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Wadena County, Minnesota


Obituaries and Death Notices


Jack Anderson
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Saturday, November 29, 1905; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

FRAZEE, Minn., Nov. 24.-The murdered man at McHugh has been positively identified as Jack Anderson of Sebeka, Minn. This is his American name, though he is a Finlander. He left Sebeka early in the summer in company with John Huorti and some other friends for the harvest fields in Leonard, N. D. They all worked for a man named Stolz. The other boys left there a few days before Huorti and Anderson, who traveled to Fargo from Hope together. Huorti claims that the last time he saw Anderson was at Fargo. Sheriff Larson arrested Huorti yesterday, who said that he brought Anderson's shotgun home, but refused to admit that he killed Anderson. It will be recalled that Anderson was killed and his body thrown into the brush after being shot through the head with a shotgun. Huorti was brought to Detroit and lodged in the county jail. Anderson's body will be buried at Sebeka today.


L. W. Babcock
Source: Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Wednesday, 26 Dec. 1906; transcribed by FoFG mz

Minneapolis, Minn., Dec. 25. - Dr. L. W. Babcock, of Wadena, speaker of the Minnesota house in 1903, died today at St. Luke's hospital, St. Paul. He was taken to the hospital last Thursday, suffering from a complication of diseases, and was in a semi-conscious state until the end came. He was 66 years of age and a native of New York state.


C. W. Baumbach
Source: Duluth News-Tribune, dated February 5, 1908; submitted by Denise Hansen

Wadena Banker Dies In South
C. W. Baumbach, Well Known in Central Minnesota, Dies of Heart Failure
(News Tribune Special)
Wadena, Minn., Feb. 4 - This community was greatly shocked this morning on receipt of news that C.W. Baumbach had died yesterday at Oklahoma City, Okla. Particulars concerning his death are lacking, but he had been troubled with weak heart for some time past.

Before going south, Mr. Baumbach was cashier of the First National bank of Wadena, and was interested in banks at Sebeka, New York Mills, Grand Rapids and Bemidji. He was at the head of the Bankers' Trust company of Ardmore, Okla., until recently, when the trust company was liquidated and ceased to exist. He then moved to Oklahoma City.

He was the son of Hon. W.R. Baumbach of Wadena, and was widely known throughout central Minnesota. The remains will be brought here for interment.


Amesa H. Bereman
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) Friday, 20 Apr. 1888; transcribed by FoFG mz

WADENA, Minn., April 19. - Amesa H. Bereman, editor of the Wadena County Pioneer, died today of consumption.


H. G. Burgess
Source: Minneapolis Journal, dated January 18, 1896; submitted by Denise Hansen

Died at Wadena
Special to The Journal
Wadena, Minn., Jan. 18 - H. G. Burgess, a well-known traveling man, who resided in this city, died last night after an illness of three weeks with typhoid fever. He leaves a wife and three small children. He had traveled for nine years for Wyman, Partridge & Co., of Minneapolis, and was a very successful salesman. His aged parents are on the way here from Massachusetts and are expected to arrive Monday. The funeral will probably he held Tuesday.


Susan Clark
Source: The Duluth Herald, Saturday Evening, Oct. 22, 1910.

Staples - Mrs. Susan Clark, aged 66 years, who was brought down from New York Mills a few weeks ago, died about 11 o'clock Monday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edward O'Leary. She was a resident of Staples some years ago.


Zella Couillard
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) Thursday, 20 Mar. 1913; transcribed by FoFG mz

Mrs. Zella Couillard of Ellendale died yesterday at St. Luke's hospital after being ill for some time. The body was shipped to Wadena, Minn., this noon, for internment. Mrs. Couillard is survived by a sister, Mrs. L. F. Smart of Ellendale. She was born October 12, 1865, in Wisconsin.


John Crowley
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Tuesday, 27 Sept. 1904; transcribed by FoFG mz

News of the death of John Crowley at Wadena, Minn., was received here yesterday. Death came suddenly and is supposed to have been caused by paralysis from which he was a sufferer. Mr. Crowley was well known in Superior having resided here for several years, during which time he was clerk in the Superior and Tower hotels.


