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Hammer Ludwig N.
Hammer M.N.
Hammerstad Andrew Larson
Hammerstad Hans
Hammerstad Nels
Hammerstad Nettie
Hammerstad Olivia
Hanevold Ingeborg Mrs.
Hanevold Peter
Hansaasen Lars Mikkleson
Hansaasen Lars Mrs.
Hansen Albert L.
Hanson Albert Mrs.
Hanson Andrew
Hanson Andrew Mrs.
Hanson Anna Mrs.
Hanson Anna Mrs. 2
Hanson Axel
Hanson Bena Mrs.
Hanson Bergit
Hanson Bertha C. Mrs.
Hanson C.C.
Hanson Carlot T.
Hanson Christina Mrs.
Hanson Ebert
Hanson Edward G.
Hanson Edwin C.
Hanson Einar
Hanson Emil T.
Hanson Emil Mrs.
Hanson Emma Mrs.
Hanson Gerhard N. Mrs.
Hanson Gunhild Mrs.
Hanson Halvor Mrs.
Hanson Halvor
Hanson Hans S.
Hanson Henry M.
Hanson James
Hanson Jens
Hanson John Mrs.
Hanson Johannes P.
Hanson Johannes P. (2)
Hanson Julia Miss
Hanson Lars
Hanson Lars 2
Hanson Lars 3
Hanson Louise Mrs.
Hanson Ludwig
Hanson Martin
Hanson Martin Mrs.
Hanson Morris
Hanson Nels Andrias
Hanson N.A. Mrs.
Hanson Odell
Hanson Ole Mrs.
Hanson Ole C.
Hanson Ole C. 2
Hanson Ole C. Mrs.
Hanson Ole T.
Hanson Oscar
Hanson P.L.
Hanson Paul
Hanson Pauline
Hanson Peter
Hanson Peter G.
Hanson P.G. Mrs.
Hanson Sam
Hanson Samuel
Hanson Sam Mrs.
Hanson Sarah Mrs.
Hanson Sever Mrs.
Hanson Stener
Hanson Stener Mrs.
Hanson Syvert J.
Hanson Theodore J.
Hanson Theodore M.
Hanson Thorvald
Haraldsrud Christopher Olson
Haraldsrud Karen Mathia
Haraldsrud Ole Christian
Hardie Ray Mrs.
Haug Nina Mrs.
Haug Ole
Hauge Adolph C.
Hauge Otto
Hauge Thomas H.
Hauge Thomas H. (2)
Haugen Anna Mrs.
Haugen Carlot
Haugen Christian
Haugen Gunerius
Haugen Guro Mrs.
Haugen Mathies K.
Haugen Theodore
Haugen Thomas Mrs.
Haugen Tideman Hellgeson-Kjorstad
Haugen Tollef Amundson
Haugh Hans Johannes
Haugh Pauline
Haughum Nels Christian
Haugsgjerd Thomas Halvorson
Haukenson L.A. Mrs.

"Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Sletteland funeral chapel at Pigeon Falls and at Pigeon Falls Lutheran church for Mrs. Anna Hanson, 84. She died Saturday, November 6, 1948, a the home of her son Ben at Holmen. The Rev. C.E. Malmin officiated and burial was in the Pigeon Falls Cemtery.

Surivors include a sister, Mrs. John Engelien, French Creek; two brothers, Bernt, North Bend, Ore.; and Oliver, Cottage Grove, Ore.; three sons, Ben, Holmen; Olger, Eau Claire, and Arthur, North Dakota, and four grandchildren.

Mrs. Hanson was born in Norway April 9, 1864 the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gulbrand Baalrud. She came to America with her parents in 1899, the family first settling at Winona, Minn., and then moving to the present John Engelien farm in the French Creek valley, Ettrick township. In 1900, she married Iver Hanson and the couple farmed near Pigeon Falls. Mr. Hanson died during World War I, and Mrs. Hanson continued to live on the farm near Pigeon Falls until she sold it about five years ago." THE BLAIR PRESS - November 18, 1948

Ole C. Hanson dates his residence in Trempealeau County from 1870, when he was brought to Irvin's Coulee, Lincoln County, by his parents, Hans and Bertha (Nelson) Arneson, who the year previous had brought him from Norway, where he was born September 23, 1853. As a young man he did farm work, and for a while was employed in a saw-mill at Eau Claire, Wisconsin. In 1884 he purchased his present place of 80 acres in section 29, Pigeon Township, where he successfully carries on general farming. His financial holdings include stock in the Peoples State Bank of Whitehall, the Pigeon Grain & Stock Company of Whitehall, and the Preston Creamery at Blair. His public work has included service as clerk of the school board since 1904. Since 1890 he has been secretary of the Norwegian Lutheran Church at Whitehall. Mr. Hanson was married, December 30, 1882, to Olena Hanevold, who was born in Toten, Norway, February 22, 1862, daughter of Ole and Andrena Hanevold, who in 1873 came to Fly Creek in Pigeon Township, and here spent the remainder of their lives, the former dying in 1914 and the latter in 1894. Mr. and Mrs. Hanson have had eleven children, of whom two died in infancy. Heldor is a farmer in Dunn County, Wisconsin. Adolph is a clerk at Whitehall. Mathilda is the wife of Hans Svaie of Church's Ferry, North Dakota. Carl, Lewis, Melvin, Louise and Otto are at home. Emma died March 19, 1917, at the age of eleven years. Hans Arneson, father of Ole C. Hanson, was born in Noway, October 22, 1807, came to America in 1869, lived in Dane County, this state, a year, and then came to this county, where he settled in Irvin's Coulee, in Lincoln Township. In 1884 he sold his place and took up his home with his son, Hans Arneson, where he died January 6, 1896, his wife Bertha Nelson, who was born in Norway, September 22, 1813, dying on December 14, 1900." - History of Trempealeau County, 1917

"Funeral services for Peter Hanevold, pioneer resident of Fly Creek, were conducted Wednesday afternoon, February 14, at the home in the above named valley and at Our Saviour's Lutheran church in Whiteahll, by Rev. O.G. Birkeland. "E. Himmelen" was sung by John Solsrud. Pall bearers were Olof Anderson, Ebert Anderson, Oscar Anderson, Matt Hallingstad, Ole Hallingstad , and Andrew Hallingstad. Burial was made in Old Whtiehall cemetery.
Peter Anton Hanevold was born in Toten, Norway, May 24, 1865. At the age of nine years he came to America together with his mother and one sister, Olene, to join his father, who had come here some years before and settled on a farm in Fly Creek. He was confirmed by Rev. Emmanuel Christophersen and was a member of Our Saviour's Lutheran congregation since its organization in 1918.
On November 14, 1889, Mr. Hanevold was united in marriage to Lettie Tenneson of Blair. The young couple settled on the farm in Fly Creek where the subject of sketch lived until his death on February 10, 1934, at the age of 68 years, 8 months and 16 days. Four children were born to them, one of whom, a son Milan, preceded him in death.
He leaves to mourn his loss his wife and three children, Alvin of Plum Creek, Odell at home and Gladys, Mrs. P.E. Benedict of Tomah, besides two brothers, three sisters, and three grandchildren." THE WHITEHALL TIMES - February 22, 1934

"Olena Hanevold Hanson was born in Toten, Norway, February 22, 1862, and died at Whitehall, Wis. December 29, 1934.
The parents of Olena Hanevold were Ole and Andrena Hanevold, who in 1873, came to America and directly to Fly Creek, town of Pigeon and here spent the remainder of their lives, dying in 1914 and 1894 respectively.
Olena Hanevold was married to Ole C. Hanson on December 30, 1882. After the wedding they went to Eau Claire, where the husband was employed about two years in a sawmill. In 1884 they bought 80 acres of land in Fly Creek, and there their eleven children were born, all of whom were to reach maturity except three, two dying as infants and one, Emma, living to the age of 11 years.
Mr. Hanson died in 1919, two years after thei daughter, Emma, passed away, on March 19, 1917. The following year the widow sold her farm and moved to Whitehall, building herself a home on Hobson street, where she lived until she died.
The funeral services were held January 2, this year, from Our Saviour's Lutheran church, The Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. Mrs. Carl Jahr sang a solo, and a quartet, including Mrs. L.L. Solsrud, Mis Mabel Larson, Mrs. J.E. Rhode and Mrs. Louis Hanson, also sang. Pall bearers were her sons. Burial was made in the Old Whitehall cemetery.
The surviving children are Hildor of Square Bluff, Adolph of this village, Mathilda, Mrs. Hans Svare, of Pelican Rapids, Minn., Carl and Louis of Winona, Melvin and Mrs. Bendick Olson of Whitehall, and Otto of Minneapolis. There are also a number of grandchildren." THE WHITEHALL TIMES, January 17, 1935

"Pauline Larson Haugh passed peacefully away on Monday, June 23, from the effects of a stroke of paralysis which she suffered the previous Saturday evening. Her age was 78 years, 11 months and 23 days. Funeral services were conducted on Thursday, June 26 at 1:30 at the Dr. F.E. Van Sickle residence, where she had made her home for several years, and at 2 o'clock at Our Saviour's Lutheran church, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. At the rites, Mrs. E.A. Sletteland of Pigeon Falls sang "Going Home." Mrs. C.B. Melby of Whitehall sang in the Norwegian, "Fader Vor," and a group from the Senior Choir contributed two hymns, "I Know of a Sleep in Jesus' Name' and "Abide With Me." Burial was in Lincoln cemetery beside her deceased husband and daughter, Bertha.
Pauline Larson was born July 1, 1862 in Toten, Norway, and at the age of three years came to the United States with her parents, settling in the French Creek valley near Ettrick. There she lived until womanhood. On December 28, 1888, she was united in marriage to Hans Johnson Haugh. The Haughs lived at Ettrick and Galesville a few years and then came to Whitehall, which remained their home.
To this union four children were born: Bertha, who passed away on May 25, 1916; Joel, of Augusta; Helmer of Menasha; and Alma, Mrs. F.E. Van Sickle of Whitehall. Mr. Haugh precede his wife in death on January 2, 1934, after a number of years of ill health and after that time Mrs. Haugh made her home with the Van Sickles. Besides her three surviving children, four grandchildren mourn her death, Mrs. George Briggs of Whitehall, Bonnie Mae Haugh of Menasha, Floyd Van Sickle, Jr. of Camp Shelby, Miss., and Robert Van Sickle of Reedsburg, also one great-grandchild, Barbara Ann Briggs, daughter of Mr and Mrs. George Briggs, and one sister Mrs. Lizzie Ronne of Racine, who was unable to attend the funeral because of ill health.
Mrs. Haugh was a kind and loving mother and a respected neighbor, never complaining but always meeting every one with a smile. She was active in church work and the Ladies Aid until her health failed, forcing her to give up outside activities. She had faith in her Lord and Saviour and prayed constantly to be allowed to go home. That prayer was answered early in the morning of June 23, after many years of failing health, and now she lies peacefully beside her husband and daughter in Lincoln cemetery, taking her well-earned rest." THE WHITEHALL TIMES -July 3, 1941

"Funeral services for Mrs. N.A. Hanson, who died at her home in Fly Creek April 9, were held the following Tuesday at the house and Our Saviour's Lutheran church in Whitehall, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. Mrs. Carl Jahr sang, "Den Store Hvide Flok" and "Lov og Tak of Evig Ore," and a group including Mmes L.L. Solsrud, S.M. Salverson, August Ringstad and Lloyd Nehring sang, "It is Well With My Soul" and "Abide With Me," at the church.
Burial was in the Old Whitehall cemetery. Pallbearers were Albert Omoth, Emil Hanevold, Morris Evenson, Joseph Nelson, Anton Tomter and Martin L. Moen. Flowers were carried by two grandchildren, Mrs. Lawrence Nelson of Eau Claire and Hilma Christianson of Black River Falls. Memorial were given to the Stoughton Home for the Aged and to radio station WCAL in honor of the deceased.
Signi Maria Wold was born in Ettendalen, Valders, Norway, January 17, 1858, to Ole and Kari Wold, and baptized on February 14 of that year. She came to America in 1866 with her parents on the sailship Fauna, which took six weeks in crossing. The family settled in Dane county but came to Trempealeau county int he sping of 1874, locating on a homstead in the town of Preston. Signi was confirmed by the Reverend Svenongson and on May 20, 1876, she was united in marriage to Nels Andreas Hanson by the Rev. J.B. Richardson.
Mr. and Mrs. Hanson made their home in Fly Creek, where Mr. Hanson died on October 11, 1930, and she rounded out 55 years on the same farm, passing away at the age of 79 years, 2 months and 19 days. She had been ill for many months, but retained her mental faculities to the last. She possess a retensive memory and loved to depict the scenes of her childhood. To the end she could repeat many scripture passages and hymns from memory; she had been a faithful attendant at Norwegian services and a guest at the communion table as long as she was able. She was one of the first members of the Synod Lutheran church in this village, which later became Our Saviour's congreation and remained a good member. She also joined Fly Creek's first Ladies Aid but later joined this organization in Whitehall.
Nine children were born to the Hans, of whom all but one survive their mother: Bertha, Mrs. Ludwig Engen having passed away in 1928. The survivors are Haldor, Pleasant Lake, N.D.; Mrs. Clara Brager, Leeds, N.D.; Gerhard, Lampson; Inga, Mrs. Ed Christianson, Black River Falls; Alvin, Osseo; Anton, Mondovi; and Olof and Huldah at home. All attended the funeral but Haldor, Clara and Gerhard, who were unable to come.
Besides her children, Mrs. Hanson is surved by eight brothers and sisters, as follows: Henry Wold, Grand Forks, N.D.; Anton Wold, Devils Lake, N.D.; Thomas O. Wold, Yuba City,Calif.; John Wold, Eleva; Mrs. Annie Brager, East Grand Forks, Minn.; Mrs. Lena Peterson, Fosston, Minn; Mrs. G.S. Rice and Mrs. C.H. Anderson, Whitehall. A sister, Mrs. Caroline Iverson, Witehalll and a brother, Ole Wold of Eleva preceded her in death. She also leaves 21 grandchildren and one-great-grandchild.
Deceased lived a Christian life and was a good mother. She was ambitious, and always read to help others. She had implicit faith in God and toward the end she prayed constantly.
A host of relatives and friends gathered at the last rites." THE WHITEHALL TIMES - April 22, 1937

"Helgeson was born in Valders, Norway, March 20, 1851. When sixteen years old, accompanied by a sister, he came to Dane county, Wisconsin. Three years after he reached his destination his sister died. This left him in a strange land without any near relatives to guide or encourage him. But there were forces within him, acquired or inherited, that prompted him to make himself worthy of the good things this country offered. A college designed for ambitious young men had recently been established at Decorah, Iowa. This appealed to him; and under the tutelage of the earnest men in charge of this institution, he acquired a wider outlook on the world around him and certain abilities that made the rest of his life more worthwhile. From the college he came back to Dane County, where he became acquainted with Astri Bakken, who, in 1873, became his life's partner.
Soon after his marriage he came with his wife to the town of Albion, this county, where there still was wild land waiting for resourceful minds and strong arms. At first they made their home on section eight. Later they settled on section eighteen, where they lived until his death. The fruitage of their sacred union was twelve children, of whom four were taken from them by diphtheria. All the others reached maturity, but two of them were called before their father. Besides farming, Mr. Hegeson had several activities. He served as chairman of his town. As town clerk, I think he served for more than twenty years. He was postmaster at Eleva for two years. For some years he taught parochial school, and for many years he was sexton for the Lutheran church at Norden and leader at all church services in singing. He never suffered from stormy political ambitions nor the conceit that his mission was to reform the world. With a pleasant variety of mentlal and physical activities, he attained a high level for his life's journey. During his long life he enjoyed good health. He had the esteem, confidence and affection of his neighbors and his home was always a haven of quiet and comfort.
About a year ago he had a light "stroke," but the effects were not enough to seriously disturb the usual routine ofhis life. In the evening of November 23 he experienced a fainting spell. But he soon recovered and went to bed feeling about as usual. But the members of his family, who were with him, felt a little apprehensive, and they kept watch. A little before two o'clock on the morning of the 24th he asked for water. He drank, composed himself for sleep and without a moan or struggle, he entered the final rest at 2 o'clock November 24, 1932.
So passed this quiet, unassuming friend of all that was good. His funeral, conducted by Rev. Westberg, was held November 28 in the Norden church, where the voice of the departed had for so many years been heard in song and prayer. And there, among his pioneer friends and neighbors, he was laid to rest to await the coming of Him who he so confidently expected to wake him in his own good time. His widow and his six surviving children were all present. His living children are : Mrs. Otto Chester and Oscar Helgeson of Eau Claire, Wis.; Henry, Tena and Helmer Helgeson, all unmarried and living with their mother on the farm. One son, Edward Helgeson is at Owatonna, Minn.
From this brief sketch most readers will conclude that the life of the departed was blessed and successful. The more careful reader will notice that the woman he selected for his wife, companioned him for about fifty-nine years. In most families the husband is regarded as the diget one. The wife as the zero. But in the final analysis it will often be found true that the brightest, flaming achievements of a man's life are the flowing fruitage of the wife's love, devotion and constant support. It is almost axiomatic that few men attain to greatness without the help and inspiration of some good woman.
This sketch is already too extensive for an obituary, but I am going to tax the good nature of those who may read a little more. The passing of this man, who was the last, outside members of my own family, who companioned me more than sixxty-five years ago in life's first great adventure recalls a scene that may have some interest for the descendants of early Norwegian pioneers.
It is midafternoon, May 9, 1867. The good ship Norden, one of the largest sailing vessels that was used to carry passengers across the Atlantic, is lying at anchor in the harbor of Bergen. Out of three hundred and sixty-five days it is expected that it will rain three hundred days in Bergen. But this afternoon is bright with sunshine and picturesque with a thousand and one water-craft of all kinds and descriptions. On the deck of Norden are gathered about six hundred fifty men, women and children ready to sail for America, then the land of supreme promises. Near the gangway stands the steward with a book or sheaf of papers containing the names of all who have registered for passage. Captain Hovaldson,a small genial looking man is standing by. First Mate Reymart (?), a typical Viking, large of stature, grim, restless and imperious, is also stand by. A look at his hands almost bruises the eyes. A look at his face causes a shrinkage of the body. Except for a cry of an infant now and then, there is silence on board while the steward calls the list of names to ascertain whether all the passengers are present. The names have all been called and all but one are present. The stewart repeats the name of the absent one. "Toge Togeson Elvekrog" No response. The mate grows impatient and lifts his voice in a clarion call that wakes a score of chidren from their sleep. Still no response. Then a boat is seen approaching the ship. It lays to under the ship's ladder and Toge begins to climb. A cascade of curses from the mouth of the mate consigns him to more hells than ever Dante saw in his vision. And as soon as he comes within the reach of the mate's powerful hand, he is jerked on board like a truant dog. "All on board," and sigh of relief goes up from the crowd. Then comes the "weighing of the anchor." This is almost a ceremonial function. The giant mate climbs the capstan. A dozen or more husky sailors grab the bars or levers. The mate begins a song or chant. The sailors all join. The levers go up and down in rhythm with the melody. The mate's body sways from side to side. Slowly the great cable circles a drum. At last the anchor chugs against the ship. A towline is shipped. A steam tug hitches onto it and the great ship begins to move like a log through quiet water. We are moving towards the open sea. Most of the passengers remain on deck. Many of them are bidding eternal farewell to their native land. The majority are leaving it with loving remembrances too deep for expression. The young, through natural attraction, are grouped here and there along the railing, drowning their grief and regrets with wisecracking remarks and laughter. The older are silent.
Now we are in the open sea. Landmarks are dipping below the horizon. Coastlines grow dim in the distance. The gold of the sun still glimmmers on mount heights. A few clouds, like streamers, help accentuate the blue of the sky. It is a sacred hour. No cathedral ever cast a more solemn spell over an audience than now rests over this venuresome throng. A breeze has spring up. The tug stops. The swell of the sea grips the ship. Sails are quickly unfurled. Full bellied they respond to the breeze. The ship heaves and rolls. Ah! She is a beautiful sight, this three masted ship. Tears flow. Audible sighs are heard. All face are turned where the last mountain peak still holds the radiance of setting sun. A silent anthem of "fare-thee-well, my mother land" arises from many a heart. Then comes a change so sudden that only those who have experienced it can believe it. Faces that shone two minutes ago with the fairest tints of the rose are now white and distorted, as if griped in agony. Women are moaning, men are swearing, and scores are leaning over the railing, making their first offerings to Neptune. There is a pell-mell scramble to get down below to their bunks. There are no cabins. If a ship with such accommodations should attempt to sail from our coast today, it would be condemned without a hearing. But still I say: "Good Ship Norden." For six weeks and three days we sailed. Several children were born. Not a death during the voyage. June 22 we landed in the harbor of Quebec. There we were herded into box cars. Our seats were rough planks. Freight fashion we rode to Grandhaven, Michigan. From there by boat to Milwaukee. From there the six hundred fifty passengers dispersed in a hundred directions. It was years afward before I again met Mr. Helgeson, then the town clerk of Albion.
After this long look in the mirror of memory, I feel a bit lonesome. The last one of my comrads on that voyage, except my brothers and sisters, known to me, are gone. I walk alone with my cherished memories. H.A. Anderson, Whitehall, December 11, 1932" WHITEHALL TIMES - December 22, 1932

