DIED, On the 6th inst., of lingering consumption, Mrs. Emma, wife of Mr. O. I. Newton, aged 32 years. The deeply bereaved husband, and two dear little boys, and other sorrowing friends, have the heart-felt sympathies of many friends, and the consolation of the sweetest peace in the last days of the dear, departed one. While she was in life, much that was to her desirable and pleasant, she felt that to depart and be with the Lord, was far better. May her worthy example and true christian devotion, be long remembered and faithfully copied, by those who follow on to the same happy destiny. [Source: Monroe County Republican; 21 March 1872]
GUNSHOT FATAL TO TOMAH BOY
Coroner Declares Death Accidental
Tomah, Wis. (Special) Roger Noth, 13-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Noth, Tomah, died Thursday while enroute to a Sparta hospital from wounds received when a .32 caliber revolver discharged. The bullet passed through his left arm and lodged near his heart. The death of the youth was termed accidental by Coroner M. J. Lanham, who said the gun was discharged while it was being handled by the victim's cousin, Darrell Verweibe, 14, Kendall, who had come to the Noth home. Verweibe helped Roger celebrate his birthday the day before the accident. The revolver had been locked in a gun case, but the boys had found the keys and also ammunition stored in the same location. Ken Peth and Earl Woodliff heard the shot while in Woodliff's grocery and came to Roger's immediate aid. The accident occurred upstairs and Roger, though mortally wounded, was able to go downstairs and report the accident to his mother. Roger is survived by his parents and two younger brothers, Dean and Allan. Funeral services will be held Sunday with burial in the south Ridge cemetery. [Source: The La Crosse Tribune (Friday Evening, 4 Aug. 1950) front page]
Mrs. Julia Oliver, aged 72 years, passed away last Tuesday evening, after a hard siege of heart trouble and hardening of the arteries, at the home of her brother, Geo. Kidney and wife, with whom she had been living for the past four and a half months. Deceased was born in York state on Jan. 12, 1843, and with her parents, came to Leon at the age of about six years, locating on the old Kidney farm, which was sold fifteen years ago to an outsider. She is survived by four children, her husband and two children having gone before her. Funeral services were held at 1:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the Kidney home, Rev. Morris officiating, and interment was made in the Leon cemetery. [The Sparta Herald (Sparta, WI) – Tuesday, June 22, 1920]
John Organ an old resident of the city and a veteran-of the civil war passed away at his hone on Monday evening March 27, aged 71 years. The funeral took place in the Catholic church Thursday afternoon. The Grand Army Post attended in a body and conducted services at the grave. Mr. Organ served in Company D; 28th Wis. [Source: unknown]
A. L. Page
Sparta, Wis., June 26. – [Special.] – A. L. Page, aged 73 years, died last night. He was an officer in the Civil war and an officer in the G.A.R. post. He was elected justice of the peace at the spring election. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, Wis.) 28 June 1900; transcribed by MZ]
Glen R. Page
SPARTA, WEST SALEM MEN KILLED IN THREE-CAR CRASH
Sparta --- A Sparta man and a West Salem man died as a result of a collision involving three cars on a town road 2 miles north of here Sunday night.
Glen R. Page, 67, Sparta, was pronounced dead on the scene by Monroe County Coroner Edward Lukasek, and David L Milssen, 18, West Salem, died Monday morning in a La Crosse hospital. The accident occured at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday when the Page car was being pushed by a car driven by Donald V. Erickson, 32, Sparta. According to Monroe County Traffic Chief Dale Trowbridge, a car driven by Nilssen crossed over the center line and struck the Page vehicle which was pushed back into the Erickson car.
Two passengers in the Nilssen car were hospitalized in La Crosse, Miss Audrey A. Lombard, 16, Sparta, received multiple cuts and bruises, and Thomas R. Renehan, 17, West Salem, suffered facial cuts.
Mr. Page was a lifelong Sparta resident. His wife, the former Edna Langreht, died in 1956.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. John Ziegler, La Crosse; four sons, Donald and Gerald, both of Milwaukee; and Robert and Ralph, both of Sparta; four sisters, Mrs. Gale Kilgore and Mrs. Kenneth Coon, Des Moines, Ia.; Mrs. Vera Elliott, Oregon; and Mrs. Goldie Carter, Goleta, Calif.; three brothers, William, La Crosse; Lewellyn, Galesville; and Loren, Sparta; and 13 grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Robert Page Funeral Home, where friends may call after 2 p.m. Thursday.
