McPherson County, South Dakota


Obituaries and Death Notices

Frederick Fischer
Leola Herald: Frederick Fischer, a pioneer of the county died at his home four miles west of Leola, last Thursday night, from a complication of diseases from which he has been a constant sufferer for the past six months. Mr. Fischer was born Aug. 7, 1863, at Bergdorf, Russia, came to America in 1891, settled in the neighborhood of Eureka, and came to Leola in 1902. He has been a life-long member of the Evangelical Lutheran church and was a respected member of St. James congregation of this place. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife, six children, his father and one brother. The funeral was held Saturday from the German Lutheran church in Leola by Rev. C. Taubert. [Aberdeen Weekly News (1 Apr. 1909) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

S.D. Frost
S.D. Frost Of Leola Passes Away
One of Best Known McPherson County Men Succumbs to Long Illness There
S.D. Frost, one of the best known citizens of Leola, died last Saturday of tuberculosis which followed an attack of the influenza which he suffered a year ago.  The body was taken back to Ambel, Lee county, Illinois, where Mr. Frost made his boyhood home. Mr. Frost’s death is a great shock to scores of Aberdeen people, who knew him well.  For many years he was a rancher and store keeper at Leola, but retired from business when his health began to fall. He was prominently identified with the business life of Leola and that part of McPherson county and was known all over the northern part of the state. He was the first president of the Farmers Cooperative Packing company of Huron and held that position until a few weeks ago when he resigned because of ill-health. He is survived by his wife.  [Aberdeen Daily News, February 11, 1920 – Transcribed by FOFG]

Fred F. Hertel
Funeral services for Fred F. Hertel, 83, retired farmer of McLaughlin, were held Wednesday morning at Redeemer Lutheran Church, McLaughlin, with the Rev. Wally Larson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Larson's Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. A family service was held Tuesday evening at Larson's Memorial Chapel in McLaughlin. Hertel died Sunday, July 20, at McLaughlin District Hospital of heart failure.
Mrs. Lloyd Knudson was organist for the services. A quartet of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Schulz and Mrs. and Mrs. Harold Labrenz sang the hymns, "Lasxt Mich Gehen" and "Good Night and Good Morning." The congregation sang "Children of the Heavenly Father." Ushers were Howard Biederstedt and Larry Weitzel. Pallbearers were Arnie Peitz, Hosmer, Walter Franke, Turtle Lake, N.D., Marvin Pleinis, George Hertel, Orand Liebelt and G. W. Lehenbauer, all of McLaughlin. Honorary bearers were Jacob Dietrich, Jacob Eisenbeiz, John Dockter, Gottlieb Oberlander, David Hinsz, Christ Hertel, Sam Beiderstedt, Fred Schmeichel, Fred M. Hertel and Edward Kirsch, all of McLaughlin.
Hertel was born on a farm near Eureka on May 28, 1892. As a child he moved with his parents to Hosmer, where he grew up and attended school. On April 14, 1914, he married Lydia J. Knittel at Hosmer and they moved to McLaughlin. They operated the Cannonball pool hall for a year settling on a farm 11 miles northeast of McLaughlin. In the fall of 1957 they moved into McLaughlin. He was a member of the Farmer Township Board, McLaughlin Farm Union Oil, McLaughlin Farmers Cooperative, Agriculture Soil Conservation, and a past member of the McLaughlin School Board where he served for more than 12 years. He was a member of Redeemer Church, and was building fund treasurer of the church. He was also treasurer and a past member of the trustees of Hope Lutheran Church. Survivors include his wife, Lydia; four sons, Henry C., Pullman, Wash., Walter O., Elmer A. and Willie H., all of McLaughlin; one daughter, Mrs. Theodore (Esther) Miller, Anaconda, Mont.; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Arthur, Portland, Ore., and Albert E. McLaughlin; and five sisters, Mrs. Martha Schlaht, Mirrada, Calif., Mrs. Carolina Sonnenfeldt, Aberdeen, Mrs. Jake (Emma) Klein, Portland, Mrs. Emil (Evelyn) Sustacek, Clencoe, Minn., and Mrs. John (Claudia) Biederstedt, Renton, Wash. Preceding him in death were his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hertel Sr.; one son, Wilhelm in 1929; two grandsons, Roger and Darwin Hertel; one great-granddaughter, Angela Hertel, two brothers, John and Gottlieb, and four sisters, Mrs. Jacob (Christina) Schlaht, Mrs. John (Anna) Pleinis, Magdalena, and Annette in infancy. [Handwritten "1975"; Unknown newspaper clipping; Contributed by Sylvia Hertel]

