|January 23, 1908
OLIVER RASNICK DIES SUDDENLY
WELL KNOWN AVON RESIDENT PASSED AWAY AT 6:30 LAST EVENING
HAD RESIDED IN THE VILLAGE FOR FORTY YEARS. WAS MAYOR OF AVON.
From Saturday's Journal-Press:
Oliver Rasnick, one of the early settlers of Stearns county, died at his home in Avon at 6:30 last evening. Death resulted from a severe attack of the grip, although the primary cause was blood poisoning. No definite arrangements have yet been made for the funeral but it will probably be held tomorrow.
Oliver Rasnick was born in Russell county, Virginia, in the year 1835. He attended the rural schools until he was fifteen years of age and then entered the employ of his father. Here he remained until the year 1862 when he decided to go west. After several brief stays enroute he settled at Collingwood, Meeker county, where he remained for a year. The next move was to Holding where he remained nearly two years. In the year 1865, Mr. Rasnick came to Avon where he has resided continuously since. Upon his arrival in the village the deceased immediately wen into the real estate and cruising business which he followed up to the time of his death. For the past few years he has represented the Great Northern railway and the A. G. Whitney Land & Loan company in the land business.
In his long experience Mr. Rasnick became acquainted with every corner of the township and knew Avon better than any other man. During his residence in Avon the deceased has been prominent in political and all public affairs, and has been president of the village council.
The illness of Mr. Rasnick dates back for seven years when he was hurt in a railway accident. Since that time he has been troubled with blood poisoning and his health has never been good. About a week ago he was taken seriously ill the the grip, and complications set in which caused his death.
the deceased is survived by his wife and one [d]aughter, Miss Velda [ZELDA], aged 9 years. An only son was killed in Montana about a month ago.