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Obituaries and Death Notices


Hans Anderson
Source: Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Thursday, 25 Aug. 1892; transcribed by FoFG mz

REDWOOD FALLS, Minn., Aug. 24. - Six weeks ago Hans Anderson, a well-to-do farmer living in Waterbury township, mysteriously disappeared. It was feared he had been murdered. Tuesday the hired boy, while driving cattle out of a slough, found the ghastly remains of Anderson embedded in the mud, the slough having lowered during the summer. The coroner quickly summoned a jury and a verdict of drowning was rendered. The mystery is not cleared up, however, and friends are still investigating.


Casper Blethen
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Minneapolis, MN) Thursday, 3 Aug. 1899; transcribed by FoFG mz

Rochester, Minn., Aug. 3. - Casper Blethen of Stewartville, for many years a resident of Rochester, died very suddenly last night at 5 o'clock from blood poison. He was sheriff of Redwood county a few years ago. He leaves a wife and two children.


Henry Bock
Source: The Princeton Union (MN) September 2, 1897; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

FATAL DRINK OF BEER.
Delhi, Minn., Special. - Henry Bock, was assisting in putting up hay in Renville, and while at work he partook of two glasses of beer. After having drank the second he fell back and expired.


John Bruske
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Wednesday, 31 July 1901; transcribed by FoFG mz
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn., July 30. - John Bruske, 21 years old, residing on the Gates farm in Renville county, committed suicide this morning by discharging a shot gun, the shot passing directly under his heart. The cause of the suicide was the refusal of Miss Jennie Gates to marry him.


Sarah Cammock
Source: The Independent (Hawarden, IA) August 21, 1930; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

DEATH FOLLOWS LONG ILLNESS
Miss Sarah Cammock Passed Away Last Thursday

Miss Sarah Cammock, for more than twenty-five years a resident of this community, passed away at the Hawarden hospital at 8:10 last Thursday morning where she had been an inmate for the past year and eight months. Miss Cammock had been in failing health for over two years. Her condition became rapidly worse during the last month and the end was not unexpected.

Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the Associated church, conducted by Rev. B. L. Carlton, pastor of the Big Springs Baptist church. Interment was made in Grace Hill cemetery.

Sarah Cammock was one of a family of seven children. She was born at Drumhirk, County Down, Ireland, Oct. 18, 1856, so was nearly 74 years of age at the time of her death. She came to America in 1900, coming directly to Hawarden where her brother, David Cammock, had located a number of years earlier. In 1904 she entered the employ of Lewis Olson, a well known farmer residing southwest of Hawarden, and continued in his employ in the capacity of housekeeper until his death in August, 1925. Following Mr. Olson's death she continued to remain on the farm until her failing health necessitated her removal to the hospital. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. James McCracken, in Ireland, and one brother, David Cammock of Hawarden. She also leaves three nieces and three nephews, Mrs. Margaret Kelly in Ireland, Mrs. Harry C. Brown of Delhi, Minn., Fred Cammock of Fergus Falls, Minn., Thos. J. Cammock of Hawarden, Mrs. M. T. Sundvold of Canton and Henry Cammock of Hawarden.

During her long residence in this community Miss Cammock acquired and held many fast friends. Possessed of a ready wit, characteristic of the land of her nativity, she was always interesting in her conversation, generous in her judgments and loyal in her friendships. A host of friends outside the family circle will mourn her passing.

Out of town relatives and friends who were here to attend the funeral included Mr. and Mrs. Harry C. Brown of Delhi, Minn., Mr. and Mrs. Fred Cammock of Fergus Falls, Minn., Mr. and Mrs. M. T. Sundvold of Canton, S. D., Mr. and Mrs. James Edgar of Marcus, Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. John Hamilton of Marcus, Iowa, and Mr. and Mrs. Ora Grau and Geo. T. Brown of Ireton.


Frank Dodge
Source: Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Monday, 26 Nov. 1888; transcribed by FoFG mz

REDWOOD FALLS, Nov. 26. - Frank Dodge, a barber at Morton, was found dead here yesterday morning in Bridge street, with a bullet wound in his head. His hair was singed by the discharge of the weapon. A gold watch and some money was found on his person, indicating some other cause than robbery.


