Miss Afrank Dies at McIntosh

Miss Edith Afrank, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Afrank of Pioneer township, died at McIntosh Saturday, from a relapse of the flu. Miss Afrank was confined to her room only since Thursday. She was a graduate of the McIntosh High School in 1923 and since that time has been assistant postmistress in that city. She was held in the highest esteem by her many associates. Funeral services were held at McIntosh Wednesday at 12:30 and at Watauga at 2:00, with Rev. H.J. Schaar, officiating and interment was made in the Watauga cemetery.
Taken from the Morristown World February 1, 1929

Last Rites Held for Mrs. Henry Afrank

Funeral services were held at Spencer Memorial Church Wednesday June 12, for Mrs. Henry Afrank. The Rev. Lee James was officiating clergyman at the rites. Mrs. Afrank passed away at the Five Counties Hospital at Lemmon June 8th. She was 86.
Mrs. Clarence Braught and Mrs. George Hill sang two of Mrs. Afrank's favorite hymns "The Lord is my Shepherd" and "Abide With Me" at the funeral service.
Molly Annetta Payne was born May 8, 1878 at Minburn, Ia., the daughter of William and Phenia Payne. She spent her early childhood and attended school there and later moved with her parents to Hawarden, Ia.
She was united in marriage to Harry Rose of Hawarden, November 8, 1897. To this union two daughters, Bessie Melville and Bernice Marie were born.
After the death of her husband in 1910, Mrs. Rose and her two children came to Morristown and she made her home with her parents. On June 5, 1912, she was united to Henry Afrank of Morristown. They established their home in Pioneer township. One daughter, Mildred was born to them.
For forty years Mr. and Mrs. Afrank made their home on the farm in Pioneer township where they made a great number of friends. They retired and made their home for a time in Aberdeen. Mr. Afrank died in 1953 and Mrs. Afrank moved to Lemmon where she resided at the Five Counties Nursing Home at the time of her death.
She leaves to mourn her passing three daughters, eleven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Pall bearers chosen among long time friends and neighbors were Stanley McSweeney, Luther Englehorn, Vern Holmes, Walter Gibbs, Ralph Ruhoff and Russell Mollman. She was buried in Green Hill cemetery at Lemmon beside her husband.
Taken from Corson County News June 13, 1963





Former Watauga Boy dies of Rifle Wound

Brought to the Mandan hospital at ten o'clock Sunday evening suffering from a wound in his abdomen caused by a rifle bullet, Clifford Alldrett, aged 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Alldrett,of Solen died this morning at 1:45.
Alldrett, in company with a young companion, Leroy Berrier, had been hunting and the boys were returning to their home about 5 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Coming to a cross road six miles southeast of Solen, a small dark car, which Berrier said he thought was a V8 Ford sedan, passed them. The car had been weaving from side to side on the road, and as it passed the boys, a window was opened, a gun appeared and a shot fired, which struck Alldrett in the abdomen. Taken to a nearby farm home, he was given first aid and then taken to Solen where the local physician recognizing the seriousness of the wound had him rushed to Mandan. Ben King and Roy Geiger of Solen bringing him to the city, arriving here about ten o'clock. Efforts on the part of local physicians to save the youth, proved futile and he died at 1:30 Monday morning.
The body is being held at the Kennelly mortuary in Mandan pending word from Sioux county authorities.
Clifford Alldrett was born in Watauga S.D., Nov. 15, 1919 and would have been 15 years old next month. He is survived by his mother who lives in Los Angeles, California, his father Lee Alldrett, who is employed as a sheepherder on the W.H. Ordway ranch near Solen, and two brothers Raymond of Los Angeles and Ralph of Ipswich S.D. He had made his home with the Arthur Berrier family on the farm 15 Miles south of Solen. (Mandan Pioneer)
Later-At the inquest held at Mandan, Tuesday in which State's attorney Koths and Deputy Sheriff Bossert were present young Berrier stated that Alldrett became excited on the approach of the car and stumbled and fell, discharging the loaded gun that he was carrying. The charge entering his abdomen. After the accident, the testimony presented showed that the boys had walked a mile and a half to get help. Funeral services were held yesterday, further stated Mr. Koths.
Taken from Corson County News. November 8, 1934

Anderson

-Antoinette Anderson, wife of J.S. Anderson passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Earl Pettijohn of St. Paul on March 31, 1914. She was fifty nine years of age and had been a sufferer of cancer for over a year, funeral took place on April 2 and the interment was at Excelsior, Minn.. The pallbearers were A.C. Christensen, S.C. Dahlquist, J.W. Anderson all formerly of Watauga; J.H. Livingston, J.A. Maxwell and Val Rose of Excelsior. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband and eleven children, Mrs. H.F. Ries, Tyler Minn. Mrs. O. Levine and Mrs. Earl Pettijohn St. Paul; Alben ,Fred, Henry and Geo of Excelsior and James, Elmer, Raymond and John of Watauga. The deceased was a beautiful character a loving mother and neighbor, kind and considerate of all, ever unselfish in every way and the bereaved ones have the sincerest sympathies of their many friends in their terrible affliction.
Taken from McIntosh Globe April 23, 1914



Pioneer Resident Dies at Bismarck

A Corson County Pioneer, Erick Anderson, 81 of McIntosh passed away Monday morning, October 23 in the Bismarck hospital where he had been a patient for approximately a month. Death has been attributed to complications following surgery. Erick underwent surgery September 22 and again on September 28. He was gradually improving last week. His condition became critical again during the week end when pneumonia was diagnosed and he died at 11:05 a.m.
Funeral services will be held Thursday morning, October 26 at 10 o’clock in the First Presbyterian Church in McIntosh with the Rev. Terry Nelson officiating. Interment will be made in the Watauga Cemetery.
Erick Anderson was born Feb. 8, 1896 in Alvdalen, Sweden where he was educated at the Alvdalen Public School. At the age of seventeen he came to America. On Dec. 21, 1915 he was married to Charlotte Peterson at Centerville, S.D. They resided at Dawson Minn., until 1924 when they came to Corson County to make their new home, settling near Watauga. Erick had previously been in Corson County when he homesteaded south of Watauga in 1913-1914. He was a member of the McIntosh First Presbyterian Church. He was ordained an Elder of the Presbyterian church in 1930. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson managed their farm until 1955 when they moved into McIntosh, where they have resided since.
Surviving relatives include his widow, Charlotte of McIntosh; his seven children, Berdell of Snohomish, Wash; Mrs Arline Evanson of Belflower Cal.; Mrs. Audrey Meuter of Seattle, Wash.; Mrs Dorothy Evanson of Belflower Cal.; Mrs. Marion Cain of Allentown Penn.; Virgil of McIntosh and Mrs. Carol Bentson of Rockville, Maryland. He is also survived by nineteen grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. Two brothers and two sisters who reside in Sweden also survive him.
Taken from Corson county News October 26, 1967


Anderson

Mr. and Mrs. Eric Anderson mourn the loss of their infant son, Dean Elwin, who passed away February 27. Short funeral services were held at the home, and funeral services were held in Watauga, burial being made in the Watauga cemetery. Our sympathy goes out to the bereaved.
Taken from Morristown World March 14, 1935




Clement James Angel

Clement James Angel was born November 18, 1903 at Warren Michigan. He received his education in Warren for the first several years until his family moved to Detroit, where he remained for a number of years.
In 1930, he came to Corson county and took up residence in Watauga where he met and married Miss Margaret Erz, daughter of Mrs. John Erz. This happy young couple purchased the Watauga hotel and meat market which they operated until the time of their death, September 15th, 1936.
The congenial couple lived in a most harmonious life, being of good Catholic faith, and both died together approximately twenty minutes apart. Mr. Angel leaves to mourn his passing, one brother August, formerly of McIntosh; three sisters; Mrs. Joe Kraus, Mrs. Bystry and Mrs. Schwader all of Detroit, besides a cordon of friends in the West River country.
Funeral services were held in Watauga Saturday, September 19th from the Catholic church with Father O'Hara, Father Creahen, Father Leahy and Father Dunn officiating. The funeral sermon was delivered by Father O'Hara of Watauga. Interment was made in the Catholic cemetery at Watauga, beside his wife.
Taken from Morristown World September 1936


Margaret Erz Angel

Margaret Barbara "Erz" Angel 25, was born March 7, 1911 at Hopkinton, Iowa. She resided there with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Erz, until the age of 10 when her parents moved to the Watauga vicinity to make their home. She resided here with her folks and attended the Watauga Public School.
In 1930, she met Clement James Angel and on November 28, 1930 they were joined in Holy Matrimony by Father O'Hara at the Watauga Catholic Church. They made their home in Watauga until September 15, 1936 when both took ill with botulism poisoning and died a few hours later.
Mrs. Angel was preceded in death by her father, John Erz who died two years ago and by her husband, Clem, who died only a short time before she joined him in death.
The deceased was a native of this community, having lived most of her life in the vicinity. She was liked by everyone who met or knew her. She was a good Christian, having been a member of the Catholic Church at Watauga, and a member of the ladies Altar Society, and a member of the church choir. She was a good wife and a good neighbor.
She is survived by her mother, Mrs. John Erz; five sisters Mrs. Lee Baumeister and Mary Erz of Watauga and Mrs. August Angel and Alvina and Armella Erz of Detroit Mich.; four brothers Alfred, John, Edwin and Vincent all of Watauga; many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Taken from Morristown World Sept. 1936

Noble Antelope


Noble Antelope, seventeen year old Indian boy who was brought to the local hospital last week, Thursday, passed away suddenly Tuesday morning from heart failure. The youth had been in poor health for several months due to dropsy and no hope was given for his recovery when he was brought to this city for medical attention. Preparations were being made to take the body back to his home when he was suddenly stricken. The deceased was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Antelope of near Light Cap, S.D. and the body was taken to the Reservation Tuesday morning, where burial will be made.
Taken from Lemmon Tribune May 10,1928

Death Summons Mrs. B.L. Artz

The Grim Reaper again visited our community last Friday night and called from our midst, Mrs. B.L. Artz. Mrs. Artz was ill but a few days when death claimed her, meningitis being the cause of death. She went to her bed Thursday, but without any alarm, and not until Friday noon was Dr. Olson summoned and when he arrived at their farm home, she was beyond all human aid and passed away that evening.
In the death of Mrs. Artz, the community loses a woman of exceptional talent and a mother of the highest type. She was a hard working woman and her ambitions were demonstrated in the care of her home and her children. She was a good Christian and reared her children as such, and her untimely calling leaves four children without the care of the guiding hand of a good mother and her place among her friends and neighbors will be hard to replace.
Cressie Velma Pratt was born at Hartly, Iowa July 20, 1894 and died at McIntosh at the age of 34 years, 6 months, and 16 days. She moved to Aberdeen with her mother and sister in 1905 and was married to B.L. Artz September 28th, 1911 at the Sacred Heart church at that place. They moved to McIntosh and filed on a homestead south of town and remained there until 1919 when they went to California, returning to the farm in 1922 and lived there until her death last Friday night. She leaves to mourn her, a husband and four children, Louise, age 15; Bernard 14; Cassie Marie 9 and Arnold 5; her mother and 3 stepbrothers and 3 stepsisters.
Funeral services were held at the Catholic church at Watauga and the remains laid to rest in the cemetery at that place Wednesday afternoon. A beautiful floral offering graced the casket, and a large following of friends and neighbors were present to show their last sad respects.
Taken from Corson County News February 21, 1929

Mrs. Bernard Artz


Funeral services were held at the local Catholic church for Mrs. Bernard H. Artz, nee Genevieve Seiler, who passed away at her home at Alexandria Minnesota Jan. 12th. Father Leahy conducted mass for the deceased in the McIntosh church and Father Creahen at Watauga cemetery where the deceased was laid to rest beside that of her husband's mother. The church was crowded with sorrowing friends and relatives who came to pay their sad respects. The deceased was born at Hague N.D. Aug. 16th, 1914 and came with here parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sebastian Seiler, to the McIntosh vicinity in the year 1916, where she made her home until a few years ago. She attended the McIntosh school and after the completion of her school work, spent three years at Bismarck taking training for the nursing profession. She was engaged in that work at Alexandria at the time of her marriage to Bernard H. Artz, August 28th 1937. She was taken ill three weeks prior to her death, suffering with female troubles and an operation was deemed necessary, and from which she never recovered, passing away at the St. Lukes Hospital at Alexandria. Her parents were called to her bedside when doctors despaired for her life, and they were with her when death summoned her. She was a fine young woman always in the pink of health, pleasant and was a favorite among their host of friends, who mourn with the bereaved relatives in her demise. She leaves to mourn her death her husband, Bernard (Bud) Artz, a little daughter eighteen months old, her parents, three sisters Gertrude, Lucille and Angela and a brother.
Taken from Corson County News January 19, 1939


Funeral Services Held at Watauga For Paul Axtell Jr.

Funeral services were held from St. Michael's Catholic Church in Watauga Monday for Paul Axtell Jr., 35. He passed away November 7 at a Veteran's Hospital at Miles City, Mont., of a heart ailment.
Pall bearers, chosen from among friends of the young man, were Bob Tomac, Ed Erz, Mr. Doyle, Richard Glines, Jed Turner and Charles Hare.
Paul Axtell Jr. was born to Susie and Paul Axtell Sr., April 20, 1928. He grew to young manhood on a ranch south of McIntosh and attended school at McIntosh.
In June, 1953 he was united in marriage to Theresa Brown at Selby. The young couple moved to the Axtell ranch and made their home there for several years. To this union were born two daughters, Rita Ann and Loretta Kay.
In 1957, the family moved to Morristown where he was employed on a farm. In 1959, they moved to Watauga and established a home. He kept his position as a foreman on the Nelson ranch. The past summer Mr. Axtell was not feeling well and he entered the Veteran's Hospital for treatment.
He leaves to mourn his passing his wife Theresa and two children, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Axtell Sr.. of Mt. Holm, Idaho; his grandmother, Mrs. Ella Axtell of Newtown, North Dakota; two brothers Ray and Willis and a sister Mrs. Jones (Dorothy) of Broderick, California.
Taken from Corson County News November 14, 1963

Albert Barkley of Watauga Passes Away

Albert Barkley, 70, long time resident of the north of Watauga community, passed away in the Lemmon hospital early Monday morning, July 21st, after a short illness. Mr. Barkley had been in good health up until Wednesday of last week when he suffered a stroke and was unconscious until death came to relieve his suffering. He was along at his farm home when he suffered a stroke and was sound by a neighbor and taken to the hospital in Lemmon. His wife, who had been in ill health and was at the home of her daughter in Miles City, arrived in Watauga last Thursday night accompanied by her daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Sutliffe and family; another daughter, Mrs. Knutson of Seattle, Wash., and a sister of Mr. Barkley’s of Indians came Saturday night and all were with him when the end came.
Mr. Barkley has resided on his farm north ow Watauga for many years and was held in the highest esteem by every acquaintance. He was a man of high ideals, honest and respected and was always ready with a helping hand to those in distress. His passing leaves a vacancy in the community that will be very difficult to fill, and casts a shadow of sorrow over the entire vicinity.
Funeral services were conducted at the Watauga Presbyterian church with the Rev. Gulson delivering a comforting sermon. Mrs. C.L. Hoisington sang three solos. The remains were taken to Indiana by his sister and interment will be made by the side of his parents. He leaves to mourn his passing, his widow, Mrs. A. Barkley and two daughters, Mrs. Alberta Sutliffe of Miles City, Mon., and Mrs. Rosemary Knutson of Seattle, Wash., as sister in Indiana, and other relatives and a large host of friends.
Taken from Corson County News July 28, 1941

Death of Mrs. Barney Baumeister

Sunday morning at three o'clock occurred the death of Mrs. Barney Baumeister, north of town on the place known as the Allie Ayrein place. Mrs. Baumeister was 75 years old at the time of her death. Death was caused from old age with a complication of diseases. The funeral services were held Wednesday at her home and the remains were interred in the Morristown cemetery.
Taken from the Morristown World February 25,1921


Lee Baumeister Services Held

Funeral services for Lee Edwin Baumeister, 66 were held at St. Michael's Catholic Church at Watauga Monday. He passed away Thursday at Yankton.
The Rev. Paul Dahms officiated at the funeral services. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Lee Edwin Baumeister was born Sept. 13, 1903 at Madison. He married Florence Erz at Watauga Feb. 27,1927. The couple lived at Watauga until moving to Lemmon in 1944.
Survivors include four sons; Buelis, Lemmon; Edwin, Las Vegas Nev.; Norman, Yakima, Wash.; and James, Cedar Falls, Ia.; one brother, Martin, Hot Springs; and a sister Kathyrn Olson, Lemmon.
Taken from the Morristown World March 19,1970

Watauga Community Suffers Sad Tragedy


Another sad tragedy has befallen the little neighborhood town of Watauga. Raymond, sixteen year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Baumeister, residents of that town, lost his life in the swollen waters of the Cedar river Monday afternoon and up to this writing, Wednesday, the body has not been recovered.
Raymond was employed on the Ray Nehl farm, north of Watauga, and while Mr. and Mrs. Ray Nehl were away, Burton, twelve year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Nehl and Raymond took upon themselves to break a young horse. Raymond got on the horse but was soon dismounted and another attempt was made and the horse bucked into the river, and when the horse and rider hit the waters, they were separated, Raymond coming up a short distance from the horse. He started swimming and called to Burton to throw him a rope, but before Burton could respond to the summons, the horse swam over Raymond, pushing him under the water. Raymond was a strong swimmer, and it is the general opinion, that when the horse swam over him, he was injured by the impact of the horse. He never came to the surface after the horse contacted him.
Help was immediately summoned, and men with boats have worked diligently since the accident occurred, in the effort to locate the body, but at this writing, they have met with no success. The recent rains have transformed the shallow running creek to a rampaging river, running bank deep and with a swift current. Unless the body lodged in some of the underbrush, it is likely that it will be carried below the scene of the accident.
The Baumeister family lived on the McCarthy farm a few miles east of McIntosh several years ago, Raymond attending the Pudwell school, and was well known here. He was a fine young man, and his sudden demise is a sad shock to his parents and many friends throughout the community.
Undoubtedly no other town the size of Watauga, has ever suffered as many tragedies over a period of years, and the drowning of Raymond Baumeister, is the third in that community to meet death in this manner this spring. The two boys that were drowned in the East lake a month ago, were residents of that Community

Body Recovered from Cedar

The remains of Raymond Baumeister, who drowned in the Cedar River north of Watauga, Monday June 14th, was found last Friday afternoon, about eighty rods down the stream from where he was last seen. The body was submerged in the water, only the top of his head and one shoulder was visible, the body having drifted to the north shore, and was near the bank where it was lodged in the sand. Ray Nehl, who was one of the men searching the river since the drowning, located the body, and it required three to pull the body free from the sand and mud.
He was born in Watauga the 21st of August in 1927, and died June 14, at the age of 15 years, 9 months and 24 days.
Funeral services were held at the St. Michael's Catholic church at 10 o'clock Saturday morning in Watauga with the Rev. Father Creahen officiating. He was buried in the Catholic cemetery at Watauga. Many were present to pay their sad respect and a beautiful floral offering was placed on the mound as a token of the high esteem in which he was held.
Raymond was the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Baumeister, and was raised in the Watauga vicinity. He was a fine, honest and upright young man and held in the highest esteem by every acquaintance. His untimely death was a severe shock and loss to his parents and relatives, and a host of friends.
Besides his parents, he leaves to mourn his death, four brothers, Buelis, Edwin, Norman and James.
Taken from Corson County News June 17 and June 24 1943




North Watauga Boy is Killed


Sgt. Dave Bertsch, son of Mr. and Mrs. G.E. Bertsch of Watauga and formerly of Carson, was killed in an airplane accident in the North Africa theatre.
Sergeant Bertch was an aerial gunner in a Flying Fortress with the army air force and according to the best information received by his parents he had only been in the North African theatre a few days.
Mr. Bertsch, son Peter, and son-in-law Victor Sokolofsky, had gone to Watauga Friday morning on a business trip and about 15 minutes before they expected to return home they received the telegram from the war department stating that Dave "had been killed in an airplane accident in the North African theatre" that a letter would follow.
Dave is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Bertch. He was born on their farm in southern Grant county on March 11, 1922, where he resided until the family moved to Carson, so the children could attend school. Dave graduated from the Carson high school in 1940 and shortly thereafter he went to the West Coast where he was employed in an aircraft factory until he went into military service in Feb. 1943.
Sergeant Bertch received his basic training in Florida, was transferred to Colorado and then to Texas where he graduated from the aerial gunners school. He was later transferred to Salt Lake City, Utah, and assigned to a bomber crew. He was stationed at various places with the crew training and making plans for their overseas journey.
His parents received a letter from him on March 30 stating that he was in Brazil. According to the letter it was thought that he would remain there for awhile but he apparently left immediately as a letter written to friends by Dave, dated March 23, stated that he was in Africa.
Besides his parents, one brother Peter and four sisters Mrs. Victor Sokolofsky, Mrs. Arnold Landgrebe, Christine and Esther Bertch are left to mourn his untimely death.
Taken from Corson County News April 13, 1944

Bert Bigham Buried


Funeral services were held in Seattle, Washington, last Tuesday December 14th for Bert Bigham, who passed away at his home in Chicago. Mr. Bigham was one of the early settlers in the west river country, making his home in Watauga for a number of years, and the family resided in McIntosh for several years. He was associated with W.I. Gale in the real estate business in McIntosh and left here to accept a position with the railroad company being transferred to Chicago, where he passed away. The many friends in this area mourn the passing of the former resident and extend sympathy to the bereaved relatives.
Taken from Corson County News December 23, 1948

FORMER RESIDENT DIES MONDAY



A big gap was left in the ranks of the pioneers of Western South Dakota Monday, July 24, 1953, when Jack Bigham passed away in Seattle, Washington. He was 67.
Jack Bigham was born in Tyler, Minn., in 1886. He attended South Dakota State College at Brookings and then worked in a drug store in Huron.
In 1905, before the railroad came to Corson County the lure of adventure and new land caused Bigham to buy a team of horses and a covered wagon and come west. He drove to Lemmon and then back to Huron through South Dakota. He soon returned to the new town of Seim south of Lemmon. When the railroad pushed into the territory he became a policeman at the railroad yards at Lemmon. When the settlers began to move into the area around Watauga Bigham and his brother Bert started a general store on the prairie where the town of Watauga was soon to grow. In about 1909 Bert went into the bank and Jack Bigham became the owner of a hardware store in the building now occupied by Erz implement company.
By this time US 12 had pushed through to Mobridge and Bigham helped to survey the route across Corson County. He and the late Art Nehl assessed all the unorganized portions of Corson County on saddle horses during the first days of the county.
The hardware store in Watauga was sold to Simon Thomsen and in 1916 Bigham married Lena Shaffer of Crawford, Iowa and the couple moved to a homestead north of Watauga.
In 1937 Bighams moved to McIntosh and operated the Dakota Hotel. Mr. Bigham became dean of the boys dormitory, a job he did well because of his great love for boys. He taught them to wrestle and box and use a punching bag and was their friend.
In 1941 Mr. and Mrs. Bigham moved to Spearfish where they operated a small store until 1943 when Mrs. Bigham died. Mr. Bigham then moved to Washington where he worked as a watchman in a shipyard. His health had been failing for the past five years and he has made his home with an adopted daughter, Mrs. Frank Majors.
Bigham was known throughout the country in the early days for his ability to put on exhibitions with a punching bag or to fight in the ring. He and several friends from Watauga formed a show one summer and traveled into Montana boxing, wrestling and putting on athletic exhibitions.
Though childless except for an adopted daughter, Bigham loved children and was loved by them. He had a keen mind and memory which stayed with him until the time of his death. He treasured pictures and clippings from the early days he loved so well and shared them with his friends.
Bigham was known by nearly every man, woman and child in Corson county. Though the big heart has stopped, the big smile has faded and the big body has layed down to rest he will long be remembered here.


Former Resident Dies at Deadwood


Mrs. J.L. Bigham, passed away at a hospital in Deadwood, last Friday morning as a result of a stroke she suffered the fore part of last week. The news of her death came as a sad shock to the many friends in this vicinity.
The Bigham family left McIntosh about two years ago for Spearfish, where they had purchased a small store, and which they were operating at the time of her death. Mrs. Bigham was one of the early pioneers of the west river country, the family coming to Watauga. They came to McIntosh several years ago, operating the Dakota hotel for a couple years, and the deceased acted as dean of the girl's dormitory for two years. She was an admirable woman, took an active part in the social as well as the business activities of the communities in which they resided. Mrs. Bigham was charitable in every sense of the word; was always ready with a helping hand for the boys and girls of the community, and the latch string was always out for those who were less fortunate than she, and through her many acts of kindness, she was held in the highest esteem and loved by every acquaintance.
interment was made in the cemetery at Spearfish. Funeral services being held at the McCaullery Funeral home of that city.
Besides, her husband, she leaves an adopted daughter, Beverly and many other relatives and friends to mourn her passing.
Taken from Corson County News August 19, 1943



Noel Birrenkott Buried Saturday


The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Birrenkott of Watauga passed away at a Lemmon hospital early Saturday morning. Prayer service was held at the Catholic church at Watauga at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Burial was made in St. Michael's cemetery in Watauga
The baby, Noel was born Dec. 16. Death was attributed to a heart ailment.
Taken from Corson County News January 20, 1955



Watauga Man Victim of Japs


The horrors of war were brought closer to home again and in very close proximity when word was received Tuesday afternoon by Fred Blow that his brother Lloyd Blow was killed in action on Iwo Jima, February 22nd. Lloyd was serving in the Marines on Iwo Jima when he met his death.
Lloyd is a brother of Fred and Clarence Blow and made his home at Watauga for several years before entering the services of his country. His wife and three children reside at Ipswich with her parents, where they have made their home since he volunteered for the service, and had been in the South Pacific for the past couple years.
Lloyd was a fine young man and held in he highest esteem by every acquaintance and the sympathy of the community is extended the grief stricken relatives.
Taken from Corson County News March 22, 1945

Young Man Killed Saturday


A very sad accident happened near here last Saturday afternoon when Sam Boschee was killed four miles west of McIntosh. Sam, in accompany with the other section hands, was returned from work and was riding on the speeder. As near as we can learn, Sam was sitting on the speeder in a stooped posture and in some unaccountable manner, a crowbar dropped off, striking the ground in such a way that it was thrown back and struck Sam in the head, killing him instantly. The skull was shattered and one eye was torn from its socked by the impact of the bar. The body was brought to town and an undertaker summoned to take care of the remains.
Saturday was the last day on the section for Sam and he intended to go into the harvest fields Monday, had not death intervened. He was an exceptionally fine young man and his death is made more sad by the fact that his bride of a year ago is an expectant mother. e was a great worker and every employer was high in their praise for Sam as a faithful man. His untimely death is a shock to his relatives as well as his many friends.
Simon Boschee was born February 12th, 1905 at Kassel, South Russia, and immigrated to the United States with his parents Dec. 16, 1906. He remained with his parents, at Mercer, North Dakota until 1923, and then came to McIntosh and was employed in this vicinity from that time until his death last Saturday. He was united in the Holy Bonds of Matrimony February 21st, 1928 to Miss Kathryn Baumeister of Watauga. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife, mother and father, four brothers and one sister, besides a host of sorrowing friends. Five brothers and two sisters proceeded him in death.
Funeral services were held at the Catholic church Tuesday morning. Rev. Father Vigneron conducting the services. Interment was made in the cemetery at Watauga. The casket was banked with beautiful flowers as offerings from friends and relatives, and a large crowd was present to pay their last sad respects.
Taken from Corson County News August 9, 1928



Final Rites Held for William Brenner


The last rites were said for William Brenner, 75 of McIntosh, Thursday afternoon November 5, 1964 at the McIntosh United Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Walter Klempel, pastor of the McIntosh First Baptist Church officiating.
Mrs. John Arnold and Mrs. Herbert Geigle sand "Saved By Grace" and "Asleep in Jesus" accompanied by Mrs. Wesley Arnold.
Interment was made in the McIntosh cemetery. Pall bearers were Christ Bossert of Isabel, Henry Moser, Rudy Wagner, Edwin Moser of McIntosh, Martin Hilsendager and Stuart Striegel of Watauga.
William Brenner passed away Sunday evening, Nov. 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the McLaughlin hospital. Death was attributed to a stroke. He was ill for 6 days.
William Brenner was born Sept 12, 1889 in Odessa, Russia. On Feb. 29, 1916 he married Margaret Huether at Alpena, S.D., where they resided for a time. They came to this area in 1919, settling 13 miles south of McIntosh. They resided in Elgin, N.D., twelve miles north of Watauga and ten miles north of McIntosh, prior to retiring from farm life and moving into McIntosh several years ago. He was a member of the McIntosh First Baptist Church.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Margaret Huether Brenner of McIntosh, five sons, Clarence and Emil of California, Charley of Montana, Ruben of Isabel and Robert of Watauga, three daughter, Mrs. Helen Dobretx and Mrs. Emma Handel, both of California, and Mrs. Bertha Schadler of Elgin, N.D., several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Taken from Corson county News November 12, 1964




Watauga Boy Dies


Robert "Bobby" little son of Mr and Mrs. Ambrose Brown, passed away Sunday noon at the St. Alexius hospital at Bismarck, having been rushed there on Saturday. He was first taken sick 4 years ago the first part of December with neuritis of the kidney and has been ill most of the time since. Shortly before New Years his condition became serious and he was again taken to the Mobridge hospital, he and his mother returning from there last Wednesday. His condition became suddenly worse and was advised to go to Bismarck, where death came to relieve him of his suffering.
He was born November 8, 1930 and was 11 years, 2 months and 10 days old at the time of his death. He was in the fourth grade at school. He leaves to mourn his passing his parents and one sister, Bernice, and 2 brothers, Vermayme and Dean, besides other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held from the Catholic church Tuesday at 10 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Creahen officiating. All the school children and the teachers attended the funeral services of their young classmate. Pall bearers were Bobby's cousins, Richard Brown, Leroy Brown, Royce Bleth and an uncle Leroy Bleth.
Taken from Corson County News January 22, 1942

Mrs. Zera Brown Buried Feb. 24


Funeral services were held at Fergus Falls, Minn., Feb. 24 for Mrs. Zera Brown, a former resident of the Watauga community. She died at Fergus Falls Feb. 22. Death was attributed to hardening of the arteries. Mrs. Brown had been ill for several years. She was 75 years old.
Mrs. Brown was born at Bennett, Neb. April 16, 1880. She was married in 1897 to Giles Brown. The couple moved to a homestead north of Watauga in 1910. In 1943, they moved to Lemmon and in 1945 moved to Erskine, Minn. Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her husband in 1947.
Surviving relatives include Elton Brown of Los Angeles Calif., Mrs. Fred Wolff of Watauga, Harold and Ray Brown of Erskine, Jim Brown of Salol, Minn., Curtis of Crookston, Minn., Mrs. Frank (Louise) Sala of San Francisco, 20 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
Among relatives who attended the funeral were Mrs. Fred Wolff and son Roy, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Brown and family and Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Brown.
Taken from Corson County News March 3, 1955


John Bubbers Dies Suddenly


Funeral services were held Saturday November 18 at the Christ Lutheran church of Morristown, for John Bubbers, who passed away at his home on Tuesday November 15. Interment was made in the Morristown cemetery. Pallbearers were Chris Buhr, Arthur Maier, Martin Kling, Wm. Schmidt, Marcus Burke and Kelly Paris.
The sudden and unexpected death of Mr. Bubbers cast a shadow of sorrow over the entire community and sympathy is extended the bereaved relatives. Little was suspected of his illness, he never complained until death claimed him. The deceased purchased the former Wm. Getman farm, southeast of Morristown, a number of years ago, and resided there until his death. John was a great lover of fishing, hunting and trapping, and spent his spare time in traveling the fields and streams. He was held in the highest esteem by every acquaintance, and was always ready with a helping hand for those in need or distress. He was respected by all and his friendship will be a cherished memory.
He was born March 6, 1887 at Rozeville, Wisconsin and came to South Dakota in 1915. His parents and one brother preceded him in death many years ago. Two brothers Ernest of Morristown and Wm. of Sioux Falls and a sister Mrs. Lena Heller of Stratford, Wisconsin, besides nine nieces and nephews and a host of friends are left to mourn his passing.
Taken from Corson County News November 30, 1944


FRED BUBBERS SUMMONED


This community received a shock, such as it never before his had, when word reached us that Fred Bubbers was dead as a result of an accidental gun shot wound, received while hunting ducks at the lake last Sunday afternoon.
The tragedy happened just as Mr. Bubbers was stepping up on the bank of the creek at the south end of the lake. He had waded across a shallow place and had raised his gum barrel to keep it out of the water. While he was in the act of taking a step with his right foot the left foot slipped back, throwing his body forward just enough to place the muzzle of the gun in a position just above and back of the right knee as the gun was being carried under the left arm. While in this position, the hammer accidentally slipped, discharging the gun, the load of shot entering the leg just back of the knee severing a large artery which resulted in Mr. Bubbers death within a period of four minutes.
The deceased was born in Rozellville, Wis., August 22, 1885.
In 1910 he came to South Dakota where he purchased a relinquishment and has made this his home ever since.
In 1915 he was united in marriage to Miss Molly Robinson of Washington, D. C.
His unexpected departure is mourned by his heart-broken wife, his aged father, one sister and three brothers of which John and Ernest are residents of this community.
The community extends their sympathy to the bereaved family in their hour of sorrow.
Funeral services were held at the Auditorium Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Schaar officiating and his respect that he was held in was shown by the unusual large gathering that followed his last remains to the Morristown cemetery where interment was made.



