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Renville County, Minnesota 
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Obituaries and Death Notices

William Becherer
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Friday, 5 Feb. 1965, page 7; Lorraine Markee Collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

COLBY – William Becherer, 90, Colby, died Thursday morning at the Sunnyvale Infirmary in Wausau.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Zion Lutheran Church in Colby. The Rev. F. H. Sprengler, pastor of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, in Dorchester will officiate and burial will be made in the Colby Memorial cemetery.

The body will repose at the Luloff Funeral Home in Colby from Saturday morning until time of services.

William Becherer was born Feb. 23, 1874, at Howards Grove, Sheboygan County, and at the age of 8 years came to the Colby area, where he received his education. His marriage to Louisa Schumacher, who preceded him in death March 10, 1959, took place in 1901, at Fairfax, Minn.

After their marriage the couple farmed near Fairfax, Minn., for 14 years and then moved to a farm in the town of Hull, where they resided until 1946, when they came to Colby.

Survivors include a son, Willard, Colby; a brother, Louis Becherer, Greenwood; a sister, Miss Bertha Becherer, Wausau; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.

Martin D. Brown
Source: Aberdeen Daily News SD (31 Dec. 1921) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Fairfax, Minn., Dec. 31. – Martin D. Brown, pioneer resident of this village, died today of apoplexy following a three weeks’ illness. He was 65 years old.

Mr. Brown was justice of the peace here for several years and was postmaster during the war. Ill health necessitated his retirement from active life.

His widow survives.

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.

Fred Dallman
Source: Marathon County Register (Unity, Marathon County Wis.) Friday, 16 Dec. 1949; contributed by Ron Flink & transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Relatives received word of the death of Fred J. Dallman, Colton, Oregon, former resident of this community, on Saturday, December 10th of a heart attack. The body arrived at the Lulloff Funeral Home on Wednesday and funeral services were held Thursday at 1:30 at the funeral home. A more complete obituary will be published next week.

Source: Marathon County Register (Unity, Marathon County Wis.) Friday, 23 Dec. 1949

Funeral services were held for Fred Dallman, Colton, Oregon, Thursday, December 15 at the Lulloff Funeral Home with Rev. Hoffman officiating. Burial was in the Beaver cemetery.

Mr. Dallman was born on April 5, 1888 at Fairfax, Minn., where he grew to manhood. He was united in marriage to Emma Gruenhagen in October 1912 at Fairfax, Minn. Three children were born to this union.

In 1923 the family moved to Wisconsin, settling in Riplinger, where he was employed at the box factory. Later they moved on a farm east of Colby where Mrs. Dallman passed away on January 18, 1941.

Mr. Dallman then sold the farm and went to Los Angeles, California to make his home with his daughter, Hela. While there he married Flossie Louis in 1945. They later moved to Colton, Oregon on a small farm where he passed away on December 10th of a heart attack.

Surviving are his wife, Flossie Dallman, two sons, Marvin, Wells, Minnesota, Vernard of Marshfield; one daughter, Hela of Los Angeles, California.

Pallbearers were Vaughn Daly, Merl Daly, Lyle Cornwall, Byron Hoke, Carl and Victor Dallman.

Those from out-of-town who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Herman Dallman, Spring Valley, Wis.; Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Dallman, Wisconsin Rapids; Mr. and Mrs. John Borth, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Dallman, Mr. and Mrs. Max Schroeder, Mr. and Mrs. Myron Schroeder, Mr. Alvin Borth, Mrs. Ralph Dummer, and Mrs. Arthur E. Kiecker, Fairfax, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dallman, Cosmas, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Vernard Dallman, Marshfield; Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Dallman, Wells, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Gust Kamrath, of Canby, Minn.

Hertha Dallmann
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Tuesday, 9 Dec. 1980; contributed by Ron Flink & transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Unity – Mrs. Theodore (Hertha) Dallmann, 76, Unity, died at 6:41 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield, where she was admitted Friday.

The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church, the Rev. Elton H. Moore officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call after 2 p.m. Wednesday at Rux/Lulloff Funeral Home, Colby.

The former Hertha Freyholtz was born in the town of Wellington, Renville County, Fairfax, Minn., to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Freyholtz. On June 10,1924 in Fairfax, she and Mr. Dallmann were married. He died May 15, 1979. They had observed their golden wedding anniversary in 1974.

The couple farmed in the Riplinger area and from 1934 to 1945 operated a tavern in Riplinger. They then farmed in the town of Brighton until retiring. Mrs. Dallmann was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Survivors are two sons, Corwin of Unity and Dennis of Spencer; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Franz and Arnold, and a sister, Mrs. Helena Klieman, all of Fairfax. Two brothers, one sister, and her parents are deceased.

Theodore Dallmann
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Wednesday, 16 May 1979; contributed by Ron Flink & transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Unity – Theodore Dallmann, 79, Unity, died at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at his home.

Services are set for 2 p.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, the Rev. Elton H. Moore officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Friends may call after 2 p.m. Thursday at Rux-Lulloff Funeral Home, Colby.

Mr. Dallmann was born July 30, 1899, in Fairfax, Minn., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Dallmann. He received his education in Fairfax and married Hertha Freyholtz June 10, 1924, there. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary June 1974.

