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Sawyer County, Wis.
Obituaries and Death Notices


James G. Adams
N. J. White received a dispatch from Spooner last Saturday evening, from his cousin, Mrs. J. G. Adams (Della White), announcing the death of Mr. Adams, and stating that the funeral would be held Sunday afternoon. The dispatch was sent Friday but arrived here too late for Mr. White to reach Spooner in time for the funeral.  Mr. Adams was principal of the Colby Schools in 1883, and the hosts of friends here are pained to hear of his untimely death and extend sympathy to the sorrowing family.  [Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 3 Oct. 1907; transcribed by MZ]

Frank Anderson
DROWNED WHILE FISHING - Boy's Death Is Third in a Family at Hayward, Wis.
HAYWARD, WIS.— Frank Anderson, the 12-year-old son of Charles Anderson, of this city, was drowned yesterday while fishing in the Nemakagon river. He was spearing fish near the open sluiceway from the dam at the mill of the North Wisconsin Lumber & Manufacturing company and in striking at a fish lost his balance and fell into the water. Mr. Anderson, the boy's father, was away from home at the time of the accident. He was re-called by telegraph. This is the third death in the family recently. The mother died two years ago and last winter Harry A. Millan, a brother-in-law of the drowned boy, was killed by a train.  
[Source: "The Minneapolis Journal". (Minneapolis, Minn.), April 23, 1906 - Sub. by K.T.]

George Ashmore
HAYWARD, Wis. – George Ashmore, age 25, principal of the public schools of Stone Lake, a small place 10 miles south of here was drowned in 12 feet of water while skating. Together with Miss Edna Gundry, he skated into an airhole and only through the prompt assistance of Douglas Dickisnson, who brought a hockey stick into play, was Miss Gundry’s life saved. Ashmore’s body was recovered Thursday morning. Ashmore came here from the south in the early fall to recover his health and accepted a position as head of Stone Lake schools. His body was taken to his home in Tennessee for burial.   [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 18 Dec. 1915; transcribed by MZ]

William Biegler, Sr.
HAYWARD, Wis. May 1. -- William Biegler, Sr. for 30 years a resident of Hayward, died at the home of his daughter Mrs. John Pardon at Aberdeen, South Dakota, while on a visit. He has been ailing for months, and took a trip to Dakota in hopes that it would benefit his health. The remains have been brought home accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Pardon. Funeral services were held from the Episcopal church, Rev. Mr. Chase conducting services. Mr. Biegler is a member of the Woodman, Odd Fellows and Masons, all of whom marched in procession to the grave. The Masons held services at the grave. Mr. Biegler has been prominent in business affairs in this city and has held the office of county treasurer and other offices. He leaves a wife, two sons, William and Lester, and three daughters, Mrs. John Pardon, Louise and Zella Biegler. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune, 2 May 1912 - Sub. by K.T.]

Ronald Brathen
HAYWARD, Aug. 26. – A military funeral was held here for Ronald Brathen, son of Ed Brathen, three miles northwest of here. Brathen died in August, 1918, in England during the war after being taken sick aboard a transport. American Legion members of the community attended in a body. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Friday, 27 Aug. 1920; transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Rose Brokaw
Hayward - The body of Miss Rose Brokaw, who died at Springbrook, was brought here for burial Saturday. She was 8 years old, death being due to throat trouble. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune, 11 Dec 1915 - Sub. by K.T.]

Clara Cadotte
BAYFIELD, Wis., Nov. 23. – Clara Cadotte, daughter of Lizzie Morrin Cadotte of Bayfield, died yesterday at Hayward where she was attending the Indian school. The child contracted influenza which developed pneumonia. The parents were with the child when she died and brought the body to Bayfield for burial. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, 24 Nov. 1918; transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Charles Doran
Hayward, Wis. - Two-year-old son of Chas. Doran burned to death on farm near here. Inquest will be held. [Source: "Day Book" (Chicago, Ill.), January 16, 1913 - Sub. by K.T.]

Alma Drake
Remains of Mrs. Alma Drake, 26, who died at her home, 718 Twenty-second street, Superior, Sunday night, will be sent to Hayward, Wis., today for burial. The deceased, who was formerly Miss Alma Hoff of Duluth, is survived by her husband and two sons, a father John Hoff, three sisters and five brothers. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Tuesday, 3 Dec. 1918; transcribed by FoFG MZ]

William Duggan
HAYWARD, Wis., Jan. 22. – William Duggan, a laborer in a lumber camp, near Radisson, was found dead a few miles from Paul Lessard’s farm home early this morning. He had been drinking heavily for a number of days and no doubt was frozen to death. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Wednesday, 23 Jan. 1907; transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Miles Gordon
Hayward - The funeral of Miles Gordon, who died at Ashland Tuesday, was held from the residence Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Gordon was a grandson of Antione Gordon, after whom the town of Gordon, Douglas county, was named. He was about 35 years of age. He leaves two sons to mourn his death. Heart trouble was given as the cause of his demise. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune, May 27, 1916 - Sub. by K.T.]

