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As It Appeared In The
Appleton Post-Cresent
John Sahli

John Sahli, Age 85, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 1998 of pancreatic cancer. He was born September 17, 1912 in Hague, North Dakota, the son of the late Joseph and Magdalena (Kocher) Sahli. After college he married Esther Sautter in Linton, North Dakota where he was employed as manager of a field office for the Federal Land Bank of St. Paul. In 1945, John and the family moved to Menasha, Wisconsin and bought the stock and fixtures of the Hotel Menasha and operated it along with his brother, Pete for several years. After selling the business, he worked for the then National Manufacturers Bank of Neenah for a few years, then accepted a job the the City of Neenah as deputy clerk and comptroller, retiring in 1975 after 19 years of service, the last six years being that of Director of Finance and Treasurer. John then took over the operation of the City of Neenah Employees Credit Union as president and treasurer, retiring from that position in 1982. He also served as secretary for the Neenah-Menasha Area Credit Union Chapter for nine years. John was a member of Sacred Heart Parish for over 22 years.
He is survived by his present wife, Dolores Wisnet, who he married in June of 1994. He is also survived by seven sons and six daughters-in-law: John Sahli and his friend, Judy Tolley, Milwaukee; James and Gail Sahli, Amherst, Virginia; Paul and Carole Sahli, Pensacola, Florida; Thomas and Kathy Sahli, Appleton; David and Connie Sahli, Milwaukee; Robert and Sandra Sahli, Neenah; and Steven and Ninfa Sahli, Odenton, Maryland; a sister and brother-in-law, Julie and Donald Kelvie, Lakeland, Florida and Minneapolis; a brother, Frank Sahli, Fergus Falls, Minnesota; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by two stepsons: Jeffrey (Shirley) Wisnet, Town of Harrison and Joseph (Debbie) Wisnet, Appleton; four step-grandchildren. Besides his parents, John was preceded in death by his first wife, Esther in January of 1992, two brothers and three sisters. The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 14, 1998 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 222 E. Fremont St. with Rev. William Kuhr officiating. Friends may call at the Brettschneider-Trettin-Lederer Funeral Chapel from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Friday and then directly at the church from 9:30 a.m. Saturday until the time of the service. Interment will be in Highland Memorial Park. The Parish prayer service will be held a 7 p.m. Friday. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.
'A beautiful life that came to an end, he died as he lived, everyone's friend. In our hearts a memory will always be kept, of one we loved, and will never forget.'
Dearest John. The saying goes 'you die as you have lived'. This is so true. You were always such a perfect gentleman and loved by this world. You have been such an inspiration to all and I loved your beautiful family. Together we have grown in our love for the Lord. I will truly miss you always. I know for every bouquet God picks a rose. That rose is beautiful you. You've been taken from our arms only to rest in the arms of Jesus. Good-bye, Dolores.

Contributed by John Sahli. For a picture of John and more information, visit the Sahli Family WebSite and the Sautter Family Website.

As It Appeared In The
St. Mary's Church Bulletin
Joseph Sahli

Joseph Sahli died at St. Alexius Hospital at Bismarck, North Dakota on January 29. He was one of the oldest members of the parish. He was born near Odessa in Russia on May 15, 1868. On October 11,1893 he was married to Magdalena Kocher at Kleinliebental in Russia. In 1900 he emigrated with his wife and three children to America, settling near Onaka, South Dakota. In 1910 he bought the Peter Schmaltz farm near Hague and he lived there till 1924 when he and Mrs. Sahli retired to the town of Hague, turning the farm over to the children.
He was not only a farmer but also very handy as a carpenter. He built his own house in town and often helped at other places, as he was a very active man. Only the last year of his life he broke down completely, suffering from cancer. The last month of his life he was confined to the hospital.
He is survived by his wife and eight children. Seven of the children are married and have a home of their own. One of the girls, Sr. Brendan, is a member of the order of St. Benedict and at present is teaching at Mandan.
Joseph Sahli was buried from St. Mary's Church, Hague, North Dakota in St. Mary's Cemetery on Feb. 1, 1947. In spite of the inclement weather many of his relatives and friends were there to pay the last honor to him. May his soul rest in peace.

Contributed by John Sahli. For a picture of John and more information, visit the Sahli Family WebSite and the Sautter Family Website.


