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Grant County (Wisconsin) Herald, September 7, 1876 (?)

A Sad Fatality

We are called upon to write a painful record. The loss of a relative or friend is always painful to those the departed leaves behind. But when death comes entirely unexpected and takes from life a youth who till the moment he is called is in the bloom of health, � the pride of a mother, of brothers and sisters and companions, the pain is intensified. On last Friday morning little Charles Frank Clise was in the enjoyment of health and cheer. With the permission of his mother he went four miles into the country, to Mr. Ed. Borah's to gather apples. This he did that day and remained there the following night. The next morning he took a shot-gun which stood in a bed room and went hunting. He killed a squirrel and took it to his grandmother at Mr. Pitt Cox's. Thence he went back to Mr. Borah's and was allowed to go to the barn to shoot tame pigeons. As he went out through the large farm gate the fatality occurred. � While holding the gun near the muzzle and the gate pin in one hand and attempting to move the heavy gate with the other, he knocked the gate against the hammer of the gun, causing its discharge. The shot entered the right side of his face under the outer corner of the eye and took a direction towards the top and back part of his head. It blew off a large piece of the skull and scattered a portion of his brains. He lived about an hour but recognized no one. This happened at about 11 o'clock on Saturday morning. The body was brought to his mother's where the funeral ceremonies were witnessed by a large assembly of friends of the family on Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Clise and family have the heartfelt sympathy of the whole community. Charley was a good boy and greatly loved. His loss�such a loss�is very hard for a loving mother to bear. He died at the age of 13 years and 10 months. He was brother-in-law of the editor of this paper.

Submitted by
Bill Horder
Notes: born: Nov. 3, 1862(?)
died: September 2, 1876, Lancaster, Grant, WI.
buried: September 3, 1876
father: Frank Clise (Samuel Francis Clise)
Note: The editor of the Grant County Herald was John C. Cover, husband of C. F. Clise's sister Ada.

Grant County (Wisconsin) Herald, February 18, 1868

Samuel F. Clise, Late Deceased.

Died, in Lancaster, February 16, Mr. Samuel F. Clise, aged nearly 44 years. The cause of his death was a bronchial disease of a couple years� standing.

Deceased was a native of Berkley [sic] county, Va., the family residing near Winchester. The family removed to Missouri about the year 1834; thence he came to Grant county, Wisconsin, in 1841, and has resided since successively at Whig Diggings, Fairplay, Apple River, Potosi, Ellenboro, California and Lancaster. Mr. Clise has been frequently honored with official positions, and at the time of his death was Clerk of the County Board of Supervisors, to which he was first elected in 1862, and re-elected in 1864 and 1866. In 1860 he was a member of the Wisconsin Legislature. No man in the county possessed more of the public confidence than Mr. Clise, and for business knowledge he had no superior. His death is therefore deplored by the public at large, and especially by those interested in the public business.

A large circle of relatives attended the funeral, with the citizens generally of village and country. The funeral was in charge of Rev. Mr. Eaton, assisted by Rev. Mr. Cook - Mr. Eaton preaching a sermon from the text, �The Lord giveth and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.�

The affectionate wife and children of deceased, thus bereaved of a faithful and fatherly head, are left to mourn the departure.

Submitted by
Bill Horder

Waukon Democrat, Waukon, Iowa, September 28, 1990

Funeral services for Maurice M. Small, age 76, of Bloomington, Wisconsin were held at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington with burial in the church cemetery. Metcalfe-Kuenster-Ganley Funeral Home in Bloomington was in charge of the arrangements.

Maurice M. Small, son of John and Elizabeth (Murphy) Small, was born March 10, 1914 in Bloomington, Wisconsin. On October 13, 1952 he and Rita Unterberger were married in Harpers Ferry, Iowa. He was a longtime Bloomington area farmer and a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus.

Maurice died Saturday, September 22, 1990 at the Memorial Hospital in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a son, Joe, who died February 16, 1976.

Maurice is survived by his wife, Rita; a daughter, Maureen Small of Lomita, California; a son John Small of Orange City; 3 grandchildren; and a sister, Elizabeth Small of Bloomington, Wisconsin.

Submitted by
Connie L. Ellis

Waukon Democrat, Waukon, Iowa, October 6, 1988

Marilyn (Moen) Fitzgerald of Platteville, Wisconsin died September 29, 1988 after a prolonged fight with cancer. She was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin*. She graduated from Holy Angels Academy High School and Marquette University, both in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was a former member of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, Grant County Board, Board of Directors of Marquette University Women, nonlawyer member of Board of Governors of Wisconsin Bar Association and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of PLatteville, Wisconsin.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Platteville, Saturday, October 8 at 11 a.m. There will be no visitation. The family will greet friends after the memorial at the church.**

Survivors include her father, Everett J. Moen of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin; her husband, Donald F. Fitzgerald of Platteville, Wisconsin; 4 daughters, Moira Eileen Fitzgerald of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, Molly Kathleen Fitzgerald of Galveston, Texas, Monica Clare Fitzgerald and Maureen Bridget Fitzgerald, of Platteville, Wisconsin; a sister, Jean Moen; her mother-in-law Mrs. Leo (Florence) Fitzgerald and a sister-in-law, Virginia (Fitzgerald) Schulte, both of Waukon, Iowa.

Submitted by Connie L. Ellis

NOTES: *Date was not given and names of parents were not given; **Burial place was not listed <editor's note: she may have been cremated>; Researchers for the Fitzgerald Family, including Donald F. Fitzgerald, can find more information on the IaGenWeb - Allamakee County, Iowa obituary section.

Dubuque Telegraph Herald, Dubuque, Iowa, March 4, 1970


Two elderly Dubuqueland residents were killed in fog-linked accidents yesterday. *March 3, 1970 * Dead are: Albert Hulbert, 74, of West Union, Iowa and Mrs. Blanche Ferris, 73, of Lancaster, Wisconsin.

One accident occurred at 1:30 p.m. on a county black top four miles east of West Union,Iowa when Hulbert pulled onto the fog-shrouded road from his farm driveway and into the path of a semi driven by Kenneth Quandt, 23, of Maynard, Iowa. The semi struck the left front of the car and pushed it down the highway for a short distance, the Iowa Highway Patrol said. It is the second fatality in Fayette County this year.

In the other accident, Mrs. Ferris was a passenger in the car driven by her husband, Orin, 73, returning from Fennimore,Wisconsin where Mrs. Ferris reportedly had an eye appointment. As the car approached the northern Lancaster city limits about 6:15 p.m. the south-bound vehicle went out of control and struck a concrete building. Visibility at the time of the accident was only 50 feet, according to Lancaster police. Ferris was taken to the Lancaster Memorial Hospital where his condition is listed as poor.

Mrs. Ferris is the first traffic fatality in Lancaster since May 1966 and the third in Grant County this year.

Services for Mrs. Ferris are pending at the O'Rourke Funeral Home in Lancaster. Surviving besides her husband are four daughters, Mrs. Harold Hill of Dodgeville, Wisconsin, Mrs. Arne Thorson of Fountain City, Wisconsin, Mrs. Leo Schneider of Potosi, Wisconsin, and Mrs. Stuart Gillilan of Lancaster, Wisconsin; Three sons, Donald of Monticello, Wisconsin, Arthur of Cornell, Wisconsin, and Dean of Lancaster, Wisconsin; 36 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Emmett Kauffman of Edgewood, Iowa, and Ray Kauffman of Strawberry Point, Iowa; five sisters, Mrs. LaVern Marshall of Glen Haven, Wisconsin, Mrs. Lloyd Harbaugh of Garnavillo, Iowa, Mrs. Bertha Phelps of Colesburg, Iowa, Mrs. Merle Bradley of Clinton, Iowa and Mrs. Cora Cree of Oelwein, Iowa.

Services were held on March 7, 1970 at the Christ Lutheran Church in Lancaster, Wisconsin and burial was in the Hillside Cemetery.

Submitted by
Connie L. Ellis

Grant County News, February 27, 1920 - Page 8, Column 4


Frannk Micka died suddenly while down town Tuesday afternoon.

Shortly after entering Ernest Berry's place he complained of feeling ill. A physician was called at once. Mr. Micka lived about ten minutes after his collapse.

He has been a sufferer from rheumatism for a number of years.

Mr. Micka served the city of Platteville for a number of years as Chief of Police, resigning his position several months ago.

He is survived by his wife, three daughters, Mrs. J. Nickson, Ruth and Dorothy and three sons, Louis, John and Albertus.

Funeral services were from the home, Thursday afternoon.

Submitted by
Eleanora L. Smith

Boscobel Dial, May 20, 1931 - Page 6 - Columns 4-5


William H. Ricks, son of Isaac and Jane Ricks was born in Allegheny county, New York, August 28th, 1849 and departed this life at his home in Watterstown, May 11, 1931, at the age of 82 years, 8 months and 18 days.

October 24th, in 1869, he was united in marriage to Louisa Edgecomb, and to this union 10 children were born, five of whom preceded him in death.

He leaves to mourn his loss his faithful wife and companion for many years, two sons, Fred Ricks, and James at home, three daughters, Mrs. Wm. Ostrander, Mrs. Allen Ostrandter of Boscobel and Mrs. James Pettit of Barnum; one brother, Joh Ricks and one sister, Mrs. Wm. Hammond, both of this city, 12 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren, with many more distant relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at the M.E. church Wednesday, May 13, at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. J.T. Agema. Burial in the Boscobel cemetery.

Card of Thanks

The family hereby wish to express their cordial thanks to neighbors and friends who assisted them during the illness and death of the husband and father.

Mrs. Wm. Ricks and Family

Note: Typed with spelling and grammar errors just as appeared in print.

Submitted by
Eleanora L. Smith

FENNIMORE TIMES January 1, 1901

W.F. Smith received the sad intelligence by wire yesterday that his father, C.D. Smith, had died that morning at Guthrie, Oklahoma. the remains will be brought to Fennimore, arriving here, Friday morning, and will be taken to the White Cemetary at ten o'clock of that day. Mr. Smith had been in very poor health for three months or more, being afflicted with nervous prostration, but suffered little pain. He was 76 years of age, and one of the best known pioneer citizens of Grant Co. Suitable obituary mention will be made next week.

Submitted by Dan Reese

Fennimore Times, March 6, 1918, Page 1, column 2

Mr. and Mrs. Arch Ricks are sorrowed and grief sticken. Their bright big baby boy, five months old, was taken from them by death on Thrusday evening. The little babe was taken sick in the morning and passed away in the city's eventide. Little Keith gave pleasure and gladened the parent's hearts for only a brief time. Funeral services were held Saturday. The sympathy of their many friends is prounced and sincere.

Submitted by Eleanora L. Smith

Grant County Democrat, February 16, 1912, page 1, column 5

Had Been Resident of Avoca and Muscoda Since Coming from Germany in 1868

Mrs. Doris Schumacher died Sunday morning shortly after midnight at her home in Muscoda at the age of 77 years. With her husband, Carl Schumacher, she had resided here since 1871. Pneumonia was the cause of death. For several months Mrs. Schumacher had been in good health until a week before her death.

The funeral was held Tuesday at 3 p.m., conducted by the Rev. A. J. Hood. Burial was in the village cemetery.

Mrs. Schumacher was born at Hanover, Germany, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Hevert and granddaughter of Baron von Lohmeyer, a prominent figure in Germany a century ago. She was married 44 years ago in her native country, then came at once to America, settling in Avoca. Three years later the family removed to Muscoda. From that time until five years ago Mr. Schumacher carried on business as a blacksmith.

Besides the husband, one daughter, Mrs. Johanna Radcliffe of Muscoda, survives. Four children died in infancy.

Many heirlooms were treasured by Mrs. Schumacher. Some of the treasures handed down by ancestors are more than 250 years old, among them choice pieces of linen and a gold chain and clasp with gem settings and engravings, a relic of the now fallen fortune of the wealthy Baron von Lohmeyer.

Mrs. Schumacher in recent years had lived a somewhat retired life but in her home and in the circle of her intimate friends she was held in deep affection and her loss is keenly felt.

Submitted by LA

Boscobel Dial-Enterprise, Thurs. Oct. 7, 1915, P. 4, Col. 2

Miss Phoebe Wheaton was born in Monroe county, Ohio, on March 12, 1842, and was married to Jerry Cox of the same county and state in 1860. They moved to Richland county, Wisconsin, Dec. 18, 1863, and resided in that county until Sept. 1, 1913, when they moved to Boscobel. She joined the United Brethren church when a young girl and had lived a consistent Christian life, and passed away Sept. 30, 1915, at 10 o'clock a.m., aged 73 years, 5 months and 18 days. She leaves a husband, two sisters, and a brother, Wm. Wheaton, of Edgely, N.D., Mrs. Wm. Elder of Soldiers Grove, Wis., and Mrs. Hines of Ohio. Six sisters and two brothers preceded her in death. Funeral services Saturday at Port Andrew, Rev. McCormick officiating. Burial in the Shores cemetery near by.

Submitted by LA

Boscobel Dial-Enterprise, Thursday, October 7, 1915, P. 4, Col. 2.

It becomes our sad duty to record the death of Miss Mary O'Connor of Milwaukee, which occurred Sept. 23, 1915. Although her death was not wholly unlooked for, yet it came as a surprise to her many friends and relatives. Deceased spent most of her life in the vicinity of Boscobel, with the exception of the last few years in Milwaukee. Hers was truly a beautiful life, her strong character and pleasing personality endeared her to all. The funeral services were held at the Gesu church and the remains were interred at Calvary.

Submitted by LA

Grant County Democrat, August 11,1916, Page 1, Columns 4 and 5.

Her Childhood Days Were Spent in this Vicinity.

Elizabeth Jane Armstrong was born in Muscoda, Wisconsin, April 1, 1832, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Geo. Bush, of Mason City, Iowa, July 28, 1916, at the age of 84 years, three months and 27 days.

Her childhood days were spent in the vicinity of her birthplace with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Armstrong, pioneers of southwestern Wisconsin.

At the age of 19, 1851 she was united in marriage to Alonzo Carson at Orion, Richland county, Wis. To this union seven children were born, five daughters and two sons, all of whom are living except a daughter, Margaret who died after reaching womanhood. The surviving children are Mrs. G. C. Mathews, Settle, Washington; Mrs. Geo. Bush, Mason City, Iowa; Geo. Carson, McCrory, Arkansas; Mrs. Rebecca Holcomb, Oconomoc, Wisconsin; Dr. A. A. Carson Minneapolis; and Mrs.G. A. Nichols of Estherville. An adopted son, John Huffy of Muscoda also survives.

About twenty-five years later she married a second time to Malcolm Tyler of Seville, Ohio. The last few years of her life has been spent with her children, although she had a home of her own near Chicago.

About three weeks ago after convalescing from a serious illness she was taken from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, where she had been with her daughter, Mrs. Holcomb, to Mason City to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bush, it being her desire that the change be made.

Near the close of a summer's day Friday evening, July 28, 1916, she sank into a peaceful sleep eternal, and the spirit left the frail body, shattered from a year's illness, and returned to the God who gave it. By her bedside were her son Dr. Carson, and daughters, Mrs. Geo. Bush and Mrs. G. A. Nichols, faithful attendants for weeks at the bedside of mother and three ofher grandchildren were with her at the last.

Sunday evening the body was taken to Blue River, Wisconsin, where the funeral services were held Monday and interment made on the north side of the Wisconsin river in the Combs cemetery by the side of her first husband, Alonzo Carson, daughter Margaret, her mother and other relatives. -- G.A. Nichols.

Submitted by LA

Newspaper unknown, perhaps Grant County News or Platteville Journal - April 17, 1947

Submitted by Jennifer Heer Norman

Review and Herald (7th Day Adventist publication) - March 17, 1879

Rebecca Hampton Wilson Droullard obituary

Submitted by James Loehrke

Wisconsin State Journal (December 10, 1930) - (Also found in Wisconsin Necrology, Volume 29, page 17)

John McLimans, Fennimore, Dies

FENNIMORE -- John McLimans, 71, died Sunday at his home here. He had been in failing health for some time and last Tuesday suffered a paralytic stroke. He was born on a farm south of Preston and resided in that vicinity for many years. He is survived by his wife; seven sons, Lesteer, Harry, Lavern, Donald and Arthur, Fennimore; Roy, Platteville, and Albert, Madison; three daughters, Mmes. Chrissie Bock and Frank Hupenbecker, Fennimore, and Mabel Beaver, Vanhook, N.D., and a sister, Mrs. Margaret Browning, Madison. Funeral services were held Tuesday and burial was in Prairie cemetery.

Submitted by Eleanora L. Smith

Fennimore Times - Fennimore, Wisconsin - Feb. 12, 1913 - Page 5 - Column 1


Another member of one of the sturdy pioneer families that settled in this vicinity nearly a decade before the rebellion, has gone to her eternal rest -- Mrs. Oliver A. Rice.

No hopes were entertained for her recovery and the children were all summoned to her bedside to bid a final farewell to that good mother and cheer the aged father, who has also been ill. The end came peacefully Saturday afternoon.

Diana Ricks was born in Alleghany county, N.Y., Feb. 26, 1845, and in 1852 came with her parents to Wisconsin, the family settling on Crooked creek, in what is now the town of Marion. June 18, 1861, she was united in marriage to Oliver A. Rice. During the same year of their nuptials the patriotic husband in response to the call for troops, enlisted, bid a tearful farewell to loved ones and departed for troublesome scenes. the bride bore bravely the trials and struggles of the three years he was absent, met hardships undaunted, patiently waiting, hoping for his return. That happy homecoming was never forgotten and they started life's work anew. A long period of patient toil together on the farm terminated in 1894, when Mr. and Mrs. Rice moved to the city to reside.

Seven children were born to them, five of whom survive--Mrs. Gertrude Cooper, Bay City, Mich.; Mrs. May Nelson, Rapid City, S.D.; Anson, Harlan and Herbert, all residing in Marion.

Deceased was a kind, loving wife, an affectionate, sacrificing mother, and an obliging friend and neighbor. None ever entered her home without a warm welcome, nor left without feeling the warmth of a genuine hospitality so characteristic of the people of her ancestry. Disease did not destroy the carm of an indulgent disposition, nor old age diminish the unselfish solicitude for her loved ones and friends.

In early life she united with the Baptist church in this city and adhered ot this faith fully. While her health in recent years was greatly impaired, she continued to enjoy the society of her relatives and friends, realizing, however, that her active life was over, and with resignation awaited the Divine call.

Rev. A.R. Rice, a nephew, Congretional divine at Waverly, Ia., officiated at the last sad rites. Brief services were held at the home and also at the Congregational church. Interment at the Boscobel cemetery.

Submitted by Eleanora L. Smith

Dubuque Times Herald, April 14, 1933

Clyde Birkett, 50, died at his home, 577 West Locust street, at 4 o'clock Friday morning. Funeral services will be held at the home Sunday afternoon at 2 o;clock and burial will be made in the Hazel Green, Grant Co., WIs., cemetery. Mr. Birkett was born at Hazel Green in May, 1882. He married Teresa Swift in 1907. She and two children, Jane and Donald survive. He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Ida Cook, Apple River, Ill., and Mrs. F. G. Pierce, Hazel Green, and one brother, Oscar Birkett, Hazel Green.

Benton Advocate, 4/21/1933

It is with regret that we record the passing of Clyde A. Birkett, of Dubuque. The end came very suddenly last Friday morning. Besides his wife who was Teresa Swift, of Benton, He leaves one daughter, Mrs. E. J. McNamara, one son, Donald, of Dubuque, two sisters, Mrs. Ida Cook, Apple River, Mrs. F. G. Pearce, Hazel Green, and one brother Oscar, of Hazel Green.

Funeral services were held at the family home 577 West Locust Street, Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the Right Rev. Monsignor J. J. Hanley officiating. The funeral cortege then went to Hazel Green, where among his old friends, burial services were conducted by the Rev. Keepin. The pallbearers were Mark R. Kane, Edward Graham, Charles Sullivan, James Downes, Janes Lonergan and J. F. Meloy.

The deceased passed his young manhood in Benton and his many friends here extend to the widow and children their sincere sympathy.

Dubuque Times Herald, 4/17/1933

The Right Rev. Monsignor J. J. Hanley officiated at the short but impressive funeral services held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family home, 577 West Locust street. The funeral cortege then went to Hazel Green, Grant Co., WIs., where burial services were conducted by the Rev. Keepin.

Pallbearers were Mayor Mark R. Kane, Edward Graham, Charles Sullivan, James Downes, James Lonergan and J. F. Meloy.

Mr. Birkett died Friday morning. Surviving hem besides his widow, Mrs. Teresa Swift Birkett, are one daughter, Mrs. E. J. (Jane) McNamara, one son, Donald, two sisters, Mrs. Ida Cook, Apple River, Ill., Mrs. F. G. Pearce, Hazel Green, Grant Co., WIs., and a brother Oscar Birkett, Hazel Green, Grant Co., WIs.

Mr. Birkett's funeral was largely attended.

Submitted by Mike Birkett

Grant County Democrat, February 20, 1914

Geo W. Rowley was born in the state of Illinois Feb 2, 1839, and was 75 years and 12 days old at the time of death, Saturday, Feb 14.

The deceased was united in marriage to Miss Lucy A. Waltharz, Feb 14, 1861, and enlisted as a soldier in the War of the Rebellion in 1862 serving three years in the Union ranks.

His consort had preceded him to the grave some years and he leaves to mourn his demise six children, four girls and two boys.

The funeral of this veteran of the Civil War was held in the Muscoda, M.E. Church, Rev G. W. Austin officiating and interment was in the Muscoda cemetery. The G.A.R. and W.E.C. paid their last respects to the departed at this service, the former organization having charge of the services.

Submitted by Eleanora L. Smith

Grant County Democrat, July 17, 1908

Miss Lucy A. Walthart was born February 2nd, 1846 in New York. The family came to Wisconsin about the year 1855. She was married to Mr. George W Rowley February 14, 1861 in Muscoda, Wis. To this union eleven children were born, four boys and seven girls, seven of the children and the father, beside fifteen grandchildren and one great grand-child, also a host of friends, remain to mourn the loss of one loved by all who knew her. The deceased lived a Christian life and was faithful unto death; she chose the text for her funeral sermon from the master of prophets, Isaiah 66:1. In January of this year Mrs. Rowley was taken sick with heart trouble and never recovered, gradually growing weaker until July 9th, at 12 M. When the summons came for her to depart from earthly scenes and friends and return to God. She was conscious to the end and passed over the portal of death in the triumph of faith. The funeral services were held in the Methodist church of Muscoda, Saturday noon July 11. V.R. Thompson preached the funeral sermon from the text selected by the deceased. The singing, flowers and service were a fitting tribute to one who trusted in God. After the service the remains were interred in the Muscoda Cemetery

Submitted by
Eleanora L. Smith

Boscobel Dial, May 30, 1879

A Father and Mother Eat a Hearty Dinner, are Taken Sick and Die Soon Thereafter

Last Thursday Mr. John Ricks invited his parents, Isaac and Jane Ricks, aged 91 and 65 years, to his home to partake dinner with his family. The father suggested that John buy a boiling piece of beef so that they could have soup. The meat was purchased and on arriving at the house the old gentleman Ricks said "Well I never expected to live to come here again." He said he was feeling in good spirits, was not tired, and even refused to lie down on the lounge. The dinner was prepared by Mrs. John Ricks and consisted of the beef boiled with potatoes and strips of dough put in to make dumplings--a favorite dish of the aged people. This, with bread and butter, pie-plant pie and tea constituted the meal. Soon after dinner the elder Mrs. Ricks complained of a severe pain in the region of the stomach and Isaac Ricks was, about the same time, taken with terrible cramping, accompanied with vomiting and purging.

John Ricks had gone up street where he was taken sick and asked Frank Kelley to water his horses, as he was not able to do so. He returned home, saw the condition of his father and mother, but was too sick to render them assistance. Dr. Armstrong was called and every effort made to relieve the sufferers, but without avail so far as the two elder Ricks� were concerned. They suffered greatly until death relieved them, Isaac Ricks dying during Thursday evening and his wife on Friday evening. Mrs. John Ricks was the next one to come down with the fatal illness that had attacked her husband�s parents. She was removed to the residence of her father, Mr. B. Fear, where she now is, although herself and husband are out of danger.

As a matter of course, all kinds of rumors spread far and fast. The knowing ones pronouncing it a clear case of poisoning, that either the meat or the tea used at the dinner was the cause. In all probability, it was both.

The old people had before them a favorite dish and eat heartily of the meat and dumplings,-a not over healthy dish for one of strong constitution, especially when taken immoderately. Competent cooks tell us that the dough, boiled or steamed, is very apt to have enclosed within the crust an amount of steam generated from the dough that is very unhealthy, and that unless the dough is frequently punctured while cooking, the gases thus arising remain in the mixture, and, often produce gastralgic pain in the stomach or abdomen. It is probable that this was the case with the dumplings at the Ricks family dinner table on Thursday last.

The elder persons ate largely of the meat and dumplings while the children of John Ricks who ate at the same table, confined themselves to the soup or broth. This latter fact would dispel all doubts about poisonous meat at the table, as it is well known that had the meat been poisonous that poison would have impregnated the broth, as the broth is known to contain all the strength of the meat. Then, too, the physician in attendance, pronounced the symptoms gastritis-or common American parlance, Cholera Morbus.

This explanation of the cause of death we give in order to quiet the gossiping tongues that have become so busy in the affair. Also, in justice to Mr. A.W. Robinson, from whom the meat was purchased, as there are many who endeavor to lay blame at his door.

The death of Mr. Isaac Ricks carries away, perhaps, the only surviving soldier who took part in the memorable Battle of Waterloo, under Wellington. He was 28 years of age at the time of the battle and his personal account of that great fight is yet fresh in the minds of many readers of the Dial. He was born in England in the year 1788 and emigrated to America in 1836. He settled in Boscobel in 1852 and has always been respected and honored and loved by all who knew him. He was the father of fourteen children, ten of whom survive his sad demise. Mrs. Jane Ricks was his second wife whom he married before leaving England.

Submitted by
Eleanora L. Smith

Fennimore Times, September 3, 1913

Front Page
Remains Brought from Iowa to Her Old Home.

Mt. Ida.--The funeral of Mrs. John Crouch.sister of Wm. E Gillespie, was held at the Baptist church Friday and largely attended, as she was formerly a Mt. Ida girl, well known and highly respected by all.

Mrs. John C. Crouch

Lena Viola Gillespie was born in Lancaster township Oct. 17, 1856 and was united in marriage to John C. Crouch Oct 15, 1871. To this union six children were born, two having preceded her to the great behond when in infancy.

She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, three sons, one daughter: Silas S. Crouch of Boscobel, Mrs. Lenice Daricksen of LeMars, Iowa, Perry of Goodland, Kas., John at home at Hinton, Iowa; a mother, Mrs. Mary I. Walker, of Mt. Ida, Wis., and two brohters, Wm. E. Gillespie of Mt. Ida and Ela W. Gillespie of Kevin, Montana.

Mrs. Crouch underwent an operation at Sioux City hopsital Aug. 22 from which she never fully recovered. She died Aug. 26, 1913, at the age of 56 years, 10 months and 9 days.

The remains were brought to Finnimore Friday accompanied by the relatives and taken to Mt. Ida for burial, interent being made in the Mt. Ida cemetery beside her children. Services were held in the Baptist church, Rev. Richardson of Fennimore officiating. Mrs. Richardson and Mrs. John Lomas sang beautiful selections.

