Lincoln County 

- courtesy Wilma J. Vande Berg


Earl, Edward H.

HEADLINES: Died Monday at Home
DATE of DEATH: Jan 9, 1940
PLACE of DEATH: Lincoln Co. SD
DATE of BIRTH: Jun 16, 1864
PLACE of BIRTH: Wisconsin
PARENTS: Ezra 'Jack' and Margaret (Reese) Earl
SPOUSE: Nora Black
DATE of MARRIAGE: Jan 1, 1890
SURVIVORS: Harry, Ed, Ethel, Ida, Margaret and three brothers Will, Floyd and Jeromie
PLACE of BURIAL: Hudson Cemetery
NEWSPAPER SOURCE & DATE: Hawarden Independent Jan 11, 1940

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Pauline ‘Polly’ Eckley

Hawarden Independent(March 2002)

Pauline "Polly" Eckley,83,died Friday, March 22, 2002 at the Colonial Manor of Hudson. Funeral services was Monday at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with burial at Lands Lutheran Cemetery.

Annie Pauline Eckley was born Oct. 28, 1918 at Cornersville,Tenn, the daughter of Ollie and Regina Wilkes. She grew up and received her formal education at Lewisburg Tenn. She was baptized at the First Baptist Church in Lewisburg, where she taught Sunday School, served as Director and Chancellor of youth activities, and was active with Missionary Society work. She Married Cyrus Eckley of Hudson, SD. on March 3, 1946 in Lewisburg. They farmed near Hudson for 34 years. Following the death of Mr. Eckley on June 19, 1980 she remained on the family farm until becoming a resident at Colonial Manor in November of 2001.

Survivors include; nieces, Sharon Dominisee of Hudson, Dorothy Knutson of Sioux Falls, Charlotte Rodway of Canton; nephews in Tennessee; special great and great-great nieces and nephews


Source:Hawarden Independent(11-1-1979)

Mrs. Will Emmers

Mrs. Will Emmers,55,of Hudson, died Wednesday, Oct 24,in a hospital at Sioux Falls of brief illness.

Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the United Church of Christ at Hudson, The Rev. Rodger Kube officiated. Burial was in the Grace Hill Cemetery at Hawarden under direction of the VanDeMore Funeral home of Hudson.

Mrs. Emmers, the former Lois Finnie, was born June 24, 1924, at Hawarden. She was married Dec. 23, 1943. She worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in Sioux City and in Hawarden. In 1956, she and her husband became owners of the Hudsonite Newspaper and moved to Hudson. She had been editor since 1960.

Survivors include the widower; one daughter, Mrs. Jack (Carol)Breugem of Minneapolis, Minn; one son, Steve of Sioux Falls; one Grandchild; two brothers, Robert T. of Lakewood, Calif. and Gene of Desert Hot Spring, Calif.; and two sisters Mrs. S.E.Ellis of Hiawatha, Iowa and Mrs. Harriet Smith of Merced, Calif.


Mrs. Allen Everhart

From the Alton Democrat of April 28, 1900 Hudson SD Hits (near Hawarden IA)
The sad news of the death of Mrs. Allen Everhart at Kimball, was received here Saturday by Mr. and Mrs. R. McMannis who left at once for Kimball, Mr. Everhart being Mrs. McMannis brother. The deceased formerly resided in this vicinity and has many friends here who mourn her sudden demise. She leaves a husband and seven children and other relatives to mourn her loss. She was a true Christian woman, a fond mother and a loving wife and her loss comes as a great blow to her beloved ones.
(From comes the family history of the family Everhart. Allen Freemont Everhart born 15 Apr 1856 Ohio died 16 Jan 1939 Wyoming. His wife was Maggie Amelia Seeley 1959-1900. She married Allen Jul 26, 1889 at Hawarden IA. Children mentioned were - Elda, Arthur, Zepha, Chester, Ethel and Elmer.)


Wilford Farley’s baby

From the Alton Democrat of Jul 6, 1901 Hudson news.
A pretty little boy baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. Wilford Farley on Thursday morning of last week but the little one only lived twenty four hours when he was recalled to that brighter world, for as the good book says, "of such is the Kingdom of Heaven."


Thomas J.  Fleming

Hawarden Independent of April 20, 2000
Thomas J. Fleming, 66, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at his home in Hudson, S.D. due to cancer.
Funeral service was Saturday at Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Rock Valley with the Rev. Dale George officiating. Burial was at the Eden Cemetery at Hudson, S.D. Porter Funeral Home, Hudson was in charge of arrangements.

