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Day County, South Dakota



Bett, D. H.

Boyd, William G.

Colwell, William T.

Dippert, Lucille

Estes, Vernon T. "Skip"

Forsen, Erick Olson

Helwig, Irene Rose Thuringer

Karlins, Luvay

Oetking, Henry

Peabody, Dr. H. A.

Pratt, Mrs. Francis

Vander Horck, Dr. Max P.

Wagner, Peter J.

Williams, Mrs. James H.

Wright, Gladys Martindale






From the memorial leaflet
Contributed by Jacque McDonnell


Birth: Nov. 7, 1899 (Leon, Iowa)
Parents: William & Lillian (Simpson) Martindale
Marriage: Dr. Rosswell F. Wright, Sr. (Jun 27, 1918). 2 children.
Death: Nov. 12, 1991 (Bethesda Nursing Home, Webster, SD)
Age: 92 yrs 5 ds
Funeral: Sat., Nov. 16, 1991 (United Methodist Church, Highmore, SD)
Burial: Highmore City Cemetery (Highmore, SD)
Education: Leon, Iowa
Locations: Leon, IA; Wessington Springs (with mother, 1916); to SW of Highmore, SD; to Highmore; to Webster (1984); to Bethesda Nursing Home (Dec. 1985)
Organizations/Civic: United Methodist Church of Highmore; United Methodist Women; Order of the Eastern Star
Preceded in death by: husband (1960); parents' 2 brothers; great-grandchild

[Survivor information omitted for privacy]

Obituary contributed by Susanne Bain


Residence: Milbank
Birth: Aug 08, 1917 (near Eden)
Parents: George and Johanna (Wier) Thuringer
Baptism: Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Eden)
Marriage: Max Helwig (in Eden, SD)
Death: Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010 (Milbank, SD)
Age:  93
Funeral: "Thursday" (Immaculate Conception Church, Waubay)
Burial: Waubay Catholic Cemetery
Education: Eden, SD
Occupation: Telephone operator, house cleaner, babysitter, caretaker for church, cafe in Ortley.  Retired 1987.
Locations: Milbank, Waubay, Eden, Grenville, Ortley.
Organizations/Civic: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church; Altar Society; Waubay Senior Citizens.
Preceded in death by: son and daughter.

[Survivor information omitted for privacy]

Mrs. James H. Williams

Paper: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) Sunday, March 4, 1923; transcribed by FoFG mz

Death came to break the ties of the remarkable period of sixty-two years, when Mrs. James H. Williams passed away Saturday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. A. Draeger, 1115 Lincoln street north, aged 82. Her husband surviving is 90 years old.

Mr. and Mrs. Williams, who have been prominent in the community life of Webster for 22 years, came to visit at the Draeger home in December. Mrs. Williams fell ill and has failed since.

She was born May 29, 1841, in White Pigeon, Mich., and came west with her parents at an early age to Caledonia, Minn., when that was a very new country. She was married there at an early age and the new home was made in that vicinity until the couple came into Day county. Two daughters survive Mrs. Chas. E. Hyde of Webster and Mrs. Draeger of this city.

Today at 12:30 a brief service will be held at the Draeger home, Rev. Hunter of the Presbyterian church officiating. The remains will be taken to Webster for internment there, probably on Monday.

Aberdeen Daily News (21 Dec. 1912) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Henry Oetking, aged 67 years, a foreman on one of the Eliza Tobin farms near Pierpont, died at St. Luke’s hospital Thursday from appendicitis. The remains were shipped to Pierpont for internment.

Aberdeen Daily News (9 Dec. 1911) transcribed by FoFG MZ

The sudden death of Dr. Max P. Vander Horck, who was born and raised in Webster, occurred at his home at Minneapolis. He was preparing to leave home to go to his office and was stricken with an attack of heart trouble, which caused death. The father of the deceased was formerly post trader at old Fort Sisseton in the ‘80’s.

