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Obituaries for surnames beginning with the letter "S"
The following obituaries have been typed and added to the website.  More will be added as they are typed:

SALIN, Mamie
SCHON, Ollie A.
SCHULTZ, Dean Lavern
SCHULTZ, Krista Marie
SCRIBNER, William Eugene
SEAMAN, Nellie E.
SEMRAD, Joseph
SHAFER, Marguerite
SKAR, Thomas
SMITH, Dorothy Mary
SNELL, Clyde Clarence
SNELL, Flora Louise
SOFFIA, Dorothy
SOHOLT, Richard
STEBBINS, Clem Marlin
STELLA, Louis D.
STINE, Minnie
STOCK, Marie Salquist
STONE, Harry
STRATTON, Wickliffe B.
STROHER, John Joseph



George Saletri, age 69, a resident of Spooner, passed away Sunday, October 25, 1981 at Spooner Community Memorial Hospital.

He was born October 9, 1912 in Chicago, Ill. and was raised there.  He married Dorothy Minard Christensen on July 1, 1933 in Chicago.  He worked as a plant supervisor for the Jersey Farmcrest Bakery in Chicago.

They moved to Spooner in 1956, and he was employed with West and Christense Potato Farms in Minong for 12 years, then did maintenance and custodial work for eight years at the Wisconsin State Patrol Headquarters in Spooner.  He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church,Spooner.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; one son, Dick, Oswego, Ill.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Frank and John, both of Suring; two sisters, Isabel Stekus, Bensenville, Ill., Rose D'Amico, North Hollywood, Calif.  He is also survived by nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 28, at Trinity Lutheran Church.  Rev. Roger T. Benrud officiated, with burial in the Sarona Cemetery.

Visitation was Tuesday after 3 p.m. at the Scalzo Funeral Home and one hour prior to services at the Church on Wednesday.

Pallbearers were Randy Christensen, Roy Berg, Rod Hanson, Elroy Hansen, Tom Hensen, and Larry Christman.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 29 Oct 1981, page 6


SALIN, Mamie (nee BENSCH)

Mrs. John Salin, 39, of the town of Bashaw passed away at the Lakeside hospital in Rice Lake on Monday, Feb. 1, (1937) following an illness with influenza.

Deceased, nee Mamie Bensch, was born in Olivia, Minn., in June 1897.  She grew to young womanhood there and in October 1824 was married to John Salin in Minneapolis, Minn.  They lived in that city a year, moving to Amery, Wis., in the fall of 1925, where they lived until the spring of 1930, when they came to Washburn county and located on a farm in the town of Bashaw, which has been the family home since.

Mrs. Salin was taken to the hospital on Jan. 13, where everything possible was done to help improve her condition, but to no avail, and death occurring as above stated.

Surviving are her husband and one son, Roy, at home.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at three o'clock from the Roberts Mortuary in Spooner, Rev. Penn of the Methodist church officiating, and interment was made in the Spooner cemetery.

-Transcribed from the Washburn County Register, Shell Lake, Washburn Co., WI, 04 Feb 1937



John L. Sallander was born at Chaseburg, Wis., December 17, 1859; was married July 4th, 1884, to Emily Tilden; died October 3, 1920, at Shell Lake, Wis., and was buried here Tuesday, the 5th inst. Funeral services were held from the residence, Rev. Allen and Rev. Beers officiating. Mrs. Sallander, son Charles, six grandchildren and two brothers are left to mourn him. A daughter, Ella, Mrs. Ed Fogle, died sometime since.

Deceased was a peaceable, industrious, good man, and through he had not been in rugged health, his death was not looked for.

-Transcribed from the Washburn County Register, Shell Lake, Washburn Co., WI, 09 Oct 1920




Oscar Frederick Sandquist was born on January 2, 1899, at Red Ridge, Michigan, and grew to manhood there.

Later he was employed at Calderwood, Michigan, for several years.  He then moved to Waverly, New York, and came to Spooner in 1942, and has resided here since.

He passed away suddenly on Saturday, May 5 (1951), at his home, at the age of 52 years, four months and two days.

He is survived by three brothers, John, Richard and Otto, all of Chicago, Ill., three sisters, Mrs. Marie Carpenter of Jonesboro, Tenn., Mrs. Carl Eliason of Ramsey, Mich., and Mrs. Mike Libick of Marquette, Michigan.

His parents, two brothers and one sister proceded him in death.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 9, at 2 p.m., from Dahl Funeral Home, Rev. M. R. Philpott officiated, with burial in the Spooner cemetery.

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




Theresa Sannwald was born July 5, 1871 in Germany.  She grew to womanhood there and came to the United States in 1889, where she settled in Brooklyn, New York.

