Vernon County Wisconsin
Obituaries and Death Notices

Newel Angell

Source: "Wisconsin Daily Patriot", 19 Mar 1863 - Submitted by Jan Stypula

DIED. -- At his house in Beardstown, Vernon County, Wis., on the 16th March, at 8 o'clock in the evening, Capt. NEWEL ANGELL, father of Mr. W. H. Angell, of Sun Prairie, in this county.
The deceased was greatly respected by numerous friends in this county, and at the place of his last residence. He was aged 73 years on the 20, of last December and was born in Washington county, New York, in 1789. He moved from Ticonderoga, N. Y., to this state in 1850, and during his active and useful life was a sound and constant supporter of Democratic principles. His body was brought to this county for burial and interred here on Friday, the 13th inst. Thus has another of the industrious and indomitable band of pioneers from New York state, who have done so much for Wisconsin gone to the dust with honor and respect on his grey hairs.

T. G. Aschim
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Friday, 19 Apr. 1912; transcribed by FoFG mz

L. M. Hanson, auditor for the Fitger Brewing company, received a telegram from Berthold, N.D., last night, that Rev. T. G. Aschim, who for eight years was pastor of the Bethesda Norwegian Lutheran church in Duluth, died at his home in Berthold yesterday afternoon. The remains will be taken to Viroqua, Wis., where Rev. Mr. Aschim was pastor before coming to Duluth. Both Mr. and Mrs. Aschim had a wide circle of friends in Duluth, who will be grieved to hear of his death.

Herman Berg
Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (25 Jan. 1900) transcribed by FoFG MZ

La Crosse, Wis., Jan. 22. – The body of Herman Berg, who died in Denver, Col., suddenly, and about whom there was some uncertainty as to his identity, arrived here this morning. It was met by his brother and sister from Chaseburg, Vernon county, and taken there for burial. Berg was formerly connected with the government improvement work on the Mississippi.

Solfest Bringe
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Thursday, 26 Feb. 1914; transcribed by FoFG mz

VIROQUA, Wis., Feb. 25. – Solfest Bringe, age 42, dropped dead here when his wife, to whom he was devoted and who had been acting strangely for several days, was pronounced insane by physicians. The same doctors who made the examination of the woman examined the body of the man and found he had died of rupture of the brain. A peculiar circumstance is that the widow has recovered almost as suddenly as she was stricken and is now believed to be entirely rational again.

Eva Nora Shreve Bruce
Source: Newspaper unknown; submitted by Jeanne Wallendal Jessie

Eva Nora Shreve, daughter of John and Sarah Shreve, was born June 17, 1991, in Greenwood Township, Vernon County. She died Sept. 12, in Reedsburg Memorial Hospital at the age of 87 years, 2 months and 26 days as the result of a fall which fractured her hip last July 5.

On Feb. 4, 1900, she was married to Arthur Edwin Bruce. They made their home on the Bruce homestead in the Debello community until 1937, when they moved to Valton and became operators of the general store. Her husband died in Valton in 1942, and she moved to Reedsburg in 1955. The couple had eight children.

She was a member of the Valton Wesleyan Church.

Survivors include three daughters, (Mary) Mrs. Edward Wold, Eau Claire; (Esther) Mrs. Theodore Corn, Evansville; and (Eva) Ms. Willis Frank, 523 Pine St.; three sons, Robert, Rt. 2; Oscar, Hillsboro; and George, Brodhead; and 34 grandchildren, 75 great grandchildren and a great great grandchild.

Services were held on Sunday, Sept. 5, in the church with Rev. LeRoy Drake officiating, and burial was in the Debello Ridge Cemetery.

We are sincerely grateful to the friends and relatives who remembered us during our bereavement; also Dr. Pawlisch, Dr. Simeon, the nurses; Rev. LeRoy Drake, Rev. Virgil Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Sloniker. Many thanks.
The Eva Bruce Family.

