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Lillie May Sandford
Source: Tomah Journal (16 Aug. 1901) submitted by Jim Dezotell

Town of Grant
Mrs. Lillie May Sandford passed away at the family home at six o'clock Monday p.m. Aug. 12 after a long illness of consumption. Lillie May O'Connor was born in Juneau county, Dec 18, 1875, and was one of four children, two of whom survive her. She married to Irving C. Sandford, Nov. 30, 1899, and their home has been near here since then. Mrs. Sandford was a quiet, lovable woman, never speaking ill of anyone and always trying to do a kind act for her friends. She has been a great sufferer for many weeks, and those who were around her could not help admiring her patient fortitude and cheerfulness. Besides her husband she leaves a baby daughter about three months old, her father and mother, Mrs. and Mrs. Wm. O'Connor of Valley Junction, a sister, Mrs. Daisy Churchill, and a brother, Grover, to mourn her early death. To Rev. C. E. Butters of Tomah, was given the pleasure of uniting her in marriage to Mr. Sandford less than two years ago, and the day of her death he was summoned to her bedside to receive her happy assurance that "all was well" with her. Then at 10 a.m. today he officiated at her funeral which took place at the home. Interment was in the Oakdale cemetery.

Mrs. I. C. Sanford
Source: Tomah Journal (16 Aug. 1901) submitted by Jim Dezotell

Town of Grant
Mr. C. Eastman, of Portage, arrived here Tuesday to attend the funeral of his nephew's wife, Mr. I. C. Sanford. Her uncles, Messrs. Chas Getman and J. O'Connor, and their wives of New Lisbon, also attended the funeral. Mr. Geo. O'Connor and daughter, of New Lisbon, arrived too late to attend.

Christian Schroeder
Source: Tomah Journal (16 June 1905) submitted by Jim Dezotell

Christian Schroeder who lived with his son on a farm about five miles southwest of here, was found dead in his bed Tuesday morning. The old man was 84 years old and was born in Germany.

John Shell
Source: La Crosse Tribune and Leader-Press (Wednesday, 24 Feb. 1932, page 10; submitted by Diana Heser Morse)

Word was received here last week of the death of John Shell at Beach, N.D. Mr. Shell and family formerly resided in Norwalk. Mr. Shell was postmaster there for some years. He was well known in Sparta and vicinity.

Samuel Shookman
Source: Richland Democrat Newspaper (Richland Co., Wis.) 21 Dec. 1927, p. 8; submitted by Arlyn Bernhardt

"He leaves to mourn his passing his five daughters, Lura, Mrs. George Harris of Tomah; Ina, Mrs. Charles Beran of Richland Center; harriet, Mrs. Charles Kenyon of Tunnel City; Helen, Mrs. Glen Morris of Richland Center, and Gladys, residing at home; eleven grandchildren, one brother William Shookman, of Loganville, one sister, Mrs. Eliza Simpson of Richland Center and other relatives and a host of friends."

Barbara Silverhorn
Source: unknown

Barbara Silverhorn was born in Byron, Germany, March 13, 1837, and departed this life in the Town of La Grange, Monroe County, Wis., May 24, 1916. In the year 1840 (submitter note: Sept 1850), when 13 years of age, she came with her parents to this Country, and on April 8, 1854, was married to Frederick Heser at Cleveland, Ohio, Soon after their marriage they came to Wisconsin, and after spending about one year at Hartford, in 1855, they moved to Neilsville in Clark County, where they resided until 1863, when they came to Monroe County, and settled in the Town of La Grange. She cheerfully bore the hardships and endured the privations incident to pioneer life, and has witnessed the transformation of the Wisconsin wilderness into fertile farms. During her lifetime, she has literally seen the desert being made to rejoice and blossom as the rose.

Eight children came to gladden the home, five of whom survive her. They are Frederick and William Heser of Greenfield, George Heser of La Grange, Mrs. Laura Snowberry of Greenfield, and Mrs. Barbara Wicklund of Tomah.

About ten years after the death of the husband, which occured on Jan. 6, 1875, she was again married to Albert Boehm and went to reside in La Crosse. He departed this life on November 25, 1913, after which she returned to Tomah and has since made her home in this vicinity. Besides the near relatives mentioned, she is survived by one brother, Wallace Amens of Tomah, 25 grand children and 21 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday from the Pleasant Valley Methodist Church, by Rev. I. E. Hoisington of Tomah, and interment was made in the Town of Greenfield cemetery.

Dorothy Sitz
Source: unknown

Mrs. Dorothy Sitz; aged 82 years, died at the home of her son August at New York Mills, Minn., on Monday, March 27, after a few weeks illness from peritonitis. The remains arrived here Tuesday afternoon, accompanied by Mr. Sitz and a daughter of the deceased, Mrs. Zarling. Funeral services were held in the Lutheran church Wednesday afternoon and the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at Ridgeville by the side of her husband who died several years ago. Mrs. Sitz was an old resident of Reel's Valley, where the family settled in 1866, and where she lived until about a year ago, when she went to her son's home in Minnesota. The relatives wish to express their thankfulness to the friends here who kindly assisted them at the funeral and burial.

William Grant Smith
Source: The La Crosse Tribune (La Crosse, Wis.) 12 Feb. 1951; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Sparta, Wis. (Special) William Grant Smith, 83, former Sparta businessman, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Raymond Canfield, in Sparta Sunday morning. Funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. E. E. Clark, pastor of the First Methodist church, Tuesday at Lanham's mortuary at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery.

