Husband: Elmer Arno Britzius (1)
Born: 14 Oct 1892 in Quincy, Olmsted, Minnesota
Married: 15 Aug 1914 in Viola, Olmsted, Minnesota
Died: 27 Jun 1950 in St. Charles, Olmsted, Minnesota
Father: Theobald D. Britzius
Mother: Maria Catharina Mary Schield
Wife: Mabel Grace Cunningham (2 3)
Born: 28 Oct 1892 in Viola, Olmsted, Minnesota
Died: 10 Sep 1987 in Olmsted County, Minnesota
01 (F): Bernice Belle Britzius (4)
Born: 29 Jul 1915 in Quincy, Olmsted, Minnesota (5)
Died: 22 Dec 2005 in San Rafael, Marin, California (6 7)
Spouses: Manford Nelson; Tyko Robert Kangas; Reginald Cushing; Heembrook
02 (M): Harold Emery Britzius (8)
Born: 01 May 1920
Died: 23 Jul 1935
03 (F): Ivene Carolyn Britzius (10 11)
Born: 16 Feb 1917 in Olmsted Co., Minnesota
Died: 04 Mar 2009 in Rochester, Olmsted, Minnesota
Spouses: James Burton Bud Henry
04 (F): Lola Zilpha Britzius (12 13)
Born: 11 Mar 1918 in Quincy, Olmsted, Minnesota
Died: 22 Dec 2002 in Rochester, Olmstead, Minnesota
Spouses: Vernon Lawrence Anderson
05 (?): Living
Additional Information

Elmer Arno Britzius:

Cause of Death: airplane crash

Buried: 30 Jun 1950, Evergreen Cemetery, Dover, Olmsted, Minnesota.


Elmer died in the crash of his own airplane. (per Dawn Anderson email 22Mar2016)

Mabel Grace Cunningham:

Buried: Evergreen Cemetery, Dover, Olmsted, Minnesota

(02) Harold Emery Britzius:

Buried: Little Valley Cemetery, Olmstead County, MN 9


D. Anderson writes, "He was only 15; he probably had hydrocephalus and his mother describes water on the brain from birth that nothing could be done about (her autobiography, unpublished.)"

  1., Newspaper article.
    (28 Jun 1950)

    Dover Mayor, Two Girls Killed in Plane Crash

    (Photo Caption) - Dover'sMayor And Two Young Girls died when a plane crashed near St. Charles early Tuesday night. The twisted wreckage is shown in a ditch along highway 14 shortly after the crash. Traffic on the highway was blocked in both directions for some time as civil aeronautics officials investigated.

    Dover, Minn. - (Special) - Three persons died in a plane crash near here Tuesday night, turning into tragedy an early evening pleasure ride for Dover's mayor and two little girls.
    Elmer A. Britzius, 57, candidate for the state legislature, widely known retired farmer and businessman, and Joan Herman, nine, were killed outright; Mary Rose Herman, ten, died en route to a Rochester hospital.
    The plane crashed on highway 14, two miles west of St. Charles about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday. Britzius was flying his own plane and had been taking the two sisters for a pleasure ride to Winona and back.
    Witnesses said the machine came in for an apparent landing on a field next to the highway, its engine sputtered, and then a wing tip grazed the concrete highway, throwing the plane around and into a ditch.

    Rush to Plane

    Motorists reportedly rushed to the wrteckage and succeeded in pulling Mary Rose from the debris unconscious but breathing. She died a short time later.
    Britzius was pinned under the engine and the other young passenger was also trapped in the wreckage. Both were dead when witnesses got to the plane.
    The two sisters had often gone for rides with Britzius as had scores of other youngsters in the area. In fact, several were waiting at the landing strip on Britzius' farm near-by for the plane to return, having been promised rides last night.
    Britzius held a pilot's lisence and had made a practice of giving neighborhood children free rides. He was a man of many interests, owning several farms in the area, a hotel in Dover, and having invented a number of articles.
    When only 17, Britzius invented and patented a milk strainer. One of his later inventions - a cone-shaped paper popcorn sack -led to the opening of a small manufacturing plant here, which his only son, Edison, managed.

