South Dakota

Davison County South Dakota

Obituaries & Death Notices


Bately, S.

Blaseg, Ze Etta K. Nation

Blenkiron, J. C.

Edgerton, Alonzo J.

Foos, Gladys

Granger, Blanche

Grieve, Hollis Erwin

Grigg, Daniel

Hartt, Laura Beals

Iliff, Nettie Trotter

Lien, Paul R.

McCormick, Hercules

Olson, Mrs. Ole T.

Peheson, Mrs. A. H.

Purdy, Mrs. J. C.

Rathbun, Mrs. W. E.

Roach, daughter

Shade, Ora Hollenbach

Smith, Mrs. Everett

Strand, Lois E. "Betty" Hartt

Swanson, Loretta Irene

Trotter, Grant

Trotter, Jeannett

Trotter, John

Trotter, John Grant

Vandenburg, Josiah B.

Washburn, Harriet

Wheeler, John

White, Natasha






(October 13, 1923 - May 6, 2014)
Sent in by Carole Dick
Hartt Researcher

Lois Elizabeth "Betty" Strand, 90, a long -time resident of Sagle, Idaho passed away on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at Huckleberry House in Sandpoint. She died as the result of a stroke. A celebration of her live will be held at a later date. Betty was born on Oct. 13, 1923 in Mitchell, South Dakota to Reverend Albert Hartt and Laura Beal Hartt. Betty graduated from high school in Miller, South Dakota in 1941. She then went to Berea College in Kentucky for two years. In 1943 she joined Cadet Nurse Corp. in Mitchell, South Dakota, later transferring to Malden, Massachusetts to continue her training.

It was in Boston, Massachusetts that she met her future husband, Oscar Strand on a blind date. He was serving in the Navy aboard the battleship New Mexico. Betty and Oscar were married on August 14, 1946 by Betty's father. They were married 67 years and 9 months. Together they were partnered with Oscar's parents in running their dairy farm and later took over the farm.
Betty provided a loving environment for her family. She was an excellent cook. She enjoyed doing embroidery, reading, going for long walks and going on many road trips.

In addition to her husband she is survived by sons: Steven (Kristina), Jay, Kurt (Catherine); daughter: Sunny; grandchildren: Roni Regovich, Melanie Lawson, Tony Strand, Shane Strand; nine great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and a sister.

A gentle, childlike soul, Betty, treated all with kindness and respect. Her family was the center of her life and she blessed us all with her tenderness and love.

Source: The Alpena Journal, Alpena, South Dakota
Sent in by Carole Dick
Hartt Researcher

LAURA (BEALS) HARTT, wife of Rev. Albert Hartt of Alpena, South Dakota was born in Blaine, Maine, on Sept. 18, 1879. She passed away at the Methodist hospital in Mitchell, S.D., on October 5, 1943, after an illness of 5 years. She received her education in the Blaine public school and Ricker Junior College, Houlton, Maine. She then taught school for three years in the public schools of Aroostook Co. Maine.

On Christmas Day, 1900, she was united in marriage to Rev. Albert Hartt, and immediately thereafter took the position which she faithfully filled for forty-three years as mistress of her parsonage home. Eight of these years were lived in Maine, and thirty-five of them in South Dakota. Arriving in the State in November 1908, her first home was in Selby, S. D. Subsequently she lived in Britton, Lead and Redfield. During the two years in which her husband served in the First World War as chaplain, Mrs. Hartt and family lived in Mitchell, S.D. Following the war the family was stationed at Pierre. Subsequent

pastorates were at Groton, Doland, Hecla, and Miller. Two years ago, in feeble health, Mrs. Hartt entered at Alpena, her last parsonage home.
Death came to her peacefully at the end of two months stay in the hospital at Mitchell. She is survived by her husband, two sons, James C. of Huron, S.D. and Julian N. of New Haven, Conn.; two daughters: Mrs. A. L. Hutchinson of Lexington, KY, and Betty of Alpena, Four grandchildren survive her and also four brothers and two sisters.

The Eugene Register-Guard (Eugene, OR) - Saturday, June 1, 2002
Blanche Granger
Contributed by Jim Dezotell

The funeral will be held today, June 1, for Blanche Granger of Mitchell, S.D., formerly of Springfield, who died May 29 of age-related causes. She was 87.

