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Elva (Toodles) J. Lahti, 51, Iron River died at her home Thursday, June 20th [1985]. She was born April 27, 1934 in Ashland, daughter of Albert and Myrtle Kugler. She was employed as a clerk with O'Brien Company in Iron River. She was a member of the Iron River VFW Auxiliary.

Surviving her are six sons, Arne, Ralph, Gene, Dean, Robert and Dennis, all of Iron River; four brothers, Forest Kugler, Vernon Kugler and Lloyd Kugler all of Ashland and Elliott Kugler of Stevens Point, WI; one sister, Goldie Schmell of Ashland, and 11 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held on Sunday, June 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Frost Home for Funerals in Ashland, and also on Monday, June 24 from noon to 1 p.m. at the VFW Hall in Iron River with the services following there at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Jerome Miller officiating. Burial was at the Valley View Cemetery in Tripp.

The Iron River Pioneer June 27, 1985


Richard Lahti, 68, Town of Oulu, died Tuesday at Memorial Medical Center. He was born Dec. 4, 1916, at Gile, Wis., the son of John and Susie Lahti.

He worked as carman with the Soo Line Railroad for many years. He married Violet Jarvis on Feb. 17, 1940, at Carlton, Minn.

He is survived by his son, Richard, Jr., Fond du Lac; one grandchild; a brother, John, Iron River; and a sister, Mrs. Einard (Zelda) Maki, Iron River. He was preceded in death by his wife, both parents, and two brothers, Archie and Harvey.

Services were Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Schafer Funeral Home, Ashland, with the Rev. Steven Berkeland officiating.

Visitation was on Saturday at 9 a.m. until the time of service. Burial was at the Iron River City Cemetery.


Waino R. Laine, 73, died July 17th [1985] at his residence in Oulu. He was born Nov. 14, 1911 in Oulu and was a self-employed farmer and a life-long resident.

Surviving are two daughters, Gloria Dahlberg, Bloomington, MN, and Kathy Carson, Kettle Falls, WA; three grandchildren, three sisters, Margie Smith, Duluth; Eva Urpila, Superior and Mrs. Thorval (Ailie) Hakala, Oulu; and many nieces and nephews. His wife, Hilja, died in 1974.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 20, at the Lenroot-Maetzold Funeral Home in Superior with the Rev. David L. Heyser officiating. Interment was in the family lot at Pine Glad Cemetery, Oulu. Pall-bearers were Michael and David Dahlberg, Ernest and Edward Urpila, Donald Anderson and Bob Smith.

The Iron River Pioneer July 25, 1985


Mrs. Frances M. Laiwin, 78, died Sunday at her residence in the Town of Bayfield. She was born Sept. 22, 1906 in Springfield, S.D., and attended schools and college in Vermillion, S.D. She also attended a business college in Sioux City, Iowa. On March 30, 1948, she was married at Washburn to Albert Laiwin. He preceded her in death. Mrs. Laiwin was an insurance agent for over 37 years for Mutual Service Insurance. She was active in the Shamrock Rebekah Lodge, Bayfield.

Surviving are two brothers, Frank Adams, Jenner, Calif.; and Richard Adams, Augusta, Kan.; two sisters, Inez Cusick, Yankton, S.D.; and Jean Wilson, Sioux City, Iowa; and nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation or service. Cremation will take place. The Overholser Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

The Iron River Pioneer June 20, 1985


Word has been received of the July 11 [1985] death of a former Moquah resident, Mike Lajcak, 79, who died at Warren, Mich. He was born Aug. 5, 1905 at Deloughe, Mo., the son of Joe and Mary Lajcak. Mr. Lajcak was raised in Moquah, served in World War II, and lived most of his life in Michigan.

Surviving are his wife, Florence, Warren, Mich.; a sister, Anna Buchko, Ironwood; four brothers, Steve, Iron River; John, Oshkosh; Joe and Frank, Detroit; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Andrew and Paul; and a sister, Mary. Cremation took place in Michigan.

The Iron River Pioneer August 1, 1985


Posted By:Donna Bell Cross

Date: Friday, 12 November 1999, at 11:06:45 a.m.


