Ree Heights Review
Ree Heights, (Hand County) South Dakota
1913 Obits & Death Notices
The following were reprinted in a column by Stella (Voelker) Hammill Conerton called :kcaB gnikooL (Looking Back:) from her personal collection of old, original Ree Heights Review newspapers.
Note the "flowery" writing style of the early-day publishers.
Mrs. James Beranek; Published 1913-12-26; Funeral services were held Monday morning, Dec. 16, at Immaculate Conception Church in Stephan for Mrs. James (Anna) Beranek, who passed away Thursday evening, at the Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller. Survivors are her husband, James; one son, Joseph, and one daughter, Bessie Werdel; two sisters, Mrs. Christy Sivertsen and Mrs. Albert Gitchell; and one brother, John Puffer.
William Freeman; Pub. 1913-05-17: Wednesday morning, the people of Ree Heights were shocked to learn of the sudden death of William Freeman, which occurred at Tracy, Minnesota early that morning. "Billy" packed up his tools Tuesday and started for Canada by way of Minneapolis, where he expected to secure carpenter work. It appears that a stranger met him on the train, and that the stranger was missing when the unfortunate man was taken from the train at Tracy in a dying condition, passing away in a few minutes... A widow and six children are left to battle with the world. We understand Mr. Freeman had a $1,000 life insurance with an old company. The funeral will be held at the church here with Rev. E. P. Swartout and burial will be in Miller. * There was no cemetery in Ree Heights until about 1918 *.
L.T. Gibson; Pub. 1913-10-31: Ree Heights people were horrified Tuesday forenoon when word reached town that L. T. Gibson, who had resided about seven years on the old McWhorter farm, a mile and a half southwest of town, had been found at his home, having taken his own life. Earl said that his father had not been feeling well for some time and had been having severe pain in his head for some time and was not himself. Mrs. Gibson, who had been in North Dakota staying with her son Ed, arrived in time for the funeral. He is survived by his wife and eleven children. Services were held in the forenoon at the Ree Heights Church and conducted by Rev. Swartout.
John G. Meppen; Pub. 1913-01-11: Mr. John G. Meppen passed away about midnight Friday, January 23, 1913, aged 83 years, after a very short illness. The deceased was born in Germany in 1829. He was a sailor, following the sea for 25 years. He came to Hand County in 1883, settling in Alden Township, afterwards moving to Greenleaf. After the death of his wife, he continued to reside with his son, Frank. Mrs. George Steptoe is a daughter of the deceased. Services were held in Greenleaf Church Sunday and he was laid to rest in the little cemetery in Alden Township, beside his wife. So passes another of the sturdy pioneers of Hand County, the men who dared to wrest this country from the buffalo and the red man and turn it into homes for their posterity to dwell in.
Mrs. A. H. Robbins; Pub. 1913-03-29: The many friends of Mrs. A. H. Robbins, wife of a former pastor here, were saddened to learn of her death, which occurred at Tropico, California, where she had gone in company of her husband and daughter. The Robbins were pioneer settlers in Dakota Territory, taking up a homestead in what is now the thriving town of Garden City, then a wild and pathless prairie. Mr. and Mrs. Robbins came to Ree Heights, where they remained about three years, 1904 to 1907. Mrs. Robbins took great interest in the primary department of the Sunday School, teaching a large class of little folks. She organized the Cradle Roll department here and at Greenleaf.
G. W. Sanders; Pub. 1913-07-30: G. W.Sanders, an old-time resident of these parts, but for some time an inmate of the Soldiers' Home at Hot Springs, South Dakota, died Monday morning, July 28. George W. Sanders was born at Amity, Pennsylvania, and was 74 years of age. During the Civil War, he served three years and seven months in the Union Army. Mr. Sanders is survived by his widow and eight children, four sons and four daughters. Three of the boys, Ed, Lawrence and Robert, live here, and the fourth, Russell, is at Pierre. Two of the daughter, Mrs. William Beck and Mrs. Dan Melvin, reside near Ree Heights. The funeral service was in charge of the G.A.R. at Pierre, the remains being laid to rest with the impressive ceremonies of that order.
Mrs. W. H. Vreeland; Pub. 1912-07-12: Again death has claimed another of the old pioneers of Ree Heights. Mrs. W. H. Vreeland recently passed away at her home in Sioux Center, Iowa, aged 65 years. She was laid to rest beside her son, Ira, who passed away 14 years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Vreeland and two children came to Ree Heights from Illinois in 1882, and removed to Maurice, Iowa in the fall of 1891. She leaves to mourn her passing an aging husband and a daughter, Mrs. Fred Furman of Miller, and two grandchildren, who will long cherish the momory of a loving wife and mother.
Mrs. E. A. Young; Pub. 1913-04-19: We received a card from Mrs. Allie Young Bates, saying her mother died April 5, 1913. Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Young came to Ree Heights in March of 1882, where for many years Mr. Young conducted a hardware store. Christmas 1890, the writer and family, with many others, spent the day with the Youngs. That night the fire started, swept away their home, with others that met the same fate. Mr. Young and family went to Chicago, where they have made their home except for a few winters spent in California because of Mrs. Young's health.
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