Smith was born at Holmen Sept. 20, 1867. In 1894 he married Lillian Gilfillan, who preceded him in death. The family lived at Winona, Minn., before moving to Sparta in 1902. He conducted a dairy and later the East Avenue oil service station, retiring about 10 years ago.

He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Raymond (Lillian) Canfield and a son Lorin Smith, district manager of the Northern States Power Co., Sparta, and a brother Abner Smith, Onalaska. He also leaves two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Smith was a member of the Woodman lodge.

Edward Snippen
Source: Tomah Journal Oct. 1922) submitted by Verna Leetch

Oct, 1922 - Edward Snippen was born at Little Hammer, Norway, in the year 1865 and died at Sparta, WI, October 14, 1922 at the age of 57 years.

S. G. Sorenson
Source: Tomah Journal (4 Sept. 1941) front page; submitted by Verna Leetch

S. G. Sorensoon died of a heart attack 6 o'clock, Thu., Aug. 28 at his place of business. Oct 21, 1888. He had been ill for several months. Born on a farm near Shennington, Oct. 21, 1888. Mar. 9, 1921 married Miss Elizabeth Jorgenson. Moved to Tomah 1919. Bernard Marine Corps, San Diego discharged 4 years Francis Sat. Noon to get cou, China, Guam.

Ernest Spinti
Source: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune (Wisconsin Rapids, Wood County, Wis.) Thursday, 5 Nov. 1959; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Helke attended the funeral of the latter’s brother-in-law, Ernest Spinti, at Tomah, Monday. Mr. Spinti died at the Veteran’s Hospital in Tomah, Thursday. Internment was in Madison. Mr. and Mrs. Ed Bjorbeck, Chicago, who were weekend guests of the Helke’s, also attended the funeral. Mrs. Bjorbeck is a sister of Mrs. Helke.

Source: Tomah Journal (15 Mar. 1911) transcribed by Verna Leetch

(Dannavang) The little daughter of Mr. & Mrs. F. Steele was (Uncle Fred's daughter) buried in the Dannavang cemetery Sunday afternoon.

Source: Tomah Journal (17 Mar. 1915) transcribed by Verna Leetch

(Kirby) Mr. & Mrs. Chas. Dickenson, Mr. & Mrs. Clifford Kellogg and Mr. & Mrs. Rube Purdy attended the funeral of the infant child of Mr. & Mrs. Fred Steele in Warrens.

Source: Tomah Journal (11 Apr. 1916) transcribed by Verna Leetch

VV - The remains of the infant child of Mr. & Mrs. Carl Steele of Warrens was laid to rest in the Wood District Cemetery.

Mrs. Bert Steele
Source: Tomah Journal (Friday, 24 Mar. 1922) transcribed by Verna Leetch

News is received of the death of Mrs. Bert Steele Tuesday night at St. Mary's Hospital, Sparta while she went for treatment about a week previously. The funeral will take place in the M. E. church of their city on Sat at 2 P.M.

Roland Steele
Source: Tomah Journal (11 Apr. 1916) transcribed by Verna Leetch

Apr 11 VV The remains of the infant child of Mr. & Mrs. Carl Steele of Warrens was laid to rest in the Wood District Cemetery (name of child provided by transcriber)

Ella E. Stelter
Source: Black River Falls Newspaper (no date given) submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Mrs. Ella E. Stelter, 82, formerly of 2205 Charles St., died in a La Crosse hospital on Saturday, Dec. 31. She was born Jan. 15, 1895, to Ellsworth and Margaret (Smith) Bloss. she had owned and operated several restaurants/cafes on the North Side. survivors are one son, Arlin Heser of La Crosse; one daughter, Mrs. Zelma Schaller, of La Crosse; four Brothers, Edward of Buffalo City, Theodore of La Crosse, Miles of Racine and Leonard of Milwaukee; two sisters, Mrs. Hazel Revels and Mrs. Mable Schmitz, both of La Crosse; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William, two brothers, two sisters and one son, Ervin. Services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday in St. Luke's United Methodist Church. The Rev. Billy Bross will officiate and burial will be in Tunnel City. Friends may call in the Nelson Funeral Home on Monday after 4 p.m. and in the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the service

August Stetzer
Source: Sparta Harold - December 1930 - submitted by Diana Heser Morse


Another of Sparta's few remaining Civil War veterans has answered the final roll call. August Stetzer, a resident of Sparta for the past twenty seven years, passed away at two o'clock Saturday morning, December 11, at the age of 86 years, 3 months and 12 days, at the home of his son Frank Stetzer, 409 East Oak Street, this city. Mr. Stetzer had been ill for about three weeks, but for the first several days he insisted that he was not sick enough to require the attention of a physician. The deceased was the son of Frederick and Elizabeth Jane Stetzer nee Fischer, and was born in Saxony, Germany, the 29th of September in the year 1843. He came to this country alone at the age of 17 whereupon he took residence with a relative, William Pfaff in Walworth County, Wisconsin. Here he found a home and labor for one year. After this he came to Burr Oak, La Crosse County, and stayed with his brother John until he enlisted in the Union Army on Feb. 24th, 1864 with company D, 25th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, and served until the end of the war. On the 24th of March 1868 he was united in marriage to Eliza Rhyme at Burr Oak, Wisconsin. For seven years they made their home on a farm near Melrose. After this they moved into a farm in the town of Burns, La Crosse county. Here they lived for many years until their retirement from active farm life to their home on North L street. For the past nine months they lived with their son because of illness. He leaves to morn his loss a wife and five children, Frank Stetzer of Sparta; Mrs. George Williams of Sparta; Mrs. H. M. Storandt of Mindoro; Oscar Stetzer of Madison and Mrs. Hugh Goodenouogh of Melrose. Twenty four grandchildren, six great grandchildren and a host of near relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at 1:00 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the home of his son, Frank Stetzer and at 1:30 at the Evangelical church.

