John Adams Dies in Pasadena, Cal. - Early Pioneer of Wisconsin one of First Settlers in Lead District - Sons Gain Prominence, Alva, Frank, John and William Have Been Active in Political Affairs of Colorado - Was in His 90th Year
Madison, Wis., Oct 24 - John Adams, an early pioneer of Wisconsin, twice a member of the Legislature, twice sheriff of Dane county, father of the family of men whose names have been synonymous with the upbuilding of Denver and Colorado for many years past, died from the infirmities of age at his home in Pasadena, Cal., last Sunday. The funeral was held at Pasadena last Tuesday. Mr. Adams was in his 90th year and had lived in that city the past 15 years.
He was born in Pulaski county, Ky., in 1819. At the age of 13, in company with a half brother, he came to Indiana, then in 1837 to Winnebago county, Ill., and two years later to Dodgeville, Wis., where he was attracted by the lead mining. For ten years he lived at Dodgeville, then in 1849 moved to Blue Mounds. This town was then known as "Pokerville" because of the great amount of gambling there, and enjoyed a degree of prosperity from the gambling and the lead mining and the fact that it lay on the great highway of travel to Minnesota and the region farther west.
Prominent as Merchant
Mr. Adams did an extensive business as merchant, stockbuyer and farmer. In the winter he kept a caravan of teams hauling goods to the pineries of northern Wisconsin. In 1863 he moved to Black Earth, Wis., where he also conducted a large general store, but was burned out. He then went to Blanchardville, where he built a large grist mill which, however, did not prove a paying venture. Mr. Adams was a Democrat and was sheriff of Dane county in 1863 and 1864, and a member of the state Legislature in 1869-70 and 1872. He was married at Dodgeville in 1846 to Miss Eliza Blanchard, a native of Cortland county, NY. They had four sons, Alva, Frank, John and William, all of whom have risen to prominence in Colorado, and one daughter, Elizabeth, who lived with her parents. Alva Adams had also spent the past month with his father.
Alva Gains Prominence
The story of the Adamses of Colorado is an interesting one. It was the illness of one of the brothers that first drew them there. When Alva first went there he assisted in the building of a railroad as a laborer. Then he obtained a position in a hardware store and later was in the same business at Colorado City and at Alamosa. He quickly became prominent in politics and was a member of the first Legislature of that state and a delegate to the Democratic national convention in Cincinnati in 1880. Since then he has been five times the candidate of his party for governor, and has been three times elected, although thrown out by a Republican Legislature while serving his third term, he lives at Pueblo, where he is president of a bank and connected with many enterprises. Other Sons in Politics. William H. Adams lives at Alamosa and has also had a remarkable political career in that he has served as state senator for over twenty years. His hold on the electorate is due to his support of rights and interests of the common people. In the campaign this summer he was prominently mentioned as the most available candidate for governor and almost secured the nomination. Frank Adams, for many years on the police and fire board of Denver, is now president of the Colorado Ice and Storage company. Another brother, John Adams, is a prominent ranchman. Mr. Adams is also survived by his widow. One of his grand nephews is Harry Adams, a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin and now city attorney of Beloit. [Weekly Watertown leader. (Watertown, Jefferson County, Wis.), 30 Oct. 1908]
John U. Baker
Madison, Wis., Aug. 26. – John U. Baker, aged 88, who died at the home of his son, N. D. Baker, at Mendota Beach Sunday night, was one of the pioneer residents of Wisconsin. He was born in England in 1815, and came to Wisconsin in 1837, settling first in Iowa county, where he remained until 1876, when he removed to Madison. Of his ten children, six are graduates of the state university. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, WI) Thursday, 28 Aug. 1902; transcribed by FoFG mz]
Jeanette Elizabeth (Johanning) Balousek
VERONA - Jeanette E. Balousek, age 96, passed away on Thursday, May 26, 2016. She was born on April 20, 1920, in Highland, Wis., to Albert and Angela (Hebgen) Johanning. She married Robert Balousek in 1941 and had five children, Larry, Richard (Susie), Dale (Laurie), Sharon (Richard) O'Connor, and Thomas (Gail). She raised her family in Muscoda before moving to Verona in 1994. Jeanette was a religious instructor and a church volunteer for many years. Jeanette is further survived by her 17 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Bette (Maurice) Mayer, James Johanning, Lucille Casper, and Della Mackus; her sister-in-law, Eleanora Johanning; and numerous nieces and nephews. Jeanette was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; her parents, Albert and Angela; her sisters, Marie Reger, Albertha Fibikar, Bernadette Svacina, Elnore McCarthy Halverson, her two sisters who died in infancy, Loretta and Mary; and brothers, Ivan, Vincent, Leo, Joseph and William Johanning. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at ST. ANDREW'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 301 N. Main St., Verona, with Father William Vernon presiding. A visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass. Interment will follow at St. John's Cemetery in Muscoda, Wis. Jeanette was a kind and loving person and will be missed by all who knew her. [Wisconsin State Journal, May 29, 2016; Submitters Name: Jim Honer]
John Joseph Benish
