Friday, June 27, 2008

Eleanor Rynn Kelly D: 1921

Died Within Less Than Six Months After Death of Husband.
The Maker has again seen fit to remove from our midst a highly respected and esteemed citizen when on Sunday Mrs Eleanor Kelly, widow of J. E. Kelly was called to her eternal reward. Deceased had been ailing for several years with a complication of diseases and it was last May when she and her husband consulted the Mayos at Rochester that Mr Kelly passed suddenly away while eating at a hotel.
But little hopes were entertained for her recovery after that visit and she returned to await the end. She was a constant sufferer but was able to be up at times until the Wednesday preceeding. Sunday evening about 5:30 she called each of the children to her side and being assured that everything was all right she patiently awaited the end which finally came at 10:30 that night to relieve her of her sufferings.
Eleanor Rynn was born at Brocklinn, Dane county WI on March1, 1860 and was 61 years of age at the time of death. On Nov 7, 1877 she was married to James E. Kelly at Mason City IA. They came to Dakota Territory in 1883 and settled on a farm in Dixon township the place they still own and moved to Vienna in 1907 and retired from farm life.
The surviving children are Mrs James Mulcrone, Cando NM; Mrs James Foy, James R. Kelly and Miss Tressa Kelly of Vienna. Mrs. Mulcrone arrived Monday to attend the funeral. One brother John Rynn of Dixon township also survives.
Funeral services were held at St. John's Catholic church Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock, the pastor Rev. Father Martyn officiating and the church was filled to capacity with friends to pay final respects to a departed friend. The remains were taken to Bryant and interment made in the cemetery in the family lot beside the remains of her husband.
Mrs Kelly led a quiet and Christian life and her mission in life has been fully accomplished. She had a wide and lasting acquaintance, every one a staunch friend and the entire community hereby extends to the sorrowing children and brother heartfelt sympathy.

Raymond Hanson abt 1921

The remains of Raymond Hanson, Vienna's hero of the World War, who made the supreme sacrifice, now lay in the final resting place, the family lot in New Hope cemetery 10 miles east of Vienna.
The body, accompanied by a guard arrived here Saturday evening and the local American Legion Post, named in honor of the deceased, acted as escort to the home. All business houses in the village were closed to pay tribute to the departed one.
Service in charge of the pastor, Rev. Thoresen were conducted at the home at 12:30 Sunday afternoon and were followed by very impressive ceremonies at the Community building. The American Legion Post had charge of the funeral and the boys turned out in large numbers, the Bryant post also being largely represented. Rev. Hall of Bryant gave a splendid address fitting for the occasion which added greatly to the impressiveness of the services.
Six of his former buddies acted as pall bearers, color bearer, a firing squad and several squads of uniformed ex-service men lined up in the procession and the largest crowd ever assembled for a funeral in this community gathered to pay their due respect to a true soldier who had sacrificed his all for his country. The procession was several miles long and the military
clipping cuts off here. Clark County SD newspaper, circa 1921.

Christina Larsen Thompson D; 1920

Great Shock to People of This Community.
55 Years of Age. Came Here in 1882.
"Mrs. Tena Thompson is dead." was the shocking news passed around Tuesday afternoon, Dec 7th and it was hard to believe for even those nearest and dearest were given but a few minutes notice that she was seriously ill. Mrs. Thompson met with a slight accident a short time ago at her brother's home and was brought to the home of her daughter, Mrs J.R. Knadle in this village. She seemed to be doing fine but was troubled with pluresy. The lady wrote a letter to a daughter, Mrs Moen on Saturday and was in her usual jovial spirit. Even as late as 11:30 Tuesday she conversed with her brother Tom Larson and others stating that she was feeling better. Calling her daughter at about one o'clock she complained of severe pains in the neck but was able to help herself somewhat and a half hour later she sank into endless sleep.
Christina Thomson was born at Decorah, IA on September 29, 1865 and came to Clark county in 1882 with her parents, Mr and Mrs Daniel Larson, being among the very first to settle in this locality. In 1883 she was united in marriage to Thos. Thompson and resided here ever since. Four children were born to them, Mrs C.E. Moller, Nortonville ND; Mrs H. B Moen, Oldham SD; Ed Thompson, Webster SD; and Mrs J. R Knadle, Vienna, SD. One brother Tom Larson of Vienna and a sister, Mrs J. C. Brown of Watertown also survive.
Burial was made in Mt. Pleasant cemetery north of the village.
Transcribed from clipping in old scrapbook. Clark County SD newspaper.

Gilbert Thompson circa 1920

Gilbert Thompson died rather suddenly Wednesday evening. He had been ailing only a few days, having stepped on a nail which caused blood poisoning and resulted in his death. Deceased was born in Norway in 1842, coming to this country after he had grown to manhood and in 1887 took up a homestead near Vienna where he resided until a year ago when he and his wife moved to town and bought a home to spend their remaining days at ease. Although partially paralyzed Mr Thompson was able to around most of the time and his sudden death came as a surprise to his friends. He leaves a widow and 10 children to mourn his departure. Funeral services were held at the house this forenoon, after which the remains will be taken to the cemetery west of town for burial.

Mrs. Hans Helgesen circa 1920

obit does not give her first name
Mrs. Hans Helgesen, who has been sick for the past 2 and one half years, passed away last Friday, July 2. Deceased was a daughter of Hans and Agnetta Larsen and one of eleven children. She was born in St. Olaf March 27, 1880 and was baptized and confirmed in the Norway Congregation.
October 13th she was married to Hans Helgesen, a son of Peder and Joran Helgesen and this union was blessed with once child, who preceded the mother in death.
Mr and Mrs Helgesen lived in St. Olaf for about 3 years after they were married and later moved on to the Helgesen farm about one mile west of St. Olaf, where they have lived ever since.
Everything that medical skill and human kindness could do for Mrs Helgesen was done, but to no avail. Home physicians treated her, she received most tender care, especially from her mother-in-law Mrs Peder Helgesen. She was treated at Thomas hospital at two different times, only to answer the final summons on Friday, July 2.
Deceased was a devoted member of the Norway church and a true believer in God. Shortly before her death she received the Lord's Supper in which she found strength and the assurance that her sins were forgiven and that she was cleansed in the blood of Jesus.
The funeral was held last Monday afternoon with services at the home and Norway church with Rev. A. Arvesen officiating.
Mrs Helgesen's untimely death is mourned by a devoted husband, and adopted daughter, an old father, one sister, five brothers and a dear mother-in-law, who has done so much for the one that has left, besides many other relatives and friends.

Viola Bernice Olina Hanson circa 1921

Little Viola Bernice Olina Hanson, daughter of Mr and Mrs Peter Hanson of this village, brief mention of whose death was made in last weeks Register, passed away at a hospital in Watertown last Thursday morning at the age of 4 years. The little one was given every care and attention bu the Maker seen fit to claim her. The funeral was held Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock from the home and later at the Lutheran church, Rev. Arneson the pastor officiating at the last sad rites. Four little girls acted as pall bearers. Grace Johnson of Huron, Luella Foley, Velva Froke and Mildred Munson of Vienna. The remains were laid to rest in Pleasant Hill Cemetery west of town. The little girl was a bright and cheerful little Miss and will be greatly missed by her loving parents, brothers, sisters and little playmates and the sorrowing ones have the sympathy of all in their bereavement.