Submitted by Stephen Stetzer, Kelseyville, California. (Stephen's Note: Some confusion exists in his records as his enlistment was written as August Stitzer. He enlisted in 1864 as a replacement with the 25th Wisconsin, was transferred to, and discharged from, the 12th Wisconsin. He is buried at Mt Hope in Sparta.)

Bertha I. A. Sutherland
Source: Tomah Journal (8 Aug. 1922) submitted by Verna Leetch

Warrens - Bertha I. A. Sutherland born Readstown, Vernon Co. on June 11 1873 married Wm Dupee Aug 18 1922, married Wm Pearson died (?) Aug 18, 1922

Lester Sweet
Source: Tomah Journal (20 Aug. 1931) p. 1 col. 1; submitted by Gerald Thiemke

Boy Falls into Water While Bathing with Companions at Millston
Tragedy Occurs Wednesday Noon
Was Only child of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Sweet

What was reported at first thought to be an accidental drowning at the lake at Millston, shortly after noon Wednesday, later was informed to be a case of heart failure. The victim in the tragic accident was Lester Sweet, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Sweet of this city.

Lester, with seven or eight Boy Scout companions had gone to Millston Wednesday morning to work on a lodge which had recently been given to the Boy Scouts by Mr. Lee. The boys had been cautioned about taking care of themselves and especially, in regard to getting into deep water in the lake.

Shortly after noon the boys went to the lake to bathe. Companions saw Lester in the water about knee-deep and a moment after heard him fall into deeper water with a load splash. He was seen to rise once and then sink to remain.

Mr. Lee and others about the place were hastily summoned and every effort to recover the body as quickly as possible. The confusion as to where the lad disappeared and the fact that the wind was blowing off shore, carrying the body into deeper water, hampered the work for some time, but the body was finally located and brought to the surface. Artificial respiration was administered for more that an hour, but without success.

Dr. Irvin Krohn, summoned from Black River, pronounced the boy beyond help upon his arrival. The doctor was of the opinion that the boy had not drowned, but had suffered a heart attack to cause his sudden demise. He declared that all indications point to heart failure, rather that drowning, and ventured the opinion that some previous sickness might have left the boy with a weak heart, which collapsed shortly after he had entered the water.

Those who assisted in bringing the boy from the water and later applied artificial respiration noted the absence of water from the boy’s lungs and it was presumed that he had not inhaled water at all. That death occurred before the lad went under is the opinion of those who were present when the body was recovered.

The theory of heart failure was further borne out by the undertaker, C. L. Schieble, who cared for the body. Mr. Schieble stated that there was no indication of drowning and that the condition of the arteries had much the appearance of heart failure

Lester was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Sweet and the sympathy of the entire community goes out to them in this tragedy. He graduated from the eighth grade last spring and was to enter high school as a freshman this fall.

Funeral arrangements have not been completed at this time of our going to press.

Source: Tomah Journal (Aug. 1931) submitted by Arlyn Bernhardt

Funeral Services for Lester Sweet Held on Saturday
LESTER CHARLES SWEET, only son of Melvin and Violet Sweet, was born in the Town of Grant, Monroe county, April 24, 1916. He spent fourteen years of his life on the home farm, endearing himself by his pleasing personality to all his friends and neighbors. His home and parents were first in his thoughts, and he assumed many responsibilities beyond his age. He attended the Union Valley school in the Town of Grant during his first school years, and by his loving, kind, unselfish and useful ways won the hearts of all his teachers and classmates. He attended the eighth grade in the Tomah public school the past year, graduating in June. The same spirit was manifest in his county school work was shown here and soon won for him a large circle of friends. He was a great favorite with the boys and girls of his grade, with the regular teachers, and also with the teachers in the training department. He was a member of the Boy Scouts, and here too, the same kind, clean and unselfish spirit was shown. He leaves to mourn his demise a loving father and mother, and a host of relatives and friends.

Lester, thy heavenly home is bright and fair;
Nor pain nor death can enter there,
its glittering towers the sun outshine;
That heavenly mansion we know is thine.

Funeral services were held last Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Butts Funeral Home, the Rev. A. E. Fredericks of Sparta officiating. Burial was made in the La Grange Cemetery.

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.

Mrs. Ross Tindale
Source: La Crosse Tribune and Leader-Press (Wednesday, 24 Feb. 1932) page 10; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Mrs. Ross Tindale, sister of William Wettstein of Sparta, died in Columbus, Ohio. Interment was in Columbus last week. The deceased was formerly Miss Susie Wettstein of Sparta. She was reared here and educated in the Sparta schools.

Anton Toma
Source: Wisconsin State Journal (18 Mar. 1887) submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Anton Toma, one of the old settlers of Monroe county, who settled near Tomah over thirty-five years ago, died last week.

Mrs. Henry Travet
Source: The La Crosse Tribune (22 Oct. 1913) page 7; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Word was received here of the death of Mrs. Henry Travet, which occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Albert Alton, at Wilton on Monday morning. Deceased was a resident of Tomah for some years past, but on account of failing health went to Wilton to spend the winter. Her husband was notified of her serious condition on Saturday evening and went to Wilton at once. she has also a son and three daughters who live in Wilton and vicinity. The funeral will be held at ten o'clock and the remains will be buried at Wilton.

