County, North Dakota
Mrs. A. W. Ponath and Mrs. A. T. Bidgood received the sad news on Monday that their nephew, Vernon Behm, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Behm of Niagara, N. D., had died on Monday of double pneumonia. [Hankinson News, January 31, 1929]
In this city on Monday, January 30th, 1882, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Bleecker, aged four months. Funeral services at the residence of Mr. Bleecker at 2 o’clock this afternoon. [Grand Forks Herald, January 31, 1882 – Transcribed by FOFG]
Brown, Gen. William H.
Brown Was A Pioneer
Former Mayor of Grand Forks Buried Wednesday - Early Day Drummer ~ Traveled Through Northwest in Days of Stage Coach Before Railroad
Grand Forks, N. D., Oct. 26 - As a traveling salesman, Gen. William H. Brown of Grand Forks, whose funeral was held this afternoon, was one of the pioneers of the Northwest. He traveled out of St. Paul with a line of hardware from 1865 to 1877, covering a territory then without railroads and over which he transported by early days stages and by teams driven by himself. For many seasons he made regular trips to Fort Gary, Can., almost always driving his own teams the entire distance. It was immediately after the Civil war that Gen. Brown came to St. Paul, locating there in 1865. For a short time he was a checking clerk of the company with which he was employed, holding that position at a time when James J. Hill was a weigher on the Mississippi river levy.
Headed St. Paul G. A. R. Post
Gen. Brown was a past commander of the Acker post, St. Paul, G. A. R., being one of the charter members of the organization and assisting in the work of launching the post. He served one term as the commander of the post and held various other offices as well, and only transferred his membership from Acker post when he removed to Grand Forks in 1877.
In Grand Forks he was prominent in the early days. He was a member of the first board of trustees when Grand Forks was incorporated as a village in 1878 and three years later when the city was incorporated as a city, he became its first mayor. He also was the president of the first chamber of commerce, and was the organizer of the Grand Forks band, still in existence. Also, he was a charter member of the K. P. lodge in Grand Forks and at the time of his death, at the age of 80 years, held the honor of being the oldest living member of the local Elk lodge, and possibly in the state. The deceased also was for eight years police magistrate of Grand Forks and for two years he was the register of the United States land office. In G. A. R. circles he was very prominent, being a past commander of the state encampment. [The Duluth Herald, Wednesday Evening, Oct. 26, 1910]
Grand Forks, N. D. - Funeral services for the late ex-Mayor W. H. Brown of this city, will be held on Wednesday afternoon from the Elks' clubrooms. It is expected that the remains will arrive here from Sacramento on Tuesday evening. [The Duluth Herald, Tuesday Evening, Oct. 25, 1910]
Old Resident Dies -- William Conlin, Who Came Here From Ireland, Died this Morning
William Conlin, an old resident of this city, died this morning at a Grand Forks hospital. The deceased, about 75 years of age, came to this city in the early days from Canada, where he had emigrated from Ireland. He was at one time a prominent and well known man in business here but he retired about ten years ago. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. [Grand Forks herald. (Grand Forks, N.D.), 27 March 1919]
Coon, Elisha J.
Died At the home of son, J. B. Coon, Esq., near Larimore, Dakota, on October 31, 1884, Mr. Elisha J. Coon, aged 78 years and 3 months. Deceased was born in Rutland, Vermont, and emigrated to New York, and afterward to Illinois. He went overland to California in 1850, remained three years and returned to Illinois, from which state he removed to Minnesota in 1856. He came to Larimore in 1883, and remained till his death. Mr. Coon was an active member of the Freewill Baptist church, and was highly esteemed and respected by all that know him. During his residence in Dakota, all of which time he was a confirmed invalid, he lived with his son, J. b. Coon, who with all the members of his family, have been untiring in their efforts to render his last days peaceful and happy. It is not often we are called upon in this new country, where nearly all the inhabitants are comparatively young, to record the death of one who is almost an octogenarian. – Larimore Pioneer [Grand Forks Herald, November 15, 1894 – Transcribed by FOFG]
Douglas, H. R.
Fargo, N.D., Dec. 22. – A telegram was received by Dr. S. J. Hill from S itka, Alaska, announcing the death of H. R. Douglas, a former pioneer Fargo resident. Death came as the result of heart trouble.
Mr. Douglas was one of the first residents of Fargo and for many years worked at his trade as blacksmith. He went to Alaska in the early ‘90s with Judge Guptil, remaining there, while the latter returned. He was an inmate of the Pioneers’ home at Sitka when the end came.
He was born at Colton, N.Y., on September 6, 1845, and was 70 years of age at the time of his death. He leaves a wife, Mrs. Viola L. Douglas, of Seattle, to mourn his loss. Mr. Douglas was a member of Shiloh lodge, having become affiliated with the order here on February 14, 1879. [Grand Forks Herald (ND) 23 Dec. 1915]
Duggan, Charles Edward
Died At 4:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon, of scarlet fever, Charles Ed ward, youngest son of Dr. Duggan. The funeral will take place to-day at one o’clock, from the residence of Dr. Duggan on Fourth street, between She yenne and Dakota avenues. The afflicted family have the sympathy of the community in their sad bereavement. [Grand Forks Herald, November 25, 1882 – Transcribed by FOFG]
Edmunds, J. N.
