Mower County Obituaries
Part 281

John Norris


John Norris, aged 76 years, died Sept 6 from the result of apoplexy. He was born in North Ireland of Scotch parentage, Feb. 16, 1836, and came to Wisconsin when nine years old. He came to Mower county in 1868. Three children survive. Interment in Woodbury.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 18 Sept. 1912, page 6, column 5, under heading "LYLE"

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Mattie M. (Hughson) Merrill

Died 1891


On behalf of her relatives and myself, I hereby extend our gratitude to the kind friends, who assisted us in laying away the mortal remains of my beloved wife [Mattie M. Hughson Merrill], and also to those who helped to care for her during her last sickness at the house of her mother, Mrs. M. L. Hughson, at Lyle, Minn.

Samuel H. Merrill

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 23 Dec. 1891, page 9, column 2

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Christina Loomis


--Died, in the town of Lyle, Friday night, July 27, Mrs. Christina, relict of Rev. S. Loomis, aged 27 years. Mrs. Loomis was born in Penna., but when very young moved to Ohio. She was married when 19 years old at Wooster, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Loomis lived 12 years in Indiana and 27 years ago came to Lyle. Mr. Loomis died some 20 years ago from disease contracted in the army service.

Last week Monday Mrs. Loomis was in usual health but exposed herself to the rain and was stricken with paralysis Monday night. She leaves five children of a family of 12, the only one in Mower county being Mrs. E. D. Ames. Funeral services very largely aggended, were held at the Ames school house Sunday, by Rev. C. D. Belden.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 1 Aug. 1883, page 3, column 3

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Timothy Stearns Kilgore

died 1881

--Our old friend T. S. Kilgore [Timothy Stearns Kilgore] is no more. He died suddenly Christmas morning at his home in Lyle township. He was a man of more than one talent, generally respected by his friends and neighbors, and well known and highly esteemed throughout Mower county.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 5 Jan. 1881, page 3, column 3

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Charles Kellogg

died 1881

--Charles Kellogg, living near Otranto, was buried last Monday in Beach's burying ground, Rev. Cressey attending the funeral service. The young man was sick but four weeks, dying of quick consumption caused by a strain produced by heavy lifting.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 16 Feb. 1881, page 3 column 2

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Alice Johnson


[Alice Johnson]

Alice Butts, aged 11 years, died of dropsy, Wednesday at the home of her adopted parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Butts near London. Funeral was held Friday, conducted by Rev. S. Johnson.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 29 April 1914, page 7, column 4, under heading "LYLE."

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Mary L. Hughson


Last Friday p.m. at about 2 o'clock this community was saddened by the report of the death of Mrs. Mary L. Hughson aged 68 years. She had been feeling rather poorly for the past month but had attended her duties until Monday evening when she was taken very suddenly with heart trouble.

She leaves two sons, George and John, three grand children, one sister and a host of friends to mourn the loss of a Christian mother, a loving sister and a true friend and neighbor. She was a cousin of Wilson and John Beach of Austin.

Miss Mary L. Owen, youngest daughter of Albert G. and Hannah Owen, was born in Green County, N. Y. in 1836. She was married Jan. 31, 1855, to C. R. Hughson. They came to Lyle township in 1858 settling on the southwest quarter of section 25 a half mile north of this village. Here Mr. Hughson died April 7, 1884, and here the widow remained until four or five years ago when she moved into Lyle village.

Funeral services were held at the M. E. church Sunday p.m., Rev. Bear officiating, and interment was made in Woodbury cemetery where the remains of her husband and six children lie.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 24 Aug. 1904, page 7, columns 1 & 2, under heading "LYLE"

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Alonzo C. Houghton


HOUGHTON--In the Township of Lyle, Saturday, July 8th 1876, Alonzo C. Houghton, aged 64 years.

Mr. Houghton was widely known throughout the section of country in which he lived. He came to Otranto 17 years ago, and has been a resident of Mower county for the last 12 years. The very large gathering of friends at his funeral held in the School House near his residence, on Monday last, was a striking tribute to the esteem in which he was held by those who knew him.

