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*Females are listed with birth surname in parentheses, if known.

1956 Nelson, Charles
Reynolds, Lottie (Smith)
1964 Carlson, Charles
1968 Nelson, Albert O
1970 Gundahl, Leila (Ady)
1989 Teaquist, Lulu (Holland)
1996 Ring, Florence (Down)
1997 Bauer, Herbert C.
        Gotberg, Karin (Henrickson)
Clark, Dorothy M. (Story)

Herbert C. Bauer

ODEBOLT, Iowa - Herbert Charles Bauer, 69, of Odebolt died Thursday, Dec. 11, 1997, at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, Iowa.
     Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Martin Catholic Church in Odebolt, with the Rev. Allan A. Reicks officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today, with a rosary at 6:30 p.m., and a Scripture service at 7 p.m., at the Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home in Odebolt.
     Mr. Bauer was born Nov. 3, 1928, in Arthur, Iowa, the son of Jacob and Frances (Miller) Bauer. He graduated from Odebolt High School in 1946.
     He married Maxine Pudenz on June 28, 1954, in Odebolt.
     He was employed at the grocery store in Odebolt for many years, purchasing it in 1971. He operated Herb's Foodland until retiring in 1979. He worked for the Sac County Golf & Country Club for five years.
     He was a member of St. Martin Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed family time, golfing, playing cards, and watching sporting events.
     Survivors include two sons and their wives, Gerald and Kathy of Sumner, Iowa, and Tony and Gedget of Odebolt; a daughter and her husband, Mary and Mark Peterson of Dassel, Minn.; six grandchildren, Gabrielle and Jacob Bauer, Casey, Katie and Luke Peterson, and Samantha Bauer; two brothers and their wives, Louis and Vivian of Waterloo, Iowa, and Clement and Jean of St. Louis, Mo.; and two sisters, Frances Kraus of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Marcella Pierce of Omaha, Neb.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two brothers, Gerald and James; and two sisters, Margaret Henrich and Lucille Sampers.


The Odebolt Chronicle, VOLUME 68, NUMBER 9, MARCH 1, 1956
Chas. Nelson Succumbs Saturday
Odebolt Loses Pioneer Variety Store Merchant, In Business Here 40 years

Charles Nelson, 81, one of Odebolt's few remaining pioneer merchants died suddenly Saturday afternoon after a brief illness.

Mr. Nelson had opened his place of business as usual that morning and had visited with several friends. Later in the morning he did not feel well and returned to the Brower hotel, where he has made his home the past two years. He declined to have a doctor called and retired to his room to rest. He was found dead a short time later.

Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 28 at the Presbyterian church in Odebolt. The Rev. Peter DeBeer conducted the services. Edward Korneisel was vocalist and Mrs. Jesse Purdy organist. Mr. F. W. Mattes and Mrs. Ira Martin had charge of the flowers. Members of Wheeler lodge attended in a body and George Dresselhuis conducted the Masonic reties.

Interment was in the Odebolt cemetery with Masonic graveside services. Wayne Stratton, Harry Carlson, Lowell Brower, Oscar Larson, Neil Currie and Charles Teaquist were attendants.

Charles Nelson was born near Marss Misterhult, Sweden, Sept. 12, 1874 and died Saturday, Feb. 25, 1956 at the age of 81 years, five months and 13 days.

He came to this country before he was 17 years old. He first lived with his uncle in Sioux City, Ia., and later found employment on the Cook and Wheeler farms near Odebolt. He was also employed in Odebolt at the Ahlberg Grocery and the William Sampson Boston Store.

He purchased the Boston Store from Sampson in 1916 and has been in the variety store business in Odebolt for 40 years.

He became a naturalized citizen at the age of 22. He was married in 1905 in Marengo, Iowa, to Margaret Butterfield, a teacher in Odebolt public school, who preceded him in death Jan. 31, 1954.

Shortly after his marriage he united with the First Presbyterian church of Odebolt and was a faithful member until his death. He was a long time member of Wheeler Lodge No. 349 A.F. and A.M. of Odebolt.

He is survived by his daughters, Burdette, Mrs. Fred I. Norton of Omaha, Neb. and Carla, Mrs. George W. Wallett of Des Moines,. and three grandchildren.