Mr. Nilssen, a 1970 graduate of West Salem High School, was employed by the Decomet Co., Sparta.
Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Lewis; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Vandervort, Tomah; and a stepbrother, William, La Crosse. The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Our Savior's Lutheran Church, West Salem. Friends may call Wednesday night at the Jostad Funeral Home, and from noon until time of services Thursday at the church. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Tuesday, 25 May 1971) page 2, section 2]
Lillian Viola Annie Pfuhl
Lillian Viola Annie (Drake) Pfuhl, daughter of Mary and Amsie Drake, was born on September 4, 1895, in the Town of Sheldon, Monroe County. At the age of one year, she was baptized by the Reverend Henry Best. She took catechism instructions at the age of ten and was converted under the Reverend Weiner and the Reverend Stewart and joined the Salem E.U.B. Church. For many years, Mrs. Pfuhl was a Sunday School teacher at the Salem Church. She was also a member of the W.S.W.S. and was president of the Salem W.S.W.S. for several years. On September 1, 1920, she was united in marriage to Harvey E. Pfuhl by the Reverend H. A. Block. To this union were born five children. Mr. and Mrs. Pfuhl lived on a farm in Ridgeville for ten years, then moved to the farm where she was born in the Town of Sheldon. In May 1946, they moved to the Village of Norwalk. Mrs. Pfuhl died at the Vieth Nursing Home in Norwalk on Tuesday afternoon April 27, 1965, at the age of 68 years, 7 months, and 23 days. Preceding her ins death in addition to her parents, were an infant daughter and a brother, Benjamin.
She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband, Harvey; three daughters, Mrs. Erwin (Margaret) Vieth, Mrs. Edwin (Virginia) Hubbard, and Mrs. Dean (Elmyra) Short, all of Norwalk; one son, Rupert, of Norwalk; seven grandchildren; a brother, Albert Drake, of Minneapolis; and a host of relative and friends. The funeral service was held at 1:30 Friday afternoon, April 30, at the Salem E.U.B. Church. The Reverend LeRoy Miellou officiated burial was in Wanderers Rest Cemetery. Vocalists were Mrs. Boyd Wallace, and Mad. Edward De[?]er, accompanied by Mrs. Edwin Hoffman. The following served as pallbearers: Roger Vieth, James Vieth, Willard Pfuhl, Ray Kriegel, Durward Leverenz, and Everett Webb. The Ferries Page Funeral Home of Norwalk was in charge of arrangements. [Source: Unknown Paper (Unknown, WI) – Unknown Date, 1965; submitted by Jim Dezotell]
Joseph Prock, 84, for many years a resident of Neillsville and vicinity, died April 24, after an illness of about a year. Funeral services were conducted Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic church, Neillsville. Rev. Michael Prock of Osceola, a nephew of the deceased, acted as celebrant, and was assisted by Rev. John Novak of Greenwood as deacon, Rev. Raphael Stragisher O.S.M. of Willard as subdeacon, and Rev. J. A. Biegler C. PP.S., as master of ceremonies. Burial was made in the parish cemetery. A rosary service was held Friday evening at the Schiller-Terhune funeral home, where the body lay in state.
Mr. Prock was born September 4, 1860, at Cashton, and came to Clark county at the age of 20 years. As a young man he worked in lumber camps, and also at stave-making, in a day when staves were all made by hand. In 1883 he married Margaret Stevens at Cashton. They resided on a farm in the town of Weston for many years and later moved to Neillsville, where he has since made his home. He was a faithful member of St. Mary’s church.
Surviving are two daughters: Agnes, Mrs. Albert Barton, who resides near Christie, and Margaret, Mrs. Nicholas Endres, of Beloit. Mrs. Prock died seven years ago, and the son, John, died in 1917. Three children died in infancy. Two brothers and a sister also survive. They are William of Rice Lake; George, whose home is in North Dakota; and Mrs. Celie Seitz of Tomah. A brother and two sisters are deceased. There are 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Pallbearers were: Nicholas Linster, Ed. Prock, Linus Prock, Frank Dobes, Herman North and Frank Reinhard.
