by P. Davidson-Peters (1999)
Arizona Republic -
Phoenix | November 5, 1999
Mary Jeanette Lane, 57 of
Glendale, Arizona, a homemaker, died November
4th, 1999. She was born in St. Louis,
Missouri (daughter of Clarence Lane & Theresa
Laratta). Survivors include her daughter
Patricia Peters; son, Victor Gene Davidson;
parents Theresa and Virgil Baugh; sisters, Joy
Freeman, Sally Penoyer and Bonnie Peffly;
brothers Bob, Gene and Gary Baugh; and one
grandchild, Lara Peters. Services 1 p.m.
Monday, Resthaven Park Cemetery, 6290 W. Northern Ave.,
Contributions: Hospice of
the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ
85014. Chapel of the Chimes.
Billings Gazette | December
Columbus - Mabel Lewis Coomber,
84, passed away Monday, Dec. 13, 1993, in her
Mabel was born to Joseph and
Alice Lewis in Burley, Idaho, in 1909, the eldest
of two brothers and three sisters. The family
moved to Hayward, California. After losing both
parents, she helped raise her brothers and
sisters while putting herself through school and
earning a teaching certificate. While in
California, Mabel met her husband-to-be, Larry
Coomber. They were married in Martinez,
California, on Oct. 6, 1934. After the war, she
and Larry returned to his home in Montana and
they purchased a ranch at Boyd. They moved to
Billings in 1952, and in 1954, she commuted to
Broadview to teach school. In 1955, Mabel began
teaching at Newman School in Billings and
continued there until her retirement in 1974. She
retired with her husband to Columbus, where she
enjoyed growing flowers and gardening.
Survivors include two sisters,
Mary Wrinkle of Orinda, California, and Helen
Goodrich of Dillon; two sons, Allen and his wife,
Donna, of Billings, and Martin of Columbus; a
granddaughter and her husband, Pam and Phil Nash
of Laurel; a grandson and his wife, Larry and Kim
of Billings; and four great-grandsons, Tanner
Coomber, John, Thomas and Michael Nash.
Contributed by Ken
St. Charles Union | November
Mrs. Randall, wife
of Charles Randall, died suddenly in this city on
Sunday evening last. Mrs. Randall was a woman of
many estimable qualities. The funeral took place
on Monday. View Obituary
Daily Republic - St. Charles and Vicinity
November 5, 1880
Mrs. Randall, wife
of Charles Randall, died suddenly on Sunday
evening, October 31st. View Obituary
Note: Laid to rest
at Hillside Cemetery in St. Charles, Minnesota.
by Susan Edminster
The Bellingham Herald |
Monday, May 21, 1979
MORE, Pearl A., age 92, of
700-32nd St., passed away Saturday May 19, 1979.
A lifetime resident of this community, she was a
member of Rebekah Lodge & is survived by 1
son, Cyril "Dock" Moore of city., 2
daughters; Mildred Brock of city & Mrs. Wilma
Johnson of Ferndale. 1 brother, Calvin
"Jack" Barnhardt of Jefferson, Oregon,
1 sister, Mrs. Gertrude Barker of Lacey, 3
granddaughters; Donna Lee MacDonald & Betty
Todahl both of B'ham & Darlene Norsby of
Sitka, Alaska. 15 great grandchildren & 7
great great grandchildren, numerous nieces &
Services are pending at
Jones Funeral Home.
Note: Typed as
appeared in paper - name should be spelled Moore,
Amy Gargala (2011)
"Curly" Clayton S. Neagle,
67, of 11t St., reached out and took the hand of
Jesus with his children at his side, on Sunday,
Jan. 31, 1999, at St. Luke's Hospital following a
long illness. Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Cedar
Memorial Chapel of Memories, Cedar Rapids, by the
Rev. Tim Mayee of First Lutheran Church. Burial:
Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, with
military honors by Marion American Legion Post
298. Friends may call from 5 to 8 tonight at
Cedar Memorial Funeral Home, Cedar Rapids, and
after 9 a.m. Wednesday at the chapel. Survivors
included three sons, David and wife Kathy of
Marion, Donald and wife Sharon of Hiawatha and
James and wife Deb of Gardner; two daughters, Amy
and husband Danny Ramos and JanMarie and husband
T.J. Ritner, all of Lafayette, Colo.; five
sisters, Darlene Plains and husband Darell of
Stanhope, Mary Watts and husband Wayne of
Melbourne, Lou Mittelsadt and husband Kim of
Storm Lake, Mickey Nielson and husband Neal of
Newell and Petie and Patrick and husband Galen of
Gowrie; two brothers, Thomas and wife Frances of
Storm Lake and Melvin and wife Candy of Peoria,
Ariz.; a sister-in-law, Florence Neagle of Harker
Heights, Texas; 16 grandchildren; and a cherished
friend and companion, Katie Richards of Marion.
