Mower County Obituaries
Part 038



Eva Adams (Mrs. Peter) Stolzenberg


Mrs. Peter Stolzenberg Dies;

Funeral on Friday.

Mrs. Peter Stolzenberg, 610 Medary street, died at 4:30 yesterday afternoon at St. Olaf hospital, after an illness of two weeks. She was 45 years old.

Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 9:00 o'clock at the Mayer Funeral Home, and at 9:30 at St. Augustine's church. Burial will be in St. Augustine's cemetery.

(Austin Daily Herald, Wed. Aug. 19, 1936, p. 8)
Submitted By: Michael J. Petrie <>



Peter Paul Stolzenberg


Peter P. Stolzenberg, 78, died unexpectedly Thursday at his home, 610 7th Ave. NW. Surviving are six sons, Joseph of Palo Alto, Calif., Paul of Miami, Fla., Leonard of Atlanta, Ga., Charles, Louis and Francis of Austin; a brother, Nicholas Stolzenberg, Austin; a sister Mrs. Kathryn Ulwelling, Austin; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 9:15 a.m. Monday at St. Augustine Church. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Rosary service will be at 8 p.m. Sunday at Mayer Funeral Home, where friends may call after 7 p.m. Saturday.

(Austin Daily Herald, Fri. Feb. 10, p. 7, c. 1; Sat. Feb. 11, p. 10)
Submitted By: Michael J. Petrie <>



Melba Corinne (Klappal) Ferris


Melba Corinne Ferris, age 88, of Austin, Minnesota, died on August 30, 2007, at Comforcare Good Samaritan Center.

Melba Klappal was born on December 11, 1918, to Joseph and Rose (Hrbek) Klappal in Verdigre, Nebraska. The family moved to Minnesota when Melba was a child. She graduated from Austin High School in 1936 and attended the Upper Iowa University for two years.

She married Herbert Ferris on September 18, 1940, at the Hormel Home in Austin. Melba and Herb owned and operated Ferris TV and Stereo for many years. After the store burned down on May 31, 1991, Melba went to work for the Semcac transportation program. She enjoyed reading, cooking, and was interested in nutrition and health-related items. She became a resident of Comforcare Good Samaritan Center in May 2007.

Survivors include her husband, Herbert Ferris, of Austin; a son, Marshall (Margaret) Ferris, of Austin; a daughter, Rosemary (Gene) Brunmeier, of Mankato, Minnesota; seven grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2007, at the Worlein Funeral Home, in Austin.

She was buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Brownsdale, Minnesota.



Dennis Lynn Pinke


Dennis Lynn Pinke, 54, of Salem, Oregon, and formerly of Elkton, Mower County, Minnesota, died at his home on August 30, 2007.

Dennis was born to Kenneth and Darlene Pinke, on September 7, 1952. He attended Elkton Public School, graduating in 1970. Dennis served in the United States Air Force. He then completed a degree at Stout University.

On June 14, 1996, he married Nona Miller. They made their home in Salem, but they later divorced, in 2005.

Survivors include his mother, Darlene Albertson Pinke; father, Kenneth Pinke; a brother Dana (Sherri) Pinke; his sisters, Dawn (Paul) Anderson and Karen (Robert) Hyland.

Funeral services in Salem are pending.



Charlotte Edith (Buck) Blum


Charlotte Blum, age 86, of Austin, Minnesota, died on August 31, 2007 at St. Mark's Lutheran Home in Austin.

Charlotte Edith Buck was born on October 7, 1920 in Seini, South Dakota, to Edna (Aaron) and Benjamin Buck.

She married John D. Blum on January 20, 1942.

Charlotte attended North Central University in Minneapolis for two years, and was a homemaker.

A member of Open Bible Church in Austin, Charlotte was a church pianist and Sunday school teacher, and a member of the church choir.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John; by her sister, Ruth Coats; and by her brother, LuVerne Buck.

She was survived by Stephen E. and Carolyn M Blum, Gayle and Larry Gullickson, Sharon and Tom Flynn, all of Austin; and Melodie and Mathew Schultz, Barnum, Minnesota.

A memorial service were held at Bethlehem Free Methodist Church on Wednesday, September 5, 2007, at 1 p.m.



