Mower County Obituaries
Part 294

Dixie Lee Kennedy


Dixie Lee Kennedy, 72, passed away peacefully on March 7, 2016, at Colonial Manor in Elma, Iowa, where she has made her home since 2012.

Dixie Kennedy was born on the family farm near Dexter, in Mower County, Minnesota, on September 4, 1943. She was baptized into the United Methodist Church of Dexter, Minnesota, in a private home service on September 1, 1948. Dixie was the second child of seven born to Floyd "Bud" Allen and Edith May (Hamilton) Kennedy. She enjoyed music, art, sewing, bird watching, gardening and the companionship of animals. As a child she was proud to be a 4-H member, receiving many awards for her projects. As a young woman she was elected homecoming queen by her friends and classmates -- an honor she never forgot. Later, she was actively involved in the Big Sister program in Rochester, Minnesota.

Dixie's formal schooling began in a small country school house in rural Dexter, just a short jaunt from the family farm. When the country school closed she and her brothers transferred to the Grand Meadow school system from which she graduated in 1961. After high school she attended Rochester Junior College, in Rochester, Minnesota. She worked as a secretary to a number of professionals in Rochester before moving to the Twin Cities to work as an administrative assistant. Dixie returned to the Rochester area in the early 1970s to open a dress shop.

She was a caring person with a big heart.

Dixie was preceded in death by her parents, Edith and Floyd Kennedy.

She is survived by Eugene (Mary) Kennedy, Red Wing, Minnesota, Duane (Tracy) Kennedy, Rochester, Minnesota, Diane (Randy) Tigner Austin, Minnesota, Victoria Watson, Le Sueur, Minnesota, James (Jacki) Kennedy Austin, Minnesota, and Russel (Marykay) Kennedy, Faribault, Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews.

She will be commemorated during a gathering of immediate family members. Online condolences for Dixie's family may be left at

The family would like to extend special appreciation to the Colonial Manor for their wonderful care and support.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website, 3/17/2016

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Marie Anastacia (Prochaska, Eaton)


Born: January 27, 1920
Died: March 16, 2016

Marie (Prochaska) Eaton Barr, of Austin, Minnesota died on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at Sacred Heart Care Center in Austin.

Marie was born in Howard County, Iowa on January 27, 1920 to Frank and Stacia (Truka) Prochaska. She attended and graduated from high school in Lime Springs, Iowa. In 1936 she married Lloyes Eaton and they had two children. Lloyes died in 1939. In 1942 Marie married Harvard Barr. They were married over 60 years and had two sons.

During her working years, Marie worked in a post office for several years and also in retail. She was always willing to help in her church and held many offices with United Methodist Women. She liked to play cards, read, solve crossword puzzles and watch the Minnesota Twins. She also enjoyed time spent with family and friends.

Survivors include sons: Randall (Mary) Eaton, Campbell River, B.C.; Frank Barr, Stillwater, Minnesota; Robert (Monica) Barr, Ukiah, California; Daughter: Priscilla (Harold) Golly, Austin, Minnesota; nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by parents Frank and Stacia Prochaska, husbands Lloyes Eaton and Harvard Barr.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 21st at First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Dennis Tamke officiating. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church for one hour before the service. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are preferred to the First United Methodist Church.

Source: Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home, 3/17/2016

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Lois (Perkins) Lovlein


Lois (Perkins) Lovlein, 70, of Cleveland, Tennessee, died Monday morning, March 14, 2016.

She was born December 3, 1945, in Austin, Minnesota, to Bernard and Helen Perkins. She loved the outdoors, traveling, painting, decorating and spending time with her family. She began as a switchboard operator and moved up to medical receptionist. She was employed at G.E. Electric, Anderson Brothers, Rockford Clinic, Brookside Medical Group, and University of Arizona Medical Center.

She leaves behind two daughters, Angela (Twigg) Collier (Phil), and Teresa (Twigg) Compton; and four grandchildren, Nathan and Timothy Collier, and Emily and Daniel Compton. Her surviving siblings include, Joe Perkins (Pat), Mary Lampman, David Perkins (Marlys), Dan (Connie) Perkins, Paul Perkins (Judi), and Tim Perkins (Sue).

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Bernie and Ed; and sisters, Frances and Mary Ann.

Her big heart for others, love of nature, and strong work ethic made her loved by all.

You are invited to share a personal memory of Lois or your condolences with her family at her online memorial located at Companion Funeral and Cremation Service and the Cody family are honored to assist the family member with these arrangements.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website, 3/17/2016

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Donna Rae Hotson


Donna Rae, the little twin daughter of Mr. and Mrs, Vance Hotson was born January 5, 1918, and died April 16, 1919, aged 15 months and 11 days. She leaves to mourn her loss her father, mother, a brother Dale, a sister Wilma, and her little twin brother, Dean Richard. She had been in perfect health, but an attack of heart failure rendered all human aid unavailable, and the suddenness of this sad bereavement has brought a sorrow to the family and the community that only time and faith in the Higher life can heal.

The funeral was held from the house last Friday, a large number being present. Interment was made at Woodbury. Rev. Moe conducted the services. --Lyle Tribune.

Source: Mower County Transcript-Republican, 30 April 1919, page 5, column 3

NOTE: twin of Dean Hotson

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Edna Dock


Edna Dock.

Miss Edna Dock, who has been in the hospital in Minneapolis for several weeks, was brought home Thursday evening, and passed away Saturday evening at 5 o'clock, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Dock, Jr.

Edna was born at Mona, Iowa, March 13, 1896, and graduated from the Elmore, Minn., High school in June, 1915. She taught several terms of school and was, at the time she was taken ill, teaching in the Drown school, southeast of Lyle. During the golden days of autumn, 1917, she was not feeling well, and was obliged to give up her school work, the term being completed by her sister Enid. When rest and quiet failed to bring the hoped for results, she was taken to St. Thomas Hospital, Minneapolis, December 26th, where for a time she appeared to be gaining. She was bright and cheerful to the last, and tho sorely missing the home folks, made a brave fight for life.

Last Wednesday, word was sent home, and to the father at Enderlin, N. D., to come at once. Both parents hastened to her bedside and found that the sick one's chief desire was to be once more at home, realizing that the end was near. Miss Edna had not wasted away as most tuberculosis patients do, but was, at the time of her death, within a few pounds of her usual weight. She was able to move about in bed, write letters and otherwise help herself, and was conscious to the very last.

