South Dakota

Codington County South Dakota

Obituaries & Death Notices


Baxter, John

Bennett, Julian

Brunick, B.

Craig, Mary Kennedy

Craig, Orin A.

Craig, Orvel

Crain, Charles W.

Fletcher, Richard

Haney, Frances May Montooth

Hanneman, William

Hobart, John

Hoy, R. W.

Johnson, Loren E.

Klebsch, Geraldine

Lindner, Gutford

Malham, John O.

McDuffee, W. B.

Meadows, Mrs. I. C.

Miller, Joseph

Miller, Nettie Peeper

North, W. A.

Reilly, Anna Ronke

Ronke, Andrew

Ronke, Joseph

Ronke, Lena Miller

Solum, Clarence

Sumner, Jabe (Gabe)















Charles W. Crain

Source: Aberdeen Daily News (SD) Tuesday, 19 Dec. 1916; transcribed by FoFG mz

Charles W. Crain of Watertown, formerly of Aberdeen, died at his home in Watertown, Dec. 10 and wad buried by the side of his wife at Spring Valley, Minn. Four children and several other relatives survive him.

Mr. Crain was born in Angola, Ind., Sept. 2, 1837. Later he moved to Minnesota and was married in 1860 to Miss Minerval A. Rundell. His wife died at Spring Valley in 1891 and was buried there. Mr. Crain came to Aberdeen in 1893 with his daughter, Miss Elva R. Crain, and a son, Ruel J. Crain and lived here until 1900 when he moved to Summit. Several years later he moved to Watertown and lived there until his death.

Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Thurs., Mar 17, 2005

Loren E. Johnson

Age 57

Died: Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at his home inb Colby, Wis.

Burial: Colby Memorial Cemetery

Born: June 27, 1947, in Marshfield, Wis.

Parents: Forrest Johnson & Genevieve Misener

Marriage: to Sherry Baker on March 12, 1976, in Watertown, S.D.

Children: daughter, Randee and son, Chad

Siblings: Michael (Sheryl) Johnson & sisters, Sandy (Jeff) Small and Tami Johnson

Aberdeen Daily News (11 Mar. 1912) transcribed by FoFG MZ

W. B. McDuffee of South Shore died last week, and the Modern Woodmen lodge, of which he was a prominent member, had charge of the funeral.

Aberdeen Daily News (22 Dec. 1911) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Mrs. I. C. Meadows died at her home at Watertown of stomach trouble after a week's illness, leaving a husband and 4-year-old daughter to mourn. She was 31 years of age.

Aberdeen American (27 Nov. 1915) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Watertown, Nov. 26. - John O. Malham, a prominent lumberman and banker, died last night after a short illness of pneumonia.

Aberdeen American (18 Apr. 1914) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Watertown - W. A. North, a pioneer resident of Watertown and a veteran of the civil war, died here this morning suddenly.

Aberdeen Weekly News (19 Aug. 1909) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Watertown, Aug. 18. - The result of a severe attack of diphtheria, Gutford Lindner, aged 5 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Lindner, living eight miles east and two miles north of the city, died yesterday morning. This is the first death in a family of eight, all of whom have been seriously ill with the dreaded disease.

Saturday physicians thought that at least four of the family would have to be taken away, so serious is the attack, but today it may be possible to save all but two - one besides the deceased.

The family has been sick for the past week, but not seriously until last Wednesday. Great precaution is being taken today to prevent the spread of the disease.

Aberdeen Daily News (16 Apr. 1919) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Ottawa, April 16. - B. Brunick, Watertown, S.D., is mentioned in today's overseas casualty list as having died.

Aberdeen Daily News (2 Dec. 1911) transcribed by FoFG MZ

William Hanneman passed away at his home near Watertown at the age of 82 years. The remains were taken to West Side, Ia., for burial beside his wife. Deceased had only resided in Germantown township about three years and had made his home with his son.

Aberdeen Daily News (12 Dec. 1911) transcribed by FoFG MZ

William Hanneman passed away at the home of his son near Watertown, at the age of 82 years. The remains were taken to West Side, Ia., for burial. Deceased had made his home in Dakota, for about three years.

Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 27 Aug. 1904

SIOUX CITY, Aug. 26. - Judge Julian Bennett, of Watertown, S. D., died suddenly today of heart failure. He weighed 440 pounds and was known as the largest judge in America.

