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Ree Heights Review
Ree Heights, (Hand County) South Dakota
1943 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.

William Beck;  Pub. 1943-12-10:  Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the Congregational Church here for Will Beck, aged resident of Ree Heights Township, with the Rev. N. A. Luke of St. Lawrence and the Rev. William Jurgensen of Ree Heights officiating.  Burial was in the G.A.R. Cemetery at Miller.  Mr. Beck was born August 26, 1862 and died December 5, 1943, at his home four miles west of Ree Heights.  Sixty years ago he came as far as Mitchell in an emigrant car.  He was met at Mitchell by his brother, John, of Huron, who had walked to Mitchell to help with the team and wagons.  He first settled on a homestead in Campbell Township, 14 miles northwest of Ree Heights Township and built up his present farm home and cattle ranch.  In 1898 he and Miss Ruth Sanders were married.  Surviving him are his widow and four children Howard and Jess, Ree Heights; Irving, Washington; and Mrs. Frank (Hazel) Hammill of Ree Heights.

Jay Berry;   Pub. 1942-08-20;  Mrs. H. H. Wareing received word Wednesday of the death of her cousin, Jay Berry, in Wyoming.  He was killed while working on a hay stacker.  Mr. Berry was a former resident of Spring Hill Township and will be remembered by many old timers.

Theron Blake;  Pub. 1943-09-24:  Theron Blake passed away early Wednesday morning, September 22, at the Miller hosptial, following a major operation on Tuesday morning.  He was 72 years old.  He made his home with his daughter, Ila Phinney, in Ree Heights, alternating with his son Ray, who lives north of town.  He leaves to mourn his passing five sons and three daughters.  His wife and six children preceded him in death.  Plans for the funeral are incomplete at this time.

George Brugger;  Pub. 1943-11-26:  Mr. and Mrs. A. I. Nicholas attended the funeral of Mr. George Brugger, father of Mrs. Ol.iver Nicholas, at Tulare Wednesday.  He was killed Saturday when the school bus he was driving was struck by a train in Tulare.

Edward H. Davisson; Pub. 1943-06-04:  Edward H. Davisson, 88, although ill for the past seven weeks, died suddenly about 4:45 a.m. Saturday at the home of his grandson, William A. Clemens, Huron.  Mr. Davisson was born May 11, 1855, in Waldwick, Wisconsin, and in 1883 was married to Miss Clara Nicholas.  In 1911 they moved to Ree Heights, where they lived until the death of his wife in 1914, after which he made his home with his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Clemens on the farm west of Ree Heights, until 1928.  Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Mabel Clemens, Salem, Oregon, and Mrs. Eva Nicholas, Miller.

Jacob Johnson Eilts; Pub. 1943-05-28:  Funeral services were held from the Congregational Church in Ree Heights Sunday afternoon for Jacob Eilts who passed away May 20, following an illness of several months.  Jacob Johnson Eilts was born December 1, 1864, in Hamburg, Germany, and came to Nebraska in 1894.  In 1895 he married Gerdena Fanders and to this union three children were born.  Mrs. Eilts passed away in 1905.  In 1909, he married Mina Schaffer and one son was born, Mintka.  The family came to South Dakota in 1915 and settled in Hand County, on the place he resided until his death.

Orrin Harvey;  Pub. 1943-05-28:  Orrin Harvey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Grover Harvey, passed away Monday night at the Miller hospital following an illness of long duration.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Orrin Harvey;  Pub. 1943-11-19:  Orrin Harvey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Grover Harvey, was born March 29, 1910 in Hanson County at Ethan, South Dakota, and passed away November 9, 1943, at the age of 33 years, 7 months, and 11 days.  He spent his entire life in South Dakota on his father's farm south of Ree Heights.  Orrin was a patient sufferer for several years -- he spent six weeks in the Pierre hospital, four weeks in the Mitchell hospital and about eight weeks ago went through the clinic at Rochester, Minnesota, and back to the Miller hospital for the remainder of his life.  He leaves to mourn his parents, four brothers and six sisters, Mrs. Carrie Hasart, Mrs. Edna Weidenbach, William Harvey, Carol Harvey, Mrs. Nina Adams, Clyde, Kenneth, Roy, Mabel and Ada, all of Ree Heights.

Mrs. Richard Martinmaas;  Pub. 1943-07-02:  Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at Polo for Mrs. Richard Martinmaas, daughter of  Mrs. John Kelly, who passed away Saturday as a result of burns suffered at her home northwest of Ree Heights, when a stove exploded last Thursday morning.  Besides her mother and several sisters, she is survived by her widower and three-year-old daughter.

Tom Mitchell;  Pub. 1943-10-08:  Tom Mitchell, C&NW foreman, who has been in poor health for the past several months, passed away at his home here about five o'clock Thursday morning, October 7.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete, pending word from relatives.

Thomas W.  Mitchell;  Pub. 1943-10-18 (?):  Funeral services were held at the Congregational Church here Monday at 2 o'clock for Tom Mitchell, who passed away at his home here Thursday evening, October 7, following an illness of several months.  Rev. William Jurgensen was in charge of services and burial was in the local cemetery. 
Thomas W. Mitchell, third son of George and Ellen Mitchell, who preceded him in death, was born April 30, 1893 at Effinton, Illinois, where he grew to manhood.  He came and lived most of his life in or near Ree Heights since 1911.  He married Olga Wotowey at Ree Heights on July 8, 1916.  They had five sons and one daughter.  Three of the boys are now in the service, Donald, stationed at Salt Lake City, Utah;  Robert, somewhere in North Africa;  and Johnnie at San Francisco;  and Mrs. Alfred Beck, and Bill and Roy, Ree Heights.

Mrs. John Nation; Pub. 1943-01-22:  Mrs. John Nation quietly passed away at 7:30 o'clock Tuesday morning, January 21, 1943, at her home in Ree Heights, after being confined to her home for over a year.  Mrs. Nation would have been 78 years old February 18 (b. 1865) had she lived.  Twelve children survive her. *see below*

Margaret June Nation; Pub. 1943-01-29:  Funeral services were held here Monday afternoon, January 25, 1943 at 2:30 from the Congregational Church for Mrs. John Nation, Sr., a Ree Heights resident for 14 years, who passed away at her home Thursday morning, January 21.  Rev. Whitney, pastor of the Methodist Church in Miller, had charge of the service, with the Ree Heights choir singing.  She was buried in Morningside Cemetery, Ree Heights.  Margaret June Franks, daughter of Levi and Molly Franks, was born at Essex, Iowa, February 18, 1865.  She married John Nation of Iowa City, Iowa, January 18, 1883.  They moved moved to Ree Heights in the fall of 1928, where Mr. Nation operated a blacksmith shop for several years.  Twelve children were born to this union, all of whom survive.

Ercil Rainy;  Pub 1943-04-02:  Ercil Rainy of Miller, manager of a men's clothing store and oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rainy of Ree Heights, passed away at the Miller hospital early Thursday morning, following an illness of about two weeks.  Death resulted from complications of sinus.  He was 24 years old.


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