Besides her parents and other relatives, she is survived by two sisters, Enid and Esther. Three brothers have preceded her to the great beyond.

Her funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at the Lutheran church, and a number of her former pupils assisted with the flowers at the services. Interment was made at Pleasant Hill cemetery. The many floral tributes, the silent messengers of sympathy, must fade but the memories of loving deeds and words will live on year after year while nature's carpet of green covers her last resting place, and the budding trees in spring give promise of the resurrection and the new life beyond the grave.

Those from away who attended the funeral were the Misses Julia Monson and Eva Wentz of Elmore, Minn., P. K. Dock of Albert Lea, Mr. and Mrs. T. S. Bjork of Enderlin, N. D., Mr. and Mrs. Ole Hofland of Austin, Mrs. Harry Farley of Stacyville and Mrs. Will Brown and Mrs. C. R. Varco of Austin. --Lyle Tribune.

Source: Mower County Transcript-Republican, 24 April 1918, page 5, column 1

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Claude Spencer Dock


The remains of Claude Spencer Dock, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter P. Dock of Elmore, Minn., were brought here Saturday for burial in the Pleasant Hill cemetery. The deceased was born at Rose Creek, Minn., Sept. 23, 1891, where the family remained for a year and a half. They then moved on the farm near Mona and lived there for five years. In 1898 they moved to Hawley, Minn., where he entered school and graduated from the high school with the class of 1910. After a year at Royalston, the family moved to Elmore, Minn., in 1912. Here he remained until his death. About five years ago he contracted a cold, which he was never able to relieve himself of. This developed into the dread disease of tuberculosis from which he died Friday July 14th. He was the only son and leaves besides his parents three sisters to mourn his death. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Waldeland of St. Ansgar Saturday afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. P. P. Dock and family, Mr. and Mrs. Theo. Dock of Saux Center, Mr. and Mrs. P. R. Dock of Albert Lea, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Farley of Stacyville and Olando Bjork of Rosholt, S. D., were here to attend the funeral. --Tribune

Source: Mower County Transcript-Republican, 26 July 1916, page 8, column 4

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Louise K. "Louie" (Olinger) Volstad


Mrs. Samuel Volstad

Mrs. Samuel Volstad, a resident for several years of Lyle passed away in this city last Monday at St. Olaf hospital. She had been there for two weeks and during the fifteen years previous had undergone seven operations. The deceased was born in Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 20, 1868 where she lived with her parents until she was about 12 years of age, when she was left alone by the death of her parents. She then made her home with her grandparents. In 1893 she married Samuel Volstad at Chicago, where they lived for two years. They later moved to Philadelphia, Baltimore, San Francisco and New York where they lived a year in each place. About six years ago the family moved to Lyle to make their home.

The deceased was a great student of science, religion and philosophy. She took a deep interest in flowers and nature's great out doors. She was a rare painter and possessed a fine collection of her work. During Ex-president William McKinley's term as governor of Ohio, she was a devoted member of his Sunday school class at Columbus. She leaves besides her husband and son Roy, one sister Mrs. Van Rensselaer of New York City. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon from the house and was conducted by Rev. Moe. Interment was made in Pleasant Hill cemetery. --Tribune.

Source: the Mower County Transcript-Republican, 8 March 1916, page 1, column 2

NOTE: birth and death dates differ between headstone and obituary

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Notes: the cemetery listing on Mitchell county IAGenWeb for Pleasant Hill cemetery shows:
Volstad, Louie K. -- 168-2 -- 1861 - Feb. 28, 1916 shows:

Louise K. "Louie" Olinger Volstad
Born: 20 FEB 1861, Columbus, Franklin, Ohio
Died: 28 FEB 1916, Austin, Mower, Minnesota

Mother: Minerva J. Tallman Oiner (1842-1880)
Husband: Samuel Volstad (1868-1956)
Son: Roy L. Volstad (1899-1978)

Obituary and tombstone information varies. See Findagrave memorial.

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Peder P. Dock


Peder P. Dock

Funeral services for Peder P. Dock, who died of paralysis at the St. Olaf Hospital Sunday were held yesterday afternoon from the Mona Lutheran church and interment made in the Mona cemetery.

Mr. Dock was born in Norway, March 25, 1838, and came to America in 1861 where he worked on a farm in Iowa for two years. He then took a homestead in Blooming Prairie township and remained for four years, later selling his claim and buying a farm in Mitchell county, Iowa. He sold his farm in 1903 and bought another in Otranto where he lived until 1910 when he rented the farm and moved to Lyle village which has since been his home.

He was married to Susan Peterson in August 1865. To this union were born seven children. Peter P. Jr.; Sevar; Theodore; Oliver; Caroline, deceased; and Rosa and Lena.

Source: Mower County News, 2 June 1921, page 3, column 1

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Mrs. Jennie Mieirs


Mrs. Jennie Miers (sic) died at her home in Crystal Springs, North Dakota, September 10, 1915 after a long illness of cancer of the throat. The body was brought to Rose Creek and the funeral held at the Ruland farm and interment made in Rose Creek cemetery. Rev. Thompson conducted the services.

Jennie Ruland was born December 19, 1862, on a farm near Rose Creek where she grew to womanhood. She was married to Milton Miers November 17, 1883, and to this union four children were born, one of whom died in infancy. The husband and three children Mrs. Ethel Ostreich of Crystal Springs, N. D., Mabel and Harry survive.

Source: Mower County Transcript-Republican, 15 Sept. 1915, page 8, column 5

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Note: She is listed at Jennie Ruland Mieirs, b 1861, d 1915, wife of Milton Mieirs, on the cemetery listing for Rose Creek Enterprise Cemetery in Mower county, on .

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Isabel Roxie (Rolfe) Pike


Mrs. I. N. Pike.

Mrs. Isabel Pike, aged 87 years, died last Tuesday evening about 11 o'clock, at the home of her son, F. H. Pike, on West Winona street. Mrs. Pike had been confined to her bed less than a week. She had a fall some days ago and broke her hip. The shock was more than her years could withstand.

