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Louise Catherine Aanes

Obituary

Louise Catherine (Olson) Aanes as born in Jefferson County, Wisconsin December 25, 1853, and passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. O. J. Heimark in Lisbon township September 18, 1935 at the age of 81 years, nine months, and seven days.

She was confirmed in Hauge's Synod at Arkdale, Wis., in 1867 together with her older sister, Susanna, and Isaacs Wilson. At the age of 18, she went to Chicago, where she acted as dressmaker from 1871 until 1874. On January 18, 1875, she was united in marriage to Nils J. Nelson Aanes.

The following spring they moved to Yellow Medicine county where they established their home in Lisbon township. To this union twelve children were born: Norman, Inger, Otto, Olave, Susana, Edna, Hans, Arne, Benjamin. Betram, Ole and Harold, all of whom reached maturity. Her husband preceded Mrs. Aanes in death September 16, 1914. In November, 1919, the first death occurred among the children when Arne passed away at Marine Barracks, Paris Island, So. Carolina. The following January Benjamin succumbed to flu and at home.

Mrs. Aanes assumed management of the farm in 1914 and together with some of her children, continued farming intermittently until 1932. Mrs. Aanes was charter member of the Camp Release church and ladies aid, taking active part until recent years. All living and growing things held her interest, especially flowers. Being a lover of literate and reading, she read many books, biographies, and current events. She enjoyed company and travel.

Mrs. Aanes is survived by six sons, four daughters, twenty grandchildren, one brother and five sisters. Her children who survive are: Norman F. of Montevideo; Mrs. B. Lear (Inger) of Klamath Falls, Oregon; Otto R. at Appleton; H. G. Aanes of Fort Collins, Colorado; Bertram L. of Stevens Point, Wis.; Mrs. David Whipper (Olava) of Backus, Minn.; Ole O. of Saint Paul; Mrs. J. J. Heimark (Susana) and Mrs. O. J. Heimark (Edna and Harold A. Aanes of Clarkfield. All were present at the funeral except H. G. Aanes of Fort Collins and Mrs. Lear of Klamath Falls.

Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at one o'clock from the home and at two o'clock from Camp Release Lutheran church. Rev. David Dale and Rev. C. M. Tollefson officiated and interment was made in the Camp Release cemetery. Pallbearers were Ole H. Holtan, Montevideo; Lars Winson, Hazel Run; Martin A. Jacobson, Hans Skulstad, Elert H. Benson, and Hans P. Anderson, all of Granite Falls.

Among out of town relatives in attendance at the funeral were: the following sisters: Mrs. H. H. Hagen of Fergus Falls; Mrs. H. H. McNair of Mayville, N. D.; Mrs. Chris. Iverson of Hillsborough, N. D.; Nils Flaten of Northfield. Another sister, Mrs. E. Hughes of St. Paul, and a brother Samuel Olson of Voltaire, N. D., were unable to attend. The following nephews and nieces were present: Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Aanes and daughter of Aurora of Minneapolis, and Mrs. Anton Aarsby of Garske, N. D. Other relatives present were: Mrs. O. Wold, of St. Paul; Mrs. Nitteraur, Brainerd; Albert Stevens, Peter Stevens, Edgar Stevens, Mrs. Dan Brown, Mrs. Ing. Johnson, Mrs. Slette, Mrs. Aaburg, and Mrs. Reditzke of Hanley Falls, John Stevens of Cottonwood, Mrs. Forbord, Mrs. Oscar Wilson and Mrs. Clemetson of Hazel Run.

Source: The Clarkfield Advocate, Thursday, October 3, 1935. Transcribed by the Alberti's.


Mrs. John Afdem

Mrs. J. E. Afdem Passed On, Sunday

Mrs. John Afdem, Clarkfield octengenarian and resident here for about 60 years, passed away at her home on Sunday afternoon, April 28. All of the children were at home with the exception of Hilda,(Mrs. C. D. Grinnells).

Funeral services will be held today, Thursday at 1 o'clock in the home and 1:30 at the Clarkfield Norw. Luth. church.

A complete obituary will be published in this newspaper next week.

Source: The Clarkfield Advocate, Thursday, May 2, 1946. Transcribed by the Alberti's.

 


Carl Gustaf Bergren

C. G. Bergren Is Suddenly Stricken

Aged Man Visiting Children Here Dies While Washing Hands At Lavatory

Sudden death visited Clarkfield again, Monday morning of this week when Mr. C. G. Bergren, 88-year-old father of E. W. Bergren, and Mrs. H. J. Zelgart, passed away while washing his hands at the kitchen lavatory. Death came without warning, apparently from a heart attack.

The senior Bergren came here recently from Mankato, where he had been making his home with a daughter for a number of years, to visit at the homes of his son and daughter. The morning he died he had partaken of a cup of coffee and had taken a short walk in the yard of the Zelgart home. Usually he carried a cane to assist him in walking, but that morning he felt unusually spry and walked without his stick. Ass he stood at the sink washing his hands he crumpled to floor, dead.

Funeral at Winthrop

Funeral services will be held Saturday from the old Bergren farm near Winthrop, where deceased began his pioneer career, and also at the church in town. Father of twelve children, he saw many strenuous years in the taming of central Minnesota prairies and could tell interesting stories of the early days.

Carl Gustaf Bergren was born in Dalsland, Sweden, on May 31, 1848. Coming to America as a young man he settled in the Winthrop community where he lived the greater part of his life. Since the death of his wife he has lived for the most part with his children.

Source: The Clarkfield Advocate, Thursday, October 10, 1935, Fourty Second Year, Number Twenty-Two, Front Page, Transcribed by C. Alberti


Big Eagle

GRANITE FALLS, Minn., Jan. 10. – Big Eagle, chief of the Sioux nation, died at his home near this place and was buried this afternoon. Many relatives and friends were present. He was sick only two days. His father and grandfather were chiefs before him.

An incident that happened during the siege of New Ulm in 1862 shows that he was friendly to the whites. Near New Ulm lived a family by the name of Alvin. Alvin and a young son were in the field stacking grain when Big Eagle came to warn them that if they did not go to New Ulm at once they would be killed. They hastily drove their ox team to the house loaded on the family and a few articles of clothing and started for New Ulm.

The hostile Indians attempted to overtake them and chased them all the way to town.

Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 11 Jan. 1906; transcribed by Marla Zwakman


Henry Bordewich

U. S. Consul from Granite Falls Dies at Christiania
GRANITE FALLS- March 21—United States Consul General Henry Bordewich at, Christiana Norway, formerly of Granite Falls, is dead. Consul General Henry Bordewich was born in Vaagan, Norway, Jan. 19, 1844. He was educated at the high school and at a commercial college in Bergen, coming to the United States in 1864. He served in the Mississippi squadron, U. S. N. during the latter part of the Civil war after which he came to Minnesota. He was county auditor of Yellow Medicine County from 1874 to 1878, after he became postmaster at Granite Falls, serving until 1893. He was a candidate for state treasurer on the Republican ticket in 1884. In 1897 Mr. Bordewich was named American consul at Christiania and in 1900 he was made consul general.

Source: Duluth News Tribune (23 Mar. 1912) contributed by Friends for Free Genealogy BZ

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CONSUL GENERAL BORDEWICH DEAD

Deputy Sheriff J. P. Bordewich received the sad advices from Christiania, Norway, on Tuesday concerning the death of his father, Consul General Henry Bordewich.

The death of Consul General Bordewich ends an active career of a Minnesota resident, who rose rapidly in the ranks of citizenship, statesmanship and diplomatic circles. He was a staunch friend of many pioneer Minnesotans, who recall his political activities in Yellow Medicine county. His rapid rise in diplomatic circles is ascribed to his keen political insight, as well as his courteous official and business relations.

The late Mr, Bordewich was born in Vaagan, Norway, Jan. 19, 1844. He Iwas educated at the high school and commercial college in Bergen. He came to America in 1864 and served in the Mississippi squadron of the navy during the latter part of the civil war. Then he settled in Yellow Medicine county and served as its auditor from 1874 to 1878. He became postmaster at Granite Falls in 1879 and held that position fourteen years. In 1897 he was named the American consul general at Christiania, becoming consul general a few years later.

 

Source: Warren sheaf, March 21, 1912. Transcribed by Jacob Alberti.


Henry Braasch

FATAL AUTO RIDES.

Fast driving took as its toll the lives of two more Yellow Medicine county men last week. In each instance the car jumped the grade and pinned the occupants underneath.

Henry Braasch was the victim of the Wood Lake accident on November 28th. He was driving at a fast, rate of speed on the road near that city with Mr. Buettler acompanying him, when the car jumped the grade, toppling over a number of times and finally coming to rest with the occupants underneath.

A nearby farmer heard the calls of the injured men and succeeded in getting them from under the car. Mr. Braasch was removed to his home but died there a week later on Thursday last.

The Canby accident occurred Friday night and resulted in the death of Rev. Paul Moen. Rev. Moen was returning from Hendricks and had evidently lost control of his car going down hill for his dead body was found at the foot of a hill about seven miles from Canby in under the auto.—Granite Falls Tribune.

Source: Willmar tribune, December 12, 1917. Transcribed by the Alberti's.

 


Gregory Alan Brandt

Mr. Gregory A. Brandt was born in Granite Falls, Minnesota, on December 10, 1948, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Darrel W. Brandt.

After graduation from Granite Falls high school and the Area Vocational Technical Institute he entered the U. S, Army and served has country in Viet Nam. On seperation from the army he entered Browns Institute in Minneapolis and became a licensed radio operator. He was a radio announcer with KDMA in Montevideo. He was engaged to marry Miss Wanda Youngs of Rosie, New York.

Mr. Brandt passed away February 2, 1972 at the age of 23 years.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Darrel Brandt; by a sister, Mrs. Jack Hamer (Diane) of Minneapolis; and a brother, Mr. D. William Brandt of Granite Falls.

He was an Eagle Scout a member of the Congregational Church, the VFW, and the American Legion.

Source: Gregory Brandt's memorial card. Transcribed by the Alberti's.

 


Mrs. Buchanan

Mystery is Solved. Remains of Granite Falls Woman Found in a River
GRANITE FALLS Minn., April 29— The remains of Mrs. Buchanan, who wandered away from home three weeks ago, and caused her family and neighbors considerably uneasiness, were recovered today from the river not more than half a mile distant from her home. Parties have searched almost continually for her since her departure, but there was no suspicion that her body would be found in such close proximity to her home as it was. The husband and family have been notified, the coroner of Chippewa county informed, and it is probably an inquest will be held, but no suspicious circumstances connected with the case would seem to warrant it. Mental aberration will probably be the verdict.

Source: Duluth News Tribune (30 Apr 1902) contributed by Friends for Free Genealogy BZ


Mrs. Mary Childs

Mrs. Mary Childs, aged 73 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. M. J. Barnes, in Burlington, Sunday evening at 9:30 o'clock. Prayer will be said at the home, Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock and the body will then be taken to Bakersfield where funeral services will be held and burial made Wednesday.
She was married April 14, 1867, to H. P. Nichols and one daughter was born to them, who is now the wife of M. J. Barnes of Burlington. Mr. Nichols died February 22, 1870, and his widow took up the profession of teaching and taught with success in the schools of Fletcher, Cambridge, Waterville and Bakersfield. She taught in all 71 terms of school. She was married to N. P. Childs, of Bakersfield, February 14, 1878, and lived in that town until Mr. Childs died in February, 1897.