Mrs. Nettie Hammerstad passed peacefully away Tuesday morning, January 22 1952 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Neil Jacobson of the North Branch of Hale. Her age was 80 years, four months and 13 days. As Ingeborg Antonette Bakken, she was born September 9, 1871 in Biri, Norway. In 1875, when she was four year old, she came to America with her parents, Lisa and Nels Bakken. She was confirmed at Pigeon Falls by the Reverend Helsum and on September 14, 1890, she was united in marriage to Andrew Hammerstad, the Rev. H.A. Heyer performing the ceremony at Strum. That year the couple purchased a farm in Hale and moved there in 1894, continuing to reside there until death. Mr. Hammerstad passed away seven years ago. Four children were born to this couple, Lawrence who died January 23, 1919; Olga, Mrs. Reuben Olson of Van Hook, North Dakota; Arthur on the home farm and Luella, Mrs. Neil Jacobson of North Branch. She also leaves six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Inga Skoyen of East Branch of Hale. A sister, Mrs. Mathia Lure, and a brother, Ludvig, preceded her in death. She also leaves several nephews and nieces and a host of friends. Mr. and Mrs. Hammerstad celebrated their golden wedding in 1940. Deceased was a kind and loving mother and will be sadly missed by her family. Funeral services were held Sunday, January 27, at the Elk Creek of Hale church, the Rev. Jack Olson officiating and the Sletteland-Hagen funeral service in charge of arrangements. The flowers were carried by Mrs. Marshall Woodford and Camille Gilbertson and pall bearers were Sam Olson, Palmer Holmen, Henry Hauge, Willie Toftum, Willie Anderson and John Julson. “Den Store Hvide Flok was sung by Mrs. E.A. Sletteland and there were three other hymns, all favorites of the deceased. Burial was in the church cemetery beside her husband. Blessed be her memory. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - FEBRUARY 7, 1952

Andrew Larson Hammerstad died at his home in the town of Hale Sunday, May 21, at 3:45 p.m. from a heart attack, aged 80 years seven months and 17 days. He had been in fairly good health until the Friday preceding his death. The son of Lars and Olive Hammerstad , he was born in Stange, Hedemarken, Norway, October 4, 1863, and came to this country with his parents in June 1880. He resided with his brother, Hans, for a number of years and spent the winters working in the woods. On September 14, 1890, he was joined in marriage to Ingebor Antonette Larson, the Rev. H.A. Heyer performing the ceremony at Strum. That year he purchased a farm in Hale and moved there in 1894, continuing to make his home in the same place until his death. He is survived b his wife, one son Arthur, at home; and two daughters, Olga, Mrs. Reuben Olson of Van Hook, North Dakota; and Luella, Mrs. Neil Jacobson of the North Brach of Hale. One son, Lawrence, died in January 1919. He also leaves five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one brother, Ludwig Hammerstad of Whitehall. A sister, Mrs. Simon Freng and two brothers, Hans and Nels Hammerstad, preceded him in death. Mr. and Mrs. Hammerstad celebrated their golden wedding in September 1940. Deceased was a kind and loving husband and father, always willing to help anyone who needed assistance. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Funeral services were held May 27 from the farm home and the Hale Lutheran church, the Rev. N.E. Halvorsen, officiating and burial was in the church cemetery. Blessed be his memory. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JUNE 8, 1944

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon for Hans Hammerstad, 87 year old Hale township pioneer, who died at the Whitehall Community hospital at 4 a.m. on December 30 from the effects of the flu. He had been a patient at the institution about three weeks. The Rev. N.E. Halvorsen officiated at the last rites, which were held first at the home and later at the Hale Lutheran church. Ovid Berg of Osseo sang “Den Store Hvide Flok” and the choir sang “One Sweetly Solemn Thought” at the church. The pallbearers were the four sons of the deceased, Arthur Hammerstad and Ray Nelson, while the flowers were carried by Helen Nelson and Janice Olson. Mr. Hammerstad was born March 11, 1856 in Stange, Hedemarken, Norway, the son of Lars and Olive Hammerstad. When he was 20 years old, he came to this country, and five years later he sent for his parents and brother and sisters. He settled on the farm in Hale Township which continued to be home until his death. On November 8, 1893, he was joined in marriage to Julia Peterson, who survives him, together with four sons, Ludwig Hammerstad, at home; Helmer and Guy of Strum; and Selmer of Osseo. He also leaves two brothers, Ludwig Hammerstad of Whitehall and Andrew of Hale. A daughter, Mrs. Andrew Engevold, a sister, Mrs. Simon Freng, and a brother, Nels Hammerstad, preceded him in death. Mr. and Mrs. Hammerstad celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last fall. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 6, 1944

After a brief illness of but a few days, Nils Hammerstad died Saturday morning, January 31st. The immediate cause of death was heart failure. He had been ailing for some time and when he contacted a cold, sever headaches developed which resulted in a stroke. Death occurred Friday morning and he did not regain consciousness before he passed away. The funeral took place Tuesday of this week, Rev. M. Johnsboy officiating. On account of the ban on public meetings, the services were held privately at the home where the deceased has made his home for many years with his brother, Ludwig Hammerstad. A large number of beautiful flowers were sent by friends and relatives. Nils Hammerstad was born Stange, Norway, September 3, ?. In 1881 he came to America, together with his parents who settled in the Town of Hale. He came to Whitehall early and was engaged in the shoe repair work, and later, with his brother, Ludwig, in the shoe store. He was in business here about thirty years and made a host of friends in Whitehall and vicinity. He was a member of Our Saviour’s Church. He is survived by an aged mother who is now over 92 years old, and three brothers, Hans and Andrew of Hale, and Ludwig of Whitehall. THE WHITEHALLTIES-BANNER - FEBRUARY 5, 1920

Deceased was born in the beautifully situated district of Stange, Hedmarken, Norway, October 25, 1827. There, near Norway’s largest lake, she spent the first fifty-three years of her life. There she married Lars Hammerstad, with whom she had six children, one of whom died in childhood. In 1881, with her husband and five children, she came to U.S. and soon after settled in the Town of Hale, this county. About twenty-nine years ago her husband died and since that time, she has lived with her children-most of the time with her son, Ludwig, in our village. She served as housekeeper and helped him raise his motherless children. When the final call came, May fourth, the community was surprised at her passing for her health and activity had been such that many expected her to reach a still greater age than she did. On the 7th day of May her funeral services were held at Our Savour’s church, Rev. Hofstad officiating, and her body laid beside her husband in Hale church cemetery. Three sons survive her, Hans and Andrew in the Town of Hale and our townsman, Ludwig Hammerstad, at whose home she fell asleep. A daughter, Mrs. Simon Freng, and son, Nels Hammerstad, well remembered for his kindly humor passed on before her. Ripe, full of days spent in life’s most essential work, she passed to her rest blest and esteemed by all who knew her. Very appropriate was the text used for her funeral sermon -“Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age like as a shock of corn cometh in his season.” Bud, blossom, fruit, complete ripeness, then the harvest. Life’s ever recurring processes found a most perfect exemplification in her life. Apart from the restless, noisy mass she lived the quiet, nature life, building her character and individuality from the material nearest to her hand. Though her years were many the outstanding events of her life were only such as come to most of those who reach old age. Her life was one unusually long routine. Day after day the same tasks and duties over and over again until every act became a part of her nature, performed without conscious volition as easily as the process of breathing. Thus she moved in her narrow orbit guided and controlled by the same laws that govern the circling suns in space. Her toil was garnished with constant cheerfulness and that sweet contentment which comes to all who want only the things which they can rightfully expect. Two years ago, she made a visit to one of her girlhood friends at Onalaska, LaCrosse County. Mrs. Sjolander-the other girl-was ninety-seven, Mrs. Hammerstad only ninety-five. They had not met for nearly sixty years. Both were comparatively well physically, and mentally alive to all the common contacts of life. When they met, there was a real feast. They joked, laughed and figuratively speaking, sang and danced to the echoes of music heard up there on the heights where in the long ago they spent their summers as saeter-maids. They quoted old sayings current in their neighborhood. Helped one another untangle genealogical skeins which concerned their mutual friends in far off years. And as they walked again the ancient paths, strings long silent became vibrant and melodious. Every stile, nook, hill and moor teemed with incidents and forms that sprang from unlocked chambers of memory. If recollections brought tears, the tears became gems in a setting of smiles. Deeply, happily they drank from the fountain of youth and found its water sweet. “She never grumbled or complained” is what one said who has been very close to her. In other words she avoided one of life’s most common poisons. As He wills it so it must be, was the sum and substance of her conception of life. This, with the assurance that He doeth all things for the best, left her no cause for untimely worry. It is beautiful to be young, well-formed and posed for instant action at every call of duty; but it is glorious to have weathered the storms of life for nearly a century and maintained a cheerful disposition, a childlike trust and a faith that whispers in the closing hour: “All is well.” Written by H.A. Anderson, May 24, 1925 THE WHITEHALL TIMES - DATE UNKNOWN

Olive Mathilda, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Matt Olson of Independence, was born in Norway, October 14, 1864, and came to this country as a small child with her parents and two brothers, Anton and Gilbert. On July 27, 1884, she was united in marriage to Albert M. Hanson of French Creek. To this union five children were born: Lewis, Mrs. Theodore Johnson and Mrs. A.W. Wright, all of Whitehall, and Mrs. Nels Davenport and Elmer, both deceased. Mrs. Hanson passed away December 27, 1948 at the home of her son, Lewis, following a heart attack. Besides the three children, she is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Dell Nicols of Galesville and Mmes Will Hegy and Joe Wurzel of LaCrosse; by 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held December 30 at 2 p.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church in Whitehall, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. A group of ladies sang two songs and Martin Olson of Independence, a nephew of the deceased, sang “Saved by Grace.” Pallbearers were four grandsons, Lee Johnson, Kenneth and Lester Hanson and Wayne Wright, one great-grandson, Richard Hanson and Attorney Bernard Kostner, husband of a granddaughter. Mrs. Richard Hense and Mrs. Lester Hanson carried flowers. She was laid to rest in Lincoln cemetery by the side of her husband, who passed away 27 years ago. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 6, 1949

Mrs. Goner Mikkleson Hansaason passed away Thursday, March 11th, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. J. Ekern. Had she lived two more days, she would have been in her ninetieth year. The deceased was born in Ringsaker, Norway, March 13, 1836. She was united in marriage to Lars Hansaasen, and immigrated to America in 1862. The first three years in this country were spent in LaCrosse county. Three years later they moved to Trempealeau county and homesteaded the farm in Stensven Coulee which continued to be her home the remainder of her life. The deceased was perhaps the oldest pioneer in this section. She saw the country in its wild stages and shared her shares of the toil and privation required of these sturdy pioneers necessary to bringing this country to its present day development. She was the mother of seven children, five remaining to mourn her loss. One child was buried at sea, and another preceded her in death eight years ago. The living children are: Matthew Larson, Bemidji, Minnesota; Mrs. Mat Bratberg and Mrs. John Norgaard, Town of Gale, Mrs. Nick Enghagen and Mrs. A.J. Ekern of this township. Besides leaving five children, she also leaves fourteen grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren. In 1889 they disposed of their farm to their son-in-law, A.J. Ekern. Her husband passed away September 16, 1919. Funeral services were held Monday, short services at 1 p.m. at her home. Interment was made in the Hardies Creek cemetery, Rev. Reque officiated. A long line of old friends gathered at this time to pay their last respects to Mrs. Hansasson. THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - MARCH 19, 1926

Mrs. Ingeborg Hanevold died at her home in Fly Creek Friday, June 8, 1923, after a short illness of pneumonia, at the age of 79 years. Mrs. Hanevold was born in Norway, May 4, 1844. She came to America in 1872, and located at LaCrosse. A few years later she moved with her husband to Fly Creek and lived in that community until her death. She leaves to mourn her death, three daughters and two sons, Mrs. P.M. Hanson of Canada; Mrs. T.J. Fitzgerald of Montana; Mrs. James Wright of Whitehall; Nick of Ashland and Isaac of Penn, North Dakota. Mrs. Hanevold was a member of the Lutheran church and led a true Christian life, always taking a prominent part of church work and doing for her family and neighbors. The attendance at the funeral was large, showing the esteem in which she was held by her large circle of relatives and friends. A short services was held at her home in Fly Creek and funeral services at Our Saviours Lutheran church in Whitehall, conducted by Rev. Hofstad. The remains were laid to rest in the Old Whitehall cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - JUNE 14 1923

Andrew Hanson, a well known and respected farmer, living in North Beaver Creek, Town of Franklin Jackson County passed the Great Beyond on Saturday, April 19th, at 2 o’clock p.m. at the age of 56 years, six months and 24 days. He had been confined to bed for a period of six weeks, suffering with sciatic rheumatism and pneumonia. The best of medical aid was of no avail, and he was well aware that the last bitter hour was drawing hear, and thus had ample time for meditation and was pleased to leave this earthly abode for the Heavenly mansion above. The deceased was born at Vinje Osnes Prestejel, Norland, Norge in 1862 of the parents Hans Andrias Hanson and Bergit Hanson. Here he also grew to manhood. In 1892 he was married to Miss Josephine Christopherson to which union three children were born. In 1900 he immigrated to this country with his family and his mother, now deceased, settling on the farm on which he was living at the time of his death. Here the couple was blessed with two more children. In the winter of 1909 while working in the logging camps near Bruce, Wisconsin, Mr. Hanson met with a serious accident which crippled him for the rest of his life. He was run over by a logging train which injured him so badly that amputation of the right arm was necessary. In spite of the great misfortune, Mr. Hanson’s courage did not fail him. But he toiled bravely on operating his farm and providing his family with the necessities of life until the end. The funeral services were held from the house at 1 o’clock, at the church at 2:00 on April 23rd, Rev. S.S. Urberg officiating. Mr. Hanson leaves to mourn his death beside a wife, one brother, John of Ten Sleep, Wyoming and five children: Axel in military service in France; Mrs. Theodore E. Johnson of Town of Ettrick; Julius, Juliet and Birdella at home and a host of friends. The pallbearers were Edmund Stone, Ed. Roseland, Jens Tjorstad, Ole Dale, Carl Hagestad and Jake Rognes. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 8, 1919

Mrs. Bena Hanson passed away at Duluth on Saturday June 9, 1945 at the age of 75 years, and funeral services were conducted at the Axel Hanson home in Washington Coulee and at the First Lutheran church in North Beaver Creek on Tuesday, June 12. As Jacobine Christopherson Guvaage, she was born in Nordland, Norway January 7, 1870. In 1892 she was married to Andrew Hanson Vinge. In 1900 the family came to America and took land in Washington Coulee. Mr. Hanson passed away in 1919, after which she made her home with her children. She is survived by a brother, John Christopherson of Chicago and her five children: Mrs. Helga Johnson, Milwaukee; Mrs. Juliet Mahrer and Mrs. Berdella Gelineau of Duluth; Axel and Julius Hanson, Ettrick. To earlier residents she was a well known and highly respected lady. Rev. Urberg conducted the last rites as she was laid to rest beside the body of her husband under the pines. THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 14, 1945

Mrs. Andrew Hanson died at her home near Taylor on Wednesday, April 22, 1925, after a long illness at the age of 72 years, 7 months and 19 days. The funeral services were held at the Lutheran church at Taylor on Saturday, Rev. Lovaas officiating, and interment was made at the Hjerleid cemetery, southeast of Taylor. Mari Olson was born in Gudsbrandsdalen, Norway, on September 3, 1853, the daughter of Esten and Marit Olson. She came to America in 1873 and in 1877 she was married to Andrew Hanson. She had been a resident of Springfield ever since she came to this country. She is survived by her husband and eight children - Miss Emma of Minneapolis; Mrs. Bergena Peterson of Whitewater; Emil of Blunt, South Dakota; Helmer and Menford, at home; Mrs. Clara Anderson of Taylor; Mrs. Minnie Johnson of Buffalo, New York; and Archie, at home. Another son, Carl, made the supreme sacrifice for his country in the World War, dying in France at the age of 28 years. She also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Ole Jacobson, of Beaver Creek; and Mrs. P.O. Johnson, of Hendrum, Minnesota; and three brothers - Ole Lien of Beaver Creek; Carl of Idaho; and Hans of Alberta, Canada. The death of this good woman brings great sorrow to her husband, children and other relatives, and they have the sympathy of all in their bereavement. She was one who was ever devoted to her home circle and whose best endeavors were always for the comfort and welfare of its members. She was also esteemed among her neighbors for her many excellent qualities. THE TAYLOR HERALD - MAY 8, 1925

Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday November 12, at the home in Tappen Coulee and at the First Lutheran church in Blair for Carlot T. Hanson who passed away Saturday evening. The Rev. K.M. Urberg officiated and a ladies’ quartet sang. Burial was in Rest Haven cemetery. Carlot T. Skyrud Hanson was born September 8, 1866, the son of the late Tosten Skyrud Hanson and Karen Marthea Engebretson, in Vaaler, Solar, Norway. He was baptized there in October of the same year and confirmed by the late Rev. Hovde in 1881, in the Blair church. In June, 1876, when he was nine years old, he came with his parents to America. They spent the summer at the Martin Hanson farm, a half mile west of Blair. During the winter, they lived with the Martin Ericksmoens. He moved with his parents in the spring of 1877 to new land in Tappen Coulee, now the Mendolph Johnson farm. While still in his youth, Mr. Hanson worked for several winters in lumber camps and during the summer was employed by the pioneer farmers. He purchased the Aleck Tappen farm in Tappen Coulee in the spring of 1893 where he spent the rest of his life. On April 13, 1893 he was joined in marriage to Julia Brekke by the late Rev. Hovde. To this union were born six children, namely: Tilda, Mrs. Aaron Granlund of Trump Coulee; Cora, Lloyd, Clarence and Joseph on the home farm and Viola, Mrs. Sanford Arneson of Blair. There are also six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Mr. Hanson retired from farming in 1935 spending his time afterward doing a little gardening and caring for flowers in the summer. He had been ailing for several years, but gradually became weaker and two months ago, was no longer able to be up and around. He passed away at the Community hospital in Whitehall on Saturday evening, November 8, 1947 from a heart attack. He leaves his wife and six children to mourn the loss of a kind and beloved husband and father. He was the last survivor of the Tosten Skyrud Hanson family, the following preceding him in death: one sister, Bertha (Mrs. Thomas Elland) in February 1942 and two brothers, Emil in February 1946 and Thorvald in October of this year. He was a life long member of the First Lutheran church. Blessed be his memory. Pallbearers were the three sons, Joseph, Clarence and Lloyd Hanson and three grandsons, Lavern, Carrol and Arnold Granlund. Flowers girls were two granddaughters, Mrs. Levin Benedict and Miss Jane Arneson. THE BLAIR PRESS - NOVEMBER 20, 1947

