South Dakota

Spink County, South Dakota


abstracted from the Huron (SD) Daily Plainsman

Monday, November 20, 1967


Birth: March 3, 1913 (near Bridgewater)
Parents: Paul J. R. and Katherina Walter
Marriage: Susie Gross (Dec. 25, 1948, Hitchcock)
Death: "Sunday evening"
Funeral: "Wednesday" (Hutterthal Mennonite Church)
Burial: Hutterthal Mennonite Church cemetery
Occupation: farmer north of Hitchcock (Spink county)
Locations: moved to Beadle co. at age 15.  After marriage, farmed N. of Huron two years; then N. of Hitchcock)
Organizations/Civic: Hutterthal Mennonite Church

Survivors: widow, son Delbert (Kansas State University); daughter LaVonne, mother Mrs. Katherina Walter (Yale), brothers John (Hitchcock), Joe (Huron), Mike (Huron), Jake (Yale), sisters Dora Walter (Yale), Mrs. Adeline Kuper (Huron)

abstracted from the Huron (SD) Daily Plainsman
Wednesday, January 3, 1968


Birth: June 17, 1883 (Indiana)
Marriage: Glenn Divine
Death: December 30, 1967 (Bismarck, ND)
Age: 84
Funeral: "Thursday" (First Methodist Church of Doland)
Burial: Doland Cemetery
Occupation: retired postal employee
Locations: lived in Bismarck, ND the last three years of her life.
Organizations/Civic: OES (60+ years); Corona Chapter No. 87, Doland, past matron
Preceded in death by: husband Glenn in 1949.
Survivors: sons Glenn (Los Angeles, CA); David (Elsinore, CA); Francis (St. Paul, MN), eight grandchildren

abstracted from Huron (SD) Daily Plainsman
Sunday, November 11, 1962


Residence: Hartington, NE
Birth: near Turton
Death: Nov. 1, 1962 (Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, SD)
Age: 71
Funeral: Nov. 4, 1962 (Hartington, NE)
Other: wife of former NE lieutenant governor Dwight Burney
Survivors: Husband; sons Donald (Whiting, IN), Willard (Hartington, NE), Keith (Hartington, NE), Dr. Dwight W. Burney Jr. (Omaha, NE)

From the memorial leaflet and newspaper obituary clipping
(unknown name and date of newspaper)
Contributed by Jacque McDonnell


Birth: April 24, 1921 (Redfield, SD)
Parents: Aloysius & Veronica (Sporer) Ronan
Marriage: Leonard J. Schaefer (Nov. 14, 1940, Gettysburg, SD)
Death: Monday, May 22, 1989 (University of Minnesota Hospital, Minneapolis, MN)
Age: 68
Funeral: "Thursday," Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Aberdeen, SD)
Burial: Sunset Memorial Gardens
Education: Redfield schools, graduated from Lebanon high school
Occupation: family farm; city auditor; Parmeter Grocery Store; Farmer's Market in Huron, retiring in 1975.
Locations: Redfield, SD; Lebanon, SD; to Ashton in 1946l to Huron in 1956, Aberdeen area after retirement.
Preceded in death by: parents, 2 brothers

[Survivor information omitted for privacy]

From the memorial leaflet
Contributed by Jacque McDonnell


Birth: May 9, 1941 (Redfield, SD)
Parents: Ralph and Delphine (Haider) Helsper
Marriage: Robert Nielsen (May 10, 1960, Aberdeen, SD) Five children
Death: February 13, 1990 (Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD)
Age: 48 yrs 9 mos 4 ds
Funeral: Saturday, February 17, 1990 (St. Mary's Catholic Church, Highmore, SD)
Burial: St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery (Highmore, SD)
Education: Hyde county rural schools, Aberdeen Central (graduated 1959)
Occupation: Kiddie Korner Day Care Center
Locations: Redfield, Hyde County, Harrold, Aberdeen, farm north of Highmore
Organizations/Civic: St. Mary's Catholic Church; St. Margaret Mary's Band, CCD teacher
Preceded in death by: father, grandparents, son David

[Survivor information omitted for privacy]

From the memorial leaflet and obituary
Contributed by Jacque McDonnell


Residence: Harrold
Birth: August 23, 1899 (Denison, Iowa)
Parents: Andrew & Matilda (Maach) Namanny
Marriage: Laura LaFave Peterson (June 30, 1941; Redfield, SD)
Death: Friday, February 16, 1990 (Hand County Memorial Hospital, Miller, SD)
Age: 90
Funeral: Thursday (Reck Funeral Home, Miller, SD)
Burial: Calvary Cemetery (Pierra, SD)
Occupation: Farmer, Namanny Cafe, road crews, hauled hay
Organizations/Civic: Blunt Senior Citizens Center
Preceded in death by: wife, parents, brothers Hans and Freddie, infant sister Rose

[Survivor information omitted for privacy]

Source: The Alpena Journal, Alpena, South Dakota
Sent in by Carole Dick
Hartt Researcher

