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DAHL, Chris
DAHLSTROM, Erick
DANIELS, Albert A.
DANIELS, Elvira
DANIELS, Hazel Irene
DANIELS, Lottie Louvisa
DANIELS, Orin Jr "O-De"
DAVIES, Ida
DeKEYSER, Joseph W.
DENNINGER, Margaret
DENNIS, Ruth Wilma
DIETRICH, Anna
DIETRICH, Christian
DOBLER, Anna
DONOVAN, Annabelle
DONOVAN, Edmond Harold
DONOVAN, James
DONOVAN, John
DRINKWATER, Edwin C.
DRNEK, Mary Louise
DVORAK, Josephine
DWINELLS, Cecil Leona



DAHL, Chris

Chris DAHL, 92, who came to the Shell Lake area in 1905 to work as a cook in a lumber camp, died May 25 (1982) at the Spooner Nursing Home.

Dahl and his wife, Christina, whom he married Jan. 9, 1917, moved to Spooner in 1922 where he was employed with the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad.  He retired at the end of 1954.

His wife died in 1939.

Survivors include a son, LeRoy, Spooner; two daughters, Mrs. Sy Krenn and Mrs. Herb Carman, both of Spooner; a brother, John, Albuquerque; a sister, Lillie Norgard, Hebron, Ill.; 11 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Services were held Saturday at Spooner United Methodist Church, Rev. Amos Shimko officiating.  Burial was in Spooner Cemetery.

-Transcribed from the Washburn County Register, Shell Lake, Washburn Co., WI, 03 Jun 1982

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DAHLSTROM, Erick

Erick Dahlstrom, pioneer resident of Shell Lake for 53 years, passed away Wednesday evening, January 20, 1937, at the home of his son, Oscar E. Dahlstrom, in this village after a short siege of pneumonia.

He was born November 21, 1855 at Mora, Sweden, and came to America with his parents at the age of 12 years, settling at Little Falls, Wis.  He was united in marriage to Bertha Nelson on Nov. 18, 1881.  In 1883 they moved to Shell Lake, and settled on their farm, west of here, in 1886.  To this union eight children were born, four daughters and four sons, namely, Mrs. Anna Johnson of California; Mrs. Albert Hillman, St. Paul; Hilda, deceased; Mrs. John Milke, Shell Lake; Oscar, Harry, Melvin, and Vernon, all of Shell Lake.  His wife preceded him in death on Sept. 1, 1936.

Grandfather Dahlstrom was one of the sterling pioneers who was true to his convictions no matter what the consequences were.  He held many public offices during his half-century residence here, being a member of the school board and County Board until a few years ago.

We regret the passing of these salt-of-the-earth pioneers, who were staunch settlers and did much in developing this country into what it is today.  Their conscientious efforts and determination to work contributed to their accomplishments for which we are all indebted.

The last rites for Mr. Dahlstrom were conducted at the Salem Lutheran church in Shell Lake on Saturday, Rev. C. D. Mattson officiating.

The pallbearers were Eric Saline, Hugo Holm, Chas. Holm,Carl Hanson, Frank Marker and Victor Mattson.

-Transcribed from the Washburn County Register, Shell Lake, Washburn Co., WI, 28 Jan 1937

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DANIELS, Albert A.

ALBERT A. DANIELS DIES AT AGE 87

Albert A. Daniels, age 87, a resident of Spooner, passed away on Saturday, February 16, at the Spooner Hospital.

He was born at Brodhead on February 16, 1887, came to Earl in 1900 and moved to Spooner in 1943 and has resided here since.

On September 14, 1911 he was united in marriage to Hazel Edwards.  His wife preceded him in death on May 30, 1968.  Also preceding him in death were one son, one daughter, four brothers and two sisters.

He is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Birdie Cartwirght of Superior, Mrs. Phyllis Lackershire of Spooner, Mrs. Robert (Florence) Covello of Buckley, Wash., Mrs. Marvin (Alice) Osborne of Spooner; six sons, Theodore of Hayward, Leroy of Kent, Wash., Dale, George, Alva and Neil of Spooner; also 31 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; two sisters, Mrs. Rose Johnson of Minneapolis, and Mrs. John (Vinnie) Kessler of Stone Lake; three brothers, Fred of Spooner, Dewey of Trego, and Oren of Rice Lake.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, February 19, at 2 p.m. at Dahl Funeral Home.  Rev. William Stai officiated, with burial in Earl Cemetery.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 21 Feb 1974

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DANIELS, Elvira

MRS. ELVIRA DANIELS

Mrs. Elvira Daniels passed away at the home of her son Albert on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1943, as mentioned briefly in our last issue.

