Florence County, Wisconsin

Florence County, Wisconsin

Obituaries

 

Atkinson, Judge James-- Judge James Atkinson of Appleton, Wis., died on Wednesday from an overdose of morphine probably suicide is attributed to this. He was an able lawyer and justice and for about two years edited the Morning News for Florence, Wis. He was born in England in 1833, and came to this country when quite young. He was interested in mining in North WIsconsin and Colorado, and was a popular and wealthy man.--Freeborn Co. Standard, Albert Lea, MN., December 7, 1882


Bush, John M.-- 83, Retired Mining Executive, Dies Funeral services were held in Ann Arbor this morning for John M. Bush, 82, former Ironwood resident who died Saturday in Ann Arbor. He was a retired mine executive and before going to Ann Arbor had lived for many years at Negaunee. A solemn requiem high mass was elebrated at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholich Church in Ann Arbor this morning. The body will arrive in Ironwood Tuesday morning and will be taken immediately to Riverside Cemetery for interment. Mr. Bush was born in Buckingham, Quebec, Canada, Feb. 6, 1877. When he was a child, his family moved to Norway, Mich., and from, there they moved to Florence, Wis. Mr. Bush attended school in Florence and at Commomwealth, Wis. On leaving school at an early age he went to work as a miner. In 1896 he went to work as a bookkeeper and delivery man for a meat market in Commonwealth and in 1897 went to Vulcan to work in the O. C. Lumber Co. sawmill and later was a clerk in the company store, subsequently becoming bookkeeper and manager. On Aug. 25, 1901, Mr. Bush entered the employ of the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company as timekeeper and supply clerk at the Ashland mine in Ironwood. On Sept. 1, 1903, he was promoted to cashier. In November, 1905, he was transferred to the Crosby Mine at Nashwauk, Minn., where he was superintendent for two years. In 1907 he returned here and was made general superintendent of the company's properties on the Gogebic range, with headquarters at Ironwood. (Cleveland Cliffs operated the Ashland mine until 1913, when it was taken over by the Hayes interests. It ceased operations in 1926.) He later was in charge of mines on the Mesabi range. Mr. Bush was married to the former Miss Margaret Hartigan of Ironwood in 1906. She died in October, 1931, in Negaunee. In 1914 Mr. Bush became superintendent of the Republic Mine and later district superintendent of mines in the North Lake area of the Marquette range. In 1925 he was appointed manager of the company's lands and timber department, a position he held, for 25 years until his retirement May 1, 1948. Under his direction, the lands and timber department was highly successful and Mr. Bush became known as one of the outstanding authorities on timber in the lake states. While in Ironwood Mr. Bush was one of the founders and a member of the board of directors of the Gogebic National Bank. He also was one of the founders and was the first grand knight of the Ironwood Council of the Knights of Columbus. He was a Fourth Degree member of the lodge. He visited Ironwood in April to attend the fiftieth anniversary celebration of the Ironwood Council of the order. Following his retirement, Mr. Bush continued to reside at his home in Negaunee for five years and then took an apartment at the Mather Inn in Ishpeming. Two years ago he went to Ann Arbor and had an apartment in the Michigan Union Building. Although he had Jiover gone beyond grade school in formal education, he was given an honorary degree by the University of Michigan a number of years ago, an honor which he cherished highly. He is survived by one daughter. Mrs. Richard Leutheuser of Ann Arbor; one son, Richard, of Albert Lea. Minn.; a sister, Mrs. Chase O. Youngs of Florence, Wis.; and a brother, William, of Chisholm, Minn. There are seven grandchildren. The late Mrs. Bush was a sister of Mrs. John B. Patrick of Ironwood, and Mrs. E. M. Libby o[ Iron River, and of the late Mrs. Andrew Shaw, Mrs. D. E. Sutherland and Mrs. Catherine Me Cabe of Ironwood. Mr. Bush was president of the First National Bank of Alger County at Munising.--Ironwood Daily Globe, Ironwood, MI., July 6, 1959
Cantara, Lillian -Mrs. Lillian Cantara. Mrs. Lillian Cantara, 45, of 1919 Harriet street, wife of Carl J. Cantara, died Monday night in St. Mary's hospital. Mrs. Cantara was born in Florence, Wis., on June 25, 1897, and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gillie LeVernois. She was married April 15, 1917, and moved to Kenosha in 1919, where she lived until September, 1942, when she returned to Racine. Survivors are her husband; two sons, Oakley of California and Calvin, who is in the navy and stationed at San Francisco; two daughters, Mrs. Irving Alders and Mrs. Edward Barnes, of Racine; one grandchild; her father, two brothers and three sisters. The body was taken to the Hansen funeral home in Kenosha, where funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p. m. Burial will be in the family lot at Greenridge cemetery.--The Racine Journal-Times, December 22, 1942
Cross, David --(11 Aug. 1940 – 14 Nov. 1959)David Cross, 19 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Cross, of Colby, was killed Saturday, reportedly hit in the back by a stray bullet while hunting with his father in Florence county. The older Mr. Cross had gone to the family cottage to prepare food. Other hunters, who heard the young man’s cries for help, responded. He died shortly after.  David was born Aug. 11, 1940, in Oshkosh. He attended Colby grade and high schools and the University Extension at Wausau. He planned to return to Wausau the beginning of the next term, and was currently employed at the St. Croix Corporation at Park Falls. He is survived by his parents, two sisters, Linda and Mary Jane, and a brother, John, all at home. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Colby Methodist church and internment was made in the Colby cemetery.---Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 19 Nov. 1959
Ericsson, Naomi--Mrs. Naomi A. Ericsson, 73, 520 Oak Knolls Ave. North, died at 9:42 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, 1977, in Swedish American Hospital after a short illness. Born June 11, 1904, in Homestead, Wis., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles (Annie) Hultgren. Lived 49 years in Rockford, coming here from St. Paul, Minn. Married to E. Harold Ericsson in St. Paul, June 15, 1927. Member of Temple Baptist Church. Former chairman and chaplain of Daniel Post No. 64, American Legion Auxiliary. Survivors include her husband, E. Harold, two sons, Dr. Kermit C., Cambridge, Minn., and Lowell H., Seattle, Wash.; six grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Gustafson, Minneapolis, and Mrs. Lydia Bergendorf, Homestead, Wis.  Services at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30, in Temple Baptist Church, with Rev. Gordon E. Hamstad, pastor, officiating. Burial in Arlington Memorial Park. Arrangements by SUNBERG FUNERAL HOME, 215 N. 6th St. Friends may call at the church from noon until time of service Tuesday. Memorials may be given in her name for Temple Baptist Church.--Rockford Morning Star, August 30, 1977