An Old Resident of Wausau Passes Away.

At twenty minutes to six on Sunday morning, Paul Lanouette quietly passed away at his home. His death has been expected but it was not thought that the end would come so soon. For several years Mr. Lanouette has been ailing but his final illness did not begin until a month ago. His death occurred suddenly and was peaceful and painless. Mr. Lanouette is one of our city's old residents and he first came to Wausau in 1872. He was born near Montreal, Canada, Jan. 26, 1828, and was therefore nearly 59(sic) years of age. Most of his life was spent in Wisconsin and in the past twenty five years in our city. He married Miss Mary Gallagher in 1858 at LaPointe, Ashland county, Wis., and she with three children survive him. He always worked at the carpenter's trade, at which he was an expert, until old age came on and he became too feeble to continue at it. For the past few years he has not occupied his own house on Warren street but has lived in the Kelly residence on East Hill. His wife and son Frank, were with him at the last and his two other children, Fred and Addie, now Mrs. Tontloff, of Bayfield, were unable to come. Mrs. Tontloff is at present critically ill and it was not thought advisable to break the sad news to her. Mr. Lanouette was a member of St. Mary's church and stood high in the community where he was universally esteemed and respected. There is little to add to the above taken from the Wausau Review except as follows: Mr. Lanouette was one of the early pioneers of Bayfield; coming here from Ontonagon in 1856 and assisted in the survey of the original townsite of Bayfield. He was well and favorably known to all the old residents as a good citizen and kind neighbor. Mrs. Lanouette and her daughter, Mrs. Tontloff, will continue to reside in Bayfield.

[Bayfield County Press, Saturday, Jan. 23, 1897]

NOTE: Age at time of death should read '69 years of age', subtracting his birth year from the calendar year at time of death.


Posted By:Donna Bell Cross

Date: Friday, 21 January 2000, at 2:40:26 p.m.

Peter Larddaree died at Bark Point last Saturday of an ulcer on his leg, from which he has suffered for some time. The deceased was a partner of T. N. Strollberg and was engaged in fishing at that point. He was 37 years of age and leaves a wife and four children. The family has the sympathy of the entire community. The remains were brought to Bayfield Tuesday and the funeral occurred Wednesday.

The Bayfield County Press Saturday Feb 15, 1890


Lillian Larsen, the wife of Gilbert Larsen, formerly of Bayfield, died May 16 [1985] in Green Valley, AZ. She was born at Escanaba, Mich., Dec. 18, 1914, and is survived by two sisters, Maynette Mohr of Belgrade, MT, and Melba Klecha of Casa Grande, AZ; also two step-chldren, Andy Larsen of Cedarburg, Wis., and Mimi Becker of Hiram, Ohio.

The Iron River Pioneer May 30, 1985


Albin E. Larson, 73, Star Route, Bayfield, died Monday at his residence. He was born May 26, 1912 at Bayfield, the son of Charles and Anna Larson.

Mr. Larson was a 1930 graduate of Bayfield High School; attended Superior State College; and received his bachelor of science degree in Chemistry from LaSierra College, Arlington, Calif., in 1948.

He worked as a chemist for Abbott Laboratories Company, Chicago; Richfield Refineries, Long Beach, Calif.; Petroco Company, Long Beach; General Mills, Belmond, Iowa; was manager of quality assurance at Midland Co-op, Minneapolis; and National Co-op in Albert Lea, Minn., retiring from there in 1974. He returned to Bayfield following retirement and has lived there since that time.

On May 1, 1937, he was married to Emily Wichlidal. Mr. Larson was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Ashland, and was a past master of the Bayfield Masonic Lodge.

Surviving are his wife, Emily, Bayfield; a sister, Mrs. Svea Rands, Bayfield; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and theree sisters.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Bratley Funeral Home, Washburn, with Pastor Dennis Pumford officiating. Burial wil be in Greenwood Cemetery, Bayfield.

Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, where a Masonic service will be held at 7:30.

