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Lafayette County, Wisconsin
Obituaries and Death Notices 

John Cavanaugh
JOHN CAVANAUGH DIES AT AGE 88: John Cavanaugh, age 88 years, passed away at his home in the town of Blanchard, Friday, January 7th (1949), after an illness of three months. The deceased was born in the town of Blanchard, December 17th, 1860, of the parents, Michael and Mary Butler Cavanaugh. He was married to Miss Margaret Cleary on June 25, 1902, and they spent their entire life farming in the town of Blanchard, except for five years spent in St. Paul and in Montana. Mr. Cavanaugh was a member of the town board of Blanchard township for 31 years, which showed the trust and respect which he occupied in the community. His wide circle of friends, together with the family, will miss his passing. Surviving are his wife, two daughters, Mary (Mrs. Fred Knorr) of Lincoln, Nebr., Josie (Mrs. Harold Crotty) of Madison, one son, Thomas, of Milwaukee, two brothers, Thomas Cavanaugh of Blanchardville and D. L. Cavanaugh of Monrovia, Calif., and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Michael and one in infancy, one sister and three brothers. Funeral services were held Monday, January 10 (1949), at 9:30, in the Saether Funeral Home and at 10 in Immaculate Conception church. Rev. Paul Dwyer officiated. Burial took place in Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers were Myron Dearth, John Cleary, Joe Knorr, James Gant, Jr., Orvin Phillipson, Lawrence Cavanaugh. Honorary Pallbearers were Elmer Paulson, Martin Einerson, LeRoy Paulson, Frank Dearth, Isaac Paulson, John Gilbertson, Jesse Johnson, Elmer Hanson, Edwin Hanson and Lott Harris. [Source: Blanchardville Blade (Thursday, 13 Jan. 1949) found in microfilm reel, P70-2555 at the Wisconsin Historical Library. Submitted by Jim Honer]

Henry Clark
Died At Wiota, Wisconsin Territory, on the 24th ult., of billious fever, Mr. Henry Clark, aged 2[5?] years, formerly of Martinsburgh, in this county. [Source: Northern Journal (Lowville, NY)  Thursday, October 22, 1840; transcribed by Jim Dezotell]

Katherine Hazelton Cleary
Blanchardville -- Mrs. Katherine Cleary, 83, Blanchardville, died early Tuesday (2 Aug 1960) at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Fleming, 2210 W. Lawn Ave., Madison, after a brief illness. Mrs. Cleary, the former Katherine Hazelton, was born in Gratiot to (William N. Hazelton and Mary Satterlie Cleary), where she attended school. She was married on April 18, 1900, to Thomas Cleary in Elmhurst, IL. He died in 1946. Mrs. Cleary was a member of the Blanchardville Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and it's Ladies' Alter Society. Other Madison survivors are three other daughters, Mrs. Ralph Rogers, 527 W. Mifflin St.; Mrs. A.J. Bogus, 5 Jay Circle; and Mrs. Donald Knick, 4228 Doncaster Dr. Survivors also include three sons, John, Blanchardville; James, Milwaukee; and Maurice, Barneveld; 29 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday (4 Aug 1960) in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Friends may call after 9 a.m. today (Wednesday, 3 Aug 1960) at the Saether Funeral Home, where the rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. tonight. (Burial was in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Iowa County, WI next to her husband.) [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (4 Aug. 1960) submitted by Jim Honer]

Lorraine M. Cleary
Lorraine M. Cleary, age 87, of Blanchardville, Wisconsin passed away on Friday, February 15, 2013 in Pecos NM while staying with family. Lorraine was born on November 25, 1925 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to George and Clara (Detlaff) Hastrich. She graduated from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee before accepting a teaching position at Blanchardville High School. While teaching in Blanchardville, she met and later married on August 6th, 1949 her husband Robert of 57 years. The couple farmed in the rural Blanchardville/Hollandale area before moving to Madison in 1953 where Lorraine worked at Edgewood College, the University of Wisconsin, and then spent most of her working career as an executive secretary at Oscar Mayer Co. She enjoyed the outdoors, camping, gardening and antiquing with Bob. She especially enjoyed her children, grandchildren and great grandchild. Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Bishop Jerome J. Hastrich; and her husband Robert who died on June 13, 2007. She is survived by her son Robert Cleary of Pecos, NM; daughters Maureen (Marlin) Bredeson of Blanchardville and Kathryn Cleary of Pecos, NM; two grandchildren, Erik Bredeson of Argyle and Andrea (Ben) O'Brien of Belleville; one great-grandchild, Chace, of Belleville; and a twin brother, Monsignor George M. Hastrich of Madison as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. A mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 23rd at Immaculate Conception Church in Blanchardville. Fr. Tom Gillespie and Monsignor Hastrich will co-officiate with burial at St. Michaels Cemetery in rural Blanchardville. Friends may call on Friday from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Saether Funeral Home, Blanchardville where a rosary will be recited at 7:30. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (20 Feb. 2013) submitted by Jim Honer]

