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John C. Mannigel
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Wednesday, 18 Oct. 1922; transcribed by FoFG mz

Luverne, Minn., Oct. 17. – John C. Mannigel, age 51, died at his home in this city today of paralysis. He was attending a football game when he was stricken.


Albert H. Meester
Source unknown

Funeral services were held for Albert H. Meester, 98 year old former mayor of Ellsworth in the State Line Presbyterian church, last Friday, the Rev. E. H. Buschman officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. He died January 6 in Rock Rapids.
Mr. Meester was one of the three last living charter members of the church in which his funeral was held. The only other living charter members of the Ebenezer Presbyterian church on the state line is Joe G. Meester, former Kanaranzi hardware man, now of Willow Lake, S.D. and Mike Reemts, of Sioux Falls, S.D.
Mr. Meester was born October 12, 1859 in Germany. He came to this country with his father and brothers at the age of 16. They settled first in Illinois, then came by wagon to Grundy county, Iowa.
Mr. Meester's two brothers and father died there and Mr. Meester moved to Lennox, S.D., where he lived on a homestead for several years. Then he moved to the Ellsworth community where he farmed until his retirement.
He married Katie Rippentrop while living in Lennox, and they became the parents of six children. Mrs. Meester died in 1911 and he was married to Mary Korf, of Forreston, Ill., June 10, 1920. There were no children born to this union, and she died October 22, 1955.
Mr. Meester lived in Ellsworth after his retirement from his Kanaranzi township farm until about 1930 when he and his wife moved to Forreston and made their home there for several years. Mrs. Meester was hospitalized for a number (the rest is missing.)


Herbert J. Miller
Source: Worthington Advance (Friday, 14 May 1909)

H. J. Miller Dead
Herbert J. Miller, owner and editor of the Luverne Herald, died Saturday at his home in that city, after an extended illness from locomotor ataxia. "Bert," as he was familiarly known to his friends and to the newspaper fraternity for years, has conducted one of the best weekly papers in southwestern Minnesota, and had the reputation of writing some of the ablest as well as the most trenchant editorials that appeared in the rural press of this section. He had a peculiar gift for the ferreting out of news and of putting the facts before his readers in readable shape. By his death the newspaper fraternity of Minnesota loses an able newspaper man, and the city of Luverne one of its foremost citizens.

Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, 9 May 1909; transcribed by FoFG mz

LUVERNE, Minn., May 8. – Herbert J. Miller, for 30 years editor of the Rock County Herald and for eight years a state senator died today. He was born in Deerfield, Wis., in 1855.


Andrine (Skyberg) Moe
Source: The Hills Crescent (14 Feb. 1924) submitted by Helen Berg

Shortly after the Crescent had gone to press last week the news was quickly spread around town that Grandma Andrine Moe had passed away.  However, the news did not come as a surprise as she had been very poorly for several weeks, when the Angel of Death came to relieve her of all her earthly sufferings. Mrs. Moe passed away at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. August Nordby, on Thursday afternoon, February 7th, 1924 at about 1:40 o'clock at the age of 80 years, 3 months and 7 days.
Mrs. Andrina Moe (nee Skyberg) was born in Brandval parish, Solør, Norway, on October 24th, 1843, parents' name being Mr. and Mrs. Ole Skyberg.  She was the fourth of a family of twelve children, one of whom died in infancy; the remaining all living until the youngest had attained the age of forty-three.  Mrs. Moe was reared among Christian environments.
She was married to Christian Moe in Vaaler, Norway in 1864.  Here they setled down on a neighboring farm, where the two oldest children, Maren and Christian were born.
In the year 1869 the family emigrated to this country, settling first in Mitchell County, Iowa, where they lived until 1872 when in company with her brother Peder Skyberg and other friends and acquaintances they came to Rock County, this state, and took up a homestead in Martin township. This union was blest with eleven children, four having preceded her in death namely, Christian, Ole, Oliver and Oliver.  Those who survive her are Mrs. Maren Antonson, Christian Moe, Mrs. Johanna Nordby, Mrs. Ida Nelson, Mrs. Minda Nelson, Mrs. Christina Nelson, Jr., Mrs. Clara Ruud all residing in or near HIlls.  Grandma Moe is survived by thirty one grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Mrs. Moe's lot was not one of leisure and luxury in the early days as she lost her husband in 1896, leaving her with several minor children to look after, but she continued to reside on the old homestead until three years ago when she moved to Hills.
She also leaves six brothers and one sister:  Ole, Johannes and Renholt, all residing in Norway; Julius, of Howard, S.Dak.; Maren, of Grand Rapids, MInn., and Peder and Olaf of Luverne, Minn.
In common with other pioneers who came and settled here in the early seventies, she was familiar with the many adversities which at times would seem insurmountable, which in addition to sorrows and affliction on account of the loss of several children and her husband, wore heavily upon her otherwise robust and strong constitution.
She was a devout member of Trinity church at Hills, and today her children are thanking mother for their Christian faith that she instilled in their minds during their youth, which they will always practice and never forget.  Herself a true Christian mother, she can now rest in peace that her children will carry on the good work she began. Deceased had been an invalid for the past thirteen years and the last seven years has been obliged to use a wheel chair, and the direct cause of her death was old age and other complications.
The last sad rites were performed last Tuesday afternoon, services being held from the home of her daughter Mrs. August Nordby at 1:30 and from Trinity church at 2:00 o'clock, Rev. Chr. G. Jorgenson delivering an impressive and soul-stirring sermon in Norwegian, after which he spoke at some length in English. The choir consisting of Ivar A. Skyberg, M. G. Skyberg, and Miss Agnes Ringheim all of Canton, S. Dak.; Miss Helga Skyberg and sister Mrs. Roy Fitzer, of Luverne, sang two beautiful songs.
The remains were laid at rest in Flowerfield cemetery.  The church was packed with neighbors, friends and relatives, who also brought a profusion of flowers as a last token to the beloved one that had passed away.
Two little maidens acted as flower girls -- Agnes Nelson and Lydia Nelson.  The pall bearers were Carl A. Moe, Joseph C. Nelson, Carl O. Antonson, Oliver G. Nordby, Morten Skyberg, and Iver Skyberg.
Relatives from a distance were Julius Skyberg (her brother) and his sons Oscar, John and Olaf, of Howard, S. Dak.; P. O. Skyberg and Olaf Skyberg (her brothers) from Luverne, Minn.; Misses Helga and Selma Skyberg, and Mrs. Roy Fitzer, of Luverne; Ivar Skyberg and M. G. Skyberg, of Canton, S. Dak.; A. O. Skyberg, of Sioux Falls, S. Dak.; Miss Ruth Moe of Worthington, Minn.
The sorrowing children have the sympathy of all in this community in the loss of their beloved mother.