Submitted by
Angie Buchhop

Fennimore Times, February 5, 1913

Mrs. Elizabeth Oleson

Grandma Oleson passed to her eternal home Friday, at the ripe old age of 87 years, 7 months, 28 days. She had lived an exemplary, upright and useful Christian life, and enjoyed the esteem of the community. Her maiden name was Elizabeth Hogle, and she was born June 3, 1825 {inaccurate, 1824}, in Chauatauqua, Schoharie Co., N. Y. At the age of 18 she was married to John Crouch {September 18, 1842} and to them were born three dhildren, Eugene, Orren {mispelled, Orrin} and Phillip, all now deceased. July 15, 1851, sge was married to Nelson Oleson in Michigan; from where they moved to Minnesota where they lived about 12 years. In 1865 they moved to Grant Co. where they have resided since then. To this union was born four children, Andrew of Fennimore, William of St. Paul, Neb., Charles of Barron, Wis., and Frank, who preceded his parents. Mr. Oleson died April 3, 1900. The deceased had five sisters and one brother, all of whom are dead except two sisters. The funeral of the good woman was held Sunday from the {United Bretheran} Church, Rev. Richardson officiating, interment at the White.

Mrs. Olseson is the last of the old settlers who lived in the neighborhood southwest of Fennimore, excepting Mrs. Atwood of Ashland, Neb. The funeral was largely attended by the families of the old neighbors there. Mrs. Richardson, Wm. Roach and Rodney Vickerman sang. Geo. Moody, C. B. Hopkins, Jno. Novak, Milt. McLimans, Jas. Lomas and Jacob Berndt acted as pallbearers.

Submitted by
Angie Buchhop

unknown newspaper, aft January 27, 1891

Moses Calloway

At his home near Beetown (WI), Jan. 27, 1891. Mr Moses Calloway , in the 46th year of his age. He was the son of Moses and Mary Calloway, and was born in St. Earth, Cornwall, England, in the year 1845.

Came to the town of Potosi, Grant county, Wis., and moved to Beetown in the year 1871. He married Alice Marshall in the year 1886.

His wife and three children are left to mourn his departure. He was known as a quiet, sober and industrious man, and those who knew him best, say that he was an excellent neigbor, a kind husband and father, and when this can be truthfully said of any man, nothing further need be added.

Submitted by
Randy Hanna

Beetown Daily S?, aft October 18, 1903


�No grief reaches the dead. How happy they must be.�

Mary Morgan White was born at St. Earth, Cornwall, Wall England, Aug. 8th, 1824.

She was married to Moses Calloway in 1843. In 1846 her husband came to America, where she with her two children joined him the following year. They settled near Potosi, and resided in that township sixteen years. In 1863 they moved to the farm on Blakes Prairie, Beetown, where Mrs Calloway lived until 1883, when she moved to Lancaster with her son�s family. Her husband died in 1874. After this�the first break in the family circle, and the first real sorrow to enter the home�the years grew weary to the mother and in 1891 the death of Moses, her eldest son added to her sorrow. After this event, in her own language, �the weary years sped on, giving to her no joy, except to labor for the comfort of her dear children.�

During the later years she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. George, who bestowed upon her every care that was capable of giving. She has sacrificed her own wishes and desires and given lovingly of her own strength to the �dear old mother� who has been an invalid most of the time for six years. By the thrift and industry of former years a fair competence was laid up for her old age. But even through these ailing years, the aged hands were busy, and many an article of her handiwork is left to the children and grand-children in tender remembrance of �Grandma.�

Now these frail hands are folded on her silent breast. The days of weary waiting are over, her sufferings ended and the mother�s voice will greet the coming of the children no more this side of the shining river of eternity.

� For none return from the quiet shores.
Who cross with the boatman, cold and pale;
We hear the dip of the golden oars,
And catch a glimpse of the snowy sail
And lo! They have passed from our yearning hearts.
They cross the stream and are gone for aye;
We may not sunder the veil a part
That hides from our vision the gates of day;
We only know that their barks no more
Sail with us or life�s stormy sea.
Yet, somewhere, I know, on the unseen shore
They watch, and beckon, and wait for me.�

Mrs. Calloway united with the Episcopal church in England in her childhood. She passed peacefully away the daughter�s home in Lancaster, Oct. 16, 1903, after several weeks of painful illness. Six children mourn their loss�Mrs. Louise Carthew, of Platteville; Mrs. Evelyn Johnson, of Houghton, Mich., William and Mrs. Ellen George, Lancaster; Mrs. Lizzie Allen, Beetown, and Walter, of Cassville. All the children, except Mrs. Johnson, were present at the funeral.

Services were held at the home on Tuesday, Oct. 18, There was beautiful singing by the Lancaster Methodist choir. Rev. J.A. Jamison, by request of the deceased, delivered a brief discourse. Three grandsons and three granddaughters were pall-bearers.

The burial was in the Dodge cemetery at Beetown, where lie the remains of the lamented husband and son.

The sons and daughters of Mrs. Calloway desire to express their heartfelt thanks to the neighbors and friends for the kindly sympathy and assistance during the sickness and burial of their dear mother.

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Randy Hanna

Beetown Daily S?, unknown date


�The little boy across the way
Has passed into eternal day,
And left a world of care.
And where the pines sighed soft and low
They made a bed beneath the snow
And left the dear child there.
The little boy across the way �
We�ve heard the kind � voiced neighbors say,
Was satisfied to go;
For suffering and toil and tears
And sorrow, lasting through the years,
The child will never know.
The little boy across the way
Has gone home into a land of day,
Of love and peace and light,
Where pain and woe and death and sin
Will never dare to venture in,
And all is calm and bright.
But near his bed the mother stands
With aching heart and empty hands,
With lonely arms and breast;
She heard the tale of Paradise,
But snow is falling where he lies
In his eternal rest.�

When little Herman Allen passed into the land of �eternal day� in the hearts of all who knew him there was a sigh of relief and gladness for the sake of the child, but for the brother and sister and the parents there is universal sympathy. All through his brief life he has been at once the object of their tenderest love and the source of their most anxious care. An afflicted child always is the most he loved, and the misfortune of little Herman stirred the deepest fibers of the parents� hearts.

All skill and indulgence that could alleviate that Misfortune had been bestowed upon the boy, and at school teachers and pupils alike were unwavering in their patient kindness to him. One week�s illness, at first violent and then gently sleeping away, and the little boy
�Had passed into that school
Where he no longer needs our poor protection,
And Christ himself doth rule.�
There are no afflictions there, and no farewells are said.

Herman was the youngest child of Walter and Elizabeth Allen. He was born at Beetown July 12th, 1904, [this is an error, it should read July 12, 1891] and died there January 17th [1904]. A brother and sister, Grover and Aida, with the sorrowing parents survive. A little brother and sister had preceded him to the better land.

Rev. Schoenfeld preached a touching funeral sermon. The little boy�s teacher and schoolmates attended the funeral in a body, with many other sympathizing friends. Dear little sufferer, he is all right now. But he will be missed not only in the home and at school, but in the village where everyone had a smile and tender word for little Herman.

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Randy Hanna

Fennimore Times, October 29, 1919

Peter L. Shallcross

Peter Lester Shallcross, son of John and Mary Ann Shallcross, was born March 25, 1864, at Liverpool, England, and came to this country when 21 years of age. He died of paralysis at the home of his niece, Mrs Allen Fry, at the age of 55 years, 6 months, 28 days.

He leaves to mourn his loss one sister, Sarah Shallcross, and niece, Mrs. Fry. Mr. Shallcross had been in poor health for the last year. The last three months he had been tenderly cared for in the home of Mr. Fry. He was a faithful member of the M. E. Church of this place, always at the place of worship when health would permit. He will be greatly missed by his relatives and many friends.

The funeral was held Saturday moring at 11 o'clock. Rev. Korshaw officiating and interment was made in the White cemetery.

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Diane Noyes

Fennimore Times, September 5, 1923

Mrs Sarah Shallcross

Sarah Ann Shallcross, daughter of John and Mary Ann Shallcross, was born at Liverpool, England, June 20, 1858, passed to the great beyond at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Allen Fry, Sept 2, 1923, at the age of 65 years, 2 months and 12 days.

She was married to Henry Bowering at Liverpool in 1888. To this union was born one child, Mrs. Allen Fry of Fennimore, at whose home she had been cared for the past five years. Through nearly five years of suffering, the last two weeks most intense, she was patient, never complaining, but asking about the welfare of her daughter, grandchildren and neighbors.

She leaves to mour her departure her daughter, Mrs. Allen Fry, 5 grandchildren, all of Fennimore, one borther, Ben Shallcross of Rockford, Ill, several nieces and newphews also of Rockford; one brother preceded her in death about 3 years ago.

In the passing of Mrs Shallcross, Mrs Fry has indeed lost a kind and loving mother, and the neighborhood a devoted friend and neighbor.

Fennimore Times Sept 5 1923 (Times Topics)

Mrs Sarah Shallcross, mother of Mrs Allen Fry, died Sunday night at 10 o'clock, at the home of the latter. Mrs Shallcross was past 65 years of age and was well known in Fennimore, where she made her home for many years. She is survived by one brother, Ben, of Illinois. Funeral services are held today. Interment takes place at the White Cemetery.

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Boscobel Dial, March 24, 1885, p. 3


Died, at her home near Waukesha, Wednesday, March 20th, of paralysis of the heart, Mrs. Chas. T. Deissner, aged 68 years. Deceased was an aunt of Mrs. G. Meyer, of this city, and was loved by her as a mother, having always fulfilled a mother's duty to her early orphaned niece. The funeral took place Monday afternoon and the multitude who assembled to do her honor, together with the many exquisite floral offerings, attested to the reverence in which she was held by all who knew her. For years her life had been one of patient endurance and heroic fortitude under great affliction, borne without a murmur.

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Milwaukee Journal, July 22, 1926, p. 28


DIED; Alma Stirn (nee Hildebrand), wife of Henry J. Stirn, mother of Alfred J. and Ernest W. Stirn, on Wednesday, July 21st. Funeral will be on Saturday, July 24th, at 2 p.m., from the parlours of Charles Gerber & Son, 1302 Chestnut St., to Forest Home Chapel.

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Boscobel Dial, April 24, 1935, p. 5


Among the numerous deaths briefly reported in this paper was that of Mrs. Hattie Wilson of Madison, at the age of 80. Deceased was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gustav Meyer, prominent in business and social circles in earlier days, and the widow of John D. Wilson, an able attorney of Boscobel who gained a state-wide reputation as a leading barrister..... Mrs Wilson is survived by four children---Miss Leta M. Wilson of Madison, Miss Agnes Wilson of Modesto, California, and James and Clarence Wilson of Moorpark, California. Interment took place at Boscobel.

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Anne Gwaltney

Boscobel Dial, September 16, 1931, p. 4


Lancaster notes: Lancaster friends have received word of the death of Mrs. Emma Judd at her home in California. Mrs. Judd before her marriage was one of the Crosby sisters, who were old residents of Lancaster. She is the last one of six sisters.

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Anne Gwaltney

Boscobel Dial, May 28, 1930, p. 5


Jacob Miller died May 23d. He was born January 6, 1845 in Sigourney, Iowa. He served in the Civil War in 18th Iowa Voluntary Infantry, Co. I. In 1878 he married Mary Ellen Lickel, by whom he had four children: Vesta (Mrs. Gus) Meyer, Dot Miller, and Josephine (Mrs. Arthur) Heyder of Parker, S. D. and Garfield Miller of Boscobel.

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Anne Gwaltney

Boscobel Dial, May 21, 1930, p. 1


Mr. and Mrs. Gus Meyer, A. P. Heyder, and Miss Dot Miller of Parker, S. D. were summoned here by the death of their mother, Mrs. Jacob Miller on May 14. She was 79 years old. Mrs. Heyder was unable to come.

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Anne Gwaltney

Boscobel Dial, December 7, 1927, p. 1


MRS. GUSTAV MEYER DIES IN MADISON, AGE 93. Mrs. Gustav Meyer, a former well known resident of this city, passed away Friday last at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John D. Wilson, in Madison. Mrs. Meyer attained the advanced age of 93 years. Born in Halle, province of Prussia, Germany, Nov. 4, 1834, she came to America at the age of 17. One year later her marriage to Gustav Meyer took place in Waukesha. The couple came to Boscobel in 1861, Mr. Meyer engaging in the general mercantile business, which he followed for an extended period. Mr. Meyer died thirty-one years ago. For ten years his widow maintained her residence here, but owing to enfeebled health finally acceded to the wishes of her daughter and went to Madison to spend her remaining years. Deceased is survived by a son and daughter, Oscar Meyer of Sorum, S. D., and Mrs. Wilson; and her memory will be cherished by 14 grandchildren. The remains were brought to Boscobel Sunday afternoon, accompanied by Mrs. Wilson and granddaughter, Miss Leta Wilson. Burial took place in the Boscobel cemetery by the side of loved ones who preceded her to the better land. Rev. Walter Spence officiated and the pallbearers were C. S. Hayman, J. C. Betz, C. W. Menkhausen, W. T. Hurd, F. X. Kendall and E. W. Guentzel.

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Anne Gwaltney

Boscobel Dial, May 6, 1925, p. 5


Mrs. Julie L. Muender, probably the oldest person in Crawford county and one of the oldest in the state, passed away April 30th at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Geo. Martell, in Marietta township, at the advanced age of 99 years and three months. Deceased was Julie Louise Fette prior to her marriage to August Muender Jan. 31, 1860. A native of Germany, she was born Feb 2, 1826, and in 1857 emigrated to America. For a long period of years the Muenders resided near Montfort and following the death of her husband in 1917, Mrs. Muender came to reside with the daughter, Mrs. Martell. The aged pioneer was quite active until about three months ago when the infirmaries of years brought on the closing chapter in a long and useful life. Surviving besides the daughter are numerous relatives and friends who will cherish her memory. Mrs. Muender was a sister of Wm. Fette, a pioneer merchant of this city. Funeral services were conducted Saturday forenoon at the Martell home by Rev. F. W. Landdeck and burial was made in the cemetery at Montfort by the side of her husband.

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Anne Gwaltney

Boscobel Dial, March 11, 1925, p. 1


Edward A. Meyer was born in Westphalia, Germany, and came to this country with his parents when he was seven years of age. Mr. Meyer was one of the pioneer business men of Boscobel and conspicuously identified with the early history of the city. In 1866 he purchased the interests of his brother-in-law in the firm of Fette, Meyer & Co. and was associated with his brother for many years in the mercantile trade here. Taking an active interest in civic affairs he was called upon to fill numerous positions of public trust. Previous to the time the city and township were dissolved Mr. Meyer was chairman for three years consecutively and later, in 1893, he was chosen mayor. For a number of years deceased was actively associated with the Masonic lodges in Boscobel and became a Knight Templar. After an extended residence here, Mr. and Mrs. Meyer went to Ft. Worth, Texas, where they lived for a few years. In 1909 they returned to Wisconsin and since that time have resided with their only daughter, Mrs. C. F. Rodolf at Madison, where the subject of this sketch passed away March 2, 1925, at the advanced age of 81. Surviving are the widow and daughter. Three sons---Bruce, Richard and Fred preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the residence in Madison and remains were brought to this city, accompanied by Dr. and Mrs. Rodolf. Burial took place in the family lot in the Boscobel cemetery.

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Anne Gwaltney

Boscobel Dial, May 9, 1923, p. 1


THEO. KRONSHAGE, SR. DIES IN MILWAUKEE. Announcement of the death of Theo. Kronshage, president of the Central State Bank and a leading citizen of Boscobel for an extended period, which occurred at Columbia hospital in Milwaukee Sunday, came as a distinct shock to everyone here. Mr. and Mrs. Kronshage went to Milwaukee Saturday, April 28th, for a short visit with relatives. It was their intention to return in 10 days but Mr. Kronshage became indisposed through a cold and they were unable to make the trip. His condition became alarming Friday and he was taken to the hospital. The end came Sunday afternoon. The first news of Mr. Kronshage's death came Monday morning to C. E. Muffley, undertaker, who was requested to come to Milwaukee and take charge of the remains. He left on the afternoon train, returning last evening with the body, accompanied by Theodore and Ernst Kronshage, sons of the deceased. Mrs. Kronshage was so overcome by the great sorrow that the journey was not attempted. The remains laid in state in the Hildebrand apartments of the former Kronshage home from 9 to 11 a. m. today where many friends took a parting glance at the familiar countenance of one held in highest esteem for many, many years. A private funeral followed and the casket was borne to Boscobel cemetery and placed in the Kronshage vault. Deceased was a native of Germany, born April 22, 1846. He had been a resident of Boscobel for over 50 years. A more extended biographical sketch will be published in this paper next week.

Boscobel Dial, May 23, 1923, p. 10

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF THEODORE KRONSHAGE, SR. When the book of life was closed for Theodore Kronshage, Sr., May 6, 1923, the city of Boscobel suffered the irreparable loss of an honored, respected citizen. Mr. Kronshage possessed the rare faculty of attaching to himself by the warm ties of personal friendship, those with whom he came in contact. His kindly disposition and his gentleness were among the most engaging qualities. His successful career is an inspiration, for his achievements were the result of ability and persistent industry. The example of this man who came to land of promise with only his head and hands and a stout heart ought to be a lesson to our people. The soapbox orators, the bolsheviks, the I. W. W.'s and other cults preach the doctrine of division of wealth in this country. They are deceivers. Their doctrine will wreck any country which tries it. The life of Theodore Kronshage, Sr., furnishes the guide to all who would become pillars of good citizenship. For over 50 years he was conspicuously identified with the interests of Boscobel---faithful to his trusts in every position where he was honored. No man will fail in America if he will follow the examples of energy, integrity and common sense set by Theodore Kronshage, Sr. Deceased was a native of Lippe-Detmold, Germany, born April 22, 1846. He attended the technical schools of Bielefeld and completed a course in architecture. Coming to America in 1867 he located first at St. Louis, where he was employed in construction of the great Eads bridge. In the early 60's Mr. Kronshage was connected with a hardware firm in Milwaukee. Following his marriage to Miss Pauline Hildebrand in 1869, he settled in Boscobel and established an extensive business in pelts and hides, a growing industry in those pioneer days. In the '80's Mr. Kronshage became a partner in the firm of Parker-Hildebrand & Co., where he remained until 1901. Subsequently he was instrumental in the incorporation of the Central State bank of this city and became its president, a position he filled with characteristic energy and fidelity to the date of his death. Mention has previously been made in this paper of the details of Mr. Kronshage's death and the funeral. Surviving are the widow and two sons, Theo. Jr., and Ernest H., the latter two of Milwaukee.

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Appleton Post-Crescent, March 5, 1923, p. 10


Mrs. Jane M. Meyer, 84, mother of Mrs. Otto W. Schaefer of Appleton, died in the hospital of Wisconsin Veterans Home, near Waupaca, where she had been a patient for several years. She was buried Saturday afternoon in the Home cemetery after funeral services were held in the chapel of the veterans home, Chaplain Earl conducting the services. Mrs. Meyer suffered a paralytic stroke which left her an invalid. Her husband, H. A. Meyer, who served as captain of the 28th Wisconsin infantry in the Civil War, died about 50 years ago at their home in Boscobel. Mr. Schaefer and daughter Florence attended the funeral. Mrs. Schaefer was detained by illiness.

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Anne Gwaltney

Boscobel Dial, December 20, 1922, p. 1


Geo. F. Hildebrand Dead. Geroge F. Hildebrand, pioneer citizen and well-to-do merchant of Boscobel, passed away Sunday afternoon at Brookside hospital. Mr. Hildebrand was well as usual Saturday, following his usual custom of spending the greater part of the afternoon in the store. About 10 a. m. Sunday he experienced a sinking spell while alone in his apartments. At 1 p. m. his housekeeper, Mrs. Walters, went to the rooms with his dinner and found him helpless on the floor. He had remained there nearly three hours, conscious part of the time, but unable to rise or summon assistance. Mr. and Mrs. Th. Kronshage were immediately sent for, also Dr. Betz. The aged man was given every attention and as soon as he recovered sufficiently from the exposure he had endured, was conveyed to the hospital for an X-ray examination to determine whether or not any bones were broken in the fall he experienced. Within an hour after his arrival at the hospital a change for the worse was noted and despite efforts of physicians to rally the patient, the busy life came to an end. Had Mr. Hildebrand lived until May next he would have been 84 years of age. Coming to Boscobel in 1855 he had been conspicuously identified with business interests here continuously since. It may be said that her was the dean of local merchants and for two score years had been rightly termed merchant king of Boscobel. In a later issue of the Dial will appear a more extended biographical sketch of his successful life and active career. Funeral services of a private nature were held yesterday afternoon at the home of his sister, Mrs. Theo. Kronshage, Rev. F. W. Landdeck officiating, and remains were placed in the Kronshage vault in the Boscobel cemetery. The pallbearers were Messrs. A. E. Doeringsfeld, Albert Hupenbecker, H. O. Holt, F. L. Blair, George Schoellig, George Buchmaster, C. W. Menkhausen and Chas. A. Blair.

Boscobel Dial, 12/27/1922, p. 7

GEORGE F. HILDEBRAND. Born 1839 Died 1922. George Felix Hildebrand, who departed this life Sunday, December 17, 1922, was a resident of Boscobel for sixty-five years; rising from a clerkship in one of the city's pioneer stores to the presidency and controlling interest of a great mercantile business. He was born May 12, 1839, in Bielefeld, a manufacturing center of the Province of Westphalia in Northern Germany. His parents were William and Julie Hildebrand, nee Lohmann; the former, principal of a public school and the conciliation officer of his district. George Hildebrand attended and graduated from the Classical Gymnasium in Bielefeld, a type of school that carries its students as far as the junior year of American universities. He was distinguished for his scholarship and publicly honored upon graduation as the ranking student in diligence and deportment. But young Hildebrand was not destined to continue his studies. His father, dissatisfied, ever since the Revolution of '48, with the political conditions in Prussia, had for some time determined to emigrate with his family to the New World, and his oldest son, Richard, had already responded to his promptings and led the way. It was now decided that George should follow his brother, who had established himself in Boscobel and was connected with Fette, Meyer & Co., who there conducted a flourishing general store. George Hildebrand, then a slight and delicate lad of seventeen, made the long journey alone in a sailing vessel; but as employment was not offered in Bocobel, he went first to Waukesha, where his knowledge of Latin helped him to a position in a drug store; the prescriptions and labels of the time being written in that language. Here he also eked out his meagre income by acting as private tutor to young people whose parents found the local schools inadequate. This was in 1856, and it was during the following year that George received word from his brother of an opening with Fette, Meyer & Co. It was therefore in 1857, that Mr. Hildebrand came to Boscobel and entered in his duties as clerk and general helper with the above name firm. He often related in after years how his very first job was to sort potatoes in the cellar---a novel and trying experience for the frail, young student, believed to be threatened with tuberculosis. But the indomitable spirit and devotion to duty, ever characteristic of the man, did not permit him to shirk even the most unpleasant task, and his employers soon discovered his true value. In fact, when Dwight Parker, Sr., who operated a general store in Lancaster, determined to establish a branch in Boscobel a year or so after Mr. Hildebrand's arrival, he recognized in him the ablest young man in town to assist him in his new venture. This was the so-called Peoples' Store, which stood on the site of Miller's present hardware establishment. The old frame building still exists, and may be seen at the rear of the Payne residence on Fremont street. After clerking here for several years, Mr. Hildebrand so impressed Mr. Parker with his ability that the latter took him into partnership, together with John Pepper, creating the firm of Parker, Hildebrand & Pepper, which, with occasional re-organization, has endured to the present day. Thus, within five years of his arrival in Boscobel as an immigrant youth, George F. Hildebrand is found launched on his successful business career, not by outside influence or fortunate chance, but as the result of excellent home training and above all, of his own hard work and self-reliant character. His increasing prosperity, from those days in the early '60's down to the time of his death, has been due to same close attention to business, the same scrupulous honesty, the same habits of thrift and industry that first won him the esteem and consideration of his employers and fellow-workers. The death of Dwight Parker before long removed him from the firm, and some time thereafter, John Pepper's interest was bought by George W. Parker. In the meantime, the store building now occupied by the Miller's had been erected, and the old name----the Peoples' Store----had been changed to Parker, Hildebrand & Co. During the '80"s, Theodore Kronshage bought out George W. Parker, and in 1901 the business was incorporated under the present title, the Parker-Hildebrant Co. In spite of his constant, active participation in the business, Mr. Hildebrand never lost the studious tastes of his boyhood. There was not an evening of his life when health permitted that he did not spent with his newspapers, magazines and books. Before the years began to lay their heavy hand upon him, the light in his familiar rooms might have been seen burning until the midnight hour. Among those who knew him best, he had the reputation of being one of the most widely read and best posted men in the city. Mr. Hildebrand never held or aspired to public office, but his interest in politics and public affairs was singularly keen and alert. Always a Republican, he became attached in recent years to the Progressive wing of the party and supported its principal candidates. His devotion to the city of Boscobel and its welfare was deep and unchangeable. Although living in retirement, he was keenly concerned with the life of the community and its farm environment. While not a member of any of the city's churches, he strongly believed in their importance as a beneficent influence. For a man of his means, his life was exceptionally free from ostentation. It was a clean and simple life, yet broad and tolerant in its judgment of others. Mr. Hildebrand's interests naturally extended far beyond this community; he had many friends throughout the state, and elsewhere in this country and abroad. But save an occasional business trip and one visit to Europe, he could not be persuaded to leave his home city, not even upon the frequent invitation of his relatives. It was here that his heart lay. It was here, among the associations of a life time, that he felt content and at peace. And it is here, in this city to whose improvement and prosperity he has contributed through his business energy, that he has left the generous benefactions for the cultural and spiritual welfare of the community. An inventory of the estate of Mr. Hildebrand shows his accumulated wealth to have been over $300,000. His will is a lengthy document---thorough and precise---a characteristic of the maker. Included in the property is the store building and stock in this city in which he always took greatest interest. Farm and residence property are also enumerated, together with a large amount of bonds, stocks and securities. The bulk of the estate passes to his sister, Mrs. Th. Kronshage. A total of $53,000 is set aside as bequests in which the public may be interested. The sum of $10,000 is bequeathed in trust to the trustees named in the will, "the earnings and profits of which are to be devoted to worthy, deserving poor people of Boscobel and vicinity in the way of adding to their comfort or relieving the to some extent of the burdens of obtaining a livelihood," as the testator expresses it. Four churches of the city were remembered in a substantial way. The Congregational, German Lutheran and Methodist Episcopal were each given a trust fund of $5,000, the income from which is to be paid towards salaries of respective pastors. The Norwegian Lutheran church receives $1,000, the interest on same to be paid its pastor annually. The sum of $25,000 is left in trust to the trustees under the will for the following uses and purposes: "My said trustees shall, as soon after my decease as may be practicable, by and with the consent of the said city to abide by and perform the terms and conditions of this bequest, erect, complete and furnish a suitable free library building within the city of Boscobel." The Christian Home Orphanage, a charitable institution located at Council Bluffs, Ia., is bequeathed $2,000 in cash. The trustees and executors named under the will are Theo. Kronshage and A. E. Doeringsfeld of Boscobel and Theo. Kronshage, Jr., of Milwaukee.

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Anne Gwaltney

Boscobel Dial, February 23, 1921, p. 7


Richard Meyer, well known banker and one of Lancaster's foremost citizens for a period of a quarter century, died at his home in that city Friday at the age of 64 years. Deceased had been in failing health since experiencing a stroke of paralysis several months since and members of the family and friends were in a measure prepared for the final dissolution. Mr. Meyer was prominent in business affairs and always took an active part in politics, although never seeking for aggrandizement. Devoid of pomp and a staunch friend to a multitude of common people in his home city and throughout the county, his passing brings forth expressions of regret on every hand. He is survived by his wife and three children, Atty. Frank Meyer being a son. Funeral services were delayed until yesterday, awaiting the arrival of Mr. Meyer's aged mother and sisters, who have been passing the winter in Florida. The Masonic fraternity was in charge.

