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Horace S. & Julia Adelaide Adams
Source: Milwaukee Sentinel (Friday, 10 Aug. 1855) transcribed by FoFG mz

In Sparta, Monroe County, Wis., at the residence of their father, very suddenly, on the 20th of July, Horace S., aged 26 years, and on the 21st, Julia Adelaide, the only son and youngest daughter of Horatio H. Adams, Esq., who with his family, consisting of his wife, an only son and two daughters, emigrated to this place from Onondagna county, N. Y., where he formerly resided, and had long been familiarly known. – La Crosse Republican.

Mrs. Chas. Arity
Source: Tomah Journal (14 Feb. 1891) submitted by Diana Heser Morse

The funeral of Mrs. Chas. Arity took place at the school house, on Tuesday, Feb. 3d. There was a large attendance of sympathizing and sorrowing friends. She died on Sunday morning, Feb. 1st. her death was very sudden and quite unexpected to many. She left three small boys, one only two weeks old, which we understand Mr. Wilney Goff and wife have taken as their own.

Mary Elizabeth Armstrong
Source: Tomah Journal (28 Jan. 1922) transcribed by Verna Leetch

Warrens: Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Armstrong, an old and highly respected resident of the town of La Grange, died at her home there on Saturday afternoon, January 28th, at the age of 73 years. She was born June 8, 1848, at Painted Post, Steuben county, New York. She was united in marriage November 30, 1882, to the late James Tymeson Armstrong. Four children survive her, they are: Mary, Charlotte, Mahlon and George Armstrong. The funeral was held at the family residence on Tuesday afternoon conducted by the Rev. Dr. A. E. Fredrick of Sparta, and burial was at the Oak Grove cemetery.

Lucias Bacon
Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, Wis.) 22 Mar. 1900; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Sparta, Wis., March 21. – Lucias Bacon, aged 20 years, died yesterday.

Mary C. Bailey
Source: Tomah Journal (4 Dec. 1922) submitted by Verna Leetch

Warrens, Mary C. Bailey born 1860 Sauk Co., WI. Moved to Reedsburg, came to Warrens and married James McGinnes in 1878. James McGinnis died c 1918 or 8 not clear. She died Nov 30 1922 at the home of Mrs. E. J. Abbott.

Conrad Barnhardt
Source: Tomah Journal; submitted by Arlyn Bernhardt

Died June 8, 1913, CONRAD BARNHARDT, in the 85th year of his age. He was born in Bavaria, Germany, in the year 1828. As a young man he left home and sought his fortune in America, making his home at Hartford, Wis., for a while. He was married there in 1856 to Caroline Roeder. In 1862 [He and family are there in 1860 on the Census] he moved to Monroe county, settling on a farm in the town of Wilton. That same farm was his home until his death. The union was blessed with twelve children, of whom three preceded their father to the life beyond. His departure is mourned by the widow and the nine children, viz: August, Henry, Mrs. Wm. Fischbach, Frederick, Mrs. John Hildemann, Mrs. Wm. Schwalbe, Albert, Mrs. Paul Walters and Louis, who resides on the old homestead. The funeral was held from the Catholic church of this city on Wednesday, Father Worst officiating. Interment was at Oak Grove cemetery. The funeral cortege was one of the largest ever witnessed in Tomah, fitting tribute to the rugged honesty and unblemished integrity of this pioneer resident. Those from out of town attending the funeral were: Mr. And Mrs. Henry Bernhardt, of Milwaukee; Mrs. Fischbach and son, of Hartford; Mrs. Aug. Werner, of Hartford; Miss Julia Schwank, of Beaver Dam; Albert Bernhardt, of Racine; Mr. and Mrs. Schwalbe, of Thiensville; Mr. and Mrs. Hildemann, of Wausau.

George W. Benedict
Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wis.) 8 Mar. 1889; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Sparta, March 1. – George W. Benedict, a native of New York and a pioneer settler of this city, died at his home here from an illness of years’ duration, aged 65 years.

R. C. Bierce
Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI) Friday, February 13, 1885; Transcribed by: Mary Saggio

Death of Col. R. C. Bierce
Col. R. C. Bierce, aide to Adjutant-General C. P. Chapman, died at his rooms in the Ogden block, at 5:30 A. M. Wednesday, after an illness of heart affection and pneumonia, lasting through less than one week. He was at the office last Thursday, but was obliged to remain at home the following day. Saturday, a physician was summoned, and although the patient was sitting up, it was apparent that he was in much worse condition than he realized. At the advice of his physician, he went to bed, where he rapidly grew worse, till Sunday night, when his life was despaired of. Be he lingered along, by reason of a vitality which was quite astonishing, till this morning, when the spark of life left its earthly tenement.

