Otter Tail County, Minnesota

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Mrs. William Adams
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Tuesday, 16 Nov. 1915; transcribed by FoFG mz 
FERGUS FALLS, Minn., Nov. 15. - Mrs. William Adams, age 72, of Foxhome, died at St. Luke’s hospital here last night. She is survived by her husband, two sons and two daughters. They are old settlers of this county.
William Adams is 75 years old and a veteran of the civil war.

William E. Barber
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Sunday, 1 Nov. 1908) transcribed by FoFG mz

LONG PRAIRIE, Minn., Oct. 31. – William E. Barber, aged 78, who came to Houston county in 1863 and to Ottertail county in 1873, died here of cancer of the intestines. He is survived by a wife and three sons.

Aleck Beaulieu
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Saturday, 1 Feb. 1913; transcribed by FoFG mz

CLOQUET, Minn., Jan. 31. - Word was received here last night that Aleck Beaulieu had died at Fergus Falls in the hospital for the insane, where he was committed 16 months ago. Mr. Beaulieu was well known in Cloquet, having lived here a number of years. The remains will be brought here for burial by the Catholic Foresters. Mrs. Beaulieu was called to Fergus Falls yesterday morning.

Elias Berger
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Monday, 28 Sept. 1908; transcribed by FoFG mz

Elias Berger, aged 50 years, a well-known resident of New Duluth, died yesterday at Fergus Falls, where he had been sent two years ago when his mind became feeble. A widow and several children survive him. The body will be brought to West Duluth and the funeral will take place Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock from St. James Catholic church. Internment will be at Calvary cemetery.

Emelie (Tomhave) Bjerkness
Source: Fergus Falls Daily Journal on Monday October 18, 1971, page 11; contributed by Sheri Sexton

Emelie (Tomhave) Bjerkness
Birth: 5 Apr 1888, Fergus Falls, MN
Death: 16 Oct 1971, Fergus Falls, MN


Mrs. Emelie Bjerkness, 321 E. Beech, died at the Pioneer Home Oct 16 at the age of 83. The funeral will be held at the Glede-Johnson-Nelson chapel Wednesday at 11 am with Charles Boshnyah officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Bjerkness was born in Otter Tail County April 5, 1888, and was married to Anton Bjerkness in Fegus Falls July 22, 1915. His death occurred on Nov 3, 1968. Surviving are a daughter Mrs. Louis (Gertrude) Palmquist of Minneapolis, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a sister Mrs. Bertha Pergande of Fergus Falls.

Charles Black
Source: Ashby Post, Ashby, Minnesota, September 5th, 1913, contributed by Mary Severns.

Veteran Soldier Gone to Rest
On last Sunday, August 24th, Chas. Black, an old Civil War Veteran who settled in this vicinity many years ago, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hans Hanson, in St. Olaf township. He was 90 years and three days old when death overtook him, and had lived out a well-rounded life. Death was due mostly to old age.

Deceased was born in Skejen, Telemarken, Norway, and was a playmate of Ibsen, author of “Doll House”. In his early youth he went to sea and followed the life of a sailor for fifteen years. He ended his career as a sailor of Lake Michigan 60 years ago, and at that time was married to Berget Holbran’s daughter at Chicago, where their first child - now Mrs. Peter Nelson of St. Olaf - was born. That same year Mr. and Mrs. Black moved to Vernon County, Wisconsin where they resided for fifteen years, and where fie more children came to bless their home. In the year 1861, Mr. Black, with the others, most of whom are now gone, enlisted at Madison in the 15th Wisconsin Infantry Company G. He served his country faithfully for 3 years, 3 months, and 9 days. In the year 1871, with his wife and six children, he droe across county in a prairie schooner drawn by oxen and mules, and after several weeks of hardship reached St. Olaf township in Otter Tail county. There he took the old familial homestead, where he has resided for 42 years.

Mr. Black was preceded to the Great Beyond by his wife 24 years ago, and by his son Charles, who died two and a half years ago. He is survived by five children; Mrs. P.H. Skalstad and Mrs. Liza Hanson of St. Olaf, Hans B lack of Strasburg, Sask., Canada, Ed Black of Troy, Idaho and Mrs. Caroline Tollefson of Milton, N.D., and a half brother, Aug. Miller of New Richland, Minn. All were present at his death-bed except his son Ed., who was unable to get here in time for the funeral, which was held from the house on Wednesday, and burial was in the Lutheran St. Olaf Cemetery. Rev. C.A. Normann conducted the services.

Hans Black
Source: Fergus Falls Daily Journal (Fergus Falls, MN) contributed by Mary Severns

DALTON-Hans Black, the son of St. Olaf pioneers, died recently at Havre, Mont., at the age of 95. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Black.

A sister, Mrs. Caroline Tollefson, 85, who is at a rest home in Mountain, N. D., is the only survivor of the immediate family. Two sisters, Anna Nelson and Mrs. Hans Hanson, and two brothers, Ed and Charley Black, preceded him in death.

Daughter of Charles Bohlke
Source: The Aitkin Age (Aitkin, Aitkin, MN), January 2, 1906, page 2; submitted by Robin Line
At the town of Corliss, Otter Tail county, a little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bohlke fell into a pail of boiling water which the mother had left on the floor. The child lived for about three hours after the accident and suffered untold agony.