William P. Dunnington The Bemidji Daily Pioneer".(Bemidji, Minn.), May 21, 1910 - KT - Sub by FoFG
A NOTED CITIZEN ANSWERS LAST CALL
William P. Dunnington Died Last Night, Following Attack of Paralysis, at His Home.
WAS WELL KNOWN IN STATE POLITICS FEW YEARS AGO
Knights Templar and G. A. R. Veteran Will Escort Body to Train.
Burial at Redwood Falls.
William P. Dunnington, for years one of the best known politicians in southern Minnesota, a member of the state legislature during the administration of Governor Davis, and receiver of the United States land office at Redwood Falls under President Grant, died last evening at his home, 917 Minnesota avenue, following a stroke of paralysis which he received last Monday. Mr. Dunnington was the father of Mrs. A. A. Melges of Bemidji.
Mr. Dunnington, who would have been 78 years old next Friday, has been declining in health for the last few months, and was compelled to remain in bed last Sunday. On the day following he was seized with a paralytic stroke, which affected one side and his voice was lost. The end came last evening, and the tall, straight man, whose military figure had so often caused favorable comment was no more.
William P. Dunnington was born in Morgantown, Virginia, May 27, 1832. As a young man he went to the gold fields of California and at the outbreak of the Civil War, enlisted in the Second California Regiment of Cavalry, in which he served three years. He moved to Lake City, in the southern part of this state, at the close of the war, entered the mercantile business, and became one of the best known politicians in that part of the state. He was sent to the state legislature and at the close of the session, Governor Davis appointed him to an office in the insurance department, President Grant made Mr. Dunnington receiver of the United States land office at Redwood Falls in 1876, and he held that office six years. This was followed by engagement in the real estate business at Redwood Falls until 1906, when he moved to Minneapolis for two years, and then joined his daughter, Mrs. Melges, at Bemidji. Mr. Dunnington was a member of the school board at the "Falls" for nine years, and for 15 years' was a member of the board of trustees of the Minnesota Soldiers' home. W. P. Dunnington was married in 1968 (sic - obvious error) to Miss Mary Warner of Lake City, who still survives him. Besides his wife, Mr. Dunnington leaves three daughters, Mrs. E. W. Fedderly of North Yakima, Washington, Mrs. A. A. Melges of this city, and Helen Dunnington, who teaches in the local schools. He has three brothers living, John and Elwood at Malta, Ohio, and James who resides in Redwood Falls. No services will be held in Bemidji, but the remains will be taken to Redwood Falls Sunday by way of Crookston. The Bemidji Lodge of Knights Templar will act as pallbearers and escort from the residence to the train, and the local members of the Grand Army of the Republic will serve as honorary pall-bearers. Archdeacon H. F. Parshail of Cass Lake will accompany the relatives to Redwood Falls, where services will be held in the Episcopal church, of which Mr. Dunnington was a member.


>Mrs. Foss
Source: Broad Axe (St. Paul, MN) Thursday, 3 June 1897; transcribed by FoFG MZ

Redwood Falls, Minn., June 2. - The mother of William Foss, a well known farmer of Underwood township, this county, was burned to death as the result of the upsetting of a lamp. The lady was over seventy years of age. At the time of the accident she was reading a newspaper. As a result of the reading she fell asleep, the lamp being at her side. In some unaccountable manner she knocked the lamp over, the oil ignited, and soon communicated to her clothing. Before the flames could be extinguished she was burned so badly that she died soon afterward.


Mrs. J. P. Freeburg
Source: Rockford (Rockford, IL) Tuesday, November 6, 1917; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Mr. and Mrs. August Walgren are leaving for Minneapolis, Minn., this evening to attend the funeral of Mrs. Walgren’s mother, Mrs. J. P. Freeburg. The deceased is an old time resident of Pecatonica but for the last ten years has made her home in Belview, Minn.


E. D. French
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Tuesday, 14 July 1896) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Redwood Falls, Minn., July 14. - E. D. French, father of Senator French of this district, died of old age this morning, aged 95 years and 3 days. He was the father of several children.


William Gannott
Source: The Escanaba Daily Press (MI) January 19, 1961; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

WILLIAM GANNOTT DIES AT HOSPITAL
William Gannott, 53, who made his home with the Robert Foyes here, died at the Veterans Hospital in Iron Mountain according to information received here on Wednesday. He is survived by his parents, four sisters and a twin brother in Clement, Minn. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.


