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Obituaries and Death Notices

Allen Children
Source: Barton County Democrat (Great Bend, KS) July 23, 1896.

A Family of nine children were poisoned at Santiago, Minn., by drinking lemonade which contained some poisonous ingredients. The children died one after the other ant the parents were said to be very sick.

Source: Warren Sheaf (Warren, MN) July 23, 1896; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Nine children in a family named Allen died at Santiago, Minn., from the effects of drinking poisoned lemonade.

W. L. Babcock
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Monday, 13 Nov. 1899) transcribed by FoFG mz

Elk River, Minn., Nov. 13. - W. L. Babcock, president of the Bank of Elk River, and head of the mercantile firm of W. L. Babcock & Sons, died of pneumonia after a brief illness. Mr. Babcock was one of the oldest settlers in this county.

Tron Christenson
Source: The Princeton Union (MN) August 13, 1896; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Tron Christenson, of Blue Hill, died Aug. 3, aged 75 years. The funeral occurred at Santiago, Aug. 6, Rev. Ingebrigtson officiating.

Elijah Clark
Source: The Princeton Union (Princeton, MN) Thursday, March 30, 1905; submitted by Jim Dezotell

Old Settler Dies
Elijah Clark, an Early Mainite Pioneer, Dies From Paralytic Stroke Monday
Was One of the Early Settlers on Battle Brook and Came to Minnesota in 1859

Elijah Clark, one of the old settlers of Princeton and this section, died at his home on the north side of the river on last Monday morning at seven-thirty o'clock, death resulting from a paralytic stroke which he received last Friday. After suffering the stroke he went to bed and never left it. The funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon at the home of deceased, Rev. Swinnerton officiating. Interment was in Oak Knoll cemetery, where a father and a brother are buried.

Elijah Clark was born in the town of Canaan, county of Summerset, Maine, in the year 1827. When a lad he worked on the farm and after he grew up he took his father's farm and ran it some time when he decided to move west and in 1859 he settled in Minnesota.

He settled on a claim on Battle Brook near the old Love place, later moving to Blue Hill beyond the Wheeler farm, and after that he located on a farm in Santiago near the Pratt place. Sometime ago he sold his farm and came to Princeton to live with his sister Delia. He was seventy-seven years old on the sixteenth day of last October. Mr. Clark was a single man and always bore an excellent reputation and it was said of him that he never had an enemy. He is survived by three brothers, John, Henry and Samuel, and three sisters, Elizabeth, Delia and Ruth. His brother John lives in Nebraska and his sister Ruth resides in Massachusetts.

Evelynne Harriet Loraine Edlund
Source: Winthrop News (MN) Sept. 13, 1923, page 3; transcribed by Robin Line

A very impressive funeral ceremony was conducted when little Evelynne Harriet Loraine Edlund, was laid to rest in the Silent City. Services were held on Thursday, August 31, Devotional took place at the home at 2:00 p.m. and services at the First Lutheran church in this city at 3:00 p.m. Rev. A.F. Lundquist officiating. Mrs. Lundquist sang "Face to Face: and the quartet sang "There Will be no Dark Valley When Jesus Comes". There were six little flower girls, namely: Lucille Linnemann, Dorothy Runkle, Irene Larson, Lorinda Nelson, Harriet Johnson and Blossom Larson. The four pall bearers were: Ruth Larson, Irene Johnson, Lanette Linemann and Evelynne Larson.

James Edwards
Source: Bemidji Daily Pioneer (Bemidji, MN) February 15, 1906; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

James Edwards, father of Mrs. A. W. Mitchell of this city, died at Zimmerman, Minn., Feb. 11, aged 84. Through some error the telegram notifying Mrs. Mitchell of the death of her father went to Crookston and was not received by her until today. Mrs. Mitchell will be unable to attend the funeral.

Carrie M. Frederickson
 Source: "The Princeton Union", February 06, 1908 - KT - Sub by FoFG