Roxie Isabel Rolf (sic) was born at Painsville, Ohio, February 7, 1831. When nineteen years of age she came west to Milwaukee by boat over the Great Lakes. She moved to Green Bay, Wis., to live with her brother.

September 9, 1855, she married Isaiah N. Pike. They went to New York and lived on a farm near Buffalo for twenty years. In December, 1875, they returned west, locating at Evansville, Wis., and remaining there for nine years. They then came to this state and lived on the farm near Varco for eighteen years. In 1902 they came to the home on River street. Two years later, Mr. Pike died and Mrs. Pike made her home since with her son. Two children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Pike, Frank H. of this city, and Carrie E., who died in 1906.

Deceased was a good woman who lived a good life, helping those along her way, was kind and considerate to all. She was a member of the W. R. C. and the Happy Thought Club. She was unselfish and loyal. She had six brothers and three sisters and of the family of ten children, she was the last to go. Ten grand children and thirteen great grand children will miss her.

The funeral was held Thursday afternoon from her son's home, conducted by Rev. A. J. McFarlane and she was laid to rest beside her husband in Enterprise cemetery.

Those from away who came to attend the funeral were Dr. and Mrs. Leslie Pike of Northwood, Ia., Mrs. Myra Sherwin and daughter, Mrs. J. D. Murphy of Cedar Falls, Ia., Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Harper and daughter, Hazel, of Manly, Iowa, Elmer Floom of Rochester and Mrs. John Bartz of Osakis.

Source: Mower County Transcript-Republican, 19 June 1918, page 5, column 2

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The cemetery listing for Rose Creek Enterprise Cemetery, on shows:
Pike, Isabel Roxie Rolfe -- 7 FEB 1831 - 11 JUN 1918
Pike, Isaiah National -- 10 APR 1832 - 29 SEP 1904

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Luman D. Carter


Luman D. Carter

For another old soldier, taps has sounded, and L. D. Carter rests from his long march. Since November last he has put up a fight for life, fighting as only the brave soldier fights. Loved ones and friends watched the conflict, hoping that he might win, but today, we mourn the fallen soldier.

Luman D. Carter was born near Montreal, Canada, March 7, 1841. He was the son of John A. and Charlotte (Phelps) Carter, of New England birth with French and English ancestry. He came to the United States with his parents when he was thirteen years of age, the family living in Burlington, Wis., until 1859 when they came to Austin township.

After arriving here L. D. attended the Austin public schools and at the time of his death Mr. Carter was the oldest man in the county who received his education in our city schools. After finishing his studies, he taught school for a year near Adams and then enlisted in Company B Second Minnesota Cavalry, serving until mustered out December 24, 1865. During a part of the time he served on the frontier against the Indians. He was confined for a time in a hospital at Sauk Center as a result of an injury to his foot, caused by a runaway accident.

After the war he returned to Mower County and took up farming in Lyle township, dividing his place of residence between the village of Lyle and the farm, until 1891, when he removed to Austin where he lived for nine years. In 1900 he purchased Riverside, a pretty country home located on the banks of the Cedar, west of Varco station. During his life he owned many homes but this was his favorite place of residence and he left it with reluctance when the winter season brought him to Austin to live. It was here that Mr. and Mrs. Carter, surrounded by relatives and friends, celebrated their Golden wedding anniversary September 23, 1913. Riverside was also the scene of many happy family reunions and social gatherings which live in the memories of those who now mourn the loss of their loved one.

During his life Mr. Carter filled many places of trust and responsibility. For three years he was deputy sheriff of Mower County; he was village recorder of Lyle for one year; Mayor of Lyle village one year; justice of the peace for several terms and assessor of Lyle village and township for fourteen years.

He was married September 23, 1863 to Mary E. Burgess who with seven sons and daughters survive him. Charles of Fort Dodge, Ia., Edward F., of Tehachapi, Calif.; Carrie Engeldrum, of Long Beach, Calif., Minnie De Groff of Minneapolis, Oril Lewis, Nellie Lewis and Edith Tyler all of Austin. The daughters were all with him at the time of his death and during his long and painful illness had tenderly ministered to his every desire and want. Besides the wife and children there are left to mourn the following brothers and sisters: Alfred E. and Dan of Austin; John of Lyle; Rev. T. E. Carter, of Dewey, Okla.; Mrs. C. A. Jones. Boone, Ia.; and Mrs. Emma C. Hoy, of Minneapolis,

The funeral will be held on Tuesday, the body to lie in state Tuesday forenoon. Owing to the serious illness of Mrs. Carter there will be private services at the late home, 602 West College street, for the family only, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock and public services at the Methodist church at 2:30.

L. D. Carter was a man whose many excellent traits of character endeared him to comrades, friends and family. He was the friend of young people and happy in their companionship. He was devoted to his family and a pillar of strength to each in times of trouble. He was genial and companionable, charitable to the faults of others, slow to criticise and quick to help. He looked out upon life and the world with kindly eyes and has cheered many a discouraged man and woman with his courage, sympathy and cheer.

Source: Mower County Transcript-Republican, 6 June 1917, page 5, column 1

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Edgar Pardon Spooner



E. P. Spooner, Charter Member of G. A. R. Was Almost 90.

Lacking only a few days of celebrating his ninetieth birthday, E. P. Spooner quietly passed away at the home of his son, Frank E. Spooner, living south of Austin, early Monday morning. Death was due to old age.

Mr. Spooner was one of the few remaining charter members of the Grand Army of the Republic, and Comrade Tyrer raised the flag at half mast at the G. A. R. hall on Monday in his honor. Mr. Spooner enlisted in Company C, Ninth Minnesota Volunteers, the company in which so many from this vicinity served during the Civil War. The regiment spent the first year in the Indian campaign and later saw hard service in Missouri; Tennessee and Alabama, taking part in the capture of Mobile. He was mustered out, in 1865 at Fort Snelling, having served as a sergeant during a considerable part of the time.

Mr. Spooner was born at Poultney, Rutland county, Vermont, December 31, 1831. His father and mother died in the same month when he was but nine years old, and he with his sister was left to the care of his faithful grandmother. When eleven years old they moved to Paynesville, Ohio. At the age of thirteen he was bound out to a farmer until he was twenty-one years old. When he was of age he went to Evansville, Wisconsin, and on June 18, 1854, was married to Miss Elizabeth Rolfe at Brooklyn, near Evansville. They lived at Brooklyn for six years, coming to Austin township October 28, 1860. The trip was made by ox team, and they were eleven days on the road.