He was preceded in
death by his parents; his former wife, Janet
Graham Neagle; and a brother, Richard.
Clayton was born
May 25, 1931, in Lake City, Iowa, to Thomas and
Clara Bushman Neagle. He worked for 17 years at
Linn-Mar Schools and retired from Nash Finch
after 20 years. He was a member of the Marion
American Legion Post 298 and a peacetime Army
flowers, a memorial fund has been established.
by P. Davidson-Peters (2012)
The Arizona Republic
| Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Lightfoot, 99, of Glendale AZ went to be with the
Lord on August 28, 2012. Connie was a proud
member of the Odd Fellows Rebekka Lodge for 60
years. In her spare time, Connie liked to sew and
take care of her garden.
She is preceded in
death by her son Daryl Davidson. Survivors are
Victor Delano Davidson (Mary) of Flagstaff AZ,
LaVerna May of Madera CA, 10 grandchildren, 14
great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren
and several cousins and nieces. A visitation will
be at Green Acres Glendale Mortuary 5830 W
Missouri Ave, Glendale AZ 85301, Thursday, August
30th, 2012 from 6-8pm with services on Friday,
August 31st, 2012 at 11am at Green Acres Glendale
Mortuary with interment to follow at Resthaven
Park Cemetery (Glendale).
"C. Constance (Neagle)
- Ninety-nine years and Counting," a blog by
granddaughter P. Davidson-Peters
by Constance Neagle-Lightfoot
John Neagle was born in Waterford,
Ireland, March 17, 1833 and died at the home of
his daughter, Mrs. Mary Braddock, near Watsetka,
Jan 11, 1908, aged 74 years, 9 months and 24
days. He has been a sufferer for many
years. His last illness being cancer of the
He came with his father to
America when 20 years of age and settled in New
York. Mr. Neagle was united in marriage to
Miss Ellen Croty in 1855 in New York. To
this union were born eight children, five boys
and three girls. James, the oldest having
preced him in death in 1887. Thomas of
Leavenworth, Kansas, Mrs. Mary Braddock of
Watseka, Mrs. Ella Knight of Roberts, John of
Roberts, William of Hope, North Dakota, Richard
of Artesian, South Dakota, and Julia who died in
infancy. Also twenty-one
grandchildren. His wife passed away in 1885
and since then he made his home with his
The funeral services were
held at St. Peter and Paul Church at Chatsworth,
Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1908, conducted by Rev. Father
Burke, after which the remains were laid to rest
in the Catholic Cemetery in Chastworth.
similar obituary includes his place of burial:
Plaindealer | January 17, 1908
An early resident of
Chatsworth died at the home of his son-in-law and
daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar E. Braddock, in the
city of Watseks, on Saturday, January 11, aged 72
years, 10 months and 4 days.
Deceased was born in County
Waterford, Ireland, March 17, 1835. In 1853, at
the age of 18 years, he came to this country,
landing in the city of New York. Two years after
his arrival, in June, 1855, he was married to
Ellen Croty. the result of this union was five
sons and two daughter. Mrs. Nagle died in April,
1885. The surviving children are: Thomas of
Levenworth, Kan.; Mrs. O.E. Braddock, of Watseka;
Mrs. E.A. Knight and John of Roberts; William of
Hope, North Dakota, and Richard of Artesian,
South Dakota. The couple came to this vicinity in
the early sixties, where Mr. Nagle was employed
for years as section foreman on the T.P.&W.
