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Waseca County, Minnesota


Obituaries and Death Notices


Irene Ruth Bankes
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Monday, 21 Aug. 2006; page 2A; Lorraine Markee collection, transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Irene Ruth Bankes, 86, of Marshfield died Saturday, August 19, 2006, at Three Oaks Nursing Home, Marshfield.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 26, 2006, at Roseberry’s Funeral Home, Friendship. Internment will be at the Monroe Center Cemetery, town of Monroe. Visitation will be at 11 a.m. Saturday until time of service.

Irene was born May 1, 1920, in Waseca, Minn., to Charles A. Davis and Sadie Olds. She married Floyd O. Hunt on March 3, 1946, in Minneapolis. They had four children before divorcing. Irene married John H. Bankes on Feb. 12, 1972, in Adams.

Irene was preceded in death by her husband, John, in November 2005. She is survived by her children, Mary (Charles) Gleisner of Marshfield, John (Nicky) Hunt of Adams, James Hunt of Adams and Kalven (Sandy) Hunt of Friendship; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild.

Roseberry’s Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Adam Bishman and sister
Source: The Sandusky Daily Star, July 8, 1902 - Contributed by Linda Dietz

Waseca, Minn, July 8- Adam Bishman Jr., and his sister were killed while milking cows in the basement of a barn. The barn was torn asunder by a windstorm. Two others were buried in the debris for over two hours, but were rescued by the neighbors before they suffocated.


Nicholas J. Breen
Source: Child's History of Waseca County, Minnesota, by James E. Child (1905) - transcribed by Liz Dellinger

Mr. Nicholas J. Breen Killed Instantly
This gentleman, senior member of the firm of N. J. Breen & Sons, proprietors of the oatmeal mill, was instantly killed at Waseca, June 8, 1904, on the side track of the M. & St. L. railroad, at the Wood street crossing, near their mill. Freight cars were standing on the crossing, the rear end of the hind car being about half way across the sidewalk crossing. As Mr. Breen stepped upon the track, in going around the end of the car, the cars were suddenly shoved back. The bumper struck him and knocked him down. He attempted to get off the track upon his hands and knees when the wheels caught him at the waist and cut him in two--the skin only holding the body together. It is said that three cars passed over his body. One arm was badly broken as was one of his legs. Death must have been almost instantaneous.
Sympathetic citizens rolled the car wheel off the body and put the remains upon a stretcher, whence they were taken to the Comee & Pfaff undertaking rooms.

Mr. Breen was born in Dublin, Ireland, January 29, 1830. His parents died when he was twelve years old and he was cared for by an uncle who lived in county Wexford. While living there he learned blacksmithing. When only nineteen years of age he came to America, first stopping at Binghampton, N. Y. In the fall of 1849 he came as far west as Milwaukee where he lived two years. In 1851 he opened a blacksmith shop at Franklin, Wis., where he lived until 1866 when he came to the town of Iosco where he opened a farm. This he carried on until about 1871, when he came to Waseca to live and erected a blackmith shop on the corner of First and Elm streets. This he sold to the city for a city hall, June 14, 1888, and at once erected the oatmeal mill situated at the side of the M. & St. L. railroad tracks.

He married Miss Rose Anna McAnany, a native of New York city, in 1857, by whom he had seven children: Margaret M., John J., Thomas, Francis M., Agnes C., Mrs John Moonan and Alice, all of whom reside in Waseca. Mr. Breen was one of our most honorable, upright, and reliable citizens. All his life he was a Father Matthew total abstinence advocate; a man well read and thoroughly informed, especially in matters pertaining to America and Great Britain. He was a prominent, devoted and consistent member of the Catholic church, and if all men were such as he, there need be no fear of the Hereafter.


Mrs. Walter Brown
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Wednesday, 23 Sept. 1896) transcribed by FoFG

Waseca, Minn., Sept. 23. – Mrs. Walter Brown, aged 25, wife of the junior member of the firm of H. A. Brown & Sons, died early this morning of peritonitis, after a lingering illness.


