South Dakota

Deuel County South Dakota



Borlick, Audrey D.

Dumke, Albert

Dumke, Alma Pauline

Dumke, Amelia

Dumke, Dwight D.

Dumke, Edith A.

Dumke, Emma Erichsen

Dumke, Henry August

Dumke, Mabel C.

Dumke, Mary Louise

Dumke, Otto

Gooderum, Margaret H. Dumke

Hite, Marion S.

Jepp, Doris Maass

Lienhard, Wanelda Lavonne

Priem, Arlene Dumke

Rehfeld, Lena

Spring, Mary E.

Ucker, George A.

Wieber, Mabel

Winter, Albert

Winter, Delbert

Winter, Mary Louise Dumke








Wanelda Lavonne Lienhard (nee Krause)

[contributed by Friend of Free Genealogy MZ]

Age 74

Died: Sept. 14, 2004
Cause of death: endometrial cancer

Preceded in death by her parents, Laurene and Richard Krause; brothers, Darrold, Dale, Marvin; 1 infant brother and sister.

Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Clear Lake, South Dakota

Published in the Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN) 16 Sept. 2004


Prange Allan G.
Age 84, of Buffalo, Minnesota
Survived by his wife & 7 children
Interment Lake View Cemetery in Clear Lake, South Dakota

Published in the Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn.) on 9/25/2002

[survivor information omitted for privacy concerns]


From the Watertown (SD) Public Opinion

(handwritten 12-26-02)

Submitted by her nephew, Larry Dumke


CLEAR LAKE - Mrs. Mabel Anna Wieber, 85, Clear Lake, died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2002, at a Clear Lake nursing home.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Clear Lake.  The Rev. Michael Enderle will officiate.  Music will be provided by Ruth Enderle, organist.

Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery, Clear Lake.  Pallbearers will be Jeff Wieber, Christopher Wieber, Ryan Wieber, Harold Ingalls, Marvin Wieber, Melvin Maass and Curt Dumke.

Visitation will be in the Crawford-Eng Funeral Home, Clear Lake, today (Thursday) from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday preceding the services at the church.  The family is requested to meet at the church Friday at 1:30 p.m. for a prayer service.

Mabel Wieber was born on July 13, 1917 to Edward and Louise (Hillman) Maass at Revillo where she was raised and attended Portland Country School for several years.  Her parents then moved to the Clear Lake area.  She attended Clear Lake grade school and graduated from Clear Lake High School.

On Sept. 19, 1936, she married Carl Wieber at the Lutheran Parsonage in Milbank.  Following their marriage they lived and farmed near the Cleark Lake, Altamont and Tunerville areas until settling on their farm near Altamont in 1944.  In August of 1960 Mr. Wieber died.  She remained on the farm until 1961 when she moved into Clear Lake.  She then began working at Halse's in Clear Lake.  In 1973 she began working as the Deuel County Register of Deeds.  She worked there until her retirement in November 1993.  In October 1999 she entered the Deuel County Good Samaritan Home in Clear Lake.

She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Clear Lake.  She enjoyed playing cards and tending to her many plants.

[Survivor information omitted due to the recentness of this obituary and for privacy concerns]


Margaret H. (Dumke) Gooderum obituary

Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret H. Gooderum, 80, who died April 3, 1978 at the Canby Hospital, will be held at 11 AM Thursday, April 6, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. Pastor Earl Dreyer will officiate. Delores Peterson, organist, will accompany Robert Hanson as he sings The Old Rugged Cross, and Abide With Me., Pallbearers will be Don Grondahl, Roy Grondahl, Terry Couillard and Wendell Snortum. Internment will be in the Canby Cemetery.

Margaret H. Gooderum was born Sept. 12, 1897 at Altamont, SD to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dumke. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. She moved to Gary, SD as a young girl and graduated from high school there. She was also a graduate of the Mankato Commercial College. On Oct. 20, 1922, she was married to Hugo Gooderum in Deuel County. After their marriage they moved to Canby and have lived here since. She was a member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church.

Survivors include her husband; one son Hugo, Jr., Riverside, CA; one daughter, Mrs. Russell (Joan) Couillard, New Hope; one sister, Mrs. Elsie Sorenson, Edina; and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and six sisters.