The remains were brought
here on the 1:04 T.P.&W. train on Monday and
taken to the home of Maurice Kane, on South
Second Street. The funeral service was held from
SS. Peter and Paul's church on Tuesday morning
and the remains laid to rest by the side of his
wife in St. Patrick's cemetery.
by Amy Gargala (2011)
Thomas Junior Neagle, age 60, of
Storm Lake, formerly of Fort Dodge, died Friday,
November 23, 2001 at Buena Vista Regional medical
Center in Storm Lake. A memorial fund has been
Neagle was born April 16, 1941 in Lake City, Iowa
the son of Thomas Joseph and Clara Stella
(Bushman) Neagle. He attended Nemaha schools.
He worked as a
track repairman for the Illinois Central &
Gulf Railroad in Storm Lake and Fort Doge and was
a member of the IOOF Lodge #221 of Storm Lake.
Tom was married to
Frances Goettsch Beckman on October 4, 1980 at
the Storm Lake United Methodist Church. The
couple made their home in Storm Lake, moved to
Fort Dodge in 1987 where they lived until
returning to Storm Lake in 1997.
He is survived by
his wife Frances, Storm Lake; a daughter Amy Jo
Olivas, Colorado Springs, CO; his step-children:
Mary and Dwight Newman, Ida Grove, Mike and Diane
Beckman, Ames, Pat and Kelly Beckman, Holstein
and Jason Beckman, Fort Dodge and 7 grandchildren
and 2 great grandchildren.
Also surviving are
five sisters: Darlene and Daryl Plain, Stanhope,
Mary and Wayne Watts, Melbourne, Luetta
"Lu" and Kim Mittelstadt, Storm Lake,
Mildred "Mickey" Nielsen, Newell and
Petie and Galen Patrick, Gowrie; a brother Mel
and Candace Neagle, Peoria, AZ; a sister-in-law
Florence Neagle, Harker Heights, TX and numerous
extended family members and friends.
Tom was preceded
in death by his parents, two brothers: Richard
and Clayton and by a brother-in-law Neal Nielsen.
by Constance Neagle-Lightfoot
William Neagle was born at
Chastworth, Illinois November 23, 1870 and died
at his farm home near Luverne, North Dakota
October 30, 1925, aged 54 years, 11 months, 7
Deceased came to North
Dakota in 1892. In 1904 he was united in
marriage to Clara A. Danfort at Valley City,
North Dakota. To this union one son and
four daughters were born, William, Helen, Ruth,
Constance, Mildred, all residing at home.
Funeral services were
conducted on Sunday afternoon at the Methodist
Church by the Rev. Charles W. Langdon, Pastor of
the federated churches of Hope, North
Dakota. A quartette composed under the
direction of Mr. A. Moore rendered several
comporting vocal selections.
Thirty five auto loads of
friends were in the procession from Luverne and
community. There were many beautiful floral
tributes. It was pointed out by the Pastor
that the attendance and floral tributes were
eloquent of the esteem in which the deceased
children died in infancy: Gladys, Francis,
Nancy Gullison (2009) | View Obituary
Peacefully at Trinity
Village Care Centre, on Wednesday, October 29,
2008 at the age of 80 years. Beloved husband to
the late Jeanne (2004). Loving father to Sheryl
(Tony), Tom (Liz) and David (Becky). Ron will be
forever remembered by his sisters, Marie (Paul),
Doreen, Shirley (Doug) and by his brother ,
Richard (Joan). Cherished grandfather to Ashley,
Benjamin, Jesse, Jackson, Matthew and Sean and to
many nieces and nephews. Ron was predeceased by
his parents, Irwin Oscar and Mary Philomena and
by his brother, Murray (Moe). Ron was a proud
employee of Lear Seating/General Springs Ltd. For
44 years as well as a member of the CAW. He was a
long time member of St. Josephs Catholic
Church in Kitchener.
friends are invited to visit Ratz-Bechtel Funeral
Home and Cremation Centre on Friday, October 31,
2008 (today) from 2-4 and 6-9pm. A funeral mass
will be held at St. Josephs Catholic Church
on Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 1 p.m. Interment
at Woodland Cemetery to be followed by a
reception in the parish hall of the church. As
expressions of sympathy, donations to the St.