Some years ago Mr. Houghton received a severe sun-stroke and his physicians say that he never fully recovered from its effects. His mind had been gradually failing for months before his death. He made a profession of faith in Christ when eighteen years of age and united with a Baptist Church. At his heath he had been a member of that church in this city for eleven years. He leaves a wife and five children with whom we sympathize deeply in their sad affliction.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 13 July 1876, page 3, column 4, under heading "DIED."

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Susan Maria (Wait) Houghton



Susan Maria (Wait) Houghton

Died 1898

Mrs. S. M. Houghton of Sioux City, Iowa, was laid to rest in the Woodbury cemetery Saturday last.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 14 Dec. 1898, page 8, column 6, under the heading "WOODBURY".

NOTE: Full name: Susan Maria (Wait) Houghton

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At the residence of her daughter, Mrs. M. B. Slocum, in South Sioux City, Nebraska, Wednesday, December 7, 1898, Mrs. Susan M. Houghton, aged 83 years and 10 months.

Susan Maria Wait was born February 7, 1815, in the state of New York. She was married to Alonzo Curtis Houghton Sept. 28, 1850. Mr. and Mrs. Houghton came west in 1857 and settled in this county soon after on a farm ten miles southwest of Austin, where Mr. Houghton died in 1876.

Mrs. Houghton was a member of the First Baptist church of Austin at the time of her death and had been a member thereof for thirty-four years prior thereto. She was a consistent, exemplary Christian woman and died in hope of a glorious resurrection.

She was a soldier's widow, her husband being corporal of Co. K, 4th Minnesota Vols. in the war of the Rebellion. There are left sorrowing three children, Mrs. M. B. Slocum, of South Sioux City, Neb.; Harwood T. Houghton, of Elbow Lake, Minn., and Edwin M. Houghton, of Sutter Creek, California. There are two step-children, Virgil W. Houghton, of Rich Hill, Mo., and Helen Houghton Bisbee, of Nevada, this county.

Funeral services were held at the home of her daughter in South Sioux City, conducted by Rev. S. J. Winegar, pastor of Immanuel Baptist church of Sioux City, Iowa, late in the afternoon of Thursday last. The remains were brought to Lyle Friday and funeral services were held at the Congregational church in Lyle village Saturday, conducted by Rev. W. E. Stanley of Atlantic, Iowa, a former pastor of the deceased. Interment at Woodbury.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 14 Dec. 1898, page 2, column 1, under heading "Died"

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Anna Elizabeth Goslee


GOSLEE - In the town of Lyle Saturday, April 18, 1891, Mrs. Ann Elizabeth Goslee, wife of Timothy F. Goslee, aged 56 years. Ann E. Watkins was born in Lladenbaden, Radnen Shire, North Wales, October 15, 1834. She came to the United States in 1845, and to Minnesota in 1856.

She united with the Methodist church in 1863, and continued a faithful member of that denomination until her death. She leaves two sons, Wilbour C. and G. S. Goslee. She has been a resident of Lyle for the past thirty years and was highly regarded by all who knew her.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 22 April 1891, page 8, column 4, under heading "DIED."

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Emma M. (Bolton) Gibson


-- Mrs. R. P. Gibson died in London township, Sunday, April 5th, in the 40th year of her age. The funeral services were conducted in the Goslee school house on the Tuesday following, by Rev. W. E. Stanley.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 15 April 1885, page 3, column 2

Name: Emma M. (Bolton) Gibson

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Carrie (Severtson) Gibson

Died 1912


Mrs. John Gibson died at Rochester Thursday night, July 18 after a lingering illness. She formerly lived in Sargeant. Her maiden name was Carrie Severtson. The funeral was held at the Christian church Sunday afternoon. She leaves her husband and two children.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 31 July 1912, page 2, column 1, under heading "DEATHS"

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Oscar B. Dearborn

Died 1883

-- O. B. Dearborn of Lyle township, died last Sunday morning. Mr. Dearborn was a very fine young man, and highly respected by a large circle of friends. He leaves a wife and two children. The funeral services were held Monday afternoon, conducted by a Universalist minister from Osage. He was buried, with Masonic honors, in the cemetery near Mr. Beach's.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 2 May 1883, page 3, column 4

