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Laura M. (Razer) Akin
Source: La Crosse Tribune (La Crosse, La Crosse County, Wis.) Sunday, 8 Dec. 1963; Page 6, Col. 6; submitted by Dennis Krebs

"Laura May Akin

Laura Akin, 88, of Holmen, died at the home of her niece, Mrs. Ben Hanson, Saturday, Dec. 7. She was born July 4, 1875 at Altoona, Pa. She is also survived by two nephews, Henry Westerhouse of Chilton and Robert of Faribault, Minn.

Services will be Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Dickinson Calendonia Street Chapel. Rev. Bernard Hamilton will officiate and burial will be in Greenmound Cemetery at Holmen. Friends may call at the chapel Monday evening."

Milton Barlow
Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 490; transcribed by LaDena Livingston

1881 - Milton Barlow, a resident of La Crosse since 1853, and a well-known business man and politician, died in that city, Dec. 27th

Charles S. Benton
Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 10 (1909) Transcribed by: Heather A. Turner

1882: Judge Charles S. Benton, at La Crosse, May 4th, at the age of seventy-two years. He was a native of Maine, but early settled in the Mohawk valley, where, by his worth and talent, he represented the Herkimer district two terms in Congress, from 1843 to 1847. He subsequently removed to Milwaukee, and for a time edited the Daily News; and taking up his residence at La Crosse, he was chosen county judge, and so satisfactory was the administration of the office, that he was practically given an undisputed life tenure of it, and worthily filled the position until within a few months of his death. He was a scholarly writer, and highly respected.

Silas Boardman
Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (11 Jan. 1902) transcribed by Marla Zwakman

La Crosse, Wis., Jan. 7. - Silas Boardman, one of the oldest lumbermen of this city, died here yesterday, aged 67 years. He was one of the first to enter into the logging business, when the industry opened on the Mississippi river.

Walter Brown
Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, WI) Thursday, January 10, 1901

La Crosse, Wis., Jan. 8. – Walter Brown, author of “Mytaline” and other books, died very suddenly last evening at the West Salem sanitarium, where he has been for over a year. He was 75 years of age and came to La Crosse about 1856.

Hanna E. Bunn
Source: The La Crosse Tribune (Monday, 17 Sept. 1951) Page 6; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Mrs. Hanna E. Bunn, 72, of 1337 George street, died in a local hospital on Sunday following a short illness. Surviving are one son, Walter of La Crosse; two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Jones of Sparta, and Mrs. Laura Morgan of San Pedro, Calif., and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Nelson funeral home, the Rev. Ray Richardson officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday evening

William Calverly
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Wood County, Wis.) Tuesday, 21 Oct. 1986; contributed by Ron Flink & transcribed by Marla Zwakman
William E. Calverly, 71, Route 1, Ettrick, father of Debra Gukenberger, Marshfield, died Sunday at a La Crosse hospital.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Fossum Funeral Home, Ettrick. Burial will be in Ettrick Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 7-9 tonight at the funeral home.
Mr. Calverly was born Aug. 21, 1915, in Bancroft to James and Mae Calverley.
He married Henrietta White Harmston Nov. 21, 1960, in Waukon, Iowa. She survives.
He retired two years ago and for the last five years was a security guard at Arcadia Furniture Co., Arcadia. He was an over-the-road semi driver. His longest employment was with Gross Trucking, Wisconsin Rapids.
He was a member of the Teamsters Union, Chicago, for 30 years.
Surviving, besides his wife and daughter are three sons, Robert and Harry, both of Wisconsin Rapids, and James, Anoka, Minn.; two step-sons, Charles Harmston, Hebron, Ind., and Howard Harmston, Arcadia; four other daughters, Joyce White, La Crosse, Donna Mehlbrech, Waukesha, Gladys DePatie, Oaklawn, Ill. And Ethel Reiter, Ettrick; 25 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a brother.

Mrs. D. M. Cargill
Source: The La Crosse Tribune (La Crosse, Wis.) Monday, 10 Apr. 1916; submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer & Jim Dezotell

Hold Cargill Funeral
The funeral of Mrs. D. M. Cargill was held Sunday afternoon at two o’clock. Rev. Hogan officiating. Interment in Woodlawn cemetery.