Funeral services were held for the late Mrs. Christina Hanson of Beaver Creek, town of Northfield, on December 24 at the Upper Pigeon church, with burial in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were nephews of the deceased namely, Clifford and Merlin Hanson, Oscar and Ben Gilbertson, Raymond Hanson, all of Osseo, and Dadley Hanson of Sechlerville. Flowers were carried by Marianne Mickelson, Helene Larson and LaVere Hanson. Services at the home included Psalm 27 and a solo, “I Know of a Sleep in Jesus’ Name,” by the pastor, the Rev. E.B. Christophersen. The 2 o’clock services at the church was composed of a song, “Jesus Lover of My Soul” by the congregation, a solo, “Den Store Hvide Flok,” by the pastor, besides the timely text “Peace on Earth.” As Christina Holen, Mrs. Hanson was born February 2, 1869 in Gulbandsdalen, Norway, the daughter of Chris and Bertha Holen. At the age of eight years, she, with her two brothers and a sister, came with their parents to this country and settled on a farm in Beaver Creek now owned by her brother, John. She received Lutheran Catechization and was confirmed by the late Rev. E.M. Christophersen at Pigeon Falls. Her serious regard for her Saviour was, no doubt, evident even as a young girl, as she was chosen by her pastor to be sponsor for his son, Rev. E.B. Christophersen, at his baptism in the Upper Pigeon church. On November 23, 1907, she was united in marriage to Carl H. Hanson of Beaver Creek. To this union two children were born: Clara, who died in infancy, and Harold, who with his wife and son, Casper, reside on the home farm. Mr. and Mrs. Hanson resided on the Kleven farm for eight years following their marriage and then moved to the Olaf Larson place located on the Beaver Creek road where they lived together with their son until Mr. Hanson’s death 12 years ago. Surviving relatives are one son, Harold; one brother, John Holen; one sister, Mrs. Mattie Johnstad of Ashland; and one grandson, Casper. The weather on the 24th caused many friends and relatives to cancel their plans for attending the funeral “I know of a sleep in Jesus’ name. A rest from all toil and sorrow; Earth folds in her arms my weary frame, And shelters it till the morrow; My soul is at home with God in Heaven, Her sorrows are past and over. Now opens the Father’s house above, The names of the blest are given; Lord, gather us there, let none we love, Be missed in the joys of heaven; Vouchsafe Thou us all a place with Thee, We ask through our Redeemer.” THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 10, 1946

C.C. Hanson, one of the pioneer settlers of this county and one of the first businessmen of Blair, passed away at his home here last Sunday morning at the age of 70 years, 3 months and 9 days. He came to America on the 17th day of May 1869 and on the 2nd day of May 1873 opened a general store in Blair, the second business place to be established here, T.I. Gilbert & Co. being the first one. He was always identified with the business life of Blair and was instrumental in building the town from its infancy, only retiring a few years ago because of advanced years. His health has been very good until the past year or so when an attack of heart trouble left him in a serious condition, resulting in his death, September 9, 1917. Deceased was born in Solor, Norway on June 1, 1847, coming to this country in 1869. On the 24th days of June 1876 he was united in marriage to Miss Bertha Peterson. To this union were born six children, two of whom died in infancy. The living are: M.C. Hanson of Amherst, Wisconsin; E.C. Hanson, Mrs. Helmer Benrud and Miss Mabel Hanson, all of Blair. Mrs. Hanson is still living. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the house and at 2:30 at the U.N.L. church. Rev. Boe officiating. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 13, 1917

Axel J. Hanson, 86, Tomah, Wisconsin, former Blair area resident passed away Thursday, February 25, 1979 at Tomah Memorial Hospital. He was a retired carpenter. He was born at Vesteralen, Norway, March 25, 1892 to Andrew and Beana Hanson. He immigrated to the Blair area in 1900. October 2, 1920, he married Minnie Rogness. Survivors are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. William (Adeline) Martin, Cincinnati, Ohio and Mrs. James (Doris) Yeske, Tomah; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and three sisters, Mrs. Julie Maher and Mrs. Berdella Jolineau, Duluth, Minnesota and Mrs. Helga Johnson, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Funeral services were held on Monday, February 19, 1979, 2 p.m. at the Faith Lutheran Church, North Beaver Creek. Rev. Herman Madland officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. Knudtson-Mattison Legion Post flag bearers were James Berg, Sr. and Vernal Engebretson. Casket bearers were Carlyle Noren, Tilford Johnson LaVerne Rogness, Virgil Twesme, Donald Rogness and Darrel Rogness. Jack Funeral Home, Blair, was in charge of the arrangements. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 22, 1979

The sudden death of Mrs. Bertha Hanson was a distinct shock to the community. Although her health had not been of the best for some time, she had not complained of any ailment to anyone. Thursday, January 28, 1926, she was suddenly stricken down with a complication of appendicitis and kidney trouble. Saturday she was removed to the Community hospital at Whitehall, but her physical condition was such that an operation was deemed inadvisable. On Sunday she realized that the end was near and called her children to her bedside, and with a parting word of admonition to each of her loved ones, quietly passed away at midnight, trusting in the merits of her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. She will be sadly missed in the home, where she was most devoted mother, in the community, where she was the friend of everyone; in the church where she was a faithful worker and regularly attendant. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, February 4th, at the Zion Lutheran church, of which she had been a lifelong member. The pastor, Rev. Sweger, officiated, assisted by Rev. Urberg. There was a wealth of floral tributes, and the funeral was one of the most largely attended ever held in Blair, bespeaking the high esteem in which she was held. Bertha Peterson was born in Vaaler, Solar, Norway, September 4th, 1858. The family came to America in 1857 and homesteaded in Lakes Coulee, Trempealeau County, and here Bertha grew to young womanhood. On June 24, 1876, she was united in marriage to Christian Hanson (Berger). They made their home in Blair and here she has resided every since. Her husband preceded her in death September 9th, 1917. Three children also have gone before - Carl, Edward and Palmer died in infancy. The accidental drowning of her daughter, Mabel, June 13th, 1924 was a serious blow and saddened her life. She leaves the following children: Morris, Edwin, and Ella, Mrs. Helmer Benrud, all of Blair; three brothers: Martin and John of Blair and Peter of Ely, Minnesota. Two brothers-in-law were also present at the funeral: Charles Trezona and son Will of Ely, Minnesota and Omar Hebet, Cloquet, Minnesota. Also attending were Mrs. Arthur Peterson of Cloquet, Minnesota and Miss Mae Peterson of Minneapolis, Minnesota. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 11, 1926

Edward G. Hanson, of Cando, North Dakota, died of quick consumption at the home of his sister, Mrs. Ellen Everson, in this town, last Friday, June 11 at 4:20 p.m., passing away as if quietly going to sleep. The funeral took place Sunday at the residence of his sister, where he died, Rev. N.L. Sweet of the Baptist church of this village officiating, the services being largely attended. The remains were interred in the Fagernes Church cemetery by the side of those of his father and mother, under the auspices of Trempealeau Valley Lodge No. 249, I.O.O.F., of which order he was a worthy member. He also belonged to the F. & A.M. and K. of P. orders. Deceased was born in Norway, April l9, 1862. He came to this country with his parents when quite young, they settling first in Dane county, then coming to this town where they died. Mr. Hanson grew to manhood here, and after clerking for W.P. Massuere at Arcadia some time, he became associated with that gentleman in the machinery and grain buying business, first at Devils Lake and than at Cando, North Dakota. This partnership was entered into about nine years ago and continued until a short time since. He held the office of clerk of court four years. In 1892 he married Miss Mary Dickenson of Cando, by whom he had one child, a son now four year. Two years ago he was taken with hemorrhage of the lungs and the last two winters, he spent in California, where he obtained much benefit. He returned from there early last spring, looking robust and feeling extremely well. But the rigorous climate of Dakota was too much for him and in a few weeks after his arrival home, he again suffered violent hemorrhages and quick consumption followed. June 2nd he arrived here accompanied by his sister, Miss Julia. He grew rapidly worse until death claimed its victim. He was an energetic and successful businessman and good citizen and leaves considerable property, besides several thousand dollars of life insurance. Aside from his wife and child, he leaves two brothers and two sisters: P.G. of Cando; C.G., a railroad engineer at San Pedro, California; Mrs. Ellen Everson and Miss Julia, to mourn his untimely death. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - JUNE 17, 1897

Einar Hanson, 55-year-old bachelor, was found dead in his bed at his home with Knut Lynghammer, Beaches Corner oil station proprietor in the town of Ettrick early Monday morning. Sheriff C.E. Heath of Whitehall and Coroner Martin Wiemer of Independence who were called found and concluded that death was due to a heart attack occurring his sleep. Dr. R.L. Avaraz of Galesville and Untertaker Runnestrand of Ettrick were also called. Hans was born in Norway, according to Leonard Person, proprietor of a store at Levis near Osseo, who was contacted. He and his parents. Charles Hanson and wife came to Garfield township in Jackson county several years ago and operated a small farm near Levis. So far as Person knew, Hanson left no brothers or sisters and believed his closest relatives were cousins in Norway and Chicago. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MAY 11, 1944

Last rites for Miss Julia Hanson, who died January 31, 1940, at the home of Mrs. Anna Everson in Irvin coulee, were held last Thursday afternoon at the Everson home, conducted by the Rev. O.G. Birkeland and at the Fagernes Lutheran Church in the town of Arcadia, the Rev. Johan Olsen in charge. Burial was in the Fagernes church cemetery, where the pallbearers, Ed Everson Ernest, Frank, Henry and Clinton Hanson and Tracy Rice carried her to her last resting place. A quartet consisting of Harry Salverson, Evelyn Evenson, Valborg Thomte and Wilfred Galstad of Our Saviour’s church, Whitehall, sang “Rock of Ages” at the services at the Everson home and “Abide With Me,” and “The Old Rugged Cross” at the church. Julia Hanson was born in Nordre Land, Norway, July 15, 1856 to Gulbrand and Sessel Smedsrud. When she was still a small child, the family, which included several other children came to America and settled in Dane county. Several years later they came to Trempealeau county and homesteaded land in Welch coulee, developing the farm which is now owned by a nephew of the deceased, Ernest E. Hanson. On that farm Miss Hanson grew to womanhood. As a young woman Miss Hanson learned the art of dressmaking and designing and was employed at this work for about fifteen years in Winona and forty years in Duluth, Minnesota. Ten years ago she retired from active work and since that time, she had made her home with relatives and friends. As her health failed, she was also a patient at the Community Hospital for several months. She was being cared for at the Everson home when death came in the early morning hours of the last day of the year 1940. Her brothers and sisters all preceded her in death. They were Hattie (Mrs. Andy Anderson), Ellen (Mrs. Chris. Everson), P.G. Hanson, Edward Hanson, Christian Hanson and Susan (Mrs. Peter Husom). Only nephews and nieces and their families are left to mourn the passing of “Aunt Julia” as everyone knew her. The nieces are Myrtle George of Greenwood, Mississippi, daughter of Mrs. Husom; Clinton Hanson of Antigo, son of Ed Hanson; Ed Everson of Irvin coulee, Miss Florence Everson of Whitehall and Virginia, Minnesota and Mrs. Helen Eveson Petrie of Linton, North Dakota, children of Mrs. Ellen Everson and Ernest Hanson of Welch Coulee, Frank and Clifford Hanson of Minneapolis and Dr. Henry Hanson of Wilton, this state, children of P.G. Hanson. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 9, 1941

Funeral services were conducted on Monday, February 25, at the Joseph Olson home and the Zion Lutheran church for Emil T. Hanson, a resident of the Blair territory since 1876. Rev. Borgen and Zion congregation graciously offered their church facilities for the funeral as the home church was in the midst of improvement and decoration, Thank you. Emil Hartwig Hanson, son of Tosten Hanson Skyrud and Karen Marthea Engebretson was born December 29, 1869 in Vaaler, Solar, Norway where he also was baptized. In June 1876 the family came to Blair where they found haven at Martin Hanson’s at first, and then spent the first winter with the Martin Ericksmoens. The family took new land in Tappen Coulee in 1877, and Emil had his home in that coulee until the time of his death. He was confirmed in 1884 by the late Rev. B. Hovde. On January 28, 1887 he was joined in marriage with Anna Maria Nilsestuen. They bought a farm in Tappen Coulee, and she walked with his until her death on November 16, 1917. Children born to the union are: Theodore, Arcadia; Nobel, Vosse Coulee; Cornell, Blair; Arthur, died in 1900; Edna, Mrs. Theodore Drangstveit, Blair; Clara, Mrs. Joseph Olson at home; and Hiram, Minneapolis. There are two brothers, Torwald T. and Carlot T., both of Blair, 24 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. During his lifetime he was occupied with farming until his retirement several years ago. He served as an officer of his congregation for several years. Mr. Hanson was ailing during the last two years often going to the hospital and being almost constantly under a physician’s care. A more serious heart attack came on Sunday and on Wednesday, February 20, 1946, he fell asleep. Funeral services were largely attended; Mrs. Davis provided funeral music and Mesdames F.W. Herreid, A.J. Sather and K.M. Urberg sang hymns. Many memorials were created in his honor, the greater part of which was given toward Lutheran Hymnaries for the church and the improvement fund. Pallbearers were Omar Austad, Harold Rude, Omer Dahl, Joseph Dahl, Tony Anderson and Albert Blom. Flower girls were granddaughters, Fern Hanson, Lois Drangsveit and Lillian Hanson. Interment was made in the family lot. Beside the body of his wife in Rest Haven, his pastor the Rev. Konrad Urberg administering the last rites. Blessed be his memory. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 7, 1946

Mrs Emil T. Hanson, whose maiden name was Anne Marie Nilsestuen, was born in Sondre Land, Norway on February 9, 1864. She came to America in June 1886 and was later married to Emil T. Hanson. In June 28, 1912, Mr. and Mrs. Hanson celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. After a lingering illness she died on Friday morning, November 15, 1917, and funeral services were held at the home and from the First Lutheran church at Blair on Tuesday, November 20, Rev. S.S. Urberg officiating. Besides her husband, Mrs. Hanson leaves the following children who mourn the loss of a good mother: Theodore, Noble, Cornell, Arthur, a soldier at Camp Mac Arthur, Texas; Agnes who is Mrs. Gilbert Baalrud of Whitehall; Edna, Clara and Hiram. All were present at the funeral. A boy, Elmer, died in infancy. Her aged mother is still living in Norway, besides four brothers and two sisters. She has one sister here, Mrs. Syver Steffenson, and one granddaughter. Mrs. Hanson has been a patient sufferer for many years. All that medical aid and care could give were tried but of no avail, and a greater part of her last years she was compelled to remain in bed. On Tuesday, November 13, she suffered a stroke of paralysis after which she rapidly failed until the end came on the following Friday evening. As a wife and mother, she was kind and devoted to all who were near and dear to her. As a neighbor, she will be missed for her kind-heartedness and hospitality. As a member of the Lutheran church, she was a faithful worker whose death is a loss to the congregation. THE BLAIR PRESS - NOVEMBER 22, 1917

Jens Hanson, 88, died Monday, February 10, 1964 at 6 p.m. at Tri-County Memorial Hospital, after being ill one month. He had been a resident at the Golden Age Home, Whitehall, three years. He was born May 3, 1875 in Norway. He came to this country when 16 and settled at Merrill, Wisconsin. On August 9, 1905 he was married to Julia Seige of Fifield, Wisconsin at Merrill, the Rev. L.O. Olien performing the ceremony. They resided in Merrill three years, then spent nine years in Whitehall before moving to Blair in 1917 which was his home until three years ago. Hanson operated clothing stores in Whitehall and Blair. Survivors are four sons, Leland, park Ridge, Illinois; Clarence, Fort Meyer, Florida; Oliver, Merrill; and Lawrence, Fort Worth, Texas; two daughters, Mrs. Fred (Jeanette) Gardner, Whitehall and Gladys, Blair; ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Louis Hanson, Brooklyn, New York. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran church, Blair, of which he was a member. The Rev. L.H. Jacobson will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 13, 1964

Burial services for Mrs. Halvor Hanson of Irvin coulee, who died Saturday night, June 2, were held from the home and the Fagernes Lutheran church Wednesday, June 6, and the remains were laid to rest in the church cemetery. Deceased was a few days more than two months past her 72nd birthday when she passed away. Mrs. Hanson, nee Maria Hanson, was born in Halan, Norway, the 21st of March 1862 of the parents Hans Hanson and Sarah Knutson Hanson. When she was five years old, she came to America with her parents and two sisters, and the family settled immediately in Dane county, where they lived for about two years. Then they came to North Creek, town of Arcadia, which was Maria’s home until early in her teens, she went out to seek her own means of livelihood. She had been baptized as a Lutheran in her native land and she was confirmed in the same faith when she became of age at the Fagernes church by Rev. Sherven. As a very young girl, Maria Hanson fearlessly went west to seek work. Her destination was Aberdeen, South Dakota, and near that place she took claim and lived on it until she became its owner. After about four years , she came east again, to Minneapolis, where she worked as maid for about two years. Then she moved on to Superior, and here, while employed in the household of a wealthy man who kept horses, she met the man who became her husband, Halvor Hanson, who was caretaker of the stables. The two were wed on May 21, 1892. Soon after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Hanson went west again, where they took another claim and Mrs. Hanson sold hers. For 11 years they toiled together on the rich virgin soil, and here they together erected the first of the three sets of farm buildings that they were to construct during their lives as husband and wife. But in 1903 Mr. and Mrs. Hanson came to the neighborhood of her parents and bought an eighty of land at the foot of Square Bluff, town of Arcadia, from Ever Gilbertson. This remained their home until 1929, when they sold it to Emil Stutlien. It was the house they built that burned a few weeks ago in a fire started by a spark from the chimney. In 1929, Mr. and Mrs. Hanson wished to retire. Through many long years the wife Maria had labored tirelessly by the side of her husband, but at last her health began to break. In order that they might enjoy more leisure, they purchased the placed owned by the late Ole Jodalen and this was Mrs. Hanson’s home until she died. About six years ago following an operation, she began to weaken and now, during the months since last Thanksgiving, when she suffered a stroke of paralysis, she had been confined to her home entirely and to her bed a great deal. Death came peacefully to relieve a weary sufferer at about eleven o’clock Saturday evening, June 2. Pallbearers at the funeral were six cousins, Albert, August, Theodore, Ole and Bennie Knutson and Albert Mahlum. Flower girls were Clara and Louise Lee, Marion Knutson and Lulu Thompson. Mrs. Carl Jahr of Whitehall sang a vocal solo at the church, accompanied at the organ by Mrs. Ernest Hanson and Mrs. Sam Hanson played the funeral march. Rev. Johan Olsen, pastor at Fagernes officiated. Mrs. Hanson is survived by her husband, one brother, H.I. Hanson of Fagernes, two sisters, Mrs. Ingri Olson of Whitehall and Mrs. Betsy Peterson of Hattinger, North Dakota, who was not able to be here for the funeral. Three sisters and her parents preceded her in death. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JUNE 14, 1934

Funeral services for Halvor Hanson, 78, who died at the Community Hospital Wednesday evening, September 27, were held Saturday at the Rhode Chapel and the Fagernes Lutheran church. The Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiated the chapel and spoke in English at the church, while the Rev. Johan Olsen officiated in the Norwegian at Fagernes. Miss Edith Warner sang “Come Thou Disconsolate” and a trio composed of Mmes. S.M. Salverson and B.M. Skogstad and Miss Pearl Brennom sang “Den Store Hvide Flok” at the church. Burial was in the Fagernes cemetery. Pallbearers were four cousins of the deceased - Theodore, Bennie and Albert Knutson and Alvin Rhude, August Rinstad and Adolph Olson. Flowers were carried by Misses Myrtle Engen, Marion Knutson, Lennice Stutlien and Sylvia Knutson and Mrs. Carlid Nelson. Halvor Hanson was born near Oslo, Norway, December 9, 1860, one in a family of three children. His parents, Hans and Sarah (Gilbertson) Halverson, both died when he was a child. In his teens his father’s brother, residing at Menomonie, sent to Norway for him and with his family Halvor made his home for several years. He was employed in a shingle factory at Menomonie two years and then found work at various places until his marriage on May 21, 1892,to Miss Maria Hanson of North Creek near Arcadia. She was employed in Superior at the time and in that city, Halvor and his bride were both employed until they removed to Effington, South Dakota, where they took a homestead. Following eleven years in the west, Mr. and Mrs. Hanson returned to Wisconsin, purchasing a farm near Square Bluff. About nine years ago they sold that place to Emil Stutlien and bought the forty in Irvin coulee owned by the late Ole Jodalen. In 1934 Mrs. Hanson died. In 1936 and again in the summer of 1938, Mr. Hanson made trips to Norway to see his sister, Agnette, Mrs. Carl Vold, and her family. On the last trip he was injured in an auto accident, from the effects of which he never fully recovered. His death last Wednesday followed a major operation. Deceased is survived by his sister, named above, one niece in this country, Mrs. Odin E. Olson of Minneapolis, the former Berglotte Hanson who stayed at the Hanson home a short while during her girlhood; and several nieces and nephews in Norway, including Harold Hanson, a brother of Berglotte. There are also cousins in this vicinity and Mrs. Ingi Olson of Whitehall is his sister-in-law. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - OCTOBER 5, 1939