Mary Bruha Knadle d: 1921

Mother of Twelve Children Called to Eternal Reward
Mrs. John M. Knadle, brief mention of whose death was made in last weeks Register, passed away at the Knadle home in Mission, TX on Tuesday morning, March 22nd between the hours of 12 and 4, from heart trouble. Death was very sudden for the lady in company with her husband and son, Albert, had lunch at midnight. She was then in the best of spirits and as usual, jolly. She had been taking medicine for about 2 weeks but was never confined to her bed and it was when Mr. Knadle went to her room about 4 o'clock to give her medicine that he was shocked to find her cold in death. That she passed peacefully away was evident from the position in which she lay, for she was covered to the hips and with her hands folded over her breasts seemed in natural sleep, but she had passed on.
Owing to the great distance between Mission and Vienna the body was hurridly prepared for shipment and they left that afternoon at 1:35, accompanied by Mr. Knadle and daughter, Miss Mable, hoping to reach here Friday evening. However, on account of wrong routing by the agent, they missed connections at Sioux City and were forced to go by way of Huron arriving in Vienna Saturday morning.
Mary Bruha was born in Bohemia, Sept 23, 1860 and died at Mission on March 22, 1921, being 60 years, 6 months and 29 days of age at time of death. When but a girl of 12 years she came to America with her parents and resided at Tuba, WI. On Jan 18, 1881 she was united in marriage to John M. Knadle at Hillsboro WI and in 1886 came to South Dakota, settling on a homestead east of this village, the farm now occupied by a son, Fred. In 1902 they moved to Vienna and engaged in the general merchandise business until 1917 when they sold out to John E. Low and in October of that year moved to Mission where they have made their home, prospered and were happy until death removed the mother.
Besides the loving husband she leaves 12 children, 2 brothers, a sister, many near relatives and a friend in everyone who knew her, to mourn her loss. The children are: Charles of Huron SD; Edward D., Lucca, N.D.; Adolph, Waubay SD; George, Watertown; Fred, Theodore, John R., Mrs. K.E. Seim and Mrs. George Cluts of Vienna; Albert, Earnest and Mable, Mission. The brothers are Jake Bruha of this village and Joe Bruha at Wonewoc WI, the sister Mrs John Jafek at Glencoe OK. The latter two were unable to be present at the funeral on account of sickness in the family. All the children except Albert and Earnest of Mission were in attendance.
The funeral was to be held Sunday afternoon but owing to the severe snow storm Saturday night it was postponed until Monday afternoon. Services were held at the John R. Knadle home after which the body was taken to the Congregational Church, Rev. Juell of Aberdeen conducting the last rites. The church was packed and many were forced to remain outside. The floral offerings were many and beautiful and Rev. Juell preached a splendid and consoling sermon. The remains were taken to the Dixon cemetery and interred in the family lot.
Mrs. John M. Knadle loved by every man, woman and child, who had the pleasure of knowing her, was a lady of the highest type. She with her husband were among the sturdy pioneers who went through the hardships of the earlier days, but who never lost hope and they were well repaid in prosperity and the staunch friendship of all the people for miles around.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Lyle Breyfogle; shot to death

Young Man Shot at Vienna, Defending Name Girlfriend
Condition said to be serious at hospital here---Assailant is Held at Clark
Lyle Breyfogle, a returned soldier was shot by Fred Portwood and dangerously wounded on the streets of Vienna last night. Rushed to the Luther hospital in Watertown and operation has been performed in an effort to save his life, but attending physicians stated the wound is one that may prove fatal. the bullet from a .32 calibre revolver entered just below his heart, tore a large hole in his stomach and lodged there, surgeons said.
Portwood, caught in the hotel at Vienna a few minutes after the shooting, is being held in the county jail at Clark while States Attorney Logan Berry of Clark county, awaits developments in Breyfogle's condition before preferring charges.
Victim of Shooting at Vienna Dies in Hospital in Watertown
Fred Portwood, the young man arrested in Vienna Friday night following the shooting of Lyle Breyfogle in a street argument, will be charged with murder in the first degree. Breyfogle, who was rushed to the Luther Hospital in Watertown for an operation in an effort to save his life, died of theound early Sunday morning.
States Attn Logan Berry stated this morning that he would bring the charge of murder against Portwood today. Over the long distance telephone this afternoon, however, he stated that he intended to go to Vienna to secure further information before starting proceedings. He said he would drive to Vienna this afternoon and intended to file the murder charge tomorrow.
States Attny Berry said there have been no new developments in the case since the death of Breyfogle yesterday, upon whose recovery or death hinged the action the prosecution intended to take. He said it still appears that the shooting was the result of Breyfogle's threat to attack Portwood on account of remarks the latter made about a girl. The states attorney said Breyfogle and the girl, Miss Mary Flemming, a daughter of one of the prominent and most respected families of Vienna, were engaged to be married.
It is understood that Portwood intends to fight the charge of murder. Although he readily admitted the shooting following his arrest at Vienna, he will claim that he was forced to do in in self defense in his attempt to free himself of conviction of murder.
Breyfogle, who is a returned solider, lost strength rapidly following the operation, which failed to remove the .32 calibre bullet which had wounded him. Entering just below his heart, the bullet tore a large wound in his stomach.
His brother, M. C. Breyfogle, was with him until death. He had no statement to make, however, saying that he knew nothing about the shooting as he was not near the scene when it occurred.
The body of Mr. Breyfogle will be shipped on the Minneapolis and St. Louise eastbound passenger to the boy's home in Manchester IA this evening. It will be accompanied by the brother and Mrs. Minnie Whitman of this city, an aunt. He leaves a cousin, Mrs. Harry Hoff in this city, and is survived by his parents and a sister at Manchester. An uncle, William Ball, resides at Bryant.
Mrs. Whitman said he has been working in the harvest fields near Vienna following his discharge from the service and states that he was engaged to marry the girl, Miss Mary Flemming, whose name he was attempting to defend when he was shot.
No dates available on this clipping, found in old scrapbook...Clark County SD newspaper

Mrs. Charles Anderson

Note: this lady's first name is never used....
Seldom is a community as a whole so thoroughly and greviously shocked as was the case here last Saturday when the _____ forth of the death of Mrs. Charles Anderson. So many of her friends did not know that she was ill and those who visited her sickbed daily did not realize that she was seriously sick. On the 20th of March she was seemingly in her usual health and was performing many acts of loving kindness and helpfulness for those she loved as was her want. She was taken sick that evening with what seemed to be a slight cold, but which quickly developed into pneumonia and on Friday night complications set in and she passed away Saturday eve., March 25gh. Mrs. Anderson was born in Chicago IL Aug 3, 1876 and lived there until 9 years old when she moved with her parents to Clark county and resided on a farm near Vienna until the time of her marriage to the late Charles Anderson, a prominent business man of this place. Mr. Anderson preceded his wife in death a little less than 3 years. He died in a sanitarium whither he had gone, accompanied by his wife, for treatment. July 29, 1908 Mrs. Anderson was a prominent member of teh Royal Neighbor Lodge and when there was a camp here she held the office of oracle some time. Since the Vienna camp became delinquent she has been identified with the camp at Willow Lakes, and conspicuous among the many floral offerings was a magnificient wreath from this camp. In fact a more beautiful floral tribute than was sent in by the sorrowing freinds of Mrs. Anderson has never been seen here, and the telegrams of condolence sent to the bereaved family were many and full of thoughtful words of sympathy and sorrow. Mrs. Anderson leaves to mourn her loss her bereaved father, Philip Mittan, mother Anna Mittan, brother John Mittan of Spokane WA, and sister Mrs. Belle Mittan Johnson. Funeral services were held in St. Mary's Catholic church at Bryant on Tuesday and interment made in the Catholic cemetery there.
Transcribed from clipping in old scrapbook. Clark County SD newspaper circa 1919.

Anna Framstad D; 1919

On Sunday June 10th, occurred the death of Mrs. Anna Framstad at the home of her son, Amund Lunde. Mrs. Framstad was born March 18, 1828 in Gran Paris, Hudeland, Norway. She was married there in 1858 to Paul Framstad. With her husband and son Nels, she emigrated to this country in 1882. On arriving here they made their home with their son Amund in Moody county. A year later the family moved to this township and homesteaded four miles west of Vienna. They remained on this farm for over 30 years and in 1913 came to Vienna and made their home with their son, Amund. At the time of her death she was 91 years old. Mrs. Framstad was among the first pioneers of this locality and bravely endured the trials and hardships incident to the settlement of a new country. Funeral services were held at the A. P. Lunde home on Thursday, conducted by Rev. L. Thoresen.
Transcribed from clippings in old scrapbook. Clark County SD newspaper.

Lars Thompson

Lars Thompson died last Saturday at the home of Tom Johnson. He came to town a few days before so it would be handier for him to take medical treatment. He had been ailing most of the winter, although it was not generally known and his death came as a shock to his many friends. Deceased was a little over 47 years of age and was one of the early pioneers here, having moved to Clark COunty in 1883. Three years later he was united in marriage to Miss Christine Rasmussen, who is left to mourn his loss, also a mother, 3 sisters and one brother. He was a member of the ___U. W. lodge and carried a $_,000 life insurance policy. Funeral services were held at the Lutheran church in town Tuesday forenoon, which were attended by a large number of his old friends and neighbors and his remains laid to rest at the cemetery at the west Lutheran church.
Transcribed from clipping in old scrapbook. There were missing pieces, signified by the blanks. No date on this, but articles surrounding it in the scrapbook are circa 1914-19. Clark County SD newspaper.

