JUDGE ERIC L WINJE PASSES AWAY AT FARGO HOSPITAL
Local Municipal Judge and U. S. Commissioner Dies at the Age of Eighty
FUNERAL HELD ON TUESDAY
Interment Made in Family Lot At Duluth—Came to Detroit Lakes In 1906.Eric L. Winje, judge of municipal court here, passed away at a Fargo hospital on Saturday
afternoon at 4:30. Mr. Winje, who was close to 80 years of age, had been ailing for some
time, which had made it necessary for him to seek medical aid at various times during the
Mr. Winje was a native of Norway, where he was born December 6, 1850. He came to the
United States with his parents in 1869, the family settling in Chippewa County. He served
as clerk of district court of Chippewa County for several years, residing at Montevideo. In
1872, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Thibertine Johnson. To this union, eight children
were born, five of whom have preceded him in death.
Admitted To Bar
In 1882, he was admitted to the bar, following which he moved with his family to Duluth,
where he began the practice of law. While residing at Duluth he served for a number of
years as special municipal judge.
He moved to Sacred Heart, Minn., in 1898, remaining there for eight years. In 1906 he
came to Detroit Lakes, where he has since resided with his family at 1328 Lake Avenue.
Mr. Winje was first elected municipal judge in this city in the days when no regular salary
was attached to the job. He held the position continuously up to the time of his death, with
the exception of one term.
Funeral Services Tuesday
Funeral services were held at the First Lutheran church of this city, of which he was a
member. Rev. H. S. Strand officiated. A large number of friends and fellow citizens
attended the last rites, the courthouse and city offices being closed as a mark of respect.
The Becker County Bar association attended in a body, while six members served as
pallbearers. They were Fred Dennis, W. B. Carman, A.0. Sletvold, Henry Jenson, C. U.
Landrum, and P. F. Schrocder.
Following the services here, the remains were taken to Duluth where interment was made
in the family lot in Scandia Lakeside cemetery.
Mr. Winje is survived by his wife and three children. The children are Edward, Cluffield,
Sask., Can.; Lena, superintendent of county schools, Detroit Lakes; and Emma, at home. He
is also survived by two stepchildren, namely Ole M. Johnson, Leonard, N. Dak., who was in
attendance at the funeral services; and Mrs. Julia Larson, Granite Falls; and seven
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