Potter County, South Dakota
Mary Munson Benster
MRS. M. M. BENSTER BURIED MONDAY - Was one of Original Gettysburg Colony - settled Here with Husband in May, 1883
Funeral services were conducted for Mrs. Mary Munson Benster in Gettysburg M. E. Church Monday, May 5, by Rev. S. H. Shurtleff of Aberdeen. Mrs. Benster died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frankie B. Krieg of Redfield, May 2. She had been feeling well the evening before her death and had retired about 10:30 p.m. according to reports. Her death was not discovered until she was called for breakfast Friday morning and it was thought that she passed peacefully out of this life while asleep about 3:00 in the morning. Mary Munson was born 84 years ago tomorrow, April 9, 1846, in Detroit, Michigan. As a young woman she joined to Baptist Church there and married Menzo Benster in October, 1870, who was buried on the 52nd wedding anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. Benster, with their two daughters Frankie Benster Krieg and Edna Benster Michael, came to Dakota Territory and settled with the original colony at Gettysburg in May, 1883. The third daughter, Dot Benster Bowers was born here. Mrs. Benster was a “Pioneer Mother” with all that the term implies. Having completed her day she fell asleep May 2, she leaves beside her daughters, 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren to profit by her inspiration.
Mrs. Benster was a teacher in Detroit Public schools before her marriage, and a factor in all educational and civic affairs in her home community there as she was also here. She was a member of the Women’s Relief Corps and a member of the Gettysburg Women’s Literary Club. Her years of devotion to her husband, Menzo M. Benster who was disabled in the Civil was and who preceded her in death five years ago, won for her esteem and respect of everybody. Her cheerful manner at all times was an inspiration to everyone privileged to be associated with her. Her friends in Gettysburg have greatly missed her these last few years she has resided away from them. The Benster homestead, settled on in 1883, adjoined the town site of Gettysburg, and their’s was one of the first tents to be erected in the community. Mr. Benster was the first postmaster of the town of Gettysburg. Of Mrs. Benster it can be said that what is earth’s loss is sure Heaven’s gain. As she lived a life of Christian service: true to her family and true to her God. God even granted her the wish that she might pass out in exactly the way she did. The lines of Tennyson, which she often quoted, could have been written for her. [Potter County News, 1930; Transcribed by Peg Williams]
Menzo Morey Benster
Menzo M. Benster was born in Sylvan, Michigan, April 17, 1840. In 1862 he enlisted in the 24th Michigan Inf. At the battle of South Mountain suffered sunstroke from which paralysis resulted. He apparently recovered from this and married Mary Munson in Detroit, Michigan, October 20th, 1870. On May 23, 1883, he with his wife and two daughters, Frankie and Edna, filed on their land in Gettysburg, Dakota Territory. Three years later a third daughter, Dottie, came to gladden his life. He passed to his rest October 18th, 1924, leaving to mourn his loss his wife, Mary, and three daughters, Mrs. Frankie Benster Krieg, of Redfield, SD, Mrs. Edna Benster Michael, of Philip, SD, Mrs. Dottie Benster Bowers, of Spokane Washington, and a brother Olin Benster, of Toledo, Ohio, nine grandchildren and two great grand children. This date October 20, 1924, is the 54th anniversary of their wedding. [Potter County News, 1924; Transcribed by Peg Williams]
John F. Bohnenkamp
John Frederick Bohnenkamp, 89, beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, and respected businessman, died from the effects of lung cancer while in hospice care at his apartment in Gettysburg, SD, on November 25, 2011. Always a devout Catholic, John's Mass of Christian Burial was held at 1:00p.m., Monday, November 28, 2011 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Gettysburg with Fr. Jerry Kopel officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Known as "Johnny" to the family and "Grandpa Bo" to his grandchildren, Johnny was born to John H. and Elizabeth (Kramer) Bohnenkamp at home on the family farm near Alexandria, SD, on Sept. 20, 1922. His beloved Aunt Ann Bohnenkamp joined the family in helping to raise him after his mother’s death in 1924. He joined his father on the farm when the local draft board refused his enlistment into the Army during WW II. Johnny’s two older brothers were already serving in the Army and the board decided that the