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Obituaries and Death Notices



Luther Abbott
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Monday, 16 Nov. 1914; transcribed by FoFG mz

OWATONNA, Minn., Nov. 15. - Luther Abbott, former mayor of Owatonna and a pioneer citizen, died here today. He settled in Minnesota in 1877.


Dorastus C. Adams
Source: The People's Press (Owatonna, Steele Co., MN) July 23, 1897, page 7; submitted by Robin Line
The death of Mr. Dorastus C. Adams, which occurred qt 10:15 o'clock last Friday morning at his home on South Cedar street, was a shock to his many friends in this city and county. Although he had been complaining for three or four weeks, no one seemed to anticipate that death was near at hand. About an hour before he died he was seized with pains in the region of the heart which seemed unyielding to medical skill. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Rev. E. B. Jones at 6:30 Saturday afternoon, the interment taking place immediately afterwards in Forest Hill cemetery. Mr. Adams was born in Ludlow, Vermont, June 13, 1826, and was therefore aged 71 years and 16 days when he died. He was married in 1852 to Miss Susan Russell, who now survives him. Mrs. C. W. hadley, of this city, is their only living child. Mr. Adams left his native state when quite young and embarked in the hotel business at Holyoke, Massachusetts. After remaining in that business for a number of years he decided to come west and landed at Austin in the fall of 1872 and came to Owatonna in the year following. Upon his arrival here he engaged inthe business of loan broker and real estate agent. Five years.


Edrick Atwater
Source: Kalamazoo Gazette (Kalamazoo, MI) Friday, January 15, 1892; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Mr. Edrick Atwater, an early pioneer of Kalamazoo county, died at the residence of Monroe Barnea (his son-in-law) in Kalamazoo on Saturday last, he was buried from Mr. Barnea's residence, 127 Catherine street, on Monday at the o'clock a.m. The Rev. J. A. Johnston officiating. He was buried in the Oshtemo cemetery on Genessee prairie. Mr. Atwater was born in Broom county, N. Y., on the 21st day of December, A. D. 1809, thus making him 82 years old. He came to Kalamazoo county in the spring of 1882 and has claimed Kalamazoo county as his home ever since. He taught the first district school taught in Oshtemo township in the winter of 1835-6. He was at one time owner of a sawmill situated at the foot of what was familiarly known as the Atwater mild-pond [sic.] in township of Texas. He run the mill until Wm. L. Booth came on from New York and settled at the head of the mill pond and compelled Mr. Atwater to draw off the pond as it overflowed some of his land. The drainage of the pond rendered the mill property worthless which was a sad disaster to the owner. He was noted for honesty, integrity and strictly moral character and highly esteemed by all who knew him. He leaves three children and two brothers to mourn his death. His children are Edwin Atwater of Oahtemo, Helen Atwater of Mattawan and Mrs. Monroe Barnea of Kalamazoo, his brothers are O. C. Atwater of Oshtemo, 80 years of age and John H. Atwater of Medford, Minn., 75 years old.


John Atwater
Source: Kalamazoo, Gazette (Kalamazoo, MI) Friday, May 6, 1892; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

John H. Atwater of Medford, Minnesota, a resident of Oshtemo in years gone by, died at his home on Tuesday, April 25th, of rheumatism of the heart.


Matilda Atwater
Source: Kalamazoo Gazette (Kalamazoo, MI) Friday, January 15, 1897; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

OSHTEMO.
. . . Mrs. Matilda Atwater, widow of the late J. H. Atwater of Medford, Minn., and sister of W. C. Wild of Oshtemo died on the evening of Jan. 1, at Waterville, Minn., at the age of 67 years. Mrs. A. was buried by the side of her husband and two sons in the Medford cemetery.


Mrs. D. Banks
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Saturday, 15 Apr. 1899) transcribed by FoFG mz

Owatonna, Minn., April 15. - Mrs. D. Banks, aged 70 years, who was severely burned a few days ago, her clothes catching fire from a bonfire, died last night.