Alma Pauline Dumke obituary
[Retyped from a photocopy of the original that was very difficult to read]
Contributed by Larry Dumke

Miss Alma Pauline Dumke, sister of Mrs. O. A. Sorenson, died [June 9, 1935 at age 37]. . . Sunday evening at the Sorenson home [in Canby], where she had been bedridden for several weeks.

Funeral services were held at the First English Lutheran Church Wednesday afternoon . . . . internment was in the new addition to the Canby Cemetery.

Alma Dumke, the daughter of Henry and Mary Dumke of Gary, S.D., was born on a farm near Altamont, S.D. on April 4, 1898 (3?). When her parents moved to Gary, she worked for the School for the Blind for a number of years. Then she was employed at the Colonial (sp?) and St. Mary's Hospitals at Rochester. About six years ago she became a victim of the dreadful disease of cancer. For the past month she had made her home with the Sorensons, having been finally forced to give up her work.

She is survived by her parents and six sisters, namely, Mrs. Sorenson of Canby, Mrs. Irving Nelson of Brookings, S.D., Mrs. Hugo Gooderum of Canby, Mrs. Milton Polk of Portland, Oregon, and Mrs. Vernon Jorgenson of Gary. One sister, Mrs. Fred Grabow, and a brother, Henry [Jr.], have preceded her in death.

The bereaved relatives are to be consoled by the thought that her death, although early, rescued her from an illness that tortured her and left her little enjoyment in life. She slept peacefully away and we trust now abides in eternal happiness as a reward of a virtuous life.

Pallbearers were Albert G. Dumke, Richard Dumke, Fred Dumke, Gust Reich, George Winter and George Uckert.

Relatives who attended from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Albert Dumke, Sr. and family, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dumke and family, Mr. and Mrs. Gust Reich, Mr. and Mrs. George Winters and family, Miss Edna Dumke, Miss Anna Dumke and Fred Dumke, all of Altamont, S.D.; George Uckert and family of Burr (?); Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dixon (?), Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Paschke and Mrs. Edna Betcher (?) of Rochester; Mrs. Emil Grabow and family of Altamont; and Mrs. Dick Lehemo (?) and Mrs. John Meinberg of Gary.


Abstracted from the Memorial folder, submitted by Larry Dumke


Birth: September 14, 1908 (Albee, SD)

Parents: Edward & Louise (Hillman) Maass.

Marriage: Alfred Spring, March 1, 1927 (Revillo, SD) (he d. July 14, 1974)

Church Affiliation: Redeemer Lutheran Church, Flandreau

Locations: Watertown area (until 1971); Flandreau

Death: May 7, 2004

Age: 95y 7 ms 23ds

Funeral: Monday, May 10, 2004, Skroch Funeral Chapel, Flandreau, SD

Burial: Union Cemetery, Flandreau, SD

Preceded in death by: husband, parents, four sisters, four brothers

[survivor information omitted for privacy reasons]


From the Clear Lake Courier, January of 1938

Contributed by Larry Dumke


A heart attack early Thursday evening, January 5th, took the life of Henry August Dumke, seventy-six year old resident.

Mr. Dumke, who for 30 years has resided at the northwestern edge of Gary, on the site of Gary's first hotel, has been farming some thirty acres and for most of these years has supplied a number of homes here with milk and cream.  During the years 1925 to 1932 the Dumke family manufactured ice cream at their home plant and supplied the local establishments.

He was born in Gross Linchen Germany, on September 28, 1862, and came to America in 1883.  Two years later, 1885, he married Miss Marie Bork, and resided on a homestead near Altamont, S.D., until 1909, since which time they have resided in Gary.

Nine children were born to this union, three of whom preceded him in death, namely, Mrs. Fred Grabow of Nevis, Minn., Henry, Jr., at Gary, and Alma, at Rochester, Minn.

Besides his wife the survivors are the six grown children, Mrs. Hugh (Emma) Jones of Portland, Ore., Mrs. Alfred (Elsie) Sorenson of Canby, Mrs. Hugo (Margaret) Gooderum of Canby, Mrs. Vernon (Mary) Jorgenson of north of Gary, Mrs. Milton (Johanna) Polk of Portland, Ore., and Mrs. Erving (Augusta) Nelson of Brookings, S.D.

Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon, with a service at the home at one o'clock and at the First Evangelical Lutheran church at 1:30 o'clock.  Rev. H. Rutz conducted the service and used "Romans 6-23" as his text.

Interment was made at the Grandview cemetery.  The pallbearers were Wm. Stanke, Otto Baer, John D. Kenyon, Judd R. Kenyon, Fred Bremer and R. H. Benner.  -Gary Interstate.


