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James L. Hendren
This obituary was furnished by Arlene McBrien of Watertown, SD
From the Woodstock, Pipestone County , MN newspaper
Scanned and edited by George William Hendren Sr.

May 24, 1935

The death of James L. Hendren a Civil War veteran and long time resident of southwestern Minnesota occurred about six o'clock Saturday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. P. H. Daniels, in, Woodstock. Mr. Hendren had been in failing health for a long time owing to his advanced age, and was confined to his bed the last week. He had reached the age of ninety-one years, five months and nine days.
     James L. Hendren had a continuous residence in Minnesota of 78 years.

A native of North Carolina, he was born in Eagle Mills, Iredell County, North Carolina, on December 9, 1843.

As a child, he moved with his parents to Boone County, Indiana, and later to Cedar Falls, Iowa. In 1855, the family moved to Wabasha County, Minnesota, where James grew to manhood.

At the call to arms to preserve the union, James L. Hendren volunteered his service. He enlisted in Company G., 8th Minnesota Regiment on August 13, 1862, served with distinction for 3 year's until mustered out in August 1865.

During the latter part of the great struggle, he was in General Sibley's command, and engaged in a frontier campaign in which the army crossed the country to the west and penetrated as far as Idaho against the red skins.

With return of peace, Mr. Hendren settled in Reed Landings, Wabasha County, and for 2 years experienced the life of a river man.

He later farmed in the same County. In 1878, he moved to the western part of the state, settling in Murray County, where he engaged in Agriculture until 1886, the date of his settling in Woodstock.

For 5 years he farmed, and in later years conducted a livery and feed stable. He was constable of his precinct for 23 years, and for 20 years served as village marshal.

He was a member of Stephen Miller Post No 139, G.A.R of Woodstock until the Post was abandoned. Then he became a member of Simon Mix Post of Pipestone.

In Wabasha County, October 16, 1869, he was united in marriage to Mary M. Sheeran. 13 children were born to this union, 6 of them, preceded him in death namely: 'Mrs. Elizabeth Hughes, Jno, Florence, Arthur, Walter and George. His wife died November 14, 1924.

The surviving are: Mrs. Alice Johnson, Balaton, Minnesota; James and Frank, of Minneapolis; Earnest of Sisseton, South Dakota; Mrs. Agnes Daniels, of Woodstock; Fred of Pipestone; and Mrs. Mae Waltman, of Millville, Minnesota.

Her grandparents raised Mrs. Stella Hartley after the death of her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Hughes.

He leaves 33 grand children, and 26 great grand children. His wife preceded him in death 11 years.
At the time of his death, he was 92 years, 5 months and 9 days old.

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at nine o'clock at St. Martin's church, Father Hennekes officiating. Burial took place in the Catholic Cemetery. Members of the American legion here and Pipestone attended the funeral in a body, also the Auxiliary. The American Legion holding their ceremonies at the grave.

Fred Dickey, Frank Nothem, Henry Hinz, Frank Weston, T. O'Rourke and Gerald Hoog were pall bearers, and members of the Legion. Joe Loger and F. A, Melcher acted as flag bearers.
Relatives and friends from a distance were: Mrs. Stella Hartley, of Mankato; Mr. and Mrs. George Hendren, of Watertown; Mr. and Mrs. James Hendren, of Florence, South Dakota; Mrs. Allie Johnson, of Balaton, Minnesota; Mrs. Mae Waltman, of Melville, Minnesota; Jim and Frank Hendren, of Minneapolis; Mrs. Nell Hendren and sons, Vincent and Bob, of Minneapolis; Mrs. Fred Hendren and family, of Pipestone; Mrs. James Sheerin and son and daughter, Joe and Olga, of Slayton; Mr. and Mrs. Jno Lowe, Mr. and Mrs. Miles Lowe, Mrs. Minnie Stein, of Slayton; Mr. and' Mrs. Alex Lowe, Mr. Jno Mihen and son Frank, of Hadley; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Malone, of Egan, South Dakota; and Mr., and Mrs. John Hall, and daughter, Roy and Dorothy, of Kingsley, Iowa.

Grandpa Hendren was a kindly man, who had many friends; and all are saddened by his departure.