Alvin B. Barrett
Source: The Princeton Union (Princeton, MN) – Thursday, October 5, 1899; transcribed by Jim Dezotell

Mr. Alvin B. Barrett died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. F. Swanson, in the township of Warsaw, Rice county, on Thursday evening at 7:45 o’clock, Sept. 14, after an illness of six weeks, aged 62 years, 1 month and 9 days. The funeral services were conducted from the house by Rev. E. C. Chevis, pastor of the Congregational church of Medford, on Saturday morning. The remains were brought to Owatonna and laid to rest beside those of his wife in Forest Hill Cemetery. Mr. Barrett was born in Crown Point, New York State, August 5, 1837. He was married to Miss Ellen Archer at the same place in 1866. Three daughters were born to them. Mesdames C. N. Archer and W. E. Finley, who live in Mille Lacs county, and Mrs. E. F. Swanson, of Warsaw, Rice county. Mesdames Archer and Swanson were present at the funeral services. Mrs. Finley was unable to be present. Mr. and Mrs. Barrett and family moved to Owatonna in the spring of 1883 and made their home in this city until 1889 when they moved to Mille Lacs county where they lived three years. They then moved back to Owatonna. Mrs. Barrett died in this city on Wednesday, September 26, 1894, and since that time he made his home with his daughter, Mrs. E. F. Swanson, in Warsaw, Rice county. Farming had been his principal occupation, but of late years, he had surrendered the active duties of life on account of failing health. He was taken ill in the first part of August with jaundice which developed into complication of troubles resulting in his death. Mr. Barrett was a successful man and an honest, upright citizen, respected by all who knew him. He was a kind husband, a loving father and a good neighbor. The influence he wielded among his associates was strong and wide. In his personality, he was attractive, drawing to himself a host of friends who will mourn his departure from their midst. The relatives have the sympathy of this community in their bereavement. - Owatonna Peoples' Press


Mr. Brinkman
Source: Zumbrota Independent (Zumbrota, MN) October 17, page 2; submitted by Robin Line

A man named Brinkman, who lives at Fanning was recently gored by a bull, and died. He was 80 years old.


Mrs. L.J. Burtch
Source: The Blooming Prairie Times Thursday, May 27, 1948. Page 16. Contributed by Chrissy.

Mrs. L.J. Burtch Dies Saturday
Mrs. L.J. Burtch, one of the few remaining pioneers of this community, passed away in the Miller Rest Home at Lansing on Saturday, May 22nd. She was aged 80 years, 1 month and 3 days, and death resulted from infirmities of old age. She had been seriously ill for one week. Her husband preceded her in death eight years ago.

Sarah Louise Catherman was born April 19, 1868, at Centerville, Penn., the daughter of William and Catherine Catherman.

On December 6, 1892, at Burr Oak, Iowa, she was united in marriage to Lucien Jay Burtch. Mr and Mrs. Burtch made their home in this vicinity for the past thirty-two years. She was a member of the Methodist Church, Methodist Ladies Aid and also the Royal Neighbors.

She is survived by one son, Earl L. Burtch, Blooming Prairie, one brother, L. A. Catherman of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, also several cousins, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Monday, May 24th at 12:30 o'clock in the Blooming Prairie funeral chapel with Rev. Karstens, pastor of the Community Methodist church officiating. Rev. Karstens sand two songs, accompanied on the piano by Mrs. Marvin Jensen.

Pallbearers were: Jay Beal, Fallie Nelson, Bert Milton, Elmer Berg, Alvin Lea, and Osen Peterson. The body was taken to Plymouth, Iowa, where interment was made in the Oakwood cemetery.

Relatives attending the last rites from a distance were: Mr. and Mrs. Ray Markham, LaVern Markham, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Burtch, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hudson and Jean of Osage, Iowa, Mrs. Clinton Tubbes of Floyd, Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. John Markham of Lyle, Minn., Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Burtch and Cynthia of Brownsdale and Mrs. Leonard Harrington, Sandra and Terry of Rochester.


Charles H. Church
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) Saturday, 20 July 1895; transcribed by FoFG mz

Charles H. Church, the bonanza farmer of Cambria township, whose permanent home is at Owatonna, Minn., died suddenly at his residence on the farm at 5 o'clock last evening of heart failure. Mr. Church had been ailing for some time, but was not ill enough to take to his bed. He was born in 1828 and was, therefore, 67 years of age when he died. Mr. Church was a large property owner, a skilled farmer, a pioneer settler, and an enterprising, energetic and honorable member of society. His loss will be severely felt. This evening the remains will be sent to Owatonna, Minn., for burial. They will be accompanied by a son of the deceased, Fred Church, who arrived yesterday morning.


Hazel E. Colvin
Source: Owatonna People's Press, July 2006. Transcribed by the Alberti's.

Hazel E. Colvin
1913-2006
OWATONNA - Hazel E. Colvin, 92, of Owatonna, died Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at Cedarview Care Center.

