Wisconsin Genealogy Trails
Bayfield County, Wisconsin
Obituaries and Death Notices

BAYFIELD, Wis., June 28. – Amouse, daughter of old Buffalo Head, chief of the Lake Superior Indians, died at the age of 92 years. Amouse was the widow of a French Canadian names Dragg. She will be buried at Lapointe, near the remains of her noted parent. [Source: Aberdeen Daily News SD (29 June 1888) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Olaf G. Anderson
WASHBURN, Wis., June 27. – Olaf G. Anderson, one of the earliest settlers here, died in a hospital at Ashland Sunday from the effects of injuries received in a plant here four weeks ago. Funeral services were held from the Norwegian church today. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 28 June 1918; MZ transcribed 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 transcribed by FoFG]

George Andrews
BAYFIELD, Wis., July 10. – George Andrews, a logger, was killed here this afternoon while blasting stumps with dynamite. Mr. Andrews was clearing a tract of cutover land, and after loading six stumps with dynamite, lighted the fuses. All but one exploded, and after waiting a short time, Andrews went to relight it. While leaning over the stump, the blast exploded. The body was hurled in the air a considerable distance, death resulting instantly. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Friday, 11 July 1913; transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Joy A. Baue
Joy A. Baue, 73, of Iron River, Wis., passed away surrounded by her family on Friday, July 11, 2008 at St. Mary's Medical Center, Duluth. Joy was born June 3, 1935 in Ashland, Wis., daughter of Loretta (Martin) and Claude Manley. On July 19, 1958, Joy A. Manley married Fred W. Baue in Ashland, Wis. Their friendship, partnership, and love-affair continues 50 years later.
Joy was an elementary school teacher in the Superior and Menomonie, Wis., and Iron River, Michigan school systems. She was a member of PEO Chapter E of Superior as well as the Sewing Club of Rice Lake, Wis. Joy was very active in her church and also volunteered at the Fig Leaf and the Iron River elementary school. Joy loved to garden, travel with friends and family, decorate at Christmas, listen to music, and read. Giraffes held a special place in her heart. However, Joy's greatest lov e was her family, especially spending time with her grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents.
Survivors include her husband, Fred; daughters, JoAnne (Robert) Mueller, Centerville, Minn. and Susan (Jeff) Olson, Eau Claire, Wis.; son, Steven (Allyson) Baue, Germantown, Wis.; grandchildren, Brent, Matthew, Brittney, Tayler, Mia, and step-granddaughter Karmen.
VISITATION: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, 2008 in Downs Funeral Home, 1617 N. 19th Street, Superior. The visitation will resume at 10 until the 11 a.m. service Wednesday, at the United Presbyterian Church, Superior, with Reverend H. Duane Aslyn officiating. Pallbearers will be Jeff Olson, Bob Mueller, Brent Mueller, Matt Olson, Dick Parish, Ron Underdale and Clayton McKinney.  [Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, MN) - Tuesday, July 15, 2008]

Thomas Bert
ASHLAND, Wis., Feb. 8. – Thomas Bert, over 100 years of age, and probably one of the oldest men in northern Wisconsin, died this morning at the home of his son, Dr. Harris, at Barksdale. The funeral will occur Thursday morning from the St. Agnes church in this city. He is survived by three sons, Alphons and Harmides of Barksdale and Oliver of Butternut, and one daughter, Mrs. Emelia Harris of Barksdale, with whom he made his home for years.
The deceased was born in Quebec, Can., Sept. 20, 1820, being 100 years, four months and 15 days of age at the time of his death. He came to the United States in 1868, settling at Green Bay where he lived until 25 years ago when he came to the town of Barksdale to reside. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 9 Feb. 1921; tr. by MZ]

Edwin Boline
WASHBURN, Wis., Nov. 1. – A letter was received in Washburn this afternoon by Gustav Boline, stating that his son, Edwin died at sea Oct. 9, and that he had been buried at sea with full military honors. He enlisted Aug. 1, and went to Gettysburg, where he received his military training and sailed for across seas early in October. No details were given in the letter.
Boline was born in this city, where he had lived most of his life. For some months past he has been working for the DuPont company at an eastern plant. This is the second notice that has been received here this week announcing the death of Washburn young men at sea, the first being Fred E. Arseneau, who died Oct. 6. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Saturday, 2 Nov. 1918) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

George Bousley
ASHLAND, Wis., Jan. 8. – George Bousley, a prominent resident of Iron River, died in this city Saturday at a local hospital from apoplexy. He was taken to Iron River by his sons. He was 77 years of age and was one of the older residents of Iron River. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 9 Jan. 1912; tr. by MZ]

Clara Cadotte
BAYFIELD, Wis., Nov. 23. – Clara Cadotte, daughter of Lizzie Morrin Cadotte of Bayfield, died yesterday at Hayward where she was attending the Indian school. The child contracted influenza which developed pneumonia. The parents were with the child when she died and brought the body to Bayfield for burial. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, 24 Nov. 1918; transcribed by FoFG MZ]