Feb 11, 1997 (The Free Press)(Mankato, MN)
Contributed by Larry Dumke


Former Blue Earth County employee Arlene D. Priem, 71, of Mankato, Minnesota died Saturday, Feb 08, 1997, at Mankato House Health Care Center.

Services are 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb 13, 1997 at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Mankato, Minnesota, the Rev. James Liggett officiating. Burial is at Woodland Hills Memorial Park.

Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and one hour before services at the church.

Mrs Priem was born March 18, 1925, to Richard Paul and Mable C. (Hartsel) Dumke at Altamont, South Dakota. She graduated from Clear Lake High School, Clear Lake, South Dakota and attended Mankato Commercial College. She married Lyle Merlin Priem Oct 09, 1949, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mankato, Minnesota. She was employed by Club Beverage, Mankato Ford, and the Blue Earth County Recorder's Office. She was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Evening Guild, Family Serving Unit, and the choir. She was also a member of Eagle Lake American Legion Post No. 617 Auxiliary. She enjoyed sewing, flower gardening, golf, cross country skiing, and travel.

She is survived by her husband; two sons, Donald L. of Chanhassen, Minnesota, and Ronald L. of Englewood, Colorado; two grandchildren; two sisters, Audrey Borlick of Mankato, Minnesota, and Joyce Campbell of Alexandria, Minnesota; three sisters-in-law, Deloris Steinberg and her husband Kurt of North Mankato, Minnesota, Darlene Dumke of Mankato, Minnesota, and Lorraine Hamann of Clear Lake, South Dakota; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers.

From the Clear Lake Courier, Clear Lake, SD
Contributed by Larry Dumke


Mrs. G. Winter of Altamont Dies Saturday
Large Crowd at Funeral Here Tuesday; Deceased Was 53 Years Old

Mrs. George L. Winter (Mary Louise Dumke) of Altamont passed away on Saturday, January 18 at 11:40 a.m. after a lingering illness. The deceased was the oldest daughtre [sic] of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Dumke and was born near Altamont on the 20th day of February 1887. He [sic] entire life was spent in the Altamont community. At the time of her death she was 53 years, 10 months and 28 days of age.
On June 21, 1911, she was united in marriage to George Winter. Seven sons were born to Mr. and mrs. Winter, two of whom preceded her in death. They were Vernon Leroy and Harvey Harland. Besides her husband she is survived by five sons - Emery, Delbert, Elmer, Albert and Ralph, her parents Mr. and Mrs. Albert Dumke, four brothers, Otto, Richard, Albert and Fred of Altamont and five sisters, Frieda (Mrs. George Uckert), Canby, Minn. Minnie (Mrs. Marion Hite), Mankato, Minn.; Martha (Mrs. Gust Reich), Edith Dumke, Anna (Mrs. John Bix), all of Altamont. Also surviving is one granddaughter, Lillian and nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Winter will always be remembered by her relatives and her many friends as a good neighbor and for her many kind and thoughtful deeds.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon and at one o'clock at the home and at the Clear Lake Congregational church, Rev. A. F. Tieszen officiating. Two selections, "Safe In The Arms of Jesus" and "God Be With You Till We Meet Again" were beautifully sung by Mrs. R. L. Chambers and Mrs. Frances Ackert, accompanied by Miss Dorothy Hatlestad at the piano.
Burial was made at the Lake View cemetery beside her children.
The pallbearers were Egge Mulder, Harco Mulder, John Henrichsen, Charles Peterson, Louis Adolph and Phil Cook.

From the Watertown Public Opinion, Watertown, SD
Contributed by Larry Dumke


Albert Winter Rites Friday in Clear Lake
Clear Lake - Albert A. Winter, 53, formerly of Altamant [sic], died Oct. 6 in a Yankton hospital. The funeral will be Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the Congregational Church in Clear Lake with Fr. Robert Wagner, Watertown, officiating. Burial will be in the Lake View Cemetery at Clear Lake.
Mr. Winter was born Sept. 3, 1917, near Altamont, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Winter. He grew up on the farm. On July 8, 1936, he married Margaret Praroge at Big Stone City. They lived on a farm in the Altamont area until the marriage terminated in 1955. In 1959 he married Augusta Tobin. They continuted to live on the farm until her death in an automobile accident in 1969. Mr. Winter had been in poor health since the time of the accident.
Survivors include five daughters, Mrs. Lars (Lillian) Johnson, Marietta, Minn., Mrs. Michael (Bonnie) Dailey, Mrs. Richard (Judy) O'Neill, Mrs. Vicki Webb and Mrs. James (Shyrlee) Raml, all of Watertown; four brothers, Emergy and Delbert, Altamont, Elmer, Madrid, Iowa, and Ralph of Aurora, and 13 grandchildren.
Visitors may call at the Brockburg-Geise Funeral Chapel at Clear Lake after noon Thursday (today) and after 1 p.m. at the church on Friday.