The relatives of the late James L. Hendren desire to extend they're thanks to friends and neighbors for kindness shown them in their bereavement. Thanks are especially extended to the Legion post for service and courtesies rendered.  The Children.

George William Hendren Sr.

November 17th, 1925
Death of Mrs. James Hendren Occurred Saturday Morning.
Funeral Today.

Death claimed an old and esteemed resident of Pipestone County Saturday morning at 11 o'clock, when Mrs. James Hendren, mother of Fred Hendren of this city, dropped dead at her home at Woodstock. Though she had been in rather feeble health for sometime, her death came as a sudden shock to relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at St. Martin's church at Woodstock at 8 o'clock this, Tuesday morning, and the burial will be in the Catholic cemetery at that place. Six sons of the deceased, George, James, Walter, Arthur,
Fred, and Ernest, will act as pallbearers.

The late Mrs. Hendren was born in Indiana, and at the time of her death was 75 years, 1 month and 2 days old. At an early age she moved with her parents to Minnesota, fifty-seven years ago was united in marriage to James Hendren at Wabasha, Minn. They moved to Murray County some fifty years ago and
settled on a homestead. For the past forty years Mr. And Mrs. Hendren have made their home in the village of Woodstock.

She is survived by her husband, James Hendren, a well known Civil War veteran of this county; also by seven sons and three daughters; George, James, Arthur and Walter, all of Minneapolis; Fred of Pipestone; Earnest of
Woodstock; Frank of Wisconsin; Mrs. Fred Waltman, Miles City, Montana; Mrs. P. H. Daniels, Woodstock. All of the children will be present at the funeral.

Also surviving are 32 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; and two sisters and two brothers as follows: Mrs. Jas. Lowe, of Slayton; Mrs. John L. Soules, St. Paul; Jas Sheeran, Slayton; Miles Sheeran, Rainier, Oregon.

The Brothers and sisters will attend the funeral, with the exception of the last mentioned, who is in too feeble health to make the long trip.

George William Hendren Sr.

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July 23, 1956 - Last Rites Today for Henry W. Houselog

Henry William Houselog passed away on Thursday, July 19, at the farm home of   his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Blomgren, near Elkton in Brookings County, S.D.

Funeral services were held today (Monday) at 1 p.m. at the Blomgren farm home and at 3:30 at the Walz & Geise Funeral Chapel in Pipestone.  Fr. Thomas Mechienberg was in charge.  Burial took place in St. Martin's Catholic cemetery in Woodstock.   Mrs. Borghild Ferguson was the vocalist with Mrs. Myra Christian as accompanist [sic] on the organ.  Pallbearers were Joe Houselog, Jr., Donald Houselog, Dennis Houselog, Clarence Blomgren, Jr., Harry Blomgren, Jr., and Robert Warner [sic Werner].

The late Henry Houselog was born on Oct. 12, 1866 in Bellevue, Iowa, and had reached the age of 89 years at the time of his death.  He was married to Lena Demuth at East Dubuque, Ill., on April 4, 1894.  The couple made their home in East Dubuque until 1909 when they moved near Hatfield, where they were engaged in farming.   In 1940 the late Mr. Houselog moved to Elkton and had lived at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Clarence Blomgren since that date.

Surviving relatives include four daughters:  Mrs. Mary Vanderah (Mary Ann), of East Dubuque, Ill.; Mrs. William Warner [sic Werner] (Louise), of Lake Benton; Mrs. Clarence Blomgren (Margaret) of Elkton; and Mrs. Harry Blomgren (Angeline), of Hendricks; three sons: Joe of Holland, Walter of Pipestone, and Elmer of Ward; also forty-seven grandchildren, 60 great grandchildren and 11 great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife on July 3, 1937; one son, John; three brothers and two sisters.

John Houselog

July 6, 1937 - Page 1
Mrs. Henry Houselog Dies Saturday Afternoon; Funeral at Woodstock Today

The death of Mrs. Henry Houselog, well known and highly esteemed resident of this county, occurred at her home two miles east of Hatfield about 5:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon.
     She had been in poor health for almost a month, suffering from heart trouble, but was up and about her household duties for the last week.  She had been in Pipestone Saturday afternoon, and returned to her home about four o'clock.   When her husband came in from the field a couple of hours later, he found her lifeless body on the bed.

