Bidney Ole M.
Bidney Engebor N. Kolve
Bjordal Peder Olson
Bjorge Ella Mrs.
Bjorge Ingeborg Mrs.
Bjorge John J.
Bjorge Kristian Olson
Bjotvedt Engel Olson
Blair Tena Mrs.
Blegen John O.
Blegen Martin Mrs.
Blihovde Anna Mrs.
Blix Annie Karine
Blom Ole (Alis) Mrs.
Boe Ole O.
Bogstie Ann Dorthea Bergerson
Boleng Lars C.
Boleng Chris L.
Borreson Helene Mrs.
Borreson Minnie Mrs.
Borsheim Ole B.
Borud Christian Mrs.
CLARA BJELLAND (OSLO)
Clara Margaret Bjelland passed away on Saturday, April 17, 1976, at the Black River Falls Memorial Hospital at the age of 93. She was born on August 12, 1883 in Oslo, Norway, to Kolbjourn and Anna Kolbjournson. At the age of 19 she left Norway and arrived in New York City where she worked for a few years. She then left New York and proceeded to Woonsocket. South Dakota. While working in a hotel there, she met and married Casper Bjelland on November 5, 1905. Casper and Clara left South Dakota to homestead in Emmon County, North Dakota. They moved to Taylor, Wisconsin in 1915 and farmed there until 1936. They then moved to Milwaukee and from there to Hatfield. Clara has been a member of this congregation since they moved to the Taylor area in 1915. She is preceded in death by her husband, Casper. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Emil (Bernice) Nordus, Merrillan; Mrs. Orin (Beulah) Koxlien, Taylor; and Mrs. Ed. (Harriet) Uecker, Milwaukee; two sons, Lester and Lloyd, both of Milwaukee; 16 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 20, 1976, 1:30 p.m. at the Trempealeau Valley Lutheran church, rural Taylor. The Rev. Vern J. Barlow officiated. Interment was in the church cemetery. Pall bearers were Ed. Pruss, Harry Palms, Frank Ziesak, Phil Leska, Eyvind Peterson and John Rumppe. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 22, 1976
MRS. ELLA BJORGE (LILLEHAMMER)
Ella Dosen Bjorge, daughter of Christopher and Synove Dosen, was born in Lillehammer, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, April 7, 1847, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Orville Evenson, Osseo, August 23, 1927. She was one of a family of 14 children and migrated to America at the age of 17 years, crossing the ocean in company with 16 cousins. She was married to Johannes Hans Bjorge of Whitehall in 1876. To this union were born five children: Christopher, who died in infancy; John of Blair; Thomas of Rockford, Ill.; Mrs. Carl Sjuggerud of Blair and Mrs. Orville Evenson of Osseo. In addition to her own children, she reared four step-children, Mrs. John Larson, Joseph, Einar and Hafton. Besides the bereaved family, there are 24 grandchildren to mourn her passing. Mrs. Ella Bjorge was one of the pioneers of the town of Lincoln, settling there when Whitehall was young. She was ever a kind and helpful neighbor, who delighted in making others happy and joining in their happiness. Her husband, John H. Bjorge, preceded her in death 31 years ago. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 8, 1927
JOHN J. BJORGE (HEDMARK)
The death of John Larson Bjorge removed another pioneer citizen from the Pigeon community. Mr. Bjorge died May 12, following a few months’ illness from the infirmities of old age. Funeral services were held May 14, at the home and at the Lutheran church in Pigeon Falls. Rev. E.B. Christopherson delivered the sermon and Undertaker E.A. Slettleland was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Bjorge was born in Hedmarken, Norway, July 30, 1850, a son of Lars Jensen and Martha Erickson. He grew to manhood in that country and on December 28, 1880, he was married to Miss Lizzie Nelson . The young couple established a home in their native land where they lived for a period of two years, after which they decided to emigrate to America. They settled first in Long Coulee, LaCrosse county, where Mr. Bjorge was employed on farms and at other manual labor and succeeded in saving a small part of his income to establish himself in agricultural pursuits. In 1887, he and his wife moved to Tuff Coulee, town of Pigeon, where he bought land and where they labored together and developed a comfortable home. Mr. and Mrs. Bjorge lived for a period of 44 years on their farm in the above town where they endured many hardships but later enjoyed the pleasure that goes with success which resulted from their constant and faithful toil. They had no children but adopted a son, Albert, who has lived with them since youth. Mrs. Bjorge, who is now in 75th year, and her son survive the deceased. A large group of neighbors and friends attended the burial rites and expressed their esteem for the venerable gentleman. The pall bearers were Jens Staff, Sever Staff, Paul Ackley, John A. Berge, Nels Amlee and John F. Johnson. Neighbors contributed a large floral wreath as a farewell expression of friends. A cash offering was also given to Lutheran missions as a memorial. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MAY 21, 1931
KRISTIAN OLSON BJORGE (RINGSAKER)
