Dahl Ane Mrs.
Dahl Albert J.
Dahl Anna Mrs.
Dahl Carl Maurice
Dahl Carl M Mrs.
Dahl Christian O.
Dahl Donald B.
Dahl Edwin T.
Dahl Ella Johnson Mrs.
Dahl Frances Laverne
Dahl Gustave Mrs.
Dahl Joel N.
Dahl Lars (2)
Dahl Lars Mrs.
Dahl Mathia Mrs.
Dahl Mathea Nelson Mrs.
Dahl Myrtle H.
Dahl Ole O.
Dahl Palmer Albin
Dahl Peter M.
Dahl Thorval C.
Dahl Thorvald C. Mrs.
Dahle A.O. Mrs.
Dahle John O.
Dale Doris G.
Dale Ivan George
Dale Ole H.
Dale Ole H. Mrs.
Dale Ole O.
Dale Svend H.
Danielson Knudt Mrs.
Davidson Andrew 2
Davidson David L.
Davidson David L. (2)
Davidson James O. Gov.
Davidson Tom Mrs.
Davis Anna Mrs.
Davis John R.
Djonne Ole O.
Dokken Lars Pederson
Dolven Elling O. Mrs.
Dolven Ole O.
Dorrum Lars H.
Dorrum Sigrid Mrs.
Drangstveit Aslak Amundson
Drangstveit Aslak Mrs.
Drangstveit Svennung Mrs.
Dunn Charles (Gena) Mrs.
Duxbury Dorothea Mrs.
CARL MAURICE DAHL
"Carl Maurice Dahl, 60, died Monday morning at Whitehall Community hospital where he had been a patent for a week. Early in April he had been operated at a LaCrosse hospital for gallstones. He was born in Tappen Coulee, near Blair, April 1, 1885, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sever Dahl natives of Norway. He was married December 9, 1916 to Elvida Mattson who died June 13, 1943. For more than 25 years Dahl had been a rural mail carrier on route 3 out of Blair.
Survivors are his father Sever Dahl of Blair, 91; three brothers, Sophus and Joseph of Blair and Henry of Dayton, O.; two sister, Mrs Manda Ombeg of Los Angeles, Cal. and Mrs Christ Canton of Minneapolis; three sons, Clifford of Whitehall, Corporal Stanley, with an engineering regiment in France, and Martine Pvt Curtis in the Phillippines; four daughters, Mrs. Wilfred Brenengen of Ettrick, Vivian who has taken her fathers place on the mail route and Dorothy and Mildred at home, and eight grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at the home at 1:30 o'clock Friday afternoon and at 2:00 o'clock at the Zion Lutheran Church with the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery." Year, 1945 Family records - unknown source
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MRS CARL DAHL
"Mrs. Carl Dahl: Elvida Matson, daughter of Edward and Mary Matson, was born near Melrose, Wisc., December 31st, 1896. She was baptized in the South Beaver Creek church by Rev. Otto Myhre and confirmed in the same church by Rev. C.B. Bestul May 29th, 1910. She was united in marriage to Carl M. Dahl, December 9th, 1915, by Rev A. J. Boe, the first couple to be married in the new parsonage.
They made their home on their farm at the head of Tappen Coulee until October 1939 when they bought their present home in Blair. Mr. Dahl has served as mail carrier in the Blair area the past 24 years.
Eight children were born to their union, Clifford, Whitehall; Myrtle, who passed away December 9, 1928; Stanley, Milwaukee; Delores (Mrs. Wilfred Brenegen), Ettrick; Vivian, Curtis, Dorothy and Mildred at home.
Mrs. Dahl had never suffered any serious illness until this winter. She submitted to an operation at the Community hospital at Whitehall and after seven weeks there passed away Tuesday morning, June 15th, 1943, at 6:45 a.m. The cause of death was cancer. She was 46 years old, five months and 16 days old at the time of death.
Besides the husband and children she is survived by seven grandchildren, her father at Melrose and three brothers: Martin, Melrose; Alvin, Milwaukee and Oscar on the home farm.
Mrs. Dahl was a devoted and faithful member of the Zion Lutheran church and an ever willing worker in the Ladies Aid. Friendship, kindness and neighborliness marked her life among her fellow men. In quiet, humble spiirit, she strove ever to do her duty. Hers was the kindly deed of serve and sacrifice for others. She was ever ready to deny self that the happiness of others might be furthered. The sunshine of her presence will be sadly missd in the home by the husband and children, to whom were given the full measured devotion of an unselfish heart.
Funeral services were held Friday, June 18th, 1943, 1:30 at the home and 2 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran church. Rev. T.E. Sweger officiating. Mrs. Melvin Madsen sang two solos "Beneath the Cross of Jesus and "Nearer My God To Thee." There was a very large attendance. Memory wreaths given to Radio Station WCAL, The Children's Homes at Wittenberg and Stoughton, the local congregation and the family totaled $65.00. The pall bearers were Oswald Slette, Myron Risberg, Elmer Anderson, N.I. Gilbert, Joseph Olson and Omar Austad. Those who carried flowers were Marian Mattison, Lila Ann Skorstad, Doris Dahl and Mrs. Herschel Dahl. Interment was in the Zion cemetery." Family records - unknown source
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"Clifford Dahl, 51, formerly of Blair, died of a heart attack at his home in Lakewood, California, January 2, 1967.
He was born October 4, 1916 to the late Carl and Elvida Mathson Dahl in Tappen Coulee. He was graduated from Blair High School in 1934 and on April 20, 1939 he married June Lamberson of Whitehall. They farmed the Lamberson place near Whitehall until moving to California in 1956, where he worked in a dairy herd improvement assication testing laboratory.
He is survived by his wife; three sons, Larry, Michael and Dennis of Lakewood; one daughter, Mrs Larry (Carl) Jenkins (?), Lakewood; four grandchildren; two brothers, Stanley, Garden Grove, Calif and Curtis of the U.S. Marine Corps at Chula Vista, Calif; and four sisters, Mrs. William (Delores) Hauser, East St. Louis, Ill; Mrs. Arnold (Vivian) Thorpe, Blair; Mrs. Erwin (Dorothy) Kaminski, Milwaukee, and Mrs. Paul (Mildred ) Lunette, San Diego, Calif. One sister has died. Funeral services were held Saturday at Lakewood with burial there." Family records - unknown source
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JOEL N. DAHL:
"Joel Norman Dahl, 59, died on Friday morning, Feruary 28, 1958, at his home in Tappen Coulee, following a long illness. He had suffered several strokes and hemorrhages during recent years. A stroke suffered in 1952 left him partly paralyzed and had been confined to a wheelchair since. He was cared for by Mr. and Mrs. Albert Toraason and his brothers during his long illness.
Dahl was born February 5, 1899 in Tappen Coulee, the son of Ole and Amalia Dahl and spent his entire life in the area. He was baptized March 30, 1899 and confirmed on May 4, 1913 by the late Rev. Ole Gulbrandson.
Survivors are five brothers, Melvin, Omer, Philip, Rudolph and William, all of Blair; one sister, Mrs. Albert (Ruth ) Toraason, Blair and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Earl and Sigvald, who died in infancy, and Sigvald Harry, who died in the 1930's [that is counterindicated in Sigvald's obit - I'm sure the first one who died in infancy was Sigvald Harry] and two sisters, Cecelia and Henrietta.
Funeral services were held on Monday at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran church. The Rev. E.E. Olson officiated and burial was in the church cemetery. A family devotional was held Sunday at 2 p.m.
At the funeral service, Howard Tjoflat sang "Den Store Hvide Flok" and "I Know of a Sleep in Jesus' Name", with Mrs. Lawrence Holven at the organ. Pall bearers, all nephews, were Herschel, Jennings, David, Roger and Gary Dahl and Gale Toraason." probably BLAIR PRESS
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"Melvin Dahl, 76, rural Blair, died Friday, September 4, 1964, at 2:30 p.m. at Tri-County Memorial Hospital, Whitehall, where he had been a patient since Monday.
He was born April 2, 1888 in the Town of Preston to Ole and Amelia Everson Dahl. He lived on the home place most of his life, engaged in farming. He was a veteran of World War I and a member of the Zion Lutheran Church. He never married.
Survivors are one sister, Mrs Albert (Ruth) Toraason; four brothers, Omer, Rudolph, Philip and William, all of Blair and several nieces and nephews. Two sisters and four brothers have died.
The funeral will be Monday, September 7 at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, the Rev. L.H. Jacobson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Casket bearers wil be Verle Austad, Elmer Everson, Jr., Joseph Hanson, Alfred Everson, Gerald Everson and Dennis Melby.
Frederixon Funeral Home in Blair was in charge of the arrangements." Family records - unknown source
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"Sigvald Dahl was born in Tappen Culee May 15th, 1897. He was the son of Ole and Amelia Dahl, the sixth in a family of twelve children. He was baptized in the Zion Lutheran church of Blair by Rev. Ole Gulbrandsen August 22nd 1897 and confirmed in a class of 31 in the same church by the same pastor April 30, 1911. He grew to manhood and lived his whole life at home with the exception of the time that he saw service in the World War. He was stationed at Camp Shelby, Miss. when the armistice was signed. He was a member of the American Legion at Blair. He was taken sick last fall with brain tumor and received medical attention at home, Whitehall, Eau Claire and Rochester. At the later place, an operation was performed and the tumor collapsed but not removed because of its location and radio treatments given at different intervals but to no avail and he passed away at home May 17, 1934 at 12:45 a.m., aged 37 years and two days. He bore the long sickness and suffering with singular fortitude and patience. He is preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters, Sigvald Harry in 1889, Earl in 1908, Cecelia in 1923 and Henrietta, Mrs. Joseph Dahl in 1930 and his father in 1931. He leaves to mourn the loss of a dear son and brother his mother, Melvin, Joel, Philip, Rudolph and Ruth, Mrs. Albert Toraason all at home and Omer and William of Blair.
He was a young man whose life provided much but in the inscrutable disposition of Providence was called away in the prime of youth and strength. Of quiet and unassuming ways he enjoyed the esteem and respect of neighbors and a large host of friends and acquaintances.
The high regard in which he was held was manifested at the funeral which was attended by an immense throng who gathered to bid farewell and pay a last tribute to their young friend. This was held at the home and at the Zion Lutheran Church on Saturday, May 19th, 1934 conducted by his pastor, Rev. T.E. Sweger. Pall bearers were members of the American Legion: William Melby, Olaus Knutson, Sebert Austad, Oswald Slette, Harrison Immell and Norman Gilbert. Flower girls were Ida Larson, Mrs. Theresa Toraason, Agnes Otterson, and Marie Nerison. John Melby of Whitehall, a friend of the family, sang 'Enough to Know' by Ross and 'Vale' by Kennedy Russell. Besides the floral tokens a memory wreath of $2 was given to the Orphans Home at Wittenburg by Mr. and Mrs B.A. Austad, Mr. and Mrs. Omar Austad, Isla, Gladys and Sebert Austad, a memory wreath of $2 to the same purpose from Mr. and Mrs. E.S. and Alice Eversonand Mrs. Elmer Everson and Mr. and Mrs Henry Aleckson; a memory wreath to the Wittenberg home in honor of Sigvald Dahl for $5 from Mr. and Mrs. Frank Nelson, Etta Nelson, Mr. and Mrs. C.T. Hanson, Peter and Clarence Elland, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Elland, Mr. and Mrs. M.J. Elland, Mrs. Martha Thompson, Mrs. Steffenson, Nick and Alvin Steffenson, Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Granlund. Mr. and Mrs. Sanford Arneson. Full military honors were accorded him at the services and at the interment in the Zion cemetery.
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CARD OF THANKS: We wish to express our sincere and heartfelt thanks for the many kindnesses shown us during the illness and death of our son and brother. We thank the neighbors, friends, relatives and the American Legion and Legion Auxiliary for their assistance and comfort, those who contributed flowers and memorial wreaths, to Rev. Sweger for his comforting words and John Melby for his solo. Mrs. Amerlia Dahl and children."
MRS. ELLING O. DOLVEN:(ETNEDALEN, VALDERS)
"Larina Heskin Dolven, 97, died at her home in Great Falls, Mont., April 30, 1947 and was buried in Highland cemetery there on May 2. Mrs. Dolven was born September 1, 1849, in Etnedalen, Valdres, Norway, one of 12 children born to Nils and Anne Heskin. She came to America with her brother Nils in 1867, settling first in Dane county, Wis. On April 27, 1872, she was united in mariage to Elling O. Dolven at Whitehall and settled on their farm near here, where ten children were born and reared.
In 1904 the family moved to Portland, North Dakota purchasing a home and living there for six years. In 1910 they left for the homestead country in Alberta, Canada, returned to the United States in 1925 and settled at Great Falls.