N. E. Carver
BAYFIELD, Wis., Aug. 30. – N. E. Carver, an old and respected citizen of Bayfield died here of heart failure at 4 o'clock. He was 69 years old and leaves a wife and 11 children to mourn his death. Bayfield, in his death, loses a valuable citizen, who as a member of the Carver, Quayle & Nourse Land company was mainly instrumental in bringing in a large number of settlers to the Bayfield peninsula. The funeral will be held tomorrow under the auspices of the Masonic lodge of which the deceased was a member. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Wednesday, 31 Aug. 1910; transcribed by FoFG MZ]

The mother of Henry Conlin, a member of the town board of Bayfield, was found drowned in the lake here in ten inches of water near her residence. It is supposed she committed suicide, as she had been out of her mind some time owing to old age. [New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN) July 27, 1892; Sub by RL]

Mary Cosgrove
WASHBURN, Wis., June 27. – Funeral services were held here today for Mrs. Mary Cosgrove, wife of Mike Cosgrove, who died at her home here Monday after a lingering illness. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 28 June 1918; MZ transcribed by FoFG]

Leo Dahl
MASON – Leo Dahl, son of Frank Dahl, East Mason farmer, died of tuberculosis, after illness of three years. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Saturday, 28 Feb. 1920; transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Amos Elliott
WASHBURN, Wis., March 29. – Amos Elliott, age 95, oldest voter in Bayfield county, known as Washburn's "grand old man," who had cast ballots for 18 presidents, beginning with James K. Polk in 1844, died today from injuries suffered about three weeks ago when he fell down the stairs at his home, breaking a hip bone.  Funeral services will be held Saturday at his residence. The body will be sent to Black River Falls, Wis., for burial.
When the Republican party was first organized Elliott voted for its candidate. Since then he has never voted for any candidate unless they were Republicans. All his life he was intensely interested in politics, only last year being active in the gubernatorial fight. He was for 50 years a resident of Wisconsin, being engaged in the lumber business at Black River Falls before the railroads had entered this part of the country. He shipped his timber down the Mississippi on rafts. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Friday, 30 Mar. 1917) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Arthur Elliott
ASHLAND, Wis., Sept. 22. – Arthur Elliott, a foreman of the lumber mill at Iron River died here this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the results of a hunting accident. Yesterday afternoon when he was nine miles out from Iron River with some companions his gun was accidentally discharged as he was climbing into the rig. The shot tore one of his arms entirely to pieces. He was taken to Iron River at once and kept there until midnight, when he was brought to Ashland on a freight train. His arm was amputated this morning, but he lost so much blood that he gradually grew weaker until he died. He was a well-known citizen of Iron River and left a wife and several grown up children. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 23 Sept. 1911; MZ transcribed by FoFG]

David K. Evinger
WASHBURN, Wis., Feb. 7. – David K. Evinger, aged 79 years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Q. W. Frost in this city yesterday, the cause of his death being a general breaking down caused by old age. Mr. Evinger was a native of Illinois. He came here with his wife about a year ago but since that time has not been in the best of health. The recent illness has lasted about two months and while the old gentleman seemed to rally at times his advance age was against him and the end finally came yesterday. The funeral was held from the residence today and the internment took place in the Protestant cemetery. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Saturday, 8 Feb. 1908) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Samuel Fleming
BAYFIELD, Wis., Sept. 17. – Funeral services were held today by the G.A.R. for Samuel Fleming, age 80, Civil war veteran and a member of the local Burnside Grand Army post since 1889. He was born in Pennsylvania. During the Civil war he served as a private in the Second Minnesota infantry. Later he was with the regular army for three years. He had been a resident here since 1885. He was unmarried and had no relatives other than a brother and a sister in Pennsylvania. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Tuesday, 18 Sept. 1917; transcribed by FoFG MZ]

William Flynn
WASHBURN, Wis., Oct. 23. – At an early hour this morning William Flynn, age 40 years, died at his home of Bright's disease after a long illness. Mr. Flynn was an old resident and one of the best known men in the city. For the past 15 years he has had charge of the docks of the Northwestern Fuel company in this city. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Saturday, 24 Oct. 1908) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Stanley Hajec
Funeral services for Stanley Hajec, 28, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Hajec, town of Guenther, who died in a trailer house fire near Iron River Sunday, will be held Thursday morning at 9:30 o'clock in St. Francis Xavier Catholic church in Knowlton, with the Rev. John Nowak officiating. Burial will be in the Knowlton cemetery. The young man, a veteran of three and a half years of service in the navy during World War II, has been employed the past several months on a road construction project on highway 27, about 23 miles south of Iron River. He was left as a watchman at the construction camp trailers by Otto Weisner of Superior, owner of the construction firm, over the week-end. The fire apparently occurred Sunday night. Coroner Alvin Bratley of Iron River, said the fire probably was started by a cigarette. Hajec apparently died immediately. The body will be at the Beste funeral home in Mosinee until the time of the services. Surviving, in addition to the parents, are three brothers, Ben Hajec, town of Knowlton, and Joseph and Edward Hajec, at home, and four sisters, Mrs. Joseph Mikes, Mosinee, Miss Eugenia Hajec, Janesville, and Connie and Delores Hajec, at home. [Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 15 Dec. 1949; tr. by MZ]