Col. Bierce would have been 67 years old next October, had he lived till that time. In his youth he studied law and was admitted to the bar of Grant county, where, associated with Orsamus Cole, who now occupies the highest judicial position in Wisconsin, he successfully practiced law for some time. At an early day he removed to Viroqua, where he remained for a long series of years, being elected at various times to the office of district attorney and county judge of Vernon county. He accumulated some little property at Viroqua and owned a very pleasant home, of which he was always exceedingly fond. In 1871, he went to Sparta, and for about one year and a half was the editor and proprietor of The Eagle, - a weekly paper. His journalistic venture was a financial failure, and was the means of absorbing a considerable amount of his accumulations of the years previous. After abandoning the newspaper field, he removed to Menomonie, where he again entered upon the practice of the law. He was chosen district attorney of Dunn county, four terms, and was called to Madison by his old time friend Gov. Rusk, in May, 1882, since which time he has been a most efficient and faithful aide in the adjutant general’s department at the capitol.

Col. Bierce was married twice, and leaves a widow and three children. He was a man of much native ability and has been a frequent anonymous correspondent of The State Journal. He was tall and slender in appearance, with smoothly-shaven face, and strong, frank features, a combination which rendered him the ideal of our conception of a rugged soldier of continental days. He was a man of the strongest integrity, and his warmest friends are counted among those who knew him best.

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

Joseph Biermier, aged 62 years, for many years a resident of Summit Ridge, died May 5 at the county asylum. He was found dead in his bed, death resulting from apoplexy. The body was shipped to Summit where services will be held in the Catholic church.

James Cary Boyle
Source: La Crosse Tribune (Wednesday, 22 Mar. 1916) page 16; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Apoplexy Claims Former Well Known Public Official as He Sits Down to Dinner Table

Sparta, Wis. Marcy 22 (Special) James Cary Boyle, an old citizen of Sparta, died suddenly at his home last Saturday noon. He was just sitting down to dinner, when he suddenly fell, death coming almost immediatelyl. It was due to apoplexy.

He was born near Mount Vernon in Ohio, June 15, 1883, and spent his early manhood there. In 1859 he came here, moving onto a farm near Sparta, where he lived until a number of years ago, when he came into the city.

He was an active citizen, serving several terms as town chairman, assessor and treasurer, and spent four years in Madison as a clerk in the office of the secretary of state.

The many years Mr. Boyle was a member of the Congregational church and for a long time was a member of the board of deacons.

He was married to Miss Ellen Hedges near Mount Vernon in 1853. She died in 1868. Of this marriage one son survives, L. C. Boyle of Viroqua, agent of the St. Paul railroad in that city.

In Dec. 1896 he was married to Mrs. Sarah J. Boyle of Sanborn, Ia., who is left.

Three brothers also survive. They are Charles Boyle of Mount Gilead, Ohio; Ezra of Woodward, Okla., and Ira, of San Francisco, Cal.

Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Hogan, were held at the home Monday afternoon at 2:00.

Mrs. George Bradley
Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, Wis.) 11 Dec. 1902; submitted by Marla Zwakman

Sparta, Wis., Dec. 10. – [Special.] – Mrs. George Bradley, aged 63 years, died at her home in this city, Monday evening of paralysis of the heart.

David Freeman Britton
Source: Marathon County Register (Unity, Marathon Co. Wis.) Friday, 24 Aug. 1945; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

David Freeman Britton, age 97 years, died of old age complications on Aug. 10 at the Odd Fellows Home at Green Bay where he had been since Oct. 16. He had been ill for the past five weeks. The body was brought to Owen Saturday and was taken from there Monday to Sparta for funeral services Tuesday. Internment was made in the Woodlawn cemetery at Sparta with the Rev. Mr. Clark officiating. Mr. Britton, a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge for 62 years lived with his daughter, Mrs. Earl McCray at Owen before going to Green Bay. Surviving besides Mrs. McCray, are another daughter, Mrs. G. M. Parsmeau of Mooselaw, Saskatchewan, Canada; a son, Harry Britton of Beloit; 15 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. ***NOTE: The rest of the article was cut off and not available at the time of transcription.