Highland: Col. John J. Benish, Sr., age 81, of Highland, passed away on Thursday, January 6, 2000 at Memorial Hospital of Iowa County following an apparent heart attack. John was born on June 24, 1918 in Highland Township to Ralph and Agnes (Hach) Benish. He married the former Mildred McDougal of Richland Center on June 10, 1939. The couple farmed in the Clyde and Highland area for many years. John also worked as a carpenter for Sullivan Bros. in Madison for 25 years. he was a graduate of the Reisch School of Auctioneering and was an auctioneer for 40 years in and around the Highland area. John was a member of the St. Anthony and Phillip Parish, the Knights of Columbus, and a retired member of the Highland Volunteer Fire Department. In April 1980 he fulfilled his life-long dream of traveling across the U. S. by way of a covered wagon drawn by a team of mules. John was an avid woodworker and loved to hunt and fish. He enjoyed time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. John is survived by his wife, Mildred of Highland; Two sons, Ron (Mary) Benish and John "Jack" (Kathy), Jr., both of Highland; a daughter, Judy Benish of Richland Center; nine grandchildren, Dawn White (Joe) Propp of Richland Center, Jackie (Mark Hebgen) Benish of Highland, Jeanne (Mike) Benish-Sprinkel of Lancaster, Shelly (Chris) McGuire, Mary Jo (Chad Argall) Benish, Mikki (John Benish-Hansen and Patrick John Benish, all of Dodgeville, and Ronald S.J. Benish and Jonelle Benish, both of Highland; seven great-grandchildren, Sydney Sprinkel, Emily McGuire, James McGuire, Kate Hebgen, McKenzie Propp, David McGuire,and Emily Argall; a sister, Loretta Baldwin of Madison,and a very special friend, Manny McGuire of Las Vegas; as well as nieces, nephews, and many friends. He was preceeded in death by his parent, Ralph and Agnes Benish; a sister Delores Benish; three brothers, Eugene, Tom, and Robert Benish. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 10, 2000 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Highland with Fr. Lavern G. Meier celebrating, with burial in St. Anthony's Cemetery. Friends may call from 4;00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 9, 2000 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, where a Parish Rosary will be held at 7:30 pm.. The McGuire-Peterson-Houck Funeral Home, Highland is serving the family. [Wisconsin State Journal; 8 Jan 2000; Sub. by Jim Honer]
Dodgeville, Wis., Nov. 27. – Mrs. Bennett, wife of Joseph Bennett, is dead of consumption. She had lived in Dodgeville more than fifty years. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, WI) Thursday, 27 Nov. 1902; transcribed by FoFG mz]
1881 - Edward Beouchard died at Mineral Point, March 22d, in his seventy-seventh year. He was born in Montreal, Oct. 4th, 1804; and as early as 1816, when only twelve years of age, visited the Selkirk Colony on Red River, and thenceforward for many years shared in the explorations and Indian trade of the great Northwest. In 1832, he served under Gen. Dodge in the Black Hawk War. An account of his life and adventures, and especially of his connection with the Black Hawk War, may be seen in the seventh volume of the "Collections" of this Society. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 480; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]
Robert S. Black
DEATH OF A WISCONSIN PIONEER
Reminiscences of the Black Hawk War
[Gen. Geo. W. Jones, in the Dubuque Times]
The Dodgeville (Wis.) Chronicle of the 1st inst, contains an obituary of Robert S. Black, who died at that place October 23, aged 93 years. Mr. Black was born in the city of Londonderry, Ireland, and came to America when quite young. The first years of his residence in this country passed in Philadelphia and Charleston, South Carolina. He came to Wisconsin more than forty years ago. During the Black Hawk war, Black rendered valuable services, and on more than one occasion was the bearer of despatches when no one else could be found willing to risk their lives in traveling through the Indian infested country. Mr. Black leaves many relatives, friends and acquaintances in Dubuque, such as the Benson’s, Langworthy’s, Wallace’s, Wilson’s Generals Howe, Lewis, and other old settlers. He married the widow McArthur, who will be remembered by early settlers as the hostess of Elk Grove and Belmont in the days when Michigan territory included not only the state by that name but the territory now covered by Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, and so on, including everything north of 36 degrees and 50 minutes, and west to the Pacific Ocean. Mrs. Black was the half sister of Henry Dodge, the first governor and the first Senator in Congress, from Wisconsin, and the commander of what was known as the “Mining Regiment,” which put an end to the Black Hawk war by the last battle at Bad Axe, when Black Hawk was captured, and which induced Major General Henry Atkinson to exclaim, when he met the old hero at Prairie du Chein, as he threw his arm around him, “Dodge, you have saved me, you have dragged me on the victory!” Gen. Dodge, like Gen. Jackson in Florida, and Caesar when he crossed the Rubicon, had violated Gen. Atkin’s order by going after Black Hawk instead of going after provisions to “Blue Mound,” giving him battle at the “Wisconsin Heights” as he retreated towards Bad Axe, at which battle his subsequent brother-in-law, Black, his brave sons Henry Lewis and Augustus Caesar, now of Burlington, formerly U.S. Senator and Minister to Spain, and his son-in-law, Colonel Paschal Bequette, now of Visalia, California, Wm. J. Maddin whose bones lie bleached in California, Colonel John Dement, now of Dixon, Illinois, and his grandson, Henry Dodge Middin, acted bravely their parts. His son-on-law, Bequette, had previously shown his pluck and practiced and steady Auber, near Col. Wm. H. Milton’s ford, from the ambush in which they were secreted and awaiting for General Dodge as he rode along from Dodgeville, over to Hamilton’s, (Fort Union I believe it was called in those days.) I was Gen Dodge’s Aid in the Black Hawk war, and know. [Source: newspaper and date unknown; transcribed by Sandra Wright]
George W. Bliss
1879 - George W. Bliss died at Neosha, Missouri, Dec. 26th. He was born at Towanda, Pa., Sept 20th, 1808. He was a fellow apprentice with Horace Greeley at the printer's trade. After publishing papers in Western New York, from 1830 to 1838, he removed the latter year to Fulton Co., Ill., where he remained principally engaged in farming for nine years. He removed to Mineral Point in 1847, establishing the Tribune, and publishing it successfully for twenty-one years. He served in the legislature in 1870, and filled other public positions, as he had in New York and Illinois. At the close of 1870, he removed to Neosha, where he served as mayor of the young city between five and six years. He was a prominent Mason, a deep thinker, and well-read man. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 450; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]