Those from out of town who attended were Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Oaks, Mrs. Louis Erickson and the Misses Harriet and Hazel Erickson, Raymond and Robert Erickson and Vernon Erickson, Tunnel City; Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Kleppen, La Crosse; J. A. Smith, Austin, Minn.; H. C. Calender and Mrs. H. H. Riley, Midway; Charles Dezotell and Perry Gilmore of Tunnel City; Charles J. Cargill, Black River Falls; the Misses Linenberg, Tomah; Mr. and Mrs. Abel Woodworth, Mrs. Paul Winterfield, Mrs. W. S. Robertson and Miss Mary Rockwell, Angelo.

Spencer Carr
Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 462; transcribed by LaDena Livingston

1880 - Rev. Spencer Carr died at Parkersville, Kansas, Sept. 13th, at the age of seventy years. He had been a pioneer Baptist preacher of La Crosse valley, a writer on the history and settlement of that region, and went to Kansas in 1871.

Darrel Leighton Chapman
Source: La Crosse Tribune (June 2011) submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Darrel Leighton Chapman
born 1 January 1947 in Waukon, Allamakee County, Iowa
died 6 June 2011
Father: Cecil Chapman
Mother: Ruth Burnham
Wife 1: Brenda Olson
Wife 2: Liz Orlando
Sons: Ethan Chapman, Andrew Chapman
(their mother Brenda Sonnenburg)
Other step-children and step-grandchildren listed
Brothers: Vernon Chapman and Wayne Chapman living
Sidney and Dale deceased
Sister: Grenlin deceased
Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, La Crosse, La Crosse County, Wisconsin

infant Christinson
La Crosse Tribune and Leader-Press (Wednesday, 9 May 1917) page 12; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Christinson died in St. Mary's hospital May 3, and was buried May 4 in the Lutheran cemetery. Rev. Schmeling conducting the service.

John Dimler
Daily Northwestern (Oshkosh, Wis.) 7 May 1902; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

One hour after jokingly telling an undertaker that he would be dead before night John Dimler, a well known furniture dealer of La Crosse, dropped dead today at his home. He had been in the best of health and on his way home to dinner stopped at an undertaker's establishment and in a good-natured away told the undertaker that he could get him before morning. Dimler then went home and was stricken on his own porch. Heart disease was the cause. He was sixty-five years of age and had been in business here for thirty years.

P. S. Elwell
Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI) Tuesday, 16 July 1878; transcribed by FoFG mz

P. S. Elwell, Esq., a prominent citizen of La Crosse, died on the 4th of July, from apoplexy. He was about forty-four years old; has been a resident of La Crosse for nineteen years; and has enjoyed the confidence, friendship, and esteem of the people of that city. He leaves a wife and two children.

Joseph S. Fisher
La Crosse Tribune (La Crosse, Wis.) 13 Sept. 1906; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Joseph S. Fischer died yesterday morning at his home, 1407 La Crosse street, of consumption after an illness of several years. The deceased was born in the city July 21, 1869. The funeral will be held Friday morning at 8:30 from the house and at 9 from St. Joseph's cathedral, Rev. G. Sluyter officiating. Interment will be made in the Catholic cemetery.

The United Spanish War veterans have charge of the funeral. Deceased was an expert picture framer.

Emil Forer Sr.
Source: La Crosse Tribune and Leader-Press (22 Oct. 1935) page 6; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Emil Forer, Sr., who ended his life by hanging Saturday night had been in poor health for some time, which is given by relatives as the cause of the act. It was also denied that Mr. Forer was a heavy drinker and that he had previously threatened to commit suicide.

Joseph Forer
Source: Winona Daily News (Friday, 3 Aug. 1962) submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Tractor Somersaults, Hokah Farmer Killed
Hokah, Minn. (Special) - A farmer living in Bush Valley below South Ridge five miles northwest of Hokah died about noon Thursday when his tractor somersaulted, pinning him underneath. According to Houston County sheriff's office, Joseph Forer, 66, died of a broken neck.

Deputy Glen Heintz said Forer was cutting weeds along a 4 1/2 foot sloping bank with mounted mowers on the back drawbar. The bar caught in the bank on the side and pulled the front end of the tractor around so it slipped forward, with Forer underneath. He was dean when Mrs. Forer found him at 12:30 p.m.

