Wisconsin Genealogy Trails
Price County, Wisconsin
Obituaries and Death Notices 

Christina R. Acker
MEDFORD – Funeral services for Miss Christina R. Acker, 61, of Ogema, who died Saturday will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Westboro, with the Rev. Thomas Conway, Westboro, officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olive cemetery at Westboro. Miss Acker was born at Wetonka, S.D. and when she was 11 years of age she came to Wisconsin with her parents, settling first in Prentice, then moving to the town of Ogema. Surviving her are two sisters, Miss Mary Acker and Mrs. Lawrence Weinzatl, both of Ogema. Friends may call at the Mannel Funeral Home at Rib Lake where rosary devotions will be held at 8 o’clock tonight (Tuesday). [Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Tuesday, 30 Oct. 1973, page 11]

Fay Bartoe; Ed Whitney Brown; Charlie Osterman
Three boys, sons of prominent people in Phillips, were drowned, last Sunday, while skating on the lake at that place. The Bee gives their names and ages as follows: Ed. Whitney (Brown) is the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Brown, and was 15 years of age, Charlie Osterman is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. J. Osterman, aged 14 years. Fay Bartoe is the second oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Bartoe, and is 12 years old. [Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 20 Nov. 1890]

Alfred Balsis
Alfred Balsis, 74, Phillips, died at midnight Monday, at St. Joseph’s Hospital; admitted March 30. [Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Tuesday, 5 Apr. 1988, *** Note: His date of birth is from the Social Security Death Index]

William Richard Berger
Abbotsford friends joined the family of William R. Berger at brief graveside rites conducted at the Abbotsford cemetery for Mr. Berger, 60, a former resident, who died Nov. 5 at Park Falls. Funeral services were held at 1:00 o’clock at the Brown Funeral Chapel at Park Falls. The Rev. B. F. Schoenfeld officiated at both places. Pallbearers were two sons-in-law, Henry Voege, of Milwaukee, and Leon Beyerl, of Delavan; Ervin Hoppe and Carl Hartway, of Park Falls; Christ Vogt and Charles Wartgow, of Butternut. William Richard Berger was born April 6, 1894, in Oshkosh. On June 5, 1918, he was married to Eva Rebecca Johnson at Oconto Falls. They lived at Oconto Falls four years and came to Abbotsford where he farmed northwest of here until 1929, when he became a salesman for Schreiber Milling and Grain of Minneapolis, and then for John Deere Farm Implement Company. He then started the business known as Berger’s Northland Henneries and in 1948 sold it to Frank Brodhagen and moved to Butternut where he purchased land and farmed. While in Abbotsford he was an active member of the Presbyterian church. He served as director of the Abbotsford school board. After moving away he became a member of the Congregational church of Park Falls. Mr. Berger was in failing health for some time and was admitted to the Park Falls hospital early in September. Death, caused by cancer, occurred early Friday morning. Surviving him are his widow, Eva, three daughters, Mrs. Henry (Ruth) Voege, Milwaukee; Mrs. Joseph (Marguerite) Clapp, Norfolk, Va.; and Mrs. Leon (Eva Marie) Beyerl, Delavan; four sisters, Mrs. John Hickey, New York City; Mrs. Emma Ziebell, Perry, Ga.; Mrs. Paul Ketcham, Omaha, Neb.; and Mrs. George Fink, Oshkosh; one brother, John Berger, Omaha, Neb.; and ten grand children.  Among the relatives who attended the funeral were the three daughters, his sister, Mrs. George Fink, Oshkosh; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Arneson, Mr. and Mrs. Benson Schaub, Oconto Falls; Mr. and Mrs. George Bartlet, Gillett; and John Johnson, Marinette, three sisters and a brother of Mrs. Berger. [Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 11 Nov. 1954]

Horace J. Blanchard
Horace J. Blanchard, Edgerton, Wisconsin, passed away at the Wisconsin General Hospital, Madison, on Thursday, December 12th. Mr. Blanchard was born in Colby, Wisconsin, on April 15th, 1882. He was a graduate of the Colby High School and of the University of North Dakota. He was admitted to the bar of North Dakota, in June, 1910, and subsequently practiced law in Dickinson, N.D., Phillips, Wis., and Edgerton, Wis. At Edgerton he was associated in the practice of law with his brother, George W. Blanchard. He was always interested in politics, and served as a member of the North Dakota legislature for two terms. He enlisted for service in the World War September 10th, 1918, at Dickinson, North Dakota, and was at the Officer’s Training Camp, at Camp Pike, Arkansas, when the Armistice was signed. He was honorably discharged on December 8th, 1918. Services were held at Edgerton on Friday afternoon, and the body was brought to Colby Saturday for burial. Christian Science services were conducted at the cemetery. A military salute was given and taps sounded by the American Legion. R. G. Salter, John Pribnow, Sr., William Roth, Carl Holtzhausen, Joseph Kraus, Oscar Sturner, acted as pall bearers. Mr. Blanchard is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Marion Anderson and his grandson, Ronald Anderson, of Marshfield, Wisconsin; his mother of Minneapolis; a brother, George W. Blanchard, Edgerton; and two sisters, Miss Pearl Blanchard, Minneapolis, and Mrs. L. W. Richter, Belfield, North Dakota. His father, Horace J. Blanchard, passed away in June 1921. All of the immediate family were present at the services. Out of town friends were Mr. and Mrs. E. V. Vovey, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Service, and Mrs. W. T. Poad, Marshfield. [Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 19 Dec. 1935]

A. F. Borth
Catawba - A. F. Borth, pioneer, is dead here, following long illness due to cancer of his lip. Borth came here from Manawa, Wis., in 1900 and purchased 200 acres of land near village, where he resided until his death. His wife died here about three years ago and the only surviving child is John. Brother Henry, Kemster, Wis., with dead man’s son, accompanied body to Manawa, where burial was made beside grave of Mrs. Borth. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Saturday, 6 Dec. 1919]

Loys Buell
Funeral services for Loys Buell, 70, who died Nov. 22, were held Sunday afternoon. On Wednesday, Mr. Buell had been taken to St. Joseph’s hospital, Marshfield, where death occurred at 5:50 a.m. Friday, due to a heart attack and complications. The Rev. Harold Welch, pastor of Salem Evangelical United Brethren church, of Dorchester, officiated at the funeral rites at the Zink Funeral Home at 2:00 o’clock and internment which followed in the Abbotsford cemetery. Pallbearers were Oscar Olson, Harold Schulz, Louis Lueddecke, Fred Leonhardt, Otto Busse, and John Busse. Among relatives and friends from away who came for the funeral were Mrs. Florence Nelson, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Felhofer, Marshfield; Robert Nelson, Stevens Point; Miss Hattie Mead, Colby; Mr. and Mrs. Art Graner, Galesville; Mr. and Mrs. Roger Reichersamer, Spooner; Marvin Schrader, River Falls; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Schrader and Donna Mae and Mrs. Elizabeth Bunke, Dorchester; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sievert, Stratford; Dr. and Mrs. W. W. Payne and Mr. and Mrs. Tony Kriplean, Colby. Mr. Buell was born Dec. 18, 1886, in Bangor, N.Y. He received his education at La Crosse where he later worked as a street car conductor for eight years. He lived for a short time at Phillips. On Oct. 25, 1913, he and Miss Bessie Mead were united in marriage at Neillsville. They made their home on a farm in the town of Holton until 1952 when they retired and came to Abbotsford where they built a home. He is survived by his widow and three daughters: Mrs. Arthur (Florence) Schrader, Dorchester; Mrs. Ethel Reichersamer, Abbotsford; and Mrs. ----  [Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 28 Nov. 1957 *** Note: The rest of the article was cut off and was not available at the time of transcription]

