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Crawford County, Wisconsin
Obituaries and Death Notices

Paul Barrette
Born at Prairie du Chien, September 22, 1838. Died at Prairie du Chien, May 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; tr. by FoFG mz]

Horace Beach
Born at Keeseville, N.Y., December 5, 1818. Came to Wisconsin in 1857. Died at Prairie du Chien, April 1, 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; tr. by FoFG mz]

Capt. John I. Besbel
Capt. John Ira Besbel, an old resident of Prairie Du Chien, passed away at his home in that city, aged 61 years. He was the first captain to tow a barge of unsacked wheat in the Upper Mississippi. [New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN), August 31, 1892, page 2]

Alfred Brunson
DIED In Prairie du Chien, August 3, 1882, Rev. Alfred Brunson, A.M.D.D., aged 89 years and 6 months. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wis.) Tuesday, 8 Aug. 1882; tr. by MZ]
--- 1882: Rev. Alfred Brunson, D. D., at Prairie du Chien, August 3d, in his ninetieth year. Born in Danbury, Conn., February 9th, 1793, he received but a limited education, and spent five years in learning the trade of a shoemaker. An extensive reader, he studied law; and, in 1808, went first to Ohio, and then to Carlisle, Pa. In 1809, he joined the Methodist church, and prepared himself for the ministry – returned to Connecticut, married, and, in 1811, removed to Ohio. He served a year in the army under Gen. Harrison, and was at the taking of Malden, the battle of the Thames, and recapture of Detroit. He labored efficiently in the ministry in Ohio and Pennsylvania until 1835, when he removed to Wisconsin, reaching Prairie du Chien on the 25th of October; and was the first Methodist preacher to pioneer the way north of the Wisconsin River. He was made presiding elder of a district extending from Rock Island to the head of the Mississippi, including the Indian mission. On account of ill-health, Mr. Brunson relinquished the ministry in 1839, was admitted to the bar, and practiced for about ten years. In 1840, he was elected to the Territorial legislature; and, in 1842, he was appointed Indian agent at La Pointe. In 1850, he was an unsuccessful candidate for judge of his district; and returned to ministerial labors, being located at Mineral Point. In 1853, he was appointed presiding elder of the Prairie du Chien district, then one of the most extensive in the State. In 1862, he was made chaplain of a regiment, but from ill-health was soon compelled to resign. Partially recovering his health, he resumed and continued his ministerial labors until 1871, when he retired from further service. He was a prolific writer for the press, and was the author of a Key to the Apocalypse, Incidents in his Life and Times, historical papers in the Collections of our Society, and several pamphlet publications. Dr. Brunson was a man of indomitable energy, unwearied labors, and great usefulness in his day and generation. [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 10 (1909) Transcribed by: Heather A. Turner]

Charles Burke
Prairie du Chien, Wis., Nov. 8.— Charles Burke, of Harper's Ferry, Ia., died to-day from the effects of injuries received yesterday while at work on the Chicago, Burlington & Northern Wisconsin river bridge. The remains will be taken to his home at Harper's Ferry. [Source: St. Paul (MN) Daily Globe., November 09, 1887, Page 6]

William Campbell
At Prairie du Chien, on the 21st ult., William Campbell, Esq., Attorney at Law, aged about 28 years. He was the partner of the late Wm. N. Gardner, Esq., and was attending to the business of his partner at Prairie du Chien at the time he was taken sick. Mr. C. was a gentleman of fair talents, of unexceptional character, and quite unassuming and gentlemanly in his deportment; he was formerly from Cooperstown, N.Y., and was a graduate of Union College.  [Source: Wisconsin Enquirer (Madison, Wis.) Saturday, 5 Oct. 1839; tr. by MZ]

Mrs. L. Chase
Mrs. L. Chase, of Prairie du Chien, died at her home after undergoing a surgical operation.  [New Ulm Weekly Review. (New Ulm, Minn.), 06 Jan. 1892; tr by KT]

Oliver Cherrier
Born at Prairie du Chien, October 1, 1815. Died at Prairie du Chien, January 26, 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; tr. by MZ]

Bridget Cragan
BAUDETTE, May 9. – Three deaths were reported here today. Mrs. Bridget Cragan, aged 83, died of old age. The body will be shipped to Seneca, Wis., for burial. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Saturday, 10 May 1919; tr. by MZ]

William Deary and W. Nelson
William Deary and W. Nelson, young business men of Prairie du Chien, Wis., are supposed to have been drowned Sunday.  They went duck hunting and their capsized boat was found, but no trace of them. [Rock Island Daily Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 14 April 1891]

Louise Dechamp
Prairie du Chien, Wis., Feb. 25. – Mrs. Louise Dechamp, the first white woman born in Wisconsin, died here, aged 104. She was the oldest woman living in Wisconsin who was born in Wisconsin. [Source: Aberdeen Daily News (SD) Tuesday, 25 Feb. 1902; tr. by MZ]