Joseph Heber d circa 1919

Joseph Heber of Vienna committed suicide by shooting himself last Tuesday eveing. He had been about town all day and seemd to be in the best of spirits. A little before 6 o'clock he telephoned to his wife and asked if there was anything she wanted him to bring home when came to supper. She gave him a list of a few small articles, which he got and took home with him. When he got home he asked if supper was ready, and being told that it was went to the wash stand and started to wash. He seemed to lose his mind at this time, and threw the wash dish across the room and exclaimed "I have got three of them here now, and when the other comes I will get him." This frightened Mrs. Heber, and with the 2 children that were at home, ran out of the house and gave the alarm. As soon as help arrived they entered the house and found him lying in the bedroom with 6 bullet holes through his body within a radius of 5 inches, the last shot passing through the heart. It is thought that financial troubles was the cause of his rash act. Mr. Heber came to Vienna in 1893 and started a hardware store, which he conducted until about a year ago, when he sold out to Riter and Gillis. He was of a very happy, cheerful temperment and was the last person one would expect to commit such an act.
Transcribed from clipping in old scrapbook. Clark COunty, SD newspaper, circa 1919

Charles E. Tollefson circa 1907

One of the sad events that we are called upon to chronicle this week is the death of Charles E. Tollefson, son of Mr and Mrs E. B. Tollefson of Collins township. He worked all day Thursday and on Friday he came to Willow Lakes to attend services at the Lutheran church, and while in town said that he did not feel just right. He was taken worse some time during the night, but did not make any complaint, so his folks did not know it until Staurday morning. A Bryant doctor was immediately summoned who pronounced the case appendicitis and advised immediate removal to the nearest hospital. He was taken to Aberdeen, where an operation was performed Sunday noon, but so rapidly had the disease developed, it was impossible to save his life. He died Monday morning about 8 o'clock on the day he was 13 years old. Funeral services were conducted from the Lutheran church in this city Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Thoresen officiating, and the remains laid to rest in the silent city beside two younger brothers.
Transcribed from clipping in old scrapbook. Clark County SD newspaper. Clippings surrounding this date 1907.

Lewis Jorgenson D: 1907

The funeral of Lewis Jorgenson was held Monday. Services were held at the house. Rev. Torsey preaching a short sermon, after which the funeral procession went to the Lutheran church west of town, where Rev. Thoresen conducted services and the remains were laid to rest at the grave yard near the church. Lauritz Anthonius Jorgenson was born near Vienna March 31, 1891 and died December 5, 1907 aged 16 years and 8 months. He was sick 6 days from pneumonia, and sudden taking away is a great sorrow to his relatives and friends. His father was telegraphed at New York City, but for some reason the message did not reach him, and he now is on his way to Denmark.
Transcribed from clipping in old scrapbook. Clark County SD newspaper. The article lists the name as both "Lewis" and "Lauritz" Jorgenson

Gunder Amundsen Hval D; 1905

Gunder Amundsen Hval, aged 68 years, died at his home west of town on Monday, October 16th. The deceased was born January 6, 1837 in Hadeland, Norway. He emigrated from Norway and came to America in the year 1869 and settled in Winnesheik Co., IA, where he was married to Marget Rue in 1888. In the year of 1899 he moved to Clark county, where he resided until his death. Funeral services were held at the Lutheran church west of Vienna, Oct 19th Rev. Lauritz Thoresen officiating. He leaves a widow and one brother who resides here to mourn his death, besides several sisters.
Transcribed from clipping in old scrapbook. Clark County SD newspaper.

Dottie Leoline LaVanway D: 1904

Dottie Leoline LaVanway born in Flandreau SD Jan 22, 1887 and died March 25, 1904 aged 17 years. Her illness extended for over several months and often with great pain, but during it all she bore it with great fortitude and ptience. A short service was held at the residence after which the remains were taken to the M.E. church, which was beautifully decorated with floral emblems of loving hearts and hands of her many friends. The funeral was the largest ever held in Vienna and a large number were unable to get into the church to witness the ceremonies. The funeral sermon was preached by the pastor, Rev. J. T. Allen, when the remains were folloed to the cemetery by her loving friends, where they were laid away to await the Resurrection morn. Father, mother, and two sisters of the deceased are left to mourn her pass.
Card of thanks:
To the many kind friends who so generously assisted us during the sickness and death of our daughter Dottie, and also for the beautiful flowers received, we desire to express to our kind neighbors and friends our most heartfelt thanks. H.F. LaVanway and family.
transcribed from clipping in old scrapbook. Clark County SD newspaper. No names given for parents, other than initials H. F.

Arthur Stanford Brakke d; 1904

A Sad Accident
Died, at the home of his parents, Mr and Mrs Julius Brakke of Pleasant township, Arthur Stanford Brekke (sic) aged 7 years 6 months and 1 day.
On Monday last, during the absence of his father, the boy went to the stable and lead one of the horses out to the watering trough, and in taking the animal back into the barn another horse standing near the door kicked, striking the boy in the stomach. The boy walked to the house and told his mother that he got kicked, and was immediately taken violently ill. Medical aid was summoned and everything possible done for the sufferer, but he had recived internal injuries from which he died Tuesday morning. Funeral services were conducted from the Lutheran church in Pleasant township. Loving hands tenderly laid the little form to rest, the somber sky and rustle of the falling leaves being in true accord with the solemn scene. To the broken hearted father and mother who sit in sorrow where his footsteps will never again find echo, are extended sympathies and regret.
Transcribed from clipping in old scrapbook...Clark County SD newspaper. Nearby clippings dated 1904. The article spells the last name 2 different ways; Brekke and Brakke.

Elma Owen Larsen d 1922

Young Mother Twenty-Nine Years Of Age Died Of Hemorrhages. Child Born Dead About Four Hours Before Mother Passed Away. Leaves Husband And 3 Year Old Daughter, Other Relatives and Large Number of Friends. Remains Brought to Vienna Saturday, Funeral Services and Interment Monday.
"Can it be possible!" That was the exclamation rather than a question, spoken by everyone hereabouts Friday morning when the sad intelligence was received that Mrs I. M. Larsen had passed away that morning at Pierre. It was a severe shock for but few knew that the lady was seriously ill and even the near relatives were unaware of the seriousness of her illness. She entered the other world at 8:45 a.m. about four hours after the birth of a child, born dead. Hemorrhages from which she suffered for some time, was the direct cause of death.
Mrs. Larsen had suffered a great deal during an illness the past summer but seemed to be rapidly gaining until a short time ago when she was taken to St. Mary's hospital at Pierre where she passed away as stated above.
Elma Owen was born at Erwin SD June 14, 1893 and came to Vienna about 20 years ago. Her mother died about 25 years ago. She made her home with the L. B. McVenes family here and the G. G. Ostroot family while they resided at Bryant and in both homes received the same splendid care and attention as their own children received.
On June 16, 1915 she was united in marriage to L. M. Larsen in Vienna and resided here until Jan 29., 1917, when they moved to Clark, Mr. Larsen being elected county auditor. After a 4 year residence in that city they returned to Vienna and remained here about 6 months. Mr. Larsen was employed by the banking department of the state and they made their home at Garretson for 8 months after which they were stationed at Garden City for 3 months. The first part of Sept 1922 they moved to Pierre where the gentleman has a permanent position in the banking department at the state capitol.
Besides her loving husband she leaves a daughter Corrine, 3 years old, father and stepmother Mr and Mrs. G.C. Owen of Vienna, 2 brothers John of Sask, Can and Earl of Milbank, one half-brother Gary Owen Jr, 2 half-sisters Norma and Edith Owen, step-brother Seward Owen of Brookings, a step-sister Mrs. Geo. Maltby Sioux Falls, other relatives and a large circle of staunch and true friends. Those of the immediate family preceding her in death were her mother, 2 sisters Mrs. Leslie Ackley who died about 9 years ago and Mrs. G. G. Ostroot who passed away about 5 years ago, all buried at Erwin.
The remains arrived in Vienna Saturday evening accompanied by the husband and daughter and Mr and Mrs McKinley Bondoey of Clark who had been at the Larsen home several weeks, and were taken to the G. G. Ostroot home and on Monday to the Christ Larsen home where short services were held. Funeral services were held at the Lutheran church with Rev. Arneson the pastor officiating using as his text Ps 90:12. The large edifice was packed to overflowing with relatives and many friends who had gathered in spite of a threatening blizzard to pay final tribute to a departed loved one. The mother with the babe at her side in the same casket, were interred in their final resting place in the family lot in Pleasant Hill cemetery.
Mrs. Larsen was a woman of the best type who made lasting friends in large numbers where ever she resided. She was a member of the local Eastern Star Lodge, The American Legion Auxiliary, Precilla Club of Vienna and Q.O.T. Club, Clark.
Transcribed from clipping in old scrapbook, part of the obit cannot be read due to tears in paper. Clark County SD newspaper.

Mrs. John D. Hayes d circa 1924.

