Brakke Andrew T.
Brandon Annie Mrs.
Bratberg Otto J.
Bratland Hans E. Mrs.
Bratstigen Elene Mrs.
Breakey Ole A.
Bredeson George Mrs.
Bredvigen Hans Mrs.
Bredvigen Hans (Jr)
Brekke Andrew A.
Brekke Andrew Mrs.
Brekke Bjorge Anderson
Brekke Liv Mrs.
Brekke Olav A.
Brekke Tom A.
Brenengan Charles L.
Brenengan Christian N.
Brenengan Christian N. 2
Brenengen John N.
Brenengen John N. 2
Brenengen Johannas N.
Brenengen Mari Mrs.
Bretten Tom Mrs.
Bretton Marie Mrs.
Bringsosen Albert Mrs.
Bringsosen Anna Mrs.
Bringsosen John Mrs.
Brohelden Anna Mrs.
Brohelden Anton P.
Brohelden Inga Mrs.
Brovold Christie Mrs.
Brovold Sever 2
Brovold Sever Mrs.
Bruvold Petter Mrs.
Bryn Ole J.
Brynildson Alice Jacobson Mrs.
Bue Odell S.
Bruch Christine Mrs.
Bye Anton Mrs.
"Hans Bredvigen, 89, retired area farmer, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Henry Nelson in Blair May 9, where he had been living the past three and a half years.
Mr. Bredvigen fell and broke his hip about ten days before his death and was hospitalized at Whitehall. He had just returned to his daughter's home Saturday.
Born October 27, 1859 in Norway, he came to this country with his wife in 1904. They made their home on a farm in the Fly Creek area for ten years and then moved to Pigeon Falls where they lived for 27 years.
Surviving besides his daughter are three sons, Hans and Alfred of Blair and Ole of Pigeon Falls. His wife died in 1922 and two children - Andrew and Mrs. Hildor Hanson of New Auburn-are also dead.
Funeral services were held Friday at the Sletteland funeral home and at the Synod Lutheran church in Pigeon Falls, the Rev. C.K. Malmin officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery." THE BLAIR PRESS - May 12, 1949
Researching this family - Ellen Rigsby
MRS. HANS BREDVIGEN:
"Mrs. Hans Bredvigen of Pigeon died at the Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse February 27,1921, following an operation.
Mrs. Hans Bredvigen, whose maiden name was Caroline Eid, was born in Sondreland, Norway, September 22, 1868, and was united in marriage to Hans Bredvigen July 15, 1892. To this union six children were born of which four are living - Mrs. Henry Nelson, Ole, Hans and Alfred. They moved to America June 8, 1904, living in the town of Lincoln, but made their permanent home in the town of Pigeon. Deceased had been poorly for a long time; had been a hard worker all her life and attended to her duties until about two weeks before death.
The funeral was held March 3, Rev. Orke officiating. Interment was in the Pigeon Falls cemetery." THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - March 10, 1921
Researching this family - Ellen Rigsby
ALFRED BREDVIGEN (TREMPEALEAU COUNTY)
Alfred Bredvigen, 59, Minneapolis, died Sunday at 8 a.m. at Veterans Hospital Minneapolis, Minnesota, a week after being admitted. He had been ill several months. He was born July 23, 1905 in the Town of Pigeon, Trempealeau County, to Hans and Karoline Eid Bredvigen. He served with the Army in World War II in Europe. After the war he worked as a laborer in Minneapolis and had never married. Survivors are: Two brothers, Ole and Hans, Pigeon Falls, and one sister, Mrs. Henry (Anna) Nelson of Blair. Funeral services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Pigeon Creek Lutheran Church, Pigeon Falls, the Rev Gordon Trygstad officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hagen Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. SOURCE - FAMILY INFORMATION - DATE UNKNOWN
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HANS BREDVIGEN (HOV)
Hans Bredvigen, 77, formerly of the Pigeon Falls area, died Thursday, April 13, in Tri-County Memorial Nursing Home, Whitehall. He was born November 12, 1900 in Hov, Norway to Hans and Carolina Bredvigen. He came to this country in 1904 and lived in the Pigeon Falls area most of his life. Prior to his retirement, he was a farm laborer. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Anna Nelson of Blair. Two brothers and a sister preceded him in death. Services were at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Johnson and Jack Funeral Home, Whitehall, with the Rev. Gordon Trygstad officiating. Burial was in Pigeon Creek Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Pigeon Falls, Wisconsin. SOURCE - FAMILY RECORDS - DATE APPROXIMATELY 1978
Researching this family - Ellen Rigsby
ANTON BRANDON (GULBRANDSDALEN)
Anton E. Brandon of the town of Pigeon passed away at his home in Daggett coulee at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 3, 1946, at the age of 86 years, one month and 25 days. He had been in failing health for several years and had been bed-ridden for 20 months. Over this long time he was exceedingly patient, never complaining and always appreciating the smallest kindness shown him. Funeral services were held Saturday, the 7th, at the home at 1:30 and at the S.L. church in Pigeon Falls at 2 o’clock. In the absence of Rev. E.B. Christopherson, the Rev. K.M. Urberg of Blair officiated. Mrs. Ernest Sletteland sang “Just As I Am” and “Heaven Is My Home,” while Rev. Urberg sang “Jed Ved Mig en Sovn I Jesu Navn.” Pall bearers were his three sons, Victor, Floyd and Glen, two sons-in-law, Walter E. Risberg and Sylvin Olson, and one grandson, Perry A. Risberg. Floral tributes were many and beautiful and were carried by Mrs. Victor Brandon, Mrs. Glen Brandon, Mrs. John L Johnson, a niece of the deceased, and Miss Marie Risberg, a granddaughter. There were also many memorials give in his honor by neighbors and friends. Burial was in the church cemetery. Three quarters of a century were spent by Mr. Brandon in America. He had just reached the age of remembrance when his family moved from his native home in Gulbrandsdalen, where he was born July 8, 1860, son of Ebert Brandon and his wife. Experiencing life in America in pioneer days fitted one to face the realities of life. Although not one of robust stature, Mr. Brandon took his part as a young man in helping develop farm homes out of wild land, helped clear and break the fields, reaped and sowed. While he, like many others, was not generously rewarded for his labor, in later life he enjoyed the comforts of a splendid farm home. In his heyday he not only was engaged in farming but served his community in various capacities in school affairs, serving for 20 years as town clerk and for some time on the local school board. After his children had gone out into the world the old home in Pigeon was always open to them for family gatherings, and it as the good fortune of Mr. and Mrs. Brandon to enjoy many such occasions during the years, including the celebration of their golden wedding anniversary three years ago. As age crept on and failing health finally came, Mr. Brandon as well rewarded for all that he had done for his family by the loving care which was given him during his last illness. Having lived more than four score years, there are few who remain to tell of the experiences of the pioneers who first settled and helped to develop this valley. On October 14, 1893, Mr. Brandon was united in marriage to Annie M. Everson, whom he took as a bride to the farm which his father had purchased soon after coming to this county in 1865. She survives him, together with their six children: Dora, Mrs. Walter E. Risberg, Hayward; Victor L. Brandon, Maroa, Ill; Floyd R. Brandon, Whitehall; Glen M. Brandon, Minneapolis; Elvern Pearl Brandon, Eau Claire; and Adelyn, Mrs. Sylvia Olson, Strum. He also leaves seven grandchildren: Perry Risberg, Hayward; Marie Risberg, Milwaukee; Tommy and Stanley Brandon, Maroa, Ill; Donna and Curtis Brandon, Minneapolis and Lynda Olson, Strum. Mr. Brandon was a member of the Whitehall Masonic lodge. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - SEPTEMBER 12, 1946
ANDREW BRATLIEN (FAABERG)
Andrew Bratlien died May 30, 1907, aged 82 years, 3 months and 1 day. He was born July 25, 1825, in Faaberg, Norway. In 1888 he emigrated to America, and settled in the town of Pigeon, where he resided until last spring, when he sold his farm to reside with his son, Math Frujordet, in the town of Ettrick. Deceased was taken ill with a stroke of paralysis, and after a week’s suffering passed away. The funeral services were held Saturday, June 1, 1907, Rev. Bestul officiating. The remains were interred in the French Creek cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - JUNE 13, 1907
MRS. HANS E. BRATLAND (SOGN)
This week we are called upon to chronicle the death of another of our old settlers, Mrs. Hans E. Bratland, having died at the home of her son, Ole H. Bratland in Beaver Creek last Thursday, June 21, 1917 after an illness of two years. Mrs. Bratland with her husband who preceded her in death four years ago came to Beaver Creek Valley 44 years ago, and have all these years been residents there. She was born in Sogn, Norway and at the time of her death was 77 years of age. Her life was a good example of that which is right, being a kind and obliging neighbor and a good wife and mother and her death will be mourned by not only the family but a large circle of friends. She leaves seven children now living. The funeral was held at the Beaver Creek church Saturday, Rev. Boe having charge of the services, and she was laid to rest in the church cemetery beside her husband. THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 28, 1917
EMBERT BRANDON (SONDRE FRON, GULBRANDSDALEN)
Emert Bandon died September 8, 1914, at his home in the town of Pigeon. Deceased showed symptoms of declining health for some time preceding his death, and died at the age of 81 years. Mr. Brandon was born in Sondre Fron, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway in February, 1983. In 1857 he was married to Anne Malerbakken, also of Gudbrandsdalen, who survives him. Mr. and Mrs. Brandon emigrated to this county in 1865, first settling in the town of Springfield, Jackson county. In May, 1866, he entered a homestead in the Town of Pigeon which was sold to Peter Nelson. He then purchased another farm in the same township, on which he resided until his death. Mr. Brandon as one of the first settlers in the town of Pigeon, and known throughout the township as a man of a genial and hospitable disposition. Seven children were born to them, five of which are living, two dying in infancy. Those living are Mrs. S.H. Neperud and Mrs. A.E. Bratland of Blair, Ole of Minneapolis, Andrew of Chicago and Anton of Pigeon. The funeral was held from the home at 1 and from the church at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, September 12th, Rev. E.B. Christopherson officiating. The remains were laid to rest in the S.L. cemetery at Pigeon Falls. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - SEPTEMBER 24, 1914
OTTO J. BRATBERG (FAABERG)
Otto Johnson Bratberg of Eleva died October 25, aged 74 years. Funeral services were held from the Eleva Lutheran church the 28th, conducted by the Rev. Wichmann. Mr. Bratberg was born in Faaberg, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, October 25, 1861. In 1882 he came to America and settled at Galesville, where he resided 11 years. In 1886 he was married to Christine Traaseth of Frenchville. The family moved to Pleasant Valley in 1893, where he resided until his death. Deceased is survived by his widow; three daughters, Mrs. Herman Klavitter of Eleva, Mrs. Albion Ankhum of Humbird and Mary at home; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister and a brother living in Norway. Buried from the church of which he had been a faithful member since moving to the Eleva vicinity, the respect in which Mr. Bratberg was held was attested to by the large audience that attended the last rites. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - NOVEMBER 7, 1935
MRS. ANNIE BRANDON (GULBRANDSDALEN)
Mrs. Brandon was born in Gulbrandsalen, Norway, October 12, 1830. She was married to Emert Brandon in 1858 in Norway. They came to America in 1865 and settled on their homestead in Fitch Coulee, where they lived for 10 years, and later on a farm in Moe Coulee where they resided until her husband died. She then made her home with her daughter, Mrs. A.E. Bratland of Blair. On April 14th she was taken ill and remained in bed until she died, the 25th of May, 1920. The funeral services were held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A.E. Bratland, the 29th day of May, Rev. E.B. Christopherson of Pigeon Falls officiating. The remains were brought to Pigeon Falls and interment was made in the S. L. cemetery. Those left to mourn her departure besides a host of friends and relatives are her children, two daughters and five sons, Two of which died in infancy: Mrs. A. E. Bratland and Mrs. S.H. Neprud of Blair, A.E. Brandon of Whitehall, A. H. Brandon of Chicago and O.H. Brandon of Minneapolis. THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 3, 1920
MRS. GEORGE BREDESON (BIRI)
Mrs. George Bredeson, 77, died of a heart attack at her home here shortly before noon Saturday, December 19, 1942. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Presbyterian church. Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery. Mrs. Bredeson had been an invalid for many years. Last October she had pneumonia which left her heart weak. She was sitting up Saturday while her daughter, Hannah, worked near by. She complained of being tired and died shortly after being helped to her bed. Mrs. Bredeson, whose maiden name was Antonetta Berntson Aas, was a daughter of Bernt and Helena Boreson. She was born in Biri, Norway, October 1, 1865. On May 18, 1884, at the age of 18, she set out for America with her brother, Andrew. They came to Cambridge, Wisconsin, after landing at New York City. She worked at Cambridge until her marriage to the Rev. Bredeson March 30, 1891 at Deerfield, where they made their home until 1897. Then they moved to Lodi where they lived for 25 years. They lived in Taylor for the last 21 years. Besides her daughter, Hannah, who lives at the Bredeson home, Mrs. Bredeson is survived by her husband and five other children, Mrs. Albert Holmen, Fairchild; Benjamin Bredeson, Waupaun; John, Deerfield; Otto, Alma Center and Reuben, DeForest. Mrs. Bredeson was a member of the Evangelical church, units of which were served by her husband at Lodi and Taylor. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 24, 1942
