Minnesota Genealogy and History

Pine County, Minnesota

 


Obituaries

Oscar Asklund
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Friday, 3 Sept. 1920; transcribed by FoFG mz

PINE CITY, Sept. 2. - Oscar Asklund, Sandstone, was killed here while trying to board a heavy government truck now being used on government road work. He was run over by the rear wheels. Death was instantaneous.

Asklund, 50 years old, had lived in Sandstone for more than 20 years. He had been a member of the school board and of the village council. He belonged to the Masons, Odd Fellows and Modern Woodmen of America.


Lyman Warren Ayes
Source:  Evening Public Ledger, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Wednesday, April 21, 1920, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

MINNESOTA'S FIRST WHITE CHILD DEAD AT 86.
LITTLE FALLS, Minn., April 21.-Lyman Warren Ayes, eighty-six years old, said to have been the first white child born in Minnesota, died last night of heart disease.  He was born in June, 1834, in what is now Pine county.  He fought in the Civil War, later becoming prominent as a surveyor and author.


E. E. Barnum
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Thursday, 22 Nov. 1906; transcribed by FoFG mz

SANDSTONE, Minn., Jan. 17. - Dr. E. E. Barnum, one of the oldest doctors of the county, who died at his home in Pine City after a short illness of pneumonia, was buried today. The deceased was one of the most highly respected citizens of that place and the report of his death came as a shock to his many friends through the country. He was a member of the A.O.U.W., K. P. and Eagle lodges, who sent beautiful floral designs to the funeral and attended in a body. Drs. Dredge and McEachern and C. L. Eaton of Sandstone, were among those who attended. Services were conducted from the Methodist church, Rev. Parish officiating.


J. Y. Breckenridge
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Wednesday, 28 Feb. 1917; transcribed by FoFG mz

PINE CITY, Feb. 27. - J. Y. Breckenridge, prominent business man of this place, died suddenly at home this afternoon. He had been ill only two days. His wife, now visiting in Beloit, has been notified of the death of her husband.

No funeral arrangements will be made until her return. Besides his wife he is survived by two sons, John and Clinton, and a daughter Helen. He was prominent in county politics for years and was postmaster here for over 20 years.


Thomas Collins
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Friday, August 12, 1910, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

Sandstone. Thomas Collins, a homesteader in the eastern part of Pine county, died early Tuesday morning from Bright's disease. He leaves a wife and four children, and was 38 years of age. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon and was conducted by Rev. W. S. Middlemass of the Presbyterian church.


Leila Davidson
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, February 18, 1912, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

Northwest Briefs
Sandstone, Minn.-The funeral of Miss Leila Davidson, the 17-year-old daughter of B. C. Davidson of Wilma township, was held yesterday. Rev. Fritz of the M. E. church officiating. This is a sad case, as her mother died about a month ago and her grandmother and a sister are also on the verge of death.


Anna K. Feyma
Source: Askov American - 2 May 1957 - Sub. by Marla Zwakman

Anna K. Feyma, 73, Sandstone, died April 23, Sandstone.


Gerben J. Feyma
Source: Askov American - 22 Oct. 1987 - Sub. by Marla Zwakman

Twenty-five Years Ago (October 25, 1962)
Gerben J. Feyma, 83, died at the Pine County Memorial hospital, Monday afternoon. In 1910 Mr. Feyma started a variety store on Main Street in Sandstone, until it was destroyed by fire February 3, 1962.


Mrs. G.K. Feyma
Source: Askov American - Thursday, 25 Apr. 1957 - Sub. by Marla Zwakman

Mrs. G. K. Feyma, 73, wife of the proprietor of the Sandstone Variety store, passed away Tuesday at the family home following a long illness. Last rites will be held from the Sandstone Congregational church Friday afternoon, April 26. The officiating pastor will be the Rev. D. M. Sterling and the Rev. Turner E. Talkason of the Sandstone community. Internment will be in the family lot in the Friesland cemetery.


John Feyma Source: Askov American - 19 Dec. 1918 - Sub. by Marla Zwakman
K. G. Feyma of Sandstone, received official notice from the Government this week that his son, John, who was 23 years old, had died in France on Thanksgiving day, death being due to pneumonia. John was in the large draft contingent which left Pine City on July 25.


K.G. FeymaSource: Askov American - 2 Apr. 1953 - Sub. by Marla Zwakman
Twenty-five Years Ago (March 29, 1928)
K. G. Feyma, age 78, one of the early pioneers of the Sandstone community died after a short illness with pneumonia. Survivors include three sons and three daughters.


