Wisconsin Genealogy Trails
Barron County, Wisconsin
Obituaries and Death Notices


Knute Anderson
Birchwood, Wis., Aug. 4. – Knute Anderson, 22 years a resident of Barron county, died yesterday at his farm home at Arland. Mr. Anderson was born in Norway, Oct. 2, 1851, and in 1883 he came to America. Four sons survive. Mr. Anderson was one of the first men to locate in the vicinity of Arland. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 5 Aug. 1922; MZ submitted by FoFG]

Peter Anderson
WASHBURN, Wis., Jan. 11. – Peter Anderson of the town of Washburn, was taken to the hospital at Ashland last week to undergo an operation for gall stones, died yesterday, and the remains were taken to his old home at Chetek today for burial.He was a man 63 years old and had lived in the city and town of Washburn for the last 30 years, owning a fine farm. He was unmarried. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 12 Nov. 1919; MZ submitted by a FoFG]

Patti Appleyard
RIB LAKE - Patti Appleyard, 66, of Rice Lake died Monday, July 17, 2006, at her home after a lengthy illness and surrounded by her family.  A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 22, 2006, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rice Lake.
Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Appleyard’s Home for Funerals and one hour prior to the funeral Saturday at the church.
Patricia was born June 9, 1940, to Carl and Beverly (West) Hasse at Eau Claire. She attended grade school at St. Patrick’s Catholic School and Immaculate Conception in Eau Claire and later Regis High School where she graduated in 1958. Patti was then employed by Piper, Jaffray & Hopwood in Eau Claire until her marriage to William Appleyard on June 8, 1963, in Eau Claire. They then resided in Milwaukee and later Wauwatosa, where she was employed by First Federal Savings & Loan. They moved to Rice Lake in 1968, and in 1976 they established Appleyard’s Home for Funerals, which they have operated until the present time.
Patti was very devoted to her family, and loved life and people, especially children. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Thursday Afternoon Bowling League, serving as its president for many years. Patti Appleyard is survived by her husband, William Appleyard of Rice Lake; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kimberly and Boyd Gilbertson, Rice Lake and Krista and Jon Tillung, Rice Lake; a son and daughter-in-law, Kent and Lesley Appleyard, Madison; four grandchildren, Kailey Tillung, Ashley and Megan Gilbertson and Evan Tillung; and by relatives and many friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl Hasse and Beverly Bibeau, and her stepfather, Leo Bibeau.[Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Wednesday, 19 July 2006; page 2A; Lorraine Markee collection, tr. by MZ]

George Barker
George Barker, a resident of Redwood Falls, formerly of Rice Lake, Barron county, Wis., died suddenly of pulmonary consumption at Menomonie on the 21st inst.  [The Worthington Advance.(Worthington, Minn.), February 01, 1883]

[unknown] Biel
BIRCHWOOD – Mr. and Mrs. Herman A. Biel have returned from Almena, where they spent three weeks. They went to Almena to hold the funeral of their daughter who died here. While away, their little son became ill but has recovered. Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 21 Mar. 1920; MZ submitted by FoFG

C. F. Bone
Born at Erie, Penn., February 20, 1844. Came to Wisconsin in 1854. Died at Rice Lake, April 24, 1905. [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin at its 53rd Annual Meeting held November 9, 1905 (published 1906) Wisconsin Necrology, 1904-05; pages 130-142; by Mary Stuart Foster, Library Assistant; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Elaine A. Cass
Memorial services were today at Olson Funeral Home, Menomonie, for Mrs. Lawrence (Elaine A.) Cass, 58, Eau Claire, a former Spencer resident, who died Saturday at Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire.  The former Elaine Raawe was born March 29, 1924 in Menomonie. She and Lawrence Cass were married Oct. 5, 1947 at Rice Lake. They lived in Spencer from 1952 to 1970 when they moved to Menomonie. Surviving are her husband, her father, Alvin Raawe of Chippewa Falls; three daughters, Mrs. Gloria Keyes of Mount Horeb, Mrs. Lois Oberle of Boyceville and Miss Jane Cass, Cedar Falls, Iowa; two brothers, Palmer of Chippewa Falls and Harvey of Pacifica, Calif., and six grandchildren. [Source: Marshfield News Herald (Wood County, Wis.) Wednesday, 22 Sept. 1982; contributed by Ron Flink & tr. by MZ ]

