Eau Claire County, Wisconsin
Alvin B. Alden
1882: Hon. Alvin B. Alden, at Eau Claire, August 13th, in his sixty-fifth year. Born at Stafford, Conn., March 1st, 1818, he came to Wisconsin when comparatively a young man, located in 1844 at Randolph, and, in 1851, at Portage City, where he held many offices of trust, at one time clerk of the board of supervisors, then mayor of the city, and, in 1858, a prominent member of the legislature. He served for a few months as insurance clerk under Secretary of State Doyle, and many years as loan agent of the North Western Life Insurance Company. He rose to a thirty-third degree Mason, was grand master of the grand lodge of the State, grand commander of the Knights Templar, and grand high priest of the grand chapter of Wisconsin, serving in all these positions with great credit to himself, and honor to the fraternity. He was at one time an unsuccessful candidate for secretary of state. He possessed a nice sense of honor, and was deservedly held in high estimation. [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 10 (1909) Transcribed by: Heather A. Turner]
Madelynne Donna Breck
Madelynne Donna Breck, the eight months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Breck, died at the house of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. L. Laybourne, 613 South River street, yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock of whooping cough. Funeral will be private. The family requests that no flowers be sent. [Source: Eau Claire Leader (24 May 1916) contributed by Karen Hammer]
The funeral of the late Chas. Brown will be held Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the home and at 2 p.m. from the church.
Charles Brown, of Elk Mound, died at the Luther Hospital Tuesday evening after an operation at the age of 79 years. He was born in Stockholm, Sweden and for many years was a sailor. He leaves a wife and seven children, Mrs. Ella Holst, A. R. Brown, Carl E. Brown, Mrs. Everett Olson, Alfred Brown, Victor Brown and William Brown. Funeral announcement will be made later. [Source: Eau Claire Leader (Friday, April 27, 1917) page 8; Submitted by Sue Balow Parker.]
Sanders Cochrane was born in Glascow, Scotland, November, 1825. He came to America at the age of 19 and drifted to the then far west, northern Wisconsin and engaged in the lumbering, and afterwards, in the real estate business. He was one among the first to answer his country’s call and enlisted in Company G, 16 Reg. Wisconsin Vol. Infantry, afterwards re-enlisting. He served, in all, 3 years and 8 months, being mustered out in July 1865. He was wounded in the battle of Shiloh and while home on a furlough recruited over 100 men.
He and family moved from Eau Claire, Wis., to Wichita, Kans., April 1874 and soon afterwards secured a homestead in Haven township, Reno county, Kans. He always took a great interest in political and governmental affairs, contributing largely to the press on these subjects being at one time on the staff of the Hutchinson News. He wrote a history of Reno county by observation and many other writings that published in pamphlet form. He was married on Sept. 2, 1862, to Martha E. Willis in the town of Brunswick, Wis. Five children were born to them, two sons and three daughters, three living in Jefferson, O. T. and two in Haven. He leaves these and a wife to mourn his loss. [Source: Haven Independent (Haven, Reno County, Kansas) Feb. 19, 1898; Page 3; column 3; contributed by Rose from Hutchinson, KS]
1880 - Dr. Walter Crocker, an old physician of Eau Galle, died there, Jan. 15th. He was one of the early settlers of the Chippewa Valley. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 452; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]
Boy Hunter Instantly Killed
Eau Claire, Wis., Nov. 20 - William Danielson, fifteen years old, was killed by the accidental discharge of his shotgun while hunting near Fairchild. The top of his head was blown off. He was the son of a farmer. [New Ulm Review, Nov. 24, 1909, page 2]
B. B. Foreman and A. A. Foreman
Former Residents of Eau Claire Are Killed
B. B. and A. A. Foreman Meet Their Death Near North Yakima
A copy of the North Yakima Herald is shown us by W. H. Smith, received from his son, H. W. Smith, a resident of the Yakima Valley. The paper is dated March 7 and tells of a double fatality – the killing of two brothers who once lived in Eau Claire. B. B. Foreman and his brother, A. A. Foreman, both residents of Sunnyside, and both linemen for the Pacific Power & Light Co., were killed by train No. 41, on the O.W.R. & N. yesterday afternoon at 2:35 o’clock at the "Brickyard" crossing just east or southeast of the town of Granger. A. A. Foreman was instantly killed. B. B. Foreman lived until a few minutes after the accident and died after being carried to the railway station. Both bodies were taken to Sunnyside yesterday afternoon and burial will take place there.