Mrs. Childs then went to Burlington to make her home with her daughter, Mrs. Barnes, and had since resided there. She became ill last November, but her condition improved. Her last illness came upon her nine weeks ago and during that period she was a great sufferer. Beside the daughter already mentioned, Mrs. Childs leaves four sisters, Mrs. Laura J. Cheney, of Waterville, Mrs. Julia Brooks, Mrs. George E. Ombs, and Mrs. F. W. Woodward, who resides in Yellow Medicine, Minn. She also leaves one brother, Hiram Hodgskin, of Leonie, Nebraska. Mrs. Childs, whose maiden name was Mary Hodgskin, was born in Waterville, being a daughter of Gilman and Mary (Lock) Hodgskin of that town. Her early life was passed in the town of her birth and she completed her education at Brigham Academy, Bakersfield.

Source: St. Albans Messenger (St. Albans, VT) Thursday, June 12, 1902. Transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.


August Dahlberg

BLEW HIS HEAD OFF, GRANITE FALLS, Minn., Oct 2 - August Dahlberg, a farmer living two miles and a half south of Clarkfield, yesterday shot himself with a shot gun. He went into a grove, placed the muzzle of the gun against the side of his head and literally blew his head off.

Source: Duluth News Tribune (3 Oct. 1906) contributed by Friends for Free Genealogy BZ


Henry Danielson

 

War Veteran Dies Wednesday

Henry Danielson Passes Away After Long Siege Of Failing Health.

This community was grieved to learn Wednesday morning that another World War veteran, Henry Danielson, had passed away. Henry had been ill for some time, and had grown steadily weaker. A combination of ulcer, kidey, and gall bladder trouble sapped his strength to such an extent that his resistance had been work down. Death came at nine o'clock Wednesday morning.

Henry Danielson was born December 19, 1892 on the old Danielson farm west of Dawson. He grew up to manhood in this community, and with the exception of the period of his service in the World War, and one year spent working in Marietta and part of another year in So. Dakota, he had lived his entire life here. He was married on June 18, 1922 to Mable Larson of Clarkfield. One son, Harlan, was born to this union.

At the outbreak of the war Henry answered the call of duty by enlisting in the service of his country. He enlisted at Madison, July 24, 1917 and was with the infantry company from that place until assigned to Battery 'A' of the 13th Field Artillery. He left the U. S. for France on October13th, 1918, and saw active service at the front. He returned to the U. S. with his outfit on July 31, 1919 and was given an honorable discharge from the service on August 6, 1919.

An incident showing what Henry had to go through in war days was told by his wife. At the close of the war when the German army was in full retreat, Henry's outfit made a forced march of three days without food. On the third day the outfit gorged themselves on raw rutabagas found in a field alongside of the road. It is believed that much of Henry's illness could be traced to this occasion, for after three days of starvation the men were frantic for food and took no thought of the abuse they were giving their digestive system. Some years ago Henry was further handicapped by losing his hearing. A cold had settled in his ear, and the effects left him almost entirely deaf.

Mr. Danielson was a member of the Trinity Lutheran church, the Oscar Lee Post of the American Legion, and the Modern Woodmen. Members of the local Legion Post will attend the funeral in a body to pay their last respects to a departed comrade, whose life was undoubtedly shortened because of his service to his county in time of need.

About eleven years ago Mr. Danielson's illness became so severe that he was forced to give up work. He had been in poor health ever since the war, but had tried to keep working as long as he was able. In spite of poor health Henry was always cheerful and friendly, and gave little evidence of the pain he was suffering. A kind and loving husband and father, and friendly to all who came in contact with him, his presence will be missed.

Surviving are his widow, son Harlan, sisters Cora (Mrs. Otto Muetzel of Mankato, (Bertina) Mrs. William Anderson of Mpls. brothers Charlie of Marietta and Jake of Dawson. His father died on May 28, 1923, and his mother on March 20, 1920.

Funeral services with military honors will be conducted at the Clem Lentz home at 1:30 tomorrow, and at the Trinity church at 2 P. M. Rev. Froiland will conduct the service. Interment will be made in the Dawson cemetery. The Sentinel extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.

Source: Dawson Sentinel, Friday, February 25, 1938. Transcribed by C. Alberti

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Henry Danielson Laid To Rest Last Saturday

About one hundred members of the Legion and Auxiliary, and a host of friends that filled the church, attended the funeral of Henry Danielson last Saturday. Out of town folks attending the fungeral were: Mrs. Hans Larson, Minnie and Gerhard Larson, Mr. and Mrs. Erick Rindahl, Mr. and Mrs. Raymon Larson and son, Mrs. Barbara Haaland, Mrs. M. P. Idland, all of Clarence, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Jacobson and family of Hanley Falls, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Femrite and Lawrence, and Mrs. Rachael Spoon of Winthrop, Mr. Christ Nordhus, Sivert Nordhus, Bernt Nordhus, Gilbert Wallem, S. J. Hanson of Clark, So. Dak., Mr. and Mrs. William Anderson of Minneapolis, Mr. Charlie Danielson, and Elsa Mae, Mrs. Harold Wagner, and Mrs. Stamp of Marietta, Mr. and Mrs. Palmer Sigdahl of Montevideo, Mr. and Mrs. Bernt Trandahl and Mr. and Mrs. Ben Proctor of Boyd, and a number of legionnaires from Madison who had served with Mr. Danielson in the World War.

The following men were pallbearers: Ben Proctor, and Bernt Trandahl of Boyd, Frank Olien, Clem Lentz, Terry Perkins and Henry Lund.

Source: Dawson Sentinel, 1938. Transcribed by C. Alberti


J. O. Dodsworth

FARMER MEETS DEATH FIGHTING PRAIRIE FIRE
(News Tribune Special)
GRANITE FALLS, Minn., April 25— J. O. Dodsworth, a man about 75 years old and a resident of Granite Falls for nearly 25 years, met death by lighting a prairie fire on the out-skirts of town, near his home. He was alone and seeing the fire coming fiercely toward his home he met it with all the resistance he could command, and in so doing his clothes caught fire, from which he was terribly burned. He lived but about two hours and died in horrible agony.

Source: Duluth News Tribune (26 Apr. 1907) contributed by Friends for Free Genealogy BZ


Bennie O. Dyrdahl

BENNIE DYRDAHL

Bennie O. Dyrdahl, 93, of Clarkfield, died Tuesday, Nov. 5 at the Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital. He had been hospitalized on Wednesday with a fractured hip.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8 at the Lynner Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor William Klavetter officiating.

Pallbearers were Clarence Berg, Owen Dotseth, Allen and Randy Dyrdahl, Julian Foss and Greg Rogge.

Burial was in the Bethleham Cemetery in Normania Township.

He was born March 8, 1892 to Osmund and Jorund Dyrdahl in Hazel Run Township. He spent most of his life farming and working for others and moved to Clarkfield with his two sisters in October, 1973. He became a resident of the Clarkfield Care Center on Feb. 1, 1982.

He is survived by sisters Anne and Hilda Dyrdahl of Clarkfield; brothers Clifford of Glenwood and Ordel of the Clarkfield Care Center and his nephew, Dennis Dyrdahl and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Swen, Ole, Albin and Halvor and sister Bessie.

Arrangements were by the Lynner funeral Home of Clarkfield.

Source: Thursday, November 14, 1985. The Granite Falls Tribune. Transcribed by anonymous.

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Nursing home resident's death prompts coroner's report

The death of a nursing home resident in Clarkfield prompted a coroner`s report and a commitment hearing on a fellow resident of the home, the Tribune has learned. Bennie Dyrdahl, 93, died of a stroke following hip surgery on November 5. The Clarkfield Care Center resident "apparently was pushed down by another resident at that facility and suffered a fracture of his right hip," reported Dr. Ken Carter, Yellow Medicine county coroner.

The "excessive stress" created by the hip fracture and subsequent medical care, including surgery, is blamed for the death of Dyrdahl. Dr. Carter attributed the death to excessive stress "placed on a very elderly man by the hip fracture and subsequent necessary medical care."

The victim had been transferred to the Montevideo hospital the same day as the injury occurred. Physicians there determined that surgery was necessary.

According to the coroner's report, the 93-year-old patient "developed the total body shock syndrome that is often seen with a terminally ill or weak patient following excessive systemic stress." The result, said the coroner, is that it “did not leave him (Dyrdahl) with enough resiliency to tolerate the necessary surgery for correction of his hip fracture."

The coroner was satisfied that the right steps had been taken in the case by both the Montevideo physicians and the Clarkfield Care Center. "I do not find any evidence in reviewing the reports that medical care was inappropriate or inadequate," asid the coroner.

And he determined that the Clarkfield Care Center had followed its obligations to the resident. "In reviewing the Adult Abuse law," said the coroner, "I believe that the Clarkfield Care Center has followed the law very carefully in this incident and that this is one of the unfortunate accidental type occurrences that can occur in any residential despite extensive safeguards for protection,"

The coroner's report had been requested by the county attorney's office. A separate hearing on the "probably dangerousness" of the individual alleged to have pushed Dyrdahl was also held at the request of the county attorney.

The court ruled that the individual should be allowed to remain as a resident of the Care Center. Judge Frederick Ostensoe found that while the resident "does annoy other patients at the home," he is "not aggressive enough to be a danger to others" and is in no danger of harming himself.

The resident suffers a paranoid disorder for which he takes medicine.

Noted the Judge in his memo: "The Court has considered that the petition herein was partially based on the fact that the patient pushed a patient, a friend, by mistake."

The Care Center has agreed to take the patient back.

Source: The Granite Falls Tribune, November 1985. Transcribed by anonymous.

 


Simon Erickson

 

HORRIBLY MANGLED.

Simon Erickson Is Killed by a Train Near WoodLake.

 

Wood Lake, Minn., May 30. --Simon Erickson was killed by the west-bound passenger train about three miles west of this village. He was on his way home from Hanley Falls and had nearly reached his destination when it is supposed he became tired and sat down on the tracks to rest. His body was terribly mangled and fragments of it scattered along the track for a distance of over a hundred feet. The dead man was a member of the M. W. A. He was about forty years old and a bachelor.

Source: The daily pioneer, June 1, 1903. Transcribed by the Alberti's.


Severin O. Erie

 

The Deadly Auto.

Severin O. Erie was fatally injured in an automobile accident near Clarkfield on June 11 and died the following day, having lived about 24 hours after the accident occurred.

He and several companions were coming from Wood Lake in an auto on the day of the accident and in going down grade near Clarkfield the auto turned over and Mr. Erie was pinned under it. The driver was also considerably injured but will recover.

 

Source: Willmar tribune, June 26, 1912. Transcribed by the Alberti's.


Ole Evebo

Evebo's Remains Sent to Granite Falls
The remains of Ole Evebo who died at St. Mary's hospital Wednesday were shipped to Granite Falls, Minn., yesterday afternoon for burial. His sister accompanied the body to her home.
Evebo, who was accidentally shot in the thigh while walking through the woods near Deer River, 10 days ago died of blood poison as a result of the wound.