Aberdeen Daily News (31 May 1918) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Word has been received here of the death yesterday at Watertown of R. W. Hoy, formerly a railway mail clerk here for the Milwaukee, but more recently of Roscoe.

The Aberdeen News (Aberdeen, SD)
Friday, March 5, 1886
from Jim Dezotell

Capt. Richard Fletcher died at Watertown recently from the effects of a sun-stroke. It may be stated, however, that the stroke was received at Bombay, India, some time ago. Mr. Fletcher has been a sea captain over thirty years.


Unknown Hyde County, South Dakota newspaper
Handwritten, died 10-17-80; funeral 10-20-80
Contributed by Jacque McDonnell
Transcribed by Pamela Hamilton


REDFIELD - Mrs. Geraldine Klebsch, 84 died Friday at Jenkins Memorial home, Watertown.

The funeral will be Monday at 2 p.m. in First Congregational Church, Redfield, with the Rev. Paul Opsahl officiating. Burial will be in the Green Lawn Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were announced by Coleman-Thelen Funeral Chapel, Redfield.

Geraldine Hanson was born, January 25, 1896, at Fairmont, Minnesota to Bennett and Sarah Hanson. She moved to Rockham at an early age. She married John Klebsch January 16, 1915, at Faulkton. They moved to a farm near Redfield in 1915 where they lived until 1956 when they moved into Redfield. She had been a resident of Jenkins Memorial Home since August 1979. She was a member of First congregational church, Redfield.

Survivors include two sons, Kenneth of Watertown and Donald of Sturgis; three sisters, Julia Gebhart of Terre Haute, Indiana, Hattie Dickinson and Adeline Paddleford, both of Rapid City; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in Death by her husband in 1963.

Clarence Solum Dies Here at 58
Was President of General Supply Co.

Clarence Solum, 58, Florence, president of the General Supply Co., 217 1st Ave. N.E., died of a heart attack about 10 p.m. yesterday while returning from a Bryant business trip.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Methodist church at Florence with the Rev. Robert J. Stemme, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope cemetery, Watertown.

The body will be at the Shaw-Messer chapel until the services.

Mr. Solum was born May 24, 1899, at Deer Park, Wis., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Solum. He married Miss Maggie Sumner, daughter of Jabe and Anna Sumner, at Watertown, Feb. 24, 1920.

He moved to Florence from Wisconsin in 1918 and farmed until 1944 when he became manager of the General Mills Farm Service store. The business was incorporated as the General Supply company in 1955, and Mr. Solum became president.

He was a member of the Florence Methodist church, Watertown Chamber of Commerce, Watertown Lions Club and a former member of the Florence School board.

Preceding him in death were his parents and one brother, Belmer. His survivors include his wife, Mrs. Maggie Solum, Florence; two daughters, Mrs. Sidney Aaker, Florence, and Mrs. Dale Bludorn, Huron; two sons, Alvin Solum, Florence, and Burdette Solum, Watertown; one sister, Mrs. Henry Johnson, Centuria, Wis.; one brother, Irv Solum, Minneapolis, Minn., and 11 grandchildren.

Watertown Public Opinion, Watertown, SD, July 26, 1957.

Contributed by Suzanne Folk


Service for Mrs. Reilly on Thursday
Mrs. Anna M. Reilly, 81, 306 3rd St. SE, died Tuesday in a local hospital.

Funeral services will be Thursday, at 9 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church with the Rev. Fr. Leonard F. Stanton celebrating the mass. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Watertown. A rosary service will be held at 8 p.m. tonight (Wednesday) at the Mathiesen, Gergen, Rhodes and Wight Funeral Chapel in Watertown. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the chapel.

Pallbearers will be Thomas Ries, Kelly Ries, Joseph Ries, David Reilly, Henry Desnoyers and Michael Reilly.

Mrs. Reilly was born April 25, 1894, in Dexter Township, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ronke. She attended school in Dexter Township and worked as a bookkeeper for the Paulis Company in Watertown. She married Thomas F. Reilly in Watertown on Nov. 7, 1922. The couple lived on a farm near Watertown until 1927 when they moved to Florence. They moved back to Watertown in 1957 and had lived here ever since. Mrs. Reilly was a member of St. Rita's Circle.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Linus, of Florence; three daughters, Mrs. Gordon (Phyllis) Brusie of Lake Oswego, Ore., Mrs. Donald (Shirley) Ries, of Hastings, Minn., and Mrs. Leslie (Frances) Jenkins, of Aberdeen; a sister, Mrs. Nora Hopkins of Watertown; and 34 grandchildren.