Dan Hatch
ASHLAND, Wis., Dec. 18. – Dan Hatch, a woodman employed at Fullott's camp twelve miles from Bayfield, was fatally injured yesterday while loading logs and died before he could be gotten to Bayfield for medical aid. One of the logs slipped from the sleigh and struck Hatch carrying him to the ground. When the heavy log was rolled off him it was found that his side was caved in and that he was unconscious. He was a single man about fifty years old and has a homestead near Iron River. His remains are being held for instructions from a brother in New Brunswick. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 19 Dec. 1912; MZ transcribed by FoFG]

William Horn
BAYFIELD, Wis., March 30. – Word has been received here of the death in Clarion, Iowa, of William Horn, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Horn, former Bayfield residents. The funeral was held today at Clarion. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Wednesday, 31 Mar. 1920; transcribed by FoFG MZ]

W. H. Irish
Washburn, Wis., Nov. 27. – Judge W. H. Irish died at his home near here Friday following an attack of heart disease. He came to Washburn in 1885. In partnership with F. Hulbert, he built and operated the first sawmill in the city. Between 1890 and 1894 he acted as register of deeds of Bayfield county. He served as probate judge of Bayfield county between 1901 and 1913 and was once chairman of the town of Washburn and was the first mayor of the city following its incorporation. A son, Harvey Irish, and daughter, Mrs. F. W. Jones, and a widow survive. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Monday, 28 Nov. 1921) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Hiram Edson Johnson
Born at Bridport, Vt., August 7, 1818. Came to Wisconsin in an early day. Died at Bayfield, April 28, 1905. [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin at its 53rd Annual Meeting held November 9, 1905 (published 1906); pages 130-142; by Mary Stuart Foster, Library Assistant; tr. by FoFG MZ]

John Johnson
ASHLAND, Wis., Oct. 3. – John Johnson of Bayfield, a woodsman employed by the Wachsmuth Lumber company, died at one of the local hospitals from injuries he received while at work. The body was shipped this afternoon to Bayfield for burial. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Wednesday, 4 Oct. 1911; transcribed by FoFG MZ]

[child] Johnson
Issac Johnson of Oulu returned yesterday from Michigan with the body of his son, who died of influenza. Mrs. Oscar Abrahamson, wife of an Oulu farmer, died this afternoon of the disease. She was a pioneer of the district. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 16 Nov. 1918; MZ transcribed by FoFG]

Robert Joyce
IRON RIVER, Wis., Oct. 20. – Robert Joyce, a woodsman in the employ of the Hines Lumber company, dropped dead with heart disease in the woods near Cusson yesterday morning, and his remains were brought to this city and taken to Ashland last evening for burial. Several workmen saw him fall and when they rushed to his aid they found that he was dying. The deceased was a resident of Ashland. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 21 Oct. 1911; MZ transcribed by FoFG]

Mrs. John Kolberg
Ashland, Wis., June 22. – Mrs. John Kolberg of Washburn died of fright Sunday afternoon when an automobile in which she was riding ran into a ditch at Washburn. The car turned over and Mrs. Kolberg, although uninjured, physically, expired in 15 minutes. [Source: Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Mich.) Tuesday, 22 June 1920