Name: Oscar B. Dearborn

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Clarence Dearborn


Other hearts are made sad by the death of Clarence Dearborn. He left here Saturday morning on the freight on the C. I. R. R. and about noon while coupling the cars his foot caught in a frog and one limb was horribly crushed. We hear that he died while they were amputating the limb. The funeral is at Otranto today (Tuesday). Surely we are reminded that it is but a step from life to death.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 9 Oct. 1889, page 8, column 2, under heading "LYLE"

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NOTES: the Woodbury (Mower, Minnesota) cemetery listing on MNGenWeb shows:

Dearborn, Clarence A.
March 20, 1869 - Oct. 5, 1889

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Elizabeth Ann (McCanna) Bedford



At the home of her mother, Mrs. Margaret A. Glines on South St. Paul street, early Wednesday morning, Oct. 21, 1914, Mrs. Elizabeth, wife of Robert T. Bedford of Lyle township, passed away, after an extended illness from heart and kidney trouble from which she had suffered especially for the past four years. She had been in poor health for ten years.

Elizabeth McCanna was born near Minnereka in Lyle township, Sept. 20, 1873 and was married to Mr. Bedford July 10, 1889. They have since lived on the Bedford farm. Mrs. Bedford came about three weeks before she died to her mother's home in Austin.

She was a woman of kindly heart, patient in suffering and unselfish in her devotion. She leaves her husband and five children: Alice, Mrs. Gertrude Olson, Frank, Ray and Roy all of Lyle township. Funeral was held at the Bedford home Friday, Rev. Kuntz of Glenville officiating. Interment in Woodberry (sic) cemetery.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 28 Oct. 1914, page 2, column 1, under heading "DEATHS"

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NOTE: The Woodbury cemetery listing on MNGenWeb shows:

Bedford, Elizabeth Ann McGanna
20 SEP 1873 - 21 OCT 1914 "Lizzie'

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Miss Clara Hall


IN 1906, AT AGE 15


Miss Clara Hall

Miss Clara, daughter of Mrs. Mary Hall, died at noon today at her mother's home in this city. Death was due to paralysis of the heart, following a severe attack of diphtheria. Miss Hall was taken with the disease shortly after her brother died of the disease. Her care was considered practically hopeless within four days after she was taken sick.

The funeral will be held at 5 o'clock with burial at Oakwood Cemetery.

Miss Hall was but 15 years of age and worked at the Austin Rug Company. She had many friends who will mourn her taking away.

There are but three cases in the city now and they are nearly well. It is believed that the disease is now stamped out.

Taken from:
Austin Daily Herald
Austin, Mower Co., Minn.
Friday, June 1st, 1906
Page 3 - Column 3

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Carrie E. Flood



Mrs. Carrie E. Flood died Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 15, 1908, of consumption and Bright's disease, aged 45 years. She had been failing for the past two years and was confined to bed about nine months.

Carrie E. Pike was born in the town of Concord, Erie county, N. Y., June 15, 1862. She came with her parents to Brooklyn, Green, Co., Wis., in Dec., 1875, and was married at Evansville, Wis., to John E. Flood, Nov. 14, until they moved to Austin in the spring of 1884. They lived for several years near Enterprise schoolhouse at Varco and moved into Austin twelve years ago. Mr. Flood died in Austin July 18, 1899.

Mrs. Flood has been a very patient sufferer during her long illness and exemplified the grace of the true Christian character. She was a kind hearted woman and devoted herself unselfishly to the service of her family and others.

Seven children survive: Roy B., Elmer F., Florence, Ether M., Jamie R., Robert and Mayze K. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. C. D. Belden, were held at the Enterprise school house Friday afternoon. Interment in the Enterprise cemetery. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved children.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 22 Jan. 1908, page 2, column 1, under heading "DEATHS"

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Alverna Pearl Lewis


Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lewis and infant daughter, Alverna Pearl, of Grand Meadow came last week to visit her father, Fred M. Dufty. On Wednesday morning the child was taken sick and on Saturday morning she died. She was born Sept. 2, 1904. Funeral was held at the house Sunday at two o'clock. Service was held by Rev. D. J. W. Somerville of Austin. Interment at Enterprise cemetery.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 12 Oct. 1904, page 7, column 4, under heading "VARCO"

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Gertie (Wilson) Davison



At her home in Austin township, southwest of this city, Friday evening, July 21, 1905 of diabetes, Mrs. Gertie, wife of Perry Davison, aged 24 years. She was seriously ill but a day but had been in declining health during the past spring.