Johns Ambulance Therapy Dogs or to the
Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation can be made
by contacting the funeral home at 519-745-9495.
Online condolences can be made by visiting
www.MeM.com a special thank you to the staff at
Trinity Village for the exceptional care and
friendship they gave Ron during his 8 year stay.
by Fran Anderson & Francis Johnston
Co., MN - Jan 1902
Mrs. Matilda Shortt, aged
76 years, died Monday night, Jan 6, at the
residence of her son, George M. Shortt, of old
age. Matilda Norman was born in Boston, Mass.,
July 28, 1825*, her folks soon after moving to
She became an orphan when
eight years old and was raised by her grandmother
at Bakersfield, VT., She was married there in
1842 to Martin Shortt and lived in Vermont, New
York and Illinois until 1861, when they moved to
Saratoga, Winona county, Minn. The father
enlisted in Co. K, 9th Inf'y and in June 1864 was
taken prisoner and died in Andersonville prison
Sept. 12, 1864. The mother, left with 4 children,
the youngest only 2 years old, struggled
heroically in the midst of privation and wellnigh
starvation at times. After her only son grew up,
he made a comfortable home for her and she has
lived with him for many years.
Funeral services were held
Thursday afternoon at the residence, Rev. D.D.
Belden of Austin and Rev. Lee officiating.
Interment in Greenwood Cemetery.
place of birth has never been confirmed with much
documentation. The 1870 census listed her as born
in OH; the 1880 as born in VT; the 1900
indication she was born in Canada. Name on the
clipping is also spelled with two t's rather than
Mower County Transcript | Wednesday, January
LIFE'S BATTLE ENDED
Shortt Passes into That Other World- A Life
Filled With Many Hardships
Died - At the home of her
son, G.M. Shortt, of this city, at 11:20 Monday
night, Jan. 6, 1902, of old age, Mrs. Matilda
The deceased has been very
ill for about a year, and has several times been
thought to be dying. Although she has suffered
much the physicians were apparently at a loss to
determine her ailment. She passed away very
gently at last and without pain.
Matilda Norman was born
July 28, 1825, at Boston, Mass. When quite young
she moved to Montreal, Canada. At the tender age
of eight years she was bereft of parents. A hard
struggle with the world then commenced for the
orphan child who was compelled to work hard for
her daily bread. In 1842 she was married to
Martin Shortt at Bakersfield, Vermont. They lived
in the states of New York and Vermont for some
time, when they sold their property in Vermont
for $500 in gold, which was thought quite a sum
in those days, and they removed with their family
to Illinois and bought land there. The land they
sowed to wheat. The crop was a failure and the
family was stricken with ague. Through their
misfortunes they lost all that they had, and Mr.
Shortt in 1861 started for Minnesota. Coming by
steamboat as far as Winona he walked into the
country as far as the village of Saratoga.
Finding employment on a farm he sent for his
family and the next year rented a farm. There
they lived during the opening years of the Civil
War until January of 1864.
They were surrounded by
well to-do neighbors, who were afraid of being
drafted as soldiers and selfishly persuaded Mr.
Shortt that it was his duty to enlist in the war,
thinking to so lessen their chances of being
drafted. Mr. Shortt was very reluctant, having no
desire for war and also raising the defenseless
and penniless condition of his family if he
should be killed in battle. These "kind
hearted" gentlemen promised all protection
for the family, and Mr. Shortt, also fearing to
be drafted in January of 1864, enlisted,
expecting to fight the Indians. Instead he was
sent south and in June of the same year was taken
prisoner at the Battle of Guntown, Mississippi.
September 16* he died, after indescribable
suffering in Andersonville Prison.
Those were dark days indeed
for the agonized wife at home and her helpless
little ones, the youngest only two years of age.
During the warm days of summer, working day and
night, she managed to support them; but during
the winter fuel and food were hard to procure.