Frigo, Pasquale-- (NO HEADLINE)--The funeral of Pasquale Frigo, 65, of Aurora, Wis., who died Saturday in Green Bay, was held Tuesday in Aurora. Burial was in Iron Mountain, Mich. The brother of Amdea Frigo of 49 Burton St., this city, Mr. Frigo was born in Italy and came to this country in 1908. With another brother, Louis, he became one of the pioneers in the Italian cheese industry and was one of the founders and president of Frigo Bros. Cheese Corp. The company has plants in Wisconsin, Michigan and New York.--Springfield Union, MA, February 22, 1956
Gardner, Leslie O.--Madison--Mr. Leslie O. Gardner, 87, formerly of Fence, Wis., died Wednesday, April 17, 1974, at a Madison Hospital. Born in the town of Westpoint, he was a graduate of Oshkosh University. He had been a school administator in several Wisconsin high schools and later was employed by the University of Wisconsin Botany Department. Mr. Gardner was a member of the Clear Lake Masonic Lodge. Survivors include his wife, the former Alma Berklund of Fence, Wis.; a daughter, Mrs. Charles K. Alexander (Jean) of Madison; a son, Laurence O. Gardner of Sacramento, Calif.; and five grandchildren. Private funeral services will be held at the FRAUTSCHI FUNERAL HOME, Saturday morning, April 20. Burial in the Garden Bluff Cemetery, Lodl. There willl be no visitation.--The Capital Times, Madison, Wi., Thursday, April 18, 1974
Gelhoff, Willis A.--Willis A. Gehloff Dies at 53--Willis A. Gelhoff, 53, 19 Westview Dr., died Sunday at a Mason City hospital. He was manager of the plumbing and heating department of Montgomery Ward Store and had lived in Mason City about three and half years.  Mr. Gelhoff was born April 13, 1906, in Florence, Wis., son of Rudolph and Flora (Meyer) Gelhoff. He was graduated from the schools of Florence and attended Carroll College at Waukesha, Wis., and business school in Chicago.  HE WAS EMPLOYED by the Ford Motor Co. in Iron Mountain, Mich., nine years and was then employed by Montgomery Ward Co. as manager of the Red Wing, Minn., and Rive Lake, Wis., stores. He came to the Mason City store in July 1956. Mr. Gelhoff was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where he served as usher. He had served on various boards and offices of churches to which he belonged.  He was married to Ingrid Wickmann, Aug. 11, 1934, at Eleva, Wis. Surviving are his wife, his father, Rudolph Gelhoff, Florence, Wis., and a son, David, A., who is attending St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn. --Globe-Gazette, Mason City., Ia., February 1, 1960
Godshall, J. Howard --Retired Paper Firm Head Dies--J. Howard Godshall, 78. of 543 Hazel St., one-time owner of Godshall Paper & Box Corp., died today at 6.45 am. at Mercy Hospital, where he had been a patient one month. He was born in Florence, Wis., on July 11, 1886, son of Aaron and Maria Godshall, and was married in Oshkosh to Jessie Mickelsen on Sept. 17, 1925. Mr. Godshall had been in the paper business all his life, retiring in 1952. His father had started the company. He graduated from the old Oshkosh Normal School, and was a member of First United Presbyterian Church, and for many years had served in the Session body of the church. He also was a member of Centennial Lodge 205, Tyrian Chapter 15 of Royal and Select Masons, Oshkosh Council 8 and Oshkosh Commandery 11 and a member of Oshkosh Kiwanis Club Surviving are his wife. Jessie, one daughter. Miss Barbara Godshall, Evanston, Ill; nieces and nephews. Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Seefeld Funeral Home, with the Rev. Lowell M. McConnell, pastor of First United Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 p.m. Wednesday until the hour of services.--Daily Northwestern, July 21, 1964
Greenquist, Kenneth L.--PRESIDENT OF WISCONSIN REGENTS DIESMADISON, Wis. Kenneth L. Greenquist, 58, president of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, died early today at University Hospitals following a long illness. Greenquist, a Racine attorney, entered the hospital several weeks ago. Cause of death was not disclosed immediately.  A former state commander of the American Legion, Greenquist was appointed to the regent board in 1962 by former Gov. Gaylord Nelson. He was named president of the board last June. Greenquist was a native of Florence, Wis., and a 1936 graduated of the University of Wisconsin Law School. He was a member of the State Senate from 1939 to 1943, having been elected as a Progressive.  As a lieutenant in the Navy in World War II, Greenquist saw action in both the Pacific and European theaters. After the war he became Racine city attorney, serving until 1949--Winona Daily News, Winona, MN., April 5, 1968
Henning, Henry--HENNING--Henry Henning, 70, died Thursday afternoon of a heart attack while in the woods near his home at Tipler, Wis. Funeral services will be Monday afternoon at Tipler with burial in a Florence, Wis., cemetery. Surviving Mr. Henning are his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Alfred J. Doveneck of Manitowoc and Mrs. Ray Hendrickson, of Two Rivers; three sons, Victor, of Tipler and Marvin and Franklin, of Neenah and 14 grandchildren.  Friends may call at the funeral home at Tipler.--Manitowoc Herald Times, Manitowoc, WI., February 7, 1959
Henry, Marie Lampl--FUNERAL SERVICES PENDING FOR MRS. HENRY Funeral services will be held in St. Paul Lutheran Church, Florence, Wis., for Mrs. Marie Lampl Henry, Tipler, Wis., who died Sunday Mrs. Henry, a former Hamiltonian, was a daughter of John and Maria Lampl. She leaves three sons, Matthew Henry, Hamilton, Herman Henry and Raymond Henry, Tipler, Wis.; one daughter, Marie Ford, Flint, Mich.; two grandchildren; five brothers, G.J. Lampl, Gibsonburg, Andrew Lampl, Hamilton, Carl Lampl, Fairfield, Alfred Lampl, Hamilton Michael Lampl, Lebanon; four sisters, Sue Goertemiller, Hamilton; Mrs. Hilda Staarman and Miss Fieda Lampl, both of Fairfield.--Hamilton Daily News Journal, Hamilton, OH., Wednesday, November 11, 1964
Hersey, C.B. --ST. PAUL, Aug. 4. – C. B. Heresey, of this city, was drowned today in Long Lake, Wis. , by the capsizing of a canoe. He was out fishing with a friend, Mr. Cole, of New York . Cole managed to cling to the boat and was rescued by campers.Mr. Hersey was 24 years old and was prominent in society, and comes of a family well known in the lumber trade in this section. He was married nearly two years ago to Miss Helen Sterritt of Patterson , N.J. -Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Saturday, 5 Aug. 1899; transcribed by FoFG mz-
Huff, Eva--MRS. HOFF (HUFF), 79, DIES AT STAPLES--STAPLES--Mrs. M.G. (Eva) Huff, 79, died Saturday at the Staples Municipal hospital.--Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic church, Staples, the Rev. Vincent Huebsch officiating and interment in Evergreen Hill cemetery. Mrs. Huff was born June 2, 1890 in Florence, Wis. She and her late husband, Myron Huff, came to Staples in 1930 and began a funeral home and furniture store business. Her husband died in 1959. She is survived by one son, Lawrence, Staples; a daughter, Miss Leonore Huff, Mineapolis; a brotherr, Omer St. Onge in Michigan; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  There will be a rosary at the Huff funeral home on Tuesday evening.--Brainerd Daily Dispatch, MN., Monday, December 29, 1969 
