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Etta Evelyn Baal

DIED: MRS HARVEY BAAL, November 21 1934. Much sorrow was caused early Tuesday morning in the community by news of the death of Mrs. Harvey Baal at the family home 6 3/4 miles northeast of Ellsworth. Mrs. Baal had been ill for more than three weeks, her death being attributed to serious illness following child-birth. Deceased was mother of two children and leaves these and her grieving husband to mourn the passing of their loved mother and wife. Only twenty-six years old in the prime of young womanhood and motherhood, she was unexpectedly snatched from her loved ones just as life's hopes appeared brightest. Mrs. Baal was a woman who will be greatly missed, not only in her own home circle but by all who knew her. Funeral services will be held at her late home at 1:00 o'clock Friday afternoon and at Zion Presbyterian church in Ellsworth at 2:00 o'clock. Pall bearers will be: Art Rust, Ollie Hickman, Eilert Willemssen, John Klooster, Fred Wessels and Carl Christians. Interment will be in Grand Prairie cemetery northwest of Ellsworth.

Etta Evelyn Lyons was born July 21 1909 the second eldest child of Mr and Mrs. Chas Lyons, then living in Canton Oklahoma. A few years later the family came to Minnesota, settling in Rock county, northwest of Ellsworth. She was married December 21 1927 to Harvey Baal, eldest son of Mrs. Henry Baal, of northeast of Ellsworth. The following spring, March 3 1928 they moved to the farm formerly owned by John Engbarth, six miles south of Adrian. Two children were born to them: Mildred, born March 27 1930 and Lois Mae, born October 28 1934. The cause of her death was a serious illness following her confinement. Alter twenty-two days of extreme suffering she peacefully and quietly passed on to her eternal rest at the age of 25 years and 4 months. She is survived by her stricken husband and two children, her parents, Mr and Mm Chas. Lyons of northwest of Ellsworth, four sisters: Bertha, Mrs. Lee Kem ---- -Rest is missing
Source: Ellsworth News, 1934

Henry Baal

DIED HENRY BAAL, one of the foremost farmers of Grand Prairie township died at McKennan hospital at Sioux Falls last Sunday after a battle for life lasting over a period of several months He had been ill all summer with dropsy brought on by heart trouble from which he had suffered for several years and he was taken to the Sioux Falls hospital August 5 in the hopes that a specialist's care might make his sufferings less, even if the disease could not be cured He gradually became weaker until death released him from his sufferings. He was born at Ridott, Illinois December 16 1867 and married at Matlock Iowa to Miss Lucinda Greenfield March 22 1900. To them were born six children, four of whom with their mother survive. The children living are Walter, Harvey, Melvin, and Mabel all living in Grand Prairie township. The latter two living at home and the two older boys occupying adjacent farms belonging to their father.

Deceased and his young wife came to Minnesota from German Valley Illinois in March 1901 and settled on the farm which has since been their home. For years it has been one of the show places of the township. Some help was given him at the start and hard work, perseverance, good help on the part of his family frugal habits and keen foresight in investments increased his holdings until now 720 acres of Grand Prairie land besides 320 acres in Yellow Medicine county belong to them. He was a man of strong morals a good citizen faithful church member and was highly esteemed in this community. For years he served as supervisor of the Grand Prairie township board and was chairman of the school board of the district in which he lived. He was also president of the Nelson -Neyens telephone company and it was said of him that whatever project came up he could be counted upon to help in a material way as well as to be a giver of sound advice. He was a director of the Ellsworth State Bank. In 1906 and was for many years with that institution becoming its president late this past year. Not only was he interested in worldly affairs but he gave unstintingly of his time and effort to the recent construction of the local Presbyterian church. At the time of his death he was an Elder of the church.

The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon with a short service at the home followed by a church service at two o clock at the Presbyterian church. Rev Neubrugge of George, Iowa conducted the services. The pall bearers were chosen from among his co workers, and these were Ekke Christians, John Nolte, Jans Wessels, George Rosenberg, Henry Essman and Rekus Klooster.. Interment was in the cemetery two miles southeast of George Iowa. Besides his wife and children, deceased is survived by two brothers and one sister living at German Valley Illinois.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1931

B. C. Baker

Death of B.C. Baker
B.C. Baker passed away at his home in this city Saturday afternoon at two o'clock, after a lingering illness from dropsy and complications arising therefrom, aged 72 years, 4 months and 6 days.

Mr. Baker was born in Montgomery county, Illinois, Christmas day, 1836, and served during the war of the rebellion as sergeant in the 3rd Illinois cavalry under Capt. McLean, and had the distinction of having been with Sherman on his historic march to the sea. He was twice wounded during his military career. He was also a member of the Masonic fraternity, being connected with the order at Clarion, Iowa, where he formerly resided.

He leaves to mourn his loss one brother, three sons and four daughters. The sons, J. K., J. W. and C. A., all reside in Worthington. The daughters are Mrs. H.F. Clute of Iowa Falls, Iowa; Mrs. J.B. Snyder of Clarion, Iowa; Mrs. A.D. Edwards of Antonio, Texas, and Mrs. C. B. Johnson, of Des Moines, Iowa.

The remains were shipped to Iowa Falls, Iowa, Sunday morning, and interment was held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home of Mrs. H.F. Clute. J. W. Baker, who accompanied the remains to Iowa Falls, returned Wednesday.
Source: Worthington Advance Friday (May 7, 1909)

Bernard Ball

DIED: BERNARD BALL, January 18 1916. Mr. Ball was a pioneer merchant in Ellsworth.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1916

Mrs. Anton Ballmes

DIED MRS ANTON BALLMES, widow of the late Anton Ballmes and for many years a resident of this vicinity died at her home last Friday morning. Her daughter Mrs. Peter Neyens was with her and cared for her during her last illness.

Deceased was born in the province of Bavaria, Germany October 10 1849 and came to this country when two years old with her parents. The family settled at Davenport Iowa where she grew to young womanhood. On July 4 1865 she was married to Anton Ballmes at Rock Island Illinois and for nearly 20 years lived there and at Rapid City Illinois. In August 1893 the couple came with their young family to Minnesota settling in the locality east of here. In 1903 they moved to Becker County Minnesota and lived there until the spring of 1911. They then moved into the city of Ellsworth (see obituary of Anton Ballmes)
Source: Ellsworth News, 1927.

Anthony Ballmes

Died: Anthony Ballmes died at his home here last Friday, May 12, 1926 after an illness of over a year of life of ills incident to old age. Had he lived another week he would have reached an age of 86 years. He was born in Coblenz Germany May 19, 1840 and came to this country in 1866. He came first to Rock Island Illinois where a cousin was already settled but he found the cousin he sought was dead. On July 4, 1867 he married Miss Eva Roman and they lived in that place for three years, he working in the lumber mill managing one of the big saws. At the end of three years the young couple had saved enough to start farming and they began on a farm near there where they were for three more years. Then they moved west to Minnesota settling in the vicinity of Winona in 1893. After ten years there they removed to the western part of the state and occupied a farm in Grand Prairie township. In the spring of 1903 the interest of their sons having shifted elsewhere they followed them to Becker county Minnesota and remained there until 1911 Their sons and daughters were all gone to homes of their own by this time and the parents left alone decided to return to this community.

It was in the summer of 1910 that Mr. Ballmes and his wife, while on a visit to the Peter Neyens home decided to locate in the town of Ellsworth and purchased the lots where the home now stands (Mike Werner house). They went back to live with their son Will who was not married then and in the spring of 1911 they returned to Ellsworth and built the home they have occupied ever since. From a bare pasture they have converted it into a nice homestead with a thriving orchard and garden. He was a great lover of nature and after the years of vigorous work in the fields had passed he spent his later years in his garden and orchard, watching plant life blossom and bear. He loved to work among the growing things and he will be missed in Ellsworth by many who came to depend upon his gardens for their supplies each summer. The trees in the new city park were set out by him several years ago. He was a quiet friendly man liked and admired by all who knew him. All during his illness interest in him did not relax, showing the esteem in which he was held in the community. Upon his faithful wife, whose loving administrations have been unceasing through nearly three score years the blow falls hardest, for she will sorely miss his companionship.

Nine children were born to them and with the exception of one child who died at the age of two, all grew to adulthood. They are Caroline, Mrs. Peter Neyens of east of Ellsworth George, Adrian, William, Hot Springs SD, Frank, Minnekata, SD Emma, Mrs. Otto Norbell, Bothell, Washington, and Anthony and Joseph, Fairpoint, SD. These, with his wife, his beloved companion for fifty nine years mourn the death of a good father. Besides these he leaves twenty three grandchildren and one great grandson.

The funeral took place Monday forenoon with a Requiem High Mass celebrated by Rev Father Barden with interment m St Mary s cemetery. The pallbearers were Henry Roll, Jas Maher, Bernard Fischenich, Thos F Carey, Frank Recker and Henry Borget. Only two sons from a distance, Will of Hot Springs and Frank of Minnekata were able to reach here in time for the funeral. John Ballmes arrived here Monday night twelve hours too late because of an unavoidable delay in getting the telegram through to him.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1926.

John Ballmes

JOHN BALLMES, December 14 1938. John Ballmes was born in Riverside township Washington county Iowa September 8 1877. While still a child the family moved to Kansas in 1886, living in Wakeenee (Waubansee?) county until they moved to this community in 1893, settling on a farm northeast of town now owned by Mrs Lucinda Baal. In 1901 he went to Becker county Minnesota, later filing on a claim in Mead county SD where he lived for a few years to prove up on the land and then in 1926 came to Ellsworth to remain with his mother upon the death of his father. By that time he had interested himself in the community and retained his residence here. Working at various tasks he proved a capable special marshall and although of a type hard to get acquainted with, was well like about the community. He was not above working to make his livelihood and asked favors of no one but to those who needed his help.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1938.

Charles A. Barnes

DIED CHARLES A BARNES, October 20 1920 in Sioux Falls South Dakota. Charles Alfred Barnes was born in Pittsfield Vermont October 25 1850. He came to the eastern part of Iowa in 1870. From 1872 to 1898 he homesteaded in Grand Prairie township. He then went into the hardware business at Harris Iowa and finally moved to Sioux Falls. He is survived by his wife, Emma C Barnes, a daughter, Mrs. A C Wettestad, Harrisburg, South Dakota, and a son, V A Barnes, who is in the real estate business in Sioux Falls. George Barnes of Huron South Dakota and Charles Barnes of Ellsworth returned from Sioux Falls, where they had been to the funeral of their uncle, the late Charles A Barnes.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1920

George Henry Bassett

George Henry Bassett, son of E. H. and H. A. Bassett. Born July 20th, 1877. Died, March 19th, 1911.

He was born in Faribault, Rice Co., Minn. His parents came to Rushmore, Minn., when he was nine months old where they have lived ever since. He was a member of Co. H. Fifteenth Minnesota, Volunteer Infantry and also of Co. G. Forty-fifth U.S. Volunteer Infantry in the Spanish-American War, having served two years in the Philippines.

In the year of 1900 he went to Canada where he has resided ever since. He has been a sufferer for the last three months of Migraine, an obscure nervous disease, which specialists were unable to cure and which finally caused his death.

The funeral was held from his home at Rushmore at eleven o'clock a.m., Thursday, March 23, and the remains were laid to rest in the Lakeside cemetery in Worthington beside those of his father and little brother. Rev. Babcock officiated at the funeral.
Source: Worthington Globe (March 23, 1911)

Maggie Bauman

DIED: MRS C. L. BAUMAN. Mrs. C. L. Bauman, nee Maggie Jutting, was born in Grundy county Iowa on June 17 1886 and was therefore 41 years, nine months and 3 days old at the time of her death March 20 1928. She was the daughter of Mr and Mrs. Ubbe Jutting of Grundy county and was married January 6 1927 to C. L. Bauman of near Ellsworth The happy couple made their home on the Meester Estate farm southwest of Ellsworth until March 1st of that year when they moved to the present home on the Rowe Estate farm in Little Rock township. Only nine months after marriage their home was saddened by the knowledge that Mrs. Bauman was suffering with a malignant form of breast cancer and ever since she has been in the cancer hospital at Cherokee Iowa waging a valiant fight for life Surgical aid was unsparing in efforts to save her life and enable her to return to her husband and his children who had come to love her almost as their own mother. Her remains were brought from Cherokee Wednesday afternoon to the late home where friends gathered to pay their last respects to a noble woman and loved wife.