Deceased was born at Brodhead on April 26, 1869 and there grew to young womanhood.  She was married to John Daniels in the year 1885 and to this union twelve children were born.

The family came to the Springbrook community in 1901 and have resided near Earl since that time.  In 1942 Mrs. Daniels moved to this city to make her home with her son, and she passed away here as above stated at the age of 74 years, eight months and three days.  She had been in failing health for several years and was seriously ill for a few days prior to her death.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Rose Johnson, Faribault, Minn., Mrs. Abbie Mishler, Duluth, and Mrs. John Mallo, Rice Lake; seven sons, Albert, Ollie, and John of this city, Lee of Zion, Ill., Dewey of Earl, Fred of Trego, and Orle of Sarona.  Fifty-nine grandchldren, several great-granchildren, three brothers also survive.

Funeral services were held on Dec. 31, 1943, from the Earl Congregational church, Rev. Pennington officiating, and burial was in the Earl cemetery.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 06 Jan 1944, page 5

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DANIELS, Hazel Irene

Hazel Irene Daniels was born at Poskin, April 6, 1893.

On September 14, 1911 she was united in marriage to Albert Daniels and to this union 12 children were born.

The family resided in the Springbrook community until 1943 when they moved to Spooner and have lived here since.

Mrs. Daniels had been in failing health for the past 26 years and passed away on Thursday, May 31 at the Spooner Memorial hospital at the age of 75.  One son, one daughter, her parents, one sister and two brothers preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband, Albert; 10 children, Mrs. Birdie Cartwright, Hawthorne, Mrs. Phyllis Lackershire of Spooner, Mrs. Robert (Florence) Covello, Midway, Wash., Mrs. Marvin (Alice) Osborne of Spooner, Theodore of Hayward, Roy of Kent, Wash., Dayle, George, Alva and Neil, all of Spooner; also 30 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Ben (Arlene) Cramer of Superior.

Funeral services were held on Monday, June 3, at 2 p.m., at the Dahl Funeral Home, Rev. Milton Ford officiated, burial was in the Earl Cemetery.

Casket bearers were six sons.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 06 Jun 1968

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DANIELS, Lottie Louvisa

LOTTIE DANIELS RITES ARE THURSDAY

Lottie Louvisa Daniels, age 69, a resident of Route 3, Rice Lake, passed away on Monday, November 13, at the Indianhead Memorial Hospital in Shell Lake.

She was born on September 7, 1909 at Hertel.

In 1928 she was united in marriage to Orin Daniels at Trego.  They lived at Earl until 1938 when they moved to Sarona, and in 1960 moved to Rice Lake.

Two daughters and one son preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband, Orin; four sons, Orin Jr., Duane and David of Rice Lake, Louis of Adele, Ga.; two daughters, Mrs. Morris (Ethel) Mullikin of Cumberland, Mrs. Ernest (Rose Mary) Elm of Barron; also 29 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; one brother, Orville Messersmith of Kenosha.

The funeral will be Friday, November 17, at 2 p.m. at Dahl Funeral Home, Rev. Tom Bryan officiating.  Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery at Hertel.

Visitation is Thursday afternoon and evening at Dahl Funeral Home and Friday until the hour of service.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 16 Nov 1978, page 8

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DANIELS, Orin Jr "O-De"

Orin Daniels Jr., "O-De", age 60, a resident of the Town of Rusk, died Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Spooner Community Memorial Hospital as a result of injuries received earlier in the day at his home.