Thomas L. Cleary
Thomas Cleary, 74, resident of the Blanchardville community his entire life, and a prominent member of the Lafayette County board, passed away at his home here at 6:15 p.m. Friday (19 July 1946) after a six years' illness. Funeral services were held at 9:30 a.m. Monday (22 July 1946) in the Cleary Home and at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, Rev. E. W. Schmitz officiating. Burial was in Calvary cemetery. Pallbearers were Wm. McCloskey, James Kelly, Joe Knorr, Blanchardville, Emmett Harkin, Shullsburg, Charles Ward and Frank McKenna, Madison. Honorary pallbearers, all members of the county board with whom Mr. Cleary served, were Geo. Alderson, Wallace Penniston, Dr. L. E. Fitzgerald, Darlington, Chas. Baxter, C. R. McCoy, Shullsburg. Ayers, Gratiot, Geo. Hoffman, South Wayne, Tom Riley, Lancaster, W. E. Gould and M. J. Einerson, Blanchardville. Thomas Cleary, born on the Cleary homestead in the town of Moscow, March 12, 1872, was the son of Michael and Bridget Ducey Cleary. He was married to Mary Catherine Hazelton at Elmhurst, Ill., April 18, 1900. The farmed in the town of Moscow until 20 years ago when they purchased a home in Blanchardville and retiring, had lived there since. While farming Moscow township, Mr. Cleary was a member of the town board and the school board. He was also a member of the Lafayette County Board and the Blanchardville Village Board. For 16 years he has served on the board of trustees of the Immaculate Conception church. Tom, as he was known to everyone, was a kind and friendly man and endeared himself to all who knew him. His life was one of devotion to his family and service to his fellow men. He had a quiet humor and cheerful disposition which stood him in good stead during his years of illness. In his passing the community has truly lost a helpful servant, a wise counselor, and a good friend. Surviving are his wife; three sons, John of Blanchardville, James of Seattle, Wash., Maurice of Hollandale; four daughters, Mrs. A. J. Bogus of Blanchardville, Mrs. P. J. Fleming of Middleton, Mrs. Ralph Rogers of Madison, and Mrs. D. J. Knick Madison; one brother, M. J. Cleary of Milwaukee; one sister, Mrs. John Cavanaugh of Blanchardville; 17 grandchildren. His parents and three brothers are deceased. (Note: these were Michael, John & John) Those from a distance who attended the last rites were: M. J. Cleary, Betty and James, Mrs. Laura Fleming, Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Cavanaugh, Misses Laura and Agnes Durkin, Mrs. Margaret Smith, Milwaukee; Mrs. Joe Zurfluh, Mary Jo and Billy of Nekoosa; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Fleming, Mr. and Mrs. F. J. McKenna, Joe, Dick and Frances, Charles Watrud, Betty Bolander, Madison; Mr. and Mrs. Art Fleming, Mr. and Mrs. Lyman McKee, Verona; Mrs. B. Durkin, Mr and Mrs. Frank Regan, Hollandale; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Cleary, Mr. and Mrs. Patsy Flannery, Mrs. A. Hoerburger and Rose, Argyle; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Watrud, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Collins, Barneveld; Wm. Ayers, Mrs. Annie Satterlee, Gratiot; Mr. and Mrs. Amos Jackson, Arena; Mr. and Mrs. Norman Jackson, Wiota; John McCue, George Alderson, Wallace Penniston, Dr. and Mrs. L. J. Fitzgerald, Frank Goodrich, Mr. and Mrs. August Larson, Darlington; Mr. and Mrs. George Hoffman, South Wayne; Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Harkin, Vernon Scott, Clarence McCoy, Shullsburg; Robert Howe, Cuba City; Mr. and Mrs. frank Menehan, Monroe; Mr. and Mrs. James Flanagan, Sr., and Eunice, Mr. and Mrs. John Flannery, Mr. and Mrs. James Flanagan, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Flanagan, Mr. and Mrs. LaVerne Daly, Jack Flanagan, Mrs. Wm. Sullivan, Miss Elizabeth McGuire, Argyle; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Lynch, Mr. and Mrs. Leo McCarville, Mr. and Mrs. Nick Burns, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Burns, Mayme Conway, Mr. and Mrs. James Leonard, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Norton, Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Alfred, Hollandale. [Source: Blanchardville Blade (24 July 1946) submitted by Jim Honer]