John Hennessey
Hayward, Wis.. Nov. 28. - John Hennessey, 13-year-old son of R. J. Hennessey, was fatally shot in the head by a companion of the same age named Reed while hunting rabbits. Reed aimed at a rabbit, and as he pulled the trigger young Hennesseyjumped in front of the gun, the charge tearing a large hole in the skull. [Source: The Minneapolis Journal. (Minneapolis, Minn.), November 28, 1904]

Max Holmer
VIRGINIA – The body of Max Holmer 2, a son of Loyal Holmer, 607 Thirteenth street, South, who died Saturday morning from pneumonia, was taken to Hayward, Wis., former home of his parents for burial. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, 9 May 1920; transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Andrew J. Johnson
HAYWARD, Wis., May 19. – The funeral of Andrew J. Johnson of Sand Lake, 10 miles distant from Hayward, who was accidentally killed, occurred here this afternoon. A large cortege of friends and relatives followed the body to its last resting place. Mr. Johnson left his home to drive over to the farmhouse of Andrew Lindall, where he purchased a load of hay. He was returning with his hay, when just a short distance from the Lindall home, he evidently lost one of the lines and in attempting to recover them, slipped off the rack and was run over by the wagon. The horses started on a dead run and continued on their way almost a mile, when they came near the residence of Nels Anderson, who noting the runaway team, rushed out and stopped them, and then started back on the road where he found the lifeless body of Johnson.  The accident is a sad one, as the victim leaves a wife, seven children and his aged mother, all of whom were dependent upon him for support. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Tuesday, 20 May 1913; transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Jeanne Ann Johnson
HAYWARD – Jeanne Ann Johnson, 26, of New Hope, Minn., formerly of Marshfield, died Sunday at her home. Death was due to cancer. Services have been changed to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Lutheran Church, Hayward. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Hayward. The Anderson-Nathan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She was born Sept. 16, 1960 at Hayward to Richard and Shirley Gillis. She was a 1978 graduate of Hayward High School. On July 5, 1980, she and Mark Johnson were married and they lived and worked in Marshfield until moving to New Hope in October 1986.  Survivors which were not listed in an obituary published Monday include her husband; two daughters, Andrea and Ashley; and a son, Matthew, all at home; her parents; two sisters, Lynn Severson of Hayward, and Joellyn Preradovic of Columbia Heights, Minn.; three brothers, Jeff Gillis of Golden Valley, Minn., Brian Gillis of Hayward and Patrick Gillis of La Crosse; and her grandmothers, Martha Christianson and Gladys Larson, both of Hayward.
[Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Tuesday, 24 Feb. 1987, page 6; Lorraine Markee Collection; transcribed by MZ]

Mrs. John Keswick
DIED In Hayward, Wis., Dec. 28, 1894, Mrs. John Keswick, aged, 58 years. [Source: Hayward Journal-News (Hayward, Sawyer County, Wis.) Friday, 4 Jan. 1895; submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Mrs. Albert Leigh
BIRCHWOOD, Wis., Nov. 13. – Mrs. Albert Leigh, Hayward, well known in this section, died at Moville, Iowa, where she had gone for a visit in September, according to word received here. Mrs. Leigh is survived by her husband, three daughters, Mrs. Eva Courntyman and Miss Nina Leigh of Hayward, Mrs. Cora Pittman of Moville, Iowa, and Charles Leigh of Lawton, Iowa, her son. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, 14 Nov. 1920; transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Elroy R. Luepke
SPENCER - Former Spencer resident, Elroy R. Luepke, 66, Route 5, Hayward, died at 2:54 p.m., June 24, 1994, at St. Joseph's Hospital, where he had been admitted June 2.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Spencer. The Rev. William H. Ruhbusch will officiate and Mrs. Isabelle Bruesewitz will be organist for congregational singing.
Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, town of Brighton, Marathon County. Pallbearers will be former co-workers from Marshfield Clinic. Visitation will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rembs/Kundinger Chapel, and again on Wednesday until 9 a.m. and then at the church from 10 a.m. until service time. A family devotion service will be conducted at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral chapel.
He was born Aug. 31, 1927, in Spencer, to William and Alvina (Foth) Luepke. He attended Spencer Elementary School and Spencer High School. He married Eunice L. Schultz Sept. 24, 1955, at St. John's Lutheran Church, North Spencer. She died April 13, 1986. He married Alva J. Wiersma-Shoberg June 17, 1989, in Spencer.
Following his education he worked as a bookkeeper for the Spencer Co-op. He later owned and operated the Gamble's Store in Spencer, eventually adding a gift shop business in conjunction with the store. He retired from those businesses in 1979. He then joined Marshfield Clinic as a courtesy attendant, retiring in 1992.
In August 1992, he and his wife moved to their new lakeside home in the town of Bass Lake, Sawyer County, near Hayward, residing there until the time of his death. He was an avid fisherman. The couple spent the winter months in Zephyrhills, Fla.
In February 1990, the Marshfield Lions Club presented him with the Good Person Award for service to the public. He was also a former member of the Spencer Lions Club.
He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Hayward, and a former member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Spencer, where he served as church treasurer and also held other church offices. He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Lori J. Luepke of Minneapolis, Minn.; two step-daughters, Betty Beekman of Fond du Lac and Esther (Harvey) Van Ruiswyk of Waupun; a step-son, Meldon (Velma) Elgersma of Waupun; a sister, Mrs. Norma E. Cross of Marshfield; one brother, Vilas Luepke of Spencer; seven step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Leonard Luepke. [Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Monday, 27 June 1994; transcribed by MZ]