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Anne Gwaltney

Boscobel Dial, October 6, 1920, p. 1


GRIEF BRINGS SUICIDE. Mrs. Winifred Whitcomb, daughter of F. G. Rodolf of Muscoda, met instant death Aug. 4th last when she threw herself from a moving train near Silver Lake, Kansas. Her father was with her and they were en route from California to Kansas City. Mrs. Whitcomb been had recently been made a widow thru the demise of her husband, W. G. Whitcomb, president of a large cabinet manufacturing concern bearing his name. He was a resident of Kansas City and wealthy. It is believed the young widow lost her mind in grief over his untimely taking. The Whitcombs had no children and by the terms of the will, recently probated, the estate is to be divided among relatives of Mrs. Whitcomb, after a few special bequests are made. Miss Mildred Rodolf of Madison, whose mother was formerly Charity Meyer of this city, gets a diamond ring and $5,000.

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Anne Gwaltney

Boscobel Dial, November 5, 1919, p. 1


PASSING OF PIONEER. N. J. FRANCISCO DEAD. This paper briefly chronicled the fact last week that N. J. Francisco was reported dangerously ill at his home in Parker, S. D. Later the sad intelligence was received by friends that the old soldier and pioneer settler had passed away. The Press-Leader, published at Parker, contained the following brief sketch of the deceased: "Nicholas J. Francisco, grandfather of Gus Meyer, passed away at the Meyer home in Parker Tuesday night, following an illness of about one week's duration. The immediate cause of his death was pneumonia, coupled with the weakness which naturally followed with old age. Mr. Francisco was born in 1833, near Troy, N. Y., and would have been 87 years old Jan. 27. He was a Civil war veteran. Deceased came to Parker from Boscobel, Wis., in 1911, and found a pleasant home with his daughter, Mrs. Hattie Meyer, and his grandson, Gus Meyer, ever since, every possible attention being given to make the sunset years of his life pass happily. Brief funeral services will be held at the Meyer home today. Interment will be made in the family lot at Boscobel. His wife died Sept. ?, 1884. In addition to two sons and a daughter he leaves eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren, a brother and two sisters. Sorrowing relatives have the sympathy of many friends in their loss." The remains arrived in Boscobel Friday afternoon, accompanied by Mrs. Hattie Meyer and Mr. and Mrs, Gus Meyer. The only services taking place here were at the grave. Deceased was one of the early settlers of this vicinity and a familier figure in the every day walks of life for a long period of years. But few are spared to attain the advanced age allotted to this well known veteran and his passing brought forth numerous expressions of regret from old-time acquaintances and friends.

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Boscobel Dial-Enterprise, November 14, 1915, p. 1


Friends of Fred A. Meyer and wife will be grieved to hear of the loss of their little baby girl, who was recently born at Lancaster, the death occurring Thursday (Oct. 28th). The body was brought here for burial Saturday.

(Webmaster's note: November 11 was the Thursday prior to the November 14 issue of the newspaper.)

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Boscobel Dial-Enterprise, May 8, 1913, p. 5


The sad and unexpected news of the death of (Myrtle) Mrs. Gus Meyer, which occurred Saturday last (May 3d) at her home at Parker, S. D., came to relatives and friends here Monday. A second baby daughter arrived to brighten the happy home last Wednesday (April 30th), but the loving spirit of the fond mother was called while yet the maternal caresses had been few. Deceased was the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Olmstead, and the family were well known and highly esteemed residents of Boscobel and vicinity until their removal to Parker. She was a graduate of the public schools here, and was an efficient teacher in the North Side primary for several terms. Funeral services were held Parker Tuesday (May 6th). The sincere sympathy of numerous friends in this vicinity goes out to the grief stricken husband and bereaved parents in their affliction.

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Boscobel Dial-Enterprise, April 17, 1913, p. 4


The sad, unexpected intelligence came to Wisconsin relatives and friends the past week of the death at her home in Los Angeles, Cal., Saturday, April 12th, of Mrs. L. D. Mathews, better known as Eda A. DeWitt, a resident of Boscobel nearly all her life, and a daughter of one of the pioneer families of this city, Mr. and Mrs. Gustav Meyer. The cause of her death was a cancerous tumor, but the knowledge of this affliction she had carefully withheld from her own kindred, characteristic of that paramount virtue so predominant throughout her life---to shield her own trials and tribulations. Eda A. Meyer was born in Waukesha Jan. 17, 1853, and come [to] this city with her parents when a mere child. A graduate of the schools here, she always took an active interest in local educational matters. For a period of five years, from 1883 to 1888, deceased was in active management of the Boscobel Dial, and gave the paper her entire time and attention. Deceased possessed many admirable qualities. Ever optimistic, she was cheerful and courageous even under the most trying circumstances. If errors in judgment or misfortunes had made heavy her burdens of life, she never gave up but carried the encumbrance bravely and cheerfully, through it cost her years of toil, hardship and self-sacrifice. Mrs. Mathews will be best remembered as the hard-working teacher, past middle life, who for so many years taught the North Side primary school in this city next prior to her going to California to live with her children. Left surviving are the husband, three children and one grandchild in Los Angeles; her mother, Mrs. Gustav Meyer of this city; one sister, Mrs. John D. Wilson of Madison; and one brother, Oscar Meyer, of Geddes, S. D. The obsequies were conducted at Los Angeles on the 14th inst., and remains were interred in Evergreen Cemetery, that city. The bereaved relatives have the sincere sympathy of all this community.

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Boscobel Dial-Enterprise, March 3, 1910, p. 1


Ed. Meyer of Madison, formerly of Ft. Worth, Texas, and before that of Boscobel, passed Sunday in Boscobel visiting with his many friends here. Mr. Meyer came to Boscobel as early as 1857, and again in 1866 after an absence of several years. His brother, Gustav Meyer, and brother-in-law, William F. Fette, in company with Charles G. Menkhausen were then running one of the first stores in Boscobel, situated across the tracks. The building is now standing back of the Muffley furniture store. Mr. Meyer noticed several changes in the city since his departure with his son Fred A. Meyer, several years ago. Among the new buildings he mentioned the Parker-Hildebrand store, W. J. Graff's new building, the Hof meat market, the State bank, and Mrs. Enright's building occupied by W. Walter Blair. Mr. Meyer was one of the first business men of Boscobel. In 1866 he bought out his brother-in-law, of the firm Fette, Meyer & Co.and was in business some twenty years or more. In the early 70's the firm built the building now occupied by Heller's saloon. Ed. Meyer was chairman of the town of Boscobel for three years and took an important part in the county legislation which made possible the bridge between the city and the river. In the spring of '93 he was elected mayor of Boscobel on the Democrat ticket. Mr. Meyer accompanied his son, F. A. Meyer, and family to Texas several years ago. At Denison the son died after starting a job printing office. F. A. Meyer was well known in Boscobel as the editor of the Dial-Enterprise when the firm Meyer & Johnson conducted the business. He was also postmaster here. His family is still in Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Meyer are living at Madison at the home of their son-in-law and daughter, Dr. and Mrs. C. L. Rodolf, formerly of Muscoda.

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Boscobel Dial-Enterprise, December 2, 1908, p. 8


Mrs. Martin DeWitt died Thursday, Nov. 26, 1908 at the home of her sister in Edwardsburg, Mich., age 73. She was buried in Boscobel on Sunday.

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Boscobel Dial-Enterprise, March 11, 1908, p. 1


At Denison, Texas, Friday morning, March 6, died Fred A. Meyer at the age of 36. At this time details are not complete, but there is no doubt but heart failure was the cause of his early demise. On July 1, 1903, Mr. Meyer sold the Dial Enterprise to the present owner and soon after went to Marshall, Texas, intending to become a farmer. He bought a tract of land and started in at the business, devoting much attention to poultry, so it is said. But he was a printer, not a farmer, and soon tired of the new life. Being an expert printer, he had no trouble in getting into one of the best shops in the Lone Star state. That took him to Fort Worth, where he was foreman in one of the largest shops in that section. Only a little time ago he bought a job shop in Denison, and intended to move his family there, in the meantime living in a boarding house. He had often complained of heart trouble, so it now develops, and but recently wrote to his sister, Mrs. C. F. Rodolf of Muscoda, saying that he was suffering intense pain in the region of the heart. On Thursday night of last week he retired in apparent health, and in the morning was found unconscious in his bed. His body was warm, but life was extinct. Fred A. Meyer was born in Boscobel, December 29, 1871, the son of Edward A. and E. Josephine Meyer, and grew to manhood here. He was graduated from the local high school in the class of 1892, having in the meantime learned much of the printer's trade on the Dial under the tutelage of the late George W. Goldsmith, and spent some time in Chicago in one of the best shops of the metropolis of the west. In 1893, with Harlan J. Johnson, he bought the Leader from L. G. Blair. Later on they acquired the Dial and on the consolidation changed the name to its present form. Mr.Meyer continued in the newspaper business in Boscobel for 10 years, and was accounted a good editor and one of the most expert printers that ever worked in this vicinity. In both the news and mechanical ends of the profession he was one of infinite care, always painstaking and thoroughly professional. He was postmaster of Boscobel a term and got his second appointment, resigning to go to Texas. In the fall of 1898 Mr. Meyer was married to Miss Nellie E. Pengilly, a daughter of the late Rev. R. Pengilly, M. E., then located in Bloomington. She survives with three small children, besides the father, mother, a brother, Bruce, and a sister, Mrs. C. F. Rodolf. Three years ago deceased joined the Methodist church and is said to have since lived a very devote life. Mr. Meyer had many friends in Boscobel, and as a newspaperman he had a large circle of admirers. The news of his death came as a decided shock, although it was known here that he was suffering from heart disease. At this time it is not known where burial was had.

Boscobel Dial-Enterprise, March 18, 1908, p. 4

Fred A. Meyer. (further details from following week's paper) Fred A. Meyer was a member of the firm of Kirk & Meyer of Fort Worth, and a prominent member of the Fort Worth Typographical Union up until about the first of the year, when he removed to Denison and took up his membership there. He leaves a wife and three children, in addition to his mother and father, who are still living in Fort Worth. The funeral will be held from the family residence, 1003 Hemphill St., Fort Worth, Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment will be held at Oakwood cemetery.

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Boscobel Dial-Enterprise, September 3, 1902, p. 1


Otto A. Meyer, of Milwaukee, committed suicide at his home in that city on Tuesday evening last. Mr. Meyer was one of the prominent business men of Milwaukee and was very widely known in business circles as the inventor, patentee and manufacturer of Meyer's Removable Horse Shoe Calks, and Meyer's Patent Shoe, and was the president of the company. "Business troubles thought to be reason" for his death....He has a family and also several relatives in Boscobel.

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Boscobel Dial-Enterprise, July 2, 1902, p. 1


Rev. R. Pengilly died Monday, June 30, 1902, at his home in Cuba City. He was born in Cornwall, and came to the United States in 1866. He married Miss Ellen Bowden, his English fiance, in 1868. They had five children: Will, deceased; Nellie E. (Mrs. Fred A.) Meyer; Richard, who succeeds his father as minister in Cuba City; Eulalie H. (Mrs. J. R.) Villemonte; and John, formerly of Appleton.

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Boscobel Dial-Enterprise, April 10, 1901, p. 7


Our City Shocked. Paul Meyer is no more. "Finis" has been written upon the last leaf of his life's volume and punctuated by a pistol point. Upon an autumn day in 1870 the preface was penned and his life's book began and upon Monday, a glorious day in the Spring time season, so swiftly, and with awful suddenness, by his own hand, the story of his sacrifices and struggles, of which we can never know, it was closed. And what might have been a tale of trial and triumph--interesting and of value to coming generations--is unfinished--incompleted! And we sit in the shadow! At his needless death we are dumb! Let others tell of the largeness of his life--of the struggles that so beset him. Let other hands attempt to lift the cover of his closed book and solve the mystery of his dark departure. It was evident that "melancholy marked him for her own" because of the habit of which he though himself a slave and from which he sought to free himself. "Then at the balance, let us be mute. We can never adjust it. What's done we partly can compute But know not what's resisted." If his folly is conspicuous, we are to remember that his nature was large. Small souls need few restrictions. A man may carry a few drops of water in a large vessel on a smooth and straight path but to carry a brimming bucket over mountain heights, and through dark defiles is what few men have ever done. So Paul, in the largeness of his life, wasted wealth and worth, where petty and penurious souls by saving and hoarding would have lived out their narrow limits, blinded not to his faults and approving not this course, shrank from the troubles of his life and sought solace in the great eternity beyond of which we know not. But why should we hastily or harshly judge his career or its close? "He who made the heart, 'tis He alone Decidedly can try us; He knows each chord--its various tone Each spring, its various bias". And to Him to whom nothing is mysterious, we must commit the struggling soul whose death today we so sadly deplore. Paul Meyer was born in this city, Sept. 14, 1870, and left his life where he found it, Monday, April 8, 1901. He was educated in the public schools here, graduating with honors from the high school in 1889. Afterwards he took to the law, completing its course with credit to himself and to his teacher, the late John D. Wilson, with whom he was associated and whom he succeed in upon his death in 1897. He had not yet made a home for himself but lived with his mother to whom he proved an unusually attentive, kind and affectionate son. He was universally highly esteemed because of the many qualities that marked him as a man. Generous to a fault, there was nothing about him of meanness or revengefulness. By dint of study and application, and of inborn ability and integrity he had built up a business that would reflect credit upon a much older man. He had served as city attorney for a number of terms and during the late campaign was the democratic candidate for district attorney. Realizing the haplessness of an election, he was highly gratified with the result--running ahead of his ticket. He will be sadly missed by a large circle of relatives, friends and business patrons. The funeral services will take place from the home Thursday at 2 p. m., under the auspices of the M.W.A. of which he was an honored member, Rev. W. J. C. Bond officiating.

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Boscobel Dial-Enterprise, November 23, 1898, p. 8


Mrs. Charity Honn died this (Wednesday) morning at 3:30 o'clock at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Ed. Meyer, of this city. She leaves 3 daughters ( her husband and her only son having preceded her in death years ago), Mrs. Ed. Meyer and Mrs. William McWilliams of this city, and Mrs. C. Chenoweth of Decatur, Ill. She was nearly 80 years old.

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Boscobel Dial-Enterprise, November 23, 1898, p. 8


Richard Meyer, Sr., an old and respected citizen of Lancaster, died suddenly last Friday evening. The funeral services, which were under Masonic auspices, were held Tuesday and were largely attended. He was president of the State Bank of Lancaster.

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Boscobel Dial-Enterprise, March 24, 1897, p. 5


John D. Wilson dead. Passes Peacefully Away At His Residence in This City Sunday At 5:30 P. M. Boscobel Loses An Honored Citizen And The Bar A Leading Member. For weeks, yes months, his family and near friends have known that Mr. Wilson's death was imminent. The singular fortitude and uncomplaining patience and cheerfulness with which he awaited the final summons, without a word of dread or any expression of the anguish he must have felt at leaving family and friends---keeping up his daily work and giving counsel long after he was confined to his home, affords a striking example of the remarkable characteristics of Mr. Wilson's temperament and mind. Stricken down while his great abilities were at their full, taken from the world while he was still active in most useful work for which he was admirably and peculiarly fitted as well by natural talent as by acquired practice and ability, his death is a heavy loss to our city and county and will be felt far beyond their limits. On Sabbath evening, March 23, 1897, the unequal conflict ended, and he who had prevented the "grim monster" so long from giving the fatal stroke, by the force of his indemonstrable will, gave up the struggle and became a victim of man's greatest foe. A wife and four children, two sons and two daughters, mourn the loss of a most tender and affectionate husband and father, his extensive clientage a valued counselor and our locality a progressive and public-spirited citizen. [Picture of Mr. Wilson] The deceased owed much to his Scottish ancestry. The characteristics of that noble race he possessed in a very large measure. He spent his boyhood amid the granite hills of his native New Hampshire, and coming west he brought with him that best possible combination for an aggressive life--Scotch sturdiness and firmness and New England enterprise and thrift. From Fisherville and Concord he came in 1866 to Darlington, Wis., entering at once the public schools of that city and planning for a professional life. Many were the obstacles and difficulties he manfully overcame in acquiring his education, but his was not the nature to give in to trifles. He, at length, entered the law office of H. S. Magoon, at Darlington, completing his studies with Judge M. M. Cothren, of Mineral Point, where two days after reaching his majority, June 22, 1873, he was admitted to the bar. Two years later he opened a law office in Boscobel in partnership with Mr. Cothren, and when, a year later, that gentleman was elected to Judgeship, Mr. Wilson conducted the business alone. For a period he was associated with the late Alex. Provis and during the past year, Paul Meyer became his partner. As a citizen of Boscobel, Mr. Wilson was held in highest esteem by all classes. His business relations with the people were such as to indicate his high type of character. He could always reckon the unanimous support of his fellowtownsmen for any position sought in public life. The mayoralty of this city was worthily filled by him during his less active professional life. In 1892, he was a very prominent candidate for Attorney General before the Republican convention but owing to the fact that he came from the wrong part of the state he was unable to secure the nomination. Un aggrieved by this he was conspicuous in the campaign that followed though the tide of Democracy could not be averted. Two years later he labored under the same handicap before the convention but our present Atty-Gen. Mylrea, from the north end of the state secured the nomination. For the past year or more he has been chairman of the Republican committee of Grant county and it was through his advice and direction, to a large extent, that Grant made the splendid record that she did. In the year 1878 he was married to Miss Hattie Meyer, who, with their children, Agnes, Leta, Jamie and Clarence, are mourning the irreparable loss. He seemed to live to surround his family with every means of comfort and joy. A hundred objects will remind them of his love and tender regard for their happiness. Mr. Wilson always entertained a high regard for righteousness. No doubt the strict Presbyterianism of his mother always influenced him in that relation. He was strict in his observance of the Sabbath and made it a point to attend religious services whether at home or abroad. For some years he had been a teacher in the S. S. of the Cong'l. church of Boscobel and at the time of his death was a trustee of that organization. A few months ago he expressed a desire to become a communicant and he was formally received into membership of the church he had served so long. His baptism and first communion will not soon be forgotten by those who were present. His profession of Christ was the result of earnest thought and clearest conviction. In his last illness he expressed a strong desire to live to be a more active man religiously and frequently indicated a longing for the conversion of especially the young men of his acquaintance. We shall miss him from the councils of the city and county. Scores of clients will miss him as one who advised them in the spirit of a friend or brother. The church shall miss him, his family will feel that light has gone out of life for them. But all will rejoice in the thought that he has entered upon a life where his powers will be perfected. In a broader sphere, in a better land he lives to enjoy health and happiness with God.,,,,,A private funeral service was held at the residence at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon followed by a public services at the Congregational church conducted under the auspices of the Knights Templar. Rev. Bond offered a prayer and made a few appropriate remarks. Large delegations of the Masonic fraternity were present from neighboring cities and were enabled to get here on time through the courtesy of the St. Paul road for which deceased had acted as their attorney at this point. The floral tributes were very numerous and beautiful.

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Boscobel Dial-Enterprise, October 28, 1896, p. 5


Gustav Meyer, an old resident, passed away at his home in this city Saturday evening after a prolonged illness, caused by acute stomach trouble. Up to a week or so ago it was thought that he was on the fair road to recovery much to the relief of the family and friends, but a sudden turn to the worse brought about the inevitable. For many years Mr. Meyer was an active business man being a partner in the firm of Meyer Bros., formerly a leading mercantile house of this city. He was appointed Postmaster during President Cleveland's first term, succeeding John Pepper. He filled this responsible position creditably for several years, since which time he has led a retired life. He was universally respected and beloved and his demise, though not unexpected, was received with sorrow. The funeral services were held at the family residence, yesterday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Bond, and were largely attended. Deceased was born at Oberdism, Westphalia, Germany, in 1824. He came to America in 1847 and settled in the eastern part of the state. He was married in 1852 at Waukesha to Miss Agnes Fromm and early in the 60's removed to this city where he has since resided. The widow and four children are left to mourn his loss---Mrs. John D. Wilson, Mrs. Eda DeWitt and Atty Paul Meyer of this city, and O. G. Meyer of Monticello, Iowa. Thirteen grandchildren are left with fond remembrances of a loving and kindly "grandpa."

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Boscobel Dial, March 22, 1894, p. 4


Chas. A. DeWitt, formerly an employee in the Dial office, founder of the Cassville Index, in a fit of despondency, committed suicide with a piece of glass in McLeansboro, Ill. on Saturday. His remains arrived here Monday morning and the funeral was held in the afternoon from the family residence, Rev. E. W. Jenny officiating. The family have the sympathy of many friends in their deep sorrow.

(The following articles, while not obituaries, are closely related to the obituary of Chas. A. DeWitt, and so I included them here).

Boscobel Dial-Enterprise, February 26, 1896, p. 4

CIRCUIT COURT---Mrs. Eda DeWitt Finally Wins Her Suit---....The most important case on the docket, and which attracted the greatest interest, was that of Mrs. Eda DeWitt against the Home Forum Benefit order, of New York. Our readers doubtless are familiar with the circumstances surrounding the suit. Her husband, Chas. A. DeWitt died suddenly in the winter of 1894 at McLanesboro, Ill. At the time of his demise he left a life insurance policy of $3,000 in the above named order and shortly after, his widow presented her claim for payment of same. This, the company refused to allow on the grounds that he died from his own hand, and further that the certificate of insurance was obtained by irregular means. Mrs. DeWitt engaged Attorneys W. E. Howe and Paul Meyer, of this city, as council and brought action against the company in the Circuit Court at Lancaster the following term in February, a year ago. Bushnell, Watkins & Moses, of Lancaster, appeared for the defense, and argued for a continuance. It was granted and the case came on again last October. A second continuance was allowed. For the third and last time the matter was brought before the court last Tuesday. A jury was impaneled and the fight began. It lasted nearly three long days and every point of evidence was stubbornly contested by the interested attorneys. It was conclusively shown by the plaintiff that Mr. DeWitt was suffering from acute pneumonia, producing delirium, and that his death was brought about by incident heart failure rather instead of self-destruction. At least this fact was evidently proven to the satisfaction of the jury, for after being out two hours, a verdict was returned for the plaintiff, awarding her judgment of $3,000, interest and costs.....It is stated that Atty. Bushnell will take an appeal to the Supreme Court.

Boscobel Dial-Enterprise, October 14, 1896, p. 5

The case of Eda A DeWitt against the Home Benefit Order, wherein Mrs. DeWitt seeks to recover from the company $3,000 insurance on the life of her husband, Chas. A. DeWitt, has been carried to the supreme court by the defendant company. Briefs in the case are now being printed in this city. Bushnell, Watkins & Moses are attorneys for the company, and W. E. Howe is attorney for Mrs. DeWitt. The case comes from Boscobel and the point to the case is whether or not Chas. A. DeWitt committed suicide.

Boscobel Dial-Enterprise, February 24, 1897, p. 5

Attorney W. E. Howe, of this city, received a dispatch yesterday afternoon informing him that the Supreme Court had affirmed the judgment of the lower court, favorable to the plaintiff, in the case of DeWitt vs. The Home Forum Ins. Co. of Illinois. On March 16, 1894, Charles A. DeWitt of this city, died rather suddenly in a small town in the southern Illinois where he had gone in search of employment in his profession, that of a newspaperman. At the time of his death he was carrying a policy of $3000 on his life in the above company which refused payment upon the grounds that the deceased had not payed his last assessment within the 30 day limit. That he had violated the provisions of the policy contract by over indulgence in intoxicants and that he had come to his death by his own hand. Mrs. Eda DeWitt, his wife, through her attorney, Mr. Howe, brought suit against them in 1895, and the company, through its attorneys, Bushnell, Watkins & Moses, attempted to bring it into the United States court but the case was put into the jurisdiction of Judge Clementson at Lancaster and was set for the October term, 1895. The defendants succeeded in having it carried over until the February term, 1896, when it was tried. The jury, at that time, brought in a judgment for $3,600.00, including costs. The defense was fairly riddled, but an appeal was allowed to be taken and a few weeks ago Atty. Howe argued the case before Supreme Court. Mr. Howe deserves a great deal of credit for his work in this case, as the defense was very obstinate in their fight and resorted to all kinds of evidence to support their charge. The news will be glad tidings to the many friends of Mrs. Eda DeWitt, who is worthy of every cent of the judgment. Judge Cassoday handed down the decision.

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Boscobel Dial, September 27, 1894, p. 1


Richard ("Rit") F. Meyer committed suicide last Friday in Muscoda by shooting himself in the head. He was 23, and was born in Boscobel. He graduated from Boscobel High School at age 18, the valedictorian of his class. He studied law under J. D. Wilson, and was admitted to the bar at age 22, the youngest of those who were then examined. The immediate relatives present at the funeral, which was held in Boscobel, were: Mr. & Mrs. Ed. Meyer, parents of the deceased; Fred and Chat Meyer, brother and sister; Mr. & Mrs. Gustav Meyer; Mr. & Mrs. John D. Wilson; Mrs. C. A. DeWitt and Leo Lesler; Mrs. Adolf Meyer and Otto Meyer of Milwaukee. Bruce Meyer, who lives in Seattle, Wash., was not sent for, as he could not possibly have reached the city in time for the services. (Abstracted from a 4-column article)

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Boscobel Dial, December 21, 1891, p. 4


It is with sorrow we chronicle the death of Harry Meyer, youngest child of Mr. & Mrs. Oscar G. Meyer, of this city, which occurred Dec. 24, 1891. He had been ailing for about 10 days when a change took place for the worse, and he died of heart failure as above written. Had he lived until the 18th of April he would have been 4 years old. Little Harry was a bright child with a very loving disposition--a child around whom the heartstrings of his parents and playmates were securely bound. The funeral services took place Saturday afternoon, Rev. E. W. Jenney officiating, and many tokens of love and sympathy in the form of beautiful flowers were left upon the beir. The bereaved parents desire us to express their thanks to neighbors & friends for help in their time of need.

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Boscobel Dial, March 28, 1889, p. 4


Died--At Sioux City, Iowa, Saturday, March 23, 1889, of quick consumption, Henry Walter, aged 34 years, 8 months & 19 days. Henry G. Walter was born at Haverstraw, N. Y., July 4, 1854. He came to Boscobel in 1860, and later was employed in the store of Meyer Bros. from that time til '77 or '78, when he went into the employ of Richard Meyer as cashier of the First National Bank, and was afterward with A. J. Pipkin until about 4 years ago when he went to Flandreau, Dakota. Seven years ago at Boscobel he was united in marriage with Miss Clara Meyer, daughter of Gustav Meyer, who removed with her husband to Flandreau, where she died Dec. 22, 1886. He then went to Sioux City where he kept books for his brother Jacob Walter, who runs a clothing store in that city. He was buried in Boscobel on Tuesday. He left no children.

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Boscobel Dial, November 22, 1887, p. 3


Died--In this city, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Theo. Kronshage, on Thursday, Nov. 17th, at 7 a. m., Mrs. William Hildebrand, aged 77 years. Mrs. Hildebrand was born in Werther, Westphalia, Russia, Feb. 9, 1810, and in August 1866 came to this country with her husband and two children, a son and a daughter, three children, two sons and one daughter having already located here. Mrs. Hildebrand was the mother of seven children, only two of whom lived to survive her, and with them she made her home since the death of her husband, which occurred in Feb. 1875 [sic, should be 1874]. The funeral services were held at the residence on Friday afternoon, the Rev. A. A. Young officiating.