The friends who had induced Mr. Shortt to enlist
and had so faithfully promised to care for his
family, forgot their promise and starvation
stared them in the face. Mrs. Shortt had for
three days gone without food that her children
might have the few remaining mouthful, when a
hired man of one of their neighbors came in to
inquire for them. Learning of their hapless
condition he informed one of the men who had
promised assistance, who sent a sack of flour, a
small load of wood and twenty pounds of salt
pork. A few years afterward when Mrs. Shortt had
been awarded a pension, this same friend placed a
claim and collected $20 for the provisions sent
her. And so the soldier's brave widow struggled
on educating her children as well as she could.
There had been no school for her but the hard one
When her only son, George,
had finished school he made a comfrotable home
for his mother, and her battle with an unpitying
world was over. In her years of hardhips hard
work had become a habit and she was never known
to be idle. Following the fortunes of her son she
lived successivley at Whalen, Rushford and
Brownsdale, coming here in May, 1891.
She was a tenderly devoted
mother, a thrifty housewife, a kindly neighbor
and friend. When an infant she was baptized into
the Catholic faith, but as she grew up was a
member of no church. During the last months of
her life she frequently evidenced her faith in a
Four children survive her:
Mrs. Mary Osmer, Charles City, Ia., Mrs. J.C.
Johnnson, Portage Mills, Wis., Mrs A.B. Danforth
of Hope, ND, and G. M. Shortt of this place.
The funeral was held at the
house at 1 p.m. Thursday, Rev. C.D. Belden
officiating, assisted by Rev. Lee. Her remains
were laid at rest in Greenwood Cemetery.
*Note - Martin
Short's pension papers indicate he died on the
17th of August.
|OSMER, NATHAN G.
by Ken Randall (2013)
St. Charles Union | May 15,
1902 | View Obituary
OSMER - Just as he
was finishing his day's work, Nathan G. Osmer
fell to the ground and in a few minutes breathed
his last, Tuesday evening, September 17, 1901.
The deceased was
born in the state of New York, July 7, 1837,
being 64 years, 2 months and 10 days of age at
date of death. He went to Illinois at an early
age and at the breaking out of the civil war
enlisted in Co., E., 37 Ill. Inf., Aug. 20, 1861,
and served three years. Some years after the
close of the war he came to Minnesota and has
lived in both Chatfiled and St. Charles. He was a
member of Henry Morton post, of this city.
He was twice
married. He leaves a widow and two brothers to
mourn his loss. At the age of fourteen he
professed faith in Christ and while living in St.
Charles was a member of the Baptist church. He
was a kind and faithful husband to his invalid
wife and died in the harness.
Note: Laid to rest
at Hillside Cemetery in St. Charles, Minnesota.
by Susan Edminster
Bellingham Herald | December
Charles D. Philo, age 84 of
101 East Front St. Lynden passed away Sunday Dec.
22 in a local hospital. He was a retired mechanic
for Northwest Implement Co. and served 40 years
in the Lynden Fire Department. He was also a
member of the Clamdiggers. He is survived by his
wife Lena. Buried December 26 in Lynden
Ken Randall (2013)
St. Charles (Minn) Union
Recorder | December 18, 1891 View Obituary
Died, in this
city, on Sunday morning, Dec. 13th, 1891, Charles
Randall, in the 66th year of his age. He was
born, we believe, in April, 1826, in the State of
New York. Married, and came to Minnesota about
1854, and settled in the town of Saratoga, and
soon opened a farm. here he lived some years; but
finally sold out and moved to this city. He
subsequently owned a farm in the town of Dover,
but worked in Parrott & Co.'s wagon shops for
a long time. About three years ago, consumption
fastened itself upon him, and he was thereafter
unable to work much.
as he was familiarly called, was a kind-hearted
man, ever ready to help any one needing
assistance. Many are they who will remember his
kindness. The funeral services were held at the
Baptist church on Tuesday afternoon, and the
remains were buried in Hillside cemetery.
Contributed by Ken Randall (2013)
| 14 Feb 1908
On Saturday last occurred the death of Mrs.
William Matteson of Irving, aged 25 years. Mrs.
Matteson was born at St. Charles, Minnesota, and
came here about four years ago. She was married
to Mr. Matteson about one year ago and they
resided on the Joseph James farm until last fall
when they moved to Iriving.
She leaves one boy five years old and a little
baby girl ten days old, besides a husband and
numerous relation to mourn her loss, who have the
sympathy of the entire community.
