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Perham Enterprise Bulletin

Perham, Otter Tail County, Minnesota

September 2000


James John Aamodt, 65, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, at his residence at 150 Mt. View Dr., Swanton, VT 05488. Jim was born in Fargo, N.D. April 7, 1935, the son of Percy and Cecilia (Grommesh) Aamodt. He graduated from Barnesville High School in Barnesville, Minn. and also from North Dakota State University. On Aug. 8, 1959, he married the former Twylah M. Franklin who survives him. For thirty years Jim was associated with the United States Department of Justice, retiring in 1990 as a Special Agent for the U.S. Border Patrol. On Sept. 4, 1990, he became associated with the United States Marshall Service and was assigned as a court security officer at the Federal Building in Burlington. Due to his illness he retired in June of this year. He served his country during the Korean Conflict in the United States Army and was an active member of the American Legion, Green Mountain Post One in St. Albans and served as the Legion’s financial officer for several years. He was a devoted member of the The Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and served as a commissioner and sexton of St. Mary’s Cemetery for ten years. He was also a member of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, Barnesville, Minnesota Council. In addition to his wife Twylah of forty-one years, Jim leaves his mother, Mrs. Cecilia Aamodt of Barnesville, Minn.; a son, Michael Aamodt of North Hero; three daughters: Loree Garceau and her husband Randy Reed of Sheldon and Kristie Aamodt of Bakersfield; four grandchildren: Tammy, Kelsey, Britney and Missy, all of St. Albans; and a very special family friend, Mary Beaulieu of Swanton. He was predeceased by a daughter, Tammy Rae Aamodt on March 7, 1987. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Aug. 30, 2000, at The Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Interment followed with full Military Honors in the Aamodt family lot in St. Mary’s Cemetery. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 5 p.m. in Barnesville, Minn. at the Assumption Catholic Church. Gifts in Jim’s memory may be made to Missisquoi Valley Rescue, PO Box 22, Swanton, VT 05488, or to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, 150 Kennedy Dr., South Burlington, VT 05403.

The Perham Bulletin

Perham, Otter Tail County, Minnesota
Thursday, February 19, 1903

Mrs. J. N. ADLEY
Mrs. J. N. Adley, mother of L. R. Adley, formerly principal of the Perham schools, died at the residence of her son in Buffalo, Minnesota, on February 4th, at the advanced age of 75 years. The remains were brought to the town of Maine and placed beside those of her departed husband.

Perham Enterprise Bulletin

Perham, Otter Tail County, Minnesota

September 21, 2000


Funeral services were held for Esther Aho on Saturday, September 9, 2000 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in New York Mills, Minn. with the Reverend T.A. Esala and Reverend David Cloeter officiating. The hymn “Blessed Assurance” was sung by Greg Esala, Marsha Slieter and Keith and Bev Esala. The hymns “ Amazing Grace”, “Be Still My Soul” and “I Know My Redeemer Lives” were sung by the congregation, accompanied by Lorna Rohr. The pallbearers were grandsons: Michael Aho, Patrick Aho, Timothy Aho, Darrell Esala, Jack Esala, Keith Esala, Greg Esala, Scott Daulton, David Daulton, Tom Daulton, Kurt Wilson, Randy Wilson, Erik Keranen and Peter Keranen. Esther was laid to rest in Grace Lutheran Cemetery, Sebeka, Minn. Esther Impi Aho was born on December 23, 1908 at home in Blowers Township, rural Sebeka, Minn. Her parents were the late Charles and Aliina (Nikkari) Tourila. Esther grew up in Blower’s Township and attended the Wadena High School. She worked at Frank Beldo’s Café in Sebeka where she met her future husband, Edward. On August 14, 1928 Esther and Edward were united in marriage in New York Mills, Minn. Their marriage was blessed with five children. Esther and Edward resided in Sebeka, Minn. and in 1945 they became the owner’s of Aho’s Cash Store in Sebeka. In 1961 they moved to New York Mills where Edward was the General Manager for the Lake Region Insurance Company. Edward retired in 1980 and he and Esther enjoyed spending their time together. They celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary in 1995. On September 20, 1995 Edward passed away. Esther has been cared for at the Elder’s Home in New York Mills since 1994. Esther enjoyed cake decorating, sewing, needlework, gardening, ceramics, volunteering and her specialties were baking and cooking. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, LWML, past member at Grace Lutheran Church, Alter Guild, Finnish American Historical Society, Senior Citizens Center, Friends of the Library, Finn Creek. Esther’s most enjoyable vacation was her trip to Finland and she loved spending time at Rush Lake. Esther passed away on September 6, 2000 at the Elder’s Home in New York Mills, Minn. at 91 years of age. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Preceding Esther in death were her parents; husband; sister, Lillian; four brothers: Albert, Eino, Benhard and Ernest; two son-in-laws, Leon Keranen and Richard Wilson. Esther is survived by four daughters: Ardis (Rev. T.A.) Esala of New York Mills; Shirlee (Mert) Daulton of Ottertail; Marilynn Wilson of Staples; Genevieve Keranen of Ottertail; son, Roland (Joyce) Aho of Fergus Falls; 20 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; two great-greatgrandchildren; three sisters: Elma Jacobson of New York Mills, Linda Piekkola of Calumet, Hazel Ritari of Sebeka; brother, Rudy (Ruby) Tourila of Calumet; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. Memorials are preferred to the Trinity Lutheran Church in New York Mills, Minn. Arrangements were provided by the Karvonen & Son Funeral Home of New York Mills, Minn.