The family lived in Austin and Lyle townships until November, 1903, when they moved to the city of Austin, and made their home for years on South Franklin street, giving up active work.

On June 19, 1904, between 150 and 200 relatives and friends gathered at the Spooner home to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary. A copy of the Transcript of June 22, 1904, contains an excellent account of this celebration.

Mr. Spooner was one of a family of eleven children, a sister Mrs. David Pratt, residing south of Austin, being the only surviving child. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Spooner, Frank E. Spooner, with whom he made his home during recent years on the farm south of town; Mrs. Elliott Greene, living on Winona street; and two daughters, Mrs. Edward DeRemer who died about three years ago, and Mrs. Clarence Varco, who died about thirty-five years ago.

Mrs. Spooner died January 14, 1916.

Five grand children survive: Mrs. William Pace, of Wolseth, North Dakota, who has made her home with F. E. Spooner, and assisted in the care of her grandfather; Mrs. Lawrence Rosenthal, 800 West Winona; Mrs. Fay Lawrence, Fedora, South Dakota; Ernest Greene, Cambridge; Miss Pearl DeRemer, Elkton. Eight great grandchildren also survive.

Mclntyne Post, G. A. R., had planned a celebration in honor of Mr. Spooner's ninetieth birthday, but; death claimed their comrade before the anniversary date arrived. Services were held Tuesday afternoon at the home, conducted by his comrades of the G. A. R., with the Masons conducting the services at the grave. Nine of his old friends, the "boys in blue," were in charge of touching tribute which was held at the home. The body was laid in its final resting, place in the Enterprise cemetery, six miles south Austin.

Mr. Spooner had been blind for the last three or four years, and towards the end had become deaf also, but in spite of his trials he maintained a cheerful disposition and was patient and kind to those about him. He always enjoyed visiting with his old friends, especially the "boys" with whom he had served in the "days of '61."

Source: Mower County News, 29 Dec. 1921, page 1, column 7

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NOTES: His full name is Edgar Pardon Spooner. The Rose Creek Enterprise Cemetery listing on shows:
  Spooner, Edgar P. -- 31 DEC 1831 - 26 DEC 1921
  Spooner, Sarah Elizabeth Rolfe -- 18 JUN 1835 - 14 JAN 1916

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Oscar Tieman


Oscar Tieman.

The deceased, Oscar Tieman died at his home near Lyle, was born in the northern part of Aurdal, Calders, Norway, the eleventh of September, 1842. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Tieman Aslakson with whom he immigrated to America in 1854. The family settled in Dane Co., Wis. They lived there two years when they moved to Juneau Co., Wis. In 1861 they moved to Mitchell Co., Iowa.

In 1862 Mr. Tieman enlisted in the Northern army in company K of the 27th regiment of Iowa. To quote his own words, he experienced many hardships with Sherman and Smith. He was wounded and taken prisoner at battle of Pleasant Hill, Louisiana and was held on the battlefield about three months, without guard. He was paroled and sent home for two months after which he returned to the army at St. Louis where he remained until the close of the war, and was discharged with honor, the 20th of May 1865. In the latter part of the same year he engaged in the transportation of lumber from Grand Rapids to St. Louis.

In the winter of 65 and 66 he attended school at Madison, Wis., after which he returned to Mitchell Co., Ia. In 1870 he was united in marriage to Bertha Torbjornson who survives him. Their marriage was blest with eleven children, six of whom have passed away. Those surviving him are: Theodore of Minneapolis, Erik Bernhard of Red Lake Co., Minn., Albert Bennet of Orchard, Ia., George and Gilbert of this place.

The deceased has been a member of the church since it was organized and has done much both financially and morally for the Six Mile Grove congregation. He realized not only his obligation as a church member but also as a citizen, always manifesting interest in any measure proposed for the betterment of the community in which he lived.

Source: Mower County Transcript-Republican, 7 July 1915, page 1, column 6

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Pamela (Foster) Aultfather


One by one the old pioneers of Mower County are passing away and in the death of Mrs. Aultfather, which occurred Saturday morning, removes from our midst one of the oldest and most respected settlers of Mower County.

Pamelia Foster was born September 27, 1840, at Dennis Creek, Cape May County, New Jersey, and which was her home until 1848, when with her parents, James and Judith Foster, they emigrated west to Sagamon county, Ill., where they lived for nearly thirty years.

The desire for the west was so great that with team and wagon, household goods and family, they pushed on until they reached what was then the Territory of Minnesota and settled near the banks of the Cedar river in Lyle township, June 7, 1854.

They were the first settlers to cross the Iowa line and settle in Mower county. Here she lived with her parents until July 8, 1857, when she was married to David Aultfather, a pioneer of Austin township of 1856. David Aultfather, upon his arrival in Austin township, took up 120 acres of government land, for which he paid $1.25 an acre. Here he moved his young bride, and here they toiled together, experiencing the hardships as well as the pleasures of pioneer life. The only neighbors those days were the Red men, who camped on the banks of the Cedar and many times came to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Aultfather and asked for coffee. The nearest marketing place was then McGregor, and here Mr. Aultfather made many trips, leaving his young wife to care for the home until his return.

As time rolled on the original old log house was replaced with a comfortable frame house and the stock was sheltered in a barn instead of a straw shed. These were the days when modern improvements were unknown, yet happiness and pleasure reigned in this home and the results of the labor of these worthy people in time added to their possessions 1566 acres of land. They divided their land amongst their children. Each child is settled on 160 acres of land, a gift from their parents.

To them nine children were born: Mrs. Vilena L. Vest, Charles F., William J., David C., George F., Andrew J., James H., Mrs. Laura Duerst, and Miss Clara Aultfather, all living in the vicinity of Lyle and Austin.

On November 19, 1899, death claimed Mr. Aultfather. Mrs. Aultfather remained on the old farm which had always been her home, with her daughter, Clara, until Saturday morning when she passed from this world. Besides her children she leaves one sister, Mrs. Louisa Parmenter, of Lyle and one brother, George Foster, of Morris, Ill. Deceased was a woman of a beautiful disposition. Kind and gentle and a friend of everybody. Not only devoted to her home and family, but to her friends and neighbors, and the pleasant smile that always met them will be seen no more, yet the memory of a good woman will linger in her place. Altho not a member of any church, she always attended Sunday school and church whenever convenient and her life was not only an example to her children, but to her friends as well. She died as she lived, a good honest woman, and a life well spent. Funeral Wednesday at 2:00 p. m. at the home, interment in Cedar City cemetery beside the husband.