Watertown Public Opinion, Watertown, SD, June 25, 1975, pg 19.

Contributed by Suzanne Folk


The Daily Huronite, Huron, South Dakota
April 10, 1888, page 2

contributed by Suzanne Folk


Watertown Public Opinion--The many friends of Hon. John Hobart, the father of Mrs. B. F. Budd, of this city, will be pained to learn of his death, which occurred at the residence Wednesday morning. Mr. Hobart was a man prominent not only in the affairs of this territory, but also in Minnesota where he formerly lived. He was born in Columbia, New Hampshire, in 1832, removed to Lanesboro, Minn., in 1862, and was elected to the legislature of that state in 1865-67. He moved to Egan, Dakota, in 1878, and was owner of the original townsite of that place. Ere he was elected to the legislature in 1885 87, and took a prominent and active part in that body. January last he was taken with a severe heart trouble and came to Watertown to be treated. While here he suffered from attack of typhoid fever; this in connection with his other trouble was the cause of his death.
The funeral services were held at the residence of his daughter, at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon, with Masonic honors, by the Kampeska Lodge, of which order the deceased was a prominent member, Rev. A. H. Barrington officiating.

John Baxter
Death of John Hendricks Baxter
died: September 9, 1902
John H. Baxter, former resident of Oakland twp., died at Watertown, S. D. He was 82 years of age and leaves a widow and grown children. [Rushville Times, Rushville, IL, September 11, 1902 - submitted by Sara Hemp, who adds: "he is the son of George Baxter & Rachel Hendricks married to Mary Ellen Bell September 09, 1856 in Schuyler County, Illinois.]

Frances "Fannie" May Montooth Haney
Former Oakland Township Woman Dies In South Dakota
Mrs. Fannie Montooth Haney, 84, widow of Earl Haney, passed away Sunday at the home of her son, John in Watertown, S. Dakota, where she had made her home in recent years.
Funeral services were held in Watertown on Tuesday & interment in the city cemetery there.
Fannie was one of 13 children born to George W. & Mary Jane Sloan Montooth in Oakland township. Following her marriage to Earl Haney she removed to Watertown, S. Dakota, where her husbands death occurred many years ago & also the death of her 2 sons, Robert & Samuel. Mrs. Haney is survived by the following children: Mrs. Irma Seaford of Lincoln, Neb., John & Dean of Watertown, S. D., George & Sloan both of Ill, one brother, Frank Montooth of Rushville, 4 sisters, Mrs. Bertha Aten of Macomb, Mrs. Kate Phillips of Rushville, Mrs. Lizzie Welker of Pasadena Calif. & Mrs. Alice Garrison of Fremont, Mich. Besides her husband & 2 sons & her parents she was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Edward, Warren & Walter, 4 sisters, Mrs. Mary Snyder, Mrs. Luella Frye, Mrs. Effie Ashwood, & Mrs. Grace Jones. [died: October 11, 1953 - unknown paper, Schuyler Co., IL. - submitted by Sara Hemp]

Joseph Miller
Joe Miller, Pioneer of County, Passes Away
Joe Miller, one of the pioneers of the county, passed away at a local hospital Sunday afternoon at about 6 o'clock, following a long illness attributed to advancing years.
Deceased was born in Germany November 26, 1860, and had observed his 71st birthday just two days before his death. He came to the states when but four years of age. For nearly forty years he resided in Codington county, and after a long period on a farm in Dexter township, the family came to Watertown in 1893 which has since been their home.
Mr. Miller is survived by his widow, Mrs. Nettie Miller, and one daughter Alvina, of this city; also a brother, Frank of this city, and two sisters, Mrs. J. Sumner of Florence and Mrs. Joe Ronke of Watertown.
Funeral services were held yesterday morning from the Immaculate Conception church, with Msgr. W. S. O'Meara officiating after which the body was taken to the Esterly cemetery near Florence for interment.
[Watertown Herald, Watertown, SD, c. 1931 - Submitted by Suzanne Folk]

