Mower County Obituaries
Part 180



Melva R. (Smith) Moore, 70


Melva R. (Smith) Moore, 70, of Ravensdale, died on January 22 in Issaquah, Washington.

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

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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
AGE: 83
RES: Santa Ana, Calif.
SSN: Iowa 480-01-9353

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Mrs. Gunild Reierson


Gunild Reierson
born: 7-31-1843
died: 1-09-1939


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 ]

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Jennie "Reierson" Hagna


b: 8-04-1876
d: 1-02-1939


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]]

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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 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]

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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 March.

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 Mower county.

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 Enterprise.

Source: Austin Daily Herald, Sat., 7-11-1908, page 2, col. 3

Alta M. (Bisbee) 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

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Sarah Catherine (Bennett) Benton



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]

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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 Bruce Blakesly.

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 arrangements.

Austin Daily Herald online, Sat., Jan 29, 2011

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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]

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Lewis Baldner



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 reads:

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 1865.

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 1877.

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 they could.

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]

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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

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Atkins Hotson


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 years ago.

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]

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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 Lyle cemetery.

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]

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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]

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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 ]

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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 in 2007.

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 cremated.

Arrangements by Thauwald Funeral Homes, Inc. --

Austin Daily Herald online, Sat., Jan 29, 2011

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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

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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

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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 date.

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 greatly missed.

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 ]

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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 divorced.

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

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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 Squadron.

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 spirit.

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

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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 at

Austin Daily Herald online, Wed., February 2, 2011

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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 two sisters.

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

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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

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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 LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

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.

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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.

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Anton Kimlicka


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]

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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)

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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)




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
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Anna (Kuper) Aulwes




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)

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Mary Kimlicka



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 together.

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 demand.

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. ]
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Charles Kimlicka




Charles Kimlicka, 72, died Friday at a Rochester hospital.

He resided at 309 2nd Ave. NE, and for many years operated the Austin Card Room.

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 two years.

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 Dakota.

[ Austin Daily Herald, Friday, 6-02-1961, page 2, col. 1 ]
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Mary Kimlicka


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. of Myrtle.

The funeral will be held on Wednesday at 1:00 o'clock, with burial at London.

[Austin Daily Herald, Monday, 5-14-1917, page 6, col. 2. ]
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