She was born November 26, 1913 in Fargo, ND., the daughter of Henry and Clara (Stenjhem) Karges. She grew up in Fargo and later married Harry Colvin, January 10,1935 in Moorhead, Minn. The couple moved to Owatonna in 1959. Harry died in July of 1985. Hazel was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

She is survived by four sons: Cal and Dorothy of Edina, Minn., Robert and Mary of Eden Prairie, Minn., Michael of Owatonna, John and Marcy of Mason City, Iowa; daughter-in-law, Lynn Colvin of Owatonna; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, one brother, and one sister.

Funeral service Will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. John Lestock officiating. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. today at Michaelson Funeral Horne, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Owatonna Memorial Garden Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to Cedarview Care Center or Trinity Lutheran Church.


Mrs. Cory
Source: Evening Times (Grand Forks, ND) Tuesday, May 17, 1910; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

E. M. Cory's Mother Dead
E. M. Cory who left here Saturday for Medford, Minn., to be at the bedside of his dying mother only arrived to find that she had passed away even before he left this city. The funeral was held Sunday and Mr. Cory will probably return home this evening. The aged mother leaves to mourn her loss beside Mr. Cory two daughters, Mrs. Laura Dutton of Medford and Mrs. Martha Wilkinson of Herman, Minn., and another son, Sanford, with whom she made her home.


James M. Diment
Source: Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Tuesday, 18 July 1922; transcribed by FoFG mz

Owatonna, Minn., July 17. - James M. Diment, 72, former mayor of Owatonna and representative from Steele county in the legislature, died here today following a stroke of paralysis suffered May 29. He was influential in local and state business affairs for 40 years.

He represented Steele county in the Minnesota house of the legislature in 1889; he was postmaster of Owatonna from 1900 to 1913 and mayor for six years, his term expiring this spring. Mr. Diment was chairman of the Republican first district congressional committee in the campaign which sent James A. Tawney of Winona to congress the first time.

At the time of his death he was vice president of the First National bank of this city.

Private services will be conducted at his late residence on Wednesday.

A widow and one daughter survive.


Alice Dunbar
Source: Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Tuesday, 3 Nov. 1908; transcribed by FoFG mz

Mrs. Alice Dunbar, who has been ill for several weeks, died yesterday morning at a hospital in this city. The deceased was a former resident of Caledonia, Minn., where she settled, with her husband, about 30 years ago. She had been a resident of Grand Forks for the past two years. She was a member of the Presbyterian church and took an active part in the work. She has made her home with her son, Walter Dunbar, who is employed by the Great Northern. They resided in the Gotzian block. Will Dunbar, her other son, has been notified in Seattle and the time of the funeral will not be fixed until he is heard from. The internment will be made at Owatonna, Minn., where Wells E. Dunbar, her husband, is buried.

During her brief residence in Grand Forks the deceased has made many friends and they all sympathize with her bereaved relatives.


Mark H. Dunnell
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) Wednesday, 10 Aug. 1904; transcribed by FoFG mz

Owatonna, Minn., Aug. 10. - Mark H. Dunnell, former congressman and a distinguished citizen of the Northwest, died at his home here early in the day of heart failure, aged eighty-one. Mr. Dunnell was a Republican from the organization of the party, being a delegate to the convention which nominated John C. Fremont in 1856.


O. N. Eastman
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) February 16, 1893; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

DIED.
EASTMAN-In Rochester, Minn., Mr. O. N. Eastman. Will be buried at his old home at Medford, Minn., Friday Feb. 17. Mr. Eastman was an old resident of Milbank, S. D.


Harriet Fitzhugh
Source: Trenton Evening Times (Trenton, NJ) Saturday, May 26, 1923; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

LIVED IN ONE ROOM, HER ESTATE $83,466.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., May 26.-When Mrs. Harriet Fitzhugh died here two years ago, it was believed she was in extremely moderate circumstances. She lived in one small room of a seven room house. The others she rented to tourists.

In the one room, Mrs. Fitzhugh ate and slept. A small stove in one corner of the room was used for cooking as well as to provide warmth. Behind the stove were piled old newspapers, tightly rolled like cordwood, for fuel.

Her clothes were of the poorest material, worn threadbare.

This month her estate, valued at $83,466, paid an inheritance tax of $1,533 to the state.

Mrs. Fitzhugh left no will, so far as can be learned. Those who will benefit from this estate are Mrs. Fitzhugh's two sisters, Mrs. Lottie C. Marvin and Mrs. Julia K. White of Cicero, Ill., and these others, Henry J. Crandall, Moline, Ill., nephew; George Harry and Harriet Towns, Lincoln, Neb.; Kittie A. Graham, Hollywood, Calif.; William McDonald, Medford, Minn., and Fannie Gilchrist, Pasadena, Calif.