AGED PIONEER OF GRAND FORKS DIED; FUNERAL ON FRIDAY
The funeral of J. N. Edmunds, pioneer resident of Grand Forks, who died Wednesday night at a local hospital, will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Pierce funeral parlors.
Mr. Edmunds had been confined in a local hospital for some time with a broken leg and yesterday developed pneumonia, which, because of his old age, resulted fatally almost immediately. The deceased was 76 years old. Mr. Edmunds was born in Smith Falls, Ontario, and came to Grand Forks in 1878, where he had made his home since. Lately he had made his home with his daughter, Mrs. R. J. Purcell, who with Mrs. M. E. Cross of Winnipeg are the only surviving relatives. Mrs. Cross arrived in Grand Forks this morning to attend the funeral. [Grand Forks Herald. (Grand Forks, N.D.), 31 Aug. 1922]
Emery, O. G.
Emerado, Oct. 23. – O. G. Emery, who died recently in Los Angeles, was cre mated and his ashes sent here for burial. Monday evening, following a simple ceremony at the grave, the remains of one of Emerado’s most prominent pioneers was laid to rest beside his wife, who died here many years ago. Mr. Emery was at one time one of Emerado’s leading citizens, and manager of the Emery farm, owned by his brother, ex-Senator Emery, of Pennsylvania. [Grand Forks Herald (24 Oct. 1908) submitted by FoFG MZ]
The death of Jacob Eshelman of Grand Forks at Hot Springs, Arkansas, Thursday, removes from North Dakota on of her most popular as well as one of the pioneers of Grand Forks and has been identified with every movement for her advancement. [Bismarck Times, April 13, 1889 – Transcribed by FOFG]
Fiset, Mrs. L.O.
MRS. L. O. FISET IS CALLED
Former Grand Forks Resident Died at Los Angeles, California, Saturday.
Mrs. L. O. Fiset, formerly of Grand Forks, died at Los Angeles, Cal., Saturday, according to telegraphic advices received in Grand Forks Sunday. She was the wife of Dr. L. O. Fiset, formerly engaged in practice of dentistry here. Mrs. Fiset was a cancer victim, and two trips to Baltimore, where she underwent the radium treatment, failed to cure her. She leaves her husband and two children. Grand Forks daily herald. (Grand Forks, N.D.), 21 Dec. 1914.
Fladland, Mrs. E. A.
Mrs. E. A. Fladland aged 33, died at her home 1106 Belmont avenue, Friday afternoon, at 4:45 o'clock, death being cause by a complication of diseases following an illness of several months. Mrs. Fladland was born in Bergen, Norway and came to this country when she was 18 years old, living for five years in Minneapolis. She was married to E. A. Fladland of this city 10 years ago. The deceased is survived by her husband and son Norman, aged 5, one brother, O. R. Solberg and one sister, Mrs. A. Dahl all of this city, and her parents and five sisters in Bergen, Norway. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. [Grand Forks Herald - 19 April 1919 - Sub. by James D. VanDerMark]
Fulton, Fred R.
Pioneer of Grand Forks died Sat.
Grand Forks, May 10 - The death of Fred R. Fulton, one of the pioneer residents of Grand Forks, and for many years one of its prominent business men, occurred at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon at his home in Evanston, Ill., of a complication of ailments, and following an illness of more than a year, during which he had been slowly but steadily failing. Mr. Fulton was born Jan. 23, 1849. He came to Grand Forks in 1880 and continued a resident here until 1898, when business interests called him to Chicago. As the head of the brokerage firm of F. R. Fulton & Co., and later of Fulton & Gowran, he had for years very extensive financial interests over the state and also large realty interests here. Mr. Fulton was from the first actively identified with the development of Grand Forks. He was always at the front in efforts for the material good of the city and always retained the warmest interest in its advancement. He has made an annual visit to Grand Forks, almost without exception, since removing to Chicago and retained extensive interests here. He had been for many years a director in and the honored president of the Grafton National bank. The deceased is survived by a widow, Mrs. Ruth L. Fulton, and two sisters. Mrs. R. E. Hyde of Plattsburg, NY, and Mrs. R.M. Carothers of this city. [Bismarck Daily Tribune. (Bismarck, Dakota [N.D.]), 11 May 1910]
Gierke, Victor Albert
