Washburn County, Wisconsin
Obituaries and Death Notices

James G. Adams
Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 3 Oct. 1907; transcribed by Marla Zwakman
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.
*** Note: Mr. Adams’ month and year of birth, which is June 1853, are from the 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Hayward, Sawyer County, Wisconsin.

Mary E. Allen
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) Tuesday, 14 Feb. 1922; transcribed by FoFG mz
Shell Lake, Wis. – Mrs. Mary E. Allen, pioneer Washburn county resident, is dead, following a brief illness. Eight children survive. Mrs. Allen has lived on a farm near Shell Lake since 1903.

Mrs. Andreas Anderson
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Saturday, 10 Jan. 1920; transcribed by FoFG mz
SPOONER – Funeral services held Friday for Mrs. Andreas Anderson, 78, who died from old age.

Knute Anderson
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 5 Aug. 1922; transcribed by FoFG mz
Birchwood, Wis., Aug. 4. – Knute Anderson, 22 years a resident of Barron county, died yesterday at his farm home at Arland. Mr. Anderson was born in Norway, Oct. 2, 1851, and in 1883 he came to America. Four sons survive. Mr. Anderson was one of the first men to locate in the vicinity of Arland.

LaVern Bartholomew
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Saturday, 28 Feb. 1920; transcribed by FoFG mz
TREGO – Mrs. Ira Minard has returned from Waterloo, Iowa where she attended the funeral of her youngest grandson, LaVern Bartholomew.

Sarah Bergum
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (27 Mar. 1920) - Sub. by Brenda W.
SPOONER - Mrs. Sarah Bergum, 93, born in Norway, died at the home of her son, Christ. She came here in 1913.

Beatrice Biel
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Saturday, 28 Feb. 1920; transcribed by FoFG mz

BIRCHWOOD – Beatrice Biel, eldest child of Mr. and Mrs. Herman A. Biel, died of inflammation of the stomach after several hours’ illness. She was four years old. Burial was at Almena.
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 21 Mar. 1920; transcribed by FoFG mz

BIRCHWOOD – Mr. and Mrs. Herman A. Biel have returned from Almena, where they spent three weeks. They went to Almena to hold the funeral of their daughter who died here. While away, their little son became ill but has recovered.

Source: Duluth News-Tribune (18 Dec. 1918) - Sub. by Brenda W.
SPOONER - Mr. and Mrs. John Bixby have lost second child in six weeks from scarlet fever.
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (18 Dec. 1918) - Sub. by Brenda W.
SPOONER - Three-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Busch.

Roland Cornealson
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 16 Nov. 1918; transcribed by FoFG mz
SPOONER, Wis., Nov. 16. – Military funeral services were held here yesterday for Roland Cornealson, son of Aron Cornealson. The young man died at Jefferson Barracks of Spanish influenza. He was 29 years of age and had been in service only two and a half weeks. Rev. J. T. Kneen officiated at the services held from the M. E. church.

Stanley Cotts
Source: "Spooner Advocate" (WI) - April 26, 2005. Submitted by B. Wiesner
Stanley Cotts of Spooner, died on Sunday, April 24, 2005, at Spooner Health System.
He was born on Oct. 12, 1920, to John and Maude (Kistner) Cotts in the town of Weston, Dunn County. He was raised on the home farm and attended elementary school at Twin Hill. He later graduated from Dunn County Agricultural School and then Dunn County Normal School.
During World War II, Stanley served overseas in the U.S. Army 103rd Division, earning the rank of Battalion and Regimental Sergeant Major.
He married Lorraine Skillings on June 1, 1948, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie. While teaching at several area schools, he earned his master's degree attending the University of Wisconsin-Stout and UW-Eau Claire. Stanley's passion was teaching, and he devoted 45 years of his life to it. He taught at many area schools, including Waubeck, Twin Hill, Beaver Creek, Knapp, and North schools. He was also principal of Central Grade School and was the first residing principal of River Heights Elementary School.
After Stanley retired in 1985, he and Lorraine moved to Big McKenzie Lake near Spooner.
Stanley was baptized and confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church and was a life-long member there. In 1966 he joined the Menomonie Lions Club and later transferred to the Spooner-Trego Lions Club in 1992, where he was a very active member. Stanley received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award for dedicated humanitarian services from the Lion's Club International Foundation. He was also a member of the McKenzie Lakes Association and a member of Menomonie Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1039.
He loved the outdoors, especially fishing, snowmobiling, and riding ATV. He looked forward to visits from all his nieces and nephews so he could take them fishing.
Stanley is survived by his wife; a brother, Darrell (Irene Skillings) of Menomonie; a sister, Susie (Eugene) Weber of Menomonie; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Wanda Mortel, Donald (Dorothy), Dale (Kathie) Skillings, Marlys (Robert) Jensen, and Daniel (Marg) Skillings, all of Menomonie; 10 nieces; 11 nephews; many great-nieces and great-nephews; his faithful companion, Buddy II; other relatives; and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother-in-law, Brownie Mortel; and a nephew, Steven Mortel.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 28, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie. Rev. David Whelan will officiate.
Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in the town of Dunn, Dunn County, with military honors accorded by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, and will be

