South Dakota

Hutchinson County South Dakota

Obituaries & Death Notices


Arbeiter, Mary W. Wurz

Beers, Newell E.

Cooper, Emma

Danburg, Hildegaard Wolz

Freier, Herbert William

Hins, John

Hofer, Susanna

Kathner, Alvina Hoffman Carroll

Kurtenbach, Mrs. Peter

Mehlhaf, Edna Kost

Murner, Gideon M.

Rosenau, Christian

Rosenau, Katherine Mueller Ulmer

Senftner, Elizabeth Laber

Sweet, E. T.

Vilhauer, Hulda Herr

Zilverberg, Lutske Wiersma


Aberdeen American (14 Dec. 1913) transcribed by FoFG MZ

BRIDGEWATER - Susanna Hofer, a well known resident of Hutchinson county, died suddenly of heart disease, at the home of her son here. By a strange coincidence she was 66 years of age and leaves exactly 66 direct descendants.

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

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

Aberdeen Daily News (31 Mar. 1908) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Mitchell, S.D., March 31. - Mrs. Peter Kurtenbach, who lived in the northern part of Hutchinson county, died a few days ago at Parkston. She went to Parkston for the purpose of starting proceedings to secure a divorce from her husband. The state's attorney commenced an investigation, and Drs. Warne and King were sent to Parkston. They stated on their return that the woman died of fatty degeneration of the heart, and that there was not the slightest evidence of any injury being done her which could have caused her death. Neighbors assert that the Kurtenbachs seemed to live peaceably, and they do not understand the reason for the woman starting divorce proceedings.

Aberdeen Daily News (5 Apr. 1902) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Scotland - Senator E. T. Sweet, of Hutchinson county, died very suddenly yesterday morning at his home five miles south of Menno. He retired the previous night apparently in good health.

from unknown, undated newspaper clipping

Menno - The funeral for Mrs. Emil Mehlhaf was held Wednesday at Zion Reformed Church wit the Rev. Chester Ploeger officiating. Burial was in the Menno Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Lothar Kost, William Kost, Clyde Mueller, Wilmer Mehlhaf, Jack Mehlhaf and Elmer Wollman.
Edna Mehlhaf, daughter of Henry and Salome Kost, was born at Wittenberg Feb. 27, 1905, and died Jan. 4. She moved with her parents to Menno in 1915. She was baptized and confirmed in Evangelical Lutheran Church. Her marriage to Emil Mehlhaf took place Aug. 21, 1932. They farmed near Menno and in 1946 moved to Huron where they resided until 1967 when they returned to Menno.
Survivings are her husband, Emil; one brother, Erwin Kost, Ree Heights; two sisters, Mrs. Robert (Leola) Rieb, Sacramento, Calif., and Mrs. Edwin (Estilena) Mueller, Huron.
Her parents preceded her in death.

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


Birth: Sep. 26, 1886, Hutchinson co. (near Freeman)

Parents: Joseph & Barbara Wurz.

Marriage: Traugett Arbeiter, Mar. 9, 1905, Freeman.

Locations: Dolton area (1905-1919), Huron area

Died: "Sunday" at Eventide Nursing Home.

Funeral: Wed., Mt. Olivet Mennonite Church

Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Huron, SD

[survivors omitted for privacy reasons]

Huron (SD) Daily Plainsman
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 1974


Birth: Aug. 19, 1893, near Parkston

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Beers

Locations: moved to Wessington Springs (1901), later Santa Cruz, California; Stockport, Ohio high school graduation (1908), Morrisville, NY agriculture school (2 years); Cornell University, Ithaca, New York in 1916 for two years, entered Army.

Military: discharged 1919.

Occupation: Farmed in South Dakota, 1919.  1935 - Hand county agent with U. S. Dept. of Agriculture.  1946 - Assistant State Director of Extension, Montana State College.  Director of Extension at Bozeman, Montana.  Retired to Wessington Springs.

Marriage: Phoebe Powell, 1922, Wessington Springs.

The Daily Plainsman, Huron, South Dakota
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 1973


Birth: Jun 2, 1888, Logan, Arkansas

Relocated: to near Parkston in 1889.

Marriage: Ralph C. Cooper, at Olivet, Jun 2, 1909.