elderly father needed help farming and caring for a handicapped son. John married Willa Margaret Wood in a Catholic ceremony at Mitchell, SD on the very cold morning of Dec. 30, 1946. They lived all 50 years of their marriage in SD, beginning in Alexandria, with moves to Draper in 1950, Aberdeen in 1958, and Gettysburg in 1963. John left farming in 1950. He then worked for the Farmers Union Central Exchange and managed Farmers Union Co-ops until 1973 when he and his son Mike bought the Ace Hardware Store in Gettysburg, SD. John didn’t believe in retirement and enjoyed spending his days greeting customers at Ace Hardware. He was never a hobby person, but he was known as a master popcorn popper. He and Willa loved camping at East Whitlock and they never passed up a good game of Bridge or Pinochle. Surviving John are his children - Peggy (Bruce) Williams and Mike (Mary) Bohnenkamp both of Gettysburg, Scott (Kristie) Bohnenkamp of Keller, TX, Jeff (Susie) Bohnenkamp of Oro Valley, AZ; grandchildren - John (Kelly) Bohnenkamp & children Jake, Jenna, & Jayda of Rapid City, SD, Nathanael (Julie) Williams of Gettysburg, Brooke (Josh) Larson of Pierre, SD, Elizabeth (Brock) Schiferl & children Elsa & Haydler of Aberdeen, SD, Nik (Ryan) Bohnenkamp of Acworth, GA, Anna (Mike) Vanderbloemen of Keller, TX, Joy Bohnenkamp of Dallas, TX, Zachary & Mitchell Bohnenkamp of Oro Valley, AZ; sisters - Mary Jo (Wayne) Bertrand of Scotland, SD, Barbara (Forrest) Conrad of Yankton, SD; step-sister - Lucene Carsten of Lead, SD, Wayne (Kay) Kies, Pocatello, ID; in-laws - Florence Hesse and Leo King of Sioux Falls, Dottie Styles and Carol Wood of Mitchell, Herb & Dottie Wood of Wood River, NE, Fran Pell of Lincoln, CA, and Harlyn & Marie Wood of Horseshoe Bend, ID; beloved nieces and nephews; many devoted friends together with Vivian Luce, Neal Rausch, and Norma Harer. He was predeceased by his parents, wife Willa in 1997, twin grandchildren Christopher and Taylor Bohnenkamp; brothers - Don, Earl, and Francis; sisters - Irene Jarding, Evelyn Rodriguez, Mildred Relyea; step-siblings - Lillian Synhorst, Donna Adkins, Francis Kies, Mary Arlene Kies, and stepmother, Hattie Hoeltzner. Luce Funeral Home of Gettysburg has been entrusted with John’s arrangements. Transcribed by staff of Potter County Library, Gettysburg, SD.
Willa Wood Bohnenkamp
Willa Bohnenkamp, age 70, Gettysburg, SD, passed away from the effects of diabetes on Friday, Mar. 28, 1997, at the Oahe Manor in Gettysburg. Funeral services were held Monday, Mar. 31, 1997, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Gettysburg with Fr. Michael Schneider officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery under the direction of Luce Funeral Home of Gettysburg. Willa Margaret Wood was born Jan. 4, 1927, at Mitchell, SD, to Herman Johnson and Gladys (Church) Wood. She grew up in Mitchell and graduated from high school in 1945. She then worked at various jobs in Mitchell. She married John Frederick Bohnenkamp on Dec. 30, 1946, in a Catholic ceremony at Mitchell, SD. After their marriage they made their home on a farm at Alexandria, SD, and moved into Alexandria in Jan. of 1948. In July 1950 they moved to Draper, SD, and in April of 1958 to Aberdeen, SD. In May of 1963 they moved to Gettysburg. Willa worked through the years as bookkeeper for her husband’s businesses and in 1973, together with their son Michael, they purchased the Ace Hardware store in Gettysburg, which is currently the family business. Willa was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Altar Society in Gettysburg. She belonged to several card clubs and her hobbies were her children and playing bridge. Surviving Willa are her husband (John) of fifty years, four children: Peggy (Bruce) Williams and Mike (Mary) Bohnenkamp both of Gettysburg, SD, Scott (Kristie) Bohnenkamp of Washington, DC, Jeff (Susie) Bohnenkamp of Tuscon, AZ; seven grandchildren John, Brooke, Nikolas, Anna, and Joy Bohnenkamp and Nathanael and Elizabeth Williams; two brothers, Harlyn (Marie)Wood of Horseshoe Bend, ID and Herb (Dottie) Wood of Wood River, NE; six sisters, Mary Ella Kuehn of Portland, OR, Frances (Joe) Pell of Cameron Park, CA, Florence (Virgil) Hesse and Jessie Mae (Leo) King of Sioux Falls, SD, Gladys “Dottie” (Orval) Styles and Carol Ann Wood of Mitchell, SD. She was preceded in death by her parents, twin grandchildren Christopher and Taylor Bohnenkamp, brother-in-law Bob Kuehn, and stepfather Solomon Wood. Transcribed from family documents by staff of Potter County Library, Gettysburg, SD. [Transcribed from family documents by staff of Potter County Library, Gettysburg, SD.]