C. M. Dorrison
Source: Minneapolis Journal, dated August 20, 1900; submitted by Denise Hansen

C. M. Dorrison, an honored citizen of Wadena, died yesterday of heart disease. He was 78 years of age.


Henry Dreis
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Minneapolis, MN) Saturday, 6 Oct. 1900; transcribed by FoFG mz

Hastings, Minn., Oct. 6. - The funeral of Henry Dreis, a well known farmer of Vermillion, was held in Wadena to-day. He leaves a wife, three daughters and three sons. His age was 68 years.


Louis Johnson & Stepson
Source: Grand Forks Herald, dated April 23, 1910 ; submitted by Denise Hansen

Killed A Boy and Himself
Wadena Farmer Shot Stepson Fearing He Would Inherit Property
(Herald Special Service)
Wadena, Minn., April 22 - An innocent and defenseless boy of 12 years was murdered yesterday by Louis Johnson, a farmer of the town of Green Valley, Becker county. The lad was a stepson of Johnson and was shot dead with a rifle.

After committing the deed, Johnson turned the gun upon himself and fired a shot which ended his own life. The murder and suicide occurred in some woods near the home of the Johnsons. Particulars are hard to obtain as the place is a dozen miles from a railroad. Johnson was a farmer and about 45. The coroner of becker county si on the way to the scene. Johnson had a daughter by his first wife and fears that she would be dispossessed of his property in the event of his death and that his stepson would inherit it are supposed to have led to the tragedy. The first husband of Mrs. Johnson, a man by the name of Hill, also died a suicide in the same neighborhood about eight years ago. When she missed her husband and son last night, Mrs. Johnson searched for them alone for several hours. Not finding them she aroused the neighbors and a thorough search ended in the discovery of the bodies early today.


Ladeen Boy
Source: The Duluth Herald, Saturday Evening, Oct. 22, 1910.

Wadena - Infantile paralysis claimed another victim near Deer Creek last Wednesday. The 14-year-old son of Frank Ladeen passed away as the result of this disease and another younger child of the family is now sick with the same ailment.


Elwyn Lyon
Source: The Northern Pacific Farmer (Wadena, MN) November 20, 1879; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Last Thursday evening Wm. Nelson, living just south of the town, was told that a dead man was lying on the prairie near his house. On searching he found the body about 40 rods S. W. of his residence. He notified the coroner, Dr. Vivian, who impaneled a jury and went out that evening and viewed the body, which was lying face downward dead. It was brought to town and the examination resumed next morning. There were no marks of violence and the jury could not tell when or from what cause death ensued. The coroner then ordered a post mortem examination, which was made by Dr. Denniston. The brain was found slightly congested but otherwise healthy and quite large. The heart was very badly diseased, and the Dr. was of the opinion that death resulted from paralysis of the heart. In this opinion Dr. Vivian concurred and the jury so found.

The body was that of Elwyn Lyon, a young man from Portage, Wis., who came here nearly a year ago and has been in the employ of different persons ever since. He was temperate, industrious, trust-worthy and respected. His earnings he sent home to his parents. His brother had died of heart disease. At the time of his death he was in the employ of Mr. Nelson, and when last seen alive he was leaving Mr. Nelson's house in the dusk of the evening to show a stranger the road to Alexandria. His body had lain two days before it was discovered. The remains were taken to Sauk Centre and delivered to his friends. - [Alexandria Post.


George Marcus
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Sunday, 11 Oct. 1908; transcribed by FoFG mz

W. F. Marcus of Oneota received a telegram yesterday from Tucson, Ariz., notifying him of the death of his son, George Marcus, of hemorrhage of the lungs. The body will be forwarded to Wadena, Minn., for burial.

George Marcus was 19 years of age and was graduated from the Central high school in 1905. He was popular among his classmates and in Oneota, where he lived for 17 years.

His death was unexpected and was a great shock to his relatives and friends.


Peter O. Neste
Source: Eau Claire Leader (WI) June 11, 1911; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
CARLTON CASE CONTINUED
Park Rapids, Minn., June 10. - Lloyd and Gena Carlton of Ferris, Minn., who are held on a charge of murdering Peter O. Neste, Mrs. Carlton's father, were arraigned in the justice court yesterday for their preliminary hearing, but had the case postponed until June 26.