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Boscobel Dial, December 28, 1886, p. 3


In Memoriam--Clara.---Oh! the heart-breaking misery of that Christmas home-coming when the dear one who was to have been the light and life of the Christmas merry making lay cold and still in her narrow bed. The speaking eyes, whose only language was love, closed forever, the laughing lips, never more to speak of the strong affection of the now stilled heart; the hands, only lately busy fashioning dainty gifts for the loved ones, idle for ever more; and the feet, never weary when running errands of love or mercy, still, Oh! so still in the grasp of death. Oh, Clara, my heart seems breaking as I write these words; Why darling, didst thou leave us? But I forget--God called and thou must needs obey. And with thy pure soul, thou hast no fear of death, no dread of the great change, but only regret that thou must so soon leave thy dear ones; the husband, dearer than aught on earth beside, who, pale and thin, went with thee almost over the river, and who, in his great physical weakness, could hardly grasp the import of the parting so near at hand; the dear father and mother, who in their distant home had long thought of the glad Christmas time that was to bring back to the old home the nestling, the baby girl, the daughter, for whose caress their hearts were pining, with an almost sickening sense of longing---the brothers and sisters, to whom thy coming meant more of joy than they could tell; the little ones, who lost in "Tanta" one who felt their every joy and sorrow, with the kindness of a truly sympathetic heart, the friends, whom the depth of thy tenderness, had bound to thee with stronger ties, than those of ordinary friendship. But Clara, thy death was beautiful, thy peace and faith, thy confidence and trust sublime, and I, thy sister, who was the only one of thy dear ones finally permitted to see thy going, know that when Clara Meyer, wife of Henry G. Walter died, this world suffered a terrible loss, while Heaven rejoiced over an eternal gain. Clara was born in Waukesha, July 28, 1858, and when not yet two years old came to Boscobel. At the age of seven she entered the Boscobel school and there soon distinguished herself as a child of marked ability. Her progress was very rapid and she at an early age had conquered all difficulties and could look back with pride and satisfaction on her student life. About this time, as a reward for her diligence and application, she succeeded in obtaining a certificate, which showed the highest standing of any first grade then held in the county. Shortly after her graduation, she successfully filled the position of assistant in the High School, but knowing the need of her presence in the home, she then, as always, yielded willing obedience to the voice of duty and left a position for which she was well fitted, and where she found much pleasure, in the administration of various duties, to concentrate her time and talents to the best interests of the home, so dear to her. But her exit from the school room did not end her studies, her inquiring mind was constantly appropriating to itself new treasures from the treasure house of the ages, and when the Chautauqua Circle was organized here, she, with the hope of obtaining aid in her search for knowledge, became one of its most active members, and was also instrumental in organizing one, upon her arrival in Flandreau, while among her dearest companions were ever the works of many a master mind. May 25, 1881, she was married to Henry G. Walter, well known here and universally loved, and the union, though short, was one of perfect harmony, and much happiness was crowded into those few years. In May, 1885, Mr. and Mrs. Walter moved to Flandreau, Dak., and there soon established themselves firmly in the hearts of the people---and, when their time of trial and sorrow came, the love and respect of that people was shown by tenderest acts of devotion and sympathy. On Wednesday, December 15th, Clara was taken violently sick with inflammation of the bowels, and, although longing for the dear ones in the distant home, she would not suffer them to be informed, for fear of causing them unnecessary alarm. With untiring devotion to the cause to the cause of the suffering, Dr. F. A. Spafford, remained for six days and nearly six nights a constant watcher at her bedside, leaving all his other cases, of which, thank God, none were critical, to his partner, and was at the same time, the conscientious physician, the faithful nurse, and the loving friend, and there, on Tuesday, Dec. 21st, on my arrival, I found him. To say that our hearts are full of gratitude and thankfulness to him, but feebly expresses our sense of obligation. The many other friends who lovingly ministered to our darling's comfort will ever be gratefully remembered. On Wednesday evening, at 10:30 o'clock, our dear one had gone from the earth to the better home, leaving loving words of farewell to the absent father, mother, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces and friends with the message "Tell them all to meet with me in Heaven." Thursday before Christmas, the day set apart by her, for the happy leaving for the home of her childhood, saw a mournful company gathered on the Flandreau depot, and all that was left of our dear Clara, was put aboard the train, by reverential hands, amid the tears and sobs of many friends, and still Dr.Spafford did not leave her, but formed one of her mourning escorts, to her native home. When on Sunday afternoon, we laid the dear form away forever, we realized more than ever before, what a treasure we had lost, and the beautiful flowers breathed with their fragrance many a friends grief, love and respect. What she was to us, we know, what she was to others we learned when we looked upon the grief-stricken faces of those who knew her best. In the name of parent, brothers and sisters, I thank you for all the love and kindness shown our Clara and to us.

Submitted by
Anne Gwaltney

Boscobel Dial, June 1, 1883, p. 3


It is with deep sorrow that The Dial is called upon to announce the death of its chief---Lou. P. Lesler, who departed this life at his residence in this city, on Sunday morning, May 27. For the past four weeks he had been debarred from coming to the office, on account of his failing health, and his condition had been the cause of much solicitude to his many friends in and about Boscobel. When his death was at last announced his neighbors bowed their heads in humble submission to the will of Him "who doeth all things well." Lou. P. Lesler was born November 8, 1844; died May 27, 1883, consequently was aged 38 years, 6 months and 20 days. Raised in Grant county, he was known in his youth by all of the older settlers who speak of him as an honorable, fai---------inded and conscientious boy; and his maturer years added to his splendid reputation, so that his talents had been sought for by the business men as well as the public generally of the county. At the age of 17, he entered the employment of Mr. John P. Lewis, at Lancaster, with whom he remained for many years, having gained, by strict attention to business and honorable dealing the entire confidence and respect of his employer as well as that of the customers of the store. While in the employ of Mr. Lewis he enlisted as a private soldier in Co. A, 41st regiment Wisconsin volunteer, and remained with the company until honorably discharged by reason of expiration of service. After his discharge from the army he again entered the employ of Mr. Lewis, where he remained until a larger salary offered him by Mr. D. T. Parker caused him to come to Boscobel. Here, as at Lancaster, he became the "favorite clerk", and was greatly esteemed for his many good qualities, both of heart and hand. While in the employ of Mr. Parker, he met with an accident whereby one of his legs became crippled, and for years he suffered greatly from that cause. In December, 1871, Mr. Lesler took the position of book-keeper with the Messrs. Meyer Bros., which place he filed with perfect satisfaction to his employers; and by his straight forward, prompt and reliable business habits added to his already large number of warm, personal friends. On August 17, 1875, he was married to Miss Eda A. Meyer, with whom he lived a happy married life up to the time of his demise. The result of the union was two children, a son and daughter, who were the pride and joy of the father. No family in the city lived more happily and enjoyed the society of each other better than did his. The last final blow, although looked for, came with terrible effect upon the family, and they mourn the absence of the kind and loving husband and father bitterly. Their sorrow, however, is in a manner assuaged by the knowledge that his sickness was made more easy to bear by the tender care and constant watching they bestowed. During the time he was with the Meyer Bros. he was repeatedly called upon by his fellow townsmen to collect, guard and disperse the city finances. This position he filled with great credit to himself and his friends. During the fall of 1878 he was selected as the candidate of the Republicans of Grant county as their representative for the office of county treasurer. He was elected by a majority of 915 over all opposition, and in 1880 was reelected by the unusual majority of 1719; showing the hold he had gained upon the confidence of the people in the two years he had served them. During all his official relations with the people, Mr. Lesler made friends daily, and they were of the kind that did not desert him. As the close of his second term as County Treasured drew near, Mr. Lesler cast about for some occupation to engage in, and finding The Dial office for sale, bought the institution from Capt. H. D. Farquharson, present owner of the Grant County Herald. Here, as elsewhere, his business tact soon began to make itself felt in the increasing subscription list and advertising patronage; but ill health prevented him from carrying out many anticipated improvements that he was wont to speak about. The Dial, under his management, lost none of the prestige it had gained among the newspapers of the state, and his aim was to make it a still more popular and welcome visitor to its numerous patrons. Mr. Lesler was an honored, respected and beloved member of Beautiful Grove Lodge I.O.O.F. and of Charity Lodge A.O.U.W., in which orders he had held positions of trust and responsibility, discharging every duty in a manner satisfactory to his brothers and the lodges. At the funeral those orders were largely represented and the sorrowing brothers acted as an escort to the procession en-route to the cemetery. The funeral took place at his late residence on Tuesday at 10 o'clock a. m. and was attended by the largest concourse of people that ever met in Boscobel to pay their last respects to one of its citizens. The services were conducted by Rev. Wm. Stoddart, of Black Earth, formerly pastor of the Congregational church in this city. The remarks by Mr. Stoddart were of a fitting nature, outlining the life of the deceased, and containing words of consolation to the bereaved ones of the family, and were as words of hope to the large concourse of people gathered to pay their respect to the departed. The floral offerings of friends were numerous and beautiful, including some from Milwaukee. The remains of Lou. P. Lesler were placed in the city cemetery, where he took with him all that mortal can---the respect, esteem and love of his fellow citizens; while those who mourn have lost a kind and affectionate husband and father, son and brother, a generous and cheerful benefactor, an upright citizen and an steadfast friend.

Submitted by
Anne Gwaltney

Lancaster Teller, April 30, 1891

J. J. McKenzie

At his home in Lancaster, April 27, 1891, at 7 a.m., James Johnson McKenzie, aged 68 years, one month and ten days.

J. J. McKenzie is a name that has long been familiar to old citizens of Grant County. He came here in 1840. From the day of his coming, as a youth of seventeen years he applied himself to industry and in the half century that has passed his hand has not slacked. His arrival here was on August 10th with his step-father John Day and family of five small children. They were from Morgan county, Kentucky, which was Johnson's native place. They were poor and their only open way of advancement was by labor. At that time T. M. Barber was building a mill on Grant river. Johnson McKenzie applied to him for work and was given a job at which he applied himself so faithfully as to gain Mr. Barber's admiration and from that time to the present they have been near to each other both as neighbors and as fast friends. Faithfulness to duty or to tasks that fell to his performance appears always to have been a motto of his life. He never fell short of his whole duty in any undertaking.

In April, 1842, his step-father died, leaving the care of his mother and the little children, his half brothers and sisters, largely dependent upon him. He cared for them like a father, not only with his labor providing for their physical comfort in food and raiment but in schooling them and fitting them for self dependence. One of these half brothers is the Hon. R. M. Day, of Mt.Hope, and two are sisters of Mr. Day, married and residing in the West, and a brother Theodore (named for Mr. Barber) resident in Oregon.

Mr. McKenzie's business has been farming and stock raising, principally. He was one of the first to see that stock raising was more profitable for farmers in this section of country than grain growing. He began by renting farms and he made renting pay. Then he entered and purchased lands until he had over 500 acres in Lancaster devoted to stock raising. In later years he has lived in the city for the schooling and other advantages of his family.

In 1850 a number of Lancaster boys went to California. Among them were Johnson McKenzie and James Barnett. They made the overland trip together and remained together in their search of three years for fortune in that land of adventure. Their experiences together had the effect to endear them to each other with a fondness like that of brothers--an attachment that has never been interrupted. In the second year T. M. Barber joined in California. In the latter part of 1852 Mr. McKenzie returned to his farm in Grant county, and in October 1856, was joined in marriage with Miss S. J Halferty, daughter of Edward Halferty, who was an extensive farmer on adjoining lands. A family of three sons and two daughters with their mother survive and mourn the loss of their most fond and estimable counsellor and head. The eldest son, Frank, has employment at Kenosh as a druggist. The next son, William, is married and residing in Lancaster. Benjamin is at home. Kitty, the elder daughter is a graduate of the high school and for the past year has been a student at Evanston, Ill. Fanny, the youngest, about 14 years of age, is at home.

Mr. McKenzie's intelligent methods and his successes made him prominent among agriculturalists. Ten years ago he was chosen president of the county agricultural society, and was retained in that position until this winter. In his administration the society had unprecedented and unbroken success. In that as in all other undertakings he gave more than required labor and attention. He prided in raising fine horses, though his love in them was for their usefulness, not in training them for the sporting man's purposes. Attention to his spirited animals has put him into many dangers and narrow escapes. Latterly he has been made a physical sufferer through these attentions. Some two years ago when feeding his horses he fell from a hay loft and was injured by breaking ribs and otherwise and lay in pain and danger for weeks. Last fall he was again seriously hurt by being crowded in a stall by one of his horses and again had a long siege of confinement, only being out two or three weeks when the alarm came last Thursday morning that Johnson McKenzie had fallen paralyzed at his stable. He was out early and had milked one of the cows, when a chill or faintness caused him to fall. He was able to give one scream which was heard by Mrs. McKenzie and neighbors. In a short time Mr. Abrams and others were there and carried him to the house. He was soon speechless and though he appeared to be conscious he was never again able to make his thoughts known. His children were sent for and neighbors and physicians gave all possible attention but all they could do with their kindness and help was to show their sympathy and sorrow for their dear dying husband, father and friend. There was from the first scarcely a hope of his recovery, though Mr. Langridge who sat up with him the last night, said when he left an hour before his death, that the prospect for living another day looked as favorable as it did the previous evening.

In the presence of T. M. Barber and other deeply affected friends this old and greatly esteemed citizen passed away to the unknown world. The funeral took place yesterday at 1 p.m. at the house, attended by the people, and among them his old companion, James Barnett, of Boscobel. All the land mourns.The children had been telegraphed for and all were present.

Submitted by
Terence L. Day

The Wisconsin Herald (Lancaster, WI) 9 Dec 1848



At Jamestown, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, 28th ult., after a long and painful illness, which he bore with much fortitude and resignation, Mr. JAMES GILMORE, aged 63 years.

Mr. G. was among the first settlers in this region of country. His uniform kindness and sympathy as a neighbor � his unaffected and unassuming manner, united with unimpeachable integrity of character � a discriminating mind and sound judgment, had gained him an enviable position in the affections and esteem of the extensive community in which he was known.

In the Fall of 1847, he was chosen a member of the Convention which prepared our State Constitution. During their sitting, the following winter, his health became so much impaired as to oblige him to return home before the close of the session. This was his last public service. Thereafter, medical treatment seemed of no avail in arresting the progress of the fatal disease. Gradually, but constantly, he wasted away, till, with scarcely a struggle �to tell that all was over,� the scene closed in death.

At his funeral, a large concourse of people testified, by their presence, their high regards, inspired by the worth and virtue of the deceased.

A numerous family mourn a Father and counselor, and community one of its most valued members.

His funeral sermon was preached by Rev. James M. Phillips, from Acts 26th 8th:

�Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you that God should raise the dead?�

�With us his memory shall live
Through long succeeding years.
Embalmed in all our hearts can give,
Our friendship and our tears.�

Submitted by
Billy Songer

The Fennimore Times (WI) 25 Feb 1903:

C.W. Loney Dies - Was the Oldest Resident of Fennimore with but one Exception.

Last Sunday morning at 4:30 o'clock, C. W. Loney, Sr., passed to his final reward. His last sickness was of short duration, brought on by a severe cold and he suffered little or no pain. The end came peaceably and without a struggle, the infirmities of very old age precluding any vigorous resistance. With one exception Mr. Loney, or "Squire Loney" as he was known to all, was the oldest, resident of Fennimore. He crowded the century mark pretty closely, lacking only five years of completing it. In spite of his advanced age, he kept up well and was about on the streets and around more than many twenty years his junior. He could still read without glasses and wrote a very good and distinguishable hand, nothwithstanding his extreme age. He will be kindly and lovingly remembered by the present generation as one of the early pioneers who was in the fore front in developing this section. As a man and a citizen he was above reproach, kindly of heart, gently in spirit and noble in character. He was a thorough Christian in practice as well as in theory. Honor to his memory.

The funeral was held from the M. E. church yesterday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, Rev. Bender of the U. B. church, of which deceased had been a member for many years, officiating and paying him a deserved tribute. The remains were taken to the White Cemetery for interment.

Chas. W. Loney was born Aug 21 1808 in Franklin Twp., Ross Co., Ohio and was the son of James A. and Nancy (Warren) Loney, both of North Carolina. The family was of Irish descent. Deceased was reared upon a farm. When twenty two years of age he left his native state and migrated to Mound Twp., Warren Co., Indiana where he taught common school for two years. He entered in farming during the summer and continued teaching in the winter season for thirteen years until 1846 at which time he went to the home of John Switzer in Fennimore, Grant County, Wisconsin, bought land and
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was admitted as a state Mr. Loney was elected superintendent of schools and justice of the peace, which latter office he held for twenty years; during that time he married over one hundred couples and decided many complicated points of law. In the spring of 1866 he engaged in business within the present limits of the village of Fennimore and continued therein for about twenty years. The latter years of his life have been spent in retirement with his relatives.

In 1832 Mr. Loney married Miss Mary Switzer of Ohio and to this union were born two sons and two daughters; Mary Ann (deceased wife of George Munns), Charles Wesley Jr., Nancy Jane (deceased wife of Samuel Armstrong), and William H. Harrison. These two sons, themselves prevented by sickness from attending the funeral, besides numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, are left to mourn. Mr. Loney's wife died two years ago.

Submitted by
Shirley Houk



At Ruthven, Iowa, on Saturday, July 30, 1898, Dora Doolittle, wife of Jno. W. Hanson, aged 32 years, 9 months and 16 days.

The deceased was born at Lake Mills, Wisconsin, and spent most of her early life there and at Fennimore until she came to Ruthven about eleven years ago. She was married to John W. Hanson at the latter place on October 12th, 1892. During the four years that Mr. Hanson was sheriff they made their home in Emmetsburg, and Mrs. Hanson' great good nature made a friend for her in each person who formed her acquaintance. They returned to Ruthven in the early spring and had either commenced, or had in contemplation the building of a handsome new home. But the plans are abruptly changed and she has gone to the house not built with hands.

Her funeral was held on Monday, the services being conducted jointly by Rev. Mr. Bryon, the M.E. pastor at Ruthven, and Rev. Robt. Bagnell, of LeMars, who was her pastor during her stay in Emmetsburg.

The floral offerings that decked her casket and her bier were profuse and tastily arranged and some of them were made of favorite flowers that had grown in the nooks and dales where she had loved to wander when a child. Perhaps she saw them. Who knows?

Her mother had reached her bedside the day before her death and had the melancholy though heart-breaking satisfaction of bidding her a last good-bye.

Used with permission
Cathy Joynt Labath



Mrs. Henrietta Meyer, mother of Gustav & Edward Meyer, merchants in this city, died at Waukesha, Wis., on the 26th inst., aged 75 years. Mrs. Meyer has been a resident of this state since 1828 [sic], and has been afflicted with inflammatory rheumatism for the past 2 or 3 years."

Submitted by
Anne Gwaltney



SUICIDE OF H. A. MEYER.---Cashier of the First National Bank, Boscobel.---The City Thrown into a State of Excitement by the Act.---One More Valued Citizen Gone to that Bourne from Whence no Traveler Returns.---A Day of Gloom for Boscobel.---Solomon and Impressive Ceremonies at the Funeral.---Our city was thrown into an unusual state of excitement early on Monday morning last (4/24), by the report on the street that H. A. Meyer, one of our most respected citizens and cashier of the First National Bank of Boscobel, had committed suicide at his rooms at the Central House, by shooting himself through the head. On repairing to the hotel the sad report was found to be too true. Through the courtesy of Mr. Barnett, the proprietor of the Central, we were at once shown into the ill-fated room where the tragedy which has deprived the city of one of its ablest business men, was enacted. The unfortunate man lay upon the bed, his head fallen back upon the pillow, his hand clasping a Smith & Weston six-inch barrel revolver, firmly, while a dark red spot in the temple told where the leaden messenger of death had entered on its fearful mission. The bullet, entering at the temple, passed through the brain, and emerged at the opposite temple a little higher up, and finally lodged in the wall just above the head of the bed. Everything in and about the room, the position of the body, the arrangement of the bed-clothes, and of the room generally, indicated a settled and determined purpose on the part of the deceased, to accomplish the act of self-destruction without failure. He had left his bed about 7 o'clock a. m. on Monday, put on his pants, socks and slippers, and brushed his hair--removed the white spread from the bed and placed a quilt in its place, covering the pillows with the same. He had then taken the mirror from its fastenings and placed it on the stand in front of the bed, so that he could sit on the edge of the bed and look into the mirror. It is supposed that he was sitting up or resting on his elbow when he discharged the revolver. The weapon employed was almost equivalent to a rifle, and its effect, from the position of the wound, almost instantaneous death. On a table near the bed, lay two letters, one in German and the other in English, addressed to his friends, explaining the motives which led the unfortunate man to the perpetration of the act. The first letter seemed to have been written early on Saturday morning last, after the deceased, in contemplation of and with the purpose of suicide, had taken about 3 1/2 grains of morphine. But finding that the morphine did not produce the desired effect, he, later in the day, sent for his physician, Dr. Carley and acquainted him of the fact and of his intent in taking the morphine, but under the promise of secrecy from his physician. The Doctor, however, in defiance of his promise of secrecy, did acquaint the friends of the deceased with the fact of his having taken morphine and the purpose for which it was taken, and consulted with them as to the best course to pursue in view of the deceased's condition of mind, and having administered the proper remedies in such a case to the patient, the physician and friends were led to believe that the deceased had abandoned the idea of any further attempt upon his life--an idea which the event of Monday morning completely disproved. Both letters were characterized by the same fixed purpose in the writer' mind to take his life without delay--both refer to the same troubles as daily increasing and becoming unendurable and unsupportable--both commend his children, for who he had the warmest affection, to the care of his friends, and his good name to the charity of all. All acquainted with the life of Mr. Meyer, know full well to what these "troubles" refer; that they did not affect his public character or reputation, but were of that domestic nature over which Charity spreads the veil and the Recording Angel drops the tear that obliterates the record forever. In private life Mr. Meyer was highly esteemed by all who were acquainted with him, while in business transactions, especially in connection with the first National Bank of this place, he leaves a name and record, untarnished even by suspicion, as an honest and faithful officer, which in these days of official misconduct, is a legacy rarely bequeathed. Deceased was forty years of age in March last, and was born at Ubbedissen, near Bielefeldt, Wesphalia, Germany, and came to the United States in the fall of 1848; was for some time teller in the People's Bank of Milwaukee, and afterwards in the War of the Rebellion joined the army from this State as Captain in the 28th Regiment Wisconsin Volunteers. He leaves a widow and four children, of whom the eldest is a girl of twelve years old, the youngest a girl of about four, and two boys. His remains were consigned to their last resting place on Tuesday, under the auspices of Harmonia Lodge of Odd Fellows, of this place, of which the deceased was an active member, assisted by Beautiful Grove Lodge of Odd Fellows, of this place, and by delegations of the Brotherhood from Lancaster and Muscola. The funeral was largely attended, and the procession which followed his ream ins to the cemetery was the largest that has passed through our streets for several years.

Submitted by
Anne Gwaltney



In this city, on the 29th day of February, 1874, of apoplexy, Mr. Wm. Hilderbrand, aged 73 years. "Once more we are called upon the chronicle the death of an old and highly esteemed citizen of our city. Mr. Hilderbrand came to this place, from Bielfeld, Prussia in the year 1865. He was a highly educated man, and has drawn a pension ever since he came from the old country as a retired Professor. "The funeral takes place to-morrow at 2 o'clock pm."

Submitted by
Anne Gwaltney



In Boscobel, Sunday evening, November 7, 1869, of consumption, Mr. Richard Hildebrand, aged 33 years. Thus in the prime and glory of his manhood, when---after years of trial and tribulation, and of hard, unremitting toil----the future began to stretch before him, radiant with the promises of happiness and serene joy, has he been called away...His last remains were escorted to their final resting place, last Tuesday by the Order of Free and Accepted Masons, of which Brotherhood he had long been a highly respected and influential member.

Submitted by
Anne Gwaltney
Note from Anne: (In Boscobel cemetery: Richard J. Hildebrand, died November 7, 1969, ae 33 years 6 mo 3 d)



Boscobel news: There have been quite a number of cases if billious fever, many of them fatal, at Boscobel and vicinity; a young man named Hildebrand, brother of Richard and George, late from Germany, Mrs. Earl, daughter of Mr. Guillford, and Rev. Mr. Dodge, the Methodist minister, have recently died after a brief illness from that disease.

Submitted by
Anne Gwaltney
Note from Anne: (In Boscobel cemetery is a gravestone for Theodore Hildebrand, died Dec. 2, 1866, aged 17 years 1 month 25 days.)



Died, on the 21st of August, 1863, of heart disease, Miss Alvina Hildebrand, sister of Richard and George Hildebrand. She was here visiting. Her home was in Prussia.

Submitted by
Anne Gwaltney
Note from Anne: (In Boscobel cemetery: Alwine Hildebrand, died August 21, 1863, ae 21 years 9 months 15 days)



Delia Phelps Street obituary

Submitted by
Shelley Livaudais
Note from Shelly: Delia B Phelps Street, b. 1864 in WI, lived most of her (short) life in Lancaster, Grant, WI, and died March 15, 1898 in Salt Lake City, UT, where her husband John Anderson Street was a judge.



Mrs. Elizabeth Lightfoot, a lady much respected and beloved, died at the residence of her step-son, Mr. Ralph Spensley, at Asbury, Dubuque county, April 26, aged 76 years. The remains were taken to her home in Potosi, and buried the following day in the cemetery at British Hollow. Mrs. Lightfoot was a native of Yorkshire, England, and came with her husband, John Spensley, --the father of Mesers. Ralph and John Spensley, of Dubuque county, Iowa-- to America and settled first in Philadelphia, in the year 1832. The following year they removed to Dubuque, then a mere mining camp consisting only of one log tavern, a store and a few cabins. Indians were plentiful enough in those days, and the old lady was often heard to remark about them, and of having shaken hands with Blackhawk who was at that time a prisoner. Her husband's health failing, he left her and returned to his native land in the hope of that climate's benefiting him, but his hopes were vain. He never returned, and she was left a widow in a strange land with four little ones to guide and protect uncheered by a husband's loving aid and counsel.

What that time of trial must have been for the delicately matured woman, only they may know who like her have drank deeply of the bitter waters of afflictions, but the God of the widow and fatherless protected her. She bore her trials with examplary patience and cheerful resignations doing her duty faithfully in the sphere of life in which it had pleased her heavenly Father to place her.

In 1838 she married Mr. Wm. Lightfoot by whom she has three children living, two sons and a daughter. Mr. Lightfoot died in the year '60, April the 16th. Mrs. Lightfoot had been a devoted member of the Methodist church from her earliest years, and her life throughout was marked by that gentle submission to the will of the Divine Master which characterizes the true Christian spirit. The hope of the unseen glories beyond was the guide of her early youth, the safeguard of mature years, its fair promises the beacon that brightened the sombre clouds that so oft o'ershadowed her pathway and led her peacfully through the valley and shadow of death. Her life work is done; the faithful wife and mother has fulfilled the task appointed and gone to her reward.

With weary feet I near my journey's end,
The heavenly anthems reach my listening ear;
I long for rest, Angel of Peace descend,
Guide me still onward, fain would I draw near.

The golden gates are standing yet ajar;
With eager tread the portal now is past;
All earthly scenes are distant, dim afar,
And heaven is won, the goal is reached at last.

H. L. V.

Submitted by
Mike Birkett

TELEGRAPH-HERALD, Dubuque, Iowa April 8, 1931


Mrs. Diana Lightfoot, well known Dubuquer, died at the Finley hospital Thursday morning at 6 o'clock. She had been ill for a long time.

The body is at the Haudenshield funeral home, where services will be conducted at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Burial will be made in the cemetery in British Hollow, Wis.