Frank M. Byrne
Governor Frank Byrne Dies at San Francisco
Word has been received of the death Saturday at San Francisco of Frank M. Byrne, former governor of South Dakota, after a lingering illness of about six weeks. He left South Dakota about two years ago for the Pacific coast, believing the mild climate there would benefit his failing health. It is thought the body may be cremated before it is brought back to South Dakota, as the former governor often had expressed a preference for that sort of disposal of his remains. Byrne was governor of South Dakota from 1913 to 1917 and made a credible record for many years before and after his service as chief executive of the state. He was prominent in republican state affairs. [Potter County News, Gettysburg, SD, December 29, 1927; Transcribed by Peg Williams]
-- Addendum: Governor Byrne and his wife Emilie are interred at Halcyon, California. [Source: OVER A CENTURY OF LEADERSHIP by Lynwood E. Oyos]
Marie L. Crawford
Services held for Marie L. Crawford
Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Gettysburg for Marie L. Crawford of Highmore, formerly of Gettysburg and Pierre. Father John Short officiated and burial was in the Catholic Cemetery in Gettysburg. Marie Lorraine Tobin was born October 13, 1923 in Roswell, SD to Thomas and Mable (Clute) Tobin and died September 24, 2003 at the Highmore Healthcare Center in Highmore, SD, at the age of 79 years, 11 months and 11 days. She was the oldest of nine children. She was united in marriage to Richard S. Crawford on August 26, 1942, at the age 19. To this union seven children were born. She worked various trades until she began as a clerk typist in May 1974, working for the Division of Highways in Pierre, SD and for the Clint Roberts Campaign in 1980. Marie became a housekeeper for a few years in Minnesota before returning to SD and lived in Pierre for the last 30 years. She was active in the Senior Citizen Kitchen band and singing group; song leader at St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church; Altar Society in both Gettysburg and Pierre. She was a member of DAU, Catholic Daughters, Legion of Mary, and the Community Choir of Pierre. Marie loved bingo, music, and all of her children, and grandchildren. Survivors include her children: Frances (Bob) Speirs, of Spearfish, Mike (Connie) Crawford of Phoenix, AZ, Rosemary (Kenn) Jones of Divide, CO, Terese (Jim) Frost of Highmore, SD and Tony Crawford of Ft. Pierre, SD; 18 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one daughter-in-law: Bonnie Crawford of Ft. Pierre, SD; five brothers: Verne of Las Vegas, NV, Tom of Gold Beach, OR, Dennis of Grand Junction, CO, Bruce of Tonopah, NV, and Perry of Grand Forks, ND; and three sisters: Shirley Hinckley of Gettysburg, SD, Geneve Heffron of Enid, OK, and Lois Tobin of Minneapolis, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two sons, Thomas and Patrick. [Unknown newspaper; Submitted by Jacque McDonnell; transcribed by Betty Hammer]
DEATH BY LEAD POISONING
Abner Daly, a cowboy at the George Parady ranch on Fox Ridge died suddenly about noon last Sunday, August 25, 1901, at Forest City caused by getting in front of a Winchester 32-40 rifle held in the hands of Rome Glover. The ball striking him underneath the right eye and passing through his head. Abner Daly was the second son of Mr. & Mrs. John Daly, of Aberdeen, S.D. They lived five miles southwest of Gettysburg for a number of years and Abner was quite well known here although he has been working on stock ranches west of the river for several years and has accumulated quite a little property; when sober he was genial and gentlemanly, but like others when he came to town he wanted to imbibe too freely of the flowing bowl and liquor stirred up his evil passions and made him want to pose as a bad man.