Source: Duluth News Tribune (15 Dec. 1905) contributed by Friends for Free Genealogy BZ


Grace B. Foss

Funeral services for Grace B. Foss were held Wednesday, July 19, 1989 at the American Lutheran Church, Echo, with the Rev. David Carls officiating. Organist was Bonnie Viergulz and the congregation sang several hymns. David and Jeanne Carls sang a duet. Casket bearers were Robin Blue, Shawn Mace, Sam Knutson, Burton Mauland, Herbert Mauland and Melbourne Fjerkenstad. Interment was in Spring Creek Lutheran Cemetery, Normania Township, with the Sunset Funeral Home of Echo in charge of the arrangements.

Grace Bernice Foss was born February 1, 1924 in Madoc, Montana to parents Henry and Gretha (Mauland) Foss. As a young child she moved with her parents to Nampa, Idaho, where she attended school. After school the family moved to Cottonwood, MN. The past 35 years she has lived in Echo where she has been a bookkeeper for Varpness Implement and the Farmers Warehouse Elevator. She retired in 1984.

She died July 16, 1989, at the Granite Falls Hospital at the age of 65 years.

She is survived by her son Glenn Foss of Echo, her aunt, Elizabeth Huso of Wabasso, and many cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Gretha Foss.

Source: The Clarkfield Advocate, July 1989. Transcribed by anonymous.


Selmer Foss

SELMER FOSS

Selmer Foss, 83, of Clarkfield, died Wednesday, Nov. 13 after a lingering illness.

He had suffered emphysema and for several years was confined to home. On April 23 he suffered stroke and was hospitalized until six days before his death, when he was transferred to the Clarkfield Care Center.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Spring Creek Lutheran Church of Normania Township with Pastor Robert Lehrer officiating. Organist was Rhoda Nelson with solo by Ross Riecke.

Pallbearers were Erling, Marvin and Maurice Anderson, Telford Berg, Jerry Nikolaisen and Sherman Winson.

Burial was in the Spring Creek Cemetery.

He was born August 26, 1902 to Hans and Gunhild (Hegne) Foss in Friendship Township. He was baptized and confirmed at the Spring Creek Lutheran Church and has been a lifelong member of that congregation. On Jan. 24. 1928 he married Florence Paulson of Jackson and they had two children, Gayle and Larry. They shared 57 years of marriage and lived in the rural Clarkfield area where they farmed until his retirement.

He is survived by wife Florence, daughter Gayle and her husband Harold Cleansing of Osseo and Larry and his wife Phyllis of Champlin; six grandchildren, David Kise and his wife Linda of Maple Grove, Daryl Kise and his wife Nancy of Maple Grove, LaVonne Wiggins and her husband Joel of Crystal, Lori Kise and her friend Phillip Rohl of Osseo, Wendy Foss of Minneapolis; Cole Foss of Champlin; two great grandchildren John and Carrie Kise and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Theodore, Henry, Reuben and Oscar and sister Anna.

Arrangements were by the Lynner Funeral Home of Clarkfield.

Source: The Clarkfield Advocate, November 1985. Transcribed by anonymous.


Amanda Gullickson

Funeral services for Amanda Gullickson will be held Thursday, April 12, 1990, at 1:30 p.m. in the Granite Falls Lutheran Church with the Rev. John Bjorge and the Rev. Bruce Kuenzel officiating. Organist will be Colleen Hewitt and soloist, Carolyn Frederickson. Pallbearers will be Herbert Swenson, James Norland, Charles Norland, Jerry Gullickson, Roderick Rodeck and Leonard Moe. Interment will be in the Stony Run Lutheran Cemetery, rural Granite Falls, with the Wing-Bain Runeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Amanda Christina Gullickson was born in Granite Falls on November 27, 1893, the daughter of Erik and Karine Gullickson. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Stony Run Lutheran Church and at a young age, following the death of her father and a brother and sister, she and her mother moved to the Henry Swenson farm in Stony Run Township. Her two older brothers moved west.

She lived with Henry and Annie Swenson until moving into Granite Falls in 1950. She was never married, but enjoyed doing housework and babysitting. She was a member of Granite Falls Lutheran Church and for the past several years, had been a resident at the Granite Falls Manor. She died there on Sunday, April 8, 1990, at the age of 96 years. Her immediate family have all preceded her in death.

She is survived by two nieces, Adeline Hicks, of Portland, Oregon, and Evelyn Stolen, of Sycamore, Illinois; three nephews, James and Arthur Gullickson of Portland, Oregon, and Herbert Swenson of Minneapolis; also surviving are three cousins: Agnes Rodeck, Gladys Fredrickson and Edwin Gullickson.

Source: The Clarkfield Advocate, April 1990. Transcribed by anonymous.


Gunder Gunderson

 

LIGHTNING'S HAVOC.

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Many Persons Killed in the West- Strange Electrical Doings.

CLARKFIELD, MINN.- During a storm lightning struck the house of B. Gunderson, living four miles south of Clarkfield, killed two children and severely shocked the remainder of the family.

Source: Washington Progress, Tuesday, June 26, 1888. Transcribed by the Alberti's.


John Gunderson

John Gunderson, aged 68, 6721 Cumming avenue, pioneer resident of South Superior, died yesterday at 3:30 p.m. as the result of a scratch from a rusty nail while doing carpenter work. Blood poisoning set in.

Besides a wife, the deceased is survived by two daughters, Cora and Rosie, and by five sons, Carl, 1815 Twenty-sixth street; Albert, Salem, Ore.; Henry and Charles of Superior, and Cornell of Portland, Ore. All of the children were at the deathbed.

Funeral services will be held today at 4 p.m. from the Bethel Norwegian Lutheran church at South Shore. Rev. Mr. Halvorson will officiate. Following the services, the body will be sent to Granite Falls, Minn., the old home of the deceased, where burial will be made Tuesday afternoon. The pallbearers will be John Olson, Andrew Braaten, Joseph Berg, Edward Osmundson, George Peterson and Gus Nelson.

Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, MN) Monday, 18 May 1914; transcribed by FoFG mz

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The body of John Gunderson, pioneer South Superior resident, who died Sunday as the result of a scratch from a rusty nail, was sent to Granite Falls, Minn., last night where burial will be made this afternoon. Services were held yesterday at 4 p.m. from the Bethel Norwegian Lutheran church at South Superior, Rev. Mr. Halvorson officiating. Pallbearers were John Olson, Andrew Braaten, Joseph Berg, Edward Osmundson, George Peterson and Gus Nelson.

Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, MN) Monday, 18 May 1914; transcribed by FoFG mz


Lars B. Gunderson

 

LIGHTNING'S HAVOC.

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Many Persons Killed in the West- Strange Electrical Doings.

CLARKFIELD, MINN.- During a storm lightning struck the house of B. Gunderson, living four miles south of Clarkfield, killed two children and severely shocked the remainder of the family.

Source: Washington Progress, Tuesday, June 26, 1888. Transcribed by the Alberti's.

 


Ludwig Gunderson

Former Resident Dies In Arkansas

Ludwig Gunderson, 80 years old, of Mena, Ark., passed away January 11 Mr. Gunderson was a former resident of this area.

Among survivors are his wife of Mena Relatives from this area include a nephew Sherman Winson and a niece Mrs. Melburne Fjerkenstad.

Source: The Clarkfield Advocate, January 1983. Transcribed by the Alberti’s.


Ragna Elise Gunderson

Ragna Elise Valdal was born on October 7, 1904 in the Valdal valley near Alesen, Norway. Her parents were Bendik and Anna Marie Valdal. Her father was a bricklayer, road worker, and farmer.

Ragna attended school and also worked on different farms helping with housework and other tasks. One of her jobs was to herd the livestock up in the mountains and help with the making of the cheese.

In 1925, at the age of 21, she left for the United States to find a new life. She settled in Minneapolis. While there she operated a boarding house for several years, worked as a nurses aid, and served as a cook during the building of the Alcon Highway in the war years.

In 1943 Ragna Valdal married Alvin Gunderson of Minneapolis, formerly of the Clarkfield area. They bought a home in South Minneapolis and lived there til Ragna entered the Danebo Retirement Home in 1987. She later moved to the Care Center in Clarkfield, MN.

Alvin and Ragna were active members of Vanderburgh Presbyterian Church. Wedell Legion Post, and the Social Society. Ragna spun wool on her spinning wheel in the Territorial Building at the State Fair for many years. She did much volunteer and therapy work at the Veterans Hospital in Minneapolis.

Ragna was a loveable and witty lady and famous for her cooking skills.

Ragna passed away on Monday morning, August 9, 1993 at the Clarkfield Care Center at the age of 88 years.

She is survived by one brother, Sigurd of Norway and numerous nieces and nephews in the USA and Noway.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Alvin in 1979, and four sisters: Johanne, Anne, Christine, and Bendiki: two brothers: Ola and Hjalmer.

Source: Ragna Gunderson's memorial card. Transcribed by the Alberti's.

 


Simon Gunderson

 

Comm. S. B. Gunderson Dies At Wheel Of His Automobile

Death Shocks Commnuity Although Deceased Had Been Ailing For Some Time

Funeral Here Thursday

Successor Will Be Named At Joint Meeting of Town Chairman And Mayors

Driving down the main street in Clarkfield after attending to some business here, Tuesday morning, Commissioner S. B. Gunderson slumped over the wheel of his coupe and was dead when his machine swerved in toward the curb near the post office.

Mr. Gunderson had driven in from the farm, four miles south of Clarkfield, and had just completed an errand to the Appelwick service station in the east edge of town. Driving west along the main street he met and waved a greeting to several friends. As he passed between the Grinager store and Gorden's tailor shop people on the sidewalk noticed that there was something wrong as his head fell forward and the car started to lurch. They ran to his assistance as the car swerved toward the right to crash into the parked car of Mr. Martin Rodness. Little damage was done, however.

Doctors were immediately called, but death had already taken Mr. Gunderson. Messages were sent to members of the family at Sioux City, Iowa, and Minneapolis. Arrangements were made to hold the funeral Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the home and at 1:30 in the Norwegian Lutheran Church.

Had Been Ailing

Mr. Gunderson had been in poor health for some time, and it was known that his heart was weak, but sudden demise came as a shock to family and acquaintances. A commissioner from the third district in this county he will also be missed at the meetings fo the Board. As soon as is decently possible a meeting of the town chairmen, and mayor of the three village in his district will be called to name a successor to Mr. Gunderson.

The Advocate will publish an obituary of Mr. Gunderson in its first issue after the funeral.

Source: The Clarkfield Advocate, Thursday, October 3, 1935. Fourty-Second Year, Number Twenty One, Front Page. Transcribed by the Alberti's.

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Hundreds Attend Simon Gunderson Funeral Rites

Son Of Former Indian Fighter Is Laid To Rest Besides Wife In Local Cemetery

 

The high esteem in which the late Commissioner Simon B. Gunderson was held in his community, and the county at large was evidence by the attendance at this funeral, held Thursdays afternoon of last week, at the N. L. church here. Hundreds of relatives, neighbors and friends filled the church to capacity. Rev. J. E. H. Akre preached the sermon.