Gertie Wilson was born in Lemonweir, Wis., May 22, 1881. She lived there until about 13 years of age when she came to this vicinity. She was married here in October, 1899. She leaves a husband and one daughter, Blanche, aged three years. She was a woman of many sterling traits and was greatly beloved by those who knew her. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. C. D. Belden, were held at the residence Monday afternoon, a very large concourse of relatives being present. The floral tributes were profuse and beautiful. Interment at Cedar City. The mother and two brothers of the deceased from Wisconsin were present at the funeral. Two brothers reside here.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 26 July 1905, page 3, column 5, under heading "DIED"

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S. E. Hall

died 1906


Conductor S. E. Hall

S. E. Hall, freight conductor on the S. M. Division of the C. M. and St P. road, died suddenly today at 11:15 at his mother's house on Hope street. The cause of death was paralysis of the heart.

A few days ago Mr. Hall called on Dr. C. J. Lewis and complained of not being well and having trouble with his throat. Dr. Lewis told him the indications were that he was suffering from diphtheria and told him if he didn't feel better to come back and he would make a culture. That was the last Dr. Lewis saw of Mr. Hall until he was called there this noon by the news of the death.

Dr. Lewis is quite certain that the disease developed after Mr. Hall visited him and that the paralysis that caused his death was due to diphtheria.

Mr. Hall was about town as usual today and was on Main street but a short time before his death. He told his friends that he was suffering with quinsy sore throat. He went home for dinner and stood in the parlor when attacked. His brother Andrew was present and helped the stricken man to a chair, where he died.

Mr. Hall was born at Crawford County, Wis., Oct. 30, 1866. He has spent most of his life on the railroad and has been one of the most efficient freight conductors of the Milwaukee system for a number of years. He leaves a wife and child, who are residents of Minneapolis.

Taken from:
Austin Daily Herald
Austin, Mower Co., Minn.
Wednesday, May 16th, 1906
Page 3 - Column 3

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Amy M. (Osborn) Davison



Mrs. Frank B. Davison died Monday evening, June 20, 1910, at her home on Garfield street, of liver and heart trouble, aged 45 years.

Amy M. Osborn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Osborn, was born in Cedar City, Sept. 6, 1864, and grew up there. She was married to Mr. Davison in Austin March 6, 1889, Rev. W. E. Stanley officiating. They have lived in this vicinity since. They moved into Austin from the farm last December.

Mrs. Davison has been a great sufferer from Rheumatism for the past year. She was a member of the M. E. church and had a large circle of friends. Her husband and four children, Jessie, Helen, Chester and Loren, survive. One daughter died.

Funeral services, conducted by Rev. J. F. Stout, will be held this morning at 10:30 o'clock at the residence, the old E. G. Tompkins place, near Lafayette park. Interment in Cedar City.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 22 June 1910, page 3, column 6, under heading "DEATHS"

NOTE: obituary says interment in Cedar City, maybe body was re-interred?

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Anna (Rochford) Granger



Mrs. Charles Granger, aged 55 years, died of paralysis. She has been suffering from it for about two years and had two strokes. She was treated for it in Austin in the summer of 1912.

Anna Rochford was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Rochford and was born Apr. 8, 1858, at St. George, Beauce County, Can. She came with her folks to Austin in 1866, driving with team from Winona as there was no railroad here then. They lived for many years on the farm in Lyle township, southwest of Cedar City.

Anna was married Apr. 25, 1880, to Charles Granger, who also was an early resident of Lyle township. They drove from Austin to Wilkin county, Minn. near Barnesville where they took up a homestead and lived on it until about 14 years ago when on account of her poor health they moved into Barnesville and they have since lived there.

The body was brought to the home of John Rochford in Austin and funeral service was held Monday morning at St. Augustine's church, Monsgr. E. H. Devlin officiating. Interment in the Catholic cemetery.