Jeffords, Mildred Violet--MILDRED VIOLET JEFFORDS, 80, OF Florence and formerly of Cashton, Wis., died Sunday, July 9, 1995 in Florence Villa Nursing Home, Florence. She was born Dec. 30, 1914 in Rice Lake, Wis., to Arthur and Jesse (LaFond) Mercier. She married Vincent M. Jeffords in May of 1937.  She is survived by six children: Patricia (Ronald) Mossholder of Viroqua, Michael (Myra) Jeffords of Boyceville, Wis., Timothy (Betty) Jeffords of Florence, Elizabeth (Glen) Pierpoint of Charleston, S.C., Francis (Connie) Jeffords of Onalaska, and Clara (Tom) Schuldi of Waupun, Wis.; 28 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; a sister, Pearl Diechel of Crandon, Wis., and a brother, Marshall (Clara) Mercier of Milwaukee. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent; and two sons, Kenneth and Thomas.  Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, July 13, 1995 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Cashton. Father Delbert Malin will officiate and burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Cashton. Relatives and friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Torkelson Funeral Chapel, Cashton, where there will be a 7:30 p.m. rosary; and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, also at the chapel.--La Crosse Tribune (WI) - Wednesday, July 12, 1995
Johnson, Cpl. Frank Paul --Cpl. Frank Paul Johnson, 19 year-old son of Alvin and Blanche Johnson, of Fence, Wis.met death in Leigh Belgium on Sept. 15, 1946 while driving a truck in a regular convoy serving with the Army of Occupation in Belgium. Frank Johnson was born March 9, 1927 in Stambaugh, Michigan. Services were held at 1:30 Monday at his home in Fence and at 2:00 at the Fence Union Church. The Rev. Odin Wickstrom conducted the services and burial was in the Hilltop cemetery at Fence, Wis. Pallbearers were Lawrence Nichols, Orval Olson, Wesley Wickstrom, Milan Hedmark, Adam Schuska and Roger McClain, all ex-servicemen. Besides his parents, he leaves two brothers, Roy and Wallace, and two sisters, Joanne and Kathleen, at home. His parents are now buried next to him in the Fence cemetery. Alvin Johnson 1904-2001 Blanche Thomas Johnson 1905-1968 -- contributed by Kathy Witynski
Johnson, Julia --JOHNSON, MRS. JULIA 2321 Kentucky St. Age 80. Passed away Dec. , 1960 in Sunny Rest General Hospital after a long illness. Mrs. Johnson was born in Florence, Wis., on Dec. 3, 1880, and had formerly lived at Homestead, Wis., coming to Racine 14 years ago. She was a Baptist by faith. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. John (Ruth) Renish, Mrs. Victor (Gladys) Londre, Mrs. Lloyd (Myrtle) Lindholm and Mrs. Warren (Jean) Minske, all of Racine; four sons, Henry of Phoenix, Arix., Bertil and Lawrence of Racine and Raymond of Kenosha; 21 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchilden; two sisters, Mrs. Ida Osterberg of Homestead, Wis., and Mrs. Teckla Lundwall of Stambaugh, Mich.; one brother Emil Equist of Commonwealth, Wis.; several nieces and nephews. Her husband, Claus Johnson, preceded her in death in 1936 and a daughter, Esther, preceded her in death in 1933. Friends may call at the ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME, 729 Grand Avee., this (Tuesday) afternoon after 4 p.m. and during the eveing. Friends may call at the Erickson Funeral Home, Iron Mountain, Mich., Wednesday after 4 p.m. and until time of services on Thursday, 1 p.m. Interment will be in Aurora Cemetery.--Racine Journal Times, Dec. 6, 1960
Jones, Evan--DEATH OF EVAN JONES--A LEADING FARMER RESIDING AT AURORA, WISCONSIN--Berlin, Wis--After months of sickness and much suffering, Even Jones passed out of this world July 29, 1914, at the age of 54 years. Mr. Jones was born at Hafod, Carmarthenshire, South Wales, September 6, 1860. He came to America 35 years ago and settled in the town of Aurora, Wis. July 5, 1884, he was united in marriage to Miss Hattie Evans of Aurora, making their home on the farm, were they resided until the time of his death. To them were born two sons--Irwin and Alvin Jones--who have grown up into manhood and are home with her in the bereavement and grief of parting with one that was so dear to them.  Mr. Jones was a prosperous farmer, one that provided well for his family, and a man highly respected in the community.  He was also fond of singing and had a musical talen, which he developed early in life, obtaining a certificate for completing a course in music when only a boy twelve years of age. A Friend--Welsh American, PA, September 15, 1914
Krauss, Albert--BRIGHT YOUNG MAN DIES OF APPENDICITIS--Albert Krauss, an Authority on Mining Engineering, Passes Away at Florence--Was Only 25 Years Old-- Florence, Wis., Oct. 29--Albert Krauss, assistant superintendent of the Florence mine, died this morning of appendicitis at St. James Hospital, aged 25 years. He was born in Stuttgard, Germany, where his parents still reside, and was a graduate with high honors from the Universities of Stuttgart and Berlin. Mr. Krauss was a practical as well as a scientific mining engineer and wrote several text books in German that are accepted as authority on matters pertaining to mining engineering. He came to Florence three months ago from Glasgow, England, was unmarried, and has no relatives in America. Interment will take place here Saturday--Wisconsin Weekly Advocate, 10-30-1902
Leffler, Fred O.  --FRED O. LEFFLER--DECATUR--Fred O. Leffler, 70, of route 2, Decatur, died Saturday morning at his home following a long illness. Mr. Leffler was born Jan. 20, 1896, in Florence, Wis., the son of Carl and Carlonie Leffler. He married the former Ingrid Nelson of Chicago June 28, 1918, and they came to Decatur six years ago. Besides the widow, survivors include two sons, Fred N. of Decatur and Karl R. of Lafayette, Ind.; a daughter, Mrs. Shirley Jane Didlake of Topsfield, Mass.; seven grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Pearl Kalk of New Orleans, La.; and a brother, Gustav of Florence. Mr. Leffler was a member of the Chicago Boulevard lodge No. 882, F & AM.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the First Presbyterian church of Decatur. The Rev. Henry Houseman, pastor of the Trowbridge Methodist church, will officiate. Masonic rites will be conducted by the Decatur lodge No. 99, F & AM. Cremation will follow in Graceland cemetery, Grand Rapids. Friends may call at the Newell funeral home until noon Tuesday.--The News-Palladium, Benton Harbor, MI., May 9, 1966
Lund, Alfred --FLORENCE MINING NEWS--April 1985--"Death claims Alfred Lund; made Fence and Florence County his family"--Alfred Lund made Fence and Florence his family--and we are better off for it, Garth Harrison said on learning of Mr. Lund's death. Lund, 75, died at the Americana Health Care Center in Kingsford Thursday. He served on the Florence County Board for over 30 years and was chairman of the Fence Town Board for 20 years. He was a member of the Florence County Unit on Aging, and the Florence County Highway Commission. Whenever he made a decision it was based on his ideas of what was best for the community or county. Harrison said, "I never knew a more honest, straightforward man," who was more interest in getting things accomplished than getting credit for the part he played in making the accomplishments. Mr. Lund was born in Fence May 2, 1909. As a young man he played baseball as a left handed pitcher. He maintained an interest in baseball, and Harrison said the first time he got to know Lund well was in the late 30's or early 40'2 when Lund, Harrison's father and himself went to Chicago together to see a Chicago Cubs game. Lund was a successful farmer, specializing in chickens, dairy and beef at different times. He always seemed to know when to make a change in his farming oepration to keep it successful, Harrison said. He belonged to the Hiram D. Fisher Masonic Lodge in Florence since 1944. He is survived by a sister, Adeline Lund and brother, Axel Lund.-- A History of Fence,75th Town Jubilee, 1996