Edith (Pell) (Rinehart) Brothers


Edith Brothers, 83, of Pomona, California, died on August 16, 2007.

Edith Pell was born on August 21, 1923, in Austin, Minnesota, the daughter of Frank and Ella (Mudra) Pell. After attending District 14 Mower County country school, Edith studied at Marinall Beauty School, in Mason City, Iowa. She returned to Austin to practice.

Later she heard California beckoning, and so she drove her 1936 Ford coupe to the west coast; however, World War II changed her plans. She enlisted in the Women's Army Corp in March, 1942. Following basic training in Des Moines, Iowa, she served in the Ninth Service Command, in Seattle, Washington. She was discharged in 1945. She returned to California and worked for various restaurants.

She married Bill Rinehart, and together they had one daughter, Gala. She later married Dale Brothers. She co-founded The Trails Restaurant in Duarte, California, on Route 66. As its reputation grew as the place to order a great steak, the restaurant expanded, adding dining rooms and the organ bar. The restaurant continued operation through 2002. In another venture she co-founded the Western State Bank, in Duarte, in 1980. She served on the board of directors for 25 years. Edith traveled extensively throughout the world.

She is survived by her granddaughter, Aundrea (Jim) Amine; by two great-grandsons of London, England; by a son-in-law Robert Basha, of California; by a sister, Edna Betker, of Orange, California; by a brother, Donald (Margaret) Pell, of Santa Ana, California; and by a sister-in-law, Marcene Pell, of Austin.

Edith was preceded in death by her parents; by her two husbands; by her daughter, Gala, and by her brother Lester Pell.

Her burial was at the United States National Cemetery in Riverside, California.



Rodney Kolstad


Rodney Kolstad, 76, of Las Vegas, Nevada, and formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died on August 23, 2007.

Rodney was born on December 15, 1930, in Lime Springs, Iowa. Rodney graduated from Austin High School in 1949. He married Sylvia Erickson on October 28, 1950. Rodney served in the United States Air Force from 1952-56 and was employed by the U.S. Post Office for 20 years.

Rodney was preceded in death by his wife Sylvia and parents Adolph and Phyllis Kolstad.

He is survived by his son: Jeff Kolstad, Las Vegas; by a daughter, Kim Kirby, Denver, Colorado; by a sister, Patricia Nixt, Lakeland, Florida, and by grandchildren, Tristan and Torey Kirby.

Burial will be held at Palm Mortuary, in Las Vegas, Nevada.



Becky (Krulish) Coates


Becky Briggs Coates, 52, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Thursday, August 30, 2007 at her home.

Becky was born on June 16, 1955 in Austin, to Frank and Eva (Earl) Krulish, Jr.

She graduated from Lyle High School, and had worked as a waitress and for Dolan's Trimscape in Austin. She had lived in Lyle, Hawaii, and in Mason City, Iowa, before moving to Austin.

She is survived by a son, Kory Briggs, Buffalo City, Wisconsin; by her mother, Eva Krulish, Lyle, Minnesota; by brothers: James (Yvonne) Krulish, and Randall Krulish, both of Lyle, Minnesota, and Robert (Darlys) Krulish, by a sister, Linda (Randy) Overby, Austin, Minnesota; by nieces and nephews: Jimmy Krulish, Kimmy Krulish, Staci Pitzer, Mathew Overby, and Raymond Overby.

She was preceded in death by her father, by her grandparents, and by a niece Jessica Overby.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, September 4, 2007 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Lyle, Minnesota, with the Rev. Barbara Finley-Shea officiating.



Gloria Ann Cornelius (Gottschamer) Anderson


Gloria Anderson, 80, of Austin, Minnesota, died on September 5, 2007, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home in Austin. She was born Gloria Ann Cornelius Gottschamer on May 27, 1927, in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

In 1949 she met Bud Anderson. They were married on December 23, 1950 and resided in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1952 Gloria and Bud’s first daughter was born. Nine years later in 1961 their second daughter, Lyn, was born. The Anderson family moved to Austin in 1968 and purchased the Austin Paint and wallpaper Store. Gloria served as the first woman on the Austin Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and as a member of the Austin Rotary Club. She was an admired and respected member of the Austin business community.

Gloria was a remarkable woman. She was a two-time cancer survivor and had recently suffered a heart attack.

