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Mrs. M. G. Baird
Source: Grand Forks Herald (8 July 1920) Transcribed and contributed by AFOFG FC

Another well known Polk County resident passed away Wednesday with the death of Mrs. M. G. Baird. Mrs. Baird, who has lived just north of town for the past several years, died at a Crookston Hospital as the result of cancer. Funeral services will be held at the First Methodist Church, Friday morning with Rev. L. E. Shawl officiating. Deceased is survived by two sons. She was 50 years old and formerly resided at Manchester, IA


Harold R. Bakken
Source: Seattle Daily Times (Seattle, WA) Thursday, July 5, 1956; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Funeral services for Harold R. Bakken, 48, of 3704 S. 126th St., will be held at 1:30 o'clock Saturday in the Riverton Heights Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Riverton Crest. He died Tuesday after a brief illness.

Born in Fosston, Minn., Mr. Bakken had lived in Seattle 15 years. He was a maintenance mechanic for the Elliott Bay Lumber Co.

Mr. Bakken was a member of the International Association of Machinists, Local 289; Delta Lodge No. 172, F. & A. M., and was a charter member of the Riverton Heights Church.

Surviving are his wife, Alice; two sons, Harold B. Bakken and Roger A. Bakken, both of Seattle; six sisters, Mrs. Elvira Christiansen, Mrs. Sylvia Mabon and Mrs. Ida Zrebiec, all of Seattle; Mrs. Anna Olson of Shevlin, Minn.; Mrs. Thelma Tofte, of Tofte, Minn., and Mrs. Murial Nyhus, Grand Forks, N. D., and a brother, T. M. Bakken, Fosston.


A. C. Barret
[Source: New Ulm Review (MN) October 26, 1892, page 6; submitted by Robin Line]

A. C. Barret, agent of the Minnesota & Northwestern Elevator Company at Newman warehouse, six miles north of Grand Forks, on the Minnesota side of the river, suicided by shooting himself with a revolver, the ball entering the forehead. Barret formerly lived at Langdon. Despondency and ill health the cause.


William Bloom
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Wednesday, 14 Mar. 1900; transcribed by FoFG mz

CROOKSTON, Minn., March 13. – William Bloom, a prominent real estate dealer of this city, died at 10 o’clock this morning of consumption. He left Crookston several months ago, hoping that a change of climate would be beneficial.


Lucille Coauette
Source: Crookston Daily Times (MN) - December 17, 2009- submitted by a FoFG (NW)

Lucille Coauette, 94, of Crookston, Minnesota, died peacefully early Wednesday morning, December 16, 2009 in the Riverview Hospital in Crookston, with all of her children at her side.

Lucille was born on May 3, 1915, at Terrebonne, Minnesota, the daughter of Edmond and Agnes (Thibert) Jolly. She was raised in Terrebonne and attended country school. Lucille was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. On June 30, 1936, Lucille was united in marriage to Wilfred D. Coauette at Terrebonne, Minnesota. The couple made their home in rural Crookston, where together they worked on the farm and raised their ten children. Lucille was a wonderful cook and she spent many hours preparing meals. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. Lucille enjoyed working in her garden and was an excellent sewer. She always loved spending time with her Birthday Club buddies, visiting and sharing stories. Sadly, Wilfred passed away on November 8, 1980. Lucille was a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception parish, and was a 50 year member of the Eagles Auxiliary. She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who shared in her life.

Loving family members include ten children, Richard (Faye) Coauette of Ft. Mill, SC, Robert (Gayle) Coauette of Burbank, CA, Duane (Judy) Coauette of Crookston, MN, Kenneth (Sherry) Coauette of East Grand Forks, MN, Mylon (Patricia) Coauette of Crookston, Vickie (Kenneth) Borg of Harwood, ND, Ronnie (Carol) Coauette of Mentor, MN, Randy (Suzie) Coauette of Crookston, Bonnie (Bill ) LaPlante of Fergus Falls, MN and Timmy (Robynn) Coauette of Crookston; thirty-two grandchildren; fifty-two great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister, Bernice Sauer of Grand Forks, ND; sisters-in-law, Laura Jolly of Red Lake Falls, MN, Frannie Jolly of Circle Pines, MN, Edith Coauette and Doris Coauette, both of Crookston; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives. Besides her husband, Wilfred, Lucille was preceded in death by her parents, Edmond and Agnes Jolly; three brothers, Bernard, Andrew and Vern; and two sisters, Beulah and Simone.