MRS. ELENE BRATSTIGEN (BIRI)
Elene S. Bratstigen was born in Biri, Norway July 19, 1846. She was joined in the holy bonds of matrimony to Sven Bratstigen in 1869. To this union were born four children, two dying in infancy. They came to America in 1883, settling in the town of Hale where they have resided ever since. Her husband preceded her in death 33 years ago. Since that time she has made her home with her son, John. She passed away on March 4, 1924, after a lingering illness of four years. She is survived by one son, John; one daughter, Mrs. Even Johnson; four sisters and two brothers; also eight grandchildren, all being present at the funeral services Mach 9, with the exception of one sister living in Norway. The touching funeral services and remarks were rendered by Rev. A. J. Orke. The pall bearers were Garrett Stellingwerf, Christ Sveum, Martin Mattison, Ole Nikleby, Iver Skoyen and Hans Olson. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - BANNER - APRIL 3, 1924
OLE A. BREAKEY (KVITSEID, TELEMARKEN)
Ole A. Breakey passed away at the Community hospital Friday afternoon, December 11, 1942. He had been under medical treatment at the hospital only a few days. Although suffering from a heart ailment for some time, death came rather unexpectedly at the age of 78 years and eight months. Mr. Breakey was born in Kviteseid, Telemarken Norway April 11, 1864, the son of Andrew A. and Berget (Grotnes) Brekke. He was baptized by the Rev. John Moses in the Lutheran church of his native parish. He was brought in infancy by his parents to America. They settled first in Racine, Wisconsin and then came to Trempealeau County in 1870 and homesteaded land west of Blair. His father passed away September 30, 1905 and his mother in 1907. He was confirmed in the Lutheran church by Rev. Bynjolf Hovde in the Zion Congregation at Blair. His early manhood was devoted to farm work both at home and elsewhere. In 1891 he started creamery work at Blair and learned here the trade of buttermaker at the Hegg, Blair and Westby creameries. Three years were spent traveling as an agent for creamery supplies. Later on he was engaged several years in the real estate business at Blair. He was united in marriage to Lena G. Rognrud daughter of Gunerius Rognrud and wife March 20, 1890. His wife passed on in the 40th year of their married life, November 7, 1930. Mr. Brekke continued to make his home in Blair the remaining years of his life. Of an original family of nine, only two brothers and a sister survive: John and Torge Torger and Mrs. Ebert Knutson (Alice) all of Blair, Tove, Ingeborg, Bjorge, Tollef and Hage preceded him in death. Mr. Breakey was an expert buttermaker and won high honors in this field. In 1893 he was awarded a medal and a diploma from the World’s Columbian Exposition at Chicago for his excellent butter and in 1905 in the same city, he won the diamond medal in the Diamond Medal contest. He was socially inclined, of friendly disposition and a ready conversationalist. He was well informed in local history as well as events of public and national interest. His pleasant ways and genial disposition made many friends. Funeral services here held Monday, December 14th, at the Zion Lutheran church at 2 p.m. Rev. T. E. Sweger officiating. Special music was furnished by Mrs. Angus Sather who sang “Jeg ved mig en Sovn I Jesu Nav” and “Jesus Lover of my Soul.” The pall bearers were Matt Skyrud, Ed Tuff, Theodore Amundson, Ed Elland, Albert Tenneson and Arne Berg. Interment was in the Zion Cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 17, 1942
MRS. LIV BREKKE (SKAVSAL, TELEMARK)
Mrs. Liv Brekke was born in Skavsal Bygd, Tellemarken, Norway, September, 1840. At the age of 25 years she, with one of her brothers, came to America. She came to Houston county, Minn., where she stayed some years, and at that place she was united in marriage to Torjus Thovson Brekke, June 1, 1869. To this union seven children were born to bless them, namely, Julia, Thomas, Christina, Edward, Ole, Thea and John. Two daughters preceded her in death. The others are all residing in this town. In the year 1871 she and her husband came to the Town of Preston, where they took a homestead and where she lived till her death except the last two moths, when she stayed at her son, Ed’s, place. She died on March 2, 1915 after only 12 days of illness, aged 74 years, 5 months and 24 days. Those left to mourn the loss of a loving mother and true friend are her four sons and one daughter, Mrs. Carlot Hanson, and 12 grandchildren. She was of a quiet disposition, a willing worker amongst her children and friends, with a firm belief that there is a better life hereafter. She was a good mother, always did her duty well, never complaining and with a firm belief that she would be rewarded hereafter. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - MARCH 18, 1915
TOM A. BREKKE (KVITESEID, TELEMARK)
Funeral services for Tom a Brekke, 81, who did Saturday morning March 13, 1937 at his home three miles northwest of Whitehall were conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Our Saviours Lutheran church at Whitehall by the Rev. O.G. Birkeland, pastor of the church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. Brekke’s health had been failing for several years but he was confined to his bed only a week before his death. Mr. Brekke was born at Kviteseid, Norway, December 11, 1855, and came with his parents, Torger and Birgit Brekke, to America in 1869. The family lived one year in Racine county and in 1870 went to occupy a homestead on Brekke ridge near Blair. In 1918 Mr. Brekke purchased the present Brekke farm near Whitehall which has since been his home. In 1889 he married Carrie Wrolstad who, with seven children survives. The children are Mrs. Oscar Kleppen (Clara); Mrs. Severin Wevell (Anna); Mrs. Willie Witt (Minnie); Alfred, Odell, James James Witt (Helen) and Mrs. Clarence Davidson (Myrtle), all of this locality; one sister, Mrs. Ebert Knutson and four brothers, Ole, Charles, John and Torger Brekke, all of Blair. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 18, 1937
MRS. ANDREW BREKKE (KVITESEID, TELEMARK)
Mrs. Andrew Brekke died at the home of her son, Torger, in Preston, Thursday, September 15, 1909, aged 78 years. She had been in fairly good health for one of her age, up to a few days before her death. Grandma Brekke, as she was known in the neighborhood, was of a kindly disposition and much loved and respected by all who knew her. Deceased was a widow, her husband having preceded her some 12 years ago and leaves six sons and two daughters respectively as follows: Thomas, Berge, Torger, Ole, Tollef and John, Mrs. Ebert Knudtson and Mrs. Ole Thompson. The funeral services were held here at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon, and largely attended, Rev. Gulbrandson officiating. The bereaved family has the sympathy of the community in the loss of a kind and devoted mother. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - SEPTEMBER 23, 1909
ANDREW T. BRAKKE (KVITESEID, TELEMARK)
Andrew T. Brakke, another of the old land marks of Preston, died at his home last Sunday night of dropsy, aged about 71 years. He was one of the earliest settlers in this town and a good citizen and kind neighbor. He had been sick eight months. Deceased leaves a wife and eight children, as follows: Tov, Bjorgo, Ole, Torger, Johan, Tollef and Mrs. Ole Thompson and Mrs. Ebert Knutson. The funeral was held Tuesday, a large number of friends following the remains to their last resting place in the Blair cemetery. Rev. O. Waldeland officiated. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - OCTOBER 4, 1894
MRS. MARI BRENENGEN (SONDRELAND)
Mrs. Mari Brenengen, 100 years old, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Martin Hanson at Galesville, Saturday after an illness of 24 weeks. Oldest resident ever to live in Galesville, she was preceded in death by her husband 20 years ago. She was born September 221, 1839 in Sondreland, Norway and was joined in marriage to Lars Brenengen in Norway in 1862. In 1868(?), the family, which then included a daughter, Bertha, came to America and immediately to Abrahams coulee, where they established a home. There Mrs. Brenengen lived until the death of her husband. Besides the daughter named above, she is survived by one son, Ole, on the home farm; six grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the French Creek Lutheran church Monday. Mrs. Brenengen’s grandfather lived to the age of 104 years and she came from a long lived family. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MAY 30, 1940
BJORGE ANDERSON BREKKE (KVITSEID, TELEMARK)
Another old settler has departed this life and gone to his eternal reward. Bjorge Brekke was born in Kvitseid Telemark Norway the 12th of June 1858. He was the son of Anders and Birgit Brekke. He was named after his grandfather Bjorge who in his day had the reputation of being the strongest man in Telmarken. He was baptized in the church of his native parish. The family moved to America in 1869. They made their home the first year in the Old Muskego settlement so well known in the annals of Norwegian immigration. They came to Trempealeau County in 1870 where they homesteaded 160 acres in the Town of Preston on the ridge of land which later became known as the Brekke Ridge. His father passed away September 30, 1898, his mother September 18th, 1909. He was united in marriage to Oline Engen of Whtiehall in the fall of 1889. To this union were born the following children: Henry on the home farm; Johnnie, Blair; Belle, Mrs. Oscar Olson, Blair; Andrew died in the service of his country in 1918; Sebert and Bert at home. Immediately after the marriage the young couple took up their residence on the farm in Reynolds Coulee which was their home until 1920 when they took up their residence in Blair. He was not only busied with farming but also as a stone mason and as such laid the foundations of many buildings in this vicinity which stand as monuments to his industry. He was member of the Zion Lutheran church from the time of his confirmation and always interested in its welfare. He had always been in the enjoyment of good health until a few days before his death when it was found that he suffered from a ruptured appendix and the ensuing peritonitis proved fatal and he passed away on Sunday, August 15th, 1926 at 5:30 p.m. Besides the famliy and children above mentioned he leaves to mourn his loss the following brothers: Tov, Whitehall; Torger, Ole, Tollev and John all of Blair; one sister Liza, Mrs. Ebert Knutson and a sister, Hage, died in infancy. The whole community joins with the family in mourning the departure of a good citizen and neighbor. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, August 18th at the home 1 p.m. and at Zion Lutheran church 1:30, the Pastor Rev. T.E. Sweger officiating. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 19, 1926
TORGER BREKKE (KVITESEID, TELEMARK)
Torger Brekke was born on the Moslee Gaard in Kvitseid Parish, Telemarken, Norway September 10, 1861 and was baptized in the Lutheran church by Rev. John Moses. The parents Anders T. and Bergit Brekke emigrated with their children in April, 1869. They sailed on the ship Rjkan from Skien to Hull, England. From thence the journey continued to Quebec, Canada. A steamboat took them from there to Buffalo, New York. Then by rail they came to Chicago and eventually Milwaukee, where many from Telemarken had found their home. In 1870, they came to Trempealeau County which became their permanent home. Torger was confirmed in the Trempealeau Valley church by the Rev. Anders Lobben June 15, 1878. On reaching young manhood, he was employed in the pineries of Northern Wisconsin and at farm labor in the Dakotas for a period of years. After his marriage to Karen Peterson at Whitehall, Wisconsin in October 1893, he farmed what is now part of the Goodwin Anderson farm on Brekke Ridge. His wife died June 9, 1899. Daughter Bertha passed away April 3, 1907. The latter years of his life have been spent partly in Blair and partly at the home of his daughter, Olga, Mrs. Axel Carlson in Minneapolis. He died at the latter place from injuries received in a fall Thursday, March 4, 1943. Besides the daughter, a sister and brother are left to mourn his passing, John and Lisa (Mrs. Ebert Knutson) both of Blair. Six brothers and sisters preceded him in death, Hege and Ingeborg (Mrs. Ole Thompson), Bjorge, Tom, Ole and Tollef. A granddaughter Eunice and a great-grandchild, Glenn, also survive. Of friendly spirit and kindly disposition, quiet and unassuming, he lived out his span of almost 82 years. From the days of the pioneer to the present, the panorama of our community life passed before his vision. Each year one lessens the number of whom this can be said. One by one they are gathered to their fathers and a familiar presence is missed from out its world place. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. T.E. Sweger at the Zion Lutheran church at Blair, Monday, March 8 at 2 p.m. Oscar Frederixon sang “Face to Face” and Mrs. Melvin Madsen “Abide with Me.” The pall bearers were Theodore Austin, Amund Skaugh, Ole T. Brekke, Andrew Hjelsand, Arne Berg and Clarence Brown. Those who carried flowers were Mrs. James Witt and Mrs. William Witt. A memory wreath was given to Radio Station WCAL. Interment was in the Zion cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS, MARCH 11, 1943
CHRISTIAN N. BRENENGAN (NORWAY)
