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Roseau County, Minnesota


Obituaries and Death Notices


Emma Aase
Source: Grand Forks Herald (ND) Tuesday, 12 Jan. 1915; transcribed by FoFG mz

Miss Emma Aase of Roseau county, Minnesota, died this morning at 2:30 at the Deaconess hospital following an operation. She was 18 years of age and had been ill but eight days. Her father accompanied her here, staying at a local hotel. The body is at the Ashley undertaking parlors, where it will be prepared and taken back home.


Eli Anderson
Source: Evening Times (Grand Forks, ND) Wednesday, 29 Oct. 1913; transcribed by FoFG mz

Winnipeg, Oct. 29. – Eli Anderson of Roseau, Minn., age 28, was instantly killed last night when he was blown from the roof of the new cement building in St. Vital, to the ground, a distance of eighty-five feet, during a forty-five mile an hour gale.

He was a carpenter working on the night shift and was alone at the time.

A brother of Anderson of Drayton, N.D., arrived today to attend the inquest.


Victoria Blawat
Source: "Grafton Record" (North Dakota), December 29, 1979, Saturday - Submitted by Kathie Marynik

Mrs. Victoria Blawat, 77 Greenbush, Minn., a native of Warsawc, died Sunday at the Greenbush Nursing Home. Services will be at 10 AM (today) Saturday at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Greenbush, with burial in the church cemetery.
Victoria Perkerewicz was born on Nov. 16, 1902, in Warsaw. After her marriage to Severyn Blawat in Warsaw on Nov. 16, 1902, the couple farmed near Greenbush until retiring into the town in 1953. Her husband died in November 1970. Survivors include two sons, Tony and Frank, both of Greenbush; one sister, Mrs. Frances Blawat, Drayton; and four grandchildren.


Opal Brunk
Source: Grand Forks Herald (ND) Monday, 18 Apr. 1910; transcribed by FoFG mz

Mrs. Opal Brunk, wife of J. E. Brunk, 1217 University avenue, died at 10 o'clock Saturday night. Death being due to tuberculosis, from which she had been suffering for a little more than a year.

Mrs. Brunk, whose maiden name was Opal Hastings, was born in Beaumont, Kansas, March 4, 1889. Soon afterward she went to Missouri with her parents, and remained there until 12 years of age, when she moved to Roseau county, Minn., with her parents. Her father died there shortly afterward. She was married to J. E. Brunk, November 13, 1905, and came to Grand Forks three years ago. Besides her husband, she is survived by one son, Louis L., eighteen months of age. Mrs. Brunk was a member of the Methodist church.

The funeral services will be held at the Methodist church Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Internment will be in Memorial Park cemetery.


Helen Campbell
Source: Register Republic (Rockford, IL, Thursday, December 20, 1951; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

CAMPBELL-Mrs. Helen Campbell. 28, 2320 Green st. died at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, 1951 in her home after a long illness. She was born Jan. 5, 1923, in Keister, Minn., the daughter of E. K. And Nedda Olson. She lived 10 years in Rockford, coming here from Badger, Minn. She was married to Floyd Campbell in Belvidere, March 17, 1945. Survivors include: her husband; a daughter, Patricia, 4; her parents living in Badger; and five sisters, Mrs. Cecelia Kranski, Arla Olson, and Mrs. Eunice Wiskow, all of Badger; Mrs. Net Peterson, Strathcona, Minn., and Mrs. Audrey Kassa, Rockford. Arrangements are being completed by the Long-Klontz Funeral Home, 428 Park ave.


John Quincy Chapin

DEATH OF J. Q. CHAPIN.
The death of John Quincy Chapin occurred at his residence in Malung Wednesday morning, Feb. 14th. Mr. Chapin had been ill for about three weeks. At the time of his death all the members of the family were present with the exception of Mrs. Voaklander, a daughter, and two sons, Charles and John, who are expected to arrive today.