She was united in marriage to Karl M. Sannwald at Brooklyn on Dec. 9 of that year, and to this union two children were born.  The family moved to Illinois and in 1916 they moved to Minong, where they have since resided.  

Deceased was in ill health during the past four years.  She was taken to St. Mary's hospital in Superior on May 26, where death occurred on May 31, at the age of 67 years, 10 months and 26 days.

She is survived by two children, one son Adolph, and one daughter, Mrs. Ray Falun of Minong, several grandchildren and a host of friends.  Mr. Sannwald preceded her in death on July 22, 1935.

Services were held from the Presbyterian church at Minong on Friday, June 2,  Rev. Pennington officiating.  Burial was made in Minong cemetery.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, Thursday, 08 Jun 1938, page 7




Vernon Delaney Shoots Albert Sauleen and then Commits Suicide

The shooting occurred about 400 feet from the Sauleen home Saturday night about 11:30, Feb. 1st, while returning from a dance in the Farmers' Hall at Trego.  The events that led to the shooting commenced about two years ago when Delaney came to Trego as organizer fo the Modern Woodmen, at which time he became acquainted with Miss Helen Sauleen, sister of the man he shot.  Delaney resigned as the Woodman deputy, located at Trego and went into the potato business and succeeded in organizing the farmers and locating a warehouse, of which he became manager, being also secretary of the Farmers' Association.

His attention to Miss Sauleen received favor from the young lady and it was talked that they were engaged to be married.  In fact Delaney went as far as to secure a license.  About six months ago the young lady decided she would not marry him and told him so.  Delaney still persisted in forcing himself upon her and visited the Sauleen home several times a day until told by the young lady's father to keep away.  Saturday, the day of the shooting, he called her up on the phone and asked her to accompany him to the dance.  She refused and hung up the receiver.  Not to be thus thrown off, Delaney went to the house and by threats and intimidation finally induced the young lady to attend the dance with him.  The girl's parents and brother seemed to be afraid of Delaney.  His actions were such that they feared he might harm the girl.  So they went to the hall where the dance was held that they might be with or near her upon the return to the home.  On the way home the mother was in advance and the brother, Albert, was behind the couple.  When about 400 feet from the house, the couple seemed to be talking seriously when Delaney stopped to allow Albert to pass them.  When Albert came up to them Delaney stepped one side and drew his revolver.  Albert thinking he was about to shoot his sister, stepped between them, when Delaney fired, the ball striking him a little back and below the left arm pit.  Albert dropped to the ground and the mother and girl ran toward the house, Delaney following them.  He passed the mother and caught up to the girl.  Instead of shooting her as was expected he turned and ran back to town.

The mother and daughter informed the father of what had happened and they carried Albert into the house and phoned Spooner for a physician.  Dr. P. G. Frey responded and after giving the young man temporary aid, had the limited train stopped at Trego and sent the boy to Superior to St. Mary's Hospital.

Delaney went to town, walked into the Stockman Hotel where Chairman James Quinn, his wife and Mrs. Stockman were sitting talking.  He said to Quinn:  "Jim I have got myself into trouble.  I have shot Albert Sauleen.  I can't go to prison for this.  I am going to shoot myself.  Send my body to my mother."  He then left the hotel, followed by Quinn and the two ladies, who were trying to get him to give up his revolver.  They were not successful, and Delaney started toward the depot.  About this time Ed Burgess come up and Quinn told him what had happened.  He ran after Delaney and when about six feet from him Delaney said:  "Ed, I don't want to shoot you."  Then he placed the revolver to his forehead and fired, dying instantly.

With the assistance of others, Burgess conveyed the body to the depot power house and it will be sent to his parents at Ontario, Vernon County.

Coroner A. E. Costello was notified and visited the scene.  After a thorough investigation he decided an inquest unnecessary.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 07 Feb 1913, page 1



John Scharhong, well known citizen of Bashaw township, died Wednesday morning (10 March 1937) at 10 o'clock.  He was 74 years old.

Funeral services will be held at 9 o'clock Friday morning at St. Joseph Catholic church.  The body will be shipped to Milwaukee for burial.

-Transcribed from the Washburn County Register, Shell Lake, Washburn Co., WI, 11 March 1937.


SCHON, Ollie A. (nee REINHART)

Ollie A. Schon, Shell Lake, died there Friday, Oct. 10 (1986) at the age of 94.

She was born April 11, 1892 at Farnhamville, Iowa, to Charles and Mathilda (White) Reinhart. They operated Schons Meat Market for many years. She then worked for the Shell Lake Telephone Company. She lived in the community since 1903. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, and the Shell Lake American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by one daughter: Dottie DesJardins, Coram, Mont., one grandchild, Jim, and two great grandchildren, Darin and Kari.