Christian N. Brenengan, 72, died at a LaCrosse hospital early Tuesday, February 14, 1933 from injuries received Saturday afternoon, when he was trampled by a horse. He was found unconscious in the stall where he had evidently been feeding the animal. His injuries included a crushed lung, fractured ribs and a torn face. The deceased was born in Norway, October 31, 1861, and came to America at the age of 18 and to Trempealeau County in 1880. He married Julia Estby, October 26, 1887. At this time he was in the employment of the late Iver Pederson. He then purchased a farm in the town of Gale, which continued to be his home until a few years ago. His wife died in 1919. Twelve children were born to this union, two of whom Oren and Arthur, preceded him in death. Ten survive, including Guy, George, Lottie, Amelia, Fritz and Joseph, all of Ettrick; Nels of Fountain City; Alice of Milwaukee and Anna and Nora of Chippewa Falls. He also leaves numerous grandchildren, one brother, Johannes of the town of Gale, and three sisters, Mrs. D.M. Sorenson, Mrs. H.L. Henderson and Mr. A. Anton Brohelden. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Ettrick Lutheran church with Rev. K.M. Urberg officiating. Pall bearers were Elling Runnestrand, Matt Pederson, Emil Evenson, Julius Ekern, Neal Pederson and S.J. Johnson. Howard Tjoflat sang two beautiful solos, Who Know How Near My Life’s Espended” and “I Know of a Sleep in Jesus’ Name”. Mr. Tjoflat was accompanied by Allan Hogden, church organist, Rev. Urberg delivered the sermon and chose his text from Matthew 11:28, “Come Unto Me. All Ye That Labor and are Heavy Laden, And I will Give You Rest.” Burial was made in the Lutheran cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 23, 1933
JOHN N. BRENENGEN (LAND)
John N. Brenengen passed away at his home in French Creek, Tuesday, January 22, 1924 after suffering the past several weeks from pneumonia. The deceased was born in Land, Norway in 1873 and immigrated to this country with his parents when but a child. The parents settled on a homestead in Abrahams’ Coulee and it was in this locality that Mr. Brenengen was reared to manhood. January 24, 1903 he was united in marriage to Laura Thompson and settled on a farm west of Ettrick. After living on this farm for several years, they decided to move onto a larger farm. The Will McKeith farm was then purchased and this continued to be his farm up to the time of his untimely death. The deceased was a hard worker, industrious, good citizen and neighbor. He leaves to mourn his loss his widow, five boys and four girls, besides his sisters, Mrs. Anton Boheldon, Mrs. L.H. Henderson, Mrs. D.M Sorenson and two brothers, C.N. and Johannes. The funeral was held Friday with interment in the French Creek cemetery. The bereaved family has the sympathy of the community. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 31, 1924
CHARLES BREKKE (KVITSEID, TELEMARKEN)
Charlies Brekke was born in Kvitseid parish, Telemarken, Norway, March 15, 1867. His parents were Anders T. Brekke and Birgit Grotness Brekke. He was baptized in the Kvitseid church by Rev. John Moses May 30, 1867. The family emigrated to America in 1869. They spent one year in the Muskego settlement, one of the oldest Norwegian settlements in America and where also there were a number from their native Telemarken. They left Racine county in 1870 and came to Trempealeau county. After a year on the James Overson farm, Charlie took a homestead on Brekke Ridge, which has since borne his name. Here Charlie lived all but four of his 70 years. His father died September 30, 1895. He was with his mother until her death September 16th, 1909. His present home was a part of the original homestead. He was confirmed by Rev. Brynjolf Hovde June 6th, 1882. In his earlier years he spent several years in the pineries of northern Wisconsin. Charlie was taken sick about five weeks ago. He was cared for at his sisters’ Mrs. Bert Knutson’s home for awhile but upon the advice of his physician, was removed to the Lutheran hospital at LaCrosse. After weeks of suffering death came as a release, Monday, November 29, 1937. A sister, Ingebor (Mrs Ole Thompson) died July 2, 1925. His brother Bjorge, August 15, 1926 and his brother Tom at Whitehall, March 22, 1937. A sister Hage died in infancy. He leaves the following to mourn the loss of a kind brother: Torger, Ole and John Brekke and Lena (Mrs. Ebert Knutson) all of Blair. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. T.E. Sweger at the Zion Lutheran church Thursday, December 2. Mrs Angus Sather sang “jeg ved mi mig en Sovn” and “Behold a Host Arrayed in White.” Pall bearers were Theodore M. Hanson, Erik Fredrickson, Henry M. Hanson, Henry Nyberg, Clarence Brown and Charlie Fredrickson. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 9, 1937
OLOUS BRENHAUGEN (NORWAY)
The shocking news were received last Thursday afternoon announcing the finding of Olous Brenhaugen in the woods back of the Emil Gilbertson farm with a bullet hole through the heart. The deceased was born in Norway in 1859 and at the age of 10 he came to this country with his parents and settled on the farm in South Beaver Creek, and this same farm he owned up to eight years ago when he sold it to J.C. Laugly. Mr. Brenhaugen was a man that at all times paid strict attention to his own business. He was an honest, hard working, conscientious and conservative man at all times. The past ten years the deceased had been in poor health, as he grew older his condition did not improve, but on the other hand he continually grew worse. He leaves no immediate relatives to mourn his loss, but has three nephews at Minneapolis and one, a John Johnson, at Blair. The body was laid to rest in the South Beaver Creek cemetery, Monday forenoon, the Rev. C.B. Bestul officiating. THE ETTRICK ADVANCE, APRIL 22, 1921
MRS. TOM BRETTEN (SOLAR)
In far away Solar, Norway, Martha Severson was born December 11, 1877. Her sojourn in the land of the midnight sun was of short duration . At the early age of four years, her parents heeded the call of the West and joined that long train of emigrants which brought in the course of time almost half the population of Norway to our shores. On board the boat that slowly steamed westward came also a brother, Martin. The family settled in Lakes Coulee, Trempealeau county, Wisconsin. Here the parents, Soren and Carrie Severson, were further blessed with the advent of five girls to the family. And here in the wooded dells and hills of this nature’s beauty spot, her girlhood, maidenhood and whole life was spent. She was confirmed by Rev. Ole Waldeland on Ascension Day, May 26, 1892. She was united in marriage to Tom Bretten November 18, 1899 by Rev. S.S. Urberg. The silver wedding anniversary was fittingly observed eight years ago. Their first home was in Blair where they resided two years. In 1901 they moved to their present farm home. On the heights with the pleasing vista at every turn of hills and valleys far and near was built up one of the best farm plants of the community. The fine residence, the well equipped barn and the well kept grounds presented always a most inviting appearance. Here Mrs. Bretten exercised the best arts of the housewifery craft and there was the pleasant prospect of a happy old age amid these lovely surroundings. But on the 24th of April, 1928 she was suddenly stricken with paralysis and from that time on, she was confined to her bed four long years and seven months, undergoing at different times eight strokes, the last one on the day of the 33rd anniversary of her wedding, November 18. Death came quietly and peacefully on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 1932, at the age of not quite 55 years. She bore her long illness with becoming fortitude and received the tenderest care and attention from her devoted family. Beside the grief stricken husband who mourns the loss of a dear wife, the following children mourn the loss of a good mother: Olga, Milton and Arnold, all at home. Three children, Gladys, Myrtle and Merle died in infancy. Two sisters survive who were also present at the funeral Mrs. Carl Bretten, Donaldson, Minn.; and Mrs. Elsie Bourke of Minneapolis. Three sisters and a brother preceded her in death, Mrs. Gilbert Brandon who died at Black River Falls 20 years ago, Mrs. J. B. Hagelid who died at Flint, Michigan three years ago, Mrs. Ed Leavitt died at Minneapolis two years ago and Martin died at Donaldson, Minn. 21 years ago. Funeral services conducted by her pastor, Rev. T.E. Sweger were held at the home and at Zion Lutheran church of which she was a devoted member, on Tuesday afternoon, November 20. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 1, 1932
MRS. MARIE BRETTON (TRON, GULBRANDSDALEN)
Mrs Marie Bretton died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Tom Lokken, at Blair, January 2, 1924. Had she lived until March 4, she would have reached the age of 83 years. Marie Bretton was born in Tron, Gulbrandsdalen, Dale, Norway, March 4, 1841. She came to Trempealeau county with her parents in 1863, at the age of 22 years. They were accompanied from Norway by Mr and Mrs. E.A. Brandon. She resided with her brother, Jens Morken, who lived near Disco for two years and was then joined in marriage to Anders Berg. Three children were born to this union: Ole, Elland and Matia. Mr. Berg died in the fall of 1872 (?). In 1873 she was married to Ole Bretton and resided on a farm in the Town of Preston, between Whitehall and Blair. Five children were born them: Tom, John, Carl, May and Anne. In the fall of 1900, Mr. Bretton passed away, again leaving her a widow. She continued living on the farm until in the autumn of 1915, when she went to reside with her son, John, remaining with him one year. She went to Blair to visit her daughter, Mrs. Anton Bergerson, and while there she suffered a stroke of paralysis and for over seven years she laid a helpless invalid, being cared for at the homes of her children. The last four years of her life, she was cared for at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Tom Lokken at Blair, where she passed to eternal rest and her suffering ended on the second day of the New Year. Besides seven children, she leaves a sister, Mrs. Inger Holm of Disco, 22 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. One son, Ole, preceded her in death. All of the children were present at the funeral except John, who is in California. Funeral services were held at the Lutheran church at Blair, Monday, and interment made in the Lutheran cemetery, Rev. Boe officiating. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 17, 1924
MRS. JOHN BRINGSOSEN (NORWAY)
Mrs. Jon Bringsosen died at the home of her son, Morris Christianson, in the town of Burnside Friday, October 19, of heart trouble, aged 58 years. She was married in Norway to Theodore Christianson, who died, leaving the widow with three sons, Christ, Peter and Morris. She came to this country with her little family in 1887 and settled in the town of Burnside. The following year, she was married to John Bringosen. Three girls were born of this marriage, Elma, Julia (now Mrs. Fred Sielaff) and Carolina. Mrs. Bringsosen was an active member of the Lutheran church in Independence. She was an affectionate mother and her sudden death was a great shock to the family. Her husband died a year or more ago. The funeral was held Monday from the house and church, Rev. A.J. Orke officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - BANNER - OCTOBER 25, 1917
MRS. ANNA BRINGSOSEN (VERMLAND, SWEDEN)
Mrs. Anna Bringsosen was born in Vermland, Sweden, July 31, 1846, of the parents Andreas and Anna Halvorson. She was united in marriage to Hans Bringsosen and they immigrated to America in 1867, landing at Trempealeau where they lived one year. In 1868, they came to Maule Coulee, near Independence, taking a homestead. Here they made their home for 46 years. Since the death of her husband in 1914, she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. A.C. Hare, 11 ½ years in Independence and the past three years at Northfield, Minn. For a number of years the infirmities of old age have been creeping upon her. Her last illness lasted since June, this year, and for seven weeks she had been steadily confined to her bed. On December 14 1929, she passed from this life into eternal rest and peace at the age of 83 years, 4 months and 13 days. She was sustained and strengthened in her faith and hope by the ministrations of the Word and Sacraments and with hopefulness and confidence awaited the heavenly homecoming to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is worthy of mention that she is the last of the charter members of the Whitehall Lutheran church which was organized in their sod hut. The other founders of the congregation who have passed on before her are: her husband, Hans Bringsosen; Mrs. and Mrs. Lars Skjonsby; Mr and Mrs. Kristen Peterson and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Christianson in Northfield, Minn., she was a member of the St. John Lutheran church. Funeral services were conducted at the A.C. Hare home at Northfield Monday afternoon by the Rev. L.M. Stavig. She is at rest beside her husband in the Old Whitehall cemetery. She is survived by the following children: Albert Bringsosen, Whtiehall; John Bringsosen, Merrill; Henry Bringsosen, Finley, N.D.; Mrs. A.C. Hare, Northfield, Minn.; Mrs. Martin Norlyn, Independence; and Mrs. Lars Skjonsby; also her aged sister, Mrs. Pete Larson, who has been with her constantly during the past two months. In her memory, the Independent Lutheran Ladies Aid gave the sum of $10 to missions. $5.00 was given by the following to the building fund of the Isihambe Mission, Statican, Madagascark Rev. O.L. Hofstad, pastor: Mrs. Peter Larson, Mrs. Caroline Edlund, Mrs. John Gordon, Mrs. George Knight, Mrs. Charles Curties. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - DECEMBER 26, 1929
H.H. BRINGSOSEN (HOLGES, SWEDEN)