The Iron River Pioneer September 12, 1985


Severt E. Larson, 74, Brule, died Tuesday at his residence. He was born July 24, 1911 at Oulu and lived there all of his life. Mr. Larson was a warehouse manager for the Superior Cooperative.

Surviving are a niece, Mrs. Nancy Olson, LaCrescent, Minn.; and several cousins. Funeral services were last week at the Lenroot-Maetzold Funeral Home, Superior. Burial will be in the Pine Glade Cemetery, Oulu Funeral services were last week at the Lenroot-Maetzold Funeral Home, Superior. Burial will be in the Pine Glade Cemetery, Oulu. Visitation was at the funeral home.

The Iron River PIoneer December 12, 1985


Mrs. Thora (Tula) Larson, 76, Bayfield, died Sunday at her residence. She was born April 25, 1909 in Stanley, the daughter of Ole and Susie Johnson. She married Robert A. Larson on June 27, 1936 in Stanley. She moved to Bayfield in 1946. She operated the Bayfield Lumber Yard. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge in Bayfield, the American Legion Auxiliary, Bayfield Library Board, Bayfield Chamber of Commerce, Bethesda Lutheran Church, Bayfield, and was a past matron of the Eastern Star of Bayfield.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one daughter, five sisters and one brother. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. James (Swanhild) Zeborek, Edgerton and Mrs. Loren (Melinda) Letnes, Mahnomen, Minn.; one son Robert Larson Jr. Dublin, Calif.; six grandchildren and other relatives.

There was visitation Tuesday at the Overholser Memoiral Chapel, Bayfield. There was visitation on Wednesday at Bethesda Lutheran Church beginning at 1 p.m. and continuing until the time of the funeral service at 2 p.m. Rev. John Green officiated. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Bayfield.

The Iron River Pioneer November 21, 1985


Ruby O. Laurion, 87, 939 West Bayfield Street, Washburn, died Monday at the Northern Lights Manor Nursing Home, Washburn. She was born Dec. 5, 1897 at Wadena, Minn., the daughter of Thomas and Sarena Coons. Mrs. Laurion was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Ashland; and the Washburn Senior Citizens Center.

Suriving are a daughter, Mrs. Delores Janecek, Ashland, two sons, Robert, Detroit; Kenneth, Hammond, Ind.; two stepsons, Louis and Lloyd, Portland, Ore.; 17 grandchldren; and 22 great grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Carl (Lillian) Youngs, Coos Bay, Ore,; and Mrs. Ulysses (Dorothea) Myhre, Lawton, N.D. She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer, on Jan. 28, 1973; two sons, Larry and Ray; and a brother, Jim.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Bratley Funeral Home, Washburn, with Pastor Ray Plummer officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Washburn. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Bratley Funeral Home, Washburn.

The Iron River Pioneer June 27, 1985



Bernice E. (Savage) Lavin, 91, a long-time Iron River area resident, died April 10, 1996, at St. Francis Home in the Park, Superior.

She was born Nov. 5, 1904 in Paw Paw, Mich., and moved with her parents to Illinois and then in 1911 to the Township of Tripp, where she was raised on the family farm.

She married William Lavin and they continued dairy farming on the home place. She farmed for a time after his death and lived there until 1990, when she moved with her sister to Superior.

She served as clerk for the Town of Tripp for over 45 years and was recognized for her service when she retired. She was a member of the Tripp Independent Club and the Homemakers. She was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Iron River since her childhood.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William, and by her parents, Patrick and Anna Savage; two brothers, Thomas and Edward.

She is survived by three sisters, Irene (Lawrence)[Davis], Iron River; Alice (Jake) Strakbein, Milwaukee; and Frances Savage, Superior; and 11 nieces and nephews.

The Funeral Mass was held on April 13, at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior with the Rev. Fr. Edward Meulemans officiating.

Pallbearers were her nephews Michael, Patrick and Thomas Savage and Franklin Davis.

Spring interment will be in St. Michael's Cemetery in Iron River.

