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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.

Arleigh Lawrence Bartell
Source: The Bemidji Daily Pioneer (Bemidji, MN) January 14, 1919; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Arleigh Lawrence Bartell was born October 18, 1915, at Hewitt, Minn., and died at St. Anthony's hospital, January 8, 1919. He was 3 years, 2 months and 21 days old. Death was due to bronchial pneumonia brought on by the Spanish influenza. He leaves his parents and one brother, Lyle. Interment was made in the family lot at Hewitt.

Charles Beetler Family
Source: Kansas City Star (Kansas City, MO) Sunday, December 27, 1896; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Hewitt, Minn., Dec. 26.-The decomposed bodies of Charles Beetler, his wife and three children have been found by hunters in their house near here. It is not yet known whether it is a case of foul play or not, but murder is suspected.

Warren Bell
[Source: New Ulm Review (MN) September 28, 1892, page 2; submitted by Robin Line]

Warren Bell while descending into a forty-foot well of the Minnesota & Northern Elevator company, at Reynolds, fell to the bottom, the ladder having broken, crushing his skull. He died thirty minutes afterwards.

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.

Claude Charlesworth
Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Thursday, September 6, 1917; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman


Jamestown, N. D., Sept. 5.-Claude Charlesworth, aged 17 years, died in the Parkview hospital here, the result of injuries sustained when he was kicked by a horse while at work on the Hall farm, near Buchanan.

He was kicked in the stomach and received internal injuries. The parents of the lad, at Hewitt, Minn., were notified and his mother arrived in the city just a few minutes after he had died.

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, 190

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.

Chester Emory
Source: The Aitkin Age (Aitkin, MN) July 22, 1893, page 2; submitted by Robin Line
Chester Emory, a lad seven years old, was killed near Long Prairie by falling under the hind wheels of a wagon. He was with his mother and brother on their way to attend a camp meeting.

Otto Fisher
Source: The Princeton Union (Princeton, MN) November 17, 1904; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Otto Fisher, proprietor of the hotel at Hewitt, Minn., committed suicide by jumping from the second story window, breaking his neck. The rash act was committed while in a state of delirium owing to excessive drinking and the authorities were about to commit him to the hospital for insane.

Edith M. Hartley
Source: Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) March 2, 1921; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

HARTLEY - In this city, March 1, Edith M. Hartley, aged 58 years, beloved wife of John H. Hartley, mother of Clifford W., of Walla Walla, Wash., and Mrs. Alice E. Steinkraus of Bertha, Minn., and daughter of Mrs. Angeline Warren of Moorhead, Minn., and sister of Mrs. W. P. Chase of Moorhead, Minn., and Mrs. Ed Buck of Syracuse, N. Y. Remains are at the residential parlors of Miller & Tracey. Funeral notice later.

Ransler Collins Hill
Source: Oregonian (Portland, OR) Wednesday, October 25, 1922; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

FOREST GROVE, Or., Oct. 24-(Special.)-Ransler Collins Hill, 75, died at his home here yesterday morning, after a stroke of apoplexy.

Mr. Hill was born in Jefferson county, New York, and at the age of six years moved with his parents to Fon du Lac, Wis. When a young man he moved to Blue Earth county, Minnesota where he was married to Mary K. Dunsmoor, September 11, 1870. Two years ago they celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary here.

In 1875 they moved to Eugene, where they lived a brief while, then returned to Manota, [Mankato?] Minn., where they lived until 1909, when they moved to Forest Grove where they have since lived. He is survived by his widow and one sister, Mrs. Lyda Weston, of Hewitt, Minn.

The funeral services will be held at the Congregational church tomorrow.

Ole Johnson
[Source: Warren Sheaf (MN) March 26, 1903; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

The Todd County Argus contains a long obituary of Ole Johnson, father of Nels O. Roan and Mrs. Isaac Granum, of Brislet, whose death occurred on March 2d. We republish the following facts, which show him to have been a very active man in his day, one of the sturdy Viking type:

"Deceased was born in Norway, April 24, 1825. Along in his youth he served as a military man for five successive years. In 1848 he was sent with the Norwegian army to Denmark, to assist the Danes in fighting for their rights to Slesvigholstein against the Germans.

"In 1851 he came to the United States and settled in Grant county, Wis., where he was married to Beret Nilsdotter Eggen. Thirteen children were born to them, nine surviving and four deceased. In 1856 they moved to McLeod county, Minn. He served in the United States army two years and three months in the war of the Rebellion. In 1882 they moved to Todd county and settled in Little Sauk, where the family have called it their home to the present day."