LAURA (BEALS) HARTT, wife of Rev. Albert Hartt of Alpena, South Dakota was born in Blaine, Maine, on Sept. 18, 1879. She passed away at the Methodist hospital in Mitchell, S.D., on October 5, 1943, after an illness of 5 years. She received her education in the Blaine public school and Ricker Junior
College, Houlton, Maine. She then taught school for three years in the public schools of Aroostook Co. Maine.
On Christmas Day, 1900, she was united in marriage to Rev. Albert Hartt, and immediately thereafter took the position which she faithfully filled for forty-three years as mistress of her parsonage home. Eight of these years were lived in Maine, and thirty-five of them in South Dakota. Arriving in the State in November 1908, her first home was in Selby, S. D. Subsequently she lived in Britton, Lead and Redfield. During the two years in which her husband served in the First World War as chaplain, Mrs. Hartt and family lived in Mitchell, S.D. Following the war the family was stationed at Pierre. Subsequent
pastorates were at Groton, Doland, Hecla, and Miller. Two years ago, in feeble health, Mrs. Hartt entered at Alpena, her last parsonage home.
Death came to her peacefully at the end of two months stay in the hospital at Mitchell. She is survived by her husband, two sons, James C. of Huron, S.D. and Julian N. of New Haven, Conn.; two daughters: Mrs. A. L. Hutchinson of Lexington, KY, and Betty of Alpena, Four grandchildren survive her and also four brothers and two sisters.

Mildred J. Austin

Source: Aberdeen Weekly News (SD) Thursday, 1 Dec. 1898; transcribed by FoFG mz

Mildred J. Austin was born in Randolph, Vt., February 14, 1840, and died at her home near Mansfield, S.D., November 24, 1898, after an illness of several months. In an early day she removed from her native state to Cambria, Wis., where she was married to George T. Wescott, February 28, 1866. Two years later she and her husband removed to Spring Valley, Minn., where they resided until 1882, when they removed to Spink county and settled near Mansfield, which place continued to be their residence until the time of Mrs. Wescott’s death. Her genial manner won for the deceased many warm friends who are greatly grieved at their loss. Mrs. Wescott was a true friend, a devoted wife, a faithful mother and a cheerful companion. She will be greatly missed from the community as well as from her own home. As the end drew near she was enabled to rest fully upon Him who said, “Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out.” The husband, two daughters and son were at her beside when she passed away. These, an aged mother, five sisters and one brother are left behind to mourn her departure. A brief service was held at the house by Rev. F. L. Bromaghim on the evening following her death and the next morning the bereaved husband started with the remains for Spring Valley, Minn., where the internment took place.

Robert McCaughey

Source: Aberdeen American (SD) Thursday, 19 July 1906; transcribed by FoFG mz

The funeral of the late Robert McCaughey, who died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. A. H. Monnett at Mellette on last Monday, was held yesterday afternoon from that place at 1 o’clock. The body was sent yesterday evening to Mantorville, Minn., for burial and was accompanied by the four children of the deceased, J. J. McCaughey of this city and R. H. McCaughey, W. A. McCaughey and Mrs. A. H. Monnett of Mellette. The funeral services were largely attended, as the deceased was an early pioneer of Spink county and was well liked and respected by all for his stirling qualities.

Mr. McCaughey was born in 1833 in Scotland and came to this country when a young lad, settling at Philadelphia where he lived for many years. In 1860 he married Miss Agnes Cummings. In 1875 he moved to the northern part of Spink county and took up land. His wife died at Mantorville in 1879.

Carrie Payne

Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen SD) Monday, 20 Apr. 1896; transcribed by FoFG mz

Mrs. Emmet Payne, nee Carrie Avery, a sister of Prof. A. H. Avery, of Woonsocket, formerly of this city, died near Ashton last week of consumption. Rev. Aaron Beede, of Redfield, conducted the funeral, which was the largest held in Ashton for several years. The deceased was born in Richland county, Wis., December 29, 1871, and was the youngest of seven children of whom only one now remains. She came to South Dakota in 1889, and lived with her brother until November 17, 1893, when she married Mr. Payne. She left one child, a boy 1 year old.

SOURCE: Faulk County Record, Thursday, October 8, 1896, Page 8
Contributed by Harold Way

Mrs. Fred. Bass, mother of County Commissioner W. Bass, died at Cottonwood Lake, Spink county on Sunday, October 4th, 1896, at about 85 years of age. The funeral services were held at the German M. E. church, Rockham, on Tuesday afternoon and were attended by a large gathering of friends of the family. The county board, in sessiona t this place adjourned over Tuesday, and attended the services in a body accompanied by Auditor Faulkner and Treasurer Smith.

Source: Aberdeen Daily News (29 Jan. 1906) transcribed by Marla Zwakman
William P. Baldwin died at the residence of his son, C. J. Baldwin, in West Aberdeen, on Sunday morning at 4:20 o'clock, of organic heart trouble, from which he had suffered for a number of years, having been confined to his bed with the disease for several weeks.
William P. Baldwin was born in Ashland, Wis., in September, 1848. Being too young to enlist as a soldier, he enlisted in the union army as a drummer boy, serving three years. He was married to Miss Eliza Spooner, and became the father of nine children, five of whom, with the widow, survive him. They are C. J. and William Baldwin, Mrs. Mabel Nusser and Mrs. Charles Dingwell of this city, and Mrs. Jud Sanders of Mellette. A brother, B. F. Baldwin, and a sister, Mrs. L. J. Volmer, reside at Mellette.
Mr. Baldwin, with his family, moved to Spink county in 1882, locating on a farm ten miles east of Mellette. He resided in the vicinity of Mellette until six years ago, when he removed to Aberdeen, where he has since resided.