Mr. Forer's daughter, Mrs. Robert Driscoll, said he had been mowing behind the barn, about 150 feet from the house. He had been in the house for a drink at 11 a.m. When he didn't come in for the noon meal, Mrs. Forer went to call him and found him dead. She called John Miller, a neighbor, who summoned a doctor and notified the sheriff's office. Dr. A. D. Davidson, Caledonia, deputy coroner, investigated.

Mr. Forer was born Dec. 3, 1895, at Hokah, son of Emil and Catherine Forer. He spent his entire life on the farm where he died. On Jan. 29, 1918, he married Margaret Davey of Brownsville in La Crosse. Survivors are: His wife; one son, Donald, La Crosse: two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Bernice) Driscoll and Mrs. Martin (Janet) Schulze, La Crosse: nine grandchildren: six brothers, Emil, George, Frank and Edward, La Crosse: William, Little Falls, Minn., and John, Hokah, and two sisters, Mrs. Andrew (Kate) Roraff, La Crescent, and Mrs. Robert (Frances) Jackel, La Crosse. One sister, Mrs. Tillie Heberlein, Hokah, was killed in a car accident about four years ago.

The funeral service will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Hokah, the Rev. Michael Kuisle officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, La Crosse. Friends may call this afternoon and evening at Schumacher Funeral Home, La Crosse. The Rosary will be said at 8:30.
(also sent to Houston County, Minnesota)

Nellie Gauslad
Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Friday, 14 June 1889) transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Miss Nellie Gauslad, 30 years old, died of consumption on a train at La Crosse. She was on her way to her home at Harvard, Minn.

Tower Gile
Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (25 Jan. 1900) transcribed by FoFG MZ

La Crosse, Wis., Jan. 22. – Intelligence has reached the city of the death at Cleveland of Tower J. Gile, aged 73, a brother of the late Abner Gile, the millionaire lumberman of this city. The deceased gained considerable prominence after leaving here in 1875, through his belief in spiritualism and magnetism, and traveled through the country preaching his views and acting as a magnetic doctor. During his travels he was supported almost entirely by his wealthy brother at La Crosse.

When Abner Gile died he left a legacy for his brother in his will. The deceased went to Cleveland a few weeks ago, and died there on Thursday last.

Larry Hansen
Source: The La Crosse Tribune (Monday, 17 Sept. 1951) Page 6; transcribed by Diana Heser Morse

Larry Lee, six-weeks' son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald L. Hansen, R. 1, Onalaska, died suddenly Sunday at a La Crosse hospital. He was born Aug. 4 at La Crosse. In addition to his parents he is survived by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hensen, Onalaska, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Schultz, Winona, Minn. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Lutheran church, Onalaska. The Rev. Maynard Midthun will officiate. Burial will be in Onalaska cemetery. Friends may call at the Fossum funeral home, Onalaska, Monday evening.

Grace Hoffman
La Crosse Tribune (La Crosse, Wis.) 15 Aug. 1949; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Woman, 72, Dies Here Of Polio
Both the oldest and youngest polio cases reported in the La Crosse area have died of the disease, the city health department reported Monday.

Mrs. Grace Hoffman, 72, of Sparta, died sunday afternoon of bulbar polio at a local hospital. She was the oldest victim of the year, and had been diagnosed as an infantile paralysis patient August 8.

The youngest polio patient in the region, two-month-old Tommy Rice, also of Sparta, died Thursday.

Four new cases were added over the weekend to La Crosse hospital isolation wards,m bringing the area total to 74.

Included in the newest cases are Patricia Kabat, 15, 924 Redfield street, Raymond Schlicht, 29, 1502 South 16th street, Louis Bornheimer, 19, Cashton, and Laverne La Fleur, 21 Holmen.

Another Monroe county case reported to the La Crosse Tribune Monday brought the county total there to 23. Latest victim is Lurene Bushnell, six-month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Guerdon Bushnell, Sparta.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hoffman will be held Wednesday at Lanham's mortuary in Sparta at 10 a.m., the Rev. S. A. Urberg, New Lisbon, officiating. Buriel will be in the Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. Hoffman was born July 4, 1877, in Cuyahoga county, Ohio. Her family first moved to the town of Burns, going to Sparta in 1912. She was married to Julius Hoffman, who died several years ago.

Her survivors include one sister, Eunice, Sparta, and one brother, Charles, Pondille, Pa.

