Mower County Obituaries
Melva R. (Smith) Moore, 70
Melva R. (Smith) Moore, 70, of Ravensdale, died on January 22 in
She was born on November 8, 1930 in Lansing and attended Austin
High School. In 1950, she married Francis L. Moore. She worked at
Boeing Cafeteria in Seattle. Melva’s greatest passion was having her
family around for the annual BBQ and holiday family gatherings. She
loved to cook, which was her greatest enjoyment. Melva loved watching
the Seahawks and Mariners. Frank and Melva fulfilled their wish of
owning a racehorse and watching her win.
Melva is survived by children, Michael, Dawn, Thomas, Gregory,
James, Anne; 14 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren (another on
the way) Sisters: Violet Buchanan, Austin, Fern Stockdale, Albert Lea,
Mary Lake Moses, Lake, Wash., Ardith Earl, Bremerton, Wash., brother:
Melvin Smith, Kent Wash.; several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband; sister, Shirley Smally,
Frances Hansen; father, Robert Smith; mother, Ethel Voight.
Funeral services will be held February 5 at St. Barbara Catholic
Church in Black Diamond, Wash., with Father David H. Young officiating.
Interment will be at Tahoma National Cemetery.
Austin Daily Herald, Monday, January 31, 2011
Dr. Roger L. Downing
DR. ROGER L. DOWNING
AUSTIN, MINNESOTA - Dr. Roger L. Downing, 83, of Austin, died on Saturday,
November 25, 2000, at Burr Oak Manor Nursing Home in Austin.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the First
Congregational Church in Austin, with the Rev. Robert A. Morgan and the Rev.
James Peck officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery in Austin.
Visitation was held on Monday at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary and there
will be additional visitation one hour prior to services today at the church.
Clasen-Jordan Mortuary, (507) 433-5727.
[Globe Gazette (Mason City Iowa) Nov. 28, 2000]
Social Sec. Death Index:
Downing, Roger L.
B: 30 APR 1917
D: 25 NOV 2000
RES: Santa Ana, Calif.
SSN: Iowa 480-01-9353
Mrs. Gunild Reierson
AUSTIN MOTHER, 95,
RITES HELD TUESDAY
Mrs. Gunild Reierson, 95, who died Monday morning at about 5:30 o'clock at her home, 609 Lansing Ave., was laid to rest Tuesday afternoon.
Rev. Henry Noss, her pastor was in charge of the funeral service and burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Mona, Iowa, in the family lot beside her husband, and her daughter, Mrs. Jennie R. Hegna -- who preceded her mother in death by just one week.
Mrs. Reierson was born July 31, 1843, in Norway. She came to the United States when a young girl, and located in Wisconsin. There she married Thurston Reierson. They moved to a homestead in Mitchell county, Iowa, where they saw much of pioneer life and endured the hardships which came to the early settlers of that day.
Mr. Reierson died on June 22, 1898. Mrs. Reierson left the farm home and went to Lyle to reside with her daughter, Mrs. Hegna, and in 1920, with the retirement of Mr. Hegna, they moved to Austin and here the mother has made her home since that time.
Left to hold memories of a Christian mother are A.C. Reierson of Portland, Oregon, and Mrs. R. L. Mosena of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There are also nine grandchildren.
Two daughters, Mrs. Bessie Weber of Chicago and Mrs. Hegna of this city, preceded their mother in death.
Mrs. Mosena was with her mother when she passed away, having come to Austin two weeks ago when the sister, Mrs. Hegna was stricken. Her husband and brother-in-law, W. S. Weber of Chicago, came for the funeral, as they had also come for the funeral of the sister-in-law, the week previous.
Mrs. Reierson's life was full of good for all, truly Christian, of the type of dutiful mothers of her day. She had gained of this world's goods and this she bestowed, in part to many people and to those ofher kin. She was a beautiful type, a kind neighbor and friend. She lived a full life and shared her radiant nature that others might be benefited.
[ Mower County News 1-12-1939 page 5, col. 6 ]
Jennie "Reierson" Hagna
STROKE IS FATAL TO MRS. J. HAGNA
A stroke on christmas night proved fatal for Mrs. Jennie Hagna; her death occurring Monday night at St. Olaf Hospital where she had been cared for since her illness.
Jennie Reierson, daughter of Thurston and Gunhild Reierson, was born on August 4, 1876, in Mitchell County, Iowa. She attended the rural school near the farm home, later attending Osage Seminary and Cedar Falls Normal College. She followed her schooling with teaching jobs in schools near her home for several years. Later she took a postion in the First National Bank and with her mother, moved to Lyle. She there married Olaus Hagna, on November 27, 1919. They came to Austin in retirement and continued the home here.
Mr. Hagna died December 2, 1922. Later, Mrs. Hagna resumed her work in the bank and had thought to return to the old home for residence but the aged mother, 95, was content to remain among the friends in our city.
Mrs. Hagna seemed in her usual health and was about her home and duties on Christmas Day. The day had been spent with friends. Upon her return she suffered a sudden stroke of apoplexy which rendered her unconscious and she never regained consciousness. She died at the hospital on January 2.
Mrs. Hagna leaves her aged mother, a sister, Mrs. R.L. Mosena, of Milwaukee, who came at once upon reeipt of word of her illness and remained in the home with the mother while Mrs. Hagna was being cared for at the hospital. A brother, R. Reierson of Portland, Oregon, came for the funeral. Two brothers-in-law also are left, Mr. Mosena and W. S. Weber of Chicago.
Mrs. Hagna was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, and also of the Order of the Eastern Star. She loved home and to be with the gentle mother. She was happy to meet, being well read and beautiful in her understanding of others.
Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon in the Jordan Mortuary, Rev. Henry Noss officiating. Interment was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Mona, Iowa, beside her husband.
[ Mower County News, 1-12-1939, page 2, col. 3]]
Thelma Cora (nee Shervem) Nybo, 91
Funeral Notice: Thelma Nybo, 91
Thelma Nybo, 91, of Austin, Minnesota, died Wednesday, January 26, at
Sacred Heart Care Center.
Service: Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 29,
at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin with Pastor Ron Barnett officiating.
Visitation: Friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Interment: Interment is at Oakwood Cemetery.
Funeral Home: Worlein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Mower
County Humane Society, Paramount Theatre or St. Olaf Lutheran Church.
[Austin Daily Herald, Thur., Jan 27, 2011]
Thelma Cora Nybo, 91, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Wednesday, January 26,
at Sacred Heart Care Center.
She was born July 26, 1919, to Clarence and Tella (Evjen) Shervem in
Rock Dell, Olmsted County. She faced many challenges at a young age, losing her mother when she was only 5 years old and her father before she graduated from Austin High School in 1938. Tragedy struck again when her only sister, Violet, died at the age of 23. On Dec. 20, 1942, Thelma married Clarence Nybo at St. Olaf Lutheran Church. After her marriage, she worked part-time at the YWCA and also checked coats at the Terp Ballroom. Thelma’s “main job” was taking care of her girls. Thelma will be remembered for the joy that she found in her family, dancing, golfing and bowling. She moved to Sacred Heart in 2009.