The funeral service for Lucille Coauette will be held at 10:30 am, Saturday, December 19, 2009, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, Minnesota, with The Very Rev. Bob Schreiner, presiding. Visitation will be at the Cathedral on Friday from 5-7:00 pm, with a 7:00 pm, prayer service, and also at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting with funeral arrangements.


Mrs. Joseph Dorsey
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Monday, 13 June 1921; transcribed by FoFG mz

Funeral services for Mrs. Joseph Dorsey, wife of late Joseph Dorsey, who died Saturday at St. Vincent hospital, Crookston, will be held Monday morning at the Crookston Catholic church. Tuesday morning the remains will be shipped to Duluth on the Great Northern train. The funeral procession will be from the Union depot and the body will be taken to Calvary cemetery for burial.


C. E. Engstrom
Source: Grand Forks Herald (1918-05-05) Transcribed and contributed by AFOFG FC

Engstrom Funeral Held
Mentor, Minnesota Man. Died at Poplar, Montana
Funeral services were held Friday at Mentor, Minn., for C. E. Engstrom, who died Tuesday at Poplar, Mont., where he had lived for ten years.
His brother, Frank Engstrom, and family of this city attended the ceremonies. Mr. and Mrs. Turn of Crookston, brother-in-law and sister of Mr. Engstrom, also attended. Rev. Mr. Erickson of Crookston officiated.
A wife and six children survive him. He was a prominent member of the Odd Fellows at Poplar, Mont., and the lodge there held services before the remains were shipped to Minnesota.


Mrs. George Flaten
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (10 Feb. 1920) submitted by Friends for Free Genealogy BZ

CROOKSTON - Mrs. George Flaten; deputy county treasurer of Polk county and for 15 years a resident of the county, died from a complication of diseases.


Percy Fox
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Wednesday, 29 Nov. 1911; transcribed by FoFG mz

MANTORVILLE, Minn., Nov. 28. – Percy Fox, aged 26, a locomotive fireman of Fosston, Minn., was killed today when a Chicago & North-western freight train was wrecked near here, the engine falling from a 20-foot trestle. Engineer Brayman and Brakeman E. Long and G. P. Spentle of Waseca were injured seriously.


Frank R. Hamel
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Thursday, 1 July 1920; transcribed by FoFG mz

CROOKSTON, June 30. – Frank R. Hamel, Crookston pioneer and prominent in religious and fraternal circles is dead.


Charles Hanson
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Monday, 27 Feb. 1905; transcribed by FoFG mz

CROOKSTON, Minn., Feb. 26. – A message was received here today of the death of Charles Hanson, a well known resident of Garvick, a small town two miles from Twin Valley. The details of the affair could not be learned further than that Hanson had been crushed to death between a house that was being moved and a large tree standing on one side of the roadway. Deceased was a married man and leaves several children.

In connection with the sad affair a rumor was current at Twin Valley to the effect that it was a case of suicide, but nothing definite could be learned to substantiate that theory. In connection with the same story, however, it is said there will be developments when the affair is investigated that may be of a sensational nature.

Nothing further regarding the case could be learned from Twin Valley. Hanson’s body was badly mutilated.


Ruth Harmon
Source: Grand Forks Herald (ND) August 29, 1997; contributed by Jim Dezotell

Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND) - Friday, August 29, 1997

Ruth Harmon, 60, 1103 20th St. N.W., East Grand Forks, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 1997, in Williston, N.D.

Ruth Ellis was born July 28, 1937, the daughter of Joseph Charles and Bessie (Manley) Ellis, in Sisseton, in Sisseton, a d in 1950, moved to Shevlin, Minn. She graduated from Bagley (Minn.) High School and attended nurse's training in Rochester, Minn. She married Kenton Harmon on June 30, 1956, in Bagley. They moved to East Grand Forks in 1959. She worked in the hotel industry in the Greater Grand Forks area in sales and managing for 20 years. She recently worked in the tri-state area as an eyeware consultant in the optical industry.