Bella Dahlen
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Saturday, 28 Feb. 1920; transcribed by FoFG mz
BIRCHWOOD – Funeral services for Bella Dahlen, born in 1886 in Norway, were held here with the Rev. John Wolf, Chetek, officiating.
BIRCHWOOD – Mrs. G. Campbell, Exeland, near here, formerly a teacher in the local schools, attended the funeral of Bella Dahlen, who died at Ironwood, Mich., the funeral being held here.

Roy E. Danklefsen

of Spooner, died on Friday, Nov. 23, 2007, surrounded by family at the Dunn County Heath Care Center where he had resided for only a few weeks.
Roy was born in a sod shack on the plains of Cohagen, Mont., in Garfield County, on March 27, 1915, to Chris and Grace (Wiley) Danklefsen. He attended grade school in Montana, and after the death of his mother in 1925, he resided with his foster parents, Glen and Minnie Lynch. The Lynches were Wisconsin natives that homesteaded in Montana.
After a severe fire, which destroyed buildings, sheds, and animals, they returned to Wisconsin where Roy graduated from Dunn County Normal (now Dunn County Teacher's College) in 1933.
He taught at several rural schools in Dunn County, including Vanceburg, 1933-1936, and State Graded School at Knapp, 1936-1941, and was principal and taught upper grades at Cedar Falls School in Menomonie.
On June 7, 1941, he married Rayola May Kingsley in Menomonie. He purchased a home on Tainter Lake that same year.
In October 1942, Roy was drafted into the U.S. Army, training at Camp Campbell, Ky., (now Fort Campbell) and also at Camp Berkley, Texas. He was a member of the Service Battery, 495th Field Artillery, 12th Armored Division, serving in the European Theater of Operations.
A son, Wayne, was born on January 29, 1943, and lived with Rayola at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Kingsley, in Menomonie while Roy was in the war. Roy was honorably discharged at Ft. Sheridan, Ill., on January 3, 1946, with the rank of First Sergeant.
After his discharge, he started work with the Omaha Railroad (C&W Railway) in the superintendent's office at Eau Claire.
A daughter, Sherrie Ann, was born on January 20, 1947.
On April 1, 1952, he transferred to the railroad's Spooner office as a chief clerk and worked in that capacity until his retirement on June 4, 1976.
Roy and Rayola loved to dance whether it was ballroom or square dancing.
While in Spooner, Roy served as Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 104 and later Troop 105 when it joined Troop 104. He was awarded the Silver Beaver Award, attended the Valley Forge National Jamboree in 1957, the National Boy Scout Jamboree in Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1960, and as a family attended Philmont Scout Ranch for a week.
He served as the 5th Ward alderman on the Spooner City Council, completing the term held by Les Walsingham who moved from the city in 1987.
In 1990, he was chosen by the Spooner Chamber of Commerce as 'Citizen of the Year.'
He was also a member of the Salvation Army, served as 'Memorial Chairman' of the Washburn County American Cancer Society, and assisted for 14 years with the AARP Tax Aid Program.
Roy enjoyed local sports, mainly basketball, for which he was timekeeper for 17 seasons, and also loved to work crossword puzzles.
He and Rayola had been active members of Spooner United Methodist Church since moving to Spooner in 1952, and he had been a member of Spooner American Legion Post #12 for 50 years.
Roy is survived by his wife, Rayola (Kingsley); daughter, Sherie Raymond-Danklefsen, of Menomonie; grandson, Monte (Amy) Raymond, of Menomonee Falls; two granddaughters, Jennifer (Quinn) Smiskey of Elk Mound and Crissie (Tom) Dassow of Chippewa Falls; two great-grandsons, Wyatte and Drew Smiskey of Elk Mound; two great-granddaughters, Elise Raymond of Menomonee Falls and Janessa Smiskey of Elk Mound; one brother, Ray Danklefsen, of Weslaco, Texas; and dear friends Dean and Paty Brayton of Spooner.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Fay; four sisters, Bernice, Gladys, Mildred, and Ella 'Tootie'; and son, Wayne.
The funeral was held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Spooner United Methodist Church. Pastor Marty Nolet officiated. Music was provided by Jo Henrikson, organist, and Dean and Paty Brayton, soloists.
Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Scalzo-Taylor Funeral Home, Spooner, and also at the church on Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m.
Interment was at Spooner Cemetery. Military honors were accorded by the Spooner Area Honor Guard.
Casket bearers were Steve Clay, Dave Hanson, Bill Hoyt, Kurt Kunkel, Ed Reichert, Dick Rubesch, and Jerry Thompson. Honorary casket bearers were Ray Bestler and Pete Hubin.
[Source: "Spooner Advocate" (WI) - November 30, 2007. Submitted by B. Wiesner]