Mrs. Lightfoot resided at 372 Iowa street and is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Alvina Schroeder, Potosi; Mrs. Ida Bruno, Maplewood, Mo., and Mrs. Rose Meggenburg, this city; two sons, Charles and W. L. Lightfoot, both of Dubuque; 13 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, four sisters and two brothers. Her husband, John Lightfoot, preceded her in death.

Mrs. Lightfoot was born in Cleveland Sept. 24, 1850, and had made her home in this city for many years.

Submitted by
Mike Birkett

TELEGRAPH-HERALD, Dubuque, Iowa October 31, 1914


The death of John N. Lightfoot occurred on Friday evening at 7:40 o'clock at Mercy hospital following and extended illness. Mr. Lightfoot was born in Potosi, Wis., on Nov. 1, 1841, and resided there until seven years ago when he moved to East Dubuque. Three years ago he came to this city with his family to make his home. His health had been failing for the past five years due to the infirmities of age. Mr. Lightfoot leave to mourn his passing his wife, three daughters, Mrs. Lavina Schroeder, Potosi, Wis.; Mrs. Ida Bruno, St. Louis, Mo.; Mrs. Richard Meggenberg, this city, and Lafayette and Charles, of this city.

The funeral will take place from the family residence, corner of Levee and Jones streets, on Monday morning at 10 o'clock and interment will be made at Potosi.

Submitted by
Mike Birkett

GUTTENBERG PRESS, Guttenberg, Iowa . . .May 7, 1909


After an illness of several weeks caused by lung trouble, Joseph J. Willms passed away at his home on South Front (?Second) Street last Friday, aged 54 years, 3 months and 8 days. Mr. Willms was born at Blankenheim, Germany, January (? 22), 1855. He was married there in 1882, and with his wife came to this country the following year, settling at Glen Haven, Wis, where they resided until 1898, when they moved to Guttenberrg, Iowa. Deceased was a painter by trade and followed that occupation until a couple of years ago. Surviving are his widow and three sons. The funeral was held Monday with services at St. Mary's church, internment taking place in the Catholic cemetery.

NOTE by contributor: April 30, 1909 was the date of death. John Joseph WILLMS (Johann Josephus WILLMS / WILLEMS / WILLIAMS) is my great grandfather. His widow was MAGDALENA PAULY, also born in Blankenheim. His surviving sons were: Alwis and Bernard WILLIAMS (born in Glen Haven) and Joseph Henry WILLIAMS (my grandfather), born in Germany.

This obituary was preceded a week before (May 1, 1909) by another article in the GUTTENBERG PRESS about his illness, as follows:

"Joe. Williams is in a serious condition at his home on South Second street. He is receiving medical attendance and friends are doing all they can for his relief. His son Ben of Prairie du Chien came down Saturday for a visit."

Submitted by
Audrey Williams Stanaland

Grant County Herald, September 4, 1912


John B. CARDY, an old veteran of the Civil War and a former resident of British Hollow, died at Platteville Tuesday evening, August 27th, aged 81 years. He was born in the state of New York in 1831, and came to the town of Potosi when a very young man. He served with the 21st Wisconsin Infantry in the war. The funeral took place Friday form his late residence in Platteville to the British Hollow Cemetery where the internment was made.

Submitted by
Leslie Louthain

Grant County Herald, Thursday July 14th, 1892


Died: In South Hurricane, June 9 after five weeks illness, Jesse P CARDY, aged 57 years, deceased was a member of Co. H 25, Wisconsin Volunteers. He leaves a wife, five sons and one daughter to mourn his loss.

Submitted by
Leslie Louthain

Lancaster Newspaper 29 January 1894


Another name is entered in the record of immortal life--another father, friend, and fellow mortal has gone to his reward, where all tears are wiped away-all sorrows cease and partings are no more.

On Friday night, the 26th, as the clock chimed the midnight hour, the spirit of Russell CARDEY passed quietly to its maker; death printed on his placid features, the insignia of his pallid realm. From the warm precincts of the mortal he became a dweller in that better land where the stars are dimmed with passing clouds, where the moon withdraws her silver beams, and the sun itself often hides its glories begind the dark clouds of adversity, the good old man passed away-became a dweller in that better land where the stars never fade and whose glories are undimmed through endless years. Blissful transition from the cold, dreary pastimes of earth, to the radiant, endless joys of eternal life.

The history of Mr. CARDEY extends over a period of nearly seventy-seven years. He was born at Palmyra, Tioga County, New York, May 8, 1817. His father was of Irish birht and his mother's family from Vermont, named STEPHENSON. She died when Russell was only 17 month old, leaving him nearly an orphan in the world. When a boy he lived mostly among strangers and struggled for a living. He was married at Hamburg, Erie County, New York on August 8th, 1842 to Miss MErcy Ann HAMPTON, aunt of George W. HAMPTON of Lancaster. They lived happily together forty-four years; two children survive them. George W. CARDEY who resides on the old homestead where he was raised and where mother and father now both lie buried, and Mrs. Philip ROESCH who lives in Potosi. Mrs. CARDEY was a woman of much intelligence and many excellent traits and her death which occured March 22, 1888, was sincerely mourned by her family and friends.

The deceased first came to Wisconsin in 1839, where he labored for day wages taking Mineral Point money for pay, which proved worthless. Getting a log cabin in the Hurricane woods, he returned afterward to New York for his esteemed wife who came cheerfully to pass her younger days in the wilderness of Wisconsin. They lived frugally, toiled industriously and were rewarded with a pleasant home in which to spend the evening of life. He removed to his present farm in 1850, building a comfortable stone house thereon and adorning it with shrubbery, vines and fruit trees. His vines bore the largest berries and his bushes the brightest floweres, in all the country side. It was a pleasure and delight to go on a brigh autmnal day and there see standing in all their exuberance of growth and bright array of foliage and flower the result of thier tasteful industry; one could listen the while to the quiet, intelligent conversation of those whose industrial hands and ideas of refinement and pleasure, had made the prairie and the hills bloom as a garden; and now, when long years of toil and approaching infirmities admonished them the sun of their existence was declining, they could enjoy in ease, contentment and pleasantness, their bright beautiful earthly home.

The husbandman has gone-the hand that trailed the vine and planted the lovely floweres is cold in death. May we not hope, in the paradise of God, where they are transferred, they may find kindred employment, and congenial tasks-where fadless flowers and perennial fruits forever flourish beneath the sweet dews of heaven and the smiling sun of righteousness.

To those who personally and well knew Russell CARDEY, do dwell upon his worth and speak of his many kindly traits of character, were a useless task. His integrity, his constancy to truth, his sincerity of heart, his undeviating adherance to the line of rectitude, in all his transactions with men, however simple or unimportant, were proverbial and well known. No man ever received wrong at his hands knowingly, and no man doubted his word once pledged. To do right and live honestly and peacefully with the world, were the aim and object of his life. Thus, for over a half century, he dwelt among his neighbors without strife or offense; and , now, in the fullness of his years and the plentitude of his honors, peacefully and tranquilly, he has departed from the scene of his labors. The memory of his long, useful life, his peaceful character, his ernest and dilligent ways will survive the tomb and become a sweet and enduring heritage to his family and friends.

Mr. CARDEY was a member of the M.E. Church with which he fellowshipped for many years, he was more, he was a member of the human family, seeking truth, virtue and holiness in the lowly walks of llife, and by word, deed and example striving to make the world bitter, lovelier, happier for his having lived. The funeral took place Sunday from the family residence some five miles northwest of Potosi. The services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Curitss, of Ellenboro, pastor of the United Brethren Church. There was a large attendance.

Submitted by
Leslie Louthain

Lancaster Newspaper dated 5 April 1888


On the 21st of March death entered the home of Russell CARDY, in the town of Potosi, and claimed his cherished companion as its victim. Mercy Ann HAMPTON was born of Christian parents in the state of New Jersey, in 1813. Her parents moved from New Hersey to Erie County, New York, while she was young, where they lived at the time of her marriage. Her early life was spent among the friends-"Quakers"-and from them she learned the true lesson of virtue. In 1842 she was married to Russel CARDY, on the 25th of August. They came to Potosi the same year. Their first home was on what was known as the Hurd Place, where David Walker now lives. She taught school in their own home their first winter in Wisconsin, besides attending to her household duties. Their present home is one mile east of the Boice Crekk church where they have lived many years. She united with the M.E. Church about the year '55, but always clund to the belief of early years. She lived a quiet life, never yielding to wrong. She and her companion united witht he Old Settlers' association some years ago. They will see her no more here, for she has joined a brighter band. Though the weather was cold she was borne to her resting place followed by her numerous friends. The procession walked to the grave. The services were held at the house conducted by Rev. G.K. Curtis. They have the sympathy of all who know them.

Submitted by
Leslie Louthain

June 8, 1904 Boscobel


Mrs. William Tennant, was born in May, 1827, near Platville, this state, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. F. Ambler of Woodman, on Wednesday, June 1st. Her maiden name was Nancy Hudson.

In 1844 she was married to William May. Two children blessed this union, both sons, one of whom still survives her--J.W. May of this city. After the death of Mr. May she removed to New Diggins where she met and married William Tennant. Her home for some time thereafter, or until the death of her husband, was on a farm in the vicinity of Lancaster.

After that she made her home in Lancaster until about a year ago when she removed to Woodman and since then has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Ambler.

Deceased was a true christian woman in all that name implies. She was an active member of the M.E. church and a willing and faithful worker in the vineyard of the Lord.

Names of those who are thus called upon to mourn the loss of a good and patient mother are: J. W. May of this city, Mrs F. Ambler of Woodman, Charles and James Tennant of McVille, North Dakota; H. Tennant and Mrs. J. Byrson of Crab Orchard, Neb., and Mrs. W. Lawton of Los Angeles, California.

Funeral services were held at Mt. Ida on Friday, June 3d.

Submitted by
Jean Klebenow

Boscobel Dial--Jan 5, 1893

Another Old Soldier Dies


David R. May passed away after a lingering illness, on Sunday morning, January 1, 1893.

The subject of our sketch was born in the town of Dew Diggings, Lafayette Co., Wisconsin, April 23, 1843, where he spent much of his childhood there.

In 1861 he enlisted in Co. F, 3rd Wis. Inf., where he served as an ever faithful, always brave and daring servant of his country, until his discharge on account of disability in May 1863.

At the age of 27 he was united in marriage to Caroline A. Darling of Mongonia, Boone Co., Iowa with whom he passed a happy life until the day of his demise.

In 1883 he became a member of John McDermitt Post, G.A.R. and as a member of the organization gained the respect and esteem of his conrades and fellow citizens. About two years ago he became unable to work on account os general disability from wounds and diseases, resulting from his service in the army and since that time was a helpless invalid well worthy the public sympathy which was extended him. His war record as furnished by Post Historian Edwin Pike is as follows:

David R. May was a member of Co. F, 3rd Wis. Inf. Vol. and has one of the best records of duty, service and loyalty. He was severely wounded in the head by a shell at the Battle of Cedar Mountain, Va. He was engaged in seven different battles, besides skirmishes and hard marches. His intimate comrades were Brainard Hopkins, Samuel Barthlomew, Captain Limbecker, Captian Becks (?) and Lieutenant Bentley.

Mr. May leaves besides his wife, six living children---two boys and four girls to mourn the loss of a faithful and loving father,

The funeral took place from the Methodist Church under the auspices of John McDermitt Post at 2 p.m., Monday Rev. D.M. Sinclair officiating.

Submitted by
Jean Klebenow

Boscobel Dial--March 5, 1924


James W. May was born May 1, 1844 at New Diggings, Wis., in Lafayette Co. He died at his home in Boscobel, Wis., Feb. 23, 1924 at the age of 79 years, 9 months and 22 days. He was married to Sarah Darling Aug. 8, 1868 in Moingona, Iowa. They had six children: Ida (Mrs. L.S. Shipley) and Guy May of Boscobel. Wis.; and Alna, Elmer, Clyde and Bessie. The last of whom preceded him in death. Mr. May enlisted in Co. F, 20th Wis. Inf. Vol. in 1861 and served until the close of the Civil War, when he was honorably discharged. He was an active member of the G.A.R. For the past 53 years he has been a respected citizen of Boscobel, Wis. He is survived by his wife; two remaining children; four grandchildren and one great grandchild, also two half sisters. Funeral services were held at the home with Rev. Walter C. Snow officiating. Burtail was made in the Boscobel cemetery.

Submitted by
Jean Klebenow

Boscobel Dial--April 22, 1931


Sarah A. Darling, daughter of William and Katherine was born May 8, 1851 at Pleasant Branch, Wis. and died April 12, 1931, aged 79 years, 11 months and 26 days. She was married Aug. 9, 1868 to J.W. May at Moingona, Iowa and in 1872, the couple came to Boscobel to reside. This was their home continuously until they answered the final summons. Six children were born to them: James Elmer, Alna Herbert, Bessie Lela, and Clyde Charles, preceded the mother in death. Surviving are Mrs. Ida Shipley and Guy W. of this city. The husband died several years ago. Mrs. May had been a member of the W.R.C. for 42 years and was a gold star mother member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Her final illness dates back to Sept. 19th last when she suffered a stroke of paralysis and since that time she has been confined to her bed. In addition to the children mentioned she is survived by a sister, Mrs. Carrie May, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren, and numerous other relatives. An affectionate wife and mother, a kind neighbor and friend, her presence will be greatly missed not only in the home circle, but by the entire neighborhood where she was so well and favorably known. Funeral services were conducted at the home Wednesday afternoon. Rev. Agema officiarting and burial took place in the Boscobel cemetery.

Submitted by
Jean Klebenow

Fennimore Times--June 7, 1905

She Was a Leader And Her Place Will be Hard to fill.


To most of the residents of Fennimore the death of Mrs. James M. Gelvin came almost as a personal loss, for she had for some years been identified with everything that stood for the betterment and improvement of the morals of the community, and the entire population and many from the surrounding country gathered Sunday afternoon to do reverence to her memory. It was one of the largest funerals ever witnessed in Fennimore. Brief services were held at the residence at two o�clock, and the remains were taken to the M.E. church, the graduates of the Loyal Legion, of which she was a mainstay and guiding spirit, marching in a body from the house to the church. There was a wealth of floral offerings, contributed by the W.C.T.U., the Loyal Legion, and the Ladie�s Aid Society, the Home Missionary Society, and many friends. The services at church were unusually affecting. The large edifice was utterly unable to hold all the friends who had gathered. Rev.Bird, the pastor, preached a solacing and beautiful sermon from Psalms 116:15, and appropriate addresses were also made by Revs. Harris of Benton and John Vincent of Fayette. The pall bearers were Mesdames C.P. Hinn, Henry Ruchti, J.D. Meyer, C.C. Webe, Wm. Earl, and D.R. Brunson. The Loyal Legion accompanied the remains to the cemetery and each in turn dropped a little bouquet on the casket after it was lowered in the grave.

Those in attendance from a distance were her brothers Fremont, Frank, Otis and Sherman Smith, Mr. Gelvin�s brother William and his niece, Etta Jones of Sand Springs, Iowa, and Rev. Arthur Vincent of Meadow Creek, Montana.

Mrs. Nettie B. Gelvin was born in Richland County, Wis., Oct. 3, 1854, and called to her eternal reward May 31, 1905. She was united in marriage Nov. 5, 1876 to James M. Gelvin, her bereaved husband by Rev. John Harris. Mrs. Gelvin was the daughter of the late C.D. Smith, and one member of a large family, most of whom are still living. She leaves six full-brothers, Alva Smith of Tekamah, Nebraska, Charles of Wahoo, Neb., Fremont of Guthrie, Oklahoma, Frank and Otis of Kearney, Neb., and Sherman of Minneapolis. Tilton, a half-brother, lives at Fennimore, and there are other half sisters and a brother in Oklahoma. Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Gelvin, all living: Blanche (Mrs. Arthur Vincent of Meadow Creek, Montana), Percie, Nora, Arthur and Howard.

The home of the family was fro many years on a farm in Mt. Ida, but for the past 14 years they have resided in the village of Fennimore. The home life has been an ideal one and greatly will she be missed in the home circle.

Mrs. Gelvin had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church for about a score of years. With her religion meant more than a from as all can testify who knew her. Hers was an intensely zealous nature and every good work had her sympathy and cooperation. Her life was consecrated to her Master for active service. Her devotion was not limited to any one line of work but wherever there was an opportunity to do good, she never shrank from the responsibility nor ceased her efforts because others lacked faith or stooped to criticism. She attended all the services of the church, much of the time a teacher in the Sunday School, a helper in the Epworth League and has carried on a helpful work of temperance instruction among the children and youth. This is a cause that appealed to her ardent soul and that received her active support. Perhaps nothing tried her patience more than the apparent indifference of church people to the ravages of intemperance. While the results in this great field may not be apparent to human eyes, she shall have the satisfaction throughout all eternity of knowing that she did what she could. For many years Mrs. Gelvin had been a leading member of the Women�s Christian Temperance Union. In their circle she will be greatly missed for hers was no spasmodic effort in behalf of reform but she enlisted for life and pressed the battle to the gates.

Last Wednesday morning, almost one week from the time she was stricken with paralysis, the end came. It came as a shock to the community, in many homes there was mourning. She will be greatly missed for there seems to be none to take her place.

Her last testimony in the class meeting, was one full of trust and resignation. She had heard the voice of the Good Shepherd, "Come, ye blessed of my father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world."

"Servant of God, well done.
Thy glorious warfare�s past,
The battle�s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last."

Card of Thanks.

The undersigned wish through the Times to extend to all their heartfelt gratitude for the many acts of sympathy and assistance of which they were the recipients in their great sorrow.

J.M. Gelvin and Family

Submitted by
Dan Reese

Fennimore Times, March 4. 1903:

"Oldest Citizen"
Mother Luse Had That Distinction

Mother Luse, the oldest inhabitant of Fennimore and perhaps of the county, passed peacefully away last Sunday morning. She was in her 98th year, well on to the century mark. The decrepitude of extreme old age had rendered her practically helpless for a long time, but she was tenderly cared for by her daughter, Mrs. Palmer, with whom she made her home. She was a kind, gentle woman with a lovable character, always doing good unto others. Her remains were laid to rest in the White Cemetery yesterday. The funeral was held at ten o'clock from the house, Rev. Vincent officiating.

Eleanor Archer was born September 14, 1805 in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. She lost both parents within four weeks when only eight years of age. She had three brothers and three sisters, all of whom have been dead a great many years. She lived with a brother and sister until grown, and taught school several years.

She was married to George Luse November 22, 1832, the couple coming to Grant County, Wisconsin in 1849, living for many years on a farm in North Lancaster. In 1883 they located in Fennimore. Mr. Luce died in 1890. Six children were born to them, two sons and four daughters, of whom Mrs. Sarah J. Philbrick, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mrs. Elizabeth Rogers and Mrs. Lydia Palmer of Fennimore and Issac of Rosemont, Montana, are still living. Nathaniel was killed in an Indian outbreak in New Mexico in 1885 and Mrs. Emily Rogers died in Fort Dodge, Iowa in 1900. She leaves sixteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Mrs. Luse united with the Methodist Church about twenty years ago, although she was brought up Presbyterian. Her life was one of rare Christian devotion and fortitude. May she find sweet repose and rest, after the hardships and trials of this world, in the Heavenly city where she has gone to dwell. Her name will be ever hallowed in the memory of her children by the sweet, tender loving word of "Mother."

Submitted by
Charlotte Kibbie

Platteville Journal, June 1910


One of our old residents passed suddenly to the Great Beyond, when yesterday morning, June 5th, John McBride dropped dead. He had breakfasted in his usual manner and turned to his wife and told her he was ready for his cigar. She went to get him one and he dropped dread as she returned. While the news as a great shock to all, Mr. McBride has been in exceedingly poor health for some time and a few weeks ago his life was despaired of at that time. He recuperated, however, sufficiently to be up and around and be driven out often. His illness was heart disease, from which he suffered much.

John McBride was born in Elk Grove, Wis, April 18, 1887. His parents were natives of Ireland, who settled in Lafayette County in 1820, clearing a large farm, where they spent their days. Of their children, ten in number, seven died in infancy; those who lived to maturity were Mary, wife of Wm Robinson, now deceased, and Robert, who also died in 1890, and John who died on June 7th, 1910.

John McBride was educated in the district schools of his native village and at the Plattville Academy. He grew to manhood on the home farm, and in October 1865, was married to Miss Mary E. McNett of Elk Grove. After marriage, Mr. and Mrs. McBride lived on the homestead until 1894, when they came to Plattville and erected a fine dwelling.

Mr. and Mrs. McBride were parents to three children, Will, who now lives on the home farm; Rosanna, now Mrs. Elmer Herron of Le Mars; and Elsie, Mrs. Scott Bailey of Abbotsford, Wisconsin, all of whom with the faithful and loving wife, remain to mourn his loss.

Mr. McBride was a member of the Methodist church. While a resident of Lafayette County, he served as treasurer of his township, as chairman of the town board, and also filled other local offices with credit to himself and satisfaction of the public. He was a descendant of one of the pioneer families of the state, and enjoyed the respect of all inhabitants of Plattville and Grant and Lafayette counties.

Funeral services will be held from the home, Saturday afternoon at two o'clock.

Submitted by
Karolyn Simpson

Fennimore Times, November 7, 1890


George Luse died at Fennimore, November 3, 1890 in the 84 year of his age from a paraletic stroke. Mr. Luse was born at Brownsville, Pennsylvania in 1807. He was married to Eleonar Archer Nov. 22 1832, who was born in Cherrytree township near the Susquhanna in Pennsylvania, and who was born Sept. 14, 1805, who still survives him.

Mr. and Mrs. Luse moved to Grant county, Wisconsin, in 1849 and located in north Lancaster. In 1883 they removed to Fennimore where they have since made their home.

To this union 6 children were born, 4 girls and 2 boys, 5 of which now survive. They are Nathinal, born Nov. 23, 1833, who was killed by Indians 4 years ago last spring, Sarah Jane, now Mrs. Philbrick, born, Feb. 7, 1836, Mary E. now Mrs. S.W. Rogers born April 18, 1838, Emily now Mrs. Lee Rogers, of South Dakota, born Aug. 25, 1841, Lydia, now Mrs. Palmer, born Oct. 26, 1843, and Isaac born sept. 5, 1848.

Mr. Luse was a man of sober habits and was well liked and respected by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. He was a kind and indulgent father a kind husband and an honest and upright man.

The funeral occurred Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock and a large concourse of people followed the remains to their last resting place. Peace to his ashes.

Submitted by
Charlotte Kibbie

Grant County Herald, Wisconsin 1915



"Thursday, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Schreiner received word that their daughter, Mrs. Lester Greening was dangerously ill, and with Mrs. J. M. Hayden, mother to Mr. Greening started for Des Moines. Upon their arrival in that city, they found that she had been dead several hours. With Mr. Greening, they brought the remains to Bloomington Saturday and her funeral was held Sunday morning at the Congregational Church, Rev. Dahlberg preaching the sermon. A large congregation of neighbors and friends attended. Interment was made at Blake's Prairie Cemetery.

Millie Schreiner was born on Blake's Prairie and at the time of her death was 21 years of age. Several years ago she removed with her family to this city. Last Thanksgiving she married Lester B. Greening. They removed to Des Moines, Iowa, where Mr. Greening had a good position with a large store. They were progressing nicely, when death suddenly took her away.

Millie was a bright, pleasant girl, a graduate of the high school, and had many friends, who deeply sympathize with the sorely afflicted husband and parents."


Submitted by
Kathie Harrison

Grant County Herald of Wisconsin February 1902



"She had everything to live for: an elegant home, a husband and children as well as many friends who admired and loved her for her many womanly qualities. Young, handsome and genial.
" A cheek whose bloom
Was a mockery of the tomb.
Whose tints as gently sunk away,
As a departing rainbow's ray."
And thus Mrs. August Pohle left us in the prime of womanhood. She was the youngest daughter of Mr. & Mrs. J. E. Connell, highly respected people of the town of Bloomington and Blake's Prairie. Mrs. Pohle was born and reared in the town of Bloomington where she met and married Augustus Pohle , one of the progressive and thrifty young farmers of Blake's Prairie. She leaves three children, one a young babe. Her husband and family have the sympathy of the entire community.


"Hers was a beauty that made sad the eye,
Bright but fast fading, like a twilight sky.
The shape so finely, delicately frail,
As formed for climes unruffled by a gale;
The lustrous eye, through looked forth the soul.
Bright and more brightly as it neared the goal,
The waning beauty, the funeral charm
With which death steals his bride into his arms."


Submitted by
Kathie Harrison

The Greenwood Gleaner, January 22, 1903


Roy Murphy, son of Mr. and Mrs. V M Murphy died at the Merchant's Hotel Monday, Jan. 12, 1903. The immediate cause of his death was acute bronchitis, though for many years Roy has been an invalid. He was born at Arapahoe, Neb., April 22, 1887, and until he was five years was a healthy, sprightly child. He was taken with pseudo hypertophic paralysis, a disease which gradually rendered him helpless. For five years he was able to move about, but was finally unable to walk and had to be moved in a wheel chair. His parents exhausted every means known to medical science for his relief, but without avail. He was a patient sufferer and a favorite with the guests and the young people who made his acquaintance, and his parents have the sympathy of all in their affliction. The funeral ceremony was held at the house Wednesday forenoon, Rev. Guy Campbell officiating. The remains were taken to the cemetery at Patch Grove, Grant county, Wis., for burial in the family lot. --Rep. & Press.

Submitted by
Janet R. Schwarze

GRANT COUNTY HERALD, November 12, 1872 (p. 12, col. 4)



At his residence in the town of Lancaster on the 6th last, John B. Gillespie in his 81st year.

The subject of this notice was born in Tazewell Co, Virginia. He emigrated to this State in the Spring of 1848, being one of the pioneers of Grant County. Here by a consistent Christian life, he won the confidence of all with whom he came in contact. But as the many mourning friends followed his remains to the grave they felt their loss was his gain as he quickly passed away to his home beyond the skies.

Submitted by Dennis W. Gillespie
313 Horsley Drive
Pearisburg VA 24134

Newspaper unknown


Florence May Munns, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Munns, was born near Fennimore, April 3, 1889, and died at the home of her parents Thursday evening, Feb. 4, 1909, aged 19 years, 10 months and 1 day.

Florence was an accomplished young lady. She was of a very pleasant disposition and sweet temper. She was generous and sacrificing to all and the very right hand to her mother. Her modesty and kind will won many warm friends for her. Gratifying it is to indulge the thought of her acceptance with God. She was a convert of the late revival meeting of last June conducted at the Bethel church Evang. association.

Deceased was taken down last May with the measles which resulted in a serious cough developing into consumption and tuberculosis of the bowels and soon brought about her untimely end. During her illness she suffered constantly, however but lightly, till the last week or so, when it became almost unbearable. She bore all very patiently but longed for rest.

Everything in the line of medical science was done but nothing availed. In the early part of last fall deceased was taken to the west to a higher altitude, in the hope of gaining strength but the climate was unfavorable and she had to return and from that time failed very rapidly until she died.

During the long tedious illness and death of their daughter, the neighbors and friends have greatly assisted Mr. and Mrs. Munns. They have done all they could in kind words and deeds to comfort and sustain the dear family in their trouble. Mr. and Mrs. Munns hardly know how to express their appreciation for the sympathy and love shown them by their kind neighbors.

The departed leaves father, mother, eight brothers and three sisters, with other relatives and a host of friends to mourn her loss. We shall miss her. God grant a blessed re-union in heaven. The funeral services were held from the house at ten o'clock, from which a large procession followed the remains to the Bethel church for brief services, conducted by Rev. Geo. H. Nickell, after which the body was laid to rest in the cemetery below. The unusually large attendance at the funeral and the many beautiful and costly flowers brought by neighbors and friends shows the respect and esteem in which the departed was held. They will long cherish her memory.