Survivors include: two daughters, Lyn Anderson, of Austin, Dee (Jerry) Rannow, of Racine, Wis.; a brother, John (Barbara) Gottschamer, of Topeka, Kansas; nieces Janet (Charlie Ganzhorn) Cardelli, of Eagan, Minnesota, and Jane (Kevin) Hetchler, of Port St. Lucie, Florida; a nephew, Greg (Kari) Cardelli, of Minneapolis; and special friends, Candy Carlson, Kathy Johnson and Mary Hagan.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 10, 2007, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church. Visitation was held on Sunday, September 9, from 2-4 p.m., at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary, and at the church for one hour before the service on Monday.

Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin.



Catherine Marvel Orene (Johnson) Chaffee


Catherine Marvel Orene Chaffee, 93, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away on September 6, 2007, at Austin Medical Center. She was born on July 31, 1914, to Moses and Mathilda (Anderson) Johnson near Corning, in Udolpho Township, Mower County, Minn. She attended a one-room country school and was baptized and confirmed at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church. She graduated from Austin High School in 1933 and worked at Geo. A. Hormel & Company during World War II.

Catherine married Alroy Chaffee on August 11, 1934, in Osage, Mitchell County, Iowa. They made their home in Austin, where they were members of St. Olaf Lutheran Church. She was an excellent seamstress, and worked as a clerk at Dorothy’s Fabric Shop. Catherine enjoyed the St. Olaf Book Club, working in her flower garden, watching birds, fishing and attending the Artist Series. A world traveler, Catherine spent summers with her family at the cabin on Crane Lake for many years. Her husband passed away in April of 2002, and Catherine moved to Prairie Manor this past year.

Survivors include one son, Paul (Mia) Chaffee, of Richmond, Utah; two daughters, Kathleen (Daniel) Merten, of Crookston; Marie (Craig Dombrock) Johnson of Austin; seven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and a sister, Esther Torgesen, of Woodbury.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alroy; by five brothers, Alfred, Wilburn, Arnold, Donald and Tommy; and by three sisters, Mildred Helleck, Irene Christianson and LaVonne Johnson.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 10, 2007, at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church. Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday September 9, at Worlein Funeral Home, in Austin, and at the Red Oak Grove church beginning one hour before the service. Burial was in Grandview Cemetery south of Austin, Minnesota.



Elvera Pauline (Hilbrich) Maricle


Elvera Pauline Maricle, 84, of Austin, Minnesota, died on September 5, 2007, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn. She was born on August 16, 1923 to Adolph and Sophia (Guenther) Hilbrich in Westhoff, Texas, where she grew up and attended school.

She married Marvin Maricle on March 16, 1946 in Victoria, Texas. Following the wedding, Elvera and Marvin moved to Minnesota, making their home in Austin. They had five children. Marvin died in 1980. Elvera was the housekeeper at Worlein Funeral Home for many years. A member of Crane Community Chapel, Elvera was a loyal volunteer. She also liked to read and embroider. She moved to St. Mark’s Apartments in 2003 and spent several months at Prairie Manor in Blooming Prairie over the past couple of years.

Survivors include a son, Arnold (Cheryl) Maricle, of Austin; a daughter, Ann Miller, of Blooming Prairie; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Rubylea Marburger, of Yoakum, Texas; Earlene Montgomery, of Smiley, Texas, Laverne Schlenker, of Westhoff; a brother in Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband, Marvin; by a daughter, Lois Egland; by two sons, Alvin and Robert; by three sisters; by four brothers; and by sons-in-law Lawrence Miller and John Egland.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 8, 2007, at Crane Community Chapel, with The Reverend Mark Goossen officiating.

Burial was in Grandview Cemetery, south of Austin.



Benjamin Hilker




At his home on Water Street, Sunday evening, September 10, 1905, of Bright's disease, Benjamin Hilker, age, 61 years. He was born in Preston, Ontario, November 22, 1843 and when a boy moved with his folks to Port Elgin, Ontario, where he grew up.

He was married there on January 29, 1869, to Miss Abigail Detwiler. After living there several years they moved in 1873 to Lansing, in this county where they lived on a farm for 12 years.

