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Aasen John P. Mrs.
Abrahamson Isaac
Ackley Anna Mrs.
Ackley Paul
Ackley Paul (2)
Adolphson Guttorm
Agneberg Nels J.
Agneberg Nels J. Mrs.
Aleckson Esther Mrs.
Allen Olive Miss
Alme Marit Torgerson
Alseth Ludvig
Amlee Nels G.
Amoth George
Amoth Gilbert
Amoth John
Amundson Adolph
Amundson Agnette Mrs.
Amundson Charles J.
Amundson Christian
Amundson Christian (2)
Amundson Christian J.
Amundson Christian Mrs.
Amundson Elliot
Amundson Gilbert Mrs.
Amundson Hans
Amundson John
Amundson Karen
Amundson Lars
Amundson Martin
Amundson Martin Mrs.
Amundson Mary Mrs.
Amundson Ole
Amundson Ole Mrs.
Amundson Ole Mrs. 2
Amundson Samuel
Amundson Sever
Amundson Sever Mrs.
Amundson Severt Mrs.
Amundson Stener
Amundson Stener Mrs.

"Mary, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Berg, was born February 11, 1858, in Sogn, Norway. In 186, she came with her parents to Crawford county, Wisconsin. After a brief stay there, they came to Norden in Trempealeau County, where they settled on what is now known as the Bert Berg farm.
On October 11, 1883, May Berg was married to John P. Aasen of Norden. The newly married couple settled on what is now known as the Big Grorud farm, where they lived for five years. They then bought the farm in Norden which was their home for thirty years.
In 1920, having sold their farm, Mr. and Mrs. Aasen made their home in Whitehall, Wisconsin, where they have made their home since.
Mrs. Aasen has been in poor health for nine years and for the past two years has been seriously ill. She suffered much pain, but throughout the whole of her illness bore her sufferings with patience and fortitude. On Sunday, May 28, death came as a merciful release.
Life has a friend called Death
Who strips him of his clay
That so, freed from the breath,
A soul may reach its day.
A faithful wife, a good mother, a kind friend, devout member of her church. Death had no errors for Mrs. Aasen. It was a portal to the end, and where she could be forever with the Lord.
Mrs. Aasen is survived by her husband and four children: Sena, Mrs. Henry Hugdall of Eau Claire; Peter of Osseo; Julius of Rochester, Minn., and Caroline, Mrs Paul Dollum of Albert Lea, Minn.
All of these were present at the funeral, which took place on Monday afternoon, May 30. Services were held at 1 p.m. at the home and at 2 p.m. at the Norden church. Rev. J.A. Westberg and Rev. H.C. Wik gave addresses in Norwegian and Mr. Ole Wik in English. The choir sang fitting selections. The large attendance--the funeral was one of the largest ever held at Norden--and the abundance of flowers attest the affection and regard in which Mrs. Aasen was held in the community, where she had for so long made her home.
Interment was made in the Norden cemetery. The following six nephews of Mrs. Aasen were the pall bearers: Martin Ausen, Sam Ausen, Albert Ausen, J.B. Berg, Joseph Berg and Helmer ...orud." Mondovi Herald-News (THE WHITEHALL TIMES - June 15, 1927)

"It was on the morning of September 29, when the birds had caroled the coming of the morn and the rosy fingers of the orb of day had tinted the eastern sy that the invisible hand waved a signal and with a voice in softest accent on that morning brreeze announced that the gates were open and God's angels were in waiting to escort her to that heavenly home; and Mrs. Isaac Abrahamson, weary of life's many trials, answered the call.
Mrs. Abrahamson was born in Nodreland, Norway February 4, 1862, being at her death 54 years. She came to America in 1881, locating in Wisconsin. The year following she came to Becker county, Minn., and the same year united in marriage to Isaac Abrahamson. They moved to the Thirteen Towns in 1888, where they have since made their home.
Mrs. Abrahamson was taken sick Sunday and Monday she fell into a deep sleep from which she never awoke, death coming peacefully at 8 o'clock Friday morning.
Her husband and ten children, Mrs. S.A. Bruce, Mrs. Henry Hustad, John, Oscar, Anton, Elmer and Bertha, who reside here, Mrs. Ingvald Wiggerson, Ingvald and Ingemar, living at Fairdale, N. Dak., mourn the death of a loving wife and mother; also survived by four brothers, Andrew, Hans, Olaus and Ole Johnson and three sisters, Mrs. J. Thompson and Mrs. O.H. Tofte, residing at Whitehall, Wisconsin, and Mrs. Knudtson in Norway.
Funeral services were conducted from the Dovre church Monday afternoon by Rev. J. Mortenson of Fosston, and the remains laid to rest in the church cemetery north of Wagner.
'Among us all she was known as a woman of sympathy, a kind neighbor, devoted mother and sincere friend; a woman of heroic mold in bravely meeting the stern requirements and often the disappointments of life.' - Winger (Minn.) Enterprise (THE WHITEHALL TIMES/BANNER, October 26, 1916

"Guttom Adolphson, aged 100 years and 11 days died last Thursday, April 2, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Olea Johnson. Deceased was born in Solor, Norway, in 1796, and came to this country about 28 years ago. He has been blind for more than twenty years, but otherwise has been in very good health to the very last. The funeral took place Monday and was very largely attended, Rev Holseth offciating." THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - April 9, 1896

"Six of the older friends of Paul Ackley, 81, were honorary pall bearers at funeral services held for Mr. Ackley Tuesday at the United Lutheran church preceded by services from his home. They were Nels Windjue, l.P. Sinrud, Sever Staff and O.C. Haraldsrud of Pigeon Falls, Even Hegge of Hixton and Peter Noland of Whitehall. The four sons, Olaf, Palmer, Melvin and Selmer Ackley served as the regular pall bearers and flowers were carried by Misses Esther Johnson and Harriet Sletteland and David Ackley and Edward Erickson. The service was conducted by the Rev. C. K. Malmin and a Norwegian sermonette was delivered by the Rev. A.J. Oerke. Interment was in the U.L. church cemetery.
The Rev. and Mrs. Malmin sang, "Den Store Hvide Flok," at the church service, and "Heaven Is My Home" was sung by Mrs. E.A. Sletteland.
Mr. Ackley, the son of Franz and Karen Ekre was born in Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, February 4, 1860. His parents died in 1890, each at the age of 75 years. Mr. Ackley remained in Norway until he became 21 years of age and then in 1881, came to America, working for the first two years of his residence here at Appleton, Minn., in Swift county. He worked for eight years in the saw mill industry in Eau Claire county and also spent two years in Tacoma, Wash., returning to Eau Claire in 1891.
Mr. Ackley was married Apri 17, 1891, to Maria Tuff. In the year 1894 he purchased the Egeland farm where he lived until 1901. At that time he added the Ole P. Tuff farm to his holdings, which he operated until 1919 and then sold it to his son Palmer. Mr. Ackley and members of his family still with him then moved back to the Egeland place, where he stayed until it was sold to his sons Melvin and Selmer. That was in 1924, and he and his wife retired to Pigeon Falls, living there until Mrs. Ackley's death on October 4, 1924. From that time until 1932 he lived with his son-in-law and daughter at Whitehall, when he went to stay with his sons Melvin and Selmer. There he remained until his death on October 10, 1941.
Surviving Mr. Ackley are four sons, Olaf Ackley of Minneapolis, Melvin and Palmer Ackley of the Town of Pigeon and Selmer Ackley a guard at the state's prison at Waupun. A daughter, Clara, the late Mrs. Hilmen Erickson, preceded him in death. He is also survived by eight grandchildren.
Grandpa Ackley, as he was usually called, slowly failed in health the last five years of his life and always looked forward to his birthday, which was on February 4. This day was usually observed with him by neighbors and his family. He was always thankful for visits from neighbors, from his former pastor, the Rev. A.J. Oerke, and the present pastor of his congregation, the Rev. C.K. Malmin." THE WHITEHALL TIMES - October 23, 1941