Mr. Victor Albert Gierke, 81, died May 27, 1996, at Smith-Barr Nursing Home, Louisiana, MO. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, at Trinity Lutheran Church, where he was a founding member; burial in Riverview Cemetery, both in Louisiana, MO. Memorial contributions may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church, Louisiana, MO, or Missouri Press Foundation, 8th & Locust, Columbia, MO, 65201. Mr. Gierke was born March 18, 1915, in Niagara, ND, the son of Albert Ferdinand and Rose Caroline Rodekohr Gierke. He was an award winning journalist. He married Laura Maxwell of Mexico, MO, September 13, 1941, in Dumont, MN; she survives. Also surviving are his son, Jim Gierke, Louisiana, MO; daughters, Mrs. Jim (Margaret) Crawford, McCall, ID, Mrs. Paul (Carolyn) Neunuebel, Huntsville, TX; sisters, Mrs. Elaine Daugherty, Guilford, CT, Mrs. Robert (Elsie) Kurth, Edina, MN, Mrs. Ed (Ruth) Glick, Salt Lake City, UT, Mrs. Norman (Adela) Erickson, Gresham, OR; five grandsons; one granddaughter;and one great-grandson. He was preceded in death by a brother, Rev. Arnold Gierke; sister, Lois Buenger; and a grandson, Jacob Adam Gierke. (Arrangements: Collier Funeral Service, Inc.) [Kansas City Star (Missouri) - 29 May 1996, Page C4, Sub. by Ida Maack Recu]
Word was received here yesterday that Emil Glans, at one time a member of the Grand Forks police force, had died at Rochester, Minn., Friday morning, after having been in ill health for almost a year. His sisters, Mrs. J. Z. Benson and Mrs. Emma Youngberg of this city, will leave today for Tolna, N.D., where the funeral services will take place Sunday.
Mr. Glans, who was about 57 years old, was born in Sweden and came to this country when he was about 18 years of age: he lived in various parts of the northwest, and during the winter of 1903-04 was a member of the local police force. Later he moved to Tioga, N.D., where he lived for some time, then going to Tolna.
At the latter place he took over a drug store, which he conducted for some years, later renting it and making his home on a farm near Tolna.
Mr. Glans is survived by his wife and four daughters. He had been a frequent visitor to Grand Forks during the years since he made this city his home, and he was here on two occasions during last summer. [Grand Forks Herald (10 Dec. 1921) submitted by FoFG MZ]
Thomas Graham, employed on the steamer Alsip, was drowned between two grain barges unloading; at the Great Northern elevator, Grand Forks. In jumping from one barge to another his foot slipped, throwing him into the water and the swift current sucked him under the barge. [New Ulm Review, (New Ulm, MN) July 6, 1892]
Gravdahl, Donald E.
Funeral Services for Donald "Bud" E. Gravdahl, 90 of Grand Forks, ND formerly of Sisseton, SD will be Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at the Cahill Funeral Home, Sisseton, SD with the Rev. James Wilshusen officiating. Organist will be Mona Greseth. Honorary Pallbearers will be all of Don's Family and Friends. Burial will be in the Sisseton Cemetery, Sisseton, SD. Visitation will be at the Cahill Funeral Chapel on Saturday from 12 - 2:00 P.M. A Memorial Service will be held in Grand Forks, ND at Calvary Lutheran Church on Monday at 1:00 P.M. where Don was a member. Donald 'Bud' Eugene Gravdahl, passed away on Monday, December 1, 2015, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. Donald was born on March 27, 1925, to John and Hilda (Polnau) Gravdahl near Sisseton. He attended grade school in Sisseton Township and graduated from Sisseton High Sch ool. He was in the military from 1946 to 1947 as a US Army Private serving in Japan. On August 13, 1950, Don married Ramona Ellis at Sisseton in the Presbyterian Church. He farmed three miles north of Sisseton until 1962 when they moved to Rapid City, SD, where he did construction work. The family then moved to Grand Forks in 1964 where Don worked construction and later as a letter carrier for 20 years with the United States Post Office at which time he retired. After retirement Don started golfing which he enjoyed and talked about often. Gardening was another pastime of Don's, especially his tomato plants in the back yard. Many years he even started plants from seeds in his basement. Don is survived by his wife, Ramona, of Grand Forks; four sons, Paul (Jeanette) Gravdahl of Sisseton; Vincent (Terri) Gravdahl of Vadnais Heights, MN; Marshall (Becky) Gravdahl of Woodbury, MN; Charles (Mary) Gravdahl of Northwood, ND five grandchildren: Jennifer Gravda hl, Daniel Gravdahl, Peter Gravdahl, Alex Gravdahl, and Pasha Gravdahl; four great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; one sister, Mildred Lauer of Grass Valley, CA. Don was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Charlotte Sandman; one brother Herbert Gravdahl. [Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND) - Thursday, December 3, 2015; Sub. by JD]
Graveel, J. B.
Yesterday evening the remains of the late J. B. Graveel were brought here from Roseau for internment. Mr. Graveel died on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at his home near Roseau, Minn., after an illness of about three weeks, paralysis of the throat being the immediate cause of death.