Funeral Services will be at the St. John's Catholic Church Vienna Saturday Morning at 9 O'clock
Mrs. John D. Hayes, one of our venerable old ladies passed away at her home in Vienna yesterday morning, November 4 at 8:30. She died without a struggle becoming gradually weaker during the past 2 weeks and her end was expected momentarily.
The lady was past 84 years of age, and came to America when 17 years of age and to South Dakota about the year of 1882 and to Vienna about 25 years ago. Her husband preceeded her to the grave in September 1923.
Owing to some of the relatives being unable to arrive earlier the funeral services will be held Saturday morning at the local Catholic church. The pastor, Rev. Edw. M. J. Kehoe being absent today we are unable to give the exact hour for holding the funeral but presume it will be 9 o'clock and the remains taken to Bryant for interment.
Next week we will give the complete obituary. We join with the many friends of the mourners in extending sincere sympathy to them in their bereavement.

Phil Mittan

Was Prominent and Active Resident of Foxton and Vienna Many Years But Lately Lived at Madison.
Funeral Took Place in That City Satuday Morning. Leaves One Daughter and One Son to Mourn.
Phil Mittan a pioneer resident of Foxton and Vienna, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Geo. Johnson at Madison last Thursday morning at the age of 86 years.
The Mittan family came to this part of the country in 1882 and settled on a homestead in Foxton township. About 25 years ago they moved to Vienna and the gentleman became one of our foremost citizens. For some time he was engineer at the local mill in which he was also financially interested. He also took an active interest in the affairs of the town and was mayor for a number of years. We understand that to him in no small degree is given the credit for our graveled main street and other improvements.
Mr. Mittan bought poultry here until about 5 years ago when he sold the business to L.H. Forde and his residence to Ole Thompson going to Madison to make his home with his daughter, Mrs. Geo. Johnson.
Phil Mittan was well and favorably known throughout this part of the country and was a leader in every good movement. His early life we understand, would make interesting history but we are unable to give our readers the facts.
The funeral was held at Madison on Saturday morning at 9 o'clock and those from here in attendance were Mr and Mrs J. J. McBride and Mrs G.C. Own and son Gary. One son, John T. of Oakland CA and one daughter Mrs. Geo Johnson of Madison survive him and to them we extend heartfelt sympathy.
Transcribed from clipping in old scrapbook. Clark County SD newspaper, circa 1923

Genevive Foy d; 1922

Second Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Foy Seven Years Old Taken With Sudden Attack of Appendicitis and Operated Upon at Watertown Friday. Remains Laid To Rest In Cemetery at Bryant Tuesday.
The sincere sympathy of the entire community is extended to Mr and Mrs James M. Foy and their two little daughters in the loss of Genevive their 7 year old daughter and sister whose death occurred at Watertown Friday evening, November 17, 1922 at 8:15 o'clock.
Little Genevive first complained of a stomach ache Wednesday morning but after breakfast stated that she was all right and went to school. She did not complain again until after school when she visited her aunt Miss Tressa Kelly. Her condition caused no great alarm and Mr Foy was absent the following day on a business trip to Watertown returning the same evening. The little sufferer gradually grew worse and on Friday morning was taken to a hospital at Watertown and operated upon at once for appendicitis. She rallied for a time but towards evening gradually grew weaker and her spotless soul left the body to return to its Maker in her heavenly home. The sorrowing and loving parent and her aunt Tressa Kelly were at the bedside when the end came. The remains were brought home Saturday evening.
The little girl came to bring sunshine and happiness into the Foy home on Oct 3, 1915, and was truly a joy and to have her so suddenly removed makes the sorrow almost unbearable. She had many little playmates who will also sadly miss her.
Owing to the inability of Grandpa Jas. H. Foy of Fond du Lac, WI to arrive until Monday night, the body was held until Tuesday morning when it was shipped to Bryant where services were held in the Catholic church at 9 o'clock and interment made in St. Mary's cemetery.
Many from here attended the funeral at Bryant also a number from Estelline and Garden City to console and sympathize with the bereaved parents.

Stanley Ordell Midge d. 1922

Remained on Earth Only Seventeen Months, Twenty Days
The little son and only child of Mr and Mrs Andrew Midge of Watertown passed away in that city Feb1 at 1:30 a.m. after an illness of 5 weeks. The little one was born Aug 11, 1921 and was therefore 17 months and 20 days of age.
Besdies the grief stricken parents he leaves one gradfather and 5 uncles in America and one grandmother, one aunt and 5 uncles in Norway besides many other relatives.
Little Stanley Ordell was the joy of the Midge home and his taking away has caused great sorrow to the loving parents and other relatives, who have the heartfelt sympathy in their bereavement.
The remains were brought to Vienna Saturday and services conducted by Rev. Thoresen at the West church and interment made in the cemetery near the church.
Transcribed from clipping in old scrapbook, Clark County SD newspaper, 1922.

Inga Haugerud Kirkeby d. 1923

Mrs. Olaus Kirkeby Ill Only Short Time
Funeral Tomorrow at 11 O'Clock Interment in West Cemetery
The many friends of Mrs. Olaus Kirkeby were grieved deeply on learning of her death on Saturday evening. But few people realized ther seriousness of her illness and the report of her demise came as a shock to the community. Although ailing for some time it was not until the last two weeks of her earthly career that she was confined to her bd and although given the best care and medical attention she passed away at 4"30 p.m. Saturday January 13, 1923.
Inga Haugerud was born in East Ager, Norway March 27, 1859 being 63 years, 9 months and 16 dasy of age at death. She came to America in 1881 and was united in marriage to Olaus Kirkeby in Freeborn county MN on Feb 21, 1882. In April of the same year they came to Clark County and filed on a homestead in Merton township, moved to Vienna and retired in 1909. She was the mother of 4 children, 3 of whom are still living, who with the loving husband are the immediate family left to mourn. The children are: Mrs W.H. Nye Jamestown ND, Mrs W. L. Hiemstra Mosinee WI, and Jas. C. Kirkeby now at home. Mrs Nye had been with her mother since she first became seriously ill and remained at her bedside until the end came. Mrs. Hiemstra was unable to come owing to illness in the family, but the son arrived from Sa Diego, CA about a half hour after his mother had passed away.
The funeral will take place tomorrow, Friday, at 11 o'clock from the home and services will be conducted at the West Lutheran church, of which deceased was a faithful member, at noon, Rev. Thoresen officiating and interment will be made in the cemetery near the church. The funeral was postoned from last Tuesday to allow a sister, Mrs. J. J. O'Brien of Brooklyn NY to attend and she arrived in Vienna last evening. Mrs. W. Moran of Huron, an old-time friend of the deceased is also here to attend the funeral.

Mrs. Dave Gunderson

Mrs Dave Gunderson aged 74 years suffered a stroke of paralysis Sunday at her home in Bryant and passed away the following day. She had been a resident of this section of the state many years. Deceased was the mother of a large family one son and son-in-law being well known here and Gunderson and Sivland in the hardward busness purchased from Rider and Gillis. The funeral was held today at Bryant.
Transcribed from clipping in old scrapbook. Bryant, SD...Clark County SD newspaper, circa 1920.

Michael Agustive Cunningham

Mr. Michael Agustive Cunningham passed away very suddenly Monday night at 12 o'clock. He had not been feeling very well but had been up and around at work as usual. He had gone to bed at 11 o'clock that evening but got up in a few minutes saying he felt as if he was smothering. He went into the kichen and sat down on a chair where he fainted. Mrs. Cunningham was with him and laid him down. When he came out of the faint he said a few words to her and passed away before any of the rest of the family could get there. Death was due to heart disease.
Mr. Cunningham was born in Dane county, WI from where he went to Northwood IA where he married Anna Fleming in the year of 1880. He came to South Dakota in 1882 where he had resided until his death.
Mr. Cunningham was 54 years, 4 months and 10 days old. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, eight children, one brother and 4 sisters, of which all were here except his daughter Mrs. Chas. Timmons of Albee SD and his sister Mrs. E. Hiatt of eru IA. Funeral services were held in the Catholic church in Bryant SD Thursday forenoon and the remains interred in St. Mary's cemetery at that place.
Card of Thanks
We sieh to most heartily thank the kind friends and neighbors who assisted us during the death of a dear husband and loving father. Mrs. Cunningham and family.
Transcribed from clipping in old scrapbook. Clark County SD newspaper, circa 1920?