Joseph LaBonty
Bardon Calls Roll of Old Timers - Comments on Death of Bayfield Pioneers
The death at Bayfield last Saturday morning, of Joseph LaBonty, removes one more of Lake Superior's oldest inhabitants. Mr. LaBonty was born in Canada, seventy years ago, the sixth day of last April. He located in Bayfield in the year of 1856, and celebrated the fiftieth year of his residence there last summer. He was married thirty-five years ago the first of last April in Bayfield, to Miss Davis, who was a step daughter of the late John B. Bono, and a half sister of Mr. Albert Bono of this city, who survives her husband. Two daughters blessed this union, Mrs. Nelson Bashaw of Bayfield and Mrs. D.E. Church of Butte, Montana. Their son, five or six years of age, died years ago.
When that gallant soldier-citizen of Bayfield, Capt. R.D. Pike died last spring, Mr. LaBonty attended the funeral, as the sole survivor of the old band of Bayfield settlers, who located there long before the civil war. All old timers can remember John Hanley, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Tate, James Chapman, Birdsey B. Wade, Maj. McAboy and wife, David Cooper, Maj. McElroy, Mr. and Mrs. Asaph Whittlesey, Mr. and Mrs. Capt. T.J.L. Tyler, Col. J.D. Cruttenden, Mrs. Currie G. Bell, Mrs. Frank Boutin Sr., Judge McCloud, Julius Austrian, Mr. and Mrs. Sam S. Vaughn, Capt. T.F. Patrick, Joseph H. Nourse, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Stark, Ervin Leiby, Mr. and Mrs. Capt. J.B. Bono, Albert C. Hayward, Mr. and Mrs. Col. John Banfil, Mr. and Mrs. Judge Elisha Pike, Mr. and Mrs. John McDonald, Dr. Willey, Dr. Vespasian Smith and his son "Charley" Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Capt. Nels Bontin, Ed Boutin and Mr. Boutin Sr., father of all, Col. Jno. H. Knight, Gen. Luther E. Webb, Mrs. Capt. Phil Smith, Gen. Allen C. Fuller, Col. Chas. P. Rudd, Peter Ley, Mr. and Mrs. Judge Carrington, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Herbert, Mrs. Nelly Tyler Ryder, and scores of others, who lived at Bayfield, and are all now at rest in the peaceful sleep of death.
The taking away of Mr. LaBonty, leaves no one in his class of old settlers, that I can now remember in Bayfield. He was a companion, in days long gone by of our departed friends Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Ellis, John Marshall, Martin Roehm, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Beaser, Julius Austrian, Judge John W. Bell, Jeremiah Sullivan, Adam and Conrad Goeltz, Geo. R. Stuntz, Benjamin G. Armstrong, Peter Goetzenberger and others, who lived hereabouts, when he first went to Bayfield. Mr. LaBonty was a friend of the late Henry. M. Rice, the first U.S. senator from Minnesota, who started Bayfield. He knew Hon. James B. Beck, U.S. senator from Kentucky and Gen. John C. Breckinridge, vice-president under President James Buchanan, as these gentlement often visited Bayfield owning lands near there.
It will be fifty years next July 5, since the writer first saw Bayfield. We were a small boy on the old steamer Iron City, in charge of our parents, moving from Kentucky to Superior. Our boat first landed at LaPointe the first Wisconsin town I ever saw, where we found several Indians sitting on a pile of steamboat wood. The lake boats all burned wood in those days. There Indians wore blue and red blankets and were the first Indians I had ever seen. Our steamer towed a scow from La Pointe over to what was then called Bayfield - a few houses, and a clearing in the woods on the hill side. On the way across from Lapointe, my father missed my oldest brother, "Jim" from our boat, and was frantically hunting for him, when the mate pointed out the missing youth, he having slid down the fender of our boat and was riding in the scow, where he remained until we reached Bayfield, about dusk in the evening.
These lake towns had no railroads in those days. When navigation closed you were frozen in until spring. When the Pike shingle mill blew up at LaPointe and killed Henry Smitz, and others - and wounded many, the nearest doctor to be reached was at Ontonagon, and Dr. Ellis was sent for in a small boat and came and returned home the same way, as he then resided in Ontonagon. No roads except snowshoe trails, over which a weekly or semi-monthly mail was carried on a man's back. In summer a Mackinaw boat or canoe was used.
It will be forty years ago next November 4, since Martin Beaser was drowned in Ashland bay. November 4, 1866, he was returning here from LaPointe, when he lost his life by the capsizing of his sail boat. He was one of the founders of old Ashland, and father of our honored citizen, Harry H. Beaser.
The tender thoughts of old pioneers are penned through tear dimmed eyes, as the sad recollections come up of all who have gone ahead of us on the trail, and are now in their eternal camp. This colony of dear old timers are all together in the other word awaiting the final coming of old friends. We, too, who came half a century ago, in order of things, must soon join the departed associates of our boyhood. The land of snow and ice, of fish and fur, of privation and hardships, of frontier suffering and exile, of the few and scattered log but settlements, is today changed. The Hudson Bay and Northwest Fur companies are here no more. The smoke of the wigwam has died out. Snow shoes, steel traps, blankets and pack traps, dog trains, mocoasins and leggings are no longer the style. The French voyageur and missionary live only in history. Today the sun shines on prosperous cities and happy people. Farms, factories, mines and railroads, are now where the muskrat and Indian held sway. The church and school bells ring where the sound of the tom tom was heard. The locomotive supplants the moose. The big steel steamers have driven out the bark canoe. But the fond recollections of old days and old friends will cling to us as long as life lasts. No new innovation can kill that law of old customs so deeply rooted in the hearts of the pioneers of early days on Lake Superior. We learn to love and respect the old pioneers. They stand as sentinels pointing back to the days of the early history of our state. We cherish the memory of the old path finders, who first blazed the way in this then remote from civilization wilderness. Their lives and deeds are their monuments. When they pass away, the good they did remains with us. The surviving pioneers will call the roll. How many will be recorded as absent. Their voices are forever hushed. Joseph LaBonty was the last to ferry over the dark river and go from us forever. - Thomas Bardon. [Source: Ashland Press (22 Oct. 1906) from the Wisconsin Historical Society Website; transcribed by Sandra Wright