Mr. Graveel was born in Wisconsin of French parents 43 years ago last March, but resided in Minnesota during the last eight or ten years. Until less than a year ago he lived in Minneapolis, but failing health led to his removal to a claim near Warroad, where he has developed a property of considerable value.
Besides a wife and four children, two boys and two girls, he leaves his mother, Mrs. Mary Graveel of Fessenden, and the following brothers and sisters: Charles and Paul at Grand Rapids, Minn., Eugene at Lakota, N.D., Gus and Lucien at Fessenden, Mrs. L. Prescott at Grand Forks, Mrs. Bessinett at Park River, and Mrs. Gilmore, in Minneapolis. He was a member in good standing of Crystal lodge A.O.U.W. of Minneapolis, and carried $2,000 insurance in that order. The funeral arrangements are not yet completed, but the internment will be in the Grand Forks cemetery on Friday, and services will be held on that day in St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Detailed announcement will be made in the morning. [Grand Forks Herald (30 Oct. 1902) submitted by FoFG MZ]
Greenough, Pearl Winney
Mrs. Pearl Winney Greenough, formerly of Grand Forks, niece of Mrs. C. P. Lord, died yesterday at Walker, Minn. [Evening Times (6 July 1907)]
Devils Lake, N.D., March 10. – William Griffin, a farmer, was caught b y the blizzard while returning home from town and frozen to death. Others are reported missing, and searching parties are out for them. [Omaha World Herald, March 11, 1892 – Transcribed by FOFG]
Grand Forks, Nov. 20 - William Griggs, father of Capt. Griggs, founder of this city, died today, aged eighty-five years. For nearly forty years he has suffered from paralysis. He was the father of sixteen children, nearly all of whom are now living; also has forty-six grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren. [Source: The Saint Paul Globe (St. Paul, MN) Nov. 21, 1893, page 4]
William Hartman, a deck hand employed on the steamer Alsip, fell overboard and was drowned at Grand Forks. He was a stranger here, and nothing is known of his family. [New Ulm Review, (New Ulm, MN) July 6, 1892]
Hatcher, O. M.
Word has been received in Hankinson of the death of O. M. Hatcher, at his home in Grand Forks, ND. Mr. Hatcher resided in Hankinson thirty five years ago being in the employ of J. R. Jones. [Hankinson News, July 10, 1930]
Death of Mr. Holmes: Last evening, Mr. Holmes, father of D. M. Holes died at the residence of his son on 6th street, after a lingering illness extending over a period of about six months. He had not been wholly bed fast until a few days ago, but was frequently obliged to lie down from increasing feebleness, his age being about seventy. He came to Dakota from his former home in Pennsylvania about a year ago. The funeral services were held from his son’s residence at 3 o’clock this afternoon. Two children are his sole survivors. [Grand Forks Herald, December 23, 1884 – Transcribed by FOFG]
Hubbell, Phil P.
Oldest Mason Dead Again.
Winona, Minn., May 30. - Phil P. Hubbell, known as Father Hubbell, died Monday at the advanced age of 94. He was the oldest Mason in the United States, having joined the Painted Post Lodge No. 203 in his 21st year at Painted Post, Steuben County, N. Y., where he was born. [Grand Forks Daily Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Wednesday, May 31, 1893; page 2]
Irwin, Harriet E.
Death of Mrs. George Irwin—Mrs. Harriet E. Irwin, wife of George R. Irwin, died suddenly Sunday evening, September 3, at her home near the Marias River of heart failure. The remains were brought to Chester (Montana) and laid to rest in the new cemetery, Rev. Dr. Holford officiating. The deceased was 60 years of age and was a member of the Presbyterian Church for 30 years. The family moved here from Inkster, North Dakota several months ago. [Chester Signal, 9-14-1911, Sub by Kathie Marynik]
John, Mrs. H.A.
Mrs. H. A. John Is Dead ~ Entire Family Suffering From Influenza and Pneumonia
Mrs. H. A. John, who came here from Spokane, Wash., seven months ago, died of pneumonia last night in a hospital in this city. Her father arrived here today from his home at Benson, Minn., and will make arrangements for the funeral which will be held here. H. A. John, wire chief at the Great Northern telegraph office, who is the husband of the deceased, is in a hospital suffering from pneumonia, and two children are ill of influenza, but are said to be slowly recovering. The residence of the John family is at 1512 University avenue. [Grand Forks Herald. (Grand Forks, N.D.), 28 Nov. 1918]
Kops, Agnes ~ Percival, Blanche ~ Tuttle, Cora
Miss. Agnes Kops, Miss Blanche Percival and Miss. Cora Tuttle, are favored young ladies of Grand Forks social circle who have died of the malady prevalent there. [Bismarck Weekly Tribune. (Bismarck, Dakota [N.D.]), 26 Jan. 1894]
Kortnes, Reinhart P.
Reinhart P. Kortnes, 71, 1317 Eighth ave, S., died Saturday morning at a hospital here. He was admitted Wednesday.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Evanger Lutheran church with Rev. H.A.Lundle officiating.