Auto Stops on Track
The train, in charge of Conductor M. H. Patton and Engineer George McEvoy, was coming into Granger from the east and is said by trainmen to have been running about [20 ?] miles an hour. It consisted of two cars and the locomotive. East of the crossing where the accident occurred the track describes a curve. On the north side of the track a wagon road comes in from the north, and for some distance parallels the track, into Granger. The Foreman brothers were coming in on this road. They had all the curtains closed on their car. The automobile was seen by Engineer McEvoy, who told Coroner Shaw yesterday afternoon that he supposed the automobile was going into Granger, and would continue on the road on the north side of the track. He had blown his whistle at the post a short distance back.
Stalls On Track
Instead of continuing on the road into the town, the driver of the automobile turned suddenly opposite the Granger brick yard, into a road lead- [some was cut off] Evoy says he gave several sharp warning whistles. The automobile got partly across the track, and suddenly stopped. Then it rolled slowly backwards and stopped directly across the rails in the path of the train. The curtains being down the men had no chance to escape. The engine hit the automobile and demolished it. The train stopped within 300 feet. When spectators and the trainmen reached the wrecked car, A. A. Foreman was found dead; and his brother, as stated, died a few minutes later. [Eau Claire Leader (Eau Claire, WI) – Thursday, March 16, 1916]
White Bear Lake, Minn. -- Lola Gettle Gagin, 80, of White Bear Lake Minn, formerly of Eau Claire WI, died Jan. 10, 1998. A christian Burial was at noon Jan. 13, 1998 at St. John In The Wilderness, White Bear Lake, Minn. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial will be at a later date. Arrangements were completed by Mueller Lake Mortuary, White Bear Lake, Minn. Mrs. Gagin was born Oct. 24, 1917. Survivors include her husband, Bill; one son, Bill (Debbie) Gagin Jr., of Kohler WI; two daughters Suanne (Levine) Nesland of Turner Mont., and Pat of White Bear Lake, Minn.' and one granddaughter, Michelle of Naperville. She was preceded by one son, Robert. [unknown newspaper, c. January 1998; Contributed by Cynthia Lane]
Benjamin Graves died at 11 p.m. Sunday night at the home of his son, M. D. Graves, 616 Union street. He was 82 years old. The funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, at the residence. Interment will be at Lakeview cemetery. The Rev. W. W. Moore will officiate. [Source: Eau Claire Leader (21 Jan. 1919) p. 10; contributed by Karen Hammer]
Cynthia Rebecca Peters, daughter of Samuel and Ann Peters, was born Sept. 28, 1850 near Erie, Pa, and died at her home in Augusta, Sept 18, 1932, aged 82 years, two months and 15 days. At the age of two years she went with her parents and they settled in Jackson County. October 16, 1869, she was married to Seth L. Monroe and to this union two sons were born, Oscar F. and William S., both who live in Augusta, WI. In March 1873, her husband, together with her parents, a brother and sister died of small pox. July 14, 1876 she married Alonzo B. Green. To this union was born one daughter who died at the age of two and one half years. Mr. Green died in 1881. Mrs. Green was a member of the Woman’s Relief corps and the Augusta Methodist church. She is survived by her two sons, Oscar and William and eight grand children and 5 great grand children, and one brother, Willard Peters, Everson, Wash.?? Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday afternoon the Rev Chas G Brown officiating. Miss Winifred Kirkham and Mrs Benton Rose sang “Saved by Grace”. Miss Mildred Sieg accompanist. Interment in the Augusta Cemetery. [Source: Eau Claire Leader (Sept 23, 1932) page 13; submitted by Diana Heser Morse]
Edward Harry Hanson
CARD OF THANKS
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hanson wish to thank the kind neighbors who assisted them during the illness and death of their son, Edward Harry. Especially do they thank the ladies who sang. [Source: Eau Claire Leader (13 Aug. 1905) page 5; contributed by Sue Balow Parker]
Eau Claire, Wis., Nov. 21. – Henry Hoefner, chef at the Eau Claire house, who recently came from Chicago, was found dead in bed this morning from heart disease. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, WI) Thursday, 23 Nov. 1899; transcribed by FoFG mz]
Clarence Holman, 67, Sheldon, Rt. 2, died of a heart attack Saturday at St. Mary’s Hospital.
Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. from the McElravy funeral home to the Sheridan Church of Christ. Rev. Roy Anderson officiated and burial was made in Woodlawn cemetery at Sheldon. Clarence Holman was born at Fairchild July 26, 1887. He came to Rusk county 40 years ago and was married at Conrath to Myrtle Rydlund Sept. 15, 1921. He had farmed near Sheldon since 1932. Mr. Holman was a member of the Church of Christ. Surviving are the wife; a daughter, Mrs. Ada Goutcher, of Kimberly; a son, Willard Holman, Rt. 2, Sheldon; two sisters, Mrs. A. Bovee, Ladysmith, and Mrs. Clarence Hollenbeck, Fort Atkinson, and four brothers, Bert, Ladysmith, Walter, Eau Claire, Melvin, Conrath, and Ed Holman, Kent, Wash. [Source: Ladysmith News (Thursday, 14 Oct. 1954) contributed by Ron Flink; transcribed by MZ]
Carolyn Jean Isenberger
STANLEY — Carolyn Jean "Kaki" Isenberger, 76, of Stanley died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 at Our Lady of Victory Hospital in Stanley with her family by her side. She was born on July 4, 1936 in Stanley, the daughter of the late Sam and Jean (Hagen) Samuelson. Kaki grew up in the area, attending area schools and graduated from Stanley High in 1954. On July 10, 1954, she was united in marriage to David Isenberger at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Stanley. The couple farmed south of Stanley in the town of Thorp until retirement. Kaki enjoyed going to the casino, crossword puzzles, watching NASCAR and football, especially the Packers, and enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by: her husband of 58 years, David of Stanley; two children, Jim (Lynn) Isenberger of Stanley and Julie Seidl of Owen; six grandchildren, Tracey Stumpner, Kristie (Joel) Peterson, Kara Isenberger, Samuel Isenberger, Josh (Toni) Seidl and Jami (Andy) Haas; four great grandchildren, Trey, Teagen, Kyle and Alexis; and one niece, Sheryl Rimes. Carolyn is preceded in death by: her parents; a brother in infancy; and her sister Patricia Rimes. A memorial service will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30 at the Plombon Funeral Home in Stanley with Rev. Sarah Semmler-Smith from Our Savior's Lutheran Church officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until time of service Thursday at the funeral home. [The Chippewa Herald (Chippewa Falls, WI) - Tuesday, August 28, 2012]
The funeral of Mr. Jackson, who died at Pelican Rapids, Minn., will take place from the residence of Mrs. Emma Forman, 519 Union street, this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. [Eau Claire Leader (Eau Claire, WI) – Sunday, March 1, 1896]
Mrs. Joseph, a middle aged lady, dropped dead in the family circle at Eau Claire while talking to her husband and others. Heart disease the cause. [New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN) June 22, 1892]
Andrew Kistner, died of scarlet fever yesterday at the American House, Northside. Deceased was 19 years of age and was employed at Della. He came to the city a few months ago. His home was at Downsville, Dunn County, where his remains will be taken by relatives. [Source: "Eau Claire Leader" (15 June 1901) Submitted by Jayme Beyrer]
The funeral of Melvin Larson, 11-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Anton L. Larson, 434 (F.....) street, who died Saturday of injuries sustained when he was crushed under a motor truck, will be held tomorrow afternoon with services at the home at 2:30, Rev. P. R. Syrdal officiating. Interment will be in Norwegian Lutheran cemetery. [Source: Eau Claire Leader (21 Jan. 1919) p. 10; contributed by Karen Hammer]
George Lenderback, of Eau Claire, dropped dead on the street while on his way to the doctor's office. Heart failure was the cause of his demise. [New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN) Sept. 7, 1892, page 8]
Charlotte V. Manley
Mrs. Charlotte V. Manley died last evening at 9 o’clock at her home on Hudson street. The funeral will take place on Friday morning at 10 o’clock, at the family residence. [Eau Claire Leader (Eau Claire, WI) – Thursday, August 24, 1899]
Manley Infant Dies
Graveside services for the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Manley, 2857 ½ Starr Ave., who died Sunday, were held at 10:30 a.m. today at Forest Hill cemetery, the Rev. Forrest York officiating. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her grandmother, Mrs. Sara Mae Manley, of Stanley, and her great grandmother, Mrs. Anna Manley of Cornell. Arrangements were made by the Smith Funeral Chapel. [The Daily Telegram (Eau Claire, WI) – Tuesday, June 14, 1960]
Thomas McKee, an employe of the Big Heart silver mine, south of Eau Claire, fell down a shaft in the mine yesterday and was instantly killed. [Source: The Milwaukee Journal (Jan 8, 1884) contributed by Kim T]
The death of Mrs. Jennie Moore occurred at St. Paul, Monday morning, Jan. 20. She is survived by a son, Frank C. Moore, of this city and a brother, Frank Cleveland, of Bozeman, Montana. The funeral services will be held at Lenmark's undertaking parlors at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Interment will be at Lakeview cemetery [Source: Eau Claire Leader (21 Jan. 1919) p. 10; contributed by Karen Hammer]