Published in the Mankato Free Press
Contributed by Larry Dumke


Audrey D. Borlick, age 81 of Mankato, died Tuesday (February 25, 2003) at her home.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Mankato with Rev. Charles Oftloff officiating. Burial in Glenwood Cemetery in Mankato. Visitation will be held one hour before services at the church on Friday. Mankato Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Borlick was born October 16, 1921 to Richard P. and Mabel (Hartsell) Dumke in Altamont, South Dakota. She graduated from Altamont High School. Audrey was united in marriage to Raymong Borlick on October 29, 1955 in Chicago, IL. Audrey worked as a secretary in Chicago and various places in the Mankato Area. Audrey also owned Steward Music store.
She was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church. She enjoyed family, sewing and music.
Preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, Merlyn and Dwight, one sister, Arlene.
[survivor information excluded out of privacy concerns]

Published in the Mankato Free Press
Contributed by Larry Dumke


Mankato -- Dwight D. Dumke, 64, of Mankato died Friday, Dec. 31, 1993, at Immanuel-St. Joseph's Hospital.
Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Mankato, the Rev. James Pragman and the Rev. Charles Ortloff officiating.
Burial is in Glenwood Cemetery in Mankato.
Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. today at Mankato Mortuary and one hour before services Tuesday at the church.
Mr. Dumke was born May 15, 1929, to Richard and Mabel (Hartsell) Dumke in Altamont, S.D. He was in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Darlene A. Childs on June 26, 1954, in Lake Crystal. He was a truck driver for Gamble-Robinson Co., Murphy Freight and Cotter and Co. He retired in 1991. He was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and the Eagles Club and a life member of the D. A. V. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
[survivor information excluded due to privacy concerns]

from the Watertown (SD) Public Opinion
Contributed by Larry Dumke


Clear Lake - Funeral services were conducted in St. Paul's Lutheran church here on Friday afternoon for Mrs. Rudolph Jepp, 24, the former Doris Maass of Tltamont [sic]. The Rev. E. O. Ellefson, Brandt, officiated. Services in the farm home preceded the rites at the church. Her death occurred following at operation in a Watertown hospital.
Mrs. Jepp was born near Revillo, April 9, 1923, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Maass. She married Rudolf Jepp on Dec. 24, 1944. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. She graduated from high school here in 1940.
The funeral was one of the largest ever attendede [sic] here. Mrs. Herb Sorenson, accompanied by Mrs. Fred Wiswall at the piano, sang two solos. Interment was in Lakeview cemetery.
Survivors are her widower, her mother, and six sisters and three brothers: Mrs. Gilbert Webb of Bemis; Mrs. Alfred Spring, Watertown; Mrs. Howard Ingalls, Mrs. Louis Dumke, Mrs. Carl Weiber and MRs. Clarence Hartsell, all of Altamont; Walter of Portland, Ore.; and Arthur and Elmer, both of Revillo. All attended the funeral.
St. Paul's Lutheran Ladies aid served lunch in the church parlors for the many friends and relatives from away, following the committal rites.