He was born on April 9, 1929 at Earl and had resided in Sarona and Shell Lake prior to moving to Rusk three years ago.  On July 7, 1987 he was united in marriage to Helen Sadowski at Shell Lake.  He is survived by his wife, Helen, three sons, Dean, Webster, Michael, Eau Claire, Orin III, Montana, one daughter, Rose Matton, Rice Lake, six step-sons, Chuck Nelson, Cumberland, Lew Nelson, Shell Lake, Larry Nelson, Detroit, Mich., John Miller Jr., Hillsboro, Anthony Miller, Spooner, Bob Nelson, New York, New York, two step-daughters, Velma Chapman, Barronett, Lisa Dahil, Spooner, many grandchildren, his father, Orin Sr., Cumberland, three brothers, Louis Daniels, Georgia, Duane Daniels, Rice Lake, David Daniels, Cumberland, two sisters, Ethel Mullikin and Rosie Elm, both of Cumberland.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Lottie in 1978, one son, Steven, one brother and two sisters.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Jan. 24, 10:30 a.m. at the Dahl Funeral Home, Spooner with the Rev. Edd Senn officiating.  Spring burial will be in the Earl Cemetery.  Visitation was Tuesday evening at the funeral home.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 25 Jan 1990, page 13

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DAVIES, Ida

Ida Davies, age 82, a resident of the Edgewater community, died Tuesday, Jan. 16 at the Lakeview Medical Center, Rice Lake.

She was born July 15, 1907 in Bloomer, where she attended school.  She and her husband, David, resided in Missouri for many years where they farmed.  Following retirement they came to the Birchwood area residing at the Edgewater communtiy.  She was a member of Wayside Chapel.

She is survived by her husband, David and nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was conducted Friday at the Koerpel Funeral Chapel in Hayward, Dr. Thomas Correll officiating.  Interment followed in Greenwood Cemetery, Hayward.  Visitation was Thursday at the funeral home.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 25 Jan 1990, page 13

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DeKEYSER, Joseph W.

Joseph W. DeKeyser, well known and prominent citizen of Washburn County and banker of Birchwood, died yesterday morning (01 Sep 1937) at the Sacred Heart Sanitarium in Milwaukee where he had been for treatment for the past month.

Mr. DeKeyser, who was president of the Citizens State Bank of Birchwood, was active in all civic and conservation affairs and his passing removes one of the most highly respected and influential citizens from our county.  He was also a member of the county board of supervisors.

Mrs. DeKeyser, who was at his bedside, returned to her home at Birchwood last night.  N. F. Catman motored to Eau Claire to meet her.

Funeral arrangements were not complete when the Register went to press.

The Register and many friends of the deceased extend their heartfelt sympathy to Mrs. DeKeyser.

-Transcribed from the Washburn County Register, Shell Lake, Washburn Co., WI, 02 Sep 1937

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DeKEYSER, Joseph W.   

Jos. W. DeKeyser, 61, prominent Birchwood banker, died at the Sacred Heart sanitarium in Milwaukee on Wednesday, Sept. 1, following an operation for gall bladder trouble, to which he had submitted on the Monday previous.  Mr. DeKeyser had been in failing health for some time, relatives and friends alike hoping in vain that the operation might benefit him.

In the passing of Mr. DeKeyser the Birchwood community loses a man prominent in its affairs, for he always took an active interest in civic matters, while Washburn county also suffers a distinct loss, as he was a member of the county board of supervisors and had served as president of the county conservation club for several terms.

Deceased was born July 29, 1876, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerard DeKeyser of Green Bay, Wis.  He received his early education in the schools there, going to Sturgeon Bay when 20 years of age and entering the general store business with Frank LaMantagne.  He remained there ten years before selling out and moving to Pound, Wis., where he engaged in the mercantile business for himself.

Ten years later he moved to Birchwood and entered the mercantile business in that village, and about 17 years ago became affiliated with the Citizens State Bank, serving as president for many years.  When the two banks at Birchwood were consolidated a number of years ago he continued to head the institution, having retired from the mercantile business about ten years ago.

Mr. DeKeyser was married in 1899 to Anna Doherty at Sturgeon Bay, who survives him.  One daughter, Dorothy Theresa, was born to this union, who died in December 1918, during the flu epidemic, at the age of 15.  N. F. Catman of Birchwood, a nephew, is also a survivor.

Deceased was a member of St. John's Catholic church of Birchwood, the Knights of Columbus, and the Catholic Order of Foresters.

Funeral services were held from St. John's church Friday forenoon at ten o'clock, a large number of people gathering there to pay tribute to the memory of the departed one.  Following the services at Birchwood the remains were taken to Sturgeon Bay for burial.

