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Mrs. Peter Anderson
Source: The Minneapolis Journal (MN) April 22, 1902; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Wife Hangs Herself and the Husband Is Incurably Insane.

Special to The Journal.
Breckenridge, Minn., April 22. - Mrs. Peter Anderson of this place committed suicide by hanging herself yesterday. She was discovered in the afternoon hanging to a rope that she had fastened over the joist in the ceiling. She had been dead for several hours. Her husband, Peter Anderson, was committed to the Fergus Falls asylum about three years ago, and is considered incurable. Mrs. Anderson had worried about her husband, and last month had complained of being sick. She had made her living and that of her two children by taking in washing and working about town. She left a boy, about 14 years old, and a girl about 5 years old.

John and Edward S. Boice
[Source: Mitchell Capital (Mitchell, SD) June 28, 1889] mkk

Wolverton, Minn., July 26. - John A. and Edward S. Boice, aged respectfully twenty-one and eighteen years, were drowned in the Red river near here while bathing. Their former home was in Arcadia, Wis.

Pat Brawders
Source: Little Falls Herald (Little Falls, MN) August 5, 1921, page 1; submitted by Robin Line
DECRIES MOONSHINE USE; DRINKS SOME; ENDS LIFE Breckenridge, Minn., Aug. 3.-"The fellows who make moonshine should be shot, and the fellows who drink it should shoot themselves."

That was what Pat Brawders, 54 years old, of Wilkin county, said a few days ago.

This morning, Brawders was found by harvest hands on his farm, lying dead in a burning strawstack, with a bullet through his heart. Crazed by moonshine, he still had reason enough to attempt to keep the world from knowing of his self-destruction. His attempt was a failure, as harvest hands in a nearby field noticed the fire soon after it was started. The body was burned, but not beyond recognition.

D. E. Bronson
Source: Springfield Republican, Springfield, Massachusetts, Saturday, December 5, 1903, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

Capt. D. E. Bronson, 68, of Breckenridge, Minn., died at St. Francis hospital there yesterday. He fought many battles against the Indians in the early 1860s and was noted for his bravery.

D. E. Brownson
Source: Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) December 5, 1903; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Breckenridge, Minn., Dec. 4. - Captain D. E. Brownson, of this place, died today. He served as a Captain during the Indian wars in the West during the early '60s. He fought many battles, and was noted for his bravery.

Matilda Chapman
Source: The Henry Republican (Illinois) 14 Dec. 1876 - Submitted by Nancy Piper

In Breckenridge, Minn., Dec. 11, Matilda, aged 14 years, daughter of Samuel S. Chapman of Whitefield.

B. W. Cole
Source: Willmar Tribune, Willmar, Minnesota, November 12, 1913, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

B. W. Cole, Register of Deeds, Wilkin county, died Nov. 3, after three days illness.

Ernest Boy
[Source: Wibaux Pioneer (Wibaux, MT) Dec. 19, 1907] mkk

Boy Is Dead and Others May Die at Wolverton, Minn.

Barnesville, Minn., Dec. 12. - Scarlet fever is raging west of here, near Wolverton, Minn. The nineteen-year-old son of Carl Ernest died after an illness of two days, and other families in the same neighborhood are afflicted. Two more deaths are expected momentarily.

Charles B. Falley
Source: Daily Globe (St. Paul, MN) Dec. 27, 1880; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Charles B. Falley, auditor of Wilkin county, and one of the oldest and best known citizens of Breckenridge, died recently of cancer of the stomach.

Willis Leroy Ferguson
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) - Saturday, October 9, 1999; submitted by Christine Walters

Willis Leroy Ferguson, 77, of Strand Road, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 1999, in Chris Jensen Nursing Home after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

He was born April 24, 1922, in Wilkin County, Breckenridge, Minn., to Austin and Caroline (Max) Ferguson. Willis married Betty Louise Ward on June 14, 1947, and together they moved to Duluth in the early 1950s. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving from May 23, 1944, to May 24, 1946. He fought in the Southwest Pacific and took part in combat patrols in the Philippines.

Willis was a member of the Teamsters Union Local 320 and had been a truck driver for the University of Minnesota Duluth's grounds crew from 1957 until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of the Lakewood Community Club, and a member of AARP since 1984.