Chris Hertel
Well-Known Walhalla Man Suffers Heart Attack at Home Here Aug. 23
Ill for the past two years, Chris Hertel passed away Monday afternoon, Aug. 23rd from a heart attack. Funeral services were held from the Walhalla Lutheran church August 25 at 2:30 p.m., and interment was in the Walhalla cemetery. Pallbearers were: Frank Wendt, Conrad Hauge, Pete Giroux, Joe Thompson, James Jameson and Emil Lindeblad. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Dumas and George Bogart.
Mr. Hertel was born Sept. 1, 1878 at Odessa, Russia, the son of Jacob Hertel and Dosina Kranzler. At the age of six years he came with his parents to Menno, S. Dak., and the next year they moved to Eureka, S.Dak., where both his parents passed away in the same year. He was confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Eureka, S. Dak., and married to Paulina Frey of Hosmer, S. Dak. Jan. 2, 1901. He homesteaded at Washington in this state, and Crystal in this county. In late years he worked for the Great Northern railroad and or farms in Pembina and Walsh counties. He is survived by his wife of Portland, Oregon and five daughters: Mrs. Carlyle Goetz of Grafton; Mrs. John Searle of Minneapolis; Mrs. Harley Lane, Mrs. Walter Jarvis and Mrs. Ray Stensrud, all of Portland, Oregon; two sons, Jacob of Portland and Rheinholt of Seattle, Wash.; and nine grandchildren; two brothers, John of McLaughlin, S. Dak., and Carl Charles Hertel of Valley City; two sisters Mrs. Freda Knodel of Kief, N. Dak. and Mrs.. Rose Baeyer of San Leandro Calif. Two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death. [Handwritten "1947"; Unknown newspaper clipping; Contributed by Sylvia Hertel]

Eva Hertel
Funeral services were held from the United Brethren church in McLaughlin at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, for Mrs. John (Eva) Hertel, 83, a resident of this community since 1917 who died at the McLaughlin community hospital on May 2, following a week's illness. Services were conducted by Rev. G. Moritz and burial was made in the United Brethren cemetery. Larson's Funeral home of Mobridge were in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. John Hertel, nee Eva Schock, was born at Marionberg, South Russia, September 2, 1872. In Russia she spent her youth, was baptised [sic] and confirmed and attended school. In 1889, at the age of 17 years, she came to the United States and was accompanied by her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stiegelmeyer. Following her immigration she lived five years on a farm near Eureka. On July 1, 1894, she was married to John Hertel, and she and her husband settled on a farm near Ashley, N.D., where they resided until 1902. They then moved to a farm near Java, and three years later, in 1905, they moved to Anamoose, N.D., where they farmed until 1909. In 1909 they moved on a farm near Ashley and in 1917 moved on a farm in the McLaughlin vicinity where they made their home until 1934 when they moved into McLaughlin to make their home. She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband, John Hertel of McLaughlin, five sons, Fred and Christ of McLaughlin; Emil of Dupree; and August and Henry of Isabel; three daughters, Eva (Mrs. Christ Hoff) of Valley City, N.D., Rose (Mrs. John Gross) of Dupree and Lydia (Mrs. Henry Speidel) of McLaughlin; 75 grandchildren and 56 great grandchildren. A daughter, Emela, preceded her in death in 1909 at the age of three.
The six Hoff brothers, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Christ Hoff of Valley City, N.D., served as pallbearers at their grandmother's funeral. They were: Edwin and Harold, of Valley City; Julius of Luverne, Minn., Walter of Jamestown, N.D., and Howard of Bismarck. [Handwritten "May 2nd 1956"; Unknown newspaper clipping; Contributed by Sylvia Hertel]