Thomas "Tom" Flemming was born May 6,1933 at Sioux City, to John and Georgina (Webber) Fleming. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1953-1955. He married Crystal Hanner on April 16,1976 at Elk Point, S.D.

He did residential construction, worked for the Sioux City police department from 1963-1966 and the Sioux City water department from 1983 until his retirement in 1994. The Flemings moved to Hudson, S.D. in 1992 where Mr. Fleming was mayor of Hudson from 1997-1999. He was president of the Senior Citizen's board and assisted in the remodeling of the Senior Citizen's building for which he received a "proclamation" from Gov. Janklow for his work. He was currently vice-commander of the Bergstrom-Bodeen Post #128 at Hudson and a member of Jeptha Lodge #121AF + AM.

Surviving relatives include his wife Crystal; four sons: Dan and his wife, Judy Fleming, of Elk Point, S.D.; Tommy Fleming of Sioux City; Brandon Fleming of Sioux City; Phillip, Sr. and his wife, Kim Fleming, of Inwood; three daughters: Kathy Wilke and her special friend, Don March, of Hudson; Peggy and her husband, Dave Otterpohl, of Sioux City; Deb and her husband, Jim Carson, of Sioux City; two brothers: Jim Fleming of Sioux City; and Bill Fleming of Vancover, Wash.; five sisters: Anges Thomas and Rita Skuya, both of Sioux City; Rosliee and her husband, Nic Smokey, of Daphine, Ala.; Sheila and her husband, Tom Gunderson, of Glendale, Ariz.; and Pat and her husband, Melvin Watkins, of Albuquerque, N.M.; 20 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.


A 77 year old retired farmer, Olaf Fossum, a bachelor who lived alone in a small frame house in Hudson, suffocated in a fire which destroyed the interior of his home early Tuesday.

The fire was discovered by a neighbor at about 2 A.M., firemen found Mr. Fossum's body near the kitchen door, indicating that he had tried to escape before being overcome. Origin of the fire was not immediately determined.

Mr. Fossum was born in Norway and came to the United States as a boy. He farmed in Lincoln County for a number of years before retiring to Hudson.

The only known survivor is a sister who lives in Carnes ? (end of paper is folded so cannot read the town).

Hawarden Independent - February 25, 1960


Mrs. A. L. Fritts

From the Alton Democrat of July 17, 1897 Hudson SD News.
Mrs. A. L. Fritts died Monday afternoon, after an illness of some weeks. For some days prior to her demise she seemed to be in better health than at, any time during her sickness and there were strong hopes of her recovery. Thus the blow fell all the harder, as it was quite unexpected.
She was a good Christian woman and a loving wife and mother, well known and liked by everyone.
She leaves a husband, two children and many other relatives to mourn her loss, while the whole community extends its heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved husband and children in
this their deepest hour of grief. The  remains were laid to rest in the cemetery,  here Thursday, the K. of P. lodge taking charge of the funeral.
(This is the family of Abraham L. Fritts born abt 1863 in WI, died 12 Dec 1847 Hudson SD  The two children as reported in the 1900 census of Goose Lake SD were Edna born May 1897 and Cedne b. May 1888 SD. Abram was married to Ida 22 years at the time. )


Samuel J. Fugle’s baby

From the Alton Democrat of Jan 26, 1895
Hudson SD news.
Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Fugle lost their two months old baby last Sunday night. They have the sympathy of all in their sad bereavement.
(Found the family of Samuel J. Fugle living at Elk Point SD in 1900. Born Mar 1875 Norway came to USA in 1882 married 1892, to Maria... b. abt 1872. Children at the time were Edand J. 7, Harry E 3, Inga M. 11 mo.)


Tony Giesler

Alton Democrat of May 21, 1904
Tony Giesler a young man aged twenty one years living at Hudson SD in some way fell off the excursion train en-route home from Platte SD last Sunday and was injured so badly that he has since died from his injuries .
(More specifics on this young man could not be readily found. An Anton F. Geisler was born 25 Sep 1879 in Wisconsin but not sure if correct one.)


Mrs. Frazier Gilman

From the Hawarden Independent of Jun 5, 1890
Brief death article -
Mrs. Frazier Gilman, residing two miles this side of Eden, (Hudson) died Tuesday evening from congestion of the brain. Mrs. Gilman was a lady of culture and refinement, and was well known in this section, having been a resident of Eden for more than 15 years.