"Anna Marie Tuff was born July 1, 1861, at Grans Prestejeld, Hadeland, Norway, daughter of Ole and Anna Tuff The following year her parents came to America and settled for a time in Green and Lafayette counties, later moving to Trempealeau county near Blair where they lived until the fall of 1877, when her parents purchased a farm in the town of Pigeon, where she spent her childhood days.
In days gone by as soon as a boy or girl reached the age where they could earn their living they went out into the world to meet the obstacles of life with very little schooling or training. The deceased spent her young days at Eau Claire. April 14, 1891, Anna Marie Tuff was joined in marriage to Paul F. Ackley by Rev. Himle at the home of her parents in the town of Pigeon. The young couple returned to Eau Claire where they established a home and lived until the fall of 1894 when they moved onto the farm in Tuff coulee, known as the Ackley stock farm, where they spent their years developing a fine farm and comfortable home. Last July they decided to spend their declining years in ease and purchased a home in the village of Pigeon Falls, but the union of this venerable couple was near an end and after a peaceful period of six weeks Mrs Ackley's health began to fail. She was taken to LaCrosse for medical care where she was called from earthly trials on October 3, of paralysis of the kidneys.
The funeral services were held at Pigeon Falls Tuesday, October 7, Revs. Oerke and Christophersen delivering the funeral sermon. The four sons, Olaf, Palmer, Melvin and Selmer, carried the remains of a kind and noble wife and mother to the last resting place in the cemetery of that village.
Mrs. Ackley is survived by her husband, four sons, Olaf, of Minneapolis; Melvin, Palmer and Selmer of Pigeon; one daughter, Mrs. Hilman Erickson, Whitehall; two sisters, Hannah of Blair and Lena of Whitehall; and three brothers: John of Skykomishk, Wash.; Edward of Taylor, and Peter of Blair.
Mrs. Ackley was confirmed by Rev. Midthoe at the Trempealeau Valley Lutheran church and lived an honorable christian life, true to her husband and family and faithful to her large circle of frends." THE WHITEHALL TIMES - October 16, 1924

"Nes J. Agneberg, 98, pioneer resident of the town of Pigeon, died at his home in Minneapolis Tuesday morning, June 19. Funeral services were held there on June 22, and he was laid to rest in Lakewood Cemeery beside his wife who passed away in 1945.
Mr. Agnesberg was born in Lom, Gudbrandsdalen, Norway, March 4, 1853, the only son of John N. and Marit Husom Agneberg, and came with his parents to this country in 1860. The family first settled at Mount Horeb, Dane county, and in 1868 they came to Trempealeau county. On April 7, 1879, he was united in marriage to Mattie Brenden at the farm home of his parents in the town of Pigeon by the Rev. C.J. Helsem. The couple established their home on the Agneberg farm, where they resided until 1907.
Mr. Agnesberg took a keen interest and was active in community affairs; for many years he was chairman of his town, and also served as a member of the local school board. In 1907 they moved to Osseo, where he purchased a farm and also became grain buyer for the Cargill company until 1916, when they went to Minneapolis, which has since been their home and where Mr. Agneberg spent the remainder of his life. He was in fairly good health and very active for a man of his years until about eight years ago, when his eyesight became poor and his health began to fail.
Besides his wife, Mr. Agneberg was also preceded in death by his oldest daughter, Mathilde, Mrs. Iver Johnson of Beltrami, Minn., who died in 1920. He is also survived by three daughters, Mrs. Josephine Hildebrand, Mis Mabel Agneberg of Minneaplis; Wilma, Mrs. Linn Kise of San Francisco, Calif, two sons Elmer L. and Wilman N., both of Minneapolis; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren." THE WHITEHALL TIMES - July 19, 1951

"Mrs Nels J. Agneberg of 3850 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, pioneer resident of the town of Pigeon, passed away Wednesday afternoon, September 12, at the age of 86 years. Mrs. Agneberg had been in failing health for several years. On August 5 she suffered a heart attack and was immediately taken to Northwestern hospital but medical skill was futile and she gradually weakened until death released her from suffering.
Mattie Agneberg was born in Ringsaker, Hedemarken, Norway, July 14, 1859, coming to this country with her parents at the age of six years. The family first settled at LaCrosse but later moved to Jackson county and made their home on a farm in Big Slough. On April 7, 1879, she was united in marriage to Nels J. Agneberg at the farm home of the bridegroom's parents in the town of Pigeon by the Rev. C.J. Hedsem. The couple established their home on the Agneberg farm, where they resided until 1907. That year they moved to Osseo and lived there until 1916, when they went to Minneapolis, which has since been their home.
Mrs. Agneberg was preceded in death by her oldest daughter Mathilde, Mrs. Iver Johnson, of Beltrami, Minn. Since that time she has cared for and reared to womanhood her youngest granddaughter, Mae, who has always made her home with her grandparents. She is survived by her husband; thre daughters, Mrs. Josephine Hildebrand, Miss Mabel Agnesberg of Minneapolis, Mrs. Linn Kise (Wilma), Oakland, Calif.; two sons, Elmer L. and Wilman N., both of Minneapolis.
Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, September 15, the Rev. L.M. Roseland of Central Lutheran church officiating, with burial in Lakewood cemetery, Minneapolis." THE WHITEHALL TIMES - September 27, 1945

"Ludvig Alseth, 87, died Monday afternoon, April 28, at his home on Oak Ridge north of Galesville on the farm where he had lived 35 years. Funeral services were held Thursday, May 1, at 1 p.m. at the Ryczek Funeral home in Galesville and at 2 o'clock at the Tamarack Lutheran church, the Rev. George Muedeking officiating. Burial was in the Tamarack cemetery.
Mr. Alseth was born January 30, 1865 in Biri, Norway. He came to the United States at the age of 19, settling near Pigeon Falls. For a time he was a logger in the north woods.
Survivors are his wife, the former Mary Eid, whom he married in 1896; four daughters, Josephine, Mrs. Ralph Herman; Hulda, Mrs. Joel Tomter, Lila, Mrs. Oscar Norgaard, all of Osseo, and Miss Goldie at home and three sons, Archie, Milford and Leland, all of Galesville. The three sons and three sons-in-law were pall bearers." THE WHITEHALL TIMES - May 8, 1952

"Marit Torgerson Alme peacefully passed away at the home of her son, John Elland, July 8, 1914, aged 91 years and 25 days. She was born in Sondre Froen, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, June 12, 1823. In 1857, she, together with her husband, Elan Everson Alme, came to America and settled on Coon Prairie, where they remained four years. Since that time she had lived in Trempealeau county. Her husband died 50 years ago. Six children, John (with whom she made her home), Tom of Black River Falls, Even Mathinus, Karen and Mrs. O.H. Benrud, were born to them, the last three preceding her in death. The funeral services were held in the U.L. church at Blair Saturday p.m. at 2 o'clock, Rev. Urberg conducting the services. The pall bearers were H.G. Shephard, K.O. Storley, C. Q. Nyberg, Sever Steffenson, Ed Strand and Ole Thompson." THE WHITEHALL TIMES/BLAIR BANNER - July 16, 1914

"Olive Allen died at the old home farm where she and her cousin, Bertha Mahlum, resided at Square Bluff, Friday, May 20, 1927, following an illness of several months.
Deceased was born in Bruffet, Norway, in 1854. When she was three years of age her parents came to America and settled in Dane county. A short time after their arrival the mother died, leaving her husband and three small children. The family was then broken up and Olive was adopted by her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. K. Mahlum, who resided on a farm at Square Bluff south of Whitehall. She grew to womanhood in that community and spent her lifetime there. She took up dressmaking and followed that occupation for many years. About three years ago, her health began to fail but not until last fall was her condition regarded as serious and since that time she gradually failed until the final spark of life ebbed away. She lived a clean, christian life and through the many acts of friendship and kindness during her years in that community won many staunch friends.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Fagernes church and burial took place at the church cemetery. Rev. Bestul delivered the funeral sermon and undertaker Rhode had charge of arrrangements." THE WHITEHALL TIMES - May 26, 1927

