about 20 years ago; and Adolph and Mary, of this community. To the second married were born four children, Matt, Ida, Hildegard and Sylvester, all of this community. The four step-children who mourn his death as deeply as any of his own, are Mike and Joseph Wagner and Mrs. Charley Lenz of this community and Mrs. Frank Althoff, Mooreton NI). One brother, Peter, Springfield Nebraska and three sisters, Mrs. Matt Pint, Mrs. Matt Huss and Mrs. Josephine Pint, all of New Prague, also survive.
With steady industry, careful planning and always the two fundamentals of Christian life before him - to love God above all things and they neighbor as thyself- he went about his work and fortune smiled upon the efforts of him and his family as the years went by.
Covetousness was not a part of this fine man’s makeup and he believed in giving others what was their due. As his sons and daughter and step-children grew up he cheerfully helped them get their starts in life and his name is a synonym of the good father. He was a good husband and always thought of the comfort of his beloved wife. A good neighbor and a loyal friend, deceased was more than a good Catholic - he was a practical one, giving of his store for whatever charity was afoot, and giving so quietly that sometimes those nearest to him did not know of his benevolences. He gave of his time to various church boards and committees and aided immeasurably in the growth of St Mary’s parish.
In the 32 years we have lived here we have known him intimately and he often dropped in for a chat with our office force and we always found his visits happy ones, for he was good company and always spoke well of everyone. We have never heard him speak ill of
anyone and this is great praise for one whose residence in the community predates the incorporation oft he town. There are not many nowadays with the strength of manhood such as Valentine Lenz possessed and the world has need of his kind. 'We regret his passing and join the many friends of the bereaved ones in extending sympathy.

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FERDINAND LENZ, September 16 1939. A resident of Nobles county since 1884. Funeral services for Ferdinand Lenz, age 76, were held Tuesday morning at St Anthony’s church in Lismore. Burial was in St. Anthony’s cemetery.
Born January 4 1863 at Salem Wisconsin he was married at Brighton Wisconsin to Pauline Seitz, who survives him with their five children. The year of their marriage the Lenz’s moved to Nobles county on a farm near Adrian, where they spent the next 23 years. Twenty four years ago they moved to the Lismore vicinity, farming until their retirement to a home in Lismore. Surviving are the widow, three daughters, Mrs Frank Peterburs, Mrs John Kealey and Rose of Lismore; two sons, Frank Lenz, Rosholt SD; and Louis V. Lenz, Lismore. Other survivors are a brother, Matt Lenz, Adrian; four sisters, Mrs Nick Siegfried, Mrs Casper Kramer and Regina Lenz, Adrian and Mrs William Bofenkamp, Ellsworth.

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MRS PETER LENZ, December 1939. Relatives of this and the Adrian community Tuesday received news of the death that morning of Mrs. Peter Lenz at Wolf Point, Montana. Deceased is survived by her husband and children and had been in ill health for several weeks or more past.
Mrs Lenz was the former Lena Pint, and was a sister of Mrs Rudolph M V Lenz of Litchfield Minnesota, Mrs Garret Lenz of west of Adrian and of the late Mrs Wm Vogelsberg of the Ellsworth community. Funeral services are being held this Thursday morning at Wolf Point, we are advised.

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 SIDNEY HARRIS LOVELAND, July 14 1939. S. H. Loveland, father of Mrs Thomas Wilson of Ellsworth, died Friday of last week at the home of another daughter, Mary, Mrs Ed House at Brookings SD. Death was due to the ills incident to his advanced age of almost 93 years. He had gone to Brookings several months ago and for the past few years had made his home with the Wilsons and Mrs House.
The body was brought to Ellsworth Sunday noon and rested in the Congregational church until the funeral services that afternoon. A large crowd of old neighbors and friends gathered for these services and followed to the last resting place in Grand Prairie cemetery where he was laid beside the wife of his youth and the mother of his children.
He was born July 31 1846 at Girard Ohio. His parent were Mr and Mrs Asel (Emil Newell) Loveland. He was married to Sarah S. Prindle at Norwalk Ohio March 4 1867 and to this union were born six children: Emily, Mrs Oscar Murray, Chicago Illinois; Mary E.,Mrs Ed House, Brookings SD; Warren L. Loveland, Estherville Iowa; Charles H. Loveland, Maderia California; Mrs Luella Walters, Salem Oregon and Lena, Mrs Thomas Wilson, Ellsworth Minnesota. In July 1882 at the age of 36 he moved with his family from Ohio to Brookings SD where they lived for four years, then moving to Cazenovia where they made their home for a short time. The family finally moved to Ellsworth where they lived for a number of years. Mrs Loveland died in Ellsworth in 1903.
He married again in the early winter of 1905. His second wife being Sarah Selinda Chandler. He was engaged in various activities, shoe making, carpenter work, cabinetry and as manager of grain elevators at various points along the railway. Following this marriage they returned to Ohio for a few years then moved to California where his second wife died. Since her death he has lived with his children, spending a greater part of that time with his daughter, Mrs Wilson and husband. He had retired from business activities several years ago. In his youth he was a hard worker and although his calling was that of a carpenter, when slack times came he did not hesitate to turn his hand to other employment to provide for his family. He was a good husband and father and a good neighbor. He made warm friends of all who knew him and when he returned of late years, broken with age, only kindness and regret were felt for him. During the past few years he has been a great care, taxing strength and patience of his loved ones and much praise is due his daughter and son-in-law, Mr and Mrs Tom Wilson, who cared for him so unceasingly  In his passing we can but say God has called him home after his long wanderings and wish for him that peace which he could not find here on earth.