Funeral services were held Saturday at 2 00 p m at the German Reformed church in Little Rock Iowa with Rev E K Russman conducting the German service and Rev Uhden conducting the English service Interment was in the cemetery nearby beside the wife and mother that preceded her. Pall bearers were Albert Stenzel, Henry Bodde, Luther Jenkins, Joseph Visker, Harm P Kruse and John Helderscheld. Besides her devoted husband three step children mourn the passing of her who, to them was ever so kind and considerate Louse, Harriet and Lawrence. Her parents, two brothers and two sisters also survive. The brothers and sisters are William John and Miss Lizzie, at home in Grundy county, and Mrs. F F Kuper of Midland township.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1928

Elizabeth Baumez

Mrs. Elizabeth Baumez died Monday morning Feb. 20 at the home of her son, Geo. W. Cale. Deceased was a pioneer of Minnesota having come to this state in 1856 and settled near Waconia, Carver Co. with her husband and ten children. In 1807 [sic] her husband died and in 1874 she was married to J. Baumez who died in 1900, since which time she has made her home with her son at Worthington. Deceased leaves five sons, three daughters and twenty-two grandchildren to mourn her death. Deceased was eighty five years old.
Source: Worthington Advance (Friday, February 24, 1905)

Martha E. Bear

Miss Martha E. Bear died at the home of her brother, David C. Bear, in this city Wednesday forenoon of heart failure caused by an attack of the grippe. She was sick only a few days, being taken ill last Saturday.

The funeral was held Thursday afternoon from the Bear residence the service being conducted by Rev. G.A. Cahoon. Miss Bear was born in Rootstown, Ohio, on May 21st, 1854. She was the daughter of Rev. Wm. M. Bear, who moved to Nobles county with his family in 1872 and preached for many years at several points in the county. Miss Bear had been an invalid for many years, but bore her affliction with patient resignation. She was an earnest Christian, having united with the M.E. Church at an early age.
Source: unknown; dated Friday, February 9, 1906

Samuel Beede

SAMUEL BEEDE - 1891. One of the old settlers of this section, passed away at the home of J P Campbell, where he had made his home the last eight years. The cause of his death was old age, he being eighty-nine years old had he lived until April 27 1891. He was born in Maine in 1810 . He came to Waukon Iowa in 1855 where he lived for a number of years. The year 1872 found him among the first few settlers at Sibley Iowa and in 1884 he moved to Ellsworth. His wife passed away about eight years ago and since then he has made his home with his granddaughter, Mrs J P Campbell. Three sons are left to mourn their father's death. They are: John Beede, Waukon Iowa; Moses Beede of Iroquois South Dakota and Samuel Beede of Ellsworth.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1891

Lucian Bonaparte Bennett

Death of L. B. Bennet
Death ended the suffering of our friends and townsman, L. B. Bennett on Friday morning, Feb. 1st., afflicted for many years with asthma and other lung trouble.

Lucian Bonaparte Bennett was born July the 16th, 1837 at Scropple, Oswego Co. New York. He emigrated to Wisconsin in 1859. In 1861, soon after the fall of Sumter, he enlisted as a private in Co. I, fourth Wisconsin Infantry serving during the war. He was taken prisoner in Louisiana, while doing service as a scout, and to his sufferings and exposure in miasmatic climate the disease which finally caused his death was due.

Mr. Bennett was one of the earliest pioneers of Worthington, Minnesota, residing at that place until he came to Pillager in the fall of 1900.

While a resident of Worthington, he occupied many positions of trust filling the office of clerk of court, justice of the peace, etc. During the administration of President Cleveland he served as postmaster at that place.

Mr. Bennett was a member of the G.A.R. and also a Free Mason of many years standing.

Of his character, none but those with whom he was intimately connected can form a correct estimate. Few men could compare with him in a high sense of honor, in purity of mind and in kindness of heart.

He leaves a wife, two sons, two daughters, Mrs. Grace Lohf of this place and Mrs. Jessie Bailey of Cooperstown, N.D., as his immediate family, to sorrow for his loss. He has also two brothers living, Messrs. Leanander Bennett of St. Paul, and Beny Bennett of Zion City. -- Pillager Leader.
Source: Worthington Advance (Friday, February 15, 1907)

Carolina B. Besanz

Death of Mrs. Besanz.
Mrs. Carolina B. Besanz, wife of John Besanz, died Thursday night after an extended illness from asthma and bronchitis, aged 53 years, 9 months and 9 days. The funeral services were held from the Swedish Lutheran church Saturday, conducted by Rev. Mueller, pastor of the German Lutheran church at Brewster. Interment at the Worthington cemetery.
Source: Worthington Advance (Friday, October 2, 1908)

Hattie H. Bigelow

Death of Mrs. Bigelow
Mrs. Hattie H. Bigelow was a native of Connecticut, having been born in Portland, Middlesex Co., Nov. 20th 1839. Her girlhood was spent in the vicinity of her birthplace and in 1859 she was married to Otis Bigelow. The young couple came west in 1869, finding a home in Iowa. They removed to Worthington in 1872, becoming pioneers of this county and have resided here ever since. Mrs. Bigelow had united with the church as a mere girl, and with her husband became a charter member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Worthington. For thirty-five years she continued to be one of its most active and interested workers. She was always the friend of the pastor and his family and the church and its interests had a large place in her life.

Her death occurred May 18th, 1907, after four weeks of suffering as the result of an injury received from a fall. The funeral service was held Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock at the Methodist Church.

Rev. G. A. Cahoon, the pastor of the church, spoke briefly from the text 1 John, 2; 17-25, his subject being "The Immortal Hope." He spoke also of the life history of the deceased and paid a tender tribute to her memory. Rev. W. J. Robinson, of Pine Island, a former pastor and particular friend of the family, spoke of his acquaintance with the deceased and her splendid worth, and gave added words of consolation to the sorrowing relatives. A mixed quartet furnished several beautiful selections.

The ladies of the church had the large auditorium decorated with flowering plants, the altar being banked with them. Each society of the church presented a floral tribute, as did the Eastern Star and others. The members of the Eastern Star attended the service in a body. There was a large attendance of relatives and friends. All the business houses were closed during the hours of the service.

Mrs. Bigelow was a most estimable woman. She took delight in helping others and her true Christian life has been a blessing and inspiration to many. She is spoken of in the highest terms by all who were privileged to know her.

The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the stricken husband and relatives.
Source: Worthington Advance May 24, 1907

J. J. Bingham


J. J. Bingham Dies at His Home After A Short Illness.
Another old soldier answered the higher roll call when Jonathan T. Bingham died early last Friday morning. He had been in poor health for several months but up to the first of the week had been around the city. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at the home, with Dr. Cahoon officiating. Mr. Bingham was a member of the Presbyterian church and for a number of years had been janitor of the church. He is survived by a widow and one daughter, Miss Laura.

He was one of the charter members of Stoddard Post No. 34, G.A.R., having served in a New York regiment in some of the most severe battles of the war.

He was born in Montgomery county, N.Y., Oct. 13, 1837, and lived in that state until 1882 when he removed to Worthington. He was in business in Oswego, N.Y., after the war and was associated with the firm of Mitchell Bros. in this city for a number of years, dealing in butter and eggs.
Source: Worthington Advance (Friday, September 24, 1909)

Miles Birkett


Grand Army Veteran answers last call. Widely known Nobles County pioneer, dies at home in this city following short illness November 11 1923. Miles Birkett one of Luverne's oldest and most highly respected citizens, reached the end of his life's journey Sunday morning at the ripe old age of eighty years. Uremic coma was the immediate cause of death although he had not been in the best of health for some time past. He was taken seriously ill on Friday morning, and after two days of suffering he passed away on Sunday at 10 55 am. Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon. A short service was conducted at the house at two o clock, after which the long cortege made its way to the Presbyterian church were the funeral ceremonies were conducted. Reverend O C Gross delivered the funeral sermon, and he was assisted by Reverend Frarey of the Presbyterian church of Worthington Reverend Field of the Congregational church of Ellsworth, and Reverend Saunders of the Methodist church of Luverne. A quartette composed of Mrs. Cora Rea, Mrs. J A Stewart and Messers. L H Jones and L A Graves sang several selections and a vocal solo "Face To Face' was given by Mrs. E A Nelson of Ellsworth. Interment was made in Maplewood cemetery. Acting pallbearers were E A Brown, W M Bratton, A M De Lapp, W A Rowe, Luverne and George Shurr and Chas. Barnes of Ellsworth. . Members of the GAR were the honorary pallbearers: N R Reynolds, Charles Cowan, W C Johnson, L J Emmons, L. L. Bryan of this city, Nels Jacobson of Hills, Oscar D Bryan of Ellsworth and James Walker of Sioux City. The Woman's Relief Corps attended the funeral in a body. A salute was fired over the grave by a firing squad in recognition of the deceased's military service.

Miles Birkett was born at Brantford, Ontario, Canada August 2 1843. When about ten years old his parents moved to Rock Island county Illinois and in 1861 they left from there for Franklin county Iowa. While living in Iowa, the Civil War broke out. In 1862 Mr. Birkett enlisted as a member of Company H, Thirty Second Iowa Infantry. For three years he remained at the front, serving as a drummer during the greater part of this time. When the war was over he returned to Franklin county and shortly afterward located in Hancock county in this state where he lived for one year. In May 1871 Mr. Birkett came to Nobles county and took up a claim on a homestead in what is now Grand Prairie township, becoming one of the first settlers in this area. His identification with Nobles county and its interests extends over a period of forty three years. He was honored by election to the office of county commissioner, had been a township board member for several years, filled the office of justice of the peace and served in other official positions in his county and was ever faithful in his performance of duty. He was also a zealous worker in religious matters.

The first sermon preached in Grand Prairie township was in his home and the first Sunday school was also held there. To him is given the credit of having planted the first trees in his township. Nine years ago Mr. Birkett and his family moved to this city where he has since enjoyed the rest he so well deserved.

On May 8 1868 Mr. Birkett was married to Miss Martha J Boots of Franklin county. His wife and eight children survive him. The children are Mrs. M R Myers Worthington, Mrs. E. E. Hallas Salem S D, Pearl L Birkett Calgary Alberta Canada, Mrs. M. M. Chatfield, Minot N D, Mabel Birkett Cedar Rapids Iowa, Arthur L Birkett, Ellsworth, Mrs. E H Moreland and Genevieve Luverne. Four other children the eldest son Clarence and Vivian, Mattie and Leroy preceded their father in death. He leaves one brother, George Birkett of Mason City Iowa and a sister Mrs. A L Percell at Belmont Iowa.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1923.

Mrs. Henry Blome

DIED MRS HENRY BLOME October 1930, at her home last Friday after ten days illness of bronchial pneumonia. For several years she had not been in robust health and when pneumonia developed from bronchitis she had not strength enough to fight it and almost from the first it had been evident that she was fighting a losing battle. Everything that could be done to help her was done by the family and physician, but she sank rapidly and passed quietly away with her little family about her.

Funeral services took place at two o'clock Monday afternoon at the Ellsworth Presbyterian church after a short service at the home Rev H J Noeding officiating. The funeral sermon was preached in both English and the German language, the pastor choosing as his text from Isaiah Chap 64 verse 6. The pall bearers were Lee Beers, Henry Hinrichs Jr, John Bos, Conrad Walters, Edwin Wald and Joseph Meester. Interment was in Grand Prairie cemetery.

Jennie Viet was born October 30 1883 near Freeport, Stephenson county, Illinois and was the eldest child of Mr and Mrs. Ben Viet now residents of this place. She came to this community with her parents in 1904, settling in Elgin township of Lyon county southeast of Ellsworth.. She was married to Henry Blome May 3, 1911 at Rock Rapids, Iowa. Her mother becoming ill shortly thereafter, she remained in the parental home for two years. At this time the mother regained health and Mr and Mrs. Blome leased the Ocke De Boer premises nearby to begin activities on their own account. The fourth year of their married life saw them on the Ben Viet farm, remaining there for six years, then going to Merrill, Wisconsin in the spring of 1921. In the fall of 1928 ill health of Mrs. Blome forced them to retire from farming and they moved back to Ellsworth, Mr Blome engaging in the trucking business. She leaves to mourn her death a husband and two young daughters, Gladys and Vivian, her parents, Mr and Mrs Ben Vlet, one sister, Mrs Henry Hammel of this place and one brother, Peter Viet of Madelia Minnesota. Deceased was a woman well liked in this community and her passing is regretted. In her own home the blow is particularly a hard one for she was a true wife and mother and loved her home life best of all. Her death leaves a void in the life of her husband and her daughters lose a mother's care when they perhaps need it most. She went quietly about in life doing good but her deeds of goodness were not accompanied by the blare of trumpets and outside her own little circle of friends she was not really known. But it is by such women who go on day after day that others by their good examples what lt means to be good Christians whose good works are yet unknown to the world that much is accomplished. She leaves her family the memory of a devoted mother whose last thoughts were for the welfare of her family and of a good woman.