Johan Hertel
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Redeemer Lutheran church in McLaughlin for Johan Hertel, 85, retired farmer who died in the McLaughlin Community hospital early Thursday morning. Death was attributed to heart disease.
Services were held by the Rev. R. R. Hanselmann with burial in the United Bretheren [sic] cemetery at McLauglhin [sic].
Mr. Hertel was born at New Gleuschstal, South Russia, June 2, 1871. He immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1885 where they settled near Freeman, S.D., for a short time prior to moving to Eureka. His father filed on a homestead near Eureka and he did farmwork until his marriage to Eva Schock July 1, 1894, at Ashley, N. D. He and his wife settled on a farm near Ashley where they lived until 1917 when he moved with his family to a farm 11 miles northeast of McLaughlin. He farmed there until 1934 when he retired and moved to McLaughlin. He is survived by five sons, Fred, Christ, and August of McLaughlin, Emil of Dupree and Henry of Pierre; three daughters, Mrs. Christ (Eva) Hoff of Valley City, N. D., Mrs. John (Rosina) Gross of Dupree and Mrs. Henry (Lydia) Speidel of McLaughlin; one brother, Karl of Valley City; two sisters, Mrs. Fredericka Knodel of Kief, N.D., and Mrs. Rosina Bayer of San Leander, Calif.; 75 grandchildren and 61 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife May 2, 1956, and one daughter, Amalia, in 1910 at the age of two and a half years.
Larson Funeral Home of Mobridge was in charge of arrangements. [Johan Hertel died April 11, 1957; Unknown newspaper; Contributed by Sylvia Hertel]

Mrs. C. Hertel
Funeral services were held at the Redeemer's Lutheran Church at 2 p.m. Friday for Mrs. Frederick Hertel, 84, resident of this community for 35 years, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Christina Schlaht early Tuesday of last week following a lengthy illness. Services were conducted by the Rev. Rolland Hanselmann, and burial was made in the Lutheran Cemetery. Larsons Funeral Home of Mobridge was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Hertel was born July 18, 1869, at Neuset, South Russia, where she attended schools and grew to young womanhood. She immigrated to the U.S. with her parents in 1889 and the family settled on a homestead northeast of Hosmer where she continued to reside until her marriage to Frederick Hertel at Eureka in the fall of 1890.  The couple made their home on a farm five miles west of Eureka until 1895 when they moved to a farm southeast of Hosmer in 1900. After 18 years residence in Hosmer they moved to a farm 11 miles northeast of McLaughlin where they lived until Mr. Hertel's retirement in 1937, when they moved into McLaughlin. Mr. Hertel died in 1943 and since then Mrs. Hertel has resided with her daughter.  Survivors include four sons, Fred and Albert of McLaughlin, Gottlieb of Hungry Horse, Mont., and Arthur of Portland, Ore.; seven daughters, Mrs. Jacob Schlaht, Compton, Calif.; Mrs. Emil Sonnenfeld, Hosmer; Mrs. Jake Klein, Portland, Ore.; Mrs. John Stugelmayer, Aberdeen; Mrs. John Pleinis, McLaughlin, and Mrs.. John Bierderstedt, Renton, Wash.; two brothers, John Neumiller and Jake Neumiller, both of Chinook, Mont.; two sisters, Mrs.. Julius Sattler, Alhambra, Calif.; and Mrs. Maggie Kruse, Spokane, Wash.; and 62 grandchildren and 57 great grandchildren. [Sep. 18, 1953, unknown newspaper; Contributed by Sylvia Hertel]

