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Obituaries and Death Notices

Unnamed Death
Source: The St. Cloud Journal (MN) 26 Dec 1867, page 3; transcribed by Robin Line

Accidental Shooting
A few days since, while a young man residing at Grove Lake was creeping through some brush to shoot a squirrel, drawing his gun after him, the hammer caught and the gun was discharged, the ball entering his throat and coming out at the top of the head, causing instant death. I have not heard full particulars, but understand he was Norwegian about 20 years of age, and a very fine young man.

Mrs. Anna S. Anderson
Source: The Starbuck Times (MN) 26 Aug 1937, page 1; transcribed by Cheri Sletten

     Funeral services were conducted Wednesday last week for Mrs. Anna Anderson, 82 who passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Aaron Moberg near Lowry, Saturday August 14. Rev. A. M. Palmquist officiated at the rites which were held at the Moberg home.

     Three songs were sung at the service by Rev. and Mrs. Palmquist and Clarice Anderson. The pallbearers were Alfred Bjorklund, Arnold Swenson, Carl Johnson, Carl Moberg, Harry Bjorklund, and Axel Borg. Deceased was laid to rest beside her husband in the Swedish Mission cemetery.

     Deceased was born in Odenar, Sweden on March 25th, 1855. In 1880 she was united in marriage to Karl Anderson. Two years later they came to America and settled in Reno township where they made their home until Mr. Anderson's death in 1925. Since that time Mrs. Anderson lived with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Moberg. Two sons, Axel and Albin, Lowry and three daughters, Mrs. Alfred Bjorklund, Mrs. Aaron Moberg, Lowry and Mrs. Harry Peterson of Clothy mourn her death. Two brothers in Sweden also survive.

Mrs. Hans Barsness
Source: The Starbuck Times (Starbuck, MN) 8 Jul 1927; transcribed by Cheri Sletten

     Mrs. Hans Barsness died Sunday morning at the Old Peoples Home in Glenwood. She had suffered a stroke of appoplexy about four weeks ago, and lingered until Sunday.

     Funeral services were held at the Old Peoples Home on Wednesday at 1:30 and at the Immanuel church at 3 p. m. Rev. Forde officiating, assisted by Rev. M. N. Knutsen, superintendent of the Old Peoples Home. Rev. Forde sang a solo at the services.

     Mrs. Barsness was born at Sogn, Norway, December 27, 1853, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nels Stinson. She came to America with her parents at the age of one and a half years. They settled in Wisconsin and later moved to Pope county.

     On May 26, 1876, she was married to Hans Barsness by the Rev. Peter Reque. They settled on a homestead in Walden in 1877, where they resided until 1906 when they moved to Cyrus and resided there until 1924 when they moved to the Old Peoples Home.

     They had no children of their own but reared two girls, Mrs. Nyhagen of Bushnell, Florida and Alma Billehus, who died four years ago.

     She is survived by her husband, a brother, Peder of Frontier, Sask., and a sister, Carrie, of Glenwood.

Ole Erickson

Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (ND) Thursday, March 20, 1902; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Comrade Erickson, of Towner, Died Last Tuesday.
Herald Special.
Towner, N. D., March 19.-Comrade Ole Erickson died here at 1 a. m. Tuesday, March 18, of cancer of the stomach. An operation was performed in the Deaconess hospital, Grand Forks, by Dr. Engstad, of Grand Forks, and Newlove of Towner, two weeks ago, but the indications were that a fatal ending would be speedy. Deceased was born Dec. 23, 1844, in Valders, Norway; at 8 years of age he came to Stoughton, Wis., entered the army in 1865, in Company F, First Minnesota volunteers; was in Washington when Lincoln was shot; married Miss Hannah Eck in Iowa in 1866; came to Pope county, Minn., in 1867; came to Towner, McHenry county, N. D., in 1892; was charter member of Jerry Rusk post No. 42; was commander in 1901. All his children were present, Henry, ex-railroad commissioner; Marius, of Erickson & Ely, Rugby; Eddy, merchant, Rugby; Philippa, Mrs. Geo. Anderson, Cyrus, Minn.; Olga Sydney, our poor crippled son of the veteran, has been in a chair since shot by a playmate.

The funeral will be tomorrow, Rev. Tonneson of Minot, officiating at the house, Rev. McLaughlin in the in the church, and the G. A. R. at the grave.