(The following editorial appeared in the same issue of
The Odebolt Chronicle as Charles Nelson's obituary)

     Charlie Nelson is dead! Charlie Nelson, a name that for the past 53 years, has been as familiar to every person that ever lived in Odebolt as the names of the days of the week.
     Charlie Nelson, the friend of old and young, who with each penny's worth of merchandise gave a hundred fold in friendship, humor and sometimes advice.
     A man who served three generations of children, always with a smile. Who, when urged after the death of his wife, to leave Odebolt and make his home with his daughter replied, "No, I want to live where people still call me Charlie."
     Yes, Charlie was like that, and now that he is gone we'll miss his smile and his congenial nature.
     To many persons his passing is not only the loss of a friend, but marks the end of an era, the end of one of the few remaining links to their childhood and youth.
     I have seen death too often to believe in death. It is not an ending, but a withdrawal. As one who finishes a long day's work, turns off the lights, locks the door, and walks up the path to the home that awaits him.


copied from the Sioux City Journal, Thursday, Jan. 4, 1968
Albert O. Nelson - ODEBOLT, Iowa - Albert Oscar Nelson, retired farmer, 85, of Odebolt, died Wednesday afternoon at a hospital in Sioux City, where he had been a patient for 17 days. Mr. Nelson was born Aug. 26, 1882, in Sac County. He was a lifelong Odebolt area farmer. Survivors include three sisters, Mrs. Otto Bergren, Kiron, Iowa; Mrs. Esther Conquist, Odebolt, and Mrs. Richard Pottiger (sic), Omaha, Neb,; four brothers, Elmer and Francis, both of Odebolt, Sidney of Lake View, Iowa, and Glenn of Holstein, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Moller Funeral Home in Odebolt. The Rev. Palmer Seilstrom, pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Odebolt, will officiate. Burial will be in Odebolt Cemetery. 
Born Albert Oskar Nilsson. Never Married.


MRS. LOTTIE SMITH, (nee Reynolds) - Lottie, daughter of  Lottie Elliot and John E. Reynolds was born in Odebolt, Iowa on May 7th, 1891, and passed away in the Community hospital, Grinnell, Iowa on October 7th, 1959 at the age of 68 years and 6 months.

Lottie was unfortunate never to know a mother's love, her mother having passed away when she was but three days old. At this time she was taken into the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Reynolds of Grinnell, Iowa. It was here she lived until the passing of her grandparents, when she was fourteen years of age; she then made her home with her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Howell of the Sugar Creek community.

She graduated from the Grinnell high school with the class of 1910, after which she took a business course in the Grinnell Academy, later she worked in the office of the Spauding Mfg. Co.

On September 6th, 1911, she was united in marriage to Wesley Ray Smith. To this union three children were born: Luverne Reynolds, Betty and Virginia.

She joined the Congregational Church of Newburg in 1946, retaining her membership here until the time of her death. She was also a member of the Newburg Congregational Women's Fellowship, and a member of the Ladies Aid of the Hickory Grove E.U.B. Church and the Hickory Grove Home- maker's Club.

Lottie had been in poor health for a number of years, but in spite of this she had always been cheerful and courageous. Her husband preceded her in death on May 7,1931.

Survivors include one son and two daughters, Luverne Reynolds Smith, Mrs. Everette (Betty) Cooper, and Mrs.& Mrs. Lawrence (Virginia) Stanley; seven grandchildren, and one great grandson.

Also surviving are two brothers, Ben and Gene Reynolds, and six sisters, Mrs. S. L. Howell, Mrs. J. W. Wagenblast, Mrs. A. Brown, Mrs. F. Krusen, Mrs. D. C. Ross, Miss Alice Reynolds, and an aunt, Mrs. Sadie Reynolds.


Taken from the Sioux Falls Argus Leader Sunday, November 22, 1970, page 2.

Joseph Gudahl - (Wife, Leila Ady) - Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the Miller Funeral Home for Joseph Gudahl, 77 of San Pablo, Calif. who died Saturday in San Pablo.

Mr. Gudahl was born July 6, 1893, at Howard, S.D. and later attended Sioux Falls College. He married Lelia Ady at Howard May 29, 1919 and the couple farmed near Oldham until 1923, at which time they moved to Sioux Falls. Mrs. Gudahl died in 1967. On Feb. 4, 1970, he wed Ruth Fjellestad at Reno, Nev., and the couple had since lived in California.

Survivors include his widow; two daughters, Mrs. Arthur Pellatier, Yonkers, N.Y., and Mrs. Darwin Rehms, Dayton, Ohio; a son Roger, Phoenix, Ariz; two sisters, Mrs. Christine Graverman and Mrs. Rudolph Clemetso, both of Sioux Falls; three brothers, Oscar Slayter, Wyop, and Samuel and Hugo, both of Howard, and four grandchildren.