He has had trouble with Glover who ran a saloon at Forest City until the 1st of last July and sent word to him last Friday that he must leave Forest City inside of two days or he would kill him on sight. Friday night they had a few words and Daly pounded Glover over the head with his revolver a wicked looking five shot 44. Sunday about noon Daly went down the street to see if Glover had left. Glover was upstairs shaving when he saw Daly who had stopped in front of his place and was talking with Billy Benoist. Daly saw Glover at the window and reached for his gun, but it stuck in the holster and Glover was too quick for him and picked up the Winchester rifle and shot him. He fired the second shot as Daly was falling … the ball passing through Daly's hat just grazing the scalp.
While there were a great many people on the street nearby it was done so quickly that no one saw the shot fired. Glover immediately came downstairs and informed the gathering crowd that he did it, that he thought one of them had to die and he preferred that it be the other fellow. He then hitched up his team and drove to Gettysburg and surrendered himself to Sheriff Adams. Late in the afternoon, Sheriff Adams, Coroner Ed. Patterson, Dr. S. E. Hurley and States Attorney S. W. Cosand drove to Forest City and Coroner Patterson took charge of the remains and summoned C.B. Rosa, Chas. Stewart, and L.L. Johnson, as a jury to hold an inquest. After viewing the body the coroner adjourned the inquest to Gettysburg and subpoenaed a liberal supply of witnesses.
Monday at ten o'clock the inquest was resumed at the courthouse, States Attorney Cosand taking charge. Sheriff Adams was examined and testified to examining the dead man and finding $20.30 and two cartridges in his pockets and the loaded revolver on his person, which he produced. The States Attorney instructed him to remove the cartridges from the weapon and procure a piece of red tape and attach a card to the revolver and mark it exhibit "A" and to place the cartridges in a sealed envelope and mark it exhibit "B." It was accordingly done except that the sheriff could not find any red tape and had to use common everyday string, although that probably did not vitiate the legality of the proceedings. The coroner finally closed the inquest Tuesday evening by presenting the case to the jury who immediately returned a verdict that deceased came to his death from a gunshot wound inflicted by a rifle in the hands of one Rome Glover, who shot in self defense, whereupon the coroner instructed the sheriff to discharge Glover from custody. On Monday afternoon Abner Daly was laid to rest in the Forest City cemetery, a place made famous by being peopled with a number of persons who died unnatural death. It's reported that there are two there who died with their boots on for each one who died from natural means. [Potter County News, August 29, 1901; Transcribed by Peg Williams]
Justin John Genzler
Services held for Justin Genzler
Funeral services were held August 26 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Gettysburg for Justin Genzler. Father Ken Lulf officiating and burial was at the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery at Gettysburg. Justin John Genzler was born May 22, 1978, to Roger and Nancy (Frost) Genzler in Hoven. He went to Copp School through eighth grade and then Gettysburg High School, graduating in 1996. He attended Mitchell Vocational, graduating in 1998 with an electrical license. He worked for Logan Electric for 12 years. Hanging out with his friends, brothers, sister and sisters-in-law was a favorite pastime. Helping his parents on the family farm and playing with nieces and nephews kept him very busy. He also enjoyed bowling, playing pool and hunting. His son, Tulsa and nieces and nephews were the center of his universe. Each day with him was an adventure all in its own. There was never a dull moment...He had a glow that could brighten any atmosphere. He was a special young man with a heart of gold. Survivors include: his son, Tulsa of Mitchell; his parents of Lebanon; three brothers: Joe (Dana) and James (Kristie), all of Gettysburg; and Jeremy of Lebanon; one sister, Natasha of Lebanon; four nieces: Stephanie, Brittany, and Tiffany Frazier and Mercades Genzler; three nephews: Steele, Brady and Ryatt Genzler; one special little girl, Raylene Genzler; a grandmother, Theresa Frost; and many aunts, including Mary Genzler of Highmore, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandpa Joe Frost; grandparents, George and Hannah Genzler; five uncles: Craig and Dan Frost, Alvin, Lavern and Raymond Genzler and one aunt, Inez Genzler.