Special music was given by Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Mikelson, and the Rev. Akre. Friends in Clarkfield had subscribed a large sum of money as a donation to the local hospital, in memory of Mr. Gunderson, practically every business place in town being represented. Relatives and friends both here and at a distance had given generously to missions and other worthy causes, and beautiful floral donations gave evidence of the love and esteem in which deceased was held.

County officials came in a body to do honor to their fellow worker, and several other former county commissioners who had known Mr. Gunderson during his many years of public service also attended the last rites. County officers present were, G. H. Wilson, Ludwig Hanson, O. C. Knutson, Paul Stratton, Ole Hartwick, Martin Fitzner, Edwy Dibble, Mrs. Cadwell, Mrs. Archie Allen, Bix Griebler, J. Norgaard, Hetland, M. J. Rachie, H. J. Glaim, Knute Kvistad.

Pallbearers were, A. Grinager, Iver Hougen, O. Nyland, Erick Gordon, Alex Christensen and John Hagen.

Other friends and relatives from a distance were, Mr. and Mrs. Ole Kolland and Lauritz, Mrs. M. Madsen, of Karlstad; Henry Ree and Margaret of Walkon; Mrs. Wm. Blatts, Mrs. Stein Hagen Mr. Hardine Ree, Mrs. Kragness, of Minneapolis; Mr. and Mrs. John Hagen, Hendricks; Mr. E. Oftedahl, Mr. and Mrs. T. T. Mauland. Mr and Mrs. Alf Haso (sp?-faded), Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Mauland, of Cottonwood; Mr. and Mrs. B. Mauland, Mr. Oscar Mauland, Mr. and Mrs. E. Lindblad Hanley Falls; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Stevens, Granite Falls.

Obituary

Simon B. Gunderson was born near Hanley Falls, Minn., on January 28, 1874, of the parents Bertel and Guri Gunderson. He died in Clarkfield, Minn., on October 1, 1935 being 61 years, 8 months and 3 days old at the time of his death.

When only three months old his parents moved to the farm four miles south of Clarkfield, where deceased had lived his entire life since that time. He was baptized in the Lutheran faith at Hanley Falls, and confirmed in Clarkfield in the year 1888, by Rev. Carl Moen. He had always been a member of the Clarkfield Norwegian Lutheran Church.

Mr. Gunderson worked for his father until he was twenty-one years of age, receiving his education in the country school and in Clarkfield. In 1895 he bought the home place from his father and engaged in farming for himself. On April 25th of the same year he was married to Agnete Eide, who preceded him in death on July 31, 1922.

Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Gunderson, Bennie and Alvin of Minneapolis; Ludvig of Sioux City, Iowa; Mrs. Reynold Mauland (Gurine); and Mrs. Clarence Winson, (Sylvia) of Clarkfield. Nine grandchildren also survive him. His parents, two brothers and a sister, Mrs. Henry Ree, have preceded him in to the grave. His sister passed away last February.

Interested In Civic Betterment

Besides his farm work deceased was always keenly interested in the community welfare, and in church work. He served on the parochial school board, and as a trustee in his church for several years. He served as a director in school district No. 87 and in 1913 was elected to the Friendship board of supervisors, of which he was a member until he resigned in 1928. The same year he was elected as county commissioner from the Third District, this county, serving his seventh year when sudden death overtook him while he was driving his car on a Clarkfield street.

Dependability and faithfulness were ingrained characteristics of Mr. Gunderson. When he was given a task he went about the job of doing it well, without grumbling. He never refused work in the interests of his church of his community, and his conscientiousness made him take his tasks perhaps too seriously for his own good. Friends realized that the commissioner duties preyed upon his mind these last difficult years, but he never complained. His friendly, helpful nature had endeared him to the entire community. His loss will be deeply felt by his immediately family, his neighbors and friends both in town and country.

May his memory long linger as a good influence in the community where he spend his busy, useful life.

Source: The Clarkfield Advocate, Thursday, October 10, 1935, Fourty Second Year, Number Twenty-Two, Front Page, Transcribed by The Alberti's.


Melvina Haaland

MELVINA HAALAND

Melvina Ellen Haaland, 76, died April 20 at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis following complications of a lingering medical condition.

Funeral services were held April 23 at the Spring Creek Lutheran Church with Pastor Robert Lehner officiating. Soloist was David Rupp and organist was Stephanie Rysdahl. Honorary pallbearers were Alton L. Larson, David Knox, Francis V. Larson and Douglas Knox. Active pallbearers were David Timmons, Bernie Minter, Mervyn Ernbree, Russell Anderson, John Karl Haaland and Alan Embree.

Burial was in the Bethlehem Cemetery of rural Clarkfield.

Melvina was born on November 18, 1911 near Maynard, the daughter of Frank and Mary Ripley. She grew up in that area and on February 12, 1935 was united in marriage to Kenneth Haaland.

She farmed with her husband for many years near Kerkhoven and following Kenneth`s death in 1977, she moved to Granite Falls. In March of 1984 she moved to Willmar and in August of 1985 became a resident of the Bethseda Heritage Home in Willmar.

Surviving family include her sister, Mrs. (Alton) Mary)Larson of Granite Falls and her brother Frank Embree of Lamberton and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents, two brothers and three sisters.

Wing-Bain Funeral Home of Granite Falls were in charge of the arrangements.

Source: The Granite Falls Tribune, April 1988. Transcribed by the Alberti's.

 


Myrtle Haaland

MYRTLE HAALAND

Myrtle Jasefa Haaland, 80, of Clarkfield, died Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Sunwood Care Center in Redwood Falls.

Services were held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the Spring Creek Lutheran Church of Normania Township with Pastor William Klavetter officiating.

The organist was Ella Larson with vocal music by Mrs. Helen Leasman.

Pallbearers were (Honorary): Gustav Haaland, Harlan Satre, Walter Oraas, Emil West, Owen Dotseth and Alvin Orrass and (Active): Virgil Beecher, LeRoy Jans, Walter and Floyd Christensen, Karl Haaland and Telford Berg.

Burial was in the Spring Creek Church Cemetery.

She was born May 24, 1905 on a farm in Tyro Township to Ole and Anna Rekkedahl. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith at the Swede Home Lutheran Church. On March 11, 1934 she married Kenneth Christensen. They had two children, Marquita and Kaye. After the death of her husband on October 24, 1948 she married Gerhard Haaland on Nov. 2, 1950. About five years ago she suffered a stroke and broke a hip. She was hospitalized for quite some time. Later she suffered a stroke and moved to the Clarkfield Care Center, where she lived for three years. She was transferred to the Sunwood Care Center in Redwood Falls where she died.

She is survived by husband Gerhard, daughter Marquita Banks of Lynd, son Kaye Christensen of Hazel Run; son-in-law Perry Banks and daughter-in-law Marlys Christensen; granddaughters Sarah Banks and Susan Christensen, five grandsons Richard and his wife Leslie and Bradley Christensen, Charles, Jason and Aaron Banks; sister Orda (Mrs. Donald) Werner of Pueblo, Col.; brothers Harvey of Redwood Falls and Arbey of Glenwood.

She was preceded in death by first husband Kenneth; sisters Edith and Alvida; brother Orvin and half-brothers Arthur and Selmer Olsen.

Source: Granite Falls Tribune, October 1985. Transcribed by the Alberti's.

 


Alvin Hagren

Tragedy Ends Youth Club Picnic

A happy 4H picnic at Memorial Park, Granite Falls, ended in stark tragedy Sunday, when Alvin Hagren, one of the picnickers, drowned in the river off the park bathing beach. The accident occurred in full sight of the picnic party and two life-guards, who did everything they could to save the 17-year-old Alvin, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Hagren, of Clarkfleld.

The picnic had been planned for some time by members of the Friendship 4H Club. Sunday was an ideal day to spend at the water side and the fifty or so people from here were having a good time. Supper had been served at the park tables across Highway No. 17. The young people had been warned not to “go in swimming for an hour”. Oldsters took their time about goings down the beach.

When the grownups came down to the park swimming beach they found children and young people already in the water. Young Hagren, who recently learned to “float” in a gravel-pit swimming hole near home, was out with the rest and it is believed that he might have been practicing his new achievement and floated away from shallow water. Someone shouted that he had gone down, and the two lifeguard hurried to the spot. Excited swimming companions tried to point out where the body had disappeared, but try as they might, the guards could find no trace of Hagren. After 15 minutes of desperate effort the body was located by Allan Iverson and the guards immediately brought it to shore.

A waiting doctor equipped with a pulmotor, did everything to restore the young man but he had been submerged too long. Life was extinct. The entire community extends its sympathy to the bereaved parents and Alvin's only sister.

Funeral services will be held at the Clarkfield N. L. church Thursday afternoon, Rev. Akre officiating.

Source: The Clarkfield Advocate, Thursday, August 5, 1943. Transcribed by the Alberti's.

 


Louise Hagren

LOUISE HAGREN

Louise Hagren, 97, of Faribault and formerly of Clarkfield, died on Wednesday, July 19, in Pleasant Manor Nursing Home.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 22 in Clarkfield Lutheran Church with the Rev. Arthur Feroe officiating. Organist was Karen Donner and soloist Pastor John T. Christianson. Pallbearers were Lyle Olson, John and James Opheim, Alton and George Rysdahl and Merlyn Wallen. Interment was in Clarkfield Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation was held in the Boldt Funeral Home on Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and in the Clarkfield Lutheran Church one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Astrid Louise Hagren, the daughter of Anders and Marie Eide Rysdahl, was born on April 23. 1892 in rural Clarkfield. She married Alfred J. Hagren on June 7, 1923. He preceded her in death on July 22, 1984.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Gerald (Marian) Spitzack of Faribault, three grandchildren, Kathy White, Carole Spitzack and Nancy Spitzack and one great grandchild, Nicholas White.

She was preceded in death by a son, Alvin in 1943; grandson, David Spitzack; sisters, Mabel Wallen and Mathilda Rysdahl and brothers Carl and Lewis Rysdahl.

Arrangements were by the Boldt Funeral Home of Faribault and the Lynner Funeral Home of Clarkfield.

Source: The Granite Falls Tribune, July 1989. Transcribed by the Alberti's.


Henry "Spike" Halvorson

 

Henry (Spike) Halvorson Rites Held

Henry “Spike” Halvorson was laid to rest atthe Hazel Run Cemetery on Friday following services in that church. He passed away in Minneapolis on May 19th.

Henry Halvorson was born August 23, 1896 at Hazel Run to Halvor and Kjesti Skogen. He was baptized November 15, 1896 and confirmed October 15, 1911 at Hazel Run.

On November 3, 1917, he was united in marriage to Ida Marie Gautefall. Two sons were born to this union, Hiram of Marshall and Lloyd of Hanley Falls.

He lived on the farm near Hazel Run until 20 years ago when he moved to Minneapolis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Annie Halvorson Dillion, Christy Halvorson Link, Tilla Halvorson Anthony and three half-brothers: Ole, Martin and Fred Anderson.