Thomas Madigan
Thomas Madigan, Hayward Pioneer is Drowned
Hayward, Wis, Feb 25 - Thomas Madigan, an old pioneer resident of Hayward, was drowned while cutting ice. He is survived by two brothers, Joseph D. madigan, Duluth, Minn., Mike Madigan, Cleveland, Wis; three sisters, Mrs. Catherine Sullivan, Mrs. F. Leibbert, and Mrs. J. Grease of Menominie, Mich., three sons, Earl Madigan, Hayward, Wis; Edward, Seattle, Wash., and George of Mason City, Iowa. The body will be shipped to Cleveland, Wis., for burial.
[Source: Duluth News-Tribune, February 26, 1919 - Sub. by K.T.]

Mrs. Charles McCurdy
HAYWARD, Wis., Sept. 12. – Mrs. Charles McCurdy, 73, Sawyer county pioneer, is dead from diabetes. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Monday, 13 Sept. 1920; transcribed by FoFG MZ]

The five year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Olson died last Saturday and was buried Sunday. Funeral services were held from the Lutheran Church, the Rev. J. E. Nerd, officiating. He had been ill for the past year with some throat trouble and has twice been taken to St. Paul to have operations performed. The sympathy of all is extended to the bereaved parents.  [Source: Hayward Journal-News (Hayward, Sawyer County, Wis.) Friday, 26 Apr. 1895; transcribed by MZ]

Joseph B. Phelan
BIRCHWOOD, Wis., May 6. – Serg. Joseph B. Phelan, formerly of Hayward, died in Chicago, according to word received here. Sergeant Phelan served overseas with the American forces and was awarded a croix de guerre with silver star for gallantry in action. He served in France with the Rice Lake machine gun company. The body was accorded military honors. Sergeant Phelan was well known throughout this part of the country. He also saw service on the Mexican border in 1916. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, 7 May 1922; transcribed by FoFG MZ] 

Edward Reinke
Edward Reinke, 69, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Clyde Serriol, at Wild Rose, Saturday. He had been ill for some time. Burial was made at Wild Rose, Wednesday. Besides his sister, he leaves three brothers, Arthur, Hayward; John, Superior; and Christ, California. A single man, Mr. Reinke farmed with his brother, Arthur, in the Curtiss area for 28 years before moving to Hayward in 1945. [Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 2 Aug. 1956; transcribed by MZ]

George Sheff
ASHLAND, Wis., June 21. – George Sheff, for the past 15 years chief of the Courte d’Oreilles Indians on the reservation at Hayward, died today in this city from blood poisoning. Sheff suffered with an ulcerated tooth a short time ago, and had it extracted. Blood poisoning finally set in, which resulted in his death. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at Hayward. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 22 June 1907; transcribed by MZ]

Albert Smalby
A tramp who gave his name as Albert Smalby and his home as Hayward, Wis., was picked up, terribly mangled, by the railroad tracks at Eau Claire, and died soon after. [The Milwaukee Journal, 6 Jul 1896]

Olaf H. Staf (?)
Hayward: The funeral of Olaf H. Staf?, for 28 years a resident of this city, was held from the Norwegian Lutheran church Tuesday afternoon, Rev. J. E. Nord officiating. He was born in Norway in 1864, coming to this country in 1880. He lived for some years at Black River Falls and later at Ironwood, Mich., where he was married to Miss Bertha Olson who, with two daughters and six sons survive. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune, May 27, 1916 - Sub. by K.T.]

Ole Trulson
Hayward, Wis., May 22. – Ole Trulson, a farmer, 75 years old, living 7 miles west of Hayward, was last night at the point of a gun, robbed by four gypsies of forty dollars in money and a large number of chickens. He died from the shock. The robbers were captured and lodged in Spooner jail after a chase of fifty miles by six auto loads of deputies from Hayward. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, 23 May 1920; transcribed by FoFG MZ]


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