[Unknown newspaper; Submitted by Jacque McDonnell; transcribed by Betty Hammer; NOTE: *died 22 Aug 2003 per Social Security Death Index ]
Donald Griese 62 of Sun City, Arizona died on Friday May 16, 2003 at Boswell Memorial Hospital, Sun City.
Don was born July 17, 1940 in Lebanon to George and Margie Griese. He was raised on a farm near Gettysburg. After graduating from Gettysburg High School he joined the United States Air Force.
He married Karen Joachim of Agar, S.D. on March 21, 1964. They lived in Rapid City, Pollock, and McLaughlin before settling in Highmore, South Dakota where they raised their four children. They moved to Prescott Valley, AZ in October of 1988 where Don continued his Insurance business. He retired from the Air National Guard as a Master Sergeant in March 1989. Don remained an active member of the Elks, Moose, American Legion, and the VFW.
Don is survived by Karen, his wife of 39 years, of Prescott Valley, AZ. His son Kevin and his wife Brita Griese of Pierre, SD., daughter Kari and her husband Kevin Oakes of Germany, son Dale and his wife Lisa Griese of Tempe, AZ and son Darren and his wife Andrea Griese of Pierre, SD. He had 8 grandchildren. Danielle and Douglas Griese of Pierre, SD, Kyle and Kirsten Oakes of Germany, Addison and Jordan of Tempe, AZ and Amy and Daniel of Pierre, SD. His mother Margie Griese (Anderson) of Gettysburg, SD, sisters Delores and her husband Roger Moore of Gettysburg, SD and Violet and her husband Joe Hines of Pierre, SD, brother Jim and his wife Donna Griese of Havasu City, CA and sisters Lyla and her husband Quinten Schock of Denver, CO and Norma Harer and her husband Larry Marklin of Sherman, TX.
He was preceded in death by his father George Griese.
July 17, 1940 (Lebanon, South Dakota) – May 16, 2003 (Sun City, Arizona)
Interment: Onida Cemetery, Onida, South Dakota
[Memorial Folder for Donald Griese; Submitted by Jacque McDonnell]
Miss Hannah Griffin, a popular Forest City young woman, died last week of tuberculosis of the brain, aged 24 years. Her father, five brothers and three sisters survive her. [Aberdeen Daily News (11 Mar. 1912) transcribed by FoFG MZ]
Howard W. Hamlin
Born: October 20, 1921, Holabird, South Dakota
Passed Away: February 21, 2006, Gettysburg, South Dakota
Services: 10:30 AM, Saturday, February 25, 2006, United Methodist Church, Gettysburg
Officiating: Rev. Gary Walters
Pallbearers: Craig Peters, Justin Blasius, Thomas Hamlin, Curt Johannsen, Eric Johannsen, Chad Eltjes, Zachary Hamlin
Honorary Pallbearers: Bill Davis, Dorothy Pathmann, Dan Beringer, Harold Bauer, Roger Donis, Al Allmendinger, Earline Spicer, Oliver Olson, Darlene Hodgson
Interment: Gettysburg Cemetery with Military Honors
Arrangements by: Luce Funeral Home, Gettysburg, SD
[FUNERAL CARD, submitted by Jacque McDonnell]
Following an illness of three weeks from septic poisoning, Mrs. Rosa Hanson of Gettysburg died yesterday afternoon in a local hospital. With her when the end came were her husband, Fred Hanson, and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Kluth of Vida, Mont. Mr. and Mrs. Dapper of this city also are relatives of the deceased, who was about 27 years old. Obsequies will be held at Gettysburg on Wednesday. [Aberdeen Daily News (9 Apr. 1918) transcribed by FoFG MZ]
E. K. Harmon
E. K. Harmon of Gettysburg died last night at St. Luke’s hospital after being there for treatment for some time. The deceased was about 40 years of age and is very well known in his home locality. He is the son of Mrs. J. B. Harmon of that town, his father dying several years ago. The body was shipped this afternoon on the Northwestern by Undertaker Wilson to Gettysburg for internment. The mother was in the city when her son died and accompanied the remains to Gettysburg. [Aberdeen Daily News (7 Dec. 1909) transcribed by FoFG MZ]
W. W. Hewitt
TWO OF OUR CITIZENS ANSWER LAST CALL -- M.M. Benster and W. W. Hewitt Pass to Beyond Within Twenty Four Hours
Gettysburg business houses were closed Monday afternoon to do honor to the memory of two of our pioneer citizens, Menzo M. Benster and W. W. Hewitt, whose deaths occurred the Friday and Saturday previous. In both cases death had come suddenly with but a short illness preceding.