Those from out of town ln attendance at the funeral as far as we can recall, were Mr and Mrs. Peter Viet, Madelia Minnesota, Mr and Mrs. John Rose Sibley Iowa, Mr and Mrs. John Christians Reading Minnesota, Mrs. Arendt Julius and daughter Lena, Holland, Minnesota, Mr Chris Bents, Reading Minnesota, Mr and Mrs. Henry Bents, Little Rock Iowa, Chris Rose, Brookings South Dakota Mr and Mrs. John Enninga, Reading, Minnesota, Mrs. John Beckman, Mr and Mrs. Chris Bents and Leonard Bents all of Reading Minnesota and Mr and Mrs. Edw Akkerman, Kanaranzi Minnesota. The News joins the many friends of the family in extending sympathy and condolences to her bereaved ones.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1930

Louise Blum

DIED MRS CHRIS BLUM. Following a terrible accident with an exploding can of Kerosene. She died from the shock received when she was burned yesterday afternoon at her home four miles northwest of George. Mrs. Blum had started to make tea about four o'clock and attempted to hurry the fire along by pouring kerosene from a five gallon can onto the fire. The can contained about one half gallon of oil. Mr. Blum says that he saw the flames follow the gas into the can and then the explosion. The clothing of the unfortunate woman caught fire and she was burned from head to foot before the husband could extinguish the flames. Her face and breast as well as her legs received the more severe bums She appeared to remain conscious until within a short time before death came. Mr. Blum suffered badly burned hands and face and is suffering intensely from the burns on his hands and face. She leaves besides her husband two small children a son about three years of age and a baby daughter. The unfortunate Mrs. Blum was formerly Miss Louise Brommer, daughter of Lambert Brommer of Ellsworth.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1924.
Buried: Evergreen Cem, George, Ia.

Anna Bofenkamp

DIED, MRS. ANNA BOFENKAMP, September 1911. Mrs. Anna Bofenkamp died at her home in the west part of Ellsworth at 9:00 o'clock last Saturday morning from ills incident to old age. She had been in poor health for several years but her remarkable vitality remained with her almost to the end Anna Lindemann, daughter of Bernard and Gertrude Lindemann was born in Spellen, Prussia, February 9, 1837. She was married there in 1855 to Lambert Bofenkamp and the same year the couple came to America locating at Burlington Wisconsin. Later they moved to Union Hill Minnesota, remaining there five years before taking up residence in Seneca Kansas. Four years later, the family returned to Minnesota and took up residence at Belle Plaine Minnesota where the father died in 1895 at the age of eighty four years. A year or so later Mrs. Bofenkamp joined her sons in Ellsworth and this has been home for the family ever since.

The children who survive her are Barney, Hebron Nebraska, Herman, Minneapolis, Henry, Belle Plaine Minnesota, Theodore William and Peter Ellsworth Minnesota, Mrs.John Eischens, Canby Minnesota, Mrs. Peter Scholtes, Estherville Iowa and Mesdames H J Borget and John McCann and Miss Josephine of this city. The funeral services were held Monday morning in St Mary s church at 9 30 with the Requiem Mass being sung by Rev Father Griffin. Interment was in the parish cemetery west of town.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1911

Mrs. Henry Bofenkamp

DIED: MRS. HENRY BOFENKAMP, died at her home south of town last Friday March 7 1929 as a result of a stroke of paralysis complicated with heart trouble, the last having been an ailment with her for the past two years. She had been seriously ill however, for only three weeks, and at one time was very low as a result of the paralysis but she rallied and for a time hopes were entertained for her recovery. A few days before her death she was stricken with a second stroke of paralysis and this couple with her weak heart made recovery impossible and death came to her as a blessed release from intense suffering which she had endured during those three weeks. Everything that medical attention and skilled nursing could do was given her but the Master had willed otherwise. She died peacefully and resigned to the inevitable and her passing was most edifying. All her children but one, Victor, who is in San Francisco were at her bedside.

She was the last of her family, her only sister dying twenty years ago. Her maiden name was Mary Hohn and she was born of German parentage in the city of Chicago on October 30 1864. She lived there during the years of her childhood and when she was sixteen years old the family moved to Belle Plaine Minnesota. There she met Henry Bofenkamp to whom she was married on January 16 1884. Soon after they came to Ellsworth to found their new home. For four or five years Mr Bofenkamp plied his trade as a carpenter here in Ellsworth going back then to Belle Plaine and making the family home there for a good many years. In the spring of 1910 they returned to the Ellsworth community and located on the Mike Weaver farm now occupied by C Phipps. For the past twelve years they have resided on the farm they now occupy 1/2 mile south of town. She was the mother of twelve children one of whom, Joseph died of pneumonia in 1917. Those surviving her are, William, Mrs. John (Anna) Carey and Mrs. Lena Schlottmann, all of Ellsworth, Victor, San Francisco California, Clara and Florence, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Mrs. William (Elizabeth) Schulte, Rock Rapids Iowa, and Julius, Walter, Helen and Alfred at home. Her husband also survives.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1929.

Raymond Bofenkamp

Raymond Bofenkamp Obituary
Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at St Mary's Catholic Church in Ellsworth for Raymond Bofenkamp 67, who died of a heart attack while attending second Mass at the church here Sunday morning. Mr. Bofenkamp was born in Ellsworth and was the eldest son of the late William and Mary Bofenkamp. He had lived in Ellsworth all this life, being associated in the hardware and implement business with his father and later with his brother, the late Lambert Bofenkamp.

In 1916 Mr. Bofenkamp was married to Phyllis Newell and to this union four children were born twin sons Bill and Dr. Ben, both of Minneapolis; one daughter, Gretchen Ann, now Mrs. William Withrow of Antige. Wis.; and a son James, U. S. Navy Commander of Pentagon, Washington, D. C.

Mrs. Bofenkamp passed away in 1954. Two years later Ray was united in marriage with Mrs. Olive McLarty of Rock Rapids.

Surviving are his widow the the three sons and the daughter, two sisters, Sister Charlotte of Owatonna, and Mrs. James Parker of Worth, Ill.; two brothers, Dr. F. W. Bofenkamp, of Luverne and Dr. Fabian Bofenkamp of Bertha, Minn. and a stepson, Jay McLarty at home Interment was in St. Mary's cemetery.
Source: Ellsworth News

Theodore Bofenkamp

THEO. BOFENKAMP, Pioneer of Ellsworth Community Finds Final Relief From Long Sufferings.

Theodore Bofenkamp, Sr. died at his home northeast of town Saturday (September 28, 1940) following an illness of more than two years with a cancerous infection about the face and neck. Most of the last few months of his life were filled with great suffering and with no hopes whatever of becoming better and death was therefore a welcome release from pain.

The funeral took place from St Mary's church in Ellsworth Tuesday morning. The funeral Mass was said by Rev. James Faschnacht of St Adrian's church to which parish the family had belonged since moving to Adrian some four years ago. Interment was in St Mary's cemetery in the family plot where a daughter, Clara, who died in September 1910 is buried. The pall bearers were Leo Kunkel, Valentine Kunkel and John Jonas of the St Adrian parish and John Schweitzer, Charles Lens, and Dan McCarron of Ellsworth.

Theodore Bofenkamp was 78 years of age, having been born near Burlington Wisconsin June 17 1862 the son of Lambert and Anna (Lindamann) Bofenkamp. When five years old he came with his parents to Minnesota, settling at Belle Plaine. Later the family cast their lot in the then unsettled country of Kansas, but finding that state less to their liking, returned to Belle Plaine. In 1885 he came to the new town of Ellsworth and worked at the carpenter trade, a very successful trade in a new town for he helped to build many of the principal business houses and residences here. Later he started a dray line at which he worked for six years. In 1902 he sold the dray line and opened a meat market, holding this business until 1913, when he sold out to the former J. E. Meester & Company. In the early days of the town there was no dairy to supply milk so he developed a fine herd of dairy cows and provided milk for many of the townspeople for a long term of years. Later he sold the dairy business to Peter Heikes Sr. who still conducts it.

On January 13 1886 he was married in Carver county Minnesota to Miss Theresa Bovey. To this union were born eight children, six of whom with the widow survive: Matt, Rose, and Mary, at home. Sister M. Clara of the Order of St Francis, Rochester, Minnesota, Frank, Albuquerque New Mexico and Joseph, Swea City Iowa. A son, Theodore Jr. died in 1939. He is also survived by three brothers: Henry, William, and Peter of this community, and by two sisters: Mrs Anna McCann, Wilmont Minnesota and Mrs. Peter Scholtes, Estherville Iowa.
Source: Ellsworth News, Oct 3, 1940

Walter Bofenkamp

Funeral services were held Monday morning at 9:30 A.M. from St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ellsworth for Walter J. Bofenkamp, 58, who died suddenly Thursday morning. The Rev. Edmund Guerber officiated.

Walter Bofenkamp was born September 20, 1899 at Belle Plaine, Minn., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bofenkamp. The family came to Ellsworth about 40 years ago living on farms in the Ellsworth vicinity until moving to the present home in town.Walt was employed by the Ray Burfiend Pearl Factory and then by the Meester Oil Co., the station which he has owned the past twenty years.

He is survived by the following brothers and sisters. Julius and Helen, with whom he lived, William H. Bofenkamp and Mrs. Anna Carey of Ellsworth; Clara Bofenkamp, Howell, Mich.; Mrs. Elizabeth Schulte, Rock Rapids, Iowa; Mrs. R. J. Brunning (Florence), Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and Alfred Bofenkamp, Wallace, Idaho.He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Joseph, and a sister, Mrs. Lena Schlotman.Burial was in St. Mary's cemetery.
Source: Ellsworth News, June 1958

Fred Boomgaarden

DIED: FRED BOOMGAARDEN, September 24 1934. When Ocke DeBoer accidentally hit a pedestrian, Fred Boomgaarden on the highway about 5 1/2 miles south of Ellsworth it was simply an accident many other auto drivers narrowly escaped many time in years past. Fred was an unfortunate who never attained average mentality and who needed an attendant whenever he appeared on the public highway, but usually appeared alone. Monday forenoon Fred was walking along the north-south highway and a combination of circumstances forced Mr DeBoer to ditch his car in an attempt to avoid hitting the unfortunate, a man in his late thirties. Quick action by Mr DeBoer failed to save the man from injury, even though DeBoer risked his own life to save another. Boomgaarden was hit before Ocke's car was ditched and was rendered unconscious by the impact, as well as having a compound fracture of the leg. He died at the home of his mother, Mrs. Jake Boomgaarden who lives nearby without having regained consciousness. The funeral will be held at the local Zion Presbyterian church on Saturday of this week. Shortly after the accident Mrs. Halvor Arneson and daughters Mrs. Palmer Olson and Mrs. Edwin Wald and the latter's son, Corky, chanced to come by and were hailed by a group gathered at the accident scene. They brought Mr DeBoer to town, where he summoned our local Doctor, no telephones being available in the vicinity of the accident. As has been stated, deceased was often walking the road between the mailbox on the AYP highway and his home and from there to the George Boomgaarden home south of there. His deficiencies caused many narrow escapes from the same sort of accident on the part of local people. It is therefore safe to say that it was Mr DeBoer's misfortune to figure in the accident that has proven fatal.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1934

Gary Lewis Boomgaarden

GARY LEWIS BOOMGAARDEN, age 61, of Ellsworth, died Thursday, January 3, 2013, at the Sanford Hospital in Luverne. He was born February 20, 1951, in Adrian, to Jake and Jennie (Peters) Boomgaarden. Gary graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1969. He entered the Army National Guard and served his country for seven years. He graduated from Southeast Vo-Tech, in Sioux Falls, SD, with a degree in Electronics.

Gary married Delores Boltjes on April 3, 1971, at the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church south of Rushmore. The couple lived and raised their family in Ellsworth. Music was Gary's passion. With his dad & uncle, he played in the George Boomgaarden Orchestra. Gary later played in various bands before most recently playing bass guitar in Iron Horse.

Gary worked at various jobs including A.R. Woods Manufacturing in Luverne; Sathers in Round Lake; Sudenga Industries in George, IA; the City of Ellsworth; Sencore Electronics in Sioux Falls, SD; and Marco Inc. in Sioux Falls, SD.

He enjoyed many hobbies including his HAM Radio operation, his flower gardening and especially his love for steam engines. Gary was also interested in history and genealogy. He researched old newspaper clippings and obituaries to help people find family history or locate grave sites. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Gary is survived by his wife, Delores Boomgaarden, Ellsworth; three children, Michelle (Kevin) DeBeer, Ellsworth; Angela (Brian) Jonas, Kenneth; and Kari (Matthew) Liljequist, Plymouth; five grandchildren, Danielle & Kendra DeBeer; and Brianna, Morgan & Zachary Jonas; brother, Dennis (Arden) Boomgaarden, Murrieta, CA; aunt, Jean Oehlerts, Canton, SD; mother-in-law, Marjorie Boltjes, Adrian; and many in-laws, cousins & family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and an infant brother.

Visitation will be from 4-7pm Friday at the Zion Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth; and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Funeral will be 11 am Saturday at the Zion Presbyterian Church, in Ellsworth, officiated by Rev. Calvin Hsu. Burial with full military honors will be in the Grand Prairie Cemetery in Ellsworth.

Dingmann Funeral Home, in Adrian, is in charge of arrangements.
Source: Rock County Star Herald (Jan 9, 2013)

*** Note: Gary was the Genealogy Trails, Nobles County and Rock County Host for four years. He will be missed.

Harmanna Boomgaarden

MRS. JAKE BOOMGAARDEN, February 19 1938. Death took from the Ellsworth community one of its oldest residents when Mrs. Jake Boomgaarden of six miles south of town answered the final summons Saturday morning. Her death was due to double pneumonia, for it was God's appointed time for her to return to her Maker.