(found the 1880 census of Eden, Lincoln, Dakota Territory. Frazier Gilman was 33, born about 1847 in New York, wife Isabella age 45 born about 1835 in Maryland, the Gilman children were J. May Gilman b. 1875 Bronx NY and John born 1878 in Maine. There were two Pegott children living with them W. Stella 11, and William age 10. On the site (work done by others) Frazier Gilman b. 1847 NY died 1931 in Rowayton, Fairfield Conn. First wife was Anna Dealey, second wife was Isabelle Pigott or Piqott. The Gilmans are referred to in the Early history of Hudson found on Also ran across an article in the New York Times of Mar 12, 1901 entitled Claimants to the Gilman Millions here, involved Frazier Gilman)


Mrs. Charles Gourley

Hawarden Independent of Nov 8, 1958
Mrs. Gourley Of Hudson Succumbs Mrs. Charles Gourley of rural Hudson, a parishioner at St. Mary's Catholic church of Hawarden, died at her home Monday evening. She had been ailing for some time, but was not bedfast.

Funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock Friday morning at St. Mary's church with Fr. Lawrence Thos. Kearney, O. P., officiating during Fr. Friedman's absence. Rosary will be recited at the Vandamore Funeral home al Hudson this evening (Thursday) at 8 o'clock.

Survivors include the widower; a daughter, Cheryl, who Teaches at Fremont, Neb.; a son, Charles, in Los Angeles; four sisters, and four grandchildren

Mrs. Theresa (James)  Gourley

Hawarden Independent of Aug 7, 1947
Mrs. Theresa  Gourley, 83, of the Hudson vicinity, a pioneer of Sioux county, died Thursday, July 24, following a long illness. Funeral services were held at the Catholic church at Rock Valley on Monday morning of last week with Rev. Fr. McGoey in charge. Interment was in the Catholic cemetery in Rock Valley.

Theresa McNaughton was born in Ireland May 12, 1864, and went to Chicago when she was 20 years old. She married James Gourley in Chicago June 24, 1886, and then came to the homestead, east of Hudson in Sioux County. She lived on the home stead 61 years. At one time in the early days Mr.Gourley returned to Chicago where he was employed while his wife and children remained on the farm.

Her husband died 14 years ago. She is survived by nine daughters and two sons, Agnes and James Gourley, who are at the home place, Mrs. Mayme Vande More, Mrs. Pearl Lode and Charles Gourley, also of Hudson; Mrs. Rose Walker and Mrs.Lottie Olson of Hollywood, Calif.; Mrs.Grace Walker of Centerville, S. D.; Mrs. Ellen Waldorf of Vernon, Iowa; Mrs. Irene Kohls of Moville and Ruby Gourley of Cherokee. There are 17 great grandchildren and 17 grandchildren.
Mrs. Paul Scott of Hawarden is one of the grandchildren.


Mrs. Sarah (David) Graham


Funeral services for Mrs. David Graham,61, of Hudson who died at the hospital there Saturday afternoon from an extended illness were held at 2 o'clock Wednesday at the Congregation church of which her husband is pastor with Rev. Dr. Ralph J. Hoffman, Rev Donald R. Asman and Rev. Olivere E. Everson officiating.

Sarah May Gilkeson was born March 11, 1905 at Arcadia, Amanda and Charles Gilkeson. She attended grade school at Arcadia and graduated from high school at Goehenburg, Neb., She enrolled at Kearney State Teachers college and then at the University of South Dakota where she received her bachelor of arts degree. She taught school for a number of years in Nebraska, Wyoming and South Dakota.

On January 11, 1932, she married Rev. David Graham at Rapid City,SD. They resided at Hill City,SD., Winfred,SD., Centerville,SD., Ipswich,SD, Elk Point,SD., and since June of 1950 they made their home in Hudson. Her husband served as minister of the Frist Congregation church in each of those towns.

For a number of years she served as secretary of the Hudson Congregation Women's Fellowship and was one of the only two women ever to be elected moderator of the Congregation conference. Over a period of years she was active in the Friendly Service work of the State Women's Fellowship. Mrs. Graham was elected the first worthy matron of the reorganized Sioux Valley chapter No. 40, Order of the Eastern Star and for a number of years was treasurer, an office which she held at the time of her death. She was a charter member of Truth Rebekah lodge No. 129 of Elk point and last year received a 25 year membership jewel from this lodge.


She is survived by her husband and a brother Ferrel Gilkeson of Loma, Colo.