Preceded in death by her husband in 1928 and a son Louis in 1921, she is survived by nine children: Mrs. Mary Peterson, Deer Lodge, Mont.; Nickoli, Sacramento, Calif.; Mrs. Julia Nelson, Richmond, Calif.; Mrs. Bertina Weber, Spokane, Wash; Henry and Ed, Coutts, Alberta; Lena and Jennie Dolven and Mrs. Herbert Lowe, Great Falls. She also leaves 29 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren." THE WHITEHALL TIMES - June 19, 1947
MRS. MATHEA NELSON DAHL (RINGSAKER)
"Mrs. Mathea Nelson Dahl was born in Ringsaker, Hedemarken, Norway, October 4, 1859, of the parents Anders and Johanne Olson. She came to America in 1883 and was united in mariage to Ole Nelson Dahl on April 9, 1885. To this union were born six children, four sons, Nicolai, who passed away in infancy, Alfred, Oscar and Hilman, all living at the home in Pigeon; Minnie, Mrs. Otto Semb of Pigeon and Mabel, Mrs. Oscar Ringlien, who passed away in 1920. After several years of failing health, Mrs. Dahl passed awy at her home in Pigeon, where she and her husband had lived the lives of pioneers and knew all the hardship and struggle of developing from the rough land the fine place it is today. Deceased was exactly 74 years of age when her life's journey ceased on her birth, October 4. Her four children live to mourn her passing. Funeral services were held Saturday, October 7, at the home and from the Pigeon Falls church, Rev. E.B. Christophersen officiating." THE WHITEHALL TIMES - October 19, 1933
AUGUST DAHL (NORWAY)
August Dahl was born June 13, 1859, in Norway. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Dahl. He came to this country in 1879, and was married to Nettie Finstad September 15, 1883 To this union were born four children: Albert, Elmer, Carl, and Dora, Mrs. William Schroeder, who, with his widow, remain to mourn his death. Mr. and Mrs. Dahl resided on a farm in the Town of Hale, until last fall, when they moved to Pigeon. Although Mr. Dahl has been ill for some time, his death was a shock to many, as his condition was not known as serious. He died April 4th, and was laid to rest in the S.L. Cemetery Monday, April 8, 1929, services being conducted by Rev. E.B. Christopherson. The pall bearers were Bernt Nyhren, Stephen Nelson, Anton Hanevold, Rudolph Hagen, Ole C. Skumlien and Han Engen. Deep sympathies extended to the family by friends and relatives. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 11, 1929
MRS. ANE DAHL (FAABERG)
Mrs. Ane Dahl, mother of Christian of the Farmers Exchange bank of Osseo, and former influential member of the county board, passed away Sunday night after a short illness, aged 72 years. Mrs. Dahl’s maiden name was Ane Bue. She was born in Foaberg, Norway, on the 24th day of September, 1846. In 1867 she was joined in marriage to Ole Dahl in New York City. Shortly after their marriage, they came to Wisconsin and located in the village of Westby, where for two years her husband plied his trade as blacksmith. It was near here that Christ was born. In 1870 they came to this county, locating in the northeast corner of the town of Unity, where Mr. Dahl homesteaded the farm now known as the Hillsdale farm of 160 acres. Her husband passed away on the 14th of June two years ago. Mrs. Dahl leaves to mourn her death eight children: Christian O. and Tilde of Osseo; Mrs. Charles P. Homan of Humbird; Andrew of Saratoga, Wyo.; Olaus, Thorvald, Hannah and Mrs. Caroline Indatefjord of Price. The funeral will be held at Osseo today, Rev. Folkestad officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - SEPTEMBER 26, 1918
MRS. ELLA JOHNSON DAHL (NORWAY)
Mrs. Ella Johnson Dahl died last Tuesday, February 20, at the home of her son, John J. Dahl. She was born in Norway July 25, 1832, and was married to Esten Johnson Dahl in 1857. They emigrated to America the following year and settled near Dodgeville, Dane county, and a year later moved to Kannan Valley in Monroe county. In 1886 they moved on a homestead two miles southeast of Strum, where she lived until 1905 when her husband passed away. Since then she has made her home with her son, John, at Strum. She was a grandmother of 53 children and thirteen great-grandchildren. She was also a mother of eleven children, six who have passed away before. She leaves to mourn, one daughter and four sons, namely: Mrs. Ole Jensen, John and Gilbert Dahl of Strum; Ed of Pestigo and Alfred of Wheelock, N.D. Rewritten from the OSSEO NEWS- THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - MARCH 8, 1917
ALBERT J. DAHL (FAABERG)
Albert J. Dahl, 79, of Northfield died at his home November 15 as a result of the flu and a weak heart. He had been ailing for two weeks. He was born in Faaberg Prestejel, Norway, September 4, 1866. In May 1855, at the age of 19, he came to this country and was united in marriage on April l9, 1891, to Ingeborg Myrstuen in the French Creek church, the Rev. A. Myhre performed the ceremony. He farmed near Northfield until 27 years ago, when he moved to Northfield and for the past 25 years had been sexton and caretaker of the church there. Surviving relatives are a son, Henry of San Angelo, Texas; four daughters, Magna, Mrs. Martin Thompson of Northfield; Agnes, Mrs. Osbern Thompson of Hixton; Inga, Mrs. Merl Van Gorden of Northfield; and Julia, Mrs. Ole Steen of Northfield. Preceding him in death were his parents, a sister, a brothers and six children, Alvin, Leonard, Aletta, John, Josie and Hans. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the United Lutheran church in Northfield, the Rev. C.K. Malmin of Pigeon Falls officiating. Pallbearers were Andy Larson, Lawrence Larson of Alma Center, Oscar E. Olson, Chris Lund, John Tweed and Herman Johnson of Northfield. Flowers were carried by Mrs. Andy Larson of Hixton and Florence Bergerson of Northfield. Mrs. E.A. Sletteland sang “Going Home” and the Rev. and Mrs. Malmin sang “Den Store Hvide Flok.” Burial was in the church cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - NOVEMBER 22, 1945
MRS. ANNA DAHL (VARDAL)
Ole Dahl attended the funeral of his mother, Mrs. Anna Dahl, at the French Creek Lutheran church on the 4th inst, Rev. Bestul officiating. Deceased was a native of Vardal, Norway, and 83 years old. She came to Trempealeau county in the early 60’s and was one of the first settlers in Abrahams coulee, town of Gale. She had been a widow many years. For over two years she had been an invalid and the greater part of the time confined to her bed. Seven children survive her and all were present at the funeral. They are Ole Dahl Whitehall; Andrew and Chris Dahl, Independence; Mrs. Anstenson, Mrs. G. Dahl, Mrs. Tole Thompson and Mrs. Ole Thompson, Galesville. Deceased was the grandmother of forty-seven children and the great-grandmother of thirty-five. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - NOVEMBER 14, 1907
LARS DAHL (TOLGEN)
Lars Dahl was born on the 8th day of April, 1850, on the Hulbeckdahl farm in Tolgen, Norway, of the parents, John Paulsgaard Hulbeckdahl and wife, Berget Andersdatter. He was one of five children, Andrew, Lars, Paul, John and Olava, of whom Paul and Olava are still living. Here in a Christian home, he received his early training and was in baptism received into the Lord’s household and later in confirmation renewed his pledge to God. On his 20th birthday, together with five others, he left his home as the call of the now western home had come and after the typical long journey, he finally landed near Decorah, Iowa in the fall of 1870. The next summer he moved to Jack County, Minn., and in the fall to Menomonie, Wisconsin. After four years spent near there, he finally settled on the farm where he died. On the third day of April 1878, he was united in marriage to Nikoline Rognlien. During his long stay Mr. Dahl was an active man, both in the state and the church. For a period of about twenty-five years he functioned in the local government, either on the board as a member, as chair or treasurer. The West Beef River congregation has also been served by him in various capacities. He was a member of the building committee of the congregation’s first church, a trustee, and up to the last, with the exception of the last year or two, has been a regular attendant at the divine services. The last year or two his health hitherto always of the best began to fail him, so he had to be absent from his place of worship, but he was never reluctant to confide his spiritual life with his pastor. Very abruptly last Friday, he was stricken and after a very short time his life was extinguished. He is survived by his wife and nine children, John, Anna, Bertha, Pace of Stanley, Marie, Julia, Louise, Martin, Alfred and Inga. All the children were present at the funeral except Alfred, who resides in Seattle, Washington. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, October 8th, at the West Beef River Church, Rev. H.J. Preus officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - OCOTOBER 17, 1929
MRS. GUSTAVE DAHL (TELEMARKEN)
Mrs. Gustave Dahl, who died in a LaCrosse hospital December 9 and was buried from the French Creek church December 11, was born in Telemarken, Norway 61 years ago. She set out for America with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ole Linden, when about 15 years of age. Her mother died aboard ship and was buried at sea. The father and the children came to Trempealeau county and settled in Tmarack. The daughter, Louise, was married forty years ago to Gustave Dahl. Eight children were born to them, three of whom are living. These are Mrs. Anton Alset and Ed Dahl of Gale and Carl Dahl, living in Canada. Two brothers Thomas and Thosten, and a sister, Mrs. Helleckson, reside at Whitehall; another brother, Ole Linden, is on the old farm. The Rev. C.B. Bestul conducted the last service. Reprinted from the GALESVILLE REPUBLICAN. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 28, 1916
MRS. LARS DAHL (HURDALEN)
Mrs. Lars J. Dahl, 85, died at her farm home near Strum Wednesday, January 10, and funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at the home and the West Beef River church, the Rev. N.A. Berntson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. As Nicolene Rognlien, deceased was born September 21, 1854, in Hurdalen, Norway, to the parents Martin M. Rognlien and Anne Evenson. At the age of 19 she came to America and settled at Sparta, Wisconsin. On April 4, 1878, she was united in marriage to Lars J. Dahl, who preceded her in death on October 4, 1929. To this union 10 children were born. Two of them also passed on before their mother, Martin in infancy and Bertha, Mrs. Grover Pace of Stanley in 1939, and deceased was also preceded in death by two sisters and four brothers. Surviving Mrs. Dahl are eight children: John, Paris, Texas; Anna, at home; Marie, Mrs. William Bosse of Rochester, Indiana; Julia, a teacher in the Eau Claire Teachers College; Louise of Stanley; Martin, Paris, Texas; Alfred, Seattle, Washington; and Inga at home; one brother, N.M. Rognlien of Strum and six grandchildren, Grover, Jr., Dorothy and Margaret Jean Pace, Roger, Alfred and David Dahl. Mrs. Dahl had lived on the farm where she died since her marriage. She was one of the charter members of the West Beef River Ladies Aid. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 18, 1940
PETER DAHL (AASNES, SOLAR)
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 29th for Peter Dahl at 1:45 p.m. at the Carl Dahl home and 2:45 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran church, Rev. T. E. Sweger officiating. Mrs. Francis Herreid sang “I Know of a Sleep in Jesus Name” and “Abide With Me” at the church. The pall bearers were Omar Austad, Elmer Anderson, Lynn Toraason, Ole Gunderson, Tony Anderson and Anton Leque. Interment was in the Zion cemetery. Flower bearers were Mrs. Rudolph Dahl and Mrs. Clifford Dahl. Memory wreaths were given to the Children’s Home in Wittenberg. Peter Dahl, oldest son of Syver Dahl and his wife, Karen Sletten, was born in Aasnes, Solar, Norway, September 29, 1881. He was baptized by Rev. Thorvald Berg in the parish church December 11 the same year. He came with his mother to America in June 1883, where the husband and father had preceded them. They made their home in Tappen Coulee, Trempealeau county, Wisconsin. He received his education at the Lone Star school. He was confirmed in the Zion Lutheran church by Rev. Ole Gulbrandson May 31, 1896. In the fall of 1900 and the following winter he worked in the lumber camps of northern Wisconsin. The following spring he was employed at the railroad shops in Superior and remained there two years. From that time on he alternated with lumbering in the winter and farm work in the summer. Since 1922 he has made his home with his brother Carl. Two years ago he was taken sick with heart disease, from which he grew increasingly weaker. He was confined to his bed the last ten days. The end came on Christmas day evening (1942) at the age of 61 years, 2 months and 25 days. Besides his aged father, he leaves to mourn his departure the following brothers and sisters: Carl, Sophus and Joseph of Blair; Henry, Dayton, Ohio; Hilda (Mrs. Walter Cooke), Englewood, California; Mathilda (Mrs. Christ Canton) of Minneapolis, Minn. And Mandy (Mrs. John Omberg) of Los Angeles, Calif. A sister Alice and twin sisters Hilda and Mathilda died in infancy. His mother passed away January 23rd, 1909. His was a modest spirit, a life void of pretense and pride, of gentle disposition and of kind, unselfish heart. For most of us there is not fanfare of trumpets and the applause of the multitude. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 31, 1942
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OLE DARSLIN (GULBRANDSDALEN)
Ole A. Darslin, 76, died Tuesday, September 19, following an illness of several weeks. Funeral services were held last Friday at the Eleva Lutheran church, the Rev. H.A. Wichmann officiating. Mr. Darslin was born November 15, 1862, in Gulbrandsdalen, Norway. At the age of 14 he came to America with his parents and three sisters, settling on a farm in Big Creek. On April 8, 1905, he married Sarah Johnson. They lived on the Big Creek farm until October, 1927, and then moved to the village of Eleva, which remained his home until death. Surviving the deceased are his wife and one sister, Christine Darslin of Eleva. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - SEPTEMBER 28, 1939
OLE DAHL (HOF, SOLAR)