The death of H.H. Bringsosen occurred at his home in Lincoln on Thursday, January 28th, at 1 p.m., after being confined to the house, and in bed much of the time since January 12th last from the effects of a broken hip, resulting from a fall. H.H. Bringsosen was born in Holges, Sweden, October 10th, 1841 and was married to Anna Anderson of Holges, Sweden, January 1st, 1867. The emigrated to America the following spring, arriving at Trempealeau, Wisconsin, July 25th, 1867 and moved from there to Tamarack. In the fall of 1868 they moved from there onto the homestead where he resided until his death. Those surviving besides the wife are seven children, namely: Albert, of the town of Arcadia; Mrs. Martin Norlen, of Burnside; Henry Hanson of Merrill, Wis.; Mrs. Lars Skjonsby of Lincoln; John B. Hanson, of Finley, N.D. Mrs. A.C. Hare of Independence; and Mrs. S.T. Johnson of Harlowton, Montana. H.H. Bringsosen was one who formed school district No. 3 in the town of Lincoln in 1880, and at the first meeting held September 27th, 1880, was elected treasurer, which office he held for many years. He was also one to organize the S.L. church at Whitehall and held the office of treasurer for years. The funeral was held Monday at the S.L. church, Rev. E.B. Christopherson officiating. The pall bearers were Gilbert Steig, John Iverson, Hans Hagen, Mattie Mattison, Peter and John Sather. The flower bearers were his granddaughters, Clara Norlen, Emma Bringsosen, Lulu and Hannah Skjonsby. The remains were interred in the Lutheran cemetery at Old Whitehall. Thus has another of the old and highly respected citizens gone to his reward. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - FEBRUARY 4, 1915
ANTON BROHELDEN (NORWAY)
Anton Bohelden, 75, died at his home in Ettrick Sunday evening, following a long illness. He was born in Norway, October 25, 1871, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Andreas Pederson Brohelden. On November 25, 1899, he was married to Anna Brenengen and the couple engaged in farming. Mr. Brohelden retired from active work some years ago, and the couple moved to their present home on the outskirts of Ettrick. Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Edward Krause of Granton, Wis., Mrs. Stanley Klinkenberg, Ettrick and Mrs. Alvin Twinde of LaCrosse, a brother, Emil, of Ettrick and a sister, Ingeborg Kleven of Norway. A son, Sanford, preceded him in death six years ago. Funeral services for Mr. Brohelden, who was a member of the Ettrick Lutheran church, were held Wednesday at the Runnestrand funeral chapel, and at Ettrick Lutheran church. The Rev. K.M. Urberg officiated and burial was in the Ettrick cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 22, 1948
MATINUS BROHELDEN (SONDRELAND)
Funeral services for Mattinus Brohelden, 50, were held Tuesday at the Runnestrand funeral chapel and at Ettrick Lutheran church with the Rev. K.M.Urberg officiating. Burial was in the Ettrick cemetery. Mr. Brohelden died on Saturday afternoon (June 17, 1944) at the Whitehall Community Hospital following a long illness. He was born October 15, 1883 in Sondreland, Norway, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Andreas Brohelden. He came to America when about 17 years of age and most of his life was spent in Ettrick township where he engaged in farming. He was a member of Ettrick Lutheran Church. He was married March 8, 1915 to Miss Inga Hegge Nygaard who survives him. Other survivors are two brothers, Emil of Minneapolis and Anton of Ettrick; two daughters, Mrs. Henry Knutson of Ettrick and Mrs. Merle Corcoran of Detroit, Michigan and three grandchildren. THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 22 1944
MRS. ALBERT BRINGSOSEN (HOF, SOLAR)
Mrs. Albert Bringsosen, nee Olea Olson, was born in Hof, Solar, Norway, June 29, 1865. She spent her childhood in Norway where she acquired her religious training. On June 7, 1892 she arrived to America to make her home with her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Christianson in the town of Lincoln. The following year she was united in marriage to Albert Bringsosen of Arcadia township, the ceremony taking place at the old S.L. church in Whitehall, the Rev. Em. Christopherson reading the service. If Mrs. Bringsosen had lived until July 29 of this year, she and her husband would have observed their gold anniversary. Following their wedding he couple settled on the bridegroom’s farm in Plum Creek, town of Arcadia and there they resided for 23 years. Since that time they have lived on their farm in Maule coule. Five children were born to them, three of them preceding her in death, namely, Alfred, Henry and Agnes. Mrs. Bringsosen’s health had been good until last Christmas. During January and February she became seriously ill from a heart ailment, in the following months everything was done to relieve her pain and for a while she seemed to be improving, but on Monday, June 14, she passed peacefully away at 10:15 a.m. at the age of 77 years. Funeral services were held at the home and at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church on June 17th Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. The Senior Choir sang two songs she had requested, “Softly and Tenderly” and “Tank naar engang.” The pall bearers were Mence Sather, Sigvald Finstad, Arthur Golden, Palmer Peterson, Oswell Fremstad and Reuben Eveons, while the flowers were carried by Mrs Sigvald Finstad, Mrs. Palmer Peterson and Misses Ethel and Evelyn Hauge. She was laid to rest in Old Whitehall cemetery. Survivors are her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Emma Hauge and Mrs. R.A. Larson of Minneapolis; 19 grandchildren and one sister, who resides in Norway. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JUNE 24, 1943
MRS. INGA BROHELDEN (BIRI)
Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at Ettrick Lutheran church for Mrs. Inga Brohelden, 78, who died July 28, 1955 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Knutson, following a long illness. The Rev. K.M. Urberg of Blair officiated and burial was in the Ettrick cemetery. As Inga Ledel, she was born in Biri, Norway, September 29. 1876, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Ledel. In 1897 she was married to Ludwig Negaard and the couple came to America in 1905. He died in 1913 and in 1915, Mrs. Negaard was married to Mattinus Brohelden and the couple engaged in farming in Ettrick township. Mr. Brohelden died June 15, 1944. Mrs. Bohelden was a member of Ettrick Lutheran church and of its Aid Society. She had been given a life membership in the Women’s Missionary Federation. She made her home with her daughters in Ettrick. Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Ingebor Lygseth of Biri, Norway; four daughters, Mrs. Earl Furth of Portland, Ore., Mrs. Gladys Larson, Milwakee, and Mrs. Knutson and Mrs. Anna Cocoran of Ettrick; 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Mrs. Albin Hanson, died in 1945. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 4, 1955
MRS. ANNA BROHELDEN:
Mrs. Anna Brohelden, 90, died Monday morning at the Elmcroft Nursing Home at Galesville where she had been a resident the past six months. She was born in Norway, February 8, 1875, the daughter f Mr. and Mrs. Nels Brenengen, coming to America with her parents at the age of six. She married Anton Brohelden, November 25, 1899, at French Creek, and the couple farmed just west of Ettrick. He died January 11, 1948, and for a number of years Mrs. Brohelden made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Stanley Klinkenberg, South Beaver Creek. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Stanley (Bernice) Klinkenberg, Mrs. Edward (Esther) Krause, Granton, Wisconsin; and Mrs. Alvin (Stella) Twinde, LaCrosse; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A son, Sanford, died in 1941. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Living Hope Lutheran church with the Rev. Mark M. Ronning officiating. Burial will be in the Ettrick cemetery. A devotional service will be conducted by the Rev. H.A. Lease Wednesday at the Runnestrand Funeral chapel at 8:15 p.m. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 29, 1965
SEVER BROVOLD (GRANVIN, HADANGER)
Sever Johnson Brovold was born in Folkedal, Gravens Parish, Hardanger, Norway, February 14th, 1852. He was the second child in a family of six. His parents, Johannes Ahurson Brovold from Kinservik and Kristi Tweit Brovold from Ullensvang emigrated with their family from Norway in 1866. It is interesting to note from the data noted down by their son the time consumed by the journey on slow moving vessels. On April 20, 1866, their ship set sail from Bergen. On May 25th they caught fish off the banks of Newfoundland to vary the monotony of the fare that each immigrant brought with him for his own consumption. On the 7th of June they entered quarantine, June 15th they came to Montreal. June 21st they left Montreal. The 23rd they reached Hamilton, the 24th Detroit, the 30th LaCrosse and on the 4th of July, their new nation’s birthday they arrived at their destination, the Beaver Creek Valley where so many of their countrymen and acquaintances had preceeded them. They lost no time in purchasing a farm and on the 24th of July they entered into possession of the present Archie Brovold farm which through their industry and their sons and grandsons became one of the model farms of the community. On the 4th of August the same year they harvested grain from their newly acquired possession. On this farm Johannes Brovold passed away September 15, 1890 and 21 years later his wife followed him, March 12th, 1911. On this farm Sever Brovold maintain residence for a period of almost 65 years and now a grandson, Archie Brovold, an enterprising and up to date farmer is in possession until he can hand it over to one of his sons. It should be more a matter of pride that farms are kept intact in the family from generation to generation. Sever Brovlod was confirmed in the Trempealeau Valley church by Rev. Ole Walderland July 19, 1868, with a class of over 70. This was the first confirmation in the newly built edifice which still stands after 62 years, a monument to the pioneers. It is interesting to note that his wife was in the same confirmation class. He was united in marriage to Mrs. Ole Hagestad, nee Martha Gunderson Bergo, July 2nd, 1875. Their union was remarkedly happy and lasted 55 years until her death on March 30, 1930. It may be that the passing of his wife to whom he was singularly devoted may have wakened his powers of resistance, when the fatal illness came he who had scarcely had a sick day during the 79 years of his life. In July 1925 the golden anniversary was observed by a large concourse of friends. To their union four children were born: Theodore and Archie on the home place, Josephine died November 18, 1888, age 11 years; Amelia was taken sick the day of her sister’s funeral and passed away November 30, 1888, aged 9 years. Both died of membraneous croup. A daughter, Anna, by Mrs. Brovold’s first marriage died May 25, 1921. She was the wife of John A. Knutson. There are nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren and two sisters all of whom preceded him in death. Erik, John and brother who died in infancy; Christi, Mrs. Ad Instenes and Anna, Mrs. Lars Instenes He was taken sick March 27th with pleurisy and pneumonia. Death came April 4, 1931 at the age of 79 years and 49 days. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 8th at the home and at the Beaver Creek church. This was one of the most largely attended funerals in the history of the congregation. The services were conducted by the pastor Rev. Sweger. A male quartet rendered two solos. The floral tokens were many and there were several memorial wraths given to the missions and charities. The following served as pall bearers: A.C. Hagestad, Ed Anderson; Gust Erickson; Hellend Henderson, Andrew Herreid and Ole G. Herreid. Mr. Brovold was an outstanding man in the community, an industrious and useful citizen. He was exemplary in Christian conduct, faithful in discharge of duty as husband, father, neighbor, friend and member of the church and in the positions of trust that were given him. His home life was ideal and the hand of welcome was always there to everyone who chanced to come. His walk among men was as one who follows the light of conscience and His Master. Sunshine followed his presence where ever he trod and he will be sadly missed in the home church and the community. A good man has gone out from among us. May the memory of a life well lived be as a benediction unto many. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 16, 1931
OLAUS BROVOLD (RINGSAKER)
Olaus Brovold was born in Ringsaker, Noway, October 5, 1866, and died at the Community Hospital March 9, 1926. He came to America in 1884, and in 1894 he married Maia Iverson. He was a hard worker, and for twelve winters sawed ice. At the time of his death, he had been employed almost nine years at the local creamery. He was a very quiet man, a kind father and loving husband. He leaves to mourn him his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Sigvold Knutson, and one grandson, Leonard; also two brothers, Andrew and Mathias, and one sister, the latter three in Norway. Funeral services were held Friday from the U.S. church, Rev. Oerke officiating. He was carried to his resting place by his co-workers in the creamery and some of the officers. He was a member of the S.A.F fraternity. The family has the sympathy of the community in their sorrow. Funeral arrangements were in charge of E.A. Sletteland. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MARCH 18, 1926
MRS. CHRISTIE BROVOLD (KINSARVIK, HARDANGER)