Funeral services were Monday at the Pockat Funeral Home, the Rev. Edd Senn officiating. Burial at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate,
Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 16 Oct 1986, page 18


SCHULTZ, Dean Lavern

Dean Lavern Schultz died April 16, 1993 in Phoenix, Ariz.  He was born to Edward and Hilma Schultz, June 14, 1934 in the Town of Madge.  He lived there and in and near Spooner throughout his childhood and attended area schools through high school.  He graduated in 1953.  He farmed his folks farm near Spooner until 1960 when he sold his animals and moved to Waukegan, Ill., There he worked at factory work and as a security guard until he had a heart attack in 1983.  He married Irene LaPlante on January 13, 1962 in North Chicago.  Two children were born, Judy Pignatelli, Kenosha, and Mike, at home.  He also has two granddaughters, Natalie and Elizabeth Pignatelli.  His parents preceded him in death.  He was visiting his sisters in Phoenix at the time of his death.

He is survived by his wife, Irene, and son Michael, in North Chicago, daughter, Judy of Kenosha, brothers, Everett, Shell Lake, Wilford of Palm Desert, Calif., Alfred of Waukegan, sisters, Evelyn Poquette, Shirley Harris and Ione Heffelfinger, all of Phoenix, Ariz.

Memorial services were in Phoenix and Waukegan.

-Source unknown


SCHULTZ, Krista Marie


Krista Marie Schultz, infant daughter of Michael and Sherrie Schultz, of Grand Forks, No. Dak., was stillborn November 11.  Graveside services were held Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., at the Sarona cemetery, Rev. Roger Benrud officiating.

Survivors besides her parents are two brothers, Steven and Jerry; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Allan Sather, Spooner; maternal great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Hilbert Hefter, Shell Lake; maternal great-grandparents, Mr.and Mrs. Ephram Sather, Shell Lake; maternal great-great-grandfather, Martin Hefter, Shell Lake; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schultz, Rice Lake; paternal great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Adolf Rolf, Rice Lake.  The Blume-Pockat Funeral Home was in charge.

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



G. W. Scribner died yesterday of heart disease.  His death removes from our midst one of our foremost pioneers; he was our first postmaster, our first hotel-keeper, one of our first merchants, an honest, sturdy, patriotic American, who never knowingly did a man a wrong - a man whom the frills of fashion, or caprice of the moment, changed little.  The old man went along just about so and you could not change him.  Obituary notice next issue.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Register, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 24 Jul 1897, page 1



George W. Scribner, died at Spooner, Wis., July 23d, 1897, at 3:15 p.m., of heart disease.

He was born at Salisbury, Merrimack county, N. H., July 2nd, 1825, being 73 years and 21 days old; was married Nov. 27th, 1851, to Betsey Fellows, of Salisbury, N. H., being 46 years this coming November of happy married life.  From this union six children are left - three sons and three daughters - whom deceased has seen grow to man and womanhood; he also leaves fifteen grandchildren.

Mr. Scribner came from old New England stock and inherited many of their Puritan ways.  He came west in 1861 and located at Prescott, Wis., moving from there to River Falls, New Richmond, Chandler, and finally to Spooner.  He was the pioneer of this place, building the first house in Spooner on the site of his present residence.  He was the first hotel keeper, first postmaster and first merchant here.  He had held many offices of trust in his day, which he filled with honor to himself and credit to those he served.  He was a well informed man, being a great reader, and had traveled a great deal in his time.  He had visited nearly every state and territory in the Union, and nothing pleased him more in his old age than to converse about the different places he had visited.  [Prescott and River Falls papers please copy.]

Fidus Omnis Res

The sands of his hour glass, grain by grain,
Have told out the years of three score and ten,
When on swiftest wing the death angel came
And removed him from earth without sigh or pain.

His earth life, a busy one, has come to its close,
With the clods of the valley his remains will repose,
But his spirit freed from it tenement of clay,
With companions from the summer land wings its way.

Among the first settlers, in this forest land,
The fruits of his labor, seen on every hand
Are living records of the life he has spent,
Ere the death messenger from o'er the river was sent.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Register, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 31 Jul 1897, page 1


SCRIBNER, William Eugene


William Eugene Scribner, age 66, passed away at the Spooner Hospital on Thursday.  He was born in Stone Lake, on February 6, 1908.  He was raised in the Springbrook area and has lived there all of his life.

He is survived by three brothers, Fred of Spooner, Robert of Earl, and Walter of Springbrook; also three sisters, Mrs. Mary Sizer of Hillsboro, Ore., Mrs. Robert (Silvia) Stouffer and Mrs. Leland (Isabel) Kahler of Shell Lake; several nieces and nephews; and his stepfather, Anders Olson, of Shell Lake.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held on Monday, February 18, at 3:30 p.m. at Dahl Funeral Home, Matt Huerth of Hayward officiated, burial in Earl Cemetery.