The William Downs-LeSage Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

The Bayfield County Journal

April 18, 1996


Reprinted from the "Iron River Pioneer"August 26, 1943 in Iron River Memories column by Beverlee Thivierge

Luke J. Lavin, a resident of this city and vicinity, and for several years Chairman of the Town of Tripp, passed away at an Ashland hospital Wednesday [August 25, 1943]. His death was due to a heart ailment. Funeral services will be held at St. Michael's Church Saturday morning.

The County Journal July 12, 2001


Elsie (Bergan) Lawin, 69, Cornucopia, died Wednesday, Oct. 16 [1985], at Northern Lights Manor Nursing Home in Wasburn. She was born July 23, 1916 in Lude, Minn., the daughter of Martin and June Bergan. On July 23, 1955, she was married in Bayfield to Herman Lawin. He died Sept. 21, 1974. Mrs. Lawin was a member of Immanuel Luthern Church. Cornucopia. She was a teacher for three years and an occupational therapist at Pure Air Sanatorium for nine years. She was also the postmaster at Cornucopia for five years prior to her retirement in 1980.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Geogre (Ellen) Washburn, Greely, Colo.; two brothers, Glen Bergan, Williams, Minn. and Dale Bergan, Longmont, Colo; and many nieces and nephews.

The Iron River Pioneer October 24, 1985


Ruby Leask, 96, died Friday at Court Manor Nursing Home in Ashland. She was born March 1, 1889 in Chicago. In 1922, she married Adam Leask in Chicago, where they lived until 1956, when they moved to the Town of Russell. She was a member of the Bayfield Presbyterian Church and a past matron of Beulah Chapter 410, Order of the Eastern Star, Bayfield. She was also a member of the American Cyrene Chapter 454, Order of the Eastern Star in Evergreen Park, Ill. and of the Sunnyside Club in the Town of Russell.

Survivors include: two sons, Hind, and John of the Town of Russell; five grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; a brother, Hind (Bud) Irvine of Lake Holiday, Ill., and a sister, Charlotte Bringe of Evergreen Park, Ill. She was preceded in death by her husband, a sister and her parents.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Monday at the Bayfield Presbyterian Church with Pastor John Green officiating. Interment was Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Fairmont Cemetery in Willow Springs, Ill., with graveside services. Visitation was held Sunday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Overholser Memorial Chapel, Bayfield, with Eastern Star Services at 7:30 p.m. Memorials to the Bayfield Presbyterian Church, in lieu of flowers, are preferred.

The Iron River Pioneer May 16, 1985


Reprinted from the "Iron River Pioneer" September 9, 1943 in Iron River Memories column by Beverlee Thivierge

Mrs. Nancy. A. Ledin, 24, Ashland, died Aug. 31st [1961] after a lingering illness. Survivors include her husband, Jerome, Jr., Marian and Tamara. Also surviving are her father, Chauncey (The Bear Hunter) Bottum, Iron River; and two sisters, June Biggers of Hobart, Ind.; and Mrs. Clair Podlesney, Salt Lake City, Utah. Funeral services were held at St. Agnes Church in Ashland. Burial was in St. Agnes Cemetery.

The County Journal August 2, 2001


Reprinted from the "Iron River Pioneer" September 16, 1943 Iron River Memories column by Beverlee Thivierge

After a long illness, Mrs. Anna M. Lehto passed away last Sunday at the home of her son, Alex Lehto, in the Town of Oulu. She was born in Kuusamo, Finland, April 3, 1879. Before coming to Oulu 38 years ago, she lived in Montreal, Wis. She is survived by two sons, Private Aldrick Lehto, Iceland, and Axel, Oulu; two daughters, Mrs. Wilbert Pinonieme, Ferndale, Mich., and Mrs. Wayne Kurtilla, Deerwood, Minn.; and one brother, Fred Niemi of Lakewood, Minn. Funeral services will be held Friday at the Apostle Lutheran Church and burial in the Swedish Cemetery.

The County Journal August 9, 2001

LEIHY, Pearl

Posted By:Donna Bell Cross

Date: Saturday, 22 January 2000, at 2:43:11 p.m.