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JOHN F. LEAF May 14 1941. Aged Shoemaker died After A Brief Illness. John F.Leaf; veteran Shoemaker passed away in the Ellsworth hospital Wednesday afternoon following a ten day illness incident to advanced age. He had been taken to the hospital May 3 when two friends, Peter Uhden and E. E. Lovrien found him ill in bed. It was the old story of the human machine wearing out and ceasing to function after a long and active life. Some two months ago as if sensing the dawn of his last great adventure, he called in a friend and prepared the record of his life for its final publication It is the story of his years from his arrival on this earth to the day he left it: a simple narrative of daily events,. Names and facts. One of his great pleasure of his last years was his continuous correspondence with a niece, his sister’s daughter residing in Sweden, Mrs Bergit Elvnas, Sundyberg, Sweden, a suburb of Stockholm. The writer has known the deceased for the last twenty-five years and his confidences brought out the many sides of his long life and its varied experiences. In his passing the community loses one who has run the full span of a long and eventful life.                                                                                                 
His body was taken to the Ferdinandt undertaking parlors at Adrian Wednesday night to he prepared for their final resting place and it was the expectation of all that the body would be returned here for funeral services. However, it was shipped to Winona for interment beside his wife who preceded him in death 31 years ago. This was his dying request.
John Frederick Leaf was born at Karlstad, Sweden February 21 1856, the son of John Eric Leaf and his wife. Deceased learned every phase of the shoemaking trade in his native country, served three years in the Swedish Army and was a member of the Lutheran church. In company with his brother Charles, now deceased, he came to America in January 1881 to Castle Garden New York and worked at his trade as a journey man shoemaker at various eastern points until 1884 when he came west to Janesville, Wisconsin..
On December 26 1888 he was married to Miss Jennie Ryning and their union was blessed with six children. Those surviving are: Victor E. Leaf, Winona Minnesota and Olive, Mrs Everett Chalmers, both of Winona Minnesota; Jennie, Mrs Paul MeCray, Long Beach, California and Earl Leaf, Rochester Minnesota. After his who died in 1910 he came to Primghar Iowa, later going to Rock Rapids Iowa. In 1916 he came to Ellsworth and purchased the shoe shop of the late Nick Hower.

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HERM J. LUNS, July 18 1941. Herm J. Luns, 87 year old Ellsworth Justice of the Peace, died this Thursday evening at the family home a block west of the Davenport Elevator office. Death ended an illness of heart trouble that had been pronounced the last few weeks, but as late as mid-afternoon it was believed his was getting better. After the evening meal the aged man had gone outside to escape the heat of the home and to enjoy shade and the mild breeze that belied one of the summer’s warmest days. He rested in a chair while his son William went out in the yard and talked to him, then returning to the house. Five minutes later Dr P. J. Cress and son-in-law Joseph Holland of Sioux Falls chanced to motor near the Luns and knowing the aged man was ailing the doctor signaled to .Mr Luns. The usual acknowledgement was not made and something in the posture of  the octogenarian puzzled the family doctor, who then ordered the car to stop. As soon as the doctor neared the man he realized that death had ended all suffering for the aged man. The routine matter of calling the county coroner was attended to as Mr Luns had died without a physician attending. After the coroner’s verdict the body was taken to an undertaking parlor for preparation for burial.
Herm J. Luns came to Ellsworth from George Iowa about 1907 managing a cream buying station for the George creamery which he conducted from the north section of the building now housing Dan‘s Cafe. He was accompanied by his wife, who died in 1917, and  son William. A son of a well-to do family in Holland, he regularly received payments from a trust fund in the mother country, and was able to take care of all of his needs. For years he had been a local justice of the peace . Successive generations of Ellsworth youngsters have reciprocated the kindly interest of this man and have responded to this attention.Before him appeared some of these as juveniles for official lectures and advice as to mending their ways. Others in adult life were benefited by his official admonitions or punishment. He observed a strict court and upheld its dignity. Since the recent invasion of Holland he had worried concerning the conscription by the German dictator of the estate funds and the possibility of insecurity in his advancing years.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 o’clock Saturday afternoon from the Zion Presbyterian church, the Rev. K. W. Schalk officiating. Interment will be in the cemetery 2 miles north and 1 mile east of George Iowa. The body will be returned to Ellsworth Saturday noon for viewing in the hour preceding the services at the church.