Peter Kollwer AKA Henry Kalway
[Source: Grand Forks Weekly Herald (ND) Nov. 20, 1879] mkk
The Todd County, (Minn.,) Murder.
Peter Kollwer (pronounced Colyer) a German, came to Long Prairie, Todd county, last spring with a wife about 17 years old, and settled in Hartford, fifteen miles above Long Prairie. Two days after their arrival, John Meide persuaded her to leave her husband and live with him, and she has lived with John Meide and Mike Meide (his brother) during the past summer. (John Meide is known in this vicinity as "Black John.") Kollwer objected to this style of living, and in consequence got an awful whipping from the Meide brother, administered with the approval of the woman. A few days after the parties came to an understanding, and the Meides paid Kollwer $5 for the wearing apparel of Mrs. Kollwer. "Black John" threatened to kill a number of the neighbors who had made remarks about his living with the woman - and both John and his brother Mike always went well armed - and apparently were courting and expecting a rumpus of some kind.

While this state of affairs was existing the house of Black John was burned, whether by accident or design is not known, but the Meides charged the burning to Peter Kollwer and his brother Frank Steinhuber. On the 3d of Nov. Kollwer was missing, and parties trying to find him discovered in his house indications of murder having been committed. Blood was on the floor and walls, brains scattered promiscuously about, a coat perforated with buck-shot, a man's fingers apparently shot off, and a pile of potatoes saturated with blood, on which a hog was feeding, evidently enjoying his repast. Suspicion being directed to the Meides a warrant was issued for their arrest, and John Meide was soon thereafter arrested in the woods by Deputy Sheriff S. J. Davis and brought to Long Prairie on Nov. 7th, where he had an examination before J. Barret, Esq. No proof could be produced, but John, fearing the people might take action without law, made a confession and told where the bodies of Kellwer and Steinhober were buried. He claimed that his brother Mike did the killing, and he helped dispose of the bodies. Since that time he has amended the confession, and says that Mike killed one and he the other.

A party left Long Prairie and made search for the bodies at the point described by Black John, and found them buried in a hole dug in a circular form, both in the same place, each tied up in a sheet. BOth had been shot with buckshot, and one had been battered with an axe on his head and face out of all semblance of a man. The bodies were taken up from where they were found to the court house in Long Prairie Nov. 8th, and Black John forced to go and see them. He was very much excited, and was continually saying: "They will kill me!" "they will kill me!." He was returned to the jail, and followed by an excited crowd of citizens who demanded his death, but afterwards dispersed to assemble again at 2 o'clock Sunday morning, when they surrounded the jail, broke open the outer door, forced the guards into a corner covering them with their guns, while the cell of Black John was broken open and he dragged with a rope around his neck to a point some forty rods from the jail, and hanged to the first tree big enough to bear his weight.

The brother, Mike Meide, was captured in Stearns county, some twelve miles below Sauk Centre and taken to Long Prairie on Sunday. Everyone expected . . . in the same . . . manner as Black John, about the mob found a man in charge of affairs (when they talked of taking Mike) who knew his business, namely, the sheriff ot Todd county, F. C. Chase, who had been absent while the hanging of Sunday morning had been performed, and who proposed to keep his prisoner safe at all hazards, and so notified the mob, who, knowing Mr. Chase, concluded that if an attempt was made to force the jail while he was in charge the coroner would have too much business hand, and wisely desisted. After dark Mr. Chase spirited the prisoner away, and sent him to St. Cloud for safe keeping, via, Motley and the Northern Pacific railroad.

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.

Anna (Koester) Moore
Source: Daily Illinois State Register (Springfield, IL) Sunday, December 6, 1914; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Life Long Resident Dies at St. John's Hospital
Wife of the Late George J. Moore Succumbs of Complications-Funeral to Be Held Tomorrow.

Moore-Died, at 3:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon, Dec. 5, 1914, at St. John's hospital of a complication of diseases, Mrs. Anna Henrietta Moore, widow of the late George J. Moore, aged 61 years, 1 month and 18 days.

Mrs. Moore was born in Germany and came with her parents to this country when she was a child one year of age and had resided in this vicinity since that time. She was well known here and had a large circle of friends. Her husband, George J. Moore, preceded her in death in December 1911, in this city. She was a member of Royal Neighbors lodge No. 113.