Krisitan Olson Bjorge died at his home in French creek valley August 24, 1914, age 73 years, 2 months and 6 days, of heart failure. Deceased was born in Ringsaker, Norway, June 18, 1841. In 1869 he married Miss Ingeborg C. Stenhaugen. They came to America the year of their marriage and settled in the French creek valley on September 8th, since residing there. Six children were born to them, namely; Mrs. Gilbert Hovre and Melvin Bjorge of French Creek valley; Idios Bjorge on the home farm, and Mrs. Olaf Solberg and Carl Bjorge of Northfield, Wisconsin. He leaves a wife and the above named children to mourn the loss of a loving husband and kind father, also five brothers and two sisters, as follows: Lars, Mathias and Bernt Histad of Finley, North Dakota; Simen Skarloken of Onalaska, Wisconsin; Ole Helstad, Miss Marthe Bjorge and Mrs. John Tranberg of French Creek. The funeral was held at the French Creek church on August 27th, Rev. C.B. Bestul officiating. The pallbearers were Ole Christopherson, Ole Lillehaugen, Syver Berg, Fred Sveen, Ole Husmoen and Martin Stenberg. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - SEPTEMBER 3, 1914
ENGEL OLSON BJOTVEDT (HARDANGER)
Engel Olson Bjotvedt was born in Hardanger, Norway on December 11, 1838. He emigrated to this country with his parents in the same year and settled in Beaver Creek where he has lived most of the time since, with a few exceptions. In 1860 he was married to Ingeborg Jacobson. Mr. Bjotvedt is a veteran of the Civil War, and was a member of General Sherman’s Army. He spent his last few years in Beaver Creek, where he died on September 19, 1924, at the age of 85 years, 9 months and 19 days. His wife died May 27, 1914. The following children are living: Ole, Beaver Creek; Jacob, Grove City, Minn.; Mrs. Martha Amundson, Clear Lake, Iowa; Eval and Gilbert, Ferndale, Washington. The following children preceded him in death: Mrs. Herbborg Maakestad, Radcliffe, Iowa; Heland, Ferdale, Washington. Funeral services were held at Beaver Creek Church Monday, September 22nd, Rev. T.E. Sweger officiating. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 25, 1924
JOHANNES O. BILHOVDE (GAUSDAL, GULBRANDSDALEN)
Johannes O. Bilhovde was born in Gausdal, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, May 12th, 1834, of the parents Ole and Ingebor Blihovde. In 1856 he was married to Ronnog Torgerson Oihaugen. To this union, nine children were born. He emigrated to this county in 1870 with his wife and children. They settled in Vernon County near Westby, Wisconsin, where he lived until 27 years ago, when he moved to Taylor, Wisconsin. In 1883 he was married to Anna Gilbertson. On November 12, 1927 he passed away at the age of 93 years and 6 months, and was the last member of a family of four brothers and three sisters. Six children preceded him in death. They were Mrs. Charles Nelson of Spokane, Washington, Mrs. Sever Lokken of Wausau, Wisconsin, Mrs. Andrew Kinserdahl of Viroqua, Wisconsin. Three children died in infancy. He is survived by his aged wife and three children: Mrs. S.C. Silbaugh and Olaus Bilhovde of Westby, Wisconsin; Mrs. John Kinserdahl of Viroqua, Wisconsin. He is also survived by 31 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren. The last few years he and his wife made their home with his granddaughter, Mrs. J.H. Hansen. The funeral services were conducted from the home, and the Trempealeau Valley church on Tuesday, November 15. Rev. S.S. Urberg and Rev. T.E. Sweger officiating. The Taylor Choir rendered three beautiful songs. Interment was made at the Trempealeau Valley cemetery. The pallbearers were Alvin Silbaugh, Ivan Silbaugh, Lawrence Kinserdahl, Clarence Olson, Carl Villand, Verdal Hanson. Honorable pall bearers were Olaus Monson, Bernt Berntson, Severe Skutley and Ole Clipper. THE TAYLOR HERALD - DECEMBER 2, 1927
MRS. TENA BLAIR (NORWAY)
Committal services were held at Old Whitehall cemetery Saturday afternoon, February 11, for Mrs. Tena Blair, 79, who died at her home in Minneapolis February 9 following several weeks of illness from apoplexy. The Rev. J.A. Wesberg officiated. The remains were brought to the Johnson Funeral Home Saturday morning and lay in state from 11 to 2 o’clock. As Tena Christianson, Mrs. Blair was born October 23, 1870 in Norway, daughter of Arndt and Stina Christianson. In 1880 the family came to this country settling at Blair, but following her marriage to William Blair she resided in Minneapolis until her heath. Her husband preceded her in death but she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Donald Johnson, who accompanied the remains here; by one granddaughter and one brother, Magnus Christianson of Whitehall. Six brothers and sisters preceded her in death. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - FEBRUARY 16, 1950
MRS. ANNA BLIHOVDE (OIER, GULBRANDSDALEN)
Mrs. Anna Blihovde, a brief mention of whose death and burial was made in last week’s issue of the Herald, passed away at the Whitehall hospital, June 1, 1930 following an illness of four weeks of thromboplebitis. The day before her death she had just passed her 82nd milestone of life’s journey. Mrs Blihovde was born in Oier, Gulbrandsdalen Norway, on May 31, 1848 and came to America in 1876. In 1878 she was united in marriage to Matt Gilbertson who passed away in 1880. In 1883 she was again united in marriage to Johannes O. Blihovde, who preceded her in death, November 12, 1927. For many years they made their home east of Taylor where they resided for 16 years. Six years ago they moved to the home of J.H. Hansen, where they could both be given every care and comfort of their old age, Mrs. Hansen having resided with them before her marriage. Mrs. Hansen, who is a niece, administered to their every need and their last years were spent in perfect peace and comfort. No children were born to them, but she leaves to mourn her death three nieces, Mrs. J.H. Hansen of Taylor; Mrs. Christine Chesrown of Carson, North Dakota; and Mrs. Ludwig Hamery of Bismark, South Dakota. Also one cousin, Mrs. P.J. Nustad of Westby, Wisconsin, besides a host of neighbors and friends. The funeral services were held from the home of J.H. Hansen at one o’clock and at the Trempealeau Valley Lutheran Church at two o’clock on Wednesday, June 4th. The services were conducted by the Revs. S.S. and K.M. Urberg of Blair. Interment was made at the church cemetery. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. A memorial in a sum of money was also given to the Ebenzer Old People’s Home, being a gift from friends and former neighbors in the village of Taylor. In the death of Mrs. Bilhovde this community loses another one of the fast diminishing sturdy pioneers who have helped to make this beautiful country of ours, turning a wilderness into productive farms and homes. THE TAYLOR HERALD - JUNE 13, 1930
JOHN O. BLEGEN (NORWAY)
John O. Belgen was born December 4, 1856, in Norway. His parents were Ole and Lizabeth Begen. He came to America in 1876, and settled in Baldwin, where he, in company with his father and brother, bought a farm. After the death of the two latter in 1921, he sold his property and bought a home in Osseo, where he resided until two years ago. He passed away at the asylum April 4 and was laid to rest in the U.L. cemetery April 6th, Rev. Orke giving the funeral service. He leaves to mourn his death, two nephews, Louis and Julius Larson and five nieces, Mrs. O.H. Johnson, Osseo; Mrs. Torval Nyberg, Blair; Mrs. McCauley of Duluth; and Mrs Selmer Nyberg and Mrs. Ole Skumlien, who resides here. PIGEON NEWS - THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 11, 1929
OLE M. BIDNEY (UNDERDAHL)
Ole M. Bidney died at his home at Independence June 14, 1916, at the age of 84 years and three days. Mr. Bidney was born in Underdahl, Norway, June 11, 1832. There he grew to manhood, and April 15, 1856, he was married to Engebor N. Kolve. In 1867 he came to America and for a number of years was on a farm in the present town of Dover, Buffalo county. In October, 1895, having reached an age when he felt that farm work was a little too heavy for him, he moved into the village, which has since been his home. Mr. Bidney had been in failing health for several months and was patient and uncomplaining. When the end came on Wednesday, June 14, he was prepared to meet his Saviour. A short service was held at his home at 10 o’clock Saturday morning, Rev. Flecke of the Mondovi Lutheran church officiating. The pall bearers were Messrs. James Elstad, Aman Garthus, Jacob Jackson, John Elstad, Simon Larson and Gilbert Olson. It was his wish to be taken past his old farm home and be buried from the Dover Lutheran church where he had been a good, faithful member. The pall bearers at the church were old settlers of Dover. Through all the years he had been a familiar figure on our streets. He lived on the sunny side of life and there was always a cheery greeting for all whom he met. Many times old age is sad and barren, filled with pain and decrepitude, but not so with Mr. and Mrs. Bidney, who were always happy and cheerful, devoted to each other and their children, making one of the instances when old age is beautiful. Eleven children were born, two of whom died in childhood. The living are Mrs. B.M. Johnson, Mrs. C. Torgerson and J.N. Bidney of this village; Ole N. Bidney of Buffalo county; N.O. Bidney of Iola; Mrs. S.H. Fish of Grantsburg; Andrew of Mondovi; Albert of California; Mrs. C. Jahr of Whitehall, all of whom were present at the funeral except Albert. The flowers were many and beautiful. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - JUNE 22, 1916
ENGEBOR N. KOLVE BIDNEY (VOSS)
Engebor N. Kolve Bidney died at her farm home in the town of Dover, Buffalo county, November 2, 1919, at the age of 82 years, 7 months and 20 days. Mrs. Bidney was born in Voss, Norway, March 13, 1836. There she grew to womanhood and on April 15, 1856, was married to Ole M. Bidney. In 1867 they came to America and for a number of years lived on a farm in the town of Dover. In October, 1895, they moved to Independence, where Mr. Bidney died June 14, 1916. She lived at Independence since the death of her husband. Last summer she went to her old farm home to visit her son and on May 23, 1919, she had a stroke of paralysis, which confined her to her bed until Tuesday, October 28, when her second stroke came to her relief. She was patient and uncomplaining and longed to go to the better land, where sorrows, cares and sin shall never be found. A short service was held at the house at 10 o’clock, also at the Lutheran church in which she had been a faithful member, Rev. Fleck of the Mondovi Lutheran church officiating. The body was laid to rest beside those of her husband and two children. The pall bearers were her four sons Ole, Nels, John and Andrew, and two of her sons-in-law, B.M. Johnson and Carl Jahr. Mrs. Bidney was a very hard working, pains-taking woman whose whole energy was devoted to the welfare of her family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She lived on the sunny side of life and always had a cheery welcome for everyone. Mr. and Mrs. Bidney were always happy, cheerful and devoted to each other and their children, making one of the instances when old age is beautiful. The flowers were many and beautiful. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - NOVEMBER 13, 1919
MRS. INGEBORG BJORGE (RINGSAKER)