Out-of-town relatives who were here for the funeral services included: Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Endres and daughter, Mrs. Joan Borski, Beloit; Eugene Barton and Sylvester, St. Paul; Miss Louise Barton, Chicago; Mrs. Celie Seitz and daughter, Ann, Tomah; Albert Seitz, Fairchild; William Prock, Mrs. Albert Glessing, Lawrence Prock and Tony Prock and Miss Ann Prock, Osceola; Martin Prock, Eau Claire; Mrs. Mary Thomi, Spring Valley; Mrs. Thomas Croker and son, Francis Prock, with his wife and daughter, Wausau. Lt. Thomi has just returned from Europe, having recently been liberated from a German prison camp in Poland. [Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 3 May 1945; transcribed by MZ]
Byron Wesley Purdy
BYRON WESLEY PURDY, 79, DIED ON MAY 30
Byron Wesley Purdy was born October 9, 1864 in Purdy Valley, town of Greenfield, and died May 29, 1944 at the age of 79 years, 6 months and 19 days. He was the son of Daniel and Susan Purdy and was the youngest of nine children; all preceded him in death but one sister, Mrs. Emma Heser. His other brother and sisters were Ed, John, Frank, Avery, Mrs. Aurelia Foote, Mrs. Adelaide Kenyon and Mrs. Mary Dickinson. In 1889 he was married to Cora Dell Brown. To this union two children were born, Lyle, who died in infancy, and Floyd, who survives. In 1900, he the family moved to Pleasant Valley where he resided until the time of his death. He made his home with his son, Floyd, since the time of his wife’s death in 1925. He is survived by his son, Floyd; one sister, Mrs. Emma Heser; eleven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Funeral services were conducted from the White Funeral Home on Thursday afternoon, June 1, the Rev. M. Z. Hovda officiating. Interment was in the LaGrange. [Source: Tomah Journal and Monitor Herald (8 June 1944) submitted by Arlyn Bernhardt]
Cora Dell Purdy
Cora Dell Brown was born in the town of Greenfield, June 14, 1868. She departed this life at the home farm at the age of 56 years, 7 months and 4 days. On April 17, 1889, she was united in marriage to Byron Wesley Purdy. To this union were born two children, one of who, Lyle, died in infancy. Their married life was spent on the farm where she was born, reared and met her death, with the exception of 13 years. Twelve of those years were spent on a farm in Purdy Valley and one in Tomah. She was a loving wife and mother, a kind neighbor and friend, who will be misses by all who knew her. She leaves to mourn her loss, a devoted husband, one son, Floyd, five grandchildren and three brothers, Frank Brown of Tomah; Burt Brown of La Crosse; and Harry Brown of La Grange; besides a number of relatives and friends. The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the farm home, conducted by Rev. J. G. Smith of the Congregational church. Interment was at the Greenfield cemetery. [Source: Tomah Journal (23 Jan. 1925) p. 5 col. 4; submitted by Gerald Theimke]
Daniel Crane Purdy
(Burial 2 Apr 1881)
Tunnel City: the funeral of D. C. PURDY took place on Saturday last. His remains were followed to the grave by a long train of vehicles filled with mourners and friends. [Source: Monroe County Democrat (9 Apr. 1881) p. 3 col. 4; submitted by Arlyn Bernhardt]
Edward Augustus Purdy
E. A. Purdy, an old and prominent resident of Purdy Valley, town of Greenfield, died yesterday, after a protracted illness from Bright’s Disease. The funeral will take place tomorrow (Saturday) but we are not informed as to the time. [Source: Tomah Journal (Apr. 1911) page 5, col. 5; submitted by Gerald Theimke]
Edward Augustus Purdy was born in Middleport, Niagara county, N. Y., Sept. 23, 1847, and came west with his parents when a boy of 13 yrs. They settled in Monroe county, Wis., where he has since lived. Mr. Purdy was united in marriage with Mercy Jane Kinne in 1873, the union being blessed with seven children, four sons and three daughters, all of whom were at home during the last hours of his illness which ended by death coming as a relief on Thursday, April 13, 1811. Mr. Purdy therefore is counted among the early pioneers, being for many years one of the most accommodating of neighbors and indeed a friend to everyone. He believed in doing what he could to relieve the suffering of the afflicted at once and in the most practical way. Mr. Purdy leaves to mourn his loss a wife and seven children, three brothers and four sisters, besides a host of friends and acquaintances. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, April 15th, at the Tunnel City M. E. church by Rev. A. H. Shanley, assisted by Rev. Haw. The funeral service were largely attended not with standing the could rough weather. The Woodman had charge of the service at the grave, burial taking place in the beautiful cemetery at Tunnel City. [Source: Tomah Journal (21 Apr. 1911) page 4, col. 2; submitted by Gerald Theimke]
North Greenfield: April 18 - Your correspondent wishes to contribute a few lines in memory to our dear father, E. A. Purdy, who passed away at his late home in Purdy Valley, April 13, 1911, after an illness of five weeks duration.
