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Obituaries for surnames beginning with the letter "A"
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ADAMS, Almer E. "Doc"
AMBLER, Alfred
ANDERSON, Albert Maurice
ANDERSON, Katherine

ARNETT, James Albert
ASHLEY, Carroll O.
ASKAY, John F.

ADAMS, Almer E. "Doc"

Almer E. "Doc" Adams died April 19, 1993 in Houston, Tex.

He was born December 28, 1948 in Shell Lake.  He is survived by his parents Almer "Pard" Adams, of Minong, and JoAnn Adams, of Superior.  He also leaves two brothers, Leslie M. Adams of Hancock, Mich., Brian R. Adams, of St. Paul, Minn., and one sister, Mrs. Kim Kurrowick, of Gordon, his grandmother, one niece and three nephews.

A memorial service will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Minong, Saturday, May 1 at 2:00 p.m.  The BillClaire Mortuary in Houston, Tex. was in charge of arrangements.  Memorial should be directed to the American Cancer Society or the American Kidney Fund, Inc.

-Source unknown


AMBLER, Alfred


Alfred Ambler an old and highly esteemed citizen of this place was drowned in Hector flowage (Yellow River) Saturday evening.  He had gone down there fishing and not returning his neighbor Mr. Peterson's family became alarmed and came up to his place.  He not being at home on Monday they came up again Tuesday morning and he had not returned.  They then came up town and gave the alarm and about 20 of our citizens headed by Joe Harmon went down to search for him.  They soon found his boat and after about three hours search found his body lying in about 3 feet of water about ten feet from shore where he had fallen from his boat.  Mr. Harmon and Mr. Burke remained all night on watch with the body and in the morning his body was brought to town.  No inquest was held as there were no marks of violence to be found.

The funeral services were conducted by the Masonic Fraternity of which he was a member.  About forty masons attended rendering the beautiful and impressive burial services.  His remains were buried on his farm 2 miles south of this place as he had often expressed the desire to be buried there.

Mr. Ambler was a native of Connecticut, he came west in 1857 and located in Wabasha Co., Minn., he also lived in Olmstead Co., Minn., and in Pierce Co., Wis.  He came to Spooner in 1881 and took up the homestead where he has lived ever since.

He has a wife living in Connecticut and three daughters; Mrs. Fannie A. McKeen who resides at Wapehton, N. D., Mrs. E. J. Buckminister living at Lake City, Minn., and a daughter living with her mother in Connecticut, and Mrs. Corbin of this place being a niece.

He was about 75 years old, he was a just and upright man in all his dealings and made many friends.  He was well read and could converse upon any subject intelligently.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Register, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 12 Aug 1893, page 1


ANDERSON, Albert Maurice

Albert Maurice Anderson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Anderson, was born August 26, 1915 at Maple Plain, Minn., and baptized Oct. 7, of the same year.  He moved to Shell Lake, Wis., March 2, 1917; graduated from the rural school May 24, 1929; confirmed July 17, 1932 at Salem Lutheran church, Shell Lake, Wis., where he still was a member.  He died Wednesday afternoon, June 23, 1937, at the age of 21 years, 9 months and 26 days.  (Cause of deathwas a fatal injury caused by a tractor running over his body while he was engaged in picking rocks from a field.  The tractor, driven by Walter Skriver, was doing some new breaking on the Anderson farm and he had been watching the plows when the fatal accident happened and did not see the young man in the path of the tractor.  It is believed that Maurice had collapsed while working there and had fallen down in the furrow, either by heat prostration or an attack of some kind which thrust his prostrate body in front of the passing tractor.)

Funeral services were held from the Salem Lutheran church June 26, at 2 p.m.,by Rev. C. D. Mattson, who also sang, "Rock of Ages" in church and "Safe in the Arms of Jesus" at the grave.

Maurice's favorite songs were sung, "My Savior First of All" and "In the Garden", also sung most beautifully by Mrs. Melvin Swan, June Toftness and Glen Peterson.  The pallbearers were Will Holiday, Wilbur Reynolds, Claud Boston, Earl Anderson, Elwood Schumaker and Roland Reich.

He was laid to rest in the family lot in the Clam River cemetery.  One brother has gone on before him.  Arvid who met his death by accident drowning August 18, 1935, also a baby sister, who died in infancy.

He leaves to mourn his parents, one brother, John, and one sister, Helen, his grandmother, Mrs. Albert Miller and a host of relatives and friends.