The husband survives. She also leaves four brothers, Thomas Rochford, John, James and George all of Austin, and three sisters, Mrs. J. F. Gosha of Blooming Prairie, Mrs. Mary Monnahan and Mrs. Delia Hannigan of Austin. The mother, Mrs. Pauline Rochford also survives.

Mrs. Granger was much beloved in the circle of her friends, many of whom are in Austin and vicinity.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 31 Dec. 1913, page 3, column 6, under heading "DEATHS"

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Almon Manning



Almon Manning, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Manning of this city, died early Saturday morning April 21, 1906, at Bethesda hospital, St. Paul, of typhoid fever, after an illness of about eight weeks. Age 35 years.

He was born in Union, Rock county, Wis., July 26, 1870. When he was only three months old his folks moved to a farm near Osage, Iowa, and in 1872 to London township, Freeborn county, Minn. Here Almon grew up and at the age of 17 went to St. Paul where his home has since been.

For the past six years, he has been manager of the A. D. T. Express Company. He was a man of industrious habits and upright life and he had the confidence and esteem of those who knew him. Generous and free hearted he won warm friends wherever he lived. He was unmarried.

He leaves his parents, and two brothers and four sisters, to mourn the loss of a dutiful son and an agectionate (sic) brother. The surviving brothers and sisters are: Stanley Manning, superintendent of the St. Paul fire alarm system, Fred Manning and Mrs. Mabel Boyd of Austin, Mrs. Venelia Austin and Mrs. Elizabeth Watkins of Cedar City, and Miss Maude Manning of Austin.

Funeral services conducted by Rev. C. D. Belden, were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Baptist church. Three of his St. Paul comrades, J. M. McDonald, James Roach and Fred Watkins, came to attend the funeral. There was a large audience of sympathizing friends from London and elsewhere. The floral offerings were elaborate including a large broken wheel, an immense horse shoe and other pieces from St. Paul associates and friends. Interment in Oakwood. We extend our heartfelt sympathy.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 25 April 1906, page 2, column 3, under heading "DEATHS"

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Jovie Kay Pilcher


On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, our lil' girl, Jovie Kay Pilcher, born on August 15, 2014, started her walk with Jesus with one hand in his, and her lil' Ellie blankie in the other. Words cannot express the pain the family is going through. We can only say we find comfort in knowing she is in a better place. She is in good hands and there was a reason he needed her even though we don’t fully understand it right now. We thank everybody for their love and support and ask for continued prayers as we start this life-long adjustment.

Jovie loved to eat. She made her fish face as she was eating, her mom taught her sign language for the word more and her dad taught her to chew her food and open her mouth wide after she swallowed. Jovie was spunky, sassy and giggley. She loved her new found independence when she learned to walk and had fun chasing her dog, Lucy. Jovie also loved to dance and sing to the song "Bob Bob Bob a ran." Ellie, the blanket, was her friend and she would snuggle and grin ear to ear when she had it.

She is survived by her parents, Josh and Kelsey Pilcher of Owatonna; maternal grandparents, Craig and Brenda Wahl of Owatonna; paternal grandparents, Brian and Melinda Pilcher of Owatonna; aunts and uncle, Tyler (Nicci) Wahl of Minneapolis, Mikayla Wahl of Owatonna, Whitney (Tim) Jones of Owatonna, and Lianna Pilcher of Owatonna; great-grandparents: Marcene Pilcher of Blakesburg, Iowa, Bryce Wahl of Owatonna, and Bob and Audrey Bohlman of Owatonna.

She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents: Junior Pilcher, Pearlie and Mary Davis, and Jean Wahl.

Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home on Sunday, October 18, 2015, and at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Monday. Funeral services will be held Monday, October 19, 2015, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church with the Rev. Mark Rosenau officiating. Interment will be in the St. John Cemetery in Owatonna. Memorials are preferred to the family.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 18 October 2015

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William O. Kjarum


William O. "Bill" "Willy" Kjarum, 88, of Mankato, Minnesota, died peacefully on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at Ecumen Pathstone Living in Mankato.

William was born October 12, 1927, to Selmer and Idella (Melos) Kjarum in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He attended the Hovland School, and graduated from Austin High School in Austin, Minnesota. On December 14, 1951, William was united in marriage to Betty Hubbard in Austin.