Mrs. Frederickson Dies at Home of Her Daughter, Mrs. F. Peterson, After Long Illness.
Mrs. Carrie Magrete Frederickson died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Peterson, in this village, on Friday, January 31, from heart failure superinduced by a paralytic stroke received sixteen months ago. Since sustaining this paralytic affliction Mrs. Frederickson had been cared for by her daughter, and not-withstanding her severe suffering, bore her burden with fortitude. She was a good christian woman, and beloved by those who had the pleasure of her acquaintance. The deceased was born in Denmark, July 9, 1823, and on January 3, 1852, was married to Hans Frederickson. With her husband she came to the United States in May, 1889, and located at Ridgeway, Pa., where the family remained one year. From Ridgeway the family moved to Santiago, Sherburne county, Minn., where a homestead was taken up, and upon this homestead Mrs. Frederickson lived until the death of her husband, September 12, 1906. She was then brought to the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Peterson, in Princeton. Mrs. Frederickson was the mother of four daughters, three of whom survive her, viz., Mrs. Frank Peterson, Princeton; Mrs. Jas. Nelson, Idaho; Mrs. Peter Larson, Denmark. She also leaves six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Peterson at 3 o'clock on Friday afternoon, January 31. The services were conducted by Rev. Geo. A. Swertfager of the Congregational church. On the following day the remains were taken to the Danish cemetery at Santiago and there interred beside those of her husband. The floral offerings were profuse and among them were wreaths from the Pythian Sisters, Lady Maccabees and Rebeccahs.

William O. Freeland
Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Tuesday, March 23, 1909

Minneapolis, March 22.-William O. Freeland, Zimmerman, Minn., was so homesick that he starved himself and died at St. Barnabas hospital, after 23 days of fasting. Freeland came to the hospital Feb. 22 and was operated on. When he recovered from the operation he refused to eat and complained of homesickness. This condition obtained until he died from exhaustion. According to the death certificate filed today the cause of his death was:
"Exhaustion dependent on homesickness and consequent refusal to eat for 23 days. Otherwise doing well."

Source: The Princeton Union (MN) March 25, 1909; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
William O. Freeland, of Zimmerman, Minn., starved himself to death at St. Barnabas hospital, Minneapolis, by refusing to eat for 23 days following an operation for gall-stones. Death occurred March 17, but the cause was not known until yesterday, when Dr. H. C. Aldrich filed the death certificate which reads:
"The cause of death was exhaustion, dependent on homesickness and consequent refusal to eat for 23 days. He was otherwise doing well." Mr. Freeland is survived by a son, J. L. Freeland, of Minneapolis, and a daughter, who resides in Zimmerman. Both have children, and it was chiefly for the grandchildren that Mr. Freeland pined during his illness. He was 58 years old. - St. Paul Dispatch, March 23.

John Gerrish
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) (February 8, 1893; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Elk River, Minn., Feb. 7. - John Gerrish was brought to his home here last night from the Nickerson lumber camp at Kerrick, where he was fatally injured by falling off a sled and being trampled under foot by the horses.

Mrs. Frank Glass
Source: The Princeton Union, Thursday, July 27, 1911. Transcribed by the Albertiís.
The body of Mrs. Frank Glass, who died at the Northwestern hospital, was brought home on Wednesday evening of last week and buried in the Livonia cemetery on Friday afternoon. A large concourse of relatives and friends gathered to pay their last tribute of respect to the departed and follow the remains to their last resting place. Mr. Glass was obliged to go direct from the funeral to the hospital for treatment for blood poisoning, which he contracted in assisting in the case of his wife.

Mrs. Haight
[Source: Bohemia Nugget (Cottage Grove OR) October 3, 1906; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

The body of Mrs. Haight, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mansur, who live four miles out Coast Fork was brought in on the train Friday and taken to the family home from which it will be laid to rest in the White cemetery Saturday morning.

Mrs. Haight and her husband came up from San Francisco some time ago where she had undergone an operation, and has been failing ever since, and was recently taken to the Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland where she died.

Elk River, Minnesota papers please copy.

David Harvey
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Saturday, 18 Nov. 1911; transcribed by FoFG mz

ST. CLOUD, Nov. 17. - David Harvey, a veteran of the Civil war, died today. He was born in New York and came to this state in the 50's. He enlisted infantry and served from Aug. 15, 1862, to Aug. 16, 1865. He was for many years a resident of Sherburne county having held a homestead in Santiago town until 15 years ago when he moved to St. Cloud. He is survived by a widow and two daughters, Mrs. H. G. Wire and Mrs. Herman Luther.

Joseph W. Hawlick
Source: Evening News (San Jose, CA) Monday, December 24, 1917; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

HAWLICK-In San Jose, Cal., Dec. 23, 1917, Joseph W. Hawlick, beloved son of Mrs. Josephine Fiman of San Jose, and brother of Frances Hawlick of Silver Lake, Minn.; Charles Fiman of Elk River, Minn.; Edward Fiman of Waterford, Cal.; Ben Fiman of San Jose, and Mrs. Annie Kucera of Zimmerman, Minn. A native of Caledonia, Wis., aged 46 years. Remains at the parlors of Hocking & Williams Co., 60 279 North First.

C. W. Hayden
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Wednesday, 24 Apr. 1907) transcribed by FoFG mz

ELK RIVER, Minn., April 23. - C. W. Hayden, a pioneer resident and former sheriff of Sherburne county, died yesterday afternoon of heart trouble.