Edith & Frederick W. Davis
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 19 Feb. 1920; transcribed by FoFG mz
SPRINGBROOK, Wis., Feb. 18. – Frederick W. Davis and his daughter, Miss Edith Davis, 22, are dead at their home here. Both deaths occurred within two days. Davis died of cancer. Miss Davis was a graduate of Northland college, Ashland. A double funeral will be held and internment made in the Earl cemetery. Survivors are the wife and mother and the following children of Mr. Davis: Mrs. Robert Larson, Ashland Junction; Mrs. Joseph Brown, Drummond; Mrs. George Stineback, Winegar; Mrs. Ernest Swenson and Hazel Davis; John, William, Walter and James, Springbrook.

David Dawson
Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) 2006; contributed by Ron Flink & transcribed by Marla Zwakman
SHELL LAKE – David Raymond Dawson, 50 Shell Lake, formerly of the Unity area, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006, at his home.
Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Maurina Funeral Home, Abbotsford. Burial will be in the town of Brighton Cemetery, Marathon County.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 10:30 a.m. until time of services on Monday, all at the funeral home.
Maurina/Community Funeral Home is assisting the family.
David was born Nov. 11, 1955, in Stetsonville to Raymond L. and DorisMae (Stahnke) Dawson. He was self-employed as a carpenter.
David is survived by his children, Travis Dawson of Arizona, Dale Dawson of Marshfield and Tara Dawson of Marshfield; three grandchildren; and his sisters and brothers, Lois (Jan) Lackershire of Phillips, Debbie (Ron) Kielizowski of Junction City, Judy (Lee) Wriedt of Thorp, Steve Dawson of Cumberland, Gary Dawson of Owen, Gwen (Bob) Lampert of Butternut, Bradley (Jackie) Dawson of St. Croix, Bryan (Theresa) Dawson of Cumberland, Barry (Jerri) Dawson of Cumberland and Peggy (Mike) Dawson of Owen.

A. J. Donnally
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Wednesday, 31 Mar. 1920; transcribed by FoFG mz
SHELL LAKE, Wis., March 30. – Funeral services for A. J. Donnally, mayor of Shell Lake, who died in a St. Paul hospital, were held today. Mayor Donnally was in business here for many years.

Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Dumar, of Spooner, who have been visiting relatives in this vicinity, lost a child one day last week. The funeral occurred Friday, Rev. J. Staley officiating. [Source: Tomah Journal, 30 Aug. 1901]

Mrs. Egan
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 24 July 1918; transcribed by FoFG mz
BAUDETTE, July 23. – Mrs. Eagan of Spooner, age 49, died yesterday of heart failure. She formerly resided at Ashland, Wis. She leaves a husband, one daughter, Agnes, and one son, Walter, who is somewhere in France. The body was shipped to Ashland. Funeral services will be held there Thursday.

Byron Hay
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (25 Aug. 1920) - Sub. by Brenda W.
Spooner Man Buried.
SPOONER, Wis., Aug. 24 - Funeral services for Byron Hay, for 46 years a resident of Wisconsin and for 12 years of Spooner, who died in the Luther hospital in Eau Claire, were held here. He was born in Pennsylvania, Jan. 24, 1849. Besides his widow, a foster son, F. L. Roberts, survives.

J. M. Hoyt
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Saturday, 28 Feb. 1920; transcribed by FoFG mz
TREGO – Word has been received here of the death of the Rev. J. M. Hoyt, formerly an Adventist clergyman here.

Mrs. Johnson
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (25 Sept 1915) - Sub. by Brenda W.
The wife of ex-Sheriff James Johnson of this city died suddenly Tuesday of heart disease.

Knox Lewis
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (27 Mar. 1920) - Sub. by Brenda W.
MINONG - Knox Lewis, 72, for more than 30 years a resident of northern Wisconsin is dead.

Guy C. McDermott
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Saturday, 10 Jan. 1920; transcribed by FoFG mz
SPOONER – F. E. Johnson, deputy coroner, took charge of the body of Guy C. McDermott, 38, who was found dead in a bed in a boarding house. Body was sent to Roseau, where Mrs. Johnson and two children reside. McDermott was logging here during the winter.

James McShane
Source: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune (Wisconsin Rapids, Wood County, Wis.) Tuesday, 31 Aug, 1920; transcribed by FoFG mz

Birchwood – James McShane, 64, prominent business man of Spooner, died at St. Joseph hospital, St. Paul, for cancerous ulcer for the treatment of which he had been taken to the hospital, ten days previous. He is survived by the widow, nine sons and one daughter.

Elmer A. Mittner
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, 30 Oct. 1921; transcribed by FoFG mz
Birchwood, Wis., Oct. 29. – Elmer A. Mittner, age 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Mettner, Shell Lake, this county, is dead following an operation for appendicitis. The body will be interred at Shell Lake.

Eliza Nathan
Source: "Duluth News-Tribune", 25 Nov. 1925 - Sub. by Brenda W.
Spooner Woman Dies.
Birchwood, Wis., Nov. 24. - (Special.) - Mrs. Eliza Nathan, Spooner, a resident of Wisconsin since 1879, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. M. Hendrickson, Spooner, of paralysis. Mrs. Nathan was one of the pioneer settlers of this section of the state. She was 70 years old.

Winsor Payne
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (30 July 1930) - Sub. by Brenda W.
SPOONER, Wis., July 29. - Winsor Payne, Civil war veteran, died at his home here after a long illness. He was born in Niagara county, N.Y., Sept. 5, 1845. During the Civil war he was a member of Company C, Eighth regiment.

Mrs. Theodore Rude
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 7 Dec. 1919; transcribed by FoFG mz
WASHBURN – News has been received here by Mr. and Mrs. P. T. Rude, stating that their son’s wife, Mrs. Theodore Rude, had di ed at Denver, Col., Tuesday and that funeral services would be held at Dodgeville, Wis.

W. S. Smith
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Saturday, 27 Mar. 1920; transcribed by FoFG mz
EARL – W. S. Smith, 89, is dead.

Joseph Sullivan
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (9 Dec. 1919) - Sub. by Brenda W.
SPOONER - Funeral services were held here for Joseph Sullivan, postmaster, who died at St. Paul hospital after illness of two months. Attending funeral were Postmaster W. C. McMahon and J. W. Hogan of Cumberland.