Survivors include two daughters, Donna Nybo of Austin; Linda (Donald) Lenz of Austin; three grandchildren, Anthony (Kira) Arndt, Angela (Joseph) Winkler, Lonnie (Holly) Arndt; three step-grandchildren, Laura (Chuck) Speltz, Jana Lenz, Mathew Lenz; nine great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Carl (Gloria) Nybo, and many cousins.
Thelma was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence, in 2007; her parents and sister, Violet.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin with Pastor Ron Barnett officiating. Interment is at Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Worlein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Mower County Humane Society, Paramount Theatre or St. Olaf Lutheran Church.
Austin Daily Herald, Friday, Jan. 28, 2011]
Alta (Bisbee) Gregg
Mrs. R. D. Gregg
It is with sorrow that we record the death of Mrs. R. D. Gregg which
occurred at her home southeast of Austin this morning at 5:15. Mrs. Gregg
had been ill for a little more than a week with appendicitis. This was
followed by peritonitis and death resulted.
Mrs. Gregg was a woman who the world could not well spare. She leaves,
beside her husband, three daughters and one son. Her eldest daughter is
fifteen years old, her youngest a baby girl seven weeks old. She was a
young woman in the prime of life and death seemed far away.
Mrs. Gregg's maiden name was Alta Bisbee, daughter of Mrs. Bisbee and of
the late A. C. Bisbee of Nevada. She was married to Reuben D. Gregg nineteen
years ago last March and they have since made their home on the farm in
Nevada township. Mrs. Gregg was born in Nevada thirty-six years ago last
All who knew Mrs. Gregg knew a woman of splendid stability of character,
true and efficient in all relations of life. She was a woman who kept
abreast of the times and was a factor in the social and intellectual life
of the neighborhood. For a number of years she was a member of the school
board in district 10, and did much to make that school one of the best in
The sympathy of many personal friends go out to the husband, children,
mother and sister who are left to mourn the loss of this good woman.
The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at three o'clock from her home
in Nevada; Rev. C. D. Belden officiating. The interment will be at
Source: Austin Daily Herald, Sat., 7-11-1908, page 2, col. 3
Alta M. (Bisbee) Gregg
MRS. REUBEN D. GREGG.
At her home in Nevada township, early Saturday morning,
July 11, 1908, of appendicitis and peritonitis Mrs. Reuben D. Gregg, aged
36 years. She has been ill only about a week and was in Austin a few days
before the Fourth of July.
Alta M. Bisbee was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Augustus
C. Bisbee. She was born in Nevada township, March 14, 1872 and grew up
there. She was married at Austin to Reuben D. Gregg, March 13, 1889, and
went at once to live at the Gregg farm. She leaves her husband and four
children, one son and three daughters, the youngest about six weeks old.
Mrs. Gregg was a woman who had a wide acquaintance in
the locality where she lived and few are loved and respected as much as
she was. She was fair in her judgments, trusty in her friendship and had
many amiable traits of character. She loved her home and labored unceasingly
for the welfare of those entrusted to her care. When the last summons came
she was ready to go with a good hope of eternal life.
Funeral services, conducted by Rev. C. D. Belden of Austin,
were held at the home Sunday afternoon, a very large company of friends
being present to show their loving sympathy. The Lyle Congregational
choir sang beautifully. Interment at Enterprise.
Source: The Mower County Transcript, 15 July 1908, page 3, column
4, under the heading "DEATHS."
Credit: Mitch Helle, October 2015
Alta M. (Bisbee) Gregg -- 1872-1908
About seventy teams were in the funeral procession that
followed the remains of Mrs. R. D. Gregg of Nevada, Sunday afternoon, to
Enterprise cemetery where interment was made.
Source: The Mower County Transcript, 15 July 1908, page 7, column 3,
under heading "VARCO"
Name: Alta (Bisbee) Gregg
Credit: Mitche Helle, Oct. 2015
NOTES: The cemetery listing for Rose Creek Enterprise cemetery shows:
Gregg, Alta M.
14 MAR 1872 - 11 JUL 1908
Sarah Catherine (Bennett) Benton
MRS. SARAH BENTON,
RESIDENT SINCE 60'S
PASSED TO REWARD
A service honoring a pioneer mother, Mrs. Sarah Catherine Benton, was
held in the Jordan Mortuary Wednesday afternoon, her pastor, Rev. Leo
Sandgren of the Baptist Church in charge.
Mrs. Benton was born in Senecaville, Ohio, on February 16, 1849. She
died at her home, at 402 S. Main St., Monday morning at about 6:20 o'clock.
When a little girl of a few years of age her parents moved to Warrensburg,
that state. When Sarah Catherine, one of twelve children, was about 12 years
old they came to Minnesota and settled on a farm south of Austin. She grew
to young womanhood and married George A. Bennett. One son, George A.
Bennett, was born to them. Mr. Bennett died in 1881.
Some years later she was married to George W. Benton, one of our early
farmer settlers. He died in 1903. Two sons were born to this union, O. J.
Benton of this city, and Herbert W. Benton of Great Falls, Montana. The
older son [George Bennett] resides in Miles City. Three grandchildren
survive this pioneer mother and grandmother: Wallace H. Benton of Portsmouth
O., Mildred Benton Sunde of St. Paul, and Dr. R. A. Bennett of Miles City.
A sister, Mrs. Virginia Shannon resides in Los Angeles.
Mrs. Benton was a member of the Baptist Church and active and helpful
in every department. Her term of membership and service is measured in a
long span as several years ago she was honored distinctively as being the
oldest living member. She was a Christian worker and gave her best efforts
to the church, also in the work of the WCTU. In the latter worthy
organization, she also gave of time, talent and material assistance to
further the good work. She was also an active member of the Happy Thought
Club, a group organized for study and promotion of social friendliness and
uplift. Her life was complete and a fine record is closed in her passing.
[Mower County News, Thu., 12-22-1938, Front Page]
Ricky D. Ball, 62
Ricky Dean Ball, age 62, of Lakeville, died tragically on October 16,
2010, after a motorcycle accident in Lakeville.
Rick was born in Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, on December 23,
1947, to Donald and Elaine Ball. He attended Mankato State University
where he graduated in physical education and health.
On October 4, 1969, Rick married Nancy Lynnette Ball (Blakesly)
at the United Methodist Church in Amboy, Minnesota. In February of
1970, their son Scott was born. Rick was a school teacher for several
years and also coached while as a teacher. In 1983, Rick was employed
with Northern Tool and Equipment as a salesman where he won numerous
sales awards and contests.
Rick really enjoyed coaching his son in many sports, especially
hockey. Rick also enjoyed his dogs and raising them. His passion for
the last 15 plus years was riding motorcycles and taking trips with
his motorcycles to see various states. In his younger years — after
graduating from high school — Rick was a member of the Lancer Band,
based out of Austin, and a member of the Blue Stars in LaCrosse.