Ole Halvorson Dahl as born July 18, 1857 at Hof, Solar, Norway. His parents were Halvor and Matha Dahl. He was baptized August 2, the same year and confirmed in 1872. He completed the military services required of citizens of Norway September 25, 1879. In common with so many of his countrymen his thoughts in early youth turned westward and in 1882 he wended his way to America. In this land of opportunity he found toil and hardship awaiting him but also ample rewards. With sturdy optimism and zeal he saw the pathway cleared to a life rich in happiness and contentment. With a good home, a devoted wife at his side, with a happy family growing up about him he saw that life has much to give. He was united in marriage to Amelia Everson December 29, 1887. For a period of almost 44 years, they shared life’s joys and sorrows together. Twelve children were born to this union, four of whom preceded him in death. Sigval died at the age of 6 months, Earl 2 years old, Cecelia after reaching young womanhood, April 27, 1923, Henrietta, Mrs. Joseph Dahl, died March 29, 1930. The following children survive to mourn the loss of a kind and devoted father: Melvin, Omer, Sigval, Joel, Ruth (Mrs. Albert Toraason) and Rudolph, all of Blair; Philip of Galesville and William, Lawrence College. Of his brothers and sisters only one is living, Sever of Tappen Coulee. Christian, Hannah, Mathilda, Martin and Maria all preceded him into the great Beyond. Mr. Dahl was a great reader, well versed in current events and trends. He was a home lover, singularly devoted to his wife and children. He was fond of music and the songs of homeland had to him an especial appeal. He was industrious and honest, a good citizen of the community. Some years ago Mr. Dahl was afflicted with bladder trouble. After months of suffering, an operation brought relief. This summer his health failed again and after a few weeks death came to relieve his sufferings on Friday, August 7, 1931. He was 74 years and 20 days at the time of his death. Funeral services were held at the home and the Zion Lutheran Church conducted by Rev. Sweger, Monday August 10th. Miss Hoganson sang two solos, one of which was a favorite of the deceased. Interment was in the Zion cemetery. Six of his sons acted as pallbearers: Melvin, Omer, Sigval, Joel, Philip and Rudolph. Flower girls were Gladys and Isla Austad, Etta Nelson, Ardella Dahl, Clara Hanson and Laura Blom. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 13, 1931
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HALVOR DAHL (SOLAR)
Halvor Dahl, of Tappen Coulee, died Sunday, May 21, 1905, at the home of his son, Ole, with whom the old gentleman resided, aged about 82 years. He leaves two sons and a daughter, Ole H. and Sever H. of Preston and Mrs. Andrew Severson of Superior. The funeral occurred yesterday, Rev. Gulbrandson officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - MAY 25, 1905
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OLE O. DAHL (VARDAL)
Ole O Dahl was born in Vardal, Norway, May 9, 1848. At the age of 15, he emigrated to America settling in LaCrosse county. Somewhat later he lived in the vicinity of Galesville. The major part of his residence in America was in and about Whitehall where he was well known. Death occurred at Luddington, Michigan, January 18, 1926, at the home of his daughter, Mr. A.N. Berg, where he had lived for the past six years. His age was at the date of his death 77 years, 5 months and 9 days. After services in the home, conducted by Rev. T. A. Landin of the Swedish Lutheran church of Luddington, the body was brought to Whitehall as its final resting place. After this memorial service in Our Saviour’s Lutheran church, conducted by Rev. Maakestad, he was laid to rest in Lincoln cemetery beside his wife who preceded him in death. To the marriage with Mattie Brenningan of Galesville, there were born five children of whom three survive him: N. Berg of Luddington, and Mrs. Albert Skifstad, New Richmond, this state. Mr.Dahl and Mrs. Berg accompanied the remains to Whitehall and were present among those who mourn his passing. He leaves also a brother, Gustave Dahl, two sisters, Mrs. Oline Thomson and Mrs Telle Thompson, and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Caroline Dahl, all of Galesville. They honor the memory of their dearly beloved brother with a gift of $5.00 to the Martin Luther Orphans Home, Stoughton, Wisconsin. The pallbearers were Ed Scott, Tom Lindom, Nels Nyberg, Andrew Finstad, Simon Pederson, Sebert Salverson. The arrangements were in charge of Rhode, undertaker. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 28, 1926
THORVAL C. DAHL (SOLAR)
Thorval C. Dahl was born at Solar, Norway on June 19, 1868. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church in that place. At the age of 21, he came to America to live with an uncle, Ole Dahl, in this community. He was married to Emma Hanson on September 20, 1896 by the late Rev. O. Gulbrandson. The family resided for 48 years on their farm in Joe Coulee. Two years ago Mr. and Mrs. Dahl retired from the farm and moved to Blair where he died on October 3, 1949. He was preceded in death by two children, Amanda and Albert. Besides his wife, he leaves to mourn his passing, three sons: Clarence of Tacoma, Wash., Edwin of LaCrosse, Palmer of Taylor; and one daughter, Mrs. Byron Omstatt (Tillie) of Dallas, Texas. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday, October 7 at the North Beaver Creek Lutheran church with the Re. L.W. Halvorson officiating. William Dahl of Inwood, Iowa sang “In the Garden” and “Den Store Hvide Flok”. Pallbearers were Omer, William, Phillip, Joseph, Rudolph and Sophus Dahl. Burial was in the North Beaver Creek cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 13, 1949
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MRS. MATHIA DAHL (LAND)
On New Year’s Day the community was shocked to hear of the sudden death at the Lutheran hospital in LaCrosse of Mrs. Dahl of this place. Mrs. Mathia Dahl (ne Brenningen) was born at the Parish of Land in Norway on the 6th day of December, 1845. Her father died when she was but a little child, and being the only girl in a family of seven children, she naturally had to help her mother with her household duties as soon as she was old enough to be able to do any work. When she was 21 years old, she departed from her childhood home and emigrated to America, located in Coon Valley, Vernon County, Wisconsin, where her elder brother, Christ, had gone some time before. In 1869 she was married to Ole Dahl of French Creek, in the town of Ettrick. There was no church in the neighborhood at that time, and the ceremony took place at the school house near the present site of the French Creek church. Rev. Waldeland officiated. The newly married couple made their home in French Creek till 1882. After that time they lived four years in the town of Chimney Rock and fifteen years in the town of Pigeon. In 1902 she moved with her husband to Whitehall, where she lived till her last call came. Two days before her death she was suddenly taken sick, and the attending physician advised taking her to the hospital. This was promptly done, but no medical aid could save her, and two hours after she arrived at the hospital, her spirit departed. She was conscious to the last and fully realizing that her end was near, she submissively resigned herself into the hands of God, confident of joining the multitudinous throng of the blessed at the throne of her Redeemer. Besides a sorrow-stricken husband she leaves the following four children, who mourn her untimely and unexpected death: Julius of Whitehall; Mrs. Clara Skefstad and Mrs. Emelia Berg of Deronda, Polk County, Wisconsin; and Mrs. May Skefstad of New Richmond, Wisconsin. Funeral services were held at the house and at the U.L. church on the 6th day of January. The church was filled to its utmost capacity by sympathizing friends of the bereaved family and Rev. A.J. Orke delivered a masterly and impressive sermon, reminding his hearers of the uncertainties of life. A rich display of floral tributes covered the casket. Among the contributors of flowers were the Ladies’ Aid Society, the Sunday school, the public school and friends and relatives of the deceased. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - JANUARY 14, 1915
SYVER DAHL (HOF, SOLAR)
Funeral services for Syver Dahl, 93, who passed away at the home of his son, Sophus Dahl, Monday evening, August 18, 1947, were conducted at the Zion Lutheran church Friday afternoon with the Rev. Luther Borgen officiating. William Dahl sang two solos accompanied by Miss Phyllis Melby. Carrying the remains to their final resting place in the church cemetery were six grandsons of the deceased: Clifford, Stanley and Herschel of Blair; Jennings, Pleasantville; Spencer of Milwaukee; and Donald of Whitehall. Mr. Dahl was born at Hof, Solar, Norway on March 23, 1854. In 1881 a cousin Sever Steffenson who had resided in Tappen Coulee for some time, sent young Dahl a ticket for passage to this country. When he reached Winona, being unfamiliar with American customs and distrustful of strangers, the young man hoisted his huge leather trunk upon his shoulders and carried it from one depot to the other. When he became established in this new country, and financially able to do so, he sent for his childhood sweetheart, Karen Sletten, and they were married on her arrival in July 1882. Dahl worked in the woods in winter and spent his summers working on the railroad during his first years in this country. In 1885, they bought land in Tappen Coulee and by much hard work and rigid economy, built up a good farm home where twelve children were born and nine were reared to manhood and womanhood. His wife died in 1909 but the farm continued to be his home until about seven years ago when he came to Blair to make his home with his sons, Carl and Sophus and their families. Surviving children are Sophus and Joseph, Blair; Henry, Dayton, Ohio; Mrs. Mandy Omberg, Los Angeles, California and Mrs. Chris (Mathilda) Canton of Minneapolis. Three children died in infancy, Peter in 1942, Carl in 1945, Hilda in 1943 and Ester in 1930. There are also 42 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren. Always interested in the progress and welfare of his community Mr. Dahl served as treasurer of the Lone Star school district for many years and to him and others of his kind are due the growth and prosperity of this community. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 28, 1947
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JOHN O DAHLE (SOGN)
Funeral services for John O. Dahle who passed away at his home in Trump Coulee Monday, October 12, 1953 after an illness of two weeks, were held Thursday, October 15 at the Trempealeau Valley church with the Rev. B.J. Hatlem officiating. Mrs. Hatlem sang “In the Sweet Bye and Bye” and “Den Store Hvide Flok” with Ms. Enoch Anderson at the organ. Pallbearers were Raymond Thompson, Newel Thompson, Goodwin Nelson, Ray Skorstad, Bennie Olson and Ole Halvorson. Burial was in the Trump Coulee cemetery. Mr. Dahl was born June 19, 1867 at Sogn, Norway. He resided in that country until he was 19 years of age when he came to America and settled in Trump Coulee where he engaged in farming. He was married on May 20, 1895 to Miss Thea Christianson of Trump Coulee. Four children were born to the union, three of whom survive: Omer and Edwin reside at home; Eunice, Mrs. J.A. Jacobs lives in Racine, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his wife in August 1949 and a son, Melvin in 1914. He is also survived by a brother, Ole Yttre-Dahl of White Earth, North Dakota, and two grandchildren, Delores and Gordon Jacobs of Racine. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 22, 1953
PETER M. DAHL (BIRI)
Peter M. Dahl was born at Biri, Norway, September 8, 1850, of the parents Mathias and Ingebor Berg. Here in his native land, he was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, received his education such as it was and grew to manhood. He had the misfortune of losing his father when but a youngster and had to shift for himself at an early age. But the courage and stamina of a true Viking were apparent then as in later years and Peter made good. In 1872, he immigrated to America, settling at Ettrick, where he made his home with his uncle, Hans Johnson, for about eight years, working on farms, in the woods, on the river drives and at Beef Slough. In 1880 he was married to Elene Stensven and settled on a farm about two miles north of York in Timber Creek valley, where he lived until 1912. Two years later he moved to Osseo, where he made his home the rest of his days. He passed away peacefully as the sun was setting, on March 20, at the ripe age of 83 years, 6 months and 12 days. He leaves to mourn his departure three daughters, Marie, Mrs. J.L. Wilkinson, Jesse, N.D.; Josie, Mrs. C. Nyre, Carplo, N.D.; Pearl, Mrs. Nels Nelson, Virginia, Minn; two sons, Clarence, Jesse, N.D.; and Maurice at home. One son, Robert, passed away in 1911. He also leaves 13 grandchildren, other relatives and a large circle of friends. Peter was one of the early pioneers, who coming in as he did in the early days and doing his part in the making of the community in which he lived, started with nothing, but two strong hands, but by hard work and careful management, and with the assistance of his ever faithful wife, he reared and educated a large and respectable family, turned the wilderness into fertile fields, and built a home for himself and his family. He was honored and respected by his neighbors and friends, always ready and willing to lend a helping hand to those in need, a man of sound judgment, a man whose word was his bond. He also realized that life was more than house, home and material wealth, that man cannot live on bread alone. Under the influence of this conviction, he joined the Lutheran church at Pigeon Falls, where he had been an active member, contributing of his means, and otherwise taking part in the furtherance of the kingdom of God. The funeral was held March 23 from the Lutheran church at Osseo, Rev. Aune officiating, and from the Lutheran church at Pigeon Falls, Rev. Oerke officiating. His earthly remains were laid to rest in the Pigeon Falls cemetery. The pallbearers were Christ Sveum, Even Torpen, Ole Olson, Hans Holmen, Ole Nygard and B. Bendickson. Blessed be his memory. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MARCH 29, 1934
A. O. DAHLE (KIRKEBO)
