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EDWARD OLSON ESTBY: (VESTRE TOTEN)
"Edward Olson Estby, 82, died at his home in Ettrick Tursday, January 23, 1941, following a brief illness. He was born in Vestre Toten, Norway, November 13, 1858, the son of Johanne Johansdatter and Ole Evenson Estby. He was baptized January 1, 1859 by Rev. William Magelson and was confirmed in Hunt's church near Gjovik October 3, 1873, by the Rev. Foss, with a class of 104 confirmands.
He came to America in May 1880, and for the first six years after his arrival, he was in the employ of the late Iver Pederson.
For 39 years he worked in a drug store operated by the late Jame E. Cance, following her husband's death. For eight years he was associated with a store run by L.S. Bue and son, and for the past 11 years he had been employed at the C.A. Brye store.
In the past sixty years, Mr. Etsby had made two trips back to Norway. He was one of the first to join the Ettrick Lutheran congregation when the church was built. He was united in marriage to Louise Paulson in 1895. She died in 1900 and his second marriage was to Oline Kamperud in 1902. She passed away in 1904. In May 1907, he was united in marriage to Anna Erickson of Galeville. To this union was born a daughter, Jennie Amanda, Mrs. Lawrence Jordahl.
Two sisters, Mrs. Christ. Brenegan and Mrs. Andrew Ronnestad preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, his daughter and two grandchildren, Thelma and Leslie Jordahl. Funeral services were held Sunday at the home and at the Ettrick Lutheran church with the Rev. K.M. Urberg officating. Burial was in the Ettrick cemetery." THE BLAIR PRESS January 30, 1941
PETER EVENSON: (VALDERS)
"Peder Evenson died at noon, Friday, August 2, 1901, of cancer, aged 78 years, 9 months and 23 days.
Deceased was born in Valders, Norway, October 19, 1822; was married in 1847 to Maria E. Dahl. They became the parents of ten children, eight of whom died in early childhood. In 1854 he immigrated to this country, settling in Dane county, Wis., where he resided with the exception of about two years spent in Mower county, Minn., until 1870, when he moved to Trempealeau county, buying and settling upon a farm in the town of Arcadia. Here is continually resided until the death of his wife, which occurred in 1893. He then disposed of his old home and spent the rest of his days with his daughter. Deceased was a Lutheran, and a member of the Synod church of Whitehall since the time of its organization, nearly 30 years ago. Since his 38th year his health was poor. About a year ago, he was taken with the disease which ended his life. Card of Thanks - Mrs. Ever Anderson, Mrs. A.W. Anderson" THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - August 15, 1901
MADS EVENSON: (SKAVILDEN, NORDRE AURDAL, VALDERS)
"Mads Evenson, a resident of the town of Lincoln for nearly fifty-six years, died February 21, 1926, aged ninety-two years, one month and twenty-nine days. It will be remembered that soon after his wife's death last fall he went to live with his son Nels Evenson, in the town of Lampson, near New Auburn, Chippewa county, where he passed away. About three days before the end he had a stroke which left him totally unconscious. On account of his son's illness he was buried near his son's home but his body will probably be brought to the Old Whitehall cemetery later on, where his wife and host of poneer friends await him.
Evenson was born on a farm known as Skavilden, in Nordre Aurdal, Valders, Norway, December 22, 1833. At the age of fifteen he was apprenticed as a locksmith in the city of Bergen. Here he spent some over five years learning the handicraft of making, repairing, enameling and polishing locks; and kindred arts. During the first three years, besides his keep, he received an annual salary of two dollars, and three dollars a year the rest of his term. Some of the readers of this sketch may very naturally wonder why a man would spent so many years in learning such an insigificant handicraft. The answer is: That no handicraft or trade in those days was insignificant. To attain perfection was the goal in every calling, and the reward hoped for was an ever widening repuration for excellent workmanship. Another reason for special skill in this handicraft at that time was the fact that in every peasant home chests of various kinds and sizes, from a jewel box to a wardrobe, were among the most common and precious heirlooms. Chests were to the Norwegian peasants as sacred and valuable possessions as highboys were to the early settlers in our New England states, and locks were required to them all. In a prosperious and numerous family there were chests for servants girls, hired men, the headso of the family and the children as they one by one reached the age for a separate status as men and women. The dwelling house of a peasant was rarely, if ever locked, but there were storehouses on every farm that required locks. Then there were hinges and mountings of iron, bronze, brass and copper on chests and doors, always substantial and sometimes very ornamental. Smaller articles, such as pipes, tobacco boxes, case knives and canes often had mountings of silver and all were made to last, not for a season or two, but for generations. Into this field of work Mr. Evenson entered in his twenty-first year as an itinerant journeyman and for fourteen years he traveled from farm to farm and from district to district, leaving behind him the imprints of his skill and thoroughness. One can scarely imagine a greater opportunity for becoming acquainted with the most intimate aspects of family life and the natural phenomena of the country he labored in. In 1854 his parents, Even Pederson and Guri Pederson, with seven children, came to Blue Mounds, Dane county, Wisc. In 1867, Mr. Evenson followed. Here he found no family heirlooms to repair and soon found himself shoeing horses at Blue Mounds. Hearing of unsettled lands in this country he came here in the latter part of 1869, and soon afterwards homesteaded the SW 1/4 of section 27, in the town of Lincoln. He afterwards sold all but one forty of this land, which he retained until after his wife's death.
January 26, 1870, he married Ingeborg Nilsdatter Opheim. G.W. Follett of Coral City performed the marriage ceremony. Mr. Evenson has only one surviving child-his son Nels. The kind and benevolent disposition of himself and his wife found beautiful manifestations in bringing up four children, one of whom were related to them and only one of their own race. They were Albert Chapin, Chrstine Gilbertson, Stella and Mabel Lamphere.
The writer, after an acquaintance with the deceased for about fifty years, can say without qualification, that he was one of the most successful mem he has ever known. This estimate is not based upon the acquirement of ephemeral wealth, honors and positions, but upon the basis of a life in harmony with the elementary laws of our being which leads to a calm resolution of the spirit, unaffected by the accidents of time; to a sweet contentment untortured by desires for that which cannot be had, a calm contemplation of the passing panoramas of life; a joyous interest in all the wonders and beauty of earth; and childlike faith reaching out for The Hand that guides and directs the children of His creation. To him life was the childhood of immortality, the antechamber to eternal mansions glorious beyond mortal conceptions; the apprenticeship for perpetual employment in the service of the Master of the Universe; the beginning of an endless symphony of which he caught a few street strains. When day after day and year after year he trudged over the hills nearly three miles carrying fruits and vegetables to town, by the primitive method of yoke resting on his shoulders, from which hung buckets that sometimes aggregated seventy-five pounds or more, he seemed just as happy as if he had come in a king's carriage. If a complaint or expression of hate or anger ever escaped his lips, it is not registered in memory and only his attendant angel has a record thereof He had the serenity of a strong man combined with the tenderness and refinement of a good woman. Modest and unostentaious as he was, he possessed a self-mastery and poise that remained unruffled amidst all the adverse conditions of life. For him life had a thousand charms and death no terrors.
Forty years ago the writer employed him as an instructor in binding books-for there were not many handicrafts of which he had not some knowledge-and a more genial, patient companion and teacher could not have been found.
Up to a few years ago he enjoyed excellent health, fostered and maintained by his equitable disposition and temperate habits. No doubt his vitality was in part an inheritance from his father, who at the age of ninety walked ten miles the day before his death. Besides his son his nearest relatives here are his nieces, Mrs. A.W. Anderson and Mrs. E.B. Anderson, both residents of the town of Lincoln.
In tracing this man's history I have felt like one who has come over a long road companioned by a dear and affuent friend who has left precious gems by the roadside, which, after the final parting, it is his privilege to gather. Only a few of those who make the journey of life can become illustrious enough to shed a far radiance over the earth, but all may drop seeds of roses and lilies along the way to dower it with beauty and fragrances for those who follow. H.A. Anderson, February 28, 1926" THE WHITEHALL TIMES - March 4, 1926
BERNT BENSON ERICKSMOEN (VAALER, SOLAR)
Bernt Benson Ericksmoen was born in Norway on March 20, 1854 and died, September 10, 1922. He came to America in 1874 and two years later was united in marriage to Johanna Hanson. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Ericksmoen resided in Black River Falls for some time and then moved to Duluth. Mrs. Ericksmoen died there nine years ago. After his wife’s death, Mr. Ericksmoen came to Blair and made his home with his relatives until last spring when he went to Longwood, Wisconsin, to visit his brother, Carl Benson. He remained in Longwood until this fall when he went to Dawson, Minnesota to visit his sister and it was there he was taken sick with his last illness. He died two weeks later at the hospital of blood poison. He was buried from the home of his brother, Knute, in Duluth in the West Duluth cemetery by the side of his wife. Mr. Ericksmoen was satisfied that his time had come to die and he said that he was going home to Jesus. The deceased leaves to mourn his death three sisters, Mrs. Olena Rued of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Mrs. Ole Nyen of Blair, Wisconsin; and a sister in Norway; and two brothers living, Carl Benson of Longwood, Wisconsin and one brother in Norway. His brother Knute Moen of Superior died three weeks after he did. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 19, 1922
JOHN ERICKSMOEN (VAALER, SOLAR)
September 20, 1935 would have marked the 84th birthday anniversary of Johannes Ericksmoen, but the Angel of death visited him and took him from this world just a few hours before the four score and four years were filled. Death came suddenly and unexpectedly to Mr. Ericksmoen during the early evening hours of Thursday, September 19, 1935. He was the eighth death in eight years in the Ericksmoen family. Johannes Ericksmoen was born September 20, 1851 in Vaaler, Solar, Norway to the parents Eric and Olea Ericksmoen. He was baptized in the Vaaler church and received his education in the parish school. He was also confirmed in the Vaaler church. In 1873 at the age of 22, he came to America and made his home in Black River Falls where he lived for seven years. In 1880 he was united in marriage with Marthea Sholly by the sainted Rev. Brynjolf Hovde in the old Trempealeau Valley parsonage. He spent 20 years as cook and laborer in the northern woods. In 1882 he purchased a farm from Carl Stratte. This farm was his home to the time of his death. For over fifty years he journeyed through life with his wife, Marthea, who passed away on March 11, 1931. This union was blessed with six children. Two children died in infancy. Theodore died in 1903 and Christian died in 1934. He leaves to mourn his loss two children, Ludwig of Blair and Mrs. Olive Peterson of Duluth, Minnesota. He also leaves seven grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Monday, September 23 at 12:30 from the home and 1:00 p.m. from the First Lutheran church. Rev. Urberg preached in the native tongue of Mr. Ericksmoen; in which sermon he proclaimed the glad tiding that Jesus is the Saviour of sinners. Interment was made in the family lot in the Blair cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 25, 1935
ANDREW ERICKSON (NORWAY)
Funeral services for Andrew Erickson of Independence, who died in that village Christmas Day, aged 71, were held at the Wiemer undertaking parlors and the Lookout Lutheran church Tuesday, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. Mr. Erickson is survived by his second wife and the following children: Emil, Melvin, Raymond and Arnold Erickson of Eau Claire; Herman and Mrs. Orville Larson of Independence; Ingvall and Donald at home; and Gertrude, Mrs. Hans Olson of Rock Falls. He was preceded in death by his first wife and four children. Mr. Erickson was born in Norway in 1864 and came to this country with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eric Erickson when he was two years old. The family settled in Vernon county but later moved up to Buffalo county. In 1893 Andrew married Alan Hermanson, and to them eight children were born. His first wife dying in 1906, he married Tena Anderson in 1912, and to them five children were born. Besides his eight living children and wife, Mr. Erickson is survived by 24 grandchildren. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 6, 1938
MRS. JOHANNES ERICKSMOEN (ASNES, SOLAR)
The grim reaper of death again has visited our community, giving it’s victim very short warning. Mrs. Ericksmoen was stricken with paralysis Saturday, the 28th of February and was rendered helpless. A short time later, another stroke made her unconscious. Death ended her suffering last Wednesday, March 11, 1931. Martha Sholly was born January 20, 1849 in Asnes, Solar, Norway of the parents, Tosten Sholly and Karen Sholly. She was baptized and confirmed in the Asnes church in Norway which is well known to many of the Solar people around these parts. She came to America in the spring of 1880, and on May 20, 1880, she was married to Johannes Ericksmoen. In 1882 they moved on the farm south of the village known as the Ericksmoen place. Here they resided together until her death. Last year they passed the 50th year together as man and wife. Besides her husband, she leaves to mourn her death three children, Mrs. Ove Pederson, Duluth; Christ., Minneapolis; and Ludwig, Blair. Three children have preceded her in death. Three brothers and sisters have preceded her in death - Christian, Lauritz and Pauline Sholly. She leaves a brother, Theodore Thostenson of Superior and a sister, Mrs. Johanne Holte of Oslo Norway. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, March 15, from the home at 1:30 p.m. and from the First Lutheran Church at 2 p.m., the Rev.Konrad Urberg officiating. Interment was made in the U.L. cemetery on the family lot. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 19, 1931
MRS. OLAF ERICKSMOEN (SOLAR)
Mrs. Olaf Ericksmoen, 80, died in her sleep some time during Thursday night (August 17, 1967). She had not been ill, but had been feeling very tired the past several days. The former Borghild Shelley was born June 15, 1887 in Solar, Norway, to Ole and Bertha Shelley, She came to America at an early age. She was confirmed in the Zion Lutheran Church, Blair. She was married November 18, 1909, and the couple farmed in the Blair area. Ericksmoen died in July 1964. She is survived by three sons, Glenn, Woodland Hills, California; Ernest, Beloit; and Milton, Blair; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four brothers, Helmer, Denver, Colorado; Otto, Stillwater, Minnesota; Albert, Princeton, Minnesota; and Charley, Blair; and three sisters, Mrs. Carl (Carrie) Hanson, Beloit; Mrs. Mens (Edna) Berg, Wanamingo, Minnesota; and Mrs. Alice Fredrickson, Los Angeles, California. A son, Wallace, and two brothers, John and Jule, have died. Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran church, the Rev. L.H. Jacobson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Julius Arneson, Harvey Nyen, Basil Shelley, Arthur Solberg, Donald Skorstad and Orrin Shelley. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 24, 1967
CHRIST ERICKSON (SWEDEN)
