Selected Obituaries

from Adams County and Area Newspapers

OAKES, George Surname: CANBY, COVEY, EARL, HOARD, MOELLER, OAKES, O'HORRO, PECK, PIERCE From the Adams County Press, Volume XLV Number 39, Saturday April 28, 1906, Page 1 A Prominent Pioneer Dies George OAKES, of Twin Valley, Adams county, died at his home the 18th. Though his health had been somewhat precarious for some time his friends had no expectation of so sudden a call. The day before he had been working on the farm, sowing seed, but apparently the exertion was more than he could endure. He spent a restless night,being up most of the time. About 3 o'clock in the morning he went to the kitchen to get a drink. His wife heard him fall and calling their son Jasper ran to his assistance. He was dying when they reached him and before they got him back to bed had ceased to breathe. George OAKES was born in Penobscot Maine in 1842, coming to Point Bluff, Adams County, in 1855. In 1861, before he was twenty, he enlisted at Kilbourn in the Columbia County Rifles, later Company D 4th Wisconsin Cavalry. Major Guy PIERCE of Kilbourn being a member of the same company before his promotion. In the same regiment and serving together during the war were Ex-Governors HOARD and PECK and the late Carl MOELLER of Kilbourn. Mr. OAKES was a daring soldier, and owing to those qualities was detailed at New Orleans by General CANBY to serve as a scout with the famous Major I. M. EARL, a former Adams County man. This band of scouts was instrumental in subduing the lawless bands of guerillas and ruffians of the gulf area, and Mr. OAKES was among the most daring. he served three years and then returned to Adams County. In 1865 he married Miss Annie O'HORRO, who survives him. he leaves three sons, George, Edward and Jasper, all residents of Adams County, and one daughter, Mrs. Maggie COVEY, of Hawarden, Iowa. Mr. OAKES was one of the family of seventeen children, thirteen of whom lived to maturity. George OAKES was an ideal soldier and carried the effect of the best influences and discipline of the model soldier into his subsequent civil life. He had served with honor and distinction on the county board, and held various town offices. In all of his public relations he was distinguished for unwavering fidelity to the highest principles of manhood, and to the integrity of upright citizenship. As a companion and neighbor he was held in highest esteem by all who knew him. (obit continues) ODELL, John A From the Adams County Press, Saturday July 17, 1897, Page 4 Column 3 John A. ODELL, of Necedah, died in that village last Sunday, aged 68 years. He was a member of Co. K. Thirty-eighth Wisconsin Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers, under Capt. MARSDEN. OLESON, Margaret Margaret OLESON, d. 1907 Surname: OLESON From the Adams County Press, Saturday February 9, 1907, Page 1 Margaret OLESON died at the Adams County Poor House on the 30th day of January, 1907, of consumption. Aged 70 years. --H. H. Mason, overseer OLESTON, Mrs. Anna Mrs. Anna OLESTON, 1845 - 1920 Surname: BREDESON, HARRIS, OLESTON, OLSON From the Thursday July 29, 1920 Necedah Republican, Page 4 One of the oldest and most active members of the Trinity Lutheran church at Roche-A-Cris, Mrs. Anna OLESTON of Strongs Prairie township, died Saturday morning, July 17, 1920. The funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the west church and interment was made in the cemetery by the church, Rev. A. J. Raftshol officiating. She was born in Vaaler, Salor, Norway June 24, 1845, and has lived in Strongs Prairie township for 40 years, the family settling on their farm about four miles northwest of Arkdale in 1880. For some months her health had been declining gradually, but no one expected that the end would come so soon. On June 24th last she celebrated her 75th birthday anniversary surrounded by friends and relatives from far and near. About a week before she died she was suddenly taken sick after returning from morning worship at the church, and rapidly grew weaker and passed away peacefully in the faith of her Savior. Deceased was one of the most active members of the North side Ladies Aid Society, serving years ago as its president, and rendering efficient service in an official capacity otherwise. She was a member of the Lutheran church from childhood days, being baptized and confirmed while residing in Norway. She was one of those many Christian mothers who have consecrated their lives for the Master's service, especially in the home and in the church. She never shirked the duties and responsibilities of motherhood, but