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Bon Homme County, South Dakota

Obituaries & Death Notices


Auch, Jeanette Lillian Palmer

Auch, Kathryn Buechler

Campbell, Gen. C. T.

Gardner, Julia Young

Gardner, Thomas Eden

Giedd, Simon

Halckey, Joseph

Hill, Charles W.

Hill, Mary Webster

Jesser, John

Kowalski, Neva

Miller, Clara

Murner, Gideon M.

Rosenau, Katherina Mueller Ulmer

Schelske, Donald Arlo

Seccombe, Charles

Shearer, John

Zilverberg, Lutske Wiersma



Charles W. Hill

Newspaper: The Springfield ..... [torn] June, 1920

Contributed by Nancy VanGulick


A very large concourse of people gathered at the home of the late Charles W. Hill and also at the cemetery to do honor to the memory of one of the oldest settlers in this part of the country.  Major Hill was well known throughout the state and numbered among his friends men in all walks of life.  The courtesy title of Major was conferred upon him when after about ten years of service in the government agency at Santee, Nebr., he was made the agent of the Santee reservation, a position which he held until entering upon the banking business, which brought him to Springfield, about thirty years ago.  The Indians still retain kindly memories of Major Hill's administration and a number of the Indian people from Santee and the district were present at the funeral to pay their respects to his memory.

Major Hill was born in Ontario, Canada, Sept. 12, 1849.  In 1872 he came to Santee, Nebr., being employed for a number of years as carpenter and at other positions in the Indian service.  By close diligence and hard work he was appointed to the position of agent of the Santee reservation, which position he held until 1890 when he became interested in the banking business with Geo. W. Snow and R. Groot.  After a number of years, first Mr. Snow and then Mr. Groot retired from the bank and Mr. Hill, with Mr. Webster, controlled the banking business.  During his residence in Springfield he held various offices in the city, from Mayor to clerk, and was one of the big boosters for Springfield.  He was one of the oldest Masons in this part of the country and held the distinction of being a Past Grand Master, A. F. & A. M., for South Dakota.  Both Major and Mrs. Hill were members of the Society of Friends (Quakers) but there being no meeting in Springfield they identified their spiritual interests largely with the Episcopal church when they attended frequently and of which some of the members of the family are communicants.

At the request of the family the local Lodge of Free Masons of which the Major was a Past Master, took charge of the funeral services, both at the house and at the grave.  Dr. C. E. Coles was the Acting Master and delivered the address at the home and read the service at the grave.  A large number of the brethren assembled clothed in aprons and with the emblems of mortality upon their arms.  The Masonic quartet rendered two special musical pieces at the home and all the brethren sang the funeral dirge at the grave.  The services were deeply impressive and the large citizen attendance evidenced the interest with which old friends and new sought to do honor to his memory.

One of the saddest things about the death of Major Hill is the fact that he died away from home.  Together with his youngest son and some old friends he had been drilling for oil in Wyoming, when he fell sick.  It was necessary to operate upon him and the operation was entirely successful and he resumed his work.  But he was suddenly stricken with paralysis and with a second stroke from which he did not recover.  Mrs. Hill and Miss Hill were called to his bedside but ere they could reach him he had passed away.  They brought him home.

In 1877 Charles W. Hill was united in marriage to Mary W. Webster of Columbus, Nebr., to which union five children were born: Emma W. Hill, who is making her home with her mother in Springfield; Howard J. Hill of Detroit, Mich.; C. Lawrence Hill of Kansas City; Helen H. Chladek of Tyndall, and William W. Hill, of Springfield.  These, together with the widow, mourn the death of a loving father and husband and to them goes out the sympathy of the entire community.


We wish to express our sincere thanks for the many acts of kindness and the great attention and sympathy shown us in our bereavement by the loss of our husband and father.

Mrs. Mary W. Hill

Emma W. Hill

Howard J. Hill

Lawrence C. Hill

Helen H. Chladek

William Hill


Contributed by Nancy VanGulick

The funeral of Mary Webster Hill, which was held at the family residence on Thursday of last week, marks the end of another life of those who have for more than fifty years have been assosicated with the life and the best interests of Springfield and its vicinity.