Harmanna Freerks was born December 7 1858 at Pekin Illinois. Her parents were Martin C. Freerks and his wife, Evertje Weston(West). While she was still quite young the family moved to Grundy county Iowa.

On October 17 1876 she was married to Jacob Boomgaarden in Pleasant Valley township, Grundy county Iowa by the Rev De Beer. They lived in Grundy Center and in 1892 came to Lyon county Iowa where they farmed the same land until 1914 when death took her husband on October 14 of that year. Mrs. Boomgaarden then moved into her present home where she died at the age of 79 years 2 months and 12 days.

Sixteen children were born to this union, two of whom died in infancy and four others in the past eight years. Her death is mourned by the following children: Elizabeth, Mrs. Webo Jansen, George Iowa; Jacob, Wahpeton ND; Edward, Pipestone Minnesota; George, Midland township; Anna, Mrs Edward Akkerman, Kanaranzi township; William, Holland Minnesota; Albert, Baudette, Minnesota; Louis, Magnolia Minnesota; Amelia, Mrs. John Groen, Midland township; and Herman, Pipestone Minnesota as well as four brothers and a sister.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 at the home and at 2.00 at the Presbyterian church by Rev. K. W. Schalk. Interment was in the Bethel Reform church cemetery in east Midland township beside her husband and children.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1938.

Ida Boomgaarden

DIED: MRS GEORGE BOOMGAARDEN, February 18 1933. The Ellsworth community learned with regret Saturday of the death of Mrs. George Boomgaarden, of Midland township, who passed away that morning as the result of a severe stroke suffered on the last day of the past year. Although it was generally known that Mrs. Boomgaarden had been seriously ill for the past eight weeks, news of her passing was a mild shock to many, as they had hoped she would recover from the latest attack as she had from previous ones.

Ida Gruis, daughter of Mr and Mrs. Henry Gruis, Rock Rapids, was born April 11 1889 in The Netherlands. At the age of four years she came to this country with her parents,locating near Freeport Illinois. They came to Lyon county Iowa in 1910. She was married on her birthday, April 11 1914 to George Boomgaarden, now of 5 1/2 miles south of Ellsworth.

At the age of nine years she was afflicted with rheumatism, which often recurred. During September 1931 and also the following spring she suffered paralytic strokes, which affected her sight and left her somewhat crippled. Later she apparently recovered her normal good health as she was able to do her housework and perform good deeds for others. In June 1932 their home was destroyed by fire. On august 25 1932 she suffered another and more severe stroke which left her helpless and necessitating her stay in the Ellsworth hospital where she was cared for five or more weeks. On December 31 1932 she suffered a final stroke which confined her to bed until death came to release her form suffering on February 18 1933.

Deceased is survived by her husband, her aged parents, one sister and five brothers: Mrs. John (Grace) Stubbe, George Iowa; Tobe Gruis, Pipestone Minnesota; Louie Gruis, Freeport Illinois; Heike Gruis, George Iowa; Henry Gruis, Pipestone Minnesota; and Dap Gruis, Rock Rapids Iowa.

Funeral services were held from the Presbyterian church of Ellsworth on Tuesday of this week. The services were in charge of the pastor, Rev. K. W. Schalk, assisted by Rev Niebruegge of George Iowa. Interment took place in Grand Prairie cemetery.

Out-of-town attendants at the funeral were: Mr and Mrs. Louis Gruis, Mrs. Jake Gruis, Mr and Mrs.Herman Bamberg, all of Freeport Illinois; Mr and Mrs. Tobe Gruis Mr and Mrs. M. J. Boomgaarden, Mr and Mrs. Ed. J. Boomgaarden, all of Pipestone Minnesota; Mr and Mrs. Louie Boomgaarden, Magnolia Minnesota; Mr and Mrs. Lester Finke, Sioux Falls South Dakota; Mr and Mrs. Melvin Gruis, Centerville South Dakota; Fred and Tobe Schriever, Rockford Iowa; Mr and Mrs. Louis Schriever, Bristow Iowa; George Hayes, Titonka Iowa; Mr and Mrs. Carl Janssen, Mrs. Haiko Poel, Trent -South Dakota; Chris Terhark, Balaton, Minnesota; and Mr and Mrs. Geo. Stykal, Jasper Minnesota.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1933

Okke J. Boomgaarden

DIED: OKKE J. BOOMGAARDEN, November 29 1928. Services were held Sunday afternoon at 1:00 o'clock at the family home 2 miles southwest of Ellsworth, followed at 1:30 with final services at the Ellsworth Presbyterian church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. H. J. Noeding.. Burial followed in Grand Prairie cemetery where last honors were paid the deceased by a large number of relatives and friends. Okke J. Boomgaarden was born July 2 1882 in Grundy county Iowa, the son of Jacob and Mrs. (Harmanna Freerks) Boomgaarden. He came with his family to Lyon county Iowa in 1892 and has since made his home there until a few years ago when the family moved to a farm in the extreme southwestern part of Grand Prairie township. He was married to Miss Jane Rose on July 19 1905. To this union were born six children Jake, Mabel, Amanda, Ben, George, and Mae Jean, all of whom, with the wife and mother, survive to mourn his passing. Deceased had been ailing for several months and consulted various physicians. He became seriously ill three weeks ago, but preferred to remain at his home for care. Growing rapidly worse on Wednesday of last he consented to be taken to the Ellsworth Hospital where at 5 30 that evening he passed away suddenly and most unexpectedly at the age of 45 years 5 months and 26 days. Besides his children and wife he leaves to mourn his passing his mother Mrs. Jake Boomgaarden, Mr. and Mrs. Webo Jansen, Rock Rapids Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Boomgaarden Edgerton Minnesota, Mr.and Mrs. Jake Boomgaarden Wahpeton ND, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Boomgaarden Pipestone, Minnesota, Mr. and Mrs. George Boomgaarden, Ellsworth Minnesota, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Akkerman Kanaranzi, Minnesota, Mr. and Mrs. William Boomgaarden Ellsworth Minnesota, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Boomgaarden, Pipestone Minnesota, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Boomgaarden Pipestone Minnesota, Mr. and Mrs. John Groen Ellsworth Minnesota, Mr and Mrs. Herman Boomgaarden, Rock Rapids Iowa and Frederick Boomgaarden living with his mother south of Ellsworth Minnesota.

Deceased was a man of vast physical energy, a hard and continuous worker, always busy on plans and efforts to enlarge his worldly comforts and those of his little family, busy the year around in activities calculated to advance the well being of his loved ones To have seen this man less that two weeks ago alert vigorous and in apparent excellent health only to learn now of his death was a shock to everyone a lesson on the frailties of the breath of life. Thus is brought home to us a realization of the fact that in the midst of life we are but knocking at death's door This realization is painful to most of us but nevertheless true. We cannot avoid facing the dread truth no matter how self confident we are. To his bereaved wife and children in this time of great sorrow goes the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community To have had their husband and father taken from their circle so unexpectedly was a severe shock, even though in his passing there is the consolation that he leaves behind sons and daughters of excellent character and habits who continue uninterrupted, the normal trend of affairs and successfully finish the work begun by their father during his lifetime. To them will fall the task of aiding their mother comforting her and giving to her that protection and cheer that can be given by children rightly reared and imbued with the spirit of full and overflowing love for their remaining parent. It is their task to carry on in full vigor, the duties toward successful home making so suddenly left without the guiding hand of the father just taken to his reward.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1928

William H. Booth

W. H. Booth, one of the old pioneers of this community, passed quietly away at his home six and a half miles south of this city on Sunday, February 26, at the age of 72 years, after suffering a stroke of paralysis.

Deceased was born at Manchester, Illinois, on July 22, 1843. On February 18, 1863, he was married to Miss Hannah Trumble. From Manchester the couple moved to Blue Earth county, this state, where they remained for five years, after which they came to Nobles county and settled on the farm near this city at which place death overtook him.

Mr. Booth's first wife having preceded him in death (February 1903), he was again married, his wife surviving him. To the first union five children were born; C. E. Booth of this city, Mrs. Libby Linderman, Mrs. Kurthower of Washington, Mrs. M. Vail of Excelsior, and Mrs. Wm. Shanks of Worthington.
Source: Unknown, Circa 1915

Henry J. Borget

DIED: HENRY J. BORGET, August 16 1932 one of Ellsworth's last veterans of the Civil War, died in the yard of his home last Tuesday morning. Death was caused by heart trouble, due to his advanced years, for he was 88 years old on June of this year. Up until his death he had not been in the least ill, and had the previous evening visited his usual haunts about town, conversing with friends. He had arisen that morning, and as was his wont, had attended daily Mass at St Mary's church and after having eaten breakfast had started to mow the lawn. After cutting about twelve feet of grass he had taken a hand scythe to trim around trees when death overtook him and ended a long and useful life. His daughter, Miss Katie, looking out of the window saw him lying there and mentally wondered why he should be lying down in the sun, but thinking little more about went about her work. When she again glanced out a few minutes later she saw him still lying there and sensing something was wrong, hurried to him finding him dead with a bunch of grass clasped in one hand and a sickle in the other. Deceased was born in Scottsville New York State June 22 1844 and when two years of age came west with the family to Burlington Wisconsin. When a lad of thirteen he lost his mother by death and a short time after his father's second marriage brought a stepmother into the home. When he was twenty years old the famous last call of President Lincoln was sent out and he, in spite of his family's protests, enlisted on July 18 1864. He was assigned to Company K, First Heavy Artillery and was stationed at the Washington fortifications until the close of the war. He was mustered out of the service at Milwaukee Wisconsin July 9 1865.

Three years later, on September 22 1868 he was married to Miss Johanna Bofenkamp of Burlington and the young couple made their home there for two years. They then came to Minnesota, settling near Belle Plaine. He had always been a carpenter and construction worker. In 1884 he heard about the new town of Ellsworth and when the new railroad was put in he came here out of curiosity to see the town. So well impressed with its prospects that he returned to his home and made his plans to locate here the following year. In February 1885 he came here and built the building in which for many years he conducted the only furniture store Ellsworth ever had. With several additions put on it as the need called it is the building today owned and occupied by the hardware store of Wm. Bofenkamp. In May of the same year he returned to Belle Plaine and brought his family here to make its home and they have been citizens of Ellsworth ever since. The furniture store was an important factor in the business life of this town until January 1915 when he closed it out and having that year built for his family the present comfortable home in the north part of town, the family retired there. For many years before her death which occurred in 1921 Mrs. Borget had been an invalid and he had been most devoted to her.

There were five children born to this worthy couple, two of whom died in early infancy and three growing to young man and womanhood. Their only son, John, died April 15 1907 and the two daughters, Mrs. Henry C. Brandenberg, Luverne Minnesota and Miss Katie, at home are the sole immediate family survivors. One brother, August Borget, Melrose Minnesota, who was present for the funeral, also survives. In his younger years he worked hard building up Ellsworth out of the wild prairie to the present little town we all enjoy. He thoroughly enjoyed his work and that he was not able to continue at it with as much speed and accuracy as in former years was a sore trial to his active nature. At the age of 80 years he purchased an automobile and learned to drive it himself in order that he might be able to get around and do the things that he liked to do. About a year or two ago he purchased a sedan to replace his touring car and drove this in all seasons. He was a born sportsman and no one loved better to go fishing and his fish stories are rightly famous. He owned several properties around town and made most of the necessary repairs to them himself, even as recently as the big cyclone of July 9 of this year. We tell this in order to stress the fact that he was in good health up until the last - as he had been for many years. The church from which he was buried today is the same one that he helped build years ago - although it has been made larger and remodeled during the stretch of years between.