N. LaBonty
ASHLAND, Wis., Oct. 20. – N. LaBonty, the oldest white settler of Bayfield and one of the oldest settlers of northern Wisconsin, died this morning at his home city after an illness of cancer of the breast, lasting over a year. The deceased came to Bayfield over 50 years ago and has resided continuously there since. He was 71 years of age and leaves a wife and two daughters, Mrs. M. Bashaw and Mrs. E. E. Church, to mourn his loss. Mr. LaBonty came to Bayfield before the present cities at the head of the lakes and on Chequamegon bay were laid out, the only town in northern Wisconsin at that time being the Indian settlement and fur trading station at LaPointe on Madeline island. When the old settlers arrived on the south shore of Chequamegon bay and started the present city of Ashland, Mr. LaBonty had resided at Bayfield a number of years. The funeral will be held at Bayfield and will be attended by a large number of the pioneers of Ashland. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 21 Oct. 1906; tr. by MZ]

Mary Larson
ASHLAND, Wis., Jan. 2. – Within a short time after she had received news that her son sustained injuries in a saloon row, Mrs. Mary Larson, of Washburn, who was ill in bed at the time, died from the effects of the shock. Martin Larson became engaged in a saloon altercation at Washburn a few nights ago and was stabbed in the leg. The news of his injuries was conveyed to his sick mother, who died from the shock. Larson is now in the Rhinehart hospital at this place and is thought to be in a serious condition. He has suffered from loss of blood but it is thought that the injuries are not fatal. His assailant has been arrested and lodged in jail at Washburn. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 3 Jan. 1904; MZ transcribed by FoFG]

Ervin Leihy
Bayfield, Wis., June 3. - Ervin Leihy, one of the first white settlers to come to the northern part of Wisconsin died at his home in this city last week. He was born in Oswego county, N. Y., October 12, 1822. His early life was passed on a farm and at 18 moved to Illinois. Later he bought a farm at Bad River, Ashland county, and in 1846 moved onto it. In 1870 he moved to Bayfield, built his present home and opened a general store which he conducted for a number of years. While living at Bay River he was a member of the town and county boards of Ashland county for a number of years and in 1871 and 1872 was a member of the town board of Bayfield. Besides these he held numerous other offices. He was a public-spirited man, had plenty of means and was always ready to assist in anything that would tend to advance the interests of the town in which he resided. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (6 June 1901) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

C. H. Lindgren
WASHBURN, Wis., Nov. 22. – C. H. Lindgren, cashier of the Bayfield county bank, died in the emergency hospital yesterday, from influenza, after an illness of a week. Funeral services were held from the Hansen undertaking parlors this afternoon at 2 o'clock and internment made in the city cemetery, a brief memorial service being held in the chapel at the cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Lindgren and three children were taken to the hospital about a week ago, both parents being quite ill with the disease. Mrs. Lindgren has recovered from her illness and may be able to attend the funeral. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Saturday, 23 Nov. 1918; transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Joe Manalson
ASHLAND, Wis., May 21. – Joe Manalson, of Bayfield, died last night at the St. Joseph hospital from injuries received in a logging camp. He was struck by a rolling log, his spine broken, one leg fractured and a large hole torn in his abdomen. He was a well known resident of Bayfield. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 22 May 1906; MZ transcribed by FoFG]

B. M. Mattson
ASHLAND, Nov. 6. – Undertaker Louis Sollie returned last night from Iron River where he was called to assist in the investigation of two deaths at that place. B. M. Mattson died at one of the Hines camps Sunday night under suspicious circumstances, this being the second death to occur in the camp within a week. Upon investigation it was found that the first man who died conceived the idea of mixing his own drinks and used about 80 percent alcohol in doing so. He drank the mixture and it killed him. Mattson seeing the bottle lying around smelled of the stuff and as it smelled good to him took a drink, with the result that he too fell ill and died before help could be secured. This is the third death to occur near Iron River this fall from drinking alcohol, the other victim being an Indian during the blueberry picking season. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 7 Nov. 1907; MZ transcribed by FoFG]

Charles E. McDonald
ASHLAND, July 2. – Charles E. McDonald, who was injured at Washburn last week, is dead at St. Joseph's hospital. A brother, George McDonald of Cumberland, Md., will take the remains back to the old home for burial. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 9 July 1907; MZ transcribed by FoFG]

Sigvart Melby
WASHBURN, Wis., Oct. 24. – Sigvart Melby, age 22, died at his home after a brief illness. The young man was married last August and his wife is seriously ill. He died the day he was called to report for service in the army. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Friday, 25 Oct. 1918) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Ed R. Mitchell
Word has been received of the death of Ed. R. Mitchell, at Bayfield, in March. Mr. Mitchell, a former resident, operated a tavern and also a shoe store in Abbotsford while here and formerly owned the house where the Ralph Scheel family lives. He is survived by his second wife and one son and a daughter. [Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 20 Apr. 1950; Transcribed by FoFG MZ]