Mrs Phil Mittan (maiden name: Gillen)

Mrs Phil Mittan was born in Providence RI July 4, 1860. When 8 years of age she moved with her parents to Portage WI where she spent her childhood days. At the age of 18 she went to Chicago to visit and older brother and while there met Mr. Mittan and on Feb 18, 1872 was united in marriage to Phil Mittan. To this union 3 children were born, two girls and one boy; two are left to mourn besides the husband, the son John who lives in California was unable to attend the funeral, the daughter, Mrs. George Johnson, residing at Madison where Mrs. Mittan passed away Wednesday morning, Geb 16 at 8 a.m. A daughter Mrs. Abbei Anderson preceded her in death about 10 years ago.
The Mittans were among the early pioneers in Dakota. In the year of 1884, Mr Mittan left the city of Chicago for the west shere he located on a claim and built a home for his wife and children on the prairie, where Dakota blizzards and prairie fires had often swept across their path. They lived on the farm until the year of 1900, when they moved to the town of Vienna where they built a comfortable home and lived there for 20 years. Last October, on account of the aged lady's health, they sold out their property here and moved to Madison where they could be with their loved ones. Her health was much improved for a time after they moved to the home of her daughter, but due to old age and intense suffering for a number of year, she gradulally lost strength and finally passed away.
Besides the loving husband and son, daughter and three grandchildren, she leaves to mourn three brothers, Geo Gillen of Minneapolis, John and William Gillen of Portage WI.
Mrs. Mittan was a loving wife and mother and a most devoted grandmother.
Funeral services were held at the Catholic church at Madison, Saturday morning at 10 o'clock, Father Flinn officiating, and the remains laid to rest in St. Mary's cemetery.
transcribed from clipping in old scrapbook. Vienna, SD newspaper, circa 1920-1921. No first name is given for the deceased.

Mrs. H. C. McNelly

The sad news was received in this city on Wednesday last that Mrs H. C. McNelly was dead. She had been in very poor health for several months and about two weeks ago went to the hospital at Minneapolis and underwent an operation for appendicitis, the effects from which she never recovered. Deceased was well known to many of the readers of this paper, having resided in this vicinity most of the time since 1882, when they removed from Avoca, WI and took up government land in Pleasant township. About a year and half ago theymoved to Grey Eagle, MN where Mr. McNelly is engaged in the general merchandise business. Besides a sorrowing husband two daughters, Mrs Carl Johnson of Badger, SD and Miss Addie McNelly of Grey Eagle MN and one son Clair are left to mourn her departure.
Transcribed from clipping in old scrapbook. Labeled "Willow Lakes News" Willow Lakes, SD. No dates available, although nearby clippings are circa 1914.

Gus Miller

Injured in an Accident at Willow Lakes.
Brother of Mrs. Nels Troad of Vienna, Funeral Tuesday.
An accident occurred at Willow Lakes last Wednesday which caused injuries to Gust Miller of that town from which he died Thursday evening at 6 o'clock in a hospital at Watertown.
According to reports he was driving a team when an automobile hit the back end of his rig which threw him to the ground, breaking several ribs, fracturing his left shoulder and causing internal injuries. He was taken to Wwatertown but owing to his advanced age he was unale to overcome the injuries.
Gus. Miller was 77 years of age last July and came to America in 1881. After residing in Illinois 2 years he came to South Dakota with his family and settled on a piece of land near Willow Lakes where he resided until recently when he retired. His wife passed away many years ago.
The children surviving him are Nels P. of Melham, Mrs John Peterson of Clark, George of Tracey and Mrs J. Richardson of Denver CO. One brother M.J. of Willow Lakes and two sisters Mrs. Nels Troad of Vienna and another in Sweden survive.
The funeral took place at Willow Lakes Thursday, the Nels Troad family from here attending.
Transcribed from clipping in old scrapbook. Clark County SD newspaper, circa 1914. Article lists this person as both "GUS" and "GUST"

Viola Hanson

Viola, the little four year old daughter of Mr and Mrs Peter Hanson of this place was taken sick last week with acute osteomyelitis, an infection of the bones of the leg. Dr. Staley was called Sunday, and in consultation with Dr. Bartron of Watertown it was decided Tuesday to remove the little sufferer to the hospital for operation which was performed Wednesday, but the disease had progressed to the point where she failed to rally and death resulted a few hours after the operation.
Transcription of clipping in old scrapbook. Clark County SD newspaper, no date available. Other clippings nearby were circa 1914. No month or day given.

Jennie Keyes Matson

Mrs. A. P. Matson Passed Away at 8:30 Yesterday
Suffered from Cancer for Some Time.
Funeral Services Friday, Oct 14th at Free Methodist Church.
Death claimed another of our highly respected residents when on Wednesday morning, Oct 12 at 8:30 Mrs. A. P. Matson passed to her eternal reward with her Maker.
Jennie Keyes was born at Jessep, IA on Jan 19, 1875 and was united in marriage to Anton P. Matson June 6, 1907 at St. Paul MN. They resided at Midland SD three years and one year in Nebraska, residing in this village the past 9 years.
The lady had been ailing for some time and last March she was taken to Rochester, returning to Vienna Sept 1st to await the end and relief from that dreaded disease, cancer.
Besides the loving husband she leaves 2 children, Melvin 11 years old and Louise 7. Also two sisters, Miss Anna Keyes of Chicago and Miss Annias Keyes of Minneapolis and two brothers Marion of Spade, NE and William of Gordon NE are left to mourn her departure.
The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon, Friday, at 2 o'clock from the home in the Dr. Hendriksen building, followed by services at the Free Methodist church Rev. Donoghue officiating. Interment will be made in the Dixon cemetery.
The deceased lady was a Christian woman of the highest type and practiced the faith daily and the bereaved relatives have that consolation that her earthly troubles are over and that she is now reaping the benefits of having lived a good life. The sympathy of the community is extended to the family.
transcribed from clipping in old scrapbook. Clark County SD newspaper, circa 1914

John E. Davidson

Prominent Man Passed Away at 10:35 Saturday Night, March 12
Was Ill only about Twenty-four hours.
Funeral this Afternoon Largely Attended, Interment in Pleasant Hill.
It was hard to believe when the sad news was spread Saturday night and Sunday morning that our prominent townsman, John E. Davidson had died at his home Saturday evening March 12 at about 10:35. No one, even his wife, knew of the seriousness of his illness and he passed away without a struggle.
Mr. Davidson attended to his regular duties at the Farmers Elevator all day Friday, starting for home about 5:30 in the evening. He intended to change clothes and attend the Ladies Aid supper at the home of Mrs. Marie Brekke, but upon reaching home became so weak that he was forced to go to bed. His wife, who had been expecting him at the Brekke home, returned and found him very ill. She at once called Dr. Schwendener of Bryant who arrived about midnight and pronounced it bronchial pneumonia. The doctor made another call the following morning, but a few hours later Mr. Davidson passed peacefully away without showing the slighest signs of suffering.
Deceased was born in Dane County, WI on Oct 16, 1853 and moved with his parents when still a boy to Highlandville, IA where they settled on a farm. On Sept 6, 1877 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Bentley and remained on his fathers farm after the latter's death for about 15 years. They came to Vienna in 1892 and in company with his brother-in-law L. H. Forde erected the building now occupied by Nels L. Brakke and conducted a general store for about 4 years. In 1896 he moved to Bryant where he was employed as grain buyer for the W. W. Cargill Elevator Co. In 1905 Mr. Davidson was elected Register of Deeds of Hamlin county and served in that capacity for 4 years. After retiring from that office he returned to Vienna and accepted the position as manager of the Farmers Elevator Co., where he remained until his death or about 12 years.
Besides his loving wife he leaves one sister of the immediate family to mourn his death. His parents, one brother and 4 sisters preceeded him to the grave. The funeral was held this Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock from the home and at 1:30 at the Lutheran church, Rev. Arneson officiating at the last and rites. The pall bearers were old time friends of the deceased, S.E. Seim, Martin Eggen, P.B. Engen, Julius Brakke, N.N. Brekke and George Jensen. Interment was made in the Pleasant Hill cemetery west of town. Mrs. Johnson of Sioux Falls the sister, arrived last evening for the funeral.
Mr. Davidson was a true type of Christian gentlemann who, by his honesty and cheerfullness had won the esteem and friendship of everyone with whom he came in contact. Being a well read man he took a keen interest in everything pertaining to the welfare of his fellowman and was considered one of our most able and respected citizens. He served as chairman of the local school board for nearly 9 years and held that office at the time of his death. The school children and teachers attended the funeral in a body and the flag hung at half mast.
The church of which Mr. Davidson was a faithful member was crowded to overfllowing by his many friends to pay their last respects and the many floral offerings together with the fact that all business was suspended in the village during the services, show the high esteem in which this spendid man was held. His wife, who is the sole suvivor, they having no children, will miss him greatly and the deepest sympathy is extended to her in this sad bereavement. Mr. Davidsons place will be hard to fill in the community and he will be long remembered.
Transcribed from clipping in old scrapbook. Clark County SD newspaper, 1914

Ole Torkildson

Ole Torkildson was born near Christiana, Norway Sept 17, 1853 and died at his home in Vienna April 23, 1914, aged 60 years, 7 months and 6 days. He was married to Ellen Kristine Romo June 7, 1864. This marriage was blessed by eleven children, seven of whom survive him.
In 1880 he, with his family, left their home near Trondgjem, Norway and emigrated to America, locating in Minnesota where they stayed three years before moving to South Dakota and taking up a claim west of town, where they resided until last fall when they moved to town, after having lived on the same place for thirty years. The funeral services were held Sunday morning at 10 o'clock from the Lutheran church in Vienna, conducted by Rev. Rachie and the remains were laid to rest in the new cemetery west of town.
He is survived by his wife and the following children: Martin Torkildson of North Portal, Can; Thoralf and Gustave Torkildson and Mrs. T. H. Ewing of Luffman, SD, Oscar of Mankato, MN, Mrs. Nels Rosendahl and Elvira of Vienna.
Transcribed from clipping in old scrapbook. Clark County SD newspaper, 1914.