Mr. Hewitt, although subject to heart attacks for the past ten years, was about town during the afternoon, Friday, apparently in good spirits and it was indeed a shock when early the same evening the news spread about that he had suffered an attack which carried his spirit to the great beyond.
Mr. Benster’s immediate illness was of but a few days, old age being responsible for his passing, which occurred Saturday evening. His life covered a span of over eighty-four years, nearly half of that time being spent in Gettysburg. (Potter County News, 1924)
Clarence M. Lambert
Clarence M. Lambert, of Gettysburg died yesterday morning at 5:15 o’clock at the St. Luke’s hospital, of appendicitis. Mr. Lambert was brought here from Gettysburg last Tuesday morning and since that time had been getting worse and finally died yesterday morning. He was running a dray line in Gettysburg when taken ill. He is 23 years old and is unmarried. His brother, J. L. Lambert, of Vermillion is in town and the body was shipped yesterday afternoon to Gettysburg where burial will take place. [Aberdeen American (25 June 1911) transcribed by FoFG MZ]
CANTON, S.D. – Arnold Nagel, 44 of Canton died Monday May 17, 1982 at his home. Mr. Nagel was born June 19, 1937, in Gettysburg, S.D. He married Shirley Johnson January 16, 1978, in Sioux Falls. After his marriage he moved to Canton. Survivors include his wife; three sons, Joseph Nagel, Lamont Nagel, and Neil Nagel, all of Canton; two stepsons, Allan Knorr, Canton, and Steven Knorr, Sioux Falls; two daughters, Marlys Nagel and Kateri Nagel, both of Sioux Falls; three stepdaughters, Sheryl McKann, Sindy Knorr and Sandra Knorr, all of Canton; five step-grandchildren; five brothers, Herman Nagel, Leonard Nagel, Eugene Nagel, Larry Nagel and Jim Nagel, all of Gettysburg; a sister, Irma LeFaive of Hermosa, S.D.; and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Laverne Myers, Milesville, S.D. Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday May 20, 1982 at St. Dominic Catholic church, Canton, with burial at Forest Hills Cemetery, Canton. Visitation will be 2-9 p.m. today at Anderson Funeral Home, Canton. Prayers will be said at 8p.m. today at Anderson Funeral Home, Canton. [Unnamed, undated newspaper, Handwritten 5-17-1982; Contributed by Jacque McDonnell; Transcribed by Pamela J. Hamilton]
Hans Nelson, one of the early settlers of Potter county, residing at Bulkly, died at his home yesterday, Dec 26th, aged about 65 years. He seems to have had no relatives in this country, and only an older brother in Denmark, where he was born. We understand the remains were to be interred in the Gettysburg cemetery. [Forest City press. (Forest City, Potter County, D.T. [S.D.]), 27 Dec. 1912]
Mrs. Almira Paige died Tuesday afternoon, age 76 years. She was the mother of Mrs. Frank Negars of Sully county ,and has lived in this country for about fifteen years. [Aberdeen Daily American, Aberdeen, South Dakota, Friday, April 30, 1915]
Clarence W. Taber
Clarence Taber Dies at 97; "Webster of Medical World"
Clarence Wilbur Taber, author of medical dictionaries and onetime Indian fighter, died yesterday at his home in the Rittenhouse Claridge, 18th and Walnut sts. He was 97. Mr. Taber, who was dubbed the "Webster of the medical world," was the author of the Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, which sold more than a million copies, and the Nurses' Dictionary. He also compiled some 30 other books related to the medical field, and wrote Western novels and spelling books. Mr. Taber, who is listed in Who’s Who in America, remained active until recently making additions to his dictionaries by scanning volumes of medical literature for scientific advances. Born in Jersey City, Mr. Taber was taken to the rugged Dakota Territory in 1882. He once described the hardships he and his mother and stepfather faced in those days.