Genevieve Marie Blotz
DODGEVILLE- Mrs. Genevieve M. Blotz, age 85, of Dodgeville, passed away on Tuesday, September 15, 1998. Genevieve was born in the Township of Eden, in Iowa County, near the Village of Montfort on July 26, 1913. She was the daughter of Edward and Margret Minter) Laufenberg. She was a graduate of Highland High School. After high school Genevieve worked as a nurse at St. Joseph Hospital. There she met a ball player with a broken leg named Paul Blotz. The chance meeting lead to courtship. The couple fell in love and married on January 5, 1937. They farmed with his parents and later bought the family homestead, Southeast of Dodgeville. The farm became a century farm, while they owned it. Genevieve was an active member of St. Joseph's Church, The Catholic Daughters, and a volunteer at Bloomfield Manor Nursing Homes. She is survived by eight children, Marilyn McAlpine of Stillwater, Minnesota, James (Mary) Blotz of Dodgeville, John (Charlene) Blotz of Mineral Point, Sharon (Rich) Rock of Mineral Point, Patricia Blotz of Dodgeville, Michael (Shirley) Blotz of Dodgeville, Colleen(Doug) Watters of Mineral Point, and Timothy (Jean) Blotz of Dodgeville; a caring and attentive sister, Lucille Lischeske of Dodgeville; two brothers, Fred (Juanita) Laufenberg of Carson City, Nevada and Jerome "Skip" (Rosemary) Laufenberg of Highland; and many grand and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother in 1940; her father in 1956; and her husband, Paul in 1991 after 54 years of marriage. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, September 19, 1998 at 11:00 a.m. at ST. Joseph's Catholic Church, Dodgeville. A visitation will be held at Mcginley Funeral Home in Dodgeville from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Friday, September 18, 1998, where a Catholic Daughters Rosary will be held at 4:00 p.m. and a Parish Rosary will be held at 8:30 p.m. Burial will be at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Dodgeville. [Wisconsin State Journal; 17 Sep 1998; Sub. by Jim Honer]
Betty E. (McCullick) Bomkamp
HIGHLAND - Betty E. Bomkamp, age 82, of Highland, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, at UW Hospital following a brief illness. Betty was born on Dec. 10, 1933, in Crawford County to Otto and Marie (Reistad) McCullick. She married Robert Bomkamp of Highland on Jan. 23, 1954. They owned and operated Bob's 76 Station until 1992. Betty also worked at Lands' End for many years. She was a member of Ss. Anthony & Philip Parish and a founding member of the Highland Ambulance Service. Betty enjoyed crocheting, growing flowers, doing puzzles and playing cards on Monday night. She relished her independence, loved to hop in the car to go for a drive and had a strong belief in Angels. Her greatest joy was time spent with her family. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob on Sept. 15, 1998; two daughters, Debra in infancy in 1957 and Diane Kosharek on Jan. 21, 2001; a great-grandson, Ethan Smith on May 6, 2010; three sisters, Mryna Gilomen, Carol (Don) Winkers and Kay Swenson; and a brother-in-law, Don (Ag) Bomkamp. Betty is survived by four daughters, Sherry (John) Nondorf of Dodgeville, Mary (Dan) Wienkes of Highland, Kathy (Bruce) Buchholtz of Platteville, and Shelly (Ron) Babler of Portage; two sons, Bob (Lisa) Bomkamp Jr. and Doug (Peg) Bomkamp, both of Highland; a son-in-law, Doug Kosharek of Highland; 21 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; four siblings, Derald (Arlene) McCullick, Vester (Eileen) McCullick, Judy (George) Clark and Jerry Lavon (Mary) McCullick; a sister-in-law, Judy (Gerald) Halverson; and two brothers-in-law, Bill Bomkamp and Arnold Swenson as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, at Ss. Anthony & Philip Catholic Church in Highland. Father Jim Murphy will officiate with burial in St. Anthony's Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Tuesday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Wednesday after 10 a.m. In recognition of Betty's gift of a new heart 19 years ago, her family asks that you sign your donor card in her memory. [Wisconisn State Journal; 14 Dec 2015; Sub. by Jim H.]
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]
George W. Burrall
1881 - Dr. George W. Burrall, one of the oldest practioners of Iowa County, died at Dodgeville on the 9th of March. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 479; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]
The 19-months-old daughter of Philip Chopp of Dodgeville, died yesterday afternoon of diphtheria. The funeral took place a few hours later with interment in Forest Hill cemetery. [The Calumet news. (Calumet, Mich.), 23 June 1910]
George W. Cobb
George W. Cobb formerly general manager of the Mineral Point railroad, died on Sunday morning of paralysis of the heart at his home in Mineral Point, Wis. [Mower County Transcript. (Lansing, Minn.),July 22, 1885; Tr. by KT]
Delores M. Cook (nee Keyes) of Milwaukee, formerly of Wausau and Unity, was born to eternal life on Thursday, May 17, 2007, age 88 years. She was the beloved wife of the late Calvin Elvere Cook; cherished mother of Dennis (Sara) Cook of Franklin, Tenn., Douglas (Carmen) Cook of Sheboygan, Terrence Cook of Pullman, Wash., Carole Radeztsky of Marshfield, Jeff (Janet) Cook of Fridley, Minn., and Sharon Delores Cook of Milwaukee; dear grandmother of Scott (Susan Vonderheid) Radeztsky, Julie (John) Anderson, Christopher (Linda Lundstrom) Cook, Jennifer (Kurt) Hoberg, Joel (Beth) Wonicker-Cook, Stacy (Pat) Schaefer, Kristin (Scott) Krebsbach, Andrew Cook, Eryn Cook, Todd Cook and Jason (Nicole) Cook; dear sister of Robert (Vera) Keyes and Marlene (Rollie) Schafer; and sister-in-law of Audrey Keyes. She is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren (almost 13), and other family and friends including Emil Radeztsky, Barbara Booher and Annabel Kirschner. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at Bradford Terrace, 2429 E. Bradford Ave., Milwaukee, with a reception to follow. Interment will be at noon on Sunday at the town of Brighton Cemetery in Unity. Lunch will follow at Redwood Supper Club.