Source: The La Crosse Tribune (La Crosse, Wis.) 5 Feb. 1923; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Last Rites for National Guard Chief to be Held Here; Burial at Oak Grove
Services to be in Charge of National Guard Units

The funeral of General Holway, chief of the Wisconsin National Guard, will be held from Christ Episcopal church in this city Wednesday afternoon at 1:30. It was announced Monday morning by Major Stanley Gordon, head of the local units of the National Guard.

The funeral will be in charge of the National Guard and full military ceremonies will be observed. Chaplain W. F. Hood, of the 128th Infantry, Superior, will officiate at the funeral. Burial will be made in Oak Grove cemetery.

As the escort of honor the La Crosse units of the guard, comprising Battery D, Headquarters Detachment and Combat Train, Second Battalion; Regimental Headquarters battery; medical detachment of the 120th Field Artillery and the Finance section of the fifth cavalry brigade; the Tomah Headquarters company and the 105th Cavalry Band of Eau Claire, will accompany the body. Colonels of the guard regiments will act as pall bearers. The customary salute of eleven guns will be fired as the body is brought to the cemetery, followed by a salvo from the artillery as the casket is lowered into the grave. Infantrymen will fire a volley over the body as taps is played.

The flag has been ordered at half mast at all National Guard stations in the state until 1:30 Wednesday afternoon.

The family of the deceased general have asked that as many of the officers and men of the guard who wish, attend the funeral in uniform. It is expected that all of the regimental commanders in the state will attend, as well as attaches of the adjutant general's office and other high officials of the guard.

Mary Hrousk
Source: The La Crosse Tribune (Friday 19 May 1905) page 8; submitted by Diana Morse

Mrs. Mary Hrousk, aged 74, died last evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bartuschek, 1516 South Seventh street of dropsy and old age. She is survived by four daughters. Fessler & Dahl will have charge of the services which will be announced later.

William Hull
Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI) Tuesday, 26 Oct. 1880; transcribed by FoFG mz

Hon. William Hull died at La Crosse, on Tuesday evening, aged 65 years. Mr. Hull was prominent in the early years of State Government. He then resided at Potosi and represented that district three years in the Assembly, and was Speaker of that body in 1856. He was a man of decided ability and possessed many genial qualities. He was southern born, was impulsive and sometimes performed rash acts. He has resided in La Crosse for many years. His usefulness was vastly impaired by the free use of liquor. But for this habit, he might have ranked among the first men in the State. Of late years, but little has been known of Mr. Hull outside of the city in which he resided. In his early and active life he had many friends.

Wm. Hull
Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 488; transcribed by LaDena Livingston

1881 - Hon Wm. Hull died at La Crosse, Sept. 15th, about sixty-seven years of age. He was born near Baton Rouge, La, in 814, served as a second lieutenant in the Florida War. His brother lost his life in a duel with a cousin, when Wm. Hull deliberately killed the latter, and fled to the lead mine region, in now Grant County. This was in1838. He practiced his profession of law in Grant County, and subsequently at La Crosse. He was elected to the assembly in 1854, 1855 and 1856-in which latter year, he was chosen speaker. He was among those who accepted a douceur for his vote and influence in behalf of the La Crosse Railroad grant, which proved his political downfall. He was erratic and impractical, and in the latter part of his life he drowned his sorrows in drink.

Warner Hyde
Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 474; transcribed by LaDena Livingston

1880 - Warner Hyde died at La Crosse, Dec. 11th, at the age of eighty-four years. A native of Connecticut, he served in the War of 1812; and came to Wisconsin in 1853, residing at Berlin until a year before his death.

Ole Ingebrigtsen
Source: Daily Leader (Grand Rapids, Wood County, Wis.) Saturday, 30 May 1914; submitted by Marla Zwakman

The remains of Rev. Ole Ingebrigtsen, who died in La Crosse early Friday morning, accompanied by his widow, niece, Miss Amelia Forbord, and Fred Guldranson, arrived in this city this morning and are lying in state at the home of Knute Oleson on Ninth Avenue south. Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at the Scandinavian Moravian church, Rev. H. B. Johnson officiating and internment made in Forest Hill cemetery.