In 1885 they moved to Austin where the family has since resided. He was in the meat market with Flehn and McMann for three years and later worked at the trade of mason and house mover.

Six years ago he took a trip to the Klondike. He has been failing for the past two years. During the civil war, while at work in the Michigan woods as a logger, he enlisted at Flint, Michigan in Company I, 30th Michigan Voluntary Infantry in 1864 and served until the close of the war. He was a member of the G.A.R.

In 1870 he was converted and baptized in Lake Huron, uniting with the United Brethren church. He was an upright citizen and his decease makes a vacancy in the home which brings especial sorrow.

The widow and five children survive: Mrs. Dell Roberts, Lyle Township, John Hilker, Canby, Minnesota, Mrs. Eugene Fairbanks, Caledonia, Minnesota, Albert Hilker and Mrs. Charles Pitcher, Austin.

Funeral services, conducted by Rev. C.D. Belden, will be held at the residence at two o'clock, this Wednesday afternoon. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery.

Mower County Transcript
September 13, 1905, Page 3, Column 3

Submitted to MNGENWEB by Dorothy Kunz



DIED 1905


The death of Benjamin Hilker, a citizen of Mower County since 1873, occurred at his home, 400 West Water Street, Sunday evening at 7:15 after a long time of suffering and poor health.

Benjamin Hilker was born in Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada, November 22, 1843. He was married January 22, 1869 to Miss Abigail Detwiler. In 1873 they moved to Lansing where they resided on a farm for twelve years. In 1885 the family moved to Austin where they have since lived on West Water Street. During the time he lived in Austin he has worked at masonry and moving of buildings. About seventeen years ago he was in partnership with Mr. Fiehn in a meat market. Later the firm was Hilker & McMann and after continuing in the business for three years, Mr. Hilker sold his interests to August Briebach.

Deceased was formerly a member of the G.A.R. Post. He was a good man to deal with in business, honest and upright, a good neighbor and a kind husband and father. He was well liked by all his friends and acquaintances and always provided well for his family. He is the last of his family, his sister Mrs. Charlotte Furtney died two years ago.

About six years ago Mr. Hilker in company with his nephew, Josiah Furtney, took a trip to Klondyke and since that time has been failing in health, a sufferer of Bright’s disease. For two years he has been unable to do any work but only for the past four days has he been confined to his bed.

Beside a widow five children survive the deceased, Mrs. Dell Roberts of Lyle, Mrs. E.B. Fairbanks of Cazenovia, Minn., John Hilker of Canby, Minn., Albert who is at home, and Mrs. Charles Pitcher of this city. The children will all be present at the funeral.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the house, Rev. C.D. Belden will officiate. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery.

Submitted by Kathy Pike -- transcribed by Angela Snyder

©2010 MNGenWeb





Abigail (Detwiler) Hilker


Woman, 84, Succumbs to Injuries Sustained In Fall Down Stairs

Mrs. Benjamin Hilker, 84, died at her home 505 High Street, at 3:30 yesterday afternoon. A week ago Saturday Mrs. Hilker fell down the basement stairs in her home and suffered severe injuries from which it was impossible for a person of her age to recover.

Abigail Detwiler was born in Roseville, Ontario, December 22, 1844. When four years of age she moved with her parents, to Port Elgin, Ontario, where she lived until her marriage to Benjamin Hilker on January 22, 1869. After their marriage, in 1873, Mr. and Mrs. Hilker moved to Lansing, Mower County, [Minnesota] where they lived on a farm for twelve years. In 1885 they moved to Austin, which was the family home for 43 years.

Benjamin and Abigail Hilker were converted in the German Evangelical Church at Port Elgin, Ontario, and were baptized in Lake Huron. They united with the United Brethren Church in 1870. To them were born five children: Mrs. Dell Roberts, who died eleven years ago, January 22; Mrs. Eugene Fairbanks of Yakima, Wash.; J.W. Hilker of Rochester; A.F. Hilker and Mrs. C.E. Pitcher of Austin. All of the children except J.W. Hilker of Rochester were with their mother when death came. Mr. Hilker died September 10, 1905.

For the past three years Mrs. Hilker has been in failing health and has had the care of a trained nurse. Up until that time she took all the care of her own home on High Street. She had also always been an active worker in the W.R.C.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Jordan Mortuary with Rev. Warner Johnson of the Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be made in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, Minn.