Louis Gerstman
Source: New Ulm Review (MN), July 6, 1892, submitted by Robin Line

MORGAN. Louis Gerstman of Morgan died on Monday. Gerstman at one time lived in New Ulm and will be remembered as the man who was victimized by New York confidence men on the gold brick deal.


Mrs. Gumpto
Source: New Ulm Review (MN), Oct. 5, 1892, page 5, submitted by Robin Line

SANBORN. Mrs. Gumpto, a sister of Mrs. Rautenberg of Lafayette, died at her home near Sanborn on Sunday.


Heimann Infant
Source: New Ulm Review (MN), March 7, 1906, page 5, submitted by Robin Line

REVERE. The infant Child of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Heimann, whose sickness has been reported in these columns from time to time, died Sunday morning. The remains were taken to New Ulm and buried Tuesday. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community.-Revere Record


Russell C. Henry
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Saturday, 23 Sept. 1911; transcribed by FoFG mz

The funeral of Mrs. Russell C. Henry was held yesterday afternoon at the family home, 904 East Fourth street. The body was taken to Redwood Falls, Minn., last night, where burial will be made.


Claude Jennings
Source: Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Sunday, 1 Nov. 1908; transcribed by FoFG mz

Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Jennings were called to Redwood Falls, yesterday to attend the funeral of Mr. Jennings’ brother, Claude, who died at Missouli, Mont., on Thursday. He had been depot agent at Missouli for some time. Mr. and Mrs. Jennings will be gone for two weeks.


Mrs. Lankard
Source:  Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Wednesday, October 23, 1895, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman. 

NEWS OF MINNESOTA
The wife of County Treasurer Lankard died at Redwood Falls of Tuberculosis on Monday night.


Lena Monson
Source: Seattle Daily Times (Seattle, WA) Friday, March 19, 1948; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Funeral services for Mrs. Lena Monson, 61 years old, of 322 N. 78th St., will be held at 3 o’clock tomorrow in the Wiggen & Sons Mortuary, with burial in Pacific Lutheran Cemetery, She died Wednesday.

Mrs. Monson, born in Belview, Minn., came to Seattle five years ago from Belview. Her husband, Martin, is a storekeeper at Boeing Airplane Company.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are three sons, Milton K., Lloyd N., and Harold E. Monson, Seattle; six sisters, the Misses Ellen, Anna and Marie Knutson, Minneapolis; Mrs. Wilhelm Eide, Belview, Mrs. Casper Olsen, Redwood Falls, Minn., and Mrs. Arnold Olson, Clarkfield, Minn., and three brothers, Knut C. Knutson, Dutton, Mont., Carl Knutson, Boyd, Minn., and Oscar Rachie, Granite Falls, Minn.


Sanford W. Nelson
Source: Morning Star (Rockford, IL) Sunday, June 9, 1935; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Word was received here yesterday by Mrs. John A. Lindgren of the death Friday in Atwater, Minn., of Sanford W. Nelson, 50, who was born in Pecatonica. Mr. Nelson was a former Rockford resident.

Funeral services will be held Monday at Atwater.

Surviving are his widow, Ida; a son and three daughters; his mother, Mrs. John E. Nelson of Belview, Minn.; two brothers and a sister.


Mrs. Andrew Nostrud
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) Thursday, April 5, 1934; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

MRS. A. NOSTRUD OF STRATFORD SUCCUMBS.
Mrs. Andrew Nostrud of Stratford passed away Thursday morning at her home at the age of 68 years.

Mrs. Nostrud was born at Clinton county, Ia., on Feb. 10, 1866. From there she moved with her parents to Belview, Minnesota and later came to South Dakota where she became the bride of Ole T. Olson on June 5, 1889. Children born to this union were Tyler, Melvin, Ludvick, Olga and Thor. Thor preceded her in death and Mr. Olson died 37 years ago.

On January 6, 1903 she was married to Andrew Nostrud who with two sons, Elmer and George are among surviving relatives.

Four brothers also survive, S. T. Gullickson, Stratford, Tom Gullickson, Minneapolis, Lars Gullickson, Belview, Minn., as well as 11 grandchildren.

She was a member of the Gem Lutheran church and the Lutheran Ladies Aid of Stratford.

The body will remain at the Weinreis-Johnson funeral home until the day of services which will be announced later.