Jane F. Dousman
1882: Mrs. Jane F. Dousman, at Prairie du Chien, January 13th, in her seventy-eighth year, where she was born April 12th, 1804 – a daughter of Capt. Henry M. Fisher and Madeline de Verville, and a sister of Mrs. Henry S. Baird, of Green Bay. She was first married, in 1819, to Joseph Rolette, who was a leading merchant and trader at Prairie du Chien for many years. Mr. Rolette dying in 1842, two years later she was united in marriage to Col. H. L. Dousman, whom she outlived several years, as she did her three children by her first marriage. She was a woman of many virtues, noble, kind-hearted, and benevolent. [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 10 (1909) Transcribed by: Heather A. Turner]

Barney Dunne
Barney Dunne, assessor of Prairie du Chien, died the other day, aged 72 years. [Mower County transcript. (Lansing, Minn.), 20 June 1888; tr by KT]

Cecile Frank
Little Cecile Frank Dead: Thursday last County Treasurer Frank received the sad news that his little daughter, Cecile, had passed away at Prairie du Chien, Wis., from the effects of inflammatory rheumatism. The little girl had been ill for a long time, and on Monday of last week, she was taken to Wisconsin by her mother and grandmother. Death occurred just a short time after reaching the destination. Little Cecile was 8 years old and a very bright child, beloved by all who knew her. The body was brought to Glendive and the funeral occurred Saturday morning at 10 o'clock from the Methodist church, burial taking place here. [Yellowstone Monitor. (Glendive, Mont.), 24 June 1909]

Antoine Grignon
An Old Settler
Trempealeau, Wis., July 24 - Antoine Grignon, French half-breed, son of the first trader to open a station at Prairie Du Chien, died today, aged 85.  Grignon was a veteran of the Black Hawk war and was a noted Indian fighter in his day.  He was a scout with United States troops at Fort Crawford, Prairie Du Chien, during the Black Hawk troubles.  [The Daily Gate City. (Keokuk, Iowa), 24 July 1913; tr by KT]

Florence Hill
Florence E. Hill, 84, formerly of Greenwood, died Jan. 1, 1995, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the church.
She was born Feb. 11, 1910, in Prairie du Chien and had been a homemaker. Surviving are two daughters, Trudy Hill of Richmond, Calif. and Judy (Rod Estvan) Hill of Chicago; two sisters, Carolyn Linzenmeyer of Palatine, Ill., and Rilla Bergen of Milwaukee; and two grandchildren. Rinka Funeral Home handled arrangements. [Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Jan. 1995; contributed by Ron Flink & transcribed by MZ]

Charles F. Ingle
Charles F. Ingle was born July 15, 1904, at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, to Joseph and Julie (Stran) Ingle and died April 24, 1987, at the Highmore Nursing Home, Highmore, South Dakota, at the age of 82 years, nine months and nine days. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. He received his education in Parochial Schools in Prairie du Chien. He moved to the Harrold, South Dakota, area in 1919, working as a construction worker in Hughes County. He was united in marriage to Ila Parks in Ft. Pierre, South Dakota, on October 27, 1937. To this union three sons were born. He was a mail carrier in the Blunt area from 1938-42, before moving to California, where he owned and operated a water well company. He moved back to Harrold in 1947 and was a U.S. Mail contractor until his retirement in 1976. He became a resident of the Highmore Nursing Home in 1981. Survivors include his wife, Ila, Harrold; three sons: Charles Ray, Yankton; Patrick and his wife, LuAnn, San Diego, Calif.; and Galen and his wife, Dorothy, Harrold; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters: Beatrice Axmaker, Harrold; and Bernedette Freeland, Rapid City; three brothers: Art, Harrol; Mark, Prairie du Chien, Wisc.; and Donald, Three Rivers, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one son, James Dennis; one Infant sister; and three brothers: Lawrence, George and Cyril. [Source: Unknown, undated newspaper (from scrapbook) - Submitted by Jacque McDonnell]

Kit Jacobs
Bridgeport, Wis., Aug. 15.—While Frank Paulus and Kit Jacobs were rowing down the Wisconsin river Sunday afternoon their boat struck a snag and was overturned. Frank Paulus swam ashore and went a few steps into the woods to find a pole with which to assist his friend, who could not swim. On returning with the pole the other lad disappeared and was drowned. [Source: Benton Advocate (Benton, Wis.) Thursday, 18 Aug. 1904; tr. by MZ]