Capt. John B. Casson
Source: Cudahy Times (Cudahy, Wis.) Sunday, 31 Dec. 1893; submitted by FoFG (MZ)

VIROQUA, Wis., Dec. 27. - Capt. John B. Casson, aged 61 years, county clerk of Vernon for twenty-six years, died this morning of the grippe. He was a brother of Col. Henry Casson and was a member of the late Gen. Rusk's Twenty fifth Regiment. The funeral will take place Saturday.

Mrs. Miles G. Davis
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Thursday, 15 Nov. 1906; transcribed by FoFG mz

LADYSMITH, Wis., Nov. 14. – Mrs. Miles G. Davis, wife of Postmaster Davis, of Teresita, dropped dead of heart disease yesterday. The remains will be taken to Viroqua.

Kenneth E. DeWitt
Source: The La Crosse Tribune (La Crosse, Wis.) Saturday, 9 Sept. 1950, page 8; submitted by Diana Heser Morse

Tri-state Deaths
Viroqua, Wis. (Special) Services for Kenneth Everett DeWitt, 46, will be held at the home in the Fargo community near Viroqua Monday at 1 p.m. and at the Liberty Pole Methodist church at 2 p.m. The Rev. George Marshall of Viroqua and the Rev. B. B. Zeuner, North Freedom, officiating. Burial will be in the Liberty Pole cemetery.
Friends may call at the Vance and Hall funeral home in Viroqua Saturday evening or at the home Sunday afternoon and evening.

Surviving De Witt are his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Melvin Fortney and Beverly of Viroqua; two sons, Kenneth, Jr., Gays Mills, and Robert, Viroqua; his mother, Mrs. Levi De Witt, Sparta; two sisters, Mrs. Frank Harris, Tomah, and Mrs. Alvin Vandervort, Richland Center; and a brother, Thomas, La Farge.

Joseph Doucet
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Wednesday, 23 Aug. 2006; page 2A; Lorraine Markee collection, transcribed by Marla Zwakman

CALEDONIA, Minn. – Joseph Doucet, 80, of Caledonia, Minn., died Friday, Aug. 11, 2006, at Sioux Valley Medical Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

He was born Aug. 9, 1926, in La Crosse to Joseph and Theresa (Curti) Doucet and grew up in Genoa.

Joseph is survived by his wife, Cordula; three daughters, Kathy (Tom) Michel of Plover, Mary (Bruce) Knutson of Brownsville, Minn., and Jane (Darrell) Reigel of Marshfield; three sons, Alan (Nancy) Doucet of La Crosse, Bob (Becky) Doucet of Holmen, and Jim (Karen) Doucet of St. Paul, Minn.; 13 grandchildren; and two brothers, Gerald (Joan) Doucet of Surprise, Ariz., and Donald (Betty) Doucet of Laurens, S.C.

A Mass of Christian burial was held Aug. 17 at Church of the Crucifixion in La Crescent, Minn. Internment was in St. Charles Catholic Cemetery in Genoa.

Daniel Jesse Eastman
Source: Scrap book of May Thomas Baer, in possession of Jeanne Wallendal Jessie

Daniel Jesse Eastman Dies From Heat and Exposure
Daniel J. Eastman, an early pioneer of this community, died here Saturday morning. His death was the result of being overcome by the extreme heat, followed by exposure during which time he laid on the Hillsboro & North Eastern railway tracks near Union Center.

Thursday morning, July 6 (1939), Mr. Eastman left the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Alois Sosinsky, to walk to Union Center to visit another daughter, Mrs. Lulu Argraves. He was often accustomed to walk this distance to visit, although on this day because of the extreme heat the family tried to dissuade him.

Section workers along the track observed Mr. Eastman walking toward Union center shortly before noon on Thursday. AT that time he was only a short distance away from that village and appeared to be in usual health. However, the next morning at about nine o'clock section foreman Joe Bayuk found Mr. Eastman lying on the track. Investigation indicated that Mr. Eastman had become exhausted by the heat, had stumbled and fallen across one rail so as to dislocate his shoulder. He had laid there throughout the excessive heat of the afternoon, causing his face to be greatly burned by the sun's rays. He was also exposed to the heavy rainstorm which visited this section Thursday evening.

