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Obituary: June 19, 1930

Mrs. Charles (Tl)mburg, (newspaper mis-print) 65 years old and a resident of Minneapolis for the last 43 years, died Tuesday at her home, 4422 Nicollet avenue. Mrs. Elmburg was born in Sweden in 1865 and came to America in 1887.
She is survived by one daughter, Miss Mildred Elmburg, Minneapolis, and one son, Leroy Elmburg of Youngstown, Ohio. Funeral serices will be held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran church, Thirty-third street and Pillsbury avenue. Interment will be in Lakewood cemetery.

Obituary Notices from the Minneapolis Journal, Fri. Sept 28, 1912
Submitted by Eugene Barnes

MRS. CHRISTIAN BERGLUND, wife of E. N. Berglund, Long Lake, Minn. died Oct 27. (died Sept 27 per death certificate) Survived by F. O. Berglund of Wilmar, Minn.; C. V. Berglund of Buxton, Or.; J. E. Berglund of Minnetonka Beach. Mrs. F. J. Moore of 2014 av. S, Minneapolis. Funeral 2 p.m. Saturday Presbyterian church, at Long Lake, Minn.

Age 90, Died Thursday at his home, 3225 Grand av. He was a member of I. O. O. F. and F. and A. M. Funeral will take place at Lakewood chapel, Monday at 2 p.m.

age 15 years, at the home of his mother, Mrs. Annie Treat, 2827 Jackson st. NE. The funeral will be held from St. Clements church at 9 a.m. Saturday. Interment at St. Marys cemetery.

AGE 4 months, died Thursday evening at Hillcrest hospital. Furneral services from the residence 110 W. 40th st., Staturday afternoon at 2/30

In this city, wife of George B. Higgins, aged 48 years. Notice of funeral later.

THE FUNERAL OF MRS. WILLIAM HUNTER, who died Sept. 16, will be at the residence, 117 2d st. NE Saturday, 2 p.m.. She is survived by her husband, two daughters and one son, all of Minneapolis.

Obituary Notices from the Minneapolis Journal, Weds Eve. Jan 9, 1927, p. 27
Submitted by Eugene Barnes

Cox, Hugh Arthur, Of El Passo, Texas, survived by his wife, Eleanor and father, Throeret Cox of Minneapolis: two brothers, G. B. Cox of Fort Francis, Can., and T. R.Cox of Three Rivers, Mich: three sisters, Mrs H. E. Johnson of New Orleans, Mrs. F. L. Thompson and Mrs. I. J. Hentschhell of Minneapolis. Funeral services, Thursday at 8:30 from the residence of his father, 3020 W. 43d st. and 9 o'clock from
St. Thomas Catholic church. Interment St. Mary's Cemetery.

of Long Lake, Minn. Died Jan.8, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fred Moore, 3900 2d av. S. at the age of 83 years. Survived by F. O. Berglund, Wilmar, Minn.; C. V. Berglund, Portland, Ore; J. E. Berglund, Minnetonka Beach, Minn., and daughter Mrs. Fred Moore of this city. Funeral services at the Wayzata Congregational church, Thursday at 2 p.m. Interment at Long Lake, Minn.

Beloved husband of Annie De Mars, and father of Mrs. W. H. Green, Mrs. Alfred Wagner of Minneapolis, Stewart A. De Mars of Forth Worth, Texas, brother of Mrs. John Mercier of Minneapolis and Mrs. Emily Sully, Akron, Ohio. Funeral from the residence, 3736 Elliot av., Thursday at 8: 30 a.m. From the Holy Name church at 9 o'clock. Interment St. Mary's cemetery

Ages 74 years, 2009 18th av. NE, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 9. Funeral Friday, Jan. 11 at 2 p.m., from O. E. Larson's funeral parlors and 2:30 p. m. from Shiloh
Presbyterian church, 24th and Central Av. NE. Interment Lakewood cemetery.

-Died in Los Angeles, Jan.1, 1924. She is survived by her husband, John E. Berkey and daughter Minnie M. Berkey. Interment at Lakewood Cemetery. Funeral private. St. Paul, Minn., and Jordan, Mont. papers please copy.

aged 53 years, passed away at his home, 4942 29th av. S., Tuesday,. He is survived by his two daughters, Vivian and Alice. Funeral services and interment will take place at Sioux City, Iowa.