Nettie (Peeper) Miller
Mrs. Joe Miller, Resident Of City Since 1896, Dies Here After Brief Illness
Mrs. Joe Miller, 72, 1127 First avenue S.E., died at her home Sunday afternoon after a short illness. Mrs. Miller had lived in Watertown since 1896.
She was born May 17, 1866 at Decora, Iowa and came to Dakota with her parents in 1878, settling on a farm in Dexter township. She was married in June, 1885 at Webster and lived in Dexter township until she came to Watertown where she had lived since.
Mrs. Miller is survived by one daughter, Alvina Miller of Watertown and by four sisters, Mrs. William Drake of Waubay, Mrs. John Popham of Florence, Mrs. Hilda Eck of Florence and Mrs. Fred Eck of Waubay.
She was preceeded in death by her husband, two brothers, two daughters and one sister.
The body will lie in state at the Miller residence until the services which will be announced tomorrow.
[Watertown Public Opinion, Watertown, SD, October 27, 1938, page 16 - Submitted by Suzanne Folk]

Andrew Ronke
Andrew Ronke, Early Settler, Dies Tuesday
Andrew Ronke, early settler of the Florence vicinity, died Tuesday evening after a short illness.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. in the Blessed Sacrament church of Florence, with the Rev. Fr. J.C. Stammeyer officiating. Burial will be in the Esterly Cemetery. A rosary service will be held at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the farm home four miles east and one helf mile south of Florence.
Mr. Ronke was born Jan. 6, 1860 at Princeton, Wis., and came to South Dakota in 1883 taking up a homestead four miles east of Florence where he has lived since. In 1886, he married Theresa Miller at Florence. He served on the school boadr of District 19 and was township supervisor for many years.
Those surviving: Five daughters, Mrs. Charles Marquardt of Watertown, Mrs. Joe Wensing, Florence, Mrs. Gus Marquardt, Florence, Mrs. Joe Heller, Revillo, and Luella Ronke, also of Florence; four sons, Edward, watertown, William, Leo and Ben, all of Florence, three sisters Mrs. Mary Franke, Mrs. Emma Bambridge, and Mrs. Margaret Friske, Chicago, Ill.; 19 grandchildren and four great grandchildren survive. His wife, five brothers, five sisters and one daughter preceded him in death. His body will remain at the Mathiesen, Gergen and Rhodes Funeral Chapel until Thursday when it will be taken to the farm home.
[Watertown Public Opinion, Watertown, SD, July 22, 1948 - Submitted by Suzanne Folk]

Jabe (Gabe) Sumner
Gabe S. Sumner, Pioneer Florence Resident, Dies
Funeral services were held on Monday morning in Helgen Lutheran church for Gabe S. Sumner, 76, who passed away last Thursday. Rev. A. H. Holm, pastor, officiated and internment was made in Esterly cemetery.
Mr. Sumner spent his boyhood days in Iowa where he was born in Decorah, Dec. 13, 1862. When 17 years old he came to Codington county and homesteaded on the farm where he lived until the date of his death. Mr. Sumner was working until about one month ago when he was taken ill.
He was the son of Eldridge Sumner of Maine. He married Anna Miller at Webster on Jan. 28, 1886.
Survivors include:
Four daughters, Mrs. George Kahnke, Mrs. Fred Bodtker, Mrs. Clarence Solum and Miss Ella Sumner, of Florence; a son, Elmer Sumner, Florence; sisters, Mrs. Nettie Murphy, Florence; Mrs. Emma Popham, Watertown; Mrs. Hal Painter, British Colmbia; Mrs. Howard Sinamon, Jeffers, Minn.; brothers, George of Florence, Charles of Boyle Alta., Canada, Levi of Codington, Alta., Canada, and Arin of Rosenburg, Ore.! 14 grand children. His parents, an infant daughter, Sara, and two brothers and a sister died before him.
A prayer service was held at the farm home before the body was taken to the Helgen Lutheran church. Rev. A. H. Holm, pastor, preached the funeral service.
He was buried in Esterly cemetery near Florence with Rev. Fr. J. C. Stammeyer, officiating at the burial. The music was given by Mrs. L. E. Ruskell, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Lewis, who sang three sacred numbers, "Does Jesus Care," "Sometime We'll Understand," "Jesus, Lover of My Soul."
The pallbearers were Pete Foldager, Garrett Myers, Guy Halse, Lewis Becking, W. M. Roe and Albert Hoverstadt.
Relatives from away who attended the service included Mrs. H. Sinnamon and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Quade of Jeffers, Minn.; Joe Richter and Mrs. Ray Miller of Arlington; Mr. and Mrs. C. Maas and Ruth of New Hampton, Ia., Ray and Charles Springer of Timber Lake; Frank Murphy of Waubay; Mr. and Mrs. Sam Popham of Oldham; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Oldham and Miss Maude Popham, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Popham, Mr. and Mrs. A. Seveland, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hopkins and Mrs. Joe Ronke, all of Watertown.
[Watertown Public Opinion, Watertown, SD, November 16, 1939, page 1 - Submitted by Suzanne Folk]

