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Polk County, Wisconsin
Obituaries and Death Notices

Norman Anderson
Osceola, Wis., Sept. 20. – Norman Anderson, the 3-year-old son of M. F. Anderson, residing near Spur Three, was killed Saturday by a rifle, which was left standing by his older brother against the wall, falling down and discharging. The boy was shot through the head and died instantly. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, WI) Thursday, 2 Oct. 1902; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Frank Arndt
Frank Arndt, aged 21, of Osceola, Wis., died of blood-poisoning resulting from the bite of an insect.  [The Tomahawk. (White Earth, Becker County, Minn.), 18 Aug. 1904]

Henry D. Barron
1882:  Hon. Henry D. Barron, at St. Croix Falls, January 22d, in his forty-ninth year. Coming to Wisconsin with the double profession of a printer and a lawyer, in 1851, he commenced life as an editor, and was subsequently appointed postmaster at Waukesha. He subsequently located in his legal profession at Pepin, and gradually rose to many positions of honor and trust. Hon. S. S. Fifield has furnished in the ninth volume of the Wisconsin Historical Collections, a fitting memorial of Judge Barron's life, character, and public services. [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 10 (1909) Transcribed by: Heather A. Turner]

Frederick Kinloch Bartlett
St. Croix Falls, Wis., Dec. 1, ae. 39. Mr. B. was an old resident of the St. Croix Valley. He settled at Stillwater, Minn., some ten years ago, and distinguished himself as a jurist. His eminent abilities and many virtues endeared him to all who knew him, and render his deceased a severe loss to the community in which he lived. Full of hope and enterprise, he had lately entered an extensive undertaking at St. Croix Falls. He was for some time a resident of Milwaukee, and during the winter of 1856-7 he represented that city in the legislature of the state. Mr. B. leaves a wife and two children. [Source: Annual Obituary Notices Of Eminent Persons Who Have Died In The United States For 1858; By Hon. Nathan Crosby; Boston: John P. Jewett And Company. 1859. Transcribed By Kim Mohler]

Andrew Fee
Osceola, Wis., June 3. (sic) – Andrew Fee, who settled in this county in 1858, died at his home two miles east of the village, aged 72 years. He served as a private in Co. F, Fourth Wisconsin cavalry, during the Civil war. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, WI) Thursday, 2 June 1904; transcribed by FoFG mz]

George Huyck
Osceola, Wis., Oct. 17. – George Huyck is dead, one man's skull is crushed and he will die, while two men have severe pistol wounds as the result of a fight in Huyck’s saloon at Clam Falls, Wis. Politics caused the trouble. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, WI) Thursday, 18 Oct. 1900; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Father Keller
Osceola, Wis., Aug 13. - Father Keller, who has been in charge of the Catholic church in the town of Farmington and in Osceola, died at the parsonage in Farmington last night. He was sick only three days with congestion of the the lungs. He was past 90 years of age, and was the oldest Catholic priest in years and in service in the Northwest. Father Keller was stationed at Little Canada, near St. Paul, when that city was but an Indian trading post, and was the first Catholic priest in St. Paul. He was stationed at Somerset, in the St. Croix valley, early in the '50s. [Watertown Republican. (Watertown, Wis.), 18 Aug. 1897]

Captain William Kent
Points in the Career of the Late Captain William Kent
Osceola, Wis. - Captain William Kent, who died here, was born in Frederickton, N. B., April 22, 1824. He came to Galena in 1843 and to St. Croix Falls in 1844. He was one of the original owners and builders of the first mill at Osceola. From time to time he purchased the interests of other partners until he became sole owner of the mill and town site. Mr. Kent engaged in steamboating for many years and was a popular commander. He built the "Nellie Kent," "The Helen Mar" and "Maggie Reany." In late years he has been engaged in mercantile pursuits. He married Helen Kidder on May 22, 1885. He was the first treasurer of Polk county, and also held the office of county Judge, and had filled many positions of public trust.  He left his wife, a daughter, Mrs. William Foster, of this village; one brother, John Kent, of Glasgow, Mont., and three sisters, Mrs. Guild, of St. Paul, and Mrs. Turner, living in Texas, and Mrs. Goodwin, of this village. The funeral rites were in charge of the Masonic order, and appropriate remarks were made by Rev. Thomas Biggar, pastor of the M. E. church. [The Minneapolis journal. (Minneapolis, Minn.), 12 Jan. 1904]

Kranz Family
John Kranz of East Farmington, Polk County, Wis., drove into the lake with six children in his wagon to water his horses. The horses becoming frightened ran into deep water, the wagon was upset, and Kranz and five of the children drowned. One boy escaped by swimming. The eldest child was a girl of 17. [Source: The Iola Register. (Iola, Kan.), August 08, 1879 - Sub. by K.T.]