"Asjar Knutson was born in Kvitseid, Telemarken, Norway, October 15, 1857, a daughter of Vraal and Kari Knudtson. They came to this country with a family of three girls, when the deceased was three years old.
For 12 years they resided at Kilbourn. From there they moved to Trempealeau County, making their home in Fly Creek. While living there, her father and sister died.
In 1883 she was united in marriage to Hans Aleckson Hovdeklev of Vosse Coulee, which place became her home until the time of her death To this union ten children were born, a baby twin dying in infancy.
They worked hard to provide a home for the large family and to rear the children in the Christian faith. She became a widow in 1912.
Her eyesight began to fail in 1918 and at the end of a year she was totally blind. With the loss of her vision went her good heath, and so she lingered uncomplainingly until death relieved her of her suffering Sunday noon, March 2, 1924.
She leaves to mourn her death nine children and 16 grandchildren. Those present at the funeral were Mrs. Emil Engebretson, Blac River Falls; Mrs. Albert Halverson, Goodridge, Minn.; Mrs. Christ Gilbertson, Whitehall; and Alfred, Henry and Millard of this place.
Two children, Clarence of Mendota and Mrs. Temen Erickson of Fond du Lac, were unable to attend.
The funeral was held Wednesday, March 5, Rev. Urberg officating and interment was made in the Trempealeau Valley cemetery." THE BLAIR PRESS - March 6, 1924

"Gilbert Amoth, an early settler in these parts, died at his home last Friday, March 17, from a paralytic stroke. Mr. Amoth was born at Soendre, Aurdal, Norway, July 28, 1836. He was married to Helen Halvorson in 1862. In 1866 they came to Ettrick and resided on the Peter Larson farm for a year and a half. Mr. Amoth took a homestead and they moved onto it in 1869. Mrs. Amoth died March 27, 1908. Mr. Amoth resided on the old homestead for two years after her death. He bought a home in the village of Ettrick and moved there April 7, 1910, where he resided until death called him last Friday. The funeral services were held in the Ettrick Lutheran Church Rev. Urberg officiating. Two brothers and six children surivive him. The brothers are Ole Amoth of Ettrick and Andres of Lake Nebagamon, Wis. The children are John, George, and Henry, and Mrs Nelson of Ettrick, Mrs Raleigh of Superior and Mrs. Itzkovetch of Ft. Robinson, Neb." THE BLAIR PRESS - March 23, 1916

"Funeral services were held Saturday for John Amoth, 74, who died Wednesday morning at the Redsten nursing home, following a long illness. He was born in Norway, May 30, 1862, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Amoth. At the age of two he came with his parents to America, and his entire life was spent in the vicinity of Ettrick where he was occupied with farming. He is survived by two brothers, Henry of Merrill and George of Ettrick and two sisters, Mrs. Benjamin Itzkovetch of Colford, Neb. and Mrs. Olive Rawley of Superior. His wife the former Jacoba Lynch, and infant daughter passed away 40 years ago. Three brothers and three sisters also preceded him in death.
Services were held at 1:30 Saturday at the Ettrick Lutheran church by Rev. K.M. Urberg officiating. Burial was made in the Amoth cemetery in Stensven Coulee." THE BLAIR PRESS - July 16, 1936

"W.D. Buchholz of Newel, S.D. has furnished the Times with an obituary of Hans Amunson of that city, who died at his home January 26 at the age of 81 years, seven months and 17 days, As Mr. Amunson lived at one time in Plum Creek, town of Arcadia, there will be local readers interested in the obituary, which we pass it on. He was also a brother of the late Sever Amundson of Whitehall.
Hans Amunson was born in Valders, Norway, June 9, 1858. At the age of six years he came to America with his father, one brother and four sisters, his mother passing away on the ocean voyage. The family settled in Western Wisconsin, where most of them made permanent homes. But Hans, as a young man,

"Sever Amundson was born in Valders, Norway, October 28, 1848. At the age of 18 he came to America, accompanied by his father, six brothers and sisters. His mother emigrated with the family but passed away on the ocean. They came to Wisconsin, settling on a homestead in Lower Plum Creek. In December, 1869, he was united in marriage to Ingeborg Olsdatter Thorstuen, a girl who had been his neighbor in Norway. They lived in Plumb Creek until 1904, when they moved to Whitehall, purchasing a home on Abrams stret, where they have resided.
Three years ago his health began to fail. During the last three months he was confined to his bed, and died Monday noon, April 18. Funeral services were held Saturday at 1:30 at the home and 2 o'clock at Our Saviour's Lutheran church, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. A group from the Senior choir sang "Jesus Lover of My Soul," "One Sweetly Solemn Thought," and "Jeg Ved Meg en Sovn i Jesus Navn." Burial was in Lincoln cemetery with Henry Larson, Dr. F.E. Van Sickle, Herman Briggs, G.B. Anderson, W.J. Webb and Gabe Nelson as pallbearers. Flowers were carried by Mmes. Melvin Elstad, F.E. Van Sickle, Frank Caswell and Adolph Hanson. There were memorials from neighbors and friends.
The deceased is survived by his wife and four children: namely, Rena, Mrs. John Skogstad, Eleva; Alvin and Olive, Mrs. L.C. Brennom, Whitehall, and Henry Amundson, Ostrander, Minn. He also leaves one brother Hans Amundson of Newell, S. D., 16 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and other relatives." WHITEHALL TIMES - April 28, 1938

"Mrs. Sever Amundson, Whitehall's oldest citizen, died at 8:45 Sunday evening at the age of 95. She had been ill for a little over a week with the flu. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 1:30 at the home and at 2 o'clock at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, the Rev. O. G. Birkeland officiating. Burial will be in Lincoln Cemetery.
Mrs. Amundson, as Ingeborg Olsdatter Thorstuen, was born in Biri, Norway, October 26, 1848, the daughter of Ole Jacob Johanson Thorstuen and Martha Olson Waller. At the age of 20 years she came to America alone, being 8 1/2 weeks on the ocean. She spent two years with friends in Lansing, Iowa. Then, in 1869, her childhood playmate, Sever Amundson, with whom she had been confirmed in the same church in the old country and who had preceded her to this country, left his farm in Plum Creek, town of Arcadia, to go to get her. They traveled from Lansing by boat on the Mississippi River to Trempealeau, which then had only one store, and thence by wagon trail to Arcadia. From Arcadia they walked to the Amundson homestead in Plumb Creek, and there they were married, in November, 1869.
About 38 years ago Mr. and Mrs. Amundson retired from farming and moved into the village of Whitehall, where both spent the remainder of their lives. Mr. Amundson, who was two days younger than his wife, died here in 1938. About 15 years ago Mrs. Amundson fractured a hip but recovered sufficiently so she could be around her home. Her health had been generally good until her last illness.
Surviviors are four children: Renna, Mrs. Johnson Skogstad of Eleva; Alvin Amundson and Olive, Mrs. L.C. Brennom of Whitehall and Henry Amundson of Spring Valley, Minn. She also leaves 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren." THE WHITEHALL TIMES - January 6, 1944