He is survived by his loving wife, soul mate and best friend of
40 years, Nancy Ball; son: Scott (Rebecca) Ball; grandchildren: Bryce
and Ellyse Ball; sisters, Barb (Larry) Helland, Donna Wilson, Ruth
(Ross) Chamberlain, Nancy (Bob) Spain, Patty (Dan) McDonald, Steve
(Karen) Ball and Kris (Tim) McInnes; brothers-in-law: Gene (Pam)
Blakesly, Donald Blakesly and Tim Conklin; many other loving nieces,
nephews, relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Elaine Ball;
father-in-law, Earl Blakesly; sister, Kathy Conklin; and brother-in-law
Funeral Services will be at 11:30 a.m., on Saturday, February 5,
at White Funeral Home, 20134 Kenwood Trail, Lakeville with visitation
from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Graveside service will be at 1 p.m., Monday
Feb. 7, at Pleasantview Cemetery in Amboy, Minn.
White Funeral Home of Lakeville, 952-469-2723, is in charge of
Austin Daily Herald online, Sat., Jan 29, 2011
Genevieve Lorene (Knight) Tibbits
Mrs. H. Tibbetts
Died Monday at
W. Bigelow Home
Mrs. Harvey Tibbetts, 26 years old, died Monday forenoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Bigelow, where she had been cared for since leaving the hospital two weeks ago, following the birth of a daughter.
Mrs. Tibbetts suffered from a heart ailment which hastened her death, although she had never recovered her strength since the birth of her baby a month ago.
The deceased was before her marriage Genevieve, a daughter of Herbert Knight, near LeRoy, and was born and raised in that community. Her mother died when she was a young child and her father's second wife was Mrs. Belle Blandin-Green. Both her stepmother and father passed away several years ago.
Since their marriage the Tibbets had farmed near David. Mr. Tibbetts and daughter survive.
Funeral services and burial were at LeRoy.
[Mitchell County Press, February 13, 1936]
Genevieve Lorene Knight Tibbits was born February 1, 1910, in Oak Dale, Howard County, Iowa, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert G. Knight. In this same community she grew to womanhood.
On March 12, 1935, she was united in marriage to Harvey Tibbits, also of Oak Dale. They have lived on farms near McIntire and Osage, Iowa. To this union was born one child, named Lorene Anna, on January 15, 1936. Mrs. Tibbits confessed faith in Jesus Christ and was baptized into the membership of the LeRoy Baptist Church in December, 1923.
She graduated from the LeRoy High School in 1926 and from the Teachers College, Cedar Falls, in 1929. Mrs. Tibbits was a teacher in a district school for several years.
She died at Osage, February 10, 1936 and leaves to mourn her passing her husband and little daughter, so recently born; two sisters, Mrs. Agnes Keston and Florence; also one brother Alton. She also leaves her grandmother, Mrs. Agnes Knight of Brookings, South Dakota; also four uncles, Archie Knight and Ross Miller, of Oak Dale, and Ben Miller, of St. Paul.
There are three aunts; Mrs. C. Hausen, Mrs. Maude Dunton, and Mrs. Grace Pillsbury, and other relatives and a host of friends.
The funeral was held Thursday afternoon in the Baptist Church at LeRoy, where she was a member, conducted by the pastor, Roy L. Palmerton. The body was laid in the LeRoy Cemetery.
[Mitchell County Press, February 20, 1936]
The following is taken from the Tomah, Wisconsin, newspaper and gives
account of one of our early settlers, who came to Mower county in 1865,
with his parents. He was one of our successful farmers so long as age
permitted, then retired. The account of the passing of Lewis Baldner
Lewis Baldner, the oldest son of Philip H. and Margareta Baldner, was
born March 3, 1855, in New York City and was baptized in the Lutheran faith.
He came with is mother and twin sister, Margareta, to Mendota, Illinois,
at the age of 3 months, where his father had previously gone, with very
meagre possessions, to prepare a home for them, and where they lived until
During this period he spent much of the time with his aunt, until he was
seven years old, after which he again stayed with his parents until 10 years
of age. Then he and his father immigrated (with four horses) to Mower
county, Minnesota, Adams township, where they purchased a home.
He received his parochial instruction at Ridgeway, Iowa, but was
confirmed May 6, 1869 in the Evangelical Lutheran church in Mower county,
Minnesota, by the Rev. Carl F. Youngek. He then remained at home until
He was united in marriage to Dorothea Dutte, March 15, 1877, and they
immediately moved to a farm in Mitchell county, Iowa, Union township. To
this union six sons were born: Henry, St. Ansgar; Philip, Toeterville;
Martin, LeRoy, Minnesota; and Otto, of Toeterville. Two preceded him in
death, Adolph, who died as a child, and John, in the year 1920.
Mr. and Mrs. Baldner worked faithfully together for thirty-two years
on this farm, with one motive, that they might set an example for their
children to follow.
Mr. Baldner was a devout and faithful member of St. Peter's Evangelical
Lutheran church from his youth; even before he moved to Iowa, he came with
his parents from Adams, Minnesota, with the slow means of travel they had
in those days and would often make other sacrifices in order that he might
keep the Sabbath day Holy.
In 1909 they retired from farming to their newly-built home in
Toeterville. Here again they did not take life as those of leisure,
but were always trying to help the family and others, where and when
On February 18, 1923, his beloved wife passed away and not caring to be alone, he, on April 17, 1923, went to make his home and keep house for his youngest son, Otto.
For the past several years Mr. Baldner's health had failed intermittently, but he always recuperated enough to be about his work in the home. He did not have the dispostion to "take it easy" at any time and was no exception at this age. About the latter part of November he suffered an attack of flu, which left him in a weakened condition and a sudden heart attack caused his death at 7:45 Tuesday morning, December 13, 1938, at the age of 83 years, 9 months and 10 days.
He leaves to mourn, besides his four sons, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; two brothers, David of Cresco; and William of Adams, Minnesota; and a sister, Mrs. Mary Meier of Milwaukee, Wis.; also a host of other relatives and friends.
[Mower County News, Thur., January 19, 1939, page 2, col. 1]
Verna S. (Sampson) Haskin, 103
Verna S. Haskin, 103, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Wednesday,
January 26, 2011 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home in Austin.
Verna was born on July 23, 1907, at Lyle, the daughter of Hans O.
and Molina (Molly Olson) Sampson. She attended school in the Lyle area
and was married to Harvey Haskin on October 28, 1936, in Austin. They
farmed southwest of Austin until 1962 when they moved to Austin. Verna
was a member of the Six Mile Grove Lutheran Church and joined Our
Saviors Lutheran Church in Austin after they moved into town.
Verna was a 4-H leader and enjoyed sewing, crocheting and knitting.
She enjoyed baking and making lefse. For many years she was the care
giver for her husband.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother.