The funeral took place from St Mary's church, Rev. Father Barden saying a Requiem Mass. Interment was in St Mary's cemetery besides his wife and children. Pall bearers at the funeral were Dr. Wm. J O'Hearn, Nick Neyens, John Schweitzer, Frank Egan, James Maher, and John Vogelsberg. At the cemetery a firing squad of Gilbert Larson Post No 196 American Legion members paid the military salute to the departed Civil War veteran's memory. Members of the squad were: Harm Smook, Joseph Meyer, Jake Reiter, Otto Smook, Chas Rahn, Wm. Burke, L. N. Riley, Ed Wald, Harold Heath, Earl Jenkins and Jake Heikes. Bugler Olaf Swenson of the Minneapolis National Guard, sounded Taps.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1932

Johanna Borget

DIED: MRS HENRY BORGET, October 21 1921. Mrs. Henry Borget died at her home the north part of Ellsworth. Her maiden name was Johanna Bofenkamp. She was born Germany November 6 1847 and came to this country with her parents when she was six years of age, the family settling in Burlington Wisconsin. She was married there September 22 1868 to Henry Borget. The newly-weds came to Minnesota and for fifteen years made their home at Union Hill, near the town of Belle Plaine. When in 1885 the town of Ellsworth was started Mr. Borget moved his family here. As a carpenter by trade the new settlement offered many opportunities. At the time they settled here Ellsworth boasted of only one house. Mr. Borget built the second house, the former D. F. Cramer residence now owned by Ed Riley. (now owned by Margaret Larson) (Located on the north east corner of 4th and Chestnut) Five children were born to them but only two daughters survive. They are Mrs. Annie Brandenburg of Luverne and Miss Katie Borget at home She has one brother Herman Bofenkamp of Minneapolis as step brothers and step sisters William, Henry and Theodore Bofenkamp and Mrs. McCann of this place Peter Bofenkamp of Luverne Mrs. Peter Scholtes of Estherville Iowa, Mrs. Eischens of Canby Minnesota and Miss Josephine Bofenkamp of Denver Colorado. Pall bearers were Jas Maher, Wm Vogelsberg Jas Furey, John Crowley, John Deutsch and Frank Seitz. For forty seven years she was a semi invalid but through it all she did not complain or make life unhappy for those who wanted upon her. Her unfailing companion was her daughter, Miss Katie whose devoted care through the last years has called forth many kind comments from who have witnessed it
Source: Ellsworth News, 1921

Jennie Bos

Miss Jennie Bos, who formerly lived in the Little Rock vicinity, died at her home near Ellsworth, Minn., Saturday July 11, tuberculosis being the cause of death. She was 30 years, 10 months and 1 day old. She was born in Germany. She is survived by her father Albert Bos, and three brothers, John, Henry and Ike. Her mother, who died nineteen years ago, was a sister of Mrs. Paul Broesder and Mrs. Leonard Fisher. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Russman at the Russman church. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Source: Rock Rapids Review: July 23, 1925

Mary Bos

DIED MRS ALBERT BOS, JUNE 22 1906. Mrs. Albert Bos died at her home three miles southwest of Ellsworth June 22 1906. The funeral took place at the German Reform church of Midland Township. Mary Broesder was born in Holland 42 years ago and was married at the age of 24 to Albert Bos. Sometime later they came to America and settled near Ashton Iowa remaining there until two years ago, when they moved to this locality and have since made this their home. A husband and four children are surviving.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1906

Genevieve Brabender

Died, Saturday, June 4th of cerebral meningitis, Genevieve, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Brabender. Her age was four years and four months. She was a lovable child and idolized by her parents.
Source: Worthington Advance (Friday, June 16, 1905)

Ole Brandt

DIED: OLE BRANDT. for 54 years a resident of Nobles county died Sunday at his home in Adrian at the age of 80 years, six months and 7 days after a year's illness. He was one of the early settlers of the Ellsworth community and was a brother-in-law of Henry Nelson of this place. Deceased was born November 1 1861 in Norway. His mother died in 1901 in Norway and his father had died previous to that date. Ole Brandt came to America and Nobles county in 1878 settling on a farm in northeast Grand prairie township. In 1883 he moved to Larkin township homesteading the NW quarter of Section 22. He was married in Norway in 1877 to Miss Mary Nelson, sister of Henry Nelson of Ellsworth and to this union were born nine children, two boys and seven girls. Besides these he is survived by his widow. Funeral services were held at the Norwegian Lutheran church in Adrian at 2:00 following a brief ceremony at the house at 1:30 pm. Deceased was well known by many of this community who regret the passing of the early-day Nobles county settler.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1932

J. A. Bratasberg

DIED: J. A. BRATSBERG, January 1936. Former Ellsworth businessman died at his home in Adrian. In the early days of this century he was a partner in the firm of Scholtes, Crowley and Bratsberg conducting the general merchandise store in the building across from the City Hall. About the year 1917 Mr Bratsberg sold out his interest to John Crowley and went to Adrian in business with his brother-in-law V A. Entwistle.

Deceased was born in Allamakee county Iowa February 4 1868. The following year the family moved to McGregor Iowa He was employed at Decorah Iowa and Woonsocket South Dakota before coming to Ellsworth in January 1898. He was married at Voiney Iowa on February 4 1892 to Miss Myrtle Entwistle. Two daughters were born to them, both of whom, with the widow, survive. They are Mrs. Arthur (Mercedes) Birkett of this community and Mrs Walter (Vivian) Wratten of Beatrice Nebraska.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1936

Celestia A. Brayton

Mrs. Henry Brayton Reaches Ripe Age of 78
Mrs. Henry Brayton died Wednesday morning, April 11, 1911, at the home of her son, Matt Brayton at the age of 78 years, 8 months and 15 days. Miss Celestia A. Clough was born July 26, 1832 at Concord, N.H. Miss Clough belonged to one of the prominent New England families and received a good education. She was a talented singer, and for one year was engaged in singing in the Presbyterian church of Concord of which Dr. Theo. Parker was the pastor. Occasionally Henry Ward Beecher exchanged pulpits with Dr. Parker and Mrs. Brayton knew that eminent divine personally. She intimately acquainted with Harriet Beecher Stowe, that lady boarding at the Clough home while she was writing that great American novel, "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

Miss Celestia Clough was married to Mr. Henry Brayton at Chicago, Ill., Sept. 28, 1965. Going west in 1868, locating on a farm near Humboldt, Kan. But ague attacking the family, they were obliged to leave the country. Came to Spirit Lake, Ia., by team, Sept. 1869. Mr. Brayton filed a soldier's claim to land on the west bank of Indian Lake, residing there until his death April 15, 1906. Mrs. Brayton was the only white woman within a radius of many miles.

To Mr. and Mrs. Brayton three children were born -- Matt Brayton, who lives on the home place; Luna, who died when one year of age; and Bert Clough Brayton, who died June 1, 1907.

Mrs. Brayton was laid to rest in Round Lake cemetery last Friday at 2 o'clock, from the Presbyterian church, Rev. David McMartin preaching the funeral sermon. The sympathy of this community is extended the bereaved ones.
Source: Worthington Globe (Thursday, April 20, 1911)

Henry Brayton

Henry Brayton, One of Nobles County's Highly Esteemed Pioneers Passed Away. On Easter morning, about 4:00 o'clock, Henry Brayton, one of Indian Lake township's aged and highly respected citizens, died at the age of 74 years, 1 month and 9 days, at his home 3 miles southwest of town.

Funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church in Round Lake, Wednesday, at 2:00 o'clock p.m. , conducted by Rev. Walker. A large concourse of sympathizing neighbors and friends was present to pay their last respects to the deceased. The remains were interred in Round Lake cemetery, southeast of town. Henry Brayton was born in Washington county, New York, March 6, 1832, and his early youth was spent among the pioneers of western New York in Erie county, near Buffalo. In 1853 he came to Delaware county, Iowa, with its first settlement when there was not a mile of railroad nearer than Rockford, Illinois. In that early day he established a boot, shoe and harness shop at Delhi, Iowa, where he remained for about 15 years.

He was married September 28, 1865, in Chicago to Celestia A. Clough, of Concord, New Hampshire, living in Delhi, Iowa, for some time thereafter, and where he still has a host of friends who hold him in the highest esteem for his unfailing honesty and manliness - while at Delhi he went to the front in 1861 as regimental musician under Col. Peters; serving until discharged on account of sickness.

The wife who survives him has followed him as a faithful helpmate thru pioneer vicissitudes in two states. After a year on the frontier of Kansas he took up his abode in Indian Lake township, Minnesota, on a soldier's homestead on the 29th of August, 1869, where he resided up to the time of his death.

It is believed that he built the first frame house in what is now Nobles county, and that his wife was the first white woman in the county. He helped to organize Nobles county and was its first county treasurer; an office he held for several years, and was also treasurer of the township in which he lived for many years. He belonged pre-eminently to that sturdy class of pioneers who have left us such a rich heritage in the memory of their unselfish lives.

"Hank" Brayton, as he was known to a host of friends in several states, was a man whose honesty was never questioned and it was the pride of his life that no man could justly question the purity of his motives. These pioneers are fast passing away, and the sacred duty is left of us to build well on the honest foundations they have laid for us. Mr. Brayton leaves an aged wife, two sons and four grandchildren, and an aged sister at Buffalo, N.Y., who with a host of friends will always cherish his memory. Henry Brayton and Lucy Brayton, children of his only brother, of Manchester , Iowa , were in attendance at the funeral.

Another pioneer is gone and another landmark has become but a memory. -- Round Lake Graphic.
Source: Worthington Advance (April 27, 1906)

Linus Brennan

Linus Brennan, a cousin of P H Brannon of New Hampton met death at Ellsworth Minnesota on Oct 24, while engaged in his work as a fireman on the Rock Island road. Deceased was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Brennan [Brannon] and was born at St Roses Settlement near Waucoma June 11 1888 [1885] See Note The Ellsworth News gives the following account of the accident:
The entire Ellsworth community suffered another severe shock at about nine o clock last Sunday forenoon when the news spread that Linus Brennan a promising and popular young railroad man had met death on the railway tracks near the roundhouse. In the fraction of a second this fine young life was crushed out. As near as could be ascertained the facts in the case are these: Linus who had been firing on the Watertown-Ellsworth branch of the Rock Island was going out as fireman on an extra freight that was being run to Pipestone. He was taking Peter Viet's place the latter being the regular freight fireman. The train was standing near the depot when Linus reached it after obtaining breakfast. He gave the highball signal for his engineer to pull out for Pipestone and then himself started across the tops of the cars to reach his place on the engine. In stepping from the foremost car to the tender he somehow missed his footing or slipped and fell beneath the train to his untimely death. Four cars passed over his body before Car Repairman Edward Riley could secure the stopping of the train.

Researchers Note: I know that hrs birth date was June 11 1885 because I have read the baptismal records and he was baptized on June 15 1885. Linus is buried in St. Mary's cemetery, Ellsworth.
Source: Obituary notice from New Hampton (Iowa) Gazette November 03, 1915

Phil Brennan

DIED, Phil Brennan of a brain hemorrhage July 1924. The funeral cortege came from Sioux Falls by motor. A large number of our citizens were present, many of them going out as far as Walter Meyer s corner to meet the cortege and accompany it here. The funeral Mass a solemn requiem High Mass was celebrated Saturday morning at Saint Joseph's Cathedral in Sioux Falls by Rev Father Hugh Richards, assisted by Rev Father Goggins and Rev Father Duggan. The pall bearers were old friends of the deceased - Wm. Bofenkamp, Ellsworth, Peter Scholtes, Estherville, Iowa, Martin Finnerty, D J Conway , George Ziegler and H Fusselman, all of Sioux Falls. Rev Father Kiely of St Mary's church met the funeral procession at the gates of St Mary's cemetery, saying the last prayers and blessing the grave.

Phillip Joseph Brennan was born in Shelby Ohio, December 15 1842 and was therefore nearly 83 years of age. When he was eleven years old the family moved west to Eastern Iowa, locating in Fayette county at a settlement called St Rose near Waucome. Here he and his parents went through the hardships of pioneer life.

On January 30 1872 he was married to Miss May Kinney and together they have stood the test of life for more than fifty-three years. In 1896 they brought their young family to western Iowa, settling at Ocheydan which was their home for ten years. In the spring of 1906, their boys having taken up other lines of work, they gave up farming and came to Ellsworth. Their youngest securing a steady run as fireman on the Ellsworth-Watertown line of the Rock Island Railroad. For more than 15 years the family resided here. For several years the deceased ran a cream station. About two and one half years ago the deceased suffered a decline in health and which finally caused his death. The end came peacefully with the last blessings of the Catholic church to which he had ever been faithful, administered to him. He was father of thirteen children, eleven of whom survive him, one child having died in infancy and another son, Linus, who died about ten years ago. With their mother they are left to mourn his passing: Patrick, Denison Iowa; Joe, Aberdeen SD; Leo; Phil, Clarion Iowa; Mrs. D Mulligan Jersey City NY; Miss Maude Brennan, New York City; and Fannie, Emma, Coletta, Loretta and Irene, all of' Sioux Falls.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1924.
Phil Brennan is buried in St. Mary's cemetery, Ellsworth

Berend L. Brommer

DIED: BEREND L BROMMER. Berend L Brommer for the last thirty years a resident of Midland township passed away last Friday at his home with his son Bert and family two miles east of Midland. Death was due to cancer of the face, from which he has suffered for a number of years past He died at the age of 83 years, 11 months and 5 days.

Born in Germany he later emigrated to America and settled in Grundy county Iowa, coming to the Ellsworth community some thirty years ago, settling in Midland township with his family. His wife preceded him in death many years ago. Two sons, Bert, of east of Midland, and Ben, of west of Midland, survive to mourn his passing. Eight other children preceded the father in death, the last of these being Eisse, who died of double pneumonia in Chicago during February. One brother Lambert Brommer of Ellsworth also survives.

The funeral services were held Tuesday at the Bethel Reformed church in Midland township, of which he was one of the founders and always a devoted member. The services were conducted by the pastor Rev E. K. Russman.