McMinn, Matilda --Mrs. W. McMinn, Bessmer, Dies--BESSEMER--Mrs. Williiam A. McMinn, 69, former public school instructor, died about noon Monday at her home, 700 S. Moore St., after a lingering illness. She had been in failing health for the past two and one-half years and was bed-fast for several months.  Mrs. McMinn was born Nov. 10, 1886 at an Iron Mountain, Mich. hospital. Her maiden name was Matilda Swanson. She was reared and educated in Florence, Wis., where he parents resided. After graduation from the Florence High School, she graduated from the Oshkosh Teachers College at Oshkosh, Wis. She taught in the intermediate grades at Florence, Wis., for three years, and subsequently taught in Bessemer for three years.  She was married July 8, 1914, to the late William A. McMinn of Bessemer, and had lived here during her married life. Mr. McMinn died Oct. 13, 1945.  Mrs. McMinn was active in community projects. She was a pioneer leader of the Girl Scouts movement here and devoted considerable time and effort to youth projects. She was a charter member of the Bessemer Woman's Club and through the years served on various committee chairmanships. She was recently awarded an honorary life membership in the Club. She was past president of the Washington Parent-Teacher Association; past worthy matron of Dorcas Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star; was a member of the Auxiliary of the John A. Bobb Camp, Spanish-American War Veterans; and a member of the Presbyterian Church, and past member of the Ladies' Aid; and a member of the Wimadosis Club of Ironwood.  Surviving her are one son, William C. Mcminn, Bessember; one daughter, Mrs. Richard Colenso, Birmingham, Mich.; two grandchildren, William Jr. and Audrey Jean McMinn, Bessemer; one brother, William Swanson of Los Angeles and two sistrs, Mrs. Warren Robertson, Tacoma, Wash. and Mrs. Al Waller, North Hollywood, Calif. Funeral arrangements have not been completed. The remains are at the J.J. Frick Funeral Home.  --Ironwood Daily Globe, Ironwood, Mich., September 11, 1956