Card of Thanks We very sincerely thank our neighbors and friends who so kindly assisted us during the sickness and death and so freely participated in the funeral of our beloved daughter Florence. Perry Munns and Family

Submitted by
Roxanne Munns

Reedsburg Times


C. R. Munns, a young traveling salesman whose engagement to Miss Mary Green of this city was announced some time ago, was killed early Thursday morning and his body badly mutilated by the cars. No one seems to be able to to account for the accident. All that is known is that the body of Mr. Munns was carried some distance by a train. The limbs were severed from the body and portions left along the track between LaValle and Wonewoc. His coat was found on the pilot of the engine pulling 509 when the train arrived at Elroy. A memorandum book contained a request that in case of accident notice be sent to Miss Green of this city, and to his father at Fennimore. Mr. Munns was in Reedsburg Wednesday afternoon and evening, leaving on Train 503, about two o'clock Thursday morning. Notice of the accident was sent here and Miss Green, Mr. and Mrs. James Miles, and Attorney W. A. Wyse went unto Wonewoc on No. 507. Miss Green identified Mr. Munn's watch chain, and some letters in his coat. An inquest was held late yesterday afternoon, but we are unable to state what the finding was. The accident has deeply stirred our people, many of whom had become acquainted with Mr. Munns on his occasional visits here and all of whom sympathize profoundly with Miss Green, whose grief is easily imagined. - Reedsburg Times

Submitted by
Roxanne Munns

Newspaper unknown


Claudia Jones, daughter of Ella Blanchard and John W. Jones, was born in Marion township on Oct. 24, 1876, and died in Boscobel on Oct. 17th, 1940.

She was a graduate of the Boscobel high school and taught till the death of her mother in 1915 called her home to care for her father. She was an unusually devoted daughter and spent the next twenty-one years with no thought but for him. After his death, she opened her home to strangers to elderly people and youths seeking education in our schools. She gave them all a real home, full of love and service.

Claudia was an outstanding member and worker of the Congregational church. She had been a trustee since 1936 and for ten years had been president of the Ladies' Aid society. The predominent characteristic in Claudia's life was her joy in living. She loved company and visits, loved parties and was in the midst of one when she left us. After a year of ill health, she continued to face life courageously and followed her usual active pursuits. She was sustained by a perfect assurance in Bible truths and her individual interpretation of these: "I know I'm right about it," she would say.

No mourning is needed for Claudia - she was ready for the next step; no prayers are needed for her - her life was a prayer; but both are needed for the persons and projects who still need and will miss her ministrations. Her reward here, was a beautiful death, instant, painless and silent. Her death was untimely in this sense, that she was doing constructive work, and was a useful citizen at the time when useless citizens are legion. Boscobel can ill spare this noble woman.

A beloved poet, Browning, has left record of thse thoughts so fitting Claudia's life and her return to her Maker: "So take and use Thy work, Amend what flaws may lurk, What strain o' the stuff, what warpings past the aim, My time be in Thy hand, Perfect the cup as planned, Let age approve of youth and Death complete the same."

"(Now) I be gone Once more on my adventure, brave and new: Fearless and unperplexed, When I wage battle next, What weapons to select, what armour to indue."

"Man was made to grow, not stop; That help, he needed once and needs no more Having grown but an inch by, is withdrawn: For he hath new needs and new helps to these. The help whereby he mounts The ladder-run his foot has left, may fall, Since all things suffer change save God the Truth. Man apprehends Him newly at each stage, Whereat Earth's ladder drops, it's service done."

So Claudia's Earth-ladder has dropped - it's service done.

Submitted by
Roxanne Munns

Newspaper unknown


John Wesley Jones, a son of Thomas J. and Jane Antrim Jones, was born june 14, 1854, at Fairplay, Grant county, Wisconsin, and departed this life, Monday, August 24, 1936, at six a.m. His passing occurred at his late residence at 501 East Oak street, Boscobel, and was the result of two years of prolonged and patient suffering from a heart affliction. His age at death was eighty-two years, two months and ten days. He had been a resident of Boscobel for twenty-one years and was a highly respected citizen, beloved by all whom he knew.

Mr. Jones was married to Miss Ella Blanchard, October 8, 1875, and to this union the following children were born: Miss Claudia Jones of Boscobel, Ora B., who died at the age of two years and two other sons, who died in infancy. He was preceded in death by his father, September 29, 1887, his mother, June 1, 1893 and his wife passed to her reward, February 14, 1916. The following brothers and sisters also preceded the deceased in death: William, formerly of Iverson, Washington; Wilson, Ida Grove, Ia.; Charles, Randolph, Nebraska, in 1910; Mrs. Sarah Frankenhoff, richland Center; Mrs. Emma Woods, Brush, Montana; and Mrs. Mae Munns of Boscobel in 1933. Mr. Jones is survived by his daughter, Miss Claudia Jones, who has tenderly cared for him through the passing years. Four years of his farming experience were on a farm near Springview, Nebraska, and the rest of his life was spent in Grant county. Mr. Jones was active as a citizen, serving acceptably in various public offices and was an ardent advocate of temperance reform. He was a member of the M.W.A. lodge. Ever active in the church, he was a faithful worshiper at the First Congregational church, of which he was an earnest member since 1915. He was also active in the men's activities of his church.

Although he regretted that his age prevented military service, he was always interested in public affairs. He loved to live and possessed a personality that endeared him to all he knew. Early in his life, he experienced Christian conversion and remained ever true to the highest Christian ideals. As a student of the Bible, he was devoted to his church and ever strove to live the Christian life. As a hardy pioneer, a man of integrity, he has made his contribution to this world and has passed on to his eternal reward. He was a loving father, a loyal neighbor and dutiful citizen, whose presence will be missed by many who mourn his passing. The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the daughter and other relatives.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 26th, at 2 p.m., from the late residence, with his pastor, Rev. S. B. Hopper of the Congregational church officiating. Favorite vocal selections of the deceased, "The Old Rugged Cross," and "Going Down the Valley," were sung by Messrs. C. E. and C. Y. Yahn, who were accompanied at the piano by Miss Ione Hubbard, church organist. Pallbearers were as follows: Peter Bolchen, Fred Haggerty, Martin Johnson, Roy Johnson, Francis Merwin, William Proudfoot.

Interment was made in the family lot at Bethel cemetery, near the Rock schoolhouse, seven miles south of Boscobel.

Submitted by
Roxanne Munns

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Salina Jane Jones, nee Antrim, was born in Adams County, Ohio, December 5, 1829, and died near Fennimore, Grant County, Wisconsin, June 1, 1893; aged 64 years, 9 months and 25 days. When Mrs. Jones was but 11 years of age, her parents moved to Iowa, and also lived for a short time in Illinois; from there she came with her husband to settle in Grant County, Wis. From here they moved to Nebraska, where Mr. Jones died, when Mrs. Jones again moved to Grant Co., and made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Sarah Frankenhoff, until death called her away. Her death came quickly and unexpectedly. She enjoyed good health during the day, and went to bed, not feeling at all that her end was so near, and about 11 p.m. she got up and came to the door where her daughter was sleeping and woke her. She went back to bed, and lived only a short time. For some time Mrs. Jones had trouble with her heart, which was also the cause of her death. Her husband and one child have crossed before her the river of death. Seven children remain to mourn the loss of a loving mother; Mrs. B. W. Frankenhoff, Mrs. A. C. Wood in Nebraska, William and Wilson, (twins) in Iowa, John Wesley, Charles Sumner, in Nebraska and Mrs. Perry Munns. Mrs. Jones was highly esteemed by all who knew her, which was also demonstrated at her funeral, which took place Sunday June 4, at 10 o'clock a.m. in the newly erected church near her home, of which she was a member (Evangelical church). The funeral services were conducted by Rev. F. W. Shoenfeld. Text. - Phillippians 1:21.

Submitted by
Roxanne Munns

From "Boscobel Dial and History of Crawford, Co. WI"


Georg Christ was born 4 May 1814, Hausen,Kingdom of Wirtemburg,Germany died 24 January 1880 and buried Boscobel cemetery, Boscobel, WI filed Declaration of Intention to become a citizen 14 December 1854

Submitted by
Sally Rogers

From "The Teller," Lancaster, Wisconsin, Thursday, November 12, 1896


Thomas McDonald, the veteran farmer whose death was announced recently, was born at Newtown Limavady, County of Londonderry, Ireland, November 14, 1810. In that part of Ireland at that time, hostilities between Catholics and Protestants were active and Thomas's father was an aggressive Protestant. He was known to be engaged at writing a history of some of these troubles and the result was that one night he was out from home and was caught and beaten so that he died. This was when Thomas was at the age of six years. The body of the man thus martyred was afterwards stolen but was recovered and, as the late deceased was fond of telling, is now in the museum at Glasgow. This incident in family history is not related vindictively, but it is of a kind that necessarily has a marked effect on men's lives. We look upon that as a beknighted age compared with the present, but it is distance lends the horror as it does enchantment. There are murders, assassinations, and riots between opposing parties, classes and clans, that have their cause in ignorance, prejudice, jealousies, hates, and greed the same as in those days. Man is no better an animal today than he was a hundred years ago. If you compare with three or four thousand years ago, man's growth mentally seems really to be a descending one.

Thomas came to this country in 1831 landing at New Castle, not far from Philadelphia, May 12th. He came over on the William George, a sailing vessel, and was six weeks on the Ocean. The young man had two sovereigns left as the total of his wealth when he first put foot on American soil. Two years were spent in Philadelphia and New Jersey. While there, he apprenticed himself to a marble cutter in Philadelphia, but after working two weeks, took a dislike to the business and ran away. The master advertised him after the manner of those days, probably with a little picture of a man with a bundle on his back hung to a cane on his shoulder, and on the run, and warning all people not to feed or harbor, and to arrest and return him. But New Jersey woods were too dense in those days. They never found him.

In 1833 he came to Galena and for a short time he was engaged there and at Dubuque and Potosi as a miner. The next year he came to Pigeon, and worked in the mines on Pigeon as long as Jacob worked to get Rachel for a wife. He was wont to say he worked those seven years for nothing. At the end of this time he was mining for Harvey Bonham and struck the noted Bonham lead. He bought out the Bonhams and made a little fortune out of the mine. The wealth was not squandered. He bought a farm of Sam Groshong, on Boice Prairie. The farm was leased out to others and he went north to the copper mines, at Ontonagon, Michigan. He went as an explorer in the employ of the Minnesota Mining Company, and became their captain in the mines. He was there for fifteen years. There he found his wife, a young woman in the family of a Mr. Hanna, a relative of the noted Ohio boss. Her name was Bellmina Byers and the marriage dated in August, 1853. His daughter Olive, now Mrs. Penberthy, and his son John, were born there. They are Michiganders, while the son Thomas, Assemblyman-elect from this district, is a Badger, born on the Boice Prarie fram. On this farm they settled about the year 1856 and remained there until his death. The wife and the three children survive. Mrs. Penberthy lives at the parental home. Not many weeks ago, Mr. McDonald settled his son John on a valuable farm nearby, by gift of the farm. The beautiful brick block occupied by the Meyer-Showalter bank, the John Carey, Jr., store, and Doctor Hassell's rooms, was the property of Mr. McDonald. By industry, economy and the essentials to prosperity, he had become one of the wealthy farmers of Grant County. He had peculiarities that people criticised sometimes, but his integrity, and virtues as a citizen and neighbor are acknowledged by all acquaintances. He was rarely seen taking part in political movements, but was "set in his ways" in politics, as well as in other matters. He said he wanted to live to hear the announcement of McKinley's election. This was not permitted him, however. McKinely's ancestors, like his own, were North of Ireland Protestants. His will was strong but not enough to carry him over. He died October 29th, lacking only 16 days of 86 years of life. On the 31st, a chilly, drizzly, disagreeable day, his body was put to rest in the Prarie cemetary.

Submitted by
Susan Cummins

From "The Teller," Lancaster, Wisconsin, Thursday, September 20, 1917


Death claims pioneer--Mrs. Belmina McDonald passes away Wednesday morning.

Death came to Mrs. Belmina McDonald, widow of Thomas McDonald, Sr., and mother of John McDonald and the late Thomas McDonald, Wednesday morning. Deceased had reached the ripe age of nearly ninety years. She had for many years made her home with her son Thomas and it was in his late home that she passed away.

She was a pioneer of Grant County, having lived here with her husband more than a half century. For many years they lived on the old home place in South Lancaster.

Funeral services will be held at the home of Mrs. Thomas McDonald on Pine Street, at 2 o'clock; interment at the Boice Prairie cemetery six miles south of Lancaster.

Submitted by Susan Cummins

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In tribute to Mrs. Agnes Ellis who departed this life April 10, 1914, at the advanced age of 88 years.

Agnes Smith was born in Kalmaric, Scotland, in 1827. With her parents at the age of two years, she emigrated to Nova Scotia. When nine years of age, she came to Pennsylvania where her father settled at the coal mines. When sixteen, she was married to John Cox at Pottsville where they went into the hotel business. Two years later they removed to Dyersville, Iowa, and engaged in farming. Ten years after her marriage, when she was yet but a girl, she was left a widow with three small children--two others having died in infancy. The surviving children are James of Stafford, Kansas, Elizabeth of Annaton, Wisconsin, and Louisa, of Canada. Two years after the death of her husband, Mrs. Cox was married to Washington Ellis at Dubuque and came to the farm in South Lancaster, Grant County, where she continuously resided until the time of her demise--a period of sixty years.

Eight children were born to the latter union. Two died in babyhood and a loved daughter, Agnes, when twelve years old, and the husband preceded her twenty-four years ago. The children surviving are John, of Madison, South Dakota; Joseph, at home; Garland, of Colton, South Dakota; Mrs. John McDonald, Lancaster and Mrs. W. J. Richardson, at the old home. Grandchildren and great grand children also survive.

Until five years ago Mrs. Ellis was a woman of remarkable strength and agility. From early years she had been a laborer. But the hardships of frontier life, the burdens of rearing a large family, not even the losses that so frequently occurred could subdue her brave spirit. Like the women of her time she arose with renewed hope and courage to meet any emergency.

The decrepitude of great age came gradually. For one and a half years previous to release, the venerable mother was bed-ridden. Her many trials had generated a meekness and sweetness of submission that made her a most gentle patient. She had been for many, many years a member of the M. E. church.

Her unwavering faith in the care of the Father for her was as simple and trustful as that of a little child. The weariness of her declining days was lightened by continued whisperings of faith and love, and daily she would give whole stanzas of old Scotch ballads and hymns of praise. The care of her was never entrusted to strange hands--and every day she blessed her daughter, Mrs. Richardson for the devoted care bestowed. She passed peacefully away on Good Friday. And on Easter Sunday, attended by many friends and relatives, the revered remains were laid to rest in the little burying ground not far from her home where has long slept husband, children, and many old neighbors.

The relatives of the late Mrs. Ellis are profoundly grateful to neighbors and friends for their many kindnesses extended, and especially for the profuse and beautiful floral offerings.

Submitted by Susan Cummins

The Times Review, Fennimore, Wisconsin, June 28, 1899


The sad intelligence of the death of Mr. John McLimans, who with his wife, had been visiting at the home of his brother-in-law, William McGhan, at Sherburn, Minnesota, for several weeks, reached here Wednesday evening of last week, but no one could believe that the report was true as Mr. McLimans had not up to that time been reported seriously ill. The fact proved only too true, however, as later dispatches indicated.

About a month ago, the deceased and Mrs. McLimans left for Sherburn, Minnesota to visit their sons and daughters, who they had not seen for some time, and incidentally to be present at a soldiers reunion which was to be held at that place. About June 11, Mr. McLimans was taken sick, the malady finally turning out to be inflammation of the bowels. The best of physicians were called in but no hope was given out to the grief-stricken wife and relatives, and he passed away at sunset on the 21st day of June, at the age of 68 years and 25 days.

Previous to the transportation of the remains to this city on Friday last, which were accompanied by his son, George, services were held on the reunion grounds in Sherburn, at which five clergymen were present, all of whom made consoling remarks to the bereaved. The drum corps of the city took the casket, which was draped with the American Flag, and strewn with flowers, to the depot, a large gathering of friends and acquaintances accompanying.

Upon its arrival in Fennimore, members of the Sam Monteith Post conveyed the body to his late residence, there to be received by sorrowing friends and await burial.

John McLimans was born at West Salem, Mercer County, Pennsylvania, May 26, 1831. At the age of 21 years he came to Wisconsin, settling three and one-half miles south of Fennimore. He was united in marriage in 1856 to Miss. Sophronia A. McGhan, and their union proved a very happy and exemplary one. Twelve years later they moved to the town of Clifton, remaining there twenty-two years. They became residents of Fennimore in 1891, and during the eight years they have been among us, we have known them to be none other than progressive and honored citizens.

When the War of the Rebellion broke out, Mr. McLimans offered his services in behalf of his country, and joined Co. H, 7th Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers. His enlistment occurred in September, 1862, and was greatly respected by his fellow comrades. He was a member of Sam Monteith Post of this city, and at one time its commander.

Mr. McLimans and his wife were blesses with eleven children, ten of whom are living. They are: Silas E., Fennimore, Wisconsin, John R., Oklahoma, Louise E., Liberty Ridge, Wisconsin, George 0., Sherburn, Minnesota, Mary J., North Park, Colorado, Huldah S., Sherburn, Minnesota, James I., Sherburn, Minnesota, Hattie E., Preston, Wisconsin, and E. Irene and Robert, Fennimore, Wisconsin. Deceased also leaves two sisters in the State of Washington and Iowa respectively, and two brothers, Henry and Robert, of this city. A loving and devoted mother bereft of her life companion, yet the Lord has spared all but one of her children that they might comfort her in this trying moment.

Funeral services were held from the U.B. church, at eleven o’clock Sunday morning, Rev. Harmon, assisted by Rev. Pengilly, officiating. Sam Monteith Post of the G.A.R. of this city, turned out in the body to honor their dead comrade, and members of Tom Cox Post, G.A.R., of Lancaster, and old soldiers of Mt. Ida and Mt. Hope were also present in large numbers. The church was wholly inadequate to accommodate the many friends of the deceased and family, and many were compelled to remain outside.

Submitted by David W. Taft

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Ardillis Adams died at his home in Fennimore, Jan 11, 1909. He was born Near Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 16, 1828, and spent the early part of his life in Ohio. His father dying, left him to care for The mother and younger sisters and brothers. In 1852, Mr. Adams left his native state to seek his fortune in the gold fields of California. Sickness caused him to return to Ohio and in 1858, accompanied by his mother, he came to Wisconsin. After spending some time at Madison he finally located at Mt. Hope where an older brother, John Adams, and a sister, Mrs. H. H. Harlacher, lived, and later moved to Fennimore.

He enlisted in the Union Army in 1861, serving three years in Company M of the 4th Missouri Cavalry. He was stationed in the west and with his brother, Lieut. Andrew Adams, fought under Generals Fremont, Sigel and Wallace. He was mustered out in 1864 and returned to Mt. Hope.

After the war, in 1869, he married Miss Minerva Linton of Mt. Hope, who died in 1871 leaving him one daughter, now Mrs. J. O. Brockert of Lancaster. He was married in 1873 to Miss Harriet Luckey of Mt. Hope, who survives him. Five children blessed this union, Clarence Elmer who died in infancy, Orlin E, of Portales, New Mexico, J. Wesley of Gracie, Nebraska, G. Everett of Sioux Falls, S. D., and Stella M. of Fennimore.

The most of his later life was spent in Mt. Hope with the exception of two years in Iowa and a short time in Montfort. The family has resided in Fennimore since October, 1901.

Being associated with the U. B. Church from boyhood, he united with that church at the time of his conversion in 1872, and most of his life since has been spent in that church. His life, especially the last ten years, has been a long struggle against disease, but at no time has the strong will and confident faith in Christ been more manifested than in those years. While he desired still to live if his life could be of use yet he expressed himself many times as ready to go if his work was done.

So passed away an honest noble life that will be held dear in memory by his family and the community in which he lived.


We desire to thank the kind neighbors and friends for their help during the sickness and death of our dear husband and father and also the friends at Mt. Hope for their kindness.


At a meeting of Sam Monteith Post No. 173 G. A. R., Jan. 16, 1909, a tribute of respect to the memory of our late comrade, Ardillis Adams, was voted and a committee appointed to draft suitable resolutions to be published in the Fennimore Times and a copy tendered the widow and family of the deceased comrade, in accordance with which the following resolutions were adopted;

Whereas, we are again called upon to suffer the loss of one with whom we stood shoulder to shoulder in the trying scenes of the Civil war, and to recognize how rapidly the ranks of the survivors are thinning, be it

Resolved, That in the death of Comrade Adams we have lost a faithful member of our post, a good neighbor and genial friend, and the community a good citizen, and that our heartfelt sympathy is with the bereaved wife and children in their great loss.


Submitted by David A. Lewis

Grant County Herald - Wed. July 7, 1909

Miss Jemima VAN VICKLE was born in Warsaw, Missouri, October 4th, 1833. Her family moved to Patch Grove, Wis. in her childhood where she married John A. FOSTER, by whom she became the mother of four children, of whom two survive, Mrs. Kate WILMOT, of Osage, Iowa, and A. A. FOSTER, who now lives in North Dakota. Andrew was accidentally killed while engaged in lumbering in the woods near Phillips, Wis. in 1886, and Mrs. Elizabeth KNOKE died Jan. 12, 1907.

Mr. FOSTER enlisted in the army at the outbreak of the Civil war, and died as a soldier in the early part of the war period.

Mrs. FOSTER was married to John N. KLARMAN in 1867, in Burton, Grant Co., Wis. They made their home on a farm in Waterloo township. Five children were born to them, all of whom are still living. Lucy, now Mrs. P.E. JEWEL, of Eureka, Montana, ; Clara, now Mrs. James Gurney of Cassville; John N. of Wyalusing; Charles M. of Lancaster, and May now Mrs. H.D. JEWEL of Cassville. Mr. KLARMAN died Feb. 19, 1878, leaving his wife to care for the family of children not yet old enough to make their way alone in the world. She maintained her home in the farm in Waterloo where she continued to reside till the fall of 1908, when she removed to Cassville.

She went early in June to visit her son John and his family in Wyalusing and the call of death came very suddenly at about midnight of Monday, June 14, 1909. She had been troubled with a difficulty of the heart and her death was not entirely unlooked for, yet it came at an unexpected moment and when she had seemed quite well for some days.

She had lived to see her children grown to manhood and womanhood and giving evidence of her ability and worth in training them for life's responsibilities.

Mrs. KLARMAN lost tow brothers in the Civil War and one died later in Prairie du Chien. She has two sisters still living, Mrs. Susan FRANKLIN of North Lancaster, and Mrs. Austus KLARMAN of Sioux City, Iowa.

She early accepted the Christian faith and became of member of the Methodist church. Her funeral services were held at the home of her son John, on Thursday, Jun 17th and the body was laid to rest by the side of her mother in Nagle cemetery at Patch Grove. The service was conducted by Rev. WAGNER, of Lynxville. Mr. and Mrs. George GLENN, Mrs. Stella SCOTT, and Harry AILS sang appropriate hymns.

Many beautiful flowers were sent by friends of the deceased and her children, the business associates of her son Charles in Lancsaster sending a floral tribute as evidence of their esteem and sympathy. All these tokens and kindnessses are greatly appreciated by the family. Words cannot express the worth of a good mother. May her memory be treasured and her virtues perpetuated in the lives that have been blessed by knowing and loving her.

Submitted by Brian Christensen

Galena Gazette, February 3, 1888 (Jennie Shilliam):

Mrs. John Birkett, aged 36 years, who died at 7 o'clock Sunday evening, is to be buried today. May God bless and support the bereaved ones under their heavy affliction.

Card of thanks - 2/4/1888 Galena Gazette Hazel Green, Wis, Feb 2, We wish to extend our sincere and heartfelt thanks to our friends, who so kindly and untiringly assisted us during the sickness and death of our beloved wife and mother. Jno Birkett and Family.

Submitted by Mike Birkett

Daily Galena Gazette, December 12, 1895:

James Birkett, agent of Ryan Live Stock company of Galena, left his home in Hazel Green this morning to drive to Galena. Within an hour from the time of his departure his horse drew up in front of his home again, with his unconscious form reclining on the seat. He had left home in apparently robust health but was stricken on the road by heart disease, which caused his sudden taking off.

At 10 o'clock Dr. E.R. Kittoe of Galena received a telephone message summoning him to Hazel Green to attend Mr. Birkett. This was immediately after he was brought home. Dr. Kittoe started forthwith, but Mr. Birkett had passed away long before he arrived at Hazel Green. The attack was essentially mortal and no medical aid could have saved his life.

Mr. Birkett was indisposed Wednesday and complained of feeling ill. He considered it nothing serious however, and made an appointment before he left Galena that afternoon to meet J.W. Ryan at the Ryan farm in the morning. Mr Ryan drove out there at the appointed time and waited for more than an hour but Mr. Birkett did not appear. Then he drove back to town and at the toll gate learned that Dr. Kittoe had driven out some time before in response to a message stating that Mr. Birkett was ill. Mr. Tyan drove down to his office and there received a telephone message telling him that Mr. Birkett was dead.

Sudden though it was, the fatal attack was not altogether unexpected. Mr. Birkett has had a heart affection several years and on two or three occasions sustained alarming attacks. It would seem that after he left home this morning he felt the attack coning on, and turned the horse about, intending to return home. On the way he lost consciousness and the reins fell from his hands. As the horse walked along the village street Mr. Birkett's condition was noticed by Freeman Andrews, who jumped into the buggy, took the reins and drove rapidly to the dying man's home. He was carried into the house unconscious and death soon ensued. It is believed that he could not have proceeded more than two mile form the village when he turned back.

A remarkable coincidence exist in the fact that five months ago Mr. Birkett's brother, George, died under circumstances almost exactly similar. He was highway commissioner of Hazel Green and the evening of July 2nd he was driving home after his day's work when he was attacked by heart disease and felt unconscious in his buggy. He was met by a wayfarer who took him home, and he expired within an hour.

James Birkett was about 55 years of age and was a native of Lincolnshire, England. When he was a small boy his parents came to America and settled in Hazel Green. HE was married there to Miss Ellen Quirk, who survives him with two daughters and two sons. They are Mrs. John Treganza of Chicago, Mrs. Charles Mann of Apple River, Thomas and Harry residing at home. One brother, John Birkett of Hazel Green also survives.

Mr. Birkett was in the employ of J.M. Ryan of this city more than fifteen years, and since Mr. Ryan's death he was agent of the Ryan Live Stock company. He had an extensive acquaintance throughout Grant, La Fayette and Jo Davies counties, and was considered a valuable man by the firm. He was a capable business man and a popular and esteemed citizen. He was a member of the Masonic order.

Submitted by Mike Birkett

Daily Galena Gazette, July 3, 1895:

George Birkett, a well known citizen of Hazel Green, died very suddenly Tuesday evening. He held the office of highway commissioner and was driving home at the close of the day's work on the roads when stricken by the fatal attack. Someone in passing saw that his head was dropped on his breast and upon investigating found him unconscious. He was taken to his home and died within an hour. He was 60 years of age and was a brother of James and John Birkett.

Submitted by Mike Birkett

Fennimore Times, Feb. 4, 1903:

Martha, wife of J. A. BOSSI of Bagley, passed from earth's life Jan. 25, aged 62 years. Her malady was consumption. She leaves a husband and three children to mourn the loss of a kind wife and affectionate mother. Her funeral and burial took place at Brodtville, Rev. SCHOENFELD officiating.