Mrs. John (Esther Sautter) Sahli, Age 80, passed away early Tuesday morning January 7, 1992 at Appleton Medical Center. She was born Esther Marie Sautter on August 22, 1911, in Linton, North Dakota, daughter of the late John and Dorothea (Knoepfle) Sautter.
Esther attended Linton grade school and high school. After graduation she began working at the hardware store in Linton which was owned by her brother-in-law, Jacob J. Kremer. She married John Sahli of Hague, ND on Dec. 12, 1937 and have been married for 54 years. They took up residence in Linton until 1943 when they moved to Wisconsin. Esther was a housewife and mother who enjoyed playing bridge, baking and raising a family of seven boys. She was an excellent cook who learned many traditional recipes from her mother Dorothea. After the children all had grown, Esther and John spent many years enjoying life with their friends and grandchildren. They both were members of Sacred Heart parish in Appleton.
She is survived by her husband John; seven sons and six daughters-in-law; John and friend Judy, Milwaukee, WI; James (Gail), Amherst, VA; Paul (Carole), Pennsacola, FL; Thomas (Kathy), Appleton, WI; David (Connie), Milwaukee, WI; Robert (Sandie), Neenah, WI; Steven (Ninfa), Odenton, MD; a brother, Robert, Oakland, CA; and thirteen grandchildren. She is preceded in death by five brothers and four sisters; Richard, Bismarck, ND; baby Edwin, Artas, SD; Emil, Bismarck, ND; Walter, Bismarck, ND; Bertha (Kremer), Lodi, CA; Alvina (Graf), Cloquet, MN; Magdalena (Weber), Eureka, SD, and baby Edna, Linton.
Visitation will be at the Laemmerich Funeral Home in Menasha on Friday evening, January 10. Funeral services are Saturday morning January 11, 1992, 10:00 am at the Laemmrich Funeral Home and 10:30 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Appleton. Entombment will be at Highland Memorial Park, Appleton, Wisconsin.
A great mother and devoted wife, may Our Lord embrace his faithful servant with love and compassion forever. Bless you mom. You were the best.

Contributed by John Sahli. For a picture of John and more information, visit the Sahli Family WebSite and the Sautter Family Website.


Final Fargo Edition
Fargo, North Dakota
6 February 1999
Katherine S. Weikum, 92, Rosewood on Broadway, Fargo, N.D., died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1999, in the nursing home.
Katherine Schlittenhard was born Aug. 19, 1906, in Russia. When she was 2 years old, she moved to Gackle, N.D., where she grew up and attended school. She married John Weikum March 23, 1926, in Gackle. They made their home in Hazelton, N.D. During World War II, they lived on the West Coast, moving to the Fargo area in 1947. She worked as a tailor for Straus Clothing in Fargo. She retired in the early 1980s. Her husband died in 1967.
She is survived by a daughter, Betty Johnson, Fort Worth, Texas; a brother, Robert, Cavalier, N.D.; two sisters, Amelia Schlittenhard, Amalie Reiger. Contributed by Mike Peterson.


Source Unknown
Date Unknown

Mrs. John H. Spicer, one of the best known pioneer mothers of this West River country, was called by death shortly after 12:00 o’clock last Wednesday evening, following an illness of about two weeks duration, though not having enjoyed good health for the past four or five years.
The deceased came to the Missouri river area of the two Dakotas with her husband and family in 1893 and has resided and pioneered in several communities during that time, always sharing with others the hardship and joy of pioneer life in those communities; always having helped to make each a little better place to live. For the past year or more the husband and wife have made their home in Morristown, and for more than 20 years prior to that on their ranch north of Morristown on the Cedar River.
Agnes Jane Smith, daughter of Isabella and John Smith, was born March 8, 1862, in Holstein, Ontario, Canada and was the eldest of a family of six children, and the first of that number to end her earthly pilgrimage and meet her loved ones in the Great Beyond. Her girlhood was spent in the community in which she was born and it was there that she was received into membership in the Presbyterian church.
On January 8, she was united in marriage to J. H. Spicer and became the foster mother of his two mother-less sons, one of whom preceded her in death while still in his youth. To this union four children were born, three daughters and one son. The son having preceded his mother in death.
Though having been a devout member of the Presbyterian faith all her life, in late years, the privilege of attending its services were denied her, due to impaired hearing, but her Christian faith shone through her good works.
The deceased is survived by her husband John H. Spicer, and three daughters, Mrs. John Percy of Pine City, Minn.; Mrs. Otis Anderson, of Lemmon, S. D., and Mrs. Lyle Sutliff of Paradise, N. D., and one son, Charles Spicer of Watauga, S. D. Also four brothers and one sister, all of whom reside in Canada together, with twelve grandchildren and a host of friends and neighbors who will mourn the passing of this pioneer mother.
Funeral services were held from the Presbyterian church in Morristown at 1:00 p. m. on Saturday with the Rev. Born, pastor of the McIntosh church, officiating. Interment was made in the Morristown cemetery. Favorite hymns of the deceased were sung by Mrs. Scott and Mrs. Highby, with Mrs. Batzer accompanying. Contributed and Transcribed by Mike Peterson.