Deceased was 79 years of age and born in Trondbjen, Norway. Early in life he entered the ministry and was actively engaged in church work in his native country and Germany. In 1884 he and his wife came to the United States and a year later they were sent to the Province of Ontario, Canada, as missionaries to the Indians. They remained in the work there for about twenty years. Upon retiring from the missionary field Rev. Ingebrigtsen and wife came to Grand Rapids, nine years ago, and have since made their home on Fourteenth Avenue S. Last fall they went to La Crosse to spend the winter with relatives.

Miss Amelia Forbord who is in Grand Rapids to attend the funeral has recently returned from Africa where she has spent many years doing missionary work among the natives.

Charles Kinder
Source: The LaCrosse Tribune (La Crosse, Wis.) 28 Mar. 1905 page 5; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

The funeral of Charles Kinder who died at his home 731 North Ninth street Sunday afternoon will be held tomorrow morning from St. Joseph's Cathedral at nine o'clock. Interment will be made in the Catholic cemetery. Mr. Kinder was an old resident of La Crosse, having come to this city in 1868. He was well known here having lived here continuously since that time. He is survived by a widow and eight children, only three of whom reside in this city.

Fidel Kneifel
Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, WI) Thursday, 26 June 1902; transcribed by FoFG mz

La Crosse, Wis., June 24. – Fidel Kneifel of New Burgh Corners, twenty miles south of here is dead, the result of drinking a pail and a half of water. Kneifel, who was 35 years old, fell from a barn some time ago and since has displayed queer breaks at times. During the hot spell he became worse and today upon being left alone he drank all the water in the house. The result was an internal rupture and death.

Leonard C. Loveland
Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, WI) Thursday, 24 July 1902; transcribed by FoFG mz

La Crosse, Wis., July 22. – Leonard C. Loveland, who has resided in this city for thirty years, died yesterday at the age of 52 years. The funeral will be held Wednesday.

Joseph Lutz
The La Crosse Tribune (La Crosse, Wis.) Monday 6 March 1905; page 4; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

One of the Earliest Residents of Wisconsin Succumbs to Complicated Diseases

Josepha Lutz, aged 92, died this morning at the St. Francis hospital after a two weeks' illness of influenza, combined with an attack of pneumonia, which proved fatal. Deceased had been ill but a short time and it was thought for a time that death was near, but hope was always held high that Mr. Lutz would recover.

Josepha Lutz was born in Germany in 1821. She came to this country in 1849, settling in Milwaukee, where she made her home until 1887 when she moved to this city. She has resided in La Crosse ever since, but cannot be said to be a pioneer of this city although one of the first residents of the northwest, coming to the Badger state while Wisconsin was sstill a territory.

Deceased leaves one brother and sister, Pul Lutz, Sr., the fur merchant, on lower Main street, and Mrs. B. Jehlen.

The funeral will be held Monday morning at 9:30 from the Holy Cross church, Rev. Father Untrut officiating. Interment will be made in the Catholic cemetery.

Albert G. March
Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 461; transcribed by LaDena Livingston

1880 - Albert G. March died at La Crosse, May 18th, aged seventy-three years. He was a resident of Waukesha from 1840 to 1857, when he removed to La Crosse.

Mace Mason
Source: La Crosse Tribune (La Crosse, Wis.) 2 Mar. 1906; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

News comes from Grasston, Minn., of the suicide of Mace A. Mason, a former resident of Galesville well known in La Crosse. Jason's lifeless body was found suspended from a rafter in a woodshed at his home last Friday. for nearly a year Mason had been slightly deranged, and about six months ago while intoxicated he assaulted his wife, beating her nearly to death. He was bound over to the grand jury on the charge of manslaughter. He brooded over the matter, and at times it appeared that he was losing his mind.

A few weeks ago Mason came to Galesville and remained with relatives up to last week. His actions alarmed those about him, and when he returned to his Minnesota home a nephew accompanied him.
Mason removed from this vicinity about sixteen years ago to Superior. At that time Superior was enjoying its first boom, and the Galesville man made money rapidly in real estate. Next came the time of depression and property decreased in value as rapidly as it had advanced, and Mason lost heavily. Ill luck was followed by hard drinking, and a loss of mind.