William Cleveland
Willam Cleveland was born near Monroe, Wisconsin October 19, 1853 and died October 6, 1913, aged fifty-nine years. He leaves to mourn, a wife, Nettie and five children, two sons and three daughters, namely Frank, Delbert, Mrs. Stella May Woolworth, Mrs. Etta Steele and Effie. Three children died in infancy. Three children died in infancy. He also leaves two brothers and and two sisters, namely, Geo. Worley of Gratiot, Thos. Worley of Montana, Mrs. Warren McConnell and Mrs. Thomas Lancaster. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Smallwood from the residence, and from the M. E. church at Gratiot, Wednesday, October 8. The pall bearers were C. M. Lund, H. Brooks, B. Simons, J. Burmeister, F. Eckerman and T. Johnson. The funeral was largely attended and interment was made in the Gratiot cemetery. Mr. Cleveland was a carpenter and painter and was honest and industrious. The family has the sympathy of the entire community. [Gratiot Reporter, Oct. 9, 1913; Submitters Name: Ken Wright]

Delbert Cook
Delbert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Cook, died early Saturday morning and was buried at Leadmine on Monday. Those from here who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Cook and daughter, Inez, Mr. and Mrs. L. Gillie, Mrs. T. S. Cook, and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Lightcap. [Source: Cuba City News-Herald (Cuba City, Wis.) Friday, 22 Feb. 1918; submitted by FoFG]

P. Frederick Dering
DIED, At New Diggins, Wis., on Sunday the 11th inst., P. Frederick Dering, aged 66 years. Mr. D. was one of the oldest and most respectable citizens of Lafayette county. He was formerly a resident of Selin’s Grove, Union county, Pennsylvania. [Source: Milwaukee Sentinel (Milwaukee, Wis.) Wednesday, 21 Apr. 1852; transcribed by FoFG]

Lawrence Dower
St. Paul. Minn., May 10.—A Helena. Mont., special says: Lawrence Dower, of Shullsburg, Wis., who was injured in the explosion at the Washoe smelter at Anaconda Thursday, died of his injuries last night. [Source: Oshkosh Daily Northwestern (Oshkosh, Wis.) Saturday, 10 May 1902; submitted by FoFG]

Margaret Elaine Wahl Gruenenfelder
Margaret Elaine Wahl Gruenenfelder, age 84, daughter of Palmer and Monica Daly Wahl, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, at Monroe Clinic Hospital surrounded by her family.  She attended Blanchardville Public Schools all but two years that were spent at Einerson Rural School and graduated BHS in 1944. Margaret was born Nov. 21, 1926, on a farm in Blanchard Township. On May 23, 1944, she and Henry were married at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in rural Mount Horeb. Eight children were born to this union, four sons and four daughters, fulfilling her desire for a large family. She helped Henry on the farm for 16 years, plus being active in the Ingwell-Watrud Mothers Club, Hillside Homemakers, taught grade and high school religion classes, member of the Blanchardville Garden club for many years. Also, Pecatonica VFW Auxiliary and Dobson-Johnson American Legion Auxiliary. She was very proud of being just short of her 10 gallon pin for donation blood. She had a terrific Irish wit and her ability to remember names, dates and history was enviable. She faced and conquered many hardships in her life including her father dying when she was 9 years old, a brain abscess at age 39 causing paralysis and numerous operations but still kept a positive and bright outlook on life. She loved to sew, bake, can, read, work puzzles, grow house plants, have coffee, and visit with family and friends. And, her family was her greatest joy. Survivors include her husband, Henry; children, Marilyn (Lee) Fahrney of Hollandale, Paul Gruenenfelder, Anita Kammerer of Brodhead, Allen Gruenenfelder, Gary (Murt) Gruenenfelder, Patricia Hendrickson, Mark (Kelly) Gruenenfelder and Ann (Denny) Marty all of Blanchardville; 26 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild; sisters, Marie (Bill) Rieder and Mary (Gene) Hendrickson of Blanchardville; brother, Mark (Charlotte) Wahl of Kileen, Texas; sisters-in-law, Donna Wahl of Monticello, and Hedy Wahl of Blanchardville; Henry's five sisters; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by parents, Palmer, 1937 and Monica, 1962; brothers, Myron, 1990 and Maurice Wahl, 2009; daughter-in-law, Glady, 2000; grandson, Jamie (Mike) 1996; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. A visitation will be held Thursday evening, Jan. 13, 2011, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH in Blanchardville. A rosary will be said following visitation. Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the church. Father Thomas Gillespie will officiate. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Blanchardville. The Saether Funeral Home in Blanchardville is assisting the family. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal, 12 Jan 2011 - Submitted By: Jim Honer]