 Antoinette Altstadt, age 87, of Perham, MN, passed away Tuesday, February 9, 1999 at the Perham Memorial Home. Funeral services were held on Friday, February 12, 1999 at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Perham with Father David Rieder officiating. Internment was held at St. Henry's Church Cemetery. Antoinette (Nettie) Mary Siebels was born June 13, 1911 at St. James Hospital in Perham, MN. She was the youngest of nine children born to Henry G. and Josepha (Greb) Siebels. Nettie was raised in the St. Joe community, attending St. Joe School for five years and then transferring to St. Henry's, from which she graduated in 1925. After one year in high school, she had to stay home to help her Dad who was a widower. Nettie married Frank Altstadt at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on June 3, 1930. The couple farmed in the St. Joe community for forty-two years before moving into Perham. They were custodians at the Perham Bank for six years. Nettie was a member of Catholic Daughters, Christian Mothers and the Catholic Aid Society. Surviving Nettie are her daughter, Florence Hammers and her son John (Rosie) Altstadt, both of Perham; seven grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren; two sister-in-laws and one brother-in-law. Nettie was preceded in death by her husband Frank of sixty-seven years; her parents; six sisters and two brothers. Nettie always enjoyed a good game of cards with family and friends, after which there was always coffee and goodies.  Arrangements were provided by Schoeneberger Funeral Home, Perham, MN.