Mary Webster was born in Pennsylvania, near the cit of Philadelphia, on the 27th day of May, 1855. She came from a family of Quakers, and continued in that faith to the end of her life. On her mother's side her ancestors were English, having come to this country in the Mayflower. On her father's side she was a direct descedent of William Penn. So her extraction was pioneer.

When she was about sixteen years of age she accompanied her parents to Santee, Nebr., where her father had been appointed Indian Agent. Later she went with her parents to reside in Platte County, Nebraska, where she lived until her marriage which took place to Charles Hill at Columbus, Nebr., in 1877. Directly after this she came again to Santee, where Mr. Hill was engaged in work among the Indians. Later he was made Indian Agent and held this responsible position until 1891, when they moved to Springfield, where Maj. Hill engaged in the banking business.

When Maj. Hill died in 1920, Mrs. Hill continued to reside in the family home in Springfield. Her daughter Emma and her son William made their home with her. Mrs. Lewis F. Chladek, of Tyndall, another daughter, has also lived near her mother since her marriage. The oldest son of the family, Howard, resides in Detroit; and another son, Lawrence, lives in Kansas City.

Ever since coming to Springfield Mrs. Hill has been an active worker in the Guild of the Episcopal church. She was one of the charter members of the Monday Club of Springfield, and her loyalty and devotion to the Eastern Star and the Rebeccas will long be a cherished memory with the......

For about a year Mrs. Hill has been suffering from recurrent attacks of pneumonia. But she had so regularly rallied from these that no great apprehension was felt by the family when her old trouble recurred, about ten days before her death. In fact she did seem to rally, as before, but a sudden sinking took place on the morning of Tuesday, the 7th, and almost before those about realized it, the end had come.

Mrs. Hill was a woman of unusually sweet and gentle nature. The influence of her sterling character and high ideals will be greatly missed in this community in which she has moved with such quiet grace for so many years.


To those who have been with us in our bereavment [sic] and by kind words and kindly acts have tried to lessen our sorrow, we extend our sincere thanks.

Emma Hill

Lawrence Hill

William Hill

Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Chladek


"It singeth low in every heart,

We hear it each and all,

A song of those who answer not,
However we may call".

Again death has entered our chap... and we shall see in our midst no [more?] the form of our loved sister and charter member, Mary E. Hill.

Serene in spirit, beautiful in all the full service of her life in the home and community, she has lived in our midst all these years, exemplifying in her the fairest ideals of our order, and making fragrant with gentleness and peace all the way of her feet.

Beit then resolved, That we, the members of Rachel Chapter No. 11, O.E.S., do hereby express to her our sympathy with them in their poignant sorrow, and our own sense of deep loss in the passing from our sight of one of fair and exemplary in our sisterhood. Her memory will continue precious in our midst.

" 'Tis good to think of them,

When we are trouble sore;

Thanks be to God that such have been

Though they are here no more."

By order of the Chapter, September 14, 1926.

Leah Isaacs

Caroline Bixby

A. C. Warner, Committee

Thomas Eden Gardner

from a newspaper in Wolsey, South Dakota, March 1, 1945

Contributed by Nancy VanGulick

Funeral services were held at the Bonilla Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Feb. 17th, at two o'clock for Thomas Eden Gardner, 88 years, 1 month, and 29 days of age. He passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 14th at 3:30 P.M., in a convalescent home in Huron. Mr. Gardner leaves a total of 52 descendants, the last descendant having the name of Gardner.

Thomas Eden Gardner was born in Columbus, Wis., on Dec. 16, 1856, of English parentage and moved to Albert Lee [sic], Minn., when three years of age. At the age of seven his father enlisted in the 16th Wisconsin regiment, passing away in a hospital at Corinth, Miss., after taking part in the Civil War battles of Pittsburg Landing and Shiloh in Tennessee.