Mrs. George Burnett
Source: The La Crosse Tribune (31 July 1946) submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Sparta, Wis. (Special) Mrs. George Burnett, 65, 606 Franklin street, Sparta, died today at 12:30 a.m. at the Sparta hospital. Funeral services are planned Friday at 2 p.m. at the Plummer funeral home, the Rev. A. E. Frederick officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. Burnett was born Aug. 11, 1881. She is survived by her husband, George, one daughter, Marion, Madison, and three sons, George Jr., Lloyd and Douglas, all of Sparta

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

Antone Burnette, Died in Hospital; Well Known in County

Sparta, Wis. (Special) Antone Burnette, who has resided for many years on a farm west of the city, died Tuesday morning in St. Mary's hospital from pneumonia.

Funeral services will be held from the farm home Thursday afternoon at two o'clock. Rev. J. Schneller officiating and interment will be in the Cauk Creek cemetery.

Mr. Burnette is survived by the widow, five daughters and three sons.

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

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

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

Jesse Corwin
Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 450; transcribed by LaDena Livingston

1880 - Jesse Corwin died at Sparta, Jan. 3d, at the age of ninety-one years. As a soldier of the War of 1812, he received a pension, and had resided at Sparta since 1853.

Catherine May Leighton Covey
Source: Banner-Journal (Black River Falls) 9 Aug. 1934; Tomah Journal p.8 col. 5; submitted by Arlyn Bernhardt

CATHERINE MAY LEIGHTON COVEY, who died July 27, 1934, at the Krohn hospital in this city, was born in the town of La Grange, near Tomah, in Monroe county, the oldest daughter of Thomas Alva and Caroline Vandervort Leighton, on October 4th, 1879. There was deep regret on all sides when news of Mrs. Covey's death was learned. She had always enjoyed good health and been most active until about tow and a half months ago, when first taken ill. She was 54 years, 9 months and 23 days of age at the time of her death. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Keefe chapel, conducted by Rev. Fredrick, of Sparta. The song service was rendered by Mrs. M. H. Moen, with Miss Verna Keefe as accompanist. The remains were taken to Shamrock, where a short service was held and interment made in the Union cemetery there. She received her education in the city schools of Sparta, Wisconsin, and was married on October 4, 1898, her nineteenth birthday, to Fred N. Covey. The marriage occurred at the home of her parents in the town of New Lyme, Monroe County. There was born to this union three children, two sons, Gerald Leighton Covey, of Menomonie, Wis., and Robert Fred, who resides at the home of his parents; and one daughter, Vera, who is Mrs. Hollis Jay, of Virginia, Minnesota. Mrs. Covey was a member of the Methodist church, and was an active worked in any church and community in which she lived. She was one of the charter members of the W.C.T.U. of Black River Falls and a former member of the W.R.C., the Methodist Ladies Aid and Royal Neighbor Lodge for years. They settled in Jackson county in 1905 and lived here continuously except for three years, 1907 to 1910, spent at Beach, North Dakota. Mrs. Covey was a fine woman, held in highest esteem by all who knew her. A deeply devoted wife and mother, her greatest interest is ever in her home and family, but she always found time to do a full share in the social, religious and community affairs around her. She will be greatly missed and deep sympathy goes to her bereaved family.

Source: Tomah Journal (15 Nov. 1901) submitted by Jim Dezotell

Town of Grant
Mr. and Mrs. L. Dean's little boy died a week ago last Friday. Funeral services were held at the house Sunday and the burial was in the cemetery at Kirby.

A. W. Dunbar
Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, Wis.) 15 Mar. 1900; submitted by Marla Zwakman

Sparta, Wis., March 14. – [ Sparta ] – A. W. Dunbar, aged 65 years, an old man and prominent citizen of this city, died last night of dropsy.

Grace Eberdt
Source: Tomah Journal (19 Feb. 1890) submitted by Verna Leetch

Gracie Eberdt, daughter of George Eberdt one of a twin died of Typhoid fever sick three weeks died Aug 31 1894 funeral at home conducted by an old friend Joseph Decker of Adrian.

Sister Edwardine
Source: The La Crosse Tribune (La Crosse, Wis.) Monday, 6 Feb. 1905

Sister Edwardine, aged 23 years, died this morning at the St. Francis hospital of inflammation of the brain. Deceased wass a teacher in the St. Michael's orphan asylum. Sister Edwardine entered the convent six years ago. Her home was at Tomah and her name before entering the convent Catherine Prahan. The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock from the St. Rose convent interment being made in the Catholic cemetery, Rev. Father Beyer officiating.