  Austin Daily Herald, May 22, 1928, Page 4

Submitted to MNGENWEB by Dorothy Kunz



Johanna Mary Steven Furtney


Born: March 16, 1833
Died: August 1919

Jacob Furtney's wife Johanna, or Hannah Mary Steven, was born March 16, 1833. She died in Minneapolis, MN. She was cremated and placed in the Lakewood Cemetery Mausoleum, Minneapolis, MN, August 12, 1919.

Later, on June 19, 1923 she was buried on her husband Jacob B. Furtney's grave in Oakwood Cemetery. Johanna does not have a marker.

Her parents were Hobe and Mary Steven.

Submitted to MNGENWEB by Dorothy Kunz



Jacob B. Furtney


Born: Dec. 27, 1843
Died: Dec. 8, 1905

A Sad Accident

J.B. Furtney Crushed to Death By a Fall of Ground.

J.B. Furtney, an old time resident of Biwabik, MN and one of the range pioneers, met his death in an accident at the Biwabik mine early Friday morning last. He was running a dinkey from the steam shovel engaged in stripping. The shovel was working on a high bank and when the engine made its first trip on Friday the bank gave way and a mass of earth fell against the side of the engine, breaking in the cab and pinning Mr. Furtney against the boiler. He was badly crushed about the hips, his left leg severely burned and his right leg broken. He was extricated as soon as possible, but his injuries were so serious that he lived only till midnight.

Eyewitnesses of the accident say that while the earth bank was a high one, it was not higher than has been worked on hundreds of times before without trouble. It appears that there was a layer of sand under a mass of clay and this sand was lying at an angle, the clay sliding off.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. H.H. Stutson of the Congregational church.

The remains were sent to Austin, Minnesota, the former home of the family, for burial, and were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. John S. Lutes and Miss Bertha Furtney, who returned home Wednesday. Mrs. Furtney was made so ill by the shock that she was unable to go.

The deceased was 61 years of age and leaves a wife and two daughters, Mrs. J.S. Lutes and Miss Bertha Furtney. He was born in Ontario and has lived in Minnesota many years, being one of the pioneer residents of McKinley. He was an industrious man and highly respected in the community.

The Virginian
Virginia, Minnesota
Friday, December 15, 1905




At his home in Biwabik, Minn., Friday, Dec. 8, 1905, Jacob Furtney formerly of this city, aged 62 years. He was a locomotive engineer for the Biwabik Mining Company and about seven o'clock on Friday morning was hauling the train for the crew of men that were stripping the surface earth to lay bare the ore beds. The engine was under a bank forty feet high and suddenly without warning a huge land slide came down on the engine cab, a chunk of frozen earth pinning Mr. Furtney against the boiler. His leg was broken, he was considerably burned and internal injuries were received from which he died Friday afternoon, ten hours after the accident.

The body was brought to Austin Sunday for interment. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. G.W. Lutz, were conducted at the 1st M.E. church Monday afternoon. Interment was in Oakwood cemetery. Jacob Furtney, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Furtney, was born in Blenheim, Ontario, Dec. 27, 1843.

He was married at Elbin, Ontario, to Miss Hannah Steven. They came to Austin to reside about 1866 and lived here until 1892 when the family moved to Biwabik on the Mesaba Iron range where they have since lived. Deceased was a skilled and trusty locomotive engineer and was highly esteemed by his employers. He was a member of the Congregational church in Biwabik. Of upright principles and the best of habits he was held in high esteem by all who knew him.

He leaves a widow and two children, Mrs. Julia Lutes and Miss Bertha Furtney. He has also five brothers and sisters: John and Henry Furtney and Mrs. Mattice of Austin and Mrs. Hannah Barney and Joseph Furtney of Glenwood, Minn. We extend sympathy to the afflicted family.

Mower County Transcript
December 13, 1905, Page 2, Col. 5

NOTE: Jacob was the son of Joseph and Charlotte Furtney

Submitted to MNGENWEB by Dorothy Kunz



Martha Jakobsdaughter Hibbard Furtney


Born: January 5, 1849, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway
Death: November 13, 1891, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Martha J. (Hibbard) Furtney - Mrs. Aaron Furtney

The funeral of Mrs. Aaron Furtney was held Sunday afternoon at
Martha & Aaron Furtney
the home of Josiah Furtney in this city, at 2 o.clock. The remains were laid away to rest in Oakwood cemetery. The deceased was 42 years, nine months and seven days old at the time of her death.