-Transcribed from the Washburn County Register, Shell Lake, Washburn Co., WI, 09 Sep 1937

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DENNINGER, Margaret (nee ROHM)

Mrs. Margaret DENNINGER, whose death we chronicled in our last issue (Spooner Advocate, 30 December 1949) as having occurred at the Shell Lake (WI) hospital on 24 December 1949, at the age of 84 years, 7 months and 24 days, had been in ailing health for several months. She was a resident of Gull Lake township for many years.

Margaret ROHM was born in Germany, 30 April 1865, where she spent the early years of her life, coming to this country in 1882. She was married to Matt DENNINGER at Roberts, (St. Croix Co.) WI, where they resided 17 years.

The family moved to the town of Gull Lake in 1902, where they took up a homestead and lived thereon until 1931, when Mr. DENNINGER passed away. Mrs. DENNINGER went to live with her son Frank, where she spent the rest of her life.

Surviving are three sons, Joseph of Minong, Conrad of Owen, and Frank of Minong, and three daughters, Mrs. Abbie LeVASSEUR of Baudette, MN, Mrs. Harry GRUBBS of Springbrook, and Elizabeth JOHNSON of Eau Claire. Several grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, 27 December 1949, at St. Mary's Immaculate church in Minong, Rev. Fr. Pius officiating. Interment took place in the Springbrook cemetery.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 06 Jan 1950

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DENNIS, Ruth Wilma (nee COOK)

Ruth Wilma Dennis, daughter of Archie and Amanda Cook, was born on May 26, 1912 at Dehinda, Ill.

The family moved to the Spooner vicinity early in her childhood and she resided here for the past 40 years.

On December 27, 1930 she was united in marriage to George Dennis at Duluth, Minn., and to this union five children were born.

She passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at her home on Sunday, April 15 at the age of 49 years, 11 months and 19 days.

One daughter, one sister and her mother preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband, George; one son, Clifford of Spooner; three daughters, Mrs. Ronald Aukema (Ruby), Shirley and Charlotte, all of Minneapolis, Minn; also four grandchildren, her father, Archie Cook; two brothers, Harold and Kenneth, and one sister, Mrs. Neil Shoquist, all of Spooner.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 18, 2 p.m., at Dahl Funeral Home, Rev. Virgil Holmes, Spooner, officiated, burial in Spooner Cemetery.

Casket bearers were Merlin Hanson, Basil Mortensen, Max Davis, George Davis, Ernest Andrea and Theodore Rappley.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 19 Apr 1962, page 7

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DIETRICH, Anna

Mrs. Anna Dietrich, age 81, resident of Hayward community since 1959, passed away Thursday following a brief illness.  she was born August 15, 1882 at Milwaukee.

She was united in marriage to Charles W. Batt June 10, 1901 at Harvey, Illinois.  He preceded her in death in 1934.  In 1939 she was married to Carl Dietrich.  They resided in Bridgeman, Michigan, where they owned and operated a bakery until 1948 when they came to Minong.  Mr. Dietrich preceded her in death in March, 1950.

Mrs. Dietrich was a member of Hyacinth Cahpter No. 128, Order of Eastern Star, Spooner, and the Rebecca Lodge of Minong.

Surviving are a son, Charles A. Batt, Hayward; one daughter, Mrs. Frances Rohrdanz, Ft. Myers, Florida; a sister, Mrs. Hattie Hoerr, Pekin, Illinois; one grandson, Albert Schmidt, Midlothian, Ill., and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Koerpel Funeral Home, Rev. Fred Elwick officiating.  Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.  Visitation was Saturday afternoon and evening at the Koerpel Funeral Home.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 16 Jan 1964

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DIETRICH, Christian

Christian Dietrich, 61, was born in Switzerland, June 21, 1875, and died at Birchwood December 31, 1936, after a short illness.  He was a well known Swiss cheese maker.  Funeral services were held at Lyle's Chapel Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 5, 1937, with Rev. R. Wichser officiating, and burial was in Nora cemetery.

Mr. Dietrich came to this country about 25 years ago and engaged in the cheesemaking industry at Monroe, Wis., and in South Dakota for several years before 1920, when he came to Polk County, and a few years later, to Barron County.  He had been active in cheesemaking since that time at Birchwood.