Anton Bonnichsen
Source: memorial leaflet; contributed by Jacque McDonnell

Residence: Dalton, Minnesota
Birth: March 31, 1905 (Sac County, Iowa)
Parents: Hans & Anna L. (Andreson) Bonnichsen
Marriage: Clara Ruggenberg (1925).  Two children.  2)  Lorraine Wanless (Dec. 2, 1950).  One daughter.
Death: January 11, 1989 (Dalton, MN)
Age: 83
Funeral: Saturday, January 14, 1989 (Our Savior's - Ten Mile Lake Lutheran Church, Dalton, Minnesota).  Monday, January 16, 1989 (Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Highmore, South Dakota)
Burial: Highmore Cemetery (Highmore, SD)
Occupation: Ranching, Dairy.  Retired 1974.
Locations: moved to Highmore area, Van Order Township (1907).  Moved to near Fergus Falls, MN (1952).  Moved to Dalton, MN (1986)
Organizations/Civic: Town and Country Saddle Club; Grand County Wagon Train Association.
[Survivor information omitted for privacy]

Peter P. Bork
[Source: Border Budget (Koochiching, MN) Feb. 2, 1899, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]
Fergus Falls, Minn., Jan. 26. - Peter P. Bork, a pioneer farmer of Clitheral, committed suicide by hanging.

Davis Burbank
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Tuesday, 26 Mar. 1912; transcribed by FoFG mz

FERGUS FALLS, Minn., March 24. – Judge Davis Burbank, the oldest man in Fergus Falls, and who is widely known throughout this part of the state, died at his home here at midnight from acute bronchitis. Judge Burbank was 91 years old on Feb. 22 of this year. He was born in Vermont, and later moved to the state of Maine, where he grew to manhood, his father being a surveyor for a lumber company there.

Judge Burbank came to Otter Tail county in 1873, and resided on a farm for a short time, later moving to this city, where he took a position in the Fergus Falls National bank. When the populist movement first arose, a fusion between the Democrats, Populists and Prohibitionists was arranged here, and Burbank was elected judge of probate as the candidate for the Prohibitionists. He retained this office for some years, and on retiring became clerk of probate, a position which he held up to the time of his death.

Elnora Mae Carlson
Fergus Falls Daily Journal (Friday, 25 Jan. 2002) submitted by Marla Zwakman

Abstract: Died: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002, at Otter Tail Nursing Home, Battle Lake
Born: May 11, 1933 in Fergus Falls
Parents: Melvin Leabo & Louise Schiesser
Marriage: Sterling Zimmerman; Carl Carlson on 7 May 1973 in SD (he died 1987)
Occupation: nurse’s aide
Preceded in death by brothers Glen and Clifford Leabo, and a grandson, Eric Hiedeman, who died in 1978
Children: JoAnne (Bryan) Hiedeman, Sylvia Olsen, Marianne Nickel, Kenneth (Brenda) Zimmerman, Kim Zimmerman and Jeff Zimmerman
12 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren
Siblings: Richard Leabo, Vernon Leabo, David Kollar, Roger Kollar
Internment: Tonseth Lutheran Cemetery, rural Erhard

Florence Clemmer
Source: Fergus Falls Daily Journal, 04/06/1898; Submitted By: Elizabeth Clemmer Becker

Deer Creek - The death of Florence Clemmer last Friday morning cast a gloom over the entire community,though it had long been a certainty,from her enfeebled condition that death was inevitable.She was the daughter of Mr and Mrs. M.P. Burrows and was 23 years of age.She was married to John Clemmer in December 1895 and leaves one child,a boy about a year old and a sorrowing husband to mourn her loss.The funeral which was attended by a large number of people was held from the M.E. church last Sunday and the remains interred in the cemetery at this place.Being a sufferer from that dreadfull disease-consumption,her death was not unexpected,yet her loss will be none the less kennly felt by the loving ones who are left to mourn her departure.The sympathy of hosts of friends is extended to the bereaved family.

Horace Clemmer
Source: Fergus Falls Daily Journal, 04/05/1927; Submitted By: Elizabeth Clemmer Becker

Third Death in Family in Year.....Two Brothers and one sister die within a few months of each other.
Deer Creek April 5-- The funeral of Horace Clemmer,was held Wednesday afternoon from the Methodist Episcopal church, the Rev. Grace Downs officating, the body being brought here from Montana. Interment was in the Fairview cemetery. The death of Mr. Clemmer is the third in the family in a year....a brother, Nels Clemmer of this place died April 5, a year ago. In less than a month later, the only sister, Mrs.Joe Butler died in her home in California and brought back here for burial and now another brother has passed on.

Nels Clemmer
Source: Fergus Falls Daily Journal, 04/13/1926; Submitted By Elizabeth Clemmer Becker
Nels Clemmer Dies in the west.... Deer Creek,resident goes to California for Health-- Dies on arrival
Deer Creek,April 13- The death of Nels Clemmer occurred Monday in the home of his sister, Mrs.J.M. Butler at Sacramento,Cal., where he had gone only two weeks ago in hopes that change of climate might help him. A few years ago he was striken with Apoplexy. He recovered so that he was about again and able to work some, but the past year he has failed slowly.... About a month ago he was taken violently ill while sitting in the Stewart grocery. He was hurried home and a physician called, but very little could be done. His sister and her husband arrived from California to be with him and urged him to go back with them,where it was hoped the climate would help him.He became worse while on the way and upon reaching his sister's was put to bed,where he slept peacefully away.
Nels was born near Austin Minn. and was 52 years of age. He came here with his parents from Austin 37 years ago.His father died many years ago and he then stayed with his mother in the old home until her death a few years ago. Since then he has lived alone, until last spring when Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Johnson rented the home and he made his home with them. He leaves to mourn his passing, one sister, Mrs. J.M. Butler of Sacramento, Cal. and four brothers, John of Pinewood,Minn., Ed and Bill of Sidney, Mont. and Hod who is in Washington.
The funeral took place Sunday at two o'clock p.m. from the M.E. church, Rev. Grace Downs officiating. The church was filled, many coming from a distance to attend. Interment was in Fairview cemetery beside his mother and father.
The quartette,consisting of James Aitchison, Prof.Mark, Dolly Bean and Mrs.J.C. Guin with Mrs. W.L. Junkin at the piano rendered very beautiful selections. The flowers were lovely, a blanket of Roses entirely covering the casket was sent by the citizens of the village, Showing their sympathy in the loss of a fellow citizen.