Mr. and Mrs. Josiah Furtney wish to extend thanks to friends and neighbors for kindnesses shown them and the family in their sad bereavement.

Austin Daily Herald




Death of Mrs. Aaron Furtney

Mrs. Aaron Furtney, a sister of Mrs. Josiah Furtney of this city, died at her home in Minneapolis, this morning, at 4 o'clock. She had been sick a long time with a complication of Bright's disease, and her death was not unexpected. The remains will be brought to Austin Saturday evening for burial.

The funeral services will be held at the home of Josiah Furtney, on Water Street, Sunday at 2 o'clock p.m. The families have the sympathy of the community in their bereavement.

Austin Daily Herald
Friday, November 13, 1891

Submitted to MNGenWeb by Dorothy Kunz



Arthur Furtney


Born: June 23, 1880
Died: October 18, 1900

Arthur was the son of Joseph Harrison and Emma (Manchester) Furtney. Born in Blooming Prairie, Steele County Minnesota, he was just about one year old when his mother died. He is buried in the unmarked grave beside his mother Emma.

Written by Dorothy Kunz



Lydia Malinda Gleason Manchester


Born: June 12, 1836
Died: May 11, 1902


At the home of her daughter in Udolpho, Sunday May 11, 1902. She was born at Pitcairn New York and was married there. They moved to Illinois, near Mendota, in October 1857, and coming to reside in Udolpho in 1862.

Coming to Minnesota at so early a date she was subject to the struggles incident to pioneer life, yet the burdens did not seem so heavy to her as to many others, she having come from pioneer stock, her father, L.W. Gleason, being one of the very first settlers of the county in which she was born and reared. She was a devout Christian and most of her life was spent in active service to the M.E. church. Deceased was patient and uncomplaining amid all her sufferings and fought the battles of life with Christian heroism.

Funeral services conducted by Rev. C.N. Hamren pastor of M.E. church at Blooming Prairie, were held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C.A. Rhoades. Interment was in Udolpho cemetery. Thus another link has been broken that binds the pioneer days to the present. One less olde settler survives, to whom the present generation owes so much. May their mantles fall on worthy successors.

Note: She was the wife of Carlos Manchester.

Submitted to MNGenWeb by Dorothy Kunz



Emma Amelia Manchester Furtney


Born: May 7, 1862, Illinois, USA
Died: June 9, 1881

Age 19 years 1 month 2 days

Daughter of Carlos and Lydia (Gleason) Manchester.

Emma was the first wife of Joseph Harrison Furtney and the mother of Arthur Furtney. She died of Typhoid Fever.

Written by and submitted to MNGenWeb by Dorothy Kunz



Ervin C. Wegner


Ervin C. Wegner, 83, of 610 8th St. NE, was born April 12, 1902 at Morristown, Minnesota. He was the son of Julius and Wilhelmenia (Rust) Wegner. He spent his childhood in Morristown where he attended German Lutheran School. He then moved to Austin, Minn.

On October 7, 1925, he married Rose Berg at Wanda, Minn. He was employed by Geo A. Hormel & Co. from 1925 to 1932 and American Can Corp. from 1932 to 1967. He was a member of Knights of Columbus and Holy Name Society.

Mr. Wegner died October 6, 1985 at Burr Oak Manor. He is survived by his daughter, LaVonne Gallaher, Austin; son and daughter-in-law, Leon and Darlene Wegner, Austin; brother, Arthur of Bertha, Minn.; five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; nieces; nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Rose; a daughter, Clara Bell; his parents; three sisters; five brothers.

Funeral service was held Oct. 9, 1985, at 1:30 p.m. at Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Fr. James Russell officiating. Soloist was Gene Gosha and organist, Margo Bissen. Pallbearers were Frederich and Richard Berg, Martin Heyer, Richard and Timothy Emery and Ivan Hoffmann. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery. Mayer funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Researched and transcribed by Mark Ashley



Rose C. (Berg) Wegner


Rose C. Wegner was born May 19, 1901 in Clements, Minn., the daughter of Henry Berg and Mary Stelzer Berg. She resided on a farm and attended Dist. 67 School in rural Clements, Willow Lake Township.