"Among the leading agriculturists of Pigeon Township is the subject of this sketch, who is proprietor of two good farms, aggregating 360 acres. Mr. Ackley was born in Gulsbrandsdalen, Norway, February 4, 1860. His father, Franz Anderson Ackley, who was a farmer, died in Norway in 1890 at the age of 75 years. Mr. Ackley's mother, whose maiden name was Karen Harralsdatter, died in the same year as her husband, at the age of 75. Paul Ackley on attaining his majority in 1881 said farewell to his native land and took passage for the United States. Folllowing the examle of many of his countrymen who had preceded him, he decided to make his home in the great Northwest, and first located in Swift County, Minn., where for two years he worked out for others. Then going to Eau Claire County, he spent eight years there working in a sawmill and in the woods. The next two years of his life were spent in Tacoma, Wash., after which he returned to Wisconsin and resided in Eau Claire five years, being engaged in the saw mill business. In the fall of 1894 Mr. Ackley began agricultural operations in Pigeon township, buying the property now known as Ackley's farm, and which contains 150 acres, 120 of which are located in the northwest quarter of section 12, and 40 acres in the southeast quarter of section 11. Here Mr. Ackley took up his residence and cultivated the farm until 1910. He then purchased the Tuff farm of 200 acres, 150 acres lying in the southeast quarter of section 12 and the other 40 in the north-east quarter of section 11. On this latter farm he now makes his residence. The houes on both farms are substantial two-story buildings, neat-looking and commodious, and the farms are well improved, all the buildings being kept in good condition. Both are operated profitably by Mr. Ackley, who is an experienced agriculturist and whose energy and perseverance, combined with thrift and good business foresight, have placed him among the substantial and well-to-do citizens of Pigeon Township. He has been treasurer of the school board for 13 years and has always taken a keen interest in all projects for the good of the community in which he lives. Aside from his interest in the two farms mentioned, he is a stockholder in the Pigeon Grain and Stock Company and the Whitehall Hospital. Mr. Ackley was married April 17, 1891, to Maria Tuff, who was born at Haalen, Norway, July 1, 1861, her faher being Ole Tuff and her mother, in maidenhood, Anna Stena Johnson. The father, who was born in Norway, came to America in October, 1861, settling in LaFayette County, Wisconsin, where, however, he lived but a short time, removing to Blair County, where also his residence was brief. Coming from Blair to Trempealeau County, he bought the farm known as the Tuff farm, now owned by Mr. Ackley and resided on it until it was purchased by Mr. Ackley, Since then he has retired and resides in Blair. His wife Anna died in 1904 at the age of 70 years. Mr. and Mrs. Ackley are the parents of five children: Olaf F., who is a member of the Engineering Corps, now located at Fort Snelling, while Clara, Palmer, Melvin and Selmer reside at home. The family are members of the Norwegian Lutheran Church." - HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

"Proprietor of a well-improved farm of 135 acres in Ettrick Township, near the village of Ettrick, was born in a log house in this locality, May 29, 1873, son of Gilbert and Helen (Haldvorsdatter) Amoth. The parents were natives of Norway, in which country they were married, and a few years later, about 1867, came with their two eldest children to the United States. After a long voyage across the Atlantic in a sailing vessel they landed at an eastern port, and came directly to Ettrick Township, Trempealeau County, Wis., which locality they had been informed was favorable for settlement. Having little knowledge, however, of what he would have to do, Gilbert Amoth was practically unprovided with necessaries for making a start in the wilderness, and at first had scarcely anything but his bare hands with which to begin work. In spite of this handicap, he managed to erect a log house and as soon as possible procured an ox team with which he began the work of pioneer farming. A number of years later, after he had made good progress in developing his farm, he increased its size by the purchase of 40 additional acres, and here he resided until he retired and moved to Ettrick about six years before his death, which occurred March 17, 1916. He was a member of the Lutheran church and a respected member of the commmunity in which he had cast his lot. His wife died on the farm about 1908. They had a family numbering 11 chidlren. George Amoth worked on the home farm until he had reached the age of 18 years, at which time he began working out on other farms, and also for a while hauled cream to the creamery at Ettrick. At the age of 26 years he was married to Julia Johnson, daughter of Hans and Martha Johnson, of Ettrick. He then rented a farm in section 20, working it for three years, at the end of which time he bought his present farm near the village, where he raises various crops and also more or less stock, including Shorthorn cattle, Poland-China hogs, a good grade of horses and full-blooded Black Monarch chickens. Since taking this place he has erected on it a good silo, marchine shed and chicken coop. His barn is 100 by 28 feet in size. Mr. Amoth takes an interest in all local enterprises, giving active support to the creamery in particular. He has been successful as a farmer and he and his wife are prominent and esteemed residents of the community in which they live. They have two chidren: Hazel Marie and Guy Hubert." History of Trempealeau County, 1917

Nels G. Ambee, 78, Vosse Coulee, died August 15 1940, at the Community Hospital at Whitehall following an illness of several months with heart trouble and complications. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. C.K. Malmin at the United Lutheran church Monday, August 19, preceded by devotions at the Amlee home. Burial was in the church cemetery. A brief Norwegian sermon was given by the Rev. A.J. Oerke and a Norwegian vocal solo, “Tank Nor En Gang Den Taage er Forsvunden,” was sung by Mrs. E.A. Sletteland accompanied by Mrs. A.J. Solboe. Grandchildren served as the flower girls and pall bearers. Those carrying flowers were Elvina and Annie Nerby, Avis Stalheim and Odella Moen and pall bearers were Newland, Julian and Myron Nerby, Nels Stalheim and Alfred and Philip Pederson. Nels G. Amlee was born in Ringsaker, Hedemarken, Norway, January 13, 1862. When he was 18 years of age he came to America. He was married September 24, 1887, to Annie Gilbertson by the Rev. A. Ronneberg at the Lutheran parsonage at Black River Falls. They made their home in Black River Falls for the first four years of their married life. Here Mr. Amlee was employed by the Spaulding Logging Co. and while living in Black River Falls, Mr. and Mrs. Amlee cared for his invalid mother and twin brother and sister. Mr. Amlee began farming in 1896 and was also engaged in mason work in addition to his farming activities. They lived on a farm in the town of Irving, Jackson county, until 1899, when they moved to their present home in Vosse Coulee. Mr. Amlee was preceded in death by a sister, Mrs. Ole (Agnette) Stendahl and a brother, Gustav, who enlisted in the Phillippine war and died in the Islands. He is survived by his widow; one son Elvin of Calgary, Canada; and five daughters, Mrs Sigvald (Lydia) Stalheim of Big Slough; Mrs. Oscar (Amy) Pederson of Vosse Coulee; Mrs. Julus (Edna Nerby of Hixton; Mrs. Clara J. (Clara) Moen of Pigeon Falls, and Mrs. Olger (Mabel) Foss of Brainerd, Minnn. He is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Ole Madsen of Menomonie and a brother, Ole Amlee of St. Paul. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - August 29, 1940