He served in the US Army from 1953 to 1955. Following his time in the military, William went on to graduate from Mankato State College with degrees in accounting and industrial arts. He owned and operated Kjarum Accounting until the late 1970s, when he transitioned to general contracting and remodeling.

William and Betty were members of First Presbyterian Church in Mankato and in April 1981, they recommitted their lives to Christ. Together they joined Bethel Baptist in April of 1998 and on May 31, 1998, and were baptized.

William was an active member of the Elks Club, and was also a Mason and Shriner. He volunteered for numerous organizations, including, but not limited to, the Salvation Army, Prison Ministry Outreach, Gideons, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Kids Against Hunger programs. In 2000, the Key City Sertoma Club presented William with their Service to Mankind Award for Significant and Meritorious Service to Mankind.

He was the treasurer of the Mankato Golf Club for many years and a champion tournament golfer who possessed an elegant and classic swing. He was skilled at bowling, billiards, and won many, many games of cribbage and gin rummy.

William spent his formative years growing up in the north woods in the Hovland, Minnesota area. His heart remained there for the rest of his life, where he enjoyed spending time at the Kjarum family homestead with family and friends, being outdoors, building fires and spending time on the porch of the cabin he built listening to the creek. William cherished time spent with his family, especially his beloved grandchildren.

William moved to Pathstone on his 84th birthday where he was well loved and cared for by the incredible staff. Even with his dementia, he was known for his good nature, happy demeanor and photogenic good looks. He was in many ways their “poster guy” being in a local company’s advertising and featured in many places throughout Pathstone. Even in death, William is continuing to give by his decision to donate his body to the Mayo Clinic Bequest program in Rochester, Minnesota.

William is survived by his daughters: Melinda (Jon Peterson) Kjarum of rural North Mankato, Minnesota, and Sandra (Tim) Seidel of Bloomington, Indiana; beloved grandchildren: Catelin and Linzi Peterson, and Gabriel, Jillian, and Tierney Seidel; special Cairn Terrier, Jake; sister, Jean (Harold) Kamppi; sister-in-law, Harriet Kjarum; nephew, Jon Kjarum; and nieces, Cindy Kjarum, Roxanne Kjarum, Candace Kjarum Jackson, Suzi Hangge, Judi McMullen, Idell Kamppi Ward, and Gwen Kamppi Young.

William was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty in 2014; sister, June; brothers, Kenneth and Roy Kjarum; and Roy’s wife, Lucille Kjarum.

Memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, at Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. David Banfield officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church. Mankato Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Bethel Baptist Church and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 18 October 2015

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Marietta (Beebe) Rolfe



Marietta Rolfe dies -- 1900

Wife of Moses Rolfe

--Death of Mrs. Rolfe--

The death of Mrs. Marietta Rolfe occurred in Owatonna Friday morning at 6 o’clock, at the home of her daughter Mrs. D.J. Ames. Her daughters Mrs. Jas. Prouty of Austin and Mrs. Williams of Dexter and her sister Mrs. Lott of Austin township were with her at the time of her death.

Mrs. Rolfe was the wife of Moses Rolfe who died about three years ago in this place. They were married in Wisconsin and came to Austin a few years after and for more than forty years they made their home in Austin or vicinity. Seven children survive her among them being Mr. Henry Rolfe of Nevada township and Mrs. B.F.[?] Gibson of this city.

The funeral will be held at Varco Sunday. The deceased was about 75 years of age and hers is the record of long life well spent.

[Submitted to MNGenWeb by Kathy Pike, 2009
Transcribed by Barbara Nagy, 4/2011]



At the residence of her daughter in Owatonna, Friday morning, March 9, 1900, of paralysis, Mrs. Marietta Rolfe, aged nearly 76 years. She was the widow of Moses Rolfe.

Marietta Beebe was born in Chittenden, Rutland county, Vermont, April 10, 1824. When about nine years old, she moved with her folks to Pike, Wyoming Co., New York, and in the fall of 1846 they moved to Union, Rock Co., Wisconsin.