McLain, Theodore Robert--CIVIL WAR VETERAN DIES AT AGE OF 87--Theodore Robert McLain, 87, a veteran of the Civil War and the last surviving member of his regiment, died late Monday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Kingston, with whom he had lived for the last nine months. Mr. McLain's home was at Fence, Wis. Burial will take place at his old home at Cataract, Wis., near Sparta. Mr. McLain is survived by four sons, Burt and James, Fence; William, Williams, Minn.; Louis, Sparta, and three daughters, Mrs. Kingston of this city, Mrs. Bine Grignon, Sparta, and Mrs. Oliver Ranem, Petaluma, Calif.--Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, February 9, 1927
Nyberg, Otto --Otto E. Nyberg, 78, 1219 Stratford Ave., died 5:55 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, 1975, in Rockford Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. Born Oct. 12, 1896 in Commonwealth, Wis., son of Mr. and Mrs. Gust (Anna) Nyberg. Lived in Norway, Mich., moving to Rockford 40 years ago. Married to the former Mildred Dahlstrom in Rockford Nov. 25, 1936. Employed in the tool division of Greenless Bros. & Co. 25 years, retiring 10 years ago. Member of First Evangelical Covenant Church, and of the church's male chorus; he also sang in the church choir many years. Survivors include his widow, Mildred; a brother, Norman, Iron River, Mich; and several nieces and nephews.  Services at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2 in First Evangelical Covenant Church, 316 Wood Road, with Rev. Stanley R. Henderson, pastor of the church, officiating. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. Arrangements by WILBUR CHRISTENSON FUNERAL HOME, 925 3rd. Ave. No visitation. The body will lie in state in the church from noon Tuesday to service time. Memorials may be given to the church. --Rockford Morning Star, December 2, 1975
Oehler , Sophie S. --ABBOTSFORD – Sophie S. Oehler, 98, Abbotsford, died Jan. 30, 2004, at Continental Manor where she had resided since January 1999. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Pastor Keith Jones will officiate. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Burial will be in Dorchester Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until service time Monday at First Presbyterian Church.  Maurina Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. The former Sophie Sarah Jacobs was born Aug. 13, 1905, in Florence County, the daughter of Martin and Rose (Skravani) Jacobs. On April 2, 1924, Sophie and Dewey Oehler were united in marriage in the town of Holton. They farmed the Jacobs' family farm in the town of Holton and also farmed in the town of Mayville and Deer Creek. Dewey died July 10, 1963. Sophie then married Ulysses Irving Oehler on Dec. 7, 1964. He died March 4, 1987. A loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, Sophie loved her family and enjoyed giving a helping hand to those in need. Sophie gifted her family with man quilts and afghans. She also enjoyed crocheting and gardening. She was active in First Presbyterian Church and the Ladies Star Circle and was a former member a the Draper Homemakers Club. Sophie will be dearly missed by her family: three sons, Harold (Margaret Oehler of Wausau, Jim Oehler of Withee and Gary (Paula) Oehler of Gladstone, Mo.; three daughters, Marcella "Marcie" (Bob) Bredlau of Owen, Leora (James) Reynolds of Dorchester and Nell Rose (Victor) Carpenter of Marshfield; sister-in-law Dolores Jacobs of Marshfield; brother-in-law Henry Geiger of Milwaukee; 26 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grand children; and many stepchildren. stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren. Sophie was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Dewey Oehler and Irving Oehler; five sisters, Elsie Rau,. Rose Zanders, Mary Lund, Theresa Sehuller and June Geiger; and her brother, Dr. Martin Jacobs.--Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Feb. 2004; contributed by Ron Flink; transcribed by Marla Zwakman
Osborne, Chase S .--A HEART OF GOLD--Ex-Governor Chase S. Osborn of Michigan, who was married to his secretary two days ago, passed away at Poulan, Georgia, yesterday afternoon at the age of 89 years. Mr. Osborn was not only a pioneer of Michigan, but a onetime newpaper man in Milwaukee and Wisconsin.  He had a colorful career, acquiring a fortune in the timber and iron ore business which was later wiped out. Undaunted he went to work again with renewed vigor and at the time of his death he had a comfortable fortune. However, the longer he lived the less he had in worldy goods, for his philanthropy made heavy inroads upon his earnings.  His marriage a few days ago came as a surprise, and yet his secretary had been with him for 23 years, had been adopted as his daughter, and later this adoption was dissolved in order that he might marry her while on his deathbed. She knew his every want, and as his widow she can carry on where he left off.  Mr. Osborn had a philosphy all his own and expressed it in these words: "To take all that life offers and to follow every little thing as far as lies in our power. I have tried to learn as much as I can about this world, and to understand what I have seen."He was born in a log cabin in Huntington county, Louisiana, in 1860, and started out as a newspaper boy, typesetter, mill hand, bell hop, reporter, coal wagon driver, editor, mine owner, governor, so tha this life was not idly spent. He had a limited education, covering less than seven years. Despite his early-day handicap he was successful in entering Purdue university at the age of 14, but was forced to quit three years later before graduation. At the age of 71 he enrolled in economics at Purdue so that he could join Sigma Delta Chi, professional fraterniy. He had an inborn desire to succeed, and added to this he gave away a fortune through the years. He made two great fortunes and in his later life contributed much of his wealth to schools, charities and deserving young people. In the early eighties he went to Florence, Wisconsin, borrowing $2,500 to buy a weekly newspaper. He recognized that the north would some time become popular. He was no reformer but it while he was at Florence in the newly-developed Menominee Iron range that he had an opportunity to fight vice and rid the town of a real menace. It was after this that Mr. Osborn returned to Milwaukee and became city editor of the Milwaukee Sentinel, but the call of the north always attracted him. He moved to Sault Ste. Marie in 1887 and became part owner of the Evening news. He served later as postmaster, then game warden, as a member of the board of regents of the University of Michigan, and in 1911 he was elevated to the position of governor of Michigan.We could go on and review a very colorful and long life, but his imprint on the paste of history will live indefinitely and his charities will never be forgotten. Although blind and unable to stand or walk alone in the last several years, Osborn's amazing vitality which had led him over every continent, most of the islands, the Arctic and the Antarctive--cause him to stage several amazing rallies in the latter weeks of his life, but at last his days drew to a close. --Sheboygan Press, April 12, 1949