Raymond H. Hanson

The honors at the grave were carried out to the letter by the local Legion boys. Raymond H. Hanson was born Jan 28 1898 near Hayti and came to VIenna with his parents, Mr and mrs Christ Hanson, over 12 years ago. He enlisted April 24 1917 at Watertown with the 1st South Dakota Cavalry Band being only 19 years of age. Raymond was anxious to serve his country and went to Watertown July 15 1917 and entered the federal service. On Aug 20 he was transferred to Headquarters Troop as orderly.

He left Watertown Sept 15 to Camp Cody, NM and was transferred to the 136th Minnesota Infantry. He remained with this company as orderly for Major Chaplin Cleman and was sent to Camp Merrit, NJ. There he was put in the replacement draft and upon his arrival in France July 15th was tranferred to Co. D., 307th Infantry 77th division.

He was wounded in action Sept 6, 1918 and died the following day. The first information received by his mother that he had been wounded was on Oct 20 and it was not until Jan 6, 1919 that a telegram was received stating that he had died. The remains lay at rest in grave No 5, Cemetery No 872, American Battle Area, Cemetery Coincy Aisne. The body was shipped back at the request of his mother and arrived in New York several weeks ago.

Raymond Hanson is survived by his mother, Mrs Bertha Hanson, one brother, Lawrence and three sisters Mae, Alner and Nellie. They have the sympathy of the entire community and his glant deeds will go down in history with that of the other heroes who lost their lives for us long to be remembered and praised.
Clipping from scrapbook, first line(s) appear to be missing. Clark County, SD newspaper, 1919.

Ralph E. Miles, murdered

Jas. H. Foy returned this morning from Ft. Pierre, bringing with him the body of R. E. Miles who was murdered in his claim shanty near there last Sunday evening. A post examination held the following day showed that four shots from a 44 calibre revolver had entered his body, two entering his breast and passing out through the shoulders, one passing through the right arm and the fourth bullet, evidently fired after he had fallen to the floor, entered under the left shoulder blade and went through to his mouth, but it could not be located. A neighbor by the name of Hintz was arrested for the crime and is at present in jail at Ft. Pierre awaiting trial. The evidence is only circumstantial, he having been heard to make threats upon the life of Mr. Miles only a few days before. The news of Ralph's death was received here with sorrow by his old friends and neighbors where he formerly lived. He was an inoffensive man and always attended strictly to his own business and was the last person earth one would expect to have trouble of any kind. Standard has not been able to learn when the funeral will be held. His sister is expected to arrive from California tomorrow to take charge of the remains. It is expected that the body will be laid to rest by the side of his mother who is buried in the Dixon cemetery.
Transcribed from clipping in scrapbook. Clark County SD newspaper, circa 1914-19.
The funeral of Ralph Miles who was murdered in his shanty near Ft. Pierre on Sunday night of last week, was held at the Methodist church Tuesday afternoon and the services were conducted by Rev. Spicer, pastor of the Free Methodist church. The church was crowded by friends and neighbors of the deceased, who were there to pay their last respects to the departed. Mr. Miles was well thought of here where he lived for a number of years. He was of a rather quiet disposition, and always considerate for the welfare of those around him. A letter from the minister at Ft. Pierre was read at the funeral showing that he held the friendships of all the settlers out there in the neighborhood where he was located, while the man who is supposed to have caused his death was of a very quarrelsome disposition and had been in trouble with his neighbors on former occasions. The deceased was born in Potsdam, NY May 18, 1858, going fromthere in 1879 to Iowa and moving to South Dakota about 10 years ago. He leaves a father and 2 sisters to mourn his loss. His brother-in-law, Mr. Reed, was present at the funeral and took charge of the remains, which were buried by the side of his mother in the Dixon cemetery.

Cornelius Hayes

On March 11th the angel of death called one of its children home. This time it was Cornelius Hayes, who was killed in a wreck at Quilmore, 15 miles from Omaha, through a mistake of the station agent, who threw the switch on the double track in the face of the passenger. Con was instantly killed. The funeral took place last Sunday from the Catholic church at Bryant. The remains being brought there Saturday evening. Con Hayes was of a mild disposition and numbered his freiends by his acquaintances. At the time of his death he was 25 years and 2 days old.
To mourn the loss of a loving brother and son he leaves his mother and father, of Vienna, Mrs H. S. Turner of Lincoln, NE, Mrs J. J. McBride of Vienna, Mrs M. McNulty of Bryant, Mrs J. H. Johnston of Faribault MN, Miss Barbara Hayes of Vienna, W. H. Hayes of Mason City IA, Jas Hayes of St. Paul, MN, Tom Hayes of Texarkana TX, Geo Hayes of Estherville IA and Richard Hayes.
Transcribed from clipping in scrapbook. Clark County SD newspaper, circa 1911.

Mat Elwood

A fire which started in the Nicolett Hotel at Willow Lakes early last Friday morning resulted in the death of M. Elwood, who was stopping at the hotel and the serious injury of L. Miller, a traveling man who jumped from a window in his night clothes and escaped after being badly burned.
The blaze soon spread to the general store owned by Joseph Floor and destroyed most of the stock. An empty building adjoining it was also burned down.
Willow Lakes has no fire protection, but a bucket brigade was soon in action and by heroic action the citizens succeeded in saving the real estate office only a few feet away, and thus saved the other business houses in the block.
A telephone message was received in Vienna about 4 o'clock in the morning asking for help to fight the fire and 18 men from town went over in autos to render assistance, but by the time they arrived the fire was under control.
The property loss is estimated at about $20,000. The hotel building was in a dilapidated condition and would not have been a great loss had it not been for the loss of life. Mat Elwood, the man who lost his life, was a laboring who had been working around Willow Lakes since harvest.

Captain William N. Berry

Captain William N. Berry, the oldest settler in Lake township, Clark County, SD, was born November3, 1840 in Cumberland County, IL, and died at his home in Lake township Nov. 8, 1909, aged 69 years 5 days. He together with Capt. S. O. Cromack made the first homestead filings in Lake township on the 12th day of September 1881, on which he continued to reside until the date of his death.
His life has been an eventful one, and his records as an old soldier is interesting as well as indicative of his loyalty of heart and soul. The family of Berry's date back to colonial times. In 1774 John Berry is recorded as having removed to Maryland from Virginia. He was a native of Ireland and served in the Revolutionary War. His son also, John, settled in Carolina and his son Joseph who served in the war of 1812 was the father of John L. Berry who was born in Tennessee the father of Captain William N. Berry.
Capt. Berry was the second of a family of six children and the eldest of those who grew to maturity. At the age of 18 he entered the Illinois college at Jacksonville with the ambition to graduate in the law course, but during the second year of his schooling the president on April 1st 1861 called for 75 thousand volunteers and he enlisted as a private in Company B 21st Illinoise volunteers the regiment of which General Grant was appointed Colonel, and served in this regiment until June 1861. After the battle of Frederictown when he was promoted fromt he ranks to Second Lt for conduct on the battlefield and transferred to Comapny L 5th Illinois cavalry, and was soon afterward promoted to First Lt. The seige of Vicksburg was the next general engagement that he was in and during the siege he was detailed by then General Grant to take forty picked men from his army corps and proceed into the heart of the enemy's country to destroy the railroad bridges over which were carried supplies from the base to the confederate army in which undertaking they were only partially successful being captured after riding 400 miles in 4 days. He was then started for Libby prison but made his escape and after only four days of liberty was recaptured and landed in the prison at Richmond the capital of the southern confederacy where he was kept a prisoner of war nearly a year but again escaped and after innumerable adventures and terrible hardships gained the union lines once more was given 30 days furlough, after which he rejoined his regiment was detailed, chief of scouts on General Shaubs staff, served on General Shaubs staff as adjustant general and on General Custer's staff as inspector general, and was then promoted to the rank of captain. he was in 43 engagements besides the siege of Vicksburg. He was mustered out of the service on Oct. 1, 1865 after continuous service of 4 years and 6 months; all of shich, except for the year spent in prison, was at the front where they were making history. He never applied for a pension until he was totally incapacitated for manual labor, and in February 1908 congress passed a special act granting him 30 dollars a month during the balance of his life in recognition of his service to his country. After the war on Dec 3 1865 he married Margaret Diehl and to them were born five children, Logan, John, George and Linnie who were born in Cumberland county Il, and Lessie the youngest was born on the homestead on the banks of Willow Lakes, all of whom have grown to man and womanhood in this neighborhood. John and George still residing here, Logan residing in Perkins county and Linnie and Lessie residing in Meade county this state.
Deceased served in the Territorial legislature in 1887 and was a member of the board of county commissioners of Clark county for a number of years. He has left the record of a life well spent, as we have often heard him say that the height of his ambition was to see his children grow to useful men and womanhood and to leave to them and their mother an untarnished name. The crowning glory of his life is an amition realized.
Transciribed from clipping in scrapbook. Clark County SD newspaper. 1909.