Pamela Sue Christian
Pamela Sue Christian, 43, of Butternut, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003, at Lakeview Medical Center, Rice Lake. Services were held Saturday, Aug. 9, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Butternut; Rev. John Deitz officiating. Burial was in Butternut Union Cemetery. She was born Feb. 11, 1960, in Park Falls. Her parents are Harold and Alice (Zimmerman) Christian. She was a graduate of Park Falls High School and a lifetime resident of the Butternut area. She worked for the Laura Jean Zach Center in Glidden and enjoyed her time spent at Almost Home Adult Day Center in Park Falls. She loved children and animals, especially her dog, Ginger. She is survived by her parents; a brother, Gary (Cindy) Christian of Park Falls; eight sisters, Sue (Fred Hirtreiter) Christian of Butternut, Debra (Ronald) Weinberger of Park Falls, Karen (John) Ringelstetter of Stevens Point, Barb (Larry) Weinberger of Park Falls, Sandy (Mike Arneson) Christian of Rice Lake, Cheryl (Steve) Christian-Larson of Rice Lake, Kathy (Mike) Kronberger of Butternut and Janet (Tim) Weiberg of Cameron; 19 nieces and nephews; five great-nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents; and a nephew, Jeremy Ringelstetter. [Source: Park Falls Herald (Park Falls, Price County, Wis.) 14 Aug. 2003]

David Cross
David Cross, 19 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Cross, of Colby, was killed Saturday, reportedly hit in the back by a stray bullet while hunting with his father in Florence county. The older Mr. Cross had gone to the family cottage to prepare food. Other hunters, who heard the young man’s cries for help, responded. He died shortly after. David was born Aug. 11, 1940, in Oshkosh. He attended Colby grade and high schools and the University Extension at Wausau. He planned to return to Wausau the beginning of the next term, and was currently employed at the St. Croix Corporation at Park Falls. He is survived by his parents, two sisters, Linda and Mary Jane, and a brother, John, all at home. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Colby Methodist church and internment was made in the Colby cemetery. [Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 19 Nov. 1959]

Debbra Curler
St. Joseph’s Hospital reported the death of Debbra Curler, 44, of Phillips, on Nov. 9, 2002. [Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Nov. 2002]

Lydia Cutts
Mrs. Lydia Cutts, aged 97 years, passed away early Monday morning at the Unity home of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Lena Cutts. The body was taken to the Lulloff Funeral Home at Colby. Funeral services will be held at the Unity Methodist church Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock, and internment will be made in the Brighton cemetery. Mrs. Lydia Cutts, nee Towner, was born Sept. 30, 1847, at Oxford, Conn., and was married there Aug. 12, 1867 to Wilbur F. Cutts. She made her home in Unity and Ogema for the past 70 years. She was a member of the Methodist church and its Ladies society. Surviving are a son, Howard of Portland, Oregon; a daughter, Mrs. Ward Choates of Los Angeles; 21 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren. Three sons, George, Arthur and Royal preceded her in death. Mr. and Mrs. Rolle Cutts of Hollandsburg, Ohio, who have been visiting at the home of Mrs. Lena Cutts, left Friday for Christy to spend a few days with LaVern Cutts and family. Mrs. Howard Cutts and son, Malcolm and Mrs. Louie Schmidt of Ogema were visitors at the home of Mrs. Lena Cutts Monday.  [Source: Marathon County Register (Unity, Marathon County, Wis.) Friday, 31 Aug. 1945]

Eugene Erickson
Eugene Erickson, 60, Prentice, died at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph’s Hospital; admitted earlier in the day. [Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Wednesday, 11 Dec. 1991; *** Note: His date of birth is from the Social Security Death Index]

Christian Ewert
Christ Ewert, 94, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Abel, at Park Falls on February 9th. Funeral services were held at Trinity Lutheran Church at Park Falls on February 12th. Internment was made in the Beaver cemetery, Town of Beaver. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. William (Martha Abel) and Mrs. Henry (Louise) Helmke, Park Falls; one son, Robert, Bemidji, Minn.; six grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Two daughters and one son preceded him in death. Mr. Ewert owned and operated a farm West of Unity for many years. After his retirement from farming he lived in the Village of Unity; for the past fifteen years he has made his home in Park Falls. Relatives and friends from Unity, Spencer, Colby, Stratford and Marshfield attended the funeral. Mr. and Mrs. Lester Ewert, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ewert, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Ewert, Mrs. Elmer Carlson and Frank Siegrist attended the funeral of their uncle, Christ Ewert. [Source: Marathon County Register (Unity, Marathon County, Wis.) Friday, 19 Feb. 1954; transcribed by MZ]

---  Funeral services for Christian Ewert, age 93, Park Falls, who passed away here Tuesday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wm. Abel, will be held tomorrow, Friday, at 11 a.m. from the Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. W. Hagebusch officiating. Interment will be made at Loyal, Wis. Funeral arrangements were made by the Brown Funeral Home. The deceased was born March 3, 1861 at Hamburg, Germany and came to the United States in 1883, coming to Park Falls from Unity, Wis., in 1929. He was married on March 25, 1885 to Miss Johanna Stroth at Loyal and was engaged in farming most of his life. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Wm. (Martha) Abel and Mrs. Henry (Louise) Helmke of Park Falls; one son, Robert, of Bemidji, Minn.; 6 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Victor Gudinn, Delmer Klein, Hugo Zenker, Sam Neeck, Hugh Johns and Otto Abel. [Source: Park Falls Herald (Park Falls, Price County, Wis.), Thursday, 11 Feb. 1954; Sub. by Linda Vixie]

Otto C. Ewert
Otto C. Ewert, aged 24 years and 9 months, passed away at the Riley Hospital on Sunday after a very brief illness with pneumonia and other complications. For some time he had lived at the home of his sister Mrs. Henry Helmke of West Park Falls. The parents of deceased reside in Unity where the remains were taken on Tuesday for interment. The sorrowing relatives have the sincere sympathy of Park Falls friends. [Source: Park Falls Herald (Park Falls, Price County, Wis.) 22 Feb. 1918; article contributed by Linda Vixie]

Carl S. Flink
Colby – Funeral services for Carl S. Flink, 66, former town of Unity farmer, will be conducted at Trinity Lutheran Church, Unity, at 2 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Robert Langseth officiating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. (in Marathon County) Mr. Flink lived in the town of Unity from his birth, Sept. 30, 1893, until 1943 when he moved to Milwaukee. He had been living in Milwaukee but was at his farm home in the town of Unity the past few days to attend the spring planting. He was found dead in his farmhouse by neighbors yesterday morning. Coroner Robert Lulloff, Neillsville, said death was apparently caused by a heart attack and occurred Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Flink served as chairman of the town of Unity, a member of the School Board and assessor for the township before moving to Milwaukee. He married the former Mary Bennett at Prentice on Jan. 21, 1920. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Norman, Marshfield, and Marvin, Milwaukee; three brothers, William and John, both of Minneapolis, and Oscar, Milwaukee; one sister, Mrs. Ella Stark, Unity; and three grandchildren. Friends may call at the Lulloff Funeral Home, Colby, beginning this evening. [Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Apr. 1960]