Christ Hanson
Source: The Starbuck Times (MN) 26 Aug 1937, page 1; transcribed by Cheri Sletten

     Christ Hanson, bachelor farmer of Blue Mounds township, died at the Minnewaska Hospital Tuesday at 1 p.m. after an illness of about seven weeks.
     Funeral services will be conducted from the home of Mrs. Julius Hanson, Saturday, at 2 o'clock and from the East Zion Church at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. K. R. Palmer officiating. Burial will be at the East Zion cemetery.
     Deceased was born June 13, 1873 in Alamakee county, Iowa. When about two years old he was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Peter Pederson, Blue Mounds township with whom he lived until about eight years ago when he bought a farm in Blue Mounds. He was a member of the East Zion Church. Although he had a quiet retiring disposition, he had many friends, who will miss his friendly counsel.
     Surviving him are two sisters, Mrs. C.W. Burnhelm, Milaca; Clara, Chicago; a half sister, Beda, of Alamakee County, Iowa. Three brothers Martin, Peder and Julius and two sisters Christina and Anna have preceded him in death.

Hans Johnshoy
Source: The Starbuck Times (MN) 26 Aug 1937, page 1 column 2; transcribed by Cheri Sletten

Funeral Services For Hans Johnshoy To Be Friday

Hans Johnshoy, 90, one of the pioneer settlers of Pope county, died at 2 o'clock Wednesday morning at his home. His 90th birthday was on June 8th.
Funeral Services in English will be conducted at the Fron Church Friday morning at 10 o'clock after which the body will be taken to the Johnshoy farm home. Brief services will be conducted there at 1:30 p.m. by Rev. A.H. Belgum. At the services at the Immanuel Church at 2 o'clock, Rev. G.O. Forde will be in charge and will give the sermon in the English language. The Rt. Rev. I.T. Aastad of Detroit Lakes will deliver the sermon in the Norwegian language. Rev. Peter Troen will speak on behalf of the family.
Family photograph on page 8

Gillman Johnson
Source: New-York Tribune., December 26, 1918, Page 8 - KT - Sub by FoFG

Johnson, Gillman, Brooten (Died of Disease).

John Mittones
Anund Mittones
Stren Mittones
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, Thursday, May 13, 1915; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Bodies Found On Their Farm Near Lowry, Minn.-Evidences of Struggle.

Minneapolis, May 12.-The bodies of three brothers were found tonight on their farm near Lowry, Minn., 100 miles west of here. They had been dead for three days and murdered by being clubbed to death. They were John, Anund and Stren Mittones. The bodies were found by John Christianson, a neighbor. One was lying near the barn, and the other two were in the kitchen of the house. Evidences of a struggle were found.

Sheriff Gilbertson of Pope county immediately organized a small posse and started on the hunt of the slayer. Aid was asked of the Minneapolis police department and it is probable two detectives will be sent there to-morrow.

It is not believed the murderer was after money as a large amount was found in a coat of one of the men hanging on the wall near where the bodies were found.

Sam Morrow and Annie Morrow
Source: Jackson Citizen Patriot (Jackson, MI) Wednesday, July 7, 1897; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Town of Lowry, Minn., Demolished - Seven Reported Dead

Duluth, Minn., July 7.-Dispatches received here at railroad offices say that a cyclone has obliterated the town of Lowry, Minn., and that seven people were killed and several injured. Lowry is situated on the Soo Line, seven miles from Glenwood, on the Northern Pacific railroad. Particulars are meager, but it is learned that the cyclone traveled from southwest to northeast and that the little town of Lowry was in the track of the cloud.

From Lowry the storm continued in a northeasterly direction to the farm of Robert Peacock, where it made a clean sweep of all the buildings. Mrs. Peacock, her daughter Nettie and a boy named Robert MacGowan were injured, but will probably recover. Thomas Andrews' house and his farm buildings are a total wreck.

From here the cyclone moved about due east from Sam Morrow's, where it left death in its path. Sam Morrow died within an hour after the catastrophe, being horribly bruised and mangled, and a nine-year-old daughter, Annie, was found dead by the rescuing party. Five other of the family are badly injured.