Stewart Noyes Family
Source: Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Wednesday, 16 Dec. 1891; transcribed by FoFG mz

REDWOOD FALLS, Minn., Dec. 15. - Stewart Noyes’ wife and little boy, an infant child, died near Belleview, this county, last Saturday. Mr. Noyes’ death is expected at any moment, and a little girl, the surviving member of the family, cannot live. The whole family have been sick from diphtheria less than a week.


Britha Odegard
Source: Seattle Daily Times (Seattle, WA) Sunday, January 18, 1948; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Funeral services for Mrs. Britha H. Odegard, 78 years old, 8805 Fremont Ave., who died suddenly Thursday, will be held at 1 o’clock tomorrow in Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, with burial in Pacific Lutheran Cemetery by Wiggen & Sons.

Mrs. Odegard, born in Wisconsin, came to Seattle ten years ago from New Rockford, N. D. Her husband, Henrich, is a retired letter carrier.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are three daughters, Mrs. Oline Lider, Mrs. Clara Withey and Mrs. Roy White, Seattle; five sons, Otto and Herman Odegard, Seattle, John, Riverside, Calif., Millard, Fargo, N. D., and Edfield Odegard, Waverly, Iowa; a sister, Mrs. Halvor Huseby, Belview, Minn.; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Halvor W. Olson
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) Tuesday, 9 Jan. 1894; transcribed by FoFG mz

REDWOOD FALLS, Minn., Jan. 9. - Halvor W. Olson, a farmer 60 years of age, unmarried, living a mile out of Renville, was found dead in bed. His farm of 240 acres is a valuable holding and he was reputed to be worth $60,000 besides. He had two brothers, one in St. Peter and the other in Rochester.


Louie Rahn
Source; Winfield Enterprise, Marion County AL, December 22, 1899 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

DEATH OF LOUIE RAHN
The following was copied from the Red Wood Falls (Minn) Reveille, and handed to us [Winfield Enterprise] by Mrs. W. M. LEWIS requesting its publication

The body of LOUIE RAHN, who was killed while superintending the construction of a railroad bridge near West Petersburg, West Virginia, arrived here Monday afternoon over the Northwestern railroad. It was met at the depot by the hearse and pall bearers and taken to the residence of C. RAHN, father of the deceased, where the Lutheran services were conducted by Rev. H. Kosh at the conclusion of the ceremony the body was taken to the Red Wood Falls cemetery and interred.

The young man who has just arrived at the age of 30 met his death by falling from a trestle, which was being built under his supervision. It appeared that Mr. Rahn who was known to be an energetic worker became impatient at the delay of a workman in removing a timber, and going to his assistance lent his strength to the pole used to pry up beams too heavy to lift by hand, then putting such force on the instrument that it broke, precipitating to the ground below, a distance of 19 feet. Both the men unfortunately fell on their heads on a plank which lay beneath the structure. Each of the victims sustained severe skull injuries. As soon as the railroad company were informed of the accident that had befallen Mr. Rahn they hurriedly dispatched a special train to the scene of the accident, and took both the injured men to Petersburg, where they were placed in a hospital. Mr. Rahn expired the fourth day. While going to press we learn that the other man is dead.

Louis Rahn was an exceedingly popular young man and claimed many as his friends in this city where he was widely known for the past six years. He had been much away from home and for the last three and one-half years he had devoted his time entirely to bridge construction in which he had become very proficient - rising rapidly in his chosen work often having under his supervision a hundred men. At the time of this death he was engaged with the Chas. McConnell Bridge Co., Petersburg, by whom he was held in high esteem. Mrs. McConnell furnished floral decorations for the casket and a wreath of roses was placed by her on the coffin box.


Ruth Reierson
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) Thursday, February 15, 1917; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

NORMAL GIRL PASSES AWAY
Miss Ruth Reierson of Belview Minn., First Year Student, Dies at St. Luke’s

Miss Ruth Reierson, 16 year old student of the Normal, died at St. Luke’s hospital at 6:45 last night. Her mother, Mrs. R. G. Reierson of Belview, Minn., arrived at the bedside of her daughter just two minutes after she had passed away. Mr. Reierson came to Aberdeen this morning and the body was taken to the home in Belview this afternoon on the Northwestern for burial.