Delores was born Dec. 3, 1918, in Highland, to Edward and Irene Keyes in Iowa County. She graduated from Spencer High School and was crowned the 1936 Wisconsin Dairy Queen at the Wisconsin State Fair. Her beauty, curiosity, good humor, industry and integrity attracted Calvin Elvere Cook. They were married on Aug. 21, 1939, in Spencer. Delores was proud to be a homemaker and considered motherhood to be her most important role. She knew no strangers and her circle of friends was forever growing. Prasser-Kleczka Bay View Chapel, Milwaukee, is assisting the family with arrangements. [Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Friday, 18 May 2007; contributed by Ron Flink & transcribed by MZ]
DODGEVILLE, April 27. – Martin Cornelius, an early settler, died suddenly Wednesday at the Western hotel of apoplexy. He was 65 years of age. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI) Friday, May 4, 1888; transcribed by FoFG mz]
Bridget Doody, of Mineral Point, Wis., died on the 14th, aged 120 years. She was born in Ireland, and the parish record shows the date of her birth. [Mower County Transcript.(Lansing, Minn.), August 20, 1890. NOTE: In another newspaper, the name is given as MOODY; -- Tr. by KT]
George L. Frost
1879 - Hon. George L. Frost died in Madison, while serving as a member of the legislature, Feb. 15th, in his forty-ninth year. Born at Springfield, Mass., March 18th, 1830, he graduated at Yale College at twenty, and two years later at Harvard Law School. Settling at Mineral Point in 1853, he engaged in the practice of law; was district attorney of Iowa County in 1854 and 1856, city superintendent of schools in 1862, member of the State senate in 1863-64, and an unsuccessful candidate for circuit judge in this latter year. In the fall of 1878, he was elected to the assembly from the first district of Iowa County. He was a man of much ability. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 432; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]
Harriet M. Bowden Glanville
[Note: **the newspaper article is hard to read with age**]
On the early morning of the 11th, after an illness of two or three weeks, although for years rather frail in health, Mrs. John Glanville, entered the portals of the hiflnite (?) Mrs. Glanville was born in the township of Mineral Point, May 25th, 1862. Her maiden name was Harriet Melissa Bowden. [Source: Mineral Point Tribune, 25 Jul 1895 - Submitted by CrystalS]
John Glanville, of Linden, whose death occurred at Battle Creek, Mich., on June 15, 1910, whither he had gone for the benefit of his health, was born on October 5, 1842, being 68 years, 8 months and 10 days old. On January 24, 1891 he was married to Miss H.M. Bowden, who died July 11, 1895. The immediate relatives who mourn his departure, are two children, Maud M. and Royal B., and two brothers, Charles A. and Albert of Chicago. Besides these the deceased leaves a large number of more or less distant relatives and a host of friends, by whom he will be much missed. As a father neighbor and citizen, he had few if any superiors. His Christian life was characterized by a true simplicity, fervour and reality, which comes only from contact and communion with the Christ of Calvary. May the blessings of Heaven rest upon the bereft ones until they meet their loved one in the Celestrial City. [Source: Mineral Point Tribune, 23 Jun 1910 - Submitted By Crystal S]
Edward S. Gruber, Jr.
Edward S. Gruber Jr. age 67 of Arena passed away on Monday, February 18, 2013 at the Greenway Manor Nursing Home following an extended illness. He was born on February 12, 1946 in Plain, WI the son of Edward S. and Lucille (Dischler) Gruber. Ed served in the U.S. Army and was married on August 2, 1974 to the former Katherine Richardson. Ed was a member of the Arena V.F.W. Post #9336. Survivors include his wife, Kathy Gruber of Arena, 4 children, Brian (Amy) Gruber of Tomah, Jessica (Adam) Powell of Reedsburg, Amy (Tim) DeMinter of Spring Green, Mary Schauf of Spring Green, 6 grandchildren, 2 sisters, Anna (Emil) Bowmil of Milwaukee, Liz (James) Westrich of Algoma, his father and mother-in-law, Jim and Joyce Richardson of Arena, 3 sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Lucille Gruber and a son, Greg Miller. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Spring Green. Fr. Mike Resop will officiate with burial in the Arena Cemetery where military graveside rites will be conducted by the Arena V.F.W. Post #9336. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Spring Green from 5:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. and again on Friday at the church from 9:30 A.M. until the time of Mass at 11:00 A.M. The Richardson-Stafford Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (19 Feb 2013) submitted by Jim Honer]
Lillian May Poad Jackson
Yesterday (Wednesday) morning at 4 o'clock Mrs. George Jackson breathed her last at her home in this city, after about ten days illness of pneumonia. The announcement created a shock and sadness in every home of the community. Mrs. Jackson was 42 years and 4 months of age. Her maiden name was Poad, and Linden was her girlhood home. She was a grand, noble woman, possessing every trait which goes to the making such individuals; kind and considerate in every act, faithful to every duty as daughter, wife, mother and neighbor. Her home was a paradise to which all were welcome. A bereaved husband, three daughters and four sons are left, left to endure an irreparable loss. [Source: Mineral Point Tribune, 8 Feb 1917 - Submitted By Crystal S.]
Dodgeville - Thomas James, aged 72, a native of Dodgeville, died on Christmas day after a few weeks' illness. His was the fourth death of prominent citizens within one week. [Watertown weekly leader. (Watertown, Jefferson County, Wis.), 05 Jan. 1912]
David W. Jones
1879 - Hon. David W. Jones died at Joplin, Missouri, Nov. 17th, in the sixty-fifth year of his age. He was born in Wales, March 25th, 1815, and brought to this country when two years of age, his parents settling at Uniontown, Pa. After graduating at Madison College, in that State, he studied law; and coming to Mineral Point, in 1836 he became a clerk in the land office at that place, and in 1842 was appointed receiver of the office. He was subsequently appointed general paymaster of the whole Northwest; and at the close of the service, he resumed his legal studies, and engaged in the practice of his profession. In 1855 he was elected secretary of State, and re-elected in 1857, and filled the position with ability. In after years, he went to Texas; but his health failing, he started on his return to Wisconsin, and died on the way. He had a kind word and helping hand for all. Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 448; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]
Thomas J. Jones
Dodgeville, Wis., July 7. – Thomas J. Jones, father of Mrs. George L. Miller and Mrs. Charles Dilder of Milwaukee, died at his home here on Friday, at the age of 82 years. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, WI) Thursday, 17 July 1902; transcribed by FoFG mz]
Raymond Patrick Lease
Raymond Patrick Lease, age 88, of Barneveld, died Monday, March 14, 2016, in Monroe at Azura Memory Care, as a result of Alzheimer's disease.