Charles W. Finn
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer (Pennsylvania) Tuesday, January 26, 1897, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

DEATH ON THE RAILS.
Charles W. Finn Dies in His Berth in a Sleeper.
BUFFALO, N. Y., Jan. 23,-On the Lake Shore train which arrived here at 7:50 o'clock this morning was the corpse of Charles W. Finn, a passenger from Partridge, Pine county, Minn., who had died in his berth while the train was between Erie and Dunkirk. Mr. Finn had come from St. Paul where he had been treated for dropsy at St. Luke's Hospital. He was on his way to his sister, Mrs. R. J. Greiner, of Niagara Falls, N. Y.


Grace Franklin
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Saturday, 28 Dec. 1918) transcribed by FoFG mz

Miss Grace Franklin, aged 17, died Dec. 26. The body will be shipped to Pine City for burial.


Henry Fredrickson

Source: Duluth News-Tribune (20 Nov. 1915) contributed by Friends of Free Genealogy BZ

SANDSTONE, Minn.- Henry Fredrickson dropped dead at his home Thursday morning. Heart disease is given as the cause.


Ole Frederickson
Source: New Ulm Review (MN) Sept. 21, 1892, page 2; submitted by Robin Line

Ole Frederickson was killed by a Great Northern freight train at Sandstone, while attempting to board it. His body was cut to pieces. He leaves one child; his wife is dead. Frederickson was section foreman at Deadham on the Great Northern Railroad.


Mrs. J. P. Glovstad
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Saturday, 21 Dec. 1918; transcribed by FoFG mz

Funeral services for Mrs. J. P. Glovstad, 30, 2221 West Second street, who died Wednesday, following a brief illness, will be held at the family residence at 12:30 this afternoon. Body will be shipped to Pine City, Minn., for burial. Surviving are, her husband, her mother, Mrs. Nellie Miller of Pine City, and one sister, Mrs. C. O. Ellstrom of Grantsburg, Wis.


Francis Hartland

Source: The Hinckley News, Thurs., Dec. 17, 1936 - Sub. by Marla Zwakman

Francis Hartland, daughter of Nick, was born in East Grand Forks, MN, June 28, 1906. In 1911, she came with her father to the Friesland Community and lived with her Grandmother Zwackman. In 1924 she was married to Robert Thompson, who passed away. She then married Clarence White of St. Peter, MN.

She died on December 6, 1936, after a short illness. Nick was with her the last few days of her illness. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, father, and three children, Edith, Donald and Jerry, and one brother Martin.


Roy Holm
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Thursday, 22 Nov. 1906; transcribed by FoFG mz

PINE CITY, Minn., Nov. 21. - Roy Holm was drowned in Pokegama lake near Wilkes' summer resort last night. The body was recovered this morning. The lad was out with a skating party and attempted to cross a strip of thin ice. This is the second drowning in one day in the waters about Pine City.


Kane Brothers
[Source: Aberdeen Daily News (SD) Friday, December 26, 1890; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Two Toughs Resist an Officer and are Fatally Shot.
ST PAUL, Dec. 25-The Pioneer Press correspondent at Hinckley, Minn., telegraphs that paper of a double tragedy that occurred there to-day. Three of the Kane boys visited the place, having gone there from their camp in the lumber regions and at once proceeded to get intoxicated. Becoming troublesome they were placed under arrest by Marshal Booth. Two of them resisted arrest and set upon the officer trying to escape and also to punish him for the arrest. He shot both through the head, one dying instantly, the other lingering a few hours and then dying. They were tough characters and had defied every one. The surviving one was placed in jail. They were single men and hail from Hastings, Minn. Their bodies lay in the hospital awaiting the result of the coroner's inquest. Marshal Booth gave himself up to Sheriff McLaughlin.


William Kelsey
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Wednesday, 24 Nov. 1915) transcribed by FoFG mz

William Kelsey, a pioneer resident of Pine City, died at St. Luke's hospital yesterday following a short illness. The body is at Crawford's morgue. Relatives from Pine City will take the body back today.


Adelaide Kincaid
Source: Anaconda Standard (Anaconda, MT) Tuesday, June 24, 1902; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

DRINK CAUSE OF DEATH
Verdict of Coroners Jury in Case of Mrs. Kincaid

THE END CAME SUDDENLY
Drank a Bottle of Whiskey, Choked and Fell Back Onto the Pillow of Her Bed a Corpse-Relatives in Minnesota.