Verna is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Lois and Charlie
Fawver, Austin; grandchildren, Kelly and Jamie Strey, Burnsville, Todd
and Tina Fawver, Wichita, Kan.; great-grandchildren: Erin, Allison,
Colin and Madeline Strey, Loren Scarbrough, Nathan and Zachary Fawver;
sister: Melba Myhre,Austin; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, January 31, 2011,
at Our Saviors Lutheran Church with the Reverend Karen Behling
officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation
will be on Monday at the church for one hour before the service
at the church. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Austin Daily Herald online, Sat., Jan 29, 2011
Funeral services for Atkins Hotson were held on Sunday at 2:30 o'clock
at the Methodist church. Rev. H. Poll officiated. Burial was in Enterprise
Cemetery, where also lie buried his parents and many of the friends of
Mr. Hotson was born in Norfolk, England on March 22, 1851. In 1854 he
came to the United States with his parents and located in Illinois. Eight
years later he moved to the vicinity of Lyle. In 1876 he married Maria E.
Gregg, daughter of John and Sylvia Gregg. They lived on a farm in Lyle
township. After Mrs. Hotson's death in 1900 Mr. Hotson moved to his home
on South Main street in Austin.
He is survived by four children: Frank, Fay, Nellie and Mable; two
brothers, William and Fred; a sister, Mrs. Robert Beadle; and a
granddaughter, Merle D. Hotson.
For twenty-two years Mr. Hotson very capably served Lyle township in the capacity of clerk. For seven years he was treasurer of school district No. 12 and for twelve years he served as clerk of district 54. He was secretary and treasurer of the Mower county Anti-Horse Thief Association and was one of the few remaining members when this organization was dissolved.
Mr. Hotson was elected county commissioner and he served very credibly in his office. He was also a member of the city council during the term when Alex S. Campbell, present City Assessor, served as the Mayor of Austin, Minnesota. For twenty-two years he was secretary of the Mower County Farmers Fire and Lightning Mutual Insurance Company. He was largely responsible for the great progress made by the company while it was being reorganized.
During his later life he devoted his time to his flowers and books. He was always interested in trees and other nature subjects and he spent many hours in studying them. He was a reader of good books, for value gained for his own advancement and imparted some of that knowledge to others. He weighed the problems well which came to his attention in business dealings and his decisions were kindly but firm. He was a lover of home and the beauty enhanced by the flowers he tenderly cared for. He was painstaking in his duties where ever he had a task to perform.
[Mower County News, Thur. June 9, 1932, page 6, col. 1]
Dr. W. F. Cobb
Sunday afternoon funeral services were held at Lyle for Dr. W. F.
Cobb, one of the pioneer physicians of Mower county. The services were
held from the home and from the Congregational Church. Interment was in
Dr. Cobb was born in 1847. His family moved from Maine to Wisconsin and later moved to Mona, Iowa. He entered the University of Wisconsin and was graduated in 1870. That year he became a student at the Chicago Medical College where he was graduated in 1874. In 1871 he married Abbie C. Mason of Rutland, Wisconsin.
For several years Dr. Cobb was mayor of Lyle. He also served as president of the school board and as president of the Lyle telephone company. He was interested in the activities of Mower county. He was a member of the Congregational church.
In addition to his wife he is survived by two children: Mrs. N. C. Putman of Lyle, and Mrs. L.O. Olson of Northfield. He was always kindly in his attitude toward others and he served with a true spirit of altruism.
[Mower County News, Thur., June 9, 1932, page 6, col. 3]
LaVonne P. “Lonnie” (Skauge) Dahmen
LaVonne P. “Lonnie” Dahmen, 78, of Mapleview, died Wednesday, January
26, at the Austin Medical Center.
LaVonne Dahmen was born on May 3, 1932, in Hesper, Iowa, to Nervin
and Agnes Skauge, where she grew up on a farm. Later the family moved to
Mapleview, and Nervin worked at Hormel and was a fireman. LaVonne then met
Earl Joseph Dahmen who worked in construction for many years. They were
wedded on Dec. 23, 1948, and just celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary
this past year.
LaVonne was a very outgoing and lovable woman, and she touched everyone
in a special way. Anyone who met her fell in love with her immediately. She
will be so greatly missed by many. LaVonne was a devoted daughter, sister,
wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She also adored Elvis and
was known as “Mrs. Elvis.”
Survivors include her husband, Earl Dahmen, Mapleview; son, Larry Dahmen,
Austin; two daughters, Sherry Dahmen, Austin, Darla (Philip) Tara, Austin;
10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Ardis Newman, Austin;
brother, Norman Skauge, Austin.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Nervin and Agnes Skauge;
sisters, Ruby, Helen and Wilma.
A funeral service will be held 1p.m. on Monday, Jan. 31, at Mayer
Funeral Home with Pastor Dale Christiansen officiating. Friends may call
from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday and also one hour before the service at Mayer
Funeral Home on Monday. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
[Austin Daily Herald, Friday, Jan. 28, 2011]
Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery, 2 p.m., Monday, July 18, 2011.
[Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday, July 12, 2011]
Abbie C. (Mason) Cobb
Mrs. W. F. Cobb, one of Lyle's oldest residents, passed away on Wednesay morning at 5:00 o'clock. Mrs. Cobb fell in her home about 6:30 Tuesday evening while listening to a group of carol singers. She was rushed to St. Olaf hospital where she passed away.
Mrs. Cobb is survived by two daughters, Edna, Mrs. N. C. Putnam, with whom she made her home, and Edith, Mrs., L. Olson of Northfield. Two other daughters, Ethel Hildebrand and Enid Kenken passed away a number of yeras ago.
Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 1:30 at the home.
[ Austin Daily Herald, Sat., Dec 24, 1938, page 16, col. 3, Lyle Section ]
Douglas S. McNiff
Douglas S. McNiff, 60, of Preston, Minnesota, died Wednesday,
January 26, 2011 at Methodist Hospital in Rochester.
Douglas was born November 20, 1950, in Austin, Minnesota -- the son
of Robert and Betty (Jorgenson) McNiff. He graduated from Austin
High School in 1968 and married Cindy Dodge that same year.
The couple later divorced. He worked his entire life as a chef and
worked at the Branding Iron in Preston for several years. He then owned
Tony’s Pizza in Preston for eight years. He worked in Rochester and
moved to International Falls and worked at Rainy Lake Lodge for 10
years. He ended his career at the Old Barn Resort of rural Preston
He enjoyed woodworking, painting, golf — and, of course — cooking.
Douglas is survived by his daughter, Michelle (Robert) McNiff,
Rochester; a son, Todd (Adrianne) McNiff, Mantorville; four
grandchildren: Justin and A’lexus McNiff, Rochester and Lucas and
Emily McNiff, Mantorville; a great-granddaughter: Jadaven McNiff,
Rochester; father, Robert; step-mother, Gen, Austin; brother, Jeff
(Mary), Austin; a step-brother: Eugene (Sherry ) Stern, Rochester; a
step-sister, Denise (Eldon) Kinneberg, Maxwell, Iowa; several
nieces and nephews, and dear friend Doreen of Preston.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty; brother Dennis;
both paternal and maternal grandparents and one nephew.
A memorial mass was held Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 11 a.m.
at St. Columban’s Catholic Church in Preston with Rev. Patrick Arends
officiating. Burial will be at a later date. His body has been
Arrangements by Thauwald Funeral Homes, Inc. -- www.thauwaldfuneralhomes.com.
