Source: Family Newspaper Clippings
Contributed by: Linda
1869 - 1942
Many will miss the friendly presence of "Willie" Averbeck; his family and other relatives most of all, but his many good neighbors and friends also deeply regret the loss of his companionship, for his honest, cheerful nature had him loved by everyone.
He was dearly devoted to his home and his family, and they in turn honored and adored him as a true husband and father. For many years, before he came to town, he worked diligently on the farm and he and his wife came here for a well-earned retirement, and they were rewarded by seeing all their children progress in the world by honest useful work as they had, while they were happy in the care of their comfortable home and its spacious garden.
William Averbeck was born March 11, 1869, in town Belvidere, a son of Henry and Catherine (Peters) Averbeck. Nov. 24, 1891, he married Regina Marking and they continued to reside on the home farm which he had rented. They later bought the place and this continued to be their home until seventeen years ago when they sold it to their son Oscar. They bought the Keller house in this city and they have resided here ever since.
Last fall they had the pleasure of celebrating their golden wedding with their seven children. Mr. Averbeck's health had been failing for some time and several weeks ago he underwent an operation at the Wabasha hospital. His condition became worse and on Sunday, Sept. 20, at 5 p.m. he passed away at the hospital at the age of 73 years.
Those who survive are his wife and seven children, namely, Rudy Averbeck, town Nelson; Lydia (Mrs. Anthony Gosse), Luella (Mrs. Christ Passe), of Wabasha; Oscar, town of Belvidere; Esther (Mrs. William Gosse), Wabasha; Alvin and Madeline (Mrs. John Tuxen), town Belvidere. He also leaves one brother Theodore, this city, one sister Katherine (Mrs. Joe Reitz), Detroit, Mich., and 16 grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 9 a.m. at the St. Lawrence Catholic church, Father Anthony Thuecks officiating. Pallbearers were William Muench, Louis Noll, Hubert Averbeck, J. S. Gleeson, Arthur Averbeck and Al Mueleman. Burial was made in the Alma cemetery.
Among those who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Henry Gosse, jr., Mrs. Henry Gosse, sr., Mr. and Mrs. Herman Passe, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Klein, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Gosse, Lawrence Gosse, Mrs. Henry Woodele, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Gosse, Mrs. Joe Suilman and family of Wabasha; Mr. and Mrs. John Marking, Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Marking, Kellogg, Minn.; Theodore Marking, Lake City; Father C. A. Fries, Fountain City.
Source: Family Newspaper Clipping
Contributed by: Linda
PROMINENT BUSINESS MAN OF CITY SUCCUMBS TO DEATH LAST SATURDAY
The community was greatly shocked and grieved last Saturday to learn of the death of Emil Arens, which occurred at St. Elizabeth hospital in this city at about 8:10 o'clock that evening. Mr. Arens had been sick for the past month from throat trouble, but it was just during the last week that his condition had become critical. A week ago today, his case was considered hopeless, but he rallied on Friday and appeared to be on the gain, but the condition of his heart was such that recovery was impossible.
Emil Arens was born in Greenfield Jan. 29th, 1876, being the son of John and Amelia Arens. He was married on November 11,1914 to Miss Louise Meyer of this city, who survives. Mr. Arens grew up on the farm and later on came to Wabasha, where he was employed in the Kuehn Mercantile Co., and after a time entered into partnership with L.M. Kuehn in the general merchandise business being thus associated for fourteen years. For the past several years he has been connected with the firm of Jos. Meyer and was one the most widely known mercantile men of the county. Always accommodating, pleasant and agreeable, and widely known for his honesty and integrity, Mr. Arens was always popular with the buying public, and had perhaps the largest number of friends and the smallest number of enemies of any man in the city. To know him was to be his friend. We were told by Mr. Kuehn, that during their fourteen years of partnership, they had never had one disagreement. He was always a hard worker, and was never known to idle away an hour that he could profitable spend in doing something useful. Mr. Arens was big hearted and generous and was always ready to help any good cause. His sudden taking away in the prime of life is a blow, not only to his family and relatives, but also to that large number of friends who will miss him in the future.