Mrs. Ingeborg Bjorge, 91, died Sunday evening at the home of her son, Idius Bjorge, of French Creek. The former Ingeborg Stenhaugen was born in Ringsaker, Norway, September 8, 1844. She was united in marriage to Christian Bjorge and in 1870 the couple came to America, settling on a farm in the French Creek Valley. She is survived by four sons, Olaf, Melvin and Idius of French Creek, and Carl of Northfield, Wisconsin; two daughters, Mrs. Gilbert Hovre of French Creek and Mrs. Olaf Solberg of Northfield; a sister, Mrs. Carrie Davidson of Riceville, Ia.; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mr. Bjorge died in 1914. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at the home and at 2 o’clock at the French Creek Lutheran church, the Rev. Johan Olsen officiating. Burial will be made in the French Creek cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 30, 1936
PEDER OLSON BJORDAL (SONDFJORD)
Peder Olson Bjordal died at the home of Mrs. Christiania Thompson in the town of Pigeon, this county, December 20, 1919, and was buried on Tuesday of this week in the lower Lutheran cemetery of Pigeon Falls. Rev. A.J. Orke officiating at his funeral, which was well attended. Since the fall of 1916, he had been almost constantly in bed as the result of a paralytic stroke. Since his sickness began, it was often suggested that he be moved to some hospital or other place where he could have more skillful attention than could be had where he was, but he vetoed every suggestion of that kind. Apparently his attachment from habit or otherwise, to the place and people where he had made his home so many years was so strong that he could not make up his mind to leave unless absolutely forced to do so. And so he died in one of the many beautiful homes he had helped to build. Bjordal was born in Guddalen, Sondfjord, Norway, August 6, 1843, and came to the U.S. in the summer of 1872. Before coming here, he had some skill as a cabinet maker and carpenter, but at first he worked at whatever he could find to do. Two or three years after his coming to this country in company with two other men who came over with him, he engaged in merchantile business at Hixton. The business provide unprofitable and after a year or so was discontinued. After that Bjordal never again engaged in business nor ventured his money in any kind of speculation, but worked at his trade as a carpenter. Having known Bjordal since he came to this country, I confidently asset that he has built more buildings with his own efforts and hand than any man I have ever known. Thousands have wondered at his capacity for work; his utter disregard of personal consequences, his impatience with anything that in the slightest degree interfered with the constancy of his work. If he ever looked at his watch, it was to see if he was not called from his work, for he usually worked by the day when the common pay was from one to two dollars per day. After he was known, men never cared to have him take work by the job, for they knew that no day was too long for Bjordal, whether he worked by the day or the job. Rarely, if ever, shall we saw his like again in rendering service for value received. Bjordal never married, and has only one known near relative in this country. Hundreds of friends passed around his bier, but only a single relative. He was a man of good habits but took slight interest in social and public life. He was very frugal and desirous of saving the money he made, but seemed only slightly interested in what became of his money after he had made and saved it. During the thirty years or more that the writer has had the handling of his money, he has never once asked for an accounting or statement. To show him the condition of his affairs, it was always necessary to send for him specially. One might infer from this that he was a dullard intellectually, but those who knew him well will testify he was a man of good judgment and more than ordinary quick understanding. Had he been less impatient, he might have been more useful to the community in doing even more constructive work than he did by leading and superintending large crews of men. Had he taken a greater interest in social and public affairs, we might think more of him as a citizen. But he probably obeyed an irresistible impulse to do the one thing he found himself best fitted for, and in this he gave all his energies. He leaves what a few years ago would have been considered, a fortune, but I am sure that among those who knew him and knew how he made his money, no one begrudged him a dollar unless afflicted with the principles of an I.W.W. Some of his intimate friends have felt that he ought to have left a part of the money at least to build up and sustain some communal interest or institution in the country where he made his wealth, but he probably thought he was serving a better purpose in letting the law dispense it to his many relatives in the country of his birth, to such as live in the shadow of life long poverty, where a sterile soil and limited area forbid even the most industrious and frugal from becoming rich. If he omitted to do some of the things we would like to have seen him do, he accomplished so much during the 43 years of his service in a pioneer community, where just the kind of work he did was most needed, that we are not disposed to pass any judgment on his omissions, but leave his work and record to be weighed and measured by the great Architect, who sent him into the world and equipped him so richly for manual service. Hundreds of homes and several temples of worship are the monuments that will best preserve his memory. Written by H.A. Anderson THE WHITEHAL TIMES-BANNER, DECEMBER 25, 1919