Submitted by Emily Hannon



A cloud of sadness passed over our happy community on the Ridge caused by the sudden death of Mrs. Garvey, Saturday, March 26. Although the deceased had been troubled with heart disease for some time, still but very few were aware that death was so near.

Our departed friend was born in County Down, Ireland, in the year 1835. She was the fourth child of Henry Cull and Alice Morgan. Her family consisted of three brothers and seven children, and all have entered eternal rest except Mr. Cull, Mrs. Barney McGuigan, and Mr. James Cull.

As a young lady Miss Anna cull came to New Orleans in 1853 and then to the home of her brother Michael at Mt. Hope. In 1857 she was united in marriage to Mr. Thomas Garvey. This union was blessed with eight children. They are Mrs. Alice Culkin, Mrs. Mary Lyness, Mrs. Ella Mooney, Mrs. Rose Brennan, Thomas, Peter, Willie and James.

The funeral was held at St. Lawrence's church Monday morning which was largely attended, for everybody knew and honored Mrs. Garvey. The services were solemn and made a deep impression upon the vast audience, especially the Dies Irae. At the conclusion of the Requiem Mass, Father McNulty preached an eloquent sermon, (Heb. IX-27) and paid a loving tribute to the memory of the good christian woman.

Thus has closed a life of one, who will be sadly missed in our community, one who would always visit the sick and help the needy. There was not a dry eye as the congregation viewed the remains for the last time. the beautiful casket, surrounded with lighted tapers and weeping friends, must have impressed even the hardest of hearts. What an ordeal it is to die.

The pall bearers were Peter Quinn, John Conley, Thomas Roseman, Tommie Corcoran and Peter Morgan. After the last hymn had been sung at the grave, all that was mortal of Mrs. Garvey was intrusted to the care of mother earth. May her soul rest in peace....A CARD....The family wish to return their sincere thanks to each one who so kindly assisted them in their bereavement. Thos. Garvey, Sr., and Children..

Submitted by Shirley Panka


Thomas Garvey died last Friday at 5 p.m. He was 85 years old and had been suffering a long time with rheumatism and was practically helpless. His wife died a short while ago. He was living with his sons on the farm near Werley at the time of his death. The funeral Sunday from St. Lawrence's church was largely attended. Eight children are left to mourn the loss of a kind father and good citizen: Thomas, Peter, James and Mrs. John Lyness of Collins, Missouri: Mrs. Steve Brennan of Galena; Mrs. James Mooney of Woodman.

Submitted by Shirley Panka


John, five-year old son of John Samll, died Friday of pneumonia, and the funeral was held on Sunday. Mr. Small and another child are seriously ill of the same trouble, but hopes are entertained for their recovery. It is thought that they contacted the disease of Mr. Small's brother, Michael, who died in his home in Prairie du Chien.

Submitted by Shirley Panka


Elizabeth Mulrooney was born at Mt. Hope, Wisconsin, May 24, 1856 and died at her home in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, September 15, 1920. She was married to James Cull, at Mt. Hope, and eight children were born to this union, two having died in infancy.

Surviving are her sorrowing husband and six children, Mrs. Louis Henry of Bloomington, Wis., Sister M. Carina, Bloomifield, Neb.; Mrs. Robert Hoffman, Lancaster, Wis.; James of Minneapolis, Minn.; Nora and Veronica of Prairie du Chien.

Mr. and Mrs. Cull moved to this city about eight years ago and have made a large circle of friends who deeply sympathize with the relatives in their hour of sorrow.

Mrs. Cull has been ill the greater part of two years and her passing is a relief to the tired body. Funeral services were held Saturday morning from St. Gabriel's Church and remains laid in God's acre.

Submitted by Shirley Panka


John Woffenden, one of the oldest and most respected residents of Blake's Prairie , died Saturday evening, from the effects of rheumatism. His wife Rosa M. Cull Woffenden, died Monday morning, from the effects of a cancer on the back. Fitting obituaries of these two worthy people appear in another column.

John Woffenden was born near Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England, june 13, 1826. Died at his home in Patch Grove June 25, 1898.

He lived in England till he came to manhood's estate and in the 3d day of September 1846, he married Mary Nowell and came to the United States, and lived for a time in Bridgeport Connecticut, where he was engaged in a woolen factory. In 1858 he came to Wisconsin, and at once engaged in farming, which he followed till advancing years and feeble health compelled him to retire from active labor on the farm. And so for many years he had lived in his pleasant home in the village of Patch Grove, a retired life.

His wife Mary died 24 years ago. Of the union with his first wife five children were born, two of whom a son and daughter-preceded him to the Great Beyond. Three children and fourteen grandchildren survivie him.

On the 20th day of February, 1879, he married Miss Rosa M. Cull, who died on the 27th of June, two days after the death of her husband. Of this last union there were no children,

John Woffenden was a honest man-palin and blunt in his manner, but yet possessed of a good true heart- one which sympathized for others woes. He was a good neighbor and a true friend; a loving father and husband. He was a positive man in all of the affairs of life. In his religious views he was agnostic of pronounced views and in his politics he was a republican of the strictest type.

As a buisnessman he was straight forward and punctual, and his word was as good as a bond. He was an industrious man and had no time for idle gossip, and every moment of his useful life was turned some account for good. Nor was he a man of vindictive disposition . He never sought revenge for a wrong done him, but would in an open generous manner take the right hand of friendship with one who might have injured him; and although for many years he was racked with pain and a confirmed invalid, yet when he met the old time friends he was as a rule cheerful and pleasant. The esteem in which Mr. Woffenden was held was manifested by the large concourse of people that followed his remains to his last resting place in the Nagle Cemetery by the side of his wife Mary, he was laid to rest, among the many friends and neighbors whom he had known so well and long and with whom he had social intercourse in the happy years gone by, when he was struggling for a home among those who now sleep their last sleep in that lonely spot fixed by Nature and art as a fitting place for the dead, and where rest many of the early pioneers of West Grant and Blake's Prairie. ....

Can stortled urn or animated bust. back to its mansion call the fleeting breath? Can Honor's voice provoke the silent dust. Or flattery soothe the dull cold ear of death?.

Submitted by Shirley Panka


Rosa M. Cull Woffenden was born in the County Down, Ireland in 1846. Came to the United States with her parents and landed in New Orlean, in 1850. From New Orleans the Cull family came to Wisconsin and settled near Mt. Hope, where the parents of Mrs. Woffenden are buried, and where upon her deathbed she expressed a wish to be buried, by the side of those parents gone before.

Rosa for many years was the efficient clerk of Alexander Paul, who at one time and through a long period was one of the prinicipal merchants of Patch Grove; and no one was better known in West Grant than Rosa Cull, the genial and accomplished clerk of Alex Paul. The ladies of West Grant near to and remote from Paul's Store all well knew Rosa M. Cull and admired her for her womanly graces and genial manner, as well as her honesty and reliability in matters of buisness........................................................

To this store and with this same merchant and proficient clerk came John Woffenden, the sturdy farmer, who bought of the wares for sale by Mr. Paul, who was a personal friend of Mr. Woffenden. A friendship sprung up between the clerk and customer that ripened into love and so, on the 20th day of February, 1879, she married John Woffenden, who died two days before she passed away.

The marriage proved to be a happy one-one in which each was devoted to the other, without a single thing to mar their happy union, till the fell destroyer entered that elegant and cultered home which is now desolate indeed.

Mrs. Woffenden was a true christian woman of the Catholic faith, and lived up to the teachings of that faith,. to the time of her death, and was consoled at the hour of her death by the administrations of the last rites of her church. The Rev. Father McNulty said the holy mass and preached the sermon to a large concourse of people, and she was buried, in accordance with her dying wish, in the cemetery at the Catholic church in Mt. Hope, by the side of her parents and among those whom she had known when a merry, joyful girl.

No one knew Mrs. Woffenden but to love and admire her, and she had a host of friends who deeply mourn her untimely demise and though an invalid for many years she bore her affliction uncomplainingly and with the Christian fortitude of which she was so fully possessed and which seemed to strengthen her for the dread ordeal in the hour of her affliction; and when the dread hour came, she quietly surrendered, conscious of her rectitude and feeling that she was in the hands of him who watches the fall of the sparrow.

Submitted by Shirley Panka

Unknown newspaper, 1885 [Obituary of William Knapp]

… one of the old … died on Monday … brief illness of a few days … few hours of his death his condition was not considered as dangerous, consequently the sad news came unexpectedly. Mr. Knapp was born in Prussia (now Germany), April 12, 1838, and came to this country with his parents when quite a boy, they located in Wisconsin. After a few years he made his way to California, settling in this place where he has resided for nearly twenty years. Mr. Knapp was a member of Pescadero Council, American Legion of Honor, in which order he was insured for $1,000. He also had a policy in the New England Mutual Life Insurance Company for the same amount. The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon, and was largely attended, Rev. Mr. Duncan conducting the services. A genial, kind-hearted man, a good neighbor and upright citizen, his loss will long be felt in this place. A wife and five young children are left to mourn his untimely death. The warmest sympathy of this community is extended to the bereaved family in this their hour of affliction.

The deceased was the son of Conrad Knapp, the oldest of the three of that name in this county. The old gentleman came to this county from Germany in 1846. He first lived in Dutch Hollow and then settled on a farm in the Hurricane. Conrad Knapp of Fennimore, Charles Knapp (deceased) of Cassville, Casper Knapp of Hurricane, Anton Knapp of Cassville and Phillip Knapp of Oregon, were his sons and Mrs. Lewis Gelbach of Hurricane, and Mrs. Pabst of Dakota, were his daughters. To these the death of their brother William comes with greatest sorrow. William Knapp lived for a time in Cassville for a while in the employ of Gov. Dewey. It was in 1860 that he went to California. There he was a prosperous and honored citizen. The cause of his sudden death was inflammation of the bowels.

Submitted by Mary Thiele Fobian

The Grant County Herald--December 14, 1907

Jasper Knapp, an old pioneer of this section, who has resided in this county for over fifty years, his home being a few miles southwest of Lancaster, near Hurricane post office, died on Wednesday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Grant Hampton in this city. Mr. Knapp was 73 years of age and had been sick about a month. He came to this country from Germany when he was a small boy. Funeral services will be held at the house today, at 1 o'clock and interment will take place at Boice Creek* cemetery.


NOTE: *Error in obituary; burial actually took place in Hampton Cemetery.

Excerpted from the Dec. 24, 1907, issue of The Grant County Herald, Lancaster, Wisconsin. Also appeared in The Weekly Teller on Dec. 26, 1907.

Obituary---Jasper Knapp

Jasper Knapp was born in Germany, near Mense, on the Rhine, Jan. 18th, 1836. When about eight years of age he came with his parents to America. Coming directly to Wisconsin they settled in Hurricane, Grant Co.

December 23, 1858, he was united in marriage with Laura Morrell, and soon after went to California where they resided a few years and returning to Hurricane settled on a farm, where they remained until a few years since when they retired and came to Lancaster, making this their home until his decease, December 12, 1907, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Grant Hampton, Potosi township whither he had gone a few weeks previous.

To Mr. & Mrs. Knapp were born seven children, four sons and three daughters, all of whom are living, as is also the mother-this being the first death in the family.

Funeral services were held at the home of Grant Hampton, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. and burial in the Hampton cemetery nearby.

Submitted by Mary Thiele Fobian

Unidentified newspaper, probably The Teller, Lancaster, Wisconsin, sometime in August 1919

Death Takes Woman Who Saw 92 Years Mrs. Conrad Napp Passed Away Monday-130 descendants-73 years in County

Mrs. Conrad Napp, Lancaster's oldest woman resident, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Jeide, on Monday morning at 5 o'clock. Mrs. Napp, nee Anne Elizabeth Brick, was 92 years old last December 23rd. The deceased was born in Werlau, St. Goar, Rhine province, Germany, Dec. 23, 1826. A few years more and she would have spanned a century. She came to America with her parents when 20 years old.

At the age of 23 Miss Brick married Conrad Napp. They farmed near the Hurricane until 1885, then, retiring and moving to Lancaster in the Napp home on the Platteville road.

Mr. Napp passed on Aug. 31st, 1893, and his widow maintained her home until a few months before her death. Since last November Mrs. Napp lived with her oldest daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Jeide. The old lady was bright up to the end, preserving her faculties to a remarkable degree. She was a Presbyterian by faith and took great interest in church and aid work.

Her descendants are many. Of the children there are nine: Mrs. Elizabeth Jeide, Mrs. Mary Vesperman, Conrad Napp of Detroit, Chas, John and David Napp of Fennimore, Mrs. Carrie Wenzel, Mrs. Emma Schmidt, Mrs. Mattie Belz. The daughters all reside in or near Lancaster. There are 43 grandchildren and 75 great-grandchildren. Three infant great-great-grandchildren. They are Irma Fagenkopf, daughter of Emil and wife; Burdette Yager, son of Harry Yager and wife; and Harriet, daughter of Emil Napp and wife. This makes 130 lineal descendants.

Mrs. Napp was a highly respected old lady who brought a large family to maturity and lived to share in their joys and sorrows until the fifth generation. The funeral will be held ___ afternoon, burial taking place at ___ cemetery.

Submitted by Mary Thiele Fobian

The Grant County Herald--December 28, 1882


In Cassville, December 18, 1882, Mr. Charles Knapp, aged 55 years.

Mr. Knapp was born in Merlow, Prussia, April 12, 1827. He came to America and settled in Potosi in 1846; then moved to Hurricane. The last 18 years of his life have been spent in the village of Cassville. He was an honest, industrious citizen, and leaves a wife and seven children.

Submitted by Mary Thiele Fobian

Fennimore Times--November 20, 1912


John Anthony BOSSI was born in Switzerland Sept. 1, 1844, came to this country in 1863, when our country was engaged in the great rebellion. He soon acquired our language and being an ardent lover of freedom offered himself to the great cause of his country and in August, 1864, enlisted in the 48th Wis. regiment and served till the close of the war, when he received an honorable discharge, and was ever after a true loyal and law abiding citizen, who loved and adored the flag and his adopted country.

After the close of the war he returned to the town of Wyalusing and engaged in agricultural pursuits. In September 1888, he was married to Mrs. Martha GULICK, widow of Delavan GULICK who had given his life to his country in 1862. There were two daughters of this husband. Mrs. Ann SCHUYLER of Sargents Bluff, Iowa, and Mrs. Rose DAY of Brodtville, Wis., to whom he was ever a kind and affectionate foster father. By his marriage to Mrs. GULICK there was born to them three children: Barbara, who died 12 years ago, Charles, who died at the age of two years and Mrs. Isa GLASS of North Dakota. This wife preceded him to the great beyond, Jan. 1902.

In September, 1904, he was again united in marriage to Mrs. Marion WILLARD {note: Marion was the neice of the above Delavan GULICK, and widow of Francis WILLARD}, who is left to mourn her loss.

A few short weeks ago he was taken very ill and in one week the doctors thought it best to take him to St. Francis Hospital, LaCrosse. But all that could be done for him by a devoted wife and daughter and the most skillful physicians and nurses and kind friends was of no avail; after a month of terrible suffering he succumbed to the inevitable change that must come to all, and entered into a better and brighter world, Oct. 30, at 6:30 p.m., aged 68 years and two months.

"Tonte," as the deceased was familiarly called, was a man of genius and fine intellect and great musical ability but his life was shadowed and his efforts were handicapped by a partial loss of sight caused by an accident many years ago, and he never could develop his ideals in this life satisfactorily to what was half his aim to accomplish.

A large concourse of old friends and neighbors assembled at the M. E. {Methodist Episcopal} church in Bagley to pay their last respects to one who had lived an honored citizen in this vicinity for almost a half century and to sympathize with the bereaved wife and daughter who feel their loss deeply.

We wish in this way to extend our heartfelt thanks to our friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy during the sickness and death of our loved one. We feel grateful to all who contributed lovely floral designs.
Mrs. J. A. BOSSI

Submitted by Pattie Hannon

The Teller-Lancaster, Wisconsin-September 7, 1893

Death of Conrad Napp

Lancaster lost a good citizen last Thursday by the death of Conrad Napp. He had been afflicted for two or three years with the effects of paralysis. Last winter and spring he lingered a long time upon a very slender thread of life and in a condition requiring great care. Later he recovered somewhat, but failed to gain sufficient strength for aggressive action in affairs of life.

He was an old citizen-has resided in this county about forty years. We have no citizens possessed of a more sturdy honesty than was Conrad Napp.

He was a brother to Jasper Napp of Lancaster, Anton Napp of Cassville, and Mrs. Lewis Gelbach of Hurricane is a sister. C.C. Napp of Stitzer and Chas. P. of Fennimore are sons. One daughter is at home and there are other children. The funeral was on Sunday, the burial being at Stitzer, the resting place of some other members of the family.

He was not an aged man, being only about 65 in years. Sorrowfully do we record the fact that we can no more meet with the quiet, agreeable, and intelligent Conrad Napp.

By later information we are able to state that the deceased was born at Kreis Sant Goar, Regierungs Bezirk, Coblenz, Prussia, October 15, 1829. He came with his parents to this country in 1846, and settled in this vicinity. In 1849 he married Miss Elizabeth Brueck, and nine children were born to them, of whom four were sons and five daughter. They are nearly all married and there are 38 grand-children and two great grandchildren, all living and well at the time of the death of their sire. Four grand-children are deceased.

Conrad Knapp was one of the organizers of the German Presbyterian church here. Their first, the Hurricane society, was started in the house of Daniel arner in 1858. Rev. Jacob Liesveldt was the minister then. For 25 years Mr. Napp was an elder in the church, and no man is credited with a more consistent and upright christian life.

The illness of Mr. Knapp began in 1891 with a paralytic stroke and he has suffered two strokes since. He died at 2 p.m. August 31. Funeral services were held at Mr. Ringold's church, with preaching in both English and German. There were more people in attendance than could get into the house. At the burial ground at Stitzer there were also services, preaching by Rev. Kudobe, late retired minister of Dubuque. When a good man dies the people mourn.

Submitted by Mary Thiele Fobian

Fennimore Times, September 20, 1905

A very sad event took place at Brodtville last Saturday when Mr. and Mrs. Thomas GULICK laid away, out of earthly sight, their dear little girl baby, only 24 hours old. The baby was born Wednesday at 2 p.m. and died Thursday about the same hour. The funeral took place Saturday at 2 o'clock, Rev. WINTER conducting the solemn though very brief service owing to the extreme illness of the mother, whose life seems to tremble in the balance. A large number of sorrowing friends and neighbors assembled to render aid and sympathy in this trying hour. The tiny casket was taken to the Brodtville cemetery and laid beside those gone before.

Submitted by Pattie Hannon

Fennimore Times-October 18, 1905

Edith BRIGGS was born at Liberty Pole, Vernon Co., Wis., July 27, 1866, and after a brief illness was called to dwell in her hiome of eternal rest in the "beautiful beyond" Sept. 20, 1905.

We often read that "Death loves a shining mark" and when this woman, possessed of so many of the qualities that go to make up the true Christian character, was removed from our midst, just in the prime of life, one so useful and so willing to perform every duty in life, that devolved on her as wife, mother, neighbor, sister, friend, we lift up our tear-stained eyes and exclaim, "Why is it so, that death loves a shining mark!"

Our dear sister came to live in our midst nearly a quarter of a century ago. In a few years after she was united in marriage to Thomas J. GULICK, Dec. 27, 1885, by Rev. James JEFFERSON, who officiated at her funeral.

Our loss of her presence is deeply felt in the Sunday School, church and social circles; where she went she was always an inspiration to all in every good work. Her life was an example of singular purity and simplicity, always, everywhere, at any time, standing as a living witness for Christ.

The loss falls heavily on the husband who is left with three boys: Clarence, aged 18, Perry, aged 6, and Willis, aged 3, in this home now so desolate since mother has gone. We can only commend him to the care of our Heavenly Father. She also leaves to mourn three sisters, two brothers, and a host of relatives and friends, but with the poet we feel to say:

There is no death although we grieve,
When beautiful, familiar forms,
That we have learned to love are torn
From our embracing arms.

They are not dead! they are but passed
Beyond the mists that bind us here,
Into the new and larger life,
Of that serener sphere.

Submitted by Pattie Hannon

Fennimore Times, October 22, 1913

Caroline PERRY was born February 26, 1831 at Christiansburg, Shelby Co., Kentucky; died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Alice HODGE, in Bagley, Wis., Oct. 7, 1913, aged 82 years, 8 months, 11 days.

At the age of three years her parents moved to Drennons Ridge, Henry County, Ky. At the age of 17 she married Joachim GULICK, a gentleman from New York, who went south in 1845, when there was an exodus of the "Yankee school teacher" from the eastern states. He taught in the state till in November, 1849. With a desire to make for themselves a home in the then "far west," she left a home of luxury and comfort, parents, brothers and sisters, and all that life holds dear, and with a brave heart and the husband of her choice they began the tedious journey towards Wisconsin for their destination. Wisconsin had only been admitted to statehood one year. They embarked Nov. 1st from Louisville and were 21 days making the journey, all the way by water transportation, and landed at Galena Nov. 22, 1849, thence by stage to Lancaster, Wis., where friends met them, and they reached "Uncle" John and "Aunt" Jane CASLER's, an aunt and uncle of her husband, log cabin which at that time was a refuge of welcome to all of those who came to cast their lot in that section, they having preceded them from "York" state several years previously.

In 1857 her husband was elected to the Wisconsin Assembly.

She was ever a brave and willing helpmeet for her husband. He taught school that winter in Millville, and in order to be with her husband she worked for her board at the home where he boarded. The next spring in March they rented the farm owned by Deacon Enos FINN, most of what is now the village of Patch Grove, and as she many times laughingly said, the little old home now called the "DUNBAR" house on the corner still standing, was built around her; after the floor was laid it was several weeks before they had a door or windows. Her first child was born there. Under those conditions it is well sometimes for us to pause and ponder over these adverse conditions that our dear parents faced with so much bravery, and cheerfully pressed forward to conquer and subdue to make a "home" for the generations to come. How we should honor and revere the lives and names of those pioneers. She, three years later, removed to a farm in the township of Wyalusing, that they bought, and where she lived for sixty years. She was the mother of ten children, five sons and five daughters, all of whom she reared to manhood and womanhood, and all lived to be married and have families of their own. Two sons preceded her to the great beyond, James, aged 44, and William, aged 33, some 15 years ago. Eight of her children were permitted to be with her to soothe and care for her during her last illness, which was of many weeks, and her suffering was very great. She was a woman of great determination, and when left a widow 41 years ago, with a large family of children dependent, she never became discouraged, but bravely worked and kept her family together till they left at the age of maturity and made homes for themselves.

"Mother and home" was ever where her children held as a place dear to each child.

She was a firm believer in eternal life and was very progressive in her views; was a great reader and was well informed, and took great interest in all events of importance to her country and community. She longed to be at rest and her gentle spirit took its flight peacefully, as if going to sleep.

Thus most nearly all of Wyalusing's pioneers have gone, a very few are left.

Funeral services were held at the M. E. church in Bagley Wedenesday at 10 a.m. Very comforting words were spoken by Pastor WASTE from 1Cor., V chap., 56th verse, after which the remains were interred at Brodtville cemetery by the side of her husband, who prededed her in death 41 years ago.

Submitted by Pattie Hannon

The Weekly Teller, March 10, 1898

James Perry GULICK passed to a higher life March 1, 1898 after only a few days illness of pneumonia, aged 44 years, 23 days. He was the oldest son of Joachim and Caroline GULICK; born in Wyalusing, Grant Co., Wis., when the country was new, and his parents were pioneers of limited means. James was taught early in life by careful, industrious parents that success in life must be attained by honest labor.

He received a good common school education at the district school and latter attended the school at the Patch Grove academy. Before he attained his 18th birthday he had an opportunity of going to Minnesota, to work for a railroad company. His father being acquainted with the contractor kindly consented, and he was gone about three months. He was very homesick and found how much he loved home. Only about four months after his return his father died, and the mother was left with a large family dependent. A few hours after his father's death he said: "Ma, I'm so glad I have been away from home. I now have no desire to leave you, as I know home is dearer than the world." He proved himself faithful to the trust, working hard, and taking care of the farm, heeding the wise counsel of his mother and setting a worthy example of industry, temperance and morality, before his four younger brothers, Thomas, age 11, Edward 9, William 7, Walter 4 and baby sister Jennie, aged one year.

At the age of 24 years be bought a part of his father's farm and was united in marriage, Sept. 6, 1877, to Alice STRONG, a woman worthy of his choice and a true helpmeet for him, and he began to make a home for himself and by careful industry and economy leaves his family comfortable financially.

James was a very social, genial man, a loving husband, an indulgent father, a devoted son, a kind brother, an obliging neighbor. He was outspoken in his sentiments, never professed the orthodox religion, but believed in a higher life and accepted God as the Father, as one too wise to err. He said only a few hours before his departure, "If I must be removed from my family, it is all right, I'm willing to go." He was a staunch prohibitionist in principle. He leaves a wife and two daughters--Nellie the wife of Nathan Millins, and Ethel, 9 years old--who deeply feel the loss of a husband and father who loved and made home pleasant and happy; also four brothers and five sisters, and a mother, who is now old and feels deeply that the one she long depended on has left her, he being the first child taken from her large family, all of whom are married and settled near her. He also leaves a host of warm friends. He was laid to rest in the Bradtville cemetery March 2d, Revs. Rosenfeldt and Ellis officiating; and under the auspices of the order of American Woodmen, of which he was a member. May God bless, soothe and sustain the heart-broken wife and orphans and mother, is the prayer of she who pays this tribute of love to the memory of James P. GULICK.

Submitted by Pattie Hannon

The Bloomington Record, June 23, 1915

Death of Mrs. Rebecca Ward

Mrs. Rebecca Ward died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dell Moore, just northwest of Bloomington, Sunday afternoon, June 20, 1915 aged 78 years, 7 months and 10 days.

Rebecca Lemon was born in Prairie duChein, Wis., Nov. 10, 1836. She was married to Oscar Ward Sept. 25, 1844 [1854]. To this union twelve children were born, six dying in infancy. The remaining six are George, Erven and Fannie (Mrs. Dell Moore), of Bloomington; Lottie (Mrs. Fred Burke) of Milwaukee; Ella (Mrs. Ed Fox) of Seattle, Wash., and Orrin of Delavan, Minn. There are also nineteen grandchildren. Her husband died Dec. 23, 1909, at Patch Grove, where they lived at that time.

Most of Mrs. Ward’s life was spent in Grand County with the exception of nine years spent in Minnesota. Since the death of her husband she had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Moore. During her last illness all that loving hands, could do was done for her, but her life was spent and she was called hence. She passed away quietly and peacefully as she had lived. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, June 22 at the Moore home, Rev. Irish officiating, and interment was made at the Nagle Cemetery beside the husband gone before.

We wish to extend our sincere thanks to the loving, helpful friends and neighbors who did so much for us in our time of sorrow.

The Children

Submitted by Patrick McCleary

The Bloomington Record, December 29, 1909

Harrison Oscar Ward quietly passed away last week Thursday evening while sitting in his chair. Mr. Ward was born in Vermont, September 25, 1833, and died at his home in Patch Grove Dec. 23, 1909, at the age of 76 years, 2 months and 28 days. He was married to Miss. Rebecca Lemons September 25th, 1854. To this union twelve children were born, six dying in infancy. The remaining are as follows: George of Bloominton; Lotta, Mrs. Fred Burke, of Milwaukee; Ella, Mrs. E.D. Fox, of LaCrosse; Orren of Minnesota; Erven of Patch Grove; Fannie, Mrs. Dell Moore, of Bloomington. He passed the most of his life on Blake’s Prairie, and was held in high esteem by all what knew him. The funeral services were held at the church. The sermon was a very appropriate one. Interment was at the Nagle Cemetery.

