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OBITUARIES OF TRAILL COUNTY
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CHARLES CARDIFF

Unknown Newspaper
April 1921
CHARLES CARDIFF FUNERAL
Funeral Services for Former DeWitt County Man Were Held in Clinton Friday—Burial in Woodlawn

Funeral services for the late Charles CARDIFF were held in the Oakman chapel Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. BUNTON of DeWitt. Appropriate music was rendered by a quartet consisting of Messrs. Ira HARROLD, Royal TAYLOR, Irvin CALLISON and Earl TAYLOR, and a solo was sung by Mr. DOOLEY of Leroy. Special services at the grave were conducted by the Masonic order. Interment was made in Woodlawn cemetery.
Charles Cardiff was born on a farm near DeWitt, Ill., November 4, 1856. He was a son of William H. and Keturah (HARROLD) CARDIFF. He died at his home at Blanchard, North Dakota, April 3, 1921, aged 65 years and five months.
He was united in marriage to Miss Rosetta J. TAYLOR of DeWitt, December 24, 1879. To this couple twelve children were born, six boys and six girls. He is survived by his wife, nine children and eleven grandchildren. The children surviving are as follows: Mrs. J. E. POLEN of Leroy, Mrs. William PROVIN of Wapella, Mrs. A. V. WILLIAMS of Blanchard, N.D., Opal of the University of North Dakota, Harry, Clarence, Elmer, Roy and Ellis, all of North Dakota. Three children preceded their father in death. They were: Mrs. Nellie SUTTON, Ada and Ernest CARDIFF. The latter died at Camp Custer during the late war. His sons Roy and Elmer were also in the service, the latter overseas.
Mr. Cardiff was converted to the Christian faith at a revival held in Walnut Grove school house near DeWitt while a boy, and he remained in that faith until death. Funeral services were held in the Presbyterian Church at Blanchard, after which the remains, accompanied by Mrs. Cardiff and son Roy, were shipped to Clinton.
The family was further saddened by the death of an only great grandchild, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin WILSON of Bloomington, April 7, at 4:30 p.m.
Contributed by Mike Peterson.


LEIF I. CHRISTIANSON

Source: Unknown
About 1978


The funeral for Leif I. Christianson 80, 301 4th St. S. Moorhead, former conductor of the Concordia College band and of area high school bands and church choirs, will be at 10:30 Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Moorhead and at 2:30 Wednesday in Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Hillsboro, ND. Burial will be in Hillsboro. He died Monday.
Mr. Christianson was born August 14, 1898, in Norway. He was the fourth generation of band directors in his family.
At 16, he came to this area and settled at Hillsboro. He then began touring throughout the United States with his father, W.O. Christianson, and his three brothers as the Christianson String Quartet.
Returning to Norway, he studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Oslo, then came back to this country, where he played for silent movies and did odd jobs while furthering his education. He received a bachelor’s degree in music from Concordia and a master’s degree in music from MacPhail College of Music in Minneapolis.
Mr. Christianson taught music and directed bands at Hillsboro and Moorhead High School and had been on the faculty at Concordia College as band conductor from 1949 until he retired in 1966. He then taught at Borup, MN.
He also conducted choirs at the First Methodist Church, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and Plymouth Congregational Church, Fargo; and Trinity Lutheran Church, Moorhead.
He received the Order of Saint Olav in 1973 from the King of Norway for his work in spreading knowledge on Norwegian music and culture in the Midwest.
He directed orchestras for the International Luther League Festivals in San Francisco, California, Missoula, Montana and Moorhead.
He had returned in June from Norway, where he had arranged four numbers for the Apollo Strings 1979 European Tour and had played with the group in Norway.
He married Anne Louise McCain, March 11, 1922, in Hillsboro.
Survivors include his wife, two brothers and one sister, Dr. Gunder, Valley City, ND; Odin, 3245 17th Ave. S., Fargo; and Mrs. Perl (Sigrid) Flick, West Fargo; and seven grandchildren. Two sons died in 1978.


LTJG DONALD A. COLE

Source: Unknown
June 1945

Lt.(jg) Donald Cole

Word has been received here of the death of Lt. (jg) Donald Cole, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Cole of Hatton. Donald passed away at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Oakland, Calif., where he had been a patient for the past month. His death was caused by acute lymphatic leukemia.
Mr. Cole went to Oakland about a month ago and was with his son when he died. Lt. Cole's wife, the former Carolyn Clauson, was also with her husband.

Funeral services held

Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon for Lt. (jg) Donald A. Cole, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Cole, who passed away June 9, in the U.S. Naval Hospital at Oakland, Calif., after an illness of two months. Death was caused by acute lymphatic leukemia.
Services were held at the home by Rev. H.T. Andrews of Ada, Minn., Mr. J.F.Larson of Cleveland, Ohio, sang at the service. Burial was made in the Norwegian Lutheran cemetery, and the Carrol O. Flesche Post of the American Legion assisted at the rites at the cemetery.
Lt. Cole was born in Winona, Minn., October 17, 1914. He attended high school in Barnesville, Minn., spent one year at Hamline University and graduated from Carleton College in 1937. In 1939 he moved to Hatton from Barnesville with his parents.
Enlisting in the navy in 1942 he received his training at the University of California and was commissioned an ensign in March 1943 at Northwestern University. He served in several stations in the United States and was sent overseas in February 1944, as navigator in an LST. He took part in the Normandy invasion. He was later wounded and hospitalized in Europe, returning to the U.S. in August 1944. Since then until his illness, he was stationed at the U.S. Naval ammunition depot at Hawthorne, Nevada.
He is survived by his wife, the former Carolyn Clauson of Hatton, his parents, and a sister Muriel all of Hatton. A brother Chester died in September 1939.

Contributed by Ardy Moe.

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