ANNIE KARINE BLIX (BERGEN)
Annie Karine Hendricks was born near Bergen, Norway April 9, 1858. She passed away at her home in Taylor February 5, 1940 after years of ill health. She was confirmed in Norway and at the age of 15 years she came to America with her parents, the late Nels Hendricks and Ragna Hanson Krame. She lived with her parents in Jonas Coulee before her marriage to Odin Bernard Blix April 20, 1877. They lived in Northfield two years and then moved to Taylor where they have since resided. Mr. Blix preceded her in death February 14, 1938. They were about the oldest original settlers in Taylor. Six children were born to this union. One daughter, Anna Odellia, died in infancy. Laura, Mrs. Conrad Tronsen of Tacoma passed away in 1925. Left to mourn her loss is a daughter, Rose, at home who did everything possible to make her last years comfortable, a daughter Lillie, Mrs. Helmer Olson of Milwaukee who has been with her mother the last six weeks helping care for her; two sons, Henry of Seattle and Elmer of Tacoma; who were unable to come; three grandchildren, Mrs. Clarence Erickson and Elwood Blix of Tacoma and Janice Olson and a great-grandson, Roger Erickson, and a brother, Henry Henricks was fatally injured in 1903 at the Overby Mill. Mrs. Blix was a loving mother who will be greatly missed. She was a devout sincere Christian and found great consolation in her faith. Many years ago, she suffered abscesses in her ears and this left her quite deaf but her eyesight was her constant companion as she proved by her handwork at knitting, sewing, crocheting and making her beautiful quilts for others as well as herself. Funeral services were conducted on Friday February 9 from the home to the Lutheran church with the Rev. A.J. Bringle officiating. The pallbearers were Carl and Nels Larson, Milan Smith, Fred Curran, Hans Amundson and B.L. Van Gorden. Mesdames Henry Huseboe, A.E. Skutley, T.B.Schansberg, O. Lokken sang with Miss Huseboe accompaniest. George Lind sang two Norwegian hymns, “Jeg Ved Mig en Som” and “Den Storre Hvide Flok”, the latter a favorite of the deceased. Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 15, 1940
MRS. MARTIN BLEGEN (FAABERG)
Johanna Mattisdatter was born October 4, 1850, in Nordre Troset, FaabeRg, Gulbransdalen, Norway. She died Thursday, May 10, 1928, at the age of 77 years, 7 months and 6 days. The early years of the deceased’s life were spent in Norway. On May 10, 1894 she and a daughter sailed from the old home for America. They came to French Creek valley and in October of that year, she was united in marriage to Martin Blegen. Mr. and Mrs. Blegen settled on land in that community where they resided for over thirty years. About two year ago, due to Mrs Blegen’s poor health, they went to live with their daughter, Mrs. Henry Onsrud, where she passed away. Mrs. Blegen was a kind neighbor, a dutiful wife and mother, and was always willing to do an act of mercy whenever needed during their residence in French Creek community which extended from pioneer days to recent years. Two sisters preceded her in death. One brother and one sister, both living in Norway, survive her. She leaves to mourn her death in this country, her husband, one daughter, ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The funeral was held at 10:30 at the Henry Onsrud home at 12:00 at the French Creek Lutheran church, Rev. C. Halverson officiating. Interment was made in the church cemetery. In the passing of Mrs. Blegen, another pioneer who took her place in the development of this county has gone to a land of rest, but left behind a better community as a result of her life and toil. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MAY 24, 1928
ANN DORTHEA BERGERSON BOGSTIE (SOLAR)
Ann Dorthea Bergerson was born in Solar, Norway, August 27, 1860; and passed away at the Luther hospital in Watertown, August 29 at 9 a.m. In 1873 she came with her parents to Blair, Wisconsin, where she resided until her marriage to T.O. Bogstie, April 13, 1881. That spring they came to Duel county, among the early settlers, and took a homestead; on which they made their home until 1910, when they moved to Brookings where they lived until coming to Lake Norden a year ago. Mrs. Bogstie was a mother of seven chidren, six of whom are living, who with the husband are left to mourn the loss of a most kind and devoted wife and mother. They are: Hettie and Olaf, both of this place; Mrs. Lena Meisel of Grover; Mrs. Charlotte Thompson of Faith; Emma of St. Louis, Mo.; and Arthur of Sioux Falls. Funeral services were held September 1, at Highland church at Brant, burial took place in the cemetery west of Brandt. (Taken from the Lake Norden, South Dakota Enterprise) Mr. Bogstie will be remembered by most our citizens, having been employed at the Getts & Lambert store. He was a cousin of O.E. Larson, deceased. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - SEPTEMBER 29, 1921
OLE BLOM (VESTFJORD, TELEMARKEN)