Burial will be made in the church cemetery. The body will lie in state this evening at the Norman funeral home. Mr. Kortnes was born in Norway, June 18, 1880. He married Bertha Hanson there in 1899 and they came to the United States in 1903. He was first employed as a Great Northern section worker at Objata. He later farmed near Emerado and retired in 1937 to reside in Grand Forks.
His first wife died in 1934. Two years later he married Emma Wageman who survives. While at Grand Forks, he returned to the employ of the Great Northern for six years. Since 1944, he was retired.
Survivers beside his wife,are three sons, Palmer and Robert Kortnes Eau Claire,Wis.; and Arthur Kortnes, Menasha ,Wis.; five daughters, Mrs. Truman Lowry, Colfax ,; Mrs.Borghild Crowson and Mrs. Harvey Ziebell, Eau Claire; Mrs. Chester Austinson, Hoople,ND, and Mrs. Gordon Donnelly, Long Beach,Calif.; a stepson, Albert Wageman, Grand Forks; A stepdaughter, Mrs. Agnes Wonsor, Calif.; a brother in Norway; 20 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was a member of Evanger Luthern church in Brenna township. [Grand Forks, ND - Oct 28, 1951 - Sub by Ralph Richardson]
Kortnes, Mrs. R. P.
Mrs. R.P. Kortnes, 67 years old, resident of the Emerado community since 1905, died Friday in a Grand Forks hospital after a protracted illness, which became critical about a week ago.
Born in Norway, Mrs. Kortnes was married in 1899 and came to the United States six years later. With her husband she settled on a farm south of Ojata.
In addition to her husband she is survived by three sons, Palmer Kortnes of Eau Claire,Wisc., and Robert and Arthur Kortnes who reside on the farm home, and five daughters, Mrs. Henry Hanson, Mrs Truman Lowry. and Mrs. Arthur Crowson of Eau Claire, Wisc., and Clara and Ida Kortnes at home. Funeral services will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in the Norman funeral home, and at 2:30 p.m. in the Brenna Church with Rev. O.T. Ness officiating. Burial will be in the churchyard cemetery. [Grand Forks, ND -- December 8, 1934, Sub by Ralph Richardson]
The East Grand Forks Centenarian Is Dead
Old John LeCroix no longer draws the breath of life. His enfeebled frame is rigid in death. LeCroix was about 104 years of age and a native of Montreal, Quebec. He has been living in the First ward of East Grand Forks about four years and was often seen on this side of the Ruby. No later than yesterday his stooped figure, with pale, ghastly face, was noticed on Third street. He has been supportrf by the county for some time and often sought assistance from residents of this side. He was remarkably active for one his age and thought little of a long tramp at any time. This morning while eating his frugal meal, John LeCroix gasped for breath and in a few moments expired. His present wife is about 80 years of age and is the second one for him. Last summer four generations of the old man gathered about him and were for a time quite attentive to his wants. He will probably be buried tomorrow. [Grant Forks Herald, April 5, 1889 – transcribed by AFOFG]
The body of Iver Lier, who died in a local hospital Friday night, was shipped yesterday to Mapes, N. D., where it will be buried. Deceased was a patient in the local hospital for some time and during the past week bled profusely, which hastened his death. For many years he suffered from hemophilia. Deceased resided with his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. A. Lier, on their farm near Lakota. , [Grand Forks Herald - 12 December 1915 - Sub by James D. VanDerMark]
Logan, John W.
John W. Logan, a well known citizen of East Grand Forks, died July 13th. [Warren Sheaf. (Warren, Marshall County, Minn.), 23 July 1919]
Marynik, Julian David
Julian Marynik Rites Saturday
The funeral for Julian Marynik, 54, 914 S. 11th Street, who died Wednesday at a local hospital, will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Rev. David Schmit officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday afternoon and evening at Grand Forks Norman Funeral Home. A prayer service will be at 7:30 PM with a rosary service following by the Knight of Columbus.
Mr. Marynik was born February 13, 1921, at Drayton, ND. He attended schools there and served with the Navy during World War II. He was married to Helen Cisinski, June 29, 1948, at Berlin, ND. He was a lineman for Northern States Power Co.