Hans Nelson Buried
Source: The Starbuck Times (Starbuck, MN) 8 Jul 1927; transcribed by Cheri Sletten

     Funerals services for Hans Nelson were conducted at the A.K. Moen residence Wednesday afternoon by Rev. Johnshoy, and at the East Zion church by Revs. Palmer, Pederson and Johnshoy. Leo Sylvester sang a solo at the services.
     The church was packed to its capacity with friends who came to pay their last tribute. The floral tributes were many and beautiful.
     Honorary pall bearers were Tosten Lien, Simon Swenson, Erick Thompson, Alfred Nordstrom, John Monson and Anders Amundson. The active pall bearers were Knute Hoverud, John Hagestuen, Andrew Tollefson, Christ Pederson, Torgy Anondson and Albert S. Anderson.

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.

Ella Celestine Peacock
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Friday, 9 Sept. 1921; transcribed by FoFG mz

PEACOCK, Mrs. Ella Celestine, age 62, 318 South Nineteenth avenue East. Died Sept. 7. Internment at Glenwood, Minn., Sept. 9.

Robert Reese
Source: Pope County Tribune (Glenwood, MN) 24 Jul 1947; transcribed by Cheri Sletten

Reese Funeral Was Held On Monday

Funeral services for Robert M. Reese who passed away on Wednesday, July 16th, were held on Monday, July 21st, from the First Methodist Church in Glenwood with Rev. T.B. Clark conducting the funeral services. Mrs. Charles Squire sang during the services. Many old friends, relatives and neighbors attended the services. At the grave the Mt. Herman Lodge No. 219, AF & AM of Hancock conducted the services. The pallbearers were: Harry Gastiner, H.J. Berry, E.A. Walter, S.B. Pape, F.E. Taplin and C.G. Wm. Berm.

Robert Martin Reese was born at Waunakee, Wis. on March 8, 1867 and was past 80 years of age at the time of his death. He was married to Mary Langley at Blue Earth, Minn. They came to this county in 1889. Six children survive their union, namely: Percy Reese, Alexandria; Bernice Guinn, Orak Lake, Ill.; Levi Reese, Hancock; Sidney Reese, Glenwood; Ivery Reese, Glenwood; and Marie Marlin of Grove Lake. Besides his wife and children he is survived by 27 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren.

Before moving to Glenwood Mr. Reese was engaged in farming and to some extent farmed after he came here. He was an industrious man and was well thought of by his fellow men. He was a kind and considerate husband and father and a good provider.

All the children were home for the funeral with the exception of Florence Guinn who was prevented from coming by illness.

Ida Sather
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Friday, 8 Feb. 1918; transcribed by FoFG mz

Mrs. Ida Sather, wife of Axel Sather of Cloquet, Minn., and a well known resident of this city, died at St. Mary’s hospital, Feb. 5, following a short illness caused by pneumonia. The remains were removed to Glenwood, Minn., for burial, yesterday.

George Sherrer
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Monday, 18 Jan. 1909) transcribed by FoFG MZ

GLENWOOD, Minn., Jan. 17. - George Sherrer died suddenly last evening. He partook of a hearty supper and was apparently in the best of health. His wife spent the evening at the Bijou theater, and upon returning found him dead in a chair. He was married to Mrs. Antoine Bernath about the middle of November.

Everett Robert Simpson
Source: Hankinson News (ND), Thursday, January 10, 1929; transcribed by K. Torp

Funeral Services Held at His Home in Elbow Lake Monday

Everett Robert Simpson was born at Lowry, MN., on February 1st, 1898. He moved with his parents to Hewitt in 1907 and to Deer Creek in 1911. After remaining at Deer Creek for five years, the Simpson family moved to Elbow Lake which has since been their home. Everett Simpson spent two years in Hankinson, where he engaged in the creamery business with his brother. It was at Hankinson he was married to Miss Bertha Beck, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Beck of Hankinson on Jan. 8th, 1924. To this union were born two children, Everett John and Joan Mae. Following their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Simpson lived for a year at Hannaford, N. D., where Mr. Simpson was manager of the Litchfield Produce Co. For the past 2 years they have been residents of Elbow Lake where Mr. Simpson engaged in the produce business as the Simpson Produce Company. For some time this fall he had been bothered with a pain in his back. Because of the turkey buying season he had kept on the job as long as he could possibly do so, and was in the midst of handling a large and profitable volume of business when his illness made it necessary for him to go to the hospital at Rochester. An operation was performed for the removal of a tumor on the spine. It was a delicate operation and a difficult one, fraught with uncertainty as to the result. The operation was successful, but within a day or two he contracted pneumonia, which resulted in his death on Friday afternoon, January 4th, at 4:50 P. M. Everett was possessed of unusual physical strength and stamina, and remained hopeful, patient, and uncomplaining throughout his illness. He had a motto which was hung up at his office. When things looked dark he would look at this motto, and frequently had said, "That is my motto." He looked at it and read it over again the night before he left for the hospital. The motto is:
"It is easy enough to be pleasant, When life flows like a song: But the man worth while. Is the one who will smile, When everything goes dead wrong."