Henry Joseph Gruenenfelder
Henry Joseph Gruenenfelder, age 90, of Blanchardville, died on Monday, April 11, 2011, at the Monroe Clinic Hospital in Monroe. He was born Feb. 10, 1921, in Perry Township, Dane County, the son of John Henry and Christina Gruenenfelder. Henry attended the Forward country school. He made cheese with his dad at the Perry Center Cheese Factory in rural Mount Horeb until he went into the service. On May 23, 1944, he married Margaret Wahl at the Holy Redeemer Church in Perry Township in a double wedding ceremony with Henry's sister, Hedy and Margaret's brother, Maurice. In December 1944 Henry was drafted into the United States Army. Following basic training in Arkansas, he served in the Philippine Islands and Japan during World War II, and was honorably discharged at Fort Ord, Calif., in 1945. Henry lived in the Hollandale/ Blanchardville area most of his life where he worked in heating and plumbing and later farmed for 16 years. After moving to town in 1970, he worked at the Blanchardville Coop Oil until he retired in 1986. He continued working for the Saethers in the Funeral Home as well as the Furniture Store until 2005. Henry was an avid sports fan and enjoyed bowling and horseshoes where he won many trophies. He loved attending his children's and grandchildren's sporting events. He also played guitar and sang for many years at house parties, at one of which he met his future bride. Henry and Margaret loved to dance. Henry was an active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, Dobson Johnson American Legion Post 142 and was a proud charter member and lifetime member of the VFW. Henry is survived by their eight children, Marilyn (Lee) Fahrney of Hollandale, Paul of Blanchardville, Anita Kammerer of Brodhead, Allen, Gary (Murt), Patricia Hendrickson, Mark (Kelly) Gruenenfelder and Ann (Denny) Marty, all of Blanchardville; five sisters, Anna Minnig of Beaver Dam, Mary Jensen of DeForest, Catherine Uebersetzig of Waunakee, and Leona Rundhaug and Hedy Wahl, both of Blanchardville; as well as brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; 27 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Margaret, on Jan. 10, 2011; two sisters, Christine Zimmerman and Lillian Bigger; daughter-in-law, Gladys Gruenenfelder; son-in-law, Rod Kammerer; and grandson, Jamie (Mike) Gruenenfelder. A military funeral service will be held on Friday, April 15, 2011, at 11 a.m. at IMMACULATE CATHOLIC CHURCH in Blanchardville with Father Tom Gillespie officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Blanchardville with veteran's graveside honors. Visitation will be held Thursday evening, April 14, 2011, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the church. The Saether Funeral Home in Blanchardville is assisting the family.[Source: Wisconsin State Journal, 13 Apr 2011 - Submitted by: Jim Honer]

Mrs. Will Harker
Mrs. Will Harker, well known to many of our readers, died at her home in Shullsburg, Tuesday. She will be buried at Leadmine at 2 o'clock to-day. [Source: Benton Advocate (Benton, Lafeyette County, Wis.) Thursday, 14 July 1904; submitted by FoFG]

James H. Knowlton
1879 - Hon. James H. Knowlton died in Chicago Jan. 29th, at the age of nearly sixty-five years. He was born in Canandaigus, N.Y., Feb 20th, 1814, and was raised on a farm, living several years near Lockport, N.Y. He early studied medicine, but gave it up, and became a lawyer. He settled at Janesville in 1843, removing in 1847 to Shullsburg. He served as county judge, and represented that city in the legislature; and was chairman of the committee to investigate the frauds in the disposition of the land grant in 1856. In the spring of 1862, he was can unsuccessful candidate for associate justice of the supreme court. He subsequently removed to Chicago. Though somewhat eccentric, he was a man of fine legal ability, and of strict integrity of character. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 430; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Solomon Lamparel
1880 - Col. Solomon Lamparel died at Darlington, June 14th, aged seventy-six years. He was a native of Massachusetts, settling on Spoon River, Ill., in 1832, working at Fort Dearborn, Chicago, in 1833-34, and removing to Willow Springs, in Lafayette Co., in 1845. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 462; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Azel P. Ladd
We regret to have to announce the decease of Hon. Azel P. Ladd, late Sup’t of Public Schools. We were informed by a gentleman who arrived on Saturday evening from Lafayette Co., that Dr. Ladd died on Friday, of cholera. [Source: Milwaukee Sentinel (Milwaukee, Wis.) Monday, 31 July 1854; transcribed by FoFG]

Charles H. Lemar
1881 - Col. Charles H. Lemar died at Shullsburg, Aug. 6th, where he was on a visit, in his sixty- second year. He was a native of Kentucky, and settling in the lead mine region forty years ago, he was appointed on the staff of Governor Dewey, with the rank of colonel. In 1854, while keeping a hotel at Scales' Mounds, during the cholera season of 1854, his whole family, boarders and help, were stricken down with the disease, nine dying in a few hours; and Dr. Azel P. Ladd, then recently retired from the office of State Superintendent of public instruction, contracted the disease from them and died. Col. Lemar became a large stock-raiser in Wisconsin and Iowa. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 486; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