Payne, Laura Fisher--WILL HOLD RITES FOR CRASH VICTIM--Menasha—Funeral services will be held here Wednesday for Mrs. Laura Fisher Payne of Detroit, Mich., a native resident of Menasha, who died in an automobile accident at Birmingham, Mich., Sunday evening. Rites will be held at 10:30 o'clock in the morning at the home of Mrs. H. A. Fisher, 351 Naymut street, burial taking place at Oak Hill cemetery. Mrs. Payne was a daughter of the late H. D. Fisher of Florence, Wis. She was born here Dec. 15, 1870. Her survivors are two sisters, Mrs. Catherine Inghram, of Florence, Wis., and Mrs. Nellie Perito, of Omaha, Neb.--Oshkosh Daily Northwestern, Oshkosh, WI., November 25, 1930

Price, Phillip --PRICE, PHILLIP--Florence, Wis. Age 56. Passed away Feb. 25, 1961 after a lingering illness. Mr. Price was born in Florence, Wis. but had lived in Racine for over 20 years. He had been employed by the Wisconsin Gas Co. here and later at Hamilton Beach Mfg. Co. He moved back to Florence in 1948 and operated a farm and later a tavern. Surviving are his wife, Helen; one daughter, Mrs. Herman (Phyllis) Nissen of Florence; one son, Gerald of Proctor, Minn.; one brother, Arthur of Antioch, Ill.; four sister, Mrs. William (Cora) Lutz of Racine, Mrs. Charles (Eva) Bendix of Winthrop Harbor, Mrs. Warren (Ida) White of Florence and Mrs. Roy (Ruth) Weast of Downey, Calif. Funeral services were to be held today, Feb. 27, in the FLORENCE FUNERAL HOME with interment in the Florence Cemetery--Racine Journal Times, Racine, Wis., Feb. 27, 1961
Rosquist, John Leonard --J.L. ROSQUIST DIES, AGED 58--Johan Leonard Rosquist, 58, 1221 Burton street, a linotype operator for newspapers in Rockford for many years, died Friday morning in Rockford Memorial hospital after suffering a stroke in the Register-Republic composing room in the News Tower. A native of Florence, Wis., Mr. Rosquist was born in December, 1890. He learned the printing trade in Mankato, Minn. He suffered a cerebral hemorrhage soon after 9 a.m. Friday while working only a few feet from his brother, Clifford, another linoitype operator. He was taken to the hospital in a police department ambulance and died there less than two hours later. After employment on newspapers in Minnesota and Wisconsin, he came to Rockford in 1910 and worked in the composing room of the old Register-Gazette. After again working on newspapers in Minnesota and Wisconsin, he returned to Rockford in 1917. Mr. Rosquist was a member of Rockford local, No. 213, International Typographical union, and a Mason. Survivors include his wife, Marie; a daughter, Virginia, wife of Police Detective H. Willard Landberg, 2410 2nd. avenue; three brothers, Clifford, Rockford, Edward, Mankato, and Herbert Rosquist, Waukegan; and a sister, Mrs. Jack Reuvers, Eagle Grove, Ia. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday in the Burpee-Wood funeral home, 420 North Main street. The Rev. O.G. Beckstrand, pastor of Trinity Lutheran church willl officiate, and burial will be in Willwood burial park. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 o'clock Sunday night.--Rockford Morning Star, July 23, 1949
Ryan, Clara Lou --RYAN--Clara Lou Ryan, 58, Port Charlotte, Fla., died at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, April 5, 1979, in St. Joseph Hospital, Port Charlotte, Fla., after a long illness. Born Feb. 14, 1921, in Florence, Wis., daughter of August and Helen Helgren Blome. Lived one year in Florida, going there from Durand. Married to Frank Ryan in Durand, Nov. 22, 1957. Member of United Methodist Church of Durand. Survivors include her husband, Frank; two sons, Michael Mulvain and David Mulvain, bother of Durand; three grandchildren; three sisters, Dorothy Brwehl, Florence, Wis., Helen Tarjan, Sherman Oaks, Calif., and Betty Taylor, Denver, Colo.; and three brothers, William Blome, Fond du Lac, Wis., Edward Blome, Florence, Wis., and August Blome, Marquette, Mich. Preceded in death by her first husband, Lloyd, and two sisters. Services at 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 9, in First United Methodist Church, Durand, with the Rev. Thomas Hardwick, pastor, officiating. Burial in Durand Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at MCCORKLE FUNERAL HOME, Durand. --Rockford Register Star, April 6, 1979
Samdahl, Georgia--Mrs. Georgia Samdahl. BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis., Mrs. Georgia Samdahl, 74, deputay Jackson County treasurer and former treasurer, died unexpectedly of a heart attack Monday at 4 p.m. Mrs. Samdahl was appointed deputy treasurer in 1927 and held the position until her death, except for two terms when she was treasurer by appointment, filling vacancies left by the deaths of Carl Monsos in 1944 and Hubert Jackson in 1960. She was born March 9, 1889, at Florence, Wis., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hersell. She graduated from Florence High School, Milwaukee Business College and Whitewater Teachers College. She taught at the college two years. She came to Black River Falls in 1915 and taught in the commercial department of the high school four years. She was married to Halford Samdahl Sept, 12, 1917, at Iron Mountain, Mich. He died Dec. 22, 1942. Survivors are: One daughter, Mrs. Helen Schneider, Black River Falls, and five grandsons here.--Winona Daily News, Winona, MN., Nover 19, 1963