Ida Eirschele
La Crosse Tribune (Wednesday, 22 Mar. 1916) page 16; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Mrs. Ida Eirschele of Angelo, 45, who was a patient in St. Mary's hospital for a long time suffering from cancer, was removed to her home about two weeks ago, where death relieved her of her suffering on last Tuesday night. Funeral services were held at Angelo Thursday, Rev. Schmeling officiating and the body was taken to Tomah and burial was in Jacksonville cemetery. The husband died several years ago. Three daughters and one son survive her, and a sister, Mrs. Goodough of Montana.

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

Norwalk, Wis. (Special) Mrs. Charles Vieth has been called to Berlin, Wis., by the death of her brother, Harry Erdman.

N. Featherly
Source: Tomah Journal (10 Aug. 1893) transcribed by Verna Leetch

La Grange - N. Featherly, a former resident of La Grange, died lately in Michigan. Mrs. F. (formerly Mrs. William Getman) was expected at Tomah last night by her son, Art Getman.

Martin R. Gage
Source: Wisconsin State Journal (26 Feb. 1903) submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Prominent Physician of Sparta Passes Away
Long and Useful Career of a Busy Man

Sparta, Wis., Feb. 25 -- (Special) -- Dr. Martin R. Gage died this morning. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon under Masonic auspices.

Dr. Gage was born in Bellona, N.Y., in April, 1825. He was a graduate of Geneva Medical College and came to Beloit, Wis., in the '50s, and then to Sparta in the early '60s. He was commissioned surgeon of the Twenty-fifth Wisconsin Regiment and resigned after two years' service on account of poor health. He returned to Sparta, where he had resided and practiced medicine every since. He was the first superintendent of Monroe county schools and was an active Mason, having served several terms as master of that lodge. He was also high priest of the Royal Arch chapter. Dr. Gage was prominent in politics. He was greatly esteemed by all for his benevolence. For many years he was senior partner of the firm of Gage, Beebe & Sarles. His wife survives. Consumption caused his death.

Army Pfc. Anthony A. Gaunky
Age 19, Sparta, Wisconsin; Beiji, Iraq
Source: East Oregonian (Pendleton OR) 21 Nov. 2005; submitted by Desiree Rodcay

A soldier whose wife and two children live in Coos Bay died from injuries suffered in Iraq, the Army said. Spc. Vernon R. Widner, 34, and Pfc. Anthony Alex Gaunky, 19, of Sparta, Wisconsin, both members of the 101st Airborne Division, were in a Humvee that was intentionally struck by a civilian vehicle, according to a news release from Multi-National Forces-Iraq. The attack closely followed an improvised explosive device detonation on the same route, the release said. Widner died Thursday and Gaunky died Friday at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. Widner's widow told the Register-Guard of Eugene that she initially didn't believe the Army sergeant who arrived at her front door. "I thought it was a prank; I knew there was a lot of identity theft going around," Tammy Widner said late Sunday. "I never thought it would end up this way." Vernon Widner, 34, was well-known at Don's Diner & Ice Cream Parlor in Reedsport, where he worked as a cook for about four years, Tammy Widner said. He joined the Army in April 2003, and Tammy Widner and her two sons moved from Reedsport to Coos Bay, where she is a certified nurse's aide at Bay Area Hospital. Widner is also survived by his parents, Emmanuel and Sandra Widner of Redlands, California. Tammy Widner said she and her husband met in Redlands in 1994 and were married three years later. The family moved to the Oregon Coast because "we wanted to get out of California and not raise our children there," she said. The boys are Cody, 11, and Dylan, 8. Widner said her husband had just returned to Iraq on what was at least his second tour of duty there. She last saw her husband, who was based in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in late 2003. Widner said she had never held a strong opinion about the war. "I just think they all need to get out of there before any more of those guys die," she said. "He was only 34. It's young."

Sophia Gillett
Source: unknown; submitted by Arlyn Bernhardt

SOPHIA GILLETT was born April 27th 1842 in the State of New York and moved to Viroqua, Wisconsin in the year of 1847. She was united in marriage to Mr. John Allen in the year of 1860 and moved to Monroe County in 1874. To their union were borne 9 children 4 boys and 5 girls, as follows: Thomas, of LaFarge: Jasper and Henry of Warrens; Mrs. Mary Blackley, Mrs. Julia Vorhiese of Everett, Washington: Mrs. Bertha Snow: Mrs. Josephine Searles of Minnesota, and Mrs Minnie Griffin of Tomah, Wisconsin. Mr. John Allen passed on to his eternal reward on July 5th, 1899 and Mrs. Allen was again united in marriage to Mr. Charles Griffen on December 17, 1905. He preceded her in death on October 9th, 1918.