John Love
John Love, aged 68 years, residing near Hazel Green, died Friday, after a week's illness with pneumonia and was buried at Leadmine Monday, the funeral service being conducting by Rev. Bennett of the Benton M. E. Church. Mr. Lowe years ago resided at Leadmine but moved to Jefferson where he resided until recently. He was well known to a large number in this vicinity. He leaves a large family who have the sympathy of the community. [Source: Benton Advocate (Benton, Lafayette County, Wis.) Thursday, 3 Mar. 1904; submitted by FoFG]

Lowery (child)
Word was received in Benton Friday of the death of the two-year-old girl of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lowery of Omaha. The little one died of diphtheria. [Source: Benton Advocate (Benton, Lafayette County, Wis.) Friday, 13 Feb. 1914; submitted by FoFG]

John H. Martin
John H. Martin Dies at Son's Gilroy Home
GILROY (CA) May 10. John H. Martin, a native of Bristol, Mass. Died in this city on Thursday night at the home of his son, A. A. Martin, aged 87 years, 11 months and nine days. He had been ill for some time, having suffered from a stroke of paralysis since which he had been gradually failing. He removed to Wisconsin in 1840 with his parents, removing from there to the Willows near San Jose in 1891, where he resided until October 19, 1911, when he came to Gilroy where he has made his home ever since with his son, A.A. Martin. He was a useful citizen during the days of his earlier life and was for six years chairman of the board of supervisors for Darlington, Wis. Although a member of no church organization, he was ever an earnest advocate of the doctrines of Holy Writ, that teach justice, mercy and forgiveness, and in his daily walk and conversation he endeavored to do unto others as he would have others do unto him. His wife passed away in this city in January, 1912. He leaves four sons, A.A. Martin, Mayor of this city; W.H. Martin of Austin, Minn.; L.J. Martin of Conway Springs, Kan.; B. W. Martin of Denver, Colo., besides two sisters, Mrs. C. F. Russell of Milan, Kans.; Mrs. L.D. Pettit of Greenville, Mich., and brother C.D. Martin of Mayne, Neb. The funeral was held at the residence of his son, A. A. Martin at 2:30 p.m today. The Rev. A.H Gilbert of the M.E church of this city officiating. The body was laid to rest in the Masonic and Odd Fellows’ cemetery. [Source: Unknown newspaper, Unknown contributor][John H. Martin died 8 May 1913]

John H. Martin, who died at the home of his son, Mayor A. A. Martin, Thursday evening May 8, was born at Bristol, Mass. in 1825, dying at the good old age of 87 years, 11 months, and nine days. He had been in poor health some time, having suffered a stroke of paralysis, since which time he has steadily failed. When but a boy Mr. Martin journeyed westward with his father’s family making a settlement in Wisconsin. Here he grew to manhood, bravely taking his share of the hardships incident to life on the frontier. During his long residence in Wisconsin he held many positions of trust and for six years was chairman of the Board of Supervisors of Darlington, township. In 1891 he again turned his face westward seeking a milder climate to spend his declining years. He located at the Willows near San Jose where he continued to reside until Oct 19, 1911 when he and his wife came to Gilroy to reside with their son, A. A. Martin. His wife was called to her rest at the ripe age of 84 years. He continued to reside with his son until called to his reward as above stated. He leaves four sons, A.A. Martin, Mayor of this city; W.H. Martin of Austin, Minn., L.J. Martin of Conway Spring, Kans.; B.W. Martin of Denver, Colo.; besides two daughters Mrs. C.F. Russell of Milan, Kans.; Mrs. L.D. Pettit of Greenville, Mich., and brother, D.D. Martin of Mayne, Neb. The funeral was held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday from the residence of Mayor Martin, Rev. A.B. Gilbert of the M.E. Church officiating and interment was made in the Masonic and Odd Fellows cemetery. Those present at the funeral from out of town were B. W. Martin of Denver, Col., Misses Addie and Eunice Gray of San Jose, Grant Willis, Hollister and Mrs. Triplett also of Hollister. Note: John Martin died 8 May 1913 

Richard Mates
Richard Mates, of Belmont, was taken ill at the Platteville camp meeting last Sunday and was taken home, where he died yesterday. Mr. Mates was an old settler and was well known throughout the county. He was about 78 years of age. [Source: Benton Advocate (Benton, Wis.) Thursday, 18 Aug. 1904; transcribed by FoFG]

Neal Mattox
VIRGINIA CITY, Nev., Jan. 8. – Neal Mattox, a former well-known Comstock man, died at Butte, Mont., a few days ago. He was born at Benton, Wis., and went to Butte 14 years ago. [Source: Nevada State Journal (9 Jan. 1911) transcribed by FoFG]