She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Denise (Dean) Swatlowski, Grand Forks; sons, Mark (Linda) and Jerry (Maureen), both of Grand Forks, Jeff (Ginny), Brainerd, Minn., and Kirby (Lisa), Bemidji; 10 grandchildren; her parents, Shevlin; and sisters, Ramona Gravdahl, Grand Forks, Muriel Gerber, Oman, Colleen Harmon, Milan, Ill, Joan Huseby, Bemidji, Faith Ann Roberts, Proctor, Minn., and Dawn Retting, Profit Town, Ill.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Nola Ellis.

Services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday in Our Savior's Lutheran Church, East Grand Forks.

Visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. today, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, in Stennes Funeral Home, East Grand Forks.

Burial in Resurrection Cemetery, East Grand Forks.


John K. Henry
Source: The Princeton union., November 03, 1921, Page 10

When the 181st brigade of the 91st division made its celebrated attack upon the town of Gesnes, France, on September 29, 1918, and drove the German line farther forward than any other American division, one of those who died gamely fighting was John K. Henry, sturdy Minnesotan. Up at Anchorage, Alaska, his buddies have banded together and named the first post there "The John K. Henry Legion Post." Last week, in a little country cemetery, near Mallory, Minn., the remains of John K. Henry were laid to rest.


Mrs. J. E. Johnson
[Source: Mower County Transcript (Lansing, MN) July 29, 1885, page 1; submitted by Robin Line]

At Starbuck, Minn., Mrs. J.E. Johnson was killed by lightning Monday evening.


Mrs. D. C. Jorgenson
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Wednesday, 26 Jan. 1916; transcribed by FoFG mz

CROOKSTON, Minn., Jan. 25. – J. J. Ide arrived here today with the body of his mother, Mrs. D. C. Jorgenson, who died at Harris, Minn., Saturday. The deceased was 92 years of age and was grandmother of Mrs. J. R. Walters, and great-grandmother of Mrs. W. A. Lyon of this city.

Mrs. Jorgenson outlived two of her three children, Mrs. Fred Davis who died in Washington and Mrs. T. B. McMahon at Stephen a year ago. J. J. Ide, the only child living, is 72 years of age.

Funeral arrangements will be made tomorrow. Friends of the late Mrs. Jorgenson viewed the body at Chesterman’s undertaking parlors today.


L. G. Larson
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Wednesday, 21 July 1920; transcribed by FoFG mz

CROOKSTON, July 20. – The body of L. G. Larson, Crookston carpenter, was found in a ditch near Shelly, with his wrecked automobile nearby. His neck and back had been broken. It is not known how the auto was wrecked.

Larson was born in Sweden 58 years ago and came to the United States in 1888.


William Marin
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Friday, 27 Dec. 1912; transcribed by FoFG mz

CROOKSTON, Minn., Dec. 26. – William Marin, aged 51 years, died at his home in Crookston yesterday of cancer of the stomach, with which he had suffered for the past eight months.

Mr. Marin was a pioneer resident of Polk county, moving to Crookston from Onstad township 12 years ago. He served as representative in the state legislature from Polk county for two terms, having been elected in 1896 and 1898, and made a good record, but after completing his second term, retired from politics, though he always took an active interest in political affairs.

He leaves a widow, three daughters, Maude, Hattie and Mary, and three sons, Claude, Arthur and Douglas, all residing at home.


Anton Micelson
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, 14 Sept. 1890; transcribed by FoFG mz

CROOKSTON, Sept. 13. – Anton Micelson, while crossing the Great Northern tracks, in a buggy this morning, was struck by an engine and instantly killed.


Eben Morgan
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Thursday, 26 Dec. 1901) transcribed by FoFG MZ

CROOKSTON, Minn., Dec. 25. – Eben Morgan, one of the old settlers of the township of Esther, died at his home yesterday. He was a single man, seventy-one years of age, wealthy, and respected by all. Deceased was a native of Maine, and later spent many years in Pennsylvania, where he was interested in oil wells. Relatives have been summoned from Wisconsin, and the funeral will be held tomorrow.


August Nelson
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Saturday, 13 May 1916) transcribed by FoFG mz

Funeral services over the remains of August Nelson, the pioneer resident of Polk county, who died at his home at 510 Ramsey street, Wednesday afternoon, will be held at the family residence at 12:30 today, and from the Zion Lutheran church in Grand Forks at 1 o'clock.