It required but short deliberation for the jury of inquest convened by Coroner Johnson at Richards undertaking rooms yesterday morning to decide that the death of Mrs. Adelaide Kincaid was due to an overindulgence in alcoholic stimulants. The verdict of the jury was strictly in accordance with the testimony of the witnesses, and the statements of the latter were the same as they gave out for publication in the Standard of Sunday morning. The remains are held at the undertakers awaiting arrangements for the funeral.

Adelaide Kincaid died suddenly in room No. 2 of the Owl lodging house about 10:30 o'clock Saturday morning. She had been living with Thomas Hogan. Since the 17th of March she had been drinking heavily, and on Saturday morning was almost helplessly drunk. About 6:30 o'clock Saturday morning the woman procured a bottle of whiskey and drank freely of it until she became stupefied and went to sleep. She awakened about 10:30 o'clock and took the drink which was her last. Immediately after swallowing the liquor the Kincaid woman began to choke and was nauseated. She fell out of the bed and when pulled back by Hogan was dead.

It is probable the funeral of the Kincaid woman will be here, in Butte. Word has been received by Undertaker Richards from a brother of the dead woman in Bruno, Minn., asking that the body be interred here. It is understood the brother will stand the expenses of the funeral, but in the event he does not, friends will. A movement was started yesterday to raise by subscription, a sufficient sum to give the body Christian burial.


H. La Prairie
Source: New Ulm Review (MN) Aug. 3, 1892; submitted by Robin Line

H. La Prairie, a half-breed, was shot at Rush Lake, 30 miles from Hinckley, by his son-in-law, Jos. Rondeau, dying in 25 minutes. Rondeau fired three shots, the last one proving fatal.


Maylone
Source: Askov American (6 Apr. 1916) ; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

BRUNO
The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Maylone died Wednesday at their home in Minneapolis. The body was brought to the home of Mrs. Maylone and laid to rest in the Swedish cemetery. Rev. Barr preached the funeral service.


Gust Meyer
Source: Askov American - 2 May 1957 - Sub. by Marla Zwakman

Gust Meyer, 79, Duquette, died April 20, Kerrick.


Annie Christena Nelson
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, January 7, 1912, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

Northwest Briefs
Bruno, Minn.-Annie Christena Nelson died this week. Mrs. Nelson was born in Denmark in February, 1830. She came with her husband and family to Redwood county, Minn., in 1893 and moved to Bruno in 1903, where she has since made her home with her son, A. H. Nelson.


Ronald Thomas Newey
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Saint Louis County, Minn.) 6 Feb. 2009; submitted by Marla Zwakman

Abstract: Died: Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009 St. Mary's Medical Center, Duluth
Born: August 15, 1943 South Wales, Australia
Parents: Ronald Ernest Newey & Lucy Merle Wynne
Preceded in death by his parents and son, Brett John Newey
Children: Scott (Esa) Newey of Australia; Jeninne Marks of Australia; Connie (Henry) Jandrich of St. Paul
Siblings: Joy (Leigh) Aitkins of Australia & Laurel (Barry) Giles of New Zealand
Aunt: Edna Klein of Australia
9 grandchildren: Joel, Daniel, Emma, Travis, Max, Oliver, Gabriel, Toby & Harry


George Irwin Nickerson
Source: Seattle Daily Times (WA) Sunday, January 8, 1839; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Funeral services for George Irwin Nickerson, 79 years old, a railroad agent and telegrapher for the Great Northern and Northern Pacific Railways for fifty years, were held yesterday afternoon at Chittenden Funeral Home, Kent. The Rev. C. Miller of Des Moines Methodist Church, officiated. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park. Mr. Nickerson died Thursday at his home at Angle Lake.

A native of Joliet, Mr. Nickerson came to Washington State in 1913, from Cyrus, Minn. Surviving are his widow, also a resident of Angle Lake, and three sons, Claude I. An Leslie R., of Seattle, and John M. of Nickerson, Minn.


John Olson
Source: Albert Lea Enterprise, Albert Lea, MN, March 27, 1890; submitted by Robin Line
John Olson, a lumberman employed in a Kettle river camp, while felling a tree was struck on the head by a limb. He died in the sleigh while being taken to Hinckley. He was 30 years of age and single.