The Enterprise Bulletin

Perham, Otter Tail County, Minnesota

Thursday, February 11, 1926


Ben Passes After Desperate Struggle Against Sepsis and Pneumonia - Former Perham Boy Dies Monday in Milwaukee. Benedict A. Alstadt, better known to his friends here as Ben, died at Milwaukee Monday night from an attack of sepsis coupled with double pneumonia. He had been desperately sick for a week and little hope was held for his recovery. The septic poisoning developed from a slight wound caused by stepping on a nail. To further complicate the situation and render his chances of recovery very slight double pneumonia developed. He fought the combined forces of disease for a week before the battle went against him. Ben Alstadt was born and raised in Perham, and had spent practically his entire life in this village. He was educated in the parochial school, attended a short time at high school and took a business course at Little Falls. Returning to Perham he took employment at the Farmers Store, working there about a year and a half. Shortly after the death of his father, Wm. Alstadt in December 1924, he went to work at the Perham Mill in the position left vacant by his father's demise. In November of last year he was married to Miss Farilla Weickert. After a short residence in this village he went to Milwaukee to live, the family having moved there some time before. Ben was 24 years, nine months and seven days of age at the time of his death. He leaves to mourn him, beside his young wife, his mother, his brother, Alois, of Wahpeton, and his sisters, Mrs. John Schmitz, Ann, Molly, Louise, Frances and Katherine, all reside in Milwaukee. An older brother, Leo, died in 1914. The body was brought to Perham Wednesday and taken to the Weickert home, where many friends called to take their last look at the dead and pray for the peace of his soul. The funeral was held this morning at 10 o'clock and was one of the saddest of recent years. Rev. Fr. Haupt officiated in the requiem mass. The church was filled with relatives and friends and many accompanied the body to the burial ground where it was interred in the family lot. St. Henry's Society and the Perham Fire Department attended in a body. The pall bearers who were chosen were friends who had known him all his life. W. J. and Frank Bernauer, B. J. Drahmann, Clarence Jung, Leo Hassler and Paul Miller. Attending the funeral from out of town were his wife; his mother, Mrs. Wm. Alstadt, his sisters, Amalia Frances and Louise of Milwaukee; his brother, Alois and wife, of Wahpeton; Victor Kelly, of Milwaukee; and Dr. Harold Weickert, of Wheaton. His sisters, Ann, Catherine and Mrs. John Schmitz, were unable to come. The death of Ben Alstadt, entering upon young manhood and but recently married, occasioned general sorrow and regret in this community where he was born and reared, and where he numbered a host of friends. The sincere sympathy of all goes out to the young wife and the bereaved mother, brother and sisters, from all their old-time friends.


Perham Enterprise Bulletin

Thursday, June 25, 1964, pg 11

Bertha Alstadt Succumbs Monday At Age 73

Mrs. Bertha E. Alstadt, a resident of the Perham community since 1904, died Monday at Memorial hospital. She was 73. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at St. Henry's church with the Rev. William Doll officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Pat, Mike and John Mullery, Paul and John Krueger and Louis Boedigheimer as pallbearers. The deceased was born June 5, 1891, at Winstead, the daughter of John and Mary (Goetz) Krueger. She married August Alstadt Aug. 5, 1912, and he preceded her in death Sept. 19, 1944. The couple farmed until moving to the village. Survivors include four children, Marcus of Duluth, Mrs. Francis (Mildred) Mullery of Rosemount, Leo of Pine River and Charles of Perham; four brothers, John Krueger of Garrison, Frank Krueger of Seattle, Wash.; Joe Krueger of Perham and Norbert Krueger of Bismarck, North Dakota; five sisters, Mrs. Charles Guggenbicker of Enumclau, Wash., Mrs. Thomas Gehrman of Centralia, Wash., Mrs. Hugo Boedigheimer of St. Paul, Mrs. Louis Wagner of Minneapolis and Mrs. William Renner of Minneapolis; and nine grandchildren.

Fergus Falls Daily Journal

January 17, 1964 pg 2, col. 4

Funeral Rites Saturday for Edward A. Alstadt

Funeral services for Edward A. Alstadt, 72, city shoemaker, will be held I l a . m. Saturday at Our Lady of Victory Catholic church. Burial in the church cemetery. Mr. Alstadt died Thursday morning at his home. Born Dec. 22, 1891, at Perham, he grew to manhood there and married Mildred Kanne at St. Joseph Catholic church, rural Perham, on June 28, 1920. They farmed in the Perham area until 1927, when they moved to Fergus Falls, and he went into the shoe repair business, which he operated up to the time of his death. Mr. Alstadt served with the Army in World War I. He was a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic church, and a member of the Catholic Aid association. Rosary will be said Friday evening at 7:30 at the Gearhart Funeral Home. Friends may call at Gearhart's Friday afternoon and evening. Survivors are his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Sam (Rose) Vining of St. Paul; and one grandson. Pallbearers will be Roy Hintgen, Emil Wentzel, Ben DeLagoon, Melvin Quernemoen, George Schmidt and O. A. Welander.