Austin Daily Herald online, Sat., Jan 29, 2011
Richard V. Hotson, Jr., 71
Richard Vance Hotson, Sr., 71, of Montague, California, died on
January 28, 2011.
He was born in Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, to Dean Hotson
and Sylvia Pederson and graduated from Austin High School. In 1959,
he married Sharon Lawler. Together, they had three children. He made
his living as a carpenter and retired from it as his profession.
Richard is survived by his wife; children: Richard Jr., Lancaster
Calif., Kathy (Stan) Bevier, Corning, Calif., Lynn (Dave) VanderPlas,
Montague, Calif.; sister: Helen (Dennis) Orvedal of Northwood, Iowa;
four grandchildren; one great-grandchild.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Girdner Funeral Chapel in Yreka, Calif., is in charge of arrangements.
Austin Daily Herald online, Sat., Jan 29, 2011
Elmer George Schwartz
Elmer George Schwartz, 85, of Austin, Minnesota, died at Homestead
Hospice in Owatonna on Friday, January 28, 2011.
He was born on September 25, 1925, near Dexter, Minnesota the son
of George and Elsie (Studer) Schwartz. He attended country school near
his home and graduated from Elkton High School. After graduation, Elmer
served with the United States Army with Company D, 125th Infantry
Training Battalion at Camp Joseph T. Robinson in Arkansas. After his
discharge, Elmer began working the Goodyear Service Store and continued
to work there for over forty years, retiring as assistant manager.
On July 20, 1962, Elmer married Leona (Christiansen) Larson at the
parsonage of Crane Community Chapel in Austin. He was a member of Crane
Community Chapel where he served on the church board and was a member
of the Men’s Club. He was a member and former Governor of the Moose
Lodge of Austin. He loved spending time with his family and enjoyed
golfing, bowling, gardening, playing cards and computer games.
Survivors include his wife, Leona Schwartz of Austin; three
children, Kevin Schwartz of Casa Grande, Arizona, Judy Schwartz of
Shakopee and Barb (David) Gingerich of Eagan; six stepchildren, Sharon
(Phillip) Morreim of Albert Lea, Janice Prescher of Ellendale, Merle (Elmer) Stensrud of Freeborn, Lowell (Toni) Larson of Dent, Joyce (Marvin) Stenzel of Wells and Ken (Wendy) Larson of Austin; 22 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Norman (Muriel) Schwartz of Austin; two sisters, Frieda Parrish of Albert Lea and Marian Kessel of Russell, Iowa; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two grandsons, Gerry
Morreim and Derek Larson; one sister, Caroline Beckman and five
brothers, Ervin, Earl, Ray, Henry and William.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 2,
at Crane Community Chapel with Pastor Dale Christiansen officiating.
Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday at Worlein Funeral Home in
Austin and at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment is
at Grandview Cemetery with Flag Presentation by American Legion Post
91. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at
Austin Daily Herald, Monday, January 31, 2011
Marilyn Kaye (Erickson) Anderson
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Marilyn Kaye Anderson, of Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, died at
St. Mark’s Nursing home in Austin Friday morning, January 28, 2011.
She was born on September 8, 1937, to Chester and Bertha (Kosse)
Erickson. She married Robert Anderson on July 11, 1959, in Austin. They
resided in Minneapolis in the first few years of their marriage, moving
back to Austin in 1967. Marilyn held several positions in the
secretarial service and was a loan officer. She also worked as a
bartender for several years before her retirement. Marilyn had many
friends and loved life. She will be missed.
She is survived by her husband, Robert; daughter, Lori; son, Steven
(all of Austin); sisters, Judy (Sam) Parks Pierson, Ruth Burns;
grandsons, Ryan and Matthew.
Marilyn’s wish was to be donated to Mayo Clinic. There will be
no funeral service. A celebration of her life will be held at a later
Austin Daily Herald, Monday, January 31, 2011
Marilyn Kaye Anderson, 73 -- 1937-2011
Marilyn Kaye Anderson passed away January 28, 2011, at St. Marks Nursing
home after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Marilyn was born on September 8, 1937, to Chester and Bertha (Kosse)
Erickson. She attended school in Austin. She married Robert Anderson on
July 11, 1959. They resided in Minneapolis for the first few years of their
marriage and returned to Austin in 1967.
Marilyn held several secretarial positions and was a loan officer. She
also waitressed at the Moose Lodge and was a bartender for several years
before her retirement. Marilyn had many friends and loved life. She is
She is survived by husband, Robert; daughter, Lori (Joe Prenosil); son
Steven; grandsons, Ryan and Matthew; sisters, Judy (Sam) Parks of Pierson,
Fla., Ruth Burns of Shoreview, Minn., and many nieces and nephews.
Marilyn’s wish was to have her body donated to Mayo Clinic. There will
be a celebration of Marilyn’s life from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at
Moose Lodge. Please join us in remembering Marilyn and no black, please.
[Austin Daily Herald online, Tuesday, June 21, 2011 ]
Keith Alan Unruh
Keith Alan Unruh, 65, of Owatonna, Minnesota, died on Sunday, January 30, 2011, at Homestead Hospice House.
He was born May 31, 1945, in Austin, Minnesota, the son of Theodore and
Condradena (Schumacher) Unruh. After graduating from Austin High School
in 1963, Keith attended Mankato State University, graduating in 1967. In
October 1967, he married his first wife, Cathy Barton, and they were later
On May 7, 1993, Keith was united in marriage to Dianne Morehouse.
Keith dedicated 37 years to his career at Federated Insurance. Since
retiring in 2004, he spent his time golfing, fishing, working on his lawn,
and following high school sports. He enjoyed visiting with his family and
friends, especially his granddaughter, Mya.
He is survived by his wife, Dianne Unruh of Owatonna; daughters, Amy
Unruh of Edina and Melissa (Chris Heinz) Morehouse of Owatonna,
granddaughter Mya Heinz; sisters, LaVonne (Ron) Eastvold of LeRoy and
Lola (and Forrest) Gardner of Rochester.
Keith was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 1,
from 4 to 7 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the church. Funeral
services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran
Church with Reverend John Lestock officiating. Interment will be in the
Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to Owatonna Area Hospice
or Trinity Lutheran Church.
Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Charles Allan Armstrong
Charles Allan “Chuck” Armstrong of Wailua Homesteads, Kauai, Hawaii,
died Jan. 15, at home with his family.
He was born April 25, 1931, in New Ulm, Minn. to Charles Christian and
Agnes Olga Paulson Armstrong. At age 2, the family moved to Austin, Minnesota,
where he graduated from High School and Junior College. He married Betty
Marie Ulland on August 1, 1950, at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church. She
became his life partner in love, family and business. Chuck served in
the US Air Force during the Korean War, with the 1354 Video Production
At an early age he demonstrated his strong work ethic. He delivered
newspapers, helped his father — a Phillips 66 bulk agent — and was employed
in the work program all throughout high school. After selling Chuck’s 66 on
Water Street in Austin, the family moved to International Falls, Minn.,
where he purchased Rainy Lake Oil, later adding Northway Services, Orr,
Minn.; Armstrong Ford, International Falls; and Agassie Oil, Virginia,
Minn. He retired with Betty to Oahu in 1981 where he served on the Waianae
Coast Neighborhood and Makaha Valley Towers Boards for several years.