was self-sacrificing and faithful. She considered herself happy in having the privilege of caring for her home and training her children in the fear and admonition of the Soul. This was her true station in life, a position accorded her by God to fill her place in the home, the church and the community. She leaves to mourn the loss of a tender sister and dear mother, two sisters: Mrs. P. B. OLSEN of Arkdale and Mrs. HARRIS of Evanston, Illinois; three daughters: Mrs. Otto BREDESON of Arkdale, Mrs. Mattie OLESTON of Milwaukee, and Miss Minnie OLESTON of Strongs Prairie township; and four sons: Ole OLESTON of Nashua, Montana, Charles OLESTON, Cashier of Farmers Home Bank, Wautoma, Peter and Albert OLESTON of Strongs Prairie township; also an adopted son, Andrew OLESTON, Assistant Cashier of Farmers Home Bank, Wautoma; and four stepsons: Anton and Emil OLESTON, Hancock, and Martin and John OLESTON, Wautoma; 26 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Mrs. OLESTON's position socially was thus remarkable, but she was one of those quiet, unassuming individuals that are not conscious of anything great. She was meek and lowly in her work as a Christian, having no righeousness of her own, but by faith through fellowship with Jesus Christ. This faith supported her in her life work, this faith carried her through the valley of the shadow of death victoriously into life eternal. All the relatives named above, except the son from Montana, and many of the grandchildren and some of the great-grandchildren were present at the funeral. OLESTON, Peder Peder OLESTON, d. 1969 Surname: NEUMAN, OLESTON From the Adams County Times, March 27, 1969, Page 1 Peder OLESTON, Arkdale, passed away Monday, March 24, at 2pm at the Riverview Manor Nursing Home, Wisconsin Rapids. Services will be held today, Thursday March 27, at Trinity Lutheran church, Arkdale, with Rev. Richard Halom officiating. Burial will be in East Arkdale cemetery. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Richard NEUMAN, Minnetonka, MN. OLSON, Lars d. 1895 Surname: HOLM, OLSON, From the Adams County Press, Saturday, September 7, 1895, Page 5 Lars OLSON, a brother of the late Andrew O. HOLM, for so many years county clerk of this county, died at his home in Strongs Prairie on Wednesday of last week. The funeral was on the following Friday. Mr. OLSON was an industrious and worthy citizen. and highly respected in the community where he resided. OLSON, Ole Surname: OLSON, BARNSON, HAGEN, AANES, HUGHES, IVERSON, FLATEN, MCNAIR From the Adams County Press, Saturday March 16, 1912, Page 4 Ole Olson, a pioneer resident of the town of Strongs Prairie, died at his home in the village of Arkdale on Wednesday, February 29th, aged 84 years, 9 months and 16 days. Mr. Olson was born in Christiansand, Norway on May 13th, 1827, and at the age of 22 years emigrated to this country, coming to Milwaukee, where for a year he worked his trade (shoemaker). He then moved to Green Bay where Otto Tank had organized a colony of Moravians. In 1851, he was married to Miss Inger Barnson at Green Bay, and shortly after, they moved to Stoughton, where they lived about three years coming from there and settling on a farm near Arkdale, now owned by his son, Benedict. Mr. Olson was truly a pioneer, his was one of the first and best farms in the town of Strongs Prairie. He was a tireless worker, a good manager and a skillful agriculturalist. A man of the highest character, of a kind, neighborly and pleasant disposition, he held a place in the respect and esteem of the community scarcely ever gained and held by an individual. His was a long, useful life, of duty well performed, of work accomplished. About twenty years ago Mr. Olson sold his farm and lived for a year in Portland, North Dakota, then coming back to Arkdale, where he has since resided, among his old friends and neighbors, enjoying their society and rest and peace in his declining years. To Mr. and Mrs. Olson ten children were born as follows: Benedict and Mrs. Susie Hagen of Arkdale; Mrs. Louise Aanes, Mrs. Marie Hughes, Mrs. Celia Iverson and Mrs. Inez Flaten, of Minnesota; Otis of Starbuck, Canada; Mrs. Ella McNair Samuel of North Dakota; one son, Arthur, died about fifteen years ago. All the children except Mrs. Celia Iverson and Samuel, who were detained by illness in their families, were present at the funeral. Mr. Olson is also survived by fifty-five grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Arkdale on March 6th, conducted by Rev. Borgen of Whitehall, Wisc., and Rev. H. H. Hagen of Arkdale. The community sincerely mourns