Joseph Ronke
Joseph H. Ronke, who resided at 517 South Maple street, died at the age of 70 years. He had been a resident of this city for the past 23 years, and was well known here.
Joseph H. Ronke was born at Princeton, Wis., on March 19, 1865. He came to South Dakota in 1885 and from 1889 to 1912 he operated a farm one and one half miles north of Florence. He came to this city in 1912 and had since made his home here. On September 24, 1889, he was married to Miss Lena Miller.
The deceased is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. William Hopkins of Watertown and Mrs. Frank Reilly of Florence; four brothers, Andrew, John and Albert Ronke of Florence and Frank Ronke of Ortley; four sisters, Mrs. Emma Bambridge, Mrs. George Sippel, Mrs. William Friske and Mrs. Mary Franke, all of Chicago, and four grandchildren. Three daughters, one brother and three sisters preceded him in death.
Funeral services for Mr. Ronke were held this Thursday morning at the Immaculate Conception church at 10 o'clock, with burial in the Esterly cemetery.
[Watertown Herald, Watertown, SD, March 5, 1936  - Submitted by Suzanne Folk]

Lena (Miller) Ronke

Mrs. Lena Ronke Dies At 87, Rites Monday, 9 A. M.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Lena Ronke, 87, 603 E. Kemp, who died Friday evening following a long illness, will be held at 9 a. m. Monday in the Immaculate Conception Catholic church.
Rossary service will be held at the Mathiesen, Gergen and Rhodes Funeral Chapel at 8 p. m. Sunday. Burial will be made in the Esterly cemetery east of Florence. Casketbearers will be Ben Ronke, Edward Ronke, Henry Miller, Joe Hopkins, Henry Hopkins and Bernard Buckley.
Mrs. Ronke was born Oct. 25, 1871, in LaCrosse Wis. She came to South Dakota in 1880 and was married to Joseph Ronke on Sept. 24, 1888, at Webster.
She had lived in Watertown since 1912. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception church and Alter Society.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Nora Hopkins and Mrs. T. F. (Anna) Reilly, both of Watertown; four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, three infant daughters, two brothers and two sisters.
[Watertown Public Opinion, Watertown, SD, July 18, 1959  - Submitted by Suzanne Folk]

Mary Craig

Mary E. Craig


Obituary 1:

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary E. Craig, who died here Saturday, May 31, was held Wedesday morning at 10 o'clock from the Shaw-Messer chapel, with Rev. C. B. Harrold, pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal church, in charge. Burial was made at Mount Hope cemetery.

Pall bearers were A. C. Nelson, Jake Huntzicker, George Burt, H. S. Fletcher, D. F. Jones and Frank Helbing.

Music consisted of two duets sung by Mrs. Alex Davison and Mrs. Ed Emerson, with Mrs. A. T. Hopkins as piano accompanist. Mrs. Craig was a member of the Methodist church, the Degree of Honor and the M. B. A. lodges.

A large offering of flowers, including floral sprays and numerous single pieces from friends and associates, banked the casket at the chapel, and the funeral brought a large attendance, as Mrs. Craig had been well known in Watertown and had a large circle of friends. 

Mary E. Kennedy, the daughter of Samuel O. and Mariette Kennedy, was born at Granger, Minnesota, on July 15, 1857.

On March 1, 1880, she was married to Orin A. Craig at Granger, Minnesota, where they remained for two years. After leaving Granger they moved to Frankfort, S. D., where they took up their residence on a homestead. In 1888, Mr. and Mrs. Craig came to Watertown and remained here during the remainder of their lifetimes. Mr. Craig died in 1924.