Survivors include his wife; one son, James, Grand Forks; a daughter, Julie, Bismarck; one brother, Walter, Arvada, CO; five sisters, Mrs. Walter (Christine) Misialek, Minto, ND, Mrs. Henry (Pearl) Glenn, Drayton, ND, Mrs. Pauline Younes, Sacramento, CA, Mrs. Frances (Barbara) McCann, Langdon, ND, and Mrs. Jim (Sophie) Kerian, Sacramento, CA.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Holy Name Society, the Disabled American Veterans, the Eagles Lodge, the Knights of Columbus, and American Legion Post No. 2. Graveside military honors will be accorded by the Disabled American Veterans. [Unknown paper - July 1975, Kathie Marynik]
Grand Forks: Louis Matejeck, a Bohemian farmer, while intoxicated, was run over and killed at Grand Forks by a Great Northern freight train, his body was frightfully mangled. Deceased was twenty-three years of age. [New Ulm Review, (New Ulm, MN) Oct. 5, 1892, page 2]
Summer Visitor Dies
William McConnell of Grand Forks died Wednesday morning at his home in that city. Mr. McConnell had made his home at Grand Forks Bay on the shores of Lake Bemidji for the past seven summers and was well known in this city. [The Bemidji Daily Pioneer. (Bemidji, Minn.), 02 Nov. 1917]
Millon, Vida Bell
Miss Vida Bell Millon of Grand Forks, died of tuberculosis at 11 o'clock Sunday morning, at the cottage which she was occupying, on Beltrami avenue. The body was taken in charge by E.L. Naylor and shipped to Grand Forks. Miss Millon was born in Ontario, Can., on April 23, 1876. [The Daily Pioneer. (Bemidji, Beltrami Co., Minn.), 03 Aug. 1903]
WOMAN FOUND DEAD.
Miss Nielsen, an Unknown Woman, Found Dead at Grand Forks.
Grand Forks, N. D., April 23.- A Miss Nielson, who registered at the Hotel Prescott in this city Friday last, was found dead in her bed Sunday night. Nothing is known of her. She had been drinking, and it is thought that she had put some dope in her liquor or that some one else did. She is thirty years old and had two pawn tickets and a little change in her purse. [Source: The Daily Pioneer, April 23, 1903. Transcribed by the Alberti's]
Stanley Novak Died Of Influenza At Camp Custer
Word was received last night by Mr. and Stanley Novak, of the death of their son Private Stanley Novak, Jr., who died Thursday, at Camp Custer from pneumonia, which de-veloped from influenza. The young man left here in July for Camp Custer. He had been employed with the Great Northern railroad company before he left for camp. He is survived by his parents and a brother and sister. Funeral arrangements are underway awaiting the arrival of the body. [Grand Forks Herald. (Grand Forks, N.D.), 12 Oct. 1918]
Frozen To Death -- Caught In The Blizzard They Perish From Cold
Grand Forks, N. D., March 10. – A man named Nugent was frozen to death b y the blizzard. [Omaha World Herald, March 11, 1892 – Transcribed by FOFG]
Oftedal, Rev. Gustav
Well Known Pastor Dies
Reverand Gustav Oftedal, formerly pastor of congregations at Dwight and Buxton, N.D., died in Minneapolis yesterday. Rev. Oftedal is well known in Grand Forks, having conducted a series of revival meetings at the Bethel church on Belmont avenue about two years ago. He was a native of Norway and had been minister in the Norwegian Free church ever since his graduation forty-one years ago. For twelve years he conducted a church at Buxton, N.D. [Grand Forks Herald, August 19, 1889 – Transcribed by AFOFG]
Prindle, Hattie W.
Death -- Miss Hattie W. Prindle, a niece of N. F. Webb, of this city, died Friday morning. She was on her claim, near Michigan City, Dakota. [Grand Forks Herald, April 21, 1883 – Transcribed by FOFG]
Chas. Rafter Dead -- A Michigan City Gentleman Dies From an Operation
Michigan City, N.D., Aug. 17 – Chas. Rafter died here this afternoon from the effects of a surgical operation. Mr. Rafter was a brother of Madame Stanislaus of the Grand Forks convent, and was a highly esteemed citizen. He has been sick for sometime and was not expected to recover. Dr. Duggan, of Grand Forks, has been called here several times in consultation. Yesterday he came and found Mr. Rafters in a dying condition. It was found that an abcess formed in his abdomen. There was only one chance to save the man’s life. An operation was granted and the knife inserted into the absce ss. A large amount of matter was drawn off. The patient rallied and grew rapidly better until about 4 o’clock this afternoon when he commenced to grow suddenly weaker and soon after expired. [Grand Forks Herald, August 19, 1889 – Transcribed by FOFG]
Albert Ryan, a young man employed on the farm of John Love, three miles east of Grand Forks, was instantly killed by lightning during the recent storm. Many other narrow escapes are reported and several persons injured, but none seriously. Some hail fell, but no damage has been reported. The storm was the severest of the season, and a large amount of water fell all through this section. [Source: New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN) July 20, 1892]
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Sanders, Lakeville township, near Mekinock, have been officially notified by the war department at Washington that their son, Martin, has died in action in France, July 6. The report of the death of the young man was carried in the Associated Press dispatches of last night. Martin Sanders who was about 24 years old, had been living at the farm of his parents up to the time when he entrained for Camp Dodge. This was on March 30, this year, when he went away with 89 other men from Grand Forks county. The report of Martin Sanders' death is the first that has come from the March 30 contingent at this time, and it indicates that at least some of the men who left a little more than three months ago, had had the opportunity to face the enemy in actual fighting. Martin Sanders is survived by his parents, three brothers and three sisters. The family is well known throughout the county as well as in the city, and the young soldier was popular in the neighborhood. [Grand Forks Herald. (Grand Forks, N.D.), 22 July 1918]
STUDENT IS KILLED IN FOOTBALL GAME
Grand Forks, Oct. 9 - Louis Schwam, 24, University student was killed Sunday night in a football game between the Grand Forks Legion and Crookston Independents. Schwam is the son of George Schwam, A Grand Forks clothier, and a prominent athlete. He was hurt in the third quarter of the game and died immediately after from a ruptured blood vessel. The Grand Forks Legionaries won the game by a score of 24 to 0. Cony, Jake Coby, and Kinner were the stars for the Grand Forks Legion. Mutt and Grunvold were the stars for the Crookston delegation. [The Weekly Times-Record, Oct. 12, 1922, page 2]
Scott, Alpha Dezotell
Alpha Dezotell Scott, 95, Grand Forks, ND died Friday, September 24, 2010 in Valley Memorial Home Eldercare of Grand Forks, with family by her side.