Joseph married Ruth Pederson, daughter of Kristoffer Pederson and Kari Kjerpeseth, on 14 Feb 1970. (Ruth Pederson was born on 19 Jun 1898 in Miner County, Rural Howard, SD, USA, died on 13 Mar 1980 in McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD, USA and was buried in 1980 in Belleview Cemetary, Howard, SD, USA.)
Joseph also married Leila Ady on 29 May 1919. (Leila Ady was born on 19 Dec 1895 in Odebolt, Iowa, USA, christened in 1967, died on 4 May 1967 and was buried on 8 May 1967 in Rolling Hills Cemetery.)


Florence Lulu (Holland) Teaquistwas born on MAR 16 1905 in Douglas Twp, Polk Co., IA. She died on MAY 15 1989 in Sac City, Sac Co, IA. She was buried on MAY 19 1989 in Odebolt Cem., Odebolt, Sac Co, IA.

Florence "Holly" Teaquist, 84 died on May 15, 1989 in Sac City, Iowa. Holly was born March 16, 1905 at Bondurant, Iowa, daughter of Anthony Wayne Holland and Zoa Stakey Holland. She graduated from Elkhart High School, and from Drake University in Des Moines. She taught school in Runnells, Baxter, Humboldt, Winterset and Odebolt.

On June 13, 1951, Holly was married to Charles A.Teaquist. They wintered in Weslaco, Texas, for over 20 years until Charles ill health forced them to return to Iowa permanently.

Holly was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Odebolt, Tuesday Club, OES #349 serving as Worthy Matron in 1957, and was Grand Electa of Iowa in 1960. She was Mother Advisor of the Rainbow Girls for many years. She also served a trustee of the Odebolt Public Library and had been a member of the Business and Professional Women's Clubs of Iowa. She recently volunteered at Colonial Manor.

Holly is survived by Ruth and Gene Hull of West Des Moines; William and Billie Teaquist of Duncanville, Texas; Jeff and Debbi Hull of Farmers Branch, Texas; Doug and Debbie Hull of Dallas, Texas; her brother Norman Holland of Barnett, Missouri; brother-in-law Gerry Haner of Windsor Heights; nieces Marilyn Halterman of Carlisle, Diane Lovan of Shawnee, Kansas, Susan Herrman of Overland Park, Kansas and several great nieces and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Guy and sister Irene.

Eastern Star Services were held on Thursday, May 18, at 7:30 P.M. at Farber and Otteman Funeral Home by Chapter No. 349 O.E.S.  Funeral services were held on Friday, May 19, 1989 at 10:30 A.M. at the First Presbyterian Church in Odebolt with Rev. Jane Newstead officiating. Music was provided by congregational singing and Mrs. Rick Votrobeck playing the organ.

The flower committee was Mrs. Slater Brockman and Mrs. Hilma Fertig.  Honorary attendants were Dwight Meyer, Bartley Ogden, Emery Smith, George Dresselhuis, Cris Barkley, Dr. John Hubiak, Russell Paulsen and Donovan Determann.  Active attendants were Rick Votrobeck, Curtis Raasch, Bruce Raasch, Kevin Carstensen, Steve Loger, and Robert Thayer.

Burial was in the Odebolt Cemetery.

(from: Family Origins) She was married to Charles Andrew TEAQUIST (son of Albert Swenta TEAQUIST and Amanda Josephine BERGIN).  Charles Andrew TEAQUIST was born on NOV 13 1897 in Odebolt, Sac Co, IA. He died on JAN 22 1985 in Ida Grove, Ida Co, IA. He was buried in Odebolt, Sac Co, IA.


Ring, Florence (Down) died April 29, 1996 at The Terraces of Los Gatos. She was 86. Born May 20, 1909 in Odebolt, Iowa, she attended Morningside College in Sioux City and received her nursing degree from Evanston Hospital in Illinois. She began a private nursing career and then worked for Commonwealth Edison in the Chicago area. Ring served in the 12th Army Division in Africa during World War II and in England during the Korean War. Married to Conrad Ring in 1970, she settled in Los Gatos in 1973, where she became active in the First United Methodist Church, the Community Hospital of Los Gatos Auxiliary and the Newcomers and Elks clubs. She is survived by daughter June Steiner-Lyon of Los Gatos; son Ron Ring of Altamonte Springs, Fla.; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and sister Helen Carson of Moline, Ill. Private memorial services will be held at a later date, with arrangements by the Neptune Society. Donations may be made to the Memorial Fund of the First United Methodist Church of Los Gatos, 19 High School Ct., Los Gatos, 95030. (This article appeared in the Los Gatos Weekly-Times, May 8, 1996.)