Death: "Monday" at Gettysburg

Funeral: Grace Bible Mennonite church

Burial: Gettysburg cemetery

Memorial Leaflet
Contributed by Jacque McDonnell
Transcribed by Pamela J. Hamilton


Hildegaard Wolz was born May 14, 1901, in Hutchinson County, Freeman, South Dakota, to John C. and Elizabeth (Stern) Wolz and died July 6, 1986, at the Sub-Acute Center in Pierre, South Dakota at the age of 85 years, one month and 22 days. She was baptized and confirmed at the Hebron Lutheran Church in Freeman.

She married Devern Danburg in 1943, making their home in Miller and Huron. She became a resident of the Highmore Nursing Home in 1983.

She loved the good earth and everything it produced. She loved music and played the organ and piano.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Arnold; two brothers; one sister and one husband.

[survivor information omitted for privacy reasons]

Memorial folder
Contributed by Jacque McDonnell


Funeral: Aug. 18, 1987, Luze Funeral Home
Burial: Highmore City Cemetery, Highmore, SD
Born: November 29, 1907, Trip, SD
Parents: William Peter & Louise (Warnke) Freier
Died: Aug. 14, 1987, Highmore Nursing Home
Age: 79 yrs 8 mos 15 ds
Education: Tripp High School (grad. 1927)
Locations: Hutchinson co. during childhood; Michigan and Minnesota as a young adult, worked on the family farm during WWII, farm south of Ree Heights; Highmore Nursing Home (Nov. 1968)
Preceded in death: parents, sister (Linda, 1985)

The Daily Plainsman, Huron, South Dakota
Wednesday, February 21, 1962


Died: "Tuesday evening" at his home in Wessington Springs

Age: 74

Cause of death: Heart attack.  Was outside starting car, collapsed shortly after coming into house.

Birth: near Parkston, Hutchinson co., Jan. 19, 1898

Marriage: Hulda Hille, March 16, 1912 in Hand County.

Occupation: farmer, Hand county, until retirement in 1954 and relocation to Wessington Springs.


The Highmore (SD) Herald

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Submitted by Jacque McDonnell


Funeral: March 27, United Methodist Church, Harrold, SD.

Burial: Medicine Hill Cemetery, Harrold, SD

Born: Dec. 4, 1920, Parkston, SD

Parents: Herman & Bertha (Ensminger) Hoffman

Died: March 24, 2006, Prairie Good Samaritan Center, Miller, SD

Age: 85 yrs 3 ms 20 ds

Education: South Holabird School (grade school)

[survivor information omitted due to privacy]

Unknown, undated newspaper clipping
Contributed by Karen Seeman (relative)


Mr. Christian Rosenau was born the 12th of November 1881 in Tarunti...South Russia. In the same year he was baptized into the Lutheran faith. His childhood and young manhood were spent in Russia and in 1910, at the age of 28, he came to the United States and settled in Huthcinson County, (Parkston), South Dakota. He moved to Ree Heights in 1922 with his children and has resided here until his tragic death, Oct. 17. In 1908, he was united in marriage to Juliana Seitz while still in Russia and to this union were born eight children. His wife died in Hutchinson County, South Dakota. After establishing his home in Ree Heights, he united in marriage to Mrs. Katherine Ulmer, who by a previous marriage had born nine children. To this union were born two children, Leonard, Austin, MN, and Albert, who died in infancy. She passed away in 1941 and for six years Mr. Rosenau lived alone. He then married Mrs. Rose Klinger of Oklahoma in 1947.

Unknown, undated newspaper clipping
Contributed by Karen Seeman (relative)