Fred Hertel, Sr.
Respected Pioneer Passed Last Week as Result of Cerebral Hemorrhage
Death claimed the life of one of the community's most revered and respected pioneer citizens Wednesday when Fred Hertel, Sr. succumbed following a paralytic stroke.  Mr. Hertel had been ailing for some time and he, together with Mrs. Hertel, had been visiting at the home of their daughter in Bowdle when he was stricken. Funeral services were held from the local Lutheran church by the Rev. B. Nagel at one o'clock P.M. and from the Hope Lutheran church at two-thirty P.M. Interment was made in the Hope cemetery.
Mr. Hertel was one of the pioneers of this territory, coming to McLaughlin with his family in 1918, shortly after the reservation territory was opened. He purchased a farm northeast of McLaughlin and for many years operated on a large scale basis. Prior to coming to McLaughlin he had made his home at Eureka and Hosmer, where he had been engaged in business. Mr. Hertel was successful both in his business ventures and in his farming operations.
Fred Hertel, Sr. was born at Neuglueckstal, Russia, January 28, 1867. He came to this country with his parents when he was about 18 years old, settling near Menno, South Dakota and later moving to Eureka where the family made their home. He engaged in several vusiness ventures, both in Eureka and Hosmer, later moving to McLaughlin with his family when the Standing Rock reservation was thrown open for settlement. Mr. Hertel continued to be actively engaged in farming until the past few years when he and Mrs. Hertel retired from their farm in Farmer township and moved to McLaughlin to spend the balance of their days. His death last Wednesday was due to cerebral hemorrhages a few days previous and it was thought that he had suffered a light stroke several weeks ago.  Mr. Hertel was married to Christina Nieumiller [sic] in 1889. To this union 14 children were born, three of whom preceded their father in death. The large family of children, like their father, have been active in community affairs and are widely and well known throughout this territory.
He is survived by his widow, two brothers, three sisters, 11 children, 59 grand children, and 15 great grand children. Surviving brothers are John, McLaughlin; Christ and Charlie of Valley City, N.D. Surviving sisters are Mrs. Katharine Rall, Westwingham, Alberta, Canada; Mrs. Fredricka Knodel Kief, North Dakota; Mrs. Rosina Baier of Tracy, California.  Surviving sons are Fred F. Hertel, McLaughlin; Gottlieb Hertel of Belt, Mont.; Arthur Hertel, Portlad [sic], Ore.; Albert Hertel, McLaughlin; and surviving daughters are Mrs. J. Schlaht, McLaughlin; Mrs. Christ Schlaht, Bowdle; Mrs. Emil Sonnenfeld, Hosmer; Mrs. Jacob Klein, Portland, Ore. Mrs. John Stugelmeyer, McLaughlin; Mrs. John Pleinis, McLaughlin; and Mrs. John Bierstedt of Fort Yates, North Dakota.
Mr. Hertel was a good father and good neighbor. His counsel and advice were sought not only by members of the family but by neighbors and friends. His experiences were many and his advice was good. He was admired and respected by all who knew him. He was a community builder and worker for anything that was for the good of his county and community. His memory will be cherished. His pioneering deeds will live forever. [Jan. 1943; unknown Newspaper; Contributed by Sylvia Hertel]

Fred Hilgeman
Fred Hilgeman, an old time resident of McPherson county, died this morning at 3:30 o’clock in St. Luke’s hospital in this city of acute appendicitis. He was brought to this city about a week ago from his home in Leola and had been in a serious condition for some time. Mr. Hilgeman had been treasurer of McPherson county for several years, besides having held other county offices.  His wife, Mrs. Fred Hilgeman, and brother, E. W. Hilgeman of Leola came to Aberdeen this morning and took the remains to Leola where funeral services will be held tomorrow. [Aberdeen Daily News (13 Oct. 1915) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Jennie Hoffman
Jennie, wife of Amasa Hoffman of Leola, died at her apartments in the Rehfeld Flats yesterday morning at 8:30 o’clock. The cause of her death was heart failure. Mr. Hoffman was with her when she died. She was 47 years of age and had been a resident of this city for four months. The funeral was held this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the Methodist church, Rev. Dr. J. W. Taylor officiating, and was largely attended. Burial was at Riverside cemetery. [Aberdeen Daily News (15 Jan. 1906) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

John A. Rogers
John A. Rogers, aged 67, formerly of Conde but recently of Leola died at St. Luke’s hospital Sunday at 6 p.m. following a protracted illness. [Aberdeen Weekly News (9 Dec. 1915) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

