Commissioner Passed Away
W.N. Bickley of McClusky died at His Home in That Place on Tuesday
McClusky, N. D., June 24 - County Commissioner W. N. Bickley, one of our most prominent and highly respected citizens, passed away suddenly Tuesday morning, at his home, 1 1-2 mile west of this city. Mr. Bickley had been in ill-health for a couple of weeks, but was gaining and only yesterday made a trip to town, feeling quite well. He arose Tuesday morning, ate a hearty breakfast and, with his son, was planning the work for the day, when he was attacked with a coughing spell, during which a blood vessel was ruptured and he expired in his wife's arms, within a few moments. His death is a distinct loss to the community and the suddenness of his demise was a shock to all. He was a pioneer in this county, and had been county commissioner ever since the formation of Sheridan county, when he was appointed by then Governor Burke. He owned several sections of land tributary to McClusky and resided on and operated his own farm, west of the city. He leaves a wife and several children. No arrangements have been made for the funeral at this writing.
Vacancy to Be Filled.
The death of Commissioner Bickley will necessitate the appointment, by the remainder of the county board, together with the county auditor and County Judge, of a successor to all the vacancy. There will no doubt be several candidates willing to sacrifice themselves, but as the appointment would hold only until after the general election, it is thought the fight for the place will be made in earnest at the election in November. F. F. Heitzmann of Lamont township is the most likely appointee. [Bismarck Daily Tribune. (Bismarck, Dakota [N.D.]), 25 June 1914]
Shot and Instantly Killed by Brother
McClusky, ND, June 24 - Howard Diggins, 6 years old, was shot and instantly killed by his small brother, Raymond. They were sons of Mr. and Mrs. E.R. Diggins, four miles from here. While playing in an upstairs room alone they found a revolver. Not knowing it was loaded Raymond pointed it at his brother and pulled the trigger. The little boy fell dead with a bullet hole in the center of his forehead. [Bismarck Daily Tribune. (Bismarck, Dakota [N.D.]), 25 June 1913]
M'Clusky Man Killed On Minneapolis Bldg.
McClusky, No. 30 - Frank Effertz, well known in this vicinity, was killed in Minneapolis on Monday of this week, by falling off a building under construction, upon which he was working as a carpenter. The local lodge of Odd Fellows, of which he was a member, have taken the matter up with the view of having the body properly prepared for burial, and are in communication with the relatives of Mr. Effertz at Belle Plaine, Minnesota, his former home. Mr. Effertz and his brother Fred have homesteads southwest of McClusky, about ten miles. [Bismarck Daily Tribune. (Bismarck, Dakota [N.D.]), 01 Dec. 1910]
Two children in the Haas family near McClusky were reported to have died of diphtheria. [The Pioneer Express. (Pembina, Dakota [N.D.]), 25 Dec. 1908]
Roy Rust, of McClusky, died on Friday morning from the effects of a dose of carbolic acid and the independent opines that it was a case of "premeditiated suicide." [Grand Forks Herald (26 Jan. 1910) submitted by FoFG MZ]
Peter Schrader died of convulsions at McClusky. He was called at four o'clock that morning to go chicken hunting and was found ill. [The Ward County Independent. (Minot, Ward County, N.D.), 24 Sept. 1914]
J. P. Schroeder
McCLUSKY MAN DIES. Heart Failure Caused Death of J. P. Schroeder.
McClusky, N.D., Sept. 25. - Hon. J. P. Schroeder of McClusky died of heart failure. He went to bed apparently in the best of health, but during the night his wife was awakened by hearing him gasp for breath and after being unsuccessful in attempting to arouse him she called a doctor. When the doctor arrived he pronounced life extinct. Mr. Schroeder was a prominent business man of McClusky and was a member of the state legislature as representative from Sheridan county at the last session and had received the nomination for another term at the June primaries. The remains were taken to Alton, Iowa, for burial. [Bismarck Daily Tribune. (Bismarck, Dakota [N.D.]), 26 Sept. 1914]
Mrs. Vrendenberg - Court Case after her death
Harry Whittaker of Denhoff died of a throat affection caused by inhaling smoke while fighting a prairie fire. [Jamestown Weekly Alert. (Jamestown, Stutsman County, D.T. [N.D.]), 23 Oct. 1902]
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