Martin Hanson, one of the pioneer, most highly respected and esteemed citizens and farmers of the Trempealeau Valley died at his home just outside this village limits Thursday, September 5, 1912 at 8 p.m. of illness, passing away like a child going to sleep. Deceased was born in Solar, Norway on January 10, 1836. On November 4, 1859 he was married to Olea Stutrud of the same place. To this union 13 children were born, four of which are dead. The two first born died in infancy, one daughter at the age of four and another daughter, Mrs. A.J. Halvorson, died on December 1, 1900. The children living are Morris, Mrs. P.T. Herreid, Henry and Tilda of this place; Mads of Limon, Colorado; Marie of Chicago, Illinois; Mrs. Joseph Johnson of Bemidji, Minnesota; Alph of Sonora, North Dakota; and Theodore of Waldorf, Minnesota. On April 27, 1862, Mr. Hanson, with wife and one child, left Norway for this country arriving at LaCrosse on the 13th of July. They settled on a farm in the town of Preston, one of the best inn this valley, where the deceased resided for a little more than 50 years. The wife preceded the departed by 26 years, dying on April 3, 1892. The funeral was held at 2 p.m. on Monday, the 9th inst., at the United Lutheran church in Blair, Rev. O. Gulbrandson officiating. The services were attended by a very large concourse of friends, including about all his old neighbors and acquaintances in the Trempealeau Valley. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - SEPTEMBER 12, 1912

Funeral services for Hans S. Hanson, 84, were conducted at the First Lutheran church in Blair Thursday afternoon July 5, with the Rev. K.M. Urberg officiating. Mr. Hanson who had been in failing health since last summer, passed away very unexpectedly at a Rochester hospital where he was receiving medical attention, Sunday, July 1, 1951. Burial was in the Trempealeau Valley cemetery. Hans S. Hanson was born at Gulbrandsdalen, Norway on February 8, 1867 to Syver and Ingebor Hanson. He came to America in 1879 and located at Bangor, later going to LaCrosse where he was married on October 10, 1888 to Hohanna Anderson (Koien). The couple spent most of their married life on a farm in Vosse Coulee but in recent years have lived with their sons in LaCrosse. Mr. and Mrs. Hanson were honored in October, 1948 on the 60th anniversary of their marriage by friends and relatives at the Vosse Coulee school. Besides his wife of 63 years, Mr. Hanson is survived by four sons, Sebert Hanson of Racine, Elmer and Orris of LaCrosse and Harris Hanson of Blair; one daughter, Mrs. Clyde (Mabel) Stevens of Taylor; one sister, Mrs. Anna Johnson of Norwalk and 19 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Two sons, Almer and Wilmer, preceded him in death. THE BLAIR PRESS - JULY 5, 1951

Mrs. Martin Hanson, who died of heart disease at her home in this township on Sunday, April 3, 1892, was born in Norway, December 27, 1836. (Her maiden name in Norway was Olea Mathisdatter Stutrud). She was married November 4, 1859, and on July 13, 1862, settled with her husband at what is known as Reynold’s Corners, they began buying land of the best farms in Trempealeau county. Mrs. Hanson was a devout Christian woman and a worthy member of the Lutheran church. She was the mother of thirteen children, three of whom, two daughters and a son, preceded her to the spirit land. The children surviving the deceased are Morris, Carrie D., Hannah B., Madts, Henry, Olive M., Clara T., Alfred L., Theodore and Tilda R. The funeral services were held at the Lutheran church in this village on Wednesday, the 6th inst., being conducted by Rev. Waldeland. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - APRIL 14, 1892

Mrs. Gunhild Hanson, for 67 years a resident of the town of Northfield, Jackson county, passed away at her home at Northfield September 6, 1934, at the age of 87 years and 13 days. Her birthday was observed August 24. During the past year Mr. Hanson’s health had failed and her mind began to lose its keenness six year ago. Since the infirmities of old age afflicted her, she had been a great care to her family who did all that was in their power to make her comfortable. Her remains were laid to rest in the Upper Pigeon cemetery beside those of her husband, who died 27 years ago on June 7, 1907. Church services were conducted by the Rev. E.B. Christophersen. Pallbearers were Raymond and James Hanson, Harold and Clifford Hanson and Dudley and Archie Hanson. Flower girls were Fern and Merine Thompson. Among surviving relatives are 22 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Gunhild Hanson was born in Telemarken, Norway, August 24, 1847. She came to America in 1867. In 1870 she was married to Henry Hanson of Black River Falls, where they lived two years before moving to Northfield Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Hanson. The first son, Hans, died in infancy. The second son, Hans, lives at Bowell, Alberta, Canada. Thomas lives in Northfield. Carl died November 27, 1933. The others are Theodore of Sechlerville, Mrs Carl J. Houge of Edgelely, North Dakota and Martin, who resides on the home farm. Mrs. Hanson was a devoted wife and an affectionate mothers and a kind, considerate neighbor, ever ready and willing to be of aid and assistance to those about her as long as her health permitted. The deepest sympathy of her many friends goes out to her family and relatives in their bereavement. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - SEPTEMBER 27, 1934

Ole C. Hanson was born in Norway on the 23rd day of September 1853 and passed away at his home in the town of Pigeon on the 21st day of September 1919 following a stroke paralysis. Mr. Hanson was the son of Hans and Bertha Arneson. He came with them to America in 18??. Upon their arrival they located in Irvin coulee. During his early manhood he did farm work and for a while was employed at Eau Claire in a sawmill. In 1884 he purchased his present place of 80 acres in section 29, where he has successfully carried on general farming until his health began to fail a year ago. On the 30th of December, 1887, he was joined in marriage to Miss Olena Hanevold, daughter of Ole and Andrena Hanevold of Pigeon. To this union eleven children were born. Two died in infancy and one at the age of 11 years. Those surviving are: Mrs. Matilda Svaie of Church’s Ferry, North Dakota; Heldor, Carl, Lewis, Melvin, Otto and Louise at home and Adolph of Whitehall. Mr. Hanson was one of those good, reliable citizens whom it was always a pleasure to meet. He had a kind word whenever it was needed and was very conscientious in his dealings. He was handicapped in his early education but as he grew older, he became rich in experience also profiting by what he saw and heard. As a pillar of the church, his earnest work was always appreciated. He was affiliated with the Lutheran church and his family were staunch supporters of the Ladies Aid. For a number of years he served as treasurer of the congregation and was always ready and willing to devote both time and money for the benefit of his church. Through patient industry he provided his large family with liberal competencies and in old age had the happy reflections of a well earned rest. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - SEPTEMBER 25, 1919

Funeral services were held Saturday at St. Paul for Mrs. Louise Hanson, 49, who died Wednesday following a long illness. She was born in Norway, September 29, 1896, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ludwig Nygaard. She was married first to Pearl Hilton, who died in 1917 at the age of 26. A few years later she was united in marriage to Albin Hanson of St. Paul, who survives her. Other survivors include her mother, Mrs. Inga Brohelden of Ettrick; two sisters, Mrs. Earl Furth of Portland, Oregon and Mrs. Floyd Larson of Milwaukee; two half-sisters, Mrs. Henry Knutson and Mrs. Anna Corcoran of Ettrick; two daughters, Mrs. Ernest Vittle and Mrs. Harry Peterson of St. Paul; a son, Richard of St. Paul and a granddaughter, Shirley Vittle. Burial was in a St. Paul cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 15, 1946

Mrs. John Hanson, 86, sister of Martin Larson of this village, passed away December 20 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Reynold Dettinger of Tacoma, Washington. Mrs. Hanson was born in Norway and came to this country as a baby when her parents decided to emigrate to the Promised Land. Her early years were spent in the town of Hale, her family being among the earliest settlers of that township. Later she married and for many years, the Hanson lived on a farm near Taylor in Jackson county. Her husband was a noted thresher in those days. But larger opportunities lured them west and they settled in the vicinity of Rhame, North Dakota, where they were busily employed until Mr. Hanson’s death, which occurred in the fall of 1923. From then until her death, Mrs. Hanson made her home with her children who had moved to Tacoma, Washington. Deceased bore her last illness with great fortitude and patience, although she suffered much pain. With her death a long and useful life has come to a close, and it can be truly said of her that “To those in need she was a friend indeed.” She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Nora H. Maymon, Rhame, North Dakota; Mrs. Anna Fenny and Mrs. Lulu Belle Dettinger of Tacoma, Washington; a son, O. Clinton Hanson of Tacoma; and two brothers, Martin Hanson of Whitehall and Oscar N. Larson of Osseo. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 9, 1941

Eight days apart, Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Hanson, old and esteemed residents of Trempealeau county, passed from this life, the former on March 29 and the latter on April 6. At the time of his death Mr. Hanson was 79 years of age, and his wife, who followed him so soon, was 72. Funeral services for both were held at the Rhode Chapel in Whitehall and at thE Rev. O.A. Hjemboe’s church of Strum, for Mr. Hanson on Friday, April 3, and for Mrs. Hanson one week later, on the 19th. The Rev. O.G. Birkeland of Our Saviour’s Lutheran church assisted at the chapel rites. The same two sets of pallbearers served at both services. In Whitehall they were A.C. Hagestad, E.A. Sorenson, Roy H. Matson, Lester O. Brennom, O.J. Egum and Dr. Anton Vold and in Strum, E.N. Kleven, Olaf Indgier, Eddie Anderson, Martin Bjorklund, John J. Johnson and John P. Eide. The Rev. Hjemboe conducted both services. At Mr. Hanson’s funeral, Alf Hjemboe sang two Norwegian hymns, “Behold a Host Arrayed in White” and “Tenk no en gang”. At the Rites for Mrs. Hanson, Mrs. Melvin Christianson sang “Rock of Ages” and “Heaven is My Home”. Burial was made side by side in the church cemetery. Johannes Peder Bjornstad was born in Vaage, Gudbrandsdalen, Norway, on March 21, 1863, the son of Per Bjornstad and Anna Risdal. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family, which consisted of six brothers, Sven born in Norway in 1859, Johannes in 1863, Per Jr. in 1865 and Torger in 1869 and Hans and Martinus, both born in this country. The Bjornstad family came to this country in 1869. They settled temporarily in Fly Creek, town of Pigeon, but very soon the father purchased railroad land in the town of Unity and there erected their first home in this country, a plank building 15 X 15 feet enclosed one room of one story. There the family resided until 1889. Johanns, the subject of this sketch, helped his father and brothers in developing this new land. But his father believed in education so he sent his sons to school. Johannes attended the Johnson Valley rural school six years and also attended the terms of parochial school held in the farm houses. In 1878 he was confirmed by the Rev. Hoyme. Except for brief periods spent working in the lumber camp at Porter Mills near Eau Claire and in the cranberry swamps in Juneau county, he worked on the home farm. At an early age he became interested in public life, and from the age of 25, when he was elected to the office of justice of the peace, he was almost continuously active as a public servant of some kind. In 1893 he was chosen as school district clerk in Johnson Valley, and in 1896 he was elected to the office of town clerk of Unity. From 1904 to 1908 Mr. Hanson was county clerk for Trempealeau county, residing in Whitehall during the term of his office. In 1903 he had married Toline Veggum of Mt. Vernon, this state. In the year 1909 he purchased a farm west of Strum together with his father-in-law, Hans Veggum, and engaged in farming until 1921. During the intervening years he was chairman of Unity township part of the time and also served as chairman of the County Board of Supervisors. He was jury commissioner in the county for 16 years, he held the office of creamery secretary and manager for 13 years, and he also served as church trustee and treasurer and in other capacities. In politics he was a Progressive, a follower of Robert LaFollete, Sr. Mr. Hanson was a man with definite ideas as to what he considered was right and he fought fiercely and tirelessly for his ideas as he saw them. He was a firm believer in the church as an important institution of society, and he was an ardent supporter of the Prohibition question. But in 1937 when he suffered a stroke, his days of active service were over. He never fully recovered from the effects of his illness, which was the beginning of a gradual physical and mental decline. Death mercifully brought relief to a suffering mind and body on March 29, 1942. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 15, 1942

Mrs. G.N. Hanson, mother of Mrs. John C. Johnson of Whitehall, passed away Wednesday morning, November 23, at her home in the town of Brooklyn near Lamson after a lingering illness. She was 66 years, two months and 21 days of age at the time of her death. As Sigrid Kleven she was born in Nordre Fran, Norway, September 2, 1883, the daughter of Lars and Bertha Kleven. She was baptized October 21 that year and confirmed May 1, 1898 by Pastor G. Heggeshaugen. She grew to womanhood in Norway, coming to this country at the age of 21 years. Before her marriage to Gerhard N. Hanson at Leeds, North Dakota on November 17, 1907, she was employed at the homes of the late Ole A. Wold and Charles Anderson in Irvin coulee and at other places. Mr. and Mrs. Hanson farmed near Leeds for several years and in 1916 moved to Wisconsin, settling on their present farm. Besides her husband, Mrs. Hanson is survived by four children, Stella, Mrs. John C. Johnson of Whitehall; Alfred of Winnetka, Illinois; Lillie of Spooner and Julia, Mrs. Bernard Schachte of Superior; one brother, Peter Swenson of Cambridge, Minnesota; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Christ Lutheran church at Lamson November 25, the Rev. Edward Meyers officiating, with burial in the Lamson cemetery. All her children, grandchildren, brother and wife and niece, Mrs. Bennett Erickson and husband of Cambridge, Minnesota attended. Mrs. Hanson’s unselfish devotion and unceasing sacrifices in behalf of her loved ones will ever be cherished by all who knew her. She was an active member of the Ladies Aid for many years until her health began to fail. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - DECEMBER 15, 1949

Lars Hanson, who was the first Norwegian settler to locate in Newcomb valley, Arcadia township, was born in Nordland Norway, July 15, 1840, son of Hans and Anna Nelson. In June 1864 he was married in his native land to Sarah, daughter of Peter and Cassie Peterson and in 1866 they came to America together, landing in Quebec, Canada. They came from that city to Winona, Minnesota in the vicinity of which place they spent the winter of 1866-67. In the following summer they removed to Trempealeau County, Wisconsin and in 1868 homesteaded 160 acres of wild land in section 28-29 Newcomb Valley. Their resources were very limited as they had arrived in Winona with but fifty cents in money, but during their stay there Mr. Hanson had worked at whatever he could find to do and managed to make a living and also earn enough to make a start on their Wisconsin farm. One of the first things Mr. Hanson did on taking possession of the homestead was to build a dugout with a sod roof in the side hill and he then began to grub the farm. What would this country be today if this type of manhood and endurance had not immigrated to this country? At the end of the first year, he built a small log house with no floor, in which they moved and here they remained for a number of years. When they came to the valley, Arcadia had but one store, and a small gristmill, and Mr. Hanson often carried flour and provisions home on his back, a distance of seven miles. Perhaps the greatest feat he accomplished in this line however, was carrying their first cook stove across country on his back, a distance of three and a half miles. Such energy and perseverance which he displayed in all this operations were bound to produce results, which became visible in gradual improvement of his farm and an increasing prosperity. Mr. Hanson was a man highly respected in this part of the county. He was one of the organizers of the Fagernes church and was the first school treasurer of school district No. 14, town of Arcadia. After residing here until spring of 1901, he and his wife moved to Blair where they resided until the fall of 1902. Then they returned to the farm where they resided until 1907 when he sold the farm to his son Sam, after which he purchased a small house near the old farm in which they resided until his death which occurred on Tuesday evening, January 30, 1922. He and his wife had seven children; Louise of East Grand Forks, Minnesota; Anna, widow of the late Rec. Halvor Rue of Virginia, Minnesota; Sina, now Mrs. Fred Paine of Arcadia; Josephine, now Mrs. Louis Gilbertson of Blair and Sam who resides on the old homestead and two who died in infancy. There are 21 grandchildren and, nine great-grandchildren living, one grandchild, Larry Rue, is now in Berlin, Germany. The funeral was held from the residence Saturday afternoon at 12:30 o’clock. Services were held at the Fagernes Lutheran church, the Revs. Bestul and Urberg officiating and a large concourse of friends and relatives attended. Interment was made in the Fagernes cemetery. To the bereaved widow and children we express our profound sympathy. May the rest of the deceased be as peaceful as his life was noble and useful, is our sincere wish. REPRINTED FROM THE ARCADIA LEADER THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 15, 1923

Lars Hanson was born December 5, 1838 in Nds. Hedemarken, Norway, son of Hans H. Kvan and Pernille. He learned the blacksmith trade and worked at different places in Norway until he emigrated to this country in 1866, and came to Koskenong where he worked for nearly a year and then left for Rochester, Minnesota, and started a blacksmith shop and ran it for about a year when he bought a shop in Frenchville, Trempealeau county, Wisconsin. In 1869 he married Johanna Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mathias Johnson. He sold out at Frenchville when their first son, Henry, was born and bought land in Big Slough, and at the same time worked as blacksmith in Coral city, until in the spring of 1873, they moved to Blair and built the first shack on the present site of Blair, and began blacksmithing. Their son, Peter, was born in June the same year, and was the first-born in the village of Blair. He there continued his trade of blacksmith until 1903 when he sold out, but still worked more or less at his trade until 1911, when he moved to Northfield, Jackson county, Wisconsin and lived with his daughter, Emma, until he died November 20, 1915. He was buried at the Northfield cemetery. He leaves a wife and the following children - Henry, Peter, Melvin, Emma, Alfred, Elmer and Orlando. One daughter, Emma, and one son, Joseph, died before him. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 2, 1915

Ludwig Hanson, 87, of Rt. 5, Black River Falls, passed away Wednesday, February 1, 1978 in the Pine View Nursing Home at Black River Falls. He was born March 3, 1890 in Norway and emigrated to the United States alone at the age of 12. He settled in the Blair area and married Agnes Johnson in September of 1915 in Winona, Minnesota. They farmed in the Blair area for many years and later moved to Black River Falls where he worked for the Jackson Box Factory and also did construction work. Survivors are his wife; four sons, Llogy, Angus and Basil, all of Black River Falls, and Carroll of Janesville; one sister in Norway; 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 4, 1978 11 a.m. at the Fagernes Lutheran Church, rural Blair. The Revs. Erling Carlson and Gerald Giving officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. Torgerson Funeral Home of Black River Falls was in charge of arrangements. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 9, 1978

P.L. Hanson of Eleva died at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire Friday, April 19, following an operation. Funeral services were held at the Eleva and Norden Lutheran churches Monday of this week, the Reverends Westberg and Wichmann officiating. Mr. Hanson was born in Bergen, Norway, October 10, 1979. At the age of four years he came to America with his parents who settled in Norden, this county. There he grew to manhood. On May 23, 1910 Mr. Hanson was married to Elina Lardahl. To them were born three children, Edwin, Pearl and Sylvia, all of whom survive his death besides his wife, one brother, Louis of Mondovi, and five sisters, Mrs. Evans of Milwaukee, Mrs. Wright of Eau Claire, Mrs. Olson of the state of Oregon and Mrs. Oien and Mrs. Gunnes of Washington. During the 18 years before his death, Mr. Hanson and family had made their home in Eleva. Businessmen of Eleva and other friends of Mr. Hanson generously showed their esteem for him by filling the churches from which the funeral services were held with flowers and donating liberally to charities in his memory. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 25, 1935

Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Hanson, 78, who passed away Wednesday morning, November 21, at her home in Chimney Rock, were held at the Chimney Rock Lutheran church Sunday afternoon, the Rev. H.A. Wichmann officiating. Pallbearers were William F. Olson, Darwin Anderson, Oscar Berg, Gus Instenes, Olai Instenes and Willie Olson, while the flowers were carried by Clarice Carlson, Lois and Betty Kay Semington, granddaughters of the deceased. Burial was in the church cemetery. Anna Hanson was born April 21, 1867 in Vemland, Sweden, the daughter of John Johansen and Karin Mikkelson. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in her native land. On April 21, 1889, she was united in marriage to Ole Hanson of Aasnes, Finskog, Solor, Norway, who preceded her in death on June 25, 1930. To this union ten children were born, three of whom died in infancy. A son, Oscar, died in October 1911 at the age of 17. After having lived in Sweden a few years, she, together with her husband and three sons, Julius, Oscar and Harold, emigrated to the United States and arrived in Black River Falls June 8, 1896. In 1897 the family moved to Chimney Rock and in 1903 to the farm where she resided until her death, which came peacefully on he morning of November 21 at the age of 78 years and seven months. She leaves to mourn her death six children: Julius and Harold at home; Astrid, Mrs. Carl Carlson, Chimney Rock; Cora, Mrs. Torval Moe, Whitehall; Hilda, Mrs. Carl Semington, Chippewa Falls; Selma, Mrs. Clarence Call, Strum. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild; four sisters and one brother, all in the state of Washington; and one brother in Stockholm, Sweden, besides a large number of nieces and nephews. Mrs. Hanson will be missed by a host of relatives and friends as she was a loving mother and a friend to all, always willing to lend a helping hand wherever and whenever needed. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - NOVEMER 29, 1945