Her marriage to Ervin C. Wegner took place Oct. 7, 1925, at St. Mathias Catholic Church, Wanda, Minn. They moved to Austin, Minn. in July, 1928 and she became a charter member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Rosary Society and St. Nona Unit. There home is at 610 8th St.NE.

Mrs. Wegner died at 12:38 a.m. June 6, 1983 at St. Olaf Hospital, Austin.

She is survived by her husband, Ervin C. Wegner; children, Leon and Darlene Wegner, 610 8th St NE, and LaVonne L. Gallaher, 901 5th Ave. NE; sisters, Mrs. Helen Riley, Mrs. Laura Ludwig, Wanda; grandchildren, Michael and Linda Gallaher, Mark and Colleen Mullenix, James and Noreen Henderson. Karen Wegner, Richard and Mary Pat Bohn; great-grandchildren Gina and Scott Gallaher, Christine and Stefanie Henderson, Kara Wegner.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Mary Berg; seven brothers, Henry Jr., John, William, George, Theodore, Albert, Leonard Berg; a sister Margaret Anton; an infant daughter Clarabelle Marie Wegner; three infant sisters.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. June 8, 1983, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Rev. Patrick Lawler officiating. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery with pallbearers, Richard and Frederick Berg, Melvin Heyer, Richard and James Emery, Ivan Hoffman. Eugene Gosha was soloist and Margo Bissen, organist. Mayer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Charlotte Furtney


Word was received here today by relatives, of the death of Grandma which occurred Monday at the home of her son, Joseph in Glenwood, Minnesota. The remains will be brought here for burial.

Austin Daily Herald


Charlotte Furtney

On September 22, at the home of her son Joseph Furtney, Glenwood, Minn., occurred the death of one of Austin's oldest settlers, Mrs. Charlotte Furtney at the advanced age of 82 years. Mrs. Furtney has not been in good health for a number of years but the cause of her death was pneumonia.

The deceased was born in Blumberg, Lippe County, Germany, April 22, 1821. When but 14 years of age she removed with her parents to Jamaica Island where they remained for two and one half years. In 1841 they moved to Quebec, Canada.

She was there married to Joseph Furtney. They lived there but a short time when they moved to Berlin, Canada and after moved to Grand Rapids, Mich., and from there to Milwaukee, Wis. They also resided at Decorah, Iowa, before moving to this city in 1862.

Mr. Furtney died March 12, 1903 and Mrs. Furtney lived with her children in this city until about two months ago when she left for Glenwood, Minn. to make her home with her son Joseph. Eleven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Furtney, four of whom are dead, Henrietta, Lydia, Josiah and William. Josiah of this city died on March 3, 1903 just nine days before the death of his father.

The children who survive to mourn the loss of a devoted mother, the third member of the family to be called away within the past six months are: Aaron of Rockford, MN, Jacob, of Biwabik, Minn., Mrs Hannah Barney of Michigan City, N.D., Joseph, Jr., Glenwood, Minn., Mrs. Al Mattice, Henry and John of this city. Also a brother Ben Hilker of this city. The remains will be brought to this city tonight and taken to the home of her son Henry on East Water street. The funeral will be held from his home tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 and from the Presbyterian church at 2 o'clock, Rev. A.H. Miller officiating. The remains will be laid to rest in Oakwood cemetery beside her husband.

Austin Daily Herald
September 25, 1903



The Glenwood Herald
September 25, 1903

Mrs. Charlotte Furtney passed to her final rest on last Monday at the home of her son, Joseph H. Furtney of Glenwood, Minnesota having reached the advanced age of eighty-two years and five months.

Deceased was born in Blumberg, Germany, April 22, 1821. When fourteen years old she left Blumberg and with her parents sailed for the United States when they were overtaken by pirates and were taken to the Island of Jamaica. Here they were held and forced to work in the plantations. After being detained for a period of about three years they emigrated and landed at Quebec in 1838, on the very day that Queen Victoria was crowned. On November 23, 1841 she was united in marriage to Joseph Furtney at Galt, Ontario, Canada. They lived in Blenheim, Canada until 1863 when they moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan: to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1864: Decorah, Iowa and to Austin, Minnesota in 1868. At the latter place she resided until last summer when she came here to make her home with her son, Joseph H. Furtney, of Glenwood, Minnesota and at whose home her death occurred as afore stated.