He was born Aug. 16, 1927, in Blue Mounds, to Edward C. and Mary M. (Keily) Lease. He was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran, serving on the U.S.S. Caldwell. Raymond married Marjorie Reuter on June 30, 1948, in Richland Center. They farmed in the Ridgeway, Dodgeville and Barneveld areas most of their married lives. Raymond told many stories of growing up farming with horses. He enjoyed attending sporting events and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also loved the outdoors, especially deer hunting. He had great pride in his military service.
He served on the Brigham Town Board, the Farmers Home Administration county committee, and was a member of the American Legion Eveland-Trainor Post No. 433 in Barneveld. Raymond was a member of St. Bridget's Catholic Church in Ridgeway and active in the Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Marjorie; children, Raymond (Barb) of La Crosse, Anne (Jim) Massey of Barneveld, Catherine (Greg) Parman of Hollandale, Theresa (Ken) Rue of Barneveld, Mary (Von) Hiller of Prosperity, S.C., James of Blue Mounds, Patrick of Edgerton, Diane Rott of Mount Horeb, and Dolores (Jeff) Beaster of McFarland; son-in-law, Jerry Zander of Barneveld; 32 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren; siblings, Gary (Diane) of Ridgeway, Virginia Lease of Ridgeway, Betty (Tom) Sawle of Caledonia, Minn.; and many relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughters, Jean Lease and Laura Zander; granddaughter, Jessica Lease; brothers, Edward, Donald, Bernard and David Lease; sisters, Lorraine Haga, Avril Harris and Dolores Brunker; and several brothers and sisters-in-law.
A Mass of Christian burial will be at noon on Thursday, March 17, 2016, at ST. BRIDGET'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 801 Main St., Ridgeway, with Father Stephen Petrica officiating. Burial will be at St. Bridget's Catholic Cemetery, with full military honors. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. on Thursday, March 17, 2016, at St. Bridget's Catholic Church. The Ellestad Camacho Funeral Home, 500 N. 8th St., Mount Horeb, is serving the family. We would like to thank the staff at Azura Memory Care in Monroe for their years of tireless and compassionate care and to the Barneveld farm community. [Wisconsin State Journal, 16 Mar 2016; Sub. by JH]
Levantia J. Lloyd
Died, At Mineral Point, Wis., on the 27th ult., Mrs. Levantia J., wife of Harrison Lloyd, and only daughter of Orrin Woolworth, of Turin, aged 31 years. [Source: The Journal And Republican (Lowville, NY) Wednesday, June 17, 1863; submitted by Jim Dezotell]
Helen G. Marr
MINERAL POINT / MADISON - Helen G. Marr, age 93 of Madison, passed away peacefully at Upland Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dodgeville on Monday, Jan. 12, 2009. She was born on Feb. 19, 1915, in Mineral Point, the daughter of Joseph and Margaret (Palzkill) Marr. She grew up on the family farm south of Mineral Point and, when she graduated from Mineral Point High School, entered the nursing profession. In 1936 she graduated from the School of Nursing at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Chicago,Ill. She was a kind and gentle person who spent her entire life caring for others through her profession as a nurse, which began at St. Joseph Hospital in Dodgeville. Her professional career continued in Madison hospitals until her retirement from the Veterans Administration Hospital. Her caring nature led her to volunteer at the Red Cross Blood Bank, the Motor Vehicle Department and at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Madison, where she was also a member. She enjoyed traveling the country. Her most memorable trip was in 2006 when she traveled to France with other family members to attend a memorial service in honor of her brother, Captain Joseph Marr, who was killed in the line of duty during World War II near Chavagne. She enjoyed playing the organ, baking prize-winning recipes in numerous competitions, attending the Iowa County Fair to see family member exhibits,and hosting many family gatherings in her Madison home - always sending us home with 'care packages.' Her passion in recent years was playing bridge and cards with her circle of closest friends. She took a very active and supportive role in the lives of 'her family of nieces and nephews' whom survive her,Dick (Kitty) Marr of Mesa, Ariz., Jerry (Nancy) Marr and Mary Jean(Ralph) James of Mineral Point, Jim Marr of Ft. Atkinson, Greg(Cheryll) Marr of Dodgeville, Mike (Joyce)Marr and Lois Federman(Doral Frost) of Mineral Point, the Rev. Thomas Marr of Watertown,Ted Marr (Marsha Fisher) and Tim (Julia) Marr of Mineral Point; and many great; great, great; and great, great, great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and four brothers and sisters-in-law, Ray (Josephine, Anastasia), Clem (Lorraine),Bob(Jane), and Joe. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, at ST. MARY'S / ST. PAUL'S CATHOLIC CHURCH in Mineral Point, with the Rev. Thomas Marr officiating the concelebrated Mass. Burial will be in St. Mary' s Cemetery, Mineral Point. Relatives and friends may call on Monday from 10:30 a.m.to the time of services at the church. The family extends a heartfelt thank-you to Dr. Grieshaber and the nurses and staff of Uplands Hills Nursing Facility for their outstanding care of Aunt Helen. We will miss you deeply, Aunt Helen, and thank you for being such an important person in all of our lives. [Wisconsin State Journal, 19 Jan 2009; Submitted by: J. A. Honer]
1882: Hon. Hugh McFarlane, in Arlington, August 16th, at the age of sixty-seven years. Born in County Tyrone, Ireland, June 22d, 1815, he came to America, locating first at Mineral Point in 1835, and two years later at Portage, but not permanently until 1843, and engaged in merchandising and lumbering. He was a member of the last Territorial and first State legislatures. In 1859, he settled on his farm in Arlington, and became active in town affairs, serving as chairman of the board of supervisors. He was also one of the commissioners of the Wisconsin Farm Mortgage Company. He was well educated, possessing a kind, sympathetic heart, well posted in public affairs, and of a very genial, social disposition. [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 10 (1909) Transcribed by: Heather A. Turner]
Kathryn Brunker McGraw