Christ Erickson passed away at his home about three miles north of Taylor on Thursday, August 5, 1920. Deceased had been ailing for some time but the immediate cause of his death was a stroke of paralysis. Mr. Erickson was born in Sweden on July 7, 1851 and came to this country in 1887 settling on the place where he lived until his death. He was united in marriage to Miss Anna Johsdurn on April 2, 1885. To this union three girls and one boy were born, all of whom are living. They are: Mrs. Lawrence Larson of York; Mrs. Eddie Nelson of Schermmerhorn; Mrs. Adolph Fields of North Dakota; and Alvin Erickson who has been staying at home until a few days prior to his father’s death when he left for Temvik, North Dakota to work during the harvest. All of the children were present at the funeral. They, together with his wife, Anna Erickson, are left to mourn the loss of a kind husband and father. Rewritten from the TAYLOR HERALD THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 19, 1920
MRS. ANDREW ERICKSON (VAAGE)
Funeral services for Ettrick’s oldest resident, Mrs. Andrew Erickson, 99, were held Monday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Anna Estby, with the Rev. K.M. Urberg officiating. Burial was in the Ettrick cemetery. Mrs. Erickson died Friday morning (January 12, 1945) at the home of her daughter, having been confined to her bed for a few weeks since she fell, fracturing her hip. As Ronnag Johnsdatter Amungaard, she was born September 11, 1945 in Vaage, Norway. At the age of nine her mother died, leaving the family of seven children. From that time it was necessary for Mrs. Erickson to work out, and she tended sheep and cattle in the mountains of her native land. Often she would take her books and study as she herded the animals. In 1874, she was united in marriage to Andrew Erickson, and the couple sailed to America, being 13 days on the ocean. Mr. Erickson worked at his trade as a stone mason to earn the money with which to buy a farm. They then settled in Crystal Valley, on which was later known as the Alfred Nelson farm. Mrs. Erickson used to relate that there were no buildings on the homestead at that time, and no ground broken. Stock had to be driven half a mile to water. Mr. Erickson died in 1926 and a few years later, Mrs. Erickson came to Ettrick to make her home with Mrs. Estby. Survivors include three children: Peter of International Falls, Minnesota; Robert of Hardies Creek and Mrs. Estby. There are 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 18, 1945
MRS. ANNA ERICKSON (HJERPLIN? SWEDEN)
Mrs. Anna Erickson died after a few days illness of pneumonia at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lawrence Larson near York, May 26, 1923. She resided on her home farm near Taylor until taken sick when she was moved to the home of her daughter. She was born in Hjerplin, Sweden, October 21, 1855. She was united in marriage to Christ Erickson, April 2, 1885, and came to this country in 1887. He preceded her in death three years ago. To this union seven children were born, two children, Ida and Olive having preceded her in death. The surviving are: Mrs. Lawrence Larson, Mrs. Eddie Nelson and Martin of York; and Mrs. Adolph field and Alvin of Temvick, North Dakota. All were present at the funeral which was conducted at the S.L. church at Pigeon Falls, Rev. Christopherson officiating. Rewritten from the TAYLOR HERALD THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 14, 1923
AMUND P. ERICKSON (NORDRE FROEN)
Amund P. Erickson passed away Monday morning, March 1st at the home of his son-in-law, E.O. Estby of this village. The deceased is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter E. Erlanhagen and was born in Nordre Froen Pretegjeld, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, November 16, 1854. Seventeen years later he was united in marriage to Ronnog Teigen. In 1882 he and his bride set sail for America and settled in this township. For a number of years he worked as stonemason, and he also hauled cream for the Town of Gale. In 1887 he settled on a farm in Crystal Valley. Due to ill health, he was compelled to leave the farm and has made his home here with his daughter, Mrs. E.O. Estby since May 19, 1912. The deceased had suffered a number of years from asthma, the past several weeks he being confined to his bed with heart trouble. Seven children were born to this union, three having passed away in Norway and one here. He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, three children, 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. His children are Peter Erickson of Ray, Minnesota; Mrs. E.O. Estby of Ettrick, Wisconsin; and Robert Erickson of Glasgow. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon from the Lutheran church and interment was made in the Ettrick cemetery. The pall bearers were: A.M. Pederson, Andrew Smikrud, Wyman Truax, C.J. Hagestad, K.E. Runnestrand and M.T. Pederson. Rev. Urberg and Rev. Bestul had charge of the services. THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - MARCH 5, 1926
CHRISTOPHER ERICKSON (STANGE, HEDMARK)
Christopher Erickson died December 10, 1916 at his home near Ettrick. He was born in Stange Hedmarken, Norway, January 22, 1833 and emigrated to the U.S. in the summer of 1869. Together with his family he settled in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, where he worked in the sawmills for several years. In 1877 he purchased a farm in French Creek and lived there until the year 1896 when he removed to Beaver Creek after he had purchased two farms 1 ½ miles north of Ettrick. During the last few years he gradually left that management of his land interest to his sons. His first wife died in 1870. In 1874 he was remarried to Miss Guline Nelson at LaCrosse. Funeral services were held at the French Creek church on Tuesday, December 12 at 1:30. Interment was made at the cemetery there. Rev. Bestul was the officiating clergyman. Besides his wife he left six sons and one daughter. His sons are E.C. of Portland, Oregon; Louis of Wendling, Oregon; Hans, Ben, Chris, Gustav and Mrs. Anna Folkedahl all of Ettrick. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 21, 1916
CHRIS. E. ERICKSON (NORWAY)
Chris. E. Erickson passed away Wednesday morning of this week at the Community hospital at Whitehall, following an illness from cancer of the stomach. The deceased was born in Norway, March 15, 1866. When five years old he came to America with his parents and settled on the Erickson homestead in the Stensven Coulee. Mr. Erickson was married twice. His first wife was Miss Martha Forseth. She passed away, leaving her daughter, Mrs. Bennie Olson. His second marriage was to Miss Guri Jevne. She also passed away leaving a son, Fred. The deceased for a number of years was employed at various trades. Plumbing and well drilling were his major operations. He was considered an excellent workman. During the winter he began to fail in health. He was removed to the hospital to seek relief. Nothing could be done to help him. He was a patient sufferer. Besides his two children to mourn his death, he leaves one brother, Emil of Ettrick, and three sisters. The sisters are: Mrs. M.T. Pederson and Mrs. I.T. Pederson of Ettrick and Mrs. Mat Elstad of Independence. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon. The Rev. S.S. Urberg will conduct the services. Rewritten from the ETTRICK ADVANCE THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 29, 1928
MRS. CHRISTOPHER ERICKSON (VARDAR)
Mrs. Christopher Erickson passed away at the home of her sons, Gust and Christ, on November 20, 1928. Funeral services were held November 23rd, conducted by Rev. Halvorsen. The pallbearers were six of her grandsons. The flower girls were four granddaughters. She was buried in the French Creek cemetery. Gulina Nelson Erickson was born in Vardar, Norway, June 10, 1843. She came to this country with her brother, Andrew, in 1869. They came to Halfway Creek, where she resided with her sister. She worked in a hotel at Black River Falls for three years. Then she went to LaCrosse where she was employed for a while. In 1874 she was married to Christopher Erickson. They stayed in LaCrosse two years. In 1876 they bought a farm in French Creek Valley. They resided there 20 years. In 1896 they bought a farm in Beaver Creek and moved there. To this union four children were born: Anna, Mrs. Sever Folkedahl; Bennie, Christ and Gust; and one step-son Hans Erickson. They all reside near Ettrick. In 1916 Mr. Erickson died, and since then Mrs. Erickson had lived with her two sons, Gust and Christ. She had 31 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. THE BLAIR PRESS - NOVEMBER 29, 1928
MRS. BERTINA ERICKSON (SONDRELAND)
The death of Mrs. Bertina Erickson occurred at the home of her son, Gilbert, in Newcomb Valley Thursday, October 26. Deceased was born in Sondreland, Norway, March 24, 1844. She came to this country with her parents in her twenty-fourth year. A year later she was joined in marriage to John Erickson Buxrud, a widower. They made their residence in Newcomb valley, where they spent the rest of their lives, her husband leaving her a widow thirteen years ago. Mrs. Erickson had been ailing for the last two days of her life, but was able to be up and around. Thursday morning her lifeless body was found in bed, her death being due to heart failure. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. C.B. Bestul, Saturday afternoon and the remains were laid to rest in the Fagernes cemetery. She was loved by all who knew her and was known as a kind friend and a good and loving mother to her step-children as well as her own. She is survived by two sons, Gilbert and Edward Erickson and a daughter, Mrs. O. Herberg, all of whom reside in Newcomb valley. She is also survived by a stepson, Erick Erickson, who resides in Alberta, Canada. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - NOVEMBER 9, 1916
HANS C. ERICKSON (STANGE)
Hans C. Erickson, 75, died at his home in French Creek Friday, March 3, 1939, having been in failing health since he suffered a stroke in January. ` Erickson was born in Stange, Norway May 9, 1863, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Erickson. In 1869 he came with his parents to America, the family locating in LaCrosse. In 1877 they moved to Trempealeau county and bought the farm in the French Creek Valley where Mr. Erickson resided until his death. He received his education at LaCrosse and at the district school in French Creek. When 12 years old, he began working in a sawmill in North LaCrosse, and he spent 17 winters in the north woods cutting timber. About the year 1894 he purchased his father’s farm and where his time to agriculture and stockraising. He was a member of the French Creek Lutheran church and he was a stockholder of the Ettrick creamery. In June 1900 (?) he was united in marriage to Dorthea Folkedahl, a native of Hardanger, Norway. He is survived by his wife; a half sister, Mrs. Anna Folkedahl of Ettrick; three half brothers, Bernt of Chicago and Christ and (?) of Ettrick; five sons, Christopher of Ettrick; Edward of Centerville; Haakon, Albert and Donald at home; two daughters, Mrs. Lester Luthro of Eau Claire and Mrs. Kenneth Hagestad R.N. of Mankato, Minnnesota; and four grandchildren. Two brothers preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the home and at the French Creek Lutheran church, the Rev. Johan Olsen officiating. Burial was in the French Creek cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 9, 1939
MRS. EMIL ERICKSON (NORWAY)
Mrs. Emil Erickson, 65, died Wednesday afternoon at the Community hospital in Whitehall, following a long illness. As Julia Jevne, she was born in Norway, April 16, 1883, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christian Jevne. She was united in marriage to Emil Erickson June 14, 1902. She was a member of Ettrick Lutheran church. She is survived by her husband, a brother, Andrew; five sisters, Mrs. Roy Stensven, Mrs. Otile Sime, Mrs. John Forseth, Mrs. Hans Faulds and Miss Clara Jevne, all of Ettrick township; three sons, Elmo of International Falls, Minnesota; Francis of Sparta and Raymond of Ettrick; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Two daughters preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Runnestrand funeral chapel at 12 noon Saturday and at 12:15 at Ettrick Lutheran church. The Rev. K.M. Urberg officiated and burial was in the Ettrick cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 24, 1948
MRS. DORTHEA ERICKSON (GRANVIN, HARDANGER)
Mrs. Dorthea Erickson, 94, died Thursday (February 2, 1967) at 5 a.m. at her farm home in French Creek, Town of Ettrick, where she had lived nearly 67 years. She had been ill since Christmas and had suffered two strokes within the last year. She was born August 25, 1872 in Hardanger, Norway, one of eight children of Edmund and Anna Nilsdatter Nylkatun Folkedahl. She came to the U.S. when she was 15, her parents settling in the Ettrick area. She was married to Hans Erickson in 1900. He died in 1939. She is survived by five sons, Christopher, Eddie and Haakon, Ettrick; and Albert and Donald on the home farm; two daughter, Mrs. Anna B. Luthro, Eau Claire; and Mrs. Kenneth (Gulina) Hagestad, White Bear Lake, Minnesota; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Bessie Melcher, residing at the Corner Rest Home in Whitehall. Funeral services were held Saturday at 2 p.m. at French Creek Lutheran Church, the Rev. H.A. Lease officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. The Frederixon Funeral Home as in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Bennie Erickson, Ernest Erickson, Sever Folkedahl, Arnold Folkedahl, Victor Folkedahl and Silas Johnson. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 19, 1967
EVEN ERICKSON (BIRI)
Even Erickson passed away at his farm home east of the village Saturday morning, May 12, from old age and his passing away marks the passing of one of the oldest settlers in this community. Until very recently, Mr. Erickson was able to walk to town as fast as a young man. Even Erickson was born in Biori, Norway in 1835 and moved to this country with his family and located on a farm in Stensven Coulee and has made this his home for the past 56 years. He was united in marriage to Frederica Oldsdatter and five children were born to this union in Norway, two in America. Mr. Erickson was of a very domestic disposition, as his time was always devoted to his own surroundings and never had a desire to do otherwise. His wife preceded him in death some 22 years ago. Since then he has made his home with his daughter, Mr. I.T. Pederson. The surviving children are: Mrs. Matt Elstad, Independence; Mrs. M.T. Pederson, Mrs. I.T. Pederson, Chris and Emil, all of Ettrick. Funeral services were held in the Hardies Creek church Thursday, May 15, at which Rev. Reque of Galesville officiated. THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - MAY 18, 1923
MRS. ANNE ERICKSON (FLEKKEFJORD)
Anne Salveson was born in Flekkefjord, Norway, April 7th, 1842. She was baptized and confirmed in her home parish. Her mother passed away when Anne was 15 years of age, and the next year her father emigrated to America in 1858. They settled first on Coon Prairie, Vernon County, Wisconsin; later on, her father, Salve, homesteaded in the coulee which was thereafter to bear his name. In 1868 she was united in marriage to Peter Erickson. They settled on the farm which was to be her home until death, a period of 60 years. Her husband preceded her in death 26 years ago, January 12, 1902. Two of the children born to this union passed away in infancy; Malena died October 1, 1900 and Edward on June 10, 1904. A son, August, passed away May 29th, 1926. The latter death was especially a sad blow to the aged mother. Those who survive to mourn the loss of a loving mother are Mrs. Albert Anderson, Soland, Sask., Canada; Mrs. George Peterson, Prairie Farm, Wisconsin; and Martin, on the home place. Fourteen years ago Mrs. Erickson suffered a serious attack of pneumonia. It was though then that she could not recover; but she did and was able to be up every day until within a few days of her death, although there had been a gradual ebbing of her strength. She succumbed after a few days illness, May 9, 1928, aged 86 years, 1 month and 2 days. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran church from the time of its organization and a faithful member of the Ladies Aid. A long and active life has come to a fitting close, and a weary pilgrim has laid down her staff to rest within the tomb. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. T.E. Sweger, Monday, May 14, at 1:30 at the home and 2:00 at the Zion church. Miss Avis Hoganson gave a vocal solo. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 17, 1928