Note: Laid to rest at Rose
Hill Cemetery -
Harrison Twp., Spink Co., SD
by P. Davidson-Peters
Mower County, MN News |
Thursday August 22, 1946
Mrs. George M. Shortt -
Funeral services were held on Friday, August 16,
from First Baptist Church for Mrs. George Mr.
Shortt, 77, who died August 13 in a local
hospital. The Rev. Frank A. Robertson officiated
at the services and at the graveside in
Greenacres cemetery, Bellingham, Wash. Mrs.
Shortt would have celebrated her golden wedding,
Etta J. Sanborn was born
October 8, 1868, in Red Rock Township, Mower
county, Minnesota, the daughter of John C. and
Mary Jane Sanborn. She was married to George M.
Shortt, August 19, 1896. Mrs. Shortt had been a
resident of Mount Vernon for the past 20 years
and had many friends in the district. She was a
member of the First Baptist church. Besides her
husband she is survived by two daughters, Mrs.
Marie Vaux of Seattle, and Mrs. Albert Bensen of
Bellingham, three grandchildren and one great
|SHORT-OSMER, MARY M.
by Ken Randall (2013)
St. Charles Union |
May 15, 1902 | View Obituary
Mrs. N.G. Osmer
died at her home in this city on Monday morning,
May 12, after a very long and painful illness.
She leaves three children. Her husband died last
summer of heart disease. Funeral services were
held at the Baptist church Wednesday morning,
conducted by C.T. Hollowell, and the remains
buried at Hillside cemetery.
Note: Mary's first
husband was Henry Coomber or Coombs, 2nd husband
Charles Randall, and 3rd husband was Nathan G.
Osmer. Her suviving children were: Charles D.
Coomber/Coombes; Ruth Randall, wife of Matthew
Burns; and Asa B. Randall.
|SHORTT, CALVIN J.
by P. Davidson-Peters
Mower County, MN
Transcript | Wednesday November 29, 1893
Died. At his home in this
city, early Monday morning, November 27, 1893,
Calvin J. Shortt, aged 62 years.
He was one of the pioneer
lawyers of southern Minnesota, and one of the
early settlers in Austin. He was born in East
Calais, Washington county, Vermont, January 30,
1831. He was ambitious to learn and taught school
to help him get a good education. He was a
graduate of the University of Vermont, class of
1854. In the following year he came west,
settling in Northfield, Minn., and following
surveying. He served as postmaster there until
the spring of 1857, when he commenced the study
of law with his two former schoolmates,
Batchelder & Buckham, at Faribault. In 1858
he was admitted to the bar and in 1859 came to
Austin to reside. He formed a law partnership
with Ormanzo Allen and was associated with him
for several years. In 1860 he was elected County
Attorney, serving for four years. he was elected
for several subsequent terms to the same office.
He was postmaster of the city of Austin during
the years of 1864 and 1865. In 1868 he purchased
a farm four miles east of Brownsdale*, and moved
there the following year. He taught school one
year in Brownsdale. He followed farming for the
next six years when he moved into Brownsdale and
opened a law and real estate office in
partnership with J.M. Weiser. In 1878 he returned
to Austin where he has since resided. He acted at
different times as deputy Register of Deeds and
as Clerk of the Probate Court. Last year he was
elected Justice of the Peace for the first ward
of Austin. He was one of the early members of the
Congregational church of this city, acting as
clerk of the church for several years and always
interested in its prosperity. For some time he
has been in failing health and he often said that
his remaining days were few. He has for several
months been gradually losing the control of his
muscles, although he has been able to be in his
office until a few days since. Last Thursday he
went home from his office and before night was
obliged to give up. He was taken with partial
paralysis accompanied with Bright's disease, and
after Friday was unconscious. He had previously
arranged his business matters in anticipation of
death. In the fall of 1861 he was married to Miss
Isabella Stowell, who survives him.
There are four children,
Mrs. Kitty A. Lee, of Fort Scott, Kansas, Edith
M. Shortt, teaching at Princeton, Minn., Jennie
S., one of the West Superior, Wis., teachers, and
Phillip H., now living at home.