Nick Peterson
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, September 17, 1911; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

DYNAMITE EXPLOSION RESULTS IN FATALITY.
Bruno, Minn., Sept. 16.-Nick Peterson, forman for M. W. Barnard, on the Frederick Duluth extension of the Soo line was instantly killed Thursday by an explosion of dynamite.

He was foreman in No. 1 rock cut and took personal charge of the blasting. It appears he loaded a drillhole and exploded a small charge for the purpose of enlarging the hole for a greater charge of dynamite and then started retreating. Immediately after the first explosion, through some unexplainable means, his second charge exploded blowing his head and one arm off.

As far as is known he has no relatives in this country. The body was buried at Hinckley yesterday.


Sena Postma
Source: Askov American - 23 Feb. 1956 - Sub. by Marla Zwakman

Sena Postma, 73, Sandstone, died January 9, Rush City.


Mrs. Clement Richards
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (10 Feb. 1920) contributed by Friends of Free Genealogy
SANDSTONE—Mrs. Clement Richards, who died here Saturday from tuberculosis, were, held Monday. Her husband and three children survive.


H. H. Rolfe
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Thursday, 1 Dec. 1898) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Pine City, Minn., Dec. 1. - H. H. Rolfe was found dead in bed this morning. He worked all day yesterday and was apparently well last night. He was 75 years old, had lived twenty years in Pine City and was unmarried.


Elijah L. Seavey
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Friday, 23 Nov. 1917; transcribed by FoFG mz

PINE CITY, Nov. 22. - Captain Elijah L. Seavey died at the family home here Wednesday night following an illness of several months, when he suffered a stroke of paralysis and never recovered fully.

He was born at Crawford, Me., in 1884. He moved to Pine City in 1890.

He is survived by his wife and four children, Stanton and Custer, Mrs. Knight and Mrs. Williams.


Dave Skunk
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (7 July 1905) contributed by Friends of Free Genealogy
 BZ

Indian Murdered in Row over Shirt
SANDSTONE. Minn., July 6.—As a result of an argument as to the relative merits of a 49-cent black sateen shirt and one sold at 50 cents, one Indian, lies dead in his tepee at the native settlement north of Sandstone Lake 9 miles west of Sandstone and another is in the lockup here, charged with murder.

The dead Indian is Dave Skunk, and his alleged slayer is John Ashawa. They had been having: a protracted Fourth of July celebration when the dispute regarding the wearing apparel arose at 7 o'clock Wednesday morning.

Ashawa hit Skunk over the head with a whiffletree crushing his skull and rendering: him unconscious. He died at 7 o'clock this morning.

Coroner Cowan held inquest and Deputy Sheriff Heisler arrested Ashawa. The federal authorities have been notified to take charge of the prisoner, who belongs on White Earth, reservation.


F. E. Smith
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Tuesday, 11 Feb. 1913; transcribed by FoFG mz

VIRGINIA, Minn., Feb. 10. - Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Greeley left at noon today for Pine City on receipt of the news that their old neighbor and friend, F. E. Smith, had died and that the funeral would be held there Tuesday. Mr. Smith had resided in Pine City for 16 years and was engaged in the hardware and implement business. He was the father of Mrs. Perkins, wife of Paul Perkins, now of Brainerd, well known in Virginia several years ago when he was with the Duluth, Rainy Lake & Winnipeg road.


Betty J. Steltenpohl
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) 2001; contributed by Ron Flink & transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Betty J. Steltenpohl, 70, of W6540 County Highway H in Neillsville, died at 2:50 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001, at St. Joseph's Palliative Care Unit in Marshfield.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Rembs/Kundinger Funeral Home with Rev. Peter K. Muschinske, pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday, both at the funeral home.

She was born May 12, 1931, in Easton, Colo. to Ira and Isabel (nee Rogers) Whipple. She married Elmer L. Steltenpohl on Dec. 17, 1949 in Pine City, Minn.

As a child Betty moved to the Chili area with her parents. She and her husband owned and operated the Edgetown Drive-in restaurant in Greenwood for several years. Betty enjoyed fishing, gardening and watching wildlife. She dearly loved her family and her little friend, Mitzy.