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

Mrs. Francis Pratt, an old resident of Day county, died Thursday, December 28, at her home in Webster, after a lingering illness.

Aberdeen American (4 June 1914) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Wm. G. Boyd, a prominent farmer of Andover, died in the Groton hospital Sunday of appendicitis. He was 45 years of age and unmarried.

Aberdeen Weekly News (3 Dec. 1903) transcribed by FoFG MZ

D. H. Betts, aged 74, a highly respected citizen of Day county, died at his home near Webster.

Aberdeen American (11 Mar. 1911) transcribed by FoFG MZ

The funeral of Dr. H. A. Peabody of Webster, whose death occurred last Monday at St. Augustine, Fla., will be held Sunday at 2 o’clock p.m. from the M. E. church at Webster, the Rev. H. M. Tragitt of Milbank officiating.

Aberdeen Daily News (4 Apr. 1911) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Erick Olson Forsen, one of the oldest settlers of Webster, died there last week, aged 77.

Aberdeen Daily News (28 July 1902) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Webster, S.D., July 26. – William T. Colwell, treasurer of Day county, died during the night after an illness of a few days. Mr. Colwell was one of the early settlers of Day county, and was engaged in farming near Bristol when elected treasurer. He was a man of the highest personal worth and much esteemed by the people of the county. He leaves a wife and three adopted children, all the children being adults. He came to Day county from Ohio, from which state he served in the civil war, being in McKinley’s regiment.

Aberdeen Daily News (9 Dec. 1911) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Peter J. Wagner passed away at his home at Webster after a long illness. He was born in Germany and spent his boyhood there, coming to America in 1874. A widow and ten children survive.

Gone Golfing

Vernon T. (Skip) Estes, Jr. passed comfortably on Sunday, May 8, 2011. Skip was born in Huron, South Dakota on June 1, 1939 to Vernon T. Estes, Sr. and Lucille Lambert. He graduated from Webster High School, South Dakota, in 1958 where he met LaVonne Murschel. They married in the summer after graduation and moved to Washington State where they had two children and worked side-by-side as entrepreneurs in four successful businesses. An avid golfer, Skip retired with LaVonne to Sun City, Arizona in 2002 to spend more time on the greens and in leisure with their many friends. Married for 53 years, he is survived by wife LaVonne, two brothers, Ted Estes and Harry Bayliffe, daughter Dr. Lori Estes-Raybold and husband Thom Raybold of Washington, D.C., son Brian D. Estes and wife Karen of Graham, Washington, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. His mother and father precede him in death. His wife and children will sorely miss his smile, strong sense of humor, loving ways, and values like the strong work ethic he instilled in his kids. May the golf course in heaven be everything he imagined. Skip and Dad, we love you and will miss you so much.

In honor of Skip's wishes no service will be held. A private family memorial was held on Wednesday, May 11, 2011.

(contributed by Rita Bergendahl, sent to her by Skip's son)

The Highmore Herald
Highmore, South Dakota
Thursday, May 5, 2005
Page 6
Contributed by Jacque McDonnell


Birth: Aug. 31, 1913 (Highmore)

Parents: Louis & Marie Nesheim

Death: April 27, 2005 (Fargo, ND).
Age: 91 years, 7 mos 26 ds

Education: Nursing school (at Mitchell, SD)
Marriage: Walter Karlins (Aberdeen, 1948)

Occupation: Nurse

(Survivor information omitted due to privacy concerns)

Unknown newspaper
Submitted by Jacque McDonnell


Funeral: February 9, 2006, Miller Funeral Home (Bowdle)

Residence: Bowdle

Burial: Bowdle City Cemetery

Parents: Chloe Sharp

Birth: Highmore, June 7, 1926

Death: Feb. 6, 2006 (Bowdle Nursing Home)

Age: 79 yr 7 mos 30 ds

Marriage: Glen E. Dipper (Dec. 19, 1965)

(Survivor information omitted due to privacy concerns)


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