Granger was born Dec. 24, 1914, in Dunseith, N.D., to Brewster and Irene Sargent Banker. She married Roe Granger in McIntosh, S.D., on Dec. 9, 1940. He died in 1969.

She received a bachelor's degree in education from Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D. She taught elementary school in Aberdeen from 1961 until 1969. Granger moved to Springfield in 1969 and taught at Brattain Elementary School until she retired and moved to Mitchell in 1981.

She was a member of the Grace Reformed Church in Mitchell.

Survivors include three sons, Roe Jr., of East Lyme, Conn., Oscar of North Bend, Wash., and Frank "Tim" of Bellevue, Wash.; two daughters, Carol Garry of Pierre, S.D., and Kathryn Gross of Mitchell; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held today from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Grace Reformed Church in Mitchell. Today's service will be at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at 3 p.m. today at the Riverside Cemetery in Aberdeen. Will Funeral Chapel in Mitchell is in charge of arrangements.

From the memorial leaflet
Contributed by Jacque McDonnell


Birth: March 18, 1901 (Clinton, IA)
Parents: Patrick Joseph & Marie (Zismer) Lawlor
Marriage: Lisle Swanson (1922, Woonsocket, SD)
Death: October 11, 1988 (Mary House, Pierre, SD)
Age: 87yrs 6 mos 23 ds
Funeral: Friday, October 14, 1988, Grace Bible Church (Highmore, SD)
Burial: Highmore City Cemetery (Highmore, SD)
Education: Iowa; Mitchell, SD; Miller, SD. Graduated 1919 from Miller High School. Nettleton College (Sioux Falls)
Occupation: Hand County agent's office (1 year); secretary for Simon, Johnson and Hanson law firm.
Locations: Lived in Highmore for 60 years; after death of husband moved to Pierre.
Organizations/Civic: Congregational Church (Highmore); American Legion Auxiliary; Order of the Eastern Star; Girl Scouts; Red Cross; Hyde County Republican party; 1967 Mother of the Year alternate.
Preceded in death by: husband, parents, five siblings.

[Survivor information omitted for privacy]

Died Feb. 27, 1925
Contributed by Rea Trotter (reatrotter(at)

Grant Trotter, Old Soldier, and Pioneer Dies Feb. 27
The sudden death of Grant Trotter last Friday afternoon came as a great surprise to Mt. Vernon people. Mr. Trotter was at his home and at the time of his death was choring about the house. He was stricken and dropped to the floor where Mrs. Trotter discovered him after his absence from the room of only a few minutes and died shortly after the arrival of the doctor.
Mr. Trotter is one of the old pioneer settlers of this community; was prosperous in all his undertakings and respected by his numerous friends as was evident by the large number at his funeral. He was a charter member of Success Lodge, I.O.O.F. and a faithful member to his last day. He served as Mayor of Mt. Vernon city for two years in 1922 and 1923, and afterwards refused further honors in any official capacity.
Funeral services were held from the house, Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. A. N. Courtney, and burial was made in the Mt. Vernon cemetery. The obituary follows:
Grant Trotter was born at Lock Galley [Lochgelly], Scotland August 1, 1844, being 80 years and 7 months old at the time of his death, which occurred at Mt. Vernon, S.D. February 27, 1925. He came to America at the age of three years, it being particularly sad that his parents, brother and sister died on the trip, leaving five children, which were cared for by relatives and friends here. At the age of four he was taken into the family of F.P. Wells, where he remained until in 1861 he joined the 3rd New Hampshire Volunteers at Concord, for service in the Civil War, was wounded and returned to the service and was honorably discharged July 25, 1865. He war record was one of which to be proud and he lived to be proud of the comrades in the Spanish American War and afterwards gloried in the strength of the Union he had so valiantly fought for, when it raised 4,000,000 volunteers under Pres. Wilson to fight and lay down their lives for humanity and to see the U.S. boys come marching home victorious and to know they were the ones he had fought for in 1865.
After residing in Illinois and Iowa for a number of years he came to South Dakota in 1881 being one of the earliest pioneers and ever after lived in the State of his adoption.
He was married twice and is survived by his children John G. Trotter and Mrs. H. T. Eitreim of this city, his widow and two children L. W. Fairchid of Spring Green, Wis. and
Mrs. F.L. Wagner of Mt. Vernon, S. Dak. also three grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Jeanette Griffith of this city and several nieces and nephews.

