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Alnora Rawleigh Funeral services for Alnora Rawleigh were held on Friday, April 29, 2010 at First English Lutheran Church in Ortonville with Pastor David Tonn officiating. Burial was in the Mound Cemetery in Ortonville. Alnora Stuber Rawleigh, the daughter of John and Magdelana (Hirschkorn) was born Aug. 16, 1920 in Harvey, ND. She was the sixth child born in the family and a brother came later. She only spoke German when she started school in Martin, ND which was challenging for her but she learned to read and write. Alnora worked at a farm a few miles away, helping a mother and new baby. When she came home for the weekend she met Earl Rawleigh who had been hired by her mother to help out. It was "love at first sight!" They were united in marriage May 18, 1938 at Fessenden, ND. They made their home in Harvey, ND, both working, managing a farm outside of Harvey for Concordia College of Moorhead. During this time Janell was born, followed .by James. Earl left for two years (1945-46) for the Army. He returned home in 1947 and then Ronald came along one year later. They moved to Ortonville in 1950 when Earl transferred to Otter Tail Power Company. Alnora started a day care, taking care of children in her home which she enjoyed very much. She loved the children she cared for. She was a member of First English Lutheran Church of Ortonville, involved with Ladies Circle, taught Sunday School. She also belonged to the Homemakers Club and Birthday Club. She enjoyed, first and most cleaning, cooking and baking (she would bake Swedish tea rings at Christmas and she and Earl would deliver them together to friends and family), canning, she did ceramics, and painted embroidery. She is survived by her daughter, Janell Audette of Monument, CO; sons, James (Terry) Rawleigh of Barronett, WI, Ronald Rawleigh of Ortonville; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Earl; three brothers; and three sisters. Lucille McFarland Memorial services for Lucille McFarland, age 85, of rural Milbank, were held on Saturday, May 1, at the Emanuel- Patierson Funeral Home in Milbank. Reverend N. Craig Werling officiated. The soloist was Deb Rausch. Mrs. McFarland died on Wednesday, April 28, at the Northridge Residence in Ortonville. Burial was in the Milbank City Cemetery. Lucille was born on June 8, 1924, on a farm in Yellow Bank Township, Lac qui Parle County, to Jacob and Augusta (Schellberg) Neuschwander. She attended country school through the eighth grade. Lucille married Duane McFarland on Sept. 12, 1942, at Ortonville. Following marriage, the couple made their home on a farm in Alban Township, Grant County, SD. Her husband Duane died on March 14, 1980. Lucille continued to live on the farm until entering the Northridge Residence on Dec. 29, 2009. Survivors include her four children: Linda Hamann and husband Richard, Rogers; Victor McFartand and wife Betty, rural Milbank; Gwen Meyer, Hendricks; and Glen McFarland, rural Milbank; five grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Lorene Robertson, Ortonville, and Ocie Neuschwander, Tribune, KS. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Duane, and four brothers. The Emanuel-Patterson Funeral Home of Milbank was in charge of the arrangements. For her obituary and on-line registry, please visit: www.emanuelpattersonfnneralhome.c om. Rites held for Lawrence Elrite Lawrence Elrite age 84, of Coon Rapids is survived by beloved wife of 49 years, Lucille; children, Diane (Glenn) Lemke of Leonard, ND, Glen (Kathy) Strangler of Isanti, Greg (Tummy) Elrite of Milton, FL, Debbie (Charily) Johnston of Coon Rapids and Jerry (Cindy) Elrite of New Hudson, MI; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Kaess; and brother Dick (Rose). Larry, son of George and Anna Elrite was born Feb. 11, 1926 in Beardsley, where he graduated from high school. After serving in the United States Navy he had a 40 year career in auto sales. Larry was a char- ter member' of Epiphany Catholic Church in Coon Rapids. For years he enjoyed snowmobil- ing and a home on Lake Fremont. He was married to Lucille Kurtz in 1961. In lieu of flowers, memorials pre- ferred to the Historical or Genealogy Society of Anoka County. Memorial services were held on May 3. Washburn-McReavy was in charge of the arrangements. Rites held for Lawrence Elrite rr WAS COLD AND WINDY for the Border Walleye Challengeil Lawrence Elrite age 84, of Coon Saturday. Ben Valek of Ortonville was