Aged 62, died Jan. 7, 1924. Funeral services will be held at her home, 2105 Irving av. N., Friday morning, 8:30 and from Ascension church at 9 o'clock, Interment St. Mary's cemetery.

Aged 71, wife of F. E. Schafer, formerly of this city, passed away Saturday, Jan. 5, in Long Beach, Calif., where funeral services will be held Jan. 8. interment, Freeport, Ill.

Aged 61, 4042 Girard av. N., passed away Monday. Services will be held Thursday at 2 o'clock from the residence. Interment Cystal Lake cemetery.

-Passed away Monday p.m., Jan. 7. at Rochester, Minn. Funeral services will be conducted at Lakewood chapel, Thursday at 11:30 a/m.

Minneapolis Morning Tribune
June 18, 1918
OBITUARIES, submitted by Eugene Barnes.

JONES, Daniel N., former resident of Shell Lake, Wis. died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. G. E. Hudson at 18 W. 15th St., Minneapolis, Tuesday. Is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters. Funeral services will be held at the Lee Mortuary Chapel Ninth and 15th, Friday 2:30 p.m. Interment Crystal Lake Cemetery.

GROTE, Dr. Wm. F. husband of Mrs. Emily Grote, died at the residence of his sister, Mrs. H. W. Rulpoetter, 38 2nd Ave. Tuesday, June 11. Funeral Services will be held at C. H. Elliot's understaing parlors, 1839 E. Lake St. on Tuesday, 2:20 p.m. Interment at Crystal Lake Cemetery.

HARTUNG, Andrew C. age 62, died Tuesday. Funeral services at the home, 2931 18th Ave. S. next Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Mr. Hartung was a member of A.O.U. No. 81 and Sons of Herman No. 12 lodges. Engaged on South Side police force past 17 years.

BURGESS, Pauline C. age 57, died June 12, 1918. She is survived by two sons, Gerald H. and Merill C. Services Friday, June 14, 2:30 p.m. from Johnson Undertaking parlors, 1900 Hennepin Ave., corner of Hennepin and Lincoln. Interment Lakewood. Rev. Owen O'Neil officiating.

SCHECK, Michael J., 1511 4th St., age 64, years, died Sunday. Survived by two sons, E. J. Scheck of Caldonia, MN., and F. J. Scheck of Bashaw, Alberta Canada. Funeral services Friday, 2 p.m. at Engers Funeral Chapel, 412 Cedar Ave. at 3 p.m. Lakewood Chapel.

MACKEEN, June, wife of Raymond C., passed away at Ashbury hospital at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday: Age 20 years. Funeral services to be held Thursday morning at 11 o'clock in Gill's Undertaking parlor. Dr. Burns officiating. Interment at Cresco, Iowa.

SORENSON, Jay Hattling, age 20, St. Paul Minn. Ju 12, 1918, at residence, 516 Aldine St. Beloved husband of Ruth Kraft Sorenson. Services at residence. Notice of funeral later.

PAPKE, Mamie, 201 4th St. N., age 19, died at Chicago, ILL. Funeral Thursday at 2 p.m. from Heinrichs Funeral parlors. Interment at Crystal Lake cemetery.

ROBERTS, Zacharis, 686 Telham St., St. Paul, age 81, died Wednesday. Funeral Services Friday at 2 p.m. from the home. Interment at Lakewood.

Heart Disease Causes Sudden Death Friday
Anoka Business Man Succumbs to Ailment of Years Standing
Funeral Services Tuesday
Boyhood Spent at Dayton, Forty Years Resident of Anoka
This headline appeared in the Osseo Press on May 1, 1924

Osseo friends were shocked to hear of the sudden death of Octave Chouinard Friday evening at his place on Main Street. Mr. Chouinard went to the basement on an errand and failed to return. Search disclosed the fact that he had been stricken and the cause of death was given as myocarditis. He had been a sufferer from heart disease for some years.