Mrs. Amundson was born in Biri, Norway, September 5, 1851. In 1881, she became the wife of Ole Amundson, known generally as Ole Eliason. In 1882, they came directly to Pigeon, where they made their home for several years. At one time they lived in the upper end of Vosse coulee. Amundson worked for Mads Monson on Big Slough, the first summer after they came to this country. Being a near neighbor of Monsons at the time, I became very intimately acquainted with Amundson that summer. I have not met many Norwegians of the poorer, peasant class that had such a store of folk-songs, jokes, quips and stories. He was very social and entertaining. Mrs. Amundson was also somewhat of a happy-go-lucky kind, that laughs when sobs and tears threaten their poise. Perhaps there is no better code ritual, or philosophy to sustain us humans in the elemental conflicts of life. Privations, afflictions may come like waves, but over them all, as they roll by one by one, is the light of a smile. And these people needed all the cheerfulness they could command in order to survive. For their life was a continuous struggle to keep the wolves of want and poverty from shadowing their lives. From Pigeon they moved on to some land near Fairchild, where they spent many years. There they suffered from sickness, chintzbugs and the constant struggle with want. About twenty-seven years ago they moved to Eleva, where Amundson opened a shoe-repair shop, for he had learned the shoemaker’s trade in Norway. His wife, always active, supplemented her husband’s earnings by making quilts and knitting. As old age came on, the children, one by one, according to the course of nature, left the home and once more Ole and Agnette were alone together. This is, in many cases, life’s most trying period. The exuberance of youth, the resiliency of middle life, have been replaced with set habits and infirmities of age. And if to this he added poverty, difficult situations are liable to develop. But even through this trying time Amundson and his wife managed to paddle their own canoe. Mr. Amundson died October 5, 1931. This left Mrs. Amundson alone. But her spirit was still unbroken and she continued to live alone until cancer overcame her strength. Then one of the daughters took care of her until death released her February 15, 1934. Six children survive her. Her life was full of privations but her natural cheerfulness cast a radiance over all. Many, for a few years at least, will recall Mr. and Mrs. Amundson and find their hearts warming at the memory of something droll, witty or humorous that dropped from their lips. Their failures and shortcoming are buried with them. Written by H.A. Anderson, April 8, 1934. THE WHITEHALL TIMES, APRIL 12, 1934

Adolph Amundson passed away at his home on Monday, March 14, 1927, at the age of 69 years, 2 weeks and 3 days. He suffered greatly for many years with bronchitis and had been confined to his bed mostly since Christmas, his strength gradually failing. The funeral services were held at the home and at the Trempealeau Valley church on Thursday afternoon. Interment was made at the Trempealeau Valley cemetery, Rev. Urberg officiating. The choir sang and a vocal solo was given by Gordon Huseboe. Mr. Amundson was born in Tronjhem, Norway, February 25, 1858, the son of Carrie and Lauritz Amundson. The family came to America in the latter part of 1859, first locating in LaCrosse County where they remained about two years. In 1962 they moved to Black River Falls and remained there for a few years. About sixty years ago they moved to the farm in the Town of Springfield which has ever since been his home. Mr. Amundson was an excellent farmer and developed a nice farm property. He purchased the farm from his father 38 years ago. He was married April 18, 1896 to Miss Mary Odegaard, who now survives him with two sons, Lawrence and Eldon at home and one daughter, Mrs. Albert B. Peterson, also of the town of Springfield. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Charles Amundson of Rhindelander, Wisconsin, and one brother, John Amundson, of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Mr. Amundson was an earnest, hard working man who was favorably regarded by the many who had known him during his 60 years residence in this county. He was a fond husband and father and gave to his family his best effort for their comfort and welfare. He will be sadly missed in the home and also by the large circle of friends, whose deepest sympathy goes out to his widow and children in their bereavement. - THE BLAIR PRESS, MARCH 24 1927

In the home of Amund Berg and wife at Lillehammer, Norway May 13, 1845, their son Christian Amundson was born. The life span lacking but seven years of the century mark came to its early close at Whitehall hospital Friday morning, July 8, 1938. Christian was reared to manhood, baptizEd and confirmed in his native Norway and then at the age of 20 years emigrated to America. In the new country just emerging from the shadows of the great Civil War, he found ready employment. In 1869 he declared his intention on becoming an American citizen and in due time was granted the full rights and privileges of citizenship. He was joined in marriage to Martha Olson, daughter of Lasse and Sigrid Olson by Rev. S. Svennungsen at the French Creek church August 3, 1873 The newly married couple homesteaded in the Travis Valley and farmed there 35 years. There ten children were born to gladden their union. In 1898 the Amundsons retired from the farm and built a home in Independence. They were there but eight years when the present home in Blair was purchased 32 years ago. Mrs. Amundson passed away May 22, 1934. Mr. Amundson, who wished to remain in the home place has been cared for by a daughter, Mrs. Hazelberg, and in the last years by another daughter, Mrs. McDonogh. Quietly and serenely his life’s evening has been spent. His familiar presence, with the inseparable cane, that steadied his steps forms another link in the chains of memory that bind us to the past. Three of his children preceded him in death, Anna (Mrs. A.J. Wulf) in 1919, Louis in 1925 and Josena in infancy. The following mourn the passing of a kind father: Minnie (Mrs. Edward Ross), Eau Claire; Julia (Mrs Robert McDonogh), Blair; Albert and Mabel (Mrs Carl Hazelberg), Sigola, Michigan; Sadie (Mrs. Robert Staller), Grand Forks, N.D.; Clarence, Moose Lake, Minnesota; and Linda (Mrs. H.B. Lunstad), Eau Claire. There are 30 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday, July 10th at the home and at the Zion Lutheran church, Rev. T.E. Sweger officiating. Mrs. Melvin Madsen sang “Rock of Ages” and “Abide with Me”. The pall bearers were Neal and James Canar, Jacob, Clayton and Oliver Wulf and Lloyd Lee, all grandsons of the deceased. THE BLAIR PRESS - JULY 14, 1938

The Blair community was shocked to hear of the accident that befell one of its aged residents when Mrs. Amundson was scalded with boiling water while washing clothes on Monday morning. Due to her age and heart condition, she could not survive the shock and passed away the following day at the age of 80 years and 9 months. Martha Olson the daughter of Lasse and Sigrid Olson was born in Bergen, Norway, August 22, 1853. At the age of three years, she came with her parents to America. TheY settled in Trempealeau County and were among the early settlers. This county had been Mrs. Amundson’s home until her death a period of 77 years. She was united in marriage to Christ Amundson the third of August, 1873, a union that endured almost 51 years. The year of their marriage they took up a homestead near Independence which they proved up and received the title for from the U.S. government. They resided on the farm until 1888 when they moved in to the village of Independence where they made their home until 1904. The past 30 years they have lived continuously in this village. Two children preceded her in death, Anna, Mrs. A. Wulff and Josephine. Those who survive to mourn the loss of a beloved mother are Minnie, Mrs. Ed Ross, Eau Claire; Julia, Mrs. Robert McDonah, Eau Claire; AlbeRt, Webster, Wisconsin; Sadie, Mrs. Robert Stoller, Grand Forks; Clarence, Mandan, N.D.; Linda, Mrs. H.B. Lunstad, Whitehall; Mabel, Mrs. K. Hazelberg, Merrill. There are 27 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Two brothers and a sister also survive - Cornel Olson and Ole Jordahl of Blair and Mrs. Bertha Kittleson, Everett, Wash. The sympathy of the community is extended to those who mourn and especially to the bereaved husband whose declining years will be so saddened by the absence of his life-long companion. Mrs. Amundson was faithful in her meditations upon the Word of God, earnest in her prayers and confident that her Saviour would be with her when she walked through the Valley of the Shadow of Death. Funeral services were held at the homestead and at the Zion Lutheran church by the pastor Rev. T.E. Sweger on Saturday afternoon, May 26th. Mrs. Angus Sather sang “Hve ved Hvor Naer Mig Er Min Ende” and “Jesus Lover of My Soul.” Pall bearers were all grandsons of the deceased: Jacob Wulff, Lloyd Lee, Clayton Wulff, James Canar, Oliver Wulff and Neil Canar. Flower bearers were Mrs. Ludwig Hjerleid and Mrs. Levi Brown. Interment was made in the Zion cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 31, 1934

Christian Jevne Amundson, 94, died Wednesday at the county hospital at Whitehall. He was born in Norway March 12, 1854. He is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Otilie Sime and Mrs. Roy Stensven, both of Ettrick; Mrs. John Forseth, Mrs. Hans Fall and Clara Jevne, all of South Beaver Creek; a son, Andrew Jevne, South Beaver Creek, and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Runnestrand funeral chapel in Ettrick and at Hardies Creek Lutheran church with the Rev. S.E. Yevang of Galesville officiating. Burial was in the Hardies Creek cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS, FEBRUARY 10, 1949