Karin Virginia (Henrickson) Gotberg
(from Faber & Otteman Funeral Homes funeral card, United Methodist Church; Services were December 16, 1997; burial Odebolt Cemetery)
     Karin Virginia Henrickson Gotberg from Odebolt, Iowa was born September 29, 1914, in Odebolt, to Edlef and Emma (Anderson) Henrickson.  She was confirmed in the Odebolt Covenant Church.  Karin graduated from the Odebolt Public High School.  She taught schools in the Odebolt area.  Karin lived and worked in Boulder, Colorado for five years before her marriage to Lloyd Gotberg on August 31, 1943 at Omaha, Nebraska.  They lived in the Odebolt community for most of their married life where Karin worked as a bookkeeper for many years, retiring from the Odebolt Elevator after 12 years of employment.
     Karin was a member of the Odebolt Covenant Church. She was active in the Covenant Women's and Sunday School programs.  After the Covenant Church closed, she joined the Odebolt United Methodist Church.
     On December 11, 1997, Karin passed away at the Odebolt Rehab and Nursing Home at age 83. 
     She was preceded in death by per parents, sister, Lois Neville, and step father, J.D. Cornish.  Survivors include her husband, Lloyd, daughter, Kathryn Peper of Santa Clarita California; two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.


(Dorothy M. Story) Ben O. Clark Jr., 88, passed away on Friday, September 25, 1998 following a six year battle with cancer. Ben was born on November 21, 1909, the son of Ben and Frona Clark in Clear Lake, South Dakota. He graduated from Lyons High School in Lyons, Nebraska in 1928, then attended the University of Nebraska and Wayne State Teachers College. He was married to Dorothy M. Story on March 27, 1935 in Odebolt, Iowa. She preceded him in death on July 16, 1997 (from:


The Odebolt Chronicle, VOLUME 76, NUMBER 26, JUNE 25, 1964

Charles Carlson Funeral Held Here Saturday

Funeral services for Charles Hugo Carlson were conducted Saturday morning, June 20, from Christ United Presbyterian church of Marshall, Minn. with the Rev. Dr. Gene Siekmann officiating. A second service was conducted from First Presbyterian church of Odebolt with the Rev. Peter DeBeer officiating. Soloist for the Marshall service was Mrs. Laurel Hugg accompanied by Mrs. Gene Siekmann. Pallbearers were Ulrich Meyer, Jacob Janzen, Clarence Mohn, John and Gordon Erickson and Jerry Murphy. Burial was in the Odebolt cemetery.

Charles Hugo Carlson, 81, was the eldest of six, born to Carl Julius and Charlotte Nicholson Carlson. He was born in Sweden January 17, 1883. Death came in the early morning on June 18, 1964 at the Weiner Memorial hospital in Marshall, Minn., after a brief illness.

As an infant, Charles was baptized in the Christian faith and was later confirmed in the Lutheran church. When he was about four years old he came with his parents to the United States. His father farmed in Pocahontas, and the Odebolt and Herring communities. Mr. Carlson received his education in rural schools near Odebolt. Upon completion of his schooling he continued to farm at home until his marriage. He was married to Mary Gleming at the bride's home near Boyer January 15, 1913. They had four children, all of whom survive.

After their marriage the Carlsons farmed near Herring for about three years and then moved to Lyon county, Minnesota where they farmed until moving to town in 1933. For the next 20 years Mr. Carlson was employed by the Minnesota Highway Department in the Maintenance div.

He was a member and officer of the Town Board in Fairview township and had been an officer of the Farmers Union. He was a member of the Presbyterian church for 47 years. He was an Elder in the Christ United Presbyterian church in Marshall. He was church treasurer for 20 years, 20 years as Scribe and for 17 years was church custodian.

Mr. Carlson is survived by his widow, Mary at home, three sons, Lloyd Q. Carlson of Crown Point, Ind., Kenneth W. Carlson of Ogden, Utah, Charles W. Carlson of Chicago and his only daughter, Mary Ann, Mrs. Merl Larsen of South St. Paul, Minn. Also surviving is one brother, John A. Carlson of Arthur and two sisters, Mrs. Lillie Fleming of Denison and Miss Anna Carlson of Odebolt.


Visitors Sunday of J. A. Carlson and Anna Carlson were Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Lingle, Mrs. James D. Fleming, Mrs. Grace Fleming, Mrs. John Lind of Denison and Mrs. Alice Fleming of Vail.



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