Deceased was always a hard working and prudent man, a great believer in practicing true Christian charity and devoted to the welfare of his loved ones. His friends were numbered by all who knew him and his passing even at this ripe old age is very generally regretted. The township and community has lost an excellent citizen and his sons a loving and devoted father. From the activities of earth has passed one who has ever aimed to make the world better for his having been in it, and who succeeded in this aim in a very satisfying manner.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1929.

Eisse Brommer

DIED: EISSE BROMMER. Private Eisse Brommer, USMC, accidentally killed Tuesday of this week. He was stationed with the U.S. Marine Corp in the Dominican Republic.Death occurred from a stray shot through the abdomen on the firing range. A telegram received last week Friday evening by Lambert Brommer, of this city, brought
the sad news of the accidental death of his son, Eisse, which occurred Tuesday September 27 when he was accidentally shot through the abdomen while the Marines while practicing on the rifle range at Montechriste, San Domingo. News of the accident was sent by radiogram to Washington D.C. and telegraphed here by Major General John A. Lejune, expressing the sympathy of the government and asking for instructions regarding the return of the body. Orders were immediately forwarded, asking that the body be sent to the home here for burial. The grief-stricken father, brothers and sisters have the heartfelt sympathy of a host of friends in this sad bereavement Deceased was born August 6, 1900 on the farm northeast of town, the youngest of a family of eleven children born to Mr. and Mrs. Lambert Brommer. He grew to fine young manhood in this community. He entered the Marines on November 29 1920 and for a time was stationed at the South Carolina training base . Early in the present year he was transferred to Santo Domingo for active service with the Marines stationed there. In August he was transferred to Montechristo, where he met his death as stated above.

The remains of Private Eisse Brommer arrived Friday morning from New York and were tenderly conveyed to the home of his father, Lambert Brommer, in the southeast part of town by the boys of the American Legion. At their earnest request the funeral previous announced for Saturday morning was delayed one day so as to better enable the Legion, members and the community as a whole to do honor to the memory of the dead Marine. Accompanied by the American Legion as a guard of honor the funeral cortege proceeded from the residence to the Presbyterian church, where the funeral services were held. So large was the attendance that the church was soon filled and many were unable to gain admittance. At the conclusion of the services the remains were interred in Grand Prairie cemetery. "Taps" were sounded and the soldier boys and friends assembled sorrowfully to say good bye to the remains of their friend.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1921

Lambert Brommer

DIED: LAMBERT BROMMER, May 22 1935. For nearly forty years a resident of this community, died at his home in east Ellsworth after a severe illness of several months. The following obituary has been prepared by Rev. Kurt W. Schalk for use in the funeral service Saturday.

Lambert [Lambertus) Brommer passed into the rest of the people of God at the earthly age of 78 years, 7 months and 4 days. The death message had been expected for some time by all who knew him, owing to a complication of diseases which at his age caused such rapid failing of strength. Once again we are led by the power of the Almighty One to face the awful threshold of eternity, using words of Jacob: "How dreadful is this place! This is none other but the place of God, and this is the gate of Heaven."

Deceased was born in Wybelsum, near Emden Ostfriesland, Germany October 18 1856, the son of the late Lambert and Mattie (Voss) Brommer. He secured a complete education in elementary school and the Holy Bible in his native land and lived there until 1882 when he emigrated to America, landing in the Port of New York on the 23rd of May. He settled first in Logan county Illinois then in various other places before locating on a farm in Lyon county Iowa. In 1896 he purchased a farm in Grand Prairie township of Nobles county and this became his permanent home. In 1918 he retired into Ellsworth.

On February 18 1891 he was married to Ebbelina Freerks who was born September 16 1863 in Pekin Illinois. She died October 30 1903. To this union were born twelve children, three of whom preceded their father in death. They were Eisse, Louise (Mrs Chris Blum), and Ben. On April 21 1921 he was married to Mrs Anna Rothje, nee Wessels, who like his first wife and all who knew him, esteemed him as a devoted husband and faithful companion, a loving and respectable father of his children, a good farmer with a conservative disposition and rare honesty in business matters, a devout believer in Christ Jesus as his personal Lord and Saviour, a consecrated charter member, worker and supporter of the Zion Presbyterian church, and eager hearer and humble doer of God's Word, of whom we, the living, may rightfully say, "freely he received, freely he gave." He is survived by his wife, two sisters living in Germany, six daughters, Metta, Mrs Claus Popkes, Magnolia Minnesota; Lena, (Mrs C. F. Heikes); Grace, (Mrs. Peter Heikes) and Effie, (Mrs Klaas Drenth) all of the Ellsworth community; Alice, (Mrs Henry Hansmann) George Iowa; and Anna, (Mrs Alex Drenth) Adrian Minnesota. Three sons, Martin, Bert, and George, all of this community; three step-children, Fred Rothje and Tillie (Mrs Ed Jezeski) Nevada City California; and Mary (Mrs Carl Hutt) Magnolia.

Funeral services will be held Saturday May 25 at 2 pm at the home and Zion Presbyterian church. Rev. Schalk, pastor, who gained by pastoral calls on the dying, will officiate and preach on Job 5: 26 "Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like a sheaf of corn cometh into its season." The services at church and grave will be conducted in the German and English languages alternately. At the grave the congregation will join in the German language hymn "Wie wird mir sein." Pall bearers will be Ekke Christians, Louie Bush, Fred A. Nolte, John Nolte, Henry Essman, and Henry Willemssen. Interment will be in Grand Prairie cemetery beside his wife and son, Eisse.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1935

Bert Bryan

BERT BRYAN. April 27 1891. Albert, Bert Bryan, son of Mrs and Mrs Lawson Bryan, age 20 years. Inflammation of the bowels together with an abscess, was the cause of death.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1891

James Madison Bryan

DIED: JAMES MADISON BRYAN, April 8 1910 at Kanawha Iowa. He was born in Delaware county New York September 9 1818. He married there July 6 1841 Sarah Rockwell and five years later they moved to Geauga county Ohio. In 1853 the family moved to Buchanan county Iowa and it was here that his wife died January 25 1861.

He married Sarah Talbott October 5 1861. They moved to Minnesota in 1880 and located in Ellsworth. Six children five sons and one daughter were born to his first union. They are Lawson L Bryan, Luverne Minnesota, Madison J Bryan, Worthington Minnesota, Oscar D Bryan, Ellsworth Minnesota, Mrs. Virginia Bryan Newell, Kanawha Iowa, George R Bryan Spirit Lake Iowa.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1910

Lydia Bryan

MRS OSCAR D. BRYAN, May 31 1939. She had been ill at times for the past two years or more, but not until the final months was her condition taken to be serious. But with her eighty nine years she was too weakened to withstand the ravages of the flu when it overtook her a few weeks ago and she became gradually weaker, death finally claiming her and ending her sufferings. All that could possible be done by a loving family to ease her last hours and to prolong if possible her frail life was done for her but to no avail. She slept quietly away.

Funeral services took place at the late home at 1:30 and at 2:00 from the Presbyterian church with Rev K. W. Schalk conducting the services. He preached a sermon of fine tribute to this good woman. Interment was in Grand Prairie cemetery beside her husband and a son who had died in infancy. The pall bearers were old friends and neighbors: John Nolte, Fred Nolte, Arthur Birkett, Pat Hefferan, B. J. Richter and C. W. Sherman.

Lydia Sprague, daughter of Charles and Mary Sprague, was born on Christmas Day 1850 in Wabash county Indiana where her father was employed as a canal boatman. While still a small child the family moved to Wright county Iowa, settling at Belmond, where she grew to maturity and where she met and married Oscar D. Bryan October 19 1872. In 1864 Mr Bryan had enlisted in the Fifth Iowa Infantry and served in the army until August 8 of that year when he was transferred as bugler to the Fifth Cavalry and was mustered out of service August 11 1865 at Nashville Tennessee. In June 1874 Mr Bryan came to this vicinity and filed a homestead claim on Section 13, one of the west sections of Grand Prairie township, now owned by Matt Bendt. He had been accompanied by his brother, George Bryan. The next winter he went back to his family at Belmond Iowa and spent the entire season bringing his wife and the tiny daughter that had been born to them to the new home, where they resided until 1910 when they sold their farm and moved into Ellsworth. This has been their home until death took Mr Bryan on September 16 1932. Four children were born to them, a son Frank dying in 1887. The surviving children are:Jane, Mrs. Chas Wedge, Ellsworth; Vera, Mrs. Jack Gleason, Elk Point SD; and Ralph of near Luverne Minnesota. One sister, Mrs. George Bryan, Spirit Lake Iowa survives and in spite of poor health insisted in coming when she heard of her sister's serious illness but she arrived a few minutes too late. She will remain here for a few weeks with Mrs. Wedge, helping her to adjust to affairs.

Relatives and close friends from out of town who attended the funeral included: Mrs. Geo Bryan and son Earl of Spirit Lake Iowa; Lyle Bryan, Little Rock Iowa; Mrs Fannie Muigus and Mr and Mrs Bryan McRoberts, Luverne Minnesota; Mr and Mr Matt Bendt of this community; Mr and Mrs Ted Bendt, Kenneth Minnesota; Mrs A.Gertz, Mr and Mrs J. W. Bennett and Mr and Mrs K. K. Aanenson, all of Luverne Minnesota.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1939.

Mrs. Matt Bryan

DIED: MRS MATT BRYAN. Word was received by us last week of the death of Mrs Matt Bryan, former old settler here, which occurred January 19th at the home of her daughter, Mrs Tomte at Lisbon North Dakota after an illness of two or more years. Much of this time she had been bedfast. Deceased was in her 89th year and was a sister of Mrs 0. D. Bryan of this place and her husband was a brother of the late 0. D. Bryan, and of L. L.Bryan of Luverne. She and her husband homesteaded the W. E. Hocking farm now tenanted by the Henry Wieking family. Later they lived in town in the house now occupied by the Ray Bofenkamp family, moving from there to Spirit Lake Iowa more than 30 years ago. Her husband passed away about 14 years ago and she is survived by several grown children.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1934

Oscar D. Bryan

DIED: OSCAR D. BRYAN. September 16 1932. The Ellsworth community learned with deep regret of the sudden ending of the life of our beloved and esteemed Civil War veteran, one of the pioneer settlers of Nobles county, and one of the very first men to take up a residence in what was to later to become Grand Prairie township of Nobles county Minnesota. Oscar D. Bryan died at his home in Ellsworth on Friday evening of last week as the result of a lingering illness due to bone cancer dating from the first of the present year. Deceased had reached the age of 82 years, nine months and 22 days.

He was born in Geauga county Ohio November 24 1849, the son of the late James M.and Sarah Rockwell Bryan who were both natives of New York State. When he was four years old the family moved to Buchanan county Iowa and that was his home until he was 13 years of age. Before that time he had enlisted in Company N, Fifth Iowa Volunteer Infantry and served in the army until the close of the Civil War. He was transferred to Company G, Fifth Cavalry August 8 1864 and served as bugler until he was mustered out at Nashville Tennessee August 11 1865. He was accepted for service despite being only 15 years of age. We have heard him tell with real enjoyment how young lads of the Civil War period, eager to enlist, were refused by the recruiting officer and told to "come back when they were 18." The next day or soon thereafter these same lads presented themselves at the enlistment quarters and to the question "How old are you this morning," the reply came, "Eighteen" and the persevering boys would then be accepted without further challenge, much to their own delight and to the pleasure of the recruiting officer as well, for by that time the last year of the great war, new men were needed badly.

After the war Mr. Bryan returned to his old home in Buchanan county and lived there until 1870. He then spent one year in Wright county Iowa where he met Miss Lydia Sprague whom he married at Belmond Iowa October 19 1872. In 1874 the Bryans came to Nobles county and filed on a homestead claim in the northwest quarter of Section 18 of the newly organized Grand Prairie township. This was their home for the next thirty-seven years. They experienced all the hardships that were the lot of pioneer settlers. Living under an overturned wagon box was but one of their many pioneer experiences.

In 1911 the Bryans retired from active farming and moved into Ellsworth where they have lived ever since. The union broken last Friday was blessed with four children of , which number one son, Frank, preceded his father to the grave. The death of Mr Bryan is mourned hy his sorely bereaved wife, his companion for nearly sixty years and by his three children now living: Jennie, Mrs. Charles Wedge, who had been caring for her parents for many years past; Ralph Earl Bryan, Kenneth Minnesota; and Mrs. John Gleason, Elk Point South Dakota. Aside from these two brothers, George, Spirit Lake Iowa and L. L . Bryan, Luverne Minnesota and a sister, Mrs. Frank Newell, Iowa Falls, Iowa.

Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at home and the Zion Presbyterian church. Rev. K. W. Schalk, pastor of the church, officiated and his sermon was based on the words found in Matt. 16:26. The pall bearers were: Joseph Meester, Ben Siemer, Joseph Meyer, Frank Meester, Joseph M. Sisterman and Paul Egbert, members of the American Legion. His remains were consigned to their final resting place in Grand Prairie cemetery northwest of Ellsworth with military honors given his memory by members of Gilbert Larson Post of Ellsworth.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1932

Delia A. Buchan

Former Resident of Worthington Passes Away at Custer, Wash. Mrs. Delia A. Buchan, mother of E. F. Buchan, of this city, and W. H. Buchan, of Bellingham, Wash., died at Custer, Wash., on October 12, death being due to a complication of troubles.