    Mayor of Dover

    A Life-long resident of this area, Britzius had been mayor here for three terms and had filed recently as a candidate for the state house of representatives.
    The two girls were daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Herman, Dover. There are four other children in the family: Oka May, Alvin, Rex, Rodney, all of Dover. Mr. Herman is a carpenter.
    Britzius is survived by his wife, three daughters and a son: Mrs. Burton Henry, Dover, Mrs. Vernon Anderson, Rochester, Mrs. T. R. Kangas, Guam, and Edison, Dover, and one sister, Mrs. Leroy Millard, Dover. A son, Harold, is dead.
    He married Mabel Cunningham at Viola, Minn., August 15, 1914. Britzius was born in Quincy township near here October 14, 1892.
    Funeral services for Britzius will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Dover Methodist church with burial in Evergreen cemetery. Friends may call at Rendernick's funeral parlor, St. Charles.
    Services for the two girls will be held at the school house here, but the time has not been set.

    (Photo Caption) - A Wing Of Elmer A. Britzius' Plane, shown above after it crashed last night, reportedly grazed the concrete highway, throwing the ship around and into a ditch. Witnesses said the pilot aparently was coming in for a landing on a farm field and then changed his mind. As he tried to gain altitude the motor sputtered and the plane crashed.

    [Winona Republican - p. 1 and 4 The article has two photos of the mangled plane and also pictures of the two little girls.]

  2. Ibid.
  3. Dawn Anderson, email of 22Mar2016.
  4. Ibid., email of 22Mar2016.
  5. Social Security Death Index.
  6. Ibid.

    Name: Bernice B. Cushing
    Last Residence:
    94901 San Rafael, Marin, California, USA
    BORN: 24 Jul 1915
    Died: 22 Dec 2005
    State (Year) SSN issued: California (Before 1951)

  7., Family Tree Rudy/Anderson-Dawn 10210.

    22 Dec 2005 San Rafael, Marin, California, USA
    Not buried: ashes were scattered. "Bernice Belle Nelson [Bernice B Kangas] [Bernice Cushing] [Bernice Cushing Heembrock] "

  8. Ibid., Newspaper article RE: father's death.
  9. Henry M. Burt, First Century of Springfield, Biographical and Genealogica, The" (1899), 47147361.
  10., Obituary.

    Birth: Feb. 16, 1917Olmsted CountyMinnesota, USADeath: Mar. 4, 2009RochesterOlmsted CountyMinnesota, USA The funeral service for Ivene C. Henry will be Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church with the Rev. Michael Wuehler officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Dover, MN. Mrs. Henry, 92, died Wednesday, March 4 at Shorewood Senior Living Center. She was born February 16, 1917 in the Dover Township area. Her family moved to Dover and resided there for many years. She was an active member of the Dover First Methodist Church, women's auxilary and eastern star, and was a busy stay at home mom. She graduated from Dover High School in 1934, and took teacher training after which she taught country school for several years. She was married to J. Burton Henry on June 4th 1940. They moved to Lansing, MI. Burton worked for Northrup King Co. as a sales representative. After several years, they moved back to MN where they farmed for 30 years. In 1978, they moved to Rochester. Ivene worked as a light consultant for Northern Lights. Burton worked as a real estate agent for Gill Real Estate. Survivors include 4 sons, Douglas (Susan) of Marshfield, MO, Bradford (Diane) of Minneapolis, Charles (Sue) of Dover and James of Dover; 17 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; and 1 brother, Edison Britzius of FL. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mabel and Elmer Britzius; her husband; a son, Donald; two sisters, Bernice and Lola; and a brother, Harold.A visitation will be Friday, March 6 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes and 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.

  11. Dawn Anderson, email of 22Mar2016.
  12., Obituary of sister Ivene.
  13. Dawn Anderson, email 22 Mar 2016.
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