Bessie Mabel Arneson Holt

On Wednesday morning the community was startled by the sad intelligence of the death of Mrs. Theodore Holt who died Tuesday evening, February 18th about 7 o'clock at the age of 19 years, 10 months and 14 days.
Bessie Mabel Holt, daughter of Mr. and mrs. A. O. Arneson, was born in Opdahl township on March 24, 1888, she was baptized in May the same year and was confirmed on October 18th 1903.
After completing the 8th grade, she attended the Bryant high school one year and also the Madison normal school one year. She taught school one year in this township.
She was married on Nov 8, 1906 to Theodore Holt. Husband, parents, three sisters, four brothers, many relatives and a host of friends mourn the loss of a devoted wife, a dutiful daughter, and affectionate sister and a truly self-sacrificing mother to the now motherless babe placed as a last gift into the arms of a loving husband and father.
The funeral occurred on Saturday Feb. 22. A short service was held at the home, the body was then taken to the Lutheran Church where a large crowd had already assembled. Rev. L. Thoresen officiating. The largest crowd that ever assembled in this community to honor the dead was present at the funeral, which attests to the high regard in which she was held. There were people here from many miles around. After the services at the church the remains were borne to the cemetery where the body was laid to rest in the cold earth, but her name will be cherished long by those who were intimate with her.
Besides the relatives in the immediate vicinity who attended the funeral were the following: Mr. and Mrs. McLaughlin, Mr and Mrs Facet of Watertown, Mr and Mrs Christ Hanson, Mr Walby and daughter of Vienna, Mr and Mrs K. K. Holt and family of Castlewood and mr and Mrs Will March and family of Bryant.
Transcribed from clipping in Grandmother's scrapbook. Clark County SD newspaper, handwritten date of 1908 on article.

Martha Wall

Mrs. Martha Wall, wife of Peter Wall, died Wednesday January 30th of cancer, at her home near the Lutheran church, west of town, after a llingering illness. Mrs. Wall was nearly 63 years of age. She was born in Gran Parish, Hadeland, Norway, coming to the United States in 1869 and first settling in Iowa. She was united in marriage to Peter Wall on January 26th 1892, moving to South Dakota shortly after, where they have since resided. Arrangements have been made to hold the funeral tomorrow, Feb 2nd at the house at 11 o'clock in the forenoon.
transcribed from Grandmother's scrapbook. Clark County SD newspaper, circa 1911.

Herman Spilde

Herman Spilde, the five year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Hans L. Spilde of this city, died at the home of his parents Wednesday evening at about 7 o'clock, from complications growing out of the grip. Funeral services will be conducted from the house at 11 o'clock today and itnerment made in the Lutheran cemetery in Pleasant township. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the entire community in their great loss.
Transcribed from clipping in Grandmother's scrapbook. Clark County SD newspaper. Circa 1911.

Ella Eggen

Ella Eggen Dies in Minneapolis (dated June 9, 1913)

A telegram reached here Monday containing the sad news of the death of Miss Ella Eggen who passed away at the Swedish hospital in Minneapolis early that morning, following an operation which it was hoped would restore her to health, but in her weakened condition she never fully recovered from it. She had been a sufferer from tuberculosis for a number of years, but up til a short time ago she kept at her work athe county seat where she was employed in a store, and later in the county treasurer's office.

The remains arrived from Minneapolis Tuesday evening and were met at the Great Northern depot by a large crowd of freiends. On account of her brother, Gus, from Canada, not being able to reach here the funeral was postponed until today and will be held this afternnoon at one o'clock at the Lutheran church.

Miss Eggen was the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Eggen and was 23 years of age. Her death although not coming entirely unexpected came as a shock to her many friends who held her in high esteem. The sympathy of the Vienna people is extended tot he bereaved family in their time of sorrow.

From Clark County SD newspaper clipping in Grandmother's scrapbook. 1913.

Gertrude Rasmussen

Gertrude, the three week old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Rasmussen, died this morning.
Clark County, SD newspaper, circa 1909.

Carl Oldberg

Carl Oldberg, who has worked for Andrew Christopherson the past year, met with an accident last Saturday morning which resulted in his death. He was leading a cold out to pasture and had the rope fastened around his hand in such a way that he was unable to run with him and he was dragged about thirty rods. When foudn the rope was still wound around his hand, his forehead was smashed in, his arm dislocated and his condition showed that he must have been kicked by the animal. He only lived about ten minutes after the accident happened. His only relative in this country, his brother, was working over in teh valley at the time, and an auto was sent for him but of course was unable to reach here in time to see him alive. The young man was 21 years of age and came to this country only about a year ago, and had worked for Mr. Christopherson most of the time since. He was a steady worker and well liked by those who knew him. He leaves a father and several brothers and sisters in Norway. Funeral services were held at the west church Sunday, conducted by Rev. Lauritz Thoresen.
Transcribed from Grandmother's scrapbook. Clark county newspaper clipping, other clipping on same page dated 1911.

Arthur Mortinson

Word was received here Tuesday of the death of Arthur Mortinson at his home at Toronto the day before. Arthur was taken sick a short time after leaving Vienna and during the past year had been treated by the best physicians in the country who were unable to benefit him. A short time ago he had his leg taken off in a Chicago hospital in the hopes of saving his life, but the disease from which he suffered had too firm a hold on him and death came as a welcome release in his case.

Transcribed from Grandmother's scrapbook. Other entries on this page dated 1911. No newspaper name available but may have been Clark County newspaper.

John Jacob Keller

John Jacob Keller, one of the first settlers in western Hamlin county, passed away at his home on sunday, September 10, 1911 at 5 o'clock p.m. at the age of 56 years, 4 months and 25 days. Mr. Keller was born April 18, 1855 at Helenville, Jefferson county, Wis. His parents not being among the wealthy in the land, John was obliged to share in hard work to make a living for the rest of the family. In 1884 he was married to his now sorrowing widow, whose maiden name was Miss Margaret Wolf. This union was blessed with two sons and one daughter, Charles, Irvin and Ina, all of whom survive the family and are at home. In the spring of 1884 mr. Keller with his wife came to Dakota, settling on a homestead in Hamlin county, which remained his home until death relieved him of his painful suffering.
Mr. Keller was always a hard working man and very saving, which speaks for the well kept farm and comfortable home he leaves his family. In his quiet and unassuming way he always gave family and home duties first attention and thus also won high esteem and admiration from his large circle of acquaintance who regarded him as friend. At an early period in life Mr. Keller consecrated his life to God and united with the Evangelical association, being always a faithful member and a zealous worker in the church, serving as superintendent, class leader, exhorter, trustee and as steward.
By special request of the deceased the funeral services were conducted by Rev. Chas W. Zech of Watertown and Rev. F. H. Brockmueller of Milbank, former pastor of the charge. Services were conducted at the home and in the church in both the German and English language, the former speaking in English from Rev. 14:13. The choir from the chuch of Hazel furnishing the music, rendering most appropriate selections. The decorations and floral offerings were appropriate and profuse. The remains were laid to rest in the Zion cemetery, while a large concourse of friends stood by with bowed heads, paying their last rights to one whom they loved. Over sixty teams were in attendance from the vicinity and some coming from Clear Lake and Watertown. Those from a distance were Miss Mary Wolf and Mrs. John Hahn, both from Wisonsin, sisters of Mrs. Keller.
During his prolonged and very papinful suffering, which was due to cancer of the stomach, Mr. Keller was very patient, never murmuring, only toward the end he expressed as desire to be relieved and permitted to rest. His wish is now granted. Besdies the immediate family he leaves two brothers, C. W. Keller residing in Hazel, and Rev. George Keller in Naperville, Ill, and a large circle of friends.