Thomas Cleary
CUMBERLAND, Wis., Sept. 17. – Thomas Cleary , 60, for 22 years an employe of the Northern Pacific railroad at Ashland, died at a hospital in Oshkosh, Sunday and was buried in St. Mary’s Cat holic cemetery here today. He came to Cumberland in 1879, being the first section foreman here of what is now the Omaha railway. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 18 Sept. 1919; MZ submitted by FoFG]

Thos. Duke
DUKE – Died At Rice Lake, Wis., Wednesday Oct. 25, 1900, Thos. Duke, father of Mrs. Jos. Holman, aged 88 years. [Source: Rogue River Courier (Grants Pass, OR) – Thursday, November 1, 1900; submitted by JD]

Nels Finstad
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Anderson, Agnes and Palmer Anderson have returned from Rice Lake where they attended the funeral of the late Mrs. Nels Finstad. [Source: Eau Claire Leader (Eau Claire, Wis.) Sunday, 21 Oct. 1923; submitted by Jim Dezotell]

Mrs. W. N. Fuller
CUMBERLAND – The funeral of Mrs. W. N. Fuller, who died at her home Tuesday will be held today. Mrs. Fuller was born June 24, 1871 and was married in 1892. She has passed her entire married life in Cumberland. Besides her husband she is survived by two sons, David and Richard. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Friday, 23 Apr. 1920; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Henry L. Gardner
Henry L. Gardner, of Rice Lake, who was shot by an unknown hunter Thursday in Ashland, died this noon in the hospital at Ashland. He was born in Sheboygan Fails and made that city his home until eight years ago when he left for Rice Lake, where he had made his home since and where interment will take place Mr. Gardner was a brother-in-law of Dr. R. M Nichols of the Falls. [Source: Sheboygan Press (Sheboygan, Wis.) Saturday, 15 Nov. 1913]

Mrs. Barlow  Harmon
Mrs. Barlow Harmon, Prairie farm, Barron county, died recently, aged 114 years.  She was a native of Pennsylvania. [Daily Globe (St. Paul, Minn.), July 22, 1879, Sub by KT]

Barbara Harmony
Mrs. Barbara Harmony of Prairie Farm, Barron county, died recently, aged114; she was born in Pennsylvania. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wis.) Tuesday, 22 July 1879; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Selma Hoeft
Death Here:  Selma Hoeft, 67, Rice Lake, died at 8:13 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph’s Hospital; admitted April 22. [Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Saturday, 20 July 1991; sub. by MZ]

Robert Holman
Robert Holman, youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. John Holman of Barron, died of infantile paralysis after an illness of twenty-four hours. [Source: Marshfield Times (Marshfield, Wis.) Wednesday, 4 Sept. 1918; sub. by MZ]

C. Holstine
MONDOVI, Wis., Dec. 26. – C. Holstine, one of the oldest citizens of the town of Canton, who lives about seven miles west of this city, was found dead in the road near his home Sunday morning. A sudden stroke of paralysis of the heart was the cause of his death. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Friday, 27 Dec. 1907; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Agatha Howe
ARLAND – Agatha Howe, 64, is dead from the effects of a paralytic stroke suffered about a year ago. She came to Barron county in 1880. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Saturday, 28 Feb. 1920; transcribed by FoFG mz ]

David S. Hull
DIED.  At Cumberland, Wis., June 5. 1886, David S. Hull, husband of Jennie S. Williamson, formerly of this city. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wis.) Friday, 11 June 1886; transcribed by FoFG mz]

J. C. Ketchum
72 years old and an old resident of Barron county, died suddenly of heart, disease yesterday morning, while reading his newspaper. [The Minneapolis journal (Minneapolis, Minn.), February 26, 1901, Page 10]

Philip Krembs
Funeral services have been tentatively set for Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cumberland for the Rev. Philip Krembs, 53, Cumberland, brother of Mrs. James Banks, Marshfield, who died Tuesday.  A native of Merrill, he was ordained June 4, 1938, after attending St. Mary’s College, Winona, Minn., St. Francis Minor Seminary, Milwaukee, and St. Paul’s Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.  Before going to Cumberland in 1958, he served parishes in Merrill, Webster, Bruce and Erin. Survivors in addition to his sister include two brothers, Dr. Eugene Krembs, Merrill; and John Krembs, Sparta. [Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Thursday, 10 Sept. 1964, page 6; Lorraine Markee Collection; tr. by MZ]

Fred Kuhnly
The funeral services for Fred Kuhnly were held at the M.E. church Wednesday. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 15 Apr. 1916; submitted by a FoFG]

Harry R. Martensen
Casualty List: Died of Wounds, Wis., Barron, Harry R. Martensen  [The Washington times. (Washington [D.C.]), 24 Sept. 1918.]