Mr. Arens is survived in addition to his wife by his aged parents, and two brothers, Matt of Kellogg, and Michael at home, and by two sisters, Barbara Sullivan and Margaret Marking.
Funeral services were held at 9:30 on Tuesday from St. Felix Catholic church, and Interment was made in Riverview Cemetery. Rev. J. N. Bartholome officiating. the following acted as pall bearers: Theo T. Loechler, H.H. Whitmore, O.E. Hoff, L.M. Kuehn, Fred Taverna and F.A. Miller.
Source: Augusta Schuth's newspaper clippings, filed Arens
Contributed by: Linda
WABASHA MAN COMMITS SUICIDE
WABASHA , Minn - Oliver Atkinson, 60, committed suicide this morning by a self-inflicted shotgun wound in his head, county authorities said.
He left his home at 6 a.m. in his car and drove to the old dump area on Bridge Street off Highway 621, where Carl Dammann, street employee, found him at 6:50. Sheriff Ed Lager and Dr B.J. Bouquet, the coroner, were called.
He was born March 14, 1908, at Zumbro Falls to Mrs. Colin Atkinson, Zumbro falls and her late husband. He owned and operated the Atkinson Trucking Co. at Zumbro Falls until 1948. He then moved to lake City, and in 1952 went to Red wing where he was associated with the Lawrence Trucking co. He purchased the Culligan soft Water Service in Wabasha in 1962 and lived here since. he married Pearl Hurlburt of Durand, Wis., Jan 14, 1934, at Le Sueur, Minn.
Survivors are: His wife; one sun, Duane, Carson city, Nevada; two grandchildren, Thomas and Jerry, Red Wing; three brothers, Merle and Stewart, Zumbro falls, and Kenneth, Owatonna, and three sisters, Mrs. Alfred Heitman, Zumbro falls; Mrs. Gilbert Schaeffer, Mazeppa, and Mrs Vernon Mickow, Hammond.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at United Church of Christ, the Rev . Alfred Ward officiating, Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Pepin, Wisconsin.
Friends may call at Abbott-Wise funeral home, Wabasha, from 2 p,.m. Tuesday to 1 p.m. Wednesday, then at the church.
Source: Augusta Marking's newspaper clippings, 1968, misc file A
Contributed by: Linda Noll
MRS. ANNIE AITKEN
WABASHA, Minneapolis - Mrs. Annie Aitken, 93, Wabasha, died at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Elizabeth Hospital Nursing Home here.
The former Annie Hawley, she was born June 11,1881, in Nelson, Wisconsin, the daughter of Michael and Catherine Kennedy Hawley. She married Robert Aitken Oct. 26,1903 at Alma, Wis. They farmed in Buffalo county near Nelson until his death, March 19,1910. She moved to Wabasha to live with and care for her mother until her death, and had continued to make her home here. She had been a resident at the nursing home since Nov. 14, 1974. She was a member of the National Catholic Society of Foresters and the St. Felix Parish council.
Survivors are: two daughters, Mr. Bernard (Agnes) Nolan, Mobridge, S.D., and Mrs. Daly (Catherine) Fisher, Minneapolis, Minn.; nine grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. H. C. Marquardt and Mrs. John Smith, Durand, Wisconsin. One Grandchild, and two brothers have died.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Felix Catholic church, the Rev. Kenneth Schaum officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's cemetery, Durand.
Friends may call at Buckman - Schierts funeral Home, Wabasha, Tuesday from 2 p.m. until 10:45 am Wednesday, where the Parish council will lead a Rosary at 3 p.m., the Society of Foresters at 7:30 and Father Schaum will conduct a prayer service at 8 Tuesday.
Source: Augusta Marking's newspaper clippings, 3/1975, misc file A
Contributed by: Linda Noll