Leo Alstadt, 63, passed away July 26, at St. Francis Hospital in Breckenridge, MN. Funeral services were held Friday, July 29 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Breckenridge with a second service at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Perham with Father Kleinschmidt and Father Kieffer officiating. Interment was in St. Henry's church cemetery. Leo was born March 21, 1920 to August and Bertha (Krueger) Alstadt at Ironton, Minnesota. At the age of three, he moved with his family to a farm near Perham, Minnesota. He grew up and attended schools in the Perham area and later farmed his parents farm. He was united in marriage to Ruth Schornack on June 1, 1948 at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Perham. The couple farmed for a few years and Leo also did some trucking. They then moved to Pine River, Minnesota where they owned a feed store and elevator for a time. They moved to Mora, Minnesota and operated a bar and Leo also worked construction in the Minneapolis area. In 1968 they moved to Breckenridge where they owned and operated the Rock Garden Bar. He sold his business and retired in 1981. Leo was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Catholic Aid of Perham and the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 2749 Wahpeton. He is survived by his wife; 2 sons, Steve and James of Breckenridge; 2 brothers, Marcus of Duluth and Charles of Rosemount, Minnesota; and 1 sister, Mrs. Mildred Mullery of Rosemount.

Fergus Falls Daily Journal

Monday, February 14, 1972 pg 2

Mildred Alstadt

Mrs. Edward Alstadt Services Set Tomorrow

Funeral services for Mrs. Edward (Mildred) Alstadt, 72, a former Fergus Falls resident who died Saturday in St. Paul, will be held at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, Fergus Falls, at 11 a.m. tomorrow. The Rev. Joseph Fridgen will officiate and burial will be in St. Otto's Catholic Cemetery, Fergus Falls. She was born March 2, 1899, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Kanne. She married Edward Alstadt at St. Joe near Perham June 28, 1920. She lived in this community from 1927-1970. In 1927 the couple moved to Fergus Falls after farming in the Perham area. Her husband operated a shoe repair business and after his death in 1964, Mrs. Alstadt continued to live in Fergus Falls. She lived for the past 1 1/2 years with a daughter in St. Paul. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Samuel (Rose) Vining, St. Paul; two brothers, Mersene Kanne, Billings, Mont., DeWitt Kanne, Brooten; two sisters, Mrs. James F. (Norma) LaPlante, White Fish, Mont., Mrs. Loretta Lewin, White Fish, Mont., and one grandchild. Friends may call at the Nilson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls today. There will be a parish Bible vigil at 8:30 p.m. today.

Marcus J. Alstadt, 70, of 1343 90th Ave W., died Monday while vacationing in Blythe, California. He was born in Perham, Minnesota, and was a longtime resident of Duluth. He had retired in 1974 after 28 years with U. S. Steel's former Duluth Works. He was an Army veteran of the European Theater during World War II. He was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Parish, Duprey-Alexander Post 137 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, West Duluth Post 71 of the American Legion, St. Henry's Catholic Aid Society, the Great West Association, United Steelworkers of America Local 1028 and the Morgan Park Community Club. Surviving are his wife, Rosalie; two daughters, Marilyn Fleming of Duluth and Arlene Alstadt of Brooklyn Park, Minn.; a sister, Mildred Mullery and a brother, Charles, both of Rosemont, Minnesota; and two grandchildren, Renee and Ryan Fleming, both of Duluth. A brother, Leo, died in 1983. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Margaret Mary Church. Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. and recitation of the rosary at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Filiatrault-Foley Funeral Home.