The deceased was one of the
best informed men in the community. He was a
great reader and he had a rententive memory, such
as few men possess, which enabled him to retain
his knowledge and make ready use of it. His mind
was a perfect store house of historical facts. He
was a man of very decided opinions and held
tenanciously to his views when once deliberately
formed. He was one of the truest of friends,
ready on all occassions to defend his friends
even at his own personal loss. He was an
outspoken Republican and was always ready to give
the reason of his political faith. He was a
frequent contributor to the local newspapers and
his articles were always clear and incisive. We
extend our sympathy to the bereaved family.
Funeral services will be held this (Wednesday)
afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the Congregational
church, Rev. C.E. Wright officiating.
Note* History of
Mower Co., MN 1911 states: "In 1868, Hammond
Stowell, a native of Ohio, and his son-in-law,
C.J. Shortt, a Vermonter, bought 1,600 acres of
land in sections 5,6,7,8 and 17. They broke 160
acres of land that year, making their home on the
northeast quarter of section 7. After living
there one year, Stowell sold to Ira Jones and
went to hastings. Shortt remained six years and
then went to Brownsdale."
OF CALVIN J. SHORTT
by P. Davidson-Peters
Scrapbook 45-000-056-3; Box 20; Mower Co. Hist.
C.J. Shortt passed away
this morning at 12:30, Nov. 27, after a brief
illness. He had no pain, but peacefully fell
asleep. His death was caused from a general
breaking down of his vital forces. Mr. Shortt has
been an active man in the higher walks of life
for many years, and died full of honors. He was
Juctice of the Peace for the First ward, at the
time of his death. He was also postmaster in
Austin at an early day.
The funeral will be held on
Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Congregational Church,
Rev. C.E. Wright to preach the sermon. C.J.
Shortt came to Minnesota in 1856, and settled in
Northfield, Rice Co., where he engaged in
surveyng. He was appointed postmaster there that
year, serving until the spring of 1857. He was
born in East Calais, Washington county, Vermont,
Jan. 30, 1831, was educated in the Vermont State
University where he graduated in 1854. He
commecnced the study of law in 1857 with
Batchelder & Buckham at Faribault, and was
admitted to the bar in 1858. He remained in
Faribault until the spring of 1859, when he came
to Austin. He soon after formed a partnership
with Ormanzo Allen, which he continued for
several years. He was elected County Attorney in
1860 and served four years. He again filled that
office in 1865 and 1866, and again in 1869 and
1870. In 1869 he removed to the town of Dexter,
where he was engaged in agricultural pursuits six
years when he opened a law and real estate office
at Browndale, in company with J. M. Weiser. In
1878 he returned to Austin. He was married in the
fall of 1861, at Northfield, to Isabella Stowell.
They have four children, named Kittie A. Lee,
Edith M., Jennie S., and Philip H. Shortt.
by P. Davidson-Peters
Mower County, MN Transcript |
Wednesday November 18, 1908
Philip H. Shortt whose
death we noted last week was born in Dexter
township east of Brownsdale, July 23, 1869. He
was the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. C.J.
Shortt and was the sixth Philip Shortt in
successive generations. When he was about two
years old his folks moved into Brownsdale and six
years later to Austin. Here he grew up learning
the printer's trade under C.H. Davidson in the
Register and Transcript offices. In 1895 he went
to Devil's Lake, ND and bought the News and ran
that paper until three years ago. He sold the
paper in 1905 and went to Ross, ND and ran a
paper there until two months ago, when he moved
onto his farm near Ross for the winter. He also
had a claim four miles from Ross. He had gone to
Williston for final papers and while taking a
walk with a friend, Dr. Belyea of Devil's Lake,
they came across a wounded deer. The doctor shot
the deer with his revolver to put it out of
misery and while Mr. Shortt was stooping over the
deer one of the hunters who had shot the deer
fired at him shooting him through the heart
causing instant death. The hunter's name was
Clayton Yankins and he was warned twice not to
shoot as there were men near the deer. But the
third time he raised and fired. He has been
arrested by the state authroties for manslaughter
in the first degree.
Mr. Shortt enlisted in Co.