Myrtle Neary
Source: The La Crosse Tribune (Monday, 17 Sept. 1951) Page 6; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Mrs. Myrtle Neary, 54, former La Crosse resident, died Saturday in a Milwaukee hospital following a short illness. She is survived by two sons, Wilbur, La Crosse, and Bernard, Savanna, Ill.: two daughters, Mrs. Icel Alton and Mrs. Charles Davis, both of La Crosse; five brothers, Glenn, Theodore and Leonard Bloss, all of La Crosse, Edward of Mondovi and Miles, Racine; three sisters, Mrs. Ella Heiser, Mrs. Edward Schmitz and Mrs. Hazel Revels, all of La Crosse: and 15 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Nelson funeral home. The Rev. George Bell will officiate. Burial will be in the Woodlawn cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday evening.

Daniel O’Mera
Source: The La Crosse Tribune (Friday 19 May 1905) page 8; Sub. by Diana Heser Morse

Pending the arrival of relatives, Miss Jessie Martin, 111 south Second street, has taken charge of the remains of her sweetheart, Daniel O'Mera, formerly of this city, who died at Waupun at the state prison, to whom she was engaged to be married upon his liberation from the penal institution in June. O'Mera died from quick consumption. He has relatives at Ottawa, Ont., and his father has notified Miss Martin that he is now enroute to La Crosse to claim the body of his son.

Mrs. Will Ott
Source: The La Crosse Tribune and Leader-Press (Saturday, 3 September 1921)page 6; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Mass Celebrated in Cathedral of St. Joseph; Interment in Catholic Cemetery
The funeral of Mrs. Will Ott, who died Wednesday, was held Saturday morning at 9 o'clock at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. Interment was in the Catholic Cemetery. The Rev. Peter Pape, pastor of St. Joseph's was the celebrant of the solemn requiem mass. Father Max Rupprechter was deacon and Father Edlaund Cretzer was sub-deacon. The aisle between the coffin and alter was banked with flowers, the floral tributes forming what was said to be one of the largest and finest at any funeral ever held in the city. The pall bearers were John A. Miller, Otto Preschel, Dr. E. A. Garterdam, John C. Burns, Charles A. Hunt and C. W. Tisdale.

Whitcomb Phelps
Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 484; transcribed by LaDena Livingston

1881 - Whitcomb Phelps died at Onalaska, June 18th, in his eighty-sixth year. He had resided in Wisconsin since 1849.

James Rawlinson
Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI) Tuesday, 26 Oct. 1880; transcribed by FoFG mz

LA CROSSE, Oct. 23. James Rawlinson, one of the oldest settlers of La Crosse, died in this city yesterday. Deceased was born in England, and came to La Crosse in 1858.

Joshua H. Rogers
Source: Milwaukee Sentinel (Milwaukee, WI) Friday, 23 Apr. 1858; transcribed by FoFG mz

La Crosse has lost one of her best citizens. Joshua H. Rogers, brother of Em. C., of the Republican, is no more. He died on the morning of the 15th inst., at his residence in this city, after a short illness. As a citizen he did much for the cause of Education and good order in our midst. In his business he was active and honest, and in all his relations to society as husband, father, brother and friend, his example was worthy of imitation. His age was about 46 years, and only a few days before his death gave promise of a protracted life of usefulness. He leaves a wife and one daughter. A large concourse of our citizens attended his funeral on Saturday, and depicted in every countenance was that sincere grief that only follows the death of the truly worthy and beloved. – La Crosse Democrat April 20.

Wm. C. Rogers
Source: Wisconsin Patriot (Madison, WI) Saturday, 5 July 1862; transcribed by FoFG mz

DEAD. – The La Crosse Democrat says that Wm. C. Rogers, formerly editor and proprietor of the Republican, died at La Crosse on the evening of June 24th. His disease was consumption, and he was only a few days over 35 years of age when he died. He was born at Hebron, Washington county, New York, and at the time of his death was postmaster of the city.

Albert D. Sanial
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Monday, 11 Feb. 1957, page 2; Lorraine Markee collection; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

LA CROSSE – Albert D. Sanial, former federal forecaster of Mississippi River flood stages, died Saturday, only a few months after his retirement.

Saniel died after suffering a heart attack at a hospital.

Ester Schams
Source: The La Crosse Tribune (La Crosse, Wis.) Monday, 16 Jan. 1905; submitted by Diana Morse

Ester, the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Schams, 714 South Seventh street, was buried Saturday, The funeral was held at the home and interment was made in the Catholic cemetery. Fessler & Dahl were in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Mrs. Edward Shimrick
Source: La Crosse Tribune (Wednesday 22 Mar. 1916) page 16; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Mrs. Edward Shimrick, one of the old settlers of the Leon and Melvina valley, died at the old farm home, where her son, John, now resides, Thursday night from old age and the effects of grip.