She is survived by one son Albert G. Moore, and one sister Mrs. John Friedman, both of this city, and three brothers August Koester, Chelsea, S. D.; Henry Koester, Hewitt, Minn.; and Charles Koester of this city and two grandchildren.

The body was removed to the undertaking establishment of Joseph Schneider & Company, in East Washington street, and will later be taken to the residence of her son Albert G. Moore, 823 East Carpenter street.

Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at an hour to be announced later.

Basil Peterson
Source: Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) July 24, 1914; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Basil Peterson Crushed in Northern Pacific Yards.

Basil Peterson, chief night clerk in the Northern Pacific car office, was killed by a train in the Northern Pacific terminal yards, near Northrup street, last night. The body was taken to the morgue by Deputy Coroners Ryan, Miller and Margison.

Peterson was standing on track No. 23 when the accident occurred. Engine No. 10, in charge of Engineer O'Lean, backed down the track upon him. Peterson was caught under a freight car. Both legs and arms were broken. Death resulted from the crushing of his chest. He was 22 years old. Peterson lived at 381 Ross street. His father lives in Eagle Bend, Minn. A sister, Mary Peterson, lives at 1733 Thirty-ninth avenue, Seattle.

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.

Maude Simpson
Source: Daily Illinois State Register (Springfield, IL) Tuesday, February 1, 1916; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Taylorville, Ill., Jan. 31.-Miss Maude Simpson, aged 48 years, daughter of Mrs. Isabelle Simpson of 310 South Washington street, and of the late James Simpson of this city, died at 8:30 o'clock Monday morning at the home, after a week's illness of diphtheria. The home had been under quarantine for one week.

The funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock, the services to be conducted in front of the Simpson home. Burial will be made in Oak Hill cemetery. A memorial service will be held later. The deceased was born in Buckeye Prairie but had lived in Taylorville her entire life. She was a prominent member of the Methodist church, having charge of the primary department, of the Home department and the Cradle Roll department. She was a prominent member of the Eastern Star lodge. She is survived by the mother, one sister, Mrs. Alice Wheeler, of this city, and four brothers, Anson Simpson of Hewitt, Minn., Otto, Ralph and Lawrence Simpson of Peoria.

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.

Frank Steinhuber
[Source: Wood County Reporter (Grand Rapids, WI) April 1, 1880] mkk
Last November, two men, Henry Kalway and Frank Steinhuber were murdered in Todd county, Minn.
Note: Additional articles can be found at Crime News page and Peter Kollwer obit.

Sam St. Pierre
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, February 2, 1913; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

(News Tribune Special.)
STAPLES, Minn., Feb. 1.-The death of Sam St. Pierre at his home in Detroit came as a great surprise to his numerous old friends at this place, where he once lived. He had been sick a little over a week, having complained of a soreness in the throat and bronchial tubes. Funeral service was held in the Catholic church at Detroit this morning and interment made in the family lot at that place.

Sam St. Pierre was born in Hull, Ont., Can., and was 65 years of age. He was twice married. He is survived by his wife and the following children: Mrs. John Qualey, Fargo; Mrs. Flora Schneider, Mahnomen; Mrs. Mary Jones, Portland, Ore.; Mrs. Rosa McFarland, Cass Lake; Mrs. Mabel Boyce, who made her home with her parents; Clara Aamoth, Valley City, N. D.; Roy, Willie and Eugene, who are at home with their mother.

L. E. Walbridge
Source: The Bemidji Daily Pioneer (Bemidji, MN) September 7, 1917; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

L. E. Walbridge, homesteader at Thorhult, accidentally shot himself Tuesday when carrying a shotgun out of the barn, where he had been caring for the stock. He died immediately after the accident. He was 32 years old and single. His parents live at Hewitt, Minn. Coroner Garfield Akerberg was called to the scene of the accident and the body was shipped to Thief River Falls. The coroner returned to Bemidji this morning.

Also. . .

Source: The Bemidji Daily Pioneer (Bemidji, MN) September 11, 1917; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Word was received from Steenerson, this county, today that Lewllyn A. Walbridge was instantly killed Tuesday afternoon by the accidental discharge of a shotgun he was handling. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Walbridge, live at Hewitt, Minn., and came up to Steenerson as soon as they learned of the accident. The funeral was held Wednesday.

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