LEIHY.--Sunday, February 22, 1891, at Bayfield, Wis., Pearl, daughter of Charles and Belle Leihy, aged 6 years and 10 months. Sunday morning, Feb. 22, at 8:30 little Pearl Leihy was released from her long suffering. It had been just a few days more than a year that she had been sick. All that attention and a loving care could do for her was done, but to no purpose. She lingered along, growing no better and then worse, till finally her little patient spirit took its flight. Her patient and often weary smile--so sad in one so young--will be missed by many who learned to love her during her illness. She would have seen her seventh birthday had she lived till next April, but the angels claimed her too soon. She was fond of flowers and many things unusual in one so young and her grave was lined with evergreens and her coffin filled with lovely white roses. She was buried Tuesday morning from the Presbyterian church, and in spite of the inclemency of the weather a large number of sympathizing friends were present. Six little girls acted as pall bearers. For the closing hymn the choir sang the following of which she was very fond when living:

Close the door lightly, Bridle the breath, Our little earth angel Is talking with death. Gently he woos her,She wishes to stay. His arms are about her,He bears her away.

Music comes floating Down from above, Angels are chanting Sweet welcome of love. Come, stricken weeper,And stand by the bed. Come, gaze on the sleeper, Our darling is dead.

Smooth out the ringlets.-- Close the blue eye: No wonder such beauty Was claimed in the sky-- Cross the hands gently Upon the white breast, So like a mild spirit Strayed from the blest.

Bear her out softly To her last rest, Safe with her Saviour,Darling is blest. Jesus hath called her,Pure, undefiled; Take comfort, sad weeper,"Tis well with the child."

The Bayfield Press Saturday Feb. 28th, 1891


Fredrika Leino, 96, a former longtim Oulu and Superior resident, died Saturday, March 9 [1985], in Middle River Health Facility. She was born in Kivi Jarvi, Finland.

Surviving are two daughters, Aili Taipale of Iron River and Eslie Flagg of Warren, Mich.; four sons, Hjalmer of Superior and Frank, Harold and Arthur of Brule; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

Visitation was held Tuesday at the Lenroot-Maetzold Funeral Home of Superior with services also held there at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Henry Aukee, Pastor, Messiah Lutheran Church, Duluth, officiating. Burial will be in the family lot in the Hillcrest Cemetery at Oulu.

The Iron River Pioneer March 14, 1985


Mrs. John S. (Mary T.) Lenroot, 68, a longtime Superior resident, died Thursday evening in a Duluth hospital shortly after being admitted. She was born Jan. 13, 1917 in Ino and had been a Superior resident since 1945. Mrs. Lenroot attended Ashland High School and the former Superior State teachers College. She taught elementary grades in Bayfield County and the City of Bayfield for a number of years. During World War II she had been employed by the Corps of Engineers in Washington, D.C. Her memberships included St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and the former St. Adalbert's Catholic Church, the St. Francis Altar Society, Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court No. 1190, the Indianhead Handicap Club and the ladies Auxiliary No. 269 of United Commercial Travelers Council No. 333, of which she was a past officer.

In addition to her husband, John, Mrs. Lenroot is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Edward J. (Mary) Kasarskis, Lexington, Ky., Mrs. Ralph (Paula) Christensen, of DeForest, and Mrs. Robert (Lois) Ernt, Minneapolis; nine grandchildren; three sisters, Helen A. Janes, of Franklin, Elizabeth J. Dolata and Albina B. Fanning, both of Superior, and many nieces and nephews. Her parents, one brother and one sister died previously.

The funeral was at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church 11 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Fr. Raymond Schoone, the Rev. Fr. William Green and the Rev. Fr. Vincent Lynch celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment was in the family lot in St. Francis Cemetery.

The Iron River Pioneer November 14, 1985

LEY, Ann

Posted By:Donna Bell Cross

Date: Saturday, 22 January 2000, at 2:13:24 p.m.

LEY.--Saturday, February 21, 1891, at Bayfield, Wis., Mrs. Ann Ley, relict of the late Peter H. Ley, aged 71.