Sells, Max --ATTY. MAX SELLS, FLORENCE, DIES IN CHICAGO HOSPITAL Atty. Max Sells, 68, of Florence, a familiar figure around the capitol for the last 30 years, died today in a Chicago hospital. Mr. Sells had been in Madison as legislative counsel of mining and other interests for at least 15 sessions. He was considered an able representative. He had been prominent for years in northern Wisconsin politics and had been mentioned as a possible candidate for congress and attorney general. Some years ago he served a term as district attorney of Florence county. Mr. Sells is survived by the widow; a son, Arthur, Milwaukee attorney, and a daughter, Verle, law student at Marquette university. Mr. Sells had been in ill health for some time and had been at the hospital for several weeks. The funeral will be held Monday at Florence. --Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, WI., Thursday, January 17, 1935
Trudell , Stephen Francis --STEPHEN FRANCIS TRUDELL--Funeral services and burial for Stephen Francis Trudell, 56, of Star Rt. B in Palmer, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Palmer. Rev. Father Antohony O'Carroll will officiate. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Green's Palmer Funeral Chapel. Mr. Trudell was a retired logger and painter and had lived in the Palmer area since 1953. He was born in Florence, Wis., Jan. 10, 1915 and was an Army veteran of Worl War II. Surviving is his widow, Wilma, of the family home in Palmer; his mother, Mrs. Alice C. Trudell of Alpha, Mich..; stepdaughters, Mrs. Dorothy G. Trudell of Palmer and Mrs. Lotella Collins of Veg, Tex.; stepsons, Vernon Conn of Florence, Wis., Quinton Conn of Vega. Wyman Conn of Lawton, Okla., and Donald Conn of Norman, Okla. Also surviving are four brothers, Wilbert Trudell of Palmer, David Trudell of Caspian, Mich., Vincent Trudell of Florence, and Gerald Trudell of Glendora, Calif.; sisters, Mrs. Joyce Soderberg and Mrs. Millicent Conn, bother Florence; 23 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Gil Ferraro, Phillip Johnson, Lester Lagrant, Harley Busbey, Jerry Brhel and Slim Hayes. Burials will be in Valley Memory Gardens.--Anchorage Daily News, Anchorage, AK., April 28, 1971
Vassar, Jessie --VASSAR--Jesser Vassar, 83, of Florence, Wis., father of Ernest Vassar of Two Rivers, died Monday at his home there. Funeral services will be held Thursday morning. In addition to the son, a daughter, Mrs. Henry Johnson of Iron River, Mich., also survives. --The Manitowoc Herald-Times, Manitowoc, WI., April 18, 1947
Westin, Hazel M.  --WESTIN--Mrs. Hazel M. Westin, 70, 224 S. Rockford Ave., died at 10:05 a.m. Sunday, April 27, 1969, in Swedish-American Hospital after a long illness. Born May 2, 1898, in Florence, Wis., daughter of Alvin and Sylvia Tubbs. Married to O. Peter Westin in Florence, in June, 1918. Employed as an organist by Broadway Methodist Church for 30 years. Member of Broadway Methodist Church, and of Forest City Chapter, 590, Order of Eastern Star, and was its organist for many years. Director of Rockford Women's Chorus during and after World War II, and taught voice in Rockford for many years. Attended public school in Florence, Wis., and studied music at Chicago Conservatory of Music. Survivors include: her husband, Peter O. Westin; a son, Edward (Ted) Westin, Rockford; three grandchildren and one grreat-grandchild; and a half brother, Donald Tubbs, Hart, Mich.  Services at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, in SUNDBERG FUNERAL HOME, 215 N. 6th St., with the Rev. E. Rodd, pastor of Broadway Methodist Church, officiatin. Burian in Arlington Memorial Cemetery. There will be no visitation.--Rockford Register-Republic, April 28, 1969
Wickstrom, Annie --FLORENCE MINING NEWS--Reprinted on April 23, 1986--"A Pitiful Case"--The wife of a Homestead farmer dies very suddenly in this city--leaves eight small children." Mrs. Annie Wickstrom, wife of Nels Wickstrom, died very suddenly at the home of Mrs. Albert Neumann, in this city, at 8 o'clock Wednesday morning. Mrs. Wickstrom gave birth to a baby three weeks ago and was in a very weak and exhausted condition. She drove to Florence, a distance of over twenty miles, on Monday last and stopped at Mrs. Neumann's home. On Tuesday afternoon she had twenty of her teeth extracted and before retiring in the evening ate a hearty meal and also a large quantity of overripe grapes. She had a sinking spell in the morning, became unconscious and passed away at 8 o'clock. After the birth of her baby the woman had been attended by Dr. Patterson for blood-poisoning, and her trip to Florence was made contrarty to the advice of the physician. It seems she suffered from violent headaches and believed that these would cease if her teeth were extracted. The attending physician's death certificate gives "puerperal septicemia and consequent exhaustion" as the primary cause of death. The bereaved husband, when notified of the death Wednesday afternoon, was so completely overcome by grief that he was unable to come to Florence. The remains were conveyed to the stricken home Thursday and the funeral and burial took place at Fence yesterday. Mr. Wickstrom was nearly 48 years of age, having been born October 30, 1854. Besides the husband, she leaves eight children, the eldest of whom is 16 years of age. Deceased was a sister of Mrs. Hugh Hughes, a former resident of this city.-- A History of Fence,75th Town Jubilee, 1996