with the bereaved wife and children in their sorrow. OPPEDESAN, Gertrude Mrs. Gertrude OPPEDESAN 1900-1969 Surname: BAUMEL, SACK, WANEK From the Adams County Times Thur. March 20, 1969 P1 Funeral services were held for Mrs. Gertrude Oppedesan, Adams, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Adams, Wednesday, March 12, at 2 p.m. Rev. Floyd E. Gogolin officiated and burial was made in Mount Repose Cemetery, Friendship. Mrs. Oppedesan passed away on Sunday,March 9, at the age of 68 years at the Nursing Care Unit of Adams County Memorial Hospital, where she had been a resident for about a month. Mrs. Oppedesan was born in the town of Paris, Kenosha Co. Aug. 9, 1900, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Sack. She was baptised in the Lutheran Church in Bristol. She was confirmed in the Lutheran Church near Warrens. On Oct. 6, 1919, she was united in marriage to John Oppedesan at Tomah. To this union were born 2 children, a son, John Oppedesan Jr., Adams, and a daughter, Mrs. Shirley Baumel, Sparta. She leaves to mourn her husband, John; her son and daughter; a sister, Evelyn Wanek, Pensacola, Fl. and five grandchildren. Mrs. Oppedesan was a charter member of the Immanuel Lutheran Ladies Aid. She was also a member of the Homemakers Club, the Chicago and Northwestern Women Club and of the American Legion Auxilliary. OSBORN, Walter Source: Abstracted (not the complete obit) from the Adams County times, Aug. 6, 1937 Surnames: Davison, Hale, Morgan, Nogle, Osborn "Death of Walter OSBORN, 48, at Wyocena Sanitarium" Walter OSBORN of the town of Lincoln, Adams county, died Sunday, July 25, 1937 in the Wyocena Sanitarium of chronic myocarditis ( a disease of the muscular wall surrounding the heart) at the age of 48 ears, 7 days. The remains were taken to the home in Lincoln township where funeral services were held, Wednesday afternoon, July 28, with Rev. B. A. ZIMDARS of Westfield officiating and Roseberry Brothers directing. He rests in Pine cemetery where others of his family have been laid to rest. Walter OSBORN was born July 18, 1889, in the town of Lincoln and was the youngest son of Leroy and Margaret OSBORN, both of whom preceded him in death. He grew to manhood on the Osborn homestead and on June 3, 1910 was united in marriage to Miss Pearl HALE, who survives him. Three children were born to this union: A son Vern, who preceded his father in death, passing away in August, 1927 and two daughters, who live and share with their mother the grief that death has now brought to the family. The daughters are Mrs. Vile DAVISON and Mrs. Hazel MORGON. Other surviving relatives are a sister, Mrs Emma NOGLE, and a brother, John OSBORN. Mr. OSBORN was a kind and loving husband and father and was held in high esteem in the community where his entire life had been passed Card of Thanks We take this way of expressing our grateful appreciation of the many kindnesses we have received from neighbors and friends in our great bereave,emt/ Especially should we mention Rev. B. A. ZIMDARS, the pall bearers, Roseberry Brothers and others who visited....Mrs. Walter Osborn and Daughters OSBORN, Mrs. d. 1890 Mrs. OSBORN, d. 1890 Surname: OSBORN, POLIVKA From the Adams County Press, Saturday Nov 8, 1890, Page 4 From the Lincoln News Column: Leroy OSBORN went to Michigan a few weeks ago, to bring his mother here to take care of her. She was in very feeble health, and he expected to have returned with her last week, but just as they were about ready to start, she had another stroke of paralysis that delayed them. On Saturday Mrs. OSBORN got a letter from him, stating that his mother was dead. Mrs. OSBORN lived here a good many years, and was respected by all. She had a father and one sister here. From local news on the same page: John POLIVKA bought last Saturday the farm known as the old Charlotte OSBORN place. OTTOSEN, Margaret Surnames: Baumgartner, Ottosen Abstracted from the Adams County Times and Friendship Reporter, Wednesday Feb. 6, 1980, Page 8A Margaret Ottosen, 86, of Milwaukee, died Jan. 30 at Prospect Health Center. She was born Sept. 15, 1893 in the Adams Co Town of Richfield to Louis and May Baumgartner. She married Charles O. Ottosen October 14, 1913 in the Juneau Co Town of Cutler. Survivors include seven children, a brother and a sister, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her husband Charles preceded her in death in 1939. Funeral services were held Feb. 2 at Roseberry's Funeral Home, Father. Angelo Comoretto officiating. Interment was in Mt. Repose cemetery.
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