John Burns
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Saturday, 12 Dec. 1891; transcribed by FoFG mz

Two Railroad Men Killed.
ALBERT LEA, Minn., Dec. 11. – John Burns, a man whose home is in Waseca, was killed in the yard here last night.


John Carmody Sr.
Source: Grand Forks Herald (ND) Tuesday, 4 Dec. 1917; transcribed by FoFG mz

Fargo, N.D., Dec. 3. – John Carmody, sr., aged 100, father of Judge John Carmody, Fargo, died at his farm home near Wilton, Waseca county, Minn., last Friday morning following a two weeks’ illness due to a general breakdown.

Judge Carmody was called to his father’s bedside last Thursday, but arrived too late to see him alive. He returned to Fargo this morning after attending funeral services.

Andrew Cheely
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Friday, 26 Feb. 1915; transcribed by FoFG mz

Funeral services for Andrew Cheely will be conducted today at 2 p.m., from the residence, 718 Fourth street. Rev. N. K. Lockrem of the Concordia Norwegian Lutheran church will officiate. The body will be taken to Waseca, Minn., on the 11:40 p.m. train for burial.


James A. Child
Source: Grand Forks Herald (ND) Tuesday, 27 Feb. 1912; transcribed by FoFG mz

Waseca, Minn., Feb. 26. – James A. Child, aged 78, a veteran editor and legislator of Minnesota, and at one time a candidate on the prohibition ticket for the governorship, is dead. He has been ill over a year.


Matt Christianson
Source: Child's History of Waseca County, Minnesota, by James E. Child (1905) transcribed by Sandi King

Suicide Of Matt Christianson.
The Waseca Herald of April 1, 1904, contained the following:
Wednesday morning last, Mr. Raymond Doyle, business manager of the Plum Valley creamery, brought the sad news that Matt Christianson, of Vivian, was found upon the floor of his house, beside his bed, with a bullet hole in his head. The facts, as we hear them, are substantially as follows:

Some time ago Mrs. Christianson, fearing that her husband, in his bursts of passion or madness, would kill her, left her home to live with relatives or friends.

Christianson and a son thirteen or fourteen years of age, had been keeping house by themselves. On Monday the father went to Mankato, to see his wife. Returning, he stopped at Minnesota Lake, bought a revolver, and proceeded homeward.

In the meantime his son did the chores Monday night and went to stay over night with a neighbor boy. Tuesday morning the son, accompanied by the neighbor boy, returned to the Christianson house. Upon opening the door, a terrible sight met their astonished gaze. There upon the floor, covered with blood and with blood all around him, lay Christianson with a bullet hole in his head apparently unconscious, but still breathing. The terrified boys at once alarmed the neighbors, who soon gathered at the house, but no one seemed willing to attempt to do anything for the wounded man until a physician could be obtained from Minnesota Lake.

This is the same Christianson who, over a year ago, assaulted his neighbor, Ewald, with a loaded gun and who was himself thoroughly bruised at the time by young Ewald, who defended his father. Mr. Christianson was arrested at that time, heavily fined, and put under bonds to keep the peace. It is generally thought by those acquainted with him that he has been insane for a long time.

It also appears that Mrs. Christianson had commenced an action for divorce, on the grounds of cruelty.

Our Vivian correspondent writes that the victim shot himself through the mouth, the bullet piercing the brain. This is confirmed by Coroner Blanchard who visited the remains on Wednesday, the man having died on Tuesday.

Our Vivian correspondent also writes that Christianson, a short time before, attempted to kill his wife with a butcher knife. It also appears that Mrs. Christianson, since that time, has been living with a daughter at Mankato.


E. B. Collester
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Monday, 6 Sept. 1915) transcribed by FoFG

WASECA, Minn., Sept. 5. – Senator E. B. Collester, of the Sixteenth district, died at his home in this city last night. He was 67 years old. He is survived by a widow and one daughter.


Dr. Edward Dolan
Source: Child's History of Waseca County, Minnesota, by James E. Child (1905) transcribed by Sandi King

Tragic Death of Dr. Edward Dolan.
Tragic in the extreme was the death by accidental poisoning of Dr. Edward Dolan, of Worthington, Jan. 8, 1904. Not feeling well Saturday night when leaving the farm of a patient five miles south of Worthington, he reached for his medicine case, pulled out a bottle and drank a quantity of carbolic acid.