M. of the North Dakota regiment in 1898 and was
in the Philippines a year. He was in two active
battles and was first sergeant of his company.
His health was never good after his return and
recently a pension was granted to him. He was
buried on the Verterans' plot at Devil's Lake
Sunday, Oct. 8 with military honors. Funeral at
the Catholic chruch. Mr. Shortt was married in
March 1902, to Miss Nellie Hanley of Winona, a
normal graduate. She taught school in Austin
several years and he met her here first. She and
one son, Philip, aged nearly five years, survive.
Mr. Shortt's mother and three sisters survive.
The sisters are Mrs. Edith Cruise of Kansas City,
Kas., Mrs. Kate A. Singer of Pomona, Cal. and
Mrs. Jennie Richardson of Jersey City, NJ. The
mother and Mrs. Richardson attended the funeral
at Devil's Lake. Mr. Shortt belonged to the
Woodmen and to the Knights of Pythias.
Mrs. Elizabeth V.
Veth, daughter of Edward and Sarahann Smith, was
born at Lake City, Ia. The 28th day of August,
1879, and passed away in her home June 22, 1952,
at 8:45 a.m., at the age of 72 years, 10 months,
She was united in
marriage in 1894 to Albert Knapp, who passed away
two months thereafter.
Two years later,
in 1896, she was married to Richard Neagle, who
preceded her in death at their home, Artesian,
S.Dak., in April, 1914.
To this union were
born three children one daughter and two
sons. The infant daughter died at the age of
Elizabeth was then
united in marriage to John Veth Jan. 8, 1916, in
Tulsa, Okla., and moved to Lake City shortly
afterwards where she spent the remainder of her
She is survived by
two sons, Thomas J. Neagle and Frank W. Neagle,
of Nemaha, 12 grandchildren and two
great-grandchildren, one brother, Frank Smith, of
Early; one sister, Bessie Rowan, of Artesian,
S.Dak.; one half brother, John Chandler, of
Spirit Lake; several cousins, other relatives and
a host of friends.
Mrs. Veth was a
member of Woodlawn Church of Christ for 52 years.
She will not only be missed by her loving husband
and children who cared for her so patiently
during her illness, but by all who knew her.
were conducted Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock
at the Woodlawn Church of Christ by the Rev. Leon
Triggs. Burial was in Lake City cemetery.
Veth was born in Holland May 19, 1880 and passed
from the earthly life at McCrary-Rost Hospital in
Lake City on July1, at the age of 76 years. He
was the son of John and Elizabeth Smith Veth.
He came to the
United States in 1901 and lived in various parts
of the country before coming to Iowa where he was
married to Elizabeth Neagle at Boone, on January
16, 1916. They farmed in South Dakota for six
years and then made their home in Lake City in
Mr. Veth became a
Christian in Holland as a boy. He was a member of
the Odd Fellows Lodge in Lake City.
He was preceded in
death by his wife Elizabeth in 1952.
He is survived by
two step-sons; Thomas Neagle of Nemah; Frank
Neagle of Schaller; 12 grandchildren and 8 great
grandchildren. He is also survived by two
brothers: Henry and Peter Veth both residing in
will be conducted from Woodlawn Christian Chruch
by the Rev. Howard D. Prather on Thrusday, July
5, at 2:30 p.m. Music will be by Mrs. Darryl
Johnson and Mrs. A.M. Short. Interment will be in
Lake City cemetery under direction of Farber and
Ottoman Funeral Home of Sac City.
Dixon, IL | March
Death of an Early
Mrs. Mary J. Johnson, widow
of the late *Henry E. Johnson of Palmyra, died in
Meriden, Iowa, Saturday morning, of paralysis.
to-morrow the remains will be brought to Woosung
by railroad and from thence to the Sugar Grove
church, where the remains will be buried by the
side of those of her husband.
Her maiden name was Mary J.
Wheat, daughter of Josiah Wheat, one of the
earliest settlers in China township, this county,
and she was married to *Wm. Johnson in December
1848. Deceased leaves four children, De Forest,
Franklin F., Florence R. (wife of Josiah Baker)
and Miss Addie A.
husband was Harvey E. Johnson (1819-1887)
22 Mar 2013
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