RIDGEWAY - Kathryn Brunker McGraw, age 91, of Ridgeway, passed away on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Upland Hills Nursing & Rehab Center in Dodgeville, with her family by her side. Kay was born on Aug. 11, 1922, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Dodgeville, to Emmett and Milly (Murty) Brunker. She had many happy memories of her early years growing up with her parents and four siblings. When Kay was six years old, tragedy struck her family. On April 26, 1928, her mother was badly burned from their house fire. She died weeks later on May 31, 1928, from those injuries. During the Great Depression, her family moved to several farms in the Ridgeway and Hollandale area. Kay learned to prepare meals for her family at a very young age. She was known for her delicious apple pies. Kay was a member of St. Bridget's Catholic Church in Ridgeway. She was proud to have received all her sacraments at St. Bridget's. Her faith was very important to her. She taught CCD and was a member of St. Bridget's Catholic Council of Women. Kay attended Hollandale High School for three years and graduated from Dodgeville High School in 1940. She also graduated from Platteville Normal School in 1942. She had wonderful memories of teaching at McCutchin School, near Hyde and Pleasant View School, near Mineral Point. Kay met her husband John, at a dance at Hi Point in Ridgeway. They were married on Dec. 27, 1943. Kay and John raised 12 children on their farms. One farm they purchased has been in Kay's family since 1848. They both were very devoted to their children, teaching them many life lessons, especially kindness and generosity. Kay and John's oldest son, Bobby, died from cancer on Nov. 16, 1964. When John passed away of cancer, on Dec. 30, 1974, the youngest six children were still in school. Kay always said, "In spite of the sadness in my life, I've had many happy times. I've had a good life." She received great joy from her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her grandchildren have fond memories of baking pies, cookies and bread with Grandma McGraw. She kept a supply of miniature pie tins for the children to bake their own pies, right along with her. Kay lived on their farm in the Ridgeway area most of her life. Kay resided at Upland Hills Nursing & Rehab Center since March, 2013. She loved the staff as they treated her with kindness and respect. Kay is survived by her children, Margaret Lawinger, Dianne McGraw, Pat (Jean) McGraw, Milly (Dave) Babcock, Mike McGraw, Milissa (Jeff) Hoxtell, Tory (Dave) Meyer, Jim (Jodi) McGraw, Christine McGraw, Tom (Becky) McGraw and Shawn (Adriana) McGraw; her sister, Mary Larson; her sisters-in-law, Eleanor Gevelinger, Lois McGraw and Laura Tuschen; her grandchildren, Mary Kay (Jeff) Woollen, Dan (Dawn) Lawinger, Connie (Mark) Scheld, Lori (Tom) McKinlay, Larry Lawinger, Nicole (Andy) Johns, Kyle (Rochelle Denu) McGraw, Kevin McGraw, Shawn (Sarah) Murphy, Ryan (Nicole Bollinger) Murphy, Bobby (Jenny) McGraw, Brigid (Frank Edmonds) McGraw, Kelly (Clint) Nieforth, Katie Hoxtell, Abby Meyer, John McGraw, Jamie (Vicky) Drake, Ashley (Todd) Miller, Declan McGraw, Dylan McGraw, Aidan McGraw, Haley McGraw, and Baley McGraw; her great-grandchildren, Zach Woollen, McKenzie, Parker, Grant and Kyra Scheld, Avery and Landon McKinlay, Haley Johns, Archer McGraw, Logan and Livia Murphy, Connell and Gannon Murphy, Jeremiah Edmonds, Evan and Colin Nieforth, Kyla and Kaden Drake, Kynzli Williams, and Ally Miller; her step-grandchildren, Shelly (Lonnie Wendt) Hinrichs, Torre, Camden, and Ana Capri Peterson Waldvogel, and Chris Forbes; her step-great-grandchildren, Jenny and Tim Woollen, Amber (Brandon) Hastings, Tori and Dylan Hefty, Andrew Palmer, and Austin and Alex Johnson; her step-great-great-grandchildren, Harper, Sienna and Kiera Hastings; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, John; her son, Bob McGraw; her parents; her son-in-law, Danny Lawinger; her brothers, Ray Brunker and Bob (Dolores) Brunker; her sister, Betty (Howard) Bussian; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Stan Larson, Ray Gevelinger, Bob Tuschen, Paul McGraw, Edward and Lucille McGraw, Danny and Dorothy McGraw, Margaret McGraw, Will and Genevieve Laverty, Will and Theresa Weier, and John and Jane Peckham. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at ST. BRIDGET'S CATHOLIC CHURCH in Ridgeway. Father Sanctus Ibe will officiate. Burial will be held in St. Bridget's Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday at the GORGEN-McGINLEY & AYERS FUNERAL HOME in Dodgeville, and from 10 a.m. until time of Mass on Tuesday at the church. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (3 July 2014) submitted by JAH ]
Emma, 11 year old daughter of John Messner of Dodgeville, died yesterday of diabetes. [The Calumet News. (Calumet, Mich.), 30 Jan. 1913.]
Douglas A. Oleson
(November 28, 1936 - March 14, 2015)
Douglas A. Oleson, age 78, of Highland, passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center surrounded by his family following a brief illness and complications with pulmonary disease. Doug was born on November 28, 1936 in Dodgeville to Maurice and Erma (Edwards) Oleson. In his youth, he enjoyed spending time with his brothers Jim and Max, whether hunting or causing trouble and making lasting memories. They often found themselves in trouble and it often involved fire, (they burned down the chicken coop) guns or both. This is a quality that has been passed on to at least one grandson. Doug was a 1955 graduate of the Highland High School and graduated with Honors with an Agricultural Degree from U.W. Platteville. He married the former Ann Tarrell of Highland on September 27, 1958 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Highland. Doug joined the National Guard during High School and became a member of the Army Reserve. In 1961, he was called into Active Duty with the Red Arrow Division of the 32nd Infantry at Fort Lewis, in Tacoma, WA, serving during the Berlin Crisis. He retired after 30 years with the rank of Major. Doug taught in Potosi for a year and a half. He then worked for the USDA from 1965 to 2001 where he met and became friends with many great and upstanding farmers. Later in life, his favorite pastimes included golfing with friends on Mondays; spending time at Smokey Hollow Farm with kids and grandkids; cutting wood; watching grandkids sporting events and granddaughter’s Betty Hayes Dance Recitals. Doug was a member of Ss. Anthony & Philip Catholic Church; Highland Lion’s Club and the Knights of Columbus. Doug served on the Highland Village Board, the Church Council and the Highland School Board, serving many years as President.