"We suffered more than any New England pioneer ever did," he said. "We hauled water three to five miles. No wood to burn, buffalo bones covered the earth everywhere. Crops failed almost every year. I've seen knee-high wheat cut to the ground by a scorching sun before nightfall."
A veteran of a number of skirmishes with the Sioux Indians, he was only 20 miles away when the legendary Sitting Bull was killed.
Mr. Taber drifted into the banking business at an early age and then went to Chicago, where he later became an editor. He turned out his first medical dictionary entirely on his own and even paid for its publication. Mr. Taber retired as nursing textbook editor of the F. A. Davis Co., publishers here, in 1944. But he continued to work on his dictionaries, many of which became standard reference works in the nation’s medical and nursing schools. He had lived here for 35 years. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Mildred J. Clark and Mrs. Agnes T. Scarborough; a son, Clarence W., Jr.; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 P. M. tomorrow at Kirk & Nice funeral home, Germantown av. and Washington lane. Burial will be in Chelten Hills Abbey. [The Evening Bulletin, Philadelphia, Tuesday, January 9, 1968. p. 26G; Transcribed by Peg Williams and Regan Everson]
[Note: Clarence W TABER was from Arena Township, Potter County, South Dakota and is best known as the author of Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, a standard for nurses to this day. His picture hangs in the board room at the F.A. Davis Co. in Philadelphia, PA].
Funeral services over the body of Mrs. Mary Weinert were held at the home last Saturday at noon, and the body was laid to rest in the Gettysburg cemetery. Rev. J.W.A. Collins conducted the funeral services. The death of Mrs. Weinert was tragic in the extreme. Two days before Christmas, while Mr. Weinert was at the barn doing the morning chores, Mrs. Weinert, who was alone in the house with her two little children, attempted to hasten the fire by pouring in some kerosine. An explosion followed and her clothing was set on fire. She ran out of the house and rolled in the snow, but before the flames could be extinguished she was so badly burned about the head and breast that she died the same evening. Mary Matilda Peterson was born in Spooner, Wisconsin, September 25, 1883. She grew to young womanhood in Wisconsin, and later went to Colorado, where she lived until she came to South Dakota in 1910. She was married to Joseph Weinert in Arrow Head, South Dakota, June 30th, 1912. They came at once to Potter County and have lived since on a farm in Lincoln township. She leaves to mourn her loss a son 1 year and 8 months, a baby girl 2 months and 28 days old, and a sorrowing husband. She had a brother living at Spooner, Wisconsin; another brother at Fairview, Montana, a sister at Spokane, Washington, and a sister at Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Mrs. Weinert was a good wife and a mother and leaves a host of friends who grieve with her family over her tragic and untimely death. [Potter County News Courier, December 31, 1914, transcribed by Peg Williams]
Note from transciptionist: Children of Mary Matilda Peterson Weinert were Lawrence Weinert, born May 3, 1913, married Bessie G. Rud on June 10, 1936, died Nov. 26, 1977. Linda Esther Weinert, born Sept. 12, 1914, married Ole Davidson on Dec. 13, 1934, died Nov. 24, 1977.
John Philip Wolf
John Philip Wolf, 82, a native of Gettysburg, died at his home at Redfield, South Dakota, October 17, according to information received here by relatives. He was a son of the late Henry G. and Margaret F. (Richter) Wolf. Surviving are two brothers, Edward, of Guthrie Center, Iowa, and George, of Philadelphia and a sister, Mrs. Margaret Wolf Plank, York street. Mr. Wolf’s wife died three years ago at Readfield. Interment at Redfield with services conducted by the Masonic lodge of which Mr. Wolf was a member. [Gettysburg Times, 27 Oct 1936; contributed by Vicki Hartman]
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