He had made a mistake in the darkness, but with great presence of mind, poured several ounces of alcohol down his throat, but his efforts to save himself were vain. Doctor Dolan gasped out an order to his driver to hurry at full speed to Worthington, and while the buggy rushed over the road he exerted every effort to save his own life. About a mile from town he alighted from the vehicle, intending to keep the vital spark alive by walking. He had walked but a few paces when he reeled and fell, racked with convulsions. Death ended his sufferings very soon and the driver brought the body into town. Doctor Dolan was about thirty-seven years of age and had practiced medicine at Worthington for ten or twelve years. He was born in Iosco and many of his relatives live in this vicinity.

At the outbreak of the Spanish-American war he left his large practice to serve as captain of Company H, Fifteenth Minnesota volunteers, and continued in the service until his regiment was mustered out. He left surviving him his wife and one son two years old.


W. W. Ferrier
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Friday, 18 Apr. 1919; transcribed by FoFG mz

BAUDETTE, April 17. – W. W. Ferrier, age 65, died at the home of his daughter Mrs. John Greenan of this place, today of heart trouble. He went to Winnipeg two weeks ago to consult a specialist, who gave but little hope, so he returned to this place Sunday evening.

Besides a widow he leaves three daughters and four sons, all residing near this place. Before coming to his farm near Pitt he lived at Waseca, Minn. Funeral services will be held Friday, Rev. Mr. Evans officiating.


Otto Hanson
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Saturday, 12 Apr. 1921; transcribed by FoFG mz

MINNEAPOLIS, April 1. – Otto Hanson, 71, pioneer resident of Minnesota and former representative in the state legislature from Waseca, died tonight shortly after his automobile had collided with a street car here. A widow, four sons and two daughters survive.


William Harding
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (SD) Thursday, 9 Sept. 1897; transcribed by FoFG mz

WASECA, Minn., Sept. 9. – William Harding, in his 101st year and the oldest member of the G.A.R., is dead here. Mr. Harding was a veteran of three wars, the war of 1812, the Mexican war and the civil war.


Mrs. Patrick Healey
Source: New Ulm Weekly Review, (New Ulm, Minn.) 27 Mar. 1878; submitted by Kathy McDaniel

WASECA COUNTY.
Mrs. Patrick Healey, a resident of Weseca since 1856, died on the 8th, of typhoid pneumonia, aged 53 years.


C. W. Holmes
Source: Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) Jan. 20, 1921; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
VANCOUVER RECTOR DIES
Rev. C. W. Holmes of St. Luke's to Be Buried Saturday.
VANCOUVER, Wash., Jan. 19. - (Special.) - Rev. Charles W. Holmes, rector of St. Luke's Episcopal church in this city since 1917, died today at the rectory, on East Eighth street, next to the church. The funeral will be at 10 o'clock Saturday morning. Burial will be in the Masonic cemetery here.

Right Rev. Fred H. Keator, bishop of Olympia, will arrive Saturday morning.

Mr. Holmes was born in St. Paul, Minn., May 6, 1867, the son of Rev. Charles Holmes of Ascension church, St. Paul. The widow and a daughter, Miss Beatrice Holmes; a brother, S. V. Holmes, of St. Paul, and three sisters, Miss Grace Holmes, and Mrs. M. R. Moon of Eureka, Cal., and Mrs. W. W. Savage of Janesville, Minn., survive.


Phoebe A. Jewell
Source: New Ulm Review (MN) June 29, 1892; transcribed by Robin Line
Mrs. Phoebe A. Jewell, relative of H. H. Jewell, died at Waseca of consumption. She was fifty-two years of age, and her late husband was an early settler here and one of the leading business men of this city. Her funeral will take place on Wednesday


Samuel Kimble
Joseph Gilmore

Source: Saint Paul GLobe (MN) May 12, 1880; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
DYNAMITE EXPLOSION.
Deadwood, May 11. - An explosion of five boxes, nearly a hundred pounds, of giant powder occurred at the blacksmith shop of the High Lode mine, Central City, this morning, instantly killing Samuel Kimble, foreman of the mine, James Trudel and Joseph Gilmore, employes. The bodies were most fearfully torn to pieces,, the country for the area of a mile square being strewn with small fragments of flesh and ruins of shops. Kimble and Gilmore hail from Janesville, Wis.