Frederic O. MacCartney
Well Known Socialist Succumbs to Bronchial Pneumonia-Ordained a Minister but Was Successful Politician.
Rockland, Mass., May 25. Representative Frederick O. MacCartney died at his home here tonight, succumbing to bronchial pneumonia. His death was not expected as bulletins from his bedside the past two days were full of encouragement.
Mr. MacCartney, who was an ordained Unitarian minister, officiated at the marriage of William Neilly of Omaha, Neb., national secretary of the Socialist party, at Haverhill on the 15th instant, going to Lowell where he addressed the striking textile workers. The next morning he started for Chatham, on the cape, where his summer home is located, and while on the train was taken ill. The illness proved fatal. The arrangements for the funeral have not been made.
Mr. MacCartney, who had come into notice as a Socialist the past few years, was born in Prairie Du Chein, Wis., November 2, 1854. His home afterward was at Storm Lake, Col. He was graduated from Iowa College, of which Rev. George D. Herron was president. In 1883 he entered the Theological Seminary at Andover, Mass., from which he was graduated in 1893. The same year he left the Congregational denomination and became a Unitarian. In 1894 he was called to the pastorate of the Unitarian church here. Five years later he retired from the ministry to become secretary of the Industrial Peace Society which had been organized by the Socialists in New England. He began a political career, and four times was sent to the Legislature as a Socialist. His unique position made him known all over the country, and he was at one time offered the nomination for President of the Socialist ticket. [Source: Worcester Daily Spy, Worcester, MA (Tuesday, 26 May 1903) transcribed by MKK]

Dale Dorman Moore
KINGSTON – Dale Dorman Moore, 81, formerly of Adams, died Sunday, April 25, 1999, at the home of his daughter in Kingston.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Luther Memorial Church, Gays Mills. The Rev. Kris Ann Zierke will officiate. Internment will be in Gays Mills Cemetery. Mr. Moore was born Feb. 19, 1918, in Ross, to Archibald M. and Pearl J. (Potter) Moore. He married Beulah Lincicum June 8, 1938, in Waukon, Iowa. He spent most of his youth in Gays Mills. Survivors include his wife, of Kingston; two sons, Ross (Mary), of Grand Marsh, and Randy (Sue), of Appleton; five daughters, Mariam (Jim) Cleary, Briggsville; Nancy (Carroll) Theisen, Wisconsin Rapids; Jo Ellen (Jim) Lewis, Pine River; Linda (Dennis) Brooks, Berlin, and Nola Dalton, Kingston; 24 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; two brothers, [words blacked out] [Source: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune (Wood County, Wis.) Tuesday, 27 Apr. 1999, page 2A; Lorraine Markee Collection; transcribed by MZ]

William Nebel
William Nebel, who recently removed from this city to Prairie du Chien, Wis., died at that place on Wednesday of last week after a short illness. [The Worthington advance. (Worthington, Minn.), 20 April 1906; tr by KT]

John Pfahler
Prairie du Chien, Wis., Feb. 18. – John Pfahler, aged 73, died at his home in this city last night. He was among the earliest of the settlers on the upper Mississippi river and ran a steamboat to St. Paul when that city was a mere trading post. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, Wis.) Thursday, 19 Feb. 1903; tr. by MZ]

John Quilligan
Born in Ireland December 25, 1817. Came to Wisconsin in 1849. Died in town of Prairie du Chien, July 15, 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; tr. by MZ]

S. Rosenbaum
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis., Sept. 26. – City Treasurer and ex-Mayor S. Rosenbaum died yesterday, of typhoid malaria. He was a prominent democrat and had been an active merchant here for the past thirty-three years. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wis.) Friday, 30 Sept. 1887; tr. by MZ]

T. A. Savage
Prairie du Chien, Wis., Oct. 31. – T. A. Savage, aged 90 years, a pioneer business man of the city, died last night after a lingering illness. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, Wis.) Thursday, 1 Nov. 1900; tr. by MZ]

B. F. White
On Sunday morning Surgeon B. F. White, of Prairie du Chien, died rather suddenly at the house of Mr. Bliss in this city. He was attached to the 1st Wisconsin three months regiment and recently at the request of some of the officers of the 19th regiment came on to attend to the sick prisoners at Camp Randall. As late as last Wednesday he was up at the Capital House but after that time rapidly sunk under his illness, which was inflammation of the bowels. During the closing days of last week, friends at the camp were asking about Surgeon White, not having heard of the illness that has so suddenly terminated his existence. He was aged about 34 years. [Source: Weekly Wisconsin Patriot (Madison, Wis.) Saturday, 10 May 1862; tr. by MZ]

Antoine Valley
1881 - Antoine Valley died in the town of Prairie du Chien, Feb 28th, in the one hundred and fourth year of his age. He was born in St. Antoine, Canada, Nov. 4th, 1777. He settled at Prairie du Chien in 1854. He was the father of eighteen children - nine of whom survived him. He practiced total abstinence from alcoholic drink, and died while giving thanks for blessings received. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 478; transcribed by LaDena Livingston


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