Besides his wife, two children, father and mother, Everett leaves to mourn his departure three brothers: Leslie, Cecil and James Simpson of Elbow Lake; and three sisters, Mrs. Arthur Askerson of Ashby, and the Misses Eunice and Marguerite Simpson of Elbow Lake. His grandfather, John Pennington, is also a resident of Elbow Lake. Funeral services were held in Elbow Lake Monday afternoon. Following brief services at the J. A. Simpson home, services were held at 2 o'clock at the Presbyterian Church. The choir sang "Rock of Ages." Rev. R. L. Barr said a prayer and then read a biographical sketch of Everett Simpson. R. E. Johnson of Villard preached the funeral sermon on Christ. He said that perfection was not necessary for salvation and that no man was without sin. He said that through the sacrifice made by Christ it was only necessary to come  repentant in order to achieve salvation. The service closed with the singing of "Jesus, Lover of my Soul" by the choir. There were many beautiful floral offerings and the church was decorated in white and green. Interment was made in the Union Cemetery. The pall bearers were, John, Walter and Ray Summers, Harry Sletten, Oliver Berg and C. B. Mc Connell. The Herald joins with the many friends of the bereaved relatives in extending sincere sympathy in their sorrow. Among those present from away at the funeral were, L. F. Becker and Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Carver of Wyndmere, N. D.; Peter Becker, Mrs. J. Jaeger, Irving Jones of Hankinson, N. D.; William Pennington of Duluth; Mrs. John Rettrath and Mrs. Nick Rettrath of Lidgerwood, N. D.; and Miss Mary Mc Iver of Lowry. Elbow Lake Herald  [Hankinson News, January 10, 1929]

Clifford Squires
Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (ND) Wednesday, January 27, 1915; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Clifford Squires of Cyrus, Minn., Ends Life in Minot Hotel.

Cyrus, Minn., Jan. 26.-Clifford Squires, who shot and killed himself in a Minot hotel last night, would have been 21 years of age in March. He had been working for his board at the home of an aunt, Mrs. C. O. Tollefson, on a farm near here. Sunday night he forged the name of Tollefson, husband of the woman, to a check for $10, had it cashed and hired an auto to take him to Morris, where he boarded a train for Minot. The boy's parents died several years ago.

Minot, N. D., Jan. 26.-Fifteen minutes after registering under the name of "Jack Ford, Minneapolis," a stranger fired a bullet through his heart in a room in the Lexington hotel last night. Three shots were heard by Mrs. Oliver Fortune, from her room across the hall.

She summoned the hotel proprietor and her husband to the scene. The man was lying on the bed, his feet resting on the floor. His position would indicate that he sat on the edge of the bed when the shots were fired. The first two either went wild or he was testing the gun, one bullet lodging in the ceiling and the other in the wall. The third shot sent the bullet into the man's heart. He died before the arrival of a physician.

A small diary, with the following memorandum, was found in his pocket:
"My name is Clifford Squires, address Cyrus, Minn. My aunt's name is Helen Kittleson, Cyrus, Minn."

The coroner wired Minnesota for information.

Arnold S. Thompson
Source: Tuscon Daily Citizen (AZ) Monday, December 10, 1917; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Arnold S. Thompson, a corporal in the army, died today at a local hospital. His uncle, P. O. Kron, will take the remains to Cyrus, Minn. the deceased was 21 years of age and came here three days ago for his health.

Mrs. Chris O. Wah-e
Source: Willmar Tribune (MN) 29 Nov 1905, page 2; transcribed by  Robin Line

Mrs. Chris O. Wah-e of Pope County was gored to death by a mad bull on Monday of last week.
Note: Wah (may be missing letter) e difficult to read.

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