J. J. Truax
Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, Wis.) 17 Aug. 1899; submitted by Marla Zwakman

Sparta, Wis., Aug. 16. – J. J. Truax died last night. Mr. Truax was a pioneer of this section and had resided here for over forty years.

Thomas B. Tyler
Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI), Friday, July 23, 1886; Transcribed by: Mary Saggio

Death of Thomas B. Tyler, of Sparta
The intelligence was received, this afternoon, that Hon. Thomas B. Tyler died at his residence in Sparta, at noon yesterday, the 18th inst. after a long and painful illness. The news of the death of this most excellent man will be received by hosts of friends in all parts of the state, with sincere regret. Until about one year and a half ago, Mr. Tyler was a man of very excellent health, retaining all the vigor of youth in every action. Although more than sixty years of age, he appeared like a man of forty-five; was active, and enjoyed himself in the sports of the young people, with whom he was a special favorite. In the latter part of 1881, he was stricken with disease that affected his throat, so as to render it very difficult to swallow his food. Indeed, he has been compelled for many months to live upon liquid food alone. Of course he has steadily failed in his health, and has finally gone to his rest. He was a man beloved by all who knew him, and his death will be an irreparable loss to his family, his hosts of friends, the beautiful city in which he lived and to the state. He was a native of New York, born at Cochecton, Sullivan county, January 12, 1824. When he was quite young his family removed to Seneca, Ontario county, where he was brought up on a farm, attending school winters, till he was 13 years of age, when he spent two terms at the academy at Canandaigua. He worked his own way, obtaining an education without aid from any source. When the gold fever broke out in California, Mr. Tyler went there to seek his fortune with tens of thousands of others. After two years, he returned. Before he went to California he had devoted some attention to the study of medicine. In 1852, he settled in Cundersport, Pa., and was soon after elected prothonotary and clerk of the court. While discharging the duties of these offices, he also studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1857. Soon after his admission to practice law, he came to Wisconsin and settled at Sparta, where he has ever since resided. He formed a partnership with General Milton Montgomery, who at the commencement of the late civil war entered the service of his country. At this time, S. N. Dickinson, Esq., was added to the firm, Gen. Montgomery retaining his interest in it till 1873, when he removed to Nebraska. The firm of Tyler & Dickinson has been a prominent one up to the time of the failure of the health of Mr. Tyler.

As a citizen, Mr. Tyler had taken a lively interest in the improvement of Sparta, and had been liberal with his means and with his labors in building up the place. For many years he was vice president of The Bank of Sparta, and for several years past he had been its president. In the village of Sparta he served many years in the council, and was four years its president. When Sparta was incorporated as a city, he was unanimously chosen as the first mayor, and was efficient in starting off the city government in the right way – on a firm and true business basis. He was a loyal democrat, but not an active politician; was a member of the national convention in 1868, that nominated Horatio Seymour for president. He was once a candidate for state senator, but as his party was in a minority he was defeated, though running ahead of his party ticket.

Two years ago, his name was frequently mentioned in connection with the nomination for governor, but not with his own approval. He was a Free Mason, and took a deep interest in the order, having held the highest offices in it, in both his own city and the state.

Before coming west, Mr. Tyler married the daughter of his old medical preceptor, Dr. Francis Deane. They have had but one daughter, Mrs. Ira A. Hill, of Sparta. The wife and daughter both survive the husband and father. Two grandchildren, son and daughter of Mrs. Hill, are also deprived of the wise council of one of the very best of grand parents. Mr. Tyler has had a very active business life; had been honorable in every transaction; generous in every thing; a true and warm hearted friend, and a first-class citizen. He has died leaving no enemies, but highly respected and beloved by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. The widow, daughter and grandchildren will receive the sincere sympathy of a large circle of friends in all parts of Wisconsin, at this time of their terrible bereavement.

The funeral will take place at the late residence of the deceased, in Sparta, tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon at 4 o’clock.

Mrs. Roy Vandervort
Source: Morning Olympian (Olympia, WA) Friday, 4 Feb. 1921; submitted by Jim Dezotell

Vancouver Relatives Attend Funeral of Mrs. Roy Vandervort
Mr. Roy Vandervort of Vancouver was called here Monday on account of the serious illness of his wife, who was here visiting her sister, Mrs. Abbie Sholtz. Mrs. Vandervort died Tuesday and the body was shipped to Vancouver Wednesday for burial. Relatives from out of town who came to attend the funeral services Wednesday were her aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. O. L. Oakley; an aunt, Mrs. Geo. Diggs, and grandmother, Mrs. M. A. Kinne from Shelton; her aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Noble from Rignall; and cousin, Mrs. Clarence Saeger of Shelton.

Mrs. Vandervort’s mother, Mrs. Jennie Purdy of Tomah, Wis., who has been here visiting for the past few months, Mrs. Vandervort’s sister, Mrs. Abbie Sholtz, and the husband, Mr. R. Vandervort, left with the body for Vancouver.

Bernard Vogel
Source: The La Crosse Tribune and Leader-Press (La Crosse, Wis.) Monday, 2 Jan. 1928; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Weapon is Dislodged and Falls Upon Head of Man Picking Up Kindling Wood

Sparta, Wis. (Special) Funeral services for Bernard Vogel, who met a tragic death on Thursday, were held on Sunday afternoon. A short service was held at one o'clock at his home near Cataract, followed by services at the German Lutheran church at Cataract at one-thirty o'clock. Rev. Vater conducted the services.