Before coming to South Dakota, Mr. Gardner broke up farms for Minnesota and Iowa pioneers with oxen. Coming to South Dakota in 1879 on the first work train arriving in Mitchell, he located a claim 4 1/2 miles north of Avon. The nearest trading post was at Yankton, 60 miles away. He experienced the severe winter of 1880 and '81 as a batchelor.

On July 3, 1881, he was united in marriage to Miss Julia Young at Springfield, Dakota Territory. To this union five children were born: Mrs. Florence James [of] Bonilla, S.D.; Mrs. Jessie Hill of Kansas City, Mo.; Mrs. Mary Echelberger, Springfield, S.D. One son and one daughter passed away in infancy.

Mr. Gardner experienced the blizzard of 1888 arriving home from a neighbors' with his family only a few minutes before the storm struck. On returning from the barn, he passed the house and it was only by calling many times was he able to find his way to the house.

Mr. Gardner carried mail in 1893 for several years between Avon and Tripp driving a team of horses.

He had spent all his life in Dakota since 1879. Only a few winters since 1915 after leaving his place in Charles Mix County were spent in Kansas City, Mo.

After selling his farm in Bon Homme County, he bought one near Dante, moving from there to Bonilla, S.Dak.

Rev. Wolfe of Huron had charge of the funeral service. Beth Schamp, Darlene Christenson and Geraldine McKichan sang, accompanied by Miss Laverne Tollefson.

Pallbearers were: Delbert and Irving Miller, Harvie Williams, Floyd Peterson, Wilford Hamilton and Raymond Atkinson. Interment was made in Bonilla Cemetery.

Those from out of town attending the Gardner funeral were his two daughters: Mrs. Jessie Hill of Kansas City, Mrs. Mary Echelberger of Springfield, S. Dak., grandson, Wayne Echelberger, wife and children of Cresbard, S. Dak.; Mr. and Mrs. Art Fillback of Faulkton; Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Young of Huron.

Julia Young Gardner
submitted by Nancy VanGulick

Julia Octavia Young was born at Glenville, Freeborn County, Minnesota, June 6, 1862. With her parents, two brothers and two sisters, she moved to Springfield, South Dakota, by covered wagon and arrived here on July 17, 1873. Two brothers and a sister and their families had settled here the year before.
On July 3, 1881, she married Thomas E Gardner. They made their home on a farm north of Avon, S.D. To this union were born: a son, who died in infancy; and three daughters, who are now Mrs. F. W. James, Bonilla, S.D.; Mrs. C. L. Hill Kansas City, Mo.; and Mrs. Mary Echelberger, Gary, S.D. In 1894 she again made her home in Springfield until four years ago, when she moved to Bonilla. At the time of her death she was a member of the Ascension Episcopal Church, Springfield.
Mrs. Gardner entered the hospital at Huron on November 7, and passed away Wednesday, Nov. 22 at the age of 88 years, five months and 16 days.
Those surviving are her three daughters, one sister, Mrs. Almira Poole, Miami, Fla., nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church at Bonilla, on November 25, at 2:00 o'clock. Rev. John Catalina, the pastor of the church had charge of the services.
Out-of-town relatives and friends who attended the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Tudor Jones and Mr. and Mrs. E. Anderson, St. Lawrence, S.D.; Dr. and Mrs. M. E. Cogs... and Mrs. Jas. Hagen and .... Anderson, Wolsey, S.D.; ... Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Eche... Bridgewater, S.D.; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Hill, Redfield, S.D.; Mrs. Anna Sessions, Pierre; Mrs. Ray Maxwell, Tulare, S.D.; and Mrs. Wm. Schneider, a niece, Tyndall, S.D.
The grandchildren attending: Mr. and Mrs. Halley James and family, Cottonwood; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Echelberger and family, Pierre; Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Echelberger, Springfield; and Miss Leta M. James, Marion, Indiana.
Grandchildren not attending are: Mrs. G. V. R. Smith, Richland, Wash., Mr. Roscoe Echelberger, Ordnance, Wash.; and Mrs. Layton Hill, Kansas City, Mo.
Among the mourners were Mr. F. W. James and Mr. C. L. Hill, sons-in-law.