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


SEAMAN, Nellie E. (nee BIGGS)

Nellie E. Seaman, 91, of the Spooner Nursing Home died Monday, Dec. 18, at the Community Memorial Hospital.

The former Nellie Biggs was born May 29, 1898 in Warren Co., Ind. In Oct. of 1928 she was married to Thurman H. Seaman in Clayton, N.M. They resided in New Mexico until 1949 and then moved to Lafayette, Ind. Her husband preceded her in death in 1952. She lived in Alaska, Maryland and Panama. She has been a resident of the Shell Lake area since 1976.

She is survived by one daughter, Stella Carlaw, Shell Lake, two sons, Thurman H. Seaman Jr., Lafayette, Ind., Leonard Seaman, Lafayette, Ind., eight grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, three sisters, Alma Sundquist, Greenhill, Ind., Alice Anderson, Columbus, Ind., Stella Ramsey, Rockledge, Fla., one brother, Roy Biggs, Otterbein, Ind.

Graveside services will be held at the Greenhill Cemetery, Greenhill, Ind. The Pockat Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate,
Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 28 Dec 1989, page 13


SEMRAD, Joseph


Joseph Semrad, 58, well known farmer of the town of Evergreen died at his home last Friday, June 9, as the result of heart disease.  News of his passing was received with regret by his many friends and neighbors.

Deceased was born April 10, 1881, in Czechoslovakia, where he grew to manhood, coming to the United States in 1906 and locating in South Omaha, Nebr., where he was employed in a packing house by Swift & Co., continuing in that work three years.

In the spring of 1909 he came to Spooner and located on a farm in the town of Evergreen, which has been the family home since.  He was married to Antonia Soukal at St. Francis de Sales church in this city on June 13, 1911. Through his industry and thrift he built up a fine farm home which is a credit to the community.

Surviving are the widow, two sons, Henry of Milwaukee, and Joseph of the ton [sic] of Evergreen; one daughter, Mary Semrad at home; and two sisters, Mrs. Agnes Kotrba of Omaha,Nebr., and Mrs. Stanley Brabec of Evergreen, also one brother, Antone Semrad, of Omaha, Nebr.

Funeral services were held from St. Frances de Sales Catholic church on Monday, June 12, Rev. Fr. Walsh officiating, and interment was made in Calvary cemetery.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 15 June 1939, page 5


SHAFER, Marguerite

Dies at Zion, Ill.

Mrs. Marguerite Shafer, a resident of the Town of Beaver Brook, Route 1, Spooner, passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 1971, at Zion, Illinois, at the age of 72 year.

She was born on December 21, 1898, at Dodgeville. On December 24, 1916, she was united in marriage to Daniel Shafer and to this union five children were born.

The family came to the Spooner community in 1936 and lived here most of the time since.

She passed away on Wednesday, February 3, at the Zion Benton Hospital in Zion, Ill., at the age of 72 years.

Her parents, husband, one brother, one sister and one grandson preceded her in death.

She is survived by two sons, Dan of Shell Lake, Monroe of Libertyville, Ill.; three daughters, Mrs. Geneva Falstad of Zion, Ill., Mrs. Dorothy Campbell of Spooner, Mrs. Pearl DeBardeleben of Troy, Ill.; also 22 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Mamie Roe of Lansing, Iowa, Mrs. Catherine Jeglum of Waterville, Iowa, Mrs. Helen Kinsler of LaCrosse, and Mrs. Alice Thornton, Zion, Ill.

Funeral services held on Saturday, February 6, 2 p.m., at the United Methodist Church, Rev. Milton Ford officiated, with burial in the Earl Cemetery.

Casket bearers were: Thomas Drinkwater, Eugene Drinkwater, William Campbell, Jr., John DeBardeleben, Earl Meyer, and Harold Hoffman.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 11 Feb 1971



Word reached here yesterday of the death of M. Shields, father of James  and John Shields, at his home in the vicinity of Fairbault, Minn.  Deceased was about 67 years old, father of a large and respected family, was an honest and upright many in every way.  He died surrounded by family and friends and with a consciousness of having filled his mission here to the best of his ability.  Requescaut in Pace.

James Shields' place of business is closed account of the death of his father.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Register, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI., 03 Jun 1893


SKAR, Thomas

Funeral services of Thomas Skar who passed away from heart trouble on March 9 (1937), were held at the M. E. Church in Birchwood on Friday, Rev. H. W. Parisius, Rice Lake, officiating.  Interment in Woodlawn cemetery.  The pallbearers were Robert Cronholm, Frank Fohr, Adoph Setterlun, Herb. Knapmiller, Paul Carah and Nels Nelson.