Daughter of John Trotter, died Feb. 13, 1947
Contributed by Rea Trotter (reatrotter(at)

Nettie Trotter Mrs. C. H. Iliff Funeral Services Held Sunday

Funeral services were conducted from the Methodist Church here Sunday afternoon, February 16, for Mrs. C. H. Iliff, 65, who died in a Mitchell hospital, February 13. Rev. V.M. Coburn officiated at the services and interment was in the Mt. Vernon cemetery, under the direction of the Caldwell Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were T. V. Jones, T. B. Stark, Dan Nicolaisen, Lee Hamiel, E.T. Kelsey, and G. W. McDonough. A quartet, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Link, Mrs. John Kincaid, and A. T. Lyman, accompanied by Addie Bromwell, sang the hymns.
Jeanette Sarah Trotter was born in Rochelle, Illinois, on April 2, 1881. She came to South Dakota with her parents in her early childhood and they settled on a farm near Storla. After the death of her parents she made her home with an aunt in Mt. Vernon.
She was united in marriage November 26, 1927 to Charles H. Iliff.
Her first serious illness was in May 1946, from which she partially recovered. In September, 1946, she suffered a slight stroke and her health failed until finally on Monday night, February 10, 1947, she was taken to the Methodist Hospital in Mitchell for treatment. She died from a hemorrhage of the brain.
She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband, Charles H. Iliff; two brothers, Grant Trotter of Edgemont, South Dakota, and Walter Trotter of Vivian, South Dakota; and a number of nephews and nieces, besides a host of friends.
She was a life long member of the Methodist church and for many years was a Sunday School teacher, a Epworth League member and a member of the WCTU, WSCS, as well as many other church activities.


Died Aug. 1, 1897

Contributed by Rea Trotter (reatrotter(at)

John Trotter was born in Scotland in 1834 and with his folks started for this country in 1847. His parents died on the trip and were buried in the ocean and he with his two brothers and a sister [should be two sisters] were left orphans. In 1856 he moved to Illinois, where he taught school for eleven years. When the war of the rebellion broke out he enlisted in the 14th Illinois Cavalry and served during the entire war. He was quite prominent in politics and held several offices of trust during his residence in Illinois.
He came to Dakota in 1881 and settled in Palatine township, Aurora County, where he resided until about two years ago when he moved to Mt. Vernon to live with his sister, Mrs. Griffiths.
He had been ailing with that dread disease, consumption, which gradually tightened its hold until it resulted in his death on Sunday morning, August 1st. His wife, Sarah, died about seven years ago. He leaves three children to mourn his departure, Walter, Grant, and Nettie.
The funeral was held from the M.E. church Monday afternoon at five o'clock, Rev. D. M. Powell officiating. A large number of friends were present, of which the greater part followed the remains to their last resting place.

John Grant Trotter


Contributed by Rea Trotter (reatrotter(at)


John G. Trotter, the son of Grant and Emma Trotter, was born April 5, 1879 at Red Oak, Iowa, and died October 19, 1942 at the Methodist hospital being 63 years, 6 months and 14 days old at the time of his death.

He was 8 months old when his mother died. Two months later his father took him to Mrs. Jeanette Griffith at Rockford, Illinois.

He came to Mt. Vernon community in 1887 at the age of 8 years. His first year of schooling in Dakota brought an outstanding experience, that of spending all night in a country school house together with the Schlund children during the Big Blizzard of '88.

The next year he attended the Mt. Vernon public school. With the exception of 2 years at Dakota Wesleyan and 2 years of rural teaching, he was continuously connected with our school- as teacher, clerk, and chairman of the school board- as a board member he served from 1905 until 1942.
In March 1902 he married Adella Cook- to this union, 2 children were born-both dying in infancy.

For a number of years, Mr. Trotter was connected with the First National Bank of Mt. Vernon. For over a quarter of a century, he was secretary of our local Farmer's Elevator co. In 1928 he was elected Representative from Davison County to the state legislature.