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock at St. Martin's Catholic church at Woodstock, with Rev. Edward Scheuring officiating.  Her four sons and two eldest sons-in-law acted as pall bearers:  John, Joseph, Walter and Elmer Houselog, Henry Vanderak [sic Vanderah] of East Dubuque, Ill., and William Werner of Pipestone.

Lena Josephine Demuth was born May 14th, 1866 in Grant county, Wisconsin.  She was 71 years, 1 month and 19 days old at the time of her death.
     She grew to young womanhood in Wisconsin, and on April 4th, 1894, she was united in marriage with Henry Houselog of Dubuque, Iowa.  They lived there until the spring of 1909 when they moved to Burke township in this county, where they have made their home since that time.

She was a kind and loving wife and mother, a generous and helping friend and neighbor, never too tired or busy to lend her helping hand.  She was a devoted member of the Catholic church and active in all church work, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She leaves to mourn her death her husband and eight children:   Mrs. Mary Vanderak [sic Vanderah] of East Dubuque, Ill.; John, Joseph and Elmer of Woodstock; Mrs. Louise Werner, Mrs. Angeline Blomgren and Walter Houselog of Pipestone; and Mrs. Margaret Blomgren of Elkton, S.D.

There are also thirty grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.  One brother, Joe Demuth of Dubuque, Iowa and one sister, Mrs. John Weber of Bellingham, Minn., also survive.

John Houselog

From The Pipestone Leader June 13, 1907:

Marius Swansen died at his home near Holland, at 9:30 last Friday evening, of pneumonia, aged 43 years.  He leaves a wife and six children to mourn his death, all of whom have the the (sic) heartfelt sympathy of the entire community in their sorrow.  The widow is a sister of Mrs. C. Hansen of this city.  The funeral was held at the home Saturday last, and the remains were laid to rest in the Holland cemetery.

[This was my great-grandfather.  We used the spelling "Swendsen".]
Carol C. Eddleman

From The Pipestone Leader Oct. 24, 1907:

Two young men were called from our midst last week--Chris Swendsen and James Wilkenson.   The former died Tuesday Oct. 15.  Short services were held at his home north of Holland at two o'clock p. m. Thursday, by the Danish Lutheran minister of Ruthton, after which services were held in the German Lutheran church in Holland, by Rev. Albrecht.   The death of this young man was doubtly (sic) sad for the reason that his father died only a few months ago and Chris was the oldest boy in the family...Carol C. Eddleman

From PCS Jan. 15, 1937:

AGED MAN DIES WHILE SHOVELING: Death of Jens P. Mikkelsen at Holland
Tuesday; Funeral Saturday Afternoon

While engaged in the act of shoveling snow near his home in Holland, Jens P. Mikkelsen succumbed to a heart attack early Tuesday evening.
   Funeral services are to be held at the Presbyterian church in Holland at 1:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon, followed by interment in the Holland cemetery.
   The late Mr. Mikkelsen was born in Denmark Aug. 23, 1864, and had reached the age of 72 years, 4 months and 19 days.  He had been a resident of the Holland vicinity for thirty-four years, and was highly regarded by a large circle of friends.
   Surviving are his widow and six children.  A more complete obituary will be published in a later issue of the Star.

[This was my great-grandfather on the other side of the family.]
Carol C. Eddleman

From The Pipestone County Star Jan. 26, 1937:

The death of Jens P. Mikkelsen occurred at his home at Holland, Minn., on Tuesday evening, Jan. 12th.  Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the home and 1:30 at the Presbyterian church with Rev. R. Robt. Elkin conducting the services.  Sam Conrad, Eric Conrad, George Ziegler, H. G. Klingbile, Henry Johson and Will Thomssen were pall bearers.  Interment was made in the Holland cemetery.

Jens Peter Mikkelsen was born in Denmark, August 23, 1864, and as a youth seventeen years of age, came with his mother to Minden, Nebraska.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Denmark.

On Nov. 8, 1888, he was united in marriage with Marie Hansen, of Omaha, Nebraska, living in that city for a number of years before moving to Iowa.  From there they moved to Minnesota, just south of Holland, until twenty-four years ago they moved to the place which has since been his home.