Wytinski, Andrew S. --WITYNSKI--Andrew S. Witynski, 71, 505 Seminary St., Apt. 811, died at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15, 1980, in LaGrange Community Hospital, LaGrange, after a long illness. Born Nov. 21, 1909, in Florence, Wis. son of Samuel and Josphine Witynski. Lived 20 years in Rockford, coming here from Florence, Wis. Married to the former Harriet Winkler in Florence, Wi., Dec. 6, 1948. Employed as a security guard for GC Electronics for 19 years, retiring in 1978. Member of St. James Catholic Church. Graduated from Florence (Wis.) High School. Survivors include his wife, Harriet, Rockford; a son, Peter J. Witynski, Freeport; three daughters, Mrs. James (Monica) Merishelski, Arlington Heights, Mrs. Ronald (Carol) (B?)alley, Western Springs, and Mrs. Clifford (Dorothy) West, Rockford; nine grandchildren; a brother, Louis W. Witynski, Racine, Wis.; and several nieces and nephews. Services at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, in SUNDBERG FUNERAL HOME LTD., 215 N. 6th. St., and 9:30 a.m. in St. James Catholic Church, with the Rev. Michael Nelson, associate pastor, officiating. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, where the rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to St. Jospeh Home for the Aged, Freeport.--Rockford Register Star, December 17, 1980
Youngquist, Tekela --FORMER OLCOTT SCHOOL TEACHER IS DEAD, WORD--Miss Tekela Youngquist, about 50, who taught for three years in the sixth grade at the Olcott school here about 20 years ago, died in November at her home in Florence, Wis., friends have learned here. Previous to her death she was employed as an auditor by the federal government at Washington, D. C.--Ironwood Daily Globe, Ironwood, MI., January 2, 1942

 

 

 

 

 

 

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