The pallbearers will be O. A. Thoreson, O. B. Dahl, Louis Gilbertson, L. E. Larson, E. Arneson, H. H. Flaten, O. O. Hoff, and O. T. Onnland. Internment will be made in the Grand Marais cemetery.


Nelson Children
[Source: The Hastings Conserver (MN) Thursday, May 21, 1863; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

POISONED TO DEATH.-Mr. Stephen Rowcleffe informs us that, on Tuesday last, two children of Mr. Magnus Nelson, and two Norwegian children, residing in the town of Sterling, were poisoned by eating wild parsnips. Two died almost immediately, and the others after a very short illness. This is a very sad affair. The oldest was a girl of about 15 years of age. The Norwegians are among the emigrants that came into the country last year. - Polk County Press.


Rose Noeseu
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, 30 July 1916; transcribed by FoFG mz

CROOKSTON, July 29 – An apoplectic stroke caused by excessive heat killed Mrs. Rose Noeseu, age 74, this morning.


John W. O'Brien
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Monday, 22 Sept. 1919; transcribed by FoFG mz

CROOKSTON, Sept. 21. – Funeral services for John W. O’Brien, 71, pioneer, will be held tomorrow morning at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Death came Saturday morning at the O’Brien residence, 302 South Ash street. He had been ill for a year.

O’Brien came to Minnesota in 1867. He was employed by the Great Northern and Northern Pacific Railway companies until 1876 when he entered business here as the founder of the J. E. O’Brien Hardware company.


William Roy
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Wednesday, 5 Feb. 1913; transcribed by FoFG mz

CROOKSTON, Minn., Feb. 4. – Father William Roy, a well known priest of this section of Minnesota, died at Blackduck of old age yesterday.

He was born in Quebec, Canada, and came to this state as a pioneer priest, having been a priest for the last 46 years. He was 70 years of age at the time of his death.

Father Roy was well liked by his parishoners, and is very well known because of his having had parishes at Duluth, Lambert, Terrebonne and Blackduck. He was granted the parish of Blackduck just a short time ago by Bishop Corbett on account of ill health, this parish not being so large as at Lambert and the work being less strenuous.

The funeral took place at the cathedral here at 10 o’clock today, this being the first requiem high mass held here.


William E. Schultz

Donald Haugen

Marvin Duncan

Orville Rolf

Clark Hoidahl
Source: Omaha World Herald (Omaha, NE) Thursday, March 21, 1957; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Trio Electrocuted in Crash-Rescue Try

Bejou, Minn. (IP)-Five persons were killed, three by electrocution in a futile rescue attempt early Thursday after a car smashed into a power line pole near here.

Six other persons were injured. Two persons died in the crash and the three others were killed trying to pull the bodies out of the car after it landed in a water-filled ditch.

There were eight passengers in the car, driven by William E. Schultz, 27, Winger, Minn., who was killed. Donald Haugen, 20, Winger, was the other crash victim.

The impact of the crash snapped hot power lines and dangled them into the water where the car landed.

Killed trying to aid the victims were Marvin Duncan, 18, Fosston, Minn., Orville Rolf, Fosston, a passenger in young Duncan's car, and Clark Hoidahl, 21, Winger.

Sheriff Harold Nystrom said the Schultz car knocked down a cable carrying 33 thousand volts. The cable became entwined with one of the car's wheels.

Mr. Schultz and young Haugen were electrocuted in the car, Sheriff Nystrom said. "It's a miracle that the other six got out," he added.

They escaped by climbing to the top of the car and leaping over the deadly water to dry ground.


Paul Sletten
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Friday, 11 July 1884) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Paul Sletten, who died at Crookston on Tuesday, was one of the best know if not the most influential Norwegians in the Northwest. So well is the name known in his native land that many Norwegians leave there and come directly to him, some of them believing that he owned the lands which are obtained through the land office at Crookston, and that he gave them to his countrymen because they are poor. His death removes a leading man.


Robert Teal
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Saturday, 23 Nov. 1907) transcribed by FoFG MZ

CROOKSTON, Minn., Nov. 22. – Robert Teal of Euclid died at his home at that place this morning after an illness of two weeks. Mr. Teal came to the Red River valley in 1879 and is therefore one of the early pioneers of this part of the state.

He was 53 years of age at the time of his death, which was caused by peritonitis. He was a native of Ontario and removed directly to Euclid from that place 38 years ago. He is survived by his wife and three children, all grown up.