Mrs. Craig had been ill for a year, suffering with heart disease. A week before her death she suffered a stroke of paralysis. She died at the age of 72 years, 10 months and 16 days.

She is survived by two sons, Orvel J. Craig of Minneapolis, Minn., and Samuel O. Craig of Watertown. Three grandchildren, Rodney of Minneapolis, Dessa Marie and James of Watertown, and five brothers also survive: Fred E. Kennedy of Helena, Mont., Charles A. Kennedy of Los Angeles, Cal., J. N. Kennedy of Presto, Minn., Lee R. Kennedy and Eugene P. Kennedy, both of Scenic,S. D.

[Submitted by Jeanne Jessie, publication unknown, Monday, June 2, 1930]


Obituary 2:

Mary E. Craig, 207 Third avenue N. E., widow of Orin A. Craig, a resident of Watertown since 1388, died at her home Saturday night at 11:30 o'clock as the result of a stroke of paralysis which she suffered the Monday previous.

She had been in ill health for a year and suffered from heart disease.  After she was stricken with paralysis she remained in a semi-conscious condition until her death.

She was born at Granger, Minnesota, on July 15, 1857, the daughter of Samuel O. and Mariette Kennedy. She was married to O. A. Craig at Granger on March 1, 1880, and remained there for two years, moving to Frankfort. S. D., where with her husband she took up her residence on a homestead. In 1888 Mr. and Mrs. Craig came to Watertown and remained here during the remainder of their lifetimes. Mr. Craig died in 1924 and is buried at Mount Hope cemetery.

While in the city Mr. Craig was employed for 11 years with the Stokes Milling Company, for ten years by the Park & Grant Company and for a rrumber of years at the city park.

Mrs. Craig is survived by two sons, Orvel J. Craig of Minneapolis and Samuel O. Craig of 605 Fifth street S. E., and three grandchildren, Rodney of Minneapolis and Dessa Marie and James of Watertown. Five brothers also survive: Fred E. Kennedy of Helena, Mont., Charles A. Kennedy of Los Angeles, Cal., J. N. Kennedy of Preston, Minn., Lee R. Kennedy and Eugene P. Kennedy, both of Scenic, S. D.

Mrs. Craig was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church here, the Degree of Honor and M. B. A. lodges.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock from the Shaw-Messer chapel, with Dr. B. Harrold, Methodist pastor, in charge of the service. Burial will be made at Mount Hope cemetery beside the grave of her husband.

Relatives from .away who came to Watertown to attend the funeral of Mrs. O. A. Craig Wednesday morning, and who have returned to their respective homes, are a son, Orvel J. Craig, Minneapolis; E. P. Kennedy of Scenic, and J. M. Kennedy of Preston, Minn., brothers; a niece, Mrs. H. Crowell of Brookings; Mesdames R. W. Lidtke and Oscar Blain of Frankfort, and E. F. Wood of Goodwin, father of Mrs. S. O. Craig.

[contributed by Jeanne Jessie, unknown publication, Monday, June 2, 1930]

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O. A. Craig


Obituary 1:

To scores of friends, many of whom had known him since pioneer days in South Dakota, the death of O. A. Craig, 307 Third avenue N. E., whose funeral was held Tuesday, was a source of deep sorrow.  For the last thirty-six years, Mr.Craig has lived and worked in Watertown, a respected and well loved citizen, faithful church member and active in fraternal work.

Mr. Craig was born in Harmony, Minn., July 15, 1856 where he spent his boyhood and early manhood.  He was married March 1, 1880, to Miss Mary E. Kennedy and two years later they moved to Frankfort, S. D.

Mr. and Mrs. Craig lived at Frankfort six years, coming to Watertown in 1888 and they have resided here ever since.

Mr. Craig was a member of the A. O. U. W. lodge and a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of this city.  He is survived by his widow and two sons, Samuel Orin Craig of Watertown and Orvil Jay Craig of Minneapolis.

[contributed by Jeanne Jessie, unknown publication, 1924]

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Walter F. Miller


Obituary 1:

Funeral services for Walter F. Miller, 73, 309 Fifth street S. E., were held at 2 p.m. Monday in Trinity Episcopal church with the Rev. H. W. J. Urquhart, rector, officiating.