Andreas Olson Dale was born July 25, 1860, in Kirkebo, Sogn, Norway. His parents were Ole A. and Sophie Dahle. He was baptized and confirmed in his home parish in Norway and attended Sogndal’s high school 1875-77, then went to Bolestrande’s Normal school 1878-1879, afterwards teaching school in Norway for a few years. February 26, 1883, he was married to Bertha Tollefsdatter Olnes in Kirkebo church, by the Rev. Wilhelm Koren Karisti. In April of the same year they came to America and lived a few months at Leona, Kansas, where that fall he received a call from the Trempealeau Valley congregation near Blair as cantor and parochial school teacher, which congregation and the Zion Lutheran congregation in Blair, he served up until the year of his death. He suffered from high blood pressure for several years and two years ago suffered a slight stroke of paralysis but recovered sufficiently to again resume his work with the churches. He devoted the past several months to the loving care of his wife during her illness and at her funeral October 11th, he was again stricken and his death occurred a few hours later. His passing is deeply felt in the family circle. He was a kind and loving father and gave his children every possible opportunity to get an education and a fair start in the world. In the community he will be sadly missed. He was an active and honorable member in public activities, an earnest Christian worker in the churches. Many churches in this section greeted him as a familiar figure, and few school houses but have been honored by his presence at some time or another, teaching religious truths. He was a man among men, and one whose mentory and good works will be long remembered by all in this section. Of the children, three died in infancy, two in the cholera epidemic here years ago. The living are: Oscar, Walnut Grove, Minn.; Selmer, Minneapolis; Arthur, Westby, Wisconsin; Burnette (Mrs. Carl Dahlstrom), Minneapolis; Sophia (Mrs. Christian Marhaug), Minneapolis; and Basil, now acting as assistant trade commissioner at the American Legation, Stockholm, Sweden and the only one of the children that did not get here for the funeral. Funeral services were held last Thursday October 13 at 1 o’clock at the Zion Lutheran church, Rev. T.E. Sweger officiating. The choir sang, and floral tributes were beautiful and numerous. The Blair congregation and friends gave $250 to the Missions as a tribute to his memory and the Trempealeau Valley Ladies Aid gave $25 for the same purpose. Interment was made in the Trempealeau Valley cemetery beside his wife. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 20, 1927
MRS. A. O. DAHLE (SOGNDAHL)
Mrs. A. O. Dahle’s death, a brief mention of whose death and burial was mentioned in last week’s issue of the Herald, and whose life was so nobly and lovingly mingled with that of Mr. Dahle, was born at Sogndahl Parish, Sogn, Norway, September 15, 1875. Her maiden name was Bertha Tollefsdatter Olnes. Mrs. Dahle was taken sick last January and underwent an operation for cancer at the Grandview hospital at LaCrosse in the spring and obtained temporary relief, but became ill again and was taken to the Fairview hospital at Minneapolis. She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Marhaugh, at Minneapolis, Sunday, October 9, 1927 at 1:00 o’clock in the morning, death coming quietly and quickly and peacefully. In the death of Mrs. A.O. Dahle, this community loses one of the good Christian women of this community, a woman who for 40 years worked beside her husband in the work of their church and who was beloved by all. Always ready to lend assistance to the needy, a good neighbor and friend and a true mother, she will be sadly missed in the community. THE TAYLOR HERALD - OCTOBER 21, 1927
OLE O. DALE (NORWAY)
Funeral services were held Wednesday for Ole O. Dale, 69, who died at his home in North Beaver Creek Monday morning, August 3, 1936, following a long illness. He was born March 24, 1867 in Norway, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ole Dale. He came to America with his parents at the age of three. The family settled first in Minnesota, coming to the North Beaver Creek Valley a few years later, where Mr. Dale was occupied with farming. He was united in marriage to Ida Dale of Wimbledon, N.D. He is survived by his wife; three sisters, Mrs. Isaac Ellensson and Mrs. Ole G. Michaelson of Wimbledon, N.D. and Mrs. Hans Hanson of Moorehead, Minn.; four sons, Thomas of Glasow; Clifford, Orvis and Myron at home; three daughters, Mrs. Edwin Roseland of North Beaver Creek; Helen and Stella at home and one granddaughter. A daughter, Irene, died in 1923; a sister, Mrs. Edwin Stone and three brothers, George, Albert and Peter preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the home and at the North Beaver Creek Synod church, the Rev. Konrad Urberg officiating. Burial as made in the cemetery nearby the church. Pallbearers were Lawrence Holven, Irvin Swenson, Harold Noren, Samuel Steine, Theodore B. Johnson and Christ. Leque. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 6, 1936
OLE H. DALE (TELEMARKEN)
Ole H. Dale was born in Telemarken, Norway, June 6, 1851, and immigrated to America in 1878, first coming to Albert Lea, Minn. Where he worked on the section for a number of years later coming to Blair where he took up a homestead in Turi Coulee. There he married Dorothea Larson in 1891, who had come from Norway the year previous. Here the family lived for 17 years, then selling out to Peter Nerison and buying a farm in Beaver Creek Valley near the Franklin store. Here they lived for 15 years, then retired and moved to LaCrosse where they have resided for nearly ten years. His health had gradually failed for the last few years, confining him to his home a great deal. He went to sleep peacefully on Tuesday, December 20, 1932, leaving his wife and following children to mourn his departure: Arndt of Burlington, Iowa; Mrs. Sofus Winter of Hixton; Mrs. Ed Otterson of Blair; Mrs. Aleck Fysith of LaCrosse; Mrs. Charles H. White of Dubuque, Iowa and Henry, Bennie and Johnnie at home. He was laid to rest in Oak Grove cemetery at LaCrosse. Blessed be his memory. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 5, 1933
MRS. KNUDT DANIELSON (AASNES, SOLAR)
Mrs. Knudt Danielson passed away at her home in the town of Franklin, Lee, Wisconsin at 11 o’clock p.m. on Tuesday, February 14, 1933. The cause of her death was heart failure and she had attained the age of 70 years, 5 months and one day. Mrs. Danielson had been in failing health for some time. Carrie Danielson, nee Johnson, was born on September 13, 1862 in Saterbeget, Aasnes, Solar Norway, the daughter of Arne and Eline Johnson. In the summer of 1867 she came to America and came west to Wisconsin settling near Melrose in Jackson county. On May 5, 1883 she was united in marriage to Knudt Danielson at Blair, Wisconsin by Rev. N Heirman. To this union four sons, and four daughters were born,namely: Otto, August, Dan, Carl, Freida, at home; Mrs. Gust Berg, Black River Falls; Mrs. Helmer Grinde and Mrs. Leonard Johnson of Melrose. She also leaves to mourn her loss, one sister, Mrs. Bertha Peterson of Black River Falls besides many other relatives and friends. Her husband passed away May 1, 1930. Mrs. Danielson was a pious and devoted mother, a good neighbor and friend and will be greatly missed by her family and friends as a woman of sterling character. She was a lover of church and home and above all the home of God. She was a member of the South Beaver Creek Lutheran church and a charter member of the Ladies’ Aid. Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 18, 1933 1:00 o’clock p.m. at her home in Lee and 2:00 o’clock at the South Beaver Creek Church, Rev. Konrad Urberg and Rev. A.T. Juvland officiating. Funeral director F.H. Smith was in charge of all funeral arrangements. Two solos were rendered by Mrs. Freida Sand, accompanied by Mrs. Johan Olson at the organ. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. Misses Clarice Grinde, Margaret Layton, Evelyn and Viola Thompson acted as flower girls and the pallbearers were Albert Johnson, George Berger, Andrew Amundson, Olaus Wester, Ed Paulson and Ed Johnson. Interment was made in the family lot in the South Beaver Creek cemetery. THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - MARCH 3, 1933
MRS. OLE H. DALE (HOREG, SOGN, GULDALEN)
Dorothy Lyngen was born in Horeg, Sogn, in Guldalen, Norway June 1, 1863. There she was confirmed and grew to womanhood. She immigrated to America in 1890, coming direct to Blair, Wisconsin, where she stayed with her sister, Mrs. George Mikkelson. Here she met and married Ole H. Dale, who had previously come from Norway. She settled in Shephard Coulee, three miles north of Blair. In 1908 they moved with their family to Beaver Creek valley near Franklin, remaining there until 1923 when they moved to LaCrosse where she has since made her home. Her husband passed away in December 1932. Mrs. Dale leaves two sisters, Mrs. George Mikkelson and Mrs. Gust Johnson of Blair besides eight children to mourn the loss of a loving sister and mother. The children are: Henry, Bennie, Johnnie, Mrs. Sofus Winther and Mrs. Aleck Frysith all of LaCrosse; Arndt of Burlington, Iowa; Mrs. Charles White of Dubuque, Iowa and Mrs. Edwin Otterson of Blair. One baby, Henry, died in infancy. Her brother, Ole Lyngen, died in May 1940. Mrs. Dale had been well and strong all her life, attending to her many duties. Her first concern was for her children and she will be sadly missed by them, her 20 grandchildren and 19 nieces and nephews. She passed away quietly at the Grand View hospital Sunday evening, August 10, 1941 after a week’s illness at the age of 78 years, two months and three days. Pallbearers were Martin Mikkelson, Sanford and Carl Johnson, Olaf and Ernest Lyngen and Ingeman Skaugh. Interment was in the Oak Grove cemetery. Blessed be her memory. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 21, 1941
ANDREW DAVIDSON (BERGEN)
Andrew Davidson, who failed in health for several years, died at the Community hospital at Whitehall, Thursday evening, August 19. He was born in Bergen, Norway, on February 4, 1867. In 1884 he came to America and became a naturalized citizen in 1897 in Ramsey county, N.D. In 1908 he came to Pigeon Falls, where he worked as a farm hand. His only surviving relative in this country is a niece, Mrs. Lewis Hanson of Sioux Rapids, Iowa. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at the U.L. church by the Rev. C.K. Malmin. At the services, Mrs. Oscar Fremstad sang a Norwegian hymn. Pallbearers were Henry Berge, John Berge, Jens Berge, Alfred Vosseteig, Hemry Jacobson and John Skadahl. Interment was in the church cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - AUGUST 26, 1943
DAVID L. DAVIDSON (BERGEN)
David L. Davidson, native of Norway but pioneer resident of this community, died suddenly of heart failure Friday morning, July 6, 1934, aged 73 years, 4 months and one day. His remains were laid to rest in Old Whitehall Cemetery on Monday. Bergen, Norway, was the birthplace of David Davidson, and his parents were Lars and Julia Davidson Kvale. He was born on March 5, 1861, and five years later came with his parents to America. He was an only child. The three settled on a farm in Beaver Creek, town of Ettrick, but later moved to Irvin coulee, town of Preston, buying what is now the Mrs. Anna Everson farm. Here David’s father and mother passed away a year apart, Mr. Davidson in 1907 and his widow in 1908. On July 3, 1887, David Davidson and Bertha Everson of Arcadia township, daughter of Ever Everson who died in Dane county, were married The same year Mr. Davidson purchased the farm from his folks but they continued to make their home there until their deaths. In 1909 he sold the place to Claud Everson and moved to Fly Creek, where for a year he rented what is now the Peterson Brothers’ farm. After that he bought the farm in the town of Lincoln, where he spent the rest of his life, from L. D. Parsons, a tract of land of 169 acres, a splendid piece of property upon which Mr. Davidson erected the barn and silo that are standing today and made other improvements demonstrating a proper pride in his property. It was a source of real sorrow to Mr. Davidson that his wife should become so afflicted with rheumatism a few years ago that she could not walk, and finally she had to be confined to her bed, which she has not left now for a year and a half except when she is carried by her sons, who are kind and loving to their suffering mother. It was very sad that she could not attend the funeral at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church nor see her husband of 47 years placed in his resting place, but she bore her cross as bravely as she has borne her painful illness through the years. Services, however, were also held at the home, where she had an opportunity to bid a final farewell to her loved one. Rev. O.G. Birkeland conducted the funeral services. Pallbearers, all old friends and neighbors, were Charles Anderson, Ed Everson, Anton Davidson, A.J. Lamberson, Lewis Rasmusson and Tom Gage. Special music was furnished at the church by a quartet consisting of Charlotte Anderson, Edith Warner, Anton Vold, Jr., and Richard Mattson, who sang “Sweetly and Tenderly,” accompanied by Mrs. Isaac Hegge, and by Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Rhode, whose duet was “Some Blessed Day.” Flower bearers were Mrs. Jim Witt and Mrs. Willie Witt. The minister’s text was taken from the third chapter and 18th verse of the second book of Samuel. He also spoke a few words in the Norwegian A memorial wreath was given by the old friends in Irvin coulee. This will be sent to one of the old people’s homes of the church in memory of Mr. Davidson. Mr. Davidson is survived by his wife and five living children, namely: Lewis, John, Clarence and Ernest, all of Whitehall; and Mildred, who is Mrs. Palmer Thompson and lives in the Town of Preston. One son, Elmer, World War veteran, preceded him in death in November 1923. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JULY 12, 1934
GOV. JAMES O. DAVIDSON (SOGN)
Former Gov. James O. Davidson died at 3:20 Saturday afternoon at the Madison General Hospital after a long illness. James O. Davidson was born in Sogn, Norway, February 10, 1854, and is descended from a Norwegian ancestry that has given to the world many citizens of great intelligence and worth. He was the son of Ole and Ingeborg Davidson, both of whom are now deceased. His father was born and reared in Norway and immigrated to America with his family in 1872. His first location was in Minnesota but later he came to Wisconsin and settled in the vicinity of Boscobel. The public school of Norway furnished James O. Davidson with his preliminary education. He was 18 years old when he came to the United States. He arrived at Madison friendless, penniless and unfamiliar with the English language, and in debt for his passage money. The first part he played in the state was as a farm hand near Madison. Later he learned the tailor’s trade. It was by dint of economy and hard work that he earned the little capital which enabled him later to open a stock of general merchandise at Soldier’s Grove in Crawford county. In 1898 Mr. Davidson was advanced from the field of district politics to prominence in the state as a whole. He was state treasurer for two terms. In 1902 and 1904, Mr. Davidson was elected lieutenant governor as running mate of Robert M. LaFollette. On January 1, 1906 on the resignation of Gov. LaFollette to become United State senator, Mr. Davidson became governor. He was regularly elected to that office in 1906, and re-elected in 1908. Leaders of Wisconsin in private and public life accompanied the casket bearing the body of former Governor James O. Davidson to its grave in Forest Hill Cemetery Tuesday. Honorary pallbearers were: Gov. John J. Blain; ex-Gov. F.E. McGovern, Milwaukee; Chief Justice A. J. Finje; A.J. Horlick; J.C. Harper; Magnus Swenson; E.B. Steesland; W.R. Bagely; C.C. Bennett, Madison; and J.J. Nelson, Stevens Point. Active pallbearers were M.C. Bergh, Dr. J.F. Brown, John Roemer, John St. John, George Strohmeyer and Henry Town. The body lay in state at the Madison Masonic Temple from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral services were held at the Masonic Temple at 2 p.m. E.E. Parkinson conducted the Masonic ceremonies. The Rev. A.J. Soldan, pastor of Luther Memorial church, also officiated. Reprinted from the STATE JOURNAL. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER, DECEMBER 21 1922
