Joseph Sahli obituary as it appeared in St. Mary’s church bulletin:
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.