Delia A. Blandin was born at Tornby, N.Y., April 25, 1836. When about ten years of age she removed with her parents to Racine county, Wis., where she grew to womanhood. May 6, 1857, she was united in marriage to Andrew Buchan at Yorkville, Racine county, Wis., and in the spring of 1861 she and her husband removed to Sheldon, Houston county, Minn., where both united with the Presbyterian church. In the spring of 1862 her husband enlisted in the army, going first into the Indian war and afterwards south to Vicksburg, the wife returning to Wisconsin with the two sons which had in the meantime been born to the union. At the close of the war they returned to Sheldon and in the year 1872 came to Worthington, where they resided until 1888, when they removed to California, and in 1890 went to Custer, Wash., where they have since resided. Their third son, Alfred, died while they were on their way to visit Worthington in 1891, his death occurring at Ogden, Utah. At that time Mr. and Mrs. Buchan spent a year with Worthington relatives, returning again for another visit in 1904, at which time they spent seven months with their sons, Edward F. and Wm. H. Buchan.

Mrs. Buchan was an earnest Christian worker, a devoted wife and loving mother, always sacrificing for others to the full limit of her strength. For over thirty years she has been a sufferer and the strain told upon her physically, and on October 12 she passed to her reward, aged 73 years, 5 months and 17 days. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, two sons and a multitude of sorrowing friends.

The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from the Presbyterian church, Rev. Wilder conducting the services, and the remains were followed to the last earthly resting place by a large concourse of friends. The funeral was announced for Monday afternoon, but owing to some unforeseen intervention the funeral party were unable to reach Worthington on Monday as was expected. The remains were accompanied on their long journey by her aged husband and son, William. The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the surviving relatives in their great bereavement.
Source: Worthington Advance (Friday, October 23, 1908)

Clarence Budgett

DIED: CLARENCE BUDGETT, born near Rushmore in 1901 but came to this vicinity while still a small child and settled with his parents on the farm southeast of Ellsworth, which for many years has been the Budgett home. His mother died in 1913 and the remarriage of his father in later years placed the present Mrs. Budgett in the home and she gave to the children there her unstinting care and love. Mechanically inclined, he came to Ellsworth and took a job with the Sherman Motor Company, for whom he worked about two years, later going to Sioux City where he supplemented the training received at the local garage with a mechanical course and when finished, returned to Ellsworth. In 1926 he took employment in Sioux Falls and was with this company at the time of his death. In the course of his work he became avidly interested in aviation and became a flyer. He was well known in the Ellsworth community and was well liked by all who came in touch with him. A good worker, cheerful, generous in imparting his store of mechanical knowledge, he made friends wherever he went. He was a good husband and loving father and his untimely death is a severe blow to his little family He was married on December 1, 1922 to Miss Katherine Aeilts and to them were born two children, Melvin age 8 and Mildred, age 5, who, with their bereaved mother are left without a loving father's care.

The funeral takes place this Thursday from the Christian Church at Sioux Falls and the body will be brought to Ellsworth to be laid in the Bethel cemetery southwest of town. The pall bearers have been picked from among his fellow workers in the Johnson-Spokely garage at Sioux Falls. Besides his widow and children he leaves his father and step mother, Mr and Mrs L L Budgett of this community his brother LeRoy Budgett of Sioux Falls, and four half brothers and sister at home. A brother, Howard died just three weeks ago and thus sorrow has closely followed upon sorrow in the Budgett home. A sister of Clarence, Mrs Harm (Bertha) Smook, lives in Ellsworth. Clarence s brother, LeRoy came close to being killed in the accident. As LeRoy, Clarence and the pilot, Jack Hollister, were preparing for the take off, Schmidt came on the scene and in a friendly manner insisted upon taking LeRoy's place in the plane. Le Roy gave up his seat in the fated plane and Schmidt instead went to his doom less than ten minutes away.

Sioux Falls Argus Leader: Nosing sharply down after losing speed in a vertical bank an airplane at the Soo Skyways airport crashed to the ground from an elevation of about 100 feet Monday evening bringing death to two aviators and serious injury to another. According to a witness of the accident, the airplane was being demonstrated to Clarence Budgett at the time of the crash. Mr Budgett was considering buying a similar ship. The three men took of Monday evening for a test flight. They circled around the field and then went in a southwesterly direction. At a point about 800 feet southwest of the airport the machine went into a sharp vertical bank, seemed to lose headway then fell sharply to earth nose downward into a cornfield. It landed on its nose and left wing burying its nose fully three feet in the earth. An ambulance was called and the three men were extricated and taken to the Sioux Valley hospital where both Schmidt and Budgett died that same evening.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1931

Otto Karl Bunning

Otto Karl Bunning, aged two months died at Round Lake, Feb. 16.
Source: Worthington Advance (Friday, February 24, 1905)

Edmund Burke

Funeral services were held at 9:30 o'clock Saturday morning in St. Mary's Church in Ellsworth for the late Edmund M. Burke, who died of a heart attack in his home here early Thursday morning September, 12, 1957, after an illness of several weeks. The Requiem Mass said by the pastor Rev. Edmund Guerber and internment was in St. Mary's cemetery.

Deceased was born in Ellsworth 62 years ago, the only son of the late Michael and Celia Burke, and this community has been his home ever since. He received his early schooling here, graduating from St. Mary's high school and late graduated from St. Thomas College, St. Paul, Minn. On graduation he returned here and joined his father in conducting the family hardware and machinery business in the present Calvin DeBuhr location for many years. Later he worked as a salesman.

He was a member of the Holy Name Society. He was elected Mayor of Ellsworth in 1928 and served several terms with credit to himself and the community.

He was united in marriage in the Cathedral in St. Paul, Minn. with Miss Ethel Cosgriff on July 11, 1931. Their union was bless with a daughter and a son; Miss Patricia Burke of Rock Rapids, Iowa and Michael Burke of Sioux City, Iowa; who with their mother, survive to mourn the passing of a devoted husband and father. Other survivors are his sisters; Mrs. Leo Egan and Miss Teresa Burke of Ellsworth and Miss Margaret Burke of Hot Springs, S.D. A fourth sister, Helen preceded him in death several years ago.

Pallbearers were; Joe Diekman, Elmer Egan, Ed Sisterman, Walter Bofenkamp, Ed Guinan and Joe Magee.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1957.

M. B. Burke

DIED: M. B. BURKE, pioneer merchant, passed away Thursday June 16 1932. Death came rather unexpectedly to M. B. Burke after an illness of several months, during which time he had severe spells of heart trouble but from which he would rally for a time. Of late he appeared to be on the mend and was able to be out of doors since the warm weather came on. Ile seemed to be most anxious to be about again and all in all signs were most encouraging to his family and many friends for his recovery. Thus his passing today was a surprise to everyone. Only yesterday he was able to sit in the yard and on the porch and to converse with passersby and no one who talked with him then would have believed the end of his life was so close. This forenoon his daughter, Miss Margaret, a trained nurse, was with him when he complained of feeling very tired and she helped to turn him over onto his side in order that he might rest easier, and leaving the room for a few seconds returned to find life just passing. Dr Cress who had been the attending physician during the entire illness was called and Rev. Father Barden was also summoned, but death had come silently and easily and taken him from this land of suffering.

Deceased was 69 years old June 1st and has lived in this community since 1886, coming here with his father and brothers from Faribault Minnesota. He was born on a farm near Watertown Wisconsin June 1 1863 and while still a young child moved with his parents to Minnesota where they settled near Faribault. He was the youngest of eight children, only two of that number surviving him. After the death of the mother the father of the family brought his sons to the Ellsworth community, settling on what was then known as "one of the colony farms" most of the farms in these parts then being units of the colony lands settled by Irish Catholics brought here from the eastern states, especially from around Boston by the late Bishop Ireland of St Paul. The farm purchased by the elder Burke at the time is one mile east and nearly a mile south of Ellsworth, now occupied by the J. D. Miller family. Farming did not particularly interest our deceased friend, for his talents lay along business lines and two years later, in 1888, he formed a partnership with his brother James and opened the hardware store which has run continuously until March 1st of this year. For years the firm name was Burke Brothers but after the death of his brother in 1915 he became sole owner of the business and was very successful until the last few years when the general depression set in and he was forced by the trend of business to turn the entire concern over to his creditors. From that time financial worries proved too much for his health, which had not been any too strong for several years - gave way and he sank rapidly but no one had any idea that the result would come so soon.

He was married in 1893 to Miss Celia Furey who with their five children mourn an unusually kind and indulgent husband and father. His children were all with him at the time of his passing. They are: Edmund, Ellsworth Minnesota; Mrs. Leo Egan, Sioux Falls South Dakota; and Helen, Theresa and Margaret, at home. Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Kolhas, Minneapolis, and Mrs. Sheehan, Faribault Minnesota.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1932

Mike H. Burke

Mike H Burke dead as result of truck overturning near Magnolia. Lying for eight hours under an overturned gravel truck at the junction of the Luverne-Adrian-Kenneth (road) inside the village of Magnolia on Friday night of last week, Mike H Burke of this city was discovered about 5 00 o'clock Saturday morning pitifully crushed and chilled from all night exposure to a drizzling rain. He was released from his position under the side of the truck and taken to the Luverne hospital but the crushing and the exposure were so severe that from the first his condition was regarded as hopeless and his spirit passed to its Maker at about 9 30 three and a half hours after the discovery of the accident. He was conscious when found and remained so until death came as merciful relief to his sufferings He discussed the accident with the nurses at the hospital and with his brother James, who reached his bedside shortly before he died. He stated that the truck he was driving left the road about ten o clock, skidding into the ditch and throwing him out the right hand side, just in front of the rear wheels. He tried heroically to release himself digging into the gravel with feet and hands but this was totally ineffectual. Passing cars were called to as long as his breath and strength lasted but owing to the fact that he was on the side of the truck opposite from the road, his appeals did not reach the drivers. Imagine irony of fate that compelled the injured man to slowly approach death with rescue so near at hand unaware of his condition. Eight hours of hopelessness and suffering lying only within twelve feet of rescue certainly brings appreciation of the sufferings endured.

Deceased was a son of the late Thomas and Mrs. Burke and was born in Rice county MN 47 years ago this coming March. He moved here with his parents when 3 years old. During the Boer War in South Africa he received $250 for accompanying a cargo of mules to the scene of the conflict. There the British drafted him for service with their forces and for two years he served in that inferno before being released. Returning to America, he went to Arkansas and did all the difficult rock blasting for the big cut at Geddes Gap in that state Heeding his country's call in the World War, he was accepted for service in France and for three years gave of the best that was in him for the success of our cause, being wounded many times and severely gassed. He returned to Ellsworth alive and well, only to meet his death in peacetime pursuits where little danger is supposed to lurk. Certainly life gave one of its unkindest strokes to this soldier of fortune.

Funeral services were held Monday at nine o'clock in Saint Mary s church with Reverend Father Kiely officiating. Burial was in St Mary s cemetery west of town. He is survived by two sisters Mrs. Thos Moran, Grove City MN and Mrs. Leslie Whalen of Oklahoma and four brothers Thomas, Berthold ND, James Hills MN., John, Donnybrook ND and William on the old home farm east of town.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1925.

Thomas Burke

DIED: THOMAS BURKE. Death again entered our community and removed from our midst one of our pioneer settlers. Thomas Burke passed away at his home in the north part of town last Friday morning, his death being caused by pneumonia with which he had been ill only a few days He was born at Watertown, Wisconsin seventy-five years ago, the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Burke and lived there until he was eighteen years old when the family moved to Faribault, Minnesota He was married there forty five years ago to Miss Anna O Hearn and to them were born nine children Seven of these lived to grow up and all were present at the funeral They are Thomas, Berthold ND Mike Ellsworth, John F, Donnybrook ND, James, Luverne, William on the old home place Mrs. Leslie Whaylen Oklahoma and Mrs. Thos Moran Grove City Minnesota.

In the spring of 1878 he came here from Faribault and settled on the farm east of town. He lived here until 1922 when he turned over the farm to his son William and wife. His first wife died 27 years ago On May 20 1908. He married Miss Annie Kennedy and to this union one son Joseph, was born. Besides his wife and children he leaves one brother and three sisters, M B Burke of this place, Mrs. M J Sheehan of Faribault and Mrs. John Hanlly and Mrs. P B Kohlhaus of Minneapolis.