Sam Manthey
Source: Child, James E., Child's History of Waseca County, Minnesota: from its first settlement in 1854 to the close of the year 1904; a record of fifty years: the story of the pioneers. Owatonna, Minn.: Press of the Owatonna Chronicle, c1905.) (submitted by Ida Maack Recu
Waseca Herald, September 13, 1889
Just as we were about to close our forms we learn that Sam Manthey, of this city, son of Joe Manthey, of St. Mary, was instantly killed yesterday afternoon, Sept. 12, at the M. & St. L. gravel pit, in the town of Otisco. He was at the time on top of a loaded car of gravel, leveling it off, when some other cars were let loose and came down against the car he was on with great force. The shock threw him off. He fell upon the track and two trucks passed over him, breaking his neck, and one arm, and otherwise bruising him. He died almost instantly. His remains were brought to the city by Mr. Herman Rieck. He leaves a wife and three or four children in rather poor circumstances. He was born in this county and was about thirty-two years old.


Fred Roeske
Source: The Minneapolis journal. (Minneapolis, Minn.) , August 21, 1905; submitted by KT

Janesville, Minn. - Fred Roeske, resident, died yesterday at Tosca of cancer of the stomach. He was 62.


Byron Smith
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (SD) Wednesday, 25 July 1894; transcribed by FoFG mz

WASECA, Minn., July 25. – Byron Smith, the fireman who was injured in Sunday night’s fire, died about noon.


Warren Smith
Source: Grand Forks Herald (ND) Saturday, 3 Mar. 1894; transcribed by FoFG mz

WASECA, Minn., March 2. – Hon. Warren Smith, aged 73, died during the morning. He was born in Massachusetts, settled at Faribault in 1856, came to this county in 1857, went to the legislature from this county in 1868, and afterwards was county treasurer for several terms. He was wealthy, owning much real estate, and was universally respected.


Mr. & Mrs. Julius Sotebeer
Source: Evening Times (Grand Forks, ND) Saturday, 13 Dec. 1913; transcribed by FoFG mz

Waseca, Minn., Dec. 13. – Julius Sotebeer, a carpenter, and his wife were found dead in bed here yesterday. They had perished by inhaling coal gas from a stove near their bed. Sotebeer was 61 and his wife 63, and they lived alone.


Gerald Arthur Alfred Trapp
Source: The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, Arizona) - July 6, 2004, pg. B9 - Submitted by Ida Maack Recu

Gerald A Trapp, 87, of Sun City West, Arizona, passed away July 2, 2004. Memorial services will be held 11:00 AM on Wednesday, July 7, 2004 at St. Pauls Lutheran Church, 6301 W. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. Contributions may be made to St. Pauls Parochial School, 6301 W. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85033. Arrangements entrusted to Best Funeral Services, Inc.
(Note: born 19 Apr 1917 in Wilton, Waseca, Minnesota)


William G. Ward
Source: Grand Forks Herald (ND) Friday, 23 Sept. 1892; transcribed by FoFG mz

ST. PAUL, Sept. 22. – State Senator William G. Ward, one of the most prominent Republicans in Minnesota, died at 3 o’clock p.m. at Waseca, of dropsy. Senator Ward was born in Oneida county, New York, 62 years ago. He was a leader in politics in Wisconsin many years before coming to Minnesota.


Frank Western
Source: New Ulm Register (New Ulm, MN) November 16, 1892, page 5; submitted by Robin Line

Frank Western of Eagle Lake was killed by the explosion of the boiler of a threshing machine engine on the farm of Thomas Bowers, ten miles south of Waseca. Two other men were seriously but not fatally injured.


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