Lydia E. Fowler
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) Friday, September 2, 1932; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

EARLY RESIDENT OF WARNER DIES
Lingering Illness Ends In Death of Mrs. Fowler in Local Hospital.

Lydia E. Fowler, wife of M. M. Fowler, of Warner, passed away at a local hospital Friday morning at one o'clock after an illness of several months duration.

Lydia E. Jones was born October 11, 1857, at Faribault, Minn. When a child she moved with her parents to Vivian, Minnesota, where she grew to womanhood. On the seventh day of October, 1875, she was united in marriage to M. M. Fowler of Medford, Minn. To this union was born five children, all but one of whom have preceded her. They lived at Medford until 1890 at which time they came to South Dakota settling at Warner, their present home. The deceased was a most kind and devoted wife and mother; much loved by all who knew her. She was a member of the First Evangelical church of Aberdeen and a member of the Rebekah lodge of Warner.

She leaves to mourn her passing her husband. M. M. Fowler and a daughter, Mrs. Carl Werth, of Warner; besides a host of friends.

with Rev. Zech of the First Evangelical church, officiating. Interment will be made in Warner cemetery.


Infant Gamble
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Thursday, 9 June 1898) transcribed by FoFG mz

Owatonna, Minn., June 8. - This afternoon the remains of the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Gamble of Minneapolis, who died Wednesday morning of cholera infantum, at the home of a relative here, were buried in Forest Hill cemetery.


Grandpreys
Source: Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Sunday, 13 Aug. 1893; transcribed by FoFG mz

OWATONNA, Minn., Aug. 12. – A 3-year-old child of Samuel Grandpreys fell out of a buggy, biting its tongue nearly off and severing the artery. Its parents thought it nothing very serious, but the child bled so profusely that surgical aid could not save her, and she died within 24 hours.


Robert C. Hake, Sr.
Source: The Owatonna People's Press, May 1996. Transcribed by the Alberti's.

Robert C. Hake Sr.
OWATONNA

Robert C. Hake Sr., 751 14th St. S.E., died Sunday, May 26, at his daughter's home in Eagan from a heart attack. He was 68.
Born Jan. 7, 1928, in Milwaukee, Wis., the son of Herbert and Matilda (Hermes) Hake, Mr. Hake graduated from high school in 1946.

On June 11, 1949, he married Gerry Daley in Milwaukee, Wis.

A Marquette University graduate, Mr. Hake served for two years in the Navy in the South Pacific.

For 32 years, he worked for J. C. Penney's, and was manager of the Owatonna store at the time of his retirement in 1983. He worked for H & R Block after his retirement. Mr. Hake was concessions manager for the Steele County Free Fair for 12 years.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, serving as Grand Knight in 1969-70, Elks and American Legion. He was a past member of the Rotary and Eagles. He enjoyed fishing and his grandchildren.

Mr. Hake is survived by his wife, Gerry of Owatonna; three sons, Bob Hake Jr. of Rochester, Dr. James (and Teri) Hake of Moses Lake, Wash., and Brian (and Jane) Hake of Eagan; two daughters, Kathy (and Wendell) Peterson of Owatonna and Colleen (and Dr. Mark) Malterud of Eagan; three sisters, Betty Lang and Marilyn Hake of Milwaukee, Wis., and Carol Wheat of Merauz, La.; 12 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

The funeral service is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph's Church with the Rev. Thomas Hargesheimer officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Brick-Postlewaite Funeral Home and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Knights of Columbus and parish prayers will be said at 7 p.m.


B. Hale
Source: Cincinnati Daily Enquirer (Cincinnati, OH) Wednesday, January 23, 1867; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

FROM MINNEAPOLS, MINN.
Suicide of an Insane Man.
Minneapolis, Minn., January 23-An insane man named B. Hale hung himself in the town of Medford, Minn., to-day. [another article lists his name as D. Hall]


Hector M. Hastings
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Minneapolis, MN) Monday, 8 May 1899; transcribed by FoFG mz

Owatonna, Minn., May 8. - Hector M. Hastings, widely known in the milling business for more than a quarter of a century, died at his home in this city yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock.