One of his outstanding characteristics was his kindness to folks in need or distress. Thus when bank failures and depression came, he expressed the thought, "Tis only through the grace of God, that people bear these things.""

He was our children's friend. That in itself gives an index to his character.

Mr. Trotter was taken suddenly ill, as a result of complications about 8 o'clock Monday morning and died that evening about 7 o'clock.

Surviving are his wife, Adella Trotter, a sister, Mrs. Henry Eitriem and her four children, and 3 cousins- Mrs. Nettie Illiff, with whom he was raised, Walter and Grant Trotter.

Services were held at the Methodist church and Rev. A. L. Walker, Dell Rapids, officiating, assisted by the Rev. E. T. Lundy and the Rev. Kenneth Rice of Mt Vernon. Pall bearers were W. D. Anderson, Lee Hamiel, Melvin Oakley, Paul Strombeck, Howard Trone, and T. V. Jones. Interment was in the Mt. Vernon cemetery with the Caldwell funeral directors in charge.



Contributed by Rea Trotter (reatrotter(at)


Jeannett Trotter was born at Lochgelly, Scotland, October 12, 1835 and died at Mt. Vernon, South Dakota May 12, 1927, being 91 years and seven months of age at the time of her death.

She was one of a family of nine children born to Walter and Margaret Guthrie Trotter, one of which died in infancy. When she was 11 years of age they left Scotland hoping to establish a new home in America, but during the voyage, ship fever developed taking the lives of five members of the family, including the parents and three of the children. They landed at Quebec and after being released from quarantine the five surviving children were taken by Edward Hawley (a second cousin) to Vermont and four of them were placed in homes of strangers in Vermont and Massachusetts. The deceased remained in the home of Mr. Hawley and was employed in his tailor shop until her marriage to George Griffith in 1853. Following her marriage, she lived on a farm near Rockford, Illinois until the death of her husband in 1886 when she came to South Dakota to keep house for brother Grant, and made her home in or near Mt. Vernon until her death. Having no children of her own, she was a mother to three children needing a mother's love and care. J. W. McNeilage now living in Rockford, Illinois made his home with her for 15 years. J. G. Trotter lived with her from the time he was 11 months old until his marriage and Nettie Trotter who was living with her at the time of her death had been with her from her seventh year.


Early in life she joined the Presbyterian Church and while living in Illinois and South Dakota attended the Methodist church, but retained her Presbyterian membership until her death. She was the last surviving member of her generation of the family and leaves to mourn her departure 5 nephews and 3 nieces with their families and many friends in the communities in which she lived.

Funeral services were held at the M. E. church of Mt. Vernon on Monday, May 16 at 2:30 P.M., conducted by the pastor Rev. A. N. Courtney and interment was made in the Mt. Vernon cemetery.

Aberdeen Weekly News (27 Jan. 1888) transcribed by FoFG MZ

MITCHELL, Jan. 23. - The wife of Everett Smith died this morning after a week's serious illness caused by something akin to heart disease. The Smith family came here from North Carolina in 1883, since which time Mr. Smith has been chief clerk in the United States land office.

The wife of A. H. Peheson, jeweler, died yesterday of consumption.

A daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roach also died yesterday.

Aberdeen Daily News (2 Jan. 1912) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Mrs. J. C. Purdy of Mitchell died Christmas day at 2:30 after an illness of six weeks, with a complication of diseases.

Aberdeen Daily News (19 Aug. 1913) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Mitchell, Aug. 19. - Mrs. W. E. Rathbun, aged 42 years, wife of one of this city's oldest implement men, died Sunday evening at 7 o'clock as a result of paralysis of the bowels. She underwent an operation several days ago at St. Joseph's hospital for intestinal tumor with which she had been suffering for some time. The funeral was held at the home, 521 Fifth avenue east, yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.

Aberdeen Daily News (19 Nov. 1912) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Mrs. E. J. Buholz returned home last night from Mitchell, where she attended the funeral of the late Mr. J. C. Blenkiron, father of Mrs. R. Townsend, formerly of this city, and well known to many Aberdonians as having visited here on several occasions.

Mrs. Blenkiron died at Mitchell on Saturday, November 9, from cancer. The funeral was held Tuesday, November 12.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Townsend moved to Mitchell two weeks ago, where Mr. Townsend has entered the automobile business.