Robert Miller
Barron, Wis - Robert Miller, poor agent for Barron county, died suddenly last night of heart disease.  He was in this city in the afternoon and died while unharnessing his horse.  He was a veteran of the civil war.  [The Minneapolis journal (Minneapolis, Minn.), April 14, 1904; Sub by KT]

Mrs. John Muelhamer
CUMBERLAND – Mrs. John Muelhamer died at the family farm home near here. She was 69. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) Sunday, 15 Feb. 1920; MZ submitted by FoFG]

Thos. W. Parr
Thos. W. Parr, formerly editor of the Dodgeville Sun, but for several years engaged in the drug business at Barron, died at that place on the 28th ult., from Bright’s disease. The remains were taken to Bos cobel for burial, the ceremonies being conducted under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity. Mr. Parr graduated from the state university in 1881 as a bachelor of metallurgical engineering. Several years ago he was wedded to Miss Lillian Coates, of Boscobel, who was his classmate in the university. She survives him. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wis.) Friday, 8 Nov. 1889; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Mary Rafferty
Death of Former Resident of Henry County
A.F. Rafferty received word Friday evening last from Barron, Wis., that his aged mother had died on the 3d inst.  Mrs. Mary Rafferty was a former resident of this county, having moved here in 1836, and left for the far west in 1875.  At the time of her death she was in the 80th year of her age.  [Democratic Northwest. (Napoleon, Ohio), 11 Feb. 1892; tr by KT]

Peter Saargard
Drowned, at Rice Lake.
RICE LAKE, Wis., June 20. - Peter Saargard, aged twenty-three years, single, was drowned in the lake here today while bathing. He was a jeweler in Overby’s store. It is not known whether he has any relatives in this country or not. His body has not yet been recovered. [New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN) June 22, 1892; tr by KT]

J. B. Slayton
J. B. Slayton, who passed away in Chetek, Wis., was brought to Sparta, last night for burial.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock at the George Kidney home.  Rev. J. S. Morris will conduct the service.  Burial in the Leon cemetery. The deceased was a brother of Mora Slayton of Leon. [Sparta Herald (Sparta, WI) - Tuesday, January 20, 1920]

Lee Sparklin
A Fatal Effort - Lee Sparklin Tries to Board Train, is Injured and Dies
Lee Sparklin, an 18-year-old boy from Barron, Wis., died at the city hospital this morning from injuries received last night while trying to board a train in the Soo Railroad yards.  He died from the shock from having his leg amputated.  [The Minneapolis journal. (Minneapolis, Minn.), 29 Aug. 1903; Sub by KT]

E. A. Spencer
Hon. Eli A. Spencer died of apoplexy at the home of his son, James C., at Rice Lake, Wis., June 2, at 10 o’clock P.M., in the 71st year of his age.
Mr. Spencer was well known as an old resident of Dane county, and a prominent man in state politics. He was born in Perry county, Ohio, in 1816. He was married in that state, and was prominent in political matters in his section. He studied law with the late Judge Hood, of the Buckeye state, and became on of the leading members of the Ohio bar. He was also a member at one time of the Ohio state senate. He held the office of assistant secretary of state in Wisconsin for two years under Gen. Fairchild, and for nearly four years under Thos. Allen, and at one time was a candidate for the position of secretary of state. He owned an excellent farm of 410 acres in Windsor, this county, at one time, and it is thought he owns some land in that township yet. He leaves four sons: William E., who for some time was secretary of the United States senate; Henry, Charles and James, who were all present when death came.  The funeral occurred at Rice Lake this morning, under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wis.) Friday, 10 June 1887; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Edward M. Stewart
After an illness of four months, Edward M. Stewart, aged 48, who formerly lived on a farm in Burnett county, died yesterday at the home of his brother, Robert Stewart, 5704 John avenue.  Stewart came to Superior early in January in ill health. Besides his brother in this city, he leaves four nephews and a niece, also of Superior. They are R. B., John, Wallace, Maurice and Helen Stewart.  The funeral will be at 2 p.m. today from the Robert Stewart residence. Rev. Earnest Clark of the Fifty-ninth Street Methodist church will officiate. The body will be taken to Chetek for burial. Z. A. Downs is in charge of the arrangements. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Thursday, 1 Apr. 1915; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Mrs. George Sutherland
Cumberland, Wis., Nov. 24. – DIED.  At her home near this city, yesterday, occurred the death of Mrs. George Sutherland. She was 68 years old and leaves a husband and seven children. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, Wis.) Thursday, 27 Nov. 1902; transcribed by FoFG mz] 