Charles Altstadt

Rosemount custodian leaves legacy of love

NEWSPAPER EDITOR'S NOTE — The following article was written shortly after the death of former Perham resident Charles Altstadt, who was born June 21, 1926 in Perham, and died May 6, 198S at Rosemount, Minnesota. He is the son of August and Bertha Altstadt and is survived by one sister, Mildred Mullery. Rosemount Elementary School isn't the same place it was Monday morning, said Principal Terry Langager. "We're a family here and now one of our family members is missing." Charles Alstadt, 58, the school's head custodian for more than 19 years died suddenly at the school Monday of a massive heart attack, Langager said. The Thursday before, Alstadt had been honored by the entire district staff as one of the district's three outstanding employees. He planned to retire in December. "It was just like a light bulb lighting up in my head," Langager said when the district was seeking nominees for the honor. "He's the only one that came to my mind. The timing was just beautiful. If we had waited until this week it would have been really sad not to have Charles there." The plaque Alstadt received from the district hangs in the school as a reminder to the children and staff of the friend they lost. But they don't need the reminder. Alstadt is on by Jane Roberts everyone's mind. "The teachers broke the news to their students Tuesday morning," said Langager. "Some called home, some were crying and others wanted to go home." "He used to kid around with us all the time especially at lunch," said Bill Monahan, a fifth-grader. "He knew everyone's name and if anyone had a problem, Charlie was there. He was half janitor and half psychologist." "He cared about all the students like we were his children," said Paul Vorwerk, another student, who still rides his bike past Alstadt's house looking for his friend like he's done all his life. "He did his job real well and he made us all feel comfortable especially the new kids in school," said Bill Albright, who already misses Alstadt's daily joking. For Langager Alstadt's death is like losing his own father again. "My father was a building chief so I have an understanding of what building chiefs go through. Sometimes they feel like no one really appreciates them. Charles and I hit it off really well right from the start. It's like I had a second dad. "It hasn't really hit me yet. But it will when I walk down a hallway and see some painting we were going to do together this summer or some playground equipment that needs repair. Now we won't have that. "Rosemount Elementary is one of the oldest schools the district has, but it's been the best-kept building in the district," Langager said. Although Alstadt never married, Langager said he had a wife. "It was Rosemount Elementary School. He'd be here at night to check things over and I know he drove around the school at night to make sure all the windows were closed. When he was on leave for his hip surgery last year he would walk around the building to make sure all was well with his baby." "Alstadt had no history of heart trouble," said Langager. "He was feeling fantastic. He brought cookies to school for us Friday morning and all day Friday he was just beaming." Monday, when Alstadt collapsed, school nurses from Rosemount Elementary and Rosemount Middle School were at his side. When their attempts to bring Alstadt back were futile, he was rushed to Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville where he was pronounced dead. "He was a loving person," said Sarah Powers, a student. "When I go by his room I feel an emptiness in my heart." Alstadt was buried in Perham, Minnesota. He is survived by his sister, Mildred Mullery, and nieces and nephews.

Perham Enterprise Bulletin

Thursday, August 8, 1928

Death Claims Charles Altstadt After Week's Sickness—Was Prominent Locally

Charles Altstadt passed away at the hospital Friday morning after an illness of a week's duration. He was taken sick the previous week with an obstruction of the bowels. He was brought to the hospital but his condition was such that it was impossible to operate him early Friday morning. Mr. Altstadt was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and was 61 his last birthday. He came to Perham with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Altstadt and grew up on the old homestead in the St. Joe country. Mr. Altstadt was prominent in local affairs. He was secretary of the Dent Creamery company and up to a year ago of the Farmers' telephone company. Several years ago he ran for the legislature and was unsuccessful. He was a trustee of the St. Joe church, of the St. Joe aid society and clerk of the school district. He was also a director in the Perham fair association and interested in its operation. Surviving him are the following children: Mrs. John Goyke, Mrs. Henry Krekelberg, Gus. Altstadt of Crosby; Mrs. Lawrence Zierhut of Minneapolis; Albert, Cecelia and Edward, of St. Joe. Mrs. Altstadt passed away about ten years ago. His surviving brothers are: Wm. Alstadt of Perham, George and Joe Altstadt of St. Joe Parish, John Altstadt of Duluth and Louis Altstadt of Red Lake Falls. The surviving sisters are: Sister Blondina, St. Joseph's Minn., and Mrs. John Heembrock of Canada. The funeral was held Monday at 9 A.M., at St. Joe church and was largely attended, many of his friends in Perham going out to pay him the last tribute of respect and honor. The requiem high mass was sung by Rev. Fr. Scheiner and his body was borne to the grave in the parish cemetery by Henry Siebel, Balz Schmitz, Anton Gerber, John Seifert, Jake Lachowitzer and John Krueger.

Perham Enterprise Bulletin

Thursday, July 2, 1908

Death of Mrs. Chas. Alstadt.