Mr. Bayuk found Mr. Eastman in an unconscious condition. He called to a nearby farmer and together they put Mr. Eastman on the motor car and took him down to the Union Center deport. Juneau county authorities called Hillsboro to secure medical attention and Mr. Eastman was then brought here for treatment.

Funeral services were held here, Monday afternoon, at 1:30 from the Hart Funeral Home, and at t:30 from the United Brethren church at Burr. The Rev. L. E. Stonecipher, pastor of the Congregational church, Hillsboro, officiated. Burial was in the Burr cemetery.

Daniel Jesse Eastman, son of Sophia and Ebenezer Eastman, was born on June 1, 1858, in the town of Union, Vernon county. In that community he attended the public school and grew to young manhood.

On March 23, 1879, he was married to Miss Polly Jane Salsbury, a daughter of Robert and Louisa Salsbury. Mr. and Mrs. Eastman established their home in the Valley community, where he followed the vocations of farming and carpentry. His wife passed away many years ago.

Mr. Eastman is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Harry Obert of Valley, Mrs. Lulu Argraves of Union Center, and Mrs. Alois Sosinsky of Hillsboro; four sons, Robert of Cashton, Walter of LaFarge, John of Sparta, and Joseph of Madison; twenty-seven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife and one son, Delbert, and two daughters, Mabel and Mary.

Joseph D. Eastman Sr.
Source: Sauk County (Wis.) Historical Society; submitted by Jeanne Wallendal Jessie

Joseph D. Eastman Sr., age 86 of Reedsburg, died Tuesday, June 18, 2002 at Divine Savior Hospital-Extended Care in Portage. He was born on September 8, 1915 in Vernon County, Wisconsin, to Walter C. and Ethel F. (Smith) Eastman. On September 25, 1940 he was united in marriage to Evelyn Hope Vlasak in LaFarge. She preceded him in death on November 2, 1984. Joseph had been employed by Badger Army Ammo Plant. He enjoyed playing the violin and harmonica.

He was preceded in death by his wife; daughter, Sharon Perry; grandson, James Michael Eastman; and sisters, Marie McWilliams and Blanche Eastman. He is survived by four sons, Joseph D. Eastman Jr. (Judie) Eastman of Reedsburg, Gary F. Eastman of Baraboo, Donald James Eastman of Reedsburg, Richard Duane Eastman of Reedsburg; son-in-law, Russell Perry of Oshkosh; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers, Leo (Joyce) Eastman of Baraboo, Robert (Audrey) Eastman of Reedsburg, Walter Eastman of California; sisters, Betty (George) Senger of Merrimac and Polly (Merlin) Meyer of Reedsburg; brothers-in-law, Robert McWilliams of Baraboo and Frank Vlasak of Slinger; sister-in-law, Janice Vlasak of Madison, nieces and nephews, along with other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Joseph D. Eastman Sr. will be conducted 11 a.m., Saturday, June 22, 2002 at the Farber Funeral Home with Pastor Scott Buhrow, Pastor Jeff Silha and Pastor Scott Walters officiating. Burial will follow in Bear Creek Cemetery, LaFarge. Friends may call on Friday from 4-8 p.m. at the Farber Funeral Home and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. The Farber Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Merritt Fillmore Eastman
Source: newspaper unknown; submitted by Jeanne Wallendal Jessie

Died 6 Jul 1950
Eastman Services
Hillsboro - Funeral services for Merritt Eastman, 75, retired Valley farmer who died Thursday at his home, will be held at 2 p.m. today in the Valley Wesleyan Methodist church.

Burial will be in Burr Cemetery.

Mr. Eastman was born in Union township, but had lived most of his life in Forest township. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Lynn, Valley; and Almond, Lacrosse; four daughters, Mrs. Raymond Liska and Mrs. Albert Benish, Hillsboro; Mrs. Virgil Nixon, LaFarge; and Mrs. Evelyn Danielson, LaCrosse; three sisters, Mrs. Oscar Peterson, Mrs. Pamela Eno, and Mrs. Andy Dyer, Valley, and several grandchildren.