Mr. Skar was born in Bogn, Norway on April 3, 1868, and was the eldest of 14 children.  He came to this country with his family on November 8, 1905 and settled on a farm three miles southeast of Birchwood where he resided until the fall of 1915 when he moved into town.  He operated a blacksmith shop here.  H was married in 1890 and to this union seven children were born, namely Gena, Mrs. Gilbert Braaten, Fargo, N. Dak.; Bertha, Mrs. Robert Cronholm, Lockport, Ill.; Helga, Mrs. Louis Frosli and Einar, both of Birchwood; Gudrun, Mrs. Walter Triniberger, Granton, Wis.; Thonetta, Mrs. Odin Wang, Black River Falls, Wis.; and Thorvald, Edgewater, Wis.

Besides his wife and children he is survived by two brothers, Mike Skar Birchwood and Harold Skar, Norway; four sisters, Mrs. Thora Bratrud, Kensett, Iowa; Mrs. Henry Bratrud, Hanlontown, Iowa; Anna Skar, Mason City, Iowa; and Guri Skar, Norway; ten grandchildren and one great granddaughter.  Harold and Guri Skar reside on the home farm in Norway.

The large attendance at the funeral attested the high esteem in which Mr. Skar was held in this community.  His integrity and industry won him many friends.

Those from out of town who attended the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Cronholm and family, Mrs. Gilbert Braaten, Fargo; Mrs. Walter Triniberger, Granton; Mrs. Adin Wang, Black River Falls; Mrs. Thora Bratrud, Kinsett, Iowa; Mrs. Henry Bratrud, Honlontown, Iowa; Mrs. Geo. Linflatt, Hanlontown, Iowa; Harold Bratrud, Kensett, Iowa; and Thomas Bratrud, Kensett, Iowa.

-Transcribed from the Washburn County Register, Shell Lake, Washburn Co., WI, 18 Mar 1937


SMITH, Dorothy Mary

Dorothy Mary Smith was born at Neenah on Nov. 15, 1916, and grew to womanhood there.

On May 1, 1940 she was united in marriage to Edward A. Smith and to this union four children were born.

The family came to the Trego community in 1957 from El Conjon, Calif., and have lived in Trego since.

Mrs. Smith had been in failing health for the past six months and passed away at the University of Minnesota hospital in Minneapolis, Minn., on Monday, May 27 at the age of 51 years.

Her parents and one sister preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband, Edward; four children, Mrs. Florian Lawrence (Mary) of Newport, Minn., Mrs. Dale Tessmer (Dorothy) of West St. Paul, Minn., Edward of St. Paul, Minn., and Thomas in the U. S. Navy and stationed at Lemore, Calif.; also six grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Henry Rydberg of Trego, and one brother, Phil Coats of Neenah.

Funeral services were held on Friday, May 31, at 10 a.m., at the Dahl Funeral Home, Rev. Fr. Clarence Ludwig officiated, burial was in the St. Joseph Cemetery, Trego.

Casket bearers were:  A. R. Nystrom, Harry Young, Edward Thibodeau, Harry Davies, E. G. Gersbach and Marvin Bray.

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




Ward Smith, 46, a resident of the town of Trego, died at Lakeside hospital in Rice Lake last Wednesday, June 21, death being caused by diabetes.

Deceased was born in River Falls on July 13, 1893, where he grew to manhood and was married to Anna Yenish on Sept. 15, 1916.  They continued living there until the fall of 1927, when they moved to Minong with their family, living there until in July 1937, when they moved onto the Fielding farm in the town of Trego, where they have since resided.

Surviving are the widow and seven children, Margaret, Grace, Gladys, Viola, Vicella, Bernard and Harold, all at home.

Funeral services were held last Saturday from the Roberts Mortuary, Rev. Wm. Penn of the Methodist church officiating, and burial was made in the Spooner cemetery.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, Thursday, 29 June 1939, page 8


SNELL, Clyde Clarence

Clyde Clarence Snell was born at Sutherland, Nebraska, on March 16, 1894 and came to the township of Webb Lake, Burnett county, in 1902 with his parents, Fred and Louisa Snell. There he grew to manhood. In 1915 he moved to Spooner where he has resided since.

On August 4, 1917 he was united in marriage to Flora Louise Bruner and to this union two children were born.

Mr. Snell had been employed by the Washburn County Highway Department as a machinist and mechanic for many years.

He passed away at his home on Tuesday, December 1 (1953), unexpectedly, at the age of 56 years, nine months, and 15 days.

He is survived by his wife, Flora, and one son, Leslie Arnold, Spooner; also two grandchildren, Richard and Barbara; three sisters, Mrs. M. E. Bruner of Janesville, Mrs. John Berg of Duluth, Minn., Mrs. Carl Stucke of Rush City, Minn.; two brothers, Edward of Spooner, and Lester of Minneapolis, and many other relatives.

