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Source: "Arlington Times," January 21, 1954.

Charlotte Josephine Wold, Valley Pioneer, Dies; Member of One of Earliest Families.

When Mrs. Charlotte Josephine Wold passed away last Saturday morning the final chapter in a long and useful life came to an end.

Mrs. Wold was a member of one of the earliest families to settle on the South Fork of the Stillaguamish.

Born in Nomsos, Norway Oct. 4, 1867, the daughter of Elias and Olva Holmstad, she came to the United States with her parents in 1884, the family seattling in Minnesota, then coming to the Stilllahumish valley in the spring of 1889.

The story of the seattling of the Holmstad family is the typical pioneer story of the west.

According to the Whitfield History of Snohomish County, in the account of the trip up the Stillaguamih river by Elias Holstad and his sons, thier boat was swapped near the mouth of Jim Creek and they lost part thier supplies. It was during the wet season and on their arrival at thier land they erected a temporary shelter fo boughs, which sufficed until they could build a small split ceder shack. This was destoryed by fire about two months later and then they erected a larger log house.

After her marriage Mrs. Wold resided in Eastern Washington, returning to the Arlington district in 1937.

Mrs. Wold belonged to the Stillaguamis Pioneers Association.

Surviving are two sons, Arno of Qpportunity and Carl of Route 2, Alington; two daughters, Helen Woody of Everett and Mrs. Evelyn Brown of Seattle; a brother Anton Holstad and a sister Mrs. Matilda Raymond both of Everett; 11 grandchildren.

Funeral sevices were held Wedneday afternoon at the Congreganal church, Rev. A. D. Brokaw officiating. Music was by the Alington Heights Choraliers, Mrs. Roy Lenhart soloist, with Helen Star at the organ. Pallbears were Anton Funk, Orville Holmstad, Walter Holmstad, Stanley Evans, Ted Aliason and James Furland, all decendents of the Holstad Family.

Interment was in Alington cemetery.

Submitted by: Michael Woody

Transcriber's notes: "Charlotte Josephine (Holmstad) Wold was my grandmother. This photo was taken of her in her later years."


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