Robert Eastman
Source: Sauk County (Wis.) Historical Society; submitted by Jeanne Wallendal Jessie

Robert "Bob" Eastman, age 81, of Reedsburg, passed away suddenly in his home the morning of Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003. Robert, the son of Walter and Ethel Eastman, was born on June 21, 1922, in the township of Wonewoc. While working as a hired hand at the John Anderson farm in the town of Troy, he fell in love with the farmer's daughter, his wife of 56 years, Audrey (Anderson) Eastman. They were married on Aug. 21, 1947, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Their marriage was blessed with three children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

During World War II, Robert served in the U.S. Army in Egypt. He later worked as a milk hauler delivering to Wisconsin Dairies. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post 1916 of Reedsburg, and the United Methodist Church. He loved tractors and was an annual exhibitor at the Sauk County Gas and Steam Show. He enjoyed playing pool, dart ball and horseshoes. In his retirement years, he went above and beyond his duty when delivering prescriptions for Collins Drug Store (later Phillips Drug), often stopping to visit with customers and helping them in any way he could. His friends and family will not forget his talent for off-the-cuff puns, his boundless energy and endless activity, or the joy with which he approached life. He is lovingly remembered as an adoring and affectionate husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother. He will be missed by the many people whose lives he touched.

He is survived by his wife, Audrey (Anderson) Eastman of Reedsburg; a son, Glen (Suzanne) Eastman of Reedsburg; two daughters, Sue (Bob) Listol of Oregon, Wis., and Jean (Kurt) Johansen of Reedsburg; six grandchildren, Jamie (Deanna) Ennis of Stevens Point, Joshua (Yvonne Bruze) Ennis of Stevens Point, Nicole Eastman of Minneapolis, Jess Eastman of Delafield, Shea (Kendra) Eastman of Cottage Grove, and Krista Eastman of Reedsburg; four great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty (George) Senger of Merrimac, and Polly (Merlin) Meyer of Reedsburg; two brothers, Walter Eastman of Reedsburg, and Leo (Joyce) Eastman of Baraboo; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Gasner and Lorene (Arlan) Ketelboeter; two brothers-in-law, John (Carol) Anderson and Robert McWilliams; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ethel and Walter Eastman; his stepmother, Mina Eastman; two sisters, Marie (Eastman) McWilliams and Blanche Eastman; a brother, Joseph Eastman Sr.; his mother- and father-in-law, Evangeline and John Anderson; a brother-in-law, Allen Gasner; a sister-in-law, Hope Eastman; two infant sisters and an infant brother.

A memorial service for Robert Eastman will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2003, in the United Methodist Church, Reedsburg, with Pastor Scott Walters officiating. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the time of the service on Sunday at the church. Farber Funeral Home, Reedsburg, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Veryl G. Eastman
Source: Newspaper unknown; submitted by Jeanne Wallendal Jessie

Hillsboro - Veryl G. Eastman, 58, died Sunday (May 13, 1973) at home after a long illness.

He was a former Vernon County Highway employee and was a lifelong Hillsboro area resident. He was a veteran of World War II and married Wynona Setzer.

Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Stanley Sherman, Elroy; two step-sons, Roger Setzer, Baraboo; and Donald Setzer, Round Lake, Ill.; his mother, Mrs. Caryl Eastman, Hillsboro; two brothers, Kenneth, Hillsboro; and Foster, Milwaukee; and three grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Fick Funeral Home, where friends may call after 2 p.m. today until time of services Tuesday.

Harriet Jane Markee Harris
Source: Scrapbook of May Thomas Baer, in possession of Jeanne Wallendal Jessie

Valley Pioneer Answers Last Call
Mrs. Harriet Harris, 85, a pioneer of the Valley community, died last Thursday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Oscar Peterson, at Valley. Funeral services were held Saturday after at the Wesleyan Methodist church at Valley. Rev. Hill, pastor of the Methodist church, and Rev. Blackburn, pastor of the Valley U. B. church, were the officiating clergymen. Burial was in the Burr cemetery.