The body was brought to this city Monday and funeral services were held at St. Patrick's church at 10 o'clock. Rev. Wirst, who accompanied the body officiating.

O. S. Sisson
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) – Friday, 31 Jan. 1908; submitted by Jim Dezotell

A dispatch from La Crosse, Wis., says that O. G. Sisson, a wealthy retired farmer of Redfield, S.D., who went to La Crosse to attend the funeral of his brother, O. S. Sisson, a leading Grand Army man, was attacked with apoplexy and died yesterday. Mr. Sisson was 65 years of age and up to the time he was stricken had never been ill. He was a veteran of the civil war and a leading citizen of Redfield.

A. S. Swain
Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, WI) Thursday, 13 June 1901; transcribed by FoFG mz

La Crosse, Wis., June 11. – A. S. Swain, once a prominent salesman in the employ of J. J. Hogan, and worth $20,000, has died a pauper, the result of politics and consequent bad habits. Some years ago he was a successful grocery salesman out of La Crosse. In 1896 he was a strong advocate of Bryan and free silver and finally his entire time was devoted to the discussion of the free-silver question. He soon dissipated his entire fortune among the politicians and, breaking down physically, had to go to the poorhouse. About a week ago he was taken to the home of his wife, where he died.

Minnie Swennes
Source: The La Crosse Tribune (Friday Evening, 26 Sept. 1947) page 13; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Mrs. Minnie Swennes, 74, 207 South Seventh street, died in a local hospital Thursday afternoon. She was born at West Prairie, Wis., July 9, 1873. She is survived by three sisters. Mrs. Mary Bringe of Viroqua, Mrs. Ella Stenson of La Crosse and Mrs. Louise Lindgren of Minneapolis; five brothers, John, Peter and Ben Munson of Viroqua, Chris and Elmer Munson of Ferryville, Wis.; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the south side chapel of the Sletlen-McKee company. The Rev. George Ulvilden will officiate and burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery, Friends may call at the chapel Saturday evening.

Samuel Rowley Thrall
Source: Necrology … Andover Theological Seminary (1828 – 1865) transcribed by Kim Mohler

Samuel Rowley Thrall. (Non-graduate.)
Son of Chauncey Thrall, Esq., and Mary Chipman; born in West Rutland, Vt., January 16, 1811; prepared for college at West Rutland Academy; graduated at Middlebury College, 1835. After teaching in St. Lawrence Academy, Potsdam, N.Y., for one year, he studied in this Seminary, 1836-39, although compelled by ill health to leave before graduation. He was licensed by the Rutland (Vt.) Association in the summer of 1839, and preached at Perkinsville and Wells River, Vt., 1839-42; was ordained April 13, 1842, and continued as pastor at Wells River until 1847. He was acting pastor at Hubbardton, Vt., 1848-52; Cuttingsville, Vt., 1852-53; Weathersfield, Ill., 1854-55; Tremont, Ill., 1855-57; Bristol, Ill., 1857-59; Rockport and Summer Hill, Ill., 1859-65; La Harpe, Ill., 1865-69. In 1869 he removed to Galesburg, Ill., in order to educate his children at Knox College, and served as traveling agent of the American Bible Society until 1880. From 1887 he resided with his daughter at West Salem and Boscobel, Wis.

Rev. Joseph E. Roy, D.D., said of Mr. Thrall in the funeral sermon: “Of New England stock, from 1630 down, he was a manly man, a strong preacher, and a loving pastor. He had lived through this wondrous era in our country’s history, his life nearly measuring the century, and he had had a hand in the molding of it. His record is on high. It was made on the earth; it was written upon human hearts; it was built into the character of individuals and of churches where he had labored in the gospel. His sermons were after the old New England style, and that was the style for his day – a style that built up New England character and made it a blessing to our age and to all our land. He loved his profession and he loved to honor it, and by it to honor his chief, the Saviour of the world.”