The death of Mrs. Christie Brovold occurred at the home of her son, S.J. Brovold, in Ettrick Sunday morning, in the 89th year of her age. Deceased is survived by three sons, S.J., E.J. and J.J. Brovold, and one daughter, Anna, married, and who resides in South Dakota. Her husband preceded her several years ago. Mrs. Brovold was one of the early settlers, coming to the valley in 1866. She was a kindly, Christian lady and beloved by all who knew her. The funeral will be held tomorrow, Friday, Re. O. Gulbrandson to officiate. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - MARCH 15, 1911
E.J. Brovold, postmaster and prominent citizen of Ettrick dropped dead last Thursday afternoon while standing at a window in his house. Although he had been ill a long period and for three months had been confined to his home.,Mr. Brovold’s death came as a shock. He had suffered dropsy. Funeral services were held Monday from the United Lutheran church at Hegg, conducted by Rev. Forness of Winona, and Rev. R. Anderson of LaCrosse. Interment was made in the cemetery at that place. The day of the last services to the dead brought continuous rain, but the inclement weather did not prevent hundreds assembling at the church to pay their last tribute to the man who had been prominent in Ettrick’s affairs for many years. The pall bearers were A. P. Ofsdahl, J.E. Cancot, A. Ask, K. Runnesrand, Albert Peterson and H.F. Clausen. E.J Brovold was born in Folkedahl, Hardanger, Norway, June 1856. He came to this country with his parents when a child, the family settling on a farm in the town of Ettrick in 1866. He remained at home until the age of 19 when he entered the employ of Iver Peterson & Co. taking a clerkship in the general store at Ettrick. He was with this twenty-one years and for a long period was Mr. Peterson’s confidential clerk and manager. On April 15, 1873, Mr. Brovold was married to Miss Anna C. Olson, who survives him. Three children were born to them, one of whom died in infancy. There remains two daughters, Mrs. A. Cooper, Vestubula, Ohio, and Mrs. Sam Johnson of Ettrick. Other surviving relatives are two brothers, John and Sever of Ettrick and a sister, Mrs. Annie Instenes, Esteline, S.D. Mr. Brvold was one of the foremost citizens of this town. He was an energetic, public spirited man always in the van with those promoting conditions in the community. For 17 years he was a member of the town board of supervisors and for a time represented Ettrick on the Republican party and was a leader of his faction in Ettrick. Mr. Brovold’s death is regretted throughout the county and Ettrick mourns as one other loss of a man who stood first, last and all time for better things and contributed time and money to bring those things about. From the GALESVILLE REPUBLICAN THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 14, 1914
MRS. SEVER BROVOLD (ULVIK, HARDANGER)
Mrs. Sever Brovold was born May 28, 1853 in Ulvik, Hardanger, Noway. At the age of one year, she was brought by her parents to America. They remained five years in Noshkonong, Dane county, Wisconsin. In 1859, they moved to Trempealeau county, where they made their home on the present Levi Henderson farm. Her father, Thorkel Gunderson Bergo from Ulvik, Norway, died February 20, 1891. Her mother, Anne Rasmusdatter Rekve of Voss, Norway, followed him in death the same year, October 30, 1891. She was confirmed in the Trempealeau Valley church by Rev. Ole Waldeland on July 19, 1868. This was the first confirmation in that church. Her husband, Sever Brovold, was also a member of the same class. She was united in marriage to Ole O. Hagestad in 1871. To this union, one child was born, Anna, Mrs. John Knutson, who preceded her in death May 26, 1921. Her first husband died in 1873. She was united in marriage to Sever Johanson Brovold July 2, 1875, with whom she lived in happy wedlock almost 55 years. Five years ago, a large concourse of friends and relatives gathered at the Brovold farm in honor of their golden wedding anniversary. To this union four children were born; two of them died in childhood of membrancous croup. Josephine died November 18, 1888. Amalia was taken sick the day of her sister’s funeral and passed away November 30, 1888, aged nine years. The living are Theodore and Archie on the home place. There are eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She has one sister living, Mrs. Anve Saed of Hegg. Mrs. Brovold has suffered from heart trouble for some time. Her condition grew worse this winter and after several severe attacks, she passed away Sunday, March 30, trusting in the Saviour she had learned to love long since and served humbly and faithfully so many years. She was a member of the Beaver Creek congregation a period of over 70 years. She was a faithful attendant at church services. The only reason for nonattendance was that sickness hindered her. She was an attentive listener who cherished in her heart and memory the Word that she had heard. She joined the Ladies Aid at its second meeting and remained a faithful worker to the time of her death, always in attendance, always interested, a true worker in God’s vineyard. Her death seems at this time an almost irreparable loss in the community, the church and especially the home, but they are comforted by the thought that their great loss is her wondrous gain. Funeral services were held at the home 1 o’clock and at the church at 2:00 ‘clock Thursday afternoon, April 3, Rev. T.E. Sweger officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 10, 1930
ANDREW BROWN (VALESTRAND)
Andrew Brown died at the hospital at Whitehall on May 10th, 1921, at the age of 72 years, 8 months and 10 days after an illness of only four days of blood poisoning. The funeral services were held from the U.N. Lutheran church in Blair on Friday afternoon May 20, Rev. Boe officiating. Mr. Brown was born at Ulveraaker, Norway, on August 9, 1849. He was the son of Reier and Louise B. Brown. He came to America, in 1867, first locating at Black River Falls. In 1870 he moved to a farm about three miles south of Taylor. He was successfully engaged in farming there until 1918, when he purchased a home and moved to Black River Falls. He was married on May 1881, to Miss Inga Olson, who now survives him, with four sons and five daughters, as follows: Mrs. Louise Hjerleid of Taylor; Levi Brown of Blair; Mrs. Sadie Brown of Wichita Falls, Texas; Mrs. Rose Ellison of Blair; Arthur Brown of Mabel, Minnesota; Miss Inez Brown of Black River Falls, Arthur Brown of Mabel, Minn.; Tennie Brown of Taylor; Octavia Brown of Mabel, Minn. He also leaves one sister residing at Taylor and one at Devils Lake, N.D.; two sisters in Norway and one brother. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren. Mr. Brown has been a member of the Lutheran church since boyhood. He was an honest and industrious man, and he developed a good farming property on the place on which he made his home for nearly a half century. He was devoted to his family and in the community in which he made his home so many years. He was favorably regarded by a large circle of friends. His many friends extend their sympathy and sorrow to his bereaved family and relatives in their sorrow. All of the children were present at the funeral, excepting Bennie Brown of Wichita Falls, Texas. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 25, 1921
MRS. PETTER BRUVOLD (BIRI)
Eline Bruvold was born in Biri, Norway, September 7, 1855. At the age of 21 years she was married to Petter Bruvold and seven years later, she with her husband and three children emigrated to America, making their home on a farm near Pigeon Falls, where eight more children, two of whom died in infancy, were born. In the spring of 1917 Mr. and Mrs. Bruvold moved to Comertown, Montana but her health necessitated her return and she was taken to the Community Hospital, where a serious operation was performed and later one foot was amputated. After a long and painful illness, she passed away December 2. The remains were taken to Comertown, Montana where funeral services were conducted by Rev. Aaberg, interment being had in the Lone Tree cemetery. Her husband and the following children survive her: Peder, Albin, Richard, Mrs. Joyce and Helma of Comertown; Mrs Lindell of Antelope; Mrs. Christopherson of Hale; Olaf of Darmody, Sask., Can., and Carl of Trout Creek, Mich. A brother, Simon Hanson of Dooley, two sisters, Mrs. Gullord of Comertown and Mrs. Syverson of Norway and her mother, living with the latter sister, also survive her. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - JANUARY 1, 1920
JOHN BROVOLD (GRANVIN, HARDANGER)
John Brovold was born at Gravin Parish, Hardanger, Norway, Aril 7th, 1859, the fifth child in a family of six children. His parents, Johannes Shurson Brovold and Kristi Tveit Brovold emigrated with their family to America in 1866, came to Beaver Creek Valley and bought the present Archie Brovold farm. They lived there until their death. On this farm John Brovold’s youth was spent. He was confirmed in the French Creek church by Rev. Sherven, and was united in marriage to Ingebor Maria Smehaugen by Rev. Ga. Lunde. He purchased the present Lawrene Brovold farm, and built up one of the fine farms that are the pride of the Beaver Creek valley. He prospered by faithful industry. His wife’s health failed after an operation five years before her death, and from that time on she was more or less an invalid; her husband cared for her with indefatigable patience and skill. She died two years ago, July 25, 1926. They had moved from the farm in March 1917, to the present home in Blair. The marriage was blessed with the following children: Clara, Mrs. Carl Johnson, Beaver Creek; Julius, Cadott, Wisconsin; Carl, Lavina, Montana; Jennie, Mrs. Harry Kjensmoe, Lavina, Montana; Lawrence, Beaver Creek; and George, of Kenyon, Minn. The boys are engaged in farming with the exception of George, who is a jeweler. Mr Brovold always seemed in the best of health, having been strong and active. He was a familiar and welcome figure in Blair. Heart trouble began to manifest itself and there followed nine weeks of gradual decline in spite of all that the best of medical attention could do. Mrs. Holte, a neighbor, was an efficient nurse during the long illness. He died July 24th, 1928. Funeral services were held at the home Thursday, July 25th, the anniversary of his wife’s death at 1 p.m. and at 2 at the Beaver Creek church, where he had been a member since coming to this country. Rev. Sweger officiated. Mr. Brovold was always interested in the churchly activities, was a faithful attendant at church and communion. He was a kind father and friendly and hospitable in his relations with others. He is survived by one brother, Syver Brovold, of Beaver Creek. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 2, 1928
ANDREW BUE (ULVIK, HARDANGER)
The many friends of Andrew Bue in this community were grieved to hear of his sudden death on board the S.S. Trimble 20 miles out from Chicago Wednesday, July 13, 1938. He had mailed a letter to his niece in Joe Coulee that very morning stating that he was in the best of health and spirits. His instantaneous death while engaged in his daily duties prove again the uncertainties of life. He was 62 years, 6 months and 3 days old at the time of his passing. Andrew was born in Ulvik, Hardanger, Norway, January 10, 1876. He was the son of Christopher and Madlie Sjursdatter Bue. He was baptized in the Ulvik church February 25, 1876. The family emigrated to America in 1882 and farmed in Joe Coulee where Andrew grew to manhood. He was variously employed after reaching adult years a long time by Erick Brovold of Ettrick. The past 25 years he has sailed the Great Lakes. For many years he has been oiler for the Pittsburg Co. the past five years on the S.S. Trimble. The winters he spent in Beaver Creek. He had left for work the early part of May this year. He was a conscientious worker and was held in high esteem by his employers. He leaves one brother, Nicolai and one sister, Mrs. Christie Scherding, both of Clam Falls, Wis., and a niece June Bue of Beaver Creek. He is preceded in death by a sister and six brothers. Andrew was a gentle, peace loving soul, upright and honest in all his dealings with his fellow men; a man of generous heart whose kindness brought him many friends. Funeral services were conducted Saturday at the Runnestrand Funeral Home and the Beaver Creek church where Andrew had been confirmed in a class of June 24, 1891 and had been a faithful member and attendant many years, the Rev. T.E. Sweger officiating. There was a large number of memory wreaths, two going to the Stoughton Home for the Aged, one to the Orphans home at Wittenburg, one to WCAL and one to the Synodical Budget. The pall bearers were Theodore Qualley, Erick Anderson, Carl Moen, Leo Thompson, Melvin Torkelson and Fred Lindstrom. THE BLAIR PRESS JULY 21, 1938
KATHRINE BUE (HARDANGER)
The death of Mrs. Kathrine Bue occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lars Sexe near Hegg on the 3rd of June, 1910, after an illness of several months. Deceased was born in Hardanger, Norway, February 1, 1839, and at the time of her demise her age was 71 years 4 months and 2 days. Besides her husband, S.O. Bue, she leaves four children, Lewis of Chippewa Falls, Odell and Kari (now Mrs. L. Sexe) of Hegg, and Emma (Mrs. Erick Hendrickson) of Chippewa Falls, to mourn her death. The funeral services, conducted by Rev. O. Gulbrandson were held in Beaver Creek valley Monday, June 6th. The children were all present at the funeral. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - JUNE 9, 1910
OLE J. BRYN (GULBRANDSDALEN)