Jennie J. Newton
Source: The Bemidji Daily Pioneer, (Bemidji, Minn), March 25, 1911; submitted by Veneta McKinney

Mrs. Jennie Newton Dead - Death came to Mrs. Jennie J. Newton, 28 years old, wife of Thomas G. Newton of Fargo, in this city yesterday afternoon.
Mrs. Newton has been in ill health for several years, but it was not until last December that her condition became serious.
She was born in Aldrich, Wadena county, this state, in 1882, moving to this city 8 years ago when her father, W. W. Helmer, now a resident of this city, made Bemidji his home. She was married to Mr. Newton in 1907 moving to Fargo, where they have made their home ever since.
Mr. and Mrs. Helmer, father and mother, two brothers, N. W. Helmer and Earl Helmer and two sisters, Mrs. N. Larson and Pearl survive her.
The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon from the home of Mrs. Larson, 212 Irvine Avenue South.


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

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


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

FORMER STAPLES MAN DIES IN DETROIT.
(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.


N. H. Ulett
Source: New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN) August 03, 1892; submitted by Robin Line

N. H. Ulett, an old resident of St. Louis County, dropped dead while running for a train at a suburb called Aldrich. He was 70 years old, bachelor, and leaves an estate of three-quarters of a million, mostly real estate.


Sophia Webb
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Tuesday, 13 Dec. 1910; transcribed by FoFG mz

Mrs. Sophia Webb, who has been an invalid for the past three years, passed away at St. Mary's hospital yesterday morning at 7 o'clock. The deceased was 81 years of age at the time of her death. Old age and incident ailments are given as the cause of death.

She is survived by three sons and one daughter: W. H. Webb and Richard Webb of this city and T. J. Webb of Medford, Ore., and Mrs. John Howson of Superior. Mrs. Webb came to Superior seven years ago from Wadena, Minn., shortly after the death of her husband.

The funeral is to be held from the residence of Mrs. Howson, 1511 Belknap street, at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon. The body is to be taken on the Northern Pacific 8:10 train this evening to Wadena for burial.


John Witt
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Thursday, 26 Sept. 1991, page 10; Lorraine Markee collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

ABBOTSFORD - Clark County native John ("Jack") Witt, 85, Wadena, Minn., died at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday at Tri County Hospital, Wadena.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Maurina Funeral Home, Abbotsford.

Visitation will be from noon until service time Sunday at the funeral home.

Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood Co., Wis.) Friday, 27 Sept. 1991; contributed by Ron Flink & transcribed by Marla Zwakman

ABBOTSFORD - Services for Clark County native John Louis ("Jack") Witt, 85, Wadena, Minn., who died at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday at Tri County Hospital, Wadena, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Maurina Funeral Home, Abbotsford.

Bryce Luchterhand will officiate. Private burial will be Monday in the town of Beaver Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bud Klug, Art Siikarla, Harlen Witt, Harold Hardrath, Emil Luchterhand, Richard Boden, Gertrude Becker and Gertrude Rohland.

Visitation will be from noon until service time Saturday at the funeral home.

He was born April 24, 1906, in the town of Beaver, Clark County, to the late Fred and Alvina (Knacck) Witt. He married Evelyn Paral June 5, 1929, in Milwaukee. She died Nov. 28, 1984.

He lived in Appleton until 1941 and then was employed as manager of Big Four Cooperative in Spencer. He became insurance director for Wisconsin Mutual Insurance Co. in 1944 and later was hired by Wisconsin Farmers Union to head the department of cooperatives. He then was employed in Minnesota by Farmers Union Livestock Association in St. Paul and then as director of insurance for Minnesota Farmers Union. He later was general manager of Co-op Services Inc. of New York Mills, Minn., for nine years. He then moved to Alexandria, Minn., and built and operated a mobile home court. He also served as director of U.S. Farmers Association for many years. He moved to Wadena in 1986.

Survivors include a twin brother, Harvey Witt Sr. of Abbotsford, and two sisters, Hilda Laufenberg of Bettendorf, Iowa, and Edna Degner of Green Bay.

He was also predeceased by one sister, Elda, and three brothers, Fred, William and Elmer.


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