TORGER DAVIDSON (EGERSON)
Torger Davidson was born at Egerson, Norway, on June 22, 1855. On January 23, 1879, he was joined in marriage to Hanna Olauson. Two years after their marriage this couple immigrated to this country, landing at Brooklyn, where they remained for two years. In 1883, they came to this county, locating to Johnson’s coulee in the town of Pigeon, where Mr. Davidson had purchased a farm. In 1899 they moved to Whitehall where they resided until his death which occurred June 24, 1917, after a lingering illness of six months duration. In 1909 he was chosen Village Marshall, a position which he held with credit until last January, when he was obliged to resign because of ill health. Mr. Davidson leaves as his survivor his wife. No children were born of the union, but Mr. and Mrs. Davidson took a little girl to raise and she grew to womanhood under their care, later becoming the wife of William Schaefer, but passing away some years ago. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - JULY 5, 1917
JOHN R. DAVIS (HARDANGER)
John R. Davis, 82, died Saturday (December 15, 1956) at 9:30 p.m. at his home here. He had been ill since early fall. He was born February 24, 1874 in Hardanger, Norway, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Rasmus Davis. When he was six weeks old, he and his parents and two sisters left for America. The ship was wrecked and all passengers were transferred to a ship hauling coal and iron. They were at sea 12 weeks. A sister, four years old, became ill while at sea and died shortly after arriving in the United States. The family settled at Ettrick and made their home with two brothers already here. He married the former Tena Ewald at Blair, December 29, 1902. The couple lived in North Beaver Creek and at LaCrosse for a short time. They have resided in Blair the past fifty years. Davis had worked as a contractor and carpenter for more than 60 years. He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Clifford (Hazel) Herbert, Ettrick; one brother, D.C. David, Ettrick; one sister, Mrs. Emma Gosselin, LaCrosse and one grandson, John C. David, LaCrosse. A son, Lester, died in 1937 and a granddaughter, Mary Davis, died last fall. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran church by the Rev. E.E. Olson. Burial was in the church cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 20, 1956
MRS. TOM DAVIDSON (EGERSUND)
Mrs. Tom Davidson, aged 80 years, died at the hospital at Whitehall Thursday night of last week after having been a sufferer from gangrene for several years. She had been confined to her bed and wheel chair for a long time and had been cared for at intervals by relatives and friends and at Community hospital. Her passing relieved her of much pain as she had undergone several operations because of the infection from which she suffered. Mrs. Hannah Davidson was born in Egersund, Norway, January 1, 1851, and came to America 56 years ago. She lived in Jersey City for two years and then came to Whitehall where she had spent most of her life since Mr. Davidson preceded her in death in 1917. She is survived by her sister, Mrs. O. Skaten of LaCrosse; two grandchildren, Mrs. Chester Jacobson of Larkin Valley and Herman Schaefer of Osseo; one great-granddaughter, Janice Jacobson, daughter of Mrs. And Mrs. Chester Jacobson, and a niece, Mrs. Frank Fischer of Chippewa Falls. Funeral services were held from Our Saviour’s Lutheran church, Rev. N.C.A. Garness officiating, Saturday, June 13. Pallbearers were Dr. A. Vold, Dr. R.L. MacCormack, L.L. Solsrud, Simon Pederson, N.L. Fredrickson and Julius Everson. Burial took place in Lincoln cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JUNE 18, 1931
MRS. ANNA DAVIS (ULVIK, HARDANGER)
Born November 12, 1845, in Ulvik Parish, Hardanger, Norway. She was married to Rasmus Davis in April 1865 and emigrated to America in the spring of 1874. They then came to Beaver Creek where they resided ever since. The following children were born to this union: Carrie, Mrs. Edward Engebretson, LaCrosse; Bessie, did in infancy; John Davis, Blair; Mrs. Breta Nordhus, died two years ago; Mrs. Dena Crowley, LaCrosse; Cornelius Davis, Beaver Creek; Mrs. Emma Gosselin, living on the old homestead; Ella, died in infancy. Her husband died 17 years ago on the 9th of January. Mrs. Davis was injured in a runaway accident five years ago and never fully recovered from the effects. She was confined to her bed just a few days before her death, which occurred January 10th at 5 a.m. Funeral as held at the Beaver Creek church Tuesday, January 13, in charge of Rev. Sweger. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 15, 1925
LARS PEDERSON DOKKEN (RINGBO, GULBRANDSDALEN)
Lars Pederson Dokken, a brief mention of whose death was given in a previous issue of the Herald, was born in Ringbo, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, September 28, 1843. He passed away at his home in Curran Valley, Wednesday, November 21, 1923 after a brief illness. He was united in marriage to Miss Inga Olson April 12, 1874. Five children, his aged wife and two sisters are left to mourn his death. The children are: Mrs. Charlie Bjork, Eau Claire; Mrs. H.B. Johnson, Moorhead, Minn.; Mrs. Martin Dyrnes, Brantford, N. Dak.; and Ole Peterson on the home farm in Curran Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Pederson were married in Norway and moved to this country in May 1878, settling in Millston, where they remained until the following spring when they moved to Curran Valley in Jackson County and bought the farm on which he lived until his death. Mr. Pederson had resided on the same farm for 44 years. He was a man with unusual rugged health and was hardly ever sick. He was sick only three of four days previous to his death having suffered a stroke of paralysis. Mr. Pederson was an honest upright and hard-working man and was fair and square in all his dealings, at all times minding his own business and for this reason was held in high esteem by his neighbors and friends, who will all miss him in the community which he has helped to build up. Funeral services were held Saturday, November 24, from the Curran Valley church and the remains laid to rest in the church cemetery, Rev. Hofstad of Whitehall officiated. All the children were present at the funeral and also a sister, Mrs. Hotchkiss of Chili, Wisconsin. On sister of the deceased still resides in Norway. THE TAYLOR HERALD, DECEMBER 7, 1923
JOHN DISETH (BIRI)
John Diseth passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Maurice Peterson, September 3, 1930, at the age of 87 years. He was born in Biri, Norway, and came to America about 52 years ago. He leaves to mourn two daughters: Mrs. M.J. Peterson and Mrs. L.M. Johnson of Osseo. The funeral services were held September 6 and interment was made in the U.L. cemetery at Pigeon Falls, Rev. Orke officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - SEPTEMER 25, 1930
OLE O. DJONNE (KINSARVIK, HARDANGER)
Ole O. Djonne was born on January 1st, 1854, in Hardanger, Norway, a son of Ole and Margaret Kjonna, who lived on a farm at that place. He was married April 22, 1882, to Anna Severson Folkedahl of Gravensogn, Hardanger. They came to the United States in the same year and arrived at Blair, in Trempealeau County. They lived on a farm with Mrs. Kjonne’s brother, Lars F. Severson, in the town of Franklin in Jackson County, for about one year. Later they bought a farm about three miles north of Ettrick in North Beaver Creek. They lived thee 22 years until April 10th, 1905, when they moved to Blair. Mrs. Kjonne died June 5, 1918, at the age of 61 years. Mr. Kjonne continued to make his home in Blair until the time of his death. He died on April 29, 1929 at his home in this village. He is survived by three sons, E.S. Jedney of Black River Falls; Albert J. Jedney of Waukesha, Wis.; and Tilman L. Jedney of Blair. One son, Albert, died in infancy. He is also survived by one sister, Bertha Thompson, who lives near Puposky, Minn. Mr. Kjonne served an apprenticeship as a carpenter and builder and followed that work during his entire lifetime, except for the time he operated a small farm in Beaver Creek. In addition to the many homes and buildings and pieces of craftsmanship which he leaves behind him as evidence of his ability and industry, he assisted in the building of the Lutheran churches at Ettrick, Northfield and Blair. He was of the Lutheran faith and affiliated with the Lutheran churches at Ettrick and Blair. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 9, 1929
HELGE DOKKESTUL (NORWAY)
Helge Dokkestul, 76, resident of the Northfield-York area, passed away Saturday, June 14, 1980 in Luther Hospital, Eau Claire. A month ago, he and his wife, Maymie, had moved to Park Towers Apartments, Eau Claire. He was born in Norway June 26, 1903 and came to the Northfield area with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Dokkestul at the age of 3. He farmed for thirty years and was a mechanic for 25 years before he retired. He married Maymie Larson in Buffalo County June 22, 1926. Survivors are his wife; three sons, Herbert of Eau Claire; Jerome and Maynard of rural Hixton; two daughters, Mrs. Joe (Doris) Lien, rural Melrose and Mrs. Ralph (Agnes) Johnson, Edgerton; 16 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; one brother, Albert of Eau Claire; and two sisters, Mrs Oget Engum, Whitehall and Emma Dokkestul, Eau Claire. Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 18, 1980, 1:30 p.m. at the Northfield Lutheran church. Rev. Jon Simundson officiated and burial as in the church cemetery. Casket bearers were Harry Stenulson, Bernt Thompson, Gaylord Olson, Terry Staff, Manford Hagen and Mahlon Dettinger. Jensen Funeral Home, Hixton, was in charge of arrangements. THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 19, 1980
MRS. SIGRID DORRUM (OPDAL, SONDRE THRONDHJEMS AMT.)
Mrs. Sigrid Dorrum died at her home in Trump Coulee Tuesday, July 21, 1914. She was born in Opdal, Sondre Throndhjems Amt., Norway, January 5, 1861, and immigrated to this country 29 years ago, coming to Cauton, S.D. and after that she stayed in Sioux City, Iowa for about four years. In July 1889 she was married to Lars Dorum and has since resided on their farm in Trump Coulee. In the last months of 1913 her health began failing and developed into the lingering disease tuberculosis of which she suffered greatly through the spring and summer till death released her being bedridden for over two months. She was glad to die, looking forward to a happier home above. She leaves to mourn her death, a husband and five children. Mrs. John Helvie of Kokoma, Indiana; Anna, Henry, Edwin and Laura who are at home and one grandchild; also three brothers and one sister who lives on the Pacific Coast. She was kind and loving wife and mother, and will be missed by all who knew her. Funeral services were held at the Trump Coulee School house, Thursday afternoon, Rev. Borgen officiating. THE BLAIR PRESS - JULY 30, 1914
OLE O. DOLVEN (NORWAY)
The funeral of Ole O. Dolven, a resident of Lincoln, was held in the Lutheran Synod church March 29th, at 3 p.m. Services were held at the house of mourning by Rev. A.O. Dolven, a son of the deceased, and at the church, where Rev. E.M. Christopherson delivered an impressive sermon, followed by Rev. Dolven, who thanked the congregation and the minister for many acts of kindness shown the departed one during the 25 years he had been a member of the congregation. Mr. Dolven was born in Norway October 20, 1820, and was married to Anna Ellen Haugen, March 18, 1842. They celebrated their golden wedding in 1892. Eleven children were born to them. He leaves to mourn his death a widow and seven children (four of the latter having preceded him to their eternal rest) besides grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mr. Dolven was a descendant from the old family of Dolven, as this is the name of the farm, which had been in possession of the same family more than 400 years. The farm is now divided into more than 40 good-sized farms in Norway. Deceased had a good education and was eager to provide his children with the same. Among many of his valuable books is his bible, printed in 1647, and a poetical work, each chapter in the bible corresponding to each verse, which may be sung as a hymn. He wanted to be a Christian, and tried to live as such. Blessed be his memory. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - APRIL 10, 1902
LARS H. DORRUM (OPDAL)
Funeral services were held for Lars H. Dorrum at 3 o’clock on Friday at the Taylor Lutheran church, with Rev. B.J. Hatlem officiating. A short service was held at the Gibson Funeral Home before taking the body to the church. A ladies quartette consisting of Mrs. Tilford Schansberg, Mrs. Enoch Anderson, Mrs. Oscar Loken and Mrs. B.J Hatlem sang “Jesus Lover of My Soul.”, “O Safe to the Rock”, and “Still With Thee.” Miss Shirley Schultz was at the organ. Pallbearers were Thomas Christianson, Edwin Dahle, Frances Benedict, Raymond Thompson, Newell Thompson and Edwin Halvorson. Lars H. Dorrum passed away on Sunday evening, March 12, 1944 at the home of Mrs. Myrtle Lavin, Black River Falls, where he had stayed for some years. At the time of death he was 82 years of age and had not been in the best of health for some time. Mr. Dorrum was born in Opdal, Norway, February 1861, coming to America in 1884. He was united in marriage to Sarah Boe in 1890. Mr. and Mrs. Dorrum settled on a farm in Trump Coulee living there until about six years ago when they moved to Black River Falls, spending part of the summer on the farm. Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Dorrum, two of which now survive, Mrs. Anna Elene Deppiesse, Port Townsend, Wash., and Henry L. Dorrum, Chesaning, Mich.; four grandchildren, Florence and Patricia Doppiesse, Henry L. Dorum Jr., Michigan and Earl O. Helvie of Camp Livingston, La. He was unable to be present at the funeral but his stepmother, Mrs. John Helvie, Indianapolis, Indiana was present. His wife, Sarah B. Dorrum, Sena A. Helvie, Edwin L. Dorrum and Laura M. Dorrum preceded him in death. His entire married life was spent in this community with the exception of a short visit back to Norway in 1920. Burial was at the Trump Coulee cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 23, 1944