On Saturday the sad news of the death of Mrs. Chas. Alstadt of Edna was reported, having quietly passed away at the hospital, as a result of a stroke of paralysis, which befell her on Tuesday. Mrs. Alstadt was a kind and loving mother and well liked by all in her community. She was a devout catholic and died in the faith in which she believed. Mrs. Alstadt was 53 years of age and being a resident of Edna for a number of years and had formed extensive acquaintances. She leaves a husband and six children to mourn her loss. The funeral services were held from the St. Joe church Monday, after which the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery adjacent the church. The Bulletin joins in extending its deepest sympathy to the bereaved father and children.  

Perham enterprise Bulletin

Thursday, September 21, 1944 pg 1


August L. Alstadt died from a heart attack Tuesday about 7:35 P.M. while working in the corn field at his farm in Otto township. Mr. Alstadt, who had been suffering from heart trouble, was engaged in gathering corn in the field with his son Charles when the stroke, which was instantaneously fatal, came. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Henry's church. The rosary will be recited at St. Henry's tonight at 7:30 p.m., also at the home where the body will lie in state this evening. Mr. Alstadt was born Nov. 23, 1883, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Alstadt, residents of St. Joe. He was married to Bertha Krueger and for the past 21 years had been farming in Otto township. Surviving Mr. Alstadt are his wife and the following children: Marcus, who is with the army in France, Mildred, Mrs. Francis Mullery of Rosemount, Leo and Charles who are at home. In addition he leaves the following brothers and sisters: Rose, Cecelia and Albert of Minneapolis and Edward of Fergus Falls.


Perham Enterprise Bulletin

Thursday, September 28, 1944, pg 1

Funeral of Gust Alstadt Held Friday Morning

Funeral services for August L. Alstadt were held Friday morning at St. Henry's church, Rev. Fr. Gaulthier, chaplain at the hospital officiating in the absence of Fr. Keaveny. Members of St. Henry's society with which Mr. Alstadt had been affiliated for 40 years, attended in a body. Burial was made at St. Henry's cemetery. Pallbearers were Albert Fritz, Vince Drahmann, Joe Siebels, Mike Buechler, A. J. Boedigheimer and John P. Hoffmann. Attending the funeral from other points were: Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Mullery and two children of Rosemount, Minn., Mr. and Mrs. Albert Alstadt, Mrs. Lawrence Zierhut and Mrs. Frank Ellwood of Minneapolis and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Alstadt of Fergus Falls. Mr. Alstadt, son of the late Charles Alstadt and a native son of this community, was well liked and highly respected by those who knew him. He had been a member of the Triple A committee for 10 years and was a member of the Richdale school board for 9 years.

Perham Enterprise Bulletin, 

Thursday, August 4, 1910

DEATH OF MRS. Genevieve ALTSTADT - Died, at the hospital in Perham, after a short illness, Mrs. John George Altstadt, aged 73 years and 7 months. Of robust health and a rugged condition, she was compelled at last to give up life's cares and take her abode with the angels above. Death, while not unexpected, nevertheless was unwelcomed by the bereaved ones left to mourn the loss of a grand old mother. Genevieve Ott, was born in 1836, in Maryland, in a camp alongside of the track of the first railroad that was built in this country. With her parents she lived until she attained the age of 19 years, when she was married at Johnstown, Pa., to John George Altstadt. In this city of Pennsylvania the couple resided until the year of 1870, when they moved to a homestead in the town of Perham, where they continued to reside until April, 1895, when death stepped in and took away her dearly beloved husband. There was born to bless this union, thirteen children, ten of whom are left to mourn their double loss. Deceased was of a kindly and lovable disposition, charitable to all and none ever entered her home without a welcome nor left without feeling the warmth of a genuine hospitality, so characteristic of the people of her ancestry. Disease did not destroy the charm of a kind and indulgent disposition, nor old age diminish her unselfish solicitude for her friends and loved ones. As the death dew gathered on her brow, around her bedside gathered her "girls" and "boys"—always girls and boys to her, though now grown to mature years with boys and girls around their own fireside. The life so long interwoven with theirs, with tearful eyes they watched as it slowly but surely passed over. The love of a mother for her children passeth human understanding.