Alpha Margaret Tangen was born September 19, 1915 near Pekin, ND, the daughter of Andrew and Sina (Engebretson) Tangen. She was raised and educated at Pekin until the family moved to McVille, ND in 1931. Alpha attended and graduated from McVille High School in 1933. Soon after she moved to Grand Forks, ND, where she met and married Fred Dezotell in 1937. They shared 26 years of love and marriage, living in California for a short time and the rest of their years together in Grand Forks. Fred died, Christmas Eve, 1963. Alpha attended Aaker's Business College then worked at the University of North Dakota in the Registrar’s Office until retiring in 1980. Alpha married Archie Scott in 1979. They lived in Grand Forks and spent winter months in Ocala, FL. Archie died in 1984.Alpha was a long time member of United Lutheran Church, The United Lutheran Church Women, The American Legion Auxiliary, Past PTO President, and remembered by many as a wonderful Cub Scout Leader. She was awarded the Cornerstone Award by Valley Memorial Foundations for her generosity to the organization. She was proud to wear clothing supporting UND and the Fighting Sioux.
Alpha will be missed terribly by family and friends – her kindness, generosity, positive attitude and love of life was an inspiration to all that knew her. Survivors include her children, Paul (Danette Monson), Sioux Falls, SD, Cindi (Dwight) Kouba, Grand Forks, ND and Doug (Lynn) Dezotell, Shelbyville, TN; 12 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren and one soon to be great great grandchild; son-in-law, Paul Brewer and daughter-in-law, Eileen Dezotell. Alpha was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Rita Brewer; son, Robert "Bob" Dezotell and her siblings, Peder Tang en, Einar Tangen, Minnie Polis, Ella Loe, Arnot Tangen and Crystal Enstad.
Memorial Services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, September 29, 2010 in United Lutheran Church of Grand Forks, ND.
Visitation will be one hour before the service in the church. Arrangements are with Amundson Funeral Home of Grand Forks, ND. [Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND) - September 26 2010; JD, Sub by FoFG]
Last evening shortly after 7 o'clock Miss Minnie Secord died at the residence of her father H. M. Secord, on the east side. The young lady was 18 years of age last August. She was very popular among her young friends and acquaintances and her early demise is greatly regretted. Always a jovial and kindly disposition she was one of the most friendly young ladies of the city. She was spending the holidays with friends in Minneapolis when she fell while skating and sustained an internal injury that brought on death. She came home on the 8th inst. and was indisposed at the time. Gradually she grew worse until gave up all hope of her recovery. About a week ago her bright nature seemed to grow clouded and she expressed the thought that she would never recover, saying that the world had grown so wicked that she did not care to live. Her death came easy and peacefully she sleeps the sleep that knoweth no awakening. To thus be stricken down while in the full bloom of youth is indeed sad. What adds to the sadness is the fact that her father was away from her side at the time of her death. Monday he received a dispatch telling of the death of his brother in Michigan. He immediately started to attend the funeral, never dreaming that his daughter was in danger of death. When he reached Michigan he found a telegram calling him home at once and he is expected tomorrow. The funeral of Miss Minnie will not be arranged until his arrival. [Grand Forks Herald - 18 January 1889, James D. VanDerMark]
On Saturday, Jan. 28th, at the residence of his son-in-law, David brown, seven miles north of Grand Forks, Edward Shepperd of typhoid fever, aged 78 years. The deceased was born in Ireland. He emigrated to Canada when about 21 years of age, remaining there until about four years ago, when with his sons he came to Dakota. He died respected by all who knew him. [Grand Forks Herald, January 31, 1882 – Transcribed by FOFG]
The body of Peter Swanson, a native of Sweden, was found in Red Lake river at Grand Forks. It had evidently been in the water some days and was partially decomposed. A letter was found in the dead man's pocket addressed to a brother in the old county, saying that he intended to drown himself. It was doubtless a case of suicide. Deceased was about 30 years of age. [New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN) September 7, 1892, page 8]
Lockjaw Ends Life of Laundry Girl
Fargo, N.D., March 25 – After having her scalp torn from her head, whe n her hair caught in a mangle in a laundry in this city, Bessie Thorud, whose home is near Kathryn, N.D. died at a local hospital today. Death came as a result of lockjaw. [Duluth News-Tribune, March 25, 1911 – Transcribed by FOFG]
Wilson, William C.