ASLAK AMUNSON DRANGSTVEIT (KVITESEID, TELEMARKEN)
Aslak Amunson Drangstveit as born in the parish of Kviteseid, Telemarken, Norway, July 24, 1858. Here his childhood days were spent and here he grew to young manhood. There he was baptized and confirmed and received his religious training. At the age of 21 he emigrated to America coming directly from Norway to Blair. On the 13th of September 1882 he was married to Miss Signe Helgeson. A short time afterwards he purchased the present Martin Thompson farm which was then known as railroad land. This place was built up and improved by him and here the family had their home for almost 30 years. In 1911 he bought the present farm home which was then known as the Rotenberg farm. The spring of 1919, he was taken sick with the flu and from its effects he never fully recovered, but since has been a gradual decline in the health of one who previous to that was a very strong and active man. Besides farming he was also engaged in carpentering and erected many houses and barns in the surrounding territory. His last work was on his own home barn built in 1918. He also spent nine winters in the pineries. So this has been an industrious life. He was a member of the Trempealeau Valley church up to the time that the present farm was purchased when he joined the congregation in Blair. He was a worthy citizen, a good husband, a kind father, honest and upright, a man of worth in the community. Besides the faithful wife, the following children are left to mourn his loss: Albert, Arthur, Lawrence and Melvin of Blair; Amanda, Mrs. August Anderson, Bengough, Sask., Can.; Gena, Mrs. Hans Renning, Minneaplis; Helen, Mrs. Roy Perian, Oakland, Cal; and Nora, engaged in teaching at Biddle, Mont.; Mrs. J.O. Eddy of Minneapolis. Besides a brother, Svennung of Blair and two sisters, one in Norway and Mrs. Sigrid Thorstenson, Plentywood, Mont. Two brothers, Ole and Thorald and a sister, Ragni have preceded him in death. He died Friday, October 2, 1925 at the age of 68 years, 2 months and 28 days. Funeral services were conducted by his pastor Rev. Sweger, Tuesday, October 25, at the home at 1:30 and at the Zion Lutheran church at 2 p.m. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 28, 1926
ANDREW DAVIDSON (NORWAY)
The Rev. A.J. Oerke conducted funeral services Tuesday afternoon at the United Lutheran church for Andrew Davidson, 85, who died early Sunday morning at the Community Hospital at Whitehall, suffering from infirmities of old age and excessive hemorrhage. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Martin Skoyen, Oscar and Corney Castad, Ole Nokelby, Elmer Bergum and Fred Hoff. Mr. Davidson was born in Norway February 7, 1853, and was unmarried. He farmed for several years in Hale township in partnership with John Bratstigen. At the time of his death, he was making his home with Olaf Klinkenberg of Ettrick. He had no brothers or sisters. He was a grand uncle of Mrs. Clifford Fremstad. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - NOVEMBER 24, 1938
MRS. ASLAK DRANGSTVEIT (KVITESEID)
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 23, at the Zion Lutheran church in Blair for Mrs. Aslak Drangstveit, who died at her home near Blair November 19 at the age of 81 years, three months and one day. The Rev. T.E. Sweger officiated. Mrs. Angus Sather sang “Hvilken ven vi har I Jesu” and “I Know of a Sleep in Jesus’ Name.” Memorial wreaths amounting to $23.50 were given to radio station WCAL by friends and relatives in honor of the deceased. The pallbearers John Nerison, Charles Shelley, John Ness, Benhard Knudson, Guy Shephard and Elmer Thompson carried the remains to their resting place in Zion cemetery. Four granddaughters, Ardyce, Amelia, Myrtle and Betty Joe Drangstveit carried the flowers. Signe Helgeson Drangstveit was born in Kvitseid Parish, Telemarken, Norway, August 18, 1859, daughter of Halvor and Aslaug Knutson Helgeson. She was baptized in the Lutheran church of her native parish. In 1861 she came with her parents to America aboard a sail ship which took nine weeks in crossing. After their arrival they lived for some time in Racine county, this state, and later moved to Trempealeau County. Signe was confirmed in the Trempealeau Valley church by the Rev. Anders Lobben on September 12, 1875, one in a group of 60 confirmed that day, 10 from the Black River Falls congregation, one from Beaver Creek and 49 from Trempealeau Valley. On September 13, 1882, Signe Helgeson became the wife of Aslak Drangstveit, the Rev. Brynjof Hovde officiating at their marriage. Their first home was the Martin Thompson farm, buying it from the Green Bay Railroad company, which owned it by government grant. In 1911 they sold this place and purchased the present farm north of Blair on the Fly Creek ridge. Nine children were born to the Drangstveits: Albert, Black River Falls; Amanda, Mrs. August Anderson, Bengough, Saskatchewan, Can.; Gena, Mrs. Hans Running, Minneapolis; Helen, Mrs. Roy Perin, Oakland, Calif; Arthur, Strum; Mabel, Mrs. Gerald Eddy, who died in 1932; Lawrence, Minneapolis; Melvin on the home farm and Nora, Mrs. Herbert Hughey, Story, Wyoming. Mr. Drangstveit died on October 22, 1926. Mrs. Drangsveit had been in failing health the past year and a half. On September 28 she suffered a slight stroke and died from the effects on November 19. Her twin brother, Knute Helgeson, died March 30, 1939, and a sister, Tone, and brother, Henry, also preceded her in death. Twenty-nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren survive together with her own children named above. Deceased was a member of the Trempealeau Valley congregation from childhood; only in later years did she transfer her membership to Zion Lutheran at Blair, of which she was a devout and faithful member. She was known for her kindness, gentleness and patience, and she harbored in her heart no ill toward anyone. She prized highly the friendship of others and she was a loving mother, always keeping in mind the best interests of her children in unselfish devotion. The home will be lonely with this mother and grandmother gone. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - DECEMBER 5, 1940
SVENNUNG DRANGSTVEIT (KVITESEID, TELEMARKEN)
Svennung Drangstveit, 87, pioneer settler of Blair vicinity passed away at the home of his son, Theodore, on Saturday, November 15, 1941. Svennnung Aanundson Drangstveit, son of Aanund and Gro Drangstveit, was born April 6, 1855 in Kvitseid, Morgedal, Telemarken, Norway. He was baptized and confirmed in Brunkeberg, Kvitseseid Norway. At the age of 21 he emigrated to America and came to Blair where he later made his home. He was united in marriage on October 23, 1885 to Ingeborg Evenson, daughter of Even and Birgit Olson of Tamarack Coulee near Arcadia. Ten children were born to this union, of whom four died in infancy. He is survived by his wife and six children: Edwin of Westby, Mont.; Albert of Minneapolis; Theodore of Blair; Clara of Hollywood, California; and Gertie and Bernette of Minneapolis. Nine grandchildren also survive. All his brothers and sisters preceded him in death. He was very patient in his suffering with rheumatism for nearly 50 years and passed away November 15th at the age of 86 years, 7 months and 9 days. He had been bed-ridden for about two years and was tenderly cared for at the home of his son, Theodore, residing near Blair. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at the Trempealeau Valley church by the Rev. A.J. Bringle. Pall bearers were: Guy Shephard, Ole Sylfest, Andrew Nelson, Charles Shelley, Emil Hanson and Theodore Amundson. Flower girls were granddaughters: Mrs. James Sage and Lois Drangstveit. THE BLAIR PRESS - NOVEMBER 27, 1941
MRS. CHARLES (GENA) DUNN (GULBRANDSDALEN)
Funeral services were held last Wednesday at 2 p.m. for Mrs. Gena Dunn, 82, who died last Monday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Roy Bue at Taylor. The Rev. Vincent Aaker officiated at the services at the Taylor Lutheran church and burial was made in the Riverside Cemetery at Black River Falls. Ms. Dunn was born June 10, 1876, in Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, and came to the United States when a young woman. Her husband, Charles Dunn, preceded her in death in December 1952. She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Franklin (Nettie) Clover, Madison; Mrs. Roy (Inez) Bue, Taylor; Mrs. Robert (Mabel) Patterson, Daley City, Calif.; and Mrs. Jack (Ruth) Dundas, Menomonie; and nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 28, 1958
MRS. SVENNUNG DRANGSTVEIT (TELEMARKEN)
Mrs. Svennung Drangstveit, 79, died at the home of her son, Theodore, in Trempealeau Valley near Blair, Wednesday following a lingering illness. She had suffered several heart attacks during the past winter. Funeral services were held at the Trempealeau Valley church on Monday, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland, Whitehall, acting pastor, officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mrs. Drangstveit was born July 25, 1863, in Telmarken, Norway, the daughter of Even Evenson and his wife, Birgit. She was christened Ingeborg. When she was three years old the family came by sail boat across the Atlantic which at that time took 16 weeks, to this country, settling first in Tamarack south of Arcadia. There she resided until her marriage on October 22, 1885, to Sam Drangstveit, when she went with her husband to his farm in Trempealeau Valley. There she spent the remainder of her life, living with her son Theodore and family after her husband’s death in November 1941. She is survived by six children, Edwin, Wistby, Mont.; Clara (Mrs. William Kelly), Los Angeles, Calif.; Gertie (Mrs. Floyd Sanders), Albert Drangstveit and Bernette (Mrs. Glen Brandon), all of Minneapolis, and Theodore on the home farm. She also leaves nine grandchildren and one step-sister, Mrs. Melvin Elstad, Whitehall and a step-brother, Ed Hagen of Osseo. All the children were present at the funeral except Clara, Mrs. William Kelly of Los Angeles who was unable to come. Friends who carried her to her last resting place were Charley Shelley, Oscar Lyngen, Cornell Moe, Selmer Helgeson, Aslak Kvaalseth and Haaken Knutson. Flowers were carried by Mrs. Oscar Lyngen, Mrs. Aslak Kvaalseth and Mrs. Joseph Olson. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 22, 1943
OLE DOVE (TELEMARK)
Ole Dove, the last of the early homesteaders in Holcomb Valley, passed quietly away Sunday evening after a couple of weeks illness at the home of his youngest son, Albert. He was born in Telemarken, Norway in 1831, removing to America about the year 1860 and settled on the homestead in Holcomb Valley, where he resided up to the time of his death. His wife died a year ago. He leaves to mourn his death six children, three daughters and three sons. Funeral services were held at the house and also at the church on Wednesday. Interment was made in the Tamarack Lutheran cemetery, Rev. C.B. Bestul officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - NOVEMBER 18, 1915
MRS. DOROTHEA DUXBURY (TRONDHEIM)
Dorothea Schanke was born in Trondhjeim, Norway, May 14, 1864. Her father was Christopher Fridof Schanke; her mother’s maiden name was Anna Ingeborg Storseth. Her grandfather was Pete Schanke a merchant, born in Switzerland who settled in Roros, Norway during the copper boom north of Trondhjeim. She was baptized and confirmed in the famous Trondhjeim Cathedral. At the age of 19 years she came to America and made her home with a half-brother, Ole Foss at Grafton, North Dakota. She was united in marriage to Mathias Frederickson at Auburn, North Dakota, December 8, 1883. The family resided some years at Westby, Wisconsin where Mr. Frederickson was engaged in farming and in the mercantile business in partnership with his brother, Ole. Later they purchased a farm at North Branch in Jackson county. Her husband died February 10, 1901. She was joined in marriage to Herbert Duxbury by Rev. Ole Gulbrandson June 29, 1902. They farmed near Blair from 1902 to 1918 when the present home in Blair was purchased and here she resided till death. Mr. Duxbury passed away April 18, 1941. Mrs. Duxbury has been a semi-invalid several years. She has been cared for since her husband’s death by her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Glen Duxbury. Death came to her Monday night, March 16, 1942 at the age of 77 years, 10 months and two days. Four of her children preceded her in death: Carl, Alice and Grant died in childhood and Christian passed away at Blair October 3, 1938 at the age of 49 years. She is survived by the following children who will long cherish the memory of a beloved mother: Reider Frederixon, Bound Brook, New Jersey; Milton and Oscar Frederixon, Blair; Dora Gudfreid (Mrs. Lester Slye) Charlotte, North Carolina; Helen (Mrs. Kenneth Giddes), Plainfield, New Jersey; Arthur Duxbury, Bound Brook, New Jersey; Harold Duxbury, Martinsville, New Jersey and the following stepchildren: Lyle Duxbury, Blair; Mrs. Mary Dilworth, Whitehall; Glen and Robert Duxbury, Seattle, Washington. There are 20 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday, March 206th at 1:30 at the home and 2 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran church, Rev. T.E. Sweger officiating. P.F. Schroeder sang “No Shadows” and “Sunrise Tomorrow” at the home and Mesdames Angus Sather and F.W. Herreid sang “The Lord is My Shepherd” and “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere” at the church. The pallbearers were Omer Dahl, John Hankin, N.I. Gilbert, Robert Gilfillan, Selmer Johnson and Harrison Immell. The flower bearers were Jean and Joan Frederixon and Barbara Duxbury. Memory wreaths were given by friends and neighbors, the M.N.C. club and the Zion Ladies Aid to the Organ Chimes, The Wittenberg Home for the Aged and Radio Station WCAL. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 26, 1942
EDWIN T. DAHL (BLAIR, WISCONSIN)
Edwin (Eddie) T. Dahl, 82, of LaCrosse, Wisconsin died in his home May 4, 1987. He was born June 29, 1904 in Blair to Thorvald and Emma (Hanson) Dahl. He married Myrtle Sprester on July 5, 1926 in Winona, Minnesota. Dahl was a salesman for over 40 years for LaCrosse Steel Roofing Co. until his retirement. He was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Survivors are two granddaughters; three great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Palmer of Taylor, and Clarence of Tacoma, Washington. He was preceded in death by his wife in 1985, a son Ellsworth D. on February 19, 1981 and two sisters. Services were held Thursday at the Blaschke Funeral Home in LaCrosse. The Rev. Michael Thomas officiated. Burial was in the Oak Grove Cemetery. SOURCE - FAMILY OBITUARY
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FRANCES LAVERNE DAHL (TACOMA, WASHINGTON)