One brother, five sons and two daughters are left to mourn the death of a loving sister and mother. They are: Benjamin Hilker of Austin, Minnesota, A.W. Furtney of Rockford, Minnesota. J.B. Furtney of Biwabik, Minnesota, Henry and John of Austin, Minnesota and Joseph H. Furtney of Glenwood, Minnesota. The daughters are: Elizabeth (Mrs. A.F. Mattice) of Austin, Minnesota, and Hannah (Mrs. M.H. Barney) of Michigan City, North Dakota.

The remains were taken to Austin, Minnesota by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Furtney where interment was made.

Note: The following is from the Book "The Fortineux-Fortinet Family (Fortney, Fortna, Fordney, Furtney) in America."

The story goes that Charlotte, while journeying to Jamaica with her family, she was kidnapped by pirates, delaying their arrival to Canada. There she met and married Joseph. She was a feisty little lady who reared eleven children, smoked a clay pipe and produced lovely lace. She was a stylish woman who dressed in a full skirted dress, and a bonnet with velvet pansies.

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Leah T. Furtney

Died 1984


Mrs. Leah T. Furtney, 92, died Friday afternoon at the Adams Health Care Center, Adams.

She resided at Austin Rt. #4. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Richard (Beatrice) Sheedy, Austin, a sister-in-law, Mrs. Dorothy Bauer, Austin; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held Monday.

Austin Daily Herald
Sunday October 21, 1984


Funeral services for Mrs. Leah T. Furtney, Austin, Rt. #4, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Rev. Robert A. Morgan officiating.

Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may call at Mayer Funeral Home from 3 to 9 p.m. today and 8:30 to 11 a.m. Monday and at the church one hour before the service. A wake service will be held at 8 p.m. today.

Austin Daily Herald
Sunday, October 21, 1984

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Hazel Esther (Furtney) Orth


Hazel Esther Furtney Orth was born December 21, 1893 and died June 1, 1969. She was born in Austin, Mower County, Minnesota. Her parents are John F. and Dora Dovenberg Furtney.


Mrs. Hazel E. Orth, 75, died Sunday at St. Olaf Hospital.

She resided at 2106 1st Avenue, NE, and is survived by a son, Wallace of Austin; a sister, Mrs. Henry Bauer, Austin; a grandson.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday.

Austin Daily Herald
Monday June 2, 1969

ORTH -- Funeral services for Mrs. Hazel E. Orth, 2106 1st Avenue NE, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mayer Funeral Home, Rev. Robert Morgan officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Austin Daily Herald
Monday June 2, 1969

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Charles Karl Orth



Charles Orth was born February 13, 1880, in Germany, the son of Kaspar and Margaret Orth.

As a young child, he came to Lanark, Illinois, where he made his home with his parents. Forty-five years ago he moved to Minnesota and farmed. He spent 21 years in the Dexter area before moving to Austin. His home is at 2306 East McKinley.

On February 22, 1917, he was united in marriage with Hazel Furtney in Austin. His home and family were the main interests in his life.

Mr. Orth died November 13, 1958, at his home after a lingering illness. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. November 15, at the Mayer Funeral Home, the Rev. David Kachel officiating. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery.

Mr. Orth is survived by his wife, Hazel; a son and daughter-in-law, Wallace and Mavis Orth, Austin; a grandchild, Mark Steven Orth, Austin; two brothers, Frank Orth, Pearl City, Illinois, and Edward Orth, Lena, Illinois.

Out of town persons attending the funeral were Mrs. Ellen Dovenberg, Mrs. Norman Bale, Hopkins, Minnesota; Edward Dovenberg, Minneapolis; Mr. and Mrs. George Orth, Isanti, Minnesota.

Austin Daily Herald
Austin, Minnesota
Saturday November 22, 1958

NOTE: Charles Karl Orth was the son of Kasper Orth and Margareta Klingsfold Orth. He was born in Altenheim, Scholtan, Germany

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