Deceased was married to Moses Rolfe Nov. 9, 1847. In 1854 Mr. Rolfe came to Mower county with C. H. Huntington, A. S. Lott and Calvin Powers, seeking a location, and he and his family subsequently settled just north of where the Enterprise school house now stands. They lived there for many years.

About 21 years ago they sold and bought a place in the DeRemer neighborhood in Nevada. About 10 years ago they moved into Austin where Mr. Rolfe died Nov. 10, 1896. Eight children were born to them, all of them surviving; Mrs. D. J. Ames, Don M. Rolfe, Perry J. Rolfe, of Owatonna; Mrs. J. F. Prouty, Mrs. T. F. Gibson, of Austin; Mrs. E. J. Ames, of Park River, N. D.; Mrs. C. P. Williams, of Dexter; and Henry M. Rolfe, of Nevada.

Deceased went to Owatonna in January to spend the rest of the winter and was stricken with paralysis of the left side March 4, from the effects of which she died five days later. She was a devoted mother and a good neighbor and friend. She was an esteemed member of the Universalist church in this city.

Funeral services, conducted by Rev. C. D. Belden, were held at Varco school house Sunday afternoon, the house being filled to overflowing with relatives and friends. Interment at Varco. Deceased leaves two sisters, Mrs. Helen Rowley, of Evansville, Wis., and Mrs. Jane Lott, of Austin township. One sister, Mrs. Mercy Greene, of Lyle, died Feb. 7, only a month ago.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 14 March 1900, page 3, column 4, under heading "Died."

NOTE: Birth year differs in obituary.

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Margaret M. Hotson


The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hotson died on Sunday night at their home in Nevada. Funeral at the house Tuesday at noon. Interment in Varco cemetery.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 6 Jan. 1909, page 7, column 3, under heading "VARCO"

Full name: Margaret M. Hotson

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Gloria G. (Newkirk) Bina


Gloria G. Bina, 56, of Austin, Minnesota, died Saturday, October 17, 2105, at her home in Austin.

Gloria was born February 7, 1959, in Austin, Minnesota, the daughter of John Gardner and Mary Lou Newkirk. She attended Austin Public Schools and was a long-time employee of Steve’s Pizza in Austin.

Gloria loved living life. She enjoyed watching birds, shopping and playing games with her children and grandchildren. She cared deeply for family and friends and was most happy when spending time with them.

Gloria was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Lou Brown; grandmother Iva Newkirk; and grandsons: Jacob and John Freese.

Gloria is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law: Kandace and Mathew Woodworth, Jessica and Jacob Freese, Emily Conner, Sara and Matthew Corwin all of Austin, Minnesota; grandchildren: Brayden Woodworth, Alayna Woodworth, Nicholas Freese, Joshua Freese, Jazmin Conner, Nevaeh Corwin, KayLee Conner, Conner Freese; great-granddaughter, Lilly Turvold; sister, Heather Brown Racinelli, Friendly, Minnesota; brothers and sisters-in-law: Gordon and Dawn Gardner, Maquoketa, Iowa, Gary Gardner, Owatonna, Minnesota, John Gardner, Austin, Minnesota, Lonnie and Laurie Brown, Austin, Minnesota; nieces, nephews and other family members, including: Bruce Conner, aunt Betty Hinks, aunt Darlene McBeain, and Pete and Sue Freese.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 22, 2015, at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary Chapel with Lt. Dave Amick and Ron Whalen officiating. Visitation will be at the mortuary one hour before the service on Thursday morning.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, 20 OCT 2015

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Cornelia H. Philbrick


--The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Philbrick at Saint's Rest died early Friday morning, aged 11 days. Funeral service was held by Rev. C. D. Belden of this city. Interment at Enterprise.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 31 July 1901, page 3, column 1

Full name: Cornelia H. Philbrick

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John J. Slupe



John J. Slupe, aged 67 years, died Tuesday, April 29, 1913, at his home at Huntley, near Billings, Montana. He had been suffering from heart trouble for the past three years.