Ole Larson
Osceola, Wis., Nov. 28. – Ole Larson, for the past twenty-three years probate judge of Polk county, died of heart disease at his home here at 7 o’clock this morning. Mr. Larson was born at Christiansand, Norway, in 1841, and came to America when a young man. Mr. Larson was elected county judge of Polk county in 1877 and was re-elected four times without practically any opposition. He was justice of the peace for twelve years. He was chairman of the delegation at the state convention in March, 1896. He was one of the electors at large on the Republican ticket, in 1892. Gov. Upham, recognizing the services which he had done for the party in 1895, appointed him a member of the state board of immigration and his services in this position have been almost invaluable in attracting to the state a large number of desirable settlers. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, WI) Thursday, 29 Nov. 1900; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Henry Mallen
Osceola, Wis. - Henry Mallen died of paralysis, aged 75 years.  He was a native of England and had resided here since 1851, being one of the early settlers.  [The Minneapolis journal. (Minneapolis, Minn.), 17 June 1903]

Edward Mattson
Osceola, Wis., Oct. 16. – Edward Mattson, who left here a year ago, died at Warduer, Idaho. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (18 Oct. 1900) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

John Measner
Osceola, Wis., Jan. 8. – John Measner of the town of Farmington, aged 60 years. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, WI) Thursday, January 10, 1901]

Winfred Plahn
Little Winfred Plahn Fatally Injured - Sad Accident Took Place at the Home of Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Plahn at Clayton, Wis.
The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Plahn thruout this community will regret to learn of the unfortunate accident which befell their little son, Winifred, 8 years of age, who was mortally injured by accidentally falling under wheels of an automobile. The Plahn family made Winthrop their home for many years and of late years have resided at Clayton, Wis. It was at the family home where the sad accident took place. Following communication has been received at this office:
Clayton, Wis., Sept. 29, 1923.
Mr. C. C. Eaton, Winthrop, Minn.,
Dear Sir,
We are sending you a copy of the Clayton Advance giving an account of the death of our son and brother, Winfred, who met with an accident and passed away at the Lakeview hospital, Cumberland, Wis., a few hours later. The Masonic and Easters Star lodges surely render wonderful service during our bereavement. The floral offerings and funeral larger than ever before held in this vicinity.
Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Plahn, and children
Clayton Advance: An extremely sad accident occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Plahn at 6:30 last Saturday evening when their son Winfred was so severely injured that he lived only a few hours. Mr. Plahn (father of the deceased) was starting away from home in his car when he noticed something wrong with the steering apparatus, so stopped and was in the act of backing up when little Winfred and his brother Harold thought the car had stalled and were going to push to get the car started again, the little fellow slipped and fell under the wheel, rupturing his spleen from which he bled to death internally, he was taken to the hospital at Cumberland, but nothing could be done for him and he passed away at 12:15 Sunday morning.
Winfred Fred Plahn was born at Winthrop, Minn., April 28th, 1915, so was, at the time of his death, 8 years, 4 months and 26 days old. He was a bright little fellow, a general favorite with his playmates and at school was always at the head of the class. His was a disposition if left to mature would have developed into an ideal manhood, and his sudden death has cast a shadow over the entire community. Consolation can he had in the fact that his soul is now triumphant with his Creator whose will alone brot him into the world and whose will again called him into the fold.
The funeral was held at One o'clock at the home and two o'clock at the church, Wednesday Sept. 26. Services were conducted by Rev. J.C. Hoffman of New Richmond, after which the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery east of town. Left to mourn the loss of a loving son and brother are his parents, three sisters, Lillian, of Minneapolis, Clara, and Evelyn, and four brothers Edward, Arthur, Harold, and Stanley, besides a large number of relatives.
The heartfelt sympathy of all goes out to the bereaved. A list of pallbearers and people out of town who attended the funeral of Winfred Plahn. The pall bearers were: Russel Erickson, Freddie Mattson, Joe Galloway, Albert Zabel, George Heyer and Russel Larson. Those who attended the funeral from out of town: Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Plahn of Spooner, Lillian Plahn and Mrs. G.E. Mandigo of Minneapolis, Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Seward and daughter Evelyn, Mr. and Mrs. S.A. Guschl, Mrs. Woodruf and son, Aug. Alfred and Frieda Erdman, Mrs. Otto Plahn of St. Paul, Mrs. Ed. Butler and son of Stillwater, F.C. Just of Winthrop, Minn., Rev. J.C. Hoffman of the Evangelical church New Richmond, and the Evangelical choir of Prairie Farm.
All the business places in Clayton closed during the services. [Winthrop News, (Winthrop, MN) Oct. 4, 1923, page 1]

Mrs. Joseph Shea
Fond du Lac, Wis., Dec. 29. – Mrs. Joseph Shea, one of the earliest settlers of this county, died at Osceola Sunday afternoon of paralysis. She was 65 years of age and is survived by a husband, five sons – William of Eden, John of Chippewa Falls, Mike, James and Joseph of Osceola, and two daughters – Mary Shea and Mrs. Hannah Mack of Forest. The funeral will be held from the residence at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning. Father Downa will officiate. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, WI) Thursday, 1 Jan. 1903; transcribed by FoFG mz]

W. L. Snow
Osceola, Wis., Aug. 27. – W. L. Snow, a prominent farmer of Osceola, died at the home of his brother-in-law, Charles Gibson, in Minneapolis, of appendicitis, aged 40 years. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, WI) Thursday, 27 Aug. 1903; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Bernard Toenskemper
The remains of Bernard Toenskemper arrived here (Stillwater, MN) today from Osceola, Wis., where deceased died on Sunday.  He was a well known resident of Stillwater and was 59 years of age.  He leaves a family.  The funeral will be held tomorrow morning from the German Catholic church.  [The Saint Paul Globe. (St. Paul, Minn.), 17 Feb. 1903]

Leonard W. Volk
Noted Sculptor Dead
Chicago, Aug 19 - Leonard W. Volk, the noted sculptor, died at Osceola, Wis., yesterday, aged 67.  [Santa Fe daily new Mexican. volume (Santa Fe, N.M.), 19 Aug. 1895]


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