Those from out of town who attended the funeral were:  Mr. and Mrs. Ed Heidrick, Gunnar Gustafson and Mr. and Mrs. H. V. Miller, Lucille and Everett of Maple Plain; Charles Anderson, Vern and Paul of Mound; Charles Wallin and Donavan of Wayzata; Mr. and Mrs. Gust Person and Everett, Mrs. Emma Asplund, Minneapolis; Mrs. Albert Miller, Mrs. August Lindell and Robert, Mr. and Mrs. Jennings Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Severson, Merton, Paul and Robert, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Severson, Wendell and Janette, Mrs. Fred Clauson and Mary Annette, Mrs. Carl Peterson, Lois and Helen, Mrs. Phoebe Young and George, and Miss Delia Malberg of Cannon Falls; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Thomas, Evelyn and Bud, Mr. and Mrs. Gale Martin, Menominee; and Mr. and Mrs. George Youngren and Hazel of Bloomer; also Mr. and Mrs. Olof Peterson and Alton of Rice Lake.

-Transcribed from the Washburn County Register, Shell Lake, Washburn Co., WI, 01 Jul 1937



Correspondent for 48 years dies at 82

Ella A. Anderson, Route 1, Shell Lake, died Wednesday (16 September 1981) at Shell Lake Hospital at the age of 82.  She had been a correspondent for the Washburn County Register for 48 years.

Born June 27, 1899 in Odessa, Minn. to August and Mary Semrau Leader, she lived in Munger and Argyle, Minn. as a child.

She married Elmer Anderson in Crookston, Minn. on June 25, 1920.  They lived in Cambridge, Minn. until 1932 when they moved to a farm in the Town of Madge.  They moved to the Shell Lake area in 1940.

Soon after moving to their Wisconsin farm, Mrs. Anderson got started as a correspondent to the Register.  When they moved to Shell Lake she started writing North Shell Lake neighborhood news.  She also was a correspondent for the Spooner Advocate, the Rice Lake Chronotype and the Superior Evening Telegram.

She was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, the Hillsdale Homemaker Club and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Her husband died in June 1963.  Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Myron (Helen) Smith, Santa Clara, Cal.; four sons, Gilbert, and Roger of Minneapolis; Elmer of Shell Lake; and Warren of Anoka, Minn.; 12 grand-children; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lawrence Leader, St. Louis, Mo., and Norman Leader, Thief River Falls, Minn.; and three sisters, Mrs. Freida Bradow, Moses Lake, Wash., Mrs. Martha Kaphing, White Bear Lake, Minn., and Mrs. Helen Sabo, Waterloo, Iowa.

There will be visitation after 4 p.m. on Friday at the Pockat Funeral Home and an hour before the service which will be held at Salem Lutheran Church on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.  Burial will be in Shell Lake Cemetery.

-Transcribed from the Washburn County Register, Shell Lake, Washburn Co., WI



It is with regret that we chronicle the death of Mrs. John Anderson who died at her home west of here last Tuesday of heart disease.  Deceased was mother of four children, two of whom with her husband are left to mourn her death.  The funeral occured here yesterday.  The ceremonies were conducted by B. C. Hanson.  Mr. Anderson has the sympathy of a large circle of friends in his trouble.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Register, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 17 Feb 1894, page 8


ANDERSON, Katherine Larson (Mrs. Hans O. Anderson)

Mrs. Hans O. Anderson, well known resident of Trego township, passed away at her home Saturday Nov. 5, at the age of 79 years, four months and 20 days.  She had been in failing health during the past three years and became seriously ill about two weeks before her death.

Katherine Larson Anderson was born in Norway, June 15, 1870, coming to this country in 1895 and that year was married to Hans O. Anderson in Chicago, Ill.  To this union seven children were born.

The family lived in Chicago several years, then moved to Duluth, Minn., later going to Breckenridge and Anoka, Minn.  They came to the town of Trego in 1929 and have resided there since.

Surviving are the  husband and six children, namely,  Mrs. Clara Brown of Minneapolis, Minn., Mrs. Claude Reilley, Mrs. Paul Reilley, Mrs. Ray Geving and Clarence, all of Trego, and Harry of Fargo, N. D.  Seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive.  One daughter preceded her mother in death.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. from the Dahl Funeral Home in this city, Rev. Byron Nelson of Trinity Lutheran church officiating, and burial was made in Spooner Cemetery.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, Thursday, 10 Nov 1949, page 7



Norma ANDREA, 62, who had worked at the Palace Theater in Spooner for many years and for 14 years in the Spooner information booth, died Sept. 8 (1983) at Spooner Memorial Hospital.

Her husband, Arthur, had preceded her in death in 1968.

Mrs. Andrea was born in Shell Lake Dec. 2, 1920, and had lived in this area all of her life.

The former Norma North, she was married in October 1939, in Pine City, Minn.

Survivors include four daughters, Sandra Josephs, Osseo, Minn., Vicki Olfe, Mequon, Cheryl Nesseth, Brooklyn Park, Minn., and Mary Andrea, Spooner; seven grandchildren and brother, Glen North, Spring Lake Park, Minn.