OLE T. HANSON (SOLAR) Ole T. Hanson, 69, died at the Community Hospital Thursday, July 24, where he had been a patient since May 30, suffering with heart trouble and complications. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Rhode Chapel, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. Mrs. Carl Jahr sang “Den Store Hvide Flok” and “Abide With Me.” Pallbearers were Tom Hanson, Ben Mahle, Harold Arneson, Ludwig Engen, Ed Scott and Odell Arneson. Mary Joe Mahle carried flowers. Burial was in the Lincoln cemetery. Mr. Hanson was born April 27, 1872 in Solar, Norway. At the age of 14 years he came to this country with his parents, settling at Blair, where they stayed for one year before moving to a farm 1 ½ miles north of Whitehall. Ole was confirmed about this time by the late Rev. Emmanuel Christophersen. Mr. Hanson lived and worked in this vicinity all his life. He never married. Lately he had been residing with his only sister, Mrs. Halvor Arneson of Whitehall, who survives him, together with one brother, Tom Hanson of Bemidji, Minnesota. The latter had been with him during his illness. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JULY 31 1941

Nels Andrias Hanson was born in Nordre Land, Norway, November 5, 1846, and died at his home in Fly Creek Valley, Saturday evening, October 11, 1930, after suffering for about three months with his last illness. At the time of his death he was 83 years, 11 months and six days old. When Mr. Hanson was 22 years of age, he had the urge to come to America. Not having sufficient funds to secure passage here, he wrote to his former acquaintance, Rev. Joe Fjeld of Dane county, asking him for the necessary amount. Rev. Fjeld complied with his request so that he was able to come to Dane county, where he worked for the Reverend a year and earned enough to send passage money to his parents, Hans and Bertha Arneson and his only brother, O.C. Hanson. They also immigrated to America. Three years after coming to Dane county, Nels moved to Trempealeau county and took a homestead three miles south of Whitehall now known as the Martin Mattison Moen farm. On May 20, 1876, he was married to Signe Marie Wold. To this union nine children were born, only one of whom, Mrs. Ludwig, Engen, preceded him in death in 1928. He leaves to mourn his demise his wife and the eight living children; namely, Huldar of Pleasant Lake, North Dakota; Mrs. Clara Brager of Leeds, North Dakota; Gerhard of Whitehall; Mrs. Edwin Christianson of Plainfield, this state; Alvin of Osseo; Anton of Mondovi; and Olof and Hulda at home. Mr. Hanson had lived for 48 years at his home in Fly Creek, where he died. Funeral services were held at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church at Whitehall Tuesday, October 14, Rev. N.G. Maaketad officiating. Pallbearers were Peter Hanevold, Albert Omoth, P.C. Pederson, Nels Windjue, G.S. Rice and C.H. Anderson. Interment was made in Old Whitehall cemetery. A large number of people attended the last rites, paying their respects to one more of our pioneers who has passed on to a happier existence. I have been asked to revise the foregoing sketch, but as I find no revision necessary, I will add a few lines of my own in memory of the deceased. My acquaintance with Mr. Hanson began in the early eighties. I had been traveling all day from house to house trying to sell Dores Bible Gallery. When I came to the spring just south of the road that crosses the Hanson farm, I met Mr. Hanson. I was tired, thirsty and a little discouraged for my sales were few. I still had several miles to walk to get home, but having met a man who seemed genial I decided to rest awhile. After taking a drink from the spring, Mr. Hanson and I sat down by the roadside. I probably tried to sell him a book. Failing in this our talk drifted to other matters. The one topic which has remained fresh in memory through all succeeding years is our talk about springs. All pioneers learned to value them and I who had been practically a wanderer since my boyhood, sometimes looking for work, and at other times canvassing for books, pictures and other articles of commerce, and always afoot, had learned long since to appreciate these way-side natural fountains, that had so often refreshed me. I remember we talked of how nice it would be if every way-side spring could be substantially enclosed by a rock wall or other substantial enclosure. Then we talked of trees and perennial flowering plans that would add shade and beauty to the surroundings of these perpetual places of refreshment. We were both still in the prime of life - old enough to anticipate the needs of age and not too old to remember the calls and charms of youth. And as we sat there in the glow of the evening sun that September day, and listened to the purling waters that flowed from the spring, we may both have indulged in dreams of far off days when time-worn men and women would pause in the shade of trees to rest and quench their thirst and bless the spring and those who had helped preserve its virgin beauty and purity. Perhaps we envisaged lovers who in future years would make this spot a trysting place to listen to the evening song of birds and the golden songs of their joyous hearts. But no matter what we dreamed, planned, or saw in our vision, I carried away with me pleasing impressions of this, my first meeting with Mr. Hanson. I had found something fine and idealistic in him. These impressions were confirmed by many subsequent contacts. Also by the fact that I found some years later the main artery of the spring enclosed by a barrel. Mr. Hanson always lived a quiet well regulated life. Perhaps he lacked the pep, the vim and push which the present age demands so loudly. But when we see so much pep, vim and push that result only in jazzy noises and physical and spiritual bankruptcies, we are glad now and then to find men and women who in quiet simplicity can find their God in the bush or hear His voice in running brooks and the sough of forest winds. Written by H.A. Anderson, October 25, 1930 THE WHITEHALL TIMES - OCTOBER 30, 1930

MRS. EMMA HANSON (FLEKKEFJORD) April 14th, 1867 in Flekkefjord, Norway, Emma Oftedahl was born. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church of her native land. She with her parents to Trempealeau county in 1885. She was united in marriage to Peter Peterson in 1886. The home of the newly married couple was at Pray a few years and then a farm just east of the village limits of Blair was purchased where they resided twenty years until Mr. Peterson’s death on June 12, 1909. She was united in marriage to Carl Hanson at Wausau in 1910 and has since continued to reside there. Mr. Hanson died September 4, 1935. Mrs. Hanson was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran church at Wausau. During the years she resided at Blair, she was a member of the Zion Lutheran church. Death came suddenly Wednesday evening, March 15, 1938 after only a half hour’s illness. She lacked only a month of 71 years of age at the time of her death. Mrs. Hanson had planned for some time to take up residence in Blair but was unable to carry out her plans. Funeral services were conducted by her pastor Rev. S.D. Disrud at Wausau and by Rev. T.E. Sweger at the Zion Lutheran church Saturday, March 19th. Mrs. Melvin Madsen sang two of the favorite hymns of the deceased, “The Sweet Bye and Bye” and “Rock of Ages.” Pallbearers were Peter Overby, Andrew Nelson, Selmer Helgeson, John Davis, Ray Shephard, and Theodore Amundson. Interment was in Zion cemetery. She leaves one son, Ole Peterson, 1202 4th, Wausau and one brother, Tennis Oftedahl, of Blair. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 24, 1938

Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, September 21, at the T.T. Hanson home and the First Lutheran church for Thorvald T. Hanson, a resident of Tappen Coulee and Blair since 1876, with the Rev. K.M. Urberg officiating. Howard Tjoflat sang “Den store hvide flok” and “Heaven is My Home.” Torvald T. Hanson Skyrud was the son of Tosten Hanson Skyrud and Karen Marthea Engebretson. He was born on September 19, 1863 in Vaaler, Solar, Norway. He was baptized in October of the same year. Mr. Hanson came with his parents to Blair in June 1876, when he was 12 years of age and spent that summer at the Martin Hanson place just west of Blair. The family spent the winter with the Martin Ericksmoen’s. In the spring of 1877, the family took up new land in Tappen Coulee. At 15 years of age, Mr. Hanson went with his father to work in the lumber camps as an assistant cook. After spending several years in the lumber camps, he worked on his father’s farm, which he purchased in 1900. He was married to Anna Ovedia Messingstad on January 10, 1893. The children born to them are: Albert, River Falls; Thomas, died in infancy; Clara, Mrs. Elmer H. Anderson, Tappen Coulee; Olga Theresse, Mrs. Raymond Lynnes, Kansas City; Theodore at home and Victoria at Eau Claire. There are nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mr. Hanson spent his lifetime on the farm in Tappen Coulee until his retirement a few years ago when he moved to Blair. He was ailing during the last two months but was up and around every day until about a week before his death. He became gradually weaker last week until Saturday night, October 18, when he passed away peacefully at 9:30. One sister, Berthea, Mrs. Tom Elland and one brother, Emil T. Hanson preceded him in death. One brother, Carlot T. Hanson, survives him. He leaves to mourn his death his wife and five children. He was laid to rest beside his parents at Rest Haven cemetery. Pallbearers were Omar Austad, Tony Anderson, Albert Blom, Joseph Dahl, Harold Rude and Omer Dahl. Flower girls were Mrs. Harvey Heckmann, Elsie Mae Hanson, Mrs. Sanford Arneson and Mrs. Milton Lokken. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 23, 1947

Paul Hanson was born in Kvidseid, Telemarken, Norway, the 30th of April 1848, of the parents Hans Paulson Midtsund and Egeler Bjornson. She was a daughter of “kiresanger og lendsman” Ole Bjornson, who was member of Norway’s “Starthing” from 1815 to 1843. He died in 1845. Paul Hanson lost his father at the age of eighteen, and at twenty-one, he emigrated to America. He first stopped at Coon Valley for a year, and then went to Trempealeau Valley which since has been his home. On December 29, 1873, he was united in the bonds of matrimony to Birgit S. Haukom. They bought the farm at which he died in 1884. Paul Hanson was gripped with and had a live interest in Christianity, being an old Lutheran of the Orthodox type. During the years of his strength, he sacrificed much for his dear old Trempealeau Valley church, especially his efforts in securing and installing a church bell for the house of worship. Mr. Hanson was a strong and robust man until this last summer and fall, his energies lessened until he passed away in the evening of October 26, 1929. Besides his wife, he is survived by the following children: Hannah of Spokane Falls, Washington; Sam, Omer, Goodwin, Nina and Dora, all of Taylor; Bennie, Thorton, Washington; and Mrs. Emma Sutton, St. Paul. A son James, preceded him in death in 1904. He is also survived by a sister, Mrs. K. Bergseth of Taylor. The funeral was held Wednesday, October 30, from the home and Trempealeau Valley church, the Revs. S.S. Urberg and K.M. Urberg officiating. A host of friends followed Paul Hanson to his final resting place. THE BLAIR PRESS - NOVEMBER 7, 1929

Mrs. T. Hanson, for many years a resident of Thompson valley, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Oscar Hanson of Winona, August 28, 1909, aged 72 years, 6 months and 8 days. The remains were brought here Monday and taken to the home of her son, Nick, in Thompson valley. The funeral was held Tuesday, Rev. Bestul officiating. Interment was made in the Tamarack cemetery. Mrs. Hanson was born in Norway in 1837, where she grew to womanhood and married Sever Hanson. About 39 years ago they came to America and settled in a farm in Thompson valley. Her husband died about 16 years ago. She leaves to mourn her death, Mrs. K.H. Moen and Nick Hanson of Thompson valley; Mrs. Oscar Hanson and Miss Helen Hanson of Winona; Mrs. Olaf Gilbertson of Hale; and Mrs. Peter Stenberg of Penn, North Dakota. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - SEPTEMBER 9, 1909

Bergit Hanson was born May 17, 1852 in Kviteseid, Telemarken, Norway. She was the daughter of Sveinung and Tone Houkom. She came to America at the age of 18 years together with her parents and several brothers and sisters. On December 29, 1873 she was united in marriage to Paul Hanson, who died October 25, 1929. One son, Thomas, preceded her in death. She is survived by eight children, Hanna of Spokane, Washington; Bennie of Thornton, Washington; Emma Sutton of St. Paul; Sam, Omer, Goodwin, Dora and Nennah at home. There are two grandchildren. She passed away Thursday, January 2, 1936 at 11:20 a.m. She was 83 years, 7 months and 16 days. Funeral services were conducted at the Trempealeau Valley church Monday afternoon, the 6th of January. The following memorial gifts were given in memory O Mrs. Hanson: $5.00 to charities by neighbors and friends, $5.00 to Foreign Mission by the Trempealeau Valley Ladies Aid. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 9, 1936

Pauline Hanson, nee Erickson, was born in Faldalken, Norway, January 15 1877, and died at her home near Osseo October 18, 1932 at the age of 55 years, nine months and two days. She came to the United States in 1891, with her brother Ole, at the age of 14, and resided in Eau Claire for one year with her aunt, after which she went to Fairchild and resided with her sister, Mrs. John Holman for one year. She was united in marriage to Nick Hanson of Fairchild in 1895, and they resided in that village for three years after which they moved to the farm four miles east of Osseo, where she lived until her death. To this union eleven children were born, three girls and eight boys. One son preceded her in death at the age of seven months. One brother, Even Erickson, also preceded her in death in 1928.She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband, Nick Hanson; three daughters, Christene, Laura and Edna; seven sons, Harry, Edwin, Curtis, Palmer, Albert, Arnold and Rufus; two brothers,Ole Erickson and Peter Smedsrud of Dallas;two sisters, Ragnhild Ericksono of Norway and Mrs. John Holman of Osseo; four daughters-in-law; six grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Mrs. Hanson was a kind and loving wife and mother. She always remained at home and made it loving and cheerful for all her children and friends, and all those who lived near and were dear to her will miss her. Funeral services were held Friday, October 21, 1932, at the South Beef River church at 2 o’clock, Rev. Christophersen officiating. The six youngest sons acted as pallbearers. She was laid to rest in the South Beef River cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - OCTOBER 27, 1932

Peter G. Hanson known among many neighbors and friends under the name of “Peer Smedsrud”, was born in Nordre Land, Valders, Norway, January 1, 1864 and came to the United States with his parents, Gulbrand and Sissel Smedsrud in 1865 and for about three years stayed in Dane county, Wisconsin. From Dane county, the family moved to Trempealeau county in 1868, and at once located in the town of Preston where the father entered government land for sale in Sec. 15-21-8. On the death of the father, this land became the home of the deceased and continued to be his home, which with the exception of a few years spent in North Dakota, until his death. Like nearly all the boys that came from foreign lands in those days, he had very limited opportunities for obtaining education in school. But he made good use of his opportunities, for we find him teaching school while still a young man. Later he worked a couple of years for T. H. Earl at Whitehall, selling farm machinery, lumber, etc. March 15, 1880, he married Emma Thompson, who died April 30, 1910. Seven children came from this union - Elmer, who died in infancy; Ernest, now the owner and occupant of his father’s and grandfather’s farm; Spencer, who died May 16, 1916; Franklin and Clifford, both of whom are engaged in commercial occupations at Minneapolis that promise advancement and success; Henry, studying dentistry in Chicago; and Myrtle, who died on the very threshold of womanhood March 2, 1913. About thirty years ago the deceased began to invest in North Dakota lands until he acquired about a thousand acres in one of the best parts of the state. Had he sold at the floodtide of the boom two or three years ago, the money value of his estate would be much larger than it is. But nevertheless from a financial standpoint, it must be admitted P.G. Hanson’s life was a greater success than he attained by the majority of men. How did he rank as a citizen? After an acquaintance of nearly forty years, I can say unhesitatingly that he ranked among the first in public affairs in his community. When caucuses and conventions were part of the political machinery in our state, he was a frequent delegate to Republican conventions. He served many years as chairman of his town. In church affairs and social gatherings he was always welcome because of a geniality that radiated as naturally from his presence as light and warmth does from the sun. Mr. Hanson was a man of large stature and fine presence. Even up to six months before his death, he looked very robust and young for a man of his age. But disorders not obvious to the casual observer were then, and had been for a long time previously, affecting his health and during the last three months especially he suffered more than words can tell. It was therefore glad tidings to all who loved him when on April 22, 1922 they heard he had found surcease from his sufferings. His funeral was held in Fagnernes church April 29. The weather was delightful and the attendant friends of the deceased filled the church to its utmost limits. Rev. Urberg of Blair and Rev. Christophersen of Pigeon Falls preached appreciative sermons, in which they feelingly referred to his Christian attitude as one who has made a complete surrender to his Lord and Saviour. His own pastor, Rev. Bestul, on account of sickness was unable to attend but sent a beautiful testimonial which was read by Rev. Urberg. And now up there on one of the heights that enclose the valley in which most of his life was spent, he rests beside his father, mother, a brother, his wife and three of his children. His four surviving sons were present and his sister, Julia. His sister, Ellen Everson, was unable to be present on account of a broken arm, and distance prevented his brother, Chris, who is an engineer and lives in California, from being present. Written by H.A. Anderson THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 11, 1922

Mrs. P.G. Hanson of Preston died on Saturday April 30, 1910 of pernicious anemia, following an illness of several years’ duration. Mrs. Hanson was born in Telemarken, Norway, October 27, 1856, where she resided with her parents until the spring of 1866, when she came to America and resided at Madison until 1869, when she accompanied an uncle to Trempealeau County. On the 29th day of February 1885, she was united in marriage to P.G. Hanson of Preston. To this union were born seven children, namely, Elmer, who died in infancy; Ernest and Spencer of Cando, North Dakota; Franklin, Henry, Myrtle and Clifford, residing at home. Mrs. Hanson suffered uncomplainingly through her long illness and until death finally came to her relief. Deceased was a Christian woman, living and dying in the faith, being a consistent member of the Synod Lutheran church. The funeral was held at the Fagernes church Wednesday, April 4th, the Rev. Bestul officiating, and was largely attended. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - MAY 12, 1910

Mrs. Sarah Hanson, 79 years of age, died at her home in Fly Creek Friday, April 9th and funeral services were held Monday at Whitehall at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church, conducted by Rev. Birkeland. Burial was made in the old Whitehall cemetery. Mrs. Hanson was born in Norway January 17, 1858, and came to America when eight years old. She lived in Fly Creek for about 50 years. Her husband preceded her in death. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Charles Brager of Leeds, North Dakota; Mrs. Edwin Christianson of Black River Falls and Huda at home; five sons, Haldor of Pleasant Lake, Minnesota; Gerhard of Lampson; Alvin of Osseo; Anton of Mondovi and Olaf at home. She is also survived by four sisters, Mrs. Oscar Brager of Grand Forks, Minnesota; Mrs. John Peterson of Ada, Minnesota; Mrs. G.S. Rice and Mrs. C.B. Anderson of Whitehall, and four brothers, Henry Wold, Grand Forks, North Dakota; Thomas Wold, Yuba City, California; John Wold, Eleva; and Anton Vold, Grand Forks, North Dakota. Pallbearers were Anton Tomter, Joseph Nelson, Martin L. Moen, Albert Amoth, Emil Hanevold and Morris Evenson. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 15, 1937