Corson County News (South Dakota)
6 March 1952
C. Spicer buried Friday, Feb. 29

The First Presbyterian church in McIntosh was filled Friday, Feb. 29, with friends and relatives who gathered to pay final respects to J.C. Spicer, widely known rancher of the north Watauga community. He died at Lemmon Wednesday, Feb. 27, 1952. Officiating pastor at the services was the Rev. Miles Watkins. Music was furnished by the Presbyterian choir accompanied by Mrs. Walter Lawien at the organ. Pall bearers were Stewart Striegel, John H. Striegel, Jack Chesrown, Harold Twito, Harry Beals and Robert Jangula. Masonic rites were conducted at the grave.
Mr. Spicer had been in poor health for a year. He had been prominent in ranching at his home ranch north of Watauga in Grant county where he had resided continuously for 49 years, coming to his homestead in 1903. He was commissioner of Grant county for 15 years, taking over those duties in 1935. He was also a member of the Grant County Welfare Board.
Charles Spicer was born in Dundalk, Ont., Canada, January 21, 1885. He moved to Winona, N.D. in 1893. Survivors include his widow, one daughter, Mrs. Ralph Katus, and three grand children, Marian, Robert and Dennis Katus all of Watauga S.D. and two sisters, Mrs. Lyle Sutliff of Salem Oregon and Mrs. John Percy of Pine City Minn.
Other relatives attending the funeral services were; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Stewart, Pollock S.D.; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Coventry, Linton, N.D.; Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Brooks, Wakpala S.D.; Mr. and Mrs. Archie Stewart, Bismarck N.D.; Mrs Gilbert Cusey, Steele, N.D.; Mrs. Robert Berg, Bismarck, N.D.; Kenneth Stewart, Carson N.D.; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Stewart and Lloyd, Brisbane Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jangula, Lemmon S.D.; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Beals, Lemmon S.D.; Mr. O.B. Anderson, Lemmon S.D.; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Chesron, Watauga S.D. and Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Sutliff, Salem Oregon.

Contributed and Transcribed by Mike Peterson.


Lemmon Leader (South Dakota)
Date Unknown
Dad Spicer Dies at Lemmon

J.H. Spicer, pioneer builder and rancher of the western Dakotas for 51 years, is dead. The summons came to the grand old gentleman at the Lemmon hospital at 7 a.m. Sunday following an illness of three months. Death was due to age infirmities. He was in his 87th year. Until his last illness he had enjoyed the best of health. Since moving to Lemmon in 1936 he had lived at his home on South Main Street.
Funeral services were held from the Presbyterian church at Morristown Wednesday at 2 p.m. The rites were largely attended by friends whose associations with the pioneer cattleman dated back over half a century. Rev. Martin Hyink pastor of Spencer Memorial Presbyterian church of Lemmon officiated at the services. pall bearers, chosen from among close friends were Guy Chesrown, Clyde Palmer, Joe Chesrown, J.G. Striegel, S.L.. Tysdale and F.C. Casey. Burial was made in the Morristown cemetery by the grave of his wife who passed away in 1931.
John Henry Spicer was born at Mount Forest, Ontario, Canada, Sept. 6, 1857. He received his education and grew to young manhood in his native land. After completing his schooling he learned his trade of a stone mason.
He was married in Ontario, Jan. 8, 1890 to Mary J. Smith of Holstein, that province. Three years later they came to the United States. They located at Winona, N.D., across the river from Fort Yates which was then known as one of the strongest army posts in the middle west. For a number of years he was employed at the fort in construction work. Among his many achievements was the buildings of the Skyrock monument which still stands at the Sioux county seat.
At Winona also, tragedy cast its shadow. One morning in 1897 he went to the homestead of his brother, Thomas, north of that city to find that the family had been massacred by the Indians during the night. Six members lay dead. Only two escaped, one of whom is still living. The troops took up the trail of the guilty band and they were soon brought to justice at Fort Yates. His brother had been a missionary to the Indians since locating on the homestead near Winona.
In 1903, Mr. Spicer broght his family across the Missouri River to locate on a ranch on the Cedar River in Grant county north of Watauga. There he was active in the development of the area and conducted his operations on a large scale for more than a quarter of a century. In 1928, he retired and with Mrs. Spicer, established their home in Morristown. For seven years following her death he continued to live there. In 1938 he came to Lemmon to be near his daughter, Mrs. O.B. Anderson. During his residence in Grant county he took a prominent part in public affairs. For many years he served as township and school district official.
Surviving relatives include three daughters, Mrs. O.B. Anderson of Lemmon, Mrs. John Percy, Pine City Minn., and Mrs. Lyle Sutliff, one son, Chas. Spicer, Watauga, nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Contributed and Transcribed by Mike Peterson.


Morristown World (South Dakota)
12 November 1970
Pioneer Watauga Area Lady Dies

Funeral Services were held at 2 p.m. November 6 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Watauga for Mrs. John C. Spicer, pioneer resident of the Watauga area. Mrs. Spicer died Wednesday, 4th November at Bismarck. Rev. Dennis Hayes officiated at the rites. Pallbearers were Stuart Striegel, John Striegel Jr., Jack Chesrown, Arnold Olson, Lloyd Stewart and Kenneth Ketterling.
Marian Stewart was born Aug. 5, 1888 at Dale, N.D. She received her education there and at Linton. In 1906 she came to Grant County and settled on the Cannonball River 10 miles south of Brisbane. She was married at McIntosh, December 20,1911 to John C. Spicer. They lived eight miles north of Watauga.
Surviving is a daughter Mrs. Ralph(Mary) Katus of Watauga, three grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Contributed and Transcribed by Mike Peterson.
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