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Pierce County, Wisconsin
Obituaries and Death Notices 


A. D. Andrews
Hon. A. D. Andrews, of River Falls, Pierce county, died at his residence in that city Thursday evening, of cerebro menengitis, after an illness of two weeks. Dr. Andrews was a native of Maine; came to Wisconsin in 1856, and settled in Hudson, but removed to River Falls in 1858. He received an academic education, and graduated from the Chicago Medical college in March, 1860. He was appointed surgeon of the 6th regiment, Wisconsin volunteers, in November, 1861, and continued in the service up to January, 1864. He was with the Iron Brigade in all its battles up to and including Gettysburg. In 1877 he was elected state senator for the Thirtieth district, comprising the counties of Dunn, Eau Claire and Pierce, and served in the sessions of 1878-79. In 1870 he was appointed a member of the board of regents of normal schools, and continued a regent up to his death. He took great interest in normal school work and was unflagging in his labors and attention to the welfare of the normal school at River Falls. He was a gentleman of wealth and social and political prominence in the northwestern part of the state. For many years he carried on an extensive milling business in River Falls, and lately had engaged in lumbering, and had large land and farming interests in Dakota. Although of strong and independent convictions, and tenacious of settled opinions, Dr. Andrews was methodical, accurate and upright in business, social and genial in disposition, of high character, affable and gentlemanly in manners, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him, and especially by his associates upon the board of regents. Last winter, River Falls was incorporated as a city, and Dr. Andrews was elected mayor, in the spring. His age was fifty-four years and ten months. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wis.) Friday, 31 July 1885; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Rita J. Bettenhausen
Date of Birth: Saturday July 24, 1926; Date of Death: Saturday June 02, 2001
Rita J. Bettenhausen, age 77, of rural Black River Falls (Town of Manchester) and formerly of Chicago, IL, died Friday, April 30, 2010 in Family Heritage Care Center, Black River Falls. Rita Joan Hargarten was born in Chicago, IL on December 16, 1932 to Harold Michael Hargarten and Ruth Frances (Wiard) Hargarten. She was raised in Chicago where she graduated from high school and later attended college. She married Henri Louis Bettenhausen on May 28, 1955 in Chicago. The couple lived in McKinley Park, IL, until moving to Jackson County in 1982. Rita was employed at St. Paul Federal Bank in Chicago as a bank teller. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Black River Falls, the HCE, McKinley Park Tennis Club, and the Holy Order of St. Pius. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting, canning and preserving vegetables from Henri’s garden, Tri-Chem painting, baking, cooking, and reading. Survivors include her husband, Henri of Black River Falls; a son, Michael J. Bettenhausen and wife, Susan M. Bettenhausen of Chicago; a grandson, Michael L. Bettenhausen; a sister, Carol Ann Dydo of Rochelle, IL; a brother, James (Nancy) Hargarten of Chicago; a sister-in-law, Ann Maroney of Chicago; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold Michael Hargarten and Ruth Frances Hargarten; 3 brothers, Harold F. Hargarten, Donald J. Hargarten, and Richard L. Hargarten; a brother-in-law, Stanley Dydo; and sisters-in-law, Helen Hargarten and Elizabeth Hargarten A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 A.M. on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 407 Main St., Black River Falls. Rev. Fr. John Steiner will officiate. Friends and family are invited for visitation from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. on Tuesday at the church [Source: unknown; date: June 3, 2001]

Charles W. Biddle Sr.
Rio- Charles W Biddle Sr., age 87, of Rio, passed away on Tuesday, November 23, 1999 at Columbia Health Care Center in Wyocena, WI. He was born on August 10, 1912 in LaFayette, IN the son of George and Claire (McCellen) Biddle. He was united in marriage to the former Dorothy Madigan on September 27, 1941 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Beaver Dam, WI. Charlie worked at a variety of jobs during his lifetime including an engineer, working at the Rio Co-op Lumber Yard and Fall River Canning Company. Charlie belonged to St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Doylestown; the Knights of Columbus Rio-Doylestown Council #9078 and the Rio Community Club. Some of his special interests were volunteering his time to the Queen of America Mission in Cambria. He also loved to read and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Charlie served his country during WWII serving in the Army. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy of Rio; one son Charles A (.Jane ) Biddle Jr. of Rio; one daughter Patricia (Edwin) Schellin Columbus; one brother Donald (Louise) Foster of Madison, one sister Martha Hoskins of LaFayette, ID; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by both his parents, a son George D. Biddle, a daughter in-law Nicole Biddle, three brothers Max, Kenny, and Robert, and four sisters Hazel, Opel, Mabel, and Nellie, and a sister in law Velma. A mass of Christian burial will take place on Saturday, November 27, 1999 at at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Doylestown with lather William Hower and Father David Ihenacho co-celebrating mass. Burial will take place at Annunciation Catholic Cemetery in Town of Trenton. A prayer service was held on Friday November 26, 1999 at the Vangen Funeral Home in Rio. [Source: Columbus Journal ( Saturday, 27 Nov. 1999) contributed by Ron Flink & transcribed by MZ]