Armond Gilbert Tillman
Source: Crookston Daily Times (MN) - April 6, 2009 - submitted by a FoFG (NW)

Armond Gilbert Tillman, 85, of Crookston, Minnesota, died Wednesday evening, April 1, 2009 in the RiverView Care Center in Crookston. Armond was born in Terrebonne Township, near Red Lake Falls, Minnesota, on December 14, 1923, the son of Emil G. and Ella L. (Marwitz) Tillman. He was baptized and confirmed in the St. John's Lutheran Church. Armond grew up on the family farm and attended the Wildwood District #208 Country School in rural Red Lake Falls. In 1943 he graduated from Lafayette High School in Red Lake Falls. In October of 1943, he entered the military where he honorably served in the European Theater of operations. After the war ended, Armond was transferred stateside where he was stationed at Governor's Island in New York. After his honorable discharge in 1946, he returned to the family farm and worked for a short while at Swift Electric out of Wadena, Minnesota then for the Arvig brother's out of Wheaton, Minnesota. After his marriage to Bethel "Becky" Grovum on October 13, 1950, Armond went to work for the city of Thief River Falls and later moved to Hibbing (MN) where he worked for a mining company. The couple returned to Thief River Falls after several years. In 1958, Armond started working for the State of Minnesota and he and Becky moved to Crookston in 1961. He retired from the State as a Traffic Supervisor in 1985. Sadly, Becky passed away on March 20. 1998. Armond was a long-time member of Trinity Lutheran Church and belonged to V.F.W. Post 1906 and American Legion Post #20. He had served as Commander of the V.F.W. and also served as District #9 Adjutant. Blessed be the memory of Armond G. Tillman.

Armond is survived by one brother, Dennis (Kathy) Tillman of Dilworth, MN; as well as other relatives and friends. Besides his wife, Becky, Armond was preceded in death by his parents; and a daughter, Judith Ann Tillman.

The funeral service for Armond G. Tillman will be held at 3:30 pm on Monday, April 6, 2009 in the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, MN, with Rev. Jo Gast, officiating. Visitation will be for one hour before the funeral. Military honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council. Interment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston.


D. H. Turner
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, 11 July 1920) transcribed by FoFG mz

CROOKSTON, July 10 – D. H. Turner, for 48 years a traveling salesman and for 32 years a resident of Crookston, is dead.


J. D. Turner
Source: Grand Forks Herald (8 July 1920) Transcribed and contributed by AFOFG FC

Lifelong Resident of Minnesota Dies at Crookston Home

Crookston, Minn., July 7. -- The death of J. D. Turner of this city Wednesday marked the passing of one of the oldest residents in Minnesota. Mr. Turner was born in St. Paul in 1857, making him a resident of Minnesota while it was still a territory. He was a traveling salesman for 48 years and a resident of Crookston for the past 32 years. Death was due to heart failure.

Mr. Turner is survived by a widow and three daughters. Funeral arrangements have not yet been completed, as word is awaited from out of town relatives. Burial will be made at the Crookston Cemetery, however.

Mr. Turner was well known throughout the state, his long residence and constant travelings creating a wide acquaintance. He was a member of the Crookston Episcopal Church and gave much time to projects for their purpose the beautification of Crookston. He had been in ill health for the past four years.


Albert Welte
Source: The Havre Daily News (MT) September 5, 1944; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

WELTE SERVICE TO BE AT HINGHAM WED.
Albert Welte, long a farmer in Hill county, will be laid to rest following services at the Woodmen's hall in Hingham Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock. Mr. Welte passed away at his home Sunday night.

Mr. Welte was born March 28, 1872 at Cologne, Iowa and lived for a number of years in White Earth, Minn. He was married to Miss Mattie Belle Sprague at Sharon, N. D., in 1903 and the couple came to Montana in 1906. Until 1910, Mr. Welte farmed at Plains, coming to the Hingham community in 1906 where he had since made his home.

In addition to his widow he is survived by a son, Norman Welte, AAA chairman here, two daughters, Mrs. Lawrence Flix, Hingham, and Miss Evelyn Welte of Washington, D. C.

Also left to mourn his passing are a sister, Sister M. Eushia of Hibbing, Minn., and two brothers, Henry Welte of Crookston and George Welte of Lengby, Minn. Four grandchildren also survive.

 

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