Mrs. Carl Fredrichs
Mrs. C. F. Fredrichs Dies Early Today from Burns Received in Explosion that Wrecked Home
Death Came at 3 A. M. at New London; Funeral to be Held Saturday
Mrs. Carl F. Fredrichs, 53, died at 3 o'clock this morning at the New London Community hospital of injuries received in an explosion yesterday morning that wrecked the Fredrichs home at 71 W. Fourteenth St. With her at the time of her death were Mr. Fredrichs, Mrs. Fredrichs' mother, Mrs. Mary Altman of Butternut, and Mrs. Otto Zoesch, Mr. Fredrichs' sister, also of Butternut. She had been taken to the New London Community hospital shortly after the explosion, which occurred at 8 o'clock. She was suffering with third degree burns on 70 per cent of her body. Blood plasma, flown from Green Bay and Chicago, was administered. Mr. Fredrichs, publisher and manager of the TribuneGazette, and Michael, 11-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fredrichs, who were also in the house at the time of the explosion, both escaped injury. The body is at Heuer's Funeral home. Services will be held at St. Rose Catholic church Saturday morning. Burial will be in the Park Falls cemetery at Park Falls. The explosion resulted when an accumulation of gas in the walls of the house and in the furnace pipes ignited as Mrs. Fredrichs struck a match to light the gas stove in the basement. The gas is thought to have accumulated from a leak or leaks in the gas pipes. The explosion was instantaneous. Persons living in the neighborhood said that it sounded like a blast of dynamite. It was felt by persons living more than a mile away. These described the effect as similar to an earthquake. Michael on the second floor was thrown from his bed by the force of the explosion. Mr. Fredrichs with the help of Ronald Fillnow brought Mrs. Fredrichs up from the basement and out into the yard.
Every Window Broken
The house was blown from six inches to a foot off its foundation. Every window was broken. Even the rear garage window, about 35 feet from the house, was blown out, frame and all--as were several windows on the west side of the Henry Hoffman residence next door. The chimney on the east wall was completely destroyed and the chimney in the middle of the house cut off at the roof. Hardly a piece of furniture in the entire house was left in a usuable condition. Stockings, dish towels and window shades were tossed high into trees. However, fire did not get started except in a minor way. About half of the curtains, two dust mops, some clothing in the basement and shingles at the rear of the house, ignited by burning curtains, were all that caught fire. These fires were quickly extinguished by the Fire department, which had been called. Both the house and the furniture were covered by insurance to substantially their full value.
Marian, Mrs. Altman, Mrs. Zoesch and Mrs. Marcella Benz, Mrs. Fredrichs' sister, arrived in New London last night. John, eldest son, who resides in Troy, N. Y., arrives by plane this morning. Pat, in the Army Air Corps at Lubbock, Tex., is expected to leave Lubbock tomorrow on a furlough previously scheduled. Lee, another son, is with the Seventh army on Okinawa. It is expected that Lee Altman, Mrs. Fredrichs' brother, will be reached today. [Source: Clintonville Tribune-Gazette (Clintonville, Waupaca County, Wis.) 19 July 1945]

Charles W. Freimund
Charles W. Freimund, 69, of Brantwood, died Saturday, June 5, at the Park Falls hospital, of a heart attack. Funeral services were held June 9, at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home at Phillips and burial was made in the Holton cemetery, east of Abbotsford. Charles Freimund was born in the Town of Holton, April 6, 1885, and lived in the Town of Holton until 1916. He was married to Kathrine Schueller at Colby, in September, 1911. After leaving the Town of Holton, they resided in the Town of Eau Pleine and then at Brantwood where they have been for the past 16 years. He is survived by his widow and four sons and five daughters, one of whom is Mrs. Anthony (Mildred) Vesely, of Milan. There are five sisters, three residing in Chicago; Mrs. Amanda Bruesewitz at Spencer, and Mrs. Henry Parge, Town of Holton. Two brothers preceded him in death. [Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 17 June 1954]

Waldron C. Fuller
The Village of Prentice lost her oldest resident last Friday morning when the Angel of Death beckoned and Waldron C. Fuller answered the call. His death was preceded by a lingering illness of fourteen months, during which time he was unable to leave his bed. Old age ailments were his direct cause of his passing away. Mr. Fuller was born in Unadille, New York in the year of 1833 and at the time of his death was 91 years 9 months and 1 day old. During his active life he had followed the profession of mill engineer and mill wright and was one of the best of work men in his trade. Many years ago he served in the capacity of janitor for the Prentice Schools. In the year of 1883 deceased was united in marriage to Mrs. Edith Pritchard, at Necedah, Wisconsin, and to this union was born one child Bert, who at present is owner and publisher of The Boyd Transcript, at Boyd, Wisconsin. He is also survived by one step son, Fred Leonard, with whom he and Mrs. Fuller had made their home for the past several years, and in whose home the shadow of death fell. Funeral services wore held from the Leonard home and the Congregational church Sunday afternoon at two o'clock, the death sermon being preached by Rev. Ramsay, of the Congregational church. Internment was made in the Prentice cemetery, and his body lies at rest in the community where for more than a quarter of a century he had made his home and among the people who for long years had known and respected Grand dad Fuller. [Source: Ogema Record (Ogema, Price County, Wis.) Friday, 27 Mar. 1925]

Alma J. Green
Mrs. Ralph Green, Bluffton, Indiana, died Oct. 12, after an illness of two months. Internment was made there, Tuesday, following services at the Thoma Funeral Home. Mrs. Green was born Alma J. Neitzel, Dec. 6, 1889, at Prentice. Her marriage to Ralph Green took place at Waupaca June 16, 1915. For a number of years, they operated a general store at Curtiss and then came to Abbotsford and started a variety store. Fifteen years ago, they moved to Bluffton. Mrs. Green retained her membership in the Abbotsford chapter of the Order of Eastern Star. She was a member of the Bluffton Past Matron’s Club and of the Presbyterian church. Surviving are her husband and three daughters, Mrs. Alfred (Lila) Mittlestadt, of Bluffton, Mrs. Albert (Jeanette) Goldhamer, of Milwaukee, and Mrs. Frances (Shirley) N. Lovett, Jr., of Cincinnati. There are seven grand children. She also leaves a brother, Lawrence Neitzel, of Abbotsford, and three sisters, Mrs. Otto Bublitz, Owen; Mrs. Albert Kuehling, Stockton, Calif.; and Mrs. Mabel Hanson, Park Falls. A brother, Emery, of Abbotsford, preceded her in death. [Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 23 Oct. 1958]

Harold E. Griepentrog
Spencer - Harold E. Griepentrog, 44, Route 1, Spencer, died Saturday at Soo Lake, Price County. Death was attributed to an apparent heart attack. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spencer. Burial will follow in the church cemetery, North Spencer. The Rev. William H. Rubusch, pastor, will officiate. Visitations may be made at the Rux-Lulloff Funeral Home, Colby, after 2 p.m. Tuesday. Mr. Griepentrog was born June 6, 1932, in the Town of Spencer and married the former Lucille Guillaume on Nov. 7, 1957, at Spencer. He received his education in the Town of Brighton and was a clerk at the Farmers Co-op, Spencer for 14 years. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Cynthia, at home; two sisters, Mrs. Herman (Bernadine) Schade, Colby, and Mrs. Francis (Carol) Boge, Medford, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Griepentrog, Route 1, Spencer. [Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Monday, 27 Sept. 1976]

Hanuta (INFANT)
Baby Drowned in Jar.
Rhinelander, Wis.- Falling into a five gallon jar of water the baby son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Hanuta of Brantwood was drowned. The accident occurred in the Hauta home during the absence of the child's parents. [Little Falls Herald (Little Falls, MN) August 5, 1921, page 4]

Mrs. Frank Hegg
Friends have received word of the death of Mrs. Frank Hegg at Phillips on Nov. 21. Mrs. Hegg was taken ill on Sunday and died the following day. Mr. Hegg will be remembered as the meat cutter at the Clover Farm Store which was formerly operated in Abbotsford. [Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 22 Dec. 1960]

Henry Helmke
Those from here who attended the funeral of Henry Helmke at Park Falls Wednesday were Mrs. Dora Ewert, William Siegrist, Frank Siegrist, Mrs. Elmer Carlson, Charles Ewert, Mr. and Mrs. George Miller Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. George Miller Jr. Mr. Helmke was a brother of Mrs. George Miller. [Source: Marathon County Register (Unity, Clark County, Wis.) Friday, 15 Aug. 1958]

-- Henry F. Helmke, 71, 735 South 6th Avenue, Park Falls, passed away here suddenly Sunday. Funeral services ere held on Wednesday at 2:00 P.M. at the Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. W. C. Hagebusch officiating. Interment was made at Nola Cemetery. The remains lay in state at the Hornby Funeral Home from 1:00 P.M. Tuesday until 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, at which time they were moved to the church, there to lie in state until the hour of services. The deceased was born September 14, 1886 at Kaukauna and came to this community in 1911. He worked as a painter here for 20 years and from 1931 until 1952 was employed by the Flambeau Paper Mill here. He retired in 1952. He was married on December 22, 1909 to Miss Louise Ewert at Unity. Surviving are his wife, one son, Melvin, Milwaukee; two daughters, Mrs. Marnie Hanson, Minneapolis; Miss Marilyn Helmke, Park Falls; one brother, Otto, Marshfield; one sister, Mrs. George Miller, Unity; two grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. [Source: Unknown newspaper/date after Wednesday, 6 Aug. 1958; contributed by Linda Vixie]