Octave Chouinard was born in Quebec province, Canada, August 10, 1856. He came to Dayton as a boy and attended school there, and on September 30, 1882, was married to Josephine Guimont at Dayton. She passed away three years ago in May. Seven chilldren were born to them; Joseph, Lee and Frank of Glasgow, Montana, Lawrence of Anoka, Alphonse who died in 1907; Mrs. (Dr.) H. A. Hanson, Tacoma, and Pearl Chouinard, Anoka.

Mr. Chouinard lived in Anoka forty years. Five years he lived at Cambridge. He was known all over the county and had a host of friends. He loved hunting and fishing and was a crack shot. Although a large man, he was wonderfully quick. Many are the people he has given help to. He was a member of St.Stephen's Church, the Knights of Columbus, and funeral services were held from the church yesterday, Rev. D. F. McCarthy officiating. The pallbearers were; L.J. Greenwald, John Coleman, Sr. James Leo, Ed Butler Sr. Hugh Donnelly and John Casey.

Mr. Chouinard left three sisters and a brother; Mrs. Mary A. Guimont, Anoka, Mrs. George Joyier and Mrs. John Croteau, Dayton, and Frank Chouinard, Los Angeles, California. Among those who attended the funeral of Octave Chouinard were: Mrs. Virginia Brockway, Miss Caroline Chouinard, Alexander Chouinard, M Gaspard Chouinard, Mr and Mrs. Fred Chouinard and daughter, Mr and Mrs. Joseph Chouinard, Gertrude Guimont, Mrs. Joseph Belanger, Mr and Mrs Peter xxxx, Mr and Mrs. Frank Fisette of Minneapolis, Mrs. John Hurley, Brainard; E.F. Gillespie, A. W. Erickson, Claire Erickson, Elmer Storkey, Cambridge; Mr. and Mrs Frank Gadolia, Mrs. R. Borgergrode, Ogilvie; a host of relatives and friends from Dayton whose name we did not get.

Obituary as it appeared in the Anoka Herald on May 24, 1921:
Mrs. Chouinard Dies
Well Known and Respected Citizen of Anoka for 35 Years

Josephine, beloved wife of Octave Chouinard, died at her home on 4th Avenue North, Wednesday morning from an acute stomach trouble from which she had suffered since last August.

Josephine Guimot was born in Dayton 59 years ago, and on October 2, 1883, she united in marriage to Octave Chouinard, who with 4 sons, Joe, Frank, Leo, and Lawrence, and two daughters; Leona and Pearl, two sisters; Mrs. Ben Martin, Mrs. John Wilmes of Osseo and five brothers, Henry, Frank, Joe, George, and Eli now in North Dakota survive her.

Mrs. Chouinard had lived in Anoka for 35 years beloved and respected by a large circle of friends and in her home a loyal and idolized wife and mother. She was a an active member of St. Stephens Church and its auxiliary from which the funeral was held Saturday, at 9:30 a.m. Rev. Father McCarthy officiating.

This was taken from the Anoka Herald Newspaper, Anoka, MN, on November 13, 1928:

Obituary as it appeared in the Anoka Herald on December 1, 1905.

Heart Failure
Al Chouinard Drops Dead Monday Evening at Eleven O'Clock

Last Monday evening Alphonse O. Chouinard, dropped dead at the house of his aunt, Mrs. Guimont, where he was boarding. He had complained during the evening of feeling very tired and had gone home early on that account. While eating a lunch before retiring, he suddenly fell forward on his face and expired at once. Dr. Caine, who was summoned, pronounced te cause of death as heart failure. The deceased was the oldest son of Mr and Mrs Octave Chouinard, was born at Dayton and was 21 years old on the 14th of last July. Besides his parents he leaves four brothers and two sisters, Joseph, Frank, Les, Lawrence, Lena and Pearl. To all appearances he was a powerful young man enjoying the best of health. For several years past he had a considerable local reputation as a ball player and athlete and his sudden death was a great shock to his friends who had never suspected any physical weaknes. He was a popular young man especially among the young people.

The funeral was held yesterday morning at ten o'clock from St.Stephens Church, Rev.Dolphin officiating. The pall bearers were Will Briere, Edward Coleman, Thomas Howard, Frank LeFerrier, John Stewart and James Tierney.