Mrs. F. S. Newell
Funeral of Mrs. F. S. Newell, who died at Amenia, N. Dak. Saturday, Jan. 18, will be held from the residence, 537 Broadway at 3 o'clock this afternoon. Rev. Leonard Parr officiating. Interment at Forest Hill cemetery. [Source: Eau Claire Leader (21 Jan. 1919) p. 10; contributed by Karen Hammer]
A 6-year-old son of John Plantego of Eau Claire was run over and instantly killed by a heavy wagon. A wheel crushed his temple. [New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN) August 24, 1892, page 6]
Anita M. Roder
EAU CLAIRE — Anita M. Roder, 79, of Chippewa Falls, died Sunday, May 2, 2010 at Dove Healthcare in Eau Claire. She was born March 23, 1931, in Cornell to Madeline (Manley) and Charles Downer. She grew up in Cornell and graduated from Cornell High School in 1949. Anita married Irvin Roder on June 24, 1950, in Chippewa Falls. She worked as a secretary at Cornell High School for the draft service and Thaler Oil in Chippewa Falls. They moved to Texas in 1988 where she worked as a camp facilitator at the Girl Scout Camp, Steven's Ranch. They moved back to Chippewa Falls in 1998. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Chippewa Falls. Anita enjoyed typewriting and loved visiting with her family and friends. Most recently, she enjoyed spending time with her friends at Grace Adult Day Services, who became like a second family to her. Survivors include: a daughter, Cheryl (Verne) Patrow of Pisgah, Ala,; two sons, Charles (Joan) Roder of Elk Mound, Chris (Julia) Roder of California City, Calif.; nine grandchildren, Tony (Jenni) Roder, Kurt (Kelly) Roder, Jill (Mike) Nyberg, Michelle (Jon) Terrell, Melissa Landrum, Michael (Carrie) Clough, Stephen (Tammy) Clough, Tina (Keith) Yukumoto and Samuel (Dejonnee) Roder; 14 great-grandchildren, Michael and Stephanie Landrum, Zachary Clough, Alora, Caitlin and Jonathan Luke Terrell, Sam and Grace Roder, Anna and Allie Roder, Josie and Carlene Yukumoto, Nathan and Noah Clough. She was preceded in death by: her parents; and her husband Irvin on April 11, 2009. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 7 at Faith Lutheran Church in Chippewa Falls with Rev. Craig Mathews and Rev. William Plautz officiating. Interment will be on Saturday in Cornell Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 6 at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel and one hour prior to the service Friday at the church. Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel, Chippewa Falls, is serving the family. [The Chippewa Herald (Chippewa Falls, WI) - Tuesday, May 4, 2010]
SON SAYS MASS AT FUNERAL OF MRS. W. SEEMAN
With her son, the Rev. Lester Seeman of Washington, D. S., performing the last sad rites at both the church and at the grave, Mrs. Elizabeth A. Seeman, wife of Dr. W. O. Seeman, 429 Hudson street, was laid at rest at St. Patrick's cemetery yesterday morning. The funeral mass was sung at St. Patrick's church, and was attended by a large concourse of people. Between 25 and 30 out-of-town priests were also present. Father Seeman was celebrant of the mass, and was assisted by the Rev. Father Leuther, La Corsse, of St. Aquinas high school there, as deacon; the Rev. Leo Hirt, La Crosse, chancellor of the diocese of La Crosse, as sub-deacon; and the Rev. John Pittz, Middlel Ridge, Wis., former assistant pastor at St. Patrick's, as master of ceremonies. Pall bearers were Marshall Cousins, Madison; J. A. Stilp, Chicago; Arthur Jarvis, J. C. Fennessey, E. E. Fleming and J. J. Kelley.
Besides the officiating clergyment the other pirests attending the funeral mass were Fathers Orthen and King of the Sacred Heart church, Schabel, chaplain at the Sacred Heart church; Daul, of Eau Galle; Ambrose McDonald, Duffy and Singleton, the last two former assistants at St. Patrick's; McGurk, Thome and Manning, of Chippewa Falls; Dowd, Deeny and Weller of St. Patrick's; Kasper, Alttona; Plecity, LaCrosse; and Kaluza, retired, former chaplain at the Sacred Heart hospital. [Source: Eau Claire Leader (10 May 1934) contributed by Karen Hammer]
Mrs. W. O. Seeman
Seemann, (Mrs. W. O.) 58, died at her home, 429 Hudson street, early this morning after a lingering illness. Mrs. Seemann was born in Dubuque, Iowa, and had been a resident of Eau Claire since 1898. Surviving are her husband, Dr. W. O. Seemann; a daughter, Mary Elizabeth of this city, and a son, Rev. Fr. Lester Seeman of Washington, D.C. Friends may call at Fleming's parlors after 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. Members of the family request that flowers be omitted. Funeral services will be held at 9 o'clock Wednesday morning from Fleming's and at 9;30 o'clock from St. Patrick's church. [Source: Eau Claire Leader (8 May 1934) contributed by Karen Hammer]
William Otto Seeman
DR. W. O. SEEMAN, LA CROSSE, DIES; FORMERLY HERE
Funeral Monday From St. Patrick's
Dr. William Otto Seeman, 73, who practiced medicine in Eau Claire for more than forty years, died Friday in a hospital at La Crosse where he had been living the past five years, according to work received here.