Funeral services for Ole J. Bryn, who died at his home in Plum Creek, town of Arcadia, January 7, 1942, following a long illness, were held Saturday, January 10, at the home and at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church in Whitehall, the Rev. O. G. Birkeland officiating. At the services the Senior Choir of Our Saviour’s sang two of his beloved songs, “I Know of a Sleep in Jesus’ Name,” and “Blev hosmig Master.” Mrs. Carl Jahr rendered the Norwegian hymn “Den Store Hvide Fock”. Pall bearers were Albert Hill, Clark Anderson, Hilmer Hoff, Iver B. Olson, Oswell Fremstad and Peter Norland. Flowers were carried by Miss Theresa Woychick and Mrs. Tillie Everson. Floral tributes to the deceased were many and four memorial funds were created by relatives and friends. One was sent to St. Olaf college, Northfield, Minn.; one to Our Saviour’s church of Whitehall; one to foreign missions; and the fourth to Mrs. Bryn. Ole Johnnies Bryn was born in Lom’s Prestejeld, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, February 11, 1861. He was baptized by the Rev. Julius Aois and confirmed by the Rev. H. Halling in 1875. He spent the first 18 years of his life in his native land but in 1879 he came to America and made his home with his aunt, Mrs. John Leafland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Nelson of Plum Creek. On February 14, 1895, Mr. Bryn was joined in marriage to Anne P. Nelson. During the first few years after their marriage, he worked on railroads and in the pineries. Following the death of John Leafland, he settled on the Leafland farm in Plum Creek, now known as the Bryn place. He was an ardent member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran church of Whitehall and for a number of years served as a member of its board of trustees. He was civic minded, always interested in the welfare of his community. Mr. Byrn enjoyed good health until April, 1939, when he suffered a stroke of paralysis. He remained a bedridden invalid until his death on January 7 of this year at the age of 80 years, 10 months and five days. His daughter, Mrs. Milan Gunderson, cared for him during his long illness. Survivors are his wife, Anne, and eight children: John of Winona, Melvin at home; Palma, Mrs. William Halstad of Ettrick; Mabel, Mrs. Art Hammerstad of Osseo; Olga, Mrs. James Evenson of Ettrick; Sigvald of Fairchild; Josephine, Mrs Milan Gunderson of Independence and Olaf, at home. There are also eight grandchildren and two sisters of the deceased who reside in Norway. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 22, 1942
ASLAK BRYNILDSON (NORWAY)
The funeral service of Aslak Brynildson who passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Albert Brynildson, Tuesday, Mary 23, 1922, were held on Thursday, May 25th at the Curran Valley church, Rev. O.O. Fosso, officiating. Interment was made at the Curran Valley cemetery. Deceased was born in Norway on May 13, 1843, being at the time of his death, 79 years, 11 months and 9 days old. He came to this country in 1871, settling near Taylor, and has since resided here. He was married in Norway to Miss Elizabeth Johanneson. She preceded him in death on July 31, 1907. Five surviving children mourn his death. They are: Mrs. Elizabeth Wellington of Duluth, Minn.; Mrs. Aselina Ottem of Taylor; Mrs. Brynilde A. Brynildson of Taylor; Mrs. Valina A. Oakland of Black River Falls and Peter Brynildson of Taylor. For the last several years he has been making his home with his children with exception of a few moths during the past year which he spent at the “Old Folks Home” at Stoughton. While there his health commenced to fail and he came here again and has since been making his home with his daughter, Mrs. Albert Brynildson. Infirmities of old age are given as the cause of his death. THE TAYLOR HERALD - JUNE 2, 1922
MRS. ANTON BYE (VARDAL)
Mrs. Anton O. Bye of Hale, who died at the Community hospital September 12, was born in Vardal, Noray, April 2, 1858. She came to this country in 1881 and was married to Anton C. Nilson. They moved onto the Bye farm in the town of Hale in 1883 and have since made their home there. There are five living children, viz: Haldon and Carl at home; Fred Bye of Robindale, Minn.; Mrs. William Weyer of Tulsa, Okla.; and Mrs. A.J. Olson of Minneapolis. The funeral was held on the 16th from the Lutheran church in Hale and was largely attended. The service was conducted by Revs. Pruss and Anne and internment was in the Hale cemetery. Mrs. Bye was a member of Rev. Pruss’s congregation and had been a staunch and active church worker. She will be greatly missed. She was a patient sufferer from the terrible malady that ended her life, and died without pain, conscious to the last. Her daughter, Mrs. Weyer, came from Oklahoma to minister to her mother during her illness and was with her at her death. Mrs. Weyer was accompanied here by her daughters, Mrs. Benjamin Lamon and Alice Tomter. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - OCTOBER 2, 1924
KRESTENSE BUE (FAABERG)
Krestense Bue was born in Faaberg, Norway, June 24, 1820. Upon her marriage in 1942 to Ole Svendson Bue, she removed to Lillehammer, Norway. They came to America in 1866, settling at Westby, Wisconsin and in 1869 moving to Trempealeau county, which has since been her home. Ten children were born to them, two of which died in infancy. Of the eight who grew up, but three are now living: Mrs. Ole Dahl of Osseo; Mrs. F.N. Larson of Pomona, California and Mrs. A. Davidson of Strum. She has 25 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, the oldest great-grandchild being 23 years old. The funeral was held from the South Beef River church last Friday, where the remains were laid to rest beside those of her husband, who died 29 years ago. Rev. Folkstead officiated at the funeral, paying a touching tribute to the Christian faith of the deceased which stood the test of so many years. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - FEBRUARY 24, 1916
NELS BUE (EIDFJORD, HARDANGER)
Funeral services were held Sunday for Nels Bue, 65, who died at his home at North Beaver Creek Thursday morning, October 19, 1933, after a week’s illness following a stroke. Mr. Bue was born in Norway, August 12, 1868, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Bue, both natives of that country. He came to America with his parents at an early age, and has lived nearly all of his life in the vicinity of Ettrick. For the past 16 years he has resided at his farm at North Beaver Creek. His mother, nee Madlie Tveito, died in 1875; his father died in 1919. Mr. Bue was married March 5, 1919, to Miss Helen Grinde of Franklin, Jackson county, by the late Rev. S.S. Urberg, at the parsonage at Blair. He is survived by his widow; two brothers, Andrew, on the farm at North Beaver Creek; and Nick of Clam Falls, Wis.; a sister, Mrs. Christie Scherding, also of Clam Falls; and a daughter, Junice, 13. Funeral services were held at 2:30 from the home and at 3 o’clock from the North Beaver Creek church, the Rev. K.M. Urberg officiating. Pall bearers were Erick Anderson, Leo Thompson, Theodore Qualley, John G. Johnson, Melvin Torkelson and Gullick Myrland. Burial took place in the cemetery near by the church. THE BLAIR PRESS - NOVEMBER 2, 1933
ANDREW BURCH (SONDFJORD)
Andrew Ole Burch, whose death was briefly mentioned in last week’s paper, died at his home in Taylor, Wisconsin April 25 at the age of 71 year after an illness of eleven days. Death resulted from a severe cold which developed into pneumonia. Andrew Ole Burch was born in Sondfjord, Norway, November 20, 1853 of sogning parentage. He came to America with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Engebret Anderson Bjorgene in 1871. They located on a farm in the town of Springfield, five and one half miles south of Taylor, which the deceased bought in 1881. One year later he was united in marriage to Mis Olena Christianson of the town of Springfield. To this union twelve children were born: two who preceded him in death - Manford and Tillie. The remaining children were: Ebert of Melrose; Manford of Sarasota, Florida; Mrs. Fred Scherer in the home farm; Sigurd of Evanston, Ill.; Mrs. Julius Erickson of Minneapolis, Minn.; Mrs. Helmer Gunderson of Taylor; Burnett of Evanston, Ill; Ener, Nicholai and Oneal of Taylor. He also left five grandchildren. Mr. Burch was engaged in farming until he retired April 17, 1915, and bought a home in Taylor, where he resided until his death. Early in life Mr. Burch became a member of the Lutheran church. Being at the time of his death one of the oldest members of the Trempealeau valley congregation in which he was a firm believer, by his death the community lost a good church member and a loyal citizen. Funeral services were held at 1:30 at his home and 2 at the church in Taylor on Thursday, April 30; Rev. Lovaas officiating. The church was filled with relatives and friends, who had come to show their last respect for the departed. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. The church choir rendered appropriate songs and Rev. and Mrs. Lovaas sang a lovely duet. Six of his sons acted as pall bearers and interment was made at the Trump Coulee cemetery, where his remains were laid to rest beside those of his mother and his two children. THE TAYLOR HERALD - MAY 8, 1925
MRS. CHRISTINE BURCH (NORWAY)
Mrs. Chrstine Burch, 89, Blair, passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 1979 in Grand View Nursing Home, Blair, where she had been a resident for the past five years. Funeral services were held on Friday, December 14, 1979, 1:30 p.m. at the Jack Funeral Home, Blair. Rev. Omar Nelson of Taylor Lutheran churches officiated and burial was in the Brookside Cemetery, Trump Coulee. Casket bearers were Gary and Dean Sampson, Roger and Gerald Lokken, Kenneth Giese and Ardell Torud. She was born August 11, 1890 in Norway to Mr. and Mrs. Andraes Torud. After moving to the United States, she married Manfred Burch in 1915. They lived in Evanston, Ill, for 50 years, where they ran a catering service. Survivors are five sisters, Mrs. Inga Sorgaard, Mrs. Olaug Merkaugen, Mrs. Borghild Hauglien, Mrs. Rogne Nystuen and Mrs. Agnes Haukinson, all of Norway; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband and one brother. Jack Funeral Home, Blair, was in charge of arrangements. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 20, 1979
MRS. ALICE JACOBSON BRYNILDSON (JACKSON COUNTY, WISCONSIN)
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 2, 1964 for Mrs. Guy (Alice Jacobson) Brynildson, 52 of Black River Falls. The funeral was from the Evangelical Lutheran Church with Intern Tom Heyd officiating. Mrs. Kathdyn Cole was at the organ, and Mrs. Richard Olson was the soloist. The vocal selections were “Softly and Tenderly” and “Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross.” The pallbearers were Danny Olson, Harry Hardy, C.D. Trotter, James Mason, John Brynildson and Hensel Brynldson, Jr. Interment was made in the Upper Beaver Creek Church cemetery. Alice Jacobson, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Julius Jacobson, was born July 25, 1912 in the Town of Franklin, Jackson County, Wisconsin. Her mother’s maiden name was Amanda Olson. She attended the East Franklin Grade School. She had been baptized September 1, 1912 at the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Taylor and on August 28, 1927, was confirmed there and became a member of the church. She later served with the Ladies Aid at the Upper Beaver Creek church and was a Sunday School teacher. She was united in marriage with Guy Brynildson April 2, 1930. Before she became ill she had been employed as a ward dietician at Camp McCoy from 1951 to 1954 and as a cook at the Hotel Freeman and Avalon Café. Mrs. Brynildson suffered a stroke October 23, 1960, and spent many weeks at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Minneapolis and also spent two months at the Sister Kinney Institution in Minneapolis for rehabilitation. She returned home January 10, 1961, and had been at home since. Her passing due to a heart attack occurred there Thursday afternoon, July 30, 1964 Mrs. Brynildson is survived by her husband, Guy; three daughters: Gloria, Mrs. Eugene Quador, Hudson, Colorado; Lorraine, Mrs. O. Ronald Losness, Rhinelander, Wisconsin; Donna, Mrs. John Omer, Bruce, Wisconsin; two sons, James of Ettrick, and Gerald of Isle, Minnesota; three brothers: Oscar Jacobson of Black River Falls; Gaylord and Lee Jacobson, both of Minneapolis; and three sisters: Mrs. Lloyd Sommerville, Melrose; Mrs. Hensel Brynildson and Mrs. Robert Mason, both of Black River Falls; and 13 grandchildren One sister, Miss Mabel Jacobson, preceded her in death on December 20, 1929. Alice Brynildson will always be remembered for having been a vivacious, happy person and she had many friends who joint the immediate family in mourning her passing. She was a fine homemaker and a dearly beloved wife and mother. She was extremely fond of people and dearly loved children. Sincere sympathy is extended to the family on the passing of one who seemed to have so much joy still in store for her. SOURCE - FAMILY SCRAP BOOK
LAWRENCE BUSSE (JACKSON COUNTY, WISCONSIN)
Lawrence E. Busse, 49 died of a heart attack at his farm home near Melrose Friday afternoon, January 24, 1964. The son of Mr. and Mrs. John Busse, he was born November 15, 1914, in the Town of Franklin, Jackson Co. and married Clara Olson November 9, 1946. The couple farmed on his parents place. He is survived by his widow and three brothers, William of Melrose, Otto of Ettrick and John of Yakima, Washington. Services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Melrose Lutheran Church, Rev. Marcus Albrecht officiating and burial was in the Melrose cemetery. SOURCE - FAMILY SCRAP BOOK
CHRISTIAN N. BRENENGEN (CHRISTIANIA, NORWAY) (2)