Mrs. Frank Hense
Source: Duluth News Tribune (28 Dec. 1919) transcribed by FoFG MZ

AITKIN - Funeral services for Mrs. Frank Hense, wife of judge of probate, who died here early Christmas morning, were held Saturday at Elk River. Death was due to paralysis suffered Sept. 24. Mrs. Hense was born at Bethlehem, N. H., April 16, 1866 and was married at Elk River, Dec. 24, 1891. They then lived in Centralia, Wash., coming to Aitkin in 1895. Mrs. Hense was clerk of probate court.

Margaret Iliff
Source: The Princeton Union, Thursday, April 4, 1918. Transcribed by the Albertiís.
Again the angel of death has descended taking from our midst an esteemed and respected resident, Mrs. Margaret Iliff, familiarly known as Grandma Iliff, who passed away on Easter Sunday at the age of 86 years. Mrs. Iliff has been one of the pioneer settlers of this vicinity, having came from Indiana to Minneapolis when a young girl, and was there married to the late James Iliff, coming with him to Spencer Brook and settling on the old Iliff place after which she moved to Zimmerman, where she has since resided. She became a member of the M. E. church at the age of 17, and has been faithful, conscientious worker for the Lord all the years of her life. She was a devoted wife and mother and, besides rearing a family of ten children, she raised an orphan child, Albert Burgett, giving him the same care and affection she bestowed on her own children. She leaves to mourn her departure four children, James Iliff, Mrs. Dan Kilmartin and Mrs. Dave Bridge of this place, and M. K. Iliff of Elk River, all of whom, with Albert Burgett, were at her bedside during the last days of her illness, rendering all possibly assistance and striving to alleviate her suffering, besides many other relatives and friends who regret her death. Funeral services were held at the M. E. church Thursday afternoon and were largely attended. Interment was in Livonia cemetery.

Violeta Johnson
Source: The Princeton Union (Princeton, MN) Thursday, June 14, 1902; submitted by Jim Dezotell

Blue Hill
Miss Violeta Johnson, sister of Edwin Johnson, died of old age at the home of her cousin, H. N. Johnson, Thornton, Iowa, June 3, aged 74 years and 10 months.

George Kilmartin
Source: The Princeton Union, Thursday, September 13, 1917. Transcribed by the Albertiís.
Geo. Kilmartin Dead.
Mr. Geo. Kilmartin died at Rochester, Minn., last week after a long illness. Mr. Kilmartin's former home was in Livonia and he is well remembered by the older citizens of this town. He is survived by his wife, daughter, son and a sister, Mrs. Morrison, of Everett, Wash., and a brother, Dennis Kilmartin, of Livonia. The funeral was held Friday at the Union church in Zimmerman, Rev. Andrew D. Stowe of Minneapolis conducting the service. The remains were laid to rest in the Livonia cemetery. Elk River Star-News, Sept. 6.

Patrick Kilmartin
Source: The Princeton Union, Thursday, January 31, 1907. Transcribed by the Albertiís.
An Old Livonia Settler Gone
Patrick Kilmartin, a pioneer resident of Livonia, Sherburne county, died at the residence of his son George in Minneapolis on the 16th inst., and the remains were interred in the Livonia burying ground two days later. Deceased was well and favorably known to many of the old settlers of Princeton and vicinity. He was a native of county Limerick, Ireland, and was born in 1826. At the age of 20 he emigrated to the United States and remained for a time in the east. In 1861 he moved to Wabasha county, this state. A year later he enlisted in the Fifth Minnesota and served three years. He settled in Livonia in 1867, where he resided until a few years ago. He is survived by two sons and a daughter - Dennis of Livonia, George of Minneapolis and Mrs. W. E. Morrison of Everett, Wash.

Walter E. Knox
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Wednesday, 2 Jan. 1946, page 2; Lorraine Markee Collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Pittsville – Walter E. Knox, 57, section foreman for the Chicago-Milwaukee-St. Paul Railroad for the past 30 years, died at 3 o'clock this morning at his home at Pittsville after a lingering illness.

The body will be taken to Eagle River for funeral services Saturday afternoon, and burial will take place at Sayner.

Mr. Knox was born at Becker, Minn., June 1, 1888, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Knox. He was a resident of Pittsville since July, 1944.

His first marriage was to Delia Touchette and took place at Becker, Minn. Ten children were born to this union. His wife and two children died. On Sept. 12, 1939 ***Note: The remainder of this article was cut off and was not available at the time of transcription.

