(News March 8, 1900)
Eugene D. Packer died about two o’clock Wednesday morning March 7th, 1900, of heart failure.
He was born Sept. 2nd 1859, at Morenzie, Michigan. He lived for several years at Watertown and came to Gettysburg with his wife and one child in 1886, going into the drug business. He has been one of the prominent men of the town since. He was a charter member of Gettysburg Lodge, A.O.U.W., and carried $2000.00 insurance in that order. Mr. Packer was around as usual Tuesday, attended town election and kept his store open late Tuesday evening, his family retiring at their usual hour. About two a.m. Wednesday morning, Mrs. Packer was awakened by his falling and getting up she heard him breathing heavily down stairs she immediately went down and found him lying on the floor breathing his last. She sent for the doctor and several friends but he was gone before assistance arrived.
He leaves a wife and two daughters Rosa and Jean, surviving him. He was always kind to his family. His parents live at Watertown and were immediately notified. The funeral will not be held until they arrive. The A.O.U.W. will have charge of the funeral.
(News January 4, 1900)
Mrs. Mary Patterson, aged 27 years, died last Friday, after a short illness, from the effects of mountain fever.
Mary Patterson was the wife of Ezra W. Patterson and an early resident of Potter County. She was a kind and loving mother and leaves a sorrowing husband and four children surviving her. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at the Methodist Church, Rev. Ward preaching the funeral sermon. The husband and family have the sympathy of the entire community in their great sorrow.
(News June 1, 1899)
John Patton died last Friday afternoon about two o’clock. He has not been well since last fall and recently was confined to his bed. He married Grandma Bristol last Summer at their home in Iowa and shortly afterwards came here. He was about 65 years of age and leaves his widow surviving him. The funeral was held at the house last Saturday at 10 o'clock. Grandma Parren has the sympathy of all in her great sorrow.
( News May 26, 1898)
Charles G. Petro, of Cattron Township died 1ast Monday afternoon quite suddenly. He was suffering from the accident he received a short time ago and Dr. Micheal, of the Agency, and Dr. Hurley were called to set his hip which was broken or dislocated. He took chloroform and the operation was performed, but his nerves and system were too weak to withstand the nervous shock. He died soon after becoming conscious. On coming to he recognized Ben Kempf and said. "Hello Ben" and asked that a window be opened. as the air was very close and in a moment he was dead.
He was the youngest son of J. P. Petro and about thirty years of age. Until recently he was employed as a cook on the government snag boat that plied on the Missouri. He made friends wherever he was and being a genial man of a peaceful disposition had no enemies. The funeral occurred yesterday at the house and he was laid to rest on Fish Buttes besides his wife who died about a year ago.
(News September 29, 1898)
Last Saturday the 24th of September, 1898 st 5 o'clock p.m. at his, home in Gettysburg E. L. Pierce passed to that better land where sorrows and pain are unknown.
Mr. Pierce had been sick with a fever for about six weeks and several times during his illness he was very low and Saturday afternoon was taken to his future reward. The deceased was born in Lynn County, Iowa, the 17th day of October 1850 and was 47 years, 11 months and 7 days of age at the time of his death.
May 2nd 1880 Mr. Pierce was married to Miss Ada Wilcox, at Wall Lake, Iowa. Mr. Pierce and family came to Potter County, South Dakota in 1884 and has since resided here with the exception of two years spent in California. For several years he was a grain buyer at Gettysburg and by his integrity and, fair dealing won the esteem and patronage of a large circle of friends. His widow and four children survive him and have the sincere sympathy of many friends in their deep sorrow. He was a member of the Knights of the Maccabees and Masonic Lodge, No. 83. The funeral was conducted under the auspices of the Masonic order, on sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock p.m. at the house. A large number of sympathizing friends followed the remains to their last resting place.
Mr. Pierce lived an honorable upright life and the supreme Ruler has called him to the Great Beyond to receive his eternal reward where all is peace, harmony, and happiness.