Source:Hawarden Independent(4-7-1966)

Paul Gubrud

Source:Hawarden Independent(7-15-1971)
Accident Victim

Mr. Paul Gubrud, age 30 died Sunday p.m. (7-10-71) near River Falls, Wisc., while participating in Sky Diving, his main chute and emergency chute failed to open. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2:oo p.m. at the Hudson Lutheran Church with the Rev. John Heruth officiating. Burial was at the Eden Cemetery at Hudson, SD.

Paul Douglas Gubrud was born December 25, 1940 to Lila and Paul Gubrud at Sioux Falls, SD. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. His parents farmed in the Hudson vicinity and this is where he grew to young manhood. He attended grade school at Virginia Rural School near Hudson and high school at Hudson, SD. Following his graduation from Hudson high school he attended South Dakota State University at Brookings for a short time and later attended the University of South Dakota School of Business at Vermillion from which he graduated. He served in the United States Navy for four years. 18 months of that time on Guam. After his release from the Navy he moved to Bloomington, Minn., where he was residing at the time of his death. He was employed as Administrative Assistant in the Engineering Department of Univac Corporation. He was not married.


Burr Harris’s child

From the Alton Democrat of Oct 31, 1896 Hudson SD News
Mr. and Mrs. Burr Harris lost their eldest child, a girl three years old, Monday. The little one was taken with spasms which baffled all medical skill. We sympathize with the bereaved family.
(Found in the 1900 census of Lincoln Co. SD. Burr Harris 49 b. Jan 1861 in New York, wife Mary age 32 b. Jun 1867 WI, children Ervin 9, Elsie 2, and Dwight 9 mo. Found a family history on line at Leon G. Harria b. 1861 NY wife Mary 1867 Children Erwin 1890, Elsa 1898, Dwight 1900 and Lucy 1907. They were living at Neligh NE in 1910)


Mrs. S. P. Hartzell

Alton Democrat of Dec 23, 1899 Hudson SD News (near Hawarden IA)
DIED.—At her home one mile west of town, on Saturday morning at 4 o'clock, Mrs. S. P. Hartzell. The deceased has been very ill for some time and her death had been expected for nearly a week, still the taking off came as a great shock to her family and hosts of friends here. She had been suffering all year with a hoped that with the best of skill and the most careful nursing that she would recover her usual
health, but it was not to be, and so on Saturday morning she, passed into that great Beyond where, sooner or later we must all follow her. Though she suffered the most excrutiating pains she always bore up heroically and never complained. Everything possible was done for her but all to no avail.

This summer her husband had built for her especial comfort and convenience the finest residence in these parts, modern and up to date throughout. But she lived but a short time in her new dwelling and her death was a very pathetic on as the luxurious dwelling built mostly for mother's sake, seems but an idle mockery now to the ones who loved her so truly and devotedly.

Her remains were laid to rest in the Eden cemetery on Sunday afternoon, and the largest crowd that ever gathered together to do honor to a beloved and esteemed departed one in this vicinity, was there to pay a last tribute of respect to the one gone before.  She leaves a husband, three son, a daughter and many other relatives to mourn her loss. To those sorrowing ones we extend our heartfelt sympathy, and may He who tempers the wind to the shorn lamb, be with them and let them remember that she has but gone before to that land where pain and suffering are known no more forever.


Gerrit Havelaar

Havelaar, Gerrit
Home Town: Hudson, SD
Deceased Date: Thursday, June 28, 2012
Service: Saturday, June 30, 3012
Address: Hudson Lutheran Church  702 Harris Street  Hudson, South Dakota

Obituary: Hudson, SD: Gerrit Havelaar, 90, of Hudson, SD died Thursday, June 28, 2012 at the VA Hospital at Sioux Falls, SD. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 30, 2012 at the Hudson Lutheran Church, Hudson with Rev. Lori Marty officiating. Burial will follow at Eden Cemetery in Hudson. There will be no visitation prior to the funeral service. Porter Funeral Home of Hudson is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to
Gerrit was born January 18, 1922 at Inwood, Iowa, son of Dick and Gertrude (DeBruin) Havelaar. He was the oldest of nine children. He married Martha Ray on June 6, 1942 at Papillion, Nebraska. Gerrit proudly served in the Army Air Corp from 1942 to 1945 as a B26 Crew Chief. Following World War II, Gerrit and Martha lived in Omaha, NE for a brief time and then moved to Hudson, SD, where he farmed in the area from 1946 to 1983. Gerrit continued doing custom work for others until 2010. He enjoyed collecting and restoring antique tractors. He attended many threshing shows where he displayed and operated a half scale 28x46 Avery Threshing Machine that he built over a period of 10 years.