We are sincerely grateful to friends for the letters and cards of cheer and sympathy sent to us during the recent illness and death of our dear mother.

Florence James
Jessie G. Hill
Mary Echelberger

CHARLES SECCOMBE. Born, June 10, 1817, Salem, Mass. Son of Thomas and Polly (James) Seccombe. Graduated Union Theological Seminary, 1850. Pastor, St. Anthony's Falls, Minn., 1850-66; business, Northfield, Minn., 1866-67; pastor, Zumbrota, Minn., 1867-68; teacher, Northfield, Minn., 1868-70; pastor, Francestown, N.H., 1871-73; Strahmburg, Neb., 1873-81; Springfield, S.D., 1881-98.

Source is: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1899-1900, Hanover, N.H., Dartmouth Press, 1899. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

Aberdeen Daily News (16 Apr. 1895) transcribed by FoFG MZ

YANKTON, S.D., April 16. General C. T. Campbell, one of the pioneers of this state, died at Scotland, S.D. He was a veteran of two wars and was colonel of the Fifty-seventh Pennsylvania regiment in the civil war.

Aberdeen American (25 May 1911) transcribed by FoFG MZ

John Jesser, aged 19, died at 10 o'clock Tuesday night in the Samaritan hospital, following an operation for appendicitis.

The body was prepared for burial by Undertaker Huebl and shipped yesterday morning to Tyndall for burial.

Aberdeen Daily News (31 Oct. 1917) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Tabor, Oct. 31. - John Shearer, one of the oldest residents of Bonhomme county, is dead at the age of 82. He came from Germany in 1853, into eastern Iowa. In 1866 he homesteaded on the James river near Yankton, and three years later he moved to Bonhomme where he had resided ever since. His wife died thirty-two years ago. He is survived by seven children and thirty-three grandchildren. The burial was in the Bonhomme cemetery. The Tyndall Masonic lodge having charge of the internment.

Aberdeen American (5 Sept. 1913) transcribed by FoFG MZ

CANTON - Gideon M. Murner died at his home in Canton August 26 after an illness of nearly two years. Mr. Murner was called the father of Hutchinson county, where he was sheriff, register of deeds, besides holding many other positions of trust. He setteled at Scotland, S.D., in 1886.

Aberdeen American (28 May 1914) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Joseph Halckey, a prominent farmer of Tabor, died suddenly while being rushed to the office of a local physician.

Memorial Leaflet
Burial at Highmore City Cemetery, Highmore, SD
Contributed by Jacque McDonnell
Transcribed by Pamela J. Hamilton


DOB: Jan. 28, 1888, Leeuwarden, Friesland, Netherlands

Parents: Johannas & Janneke (Keiser) Wiersma

DOD: Oct. 26, 1986, Hand County Memorial Hospital, Miller, SD.  Age 97 yrs 8 mos 28 ds

Spouse: Jake Zilverberg, m. Nov. 28, 1910, Tyndall, SD.  Preceded her in death (1973).   5 children.

Residences: Tyndall, Tripp, Wessington Springs, Hyde co. in 1928.  Moved to Highmore in 1945 after retiring.

Unknown Newspaper, undated
SSDI: b. 23 Apr 1903, d. Dec 1981
Last Residence: Highmore, Hyde co., SD
Contributed by Jacque McDonnell
Transcribed by Pamela J. Hamilton


Location of funeral: Our Savior Lutheran Church, Pastor Youngquist

Died: "Saturday", Huron Nursing Home, Huron, SD

Age: 78 years, 7 mos, 26 days

Burial: Highmore City Cemetery

DOB: April 23, 1903 (Martin co., MN)

Parents: Ray & Mary Spain Palmer

Education: Southern Normal School, Springfield

Occupation: teacher, rural schools, Scotland, SD 5 years before marriage.  Taught again in Hyde county rural schools from 1943-1967, then substitute teaching.