Willis was preceded in death by his parents. Betty, his wife of 50 years, died in 1997.

He is survived by his daughter, Barbara (Thomas) Rogers; sons Leo (Linda), Stephen and Floyd (Terrie), all of Duluth; a sister, Myrtle Styf of Wahpeton, N.D.; a brother, Arlin Ferguson of Mora, Minn.; seven grandchildren, Melissa, Forrest, Mariel, Brandon, Brent, Ethan and Austin; and several nieces and nephews.

A special thanks to St. Mary's Hospice and Chris Jensen Nursing Home -- Elm, Birch and Spruce Wings for all their care and support.

Visitation: 11 a.m. until the 12 noon funeral service today in Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Interment in Park Hill Cemetery. Military Honors accorded by the Duluth VFW combined Honor Guard.

Clyde Fitch
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Minneapolis, MN) Friday, August 7, 1896; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Breckenridge Matters.
Special to The Journal.
Breckenridge, Minn., Aug. 7.-Clyde, the 13-year-old son of E. S. Fitch, buyer at Tenney, was killed Wednesday evening. He went out to get the cow picketed near the barn. After untying her he got on her back, when she started to run and fell on him, killing him instantly.

Clarence Hanson
[The Wahpeton Times. (Wahpeton, Richland County, Dakota [ND]), 28 March 1901] transcribed by Kim Torp

Clarence, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hanson, Breckenridge, died Monday of typhoid fever, aged 18 years, was ill two weeks. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the whole community.

Thomas Hutchings
Source: Daily Illinois State Journal, Springfield, Illinois, Saturday, November 1, 1890, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

Died. Oct. 18, at his home near Campbell, Minn., Thomas Hutchings, of Bright's disease, aged 88 years. He was for many years a resident of Sangamon County, living in Rochester.

Lewis S. Johns
Source: Northern Pacific Farmer, Wadena, Minnesota, March 30, 1882, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

Lewis S. Johns, a farmer living four miles from Campbell, Wilkin county, died from the effect of an overdose of Laudanum. Johns had been drinking to excess for some time, and was under the influence when he took the poison. The coroner's jury found a verdict of death from an overdose of laudanum administered by his own hand, during temporary aberration of mind, caused by the use of intoxicating liquors.

DuWayne Warren Johnson
Source: Daily News (Wahpeton, ND) - Monday, September 23, 2013; submitted by Christine Walters

DuWayne Warren Johnson, 65, Foxhome, Minn., died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 at Foxhome Lutheran Church with the Rev. John Andrews and the Rev. Paul Schiotz officiating. Interment will be at Vukku Cemetery in Foxhome.

Visitation will be held from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Foxhome Lutheran Church, Foxhome.

DuWayne W. Johnson, "Big Du" as he was fondly referred to by his friends, was born July 17, 1948 in Breckenridge, Minn., to Donald and Dorothy (Zarling) Johnson. He grew up on the family farm in Foxhome with his older brother, Vance and sister, Carol. He attended grade school in Foxhome. He graduated high school in 1966 from Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston, Minn., where he was also captain of his wrestling team.

Through 4-H, DuWayne won many trips to the state fair for cattle and grain. He was an active member of the Vukku Youth group and he always had a part in the Lenten play. Every Saturday and Sunday he rode in horse shows with the Red River Riders Saddle Club. DuWayne began farming with his dad and brother Vance on the family farm.

On Sept. 14, 1968 DuWayne was united in marriage to Cindy Steeves at St. John's Catholic Church in Wahpeton, N.D. They lived in Foxhome where they raised their daughters, Jackie, Rebecca and Greta. Because of health reasons, he had to quit farming. He began trucking in 1977 as an owner-operator and CRE and continued trucking until 2004. DuWayne loved horses and putting on the pony show at the Wilkin County Fair and Western Days. He especially took pleasure in the chariot races ... the faster the better.

His health took a severe decline in 2004. After a tough battle, he received a double lung transplant Jan. 31, 2006. He felt very blessed to meet the family of Rigo Morales a short time later.