George DeWitt
Source: Zumbrota Independent (Zumbrota, MN) October 17, 1895, page 2; submitted by Robin Line
While stealing a ride on a Great Northern freight train Geo. DeWitt, of Pawtucket, R. I., was run over and killed in the yards at Fergus Falls. He was on the break beam and attempted to get off.

Christian Drechsel
[Source: From Fergus Falls Daily Journal, Saturday August 2, 1899] Submitted by Ardell Drechsel Haberer

CRUSHED BY A BINDER - Christian Drechsel Is Run Over and Killed at His Farm Near Jewett Lake
A terrible accident occurred in the eastern part of the town of Elizabeth, almost on the Shore of Jewett Lake, Friday afternoon, resulting in the death of Christian Drechsel, one of the prominent farmers of that section of the county. Mr. Drechsel was about 62 years of age, and with his son, a young man, was about to test a new binder when the accident occurred. Three horses were hitched to the machine, one of them a spirited young colt, and Mr. Drechsel held the animals’ heads while his son stepped back to take a seat on the binder. Before the young man was fairly seated, however, the horses became unmanageable and his father was knocked down and trampled beneath their feet. The son sprang down and endeavored to extricate him but was too late. The heavy bull wheel of the machine passed over his neck, breaking and crushing it. Death was instantaneous. Freed from restraint the horsed dashed on and before they were caught the binder was scattered over the fields, the animals themselves being more or less injured in their mad efforts to free themselves from the cumbersome machine. Mr. Drechsel was carried to his home, but life was extinct and his sons came to this city to secure a coffin during the evening. The deceased was well known and highly respected in this city. His wife and a family of grown-up children survive him.

Edward H. Eggers
[Source: East Oregonian (Pendleton OR) June 1, 1920; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Edward H. Eggers, aged 29, formerly a resident of Pendleton and a brother of Mrs. W. A. Rhodes of this city, died Sunday at Perham, Minnesota. Mr. Eggers left here about four months ago. He had been in poor health for some time. He is survived by his parents and three brothers, besides Mrs. Rhodes. Mrs. Rhodes accompanied by little Billy Rhodes, left yesterday for Perham to attend the funeral.

Mina Griumus
Source: Duluth News Tribune (25 Dec. 1919) transcribed by FoFG MZ

TWO HARBORS - Mina Griumus, 83, mother of Mrs. Andrew Niggler, died here. Body was sent to Fergus Falls for internment.

Jesse Harry
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Friday, 1 Nov. 1907) transcribed by FoFG mz

FERGUS FALLS, Minn., Oct. 31. – Jesse Harry, the aged father of John W. Harry, died at the latter’s home Tuesday morning. He was born in Indiana in 1817, being past 90 years of age at his death. He came to this county about 25 years ago and lived in this city for eight years. He is survived by three children. The funeral will take place tomorrow morning.

Virgil Hickey
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Tuesday, 21 May 1918; transcribed by FoFG mz

HIBBING, May 20. – Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Hickey of this city were advised today of the sudden death of their daughter Virgil, age 22, at the Fergus Falls institute this morning.

Deceased is survived by her parents and one sister, Mildred. When taken ill recently she was engaged as a teacher at Cook. She was a graduate of the local high school. The body will be brought home for burial.

David Hill and Son
Source: New Ulm Review (MN) July 29, 1885, page 3; submitted by Robin Line

David Hill and his son sixteen, years old were drowned, in West silent lake, Otter Tail County by the upsetting of their boat.

John Hofstadt
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (18 July 1907) Submitted by:  Karen Seeman

Fergus Falls, Minn., Jan. 17 -- John Hofstadt, a merchant of Erdahl, died at St. Luke's hospital here today from complications incident to old age. Mr. Hofstadt was 74 years old and has been a prominent citizen of this locality. He was formerly postmaster at Dalton and the interment will take place at that village.

Mr. Jackson
Source: Eau Claire Leader (Eau Claire, WI) - Sunday, March 1, 1896; submitted by Jim Dezotell
The funeral of Mr. Jackson, who died at Pelican Rapids, Minn., will take place from the residence of Mrs. Emma Forman, 519 Union street, this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock.

Leah Mary Jennen
Source: The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, November 25, 1991. Contributed by Kathryn Todd, transcribed by Wayne Hinton.

Leah Mary Jennen, 4½, of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, daughter of Jeffery and Leslie Jennen, died Friday at her home, of cancer. Sevices 11 a.m. Tues. Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, Fergus Falls. burial in St. Otto's Cemetery. Immediate survivors include great-grandparents Les and Jo Zacheis of Cedar Rapids.

Josephine Jouppila
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Wednesday, 6 Nov. 1918; transcribed by FoFG mz

GILBERT, Nov. 5. – Josephine Jouppila died at the Fergus Falls hospital, where she has been for the past two months. She was 42 years old. She came to this city about 10 years. The woman is a widow and leaves three children. Her remains will arrive here Friday and will be buried on that day.

Joseph Karakas
Source: Duluth News Tribune (23 Dec. 1919) transcribed by FoFG MZ

VIRGINIA – Funeral services held for Joseph Karakas, who died at Fergus Falls, held here.

Charles L. Lewis
[Source: Illustrated Album of Biography of the Famous Valley of the Red River of the Valley of the Red River of the North and the Park Regions, Including the Most Fertile and Widely-Known Portions of Minnesota and North Dakota, Chicago, Alden, ogle & Company, 1889; Sub. by N. Piper]

Charles L. Lewis is at present the county attorney of Otter Tail County, Minnesota, with headquarters at Fergus Falls, the county seat of said county. Mr. Lewis is a native of Ottawa, Illinois, and was born on the 8th of March 1852. He is the son of Hon. Samuel R. and Ann (Harley) Lewis who were natives of Pennsylvania.