Mr. Buholz went to Mitchell Saturday last and returned with Mrs. Buholz last night.

Aberdeen Daily News (28 Aug. 1895) transcribed by FoFG MZ

MITCHELL, S.D., Aug. 28. - John Wheeler, who was accidentally shot Sunday, Aug. 11th, while chicken hunting, and who was reported out of danger by his physician, died suddenly yesterday.

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

S. Bately, a pioneer of Mitchell, died suddenly at his home in that city Monday evening, of heart failure. He had not been ill. He was born in England 65 years ago.

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

The late Hercules McCormick, who passed away recently at Mitchell was an exceptionally honest man. He was 68 years of age and had resided in South Dakota twenty-six years. He was under the employ of the government at the Santee Agency, Neb., some eighteen years ago and resigned because he thought the work was too light for the salary he received. About the same time he notified the department at Washington to stop his pension as he had recovered from his injury.

Morning Republican (Mitchell, South Dakota) Friday, Mar. 25, 1921; submitted by FoFG MZ

Mrs. Ole T. Olson, who has lived in Davison county for forty years died Wednesday at 1 o'clock at her home, 601 South Duff street, as a result of a stroke of paralysis. She has been ill for some time. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:30 p. m. at the home and 2 p.m. at the Norwegian Lutheran church of which Mrs. Olson was a member. Internment will be made in Graceland Cemetery.

Mrs. Olson was born in Norway on December 22, 1851 and came to the United States on July 21, 1881. She came directly to South Dakota and was married here on December 23 of the same year. Mr. and Mrs. Olson made their home on a farm south of Mitchell from the time of their marriage until 12 years ago when they moved to Mitchell.

Her husband and five children survive Mrs. Olson. The children are Theodore Olson, Halvor Olson, Mrs. K. S. Rudd, Mrs. Joe DeMeyer, Mrs. Charles Mooney. Another son, Oscar Olson, died in 1919.

Sioux City Journal (Iowa) 7 Nov. 1898; transcribed by FoFG MZ

Died. In Mitchell, S.D., November 6, 1898, Mrs. Harriet Washburn.

Mrs. Harriet Washburn was the relict of J. M. Washburn, who died at Mitchell several years ago. She died at 2:30 p.m. yesterday at Mitchell.

She was a prominent woman in Dakota territory and state of South Dakota, going with her husband to Dakota territory in the latter 60's. He was connected with the United States land office at Yankton, and subsequently receiver of the United States land office at Sioux Falls, going there in the latter 70's, thence to Mitchell when an office was established there. She resided in Mitchell since then, except occasional seasons in Sioux City and elsewhere.

During her life in Dakota in the early days she probably entertained at her home more distinguished visitors to the commonwealth than anybody else, and has scattered as much sunshine as usually falls to the lot of ordinary women. She leaves a son, Charles, who for some time lived in Sioux City, being connected with the circulating department of The Journal.

Unknown newspaper
Submitted by Jacque McDonnell


Mass of Christian Burial was held December 23, 2005 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wessington Springs for Hollis E. Grieve of Wessington Springs. Msgr. Edward Burian officiated and burial was in Hope Cemetery in Wessington Springs with military rites.
Hollis Erwin Grieve was born May 29,1927 at Mitchell, SD to Lawrence and Jennie (Elder) Grieve and died December 20, 2005 at Avera Weskota Memorial Medical Center at the age of 78 years, six months and 21 days.
He grew up on the family farm in Harmony Township and attended Templeton Country School through the eighth grade, then Wessington Springs High School, graduating in 1945. He entered the US Marine Corps in May 1945, and in September 1945 was shipped overseas to China. After his discharge, he attended Colorado A&M at Ft. Collins, Colo., for two years. He farmed with his dad until January 1951, when he became a member of the U.S. Postal Department as a Rural Mail Carrier. He retired after 40 years as a Rural Carrier. In August 1956, during the South Dakota National Guard reorganization, he joined the 153rd Combat engineers. He retired from the National Guard in May of 1987.
He was united in marriage to La Vaughn Geiver at Stephan Mission, SD on November 2, 1949. To this union, six children were born.
He was a long time member of the American Legion Post 14, VFW Post 5548, Central Dakota Marine Corps League #746. He was a member of the SD Rural Letter Carriers Association and National Rural Letter Carriers Association, the SD National Guard Enlisted Association. He was a school board member for eight years, and a hospice volunteer for several years. He was also a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Wessington Springs.
[survivor information omitted due to privacy concerns]