The death of Mrs. Ann Ley removes from our midst one of the oldest settlers. Of late years she has lead a very retired life, meeting only personal friends, but her place will be missed by a great number of warm friends, both among those who have lived here a long time and more recent comers.

Mrs. Ley was born in Ireland 71 years ago. Her maiden name was Ann Seaton (could be Sexton). She came to America in 1837 and lived for a number of years at Boston. From Boston she came west to Detroit and in 1856 was married to Peter H. Ley. Mr. and Mrs. Ley came to Bayfield from Detroit in June, 1857. They opened a general merchandise store in the building occupied for many years by the late James Chapman. Later on they built a store and house in which Mrs. Ley lived the remainder of her life.

Mr. Ley died June 16, 1867. Their only child a daughter died in the summer of 1871. During the later years of her life Mrs. Ley has been tenderly cared for by her niece, Miss Lizzie Fox. Mrs. Ley has for some years been quite infirm and her death was not unexpected. Aside from Miss Fox and her sister, the only relative in Bayfield is Mrs. Patick (might be Patrick) Howley, Mrs. Ley's sister.

Mrs. Ley has always been a devout and exemplary member of the Catholic church. The funeral services were held at that church on Tuesday afternoon and were attended by a large concourse of friends and citizens.

The Bayfield County Press Saturday, Feburary 28, 1891

Note: The term "relict", used in the lead paragraph, refers to widow. parens have been used to indicate possible alternatives to names in the text. In the case of Mrs. Ley's maiden name, the text was not clearly legible. In the case of Mrs. Howley's husband, the text clearly does say Patick, but this could be a typo.


Posted By:Donna Bell Cross

Date: Thursday, 2 December 1999, at 9:30:48 p.m.

--John Limberg, who has been ill for several weeks past, died Wednesday last and was buried Thursday. Deceased leaves a wife and three children.

The Bayfield County Press, Saturday, January 17, 1885


Melvin Lindelof, 64, Brule, Wis., died Wednesday, Nov. 6 [1985] in the Madison Veterans Administration Hospital. Born in Stockton, N.Y., he was a longtime Brule resident. He was a grain elevator employee for many years and also had been a farmer. He was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II and a member of Iron River Post 10197 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Surviving are three sons, Rodney of Shoreview, MN; Harold of Elko, MN; and Douglas of Madison, WI; three daughters, Margaret Whitmire of Hallsville, TX; Irene Williams of Longview, TX; and June Lindelof of San Angelo, TX; seven brothers, Herb of Town of Superior, Kermit and Melvin of Iron River, Erland of Ladysmith, Leonard of Minneapolis, Stanley of Sacramento, CA; and Norvel of Seattle; a sister, Dagney Pihle of Iron River; and eight grandchildren.

Visitation was Friday at 4:30 p.m. in the Iron River Rebekah Lodge hall, where services were at 11 a.m. Saturday. Burial was in Pine Glad Cemetery, Oulu. Arrangements were by the Lenroot-Maetzold Funeral Home, Superior.

The Iron River Pioneer November 14, 1985


Phillip D. Linehan, 17, formerly of Wausau and LaPointe, died on April 16 as a result of a motorcylcle accident. There will be no visitiation.

Funeral servies were held Friday at 2 p.m. at St. John's United Church of Christ, LaPoint with Rev. Emma-jane Finney officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, LaPointe. Arrangements were by the Overholser Memorial Chapel, Bayfield.

Iron River Pioneer 25 April 1985




This write up of my father was written by Peter J. Savage, long time editor of the Iron River Pioneer. Hakon Lund was one of the leading pioneers of Iron River.

Death Claims Hakon O. Lund Appearing to be Improving, Pneumonia Intervened to Dash Hopes of Loved Ones.

Hakon O. Lund, aged 77 years, a resident of Iron River for more than a half century, passed away at an Ashland hospital at 1:30 o'clock Monday morning, March 29th [1943] and yesterday afternoon all that was mortal of this colorful and beloved citizen was laid at rest in the Iron River cemetery beside the grave of his daughter who had preceded him to the life beyond the grave long years ago.