C. W. Brown
C. W. Brown, clerk of the circuit court, died at his home in Ellsworth of cancer. He had been suffering for a number of years. [Source: Wisconsin Labor Advocate (La Crosse, Wis.) Friday, 17 Dec. 1886; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Tommy Burke
Peculiar and Awful
MADISON, Wis.. May 23.—A singular accident is reported from the village of Clifton, this county. Isaac Memkers was building a wire fence, using a horse to stretch the wire. Tommy Burke, a boy of twelve, was a looker on. The horse ran away, breaking the wire, which flew around the boy with such force that it entirely severed his arms. One barb cut the jugular vein of the neck. The boy started home and walked about six rods, when he fell and in ten minutes was dead." [New Ulm review.(New Ulm, MN), May 25, 1892]

Dudley D. Danforth
PRESCOTT, Wis., Jan. 9. – Dudley D. Danforth died at his home at this place, aged 99 years. He was a native of the state of Maine and had he lived until October would have reached the century mark. He is survived by one son and three daughters. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Thursday, 10 Jan. 1907; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Harriet Maude Dennis
The Rev. Douglas P. Oyan officiated at funeral rites Wednesday afternoon at the Hansen Funeral Home for Mrs. Harriet Maude Dennis, 85, who died in her sleep early Tuesday morning at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Graham, Marshfield. Eastern Star rites, preceding burial, were conducted at the Methodist Church in Downing Friday afternoon, with the Rev. J. W. Hansen, officiating. Mrs. Vera Larson sang “Crossing the Bar” and “Beyond the Sunset” during the service, accompanied by Henry Bourn at the organ. Burial was at River Falls. Among out of town relatives and friends who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Graham, Mrs. H. L. Rice, Marshfield; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. George Jack, (Note: The rest of the article was cut off and was not available at the time of transcription.) [Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Saturday, 15 Oct. 1955, page 10; Lorraine Markee Collection; transcribed by MZ]

Andrew Everson
Andrew Everson, a farmer living in the town of Kinnickinnic, near River Falls, was killed by lightning while repairing a wire fence. [New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN) June 22, 1892]

Christan Kommisrud
Brasington, Wis. - Christan Kommisrud, an old settler of Salem, died in Minneapolis and was buried in Salem cemetery.  He is the father of Emer Kommisrud, of this place.  [The Saint Paul Globe. (St. Paul, Minn), 26 March 1900; Sub by KT]

Marvin L. Krueger
FOX LAKE - Marvin L. Krueger, 76, of Fox Lake, passed away peacefully at Beaver Dam Community Hospital surrounded by his family on March 19, 2011, after a brief battle with cancer. Marvin was born on March 31, 1934 at the Lutheran Hospital in Beaver Dam, to Edmund and Olga (Haberkorn) Krueger. On April 12, 1958, he was united in marriage to Gladys Smit at St. John's Lutheran Church in the township of Trenton. Throughout his working years and all the way up until his retirement, Marvin truly enjoyed working at C.C. Linck as a tandem gravel truck driver. He lived on the family farm his entire life and enjoyed the simple things in life, like mowing the lawn, doing yard work, reading the newspaper and spending time with his family and grandchildren, particularly attending their piano recitals and sporting events. He took a lot of pride in his vehicles and enjoyed going for motorcycle rides. Marvin was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam. Marvin is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Gladys of Fox Lake; his son, James Krueger of Fox Lake; his daughter, Joan (Tim) Budde of Beaver Dam; his five grandchildren, Ashley Krueger of Johnson Creek, Erin Krueger of Fort Atkinson, Tyler, Lindsey and Hannah Budde of Beaver Dam; one great-grandson, Carter Blakey of Johnson Creek; two brothers-in-law; one sister-in-law; three cousins, Rollie Kindschuh and Florence Kindschuh both of Milwaukee, and Orville (Ann) Schmidt of Beaver Dam; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, one brother in infancy, one brother-in-law and two sisters-in-law. A memorial service for Marvin will take place on Friday at 4 p.m. at Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services, 135 Keller Blvd., Beaver Dam, with Rev. Bob Castro and Rev. Dr. Mark Molldrem officiating. Visitation will take place prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home, beginning at 2 p.m. A luncheon will immediately follow the service at the funeral home. Private family inurnment will take place at Riverside Memorial Park in Fox Lake. Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services in Beaver Dam is honored to be serving the family. [Source: unknown newspaper; contributed by Ron Flink & transcribed by MZ]