Flora L. Watts
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Saturday, 22 June 1912; transcribed by FoFG mz
The body of Mrs. Flora L. Watts was taken to Shell Lake, Wis., last night for burial. Mrs. Watts died yesterday morning at a local hospital, where she had been confined for about a week. The deceased is survived by her husband, C. H. Watts, of Superior, and a son and daughter. Mr. Watts accompanied the body to Shell Lake.

Ellahu H. Webster
Source: newspaper unknown, 4 Dec. 1928; submitted by Eileen Kozman
The sad messenger of death has again invaded the Webster home, a number of miles northwest of this city, this time summoning Ellahu H. Webster, aged 52, his death following that of a sister just a few weeks ago.
Ellahu Homes Webster was born on a farm near Brooklyn, Iowa, February 25, 1876, and departed this life December 1st, 1928.
In early childhood he was taken by his parents to Belle Plaine, Iowa, where he grew to manhood and for several years was in business there with his father. In 1902 he located on a farm in Burnett County, Wis., where he has since resided.
He had been in poor health for years, gradually growing worse until in September, 1925, he entered the Deaconess hospital at Minneapolis where he underwent on operation for goitre. Two years later he was, for a short time, in Lakeside hospital Rice Lake He was unable to obtain any relief and continued a patient sufferer until the morning of Nov 29, after doing his usual share of chores at the barn, he became very ill but was able to go to the house before he was entirely stricken down. Dr. Converse of Webster was called and everything possible for his comfort and welfare was done.
His brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Rasmusson, of Des Moines, Iowa had arrived on Wednesday for a few days visit, and they with his sister Rayburn were by his bedside at the end. His elder sister, Mrs. J. F. Johnston, of Chelsea, Iowa, was notified and came as quickly as possible but was unable to reach here until Sunday night.
Deceased was a member of the Modern Woodmen, also Beavers Fraternity of Spooner.
Funeral services were held at the home, conducted by Rev. A. F. Acker, on Monday at 2:00 p.m., and burial took place in the Spooner cemetery.

Clara Westberg
Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) 28 May 2011; contributed by Ron Flink & transcribed by Marla Zwakman
Clara Westberg, 94, formerly of Colby, passed away Thursday, May 26, 2011, at Golden Living Center-Three Oaks in Marshfield under the tender care of hospice.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Unity. The Rev. Al Houts will officiate. Burial will be held in the church cemetery. A time of visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until time of services Tuesday at the church. Hansen-Schilling Funeral Home in Spencer is serving the family.
Clara was born May 9, 1917, the daughter of Frank and Emma (Krumm) Ladwig in Sarona, Wis. She started her education in Thorp and graduated from Colby High School in 1935. Clara then attended Teachers College in Stevens Point and graduated in 1937. She taught rural school for four years. Clara was united in marriage to Orville Westberg on Dec. 29, 1941, in Yuma, Ariz. He preceded her in death Nov. 6, 2007.
Clara and Orville farmed most of their lives in rural Colby, with Clara working several places, retiring from Land O' Lakes in Spencer. After retiring to Florida for 15 years, they moved back to Spencer.
She enjoyed reading, playing cards and doing latch hook. Clara was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Unity.
Clara is survived by four sons, Eldon (Kay), Phillips, Larry (Carol), Milton, Randy (Dana), Green Bay, and Rick (Myra), Unity; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Emma, her husband, Orville, two sisters, Luella Krauter and Lila Anderson, and a brother, Edward Ladwig.

Edwin E. Woodman
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Friday, 30 Aug. 1912; transcribed by FoFG mz
SHELL LAKE, Wis., Aug. 29. – Edwin E. Woodman, for many years secretary of the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha railway with headquarters in St. Paul, died at his summer home here late today. Mr. Woodman was 75 years old and in his earlier years was prominent in the educational and political affairs of Wisconsin. He was a veteran in the Civil war and was captain of a company in the Thirteenth Wisconsin volunteers. For a time he was editor of the Baraboo Republican, and for two terms represented Sauk and Juno counties in the state senate. He retired from the railway in 1907, after having served for 19 years.

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