On Thursday morning Mr. Vogel had gone to his wood shed, near his house, presumably after some kindling wood. It was seven o'clock in the morning and the family had not yet arisen. It was his custom to keep his shotgun hanging between two rafter in the wood shed, and it is thought that in getting the wood, he moved the gun so that it fell and was discharged, the charge going into his head. Later, when his wife discovered the body, she sent for the sheriff and District Attorney Gleiss of Sparta, thinking that perhaps it was a case of suicide, but after looking over the premises and noteing the position of the body, it was decided that his death was purely accidental.

The deceased was a prosperous farmer and had enjoyed a holiday season. He is survived by his wife and three sons, one married and at home, one living near Leon and one in Milwaukee.

Estella Vroman
Source: unknown; submitted by Arlyn Bernhardt

Mrs. Estella Vroman, Died Last Saturday
MRS. ESTELLA VROMAN, nee Estella Lamb was born in Monroe county, Wisconsin, on Nov. 18, 1875, and passed away on Dec. 2, 1944, at the age of 69 years, 14 days following a paralytic stroke. She had been ill health for some time. On Feb. 1, 1891, she was united in marriage with William Vroman. Seven children were born to this union, Mrs. Milo Purdy, Tomah, Mrs. Perry Gorbet, Mrs. Riley Hart and Chester Vroman, Warrens, Mrs. Oscar Heser and Erwin Vroman, Chicago, and Frank at home. Mrs. Vroman is survived by her husband and seven children, 25 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two half sisters, three half brothers. One brother, Frank, and one sister Della, preceded her in death. She had lived her entire life in this community. She was a kind and loving wife and mother and will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon from the Ninneman Funeral Home, the Rev M. Z. Hovda officiating. Interment was in the La grange cemetery.

Keith William Vroman
Source: unknown; submitted by Arlyn Bernhardt

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Vroman of 1036 Brown Deer Rd., Milwaukee 9 Wis., on November 4, a son, Keith William, who died at birth at a Milwaukee hospital. The baby was brought to Tomah, Nov. 5, for burial at the Oak Grove cemetery with Rev. Kilde officiating at the burial.

The baby is survived by his father and mother and sister Annette, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Rollie Vandervort of Tomah, and Mr. Will Vroman of Kirby, besides a host of relatives. Those attending the burial were Mr. Erwin Vroman and Art Borchardt of Milwaukee, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Vandervort, Mrs. Roland Clay, Mr. and Mrs. Perry Gorbet and Mr. and Mrs. Milo Purdy.

William Henry Vroman
Source: Tomah Journal (16 Sept. 1949) submitted by Arlyn Bernhardt

Died Last Monday
WILLIAM HENRY VROMAN was born in Oconomowoc, Wis., on July 29, 1870, and passed away at St. Mary's hospital at Sparta on September 12, 1949, at the age of 79 years, 1 month and 15 days. On February 1, 1891, he was united in marriage with Estella Lamb. Seven children were born to this union: Mrs. Milo Purdy, Tomah; Mrs. Perry Gorbet, Mrs. Riley Hart and Chester Vroman, Warrens; Mrs. Oscar Heser of Round Lake, Ill.; Erwin Vroman of Milwaukee and Frank Vroman at home. Mr. Vroman is survived by his seven children, 26 grand children, 12 great grandchildren, three brothers and one sister. His wife preceded him in death on December 2, 1944. Mr. Vroman lived his entire life at his home in Union Valley. Funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Ninneman Funeral Home, the Rev. Harvey E. Schall officiating. Interment was in the La Grange cemetery.

William Keith Vroman
Source: unknown

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Vroman of 2632 N. Pierce Street, Milwaukee, was born on September 16 and passed away on September 17 at the hospital. He leaves to mourn, his parents, and one sister, Annette, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Rollie Vandervort. Preceding him in death were an infant brother on November 4, 1947, and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Will Vroman. The body was brought to Tomah for burial. Rev. Holtrop gave a prayer at the Fred Vandervort home and at the grave. Those attending were: Mr. E. Vroman, Mr. LaVern Griggs of Milwaukee; Mr. Rollie Vandervort, Floyd Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. Roland Clay, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Vandervort, Mr. and Mrs. Perry Gorbet, Mrs. Milo Purdy, Mrs. Pat Hart, Mrs. Chet Vroman, Mrs. Martin Birkholtz, (and more).

William Wakeman
Source: La Crosse Tribune and Leader-Press (Wednesday, 24 April 1918) page 4; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Veteran of Battle of Gettysburg is Buried; Train Wreck Delays Funeral

Sparta, Wis. (Special) Funeral services for William M. Wakeman were held Monday afternoon at six o'clock at the Methodist church in Sparta. The funeral was to have been at 1:30 but the wreck on the Viroqua branch made it impossible for the funeral party to arrive, as they had planned. They started by auto, but the machine became disabled and they were further delayed.

Mr. Wakeman was born in Ohio, January 16, 1839, coming to Wisconsin in the spring of 1858. He enlisted in 1862 in Company C Nineteenth Regiment Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry and served until the close of the war, receiving an honorable discharge in 1865. He was in that noted struggle - the Battle of Gettysburg.

In 1868 Mr. Wakeman was married to Miss Sarah Ellen Appleman. Mrs. Wakeman died June 1, 1873, leaving two children, both of whom survive --- W. C. Wakeman of La Crosse and Mrs. Mary McMullin of Sparta. Mr. Wakeman married again in 1874 to Miss Elizabeth Silbaugh, who died two years ago.