In 1907 he was married to Bertha Kellar in Switzerland, and she survives him.  Surviving also are two daughters and one son, Mrs. Ed Wiess of Birchwood, Mrs. John Matye of Almena, and Edward Dietrich of Glenwood.  Two daughters and one son preceded their father in death.  Two brothers and two sisters also survive, Adolph and Rosa in Switzerland, Edward of Deer Park, Wis., Mrs. Margaret Stocker and Mrs. Mary Peter of Monroe, Wis.  All were present at the funeral except those in Switzerland and Mrs. Peter, who was too ill at the time.

-Transcribed from the Washburn County Register, Shell Lake, Washburn Co., WI, 14 Jan 1937

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DOBLER, Anna (nee YANDA)

Anna Dobler was born on august 29, 1881 in Thuesing, Austria, and came to America in 1904 and joined her parents at Cloquet, Minn.

On October 9, 1917 she was united in marriage to Frank Dobler at Cloquet, Minn.

They came to Minong in September, 1919 and have resided there since.

Mrs. Dobler had been in failing health for the past several years and passed away on Monday, April 16 at the Shell Lake hospital at the age of 80 years, 7 months and 17 days.

She is survived by her husband, Frank; two brothers, Frank Yanda, Cloquet, Minn., and Paul R. Yanda, McHenry, Ill.; also two nephews and one niece. 

The body lay in state at Dahl Funeral Home until Thursday morning, when removed to St. Mary Immaculate Church by Minong, where Rosary Services were held at 9:30 a.m., and funeral services at 10 a.m. Rev. Fr. James Gutzler, Solon Springs officiated with burial in Calvary Cemetery at Cloquet, Minn.

Casket bearers were Frank Duym, Adolph Kolb, Fred Yeager, Wyant Voss, Herman Fraatz and George Strenke

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 19 Apr 1962, page 7

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DONOVAN, Annabelle (nee CLARK)

MRS. JAMES DONOVAN

Death claimed Mrs. James Donovan, esteemed woman of this community, at the Wisconsin General Hospital in Madison on Sunday, May 5, at the age of 62 years.  Death was caused by bronchial pneumonia, following an illness with heart disease and dropsy.

Annabelle Clark was born at Boardman, Wis., May 8, 1872, and when two years of age moved with her father, Elijah Clark, to New Richmond, where she grew to young womanhood.

She was married to James Donovan at Minneapolis, Minn., on August 31, 1890 where the family resided until April 15, 1920, when they moved to Spooner and have lived here since.

Deceased was taken to the hospital at Madison on Nov. 8, 1934, where she had been receiving treatments up to the time of her passing. 

Suriving, besides her husband, are two sons, Joseph, of Minneapolis, and Leo, o fthis city; also five daughters, Mrs. E. R. Stroberger, Mrs. G. P. Hecker and Mrs. Orrin Vig, of Minneapolis and Mrs. Theodore Birch and Margaret, of this city.  Seventeen grandchildren also survive, as do three sisters, Mrs. Mark Palmer, of Spooner, Mrs. Robert Clough, of Spooner, and Mrs. Albert Viellieu, of New Richmond; and two brothers, Ira Clark and Milton Clark, of New Richmond.

One daughter, Ella, and two sons, Edmund and John, preceded her in death.

The remains were brought here Monday and funeral services were held from St. Francis de Sales Catholic church Wednesday forenoon at nine o'clock, Rev. Fr. Pollack officiating.  Interment was made in Calvary cemetery in this city.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 09 May 1935, page 4

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DONOVAN, Edmond Harold

E. H. DONOVAN ANSWERS SUMMONS

The community was deepley grieved to learn of the death of E. H. Donovan which occurred at St. Joseph's hospital in Rice Lake, August 24, 1930, and which was attributed to heart ailment.  He had been ailing for some weeks prior to his death.

Edmond Harold Donovan, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Donovan of this city, was born in Minneapolis, Minn., on Feb. 20, 1900, being 30 years of age at time of passing.  He spent his early years of his life in that city, attending school there, and in 1919 enlisted in the U. S. army at Fort Snelling.  He came to Spooner with his parents in 1922, returning to Minneapolis in 1924, and during that year was married to Miss Bertha Bartholomew of this city.  They resided in Minneapolis two years, deceased being employed as street railway conductor until 1926, when they returned to Spooner, since which time they have made their home here, he being employed as janitor in our schools.

The untimely passing of this young man is a sad blow to his family and friends, and the sincere sympathy of all goes out to the surviving relatives.