Surviving are her husband, Elmer Steltenpohl; her children Denis (Debbie) Steltenpohl of Wautoma and their children, Amy (Tim) Handel and their children, Seth and Tanner Handel and Jason Steltenpohl and his daughter, Bayley; Jerold (Diane) Steltenpohl of Gwinn, Mich., and their children, Jason and Gregory (Heather) Steltenpohl; Dabby (Dave) Marty of Marshfield and their daughter, Alanna. She is further survived by her brothers and sisters, Richard (Ardie) Whipple of Hartford, Robert (Carol) Whipple of Downers Grove, Fla., Jerry (Eldora) Whipple of Mosinee, Ronald Whipple of Texas, Louise Wagner of Hartford and Rosie Brandt of Medford; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents and by two brothers and two sisters.


John F. Stone
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Tuesday, 30 May 1911; transcribed by FoFG mz

RUSH CITY, Minn., May 29. - Colonel John F. Stone of the Rush City Post died at Pine City this morning after an illness of several weeks. Deceased was 72 years of age, a native of Maine, a pioneer settler of Pine City, formerly proprietor of the Pioneer hotel, a veteran of the Civil war and for the last nine years has been associated in the publication of the Rush City Post at Rush City.


Donald Thompson
Source: newspaper unknown; submitted by Marla Zwakman

Abstract: Died: Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009 in Hinckley
Born: October 31, 1927 in Friesland, Pine County, Minnesota
Parents: Robin & Frances Thompson
Robin died in August of 1929 and Frances died in December of 1936
Grandparents: Mr. and Mrs. Nick Hartland
Sister: Edythe (deceased)
Military: U.S. Navy World War II
Marriage: Marcella Rudenick
Children: Gary (Rae), Dennis (Denise) & Dianne (John) Ksiazek
8 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren
Employed at: Federal Bureau of Prisons at Sandstone
Member of the Presbyterian Church, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars
Sibling: Jerry (Gin)
Internment: Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Friesland.


Claus E. Toering
Source: Askov American - 2 May 1957 - Sub. by Marla Zwakman

Claus E. Toering, 71, Hinckley, died April 19, Hinckley.


Andrew Turner
Source: The Princeton Union (Princeton, MN) - Thursday, July 25, 1901; transcribed by Jim Dezotell

Andrew Turner, an old man, was stabbed several times during a quarrel at Sandstone Tuesday night. He was taken to St. Paul for surgical treatment, but died in the hospital. His assailant is in custody.


E. T. Wettmaack and Four Children
Source: The Hutchinson News (KS) July 24, 1925; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

SECTION FOREMAN AND 4 CHILDREN DIE IN FIRE.
Superior, Wis., July 24.-(AP)-E. T. Wettmaack, "Soo" Line section foreman at Harlis, Minn., about 26 miles from Superior, and his four children lost their lives in a fire which destroyed the section house this morning.

Mrs. Wettmaack, suffering from prostration, was taken to a St. Paul Hospital.

The fire was caused by the explosion of a kerosene lamp.


Gerrit Zwakman
Source: Askov American (Askov, Pine County, Minn.) Thursday, 3 Feb. 1938 - Sub. by Marla Zwakman

Gerrit Zwakman, who had been a resident of Sandstone for several years, passed away Saturday after a month's last illness.
Mr. Zwakman was born in Skoorl, Holland, on Nov. 10, 1857 and in 1878 was united in marriage to Elizabeth Schenk, a widow with three children. The family moved to the United States in April, 1890, and came direct to Minneapolis where they resided for five years. Mr. Zwakman was the first settler who arrived at Friesland during the land boom of the St. Paul & Duluth Railway Co. That boom brought many settlers to northern Pine county and Mr. Zwakman operated a boarding house for a short time in Friesland and the house still stands there.

In 1896 Mr. Zwakman purchased a farm which he operated until 1920 when he moved into Sandstone where he had resided since. His first wife died in 1924. To their union were born three children, Martin of Superior, Wis., Catherine of Minneapolis, and Jennie of Detroit, Mich. Mr. Zwakman also reared the step-children, who are well-known in the Sandstone community as Nick Hartland of Friesland, Mrs. Herman DeBoer of Fresno, Calif., and Mrs. Jake Feyma of Ventura, Calif. He is survived by, besides the above mentioned family, a sister, Mrs. Cornelia Gruhle of Corona, Calif.; one sister, Gretchen, in Holland. Also his widow (formerly Mrs. Jane Reynolds of Hinckley) whom he married in 1927.


Mrs. Frank Webber
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Thursday, 19 Nov. 1896) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Pine City, Minn. - Mrs. Frank Webber of this place died last night of heart failure. She was an old resident of this county.


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