Five children were born of this union, four of whom survive. They are Mrs. Lillie Norris of La Farge, Wis.; Mrs. Lutilia Wilson of Westmore, Mont.; Mrs. Josie Pierce of Westby, Wis.; and Chester Wakeman, Reedsburg, Wis. A brother and three sisters also survive him.

Mr. Wakeman died at Westby, April 21, 1918, and was buried in Woodlawn cemetery at Sparta April 22, 1918.

Arnold L. Walker
Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Wednesday, 10 May 1972) page 4, section 5; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Elroy --- Arnold L. Walker, 59, died Monday (May 8, 1972) at home after an apparent heart attack.

He was employed by Badger Ordnance Works at Baraboo.

Surviving are his wife, the former Viola Pearsall; two sons, Douglas and Arnold, both of Rockford, Ill.; his mother, Mrs. Lottie Walker, Elroy; two brothers, Leonard, Loves Park, Ill.; and Virgil, Milwaukee; a sister, Mrs. Gordon Carlton, Rockford; and 12 grandchildren. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the United Methodist Church. Friends may call after 2:30 p.m. today at the Zenner Funeral Home.

Jessie A. Waste
Source: La Crosse Tribune and Leader-Press (Wednesday, 11 July 1917) page 3; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Death Results to Well Known Woman From Recent Fall

Sparta, Wis. (Special) Miss Jessie A. Waste, for many years a much esteemed resident of Sparta, died Tuesday morning at her home.

Death was caused from a fall which she sustained last March. For the past month she has been in St. Mary's hospital for treatment, but was removed to her home last week.

Miss Waste was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Waste, who have been dead for many years. She has spent most of her life in Sparta and has endeared herself to many, who will regret, to hear of her death.

One brother, Lee Waste, of Antigo, survives her, and an adopted sister, who resides in Bowdle, South Dakota.

No funeral arrangements have as yet been made, awaiting the arrival of her brother.

Frank Webster
Source: La Crosse Tribune and Leader-Press (Wednesday, 24 Feb. 1932) page 10; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Sparta, Wis. (Special) Frank Webster, one of the old residents of Angelo, passed away Monday morning. For many years, Mr. Webster was in the well drilling business. He also moved large buildings.

His wife died some years ago. He is survived by a daughter, Miss Jennie Webster, supervising teacher in Eau Claire; and a son, Ray Webster, who lives east of Tunnel City.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2:45 at the home. Rev. A. E. Frederick will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope cemetery.

Peter E. Webster
Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wis.) 11 Oct. 1889; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

On the 11th of September last, Mr. Peter E. Webster, residing near Sparta, died after a long and painful illness. Mr. Webster was a native of New Hampshire, and had been for forty years a resident of Wisconsin. He was an honest man in the best sense of the word. He was a member of the Baptist church and lived up to his profession; was a strong prohibitionist, and labored sincerely for the success of that party, in the full belief that he was right. Indeed, Mr. Webster acted in all things from the purest intentions, never swerving from what he believes to be his duty. He was intelligent, liberal, and, in all ways, an excellent citizen.

Myrtle Whiting
Source: Tomah Journal (2 Dec. 1968) page 3, Col. 3; submitted by Gerald Thiemke

Myrtle Dickenson Whiting was born in the Town of Greenfield, Monroe Co., to Albert and Mary Dickenson, on July 23, 1878. She died November 25, 1968 at King, Wisconsin, where she had made her home for many years and was buried in Lakeside Cemetery, Waupaca. Two daughters survive, Mrs. Bernice Bishop of Waupaca, and Mrs. Harris Anderson (Fern) of Wisconsin Rapids.

Barbara M. Wiklund
Source: Tomah Journal (10 Oct. 1935) submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Mrs. C. H. Wiklund Dies at Home Here on Sunday Morning
Mrs. C. H. Wiklund, a lifelong resident of this city and community, passed away at her home here Sunday morning, after a lingering illness. Mrs. Wiklund's condition was known to be serious and little hope for her recovery had been held for some time. Barbara M. Heser, was born in the Town of Greenfield on March 17, 1866. She was married to C. H. Wiklund on December 25, 1888. For many years Mr. and Mrs. Wiklund have made their home in this city where they were engaged in the mercantile business. Mrs. Wiklund was interested in the work of the church, and was an active member of the Pythian Sisters and the Order of the Eastern Star until her health failed. In the passing of Mrs. Wiklund this city and community loses a good citizen. Mrs. Wiklund is survived by her husband, a sister, Mrs. John Snowberry of Tunnel City and many other relatives and close friends. Funeral services were conducted at the home and the Knights of Pythias hall Wednesday afternoon, at 2:30 o'clock, the Rev. Robert Johnson, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church officiating. Interment will take place at St. Paul. Those from out of the city who attended the funeral were: Mrs. Gunda Anderson and daughters, Mrs. Walter McDonald of Rapid City, South Dakota, and Mrs. Carl I. Ericson of Aberdeen, South Dakota, Mrs. Bertha Lindstrom of Duluth, Minnesota, Mr. Ervin Schultz, Mr. Gerald Heser, Mr. Ralph Prielipp of Beloit, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Heser and daughter of La Crosse, Mr. Sontag and Mr. Rayburn, Neillsville, Mr. and Mrs. George Snowberry and daughter of Black River Falls and Mr. and Mrs. John Snowberry of Tunnel City.
Burial Forest Lawn Memorial Park
1800 Edgerton St.
Saint Paul MN 55117