Robert Thomas McGowan
Robert Thomas "Bob" McGowan, age 73 of Blanchardville died on Sunday morning, January 30, 2011 at the UW Hospital in Madison after a brief battle with Leukemia.  He was born on February 26, 1937 in Lafayette County, Argyle Township, Wisconsin to Harty & Jane (Meylor) McGowan.  He grew up in rural Blanchardville and attended the Farmer’s School, and then graduated from the Blanchardville High School in 1955.  Bob farmed with his parents.  He was married on December 1, 1956 in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Blanchardville to Eloise Kolden.  They farmed together in Blanchard Township until 1975 when they purchased and operated the Hitching Post Tavern in Blanchardville, which they operated until 1982.  Bob then went to work for the Lafayette County Highway Department as a patrolman, retiring in the spring of 2000.  After retiring, he drove school bus for the Pecatonica School District until his illness.  He was a lifetime member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Blanchardville, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Hollandale.  Bob was a founding member of the Blackhawk Saddle Club.  He was well known for his horses, loving John Deere and his full-blooded Irish heritage.  Bob was devoted to and loved his family, including his wife, children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bob is survived by his wife, Eloise McGowan of Blanchardville; seven children, Christine (Tom) Zeal of New Glarus, Joanne (Dennis) Erb of Argyle, Jeffrey (Liz) McGowan of Blanchardville, Robert (Virginia) McGowan of Blanchardville, Barbara (Scott) Cassidy of Blanchardville, Larry (Carol) McGowan of Monticello, and Rolly (Patty) McGowan of Blanchardville; one sister, Betty Dammen of Argyle; seventeen grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three sister-in-laws, Mary Louise Teutschmann, Audrey (Dan) Parkinson, Ruth (Don) Vick; and nieces, nephews and cousins.  Robert was preceded in death by his parents; one sister and brother-in-law, Mary & Leland Granberg; a brother, William McGowan; and a brother-in-law, Merlin Dammen. [Wisconsin State Journal, 1 Feb 2011; Submitters Name: JAH]

William Montgomery
1879 - Dr. William Montgomery Thomas died at Darlington, Sept. 10th, aged fifty-three years. He had resided there twenty-five years, and had represented his profession in a number of state and national conventions. He was a native of Annapolis, Maryland. He was a graduate of St. John's College and the University of Maryland. In the Mexican War he rendered good service, and was an aide to Gen. Scott at the battle of Vera Cruz. He also served during our Civil War as surgeon of the Thirty-First Wisconsin regiment. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 443; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

B. F. Morgan
Wagner – Ex senator B. F. Morgan died in a hospital here following an illness of three months’ duration. He was a resident of Charles Mix county for about 15 years coming here from Shullsburg, Wis. He bought a large acreage of choice farm land south of Wagner, where he resided. He represented Charles Mix county in the state senate for two consecutive terms and was a delegate to the national democratic convention in St. Louis in 1916. A wife, five sons and three daughters survive. [Source: Aberdeen American SD (3 Feb. 1922) transcribed by FoFG]

John Mulligan
1881 - John Mulligan died at Darlington, Dec. 16th, at the alleged great age of one hundred and seven years. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 490; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Catharine Noland
The remains of Mrs. Catharine Noland were brought from Darlington to this place, last Friday, and interred in the Catholic cemetery. Deceased was quite aged and was well known in this vicinity, having formerly resided here. [Source: Benton Advocate (Benton, Wis.) Thursday, 18 Aug. 1904; transcribed by FoFG]

Grant L. Nyhus
MOUNT HOREB / BLANCHARDVILLE - Grant Leroy Nyhus, age 89, of the rural Mount Horeb/Blanchardville area died on Saturday, July 2, 2016, at the New Glarus Home in New Glarus. He was born on Feb. 22, 1927, in Perry Township to Arthur and Lena (Rosaasen) Nyhus and attended the Daleyville School. He was married to Delores Wahl on Feb. 13, 1949, at the Blanchardville Lutheran Church. Grant and Dolores farmed briefly in New Glarus and in the Yellowstone area before settling in Daleyville in the 1950s. Grant continued to farm until a recent decline in his health prevented it. Grant was a member of New Hope Lutheran Church in Blanchardville. He loved to farm, watch old movies and travel, particularly to Switzerland, Norway and Alaska. Grant is survived by one daughter, Roxann (Michael) Robinson of Phoenix, Ariz.; a sister, Olga Bloczynski of Waunakee, Wis.; three grandchildren, Ryan Bollig of Mount Horeb, Wis., Carissa Hughes of Fitchburg, Wis., and Latasha Robinson of Mesa, Ariz.; and two great-grandchildren, Xandar and Justice Bollig. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dolores Nyhus on Aug. 14, 2011; and his son, Charles Nyhus on Sept. 28, 2001. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the New Glarus Nursing Home staff and Dr. Gedden for their excellent care over the years. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 7, 2016, at 11 a.m. at NEW HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH in Blanchardville. Pastor Michelle Elfers will officiate. Burial will be in the York Memorial Cemetery in rural Blanchardville. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church.  [Wisconsin State Journal, 5 Jul 2016]