Samuel R. Lewis came to Illinois when fourteen years of age with his parents, who were Jehu and Rachel Lewis, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania. He was a farmer by occupation, and on coming to Illinois settled in Putnam County. He had a family of three children - Joseph, Elizabeth and Samuel R. Jehu Lewis, the grandfather of the subject of our sketch, died in Putnam County, Illinois. The grandmother died in Ottawa, La Salle County, of that State. The Lewis family is of Welsh and English descent.

Hon. Samuel R. Lewis was reared on a farm in his early life and has followed that occupation ever since. He is now located at Ottawa, Illinois. He is an extensive farmer and deals largely in blooded stock, principally horses. From 1856 to 1860 he held the office of treasurer of La Salle County and from 1879 to 1883 was State Senator. He had four sons - William R., a farmer living in La Salle County, Illinois; Edward C., early in life a lawyer, but for the last ten years engaged in raising blooded stock, horses and cattle; Charles L. and Samuel M., a farmer who runs the home farm. The father's family being in good circumstances, the children were all well-educated. The father is still living, is a republican in politics and is one of the prominent men in that party in the State of Illinois.

Charles L. Lewis, the subject of our sketch, remained under the parental roof until he was eighteen years of age. Up to this time he had attended school during the winters and worked upon the farm during the summer months. On reaching the age of eighteen he attended the high school at Ottawa, Illinois, for one year, after which he spent four years in the University of Chicago, then two years at Oberlin College in Ohio, from which institution he graduated in 1876. He then spent one year at home on the farm, after which he read law in the office of Judge Charles B. Lawrence, of Chicago, continuing his reading through the years 1878 and 1879. In 1879 he was admitted to the bar in Chicago, and in the fall of that year moved to Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County, Minnesota, where he tried his first case in a justice's court.

During the year 1882 he was associated with M. R. Tyler. This partnership was dissolved in 1883. Mr. Lewis has followed his profession with good results throughout his entire career in Fergus Falls. In 1880 he was elected clerk of the school board, which position he held for three years. He was elected county attorney in 1884 and re-elected in 1886, being the present incumbent of that office. He is one of the stockholders and a director in the Otter Tail Flouring Mill; is president of the Fergus Falls Electric Light and Power Company. He has made numerous investments in real estate in the city and county, owning several valuable farms and considerable village property.

Mr. Lewis has always been a stanch republican, was a delegate to the Chicago convention in 1888, and was one of the supporters of the present president of the United States. He has been an important factor in local and State politics and has been a delegate to the State convention several times.

Mr. Lewis was married in 1880 to Miss Jennie D. Moore, the daughter of Charles D. Moore, of Minneapolis. Three children have blessed this union - one daughter and two sons. Their names are - Laura, William M. and Charles L., Jr.

The subject of our sketch has been very successful in all his business and professional transactions in Fergus Falls. He has been prominent in politics, careful in his profession, and has rendered valuable aid in all that has tended to the improvement of his adopted city. He owns a fine cottage residence which he built in 1880 in the western part of the city. His property is beautifully located on a rise of ground overlooking the city.

Jason T. Kidder
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Tuesday, 28 Nov. 1911; transcribed by FoFG mz

FERGUS FALLS, Minn., Nov. 27. – Jason T. Kidder, clerk of court of Ottertail county, dropped dead from heart failure on the street here about noon today. He was in his usual good health at the present term of the district court.

J. G. McGowan
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Saturday, 19 Apr. 1913; transcribed by FoFG mz

FERGUS FALLS, Minn., April 18. – A telegram from San Diego, Cal., last night announced the death of J. G. McGowan, who left for that place a few months ago for the benefit of his health. He was a member of the firm on Beall & McGowan, wholesale groceries. His only daughter, Miss Frances McGowan, was to have been married at their San Diego home today to Arthur Anderson of Montevideo, Minn.

Everett Raymond Mohagen
Source: Fergus Falls Daily Journal (Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County, Minn.) Thursday, 23 Sept. 1999; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Everett Raymond Mohagen, 80, of Wendell, died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, at his home. Visitation: Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m., with a special sharing of memories at 8 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. until noon, all at the funeral home, and one hour prior to the service at the church Service: 2 p.m. Friday at West Elbow Lake Lutheran Church, rural Elbow Lake Clergy: Rev. Martin A. Seamon
Burial: Church cemetery Funeral Home: Erickson-Smith Funeral Home, Elbow Lake
*** Note: He was born 31 Jan. 1919 in Elbow Lake, son of Ole L. Mohagen & Emma Dybdal; married Valerie Darlene Zimmermann on 7 Apr. 1946 in Fergus Falls; five children.

Mrs. H. A. Nelsan
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Sunday, 6 Apr. 1913; transcribed by FoFG mz

ABERDEEN, S.D., April 5. – Mrs. H. A. Nelsan of Fargo, N.D., died here yesterday, leaving a husband and a 2-week-old babe. The remains will be taken to Fergus Falls, Minn., her former home and birthplace, Sunday night for internment, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Woodworth, accompanying the body.

Jacob Niebels
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Saturday, 19 Apr. 1913; transcribed by FoFG mz

FERGUS FALLS, Minn., April 18. - Jacob Niebels, a well known merchant, who has been in business in this city since 1882, fell dead yesterday. He was a veteran of the Civil war and as a member of the Fourth Minnesota participated in the battles of Inka, Corinth, Vicksburg, Missionary Ridge, Altoona and Savannah. He is survived by his wife and three children, one of whom, Dr. Harold Neibels, is a member of the class that is about to graduate from the dental college at the state university.