Perham Enterprise Bulletin

Thursday, August 30, 1888

Drowning of LEO ALTSTADT

Wolf Lake, a small lake seven miles southwest of this place [Perham] was the scene of an unfortunate accident on Sunday [August 26, 1888]. Eight boys, the oldest of whom was eighteen years old, drove a team of horses hitched to a wagon belonging to John Kuber, into the lake for the purpose of soaking the tires on the wheels [so that the wood would swell up tight inside the metal rims]. Getting beyond their depth and in attempting to turn around, the box was thrown from the wagon, and two boys, Leo Altstadt and Joe Dietrich, aged nine and ten years respectively, were thrown out and drowned. The elder boy, a son of John Kuber was driving, and in attempting to unhitch the horses was struck in the head by one of the horses floundering around and knocked senseless, not coming to until the next day. The rest of the boys clung to the wagon-box and were rescued by some parties in a boat. The body of young Dietrich was recovered the same evening, while that of Leo Altstadt, was not found until the next morning. The funeral took place on Tuesday morning and was largely attended from this place. The sorrowing parents have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in their bereavement. One of the horses was drowned.

Perham Enterprise Bulletin

Perham, Otter Tail County, Minnesota

September 21, 2000


      Memorial services will be held for Verner A. Anderson on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New York Mills, Minn. with the Pastor John Krueger officiating. Music will be provided by Jolanda Anderson and Dr. James L. Danielson, accompanied by Tim Johnson. The honorary pallbearers will be Verner’s grandchildren: Carrie M. Uphus, Davin Anderson, Justin Anderson, Colin Anderson, Zachary Anderson, Jacob Anderson and Emily Anderson and great-grandchildren: Madeline Uphus and Stephen Uphus. Verner will be laid to rest in St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in New York Mills, Minn. Verner Apram Anderson was born on the family farm in Otto Township, rural New York Mills, Minnesota. on May 29, 1911. His parents were the late Charles and Kaisa (Hyry) Anderson. Verner graduated from the New York Mills High School with the distinction of class valedictorian in 1930. After attending the Minneapolis Business College and working on a dairy farm in Eden Prairie, Minn., he returned to manage the family farm in 1932. Over the next several decades he developed a dairy herd of purebred registered Jerseys which became the foundation of the farming operation. Verner had a long and distinguished record of community service aggregating nearly 300 years, serving in various positions in a variety of organizations. His philosophy of the “Cooperative Spirit”, of people helping people, was profound and inspirational to family, friends and associates. Over the years Verner served as a director of Coop Services, Inc., Mills Farmers Elevator; Coop Creamery Assn; Mills Coop Locker Plant; Northern Cooperative Services and Northern Coop Foundation in Wadena and a District Director of the Minnesota Association of Cooperatives. Verner participated as an officer and/or member of the local and state Farmers Union since 1941. He was also the founding member and director of the New York Mills & Heinola Credit Union, currently the East Otter Tail Credit Union. He was the treasurer of rural School District #284 and served on the A.S.C. Committee in East Otter Tail County. He served as clerk of Otto Township for 25 years. He was a committee member of the New York Mills 75th and 100th year anniversary pageants and a supporter and volunteer of the Finn Creek Museum. Verner also served as a financial secretary and on the church council at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New York Mills. On November 26, 1936, Verner was united in marriage with Ann Helen Johnson in Wadena, Minn. Verner and Ann resided together on the family farm in Otto Township for over 63 years. On Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000 Verner A. Anderson passed away at the Perham Memorial Hospital in Perham, Minn. at 89 years of age. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Preceding Verner in death were his parents; a daughter, Carol Ann Anderson; two brothers: Reino and Mauno; seven sisters: Lillian, Hilda, Christina, Hilma, Elma, Fanny and Victoria. Verner is survived by his wife, Ann of New York Mills; four sons: Dennis of Eden Prairie, Minn.; Robert of Hartland, Mich.; Thomas of New York Mills, Minn.; Scott (Jolanda) of Crookston, Minn.; grandchildren include: Davin, Justin and Colin Anderson (Robert); Zachary, Jacob and Emily Anderson (Scott) Carrie and Doug Uphus (Dennis) and great-grandchildren: Madeline and Stephen Uphus. Arrangements were provided by the Karvonen & Son Funeral Home of New York Mills, Minn.