Mr. Miller had been a resident of Watertown since 1879 and was in the lumber business with his brother, Joseph.  They operated the Miller Brothers lumber company here.

Burial was in the family lot at Mount Hope cemetery.

Mrs. L. T. Morris, organist for the service, played the prelude and recessional.  Casket bearers were Walter Farl, J. G. McFarland, Clem Bell, Roy Rose, Paul Krakowski and George Beier.

Military honors at the graveside were provided by post 750 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars with Normal Schwanke and Norman Thronson serving as color bearers.  Charlie King and Ronald Miller acted as color guard.

The flag was folded by Nick Weber, post commander, and Joe Strom, past department commander of the Spanish American War veterans, who presented the flag to Mrs. Miller.

Uniformed Knights Templar of the Watertown commandry, who attended the services in a group, served as a guard of honor at the church and at the cemetery.  Visiting Knights Templar included W. D. Swain and Elvin Strain, grand recorder of Masonic bodies, both of Sioux Falls, Glenne R. McArthur, Verne Warren and John H. Foasberg, all of Huron.

Miller Brothers lumber company closed Saturday and remained closed until after the services.

Out of town relatives and friends who attended the services were Jeanne Miller of Scarsdale, N. Y., Mrs. H. W. Broniche, A. F. Nelson and Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Nelson of Minneapolis, Minn., L. A. Nelson of Stillwater, Minn., Lyle Paulson and Jeanne Paulson of Benson, Minn.

[contributed by Jeanne Jessie, unknown publication, from scrapbook]


Obituary 2:

Death came to Walter F. Miller, 73, at a local hospital last night.  He had been a resident of Watertown for 72 years.

In 1895, the year he graduated from Watertown high school, he went into the lumber business with his father.  Since 1919 he has been associated with his brother, J. C. Miller, n the Miller Brothers Lumber company here.

He was a member of the Trinity Episcopal church, serving as vestryman and senior warden for many years.  He was also a member of the Masonic bodies, a past state grand commander of the Knights Templar, a member of the Red Cross of Constantine, a member of the Shrine, the Rotary, a past exalted ruler of the Elks and a former member of the Watertown board of education.

Mr. Miller died at 11:50 p.m. Friday after a long, re-occurring illness.  He lived at 309 Fifth street S. E.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the Trinity Episcopal church.  The Rev. Harold W. J. Urquhart will officiate.  Burial will be made in Mt. Hope cemetery.  The body will be at the Shaw-Messer chapel until the time of the services.

Mr. Miller was born Oct. 6, 1877, in Winona, Minn., to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C. Miller.  He came to Watertown with his parents when he was one-and-one-half years old, in 1878.  He married Estelle Wilcox, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.. William F. Wilcox, Sept. 11, 1901, in Benson, Minn.

He served in the Spanish American war with company H of the First South Dakota regiment and was a member of the VFW.  Preceding him in death were his parents.

He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Muriel McAuley of Scarsdale, N. Y., one son, Glenn W. Miller of Watertown, four sisters, Mrs. Charlotte K. Sperling of Watertown, Mrs. Helena Craig of Watertown, Mrs. James C. Thomas of Berkeley, Calif., Mrs. Edward A. Schwandt of Watertown, one brother, J. C. Miller of Watertown and five grandchildren.

The family requests that no flowers be sent.

[contributed by Jeanne Jessie, unknown publication, from scrapbook]




Funeral services for Orvel J. Craig, 58, former Watertown resident, who died at Minneapolis last Wednesday, were held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock in the Shaw-Messer chapel.  Services were also held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock in Minneapolis.

The Rev. Lyle C. Burns, pastor of the St. John Lutheran church, officiated at the service in Minneapolis.  The Rev. H. W. F. Urquhart officiated here and burial was made in Mount Hope cemetery.

Pallbearers were: Roger Lidtke, Merle Craig, Herman Sperling, Edward Schwandt, J. C. Miller and W. F. Miller.

Mr. Craig was born in Frankfort on February 15, 1884.  He moved to Watertown with his parents at the age of four.  He attended the Watertown public schools and business college and was married to Miss Helena J. Miller on September 24, 1907.

He has resided in Minneapolis for the past thirty years where he was engaged in commercial advertising.  He is survived by his widow, one son, Rodney and one brother, Orin Craig.

[contributed by Jeanne Jessie, unknown publication, from scrapbook]


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