Source: Mower County Transcript-Republican, 6 June 1917, page 5, column 2

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Silas Benjamin Perkins


Silas B. Perkins.

Silas Perkins of Lyle, a barber, died suddenly at his home there last Sunday evening. He was at his work as barber until the shop closed on Saturday evening. Ben went to Lyle from London about ten years ago to learn the barber trade of R. P. Gibson.

Silas Benjamin Perkins was born at Westport, Pope County, Minn., May 9th, 1880. Later the family moved to Staples, Minn., where he lived until he located in this community, working one year at London, for M. Stewart, before going to Lyle. Nov. 26th, 1908, he was united in marriage to Miss Helen Johnson and to them four children were born, the oldest being eight and the youngest one year old. He leaves besides the widow, a mother and father of Staples, Minn., three brothers and three sisters, all living at other places.

The funeral was held from the Lutheran church in Lyle last Wednesday afternoon and interment was made in Pleasant Hill cemetery. Rev. A. Elmer Moe officiated.

Source: the Mower County Transcript-Republican, 23 May 1917, page 5, column 2

NOTE: The dates on the headstone are almost certainly wrong since his obituary was published in 1917. See photo of tombstone on Find A Grave memorial #25640587. The tombstone says "1886-1923".

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David Luman Chandler


David L. Chandler

Rev. M. G. Shuman of the Methodist church will conduct the funeral services of David L. Chandler, who died at his home at 811 Oakland avenue, Sunday morning at 9:30 o'clock.

David L. Chandler was born in Milton, Canada, February 10, 1832. He moved to Vermont and then came to Cedar City in 1854. Sept. 14, 1863 he was married to Miss Mercy Burgess at Cedar City. His wife died about fifteen years ago. To this union were born the following children who are left to mourn his death: Ezra Burgess of Velley City, N. D., Anna Beltz, Mrs. Roy Carl, Mrs. Nellie Heimer, and Herman of this city and Mrs. R. H. Clark of Brownsdale, also Mrs. Brank Corneveaux, deceased.

A splendid christian man, best described Mr. Chandler and he will be greatly missed by his many friends.

Source: Mower County Transcript-Republican, 29 Nov. 1920, page 1, column 1

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[part of his obituary]

David Luman Chandler, son of Welcome and Amy (Phelps) Chandler, was born Feb. 10, 1832. A long life of nearly four score and ten was granted to him and he enjoyed every year of it. When 22 years of age he came west and settled on the old homestead at Cedar City. Only one man had come to that section before him. He was married to Mercy E. Burgess Sept 23, 1863. Seven children were born to them, all of whom excepting Amy Chandler Corneveaus who died in young womanhood, were with him at the time of his death and now mourn the loss of a kind and devoted father. Mrs. Eva Burgess resides in Valley City, ND, Anna Beltz, Herman Chandler, Lily Clark, Nora Carll and Nellie Hemmer all reside in Austin excepting Mrs. Clark who resides in Brownsdale.

Credit- Diane Bower Clegg

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Lena Arneson


Mrs. Lena Arneson passed away Sunday at her home about a mile east of London after several months of illness. Mrs. Arneson was about seventy-four years of age. The funeral was held Wednesday and interment was made at Mona Cemetery. Rev. Moe had charge of the funeral.

Source: Mower County News, 5 Sept. 1921, page 2, column 3 under heading "LYLE"

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Mary Margaret Elward


Mary Margaret Elward

Heart trouble caused the death of little Mary Margaret Elward, only child of Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Elward of Pipestone late Monday afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas James. She was born in this city October 2, 1918. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at the St. Olaf Lutheran church and little Margaret was laid to rest in Varco cemetery.

Source: Mower County News, 14 April 1921, page 3, column 4

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Sarah Elizabeth (Rolfe) Spooner


Mrs. E. P. Spooner

Mrs. E. P. Spooner, well known as Grandma Spooner died at her son's home Friday morning at seven o'clock. She was sick only a few days but was 81 years of age and had been failing for several years. Mr. Spooner is 84 years and is living.

Sarah Elizabeth Rolfe was born at Perry, Ohio, June 18, 1835 and was married to E. P. Spooner at Evansville, Wis., June 18, 1854. Mr. and Mrs. Spooner made their home in Mower County for over fifty-six years. On June 18, 1904 Mr. and Mrs. Spooner celebrated their golden wedding at their home in this city and their old friends and new ones assembled to spend a few happy hours with them.

There were six children born to Mr. and Mrs. Spooner, two died in infancy, Mrs. Clarence Varco died several years ago. There are three surviving children, Mrs. E. H. Green, Frank E. Spooner and Mrs. E. C. DeReamer. She was a member of the Woman's Relief Corps and was one of the oldest members of the Happy Thought Club. She was a splendid woman possessed of good nature and was a kind neighbor.

The funeral was held from the Frank Spooner home at 1:30 Monday afternoon Rev. Ireland from Minneapolis conducted the services. Burial was in Enterprise Cemetery.

Source: Mower County Transcript-Republican, 19 Jan. 1916, page 5, column 2

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Diadama Long "Daimy" (Phelps) Niles

died 1915

The remains of Mrs. J. B. Niles were brought to Cedar City for burial Friday. Mrs. Niles was a resident of Cedar City many years ago but has recently lived in Minneapolis.

Source: Mower County Transcript-Republican, 14 July 1915, page 1, column 6 under heading "CEDAR CITY ITEMS"

Notes: Full name is Diadama Long "Daimy" (Phelps) Niles

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Floyd William Griffin

died 1918

Item #1:


Legion Has Charge of Services for F. W. Griffin.

Austin Post, American Legion, will have charge of the funeral services to be held at Oakland cemetery Sunday afternoon at 4:00 o'clock for Private Floyd W. Griffin, World War Veteran, whose body was placed in the vault at Oakland in January.