One daughter, Bernice Willa, one sister, one brother, and his parents preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held Friday, December 4, at 2 p.m. from Dahl Funeral Home, Rev. T. S. Beavin of Spooner officiated, burial in Spooner cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Anton Neste, Dave LaPorte, Glenn Coquillette, Floyd Thompson, Walter Sylvester, Oran Thompson and all other employes of the Washburn County Highway Department acted as honorary pallbearers.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 10 Dec 1953, page 6


SNELL, Flora Louise


Flora Louise Snell, age 76, a resident of Spooner, passed away on Monday (27 Oct 1975), at the Community Memorial Hospital in Spooner.

She was born on November 4, 1898, at Estherville Ia. and came to Spooner in 1900 and has resided here since.

On August 4, 1917 she was united in marriage to Clyde Snell in Spooner. Her husband, one son, Leslie, one daughter, Bernice, and two brothers preceded her in death.

She is survived by one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Esther Snell of Frederic; one grandson, Richard Snell of Mason City, Ia.; one granddaughter, Barbara Snell of Wautoma; also two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lee Bruner of Ryderwood, Wash. and Robert of Emilda, Alberta, Canada; five sisters, Mrs. Lola Kasper, Mrs. Paul (Irene) Lerback, and Mrs. Ray (Helen) King, all of Spooner; Mrs. John (Belle) Lindberg and Mrs. Thorsten (Jennie) Lindberg, both of Sonento, British Columbia, Canada.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, October 29, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church. Rev. Veryl Schubert officiated. Burial was in the Spooner Cemetery. Dahl Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 30 Oct 1975


SOFFIA, Dorothy (nee BARBEE)


Mrs. Dorothy Barbee Soffia, of Minong, died October 9, 1981, at Robbinsdale, Minn., at the age of 61.  She was born September 27, 1920 at Estevan, Sask., Canada, the daughter of Henry and Hazel Barbee.

She is survived by a daughter, Roberta Soffia, Minneapolis; two sons, Don Soffia, Tempe, Ariz., and James Frizzell, Meadville, Pa., four grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Helen May, Reseda, Calif. and Mrs. Bernyce Tysdale, Iowa; two brothers, Brandon (Bud) Barbee, Brown Deer, and Fredrick (Dick) Barbee, Minong.

Funeral services were held October 13 at the Pettit-Brown Funeral Home in Minong with Rev. Amos Shimko officiating, burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Minong.  Pallbearers were Tony, Scott and Jeff Barbee, Jim Gorum, Chris and David Tysdale.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 29 Oct 1981, page 6



Funeral Services for Ole S. Soholt, Friday

Funeral services will be held for Ole S. Soholt, on Friday, April 30 (1976) at 1:30 p.m. at the Lake Park Alliance Church in Shell Lake.

Mr. Soholt died at Shell Lake Indianhead Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, April 27 at the age of 87 years.  Visitation will be at the Blume-Pockat Funeral Home in Shell Lake Thursday afternoon, April 29 after 1:30 p.m.

Ole, a resident of Shell Lake since the 1930's was well known throughout Washburn County and the State of Wisconsin, due to his many years as Clerk of
Washburn County.  He was a member of the County Board of Supervisors for 10 years and then served as County Clerk of Washburn County for 36 years, until his retirement at the end of 1966.

A complete obituary is published on page 10 of this issue.


Ole S. Soholt, 315 8th Ave. West, Shell Lake, died on April 27, 1976 at the age of 87 years, at Shell Lake Indianhead Memorial Hospital.

He was born at Haugen, Wis. on December 9, 1888.  His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Ole Soholt (nee Marie Dahle).

On November 25, 1920, he was united in marriage to Harriet Coleman at Rice Lake, Wis.  To this union 3 children were born.

For many years he farmed in the Town of Madge and then served as Washburn County Clerk for 36 years.  Retiring from that position at the end of 1966.

He was affiliated with the Church of God in Rice Lake; had served as Chairman of the Town of Madge from 1915 to 1930; was a member of the Washburn County Board of Supervisors for 10 years; served as a member of the Shell Lake School Board for 20 years and was a member of the Frances Bergin-Paul Neiman American Legion Post 225 of Shell Lake and was a veteran of World War I.

Funeral services will be held at the Lake Park Alliance Church in Shell Lake on Friday, April 30 at 1:30 p.m. Visitation at the Blume Funeral Home will be
Thursday, April 29, after 2 p.m.

Officiating Clergy will be Rev. Paul Shrock of Rice Lake, and interment will be in the Long Lake Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Harriet; 2 sons, Norman of Spooner and Delbert of Shell Lake; one daughter, Mrs. Ethel Lee of Coon Rapids, Minn.