Spouse: Emil Auch (Mar. 8, 1927 at Yankton).  Preceded her in death.  2 children.  Celebrated 50th anniversary March 1977.

Residences: Lesterville, then to Harold (spring 1928), to a farm in Hyde county in 1932, Highmore in 1978.

Unknown Newspaper

Katherina Mueller Ulmer Rosenau

08 Aug 1883 - 19 Feb 1941
Submitted by Karen Seeman (relative)

Funeral services were held in Ree Heights Sunday for Mrs. Chris Rosenau who died last Wednesday. The services were conducted by the Reverend M.L. Bomhoff in the Congregational Church.

Burial was made in the Ree Heights cemetery.

Pallbearers included Gottlieb Pietz, Emil Reiman, Fred Fechner, Jacob Bertsch, Roger Paine and Gottlieb Roesler. In charge of flowers were Laura Roesler, Lillian Pietz, Margaret Renner, Helen Hadeler, Elizabeth Rath and Margery Burge.

Katherine Mueller was born on August 8, 1883, at Neudorf, South Russia. She was the daughter of John and Magdalene Mueller. She was baptized in early infancy. At the age of 6, she came with her parents to the United States where they made their home at Menno. On June 6, 1901, at Scotland, she was united in matrimony to Christian Ulmer. To this union were born 10 children of which nine survive. One, Albert, died in early infancy. Surviving are Anettie Bown of Gettysburg, Julius Ulmer, of Ree Heights, Emilia Walton of Dallas, Oregon, Ida Caldwell of Sioux Falls, Olinda Pierce of Onida, Ulda Roloff of Menno, Herman Ulmer of Randall, Washington, Herbert Ulmer of St. Peter, Minnesota, and Leon Ulmer at home.

Her husband preceded her in death November 13, 1921 at Kasper. She was again united in marriage on Sept. 27, 1924, to Christian Rosenau at Menno. They have made their home in this vicinity ever since. This union was blessed with two children, Leonard at home and Albert, who died in infancy.

Mrs. Rosenau began to fail in health three years ago. Two months ago, she underwent a serious operation from which she never fully recovered. On Wednesday, February 19, at 7 o'clock in the evening, she died.

Beside her husband and children, she also leaves two sisters and five brothers. They are Barbara Weight of Menno, August of Menno, Albert of Menno and Emil Mueller of American Falls, Idaho. She is survived by seven step children including John Rosenau, Bertha Semmler, Olga Semmler, Emil Rosenau, Elsa Renner, Erwin Rosenau and Herbert Rosenau. She is survived by fourteen grandchildren.

The Daily Plainsman, Huron, South Dakota

Monday, July 20, 1964


DOB: Dec. 27, 1903, Plano, Illinois

Parents: Charles & Edna Garmen.

Funeral: "Thursday" at 10 a.m., St. Martin's Church, Huron.  Father Kenneth Schmitz officiating.  Welter Funeral Home.

DOD: "Sunday night" at St. John's Hospital.

Education: Scotland High School

Spouse: Anton Kowalski (Jan. 6, 1922)

Residences: Highmore, in 1942 to Huron.

The Daily Plainsman, Huron, South Dakota

Friday, August 10, 1962


Funeral: "Sunday" at 2 p.m., Carpenter Methodist Church.  Rev. John R. Cecil.  Burial: Richland Cemetery.  Welter Funeral Home.

DOD: Thursday, St. John's Hospital (Huron, SD).

DOB: Oct. 18, 1887 (Avon, SD)
Parents: Henry & Margaret Giedd.

Spouse: Alvina Buccholz (Jan. 1916, Avon, SD).

Residences: to rural Clark County, SD in 1921.

The Highmore (SD) Herald

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Submitted by Jacque McDonnell


Funeral: Feb. 20, 2006, Faith Lutheran Church.  Burial in Riverside Cemetery.