Mrs. A. J. Nygren
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Thursday, 8 Mar. 1917; transcribed by FoFG mz

Mrs. S. J. Nygren, 5521 West Sixth street, received a telegram yesterday from Mr. Nygren, who is at Fergus Falls, Minn., announcing the death at 9:30 o’clock yesterday morning, of the death of his mother, Mrs. A. J. Nygren.

Mr. Nygren was called to Fergus Falls some time ago by her illness. Mrs. Nygren, who was 97 years old at the time of her death, is one of the pioneer residents of Fergus Falls, having lived there for 60 years.

Haldor Olson
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Wednesday, 16 Sept. 1908; transcribed by FoFG mz

FERGUS FALLS, Minn., Sept. 15. – Haldor Olson, a well known farmer of Aurdal, near here, died very suddenly yesterday at his home. During the night he complained of a terrible thirst and went out and drank out the cattle trough. He died before morning. It is supposed that he took poison, mistaking it for medicine. A wife and stepson survive him. The case is being investigated.

Matthew Olson
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Tuesday, 23 Sept. 1913) transcribed by FoFG mz

The body of Matthew Olson, who died Saturday, will be sent to Fergus Falls, Minn., this morning, for burial. It will be accompanied by Mrs. Otto Anderson. The deceased leaves a daughter and three sons in Fergus Falls.

Arnold W. Pergande
[Source: Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls, MN] Submitted by Ardell Drechsel Haberer

Arnold William Pergande, 86, a resident of Fergus Falls, died Monday, March 15, 2010, at his home under the care of Lakeland Hospice. He was born September 21, 1923, in Williston, North Dakota, the son of Ferdinand and Bertha (Tomhave) Pergande. He moved with his family to Minnesota at the age of nine, to the family farm near Carlisle, homesteaded by his grandfather. He was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls. He operated the family farm before moving to Fergus Falls. He was then employed at Fergus Dairy/Mid Am Dairy where he was a machine operator and technician and was a semi-truck driver. He retired after 31 years of employment. He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II from December of 1944 until July of 1945. On May 11, 1947 he married Erma Marie Schoening at Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Fergus Falls. They made their home on the family farm in Carlisle Township until moving to Fergus Falls in 1953. Arnold was a lifetime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and the Fergus Falls American Legion. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, playing cards, and visiting with friends. Helping others with various projects like carpenter work and painting were also activities he enjoyed doing. Preceding him in death were his wife, Erma, in 1992; his parents; a sister, Firma Bellet; a brother, Maurice Pergande; sister-in-law, Viola Pergande and brothers-in-law, Willis Schoening, Don Bellet and Al Halverson. Survivors include two sons, Gerald (Paula) Pergande of Owasso, Oklahoma, and Allen (Mary) Pergande of Jamestown, ND; a granddaughter, Karisti Pergande of Fargo, ND; two sisters, Alice Halverson of Sacramento, California, and Esther (Elwin) Drechsel of Fergus Falls; sister-in-law, Doris Schoening of Fergus Falls and several nieces and nephews. Also surviving is his companion, Doris Steussy of Fergus Falls, and her children: David (Rose) Steussy of Alexandria, MN, Steven (Coleen) Steussy of Farmington, AK, Ann (Dale) Anderson of Cambridge, MN, Ruth (Tony) Rondeau of Fergus Falls, and Carole (Mylo) Mugaas of Erhard, MN, and numerous friends. Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service and resumes one hour prior to the service at the church Service: 11 a.m. Friday, March 19, 2010, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Fergus Falls Clergy: Reverend Noel Herr Interment: Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, rural Fergus Falls Military Participation by the Fergus Falls American Legion and VFW

Bertha (Tomhave) Pergande
Source: Fergus Falls Daily Journal, December 6, 1982, page 6; contributed by Sheri Sexton

Mrs. Bertha Pergande, 88, 314 W. Summit, died Saturday afternoon, Dec. 4, at Lake Region Nursing Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 at Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. Dan Abrahams officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The last of seven children of John J. and Caroline (Schmidt) Tomhave, she was born Jan. 9, 1894 at Carlisle. Growing up in that area, she was baptized and confirmed at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls. She and Ferdinand W. Pergande were married there on Nov. 9, 1916. The couple homesteaded in Williams County near Spring Brook, N.D., later returning to her home near Carlisle where they farmed. Shortly after her husband's death on March 5, 1946, she moved to Fergus Falls. She was employed for a time at City Bakery. She resided at the home of a daughter, Firma, for 33 years.

She was a member of the L.W.M.L. and the Bell Choir at Trinity Lutheran Church. Surviving are five children, Maurice Pergande of Loveland, Colo., Mrs. Firma Bellet of Fergus Falls, Mrs. Alice Halverson of Portland, Ore., Arnold Pergande and Mrs. Elwin (Esther) Drechsel; both of Fergus Falls; 15 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Visitation is today, this evening and Tuesday morning at the Olson Funeral Home. Visitation at church begins one hour prior to services Tuesday afternoon.

Karen B. Richards
Source: Fergus Falls Daily Journal (Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County, Minn.) Friday, 1 Dec. 2000; submitted by Marla Zwakman

Abstract: Died: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000, at Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls
Cause of Death: cancer
Born: Feb. 1, 1947, at St. Luke's Hospital in Fergus Falls
Parents: Everett Mohagen & Valeria Zimmerman Mohagen
Marriage: May 20, 1967 to Loren Richards at West Elbow Lake Church
Employed by: Otter Tail Power, Allison Mickelson Pribbernow Insurance
Member of the United Methodist Church of Peace in Fergus Falls
Children: Penny (Corey) Steinhouse; Robbie (Terri)
Grandchildren: Colin & Ella Richards
Siblings: Lester (Tina); Leland (Renate); Wesley
Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, Fergus Falls

Gunhild Rygh
Source: Batavia Herald, Kane County, IL, 13 September 1894 - Sub. by K. Torp

Miss Gunhild Rygh, a former Batavia (Illinois) lady, died Aug. 11, at Fergus Falls, Minn., of typhoid fever, aged 19 years.

