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Traverse County, MN
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Obituaries and Death Notices


S. E. Allen
Source: Aberdeen American SD (20 Dec. 1922) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Browns Valley, Minn., Dec. 19. Major S. E. Allen, 85, died at his home here today. He had long been prominent in the affairs of the northwest and for a number of years was Indian agent at the Sisseton agency, Roberts county, South Dakota. He was prominent in Masonic circles.


Bogus Jack Bird
Source: Aberdeen daily News (Aberdeen, SD) Sunday, November 18, 1888; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

FOUND FROZEN TO DEATH.
Brown’s Valley, Minn., Nov. 17.-Some Brown’s Valley boys, skating on the Minnesota river, jusy beyond the line in Dakota, found a dead man frozen in the ice where the water was not over two feet deep. The body was identified as that of a man named Bird, from Illinois, who had worked all the fall for Robert McDonald, of this city. He called himself "Bogus Jack." Bird was about 27 years old. It is believed he wandered into the river during a spree. The authorities will hold an inquest.


Ellen Bowers
Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Wednesday, January 16, 1907; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

The funeral of Ellen Bowers, the 13 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bowers, of Eckles township was held in this city yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.

Rev. Father O'Dwyer, pastor of St. Phillips Catholic church, officiated at the funeral services, which were attended by a large number of the young companions of the little girl who had known here in her lifetime and also many of the friends of the family who sympathized with them in their loss.

The body was brought from the Bowers home (where the girl had been taken after her death at the hospital) to Bemidji, arriving in the city about 2:30 in the afternoon, many of the neighbors living in the vicinity of the Bowers place, following the hearse.

Among those who attended the funeral were a number of relatives and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Bowers from Stearns county, who knew the family when they resided near Sauk Center.

Ellen Bowers was born at Tintah, Minn., March 9, 1893, and came to Bemidji with the family in 1898, when the Bowers' took up their residence on their homestead in section 13, town of Eckles, ten miles northwest of this city.


Ed. Burnell
[Source: New Ulm Review (MN) August 24, 1892, page 6; submitted by Robin Line]

While hunting chickens recently, Ed. Burnell, the 16-year-old son of a Traverse county farmer, was killed. He was found dead with his gun in his arms.


Mrs. Henry Dezotell

Source: Tomah Journal (Tomah, WI) – May 14, 1892, contributed by Jim Dezotell. Mr. and Mrs. Amos Bigelow returned Tuesday from Brown’s Valley, Minn., where they were summoned the previous week by a sad accident in the family of their daughter, Mrs. Henry Dezotell. The little three-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dezotell, while playing near a bonfire started by some children, fell into the fire, and before assistance reached her she was so badly burned that she died a few hours afterward. About three years ago they lost a little girl by diphtheria, and in this second great misfortune the parents will have the heartfelt sympathy of their many friends here.


William J. Doheny
Source: Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Tuesday, 31 May 1921; transcribed by FoFG mz

Funeral services for William J. Doheny, whose death occurred last Friday at his home in Wheaton, Minn., were held Monday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Michael's pro-cathedral. Mgr. J. A. Liemieux presided.


Herbert Filhing
Source: The Princeton Union (Princeton, MN), Thursday, June 29, 1893 - JD - Sub by FoFG

CRUSHED
Brown's Valley, Minn., June 27. Herbert Filhing was accidentally crushed beneath a pile of lumber. He was playing with several other boys in the lumber yard of Dezotell Smith when a pile of lumber was accidentally knocked down, crushing him beneath it. Medical assistance was called but the child died in less than fifteen minutes after the accident occurred. The boy was five years old.


William V. Fleming
Source: The Stevens Point Journal (WI) October 15, 1887; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
AMHERST.
- Mrs. Sherwin and Mrs. Purple of Browns Valley, Minn. Attended their father's, Wm. V. Fleming funeral Wednesday.
- A. Wilson came down from Stanly to Attend the funeral of his uncle, Wm. V. Fleming.

- Died at his home near Amherst, October 10th, 1887, of pneumonia, William V. Fleming, aged 68 years. Mr. Fleming was born near Trenton, N. J., August 24th, 1819, moved to Pennsylvania when a boy, and in 1845 moved to Illinois, where he remained a short time, when he settled upon the Trap river, in this state, and engaged in making shingles and lumber. He afterwards located on the Little Eau Claire, Where he was engaged quite extensively in lumbering. In 1852 he entered the farm at Amherst where he has since lived, being one of the oldest settlers in this town, and has been identified with its growth and prosperity. He has held the office of chairman of the town several times and always acceptably top the people, being an upright, fearless and honest man, enjoying the confidence of all who came in contact with him. He has always been more or less engaged in lumbering, and has located large quantities of pine lands which has become valuable. His acquaintance through this state was large, and he will be greatly missed by all, but by none more than his neighbors and friends here, who looked to him for advice and assistance, and never in vain. His was an open hand and sympathetic heart. He leaves a wife and five children, to-wit: Geo. W. Fleming, an only son living at home, Mrs. E. M. Sherwin of Brown Valley, Minn., Mrs. D. A. Barton and Mrs. A. Howen of this place, and Mrs. Carrie Purple of Browns Valley, Minn., to mourn the loss of a guide, friend, husband and father.