Patrick Wayne and Bruce Edward Hayes
Source: Omaha World Herald (Omaha, NE) Sunday, July 15, 1945; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

RESCUE TRY VAIN, TRAIN KILLS TWO.
Medford, Minn. (AP) - Two children were killed Saturday after their mother made a vain effort to halt the northbound Rock Island Rocket and it struck the auto in which they were riding, stalled on the tracks at a grade crossing.

Victims were Patrick Wayne Hayes, 4 and his brother Bruce Edward, 3, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Hayes, living on a nearby farm.

Witnesses said Mrs. Hayes apparently became confused and, after making a futile effort to restart the engine of the car, leaped from it in the hopeless try to halt the train.


Rollin E. Johnson
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) March 20, 1888; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

DIED AT MEDFORD.
Medford, Minn., March 19.-Rollin E. Johnson, eldest son of O. Johnson, died at 6:08 last night of typhoid fever, aged twenty-one years. He was to have graduated at the state university next June.


Thomas Kelly
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Saturday, 14 Oct. 1922; transcribed by FoFG mz

Owatonna, Minn., Oct. 13. - Thomas Kelly, age 82, Civil war veteran, president of the Security State bank of this city and for many years prominent in the general mercantile business of this territory, died here tonight following a 10 days' illness.


E. H. Kennedy
Source: Minnesotian Herald (Saturday, 11 May 1872) transcribed by FoFG mz

Major E. H. Kennedy, U.S. Mail Agent for Minnesota, died at Owatonna, on Tuesday afternoon last. He was a gentleman and a brave soldier.


Henry Kording
Source: Blooming Prairie Times, Thursday, May 27, 1948, Volume LV, Number Three. Transcribed by: Jacob Alberti

Henry Kording, former farmer residing 7 miles East of Blooming Prairie passed away in Minneapolis. Funeral services and burial will be held here Saturday afternoon at 2 P. M. No other details were available as the Times went to press.


Kujawa Children
Source: Watertown Daily Times (Watertown, NY) Wednesday, June 25, 1890; transcribed by mkk
Three children of John Kujawa were drowned in the river at Medford, Minn., on Tuesday.

Source: Elkhart Weekly Review (Elkhart, IN) Thursday, July 3, 1890; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
THREE children of John Kujawa, living at Medford, Minn., were drowned in Stevight river on the 24th.


C. Jess Lee
Source: The Owatonna People's Press, May 1996. Transcribed by the Alberti's.

C. Jess Lee
OWATONNA -

C. Jess Lee, most recently of the Owatonna Health Care Center and formerly of 345 Cedardale Ave., died Sunday, May 26, at the Owatonna Hospital. He was 94.

Born March 1, 1902, in Lemond Township, Steele County, the son of Carl and Sophia (Christianson) Lee, Mr. Lee attended Steele County schools.

He served in the United State Marines on the U.S.S. California from 1921 through 1923.

On Jan. 31, 1927, he married Dorothy I. Sanneman in Faribault.

Mr. Lee was employed as a Steele County Deputy Sheriff from the mid-1930s until February 1941 when he went to Louisiana to be mobilized for service. He served in the United States Army during WWII, starting as a lieutenant. During military service he was seriously wounded in combat in North Africa. Mr. Lee spent a period of time in recuperation at Walter-Reed Hospital. Upon returning from North Africa, he worked as an inspector of West Coast Hospitals. He was discharged from the military as a full colonel. Upon returning to Owatonna, he was Steele County Clerk of Court for 11 years and was a Steele County commissioner for four years.

Following his retirement in 1972, he and his wife wintered in Phoenix.

Mr. Lee was a member of the Owatonna American Legion and VFW, had been past president and grand marshal of the Owatonna Memorial Day parade. He was a long-time member of the Associated Church, Masonic Lodge, Shriners, Owatonna Elks, Steele County Historical Society and Sojourners.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling, picnics and golfing.

Mr. Lee is survived by one son, Robert (and Dorothy) Lee and one daughter, Delores Lee, all of Owatonna; two brothers, Paul (and Henrietta) Lee of Clarks Grove and Floyd Lee of Harbor, Ore.; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy on May 11, 1996, an infant sister and a granddaughter.

The funeral service is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at The Associated Church with the Rev. John Linde officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Michaelson Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church. A Masonic Service is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be given to the Shriner's Childrens Hospital or the Owatonna Hospice.


W. D. Lewis
Source: The People's Press (Owatonna, Steele Co., MN) July 23, 1897, page 7; submitted by Robin Line
W. D. Lewis, manager of the Western Union Telegraph company at Green Bay, fell overboard from a yacht in which he was sailing with friends and drowned.