Birdie Burroughs



The Watauga community was saddened and shocked at the sudden and unexpected death of Miss Birdie Burroughs at her home south of Watauga April 29th. In 1912 she came west to Corson county to establish her home and had resided in the Watauga community continuously since that time. Surviving relative include two brothers, Clyde and Frank and three sisters Miss Pearl of Watauga, Mrs. Hazel Bennett of Mary Hill Washington and Mrs. Edna Curtis of Springfield Mass. and her mother Mrs. Hiram Albert Burroughs. Her father died a year ago. The remains were shipped to the old home in Des Moines for interment in the Glendale cemetery.
Taken from Corson County News May 9, 1935


Frank Burroughs Passes Away at Carson City


Frank Burroughs, a pioneer resident of Prairie View township south of Watauga, passed away in Carson City, Nevada, March 28th.
The Burroughs family came to the Watauga community in 1912. The family consisted of the parents and their children Frank, Clyde, Pearl and Birdie, all of whom have passed away.
Frank operated a farm south of Watauga until a few Years ago when he sold the farm to Bailey's. Frank was never married. He was soft-spoken and well respected by all who knew him. He was interested in public affairs and kept well informed on a variety of subjects. He was a veteran of the First World War and was decorated for bravery on he battlefield.
Word of his passing was received by Bailey from a nephew of Mr. Burroughs at Carson City.
Taken from Corson County News April 25, 1963

Hiram Burroughs


Hiram Albert Burroughs, aged resident of Corson County passed away at his home near McIntosh following an illness of more than two years, which finally ended in an attack of pneumonia causing his death. Mr.. Burroughs was born in Dillsboro Indiana, August 11,1849 and spent his early life in that place and after his marriage to Mary D. Burroughs they came to S.D. where he followed the carpenter profession for many years. He resided near McIntosh for several years and is well known in that community. The body was taken to Des Moines Iowa where funeral services were held Nov. 7th, and interment was made at that place.
Taken from Lemmon Tribune November 9, 1933


CALLED AFTER MANY YEARS OF ACTIVITY


Hiram Albert Burroughs passed away at his home southeast of Watauga Thursday afternoon, November 2, 1933.
All of his family were at his bedside except two daughters who live in distant states. Mr. Burroughs was a man of very cheerful and genial personality and his friends were numbered only by his acquaintances and though he has been an invalid and confined to his home for the last four years, he bore his infirmities with great patience.
Mr. Burroughs was born and grew to manhood in Indiana where he was married to Mary Wells Carmichael.
He and Mrs. Burroughs moved to Iowa and located near Des Moines and later in Des Moines where the family lived until they came to Corson County in 1912.
The age of the deceased was eighty three years, four months and 21 days and he is survived by his wife and six children.
A funeral service attended by the relatives and near neighbors was held in Lemmon Saturday morning at the Evanson funeral home. The body was taken to Des Moines for burial.
Frank Burroughs and Birdie Burroughs accompanied the remains to Des Moines, where the daughter from Springfield, Massachusetts and other relatives will meet them.
Mrs. Bert Bennett, the daughter from Washington State arrived here Sunday morning to be with the family in their bereavement.


DEATH OF DELLA BYHOFFER


Died, at her home south of this village, Thursday afternoon, Sept. 7th, 1911, at 3 o’clock, Miss Della Byhoffer, age 25 years, 10 months and 10 days, death being due to tuberculosis. Miss Byhoffer had been ailing for some time and a few months ago was brought home from Arizona where she had gone to regain her health but the dread disease had done its work and on Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock she was relieved from all suffering and sorrow is unknown.
She leaves to mourn her a mother, two sisters and a brother.
In the death of Della Byhoffer her many friends realize their great loss, as her devotion to those she loved would be a bright chapter in any life, she will still live in the hearts of those who knew her best. Her retiring nature let her hide her best qualities from public gaze, but they were revealed to those who enjoyed her acquaintance.
She was a kind and loving daughter and her devotion to the family circle had no limit. Her future was full of promise, and we dare not ask why she was taken from us in her prime, unless as flowers are picked before the frost finds them that we may not witness their decay. It is sad indeed to see one so well equipped for life taken away.
Her remains were taken to St. Paul today, accompanied by the sorrowing family where they will be laid to rest in the German Lutheran cemetery.
The family have the sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement.


Byhoffer

-Mrs. Mary Byhoffer, who lived a mile and a half south of town for about four years on a claim, died Monday morning at 3 o’clock from uranic poisoning. She had been ailing all summer and intended going to her former home St. Paul for medical treatment, but became suddenly worse about two weeks ago and until the time of her death, was unable to leave her room. Her family consisting of William, one of Watauga’s merchants; Elsie assistant in the bank; and Mrs. Emily Kearn of St. Paul were at her beside when the end came. Mrs. Kern having arrived Sunday on the flyer. Mrs. Byhoffer was 64 years old, but until taken so ill, was equal to any of the young folks in enjoying herself at the social doings of this community. Always optimistic for the futures, she made her kindly nature felt among her many friends. Her taking away is a distinct loss to this community. Those who are left to mourn her loss have the sympathy of the Watauga and Pioneer neighborhood. The family accompanied the remains to St. Paul for burial.
Taken from McIntosh Globe 12-17-1914



Pioneer Lady Answers Call


Death summoned Mrs. Fred Casey at her home last Wednesday evening January 21st, in McIntosh, life passing away very peacefully. The deceased suffered a stroke a few weeks ago, and the second came Wednesday evening and claimed her life.
In the passing of Mrs. Casey, the west river country loses one of its most beloved pioneer residents, a woman whose friendship was cherished by every acquaintance and neighbor. The spirit of the west was thoroughly installed in the mind of Mrs. Casey and her western hospitality was know far and wide; her home was the haven for friends as well as strangers who sought shelter in the pioneer days of the western Dakotas. The welcome sign was always apparent at the Casey home and to aid and give comfort to those in need was always uppermost in the mind of Mrs. Casey. She shared the pleasures as well as the obstacles that confronted the pioneers with an always pleasing manner. She was a kind and loving woman and her passing cast a shadow of gloom over the west river country.
Otlie L. Percy was born in Winnebago county, Wisconsin, June 26, 1872. After finishing her schooling she took up dress making as a profession. In the spring of 1898 she came to Emmonsburg, N.D. to keep house for her brother, John Percy.
On October 28, 1903, she was united in marriage to Fred Casey at Hampden N.D. and in the spring of 1905 they located on a ranch in southern Grant county, North Dakota where she resided with her husband until October 1941, when due to failing health, they moved to McIntosh.
She leaves to mourn her passing her husband Fred Casey; two brothers, Jim Percy of Lohville, Wis., and John S. Percy of Pine City, Minn.; and two nieces Mrs. Albert Johnson and Mrs. C.L. Appleby of Wisconsin.
Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church last Saturday afternoon, Rev. John Taylor delivering a very comforting sermon; interment was made in the McIntosh cemetery. Gifts of flowers banked the casket as a token of the high esteem in which she was held by all.
Taken from Corson County News January 29, 1942


Services Held for Mrs. Fred Cook


Funeral services were held at Watauga, Monday Sept. 9 for Mrs. Ellen Katherine Lensing Cook, a long time resident of Watauga. She passed away Sept. 5th at 9 p.m. at St. Alexius hospital in Bismarck. Death was caused by abdominal cancer.
The Rev. Fr. Paul Dahms officiated at the 10 a.m. services in St. Michael's Catholic Church at Watauga. Pall bearers were Virgil Lensing, Bert Machnich, Dorus Mollman, Charles Hare, Ed Soebbing and Robert Baumeister.
Ellen Lensing was born at Boyd, Ia., January 22, 1892. She attended St. Bernard's Catholic school at Alta Vista.
She came to Corson county to visit relatives at Watauga and worked for a time as a merchandise clerk at Preszler's store. In 1919, she and Fred Cook were married at Alta Vista and came to live at Watauga, where Mr. Cook was a rural mail carrier.
Mrs. Cook had been ill since 1953.
Surviving relatives include G.J. Lensing, McIntosh, a brother; Mrs. Heinie Ostwinkle, Watauga, a sister; Susie Lightcap, Dubuque, Ia., a sister; August Lensing, St. Paul, Minn, a brother; Harold Lensing, St. Paul a nephew; Cyprion Lensing, Charles City Iowa, a brother, and Virgil Lensing, a foster son.
Relatives who came from a distance to attend the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Harold Lensing and A.H. Lensing of St. Paul Minn; Virgil Lensing and a brother-in-law Bert Machnich of Waukegan, Ill; Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Lensing, Choteau, Mont; Mr. and Mrs. Larry Lensing, Cheyenne, Wyo; Mrs. Susan Lightcap, Dubuque Ia; Andrew Lensing, St. Paul; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Wilhelm and son Lonnie and Mrs. Leroy Deerfield of Waterloo, Ia; Henry Cook, Madison S.D.; Leo Cook, Sioux Falls, Mrs. bill Cook, Madison and Mrs. McFall of Rapid City.
Taken from Corson County News September 19, 1963

DIED


The whole community was shocked last Saturday afternoon when the word went forth that Frank A. Coons had died at his claim shack. Mr. Coons was last seen by Mr. Dwyer, his nearest neighbor and friend, on Wednesday evening, until he was discovered in his shack Saturday morning in a dying condition lying on the floor of his shack with his back against the door. Dr. Longstreth was immediately called but it was too late for any hopes of recovery, telegrams were sent according to instructions previously given Mr. Dwyer by Mr. Coons, announcing his condition to his friends and loved ones in the east, and at 2 P. M. another message was sent announcing his death. While there were a number who knew Mr. Coons was a sufferer of heart disease yet his death came as a shock to all who knew him. He was a man who was loved by all his neighbors and his kindly disposition and facternal spirit was the greatest of characteristic of the man. His family and loved ones have the sincere sympathy of the whole community, and while the loss of their father and friend is great, there is comfort in the fact that his life was well lived, doing good to his fellow man and that he has left a heritage of honor and friendship in this community, that his last home, will be remembered a long time as a monument to the eternal brotherhood of man.
Note: Taken from the Watauga Progress April, 1912.




Robert Coyle Dies After Surgery

Services for Robert Francis Coyle of Selfridge, Sioux County Clerk of Corson, County Judge and Coroner were held Saturday at St. Philomena’s Church in Selfridge.
Mr. Coyle, a World War ll Navy veteran died in the Minneapolis Veteran’s hospital following surgery. He had been a patient for eight weeks. He was a former register of deeds of Sioux county. He was also a member of the Sioux County selective service board and was active in community and church affairs.
The Rev. Joseph Splonskowski officiated at the rites. Burial was in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were six nephews, Roger, Victor and Timothy Wingerter, Mike Berrett, Pius Heid and Richard Lauinger.
The deceased was born Nov. 26, 1916 at Paradise N.D. He was married to Ann Wingerter at East Dubuque, Ill. in 1941, where they made their home until he entered the service. They moved to Selfridge i 1946 and lived on a ranch west of Selfridge.
Mr. Coyle was a member of the American Legion of Ft. Yates and St. Philomena Church of Selfridge.
Surviving are his widow and the following children; Robert F. Jr., Seattle; Mrs. Rosella Kraft, Mandan; Wm. Jerome, USA, Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo; George, Beverly, Deborah, Sandran and Judene, living at home. Also surviving are four grandchildren,; two brothers, William J. Coyle, Oakwood, Ill and Loren Coyle, Chicago, three sisters, Mrs. Clara Houncell and Ms. Sheldom Redfearn of Green Bay, Wis. and Mrs. Donald Leneger, Hanover, Ill.
Taken from Corson County News Dec. 7, 1967


Mrs. Dando is dead at Los Angeles


Word has been received here of the death of a former McIntosh resident, Mrs. Tom Dando, who passed away in Los Angeles, September 4, 1961 at the age of 78 years.
The Dandos were residents of McIntosh for many years. they left here for California in 1923. Prior to residing in McIntosh, Mr. and Mrs. Dando moved from Illinois to North Dakota in 1911, where they homesteaded.
She is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth and Lorina, two grandchildren, three great grandchildren. Her husband preceded her in death in 1948. Mrs. Dando is also survived by two sisters.
Taken from Corson County News September 21, 1961



Local Boy Loses Life in Auto Accident at Mandan


McIntosh and vicinity is shrouded in sorrow as the result of the sudden death of Byron Davitt, who lost his life in an auto accident near Mandan Tuesday evening. The news of the death of this fine young man came like a bolt from the sky and left his parents and friends in a daze.
Byron, in company with Ray Billups, left McIntosh Tuesday for Bismarck to spend a few hours and the accident that claimed the young man's life happened at the underpass between Mandan and Bismarck. Byron was at the wheel of the car and due to the slippery roads, the car careened into the cement abutment on the drivers side, and the impact knocked Byron unconscious and he passed away shortly after reaching the Bismarck hospital, never regaining consciousness. Ray Billups, received only minor injuries and conveyed the sad news to the parents here.
Byron is the son of Mr and Mrs. Harry Davitt and was born and raised in this vicinity, and had just passed his nineteenth birthday. He graduated from the McIntosh high school with the class of 1941, and was an outstanding student, taking part in athletics and was one of the outstanding members of the high school band. He had been employed at Firesteel for the past few months as depot agent, and gave up that position a couple weeks ago and was contemplating a trip to California the first of November.
Funeral services were held at the Catholic church in McIntosh , Father Leahy saying High Mass at eleven o'clock in the morning and the funeral services were held in the afternoon. Friends and relatives of the deceased came from far and near to pay their sad respect to this fine young man, a young man whose friendship was cherished and who was loved by all who knew him.
The body laid in state at the home of his parents Mr. and Mrs. Harry Davitt, from Wednesday until Saturday where the remains of the departed friend could be viewed. The casket was banked with bouquets of beautiful flowers as a token of the high esteem in which he was held and the bereaved parents received many beautiful and comforting cards of sympathy from out of town friends.
Interment was made in the McIntosh cemetery. Junior Johnson, Billy Byhoffer, Robert Stoick, Edmond Erz, Ray Billups and Hartley Scott acted as pall bearers.
Besides his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Davitt, Byron leaves a sister, Miss Jean Davitt, now in California besides other relatives and friends to mourn his untimely calling.
Taken from Corson County News October 29, and November 5. 1942

Services held for Mrs Davitt


Mrs. H.W. (Delphine) Davitt passed away Thursday of last week at St. John's Hospital at Rapid City. She had gone to Rapid City to be with her daughter, Mrs. John Nehl and family when her health started to fail. She had been ill about six weeks.
Funeral services were held on Saturday at St. Bonaventures church at McIntosh. Requiem mass was celebrated by the Rev. Father Paul Dahms. Rosary was said Friday evening.
Active pallbearers were Pete Lemer, E.D. Katus, John Erz, William Lovitt, Virgil Anderson and Ted Nehl. Honorary bearers were Sebastian Seiler, H.N. Utoft, James J. Maher, Harry Kittelson, Thomas W. Kane and Walter Haisch.
Burial was in St. Bonaventures cemetery at McIntosh.
Delphine Dolan was born at Green Isle, Minn., Nov. 1, 1891, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dolan. She attended school at Green Isle and graduated from high school at Grand Forks N.D. She was married to Harry W. Davitt in 1915 and they homesteaded north of Watauga in 1916. They later moved to a farm east of Watauga.
In 1938, they moved into McIntosh where Mrs. Davitt was a telephone operator for 15 years until the telephone company went to a dial service.
Her husband passed away in 1964. She was also preceded in death by two sons. She is survived by her daughter Mrs. John (Jean) Nehl of Rapid City and a sister, Mrs. Hazel DeVange of St. Paul and three grandsons.
Funeral arrangements were by Evanson-Jenson Funeral Home of Lemmon.
Taken from Morristown World Nov. 5, 1970


Harry Davitt Rites held at McIntosh


The Requiem Mass and Last Rites were said Wednesday, November 25, 1964 for Harry William Davitt, 76, of McIntosh, who passed away Sunday evening, November 2 in the St. John's Hospital of Rapid City. He was ill and in the hospital for five weeks.
The Rev. Father John Birdsall sang the Requiem Mass in the St. Bonaventure's Catholic Church of McIntosh, assisted by the St. Bonaventure's Choir accompanied by Mrs. Margaret Korsgaard.
Interment was made in the McIntosh Catholic Cemetery. Pall bearers were Willie Lovitt of Spearfish, E.D. Katus, Harry Kittelson, Ralph McClain, Pete Lemer and Sebastian Seiler all of McIntosh.
Harry Wm. Davitt was born July 30, 1888 in Green Isle, Minn., where he was reared and educated. In 1914, he was married to Delphine Doland at St. Paul, Minn. The Davitts came to this vicinity in 1915 settling near Watauga where they ranched until 1938. They then moved to McIntosh where they have resided since, Mr.. and Mrs. Davitt had two children, Jean and Bryon. Byron passed away in 1942. Three brother and his parents also preceded him in death.
Surviving relatives include his widow, Delphine, of McIntosh; his daughter, Mrs. John Nehl of Rapid city and three grandsons, Doyle, Bruce and Jeff Nehl.
Taken from Corson County News December 3, 1964

DEATH CLAIMS WM. H. DOHERTY
Former Well Known Resident of Lemmon Stricken-Life of Usefulness Comes to Sudden End


Word was received in the city late Saturday night of the sudden death that afternoon at 4 o’clock of our former citizen Wm. H. Doherty. Death occurred at Wilmar, Minn., where Mr. and Mrs. Doherty were visiting, enroute to San Diego, Cal., where they were going to spend the winter for the benefit of Mr. Doherty’s health. He was seized with an attack of paralysis Saturday morning, death resulting at 4 o’clock in the afternoon.
At the time of his death Mr. Doherty was in the banking business at Watauga, being Vice-President of the Watauga State Bank.
Mr. Doherty was one of the real old timers of Lemmon, coming to Perkins county in the spring of 1907, settling on a homestead near White Butte. Later coming to Lemmon and started The Lemmon Clothing store, which business he conducted for some years during the infancy of the city. In 1910 he was appointed Post master serving in that capacity for a four year term, during which time he accumulated a host of friends by his efficient and accommodating conduction of the office. During his residence in Lemmon he was connected with practically every progressive movement for the welfare of the city, and as secretary of the Commercial Club at the time of the birth of the Yellowstone Trail, much of the credit for the beginning of the Trail is due him for the hard work he put in bringing it to a successful start. He served as secretary of the Commercial Club for almost all of the years of 1911, 1912, and 1913. As a recognition of his hard work during the birth of the Yellowstone Trail he was chosen by the executive committee to carry the letter from Lemmon to Marmarth during the recent 100 hour relay race, carrying the letter from the mayor of Chicago to the mayor of Seattle over the Yellowstone Trail.
Mr. Doherty was born at North Freedom, Wis., May 2, 1864.
Funeral services were held from St. Mary’s Catholic church, Willmar, Minn., Tuesday morning.
In the death of Mr. Doherty the west of the river country loses one of its most faithful boosters, and much sorrow is felt in the city of hearing of his sudden death.Mr. Doherty was loved and respected by all who knew him.
Special services, Requiem High Mass, was held Tuesday morning by Fr. Frei, and with Mrs. Layne presiding at the organ for Mr. Will Doherty, who died last Saturday afternoon at Willmar, Minn., and who was buried Tuesday from St. Mary’s Catholic church at that place, Fr. C. McDevitt the local pastor officiated. Mr. Doherty was well known here as businessman and former Postmaster. During the early days he took great interest in church work. He and Mr. Anthony Zimmerman, now in Canada, with the present pastor were trustees at the time St. Mary’s church in Lemmon was built 7 years ago. For five years Mr. Doherty was trustee and acted as treasurer of the church.
May God reward him for all the work he has done for the church.

Note:Taken from the Perkins County Signal-Lemmon-October 20, 1915


Funeral Services Held for Clem Dolecheck


Clem Dolecheck passed away at the St. Alexius Bismarck hospital November 8, 1948. Prior to going to Bismarck he was in Mobridge hospital for a week after which he was confined to his bed at home. His condition became such that he had to be taken to Bismarck. Mr. Dolecheck suffered from a heart trouble, and kidney complications. He had a severe fall off the back porch in August and broke two ribs and seemed his condition became worse immediately after the fall. Every human aid was tendered him, but of no avail.
Mr. Dolecheck had a host of friends and was well liked by every one for his honesty and was always willing to lend a helping hand.
Mr. Dolecheck was the second oldest of the family. He was born at Crimia, Bohemia, August 10, 1883. He was 65 years, 2 months and 28 days old at the time of his death.
He was married to Marie Falman at Dickinson, North Dakota June 10, 1907. The family moved to Watauga, S.D. in December 1920 and in the spring 1931 moved to McIntosh. Mr. Dolecheck was in the farming business.
Besides his widow, he leaves to mourn his death eight children: (Tina) Mrs. Dell Langerman, (Rose) Mrs. Carl Post, (Veronica) Mrs. Herbert Stoick, (Albina) Mrs. Leslie Edinger, (Virginia) Mrs. Melvyn Norton, Albert, Christ and Frank Dolecheck, brothers and two sisters. Two sons, Louis and Emil and a daughter preceded him in death, also his parents a brother and two sisters.
Funeral services were held at the local Catholic church Thursday morning and interment was made in the Watauga cemetery.
Taken from Corson County News November 18, 1948


Young Man Passes


Louie Dolecheck of the McIntosh vicinity passed away at the Lemmon hospital Thursday of last week. The young man was take to Lemmon for the removal of his appendix, and was operated on Sunday. He appeared to be doing nicely and there seemed no cause for alarm. Thursday he became worse, and he died towards evening of that day. Louie was 19 years of age, and the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Clem Dolecheck, of south of McIntosh. He lived with his family on a farm near Watauga up until this spring when they moved to the McIntosh vicinity.
Taken from Corson County News. July 23, 1931


Final Rites Held for Wataugan


Funeral services were held at Watauga Thursday, June 18, for LeRoy Draper, 52 who died at Aberdeen June 14. Officiating clergyman was the Rev. John McCandless of the Presbyterian church.
Mrs. William Neumiller and Enid Neumiller sang "What a Friend we have in Jesus" and "Jesus Loves Me" favorite hymns of LeRoy. They were accompanied by Mrs. Ed. Willigan on the piano.
Pall bearers were Joe Ruhoff, Fred Blow, Lawrence Schilling, Leo Erz, Ed Erz and Ed Willigan. Burial was made in the Watauga cemetery.
LeRoy Draper was born at Esmond, S.D. February 27, 1903. He resided at Watauga during most of his life, spending much of the time with relatives and friends because of an illness. He had been at the Good Samaritan Home in Aberdeen for two years. He had been at the hospital at Aberdeen for just a few days before he was summoned by death.
Surviving relatives include three sisters; Mrs. J.A. Tarver, Aberdeen; Mrs. Herb Kaul, Seattle, Wash.,; Mrs. Richard Reidel of Columbus, Mont.; four brothers Tom and Lewellyn of Aberdeen and Joe and Charles of Watauga.
Taken from Corson county News June 30,1955

Dreckman


on a fast horse, and notified the town people that H.J. Dreckman’s buildings were afire. Three loads of fire fighters, equipped with what fire extinguishers could be readily found, were on the scene in short order, but to no avail, as the fire had the building in its destroying grasp. Mr. Dreckman had gone to McIntosh earlier in the day, leaving Mrs. Dreckman with the four children then at home. While out in the barn yard feeding the chickens, she discovered fire coming out of a window at the southwest corner of the house, she hastened into the house and gathering the baby in her arms and forcing the others before her left the house, she immediately discovered that the little girl named Marie, less than two years old was not among them and remembering that she had put the little one to sleep just a few minutes before again entered the house, but on account of the fire was unable to reach the room where the child slept without risking her own life. There being no one near that she could call for help, she was forced to let the little tot perish. F.E. Williams and James Anderson who are neighbors, discovered the fire from their homes and using their fastest horses were the first to arrive on the scene but too late, nothing could be done. Dozens of men arrived in quick order from all directions, only to watch the rapid destruction of the house, and watch the silent form of the little child being consumed by the flames. This is a heart rendering experience to men of strong nerve, but what must it have been to the mother. She was taken from the scene with the remaining children and is domiciled at the F.E. Williams home. Mr. Dreckman was sent for and on learning of the calamity that had struck his home was heart broken, to think he was not at home when it happened as he feels that he could have saved the little one, even at the risk of his own life. The stricken family have the deep sympathy of the entire community in their sad loss. Neighbors are assisting in moving two deserted claim shacks to the scene of the fire as a temporary shelter for the bereaved family until better quarters can be built/. Two older children were in town at school and are being taken care of at the Mike Nehl home. The family consisted of six children, the oldest nearing 11 years, none are old enough to realize what has happened There was an insurance of about $500 on the house. the origin of the fire is unknown. Interment was made Wednesday at 10:30 Father Frei from Lemmon attending. Neighbors responded nobly to the wants of this family as they were left destitute of clothing, nothing being saved from the house.
Taken from McIntosh Globe Chief 12-24-1914


Mrs. H.J. Dreckman


It is with a feeling of sympathy that we chronicle the death of Mrs. H.J. Dreckman, which occurred Wednesday morning. Mrs. Dreckman was taken sick with influenza and was brought to McIntosh Tuesday evening and was placed in the emergency hospital where she could have the best of care, but pneumonia had set in and her condition was beyond human aid and she answered the final call on the above date.
The Dreckman family have a nice farm west of McIntosh, where they have lived for a number of years, and it is by the hard work of both they have made themselves a very comfortable place to live, and her calling away casts a gloom over this once happy home. Mrs. Dreckman was a home loving woman, a friend to all and a woman loved by all her neighbors. She was a good Christian woman and was prepared to meet her Maker at all time. Her death leaves eight children without the guiding hand of a loving mother, and the sympathy of the entire community goes out to Mr. Dreckman and children.
Internment was made at the Watauga cemetery Thursday morning.
Taken from the McIntosh Globe-Chief October 24-1918



Obituary


John W. Erickson of Watauga South Dakota, passed away at the local hospital July 23rd, 1928, after having been confined to his bed for some time with heart trouble.
Mr. Erickson was born in Eweden in 1850 and came to Wilmer, Minnesota, when nineteen years of age. About twelve years ago he moved to Watauga, South Dakota and has made his home since that time in that vicinity. He was a man of sterling character and well liked by all who knew him.
Funeral services were held Wednesday July 25th, 1928 at the Presbyterian Church, Watauga South Dakota. He is survived by four brothers, Andrew Erickson of Olivia, Minnesota, August Erickson of Butte, Montana, Andrew and Axel Erickson of Milk River Canada and a cousin, Mrs. Chas. Erickson of Watauga South Dakota.
Taken from Corson County News August 2nd 1928

Alfred Erz passes in Washington May 7


Word was received here Sunday night, May 7 of the death of Alfred Erz 48, of Sunnyside Wash., a former Watauga resident and well known in the Corson County area. Erz passed away at 8:00 p.m. He was the son of Mrs. Mary Erz of McIntosh, who was at his bedside at the time of his death. Death was attributed to rheumatic heart disease. He was ill approximately seven weeks.
Alfred Erz was born June 19, 1912 in Hopington, Iowa. He arrived in Watauga with his parents at the age of approximately 8 years, settling on a farm about one mile north of Watauga. He received his education in the Watauga school. Upon reaching manhood, he returned to Iowa and Michigan for a few years where he was employed and then returned to Watauga where he was engage in farming south of town.
In 1941, Alfred went to Washington where he was employed for approximately 19 years with the Pacific Power and Electric Company. On September 2, 1942 he married Elizabeth Verhey, former Timber Lake resident in Sunnyside. He was a Catholic and a member of the Knights of Columbus. His father John M., one sister Margaret and two brothers who died in infancy, preceded him in death.
Surviving relatives include his wife, three sons, Ronald 17, Richard 15, and Johnny 9, one daughter, Sandra 12; three brothers, John of McIntosh, Eddie of Watauga and Vincent of Aberdeen; five sisters, Mrs. George (Florentine) Colgrove of Wheaten, Minn; Mrs. Christine Angel of Utica Mich.; Mrs. Henry (Alvina) Wilson of Cass City Mich.; Mrs. Don (Armella) Leadon of Yakima, Wash.; and Mrs. Ray (Mary) Henn of Washington, his mother, Mrs. Mary Erz of McIntosh and a host of other relatives and friends.
Taken from Corson County News May 11,1961

WATAUGA PIONEER ANSWERS CALL
JOE ERZ, FIRST McIntosh BLACKSMITH DIES LAST WEEK AT HIS HOME



Joseph Erz was born in Germany April 10, 1871, and passed away from this earth Tuesday, December 2nd, 1930. Funeral services were held at the St. Michael church at Watauga last Saturday morning and interment was made in the Catholic cemetery at Watauga.
Joseph Erz and Miss Johanna Neyens were united in the Holy Bonds of Matrimony at Dyersville, Iowa, April 21st, 1896, and to this union nine children were born, three of whom preceded him in death. Those who are left to mourn his departure besides his wife, are: Mrs. J. E. Kiplinger, Leo, Mrs. Fred Blow, Mrs. Lawrence Schilling, Gertrude and Joseph Erz.
Mr. and Mrs. Erz and family came to McIntosh in the year of 1910, the deceased conducting the first blacksmith shop. They later moved to Watauga where they filed on a homestead along the Yellowstone Trail. Mr. Erz built up a fine farm and had very pleasant surroundings. His ability as a blacksmith was known far and near, and in order to accommodate his many friends, he built a small blacksmith shop on his farm. He took care of the work that came there, besides taking care of his farm. Although the advent of the car has taken away the popularity of the old blacksmith shop, the deceased found much pleasure in that work, and up until the time of his death, he kept the old shop intact and was ready for any work that might come his way.
In the death of Mr. Erz the Watauga community lost a valued friend and citizen, and his departure is mourned by a host of friends throughout the county. Mr. Erz was a very progressive farmer having one of the finest farms in the Watauga vicinity. He was a hard worker and was always found at his home.
Those from out of town who came to pay their sad respects and attended the funeral were: Mrs. J. E. Kiplinger and son, Harry Dell, and Mildred Joan of Canby, Minn., Mr. and Mrs. Fred Blow and son, LaVerne of Forestburg, S. D.; Mrs. Mary Neyens and Mrs. Mike Leyendecker of Dakota, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. George Kroetch and son, Duane of Haynes, N. D.