Gerrit is survived by his son, Charles (Cheryl) of Sioux Falls, SD; grandson, Todd (Lori) Havelaar of Richardson, TX; granddaughter, Angie (Dan) Staebell of Sioux Falls, SD; great-grandchildren, Lucas Havelaar and Alex Staebell; brother, Cork Havelaar of Canton, SD; and sisters, Grace Brevik of Buffalo, MN, June Carlson of Omaha, NE, and Rose Hawkins of Rapid City, SD.  Gerrit was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Martha; infant brother, Robert; brother, Marion Havelaar; sisters, Marie Vietor and Bernice Duncan.
Source: Porter Funeral Home, Hudson, SD. obit.


Mrs.  Dorothy (Case) Havelaar

Mrs. Case Havelaar, 65, Hudson, died Sunday at her home following a brief illness.

Services were at 2 P.M., at the VanDeMore Funeral Home, Hudson. The Rev. Milo Sheldon officiated. Burial was at the Eden Cemetery, Hudson.

Mrs. Havelaar, the former Dorothy George, was born June 19, 1911 in Cainsville, MO. She was married August 31, 1940 in Princeton, MO. After their marriage the couple moved to a farm near Hudson.

Survivors include the widower; six sons, John of Canton; Pete of Rockford, IL; William and Henry, both of Sioux Falls; and Fred and Casey, both of Hudson; a daughter, Mrs. Guy (Ann) Brown of Sioux Falls, and six grandchildren.

Source: Hawarden Independent, March 10, 1977

Hazel, William

Funeral services were held December 3 at the Community Reformed Church in Hawarden for William Hazel, 82, of Hawarden, who died at the Hawarden hospital November 30.

Services were conducted by the Rev. Thomas Beech and burial was in Eden Cemetery at Hudson, S.D.

Mr. Hazel was born in The Netherlands June 9, 1892, and came to the U.S. in 1915. He settled in the Canton, S.D., area. On October 6, 1920, Mr. Hazel was married to Annie Hermon at Inwood. They resided on a farm in the Fairview and Hudson areas for many years. Mrs. Hazel died in 1957. He moved to Hawarden in 1961.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Harold (Wilma) Ronsiek of Hawarden, Mrs. Glenn (Clara) Larson of Papillion, Nebr., Mrs. Sam (Nellie) Keizer, of Akron and Mrs. Jennie West of Sioux Falls, S.D., four sons, Louis of Hawarden, William, Jr. of Beresford, S.D., John of Baltic, S.D., and Raymond of Hudson, 19 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

Source: Sioux Center News, December 4, 1974


Horner,  Edna Mrs. Ira

Mrs. Ira Horner Dies At Age 75

Funeral services for Mrs. Ira A. Horner,75, who died last Thursday at Alcester were held at the Congregational church in Hudson. Rev. David Graham officiating.

Edna Mae Marshall was born May 14, 1886, near Hudson and was educated in schools of Union county. She married Ira A. Horner at Hudson June 22, 1910.

Survivors include the widower, two sons, 11 grandchildren and one great grandcild.

Source: Hawarden Independent(3-29-1962)

Frank Hazlett’s child

From the Alton Democrat of Mar 13, 1898
Hudson SD News.
The two year old child of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hazlett died last Wed. evening and was laid to rest in the Inwood cemetery on Friday afternoon. The little one had not been seriously ill and its sudden demise was a great shock to the parents. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to them.

( This is believed to be a child of Frank Hazlett 33 b. Mar 1867 IL and Regina Jacobson 25 b. May 1875 IA found in the Sioux Tsp. Sioux Co. Census of 1900. Sioux Tsp would be close to both Hudson SD and Inwood IA).


Frank Hazlett’s child

Alton Democrat of March 17, 1900
Hudson SD news
The two year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hazlett succumbed to an attack of bronchitis Saturday after a very brief illness. The funeral services were held at the Hazlett homestead Sunday afternoon. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved parents in this their hour of deepest grief.

( This is believed to be a child of Frank Hazlett 33 b. Mar 1867 IL and Regina Jacobson 25 b. May 1875 IA found in the Sioux Tsp. Sioux Co. Census of 1900. Sioux Tsp would be close to both Hudson SD and Inwood IA).