The Huron (SD) Daily Plainsman
Tuesday, October 25, 1966


Harrold, The funeral service for Paul R. Lien, 84, Mitchell, formerly of Harrold, was held Friday at First Lutheran Church in Mitchell with the Rev. Carl Borgwardt officiating. Burial was in Graceland Cemetery.
Lien died Oct. 18 in a Mitchell hospital. Born Oct. 28, 1881, in Yankton County, Lien married Edna Smith at Corsica in 1907. They moved to Harrold in 1913 where he barbered and farmed. They moved to Mitchell 12 years ago and operated a rug weaving business.
Survivors include his widow; one son, Donald J., Long Beach, Calif.; three daughters, Mrs. Roberta Milleu, Vicksburg, Miss.; Mrs. Blanche Hilman, Mitchell; Mrs. Charles Marso, Harrold; 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Huron (SD) Daily Plainsman
Monday, Nov. 20, 1972


Mitchell, Daniel R. Grigg Sr., 82, who had operated a men's clothing store here since 1919, died Friday.
Funeral services were Monday at Episcopal Church.
He had served on the park board and as director of the Mitchell Chamber of Commerce, was honored by the Boy Scouts, was president of the Basin League Baseball and active in Rotary and El Riad Shrine.
Survivors include a son, Dan, Mitchell, and a daughter, Mrs. James Tucker, Houston, Tex.

The Huron (SD) Daily Plainsman
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 1973


Howard, The funeral service for Mrs. Joseph Foos who died Monday at McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls, will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Willoughby Funeral Home with the Rev. Vernon Carpenter Spearfish, officiating. Burial will be in Graceland cemetery, Mitchell.
Gladys E. Simpson was born Dec. 12, 1908 at LeMars, Iowa, to Mr. and Mrs. George Simpson. She was married to Joseph Foos on Oct. 9, 1928. They farmed until 1971 near Roswell and at that time moved to Mitchell.
Survivors include her widower, Joseph, Mitchell; one daughter, Betty Jo Foos, Sioux Falls; two sons, Frank, Liberal, Kan., and Ben, Grand Island, Neb.; six granddaughters and one niece.
Visitation will be Wednesday afternoon and Thursday until the service at the Willoughby Funeral Home.

The Daily Huronite, Huron, South Dakota
August 11, 1896, Page 2.
Contributed by Suzanne Folk


Alonzo J. Edgerton, United States district judge, died at his home in Sioux Falls Sunday, after a long and painful sickness. His death, while sudden, was not unexpected. For the past three years Mr. Edgerton has been in poor health, and while friends had hoped for better health for him, they knew that at any time he might pass away. Judge Edgerton was born in Rome, N.Y. in 1831, and was graduated from the Wesleyan University of Connecticut in 1858, and in the same year was married to Miss Sarah Curtis of that state. In 1858 the young couple located in Minnesota, where the judge was admitted to the bar and began the practice of law. In 1859 he represented the people of the 13th senatorial district in the state legislature. He was appointed railroad commissioner of Minnesota by Gov. Austin on January 10, 1872, and in 1881 was appointed by Governor Pillsbury, to fill the vacancy caused by the retirement from the senate by Windom, who was made secretary of the treasury under Garfield. In December, 1881, he was appointed chief justice of Dakota. He then removed with his family to Yankton, and served as chief justice for four years. Afterwards removed to Mitchell and opened his law books again, and continued to reside there until appointed United States district judge by President Harrison in 1889. He then removed to Sioux Falls, which continued to be his home until his death Sunday. Nearly his entire life was spent in public service. The death of Judge Edgerton removes from the theater of life ne more of the men who were distinctly prominent in the days of our territorial government, and who made the fight for the statehood. In his death the state loses one of tits strong men, the city of Sioux Falls, a worthy citizen, and the surviving members of his family a kind husband and loving father.