David Monroe
Ashland, Wis. – David Monroe, 98, the last Civil war veteran left in Bayfield county, died Thursday night at his home in Washburn where he had lived for 42 years. Monroe, who served with company M of the 20th New York cavalry, volunteered when he was 16 years old. He was with the first Union troops which entered Richmond, Va. [Source: Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa) Friday, 9 Mar. 1945; transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Kelton W. Mullen
Kelton "Moon" W. Mullen, 72, Iron River, died Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at his residence. He was born Sept. 9, 1932 in Mississippi, the son of Kenchen and Martha Lou (Gregg) Mullen.
Kelton attended high school in Moorhead, Miss. He served in the U. S. Air Force for four years. He married Carol Guay on March 2, 1957 in Fairchild. The couple moved to Alaska where they lived for 13 years. Kelton served in the U. S. Army for two years and later worked as a carpenter. In 1975, Kelton and Carol moved to Wisconsin and resided in the Iron River area since 1985, where Kelton worked as a forest ranger until retirement in 1997. Kelton has been one of Jehovah's Witnesses since 1961 and active in the ministry in the Iron River Community. He enjoyed remodeling, gardening and wildlife.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Mullen, Iron River; five brothers and four sisters, Lucille (J.D.) Schaefer, Brazoria, Texas, Karl (Jane) Mullen, Escondido, Calif., Arag ene (Jesse) Gammell, Starkville, Miss., Marzene (Patsy) Mullen, Starkville, Miss., Early (Peggy) Mullen, Grifton, S. C., Bonita Mullen, Crossnore, N. C., Twyman, (Peggy) Mullen, Nacogdoches, Texas, Hampton Mullen, Crossnore, N. C. and Carolyn (Bobby) Phillips, Monroe, La.; brother-in-law, Allyn (Joanne) Guay, Lomira; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service was held May 2 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Iron River, with a memorial talk by David Kennedy. Arrangements were by Roberts Funeral Home of Ashland. [The County Journal (Washburn, WI) - Tuesday, May 3, 2005]

Margaret Matilda Murphy
BAYFIELD, Wis., March 30. – Margaret Matilda, 11 months old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Murphy, died of pneumonia, after an illness of two weeks. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Wednesday, 31 Mar. 1920; transcribed by FoFG MZ]

BARNES – Edward Randall, cook at a lumber camp near here, has received a telegram announcing the death of his father in New York. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Saturday, 28 Feb. 1920; transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Aleck Richards Family
BAYFIELD, Wis., Feb. 7. – Four deaths in the family in less than a week is the fate of Aleck Richards of this city. On Monday the youngest child in a family of eight died after a brief illness of grippe, which developed into pneumonia. The funeral was held Wednesday. Friday the grim reaper again entered his home, this time taking a 3-year-old boy, Ivan, who also died of pneumonia. Saturday morning the mother of the family gave birth to a child and died; and only a few hours later the child also died. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 8 Feb. 1916; tr. by MZ]

Mrs. Aleck Richards and two children died of diphtheria in the last week. Mrs. Richards is survived by her husband and a large family of children. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 12 Feb. 1916]

[Child] Robbins
ASHLAND, Dec. 4. – The five-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Robbins, of Washburn, was burned to death at Washburn last evening. The mother went to a neighbor's for a short call, leaving her three small children alone. The girl got to playing with a lamp, and overturned it. Her clothing caught fire, and before it could be extinguished she was so badly burned that she died shortly afterward. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 5 Dec. 1901; tr. by MZ]

Henry Peter Rondeau
Neillsville – Henry P. Rondeau, 62, a former resident of Neillsville, Tomahawk, and Antigo, died at a Fond du Lac hospital at 9:30 p.m. Thursday. He had resided in Chicago for many years before being admitted to the hospital at Fond du Lac three and a half months ago. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Mary's Catholic Church here with the Rev. Peter J. Leketas officiating, and burial will be in the Neillsville cemetery. Mr. Rondeau was born Nov. 13, 1893, in Washburn. His wife, the former Katherine Schmidt, died in December, 1940. Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Clara Davis, Joliet, Ill.; Mrs. Ida Talbot, Pontiac, Mich.; and Mrs. Lillian McMahon, Milwaukee, and one brother, Eugene, Denver, Colo. [Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood Co. Wis.) Saturday, 10 Sept. 1955; tr. by MZ]

Mrs. Theodore Rude
WASHBURN – News has been received here by Mr. and Mrs. P. T. Rude, stating that their son's wife, Mrs. Theodore Rude, had died at Denver, Col., Tuesday and that funeral services would be held at Dodgeville, Wis. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 7 Dec. 1919; mz submitted by FoFG]