There are 4 brothers in 3 sisters: Mrs. T.R. Gillett, Mr. L.B. Gillett, Mr. A. F. Gillett and Mr. L.L. Gillett at Warrens and Mrs. Mehalable Kaester, Elk Point, South Dakota, Mrs. Adeline Hiles, Warrens, and Mrs. Bertha Reader of California. Sophia’s death occurred on April 9, 1919 & funeral services were held on Friday April 11, for the Baptist Church of Warrens of which she was a member, Rev. A. C. Amundsen officiating.

The La Crosse Tribune, Wednesday 11 December 1912, page 2

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Lafayette Gilmore at Tunnel City was saddened on Saturday morning by the death of their little son, who had been very sick for several days with acute gastritis and other complications. There was occasion for alarm all through the illness but hopes were maintained that the result would be otherwise. Earl Golden was born July 16, 1909, and was a few months past three years old. He was an unusually bright and intelligent little boy. He seemed to have grown to manhood even in babyhood. Much sympathy is expressed in Tomah by the friends of the bereaved parents and brother Perry. Mr. Gilmore has been section foreman in the Tunnel City and Tomah division of the C.M.& St.P railroad for the past twenty years. The funeral will be held at the residence at Tunnel City at twelve o'clock on Monday and the remains will be taken on the train No. 6 Monday afternoon to Mauston where they will be interred in the Lemonweir cemetery.

James Orson Graves
Source: Tomah Journal (21 May 1992) submitted by Diana Heser Morse

James O. Graves, 74, formerly of Chicago Heights, Ill., died on Sat. May 16, 1992, in St. Mary's Hospital in Sparta. He was born Oct 17, 1917, in Goreville, Ill., to Raleigh and Bertha (Francies) Graves. He married Doris Heser on May 31, 1939, in Jackson, Missouri. He worked as a baker for the Silver Cup Bakery in Chicago for 24 years. He later worked as a custodian for the Crete Monee High School, Crete, Ill., until his retirement in 1981. Jim and his wife moved to the Rolling Hills Nursing Home on May 4 1992. He is survived by his wife, Doris, of Rolling Hills Nursing Home, Sparta; two daughters, Judy Eastham of Chicago Heights, Ill., and Carolyn Kempt of Country Club Hills, Ill.; two sisters, Thelma Finley of Homewood, Ill. and Verbal Wolner of Marion, Ill.; one sister in law, Mrs. Van (Vila) Evans of Tomah; nine grand-children and six great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Hollice, and one brother, LeLand.

Funeral services were held today (Thursday), May 21, 1992, at 12:00 p.m. in the Ninneman-Steele Funeral Home. The Rev. Wesley Schirmer officiated and burial was in the Town of LaGrange Cemetery. Visitation was held on Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until time of the service.

Walter Gray
Source: The La Crosse Tribune (Wednesday, 26 Mar. 1913) page 4; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Walter Gray, aged 22, died at a local hospital yesterday morning at 6 o'clock. Death was caused by typhoid fever. He is survived by his mother and a sister, Mrs. R. Franklin of La Crosse. The funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon from his home, 145 Mill street, at 2 o'clock, Rev. Howard Leonard officiating. Interment will be made in Oak Grove Cemetery.

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

Amos Greeno Dies at His Home at Little Falls

Amos Greeno, one of the old residents of Little Falls, died at the home of his son, Byron Greeno, in the town of Little Falls, May 4, at the age of 83, death resulting from apoplexy. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Plannette, were held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Little Falls school house. Mr. Greeno was a widower. Several children survive him.

John Grutsch
The La Crosse Tribune and Leader-Press (La Crosse, Wis.) Monday, 2 Jan. 1928; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

John Grutsch Dead
John Grutsch, for many years a barber in Sparta, died at his home on West Main street Thursday afternoon. He had been in failing health for some time and had been obliged to give up his work several months ago. He is survived by his wife, who was a Biddison girl, and three children, Jeanetta, Virginia and Johnnie.

Funeral services were appointed for Monday afternoon at the home at two-thirty o'clock, and at the Methodist church at three o'clock. Rev. Clarence E. Weed, pastor of the church, will officiate. Interment will be made in Mount Hope cemetery, at which time the Masonic order will take charge of the burial service.

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