Louise M. Helmke
Louise M. Helmke, 79, passed away at the Extended Care Unit of the Park Falls Memorial Hospital on Sunday. Funeral services for Mrs. Helmke were held on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. from the Peace Lutheran Church with Rev. Norman F. Spomer officiating. Interment was made at Nola Cemetery. The remains lay in state at the Novitzke Funeral Home after 3 p.m. Tuesday until removal to the church at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, to lie in state from noon until the hour of services. Louise Ewert was born April 29, 1891 at Unity, Wisconsin, where she spent her early life. On December 22, 1909, she was married to Henry Helmke at Unity and the couple came to this area in 1911. Mrs. Helmke operated the first licensed maternity home in the Park Falls area. She was a member of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, the Altar Guild and the Sewing Circle, and for many years had charge of the flower arrangement at the Peace Lutheran Church. Surviving are one son, Melvin of Milwaukee, two daughters: Marnie Hanson of Minneapolis and Mrs. Marvin (Marilyn) Steben of Park Falls; one sister, Mrs. Martha Abel, Park Falls and one brother, Robert Ewert of Bemidji, Minnesota. Also surviving are six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. [Source: Park Falls Herald (Park Falls, Price County, Wis.), undated clipping after 21 Oct. 1970; contributed by Linda Vixie]

Melvin L. Helmke
Melvin L. Helmke, 72, of Milwaukee, died Thursday, August 14, 1986, at the Veteran's Hospital in Wood after a lingering illness. Services were Saturday, August 16, from Forest Home Cemetery Chapel, with Rev. Larry A. Bremer officiating. Burial was at Forest Home Cemetery. The Prasser-Kleczka Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Helmke was born September 5, 1913, at Park Falls, where he lived his early life. He married Laura M. Wichrowski April 16, 1943, at Milwaukee. He was a member of Van Eimeren-Kolonka Post No. 27, The American Legion, and Tippecanoe Presbyterian Church. Survivors include his wife, Laura; three daughters, Marnie Hanson of Minneapolis, Marilyn Steben of Butternut, and Karen Kopydlowski of Milwaukee; one son, William of Milwaukee; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, Henry and Louise Helmke. [Source: Park Falls Herald (Park Falls, Ashland County, Wis.), Thursday, 28 Aug. 1986; contributed by Linda Vixie]

Everett C. Hirsch
Everett C. Hirsch, a graduate of Colby High School and city superintendent of schools at Wausau for the past 12 years, died at St. Mary’s hospital at Wausau Friday morning at 10:30 o’clock at the age of 60 years. Widely known throughout Wisconsin as an educator, Mr. Hirsch was known as a “friend of the teacher.” He was a former president of the Northwest Wisconsin Educational association; former chairman of the Wisconsin Education association committee on locals; former president of the Rice Lake and Wausau Rotary clubs, and a former president of the Wausau Community Chest. He was also a member of the Masonic lodge. Mr. Hirsch was a very fluent speaker and was much in demand as an after-dinner speaker. He went to Wausau in 1934 to take over the office of superintendent left vacant by the resignation of the late S. B. Tobey. During the years since he introduced many new educational practices and helped materially to raise the standards of the school system. Mr. Hirsch was born in the town of Scott, Sheboygan county, and spent his boyhood in Marathon county. He was graduated from the high school in Unity in 1904 and the Colby High School in 1905. He was graduated from the Oshkosh normal school in 1909 with a bachelor of philosophy degree. He later attended the University of Wisconsin, and where he received a master of philosophy degree. After leaving Oshkosh normal he taught in Birnamwood for one year, followed by five years at Loyal. He was superintendent of schools in Park Falls for six years and at Rice Lake for 13 years before moving to Wausau on 1934. Mr. Hirsch was married to Miss Emelyn Cook in Unity, June 15, 1912. She died exactly two years ago, July 19, 1944. Mr. Hirsch was married to Miss Florence Olmstead in Freemont, Mich., June 9, 1945. Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Donald E. Hirsch, Washington, D.C., and Allen S. Hirsch, Pittsburgh, Pa., a brother, C. J. Hirsch, Abbotsford, and six grand-children. [Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 25 July 1946]

Tobias Jasek
Jury Put Blame on Railroad.
A memorandum book indicates the name of the man found cut to pieces in Antelope county was Tobias Jasek, of Price county Wis. The coroner's jury places blame on the railroad for his death, but many people still believe he was the victim of a heinous murder. Robbery is suggested as a clue, as he had no money. [Valentine Democrat (Valentine, Neb.), March 25, 1909 - Sub. by K.T.]

Carl Jergens
Funeral services were conducted here last Sunday afternoon, at 1:30 from the Brandenburg Funeral Home, and a 2 o'clock from the Congregational Church, for the late Carl Jergens, the Rev B. F. Schoenfeld officiating.  
Carl Jergens was born April 26, 1870, at Hildebrandshagen, Germany. He spent his boyhood in that country, and was married at Grimmen, Germany, December 4, 1893 to Augusta Marie Stroth, who survives him. Mr. and Mrs. Jergens came to this locality in 1917, the former being employed for 14 years at the Flambeau Paper Company's mill. Mr. Jergens died at the local hospital Friday morning, following a 3 days illness. He was 69 years, 11 months, and 17 days of age. Surviving relatives besides Mrs. Jergens are two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Bollman and Mrs. Hanna Keaves, and two brothers, Gust and Herman Jergens, all of whom reside in Germany; and the following sons and daughters: Mrs. Hugo Mahn (Anna), Mrs. Adolph Schwartz (Harta), Richard Jergens, Mrs. Harry Shea (Hattie), and Mrs. Wanda LaVoie. There are also eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. [Source: Park Falls Herald (Park Falls, Ashland County, Wis.) Friday, 19 Apr. 1940; contributed by Linda Vixie]

Bertha Johnson
Funeral services for Mrs. E. J. Johnson of Unity, age 73, who died Saturday evening at the Bethel Convalescent Home, were held Tuesday afternoon at the Trinity Lutheran church in Unity, Rev. Claude Vander Stoep officiating, and burial was made in the parish cemetery. Mrs. Johnson, the former Bertha Wieland, was born on November 24, 1884, in Germany. She came to the United States with her parents when a small child. Her marriage to E. J. Johnson took place in Phillips in 1893. She had been a resident of Unity for many years. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Clarence (Alma) Edblom of Unity, Mrs. Carl (Esther) Johnson of Portland, Ore., Mrs. Beda Henry in Minneapolis, Minn., and Mrs. Victor (Mildred) Dallman of Colby; two sons, Milton of Detroit, Mich., and Leonard of Owen; seven grand children; five great grand children; three sisters, Mrs. Joe Leatherberry of Oregon City, Ore., Mrs. Alma Wellman of Antioch, Ill., and Mrs. John Martin of Dodgeville; two brothers, Charles of Oregon City, Ore., and Walter of Unity. Her husband, two children and two brothers preceded her in death. [Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 23 Apr. 1953]

Lorraine Kolpien
The community was saddened by the tragic accident Monday afternoon in front of Weist’s on Highway 13 which took the life of Lorraine Kolpien, when she was hit by a car while returning from school, where she was in the sixth grade. She is the oldest daughter of seven children. We join the community in extending sympathy to the grief stricken family. Lorraine is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Kolpien. [Source: Park Falls Herald (Park Falls, Price County, Wis.) Friday, 18 Feb. 1949

Fred Kowalk
Fred Kowalk, 56, who lived two miles north of the village, died Saturday afternoon at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield. He was born October 18, 1891, at Park Falls and came with his parents to the farm north of here. He was married in Colby August 3, 1927, to Gladys Rucks, who survives with two children. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Zion Lutheran Church at Colby. He was laid to rest in the Colby cemetery. [Source: Marathon County Register (Unity, Marathon County, Wis.) Friday, 21 May 1948]