Rev. J. W. McFarlane will officiate at the services, which will be held in the open, and members of the Legion will act as pall bearers. The full membership of the Austin Post will be present at the services. Burial will be at the Cedar City cemetery.

Private Griffin served in Company C, 362nd Infantry, of the 91st Wild West Division. He died at the front on September 26, 1918, the body being brought back to Austin on January 28, 1922.

Source: Mower County News, 25 May 1922, page 1, column 7

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Item #2:


Sounding of "Taps" over the newly made grave at Cedar City cemetery concluded the American legion's services yesterday in honor to Floyd W. Griffin, who died overseas, and whose body has lain in the vault at Oakwood cemetery since it was brought back to Austin last January.

Services under the auspices of the American Legion began at the Soldiers' monument at Oakwood cemetery at four o'clock, with Rev. J. W. McFarlane officiating. The Methodist choir sang.

A salute was fired by the Legion, and taps blown over the grave at Cedar City.

Source: Mower County News, 29 May 1922, page 1, column 3

Note: is full name was: Floyd William Griffin.

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Augusta Brainard Elwell


Mrs. J. P. Elwell died at her home near Cedar City January 25 following a long illness. She was a patient sufferer and ever thoughtful of those who cared for her. She leaves to mourn her loss, Mr. Elwell, and four sons.

Source: Mower County News, 30 Jan. 1922, page 2, column 1

Full name: Augusta Brainard Elwell

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NOTE: See Findagrave memorial #11752972, which shows a photo of her tombstone and says she was born in 1843 and died in 1922. It also shows her husband, Joseph Elwell, 1839-1928. Credit: Kathy Pike.

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Maria S. (Reynolds) Watkins


Four Children Survive The
Death Of Mrs. Maria Watkins

Funeral services for Mrs. Maria S. Watkins who died Saturday at 7:30 a.m. at her home in Cedar City were held Monday afternoon with Rev. W. Dow Crewdson officiating. She was buried in the Cedar City Cemetery.

Marie Reynolds, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Reynolds was born in West Hebron, Washington County, New York, December 7, 1837 and received her education in York State. Later she taught school in New York, Michigan and Minnesota. On April 8, 1868, she was married to John R. Watkins at Cedar City and four children were born of this union, Mary E. Cowan, Benjamin P., of Chinook, Montana; Geo. A. and Margaret A. Morris.

Mrs. Watkins is also survived by one brother Perry l. Reynolds of this city and thirteen grand children.

She was a member of the Methodist church and later of the Christ church for thirty-give years, Mrs. Watkins was also a member of the Women's Auxiliary of the G. A. R.

Source: Mower County Transcript-Republican, 28 Oct. 1920, page 5, column 1

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Jacob Jacobson


Jacob Jacobson

Jacob Jacobson died at his home in Six Mile Grove Sunday Sept. 3 after an illness of several months.

Mr. Jacobson was born in Norway December 25, 1848 emigrating to this vicinity with his parents when a small child. He entered the Civil War with Minnesota Heavy Artillery after which he returned to Six Mile Grove where he was married to Miss Mary Anderson.

His wife, ten children, three sisters and two brothers survive him.

Source: Mower County Transcript-Republican, 13 Sept. 1916, page 5, column 2

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Simon Nelson


Simon Nelson

Simon Nelson, for thirty-four years a resident of Mower County, died Friday at St. Olaf hospital after an operation on Monday. Deceased had not been well for four years but was only confined to his bed for four weeks. He was unable to be up for a week before he was brought to the hospital. An operation was necessary but he was unable to stand the shock and weakness following.

Deceased was born in Denmark in 1854. He was 62 years, 2 months and 21 days old. He was married in Denmark to Annie Christiansen and thirty-four years ago they embarked for America, settling at once in Mower county on his farm four miles southwest of Rose Creek.

Two children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Nelson, a daughter died when a year and a half old. The wife and one son, Nels, survive. Mr. Nelson's mother two brothers and a sister are still living in Norway.

He was a good workman, keeping up the home and farm, was progressive and a kindly man, was interested in current events, reading many papers and farm journals for instruction. The widow has lost a faithful companion.

Mr. Nelson was a member of the Six Mile Grove church but he will be buried in the family lot in Rose Creek cemetery. Funeral services will be held from the home at 1 o'clock this afternoon and at 2 o'clock from the Rose Creek Congregational church with the Rev. Moe of Lyle in charge.

Source: Mower County Transcript-Republican, 26 April 1916, page 5, column 3

NOTE: birth and death dates differ between headstone and obituary

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Ole H. Rue


Ole H. Rue who passed away last week was born in Laardale Prestegjel, Telemarken, Norway in 1831, where he grew to manhood. In the year 1858 he was united in marriage to Miss Andi Lastine who came to this country with him in 1863. Mr. and Mrs. Rue settled on the homestead in Nevada township, Six Mile Grove, in which place he continued to live until his death.

He leaves besides his wife six sons and three daughters to mourn his departure. They are: Halvor of Creston, Washington, Ole and Svend of Rhame, N. D., Oliver, Knut and Theodore at home. The daughters are: Mrs. A. Amundson of Fergus Falls, Mrs. Chris Sundem of Rhame, N. D., and Tone who resided at home.

He was a faithful member of the Six Mile Grove congregation and helped to build the church as well as give it his loyal support until his death. --Lyle Tribune

Source: Mower County Transcript-Republican, 22 Sept. 1915, page 1, column 6

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Austin French


Austin French.

We are called upon to record the death of another pioneer Mower County resident, Austin M. French. He died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. F. Padelford, 606 Euclid street, Saturday afternoon shortly before six o'clock. He had been in bed the past two weeks and most of the children came to be with him. Mrs. French had not been well since a sickness of typhoid fever in the summer.

Deceased was born on a farm near Ripon, Wis., October 22, 1855. He lived there until 1867 when the family came west and settled on a farm east of this city and since that time Austin or vicinity has been his home.

He married Idell Powers who survives, also seven daughters and one son Mabel Padelford and Will E. French of Austin, Olive Rhind, Ida French and Laura Hardwick of Winnipeg, Canada, Ora Flood of Rochester, Iva Minser and Alice French of St. Paul. There are thirteen grandchildren also two sisters and one brother living, Mrs. Wm. Hinman of Austin, Mrs. T. K. Johnson of Richville and Charles French of Mondana.