Ole Blom was born in Picturesque Telemarken, Norway on the farm Solbring in Vestfjord parish October 9th, 1858. He was baptized in his home church. At an early age he came with his parents to America in 1861 in that westward trek that was to bring half of the population of Norway to America. The family settled in Blue Mounds, Dane County, Wisconsin, and lived for a time in the log cabin in which Robert M. LaFollette, Sr. was born. At the age of 11 years he came to Trempealeau county with his parents, where his father homesteaded the present Mrs. Christ Hoem farm. He was confirmed in 1873 by Rev. Emil Midtbo. In the same church he was united in marriage to Alice Brynildsdatter Johnson by Rev. Ole H. Stenson April 15, 1883. Theirs was a happy marriage of over 61 years. The newly married couple made their home on the present Sophus Dahl farm which they had purchased and where they farmed 37 years. In 1910 they retired from active farm work and built the home in Blair where they have resided since. Mr. Blom had been in poor health many years. He had a siege of pneumonia thee times. He suffered from bronchitis and a weak heart. His hearing had been seriously impaired the past twenty years. He was able to hear broadcasts over the radio and delighted to hear services in his native tongue. Two children died in infancy. Besides the widow who feels keenly the loss of him who was her life companion of over half a century, the following children are left to mourn the loss of a kind and loving father; Alma, Mrs. Theodore Grinde, Beaver Creek; Alfred, Chimney Rock; Albert, Tappen Coulee; and Theoline, Mrs. Sophus Dahl, Tappen Coulee. There are 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Death came after a little over a week’s illness Thursday morning at 3 a.m., June 21, 1934 at the age of 75 years, 8 months and 12 days. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. T.E. Sweger at the home and at the church Saturday afternoon, June 23. Interment was made in the Zion cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 28, 1934
MRS. OLE (ALIS) BLOM (TINN, TELEMARKEN)
Alis Bryneldson was born in Tinn, Telemarken, Norway April 13th, 1863. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church of Tinn Parish. At the age of 19 years she came to America with her parents John and Anna Bryneldson and a sister, Aslaug. The family settled on a farm in Tappen Coulee and Alis found employment for a time at Red Wing, Minnesota. She was united in marriage by Rev. Nicolai Weierman April 16th, 1883 to Ole O. Blom, who was an emigrant from the same parish Tinnin Telemarken. They farmed the present Sophus Dahl farm until the fall of 1919. The years 1907-1910 were spent on a homestead at Hettinger, North Dakota. In 1919 they built the present home in Blair. Mr. Blom passed away June 21, 1934. Mrs. Blom has been in ill health the past four months. Death came Saturday, May 3rd, 1941 at 10:45 a.m. at the age of 78 years and 20 days. The following children mourn the loss of a devoted mother: Alma (Mrs. Theodore Grinde) Ettrick; Alfred, Chimney Rock; Albert and Theoline (Mrs Sophus Dahl) Tappen Coulee. A sister survives, Aslaug (Mrs. Knut Holte) of Roubaix, South Dakota. There are 18 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Mrs. Blom was a life-long member of the Lutheran church, a faithful attendant at services and member of the Ladies Aid. She charted life’s journey by her Bible and devotional books and so when life’s candle flickered low, she met death’s calm unafraid, for she trusted in that Higher Presence near at hand. A sweet patient, kind and gentle soul has gone on to her reward, mourned by many friends and especially her children and children’s children. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. T.E. Sweger Tusday, May 5th at 2 p.m. at the home and 2:30 at the Zion Lutheran Church. Mrs. Angus Sather sang “Den Store Hvide Flok” and “Abide with Me” at the church. The pallbearers were all grandchildren, Ernest, Truman, and Orvis Grinde, Orton and Orvin Blom and Spencer Dahl. Interment was beside her husband in the Zion cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 8, 1941
ELIAS BORRESON (HEDENMARKEN)
Elias Borreson was born in Hedemarken, Norway, June 21, 1839. Baptized and confirmed in his native parish. In 1869 he was united in marriage to Kari Erickson and the same year they emigrated to America, coming to LaCrosse where they resided four years and then settled on a farm in Fitch Coulee, now owned by his son, Emil. In 1909 they moved in with his son, Charlie, in Larkin Valley, where he was well cared for in his old age and where he had a large place in the affection of the family. He was sick but a short time and death came peacefully February 13, 1928, at the age of 88 years, 7 months and 22 days, bringing to a close a long life of honest industry. His wife died seven years ago. Three children, Mary, Emma and Bernt preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his death, a daughter and two sons, Mrs. August Pederson, Portland, Oregon; and Emil of Pigeon Falls and Charlie of Larkin Valley. Funeral services were held Thursday at 12:30 at the home and at 2:00 o’clock at the Pigeon Falls church. Revs. Sweger and Christopherson in charge. Interment was made beside his wife in the Pigeon Falls cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 23, 1928
KARI BORRESON (TYLDALEN)