Harriet Jane Markee, daughter of John and Permelia Markee, was born in Ohio, Sept. 22, 1848. She came with her parents, to Vernon county, Wis., Nov. 1, 1885. It was in this community that she spent her entire life, passing away April 12, 1934 at the age of 85 years, 6 months and 21 days.

She was converted and joined the Wesleyan Methodist Church when a young woman. She had since remained a faithful and consistent member of this church.

Nov. 13, 1872 was the date of her married to Luman Eastman, who preceded her in death Dec. 30, 1888. To this union were born five children who will sadly miss her. She leaves to mourn, four children, Merritt Eastman, Permelia Eno and Alma Peterson of Valley and Madie Dyer of Ontario; one sister Nanta Nofsinger; 11 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild, and a host of other relatives and friends.

No words can pay adequate tribute to the life of Mrs. Harris. She was a woman of high Christian ideals ever willing to help friend or stranger. Her life was marked with deeds of kindness and cheer. She was a leader in church and community activities to which she gave much of her time. Those who knew her mourn the death of a fine, Christian woman whose life's span reached from the pioneer days of toil and privation to the modern trend of today. Her influence will be felt for years to come in the community where she lived.

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

Viroqua, Wis. (Special) Mrs. Thomas Hoffland, 79, died Friday at her home in Viroqua. She is survived by her husband; four sons, Enos, Cyrus and Burnen, all of Viroqua, and Ervin, Soldiers Grove; three brothers, Tollef Hulsether, Viroqua, William Boscobel, and Ole, living in California, and five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at the Hoffland home at 1 p.m. and at 2 p.m. in the North Kickapoo Lutheran church, the Rev. Arthur Vorhes officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

William Harvey Marshall
Source: Scrapbook of May Thomas Baer, in possession of Jeanne Wallendal Jessie

William Harvey Marshall, second son of George and Lydia Drake Marshall, was born in Union township., Vernon county, Wisconsin, June 20, 1875. Here he grew to manhood. He departed this life on Feb. 14, 1940 at the age of 64 years, 7 months and 25 days.

On November 16, 1898, he was united in marriage to Grace Eastman of Valley, Wis. to this union ten children were born. In the spring of 1900 they moved to a farm near Valley in Forest township where they have since resided.

Mr. Marshall became a Christian in his young manhood and was one of the charter members of the class of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ at Valley. He has continued a faithful and active member, serving in various official positions in the church and was at the time of his death the superintendent of the Sunday School.

Those preceding him in death were his father and mother, four children and two grandchildren who died in infancy, and Richard, aged five, who passed away about three weeks ago.

He is survived by his wife and six children: Roy and Beulah of LaCrosse, Ray and Hallie near Valley, Helen (Mrs. Nathan Woods) of Madison and Lydia (Mrs. Harold Woods) of Valley; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Chas. Brewer and Mrs. Wm. Bickel of La Farge; five brothers, Morrow and Rollin of Valley, Oscar of Hillsboro and Lee and Loyal of Gillingham; two uncles, Charles of Canada and Harvey of Gillingham; sixty nieces and nephews and many other relatives and a host of friends.

Mr. Marshall was a good husband, father and friend, providing well for his own. He was outstanding in his generosity and hospitality.

Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon from the home and at the Valley Untied Brethren church, Revs. J. Hart Truesdale and B. W. Blackburn officiating. The Burr Male quartette rendered the ministry of music. Interment was in the Burr cemetery.

Helen Munson
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Tuesday, 28 Jan. 1908; transcribed by FoFG mz

LA CROSSE, Wis., Jan. 27. – Miss Helen Munson, aged 27, daughter of O. G. Munson, private secretary to Governor Davidson, state senator and one of the Republican leaders of the state, died at her home at Viroqua last night of burns received on Jan. 6 last. Miss Munson was a senior at the University of Wisconsin and prominent socially at Viroqua and Madison.