Funeral was held Monday afternoon from Mrs. Padelford's home, with interment in Enterprise cemetery. Rev. Irving Wade of the Christian church officiated.

Source: Mower County Transcript-Republican, 10 Nov. 1915, page 1, column 5

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Lauritz Madson Rawn


L. Rawn

L. Rawn, well known throughout the county, died at his farm home "Oakgrove" Sunday morning. He was stricken with neuralgia of the heart and died within a few hours. He was nearly 70 years old.

Lauritz Madson Rawn was born in Hadeslev (sic), Denmark on January 29, 1846. At the age of fourteen he came with his parents to America, settling in Manitowoc, Wis. For several years he followed the life of a sailor and at the age of eighteen enlisted in Co. "D" 52nd Wis. Inf. Volunteers and received an honorable discharge June 7, 1865.

April 6, 1867 he was married to Marie Peterson at Manitowoc, Wis. Five children were born, all of whom are living: M. J. Rawn of Wadena, Mrs. C. A. Fletcher of Cohasset, Minn., Mrs. L. P. Erickson and Dawn Rawn of Austin and Walter Rawn of Lyle.

Mr. Rawn followed the business of photographer until 1879, when with his family he came to Minnesota, locating on his present farm one mile west of Lyle. His wife died May 8, 1904. In 1907 Mr. Rawn was married to Mrs. Henriette Anderson who also survives him. He leaves one sister Mrs. P. Johnson of Clarks Grove, Minn. Mr. Rawn was a familiar figure in Austin. He was prominent in politics and was always interested in social affairs of the community.

The funeral will be held this noon at 12 o'clock from his late home and services at 1 o'clock from the Congregational church at Lyle. Burial at Woodbury.

Source: Mower County Transcript-Republican, 10 Nov. 1915, page 1, columns 6 & 7

Note: The Woodbury cemetery listing, on, shows:
Rawn, Lewis Mason -- 1846 - 1915 Civil War Veteran

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Albert. A. Fialka


Albert. A. Fialka

Albert A. Fialka died at 7 o'clock Thursday morning at Myrtle where he had been making his home with his daughter, Mr.s A. F. Lang. He suffered from the effects of a paralytic stroke last October, previous to which time he had been in Albert Lea hospital, taking treatments for heart trouble and getting considerably relived.

Mr. Fialka was born in Bohemia, March 16, 1843. At the age of 23 he enlisted in the war of 1866. He was in the army six years. On his return home in 1872 he was married to Anna Podolak. To this union were born seven children, Joseph A., Tony, Charles, August, Mary, Josephine and Albert W.

In 1873 Mr. and Mrs. Fialka came to America landing in New York City where they lived ten years and were interested in the manufacturing of cigars. They later moved to Minnesota on a farm in Lyle township one mile west of the village. From there to London where Mrs. Fialka died, September 25, 1899. In 1900 Mr. Fialka moved his family four miles north of London where he lived up to the last four years, when he made his home with his daughter.

Mr. Fialka was a highly respected citizen. He was at one time a member of the Odd Fellows and also the Masonic order. He leaves to mourn his loss three children, Joseph A., of Sleepy Eye; Mrs. Josephine Lang and Albert W. of Myrtle, and eight grand children. Prayer was held Saturday at the home in Myrtle with services at the U. B. Church of London. Interment in the Woodbury cemetery.

Source: Mower County Transcript-Republican, 28 March 1917, page 4, column 5

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Alma Lois (Hesselgrove) Kilgore


Mrs. Harry B. Kilgore

Mrs. Harry B. Kilgore of Crystal, N.D., died Wednesday afternoon at St. Olaf hospital. She had come to Austin a few weeks ago for an oper-stones (sic). Deceased was born October 26, 1893 near Chatfield. The family moved to Northfield. Her mother died there and the father and children moved to Reville, S. D., where she was married January 1913 to Harry B. Kilgore. They moved to a farm in North Dakota where they have lived since.

Deceased leaves a husband and two sons to mourn a good wife and mother.

Rev. C. E. Franz conducted funeral services Sunday from the home of Mrs. Ruth Kilgore. Burial was in Woodbury cemetery.

Source: Mower County Transcript-Republican, 25 Sept. 1918, page 4, column 4

Name is: Alma Lois (Hesselgrove) Kilgore

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Frances Swatosh



Frances Svatosh died October 11, 1921 at a private hospital at Osage, Iowa. Death was caused from complications following an operation for appendicitis.

Frances Svatosh, daughter of Joseph and Mary Svatosh, was born April 3, 1903, near Oakland. For several years she made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Charles Butts of London, with whom she later moved to Mitchell, Iowa.

Frances is survived by her mother who because of ill health is in a hospital, also two brothers and three sisters, Frank, Freddie, Annie and Mary of Austin and Agnes of Oakland. Her father died July 15, 1910 and two brothers died in infancy.

Frances was a bright girl, of kindly disposition and will be greatly missed in her home and by her family and friends.

The funeral will be held Friday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Butts at Mitchell, Iowa, with interment at Woodbury Cemetery.

Source: Mower County News, 13 Oct. 1921, page 4, column 2]

Actual name: Frances Swatosh

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Dr. Fred C. Requa, D.D.S.


Dr. Fred C. Requa, D.D.S., 83, of Austin, Minnesota, died Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at Mayo Clinic Hospitals, St. Marys Campus, Rochester, Minnesota.

Frederick Claire Requa was born Jan. 16, 1933, at Austin, Minnesota, the son of Elmer and Helen (Gates) Requa. He graduated from Austin High School in the Class of 1951, and from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1957.

Fred was married to Jane Reedquist on Aug. 3, 1957, at the Highland Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. They moved to Austin where he opened his dental practice. Fred served his patients for 50 years, retiring in 2007. In 1998, Jane passed away and Fred was married to Lois Hopfe Freeberg on Oct. 5, 2002.

Fred was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and the South East Minnesota Dental Association. Fred loved his family and many friends as well as the University of Minnesota and the Golden Gophers. He had fond memories of time spent in Yellowstone and his friends in that area, and at Yachats on the Oregon coast. He enjoyed coffee club with friends, his dental "cohorts" and the many patients that had become friends during his long practice in Austin.

Fred was preceded in death by his first wife Jane.