Conrad Kramer
Funeral services for Conrad Kramer, who died Friday after suffering a stroke, were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Christ Lutheran church with the Rev. F. H. Sprengler officiating. During the services, Herbert Juneau sang “Asleep in Jesus” and “Abide With Me.” Pall bearers for the internment made in the Abbotsford cemetery were Arlan Graffunder, James Kramer, Elmer Kramer, Robert Kramer, Conrad Kramer and Arlan Castner.
Mr. Kramer was born in Germany Sept. 15, 1879 and came to this country with his parents when he was 14 years old. The family settled on a farm west of Dorchester. On Jan. 19, 1903, he was married to Emma Wuest at the Dorchester Lutheran parsonage. They made their home in Dorchester for 27 years, operating a livery stable, farming and trucking business, then, for nine years they lived in Marshfield, where he was employed at the ??? Corp. They then moved to Park Falls. He retired in 1949 and the past ? years made their home in Abbotsford. In 1958, Mr. and Mrs. Kramer celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. The Kramers were making preparations to move back to Park Falls when Mr. Kramer was stricken Oct. 6. He was taken to St. Joseph’s hospital, Marshfield, where death occurred Friday, Oct. 14, at ?:45 p.m. He was 81 years old. He is survived by his widow, three daughters, Mrs. Archie (Elsie) Graffunder, Park Falls; Mrs. Edward (Evelyn) Sitzberger and Mrs. Claude (Irene) Castner, both of Marshfield; two sons, Alfred, Dorchester, and Vilas, Wisconsin Rapids; four sisters and three brothers. There are also 13 grand children and nine great grand children. Two children died in infancy. [Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 20 Oct. 1960]

Mary Leatherdale
Mrs. Mary Leatherdale, age 78 years, a former resident of Loyal before going to Fifield to reside with her son, Burton when her health failed, died Friday night at St. Joseph hospital in Marshfield, where she had been confined for the past two weeks. The body was taken to the Swarthout Funeral Home in Spencer and on Monday morning was taken to the Loyal Methodist church for funeral services Monday afternoon with the Rev. M. E. Taylor officiating. Burial was made in the family lot in the Loyal cemetery. Mrs. Leatherdale was born in Ohio November 24, 1866, and was married at Spokeville 58 years ago to Othell Leatherdale, who died March 20, 1933. Surviving are one son, Burton of Fifield, and a grandson in service in Germany. [Source: Marathon County Register (Unity, Marathon Co. Wis.) Friday, 24 Aug. 1945]

Rudolph Lynn
Spencer – Rudolph “Rudy” Lynn, 76, Phillips, died June 8, 1999, at his home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, North Spencer. The Rev. Gary Lodholz will officiate. Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be after 4 p.m. Friday at Community Funeral Home in Spencer and from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church. Rudy was born May 3, 1923, in the town of Brighton, Marathon County, to Sheldon and Irene (nee Ewert) Lynn. He graduated from Unity High School in 1941.
Rudy and Evelyn Greening were married June 26, 1943. They farmed on the home farm until 1967 and then Rudy worked for Land O’Lakes in Spencer for 20 years. Rudy loved fishing, bowling and playing cards. He was an avid Green Bay Packer and Chicago Cubs fan. He was a former member of St. John’s Lutheran Church (North Spencer) and a current member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Phillips. Rudy is survived by his wife, Evelyn, of Phillips; his children, Terry Lynn of Fountain Hills, Ariz., Ronald Lynn of River Falls, Dale (Mary Shilts) Lynn of Unity and Marsha (Bill) Martens of Spencer; seven grandchildren, Elisabeth, David, Aaron and Becky Lynn, Jenny, Jodi and Jason Martens, and one great-grandson, Rudy Nieman. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, June. [Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) 10 June 1999]

William McMann
William McMann was shot dead by John Flynn, a bartender at Fifield. A quarrel had been progressing between McMann and Dick Murray. The bartender warned them to cease. McMann refused. The bartender immediately shot at him three times, each ball taking effect. McMann was at one time deputy sheriff of Price County and a policeman at Phillips three years. [New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN) July 13, 1892]

Ernest L. Messer
Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon for Ernest L. Messer, 80, at 1:30 at his home and at 2:00 o’clock at the Methodist Church, Rev. Frederick J. Smith and Rev. J. A. Olson, officiating. The choir sang, “The Old Rugged Cross,” and Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Domer sang, “Till The Morning.” Mrs. Elmer Langjahr was accompanist. Burial took place in the Colby Cemetery.
Ernest L. Messer, 80, son of Cyrus and Livonia Messer, was born June 17, 1867, at Lincoln, Maine. In June 1871, he and his mother, sister Flora and brother Ansel came West to Black River Falls, where they lived with his grandfather, A. C. Gatchell, before moving to Spencer in the fall of 1885. Here he received his education and worked in the saw mill before learning the printers trade from Gilbert E. Vandercook; then worked in several printing offices in Wisconsin, and the Western states. He was married to Anna Pauline Dietel, October 15, 1895 at Marshfield. They lived at Phillips and Prairie du Chien where he was editor of papers. In 1908 he bought the Marathon County Register and in August 1910 the family moved to Unity. He became Postmaster in November 1910, a position he held until 1935, when he was retired. He was village treasurer from 1937 to 1945. He was reporter for the Marathon County Register (which he had sold in 1920), Milwaukee Journal, and Wausau Record Herald until 1944. He was a member of the Masonic and Modern Woodmen Lodges and President of the church choir. He was director of the choir for fifteen years. The survivors are three daughters and three sons: Mrs. Martin (Myra) Evenson, Mrs. Thomas (Gladys) Loughead, Unity; Mrs. Milton (Kathryn) Evers, Menomonee Falls, Lloyd L. Messer, Benton Harbor, Mich.; Alvah E. Messer, Spencer; and Ansel E. Messer, Unity; one sister, Mrs. Flora Langdon, Rhinelander, 19 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Two brothers, Clarence and Ansel Messer, preceded him in death and his wife passed away March 27, 1920. Honorary pallbearers were Morgan Schjonneman, George Cook, Herman Vogt, Wm. Creed, Mads Laursen, L. P. Taplin, Unity; and Charles Creed, Green Bay and Gilbert E. Vandercook, Milwaukee. Active pallbearers were Melvin Tennis, John Sorenson, Calvin Cook, Henry Binning, Floyd Binning and Nyole Creed. Paul Olson, Gilbert Wiedenhoeft, William A. Creed, Paul Erickson, and Roy Cook, Boy Scouts Troop 86, had charge of the flowers. Mrs. Rudolph Anderson and Wayne Salter, Marshfield, Mrs. Russell Andrews, Spencer; and Mrs. Howard Crossgrove, Colby, once members of the church choir, sang with the choir. Relatives from out of town attending the services were Lloyd L. Messer, Benton Harbor, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Evers, daughter Frances and son Duane, David Whalen, Tomahawk; Miss Renatta Meyer, Green Bay; Miss LaNora Meyer, Neenah; Mr. and Mrs. George Cramer, Marathon; Mr. and Mrs. John Dietel and son, John Jr., Spencer; Frank Dietel and Joseph Pflum, Marshfield; Mr. and Mrs. August Sauter, Dorchester; Mr. and Mrs. Martin Sauter, Marathon; Mr. and Mrs. William Krause, Hiles; Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Fuller, Wausau. [Source: Marathon County Register (Unity, Marathon County, Wis.) Friday, 9 Apr. 1948]

Caroline Meyers
Mrs. Caroline Meyers, age 102 years, formerly of Abbotsford, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Anna Breitengross, at Phillips. Funeral services were held at the Breitengross home Friday afternoon, Dec. 15th. Permanent burial will be at Weyauwega in spring. Mrs. Meyers was born in 1831 in Germany and came to America at the age of fifteen years, locating in New York City where she was married to Martin Meyers. The family moved to Wisconsin before the advent of the railroad and traveled by boat to Gill’s landing, settling on a farm near Weyauwega. Miss Meyers was a practical nurse for many years at Marshfield, Abbotsford and Phillips and cared for the first white child born at Phillips. Mr. Meyers died thirty years ago after which she lived with her daughters at Phillips. On her hundredth birthday anniversary she traveled by automobile from Phillips to Oak Center. Until a year ago she read considerably and she enjoyed good health until a week preceding her death. She arose daily and assisted with the light housekeeping. Of her eight children, four survive, Mrs. Anna Breitengross and Mrs. Margaret Thompson of Phillips, A. J. Meyers of Abbotsford and George Meyers of Spokane. [Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 21 Dec. 1933]