Source: The Princeton Union (Princeton, MN) Friday, August 10, 1877; submitted by Jim Dezotell

A young man named Kommillovitt (no one knows how to spell the name correctly) fell from a tree near his home about seven miles from Big Lake, last Sun, and dislocated his spine. He was carried to the house and cared for, but lived only a few hours. He was sixteen or eighteen years of age and lived with his parents. - Monticello Times

Chas Leider
Source: The Princeton Union, Thursday, October 8, 1908. Transcribed by the Albertiís.
Chas Leider (sic), while coming to town with a load of potatoes, met an automobile, his horses were frightened and jumped and hit a rock, throwing him off the wagon and both wheels going over him. He was brought to the hotel immediately and Dr. Cooney was called. He was taken to the hospital at Princeton and died soon after. The funeral was held at the German Lutheran church in Livonia and the interment took place in the Livonia cemetery. He leaves a wife and eleven children to mourn his death. He was a kind-hearted man and his death is regretted by a host of friends.

Michael Lynch
Source: The Princeton Union (Princeton, MN) Thursday, March 30, 1905; submitted by Jim Dezotell

Michael Lynch, a Glendorago Pioneer, Dies at His Home in that Town Recently.
Death of Glendorado Pioneer

Michael Lynch one of the old settlers of the town of Glendorado, Benton county, died at his home in that town on March 18th, aged eighty-three years. He was one of the best known men in the county.

Michael Lynch Sr., was born in the county of Connaught, Ireland, in 1822 and in 1850, at the age of twenty-eight, he and his family emigrated to America, first settling in the province of Nova Scotia, Canada. After a seven year’s residence on Canadian soil Mr. Lynch moved to the United States and took up residence at Portland, Maine. He resided at Portland until the close of the Civil war, when he came west and located at St. Paul.

In 1870 he went to Clear Lake and in 1880 took a homestead in the town of Glendorado, Benton county, where he resided continually until his demise.

Mrs. P. F. Malm
Source: The Princeton Union (Princeton, MN) Thursday, March 16, 1905; submitted by Jim Dezotell

Mrs. P. F. Malm died last Friday morning at one o'clock at her home in Zimmerman. She had been in poor health for some time. The cause of her death was pneumonia and heart trouble. The funeral was held Saturday forenoon at 9:30 at the house, Rev. Swinnerton of Princeton officiating, and the remains were taken to Minneapolis her former home, for burial. Mrs. Malm leaves a husband and ten children to mourn her loss. The children are all grown up and one son, E. C. Malm and a daughter Mrs. C. J. Johnson, live near town. Not all of the children could be present at the funeral on account of living too far away. Mrs. Malm was seventy-three years of age and came to Minnesota in 1869. She and her husband celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last year. She was a beloved wife and mother and the husband and children have the sympathy of all in their sad bereavement.

S. Helen Malm
Source: The Minneapolis Journal (MN) March 11, 1905; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Mrs. S. Helen Malm, 73 year old, died yesterday morning at Zimmerman, Minn. She is survived by a son, Professor P. Z. Malm of Minnesota college, Minneapolis. Funeral Monday 2:30 p. m. from St. Paul's Lutheran church. Bloomington avenue and Twenty-fifth street.

Ethel Marsh
Source: Sherburne county Times (8 Mar. 1900) Submitted by Mike Brubaker, Executive Director of Sherburne County Historical Society

BLUE HILL - Again the grim reaper entered the home of Wm. Marsh, and taken Ethel, the little flower of nearly 12 years. She died on the 2nd of pneumonia, after an illness of one short week. She was a loveable child, beloved by all who knew her and will be sadly missed. This makes the eighth child laid to rest by that family, 7 of whom lie in the cemetery here. May consolation come to that bereaved family from on high, the only source from which true comfort can come in this their hour of sore bereavement.

Mr. Marsh is very sick yet, being confined to his bed with sore throat and lung trouble.

Edward Mortimer
Source: The Princeton Union (Princeton, MN) Friday, August 10, 1877; submitted by Jim Dezotell

Died - In Santiago, Sherburne county, on the 4th inst., after an illness of three hours, Edward Mortimer, son of John M. and Mary Beersley, aged one year and nine months. Edward was a bright active child, and has gone to dwell with him who has said, "suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not for of such is the kingdom of heaven."

Mrs. Torger Olson
Source: The Princeton Union, Thursday, July 9, 1908. Transcribed by the Albertiís.
Mrs. Torger Olson passed away on Monday, July 6. She had been a sufferer for over a year from consumption and her death was a release from much pain. She leaves a husband and two little daughters to mourn her loss. The funeral services were held from the house on Wednesday at 1 o'clock and the remains were taken to the Livonia cemetery.