Christian N. Brenengen, proprietor of an excellent farm of 274 acres in section 11, Gale Township, was born near the city of Christiania, Norway, October 31, 1861, son of Nels and Nettie (Johnson) Brenengen, who came with their family to Gale Township, Trempealeau County in June 1880. Further mention of the parents may be found in biographies of other members of the family. Christian N. Brenengen was 18 years of age when he arrived in America and was unable to speak English. He had begun industrial life at the age of 14 or 15 years In Norway, where he had worked in a livery stable for three years. After coming here, he found work as a farm hand at $16 a month, and was thus occupied for years. He then began working in the woods in the wintertime at logging and in the summer, was employed on the farm of John McKeeth, his logging operations being on the Mississippi River. When 26 years of age, he married and at that time entered the employ of the Iver-Pederson Company at Ettrick driving a four-horse team for nine years. During all these years he was saving his money until at least he found himself able to purchase his present farm. Some time after this he gave up his position with the Iver-Pederson Company, and, moving onto his farm, began agricultural operations. He has since made a number of valuable improvements on his place, having a fine modern residence, and two separate water systems, and his barns and other buildings are substantial and equipped with all necessary appliances. Mr. Brenengen started farming with about $500 capital and has since made steady strides in prosperity until he is now one of the well-to-do men of his township. He has given his whole attention to his farm and is not an officer holder. In politics he is independent. October 25, 1887, he was married to Julia Olson, who was born in Norway, near Christiania, daughter of Ole and Johanna (Johnson) Estby, who were natives of the same place. Her father dying in Norway, her mother came to this country in 1886, residing first in Galesville and afterwards in Ettrick in which village she died in 1906. Their daughter, Julia, was the youngest of three children and attended school in Norway. Mr. and Mrs. Brenengen are the parents of 12 children, all born in Trempealeau County, and all of whom are living, namely: Orron, who married Johanna Paulson and is a farmer residing near the Brenengen homestead; Guy, single, and residing at home; Nels, who married Lillian Madolin and lives in Blair; George, single and living at home; Arthur, who married Selma Osley and lives near Ettrick; and Lottie, Amelia, Anna, Norah, Alice, Christ and Joseph, all living at home. Mr. Brenengen is a stockholder in the Ettrick Creamery. He and his family are members of the Lutheran Synod church. TREMPEALEAU COUNTY HISTORY - 1917
JOHN N. BRENENGEN (CHRISTIANIA, NORWAY) (2)
John N. Brenengen is a member of a family of Norwegian origin that has much to do with developing the agricultural resources of Gales and Ettrick townships. He was born near Christiania, Norway, December 8, 1873, son of Nels and Nettie (Johnson) Brenengen. The father was born in the same locality December 27, 1833, and the mother January 10, 1834. They arrived in Trempealeau County from Norway, June 10, 1880, locating in Gale Township. Nels Brenengen, who was a carpenter, soon found work at his trade, which he followed for awhile in Gale and Ettrick Townships, resolving, however, to obtain land as soon as possible and seek prosperity through the cultivation of the soil. Being industrious and economical, it was not long before he found himself in a position to achieve his ambition, and accordingly bought a farm in section 8, Ettrick Township, which place became the home of the family, and here he resided until his death, October 30, 1904. Ten days later his faithful and loving wife followed him to the grave. Their family numbered in all seven children, of whom the sixth born was the subject of this sketch. John N. Brenengen was less than seven years old when he arrived with the Brenengen family in Trempealeau County, and his schooling, therefore, was only just begun. He became a pupil at the Smith school in Gale Township, and there and from his playmates picked up a knowledge of the English language. He had no opportunity for pursuing advanced studies, for his services were early needed on the farm, where he soon acquired a good knowledge of agriculture, stock raising, dairying and everything that goes to make up the life of a the modern farmer. Before he was 20 years old , he had saved enough money to begin farming on his own account, and with his brother, Johannas, he purchased the old home farm, which they conducted together for seven years. He then sold his share to his brother and bought his present farm, containing now 196 acres of valuable land, he having recently sold 40 acres to his neighbor, John Erickson. Mr. Brenengen has added materially to the improvements on his property, having erected a good barn a hog-house, put up fencing, and did other useful or necessary work. Besides raising the usual crops, he is engaged in dairying, having good animals for milking purposes; and he is also a member of and stockholder in the LaCrosse Packing Company and the Farmers Telephone Company. Success has attended his operations and he is numbered among the enterprising and prosperous agriculturists of Gale Township. For 14 years, Mr. Brenengen has been a married man , having been united, January 24, 1903, to Laura Thompson, who was born in Ettrick Township, daughter of Lars and Mary (Peterson) Thompson. Her parents, who came from near Christiania, Norway, settled near Trempealeau, this county, where Mr. Thompson took a farm. He was born April 13, 1842, and died in July 1909. His wife, born in 1848, died in 1888. They had six children, of whom Laura was one of the youngest. The family of Mr. and Mrs. Brenengen also numbers six children: Minnie, Amanda, Neil Ludwick, Lillian Josephine, Gerald Millard, John Leonard and Bernice Vernell, all residing at home. Mr. Brenengen and family are members of the Lutheran church. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
ARCHIE BROVOLD (ETTRICK TOWNSHIP, TREMPEALEAU COUNTY)
Archie J. Brovold, proprietor of the old Brovold homestead in Ettrick Township. Was born March 2, 1894, son of Sever J. Brovold and his wife, Martha, whose surname was Gunderson. In his boyhood he attended the Beach District School and subsequently entered the Scandinavia Academy at Scandinavia, Wisconsin where he completed the four years’ academic course. In 1915 he was graduated from the agricultural department of the State University at Madison, after completing the short course. He is now the owner of the parental homestead and intends to engage more extensively in the dairy business. He breed Guernsey cattle, owning a pure-bred sire, and is a stockholder in the First National Bank of Blair, the Ettrick Creamy Company, the Ettrick Telephone Company the Scandinavian Insurance Company and a member of the Wisconsin Agricultural Experimental Association and the Alfalfa Order. Archie Brovold was married October 12 1915 to Senie Sexie, daughter of Lars O. and Carrie (Bue) Sexie. Her father, who was a native of Hardanger Norway, came to America a the age of 17 years, located at Beaver Creek Valley and engaged in farming, which occupation he still follows. His wife was born in America. They were the parents of ten children, of whom Senie was the second in order of birth. She was educated at the Hegg High School and always remained at home until her marriage. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
SEVER J. BROVOLD (HARDANGER, NORWAY) (2)
Sever J. Brovold, who carried on agriculture successfully for a number of years in Ettrick Township, and is now living retired on his farm in section 20, was born in Hardanger, Norway, February 14, 1852. His parents were John and Christe (Twite) Brovold, natives of the same place, who came to America in 1866, locating in Beaver Creek Valley, Trempealeau County, where John Brovold purchased a tract of unimproved land. This he cleared and developed into a good farm, on which he spent the balance of his life, dying in September, 1890. His wife died in March 1911. He was a good neighbor and well liked, but was a man who attended to his own business and took no part in public affairs. Sever J. Brovold was the second born of five children. He attended school in Beaver Creek Valley, and assisted his father until he was 21 years old, when the management of the farm came into his hands. Two years later he bought it and has since operated it on his own account. He has made many improvements on the place, having put up modern buildings, and has a full equipment of first-class machinery and implements. The farm contains 205 acres of highly improved land, and here, though now retired, Mr. Brovold expects to reside in the future. He is a stockholder in the Ettrick Creamery Company, in the Bank of Ettrick and in the First National Bank of Blair. In politics, though not a strict party man, he usually votes the Republican ticket. For about 15 years, he has served as a member of the school board of his district. July 2, 1875, Mr. Brovold was united in marriage with Mrs. Martha (Gunderson ) Hagestad, daughter of Torkel and Anna (Rasmussen) Gunderson, natives of Norway, from which country they came with their family to the United States in 1854, settling at Lodi, Dane County, where Mr. Gunderson famed for about five years. The family then returned to Jackson County, driving overland with an ox team and settling just across the county line, where Mr. Gunderson resumed his farming operations. There both he and his wife died in 1891. They left three children, of whom their daughter Martha was the youngest. She was first married to Ole Hagestad by whom she had one child, Anna, now the wife of John Knutson of Ettrick Township. From her marriage with Mr. Brovold four children have been born: Josephine, Amelia, Theodore, born August 25, 1885 and Archie J., born March 2, 1894. Josephine and Amelia are deceased. Theodore resides at home. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
ODELL S. BUE (ETTRICK TOWNSHIP, TREMPEALEAU COUNTY)
Odell S. Bue, a farmer and land owner of Ettrick Township, well known and respected, who resides in Section 15, east, was born on his parents’ farm in this section, the same place on which he now resides, July 11, 1877, son of Sever and Catherina (Rice) Bue. The parents were natives of Hardanger, Norway, but were married in Trempealeau County. Sever Bue coming to the United State in 1866 and settling here immediately on his arrival. After working for others a short time, he homesteaded this farm, which was his home practically for the rest of his life, though it had become the property of his son, Odell, five years before he, the father, died. The date of his death was June 11, 1913 and that of his wife June 3, 1910. Sever Bue was a prominent citizen of his locality, serving on the school board for a number of years and also as one of the board of directors of his church. He and his wife had five children. Odell S. Bue, was the fourth born child of his parents. His education was acquired in the district school at Hegg and he early received practical instruction in agriculture on his father’s farm, of which he became the manager about 1900 when 23 years old. In 1905 he bought the farm, consisting of 120 acres, and in addition to this property, has 160 acres one-half mile distant, and 20 acres more situated near Hegg Schoolhouse, making 300 acres in all. On this land he is engaged in general farming and dairying, keeping a number of good cattle, and is doing a prosperous business. He also owns stock in the Ettrick Creamery, the Farmers’ Exchange at Blair and the Ettrick Telephone Company. Mr. Bue was married March 31, 1902 to Sarah Underheim, who was born in Norway, daughter of Knut L. and Margaretha (Sunde) Underheim, the family coming to the United States in 1882 and settling in Jackson County. Mr. and Mrs. Bue’s family circle has been enlarged by the birth of three children: Sigvart Kenneth, born July 20, 1903; Orrin Sanford, October 1, 1905; and Melvin Clarence, November 3, 1907. Mr. Bue, with his wife and children, are members of the United Lutheran Church. Though not active in town affairs, he is recognized as a good citizen, always willing to support any practical movement for the good of the community. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
MRS. WILHELMINA BRAMER (STARGET, WEST PROVINCEDON, GERMANY)
After a life spent on earth and passed through the valley of the shadow and crossed the silent river to join the loved ones gone before her, Grandma Bramer closed her earthly life May 24, 1939 and passed into the Golden Sunset where pain and suffering are no more. Wilhelmina Mueller Bramer was born in the city of Starget, West Provincedon, Germany on September 17, 1847. The eldest daughter of Carl and Maria Myer Mueller. Here she grew to womanhood and was married to Christopher Bramer. In the spring of 1882 they immigrated to America, landing in LaCrosse on May 14, coming direct to Beaver Creek, Town of Franklin. Here they made their home for about four years when they moved to the Town of North Bend settling in Mill Creek Valley, where they took up a homestead that credits her name to the end. It was here on April 24, 1895, that her husband passed away leaving her with six children. A son, Edward, and a daughter, Paulina, preceded him in death, while they were still in Germany. Mrs. Bramer was 91 years, 8 months and 7 days of age at the time of her death. She was a very active person up until about six years ago when she became almost helpless. She was cared for by her daughters, where she has spent the entire last twelve years, the last three being spent with her daughter, Mrs. Hosea Miller, where the end came peacefully. She is survived by five children, namely, August of Mill Creek; Bertha, Mrs. Alonzo Lovell; Mary, Mrs. Hosea Miller; William and Emma of Melrose. One daughter, Augusta, Mrs. Herman Miller, preceded her in death on November 26, 1924. She also leaves 26 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, together with a great many friends, who at this time greatly mourn her passing. She was laid to rest May 26, 1939 beside her husband in the North Bend Cemetery. Funeral services were conducted at 1:30 at Smith’s Funeral Chapel and at 2:00 o’clock at the church, the Rev. Zimmerman speaking highly of her earthly life. Pallbearers were six grandsons, namely, Mahlon and Spencer Miller, Earl and Amos Bramer, and Eugene and Lloyd Lovell. Flower girls were four granddaughters, namely, Ruby Lovell, Hazel and Arlene Miller and Clara Bramer. Funeral Director F.H. Smith had charge of the funeral arrangements. Those from away to attend the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Schoesser, daughter Donna, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Lovell, Mrs. Elmer Hagen and Miss Ethel Miller pf Black River Falls, Miss LaVada Miller of Milwaukee, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Frederickson of West Salem, Vera Bramer, Donnie and Mr. Olson of Holmen, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Miller of Bangor, Mrs. Nina Woodford, Mrs. Kubina, sons Frank and Louis and daughter Anna of Black River Falls. SOURCE - FAMILY RECORDS (Researching this family is Verda Olson Stewart @email@example.com)
