Selected Obituaries

from Adams County and Area Newspapers

KENT, Joseph Source: extracted (not the complete obit) from the August 6, 1937 Adams County Times Surnames: Carlson, Casey, Erickson, Kent, Meister, Roggie, Stone "John Kent Crushed by Tree...Born and Raised in Strongs Prairie" Joseph KENT, the son of Mrs. Pearl CARLSON of Strongs Prairie, was killed instantly, July 26, when he was crushed by a tree, which he was helping to saw down, while in the employ of M. E. MEISTER Lumber Company, in Sauk county, about ten miles north of Reedsburg. Was ruled accidental by the Sauk county coroner who investigated in the company of Sheriff Gus E. ERICKSON. Mr. KENT and Edward CASEY, 20, also of Strong's Prairie, was sawing a black oak tree which was about 2 feet across when it split and kicked back striking and crushing Joseph according to Mr CASEY. Edward informed the Sauk county officials that he grabbed the saw and ran as soon as he saw the tree split, yelling at Joe to do the same. Other loggers working at various distances in the woods rushed to the scene and sawed through the heavy tree, which was some 40 feet in length, to get the body. This group included Joe's brother, John KENT, 21, who had been employed at the camp for about 3 months. Joe Kent joining him some three weeks ago and Casey about 2 weeks ago. A Reedsburg Physician was called to the scene which was in the town of Winfield on Fred ROGGIE's forty located about ten miles north of Reedsburg on County Trunk R. After an examination, he notified the county authorities. The unfortunate youth was killed instantly, suffering a skull fracture, broken neck and fractured arm as well as the chest and abdomen being crushed, states Dr. FENTON. The body was taken to the Oehlers and Howland undertaking parlors in Reedsburg. Joseph Kent was born in the town of Strong's Prairie, June 16, 1920, the son of Jesse and Pearl Kent. In Strongs Prairie he grew to early manhood and attended the local school until about 18 months ago when he went to Reedsburg to take employment. He leaves to mourn his untimely death his mother, Mrs. Pearl CARLSON, two brothers, John and Martin, one sister, Stella, and a half brother Louis STONE. The funeral services were held Thursday, July 29, 1937 in the church at Strongs Prairie, with Rev. J. T. O'NEILL of Adams preaching the funeral sermon. Burial was made in the Strongs Priarie cemetery. The Roseberry Brothers of Friendship directed the services. KEYES, Mary Source: Adams County Press, Saturday Oct 2, 1897, Page 4 Column 1 Mary KEYES, mother of Mrs. John B. KEYES, died of cerebral apoplexy, at the home of her daughter in this place, on Tuesday last, aged 77 years, 2 months, and 17 days. The deceased had made her home in the family of her daughter for several years preceding her death, and was much respected and beloved in the community. The remains were taken to Rockford, Ill., for interment beside those of her husband who died many years ago. KJYSTOLSON, Christian, d. 1879 Source: Adams County Press March 29, 1879 Surnames: Kjystolson, Tolvstad Fatal Accident: On Sunday last two boys, sons of Mr. Johannes Tolvstad, living in the town of Strongs Prairie, called at the house of Mr Tollev Kjystolson, a near neighbor. Mr. K. and his wife were attending an afternoon meeting in the Thompson School House, leaving their oldest son Christian, a young man about seventeen years of age, at home. The Tolsvstad boys went in the house and remained there some little time chatting with Christian. After awhile the latter went out to attend to his chores about the barn, and the Tolsvtad boys went out with him. The younger of the Tosvstad boys had in his hand a revolver which he kept swinging around very imprudently. In some way the pistol was discharged, the ball striking Christian just under the left ear, and evidently penetrating in an upward direction. The wounded boy fell to the ground, raised himself up, and fell again. The two Tolvstad boys carried Christian into the house, where he immediately expired, without having spoken after being shot. The three boys had always appeared to be warm friends. No ill feeling, so far as known, had ever existed between them, and the one who was the unwitting cause of his friend's death is deeply afflicted and nearly crazed at the result of his carelessness. The deceased was highly respected in the community, and gave promise of a sterling, honest, industious and useful manhood, and his sudden death is a sad affliction to his parents and friends. Note: The Adams County Press was published on Saturdays at this time which would make the date of death Sunday, March 23, 1879. KOENECKE, LEONARD W. Written by Marlene Hintz References: Stevens Point Daily Journal, Thursday, September 19, 1935/ / Mrs. Gladys Koenecke, widow of Len Koenecke, Brooklyn baseball player who was killed in a fight in an airplane over Toronto Tuesday, was formerly Gladys Stoltenberg of Nelsonville. She was expected to arrive at Adams, Wis., Koenecke’s former home, Wednesday evening accompanied by her 3-year old daughter, Annie, and sister-in-law, Mrs. Herb Koenecke, who had met her in Chicago. The funeral will be held at Adams. Burial will be in Mount Repose Cemetery. Leonard George Koenecke was born January 18, 1904, in Baraboo, WI. He played for the Indianapolis Indians in 1930 and 1931. At the age of 28, he debuted in his first major league game on April 12, 1932, with the New York Giants. He joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1934. His personal statistics read as follows: Bats Left, Throws Right, Height 5’11”, Weight 180 lbs. The last game he played in was on September 15, 1935, against the Chicago Cubs.; the Dodgers lost 3-6. Following this game, the team continued their road trip to St. Louis for 5 games against the St. Louis Cardinals. Koenecke’s death is considered one of the strangest deaths in baseball history: After he was released by the Brooklyn Dodgers on this road trip, Koenecke took a plane from St. Louis. Koenecke tried to take the controls from the hands of the pilot. After a struggle with the two-man crew, the pilot hit Koenecke over the head with a fire extinguisher. He was killed instantly. The pilot reported that Koenecke had appeared to be in great distress prior to the take off, and Koenecke probably had been drinking. The pilot was nevertheless charged with manslaughter in Ontario. (Leonard Koenecke was the brother-in-law of my great-great aunt Ethel (Henriksen-Thorsen) Koenecke, who met Gladys and daughter Annie at Chicago.) KORBA, John Source: Adams Times, Friday Nov. 4th, 1927, Page 1 Surnames: Korba, Rosypal "John Korba is Victim of Murder in Oneida Co.; Killed for his Money; Dead Body Found in Woods Near State Fish Hatchery with Bullet in Neck--Deceased Had Nearly $300 When he Left Friendship, Oct. 29" John Korba, who has been living on a farm near Friendship, was shot in the neck and killed by some person unknown, Tuesday or Wednesday, near the state fish hatchery in Oneida county. His body was found in the woods not far from the hatchery on Wednesday with a bullet hole in his neck from which the surgeons removed a small caliber bullet. The indications are that he was shot from behind and that the motive that actuated the murder was robbery. The Oneida county officers are making efforts to lead to the apprehension of the guilty persons. Mr. Korba left Friendship as recently as last Saturday and visited several places in both Adams and Friendship that day. He is said to have taken $300 in cash with him, having in view the making of some investments in the northern part of the state. His friends here advised against carrying so large an amount in currency but Korba did not think there was any danger in so doing. About 75 cents was all that was on his person when the body was found, which lends certainty to the surmise that robbery was the motive for his killing. Mr. Korba was an uncle of J.J. and Frank Rosypal and had other relatives in this county. He also has a sister in California. The remains will be brought here for burial in the cemetery west of Friendship, but full arrangements cannot be announced until the sister in the west has been heard from. The Times learns from Adams relatives that Mr. Korba had a tract of land adjoining a lake resort near Hurley and that one purpose of his trip was to look after this property and possibly to make some improvements upon it.
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