Aberdeen American (25 Mar. 1910) transcribed by FoFG MZ
John Robbins, a resident of Doland, died in this city and the remains were shipped to Doland last night for internment.

Aberdeen American (28 May 1914) transcribed by FoFG MZ
Peter Kittlesland, formerly of Mellette, was fatally injured by falling 40 feet from the Golden West hotel at Minneapolis during the Norwegian celebration.

Aberdeen Daily News (15 Mar. 1912) transcribed by FoFG MZ
There died at Chicago recently, at the age of 71 years, P. H. Doland, the man for whom the town of Doland, in Spink county, was named.

Aberdeen Daily News (21 Mar. 1917) transcribed by FoFG MZ
Benjamin B. McDole of Athol, 64 years old, a resident of South Dakota for the past 33 years, died of cancer of the stomach at the home of E. A. Bierman, 920 South Main street today. Mr. McDole has lived in Athol for many years and has been the proprietor of the hotel in that town for 14 years. He had been in Aberdeen for about a week.
The body will be taken to Athol for burial tomorrow by his wife and a married daughter, Mrs. Grover, who were here with him.

Aberdeen Daily News (1 May 1912) transcribed by FoFG MZ
Mrs. E. B. Coleman died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. R. Lockwood of Athol, on April 21, aged 85 years. She was a native of New York, but moved with her parents to Wisconsin in 1840. In 1846 she married Wesley Coleman, and in 1880 they moved to South Dakota, locating at Ashton, where Mr. Coleman died seven years later. Nine children were born to the couple, all of whom survive.

Aberdeen American (29 Jan. 1914) transcribed by FoFG MZ
Mrs. Mary M. Lyman, one and one-half miles north of Mansfield died at 11 o’clock Friday night from old age, she being 79 years old at the time of her death. The funeral services will probably be held Tuesday afternoon from the Presbyterian church at Warner, Rev. William Drysdale of Stratford officiating. Internment will be made at Warner by the side of her husband, who was laid to rest there 15 years ago.

Aberdeen American (11 Mar. 1911) transcribed by FoFG MZ
Amelia, the 5 year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Elsing, of Mansfield, died Thursday night at the home, after a brief illness.

Aberdeen American (26 Apr. 19121) transcribed by FoFG MZ
Redfield, April 25. – The remains of Bert Johnson, well known over the state as owner of hotels at Redfield, Mitchell and Canton, were brought here from Minneapolis where he died after a six weeks’ illness. The funeral, which was held from the Episcopal church was one of the largest attended ever held here. The deceased is survived by a widow, two sisters and an aged mother.;

Taken from Ree Heights Review December 25, 1992. Contributed by Jeanie Hartman
Birth: April 1, 1903, Russell, Iowa
Parents: H. C. & Myrtle (McKinley) Pierce
Education: College at Cedar Rapids, IA
Occupation: Rockham area school teacher, housemother at School for the Visually Handicapped (Aberdeen, SD), Northern State University.
Marriage: Fred Schmit, 1923 (he died 1962)
Death: December 16, 1992, Community Memorial Hospital, Redfield.
Residence: Redfield
Age: 89
Funeral: Saturday, December 19, United Methodist Church, Rockham, SD
Burial: Rockham Cemetery
Preceded in death by: husband, stepson Freddie Schmidt (Miller), 2 sisters, 1 brother.

From the memorial leaflet
Contributed by Jacque McDonnell
Birth: Feb. 20, 1900 (Dennison, IA)
Parents: Fred & Margaret Clausen
Marriage: Anna Bergendahl (July 13, 1922, in Watertown)
Death: 27 Dec 1987 (Redfield, South Dakota)
Age: 87
Funeral: 30 Dec 1987, Ashton Unitd Methodist Church
Burial: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Aberdeen, SD
Other: Moved to Ashton in 1905 for most of the rest of his life
Preceded in death by: wife (1983), one grandchild, a sister, 3 brothers
[Survivor information omitted for privacy]

At the residence of her son, Frederick A. Basford, in Crandon, South Dakota, on Friday, June 28th, 1889, Henrietta Bashford, in the 79th year of her age.
The deceased was a native of Vermont and came to Dakota with her five sons in 1881. Eight of her children as still alive, five of them living in Spink County and two in Miner County, South Dakota. She was a Christian mother of that character which makes the salt of the earth.
Her maiden name was Kingsbury, and she belonged to a lineage whose representatives are mingled in the affairs of every state in the nation. Entirely devoted to her family, her life leaves a sweet moral faience.
"Requiescat in pace."
(Redfield (Dakota) Journal.)
St. Albans Messenger - August 22, 1889
Transcribed and contributed by: AFOFG