The Blair community was shocked to hear of the sudden death of one of it aged residents when Elliot Amundson slept away Sunday morning at the A.C. Olson home where he had lived the past year. Mr. Amundson had been around town Saturday as usual but retired early that evening, having made mention of the fact that he wasn’t feeling the best and sometime Sunday morning, he died at the age of 81 years and four months. Elliot Amundson was born in Solor, Norway June 30, 1853 and came to America in 1872 at the age of 19 years and settled in Trump Coulee where he remained for a number of years, later moving here. October 18, 1878, he was united in marriage to Sena Benedict, who preceded him in death July 22, 1910. To this union five children were born, three boys and two girls. They are Francis of Osakis, Minn., Lawrence of Milwaukee; Emmet of Galesville; Alma of St. Paul and Mrs. Tillie Bardt of Aberdeen, South Dakota. All the children were present at the funeral except Alma who was unable to attend on account of illness. Funeral services were held here at the A.C. Olson home and at the Trempealeau Valley church Wednesday of last week, Rev. Hofstad of Taylor officiating. Interment was made in the Trempealeau Valley cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - NOVEMBER 1, 1934

Mrs. Gilbert Amundson died Saturday, October 6, 1917, of heart failure, aged 69 years, 2 months and 16 days. Maria Peterson was born in Ringsaker, Norway, July 20, 1848, where she grew to womanhood. She came to this country when about 20 years of age and in 1871 she was married to Gilbert Amundson in LaCrosse county, where they resided for two years. In 1873 they moved to the farm in Borst valley, where they have since resided. She was one of the oldest settlers of the valley. She was the mother of eleven children, two of whom died at an early age. The living are Mrs. Lyman Back of Independence; Mrs. Chester Knutson of Canada; Mrs. Christ Christianson, of Eau Claire; Mrs. Peter Osberg, South Dakota; Mrs. Robert Bloom of Minneapolis, Adolph of Independence; Olander of Eau Claire, Willie of Independence, and John of Hixton, all of whom were present at the funeral except Mrs Chester Knutson of Canada. Besides the husband and children, she leaves 36 grandchildren and an adopted grandchild, Corah Anderson. The funeral was held from the Chimney Rock church Thursday, October 11. Her four sons and to sons-in-law, Peter Osberg and Christ Christenson, acted as pall bearers and the remains were laid to rest in the Chimney Rock cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - OCTOBER 25, 1917

John Amundson died suddenly last Saturday afternoon. He had been to Independence on business, returning on the evening train. On the way to his hotel, the Allen House, he was stricken with heart failure and fell in the street, dying soon after. John Amundson was born in Norway in June 1846 and came to this country with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Amund Amundson Thorstad in 1866, settling in Coon Valley, later going to LaCrosse. The father died in LaCrosse, the mother in the town of Pigeon, where she lived with a son-on-law. John had been a resident of Whitehall for the past eighteen years, and worked at the tailor trade. He was in the employ of W.A. Lieberg for some time and when Mr lieberg went to the Nodel, John continued the business of tailoring at the old shop on Scranton street, which he made successful. He leaves three sisters and a brothers, Mrs. Ole Olson of Green Bush, Minn.; Mrs. Carl Hanson of Lacrosse; Mrs. Daniel Strumstad of Coon Valley, and Ole Amundson of Wausau. The funeral was held Tuesday from the Orke church at Pigeon Falls, Rev. Orke officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER, APRIL 22, 1920

Mrs. Karen Amundson one of the early settlers of this vicinity passed away at the home of her son, Ole F. Johnson, in the town of Springfield on Monday, January 7, 1924 at the ripe old age of 87 years, 7 months and 13 days. Death was due to the infirmities of old age. The deceased was born in Stordalen, Norway on May 24, 1836 and was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ole Forness. She was first married in Norway to Peter O. Johnson who passed away 44 years ago. In 1872 accompanied by her husband, Peter O. Johnson, she came to America and directly to Jackson county where they settled on a homestead about two miles south of Taylor, where she always has remained. In the year 1888 she was again married to Lewis Amundson, who also preceded her in death seven years ago. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Clara McRae of Goodman, Wisconsin, and a son, Ole P. Johnson of Springfield. Two step-sons, A. Amundson of Springfield; John Amundson of Milwaukee and a step-daughter, Mrs. Anna Amundson of Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Also a brother Ole Forness of Curran Valley. She is also survived by four grandchildren. Mrs. Amundson was a faithful wife and mother, an untiring worker and a lover of her home. She was a member of the Lutheran church and Ladies Aid Society. She was a woman of a most kindly and cheerful disposition and was loved by all who knew her and will be sadly missed. The funeral was held on Thursday afternoon, January 19th, 1924, first at the home and later at the Trempealeau Valley church, Rev. Urberg officiating and interment was made in the church cemetery. THE TAYLOR HERALD - JANUARY 18, 1924

Lars Amundson, who died Saturday, april 22, 1911, of cancer of the liver, was born February 14, 1837, in Birid, Norway. He came to America in 1857 and in 1864 enlisted in the Civil War. He was married to Bertha Olson in 1865 at LaCrosse. They had seven children, three of whom are dead, the surviving Being, Albert of Trout Run, Olaf, John and Martin, who with their mother, mourn the loss of their father and husband. He is also survived by three sisters and one brother. The funeral was held Tuesday, Rev. Bestul officiating. (Tamarack News) - THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - APRIL 27, 1911