What changes can take place in the brief space of one week! In our last issue we published a report, received shortly before going to press, that Hakon was definitely better, and now duty requires that we report that not only did a change in his condition take place since that time, but that sorrowing relatives have since bid him a lasting farewell, have, with friends, attested their respect and love by attending at his funeral, and in other ways, have stood beside his open grave and contemplated upon the deep and imponderable mysteries of life and death.

Hakon, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Arne Lund, was a native of Norway and was born on Feb 10, 1866. He came with his parents to America when he was but one year old. The family settled at Sand Creek, in Dunn county, Wisconsin, where Mr. Lund opened a blacksmith shop and followed the trade there for many years, serving the farming district in that area by shoeing their horses, and mending their plows, drags, harrows, and other farm machinery. Hakon used to help his father in the shop when he got old enough to do so, and he also struck out from home and worked in the harvest fields in the Dakotas for two seasons, and in the logging operations in the winters. Hoever, Hakon was the kind of fellow who would try most anything in the line of a vocation once, so he went to Duluth and got a job of operating a street car in the old days of horse drawn street cars, and he often told interesting tales of his experiences there when he drove his car on his run which extended from the city out to the end of the line on Minnesota point. Having acquired all the experiences in that line he craved for, he went back into woods work for a season and was located in the winter of 1891-92 near Poplar in Douglas county. He visited Iron River that spring. It was a brand new burg with buildings springing up like mushrooms, and there was something about the new village which appealed to him, so he made a trip back to his old home at Sand Creek and induced his father to move up here, and in company with his father erected and operated a blacksmith shop here for several years.

Hakon next tried operating a boarding and rooming house, and he kept that up for several years. The Lund hotel stood on the lot on the corner of George and Mill streets where the residence of George H. Dargie stands now.

Mr. Lund's next employment was that of game warden (conservation warden as it is now known since wardens have to wear olive green suits and learn to make speeches treating of the importance of wild life to the human family). He kept that job until he made a wrong guess in politics some ten or twelve years later.

He next started in writing life insurance for the New York Life Insurance Company, and was agent for the company here for about 30 years, and still was an active agent at the time of his death.

He was an active member of the Presbyterian Church and Iron River Odd Fellows Lodge, gave of his time to the advancement of many worthy causes, was a gloom chaser par excellence, leaving cheer and happiness wherever he went and always seemed to find time to drop in on his old friends wherever they might be in and around the region.

He married Miss Annie McLean, of Iron River, in the year 1895, and to this union seven children were born, one-a daughter passing away in infancy. The living children are Mrs. Leone Baker, of St. Paul, Minn.; Miss Lylith, who is teaching in Wauwatosa, near Milwaukee; Loche, who is teaching at Fairfax, Minn.; King H., who is superintendent of schools at Bayport, Minn. Besides this immediate family, Mr. Lund leaves two sisters, Mrs. Alba Nelson and Mrs. Ella Snyder, of Los Angeles, Calif.; and one brother, Phillip, of Brooklyn, New York; and five grandchildren. All were here to the funeral except the two sisters in California, and the sons' wives and Prof. Ralph Baker were also present.

On February 16th, Mr. Lund slipped on an icy walk near the bank corner on Mill Street in this city, and fractured his right hip bone. He was taken to General Hospital at Ashland, where Dr. Smiles performed an operation that was an entire success and the hip never gave Mr. Lund any serios trouble. But a few days after the accident, however, Mr. Lund developed a chest pain. A complicaton of ailments in the chest developed, some of which appeared to have originated some time before the accident, and these ailments seemed to wear down his resistance so that when pneumonia developed on Saturday last it was apparent to his attending pysician that he did not have sufficient reserve strength to withstand that attack. The family was immediately sent for and several members remained with him until the end.

The funeral occurred at the Presbyterian Church on Wednesday afternoon, with Rev. C.A. Ahrens, the pastor, and Rev. George E. Griffiths, a former pastor, officiating. The sermon was preached by Rev. Griffith, who served as pastor here for seven years.

Mrs. John Johnson sang two solos, and Miss Jean Yeakey one, while both were accompanied by Mrs. King H. Lund on the piano.