KNUT O. ERICSON (VAALER, SOLAR)
Knut O. Ericson, an old resident and pioneer of Trempealeau County, passed away last Saturday, at the age of 89 years. Deceased was born in Vaaler, Solar, Norway, in February 1835. He came to this country about 40 years ago. He was married to Marthea Brensholte, and to this union, one son was born. Mr. Ericson has always lived in this community since coming to America, having owned a small farm in Fly Creek. He was very well educated, and taught school in the old country for a number of years. Funeral services were held Monday, February 11th, from the First Lutheran Church, with interment in the cemetery there, Rev. Urberg officiating. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 14, 1924
MRS. GRETHE E. ERICKSON (FREDRIKSHALD)
Mrs. Grethe Elizabeth Erickson was born January 14, 1837, in Fredridshald, Norway. On January 12, 1867, she was united in marriage to Andrew Erickson. Two years later they came to America locating in Chicago where they resided until in 1890 when they moved to a farm three miles west of Taylor. Her husband died December 8, 1910. Deceased had been in poor health for several years as on June 26, 1919, she suffered a stroke of paralysis from which she never recovered. She passed away February 11, 1920 at the home of her son, Alfred, who resides in Washington. The remains were shipped here. Since 1913 she has been making her home with her son, Alfred, who lived at Chicago for six years, moving to Washington, D.C. in 1919 where he has a position in the income division of the Treasury Department. Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Erickson. Their son, Ed. died at the age of fifty and four others in infancy. Four children are left to mourn the loss of a kind and loving mother, namely; Oscar Erickson of Taylor; Alfred Erickson of Washington, D.C.; Mrs. Alfred Erickson of Washington and Mrs. Lottie Jacobson of Chicago and Mary Johnson of Kewanee, Illinois. All were present at the funeral services. She also leaves three sisters, namely; Mrs. Ole Tuntland of Centerville, South Dakota; Mrs. Helen Setton of Philadelphia, PA; and Mrs. Louise Johannesen of Frederickshald, Norway. Funeral services were held last Friday at the Lutheran church in Taylor, Rev. D.T. Borgen, officiating. A large number were present to pay their last respect to the departed. THE TAYLOR HERALD - FEBRUARY 20, 1920
MRS. MARY ERICKSON (NORWAY)
Mrs. Mary Erickson, 83, died at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Erickson, Monday morning, January 4, 1943. Mrs. Erickson, as Mary Jempland, was born in Norway May 2, 1860. At the age of ten she came to America with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ole Jempland, the family settling first at Coon Valley and then in French Creek valley in the town of Ettrick. In 1892 she was married to Olaus Erickson who died in 1916. The couple was occupied with farming in the Hardies Creek community, about four miles east of Ettrick. Mrs. Erickson was a member of the Ettrick Lutheran Church. Survivors include two sons, Melvin and Peter of Ettrick; two daughters, Mrs. Selmer Ekern of Ettrick and Mrs. Al Pierstorff of Madison, and eight grandchildren. A son, Elmer, a World War veteran was accidentally killed at Rice Lake in 1920. Funeral arrangements had not been made Monday. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 7, 1943
EVEN ERICKSON (HOV PARISH, S. LAND)
A radio message announcing the death of Even Erickson at Hov Parish, Southern Land, Norway, was received by his son, Albert, Tuesday at 11 o’clock a.m. Mr. Erickson passed away at 4 a.m. the day the message was received. Mr. Erickson had planned to return to the United States last fall but because of failing health had postponed the trip. This summer, finding himself still in a failing condition but determined to return to his adopted country, he sent for his son, Nels, to accompany him. His son immediately responded to the call and reached his father about a week before he died. The message stated that the funeral would take place Saturday, July 24. This indicates that he will be buried in the parish where he was born. Even Erickson was born May 12, 1850; came to U.S. in 1879 and from that time on made his home in the town of Pigeon. May 22, 1886, he married Mrs. Serena Lundstad, whose first husband was lost in the Wisconsin Pinery. Four children came from this union: Edward and Albert Erickson, both residents of Pigeon, Mrs. Tillie Everson of Whitehall, and Nel Erickson of Eota, Minnesota. Other intimate members of his family to survive to mourn his loss are his step-sons, Olaus and John Lundstad, the children of his wife by her first husband. Mrs. Erickson died April 3, 1923. My acquaintance with Mr. Erickson began in the fall of 1879, when I opened the school in what was then generally known as the Olds school district. The pioneer school house was located about a mile southeast of Pigeon Falls on land which then belonged to Jens Larson. It was larger than the average pioneer school house, but too small for the number that crowded into it in 1879. I remember distinctly that when we had a full attendance, two boys sat on the wood box. Mr. Erickson worked for his board at J.D. Olds and attended school from the beginning of the term. He was then about twenty-nine years old and weighed fully two hundred pounds. The problem of finding a seat for him was solved by letting him use the teacher’s desk, situated in the front of the building. Here he sat facing the other attendants of the school. His presence, impressive appearance and attitude toward the business of the school helped much to preserve the morale of the students. Mr. Erickson was not a swift learner, but he was perservering and kept what he acquired. He showed a decided praiseworthy ambition to acquire the language of his adopted country as soon as possible. In December, the same year, we bid “good-bye” to the school house on the hill and took possession of the larger and more up-to-date school building at Pigeon Falls. Here other young men and women joined our school till the enrollment mounted to eighty-eight pupils. Mr. Erickson continued with the school until spring. In 1882 he bought part of the Fuller farm, the first homestead in Fuller Coulee. In after years, he christened his home “Elm Gaard.” He was a man of great physical strength and a force of character not easily turned aside. Tenacious of his views and opinions, he might easily have become merely stubborn and arbitrary but his clear judgment and abundant common sense governed him steadily through life and led to success. He made four trips to the land of his birth, for which he had an affection like that of a good son for his mother. He belonged to a generation of which only a few are left-a generation of determined men and women who came to win when the only avenues to success were hard work and frugality. A strong, solid, reliable man who grappled with life and its problems, and for the most party enjoyed the contest, has gone. “Life! We’ve been long together Through pleasant and through cloudy weather. ‘Tis hard to part when friends are dear. Perhaps ‘twill cost a sigh, a tear, Then steal away, give little warning. Choose thine own time; Say not ‘Good-night’ but in some brighter clime, Bid me “Good morning.’” Written by H.A. Anderson. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JULY 29. 1926
MRS. EVEN ERICKSON (ARENDAHL)
Mrs. Even Erickson, one of the old settlers of Pigeon, esteemed and loved by the whole community was born October 21, 1851, in Arendahl, Norway. Arendahl is in Western Norway, situated on the open sea. The people lived off the sea as sailors and fishermen. This brought them in daily contact and face to face with many a tragedy caused by the dangerous storms on the rockbound coast of Norway. These conditions of life left its mark on the character of these people along the west coast of Norway. A resolute mind and a resourcefulness in the difficult turns of life which at times could be very striking. Mrs. Even Erickson’s parents were Torger and Marie Torgerson. With her husband, Martin Lundstad, and two children, she came to America in 1883. As was the custom in those days, Mr. Lundstad found work in the woods in the winter. Shortly before camp breaking in spring and having sent some of his clothes home, he left the camp in the nighttime and was never heard from since. No traces were ever found. It was as though the dark night had swallowed him in lasting silence. In 1885 she married Even Erickson. They made their home in Fuller Coulee, where she lived until death April 4. She had suffered painful and distressing physical ailments for several years always with resolute fortitude and patience. Her sickness brought on frequent, acute spells when death seemed very near. One of these finally ended her earthly life in the presence of her husband early in the morning April 4. She is survived by her husband, five sons and a daughter: Olaus Lundstad, St. Paul; John Lundstad, Whitehall; Edward Erickson, Pigeon Falls; Mrs. H. Everson, Whitehall; Nels Erickson, Rugby, North Dakota; and one brother and three sisters in Minneapolis. She was put to rest in the Synod Lutheran cemetery, Pigeon Falls, April 7, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. E.B. Christopherson. Though the weather was exceedingly disagreeable and the roads in poor condition, the funeral was largely attended. Blessed be her memory. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER- APRIL 19, 1923
SEVER ERICKSON (SONDRE ODALEN)
Sever Erickson died at his farm home a quarter of a mile south of Blair shortly before midnight Tuesday, December 5, 1933. He had been ill over a year. He had sought medical aid at home and at LaCrosse. The cause of death was cancer and a heart complication. Funeral services were conducted by his pastor, Rev. T.E. Sweger at the home and at the church on Friday afternoon, December 8. Mrs. A.N. Garson sang two solos, one in Norwegian and the other in English at the services. Interment was made in the Zion cemetery. Pallbearers were Olaf Otterson, Henry Hanson, Phillip Oldendorf, M.M. Skyrud, Theo. M. Hanson and Ole Bratland. Mrs. Martin Erickson and Agnes Otterson carried flowers. Sever Erickson was born in Sondre Odalen, Norway January 2, 1865. At the age of 22 years he came to America. He labored as a farm hand several years on Highland Prairie, Filmore County, Minnesota. Later on he worked at a sawmill in Winona. It was at this place he made the acquaintanceship of her, who was to be his life companion the last 35 years of his life. January 19, 1898 he was united in marriage by Rev. A. Hauge at Winona to Anna Halvorson. In 1903 they came to Mrs. Erickson’s former home in Trempealeau County and purchased the present Roy Jennings farm on Highway 53, one mile south of Blair. Here they resided a quarter of a century and with the painstaking care and indefatigable labor they built up a splendid farm home. In 1928, feeling the need of less arduous labor with the approach of old age, they sold the farm to Roy Jennings and moved to Blair where they resided a year before purchasing the present home place. No children were born to this union but a motherless niece of Mrs. Erickson was taken in to the home at the age of seven years and received from them a kind father’s and mother’s care and good home training. Besides the wife and foster daughter, Eileen, Mrs. Arnold Haugen of Northfield, no immediate relatives in this country are left to mourn his passing. Mr. Erickson enjoyed the confidence and respect of all who knew him. He was conscientious, industrious and God fearing. He was not of the self-assertive type who thereby bring themselves to public notice but rather of that humble band content to do their duty in quiet and childlike faith who by their solid virtues constitute the foundation of the best citizenship. He was a faithful member of the Zion Lutheran Church for a period of 30 years. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 14, 1933
MRS. SEVER ERICKSON (NORWAY)
Mrs. Sever Erickson, 80, was found dead at her home on the outskirts of Blair Tuesday morning. Omer Otterson, a neighbor who has kept her supplied with wood and water went to the home as usual Monday morning but received no response to his knock and supposed that she had accompanied her niece, Mrs. Arnold Haugen, who had visited her Sunday, to her home at Northfield. When he went Tuesday morning and found the door locked from the inside he became alarmed and related the circumstances to C.J. Gibson who called Mrs. Haugen and found that Mrs. Erickson was not at the Haugen home. Mr. Otterson, Albert Tenneson and Milton Frederixon then went to the home and found the lifeless body of Mrs. Erickson in her bed. She had evidently passed away in her sleep sometime Sunday night. A doctor was called who pronounced the cause of death to be a heart attack. Mrs. Erickson, as Anna Halverson, was born October 18, 1864 in Norway to Mr. and Mrs. Halvor Halvorson. She came to America at about the age of 20 and was married to Sever Erickson after reaching this country. They were engaged in farming near Blair until the death of Mr. Erickson, who passed away in December 1933. There were no children. Survivors include two brothers, Pete Flaaten, Blair; Knute Flaaten Halvorson and a sister at Whitehall and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Thursday at the Gibson Funeral home at 1:30 and at the Zion Lutheran church at 2:00 o’clock with the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 15, 1945
BERNT ESBERGET (VAALER)
Bernt Esberget died at the home of Mrs. Tiedeman Bergum Saturday, August 27, of cancer of the stomach. He was born in Vaaler, Solar, Norway, April 4, 1848, and came to America in 1871. He was not married and has had his home with the Bergums for the past thirteen years. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Johan Olsen, were held Monday afternoon of this week from the home of Mrs. Tiedeman Bergum and the Fagernes church. The remains were laid to rest in the cemetery near the church. The pallbearers were Martin Peterson, R.I. Berg, Charley Fagernes, Johannes Johnson, Albert Knutson and Olaf Christianson. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - SEPTEMBER 1, 1932
JULIUS ERICKSON (GRUE)
Julius Erickson, 95, Blair, died Monday, June 7, 1993, in the Grand View Care Center, Blair. He was born June 23, 1897 in Solar, Norway, to Eric and Martha (Emerson) Erickson and migrated to the United States at the age of six, settling in Ettrick Township. He married Goldie May Hanke on January 6, 1926 in Winona, Minnesota. She preceded him in death on June 20, 1990. Following their marriage, the couple farmed between Ettrick and Melrose. They then moved to Owens, Wisconsin are where Julius was a fieldman and cheesemaker for the Hoard Center Cheese Factory for many years. They then returned to Blair where he owned and operated a sawmill and later Erickson Lumber Yard for many years prior to retirement in 1968. Following retirement, the couple lived in Florida, Black River Falls and Taylor, Wisconsin before returning to Blair. He has been a resident of the Grand View Care Center since December of 1991. Survivors include one son, Donald (Lois) of Redding, California; a grandson, Michael (Susan) Erickson, Lodi, California; a granddaughter, Kathleen (Robert) Colburn, Oxford, Alabama; and three great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, seven brothers and six sisters. Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday June 12, in the Zion Lutheran Church, Blair. Rev. Jean Cowdery Kloss officiated and burial was in the Melrose Cemetery, Melrose. Casket bearers were Ivan Stenberg, Milton Ericksmoen, Chester Moen, Wayne Sweno, Allen Moen and Vern Olson. Jack Funeral Home, Blair, was in charge of arrangements. THE BLAIR PRESS - date not recorded
HALVOR ESPE (NORWAY)
Halvor Espe, 72, bachelor living at the Frank Augustine farm, died at Luther hospital in Eau Claire at 5 p.m. Monday of cancer. Mr. Espe had been consulting physicians here and at Eau Claire and took the afternoon bus to that city Monday to enter the hospital, where he arrived about 4 p.m. and died two hours later. Not much is known about Mr. Espe here except that he was born in Norway, formerly lived in Iowa and was at one time a traveling shoe salesman. He lived in the Blair area in the early 1920’s and at one time owned the present Albert Austad farm, which he sold to Mr. Austad. He made his home for some time with T.B. Thompson on his farm in Lakes Coulee. Six years ago he came to Whitehall and has been residing here ever since. Following his death, the names of two nieces were found on letters among his personal effects, Mrs. Jens Lundholm of Ruthton, Minnesota and Mrs. G. Polson of Cleghorn, Iowa. Attorney O.J. Eggum and Omer Olson, who resides in the residence owned by Mr. Espe in this city, contacted Mrs. Lundholm, who will make funeral arrangements. The remains were brought to the Rhode undertaking parlors here and are being shipped to Tyler, Minnesota for burial. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - OCTOBER 4, 1945