Dayton Honored Pioneer Resident Sunday Evening
Sunday, November 11th, an event took place at Dayton, when a party in honor of George Guimont, Dayton Pioneer and old time fiddler and dancer, was given at the Dayton Hall.

Mr. Guimont was born in Canada, forty miles below Quebec, 90 years ago, and came west in the 1860's having been a resident of Dayton since 1863. He married in 1883 to Mary Caouette and they had four children, two girls and two boys. Mr. Guimont also had five brothers and one sister, but all of these are dead, leaving Mr. Guimont the only surviving member of the family. Two others brothers lived here. Frank died at the age of 94 and Alpha at the age of 87. His older brother died in Canada.

For many years, Mr. Guimont has been prominent in the Dayton community. He is an old time fiddler and dancer of considerable renown and a year ago won first prize in an old time fiddler's contest held at Dayton.

Mr. Guimont is spry for his age and was able to dance two square dances at the celebration.

Obituary from the following newspaper: Osseo Press, Sept 6, 1934.

George Guimont of Dayton township, a resident there for 78 years, dropped dead of heart failure Sunday noon. He was born at Cap St. Ignace, Canada, on November 11, 1837 and came to the United States by ox team with his two brothers, Frank and Alpha, in 1866. His farm was three miles south of Dayton village. He leaves two daughters, Mrs. Henry Zimmerman of Robbinsdale and Louise Guimont of Oregon, and two sons, Joseph of Hennepin County and Napoleon, living on the home place. His brother, Frank, the oldest one of the brothers, died in Anoka at the age of 94, and his brother Alpha, died in Anoka at the age of 88. He had three brothers who died in Canada before the brothers came to the United States. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning from the Dayton Church. Mr. Guimont was an uncle of Mrs. Ben Martin of Anoka.

Obituary from the Anoka Union, dated March 8, 1922

Pioneer Dies Alpha Guimont
Came to Minnesota Several Years Beforethe Civil War
Alpha Guimont, long a resident of Minnesota, died at Anoka March 2, aged 86 years. Death was due to old age. Mr. Guimont was born at Cap St Ignace, Quebec, February 12, 1836. He came to Minnesota about 1855 and settled near Dayton where he engaged in farming until ten years ago when he moved to Anoka. Mr. Guimont was married in 1858 to Miss Natalie Baudette at Dayton and ten children were born to them of whom seven are living. The surviving children are; Norman, Champlin, Mrs. Rose Dahlin, Minneapolis, Mrs. Lulu Olson, Minneapolis, Mrs. E. X. Violette, Virginia, Minnesota, Mrs. Louis Hanson, Cloquet, Minnesota, Mrs. George Cloutier, Anoka, and Mary and Alphonze of Anoka. Mrs. Guimont died July 6, 1920, and one daughter, Mrs. Walter Howell, passed away only last year. The funeral services were at St. Stephens Church in Anoka and interment was at Dayton.

Obituary reads as follows from the Anoka Union

Mrs. Walter Howelldied at her home on Third Avenue, last Saturday, following an illness since last summer with tuberculosis. Deceased was born in May 1887 in the town of Dayton and was united in marrige, May 24, 1920. She was a member of of St. Stephen's Church from which the funeral was held on Tuesday with interment in the Dayton Cemetery. Surviving are her husband, her father, Alfred (Alpha), Guimont, seven sisters, Mrs. George Cloutier, Anoka; Mrs. Oscar Dahlin, Mrs. H. W. Olson, Minneapolis, Mrs. E. Violet, Viriginia, Minnesota; Mrs. L. Hanson, Cloquet, Minnesota; Misses Mary and Fronza Guimont, Champlin and a brother, W. L. Guimont, Champlin, Minnesota.

From the Anoka Union, Wednesday, July 7, 1926, thru Anoka County Historical Society:
Paul Guimont, 88 years old, died Saturday. He leaves eight daughters and a son. Funeral Services were held yesterday from the home of his daughter, Mrs. Chas. Demars, 508 1st Ave. N.E. Minneapolis, and at St. John's Baptist Church at Dayton. He was one of the best known old residents of this section.