After Hurricane Eva, he served as a Red Cross Volunteer on the Waianae
Coast. In 1991, Chuck and Betty moved to Kauai. He belonged to the Boy
Scouts, received the DeMolay Legion of Honor Award, and was Master of
Koochiching Masonic Lodge. He belonged to the Falls Lions and Moose
Clubs, Waianae Lions, Kapaa Rotary and Navy League.
Chuck had a sense of humor, was a great story teller, loved to make
you laugh, and enjoyed promoting positive thinking. His favorite sayings
included: “to happiness;” and “in all thy getting, get understanding.”
While living in northern Minnesota, he enjoyed time spent with his family
on Rainy Lake. He was an artist and fine woodworker, creating beautiful
furniture, bowls, and a Hawaiian koa rocking horse for each grandchild.
He held his wife of more than sixty years on a pedestal and was proud
of his family, loving all unconditionally. He was a humble student of
Hawaiian culture, exposing his family to the beauty of the island Aloha
Survivors include: his wife, Betty; son, Lynn Charles Armstrong of
Waipouli, Kauai, Hawaii; daughters, Vicki Cheyenne (Wayne) Harala of
Florence, Wis., Amy Faith (Joseph) Matson of St. Louis Park, Minn., Kathy
Jill Mulic of Maple Grove, Minn., Judy Marie (Thomas) Briggs of Minnetonka,
Minn.; grandchildren, Kindi Harala, Tricia [Jeremy] Hipps, Katie, Laura and
Kelly Matson, Nikol [Trenton] Larson, Charles Mulic, Marie and Lexy Briggs;
great-grandchildren, Owen and Walter Hipps, Abigail Mulic, Kaylee and Jayden
Larson, Maci Mathias; sister, Betty Jane (Otto) Volkert of Austin; brother,
Robert Leland (Grace) Armstrong of Stockton, Calif.; aunt, Minnie Paulson
Stockstead of Sleepy Eye, Minn.; nieces; nephews and cousins.
A memorial and celebration of his life will be held March 19 at Park
Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis at 10:30 a.m. His ashes
will be scattered at sea. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated
for Kauai Hospice or your favorite charity. Borthwick Kauai Mortuary of
Koloa assisted the Armstrong family with arrangements.
Austin Daily Herald, Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Gilford Ammott Thompson
Gilford Ammott Thompson, 90, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Sunday, January
30, at Comforcare Care Center in Austin.
Born on July 6, 1920, to Andrew and Ella (Anderson) Thompson in Ipswitch,
South Dakota, Gilford moved with his family to Amery, Wisconsin, then to
Minnesota where they made their home in Austin. After graduating from Austin
High School in 1938, Gil attended Dunwoody Institute. He married Grace
Schoenfeld on Dec. 13, 1942, in Minneapolis and served in World War II
from 1942 until 1945. After an honorable discharge from the Army, he was
hired by Austin Utilities. An excellent carpenter, Gil built his own house.
He retired in 1985 as a supervisor of the gas service department of Austin
Utilities. He was a member of VFW, Masonic Fidelity Lodge 39 AF and AM and
liked fishing and metal working.
Survivors include his wife, Grace of Austin; three sons, Paul (Judith)
Thompson of Ankeny, Iowa, Dean (Bobbi) Thompson of Ames, Iowa, Mark
(Rosemary) Thompson of Ames; seven grandchildren, Kristine Klinker, Susan
Veatch, Brittany Thompson, Jeffrey Thompson, Christopher Thompson, Eric
Thompson and Elizabeth Cranston; nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Bernette and
a grandson, Michael Thompson.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 4, at Worlein
Funeral Home, Austin, with The Reverend Elizabeth Endicott officiating.
Friends may call at Worlein Funeral Home from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday and
one hour prior to the service. The Masonic Service will be held at 6
p.m., Thursday at Worlein Funeral Home. Interment is at Oakwood Cemetery,
Austin, with military rites by American Legion Post 91 and Veterans of
Foreign Wars Post 1216. Condolences may be expressed to the family online
Austin Daily Herald online, Wed., February 2, 2011
Robert C. Braithwaite
Robert C. Braithwaite, 93, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Monday January
31, at the Austin Medical Center.
Robert was born May 27, 1917, in Saratoga Township, Winona County, the
son of Clair and Selma (Erickson) Braithwait. He attended country school
in the St. Charles area and farmed in the area. Robert was married to
Lillian Margaret Dahl on Nov. 8, 1941, at Pilot Mound, Minn. In 1942 they
moved to Austin, and he served in the US Army during World War II in the
Pacific Rim. Following his time in the Army, Robert worked at Hormel Foods
for 34 years until the time of his retirement. He was a member of Grace
Lutheran Church in Austin.
Robert had a number of hobbies including, reading, music and watching
old shows and movies, as well as model trains, painting ceramics and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lillian; two brothers and
He is survived by children; Susan and Ronald Mielke of Lansing, Nancy
and Roger Oelkers of Brownsdale, Paul and Kathy Braithwaite of New Hampton,
Annette Rysavy of Austin; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sister,
Clarice Dahl of St. Charles, Minn., nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday Feb. 3, at Grace
Lutheran Church with the Reverend Pam Aandahl Solberg officiating. Interment
will be at Grandview Cemetery with Austin Post 91 American Legion in charge
of military rites.
Friends may call at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Wednesday from 4 to 7
p.m. and at the church for one hour before the service on Thursday.
Austin Daily Herald online, Wed., February 2, 2011
Dwaine L. Johnson
Dwaine L. Johnson, age 88, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Saturday, January
29, at the Meadow Manor Care Center in Grand Meadow, Minnesota.
Dwaine was born November 1, 1922 to John and Aurelia (Roeder) Johnson.
Dewey was raised in St. Joseph, Minn., and attended St. John’s Prep School,
where he played on winning baseball and basketball teams. After proudly
serving in the Pacific with the U.S. Marines during World War II, he went
on to get his teacher’s degree at St. Cloud Teacher’s College.
Dewey married Bernyce Ann Junglen in 1946. After accepting a teaching
position at Austin Public Schools, they moved to Austin in 1952. In 1973,
he became a counselor at Austin High School. Dewey was an avid golfer and
enjoyed spending winters in Tucson in his retirement.
Dewey is survived by his wife: Bernyce Johnson of Austin, Minn.; daughter
Jode Johnson, of San Jose, Calif.; son, Skott Johnson of Minneapolis;
sisters, Linda (Richard) Voss of Lakefield, Minn., Nancy (Richard) Wulf
of Lakefield, Carol (Larry) Rasmussen of Lake Park, Iowa; adopted
grandchildren, Darbi, Grant, Carter and Paige Shaw of Austin.