OLE ERICKSON (SOLAR)
Ole Erickson, son of Eric Olson and Oleana Thorsonsdatter Olson, was born in Solar, Norway, October 20, 1859. In 1884, in his 25th year, he left his native land and came to this country, locating in Blair and working on farms until he found one that he bought himself, the present Ole Hauag place in Lincoln. He lived on this farm five years. The marriage of Ole Erickson and Annie M. Engen of Whitehall took place on October 5, 1887. Four of their ten children were born to them while they occupied their first farm: Emma, who died in 1890, 1 ½ years old; Hilman, born in 1890, who was destined to some day become Trempealeau county sheriff; Emma, born in 1891 and Amanda, born in 1894, now the wife of Ralph Cook of Charles City, Iowa. Emma died at the age of 18 years. In March 1896, the Ericksons sold their farm in Lincoln and bought the 223 acre Rumpel place in the town of Hale. Here they lived for 23 years. Their other children were born here - Olga, in 1897; the twins, Ida and Carl, 1898, the latter dying three months later; Melvin, 1902; Carl, 1904; and Marvin Ole, 1910. Olga is now Mrs. Louis Sommers, Ida is the wife of Bennie Nelson and Carl and Marvin are deceased. While living in Hale, Mr. Erickson served as town treasurer two years, as a member of his school district board for several terms and as president of the telephone company serving that community. In 1910 he built a modern house on his farm and in 1915, a barn, to replace the one he had erected in 1901 but was blown down in a wind storm in 1914, and a silo. Buying the Archie Wood farm in Lincoln in 1918, the Ericksons moved there with their family and resided on the place ten years and then retired, making their home in Whitehall. He died Friday, March 22, of heart trouble at his village home. He had suffered for several years with asthma. Mr. Erickson was active in helping to raise funds to build the Whitehall Community hospital. Religiously he was affiliated with Our Saviour’s church and served as trustee for a number of years. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 25, at Our Saviour’s church, and burial was made in Lincoln cemetery, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. Deceased is survived by his widow, two sons, Hilman and Melvin at home, three daughters, Mrs. Bennie Nelson of Whitehall and Mrs. Ralph Cook and Mrs. Louis Sommers of Charles City, Iowa and ten grandchildren. There is also a brother, Theodore of Whitehall and a sister in Norway. Mr. Erickson was a hard worker during his lifetime and was very successful as a farmer, making a good home for his family. His death is felt deeply by not only them but his friends and associates, among whom he was a respected figure. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 4, 1935
OLE ERICKSON (SWEDEN)
Funeral services for Ole Erickson, who passed away Friday morning, May 13, at his home in the town of Hale, were held Tuesday afternoon, May 17, from the home and at the Chimney Rock church, the Rev. Sven Thompson officiating. Interment was to the church cemetery. Mr. Erickson was born March 20, 1864 in Varmland, Sweden, the son of Erik and Martha Christopherson Erickson. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Sweden. In 1888 he emigrated to America, coming to Independence and working in nearby communities. On August 4, 1906, he was united in marriage to Olivia Caroline Olson from near Independence, who survives him. They settled on a farm in the town of Hale, where he resided until the time of his death. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JUNE 2, 1949
MRS. MAGNHILDA ERICKSON (KINSERVIK, HARDANGER)
Magnhilda Instenes was born on the Instenes farm in Kinservik parish, Hardanger, Norway, February 4, 1848. She was baptized in the Kinservik church and confirmed in the Ullensvang church. She was united in marriage to Asbjorn Erickson by Rev. Christie in the year 1879, and they emigrated to America in 1881, leaving Norway the 12th of March and arriving in Blair the 3rd of June. They made their home in Beaver Creek, and the year after their arrival they purchased the present Albert Tormoen farm. Two children were born to this union: Erick, who died in infancy; and Julia, Mrs. Albert Tormoen. Her husband died February 3, 1918, after which time Mrs. Erickson’s health gradually failed, and she was confined to her bed for some time previous to her death. She died trusting in the merits of her Saviour, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, February 12, 1929, at 10:00 p.m., aged 81 years and 8 days. Ever since her arrival in this country, Mrs. Erickson had been a member of the Beaver Creek congregation, a faithful and devoted attendant at church services. Mrs. Erickson endured the hardships of pioneer life. A woman of perservering industry, a kindly soul who endeared herself to many. She will be sadly missed in the home where she was an affectionate mother and grandmother. She leaves besides the daughter mentioned above; a step-daughter, Mrs. Lars Grinde of Galesville; five grandchildren; two sisters: Mrs. Alte Grinde of Shake Hollow, and Mrs. Iver Barlow of Franklin, and one brother, Anders Instenes of Ullensvang, Norway. Funeral services were held Friday, February 15th in charge of the pastor, Rev. Sweger, at the house at 1:30 p.m. and at 2:00 p.m. at the Beaver Creek church, where interment was made. The Albert Tormoen family gave a memory wreath in the form of a gift in the missions. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 21, 1929
MRS. ANDERS ESTENSON (LARVIK)
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Oftedahl funeral home at Osseo and the South Beef River Lutheran church for Inger Andrine Estenson, who died November 7, at the home of her daughter, Anna Loff at Cloquet, Minnesota, at the age of 89 years and 26 days. The Rev. E.B. Christophersen officiated at the last rites. Edwin Thomley sang “Den Store Hvide Flok” at the church and Ernest Olson sang “Jeg ved mig en sovn I Jesu navn” and “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say.” Burial was in the church cemetery. Mrs. Estenson was born October 12, 1856 in Larvik, Norway, and at the age of 11 years came to America, settling in this community. Here she resided until about 1 ½ years ago, when she made her home with her daughters at Duluth and Cloquet. Ten children were born to her and her husband, Anders Estenson, who passed away 39 years ago. All five sons and two daughers preceded in death, leaving to survive three daughters, Anna Loff of Cloquet, Millie Mork of Whitehall and Inga Faanes of Duluth. She also leaves 13 grandchilderen, four great-grandchildren; one brother, Louis Olson of Santa Monica, California, besides other relatives and a host of friends. Pallbearers at the last rites were Louis Larson, Hans Severson, Ransom Richard, Jim Olson, Tommie Loke and Sever Pederson. Floral offerings and memorials of which there were many were much appreciated by the family. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - NOVEMBER 15, 1945
CHRISTIAN ERICKSON (VERMLAND, SWEDEN)
Christian Erickson was born in Uggleheden, Varmland, Sweden, August 28, 1862. In Holjes, Sweden, on March 20, 1886, he was united in marriage to Augusta Mathilda Sakariason of Fjaraas, Sweden. To this union were born two sons, Carl and Eleck. On June 24, 1887 to America and settled in Chimney Rock, where he resided for two years, later moving to his present farm in the town of Unity. Mrs. Augusta Erickson passed away April 7, 1901. On January 20, 1903 he married Anna Marie Olson of Independence. To this union two children were born, Mabel and Oaklyn Arnold. He died on October 23, 1933, at the age of 71 years, one month and 23 days. He is survived by his wife and three children, two sisters and three brothers, Caroline, Mathilda, Emil and August of Sweden and Old, residing on a neighboring farm. The funeral services were held at the St. Paul’s Lutheran church at Strum Thursday, October 25. Rev. O.A. Hjemboe officiating. Interment was made in the St. Paul’s cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - NOVEMBER 9, 1933
JOHN ERICKSON (DRAMMEN)
John Erickson, 79, died suddenly, at 11:30 p.m. Thursday, of a heart attack at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Mahlum on Federal highway 53, west of Ettrick. He was born in Drammen, Norway, January 9, 1873, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Erickson Sr. His father died while John was an infant. Mr. Erickson came to America at the age of six with his mother and another family. They settled first at LaCrosse. Erickson’s mother later returned to Norway leaving her son with the family with whom he came to America. Mr. and Mrs. Berg. On June 6, 1900 he was married Rose Anna Dick at the home of the bride’s parents in Silver Creek valley, town of Gale by the Rev. Thomas Hill, Presbyterian pastor. For more than forty years, the couple engaged in farming in the Frenchville community, retiring eight years ago. For a time they continued to live at Frenchville, but on December 1950, they came to make their home with Mr. and Mrs. Mahlum. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at the Mahlum home in 1950. Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Morris Koons, Wausau; Mrs. Chester Olson, Mindoro; Mrs. Hiram Mahlum, Ettrick; two sons, Glen on the home farm at Frenchville, and William of LaCrosse, and four grandchildren. A son, Donald, died December 26, 1944, the result of an automobile accident. Funeral services were held Monday at 1:30 at the Mahlum home in Ettrick and at 2 p.m. at the Galesville Presbyterian church, the Rev. H.A. Wisner officiating. Burial was in Pine Cliff cemetery at Galesville. THE BLAIR PRESS - March 6, 1952
PETER ESTENSON (TRONDBJERN)
Peter Estenson was born June 21, 1853, at Stordalen, Trondbjern, Norway, of the parents, Esten Steffenson and his wife, Gurine Petersdatter. In the spring of 1875 he, with his parents and brother Bertinus, left his home country and came to America, his two sisters having previously settled here. In the fall of 1883, Mr. Estenson bought the farm in Fitch coulee, which is now occupied by his son, Oscar and wife. On February 20, 1884, he was united in marriage to Frederica Flikkeshaug, who preceded him in death 27 years ago. This was a hard blow for Mr. Estenson, who was left with a family of 11 children, the youngest only 15 months old. However, with the faithful assistance of the older children it was possible to keep the family together. Two of his children have also gone before. Louise, who died in 1908 at the age of 22 years, and Mandley, the youngest of the family, who died four years ago at 24 years of age. The surviving children are: Mrs. Ole Boe, Taylor; Oscar and Ferdinand, Fitch Coulee; Mrs. Iver B. Olson, Mrs. Oliver Iverson, Edwin Estenson, Mrs. Albert Kjos and Mrs. Clarence Schaefer, all living near Whitehall, and Theodore of Chicago. Is greatly to the credit of Mr. Estenson that through steadiness of purpose and constancy in attendance to the things he could do that he won his way to financial independence and for himself a reputation for meeting the obligations due to society. Upon retiring from farming in 1921, Mr. Estenson lived for some time with his son Ferdinand on the farm. For the last 12 years he has made his home with his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Iver B. Olson, and enjoyed with them the quiet and beautiful surroundings of their farm home. At one of Mrs. Olson’s visits with him at his sickbed he extended his deep appreciation and thanks for what she had done for him and also asked her to convey the same greetings to Mr. Olson and added, “He has been so good to me.” Although Mr. Estenson had retired from actual labor several years ago, he still enjoyed some light chores about the place until his health began to gradually fail him and the complications of old age crept upon him. He suffered with pain in his feet for a long time, which gradually became intense, and he was taken to the hospital at Whitehall for treatment. After a short stay there, it became visible that gangrene had started in one of his limbs. After ten weeks at the hospital, he was removed to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Clarence Schaefer, where he was cared for until he was relieved by death on Friday, July 6, where he was peacefully passed away. He was a patient sufferer during his long illness, never complaining when asked about his condition. The pallbearers were his four sons, Oscar, Ferdinand, Edwin and Theodore and two grandsons, Orville and Ernest Boe. The flower bearers were Marjorie Schaefer and Evelyn Olson. It was his bequest to have only a few flowers and his wish was granted as nearly as possible. However, a gorgeous wreath arrived from the Employees Liability at Chicago, besides those given by relatives. Mrs. Carl John sang two solos, “Den store hvide flok” ad “Abide With Me.” Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 10, at the Clarence Schaefer home and from the Synod Lutheran church at Pigeon Falls, of which he was a member. Interment was made in the church cemetery. Rev. E.B. Christopherson delivered the funeral sermon. Undertaker E. A Sletteland was in charge. Thus passed one of the quiet, substantial, thrifty and industrious men of the community. He will be missed and affectionately remembered by his host of friends and especially by his many children and grandchildren, who so dearly loved him. We rejoice in the hope, however, that the brief separation will be turned into an eternal and perfect companionship in heaven. A vacancy in the family circle is long felt, but when such a loss results from the departure of a good man or woman, it should be a source of inspiration rather than of sadness. For out of such vacancies come constant reminders of courage, patience, duties, cheerfully done and trials bore with fortitude. And so instead of wasting our energies in useless grief we should rejoice in noble, beautiful memories and aspire to cultivate in our own lives the virtues of our beloved dead. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JULY 19, 1934
MRS. MARIE ESTENSON (BIRI)