one of the volunteers who t Rapids is survived by beloved wife of helped release the fish back into Big Stone Lake. 1 49 years, Lucille; children, Diane (Glenn) Lemke of Leonard, ND, Glen (Kathy) Strangler of Isanti, Greg (Tammy) Elrite of Milton, FL, Debbie (Charily) Johnston of Coon Rapids and Jerry (Cindy) Elrite of New Hudson, MI; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Kaess; and brother Dick (Rose). Larry, son of George and Anna Elrite was born Feb. 11, 1926 in Beardsley, where he graduated from high school. After serving in the United States Navy he had a 40 year career in auto sales. Larry was a char- ter member of Epiphany Catholic Church in Coon Rapids. For years he enjoyed snowmobil- ing and a home on Lake Fremont. He Darlene Mikkelson introduced our guest, Jeanette Sec/ProTem Bohlman, who was a special The Ortonville Study Club met at education teacher in Ortonville for the Matador Wednesday, April 17, several years. Jeanette shared with 11 members and Jeanette. experiences of an interesting trip to 10 Bohlman as our guest, countries in Europe in 10 days with a President Nola Lockwood opened group of other special education the meeting and welcomed everyone, teachers. Hostesses were Dolores The next luncheon will be May 19 Musings from the Museum ChristensenandDonnaHoel. with Betty Schwarze and Virginia Following the luncheon, program Bunting as hostesses. Mage Lindholm i i chairperson Betty Schwarze will be in charge of the program. By Norm Shelsta the "Scandanavian Evangelical holds the distinction of being the first was married to Lucille Kurtz in 1961. .... On this date in Minnesota History Lutheran Congregation of Big Stone auto owner in Big Stone County. In lieu f flwers' memrials PrY- [ Che k b vi~e'depde~t [ i i followed by an event in Big Stone County" was organized. In 1880- May 8, 1910-Governor Adolf O. ferred to the HistoriCal or Genealogy C our Wesite www, orton ~n en ,corn County History: United Methodist Church in Beardsley Oberhart declares Minnesota's first Society of Anoka County. April 28, 1871-A lake monster is was organized. Mother's Day holiday. Memorial services were held on seen swimming in Lake Pepin. April 28, 1957-Education wing new addition to First English Lutheran Church is dedicated. April 29, 1816-Congress passes a law that extends fur-trading licenses to US citizens only. Soon after that, John J. Astor's American Fur Company pushes out its British rivals, the Hudson's Bay and North West Companies. April 29, 1870-Birth of John Bolsta born to parents living near May 3, 1959-After passing through the St. Lawrence Seaway, which had opened on April 25, the British freighter Ramon de Larrinaga becomes the first" deep draft ocean ship to enter Duluth's harbor. May 3, 1897-Steamer boat named Altha was launched on Big Stone Lake. In 1888, Graceville Democrat newspaper was published. In 1890, C.K. Ortons sold to the City of Ortonville the land for Central Park. May 4, 1888-The Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul is established. May 8, 1892-Trinity Lutheran Church in Odessa is organized with its first pastor Rev. August Bartling. May 9, 1918-Orville Freeman is born in Minneapolis. He would serve as the state's governor from 1955 to 1961 and later as US Secretary of AgriCulture. May 9, 1924-Snow falls in our area making May 1924 the coldest in 33 years (except for 1907). In 1968 telephone operators returned to work after an 18 day nation-wide telephone strike. May 10, 2000-St. Augusta Township in rural Stearns County becomes the city of Ventura as five new city officials take the oath of office to serve this community, which was named for Governor Jesse Ventura as part of a political strategy to prevent annexation attempts by St. Cloud, the county seat. In November voters would overwhelmingly choose to change the city's name from Ventura to St. Augusta. May 10, 1878-Post office for Clinton CENTRAL started by Jantes H. Rothwell. In 1879 Edmond and William Barry came to Morris from Lowell, MA and from there located and formed Barry. May 11, 1858-Minnesota beco~aes the 32 state with a bill signed by President James Buchanan. Word of statehood would not reach St. Paul May 3. Washburn-McReavy was in charge of the arrangements. I Still time to sign 'up for Stewardship Program Minnesota farmers still have time to sign up for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) at their local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office. CSP is a vol- untary