He farmed in the towns of Brighton and Unity and operated a tavern for 10 years in Riplinger. He served on the Riplinger School Board and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Corwin of Unity, and Dennis of Spencer; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a brother, George of Minneapolis; and a sister, Mrs. Art (Jeanette) Kiecker of Fairfax.

He was predeceased by four brothers, three sisters and his parents.

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.

Daniel Haire
Source: The Saint Paul globe. (St. Paul, Minn.), November 08, 1898 – Transcribed by Veneta McKinney

Olivia, Minn., Nov. 7.— (Special.)— Daniel Haire, formerly of Le Sueur, but of late years a merchant of Renville county, died yesterday. His body will be taken to Le Seuer for burial, under the fraternal care of Eureka Lodge No. 76, I. O. O. F. Renville county by his death, has lost a valuable member of this community.

Bertha Hershberger
Unknown newspaper/date -- Submitted by: Kari Geiselhart

Death Calls Young Mother
Mrs. W S Hershberger Laid to Rest Saturday
Many Mourners Attend
Miss Bertha Battershell was born near Rantoul, Ill., June 13, 1883. She grew to womanhood at Henning, Ill., where she was a well known and of a lovable character. She united with the church of Christ at an early age, and was organist of the church for an extended period. She was married at Henning, Ill., to W S Hershberger, December 30,1903. Mr. and Mrs. Hershberger left immediately for Iowa and resided there for eleven years when they moved to Minnesota; having resided in Minnesota for six years.
Four girls, Cleo, Lois, Mabelle and Evelyn and the little baby boy born July 6, 1921, survive the mother.
Mr. and Mrs. Hershberger since residing in Minnesota have won many friends in Olivia and throughout the vicinity where they are known. There is a wide spread feeling of regret over the decease of this estimable lady and a deep sympathy for Mr. Hershberger and family. A mother and eight brothers and two sisters survive Mrs. Hershberger.
The funeral services were held Saturday at eleven o'clock at the residence in town. Rev. W S Emery was the officiating clergyman, and the music was rendered by Mrs. Albert Paulson, soloist.
Those attending the funeral from a distance, Mrs. Battershell, Pocahontas, Ia, mother of Mrs. Hershberger, WM, and J A Battershell, Henning, Ill., Chas. and Fred Battershell, Pocahontas, Ia., E H Battershell, Rossville, Ill., E A Battershell, Spencer, Ia., brothers of Mrs. Hershberger, Mrs. Anna Baril, Potomac, Ill., and Mrs. Harry Lewis and family, Champaign, Ill., sister; Mr. W E Hershberger, Atkinson, Neb., father of W S Hershberger, Mrs. Borton, Deland, Ill, aunt of W S Hershberger, Mrs. Gilsthrope, Lincoln, Ill., aunt of W S Hershberger, Loyd Battershell of St Paul, nephew of Mrs. Hershberger. The other brothers of Mrs. Hershberger, Sam and Meade, reside in the immediate vicinity.

William Hershberger
Unknown newspaper/date -- Submitted by: Kari Geiselhart

Wm Hershberger Dies Suddenly
Wm S Hershberger, 64, well known resident of Olivia for the past 32 years, passed away suddenly at his home here early this Thursday morning. Death was due to a heart condition, from which he had suffered for several years. He was confined to his bed the past five weeks.
Funeral services will be held at the Methodist church in Olivia at 3:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Rev. John Parish, former local pastor, will officiate. Surviving are his wife; one son Robert; and four daughters, Mrs. J V Porter and Mrs. Carl Swanson of Minneapolis, Mrs. Percy Charlson of Glendale, Calif., and Mrs. R C Griffith of Olivia. One brother and one sister also survive.

Mrs. P. H. Kirwan
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Minneapolis, MN) Friday, 25 Sept. 1896; transcribed by FoFG mz

Mrs. P. H. Kirwan, wife of United States Surveyor General Kirwan, died at St. Joseph’s hospital yesterday morning at the age of 40 years. The cause of death was hemorrhage, resulting from an operation for peritonitis. The remains were sent to Olivia, Minn., last night where the internment will take place. She leaves two boys, aged 14 and 19 years respectively.

Mrs. C. D. Mesick
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Minneapolis, Minn.) Saturday, 17 Aug. 1895; transcribed by FoFG mz

Hector, Minn., Aug. 17. – Mrs. C. D. Mesick, wife of our hotel landlord, of the Sherman house, died yesterday of paralysis.

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.

E. Palmund
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Wednesday, 23 Oct. 1907) transcribed by FoFG mz

OLIVIA, Minn., Oct. 22. – The body of E. Palmund, who disappeared Sept. 30, was found today in a slough, in three feet of water. He was 68 years old, a farmer, and the father of seven children.

Joseph Renville
Source: St. Paul Daily Pioneer Press (Friday, 7 Mar. 1856) transcribed by FoFG mz

Death of Joseph Renville - A son of the celebrated Indian trader, Renville, died at Lac Qui Parle, on the 8th of February. His disease was consumption.

Eugene Ziegenhagen
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Monday, 11 Sept. 1899; transcribed by FoFG mz

ST. PAUL, Sept. 10. – A special to the Pioneer Press from Redwood Falls, Minn., says:
Eugene Ziegenhagen, an eight year old boy residing with his parents three miles from Morgan, was instantly killed yesterday by four horses attached to corn binder and driven by the elder Ziegenhagen, running away. The boy was riding a forward 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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