The deceased was born in Ogdensburg, N. Y., and was in his 73rd year. He removed with his family to Lake county, South Dakota in the year 1879, and from there removed to Roseau county in 1894, settling in the town of Malung. Mr. Chapin was a man of kindly disposition, highly respected by his neighbors and cherished and beloved by his family. He had always been strong and hearty and his mind active and vigorous. Through life his career had been honorable and upright and his life blessed by a faithful wife and devoted children. The immediate family surviving his death are, besides his faithful consort, Alva S., of Harpers Ferry, Ia., John W., of Winford, S. D.; Mrs. Clara Voaklander of Geneva, Neb.; Chas A. of Osakis, Minn.; Mrs. Ida McKim of Ross; Henry J. Fred L. and Rose, residing at home.

The funeral will take place at the residence in Malung, tomorrow at 2 p. m. The interment will be made on the homestead.
Source: Roseau County Times (MN) Feb. 16, 1900; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman


John Erickson
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, 20 Nov. 1910; transcribed by FoFG mz

CROOKSTON, Minn., Nov. 20. - John Erickson, a wealthy merchant of Fox, Roseau county, dropped dead on the Great Northern train en route to this city last evening, expiring shortly before the train reached here without uttering a word.

Sister Dorothy, of St. Vincent’s hospital, Crookston, was on the train and thought he had fainted. Stimulants were applied but death from heart disease was instant.

He was 65 years old and leaves a wife and several children. When Coroner Stenshoel telephoned to Mrs. Erickson, she fainted also from the shock. Deceased had been ailing and was en route to Rochester for a diagnosis of his trouble. He was prominent throughout this section.


Rasmus A. Flaa
Source: The Princeton Union (MN) September 22, 1898; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

ACCIDENTALLY KILLED.
Roseau, Minn., Sept. 20. - Rasmus A. Flaa, a prosperous farmer of Roseau county, was killed by being run over by a team of bronchos hitched to a plow. The bronchos were not well broken, and becoming fractious, Mr. Flaa stepped to their heads, when the horses reared, knocked him down and ran over him. The plow almost severed one of his legs near the hip. His wife, who was with him, ran for help, but when she returned the unfortunate man was just breathing his last. Deceased leaves a wife and two small children.


J.B. Graveel
Source: Grand Forks, ND Herald, Thursday, 30 October 1902 -- Contributed by James Van Der Mark
Yesterday evening the remains of the late J. B. Graveel were brought here from Roseau for interment. Mr. Graveel died on Tuesday, October 21 at his home near Roseau, Minn., after an illness of about three weeks, paralysis of the throat being the immediate cause of death.

Mr. Graveel was born in Wisconsin of French parents 43 years ago last March, but resided in Minnesota during the last eight or ten years. Until less than a year ago he lived in Minneapolis, but failing health led to his removal to a claim near Warroad, where he has develop a property of considerable value.

Besides a wife and four children, two boys and two girls, he leaves his mother, Mrs. Mary Graveel of Fessenden, and the following brothers and sisters; Charles and Paul at Grand Rapids, Minn., Eugene at Lakota, N.D., Gus and Lucien at Fessenden, Mrs. L. Prescott at Grand Forks, Mrs. Bessinett at Park River, and Mrs. Gilmore in Minneapolis. He was a member in good standing of Crystal lodge A. O. U. W. of Minneapolis, and carried $2,000 insurance in that order. The funeral arrangements are not yet completed, but the interment will be in the Grand Forks cemetery on Friday, and services will be held on that day in St. Michael's Catholic church. Detailed announcement will be made in the morning.


Luella Hagstrom
Source: Omaha World Herald (Omaha, NE) Wednesday, January 17, 1934; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

NAIL IN BRONCHIAL TUBE KILLS A BABY.
St. Paul, Minn., Jan. 16 (AP).-Luella Hagstrom, 8 months old, died early today after a futile attempt by physicians to remove from her bronchial tube a small nail which she swallowed last Saturday.

The mother, Mrs. Elmer Hagstrom of Strathcona, Minn., traveled 40 miles to Thief River Falls in a snowmobile, thence to St. Paul by train in her effort to save the child's life.


F. E. Johnson
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Saturday, 10 Jan. 1920) transcribed by FoFG MZ

SPOONER – F. E. Johnson, deputy coroner, took charge of body of Guy C. McDermott, 38, who was found dead in bed in a boarding house. Body was sent to Roseau, where Mrs. Johnson and two children reside. McDermott was logging here during winter.