The family thanks the wonderful staffs of Austin Medical Center, Good
Samaritan Nursing Home of Austin and Grand Meadow Nursing Home for their
great care and support.
Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 4, at St.
Edwards Catholic Church with Father Joseph Fogal officiating. Visitation
with the family will be at the church for one hour before the service. A
luncheon will follow. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Austin Daily Herald online, Wed., February 2, 2011
James Joseph "Joe" Rowe
Memorial service for James Joseph "Joe" Rowe will be held at 10 AM
Friday, November 28, 2008 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in LeRoy,
Minnesota. Burial will be in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in
Minneapolis, Minnesota at a later date.
James Joseph "Joe" Rowe, 64, of Cresco, Iowa, and formerly of LeRoy,
died on SUnday, November 23, 2008 at Gunderson Lutheran Hospital in
Joe was born on September 16, 1944 in Austin, Minnesota, to Edgar
"Choke" and Helen (Regan) Rowe. He attended LeRoy-Ostrander High School.
In 1964 he entered the United States Navy and served until 1968.
Joe married Ida Hockens in California in 1967 and after he was discharged
from the Navy he returned to LeRoy and went to work in the family Redi Mix
Business. The family sold the business in the early 1990's. Ida and Joe
were divorced in 1999. In 2000, JOe married Sharon Throckmorton of Lime
Springs, Iowa. He was currently working at Featherlite in Cresco, Iowa.
He enjoyed his Harley Dividson, Ham Radio and Mopar Classic Cars.
Joe is survived by his wife Sharon of Riceville, Iowa, two sons,
Edgar (Paige) Rowe of LeRoy, and Jason Rose of the Twin Cities; three
step-sons, Corey Throckmorton of Lime Springs, Iowa, Matthew Throckmorton
and Ryan Throckmorton, both of Preston, Minnesota; two grandchildren,
Chelsie Rose and Chase Rose; and one brother, Scott (Chris) Rowe, of LeRoy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Jack.
Friends may call from 5-8 pm Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008 at the Hindt
Funeral Home in LeRoy, and one hour prior to the service on Friday.
[ Hindtfuneralhomes.com obituary (redacted); www.hindtfuneralhomes.com ]
Carl H. Koball
Funeral services for Carl H. Koball will be held on Wednesday, January
14, 2009 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, Minnesota.
Burial will be in the Church cemetery.
Mr. Koball, 83, of Spring Valley died on Saturday night January 10,
2009 at the Spring Valley Care Center.
Carl was born on February 20, 1925 in Bennington township, Mower county,
Minnesota, to Emil F. A. Koball and Ida (Seabright) Koball. He attended
Spring Valley schools through the 10th grade and was inducted into the
United States Army on December 7, 1944. He served in the Asiatic Pacific
Theater, and obitained the rank of Technician 5th grade. He was honorably
discharged November 20, 1946.
On November 18, 1950 Carl married Constance Swenson at Trinity Lutheran
Church in Spring Valley. Together they have lived in Spring Valley all
their married life.
Carl is survived by his wife Constance "Connie" Koball, two sons, Steven
(Yolanda) Koball and Randy (Robyn) Koball both of Rochester; and two
daughters, Kathryn (Dale) Scherger, and Brenda (Gary) Henslin both of
Dodge Center, Minnesota; 11 grandchildren: JOshua Koball, Justin Koball,
Ross Koball, Brittain Koball, Tyler Anderson, Cameron Wagner, Kelly
(Scherger) Holtz, Matthew Scherger, Kayla Henslin, Laura Henslin, Brett
Henslin; five great-grandchildren: Connor Koball, Tanner Koball, Hunter
Koball, Laya Koball, Aria Koball; two sisters, Ciolet (Lester) Fimon, and
Arlene (Clayton) Kappers both of Spring Valley.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Lawrence.
[ Hindtfuneralhomes.com obituary (redacted); www.hindtfuneralhomes.com ]
Anton Kimlicka, aged 53 years, died Thursday afternoon, April 11, 1912 at
his home in London township (Freeborn county), of kidney and heart trouble
after an illness of about two years. He was born in Bohemia on October 5,
1857 and served in the Austrian cavalry for several years.
He was married to Albina Soucek and theycame to Austin, Minnesota, to
reside, in 1891. He worked for over ten years in the Milwaukee railroad
yard and roundhouse here, and about nine years ago he bought a farm in
London, Freeborn county, and they moved there.
He leaves a widow and four children.
The funeral was held at the residence at noon Sunday. Interment was
in the London cemetery.
[Mower County Transcript, Wed., 4-17-1912, page 3, col. 4]
Research credit: by Mark Ashley
Benjamin H. Aulwes
Ben Aulwes Killed
In Austin Accident
Several of the rural correspondents of the Press-News tell briefly of
the tragic death of Ben Aulweis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Aulweis, who
formerly lived four miles west of Riceville.
The family moved to LeRoy, then to Austin, Minnesota.
Ben, a young man, was employed at the Austin packing plant, fell into
one of the huge grinding machines. It took a half hour for his fellow
workman to extricate him, it is said, and he died shortly afterward.
He is surived by his wife and baby.
Mitchell County Press-Osage News -- January 26, 1939
Benjamin H. Aulwes ca.1908-1939
Ben Aulwes was the oldest son of Herman Aulwes and Anna (Kuper) Aulwes. He was born in South Dakota, according to this Census.
(1925 Iowa Census -- Bailey, Mitchell Co., Iowa)
Ben H. Aulwes died January 18, 1939 in Mower Co., Minnesota (Minnesota death index).
His wife was Amelia Hanson, and they had a daughter Helen Marie Aulwes born October 28, 1937 in Mower County. (Minnesota birth records)
[Credit: Diane Scott)
RITES TO BE HELD SATURDAY
FOR PLANT ACCIDENT VICTIM
Funeral services for Ben Aulwes, 31, fatally injured in an accident at the Hormel plant yesterday, will be held on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., at the Presbyterian church. Rev. R. Coleman will officiate. Interment will be in the Oakwood cemetery chapel. Friends may call at the Mayer Funeral Home.
[From the Austin Daily Herald,
Thur., 1-19-1939, page 3]
(Credit: Mark Ashley)
BEN AULWES DIES
OF INJURIES IN
FUNERAL SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH HERE.
The funeral for Ben Aulwes, Hormel plant employee, who died of injuries suffered in an accident while at work Wednesday, will be held on Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Presbyterian Church with Rev. R. Coleman officiating.
Aulwes, 31, of 607 Grove St., was forking fats down a charging hole in the beefhouse early Wednesday. His fork dropped from his hand and while attempting to recover it Aulwes fell through the narrow opening into the vat below.
While the heat at the time was not great, the paddles of the agitator inflicted severe bruises, fracturing both legs and an arm. After the machine was stopped, it required 30 minutes to remove Aulwes from the vat because a leg had become wedged between a paddle and the housing of the vat.
Aulwes was taken to St. Olaf hospital where he died at 3 p.m. Wednesday. He is survived by his wife and two children.