Stener Hanson rarely failed in judgment and never failed in doing what he thought was right. Stener Hanson was born in Seljord, Telemarken, Norway, October 7, 1846. He came to Racine county, Wisconsin with his parents, Hans and Tone Hoiseson in 1853. In 1864 he came to Black River Falls and soon after hired out to J.D. Spaulding, for whom he worked nine years in the woods and on the rivers. On June 16, 1870, he formed a life-partnership with Maline Torbjornsdatter. From this union five children were born. One died in infancy and a son, Edward, died in 1918. The survivors are Nettie Hagen in North Dakota; Henry Hanson, who until lately has been in mercantile business at Doran, Minnesota; and Clara Hanson at home. In July 1870, he bought the farm east of Blair, now occupied by Ed Matson. Here he spent about forty-four years, then sold the farm and moved to Blair where he lived till the final summons came. Soon after he settled in Blair he had a long spell of serious sickness from which he never recovered, although much of the time he was able to chore about the house and garden. Hs last sickness was brief, lasting about a week and his actual confinement to bed was only two days. Monday morning, April 11, 1927, came the last call. His funeral was held in Zion church, Blair, April 15. Rev. T.E. Sweger preached the funeral sermon, in which he commended the character of the deceased as a citizen, husband and father, and emphasized his loyalty and devotion as a Christian. The funeral was deferred for the reason that the relatives were anxious to communicate with the son who is making an extended auto trip through the west. But they were unable to reach him. The daughter, Mrs. Hagen, was also unable to be present. His only living sister, Mrs. Grande, of Minneapolis was present. The foregoing sketch covers a period of more than eighty years in which only a few of the mileposts on the journey of our departed friend’s life have been mentioned. But what of toil, privations, hardships, adversities and accomplishments lie between those mileposts? A bankbook may show a man’s financial condition. A bunch of clippings from newspapers may evidence his political success. Beautiful picture may display his skill as an artist and looks may prove his wit, his learning, his eloquence and capacious mental abilities. But all of these things taken together may fail to reveal the essence by which every man’s life is finally judged. Many a life spoken of as “brilliant” is found on careful examination to consist of only shining, broken fragments that because of some inherent moral weakness or accidental interruption failed to become a splendid, completed whole. Such lives often command our admiration, sometimes evoke our pity, but in contemplating them, they rarely give us that peace and satisfaction which we find in reviewing a life of constancy, harmony and consistency. A stream of floodtide, racing along with the debris driven from hills, forest and mountains is a grand spectacle, but even while we stand in awe and admiration of its mighty sweep and power we pray for its restoration to a normal, tranquil condition. Likewise we prefer the flow of human lives in constant channels. We want reliability rather than meteroric brilliancy. Except for occasion entertainment, we need dependable judgment and common sense more than we need wit. And every day steadiness, in the routine work of the world, we find more essential than spectacular adventure. Among the outstanding characteristics of our departed friend was constancy of purpose and steadiness in following every call of duty. He had little book-learning, was comparatively ignorant of conventional culture and he lacked the training of a nobleman, but he acquired the traits of a noble man. His life as far as property was concerned, began in poverty, but its beginning was surrounded by an atmosphere almost palpable with noble and beautiful traditions of ancestral heroism in compelling a sterile nature to produce and foster a wonderful people. And during his life he carried with him a just pride in the skill, strength and intelligence of the people from which he sprung. In his later years no topic could bring a greater brightness to his eye than a reminiscent discussion of Telmarken and its people. His youth was spent in Muskego, one of the earliest Norwegian settlements in the United States. Most of the first immigrants there were from Telemarken. Hence the moral environments during the great transitional period of his life were much the same as those of his childhood. Considering the privations and hardships they found in this primitive region of our country, it is safe that never had had the character of his native clan been more severely tested, and never had that character shone with finer luster than it did during the early years of the Muskego settlement. Thus, when at eighteen years of age, he came to Jackson county, he had by inheritance and training many of the sterling, many qualities by which his subsequent life was governed. The life in the forests and one the rivers, in those early days, was full of perils and hardships. Shirkers, cowards and weaklings were quickly found out and eliminated. But men of strength and courage survived and often grew stronger. The fact that our friend continued to work for the same man nine years is a high testimonial to his worth as a man. The fact that his soul preserved the hopeful freshness of its Divine source and flowed untainted through its earthly course, and finished its career of life by giving to his family, his neighbors and the citizens of our county, so much of kindness, valuable service and an unsullied memory, proves the fine, strong moral fibers that carried him through those early manhood years, when so many adverse influences tended to cripple both the moral and physical nature of men engaged in the lumber industry. His career, after he came to the town of Preston, was a quiet activity. For fifteen years or more he was chairman of the town and as such a member of the county board. In this latter capacity he held many of the most important committee appointments. The common impression of Stener Hanson was that he rarely failed in judgment and never failed in doing what he thought was right. Other constant characteristics of this good man’s life were his equable temperament, good nature and tranquil cheerfulness. Some look upon this life as a continuous funeral procession; others find it a glorious pageant where the Creator day by day unfolds His power, goodness and wisdom. Mr. Hanson emphatically belonged to the latter class. During his long sickness, I called on him often and never by mien nor word did he indicate that he thought himself an afflicted man. My last call was about two weeks before he passed away and this time he seemed even more jolly and cheerful than usual. If I should close this sketch without a tribute to her who was his companion and helpmate for fifty-seven years, I would fail in a sacred duty, for so intimate and congenial was their relation that it is no fanciful assumption to say that his last conscious breath carried a prayer to his God for her well-being. And if it were his privilege to speak he would declare to all the world that next to his Lord and Savior, she was the strongest force in his life for success, comfort and happiness. And if her sunset hours are as pleasant as he would have wished them to be she will glide into the last harbor smiling in peace and contentment. Written by H.A. Anderson, April 17, 1917 THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 21, 1927

The funeral services for Mrs. Hanson, an aged and well known resident of this community were conducted on Tuesday afternoon at the Zion Lutheran church, Rev. T.E. Sweger, officiated. Paul Schroeder sang “Moment by Moment” and ”There is a Land That is Fairer Than Day”. Pallbearers were Guy Shepherd, Theodore Amundson, Andrew Nelson, Ray Shepherd, James Nelson and Henry Helgeson. On Monday afternoon services had been held at the Enger Mortuary Chapel in Minneapolis. Malene Ericson was born July 19th, 1848 on the farm Eidvaag near Haugsund, Norway. She emigrated with her parents to Primrose, Dane County, Wisconsin in 1857. At the outbreak of the Civil War, her father enlisted and died at Nashville, Tennessee. Later the family moved to Jackson County, Wisconsin. She was united in marriage to Stener Hanson in the year 1870 and they settled on a farm a mile east of Blair, where they resided until 1914 when they sold their farm and took up their residence in Blair. Five children were born to this union, one of whom died in infancy and another in young manhood in 1918. In 1927 her husband passed away and she moved to Minneapolis to make her home with her daughter, Clara. She retained her interest in the Blair community where she so long had resided, as was attested by her frequent visits here, the last one this summer. He health began to fail in May but she was able to take an active interest in the life about her and to be about until in September. She gradually grew weaker until her death which took place Friday, January 26, 1934 at 2 p.m., aged 85 years, 6 months and 7 days. Three children survive to mourn the loss of a very dear mother: Mrs. A.J. Hage, Sawyer, North Dakota; Henry, Long Beach, California; and Clara, Minneapolis. There are two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The years of her residence in Minneapolis, she was a member of Our Redeemer’ Lutheran church. But before that she was a member of the Trempealeau Valley congregation and later the Zion Lutheran church in Blair. She was very much interested in the progress of the local congregation and the church at large. She loved to attend the circuit meetings and was present whenever possible. She was known far and wide for her keen interest in the affairs of the church. She was a woman of decided opinions and not afraid to express them, though sometimes blunt, they were kindly-intentioned and came from a loving heart. While here last summer, she attended the LaCrosse Circuit meeting and the meeting of the “Lag” the SonderLand lag at Taylor. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 1, 1934

Johanna Braaten was a daughter of Ole Braaten Pederson and Martha Pederson, nee Anderson. She was born in Vermland, Sweden, May 14, 1870. She emigrated to America in 1903 and came to the Lars Halverson home north of this village. On December 15, 1905, she was united in marriage to Ole M. Hanson, since which time they have resided in Independence. She died at her home in this village on May 31st, 1931 at the age of 61 years and 17 days, the cause of death being cancer. She leaves to mourn her death besides her husband and daughter, Gwendolyn, seven sisters, five of them in Europe, Mrs. Lars Halverson of this place, and Mrs. John Vold of Vidora, Saskatchewan, Canada. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 1:30 at the home and at 2:00 at the Lutheran church, Rev. N.C.A. Gamess officiating. Interment was in the Bethel cemetery. Rewritten from the Independence News Wave THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JUNE 11, 1931

Christopher Olson Haraldsrud, who died at Pigeon Falls on Sunday the 9th inst., was for many years a “landmark” in his neighborhood because of his long service as sexton, first of the Synod church and later of the United church. His family maintains that he was the first sexton of the “older” church, and that his total service in that office for both churches covered a period of 37 years. Aside from being distinguished for his long service as sexton, he was remarkable for his even temper and constant good nature. Though quiet and unassuming, there was a warmth and cheer about him that always made his good company. Mr. Haraldsrud was born at Ulsaker, Norway, December 25, 1858. He came to the United State in 1870 with his wife, Inger, and sons, Ludwig and Ole. They lived for three years in Dane county, then came to Pigeon and bought the farm near Pigeon Falls, now owned by his son, Ludwig. About a year afterwards his wife died. In 1876 he married Karen Haraldsrud, from whom he had bought his farm, she being a widow. His second wife survives him, and though in her 90th year is comparatively strong and hearty. He is also survived by his sons, Ole and Ludwig, also by his step-children, Mrs. Mathea Nelson of Winona and Ole H. Harladsrud of Northfield, Jackson County, all of whom were present at his funeral which was held in the United Lutheran church Thursday January 13. While the bells he used to ring send forth their melodies among the hills, his name will be blessed in memory. Written by H.A. Anderson THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - JANUARY 20, 1916

Karen Mathia Haraldsrud was born on a small farm, called Skjeslien in Sondre Land, Norway, October 27, 1826. This farm had once been a saeter owned by the ancestors of Bjornstjerne Bjornson. Mrs. Haraldsrud inherited strength, vigor, longevity and common sense. Her father died at the age of eighty-seven, her mother at nine-three and her grandmother, on her father’s side, was almost one hundred years when she passed away. Of Mrs. Haraldsrud’s seven brothers and sisters, we have this record. Her youngest brother lives in Kjeslien at the age of seventy-seven years. One brother drowned at the age of twenty-four and one sister died at the age of seventy. All the other attained ages from eighty-two to eight-nine years. In 1848 the deceased married Hans Haraldsrud. With him she had five children, three of whom died young. Her daughter, Mrs. H.M. Nelson of Winona, and her son, Ole of Northfield, Jackson county, Wisconsin, survive her. In 1868 with her husband and children she came to Coon Valley, Vernon county, Wisconsin. In 1873 they came to Pigeon, this county, and settled near Pigeon Falls. Here her husband died in 1875. In 1876 she married Christopher Olson who adopted the name of Haraldsrud. Christopher died about nine years ago. Since his death Mrs. Haraldsrud has lived with her stepsons, Ludwig and Ole Haraldsrud. Since the death of Ludwig some years ago, she has lived almost constantly with her stepson, Ole, near Whitehall. Until about a year ago she was comparatively well and could care for herself, but during the last year she has been a great burden to those who had to care for her, for with the going of her physical powers, her mind also failed. But she never was conscious of bodily pain and when the end came, it came like a sleep to the weary. Her rest came in the evening of November 14, 1924, and her funeral was held on the 18th at Pigeon Falls, in the church where her second husband had for nearly thirty-five years tolled the knell of many another departing pilgrim. Rev. Orke and Rev. Hofstad had charge of the services which were largely attended. Her surviving son and daughter were present together with other relatives. An old man dropped in the other day and said: “I was sitting by the stove and thinking of Mrs. Haraldsrud and figured out that she had lived 35,788 days.” This brief chronicle of some of the principal events in this woman’s life reveals but little of her real history. Most of the biographical sketches of men and women may be likened to the covers of a book. The covers may be artistically embossed, overlaid with gold and adorned with shining gems; or they may be drab and plain, but in either case they disclose not the contents they cover. To understand and judge the merits of the book we must turn it leaves one by one and read it to the end. We can say concerning this departed generous, industrious and frugal, that she was neither learned nor ignorant, stupid nor brilliant. That she knew neither poverty nor riches and never saw or experienced manifestation of human life. All her years were spent in rural surrounding the quiet vales of life. She may not have felt the jars, the shocks, the thrills and violent animation of city life, but this does not indicate that she had not felt deeply and been thrilled exquisitely. The hurly burly of great crowds is not conducive to fine feelings and great thoughts, nor are the jazz inspired contortions of the multitude calculated to inspire the noblest emotions. In every life there is need of some lonely Pisgah’s height or quiet Patmose to obtain the farthest visions and grandest dreams. The subject of this sketch had her Pisgahs, her Patmoses and also her Ramahas. Up there on the mountain side, where he childhood and youth were passed-where human voices and human sounds were few-she heard the voices and music of the eternals. The still small voices that speak to the heart and spirit of man. The voices that had stilled the fears and inspired the courage of her ancestors through unrecorded centuries. Up there where the retiring sun left a mantle of gold and purple on the mountain peaks to fade slowly away and be replaced by an enchanting silvery veil. Up there in the twilight silence, where the sky seemed to touch the silver tipped crest of the mountains, came those elfins of the air, the “Merry Dancers” of the North, to fling their many colored banners on the sky. Then, if ever, must his spirit rise to meet its source and communicate with its Creator. In such an hour man worships without volition, it’s purified without penance and experience ecstasy with exhaustion. That our departed sister shared in all these uplifting and tranquilizing influences we have no doubt. Then as she passed on down through the aisles of time came other scenes, other voices and other experiences. She married, became mother, laid away three of her children to feel that sense of futility and emptiness in heart that comes to every good mother when her offspring is taken in childhood and youth. But sacred sorrow, like sacred love, retires to a secret chamber where the eyes of the world cannot desecrate it. So she went on through farther vistas, doing the things most needful without murmuring. As the years went by her horizons widened. The panorama of a greater world was spread before her. Discoveries, inventions and events took place that were undreamed of during her early years. Thus she enjoyed the pleasures of surprise together with the fruits of wonderful achievements. No epic was ever written that can match the glory and grandeur of the visions that she saw during her life. She witnessed the blossoming and fruition of many of the seeds planted by the best men and women of the past and present. To her all the wonders that transpired were Divine revelations and all the benefits that flowed from great achievements were gifts from the Father of all. As in the dawn of womanhood she saw in all the elemental forces and phenomena of nature, the power and majesty of her Creator so from her Patmos, in the evening of her life, she saw, in all the victories of man over nature and the ills of life, the hand of God dealing out mercy and goodness. And if she had been conscious when she approached her journey’s end she would have given thanks and said with David: “The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.” Written by H.A. Anderson, November 23 1924 THE WHITEHALL TIMES - NOVEMBER 27, 1924

Ole Christian Haraldsrud, pioneer resident of this area, died at his home in Pigeon Falls Sunday, December 30, at 6:220 p.m., at the age of 91 years, one month and five days. He had been confined to his bed for a few weeks, suffering with the infirmities of old age. Mr. Haraldsrud was born November 25, 1860 in Ullsensaker, Norway, son of Christopher and Inger Olson Haraldsrud. He came to America at the age of ten years with his mother and brother Ludvig, his father having come shortly before to Springdale, Dane county. Here they lived about two years before coming here, his father passed away in 1916, and his brother Ludvig lived until 1917. On August 3, 1888 he was united in marriage to Hanna Steen. The Rev. Em. Christophersen, who had also confirmed him, performed the ceremony. To this union nine children were born of whom Clarence, Laura and Mildred died in childhood. Surviving are his widow and six children, Isabelle, Mrs. M.C. Sletteland and Miss Clara Haraldsrud, Pigeon Falls; Mina, Mrs. H.D. Watkins and Miss Margaret Haraldsrud, Chicago; Hulda, Mrs. G.M. Moen, Viroqua; and Arthur, Taylor. He also leaves five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. All members of his family were present at the last rites. During his lifetime Mr. Haraldsrud experienced hardship, especially in his younger years. He worked as a farm hand in summer and in the logging camps in winter, until he engaged in farming in Pigeon town ship and later near Whitehall. About twelve years ago he and his wife moved back to Pigeon Falls, where he resided until his death. He was blessed with excellent health, and as long as his health permitted he was interested and active in church and community affairs, both in Pigeon Falls and in Whitehall. His honesty and fair dealings with his associates won for him a host of friends. He was industrious and always stood for what he deemed was right. Bu whatever he faced, he never lost interest in life and enjoyed mingling with his friends, so fond recollections among those who knew him will long linger in their memories. Funeral services were held at the Haraldsrud home preceding the rites at the U.L. church Wednesday, January 2, 1952, conducted by the Rev. S. Almlie. His former pastor, the Rev. C.K. Malmin of Colfax, spoke briefly and paid high tribute to the life of the deceased. Another former pastor, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland of Whitehall also attended. Mrs. E.A. Sletteland sang “As Thou Wilt” and Mrs. Oscar Fremstad sang “Velt alle dine vele”. The flowers were carried by Mmes. Bernard Thompson and Chester Sletteland and the remains were laid to rest in the family lot in the church cemetery, the pallbearers were Orville Nereng, John Skadahl, Edward Erickson, Albert Matchey, Reuben Evenson and Harry Galstad. Flower offerings were many and numerous memorial funds were given by relatives and friends in his memory. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 10, 1952

Telemarken is the generic name for a group of converging valleys shadowed by majestic mountains, somber forests and many beautiful rivers, waterfalls and lakes. But rich as it is in natural grandeur and beauty it is still richer, for the loyal sons and daughters, in spiritual inheritance, for here the old Norse spirit with its customs, traditions and language has withstood the attritional influences of time and change to an extent found only in few other places in Norway. One of the valleys constituting this group is known as Hitterdal, where the largest now existing, Stave church (Stavekirke) is located. Of the four hundred or more Stave churches that at one time signaled from hills and valleys with dragon heads and crosses on the gables and spires, the compromise between Christianity and Paganism, only about a score remain, and of those the Hitterdal church is the only one used for worship. It was among these environments, throbbing with stories and legends of romance, tragedy and heroic deeds that Thomas H. Hauge on July 20, 1859, was born. It was in the historic church referred to that soon after birth he was christened. And here until nearly ten years of age, he drank from Saga’s magic fountains the draughts that inspired his life and made him a worthy citizen of our country. In 1869, with his brothers and sisters, he accompanied his widowed father, Harald Aslakson, to the United States. For about a year the family sojourned in Dane county, Wisconsin, where Hauge’s father married his second wife. Then, they came to the Town of Arcadia where Aslakson found a homestead. Assisting his father in clearing the land and helping neighbors in similar work until he was old enough to go to the “woods” in the winter and the “rivers” in the spring. Thus he became enured to hard labor from which he never shrank until failing health made his pause. On December 23 1882, he married Anna Olson, born and raised in the town of Ettrick, this county. For nearly eight years after his marriage, he operated a farm in the town of Arcadia belonging to the banker Frank C. Allen of Eau Claire. Having completed his contract with Allen he bought the Bill Ellis farm in Bruce Valley, town of Hale. Here, the prime of his manhood was spent; here most of his children were born; here he commanded prosperity and success by earnest toil, shared by his wife, whose nature had endowed with wonderful health and strength, sharing with him the cares of the home and the labors of the field. Married at sixteen, the mother of fifteen children, fourteen of whom are living, I am sure the departed husband, were he permitted, would crown this woman with the richest symbols of true and noble wifehood and motherhood. In 1909 Mr. Hauge bought the Low farm in the town of Hale, consisting of 240 acres. Here he built a fine dwelling house and other buildings to match. The buildings were equipped with modern improvements such as electric lights, etc. The farm was well stocked. Now for the comforts that Old Age ought to find in surveying the results of forty years of hard work, economy and prudent management. But Alas! How few realize in full the morning visions of life. We sit down to watch the sunset years roll grandly by; to see our sons and daughters build the ladders by which they are to reach the eminence we so earnestly wish they may attain, when lo, the world old summons comes: “Put thine house in order, for thou shalt die.” The deceased was probably better prepared to answer this call than the average of men. Intimations of the fact that he might be called at any time had been given him. Financially, notwithstanding his unusually large family, he was safeguarded against the fear that his wife or children would suffer want for the ordinary comforts of life. On May 17th he passed away, well pleased to make the change. On the 19th he was laid to rest in Pleasant Valley near the church he had helped to organize and build. Rev. Hofstad of Whitehall, who had ministered to him during his last illness, officiated at his funeral. All of his children were present except Alma, who was teaching in Northern Minnesota, and Hartwick, who lives at Ferryville, Wisconsin. Surviving him are his widow, Anna, fourteen children (including with the above, Mrs. S. Williamson, Henry Hauge, Mrs. Oscar Hanke, Mrs. Theodore Enger, Mrs. Otto Olson, Mrs. Henry Schroeder, Alma Hauge, Delia Hauge, Walter Hauge, Viola Hauge and Stella Hauge) and fourteen grandchildren. What manner of man was Thomas H. Hauge? Most of the Times readers knew he was industrious, frugal and prudent. His neighbors say he was “square,” his wife says he was a good man, and this is the surest testimonial of man’s character that can be given. Written by H.A. Anderson THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - MAY 25, 1922

Adolph C. Hauge, one of the old settlers of Salve Coulee, passed away peacefully at his home Monday morning, July 17, 1922 of hardening of the arteries following influenza. Mr. Hauge had not been in the best of health for the past two years, but his sickness was not of a serious nature until about three months ago when he was confined to this bed. The deceased was born April 13, 1847 at Vaaler, Solar, Norway. In 1870 he emigrated to America and in April 1875 was married to Nellie Rogness at Black River Falls. Mr. Hauge’s wife died February 28, 1902. Seven children were born to this union; Nel Oliver who died December 9, 1894 at the age of 16 years and the other six, John, Oscar, Ella, Colonel, Amanda and Mrs. Martin Skjele are left to mourn his death. He also leaves one brother in Norway. Mr. Hauge was a man of good habits and Christian character. He was always kind and loving to his family. The funeral was held Thursday, July 20th at the U.L. church Revs. Boe and Urbeg officiating. THE BLAIR PRESS - JULY 27, 1922