        Clara (Dertinger) Anderson, 92, of Deer Creek (formerly of New York Mills, MN), passed away on Tuesday, December 22, 1998 at Perham Memorial Home. Funeral services were held on Monday, December 28, 1998 at Schoeneberger Funeral Home. Burial was held in Greenwood Cemetery in New York Mills, Minnesota.  Clara was born at Hankinson, ND on November 29, 1906, the daughter of Julius and Minnie (Boe) Link. She was united in marriage to Frank Dertinger in 1925. Frank died March 6, 1942. In June 1950, Clara married William Anderson who died in 1972. Clara was a resident of New York Mills, then lived in Deer Creek for sixteen years. She was a resident of the Perham Memorial Home at the time of her death. Clara was an avid gardener, tended her sheep, did embroidering and crocheting. Surviving Clara was one son, Bud (Darlene) Dertinger of Wadena, MN; one daughter, Rosetta (Harvey) Voge of Deer Creek, MN; two sisters: Mrs. Esther Eichman of Sioux Falls, SD and Mrs. Ella Hamlin of Sebeka, MN; one daughter-in-law, Edra Dertinger of Sabago Lake, Maine; seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Preceded in death by son Gordon Dertinger, August 1998 and one brother.Schoeneberger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

New York Mills Herald

Otter Tail County, Minnesota

February 2001


Lenore M. Anderson, age 87, died January 23, 2001 in Golden Valley, MN. Funeral services were held Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 12 noon at Gearty-Delmore Robbinsdale Chapel in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. Interment was in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens, Crystal, Minnesota. Lenore was born September 2, 1913 in New York Mills, Minnesota to Fred and Lydia (Anderson) Anderson. She lived in the area until finishing the eighth grade. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Darlene and John Zuccaro; 4 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; brother, Harold (Marge) Anderson; sisters: Vergel Anderson and Lorraine (Gene) Peterfeso; and nieces and nephews. Lenore is preceded in death by her husband, Elmer A. Anderson; and a sister, Helen Johnson.

Perham Enterprise Bulletin

Perham, Otter Tail County, Minnesota

November 2000


     Robert “Bob” Arvidson, age 75, of Vergas, Minn., died on Monday, November 6, 2000 at his home in Vergas. Funeral services will be on Friday, November 10, 2000 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Loon Lake, near Vergas. The Reverend Michael Wolters will officiate. Burial will follow in the Vergas Village Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church near Vergas on Thursday, November 9, 2000 from 4 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 4 p.m., also one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. Robert Elsworth Arvidson was born on April 11, 1925, the son of Gilbert and Sarah (Johnson) Arvidson, in Turtle Lake, N.D. He was baptized in the Christian faith as an infant and confirmed on December 16, 1948 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Vergas, Minn. Bob lived and attended school at Turtle Lake, N.D. until he was eleven years old. He then moved to Vergas and attended school in Frazee, Minn. On September 19, 1948, Bob married Alice Poss at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Loon Lake, near Vergas. They farmed together near Lake Lida. Bob was active on church boards, coop boards and country school boards. He was also a 4-H leader. Bob was a dairy farmer for most of his life, also selling cars for Roger Nelson in Frazee for eight years and then for Art Christenson in Pelican Rapids, Minn.. His hobbies included raising ponies and restoring Model A Fords, both of which he enjoyed putting in parades. Surviving Bob is his wife, Alice of Vergas, Minn.; two sons, Charles (Annette) and Douglas, both of Vergas, Minn.; one daughter, Annette (Steve) Gorentz of Dent, Minn.; three granddaughters, Sarah, Carrie and Renae Arvidson of Vergas, Minn.; four grandsons, Jonathan, Joel, Nathan and Andrew Gorentz of Dent, Minn. and mother-in-law, Erna Poss of Vergas, Minn. Preceding Bob in death are his parents; one brother, Irvine and one sister, Marjorie Eberely. Furey Funeral Home, Frazee, Minn., is in charge of arrangements.

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