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Alfred Anacker, 79, of Butterfield, died Aug. 19, 2002, in Windom.

Alfred Richard Anacker, son of Richard C. And Cyrenna (Haeska) Anacker, was born Aug. 15, 1923, on the same farm as his father (which his grandfather homesteaded in 1872) in Selma Township, Cottonwood County; attended school in Darfur at District 40; baptized on April 3, 1947 at the First Congregational church in Comfrey and was confirmed on Feb. 24, 1949 at St. Johnís Ev. Lutheran Church in Darfur by Rev. E. C. Schmelzer.

Alfred's dad raised purebred Black Poland China hogs, while Alfred raised purebred Spotted Poland China hogs. He showed both breeds at county and state fairs. On Dec. 67, 1948, he married Wilma E. Wolle at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Darfur. They continued farming, raising livestock and other farm animals. Alfred had a nice herd of registered Polled Holstein milk cows. He had a life-time membership in the "Holstein-Friesian Association of America." In 1972, they had a new home built on the east edge of Darfur, where they made their home and brought the "Game Bird Farm" with them; Alfred semi-retired from farming in the spring of 1980, continuing with his game farm and miniature horses until retiring in 1998. He enjoyed going to horse and poultry shows. He also enjoyed reading newspapers, magazines and listening to radio; survived by his wife, Wilma Anacker of Butterfield; two sons, Richard (Diana) Anacker of Comfrey and Miles Anacker of Fairmont; three daughters, Linda (Dick) Southworth of St. Joseph, Gale (Stan) Friesen of Fort Collins, Colo., and Marlene (Larry) Peters of Darfur; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, and a brother, George (Caroline) Anacker of St. James; preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Wesley and Dale Anacker, three brothers, Albert, Edward and Christian Anacker, and a sister, Irene Anacker.

Funeral services were held at St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran church in Darfur with Rev. Troy Jacobs officiating and interment was at the St. Johnís Lutheran Cemetery in Darfur; funeral arrangements were handled by Bjerum Funeral Home in Mt. Lake.

Pallbearers were James Anacker, Scott Anacker, Jennifer Anacker, Jason Kamolz, Shawn Friesen, Marisa Anacker, Vicki Speri, Julie Kresch, Mindy Ruhlig, Stanley Jr. Friesen and Sherry Lightbody; organist was Kristi Haseman. (abstracted from Mountain Lake paper, August 28, 2002)

Martha Anacker died Saturday at the Mt. Lake Hospital following a lengthy illness; she was born Oct. 11, 1889 in Hardin County, Iowa and married Herbert Anacker Sept. 17, 1913 in Mt. Lake. They lived on a farm north of Mt. Lake until 1951 when they moved to Mt. Lake. Mr. Anacker died Nov. 30, 1956; surviving are five daughters and three sons: Mrs. Morris Stahl, of Jackson; Mrs. Henry Regehr, of Ogilvie, Minn.; Mrs. Hilko Lingbeek of Comfrey; Mrs. Dick Siefkes of New Ulm; Mrs. Cecil Siefkes, Garden City; Leonard, Glenwood; Walter, Fairmont; Kenneth, Mr. Lake; 37 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; a brother, Theodore Walters of Butterfield; two half-sisters; a half brother.

Service for Mrs. Anacker were held Tuesday at the Christian Reform church in rural Mt. Lake, with burial in the church cemetery. (abstracted from Cottonwood Citizen Oct 9, 1974)


Selma Anacker, 93, of Mt. Lake, formerly of Darfur, died Nov. 22, 1999, in Mt. Lake.

Selma Christine Wallin was born Jan. 12, 1906, in Adrian Township, Watonwan County, to Oscar and Carried (Larson) Walling. She attended rural school near Darfur.

She married William G. Anacker in 1927. The couple made their home in Darfur operating Darfur implement until retiring in the early 1960's. She continued to live in Darfur until entering the Eventide Home in Mt. Lake in 1997; she was a life-long member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday school and was active in the ladies aid. She was also a member of the Darfur "Garden Gate" Garden Club and the Darfur Senior Citizens; preceded in death by her husband, William, in 1977; twin grandsons, Matthew and David Fredin; a brother, Wilbert Wallin; and sisters, Della Adams, Mabel Post and Eloise Hill; survived by a daughter, Marian (James) Fredin of Comfrey; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Emma Schmid of Whittier, Calif.

Services were held Saturday at the Bethlehem Lutheran church in Darfur with Pastor Patricia Baglien officiating; pallbearers were Todd Fredin, Mark Freding, Brian Fredin, Tim Mogler, Paul Fredin, Tracy Fredin and Jeffrey Fredin.

Interment was at the Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery in Darfur. (abstracted from Mountain Lake Review Dec 1, 1999)

Died: Mrs. Wm. Anacker died last Friday at 4 p.m. and her funeral occurred on Monday. She had suffered several months with asthma and dropsy and was 60 years and 4 months old at the time of her death. Rev. J. Cornils officiated at the funeral. (Mountain Lake View, July 4, 1902)

ARLA OPAL ANDERSON, 77, of Worthington, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002, in Sioux Falls, S.D.; born July 20, 1925, in Westbrook, the daughter of Oscar and Bertha Erickson Cleveland; married Ted Anderson on June 9, 1946 in Rembrandt, Iowa; he preceded her in death; survived bytwo sons, Steve (Joan) Anderson, Isanti, Dan (Jessica) Anderson, Worthington; one daughter, Susan Anderson, Windom; one brother, John (Lorraine) Cleveland, Iowa; four sisters, Stella (Rev. Gaylen) Gilbertson, Iowa, Darlene (Martin) Aronson, Iowa, Arvilla (Harold) Sassman, Iowa, Lucille (Cecil) Harms, Minnesota; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; burial in the Worthington Cemetery (abstract Worthington Daily Globe)