He leaves to mourn his passing, a loving wife, three daughters and three sons, nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  The children are: Mrs. Anna Swendsen, of Hinckley, Minn.; Mrs. Caroline Priebe, Slayton; Mrs. Bertha Viera, Santa Cruz, California; Carl Mikkelsen, Los Angeles, California; Hans Mikkelsen, Van Nuys, California; and Alfred at home.  One infant preceded him in death.

He was a loving husband and father.  A host of relatives and friends...

Carol C. Eddleman

November 22, 1945:
Mrs. Mikkelsen Dies Here Tuesday

Mrs. Marie Mikkelsen, a long time resident of Pipestone county, died at the Ashton memorial hospital Tuesday morning after a long illness.  She entered the hospital on Sept. 15 for treatment for a heart ailment and later suffered a stroke of paralysis.  She was 76 years old.  No arrangement have been made for the funeral.

Surviving are three daughters: Mrs. Nels Swenson of Hinckley, Minn., Mrs. Bertha Seamands of Los Angeles, and Mrs. Arnold Priebe of Slayton; and three sons: Carl and Hans of Los Angeles and Alfred at home.

[This was my great-grandmother.]
Carol C. Eddleman

Pipestone County Star, April 13, 1928:


"The death of Mrs. Paul Sorenson occurred at her home at Ruthton on Tuesday night of this week.  About a month ago, Mrs. Sorenson met with an accident, resultiing in one of her hips being broken, and her health had been failing since that time.  The deceased was a sister of Mrs. Chris Hansen, and aunt of Mrs. Frank Newcomer of Pipestone.  Relatives from here will attend the funeral services which will be held at the home at Ruthton this Friday afternoon.  The burial will be at Holland."

Pipestone County Star, April 20, 1928:

"Funeral services for Mrs. Dorothea Kristine Sorensen will be held at Ruthton tomorrow afternoon at the home and at the Danish church.  Mrs. Sorensen passed away Tuesday evening, April 10.  Dorothea Kristine Nelson was born in Denmark December 22, 1862, and she grew up and was married at that place.  She emigrated to America where, after the death of her first husband, Mr. Swanson (ed. note: Marius Swendsen), she married again to Paul Sorensen.  She has lived for many years a happy and useful life in Ruthton until five weeks ago when she had the misforune to fall on the ice, breaking her leg.  Since that time she has been confined to her home and after five weeks of suffering, she passed away there.  She is survived by her husband, Paul Sorensen, two sons, Adolph and Nels, and two daughters, Mrs. F. W. Ziegler and Mrs. Wm. Udelhoven."
[This was my great-grandmother.]

Larry Delbert Dagel, died Nov. 23, 1994
--Source, Bulletin from the funeral.

LARRY DAGEL was born to Glen and Johanna (Fransen) Dagel on February 15, 1933 at Sibley, Iowa. He moved with his family to Lake Benton, Minnesota when he was two years old. He was raised and attended various schools in the Lake Benton area. On July 3, 1953 he was united in marriage to Deloris Nielsen at Ruthton. Larry then served his country in the United States Army from 1953-1955, spending nearly one year in Germany. When he returned, Larry was employed on a farm near Ruthton. Since 1970, he has worked for Christianson Implement Company in Tyler, Minnesota.

His death came on Wednesday, November 23, 1994 at the Royal C. Johnson Veteran's Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the age of 61.

Larry was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Ruthton. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and dancing.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife Deloris of Ruthton, Minnesota; two sons, Steven and his fiancee Kathy Lonien of Ruthton, Minnesota and Wayne and his wife Lori Dagel of Ruthton, Minnesota; two daughters, Barbara and her husband David Popowski and Vicky and her husband Stanley Popowski, all of Ivanhoe, Minnesota; 12 grandchildren, Adam, Nancy, Elizabeth and Andy Popowski of Ivanhoe, Brent, Jared and Nicholas Dagel of Ruthton, Jackie, Sandy, Jeff, Justin and Chelsea Popowski of Ivanhoe, and two special children, Dustin Teague and Brandon Lonien, both of Ruthton; a brother, Rex Dagel of Lake Benton; and a sister, Mary (Harold) Resen of Pipestone, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his Parents.