Besides his wife and parents, deceased leaves two young children, Harold, age 2, and Georgeanna, age 1; five sisters, Mrs. Eugene Stoberger, of Minneapolis; Mrs. Geo. Hecker and Mrs. Ted Birch, of Spooner; Mrs. Orin Vig, of Mapleton, Minn.; Margaret, at home; and two brothers, Joe of Minneapolis; and Leo, at home.  One brother, John, preceded him in death five years ago.

Funeral services were held at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday morning from St. Francis de Sales Catholic church, Rev. Fr. Duffy officiating, and interment was made in the cemetery here.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 28 Aug 1930, page 5

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DONOVAN, James

James Donovan, a resident of Spooner for the past 34 years, passed away at the Spooner Nursing Home on Friday, May 14 at the age of 89 years, 10 months and 15 days.

He was born in London, England on June 29, 1864, the son of Patrick and Helen Downy Donovan, both of County of Cork, Ireland.

On August 31, 1890 he was united in marriage to Annabelle Clark of New Richmond, Wis., and to this union 10 children were born, four sons and six daughters.

The family resided in Minneapolis, Minn. until 1920 when they moved to Spooner and have lived here since.

He served as janitor in Spooner schools from 1921 until 1934 when he retired. 

His wife Annabelle, one daughter, Ella and two sons, John and Edmund preceded him in death.

Surviving are two sons, Joseph and Leo of Minneapolis; five daughters, Mrs. Anna Straberger and Mrs. Mildred May, both of Minneapolis, Mrs. Polly Johnson of Kenosha and Mrs. Lucille Birch and Margaret of Spooner, also 23 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 18, at 9 a.m. from St. Francis de Sales church, Rev. Fr. Arthur Weber officiating.  Burial in family lot in Calvary cemetery in Spooner.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 27 May 1954, page 8

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DONOVAN, John

JOHN DONOVAN CALLED

News of the death of John Donovan, whose death occurred at Minneapolis, Minn., on Sunday, September 6, at 4:50 a.m., caused a feeling of deep regret to spread over the community.  The passing of this young man, on the threshold of more mature years, is mourned by relatives and friends alike and the profound sympathy of all goes out to the bereaved family in their hours of sorrow.

John Donovan, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Donovan of this city, was born in Minneapolis in 1902, being therefore 23 years of age.  he came to this city with his parents about five years ago and during the past four years had been engaged as janitor in the high school building.  Ever painstaking in the performance of his duties, he was respected by all who knew him.

Deceased went to Minneapolis  fora visit some time ago and it was while there that he was stricken with a fatal ailment.  He was taken to a hospital in that city to receive the best of medical attention, but death claimed him a few short days later.

The remains were brought here and the funeral held from the Catholic church in this city on Wednesday forenoon, Sept. 9, Rev. Fr. O'Mahoney performing the obsequies.  Interment was made in the cemetery here.

Deceased leaves, besides his grief-stricken parents, five sisters and three brothers.  They are, Hannah, Mildred, Lucille, Pauline, Margaret, Joseph, Edmund and Leo.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 18 Sep 1925, page 1

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DRINKWATER, Edwin C.

Edwin Clarence Drinkwater was born at Cozad, Nebraska on October 15, 1888.

He was united in marriage to Rosaline Escherien in the year 1911 at Birchwood, Wis.

They moved to Spooner in 1914 and have resided here since.  At that time Mr. Drinkwater entered the employment of the Omaha Railroad and was continuously employed until 1948 when he retired because of illness.

He passed away on Thursday, may 21, 1954 at the Shell Lake hospital at the age of 65 years, 7 months and 6 days.

Surviving are his wife Rosaline; three sons and two daughters, Virgil of Pensacola, Fla.; Thomas of St. Simons Isle, Georgia; Eugene of Corpus Christie, Texas; Mrs. Evelyn Johnson and Mrs. Caroline Kingsworth of Spooner, Wis.; also three brothers and three sisters, Herbert of Salem, Oregon; Arthur of Menomoinie, Wis.; William of Oregon City, Oregon; Mrs. Cora Carman and Mrs. Hattie Kleinbrook of Mesa, Arizona and Mrs. Myrtle Kleinbrook of New London, Wis.; 14 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral was held Monday, May 24 at 2 p.m. from the Dahl Funeral Hom, Rev. Donald Weber of Spooner officiated.  Burial in Spooner cemetery.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 27 May 1954, page 8

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DRNEK, Mary Louise

Mrs. John W. Drnek passed away at her home in Birchwood on New Year's day, January 1, 1937, at 3:40 a.m.  She had been in poor health for a long time but carried on bravely for life especially the past few weeks awaiting the recovery of her husband's recent illness from an appendicitis operation.