A. B. Severson
WASHBURN, Wis., Sept. 9. – A. B. Severson, former resident of this city and one time sheriff of Bayfield county, died in the Ashland general hospital after a long illness. Burial will be made in Mason. He was a resident of that town when elected sheriff. Five children survive, including Mrs. C. H. Wilson, Duluth. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Friday, 10 Sept. 1920; transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Ruth Skubra
WASHBURN, Wis., Dec. 17. – Ruth, age 8, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Skubra of East Bayfield street, died today at St. Joseph's hospital at Ashland, where she had been taken for treatment for influenza. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 18 Dec. 1918; transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Adolph Smith
A Pope named Adolph Smith committed suicide at Washburn by hanging. He was about thirty-five years old and married. His wife is now en route from the old country. [New Ulm Review, July 13, 1892; Sub. by RL]

Alexander Thompson
Ashland, Wis., Jan. 31. – Alexander Thompson, a prominent citizen of Washburn, died at the Sisters' hospital in Ashland. Bright's disease was the cause of death. [Source: Centralia Enterprise and Tribune (Centralia, Wood County, Wis.) Saturday, 3 Feb. 1900

John W. Twiggs
Washburn, Wis., July 29. – John W. Twiggs, for years one of the best known real estate men in northern Wisconsin, died in Detroit, Mich., yesterday. Mr. Twiggs disposed of his interests in this region two years ago and became heavily interested in Idaho and was the founder of Fossil. He also had large interests in oil wells. He was the father of Mrs. D. M. Maxey of this city, whose husband is one of the owners of the Bayfield County Bank. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, WI) Thursday, 31 July 1902; transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Father Chrysotom Verwyst
Fr. Chrysostom Dies At Bayfield
Aged Priest and Missionary Passes Away After Serving Chequamegon Bay Community For Over Sixty Years Father Chrysostom, aged priest and missionary who for over sixty years has been serving the Chequamegon Bay community, passed away last night at Bayfield. He was eighty-three years and seven months of age, having been born in 1841. Since 1861, when this territory was an absolute wilderness and the Civil War was hardly begun, Father Chrysostom entered upon his duties here. Ever since he has been located in this region. For some time he was priest of the Catholic church at Bayfield and has also acted as a missionary. An "Early History of the Chequamegon Bay Region," and a description of the voyages of Father Marquette, and other early fathers which was written by Father Chrysostom has become a standard text and a copy rests with the Wisconsin Historical Society. At the St. Agnes rectory this afternoon it was said that at least three of the fathers from the local parish will attend the funeral, which will be held at Bayfield Friday morning. [Source: Ashland Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) 27 June 1925; All articles tr. by MZ]
Fr. Chrysostom Came to America In 1848 On A Ship That Required 55 Days To Cross The Atlantic
A sketch of the life of Father Chrysostom, pioneer missionary among the Indians, who was buried at Bayfield yesterday, was released at Bayfield today. It follows:
Chrysostom (Adrain) Verwyst was born in Uden, a town of North Brabant, Holland, Nov. 23, 1841. The family immigrated to America in 1848, landing in Boston after spending fifty-five days on the ocean. At Boston or rather at Roxbury, near Boston, the Verwysts remained for some time then moved to Hollandtown, Brown County, Wisconsin, where they bought 60 acres of land.
Adrain (Fr. Verwyst) with his brother Cornelius worked hard all that winter with their father cutting down hardwood and other trees and in general transforming the wilderness into a prosperous little farm. They suffered all the hardships and privations of the early pioneers.
In the summer of 1859 he determined to study for priesthood and under the tutelage of the Rev. Spierings began the study of Latin, Greek and French, while still continuing to work on the farm. After the death of his father, Rev. Spierings sent him to the Seminary of St. Francis near Milwaukee. The Civil War came on and nearly wrecked his life's ambition of becoming a priest and missionary, but by the aid of friends he was exempt from entering the military service, and was thus enabled to continue his studies, so that he was ordained to the priesthood in 1865, on November 5.
He was first stationed at New London with Waupaca County for his field of labors. In December, 1865, he made a trip to Keshena, on horseback. In 1868, he was sent by Rt. Rev. Bishop, afterwards Archbishop Henry, to Hudson where he attended St. Croix, Polk and Pierce counties. 1872 found him at Seneca.
In 1878 Bishop Heis sent him to the Indians of the Lake Superior region as there were no missionaries in these parts at that time. Bayfield was his headquarters until the Franciscan Fathers were called upon to take charge of these regions whereupon Fr. Verwyst moved to Superior where he continued his activities for three years. At the end of this time he had acquired a great love for the Franciscan Order, by coming in contact with the Fathers, that he wished very much to join their ranks. His application for membership was accepted, he set out for Teutopolis, Illinois, where he was received into the Order Feb. 10, 1882. In 1883, he returned to Bayfield as a Franciscan. From here and later from Ashland he attended Washburn, Odanah and the Chippewa River country, also taking care of Hurley for a time.
In 1897 his health failing, he was sent to St. Louis, Mo., and later to Los Angeles, Cal. But the climate of California did not please him; he tired of the eternal sunshine as he said and at his request was sent back to his beloved Wisconsin. From Ashland he devoted his time and strength to the people of the Chippewa and the St. Croix counties.
In 1912 he began to succumb to the hardships of missionary life; owing to his weakened condition he was released from the arduous duties of the missionary and was sent to Bayfield again, where he spent his time in ministering to the souls nearby. During this time he also devoted his time to study and writing. But it was not only during these later years of his life that he studied and wrote, even during the years of his greatest activities on the missions he found time for library and research work. He is the author of quite a number of works, among them, the Life of Bishop Baraga, Chippewa Exercisers, The missionary Labors of Fathers Marquette, Menard and Allouez. These works alone would serve to stamp him as a diligent student and an industrious worker, but he has left other works that give evidence of his untiring zeal and restless energy.
Father Chrysostom Was A Real Pioneer
The passing of Father Chrysostom at Bayfield removes from Northern Wisconsin one of its earliest pioneers and one who devoted his entire life to work among the Indiana. Scattered broadcast among the Indians of Red Cliff, Bad River, Court de Oreilles and Lac du Flambeau are homes where the death of Father Chrysostom caused a real heart pang for he was a real friend of the Red man in adversity and trouble. With the death of Father Chrysostom leaves but one of the early Indian missionaries in Northern Wisconsin. He is Father Odoric who is still able to perform his duties as a priest among the Indians although he is long past the three score years and ten allotted to the human race. Greater love has no man than the early Catholic missionaries who came into Northern Wisconsin long before the railroads and other white men and labored among the savages, sometimes with very little to eat, no shelter of any kind and occasionally hostile Indians to contend with. They labored on, however, for the love of God with no hope of reward except "Well done thou good and faithful servant."  [Source: Ashland Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) 29 June 1925