Mrs. Marie Estenson was born in Biri, Norway, April 2, 1850. In the year of 1876 she journeyed to America to make her home here. In the fall of 1879 she was married to Bertinus Estenson. This union was blessed with four daughters, all of whom reside in this community; namely, Mrs. Emil Borreson, Mrs. Anton Johnson, Mrs. Arne Torud and Mrs. Thomas Stalheim. There are 23 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Mrs. Estenson was taken sick with a cold on January 20, which turned into pneumonia, causing her death February 3, at the age of 81, years, 10 months and two days. The funeral was held from the Synod Lutheran church at Pigeon Falls, February 6th. A great number of people attended. The sermon was delivered by Rev. E.B. Christophersen. Reverends A.J. and H.A. Oerke also gave short talks. A beautiful hymn was rendered by a quartette. Thus, with God’s Blessing, she was laid to rest until the trumpet shall sound. When again soul and body will be united to serve the Master forever. As mentioned above, Mrs. Estenson was born in Biri, Norway, her maiden name being Marie Thorson. She was the daughter of Thor Taasensen and Oline Olsdatter. Biri Dalen, Noway, is a large valley and very beautiful extending for many miles into the mainland, the sides in the further end sloping up to the mountains. Thru this valley runs a river with its sparkling cold water. The hillsides and slopes are generously covered with spruce and birch. In such a valley, Mrs. Estenson spent her girlhood and young womanhood. There is no doubt but this sturdy and rugged, but beautiful country of the Vikings, left their impression upon her youthful soul as she evidenced those characteristics in her very being, and in her dealings with her many friends. Mrs. Estenson was the youngest of a family of 13 children, 10 of whom died in infancy or early childhood. The reason for this great morality in the family is not known, but it is not an uncommon thing when the means and conditions are such that medical care and proper treatment are not to be had during epidemics and sickness. After coming to America, in 1876, where two of her brothers, Thorjer and John, had preceded her, she made her home in the Pigeon Valley. Here she made many friends and in the fall of 1879 she was Married to Bertinus Estenson and upon their marriage they went to farming in Fitch Coulee. Here they worked hand in hand being both being thrifty and hardy workers. They soon had a home where they could enjoy the blessings that a good Christian home can give. During this period she also managed to find time to go out and help neighbors, friends who needed her assistance. Having had some experience in the profession as a mid-wife in Norway, she soon found that her services were demanded here. The exact number of cases that she attended is not definitely known but a conservative estimate would be between 200 and 300. It may be said to her credit that she must have been efficient as among the great number of cases she attended not one mother died during confinement. In the year 1904, Mr. and Mrs. Estenson sold their farm to Ole C. Foss, and moved to Pigeon Falls. Here they resided until the death of Mr. Estenson in the year 1921. Since then she has made her home with her youngest daughter, Mrs. Thomas Stalheim. During her whole lifetime, Mrs. Estenson took an interest in the church and its work. Having been baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith in Norway, she carried through those Christian principles that she had been taught as a child. Mrs. Estenson was a member of the Lutheran church at Pigeon Falls from its very beginning. She took an active part in the Ladies Aid and for many years, she supervised the coffee cooking at the S.L. Hall at Young People’s Society meetings and many other gatherings. It may be said of Mrs. Estenson that she was a strong, thrifty, frugal and loving woman and mother that did what she could to make this world a more fit place in which to live. May God bless her memory unto us all. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - FEBRUARY 15, 1934
BERTINUS ESTENSON (STORDALEN)
Bertinus Estenson was born in Stordalen, Trondjem’s amt, Norway, February 4, 1846. His parents were Esten Steffenson and Gurine Pedersdatter. He left his home and country and came to America in the year 1875. In 1879 he was married to Marie Thorson. Their married life was blessed with four children: Mrs. Emil Borreson, Mrs. Anton Johnson, Mrs. Arne Torud and Mrs. Thomas Stalheim, all of whom are living. Bertinus Estenson lived on a farm in Fitch Coulee. This farm he sold and moved to Pigeon Falls upon retiring from farming about 17 years ago. B. Estenson possessed a never failing good humor and a cheerful spirit. His radiant and cheerful personality won for him a host of friends among the young and old, who are saddened by his death, and feel it to be a personal loss to them. No man possibly of his age retained the youthful spirit and optimism to the extent that he did. For many years he was the faithful and trusted janitor in the Y.P.S. Hall. He likes this work where he could associate with the young people. And the young people were always delighted by his presence and friendliness. He was everybody’s friend nobody’s enemy. Estenson’s health had failed since this spring. Not many knew this, so his death, Thursday, September 15, came as a surprise to most people. He died as he had lived, happy and contented. His wish was to die being assured that in Christ Jesus his sins had been forgiven and that salvation was in store for him. The funeral was held Saturday. A great number of people attended. Both Rev. E.B. Christopherson, deceased’s pastor, and Rev. A. J. Orke, his neighbor for 17 years, officiated. A considerable number of floral wreaths and emblems were placed on the coffin by friends. The Y.P.S. gave $25 as a gift to Gale college in memory of Mr. Estenson. He was buried in the Synod Church Cemetery. The memory of B. Estenson will long remain with us. The sympathy and kind wishes of the community are with the bereaved widow, Marie Estenson, and children. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - SEPTEMBER 22, 1921
JENS EVENSON (VARDAHL)
Funeral services were held at the P.O. Pederson home and at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church Saturday afternoon for Jens Evenson, 92, who died at the Community Hospital at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, following an illness of less than a week with congestion of the lungs. The Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiated at the last rites. At the home the Senior choir sang “in Heaven Above” and Philip Thomte sang “Going Home.” At the church services Mr. Thomte sang “Den Store Hvide Flok” and the choir sang “Asleep in Jesus” and “Still, Still With Thee.” The pallbearers were Orin Evenson, Kermit Pederson, Guy Pederson, Harold Skaug, Henry Roberts and Robert Pederson, while the flowers were carried by Mrs. Henry Roberts and Evelyn Evenson. Burial was in Lincoln cemetery. Mr Evenson was born May 4, 1852 in Vardahl, Norway, the son of Matt and Pernilla Evenson. When he was seven years old, the family came to this country settling in Halfway Creek, LaCrosse county. His father, who was a harness-maker by trade, died six years after their arrival here and as the oldest in the family, Jens had to take over the responsibility of the family. On February 13, 187, he was united in marriage to Beatha Olson of Halfway Creek. They purchased 80 acres of land in Pigeon from the late Nels Hegge, which is now part of the Albert Eid farm. They resided there for 30 years, Mr. Evenson operating a threshing rig in addition to farming. In 1906 they sold the farm and moved to Elk Creek, purchasing the store owned by the late Ole Pederson. Later they sold it again and retired. Mrs. Evenson passed away in April 1920. Six children were born to this couple, five of whom survive their father. They are Orville of Lincoln township, Clarence of Osseo; Ensel of New Orleans, La.; Anna, Mrs. Walter Fahl of LaCrosse; and Millie, Mrs. P.O. Pederson of Whitehall. One son, Elmer, died 25 years ago. Following his wife’s death, Mr. Evenson made his home most of the time with Mrs. Pederson. He also leaves 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one brother, Morris Evenson, of Whitehall. The oldest of his family, he survived by about a month his youngest brother, John Evenson, of Cloquet, Minn., who died there in March at the age of 80. Mr. Evenson had been in good health up to his last illness. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MAY 11, 1944
MRS. BEATHA EVENSON (VARDAL)
Mrs. Beatha Evenson, nee Olson, was born in Vardal, Norway, December 15, 1855. Coming with her father and sister to this continent in 1865, she landed in the province of Quebec, Canada, and then went to Halfway Creek, LaCrosse for about ten years. In 1875 she was united in marriage to Jens Evenson and shortly after moved to the town of Pigeon where they lived until 1906, then moving to Elk Creek where she passed away April 14. Six children were born, of whom five are living: Mr. P.O. Pederson, Elk Creek; Mrs. W.E. Fahl, Knap; Orville and Clarence, Osseo; and Ensel, Blair. One son, Elmer, preceded her in death about two years ago. Besides her husband and children, her father is left to mourn her loss. Our Saviour’s church at Whitehall conducted services jointly by Revs. O.C. Aune of Osseo and M.C. Johnsboy of this village, Saturday, April 17, the remains being laid to rest in Lincoln cemetery. The pallbearers were: Ole Kolden, Gilbert Eid, Ole Haraldsrud, Oscar Libakken, Richard Matson and Even Hegge. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - BANNER - APRIL 22, 1920
AUGUST EVENSON (VARDAHL)
August Evenson, a respected citizen of the community in which he lived, died at his home in Pigeon, Wednesday January 27th, after a lingering illness of tuberculosis. Mr. Evenson was born in Vardahl, Norway, February 1, 1857. He came to America with his parents the following year, the family settling in LaCrosse county, where he continued to reside until 1883, marrying Miss Minnie Skogen in April 1881. In 1883 he moved to the town of Pigeon where he resided to the time of his death. Mr. Evenson was a brother of Mrs. Ole Torson of this place. The funeral was held Wedesday, February 3rd, Rev. A.J. Orke officiating. He leaves and wife and six children - Luella of North Dakota, Hulda, Cora, Mabel, Lorence and Mildred. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - FEBRUARY 18, 1915
PETER EVENSON (STANGE)
Funeral services were conducted at the Hale Lutheran church Wednesday for Peter Evenson, 86, who died at the Trempealeau county hospital, Sunday, where he had been a patient since May. Born in Stange Norway, March 14, 1856, he came to this country over 50 years ago and acquired a farm in the town of Hale, which he sold a few years ago. A bachelor, he lived alone for many years and leaves only distant relatives in this area to survive him. The Rev. N.E. Halvorsen conducted the last rites, and burial was in the church cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - DECEMBER 3, 1942
MRS. MADS (INGEBORG) EVENSON (HARDANGER)
Ingeborg Evenson, who died at the Community hospital last Sunday, was born at Opheinn, Hardanger, Norway, June 24, 1851. In1866 she came to Beaver Creek, this county, where she lived until January 26, 1870, when she married Mads Evenson. Since her marriage, her home has been in the town of Lincoln. She had no children of her own, but has helped raise five children. She leaves her husband, Mads Evenson nearly ninety-two years old to mourn her loss. Her funeral was held in Our Saviour’s church yesterday, Rev. L.O. Oien officiating. She was buried in the cemetery at Old Whitehall. She was in usual health until last Friday, so that her death came as a great shock and surprise to her friends. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - AUGUST 13, 1925
MRS. MARGIT EVENSON (TIRI, TELEMARK)
Mrs. Margit Evenson was born July 4, 1850 at Tiri, Telemarken, Norway. She came to America in 1872, and was united in marriage to Even Evenson in 1873. Eleven children were born to this union of whom six survive. Their mother, Mrs. Evenson, has been in poor health for the last eight years and Sunday, August 12, she passed away at the Whitehall hospital. The funeral was held at the Chimney Rock church, August 15. She leaves to mourn her death three daughters: Mrs. Otis Johnson, Eau Claire; Mrs. Cornel Knudtson, Eau Claire; Mrs. Charles Knudtson of Chimney Rock and three sons, Melvin and Gilbert of Eau Claire and Oden of Chimney Rock. She is survived by twenty-one grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - AUGUST 23, 1928
MRS. OLINE EVENSON (FAABERG)
Mrs. Oline Evenson died at the Lutheran hospital at Eau Claire March 4, and her remains were brought to Pigeon Falls. Funeral services were held March 8, Rev. A.J. Orke officiating. Mrs. Evenson, daughter of Ole and Christine Flugstad, was born at Faaberg, Norway, March 23, 1857. She came to America in 1882, and in the same year, she was united in marriage to Sever Evenson. They settled on a farm at North Bend, Jackson county, but later moved to Schimmerhorn valley where her husband died in 1899. Two children were born to them, Peter and Clara. Peter died in 1914. Her daughter was married to Bernt Magelie, who died in 1918, and a year after she also died. Mr. and Mrs. Magelie left three children and since the death of their parents, have been cared for by their grandmother, Mrs. Evenson. In 1923, Mrs. Evenson sold her farm and moved to Pigeon Falls, where she bought a home, and continued to care for her grandchildren. Her brother, Otto, also made his home with her. Mrs. Evenson went through many hardships and trials, but in faith and patience, she took up the cross-God has been her comfort and refuge. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MARCH 24, 1927
ERLING ERLANDSEN (BERGEN)
Erling Erlandsen, well known to many in this community, met a tragic death last week at the Lutheran hospital at LaCrosse, where he had been employed for the last couple of years. He was engaged in painting the ceiling in the basement when he came in contact with an electric wire, resulting in instant death. Mr. Erlandsen was born in Bergen, Norway, and was 28 years and 9 months of age. He was married to Louise H. Dale on December 2, 1917. He leaves to mourn his sudden departure, his wife and three children - Esther, age 7 years; Sigurd, 15 months; and Dorothy, age 4 months. One baby, Agnes, died in 1921 at the age of 7 months. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. George Schaefer and four brothers, Amund of Brooklyn, New York; Harold of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Charles of Kansas and Alexander of Madison. Deceased was a member of Sons of Norway Lodge and of the Normanna Choir of LaCrosse. The latter sang several beautiful songs at the funeral; one was “Den store hvide flok vi si” at the request of the departed. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. The family has the sympathy of the entire community in their sad, sad bereavement. THE BLAIR PRESS - JULY 30, 1925
OLE EVENSON (NEMEDAL)
One of the old pioneers of this section passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George Reitzel on Bear Creek Ridge, at the ripe old age of 84 years, 8 months and 15 days. His health had been failing for some time and there was a gradual decline until death came calmly and peacefully February 23, 1928. He was born in Nemedal, Norway, June 7th, 1843. Here he grew to young manhood and at the age of twenty-four set sail as did so many of his countrymen to the distant shores of America. Here he homesteaded in Welch Coulee where he resided the rest of his life with the exception of the last year when he found a good home with two of his daughters, first Mrs. Martin Knutson and later, Mrs. George Reitzel. He was united in marriage to Christena Christianson in the year 1870. His wife died 26 years ago the first day of March 1902. Nine children were born to their union. Four of them died in the diphtheria epidemic many years ago. Those who survive are Mrs. Anton Lund, Silva, North Dakota; Andrew Evenson, Fly Creek; Mrs. Emma Thompson, Winona; Mrs. George Reitzel, Bear Creek Ridge and Mrs. Martin Knutson, Welch Coulee. He also leaves 23 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday, February 27th at 2 p.m. from the Zion Lutheran church of which he had been a member since coming to America, the Rev. T.E. Sweger in charge. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 1, 1928
CHRISTIAN EVERSON (NORWAY)
Christian Everson, who died of consumption at his home in Lincoln, this town, August 6, 1893, was born in Norway, May 11, 1849. He immigrated to this country with his family in 1853, locating in Dane county, Wisconsin and came to this town in 1875. November 21, 1875, he married Helen Hanson, by whom he had six children, four boys and two girls, who, together with his wife, survive him. Mr. Everson also leaves four brothers and a sister; Knudt of Arcadia; John living in Dane county, this state; Peter and Amos, resident of Colorado; and Mrs. Hans Spangrud, of Iowa county, this state. Deceased was an upright and respected citizen. He had held the office of assessor and treasurer of his town, giving good satisfaction to his constituents. Besides a wife and children, he leaves many friends to mourn his death. His family have the sympathy of the community in their affliction. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - AUGUST 17, 1893
MRS. MATT EVERSON (TELEMARK)
Funeral services were held at the home in Fly Creek and at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church Monday afternoon for Mrs. Matt Everson, 84, who died at the Whitehall Community Hospital on November 16, following many months of failing health. The Rev O.G. Birkeland officiated at the last rites. Pallbearers, all grandsons, were Melford, Gavin and Orlin Stendahl and Arnold Quarne of Blair; Douglas Mason of Whitehall and Amos Tenneson of Milwaukee, while the flowers were carried by granddaughters, Mrs. Douglas Mason of Whitehall, Mmes. Melford and Gavin Stendahl of Blair and Misses Mavis and Iola Stendahl of Milwaukee. Special music was furnished by Mrs. Carl Jahr, who sang “Den Store Hvide Flok” and by a group from the Senior Choir of the church, whose selections were “Abide With Me” and “Jeg vid me en sovn I Jesu navn.” Burial was in Old Whitehall cemetery. As Julia Knudtson, Mrs. Everson was born September 14, 1860 in Telemarken, Norway , and came to this country at the age of nine, settling with her parents on a farm in Fly Creek. On December 30, 1880, she was joined in marriage to Matt Everson, who preceded her in death December 21, 1929. The couple resided four years at Black River Falls and then moved to the farm in Fly Creek which remained their home until death. Eleven children were born to the couple, three of them preceding her in death. The surviving children are Albert, Vancouver, Washington; Melvin, Pigeon Falls; Morris and Goodwin on the home farm; Mina, Mrs. James Mason, Eau Claire; Ida, Mrs. Oscar Stendahl, Blair; Lulu, Mrs. Edwin Estenson, Whitehall; and Clara, LaCrosse. She also leaves nine grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Anderson of Moorhead, Minnesota and Mrs. August Bergquist, Minneapolis. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - NOVEMBER 23, 1924