Martin Amundson was born in Gulbrandsdalen, Norway September 8, 1867. He was the second child in a family of eleven born to Amund and Guro Grassletten. The family emigrated to the United States in June 1870. Their first home in America was a sod hut near Chaseburg, Vernon county where they resided about six months. From there the family moved to the Jorgenson farm in Springfield township. Short periods of time were spent at various places in this township until the year 1884 when the farm known as the Graasletten farm was purchased, one mile south of the Hjerleid school near Taylor. When Martin was six years of age, he stumbled in a cutover corn field and suffered a hip injury which handicapped him physically the remainder of his life. He was forced to a life of inactivity until the age of ten, when he entered public school in the Finn District. Due to study pursued at home, he was able to finish grade school in a short period of time and continued his schooling at the Black River Falls high school. He began teaching rural school at the age of 19 and continued this profession 13 years, including four terms of parochial school. October 13th, 1894, he was united in marriage to Thea Paulson, daughter of Olav and Berget Paulson. Their first home was on a farm at the south boundary of Springfield township in Beaver Creek where they resided six years. In 1902 they moved to the Hartwig farm near the Trempealeau Valley church. In 1903 Martin was appointed rural mail carrier on Blair R.F.D. No. 3 and in 1905 moved to the home which he built east of the Blair village limits. In 1932 he was retired from service and a year later built the service station near his home and continued this business until 1935. In 1937 he built a small home in the Hillcrest addition where he resided until illness brought him to the hospital at Madison, where he underwent a serious operation the latter part of March this year. From that time the decline has been gradual with intermittent recuperative periods. He passed away at the home of his son, Alvin, in Augusta Tuesday, September 12, 1939f, at the age of 72 years and three days. His wife preceded him in death in 1932. Seven children survive: Omer, Marie (Mrs. Otto Rathmann and Gena all of Milwaukee; Alvin, Augusta; Bessie (Mrs. Earl Elliott) San Diego, California; Goodwin, Minneapolis; and Olaf on the home place. Three brothers and a sister survive, August, Wascott; Hans, Taylor; Albert, Northfield and Mrs. Lena Hanson, Rhame, N.D. There are fifteen grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday, September 16 at 1:15 at the home, 1:30 at the Zion Lutheran church, Blair and 2:30 at the Trempealeau Valley church. Mrs. Angus Sather sang “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Rock or Ages” at the Zion church. Rev. T.E. Sweger officiated. The pall bearers were Carl Dahl, C.B. Immell, Ole Renning, Edwin Mattison, Henry Shephard and Gunder Scott. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 21, 1939
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Thea Paulson was born In Kvitseid, Telemarken, Norway, June 3, 1870. She was the fourth child in a family of six children born to the late Olav and Bergit Paulson, who emigrated to this country from Norway in 1879. The family first resided on the former Knute Bergseth farm, now the Ole Huseboe farm two miles south of Taylor, where they lived a short time. From there they moved to the Paulson farm, southwest of Taylor where the family resided until the death of both parents several years ago. Thea attended the Finn district public school. She was confirmed by Rev. Brynhjolf Hovde at the Trempeauleau Valley church in the summer of 1885. For a few years ensuing she was employed at Black River Falls and LaCrosse. On October 13, 1894, she was united in marriage to Martin Amundson, a school teacher at the time and second son of Amund and Guro Grassletten. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Amundson built a home on a farm located on the south boundary of the Town of Springfield near Beaver Creek where they lived six years. In 1902 they moved to the Hartvig farm near the Trempealeau Valley church. In 1903 when Mr. Amundson was appointed rural carrier on Route Number 3, Blair, and they moved to Blair and since 1905 have resided at their present home. Mrs. Amundson was taken ill Tuesday, April 25th with a varicose vein infection, which in spite of the best medical efforts proved fatal. She passed away Friday, Ma6 20th, 1932 at the age of 61 years, 11 months and 17 days. Besides her husband, she is survived by seven children, namely Omer of Milwaukee; Alvin of Augusta; Bessie of San Diego, California; Goodwin of McVille, N.D.; Gena and Olaf at home and Marie of Milwaukee. A brother and sister also survive, Paul Paulson of Mindoro and Dora Paulson of Taylor. There are six grandchildren. Mrs. Amundson was a devoted wife and mother giving all her time and energy to her family’s welfare. She was of a reclusive nature and spent a large part of her spare moments in religious contemplation and sought in fear and trembling to live life pleasing to her God. She was at all times well informed through close attention to reading and was gifted with a memory which could recall minute details of events which occurred from her earliest childhood up until the last. Her absence from the family circle is an irreparable gift which can be only partly healed by pleasant memories of her love, goodness and motherly guiding influences. The fervent hopes of a saddened husband and children are that a devoted mother soul finds its rest in that House not made with hand eternal in the heavens. Funeral services were held Monday, conducted by Rev T.E. Sweger at the home and the Trempealeau Valley church. Mrs. Angus Sather sang two solos. Pall bearers were Blaine Paulson, Lawrence Amundson, Amos Paulson, Alfred Amundson, Melvin Hanson, and Robert Amundson. Flower girls were Heanette Hanson, Dorothy Amundson, Eva Knutson and Norma Overby. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 26, 1932
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Mrs. Mary Amundson passed away January 30, 1945 at the Whitehall hospital, following a short illness. She was 70 years, nine month and 7 days at the time of her death. Mary Amundson, a well known resident of Taylor, was born in Gulbrandsdalen Norway, April 23, 1874, the daughter of the late Rachel and Ole Odegaard, pioneers of this community. She came to America with her parents in 1881. They settled in the town of Springfield, where she has resided continuously. On April 18, 1896 she was married to Adolph Amundson, who preceded her in death, 18 years ago. Throughout her entire life, she was a most ambitious person, always ready to help in time of need, caring for the welfare of others. She leaves to mourn her loss one daughter, Clara, Mrs. Albert Peterson of Taylor, Lawrence on the home farm and Elden, a Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps currently stationed near Tucson, Arizona. Besides her three children, she is survived by three grandchildren, also 3 brothers, Hans, August and Redvald Odegaard, all of Taylor. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon February 3, at 1:30 p.m. at the Gibson funeral chapel in Taylor and at 2:00 p.m. at the Trempealeau Valley church. Rev. Hatlem of Taylor, and Rev. K.M. Urberg of Blair officiated. Her body was laid to rest, beside her husband in the family lot at the Trempealeau Valley cemetery, to rest in peace until the great resurrection morn. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 8, 1945

Ole Amundson, a respected farmer whose home was about three miles west of the city, died at an early hour on Thursday morning from what the doctor states was moonshine poison. The circumstances of his death were peculiar. Three men drove into the city from the Morrison Creek country Wednesday evening. On their way in it is said they stopped at the home of a farmer and bought a small quantity of moonshine poison. About midnight the three men got in their car and drove to the Amundson home, where Ole lived with his brother, Julius, a housekeeper keeping house for them. When the visitors arrived there, one of them, who owns a portable saw mill, tried to engage Ole to work for him on a sawing job which was about to be commenced. Ole was invited out in the yard, where a drink fest commenced. After a while two of the men probably under the influence of the stuff they were drinking, asked Julius to let them sleep in the barn He went with them to get blankets for them, and Ole and the other man went to the poultry house and wanted Julius to drive him back to town. It was then about 1 o’clock, but he explained that he wanted to catch the early morning train. On being asked where Ole was he said that he was sleeping in the chicken house. Julius got out his car and brought the man to town. He insisted on Julius taking some of the liquor which he still had with, but on doing so it caused him to vomit. When Julius got back home, he went to find Ole, and when he found him he was dead. Calling the housekeeper, they carried the brother’s body to the house. Dr. Krohn was summoned, but on arriving he found that the man had been dead an hour or two at least. It was then about four o’clock, indicating that death had occurred very shortly after drinking the moonshine. Ole Amundson was born in Ringebu, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, on July 5, 1863, the son of Ole and Berit Amundson. His parents came to this country when he was 8 years old, first locating at Rudd’s Mill in the eastern part of the country. A few years later they moved to the town of Albion, where Ole spent the greater part of his life. His father died in 1884, and his mother on December 16, 1913. Ole never married and since the death of his mother, he and his brother Julius had continued on the farm, a housekeeper taking care of their home. THE TAYLOR HERALD - APRIL 29, 1921

Mrs. Ole Amundson was born September the 7th, 1851, in Biri, Norway, where she attained womanhood. She was married to Ole Amundson in 1872, and to this union seven children were born. In 1877 she came to America with her husband and settled down at Pigeon Falls, where they lived for about 30 years. For the past 27 years Mrs. Amundson has resided at Eleva. Mrs. Amundson has been in failing health lately, and the 15th of February she passed away, leaving to mourn her death four daughter and two sons, one child died in infancy. Her sons are Olaf and Andrew Amundson and her daughters: Mrs. Nick Nelson, Hilda Amundson, Mrs. Bertha Mattson, and Mrs. Frank Bell. She is survived by two sisters, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was buried from the Eleva Lutheran church February the 18th, 1934. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - FEBRUARY 22, 1934

Mrs. Ole Amundson, nee Carrie Thomley, was born April 17, 1861, in Nordreland, Norway. She passed away June 12, 1944, at the age of 83 years, one month and 25 days at Minneapolis. Funeral services and burial were at that place. Mrs. Amundson is survived by her aged husband, Ole Amundson, 85, at 1500 Elliott Ave., Minneapolis, and one brother, John Thomley of Osseo. No word has been received from relatives residing in Norway since the German invasion there. Mrs. Amundson came to this country as a young girl over 60 years ago. She had been preceded here by two brothers, Martin and John. She had employment in Minneapolis for some time, where she met and married Ole Amundson. They have always resided there. They had no children. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JUNE 22, 194