Memorial Folder for ZeEtta K. Blaseg
Submitted by Jacque McDonnell


ZeEtta K. Nation was born February 20, 1913, on a farm near Arroll in Texas County, Missouri, to John and Margaret (Franks) Nation and died September 8, 2003, at the Highmore Healthcare Center, Highmore, South Dakota, at the age of 90 years, six months and 18 days.
The Nation family moved to Illinois Township in Hyde County, South Dakota, in November, 1919 and moved to Ree Heights in 1927. She attended high school at Ree Heights until her junior year, when she contracted Scarlet and Rheumatic fever, which nearly took her life.
She was united in marriage to Walter Frank Blaseg on June 28,1933, at the Presbyterian parsonage in Miller. To this union, three children were born: Verlin Frank, Robert Walter and Maria Jean.
She was a talented and very capable lady, whose job history included setting type at the Ree Heights Review newspaper; selling homes at Anderson Trailer Sales in Ft. Pierre; running the Ree Heights Cafe; caretaker of the Ree Heights Auditorium; and managing a laundromat in Mitchell, but above all, she was a homemaker. She was an active member of the Ree Heights Church and the Ree Heights Auxiliary, helped with 4-H groups, Sunday School and Bible School and was known for her crafts and always being willing to give a hand with anything.
Survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Verlin and Edith Blaseg of Wolsey; one daughter and son-in-law, Marla and Rem McGeorge of Highmore; four grandchildren: Robert Blaseg of Huron, Roberta Ransom of Parker, Paul Blaseg of Wolsey and Justin McGeorge and his wife, Joy, of Highmore; three great-granddaughters: Natashia and Brittany Ransom

Inurnment: Morningside Cemetery, Ree Heights, South Dakota

Ora Hollenbach Shade was born at Wyanet, Illinois, on December 24, 1879. The family moved to Mitchell, South Dakota, in 1920 where he constructed roads and did insurance adjusting. He later owned and operated the Dakota Electric Company in Mitchell. He was active in youth work with the Boy Scouts and Y.M.C.A.; and in the work of the Gideons, Methodist Church, and Masonic Lodge. He was a member of the South Dakota House of Representatives during the 49th Session. He died in Mitchell, South Dakota, on December 17, 1956 and is there buried in Graceland Cemetery
[Submitted by who adds that Ora was his grandfather]

Graveside services for Natasha White were Tuesday January 16, 2001 at New Hope Cemetery. Pafford Funeral in charge. Natasha, infant, died Tuesday Jan. 2, 2001 at Hollister Hospital*, Mitchell S.D. of injuries received in a car accident. She leaves her parents Wayne and Jean White of Hill City S.D.; a sister Jasmine Olivia White of Hill City S.D.; two brothers, Joshua Michael White of Lexington and Wayne White Jr ofHill City S.D. and her grandparents of F.M. and Sue White Lexington TN.
[Submitted by Christine Walters from the Lexington Progress Henderson Co TN 17 Jan 2001]
* a site visitor notes that there is not a Hollister Hospital in Mitchell

Mitchell Daily Republican, Mitchell SD

February 9, 1886, page 3

Contributed by Suzanne Folk


Death and Burial of One of Mitchell's Most Esteemed Citizens.

It is with sincere regret that the Republican announces to-day the death of one of Mitchell's most esteemed citizens, Josiah B. Vandenburg, who died at his home here at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, February 7th. He has been ill for a couple of weeks only with typhoid malarial difficulty, which took on a fatal appearance about a week since, and his death has been daily expected during that time.

Mr. Vandenburg was born at Beadford, Rock county, Wisconsin, in 1847, and was consequently in his 39th year. He had been a resident of Dakota for about three years and a citizen of Mitchell for about a year. He had in that time made many friends and was looked upon as one of the city's most valued citizens. He leaves a wife and four children.

The funeral took place yesterday at the Baptist church and was very largely attended. The services were conducted by Rev.  S.J. Winegar, assisted by Rev. Messrs. Brown and Appleton.  Mr. Winegar preached a short and affecting sermon from 2d Timothy, 4th chapter, 7th and 8th verses. He said that Mr. Vandenburg had been a member of the church since his sixteenth year and had united with the church here about a year ago, He spoke highly of the character and ability of the deceased and dwelt upon his many commendable equalities.

The funeral cortege which followed the body to the grave was one of the largest ever seen here.

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