He is survived by his wife, Florence of Minneapolis; his sons, Hiram and Lloyd, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Duane Jacobson was soloist with Mrs. Duane Jacobson at the organ. Ole and Louie Gautefall, Emil and Mervin Gilbertson, Dale Wilson and Verle Halvorson served as casket bearers with Lynner Funeral Home in charge.

 

Source: The Clarkfield Advocate, May 1970. Transcribed by: Jacob Alberti


Melvin E. Halvorson

Funeral services for Melvin E. Halvorson were held Saturday, April 7, 1990, at the Granite Falls Lutheran Church with the Rev. John Bjorge officiating. Joan Lundell was the organist and Carolyn Frederickson, soloist. The congregation also sang several hymns. Pallbearers were Melvin's grandchildren: Nichole Halvorson, Lori Halvorson, Brent Halvorson, Kelsey Halvorson, Sara Halvorson, Tracy and Lee Soeth, Susan and Hakki Kalpak, Michele and Joel Larson, Jennifer and Brad Walsh, Scott and Stephanie Hang, Cameron and Andria Minard, and Tiffany and Brandon Christenson. Interment was in the Stony Run Lutheran Cemetery, rural Granite Falls.

Melvin E. Halvorson was born in Hazel Run Township, Yellow Medicine County, the son of Henry and Ella Halvorson. He grew up in that area and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Melvin farmed all of his life west of Granite Falls and on December 26, 1937, married Laila J. Anderson. Laila died on February 27, 1968.

On June 20, 1970, Melvin married Amy Jacobson. Following his retirement from farming in 1975, Melvin moved into Granite Falls around 1977. He was a member of Granite Falls Lutheran Church, the Farmers Union, and at one time, served on the Granite Falls Baseball Association Board.

For the past couple of years, Melvin had been residing with his wife at the Madison Lutheran Home. He died there on Thursday, April 5, 1990, at the age of 79 years of age.

He is survived by his wife, Amy, of Madison; one daughter, Sharol (and husband Jerry) Hegna, of Moorhead; three sons, Michael Halvorson (and wife Jean) of Waseca; Larry Halvorson (and wife Mary) of Granite Falls and Warren Halvorson (and wife Colleen) of New Hope; two step-daughters, Mrs. James (LaVare) Haug of Madison and Mrs. Mike (Ruth Ann) Ferguson of Denver, CO; his twin brother, Melford Halvorson of Granite Falls; two sisters, Cora Beito, also of Granite Falls and Alta Beito, of Maynard; 14 grandchildren, two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews and a sister-in-law, Lillian Halvorson.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Laila, and two brothers, Howard and Odell.

Source: The Clarkfield Advocate, April 1990. Transcribed by anonymous.


Emma Hartfiel

Many Attended Last Rites for Mrs. Hartfiel Last Wednesday

Emma Charlotte Eckhardt, daughter of Fredrick and Amalia Eckhardt, was born on March 31, 1871 in the province of Posen, Germany, where she was baptized in the Christian faith. With her parents she came to the United States in 1873. They settled in Rochester, N. Y. and later moved to Faribault County, Blue Earth, Minnesota, where she was confirmed in the Lutheran church. In the year 1886 they came to Omro township, Boyd, Minn., where she grew to womanhood. In 1887 she was married to Emil Hartfiel who died in 1891. Two children were born to this union, namely Leo and Minnie, both preceded her death. Minnie in 1908, Leo in 1939. In 1892 she married Adolph Hartfiel. They went to farming in Omro township, later on they moved to a farm in Tyro township, where she lived with her son Adolph to the time of her death. Her husband Adolph, died on Dec. 6, 1939. To this union eleven children were born- Willie, Clara (Mrs. Carl Just, Adolph of Clarkfield, Emma, (Mrs. Hugo Roeske) of Omaha, Nebr., Viola, (Mrs. Edward Decker) of Cumberland, Wis., Cecelia of St. Paul, Minn., Alma (Mrs. Fred Just), Ursula (Mrs. Paul Just), Adeline, (Mrs. Arthur Sommerfeld) all of Boyd, Minnesota. Two of the children preceded in death. Elsie at the age of 14 years and a child in infancy. Emma Hartfiel died on April 21st, 1946, at the Montevideo hospital. She reached the age of 75 years and 21 days. She leaves to mourn nine children, 20 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren, four brothers, Otto and Leo Eckhardt of Blue Earth, Minn., Charlie Eckhardt of Minneapolis, Fredrick of Boyd, 3 sisters, Mrs. Ottillia Sellen, Mrs. Lustice Chase of Blue Earth, Mrs. Clara Wiegers of Boyd, one half sister, Mrs. Carl Ferber of Fergus Falls, and one stepsister Mrs. Alvina,Timm of Boyd, and a host of relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Milroy and DeForrest Hartfiel, Urban and Gerald Just, David Roske and Carl Just, Jr.

Interment was made in the cemetery at Zion church April 24, 1946. Mrs. Hartfiel's funeral was said to be one of the largest in point of attendance ever held in Zion’s Church. Memorial wreaths, including generous amounts the Memorial Hospital fund, amounting to about $250.

Source: The Clarkfield Advocate, Thursday, May 2, 1946. Transcribed by the Alberti's.


Myrtle Haugen

MYRTLE HAUGEN

Myrtle E. Haugen, 87, died at the Clarkfield Care Center on October 28, 1987.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, October 31, 1987 from the Spring Creek Lutheran Church of Normania Township with Pastor Robert Lehner officiating.

Organist was Stefanie Rysdahl with vocal music by Ross and Kayann Riecke.

Pallbearers were Marlo Hoff, Henry Jacobson, John and Richard Josephson, Lyle Olien and Lloyd Sunde.

Burial was in the Spring Creek Lutheran Church Cemetery.

She was born in Friendship Township on February 21. 1900. Her parents were Iver and Olina (Langseth) Haugen, who lived on a farm south of Clarkfield. About 1926 the family moved to Clarkfield where they resided the rest of their lives. She attended business college in Minneapolis but spent most of her life living with and caring for her parents. She was a member of Spring Creek Lutheran Church, the Friendship Mission Circle and the Sons of Norway.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Ida (Mrs. Oswald Haaland) and a nephew Robert Haaland.

She is survived by several cousins and many friends.

Arrangements were by the Lynner Funeral Home of Clarkfield.

Source: The Clarkfield Advocate, October 1987. Transcribed by the Alberti’s.


Elsie Lillian Hoffman

Funeral services for Elsie Hoffman were held Friday, February 28, 1986 at the Granite Falls Lutheran Church with the Rev. John Bjorge and the Rev. Gary Kubly officiating. Organist was Eleanor Sandquist and the congregation sang two hymns. Pallbearers were Matthew Hoffman, Brian Hoffman, Todd Hoffman, Geofrey Driscoll, Paul Mueller and Gregory Mueller. Interment was at Mandt Lutheran Church cemetery, Mandt township, Chippewa county, with the Wing-Bain Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Elsie Lillian (Kvien) Hoffman was born on December 20, 1903 in Mandt township, Chippewa county, the daughter of Ole K. and Guri (Johnsrud) Kvien and died February 25, 1986 at the age of 82 years.

She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Elsie graduated from the two-year school of nursing at Montevideo and from the U of M as a registered nurse in 1927. She worked at the Granite Falls Hospital and also Eitel Hospital in Minneapolis. Her nursing career spanned a 40-year period.

Elsie married William A. Hoffman on March 21, 1931, making their home in Granite Falls.

She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Mueller of Granite Falls; sons, Alfred and William. both of Mankato; four granddaughters, seven grandsons, six great, grandchildren, three sisters and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, an infant daughter, Antoinette, one granddaughter, two sisters and five brothers.

Source: The Clarkfield Advocate, February 1986. Transcribed by the Alberti's.

 


Neptuna Myhre Isaacs

Automobile Claims One More Victim in Mrs. E. Isaacs

Another of those inexplicable tragedies which plunge a community in gloom, and which tempts even the best of us to question the wisdom of divine Providence, and in bitterness of spirit to cry 'why', occurred during the forenoon, Thursday, August 9th, when Mrs. Ernest Isaacs was almost instantly killed, and her little son hurt by the overturning of their automobile, about 5 miles south of Clarkfield.

Mrs. Isaacs had taken her husband in their Ford car, over to one of the neighbors, where the latter was assisting with the threshing, and was on her way home when the accident occurred. According to eyewitnesses, the unfortunate young woman was at the foot of a small hill , when one of the front tires burst. It is thought that she must have leaned out to see what damage was done, the car veered to the side of the road, and in bringing it back into the middle of the highway, had swerved so hard as to lock the front wheels. The car turned turtle, pinning both mother and son underneath. Marvin Oraas and Melvin Anderson who were working in a nearby field, were the first to come to their aid, but their efforts were vain at least in Mrs. Isaacs' behalf, for she died almost immediately upon being brought to the Lee home without being able to explain the accident. The little hour-year old boy was crushed into the road, the running board pinning him down, but was not dangerously injured.

Dr. Hauge, of Clarkfield, was immediately called, but Mrs. Isaacs was beyond human aid before he arrived.

Neptuna Myhre Isaacs, was born in Normania township, in the year 1897, of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Theo. Myhre. Here she grew to womanhood, obtaining her education in the rural school and in the Schoals at Clarkfield, July 12th, 1919, she married Ernest Isaacs, with whom she has had one child, the little fellow, who together with his griefstricken father, is left to face life, suddenly and unexpectedly bereft of a mother's and helpmate's love. Mrs. Isaacs was a splendid, virile young woman, and it is difficult for her near ones to realize that she is forever still in death.

The funeral and burial took place at the Hauge church and cemetery south of Hazel Run, on Saturday, August 11th, Rev. Haugland, of Hazel Run, officiating.

Source: The Clarkfield Advocate, August 1923. Transcribed by Jacob Alberti.


Erick Jensen

DIED FROM SUNSTROKE.
CANBY, Minn., July 14.-A section man, Erick Jensen by name, died from the effects of sunstroke.

Source: Bismarck Tribune (Bismarck, ND) Saturday, July 15, 1893.Transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.


Mrs. Ole Johnson and Child

Woman and Child Are Burned at Granite Falls
GRANITE FALLS. Minn., Oct. 28.
The farm house of Ole Johnson, once owned by ex-Governor Austin of Minnesota, two miles down the river, was destroyed by fire last evening, and his wife and one child were killed by the flames.
Johnson says he had been trying to start a soft coal fire in the kitchen stove, and as it would not burn readily he went out after some kindling.
While he was away he heard an explosion, and, looking up, saw the entire lower part of the house ablaze.
Rushing into the house he succeeded in getting out the youngest child, but his wife and the older child had been left in the kitchen and it was impossible to enter this room on account of the heat.

Source: Duluth News Tribune (29 Oct. 1911) contributed by Friends for Free Genealogy BZ


Kolbensvik

Ole G. Kolbensvik and Nelson Kolbensvik, father and uncle of the young man killed at Buford last Saturday night, arrived in this city from their home at Clarkfield, Minn., yesterday morning, and after the coroner's investigation of the affair is through with, will take the body back to Clarkfield for interment.

Source: Williston graphic, June 25, 1903. Transcribed by J. Alberti.