Card of thanks:
We wish to express our sincere thanks to the many friends and neighbors for their sympathy and kindness to us during the illness and death of our husband and father. Mrs. John Keller, Charles Keller, Ina Keller, Irvin Keller.

Transcribed from Clark County newspaper, 1911. From my Grandmother's scrapbook

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Mrs Peter Syverson

Mrs. Syverson, mother of Mrs. Harry Marshall and E. A. Syverson, died Wednesday at the home of her daughter at Watertown. She was over 80 years of age and was among the early pioneers of Hamlin county. The funeral is being held at Bryant today. Mrs. Syverson was born in Norway and there married Peter Syverson. A few years after their marriage they came to the United States and located at Lansing, Iowa moving to Crawford county shortly afterwards. In 1887 the family moved to a farm near DeSmet SD where they lived a number of years before moving to Bryant, where E. A. Syverson entered the banking business. About three years ago Mrs. Syverson moved to Watertown with her sone, E. A. Syverson, and lived with him until last fall, shen she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. H. P. Hanson, with whom she resided up to the time of her death.
Transcribed from Grandmother's scrapbook. Newspaper is not identified although appears to be Clark Pilot Review? No dates on this page, nearby pages circa 1914.

Mike Cunningham

The people in town were greatly shocked Wednesday morning to learn of the death of Mike Cunningham who died very suddenly the night before at twelve o'clock. He had not been feeling very well for a few days, but had been up and around at work as usual. After going to bed he got up a short time afterwards saying that he felt as if he was smothering and passed away in but a few minutes. Death was due to heart disease. He was 51 years old and had been a residen of Vienna ever since the town started, being engaged in business here in the early day. He leaves a widow and eight children to mourn his loss. Funeral services were held int he Catholic church yesterday forenoon and remains interred in the cemetery there.

Caton Hoblit; a faked obituary

Caton Hoblit Dead in Texas
Caton Hoblit, for many years a citizen of Fordham townships and well known throughtout this county, died at his home at Christoval, Texas and was buried Friday August 8. The san Angelo Standard not only contained an obituary notice but in addition published what the papers term as the funeral oration of Mr. Hoblit, read as he had written the words. The Standard says:

With no ministers present and without the singing of church hymns, Caton Hoblit, who has resided for the past four years at Christoval, was buried there Friday afternoon, the funeral oration being read just as he had penned the words and requested that it should be.

Mr. Hoblit was a believer in free thought, and while the oration is not entirely original with him, he having selected several quotations from Ingersoll and other free thinking notables, it was prepared by his pen and read just as he prepared it.

It is not an uncommon thing for some people to purchase their own coffins but it is seldom that a man prepares the oration he wishes read above his grave.

Caton Hoblit, son of John E. and Rachel Larson Hoblit was born December 2, 1850 on a farm near Atlanta, Ill., where he was reared to manhood. At the age of 19 he began serving in public capacity, constable, deputy sheriff and city marshall, consecutively for twelve years. In 1871 he was united in marriage to Miss Ellen Price of Atlanta, who lived but three short years, leaving a son who died in infancy.

Mr. Hoblit was again married in 1877 to Miss Alwilda Albaught of LaHarpe, Ill, with whom he moved to Dakota Territory in 1882, taking a homestead.

In 1889 he was admitted to the bar, but was loathe to leave the farm to live a sedentary life, as he was at that time burdened with excessive flesh, weighing over 300 pounds. For the past fifteen years he has been a great sufferer from kidney disease, which had gradually wrecked his nervous system and destroyed his strong consistution.

During this time he had several severe operations.

In 1909, renting his large and well improved farm in South Dakota, he moved to Texas, where, together with his son-in-law, he engaged in ranching, he and Mrs. Hoblit living in Christoval, where he owns a commodious home. One year ago he was sticken with paralysis, which has gradually crept upon him.

During his many years of affliction he maintained a cheerful front, loved to joke and never was sensible to the remarks or puns of others regarding his extraordinary size or weight. He leaves to mourn his loss a wife and one daughter, and five grandchildren. Also a sister, Mrs. K. H. Gregg, living at Blunt, SD and one brother in Tuttle, Oklahoma.

About two years ago Mr. Hoblit purchased the R. J. Flowers ranch near Christoval. he was well known in all the Christoval community as well as in San Angelo, having come to this city frequently to do his trading.

Transcribed from Grandmother's scrapbook. Newspaper not identified; may have been the Clark Pilot Review? Circa 1914
A few pages later, this notice.....
"Caton Hoblit, a former Clark county resident was shot and killed by a Mexican in western Texas last Friday. he was, when here the champion large man of the state, weighing 512 pounds. he came to this country from Atlanta, Ill in 1882 and filed on land in Fordham township, and afterwards increased his posessions to 1100 acres, which he owned at the time of his death. About two years ago he bought a half interest in a large stock ranch in Texas and has since then resided in the south. He was so heavy that he has been unable to walk for the past 10 years and has traveled about the country in a covered wagon fitted up for his special use. His father was alos a very large man but he has two brothers and one sister who are below the medium size. His sister, Mrs. Gregg of Blunt, weighs less than 100 pounds."
Finally, another little clipping:
"The report of the death of Caton Hoblit a couple weeks ago, which appeared in the county papers, proved to be a fake. Mr. Hoblit has written to the Clark papers that he is very much alive, and advises the people of Clark county to wait until they see it in his own handwriting before they believe such a rumor again."

Mrs. Axel Torper

The people of this community were shocked on Sunday last to hear of the death of Mrs. Axel Torper of Lake township. Just a day or two before her death she was in Willow Lakes shopping, semmingly in good health. A few days before she caught a severe cold which developed into a dropsical condition of the windpipe and larynx making respiration difficult, and Sunday morning she was taken violently worse and physicians were summonded, who found that a trachytomy operation must be performed. She was placed under the influence of anesthetic but life was too near extinct, and she never awoke.
Olea Anderson was born in Norway in 1886 and came to America with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Johannes Anderson, when about one year old and resided with her parents in Merton township until 1904 when she was united in marriage to Axel Torper.
Funeral services will be conducted from thehome this afternoon and the remains laid to rest in Lutheran church cemetery in Merton township.

Transcribed from clipping in Grandmother's scrapbook. No newspaper name is available; appears to be from Lake Preston SD area. Nearest dated item is 1913.

Mrs. Chris Jorgenson

Chris Larson and J. P. Hanson returned Tuesday from Grand Rapids, MN where they were called by the illness of Mrs. Chris Jorgenson. They did not arrive there in time to see her alive, as she died soon after the elegram reached here. Mrs. Jorgenson has a large number of relatives in this vicinity and was well known among the pioneers having come to Clark county in 1892 and continued to live here until about a year and half ago when she and her husband went to Grand Rapids, Minn., to live, having purchased a farm near theri children. She was born in Sondenbro, Langeland, Denmark, and was nearly 81 years of age. She leaves four children, Chris Larson and Mrs. H. L. Rasmussen of Vienna, and Mrs. Carl Rasmussen and Mrs. Rasmus Rasmussen of Grand Rapid, besides numberous grandchildren who mourn her loss. She was buried at Grand Rapid Minn on January 20th.

From my Grandmother's scrapbook. Other entries on this page dated 1914. This was probably the Lake Preston newspaper, though not certain of that.

Esther Haugen

Esther Haugen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Erik Hanger, who reside in Bryant, died on Friday last. The Hanger family were residents of Vienna a few years ago, Erik having the job as agent for the Ostroot Elevator Co.

Notice transcribed from my Grandmother's scrapbook. Circa 1904. No newspaper name available. Bryant and Vienna are in eastern SD.

James Pettit

The oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. James Pettit, in Pleasant township, died Thrusday morning from congestion of the lungs, after an illness of only a few hours' duration. The boy had a sore throat, but no one realized that he was in a dangerous condition. He was eleven years of age. Funeral services are to be held this afternoon from the Methodist church, Rev. E. M. Isaac officiating.

From my Grandmother's scrapbook. No newspaper name or date available. Other nearby dated entries are for 1904. Lake Preston, SD area.