SOURCE: Faulk County Record, Thursday, November 14, 1889, page 3
Contributed by Harold Way
DIED: - - - Tuesday evening, November 5, at 4:55 o'clock, of hemmorage of the stomache, Mrs. R. M. Howard, aged 60 years, 4 months and 1 day.
The deceased was the mother of Mrs. Wm. Smith, who resides six miles east of this place, and also leaves a husband 76 years of age and a son, C. T. Howard, of Redfield, to mourn the loss of a devoted christian wife and mother. The Redfield Journal from which the above notice was clipped very truly says:
Mrs. Howard was loved and admired by all who knew her. In early girlhood she united with the church and led a life of christian beauty. Kind, sympathetic, lovable and beloved, she leaves behind her memories of good deeds done and kind, cheering words spoken to those around her who needed help, sympanty and encouragement. None will miss her gentle care and kindly encouragement more than her life partner to whom she has for 40 years been a source of joy and comfort, especially so since he years ago became a sufferer from rheumatic troubles that have seriously impared his physical being. Her life work is ended and her Master has said, "Well done, good and faithful servant, thou has been faithful over a few things. I will make you ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."

The Daily Plainsman, Huron, South Dakota
April 19, 1966


Died: "Monday morning" at her home in Hitchcock

Age: 81

Funeral: Thursday, Methodist Church

Burial: Altoona Cemetery

Birth: Oct. 7, 1884, Spink County, SD.

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Price.

Marriage: Fred H. Payne, Aug. 31, 1905, at the home of her parents near Broadland. (he d. 1949)

Locations: movedto Hitchcock in 1945.

Unknown Newspaper, undated
Handwritten: died 8-10-81; burial 8-14-81
Contributed by Jacque McDonnell
Transcribed by Pamela J. Hamilton


Frankfort – The funeral Mass for Rose Noonan, 90, of Frankfort who died Monday, August 10, 1981 at James Valley Nursing Home, Redfield, will be said at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Frankfort, by the Rev. Clifford Graham. Burial will be in St. Ann’s Cemetery August 14, 1981.

There will be a rosary at 8:45 p.m. Thursday at Coleman-Thelen Funeral Chapel.

She was born September 11, 1890, in St. Paul, Minnesota and came to the Frankfort area in 1905. She attended St. Benedict’s Academy in St. Joseph, Minnesota, and later attended Business College in Aberdeen. She taught school in Mountain Iron, Minnesota and Casper, Wyoming. She returned to Frankfort in 1930. She was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Frankfort, and Altar Society.

Survivors include three brothers, William and Ambrose, both of Frankfort, and Clem of Highmore; a sister Genevieve Walseth, St. Paul, Minnesota.

She was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister.

Memorial Folder
Contributed by Jacque McDonnell

Lillie Anna Fredericka Miller was born March 22, 1906, to Bill and Emma (Flee) Miller on a farm at Tulare, South Dakota, and died December 24, 2003, at the Highmore Healthcare Center, Highmore, South Dakota, at the age of 97 years, nine months and two days.

She grew up on the family farm and was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Tulare. She was united in marriage to Clarence Dean Alfson on October 13, 1927, at Delmar, North Dakota. To this union two children were born.

They farmed at Tulare most of their lives, moving to Huron in 1949, where they resided until moving back to Tulare. Following his death in February, 1979, she moved to the Plaza in Miller, South Dakota, where she lived for 10 years, before moving into the Highmore Healthcare Center in 1989.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents and her daughter, Lila Champlin.

Interment: St. John's Ceemtery, Tulare, South Dakota

The Huron (South Dakota) Daily Plainsman
December 27, 1972

Death: Monday (Bakersfield, CA)
Burial: Bakersfield
Marriage: W. F. Lytle

The Daily Plainsman, Huron, South Dakota
Wednesday, March 20, 1968
Death: Tuesday (Colby, KS)
Funeral: Friday, Methodist Church (Huron)
Burial: Riverside Cemetery
Birth: Jan. 28, 1916 (Doland, SD)
Parents: Charles & Josephine Thompson
Education: Dakota Wesleyan University (1938)
Marriage: 1) Ernest Mobbs (July 5, 1949) (he d. 1959)  2) Virgil Kracke (May 31, 1966)

Unknown Newspaper, undated
Handwritten death 12-24-1983
Contributed by Jacque McDonnell
Transcribed by Pamela J. Hamilton


Rites held for Chauncey Klebsch

Funeral services were held Saturday in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Highmore Church in Highmore for Chauncey Klebsch who died at his home in Highmore Thursday at the age of 89 years, four months and seven days. Father Paul Bachman officiated and burial was in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Highmore.

Pallbears were Stuart Scott, William Kusser, Martin Bonnischsen, Dennis Nickelson, Charles Single and Harold Burnham.

Chauncey R. Klebsch was born August 15, 2894, at Redfield to Henry and Lena Klebsch.

He attended school in the Redfield area. As a young man, he worked in a flour mill and on a sheep ranch in the Frankfort area for six years.

He was united in marriage to Irene M. Sporrer on October 6, 1920, at Zell. To this union three children were born.