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


SOHOLT, Richard

Richard Soholt, three-day old infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Gustav Soholt of Sarona, died Thursday, June 17, 1937.  Funeral services were conducted at the Evergreen church and interment in Evergreen cemetery, Town of Madge.

He was born June 14, 1937 and is survived by his parents, three brothers, Arthur, Donald, Dean; six sisters, Marie, Julia, Florence, Beulah, Gladys and Dorothy.

-Transcribed from the Washburn County Register, Shell Lake, Washburn Co., WI, 24 Jun 1937



Funeral of Fred Reau Spafford was held in Shell Lake last Friday afternoon, services being conducted at the Raas Funeral Home by Rev. L. Lockhart.  Mrs. W. B. Raas and Miss Fern Lockhart sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "In The Garden".  Interment in Shell Lake cemetery.

Fred was a son of the late Mrs. Frank Spafford, Sr.  He was born in Shell Lake on Oct. 14, 1911 and had been an invalid all of his life.  Death came at a hospital in Chippewa Falls on Feb. 2, 1937.  He is survived by three brothers, Frank, Spooner, Lee and Ray, Minneapolis; three sisters, Mrs. F. E. Rickford, Verona, N. D.; Mrs. N. A. Stouffer, Ashland, Wis.; Mrs. A. S. Johnson, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Those from out-of-town who attended the funeral of Fredreau Spafford were Mrs. F. E. Rickford, Verona, N. Dak.; Ray and Lee Spafford of Minneapolis; Mr. and Mrs. Norman Stouffer, Ashland, Wis.

-Transcribed from the Washburn County Register, Shell Lake, Washburn Co., WI, 04 Feb 1937


STEBBINS, Clem Marlin


Clem Marlin Stebbins, 64, of Springbrrok was found dead in bed in an abandoned house near Springbrook last week Wednesday, after being missing for about two weeks.  Residents of the area began looking for him last week after he failed to pick up his pension check.  The body was found by Richard Whalley, who lives about a quarter of a mile from [sic] old house where Stebbins apparently died in his sleep.

Coroner Dr. Lester J. Olson said death was due to natural causes.

Mr. Stebbins was born in Wisconsin on November 10, 1908, and lived in Wisconsin all his life.  He came to Springbrook in 1965 from Beaver Dam.  It is believed he died about February 24.

He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Patricia Brewer, Grey Bull, Wyo., and Mrs. Marcia Johnson, Madison; three grandchildren; one brother, Lynn, of Madison; and one sister, Mrs. Hazel Stancer of Pardeeville.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 10 at 3 p.m., at Dahl Funeral Home.  Rev. John Soward officated.  Burial will be in the Earl Cemetery.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 15 Mar 1973, page 6


STELLA, Louis D.

Louis D. STELLA, age 58, well known Spooner resident passed away Friday (27 April 1979) morning at his home.  He was born Dec. 11, 1920 at Hurley,  Wis., and was  raised there.  He then attended the Univ. of Wisc.-Madison where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy.  He then moved to Spooner where he has been employed by the Red Cross Pharmacy for the past  30 years.  On  June 23, 1952 he was united in marriage to Virginia Paffel at Pine City, Minn.

Survivors include: his wife Virginia; 1 son, David of Middleton, Wis.; 2 daughters, Ellen Darcourt, Spooner and Susan Milz, Mineral Point, Wis.; 3 grandchildren; 2 sisters, Mrs. Everet (Margaret) Connors, Milwaukee and Mrs. Earl (Isabella) Mittelstaedt, Toledo, Ohio.  Also survived by 3 nephews.

Funeral services were held 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 30 at Scalzo Funeral Home with Fr. Robert K. Szyma officiating.  Burial in Spooner Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Augie Sorenson, Bruce Sorenson, David Hopp, Jeffrey Josephs, Louis Villella, Frank Masterjohn.

-Transcribed from the Washburn County Register, Shell Lake, Washburn Co., WI, 03 May 1979


STINE, Minnie

Miss Minnie STINE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. STINE, was brought here (Spooner, Washburn Co., WI) for burial. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church, Arch-deacon Webber of the Episcopal society officiating and rendering the beautiful Episcopal service in an able manner. Miss STINE was employed as telegraph operator at Eau Claire. She had been taking a short vacation to come home and visit her parents, she went to St. Paul to make some purchases where she was suddenly taken sick. She was taken to the hospital where she died of inflammation of the bowels. She had many friends who will mourn her sad death.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Register, Spooner, Washburn Co. WI, 17 Jun 1893


STOCK, Marie Salquist


Marie Salquist Stock, age 77, a resident of the town of Trego, passed away at her home on Thursday, November 23, 1978.

She was born on January 1, 1901 in Miner.  For most of her life she has lived in the Spooner area.  In 1930 she was preceded in death by her husband, John Salquist.  On April 23, 1932 she was united in marriage to Walter Stock in Superior, and they have lived in the Town of Trego since.  She was a member of the Anah Church and the Anah Ladies Aid.