from the memorial folder for Delbert Winter
Contributed by Larry Dumke


Memorial services for Mr. Delbert Winter, 88, of 740 Second Avenue Northeast, Watertown, South Dakota will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 25, 2002 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Watertown, South Dakota. Rev. Richard Fylling will officiate. Mr. Winter passed away June 21, 2002 at a local care center.
Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery, Clear Lake, South Dakota. Honorary pallbearers will be: Henry Rauen, Dennis Stoltenburg, Don Homan, Mike Dailey, Jack Dexter and Francis Lamont. Music will be provided by Sara Winter, pianist, and Brodie Daily, soloist. The family is requested to meet at the church on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. for a prayer service. Crawford Funeral Chapel, Watertown, South Dakota is in charge of the arrangements.
Del was born on April 30, 1914 at Altamont, South Dakota to George and Mary (Dumke) Wnter. He was baptized on November 28, 1937 at their home in Altamont, South Dakota.
Del was united in marriage to Florence Geisler on June 24, 1942 at Marshall, Minnesota. He joined the First Congregational Church of Clear Lake, South Dakota on April 6, 1950. Del farmed in the Altamont area until 1962 except for one year when he owned and operated the Fireplace Cafe at Clear Lake, South Dakota. He also owned and operated Del's Cafe in Altamont from 1961 to 1979. He was engaged in steel construction for several years until he retired. He then worked for various farmers. Del lived in the Altamont area all his life until moving into Clear Lake, South Dakota in 1997. He moved to Watertown, South Dakota October 14, 2000.

[survivior information omitted for privacy]

from the Mankato (MN) Free Press
Contributed by Larry Dumke


Funeral services for Mrs. Mabel C. Dumke, 73, of 1058 Marsh Street, who died Saturday at the Hilltop Hospital Unit, were Monday afternoon at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Norman Heidorn officiating.

[survivior information omitted for privacy]

from newspaper at Canby, Minnesota
Contributed by Larry Dumke


Funeral services for George A. Ucker, who died at Canby Community Hospital November 26, were conducted November 29 at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Robert Oram officiating.
Robert Blankers played "How Great Thou Art" on the organ. Pallbearers were Donald and Wallace Sundin, Russell Dunn, Ray Kraft, Robert Winkels and J. Albert Anderson. Interment was in Canby Cemetery.
George A. Ucker was born March 6, 1889 in Clear Lake, So. Dak., to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ucker. He lived on a farm near Clear Lake until 1918 when he moved to the Canby Community. Mr. Ucker attended school in Clear Lake and he was married to Freida Dumke, who died in 1951 and to Lillian Sundin in 1957, who survives him.
Mr. Ucker farmed all his life and moved in Canby for the past eight years. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

[survivior information omitted for privacy]

from the Mankato Free Press
Contributed by Larry Dumke


Service for Marion S. Hite, 54, of 735 Nicollet avenue, who died at his North Mankato, Minnesota home Friday, will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Belgrade Avenue Methodist church, the Rev. George Saunderson officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood cemetery.
Mr Hite, who has been a resident of the Mankato area, for 36 years, was born in Ohio, Illinois, April 26, 1900. He had been employed by the Minnesota Service Oil company for the past 10 years.
Surviving are his wife, one brother, Floyd of Los Angeles, California; two sisters, Mrs Bernard (Bernice) Keinz of Mankato, Minnesota, and Mrs Grace Gunst of Nicollet, Minnesota.
A memorial fund has been started for the Belgrade Avenue Methodist church. The body will lie in state at Landkamer funeral home until Tuesday noon when it will be removed to the church.

from the Canby, Minnesota newspaper
Contributed by Larry Dumke


Rites were conducted in Canby and Gary, S. D., Monday afternoon for Mrs. Mary Louise Dumke, 73, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. A. Sorenson, here Thursday of last week.
Mrs. Dumke had been making her home with Mr. and Mrs. Sorenson since the death of her husband Heinrich Dumke, last January. She had been in poor health all winter.
Mary Bork was born at Herzberg, Hinterpommern, Germany, November 16, 1865. In 1885 she came to the United States and the following year was married. Mr. and Mrs. Dumke resided on a homestead near Altamont, S.D., until 1909 when they moved to Gary where they lived until Mr. Dumke's death.
Mrs. Dumke was the mother of nine children, three of whom preceded her in death; Mrs. Fred Grabow of Neviw, Henry, Jr., of Gary and Alma of Rochester. Surviving are Mrs. Hugh Jones (Emma) of Portland, Ore., Mrs. Alfred Sorenson (Elsie) of Canby, Mrs. Hugo Gooderum (Margaret) of Canby, Mrs. Vernon Jorgenson (Mary) of Gary, Mrs. Milton Polk (Johanna) of Portland, Ore., and MRs. Erving Nelson (August) of Brookings, S.D.
The rites were conducted at the Sorenson home here at one o'clock and at the Gary Methodist church at two with Rev. O. A. Olson in charge. A trio consisting of Dorothy Sorenson, Lucille Hanson and Priscilla Olson sang two songs at Gary, accompanied by Ruby Grondahl. Interment was made in Pleasant View cemetery.