The funeral was held from St Mary's church with Father Kiely officiating Interment was in the parish cemetery The pall bearers were all long time settlers and friends of his. They were Edward Egan Henry Roll, Nick Neyens, Thos F Carey and James Maher.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1925

Mrs. Thomas Burke

DIED. MRS. THOMAS BURKE February 7 1896 At her home in Grand Prairie Mrs Thomas Burke passed into that eternal peace and quietude that comes to all sooner or later who have led a Christian life. Mrs. Burke was 42 years old. She was born in Mobile, Alabama and came to Shieldsville Minnesota at the age of two years and six months At Faribault in 1874 she was married to Thomas Burke with whom she bore ten children. She leaves seven children, five boys and two girls, the youngest a lad of three years. A mother Mrs. McEvoy and a brother, Richard O Hearn also mourn her death The disease that caused her death cancer of the liver, was a particularly painful one and one that was almost hopeless from the first. During the fourteen years she has lived in this place she has always given a warm heart and willing hand to anything that would benefit any good cause. Rev Father McDonough preached the funeral sermon paying many touching tributes to her high character and sterling qualities holding her up to his parishioners as a noble example of self sacrifice and purity to be followed with profit His text was "the Hand of the Lord Hath Touched Me and many a heart was sorely grieved and many eyes overflowed with tears as he spoke of the majesty of death. After the services the funeral cortege slowly wended its way to the cemetery where all that was mortal of this lovable woman was consigned to its last rest The funeral procession was one of the largest ever seen in this part of the country.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1896

William F. Burke

DIED: WILLIAM F. BURKE. September 25 1932. The funeral of William F. Burke whose untimely death was chronicled in last week's issue of the News, took place last Saturday from St Mary's church with interment in the cemetery west of town. The bearers were: Eugene Fagan, Edward Sisterman, John Vogelsberg, Ray Bofenkamp, Elmer Egan, and Edward Lenz. The following to the cemetery is said to have been the largest that has been here in years, the last in the procession not being able to reach the cemetery before the last prayers were said. The local post of Legionnaires attended the funeral and after the last prayers were said at the grave, paid its last tribute to the man as a soldier. A delegation of World War veterans, Chas. Rahn, H. E. Heath, Ed Sisterman and Harm Smook met the body at Adrian and escorted it here early Friday morning.

Deceased was born October 12 1892 and had he lived but a few weeks more would have been 40 years of age. He was born on the farm just east of town and grew to young manhood there, attending the schools in Ellsworth and in 1912-13 taking a year's course of study at St. Thomas College in St Paul. For a while after he served as mail carrier on Route 2 out of Ellsworth. At the outbreak of the World War he was one of the many young men called in for defense of the country and entered service May 18 1918. He was assigned to Company F. Second Battalion and left for overseas August 1 of the same year.

He was married April 6 1922 to Miss Kate Reiter, settling on the old home place east of town, where he farmed until December 1924 when they came to town to live. There are three small sons, Arthur, Paul, and Robert, the latter son only eight months old and these with the widow, mourn the loss of an unusually kind husband and father. Besides these he he leaves two sisters and four brothers: Mrs. Leslie Whaylen, Breckenridge Oklahoma; Mrs. Thos Moran, Hutchinson Minnesota; Tom Burke, Minot North Dakota; John Burke, Donnybrook North Dakota; James Burke, Sioux City Iowa; and Joseph Burke, Spencer Iowa.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1932

Abram Alonzo Burton

Abram Alonzo Burton was born in Columbia county, New York, January 19, 1826. He was married to Mrs. Mary Streever March 27, 1866. With her he came west in Nov. 1867 settling on a farm in Winona county, Minnesota. From there he removed to Nobles county in 1890, locating on a farm six miles east of Worthington. After the death of his wife about eight years ago he made his home with his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Haggard, with whom he changed his residence to Worthington about two months ago. Mr. Burton had been somewhat indisposed all winter but no alarming symptoms developed until last Monday. He passed to his eternal rest Friday morning, painlessly and peacefully, closing his eyes in the sleep that know no waking to sorrow and trouble and pain. He joined the Methodist Episcopal church in his youth and in its faith he lived, and in the faith of Christ he closed his eyes on the scenes of earth. A pioneer who had endured the hardships of frontier life in this state, he has gone to that better country for the rewards of his long industrious life. Besides other relatives three children remain to mourn the departure of a father beloved. Wm. A. Burton, Pillager, Minn., John W. Burton and Mrs. S.J. Haggard, Worthington. A host of friends extend their heartfelt sympathy feeling great bereavement in the translation of a steadfast friend and worth citizen and respected brother.

Funeral services were held at the Haggard residence in this city Sunday afternoon conducted by Rev. F. Frederickson, and interment took place in Round Lake cemetery.
Source: Worthington Globe (Thursday, April 6, 1911)

Mrs. Reinhardt Bush

MRS REINHARDT BUSH, August 1939. Mrs Reinhardt Bush, mention of whose illness has been made in past issues of this newspaper, died at the family home in south Ellsworth shortly before the noon hour Sunday. Her death was a welcome release from a long period of illness climaxed by intense suffering the past several months from diabetes and hardening of the arteries. Her advanced age made it impossible to surmount her physical handicaps and she passed away at the age of 78 years, 3 months and 22 days.

Funeral services were held this Thursday afternoon at the late home at 1:00 o'clock and at the Presbyterian church at 1:30 with the Pastor, Rev. K. W. Schalk officiating. The pastor preached the funeral sermon in both the English and German languages. the Misses Jennie Dammer, Bernice Rust and Mercedes Nolte and the Mesdames J. A. Meester and K. W. Schalk, members of the choir, and Fred Essrnan sang "Wie wird mir sein, wenn endlich nach dem langem," "Jesus, Lover of My Soul," and "Rock of`Ages, Cleft for Me." The honorary pall bearers were Henry Willemssen, Ekke Christians, Rekus Klooster, George Rosenberg, Jans Wessels and Herman Nolte. Active pall bearers were the Women’s Mission Society of the church, who attended in a body in tribute to the deceased, who had been a member of the group. The services were attended by a large crowd and despite the unfavorable weather, many attended the interment ceremony at Grand Prairie cemetery.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1939.

Mrs. Tony Buss

DIED: MRS TONY BUSS, died at her home in Westside township last Friday after an illness of more than four years with diabetes. The last three weeks of her life she had been confined to her bed, but for many months it was understood she could not recover and she was resigned to her fate, giving her instructions to those about her as to what should be done. The funeral was held from the Presbyterian church in Ellsworth and in the absence of the pastor, Rev H J Noeding, who was attending ministerial college at Dubuque Iowa, the services were conducted by Rev Robt Niebrugge, of George Iowa. Interment was in the Grand Prairie cemetery. The pall bearers were five brothers and a son-in-law of the deceased.

She was born in Sac county Iowa and her maiden name was Tena Westerbur. While still a young girl she came with her parents to this locality. She was married here February 22, 1905 to Tony Buss and they have made their home here ever since. She was the mother of fourteen children two of whom died in infancy. The surviving children are Albert, Mrs. Eppo Kruize, Westside township, Arend, Tony, Tena, Theodore, Jake, George, Genevieve, Margaret, Ray and Evelyn. Also surviving are her parents, five brothers and four sisters Carl, Theodore, George, Arend and John Westerbur, Mrs. Fred Smeins, Mrs. Henry Smeins, Mrs. Elso Smeins, and Mrs. Floyd Slagel.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1929

Annie Busse

Mrs Wilhelm Frederick Busse Mrs Wilhelm Busse died at Ellsworth, Minn., Thursday, May 31. 1923, from ailments incident to old age. She had been confined to her bed for a week and she was unconscious for some days before the end. Funeral services were held the following Saturday at the home. Rev. Jordan, of George was in charge. Burial was in the Baptist cemetery near George.

Born in Pilsum, Germany, October 30, 1846, Annie Brouwen came to America with her parents when she was 10 years old. The family settled on a farm near White Rock, Ill. She was married to Wilhelm Busse at Forreston, Ogle county, Ill., August 22, 1863. They went from there to Nebraska, from there to the vicinity of Grundy Center and Parkersburg, Ia., and later to Midland township in Lyon county. Four years ago they retired from farm life and moved to Ellsworth. On March 1, 1922, the husband died, and the widow went to live with her daughter, Mrs. Martin Kruger, near George. Later she returned to her own home in Ellsworth but lived only six weeks in her own home.

Of thirteen children three died in infancy and those surviving are: Mrs Martin Kruger, George, Ia., Charles Busse, Ellsworth Minn., Mrs William Schultz, Luverne, Ia., Mrs Oney Herding, Adrian, Minn., Fred Busse, Rock Rapids, Ia., George Busse, Melvin, Ia., William Busse, Bigelow, Minn., Mrs Ike Hinrichs, Ellsworth, Minn., Wesley Busse, Ellsworth, Minn. and Mrs George Haley, Selby, SD. There are 45 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.

Mrs Busse was a woman of admirable qualities and has a host of friends. She was an active member of the Baptist church at George.
Source: Rock Rapids Review, June 14, 1923

Clyde Butcher

CLYDE BUTCHER, December 1937. A heart attack caused the sudden death of Clyde Butcher Wednesday night at his home in Estherville Iowa at the age of about 58 years. A brother of Mrs L. H. Tone of Ellsworth, deceased was a former resident of east of town, and for years has been an employee of the Rock Island railway as brakeman. It was in that capacity that Clyde yesterday was on the Sioux Falls-Estherville run, which turned out to be his last. Death came suddenly although doctors had advised him that the end was not far off. He was a veteran of the Spanish-American war, taking part in many of the fierce battles in the Philippine Islands. Deceased is survived by his widow and five grown children, a son and four daughters as well as several grandchildren. A brother, William Butcher, of Cedar Rapids was a conductor on the Ellsworth-Watertown freight run.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1937

John Butcher

DEATH OF JOHN BUTCHER Mr. Butcher was born in Ohio August 15 1840. In 1863 he enlisted with the Second Wisconsin Volunteers, Cavalry and remained with his outfit until discharged in 1865 He was a true patriot and soldier and loved the old war stories that thrilled the hearer with deeds of bravery. He was a staunch comrade and a loyal citizen and what man is not who has marched and bled of Old Glory s sake". He married Nancy Thom at Winchester Illinois and was the father of three sons and three daughters. In 1875 he moved here with his wife from Springfield Illinois and settled on a farm two miles east of town. They lived on this farm for two years going from there to Sibley Iowa. They remained in Sibley for three years when they returned to their Ellsworth farm. Here on the old homestead his faithful wife died in February 1899. Shortly afterward, he moved into Ellsworth and has since made his home with his children.

His six children are Sylvester M of Ellsworth ,Wilson of Sioux Falls, Clyde, Watertown SD, Mrs. Chatfield Glenburn ND, Mrs. Floyd Rouse Ellsworth and Miss Jennie, who makes her home with Mrs. Rouse.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1906

Nancy Butcher


The sad death of Mrs John Butcher occurred at her home February 11 1899 the cause of her death being pneumonia Her death is particularly sad owing to the fact that she has been the mainstay of the family for years on account of the poor health of Mr Butcher. Six children and a husband are left to mourn the untimely death of this worthy lady. Her eldest son S M Butcher, is a freight conductor on the Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Northern railroad Clyde the youngest boy is a soldier with his regiment, The First South Dakota at Manila. The news of the recent battle made the dying mother anxious for the latest news from Manila The three youngest children are girls Maude, Inis and Jennie aged respectively fifteen, thirteen and five (Living at N E Quarter of Section 14 Grand Prairie township)

Mrs Butcher's maiden name was Nancy Thom and she and Mr Butcher were married in Scott county Illinois August 19 1869 On September 18 1872 they moved to Grand Prairie township where they have since lived. For 26 years they have fought life s battles and have won the highest esteem of their neighbors particularly of the oldest settlers among whom they have lived so long.

The deceased was a member of the Baptist church and an active worker in the W C T U, of which she was vice president at the time of her death She was a woman of refinement and domestic in her tastes.

Funeral services were held in the Town Hall Sunday afternoon the Congregational church being too small to accommodate the large number of friends and neighbors who assembled to pay their last respects. Rev Upton conducted the services and the remains were interred in the Grand Prairie cemetery west of town.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1899

Herbert Buus

DIED HERBERT BUUS Herbert Buus Sr. died last Thursday July 27 at the Henry J Meester home in the northeast part of town, following a stroke of paralysis suffered a week previous. The funeral was held Monday afternoon at the Ebenezer church seven miles southwest of town Mr. Buus was one of the founding fathers of this church Reverend H J Noeding conducted the funeral service The deceased was born December 1 1839 at Twixlum Ostfriesland When 26 years old he came with the Meester family to America settling at Forreston Illinois He was married to Abine Schnuesz in October 1871 and moved first to Wellsburg Iowa then to Lennox South Dakota and later to this community

Twelve children were born to this family five having preceded the parents to the Great Beyond. His beloved wife died November 24 1921. Since that time Mr. Buus made his home with the Meester family in Ellsworth. Surviving him are the children, Henry,Albert, Ben, Herbert, Wessel and Harm and a daughter Mrs. Ella Meester Also one brother Harm Buus and family of Lennox South Dakota. His age at death was 83 years 7 months and 26 days.
Source: Ellsworth News, 1923

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