Milton M. Vanna
Sept. 2006 - Submitted by Lennis Geiken
Milton M. Vanna, 81, of rural Cameron/Chetek, passed away Thursday, Sept. 14, 2006, at his home with his daughters by his side.
He was born April 2, 1925, in Aurora, Ill., to Peter and Grace P. (Baxter) Vana. He married Marie E. Klug Aug. 7, 1947, and they were blessed with three daughters: Rose, Roxanna, and Theresa.
Milton worked for many organizations and businesses. He served in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1950. He moved to California and was a practical nurse for Beverly Manor before retiring in 1986. Upon his retirement he moved to the Chetek/Cameron area where he was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Boniface Catholic Church and a faithful employee at County Market in Rice Lake.
Milton is survived by two daughters, Rose Wagner and Teresa Cyrus, both of rural Cameron; son-in-law, Eugene Cyrus; three granddaughters, Veronica Turner, Latricia Cyrus and Reginia Cyrus, all of rural Cameron; one grandson, Joseph Wagner of Cameron; two step-grandsons; one step-granddaughter; three great-granddaughters; five great-grandsons; three step-great-granddaughters; five step-great-grandsons; one brother, Bobby Vana; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marie; daughter, Roxanna; and five brothers.
A funeral service was held Tuesday, Sept. 19, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Chetek, with Father Pat Hardy officiating. Burial took place at St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery. A prayer service was held at the funeral home. Military honors were accorded at the cemetery by Howard-Campbell-Ganske American Legion Post #179. Burnham-Ours Funeral Home Cremation Service handled the funeral arrangements.

Christian Wagerbach
Found Hanging in the Woods.
Barron, Wis., April 23. Christian Wagerbach, a well-to-do German farmer living about three miles from this city, committed suicide by hanging in the woods near his home yesterday. Ill health unbalanced his mind. [Source: The daily pioneer, April 23, 1903. Transcribed by the Alberti's.]

Margaret Ellen Webster
Margaret Ellen Webster was born in Guernsey Co, Ohio, Nov 21 1865, and departed life Wednesday, Oct 3, 1928.
She came with her parents to Iowa when a small child. She received her education in the public schools of that state and followed the profession of teaching for five years. Then deciding that nursing offered more scope for usefulness, she entered the Bennett hospital in Chicago, from which she graduated in December, 1905.
She then followed her profession for several years in Chicago. From there she went to the Murray hospital, Butte, Montana, where she was special nurse until the failing health of her parents called her back to Spooner, Wis.  She was the ministering angel of the home from this time on, throughout the lingering illness of the father and the long invalidism of the mother until her own health gave way. On Jan 2, 1926, she entered the Lakeside hospital at Rice Lake where the physicians told her she had pernicious anemia and that her case was hopeless. She remained cheerful and waited patiently the call of the Heavenly Father whom she so implicitly trusted. She was taken down on July 6th and remained bedfast until the angel of death released her from her sufferings.  She leaves to mourn her loss three sister and one brother, Mrs. J. F. Johnston, of Chelsea, Iowa; Raybun and E H. Webster, with whom she resided; and Mrs. W. H. Rasmusson, of Des Moines, Iowa all of whom were with her throughout the last month of her illness. [Source: unknown newspaper, date: Oct 5 1928; submitted by Eileen Kozman]

Frederick Wilson
Frederick Wilson, 2407 Fillmore street NE, died at Barron, Wis., Monday, as the result of injuries received in a railroad accident.  Mr. Wilson was an engineer on the Soo line.  The funeral was held this afternoon under the auspices of Arcana lodge, No 187, A.F. and A.M.  [The Minneapolis Journal. (Minneapolis, Minn.), 08 Aug. 1901; Sub by KT]

Mrs. John Wright
Mrs. John Wright died at her home Tuesday morning of cancer. She had been ill for nearly two years. Funeral services were held from the house Thursday afternoon and internment was made in Wayside cemetery. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 15 Apr. 1916; submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]



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