MRS. ELLEN EVERSON (NORDRE LAND)
Ellen Everson was born in Nordre Land, Norway, January 24, 1851. She came to the U.S. with he parents, Gulbrand and Sesel Smedsrud about 186?. For three or four years, they lived near Mt. Horeb, Dane county, Wisconsin. Afterwards they moved to Welch Slough, this county, where her parents died and now sleep in the beautiful cemetery by Fagnernes church. About 1872, Ellen became the wife of Tracy Rice, who died about two years after marriage. The fruit of that union was Gilbert S. Rice, our well known townsman. About 1875, Ellen married Chris Everson, who died in August 1893. From this union were born Millie Everson, Clara Everson, Edward Everson, Claude Everson, Helen Petrie and Florence Everson. Claude died in 1919. Besides six children, the nearest relatives surviving her are a sister, Julia Hanson, of Duluth, and a brother, C.G. Hanson, of Los Angeles, California. Since her second marriage, Ellen Everson always stayed in Irvin coulee, town of Lincoln. During the last moths of her life, Mrs. Everson suffered extremely from a disease which might have become a lingering torture had not a stroke intervened which brought speedy surcease of her sufferings. She died June 1, 1927, and was buried June 4, in Lincoln cemetery by the side of her husband Chris Everson. Her funeral was conducted by Rev. Christophersen and Rev. Maakestad and largely attended by numerous relatives and a host of friends and neighbors. All children were present. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JUNE 15, 1927
SYVER EVERSON (UBERG, SOLAR)
Syver Everson, the subject of this sketch, notice of whose death appeared in these columns last week, was born in Uberg, Solar, Norway, in 1832, and at the age of 20, he, with his parents, bother Ole and one sister, Mrs. Andrew Olson, together with others from their neighborhood left on June 22, 1852 for America. They stayed at Christiania about two weeks before sailing. Leaving Christiania they went on board the sailing vessel Incognito and were on the Atlantic ten weeks and three days, landing in New York, going to Wellsboro, Penn. They then went to Candersport, that state, and from there they traveled on foot 60 miles to Bergen, settling one mile from that place in what was known as Ole Bull’s colony. The valley where they settled was called Oleann, and in time a town grew up. The students who had come over on the Incognito and joined the colony soon became dissatisfied with the land they found and composed that well known Norwegian song, “Oleanna.” That section of Pennsylvania was only a wilderness at this time, many of the trees being so large that it took three men to reach around a single tree. It took Syver, his father and a brother a whole year to clear an acre of land. In 1853 Syver Everson was married to Helene Pederson Svenbykvernen, a young lady who had crossed the ocean on the same ship and for five years, they continued their residence in the colony. On May 13, 1858, they left for Wisconsin and came to Trempealeau county from where traveling on foot 34 miles to the home of his cousin, John Koien, who then lived near the Trempealeau Valley church. They remained there one year, and in April 1859, moved to Ole Tappen’s place in Porter coulee, now known as Tappen coulee. They bought eighty acres of government land, moving onto it that fall and making a home, later adding more land to the farm, where he had resided up to the time of his death. Deceased had been failing since Christmas, and during the last seven weeks of his life was confined to the bed and suffered constant pain. He was patient and resigned, calmly awaiting the final summons from his heavenly Father to call him home. He will be sadly missed by his many friends. He died August 29, 1911, of a complication of diseases, aged 79 years and 14 days. The funeral services were held from the United Lutheran church at Blair, Rev. Gulbrandson officiating. The floral tributes were many and beautiful. Deceased is survived by his wife, Helene, and four children, vis: Mrs. Casandra Anderson of Superior; Ebert Everson of Preston; Peter Everson of White Earth, North Dakota; and Mrs. Ola Dahl of Preston, and his only living brother resides at White Earth, North Dakota. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - SEPTEMBER 14, 1911
MRS. HELEN EVERSON (VAALER, SOLAR)
Mrs. Helene Everson died on the morning of May 5, 1920, aged 91 years, 6 months and 15 days. She was born in Vaaler, Solar, Norway, October 20, 1828. She came to this country together with her father, one sister and two brothers in the year of 1852. They settled in what was known as the Ole Bull’s Colony in Pennsylvania. Here they lived for six years. Here she was married to Syver Everson, who came over on the same ship with her. In 1858 she came to Wisconsin and settled on a farm near the Trempealeau Valley church. Here they lived for one year and then they moved to the farm where she lived at the time of her death. She was the last of a family of five children. She leaves to mourn her death four children, viz: Mrs. Casandra Anderson of Superior; Ebert Everson, Peter Everson and Mrs. Ole H. Dahl of Blair and 19 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. Mr. Thomas Waller is one of two boys whom Mrs. Everson brought up. Oscar, the other boy is dead. They were the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Waller and were left motherless at the ages of 4 and 6 years. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 13, 1920
MRS. ELIZABETH EVERSON (NORWAY)
Mrs. Elizabeth Everson, formerly of Blair, Wisconsin, died at the home of her son, Julius, at White Earth, North Dakota, Wednesday morning, February 27, 1918 of old age. She was born in Norway, May 5, 1823. She was married to John Everson to which union nine children were born. Her husband died 3 years ago. Only three of the children are living. June 23, 1858, they sailed to America and were eight weeks on the ocean. They settled at Oleon, Potter county, where they resided for seven years. In 1865, they moved to Tappen Colee, Trempealeau County where they lived until 1907 when they moved with their son to White Earth, North Dakota where they proved up a claim. She was in good health until three weeks before her death. Funeral services were held in White Earth church, Rev. S.K. Shollehaug of White Earth officiating. The remains were laid to rest in the White Earth cemetery. She leaves to mourn her death three children of which only one was present when she died. Mrs. John McLure of Toledo, Ohio and Mrs. Albert Olegney of Marshfield, Wisconsin, daughters of Julia Iverson of White Earth, North Dakota, six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren were present at the funeral. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 14, 1918
JULIUS EVERSON (HOF, SOLAR)
A paralytic stroke caused the death of Julius Everson at a LaCrosse hospital, Saturday, June 1, bringing to a close many months of illness. Mr. Everson’s death followed the passing of his wife by ten days, who also had been in ill health for an extended time. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 4, at the home and Our Saviour’s Lutheran church, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating, assisted by the Rev. E.B. Christophersen of Pigeon Falls, who spoke in the Norwegian. A group from the Senior choir sang “Jesus Lover of My Soul, “In Heaven Above, “ Bedre Kan jeg ikke far” and “Abide With Me”. Pallbearers were the same as at Mrs. Everson’s funeral, all nephews of the two; namely, Vernal Thompson of Ettrick, Leonard and Archie Thompson of Beaver Creek, Knudt and Olger Thorson of Pigeon and Raymond Everson of Eau Claire. Flowers were carried by Miss Kathyrn Rice and Mmes Alice Southworth, M.A. Engen, Knut Amble and G.N. Pederson. Burial was in Lincoln cemetery besides the remains of his wife. The life of Julius Everson was dedicated to industry and from early youth throughout his life until overtaken by ill health, he was ever busy to provide for himself and family and to meet his obligations and take his part in the community in which he lived. Julius was born to Halvor Everson and his wife, Karen Thorrason, at Hof, in Solar, Norway, January 10, 1866. There he was baptized in the Lutheran faith and received his early education, both in public and parochial schools. When he was a young lad, his father came to America and a year or two later, he accompanied his mother, brother Tom and sister, who later became Mrs. Thor Thorson, to America to reestablish their home in the new land. They arrived here on June 24, 1881. Shortly after the arrival of the family, the father, Halvor Everson, purchased landing the town of Pigeon the farm now owned by Andrew Lovlien. It was wild land and the Eversons industriously applied themselves to developing a home. Julius remained with his parents several years and when he became a young man, he spent several winters in the woods to add to the family income and to accumulate a fund to establish a home of his own. Later he entered the employ of the late John Quinn, who was engaged in the pump and plumbing business at Galesville. While employed in that village, he was united in marriage to Miss Emma Martine Thompson. The wedding took place on June 7, 1894, the late Rev. E.M. Christophersen performing the ceremony. Immediately after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Everson moved to Whitehall, where Mr. Everson engaged in the plumbing and heating business for himself. Due to his ambition, frugality and honest dealing with the public, he succeeded. Prospering, he later built a home which he and his wife occupied until death claimed them. Mr. Everson enjoyed robust health until July 4, 1938, when he suffered a severe heart attack. He was ill for a period of six moths and then recovered to an extent which enabled him to be up and around. Realizing that he would not again be able to engage in heavy work, he disposed of his business and attempted to recuperate his health. He accomplished it partially but last December, he suffered an attack of pleurisy and for three months following, he was confined to his home. He was able to be up and around only for a period of three weeks. On April 20 he was taken sick and was confined to the Whitehall Community Hospital and in hospital at LaCrosse for a period of six weeks. On Friday afternoon, May 31, he suffered a paralytic stroke and died at 8:15 Saturday morning. Although in a weakened condition, he had a premonition that all was not well at home the day that his wife passed from this life, May 23. He called for his nurse, Mrs. Nona Herlitzka, who had cared for Mrs. Everson during the last weeks of her illness and then was engaged to take care of him. He told her that he had had a dream in which he saw his wife standing before him with outstretched arms. Mrs. Herlitzka pacified him, although she knew of Mrs. Everson’s death. Mr. Everson was not told of her passing until the day before he had the stroke, and it was thought that the information hastened the end. In appreciation of the religious services from WCAL, which he and his wife enjoyed for a period of two years when their health would not permit them to attend Our Saviour’s church, Mrs. Everson requested on the last day he lived that $10.00 be given to that radio station in her memory. Following his passing, children gave a similar amount to WCAL as a memorial to Mr. Everson. Deceased leaves to mourn his death two children, Jennie, Mrs. C.D. Van Sickle of Merrillan and Hensel of LaCrosse. His brother, Tom, residing Eau Claire, also survives. His only sister, Mrs. Thor Thorson, died in 1934. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JUNE 13, 1940
MRS. TILDE EVERSON (LOM, GULBRANDSDALEN)
Tilde Everson was born in Lom, Gulbranddalen, Norway, July 25, 1842. Her father, Tosten Tande and a sister, Mary, came to this country in 1867. On the same ship-Norden-which brought the write to Uncle Sam’s land. They stopped in Dane county, Wisconsin. The other members of the family came the following year on the ship Argo. For about a year after the family were reunited, they lived in Dane county. In the early summer of 1869, accompanied by several other homeseekers, they came to Plum Creek, this county. Their journey from Dane county was made with oxen. In 1870, Tilde married Knut Everson. Their wedding trip was made with a pair of steers to the home of Thorsten Nerhagen, where they met Rev. Sweinongson, who performed the ceremony. After their marriage, they continued to live in Plum Creek until Everson’s death December 13, 1893. After his death the widow stayed on the homestead with some of the children for several years. But after her son Henry moved to Whitehall, she lived most of the time here. She also lived with her daughter, Annie M. Brandon for about seven years. Her last years were years of affliction. She lost her sight, became gradually very feeble. June 9, 1927, she passed away at Mrs. Brandon’s home, aged 84 years, 10 months and 14 days. She was the mother of nine children, seven of whom are living. Pauline Clarke, a daughter died in 1912. Henry, a son, died in 1926. The surviving are: Annie M. Brandon, Pigeon; Clara Mattson, Whitehall; Ida Young, Lostwood, North Dakota; Ever Everson, Grand Fork, North Dakota; Alfred Everson, Bowesmont, North Dakota; Clarence Everson, Sherman, South Dakota; Matt Everson, Whitehall, Wisconsin. Her funeral, conducted by Rev. Maakestad, was held June 13, in Our Saviour’s church, and she was laid beside her husband in the Lincoln cemetery. I am told she was the last of the pioneer settlers in Plum creek except some that may have gone to other parts of the country. Her sister, Mary Gullickson, lives near Freeman, South Dakota and a brother, Tosten Tande, near Danbury, Burnet County, Wisconsin. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JUNE 16, 1927
HALVOR EVERSON (SOLAR)
Halvor Everson passed away at his home March 28, at 9:07 p.m. At the time of his death he was 86 years, 3 months and 12 days old. He was born in Solar, Norway. He was the oldest of a family of four children, three brothers and a sister. In December 1863, he was united in marriage to Kam Thomason of Norway. To this union three children were born. In 1883 he and his family moved onto the farm now owned by his son, Tom. His wife died on March 12, 1915, at the age of 83 years. He is survived by his three children, Mrs. Thor Thorson of Pigeon Falls; Julius of Whitehall and Tom on the home farm. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He was a member of the Norwegian Synod Lutheran church of Pigeon Falls for 41 years from which the funeral took place, Saturday, April 1, his pastor, Rev. E.B. Christophersen officiating. The pallbearers were his sons Julius and Tom; his nephews Iver Iverson, Charley, Oscar and Andrew Everson. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER, APRIL 6, 1922
TOM EVERSON (NORWAY)
Funeral services were held January 31 at Eau Claire for Tom Everson, who passed away at Luther Hospital in that city at 4:30 a.m., January 28 following a short illness, aged 77 years, one month and eight days. The last rites were held at the Stokes & Sons chapel in Eau Claire at 1 p.m. and at 2:30 at the Synod Lutheran church in Pigeon Falls. The officiating pastors were the Rev. Lauritz Guttebo of Eau Claire and the Rev. E.B. Christophersen of Pigeon Falls. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were four cousins, Oscar, Charles, Harry and George Everson of the Pigeon area and two brothers-in-law, Athur Stalheim of Madison and Peter Nokelby of Pigeon. Mr. Everson was born December 20, 1867 in Norway, the son of Halvor and Karn Everson. He was baptized on January 12, 1868. He came to America with his parents May 19, 1881, and resided with them in the town of Pigeon. He was confirmed in the fall of 1882 by the Rev. Emmanuel Christophersen. He resided with his parents on their farm near Coral City until his marriage on June 6, 1902, to Josephine Benrud, the Rev. Emmanuel Christophersen performing the ceremony. On April 9, 1927, he sold his farm in Pigeon and moved to Eau Claire, where he lived until his death. During his full, useful life his happy disposition and friendly manner gained for him a host of friends who mourn his passing. He was a faithful member of his church and a ready worker for any good cause. His home and family were his joy and pride. Survivors are his wife; three sons, Hilman C. and Melford J. of Eau Claire and Raymond A. Everson of Madison and six grandchildren. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - FEBRARY 22, 1945