Anoka Union, Wednesday, July 19, 1922, courtesy of Anoka County Historical Society:
Taken Sick While Swimming and Ventures Into Water Again -
Archie Guimont, fifteen year old son of Napoleon Guimont, was drowned in the Mississippi River Sunday. He and a younger brother went in swimming between Elk River and Dayton. Archie was taken sick and came to shore, where he had a severe vomiting spell. He returned to the water a while and his younger brother heard him call for help. He went for assistance and when he returned the boy had disappeared. Search for the body was started and given up because of darkness. Monday morning he was found not far from where he had gone down.

Obituary from Anoka Union, Anoka, MN on July 8, 1925 reads as follows:

Aged Pioneer Passes
Frank Guimont Who Came to State in 1848
Dies At Home of His Daughter

Frank Guimont, resident of this vicinity since 1848, died at the home of this daughter, Mrs. Ben Martin, of this city, Wednesday, at the age of 93 years. Mr. Guimont came to Minnesota as a youth when the state was still largely a wilderness and saw it become populous and modernized. Settling in Dayton in 1848 he helped to send the first raft of logs down the Mississippi, and lived to see the day when there were no more logs to be seen upon the stream.

Born near Quebec, in 1832, of French parents, he spent his boyhood in Canada , but at sixteen followed the wesward movement that was then taking place and came with the loggers and trappers to the Mississippi. Most of his life was spent with his daughter, Mrs. Ben Martin, in Anoka.

Mr. Guimont leaves five sons, Henry of Dayton, Frank of Minneapolis, Eli of Fort Frances Canada, George and Joe of Kildeer, ND and three daughters, Mrs. John Wilmes of Osseo, and Mrs. Octave Chouinard and Mrs. Ben Martin of Anoka. He also leaves one brother, George Guimont, of Dayton.

The funeral services were held at the Dayton church Friday and interment was at Dayton Cemetery.

Obituary as appearing in the Anoka County Union, Sept 12, 1980, page 4

: Services for Joseph Bistodeau, of Dayton River Road, Dayton, were held Sept 3 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Dayton. Father Don Schmitzius officiated and burial was in St. John the Baptist Church Cemetery, Dayton. Joseph Bistodeau was born August 9, 1903 in Dayton, son of Henry and Amanda (Bouley) Bistodeau. He is a member of St. John The Baptist Catholic Church, Dayton. He died August 30, 1980, at Oak Terrace Nursing Home, Minnetonka. He is survived by his brother George of Minneapolis and Mrs. Francis Bistodeau of Minneapolis. Arrangements with Gearhart-Miller Funeral Home, Anoka.

Various articles from the Osseo Press, dated Thursday, December 7, 1939, Dayton Section:

Speaking of nice things that have been done, the township wishes to thank all of those who so kindly have helped Father Guillemette to landscape the lots in the cemetery. This adds much to the beauty of the parish grounds. One can imagine how lovely it will look next summer when it is green with grass.

Norman Guimont, formerly of Dayton and Champlain, who is well known to Dayton folks has been very ill but is slowly recovering. He is making his home with Clarence Guimont

Mrs. Clarence and Mrs. Lund were callers at the Gene Bistodeau home this week.

Mrs. Claude Hall has sold her summer resort and its buildings. She is building a new across from te Guimont place at Cloutier Corners.

Election returns for the village show that 117 ballots were cast. Mr. Emery Plante was re-elected Mayor with a total of 89 votes. Clarence Bistodeau poled 25 votes and three others were cast for two different parties. Mr. Bistodeau was very much surprised that he had poled the 25 votes as he had not filed for the office and wasn't running as a sticker candidate either. For the Council position, Floyd Talbot received 82 votes and Ed Carrow 35 votes.

Mr. and Mrs. Gene Bistodeau spent Thanksgiving at the home of Mrs. R. Bergstrom in St. Paul, there were sixteen guests who sat down to a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmngs.

Mr and Mrs. L.F. LeClair had their Thanksgiving dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schirmer of Thomas Avenue North in Minneapolis. Prof. Sidney Morse and his wife were also guests of the Shirmers. They are often guests at Grayce Manor.

Sorry to report that Mrs. Henry Bistodeau is very ill, but we hope for a speedy recovery. Her sister-in-law, Mrs. H. Brier, has been with her for a few days.