W. C. Lieb
Source: Minneapolis Journal (7 Aug. 1900) KT - Sub by FoFG

Owatonna, Minn, Aug 7 - W.C. Lieb, grain buyer for Sheffields at Pratt, this county, died suddenly this noon of heart trouble. He was a prominent Mason and highly esteemed business man.


John Manous
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) Wednesday, 25 Jan. 1922; transcribed by FoFG mz

Owatonna, Minn. - News of the death of John Manous, 91 years old, a pioneer farmer of Steele county, who, with his wife and daughter, left last September for California, was received Sunday from Los Angeles.


Mrs. M. McAdam
Source: Blooming Prairie Times, Thursday, May 27, 1948, Volume LV, Number Three. Transcribed by: Jacob Alberti

Mrs. A. E. Ingvalson received a telegram from her, brother, M. McAdam of Schinook, Montana, stating that his wife has passed away on May 17th. Mrs. McAdam had spent three months last fall in St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, taking treatments for an incurable spinal disease.


M. D. L. Miller
Source: The People's Press (Owatonna, Steele Co., MN) July 23, 1897, page 4; submitted by Robin Line
Mr. M. D. L. Miller died on Wednesday evening of last week, aged nearly 73 years. He was born near Utica, N.y. He came here in 1858. In 1861 he entered the army. After about a year and a half he was discharged for for disability. Up to the age of 45 years he was dissipated. He then signed the pledge and has kept it ever since. Hon. Geo. W. Buffum was his especial friend and looked after his business matters. The funeral services, which took place at the Congregational church last Friday at 1:30 p.m., were largely attended. The services were conducted by Rev. W. R. Stewart. The deceased had many redeeming qualities and these should be remembered in preference to his weakness.


E. Morehouse
Source: Bismarck Tribune (Bismarck, ND) Sunday, 24 May 1891; transcribed by FoFG mz

OWATONNA, Minn., May 23. - Mayor E. Morehouse died at 5 o'clock this morning. He was injured last Saturday by falling down stairs, receiving severe concussion of the brain, and never gained consciousness up to the time of death.


Jacob Newsall
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Thursday, 9 Jan. 1908) transcribed by FoFG mz

Owatonna, Minn., Jan. 8. – Municipal Judge Jacob Newsall, one of the best known Odd Fellows and Masons in Minnesota, died here today after a lingering illness. He was born in Germany in 1838 and has resided in Owatonna since 1864.


Emily Oberlin
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Monday, 9 Aug. 1915; transcribed by FoFG mz

OWATONNA, Minn., Aug. 8. - Dr. Emily Oberlin, formerly a resident of Minneapolis and for several years on the staff of state public schools in this city, is dead. Dr. Oberlin was for some time employed in offices of board of control at the state capital and was one of the first women admitted to practice of medicine. She was a graduate of the University of Michigan and an authority on charities and corrections work.


Mrs. Gus Popelak
Source: The Blooming Prairie Times Thursday, May 27, 1948, Front Page, Volume LV Number Three; contributed by Chrissy

Stroke Fatal To Mrs. Gus Popelak
Mrs. Gus Popelak passed away in the St. Olaf Hospital, Austin, Monday morning, May 24th, at 9:40 o'clock. Her death resulted from a cerebral hemmorage. She was aged 56 years, and 4 months and has been in failing health for sometime past.

Rose Terese Zizka was born on February 3, 1892, in Czechoslovakia. On May 3, 1919, at Austin, Minn., she was married to Gus Popelak. She was a member of the St. Columbanus Catholic Church, American Legion Auxiliary, and Z.C.B.J. Lodge. Her early schooling was in her native land. She was a loving and faithful mother, kind neighbor and a friend to all who knew her.

Surviving to mourn her death are her husband, two daughters, (Josephine), Mrs. B. Burke of Austin, Marcella, a medical technician in the Cities, and one son, Bernard, at home. She also leaves a sister, Mrs. Joseph Wudehitz of Lombard, Illinois, and numerous nieces and nephews in Chicago and Czechoslovakia.

Funeral services were held this morning (Thursday) May 27th at 9:00 a.m. in the St. Columbanus Catholic Church, with Rev. S.E. Mulcahy officiating and Walrath and Hess in charge of funeral arrangements. Interment was made in the Catholic section of the Blooming Prairie cemetery. Pallbearers were: Holgar Robertson, Jacob Broulik, Frank Ressler, Wencl Wanous, Vince Starman, and Wm. Wansa.