Charles Kelly
Source: Grand Forks Herald (ND) Thursday, 14 June 1906; transcribed by FoFG mz

The funeral of Charles Kelly, who died at Roseau, was held yesterday from the church at Grand Marais. There was a large attendance. The body of the deceased was brought from Roseau overland, the distance being 85 miles.


Guy C. McDermott
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Saturday, 10 Jan. 1920; transcribed by FoFG mz

SPOONER – F. E. Johnson, deputy coroner, took charge of the body of Guy C. McDermott, 38, who was found dead in a bed in a boarding house. Body was sent to Roseau, where Mrs. Johnson and two children reside. McDermott was logging here during the winter.


Richard H. Medicraft
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Wednesday, 20 June 1909) transcribed by FoFG MZ

BADGER, Minn., June 22. – Richard H. Medicraft died at Roseau yesterday evening from an attack of typhoid fever and was buried today. The funeral was attended by delegations from all the Masonic and Woodmen lodges of the county. Mr. Medicraft was an attorney and editor and publisher of the Roseau Region. He had served as county attorney and was a member of the 1903 legislature.


Chester Henry Miller
Source: Standard News (17 Aug. 1994) Submitted by Marjorie M. Medley

Chester Henry Miller, 83, died August 3, 1994 at Springfield, MO. Born July 5, 1911 at Badger, MN, to Alonzo A. and Lilly Novotny Miller, he married Eva Grace Gibbons on October 10, 1936 at Granite City, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Roy, Dan, Orval and Clarence; and one sister, Elsie Hargroves.

Chester is survived by his wife, Eva Grace, of the home in Mountain View, MO; two sons, Wayne and wife, Carl, Fort Worth, TX, and Glen and wife, Joy, West Chester, PA; one brother, Walter Miller, Mountain View; two sisters, Irene Smithe and Inez Thomas, both of Mountain View; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Chester was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church of Mountain View. He worked as a mechanic, drove a truck and operated a sand and gravel business. He spent his adult life in the Mountain View area. During his retirement years, Chester enjoyed spending winters in Arizona with his wife and participating in dances in blue grass music festivals.

Funeral services were held August 6, 1994 at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Mountain View, MO with Reverend Carol Gastineau officiating. Interment was in Greenlawn Cemetery.


Mrs. Lars Nelson
Source: The Duluth Herald (MN), Monday Evening, Oct. 24, 1910, Volume XXVIII - No. 170.

MINNESOTA BRIEFS. Roseau - Mrs. Lars Nelson died recently at her home near Sprague. The deceased was born Dec. 15, 1830, in Sweden, married Dec. 26, 1857, and with her husband and seven children came to Dassell, Minn. in 1880, and in 1888 moved to Roseau county and took up a homestead south of town, where they resided until they moved to Canada a few years ago.


Israel Ryder
Source: The Dunkirk Observer-Journal, - 24 Nov 1887; submitted by KT

Hallock, Minn, Nov. 25 - Israel Ryder, an Indian trader, was shot and killed by Charles Copenaz, an Indian, living at Roseau Lake. The murder occurred during a drunken spree and is supposed to have been premeditated, as the Indians have been feeling extremely bitter toward Ryder. The murderer escaped over the line into the British possessions.


William Stiles
Source: Winnipeg Free Press (Canada), 4 Oct 1876; submitted by KT

It is proven beyond a doubt that one of the robbers shot and killed at Northfield, Minn., and supposed to be Chadwell, was William Stiles, whose father, Elisha Stiles, now lives in Polk County, Minn., about two miles from Grand Forks. Fargo also boasts of the dead robber having been a resident of that place in '74.


Bella Torfin
Source: Grand Forks Herald (ND) Saturday, 30 Aug. 1919; transcribed by FoFG mz

Aneta, N.D., Aug. 29. – Bella Torfin, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Torfin of this city, is dead following an illness of eight months from tuberculosis. Miss Torfin was born in Roseau county, Minnesota, moving here with her parents at an early age. Besides the parents, one sister and two brothers survive.


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