He farmed and ranched most of his life. In 1968, he retired from farming and moved into Highmore, where he spent the remaining years of his life.

Survivors include his three children and their spouses: Mr. and Mrs. Oliver C. (Rosella) Olsen, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth C. Klebsch and Mr. and Mrs. Willis H. Klebsch, all of Highmore; two sisters: Wanda Boyd, Rochester, Minnesota; and Ida Hurst Branish, LaHabra, California; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one grandson and three brothers.

Unknown Newspaper, undated
Handwritten: d. 12-2-81, funeral 12-5-81
Contributed by Jacque McDonnell
Transcribed by Pamela J. Hamilton


REDFIELD – Ray B. Fleming, 75, of Redfield died Wednesday at Community Memorial Hospital, Redfield.

The Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Redfield, with the Rev. Robert J. Fox officiating. Burial will be in St. Bernard’s Cemetery.

Knights of Columbus rosary will be said Friday at 8:30 p.m. at the Colman-Thelen Funeral Home, Redfield.

Ray B. Fleming was born May 19, 1906, in Table Grove, Illinois. He graduated from Redfield High School and Normal School, and taught rural school near Rockham.

He married Nellie Conley in 1928. He farmed in the Redfield area until 1955 when he began working at the Redfield State Hospital and School until his retirement in 1972. He had been a resident of the James Valley Nursing Home since June 1978.

He was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, and the Redfield Council of the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree.

He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. George (Aliene) Lemmer of Redfield, and Mrs. Richard (Patricia) Sage of Watertown; 12 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert Fleming of Milton Mills, N.H.; two sister, Mrs. Evelyn Wiggins of Greley, Colorado, and Mrs. Eleanor Gasper of Fin Rock Oregon.

Memorial Folder
Contributed by Jacque McDonnell


Born: August 22, 1930, Mellette, South Dakota
Parents: Ernest and Anna (Haessig) Grandpre
Died: May 29, 2003, Aberdeen, South Dakota
Interment: All Saints Cemetery, Mellette, South Dakota

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

Age: 95

Death: Americana Health Care Center, Aberdeen, "Tuesday"
Funeral: Bryson Funeral Chapel, "Friday"

Burial: Mellette Cemetery, Mellette

Birth: May 10, 1878 (Wisconsin)
Marriage: F. A. Kaiser, Orient, March 10, 1897


Huron (SD) Daily Plainsman
Thursday, Feb. 7, 1974



Age: 91

Death: "Tuesday", James Valley Nursing Home in Redfield
Funeral: "Friday", Bryson Funeral Home, Redfield
Burial: Armour Cemetery, Armour
Birth: Dec. 13, 1882 (Ithaca, Michigan)

Parents: Mr. & Mrs. Elisha Franklin
Marriage: John Claussen (June 23, 1905 at Grimes, OK)

The Covington Leader, Thursday, February 1, 1917

Contributed by Rita Morgan


Mrs. W. B. Cobb died at her home in Conde Tuesday, after a long and painful illness with cancer. The funeral was held in the Baptist church this afternoon, conducted by the Millennial Dawn society, Q. S. Veatch in charge, and the body laid to rest in the Conde cemetery. ---- Conde (S.D.) News

The deceased was a daughter of the late Rev. I. T. Dalton and was reared in this county, (Tipton County, TN). She is survived by her mother, one brother and five sisters. Her numerous friends in this county will learn of her death with sincere regret.

The Daily Plainsman, Huron, South Dakota Friday

August 10, 1962


Death: "Thursday" at Watertown
Funeral: "Monday" at Doland Methodist Church
Burial: Doland Cemetery
Birth: Feb. 26, 1873
Marriage: Mattie Buechler (1895) (she d. 1959)
Other: came to SD from NE in 1895

The Daily Plainsman, Huron, South Dakota

Friday, March 2, 1962


Funeral: "Friday", Sorum Funeral Chapel at Faulkton

Death: "Tuesday" at St. Luke's Hospital in Aberdeen

Burial: Faulkton Cemetery

Birth: Sterling, IL (March 21, 1881)

Parents: Mr. & Mrs. M. S. McDearmon

Marriage: Nicholas F. Metz (Sept. 14, 1921 at Redfield)

The Daily Plainsman, Huron, South Dakota

Friday, March 2, 1962


Funeral: "Monday", Coleman Funeral Chapel, Redifled

Death: "Wednesday", Redfield Community Memorial Hospital

Burial: Greenlawn Cemetery, Redfield
Birth: Dec. 24, 1884

Other: Came to US in 1920, lived at Vermillion, Conde, Turton
Occupation: farmer

The Daily Plainsman, Huron, South Dakota

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 1973


Funeral: Thursday, United Methodist Church at Redfield

Death: Monday

Burial: Greenlawn cemetery

Birth: Jan. 21, 1889, Douglas Co., IA

Marriage: Bonnie Stucker, Sep. 14, 1920 at Ipswich

The Daily Plainsman, Huron, South Dakota

Friday, March 2, 1962




Funeral: Saturday, Mellette Methodist Church

Death: Sioux City, iowa

Burial: Ashton

Birth: April 17, 1878 (New Brunswick, Can.)