On July 8, 2006 DuWayne was united in marriage to Marlene Metcalf at Vukku Lutheran Church. They spent much time gardening and started Mar-Du Canning to provide homemade goods to their family. They enjoyed short vacations together, and for the last eight years they taught Vacation Bible School. They also had a special place in their hearts for their three cats. He was a member of Vukku Lutheran Church, Red River Riders Club and the Wilkin County Sheriff Posse.

In all the years of his illness – although trying for his family and friends – it never got DuWayne down. He was always "fine and dandy." He will be remembered for his sense of humor. Many of his friends have stories of falling victim to his practical jokes. He was often described as "someone you couldn't help but like."

DuWayne is lovingly survived by his wife, Marlene; his three daughters: Jackie (Gary) Nordick, Waconia, Minn., and their children, Gabrielle and Chase, Rebecca (Mark) Petersen, Andover, Minn., and their children Hannah and Ian, and Greta (Mike) Petrich, Osakis, Minn., and their children Miranda, Adam and Jack; five step-children; 17 step-grandchildren and 13 great-step-grandchildren; his brother. Vance (Marlene) Johnson; and sister, Carol (Al) Balk, both of Foxhome; and his very special friend, Vicky Summerville, Breckenridge.

DuWayne was preceded in death by his parents Donald and Dorothy.

Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home in Breckenridge is in charge of the arrangements.

Andrew J. Ledstone
[Source: Minneapolis Journal (MN) March 11, 1903] mkk
Memorial services were held in the Methodist church for Rev. Andrew J. Ledstone of Moro, Oregon, who until last October served as pastor of the Breckenridge Methodist church. The services were participated in by the Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias and Woodmen.

F. W. Maechler
Source: The Saint Paul Globe, Saint Paul, Minnesota, August 3, 1900, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

F. W. Maechler, a well known resident of Campbell, Minn., died in St. Luke's hospital in this city yesterday morning of Bright's disease. He was sixty-one years of age and had been in the hospital for six weeks. He will be buried at Lowell, Wis., his old home.

Royal Maitland
Source: Duluth News Tribune (20 Feb. 1919) transcribed by FoFG MZ

AITKIN, Feb. 19. – Royal Maitland, the 22-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Maitland of Foxhome, Minn., former residents of Aitkin, was buried here today. Royal was stationed at Fort Douglas, Utah, and died there on Feb. 12, of pneumonia.

Mrs. C. A. Manning
Source: The Minneapolis Journal, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 12, 1902, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

Breckenridge, Minn.- Mrs. C. A. Manning died in the hospital yesterday. She left a husband and six children and was 33 years old.

David McCauley
Source: The Saint Paul Globe, Saint Paul, Minnesota, July 31, 1900, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

Breckenridge, Minn., July 30. (Special.) David McCauley, the oldest resident of Wilkin county, died at his home at McCauleyville last night of heart failure. Mr. McCauley came to this county in 1861, but stopped at Fort Abercrombie, just across the river, until 1864, just after the Indian outbreak, and was the first man to return to this county after that event. He was seventy-five years old, and leaves a wife and one child.

Elling Olson
[Source: Little Falls Transcript (MN) May 18, 1900] mkk

Found With Neck Under Wagon Wheel
Fargo, N. D., May 17. - ELling Olson, a farmer 35 years old, living at Wolverton, Minn., was found dead south of the city by Mrs. Samuel Mathews and Mrs. Ned Davis while out driving. Olson's neck was under the wagon wheel. The horses were attached to the wagon, but standing still. Another man seen in the vicinity had disappeared when the police arrived.

Coroner's Jury:
[Source: Jamestown Alert (ND) May 24, 1900] mkk

The Coroner's jury returned a verdict of accidental death in the case of Elling Olson of Wolverton, Minn., found dead near Fargo. Peter Nesse, Olson's companion explained his connection with the affair in such a manner that he was cleared of all suspicion.

Owens (2 Children)
Source: The New Hampshire Patriot and State Gazette, Concord, New Hampshire, Thursday, December 18, 1879, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

There has been a severe storm in the Red River country for two days, the thermometer falling from 25 to 40 below. Two children of Mr. Owens, at Breckenridge, Minn., were frozen to death and two men, H. D. Storderk and James Nolan, are missing, supposed to have been lost in the storm.

Augustin L. Pollock
[Source: Minneapolis Journal (MN) March 11, 1903] mkk
Home of Augustine L. Pollock Was In Denver, Col.