The church was completely filled and it was noticeable that, besides the relatives from far and near, numerous old friends came from surrounding cities and towns to pay respects to the memory of their departed friend.

The following citizens acted as pall-bearers: Albert G. Johnson, William Klino, J.P. Hicks, L.H. Merrihew, Henry Kamrath and Harry Olson.

Throughout many years to come Hakon Lund will live in the memory of his townsmen, and to none, outside his immediate family, will he be missed more than by the editor of this paper, for we have shared our office with him for over thirty years. So long, Old Pal!

The Iron River Pioneer

January 4, 1989 [reprint]

Note: Rev. George Griffiths is spelled with the final 's' and then spelled without it. Unresolved discrepancy.


Phillip Lund, 70, son of the late Phillip O. Lund died in November of cancer. He was born in Iron River and lived here until 1918 when the family moved to New York. He is survived by his wife, Doris, his mother Beatrice Lund, 636 Pleasant St., Canton, Mass. 02021l; one son, Phillip and family; and daughter Cheryl and family. He is a cousin of Lylith Brown.

The Iron River Pioneer December 6, 1984


Henry C. Luettgerodt, 72, of Cape Coral, Florida, died Thursday, Feb. 28 [1985] at his residence. He attended the Faith Presbyterian Church of Cape Coral and was a member of the Wisconsin Dells Masonic Lodge #124, a past patron of the Eastern Star #120, the C.C.R.P. and the A.A.R.P.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine, of Cape Coral; three daughters, Mrs. Albert (Shirley) Milligan of Bayfield; Mrs. Eugene (Helene) Morse of Wisconsin Dells; Mrs. Harley (Judy) Rogers of Reedsburg, Wis.; a son, Donald Luettgerodt of Wisconsin Dells; a brother, Kenneth, Claremont, Calif.; 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held in the Chapel of the Metz Funeral Home in Cape Coral on March 2nd with Dr. John Hunt officiating. Memorials were made to the United Presbyterian Church, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

The Iron River Pioneer March 14, 1985


Antonius Lunde, 83, Maple, died Nov. 30th [1985] at a Duluth hospital. Born Sept. 20, 1902 in Norway, he came to the United States in 1923 and lived in Allouez until moving to Maple in 1939. Mr. Luinde was an ore docks employee for the former Great Northern Railroad and was a member of the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen Local No. 811.

Surviving are four sisters-in-law, Mrs. Reuben (Viola) Aho, Wentoworth, Mrs. Horace (Tyne) Brown, Superior, Mrs. Eugene (Elma) Smith, Poplar, and Mrs. Ellie Rawn, Florida and his mother-in-law, Mrs. Lydia Johnson, South Range.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Lenroot-Maetzold Funeral Home, Superior with the Rev. A.B. Anderson, Duluth, and interment was in the family lot at the Finnish Apostolic cemetery, Maple. Pall bearers were Reuben Aho, Horace Brown, Alexander Soyring, Kent Makela, MIlton Aho and Roger Smith.

The Iron River Pioneer December 12, 1985


Samuel J. Luoma, 78, Lakeview Terrace Apartments, Washburn, died Monday at Memorial Medical Center, Ashland. He was born May 14, 1906, at Herbster, the son of Herman and Alina Luoma. On Nov. 2, 1931 he was married at Chicago to Rose Neuharth. Mr. Luoma worked for Chicago Cardboard Products, Chicago, for 36 years, retiring in 1973. He and his wife moved to Washburn after his retirement. He was a member of the Washburn Methodist Church; Washburn Masonic Lodge No. 240, F & A.M.; the Medinah Shriners Temple in Chicago; was active in the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and the Washburn Senior Citizens group.

Surviving are his wife, Rose; two brothers Axel and William Luoma, both of Herbster; and nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister and two brothers.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Washburn United Methodist Church with the Rev. George Groves officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery. Visiting is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Bratley Funeral Home, Washburn, where there will be a Masonic service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Visitation will also be on Friday one hour prior to the service at the church.

The Iron River Pioneer May 9, 1985

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