Other: came to SD in 1899

Marriage: Martha E. Gallup (1904)


The Huronite and Daily Plainsman, Huron, South Dakota

 Monday, November 14, 1955





Parents: Mr. & Mrs. George Wolf (Doland)

Burial: St. Bernard's Cemetery, Redfield, "Tuesday"



The Daily Plainsman, Huron, South Dakota Monday, July 20, 1964


Death: "Friday", Community Memorial Hospital at Redfield
Funeral: Tuesday", Bryson Funeral Home
Burial: Greenlawn Cemetery
Occupation: Retired blacksmith
Birth: Oct. 14, 1880, Potomac, IL
Marriage: Leona Harmon (Canistota, Nov. 23, 1907)

The Daily Plainsman, Huron

South Dakota Monday, July 20, 1964


Age: 82

Funeral: St. George's Episcopal Church

Burial: Greenlawn Cemetery

Death: Saturday, St. John's Hospital (Huron)

Birth: August 1881 (Illinois)

Parents: Ralph & Naomi Meyers

Marriage: 1) Arlie Hunt (preceded her in death) 2) Dale Sennette (preceded her in death)


Huron (SD) Daily Plainsman

June 12, 1960

contributed by Karen Seeman (relative)




REDFIELD -- Mrs. Martha E. Seemann, longtime resident of Tulare, died June 11, in the Hand County Memorial Hospital, Miller.

Funeral services are scheduled at 2 p.m., Tuesday, at the Coleman Funeral Chapel in Redfield. The Rev. Donald West, Huron, will officiate. Burial will be in the Tulare Cemetery.

The body will lie in state at the funeral home until time of the services. The casket will not be opened following.

Mrs. Seeman was born April 6, 1876, at Dubuque, Iowa. She married Dr. Carl Seemann in Dubuque in 1902 and they came to Tulare in 1911 where they resided until 1952 when they moved to Miller. Her husband preceded her in death in 1954 and since that time she had made her home with a daughter, Miss Marcella Seemann, Miller.

Survivors include three daughters, Marcella, Miller; Mrs. Gladys Rodman, Redfield; Mrs. Dorothy Barrett, St. Paul; one son, Carl F. Seemann, Pacoima?, Calif.; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Unknown South Dakota Newspaper

(died 09 Sep 1989)

submitted by Karen Seeman (relative)

Marcella M. Seemann

A committal service for Marcella M. Seemann, 87, Redfield, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Tulare Cemetery with Father Michael Schulenberg officiating. The Thelen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Seemann died Saturday, Sept. 9, 1989, at the Community Memorial Hospital, Redfield. Her remains were to be cremated. She was born April 7, 1902, at Freeport, Ill., to Carl and Martha (Apel) Seemann. She served as a nurse in the U. S. Air Force during World War II and also later at Madison. She later was employed in teaching school at Miller. She married Freerick A. Seemann Dec. 21, 1971, in Folkston, Ga. They retired and moved to Redfield in 1971. She was a member of the Episcopalian Church, the Eastern Star, Tulare chapter, the American Legion and the Retired Teachers Association. Survivors include one brother: Carl Seemann, Paradise, Calif.; and two sisters: Mrs. Gladys Rodman, Redfield, and Mrs. Dorothy Barrett, St. Paul, Minn. She was preceded in death by her husband.

Unknown South Dakota Newspaper

(died Aug. 9, 1954)

contributed by Karen Seeman (relative)


Funeral services for Dr. C. A. Seemann were held in Tulare at the Masonic Temple Friday, August 13 at 2 p.m. Reck Funeral Home, Miller, was in charge. Dr. Seemann died August 9 of myocarditis at Hand County Memorial Hospital. He was 85 years, 11 months and nine days old.

The Rev. Harvey Sanders, Groton, was in charge of the services. Brother Masons and Star members attended the services in a body at the Temple and Masonic rites were conducted at the cemetery.

Carl August Seemann, son of Hans and Maria Seemann, Clinton, Iowa, was born August 29, 1868.

Dr. Seemann graduated in 1899 from St. Louis College of Physicians and Surgeons at St. Louis, Mo. Later he took a post graduate course specializing in eye, ear, nose and throat at Rush Medical College, Chicago, Ill.

He was married in 1901 to Martha E. Apel, Dubuque, Iowa. They were the parents of four children: Marcella Seemann, and Mrs. Vay E. Rodman (Gladys), Miller; Mrs. John Barrett, (Dorothy) St. Paul, Minn. and Carl Seemann, Los Angeles, Calif.

After being graduated from medical college Dr. Seemann practiced medicine in Freeport, Ill., and later in Oshkosh, Wisc. In 1910 he moved to Tulare and served as doctor of the community for 42 years. He practised medicine a total of 52 years. He was surgeon for the Milwaukee railroad at Tulare for 40 years and served as president of the school board at Tulare for three years.

He was a member of the Episcopal Church of Redfield, of the Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star chapter in Tulare and the Knight's Templar and the Shrine at Aberdeen.

Dr. and Mrs. Seemann moved to Miller in 1952.