Gone beyond the darksome river, Only left us by the way; Gone awhile from our endeavor Gone only to endless day. Gone to meet the angles faces Where our lovely treasurers are Gone awhile from our embrace Gone within the Gates Ajar.
Tunnel City: the funeral of E. A. Purdy was held at the M. E. church here Saturday at 12:30 following a short service at the farm home. Mr. Purdy was ill about five weeks and passed away late Thursday morning surrounded by his family. A good man has gone from his home, his family and friends forever, and we shall miss him sadly. Mr. Purdy was an affectionate husband, a loving father, a good neighbor and a true friend, always ready to aid in every good work, for the church, his town and his neighborhood. He leaves to mourn his death, a wife, four sons and three daughters, three brothers and four sisters. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Shanley of La Grange, assisted by Rev. Haw. The services at the grave were conducted by the Tunnel City Camp M. W. A. of which Mr. Purdy had been a member for many years. the church was filled to overflowing by friends from far and near; testifying by their attendance of the esteem to which they held the deceased. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. Source: Tomah Journal (21 Apr. 1911) page 8, col. 1; submitted by Gerald Theimke
Fred Elmer Purdy
Fred Elmer Purdy, son of Edward and Mercy Jane Purdy, was born Dec. 17, 1879, in the township of LaGrange, and passed away at Sparta on July 15, 1961, at the age of 81 years, six months and 28 days. On May 1, 1898, he married Ada Greeno, and four children were born to this union. Mrs. Purdy preceded him in death six years ago. In his early years, he worked on his father's farm in Purdy Valley northwest of Tomah, also in the woods of northern Wisconsin and on the railroad section out of Tomah. He and his family settled on a farm in Union Valley, where they lived for about 24 years. In 1927 he and his wife moved to Tomah, where he has made his home and where he was employed for a while by the Monroe County Highway Department, then at the Milwaukee Railroad shops until 1952, when he retired. Mr. Purdy was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters, Edwin D. Purdy of Beloit, George Purdy, Mrs. Abbie Schultz, and Mrs. Lydia Vandervort of the state of Washington. He leaves one son, Hugh Purdy of Beloit; three daughters, Mrs. Iva Hart of Milwaukee, Mrs. Willard Densmore and Mrs. Vera Wilde of Tomah; one daughter-in-law, one son-in-law, 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Dora Goff; and one brother, Will Purdy, both of Sparta; five sisters-in-law, three brothers-in-law, also many nieces and cousins, and friends and acquaintances. Funeral services were held at the Tomah Methodist church on July 18, with Dr. Roger B. Knutsen officiating. Internment was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Tomah. [Source: unknown; submitted by Arlyn Bernhardt]
Squire Franklin Purdy
SQUIRE FRANKLIN PURDY, son of Daniel C. and Susan L. Purdy, was born at Yates, New York, Feb. 16, 1857 and passed away at the Colonial Nursing Home at Mauston, Wis., Feb. 2nd, 1943, at the age of 85 years, 11 months and two days. When a young boy he came to the state of Wisconsin with his parents, locating in Purdy Valley near Tunnel City, where he grew to manhood. In the year 1876 he was united in marriage with Miss Jane Oakley of Pleasant Valley. To this union two sons were born, Otis and Rubert. His wife preceded him in death in 1882. In 1883 he was united in marriage with Mrs. Catherine Burkett of Cataract. This union was blessed with two children, one daughter Inez and one son Rollo. The family resided on a farm in Purdy Valley for eight years and in 1891 moved to Tomah and have resided here for the past 48 years. In March 1919 his second wife preceded him in death. Mr. Purdy was employed in the Chicago and Milwaukee Railroad Shops for 38 years and was one of the oldest members of Local Union No. 1400. He retired from work in 1928 and spent the last of his remaining years with his children. He was a kind and