Mrs. Brier had a family dinner of turkey and chicken for forty guests the past week. All but four were members of the family. This party was given at the completion of the remodeling of their home. For entertainment cards were played. The lucky winners were; Jeanette Bistodeau, first prize; Jose Bistodeau, second prize; Mrs. Sarah McNeil and John Sunday, low prizes and Horace Brier, door prize; Gene Bistodeau won the door prize. All enjoyed the party very much.

The wedding of Muriel Brown to Merle Rouillard of Dayton took place at St. John the Baptist Church with High Mass Saturday morning. The wedding breakfast followed at the home of the bride groom. The afternoon was spent in a social way and in the evening a reception was given at the home of the bride in Anoka. The bride received many beautiful gifts from her friends. Miss Rosella Recker was the bridesmaid and Merlin Rouillard was the best man. The bride wore a rose colored dress and her attendant a blue dress. It was a very beautiful wedding. The bride and groom were made very happy by the attendance and Father Guillemette at the breakfast. The couple will reside at 752 Main Street, in Anoka. Miss Rouillard is the daughter of of Mr and Mrs Lester Brown of Anoka.

Toby LaPointe became homesick for the old home town this week. His mother received a letter from him, and as only a mother can read between the lines, Toby was surely thinking of the home folks. He is stationed at the Navy Yard in Bremerton, Washington.

We found Alma Bistodeau her old self again busying herself in the store. She is still recovering from an operation at Fairview Hospital.

Delores Rougier, who has been employed at the Munition Factory in Anoka, has been laid off because of lack of work at the plant so she is home again in Dayton.

Mr. B.B. Buick has purchased the Ed Carrow property from Henry Meyers. We are glad to have him in our midst.

Last but not least, comes tghe announcement of the arrival of an early Christmas present to Leonard and Lorna Bouley - a baby boy born at St. Mary's Hospital December 2 It was hard on the cigars and candy in Dayton as the new father passed them out among his friends. The boy will be called David Leonard Bouley.

Estelle Boudry Peterson and her mother, Mrs. Fred Boudry, motored to Minneapolis Tuesday.

SEPT 1902
JOHN CLARK DEAD- John Clark, aged 74 years, died at his residence, 226 Twenty-Eight Street West, Thursday. The cause of his death was Bright's Disease. He was born in Gunthorpe, England in 1828, and had been a resident of this country sixty-seven years, the last thirty-four being spent in Minneapolis. Mr. Clark had not been actively engaged in business for several years, but he was formerly a carriage manufacturer and conducted a factory on Hennepin Ave. Had he lived until December 15, Mr. and Mrs. Clark would have been married fifty years. Mrs. Clark and five children, four sons and a daughter, all of whom reside in Minneapolis, survive him. The funeral will be private and internment will be in Lakewood Cemetery.
Died January 2, 1911

MRS. JOHN CLARK, aged 80 years, died Jan 2 at her home, 226 West Twenty-Eight Street. She leaves a daughter, Mrs. J.W. Crockett and three sons, Luther L., Charles P., and Frederick A. Clark. Mrs. Clark was born in Illinois and came to Minneapolis in 1868. Funeral services will be held from the residence Thursday. Internment will be in Lakewood Cemetery.

Family, friends say good-bye to Delvina Dahlheimer, 113

Posted: 3/20/02
by Susan M.A. Larson
Staff writer

Family and friends gathered at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Dayton Monday to say good-bye to a woman who experienced the history most only read about.

Delvina Dahlheimer died Wednesday, March 13, at the Guardian Angels Care Center in Elk River. At 113 years of age, she was thought to be Minnesota’s oldest living resident and one of the oldest people in the world, according to nursing home officials.

Noted the Rev. Tom Margevicius, celebrant at the funeral Mass, “She was baptized in this parish before this church was put up.”

Everyone, said Margevicius, knows where they were on Sept. 11, 2001.

“The previous generation remembers the Kennedy assassination and the older generation remembers when World War II ended.”

Delvina’s memories went beyond.

“To remember Teddy Roosevelt and the opening of the Panama Canal and the turning of two centuries,” said Margevicius, amazed. “When a girl was celebrating her 11th birthday and later that night welcomed in the 20th century.”