Funeral services were conducted at St. John's Catholic church on Monday forenoon at ten o'clock, Rev. Father Tabinshi officiating in requiem high mass.  The pallbearers were H. L. LaPointe, M. R. Newberg, John McLeod, G. C. Gould, Frank Setterlun and John Rohlik.  Interment at Wood Lawn cemetery.

Mary Louise Drnek, (nee Link) was born May 15, 1902 at Durango, Colorado.  Her mother died when she was seven years old, and she was raised by the George Gould family in Angus, Wis.  Her father, Oswald Link, 86 years old, is still living at Ely, Nevada.

Mrs. Drnek was married to John W. Drnek on Sept. 12, 1924.  To this union three children were born, namely, John, 11; Joseph, 9; Mary, 3 years.  She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary and National Rural Letter Carriers Auxiliary.

She was a woman beloved by all who knew her, kindly disposition and charitable, and her home and family were paramount in her life.  The entire community join in extending their sympathy to the husband and children in their great loss.

-Transcribed from the Washburn County Register, Shell Lake, Washburn Co., WI, 07 Jan 1937

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DVORAK, Josephine (Mrs. Frank)

MRS. FRANK DVORAK

Funeral services for Mrs. Josephine Dvorak, 75, who passed away at Sacred Heart hospital, Tomahawk, on May 1 (1951), were held from St. Paul's church, Sauk Centre, Minnesota, Friday morning, May 4.  Rev. M. N. Kremer read the funeral mass at 9:30 a.m.  Interment was in St. Paul's cemetery in the family lot.

Mrs. Dvorak was born July 25, 1875, the daughter of Anton and Teresa Doubrava, in Bohemia.  Six months later the family migrated to America to become pioneer settlers near Melrose, Minn., and later lived in the Padua community.  She was united in marriage to Frank Dvorak September 3, 1900.  They resided for a time at Superior, Wis., and later operated a general store at Stanberry.  About 1944 they went to Ogema, where she made her home with her son, Martin, for the past six years.  Mr. Dvorak passed away November 11, 1945, at Sauk Centre, Minn.

She is surved [sic] by two sons, Martin of Ogema, and Emil of Merton, seven grandchildren, a brother, Win Doubrava; and a sister, Mrs. J. W. Gillies, both of Sauk Centre, Minn.

Pallbearers were Leonard, Julius and Irvin Gillies, Edwin Doubrava, Patrick Smith and Wallace Egan.  The cross bearer was Rober Dvorak.

Relatives attending the rites were Mr. and Mrs. Martin Dvorak, Robert, Shirley and Jerry, of Ogema; Mr. and Mrs. Emil Dvorak, Lyla and Richard, of Merton; Miss Ruth Dvorak of Spooner; Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Smith of Sartell; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Felling, and Mr. and Mrs. John Felling of Clarissa.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 17 May 1951

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DWINELLS, Cecil Leona

Cecil Leona Dwinells was born in Richland Center, Wis., on Sept. 11, 1882 and grew to womanhood there.

Later she lived in the township of Minong and was united in marriage to William Dwinells in 1912 at Shell Lake.

She passed away at her home in [sic] township of Stinett on May 24 at the age of 76 years, 8 months and 17 days.

Her husband, one brother and five sisters preceded her in death.

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Charles (Erna) Groat, of Stinnett township, several grandchildren and three sisters, Mrs. Viola Hoyle, of Pamona, Calif., Mrs. Laura Randolph, of Duluth, Minn., and Mrs. Geneva Keller, of Spooner.  Also many nieces and nephews survive.

Funeral services were held on Friday, May 29th at 1:30 p.m. from Dahl Funeral Home, Rev. Robert Conner officiating.  Burial was in the family lot in Minong cemetery.

Casket bearers were Ed elliott, Rex Briggs, Fred Groat, Perry Groat, Harold Larson and Earl Hollis.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 04 Jun 1959

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