Doug is survived by his wife, Ann of Highland; five children, Cindy (Jim) Drury of Highland and their children, Maria (Jon), Lauren (Ben), Will, Leigh, Bray and Drew; Daniel (Marylee) Oleson of Dodgeville and their children, Elizabeth (Jeremy), Sierra and Kathryn; John Oleson of Highland; Maria Oleson of Highland and her children, Taylor, Riley and Jordan and Joel (Brooke) Oleson of Highland and their children, Max, Cooper and Celia; five great grandchildren, Harper, Griffin, Aamon, Ava and Stella; two brothers, Max (Nancy) Oleson of Mt. Horeb and Jim (Marge) Oleson of Altoona as well as nieces, nephews and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws Jack and Cecilia Tarrell and two brothers-in-law, Don Czarnecki and Warren Brom. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Ss. Anthony and Philip Catholic Church. Fr. Jim Murphy will officiate with inurnment at St. Anthony’s Cemetery at a later date. Friends may call at the church on Wednesday after 3:00 P.M. Military Honors will be accorded by the Highland American Legion and V.F.W.
Doug’s family wishes to thank the staff and nurses at St. Mary’s Pulmonary and Cardiac Wings and MICU for their excellent care, especially Mandy and Upland Hills Rehab. Dad was a quiet and faithful man with a loving heart and soul. "A man’s wealth is measured by the size of his woodpile." Well done good and faithful Servant. [Dodgeville Chronicle, 18 Mar 2015; Sub. by Jim Honer]
1882: Col. John O'Rourke, of Plattsmouth, Nebraska, died at St. Louis, May 5th. Many years ago, he settled in Milwaukee, performing clerical services, and became captain of the Montgomery Guards. On the breaking out of the Civil War, he joined Colonel Bragg's regiment as lieutenant-colonel, and when Bragg was promoted, he succeeded to the command of the regiment, and served with honor to the end of the war. Removing to Linden, Iowa County, he was several times chosen to the legislature, and served one term as treasurer of Iowa County. He at length removed to Plattsmouth, where he held the position of assistant cashier of the First National Bank, and also served as mayor of the city. He left a wife and three children. [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 10 (1909) Transcribed by: Heather A. Turner]
Mineral Point: Amos Queer died yesterday morning from the effects of a cancer on the jawbone. He had the jawbone removed Sunday. He leaves a wife and family. [The Saint Paul Globe, (St. Paul, Minn.) December 07, 1899, Page 3; Tr. by KT]
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; transcribed by MZ]
William Henry Rule
Wm. Rule, locally known as "Uncle Willie" died at his home in the town of Linden Sunday of last week, just before midday. At the time of his death he was about eighty-three years old, and, until the beginning of his last sickness of a few weeks ago, had on the whole enjoyed, during his long life, the blessings of good health. Mr. Rule was an old settler in Linden, coming here in 1838, just about sixty years ago. He was a native of Cornwall, England a thrifty saving man and one of considerable natural powers of mind. He long ago acquired a competence, and has spent his latter years in the enjoyment of a life of leasure. His wife, the mother of his children, died many years ago. He leaves surviving him three sons and four daughters, all middle aged. The funeral of Tuesday, the 5th inst., was conducted by Rev. C. Cook of the M.E. church. Southwest Wisconsin. [Source: Unknown newspapers (one of the Mineral Point, WI newspapers), April 1898 - Submitted By Crystal S]
Helen M. Runghaug
Waunakee/ Dodgeville - Helen Margaret (Lins) Rundhaug, age 98, of Waunakee, formerly of Dodgeville, passed away on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at Waunakee Manor.
She was born on Feb. 5, 1918, in Spring Green, Wis., the daughter of Joseph and Clara (Thering) Lins. Helen grew up on a dairy farm and graduated from Spring Green High School. She enjoyed living in Madison, working at St. Mary's Hospital and Oscar Mayer. On May 12, 1942, she married Marvel A. Rundhaug and journeyed through life with him until his death on Jan. 26, 1999. Throughout her life she was a faithful member of St. Joseph's Church in Dodgeville.
It's not possible to summarize a life of 98 years. Helen lived a full life, enjoying cooking, baking, canning, sewing, gardening, playing cards, farming and traveling with Marvel. She was very creative, writing poetry, quilting, embroidery, ceramics, and loved music, playing the piano, harmonica and accordion. Helen's life was truly centered around farm, faith, friends and family. She was a special person with a unique sense of humor and lively personality. There's a reason why her nickname growing up was "Sparky" and many would say she was simply a "hoot."
Helen is survived by six children, Mary Ellen (Stan) Hahn, Marlene, LeRoy (Julie), Ron (Karen), Joan (Craig) Witz, and Karen (Mark) Rundhaug Sherman; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 28, 2016, at ST. JOSEPH'S CATHOLIC CHURCH in Dodgeville. Monsignor Daniel Ganshert will officiate. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass on Monday at the church.
"Taut strings loosened, the knots untied, her fingers opened and dropped what they had been holding onto so tightly. Her shoulders lightened, freed of what they had been carrying. Go, let go; where the wind sweeps and the tide takes, she let go."
You were truly a force in our life Mom. Thank you and we love you! [Wisconsin State Journal, 24 Mar 2016; Sub. by Jim Honer]
1882: Christian Schafer, at Mineral Point, March 7th, at the venerable age of ninety-six. He was personally acquainted with the first Napoleon, with whom he served in several campaigns, terminating at the battle of Waterloo, where he received a slight wound. [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 10 (1909) Transcribed by: Heather A. Turner]
Jacob C. Schmelzer
HIGHLAND - Jacob C. "Jake" Schmelzer, age 80, of Highland, passed away at his home on Friday, July 11, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was born on Nov. 17, 1933, the youngest son of Roy and Baptista (Dolan) Schmelzer. Jake graduated from Highland High School in 1951 and was united in marriage to Rosemary Scullion on July 14, 1953, just prior to being drafted into the U.S. Army. During the year Jake was stationed in Korea, his first son was born. After his return from Korea, Jake and Rosemary farmed in the Highland area until retirement in 1993. Jake and Rosemary moved into Highland and Jake worked for TriStar Pallets and Weaver Auto Parts. He was a member of Ss. Anthony & Philip Catholic Church, the American Legion and VFW.