Born Delvina Morrisette on Dec. 31, 1888, on a farm in Otsego Township, she was the daughter of French-Canadian settlers who came to Minnesota in the 19th century. Her first language was French, which she sometimes spoke with her younger brother when he visited her at Guardian Angels.

In October 1909, Delvina became the bride of Phillip Dahlheimer at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Dayton. He died in 1974 at the age of 85. Together the couple raised seven children.

Margevicius praised Delvina’s easy-going nature and humility.

“She was truly self-forgetting,” he said. “A truly humble person doesn’t think much about him or herself. When all the newspapers and TV cameras came out (for her birthday), she handled it with a remarkable nonchalance. She had a self-forgetfulness that gave her the ability to see others as they really were.”

Oldest grandson, Patrick McNeil, spoke of his grandmother with pride.

“How often I told others about her,” he said.

McNeil related how, after attending her birthday party in December, he attended a business meeting. When those at the meeting were asked to give an “ice breaker,” he wowed the crowd when he told them he had just come from his grandmother’s 113th birthday.

Delvina lived alone until entering Guardian Angels at age 101. She sewed her own dress for her 100th birthday party and even danced at the event.

“She was such a polite, calm lady,” said Sheila Suski, a nurse unit manager who has worked at the care center for 13 years. “She never got worked up about anything.”

At Delvina’s birthday party in December, her granddaughter, Marcia Heath speculated this was part of the secret to Delvina’s longevity.

Delvina reportedly died in her sleep last Wednesday.

“She had a very peaceful death,” Suski said.

“I was glad she didn’t have to suffer,” said Florence Johnson, who at 91 was Delvina’s oldest child. “I was happy for her, but at the same time it’s the end of an era.

“It wasn’t a sad thing, but it wasn’t a happy thing either because it was the death of a mother.”

Surviving Delvina are a daughter, Florence Johnson of Anoka; sons, Maurice of Champlin, Irwin of Elk River, Merlin John of Dayton and Douglas of Alexandria; a brother, Clarence Caron of Crystal; 34 grandchildren; 102 great-grandchildren; and 65 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Phillip, and two of her children, Verna and Leon.

ŠElk River Star News

Obituary for Caroline (Dion) Gagne

Minneapolis Journal, May 1914


State Loses One of Earliest Settlers by Death of Mrs. Caroline Gagne.

In the passing of Mrs. Caroline Gagne, age 84 years old, who died a few days ago at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joseph Premeau, 822 Ramsey street NE. She came here before Minneapolis existed and when there was only one house in St. Anthony.

Mrs. Gagne arrived in St. Anthony in 1854 from Quebec, where she was born Jan 12, 1830, to join her husband who had come two years before. For a year they made thier home on the East Side and then moved to a farm near Lake Calhoun. After two years Mr. Gagne felt that life on the quiet shores of Calhoun were not primitive enough. He had acquired a taste for maple sugar and decided to delve into the wilderness where he could tap the trees for himself.

Cut Path Through Wood

With a friend, he literally hewed his way through the woods to what is now the town of Corcoran, where he staked out his claim and made his home. The maples were plentiful and to this day the old Gagne homestead has the finest grove of royal maples in the state.

On this farm Mr. and Mrs. Gagne lived until 1886, when Mr. Gagne died, and the farm went to one of the sons, George, who, with his family, is still living on it. The couple had eleven children, eight of whom are living, sixty-six grandchildren, eight of whom have died, and sixty-four great-grandchildren, of whom fifty-five are living, or a total of 121 living descendants.

Hid Children From Indians

Mrs. Gagne often told of the hardships she and her husband had to undergo in the pioneer days, when the woods were full of Indians and wild beasts. She related stories of raids made by the savages which caused her to hide her children in the cellar and keep them under cover for days.

The funeral services were held at Notre Dame de Lourdes church on the East Side, and the interment was at Corcoran. The surviving children are: Mrs. Joseph Premeau, 822 Ramsey street NE; Mrs. Frank Cloutier, 512 Fifth Street NE; Mrs. John Belair, 724 Adams street NE; Mrs. E. La Belle, Glendive Mont., who formerly was proprietor of the French hotel on Nicolett avenue; George, Peter and Louis Gagne of Corcoran.