Frances LaVerne Dahl, born May 5, 1919 in Tacoma, passed away October 26, 1999 in Tacoma. Survivors include daughter Kathryn M. Lillard, Orange, California; son-in-law Keith Parker, Tacoma; grandsons Jeffery Parker, Eric Parker of Tacoma and Jason Lillard, Orange, California; numerous great-grandchildren. Visitation was Sunday October 31 at the Tuell-McKee Funeral Home with services following on Monday November 1 at 11 am. Interment was at the Old Tacoma Cemetery. Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home of Tacoma. THE NEW TRIBUNE TACOMA, WASHINGTON
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HAZEL DAHL (WHITEHALL, WISCONSIN)
Services for Hazel Alvina Dahl, 74, of Taylor were held at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Taylor Lutheran Church. The Rev. Michael Maine officiated. Soloist at the service was Mrs. Edith Kling and organist was Mr. Oswald Huseboe. Casket bearers were Herbert Allen, Peter Bradshaw, O. Myron Larson, Victor Gilbertson, Lawrence Gabriel and Jerome Pfeiffer. Burial was in the Woodlawn cemetery, rural Taylor. Mrs. Dahl died Thursday, January 7, 1988 at Grand View Care Center in Blair. She was born April 13, 1913 in rural Whitehall to Henry and Anna (Bredvigen) Nelson. She married Palmer Dahl on October 17, 1931 in Winona, Minnesota. She had lived in Taylor since 1938. She worked as a telephone operator in the Taylor exchange. She was also a clerk at Haralsrud grocery store, Taylor, before retiring. Survivors are her husband; a son, Delmar of Black River Falls; three daughters, Janice Nyen of Blair; Natalie Dahl of Madison and Ellen Risgby of South Fulton, Tennessee; four granddaughters; and three great-grandsons. She was preceded in death by a brother. SOURCE - FAMILY HISTORY
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MYRTLE H. DAHL (BLACK RIVER FALLS, WISCONSIN)
Myrtle H. Dahl, 81, of LaCrosse, died Friday, August 30, 1985 at her home. She was born September 30, 1903 in Black River Falls to John and Bertha (Bucholz) Sprester. She graduated from the Black River Falls High School in 1923. She married Edwin Dahl on July 5, 1926 in Winona, Minnesota. Mrs. Dahl taught school for many years and worked in a drug store after retiring from teaching. Survivors include her husband; two sisters, Alice Gates of Black River Falls and Edna Onstad of Milwaukee; two granddaughters and two great-grandsons. She was preceded in death by a son, Ellsworth D. on February 19, 1981; three brothers and a sister. Services were held Tuesday morning in the Blaschke Funeral Home at LaCrosse with the Rev. Michael Thomas officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery. SOURCE - FAMILY RECORDS
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PALMER ALBIN DAHL (BLAIR, WISCONSIN)
Palmer A. Dahl, 91, of Taylor died on Saturday, January 8, 2000 at Grand View Care Center, Blair. Palmer was born on July 8, 1908 in the Town of Preston (a log cabin in rural Blair) to Thorvald and Emma (Hanson) Dahl. He married Hazel A. Nelson on October 17, 1931 in Winona, Minnesota. Hazel preceded Palmer in death on January 7, 1988. Palmer owned and operated Dahl’s Garage in Taylor for many years prior to his retirement. During World War II, the citizens of the Taylor area petitioned for him to be exempted from service as he was the only mechanic in this mainly farming community to work on farm equipment. He was one of the founding members of the Taylor Rod and Gun Club and loved to fish for trout. Survivors include one son, Delmar of Black River Falls; three daughters, Janice (Richard) Nyen of Blair; Natalie Dahl of Madison and Ellen (Robert) Rigsby of South Fulton, Tennessee; four granddaughters and four great-grandsons. In addition to his parents and wife, Palmer was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers. Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 12, 2000 at 1 p.m. in the Jack Funeral Home of Blair with burial in he Woodlawn Cemetery of Taylor. Pastor Carl Glamm officiated. Jack Funeral Home in Blair was in charge of the arrangements. SOURCE - FAMILY INFORMATION
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MRS. THORVALD C. DAHL (BLAIR, WISCONSIN)
Mrs. Thovald Dahl, 94, died Sunday, August 24, 1969 at Bethany Home in LaCrosse, where she had made her home the past five years. The former Emma Hanson was born in Blair December 18, 1874. Survivors include three sons, Clarence of Tacoma, Washington; Edwin of LaCrosse and Palmer of Taylor; one daughter, Mrs. Byron (Tillie) Onstott of Dallas, Texas; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Faith Lutheran church, rural Blair, the Rev. L.H. Jacobson officiating and burial will be in the church cemetery. Casket bearers will be Omer Dahl, DeVere Dahl, Jerome Strande and Phillip Dahl. Frederixon-Jack Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. SOURCE - FAMILY RECORDS
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DONALD B. DAHL (BLAIR, WISCONSIN)
Donald B. Dahl, age 78, of Janesville, Wisconsin, died at Encore CBRF, on Saturday morning, March 24, 2001. He was born in Blair, Wisconsin on July 31, 1922, the son of Sophus and Theoline (Blom) Dahl. He graduated from Blair High School in 1939. He married Evelyn Moe on March 6, 1943. Donald served in World War II, and was stationed in North Africa and Italy. A resident of Janesville since 1963, Don was employed by the Janesville Auto Transport Company for 32 years prior to retirement. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church and the Sons of Norway Nordland Lodge #544. He was also a life-member of Kienow-Hilt VFW Post # 1621. Survivors included his wife, Evelyn Dahl of Janesville; four daughters, Sharon (Larry) Kirby of Hayward, Wisconsin; Lana Fritts of Duluth, Minnesota; Nancy (Larry) Brendum of Belvidere, Illinois; Mari Jo (Michael) Ward of Hartland, Wisconsin; ten grandchildren, Donald (Kathy), Daniel, Darren (Amy) Kirby, Melissa and Ryan Fritts, Jenny, Amy and Joseph Brendum, Matthew and Brian Ward. Donald is also survived by three great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Donald was preceded in death by two sisters, Della and Doris and by a brother, Spencer. Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 29, 2001 at the First Lutheran Church of Janesville, with Pastor James Melvin officiating. Henke-Clarson Funeral Home of Janesville was in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or the First Lutheran Church in Janesville. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 29, 2001
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DORIS G. DALE (TOWN OF PRESTON, TREMPEALEAU COUNTY, WI)
Doris G. Dale, 91, Blair, died on Friday, February 2, 2001 in the Grand View Care Center in Blair. Doris was born May 21, 1919 in the Town of Preston, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin to Sophus and Theoline (Blom) Dahl. She married Clifford Dale on July 31, 1943 in Blair. Clifford preceded Doris in death on August 31, 1991. Doris was employed at the Grand View Care Center prior to her retirement in 1984. She has been a resident of the Grand View Care Center since November of 1996. Mrs. Dale is survived by two sons, Dean (Sally) Dale of Blair and Dennis (Helen) Dale of Wauwatose. Five grandchildren, Matt, Mark and Seth Dale, Eric (Reggie) Dale and Michelle (Al) Wade; three great-grandchildren, Tyler, Nathaniel and Samuel; and a brother, Donald (Evelyn) Dahl of Janesville. In addition to her parents and husband, Doris was preceded in death by a brother, Spencer, and a sister, Ardella. Funeral services were held on Sunday, February 4 a 1:30 p.m. in the First Lutheran church, Blair, with Revs. Kevin Jones and Gary Hanson officiating. Burial will be in the spring in the North Beaver Creek parish, First Lutheran Cemetery, rural Ettrick. Casketbearers were Roger Dahl, Gerald, LaVern and Allan Dale. Jack Funeral Home, Blair, assisted the family. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 8, 2001
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ANTON DAVIDSON (HEDEMAARKEN, NORWAY)
Anton Davidson, general farmer and tobacco raiser, owning a farm of 160 acres in section 8, Preston Township, was born in Hedemaarken, Norway, June 24, 1868, son of David and Mary Fagerness. He lost his parents when a mere child, and in 1876, as a boy of eight years, set out alone for far-distant America, to join his brother Louise, who had sent for him. Arriving at Westby, Wisconsin, he was met by his brothers, Louis and Hans, and by his uncle, Christopher Stephanson, and was under their care until sixteen years of age. For a time he was engaged as a member of a construction crew, then worked two years to P.S. Davidson of LaCrosse as coachman. Then he entered the employ of Capt. I. H. Moulton of LaCrosse, as coachman, a position in which he remained for over twenty yeas. Desiring, however, to take up agricultural pursuits, he purchased his present farm from Capt. Moulton in 1897 and moved onto it in 1899. There, he has since resided. He has a pleasant home and good barns, including a large well-equipped tobacco shed. He successfully farms, raises the usual crops, breeds good stock and makes a specialty of Spanish Comstock tobacco, of which he sets out from five to ten acres each year. Mr. Davidson was married July 10, 1900 to Sophia Hunter, daughter of John and Christina Hunter, who were born and married in Berlin, Germany, and now farm near Hokah, Minnesota. Mrs. Davidson died January 21, 1909. In the family there are three children: Daisy, Lottie and Clara, one, Milton, having died at the age of three months. Daisy is a student at the LaCrosse normal school. The others are at home. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
N.E. DALE (PIGEON TOWNSHIP, TREMPEALEAU COUNTY, WISCONSIN)
N.E. Dale, buttermaker for the Preston Creamery Company of Blair, was born in Pigeon Township, Trempealeau County, July 12, 1878, son of Benedict Olson and Guina Halvorslein. The father and mother came to America as young people and after the father’s death, the mother married Louis A. Larson of Pigeon Falls, now residing at Onalaska, Wisconsin. The subject of this sketch was reared by his grandparents, Nels and Christina (Gunderson) Halvorslein in Curran Township, Jackson County. As a youth he was employed at farm work and for some three years, while attending school in Minneapolis, he was engaged as a coachman. In 1901 he began his career as a buttermaker by working in the York Creamery in Jackson County. But desiring to further perfect himself in the art, he entered the Dairy School of the University of Wisconsin in 1902 and was duly graduated. Then, after two years’ experience at Flint, Michigan, he returned to Jackson County and worked at the creamery in Irving Township for seven years. He has occupied his present position since July 1, 1911. He is thoroughly competent and efficient, and his work is highly valued by the stockholders of the company. Mr. Dale was married at Hixton, Wisconsin June 20, 1904 to Edith May Dimond of Flint, Michigan who was born in Otisville, Michigan, May 10, 1886, daughter of Eugene and Eva Dimond. Mr. and Mrs. Dale have seven children: Gladys, Evelyn, Glenn, Maurice, Merlin, Marjorie and Byron. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
IVAN GEORGE DALE (WISCONSIN)
Ivan George Dale, operated the farmed owned and developed by his parents. His father, Benjamin Thomas Dale, was born July 29, 1853, on the site of the present city of LaCrosse. Five years later this place was sold and the family settled on a farm in the Town of Caledonia, and this in turn, was traded to Elder Wing (thus locally acquiring the name, “The Wing Place”), for a farm located in a valley two miles west of Galesville. Various parcels of land were added to the original farm and a more convenient building site was chosen. Benjamin, familiarly called Ben, attended public school, Galesville University and completed a course at the LaCrosse Business College. His marriage to Elizabeth Marianne Hougstad took place April 23, 1884, and their home was established on land adjoining that of his father. Two children were born to them: Ivan George, born July 20, 1886, and Addie Albina, February 6, 1888. Her husband, Gerhard B. Christophersen, formerly of Pigeon Falls, this county, is employed as a claim manager by the Twohy-Eimon Mercantile Company, wholesale grocers, Superior, Wisconsin. Mr. Dale bought land adjoining his original farm, finally possessing 280 acres. Former owners had conducted a lime stone quarry and lime kiln, abundant quantities of material being found in the hills. Ben continued and extended these industries, later adding brick making, the farm including deep beds of clay suitable for the soft-mud brick variety. Lime and brick kilns required wood for fuel, so 100 acres of timberland was purchased in the low lands of Black River. Mr. Dale was ably assisted by his noble wife in the management of his extensive business. Finally their health broke under the strain of constant toil and the place was sold April 1, 1901, the family removing to Trempealeau, where the children continued their work in the grade schools. When Gale College was taken over by the Norwegian Lutherans in 1901, Ben Dale was made treasurer, continuing in that office until his death, April 4, 1902. He never aspired to public office, though he took a warm interest in all things pertaining to the welfare of the community. His social life, through preference, was confined to home and church. His family sold out in Trempealeau soon after his death, and returned to Galesville, purchasing a small home near Gale College, which school both children attended. Ivan at the age of eighteen operated a part of the Gale College farm. He became manager of the old homestead upon its return into the hands of the family in 1908. Ivan conducted the stone quarry in addition to the farm, discontinuing the lime and brick business. He became sole owner of the place in 1912, later closing the quarries, as the farm with its many substantial buildings required his whole time. His mother resides with him. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
SVEND H. DALE (BERGENSTIFT, NORWAY)