Harriett C. Ramage
Source: Oregonian (Portland, OR) Sunday, June 10, 1928; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Mrs. Harriett C. Ramage, 84, died Wednesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. I. Jones, in Woodburn, after a prolonged illness. She was born in Cambridgeshire, Eng., May 30, 1844, and came to America with her father in 1869, arriving in Chicago, May 2 of that year. On January 1, 1870, she was married to John Ramage at Wheaton, Ill., she then being 26 years old. They lived at Wheaton until 1873, when they moved to Medford, Minn. In 1888 they moved to White, S. D., and in 1891 came to Oregon and lived at Lewisville for one year. They lived south of Salem the next year and then moved to a farm 3 1/2 miles east of Woodburn. Her husband died some years ago. Mrs. Ramage had a wide acquaintanceship in Marion county and was highly esteemed.

Surviving are nine children, 26 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. The children are Mrs. G. H. Colgan, Salem; D. A. Ramage, Yakima, Wash.; Mrs. S. E. Fletcher, Portland; W. J. Ramage, Woodburn; Mrs. J. R. Davis, Turner; Mrs. H. I. Jones, Woodburn; Mrs. J. C. Pickney, Oregon City; John W. Ramage, Woodburn; E. P. Ramage, Dufur, and Mrs. H. I. Jones, Woodburn. [sic.]

Funeral services were held at Hubbard yesterday afternoon, Rev. John T. Myers, pastor of the Church of God at Woodburn, officiating. The pallpearers were J. C. Owre, P. W. Owre, Frank Sweaney, George Sweaney, G. C. Haves and Blaine Seeley.

Interment was in the Hubbard cemetery.


Wilbur M. Ray
Source: Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH) Monday, April 22, 1889; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

>OLD FARMER BURNED TO DEATH
St. Paul, April 21. - News was received this morning of a terrible accident that befell Mr. Wilbur M. Ray, an old farmer near Medford, Minn. He was burning brush when the flames caught him, or he fell into the heap, and he was burned to a crisp. No one was with him at the time and the exact details are unknown. [From The Progress (White Earth, MN) May 4, 1889 "aged about 70"]


William M. Runnels
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) December 17, 1896; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

DIED.
RUNNELS - William M. Runnels, Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. L. S. Holt, 217 Pleasant avenue. Services Medford, Minn., Friday morning.


A. J. Truesdale
Source: Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Wednesday, 18 Apr. 1894; transcribed by FoFG mz

OWATONNA, Minn., April 17. - A. J. Truesdale, aged 30, editor of the Owatonna Journal, died of consumption at Battle Creek, Mich., where he had gone a fortnight ago with the hope of improving his health. He had been a sufferer for some years, but indomitable will and splendid courage sustained him when others would have succumbed.


Daughter Tuttle
The Princeton Union (Princeton, MN) Friday, August 3, 1877; submitted by Jim Dezotell

Minnesota News
A three-year-old daughter of Charles Tuttle, of the town of Merton, was recently scalded to death, by falling into a pail of hot water.


Chas. Warner
Source: Albert Lea Evening Tribune (Albert Lea, Minn.) Wednesday, 3 May 1916; transcribed by FoFG mz

Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Ferguson went to Owatonna last Thursday to be present at the burial service for Chas. Warner of Two Harbors, who died at that place Jan. 9th. The body has been at that place in a vault until it was removed to Owatonna for internment, Mr. Warner formerly residing there.


W. U. Wilkins
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Minneapolis, MN) Wednesday, 27 June 1900; transcribed by FoFG mz

Owatonna, Minn., June 27. – The funeral of W. U. Wilkins occurred this forenoon from the Universalist church.