loving father and a good neighbor, always willing to help others. Surviving are his three sons, Otis of Tomah, Rubert of Tomah and Dr. R. C. Purdy of Los Angeles, California; two daughters, Mrs. Carl Reisenauer of Tomah and Miss Allie Burkett of Tomah; also 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Emma Heser of Pleasant Valley; also one brother, Mr. Byron Purdy of Pleasant Valley; several nieces and nephews and host of friends. Funeral services were held at the Ninneman Funeral Home Friday, Feb. 5, at 2 o'clock with Rev. Hovda, pastor of the M. E. Church, officiating. Internment was in the LaGrange Cemetery." He was buried on 5 Feb 1943 in LaGrange Township, Monroe, WI. in the LaGrange Township Cemetery He was married to Sarah Jane OAKLEY on 21 May 1876 in Tunnel City, Monroe, WI. [Source: unknown; submitted by Arlyn Bernhardt]
Mrs. Milton Putnam
Sparta, Wis., Nov. 21. – Mrs. Milton Putnam of this city died this morning. The funeral will be at 10:30 o’clock tomorrow morning. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (23 Nov. 1899) transcribed by FoFG MZ]
Charles M. Randall
One by one old friends and neighbors pass across the dark river and we see them no more. Last week Charles M. Randall of this place, who has been ill for a long time, passed away. The funeral was held at the school house on Saturday, at 10 o'clock in the forenoon, conducted by Rev. Butters, of Tomah. Mr. Randall was forty-two years old and has lived here over thirty years. He leaves a wife and three small children who will always remember him as a kind husband and loving father. [Source: Tomah Journal (30 Aug. 1901)]
Red Cloud killed in car accident Sep. 3, grandson, car, curtis, Red Bird. [Source: Tomah Journal (11 Sept. 1941) front page; submitted by Verna Leetch]
Mrs. Charles Reeder
Sparta, Wis., Nov. 26. – [Special.] – A telegram announcing the death of Mrs. Charles Reeder was received here from Riverside, Cal. Mr. and Mrs. Reeder formerly resided in Sparta, but moved to California, where Mr. Reeder is interested in fruit-growing. Deceased had been suffering from lingering consumption. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, Wis.) 27 Nov. 1902; submitted by MZ]
Herman Rice, one of the oldest citizens of Sparta, died April 14, at the age of 91 years. He fought in the war of 1812. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Dane Co. Wis.) 29 Apr. 1887; transcribed by MZ]
L. P. Rishing
Death of L. P. Rishing. - We regret to observe, in the Viroqua Expositor, the announcement of the death of Mr. L. P. Rishing, formerly of New York and more recently of Sparta, Monroe county. Mr. Rishing was a veteran printer and a zealous friend of popular education. He died of typhoid fever, on the 26th inst., after ten days illness, and leaves a wife and four children to mourn his loss. [Source: Milwaukee Sentinel (Milwaukee, Wis.) 31 May 1860; submitted by MZ]
Sparta, Wis., Aug. 15. – Michael Ritter, a prominent business man of this city, was killed by an electric wire this morning while on his way to his place of business. He slipped and in falling caught hold of a guy wire crossed with an electric light wire. He called for help, but before anyone reached him life was extinct. The funeral will be held Wednesday morning. [Source: Benton Advocate (Benton, Wis.) Thursday, 18 Aug. 1904; transcribed by FoFG mz]
Summit Valley: Word came to our valley Friday morning that Mr. Tom Rowan had passed away at an early hour. Mr. Rowan is well known in this vicinity having lived near Kirby many years and has many friends who regret his passing. His family have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in their bereavement. Summit Valley: A number from the valley attended the funeral of Tom Rowan on Monday afternoon. [Source: Tomah Journal (27 Feb. 1941) transcribed by Verna Leetch]
Wallace Ryckman d. Oct 14, 1924 Tomah, b Canada Oct 14, 1853, Married Ida Adell Hilliker 1875-operated stone livery barn in Tomah buried Greenfield cemetery [Source: Tomah Journal (Oct. 1924) submitted by Verna Leetch]
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