Svend H. Dale, a well known and respected resident of Galesville, formerly engaged in farming, but now otherwise occupied, was born in Bergenstift, Norway, May 5, 1857, son of Hendrick Swenson by his wife Jorond Knutson. His parents, both natives of Norway, came to the United States in 1867, locating in Ettrick Township, Beaver Creek Valley. Mr. Swenson, who had been a sailor, here engaged in farming. He continued to reside in Ettrick Township until his death which took place January 12, 1896; his wife died in September, 1897. They were parents of eight children, of whom Svend H. was the eldest. The latter changed his name to Dale for the sake of convenience. Svend H. Dale was ten years old when he accompanied his parents to this county. He completed his schooling Beaver Creek Valley and remained at home until he was 24 years old. He then bought land on Beaver Creek and engaged in farming there until 1913, when he turned over the farm to his sons to operate it for him and removed to his present location, which is a tract of 230 acres adjoining the city limits of Galesville. Here he has erected a modern brick residence situated on a high bluff overlooking the business part of the city. His farm on Beaver Creek, known as the Dale farm, contains 200 acres. Mr. Dale was personally retired from general farming, but is engaged in the stock business and has served as manager of the Farmers’ Shipping Association of Galesville. He is a Republican in politics and served as clerk of the school district at Beaver Creek for about 15 years. Mr. Dale was married June 7, 1882 at to Catherine Herreid, who was born in Beaver Creek Valley, Gale Township, daughter of Nels O. and Thone (Kittleson) Herreid. The parents were Norwegians, the father born in Hardanger and the mother in Telemarken, the latter coming to this country during the cholera epidemic. Her husband, Nels O. Herreid, came the same year and they were married in Wisconsin. He had been a miner but after coming to this county engaged in farming. His wife died in 1908. Their daughter, Catherine, was the youngest of five children. Mr. and Mrs. Dale have been the parents of nine children: Helmer N. who died at the age of three years; Josephine Tonettie, now Mrs. Louis Instenes, a jeweler at Blair, they have two children: Stanley LeRoy and Ardyce Catherine; Helmer N., second, who resides on a part of Mr. Dale’s Galesburg farm, and who married Blanche Rehfus of Minneapolis, they have one child, Earline Whilhelmina; Sanford C., a farmer and mail carrier, residing at home; Hilda, also residing at home; Gilford Roy, residing on the old Gale farm, who married Mabel Schuman of Caledonia Township, they have one child, Ruth Alvira; Normal Clarence, who is a printer on the Galesville Republican; Francis, who died in infancy; and Alice Eunice, who lives at home. Mr. and Mrs. Dale are members of the United Lutheran Church and of the order of Beavers. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
HERBERT DUXBURY (JACKSON COUNTY, WISCONSIN)
Herbert Duxbury, proprietor of Valley Belle Farm of 173 acres in sections 8 and 17, Preston Township, was born near Hixton, Jackson County, Wisconsin, August 5, 1861. He is a son of Joseph and Sarah Ann (Ashworth) Duxbury, the former of whom was born at Hyde, Cheshire, England, in 1835, son of James and Jane Duxbury. James, who was a weaver by occupation, died in England and about 1854 his wife, with the other members of the family, came to the United States, locating at Lonsdale, Rhode Island, where she died, and where her son, Joseph, father of the subject of this sketch , worked at the weaver’s trade, which he had learned in England. In 1855 Joseph joined the tide of westward emigration, coming to Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin where he remained for about a year. He then went from there to Hixton, Jackson County, this state, but soon returned to Lonsdale, Rhode Island, where he was married in 1858 to Sarah Ann Ashworth. In 1865 he located on a farm near Hixton, Jackson County, Wisconsin and was engaged in farming there for 35 years or until 1900. Then removing to Blair, Trempealeau County, he engaged in the livery business there, being thus occupied for three years. In 1904 he retired to Alma Center, where he now lives with his wife. Herbert Duxbury resided at home until the age of 25 years, and gave all his earnings to his father. He learned agriculture on his father’s farm and was manager of the Hugh Price farms in Price County, Wisconsin from 1887 to 1891. He then bought a farm in Garden Valley Township, Jackson County, operating it until 1902, at which time he purchased his present farm in Preston Township, Trempealeau County. Here he is engaged in general agricultural work, breeding graded Brown Swiss cattle, Berkshire hogs and White Orpington chickens, doing a successful business. June 1, 1888, Mr. Duxbury was united in marriage with Julia Grunlien of Northfield Township, Jackson County. She died March 340, 1901, at the age of 35 years, leaving four children: Mrs. Mary Dilworth of Campbell, Minnesota; Lyle, now a barber at Blair; Glen and Robert, who reside with their father, and one that died in infancy. Mr. Duxbury married for his second wife, June 28, 1903, Mrs. Dorthea Frederickson, widow of Mathias Frederickson, a farmer of Jackson County. She was born in Norway, June 14, 1864, her family name being Shanke. By her first husband Mrs. Duxbury had eight children: Alice, who died at the age of nine years; Milton, who died at the age of one year; Christian, who resides on the farm with his mother; Reidar, now a student in the State Agricultural College; Milton (second), employed in the C.J. Gibson furniture store at Blair; Oscar, who is learning the business of railroad agent at Blair; Gudfreid, who married Lester Sly, a farmer of Jackson County, and Helen, who lives with her mother. By her marriage with Mr. Duxbury three children have been born: Arthur and Harold, who are living on the farm with their parents, and one that died at birth. Mr. Duxbury was elected assessor of the town of Preston in 1916 and re-elected in 1917. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
CHRISTIAN O. DAHL (COON PRAIRIE, VERNON COUNTY, WISCONSIN)
Christian O. Dahl, president of the Farmers’ Exchange Bank of Osseo, Wisconsin and proprietor of Hillsdale Farm of 160 acres, the northeast quarter of section 2, Unity Township, was born at Coon Prairie, Vernon County, Wisconsin, July 8, 1868. He is a son of Ole Dahl, who was born in Ringsaker, Norway, February 4, 1837, and who came to America in 1865, residing for two years in New York City, where he was married in 1867 to Ane Bue. She was born in Foaberg, Norway, September 24, 1846. Soon after their marriage Ole Dahl and wife came west to Wisconsin, locating first in Vernon County, in the village of Westby, where for two years Mr. Dahl followed the blacksmith’s trade. In 1870 they came with their family to Unity Township, Trempealeau County, and homesteaded the farm now known as Hillsdale Farm, as above described. Here Ole Dahl spent the rest of his life, his death occurring June 14 1916. He was a highly respected citizen, serving on the township board for several years, also on the school board and for a long period being one of the officials of the Synod Norwegian Lutheran church. He was also an esteemed member of the Trempealeau County Historical Society, taking a keen interest in the growth and development of the county and in the preservation of its historical records. His wife is still living and resides on the farm with her son, Christian. Eight of their children are now living: Christian O., subject of this sketch; Marie, wife of Charles P. Holman, a farmer of Humbird, Wisconsin; Andrew, who is engaged in the ranching business at Saratoga, Wyoming; Hannah, who is housekeeper for her brothers, Olaus and Thorvald, at Price, Wisconsin; Caroline, who married Nils Indstefjord, a farmer of Price, Wisconsin; Olaus and Thorvald, farmers at Price, Wisconsin; and Tilda, who resides with her brother, Christian. Christian O. Dahl has resided on his present farm since his parents moved onto it in 1870 and since 1896 has been its manager. Besides planting the usual crops, he raises cattle, sheep and horses, usually milking 25 cows, for which purpose he uses a three-unit milking machine. The farm is well improved and yields good returns for the labor spent upon it. Mr. Dahl gives his chief attention to this property, but is also interested financially in other business enterprises. On July 10, 1916, he aided in organizing the Farmers’ Exchange Bank of Osseo of which he has since been president. He is a director in the Inter-County Cooperative Packing Company of New Richmond, Wisconsin and helped organize the Osseo Farmers’ Produce Company of which he is treasurer. For a number of years Mr. Dahl has taken an active part in official life, having served as township treasurer for a period of three years, township supervisor one year, township clerk four years, school clerk 20 years and as chairman of the township board and a member of the county board since 1908. He is a member and treasurer of the Synod Congregation of the United Norwegian Lutheran Church of America at Strum, having served in the latter office since 1904. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
LARS J. DAHL (TOLGEN, NORWAY) (2)
Lars J. Dahl, who for over 40 years has been engaged in operating an 80 acre farm in section 21, Unity Township, was born in Tolgen, Norway, April 8, 1850, the son of John and Birit Hulbakdahl, both of whom died in Norway. Lars J. while in Norway, used his father’s surname of Hulbakdahl, shortening it to Dahl after coming to America, which he did in 1870, making the voyage on the same ship with Ole Thomasgaard, and landing at Quebec, Canada, May 1. From there he made his way to Lansing, Iowa, where he found employment and worked at various jobs for some two years. He then removed to Menomonie, Wisconsin, where for three years he was employed in the woods and on the river by the Napp-Stout Lumber Company. In the meanwhile he had been saving his money and was now in a position to start life for himself. Accordingly, coming to Trempealeau County, he purchased his present farm from the railway company and has since remained here, having been the only owner of the farm, and the only man on his road who had stayed on his original purchase. In so doing he has probably prospered as well as he might have done elsewhere, as his property is now very finely improved and is one of the most valuable farms of its size in the county. He operates it on the four-year rotation plan, whereby the land produces twice as much as it would without rotation, in 1915 his yield of corn being 66 bushels to the acre. In 1900 Mr. Dahl erected a barn 35 by 52 by 12 feet with a stone basement, the latter having cement floors. His residence was built in 1907 and is a brick veneer structure of two stories and basement, measuring 28 by 30 feet, the basement having cement floor and the house containing eight rooms, heated by furnace. Mr. Dahls’ sound judgment and business ability have been recognized by his fellow citizens and he has served longer in public office of one kind or another than any man in his township, his activities in this direction having extended over a period of 25 years. For four years he was supervisor in Sumner Township, and he has served in Unity Township eight years as township treasurer, 11 years as assessor, and three years as chairman of the township board and consequently as a member of the county board. He is a member of the Norwegian Lutheran Church of America. Mr. Dahl was married April 3, 1878 to Nikoline Rognlien, who was born in Hurdalen, Norway, September 21, 1854, daughter of Martin E. and Anne (Enerson) Rognlien, of whom a memoir may be found on another page of this volume. Ten children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Dahl: John, Anna, Bertha, Mary, Julia, Louisa, Martin, Alfred and Inga. John, who was graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1913, was for some time a school teacher, being principal of the high school at Thorp for two years and of that at Shell Lake one year, Cashton one year and Algoma four years. He was also superintendent of city schools at Bloomington Prairie, Minnesota three years. His training for the profession of teacher was obtained at the River Falls normal school, where he was graduated in 1904. While engaged in this work he studied law by the correspondence method and applied himself to it so thoroughly that he qualified for the bar, during the same period earning $5,500 in his regular vocation. He is now a practicing attorney at Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Anna graduated from the Dixon Business College at Dixon, Illinois and resides in St. Paul, where she is cashier in a store. Bertha, who graduated from the River Falls normal school and was a teacher for ten years, is now the wife of Grover Pace, a druggist of Adams, Wisconsin. Mary, who graduated in domestic science from the University of Chicago, is engaged in teaching domestic science at Hammond, Indiana. Julia, who graduated from River Falls normal school, is now a teacher at Mason City, Iowa. Louisa, a graduate of the same normal school, is teaching at Carthage, South Dakota. Martin is residing on the home farm and assisting his father in its cultivation. He has the distinction of being the youngest town treasurer to serve in the county, being elected at the age of 22 and serving three years. At the age of 25 he was elected to his present office as chairman. Alfred graduated from a business college at Minneapolis in June 1916 and is now bookkeeper in a bank at Seattle, Washington. Inga, who graduated from the LaCrosse normal school, is now a teacher at Brandon, Wisconsin. It will thus be seen that Mr. Dahl has educated his children for responsible positions in life, and that all, both sons and daughters, are making their own way in the world, and, it may be added, reflecting credit on the family name. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
DAVID L. DAVIDSON (BERGEN, NORWAY) (2)
David L. Davidson, proprietor of a good farm of 169 acres in sections 22 and 27, Lincoln Township, was born near Bergen, Norway, March 5, 1861. He is a son of Lars Davidson, also a native of Norway who came to America in 1866, locating in Ettrick Township, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin. Later he removed to Preston Township, where he subsequently resided until his death in 1909 at the age of 79 years. Lars married Julia Johnson, who did not long survive him passing away in 1910, at the age of 81 years. David L. Davidson was reared on his parents’ farm, which he purchased in 1887. He conducted it thereafter until 1911, at which time he sold it and bought his present place. In 1914 he rebuilt the barn, which is a substantial frame structure, 30 by 50 feet, with an L-shaped addition 34 by 46 feet, and having a capacity of 50 head of cattle. In 1915 he built a cement block silo, 16 by 40 feet. He keeps graded Holstein cattle, milking 25. Mr. Davidson is a member of the Synod Norwegian Lutheran Church. He has served three years on the Preston Township school board, and is a man who takes a personal interest in the welfare and development of the community in which he lives. He was married July 3, 1887 to Bertha Everson of Arcadia Township, whose father, Ever, died in Dane County, Wisconsin. Mr. and Mrs. Davidson are the parents of six children: Louis, John, Elmer, Clarence, Ernest and Mildred. The last mentioned was the third in order of birth, and is now the wife of Jacob Wilizky, a farmer of Arcadia Township. All the others reside at home. Mr. Davidson and his family are well known and prosperous people, he and his wife reaping the reward of industry and thrift. Their children have been brought up to be a credit to the family name. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
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