Hans Peter Larson

 

HANS P. LARSON BURIED SATURDAY

Wellknown East Friendship Man Dies After More Than Year of Invalidism

Hans Peter Larson, a pioneer settler of east Friendship township and wellknown both in Clarkfield and Hazel Run, passed away at his home Wednesday evening, after more than a year's illness during which time he bore his sufferings patiently.

Deceased was born in Ossian, Ia., May 6, 1861; he passed away at the age of 69 years, 8 months and 28 days. His parents were Peter and Mary Thinderholt Larson. He was united in marriage to Cecelia Nordhus, June 12, 1887. In August of the same year the young couple moved to this county and made their home on what was known as the Lindstad farm, where deceased has resided ever since.

To this union five children were born. His first wife and two children preceded him in death.

In 1898 he was again united in marriage to Helga Haugen. To this union four children were born.

Funeral services were held at the Spring Creek Lutheran church Saturday afternoon, Feb. 7th, Rev. J. E. Akre officiating. Mrs. Elmer Larson and Rev. Akre both sang beautiful solos.

Mr. Larson leaves to mourn his death, his wife and seven children, namely, Mrs. Henry Jacobson, Hanley Falls; Alfred Larson, Walhalla,N. Dak.; Mrs. Henry Danielson, Dawson, Minn.; Mrs. Bennie Gunderson, Minneapolis; Raymond Larson, Clarkfield, and Minnie and Gerhard at home. Also one brother, L. O. Larson , of Ossian, Iowa, and 12-grand-children. All were present at the funeral but Alfred, who was unable to come.

Relatives present at the funeral from out town were: Mr. and Mrs. Chris Thinderholt, Dawson; Mr. and Mrs. Martin Thinderholt, Mrs. J. Baras and son Clayton, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Anderson, Halvor and Louis Nelson, all of Delhi; Mrs. C. N. Strand and son Andrew, and H. A. Strand all of Mankato; Mrs. Bernt Trandahl and sons of Boyd, and Mrs. G. O. Lexvold, of Granite Falls.

 

Source: The Clarkfield Advocate, February 1931. Transcribed by the Alberti's.


Raymond Peter Larson

Raymond Peter Larson, 86, passed away on Friday, March 23, 1990 at the Clarkfield Care Center.

Funeral services were held 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, 1990 from the Spring Creek Lutheran Church of Normania Township with Pastor Robert Lehner officiating. Organist was Mrs. Robert Lehner with solo music by David Rupp. Serving as pallbearers were Dennis Enevoldsen, LeRoy Jacobson, Earl Johnson, Albie Meiers, Leo Olson and Sherman Winson. Burial was in the Spring Creek Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Raymond Peter Larson was on July 31, 1903 in FriendshipTownship, Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota the son of Hans and Helga (Haugen) Larson. He was baptized September 20, 1903 and confirmed June 30, 1918 both at Spring Creek Lutheran Church of Normania Township, rural Clarkfield. Raymond attended rural school and farmed brother, Gerhard. On March 3, 1928 at Pastor Lee's parsonage he was united in marriage to Ella Winson. They lived on their farm in Lisbon Township. Raymond also kept occupied as a carpenter and in construction work. He enjoyed hunting and he helped many families in their old time form of farm butchering.

He is survived by his wife, Ella of Clarkfield; his son, Archie and daughter-in-law, Mavis of Waconia; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; sister, Mabel Danielson of Dawson and brother-in-law, Bennie Gunderson of Minneapolis.

Preceding Raymond in death were his parents; three sisters, Minnie Larson, Hannah Gunderson and Emma Jacobson and two brothers, Alfred and Gerhard Larson.

Arrangements were by the Lynner Funeral Home of Clarkfield.

Source: The Clarkfield Advocate, 1990. Transcribed by anonymous.


Martin A. Lee

Death of Martin A. Lee.

Martin A. Lee, son of Mrs. Anna Lee of Gennessee, passed away on Monday at Granite Falls, the cause of his death being pneumonia. He was born in Gennessee July 8, 1878, and was thus 40 years, 3 months and 6 days old. He had been employed in Granite Falls only a few months on one of the papers there, he being a printer by trade. Previous to this he was employed at the Morris Sun at Morris, and several other papers in the state. He was home on the farm a short time this summer before going to Granite Falls.

The body arrived here on Tuesday morning, and the funeral was held on Wednesday, only the immediate relatives being in attendance. Interment took place in the Synod cemetery east of town, where a short service was read. Rev. Hoifjeld officiated. He is survived by his mother, four brothers and four sisters.- Atwater Press.

Source: Willmar Tribune, July 12, 1905. Transcribed by the Alberti's.


Otto G. Malkow

1895-1943

Services were held for Mr. Otto Malkow at St. John's Lutheran church in Omro, Thurday afternoon. The Rev. A. W. Fuerstenau preached the funeral sermon and officiated at the interment which took place in Saint John's cemetery.

Pallbearers were Otto Wiegers, Bill Piipke, Leo Werner, Adolph Riediger, Alfred Schmidtke and John Marquardt.

Born In Omro

Otto Gottlieb Malkow was born August 20, 1895, in Omro township, county of Yellow Medicine, of the parents Ludwig and Othelia (Abraham) Malkow. His death occurred July 26, 1943, at the age of 47 years, 11 months and 6 days.

Deceased grew to young manhood on his parents farm in Omro. On January 25, 1921, he married Miss Olga, Laechelt, daughter of William Laechelt. To this union three children were born: Glenn, 18 years old; Merrill, six years, and Ordell 2, who with Mrs, Malkow and his aged parents, mourn his loss.

Mr. Malkow was a sturdy man physically, but had had some recurrent heart weakness. No one suspected, however, that death was so near when he came home from the harvest field at noon, on July 26. He lived only a short time after he was stricken.

Besides the immediate members of the family deceased is survived by four brothers, Carl, Emil, Evaldt and Herman, and five sisters, Minnie, Tillie, Hulda, Edna and Frieda.

Attending the funeral from a distance were the following relatives and friends: Mr. and Mrs. Chris. Just and Theressa, Mrs. Bright, Mrs. Frank Kruger, Mrs. Albert Johnson and Mr. and Mrs. Mika Keroff, all of Montevideo; Mr. and Mrs. Art Bencks, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hacker and Mrs. Frank Schanning, of Canby; Mr. and Mrs. Louis Laechelt, of Echo.

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Otto G. Malkow

1895-1943

Funeral services were held for Mr. Otto Malkow at St. John's Lutheran church in Omro, Thursday afternoon. The Rev. A. W. Fuerstenau preached the funeral sermon and officiated at the interment which took place in Saint John's cemetery.

Pallbearers were Otto Wiegers, Bill Piipke, Leo Werner, Adolph Riediger, Alfred Schmidtke and John Marquardt.

The Clarkfield Advocate, Thursday, August 5, 1943. Transcribed by the Alberti's.

 


Tennys Reynold "Ray" Mauland

T. R. Mauland

Tennys Reynold "Ray" Mauland was born on July 27, 1895 to Tollef and Bertha Lende Mauland on a farm near Cottonwood. He attended the Cottonwood school and completed a course at Southeastern College at Austin.

Gurina Gunderson of Clarkfield and Ray Mauland were married on June 17, 1926 and farmed until his retirement. He also worked as corn sealer and insurance adjuster for many years.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Melburne Fjerkenstad of Boyd; two sons, Donald of Clarkfield and Arvid of Minneapolis; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Huso of Cottonwood and Mrs. Grethe Foss of Echo; two brothers, Oscar and Bernhard of Cottonwood.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and one brother, Conrad.

Funeral services were held Thursday, March 2, at Clarkfield Lutheran Church, Rev. Gordon Trelstad officiating. Vocal music was by Mrs. Herbert Mauland and Mrs. Norman Anderson. Mrs. Ronald Donner furnished organ music.

Honorary Pallbearers were Selmer Foss, George Gehant, Sr., Melvin Hegna, Guy Johnson, Leonard Peterson, Oscar Peterson and Dr. V. L. Silver. Active bearers included Gustav Haaland, Kermit Huso, Arden Morland, Burton Mauland, Herbert Mauland and Sherman Winson. Burial was in Clarkfield Lutheran Cemetery. Lynner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Source: The Clarkfield Advocate, February 1978. Transcribed by the Alberti’s.


Rev. Paul Moen

FATAL AUTO RIDES.

Fast driving took as its toll the lives of two more Yellow Medicine county men last week. In each instance the car jumped the grade and pinned the occupants underneath.

Henry Braasch was the victim of the Wood Lake accident on November 28th. He was driving at a fast, rate of speed on the road near that city with Mr. Buettler acompanying him, when the car jumped the grade, toppling over a number of times and finally coming to rest with the occupants underneath.

A nearby farmer heard the calls of the injured men and succeeded in getting them from under the car. Mr. Braasch was removed to his home but died there a week later on Thursday last.

The Canby accident occurred Friday night and resulted in the death of Rev. Paul Moen. Rev. Moen was returning from Hendricks and had evidently lost control of his car going down hill for his dead body was found at the foot of a hill about seven miles from Canby in under the auto.—Granite Falls Tribune.

Source: Willmar tribune, December 12, 1917. Transcribed by the Alberti's.


Iver Olson

Iver Olson, an old pioneer of Stony Run, passed away last Thursday, aged 96 years. He settled on a claim here in 1871, on which he has lived these many years. He was known to all his friends and neighbors as a fine old gentleman, distinguished alike for his honesty and neighborly love. The funeral was held Saturday from the Bergen church and a large number of old friends paid their last respects to the departed.- Granite Falls Journal. The deceased was the grandfather of Mrs. M. R. Simons of this city.

Source: Willmar Tribune. September 24, 1913. Transcribed by the Alberti's.


Mrs. L. S. Orwoll

Mrs. L. S. Orwoll, well known Granite Falls pioneer woman, passed away at the home of her son Melvin Orwoll, former register of deeds of this county, was born at Rushford, this state, in 1858 and lived in this country since 1876.

Source: The Clarkfield Advocate, Thursday, February 12, 1931. Transcribed by J. Alberti


J. D. Otis

J. D. OTIS DEAD
GRANITE FALLS Minn., Sept. 12.— J. D. Otis, judge of probate of Yellow Medicine county, died of diabetes this morning. He has served in that office since 1888 and was 69 years old.

Source: Duluth News Tribune (13 Sept. 1902) contributed by Friends for Free Genealogy BZ


Joe Ott

Joe Ott Hanged. Executed at Granite Falls for Brutal Wife Murder
GRANITE FALLS Minn., Oct. 20.— Joe Ott, who pleaded guilty of killing his wife, was hanged In the jail yard here today. The drop fell at 1:27 a. m. and Ott's neck was broken by the fall, life being pronounced extinct in eight minutes.
Ott made a statement from the gallows expressing sorrow for the crime. This was the first execution In the history ot Yellow Medicine county. Ott killed his wife on the evening of May 18, 1898, by beating her brains out with a "billy." He was of a very violent temper and notorious for his cruelty.