James Hutchinson

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From the ENTERPRISE, a local newspaper, dated March 1, 1906,#39 comes the following obituary:

C.C. Fuller Passed Away Sunday Morning

Last Sunday morning after an illness of a week's duration, C.C.Fuller passed away at his home northwest of Edgerton. Several different times during the past few months he was taken quite ill, each attack leaving him weaker, and it was known that when he was first taken with the last illness that the end was near. The deceased was among Pipestone county's first settlers and was a true and upright man who will be greatly missed among his neighbors and friends.

The funeral services were held in the Congregational Church of Edgerton on Tuesday. The Rev. C. A. Sharp, a fellow member of the Knights of Pythias, preaching the funeral sermon assisted by Rev. I. Willoughby. The text was taken from I Cor. 15-26. "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is Death."

U.S. Grant Post G.A.R. and the K. of P. lodge took charge of the interment, the remains being laid to rest in the Edgerton Hillside cemetery. Below we publish the obituary:

Carleton Cleveland Fuller was born in Stratford, New Hampshire, February 6, 1836. His parents were direct descendants of the Pilgrim Fathers, their early ancestor being Dr. Samuel Fuller who came over on the Mayflower. Mr. Fuller's early life was spent in his native state, New Hampshire. After leaving school he was employed by the Mercantile Firm rising from one position of trust to another till he became head salesman and confidential clerk. At the beginning of the Civil War, he was among the first to respond to his country's call enlisting with the three months' men.

At the expiration of his term of service he reinlisted for three years or during the war, in the 13th New Hampshire Regiment. He was in a number of severe engagements and was badly wounded at the Battle of Fredricksburg and was in the hospital for several months. When sufficiently recovered to be sent home, he received an honorable discharge, and returned to his native town; again entering the firm of Danforth & Co. where he remained 'till he established a lucrative business of his own.

In 1859 he was united in marriage to Mrs. Angelina Knapp Forbes, a widow with one daughter, the present Mrs. T.J.Butterfield. From this marriage two children were born, a daughter dying in infancy and E.A. Fuller of this place. During their early married life, both Mr.and Mrs. Fuller united with the Baptist Church and were consistent and honored members. He always took an active interest in politics and filled important political positions representing his district in the state legislature. In the year 1877, he left New Hampshire and came to Iowa where he remained for nearly two years, after which he came to this place to live permanently. Mrs. Fuller passed away July 7th,1888, and was a noble Christian woman and a most exemplary wife and mother. Besides his son, daughter-in-law, grandchildren and step-daughter there are left to mourn the loss of our departed friend one brother and two sisters living in Iowa.

Mr. Fuller was a kind, honest and intelligent gentleman, a most indulgent father, oblidging neighbor and true friend and he will be sadly missed in each relation of life. He was a valued member of the G.A.R. an organization fast passing over to the great majority. He was also an esteemed member of the Knights of Pythias, and was greatly interested in each of those societies, this interest in each of these orders, as their kindly services show."


We take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks to all those who so kindly assisted us in our late bereavement. We wish especially to thank the Veterans in Blue for so tenderly officiating at the "last call" of their departed comrade and for the beautiful floral abbreviation G.A.R. letters that for all time, shall stand for patriotism, honor and loyalty. We also most cordially thank the Edgerton lodge No.98 Knights of Pythias for the true Christian spirit of Brotherly love that prompted them to aid all they possibly could during the sickness and at the obsequies. Their lovely floral emblem will always remain with us in memory. We thank the singers for their sweet music, feelingly rendered, and all the kind friends who belong to neither order who so untiringly assisted us and those who participated in decorating the church and all those who gave the beautifully arranged cut flowers.

Let our dead and beautiful rest,
Let them sleep in Heavenly peace,
In their slumber so sacred and deep

E. A. Fuller and Family
Ellen Forbes

[Mr. Fuller died on 25 Feb 1906. He and his wife, Angelina Knapp Forbes Fuller, are buried in Hillside Cemetery, in Edgerton, MN, as is their son, Edwin Augustus. Fuller, who died one year after his father.]

Meg Lindberg

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