In the death of Mr. Fleming this community sustains a great loss. It can truly be said of him, that the community in which he lived was the better by reason of his having lived therein. No one that has gone before will be any more missed by the people of this part of the state.

He was buried on Wednesday at 1 p.m., at the lower cemetery, followed by his neighbors and friends. All the stores were closed and the schools were let out in the afternoon in respect to his memory.

One by one as the leaves fall are we counted with our Fathers.


Tom Hoksenamaza
Source: Bismarck Weekly Tribune (ND) August 3, 1894; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

TWO INDIANS KILLED.
Browns Valley, Minn., Aug. 2. - In a thunder storm 12 miles west of here Tom Hoksenamaza and his wife, Indians, were killed by lightning. They were on the open prairie in search of loose horses.


Albin Carl Gaulke Ole Johnson
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) Monday, 12 Jan. 1903; transcribed by FoFG mz

Bodies Found Near Dumont, Minn. Are Identified
Wheaton, Minn., Jan. 12. The bodies of Carl Gaulke and son Albin and Ole Johnson were found beside the railroad track, a half mile north of Dumont, in a badly mutilated condition. The men left Dumont Thursday a short time before the southbound freight pulled into the depot, bound for the home of Mrs. William Hass, living about a mile north of town. There was a howling blizzard at the time so that it was impossible to see any distance and they were going against the storm. There is very little doubt that they were run over by the train.


Harry W. Keppelberger
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Tuesday, 10 June 1902) transcribed by FoFG EAU CLAIRE, Wis., June 9. Dr. Harry W. Keppelberger, of Wheaton, Minn., died Sunday of consumption at the home of his parents in this city.


Mrs. Doctor Marshall

Mrs. Paul
Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Friday, September 11, 1885; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

BURIED IN LAKE TRAVERSE
St. Paul, Sept. 11.-A dispatch from Brown's Valley, Minn., says, Mrs. Doctor Marshall, Mrs. Paul and a lady friend were drowned last evening by their boat capsizing on Lake traverse during the storm. One body has been recovered.


John Otherday
[Source: Mower County Transcript (Austin, MN) November 11, 1869; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

DEATH OF JOHN OTHERDAY.
This noted Sioux Chief who it will be remembered saved the life of over 70 persons during the Indian massacre of 1862, died at his farm near Lake Traverse on the 29th ult., of Consumption.


J. F. Patterson
[Source: Little Falls Transcript (MN) April 10, 1885, page 3; submitted by Robin Line]

An unknown man, thought to be J.F. Patterson of Brown's Valley, was killed by a North Wisconsin train at Rice street crossing.


Mrs. Alexandria Paul
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) September 12, 1885; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

THREE PERSONS DROWNED.
Brown's Valley, Minn., Sept. 11.-The people of this town are bowed down with grief over a sad event that occurred on Traverse lake, near this place, yesterday, in which the wife of Dr. E. R. Marshall, treasurer of Traverse county, and the wife of Mr. Alexandria Paul of this place and Mrs. Hicklin from Bath Grove were drowned by the swamping of a row boat while going from the main land to an island to gather plums. Mr. Marshall and Mr. Paul, who were also in the boat managed to save themselves after a heroic but vain attempt to rescue the ladies. The body of Mrs. Paul was found soon after the accident, but the bodies of the other ladies have not been found. A large number of the citizens of Brown's Valley and surrounding country are at work in boats dragging the lake where the accident occurred. On Tuesday the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul of the firm of Paul Bros., this place, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall, were married and were visiting the state fair when the catastrophe occurred. The three victims were prominent and highly respected ladies and mothers of large families. Mrs. Hicklin, one of the victims, was stopping here for her health, the guest of the Paul family. Business in the village was suspended to-day.


Gabriel Renville
Source: Grand Forks Herald, 3 Aug 1892 - Submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer

Chief Renville Dead
Brown's Valley, Minn., Aug, 2.
Gabriel Renville, the venerable chief of the Wahpeton and Sisseton tribes, died in his house at the agency.
He was sick but a few days. Mr. Renville was an able man of towering character. During the Indian massacre in 1862 he was a prime mover in defending the whites, and his splendid career subsequently in subduing the hostiles has gone into the history of the Northwest. No man has done so much for his people as he. Endeared both to them and all the whites who knew him, his departure is mourned universally.

Source: Bismarck Tribune (Bismarck, ND) Sunday, August 28, 1892; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Gabriel Renville, the noted Sissseton chief, who has been seriously ill for some time at Brown's Valley; Minn., died Friday.

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA) Sunday, August 28, 1892; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
OBITUARY NOTES.
Gabriel Renville, Chief of the Sisseton Indians, died at Brown's Valley, Minn., aged 70 years.
Source: Pittsburgh Dispatch (PA) August 28, 1892; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

GABRIEL RENVILLE, Chief of the Sisseton Indians, died Friday at Browns Valley, Minn., aged 70 years. At the time of the Sioux massacre, in 1892, he had a farm of 3,000 acres near the present city of Graceville, on the Minnesota river. It was mainly through his efforts that 250 white captives were surrendered at Camp Rivas at the close of the uprising.



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