Funeral services for Otto Hauge, 57, who died May 11, were held at the Lien Sisters’ farm in Irvin coulee last Friday and at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. Burial was in Lincoln cemetery. A group from the choir sang “I Know of a Sleep in Jesus’ Name” in the Norwegian language and “Jesus Lover of My Soul” at the church service and Odell Schansberg sang “Den Store Hvide Flok.” Pallbearers were Sam and George Stuve, Bennett Anderson, Karsten Linnerud, Marcus Arneson and George Gilbertson. Flowers were carried by Mrs. Bennett Anderson and Mrs. Sam Stuve. Otto Hauge was born March 25, 1884 in Eidsvold, Norway, the son of Edward and Martha Hauge. At the age of 18 years he came to this county, stopping first at Westby with relatives. In 1910 he came to this vicinity and accepted employment with the Lien Sisters in Irvin coulee, where he made his home up to the time of his death. He had been doctoring for 15 years and had been a patient at Rochester, Minnesota; LaCrosse and elsewhere during the past year or two. He suffered from ulcers of the stomach and complications. Death came on Sunday evening, May 11, at Madison, where he had been a patient at the Wisconsin General Hospital less than a week. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Christine Lee of Bottineau, North Dakota, who came to this county in 1905 and Mrs. Mina Svenby, who resides in Norway; and by one brother Sigurd Haugen of Seattle, Washington. Mrs. Lee and Sigurd Hauge came for the funeral services. Deceased was also a cousin of Anton Davidson and Miss Emma Melby of Irvin Coulee. Mr. Hauge will be greatly missed by the Lien Sisters, by whom he was so long employed. He was a faithful and dependable overseer of their farm, taking care of things as if they were his own. He had a share in their fox farm, which they established together several years ago. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MAY 22, 1941

Christ Haugen was born in Lillhammer, Norway, March 30, 1860, son of Torger and Maria Haugen, and was accidentally killed September 20, 1925. He came to America in 1878 and made his home near Osseo, coming to Pigeon in 1884. In 1888 he was united in marriage to Miss Agnethe Lokken. To this union were born three daughters, Mrs. Alfred Lovelien, Mrs. John Skadahl and Mrs. Harold Stillrud, who, with his wife, are left to mourn his loss. Mr. Haugen was a quiet, unassuming man, and held the respect of all who knew him. He was employed at the Pigeon mill for about 35 years. His eyesight had failed so that in the last few years he could not keep up this work. He will be greatly missed by a large circle of friends and family, his parents and two sisters having preceded him in death. The closing of this life came as a shock to our community. Funeral services will be held Thursday from the U.L. church. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - SEPTEMBER 24, 1925

An aged resident of the community passed away on Friday morning, September 8, 1933 in the death of Mrs. Nina Haug (Tollehaugen) who attained the age of 93 years, 2 months and 14 days. The writer has not known a community where the long livity has been as great as at Blair and vicinity. To mention a few from memory in recent years, Knute Storley 92 at death, Mrs. Knutson Stutlien 93, Mrs. Prestegaard 94, Mrs. Kvenmoen 91, Mrs. Lyngen, 95, Odegaaqrd 93, Mr. and Mrs. Nichols 90, Mrs. Caroline H. Alter 90, Mrs. McLaughlin 98, Mrs. Ada Kelly 93. Mrs. Haug retained her mental faculties to the last in spite of her advanced age, though sight and hearing was seriously impaired. Nine Brenden was born in Vaaler Parish, Solar, Norway June 24, 1840. She grew to young womanhood, and baptized, confirmed and married in her native parish. Her marriage to John Tollehaugen took place in January 1866. In 1868 husband and wife and oldest child set sail across the Atlantic to eventually find their home in the Blair community, the Mecca of so many “Solungs”. But first of all they made their home two years at Sparta, Wisconsin. Then in Reynolds Coulee, the present John Hauge farm, was purchased to be sold a short time later. They then took possession of the place which was to be the home of Mrs. Haug over 60 years. Log cabins, ox teams, primitive conditions, meager incomes, untold hardships were the lot of the early settlers. But they were of sturdy stock and unceasing labor and unfailing courage built up substantial farms. Mrs. Haug was no exception to the rule when it came to the making of a good home with mind alert and keen and unspared strength. Many sorrows came to her in her life. Her husband died some 25 years ago. She suffered the loss of several children. Twin girls, Ida and Christine, died in infancy. Then in 1900, she saw three of her dear ones, Ole, John and Nellie pass into the great Beyond in the space of a year. Especially sad was the death of her son, Charles, May 31, 1925. He had a large place in her affections. And yet another grief was the death of her daughter, Julia, May 10, 1912. With cheerful and uncomplaining patience, she accepted her lot. Her strength failed with the declining years and a great deal of her time the last years was spent in bed. Several times her life was despaired of but the strength that seemed slowly ebbing away flowed back again with remarkable vitality. The loss of a dear mother is felt by the following children: Ida Emelia, Mrs. John Kosmo, Eau Claire; Kaia, Mrs. Lynn Hofer, Grand Rapids, Minnesota; Olaf on the home farm; Emma, Mrs. Herbie Hanson, Winona; Gjertine, Mrs. Otto Witt, Douglas, North Dakota. There are 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday, September 11 at 1:00 at the home and 2 at the Zion Lutheran church to which she had belonged so many years, conducted by Rev. T.E. Sweger. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 14, 1933

Carlot Haugen was born at Ottrenhaugen, Vaaler, Solar, Norway May 14th, 1863. He was the son of Tosten Olsen Haugen and wife Guro. He was baptized in the Vaaler Lutheran church June 7th, 1863. The family followed the trek of their many fellow parishioners to the large Solaring settlement at Blair, Wisconsin in the year 1869. They made their home in Tappen Coulee where the parents resided until death. Carlot was confirmed in the North Beaver Creek Lutheran church by Rev. Brynjolf Hovde July 20th, 1879. The scripture passage given him personally at his confirmation by his pastor was 2 Timothy :14. And in the things which he had learned and which he had been assured of he strove to continue until his dying hour. November 5th, 1895 he was united in marriage to Mrs. Anna Edmunds at Blair church by Rev. Ole Gulbrandson. They made their home on the farm at the head of Tappen Coulee and continued to reside there until the infirmities of age necessitated their moving to Blair a year ago. Besides his farm work, Carlot labored many winters in the pineries of Wisconsin. Mr. Haugen was the unfortunate victim of an auto accident a few weeks ago. He suffered a bone fracture and possible internal injuries. He was brought to the St. Francis hospital in LaCrosse. After his return pneumonia set in. Seemingly on the road to recovery from this, a sudden attack brought his earthly life to a close Saturday, June 8, 1940 at 10 p.m. He was 77 years and 25 days old at the time of his death. Besides his wife with whom he had lived a married life of singular happiness and devotion a period of 45 years, he leaves the following children: Emelia (Mrs. Orlando Hanson), Detroit, Michigan; Agnes (Mrs. N.B. Healy), Kalaheo, Hawaii and Olga at home. A son, Chester, rural mail carrier at Blair for twenty years died February 11, 1939. Carlot was the last to pass away of 11 sisters and brothers. There are four grandchildren. Our years seem written in the sand. A short time and the tide of rain and flood obliterates their every trace. But the life now brought to a close, lived not in boastfulness and pride but in industry and uprightness, in devotion to the duties of husband, father, neighbor and friend, in loyalty to home country and God still leaves its impress on the generations who come after. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. T.E. Sweger at the Beaver Creek church of which the deceased had long been a faithful member Wednesday, June 12 at 2 p.m. The congregation sang “Jeg ved mig en sov” and Min dod er mig til gode.” The pallbearers were the nephews: Oscar Haugen, Elai Leque, Lars Myrland, Julius Bratland, Edwin Larson and Irvin Herreid. Interment was in the Beaver Creek cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 13, 1940

Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Haugen, who passed away at the Winnebago Hospital in Oshkosh, February 24th were held at the Beaver Creek Lutheran church Wednesday p.m., February 28, with the Rev. L.W. Halvorson officiating. He used as his text, “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end.” Mrs. Lloyd Quammen, Mrs. Elvin Rogness and Mrs. Orrin Bue sang “Saved by Grace” and “Heaven is my Home”. Pallbearers were Irvin Herreid, Lars Myrland, Theodore Moen, Albert Johnson, Anton Leque and Lynn Toraason. Interment was in the Beaver Creek cemetery. Mrs. Haugen was born in Eidfjord, Hardanger, Norway on November 23, 1866. She was the daughter of Baard and Britha Herreid and with her parents, brother and sister, emigrated to America in 1867. The family settled on a farm in Beaver Creek and there Anna spent her childhood and attended rural school. She was confirmed in the Trempealeau Valley church. She was married to Olaus Edmonds who died December 11, 1891. Three children were born to this union: Edmund, Olga, who died in infancy; and Millie, Mrs. Orlando Hanson, who died in 1942. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Edmonds took a position in Stoughton as a cook at the University there. On November 5 1895, she was united in marriage to Charley T. Haugen and settled on a farm in Upper Tappen Coulee where they resided until they retired in 1937 and moved to Blair. She was an active member of the Beaver Creek congregation and served as president of the Ladies Aid for one year. She also taught parochial school in Lone Star. She was a kind and loving mother, always ready and willing to lend a helping hand to a good cause. A short time after the death of her husband in 1940, Mrs. Haugen became a resident of the Homme Old Peoples Home at Wittenberg and remained there until she became seriously ill on January 25 and was taken to the Oshkosh Hospital where she passed away February 24. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. William Healy of Anchorage, Alaska; a foster daughter, Mrs. Shelby Rutzic of Juneau Alaska, six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews besides a host of friends. A son, Chester Haugen of Blair, died in 1938 and three brothers and one sister preceded her in death. Two of her grandchildren, Anne Gaines and Charles Hanson of Detroit, Michigan and a relative, Mrs. Bell Elliot of LaCrosse came for the funeral. Many beautiful floral offerings and memory wreaths were given in honor of Mrs. Haugen. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 8, 1951

Mrs. Guro Haugen, whose heath has been somewhat impaired for the last twenty years, died yesterday at 3 o’clock a.m. Deceased was born in Solar, Norway in 1824. Her name in Norway was Guro Christiandatter Otterhaugen. In June 1869 she came together with her husband to this country and settled here. She had many difficulties to contend with and she constantly longed for rest. Her last illness was only a week. Her death is mourned not only by her children, of whom she leaves seven, but by neighbors and friends. Her remains will be taken to the Blair cemetery for interment. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - MAY 12, 1898

The rank of our early settlers is fast thinning out, and soon we will all be gone. Well such is life - we are born, grow up and pass away to give room for the younger generations. This time the oldest one of the early settlers here had to answer the call. Mathies K. Haugen passed peacefully away at his home Friday evening, July 6, 1928, after a short sickness of a week’s duration at the good ripe old age of 86 years and eight months and fifteen days. All his children were present at his deathbed except Mr. Rev. H.H. Knudsvig, who could not come in time. Mr. Haugen was born in Gudbransdalen, Norway, October 22, 1841, and grew up to manhood on a small place there. The 7th of June 1865 he married Miss Guliana Prestegaarden, a near neighbor and childhood chum, and the union was blessed with eleven children, four of whom are death to wit: two in childhood and Carl and John as young men. The seven of them living to mourn the loss are: Gurine, Mrs. Ludvig Melby of Pigeon; Clara, Mrs. Albert Fremstad of Pigeon; Christine, Mrs. O. Waller of Osseo; Mollie, Mrs. Rev. H.H. Knudsvig of Audabon, Minnesota; Gunnetti; Mrs. R.J. Holmen of Hale; Anton and Malcolm of this valley. He also leaves 19 grandchildren and 6-great-grandchildren. His good wife died November 22, 1921, and the old man has felt kind of lonely since, but he had a good home with his son Malcolm. In fact he has lived on the same farm ever since his arrival in this country in 1869. Now, the writer has been acquainted with Math the past fifty or more years and always counted him as a friend. About his life there is not much to be said, he had his faults and virtues a good deal like the rest of us; he came here and settled on a piece of land poor but full of grit, and with the help of his good wife and children. The funeral was held from this church Monday the 9th, conducted by Rev. Aune, and he was laid to rest beside his wife. The church was well filled; the floral offering was large and fine. The pastor gave a very nice and impressive sermon. Rev. Knudsvig also made a nice short speech on behalf of the families, and thanked them all for their kindness and appreciation shown the deceased. The pallbearers were: Andrew Tollefson ,John J. Vold, Peter Brown, Ed Hagen, A.M. Frens, M.J. Lunde. Gone but not forgotten; Peace be to your memory. Written by A.N. Frems. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JULY 19, 1928

Theodore Haugen, a well known and esteemed resident of Tappen Coulee the past sixty-seven years, passed away at the home of his brother, Carlot Haugen, Thursday morning, November 10, 1936. He had reached the age of 80 years, 9 months and 26 days. He had been sick for some time. The cause of death was cancer. Funeral services were conducted by his pastor Rev. T.E. Sweger Friday afternoon at the Carlot Haugen home at 1:15 and at the Beaver Creek Lutheran church at 2 p.m. A memory wreath in honor of the deceased of $7.00 was given by relatives and friends at the Home for the Aged at Wittenberg and another to station WCAL St. Olaf College. The pallbearers were Lewis Twesme, Olai Leque, Julius Bratland, Lars Lyrland, Irvin Herreid and Oscar Haugen. The deceased was born at Vaaler, Solar, Norway January 14, 1856. He came with his parents Tosten and Guro Haugen at the age of 13 years in the year 1869 to America. He had resided in Tappen Coulee ever since. He was confirmed in the Trempelaeau Valley church by Rev. A.O. Alfsen in the year 1873. Mr. Hauge never married. In his declining years, he had his home with his brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Carlot Haugen, where he received the best of care and kindness and especially in his last illness. Of his family there are but two that survive, a sister, Mrs. Ida Herrreid, and his brother, Carlot. THE BLAIR PRESS - NOVEMBER 19, 1936

Funeral services for Mrs. Thomas Haugen, former Blair resident, were held on September 3 at Duluth, Minnesota. Mrs. Haugen died on September 1, 1966. Burial was made in the Park Hill cemetery in that city. Born in Vaaler, Solar, Norway on May 27, 1892, Mrs. Haugen came to the Blair area at the age of 18. She was married first to Albert Knutson who died about 34 years ago. After her marriage to Haugen in 1935, the couple resided for some time in Minneapolis before going to Duluth about 18 years ago. Survivors are two daughters Mrs. Kermit (Olga) Olson of Minneapolis; Mrs. Lloyd (Lillian) Luken of Spring Lake Park, Minnesota; and three sons, Ariel Knutson of Minneapolis; Arthur Knutson of Pensacola, Florida; and Arvid Haugen of Fridley, Minnesota; her husband; 21 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 15, 1966

Funeral services for Hans Haugh, who died at his home in this village, Wednesday, January 2, were held at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church Saturday afternoon, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. Burial was made in the family lot in Lincoln cemetery. Hans Johannes Haugh was born February 2, 1856 in Ringsaker, Norway. He spent his young years in his native land and at the age of 20, he immigrated to America with members of his family. This was in 1876. The family settled at Ettrick and during Hans’ first year of resident in this county, he was joined in marriage to Miss Pauline Solberg of French Creek. Mr. and Mrs, Haugh established a home in Ettrick, where they resided for a number of years then moved to Whitehall, which place has since been their residence. Four children were born to them, three of whom, with Mrs. Haugh, survive the husband and father. The surviving children are: Joel of Augusta, Helmer of Menasha and Mrs. F.E. Van Sickle, this village. One daughter, Bertha, died in 1917. For many years Mr. Haugh was engaged as janitor at the court house. He was a man of ambition and was very thorough in all duties assigned to him. He possessed a splendid physique and enjoyed good health until about nine years ago when he was obliged to undergo a major operation. He recovered from the ordeal but he failed to regain his former strength and was soon obliged to give up his work. Since that time his health has gradually failed and for the past several months, he was semi-invalid. Among the blessing which Mr. Haugh enjoyed during his lifetime was the devotion and the assistance given him by his wife, who during the years of their union devoted her energy for the welfare of her family and when sickness overtook her husband, she exerted her strength in administering him care and attention. While relatives and friends mourn the death of Mr. Haugh, hid departure from this life relieved him of great suffering. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 10, 1935

Gunerius Haugen was born on April 20, 1858 in Vaaler, Solar, Norway. He was the son of Tostein Haugen and Goro C. Haugen. His name in Norway was Gunerius Tostenson Otterhaugen. He was married at Blair the 20th day of October, 1883 to Andrina Holte. He died July 7, 1917, at the age of 59 years, 2 months and 17 days. Ten children were born to this union, three of whom are now dead. The living are: Gina, Oscar, Clara, Millie, Irvin, Edwin and Thomas. The funeral was held at the U. Lutheran church in Blair, Tuesday, Rev. Boe officiating. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 12, 1917

She was born at Valestrand Bergenhus Amt. Norway, January 3, 1826, and died at Whitehall, Wisconsin, May 26, 1923 just before midnight. She was married to Halvor Halvorson Haugsjerd in 1850, who passed away 39 years ago. In 1857, accompanied by her husband and three children, she came to the United States. Another child was born at sea which died soon after birth and was buried in the waves of the Atlantic. For a year the family lived in Dane county, Wisconsin. From there they moved to McLeod county, Minnesota, where they spent three years. Their next move was to the town of Franklin, Jackson county, Wisconsin. After a year’s sojourn there, they took up their permanent home in Curran Valley, Jackson county, where she lived until her son, Tom Halvorson, now a resident of Whitehall, sold the farm which had been his father’s homestead. Ten or eleven years ago, she had a fall which injured one of her limbs to such an extent that since that time she has not been able to move about without assistance. Up the to the time of her fall, she never consulted a doctor. Since her injury, her daughter, Ingeborg, has been her constant and faithful companion and nurse for which she is entitled to great credit. Aside from the injury received from her hall, her general health has been good and mental faculties, though less active, normal up to a few days before her death. Mrs. Halvoson, though slender and almost fragile in her appearance, had the strength and resiliency of Damascus steel. She was the mother of eight children, experienced the usual hardships and privations of the poor and early pioneers, did more hard manual labor than most men of the present generation are willing to do. The writer has known her intimately for 55 years and during all that time never heard a complaint drop from her lips. Sustained and soothed by an unfaltering trust in her Creator through all her toils and trials, she approached the deeps and shadows that lie between mortal life and eternity “Like one who wraps the draperies of his couch about him and lies down to pleasant dreams.” On Memorial Day she was laid to rest beside her husband in the old Curran cemetery. Rev. Hofstad of Whitehall and Rev. Aune of Osseo officiated at her funeral. The following named children survive her: Tom Halvorson of Whitehall, Andrew and Hans of New Auburn, Mr. Brown of Stanley and Ingeborg of Whitehall, all of whom were present at the funeral. Written by H.A. Anderson THE TAYLOR HERALD - JUNE 15, 1923

Born November 9, 1836, came to America June 23, 1869 directly to Wisconsin. Homesteaded in town of Northfield 4 ½ miles north of Hixton. Married September 11, 1871 to Kari Pederson. Nine children - two daughters - Clara and Pauline - passed way before him. In 1913 he sold his farm to youngest sons, Simon and Clarence. He and wife and Minnie moved across the creek into a new house built that year. Last years of leisure, he became sick in November 1919 and died January 30, 1920 at age 83 years, 2 month and 21 days. The funeral was Monday, February 2, 1920 at Upper Pigeon Norwegian Lutheran church. Interment at the church cemetery, Rev. Christophersen officiating. He is survived by his widow, three daughters - Mary (Mrs. O.M. Olson), Thea (Mrs. H.C. Johnson) and Minnie and four sons; Anton and Melvin of Regent, North Dakota; Simon and Clarence on the old homestead, now known as Oakdale farm. JACKSON COUNTY JOURNAL - FEBRUARY 18, 1920

Nels Christian Haughum, died at his home near this village Friday, June 15, 1906, after several months illness of cancer of the stomach, aged about 78 years. Deceased was born in Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, March 10, 1828. He emigrated to America in 1854 and resided nine years in Clark county, then moved onto a farm in the Town of Preston, Trempealeau County, where he resided at the time of his death. He was married in 1859 to Miss Anna Hanson, of Onalaska, who survives him. Eleven children were born to them, seven of which are living, namely: Mrs. Olive Johnson, Loyal; Mrs. Antoinette Hanson, Neilsville; Mrs. Thea Leasum, Keokuk, Iowa; Mrs. Ellen Solberg, Blair; Mrs. Tillie Nyen, Charles and Henry of Preston. The funeral was held at 12 o’clock p.m. Monday at the house, Rev. Gulbrandson officiating. The remains were laid away in the village cemetery. Thus another of the pioneers, after a life of usefulness, goes to his rest. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - JUNE 21, 1906