Johana Madigan
FOX LAKE, Wis. - Mrs. Johanna Madigan, 82, Breeze Point Road, Town of Trenton; passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital at Beaver Dam following a brief illness on Friday. The late Mrs. Madigan was admitted to the hospital Friday morning and passed away at 4:08 p.m. Funeral services will be held at St Mark's Catholic Church here Monday morning at 10:30 o'clock with Rev. Raymond Kurkiewicz officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's cemetery in the Town of Trenton. The late Mrs. Madigan was born on a farm near Waupun on May 10, 1882, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. McGrath. She lived on the farm until after her marriage to Arthur Madigan when she moved to the Town of Trenton where she has since resided. The deceased is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Charles W. (Dorothy) Biddle of Rio, two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two brothers and two sisters. The late Mrs. Madigan was a member of St Mary’s church and of the Farm Bureau. Friends may call at the Kratz Funeral home in Fox Lake after 2:30 Sunday afternoon. A parish vigil will be held at 3:00 o'clock Sunday evening. [Source: unknown newspaper, dated Saturday, 1 Aug. 1964; contributed by Ron Flink & transcribed by MZ]

Eliza Loring Nye
MOORHEAD – Mrs. Eliza Loring Nye, mother of Judge Carrol A. Nye, Moorhead, and of Frank M. Nye, Minneapolis former congressman, died in Moorhead late Monday night at the age of 93. Another son, Edgar, known as “Bill” Nye, the famous humorist, died 24 years ago. Mrs. Nye was born in Maine and moved to Wisconsin by prairie schooner and boat. She and her husband were among the first settlers of Kinnickinnic valley, near River Falls, Wis. Burial will take place at River Falls, Wednesday. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Thursday, 9 July 1914) transcribed by FoFG mz]

Lewis Birdell Pratt
ACCIDENT – Lewis Birdett Pratt, a child of R. P. Pratt, of River Falls, was killed on Saturday last, by falling from a wagon while in motion. The child was nearly three years of age. This is the second time that Mr. Pratt and family have been called to mourn the loss of one of their number by accident. They have the sympathies of all who know them. – Hudson (Wis.) Times. [Source: Milwaukee Sentinel (Milwaukee, Wis.) Wednesday, 24 Sept. 1862; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Mary Ann Ryan
Funeral services for Mary Ann Ryan, age 85 years, 11 months, will be held at St Mary's Catholic church In this city at 930 a. m. Saturday, May 19. Rev. A. B. Czaja will officiate and interment will be at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in the Town of Trenton. The remains will lie in state at the Kratz Funeral Home from 3:00 P. M. Friday until Saturday morning, and vigil will be held at 8:00 P. M. Friday at the funeral home. Mary Ann Ryan passed away at her home at 8:30 P. M. Wednesday. She had been bedridden for the past 6 years and death was due to the infirmities of old age. She was born in the Town of Westford June 10, 1885, the daughter of Patrick Ryan and Mary Kelley Ryan. She resided in the Town of Westford until 1918 when she moved to Fox Lake where she has resided ever since. She was never married. The deceased was .preceded in death by her parents .and three brothers and one sister. Survivors are seven nieces and five nephews: Mrs. Mary Klemmer, Loyal; Mrs. Nellie Searvogel, Loyal; Mrs. Margaret Searvogel, Town of Westford; Mrs. Rosetta Beaver, Loyal; Mrs. La Verne Degenhardt, Loyal; Mrs. Isabel Kienow, Wausau; Charles, Wauconda, Ill.; James, Town of Westford; William, Merrill; and Henry, Gladys and Lawrence of Loyal. [Source: Fox Lake Representative (Thursday, 17 May 1951) transcribed by MZ]