John M. Erz


The death of John M. Erz 59, farmer living near Watauga S.D. for the past 12 years occurred at 9:45 Tuesday morning at an Aberdeen hospital. Although Mr. Erz had been ill for nine months he had been in Aberdeen for about a week. The deceased was born Dec. 11, 1873 in Germany. Survivors besides his widow include four sons all living at Watauga, Alfred, John, Edmund and Vincent. Six daughters, Mrs. Lee Baumeister, Mrs. August Angel, Mrs. Clem Angel and the Misses Armella Alvina, and Mary all living at Watauga and a brother and two sister Peter Erz of Hopkington Ia, Mrs. Charles Quint of Hopkington Ia and Mrs. Garreth Freiberg of Dyserville Iowa. In the death of Mr. Erz, Watauga and Corson County loses one of its very highly respected and progressive farmers. He was a man of high ideals and loyal to his family and community, progressive and ambitious and a successful farmer and stockmen. His beautiful farm near Watauga is symbolic of his ambition and successful ventures. In spite of his failing health, Mr. Erz made little complaint and was ever ready to meet his Maker and his work on this earth was done well.
Taken from Corson County News November 9, 1933

WATAUGA FARMER DIES IN ABERDEEN HOSPITAL


The death of John M. Erz, 59, farmer living near Watauga, S. D., for the past twelve years, occurred at 9:45 o’clock Tuesday morning in an Aberdeen hospital. Although Mr. Erz had been ill for nine months, he had been in Aberdeen for about a week.
The deceased was born Dec. 11, 1873, in Germany. Survivors besides his widow include four sons all living at Watauga, Alfred, John, Edmund, and Vincent, six daughters, Mrs. Lee Baumeister, Mrs. August Angel, Mrs. Clem Angel, and the Misses Armella, Alvina, and Mary, all living at Watauga, and a brother and two sisters, Peter Erz of Hopkington, Ia., Mrs. Charles Quint of Hopkington, Ia., and Mrs. Garreth Freiberg of Dyersville, Ia.
In the death of Mr. Erz, Watauga and Corson County loses one of its very highly respected and progressive farmers. He was a man of high ideals and loyal to his family and community, progressive and ambitious and a successful farmer and stockmen. His beautiful farm near Watauga is symbolic of his ambition and successful ventures. In spite of his failing health, Mr. Erz made little complaint and was ever ready to meet his maker, and his work on this earth was done well. His family that he leaves behind is a compliment to his home surroundings.




Mathias and Virginia Erz



Mathias Erz, living in Watauga and his 20 month old daughter Virginia, were almost instantly killed and Mrs. Erz and Cleve Anderson were seriously injured shortly after noon Monday when the Maxwell car in which they were riding was struck by No. 17 of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad, at a treacherous crossing on the Trail a short distance east of Morristown. Ed Willigan, another member of the party escaped injury when he leaped just before the crash.
Mr. Erz who runs a small blacksmith shop at Watauga and had come to Morristown for acetylene gas and other supplies, was homeward bound when the tragedy occurred. This crossing is termed dangerous owing to the fact that a high bank obstructs the view of the track on the north side.
Mr. Erz was born in Worthington Ia., on August 21,1898, Virginia, his daughter was born November 8,1923. The bodies were removed to the Evanson Undertaking Parlors from which place they were taken to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Erz, parents of the victim, who reside about three miles west of Watauga. Funeral services were conducted Thursday morning.
Taken from Lemmon Tribune July 9, 1925




Requiem Mass Sung for Mrs. Mary Erz


Requiem High Mass and the Last Rites were held Thursday February 14, 1963 at 10:00 am. for Mrs. Mary M. Erz, 78 in the McIntosh St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, with the Rev. John Birdsall officiating.
Mrs. Erz passed away February 11 at her home. Death was attributed to a heart attack.
The St. Bonaventure choir sang the Mass accompanied by Mrs. Margaret Korsgaard. Mass servers were Dennis Erz, Watauga, Michael Erz, McIntosh(two of Mrs. Erz's grandsons), Bobby Trager, Donald Tishmack and Pat Simons all of McIntosh.
Interment was made in the St. Michael cemetery of Watauga near the grave of her husband John, who preceded her in death in 1933. Pall bearers were Tony Tishmack, Hubert Simons, Herbert Stoick and Alvin Jacobs, McIntosh; Dorus Mollman and Bernard Nehl, Watauga.
Mary M. Rubner Erz was born September 20, 1884 at Sherrills Mount, Iowa, where she was raised and educated. She was married to John M. Erz at Worthington, Iowa on October 23, 1906 and they lived in Hopkington Iowa for fifteen years. The John Erz family came to this area in 1921 settling in the Watauga community.
Mrs. Erz moved to McIntosh in 1941 and had been a resident here until her death. She was a member of the Ladies Society.
Mrs. Erz was a mother of twelve children, with two sons dying in infancy. She was also preceded in death by one son Alfred, who passed away in 1961 and a daughter, Margaret (Mrs. Clem Angel) who passed away in 1936.
She is survived by three sons, John Erz of McIntosh, Edmund of Watauga, and Vincent of Aberdeen. Five daughters, Mrs. George Colgrove (Florentine) of Lemmon; Mrs. Christine Angel of Utica Mich.; Mrs. Don Leadon (Armella) of Yakima, Washington; Mrs. Harry Wilson (Alvina) of Cass City, Mich.; and Mrs. Ray Henn (Mary) of Yakima Washington. She is also survived by two sisters, four brothers, forty-seven grandchildren and twenty-two great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.
All the children of Mrs. Erz attended the funeral service. Others attending outside of the McIntosh area included Norman Baumeister of Yakima, Wash; Ronald Erz of Sunnyside, Wash.; Mr. and Mrs. Buelis Baumeister of Burke S.D.; Mrs. Joe Ruhoff and Mrs. Fred Blow both of Sturgis, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Zimmerman of Carson N.D.
Taken from Corson County News February 21, 1963

Pneumonia Claims Another Young Person


This community was shocked Saturday morning when it was learned that pneumonia had claimed another young boy when Gerhard Erz, the seventeen year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Erz, passed away Saturday morning at 5 o’clock. Gerhard had been suffering with a cold for about a week but was able to be about helping on the farm.
The funeral was held Monday morning at the Catholic church and interment was made in the Watauga cemetery.
He leaves to mourn his young life, his heartbroken parents, four sisters and three brothers all at home except Miss Margaret Erz of McLaughlin and Matt Erz of Haynes, N. D.
The heartbroken family have the sympathy of our community.




Former Superintendent dies in Oregon Saturday


Carl L. Eskelson, 74, former state director of vocational rehabilitation, died Saturday in Roseburg, Oregon.
Eskelson was superintendent at McIntosh for many years and later at McLaughlin, and coordinator of Trade and industrial education at Mobridge before joining the public instruction department in 1944. He recently resigned as director of vocational education, but has been serving as consultant.
Funeral services will be Wednesday afternoon in Portland. The body will be cremated and a memorial service will be held in Pierre in early March.
Survivors are the widow; two daughters Mrs. Kenneth Jumper of Rapid City and Mrs. Frank Lockridge Jr of Aberdeen and three sons, David and Richard in San Diego and Robert of Roseburg Oregon.
Taken from Corson County News February 23, 1961


Anna and Agnes Farstad


The infant twin daughters Anna and Agnes of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Farstad of north of Morristown passed away last Thursday within twenty-four hours of their birth at the Panko hospital in McIntosh. A short service was held in Watauga at the Viggo Thomsen home and burial was at the Watauga cemetery.
Taken from Morristown World May 9,1941


Farstad


Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Farstad mourn the death of their infant twin babies, son and daughter, born last Sunday at the Lemmon hospital. The little boy passed away a few hours after birth and the little girl lived 5 days. Committal services were held Wednesday and Sunday at the cemetery with the Rev. A.B. Birner, Lutheran pastor of McIntosh officiating.
Taken from Corson County News August 5, 1943




Funeral Rites held for Jim Flyinghorse


Funeral services were held in Bullhead from the Episcopal church April 11 for James Flyinghorse of Watauga. He passed away April 9 at the hospital in McLaughlin of a heart ailment.
Mr. Flyinghorse was one of the old-time Indian cowboys of the West River. He was a successful rancher and maintained a fine herd of cattle on his ranch south of Watauga where he lived for many years on the Grand River.
The Rev. William Faye conducted the funeral services. Pall bearers were Leo Erz, Harold Twito, Roman KoePel, Calvin Bail, Jerome Shoestring and William Flyinghorse.
James Flyinghorse was born on the Standing Rock Reservation Sept. 6, 1887 and spent most of his life in Corson County.
He is survived by his widow Catherine, one son, LeRoy and three daughters, Mrs. Roman KoePel, Mrs. Calvin Bail and Mrs. Sylvia Dunn.
Burial was made in the cemetery at Bullhead.
Taken from Corson County News April 20, 1961

Former Watauga Resident Dies


His wife and countless friends here and in the Morristown and Watauga communities were shocked Friday to learn of the unexpected death of Lafe French, pioneer Corson county resident, who passed away at the home of his son in Spearfish. His body was found that morning by his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Ed French when she went to call him for breakfast. Death was attributed to heart failure.
Mr. French had been ailing for some time. Recently he went to Spearfish in an effort to seek relief from his ailments. His condition, however, had not been considered critical. Mrs. French left Lemmon for that city early Saturday morning. Funeral services were held there Sunday afternoon. Burial was made in the Spearfish cemetery
Mr. French was born in Portage, Wis., in 1868. He received his education and grew to young manhood at Connerville, his native state. He was married there in 1904 to Frances Simes. In 1909, Mr. and Mrs. French came to North Dakota and filed on a homestead north of Watauga. In 1918, they moved to that village. He entered the employ of the Milwaukee Road and worked on that section for 17 years. Three years ago, they moved from Watauga to Morristown. Last summer they came to make their home in Lemmon.
Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. French, three of whom died in infancy. Surviving are the widow and one son Ed, who lives at Spearfish.
Taken from Corson County News September 23, 1943


Gale

-Mr. and Mrs. W.I. Gale were made happy on Saturday by the arrival of a fine baby boy weighing seven and a half pounds. The child was doing nicely up to 10 o’clock Sunday morning, when he was taken ill and died within an hour, inspite of what Dr Longstreth could do to save the little fellow. The family have the deep sympathy of the entire community.
Taken from McIntosh Globe 8-20-1914

Mrs. Richard Gannon


-Funeral services held for Mrs. Richard Gannon at the Sacred Heart church in Morristown with Rev. Father Carty conducting the service. Sarah Louise McClure was born Feb. 14, 1852 in Leitchfield,
county in Kentucky. She was one of thirteen children. On April 10, 1906 she was united in marriage to Richard Gannon. Mr. and Mrs. Gannon moved to Canova S.D. in 1906 and lived there until 1910 when they moved to their present home south of Morristown. Mrs. Gannon has been in poor health for a number of years and passed away at her home south of Morristown. Mrs. Gannon was a devoted wife and a loving mother and kind neighbor and was loved and respected by all who knew her. She leaves to mourn her bereaved husband, Richard Gannon, two stepsons Leo Gannon of Watauga and Thomas Gannon of McLaughlin, a nephew C.D. Monroe and a niece Mrs. Bertha Fisher of McLaughlin.
Taken from Morristown World October 18,1940


Sad Tragedy Occurs Sunday When East Lake Near McIntosh Claims Two Young Men-Frank Gannon and Harry Jensen Drown- Third boy is Rescued.


A happy Mother's Day came to a sad and tragic ending Sunday when the East lake claimed the lived of two McIntosh school students. Harry Jensen, 15 and Frank Gannon, 16, and a very narrow escape for Eugene Panko, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Panko of the north country. The three boys were at the East lake, using an old boat for transportation to and from the island when the sad accident occurred.
When but a short distance from the island the boat started to fill up with water, the waves washing over the top and a leak in the bottom soon had it full and in a sinking condition. Harry, considered a strong swimmer left the boat in order to lighten the load and said he would swim to the island, and soon after, Frank took to the water, and when he jumped the boat capsized. Eugene started for shore, but the heavy waves made it difficult swimming and he returned to the boat, only to see his two comrades disappear from the surface.
Buckley Pudwill riding his black horse, was coming to town from his farm when he noticed the plight of Eugene. Without thinking of his own safety, he took his rope off his saddle and plunged his horse into the lake, the horse swimming in reach of Eugene, Buckley threw him the rope and dragged him and the boat to shore. With only the slippery bottom of the boat to hold to, and the ice cold water, it is only a matter of speculation as to how long Eugene could have remained in this dangerous position, and probably owes his life to the bravery and thoughtfulness of Buckley and his reliable stead.
The accident occurred about six-thirty Sunday evening and the boys had all eaten a heavy dinner, and it is the general opinion that the boys were overcome with cramps. Shortly after the tragedy, the alarm was sounded and people from all parts of town and country assembled at the lake in vain effort to locate the bodies. Work was continued until nearly midnight, but darkness and the strong wind made it fruitless, and it was abandoned until early Monday morning. Grappling irons and a raft made from big timbers were put to use Monday morning, and about ten-thirty the body of Harry Jensen was brought to the surface, and shortly after the hooks contacted Frank Gannon and he was raised on to the raft, the bodies being about thirty feet apart. Harry had reached within about fifty feet of the island and Frank was out in the lake about thirty feet farther.
It is one of the saddest tragedies to befall this vicinity in many years, and the death of these two fine young boys cast a shadow of sorrow over the entire community. Harry and Frank had spent the weekend with their parents southwest of Watauga, and had returned to the city Sunday afternoon to be on hand to resume their school work on Monday, but death intervened. Harry is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Jensen and Frank is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Gannon, a neighbor of the Jensen family in the vicinity southwest of Watauga.
Both boys were students of the McIntosh school, Harry being a freshman and Frank in the seventh grade. They were among the fine young outstanding men of the school; obedient and studious, exceptional characters and very popular with students as well as teachers and adults of the city. Their untimely calling came as a great shock.
Frank Gannon was born Dec. 15, 1928 at Watauga S.D. and died on May 9, 1943. He leaves to mourn his death, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Gannon, three sisters, Shirley, Kathleen and Marjorie, and seven brothers, Cpl. Wm. Gannon, who is in the armed forces, Richard, James, Thomas, Donald, Robert and Kenneth.
Funeral service was held last Thursday morning at 10:00 in the St. Michael Church at Watauga S.D. Father Creahen officiating.
Harry Jensen, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Jensen of Watauga S.D. was born at Watauga, February 26, 1928 and passed away May 9, 1943 at the age of 15 years 2 months. He was a freshman in the McIntosh high school.
He leaves to mourn his death, besides his parents, three sisters, Mrs. Louise Sandberg of Hopkins Minnesota, Martha Jensen of Minneapolis and Norma Jensen of Washington, D.C.. and two brothers, Emmett who is serving in the U.S. Navy and Lawrence at home, besides many other relatives.
Funeral was held Thursday afternoon May 13 at the American Lutheran church in Morristown, with the Rev. R.A. Wanberg officiating
Taken from Corson County News May 13 and May 20 1943



Mrs. Gill Dies at Aberdeen


Mrs. Karen A. Gill, 59, 13 7th Ave S.W., died Sunday at her home. She was a former resident of Lemmon, Watauga and McIntosh.
Mrs. Gill was born Oct. 17, 1883 at Dell Rapids and lived there until she was 19. She married Mathew Gill at Flandreau, March 17, 1903, living in Flandreau for a year when she moved to Dell Rapids. A year later, she went to Sioux Falls and in 1912 moved to Lemmon, taking up a homestead with her husband. She moved into Lemmon in 1919, remaining there until 1924 when she moved to Watauga. In 1927, she moved to McIntosh and in 1939 came to Aberdeen.
She was a member of Sacred Heart church and the Catholic daughters of America.
She is survived by her husband; one son, Lester L. Gill, living near Timber Lake; four daughters, Mrs. Katherine D. Payne of McIntosh, Miss Mary Gill of Aberdeen, Mrs. Ferne Wood of Colorado Springs, Colo, and Mrs. Carmen R. Glau of Aberdeen; two brothers, Jens Jensen of Mitchell and one sister, Mrs. Alice Sorenson of Flandreau. Ten grandchildren also survive.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday at 9 a.m. in Sacred Hearch church with burial in Sacred Heart cemetery. Rosary was said Monday in Kreuger's mortuary.
Reprinted in Corson County News from Aberdeen News March 11, 1943.

Gregson

-The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Gregson died on Sunday morning. They have the sympathy of their many friends in this vicinity.
Taken from McIntosh Globe 6-13-1914



Pioneer Lady Laid to Rest

The death of Mrs. Geo. Gregson last Sunday morning cast a shadow of gloom over the community, her death coming very sudden and unexpected. She had been a sufferer of diabetes for many years and her illness kept her close to her home. She was stricken last Saturday with a severe attack and was brought to McIntosh immediately and passed away the next morning.
In the death of Mrs. Gregson, the community loses a woman of sterling quality, one who was held in the highest esteem by every acquaintance; a good Christian and one who was willing with an untiring hand to help others in spite of her own illness. The deceased was a gifted artist and many of her paintings adorn the homes of neighbors and friends, gifts that are cherished by the owners.
Frantie E. Webb was born at Aberdeen, South Dakota, November 12, 1882, the daughter of Frank W. and Mary Ellen Webb. She attended school in Aberdeen and later went to Chicago for special study. The family engaged in the dairy business which claimed their interest even after coming to Corson County. The father was an officer in the Salvation Army for more than twenty years.
She was married to George Gregson July 19, 1913 and in 1914 they came to Corson county where Mr. Gregson had homesteaded in 1910, south of Watauga. To this union two children were born, a son in 1914 and a daughter in 1917. both died in infancy.
She leaves to mourn her passing a sister, Mrs. H.A. Gregson of Lebanon, Oregon, a twin sister, Miss Flossie Webb, a brother, Roy Webb and Mr. Webbs mother, Mrs. Frank Webb, all of Watauga. Both her parents proceeded her in death.
She passed away at McIntosh April 7, 1940, at the age of 57 years, 4 months and 25 days.
The funeral services was held Wednesday morning from the Presbyterian church, Rev. Taylor speaking from a text in the second chapter of Revelation, “He that overcometh, that keepeth My works unto the end, I will give him the morning star.” The remains were shipped to Aberdeen for interment. Mrs. C.L. Eskelson, Mrs. J. Beier, Mrs. Hazel Hanson, accompanied by Miss Phyllis Richards at the organ, rendered tow appropriate selections of music.
Taken from Corson County News April 11, 1940




Jack Fuchs Loses Life


Word was received in Carson late Tuesday afternoon that Jack Fuchs, who resides near the Paradise Flats, was accidentally killed about noon that day.
He was driving a tractor to the hay field and apparently following an old road near the Cedar River which had been made obscure by a high growth of weeds, he came too close to the bank, the tractor rolling into the river, bottom side up, with Fuchs pinned underneath.
He was found several hours later underneath the tractor lying in three feet of water. It is supposed that death was due to drowning rather than injuries sustained by the accident.
he was 47 years old and the father of five children-three sons and two daughters.
Funeral arrangements have not been completed, but are expected to be held Friday or Saturday depending upon the arrival of relatives from the West.
Taken from Corson County News August 10, 1945


Dick Gannon Buried Thursday


The news of the sudden and unexpected death of Richard (Dick) Gannon at this home southwest of Watauga Tuesday night, October 28th, came as a shock and saddened the hearts of all his acquaintances.
"Dick" as he was most familiarly known to his many friends in the west river country, had been in poor health for the past few years, but he was made of what it takes to face the ups and downs of life with a smile, and never complained of his ailments contracted by his many years of hard work, was primarily the cause of his death, his age at the time of his passing being passed 75 years. In spite of his age, Dick was ambitious, always ready with a helping hand for those who were in distress, a good neighbor and a fellow well met, and his passing is mourned by every acquaintance. He was one of the pioneers of the west river country, and invitations by relatives and friends to retire from the farm, were cast aside by the remarks that he was happy to die where he had lived. His wife preceded him in death two years ago.
Funeral services were held at Morristown last Thursday morning, interment being made in the cemetery at Morristown. The Catholic church was crowded to capacity with sorrowing friends and relatives who came to pay their sad respects to a neighbor and friend, a man who they had learned to love and respect. Father Carty conducted the services.
Taken from Corson County News. November 5, 1942


Services held for Former Resident


Funeral services were held at Anaheim, Wash., Saturday May 21 for Mrs. Hulda Gulson. Her husband the Reverend H.M. Gulson, served the Presbyterian churches of Watauga, Morristown, and White Deer from 1936-1940.
Mrs. Gulson died of a heart attack. Survivors include one daughter Mrs. Heanne M. Stull of Anaheim, three grandchildren and two sisters.
Taken from Corson County News. May 26, 1955


Former Watauga Lady Passes Away in Reeder



Death came to relieve the suffering of Mrs. Ed. C. Halverson of Reeder early Sunday May 7th, after being sick for one week with the flu, followed by complications. Erna, as she was commonly called by her many friends, was the wife of Ed. C. Halverson, a long time employee and agent of the Milwaukee Railroad Co., at Watauga, Bucyrus and Reeder. In her passing, her family relatives and communities where she lived, suffer a severe loss, which will be hard to over come. Her hearty laughs and smiles, her friendly and pleasing manner and the many deeds of kindness, will long linger in the memories of her friends, which are numbered by her acquaintances. Mrs. Halverson was a real home woman, close to her own fireside, a real and sincere wife and mother. She lived and enjoyed life to the utmost, although at times suffering with minor ailments. She was a sort of a God Mother to many children in the Watauga community and elsewhere of which many now are grown up, some moved away or have passed away. The Halverson's lived at Watauga for many years, coming here in September, 1912, later being transferred to Bucyrus and Reeder. where they have now lived for seven years. They raised a family of two children Donald, now grown up, employed by the Milwaukee Railroad at Bucyrus and Betty about 13 years old. Mrs. Halverson found much pleasure in an effort to keep her home pleasant and to help others in sickness or distress, she was noted for her hospitality and congenial nature, always ready with a helping hand to assist any one, and she was loved by all who knew her. She was a great lover of flowers of which there were many beautiful offerings from friends and relatives. Funeral services were held from the home and the Lutheran church at Reeder. The edific being filled to overflowing by the many sorrowing friends and relatives who came to pay their last respects to one whom they loved and respected. Interment was in the Lutheran cemetery at Reeder. Erna Johana Raether was born at Britton S.D. on June 22, 1890. Her fathers name was Rudolph Raether, her mothers Bertha Raether. In her early life she lived with her parents, moving to Waubay S.D. and there on June 29, 1910 she was married to Edward C. Halverson and soon thereafter, located to Watauga. Mrs. Halverson was always a sincere Christian woman, but since last Easter was drawn even closer to her Lord, as if preparing for the end. May she have Eternal Rest in Heaven, is the prayer of many of her friends. She leaves to mourn her death, her husband, Edward C. Halverson, her son Donald and daughter Betty and many sorrowing relatives and friends.
Taken from Corson County News May 12, 1939


MRS. HALVERSON PASSES AWAY


The McIntosh community is mourning the sudden death of Mrs. E. H. Halverson at her home last Friday afternoon, the Grim Reaper calling after an illness of few weeks duration. In the death of Mrs. Halverson the community loses a friend and a woman held in the highest esteem. Her death is a loss to the children and relatives that can never be replaced. Mrs. Halverson has not been in the best of health for a number of years, but her condition became such, three weeks ago, that she was forced to her bed and from which she never recovered.
Carrie Hanson Halverson passed from this life into life eternal at her home in Sioux County, N. D. Friday, September 25, 1931, at two o’clock P. M. at the age of 48 years, seven months and 25 days.
Mrs. Halverson was born January 31, 1883 at Arnegerg Solor, Norway. Her father and mother, Berger and Hannah Hanson brought her to Tramplean County, Wisconsin at the age of six months. When she was six years old the family moved to La Moure, N. D.
On March 11, 1908 she was united in marriage to Ebert Halverson, thirteen children being born to this union, two of whom have preceded their mother to the heavenly home.
In 1910 Mr. and Mrs. Halverson moved to Grant County, N. D. and then to Sioux County in 1925 where she lived until her untimely death.
She leaves to mourn her passing her faithful and loyal husband; two brothers, Tom of La Moure, N. D. and Bennie of Lisbon, N. D.; eleven children, Bertram, Helen (Mrs. Wilfred Dansereau), Herbert, Esther (Mrs. Herbert Farstad), Myrte, Bennie, Elmer, Alfred, Roscoe, Donald, and Ernest; and four grand-children.
Mrs. Halverson was confirmed in the Norwegian Lutheran church when 15 years old and has been a sincere Christian all her life, devoted to her Lord and Master, Jesus Christ.
She was a loving mother, always looking to the cares of her household, denying herself many privileges and opportunities for the sake of her family. The devotion of her children and the sympathy of her close friends testify that she was a wonderful mother, a loving wife and a loyal friend.