Source: Duluth News Tribune (21 Oct. 1898) contributed by Friends for Free Genealogy BZ


boy Peterson

Baby Burned to Death. Fire at Granite Falls Nearly Destroys Several Persons
St. Paul Jan. 4.—A Granite Falls Minn., special to The Pioneer Press says:
The large Pinney mill here caught fire from a lamp explosion tonight and was only saved from destruction after hard work. Chris Peterson and family lived in a small building adjoining in which the fire started. Mrs. Peterson succeeded in saving her 3-year-old boy, but the baby was burned to death, and she herself was fatally burned.
The little boy was also burned, but not seriously.

Source: Duluth News Tribune (5 Jan. 1896) contributed by Friends for Free Genealogy BZ


Hon. Benjamin F. Pillsbury

 

GRANITE FALLSGREAT LOSS

                    ----

Sudden Death of Hon. B. F. Pillsbury.

Special to the Globe.

Granite Falls, Minn., Oct. 28.-  Death to-day robbed this community of one of its best citizens- Hon. Benjamin F. Pillsbury. He was the youngest of the three brothers who have been so closely identified with the history of this state, and occupied prominent positions in its political and business affairs. Born in New Hampshire in 1830, heserved his native state faithfully as representative, coming to this state in 1830, since that time he has devoted himself to his extensive lumber, wheat and stock interests, and made himself a power in this section of the country. Ex-Gov. Pillsbury, the elder brother, was with him when he died. Exhaustion, produced by the intense pain of muscular rheumatism, was the immediate cause of death. The funeral services will be held to-morrow at 1 o'clock p. m., after which the remains will be conveyed to his old home in New Hampshire in a special car.

 

Source: St. Paul Globe, October 29, 1890. Transcribed by the Alberti's.

 


Rev. A. L. Riggs

 

FORMER MISSIONARY DIES

Rev. A. L. Riggs, Indian Missionary in YellowMedicine County Passes Away.

With the report of the death of Rev. A. L. Riggs, at Santee, Neb., April 21, there comes to us a bit of history that is of interest to the people of Yellow Medicine county. The same has been furnished us through the courtesy of F. W. Pearsall, of Minnesota Falls.

The deceased, A. L. Riggs, was the son of Rev. Stephen R. Riggs who came to Lac qui Parle county as early as 1837 to join a mission that had been established among the Indians. He labored there until 1854. The mission buildings burned and because the government had established an agency up on the Yellow Medicine River, the mission was also moved to that vicinity. This was known as the Upper Sioux Agency. The Rev. S. R. Riggs translated the Bible and preached to the Indians. Arriving in this county he built a home for himself and the same was located on the exact spot where Neil Dibble's house now stands. A church and school house were erected nearby. The Lombardy poplars that surrounded the place were planted by this missionary. At the time of the Indian outbreak these buildings were destroyed by fire.

The deceased, A. L. Riggs, was born while the family lived at Lac qui Parle. He spent practically his whole life among the Indians. He lived in this county when it was possible to get mail only several times during the year. The thought that within a life time in the very place they lived there would be daily free delivery never occurred to them.

He early became also interested in promoting the welfare of the Indian and thus after the Indians were gathered together at Santee, Neb., he took up his father's work. He established a mission at Santee which has prospered under his wise management. They have a church as well as a boarding school. The work is being carried on under the auspices of the Board of Home Missions of the Congregational church. Among other enterprises to be mentioned is the publication of a monthly paper in the Indian language..- Granite Falls Journal.

Source: Willmar Tribune, May 17, 1916. Transcribed by the Alberti's.


Anna Marie Rodness

Funeral Service for Mrs. H. P. Rodness

A large number of number of relatives and friends were in attendance at the funeral of Mrs H. P. Rodness, held Saturday, at the Norwegian Lutheran church here. Rev. J. E. H. Akre preached the funeral sermon, and performed the burial rites at the cemetery.

Special songs for the occasion were sung by Mrs. Thormod Amdahl, and Rev. Akre. Donations to missions, and floral offerings in memory of deceased were generous.

Pallbearers were: A Grinager, George Weeks, Ove Olson, Lars Westre, G. Grinager, Amund Melbostad.

Out-of-town people at the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Syverud, Echo; Mrs. A. Morstad, Petra Saltness; Mr. and Mrs. H. Fosse; Mrs. Hannah Zimmerman and daughter, and Mr. Oscar Martin, Boyd; and Mr. and Mrs. B. Anderson, Dawson.

The family submits the following brief obituary, it being an outline of deceased’s life since she left her girlhood home in Norway, until she breathed her last.

Obituary

Anna Marie Rodness was born in Ness, Hedemarken, Norway, on February 11th, 1856, of the parents Anders and Maria Anderson. She died Sept. 24, 1935 at 8:10 P. M., at her home in Tyro, having at attained the age of 79 years, 7 mos. and 13 days.

She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. At the age of 22 she emigrated with her parents to America, residing with her parents on a farm west Clarkfield. On Dec. 17, 1884 she was united in marriage to Hans P. Rodness, son of Peder N. Rodness, one of the first settlers in this territory, and one of the organizers of the N. L. congregation here.

To this union eight children were born, seven of whom are still living. Anton, the oldest, passed away on Oct. 11, 1918.

She leaves to mourn her, her husband, five daughters, and two sons, Mrs. H. W. Williams; Mrs. C. Grimley; Mable and Lena, all of Clarkfield; Mrs. George Raycraft of San Francisco; Martin and Peter, also of this community. Also six grandchildren, two sisters and one brother, namely Mrs. C. S. Hanson of Minot, N. Dak., a sister in Norway, and Martin Anderson of Clarkfield, besides many other relatives and friends in this community.

Deceased was always a kind and loving mother. Blessed be her memory.

IN MEMORY OF WIFE AND MOTHER:

Once again our home is darkened,

And our dearest loved one is gone.

Oh how long the ears of waiting, till

that last great day will dawn.

Mother! God saw fit to call you

And your work on earth is o'er;

Jesus paid for your redemption

Now you're safe upon that shore.

We will miss you, those you've left here,

Darling wife and Mother.

Precious memories will linger

As our ways we sadly wend.

But we would not call you back now,

You have done your little share;

And in God's arm we'll leave you,

And He wants you in his care.

Even tho our hearts are breaking

May we not forget God's love.

Oh that we might live so near Him,

That we'll meet loved ones above.

Source: The Clarkfield Advocate, Thursday, October 3, 1935. Transcribed by the Alberti's


Lewis Rysdahl

LEWIS RYSDAHL

Lewis Rysdahl, 93, died at the Clarkfield Care Center April 4.

Funeral services were held April 8 at the Clarkfield Lutheran Church with Pastor Gordon Trelstad officiating. Organist was Karen Donner and soloist was Loren Norgaard.

Pallbearers were Christopher Grudt, Diane Halgerson, Dennis Rysdahl, Lynette Rysdahl, Paul Rysdahl and Scott Rysdahl.

Burial was in the Clarkfield Lutheran Cemetery.

Lewis was born November 14, 1894 at Friendship Township to Anders and Marie Eide Rysdahl. He had one brother Carl and three sisters Mathilda, Louise Hagren and Mable Wallen.

On March 7, 1928 he was married to Judith Berg. The couple had eight children.

Lewis served on the Friendship Township Board for 21 years. He was a faithful member of Clarkfield Lutheran Church all his life serving as Deacon and Trustee for many years.

Lewis was cared for at the Clarkfield Care Center for the last three years of his life.

Lewis is survived by his wife, Judith; his children Alton and wife Dolores, Donald and wife Elna, George and wife Marjorie, Loretta and husband Richard Grudt, Janice and husband Lowell Sheldahl and Dorothy and husband Vaughn Marian; 25 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and his sister Louise.

Lewis was preceded in death by two infant twin sons and two grandchildren.

Arrangements were by the Lynner Funeral Home of Clarkfield.

Source: The Granite Falls Tribune, April 14, 1988. Transcribed by anonymous.


Mathilda Rysdahl

MATHILDA RYSDAHL

Mathilda Anna Rysdahl, 95, of Clarkfield, died Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Clarkfield Community Hospital.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Clarkfield Lutheran Church with Pastor Gordon Trelstad officiating. Organist was Mrs. Annette Patel with vocal music by Mrs. Lyle Roschen.

Pallbearers were Deborah Christiansen, Sandra Wallen. Paul Rysdahl, Wayne Rysdahl, Kevin Rysdahl, and Kelvin Rysdahl.

Burial was in the Clarkfield Lutheran Church Cemetery.

She was born Nov. 6, 1889 to Anders and Marie Eide Rysdahl on a farm in Friendship Township. She was baptized and confirmed in the Clarkfield Lutheran Church. She was a lifelong member. She graduated from Clarkfield High and taught school in District 88 and Gliam Schools for 14 years from 1910 to1924. She clerked at Grinagers Store and was an aid at the hospital in Clarkfield for 24 years. In 1928 she and her parents moved into town. She took care of them as long as they lived. She has been a resident of Clarkfield's Care Center for the past two years.

She is survived by sister Louise Hagren of Fairbault. brother Lewis and sister-in-law Judith Rysdahl of Clarkfield plus nine nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Carl and sister Mabel Wallen.

Arrangements were by the Lynner Funeral Home of Clarkfield.

Source: Granite Falls Tribune, January 1985. Transcribed by the Alberti's.

 


William Scheitel

ECHO, Minn., May 24. – Rev. William Scheitel, who left here last Friday to officiate at a wedding at Granite Falls, is thought to have been drowned while attempting to cross the Yellow Medicine river. His horse was found dead on the bank. Parties have been dragging the river, but have not yet found the body. The river is the highest it has been for several years.

Source: Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Thursday, 26 May 1892; transcribed by FoFG mz

A Minister Drowned.

Prof. Hoyer went to Wood Lake Wednesday to officiate at the funeral ceremonies over the remains of Rev. Scheitel. The latter was drowned while crossing the Yellow Medicine River with the intention of going to Granite Falls to perform a wedding ceremony. It seem he had been deceived by wagon tracksleading to the river's bank and ventured into the water which was twelve feet deep. His body was not found for several days.

The Marshall News-Messenger gives the following account of the drowning: He had been called to mam a couple in a neighboring township, and left his home in the afternoon in time to have reached the river about four o'clock. As he did not appear at the proposed wedding Friday evening inquiry was made as to the cause,and when it was ascertained that he had started for the wedding it was surmised that some accident must have befallen him, and search was instituted along the route. On Saturday afternoon the unfortunate man's horse and cart was found about a half mile below the ford which he had attempted to cross, but up to Tuesday the body of Mr. Scheitel had not been found, and a quantity of dynamite was secured and exploded in the river, and the body was brought to the surface about a quarter of a mile below the ford. The ford, which is near J. Ceek's place, is an old one, and one often used, but the heavy rains have so swollen the stream as to make it impossible to cross at that point. It was cold and stormy when he left his home and he was heavily dressed, having on a large fur coat and over that a rubber coat.

 

Source: New Ulm review, June 1, 1892. Transcribed by the Alberti's.


Peter Sebber

 

PETER SEBBER BURIED AT GRANITE FALLS

Died Thursday Morning Following Two Years of Illness With Cancer

Mr. Peter Sebber, whose illness we reported in these columns a week or two ago, passed away at the Granite Falls hospital last Thursday morning, at 12:30 A. M. He had been ailing for two years suffering with cancer of the stomach.