Submitted by Patrick McCleary

Newspaper Unknown

Andrew Kern - January 05, 1921

(Part of this is missing) ( survived by ) Mrs. Louisa Edmunds of Baltimore, Md.; Andrew Kern at home; Mrs. Minnie Williams of Glasgow, Mo.; Fred Kern of Potosi; and Benj. Kern at home.

The immediate cause of death was a paralytic stroke one year ago, the second occuring on the 17th of December. Mr Kern is the last of his immediate family and he was also the eldest of his family.

Mrs. Lizzie Hofschulte and his first wife have preceded him to the beyond.

Mr. Kern was well known in this section. He was a man of considerable ability and for years conducted the mill at Ellensboro.

He will be missed by his many friends. The funeral was held Friday afternoon, burial being made in Hillside Cemetery.

Submitted by Nancy Lambert

The Bloomington Record-February 1923-Bloomington, Wisconsin.


John L. Brady, son of Peter and Elizabeth (Flannigan) Brady, was born at New Diggings, Wis., November 5, 1845. He was the youngest of three children. He passed his early days in that vicinity.

Mr. Brady came to Beetown in the early days and engaged in mining in the Muscallunge district. Here he met many men who afterward became prominent in the affairs of the community and county, and with these associates he formed friendships that endured all through life.

After a stay in Beetown he went to Colorado, and passed several years gaining experiences that were pleasant to recount in the later years.

Mr. Brady married Laura Jane Hinch June 5, 1872, and she survives him. The union was blessed with nine children as follows:--Aletha (Mrs. R.M. Donnelly), Oscar, Lester, Orton(?--hard to read), Florence (Mrs. J.E. Heraty?-hard to read), Hazel, Alex, Jennings, and Donald. Hazel died in infancy and Mrs. Heraty four years ago at LaCrosse, Wis.

They came to Bloomington in 1880, and made this village their home for nearly forty years, until moving to California four years ago.

Mr. Brady was a man of pleasant nature, and made many friends. His long residence here and his connection with business affairs made him one of the well known citizens of the place. He had pronounced political convictions, and affiliated with the Democratic party. His service for the party and worth as a citizen were recognized by President Cleveland during his second term, who appointed him postmaster of this village for four years. He proved to be a popular postmaster, and made a record of public duty well and faithfully performed.

As a kind and obliging neighbor Mr. Brady was well liked by all. In the family circle his affection, kindness and unfailing thoughtfulness for every member won for him the admiration of those who were priviledged to look in upon his home life. There his good qualities found their happiest and greatest expression, and here he found pleasure and peace.....(remainder of obituary clipping is unreadable).

Submitted by Lisa J. Salis

Newspaper: Fennimore Times
Date: Unknown

"Mrs. R. Munns - 42 Great Grandchildren Among Her Descendants. A "Mother in Israel."

Roxana Rounds was born in the state of Massachusetts Jan. 3, 1817, and died at Fennimore, Wis., Sept. 13, 1906, aged 89 years, 8 months and 10 days. She was married to Robert Munns of New York, Oct. 11, 1835. To them were born 12 children. She leaves one brother and two sisters, Andrew Rounds and Mrs. Baker of Michigan, and Mrs. Simons of Superior, Wis. Ten children survive her: Mrs. Harriet Gingrich of Lancaster, George R. Munns of Fennimore, Mrs. Julia Sammons of Boulder, Colo., Mrs. Mary Blanchard of Hickory Grove, Lydia McElwain of Dennison, Iowa, Henry Munns, deceased, Perry Munns of Fennimore, Emma Kreul of Laurens, Iowa, Joe Munns of Oakdale, California, and Eva Delany of Laurens, Iowa. Lyman Munns died in infancy. She also leaves 37 grandchildren and 42 great grandchildren living.

Soon after her marriage to Mr. Munns they went to Howard, Livingston Co., Mich., where the first years of their married life were spent. In the year 1844, they moved to Belvidere, Ill., living there only two years. From there they came to Fennimore, where they lived until their end came.

When they settled in the town of Fennimore 60 years ago, they soon acquainted themselves with the hardships of pioneer life. Their neighbors were scarce and far between, with woods all around inhabited with bear and wolves. Mr. and Mrs. Munns put their shoulders to the wheel of progress and soon had a comfortable home, situated on the main travelled road between Lancaster and Boscobel, where it was turned into a tavern for weary travelers passing that way. Besides the usual hardships of early pioneer life, they at one time lost all their cattle by their straying away. They had but two horses left. After spending many days in fruitless search for the cattle and much money, they set to work again to accumulate more earthly possessions.

When the civil war broke out two of their boys enlisted, George R., who served during the entire service, and Henry, who was killed in the battle at Atlanta, July 21, 1864. Mr. Munns died at their home April 9, 1884.

Mrs. Munns was always engaged in religious work of some sort until infirmity and old age compelled her to remain at home. She united with the M.E. church in 1850, and when the Evangelical Association organized a class at the Rock schoolhouse, she placed her name there and remained a member of that body until God took her to her long home. She was a lover of the Scriptures and daily read them or had them read to her.

About the last six months of her life she was afflicted with blindness and loss of mind. June 13th she fell and dislocated her hip, causing much pain. From that time on she was bedfast and most of the time unconscious.

The funeral services were held at the Bethel church, conducted by the Rev. Nickell of Wauzeka, interment in the joint cemetery nearby.

Submitted by Roxanne Munns

from December 27, 1917, issue of the Crystal Lake (IL) Herald,
Obituary of Casper Salzmann-

Casper Salzmann, who had been in poor health for several months, passed away at his home here at 4:30 Christmas morning. Funeral services were held from St. Thomas' Catholic church this (Thursday) morning, Rev. E. A. McCormick officiating. Internment was in Union cemetery.

In the passing of Casper Salzmann Crystal Lake has lost one of her worthy citizens, and the entire community extends its sympathy to the bereaved family.

Casper Salzmann was born near Louisville, Ky., March 10, 1854, and passed away Dec. 25, 1917, being 63 years of age at the time of his death.

While yet a child his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Salzmann, moved from Kentucky to Grant county, Wis. Here, with his parents, he grew to manhood and became a master in the carpenter trade. While still a young man he left Grant county and went to Ishpeming, Mich., to follow his vocation; later on he was employed in Earlville, Mich. [Illinois?].

Casper Salzmann was united in marriage to Miss Amelia Krueger in Marquette, Mich. On Nov. 6, 1906, Mr. and Mrs. Salzmann moved to Crystal Lake, where they have since resided. To this union nine children--seven girls and two boys were born. All of the children survive their parents. They are: Mrs. John [Elsie] Keiffer of Sinsinawa, Wis.; Mrs. M. W. [Martha] Fitzgerald, Crystal Lake; Mrs. George [Frances] Wyman, Woodstock; Mrs. Clotielda Barney, Marengo; and Carl Salzmann, acting postmaster at North Crystal Lake; Jerome, Thelma, Mary and Eva Salzmann, who were living at home with their father at the time of his demise.

Mr. Salzmann leaves two brothers--H.J. Salzmann of Woodstock and Frank Salzmann of Dickeyville, Wis.--and two sisters--Mrs. Anna Genz of Hazel Green, Wis., and Mrs. Barbara Wiegel of Dubuque, Ia.

During the first part of the ten years in which he lived in Crystal Lake, Mr. Salzmann was employed in the Charles Lanning blacksmith shop. During recent years he was in the employ of Wm. Bruedigam. In both positions he was employed as a wood worker, in which line he was an expert and most proficient.

His wife, Mrs. Amelia Salzmann, passed away on Sept. 6, preceding her husband to the great beyond by only a little more than three months. Last spring another death occurred in the family, when Mrs. Olive Salzmann, daughter-in-law of the deceased was taken.

During his declining days everything possible [was done] for his comfort, and an endeavor to prolong his life was done for Mr. Salzmann by his sons and daughters, with whom he made his home. Stricken Aug. 18, Mr. Salzmann was taken to a Chicago hospital, where he underwent an operation and remained for several weeks. Shortly after his return he was taken to the Woodstock hospital for a few days, but found little relief and was brought home. He gradually grew weaker and weaker, and on Christmas morning passed away.

Submitted by Jim Wyman

(Newspaper unknown)
Obituary of Mrs. Theresia Salzmann-

Mrs. Theresia Salzmann, whose death occurred Feb. 11, 1897, at Hazel Green, Wis., was born in Geisleden Germany, Oct 15, 1823, where she was united in marriage Feb. 2, 1841, to George A. Salzmann. She immigrated together with her husband and two children to the United States in 1848 and located near Cincinnati, Ohio, from where they removed to Kentucky four years later.

In the spring of 1858 they came west and settled in Illinois near Galena, but soon removed to Grant county Wisconsin, where she has resided since. Her husband died July 29th 1877 near Dickeyville, and a few years later she made her home with her oldest daughter Mrs. Conrad Genz, at Hazel Green where she died.

Deceased was the mother of eight children of whom five are now living and are, Mrs. Conrad Genz of Hazel Green, Mrs. Joseph Wiegel of Benton, Casper Salzmann of Hazel Green, Henry J. Salzmann of Waterloo, Iowa, and Frank Salzmann of Dickeyville, Wis, besides sixteen grandchildren and one great grandchild.

She was a great suffering for some five or six years but she bore those patiently until death relieved her.

The funeral was held Saturday Feb. 13th at the Catholic church at Hazel Green of which she was a devout member. Rev. Father Switzer conducted the services and all her children were present to see her laid to rest. May she rest in peace.

Submitted by Jim Wyman

Obituary of Jessie Thornton Daily-

Jessie Thornton Daily, second son of Josiah Daily and Emmeline Williams was born at Potosi, Wis., December 12, 1844, and died at his home at Darlington, Wis., April 20, 1922, thus having reached the age of 78 years, 4 months and 8 days. At the age of 18 years he enlisted in Co. H, 25th Wis. Inf., and served under Sherman throughout the war. On July 5, 1865 he was united in mariage with Rachael Ann Thorpe at Potosi, Wis. To this union were born 10 children, six having passed to the Great Beyond. He leaves his wif and four childre: Mrs. Will Rose and Mrs. Jas. Shrigley of Platteville, Wis., Joseph & Mrs. H. W. Schnering of Darlington and 9 grandchildren to mourn his death.

Four years ago he united with the Methodist church of Darlington and the funeral was held in that sanctuary. Sunday afternoon. The Rev. J.A. Vincent preached the sermon to a large number of his relatives, comrades and friends. The G.A.R had charge at the graveside.

Submitted by Judy Benish

(Newspaper unknown)
Obituary of Christina Kaiser-
Christina Kaiser Dies at Advanced Age of 108 Years

Mrs. Christina Kaiser died at her home in Jefferson, Wis Saturday May 29, 1897 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Miller, at the advanced age of 108 years. For many years she had been a resident near Sinsinawa Mound, where she owned a large farm, but several years ago she puchased the land on which the village of Jefferson is now located.

She was born in the Department of Moselle, France, near Metz, and was married in her native country. In 1843, with her husband, she emigrated to the United States and settled at Sinsinawa Mound, remaining there until she moved to Jefferson. The old lady was a great admirer of the first Napoleon and on one occasion was presented to him when she resided in Paris, after leaving her home in the Department of Moselle. She had seen him several times afterward, and one of her brothers served under "Old Bony" for eleven years, being with him at the battle of Waterloo, where his star went down forever. She took great delight in telling about his deeds and would become enthusiastic whenever any old friend would call and talk about the great Frenchman. She was passionately fond of flowers and frequently sent to her former home in France for the kind that she used to form into bouquets in the days of her girlhood.

Mrs. Kaiser was well known to all the older settlers in Dubuque and East Dubuque and had often visited both cities. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. George Miller of Jefferson; and Mrs. Clara Pope of Hampton, Iowa, also by her brother, Nicholas Miller of Monticello, her grandsons, Chris, Nick and Frank Thill of East Dubuque; Harry Thill of Bancroft, Iowa and John Thill of Postville, Iowa, and her niece, Mrs. Isborn of Dubuque. The funeral was held in Hazel Green Monday, May 31, and was the largest ever seen in southern Wisconsin.

Submitted by Catherine Renschler

Obituary of John Cull-

With the death of John Cull, a pioneer citizen of Grant County has passed away. He was born in County Down,. Ireland, in 1832, comming to America in 1852 and settling on the farm on Irish Ridge which was his home continously until he took up his residence in the Village of Fennimore last March.

For three years he served with honor in the Union Army, being a member of Co. I, 20th Wisconsin. He was a brave faithful soldier, never shrieking his duty, but serving his country with great devotion, His comrades all held him in the highest honor and respect, and he was seldom missing at their reunions.

He was married in 1866 to Ann Woods, the loving and faithful wife who survives him. Eight children were born to them, two of whom, Mary and Agnes, are deceased. The others are Harry of Sugar City, Colorado, Cassie (Mrs. Fred Graser) of Fennimore; Rose Mrs. Peter Glynn of Anderson; John Theresa and Mamie at home. He also leaves two brothers Michael and James of Mt. Hope, and two sisters, Mrs. Thos. Garvey and Mrs. B. McQuigan of Woodman.

Mr. Cull has not been in good health for some years, but his illness was not supposed to be serious. Two weeks ago he contracted a bad cold, which developed into pneumonia and from this he died last Saturday morning.

The funeral Monday from St. Mary's church with Father Feld officiating, called out a very large attendance. The remains were taken to St. Lawrence's Cemetery, Mt. Hope, for interment.

The deceased was an exemplary citizen in every respect, a through Christian, a kind father and husband. Few enjoyed so throughly the goodwill respect and confidence of the community. He was a loyal true friend, unostentatious in his way but kind hearted and genial in all his relations with others. A host of friends will mourn and sincerely regret his departure, for truly he was a good man gone to his reward.

There is an error in the article on year married, it should be 1865. Per Grant County records. (correction by S. Panka).
Submitted by Shirley Panka

Obituary of Mrs. Michael Cull-

The community was greatly shocked to hear of the sudden death Sunday morning at one o'clock of Mrs. Michael Cull. She had been dangerously ill for only a few days, although in poor health for the past year, an attack of pneumonia greatly lowering her vitality.

Her health has been fast failing for about six months, but she was always cheerful and willing to submit to the will of God. She never murmured about her troubles, for she believed in bearing patiently the trials which God had given her. Wednesday morning her people noticed that she was not as well as usual and from that time until Sunday morning she received all the care that loving hands could give, especially from her daughter Lizzie, who lived with her parents and cared for them in their old age. Although death was not looked for so soon, she was well prepared to meet her God.

Mrs. Cull's maiden name was Mary Woods. She was born in the county of Down, Ireland in 1842, and came to this country with her parents in 1858. She was married to Michael Cull Oct. 9, 1861. Their entire married life was spent on the farm four miles northeast of Mt. Hope, until last February, when they moved to the village of Fennimore.

Mrs. Cull leaves beside her stricken husband, nine sorrowing children: Henry of Werly, Mary, (Mrs. William Graser,) of Fennimore: Alice at Lancaster; John, of Bloomington: James, of Oldham, S.D.: Agnes, (Mrs. Ed. Mulrooney.) of Fennimore: Michael of Bloomington: Annie, (Mrs. Thomas Glyn,) of Woodman: Lizzie at home. One child died in infancy. She leaves also three brothers, Patrick Woods of Little Grant, Dan and Arthur, out West, and two sisters, Rosie Woods of Lancaster, and Mrs. John Cull of Fennimore.

Deceased was a highly esteemed and worthy lady, a kind mother, a dutiful wife and a true friend to all her acquaintances. She was a very devout Catholic and lived an exemplary life, and her death caused general sorrow wherever she was known.

Submitted by Shirley Panka

FENNIMORE TIMES-(date unknown)
Obituary of Michael Cull-

Michael Cull was born in Ireland, Sept. 29, 1829, died Aug. 10, 1910. Deceased came to America in 1850, coming first to New York, From there he came West to Ohio, where he lived two years. In 1852 he came to Grant County, and the following year located on a farm, in the township of Mt. Hope, where he lived until February 1906, when he moved to Fennimore.

In 1855 he was married to Mary Rooney, who died two years later. In 1861 he was United in marriage to Mary Woods, who died July, 15, 1906, to this union were born 11 children, Henry of Werley, Mary, (Mrs. Wm. Graser) of Fennimore, Alice of Lancaster, John of Little Grant, James of Hayes, S.D., Angie (Mrs. Ed. Mulrooney) Of Fennimore, Anna (Mrs. Thomas Glynn) of Woodman, and Michael and Lizzie of Fennimore. Two children died in infancy. besides nine sorrowing children the deceased leaves one brother, James Cull, of Mt. Hope and a sister Mrs. Ellen McGuigan of Boscobel. Mr. Cull was a man respect grew with intimate acquaintance. Of sturdy character, he led an upright christian life, was a helpful neighbor, a devoted husband, a father whose careful training found ample reward in the lives of his children. The wilderness of nearly sixty years ago presented, many difficulties to the sturdy young Irish immigrant. Beginning with a great force of energy and being persistant in nature, in time the wooded hills and valleys, the stony ledges gave way to his toil. How well he labored, what the measure of his success the friutful fields and spacious buildings of the old homestead bear silent witness.

The land for St. Lawrence church together with the cemetery was donated to the parish by Mr. Cull. and now he sleeps surrounded by the hills and valleys that nourished him and the scenes of his early labors and contentment of later years.

Funeral services held from St. Mary's church, Rev. Feld officiating, who spoke feelingly of the departed and his useful life. The choir rendered excellent music. The funeral was one of the largest attended every held in Fennimore and showed the esteem in which Mr. Cull was held, All of his neighbors and friends were here to pay him their last tribute of respect.

Submitted by Shirley Panka

FENNIMORE TIMES-September 27, 1889
Obituary of Mrs. Alice Cull-

Mrs. Alice Cull, of near Mt. Hope died Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock of old age, after a brief sickness of two weeks, aged 86 years. She had been confined to her room with infirmities the most of the time for the past two years, but apparently was as well as usual until about two weeks ago, when she was taken worse and life seemed to waste away without causing much suffering.

Mrs. Cull was born in the County Down Ireland, and with her husband came to America in 1853, and settled in Grant County , on the same farm where she died. Her husband Henry Cull died in the year 1857, only four years after their arrival to this country, when Mrs. Cull was left with a family of nine children, the youngest being nine years of age. Mrs. Cull has continued to reside on this old homestead with her oldest son ever since. She was an affectionate mother and kind neighbor, and all of the old settlers will cherish her memory as long as life spared them.

Submitted by Shirley Panka

FENNIMORE TIMES-April 24, 1895
Obituary of Darby Jeremiah Mulrooney-

The death of Darby Mulrooney, an old resident of Mt. Hope, is recorded as occurring on last Sunday. Deceased had been ill for some time. He attained an age of 62 years. His wife preceeded him in death some two years ago; there is a family of eight children, four sons and four daughters, left to mourn his loss. The funeral, which was held Monday, was very largely attended. Rev. McNulty presided.

BOSCOBEL DIAL-May 23, 1895
Obituary of Darby Mulrooney-

Mr. Darby Mulrooney, one of the pioneers of Mt. Hope died at his residence April 21, 1895 from the effects of La Grippe.

The deceased was born in Riverstown, Ireland in the year 1833. At the dawn of manhood, he came to America, where he was united in marriage to Ms. Catherine Dunn. The faithful wife died August 2, 1893, of heart disease. There are eight children, who are now bereft of their kind parents--Mr. William Mulrooney, Bloomington; Mrs. Ella Quinn, Woodman; Mrs. Katie Cull, Mrs. Mary Elliott, Mr. John Mulrooney, and the unmarried children, Ms. Rosa Mulrooney, Edward and James Mulrooney of Mt. Hope.

Mr. Mulrooney was an exemplary christian, and he died as he lived, with hatred to none, but with love to all. The funeral was held at St. Lawrence church at Mt. Hope, Monday, April 22, where the mortal remains of that saintly man received the last token of human afffection, and were entrusted to the care of Mother Earth. Rev. Father McNulty, his pastor, paid a glowing tribute to the life of the deceased. Thus has passed away a man whose memory will ever linger upon the neighborhood like the reflecting rays upon the horizon after a golden sunrise. May his soul rest in peace.

(from "Darby Mulrooney Family Lore"-by Tess Mulrooney passed onto our Degenhardt family for Degenhardt Family History)
Submitted by Lisa J. Salis ("Maime Elliott and Charles C. Degenhardt's great granddaughter)

FENNIMORE TIMES, August 10, 1893
Obituary of Catherine Mulrooney-

Mrs. Catherine Mulrooney, one of the first residents of Mt. Hope, died at her home, of heart failure, Wednesday evening, August 2nd, 1893. Mrs. Mulrooney was a strong, robust woman and a perfect picture of health. She never complained of any pains, and was a stranger to sickness. On the evening of her death, she partook of a hearty supper, made arrangements as women do for the morning breakfast, and appeared in her usual health. About 1/2 past 11 her husband heard a slight moan and suspected that perhaps his wife was ailing. As he is in feeble health, he called some of his children to come and see if mother needed anything. When the children arrived at the bed, it was only to behold their dear mother in the cold slumbers of death. It was indeed a sad sight. Words cannot express the grief of the poor husband and his children.

Mrs. Mulrooney was born in the County of Kilkenny, Ireland, in the year 1828. In 1857, in PA, she was united in marriage to Mr. Darby Mulrooney. She leaves one daughter, Ms. Rosa, and two sons, Edward and James, to console her bereaved husband.

The children who are married are: John Mulrooney, Will Mulrooney, Mrs. Mary Elliott, Mrs. Ella Quinn, and Mrs. Katie Cull.

Nearly 100 teams, accompanied her lifeless corpse to St. Lawrence's where the funeral obsequies were performed by Fr. McNulty. The magnificent casket decorated with natural flowers, rested on the catafalque richly draped, being guarded by lighted tapers and surrounded by weeping friends. Mrs. Mulrooney was an exemplary Christian, a true friend and neighbor.
It is no wonder that when her lifeless remains were removed from the house that the vast multitude were in tears for they knew that a dear friend of theirs would never care for them again with the love of a mother. Mrs. Mulrooney was a faithful wife and loving mother; she was the most esteemed woman in the neighborhood, and one of the most honored members of her church. May her soul rest in peace. L.A.R.

Taken from "Darby Mulrooney Family Lore" by Tess Mulrooney passed into "Degenhardt Family History" for Family Tree History.
Submitted by Lisa J. Salis

BLOOMINGTON RECORD-February 21, 1923
Obituary of Michael Degenhardt-

Michael Degenhardt, one of the pioneer residents of West Grant, died at his home in the township of Mt. Hope, Wednesday of last week, February 21st, at the ripe old age of 88 years, after a comparatively brief illness. Mr. Degenhardt was born in Germany January 28, 1835, and he and a brother came to the United States about 1855. Their first stop in this country was at Chicago, which was then but a struggling small city, the major part of its present site being swamp land. Mr. Degenhardt cut swamp grass with a scythe where some of the largest buildings of that city now stand. Later he helped to build the line of the Illinois Central Railway running west from Dubuque; then he came to Grant county and settled at Potosi, being employed at farm work in that vicinity for a time. Later he bought eighty acres of rough land near there, cleaned it up and started farming, but had hard luck financially and lost the place. He then rented farms around Hurrican for several years, after which he went to Mt. Hope township and bought the farm which was his home until he died.

Mr. Degenhardt was married at Tennyson, this county, on September 16, 1862 to Elizabeth Mikesch. To this union were born ten children, nine of whom, with the aged wife and mother, survive as follows:-- Kate (Mrs. Charles Decker) of Campbell Ridge;--Henry, at home; Theodore, of Bloomington;--Mary (Mrs. John Ertz) of Lancaster;--Ann (Mrs. Will Zenz) Potosi;--Adolph, Stillwater, Minnesota;--Frank, Charles, and Lewis, Mt. Hope;--one daughter, Regina, died in infancy. There are also twenty-eight grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

Mr. and Mrs. Degenhardt celebrated their Sixtieth wedding anniversary last September at which time most of the immediate relatives were present.

The above is the life history of a sturdy pioneer who by dint fo his own efforts achieved success in carving a fine farm out of a near wilderness. He was a good citizen, neighbor and friend and his death is regretted by all his acquaintances. He himself was more than content to have lived so long beyond his allotted time and the end was neither unexpected nor unwelcome to him.

Funeral services were held last Friday at St Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington, Rev. Pollack officiating, Interment was in the village Catholic cemetery.

Submitted by Mr. Degenhardt's g-g-granddaughter, Lisa J. Salis

Obituary of Mrs. Mary Hinch-

Mary Helen Bushnell was born at Lancaster, Wis., (Bushnell Hollow) March 11, 1830. She was the daughter of Henry C. and Adaline Bushnell. On the 11th day of March, 1850 she was married to Lionel Brown Hinch, who died March 27, 1887. The union was blessed with eight children, three of which died in infancy. Those left to mourn her demise are Mrs. Laura Bardy, Uriah H. Hinch and Mrs. Adaline Jay, of Bloomington, E. M. Hinch, of Scott, Iowa, and Mrs. Maud Wright of Beetown. A sister and two brothers also survive: Mrs. Dotha Whipple of Los Angeles, Cal., C. W. Bushnell of Coal-dale, Col. and J. H. Bushnell of Brookens, S. D.

The deceased lady was the second white child born in Lancaster. At the time of the out-break of the Black-Hawk war, the parents took her with her older sister, to the old stone fort at Prairie du Chien, where they lived for several weeks. Later they went to the fort at Cassville. After the Indian troubles were over they moved to the lead mines of Beetown. The greater part of Mrs. Hinch's life was spent at Muscalunge. After the death of her husband she moved into the village. In 1891 she removed to Bloomington, making her home mostly with her daughter, Mrs. Jay. Here, full of years, respected and beloved, she passed into the better land, January 16, 1903.

Submitted by Thomas Jay

(Newspaper unknown)
Obituary of Amanda (Keeney) Baney-

BANEY--In Big Patch, April 25th, 1897, Mrs. Mandy Baney, wife of Lewis Baney, aged 47 yers. The funeral took place at Big Patch, Tuesday. J.H. Cabanis officiating.

Obituary of James H. Kirkpatrick-

Kirkpatrick - Died in Platteville, Wis., July 8, 1876, James H. Kirkpatrick in the 79th year of his age.

He was born in Georgia, moved to the Northwest when quite young, was married early in life and raised a family - several of whom preceded him to the better land. He has been a widower over 30 years. Converted when about 13 years old, he has been a constant member of the Methodist Episcopal church for more than 65 years. He was at the first camp meeting held in Wisconsin, and was a member of the first class formed north of Platteville. He filled, with acceptibility, several important offices in the church, such as Sunday School superintendent, class leader, and steward. A little reserved in deportment, though clear in Christian experience, but never ostentatious. A few days ago he said, my feet are near the waters of Jordan, but all is bright and clear on the other side, the enemy has sorely tempted me, but I have the victory.

James Sims, Belmont, July 11, 1876

Submitted by Scott Thomson

HAZEL GREEN TRIBUNE-September 4, 1914
Obituary of John Birkett-

John Birkett, one of the best known stock buyers in Southern Wisconsin, died quite suddenly, Tuesday afternoon, aged about seveny years. Mr. Birkett had been around about his usual occupation and feeling fine until about three o'clock, when he complained of a dizziness. He was taken at once to his residence where he passed away shortly afterwards. He leaves a wife and a number of grown up sons and daughters. Mr. Birkett occupied a prominent place in the religious; social and civic affairs of his community and will be greatly missed.

Submitted by Mike Birkett

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