Death of Mrs. A.R. Hartwell


The community was shocked last Friday when the news came to town that Mrs. A.R. Hartwell of Pioneer township had passed away. She had only been sick about twenty-eight hours. Death was caused by peitonites.
Mrs. Hartwell was born in Challacomb, Ill., November 14, 1871. In the spring of 1910, they came to Pioneer township and homesteaded in the true sense of the word and built up a beautiful home.
She was a kind and loving wife and mother. Her congenial disposition, the good she has done in her community will long be remembered.
The remains were taken to Summerville, Ill., her former home, Saturday evening and interment made there Tuesday. She leaves to mourn her untimely death, her husband and son, James.
Taken from Morristown World April 18, 1919


Mrs. Walt Hawkins dies


Mr. and Mrs. Pearl Hemphill received a telegram Wednesday of this week announcing the sad news that Mrs. Walter Hawkins had passed away at Hollywood California, Tuesday July 22nd. The telegram did not give any particulars, but it was known for some time that Mrs. Hawkins was not enjoying the best of health, but her condition was never considered serious.
The deceased was formerly a resident of the Watauga vicinity and was formerly Nellie Bown, and was married to Walter Hawkins at Watauga before moving to California. She was always held in the highest esteem by all who knew her and her friends were numbered by her acquaintances. The news of her death came as a shock to her many friends in this vicinity and will join in expressing sympathy to the bereaved relatives.
Taken from the Corson County News July 24, 1930


Watauga Farmer Dies at Aberdeen


Solomon Leroy Henderson of Watauga passed away on Sunday morning at 12:30 at a hospital at the age of 44 years, suffering with serious stomach trouble. Mr. Henderson was born at Miltonvale, Kansas November 21, 1883, where he grew to young manhood.
On 1910 he went into Canada locating on a farm. Two years later he was married to Susan Denton of Masadonia Ia, and two years later they moved to Watauga where they homesteaded and where they have since made their home. He was taken to Aberdeen three weeks ago for medical attention and where everything possible was done in hopes of improving his condition but all seemed fruitless.
He leaves to mourn beside his wife, two children, Helen age 14, and James, 7, his father James Henderson of Miltonville, Kansas, three sisters and two brothers, Wm. Henderson, Mrs. Bert King, Mrs. Carl Lepley all of Canada, Geo. Henderson of Concordia, Kansas and a half sister, Mrs. Martha Henderson of Miltonville, Kansas.
The body was taken to his old home at Miltonvale, Kansas where services and interment will take place. The body was accompanied by Mrs. Henderson and her sister Mrs. John Krie of Ainsworth, Neb. He was a member of the Christian church and was a member of the Masonic order.
Taken from Corson County News March 15, 1928

Hendrickson


The Watauga community extends sympathy to the Pete Hendrickson family in the loss of Mrs. Hendrickson, who passed away Sunday at Lemmon. Iver Hendrickson arrived from Missoula and daughter Maybeth arrived from Illinois Saturday evening and were at their mother's bedside. Funeral services were held at Lemmon at the funeral home Tuesday afternoon with burial at Lemmon
Taken from Corson County News May 13, 1948



William Hendrickson dies following surgery


William Henry Hendrickson, 74 Watauga, died Friday evening in the Bismarck hospital. Cause of death was a heart attack following surgery for cancerous tumors. He had entered the hospital the Monday prior to his death.
His death came as a shock to the Watauga community as he seldom, if ever, complained of any illness. The day prior to his operation, he played golf for a few hours. Hendrickson was interested in sports and participated in public affairs as well as in the interests of his church. A pioneer resident of the community, he was considered a wonderful friend and an enthusiastic helper to those in need.
Funeral services were held from the Presbyterian Church in Watauga, Tuesday October 18. The Rev. John McCandless officiated. Hymns by Carol and Virgil Anderson and Charlotte and Enid Neumiller were rendered. Mrs. Ed Willigan was the accompanist. Pall bearers were Fred Blow, Ed Willigan, Earl Main, Vernon Dickinson, Mark Grahek and Verne Holmes. Burial was in the Watauga cemetery.
William H. Hendrickson was born April 5, 1881 at Beresford, S.D. and was educated at Hurley. Prior to coming to this area he lived at Viborg. He homesteaded 10 miles south of Watauga in November 1911. In 1937, he purchased the Matkin farm and lived there for 11 years. He sold this place and moved to Watauga 7 years ago.
He was united in marriage to Sophia Kvalshaug at Beresford, Nov. 16, 1911. Three children were born to this union, Glen, Watauga, Willa (Mrs. Louis Woodward), Watertown and Eldonna (Mrs. Norman Dayton) Concord, Calif. His wife Sophia, died Jan. 12, 1928. He married Susan Henderson Nov. 15, 1928.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Susan, son Glen, daughters Willa and Eldonna, Nine grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and a sister Mrs. Clyde Baldwin, of Upton, Wyo. A stepdaughter, Mrs. Chester Sutton and stepson James Henderson preceded him in death.
The deceased was affiliated with the Presbyterian church, Masonic Lodge of Morristown and the Shriners of Aberdeen. Mr. Hendrickson was a farmer and active in the A.S.C. farm program since the beginning.
Taken from Corson County News October 20, 1955

Mrs. Hendrickson Dies This A.M.

The death of Mrs. Wm. Hendrickson of south of Watauga, this (Thursday) morning cast a shadow of sorrow over the entire community. Mrs. Hendrickson went to her bed last Saturday suffering with pneumonia, and every human aid was tendered her, but her weakened condition, due to a lingering illness could not ward off the disease and she answered the final call Thursday.
In the death of Mrs. Hendrickson, the community loses one of its very fine women, a woman of education and accomplishment and a mother of highest ideals. She was very active in the social life of her community, and a leader in all of its club work, and her departure is a very sad blow. She was a good Christian woman and a real mother to her three children, and her home was always her palace. Every effort had been put forth to gain her health and a trip to California was planned as soon as arrangements could be made, but death claimed her before their plans wee completed.
She leaves to mourn her, her husband, two little girls and a boy besides many relatives. Funeral services will be held at Watauga next Sunday afternoon at two o'clock.
Taken from Corson county News January 12, 1928




Death Account of Former Resident


Mrs. Pearl Hemphill of Burbank, Calif., passed away at her home in that city last Saturday morning at 4;15 o'clock. She was aged 56 years, 11 months and seven days.
Goldie White, daughter of John and Amanda (Lewis) White was born near Fairbury on May 20, 1893. She grew to young womanhood in this vicinity and on May 14, 1914, in this city was united in marriage to Pearl Hemphill, of Colfax. They made their home at McIntosh, S.D. for 31 years and for the past five years at Burbank.
She leaves her husband, two sister, Mrs. Mabel Austman of Forrest and Mrs. Eva Bown of North Hollywood California, two nieces and a nephew; an aunt, Mrs. Emma snowden of Sunnyside California, and an uncle, Art Lewis and an aunt Mrs. Elizabeth Olmstead, of Fairbury and also a host of friends in Illinois, South Dakota and California. Her parents, a brother Grover, who resided in Peoria, and a sister Mrs. Martha Wilson, who resided in South Dakota, preceded her in death.
Mrs. Hemphill was a memeber of the Presbyterian church and of the Eastern Star of McIntosh, South Dakota.
Mrs. Hemphill loved flowers and the beauties of nature and made many friends. Her patience and thoughtfulness for others during her illness wee an inspiration to all who knew her. Her memory will live forever in the hearts of her loved ones.
Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church at Burbank, Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment was in Forest Lawn cemetery at Glendale, Cal.
Taken from Corson County News June 1, 1950

Pearl Hemphill Passes Away

Pearl Hemphill who lived for many years south of Watauga on the farm now occupied by Joe Riehl passed away January 23 at Santa Ynez, California. He was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park at Glendale, Calif.
Mr. Hemphill had been in the Lutheran Home at Solvang, Calif. for six years. He had been bothered for several years with a cancerous growth on the neck.
Mr. Hemphill was a soft spoken gentleman who built up one of the finest farm homes in the south Watauga community. He was a leader in the community in the early days of Corson county and retired in California. He was preceded in death by his wife Goldie. He is survived by a son Hugh who lives in North Hollywood, Calif.
Taken from Corson County News February 23, 1967

Remains Returned for Reburial


Reburial services for Sgt. Kenneth E. Higby of Morristown, S.D. were held at 9:30 a.m. on September 25 at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minn. The Rev. Alvin Carlson of the First Presbyterian church of Minneapolis officiated, assisted by the Rev. Robert Elkin formerly of Morristown and Lemmon. During the service, four soldiers stood at attention holding a U.S. flag over the vault. After the benediction, a squad of three soldiers fired three volleys over the grave and taps were played. The flag was folded and presented to the mother, Mrs. Higby, by Sgt. Walton who had escorted the body to Ft. Snelling. The flag was given on behalf of the U.S. government in appreciation of sacrifices made by Sgt. Higby for his country. Beautiful floral wreaths were tributes of many friends of the Morristown community and of the Morristown chapter of the Masonic Lodge of which Kenneth had been a member.
Taken from Corson County News. October 7, 1948

FORMER WATAUGA GIRL DIES IN MONTANA


Miss Rose Hilsendager, well known here and a resident of the Watauga community, passed away Monday at Billings, Montana, where she had been visiting a brother and other relatives.
The deceased, in her early twenties had made her residence with relatives at Watauga for several years past. A year ago, she spent several months employed in Morristown, where she made many friends among the younger set.
Going to Montana this fall to visit relatives, she experienced a fall down a flight of basement steps and injuries received in the mishap produced complications which placed her in ill health for several weeks. Relatives at Watauga were notified of her serious condition as early as Saturday. Death came quietly at eight o’clock Monday morning.
She is survived by her father, Conrad Hilsendager, formerly of the north country and now a resident of St. Paul; three brothers, Martin of Billings, John and Lewis of Watauga; two sisters Miss Betty and a host of friends in both communities who mourn her untimely passing. Morristown World
Note: The sister not listed was Margaret Hilsendager Mollman.

Hilsendager Rites held at Lemmon


Funeral services were held at the Sacred Heart church in Lemmon, June 28, for Conrad Hilsendager. He passed away June 24 at the Dorsett home at Spearfish. Mass was sung by the Rev. Msgr. Wm. P. Leahy, Burial was made in the cemetery at Morristown.
Conrad Hilsendager was the father of John Hilsendager, Watauga, Louis Hilsendager, Washington, Mrs. Dorus Mollman (Margaret), of Watauga and Mrs. Delbert Brown (Betty) of St. Paul.
He is survived by three sisters, 37 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren.
He was born May 9, 1881 in Russia and homesteaded at Belfield and Glen Ullin, North Dakota. He lived for about a year at Morristown and then retired and moved to St. Paul where he has spent the past 30 years.
Taken from Corson County News June 29, 1961


Services held at Watauga for Clarence Hoisington


The services were delayed for almost two hours as the family waited for a son, Keith, who came from his naval station on a ship in Cuba. There was difficulty contacting Keith following Mr. Hoisington's death. Keith flew from Cuba to Bismarck, N.D. and then came by plane to McIntosh to arrive in time for the funeral services. The family did not know Keith was going to be present for the funeral until he called from Bismarck about noon.
Pall bearers were the sons of Mr. Hoisington, Edmond, Clarence, Claire, Keith, Kenneth and Herbert.
Masonic rites were held at the graveside. Stanley Voas past Worshipful Master of the Standing Rock Lodge, conducted the Masonic services. Burial was made in the cemetery in Watauga.
Mr. Hoisington had moved into the Watauga community in 1931 and has been farming east of Watauga. He was clerk of the school board for several years, township supervisor for several years, a member of the AAA board and a member of the board of directors of the Watauga Equity Exchange at the time of his death. He was Worshipful Master of the Standing Rock Masonic lodge in 1951.
Survivors include the widow, six sons, two daughters-in-law. his mother Mrs. Emma Hoisington of Flandreau; four brothers, four sisters, five grandchildren an several nieces and nephews.
Friends and neighbors from every denomination and every walk of life filled the community hall and overflowed into the street in Watauga Monday afternoon as they came to pay their final respects to C.L. (Dick) Hoisington.
Mr. Hoisington passed away at his farm home east of Watauga early Tuesday morning, July 28 of a heart ailment. His death came as a sad surprise to his family and the community as Mr. Hoisington was thought to have been in good health. He complained of being tired before retiring the night before his death. About 4:30 in the morning he was seized by a coughing spell and in a few minutes was dead.
Services were conducted in the hall at Watauga by the Rev. John McCandless of the Presbyterian church. hymns were rendered by Carol Anderson, Mrs. Wm. Neumiller and Wm. Hendrickson with Mrs. Ed. Willigan accompanist.
Taken from the Morristown World August 7, 1953

11 Year Old Sidney Hoisington Dies of Injuries Received in Tractor Mishap


Sidney Hoisington, 11, the son of Calvin and Phyllis Hoisington, died at a hospital in Bismarck Monday night of injuries received in a tractor accident on the farm of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Harvey, south of Watauga. The boy was riding to the field with Mr. Harvey and holding on to the fender or mud shield between the tractor seat and the rear wheel. Two bolts holding the fender broke and the boy tumbled under the tractor and a back wheel ran over him.
He was taken to the hospital at McLaughlin with Mrs. Robert Nehl, a registered nurse and neighbor of Harvey's in attendance. The boy was x-rayed at McLaughlin and an ambulance was called to take him to Bismarck. He died about 8 p.m. The boy was conscious on the trip to McLaughlin and able to talk.
Mrs. Virgil Anderson and Ed Soebbing arrived on the scene of the accident shortly after it happened and accompanied the party to McLaughlin in a station wagon belonging to Robert Tomac.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Presbyterian church in McIntosh. The boy will be buried in the cemetery at Watauga.
Taken from Corson County News. August 29,1963

WILHELM HOLM DIES ON TRIP TO DENMARK


Wilhelm Holm, 71, a former businessman at McIntosh and Watauga, died in Copenhagen, Denmark, Saturday on a trip that had been his life’s ambition.
Holm was a partner in the Red and White store in McIntosh and had owned stock in the Red and White store at Watauga. He lived for a long time at Watauga and was a frequent caller in this area after he moved to Minnesota.
A resident of Tyler, Minn., Holm and his wife flew to Denmark Dec. 10.
He had been chosen “Dane of the Year” by the Berligske Tidende, a Copenhagen newspaper which sponsors an annual trip to Denmark in the interest of promoting international good relations, and as a symbol of recognition of persons of Danish descent who made good in the new world.
He suffered a heart attack while being honored as a Christmas guest by the Tidende.
Mr. Holm was born in Denmark June 12, 1882. His parents brought him to the United States when he was three. The family returned to Denmark and, when his parents died, Mr. Holm lived with a grandfather until he was 15, when he returned to the U. S.
He bought a general store in Tyler in 1911 and later acquired others. He first was elected to the Minnesota legislature in 1942.
He had been president of the Tyler school board, president of Danebod Junior college of Tyler, president of Minnesota Federation of County Fairs, member of Tyler village council and Co-operative Creamery board.
He frequently had said that he’d like nothing better than the “Dane Of The Year” award.
Note:1954


Huber Funeral Services Held Here Wednesday


Funeral services were held from the First Baptist church in McIntosh Wednesday afternoon for Lydia Schweigert Huber. The Rev. Kiempel officiated. Burial was in the McIntosh cemetery.
Mrs. Huber suffered a stroke at her home Oct. 14 and had another attack that evening after entering the hospital at McLaughlin. She passed to her eternal reward and home the morning of October 29 at the age of 70 years, 2 months and 14 days.
She leaves to mourn her departure the following children; Fred of Ruper, Idaho; Margaret(Mrs. John Arnold), Albert, Jacob, Dan and Phillip, all of McIntosh and Lydia (Mrs. Sam Walker of Selfridge, 20 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. Her parents, two brothers and one sister preceded her in death.
Lydia Schweigert Huber was born to Daniel and Carollyn Schweigert August 15, 1885 near Odessa, Russia. She was married to Andrew F. Huber on July 23, 1906. to this union 11 children, seven sons and four daughters were born. Two daughters and one son died in infancy. Another son, Andrew died at the age of 15 in November 1931. Her husband died January 17, 1938.
In March of 1910 the family immigrated to this country and settled at Herried. Six years later the family moved to the McIntosh vicinity. Mrs. Huber resided here until the time of her death. Mrs. Huber was the only remaining charter member of the First Baptist Church of McIntosh.
Taken from Corson County News November 3, 1955

Calvin Hummel dies in California


Word was received Dec. 11, by Mrs. Lorenz Miller of the death of her brother, Calvin Hummel 41, of Yrbana. Calvin Hummel passed away Sunday evening. Death was attributed to a heart attack. Funeral services were held Wednesday at Yrbana.
Surviving relatives include his wife and one son, Leslie of Yrbana, one brother Jack Hummel of Los Angeles, Cal.; four sisters Mrs. Lorenz Miller, Mrs. Junie Philip of Keokuk, Iowa, Mrs. Franklin Killian, Bell California and the former Bernice Hummel of California
Taken from Corson County News December 14, 1961




Mrs. Torval Idso Died Monday at Hospital


This community was shocked Tuesday morning when the sad word passed around town that Mrs. Anna Louise Idso, wife of Torval Idso, of Keldron, passed away at the hospital in Aberdeen, Monday morning at 3 o’clock. She was taken to the hospital two weeks ago for medical treatment.
Anna Louise Idso was born on February 10, 1901 at Archer, Nebraska, died April 9, 1923 at the age of 22 years, one month and 19 days.
In the year 1911 she came with her parents to Watauga, S. D. to make her home and has lived in this vicinity all the time, with the exception of one year which she spent in Portage, Wis., completing her high school course. She taught one term in the Moe school and one term in her home district.
On June 20th, 1922 she was united in marriage to Torval Idso, of Keldron, S. D. who with Torval Dale, an infant son two weeks old, are left to mourn her life.
Louise was a member of the Presbyterian church and her life was a living example of her faith in Jesus. To know her was to love her and her memory is one to be cherished. Louise and Torval were much devoted to each other and their home life was short but very happy. They had made many plans for the future in the making of their home.
Besides her sorrowing husband, and an infant son, she leaves to mourn her loss, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Sampson of Watauga, four sisters and two brothers.
Sleep on Beloved, sleep and take thy rest.
Lay down thy head upon my weary breast.
We loved Thee well, but Jesus loved Thee best.
Sleep on, Sleep on.
Funeral services were held at one-thirty, Wednesday, at the Idso home conducted by Rev. Williams and interment was made in the Morristown cemetery. The pall bearers were Lloyd Brown, Nels Idso, Edward Hoffman, Ray Miller, Glenn Filer and Dean Lambert.
The many beautiful floral offerings were a mute tribute of the love and esteem in which she was held by the community.




Mrs. E. Jensen Passes Away


A shadow of sorrow was cast over this community Tuesday morning when the sudden and unexpected news of the death of Mrs. Emil Jensen of southwest of Watauga, was learned. Mrs. Jensen had submitted to an operation at the Bismarck hospital last week, and her condition was apparently good, when a turn came Monday evening, and a weakened heart caused her death.
Mrs. Jensen, one of the pioneer residents of the Watauga vicinity, was a grand lady; loved and admired by every acquaintance. Her home was her castle and a very devoted mother. Always ready with a helping hand for those in distress, Mrs. Jensen was loved by her neighbors and family, and her passing came as a great shock. She was a devout Christian of the Lutheran faith. She was a hard worker and her efforts were crowned with a fine family, a beautiful home and pleasant surroundings.
She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, Emil Jensen, three daughters, Mrs. Ernest Sandberg of Hopkins, Minn; Miss Martha Jensen of Minneapolis; Miss Norma Jensen of Washington D.C. Two sons, Lawrence, who is at home, an Emmett, who is serving in the U.S. Navy somewhere in the South Pacific. Harry the youngest in the family, lost his life in the East Lake two years ago. She leaves many other relatives residing in Minnesota.
Details as to the funeral services and interment are not available at this writing, but probably be held in Morristown where the son is buried.
The American Lutheran church at Morristown was filled to full capacity last Friday with sorrowing friends and relatives who came to pay their sad respects to Mrs. Emil Jensen. The Rev. Hein of Lemmon officiated and gave a very comforting sermon to the bereaved relatives. Miss Buelah Buechner of Lemmon, sang two beautiful solos, "I Need Thee Every Hours" and "Abide With Me." The casket was banked with beautiful flowers, a gift from friends and relatives and as a token of the high esteem in which the deceased was held. Relatives in attendance at the services were: Mrs. Josephing Roppe, Mrs. W.C. Kappauf and Ludwig Nalley and Marie Naley of Minneapolis, Mrs. J.E. Happerstad, Ridgeway, Iowa; Mrs. John Howe, Ogilvie, Minnesota; Afred Naley, Decorah, Iowa; George Akerhaven and daughter, Miss Bertha of Fargo; Miss Martha Jensen, Minneapolis and Mrs. Ernest Sandberg, Hopkins; Miss Norma Jensen, Washington D.C. Emmett Jensen, who is serving Somewhere in the South Pacific in the U.S. Navy, could not be present at his mother's funeral.
Tilla Rebecca Naley was born April 18, 1892 in Ridgeway, Iowa and passed away March 12, 1945 at the age of 52 years and 19 months. She was united in marriage to Emil Jensen at Watauga, July 9, 1916. To this union six children were born, Mrs. Louise Sandberg, Martha Jensen, Norma Jensen, Emmett Jensen, Lawrence Jensen. Harry Jensen preceeded her in death two years ago.
Interment was made in the Morristown cemetery beside her son Harry, who lost his life two years ago. Pall bearers were Simon Wahl, Emil Dahlen and Percy Behrmann of Morristown and John Afrank, Helge Farstad and Erick Anderson Watauga.
Taken from Corson County News March 16 and 22, 1945


Harry Jensen

Harry Jensen, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Jensen of Watauga S.D. was born at Watauga, February 26, 1928 and passed away May 9, 1943 at the age of 15 years 2 months. He was a freshman in the McIntosh high school.
He leaves to mourn his death, besides his parents, three sisters, Mrs. Louise Sandberg of Hopkins Minnesota, Martha Jensen of Minneapolis and Norma Jensen of Washington, D.C.. and two brothers, Emmett who is serving in the U.S. Navy and Lawrence at home, besides many other relatives.
Funeral was held Thursday afternoon May 13 at the American Lutheran church in Morristown, with the Rev. R.A. Wanberg officiating
Taken from Corson County News May 13 and May 20 1943


Mrs. E. Johnson Answers Call
Former McIntosh Lady dies at her home in Oakland California, last Saturday.


The news of the death of Mrs. Emil Johnson at her home at Oakland California, Saturday morning April 21st, brought sorrow to the many friends and acquaintances in this vicinity. Mrs. Johnson had been suffering with a heart ailment for some time, but the past three months she was forced to her bed, and life passed peacefully away on Saturday, April 21st.
Mrs. Johnson's friends were numbered by her acquaintances, she was a grand and noble woman, a devout Christian and mother and her untimely death will be a great loss to her loved ones as well as her host of friends. While the Johnson family resided in McIntosh, Mrs. Johnson was an ardent worker in the St. Paul's Lutheran church and she and her fine family were regular attendants and gave of their time unsparingly for the betterment of the church and their community. Although not always enjoying the best of health, Mrs. Johnson was always ready and anxious to help the sick or those in need.
Sophia Dronen was born July 7th, 1883 at Montevideo, Minnesota and moved with her parents to Finely, North Dakota when she was a small child, and where she grew to womanhood. She was united in marriage to Emil Johnson at Kent, Washington, November 30th, 1911 and to this union six children were born. They moved to Corson county in 1916 and remained here until June 1943 when they moved to California where she resided until her death.
Besides her husband, she leaves her six children, Mrs. Agnes Warner, Eve, Phyllis, Gilman, Verda and Vernon and two brother, Seivert Dronen of Cashmere, Washington and M.J. Dronen of Jamestown, North Dakota. She was preceded in death by two brothers, a sister and her parents.
Funeral services were held at Bannor Chapel, Wednesday, April 25th. The Reverend Koehler of the Trinity Lutheran Church preceding. She was laid to rest at Mountain View Cemetery, Piedmont.
Taken from Corson County News May 3, 1945

MRS. OTTO KARLSEN OF WATAUGA DIES THURSDAY


Mrs. Otto Karlsen, well known resident of Watauga, passed away at her home a few miles west of Watauga at 1:30 o’clock Tuesday noon, March 2.
Mrs. Karlsen had been in ill health since 1924, and since the first part of October had been confined to her bed. Her illness eventuated into cancer which was given as the cause of death.
Mrs. Karlsen was born in Frohn, Norway, June 21, 1888, to Mr. and Mrs. John Johansen. Her early womanhood was spent in Frohn and Drobak, Norway. On Feb. 18, 1914, she was united in marriage to Otto Karlsen and one week later the couple sailed for the United States and arrived at their destination on March 11, coming directly to Watauga where they have since continuously made their home.
Surviving relatives besides her husband are one sister and three brothers who live in Norway.
Funeral services are to be held Friday at the farm home near Watauga at 1 o’clock and from the Morristown Lutheran church, being baptized and confirmed a Lutheran, at 1:45 o’clock, with Rev. A. Trueman Daniels, pastor of the church, officiating.
Note:3/4/37




M.L. Katus Dies at Morristown


Funeral services for the late M.L. Katus were held Monday afternoon at the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church at Morristown.
Mr. Katus passed away at his home near Morristown at 5:45 p.m. July 9. He had suffered a stroke two years ago and was bedfast most of the time until his death. His wife and daughter were at his bedside at the time of his death.
The Rev. M.A. Radtke of Morristown delivered the sermon and handled the services. The church choir sang two songs, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" and "My Faith Looks up to Thee". The choir was accompanied by Mrs. Radtke on the organ.
Pallbearers were four sons of Mr. Katus, Clarence, Elwyn, Ralph and Paul and two son-in-laws, Fred Buhr and Tom Jameson. Interment was made in the Lemmon cemetery.
Out of town relatives at the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Katus and Berniece of Lemmon; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Katus of Watauga; Mr. and Mrs. E.D. Katus and family of McItnosh, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Katus of Mahto; Bill Katus of Rapid City; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jamieson and family of Brainerd, Minn., and Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Tomasko of Minneapolis.
Michael Levi Katus was born in Czechoslovakia on Jan. 9, 1868. At the age of 7 he moved with his parents to America, settling on a farm near Streator, Ill., where he lived to manhood. On Jan. 9, 1891, he was married to Mary Liptak, also of Streator. To this union was born nine children, two of whom preceded him in death, Zelma, who died in infancy and Manley who died in Lemmon in 1932.
Mr. Katus operated a meat market in Streator for many years.
In 1915, Mr. Katus came to Corson county. In 1918, his family moved from Streator and joined him in Corson County on the farm southeast of Watauga. They lived on the farm near Watauga for 18 years.
During the drouth years he moved his livestock to Northern Minnesota near Brainerd. In 1938 he returned to South Dakota and rented the Voas farm just out of Morristown, living there for a few years. For the past ten years, he has made his home in the town of Morristown, where he was taken in death at the age of 85 years and 6 months. He leaves to mourn his passing his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Tom Jameson of Brainerd and Mrs. Fred Buhr of Morristown; five sons, William of Rapid City, Clarence of Lemmon, Elwyn of McIntosh, Ralph of Watauga and Paul of Mahto and 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Taken from Morristown World July 17, 1953

MRS. M. L. KATUS BURIED FRIDAY


Mrs. Mary Josephine Katus died Tuesday, April 27 at 12:10 a.m. in Lemmon. Cause of death was heart trouble and complications coupled with old age.
Funeral services were held from the Sacred Heart Church of Morristown Friday, April 30. Rev. Father Carty of Morristown and Rev. Father Corey of Lemmon officiated. Burial was in the Green Hill Cemetery at Lemmon. Her five sons, Elwyn, Clarence, William, Paul and Ralph and a son-in-law, Tom Jamieson were the pall bearers.
Surviving relatives include two daughters, Mrs. Emma Jamieson of Brainerd, Minn. and Mrs. Leona Buhr of Morristown, five sons, Elwyn of McIntosh, William of Rapid City, Clarence of Lemmon and Ralph and Paul of Watauga, 6 daughters-in law, 11 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Anna Morrison of Aurora, Ill. and numerous nieces and nephews. Her husband, Michael L. Katus, a son, Manley and an infant daughter, Zelma preceded her in death.
Mary Josephine Liptak was born in the village of Iglov, Austria, March 19, 1874. Her childhood was spent in the picturesque surroundings of the beautiful, mountainous country not more than twenty English miles from the famous city of Vienna.
Her early life gave her an intimate knowledge of that territory, its forests, its mountains and its streams. Her father, who was a stalwart miner, laboriously eked out the simple livelihood for the family of which Mary Liptak was the youngest. Upon many occasions, she had many an interesting true story of her childhood to narrate to an eager listener, and the listener went away with a fascinating picture of the beauties and the sorrows of Austria.
When about 16 years of age, the father died and her mother and her two sisters departed from Austria to seek the bounteous liberty of a land of plenty, the United States of America. To them, as to all immigrants, this land of the free and the home of the brave held out unlimited opportunities and blessings.
Settling in Streator, Illinois, near relatives, Mary Liptak made the acquaintance of Michael Levi Katus and they were united in bonds of holy matrimony January 9, 1891. To this union 6 sons and 3 daughters were born.
The Katus family resided in Streator until 1918, operating a meat market in that city. Due to the prospect of a more healthful environment, the family moved to a homestead six miles southeast of Watauga, which they purchased from William Bown, an intimate friend of Mr. Katus while in Illinois. They resided on this ranch until the drought and depression of the thirties compelled them to move to a dairy farm near Brainerd, Minnesota. In about 1938 they returned to Dakota and rented the small Voas farm situated near Morristown. Finally giving up this life they loved because of advancing age, they settled in Morristown in a simple but beautiful home, that they landscaped themselves and planted and cared for one of the finest groves in that city.
Mr. and Mrs. Katus loved the nursery profession, both being devoted gardeners and giving themselves joyfully to their labor amidst growing things. It was with deep regret that either of them was obliged to finally give up this gratifying activity because of the onslaught of age and ill health.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Katus left behind a living memorial in trees and shrubbery, and are suitable to the life of liberty they believed in. Mrs. Katus succumbed to ill health and finally death, about nine months after her husband. May theirs be an everlasting reunion jointy, and together with the Heavenly Gardener Jesus Christ the World’s Redeemer.
Mrs. Katus failed in health noticeably this past winter. In January she went to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Tom Jamieson, Brainerd, Minnesota to spend the remaining winter months. She did not rally, and returned to Morristown two weeks before she passed away. She was hospitalized in Lemmon for a short period before death.
She was well known in the Watauga and Morristown communities. Her infirmities restricted her social activities in latter years. Her church, her family circle, her home, her flowers and garden were her dominant interests in this life. She was loved and respected by all who came in contact with her and who understood her way of life. Many trod the path to her home and came away marveling at her unusual courage and firm determination to carry on in spite of her own painful infirmities, family sickness and the many trials of this life.
Her children and her friends will ever remember the meek examples of Christian fortitude, kindness, patience and courage shown them thru her unselfish efforts to serve.
Merciful hands she had
Laboring to make us glad
On earth we know no other
As dear and grand as “Mother.”