Lela Janet Eastman Obert
Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wis.) 2004; submitted by Jeanne Wallendal Jessie

Lela Janet Eastman Obert, age 91, of Hillsboro, died on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2004, at St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Hillsboro. She was born on July 7, 1913, in Forest Township, near Valley. She was the eldest child of Wilbur and Alice (Nale) Obert. Lela attended school in Valley and in Hillsboro. On March 25, 1933, she married Vilas Eastman. Three children were born to this union, Wendall, Lyndall and Janet. Lela worked at the Gambles' store in Hillsboro and for the grocery stores and post office in Valley until 1954 when she moved to Madison. She then worked for Sears Roebuck and Company until her retirement in 1979. She then returned to her home area where she settled on Burr Ridge. Survivors include her son, the Rev. Wendall Eastman of Ripon; two daughters, Lyndall (Bob) Mack of Camp Douglas, and Janet (Jim) Joseph of Hillsboro; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 11 great- great-grandchildren; two brothers, Duane (Arlene) Obert of LaCrosse, and Donald (Arlene) Obert of Valley; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by the father of her children, Vilas Eastman; her son-in-law, Jerry Helgerson; her granddaughter, Lynelle Eastman; her parents; a brother, Charles; two sisters, Minnie Bauman and Donna Urban; and a nephew, David Obert. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004, at the Burr Wesleyan Church, six miles west of Hillsboro on Highway 33, with the Rev. Alan Tripp officiating. Interment will be in the Forest Burr Cemetery. There will be a visitation from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004, at the church. The Hoof Funeral Home in Reedsburg is serving the family.

B. F. Purdy
Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, WI) Thursday, 10 Jan. 1901; transcribed by FoFG mz

Viroqua, Wis., Jan. 8. – B. F. Purdy, of this city received a dispatch from Kansas announcing the death of his father, Judge William G. Purdy, a pioneer who settled in Vernon county in 1850. He was for eight years clerk of the courts, two terms county judge and represented Vernon county in the state Senate in 1863. He moved to Kansas about twenty years ago. In the case of Mr. Purdy, who was a defeated candidate for re-election and James Newell advertised that he would perform the duties of the office for half the salary fixed by the county board. Newell was elected. Judge Purdy contested and the Supreme court held that Newell’s proposition was a bribe to voters and awarded the seat to Purdy.

Leonard Parmele Rising
Source: The Journal And Republican (Lowville, NY) Wednesday, June 20, 1860; submitted by Jim Dezotell 

Death of a Printer - Leonard Parmele Rising, Esq., formerly publisher of the Lowville Journal, died in Viroqua, Bad Axe Co., Wisconsin, May 25th, 1860.  His disease was typhoid fever.  He was a man of much ability, and admired for his many excellencies.

Earl M. Rogers
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Monday, 5 Jan. 1914; transcribed by FoFG mz

MILWAUKEE, Jan. 4. – Gen. Earl M. Rogers of Viroqua, Wis., 75 years old, died in a hospital here today one week after being taken ill and on the day he and his wife had planned to depart for San Antonio, Texas, where they were to have spent the winter. Pneumonia was the cause. He will be buried at Viroqua on Tuesday.

Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, ND) Thursday, 23 Nov. 1893; transcribed by FoFG mz

VIROQUA, Wis., Nov. 22. – The remains of General Rusk will be removed to the Methodist church at noon, after a brief and strictly private family service at the home. The remains will lie in state at the church until 2 o’clock on Friday afternoon. It is expected that Rev. Dr. Butler of Madison will conduct the services. The exercises will be under the auspices of the consistory Knights Templar and Grand Army. Nothing but extremely cold weather will prevent a great gathering of people

Napolean B. Shreve
Source: The Tribune (Evansville, Wis.) 15 Dec. 1903; p. 3, col. 7, submitted by Jeanne Wallendal Jessie

Napolean B. Shreve, aged 42 years, died from asphyxiation in the Capitol Hotel at Madison, Wis., the night of Dec. 7th, or morning of the 8th, 1903.