Jake and Rosemary are the parents of 12 children: Jacob Jr. who died in 1973; Lil (John) Larson of Madison; Joe (Sandy), Jess (Ev), and Jude (Kathy), all of Highland; Margaret (John) Schmelzer of Oregon; Jim (Pam) and John of Brodhead; Kate (Mark) Dobson of Montfort; Laurie (Al) Heimsoth of Mineral Point; Joel of Evansville and Justin (Heather) of Waunakee. They have 22 grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Jake is also survived by a brother, Monsignor Delbert Schmelzer; three sisters, LaVon Vorndran, Suzette Yager and Patsy Pustina; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Darlene Schmelzer, Patsy Prochaska, Diane Semonson, Marty Scullion, Georgia Riley, Trudy Benish and Emmett Scullion; as well as nieces, nephews and friends. Among those friends is a special group who has played cards, traveled, gambled, celebrated and laughed and cried together for over 50 years. In addition to his parents, Jake was preceded in death by his son, Jacob Jr.; granddaughters, Jessi and Kelby Schmelzer; son-in-law, Mike Wienkes; his mother and father-in-law, Emmett and Toots Scullion; brothers, Bob and Laverne Schmelzer; a sister-in-law, Marie Schmelzer; and brothers-in-law, Norbert Pustina, Louis Yager, Donald Scullion, Jack Prochaska, David Scullion and Jim Riley.
Jake will be buried on his 61st wedding anniversary. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 14, 2014, at SS. ANTHONY & PHILIP CATHOLIC CHURCH, Highland, with his brother, Monsignor Delbert Schmelzer, officiating. A visitation will be held at the church from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 13, 2014, and after 10 a.m. on Monday. The family would like to extend special thanks to the teams at the St Mary's Hospital, Dodgeville Dialysis unit, Upland Hills Hospice and the Highland Ambulance Service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to Highland Ambulance or Upland Hills Hospice. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (July 13, 2014) submitted by JAH]
Iowa County Democrat – Mr. Thomas Walker died at the home of his son-in-law Chas. Johnston in the town of Willow Springs at about twelve o’clock Wednesday, Sept. 17. Mr. Walker was a fine old pioneer of Southwest Wisconsin. Blessed with good health until his 76th year he was taken sick about a year ago and dropsy developed, and he gradually failed until his death. [Source: Gratiot Reporter (Gratiot, WI) Thursday, September 25, 1913; transcribed by FoFG mz]
Monica A. Scheidegger Weier
Ridgeway - Monica Ann Scheidegger Weier, age 81, of Ridgeway, passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Upland Hills Hospital in Dodgeville. Her sons and daughters were gathered at her bedside as she passed. Monica was born on May 4, 1933, in Dodgeville, to James T. and Helen (Blum) Ryan. She grew up on their farm in rural Ridgeway. Monica attended the Weier school and continued her education at Edgewood High School in Madison, where she graduated in 1951. She was married to Ralph Scheidegger of Ridgeway on Sept. 12, 1953, at St. Bridget's Catholic Church. Ralph and Monica raised their children on the Scheidegger Family Farm outside Ridgeway. They were successful farmers and were always involved in a variety of community activities. Monica was involved with the Wakefield 4 - H club, Homemakers, and also was a diligent supporter of the Hyde and Iowa County historical societies. She worked as a bookkeeper for a variety of businesses and societies for many years. Ralph had a long association with the Ridgeway Fire Board and township government. After Ralph's passing, Monica stepped in for him and served for several years on the Town Board and the Fire Board. She had a strong interest in genealogy and family history, and was always searching for interesting accounts regarding the Scheidegger and Ryan families. Her involvement in church activities through St. Bridget's was always a comfort to her. Ralph and Monica traveled extensively during their later years, covering much of the United States as well as exploring their roots in Switzerland and Ireland.
After Ralph's passing in 1994, Monie eventually married again. She was married to Vincent Weier, another Weier school classmate and childhood friend. They had many good years together before Vince passed away in 2004. Monica is survived by her sisters and brothers, Martha Husom of Ridgeway, Helene (Ron) Gilbertson of Ridgeway, Theresa (Ladd) Puskus of Houston, Texas, and Jim (Marlene) Ryan of Barneveld; her children, Bob Scheidegger of Dodgeville, Betty Knight of Dodgeville, Carolyn (Mike McDonnell) Scheidegger of Madison, Tom (Glenda) Scheidegger of Ridgeway, Maggie (Tracy) Connor of Witwen, Barbara Scheidegger of Salida, Colo., Mike Scheidegger of Ridgeway, Jo Scheidegger of Madison, and Mary (Scott Marsh) Scheidegger of Ithaca, N.Y. She is further survived by her grandchildren, Jessee, Rachel, Ben, Will, Kysa, Macey, Calvin, Katie, Kelly, and Carlyn; also her great - grandchildren, Nevaeh, Kyler, James, Atira, and Ellianna. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph, Vince, her son - in - law, Paul Knight; her grandson, Joe Scheidegger; and siblings, Raphael, Robert, Vincent, Thaddeus, Benedict, Rosemary, Margaret, and Kathleen.
Monica's family would like to thank Dr. Gordon Grieshaber and the staff at Sienna Crest in Dodgeville and Mineral Point for their kind attention during her illness.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at ST. BRIDGET'S CATHOLIC CHURCH in Ridgeway. Father Sanctus Ibe will officiate. Burial will be held in St. Bridget's Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday at the GORGEN - McGINLEY & AYERS FUNERAL HOME in Dodgeville, and from 10 a.m. until time of Mass on Tuesday at the church. A parish rosary will be said at 3:30 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Gorgen - McGinley & Ayers Funeral Home 400 E. Grace St., Dodgeville [Wisconsin State Journal, 27 Jul 2014; Sub. by JAH]
Thomas Williams, an old resident of Dodgeville, died suddenly Thursday. [Wood County reporter. (Grand Rapids [i.e. Wisconsin Rapids], Wis.), 23 April 1896]
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