Mrs. Karl Kern buried at McIntosh Friday


Funeral services for Mrs. Karl (Ernestena) Kern 55 of south of Watauga were held from the Presbyterian church in McIntosh Friday Oct. 28. The Rev. John McCandless officiated. Burial was in the McIntosh cemetery.
Norma Jameson, Helen Schulz and Mary Lou Brenner sang "Just As I Am" and "God is Love" Mrs. Walter Lawien was accompanist.
Pall bearers were William and Henry Moser, Henry Lang, Cecil Lang, L.G. Miller and Gilbert Meeker. Honorary pall bearers were Sebastian Seiler, Frank Lang, Fred, Christopher, Bill and Jake Kern.
Mrs. Kern died Tuesday October 25 at the Five Counties hospital in Lemmon. She had been ill about two weeks.
Surviving relatives include her husband Karl and son Arthur of Watauga, daughter Esther(Mrs. Herby Bakkehaug), McIntosh a sister Freda Nydigger of Oregon a brother Emanual Glaser of McLaughlin and three grandchildren.
Ernestena Glaser was born May 2, 1899 in south Russia. She received her formal education at New Leipzig, N.D. She was married to Karl Kern August 1, 1915 at Odess, N.D. Prior to settling south of Watauga in 1918 they lived near Elgin.
Taken from Corson County News November 3, 1955


Walt Klein Dies in Mobridge


Walt Klein, 53, former manager of the Equity Elevator at Watauga passed away at the community hospital at Mobridge following a heart attack. Klein had purchased the Mobridge Grain in October and was living in the Harbor Hotel in Mobridge until he was to be joined by his family.
Final rites were held Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. at Larson's Memorial Chapel in Mobridge. The Rev. Pius Mardian officiated and burial was in Greenwood Cemetery at Mobridge under the direction of Larson Funeral Home. Parker-Browder American Legion Post No. 4 provided military honors.
Pallbearers were Edwin Knittel, Aberdeen, Leo Grismer of Mandan and Marvin Glatt of Hoven.
Klein was born October 10, 1917 at Glenham and lived on a farm near Glenham while a boy. After graduation from school he was employed by the Glenham Equity Exchange from 1935, until he entered the army in 1942. He received his discharge on Oct. 27, 1945 and returned to Glenham to work. On May 8, 1947 he married Francis Grismer at Billings Montana. They moved to Watauga in 1949 where he was manager of the elevator.
At Watauga, Klein was active in community affairs. He was chairman for many of the fund drives and projects in the community.
In 1960, they moved to White Lake and in 1965 the family moved to Belle Fouche. Klein purchased the Mobridge Grain Exchange Oct. 7 and was managing the Exchange.
Survivors include his wife at Belle Fouche; three sons, Patrick N. Klein at home; David and Robert Klein of Spearfish; a daughter, Valerie Klein at home and three sisters, Mrs. Edwin (Freida) Knittel of Aberdeen; Mrs. Clara Ueland of Detroit Lakes, Minn.; and Miss Elsie Klein of Milwaukee.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Klein and three brothers.
Taken from Morristown World Nov. 12, 1970


Farmer Near Paradise is dragged to Death


Karl Koenig, 30 years of age, engaged in farming with his parents in the Paradise community of Sioux county, was accidently killed a week ago last Thursday. The young man had been engaged in farm operations at some distance from the house and was seen to drive a truck into the farm yard about 11:30 a.m. to get a fresh supply of gasoline and oil for the tractor. It is presumed that while cranking the truck to start back to the field, he placed one leg inside the bumper to get a better brace in cranking the truck engine, that with the sudden vibration of the engine the clutch was thrown in and the car started up, knocking him in such a manner as to drag him to his death before the truck could be overtaken and stopped. The body was quite badly mangled.
Rev. H.J. Schaar conducted the funeral services. The remains were laid to rest in the local cemetery.
Taken from Morristown World May 1, 1931

Henry Lang Rites Held at Watauga

Henry Lang 81, long-time pioneer resident of the Watauga area, was buried at Watauga Nov. 27, following funeral services conducted in the Watauga Lutheran Church. Services were conducted by Pastor Terry Nelson.
Mr. Lang died Nov.. 24th from a stroke. He had been in the McLaughlin hospital for less than 12 hours when he passed away.
Honorary pall bearers were Ed Willigan, Art Weisar, Fred Buhr, Stanley McSweeney, Louis Moser and Gerald Turner. Active bearers were Bernard Nehl, Carl Roehl, George Bail, Jess Kinney, Robert Baumeister and Ernest Baird.
Henry Lang was born April 11, 1886 in New Albany, Ind. He received his education there and moved to Canova, S.D. where he worked as a well driller. He came to Watauga in 1912 and married Pearl Morris June 12, 1926. They resided on a farm south of Watauga from that time.
Mr. Lang served on township and school boards and was an active booster for his community. He remained active and worked on the farm every day despite advancing years.
Survivors include his wife, one son Raymond, Watauga; one daughter Mrs. Esther Evenson, Thunder Hawk, two brothers and three sisters.
Taken from Corson County News Dec. 7, 1967


Andrew Langlo Dies at Mobridge

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon for Andrew Langlo who passed away at the Mobridge hospital last Friday June 14th. Mr. Langlo has been in failing health for the past couple years, but little did his friends suspect that his condition was serious, and his death came as a shock to his many friends.
Andrew Langlo was one of the pioneers of this section, having farmed in the Watauga area for a number of years, and came here several years ago and resided in a house south of the telephone company, and worked at odd jobs whenever his health would permit. Andrew was a fine old gentleman, honest and held in the highest respect by every acquaintance. In the last few years he kept to himself and what little company he had he entertained at his little house. He was always of a jovial nature and never complained of his illness. He was 74 years of age at the time of his death and was of Scandinavian descent.
Taken from Corson County News June 13, 1946


Lofgren Boy Passes away


A shadow of sorrow was cast over the community Monday afternoon when word was received of the death of little Lloyd Lofgren at the Mobridge hospital. The little fellow was taken to Mobridge last Friday suffering with a poison contracted from an abscessed tooth, and his condition was such that on his arrival at Mobridge little hope was held for his recovery, and death claimed him Monday afternoon.
In company with some friends Lloyd hunted rabbits all day Sunday returning in the evening, and gave no indication of being ill. He complained a little during the night of a tooth and the next morning the side of his face was swollen to twice its normal size, and he remained in bed. He gradually grew worse and medical assistance was called, but the poison was saturating his system and he was taken to Mobridge to get every medical aid possible. Meningitis as a result of the poison, was contracted and was the cause of his death.
Lloyd was eight years old and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frances Lofgren residing in McINtosh, coming here with his parents in the fall of 1936, from their farm south of Watauga. He was a little gentleman at all times, and held in the highest esteem by his school mates, as well as adults. In spite of his small frame, he was active in athletics and appeared in many of the local boxing exhibitions, and gave his all in every contest. His death comes as an added sadness, his mother being bedfast since last September, and was unable to be with her son during his sickness and death. His father took him to Mobridge and remained with him until the Grim Reaper claimed him.
Funereal services were held at the Lofgren home Wednesday afternoon, November 22nd, and at the McIntosh cemetery where interment was made. It was necessary to hold the funeral at the home due to his mothers illness. He leaves to mourn his death, his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs.. Frances Lofgren, three brother, Harry Merle and Myron and two sisters, Edna and Lucille, besides other relatives and friends. The community extend their heartfelt sympathy in this their hour of bereavement.
Taken from Corson County News November 23, 1939


James Denton Henderson


-Death visited the home of William Hendrickson on Tuesday of this week, removing there from his step-son James Denton Henderson, aged 13 years, who had been ill for the past several months, during which time everything possible had been done to restore the health of the patient sufferer. The cause of death was given as granuloma. The deceased was born at Watauga, October 30,1920 and had lived there all of his life. He attended the Watauga schools until his health failed and was a kindly, industrious boy loved by all who knew him. Besides his mother and step-father, he is survived by one sister Mrs. Helen Sutton of Morristown. Funeral services and burial will be at Watauga, probably on Friday with the Rev. Adam Hunter of Lemmon officiating.
Taken from Lemmon Tribune May 23, 1933

Peritonitis claims Six Year Old Son of South Family


The Grim Reaper brought grief to the John Lorenz family this week in the death of Irvin, age six, who passed away following an operation for a ruptured appendix at a Mobridge hospital Sunday.
Taken to the Mobridge hospital last week suffering with an appendix the child was given an emergency operation but medical aid was unable to cope with the onslaught of peritonitis. Death came Sunday evening. The deceased is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Lorenz, prominent south country residents.
Funeral services were held from the Presbyterian church Tuesday afternoon and friends of the family joined to extend last respects and sympathy to the bereaved parents.
The child, a chubby little fellow, was a favorite of the family and of many in Watauga. Another child died under similar circumstances a year ago.
Taken from Morristown World October 3, 1934



Walter Lorenz


-Walter, the six year old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Lorenz of Watauga died in a local hospital Monday July 3rd following a short illness. The child was stricken with appendicitis little over a week ago, but was not brought to the hospital until last Friday. The progresss of the disease had been so rapid that the appendix had ruptured and a gangrenous condition was discovered when the surgeons operated. The unfortunate lad is survived by his parents and sixteen brothers and sisters. The remains were taken to Watauga by the Taylor mortuary of McIntosh, Funeral services and burial occurred at Watauga, Wed. of this week.
Taken from Lemmon Tribune July 6, 1933




Watauga Boy Lost in Action


Second Lt. Elroy L. Marion, a fighter pilot, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Marion, was killed in action Feb. 22 on Mindoro Island, his parents have been notived by the war department. He had been in the Philippines since December.
Lt. Marin attended high school in Fort Yates, N.D. where hs parents made thier home until moving to Cedar Rapids three years ago. After two years of college work at Fargo, he entered service, training at Aloefield, Texas. He was commissioned a second lieutenant and awarded his pilot's wings in April of 1944.
Three brothers are in the navy, Merle, yeoman with the amphibious forces, Joe yeoman in submarine service and Leo seaman with a destroyer escort all in the Pacific. A sister, Marcia is at home.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Marion resided in Watauga, until about eight years ago when they moved to Fort Yates. Lt. Leroy was born in Watauga and received his grammar school education in Watauga. He was an outstanding young man and held in the highest esteem by his acquaintances at Watauga, and neighboring towns, and the news of his death cast a shadow of sorrow over the community.
Taken from Corson County News March 29, 1945

Wm. Marquardt Passes Away
Pioneer Watauga Farmer Dies at Mobridge Last Saturday Evening.


The community was shocked to hear of the sudden and unexpected death of Wm. Marquardt last Saturday afternoon. Fred Blow, neighbor of Mr. Marquardt, went to his home last Friday evening and found him lying unconscious on the floor. He notified authorities in McIntosh, and he was rushed to the Mobridge hospital where he passed away Saturday afternoon, and never regained consciousness.
Mr.. Marquardt was one of the pioneers of the Watauga vicinity, having filed on a homestead southwest of that town in the early days and remained there until his death. He lived alone on his farm, although he was a friend to ever acquaintance, he remained by himself most of the time. He was very friendly and always willing to help anyone in distress or need and was of a very jovial disposition. Despite of his advanced age, and ill health, he attempted to carry on alone, and that is the way he passed from this world. He has a brother and two sisters in California, and was an uncle to Harry Geffert, former resident of the Watauga vicinity, the only known surviving relatives.
He was born July 4th 1870 at Bearbare, Wisconsin and came to this country in 1911.
Funeral services were held at Watauga Tuesday afternoon with the Rev. Hynk of Lemmon officiating. Mrs. Richar Hosington sang two hyms, "Face to Face" and "some Time We Will Understand" and was accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Ed Willigan. Interment was made in the Watauga cemetery. Herman Ruhoff, Fred Blow, Roy Webb, Joe Varland, Leo Erz and Helge Farstad were pall bearers.
Taken From Corson County News April 26 1945


C. McCormick Dies in California


Mrs. J.W. Anderson received the sad news of the death of her nephew, Clayton McCormick at Glendale, California, Friday September 8, 1944. Clayton had been suffering with cancer for the past several years and visited here a couple years ago, while enroute to Rochester, for treatment, but all efforts to cure the disease was of no avail.
The deceased was born at Hunter North Dakota in 1908 and moved to a farm with his parents near Watauga when a small boy. He attended the McIntosh school and graduated with the class of 1926. He took an active part in school athletics and was held in the highest esteem by his school mates as well as the adults of this vicinity. He was employed at Fort Yates a couple years before going to California.
He leaves to mourn his death, his mother Mrs. Anna McCormick and brothers Edward and Hugh who reside in California, and a sister Mrs. Claire Ridinger of Seattle Washington.
Taken from Corson County News September 14, 1944


Mrs. McCormick Answers Call


News was received in McIntosh this week to the effect that Mrs. Hugh McCormick, who has been confined in the Mobridge hospital for the past month passed away Wednesday evening at five o'clock, tubercular meningitis being the cause of death.
Mrs. McCormick was taken to Mobridge about a month ago to undergo an operation, and was apparently improving when the sudden change came and she passed away very suddenly. Her sudden demise is a shock to her relatives and friends, and her untimely calling is very sad.
The deceased leaves to mourn her loss, a little baby about a year old, a husband, father, mother and other relatives. She was formerly a Timber Lake girl and was married to Hugh McCormick of Watauga, about two years ago. After their marriage, they resided at Fort Yates where Mr. McCormick was employed in the court house, moving to Watauga last fall, where they were residing at the time she took sick. She was an exceptionally fine young lady, and was always cheerful; had many friends and her home life was very pleasant.
The bereaved relatives have the sympathy of a host of friends in this section. Interment will be made in the Timber Lake cemetery next Saturday afternoon.
Taken from Corson County News April 24, 1930


H. J. McCORMICK ANSWERS SUMMONS


Thursday evening, September 28, 1933, Henry James McCormick passed away at the Bismarck Hospital after an illness of one weeks duration. He was taken seriously ill the previous Thursday, September 21st, and was immediately rushed to the Bismarck Hospital for surgical aid, but in spite of all that human hands could do to relieve his suffering, he passed quietly to his reward. His immediate family was at his bedside.
H. J. McCormick was born in Beloit, Wis., Aug. 11, 1869. When a young man he came to Gardner, N. D. where on March 25, 1903 he married Annie May Davis. They first made their home at Hunter N. D. where Mr. McCormick was engaged in business. In 1910 he came to the West River country and filed on a homestead in Sioux County, North Dakota. In 1922 he moved with his family to Watauga, S. D., and there engaged in business. Last spring they again moved back to their farm in Sioux county. Thus he bore with patient fortitude more than a full share of the hardships of pioneer life. The last few years he has not enjoyed the best of health but has dwelt among us as a faithful and most devoted husband and father, a kindly, helpful neighbor who has been admired by friends and relatives for though of a quiet nature, he was always cheerful, kind and helpful to all.
The deceased is survived by his wife and four children as follows: Hugh D. and Clayton J. McCormick, of Fort Yates, N. D., Grace E. and Edward T. McCormick of Watauga, S. D. and a little granddaughter, Greta Ann McCormick, a brother Edwin of Paradise, N. D. and a sister Agnes Bittel of Long Beach, Calif. All the stricken ones have the deep sympathy of this community of Watauga and of Fort Yates community.
The funeral service was conducted in the Presbyterian church at McIntosh Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock. Interment was made in the cemetery at Watauga. Rev. M. D. Bone officiated.


Train Kills Man Near Watauga

John McElry was found dead at Watauga, Tuesday morning, his body mutilated practically beyond recognition. Information was sent to the sheriff’s office to the effect that a man was found dead along the track and upon investigation it was discovered that it was Elry. His arms and legs were severed, and his face and body was badly mangled, and it was very evident that he had been run over by a train.
An inquest was held Tuesday and representatives of the Milwaukee road were present with the local authorities and it was the verdict of the inquest that he came to his death by accident, being run over by a train.
Mr. Mc Elry was well known character of the reservation, having lived here during the greater part of his life and was of Indian descent and was relatives of Dan Powers of Thunder Hawk and of the late Mrs. Muench. In the last few months the old gentleman had become slightly deranged and wandered about the country without any destination or much aim in life, and although coming to his death as he did is very sad, but the poor old man is as well off crossing the Great Divide now as he would be left alone with no place to go.
We have not learned as to what deposition will be made of the body, but the relatives will undoubtedly take care of it.
Taken from Corson County News May 30, 1929


Neil McGarry


The many friends of Neil McGarry were shocked to hear that he had passed away very suddenly at Camp Grant, Ill., Neil answered the call of the last contingents from Grant county. He was one of the active soldiers in the camp on account of his athletic ability. He was well liked by all being kind hearted and jolly. Since the death of his wife about a year ago he has made his home with his mother on her farm near Paradise.
The body arrived Friday and was taken to the home of Henry Mooney, on account of the illness of his sister.
The funeral was held Sunday, Father Hinds officiating and the remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery at Miner N.D. The Leith Home Guards escorted the body to the cemetery, four of them acting as pallbearers.
Besides his mother he leaves five brothers, James, Thomas, Frank, Phillip and Robert and four sisters, Miss Irene, Mrs. George Ferguson, Mrs. Hurd and Mrs. Brown.
Taken from the Morristown World Ocober 18,1918


Mrs. McGrath Dies at Home


We regret to record the death of Mrs. McGrath which took place Friday morning at her late home on the family homestead. Mrs. McGrath had been in poor health for some time but no final termination of this illness was expected. During the absence of Mr. McGrath, her son, the disastrous prairie fire took place and the usual splendid view from their home became a scene of terror, as miles of blazing prairie seemed very near to them. Mrs. McGrath did not seem to recover from the shock and succombed to her illness. For the disease of Mrs. McGrath the community has lost a good woman, highly esteemed by those who knew her, of kindly helpful spirit. Besides the bereaved husband she leaves a son, who lives at Duluth, and a son and daughter at the home, to mourn the loss of a faithful and loving mother. The funeral took place on Sunday at Lemmon, a large number of friends and neighbors accompanying the remains from here on the afternoon train. Rev. Frei had administered to the sick woman on Thursday at home, coming here from Lemmon for that purpose. Interment was made at the R. C. cemetery at Lemmon. The family have the sincere sympathy of all in this sad affliction at the outset of her homestead life.




Dan McKinnon


-Dan McKinnon who settled down on the Cedar some 52 years ago passed away at the Lorenzen hospital in Elgin at the advanced age of 78. He had suffered several strokes recently and had been in the hospital for treatment two or three weeks ago. He was brought back to the hospital by Ed McCormick with whom he lived, but did not recover from the last stroke. Mr. McKinnon was a bachelor and had no relatives in this part of the state, however he had many old time friends and relatives who mourn his departure. A sister is said to reside at Wahpeton. At one time in the early days he was in partnership with Sam Parks and they ran quite a bunch of cattle down below the Paradise Flats.
Taken from Corson County News November 30,1933

Mrs. Charles McSweeney


-Funeral services were held at the Watauga Presbyterian church for Mrs. Charles McSweeney on July 22nd,The service was in charge of the Rev. H. M. Gulson who spoke on the subject, "The Father's House" Miss Jeanne Gulson sang two selection "One Sweetly Solemn Thought" and" He the Pearly Gates will Open" The church was filled to capacity with relatives and friends. Mrs. McSweeney was a member of the Watauga Presbyterian church having united with this church many years ago. She was a faithful attendant whenever possible and will be greatly missed in the church as well as in the neighborhood. Mrs. Chas. McSweeney (Addie A. Sutton) was born 8-5-1867 at Munice, Indiana and died 7-18-1939. She was married to Charles McSweeney June 3 1891 at Wateska Illinois. They came to S.D. in 1913. The five children were here for the funeral, Mrs. Eugene Rolls, of Hot Springs S.D., Mrs. Melvin Amundson, Niagra Wis. Simon McSweeney Fort Peck Mont. Stanley McSweeney, Morristown. Besides her husband, she leaves a brother and sister in Bolivar Missouri, five grand children and one great grandchild. Interment was made at the Horse Head Cemetery in S.D. near Hot Springs.
Taken from Corson County News July 28, 1939


Joe Merten


Joe Merten passes after short illness. Joseph Merten born in Theresa Wisconsin April 14, 1885 and passed away April 1, 1935. Lived in Colesburg Iowa for eight years before the west river country, they moved in 1911 to Morristown, homesteading in the Pioneer district, where they farmed until 1925. To this happy union two girls were born, Martha who married Wm. J. Brugger, Tulare S.D. and Laura who married W.H. Michel, now residing in Portland. Beside raising their two girls they undertook to rear their niece now Mrs. Blance Pheiffer, Morristown. In the year 1925, Mr. and Mrs. Merten retired from the farm and took up their residence in Morristown. Mr. Merten as he had done in Watauga, took an active part in the Presbyterian church activities becoming an elder and taught in the Sunday school. In 1930 the couple moved to McIntosh. Funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church with interment in the old family cemetery at Colesburg, Iowa.
Taken from Corson County News April 4, 1935





Last Rites Held for L.G. Miller

Last rites were said for Lorenzo G. Miller, 75 Thursday afternoon, February 23 at 2:00 in the McIntosh Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Terry Nelson officiating. Military rites were also observed at the Church and Cemetery.
Eldon Jenson, Lemmon sang “Beyond the Sunset” and “God’s Tomorrow” accompanied by Mrs. Walter Lawien, McIntosh.
Death came to the Veteran Corson County official Sunday night, February 19, 1967 at 9:30 p.m. at the Veteran’s Hospital in Miles City, Montana. Death was attributed to cancer.
Pall bearers were Erick Anderson, Alex Campbell, Harry Kittelson, Ralph McClain, and George Seiler Sr.. all of McIntosh and Adrian Willigan of Watauga. Interment was made in the McIntosh cemetery.
Lorenzo G. Miller was born December 11, 1898 in Aberdeen S.D. He received his education at Aberdeen, Grand Island Nebraska and Chicago Illinois. He came to this are in 1914, homesteading south of Watauga. He lived on the farm until 1933 when the Miller family moved into McIntosh. Lorenzo was elected to the office of Corson County Clerk of Courts, which position he held for twenty-four years. The past ten years he has served as Veterans Service Officer and Co-County director of Surplus commodities until the time of his death. He was clerk of the McIntosh Board of Education for many years and a member of the McIntosh American Legion Post. He served in the United States Army during World War 1, in 1917 and 1918,most of this time was served in Europe.
He was married November 11, 1920 to Katherine Hummel near Watauga.They were the parents of two children, a daughter Norma and a son Ellis, who followed their fathers footsteps by serving their country in World War II. He was preceded in death by his son, Ellis who died in 1958 of a heart attack. He was also preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Mrs. frank Danback; one brother George who died in infancy and one step sister Mrs. Ben (Cressie) Artz.
He is survived by his wife, Katherine, daughter Mrs. Orton Jameson, McIntosh; two brothers Louis H. and Ben both of Aberdeen; two sisters, Mrs. Barney Caspers, Madison, Wis.; and Mrs. William Gleason, Aberdeen; and one step sister Mrs. Pearl Pratt Burns of Santa Paula, Calif. He is also survived by two grandchildren Corinne and Joel Jameson of McIntosh.
Taken from Corson County News March 2, 1967

Funeral Held for Mrs. L.G. Miller

The last rites were held Thursday May 4, 1967 for Katherine Etta Miller, 64 at the First Presbyterian Church in McIntosh at 2:00 p.m.. The Rev. Terry Nelson officiated at the church and commitment services.
Eldon Jenson of Lemmon sang “In the Garden” and “God’s tomorrow” accompanied by Mrs. Walter Lawien of McIntosh.
Mrs. Miller passed away at 9:00 a.m. April 29 in the Lemmon Five Counties hospital. She had been ill approximately three weeks. Death was attribute to pneumonia and a heart attack.
Pall bearers were George Campbell, Peter J. Lemer, Anton Tishmack, Vernon Utter, Tony Seftner and Harry Kittelson all of McIntosh. Interment was made in the McIntosh cemetery.
Mrs. Miller was active in the McIntosh American Legion Auxiliary and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
She was born February 18, 1903 at Farmington, Iowa. She received her education at a rural school near Watauga S.D.. Mrs. Miller resided in Iowa when a child, then moved with her parents to rural Watauga prior to moving to McIntosh. She married Lorenzo G. Miller November 11, 1920 at her parents home near Watauga. The Miller family resided near Watauga until 1933 when the family moved into McIntosh.
Surviving relatives include her daughter, Mrs. Orton Jameson of McIntosh; a sister Mrs. Junie (Gwendolyn) Phillips of Iowa; a step-brother Jack Hummel, Los Angels Calif., two grandchildren, Corinne and Joel Jameson of McIntosh.
She was preceded in death by her husband in February 1967, her son, Ellis in April 1958, a sister Mrs. Franklin (Ruth) Killian in January 1967, a brother Calvin Hummel in December 1961; and by her parents.
Taken from Corson County News May 11, 1967

Anna Mitchell Buried January 11


Funeral services were held at Walnut Creek, California, January 14, for Mrs. Anna L. Mitchell, 87. She died at Danville, Calif., Jan. 11, 1955. She had been ill for about a year previous to her death.
Mrs. Mitchell moved to Watauga, community with her husband, Joseph Mitchell in 1910 and lived south of Watauga until they moved to California in the late 1930's.
Anna Wall was born in Nebraska. She was married to Joseph Mitchell at Bennett Nebr., in 1886.
Mrs. Mitchell is survived by five sons, Arch and Robert of Branscomb, Calif., Joe, Ned and Charles of Danville, Wash., and two step-daughters, Ida Scogin, Kent Washington and Zera Brown, Erskine, Minn. A step-son preceded her in death.
Taken from Corson County News January 27, 1955


Mitchell


Word was received here that "Grandpa" Mitchell had passed away Oct.. 31 in California. His remains were shipped to Nebraska for burial. Mr. Mitchell was one of the old pioneer settlers in the Watauga vicinity and left a few years ago for California to make his home with his son Art Mitchell, where he passed away
Taken from Corson County News November 11, 1943


WATAUGA LAD DIES FROM SHOT
Seven Year Old Dean Mitchell Fatally Injured by Gun Shot Sunday


Another tragic accident saddened the community last Sunday, June 28th, when the accidental discharge of a gun caused the death of little Dean Mitchell of Watauga. He was playing with a few of his friends at the Mock home in Watauga Sunday afternoon when a shot from a gun in the hands of Dick Mock, Jr. son of Mr. and Mrs. Dick Mock, fatally injured the young lad. He was rushed to the Mobridge hospital but death came at 9:00 o’clock that evening.
Dean Claire Mitchell was born September 26th, 1933 at Watauga, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Mitchell. He passed away June 29th, 1941, at the age of 7 years, 9 months and 3 days. He leaves to mourn his sad passing, his bereaved parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Mitchell, one sister, Miss Eldonna; two brothers, Duane and Clark, and other relatives, besides a large host of friends.
Funeral arrangements have not as yet been completed, pending word from his father, Joe Mitchell, who is employed in Berkley, Cal.
The News joins the large host of friends in extending deepest sympathy to the bereaved relatives in their sad hour.



Mrs. Joseph Mock Passes Away at 85


Mrs. Joseph Mock, one of the oldest residents of Watauga, passed away at the hospital in McLaughlin April 8. Funeral services were held in St. Michael's church in Watauga and she was buried in the cemetery at Watauga. She was 85.
Mrs. Mock had lived in the hotel at McIntosh, during the winter and had just moved back to her home in Watauga when she was taken ill.
Margaret Beulus was born January 26, 1879, at Eau Claire, Wisc. She was educated and grew up at Eau Claire.
In December 1900 she was married to Joseph Mock. the young couple made their home at Redfield for several years. To this union four sons were born, Richard, who preceded her in death, Edward of Portland, Ore., Joseph of Los Angeles and Max of Redfield.
From Redfield the family moved to a homestead near Leith, N.D. where they lived until 1917 when they moved to Watauga where Mrs. Mock lived until she died.
Mrs. Mock was a devoted wife, a loving mother and an immaculate housekeeper. Even in her advanced age she kept her house and yard in perfect order. She loved flowers and always had beautiful plants in her house and during the summer flowers adorned the yards.
Her husband and oldest son preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn her passing three sons, six sisters, Mrs. John Keating of Winsted, Minn., Mrs. Kathryn Hagen of Duvall, Wash., Mrs. Bella Geiverkrop, Mrs. Mayne Ashford and Mrs. Willard Ward, all of Minneapolis and six grandchildren.
Attending the funeral from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. John Keating, Mrs. Ashford and her son Edward; Leola Gehring, Salt Lake City, a granddaughter; Mr. and Mrs. Dick Mock and children of Lemmon.
Pall bearers were Fred Buhr, Viggo Thomsen, Adrian Willigan, Gerald Turner, Herb Wolff and Lincoln Winters.
Taken From Corson County News April 16, 1964




Pioneer Watauga Resident Succumbs


Watauga and community, lost another of its pioneers and highly respected citizens last Wednesday, July 27, when Henry Mollman passed away. He was at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Paul Jones when death summoned him. He had been suffering with cancer for some years, but not until about three months ago did the dreaded disease take its final toll of strength.
Mr. Mollman came to the Watauga community in 1910 and filed on a homestead south of that town. From the raw prairie land he transformed it into a modern farm with hard work and good management. In spite of adverse conditions he was always jovial and never complained, and was ready with a helping hand for others who were less fortunate. He was a good citizen, father and neighbor and his place in the community will be difficult to fill and his many friends will cherish his memory.
Henry Mollman was born January 19th, 1881 at Alta Vista Iowa. He was wed to Miss Helen Nehl at Alta Vista, January 31st, 1905 and the young couple moved to south of Watauga in 1910 where they made their home until the death of his wife last February. A daughter, Rosella also preceded him in death. He was affiliated with the Catholic church and was a staunch believer in is faith. Surviving relatives are; Dorus Mollman of Watauga, Leonard and Russel of Morristown, Mrs. J.P. Jones of Morristown, and Mrs. Ed. Neiderman of Watauga, besides 21 grandchildren, 1 brother and 5 sisters who reside in Oklahoma and Colorado.
Funeral services were held at the Catholic church at Watauga last Saturday morning with Rev. Father Kinsley officiating. Interments was made in the Watauga cemetery. Pallbearers were Cecil Lang, Lawrence Schilling, Herman Ruhoff, Fred Cook, Jerome Zubrod and Ray Sinclair.