Arthur Scheid
Dr. and Mrs. M. M. Scheid attended funeral services for the former’s brother, Arthur, an attorney in Waterville, Minn., who was buried in a family cemetery in Bay City, Wis. They also visited for a few days with Dr. Scheid’s nephew, Walter, in Bay City. [Source: Oshkosh Daily Northwestern (Oshkosh, Wis.) Thursday, 27 July 1961; transcribed by MZ]

Milo M. Scheid
ROSENDALE – A doctor formerly on the staff of St. Agnes Hospital, Fond du Lac and Mercy Hospital, Oshkosh, Dr. Milo M. Scheid, 84, died Sunday at Ripon Municipal Hospital after a year’s illness. Born Aug. 25, 1885 in Pierce County, he married the former Harriet M. Sizer June 3, 1909 in the Town of Lamartine. The couple resided in Rosendale since August of 1909. Dr. Scheid was a member of the First Baptist Church, Masonic Lodge No. 111, OES Chapter 58, and of three medical associations, AMA, Wisconsin Medical Association and Fond du Lac County Medical Association. He was a former president of the latter. Dr. Scheid graduated from the University of Chicago and Rush Medical College and interred in Oshkosh. He was also ? officer during both world wars. Survivors include his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Alfred Grimm, Green Lake, one son, Myron F. Scheid, Ripon, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A daughter, Dr. Harriet Scheid preceded him in death. The Revs. Donald W. Olson and Owen W. Steward will officiate at the 2 p.m. services Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Rosendale. Friends may call at the Candlish Funeral Chapel, Fond du Lac, from 4-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday and until 11 a.m. Wednesday. Internment will be in Rosendale Cemetery. [Source: Oshkosh Daily Northwestern (Oshkosh, Wis.) Monday, 26 June 1967; transcribed by MZ]

Mrs. M. Schmidt
Mrs. M. Schmidt of Salem, Pierce county, Wis., died suddenly of heart failure. She was 63 years old. [Source: Minneapolis Journal (Minneapolis, MN) Wednesday, March 2, 1898; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Harvey Seeley
Brasington, Wis., March 20 - Harvey Seeley, a pioneer settler aged 71, was buried yesterday.  He was one of the first settlers in Pierce county, coming here in 1844.  [St. Paul daily globe. (Saint Paul, Minn.), 21 March 1893]

Jesse D. Thayer
River Falls - Jesse D. Thayer, former state superintendent of public instruction, died recently in the Veterans' home at Yountville, Cal.  Mr. Thayer was for many years a member of the faculty of the normal school at River Falls. In 1885 he was a member of the lower house of the legislature. From 1887 to 1891 he was state superintendent of public instruction. [The Duluth Herald (MN), Monday Evening, Oct. 24, 1910, Volume XXVIII - No. 170]

Allen H. Weld
1882: Prof. Allen H. Weld, at Troy, near River Falls, Oct. 18th, at the age of seventy-three years. He was born at Braintree, Vt., Sept. 7th, 1809. After spending two years in Dartmouth College, he went to Yale College, graduating with honor in 1834, and after spending two years in Andover Theological Seminary, and one in teaching in Phillips Academy, he became principal of North Yarmouth Classical Academy, in 1837, where he remained eleven years. It was during 1837, he prepared his useful textbook upon the science of language. In 1839, he was chosen a member of the board of overseers of Bowdoin College. He spent a year giving instruction in Boston, and then removed to Cumberland, Md., where he successfully conducted an academy for six years. At West Lebanon, Vt., he established in 1855, a female seminary, and conducted it for three years, when, in 1858, he migrated to Wisconsin, engaging in farming, and serving as superintendent of schools of St. Croix County, filling many local offices of trust, and serving also as a regent of the board of normal schools. He had much to do in securing the location of the normal school at River Falls. He was a man of enlarged views, a fine scholar and exercised much tact, and met with much success as a teacher. [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 10 (1909) Transcribed by: Heather A. Turner]

Mrs. B. R. Woods
On January 7, 1922 Mrs. B. R. Woods, formerly of Springfield, passed away at the home of her son, Samuel, at River Falls, Wisc., aged 68 years. She leaves to mourn her loss, besides her husband, four children: Mrs. A. N. Cummings, of Minnenankan, N.D.; Mrs. R. T. Thayer, of River Falls, Wisc.; Leslie L. of Danbury, Wisc.; and Samuel, of River Falls.
Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Harper received the above notice January 24th. [Source: The Springfield News (Springfield, OR) – Thursday, February 2, 1922; submitted by JD] 


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