program that encourages agri- cultural and forestry producers to maintain existing conservation activi- ties and adopt additional ones on their operations. CSP applications are accepted on a continuous basis. However, only applications received by the national cutoff date will be considered for funding in fiscal year 2010. An until May 13. announcement of the cutoff date is May 11, 1969-Tri-Stateexpected very soon, according to Don Manufacturing Company is Baloun, MN State Conservationist. manufacturing a Geurts plow after it The 2008 Farm Bill authorizes was tested and proven in the field. CSP, which is available to all produc- May 4, 1940-REA electric lines of Big Stone/Stevens Cooperative Association were energized. In 1871 Graceville LAKE TOKUA Post Office is run by Albert Barse. May 5, 1820-After a terrible winter in which 40 of his 100 men die, probably from scurvy, Colonel Henry Leavenworth moves his soldiers to Camp Coldwater, about a mile northwest of the proposed site of Fort St. Anthony (later Shelling), which the troops would soon construct. May 5, 1878-First recorded meeting of St. Pauli Lutheran church in Ole Lillestater's home. In 1940, First English Lutheran Church was dedicated. May 6, 1896-Groundbreaking ceremonies are held for the present capitol building in St. Paul. May 6, 1921-The Ortonville Independent celebrated its first anniversary! May 7, 1850-The Anthony Wayne is the first steamboat to reach the Falls of St. Anthony, winning a prize of $200. May 7, 1903-J. Arthur Matthews Pole Barns Window Replacement (May qualify for tax credit#.) Roofing Replacement (Asphalt Shingles & Metal Roofing) ers nationwide, including individual landowners, legal entities, and Indian tribes. Eligible lands include crop- land, grassland, prairie, improved pas- tureland, non-industrial private forest- land-a new land use for the program- and agricultural land under the juris- diction of an Indian tribe. Before applying, Baloun encour- ages potential participants to use a self-screening checklist first to deter- mine whether the new program is suit- able for their operation. The checklist is available online at click on the Stewardship Program, and at NRCS offices. The application process includes entering the producer's current and proposed conservation activities in the conservation measurement tool (CMT). This tool estimates the level of environmental performance to be achieved by a producer implementing and maintaining conservation activity. Baloun says the conservation perfor- mance estimated by the CMT will be used to rank applications. NRCS staff will also conduct on- site field verifications of applicants' information obtained from the CMT. Once the potential participant has been field verified and approved for funding, he or she must develop a conservation stewardship plan. For more information about CSP, including eligibility requirements, producers can visit p/csp.html or visit their local NRCS field office. In Lac qui Parle County, your contact is: Burt Hendrickeson at the following address: National Resources Conservation Service, 122 8th Avenue South, Suite 1, Madison, MN 56256. Artichoke Lake. Due to communication of recording events, Maintenance-Free Siding Replacement New Decks (Wood and Composite) New Cabinets ( New Homes RediBuilt Homes Home Remodels Any Other Material Needs! Chad Frost Darin Pauli Randy Prasnicki this was thought to be the first white child born in Big Stone County. In 1883, the First Methodist Church in Ortonville was formed. 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MHbank, South Dakota E Hwv 12, Milbank, SD - 605-432-9111 www. m idwestpowersports, net i Catholic Church is formed in Graceville. May 1, 1933-Prompted by Governor Floyd B. Olson, the legislature passes an emergency law stopping farm foreclosure sales. The Great Depression and the dust bowl had hurt farmers throughout the nation, and they had responded to foreclosures by organizing the Farmers' Holiday, which attempted to stop the sale of farm products until prices rose. May 1, 1908:John Michell, cashier of First National Bank in Ortonville, purchases home on Lakeroad for $8,500. In 1890-Graceville Phenix newspaper was published. May 2, 1903-Automobile license Number One is issued for a Packard owned by R.C. Wright of St. Paul. May 2, 1876-Later to be known as Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton, See the Building Professionals at: Brewster Buildin E. 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