HANS C. ERICKSON (STANGE, HEDEMARKEN, NORWAY) (2)
Hans C. Erickson, a well-known and successful farmer of Ettrick Township, is a good example attained by those foreign-born citizens of Trempealeau County who came to this region endowed with the necessary qualities of industry and perseverance. He was born in Stange, Hedemarken, Norway, May 9, 1863, a son of Christopher and Bertha Erickson. His parents were natives of the same district in Norway. Where the father worked for a number of years for wages, but seeking greater opportunities for success, in 1869, he emigrated with his family to the United States locating in LaCrosse where he resided until 1877 working in a sawmill during the summers and in the pineries in winter. In the year last mentioned he came to Trempealeau County and bought the farm now owned by his son, Hans C. Here he remained for about 18 years engaged in its improvement, in which task he made considerable progress. In 1895 he bought another farm, located on Beaver Creek, to which he moved in the following year, and which was his home until his death, December 10, 1916. He had before that become an extensive land owner and was recognized as one of the successful men of his township. In his selection of stock, he favored Shorthorn cattle, always kept good horses and his farm presented an air of thrift and prosperity that made a favorable impression upon every passer-by. He was an upholder of religion, morality and good government, and every Sunday, unless he was prevented by sickness or other strong reasons, found him in his place, with his family, in the French Creek Lutheran church. For many years before his death he was a widower, his wife Bertha having died in 1871. They were the parents of seven children, of whom the subject of this sketch was the second in order of birth. Hans C. Erickson’s education was begun in the Fifth Ward School at LaCrosse, and he continued his studies later in District School No. 1 at French Creek. When 12 years old he began working in a sawmill at North LaCrosse and was thus occupied for two summers. His connnection with the lumber business was continued for many years after he came to Trempealeau County, as he spent 17 winters in the north woods cutting timber. At the end of that period, or about 1894, he bought his father’s farm and has since given his whole time to agriculture and stock-raising. The farm is known as Crystal Springs Stock Farm, and is now a highly-improved piece of property, the most valuable improvements having been made by himself. It takes its name from one of the finest springs in the State which is located on it, and contains 217 acres of good, fertile land. Mr. Erickson is a stockholder in the Ettrick Creamery and the Ettrick Farmers’ Telephone Co, and, like his father, is affiliated with the Lutheran church. In June 1900, Mr. Erickson was united in marriage with Dorthea Folkedal, who was born in Hardanger, Norway, daughter of Amund and Anna (Meckletuen) Folkedal, the parents being natives of the same district. The father, Amund Folkedal, who was for 18 years a surgeon in the Norwegian army, in 1885 came to the United States, his family joining him two years later and settling in Osseo, this county. After another two years’ interval, they removed to Ettrick where both the father and mother died, the former March 12, 1913 and the latter April 30, 1915. Their daughter, Dorthea (Mrs. Erickson) was the second born of eight children. Mr. and Mrs. Hans C. Erickson are the parents of seven children who were born as follows: Christopher, June 10, 1901; Eddie Francis, February 2, 1903; Anna Birdella, February 17, 1905; Haakon Goodwin, October 27, 1908; Albert Einar, April 15, 1910; Gulena Elizabeth, April 29, 1912 and Donald Ludvik Bernard, December 26, 1916. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
BERNT O. EVENSON (RINGSAKER?, NORWAY)
Bernt O. Evenson, who is engaged in general agriculture on a farm of 154 acres in section 33 E, Gale Township, was born in Ringeseger, Norway, November 25, 1864, son of Ole and Mary (Hovey) Evenson, who were natives of the same place. The parents came to America with their family in 1867, locating in Holland Township, LaCrosse County, where the father died about 18 months later. His wife remained in LaCrosse County until 1888, buying land in Stevens Township, that county, in 1875. From 1888 to 1895, in which year her death took place, she resided in Trempealeau County with her two sons, Andrew and Bernt O. The subject of this sketch was the third born of four children. He attended school in Stevens Township, LaCrosse County, and began industrial life at the early age of 9 years, being employed by neighboring farmers to herd cows and do other jobs of which he was capable, and in time he became a regular farm hand. When 22 years old, he began working on Black River, having charge of a log driving crew. After being thus occupied for two summers, he and his brother Andrew, bought a farm in Gale Township, which they operated together until the death of their mother. Bernt O. then sold his interest in the property and bought his present farm, which was partly cultivated, and on which he has cleared 35 additional acres. He has also made a number of improvements on the place, his buildings being modern in construction and equipment. He is a stockholder in the Farmers’ Exchange at Galesville, the Arctic springs Creamery and the Independent Harvester Company at Plano, Illinois, also a stockholder in the Farmers’ and Merchants’ State Bank of Galesville. September 26, 1890, Mr. Evenson was united in marriage with Anna Ekern, who was born in Gale Township, this county, daughter of Andrew and Olena (Emonson) Ekern. Her parents were born in Biri, Norway, the father May 9, 1834 and the mother August 8, 1838. Andrew Ekern came to the United States when a young man, settling in Coon Valley, Vernon County, where he bought land. Later, while yet a single man, he moved to Lewis Valley, Holland Township, LaCrosse County, where he engaged in farming and was there married. Coming subsequently to Trempealeau County, he homesteaded land adjoining the farm now owned by his son-in-law, Mr. Evenson. Andrew Ekern developed the farm which is now operated by his son, Gustav Ekern. He was a man of intelligence and force of character and at different time held local office. He died November 18, 1916 and his wife died March 29, 1914. They were the parents of six children, of whom their daughter Anna was the fourth in order of birth. She was educated in the Norwegian parochial school. Mr. and Mrs. Evenson have five children: Odell Augustus, Orville Milford, Arthur Marvin, Emma Augusta and Roy Chester. Mr. Evenson belongs to the Order of Beavers. He has served as treasurer of the school board for six years and for a number of years as road overseer, rendering good service in each capacity. In politics he is independent, with a leaning towards the Republican party. He and his family are members of the Lutheran church at Hardie’s Creek. Industrious and enterprising, he is one of those who have the ability to extract wealth from the soil, and is doing his full part in developing the agricultural resources of his township. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
JOHN ERICKSON (DRAMEN, NORWAY) (2)
Johnson Erickson, proprietor of a profitable 200-acre farm located partly in Gale and partly in Ettrick Township, his residence being in section 2, Gale Township, was born at Dramen, Norway, January 9, 1873, son of John and Catherine (Amundson) Erickson, both natives of that locality. Mr. Erickson’s parents never came to the United States. The father worked in the woods at lumbering until his death, which occurred when the subject of this sketch was only four months old. The mother is still living in Norway. John Erickson was the only child of his parents and when young, was adopted by a family named Berg, whom he accompanied to America when about seven years old. He began working for others at the age of ten, his residence being then in LaCrosse, where the Bergs had settled. His usual occupations at this time were herding cows, carrying wood and other easy work, but at the age of 12 he began working for farmers in Lewis Valley, and as he got older and stronger, the work became more strenuous, including timber cutting in the north woods and lumber rafting on the river. June 6, 1900, he was married to Rose Dick, who was born at Decorah Prairie, Trempealeau, County, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Brant) Dick, her father now residing on a farm near Galesville. For one year after his marriage Mr. Erickson lived with his wife’s father in Silver Creek Valley, and at the end of that time, took a farm situated not far from his present residence. He was then on the Hewitt farm for five years, after which he purchased his present farm of 200 acres, where he is carrying on general farming and dairying, with profitable results. He is also a stockholder in the Ettrick Creamery Company, the Farmer’s Exchange at Galesville and the LaCrosse Packing Company, and is counted as one of the substantial and well-to-do citizens of his township. He and his wife are the parents of six children: Alice Elizabeth, Ellen Catherine, Winnie, John Glenn, Ralph William and Donald Victor. At the present time Mr. Erickson is serving in his sixth year as school clerk. In politics is an independent Republican, while his fraternal affiliations are with the Beavers and Modern Woodmen of America. Mr. Erickson’s career is a good example of the value of self-help. Practically self-supporting from an early age, he has worked his way up by courage and resolution, coupled with plenty of hard work, to an honorable position in the community, and is able to give his children much better advantages than he himself received. As he is now in the prime of life, he may be expected to enjoy the fruits of his labors for many years to come. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
OLE ERICKSON (SOLAR, NORWAY) (2)
Ole Erickson, proprietor of the Rumpel farm of 223 acres, in section 35, township 23, north, range west, Hale Township, was born in Solar, Norway, October 20, 1859. His father, Eric Olson, died in Norway, as did also his mother, whose maiden name was Oleanna Thorsondatter. In 1884, when in his 25th year, Ole Erickson left his native land for the United States, and on landing in this country proceeded west to Wisconsin, where so many of his countrymen had already settled and were aiding in the development of the great Northwest. Locating in Blair, Trempealeau County, he worked out for others for three years, in the meanwhile saving his money and looking forward to the day when he would be able to start in for himself. As soon as a good opportunity occurred of which he could take advantage, he bought a farm in Lincoln Township and was engaged in agricultural operations there until March 1896. He then sold that farm and purchased the one he now owns, which is a desirable piece of agricultural property and where he is carrying on general farming and stock raising on a profitable basis. In 1910 he built his present residence, a two-story property and basement, brick veneer structure of ten rooms, with furnace heat, running water and gasoline lights. He had erected a barn in 1902, which, however, was blown down in 1914 during a violent storm. In the following year the present barn on its site, a structure 36 by 48 by 12 feet in dimensions above concrete basement with cement floors. He has also a good stave silo, 12 by 42 feet in size. Mr. Erickson keeps 25 head of graded Holstein cattle, of which he milks 20; also 50 head of hogs and a large flock of Plymouth Rock chickens. He served as township treasurer two years and has been a director of the school board 15 years. Aside from his immediate farming interests, he is a stockholder in the Pigeon Grain & Stock Company and in the Whitehall Hospital. October 5, 1887, he was married to Annie M. Engen of Whitehall who was born in Norway, September 29, 1863, daughter of Martin and Marthia (Anderson) Engen. Her father now lives on the farm with his daughter and son-in-law, and is a widower, his wife having died in 1893 at the age of 53 years. Mr. and Mrs. Erickson have had ten children born to them, of whom two are deceased. The record of the family, given in brief, is as follows: Emma, born February 21, 1889, died August 5, 1890; Hilman, born January 25, 1890, who owns a farm in Pigeon Township; Emma, born March 18, 1891, also at home; Amanda, born September 6, 1894, who is the wife of Ralph Cook, a farmer of Charles City, Iowa and the mother of one child, Evelyn; Olga, born March 30, 1897, and Ida, born June 18, 1898, both living at home; Carl, also born June 18, 1898, a twin brother of Ida, who died September 1, 1898; Ole M. born February 19, 1902; Carl, born June 15, 1904; and Marvin Ole, born March 20, 1910, all three of whom, being children live at home with their parents. Religiously the family are affiliated with the Norwegian Lutheran Church of America. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
ANDREW EVENSON (CHRISTIANIA, NORWAY)
Andrew Evenson came to Trempealeau County in 1888, located in section 4, Gale Township, and here lived until his death, May 9, 1915. He was born near Christiania, Norway, August 25, 1857, oldest of the four children of Ole and Mary Evenson. The parents came to America about 1857 and located in LaCrosse County, this state. After the father’s death, the mother moved to another farm in the same county, located on the south side of the LaCrosse River, and there lived until she took up her home with her son, Andrew, until the time of her death. Andrew Evenson attended the schools of his native land and of LaCrosse County, and as a youth assisted his mother with the duties of her small farm, remaining under the maternal roof until a year after his marriage, when he located in Trempealeau County. Here he devoted his life to his farm, his home, his children and his church, taking in his family his deepest joy, and in his church his greatest satisfaction. As a successful farmer he acquired stock in the Arctic Spring Creamery, and was substantial friend thereof, but aside from this, his outside interests were few. His church support was given to the Synod Lutheran Congregation in the activities of which he was an efficient and valued worker. Mr. Evenson was married December 3, 1887, daughter of Louis and Mary Johnson, and this union was blessed with eight children: Melva, Ornie, Melvin, Elmer Theodore, Lester, Lester Marvin, Edna Marie, Ansel Bernard and Arline Bernice. Melva is the wife of Herbert Hardie, who farms two miles west of Galesville. Ornie Melvin operates the home farm of 200 acres bordering on the Black River. He married Minnie Engen, May 24, 1917. Elmer Theodore married Ella Scarseth, and lives on the Scarseth farm in Gale Township. Lester died in infancy. The other children are at home. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
PETER EVENSON (NORWAY) (2)
Peter Evenson, deceased, was born in Norway and was there educated and grew to manhood. He was married in Norway to Maria Dahl. In 1854 they sailed for America, settling that same year in Dane County, Wisconsin, near Blue Mounds, where they resided until 1870. They then came to Trempealeau County, where they became representative and influential farmers. The wife Maria passed away on the farm July 12, 1893. Mr. Evenson then made his home with his daughter, Mrs. E.B. Anderson, until his lamented death, August 2, 1901. They were the parents of nine children, of whom but two, Julia and Carrie, are now living. Julia is the widow of A.W. Anderson and resides with the E.B. Anderson family on the old farm now owned by E.B. Anderson, and of which her lamented husband was for many years owner and operator. Carrie is now Mrs. E.B. Anderson. The other children: Even, Erik, Mathias, Edward, Edward (2nd), Mary and Carrie, all of whom died in infancy. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
EBERT S. EVERSON (JACKSON COUNTY, WISCONSIN)