He is survived by his wife Lois Freeberg Requa, Austin, Minnesota; daughter, Käri A. Requa, Eagan, Minnesota; son, Kurt Requa, Rochester, Minnesota; step-children, Susan Freeberg (Ron) Goldstein, Plymouth, Minnesota, Saul (Jackie) Freeberg, Phoenix, Arizona, Sam Freeberg, Phoenix, Arizona; grandchildren, Daniel, David and Devra; great-grandson, Zachary; sisters, Alice (Newton) Smith, Mahtomedi, Minnesota, Carol Requa, Pueblo, Colorado; nieces and nephews, great-nieces and -nephew.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church with the Rev. Karen Behling officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. and at the church for one hour before the service on Tuesday morning. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the University of Minnesota Foundation; School of Dentistry in memory of Fred Requa, P.O. Box 860266 Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55486-0266

Source: Austin Daily Herald website, 3/20/2016

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Britton James Ernst


Brittin James Ernst
March 3, 1983 - March 12, 2016

Britton James "Brit" Ernst, 33, of Minneapolis, born in Austin, Minnesota, on March 3, 1983, departed Earth on March 12, 2016.

Brit was a graduate of Chaska High School in 2001. He received his Bachelor of Science in Scientific and Technical Writing at the University of Minnesota in 2009, and his Master of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Florida -- Gainesville, in 2013. Brit loved his work as adjunct instructor at the University of Florida, and was recently published in industry magazine Current Pharmaceutical Design. He was planning to enter a PhD program in the fall, and was researching and writing his next publication.

He lived and worked in China for five years, spoke fluent Mandarin Chinese, and loved to wander planet Earth. Ever analytical, Brit was also intensely creative. He was a classical piano and guitar musician, and an awesome balloon artist. He occasionally performed all three talents for appreciative audiences.

Brit was preceded in death by his father, James (Joe) Ernst; and brother, Alexander J. Ernst.

He is survived by mother, Beth Bednar, stepfather, Donn LaVoie; close family friend Marilyn Vereide; family members, colleagues, and friends too numerous to mention.

By turns, Brit was a brilliant scientist: brooding, intense, demanding. The private man was also engaging, funny, loving and compassionate. Well-loved by so many, he was a true gift from God, sorely missed, and we cherish the time he spent on Earth. Eccl. 1:18

A memorial celebration of life will be held Thursday, March 31, 2016, at 10 a.m., at the Living Word Christian Center, 9201 75th Ave. North, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the charity of your choice. David Lee Funeral Home, Wayzata, 952-473-5577,, is in charge of arrangements.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website, 3/20/2016; and the David Lee Funeral Home website.

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Albert T. "Al" Layman


Albert T. "Al" Layman, 76

"Here is your assignment for today if you choose to accept it. Don't open your computer, don't think about adding anything to the list, sit in a chair and think, and if you go hiking; go slow and find a place to be at peace!" Love, dad (Al Layman)

What a beautiful and well-lived life. Al Layman's end of life journey was written by the man himself. He had time to enjoy what mattered most to him: friends, family, his best friend and dog, Bandit, at his home along the river. He reflected on a life well-loved, lived, and cherished conversations with family and friends, letters written, books read, jazz on the stereo, and a river view as his backdrop.

His early introduction to the river and fishing sparked his life-long passion for protecting the waters and environment. He was a member of the Izaak Walton League for over 40 years and served as president and long-time treasurer of Austin Chapter. During his tenure as Minnesota Division president, he worked to include the Izaak Walton League in the Minnesota Environmental Fund. He also served on the Cedar River Watershed District Board starting in 2007, concluding as chair in 2012.

Al was born in Moline, Illinois, to Margaret (Smith) and Dr. John Layman. His many interests and good fortune led him in various careers. His work ethic and steady character opened many doors for him. He started out as a store accountant for International Harvester in Chicago, owner of Layman Distributing Company in Austin, production manager at Cedar Valley, and finally committee administrator at the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Family includes two brothers, Roger (Seattle) and John (Maryland), and many wonderful nieces and nephews, the "sunshine of his life," daughter, Kris Layman, and grandson, Jacob.

Please join us for a celebration of life from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2016, at the Izaak Walton League cabin at Todd Park Austin, Minnesota, to "share Al stories" and enjoy the time together.

Memorials are welcomed in his memory to: Austin Izaak Walton League or Friends of Jay C. Hormel Nature Center.

"In the end -- I must believe it -- just like a salmon, I will know how to die, and though I die, though I lose my life, nature wins. Nature endures. It is strange, and it is hard, but it's comfort, and I'll take it." (Eva Saulitis)

Source: Austin Daily Herald website, 3/20/2016

NOTE: said he was 76 years old, and lived in Austin, Minnesota.

Age 76, died peacefully at the home he loved by the river in Austin, Minnesota. He cherished the love of family and friends, appreciation of nature, and his dog Bandit. He was a passionate conservationist, a member of the Izaak Walton League for over 40 years.

His years of employment were as varied as his interests: employee of International Harvester, business owner, production manager at Cedar Valley Rehabilitation, committee administrator at the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Family includes, the sunshine of his life, daughter Kris Layman, grandson Jacob, brothers John and Roger, many nieces and nephews. Celebration of his life at the Izaak Walton League cabin at Todd Park in Austin, Minnesota, April 9 from 3 - 6 pm Memorials welcome to Austin Izaak Walton League or Friends of Jay C. Hormel Nature Center.

Published in Pioneer Press on Mar. 20, 2016

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Marlys Lonette (Andersen) Holder


Marlys Lonette (Andersen) Holder, 75

Marlys Lonette (Andersen) Holder, 75, of Satanta, Kansas, passed away on March 12, 2016, at Satanta Long Term Care, of natural causes.

Marlys was born March 9, 1941, in Austin, Minnesota, to Nels and Roselin (Alberts) Andersen. She graduated from Austin High School in 1959.

Marlys is survived by Denise (Earl) Ball of Plains, Kansas; Amy Patton of Waco, Texas; Lisa Sconce ofWaco, Texas; Becky Asquith of Turpin, Oklahoma; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Pauls-Robson, Satanta, Kansas, is in charge of arrangements. She was laid to rest at Grandview Cemetary during a private ceremony with immediate family, per her wishes.

Source: Austin Daily Herald website, 3/20/2016

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