Kari Borreson was born at Tyldalen, Norway, November 11, 1837; immigrated to America in 1869, locating at LaCrosse county, where they lived four years, then moving to the town of Pigeon. In 1908 they moved to the Town of Preston and lived with their son, Charlie, until her death. She was taken ill the past part of September and died October 8. The funeral was from the N.L. Church of Pigeon Falls. She leaves to mourn an aged husband, two sons and one daughter, namely, Elias Borreson, Charlie Borrreson, Blair; Emil Borreson, Pigeon Falls and Mrs. August Peterson, Portland Oregon. Funeral services were largely attended by sympathizing friends and neighbors. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - OCTOBER 20, 1921
LARS C. BOLENG (LILLEHAMMER)
About 6 o’clock in the evening of December 26, 1915, Lars L. Boleng of Strum passed quietly away from old age. Deceased was born near Lillehammer, Norway, July 13, 1829. In 1851 he was married to Martha Iverson. Coming to America in 1876 to Independence at the home of their oldest son, who came some years before in 1870. They lived there till the year 1882, when they removed to a 160 acre farm four miles from Strum, where he resided up to the time of his death. He was blessed with eight children: Chris of Arcadia; Ludvig of Pigeon Falls; Mrs. Ed Holmes of Sturgeon Lake, Minn.; Carl of Humbird; John of McClusky, North Dakota; and Otto of Strum, who are living, and two girls, Ingeborg and Syverine, both dead. Mr. Boleng was the grandfather of 23 children living and 12 dead. He also had two great-grandchildren. He was sick two weeks before he died. Funeral services were held, Thursday, December 30, at the home and church. He was buried in the Strum Lutheran cemetery, leaving to mourn a wife and six children and many friends. The floral tributes were numerous and beautiful. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - JANUARY 13, 1916
CHRIS L. BOLENG (NORWAY)
The death of Christ L. Boleng occurred Thursday, July 18, 1929, following an illness of some time due to cancer. For the past several years he has made his home with his daughter and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore E. Hanson. For many years he conducted a grocery store at Tamarack, Aracadia township and before that time he farmed in Traverse Valley. Born in Norway September 5, 1851, he came to American in 1870, settling at LaCrosse where he lived six years, working the saw mills and woods, finally settling on the farm which he bought in Traverse Valley. His wife died in 1902. Funeral services were held at the First Lutheran Church here, conducted by Rev. S. S. Urberg; and interment was made in the cemetery at Tamarack beside his wife. THE BLAIR PRESS - JULY 25, 1929
OLE O. BOE (NORWAY)
Ole O. Boe, 90, passed away Tuesday afternoon December 10, 1974 at the Grand View home, Blair, where he was a resident. He was born in Norway to Ole and Ingeborg Nebnreshaugen Boe on July 30, 1884. He married Gena Estenson who survives him. Survivors include his wife who is also a resident of the Grand View Home in Blair; 5 sons, Orville, Whitehall; Floren, rural Ettrick; Ernest, Blair; and Raymond and Clifford of Taylor; two daughter, Mrs. George (Beatrice) Kullick, Chicago, Ill. and Mrs. Frank (Irene) Schwartz, Blair; 21 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 14 at 1:30 p.m. at the Trempealeau Valley Lutheran church, rural Traylor. The Rev. Vern J. Barlow will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call after 3 p.m. Friday at the Jack Funeral Home and from 12:30 until the time of the service at the church on Saturday. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 21, 1974
MRS. HELENE BORRESON (BIRI)
Mrs. Helen Borreson died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Anna Sveum, August 1, 1929, at the ripe old age of 97 years and 8 months. She had been in poor health for some time and death came as a well earned rest. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Orke in Pigeon Falls Saturday, August 3, and she was laid to rest beside her husband, Hans Borreson, who died ten years ago. In spite of the busy season, the services were well attended by people who came to give their last respects to the deceased. Seven of her grandchildren were present and was noted quite a contingent from out of town, especially from Ettrick and Eau Claire. She was remembered with numerous bouquets of flowers, but tokens of kindness like this to us old people would be more appreciated while we still live. Helene Anderson was born in Biri, Norway, January 5, 1832. She was one of a large family in moderate circumstances and she had to go out to work at an early age, like thousands of others did in those days, and especially those who immigrated to the United States about 1867. She came to Hardies Creek where she worked a few years, and in 1870 she was married to Hans Borreson, an acquaintance of hers from the old country. With the help of friends, they settled on a good piece of land in Steig Coulee the same year This young couple had to struggle and stint for a living and build a home besides, but they were neither better or worse off than hundreds of others, so there we are. They had four children, but three of them died in childhood with the dreaded disease diphtheria, which killed so many in those days. The child which remained was Anna. These folks did not get rich very fast but they prospered. Some forty years ago, her daughter was married to Christ Sveum, and the young couple took over the farm and let me say, made it one of the best producing farms in the county. Ever since this marriage, both the old folks lived with the daughter and son-in-law, and they had a good home there too. As stated above, her husband died some ten years ago and she has been lonely ever since. She had a sunny disposition, however, and was always satisfied with her lot. She was a simple, true woman, but did her share in building up this great country of ours. All honor is due to her and the rest of our old settlers for the hardship and perseverance in making this beloved country of ours a place good to live in. Her daughter, Anna, has 12 living children who mourn her death besides her daughter and her husband and five great-grandchildren. Grandma Borreson’s work has been done well in continuing her race. Peace be to her memory. Written by A.N. Freng. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - AUGUST 15, 1929