Christian C. Moe
Source: The Hills Crescent (31 Aug. 1939) submitted by Helen Berg

Dies Following Lingering Illness
Christian C. Moe, pioneer resident of this community, passed away last Tuesday afternoon, August 29th, at 5:30 o'clock, at the age of 70 years, 5 months, and 16 days. 
Funeral services will be conducted this afternoon from Trinity Lutheran church at 2:00 o'clock, and interment will be made in Flowerfield cemetery.  Six nephews will serve as pall bearers.  Services will be conducted by Rev. M.E. Helland.
The deceased has been ailing for the past several years, suffering from a series of strokes that left him partially paralyzed.  However, it was not until the last two weeks that his condition became serious, with death coming Tuesday afternoon to take him from this world of pain to his last reward.
Christian was a native of Brandsvold, Solør, Norway being born March 13, 1869, the only son of Christian and Andrine (Skyberg) Moe.  In the family were six daughters, namely, Mary (Mrs. Ole Antonson), deceased, Jennie (Mrs. August Norby), Minda (Mrs. Otto Nelson), Christina (Mrs. John Nelson), Ida (Mrs. Nels Nelson), of Willmar, Clara (Mrs. Paul Ruud).
At the age of two months Christian accompanied his parents in the journey from the old world to America.  The family settled first in Mitchell county, Iowa, where they lived on a farm two years.  In 1872 the elder Mr. Moe joined the vanguard of pioneers that were to reap the first fruits of prosperity in Rock County, making the trip with his family in a covered wagon.  He homesteaded the northwest quarter section 22, Martin township, and it was there that "Chris" grew to manhood.
As a youth he attended district school during the winter sessions, assisting the rest of the year with work on the farm.  Becoming of age he rented land near the home place and engaged in farming until 1908, the date of his settlement in Hills.  For a year and a half he worked in the general store of Olaf Skyberg, and in March 1910 entered the employ of J.H. Finke, dealer in implements.
In 1911, he took a government claim at Rosemont reservation, N.D. and proved up same, returning in 1913 to take the position of manager of the local farmers elevator company, which position he held for 18 years.  He retired from active work in 1929.
On May 26, 1896, he was married to Josephine Ragnhild Severson in the St. Ansgar Lutheran church at Colton, S.D.  To this union were born, Gena Beatrice who died in infancy, Carl A., of Hills, Mrs. H. D. Skovgaard (Henrietta), of Hills, and Mrs. Levi R. Johnson (Ruth) of Worthington.  He was preceded in death by his wife who died August 19, 1929.
For eight years Mr. Moe served Martin township as its assessor.  He was also for several years a member of the school board, and also served as marshall of Hills.  As a sideline he repaired and sold watches in this community, many of the watches he sold are still in use here.  Mr. Moe was a man of kind and jolly disposition, and a friend to all.  Although ailing for the last few years up until the past few months he was able to be up and about, and never complained of his failing health.  To the bereaved children and sisters, we extend our sympathy in the loss of a loving father and brother.


Christian C. Moe Sr.
Source: The Hills Crescent (9 Jan. 1896) submitted by Helen Berg

Christian C. Moe, Sr. died at his home at 8 o'clock Saturday morning, January 4 of cancer of the stomach.  Deceased was born in the parish of Grue, Norway, September 6, 1839, and was therefore aged 56 years, 3 months and 28 days.
He immigrated to America with his family in the spring of 1869, and located in Mitchell County, Iowa, where he lived about three years.  He came to Rock county in company with P.O. Skyberg, John and Charles Nelson, John Goldberg, and Goodman Anderson in the month of June, 1872, and was therefore one of the first settlers in Martin township and Rock county.Deceased leaves a wife and seven children to mourn the loss of a kind and faithful husband and father.  Funeral services conducted by Rev. Th. Fossum occurred yesterday afternoon at 1 o'clock, from the brick church and was one of the most largely attended events in the history of the county.