Surviving his death are his widow, Martha E. Seemann, three daughters, one son, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Pallbearers were: Leslie Binger, Hubert Bushong, Roy Dulaney, Lester Kopplin, Elton McNeil and Max Wegner. Burial was in the Tulare Cemetery.




Carl August Seemann, son of Hans and Maria Seemann of Clinton, Iowa, was born August 29, 1868.

In 1899, Dr. Seemann graduated from St. Louis college of Physicians and Surgeons, St. Louis, Missouri, and later took a post-graduate course, specializing in eye, ear, nose and throat at Rush Medical College, Chicago, Illinois.

In 1901, he was united in marriage to Martha E. Apel, of Dubuque, Iowa. To this union, four children were born: Marcella Seemann of Miller, S. D.; Mrs. Vay E. Rodman, (Gladys), of Miller, S. D.; Mrs. John Barrett (Dorothy), of St. Paul, Minnesota; and Carl Seemann of Los Angeles, California.

After graduating from medical college, Dr. Seemann practiced in Freeport, Illinois, and later in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. In 1910, he came to Tulare, S.D. He practiced medicine 52 years and 42 of these years he served as a doctor in the Tulare community.

He was a member of the Episcopal church of Redfield, S.D.; of the Masonic lodge and Eastern Star chapter of Tulare. He was also a member of the Knight's Templar and the Shrine at Aberdeen, S.D.

Dr. Seemann was surgeon for the Milwaukee railroad in Tulare for 40 years, and served as president of the school board at Tulare for three years.

In 1952, Dr. and Mrs. Seemann moved to Miller, S.D.

Dr. Seemann passed away, August 9, 1954, of myocarditis, at Miller Memorial hospital, Miller, S.D. He was 85 years, eleven months and nine days at the time of his death.

Funeral services were held in Tulare at the Masonic Temple, Friday, August 13, 1954, at two p.m., with Reck's Funeral Home of Miller in charge. Burial was in the Tulare cemetery.

Reverend Harvey Sander of Groton, S.D. was in charge of the funeral service. Brother Masons conducted the Masonic rites at the cemetery. Brother Masons and Stars were seated in a body during the service at the Masonic temple.

Pallbearers were Leslie Binger, Hubert Bushong, Roy Dulaney, Lester Kopplin, Elton MacNeill and Max Wegner. Music was furnished by Mrs. Lester Kopplin at the piano and a male quartet.

Dr. Seemann leaves to mourn his passing his widow, Martha E. Seemann; three daughters, one son, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. His father, mother, one sister, five brothers, and three grandchildren preceded him in death.

The Daily Plainsman, Huron, South Dakota

October 25, 1966


Age: 88

Death: Monday at Violet Tschetter Memorial Home

Funeral: Wednesday, Welter Funeral Home

Burial: Doland Cemetery

Birth: June 1, 1878 (Ottawa, IL)

Parents: Mr. & Mrs. Jacob Bristor

Marriage: 1) C. Monroe Severe (June, 1896) (he d. 1927)  2) Robert Gessner (Huron, 1932)

Gettysburg Times

27 Oct 1936

contributed by Vicki Hartman

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.

The Daily Plainsman, Huron, South Dakota

Sunday, February 25, 1962


Funeral: Tuesday, Methodist Church in Frankfort

Age: 87

Death: Friday, Redfield Community Memorial Hospital

Burial: Frankfort Cemetery

Birth: Nov. 24, 1874 (Charlotte, IA)

Parents: Mr. & Mrs. Karsten Boysen

Marriage: Rosa Booth (Feb. 25, 1919)

HORTON, Doris A.

Redfield --- Doris A. Horton, 91, of Redfield, S.D., died Monday, November 17, 2003, at Eastern Star Home in Redfield. Her funeral will be Monday, November 24, at 10:00 a.m. at Thelen Funeral Home in Redfield. Reverend Dennis Gellhaus will officiate. Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Burial will be in the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, S.D., on Tuesday, November 25 at 2:00 p.m. Mountain Time.
Contributed by Candi Horton - Aberdeen American News (SD) - November 19, 2003

2nd Obituary:

Redfield --- Doris A. Horton of Redfield, S.D., died at Eastern Star Home in Redfield, S.D., on Monday, Nov. 17, 2003. Her funeral will be Monday, Nov. 24, 2003, at Thelen Funeral Home in Redfield, S.D., at 10 a.m.; her nephew Rev. Dennis Gellhouse officiating. Burial will be Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003, at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, S.D., at 3 p.m. mountain time.

Visitation will be Sunday, Nov. 23, 2003, at Thelen Funeral Home from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Doris was born Aug. 6, 1912, in Frankfort, S.D., to Howard and Ada (Wetzbarger) Baird. She graduated from Frankfort High School; after graduation Doris moved to Aberdeen, S.D., and worked at the Aberdeen National Bank. On Dec. 7, 1945, Doris married H. John Horton in Aberdeen, S.D., after his return from the military. She and her husband moved to Rapid City, S.D., in 1946, where she was employed as a secretary at the law firm of Whiting, Linn and Freiberg and later at First Bank in Rapid City. Doris was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. She is survived by her sister Edna Johnson of Redfield, S.D.; her brother H. Clark Baird of Beresford, S.D.; and thirty nieces and nephews. Doris was preceded in death by her husband, H. John Horton, her parents and three sisters and two brothers.
Contributed by Candi Horton - Aberdeen American News (SD) - November 22, 2003

01 Oct 1982

submitted by Jacque McDonnell

Ralph F. Blume

Redfield - Ralph F. Blume, 84, of Redfield died Sunday, Sept. 26, 1982, in Community Memorial Hospital, Redfield.

The funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday in the United Methodist Church, Redfield, with the Rev. Donald Greenough officiating. Burial will be in the Greenlawn Cemetery, Redfield, with military graveside rites.

Funeral arrangements were announced by the Coleman-Thelen Funeral Home, Redfield.

He was born Jan. 12, 1898, in Redfield. He lived all his life in the Redfield area, and was a veteran of World War I.

He married Thelma Naeve June 16, 1927. He worked for the theater and later the hardware store, and he owned and operated Butch and Sherri's from 1949 - 1964. He retired and continued to live in Redfield.

He was a member of the World War I Barricks [sic], charter member of the VFW No. 2755, American Legion No. 92, United Methodist Church and the senior citizens.

He is survived by his wife of Redfield; one son, Sherry Blume of Coos Bay, Ore.; one daughter, Mrs. Julie Reinmuth of Seattle, Wash.; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Mabel Zarneke of Aberdeen.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.

17 Oct 1980


Mrs. Geraldine Klebsch

Redfield - Mrs. Geraldine Klebsch, 84, died Friday at Jenkins Memorial home, Watertown.

The funeral will be Monday at 2 p.m. in First Congregational Church, Redfield, with the Rev. Paul Opsahl officiating. Burial will be in the Green Lawn Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were announced by Coleman-Thelen Funeral Chapel, Redfield.

Geraldine Hanson was born Jan. 25, 1896, at Fairmont, Minn., to Bennett and Sarah Hanson. She moved to Rockham at an early age. She married John Klebsch Jan. 16, 1915, at Faulkton. They moved to a farm near Redfield in 1915 where they lived until 1956 when they moved into Redfield. She had been a resident of Jenkins Memorial Home since August 1979. She was a member of First Congregational Church, Redfield.

Survivors include two sons, Kenneth of Watertown and Donald of Sturgis; three sisters, Julia Gebhart of Terre Haute, Ind., Hattie Dickinson and Adeline Paddleford, both of Rapid City; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1963.

19 Jul 1984

submitted by Jacque McDonnell

Ambrose Noonan

Frankfort - Ambrose Noonan, 83, of Frankfort died Monday, July 16, 1984, at Memorial Hospital, Watertown.

The funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Frankfort, by the Rev. Bob ... slauski. A wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Coleman-Thelen Funeral Home, Redfield, with the Rev. William ...orn officiating.

He was born Oct. 3, 1900, in St. Paul, Minn., to Mr. and Mrs. John (Lillian) Noonan. He moved to Frankfort in 1906 and was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church.

Survivors include a brother, William, of Frankfort; a sister, Genevieve Walseth, St. Paul.

Pallbearers will be Pete Mayer, (-----) and Pat Walseth, Dennis and (---) Noonan, Maurice Mason.

The following obit is a composite of a short obit from the Bourbon, IN Mirror and what I know of Mrs. Watkins children and family. I have attached an image of the obit so you can judge my edits. Mrs. Watkins left all of the Watkins sisters in Marshall County. IN. The 3 younger sisters listed may have been been married by the time Mrs. Watkins passed away and all of the sisters may not have survived her. [contributed by Dennis Hargens]

Obituary Abstracted from Bourbon, IN Mirror with the following paper date:

24 Oct 1895

WATKINS, Julia BROWN, died in North Dakota (actually SD).

“Died at her home in Spink County, S. Dak., Saturday, Sept. 14th, at sundown, Mrs. Julia Watkins, aged 60 years. Mrs. Watkins has been in poor health for some time, suffering from a stroke of paralysis. The funeral took place Monday, Sept. 16. Rev. Pierce of Spink County preached the sermon. The remains were laid to rest in the Wessington Cemetery, being followed from the home by a number of sorrowing relatives and friends.”

Mrs. Watkins was a resident of Bourbon, IN. and vicinity for a number of years and emigrated to Dakota Territory about fourteen years ago. Mrs. Watkins, her sons, George and Luther Brown, and her step son, Jeremiah Watkins, homesteaded in Buffalo Township in southwest Spink County in the late 1880’s.

Her first husband’s name was Brown, and she was the mother of Mrs. Minnie (Brown) Portrude of Iowa, Mrs. Cynthia (Brown) Tipton, Mrs. Alice (Brown) Huestis and George and Luther Brown of Spink County, S. Dak. She is also survived by a daughter, Elma Watkins, of the home and six step children, Mrs. Mary E. (Watkins) Mesamore, Mrs. Axa Ann (Watkins) Elkins, and Jeremiah, Elisha, Esther E. and Matilda J. Watkins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Adam Watkins, an infant son, Elmer Watkins and a step grandchild, Edward E. Elkins.



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