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Obituaries and Death Notices

Ole Anderson
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Saturday, 19 Dec. 1903) transcribed by FoFG mz

LONG PRAIRIE, Minn., Dec. 18. – The body of Ole Anderson, a farmer living near Clarissa, Minn., was found in the back room of a saloon here last night. The coroner held an inquest and reported death due to enlargement of the heart and alcoholism. Anderson was 40 years old, and leaves a wife and three children.

William E. Barber
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Sunday, 1 Nov. 1908) transcribed by FoFG

 LONG PRAIRIE, Minn., Oct. 31. – William E. Barber, aged 78, who came to Houston county in 1863 and to Ottertail county in 1873, died here of cancer of the intestines. He is survived by a wife and three sons.

Ernest Bristlin
Source: The San Juan Islander. (Friday Harbor, Wash.), May 02, 1901 - KT - Sub by FoFG

Died, at the home of his parents, last Monday, Ernest - son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Bristlin. The funeral took place at Center chuch last Monday. A few well chosen words were spoken by Rev. Mr. Ward from the text, "Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not for of such is the kingdom of heaven." Little Ernest was born in Todd county, Minnesota, April 7, 1899, and was accordingly 2 years and 16 days old. The bereaved parents have the heartfelt sympathy of their many friends and neighbors.

J. W. Brower
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Saturday, 3 June 1905) transcribed by FoFG mz

ST. PAUL, June 2. – J. W. Brower died today at St. Cloud. He came to Minnesota in 1856 when only 13 years of age, and spent much of his early life in Long Prairie, Todd county. For years Mr. Brower was the archielogist for the state historical society. He published in connection with the state society various volumes on the history of this state. His principal works were “History of the Itasca Basin” and “History of Itasca.”

Source: Brainerd Daily Dispatch (Brainerd, Minn.) Tuesday, 7 Jan. 1936; transcribed by FoFG MZ

Staples. -The week old son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Carlson was found dead Friday morning. Funeral services were held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Larson, First avenue, east, and the body was taken to Clarissa for burial early Saturday afternoon.
The infant was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Carlson.

Arthur Church
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Thursday, 3 June 1920) transcribed by FoFG

BRAINERD, June 2. – Arthur Church, Long Prairie, once Long Prairie county attorney and a cousin of Mrs. George D. La Bar, Brainerd, died suddenly yesterday of acute indigestion.

Church delivered the Memorial day address at Long Prairie when the monument for soldier dead of Civil and World wars was unveiled. That night he was taken sick.


Jonathan Crist
Source: The Elkhart Review, Aug 12, 1905

Jonathan Crist of Bowersville, Minn., father of Henry Crist and Mrs. J. C. Senator of this city, died Friday. Henry Crist started for his bedside several days ago.

Mrs. Dr. G. R. Christie
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Wednesday, 30 Mar. 1910) transcribed by FoFG

LONG PRAIRIE, Minn., March 29. – Mrs. Dr. G. R. Christie died last night after a long illness. Death was due to cancer. The funeral is to be held Thursday.

Harry W. Larson
Source: Brainerd Daily Dispatch (Brainerd, Minn.) Saturday, 22 July 1944; transcribed by FoFG MZ

Pvt. Harry W. Larson, Staples has been killed in action on the Normandy beachhead in France it was reported today by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Larson, Staples, who received the message earlier in the week.

He was reportedly killed on June 15.

He had been in the army since December, 1943, after which he took basic training and was sent to England.

Besides his wife, who resides in Milwaukee, he is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Larson and other relatives.

Source: Brainerd Daily Dispatch (Brainerd, Minn.) Thursday, May 27, 1948

Reburial services were held from the First English Lutheran church in Staples Monday May 24 for Pvt. Harry Larson who was killed in action in France. Burial was made in Wadena.

Mrs. Raymond Lasrely
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Friday, 21 July 1905) transcribed by FoFG

LONG PRAIRIE, Minn., July 20. – Mrs. Raymond Lasrely, wife of a section hand at this place, died last night at midnight, evidently the result of poison taken with suicidal intent.

Samuel Lee
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Thursday, 25 Oct. 1906) transcribed by FoFG mz

LONG PRAIRIE, Minn., Oct. 24. – Samuel Lee, father of Wm. E. Lee is dead. Deceased was 85 years of age and had been a resident of this locality for nearly fifty years.

Michael Dennis Schwantes
Source: Unknown newspaper, published on 22 Jan. 2003; submitted by Marla Zwakman

Born: 1 Feb. 1947 in Spencer, Marathon County, Wis.
Died 17 Jan. 2003 in Wadena, Minnesota
Parents: Leonard Schwantes & Margaret Semlar
Residence: Hewitt, Todd County, Minnesota
Preceded in death by sister, Carol Nunley

Rhoda Small
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Tuesday, 18 July 2006, page 2A; Lorraine Markee Collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Rhoda Small, of Marshfield, formerly of Chicago, died Thursday, July 13, 2006, at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield.

Funeral services will be held in Chicago.

She was born June 13, 1914, in Staples, Minn. She moved to Chicago at the age of 16 and later worked for Eastman Kodak for more than 30 years.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Ward; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Delbert, and a daughter.

Russell E. Soper
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Thursday, 5 Feb. 1920) transcribed by FoFG mz

BRAINERD – Russell E. Soper, 16, son of Louis Soper of Staples died here from acute appendicitis and the remains have been sent to Staples for burial.

Gunder Sorensen
Source: Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Sunday, 13 Aug. 1905; transcribed by FoFG mz

Long Prairie, Minn., Aug. 12. – Gunder Sorensen, of Kandota, died at the Menard hotel here as the result of blood poisoning, resulting directly from an ulcerated tooth. He had come to Long Prairie for treatment. Mr. Sorensen had been a settler in this country for more than thirty-five years, and was over seventy years of age. A large family survives him.

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