Breckenridge, Minn. - Funeral services for Augustin L. Pollock of Denver, who died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Z. T. Shepherd, in Breckenridge, were held from the Methodist church yesterday afternoon, Rev. E. C. Holliday and Rev. G. H. Davies officiating. The interment was in the Breckenridge cemetery.

John Quin
Source: The Worthington Advance, Worthington, Minnesota, January 19, 1906, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

John Quin, a former resident of Little Rock, died at Breckenridge, Minn., January 2nd.

Doris Fern Radke
Source: Daily News (Wahpeton, ND) - Friday, May 11, 2012; submitted by Christine Walters

Doris Hermoe Radke, 96, Breckenridge, Minn., died Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at St. Francis Nursing Home in Breckenridge. The funeral will be held at 1:30 pm Saturday, May 12, 2012 at Breckenridge Lutheran Church with the Rev. Mark Manning officiating. Interment is at Riverside Cemetery in Breckenridge. Visitation will be held an hour and a half prior to the funeral at the church.

Doris Fern VanTassel was born on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, 1915 in Kent, Minn., to Ralph and Myrtle (Chambers) VanTassel. She was baptized in 1916 in the Methodist Church in Sibley, Iowa during a subsequent trip to visit her mother's family. She graduated from Wolverton High School in 1932. Doris then took a one-year teacher's course at Moorhead State Teachers College. She received her certificate to teach in rural schools in the spring of 1933 at the age of 17. She taught in several Wilkin County schools through the years and continued to take evening and summer college courses as time permitted.

In 1940, Doris married Oscar Hermoe of Abercrombie, N.D., and they farmed in Connelly Township in Wilkin County on her parents' farm. After Oscar's death in 1971, she returned to Moorhead State College fulltime, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in education in 1972. She then began teaching third grade in Breckenridge Public School, a position from which she retired in 1976.

Doris was united in marriage to William A. "Tony" Radke in 1976 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They continued to live in Breckenridge and at their seasonal lake home on OtterTail Lake. They also spent 14 winters in Harlingen, Texas. Tony preceded her in death on Jan. 27, 2009 at the age of 95.

Doris was very active in many organizations during her life. She taught Sunday school and held many leadership positions in her church. She was a member of the Wilkin County Homemakers Club, Wilkin County V.F.W Auxiliary, PTA American Association of University Women, and Delta Pi Delta Sorority of Minnesota State University, Moorhead, Minn. For many years she was in charge of the spelling contest at the Wilkin County Fair. While wintering in Texas, she was in the H.O.S.T. program at the Harlingen's Alamo High School, tutoring Hispanic students in the English language.

Doris enjoyed cats, oil painting, reading, poetry, sewing, bowling, crossword puzzles and especially being with family. One of her greatest joys was helping her students set and achieve goals, both academic and personal. She will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to have been touched by her life.

Doris is survived by her son, Jim (Evie) Hermoe, St. James, Minn.; her step-granddaughter, Robyn (David) Wolf, Lakeville, Minn.; her step great-grandchildren, Ashtyn Wolf and Cayden Wolf; nine nieces and nephews; her special friends, Brenda and Mark Conzemius; and her favorite 'grandcat,' George.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Myrtle VanTassel; her first husband, Oscar Hermoe; her second husband, Tony Radke; her brother, Howard and his wif,e Jean (Minnehan) VanTassel.

Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home in Breckenridge is in charge of the arrangements.

William Rehbein
Source: Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) August 11, 1919; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

William Rehbein, 70 years old, a carpenter, died at his home, 170 Beech street, yesterday. He leaves a widow, Louise Rehbein, and the following children: Mrs. C. D. Gell, Henry >, Fred, George and Edward of this city; Mrs. J. P. Bolton of The Dalles and Paul J. Rehbein of Breckenridge, Minn.