Mary (Tomhave) Schuetze
Source: Fergus Falls Daily Journal on Monday, August 17, 1964; contributed by Sheri Sexton

Funeral services for Mrs. Anton Schuetze will be held at the Church of Our Lady of Victory tomorrow at 10 am with the Rev. Robert Smith officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Mrs. Schuetze, who lived most of her life in Fergus Falls, died at the St. Frances Rest Home in Breckenridge Saturday. She was born Mary Tomhave in Carlisle township Jan. 30, 1887, and was married to Anton Schuetze Nov. 4, 1910, in Fergus Falls. She was a member of St. Ann's Society, St. Theresa Circle and Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church.

Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Walter (Marion) Albers, Mrs. Morris (Florence) Danielson and Mrs. Lawrence (Adelaide) Hanson of Fergus Falls, Mrs. George (Evelyn) Jorgenson of El Paso, Texas, Mrs. Don (Pearl) Edgecomb of Sioux Falls, a son, John Schuetze, Fergus Falls, Route 4, two brothers and two sisters. They are Louis Tomhave of Fergus Falls, Albert Tomhave of Seattle, Mrs. Ferdinand Pergande and Mrs. Anton Bjerkness of Fergus Falls. She also leaves 16 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Her husband died in 1953. A son and a granddaughter preceded her in death.

Rosary services are set for 8:30 tonight at the Nilson Funeral Home. Pallbearers at the funeral will be Arnold and Maurice Pergande, Roland Tomhave, Alvin Denbrook, Doyle Copeland and Joseph Obowa.

Syvers Siverson
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Friday, 22 Dec. 1922; transcribed by FoFG mz

Fergus Falls, Minn., Dec. 21. - Syvers Siverson, age 79, a pioneer citizen of Fergus Falls, fell dead in a store here this afternoon from heart disease.

Hilda E. Sjogren
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Friday, 9 July 1915; transcribed by FoFG mz

The funeral of Mrs. Hilda E. Sjogren, age 39, who died Monday, July 5, at the state sanitarium at Fergus Falls, Minn., will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow from the West End undertaking rooms. Rev. C. V. S. Engstrom will officiate. Internment will be in Lutheran cemetery.

Mrs. Sjogren had been at the sanitarium for nearly six years. She formerly lived in Duluth. A sister, Mrs. Julius Wellberg, resides at 219 North Twenty-seventh avenue West. The body arrived here from Fergus Falls last night.

Mrs. C. C. Smith
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 18 Dec. 1915; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

DEER CREEK – Mrs. C. C. Smith, a beloved woman, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Ballmes on Dec. 8, after a short illness. Mrs. Smith was about 75 years of age. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. G. O. Hunter last Thursday morning and many friends attended.

Donald Stevenson
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Friday, 30 Mar. 1917; transcribed by FoFG mz

The body of Donald Stevenson, age 37, will arrive at Bell brother’s chapel this morning from Fergus Falls, where he died last night. Funeral services will be held here.

Mr. Stevenson is survived by five brothers, William of Seattle; Thomas and S. T. of Duluth; Angus of Salem, and Duncan of Superior; and two sisters, Mrs. Ellsgesser of Minneapolis, and Mrs. W. R. Peer of Duluth.

Clark Stillman
Source: The St. Cloud Journal (MN) Dec. 26, 1867, page 3; submitted by Robin Line.

Clitherall Lake, Dec. 17th, 1867.
Editor Journal. - No news of importance except one death, the first from sickness since we have lived here. Mr. Clark Stillman, whose death was caused by a severe cold taken while encamping out in the mountains. This resulted in lung fever. He only lived about one week after being taken sick. He leaves a wife and eight children to mourn his loss.

Ole Halvorson Tholen
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Tuesday, 7 Jan. 1908; transcribed by FoFG mz

FERGUS FALLS, Minn., Jan. 6. - Ole Halvorson Tholen, aged 67, and a resident of this city for a number of years, fell dead at his home in this city. Death is supposed to have been caused by heart failure or apoplexy. He is survived by his wife and four adult children, two sons living here and two daughters in North Dakota.

Dale W. Tomhave
Source: Published in Savannah Morning News from May 21 to May 23, 2013; contributed by Sheri Sexton

Dale W. Tomhave - SILVER SPRING, MD - Dale W. Tomhave, 88, died Sunday, May 19, 2013, at the home of his son. He was born in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, son of Albert W. and Elaine Colson Tomhave. After military service during World War II, he lived in the Bay Area of San Francisco, California, for many years where he managed government communication contracts for Pacific Telephone. Mr. Tomhave and his late wife, Birdie Ouida Graham Tomhave, moved to Savannah in 1992 where they were members of St. Francis of the Islands Episcopal Church. Surviving are his sons, Eric Tomhave and his wife, Tracy Newbold, of Silver Spring, MD; Brad Tomhave and his wife, Cindi Tomhave, of Tacoma, WA; grandchildren, Molly, Maxwell, Samantha, Olivia and Sydney Tomhave. Visitation: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, May 24, 2012, at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel. Graveside Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 25, 2012, in Hillcrest Abbey Memorial Park, conducted by The Reverend Stephen Norris. Remembrances: St. Francis of the Islands Episcopal Church, 590 Walthour Rd., Savannah, GA 31410

Henry Tomhave
Source: Fergus Falls News, (Fergus Falls, MN) Monday, March 30, 1936; submitted by Sheri Sexton

Henry Tomhave, one of Otter Tail county's most outstanding and earnest pioneers, died Sunday evening at 6:45 at his home, 103 Summit avenue east at the advanced age of 90 years and six months. He spent an active and useful life, but due to advanced ag he has been failing for some months past. He has been confined to his home since Christmas time, but was bed ridden only two weeks.