He was married, October 12, 1842, to Miriam Hunt Bowman, of Perkinsville, Vt., daughter of Thaddeus Bowman, 3rd, of Lexington, Mass., and Anna Hunt, of Concord, Mass. She died November 22, 1886. Of eight children, four died early. The three sons became Congregational ministers: Rev. Joseph B. Thrall, of Albany, N.Y.; Rev. George S. Thrall, who died in 1886; Rev. William H. Thrall, home missionary superintendent for South Dakota; the daughter is the wife of Rev. E.W. Jenney (Class of 1873), formerly missionary in Turkey, now pastor in Boscobel, Wis.

Mr. Thrall died of old age and kidney disease, at Boscobel, Wis., February 27, 1894, aged eighty-three years.

Jesse Tift
Source: Sparta Herald (Sparta, WI) – Tuesday, November 24, 1908; submitted by Jim Dezotell

Terrible Death
Young man attempting to Get on Morning Train Receives Fatal Injuries

At Rockland, Saturday noon, Jesse Tift, a young man of 18 years, who lived with his parents in the Fish Creek district, attempted to catch on a car of an eastbound Milwaukee freight train moving at the rate of about twenty-five miles an hour. He missed his hold and was thrown under the wheels, his left leg mangled, and his right almost completely severed at the thigh.

The train stopped, and he was carried into the caboose, and taken to the hospital at Tomah, Dr. Hugh Williams, who was notified here, meeting the train and going with him to Tomah. The boy died about half an hour after reaching the hospital.

In the meantime Marshal Holmes found the lad’s mother, who was in the city at the time, and broke the news to her, accompanying her to the depot, with the idea of her taking a freight train following passenger No. 6, to go to her son. However before the train arrived, intelligence came of his death. The body was brought back home for burial. The father of the young man has been staying at Bowman, N.D., for some time past.

John Timm
Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, WI) Thursday, 10 July 1902; transcribed by FoFG mz

La Crosse, Wis., July 8. – John Timm, one of the oldest residents of this city, died yesterday at the age of 72 years.

Edith Utter
Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (25 Jan. 1900) transcribed by FoFG MZ

La Crosse, Wis., Jan. 22. – Miss Edith S. Utter, or as she was known professionally, Miss Edith Lemonte, died at her home in Trempealeau. She was a talented comic opera singer, making her debut at Palmer’s theater in New York in 1893. In the autumn of 1898 Miss Utter made an European tour, visiting London, Paris and other large cities. She had been at her home in Trempealeau for some months before she died. She was born in Trempealeau April 25, 1867. She was said to be one of the most beautiful women Wisconsin ever produced.

Barbara Waska
Source: The La Crosse Tribune, March 30, 1905, page 1 - Sub. by Diana Morse

Barbara, the wife of Mr. Frank Waska, died at her home at 1827 South Front street this morning, of strangulation, after an illness of but two days with la grippe. Mrs. Waska was 45 years of age and leaves a husband and nine children. The funeral will take place Saturday from the residence at two o'clock and interment will be made in Oak Grove cemetery. Undertaker Manstadt in charge.

Luther E. Webb
Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 470; transcribed by LaDena Livingston

1880 - Gen. Luther E. Webb died at La Crosse, Oct. 9th , at the age of fifty-three years. Born at Meriden, Conn., in 1827, he settled at La Crosse in 1856. He was appointed by President Lincoln, in 1861, agent of the Chippewa Indians at Bayfield, serving till 1867, when he was appointed commissioner of Indian affairs for New Mexico; which, however, he did not accept, but engaged in an Arkansas railroad scheme, and other large enterprises.

Edna R. Weber
The La Crosse Tribune (Monday, 17 Sept. 1951) Page 6; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Edna R. Weber, 59, of 324 1/2 Jay street, died at her home Saturday evening. She was born in Kansas City, Mo., on March 7, 1892. She is survived by her husband, Lawrence Weber. Christian Science services will be held Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Sletten-McKee south side chapel. Burial will be in the Fairview cemetery in Bangor, Wis.

Gilbert Motier Woodward
Source: The Day Book. (Chicago, Ill.), March 14, 1914 - Sub. by K.T.

La Crosse, Wis.— Hon. Gilbert Motier Woodward, 78, journalist, soldier, lawyer and politician, dead.

Carl Yandt
Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, WI) Thursday, 25 Apr. 1901; transcribed by FoFG mz

La Crosse, Wis., April 23. – Carl Yandt, a well-known early settler of this section of the country, died here yesterday at the age of 65 years. He had lived in La Crosse for the past quarter of a century.


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