Funeral services were held in Ree Heights Sunday for Mrs. Chris Rosenau who died last Wednesday. The services were conducted by the Reverend M.L. Bomhoff in the Congregational Church.
Burial was made in the Ree Heights cemetery.
Pallbearers included Gottlieb Pietz, Emil Reiman, Fred Fechner, Jacob Bertsch, Roger Paine and Gottlieb Roesler. In charge of flowers were Laura Roesler, Lillian Pietz, Margaret Renner, Helen Hadeler, Elizabeth Rath and Margery Burge.
Katherine Mueller was bor on August 8, 1883, at Neudorf, South Russia. She was the daughter of John and Magdalene Mueller. She was baptized in early infancy. At the age of 6, she came with her parents to the United States where they made their home at Menno. On June 6, 1901, at Scotland, she was united in matrimony to Christian Ulmer. To this union were born 10 children of which nine survive. One, Albert, died in early infancy. Surviving are Anettie Bown of Gettysburg, Julius Ulmer, of Ree Heights, Emilia Walton of Dallas, Oregon, Ida Caldwell of Sioux Falls, Olinda Pierce of Onida, Ulda Roloff of Menno, Herman Ulmer of Randall, Washington, Herbert Ulmer of St. Peter, Minnesota, and Leon Ulmer at home.
Her husband preceded her in death November 13, 1921 at Kasper. She was again united in marriage on Sept. 27, 1924, to Christian Rosenau at Zmenno. They have made their home in this vicinity ever since. This union was blessed with two children, Leonard at home and Albert, who died in infancy.
Mrs. Rosenau began to fail in health three years ago. Two months ago, she underwent a serious operation from which she never fully recovered. On Wednesday, February 19, at 7 o'clock in the evening, she died.
Beside her husband and children, she also leaves two sisters and five brothers.l They are Barbara Weight of Menno, August of Menno, Albert of Menno and Emil Mueller of American Falls, Idaho. She is survived by seven step children including John Rosenau, Bertha Semmler, Olga Semmler, Emil Rosenau, Elsa Renner, Erwin Rosenau and Herbert Rosenau. She is survived by fourteen grandchildren.

Mitchell (South Dakota) Daily Republic
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1971


Birth: Aug. 9, 1895, Parkston, SD

Death: Dec. 15, 1970, Herreid, SD.

Funeral: Dec. 19, 1970, St. Michael's Catholic Church.

Burial: Herreid church cemetery.

Marriage:  June 15, 1920, Michael Senftner.  He died 1966.

Unknown, undated newspaper
Contributed by Jacque McDonnell


Hulda Herr was born October 2, 1902, in Hutchinson County, South Dakota, to Gottlieb and Lydia (Schnabel) Herr and died April 15, 1987, at the Highmore Nursing Home at the age ol 84 years, six months and 13 days.

She was baptized and confirmed in the Reformed Church.

She was united in marriage to John J. Vilhauer in January, 1924. To this union eight children were born.

In the Spring of 1928, she and her family moved to a farm in Hyde County, where they lived for 35 years. Following the death of her husband, she moved into Highmore, where she has made her home for the past 20 years. More recently, she was a resident of the Highmore Nursing Home.

She was very active in Our Savior Lutheran Church and the ALCW until her health began to fail.

Survivors include: six daughters: Mrs. Ray (Irene) Ensign, Blue Hill, Nebr.; Mrs. Arthur (Violet) Schneider, Rockham; Mrs. Glenn (Luella) Schimmel, Salem: Mrs Arthur (Velda) Twedt, McHenry, N. Dak.; and Mrs. Howard (Ruby) Cables and Mrs. Robert (LaVerna) Hirsch, both of Highmore, two sons: Marvin of Highmore and Harvey of Fremont, Calif.;
25 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; one brother. Emil Herr; and tnree sisters: Ida Sylar, Leona Oswald and Lanora Mehlhof.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1963, her parents, three brothers and one sister.

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


Lutske Wiersma was born January 28, 1888, at Leeuwarden, Friesland, Netherlands to Johannas and Janneke (Keiser) Wiersma and died October 26, 1986, at the Hand County Memorial Hospital, Miller South Dakota, at the age of 97 years, eight months and 28 days.

She was united in marriage to Jake Zilverberg on November 28, 1910, at Tyndall, South Dakota. To this union five children were born.

She and her family made their home at Tyndall, Tripp and Wessington Springs, before moving to Hyde County in 1928. They farmed and ranched until their retirement in 1945, when they moved into Highmore.

She was a member of the Christian Dutch Reformed Church, the Woman's Club, Historical Society, Hyde County Senior citizens Center, Sunshine Garden Club and was an avid gardener.

Survivors include her four sons and their spouses: Mac and Katherine Zilverberg, Holabird; John and Dorothy Zilverberg, Holabird; David and Carol Zilverberg, Harrold; and Jim and Alice Zilverberg, Minneapolis, Minnesota; one daughter and her husband Janette and Milo Kubat, Bentonville, Arkansas; 21 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three brothers and their wives: Jim and Mattie Wiersma, Spring Valley, Minnesota; and Wietse and Jacoba Wiersma and Ype and Jantsje Wiersma all of the Netherlands; and nurmerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jake, in 1973, one brother, one sister and one grandson.


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