He was born in Switzerland, January 20, 1846. At the age of 18 years he came to Buffalo, n. Y. and three years later he came west to Iowa. He was married at Stacyville in 1878 to Miss Emma E. Shores and they moved to Mower county in 1882. They lived on the old G. W. Benton farm east of Austin for ten years and continued in this vicinity until March, 1911, when they moved to Billings, Mont. He was for several years on the R. E. Shepherd farm near Varco. Two sons were born to them both living: John Clifford Slupe of Huntley, Mont. and Albert B. Slupe of Austin.

The body accompanied by Mrs. Slupe and Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Slupe is expected here Thursday night. Funeral at Enterprise school house Friday afternoon at two o'clock. The procession will leave the Baird undertaking rooms at 12:30. Rev. C. D. Belden will officiate. Interment in Varco cemetery. Deceased was a man highly esteemed by all who knew him and many will mourn his departure.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 30 April 1913, page 7, column 3, under heading "DEATHS"

NOTE: Middle initial and birth date differ between obituary and headstone

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Frank Olin Sargent



At the home of his parents in Nevada township, Wednesday morning, March 1, 1899, of catarrh of the stomach, Frank Olin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mate Sargent, aged seven years.

He was born in Nevada September 10, 1891. His health was always delicate but at last his death was very sudden as he was sick but two days. he was a very amiable and bright child and greatly beloved. This is the first vacancy by death in this family.

Funeral services were held at enterprise school house Friday afternoon, Rev. C. D. Belden officiating. The house was crowded with sympathizing friends. The floral tributes were very beautiful. Interment at Varco. We extend sincere sympathy.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 8 March 1899, page 3, column 2, under heading "Died"

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Sarah (Parmenter) Allen




Mrs. Sarah, wife of Joseph Allen, of Dickinson, North Dakota, died at the hospital at Rochester, Minnesota, early Monday morning November 30, 1908. Age 54 years.

She was the daughter of Mason Parmenter. She was born in Cataraugus county, N. Y., in April, 1854. The family came west and in October, 1859, Mason Parmenter, his wife and five children came overland from near Madison, Wis., and settled on their claim in section 35, Austin township. Here Sarah grew up and was married in 1875 to Joseph Allen.

They lived in Austin and Lyle townships, with the exception of two years in New Mexico, until the spring of 1906, when they moved to near Dickinson, N. D., where they took a claim. Mrs. Allen came here about the first of last July and soon went to Rochester.

The husband and two children, Raymond and Mabel, all of Dickinson, N. D., survive. Of the four bothers of Mrs. Allen only one, M. J. Parmenter of Austin township, survives. Eugene, who was in the 4th Minn. Vols. is buried at St. Louis. The other two brothers, James, who was in the 4th Minn. Vols., and John, are buried in the Varco cemetery. The body of Mrs. Allen will be brought here for interment at Varco.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 2 Dec. 1908, page 2, column 3 under heading "DEATHS"

NOTE: birth date differs in obituary versus tombstone


The funeral of Mrs. Joseph Allen of New England, N. D. was held at the school house Wednesday afternoon, Rev. H. B. Hazen officiating. Interment in Varco cemetery. She was an early settler in this locality. Mrs. Ousley and Mrs. Col. Brown of Austin sang at the funeral.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 9 Dec. 1908, page 11, column 3, under heading "VARCO."

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Ruth H. French



At her home in Windom township Thursday March 17, 1898, of consumption of the bowels, Mrs. Ruth H. wife of Byron M. French, aged 45 years.

Deceased was born in Naperville, Illinois, November 6, 1852. She was the daughter of Jacob Morse. She came with her parents from Wisconsin to Austin to live about the close of the war. Her folks lived here until about ten years ago when they moved to Dakota where both parents have since died.

Mr. Morse was in the brick making business in Austin for several years. Byron M. French and Miss Ruth H. Morse were married here in 1870 by Rev. A. Morse and have since lived in Windom and vicinity.

Deceased has been ailing for the past two years and was very ill for about eight weeks before she died. She was an excellent woman, a faithful wife and mother and a trusty and highly regarded neighbor and friend. She leaves a husband and six children, three boys and three girls to mourn her departure.

Funeral services conducted by Rev. A. J. Torsleff, were held at the house Saturday afternoon, a large concourse of friends being present. Interment at Varco.

Source: The Mower County Transcript, 23 March 1898, page 2, column 2, under heading "Died."

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