Pioneer Watauga Lady Succumbs


Mrs. Henry Mollman, Helen as she was most familiarly known to all her friends passed away at the st. Alexius hospital in Bismarck February 11, following a stroke. She had been ill aabout five months, having been stricken while she and her husband were on a trip in Colorado, visiting relatives.
She entered st. Luke's hospital in Aberdeen and spent a week in Rochester receiving medical care. Early in December she was taken to Bismarck hospital and was able to spend Christmas at the home of her daughter in Morristown. Shortly after New Years' she went back to Bismarck, for further medical care.
Monday before her passing, her family was summoned and all were at her bedside when death claimed her.
Helen Nehl, was the eldest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Mike Nehl, and was born at Wadena, Minnesota June 27, 1883. She moved with her parents to Alta Vista, Iowa at the age of three. She was married to Henry Mollman January 30th, 1905 at Alta Vista, Iowa. They moved to Watauga, S.D. 1910 on a homestead which she lived on until her death.
Six children were born to this union; three sons and three daughters; one daughter, Rosella, preceding her in death in infancy.
She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband; three sons; Dorus of Watauga, Leonard and Russell of Morristown; Mrs. J.P. Jones, (Marcella), of Morristown; (Louise) Mrs. Ed Neiderman of Watauga; nineteen grandchildren; six brothers, Art, Ray, Bill of Watauga; Jess of Fort Meade, Fred of Santa Monica California, Walt of Seattle, Washington; two sisters Mrs. Wm. Lichter of Denver Colorado and Mrs. George Baumeister of Watauga.
Funeral services were held at St. Michaels' Catholic church in Watauga Tuesday, February 15 with the Rev. Fr. Kingsley officiating. Burial was made in the Watauga cemetery.
Mrs. Mollman was loved and respected by all who knew her. She was always ready to help anyone who needed help. Her family and home was her pride. Although her health hasn't been the best in the last couple years she always smiled. Her husband and Dorus were with her when she passed away.
Friends from near and far came to pay their respects. Pallbearers were Herman Ruhoff, Joe Ruhoff, Lawrence Schilling, Louis Hetzel, Cecil Lang, and Fred Blow.
Out of town relatives who attended the funeral were Mrs. Wm. Lichter of Denver, Mrs. Jess Nehl of Lemmon, Mrs. Fred Nehl of Greeley Colorado, Mrs. and Mrs. Walter Haisch of Baker Montana.

Edward Mooney


The Spanish influenze epidemic has caused the people of Morristown to bow their heads in sorrow for the ones this terrible disease has claimed in the past weeks.
It was with deep regret that the word was passed around that Edward Mooney had died at his home in this city last Saturday afternoon. Mr. Mooney had been sick about two weeks with the infulenza and later turned into pneumonia.
A year ago this summer Mr. Mooney came from his home in Paradise to work for G.G. Stadel and later resigned to work for the B.B. Sherman dray line, which employment he was in up to the time of his sickness.
The remains were taken to the home of his parents and burial was held Monday and the remains were laid to rest in the Miner cemetery.
Mr. Mooney was well known throughout this vicinity and was well thought of by all that knew him. He was always jovial and kind hearted and made friends with every acquaintance. He leaves to mourn his death his wife and infant baby, father, mother and several brothers and sisters.
Taken from Morristown World November 1,1918


Carl Moser


Carl Moser was born Oct. 19,1871 at Freiental Russia. He was married, however his first spouse died. On Dec. 28th 1896 he was united in the bonds of matrimony with Christine Schuler. In 1909 he came to America settling in the vicinity of Mound City S.D. In 1917 they removed their residence to south of McIntosh, where they resided ever since. The deceased was suddenly taken ill, and was taken to the hospital in Mobridge, where he died on Jan. 26th. Funeral services with a large attendance of friends and relatives was conducted at St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran church with Rev. J.J. Wendland officiating on Mon. Jan. 29. The deceased attained the age of 62 years 3 months and 7 days. He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife Christine, his children Christine(Mrs. Ernest Utter)_, John, Louis, Jacob, Albert, Lydia and Arthur: his brothers Wm. Moser at McIntosh, Simon Moser Pollock, Ludwig Moser in Canada: three sisters in Russia and six grandchildren.
Taken from Corson County News February 1, 1934


WATAUGA PIONEER BURIED JAN. 12


The Catholic church in Watauga was filled Saturday, Jan. 12, 1952 with relatives and friends who came to pay final respects to Art Nehl. He died at St. Alexius hospital in Bismarck Jan. 9 at the age of 65. Death was caused by internal hemorrhage. He had been ill for the past six months.
Officiating pastor at the 10 a. m. services was Father Kingsley of Watauga. He was assisted by Father Marten of Mobridge, Monsigneur Leahy of Lemmon and Father Phillibin of Trail City.
Music was furnished by the Watauga Catholic choir. Mrs. Leo Erz was at the organ. Pallbearers were Linc Winters, C. L. Hoisington, Ed. Willigan, Jim Maher, Harry Davitt and Lawrence Schilling. Burial was made in St. Michael’s cemetery in Watauga.

Born in Iowa

Arthur Edward Nehl was born in Alta Vista, Iowa, Dec. 15, 1887. He was the son of Mike and Katherine Nehl. In 1910 he and his brother Fred came to McIntosh, bringing with them a four-horse team and wagon. They started a dray line and hauled freight from McIntosh to Timber Lake. The drive from the main line of the Milwaukee at McIntosh to Timber Lake took four days. The men camped overnight near the Grand River.
From McIntosh Art Nehl went to Watauga where he built a livery barn, the second building in Watauga. He located settlers on their claims around Watauga, doing most of the work on a horse. He also located on a claim south of Watauga and moved out to his homestead about 1914.
Old timers relate that in the early days Mr. Nehl and Jack Bigham of Watauga assessed the whole of Corson County, using horses to cover the huge, and mostly unsettled, area.
From 1914 until 1924 Mr. Nehl and his family lived on his homestead south of Watauga. In 1924 he moved about a mile east of Watauga where he built the big house that now stands north of the highway.

Active in Community

Mr. Nehl was active in the young Watauga community. He played baseball and boxed. He was fond of hunting and fishing and was one of the best shots with a rifle in the country until the time of his death.
Many of the roads in Corson county were built by Mr. Nehl who did the dirt moving with horses. He made the first cut through Williams hill east of Watauga with horses. Most of the steel-rail bridges in the county were put in by Roy Matkin with Art Nehl building the approaches and moving the dirt.
One of the biggest tributes to his ability as an organizer and leader is the Mallard dam south of Watauga. He was foreman of the PWA crew that built the dam during the depressions of the early 1930’s. The huge earth structure was built entirely by men and horses. At one time more than 50 horses were used to move dirt on the fill.
In remembering details of Mr. Nehl’s life people who had lived in the Watauga area said several times he was one of the “best hearted” men they had ever known. He was always willing, they said to help friend or complete stranger in time of sickness or need.
Art Nehl’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Nehl, came to Watauga shortly after Art and Fred had settled there. They built the first pool hall in that city. Mike Nehl died in 1923 and his wife died in 1938.
Art Nehl was married in 1912 to Katharine Lichter. They became the parents of John, Catharine and Gladys Nehl. Mrs. Nehl died in 1918 during a flu epidemic.
In 1920 Art Nehl married Mrs. Robert Nehl whose husband had died. She was the former Sarah Staudenraus. Robert and Earl Nehl, sons by her first marriage, came to live with them. To this union was born Theodore, Eleanor(Mrs. Mike Hormel), and Zella. Rose O’Rourke (Mrs. George Seiler) was adopted and grew up with the family.
Mr. Nehl is also survived by five brothers, Ray and Bill of Watauga; Fred of Van Nuys, Cal., Jesse of Pierre and Walter of Igloo. He is also survived by two sisters; Mabel Lichter of Denver and Clara Baumeister of Watauga.


FUNERAL HELD FOR FRANK NEHL


Funeral services were held from St. Mary’s Catholic church at Lemmon Saturday at 9 a. m. for Frank Nehl, pioneer farmer of Watauga. Mr. Nehl died at the Five Counties hospital at Lemmon September 15, 1952. He had been critically ill three weeks.
Rev. Julius Lang officiated as solemn requiem mass was celebrated at the church. Rev. Lang was raised on a farm near where Mr. Nehl lived south of Watauga and was a long time friend. Mr. Nehl had attended Reverend Lang’s first mass at McIntosh.
Rev. Vincent Carty of Morristown officiated at the grave in the family lot in the cemetery at Watauga.
Friends came from far and near to pay their final tribute of respect to this widely known citizen. Pallbearers were chosen from among his nephews. They were William Blassey, Walter Blassey, Robert Nehl, Fred Blow, Joe Ruhoff and Henry Ruhoff.
Frank P. Nehl was born at Wadena, Minn., Feb. 7, 1883. He was the oldest child of Anton and Isabel Nehl. In 1890 he came to Bowdle, S.D., with his parents, three sisters and a brother. In January, 1911, Mr. Nehl and his brother Robert came to Watauga to homestead. They started a machine shop in Watauga which they operated for several years before moving out on the homestead.
In 1909 Mr. Nehl married Josephine Watznauer and to this union five children were born, Bernard and Anthony Nehl, now living on the home place south of Watauga, Mrs. Louella Cox and Mrs. Agnes Schnack of Davenport, Ia., Mrs. Rosella Sayler of Aberdeen. Mr. Nehl was also the grandfather of three children.
In September, 1947, Mr. and Mrs. Nehl left the farm to make their home at Lemmon.
Besides his family, Mr. Nehl is survived by a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Jahnle of Ogden, Utah. Four sisters and five brothers preceded his in death.
Relatives from a distance who attended the funeral were Mrs. Frances Ellingson, John Watznauer, Victor Hinker and Ernest Blow, Forestburg, S. D.; Mr. and Mrs. William Blassey, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Grismer and Louis Simon, Aberdeen, Mr. and Mrs. Baldaser Grismer, Hosmer, S. D. Mr. and Mrs. Tony Simon, Faulkton, S. D., Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Wise and Mrs. Louise Hilsendager, Gettysburg, S. D.



Bill Nehl Buried at Watauga


A face that has been familiar in the Watauga community for many years is missing this week following the death of Bill Nehl, long-time resident of that community. He passed away at the McLaughlin hospital April 7 at the age of 76.
The Catholic church at Watauga was filled Tuesday, April 11, with friends and relatives who came to pay respects. Officiating pastor at the 9 a.m. mass was the Rev. Birdsall. Music was furnished by the Watauga Catholic Choir with Mrs. Leo Erz at the organ.
Pallbearers were Lawrence Schilling, Dorus Mollman, Melvin Haugen, Tony Nehl, Glen Peters and Ed Erz. Burial was made in St. Michael's cemetery at Watauga.
William B. Nehl was born at Wadena Minn., July 30,1884. The family moved back to Iowa where he received his education at Alta Vista. In 1911, he came to Watauga and settled on a homestead southwest of town. Several years later he moved to Watauga and did carpenter work. He was never married.
He had been in hospital for a few days when he passed away quietly in his sleep.
Surviving relatives are Jess Nehl of Lemmon, Ray Nehl Watauga, Mabel Lichter Denver and Walt Nehl Rapid City.
Taken from Corson County News April 20,1961


Mrs. Fred Nehl


Mrs. Fred Nehl died at her home near Watauga last Monday morning of complications following the influenza. She had been sick about two weeks and all that medical aid could do was done, but to no avail. The funeral was held Tuesday morning, Father W.J. Nieuwenhof of this city officiating and the remains were laid to rest in the Watauga cemetery. She leaves to mourn her untimely death her husband and two children. This has been the fourth death in the Nehl family in the past month, Robert Nehl, Mrs. Arthur Nehl, Miss Minnie Nehl and now Mrs. Fred Nehl.
Taken from Morristown World November 15,1918



Jesse Nehl Dies at Lemmon Hospital


Jesse E. Nehl, long time resident of western Corson County, passed away at the Five Counties Hospital in Lemmon, January 8, 1963.
Funeral services were held from St. Michael's church at Watauga, at 10:00 a.m. January 12. Burial was made at the Watauga cemetery.
Pall bearers were Grover Davis, Glen Peters, Thomas Kane, Daniel Winter, Percy Behrman and Leo Keller.
Jesse E. Nehl was born at Alta Vista Iowa, October 20,1889. He was educated and grew to manhood in that state. He came to the Watauga community with his parents in 1907. He homesteaded about two miles south of Watauga and for many years operated grain elevators at Watauga, Keldron and Morristown.
He was married at Watauga in 1914 to Mary Lichter, who preceded him in death six years ago. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. John (Vyola) Lowe and Mrs. Don (Mary) Parr and a son Mark. One brother Walter and two sisters, Mrs. George (Clara) Baumesiter and Mrs. Wm. (Mabel) Lichter and eleven grandchildren.
Taken from Corson County News January 17, 1963


Mike Nehl passes away


Surrounded by his loved ones who had tenderly cared for him during the past two months, Michael Nehl, passed to the Great Beyond, at his home in Watauga, Friday Eve., Dec. 7th. Having suffered a paralytic stroke several years ago it was difficult for him to get around, however on the back of his pony he was a familiar sight on the streets and in the fields where he took an active interest in the farming operations.
Deceased was born in Sauk County, Wisconsin, Nov. 9, 1859. At an early age he moved to Iowa on a farm. At North Washington, Iowa on September 26th, 1882 he was married to Kate Roethler. They moved to Wadena county, Minn., and homesteaded. After a few years they removed to Alta Vista, Iowa, and went to farming, remaining there until 1911 when they moved to Watauga where he bought considerable land and with his sons took an active part in the development of the community. Deceased is survived by his widow, six sons, three daughters and 21 grandchildren. Wm. B. Nehl, Art. E. Walter, Ray, Mrs. Helen Mollman, Mrs. Clara Baumeister, and Mrs. Mabel Lichter all of Watauga, and Jesse E of Keldron. He is also survived by 5 brothers and three sisters. He was an honest, upright, forceful man. A man of sound judgment and broad vision. Starting out as a poor man, but with the spirit of the pioneer, by hard work and perseverance, he accumulated a comfortable station in life but could not remain to enjoy it. Since coming to Watauga he has taken active part in all public affairs and to all worthy causes gave his moral and financial support. The funeral was held Monday, Dec. 10 at St. Michaels church. Requiem High Mass was celebrated by Rev. Father O'Hara. With six sons acting as pall bearers, the remains were carried from the church to the nearby cemetery, followed by an exceedingly large crowd which evidenced the esteem in which the deceased was held.
Taken from McIntosh Globe Chief December 20, 1924


Mrs. Mike Nehl


Friends and relatives from far and near came to pay their last respects to Grandma Nehl, who passed away at the home of her daughter last week. The funeral services and interments being held at Watauga last Friday.
Although her span of years had been many, her passing cast a shadow of sorrow over the entire community. With the same kind disposition and pleasing personality that had gained her a wide circle of friends, the grand old lady passed from this world to take her place in the house not built by man to carry on her kindness and good deeds to others.
Kate Roethler was born at North Washington, Iowa, May 15, 1862 and passed away April 13, 1938. She was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to Mike Nehl, September 1881. The happy couple made their home at Wadena, Minn., for three years after their marriage and then returned to Alta Vista Iowa, where they made their home until 1911, when they moved their family to a homestead south of Watauga. They have continued to make their home in the Watauga vicinity, the husband having preceded his wife in death several years ago, and the two now rest in the cemetery at that place.
The children left to mourn her death are: Helen Mollman, Watauga; Wm. Nehl, Watauga; Fred Nehl, Morristown; Arthur Nehl, Watauga; Jesse Nehl, Keldron; Ray Nehl, Watauga; Clara Baumeister, Watauga; Mabel Lichter, Denver, Colo.; Walter Nehl, Alderwood Manor, Wash. Besides her own children there are 33 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren and many other relatives.
Relatives who came to pay their sad respects from distant places were; Walt Nehl and family; Mabel Lichter and family; and Frank Roethler of Waterloo Iowa; Conrad Roethler from North Washington, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. August Honeyman and son, Edward and daughter Marie of Bucyrus N.D. Mark Nehl, Columbia S.D.; Catherine Nehl, Denver Colo., and Donald Nehl of Kelvin N.D.


Watauga Girl Passes Away


A shadow of sorrow passed over the Watauga community when the Grim Reaper claimed one of their most popular young ladies, Miss Minnie Nehl, last Monday morning. Miss Nehl contracted influenza a couple of weeks ago while taking care of her brother, Robert, who was also a victim of this dreadful disease, and pneumonia set in which caused her death.
Miss Nehl was a young lady about 31 years of age and a daughter of A.J. Nehl of Bowdle, and was keeping house for her brother Frank, when she died. She was well known throughout that community and her untimely death was a shock to all. She was laid to rest in the Watauga cemetery Tuesday morning, Father Neuinhoff officiating.
Taken from The McIntosh Globe-Chief Nov. 17, 1918


Two Watauga People Die


A shadow of sorrow passed over the village of Watauga this week when the influenza epidemic claimed two of the popular young people.
Sunday the Grim Reaper claimed Robert Nehl after an illness of only a few days. Mr. Nehl was a young man about 30 years of age and a son of Tony Nehl, who lives in Bowdle. He was an ambitious and courteous young man, claiming the respect and friendship of all who knew him, and his untimely calling is a shock to the Watauga community.
He leaves a wife and child, besides a number of other relatives and friends to mourn his departure.
Internment was made Tuesday in the Watauga Cemetery.

Mrs. Art Nehl was the second one in the Watauga vicinity to succumb to the disease, who died Tuesday afternoon. Mrs. Nehl was a daughter of Mike Lichter and came to Watauga with her parents from Iowa, and was united in marriage to Arthur Nehl at Watauga and to this union two children were born, who with their father are left to mourn her. She was one of Watauga's popular young ladies, always taking an active part in social affairs and a woman who will be greatly missed by her large circle of friends.
The remains were laid to rest in the Watauga cemetery today, Thursday, Father Halpin officiating.
Taken from the McIntosh Globe-Chief October 24-1918



Funeral Held at Watauga for R. Nehl


Ray Nehl, 70 resident of the Watauga community for 50 years died unexpectedly at his home in that village early Sunday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Nehl had sold their Sioux county ranch this fall to their son, Burton, and had built themselves a new home at Watauga, moving in about a month ago. Mr. Nehl had risen early Sunday morning and had stepped outside. His body was found a short time later by Mrs. Nehl.
Funeral services were held from St. Michael's Catholic church at Watauga Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock. Rev. Paul G. Dahms, the pastor celebrated requiem high mass.
Pall bearers chosen from among long time neighbors were Ralph Katus, Stuart Streigel, Frank Bergenheir, Kenneth Ketterling, Martin Hilsendager, Jack Chesrown, active; James Maher, Ed Willigan, Glen Peters, Fred Blow, Link Winters, Louis Snider, honorary. Burial was made in the Watauga cemetery.
Mr. Nehl was born at Alta Vista Ia., Feb. 29, 1892. He came with his parents to the Watauga community as a youth. He was prominent in the area and took an active part in its development for many years.
He is survived by his wife, three children, Burton of Watauga, Mrs. Walter Haisch and Donald of Rapid City all of whom came for the funeral, several grandchildren and two brothers Jesse of Lemmon and Walter of Rapid City and two sisters, Mabel and Clara.
Dated Dec. 16, 1962

Nehl


Friends here extend sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Nehl, former residents of the Watauga vicinity, who arrived last weekend with the remains of their 18 month old daughter, Kathryn Lee, from Alderwood Manor, Washington. The little girl was drowned in a small pool near the Nehl home last week, and the remains were brought to Watauga and interment made in the Watauga cemetery.
Taken from Corson County News September 2, 1943

JOHN REBERT NYLAND DIES


The entire community is saddened on account of the death of John Rebert Nyland, the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Nyland at the homestead southeast of Watauga, which occurred last Saturday afternoon from Diabetes Mellitus.
John Rebert Nyland was nine years, one month and fifteen days of age at the time of his death, besides his parents, he leaves several younger members of the family to mourn their loss. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Richardson at the Nyland home Tuesday and interment was made on the homestead. We all extend our sincere sympathy to the family in this their hour of bereavement.
Note: This was taken from the Watauga Progress February 9, 1912.



Mrs. William O'Rourke


-Mrs. William J. O'Rourke living northwest of Meadow died in a local hospital Sept. 20th following a short illness. Mrs. O'Rourke was one of the early homesteaders in the Meadow country where she was married to William J. O'Rourke also a pioneer of that section. She leaves to mourn her death, her husband, eight children her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Staudenraus and a number of brothers and sisters living at Watauga, besides a host of friends and neighbors in the Meadow country. Funeral services were held from the Catholic church at Watauga on Tuesday, Rev. Fr. Birning of Bison officiating. Interment was made in the Watauga cemetery.
Taken from Lemmon Tribune September 26, 1929



Henry Ostwinkle buried at Watauga


Henry Ostwinkle was buried at Watauga Monday, August 3. Services were held from St. Michael's Catholic Church beginning at 9:30 in the morning with the Rev. Paul G. Dahms officiating.
Ostwinkle passed away at the hospital in Lemmon July 30. He was 82.
Heinie, as he had been called by generations who were born and raised at Watauga, had been a part of that community since 1912. He had been cutting hair at Watauga for almost half a century.
Almost anyone who has ever lived in or near Watauga recalls with affection the mild-mannered, soft spoken barber, the faint aroma of cigar smoke about his shop and the friendly atmosphere that prevailed there. He also ran a confectionery, with the help of his wife.
Pall bearers at the funeral services were Paul Soebbing, Robert Nehl, Cleo Lensing, Vernon Birrenkott, Vincent Erz, and Charles Hare. He was buried in the cemetery at Watauga.
Heine Ostwinkle was born in Hettinger, Germany November 28, 1882. He came to the United States with his parents when he was 18 months old.
His parents settled at Dyersville Iowa, where he was educated. He served an apprenticeship as a barber while a young man and worked in a barber shop in Dyersville for several years. He then went to Alta Vista, Ia., where he operated a barber shop for about ten years.
He was married to Lucy Lensing in Alta Vista in 1908. They moved to the Watauga vicinity in 1912. Mr. Ostwinkle filed on a homestead about 2 miles north of Watauga, with part of his land in North Dakota. He and his wife lived on the homestead until 1921. He barbered twice a week while taking care of his other work on the homestead.
In 1921 they moved to Watauga where he opened a barber shop and restaurant. With the exception of a few years which he spent in a barber shop at McIntosh he lived and worked in Watauga until he passed away.
He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Lucy and an adopted son, Francis Ostwinkle of Hopewell, Va., and two brothers, Bill of Worthinkton Ia., and Carl of Algoona, Ia; one sister, Lizzie McGrane of Alma, Ia., and a host of friends.
Out of state people who attended the funeral included Mr. and Mrs. Docland Vilharm and son of Sumner, Ia.; Mrs. Dierfield of Waterloo, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Cyprion Lensing of Charles City, Ia.; Andrew Lensing and daughter of Dubuque, Ia. and Francis Ostwinkle of Hopewell.
Taken from Corson County News August 6, 1964

Rites held for Pioneer Watauga Lady


Mrs. Lucy Ostwinkle, pioneer resident of Watauga, passed away at the community hospital in McLaughlin Dec. 20. Services were held at St. Michael's church in Watauga December 23 with the Rev. Paul G. Dahms officiating. The Ostwinkle family had lived in the Watauga vicinity since 1912.
Lucy Lensing was born April 4, 1888 at Boyd Iowa. She was married to Henry Ostwinkle in Alta Vista, Iowa in 1908. They homesteaded 2 1/2 miles north of Watauga in 1912 and lived on the homestead until 1921. They moved to Watauga in 1921 and opened a cafe and barber shop. With the exception of a few years spent in McIntosh they lived the rest of their lives at Watauga, operating a barber shop, cafe and confectionery. Mr. Oswinkle passed away in 1964 and Mrs. Ostwinkle continued to operate the confectionery until her health failed a few months ago.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a sister Ellen, Mrs. Fred Cook; two brothers, Cyprion Lensing of Dubuque, Iowa and Guido Lensing of McIntosh.
She leaves to mourn her death a son, Francis of Hopewell, Va.; a sister, Lucy Lightcap of Dubuque, a brother Andrew Lensing, Dubuque and several nephews and nieces.
Burial was in the St. Michael's cemetery at Watauga. Pallbearers were Vernon Birrenkott, August Ruhoff, Paul Soebbing, Dorus Mollman, Leo Erz and Robert Nehl.
Taken from Morristown World, Jan. 15,1970



Nels N. Oveson Dies at His Chicago Home

Word was received here Wednesday evening of the death of Nels N. Oveson at his home in Chicago, Tuesday morning, July 15, heart failure being the cause of his death. Mr. Oveson had complained of no unusual illness and Tuesday morning in company with his wife, he backed the car from their garage and after traveling a few block, Mrs. Oveson noticed that he had slumped in his seat. She immediately took the wheel and guided the car to the curb and called a doctor, but life had passed peacefully away.
The deceased was one of the pioneers of the south of Watauga vicinity, arriving in Watauga, thirty one years ago and took up a homestead, the land he still owed at the time of his death. Mr. and Mrs. Oveson made their home on their farm until a few years ago, when they moved to Chicago, but they made an annual pilgrimage to their old home south of Watauga and spent a greater part of the summer there. Mr. Oveson was a man of high respect, honest and upright and his friends were numbered among his acquaintances. He always loved the west and often repeated that the west river country was the place where the hand clasp was a little tighter and the friendship always true. His passing cast a shadow of sorrow over the west river country.
Mr. Oveson was born in Sweden and came to the United States when he was seventeen years of age. He reached his 73rd birthday January 5, 1941. Besides his wife, he leaves a stepson and his family to mourn his death.
Taken from Corson County News July 18, 1941



Mrs. Mary E. Palmer Passes Away


With deep feeling of loss our community mourns the departure, to be with the Lord, of a dear friend and mother in the passing away of Mrs. Mary E. Palmer at the home of her son, Clyde B. Palmer, Morristown, S.D., at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday evening, October 23.
From a large circle of her near relatives who watched and ministered at her bedside for hours, as life was slowly ebbing out, the one who was always active in ministering to others and in service for her Lord, was called home after a long illness without any apparent suffering toward the end.
Born November 25, 1859 at Linden, Michigan, the daughter of Orland Sheapard and Jean Stuart, she came to Reading, Michigan, with her parents where she grew to womanhood. She was married to Franklin Valencourt Palmer in 1877, who died on their claim, north of Morristown in 1919. Three sons were born all of whom are living Clyde B. and Zale F. who carry on business in Morristown, and Ben S., a farmer.
One sister mourns her loss, Mrs. M.A. Ulrey, to whom she was also a mother from the age of six years, after the death of their own mother. At the age of 16 years she united with the Regular Baptist Church of Reading, and although placed in life where she could not always attend church services she carried on the work of the Lord in her community, establishing a Sunday school and carrying on very often under most trying circumstances this faithful minister of the Lord has planted the Seed of Gods word in the hearts of her Sunday school scholars the results of which only eternity can unfold.
Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church, Rev. Hunter officiating and remains were laid to rest in the Morristown cemetery.
Taken from the Morristown World November 2, 19280

William L. Payne


-William L. Payne a resident of east of Morristown since 1909 where he homesteaded passed away at his home Saturday August 19th, at the ripe age of 80 years, 1 month and 21 days. He was born June 28, 1853 at DeKalb Illinois. His early childhood was spent in Hamilton County Iowa, where he received his education and became a member of the Christian church of Webster City. On January 18th, 1877 he was united in marriage to Phenia A. Miller and to this union two children were born Ralph and Mrs. Molly Afrank, both of whom survive their father and reside in the Morristown community. Following his marriage the deceased entered into the carpenter and contracting work with the Northwestern railroad, then constructing a road to the westward. In the fall of 1881 he moved with his family to Hawarden Iowa, to reside there for the following 21 years. In 1903 he moved to Hurley S.D. and entered into farming operations. In 1909 he came west of the Missouri River and filed on a homestead south and east of Morristown where he has since resided and engaged in farming and cattle raising. The deceased is survived by his two children Ralph and Molly, his aged wife, two sisters who reside in Oregon and who were unable to attend the last rites and one brother Gib Payne of Hawarden Iowa, who has been at his brother's bedside for some time. There are also thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren surviving. Funeral services were held in the Morristown auditorium Aug. 21, Rev. Geo Hoover officiating. Interment was made in the Lemmon cemetery.
Taken from Lemmon Tribune August 24, 1933


Donald Peacock Killed On Luzon


Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Peacock residing north of Watauga, recieved word from the War Department, Monday conveying the very sad news that their son, Donald Peacock had been killed in action on Luzon Island. Donald lost his life in line of duty, February 7th, 1945, according to the message. He was in the medical corp, attached to the Infantry that the invasion of the Luzon Island.
Donald was graduated from the McIntosh High School, and took part in basketball and other school athletics, and was very popular with his fellow students, as well as the adults of McIntosh. He grew to manhood on the farm of his parents north of Watauga, and was an ambitious and modest young man, and was held in the highest esteem by every acquaintance. He celebrated his 37th birthday in January.
He leaves to mourn his death, his parents, Mr. and Mr.s J.J. Peacock, and a sister Mrs. Elliott Geer, residing in Washington, besides a host of friends.
Taken from Corson County News, March 22, 1945


North Watauga Resident Dies


William Peterson, living north of Watauga passed suddenly away last Wednesday afternoon and interment was made in the Watauga cemetery Saturday afternoon.
Mr. Peterson had been visiting at the Severin Tysdal ranch, and he and Mr. Tysdal had left the ranch for a trip to Bismarck where the deceased had planned on consulting doctors. When they reached the Cedar river, Mr. Tysdal was dubious about crossing the creek at the usual place and went in search of a place in the creek that appeared most suitable for driving. After an inspection of the creek, Mr. Tysdal and Mr. Peterson agreed that the old crossing was the best bet, and just before Severin attempted to make the crossing, Mr. Peterson who was near the creek, commenced staggering backward as if he had stepped on a stone and had lost his balance. When he fell on his back Mr. Tysdal immediately went to his assistance, but it was very apparent that he had had a heart attack. Pete Beranek, who is employed on the Tysdal ranch, was passing near the scene with a hay wagon and stopped to make inquiry as to the trouble. He and Mrs. Tysdal placed Mr. Peterson in the car and Mr. Tysdal drove to McIntosh in search of medical aid. Life apparently still remained, but his palpitation was very weak, and he was beyond recovery and life passed quietly away. He was taken to the Taylor undertaking parlors and the family notified of his sudden demise.
Mr. Peterson was about sixty-five years of age and was one of the pioneers of the north of Watauga country and was one of the very successful farmers of that vicinity. He was an honorable citizen, a good neighbor and father and a very progressive man. Besides his wife, he leaves several children and other relatives to mourn his passing and many friends and acquaintances.
Taken from Corson County News March 5, 1942


Watauga Youth Passes Away


McIntosh and community were shocked and saddened last Thursday morning when the news was received from Watauga that Edward Prochaska had passed away at his home southeast of Watauga early Thursday morning. The untimely death of Edward Prochaska takes from this world a young man of sterling qualities and one of the highly respected young men. Edward Frank Prochaska was born at Dickey N.D. on July 21,1906 and was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Prochaska. He passed away at his parents home at Watauga. Interment was made in the Catholic cemetery Sat. August 12th. Friends of the deceased acted as pall bears. The Rev. Father O'Hara conducted the services assisted by Rev. Father Vigneron of Lemmon. Edward was taken ill with flu, pneumonia and complications on September. 7th 1932 and in March 1933 was taken to Wyoming where he improved considerably in health. He came home on June 26 and soon after was taken to St. Alexius Hosp for x-ray and treatments. After two weeks he was brought home when the Lord called to him to his reward. He was at all times well prepared to meet his Maker. He was loathe to complain of his condition and remained conscious til the very last. Edward graduated from the McIntosh High School and the Minneapolis Business college and before coming home had a good position with the Minneapolis Show case and fixture co and his employer had the best of praise for his services. He was highly honored and his untimely calling is a great loss to his parents, relatives and friends. He leaves besides his parents four brothers Chas., Rolland, Joseph and Quintan and one sister Dorothy.
Taken from Corson County News August 18, 1933


Joseph Prochaska Passes Away


Joseph Prochaska who had probably lived in the Watauga community longer than any other person passed away in his sleep at his home in Watauga Sunday forenoon.
He was one of the first businessmen in Watauga. He started his business by unloading seven cars of lumber by the railroad right of way in Watauga with the help of homesteaders who were glad to help so they could get some lumber. His first office and home was a tarpaper shack. The town had not yet been platted by engineers.
In the years that followed Mr. Prochaska operated his lumber yard, bought grain for a time and operated his farm homestead just south of town.
He was the father of the first child born in Watauga, Roland.
Mr. Prochaska had been working in his flower garden Saturday morning and became nauseated. He spent a restless night Saturday. Sunday he got up and dressed for church. He told his wife he thought he would miss church as he did not feel good enough to go. He layed down several times. Mrs. Prochaska went in to see him at 11 a. m. and found he had passed away in his sleep.