Mrs. G. D. Meyers
Prentice, Wis., Jan. 19 – Mrs. G. D. Meyers is dead here. She was the wife of G. D. Meyers, who has been proprietor of the Jump River hotel for over fifteen years, and one of the oldest settlers here. She was injured in a Burlington wreck a few years ago, from which injuries she never fully recovered. ----St. Paul Dispatch. Mrs. Meyers will be remembered by many as the mother of Dr. D. A. Meyers. She visited her son while he was practicing here. [Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 22 Jan. 1903]

Brian Moen
St. Joseph’s Hospital reported the deaths of Brian Moen, 34, of Phillips on May 17, 1999. [Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Tuesday, 18 May 1999]

Betty Lou Mueller
Funeral services for Mrs. Robert Mueller, 25, who was killed when the car she was driving ran into the died of a Soo Line locomotive, near Chili Nov. 18, were held Monday afternoon, at 2 o’clock at Christ Lutheran church. The Rev. F. H. Sprengler officiated at the rites attended by many relatives and friends. Herbert Juneau was organist and Miss Dorothy Kieser sang “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Asleep in Jesus.” Pallbearers were Mel Atzen, Ronald Graffunder, Walter Graffunder, Jack Kelsey, Orville Lieders Jr., and John Lindberg. The flowers were carried by the wives of the pallbearers. Internment was made in the Abbotsford cemetery.
The fatal accident occurred about 3:40 Friday afternoon, six miles west of Marshfield on County Trunk V, when Mrs. Mueller, driving south, was enroute to a weekend with Mrs. Lamar Schmitz and family while their husbands were deer hunting together. The train, comprised of two diesel engines and about a dozen freight cars, was headed east on the Loyal-Greenwood branch of the Soo Line. Investigating authorities said the car’s power brakes evidently failed as the minor skid marks made by the car’s left rear wheel. With Mrs. Mueller were three of their sons, Michael, Wesley and Rodney. The boys were taken to St. Joseph’s hospital, Marshfield, and emergency surgery was performed on Rodney, who suffered skull fractures and a broken collar bone. Wesley sustained a fractured rib and is unable to walk, and Michael received a broken shoulder and head injuries. The oldest boy, Jeffrey, had remained here with his grand parents.
Mrs. Mueller was born Betty Lou Oehler, Apr. 3, 1935, at Park Falls. She received her education there and at Wisconsin State College, Eau Claire. Her marriage to Robert Mueller took place at Abbotsford Dec. 15, 1954. She is survived by her husband and four sons, Jeffrey 5, Michael 4, Wesley 3, and Rodney 2; her parents and a brother, Donald, all of Abbotsford.
Relatives and friends from away who attended the funeral came from La Crosse, Milwaukee, Marshfield, Jefferson, Blanchville, Eau Claire, Owen, Withee, Medford, Dorchester, Park Falls, Butternut, Monroe, Stevens Point, New Richmond, Colby, Merrill, Loyal, Ladysmith, Ogema, Stetsonville, Catawba, Fifield, Mayville, Appleton, Spencer, Lindsey, Farmington, Minn., and Macomb, Ill. [Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 24 Nov. 1960]

Mrs. Patterson
Mrs. Patterson, aged mother of Mrs. Dane Perry, of this city, with whom she has lived for some years past, died of heart trouble after suffering from the disease for four months. She had reached the ripe old age of 73 years at the time of her death. Deceased was born in Ireland and came to the United States many years ago, coming to Price County in the early days when nothing but wilderness was to be found throughout this section of the country. She was preceded in death by her husband having died before she came to Prentice. Mrs. Patterson is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Dane Perry. Funeral service were held Tuesday morning in the Catholic Church, Rev. Mortimer officiating, the remains were taken to Minneapolis for burial. [Source: Ogema Record (Ogema, Price County, Wis.) Friday, 27 Mar. 1925]

Frank M. Petersen
Spencer – Frank M. Petersen, 84, Spencer, died Wednesday at Neillsville Memorial Hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Dallmann Funeral Home, Rib Lake. Burial will be in Chelsea Community Cemetery, Chelsea. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mr. Peterson was born Oct. 28, 1901, in Chelsea, to Martin and Elizabeth (Tlusty) Petersen. He attended Chelsea area schools. He worked for Park Falls Lumber Mill and then Soo Line Railroad. He also did logging work. He retired from Soo Line in 1966. He moved to Spencer 35 years ago. He married Eva Leischer, May 10, 1925. She died in October 1983. He was in the hospital for only a short time before his death. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Sam (Charlotte) Corbino, Lombard, Ill.; one son, Wayne, Spencer; one sister, Clara Petersen, Superior; and two granddaughters. Besides his wife, he was predeceased by one son, one daughter, his parents, two brothers, and two sisters. [Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Friday, 11 July 1986]

Ruth R. Reuman
Ruth R. Reuman, 65, of 1601 W. Fifth St. died at 11:32 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph’s Hospital, where she had been admitted Dec. 17. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hansen Funeral Home with the Rev. Art Scotberg of the Assembly of God Church officiating. William Allen will be the soloist and Bruce Jensema will be the organist. Burial will be in Spirit-Hillcrest Cemetery, Price County. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home. She was born July 4, 1927, in Bismarck, N.D., to the late Hal M. and Marie (Shimmin) Reed. She moved to the Tomahawk area with her parents at the age of 5 and attended schools in Tripoli. She was married to William Reuman in 1951, and he died in October 1973. She and her husband farmed in the town of Bradley. After the death of her husband, she lived in Owen and then moved to Marshfield 18 years ago. She was employed by Opportunity Development Center until the time of her death. Survivors include one son, Levi of Omro; two daughters, Mrs. Darrell (Linda) Swedlin of the town of Longmont, Colo., and Mrs. Jake (Patty) Douglas of Farmington, Minn,; four brothers, Arthur B. Reed of Monticello, Minn., Albert Reed of Phoenix, Ariz., David L. Reed of North Miami, Fla., and Harry Paul Reed of Rhinelander; four sisters, Hazel Matteson of Ontario, Calif., Ethel Reed of Antigo, Dorothy Pearson of San Jose, Calif., and Pearl Hilbrand of Cottage Grove, Ore.; and seven grandchildren. [Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Wednesday, 30 Dec. 1992]

Sarah Rezarch
Park Falls – Mrs. George Rezarch, mother of three small children, died of the influenza. She was formerly Miss Sarah Ohms, Eau Claire. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) Sunday, 15 Feb. 1920; Submitted by FoFG]

Margaret Schade
Funeral services are being held this afternoon for Mrs. Richard A. Schade, 69, who died at 2:20 Tuesday morning at her home, after a prolonged illness. The body will lie in state at Christ Lutheran church, starting at noon. The services will begin at 2:00 o’clock and will be conducted by the Rev. F. H. Sprengler. Burial will be made in the Abbotsford cemetery.
Mrs. Schade was born Margaret Feala in the town of Holton, May 25, 1888 and attended the Bruckerville school. On Sept. 24, 1908, she was married to Richard A. Schade in Dorchester. For a few years they lived at Park Falls where Mr. Schade worked in a saw mill. Then they came to a farm in the town of Holton. About 11 years ago, they moved to Abbotsford. Mrs. Schade was a member of the Lutheran Ladies’ Aid, the Auxiliary to the American Legion, Hanson-Terrio Post No. 139, the Abbotsford Woman’s Club and the Bruckerville Women’s Club. She is survived by her husband, sons, Ernest, Abbotsford; and Clarence R., Wausau. There are three grand children: Wayne, Patricia and Elaine Schade, all of Abbotsford. Also surviving are two brothers and two sisters, Ed Feala and Mrs. Ed Beyreis, Abbotsford; John Feala, Chicago; and Mrs. J. T. Flynn, Ashland. One son, Lester, preceded her in death. [Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 22 May 1958]