Miss Reierson enrolled as a student in the Normal last fall and has been staying at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Creed. A committee of the first year class and representatives of the faculty accompanied the body to the train this afternoon. The first year class and the Y. W. C. A. gave beautiful floral offerings and the student counsel representative of the entire student body, drew resolutions of sympathy and consolation for the parents today.


Mrs. Turi Rudy
Source: Ward County Independent (Minot, ND) December 28, 1916; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

SENATOR MOSTAD'S GRANDMOTHER DIES.
Mrs. Tosten C. Mostad left Tuesday morning for Belview, Minn., to attend the funeral of her mother, aged 88 years, who passed away on Christmas eve from infirmities. Mrs. Turi Rudy was born in Norway and when yet a young woman settled in Fillmore county, Minn., where she has resided ever since. She was a resident of Minnesota during the stirring days of the Indian massacres and was able to tell some thrilling experiences. She once visited at the Mostad home in Ward county and will be remembered by some of the old settlers. She was the grandmother of Senator Thorwald Mostad.


Mabel Schmidt
Source: Omaha World Herald (Omaha, NE) Sunday, September 19, 1954; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

MRS. MABEL SCHMIDT, 66, DIES IN MINNESOTA
Mrs. Mabel Schmidt, 66, died Friday at LeSeuer, Minn. She was the widow of John (Pop) Schmidt, former Central High School coach.

Mrs. Schmidt moved to LeSeuer after Mr. Schmidt’s death five years ago to live with a sister, Mrs. Myrtle Harris. Besides the sister, she is survived by a son John, Jr., a teacher at Belview, Minn.

Services and burial will be Monday at 2 p. m. at LeSeuer.


Mrs. Henry Schwarz
Source: Duluth Daily News (Duluth, Minn.) Thursday, 29 Nov. 1888; transcribed by FoFG mz

REDWOOD FALLS, Nov. 28. Coroner Pease received a letter today notifying him of the suicide of the wife of Henry Schwarz, of Brookville, this county, by hanging. She was found dead under these circumstances one day last week, but for some reason the case was not reported. Mrs. Schwarz has been partially deranged for several months and no suspicion attaches to anyone on account of her death.


Andrew Stewart
Source: The Boyden Reporter (IA) December 29, 1927; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Rev. Neil Stewart left Tuesday evening for Delhi, Minn., where he attended the funeral of his uncle Mr. Andrew Stewart, who dropped dead suddenly last Saturday evening. Rev. Stewart will be back to-day.


W. P. Tenny
Source: Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Thursday, 3 Aug. 1893; transcribed by FoFG mz

REDWOOD FALLS, Minn., Aug. 2. - W. P. Tenny, Sr., aged 76, one of the oldest settlers of this city and a prominent G.A.R. man, committed suicide by shooting himself through the heart with a shotgun. The act was committed during a period of temporary insanity caused by religious excitement.


Chief Good Thunder
Source: Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Saturday, 16 Feb. 1901; transcribed by FoFG mz

Minneapolis, Feb. 15. - A Times special from Redwood Falls, Minn., says:

Chief Good Thunder, who was one of the friendly Indians during the uprising in the sixties, and who acted as Gen. H. H. Sibley’s chief of scouts, died at his home at the agency, six miles east of here, today of pneumonia. He was about 85 years old.


Ezra Tickpor
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Wednesday, 30 Oct. 1895) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Redwood Falls, Minn., Oct. 30. - Ezra Tickpor, a bachelor, aged 89 years, has just died here. His death was the result of old age. His nearest living kin are three nieces and two nephews.


Roy M. Winnie
Source: Bismarck Tribune (Bismarck, ND) Wednesday, 15 Feb. 1899; transcribed by FoFG mz

Redwood Falls, Minn., Feb. 14. - Roy M. Winnie, the 12-year-old adopted son of Edward Norcott accidentally shot and killed himself today.


Eugene Ziegenhagen
Source:  The Saint Paul Globe (St. Paul, MN) Sept. 11, 1899, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman. 

BOY KILLED IN BINDER.
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn., Sept. 10.-(Special.)-Eugene Ziegenhagan, an eight-year-old boy, residing with his parents three miles from Morgan, was instantly killed by the running away of four horses attached to a corn binder driven by the elder Ziegenhagen.  The boy was riding a foreward horse and was thrown into the binder.  His right arm was cut off and his right side cut to the heart.



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