Chris Wiklund
Source: Tomah Journal (6 Jan. 1938) Page 1; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Chris Wiklund Passes Sunday
Mr. Wiklund passed away at the hospital at Sparta, Sunday evening. He had been a merchant in this community for 50 years and was a highly respected citizen. Operated store in this city for 50 years. C. H. Wiklund, 80, pioneer business man of this community, passed away, at the hospital at Sparta, Sunday evening, January 2, following a lingering illness. His condition had been serious for the past two weeks and the news of his death was not unexpected. Christian Hjalmer Wiklund was born in Norway September 26, 1857. When he was eight years old the family moved to Sweden where he grew to young manhood. In 1882 he came to the United States, locating at Fergus Falls, Minnesota, where he remained for 3 years. the next two years were spent in the vicinity of La Crosse where he worked during the summers and attended business college during the winters. About 1887, Mr. Wiklund came to Tunnel City, where he was employed for five years, after which he entered business for himself at that place, operating a general store there for a year and a half. About 1895, he moved his store to Tomah, locating in the north end of the city, where he operated for three years. In 1898 he moved his stock to Warrens block, where he continued in business until about four years ago. Since then he operated a community store in the south end of the city until about two years ago. On December 26, 1888, he was united in marriage with Miss Barbara Heser at La Crosse. Mrs. Wiklund passed away October 6, 1935. Stirred by the sight of departing troops at the outbreak of the Spanish American War, Mr. Wiklund became interested in the local military company. He enlisted about 1899 and served in this unit for 15 years when the guard was re-organized. he attained the rank of first lieutenant. He also became expert with the rifle and held a medal as a distinguished marksman. For the past three years, Mr. Wiklund had been in declining health and since the death of his wife two years ago, his condition became steadily worse. Fifteen months ago his sister-in-law, Mrs. Emma Wiklund, came here from Sweden to keep his house and give him the care necessary for his comfort. About three weeks ago, his condition became grave and he was removed to the hospital at Sparta where he passed away on Sunday Evening. Mr. Wiklund is survived by two brothers, Milen Wiklund, of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and Oscar Dagrod who lives in Norway, besides a number of nieces and nephews in the United States and Norway. Funeral services were held from the home here Wednesday afternoon, at 1:20 o'clock, Rev. Levi Brenner of Milwaukee officiating. The services were in charge of the Masonic order, of which Mr. Wiklund was a member. he was also a member of the local Knights of Pythias lodge. On Thursday the remains were taken to St. Paul, where services will be held and interment made in Forest cemetery.

Lewis Winchel
Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Wednesday, 10 May 1972) page 4, section 5; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Tomah --- Lewis Winchel, 47, died Monday (May 8, 1972) in a Tomah hospital after a long illness. He married June Giesler in 1948. He was a steam fitter at the Tomah Veterans Hospital.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and was a World War II Navy veteran. He was a pst commander of the Tomah American Legion.

Surviving in Madison is a daughter, Mrs. John Landmann, 1169 Petra Pl.

Also surviving are his wife; two sons, Terry and Dennis, both at home; and another daughter, Kay, at home; his mother, Mrs. Susie Winchel, Tomah; and two sisters, Mrs. Ermegeane Steinmetz and Mrs. Verlyn Vandervort, both of Tomah.

The funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the church. Friends may call this afternoon and tonight at the Ninneman Funeral Home, where the rosary will be said at 8 tonight.

Mrs. Willis Wood
Source: Tomah Journal (28 Dec. 1915) transcribed by Verna Leetch

Dec 28 V. Jct. Mrs. Willis Wood who was so badly burned about three weeks ago, passed away Monday morning about six o'clock at her home in the Wood settlement. She leaves, beside her husband and baby daughter, her parents and a sister and brother to mourn her loss. The funeral services will be held at the L D. S. church at Valley Junction Thursday at two o'clock p. m. Rev. Whiteaker of Chetek will conduct the services.

Ed Woodard
Source: Tomah Journal (8 Aug. 1885) submitted by Verna Leetch

La Grange - Ed Woodard committed suicide – gunshot - father Clifford Woodard lived near the town line between Lincoln and La grange. 22 yrs sick for a long time & became despondent. Death occurred Thursday A. M. - funeral La Grange Church 2 p.m. Friday.

Fannie Helena Woodard
Source: Tomah Journal (12 Dec. 1921) transcribed by Verna Leetch

FANNIE HELENA WOODARD was born in New York state in the year 1832, and in her early childhood her parents moved to Eastern Canada. In 1853 she was married to Nehemiah Oakley, and in the year 1869 they moved in Tunnel City, Wis. They then lived on a farm in the town of Greenfield until 1915, when they sold their farm and bought them a home in Tunnel City where they spent the remainder of their days. Mr. Oakley died about four years ago, Mrs. Oakley passed away on the 6th day of October 1921. The children surviving her are six, viz: Mrs. Stowe Brown of Sparta, Wis., Mrs. John Purdy of N. Tomah, Wis., Wellington Oakley, Roundup, Montana, Oscar Oakley, Shelton, Wash., Mrs. Hamlin Griffin, Sparta, Wis., Mrs. Eddie Purdy, Beloit, Wis. She leaves 31 grandchildren, 61 great grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday, October 10, at 2 p. m., at the Tunnel City M. E. church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. G. H. Willett, and were attended by a large gathering of friends and relatives.