From the memorial folder for Edith Dumke

Contributed by Larry Dumke


Edith Dumke, age 80, a lifelong resident of Altamont, passed away at the Deuel County Memorial Hospital on Monday, November 15, 1976.

She was born July 16, 1896 on a farm at Altamont, Deuel County, S. Dak., a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Dumke.  She attended Rush Lake District School and Altamont High School.  She made her home with her parents until their death and she continued to live at Altamont until she moved to the Shady Rest Lodge at Gary several weeks ago.

She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Anna Brix of Altamont and Mrs. Minnie Hite of Mankato, Minn.  Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services were held Thursday, November 18, 1976 at 2:00 p.m. from the United Methodist Church at Clear Lake with Rev. Richard Salmonson officiating.  Burial was in the Lake View Cemetery.  Mrs. Al Halse sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Beyond the Sunset" accompanied by Mrs. Myron Gauger at the organ.  Casketbearers were Delbert Winter, Emory Winter, Jack Schaefer, Robert Schaefer, Emil Lindner and Louis Dumke.

Eng's Funeral Home of Clear Lake and Toronto was in charge of arrangements.


From the "Clear Lake Courrier"

Contributed by Larry Dumke


Mrs. Amelia Dumke, one of the old-time pioneers of Deuel county, passed away Sunday at her home in Altamont.  She would have been 89 years of age had she lived until April 23rd.  Mrs. Dumke came to this country from Germany, with her husband, in 1884, going directly to Altamont where she has lived all her life.

Funeral services were held in this city Tuesday afternoon at the Methodist church with Rev. Fred Shoemaker, pastor, officiating.  Burial was in Lake View cemetery.  Six grandsons were the casket bearers.

Amelia Roske wos [sic] born on April 23, 1863 in Germany.  She was united in marriage to Albert Dumke in 1883 and the following year they moved to America.  Her husband preceded her in death in 1941.  Two daughters, Mrs. Geo. (Freda) Uckert and Mrs. George (Mary) Winters, also preceded her in death.

She is survived by four sons and four daughters.  They are: Otto and Albert, of Clear Lake; Richard, of Mankato, Minn.; Fred, of Minneapolis; Mrs. Gust (Martha) Reich, Mrs. Jack (Anna) Brix and Edith Dumke, all of Altamont; and Mrs. Marion (Minnie) Hite of Mankato, Minn.  Eighteen grandchildren and twenty-seven great grandchildren also survive.


From the "Clear Lake Courrier"

Contributed by Larry Dumke


Albert Dumke, pioneer settler of Altamont, passed away August 23, 1941, at his home at the age of 80 years, 11 months and 26 days.  He was born August 27, 1860, in Gross Linechen Hinter Pomern, Germany.

On January 30, 1883, he was united in marriage to Amelia Raski at Germany.  The couple came to Dakota on April 30, 1884 and settled on a farm on the east bank of Lake Alice where they made their home until October, 1910, moving then to the town of Altamont.

Albert Dumke was one of the first settlers to starting [sic] tilling the soil of this territory, under extreme complications and hardships which were many.  Oxen and home made implements were the only means of clltivating [sic] the soil.  His determination helped him to win the battle.

He was always willing to help others in their trying times.  Always a willing and faithful provider for his entire family.  A friend and helper to all the children he knew, and will be greatly missed by young and old for his familiar voice and figure will be seen and heart no more.

He was up and around a few days before his death, although not in the best of health, the past two years, he was still very active and interested in te [sic] welfare of all.

Mr. Dumke was the father of eleven children.  He leaves to mourn his death his widow; five daughters, Frieda (Mrs. George Uckert), Canby, Minn.; Minnie (Mrs. Marion Hite), Mankato, Minn.; Martha (Mrs. Gus Reich), Altamont; Anna (Mrs. John Brix), Altamont, and Edith at home; four sons, Otto, Richard, Albert and Fred, all of Altamont; one step sister, Mary Kalish, Los Angeles, California, 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were two daughters, one in infancy and the other, Mary (Mrs. Geo. Winters); two brothers, Henry of Gary, Herman in Germany and one step-brother, Charles Manthey of Oregon.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the home at 1:30 and at the Methodist church at 2:30 with Rev. E. O. Machamer, pastor of the church, officiating.  A mixed quartet consisting of Mrs. [incomplete]


from the "Clear Lake Courrier"

contributed by Larry Dumke

Otto Dumke died Oct. 1, 1966


Otto Dumke, age 83 a resident of Deuel county since he was nine months of age, died Saturday evening at the hospital.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at St. Paul's Lutheran church where Rev. Dwane Shay officiated.  Burial was in Lake View cemetery and the Hardy Funeral Chapel had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Willard Dumke, Jerry Dumke, Don Grabow, Curtis Dumke, Reginald Knight and Merwyn Engen.  Judy Anderson was the organist and Dorla Gaede, the soloist.