CHARLES L. BRENENGAN (GALE TOWNSHIP, TREMPEALEAU COUNTY, WISCONSIN)
Charles L. Brenengan, who is profitably operating a farm of 120 acres in sections 8 and 6, Gale Township, was born on this farm, January 29, 1869, son of Christian and Mary (Jorde) Brenengan. Both parents were natives of Norway, the mother born in Biri. Christian Brenengan came to this county in 1862, locating near Stoddard in Vernon County. He was employed by others at threshing and other labor until he came to the farm now owned by his son Charles which he developed and improved. This was not his only property, as he owned altogether 370 acres. Besides carrying on general farming, he dealt in stock for a number of years. About 1905 he retired from the farm and went to Galesville, where he is now living. For a number of years during his active period, he was a member of the school board, Their family consisted of three children, of whom Charles L. was the first-born. The others were: Alfred J., who resides on the old home farm, and Elma Stella, wife of Alex Toppen, residing on an adjoining farm. In September 1896, Mr. Brengan as married to Julia Skundberg, who was born on French Creek, Trempealeau County, daughter of Andrew and Bertha Skundberg. He and his wife have one child, Katheryn Margaret, who is now attending school. Mr. Brenengan is a member of the Order of Scandinavian Workmen, as beneficial insurance society of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He has always resided on the parental homestead which he purchased in 1900 from his father, and is engaged in general farming, including dairying and stock raising, being also a stockholder in the Galesville Creamery. His education, besides the usual district school course, included two years in the LaCrosse High School, and he has since increased his general knowledge by reading and acquaintance with the practical things of life. In politics he is independent, as a rule voting for the man rather than for the party, and though interested in good government, he has not been politically active, either in town or county affairs. As a reliable citizen and good neighbor he commands general respect. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
ANTON P. BROHELDEN (SUNDERLAND, NORWAY) (2)
Anton P. Brohelden, who is engaged in farming 160 acres of land in sections 24-25, Ettrick Township, with prosperous results, was born in Sunderland, Norway, October 25, 1871, son of Andrew Peterson and Bertha Svenson, his wife, both natives of the same district and neither of whom ever came to America. Anton P. emigrated to this country in 1892 and after arriving in Trempealeau County, found employment with Christ Brenengen of Abraham’s Coulee, for whom he worked two years, afterwards working two years for Chris Skunberg and later for others. About 1899 he bought his present farm, which is a good piece of agricultural property and where he is carrying on general farming successfully, being also a stockholder in the Ettrick Creamery. Mr. Brohelden was married at French Creek in 1899 to Anna Brenengen, who was born in Norway, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nils Brenengen, her family being one well known in this part of the county. He and his wife have four children: Sanford Amandus, Esther Alvena, Bernice Lenora and Stella Lillian. The family are members of the Lutheran church. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
JOHANNAS N. BRENENGEN (CHRISTIANIA, NORWAY)
Johannas N Brenengen, who is engaged in farming a tract of 40 acres in section 33 west, Ettrick Township, was born near Christiania, Norway, July 12, 1864, son of Nels C and Nettie (Johnson) Brenengen. The family came to Trempealeau County in June 1880, locating in Gale Township and in Ettrick Township. Nels C. Brenengen worked for a while at the carpenter’s trade, which he had learned in his native land. Afterwards he engaged in farming and was thus occupied for the most part until his death in October 1904. His wife survived him only ten days. They had a family of seven children. Johannas N. Brenengen attended school in Norway and also the Smith school in Gale Township, being 13 years of age when he came to this country. He began industrial life as a farm hand in Abraham’s Coulee, Trempealeau County, and worked for others until 20 years of age. For ten years longer he resided with his father on the homestead, and then, when 30 years old, bought the farm, which then contained 160 acres of which he has since sold 120 acres. He carried on general farming and is a stockholder in the Ettrick Telephone Company. June 14, 1902, Mr. Brenengen was married to Anna Nelson, who was born in Preston Township, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, at Plumb Creek Coulee, daughter of Knut Field and Matie (Learing) Field. Her parents, born in Biri, Norway. Her father at first worked out for others, but afterwards bought a farm in that township on which he still resides. He and his wife had nine children, of whom their daughter Anna was the fifth in order of birth. Mr. and Mrs. Brenengen have a family of two children: Clarence Norman, born February 1, 1906, and Alfred Meier, born June 25, 1910. The family are members of the Lutheran church. Mr. Brenengen is an independent voter and is not politically active, preferring to devote his attention to his private business. He is in good circumstances and is counted among the reliable citizens of his neighborhood. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
WILHELMINA BRAMER (STARGET, WEST PROVINCEDONE, GERMANY)
After a life well spent on earth and passed through the valley of the shadow and crossed the silent river to join the loved ones gone before her, Grandma Bramer closed her earthly life May 24, 1939 and passed into the Golden Sunset where pain and suffering are no more. Wilhelmina Mueller Bramer was born in the city of Starget, West Provincedon, Germany on September 17, 1847, the eldest daughter of Carl and Maria Myer Mueller. Here she grew to womanhood and was married to Christopher Bramer. In the spring of 1882 they immigrated to America, landing in La Crosse on May 14, coming direct to Beaver Creek, Town of Franklin. Here they made their home for about four years when they moved to the Town of North Bend settling in Mill Creek Valley, where they took up a homestead that credits her name to the end. It was here on April 24, 1895, that her husband passed away leaving her with six children. A son, Edward, and a daughter, Paulina, preceded him in death while they were still in Germany. Mrs. Bramer was 91 years, 8 months and 7 days of age at the time of her death. She was a very active person up until about six years ago, when she became almost helpless. She was cared for by her daughters, where she has spent the entire last twelve years, the last three being spent with her daughter, Mrs. Hosea Miller, where the end came peacefully. She is survived by five children, namely, August of Mill Creek; Bertha, Mrs. Alonzo Lovell; Mary, Mrs. Hosea Miller, William and Emma of Melrose. One daughter, Augusta, Mrs. Herman Miller, preceded her in death on November 26, 1924. She also leaves 26 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, together with a great many friends who at this time greatly mourn her passing. She was laid to rest May 25, 1939 beside her husband in the North Bend Cemetery. Funeral services were conducted at 1:30 at Smith’s Funeral Chapel and at 2:00 o’clock at the church, the Rev. Zimmerman speaking highly of her earthly life. Pallbearers were six grandsons, namely, Mahlon and Spencer Miller, Earl and Amos Bramer, and Eugene and Lloyd Lovell. Flower girls were four granddaughters, namely, Ruby Lovell, Hazel and Arlene Miller and Clara Bramer. Funeral Director F.H. Smith had charge of the funeral arrangements. Those from away to attend the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Schoesser, daughter Donna, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Lovell, Mrs. Elmer Hagen and Miss Ethel Miller of Black River Falls; Miss LaVada Miller of Milwaukee; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Frederickson of West Salem; Vera Bramer, Donnie and Mr. Olson of Holmen; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Miller of Bangor; Mrs. Nina Woodford, Mrs. Kubina, sons Frank and Louise and daughter, Anna, of Black River Falls. SOURCE - Family Records (Researching this family - Verda Olson Stewart)
ANDREW A. BREKKE (NORWAY)
Andrew A. Brekke, an early settler, was born in Norway, and there grew to manhood. In 1868 he came to America and found employment in Racine, Wisconsin. His residence in Trempealeau County dates from 1870, when he located on the old Trump farm, in west side of Preston Township. Two years later he homesteaded 160 acres a little more than a mile west of the present village of Blair. He was a mason by trade, as well as a farmer, and he assisted in laying the foundation of many of the early houses in this vicinity. When the village of Blair was started, he not only laid the foundations for the first two houses, but also assisted in building the houses themselves. He remained on his farm until his death, September 30, 1905. He did not seek public office, but devoted himself to his work and his family. He was, however, an active laborer in the Norwegian Lutheran church, and contributed liberally to its support. He married Berget Groeness, who died in 1907, and they had nine children: Tove, Ingeborg, Burgue, Torger, Olav, Tollef, Lesa, Johan and Hage (deceased). SOURCE - HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
OLAV A. BREKKE (MOSELE, TELEMARKEN, NORWAY)
Olav A. Brekke, real estate dealer of Blair, and formerly an expert butter-maker, was born at Mosele, in Telemarken, Norway, April 11, 1868, son of Andrew A. and Berget (Groeness) Brekke. He was brought to Preston Township, this county, as a child, and devoted his early manhood to working as a farm hand, both at home and elsewhere. In 1891 he started creamery work in Blair, where he learned his trade. For some 18 years he was employed in creameries in Blair and Westby, in the meantime spending three years on the road as an agent for creamery supplies. In 1893 he was awarded a medal and a diploma from the World’s Columbian Exposition at Chicago for his excellent butter, and in 1905, in the same city, he won the diamond medal in the Diamond Medal Contest. He has also won other awards and prizes. Since 1913 Mr. Brekke has devoted his attention to the real estate business, with an office in the Home Bank Building. He has passed through the chairs of the Odd Fellows’ Lodge at Cashton, Wisconsin, and was the second member to join the Beaver Lodge at Blair. Mr. Brekke was married March 20, 1890 to Lena G. Rognrud, born in Blair, December 12, 1869, daughter of Gunarius G. Rognrud. SOURCE - HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
GLENN BUTTON (JACKSON COUNTY, WISCONSIN)
Glen J. Button, 84, of Black River Falls and formerly Melrose, died Saturday, February 8, 1992 at the Black River Memorial Hospital, Black River Falls. He was born October 4, 1907 in Irving Township, Jackson County, Wisconsin to Fay and Bessie (Nelson) Button. He married Ruth Olson on November 4, 1931. She died November 25, 1983. The couple farmed in Irving Township until 1962 when they moved to Melrose. He worked at Metallics in Onalaska until 1967, when he went to work at Fort McCoy. He retired in 1978 and moved to Black River Falls in 1989. He was a member of the South Beaver Creek Lutheran Church in rural Ettrick. Survivors include a son, Lawrence (Georgia) of Hatfield; three grandchildren, Barbara, Mark (Julie) and Michael, two great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Kate. He was preceded in death by his wife and a sister, Hazel Stebbins. Services were 1 p.m. Monday in South Beaver Creek Lutheran Church with the Rev. John Ashland officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Smith Mortuary, Melrose, assisted the family with arrangements. SOURCE - FAMILY RECORDS (Researching this family - Verda Olson Stewart)
RUTH BUTTON (MELROSE, WISCONSIN)
Mrs. Ruth Button, 77, of Melrose, died Saturday, November 26, 1983 in La Crosse Lutheran Hospital. She was born April 28, 1906 in the Town of Melrose to Lawrence and Barbara (Ramsey) Olson. She married Glenn Button on November 4, 1931. She was a school-teacher before her marriage, then farmed with her husband until 1962, when they moved to Melrose. She was a postal clerk in the Melrose Post Office for several years. Survivors are her husband, a son, Lawrence, of Hatfield; three grandchildren, Barbara, Mark and Michael; and a brother, Melvin, of Melrose. She was preceded in death by a brother. Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday in the South Beaver Creek Lutheran Church with the Reverend David Johnson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Smith Mortuary in Melrose had charge of the arrangements. SOURCE - FAMILY RECORDS (Researching this family - Verda Olson Stewart)
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