Alfred Woodliff
Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Monday, 30 June 1952) page 6, section 2; (picture) submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Sparta - Funeral services for Alfred Woodliff, 92, who died Friday at the home of his son Roy, Sparta, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Lanham funeral home with the Rev. A. E. Frederick officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope cemetery. Mr. Woodliff was born in the town of Ridgeville and farmed in that area until he retired and moved to Sparta in 1915. He was married to the former Elizabeth Downey, who died in 1945. He survived by his son; a step-daughter, Mrs. Jessie Weber, Sparta; nine grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.

Frederick Woodliff
Source: The La Crosse Tribune (Friday, 7 Apr. 1950) page 8; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Norwalk, Wis. (Special) Frederic Woodliff, Sr., 87, died Wednesday in a local hospital. Woodliff was born in Norwalk in 1862. He is survived by his wife; two sons, Harvey, Lampson, Wis.; and Fred, Tomah; three daughters, Mrs. Louis (Blanche) Fuller, Clear Lake, Ia., Mrs. Almon (Velia) Nelson and Mrs. John (Marie) Seidel, both of La Crosse; one brother, Alfred. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Lanham's mortuary in Sparta, the Rev. Charles Whitney officiating. Burial will be in Pilgrim Home cemetery, Norwalk.

Mary Woodliff
Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Thursday 27 March 1952) page 12, section 1; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Sparta - Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Woodliff, 79, who died Saturday in a Sparta hospital, were held Tuesday in St. Jacob's Lutheran church, Norwalk. Mrs. Woodliff is survived by two sons, Earl, Tomah and Percy, Norwalk.

Ray Woodliff
Source: The La Crosse Tribune (Friday Evening, 19 Apr. 1946) page 14; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Sparta, Wis. (Special) Funeral services for Ray Woodliff, Schabonna, Ill., will be held Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Lanham's mortuary. The Rev. A. E. Fredericks will officiate and burial will be in Mount Hope cemetery. Woodliff, twin brother of Roy Woodliff, Sparta, died at a La Crosse hospital Wednesday night.

Samuel Woodliff
Source: La Crosse Tribune and Leader-Press (Wednesday, 19 Feb. 1919) submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Samuel Woodliff died at the county farm, February 14, from an illness with pneumonia, at the age of 80 years. He was buried in the Farmers Valley cemetery, February 15.

A. D. Woodruff
Source: Tomah Journal (21 Jan. 1899) submitted by Verna Leetch

A. D. Woodruff died Jan 21 1899 72 yrs enlisted Sep 1861, Co K 3rd Iowa Cal discharged Helena, Ark June 1865. Born Ashtabula Co., Ohio Oct 1826 Survived by Mrs. A. D. Woodruff.

Robert G. Wright
Source: La Crosse Tribune and Leader-Press (Wednesday, 24 Apr. 1918) page 4; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Old Resident of Monroe County Seat Was Seventy-five

Sparta, Wis. (Special) Mr. Robert C. Wright, one of the old residents of Sparta, died at his home, Saturday afternoon from locomotor ataxia, at the age of 75 years.

He was born in Vermont, but came to Wisconsin when a young man. He came to Sparta a number of years ago from Burns Valley where he had been residing on a farm. For several years he was engaged in the raising of small fruit and was weighmaster in the city for a considerable time.

The deceased is survived by his wife and three children, Mr. Wilmer Wright, Sparta: Mrs. Vida Hebard, Adams, and Mrs. Winnie Schmidt of Adams. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock conducted by the pastor of the Bangor Presbyterian church.

Louis Wurst
Source: Tomah Journal (19 Feb. 1924) submitted by Verna Leetch

La Grange - Father Louis Wurst died 1924

Frank Young
Source: La Crosse Tribune and Leader-Press (Wednesday, 9 May 1917) page 12; submitted by Diana Heser Morse


Sparta, Wis. (Special) Frank Abram Young, a well known resident and business man of Sparta, died at his home last evening about six o'clock, death resulting from Bright's disease. He was 56 years old. Mr. Young was born in Bailey's Harbor, Door county, Wis., Sept. 8, 1860. His widow and two daughters, Mrs. Jacob Putman and Mrs. Ed Arnold, all residents of Sparta, survive him.

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

Norwalk, Wis. (Special) George L. Ziegler, 70, died at his home Saturday, Sept. 21. Surviving Ziegler are his wife, two sons, Myron of Norwalk, Elmer of Reedsburg; two daughters, Mrs. Inez Wooner of Wonewoc, Mrs. Evelyn Dyke of Gary Ind.; four sisters, Mrs. George Baumbach, Sparta; Mrs. L. P. Francis, Ralph, S.D.; Mrs. Roy Woodliff, Sparta; and Mrs. Fred Schaller of Norwalk; one brother, John, Norwalk. Four grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. T. Knopp at the St. Augustine's Catholic church, Wednesday, Sept. 24.

Henry Zweifel
Source: La Crosse Tribune and Leader-Press (Wednesday, 24 Feb. 1932) page 10; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Funeral services for Henry Zweifel were held Friday morning from the Plumber Funeral Home on West Oak street. The Rev. Knickerbocker, Ontario officiated. Interment was in the Ontario cemetery.

The deceased was born in Linthal, Switzerland, March 28, 1857. He came to this country when eighteen years of age and settled in Illinois. February 21, 18?4, he was married to Mary Adell Sargeant. To them four children were born Hugh, of Rockton, Mrs. Lloyd Clark, of Sparta, William of Ogalala, S. D., and Lillian Hubbell of Wonewoc.

In 1914, he moved to Wisconsin and since 1915, made his home in Melvina. His wife died in 1928.


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