Residence: Pierre

DOB: Dec. 19, 1910; Bon Homme co. (SW of Tripp)

Parents: George & Christina (Frey) Buechler

DOD: Feb. 17, 2006, Maryhouse Nursing Care Center, Pierre.  Age 95 yrs, 1 mo, 29 ds

Residences: moved from Tripp to SW of Highmore at age 10.  To Harrold after marriage, for 56 years.  To Pierre in 1991.

Education: South Gage School (SW of Highmore).

Spouse: Herbert Augh, m. Miller, SD, May 16, 1935. (Preceded her in death)

Unknown Newspaper
contributed by Sheila Hughes

Clara Miller

Funeral Card:

February 8, 1873 - December 14, 1958

Place of Services: Goehring Funeral Home Chapel, Scotland, South Dakota, Tuesday, December 16, 1958 - 10 a.m.

Casket Bearers: Oscar Lee, John Robinson, M. T. Sweet, Ralph Nelles, Laddie Soukup, Elmer Stevenson

Music by M. T. Sweet (Soloist) and Mrs. Luther Breen (Pianist)

Interment: Rosehill Cemetery



Mrs. William Miller, 82, was found dead at 4:30 p.m. Sunday by a friend taking her a Christmas gift.  She had been asphyxiated by gas from a furnace which was not functioning properly because the pipe was clogged with soot.
Mrs. Miller was born February 9, 1876, in Wisconsin, and came to Scotland as a young girl.  She taught in the public schools here for many years and was city librarian from 1918 until three years ago this month when she fell and broke her hip.  She has been a semi-invalid since.
She was a long-time member of the Order of Eastern Star, and a charter member of the PEO.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Goehring funeral chapel, with the Rev. Wayne Rager, Tyndall, former pastor of the Methodist church here, officiating.  M. T. Sweet was soloist and Mrs. Luther Breen, pianist.  Burial was in Rosehill cemetery.
The pallbearers, all former pupils of Mrs. Miller when she taught here were Oscar Lee, John Robinson, M. T. Sweet, Ralph Nelles, James Mraz and Elmer Stevenson.
The only survivors are a sister, Mrs. Zetta Thompson, Los Angeles, Calif. and a niece, Mrs. Hays Parr, Portland, Ore.  Mr. Miller died several years ago.

Donald Arlo Schelske
Donald Arlo Schelske Sr., age 75, of Tyndall, South Dakota died Friday, December 29, 2006 at the Good Samaritan Center in Tyndall. A funeral service will be at 11:00 AM, on Tuesday, January 2, 2006 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton with Reverend David Lund officiating. Burial will be at approximately 1:15 PM, on Tuesday, at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Scotland, South Dakota. Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Monday, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Visitation resumes one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Donald was born on June 18, 1931 in a sod house in Hutchinson County, South Dakota. He completed the 8th grade and later obtained his GED. On May 3, 1955, he married Carol Bruning and to this union, three children were born: Donald Jr., Karen and Perry. After the death of both of his parents, Don was given legal guardianship of his youngest sister, Kathy, who lived with Don's family during her high school years. In the late 1950's, he owned the Schelske Bar in Volin, South Dakota and he also hauled water, gravel and sand until 1974. For a number of years, he drove school bus for Gayville and Volin Schools. In 1975, Don began to drive truck for Heyl and traveled all over the country until his retirement in 1985.
Survivors include a son, Donald Schelske Jr. of Palm City, Florida; a daughter, Karen (Neil) Faerber of Yankton; 3 grandchildren, Dustin and Kristina Sayler of Yankton and Jennifer Schelske of Nederland, Colorado; two brothers, Marvin (Fern) Schelske and Norman (DiAnn) Schelske, both of Springfield, South Dakota; two sisters, Eldora Baumiller of Scotland and Kathy (Dave) Mudloff of Olathe, Kansas; and one sister-in-law, Bea Schelske of Scotland. Donald was preceded in death by his parents; son, Perry Schelske; one sister, Leola Kizer; four brothers, Arthur Jr., Wilmer, Willard and Eldon Schelske; and one brother-in-law, Clarence Baumiller.
[Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan (Yankton, South Dakota) December 31, 2006 submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

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