Wm. Wilson Died this Morning
Former Grand Forks and Ardoch Man Passes Away at Caldwell, Idaho
William C. Wilson, father of Dr. W. C. Wilson of Grand Forks, died this morning at Caldwell, Idaho, Bright's disease causing his demise. Dr. Wilson had been summoned to Caldwell several days ago, and a message received from him today told of his parent's death. Plans for the funeral are not definitely arranged, but the remains will be brought to Grand Forks, the funeral party leaving Caldwell Monday. The service will take place in Grand Forks, and burial will take place at Memorial Park, where his first wife was buried only a few years ago. The surviving widow, formerly Mrs. Mary Robbins of Grand Forks, to whom he was wed only a few months ago, is expected to come to Grand Forks with the body of her husband, but nothing definite is known as yet. Mr. Wilson was a resident of Ardoch, Walsh county, for twenty-five years, living on his farm two miles north of that place. He was born in Ontario and left that province to come to North Dakota. Six years ago he removed to Grand Forks, his wife dying shortly afterwards. Since then, and up to last fall, the elder Wilson made his home with Dr. and Mrs. Wilson. His marriage to Mrs. Robbins and removal to Caldwell took place then. Mr. Wilson was 60 years of age, and leaves, besides Dr. Wilson, a daughter, Mrs. Merrom Nettune, a brother, John Wilson, and a sister, Mrs. Annie Burris of Ardoch. [Grand Forks Daily Herald. (Grand Forks, N.D.), 10 April 1915]
Wirth, James M.
Grand Forks, N.D. -- Funeral services are pending for James Mark Wirth, infant son of Airman Second Class and Mrs. James Wilford Wirth, SAC Base, Grand Forks, N.D. The baby, who died Thursday, was born Sept. 13, 1962. Surviving the infant besides his parents are grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Burnside, Coos Bay, and Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Thrush, North Bend. [The World, Friday, Nov. 16, 1962, pg. 2, Sub by Robyn Greenlund]
Mrs. H. L. Wood is Dead, Following Illness of Many Months.
Mrs. H. L. Wood for the last ten years a resident of Grand Forks, died at 8 o'clock Sunday evening, at her home, 503 Chestnut street. Funeral arrangements had not been completed this afternoon, but it is probable that services will be held on Wednesday afternoon from the First Methodist church. Mrs. Wood had been in ill health for some time. She underwent an operation in July, 1919, in the hopes of benefiting her condition, and since that time she had been in Chicago, and other points, seeking expert medical attention. Recently her condition had become very serious, and members of her family were called here to be with her. The deceased whose maiden name was Mabel Hill, was born in Illinois, September 21, 1885. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Hill, both of whom survive, moved to Streator, Ill., while she was still a small child, and it was there that she attended school. After her graduation from the Streator high school, she entered the Proctor hos-pital of Peoria, graduating from there in April, 1905. Her marriage to Mr. Wood took place in December, 1905. Mrs. Wood was a member of the Methodist church, and during her residence here has been one of the most active members of the local Methodist congregation. She did much substantial work for the Red Cross, conducting several of the home nursing and hygiene courses which were given here by that organization. During the influenza epidemic of two years ago, Mrs. Wood volunteered as a city health nurse, and for several weeks, devoted her time and energy toward helping to relieve the serious health situation which esixted. She had for some years been a member of the Eastern Star order, being affiliated with Acacia chapter of this city. Surviving Mrs. Wood are her husband, and two sons, Clyde, aged 12, and Paul, aged 9, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Hill of Streator, a sister, Mrs. F.E. Rowe and a grandmother, Mrs. Jane Stringer, also of Streator. Mrs. Hill came here a week ago to be with her daughter. [Grand Forks Herald. (Grand Forks, N.D.), 15 Nov. 1920]
Woodworth, Horace B.
Class of 1854 - HORACE BLISS WOODWORTH. Hartford Theol. Sem., 1861. B. 1 Mar., 1830, Chelsea, Vt. Pastor and Teacher. Prof. Math. and Physics, Univ. of N.D., 1884-88; also Prof. Ment. and Mor. Phil., 1888-1906. D. 21 Dec., 1906, Grand Forks, N.D. [Source is: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1906-1907, Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.]
Grafton, N.D., March 10. – A man and team were frozen to death here during the blizzard. Others came near suffering the same fate. The storm did great damage here. [Omaha World Herald, March 11, 1892 – Transcribed by FOFG]
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