The opening over the vat through which Aulwes fell, has never been considered a hazard by the Safety First Committee at the plant. A retaining pen around it and a hood above prevent workers from coming too close. It is believed that dropping his fork caused Aulwes to lose his balance.
[From The Mower County News,
Thursday, 1-19-1939, Front page]
(Credit: Mark Ashley)
Here is a picture that appeared in the SQUEAL in a happier day when Ben Aulwes was alive and well and able to play the accordion which he very much liked to do. Ben died last month following by a few hours his falling into the beef fats melter through the charging hole on the third floor of the beef-house.
He, as was his routine, had turned on the current that turned the agitator paddle-wheel and then had dumped into the hole several loads of fat. It was still early in the morning and the tank-heat had not yet risen to more than enough to warm up the fats. From what he said (no one saw the accident), he must have lost his balance reaching for his fork which had slipped from his hands and tumbled clear of the protecting apron around the hold, and struck through the center of the narrow hole so exactly as not to be stopped. The apron hole is 17 3/4 inches in diameter but a projection below it narrows the opening to a little over 12 inches.
He probably was hurt badly in the fall itself, and then in getting twisted in the paddle wheel. He broke both legs and suffered other internal injuries.
When discovered and gotten out, he was rushed to the hospital. Two Austin physicians attended him and a bone specialist from Rochester was called in.
Ben was remarkably cool and courageous. He was conscious at all times until given anesthesia at the hospital. He helped Garth Hadley, who crawled into the tank, to extricate him from the paddle wheel.
He had the maximum amount of insurance available through the company.
He is survived by a wife and two children.
From the Hormel News Magazine "The Squeal"
Vol. XIV No.1 Febuary 1, 1939 page 11
(Credit: Mark Ashley)
Anna (Kuper) Aulwes
HOLD RITES MONDAY FOR LEROY, MINN., WOMAN
LeRoy, Minn. – Funeral services for Mrs. Herman Aulwes, 64, were to be held Monday afternoon at the Baptist Church, with burial in the LeRoy Cemetery. She died Saturday morning at a hospital in Austin where she had been a few weeks.
Surviving are her husband and the following children: Mrs. James (Myrtle) Perry, McIntire, Iowa; Marvin Aulwes, Riceville, Iowa; Sidney Aulwes, LeRoy, Minn.; Ms. Richard (Gladys) Pooler of Austin, Minn.; Mrs. Ole (Christine) Olson and Norval Aulwes of Albert Lea, Minn.
Mason City Globe Gazette, Monday December 16, 1946
According to their son, Ben’s obituary, in 1939 his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Aulweis [SIC], formerly lived four miles west of Riceville. The family moved to LeRoy, then to Austin, Minnesota.
Anna (Kuper) Aulwes was born March 15, 1882, the daughter of Benjamin and Margaret Kuper. She married Herman Aulwes, the son of Louis and Katherine Aulwes. (1925 Bailey, Mitchell, Iowa Census)
[Credit: Diane M Scott]
MRS. KIMLICKA DEAD
Death Takes Austin Woman Following Long Illness
Mrs. Mary Kimlicka died at her home on Saturday afternoon at 3:15. She
had been ill since last May. In early June Mrs. Kimlicka underwent an
operation at Rochester, for gall stones, but death was due to the hardening
of the pancreas. She was a great sufferer during these months of illness.
Mary Krutz was born in Bohemia on May 22, 1862. When a young girl of 16
she came to this country and has lived in Austin ever since. She was
married to Ignatz Kimlicka 35 years ago. Their first child died at the
age of six months, and Mr. Kimlicka died 26 years ago last August, leaving
his wife with one son, William, who now survives her mother. Mother and
son were never separated and during all these years have made their home
Mrs. Kimlicka leaves two sisters, one residing in Owatonna and one in
Hopkins, a brother in Iowa City, and one brother in Bohemia. She also
leaves one little granddaughter.
Mrs. Kimlicka was a devoted wife and a good mother. She was a woman of
energy and ambition, hard working and reliable. She was known and valued in
many of the homes in our city where her work and services were always in
The funeral will be held on Tuesday morning from the home on Freeborn
street, and at 9:30 from St. Augustine's church. The body will be laid to
rest in the Catholic cemetery beside her husband.
[ Austin Daily Herald, Monday, 10-08-1923, page 4, col. 4. ]
(Submitted by Mark Ashley)
Charles Kimlicka, 72, died Friday at a Rochester hospital.
He resided at 309 2nd Ave. NE, and for many years operated the Austin
Funeral services will beheld Wednesday afternoon.
[Death notice: Austin Daily Herald, Monday, 5-29-1960, page 2, col. 2]
(Submitted by Mark Ashley)
1888 Charles Kimlicka 1961
Charles Kimlicka was born September 13, 1888, at Convent City,
Czechoslovakia, the son of Anton and Albina Soucek.
He came to Austin at the age of two years. For many years he farmed
near London and returned to Austin about 19 yeras ago, residing at 309 2nd
Ave. NE. For 19 years he operated the Austin Card Room.
Mr. Kimlicka died on May 26, 1961 at Rochester, after being ill about
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 31, 1961, at Worlein
Funeral Home, the Rev. J. Matt officiating. Interment was at London
Cemetery. . .
Mr. Kimlicka is survived by two nephews, Leo Kimlicka, Redfield, So.
Dak.; Harold Twito, Isabela, So. Dak.; three nieces, Mrs. Alvin Johnson,
Huron, So. Dak., Mrs. Keith Leigler, Long Beach, California, Mrs. Glenn
Hanson, Mitchell, So. Dak.; a brother, James Kimlicka, Bismarck, North
[ Austin Daily Herald, Friday, 6-02-1961, page 2, col. 1 ]
(Submitted by Mark Ashley)
Mrs. Mary Kimlicka is at rest after several months of illness from a
tumor. While her many friends regret her death, they find comfort in the
thought that her suffering is at an end. During her illness she has
heroically stood the pain which at times has been intense. She was concious
up to within a few moments of the time of her death.
Elvina Soucek was born at Vnemecke Lhote, Bohemia on February 18, 1863,
and married Antonia Kimlicka on June 6, 1882, and lived at Svaty Dobrotivy.
With three children, they came to America and located in Austin, where he
worked for a time in the C.M. and St. Paul shops. Later they went to
farming on the John Cotter farm and then on a farm south of town. They
moved to their farm in London, where he died on April 11, 1912.
Mrs. Kimlicka and the children continued to make their home on the
farm. last October she was operated on for a tumor and has been confined
to her bed for the past two months.
She leaves four children: Ben, who is a sailor in the navy, Charles who
is at home, Albert at Firesteel, South Dakota, and Mary (Mrs. Forest) Pwido;
and two brothers and four sisters in Bohemia.
She was a member of the Royal Neighbors and Vare Vatuva Lodge 44, Z.C.B.J.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday at 1:00 o'clock, with burial at
[Austin Daily Herald, Monday, 5-14-1917, page 6, col. 2. ]
(Submitted by Mark Ashley)
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