Rufus J. Reddick


Rufus J. Reddick, 46 a native of Trinity, died suddenly yesterday afternoon at his home in Watauga South Dakota, of botulism poisoning, it was learned late yesterday by his sister Mrs. C.C. Cagle of Trinity.
Mrs. Cagle received notice that her brother's condition was serious and left for Raleigh to board a plane. While at the airport she received notice of his death and that the body was being shipped to High Point.
The deceased was a veteran of the World War, leaving the army at the close of the war to go into business in South Dakota.
Surviving besides Mrs. Cagle is another sister Mrs. W.C. Massey of Cary and A.M. Reddick of Laurinburg
Taken from High Point (N.C) Enterprise.

John Ritter dies in Aberdeen


The community was shocked last Thursday when W.R. Amoo received a telegram stating the John Ritter came to his death by an unknown cause. Mr. Ritter had been in Aberdeen doctoring with Dr. Rice for the past two weeks.
Mr. Amoo left immediately for Aberdeen and accompanied the remains here Saturday.
Mr. Ritter came to this country from Arkansas, in 1910 settling on a homestead east of Morristown. After proving up he engaged in the buying of cream and later he started a pool hall in the Grand building. \
In 1916 he was united in marriage to Miss Ruba Jennison and in 1916 they settled on a homestead in the Dirt Lodge locality where they have since resided.
He leaves to mourn his death a heartbroken wife and a month old daughter.
The funeral services were held Monday morning at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Hardy and were conducted by Rev. M. Williams. The remains were laid to rest in the Morristown cemetery. Mr. Ritter was 43 years old at the time of his death.
Among those who attended the funeral from away were Mrs. Jennison, mother of Mrs. Ritter and Peck Ritter, brother of the deceased.
Taken from the Morristown World June 4, 1920


Roehl


The Watauga community extend their deepest sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Roehl, who lost their little son, by drowning in the tank on their farm three miles west of Watauga, Sunday evening.
Taken from Corson County News August 19,1943


Roethler


Relatives in Watauga received a message that Clarence Roethler had passed away Sunday due to a heart attack. He is a cousin of the Nehl boys and is well known here, having lived here some years ago.
Taken from Corson County News November 11, 1943



Death Halts Lads Journey to Mother


Little do we realize the sadness and sorrows of others as we drift along in life when things are hitting on all four, and the world looks rosy. If we are enjoying health and happiness we don't think of what the future holds or what disappointment awaits us and perhaps in the very near future.
we have in mind, the death of Valden Rowley at the Passehl Rooming house, Sunday January 1st. The boy was about seventeen years of age, was picked up at McLaughlin a week ago, suffering with double pneumonia and brought to McIntosh but his condition was beyond all human aid, and he passed away without regaining consciousness. After his death, a letter was found on his person from his mother, written from Seattle Washington, and the letter had every ear mark of being written by a mother with true love for her boy. This mother is undoubtedly patiently waiting for the arrival of this boy who now sleeps in a grave provided by the county. In the same envelope was a note written by a small sister, telling him to hurry home and they would all be happy together. He had been in Minnesota and was making his ways to Seattle on his mother's request, but death intervened but unfortunately, there was no address on the letter and messages sent to Seattle police department have had no result in locating his parents.
The boy was laid to rest in the McIntosh cemetery in true Christian manner, but no friends or relatives to shed a tear of remorse in this passing. Every effort will be put forth to locate his mother.
Taken from Corson County News January 5, 1933
The editor of the News received a letter from Mrs. S.A. Khan of Seattle Washington mother of Valden Rowley who passed away here several weeks ago with pneumonia. In her letter Mrs. Kahn exteneded thanks to the people of McINtosh for the kindness shown her son and th eefforts put forth in letting her know of the sad news. The boy was fifteen years old last September and was enroute to Seattle when death intervened.


Sven Sandberg


-Sven P. Sandberg, pioneer resident of the Watauga vicinity, passed away at the Good Samaritan Home at Eureka, May 14th. The deceased has spent the past couple years at Eureka, where he was a patient, suffering from infirmities of old age, and death came to relieve him of his suffering. Interment was made in the Watauga cemetery. Tuesday, May 16th with Rev. Gulson officiating at the services held at the Presbyterian church in Watauga. Pallbearers were John Lofberg, John Afrank, Frank Ernsbarger, Dick Gannon, Ralph and Anton Warvick. Sven P. Sandberg was born in Malmo, Sweden August 13, 1862 and passed away at the age of 76 years, nine months. He immigrated to America when a young man and resided at Chicago, where he followed the trade of carpenter and cabinet maker for nearly twenty years. He moved from Chicago to Pioneer township, south of Watauga, and has resided on his original homestead for the past twenty-eight years. Mr. Sandberg was a highly respected citizen in the community in which he lived and was held in the highest regard by all who knew him. Relatives surviving him are a nephew, C.E. Olson of Brooklyn N.Y. and three sisters who live at Malmo Sweden.
Taken from Corson County News May 19, 1939



Well Known Watauga Woman Dies Suddenly


Mrs. Ida Sampson, wife of Frank W. Sampson, passed away at her home near Watauga S.D. on July 16, 1934. She became seriously ill at 9 p.m. Thursday night but in spite of all human hands could do she passed peacefully away at 1 p.m. Friday July 26.
Mrs. Sampson was a member of the Watauga Presbyterian church and was an active member of the Ladies Aid; her church and Sunday School class was the foremost thought in her life.
Mrs. Sampson was also a member of the Watauga Woman's Club and had a host of friends who were shocked by the news of her untimely death. She was of a jovial disposition and delighted to entertain them.
She was devoted to her home and family and she had won a warm place in the hearts of her neighbors and all acquaintances.
Ida Walters Sampson was born in Truen, Saxony Germany, November 16, 1867 and passed away at her home in Watauga at 1 p.m. Friday, July 27, 1934.
At the age of 14 years she came with her parents to America and settled at Central City , Merrick county Nebraska.
On May 8, 1888 she was united in marriage with F.W. Sampson in Archer, Nebraska where they lived together until 1911, when they came to South Dakota, where they have since resided.
She was preceded in death by two daughters and a son.
The following are left to mourn her loss, that of a kind and loving wife and mother; F.W. Sampson of Watauga, Bert Sampson of Lincoln Nebraska, Mrs. Jesse Pike of Portage, Wisconsin, Mrs. E.J. Condo of Ironwood Michigan, Mrs. R.F. Miller of Elgin N.D. Glen and Dorothy and a grandson, Dale Idso who were living at home. She also leaves to mourn her loss three sisters and two brothers.
The funeral services were held at the Watauga Presbyterian Church at 2:30 Monday, July 30, 1934, following a short service at the home. These were conducted by Rev. Robert Elkin, of Lemmon S.D. Two hymns, "Asleep in Jesus" and "Sometime We'll Understand", favorite songs of Mrs. Sampson, were rendered by the choir.
The members of her Sunday School class-Donna Hendrickson, Audery Anderson, Bernice Thompson and Ellsworth Sheldon were flower bearers.
The pall bearers were R.F. Miller, E.J. Condo, J.H. Pike, son in laws of the deceased, Orrie Willigan, Sr., Erick Anderson, and George Kvilhaug.
The body was laid to rest beside her daughter, Louise Idso, in the Morristown cemetery.
The large number of friends present at the service and the many floral offerings were a silent tribute of the high esteem in which this loving wife and mother was held in her community.
Other out of town relatives who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. J.G. Zellar of Groton, Mrs. Zellar is a sister of F.W. Sampson.
Taken from Morristown World August 2, 1934

Schilling Funeral Held at Watauga

Requiem Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m., Wednesday 22 at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Watauga for Lawrence Schilling, long time resident of that community. Mr. Schilling died Saturday, Nov. 18 at St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck. He had suffered from cancer for several months.
Rev. Paul G. Dahms, pastor of the church, was the celebrant, with Rev. Ralph Muldoon of Lemmon and Rev. John Birdsall of McIntosh in attendance. Pall bearers were Raymond Long, Bernard Nehl, Ernest Baird, Martin Hilsendager, Dorus Mollman and George Bail. Burial was in the Watauga cemetery.
Lawrence J. Schilling was born February 12, 1908 at North Washington, Iowa. there he received his education and grew to young manhood. In 1929 he came to the West River county and settled in the Watauga community. On Nov. 11, 1930 he was married at Watauga to Clara Erz. Through the years he had been employed by the Milwaukee railroad and later was engaged in farming.
He was a member of St. Michael’s Parish.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Clara; four daughters, Marjorie Even of Lemmon, Carol McConnell of Boulder, Colorado, LaVonne Skretteberg of Everett, Wash. and Rose Anne at home; two sons Harold of Paola, Kansas and Gerald of Casper, Wyoming. Also surviving are two brothers, Herman of Baraboo, Wisc., and Victor of Waterloo, Iowa; three sisters, Mrs. Bernard Picar of North Freedom, Wisc., Mrs. Leo Erz of Rapid City and Mrs. Joe Kostka of New Hampton Iowa. He was proceeded in death by a baby daughter.
Taken from Corson County News Dec. 7, 1967



Dean W. Scholes Passes Away at 68


Funeral services for Dean W. Scholes, 68, Watauga, S.Dak., were held from the Bethesda Lutheran Church south of Leith Tuesday Sept. 15. The Rev. G.G. Newberger officiated and burial was made in the church cemetery.
Pall bearers were John and Stuart Striegle, Jack Chesrown, Duane Sabin, Trygve Olson and Grant Hauge. Mr. Scholes died in the Elgin hospital on Friday afternoon, Sept. 11 of a heart condition. He had been in ill health for 2 years and in the hospital one day.
He was born in Greenfield Iowa on June 6, 1896, a son of William and Lillian Gibbs Scholes.
He attended schools in Armour S.D., Sioux City, Iowa and Shattuk Military Academy, Fairboult, Minn. He married Roainne Hotham at Yankton S.D. on July 1, 1916. In 1917 they came to North Dakota and farmed 26 miles south of Carson. He was active in civic and community affairs and served on the township and school boards.
He leaves his wife, 4 sons, Bill of Carson, Walter of Stanton, James of Sioux Falls, and Allison of Carson; six daughters, Mrs. Earl (Donna) Lewis, Santa Clara, Cal.; Mrs. Earl (Jane) Nehl, Edmonds Wash; Mrs. Ardath (Dorothy) Hauge, Watauga; Mrs. Jerry (Hazel) Staudenrous, Seattle, Wash; Mrs. Curtis (Lucille) Thornton, Tempe, Ariz; and Mrs. Monte(Margery) Walker, Olympia, Wash; 31 grandchildren, one great grandchild; one brother Lyle of San Marino, Cal; and one sister, Mrs. Paul Osbun, Vista Cal.
They Meyer Funeral Home, Elgin was in charge of arrangements.
Taken from Corson County News September 24, 1964


L.J. Segal


Word was received here this week to the effect that L.J. Segal, manager of the Watauga Cash Store, died at Minneapolis Sunday afternoon of the Spanish influenza.
Taken from McIntosh Globe-Chief October 17,1918


Wm. Seymour Buried Monday


William Seymour of Las Vegas Nev. was buried at McIntosh Tuesday afternoon. He once lived south of Watauga, leaving that area in about 1936. He was buried beside a sister, Mrs. Clarence Wilson. Funeral services were conducted at the grave by the Rev. John McCandless of the McIntosh Presbyterian church. A brother Frank of Clinton, Iowa was present at the burial.
Taken from Morristown World July 3, 1953


Margaret Sheldon Dies at Watauga


The Watauga community was shocked to learn of the death of Mrs. Marjorie Sheldon who passed away at her apartment in the Watauga hotel last Wednesday morning about 10:30. Her lifeless body was discovered by Mrs. Viggo Thomsen who had been visiting her previous and had gone out a few minutes to get her some medicine. Mrs. Vern Ivers and Rev. Rossen had also visited her prior to her passing away.
Marjorie Wright (Sheldon) was born at Mattoon, Ill. October 30, 1883 and homesteaded south of Keldron in 1910. She taught school in and around Morristown in the early days and was one of the first high school teachers in Morristown. She married Chas. Sheldon August 18, 1922, when they moved to Watauga and worked in the postoffice here until 1939 when Mr. Sheldon passed away. In 1940 Mrs. Sheldon and family moved to Washington to make their home. Last October, Mrs. Sheldon, returned to Watauga to make her home.
She leaves to mourn her passing a daughter, (Mrs. Art Raney) Clara Gay of Bremerton and son Ellsworth of Portland. One sister, Mrs. Harlen of Waverly, Neb; 3 brothers Edwin of Seattle; Harvey and Bob of Mattoon, Ill.., a cousin Mrs. Fred Johnson, Tacoma whom Mrs. Shledon lived with for a while.
Services were held in the Presbyterian church with Rev. Ford of Lemmon officiating, Monday afternoon, and burial made beside Mr. Sheldon in the Watauga cemetery. Pall bearers were Ed. Willigan, Bill Hendrickson, Erick Anderson, Dick Hoisington, Mr. Quelcok and Chester Sutton.
Mrs. Sheldon was a member of the Eastern Star for 30 years. Mrs. Hoisington sang "Sometime we'll understand" and "Cressing the Bar' accompanied by Mrs. Ed. Willigan.
The children, Mr. and Mrs. Art Raney and Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth Sheldon arrived Sunday to attend the funeral services.
Taken from Corson County News July 8, 1948

Postmaster at Watauga Dies


C.E. Sheldon, pioneer postmaster of Watauga, passed away at his home in that town Tuesday evening at six o'clock, death coming after several years of suffering with cancer, having spread to his lungs. The pioneer postmaster had been confined to his home for the past year, and although his death is very sad, relatives and friends had reconciled, themselves to the fact that there was no cure for the dreaded disease, and it was only a question of time when the Grim Reaper would claim him. He seeked medical attention at many hospitals, but the disease had made such inroads before he realized his serious condition and medical aid was of no avail.
In spite of his illness, Mr. Sheldon was always congenial, and took his suffering with little complaint. He was accommodating, friendly to his customers and held in the highest esteem by every acquaintance and his death casts a shadow of sorrow over the entire community.
Funeral services will be held at the Presbyterian church at Watauga Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock and interment will be made at that place.
Taken from Corson County News December 21, 1939


Mrs. Mort Sherwood


Many friends from Watauga and vicinity attended the funeral of Mrs. Mort Sherwood at Morristown last Monday. Mrs. Sherwood was a long time resident of Watauga and vicinity. She passed away at Spearfish last week. Services were held in the Presbyterian church at Morristown with Rev. Lee James of Lemmon officiating. Burial was made beside her husband in the Morristown cemetery. Pallbearers were S.K. Williamson, Ed Willigan, Art Sauers, Ellis and Duane Sabin and Delore Grandpre.
Taken from Corson County News August 13, 1961


C. Spicer buried Friday, Feb. 29


The First Presbyterian church in McIntosh was filled Friday, Fe. 29, with friends and relatives who gathered to pay final respects to J.C. Spicer, widely known rancher of the north Watauga community. He died at Lemmon Wednesday, Feb. 27, 1952.
Officiating pastor at the services was the Rev. Miles Watkins. Music was furnished by the Presbyterian choir accompanied by Mrs. Walter Lawien at the organ.
Pall bearers were Stewart Striegel, John H. Striegel, Jack Chesrown, Harold Twito, Harry Beals and Robert Jangula. Masonic rites were conducted at the grave.
Mr. Spicer had been in poor health for a year. He had been prominent in ranching at his home ranch north of Watauga in Grant county where he had resided continuously for 49 years, coming to his homestead in 1903.
He was commissioner of Grant county for 15 years, taking over those duties in 1935. He was also a member of the Grant County Welfare Board.
Charles Spicer was born in Dundalk, Ont., Canada, January 21, 1885. He moved to Winona, N.D. in 1893.
Survivors include his widow, one daughter, Mrs. Ralph Katus, and three grand children, Marian, Robert and Dennis Katus all of Watauga S.D. and two sisters, Mrs. Lyle Sutliff of Salem Oregon and Mrs. John Percy of Pine City Minn.
Other relatives attending the funeral services were; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Stewart, Pollock S.D.; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Coventry, Linton, N.D.; Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Brooks, Wakpala S.D.; Mr. and Mrs. Archie Stewart, Bismarck N.D.; Mrs Gilbert Cusey, Steele, N.D.; Mrs. Robert Berg, Bismarck, N.D.; Kenneth Stewart, Carson N.D.; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Stewart and Lloyd, Brisbane Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jangula, Lemmon S.D.; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Beals, Lemmon S.D.; Mr. O.B. Anderson, Lemmon S.D.; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Chesron, Watauga S.D. and Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Sutliff, Salem Oregon.
Taken from Corson County News March 6, 1952

Pioneer Watauga Area Lady Dies


Funeral Services were held at 2 p.m. November 6 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Watauga for Mrs. John C. Spicer, pioneer resident of the Watauga area. Mrs. Spicer died Wednesday, 4th November at Bismarck.
Rev. Dennis Hayes officiated at the rites. Pallbearers were Stuart Striegel, John Striegel Jr., Jack Chesrown, Arnold Olson, Lloyd Stewart and Kenneth Ketterling.
Marian Stewart was born Aug. 5, 1888 at Dale, N.D. She received her education there and at Linton. In 1906 she came to Grant County and settled on the Cannonball River 10 miles south of Brisbane. She was married at McIntosh, December 20,1911 to John C. Spicer. They lived eight miles north of Watauga.
Surviving is a daughter Mrs. Ralph(Mary) Katus of Watauga, three grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Taken from Morristown World Nov. 12, 1970


BELOVED PIONEER MOTHER PASSES


Mrs. John H. Spicer, one of the best known pioneer mothers of this West River country, was called by death shortly after 12:00 o’clock last Wednesday evening, following an illness of about two weeks duration, though not having enjoyed good health for the past four or five years.
The deceased came to the Missouri river area of the two Dakotas with her husband and family in 1893 and has resided and pioneered in several communities during that time, always sharing with others the hardship and joy of pioneer life in those communities; always having helped to make each a little better place to live. For the past year or more the husband and wife have made their home in Morristown, and for more than 20 years prior to that on their ranch north of Morristown on the Cedar River.
Agnes Jane Smith, daughter of Isabella and John Smith, was born March 8, 1862, in Holstein, Ontario, Canada and was the eldest of a family of six children, and the first of that number to end her earthly pilgrimage and meet her loved ones in the Great Beyond.
Her girlhood was spent in the community in which she was born and it was there that she was received into membership in the Presbyterian church.
On January 8, she was united in marriage to J. H. Spicer and became the foster mother of his two mother-less sons, one of whom preceded her in death while still in his youth.
To this union four children were born, three daughters and one son. The son having preceded his mother in death.
Though having been a devout member of the Presbyterian faith all her life, in late years, the privilege of attending its services were denied her, due to impaired hearing, but her Christian faith shone through her good works.
The deceased is survived by her husband John H. Spicer, and three daughters, Mrs. John Percy of Pine City, Minn.; Mrs. Otis Anderson, of Lemmon, S. D., and Mrs. Lyle Sutliff of Paradise, N. D., and one son, Charles Spicer of Watauga, S. D. Also four brothers and one sister, all of whom reside in Canada together, with twelve grandchildren and a host of friends and neighbors who will mourn the passing of this pioneer mother.
Funeral services were held from the Presbyterian church in Morristown at 1:00 p. m. on Saturday with the Rev. Born, pastor of the McIntosh church, officiating. Interment was made in the Morristown cemetery. Favorite hymns of the deceased were sung by Mrs. Scott and Mrs. Highby, with Mrs. Batzer accompanying.
Note:12/17/34


Dad Spicer Dies at Lemmon


J.H. Spicer, pioneer builder and rancher of the western Dakotas for 51 years, is dead. The summons came to the grand old gentleman at the Lemmon hospital at 7 a.m. Sunday following an illness of three months. Death was due to age infirmities. He was in his 87th year. Until his last illness he had enjoyed the best of health. Since moving to Lemmon in 1936 he had lived at his home on South Main Street.
Funeral services were held from the Presbyterian church at Morristown Wednesday at 2 p.m. The rites were largely attended by friends whose associations with the pioneer cattleman dated back over half a century. Rev. Martin Hyink pastor of Spencer Memorial Presbyterian church of Lemmon officiated at the services. pall bearers, chosen from among close friends were Guy Chesrown, Clyde Palmer, Joe Chesrown, J.G. Striegel, S.L.. Tysdale and F.C. Casey. Burial was made in the Morristown cemetery by the grave of his wife who passed away in 1931.
John Henry Spicer was born at Mount Forest, Ontario, Canada, Sept. 6, 1857. He received his education and grew to young manhood in his native land. After completing his schooling he learned his trade of a stone mason.
He was married in Ontario, Jan. 8, 1890 to Mary J. Smith of Holstein, that province. Three years later they came to the United States. They located at Winona, N.D., across the river from Fort Yates which was then known as one of the strongest army posts in the middle west. For a number of years he was employed at the fort in construction work. Among his many achievements was the buildings of the Skyrock monument which still stands at the Sioux county seat.
At Winona also, tragedy cast its shadow. One morning in 1897 he went to the homestead of his brother, Thomas, north of that city to find that the family had been massacred by the Indians during the night. Six members lay dead. Only two escaped, one of whom is still living.
The troops took up the trail of the guilty band and they were soon brought to justice at Fort Yates. His brother had been a missionary to the Indians since locating on the homestead near Winona.
In 1903, Mr. Spicer broght his family across the Missouri River to locate on a ranch on the Cedar River in Grant county north of Watauga. There he was active in the development of the area and conducted his operations on a large scale for more than a quarter of a century. In 1928, he retired and with Mrs. Spicer, established their home in Morristown. For seven years following her death he continued to live there. In 1938 he came to Lemmon to be near his daughter, Mrs. O.B. Anderson.
During his residence in Grant county he took a prominent part in public affairs. For many years he served as township and school district official.
Surviving relatives include three daughters, Mrs. O.B. Anderson of Lemmon, Mrs. John Percy, Pine City Minn., and Mrs. Lyle Sutliff, one son, Chas. Spicer, Watauga, nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Taken from Lemmon Leader.

Sudden Death of Robert Spicer


This community was shocked Tuesday morning, when word reached town from Lemmon that Robert Spicer, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Spicer, north of the Cedar, had passed away Tuesday morning at 11:30 at the Lemmon hospital, following an operation for appendicitis, performed there Saturday morning.
"Bob" as he was familiarly known, was taken ill with an attack of appendicitis while returning from the Cannonball country, Thursday evening, and was taken to Lemmon, Friday by Otis Anderson.
The deceased was 28 years of age and came with his parents to the North Country where they have been extensively engaged in the cattle business.
Bob was well known in our vicinity and highly respected by his many young associates for his pleasing disposition and upright dealings.
He leaves to mourn his young death his heartbroken father and mother, three sisters, Mrs. Otis Anderson of Lemmon, Mrs. Lyle Sutliff of Coolen, Idaho, Mrs. J.S. Percy of Pine City, Minn., and Chas. Spicer, north of Watauga.
Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Presbyterian Church and the remains were laid to rest in the Morristown cemetery.
Taken from Morristown World January 30, 1925


Lillian Stambaugh dies Suddenly at Bismarck


A shadow of sorrow passed over friends and acquaintances when the sudden and unexpected death of Miss Lillian Stambaugh was made known in McIntosh last Thursday, March 1st. Miss Stambaugh was rushed to the hospital at Bismarck several days before when she suffered a heart attack. She rallied from the first attack and high hopes were held for her partial recovery, but she was taken ill again Wednesday evening and never recovered.
Although a midget, Miss Lillian had a heart of size and disposition that was envied by every acquaintance. The little lady had a very active mind, was ambitious and had a smile for everyone. Her death is mourned by a host of friends. She made her home with her parents and was employed at intervals in local business places. Friends were not aware of the heart disease that she was fighting, and her pleasing disposition was never dampened by her illness. Her friendship was sought and her presence always brought a ray of pleasantness.
Lillian Pauline was born July 16, 1912 at Buffalo, Texas. At the age of five she came with her parents to Elgin, N.D., where she attended school until her folks moved to this community. She has lived with her parents and relatives in the Morristown, Watauga and McIntosh communities where she has attended school and in each place has kept regular attendance at Sunday School as long as her health would permit. For the past five years she had made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Heisig near Morristown.
She leaves to mourn her death her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Stambaugh, a sister LaCean,, her brother Edsel, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Bertz, four aunts Mrs. Heisig, Mrs. Meade, Mrs. Ehert, Mrs Bud Moore, and an uncle Charles Bertz. She reached the age of 21 years, 7 months and 13 days.
The funeral services was held at the Presbyterian church last Sunday afternoon. The choir sang, "In the Hour of Trial" and "Rock of Ages". Rev. M.D. Bone conducted the service. Interment was made in the McIntosh cemetery.
Taken from Corson County News March 8, 1934


Pioneer Watauga Woman Dies


Mrs. Isabel Staudenraus,86, pioneer resident of Corson County, died Tuesday morning while she was being taken to Five Counties Hospital in Lemmon. Mrs. Staudenraus had lived with her son, Lee Staudenraus, near Watauga for many years, keeping house for him. While she had been in failing health, she was able to be up and around until she was stricken Tuesday. She was the mother of Mrs. Arthur Nehl and Mrs. Walter Nehl. Funeral arrangements had not been completed at the time of going to press. The body is at Evansen funeral home.
Taken from the Corson County News-2-26-56


Watauga Resident Dies in Washington


The remains of Robert Staudenraus, who passed away at Alderwood Manor, Washington, April 19, arrived in Watauga last Thursday and funeral sevices and internment was made in that little city. The deceased lived near Watauga for many years before going to Washington a couple years ago to make his home, and had a large acquaintance and many friends throughout the country who will mourn his departure. He was always ambitious and true to his friends and family, and was held in high esteem.
The deceased was born at Vettenburg, Germany, January 26, 1862 and came to the United States when a young man. He passed away at Alderwood Manor, Washington, April 19, 1937. Besides his wife Isabelle, he leaves to mourn his death, five daughters, Mrs. Sarah Nehl of Watauga, Mrs. Lillian McDonald of Snohomish, Washington, Mrs. Cecelia Nehl of Alderwood Manor, Washington, and Mrs. Orpha Schmidt of Bernard, Iowa; four sons, Earl of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Roy of Stockton, California, Carl of Dell Rapids and Lee at home. He also leaves four brothers and one sister. Mrs. Lena Kolb of Sioux Falls, besides forty grandchildren.