Ebert S. Everson, one of the thriving agriculturists of Preston Township, is a native of Wisconsin, having been born in Springfield Township, Jackson County, October 24, 1858, son of Syver and Helene (Pederson) Everson. He was reared to agricultural endeavor and to that line of work has since given his attention. For seventeen seasons he devoted his time to threshing and for thirteen years he conducted two cream routes. In 1887 he purchased 40 acres of his father’s farm, and to this he has since added until he now owns 186 acres of fertile and highly improved land in sections 26, 27 and 34, Preston Township. He has christened his place the “Fairview Farm,” and here he now carries on general farming and dairying with good financial results. Mr. Everson is a director in the Preston Creamery Company and a stockholder in the First National Bank of Blair. For three years he did good service as town supervisor, and for twelve years as school clerk. He is a charter member of Camp No. 2576, Modern Woodmen of America at Blair. Mr. Everson was married June 4, 1884, to Anna Kjelson, who was born in Pierce County, Wisconsin, February 14, 1861, daughter of Arne and Karen (Pederson) Kjelson, natives of Norway, the latter of whom died in 1909. Mr. and Mrs. Everson have a family of five children: Sevilla, who died when ten days old; Mabel Elvira, born July 13, 1888, who graduated from the Blair High School with the class of 1907 and has been a teacher for nine years; Alice Selmine, born April 21, 1891, who graduated from the Blair High School with the class of 1910, and was a teacher for seven years; Elmer Alfred, born April 18, 1894, who is a student in the agricultural college at Onalaska, Wisconsin and resides at home; and Myrtle Constance, born August 15, 1896, who graduated from Blair High School with the class of 1915 and resides at home. The family are members of the United Norwegian Church, of which Mr. Everson is a trustee. SOURCE - HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
SYVER EVERSON (JULBERG, SOLAR, NORWAY) (2)
Syver Everson, a pioneer of Jackson County, was born in Julberg, Solar, Norway, in 1832, and at the age of 20, he, with his brother Ole and one sister, Mrs. Andrew Olson, together with others from their neighborhood, left on June 22, 1852, for America. They stayed at Christiania about two weeks before sailing. Leaving Christiania they went on board the sailing vessel Incognito and were on the Atlantic ten weeks and four days, landing in New York on Saturday morning, September 4. The following Tuesday they left New York, going to Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. They then went to Coudersport, that state, and from there traveled on foot 60 miles to Bergen, settling one mile from that place in what was known as Ole Bull’s colony. The valley where they settled was called Oleann, and in time a town grew up. The students who had come over on the Incognito and joined the colony soon became dissatisfied with the land they found and composed that well known Norwegian song, “Oleanna.” That section of Pennsylvania was then only a wilderness, many of the trees being so large that it took three men to reach around a single tree. It took Syver, with his father and brother, a whole year to clear an acre of land. In 1853 Syver Everson was married to Helene Pederson Svenbykvernen, a young lady who had crossed the ocean on the same ship, and for five years they continued their residence in the colony. On May 13, 1858 they left for Wisconsin and came to Trempealeau, from there traveling on foot 34 miles to the home of Mr. Everson’s cousin, John Koien, who then lived near the Trempealeau Valley Church. After remaining there one year they moved in April 1859 to Ole’s Tappen’s place in Porter Coulee, now known as Tappen Coulee. Here they bought 80 acres of government land, moving onto it that fall and making a home, and later adding more land to the farm, where Mr. Everson resided up to the time of his death, August 29, 1911, at the age of 79 years and 14 days. He was survived by his wife, Helene, and four children: Mrs. Cassandra Anderson of Superior; Ebert S. of Preston; Peter of Blair, Wisconsin; and Mrs. Ole Dahl of Preston; also by a brother John, residing at White Earth, North Dakota, who is now dead. SOURCE - HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
EDWARD ERICKSON (TREMPEALEAU COUNTY, WISCONSIN)
Edward Erickson, the popular and efficient sheriff of Trempealeau County, is one of its leading citizens. Coming into office at a time when war clouds were brewing and serving at the time of the opening of the actual hostilities, he has given his time, ability and energy in patriotic service to his country at a great personal sacrifice, and his name will live in history as the “war sheriff” of the county. In addition to the many added duties which the raising of the National Army and the conservation of food have placed upon his official work, he has done conscientious work as chairman of the exemption board, his wide and intimate knowledge of the people of the county being of great assistance to the board in its various decisions. Mr. Erickson was born in Newcomb Valley, this county, October 19, 1873, son of John and Bertha Erickson. He was reared on the home farm, attended the district schools and determined to devote his life to an agricultural career. Accordingly in 1901 he purchased 120 acres of partly improved land, adjoining his father’s farm on the west, and in time made it into the well-developed place that it is today. In 1906 he erected a substantial, square, two-story brick house of eight rooms, a good modern farm house in every respect. He later put up a frame barn with a full basement, 28 by 58 by 16 feet above the foundation, a milk house, a milk and tank house, tool sheds, poultry house and cribs. He also put in a running water system for house and barns. The place, which is temporarily rented during his term of office, supports a good grade of Holsteins, a number of horses and a herd of swine, all the work of the farm being conducted along the latest improved methods, with modern equipment tools and machinery. Aside from his farming interests, Mr. Erickson has taken an interest in community growth and has become a stockholder and earnest supporter of the Bank of Arcadia, the Arcadia Cooperative Creamery, the Arcadia Shipping Association and the Tamarack Valley Telephone Company. Of fraternal and sociable disposition he has been a member of the Modern Woodmen for twenty years, and for a number of years a member of the Masonic Order. Interested in the best education of his children, he has done efficient work for some years as school director of School District 14. His present office dates from January 1, 1917. Sheriff Erickson makes an ideal officer. Thorough and painstaking in his work, he deeply feels his responsibility as the preserver of the peace and dignity of the law, and in this direction he has been most untiring. Stern and unbending as an officer, nevertheless as a man his broad outlook on life and his understanding of human frailties, makes him ever favorable toward giving minor offenders every opportunity possible to repair their mistakes and to make the most of their future careers. As a man the sheriff is genial and popular, a pleasant companion and a loyal friend. Mr. Erickson was married October 25, 1905, to Julia Arneson, who was born May 16, 1875, daughter of John and Olena Arneson of Preston Township. She died March 3, 1911, leaving three bright boys: Orlen, born May 30, 1907; Erwin, born November 3, 1908; and Basil, born April 20, 1910. February 7, 1913, Mr. Erickson married Minnie Mustad, daughter of Hans and Ingeborg Mustad of Ettrick Township. To this marriage has been born a daughter, Florence, April 30, 1915. Mr. Erickson was reared to the Lutheran faith, and with his family belongs to the Fagerness congregation, which his father helped to establish. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
JOHN ERICKSON (NORWAY)
John Erickson, one of the pioneers of Trempealeau County, was born in Norway, August 24, 1834, and was there reared to manhood. He was married March 25, 1858, to Ellina Hanson, who was born March 19, 1830. Even at the time of their marriage the young people were already contemplating seeking the broader opportunities of the new world. With this end in view they hoarded their frugal income until 1862, when they had sufficient funds to make the great venture. With their two children, Erick, born September 3, 1859, and Hans, born September 8, 1861, they set sail on April 27, 1862, aboard a slow sailing vessel, bound for their new home. Landing at Quebec July 12, 1862, strangers in a strange land, where language and customs were unknown to them, they started out by rail for Winona, which they reached July 30, 1862. That city was then a flourishing lumber town, ten years old, but just at the dawn of the era which was to make it for some years one of the principal lumber and grain points on the Mississippi. At Winona, Mr. Erickson got in touch with several of his countrymen who had settled in Trempealeau County and secured employment in Cedar Valley. While living in that vicinity, Mr. and Mrs. Erickson had another child, Marte, born December 27, 1863. In 1864 the family moved to French Creek, and there the wife died in 1865. In 1867 Mr. Erickson married Bertha Gilbertson, who was born in Norway and came to America in 1863. Soon afterward the family moved to Newcomb Valley, and there Mr. Erickson pre-empted 242 acres of wild land in section 6. Here he experienced real pioneer life. One of his first acts was to build a small log cabin, after which he started the difficult task of developing a farm. The principal trading center was at Trempealeau, twenty miles away. The trip there with an ox team was weary and sometimes dangerous. At some seasons even the oxen could not get through and Mr. Erickson made the trip afoot, bringing back flour and other provisions on his back. Conveniences were almost entirely lacking, comforts were almost unknown. But the sturdy couple had faith, health and ambition, they desired to see their growing family well placed in the world, and they were willing to toil and sacrifice that success might be assured. Beginning with nothing in the way of worldly goods, they developed a fine farm, erecting commodious buildings, including a frame house, barn and granary and gradually securing a good equipment of tools and machinery. Mr. Erickson conducted the farm until 1901, when failing health caused his retirement. He died May 30, 1903. In his many years of life here he had attained a recognized position in the community as a prosperous and conscientious farmer, and was highly esteemed as a good family man, a successful citizen and an accommodating neighbor. A man of strong religious convictions he assisted in organizing the Fagerness Norwegian Lutheran Congregation and remained an active member the remainder of his life. Of the five children born on the Newcomb Valley farm, two died in infancy; Edward, born October 19, 1873, has been a prosperous farmer and is now sheriff of Trempealeau County; Gilbert, born April 7, 1868, is living on the family homestead, and Anna, born December 25, 1870, is the wife of Olaf Hurberg of Arcadia Township. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
AUGUST EVENSON (VARDAL, NORWAY) (2)
August Evenson was for many years one of the successful and substantial men of the community. He developed a good farm, he reared a large and respected family, and upon his death left a record of hard work, staunch character and sterling worth. His wife, a most estimable woman, who was his helpmate and inspiration in all his undertakings, still owns the family farm, but in 1915 moved to Pigeon Falls, where she erected a comfortable home, and where she now makes her residence. August Evenson was born in Vardal, Norway, February 1, 1857, son of Mathias and Pernella Evenson, who brought him to America in 1858, and located near Holmen, in La Crosse County, this state, where they spent the remainder of their lives. Reared on the home farm and educated in the schools of that county, August Evenson started out for himself in 1881, and two years later, 1883, came to Pigeon Township and secured land in section 11, which he proceeded to break and develop, erecting a suitable home and commodious outbuildings. There he successfully carried on general farming until his death January 27, 1915. Taking his deepest joy in his family and his farm, Mr. Evenson did not care to mingle in political life, but was nevertheless deeply interested in public affairs, and kept himself well informed upon current topics. He was a good citizen, a loyal friend and a loving father, and his loss was sincerely and deeply mourned. Mr. Evenson was married April 21, 1881 to Mina Johnson Skogen, who was born in Holmen, La Crosse County, this state, September 15, 1859, daughter of Andrew and Anna Marie (Anderson0 Skogen, natives of Vardal, Norway, who came to America in 1850, located in La Crosse County, and there spent the remainder of their days. Mr. and Mrs. Evenson have had ten children: Albert Manley, May Pauline, Albert Manley (second), Selma Luella, Hulda Josephine, Cora Charlotte, Mabel Amanda, Lawrence Ernest, Edmund Melford and Mildred Ovida. Albert Manley, born June 5, 1882, died at the age of thirteen days; May Pauline, born June 19, 1883, died at the age of two and a half years; Albert Manley (second) was born December 25, 1885, and died at the age of one year; Selma Luella was born March 25, 1887, and is now the wife of John H. Johnson of Harshan, Wisconsin; Hulda Josephine was born December 25, 1888, and is now the wife of Otto Tomter, who farms the home place; Cora Charlotte was born February 6, 1891; Mabel Amanda was born February 25, 1894; Lawrence Ernest was born February 23, 1896; Edmund Melford was born November 17, 1898 and died September 13, 1908; and Mildred Ovida was born June 15, 1906. The family faith is that of the Norwegian Lutheran church, in the Ladies’ Aid Society of which Mrs. Evenson is a prominent member. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY – 1917
HENRY I. EVERSON (TREMPEALEAU COUNTY)
Henry I. Everson, manager of the Pigeon Gain and Stock Company, of Whitehall, was born in Arcadia Township, Trempealeau County, May 7, 1886. His parents were Knudt and Matilda (Tande) Everson. The father, a native of Norway, came to the United States with his parents in 1856, the family settling in Dane County, Wisconsin, where they remained until 1861. They then came to Trempealeau County, where Knudt Everson engaged in farming, and where he died in 1893 at the age of 56 years. His wife, Matida, who was born in 1842, is now residing with her daughter, Mary, the wife of A.E. Frandon, a farmer of Pigeon Township. They had a family of nine children: Ever K., who is engaged in the implement and automobile business at Neche, North Dakota; Matthes, a resident of Whitehall; Marie, above mentioned; Pauline, who married W.H. Clark, of Seattle, and died in 1912; Alfred T., who is cashier of the First State Bank of Bowesmon, North Dakota; Clara, wife of Albert Mattson, a monument dealer of Detroit, Minnesota; Ida, wife of William Young, a merchant and postmaster of Lostwood, North Dakota; Clarence, a barber, living in Winger, Minnesota; and Henry I., of Whitehall. About six years after his father’s death, Henry I. Everson and his brother, Clarence, rented the home farm, which they operated together under the name of Everson Bros. until the spring of 1906. He also went to school during the winters in Whitehall, and for two years during the period mentioned he was interested with his brother, Alfred, in mercantile business at Stephen and Donaldson, Minnesota. From 1906 to 1914, Henry I. Everson operated the home farm for himself, buying it in 1911. He still maintains his interest in it, making a specialty of breeding pure Shropshire sheep, and now having a herd of over 200. February 1, 1916 he became manager of Pigeon Grain and Stock Company, of Whitehall, in which position he is now serving. He is a stockholder in this company, also in the State Bank of Independence, the Peoples’ State Bank of Whitehall, in the Telephone Company, of which in 1914 he was treasurer, secretary and general manager; secretary and treasurer of the same in 1910, 1911 and 1912 and treasurer in 1916. His first connection with the telephone company was in 1909, when he became its secretary. His fraternal affiliations are with the Independent Order of Foresters, Masons and Modern Woodmen of America. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY – 1917
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