Mr. Tomhave was born in Hanover Germany, Sept. 11, 1845, the son of John and Kathyrine Buenger Tomhave. He was educated in the public schools of Germany, and as a young man came to America in 1866. He landed in New York City, where he was compelled to work for six months in order to get enough money for transportation to Minnesota. When he reached LaCrosse Wisconsin, he was again unable to continue his trip because of lack of funds. There he secured a posistion on the railroad. He finally reached Red Wing where he remained for two years. In the spring of 1869 Mr. Tomhave together with Charles Haarstick and Peter Sims came to what is now Fergus Fals. They walked the entire distance from St. Paul. When they arrived, there was only one white man here, he was Ernest Buse and he had built himself a hut in a haystack. Buse had a homestead near Oppermann Lake, north of the city. Mr. Buse had tried to induce Mr. Tomhave to take a homestead of what is now the heart of Fergas Falls, but Mr. Tomhave declined because of the many hills and sloos. He picked the out land in Fergus Falls township. He and his companions returned to Red Wing, but came back the same fall, this time bringing an ox team and some other household necessities. Mr. Tomhave helped build the first crude bridge to span the river here, and also helped build the first store building, which was on the Iverson & Lee site. Settlers began pouring into the country shortly after Mr Tohmave's arrival.There were many Germans as well as Scandinavians. All of them suffered hardships that few people of today could endure. These early men and women had to depend on their own resources, and there was no government bureau that would replenish their larders or loan them money.

During those first years Mr. Tomhave worked hard and planned for the future. He planned so well that in December 1872, he returned to Red Wing to claim his bride, she was Anna Bredehoeft, and the marriage took place on Dec. 26, 1872. They returned to Otter Tail county the following spring and from then on they took a prominent part in the upbuilding of the community. They gained many warm friends because of their consideration and help to others. Mr. Tomhave was a man of sterling character. He was the last surviving charter member of Trinity Lutheran church in this city. He was faithful in attending church services and was also a liberal contributor to the church and its various departments. Mr Tomhave also took a leading part in other matters. He held positions of trust in both the church and the township and did not hesitate in promoting anything that would be of lasting benefit to his community. He took a leading part in the organization of the Fergus Co-op creamery, and was one of the seven incorporators when the association was organized on March 16, 1907. He was elected treasurer a position he has held continuously for 29 years and was re elected at the last meeting.

The terrible snowstorm of 1873 in which so many people lost their lives was often discussed by Mr. Tomhave. He and his wife were fortunate enough to be in their hut when the storm broke. After the storm Mr Tomhave assisted in the search for victims and it was he who found Mrs. Timms, so badly frozen that her limbs were amputated. Mrs Timms was cared for in the Tomhave home for some time. It will be recalled that Mr Timms and his son in law froze to death. Deceased is survived by five children. Mrs. Tomhave died August 12, 1933. The children are John Tomhave of Sandstone Mn.; Mrs. Anna Bredehoeft of Aurdal; Carl, Claus, and Henry L Tomhave all of this city. All the children were at his bedside when the end came. There are also 18 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

John Tomhave, Sr.
Source: Fergus Falls News, (Fergus Falls, MN) February 11, 1907; submitted by Sheri Sexton

Mr. John Tomhave Sr. who has been seriously ill for some time past died at his home in Fergus Falls town about noon Saturday from apoplexy. Mr. Tomhave was born in Hanover Germany Jan. 13, 1833 being 74 years of age at the time of his death. He was married Sept. 21, 1857 to Annie Marie Meier and came to the United State in 1868 settling first at Frontenac Minnesota. He was a stone mason and engaged in that line of work there remaining about a year and a half when he removed to West St. Paul where he followed the same occupation.

In the fall of 1870 he came to this locality and took a pre emtion in section 2, Fergus Falls town. He resided there for six years then sold and bought a farm in section 19, of the same town. He lived on this farm until the spring of 1892 when he purchased his present farm in section 28 Fergus Falls where he remained until the time of his death. His estimable wife with whom he lived happily for nearly fifty years survives him and their family consisted of eleven children, nine sons and two daughters of whom two died in Germany and two in this country. The surviving children are: John J. Tomhave of Carlisle township, J.A. Tomhave of Montevideo, Louis Tomhave of Fergus Falls town; Mrs. Charles Holsbauer of this city, Mrs. Ed. Kemnitz of Fergus Falls town and Albert C. and George E. Tomhave who resided on the home farm. Mr Tomhave retired from active farm work about two years ago and turned the management of the farm over to his two sons. He is also survived by two brothers and one sister: Henry Tomhave of Fergus Falls town: Claus Tomhave of Neleville Ill. and Mrs. Henry Boland of Lake City.

Mr Tomhave built the first brick building erected in Fergus Falls the building that sets back from the street alongside of the New Bakery on Lincoln avenue west and he also did some the first mason work in Elizabeth and Breckenridge. He was a member of the board of supervisors of Fergus Falls town for a number of years. He was a member of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church.

John C. Tomhave
Source: Fergus Falls Daily Journal on Saturday, April 18, 1925; contributed by Sheri Sexton

Death Takes John C. Tomhave. Hemorrhage, followed by pneumonia, cut him down in his prime.

After his strength had been sapped by a severe loss of blood, John C. Tomhave could not withstand an attack of pneumonia, which followed and gave up the unequal struggle yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock. He was 33 years and 4 months of age on the day of his death. Last February Mr. Tomhave went to Rochester where he had an operation for ulcers. He came back apparently in good condition, but was warned to be careful not to overdue. Three weeks ago he suffered an internal hemorrhage which required a blood transfusion. It was found that the blood of George Pierce, assistant on the farm was most suitable for this purpose, and Mr. Pierce was more than willing to give all the blood that was needed and more if it should be required. This act on the part of Mr. Pierce is deeply appreciated by all concerned.