The body will be brought to Eau Claire for burial. The funeral will be held Monday morning at 9"45 from the Eau Claire funeral home, and at 10 o'clock from St. Patrick's church, with a solemn requiem mass at which the Rev. Lester W. Seeman, of La Crosse, son of the deceased, will be the celebrant. Interment will be at St. Patrick's cemetery. Rosary devotions will be held tonight at 8:30 at the Eau Claire funeral home.
Dr. Seeman is survived by a son, Father Seaman, a daughter, Mrs. F. E. McGough, of Rice Lake, and a brother, Dr. Carl A. Seeman, of Tulare, S.D., also five grandchildren. His wife, an infant son and a brother preceded him in death. Dr. Seeman was born near Lyons, Ia., August 6, 1870, and was a graduate of the school of medicine at the University of Iowa. After one year in practice with a brother, Dr. Fred Seeman, no dec'd, in Dubuque, and following his marriage to Elizabeth Ann Weis, in 1899, came to Eau Claire and begun the practice of medicine here. He continued to practice here for forty years, retiring on account of failing health. During World War I he served as a medicine officer in the U. S. army, stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. [Source: Eau Claire Leader (11 Nov. 1945) contributed by Karen Hammer]
Francis Rush Skinner
Class of 1852 – FRANCIS RUSH SKINNER. M.D., Castleton Med. Coll., 1854. B. 11 Apr., 1831, Utica, N.Y. Physician. D. 13 Apr., 1904, Eau Claire, Wis [Source: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1902-1903, Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by Kim Mohler]
A tramp who gave his name as Albert Smalby and his home as Hayward, Wis., was picked up, terribly mangled, by the railroad tracks at Eau Claire, and died soon after. [The Milwaukee Journal, 6 Jul 1896]
Donald & George Thompson
Mr. and Mrs. George T. Thompson, of Eau Claire, suffered the loss of their two sons, both of whom died from diphtheria: Donald, aged 4 years, died June 2nd; George, aged 9 years, died June 7th. The parents and relatives have the sympathy of a large circle of friends. Mrs. Thompson is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Graham. The children were both buried in hermetically sealed metallic caskets. [Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 15 June 1893; transcribed by MZ]
April 1, 1989
Merceline Thompson, 66, 1710 Lloyd Ave., died this morning at University of Minnesota Hospital, Minneapolis. Merceline Stoddard was born in Alma Center and married Wallace Thompson May 11, 1943, in Eau Claire. She was a lifelong resident of Eau Claire and a member of Immaculata Society. Survivors include her husband; two sons, John of Eau Claire, Gary of Excelsior, Minn.; four daughters, Maxine Loomis of Niceville, Fla., Margaret Melland of Eau Claire, Marianne Ashley of Phillips, Catherine Thompson of Minneapolis; three brothers, Ward Stoddard of Sun City West, Ariz., Paul Stoddard, Donald Stoddard, both of La Crosse; two sisters, Dorothy Moldenhauer of Black River Falls, Carolyn Renaud of Bemidji, Minn.; and nine grandchildren. Services will be at noon Tuesday at Immaculate Conception Church, with burial in Calvary Cemetery.
Died Thursday July 23, 1992 at Fall Creek Nursing Home. He was born November 9, 1917 in Jackson County. He graduated from Augusta High School in 1936. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1940 and was on active duty in Pearl Harbor on December 12,1941. He married Mary Robertson in California on September 1, 1945. He was also employed delivered milk for Land O' Lakes and was a carpenter for Lampert Yards in Augusta. He also was a member of Augusta American Legion and served on the Augusta City Council. Survived by his wife Mary, Three daughters Jill Zook and Suzy (Bernie) Matysik, and Jean (Joe) Traver, Three sons Dane (Connie) Zook,Dale ( Cathrine) Zook, and Kent (Susan) Zook, 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.