She is survived by her husband, Walter; three daughters, Elaine LaPorte of Spooner, Joanne Lindstadt of Green River, Wyo., Kathryn Bruner of Superior; two sons, John Salquist Jr of Silver Bay, Minn., and William Stock of Trego; 23 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; and one brother, William Sparby of Minneapolis; many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, November 25, at the Dahl Funeral Home in Spooner, Rev. John Soward officiated.  Burial was in the Anah Cemetery.

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


STONE, Harry


Little Harry Stone, the ten year old boy of foreman Stone of the S. L. L. Co.'s (Shell Lake Lumber Company) car shops, last Thursday of cerebral mengitis.  He had been suffering some time from typhoid.  The bereaved parents have the sympathy of a large circle of friends.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Register, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 06 Jan 1894, page 8


STRATTON, Wickliffe B.

Wickliffe B. Stratton, attorney and former state Attorney General from 1901to 1905, passed away recently at his home in Seattle, Wash., at the age of 67.  Mr. Stratton was a former Shell Lake boy, a graduate of our public school and also a member of the late Judge Mead's law office.  Mr. Mead was his brother-in-law, and Mrs. W. J. Knapp of this village, a sister.

-Transcribed from the Washburn County Register, Shell Lake, Washburn Co., WI, 04 Feb 1937


John Joseph

John Joseph Stroher, 79, Shell Lake, died suddenly Sunday, December 9, 1962 at Trempealeau County Hospital, Whitehall, Wisconsin. 

He was born in Bohemia, December 10, 1882 and came to this country in 1901 and lived in the Township of Rusk, Burnett County, until 1951 when he came to Shell Lake.

He was not married and was a retired farmer.

Funeral services were held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Shell Lake, Fr. Paul Boshold officiating.

The Blume Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.  Pallbearers were Roy Goetzel, Howard Nebel, E. H. Reinhart, Charles Biver, Joseph Biver, and
Ernest Des Jardins, Sr.  Interment was in the Shell Lake Cemetery.

-Transcribed from the Washburn County Register, Shell Lake, Washburn Co., WI, 13 Dec 1962




At the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. Walrath, 24th inst., Mrs. M. Strong, in the 68th year of her life, after a short illness.  Deceased was the mother of eleven children, eight of whom survive her.  She was a resident of this burg for several years.  The funeral was from the M. E. church, of which she was a member.  Rev. Brown conducted the ceremonies.

T. J. Strong came up from Sioux City to attend the funeral of his mother.  Mr. Strong is secretary of the city waterworks there.  He is a pleasing man to meet and apparently well qualified to fill official positions.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Register, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 29 Jan 1898, page 8



Death Summons S. G. Swanson

S. G. Swanson, 62, well known citizen of this place, passed away at St. Joseph's hospital in Rice Lake, Monday, Nov. 14, following an illness of less than a week.  News of his death came as a sad shock to a large circle of relatives and friends.

Deceased  attended the meeting of the Chamber of Commerce Tuesday evening of last week, in apparent god health, but early the next morning he was stricken with a heart attack.  He was taken to the hospital Thursday, where everything humanly possible was done for him, but to no avail, death occurring as above stated.

Swan George Swanson was born July 16, 1887, at Barronett, growing to young manhood at Shell Lake, where he resided until 1936 when he moved to Spooner.  He was associated with the Bank of Shell Lake and the federal Land Bank of St. Paul, Minn., prior to coming here.

Deceased was married to Viola E. Mack on June 28, 1911, and to this union two children were born, Willard of Rice Lake and Mrs. Jeanne B. Swanger of Canton, Ohio.

Mr. Swanson continued his work here for the Federal Land Bank for a time after moving to this city, later associating himself with the New World Life Insurance Co., with which firm he was connected until death.

He was a member of the Masonic lodge and Eastern Star at Shell Lake, Spooner, Chapter, R. A. M. Spooner Commandery No. 40, Zor Shrine at Madison, and the Eau Claire Consistory.  He took an active part in lodge work, was a past commander of the Commandery and secretary of the Indianhead Shrine Club, as well as secretary of the Spooner Chamber of Commerce.  he also served as city alderman and city supervisor.  Well and popularly known in the community, his death is mourned by all.

Surviving besides his widow and children are his aged mother, Mrs. L. J. Swanson of Shell Lake; a brother, Arthur, of Shell Lake; and a sister, Mrs. Hildur Imislund of Marquette, Mich.

Funeral services will be held this Thursday afternoon, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. at the Methodist church, Rev. M. R. Philpot officiating, and burial will take place in the Shell Lake cemetery with Masonic services at the grave.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, Thursday, 17 Nov 1949, page 7



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