BAYFIELD, Wis. – July 6, - (AP) – in the death of Father Chrysostom Verwyst at Bayfield monastery of the Franciscan order, several days ago, Wisconsin lost a contributor to its early history and the Chippewa Indians, a life-long friend and counselor, a forthcoming issue of the Wisconsin Historical Quarterly will say. Father Verwyst was ordained priest in 1865, and was assigned to a station not far from the Menomonie Indian reservation, in Shawano county. Thirteen years later, he was sent to Bayfield to take charge of a mission to the Chippewas of that place. For many years, Father Verwyst was a contributor to the state historical society's publications. In 1916, he wrote an account of his early life, in which he described his removal to America in 1848, when he was of the age of seven, and of the settlement made in Hollandtown, Brown county, Wisconsin. He became an authority on the language of the Chippewa and in 1892 contributed an article on Chippewa geographical names. [Source: La Crosse Tribune (La Crosse, La Crosse County, Wis.) 6 July 1925

Rudolph Voll
MILWAUKEE, Dec. 15. – A special to the Journal from Ashland says: Rudolph Voll, one of the best known German citizens of Northern Wisconsin and editor of the German Herold, died early this morning at Ashland Junction. He went to St. Paul two weeks ago, and was taken ill there. He was so much better that he started for home. Dr. Murphy of St. Paul accompanied him on the train. This morning as the train reached Ashland Junction, a few miles from here, Voll was taken suddenly worse, and died in his berth. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 16 Dec. 1897; tr. by MZ]

Louis Weiland
BAYFIELD, Wis., May 19. – Louis Weiland, a well known Bayfield business man died at St. Paul yesterday of spinal meningitis. He had been ailing for several weeks and early last week was taken to St. Paul to be treated by specialists but they could do nothing to help him. He was 28 years old and leaves a wife and one child. The funeral will be Masonic and will be held at Duluth, his old home. He was a brother of President Weiland of the First National bank of Bayfield. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Wednesday, 20 May 1908; transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Asaph Whittlesey
Hon. Asaph Whittlesey died at Bayfield, Dec. 15th, (1879) about fifty-six years of age. He was a native of Tallmadge, Ohio, and settled in Ashland County, Wis., in 1854, and was the first postmaster and justice of the peace of Ashland; and in 1860, represented his district in the assembly; walking to Madison on snow-shoes, and champing out at nights in the unsettled portion of his route. He was also county judge of Ashland County. In 1861, he was appointed receiver of the land office at Bayfield, which he resigned in 1868 to accept the position of Indian agent, which position he held only a year. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 450; transcribed by LaDena Livingston

Silas Wilcox
Birchwood, Wis., Dec. 27. – Silas Wilcox, Civil war veteran and pioneer Washburn county resident, died Sunday at his home. Mr. Wilcox enlisted in the Union army when 19 years old and served throughout the war with H company, Fourteenth Wisconsin infantry. Seven children survive. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Thursday, 28 Dec. 1922) transcribed by FoFG MZ]


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