After the transfusion, Mr. Tomhave seemed to grow stronger, but last Saturday pneumonia set in which caused his death a week later, as stated. The patience with which he bore his suffering was remarkable. He never complained and even tried to inspire cheerfulness in others after Death had laid a cold hand on his brow.

Mr. Tomhave was born Dec 17, 1891 in Carlisle township and was united in marriage April 25, 1917 to Martha Stroscheim. They had four children of whom Rosella, the oldest is now 7, Harold 4, Marjorie 3 and Lawrence 8 months. At the time of his marriage he took charge of the home farm, which he has since managed. Beside the widow and young orphans, Mr. Tomhave leaves to mourn his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. John J. Tomhave of this city and also two brothers and three sisters. Of these, L. A. Tomhave, Mrs. Anton Bjerkness and Mrs. Anton Schuetze reside on farms near this city; A. W. Tomhave is assistant cashier of Farmers Merchants Bank of Fergus Falls and Mrs. F. W. Pergande resides at Springbrook, ND.

Mr. Tomhave was a progressive young farmer with a mind open to advanced methods. He took a University short course in agriculture and applied what he had learned in his operations. He served on the town board and on the school board of his township for the past six years. The funeral is to be held Monday, 2 pm at Evangelical Church on North Baird Ave. and interment will be made in the church cemetery.

Tomhave genealogy by Rosalie Morrill: John's middle name is Carl. Dad died when I was 3 years old so I don't remember him. He had a farm in Carlisle Twp. which was the Tomhave Homestead and he was buying it from his father.

John J. Tomhave
Source: Fergus Falls Daily Journal, Saturday, March 29, 1952; contributed by Sheri Sexton


John J. Tomhave, one of the city's oldest pioneers, died early today at Wright Memorial hospital where he had been a patient since January. He was 93 years old. Born in Hanover, Germany, July 28, 1858, he came to the United States with his mother when he was 10 years old. His father, a mason, had come here earlier. Two years later he came to Friberg township in Otter Tail county. In 1884 he bought a farm in Fergus Falls township where he served as clerk of the school board and supervisor. The family moved to Fergus Falls in 1918. The home has been at 321 East Beech Avenue since 1919. The home was completely destroyed in the tornado in 1919. His daughter, Clara, her baby and a daughter-in-law, Mrs. A. W. Tomhave, were killed. His wife, who died April 17, 1942, was Carlena Schmidt before her marriage. They were the parents of seven children, five of whom are living.

His children are Lewis A. of Fergus Falls, Mrs. Anton (Mary) Schuetze of this city, Mrs. Anton (Emelie) Bjerkness of Fergus Falls, Albert W. of Seattle and Mrs. Bertha Pergande. He also leaves two sisters and three brothers, Mrs. Kate Holzbauer of Chinook, Mont., Mrs. Anna Kemmitz of Battle Lake, Louis of Fergus Falls, Albert of Erhard township and G. E. Tomhave of Esterville, Iowa. Mr. Tomhave was a member of the Trinity Lutheran church for many years. Funeral arrangements probably will be announced Monday.

Mrs. Jessie Turnbull
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Thursday, 23 Jan. 1913; transcribed by FoFG mz

John Turnbull, 1112 East Fifth street, returned from Fergus Falls last night with the body of his mother, Mrs. Jessie Turnbull, who died there Tuesday. The deceased had been at Fergus Falls a week when she was stricken. Her husband, William C. Turnbull, preceded her to the grave nearly four years ago. She never fully recovered from the shock of his death.

Three sons survive, John, William and Herbert Turnbull.

Ladislaus Wichlacz
Source: Perham Bulletin; submitted by

Ladislaus Wichlacz Died Oct 17 1918 In Bony Asine France
A Memorial Service For Laddie Wichlacz Will Be Held At St. Stanislaus Church
Friday Morning At 10 O'clock.

All Men Who Have Been In The Military Service Are Requested To Meet In Uniform, At Ben Lucking's Store At 9:30. They Will March From There To The Church Where Religious And Military Honors Will Be Done For The Brave Lad Whose Life Was Given For His Country And Civilization On The Field Of France.

Frances Zimmerman
Source: Daily Journal (Fergus Falls, Minn.) Friday, Jan. 3, 1975 - MZ - Sub by FoFG

Frances Zimmerman Services Pending
Mrs. Fred (Frances) Zimmerman, 79, resident of the Broen Memorial Home, died today at Lake Region Hospital. Services are pending with Nilson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls. [Daily Journal (Fergus Falls, Minn.) Friday, Jan. 3, 1975 - MZ - Sub by FoFG]

Fred Zimmerman
Source: Daily Journal (Fergus Falls, Minn.) Tuesday, Dec. 2, 1975 - MZ - Sub by FoFG

Fred Zimmerman rites Thursday
Fred Zimmerman, Fergus Falls, died Dec. 1 at the Broen Memorial Home at the age of 88. Services will be held on Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Church of Peace United Methodist, with the Rev. Donald Mielke officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Campbell.
Mr. Zimmerman was born at Little Falls on April 2, 1887. He lived in the Little Falls area until the age of 16 when his family moved to the Campbell area where they farmed. June 7, 1922, he married Frances Hanson at Campbell. They moved to the Jewett Lake area and farmed until 1967 when they moved into Fergus Falls. His wife died Jan. 3, 1975. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Everette (Valerie) Mohagen, Wendell; one son, Sterling, Fergus Falls; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Wednesday afternoon and evening at the Nilson Funeral Chapel, Fergus Falls.

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