Between fifty and seventy-give relatives, neighbors and friends from Clarkfield and the community to the west of here were in attendance at the funeral which was held in the Lutheran church in Granite Falls Sunday afternoon, with the Rev. Erickson in charge. He was assisted by Rev. O. Lee of Madelia, a personal friend of deceased, and brother of Iver Lee of this place.

Foral offerings and donations to missions were generous in memory of Mr. Sebber, who was one of these rare, sunny natures who make friends everywhere. Interment was made at the cemetery east of Granite Falls.

Surviving Mr. Sebber are his wife, and four children, a grown-up son by his first marriage, living at Iowa Falls, Ia., and two boys and one girl by his last marriage.

Mr. Sebber was born was born in Benton County, Ia., February 17, 1870. He was married, and made his home at Thor, Iowa, before coming to Minnesota in the year 1902. Purchasing a farm about 7 miles west of Clarkfield, he settled down with his young wife. A son was born to them. The future looked bright and rosy, but death stepped in and left Mr. Sebber a widower with an infant son on his hands. He let the farm in Tyro go, and spent some years at various tasks. Then he re-married and purchased another farm near Asbury, north of Granite Falls, in 1917. Two years ago his health began to fail, and in spite of everything that could be done for him he passed away on November 3rd, aged 62 years.

Source: The Clarkfield Advocate, Thursday, November 10, 1932. Volume 40, Number Twenty Four, Page Four. Transcribed by J. Alberti.


Jacob Settem

 

OBITUARY JACOB SETTEM

 

----Jacob Settem passed away at Hanley Falls, Minn., June 4th, following an illness of about two weeks from influenza-pneumonia. The remains were brought to East Jordan and funeral services were held from the Luthern Church, June 8th, conducted by Rev. Johnson of Frankfort.

Deceased was born in Norway, Sept. 22, 1878. He came to this country in the early spring of 1899, locating in East Jordan and that fall was united in marriage to Miss Marie Nelson of this city. They made their home in this city except for about three years in Elk Rapids and nine months in Minneapolis, Minn. Last March they went to Hanley Fall, Minn., expecting to make their home there for awhile, and where he became ill and passed away.

He leaves his wife and two brothers, Nels Anderson of this city and Chris Anderson of Cedar- also two sisters, Mrs. John Larson of Minneapolis, and Mrs. Hans Anderson of Hanley Falls.

 

Source: Charleviox county herald, June 18, 1920. Transcribed by the Alberti's.


Mrs. B. Thorpe

 

MRS B. THORPE PASSES BEYOND

Hazel Run

It is with sadness that we report the sudden death of one of our beloved pioneer women, Mrs. B. Thorpe, Monday morning, November 7th, at the Montevideo hospital. Although she had been failing the past year, she was able to be around, and Saturday morning she went about the house as usual trying to do a little work, when suddenly she became violently ill, suffering pain to such extent that it was necessary to have her removed to the hospital Sunday morning, where she lived only till 2 o'clock Monday A.M. Her oldest daughter, Bessie, was at her bedside when the end came. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon. Two o'clock at the Hazel Run Lutheran church.

An obituary will be given next week.

 

Source: The Clarkfield Advocate, Thursday, November 10, 1932. Volume 40, Number Twenty Four, Page Four. Transcribed by J. Alberti.


Wayne Tongen

 

WAYNE ARVID TONGEN LAID TO REST

(Contributed)

After an illness of about two weeks little Wayne Arvid, son of Mr. and Mrs. August Tongen passed away at his parental home Monday noon at me age of three months and 21 days. The cause of his death being pneumonia and stomach trouble. The best care was given little Wayne, but nothing that human hands could do- could save him. But the angels of death came and took him from us. Funeral services were held on Tuesday at the home at 12 o’clock and 1 o’clock at the Hazel Run Lutheran church. Rev. Hauglang officiating at the services.

Safe in the arms of Jesus, was sung by Eunice Mikelson. Pallbearers were: Erode Isaacs, Harland Tongen, Warren Mikelson a d Frank Christiansen. He leaves to mourn his loss his mother and father, two brothers and two sisters, LaVern, Norma, Vernice and Curtis.

Interment was made in the Hazel Run cemetery.

Gone, but not forgotten,

We have lost our darling baby,

He has bidden us adieu,

He has gone to live in heaven, and his face is lost to view.

Oh, That darling, how we loved him.

Oh, how hard to give him up.

But the Angels came down for him

And removed him from our flock.

Source: The Clarkfield Advocate, February 1931. Transcribed by the Alberti's.

 


Amanda Varpness

Amanda Varpness, 91, died at the Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital, November 16, 1987, after suffering a heart attack a few days earlier.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, November 20, 1987 at the St. Lucas Lutheran Church with Pastor John Christianson officiating.

Mrs. Sheldon Haaland served as organist and accompanied Mrs. Herbert Mauland and Mrs. Norman Anderson as they sang, "One Day at a Time" and "When Peace Like A River".

Pallbearers were her grandsons: Bryan Varpness, David Varpness, Douglas Varpness, Jerry Varpness, Lawrence Varpness and Wesley Varpness.

Burial was at the church cemetery.

She was born on a farm south of Clarkfield on May 7, l896 to parents Anton Selness, who was born in and came from Norway and Ingeborg (Berg) Selness, who was born in Minnesota. She was baptized and confirmed at the Spring Creek Lutheran Church by Pastor O.T. Storaasli. On June 18, 1917 she was united in marriage to Dithloff J. Varpness. They had five children, three of who survive, namely; Delmar of Clarkfield, Alice (Mrs. LeRoy) Johnson of Boyd and Jimmie of Clarkfield. Twin sons died in infancy.

She is survived by her three children; daughters-in-law, Marion and Rose of Clarkfield and son-in-law LeRoy Johnson of Boyd; 13 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, brothers Phillip Selness of Santa Paula, CA; Alphon Selness of Minnetonka and sisters, Lydia Tingvold of Ebenezer Caroline Center, Minneapolis; Violet Carhart of Crystal and Pearl Grosberg of St. Paul; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding her in death besides her twin sons are her husband, grandson Duane Varpness, parents and brothers; Helmer, lngvold, Joseph, Leif, Ordell, Palmer and sister Millie.

Arrangements were by the Lynner Funeral Home of Clarkfield.

Source: The Clarkfield Advocate, November 1987. Transcribed by the Alberti's.


Henry Warnke

CANBY PIONEER DROPS DEAD.
CANBY. Nov. 21.- Henry Warnke, pioneer resident of Yellow Medicine county, dropped dead with apoplexy while entering a church at Henderson. He had gone to Henderson to attend the funeral of a cousin.

Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Monday, November 22, 1920; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman


Hilda Weeks

Mrs. Geo. Weeks Answers Call

After an illness of many months death took Mrs. George Weeks, 64-year-old Clarkfield woman, early Sunday morning, August 1. Her death occurred at the Weeks home here, with most of the resident children present at the bedside.

Deceased was preceded by her husband less than five months ago.

Surviving Mrs. Weeks are five daughters and three sons- Maurice, in Montana; Clarence, Mrs. Olaf Larson, and Mrs. Bert Trandahl, Clarkfield; Mrs. Verdi Cox, Washington state; Mrs. Carl Nelson of Wood Lake, and Raymond of Hanley Falls.

Funeral services are being held Wednesday, at the First English Lutheran church. The body will be held, however, pending the arrival of Maurice, from Montana.

An obituary will be published in next Week’s Advocate.

The Clarkfield Advocate, Thursday, August 5, 1943. Transcribed by the Alberti's.


Helge G. Weflen

Granite Falls Has Mystery in Death
GRANITE FALLS Minn., March 22.—Granite Falls has a mystery in death of Helge G. Weflen, whose body has been found in a small slough within the corporate limits of the city.
Weflen was 20 years old and is survived by a widow and three children. He was last seen around town about Dec. 5, when he disappeared one night, but it was supposed he had gone to the woods to work, and his absence grave his wife no particular uneasiness. Yesterday his body was found in the slough.
Coroner Cressy will hold an inquest and will endeavor to learn something of his death. Some phases of the case give basis for a foul play theory.

Source: Duluth News Tribune (23 Mar. 1907) contributed by Friends for Free Genealogy BZ

ACCIDENTAL DROWNING CAUSED WEFLIN'S DEATH
GRANITE FALLS Minn., March 23.
—The inquest on the body of H. G. Weflin, found in the pond below the city last Tuesday, was closed last night, when the jury gave a verdict that the deceased came to his death apparently by accidental drowning.
The jury was composed of Messrs. T. T. Shlemo, Toreger Johnson, L. H. Kramer, Henry Kaslin, E. B. Day and H. J. Mikkelson.
Coroner Dr. J. F. Cressy called in Dr. W. M. Stratton as assistant. County Attorney Hartwick conducted the examination. The deceased leaves a widow and three children. The body was found in a pond below the city in a good state of preservation. Evidently Weflin had attempted to cross the ice on the pond, fell into an opening, and got under the ice. When the ice melted the body came to the surface. There is no trace of homicide or suicide. The family has lived near this city for many years. It was commonly supposed that Mr. Weflin had gone up into the pineries for work during the winter, and would return this spring, and the finding of his body was the first sign that he had met his death.

Source: Duluth News Tribune (24 Mar. 1907)


Mamie T. Welcome

DIED.
In Granite Falls, Minn., Jan. 12, 1881 of pneumonia, Mamie T., daughter of Dr. F. H. and M. L. Welcome, aged 8 months and 21 days.

Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI) Tuesday, 1 Feb. 1881; transcribed by FoFG mz


girl Wiggins

Town of Norman
The six year old and only daughter of Mrs. Emily Wiggins, who died last Tuesday night of diphtheria, was buried Friday in the Bruno cemetery. Mrs. Wiggins was visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leander Bennett, when the child took sick and died. There were three of the family sick at the time but the rest were getting along fine at the last report.

Source: Askov American (26 Sept. 1918) transcribed by Marla Zwakman


Esther Marie Willander

Esther Marie Willander, 75, of Granite Falls, died Friday, Nov. 15 at the Granite Falls Hospital.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Augustana Lutheran Church in Clarkfield with Pastor Ralph Belin officiating.

Burial was in the Fridhem Cemetery.

She was born March 26, 1910 at Astoria, S.D. to Agnes and Axel Osterberg. She went to school in Clear Lake, S.D. and married Odin Olson on June 4, 1925. They had four children and lived in Bruce, S.D., moving later to Canby, where he died. She married Delmer Willander on March 28, 1959 and they farmed south of Clarkfield, moving later to Boyd. She worked in several cafes and was on several bowling leagues. She was a member of Augustana Lutheran Church in Clarkfield. She recently moved to Henry Hills Apartments in Granite Falls.

She was survived by daughter Donna (Mrs. LuVerne) Schewe of Granite Falls, sons Harold and Virgil Olson of Oro Grande, Calif., sister Evelyn Melcher, brothers Harry and Walter Osterling of Brookings, S.D., and Elmer Osterberg of New Richmond, Wis.; 11 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, a daughter and two grandsons.

Arrangements were by the Lynne Funeral Home of Clarkfield.

Source: The Clarkfield Advocate, November 1985. Transcribed by anonymous.



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