Services were held Monday at the Dahl Funeral Home, Spooner, Rev. Thomas Bryan officiating.  Burial was in Shell Lake Cemetery.

-Transcribed from the Washburn County Register, Shell Lake, Washburn Co., WI, 15 Sep 1983


ARNETT, James Albert

James Albert Arnett, son of Simeon and Elizabeth Arnett was born at Strawberry Point, Iowa on August 16, 1855 and died April 1, 1937, aged 81 years, 7 months and 15 days.  He was the seventh of nine children.

He was married to Ellen Ayers on April 22, 1880.  To this union were born five children.  The survivors are his widow and four daughters namely Mrs. L. J. Doty, Mrs. Richard Hanson, Mrs. J. A. Griffin, and Mabel, all of Birchwood; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  One son, Roy, the oldest child preceded him in death in 1921.

One sister, Mrs. Belle Marks, of Buffalo, N. Y., and one brother, Edwin of Britt, Iowa survive him.

He has been a resident of Birchwood for the past thirty years and was well known here.

Many people have been grateful for his help in finding water for them as he had that gift of locating under ground water.

His grandmother's uncle, William Gettes, owned the land and laid out the town of Gettysburg, where the first decisive battle of the Civil War was fought.

The funeral was held April 3rd at the Free Methodist church in Birchwood of which he was a member.  The services were in charge of Rev. E. A. Wolf of Ladysmith and Rev. Fensome of Birchwood.  He was laid to rest in Woodlawn cemetery.

The deceased was a man of sterling character and the community has lost a good friend and citizen.  Our sympathy goes to the relatives at this time.

-Transcribed from the Washburn County Register, Shell Lake, Washburn Co., WI, 08 Apr 1937


ASHLEY, Carroll O.

Carroll O. Ashley, 58, a former resident of Spooner, died Thursday, November 23, at the Methodist Hospital in Richland Center, after a short illness.  Funeral services were held Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Richland Center with Father Raymond Pedretti officiating and burial in St. Mary's Cemetery there.

Mr. Ashley was born at Spooner on October 12, 1922, and served in the Merchant Marine for five years during World War II.  His wife is the former Patricia Wilson.  He owned and operated Carroll's Super Valu Store in Richland Center.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia; three sons, George, Richland Center, and Marc and Paul, both of Superior; his mother, Mrs. Rose Kaad, Shell Lake; a brother, Raymond, Lima, Ohio; two sisters, Mrs. Orpha Bayert, Chicago, Ill., and Mrs. Cyril Christiansen, Shell Lake; and two grandchildren.  The Lunenschloss-Hansen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 30 Nov 1978, page 8


ASKAY, John F.

Death Summons John F. Askay

News of the death of John F. Askay, 50, came as a sad shock to his relatives and many friend in the community last Thursday, Nov. 3, death having occurred at the Shell Lake hospital that day.  Deceased was well known and respected among all, having been a resident of the community all his life.

John Fayren Askay was born in Spooner May 18, 1899, and after growing to young manhood entered the employ of the Omaha railroad in the local yards.  He served in the army during World War I and was discharged from the service at Madison Dec. 13, 1918, returning home to resume his work.  He was married to Georgia Susee at Shell Lake on June 30, 1923.

Deceased was in apparent good health until stricken with his fatal attack Wednesday night, death claiming its toll at the hospital the next morning.

Surviving are the widow, two sisters, Mrs. Ethel Richard of Billings, Mont., and Mrs. Millie Oberg of Minneapolis, and two brothers, Enoch of Finlayson, Minn., and Harley of St. Paul.  His parents and two brothers preceded him in death.

Deceased was a member of the American Legion and the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of America.  

Funeral services were held in St. Francis de Sales church Saturday, Nov. 5, at 9:30 a.m., Rev. Fr. Mayou officiating, and burial took place in the Shell Lake Catholic cemetery.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, Thursday, 10 Nov 1949, page 7




Death has cast its shadow over the town of Scott community and has called therefrom one of its older and most prominent men in the passing of William Augustine, death claiming him on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1925, at the age of 53 years and 5 months.  He was stricken by a fatal attack of apoplexy.

William Augustine, long a resident of the town of Scott, was born in Poland on the 5th day of July, 1872.  He spent his boyhood days there, coming to this country when 17 years of age.  In 1895 he was united in marriage to Miss Pauline Ross of St. Paul, Minn., and to this union seven children were born, namely:  Lawrence, Alexander, Helen, Peter, Henry, Alma and Stanley.  In the year 1910 Mr. Augustine moved his family onto the farm in the town of Scott, where they have resided since.

Deceased possessed a strong and remarkable personality, which won many friends for him, and his many deeds of kindness will be cherished in memory during the years to come.

Besides a host of friends, deceased leaves his  wife and seven children, also two brothers and one sister residing in foreign countries.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 11 Dec 1925, page 5



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