MRS. MINNIE BORRESON (SONDRE LAND)
Funeral services were held on December 14 at the Evangelical Lutheran church in Black River Falls for Mrs Minnie Borreson, a resident of that city for many years. Mrs. Borreson passed away December 9, 1943, just one week before her 83rd birthday. Services were in charge of the Rev. K.M. Urberg and the Rev. Raymond P. Huss of Black River Falls. Mrs. Borreson was born December 16, 1860, in Sondre Land, Norway, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Peterson of Blair. Her father was a shoemaker in Blair for more than fifty years. She was 19 years of age when she came to America with her parents and brother, Otto, who preceded her in death. She was married to Carl Borreson in the year 1883. They lived for a time in Blair, then in Trump coulee and later moved to Pine Creek, where they were living when Mr. Borreson passed away October 8, 1906. Mrs. Borreson continued to make her home there for a time and then moved to Black River Falls, where she had since lived. Thirteen children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Borreson, 12 of whom survive and mourn the loss of their good mother. She also leaves 33 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Her children are: August Borreson, Pine Creek; Mrs. Clara Fenney, Mrs. Olaf Nelson, Mrs. Millie Olson, Mrs. Olaf Iverson, Elmer and Herman Borreson, Black River Falls; Mrs. Ed Gunderson and Oscar Borreson, Taylor; and Mrs. Richard Miller, Milwaukee. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 6, 1944
MRS. CHRISTIAN BORUD (FAABERG)
Mrs. C.J. Borud passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Bietz at Eau Claire the 29th of September and was buried at Strum October 2nd. She resided on the home farm five miles south of Strum for 40 years, up the last four years she has made her home at Eau Claire. Mrs. Borud was born in Faaberg, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, in 1844, and was at her death, 84 years old. Her husband Christian Borud, preceded her in death fifteen years ago. Her oldest daughter, Carrie, died in 1911. She leaves five children to mourn the loss of a good mother; Mary, Mrs. H.P. Sorenson of Spokane, Wash.; John of Kilbourn, Wisconsin; Lena, Mrs. John Bietz of Eau Claire; Inga, Mrs. Ingval Melone, Eau Claire and Ole of Osseo. She also leaves 13 grandchldren. The funeral was conducted from her daughter’s home and then from St. Paul’s church at Strum, Rev. O.A. Hjemboe of Strum and Rev. W.O. Rindahl of Eau Claire officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - NOVEMBER 1, 1928
OLE B. BORSHEIM (MITCHELL COUNTY, IOWA)
Ole B. Borsheim, president and cashier of "The Home Bank" of Blair, Wisconsin, was born in Mitchell County, Iowa, May 5, 1869, son of Thorkel N. and Brita (Hylden) Borsheim. The father, born in Norway, came to America in 1865, locating in Mitchell County, Iowa, where he engaged in farming and where he died February 6, 1915. He was nearly 81 years old, having been born in April 1834. His wife, Brita, still resides on the old farm, having passed her 77th birthday. Ole B Borsheim was the sixth born of his parents' seven children. After acquiring the elements of knowledge in the local schools, he became clerk in a store at Cresco, Iowa, where he worked four years - from March 3, 1891 to 1895. He then went to Dubuque, Iowa where he was employed in the office of John T. Hancock & Sons until September 1899. At that time he came to Blair and, with H.C. Hjerleid of Decorah, Iowa, started the Home Bank of Blair. Of this institution he was the cashier till July 27, 1912; then president till the fall of 1915; since which time he has been both cashier and president. He is also president of the Trempealeau Valley State Bank of Taylor, Wisconsin, a director of the State Bank of Bowman, North Dakota and a director in the Home Lumber Company of Bowman. All these are flourishing concerns conducted by enterprising businessmen, with whom Mr. Borsheim is pleasantly and profitably associated. Mr. Borsheim has been active in local affairs, having served as village treasurer eight years and school clerk three years. He is a member of several fraternal orders, belonging to the Blue Lodge and Chapter in the Masons, having passed all the chairs in the Blue Lodge; the Independent Order of Foresters; the Modern Woodmen of America and the B.R.F.F. He was married February 22, 1905 to Delilah Johnson of Anamosa, Iowa, who was born in Kansas, a daughter of R.W. and Sarah (Burwell) Johnson. Her father followed the mercantile business in Anamosa for many years. Her mother died in 1910 at the age of 56. Mr. and Mrs. Borsheim have no children. They are social people and have many friends in Blair and the vicinity. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
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