-- Relatives and friends from away who attended the funeral of Mrs. Richard Schade, Thursday, came from Chicago, Waukesha, Madison, Ashland, Neillsville, Stanley, Park Falls, Wausau, Owen and Colby. The rites were held at Christ Lutheran church at 2:00 o’clock Thursday afternoon, at which the Rev. F. H. Sprengler officiated. During the services the Misses Dorothy and Marilyn Kieser sang, “Abide With Me,” and “Jesus, Saviour, Pilot Me.” Internment was made in the Abbotsford cemetery. Pallbearers were George Empey, Al Goldamer, Ole Hanson, Gust Liepke, Harry Olson and Paul Tesmer. Mrs. Schade, who was 69 years old, died May 20, after a long illness. [Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 28 May 1958]

Mrs. Charles Schwenter
Funeral services were held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran church, Park Falls, for Mrs. Charles Schwenter, 74, who died at her home Nov. 14 of a sudden heart attack. Burial was made at Park Falls. Survivors are her husband, Charles Schwenter, son, Arnold Habeck, Park Falls; a daughter, Mrs. Milton (Esther) Losby, Eau Claire; one sister, Mrs. Fred Mundt, Kennan; and two grand daughters. Her first husband, Charles Habeck, preceded her in death in 1918. They were former residents of the town of Mayville. John Habeck, Abbotsford, and Mrs. Mollie Dake, Dorchester, attended the funeral of their sister-in-law. They were accompanied by Mrs. F'red Woempner and Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Kramer, Abbotsford. [Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 21 Nov. 1957]

Carl Schwierske
Carl Schwierske, father of Fred Schwierske, local telephone manager, died at Phillips. Funeral services were held at Phillips Monday and burial took place at Watertown Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Schwierske and son, Frederick, attended funeral services at Phillips and Mr. and Mrs. F. Schwierske attended the services at Watertown. Mr. Carl Schwierske was well and favorably known in Colby as he visited here often. [Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 28 Dec. 1933]

Hugh Seefeldt
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the First Lutheran Church at Ogema for Hugh Seefeldt, of Prentice, a former resident of the Spencer area, who died of an apparent heart attack at his home Saturday. He was 58 years of age. Tuesday’s service will be conducted by Pastor Jacobson and burial will be made in Ogema. Mr. Seefeldt was born in the town of Unity June 30, 1914, and was graduated from Spencer High School in 1934. He had lived in the Spencer area until 1958 when he moved to Prentice. While a resident of the Spencer area he had been employed at the O. W. Trinidal Company at Riplinger. He is survived by his wife; five daughters, Mrs. Mel (Donna) Lindau, Neillsville; Mrs. Jack (Janet) Kaiser, Milladore; Mrs. Gary (Janis) Ewald, Spencer; Mrs. Neil (Jan) Neeb, Hastings, Minn., and Mrs. Nadine Blanchard, Prentice; his father, Frank Seefeldt, Prentice; a brother, Walter Seefeldt, Unity, and 19 grandchildren. A son and his mother preceded him in death. Mr. Seefeldt was a member of the Ogema American Legion Post. [Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Monday, 28 Aug. 1972]

Elizabeth Severt
Arpin -  Mrs. Roy (Elizabeth) Severt, 68, Shady Knoll Route, Park Falls, and formerly of Arpin, died at 7 p.m. Sunday at her home. Services tentatively are set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hansen Funeral Home, Marshfield. Friends may call from 2-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A complete obituary will be published Tuesday. [Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Monday, 26 Mar. 1979]

Norman E. Severt
Norman E. Severt, 99, died in Phillips, Oct. 27, 2008. He was born May 31, 1909, in Auburndale. On Sept. 22, 1934, Norman married Irene Luella Blum, daughter of John and Phillipena Rauch Blum of Marshfield. They were married in Winona, Minn., and were married for 48 years before Irene died in Fifield on Aug. 14, 1982. During his early years, World War I was raging and he witnessed the last of the Indian pow-wows held on "Skunk Hill" near Arpin, and he retold those stories and memories all of his life. He was a whiskey runner during prohibition, thinking a kid would be the last person the "Feds" would suspect. Just when he was to strike out on his own, the Great Depression began with the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and the frugalness he developed to survive endured throughout his life. Railroads were central to his life as both his father (Otto August Albert Sievert) and grandfather (Albert Sievert) worked for the railroad. In 1926, he began his first job working for his father on the section gang. With sons John and Douglas, Norman and Irene moved to Fifield, where the Soo Line Railroad had transferred him as Section Foreman. World War II was ongoing and all supplies were rationed but shortages didn't stop him from building a new home on Linden Avenue, where he and Irene spent the next 48 years building and nurturing a family. They had four additional children; twins who died in infancy and Susan and Russell. After the death of his beloved wife, Irene, on Aug. 14, 1982, he attended a hometown centennial in Arpin, where he met Verona Peterich Cole, who he had known and dated in his early years. Norman and Verona were married May 26, 1984, in Wisconsin Rapids and they continued their storybook romance for 22 years until Verona's death on May 18, 2006.
Norman is survived by his children, John (Carol) and Russell (Jackie) of Fifield and Douglas (Joyce) of Oklahoma City; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Norman was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Ida Sommerfelt Severt; brothers, Roy and Emil; and sister, Ethel Rasmussen; his first wife, Irene Blum; twins, Joan Marie and Judy Ann; and Susan Gail Moe (Dennis); and his second wife, Verona Peterich Cole.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. for friends and family and the funeral service will begin at 3 p.m., Nov. 8, 2008, at the Fifield First Congregational Church with Pastor Mary Jo Laabs officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Home Cemetery in Fifield and a luncheon hosted by the First Congregational Ladies Aid will follow.  The Novitzke Funeral Home, Park Falls, is handling the arrangements. Our family wishes to thank Aspirus Pleasant View in Phillips, for the outstanding kindness, attention and care they provided Norman over the past two years. [Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Tuesday, 4 Nov. 2008]

Mrs. Chester Sheldon's brother
Mrs. Chester Sheldon received the sad news, Tuesday, of the death of her brother who died at Manitowoc. The remains were taken to Ogema, Wednesday. [Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 13 Feb. 1913; tr. by MZ]

James Slowey
Word was received here Wednesday of the death of James Slowey of Phillips, who formerly resided three miles [Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 11 Sept. 1913 *** Note: The rest of the article was cut off and was not available at the time of transcription]

Lester Strutz
Lester Strutz, 62, route 1, Prentice, died at 10:17 a.m. Tuesday in St. Joseph’s Hospital where he had been a patient since March 21. [Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Wednesday, 10 Apr. 1968, page 19]

Archie Sutton
Phillips - Archie Warren “Bud” Sutton, 77, Phillips, died at his town of Worcester home on Wednesday, July 26, 2006. Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at St. John Lutheran Church in Phillips. Friends may call from 3 p.m. until time of services Sunday at the church. The Heindl Funeral Home in Phillips is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.
He was born Nov. 4, 1928, in Lugerville, the son of Rodney and Ruby Sutton. He served his country in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Guam from 1946 to 1950. He was married to Catherine Komatz in Phillips in June of 1950, and she preceded him in death in 1984. He was married to Rose Gregory on May 23, 1987, in Phillips. During his career, he worked in the woods, worked in construction as a heavy equipment operator, was a John Deere salesman for the Farmer’s Co-op of Stratford and was employed by Marquip of Phillips. He is survived by his wife, Rose; 11 children, Warren (Jeana), Stratford, Karen (Gene) Fecker, Colby, Richard (Violet), Marshfield, Sharon (Vern) Stini, Marshfield, Daniel, Quincy, Mich., Lauri (Joey) Ratcliff, Edgar, Charles (Kristin), Phillips, Jennifer (Brian) Kosak, Phillips, Joshua, Phillips, and Jory, Phillips; 27 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Kenneth (Rose), Phillips, and Donald (Ruth), Phillips; and two sisters, Laura Mae Johns, Tomah, and Sandra (Milfred) Farreance, Muscoda. [Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Thursday, 27 July 2006; page 2A]