John O'Donnell
John O'Donnell, highly respected citizen, died in the village of New Diggings on the 19th inst. The deceased was born in the town of Hetters, County Monaghan, Ireland, on the 23rd day of August, 1837.*  He arrived in this country with his parents when but a boy, located in St. Louis, where and there met his life partner, Miss Mary Rooney, with whom he was joined in wedlock on the 23rd of Mayu, 1857. She still survives him together with eight sons and two daughters, namely: Mrs. Henry McPhillips of Darlington, Miss Clara O'Donnell of Obleago, Edward and Robert of Shullsberg, John and Lewis of Jackson, Minn., Thomas of Dubuque, Augustus of Rockwell, Iowa, Alfonso of New Diggings, and James, the eldest, of Denver, Colo. All except the latter mentioned attended the funeral, which took place on Saturday, the 21st inst. The remains were interred at the Catholic cemetery at Benton. The burial services were conducted by Rev. James Bergin and concluded by the officers of the Thomas H. Oast Post, G.A.R. of Shullsberg, of which he was a member, being a member of Company G, 16th Wisconsin in which he enlisted in the early part of 1861. He leaves on brother at Georgetown, Colo., and two sisters, Mrs. T.A. Cumiskey, Mrs. Phillip Burns of New Diggings. Mr. O'Donnell was a man of sterling integrity and dared to express his opinion on any subject disregarding circumstances, if in his view he thought he was in the right. He believed in the freedom of thought and despised anything appertaining to coertion; a complete master of hsi family, which is evident from the fact that they are, as a majority, well educated and in possession of good paying positions in various places, and all of whom have now attained the manhood and womanhood stage of life. He was a profound advocate of the promotion of education, and the rights justice and of thoughtfullness. He loved to see a complete enforcement of the statutory law and befriended a lawabiding citizen. He worked with willing hand to be a good turn for his neighbors, all of whom are in deep regret over his departure. He was a brave solder and never turned his back on a rebel. A great number of his comrades from New Diggings and Shullsburg attended the funeral, each of whom bore an expression on his countenance which seemed to say:
"Comrade, comrades, ever since we were boys,Sharing each others sorrows, sharing each others joys."
[*Another account says he was born 1838, and that he was born near the Hilton Estate, Cloness, County Monaghan, Ireland.]  [Source: Date: April 23, 1900; Submitted by Kathleen O'Donnell Braun]

Nathaniel T. Parkinson
1879 - Nathaniel T. Parkinson died at Willow Springs, Lafayette County, Jan. 7th, in his sixty-fourth year. Born Sept. 25th, 1815, in White Co., Tenn., second son of Col. Daniel Parkinson, he migrated with his parents, in 1818, to Madison Co., Ill., and, in 1827, settled in the Lead Region. When only seventeen, he served under General Dodge in the Black Hawk War, showing bravery in the battle of the Bad Axe. In 1837, he removed to Madison, and for three years filled the office of sheriff of Dane County, by appointment of Gov. Dodge. Returning to Lafayette, he was president of the County Agricultural Society, and filled various offices of public trust. He was a Christian, and a man of much worth and many virtues. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) pages 429-430; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Mrs. H. Floyd went to Platteville, Tuesday, to attend the funeral of her cousin, Mr. Preston. [Source: The Benton Advocate, Benton, Wisconsin, July 14, 1904 - Submitted Linda Rodriguez]

O. M. Richardson
O. M. Richardson, a prominent citizen of Elk Grove, in Lafayette county, committed suicide Thursday by shooting himself with a shot gun. He had just shipped a carload of cattle from Elms and returned home, took his gun, went out in the yard and shot himself. Temporary insanity is supposed to be the cause. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wis.) Friday, 1 Apr. 1887; transcribed by FoFG]