George Ziegenmeyer
GEO. ZIEGENMEYER IS BURIED TODAY -- Former Resident of This Community
Geo. Ziegenmeyer Is Buried Today - Former Resident of this Community Died August 31 at Owatonna, Minnesota
DEEPLY MOURNED BY RELATIVES AND FRIENDS
Services This Afternoon in Methodist Church Interment in Hazelwood.
George Edward Ziegenmeyer, son of William and Lisette Dieckmann Ziegenmeyer, was born in Washington, Missouri, March 21, 1883, and passed away Friday, August 31, 1923, at his home in Owatonna, Minnesota, at the age of 40 years, 5 months and 10 days. He came to Iowa in the spring of 1906 and lived in the vicinity of Grinnell until 1919. He was united in marriage to Vera E. Murray. January 31, 1912, and they made their home near Grinnell until the spring of 1919, when they moved to Minnesota, where they have since resided. To this union three children were born, Vera Carol, age 9; Dorothy Helen, age 6; George William, ago 8. Besides his wife and three children who mourn his loss, he leaves an aged mother, four brothers, and three sisters: William of Sparta, Ill.; Fritz of Sutter City, California; Otto of Grinnell, Iowa; Herman of St. Louis, Missouri; Frieda Becker of Sutter City, California; Marie and Doretta Wickhorst of St Louis, Mo. He united with the Methodist church of Grinnell in 1909 and transferred his membership to the Methodist church of Owatonna, Minnesota, in 1921, of which he has been a faithful member.
He was taken seriously ill on Monday, August 27, 1923. He was unconscious from the beginning and remained in that condition until the end came at ten o'clock Friday morning, August 31st. He was loved and respected by all who knew him and his friends were numbered by his acquaintances.
Short services were held at the Methodist church in Owatonna, Minn., Saturday afternoon.
Services were held this afternoon in the Methodist church in Grinnell with burial in Hazelwood cemetery.
[Unknown newspaper though probably from Grinnell, Iowa, 9/4/1923 - Sub. by Barb Ziegenmeyer]


Dr. Benjamin Zupp
From Blooming Prairie Times, June 1962, contributed by Chrissy

Dr. B.A. Zupp Dies Suddenly At Faribault; Funeral Held June 19th

Dr. Benjamin Albert Zupp, well-known veterinarian in Blooming Prairie for 24 years, died suddenly of a coronary heart attack at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, June 17, at Faribault, Minn. He was 65 years, 5 months and 7 days of age when death occurred. Dr. Zupp had not been previously ill, however, he consulted Dr. John Fischer last Friday because of stomach pains and x-rays were taken at Austin to determine their cause. He was to have returned to Dr. Fischer's office Monday morning to learn the results of the x-rays.

Dr. Zupp, together with Mr. and Mrs. Alfin Jorde and Kay, and Ione Embrickson, had rented a cabin at a lake near Faribault and planned to spend the week fishing. On Sunday morning after arising he stated that he did not feel well and would not go out fishing until later in the day. As time passed, however, he had difficulty breathing and an ambulance was summoned to convey him to the hospital. Dr. Zupp was administered oxygen in the ambulance but passed away before reaching the Faribault hospital. Benjamin Albert, son of John and Lillie Zupp, was born Jan. 10, 1897, at Blue Earth, Minn. Following his graduation from Blue Earth high school in 1917, he entered Iowa State College, Ames, Iowa, and was graduated in 1923 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. At college he also became a member of Phi Kappa Phi fraternity.

After his graduation, Dr. Zupp remained at Iowa State College for four years, serving in research and a teaching capacity. He then moved to Waltham, Minn., where he established a veterinary practice, remaining there for four years before moving to Blooming Prairie in 1933.

In 1929 Dr. Zupp was united in marriage to Ruth Decker.

For 24 years Dr. Zupp conducted a successful veterinary practice in Blooming Prairie, retiring in 1958. Since that time he has been affiliated with the United States Department of Agriculture, stationed in Forest City, Iowa.

Widely Recognized
for his outstanding veterinary skills and was noted for his talent in this profession throughout the state. He was a member of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, and South Central Minnesota Veterinary Association. Dr. Zupp was a member of the Lutheran faith. His hobbies included fishing and gardening. Surviving are: one daughter, Mrs. James L. (Mary Ann) Norgaard, Sr., Blooming Prairie; five grandchildren, Lee Ann, Betty Ann, James Lee, John Benjamin, and William Paul Norgaard, Blooming Prairie; two brothers, Clarence Zupp of Blue Earth and William Zupp of Austin; and two sister, Mrs. Swen (Lois) Hogstad of Blue Earth and Mrs. Kenneth (Bernice) Locke of Austin.

Held Tuesday
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, in the First Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Opie S. Rindahl officiating and Blooming Prairie Funeral Service in charge of arrangements. Ellsworth Hall was soloist at the rites, with Mrs. Opie Rindahl organist.

Interment was in the Blooming Prairie cemetery. Casketbearers were Wesley Derby, Dr. A.B. Magnusson, Edw. M. Betlach, Oscar Underwood, Fred Robinson, and Lawrence Lysne. Relatives and friends attending the funeral were from Blue Earth, Austin, South Milwaukee, Wis., Pine Island, Faribault, White Bear Lake, Kenyon, Minneapolis, Des Moines, Iowa, and Forest City, Iowa.





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