Norman H. Tatroe
Owen – Norman H. Tatroe, 67, of Owen, formerly of Marshfield, Fifield and Park Falls, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006, at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. Graveside services with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006, at Forest Home Cemetery in Fifield. Norman was born on July 11, 1939, to Oscar and Maxine (Lane) Tatroe in Fifield. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army. On April 7, 1959, Norman married Clara Lawver in Glidden. During his life he worked as a welder, autobody repairman, truck driver and he owned and operated several businesses in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Colorado. Norman enjoyed long conversations with many friends and family. He also had a passion for automobiles that he shared with his children. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his mother, Maxine Tatroe of Park Falls; sons, James Tatroe of Stanley, Louis (Mary) Tatroe of Hampton, Va., and Raymond (Jennifer) Tatroe of Owen; daughter, Rose (Joseph) VanDoren of Cotopaxi, Colo.; grandchildren, Joseph, Carlyn, Christopher, Michael, Dakotah and Angel; great-grandchildren, Brody and Holden; sister, Barbara (Steven) Slack of Butternut; longtime family friend, Louise Hederer of Riplinger; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara; son, Michael; and father, Oscar. Evergreen Funeral Home and Crematory in Eau Claire is serving the family. [Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Sunday, 20 Aug. 2006; page 2A]

Minnie Tessmer
Mrs. John Tessmer, age ninety-eight, one of the earliest settlers of this section and head of 132 descendants, succumbed to the infirmities of old age at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Allan Fraser, at Phillips Saturday night, October 1st, and funeral services were held at the Zion Lutheran church in Colby on Tuesday afternoon, Rev. O. Hoffmann officiating, and internment was made in the Colby cemetery. The choir sang “Nearer My God to Thee” and “Asleep in Jesus.” The deceased’s grand sons acted as pall bearers and were Edwin Tessmer, Tomahawk; Wm. Tessmer, Colby; Aug. Tessmer, Spencer; Archie Fraser, Mosinee; Arthur Risch, Milwaukee; John Tessmer, Colby. The flower girls were Sylvia Tessmer, Spencer; LaVerne Tessmer, Colby; Martha Rudolph, Medford; Bernice DeBur, Milwaukee; Elaine Hegg, Phillips; Alma Tessmer, Colby; Raberta Hegg, Phillips; Hazel Kolander, Milwaukee; Jewel Wharfield, Marshfield.
Mrs. John Tessmer, (nee Minnie Rosinski), was born on May 24th, 1834, in the Providence of Vice Preston, Germany. She spent her childhood days on the farm owned by her parents and received her education in the school of Vice Preston and later attended college in Berlin. In 1855, at the age of twenty-one, she was united in marriage to John Tessmer of Vice Preston at the home of her parents. They lived on the groom’s farm for eleven years and where the following children were born: William, Gottlieb, Augusta, Minnie and Edward. In 1866, eleven years after their marriage, they left for America, embarking upon a sailboat at Amsterdam, Holland, and it required nine weeks and three days to reach New York City. From there, they went to Sheboygan where they lived for two years and where August was born. Then they moved to Lansing, Mich., taking a boat across the lake, where they lived for a year and then returned to Wisconsin, settling on a farm near Lomira, Wis., where Charley was born. In the year of 1873, they moved to Colby and settled on a wild track of land which is now the Victor Frane farm, two and one-half miles southwest of Colby. At the time of their arrival here, this was still a vast wilderness and they followed Indian trails to their land which they homesteaded. The first year, they erected two large log buildings. They cleared about forty acres of land on the homestead, selling the pine timber to the saw mills at Colby for $3.00 a thousand. There were but few buildings in Colby and the railroad only extended as far as Medford. The following children were born on the homestead: Bertha, Lena, Herman and Amelia. The children received their education from their parents, there being no school in this vicinity. In December, 1899, they held an auction and moved to Colby, making their home with their son, Gottlieb. On Feb. 22, 1900, Mr. Tessmer passed on to the Great Beyond at the age of sixty-nine years. The following children have passed away: William of Colby in 1923; Edward of Bloomington, Cal., in 1929; August of Rhinelander in 1924. The deceased is survived by eight children, thirty-six grandchildren, sixty-nine great grand children and nine great-great grandchildren. The children are Mrs. Fraser (Bertha), and Mrs. Lena Detjens, also of Phillips; Mrs. Minnie Risch, Milwaukee; Mrs. Amelia Jones, Clifford; Mrs. Augusta Breed, Everett, Wash., and Charles, Gottlieb and Herman Tessmer, Colby. The deceased was a faithful member of the Lutheran church and walked a mile to church and back until about two years ago when her health began to fail. She was of a congenial and generous disposition and never forgot the hospitable ways of the early pioneer. The past several years she made her home with her son, Gottlieb, in Colby, and her daughter, Mrs. Allen Fraser, in Phillips.
Those from out of town here for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Archie Fraser and son, Mosinee; Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Smith, Marshfield; Woodrow Tessmer, Stevens Point; Mr. and Mrs. John Leonhardt, Medford; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rudwolf, Medford; Mr. Oscar Leonhardt, Medford; Mr. August Tessner and daughter, Sylvia, Spencer; Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Jones, Clifford; Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Olson, Ogema; Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Wharfield and family, Marshfield; Mr. and Mrs. H. DeBuhr and son, Lavere, and daughter, Bernice, Milwaukee; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Risch and son, Milwaukee; Mrs. Paul Kolander and daughter, Hael, Milwaukee; Mr. and Mrs. A. Fraser and daughter, Merie, Phillips; Mr. and Mrs. O. A. Detjens, Phillips; and son, Phillips; Mr. Edwin Tessmer, Tomahawk; Mrs. Minnie Risch, Milwaukee. [Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 6 Oct. 1932]

C. H. Tobey
Born at West Stockbridge, Mass., January 14, 1830. Came to Wisconsin in 1857. Died at Phillips, May 17, 1905. [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin (1906) Wisconsin Necrology, page 141]

William K. Wegner
William K. Wegner, 76, SERVICES: Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Virginia, with the Rev. Robert Simensen officiating. Burial, with military honors accorded by the Virginia Servicemen’s Honor Guard, will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements are by the Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia. [Source: Park Falls Herald (Park Falls, Price County, Wis.) 13 July 2005]

Chris Yanka
Phillips, Wis., April 27.1886 - A German named Chris Yanka, who was driving on Elk river for John Moore, has been missing since Saturday. He was separated from the other men by a bend in the river, and when the men reached that point he had disappeared. He is supposed to have drowned, and the river is being dragged to recover the body. He was from Dorchester, Wisc., and leaves a wife and three children. [Source: "Wisconsin State Journal", 30 Apr 1886 - Sub. by a FoFG]

Edna Zahorka
Mrs. Joe Zahorka, 63, died unexpectedly, of a heart attack, at her home at Prentice, Wednesday night. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at the Colby high school auditorium, with ministers William Peterson, Robert Wiseman, and Clarence Arquette officiating. Burial was made at Abbotsford. Nephews who served as pallbearers were Raymond, Norman and Arvid Kleinstick, Randall Sterzinger, Galen Scheibe, and Delmar Radeztsky. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Brockhaus, Colby, and Mr. and Mrs. Myron Wepfer, Abbotsford, were the singers. The former Edna Radeztsky was born Jan. 8, 1894, in Abbotsford, where her marriage to Mr. Zahorka took place in May, 1913. They lived in Colby from 1927 until about 1943 and moved to Prentice about five years ago. They spent the interim years in Unity and on a farm near Edgar. Survivors include the widower; a son, Eldred, Ogema; a daughter, Mrs. Edward (Mae) Lager, Phillips; one brother, Emil, Colby; four sisters, Mrs. Otto Parge and Mrs. Anna Kroehn, both of Milwaukee, Mrs. Richard Kleinstick, Edgar; and Mrs. Frank A. Sterzinger, Colby; and four grand children. Relatives and friends attending the funeral came from Phillips, Catawba, Prentice, Ogema, Medford, Stetsonville, Dorchester, Abbotsford, Edgar, Wausau, Schofield, Eau Claire, Gilman, Spencer, Marshfield, Greenwood, Milwaukee, Neillsville, Milan, Westboro, Princeton, St. Paul, Minn., and Washington, D.C. [Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 31 Jan. 1957]


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