George M. Stone
Geo. M. Stone was born in Kendall Co., Ill., March 16, 1859 departed this life Nov. 19, 1908, aged 52 years, 8 months and 3 days.  He was married August 31, 1881, to Miss Tabitha A. Hose, at Pontiac, Ill., and removed to Brown Co., S. D., in March, 1885, locating on a homestead in Carlisle township, where he resided until the autumn of 1907, when he purchased an interest in the Wetonka Exchange general merchandise, and removed to Wetonka, McPherson Co., S.D., where he has since resided.  He became a member of the M. E. church about 20 years ago, under the pastorate of Rev. F. D. Norton.  He was sick but a few weeks, having the best medical aid that could be procured and attended by faithful friends he finally passed away, leaving to mourn his loss a devoted wife and two brothers and three sisters, viz.: Mr. Thomas J. Stone, who was at his bedside during his illness; W. G. Stone of Lyons, Ore.; Mrs. M. L. Idecho, of Brown Co., S. D.; W. G. P. Morrison of Westport, S. D.; Mrs. E. E. Lovelace of Anacontes, Wash., besides many other relatives and friends. He was finally laid to rest the cemetery at Westport on Saturday, Nov. 21, 1908. Rev. Latchau of Leola conducted the ceremonies. The sermon being delivered by Rev. W. W. Cadle of Leola. The singing by the Dunkard choir was very appropriate.
A beautiful wreath inscribed “Uncle George,” was a noticeable feature of the love borne by his nephews and nieces.
Thus has passed from our midst a man of sterling worth and one who was always ready and willing to do a good and kind act for a friend or neighbor, and whose friends were only numbered by his acquaintances. A Friend.  [Aberdeen American, December 3, 1908 – Transcribed by FOFG]

Charles Turner
The funeral of the late Charles Turner, the prominent Leola banker, who died at the Mayo hospital in Rochester, Minn., Monday evening, was held from the family home in Leola. [Aberdeen Weekly News (16 Dec. 1915) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Ramona Kautz VeLure
Residence: Sioux Falls (since 1983), formerly Eureka, Columbia and Highmore
Funeral: Tuesday, May 31, 2005, Miller West Funeral Chapel, Sioux Falls. Burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens (Aberdeen, Brown co., South Dakota)
Date of Birth: July 20, 1929 at Eureka, South Dakota
Date of Death: May 26, 2005, age 75 years, 10 months, 6 days
Parents: Matthew and Katie (Hagel) Fischer
Education: Eureka High School, 1947. Teaching certificate.
Occupation: taught school in Ashley, North Dakota. Later worked at Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls.
Marriage: 1) Arthur Kautz, May 15, 1949 at Eureka, South Dakota. He died December 12, 1979. 2) Kenneth L. VeLure, November 2, 1990.
Preceded in death: husband Arthur, brother Harry Fischer, brother Marvin Fischer, sister Irma Lokken
[facts gleaned from obituary in The Highmore (SD) Herald, Thursday, June 2, 2005, Page Four]

Mrs. Hiram Watts
Mrs. Hiram Watts, aged 93 years, died at the home of her son, Frank Watts, near Leola, on Tuesday, February 13. Her husband died last June. [Aberdeen Daily News (19 Feb. 1912) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Lydia Adam Weishaar
Birth: February 19, 1911 (near Hosmer, SD)
Parents: John and Magdalena Weishaar, Sr.
Marriage: 1) Milbert Adam (November 26, 1933, Jehova Lutheran Church, near Hosmer) 2) Milbert Weishaar (March 5, 1973, Lodi, CA)
Death: Sept. 25, 1990 (Highmore Healthcare Center, Highmore, SD)
Age: 79yrs 7mos 6 ds
Funeral: Friday, Sept. 29, 1990 (Zion Lutheran Church, Aberdeen, SD)
Burial: Green Mound Cemetery (Leola, SD)
Occupation: farmed near Hosmer; operated service station at Leola; farmed SW of Leola; owners/operators of Gambles Store at Roscoe (1957); cook at Roscoe School; farmed at Elgin, ND
Locations: NE of Hosmer (till 1938), Leola (till 1942), SW of Leola (1942-1953), Lodi, CA; Leola (195501957); Roscoe, SD; Elgin, ND; Aberdeen nursing home (1983); Highmore Nursing Home (1985)
Other: Lutheran
[From the memorial leaflet Contributed by Jacque McDonnell; Survivor information omitted for privacy]

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