Signa Olson was born in Telemarken, Norway, January 27, 1860. At the age of two she came with her parents to America in the year 1852. Her parents Leif and Gertrude Olson, upon their arrival in America made their home for a while with Knute and Ole Lunden. Later they settled on a farm in Vosse Coulee. Here she grew to young womanhood. She was confirmed in the Trempealeau Valley church and in this church on the 9th of April, 1887 was solemnized by Rev. B. Hovde, her marriage to Severt Amundson. They established their home in LaCrosse which remained their residence ever since. For years her health was in a precarious condition as she suffered several strokes of paralysis. The last few years her life was spent in a sanitarium. On the 16th day of July, 1932 she passed away at the age of 72. She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband and two sons, LeRoy at Forsythe, Mont. and Donald, at LaCrosse. A daughter, Sadie, died at the age of four. She also leaves a sister, Mrs. Thorbor Houkom and one grandchild. She was a devoted wife and mother. She was one to whom friends and neighbors called upon in time of need and trouble and always found her ready to help. Funeral services conducted by Rev. Sweger were held at the Theodore Amundson home in Blair and at the Trempealeau Valley church Tuesday, July 19. Mrs. A.N. Garson rendered two solos. Pall bearers were Ole Storley, Ole Sylfest, Goodwin Hanson, Lawrence Houkom, Omar Hanson, and Stephen Houkom. THE BLAIR PRESS - JULY 21, 1932

We are again called upon to chronicle the death of another of our old citizens. Stener Amundson died at his home in Preston on AugusT 24, 1894, death resulting from a sunstroke he received about two weeks before the ending of his eaRthly career. The funeral was held Sunday. Rev. O. Waldeland officiating, the remains being interred in the upper Lutheran church cemetery, just across the line in Jackson county. He was followed to the grave by a large concourse of relatives and sympathizing friends, there being 78 teams in the procession, and upward of 400 people who gathered at the bier to pay their last and tribute of respect to the departed one. Mr. Amundson was born at Telemarken, Norway, December 1, 1831, and came to America in 1850, settling in Racine county, Wisconsin. He remained there about a year, then came to Trempealeau county, locating in this valley, where he has since resided, with the exception of a year’s honorable service in the war of the rebellion. Deceased was the father of ten children, six of whom are living and were present at the funeral. They are Charles, of Huron. S. Dak.; Sebert of LaCrosse; Mrs. Milo W. Smith, of Mound Springs, Jackson county; Theodore and Carrie are unmarried and reside on the homestead. Of the other children, three died in infancy, the fourth dying at the age of four years. Mr. Amundson was one of our most highly respected and esteemed farmers and citizens and his death is very generally mourned. Were each one to whom he had tendered generous and noble acts to strew a blossom upon his grave he would be sleeping today under a wilderness of flowers. Mrs. Amundson wishes to return heartfelt thanks to the many friends and neighbors who assisted during the sickness and at the death and burial of her loved husband. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - AUGUST 3, 1894

There were many saddened hearts in this community Tuesday morning, June 18, 1912 when the death of Mrs. Stener Amundson was announced. Though the end was not unexpected by her family and close friends, it came as a shock to the people generally who had known her for years. The sympathy of the whole community goes out to the bereaved family. The funeral services were held Friday afternoon from the Trempealeau valley church, and were conducted by Rev. Borgen of Taylor. Mrs. Amundson was born in Telemarken, Norway, May 22, 1839. She emigrated to America with her husband in 1859, settling in Walworth county. After a year’s residence there they came to Trempealeau County, where she and her husband bravely endured the hardships of pioneer life, and where she had since had a continuous residence. Her husband, who served a year in the Civil war, preceded her in death 18 years ago. She is survived by six children, namely, Charles of Hot Springs, S.D.; Sebert of LaCrosse; John of Cabool, Mo.; Mrs. Milan Smith of Taylor; and Theodore and Carie, who reside on the homestead two miles east of Blair. To her children is left the memory of a self-sacrificing life, whose unwavering Christian faith is their greatest heritage. Generous, gracious, with a sunny disposition, she was loved by all, and her death indeed is to be lamented. As eternity draws the curtain of life there comes a great sorrow to those who may no longer know her presence in this world, but there remains the feeling that, thanks to her, there has passed across their lives the sweet peace of true and inspiring womanhood. While her family and friends are bowed in grief at the parting, they know that it is well with her; and “That it is but a step from dark to day, From the worn-out tent and the burial clay. To the rapture of joy renewed for aye And the miles of saints uprisen.” THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - JUNE 27, 1912

Sam H. Amundson, 73, passed away at a LaCrosse hospital July 8, 1963 after an illness of several months. He was born March 28, 1890, the sons of Oles and Mary (Johnson) Amundson Byom in the Town of North Bend. He engaged in farming all of his life until he retired and moved to the Village and lived with his sister, Mrs. Nettie Wintjen. After her death in 1956, he lived alone. He never married. He was well known in the county as he served on the County Board for a number of years, representing the Town of Melrose as supervisor. Survivors include only nephews and nieces. Two brothers, Robert and Oscar and a sister Mrs. Nettie Wintjen preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Thursday, July 11th at the Melrose Methodist church at 2 p.m. with Rev. Bruce Willett officiating. The song service was rendered by Mrs. Spencer Sacia with Mrs. Francis Heller at the organ. Pallbearers were Harold Tenner, Culver Gilbertson, Lester Sawyer, John Stoke, Leo Martin and Elmer Peterson. Burial was in the Melrose Cemetery. SOURCE - FAMILY SCRAP BOOK

Christian Amundson was born in Norway May 25, 1862 and has lived in Hale Township since 1869, when he was brought here from Norway by his parents, Amund and Thea (Halvorson) Amundson. He was reared on the Lars Eide farm, and in 1889 purchased a farm of 160 acres located in sections 4, 8 and 9. Later he purchased 40 more, making 200 acres, to which he has since devoted his attention. His present home, a frame structure of ten rooms, with two stories and a basement was erected in 1900, while in 1915 the barn was rebuilt, 50 by 60 feet, with cement floors, and a frame silo 26 by 14 feet. The herd on the farm consists of grade Holstein cattle. Mr. Amundson was married May 30, 1885 to Caroline Eide, who was born in Norway, April 28, 1866, daughter of John and Ellen (Gurilokken) Eide, and this union has been blessed with twelve children. Almer married Clara Fransen, a farmer of Hale Township. They have two children: Frederick and Luella. Thea married Ellert Kleven, a farmer of Unity Township; one child Evelyn was born. Louise married Ole Gullicksrud, a clerk in the store of Robbe & Myhre, at Strum, one child Leonard was born. Joseph married Myrtle Bradison and farms in Saskatchewan, Canada; they have one son. Clara died at the age of 12 years; Hannah, who was a teacher, is now Mrs. H. George Peterson of Wyoming; William, Tillie, Ludwig, Martin, Leona and Viola are at home. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Charles J. Amundson is proprietor of the Amundson Auto Company, of Osseo. This company has the Osseo agency for the Ford cars. The garage is a frame building, 30 by 50 feet, supplied with all kinds of Ford supplies and accessories. The place is excellently equipped for general repairing, an electric motor and a lathe being among the special features. Mr. Amundson was born in Jackson County, this state, September 9, 1878, son of Thore and Mary (Johnson) Amundson, the former of whom died in Jackson County in 1888, and the latter of whom is now the wife of John Larson, of that county. Charles J. Amundson was the fourth of five children, the others being: Anna, now wife of Johnson, an undertaker of Marietta, Minnesota; Theodore, who farms in Jackson County; Helen, who died at the age of 17 years and Josephine, now of Eau Claire. The subject of this sketch was reared in farm pursuits in his native county. At the age of 15 he started work at the carpenter trade, and was employed in this line until 1912, when he established his present business. His fraternal relations are with the Modern Woodmen. Mr. Amundson was married June 1, 1906 to Anna Christianson, of Hale Township daughter of Charles and Helen (Johnson) Christianson. This union has been blessed with one child: Hilman Charles, born December 6, 1911. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917


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