Rose Siegel
Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) - Tuesday, April 26, 2005; submitted by Christine Walters

Siegel, Rose, 90, of Deerfield Beach, FL died on April 14, 2005. Aaron Cremation & Burial Services. Stuehrenberg Stuehrenberg, August Walter age 86, was born to August and Marie (Drewlow) on December 8, 1918, in rural Nordick Township, Wilkin County, Minnesota. He was the sixth of seven children. He attended a rural one room school through eighth grade near his parents farm. He was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church, rural Mitchell Township, Wilkin County, Minnesota. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the South Pacific during World War II. Following his honorable discharge from the army, he began farming with his two brothers. On June 18, 1949, he married Arda Grahn from Pelican Rapids, Minnesota. They lived on a farm one mile from the home where he grew up. Four children were raised on that farm, Darrell (Linda), Duane (Bonnie), Sonja Wuerffel (Mark) and Vance (Mary). In the mid 80's, August and Arda moved into Breckenridge, Minnesota. Duane continued living and farming the family farm. In 1979, they purchased a winter home In Cooper City. Florida, near their son, Darrell's Davie, FL church, where he is pastor. They wintered there twenty-five years. Their daughter, Sonja, serves as a missionary with her husband in Papua New Guinea. Their son, Vance recently retired from the police force in Mankato, Minnesota. August and Arda have 19 grandchildren and 3 great-granddaughters. August was an active church member at Christ Lutheran, Mitchell Township, MN, Gloria Dei Lutheran, Davie, FL and Grace Lutheran, Breckenridge. MN. He was involved with his son's farm to the end of his life. He was a caring husband, loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enjoyed life and shared his love for Jesus Christ with all he met. He was proceeded in death by his parents, August and Marie; his brothers and sisters; Augusta Poppel, Ann Dahnke, Sophie Alfield, Alvina Tellberg, Henry and Carl Stuehrenberg. Visitation will take place at Fred Hunter's Funeral Home, 6301 Taft Street, in Hollywood from 6:00-9:00 P.M. on Tuesday. The funeral is at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 7601 SW 39th Street, Davie. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in his name at Gloria Dei.

August Suller
Source: Bismarck Weekly Tribune (ND) February 18, 1887; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Breckenridge, Minn., Feb. 14. - By the burning of a dwelling of Chas. Miller, a farmer named August Suller lost his life.

Thomas Summers
Source: The Decatur Herald (IL) February 15, 1884; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Thomas Summers, a prisoner in the jail at Breckenridge, Minn., who inhaled smoke and flame when the jail burned, died Wednesday.

Helen L. Wardeberg
Source: Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN) - Sunday, March 6, 2011; submitted by Christine Walters

Helen L. Wardeberg, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, formerly of Ithaca, New York, died Sunday evening, February 27, 2011 of complications following a broken hip. Helen was born in Prairie View Township, Wilkin County outside of Barnesville, Minnesota on July 3, 1920. She graduated from Barnesville High School in 1937. She was a life long teacher having received her Bachelor of Science degree at (then) Moorhead State Teachers College in 1941, her Masters of Arts at the University of Minnesota in 1948 and her doctorate at the University of Minnesota in 1953. Helen began teaching in Clay County after only two years at Moorhead State for the princely sum of $720 per 9 month school year. In 1942 she moved to Browns Valley of Traverse County to teach three grades. Her contract stated that it would terminate no more than "one day after entering matrimony". After receiving her PHD, she was appointed chair of the Education Department, School of Agriculture, Cornell College, Ithaca NY. This was a position she was to hold for the next 33 years. Following the retirement of the dean of the University, Ms. Wardeberg was selected to be Interim Dean of Cornell until her retirement in 1986. Returning to the Twin Cities in 2005, she lived in Edina until entering St. Therese of Brooklyn Park in 2010. Helen is survived by 2 nephews, David Anderson (Cathy) of Highland Park, Illinois and Rev. Richard Townsend-Anderson (Diane) of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, and 1 niece in law, Pat Anderson of Wasilla, Alaska. She is also survived by many other great nieces and nephews and their children as well. She was preceded in death by her parents, Anton & Lillie, her brother Floyd, sister in law, Marguerite, nephew Douglas Anderson and grand niece, Minu Townsend-Anderson. Her memorial service will be held at St. Therese Chapel, Oxbow Lake in Brooklyn Park, MN at 1:00 pm, Monday, March 7.

Harry Wilson
Source: The Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, MD) Wednesday, October 22, 1879; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

The county jail at Breckenridge, Minn., was destroyed by fire Monday night, and the only prisoner, Harry Wilson, colored, burned to death.

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