Otto Frederick Dumke was born at Hamburg, Germany, February 9, 1883, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Dumke.  He came to America with his parents at the age of nine months and has lived in Deuel county since that time.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Altamont.

He was united in marriage to Emma Erickson on June 27, 1906.  They resided on a farm near Altamont until moving to Clear Lake in 1942.

Five children were born to this union, three daughters and two sons.

He is survived by Edwin, Clear Lake; Louis, Altamont; Mrs. Edmund (Lillian) Grabow, Brookings; Mrs. Darwin (Edna) Knight, Clear Lake; and MRs. Melvin (Leona) Engen, Fairfax, Minn.

He is also survived by four sisters, Mrs. Gus Reich, Clear Lake; Mrs. Minnie Hite, Mankato, Minn.; Mrs. Jack Brix, and Eda Dumke, both of Altamont.  One brother, Fred, of Minneapolis also survives, besides 13 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, two granddaughters, two brothers and two sisters.


from the "Clear Lake Courrier"

Contributed by Larry Dumke

Emma (Erichsen) Dumke died Nov. 10, 1943


Funeral services were held Saturday for Mrs. Otto Dumke who died here on Wednesday, November 10th.  Services were held at the Kohnke Funeral Parlor and at the Trinity Lutheran church in thi scity [sic] with Rev. H. A. Schultz in charge.  Words of comfort by Rev. Schultz were based on Phil. 1, 21: "For me to live in Christ and to die is gain."  A quartette consisting of Mrs. Frank Miotke, Miss Lillian Walters, Elmert Knight and W. D. Price sang "Rock of Ages" at the services in the Funeral Home and "For Me To Live In Jesus" and "Abide with Me" in the church service.

Pallbearers were Herman Mohr, Theo. Hansen, C. J. Henrichsen, Fred Walter, Hans Walter, and Fred Zastrow all of Altamont.

Burial was in Lake View cemetery.

Mrs. Dumke suffered several paralytic strokes during the past eight years and became confined to her bed on November 3rd of this year and remained there until her death.


Emma Erichsen was born on April 5, 1885, the daughter of Frederick Erichsen, Sr. and Mary Sturk, nee, at Altamont and was 58 years, 7 months and 5 days old at the time of her passing.

On June 27, 1906, she was united in marriage to Otto Dumke of Altamont and they lived in that community until October 1942 when they moved to Clear Lake.

Mrs. Dumke was baptized into the Lutheran faith on June 6, 1885, being the first child baptized at Altamont.  She was confirmed in the Lutheran faith on March 27, 1899 in the same church and was a member of St. John's Lutheran church until the family moved to this city when she became a member of Trinity Lutheran in this city.

Five children -- three sons and two daughters -- were born to Mr. and Mrs. Dumke and all are living.  They are: Edwin and Louis Dumke of Altamont; Mrs. Edmund Grabow (Lillian) of Minneapolis, Minn.; Mrs. Darwin Knight (Edna) of Clear Lake and Mrs. Melvin Engen (Leona) of Brandt.

Also surviving to mourn her death are three sisters and two brothers.  They are: Fred Erichsen of Altamont; Hans Erichsen, Archer, Iowa; Mrs. Louise Hale of Newton, Iowa; Mrs. Louis Stoltenburg, Altamont; and Mrs. Charles Struss of South Shore, S.D.  Five brothers and sisters preceded her in death.

There are 10 grandchildren surviving the deceased, besides many other relatives and friends.



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

facts gleaned


Date of Death: "Sunday"
Place of Death: "a Madison hospital"

Funeral: Wednesday, 2 p.m., St. John Lutheran Church.

Burial: Church cemetery

Date of Birth: Aug. 10, 1903, Clear Lake

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Perin Lewis

Spouse: Paul Rehfeld, m. Sep. 19, 1919 at Ramona, he d. 1952




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