The deceased was born in Greenwood, Vernon County, Wis., Nov. 3, 1861, where he resided until about 20 years of age when he came to the town of Magnolia and worked by the month for Mr. John Rodd and other farmers in that neighborhood. He came to this city about 14 years ago and commenced his business career in the Grange store, where he has risen from the services of a menial boy clerk to one of the principal owners of that the largest and most wealthy mercantile firm in this city, and also the owner of large real estate interests, denoting what honesty, frugality, and perseverance will accomplish from the smallest beginning for the industrious American boy. And not only this but Mr. Shreve has conducted himself all through this rise in his business life so that there are none who have a wider circle of friends who mourn his being taken away almost as a brother; always social, genial, pleasant and honest. Certainly this firm as well as this city has met with a great loss.

The deceased was married to Miss May F. Rodd, April 15, 1890, whom he leaves without children, a heart-broken widow. Also a mother, five brothers and three sisters: Mrs. Emma Shreve, of Richland Center, mother; brothers, Joseph of Richland Center, C. H., and John of Hillsboro, Charles and Isaac, of Los Angeles, Cal.; sisters, Armilda Kegley, of Hillsboro, Amy Welch of Yuba, and Mary E. Fries of Central Point, Oregon.

The funeral was very largely attended in the M. E. church this Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, under the auspices of the Masonic order, of which he was a prominent member; Rev. J. E. Coleman, officiating clergyman. Bearers, C. M. Clifford, Arford Jones, V. A. Axtell, Frank Broughton, August Fruchen and John Tullar. Snashall & Boyd, undertakers. All business places were closed during the services.

Leonard C. Thomas
La Crosse Tribune (Wis.) Tuesday, 21 May 2002; submitted by Jeanne Wallendal Jessie

ONTARIO, Wis. -- Leonard C. Thomas, 73, died peaceful ly Sunday, May 19, 2002, at his home near Ontario, surround ed by his family. He was born Oct. 10, 1928, to Henry and Ethel (Brey) Thomas near Wildcat Mountain State Park in the town of Whitestown, Vernon County, Wis. He was united in marriage to Eldora Helen Wagner on Oct. 2, 1965.

The most profound impact in Len's life occurred Feb. 20, 1992, when, attending several weeks of gospel meetings, Len accepted the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. I Peter 2:24 was the revelation of his new birth. Len's last wishes involved the hope that every one not already saved might come to and believe and trust in the Lord as he had done.

He is survived by his wife, Eldora "Dory" of Ontario; three sons, David (Nancy) Thomas, of Norwalk, Wis., Danny Thomas, of Texas and Robert (Jean) Farrar of Ontario; five daughters, Malinda (Ralph) Hunter of Whitewater, Wis., Alberta (George) Bennett of Florida, Carol (Conrad) Zielke of Tomah, Donna (Gary) Liska of Richland Center, Wis., and Sue (Nate) Feala of Hillsboro, Wis.; 18 grandchildren: Brad, Corey, Troy, Jamie, Dawn, Misty, Trever, Aften, Cole, Noah, Peggy, Kristi, Tyler, Tina, Heather, Amanda, Shan non and Scott; 17 great-grand children; a sister, Bonnie (Don) Wallace of Wilton, Wis.; two brothers, Basil Thomas of Tomah and Bert (Velma) Thomas of Kendall, Wis.; sisters-in-law Lucille Wagner of Tomah and Eleanor Spohn of Ontario; a brother-in-law, Delbert (Emogene) Wagner of Ontario; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and a sister, Mary Lou Baldwin.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 23, 2002, at 11 a.m. at the Gospel Hall, Ontario. Evangelist Robert Orr will officiate. Burial will be in Hilltop Rest Cemetery, Ontario. Relatives and friends are invited to call Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the SmithNelson Funeral Home, Wilton, and at the church Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.


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