John M. Reed
Source: The Independent Record (Helena, MT) March 29, 1935; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

John M. Reed, 61, an employe at Fort Harrison for serveral years and a veteran of the Spanish-American war, passed away shortly after noon yesterday at the veterans hospital at Fort Harrison after an illness of several weeks. Funeral services will be held at Covallis Saturday.

Born in Santiago, Minn., March 9, 1874, Mr. Reed came to Montana in 1900 and made his home at Covallis. He lived there until four years ago when he came to Helena to work at Fort Harrison.

Mr. Reed was taken ill about six weeks ago and was confined to his home at 1027 Peosta avenue until last Monday when his condition became serious and he was removed to the hospital. He is survived by his widow, formerly Addie Barr, whom he married at Corvallis; a son Harvey of Hamilton, and a daughter, Mrs. Gladys Fisher of this city. He also leaves three grandchildren.

Mr. Reed enlisted in the United States army in April, 1898, and served as a private in Company H of the First North Dakota volunteer infantry during the Spanish-American war.

Source: Montana Butte Standard (MT) April 5, 1935; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

CORVALLIS, April 4.-(Special) The flag-draped casket bearing the body of John M. Reed, 61, whose death occurred last Thursday at Fort Harrison, arrived in Corvallis Saturday for funeral services at the United church and burial in the Corvallis cemetery. The Rev. C. J. Taber officiated. R. R> Hull sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and a trio sang "We Are Going Down the Valley." Pallbearers were George Johnson, J. F. Johnson, Harry Neafus and Frank Engler of Corvallis, Victor Johnson and Ray Perkins of Helena.

Accompanying the body from Helena were the widow, Mrs. Addie Reed; a daughter, Mrs. Gladys Fisher, and a son, Harvey Reed, whose home is at Hamilton. Mrs. C. P. Kennedy, sister of Mrs. Reed came from Declo, Idaho, accompanied by a son and her nephew Ted Cochran. Guy Cochran came from Troy and there were present three grandchildren who live at Hamilton.

Mr. Reed was born at Santiago, Minn., March 9, 1874. He was orphaned at an early age and was cared for by an uncle. In 1898 he enlisted with the United States army, Company H, First North Dakota Volunteer infantry, and served as a private in the Spanish-American war. Coming to Montana in 1900, he was married to Miss Addie Barr at Corvallis and the couple made this place their home for a number of years. While serving as a janitor in the local school. Mr. Reed invented the Reed rotary adjustable school seat with which the local school is partially supplied. For the past four years he and Mrs. Reed have had employment at the Veterans' hospital at Fort Harrison, where he died March 27 following an illness of three weeks.

F. S. Walker
Source: The Brainerd Daily Dispatch (MN) August 1, 1927; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Funeral services for Frank Samuel Walker, former Brainerd resident and sister of Mrs. J. L. Frederick, were conducted July 14 at Kalispell. Montana by the Masonic lodge with Rev. W. H. Sandy, of Central Christian Church, Kalispell officiating.

A quartet sang three hymns while at the grave in Conrad Memorial cemetery taps were sounded by Howard Hunt and Allan French of the American Legion.

Mr. Walker was born August 17, 1785 at Santiago, Minn., and died at his home at Lakeside, July 12 at the age of 52 years. He enlisted in the United States army in Denver, Colorado in 1918 and served as a sergeant throughout the World War. While in the army he was a victim of poison gas which resulted in ill health and ultimate death. He had made his home on Flathead lake, Montana, since 1921 but lived many years in Brainerd.

Surviving besides his widow, Mrs. Alice M. Walker are one son, Bruce, two sisters, Mrs. J. L. Frederick, Brainerd, Mrs. M. B. Pullen, of Pasadena, California; and two brothers, Charles A. Walker, of Santa, Idaho and George M. Walker of Sandpoint, Idaho.

He was a member of the American Legion and the Masonic lodge.

William Warner
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Wednesday, 27 July 1898) transcribed by FoFG mz

Elk River, Minn., July 27. - William Warner, an architect and builder of this place, died yesterday from the effects of paralysis. Mr. Warner was a bachelor 64 years of age. He has been a resident of Elk River over twenty-five years and was highly respected.

Mrs. Ben L. Welcome
Source: Duluth News Tribune (24 Oct. 1920) transcribed by FoFG MZ

AITKIN, Oct. 23. - Mrs. Ben L. Welcome of Aitkin died at a Minneapolis hospital following an operation. She had been a resident of Aitkin for 19 years, and is survived by her husband, and one son, Earl Welton. The deceased will be buried at Elk River, her former home.

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