John Striegel is buried Tuesday


Funeral services were held at Leith North Dakota, Tuesday at 2 o'clock for John Striegel who passed away at the St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck last Saturday, May 15. Mr. Striegel entered the hospital for an operation for prostrate gland trouble, and while on the operating table, a small tumor in his throat caused choking that snuffed out his life.
Mr. Striegel was one of the progressive farmers of northwest of Watauga, where he had farmed for many years, with his two sons, John Jr. Stewert, took care of a fine herd of cattle. In the death of Mr. Striegel, the west river country loses another of its outstanding citizens. John Striegel was loved and honored by every acquaintance. He was honest, progressive and a man held in the highest esteem. Mr. Striegel cherished his family above all, and his love and admiration for them was paid in full by their obedience and honor they bestowed on him. The two fine boys that he and Mrs.. Striegel have raised are a symbol to good Christian parents, and although Mr. Striegle has answered the final summons, his good work on this earth will be carried on in the same honorable manner he represented.
The many friends in this community extend sympathy to the bereaved relatives, Mrs. Striegel and John Jr. and Stewart.
John Striegel was born at Caledonia, Minnesota, July 27, 1879 and moved with his parents to Howard, South Dakota when a small boy. In 1906 he went to North Dakota and filed on a homestead, and was married to Miss Ella Tystad of Howard S.D., November 30, 1912 at Aberdeen. To this union, two sons were born John Jr. and Stewart, who are left to mourn his death, besides his widow and several brothers and sisters.
Honorary pallbearers were Joe Chesrown, Charley Spicer, S.K. Williamson, John Merrick, Fred Casey, Viggo Thomsen, Ray Nehl and Claude Lagaur, former neighbors and friends of the deceased. The active pallbearers were four nephews of Mr. Steigel and Ralph Katus and Thomas Jackson.
Taken from Corson County News May 20, 1948


EARLY SETTLER OF CORSON COUNTY PASSES FEB. 6


Andrew Swanson, early settler and resident of Corson County, passed away at the Mobridge hospital, Saturday, Feb. 6. Mr. Swanson had been in failing health for four years, and about two months ago he became very ill and was taken to Mobridge. The cause of death was given as cancer.
Andrew Swanson was born in Norway in 1870, and at the time of his passing he was 67 years of age. He came to America at the age of 16 years, where the family made their home in Marshalltown, Iowa, for several years, later moving to Minnesota and then to Clark, S. D., where he farmed for an extended time. In 1911 he settled on a homestead eleven miles southeast of Morristown where he resided until the time of his death.
Mr. Swanson has no living relations. A sister preceded him in death a few years ago, at Clark, S. D.
Funeral services for the deceased were held from the American Lutheran church at Morristown, S. D., Saturday afternoon, Feb. 13, with the Rev. A. Trueman Daniels, pastor of the church, officiating. Burial was made in the Morristown cemetery.
Note:2/18/37


Frank Tarjanji Dies Tuesday


Frank Tarjanji, 78 year old Watauga resident, died at the McLaughlin hospital early Tuesday morning. He had been in poor health for several years. Immediate cause of death was pneumonia and resulting complications.
Frank Tarjanji was born in Austria in 1875. He left Europe in 1899 and arrived in Columbus Ohio in 1901. He worked in a brick yard at Loren, Ohio, for a short time and spent six months in a glass factory in Toledo, Ohio. He then went to work in the Ohio coal mines and spent 25 years as a miner. In 1930 he came to Watauga with the money he had saved and brought a small farm on the outskirt of town. According to the report of a welfare worker he brought $1400 with him and paid $1200 for his small farm. He planned to spend the remainder of his life raising and selling garden products. The drought years and the limited market for vegetables wiped out his savings and he was not able to make a living from gardening.
Mr. Tarjanji had difficulty speaking and understanding English and so lived apart from the rest of the community most of the time. He was not married and had no living relatives in the United States as far as is known.
Taken from the Morristown World October 9, 1953

Death of John Thimbler


John Thimbler, who was burned in the prairie fire south of here Sunday, March 12 and has been under the doctors care in this city for the past three weeks, died Wednesday morning at 3 o’clock. The unfortunate man had suffered considerable and was delirious a part of the time at which times it took several men to hold him, and death finally came to relieve him of the intense suffering. The deceased was a young man in the prime of life, coming here from New Haven, Ind., and with his family settled on a homestead four miles south east of here where he was working and planning a successful start in life and was making extensive preparations to assist in the upbuilding of this new country, but the end came in a manner unexpected. He was a man well liked by those who learned to know him in the short time he was among us and a man who united sound sense with strong convictions, of general impulses, and never forgot the hospitable ways of the early settler, and never failing to find an opportunity to assist a neighbor. The remains were shipped to the old home in New Haven for interment in the family cemetery. The deceased leaves a wife and two children with other relatives to mourn his untimely death.


Death of Mrs. A. B. Thompson


Mrs. A. B. Thompson died at her home on the Cedar, wednesday morning April 18, 1922. When she retired for the night she was in apparently her ususal state of health. Wednesday morning she did not arise at the usual hour and upon investigation it was found that she had passed away during the night. The cause of death, according to the coroners report, was apoplexy.
Cora A. Howe was born in the state of New Hampshire, January 20, 1862. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Freeman P. Howe. At the age of 16 she came west with her parents and they settled in the Red River Valley. December 25, 1878 she was united in marriage with A. B. Thompson. A year later they moved to the West River country and settled on the site of their present home. They were among the earliest settlers of old Morton county.
She was at the time of her death 60 years, 2 months, and 18 days old. She leaves to mourn her death, her husband and two sisters. Mrs. Hattie Wheatly and Mrs. Georgia Hayes, both of New Hampshire.
Services were conducted at the home Friday at 12 A. M. and she was buried at the cemetery at Morristown. A large number of friends and neighbors attended the funeral and followed the remains to the cemetery.
Mr. Thompson has the sympathy of the entire community in his sad bereavement.


Little Boy Dies At Watauga

Thursday morning, April 11th, the grim reaper again entered the home of Mr. and Mrs. T.G. Thompson at Watauga, taking there from their beloved nine year old son Gordon. The little fellow had been a sufferer from valvular disease of the heart, following an attack of rheumatic fever early in June of 1927, but it was hoped that with care he might outgrow it.
However, he was taken with the flu which later developed into pneumonia and the weakened heart was unable to bear the strain.
Gordon Gerald Thompson was born November 12, 1919 in Mahto and lived there until December 1, 1928 when his parents moved to Watauga. He was a lovable and intelligent child and had he been spared and blessed with health would have gone far.
Services were held at the home in Watauga and the little body brought by train to McLaughlin, where after a brief service conducted by Rev. Bissell, he was laid to rest beside his little sister, who passed beyond on September 17, 1927.
The R.N.A. attended in a body and a large number of friends escorted the sorrowing family to the cemetery. The floral offerings were many and unusually beautiful.
Little Gordon leaves to mourn his loss, besides his parents, one brother, Elton, three sisters, Marjorie, Anna and Bernice and innumerable friends for to know the little fellow was to love him. The hearts of the whole community go out in sympathy to this twice bereaved family. May God in his infinite wisdom and love comfort and sustain them in this their hour of sorrow.
Call not back the dear departed,
Anchored safe where storms are o’er;
On the border land we left him,
There we’ll meet to part no more,
When we leave this world of changes
When we quit this life of care,
We will find our loved ones waiting
in our Father’s mansion fair.
Taken from Corson County News April 26, 1929

Mrs. T.G. Thompson


After an illness of only a few weeks, Mrs. T.G. Thompson passed away at the Mobridge hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson moved to McIntosh last fall from Watauga. Mr. Thompson having been engaged as section foreman at that place until the railroad cut the position out. The Thompson family resided at Watauga for six years before coming to McIntosh.
Taken from Corson County News January 31, 1935

Thos. Thompson Laid to Rest


Funeral services for the late Thos. G. Thompson, section foreman at Selfridge, N.D. who dies at 6 a.m. September 30, 1943, as a result of a collision of his motor car with a railroad inspection car. Services were held at McLaughlin Congregational Church, McLaughlin S.D. on Monday afternoon, October 4th. Miss Lois Joy Hartung conducting services.
The Pall bearers were: Otto A. Schneider, Art Berg, Joe Schatz, and Jake Eisenbeisz of Mahto, Harold Eby of McLaughlin and Elwyn D. Katus of McIntosh.
Thomas Gordon Thompson was born in Ayr, Cass County, North Dakota December 5, 1888. He grew to manhood in this vicinity and at the age of 21 years was married to Gertrude Ledbetter. Six children were born to this union, one of whom died in infancy and the other at the age of ten years. The family moved to Mahto, S.D. where they lived for some time, and later moved to Watauga, S.D., where Mrs. Thompson passed away in 1935. On June 30, 1939, Mr. Thompson was married to Mrs. Emma Eby of Mahto who with two of her children and four of Mr. Thompson's are left to mourn his loss. The children are: Mrs. E.D. Katus of McIntosh, Elton Thompson of Boston, Anne Thompson of San Diego, Bernice Thompson of Minneapolis, Mrs. Leslie McGregor of Washington D.C. and Harold Eby of McLaughin.
Taken from Corson County News October 7, 1943


Former Watauga Merchant Buried


Funeral services were held at Our Savior's Lutheran church of Montevideo, Minn., last Wednesday Jan. 4, for Simon Thomsen, pioneer Hardware merchant of the Watauga community.
Mr. Thomsen died at the Montevideo hospital New Year's Day at 4:00 p.m. after being admitted on the Tuesday before. He had been in failing health for some time and was hospitalized intermittently. After the services there he was taken to Diamond Lake Lutheran church where further services were held and burial made there beside his wife, near Lake Benton, Minn.
Mr. Thomsen was born March 22, 1882 at Dwight, Ill. When a young lad he moved with his family to Lake Benton where he grew to manhood and received his education. He was married at Arca, Minn., to Anna Engkjer on March 23, 1911 and lived on a farm there.
It was through Wm. Holm that he learned of the Hardware at Watauga being for sale and purchased same in 1916 from Bert and Jack Bigham. He operated that until 1944 when he sold to Leo Erz and retired from business and year and a half after they moved to Montevideo to make their home. In 1958 they built a new home which they enjoyed just three weeks before his wife passed away in September. He lived alone since, until he entered the Luther Haven Rest Home.
Taken from Corson County News January 1967

Death of John Watkins


John Watkins, who resides four miles east of Morristown, died Sunday, March 6th of cancer of the stomach at the age of 68 years of age. He leaves to mourn his untimely death his heart broken wife and one daughter. Funeral services were held at his home Thursday morning and interment made in the Morristown cemetery.
Taken from Morristown World March 11,1921



Obituary


Mr. Joseph Watznauer was born June 29th, 1857 at Reichenberg, Austria and died at Watauga S.D., Sept. 2nd, 1926. He was 69 years and 2 months old.
He lived with his parents until he was 17 years old, when he came to this country, locating at Brooklyn, N.Y. After working there for one year he went to Iowa with his brother where they worked on farms. In 1882 he left for Dakota where he took up a homestead in what is now Sanbron County.
He was married Jan. 7th, 1888 to Miss Mary Hinker near Artesian, S.D. They lived north of Artesian four years, then moved west of Forestburg and lived there until 7 years ago. Since that time they visited with their children of whom there were nine, wintering at Watauga with Mrs. Herman Ruhoff.
He leaves to mourn his death his children, John Watznauer of Forestburg, S.D.; Mrs. Harvey Berdine of Interior, S.D.; Mrs. Herman Ruhoff of Watauga; Mrs. Anton Hinker of Cresbard S.D.; Mrs. F.P. Nehl of Watauga; Mrs. Thomas Gardner of Forestburg, S.D.; Mrs. E.W. Hinker and Mrs. Carl Oberhauser, both of Watauga; together with 30 grandchildren and 2 brothers.
His presence will be sadly missed by all. He was a good husband and father, a pioneer and citizen, coming here when Dakota was a territory. His presence will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Taken from Corson County News September 16,1926


Mrs. Penilla Webb


-Death summoned Mrs. Penilla Webb May 14th at the home of her son Roy, south of Watauga where she has been in very poor health for the past year. The deceased was past ninety-one years of age at the time of her death, and in spite of her advanced age and failing health, was always jovial and a cheerful suffered. Mrs. Webb will long be remembered for her good deeds and her many acts of kindness to friends and neighbors. She had reconciled herself to the fact that her days on this earth were numbered and passed quitely away. The remains were shipped to Aberdeen for interment. Miss Flossie and Roy Webb, son and daughter, George Gregson and Mrs. Howard Goldsmith accompanied the body to Aberdeen. Funeral services were held at Watauga before the remains were shipped and a large crowd of sorrowing friends gathered to pay their respect to one they had learned to love and admire.
Taken from Corson County News May 30,1941


Mrs. Maria Welton Passed Away Monday


Mrs. Maria L. Welton, aged mother of Mrs. F.W. Sutliff of Paradise N.D., passed away at her daughter's home Monday, after a prolonged illness.
Mrs. Welton was born at Killbourn City, Wis., on August 9, 1848. In 1868 she was married to Benjamin Welton, five children being born to this union, four sons and one daughter.
Funeral services were conducted from the Sutliff home at Paradise, Rev. H.J. Schaar officiating and interment made in the Morristown cemetery.
Taken from Morristown World April 10, 1931

Father of Morristown Lady Passes Away


Charles Henry White was born in Chicago, Illinois, October 2, 1874 and passed away July 20, 1948 of a heart ailment and other complications. When a small child the family moved to Dewitt county, settling in Texas township. At the age of 16 years, he confessed Christ and joined the Texas Christian church from which he was buried. As a young man he served the church in the capacity of deacon, Sunday school teacher and Supt. On Easter Sunday, March 26, 1899 he was united in marriage to Miss Della Hoffman.
After living in the Texas community three years they moved to Iowa. He came to South Dakota in 1910 and homesteaded 5 1/2 miles south of Watauga. He was active in the community and church affairs until he moved to Clinton Ill., in 1924.
He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, four daughters; Mrs.. Nellie Morrison, Hagerstown, Ind., Mrs. Gladys Maltby, Palestine, Ill., Mrs. Sadie Goldsmith, Morristown S.D., Mrs. Evelyn Gardner, Clinton, Ill., and one son, Frederick White of Madison, Wisconsin, also 19 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, and a host of friends.
Mr. White was a member of the Clinton Christian church at the time of his death.
Funeral services were held at the Texas Christian church with Rev. V.L. Parsons of Mt. Vernon, Ill. in charge. The body was laid to rest in the Texas cemetery and the presence of many friend and neighbors, the many floral displays testifying of the loving tribute of those who were paying their last respects to a departing loved one.
Taken from Corson County News August 5, 1948



F.E. WILLIAMS DIES SUDDENLY


Mr. Williams had been ailing for some time but never complained and kept on with his work and after working hard all day Wednesday he retired quite early and at about five o'clock on Thursday morning, Mrs. Williams was awakened by his heavy breathing. She got up and lighted the lamp and attempted to awaken him when she discovered his life had passed away. Mr. Williams was well known throughout the county and his friends were numbered by his acquaintances. He was always cheerful and took a great interest in whatever he undertook, the happiness of his family, being his main ambition. He worked hard and made a nice farm out of a barren piece of prairie land he homesteaded a number of years ago and which is now considered one of the best in the county. Mr. Williams spent most of his time on his farm and was one of the well-to-do farmers. The Masonic Lodge, had charge of the funeral, and interment being made in the local cemetery. He is survived by a wife, one daughter Mabel and two sons John and Charley.
Taken from McIntosh Globe-Chief April 10,1919



MRS. WILLIAMS DIES AT ROCHESTER


Mrs. Anna Williams died at Rochester, Minnesota last Sunday afternoon, where she had been taken a couple weeks ago in hopes she could get relief for a long lingering illness. Mrs. Williams had been suffering with cancer of the stomach for several months, and it was with the last hope of aiding her that she was taken to Rochester and the efforts proved futile.
In the death of Mrs. Williams the community loses another pioneer woman, and one whose friendship was cherished by all. The Williams family came to Corson County when the reservation was first thrown open to settlement, and filed on a homestead between McIntosh and Watauga on the Yellowstone Trail, and where they lived until the death of Mr. Williams several years ago. She was a fine old lady and lived a good christian life, and her death is sad news to the many friends. The remains were shipped to McIntosh and funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church where a large crowd gathered to pay their sad respects. The casket was banked in a beautiful floral offering, gifts from friends and members of societies of which she was a member. Interment was made in the local cemetery.
The deceased leaves to mourn her departure, two sons and one daughter. Rev. John Williams of New York, Charley Williams of Marmarth, N. D., and Mrs. Lloyd Reckamp of McIntosh. She also has brothers and a sister who were here to attend the funeral.
Note:Taken from the Corson County News-9-13-1928



Orie Willigan Dies in Albany, Oregon


Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday for Lester Orie Willigan, 66, who was dead early Friday on arrival at an Albany, Oregon hospital. Cause of death was a heart attack. The services were at the Aasum Funeral Home in Albany with the Rev. Orville Coats officiating. Burial was at Willamette Memorial Mausoleum.
He was born Nov. 22, 1903 at Chicago, Ill., and reared at a family homestead at Watauga S.D. He married Agnes B. Ellingson on Nov. 25, 1925. The couple lived there until 1936 when they moved to Oregon and he went to work for the Oregon Highway Department.
They lived at Drain, Scottsburg and Elkton in Oregon and worked on logging road construction until 1963, when the couple moved to Albany and bought the City Center Motel, which they operated until retirement in 1967.
He was a member of Elkton Masonic Lodge No. 63, AF&AM.
Surviving in addition to his widow is a brother, A.H. Willigan of Watauga.
Taken from the Morristown World April 30, 1970





Pioneer Watauga Resident is Dead


Orie Willigan was born in Riverdale, Illinois on July 10,1870. He was left an orphan at an early age.
On November 15, 1892 he married Jennie Bos. Six children were born to this union, four of whom are living; namely Adrian Willigan of Watauga, S.D., Mrs. Mabel Zamzow of Grand Island, Nebraska; Mrs. Loretta Mitchell of Danville, California; and Orie Jr. of Scottsburg, Oregon.
The family came to Watauga in 1911 and settled on a homestead two miles southwest of Watauga.
The first Mrs. Willigan preceded Mr. Willigan in death April 15, 1931. On June 21, 1932 Mr. Willigan married Miss Cornelia Bos.
Mr. Willigan passed away July 20, 1945 at the age of 75 years 10 days. He leaves to mourn his death, his bereaved widow, four children, five grand children and one great grandchild.
The funeral was held at the Presbyterian church in Watauga on Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. Kutz of Lemmon officiating. The choir sang, "Jesus Lover of my Soul" , "Rock of Ages" and "Asleep in Jesus."
The remains were laid to rest in the Watauga cemetery.
Taken from Corson County News August 2, 1945

CORNELIA WILLIGAN BURIED AT WATAUGA


Funeral services were held from the Presbyterian church in Watauga Tuesday, July 28, 1953, for Mrs. Cornelia Willigan. Mrs. Willigan died July 26 at Eureka. Cause of death was a heart ailment. She had been in ill health for several years. Mrs. Willigan was 76 years old.
The Rev. C. H. Ford conducted the services. Hymns “Pass Me Not” and “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” were sang by Mrs. Harvey, Mrs. Marion Cain, Mrs. William Neumiller and William Hendrickson. Mrs. Florence Willigan was accompanist.
Pall bearers were William Hendrickson, Bernard Zubrod, Eric Anderson, John Afrank, Chester Sutton and Vern Holmes. Burial was made in the Watauga cemetery.
Cornelia Bos was born in Chicago, Ill. Sept. 18, 1876. She came to Corson county with her sister Mrs. Orie Willigan Sr. and her husband in 1913. They settled at Watauga. Cornelia Bos was operator of the telephone exchange at Watauga for several years. Following the death of her sister she married Orie Willigan, Sr. in 1932 at Lemmon. Mr. Willigan died July 20, 1945.



MRS. SCOTT WILSON ANSWERS SUMMONS


After more than two years of suffering with cancer, death came to relieve Mrs. W. Scott Wilson at her home south of Watauga Tuesday morning of this week. In the death of Mrs. Wilson, the community loses one of its very highly respected mothers, a woman who was held in the highest esteem by every neighbor, and her family was always first in her mind, and her two fine children stand as proof of her teachings. She was a good christian woman, and her home was her palace. During her illness she was always jovial, and in spite of her suffering, never complained and was hopeful of her recovery. Every effort was put forth to abate her suffering, and her family and neighbors were constantly at her command to do as she bade.
Martha White was born near Fairbury, Illinois on August 25, 1885. After an illness of about two years, she passed away at her home south of Watauga, Tuesday morning, Feb. 13, 1934, at 8:20 o’clock at the age of 48 years, 5 months and 19 days.
She received her education in the public schools at Fairbury, Ill., graduating with the class of 1903. She was a teacher in the rural schools for four years.
On October 24, 1907 she was united in marriage to W. Scott Wilson. To this union were born two children, Miles of McIntosh, and Frances at home.
In 1916 they moved to Watauga S. D. where they have since resided for except one year spent in California. In her early life she united with the Methodist Episcopal Church at Fairbury, Ill., but in later years, had taken up the teachings of Unity. She was an earnest Christian woman, a loving mother, and always ready to help a friend in need. Until the last day the beauty of her spiritual strength was an inspiration to all who came to visit her.
She leaves to mourn her death, her husband, the two children, a father and three sisters, Mrs. Goldie Hemphill, Watauga, S. D., Mrs. Eva Bown, No. Hollywood, Calif., Mrs. Mabel Austman, Forrest, Ill., one brother Grover C. White of Peoria, Ill.
Everything that loving hands could do, was done for her, but of no avail, and she passed quietly to her eternal home.
The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church in McIntosh this (Thurs) morning at 9:30 A. M. Rev. M. D. Bone conducted the services. The choir sang “Jesus Lover of My Soul” and “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere.” the body was taken to Fairbury, Ill., for burial, accompanied by Mrs. P. Hemphill, W. Scott Wilson and daughter Frances.


Funeral Held for Art Winters


Arthur Winters had made his home or his headquarters near or at Watauga for 49 years. After funeral services at the Evanson Funeral Home in Lemmon Tuesday at 2 p.m. all that was mortal of Mr. Winter was taken back to his childhood home at Freeport, Ill., for its last long rest.
Rev. Lee James, pastor of Spencer Memorial Church officiated at the chapel services. Miss Rosalie Mylin sang "Going Home" and "Rock of Ages". Mrs. George Papke was her accompanist.
Mr. Winters died at Five Counties hospital in Lemmon Monday after an illness of three months. He had spent much of his time at the hospital. Lincoln Winters of Watauga, a brother was with him. His only other near relative surviving, Mrs. Mary Carmock, a sister residing at Santa Ana, California, was unable to come.
Mr. Winters was born at Freeport, Oct. 12,1882. He was educated and grew to manhood in his native state where he learned the carpentry trade. He came to the West River country in 1912 to homestead north of Watauga. for many years he followed his trade, a great deal of the time in and around Selby until four years ago when he retired to make his home in the Corson county village. A lot of folks in that vicinity will miss him.
Taken from Corson County News April 13, 1961


Mrs. John Wolff buried at Watauga


Funeral services were held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at Watauga Wednesday of last week for Mrs. John Wolff of Watauga. She passed away at a Bismarck Hospital, January 10 at the age of 84.
Officiating pastor at the services was the Rev. Dennis Hayes. The choir and congregation were accompanied in singing hymns by Mrs. Hayes at the organ.
Pall bearers were Art Moser, Wendall Bubbers, Art Maier, E.D. Katus, Fred Buhr and Kenneth Ketterling. Burial was in the cemetery at Watauga.
Mrs. John (Matilda) Wolff was born in Besarabia, Russia, March 6, 1886. She came to the United States in 1902 and settled at New Leipzig, N.D. In 1904, she married Fred Roehl. He passed away in October 1914.
On January 2, 1915, she was united in marriage to John Wolff at New Leipzig. They made their home on a farm near New Leipzig until 1918 when they moved to a farm north of Carson.
In 1929, they moved to a farm south of Morristown and in 1937 moved to Wood Lake, Nebr. They returned to South Dakota in 1942, when they bought a farm south of Watauga where they lived until the spring of 1947 when they moved into Watauga.
She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, John, of Watauga; four daughters, Mrs. August Zieske(Amelia) of Sidney Montana; Mrs. Henry Schmidt (Caroline) of California; Mrs. Charles Denton (Linda) Hot Springs S.D.; and Mrs. Leslie Afrank (Irmadel), of Morristown. She is also survived by four sons, Rev. Julius Roehl. Alwater, Minn; Herbert Wolfe, Watauga; Fred Wolff, Watauga; and Sam Wolff, Pinehurst Idaho. She is also survived by 20 great grandchildren, 20 great-great grandchildren and one great-great-greatgrandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, all of her brothers and sisters and five of her children.
Taken from Morristown World January 22,1970


MRS. BERNARD ZUBROD,
YOUNG MOTHER SUCCUMBS


Death claimed a young mother and well known young woman when Mrs. Bernard Zubrod, who resided five miles south of Watauga, S. D., died at the Lemmon Hospital last Friday evening, March 23, between 10:30 and 11 o’clock. Mrs. Zubrod was seriously ill for about two weeks and death was caused by peritonitis, following childbirth.
Viola Gilbertson was born on August 30, 1921, to Mr. and Mrs. Anton Gilbertson at Pleasant Ridge, S. D., and was 19 years, 5 months and 23 days of age at the time of her passing. She attended grade school in White Butte, S. D., and received her high school education in Lemmon. On February 14, 1939, she was united in marriage to Mr. Bernard Zubrod of Watauga, S. D., and they established their home on a farm five miles south of Watauga. To this union one daughter, Carol Jean, was born on Jan. 14 and was only a month old at the time of her mother’s death.
Those who are left to mourn her untimely passing besides her grief-stricken husband and infant daughter, are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Anton Gilbertson who reside south of White Butte; five brothers, Arnold, Charles, Grant, Earl, and Clayton, and two sisters, Marian and Maria.
Funeral services for the deceased were attended by a large concourse of sorrowing friends and relatives Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lemmon. The Rev. Fr. Creahan of Watauga officiated at the final rites. Pall bearers were Harold Ellingson, John Mazschek, Frederick Flegel, Sam Kasper, Cecil Lang and Joe Ruhoff.
The body was laid to rest in Greenhill cemetery near Lemmon.
Note:2/29/40

Mrs. Zubrod Buried at Hettinger Oct. 24


Funeral services were held at Lemmon, Tuesday Oct. 24 for Mrs. Bernard (Dagny) Zubrod. She passed away Oct. 20 at a hospital in Bismarck.
Mrs. Zubrod had lived in the community south ofWatauga for many years hwere she was known as a devoted mother and good neighbor. Her cheerful attitude made her a host of friends in the community.
Services were conducted in the Calvary Lutheran church at 2 p.m. The Rev. Paul Otto of Bethel Lutheran church of Morristown officiated.
Burial services were held at the cemetery at Hettinger.
Fern Scott of Morristown sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Nearer My God to Thee"
Pall bearers were Luther Englehorn, Oral Sands, Clarence Vatland, Otis Anderson, Dan Winters and Henry Olson.
Dagny Zubrod was born at Abercrombi N.D., and as a child moved to Hettinger, N.D. with her parents.
She received her education and grew to young womanhood in Hettinger. She was married to Bernard Zubrod Jan. 1, 1942. They made their home on a farm southwest of Watauga.
She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, Bernard, two daughters, Mrs. donal Werner and Mrs. Michael Leintz, a nephew, Clarence Davidson Jr.; her mother, Mrs. Johanna Davidson, ten brothers and sisters; Ecof, Clarence, Sigurd, Norman and Walter Davidson, Mrs. Henry Antos, Mrs. Robert McDaniel, Mrs. Joe Wagendrof, Mrs. William Merwin and Mrs. LeRoy Gran. Her father preceded her in death.
Taken from Corson County News October 26,1961


Mrs. K. Zubrod Passes Away

The sad news of the death of Mrs. Katherine Zubrod last Sunday morning at Alta Vista, Iowa, cast a shadow of sorrow over the entire western part of the county.She resided for many ears south of Watauga and went to Iowa a year ago to make her home and was making arrangements to return to her farm when death intervened. She had been suffering with heart disease for some time, but her condition was not considered serious until last Sunday when she went into a coma, never to regain consciousness and peacefully passed away.
Mrs. Zubrod was a true and faithful mother, a devout member of the Catholic religion and a fine family is symbolic of her teachings and the beautiful home surroundings. She was always kind and considerate of others and her home was her palace; ever ready with a helping hand to others in distress and her calling is a sad blow to her bereaved relatives and friends. Her husband Lawrence Zubrod, preceded her in death, passing away in 1936.
Interment was made in the Watauga cemetery this Thursday morning.
Taken from Corson County News April 11, 1940

Lawrence Zubrod is Auto Accident Victim

Lawrence L. Zubrod, prominent farmer and rancher of south of Watauga, was killed last Friday evening near Leola, while en route to a farm near that place where he is wintering a herd of cattle. Particulars as to the accident which caused his death are very meager, but as far as we can learn, a truck hit the car in which Mr. Zubrod was riding and he received injuries that proved fatal, and he passed away at a hospital at Leola the morning following the accident. Mr. Zubrod was making preparations to ship some of the stock to market and was alone in the car when the accident happened.
In the death of Mr. Zubrod, Corson county and the west river country loses a citizen of outstanding qualities; a man respected by neighbors and acquaintances and a progressive citizen. The deceased was a pioneer resident of the Watauga vicinity, and through his ambitions and progressiveness, he had built from the raw prairies one of the finest farms in the county, and the buildings and surroundings were modern and an example of his progressive spirit. He was an honest and upright citizen, loved by his neighbors and friends and a loving father and provider for his family. As a token of the high esteem in which he was held by his neighbors, he was honored by being elected county commissioner of the 4th district over a very prominent and respected candidate.
Funeral services were held at Watauga Tuesday morning and sorrowing friends came from far and near to pay their sad respect to one they had learned to love and honor. The casket was banked with a beautiful floral offering, as gifts from friends and relatives. Interment was made in the Watauga cemetery.
Survivors include his widow and six children, two of whom, Leonard and Catherine, living at home. Clarence is at Alta Vista, Ia., Bernard living in Leola, Florence in St. Paul and Jerome, married, farms near Watauga.
Taken from Corson County News November 12, 1936