Leona Josefa Rundhaug
Leona Josefa Rundhaug, age 86, of Blanchardville, died on Thursday, July 7, 2011, at the Monroe Clinic (Hospital). She was born on July 25, 1924, in Forward at Perry Center Cheese Factory, the daughter of Henry and Christina (Gruenenfelder) Gruenenfelder. She grew up there and attended the Forward School for eight years, then moved with her parents to rural Hollandale where she lived and worked at the Fairview Cheese Factory. On May 3, 1947, she married Patrick Murphy. They lived in Middleton, rural Lone Rock and Evansville. Patrick died in a farm accident on Aug. 16, 1957. She then moved to Blanchardville with her children. She married Willard Ayen on Feb. 10, 1959, in Blanchardville. They lived and raised the family together in Blanchardville. After the children were a little older, Leona worked at Trumpy Cheese for around 25 years, retiring in 1990. Willard died on Feb. 18, 1989. She married Donald Rundhaug on Dec. 29, 1990, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Hollandale. They lived in Grand Rapids, Mich. and Blanchardville, spending half their time in each place, with the later years spent mostly in Blanchardville. Donald died on March 29, 2007. Leona was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Blanchardville. She loved gardening, planting flowers and enjoyed traveling including going to Switzerland and Canada. She is survived by her six children, Ronald (Christine) Murphy of Blanchardville, Mary (Raymond) Tierney of Mazomanie, Linda (Roger) Sager of Monroe, Susan (Mike) Cleary of Hollandale, Jerald (Margaret) Murphy of Egan, Minn. and Robert Ayen of Chicago, Ill.; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Anna Minnig of Beaver Dam; Mary Jensen of De Forest; Katherine Uebersetzig of Waunakee and Hedy Wahl of Blanchardville. She was preceded in death by her parents; her three husbands, Patrick Murphy, Willard Ayen and Donald Rundhaug; a daughter, Joan on Nov. 15, 2003; granddaughter, Carolyn Sager; grandson, Patrick Murphy; two sisters, Christine Zimmerman and Lillian Bigger; and a brother, Henry Gruenenfelder. Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 11 a.m. at IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH, Blanchardville. Father Wanish will officiate. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Blanchardville. Friends may call Monday from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal, 10 Jul 2011 - Submitted by: Jim Honer]

John Sweeney
1880 - John Sweeney died in the town of Fayette, Nov. 20th, aged eighty-four years. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 473; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Mrs. Jos. Temple
Card of Thanks -- We take this means of extending our thanks to the many friends for their kindness and sympathy during the sickness and death of our wife and mother. All will be held in grateful remembrance.  Jos. Temple and Children. [Source: The Benton Advocate, Benton, Wisconsin, July 14, 1904 - Submitted Linda Rodriguez]

John J. Van Matre
1880 - John J. Van Matre died in Fayette, July 26th, at the age of seventy-seven years. He settled in Wisconsin in 1836. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 465; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

George C. Way
Under the head of "Deaths," last week, substitute Hiram for "Harrison," in the first notice, and George C. Way in place of "George S. Way" as per former copy.  People should be careful about sending in copy that is not correct. [Source: The Lewis County Banner (Lowville, NY) Wednesday, January 20, 1858; submitted by Jim Dezotell]

Died In Wyota, Wis., on the 9th of December, 1857, Mr. George S. Way, of quick consumption.  Aged 39 years. The deceased was formerly of Martinsburg. [Source: The Lewis County Banner (Lowville, NY) Wednesday, January 13, 1858]

John K. Williams
1880 - Hon. John K. Williams died at Shullsburg, Aprial 4th, at the age of fifty-eight years. He was a native of Pennsylvania, and settled in Shullsburg in 1846; chief clerk of the state senate in 1852-53; clerk of the circuit court of Lafayette County, 1855-56, and regent of the State University in 1876. He was a prominent member of the Masons and Odd Fellows. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 459; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Patrick Woods
Patrick Woods was born in July, 1830 in Ireland and came when 15 years of age to the United States arriving with his parents at New York where he lived for some time. He later resided at Darlington, Wis., where he married, and soon after moved to Howard county which has been his home for the past 45 years. Soon after his arrival in the county he bought the farm in Howard Center township, southwest of Cresco which was his home until about ten years ago, since which time, his wife having passed away about eight years previous, he has made his home in the families of his children. He leaves to mourn his loss, six daughters, Mrs. Wm. Rinn, Mrs. Julia Wilson and Mrs. John McGourty, all of this county, and six sons, R. J. Frank and Will, of Cresco, Joe M., of Chicago, James, of St. Cloud, Minn., and Chas., of Huron, S. D., all of whom were present at the funeral. Another son, Thomas, died several years ago. Mr. Woods passed away Friday, June 18th and was buried the Sunday following; requiem high mass being celebrated at the Church of the Assumption with interment in St. Joseph's cemetery. Mr. Woods was an honorable upright man in all his dealings, a sincere and practical christian, and though he lived to a ripe old age to enjoy the companionship of family and friends, his loss will not the less be mourned by the family to whom he was always an indulgent father and by those with whom he had neighbored for so many years.  [Cresco Plain Dealer. (Cresco, Howard County, Iowa), 02 July 1915]


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