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MATT LENZ March 1942 Matt Lenz, whose serious illness had been mentioned in these columns from time to time died at his home a mile north of Ellsworth Tuesday evening He first became ill last December with severe pains in his head, suffering the first attack while doing carpenter work at the John Mulder farm in Little Rock township A second severe attack seized him while remodeling the home of his brother, Sylvester Lenz, northeast of Ellsworth The headaches began to increase in intensity and he was prevailed upon to consult a specialist at the Mayo clinic in Rochester Minnesota At that time the doctors who examined him could not determine what caused the pain for x rays did not show a development of the growth and after submitting to the painful pressure tests he returned to his home For a time it appeared that he would recover but three weeks later it was evident that he was suffering untold agony and he was again taken to Rochester in the hope of alleviating his torments even though the trouble could not be cured Then it was the position of the tumor became evident to the surgeons and an operation was performed to probe the possibility of removing the tumorous growth near the brain, an not uncommon affliction yet an operation so delicate and painful that little hope can be held for recovery The patient himself had become resigned to the inevitable and asked to be returned to his home He was brought home Saturday in the Ferdinandt ambulance and Monday of this week he had a spell, the most severe of the many he had withstood and one from which he never rallied It was known from the start however that he could not get well, the only foresight of many in the shadow of death he recognized the advent of the great adventure and with the courageous and uncomplaining attitude that marked his long suffering he prepared for death and was fortified with the last rites for the hving of his church
Funeral services will be held Saturday morning from St Mary s church where the last prayers and blessing will be said by the pastor Rev father Edw Scheuring Interment will be in the family lot in the parish cemetery The Requiem Mass for the dead will not be said until Monday morning because of the fact that this is Holy Week and Masses for the Dead are not said at this time
Mathias Lenz, son of Mr and Mrs Valentine Lenz, was born November 18 1902 on the Lenz farm northeast of Ellsworth now occupied by the Sylvester Lenz family and he lived there until about ten years ago, when his father, the late Valentine Lenz, purchased the old Cory place due north of town and moved onto the farm After his school days he helped his parents, later going into road grading and custom corn shelling and threshing work and farming on his own venture A fine workman, he found the time to help others in carpenter work at which he was most adept, as well as attending to his own interests Industrious by nature he was a good manager and possessed a disposition that made friends of all with whom he came in contact Matt will be sorely missed, not only by the bereaved family, but by the people of the community for whom he worked and those who worked with him The sense of his loss is tempered by the realization that death came to him as a sweet release from suffering
He was preceded in death by his father, who died several years ago He is survived by his mother, Mrs Valentine Lenz, a brother, Sylvester and two sisters, Hildegaaarde and Ida, and the following half-brothers and sister: Mrs Frank Althoff, Hankinson, ND; Phillip Lenz, Mooreton Nl); Michael and Joseph Wagner, Mrs Charles Lenz and Adolph Lenz, all of the Ellsworth community.

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WARREN “WADDY” LOVELAND, December 5 1942. Word reached here Saturday of the death of Waddy Loveland, retired Rock Island conductor and for many years a resident of Ellsworth. Death took place at his home in Jackson Minnesota. He had apparently been in good health all along and was starting out on a trip to Estherville Iowa with his youngest daughter. A short distance from home he became quite ill and the daughter turned the car around and arrived back at the home as death ensued.
The funeral service was held at in chapel in Estherville with interment in the Estherville cemetery.
Born December 11 1872 he lacked but a few days of being 70 years old. his birthplace was Hartland Ohio, where he lived the first nine years of his life. He came west with his parents in 1881, settling at Brookings SD. Later they made their home in Cazanovia SD where he helped his father, the late S. H. Loveland, in the carpenter trade. He was married December 31 1894 at Sioux Falls to Miss Kate Reiter and to them were born two sons and two daughters, now all grown ups. In 1901 he started his railroad career as a brakeman on the old Burlington Cedar Rapids & Northern, which today is part of the Rock Island system. For several years the family made their home in Ellsworth. He went from here to Estherville where he later became a conductor He was retired on pension about three years ago. His wife died some years ago and in 1938 he married Miss Agnes ...............................Rest is missing

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