The death of Mrs. L.A. Haukenson occurring at the home of her son, Hans Johnson, on the 29th of March, 1911 after a short illness, aged 80 years, 1 month and 7 days. She had resided in this country for the past fourteen years, emigrating with her husband from Norway in 1897, the latter dying four years ago. Deceased leaves six children as follows: Mrs. Anton Anderson of Norway; Christ Johnson of Welch Coulee; Hans Johnson of Blair; Anton Johnson of Hixton; John Haukenson of Powell, Iowa County; and Mrs. Anna Olson of Eau Claire. The funeral was held Monday at 2 o’clock at the house, Rev. Gulbrandson officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - APRIL 6, 1911

Funeral services for Albert L. (Al) Hansen, 55, rural Black River Falls farmer will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 27, 1964 from the Little Norway Lutheran Church with the Rev. Robert Salveson officiating. Interment will be made in the church cemetery. Torgerson’s Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Mr. Hansen passed away Monday, August 24, 1964, in Milwaukee, where he had gone on business. He was stricken with a heat attack and was pronounced dead upon arrival at a Milwaukee county emergency hospital. The medical examiners office said death was due to an apparent heat attack and Mr. Hansen was known to have had a heart condition. He was born at Fairmount, Minnesota, August 31, 1908. A graduate of Stout Institute, Menomonie, Wisconsin, pror to moving to the Black River Falls area in 1942, he taught manual training at Brainerd and at International Falls, Minnesota. He was united in marriage with Irma Gilbertson at the Little Norway Church, August 31 1936. In addition to farming the former A.L. Gilbertson farm in Spring Creek, Mr. Hansen was active with the American Dairy Association (ADA) and the Lutheran Brotherhood. In addition to being survived by his wife, Irma, he is also survived by three sons: Richard, Robert and David, each at home; one brother, Harald of Irving; and two sisters, Mrs. Gotfred Swanson of Sherburn, Minnesota and Mrs. Helmer Hagel of Minneapolis. SOURCE - FAMILY SCRAP BOOK

Mrs. Ray Hardie, 75, died Thursday Evening, February 20, 1964 at her home in West Franklin Jackson County. Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the North Beaver Creek First Lutheran Church. Rev. K.M. Urberg officiating, son of the minister who performed the marriage ceremony for Mrs. Hardie and her husband. Burial was in the church cemetery. Frederixon Funeral Home in Blair was in charge of the arrangements. Pallbearers were John McKeeth, Jr., Spencer Steine, John Roseland, Roger Hardie, Glen Hardie and Gordon Roseland. Mrs. Carol Gullickson sang the hymns with Mrs. Lawrence Jordahl as organist. Mrs. Hardie, the former Hilda Roseland, was born in Clinton, Rock County, January 4, 1889. She married Ray G. Hardie June 4, 1910, and the couple lived on a farm near North Bend until 1923 when they moved to their present farm at West Franklin. She is survived by her husband; son, Keith C. Hardie, U.S. marshal for Western Wisconsin Sun Prairie; two daughters, Mrs. Richard (Leone) Mattson and Mrs. Leland (Sara) Clair, both of West Franklin area; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. John McKeeth, Sr. of Galesville and Miss Annie Roseland of Whitehall; and two brothers, Clarence Roseland of Melrose and Edwin of Black River Falls. SOURCE - FAMILY SCRAP BOOK

Ebert Hanson, 65, former town of Pigeon resident, was buried in the United Lutheran cemetery, Wednesday afternoon following services at the Rhode chapel in Whitehall and at the United Lutheran Church here, conducted by the Rev. H.A. Oerke. Pallbearers were Gus Solsrud, Henry Fransen, Ludwig Engen, Richard Herman, Raymond Ringstad and Christopher Ross. Elizabeth Klomsten and Dorine Dahl carried flowers. Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Rhode sang, “Heaven Is My Home,” as special music at the church services. Ebert grew to manhood in the Blair vicinity and later lived in Whitehall and also farmed for a time in the Town of Pigeon. He was married December 27, 1906 to Louise Lure in the Town of Hale. She passed on in 1920 and a son Elmer died in infancy. He is survived by one son and four daughters; namely, Louis, of Osseo; Miss Myrtle, a registered nurse of Cleveland, Ohio; Isabelle, Mrs. Torval Klundby of Osseo; Elvina, Mrs. Oswald Klomsten and Hulda, Mrs. Clarence Herberg, both of Whitehall. He also leaves a sister, Mrs. Torval Dahl and a brother, Sam Hanson of Thief River Falls, Minnesota, and 10 grandchildren. Two brothers, Lewis and Ole and a sister, Hannah, preceded him in death, besides his wife and son. His daughter, Myrtle, and brother, Sam Hanson were here for the funeral rites. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MARCH 177, 1938
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Rites at Evangelical Free Church Friday for Oscar B. Hanson. Oscar died September 16, 1948. Funeral services will be Friday afternoon at the Evangelical Free Church in this city at 2:30 p.m., Rev. O.J. Jacobson officiatiog, for Oscar B. Hanson, who was summoned at his home this city, Tuesday afternoon at the age of 52 years/ Burial will be made in Greenwood cemetery. Mr. Hanson was born August 30, 1896 in Stoughton, Wisconsin. He then moved to Viroqua, Wisconsin, and in 1911 he came to this vicinity where his parents purchased a farm in Smiley township. He attended school in this city and worked in the Cooperative creamery for a number of years, later moving to Bemidji, where he worked in a retail meat market, and then to Minneapolis. He returned to this city in 1938. He was united in marriage to Mrs. Alma Nellis at Minneapolis. With the exception of three years of employment in a shipyard in California during the war, he has been engaged in carpentry work. He is survived by his wife and stepson Howard Nellis of Minneapolis; a step-daughter, Mrs. Fred Larson, and a grandson, Frederick of Middle River; his father Sam Hanson of Minneapolis; two sister, Mrs. Oscar Anderson and Miss Ruth Hanson of Minneapolis; a brother, Palmer of this city and two nieces and a nephew. His mother and two sisters preceded him in death. SOURCE - THEIF RIVER FALLS PUBLIC LIBRAR; THIEF RIVER FALLS, MINNESOTA
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Sam Hanson, who for the past fourteen years has made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Oscar Anderson, in Minneapolis, died in that city on June 7, 1953. Funeral services will be held at the Evangelical Lutheran Church here at two o’clock Thursday afternoon, Rev. J.O. Jacobsen officiating. Mr. Hanson was born in Flekkefjord, Norway, in September 1864. He came to the United States with his parents around 1865 and established their home at Blair, Wisconsin. He married Bertha Oftedahl and they farmed in Wisconsin until 1912 when they came to Pennington County and settled on a farm in Smiley township. They lived there until they retired from farming in 1930. Surviving are two daughters and a son; Mrs. Oscar Anderson and Miss Ruth Hanson of Minneapolis, and Palmer Hanson, of this city. Other survivors include a sister, Mrs. Thorvald Dahl of Blair, Wisconsin. His wife, a son and two daughters have preceded him in death. SOURCE - THIEF RIVER FALLS PUBLIC LIBRARY, THIEF RIVER FALLS, MINNESOTA
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Funeral services were held from the Scandinavian Evangelical Free Church Monday afternoon, Rev. J.O. Jacobson, officiating for Mrs. Sam Hanson, who passed away July 10, 1929 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Oscar Anderson of this city. Burial was made in Greenwood cemetery. Mrs. Bertha Oftedahl Hanson was born in Bakkensogn, near Flekkefjord, Norway, October 19, 1855, coming to America with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.T. Oftedahl, at the age of 12 years, she settled in Viroqua, Wisconsin. There she was married in 1891 to Sam Hanson, to which union was born six children, two daughters having preceded the mother in death. In the spring of 1911 they moved on a farm near Thief River Falls, and in November, 1928, they came to Thief River Falls making their home her since with their daughter, Mrs. Oscar Anderson. Left to mourn her departure are her husband, two sons and two daughters; Oscar of Bemidji; Palmer, Ruth and Esther Anderson of this city; likewise four brothers and one sister, Peter H. Oftedahl of San Diego, California; Joseph of Cameron, Wisconsin; Osmund and Theodore and Mrs. E.F. Dahl, all of Rice Lake, Wisconsin. SOURCE - THIEF RIVER FALLS PUBLIC LIBRARY, THIEF RIVER FALLS, MINNESOTA
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Syvert J. Hanson was born in Vosse Coulee on March 31st, 1872, the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Johnson G. Hanson. He spent his early life there. At the age of sixteen, he began work in the lumber camps of northern Wisconsin where he was employed for several winters. In 1900 on the sixth of June, he was married to Martha Engebretson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Engebretson, also of Vosse Coulee. They moved to Taylor the same year where Mr. Hanson and his brother, Theodore, were operating a general store. That partnership was dissolved in 1917 and from that time on to the day of his death, he operated the same store with his son, Alvin. His wife passed way in 1917 leaving four children in his care, all of whom are grateful for his guidance. His parents, a brother and sister and one grandchild also preceded him in death. On the morning of Wednesday, March 2nd, 1932, he attended to duties at the store and seemed to be his usual good health. A little while later he was assisting his daughter, Serena and Mrs. Theodore Hanson, in the kitchen of the Legion Hall where preparations were being made for a ladies aid to be held that afternoon. While working there at 10:30 a.m., he was suddenly stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage which caused his death at 11:00 a.m. He died at the age of fifty-nine years and eleven months. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 5th at 12:30 at the house and at 1:30 at the Trempealeau Valley church where Mr. Hanson was a member. Rev. K.M. Urberg officiated. A quartet composed of Mr. and Mrs. Berger Larson and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Huseboe rendered two selections. Beautiful floral contributions were carried by Mrs. Harry Bradley, Mrs. Oscar Anderson, Mrs. Andrew Skutley and Mrs. T.B. Schansberg, who served as flower girls. The pallbearers were Olaf Engebretson, Willie Larson, Sever Skutley, Peter T. Olson, Carl Rauk and John W. Collins, all fellow businessmen. Four children survive to mourn his death, namely: Alvin, Sylvia (Mrs. Glen Fisher), Serena and Cora. Two grandchildren, Beverly Ann Hanson and Lucille Fisher also survive besides one brother, Theodore of Taylor and five sisters: Mrs. Martin Hanson of Taylor; Mrs. Walter Denton of Long Beach, California; Mrs. Carl Lindh of Bend, Oregon; Mrs. G.D. Connell of Missoula, Montana and Mrs. Alfred Herried of Decatur, Illinois. A niece, Mrs. U.G. Hjermstad came from Chicago, but the four sisters who reside so far away were unable to attend the funeral. BLACK RIVER FALLS BANNER JOURNAL - MARCH 16, 1932

Theodore J. Hanson, 75, died at his home in Taylor at 6:45 a.m. Monday, August 13, 1945 of a heart attack. He suffered a nervous breakdown in 1931 and the past two years suffered of a heart ailment. Mr. Hanson was born March 4, 1870 in Vosse Coulee, Trempealeau County, son of John Hanson Parden and wife, Serina. He was baptized and confirmed in Trempealeau Valley Lutheran Church. He attended high school in Black River Falls two winters, 1887-88-89. He was always interested in merchandising. He clerked in a store at Blair for two years and at Taylor clerked for the late B.L. Van Gorden about four years. Mr. Hanson and his brother, Syvert, established a partnership General Store in 1901, known as Hanson Brothers, dissolving in 1922. At this time each operated his own store across the street from one another. On May 10, 1900 Theodore Hanson was married to Anna Marie Hendrickson of Squaw Creek. They had two children who survive him: Viola Coffil of Chicago and Eugene of Taylor. Mrs. Hanson died in May 1916. In November 1917, Mr. Hanson was married to Hilda Anderson of Wisconsin Dells, who survives him beside the two children mentioned and one grandchild, Dickie, of Taylor. Also five sisters, Malinda, Mrs. Martin Hanson, Taylor; Minnie, Mrs. Walter Denton, Long Beach, California; Josephine, Mrs. Carl Lindh, Bend, Oregon; Nettie, Mrs. Don Connell, Missoula, Montana; Nora, Mrs. Alfred Herried, Decatur, Illinois. Two brothers and a sister preceded him in death. Mr. Hanson served the Trempealeau Valley Lutheran Church in various offices. He was a member of the Village Board when Taylor was incorporated. He served on the school board and was an officer of the Trempealeau Valley State Bank. Funeral services will be held from his home in Taylor at 1 p.m., Thursday, August 16th and from the First Evangelical Lutheran Church at Trempealeau Valley at 3 p.m. with Rev. K.M. Urberg of Blair officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. SOURCE UNKNOWN

Ludwig N. Hammer, secretary and treasurer of the Hammer-Enghagen Company, conducting a general mercantile business in Galesville, was born in Heedmarken, Norway, January 26, 1857, son of Nels Burson and Thrine Hammer. Both parents died in their native land, where the father followed the occupation of millwright. Ludwig N. was the sixth born in a family of eight children and attended both common and high school in Norway. Remaining with his parents until he was 16 years old, he then left home and for some years worked at different occupations, chiefly as clerk in stores. At the age of 23 he left Norway for the United State locating in Frenchville, Wisconsin in 1879. In 1881 he came to Galesville as clerk for Wilson-Davis and remained in their employ until 1889, when he became associated with W. H. Jordan. In 1895 Mr. Jordan sold his interest to Mr. Enghagen, since which time the business was conducted under the style of Hammer & Enghagen. The firm moved into their present quarters in the spring of 1916. They carry a large stock of goods and enjoy a wide and growing patronage. February 15, 1917, the firm incorporated as Hammer-Enghagen Company, with a $50,000 capital. The officers are: P.J. Enghagen, president; Carl Svensen, vice-president; L.M. Hammer, Secretary and treasurer. Mr. Hammer is a stockholder and director in the Bank of Galesville and also owns business and residence property in the village. He was president of the Business Men’s Association for a number of years and is at the present time one of it’s trustees. He is also a member of the board of trustees of Gale College and has served on the village council several terms. In politics he is an independent Republican, supporting his part at national elections, but exercising his own discretion on other occasions. Mr. Hammer was married November 7, 1885 to Lena Trondson, who was born in Trempealeau County, daughter of Anders and Agnethe Trondson. Her parents were both natives of that province in Norway in which Mr. Hammer was born. After coming to the United States, they lived for some years in Trempealeau County, later moving to Duel County, South Dakota, where, after a number of years spent in farming, he died. Hs wife also died in that county. Mr. and Mrs. Hammer have had seven children, of whom two, Nora and Arthur, are deceased. The survivors are: Joseph, a bookkeeper in the Bank of Galesville; Hulda, who is engaged in teaching; Margaret, residing at home, who is a graduate of the high school class of 1916 and Ruth and Rolf, who are attending school. The family are affiliated religiously with the Lutheran church. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

M.N. Hammer, proprietor of Fair View Farm, in section 17, Gale Township, was born in Hedemarken, Norway, son of Nels Burson and Thrine Hammer. His parents, who died in their native land, were born in the same province, the father November 22, 1820 and the mother January 12, 1817. M.N. Hammer attended school in Norway until he was 17 years of age, when he began to learn the moulder’s trade, which he followed for some four years or more, in Norway, and for seven years in the United States, in which country he came in 1881. He located first in Frenchville, Trempealeau County, and then went to Clay County, Minnesota, where he took up land and resided three years subsequently returning to this county and settling in Galesville. For some years thereafter, however, he worked in various places, and then bought his present farm, but in the same year, 1891, began working in the flourmill of Wilson Davis at Galesville. He continued to work in the mill for 16 years, at the end of which time he moved onto his farm of 40 acres, where he has since been engaged in breeding Jersey and Holstein cattle. He has made a number of improvements on the place, greatly increasing its value, and is doing a profitable business. He is also a stockholder in the Arctic Spring Creamery. For a number of years he has served as superintendent of roads. In politics he is a Republican. Mr. Hammer was married May 28, 1882, to Marthea Larson, daughter of Lars Keos and Alice Sather, who was born March 24, 1853, in the same province in Norway that the Hammer family came from. Her parents died in their native land. He and his wife have had five children: Nels N. residing at home and engaged in the lightning rod business, he married Josephine Brenengen; John M., who is connected with the J.I. Chase Company of Racine, Wisconsin; Elmer and Alice, residing at home, and Thorval, who is deceased. Mr. Hammer is fraternally connected with the I.S.W.A., of Galesville. The family are members of the Lutheran Church. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Odell Hanson, a general farmer in sections 26-27, Gale Township, where he has 295 acres of land, was born in this township, March 14, 1881, son of Ole P. and Carrie (Peterson) Hanson. His parents were natives of Norway, the father born in Krageru, March 13, 1843, and the mother in Biri, October 3, 1851. Their marriage took place in this country. Ole P. Hanson came to the United State during the Civil War and settled in Wisconsin. For a number of years he worked in a saw mill near Black River Falls. At the time of his marriage, about 1876, he located on a farm on Hardie’s Creek, Gale Township, Trempealeau County, where his son Hans now lives and with whom Mr. and Mrs. Hanson now reside. Odell Hanson was the fourth born of his parents’ eight children. He attended the Grant school in his boyhood and began working out for others at the age of 16 years and was thus occupied for about nine years. For one year he was engaged in hauling cream, after which he farmed for seven years. At the end of that time he bought his present farm, which was known as the old Hardie farm, and on which he raises most of the crops cultivated in this section. He is also a stockholder in the Farmers’ Exchange and the LaCrosse Packing Company. November 7, 1910, Mr. Hanson was married to Clara Anderson, who was born in Long Coulee, LaCrosse County, Wisconsin, daughter of Anton and Agnes (Evenson) Anderson. Her parents, natives of Norway, came to this country in 1880, locating on Beaver Creek, Ettrick Township, this county, where Mr. Anderson engaged in farming where he still lives. Mr. and Mrs. Hanson have three children: Elmer Oscar, Kelmer Alton and Clinton, all residing at home. The family are members of the Lutheran Church. In politics Mr. Hanson is independent. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Lars Mikkleson Hansaasen, an early settler in Ettrick Township, where he is now living, was born in Ringsaker, Norway, April 27, 1837. He was married in his native land in September 1858 and with his wife, Goner, who was born in the same part of Norway in March 1835, came to the United States in 1862 locating on a farm in Lewis Valley, LaCrosse County. About three years later they removed to Ettrick Township, Trempealeau County, Mr. Hansaasen homesteading a farm on Beaver Creek, where he is still living, after spending half a century in its cultivation and improvement. The farm is now owned by his son-in-law, Alexander J. Ekern, who bought it. Mr. and Mrs. Hansaasen reared six children, their daughter Clara being the wife of Mr. Ekern, above mentioned, and another daughter, Lena, Marry Nicholas Enghagen. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Henry M. Hanson, who is profitably engaged in operating the Beswick farm of 100 acres in section 17, Preston Township, was born March 6, 1873, son of Martin and Olea (Stutrud) Hanson. The father, whose full name, in accordance with the Norwegian system of family nomenclature, was Martin Hanson Skyrud, was born in Norway, January 10, 1836, and came to America April 27, 1862. He settled on land in section 17, Preston Township, Trempealeau County, and engaged in agriculture, undergoing all the hardships of pioneer life, but in time developing a good farm. Here he died September 5, 1912. His wife Olea, who was born in Norway, December 30, 1836, died April 4, 1892. They had a family of 13 children: Dorthea, born November 11, 1860, who died July 21, 1862; Henry, born December 5, 1862, who died December 6, 1864; Morris, born April 1, 1864, who is now registrar of deed of Trempealeau County; Karen Dorthea, born August 30, 1865, who married Albert J. Halvorson, a farmer, near Blair, now deceased and died December 1, 1900; Hannah Berthine, born February 1868, wife of P.T. Herreid, a hardware merchant of Blair; Marie, born October 31, 1869, who died October 31, 1873; Madts, born June 25, 1871, a farmer living near Blair; Marie Olive, born April 2, 1875, who is a trained nurse in Chicago; Clara Thine, born November 1, 1876, who married Joseph Johnson a railroad employee of Superior, Wisconsin; Alph Lawrence, born November 21, now proprietor of a general store at Sonora, Minnesota; Theodore, born April 5, 1881, now a farmer near Blair; and Tilda Rosiana, born June 23, 1883, who married Joseph Halvorson, a dentist of Galesville. Henry M. Hanson resided at home and worked for his father on the farm in section 17, Preston Township, until his marriage, February 22, 1903, to Susan E. Beswick, daughter of Chester and Anjenette (Thurston) Beswick. He then took charge of the farm on which he is now living, for his wife's father, and has since operated it successfully. It is well improved and provided with a fine eight-room residence, large barns and other necessary buildings. A sketch of the Beswick family may be found elsewhere in this volume. Mr. and Mrs. Hanson have an adopted son, Everett Beswick Hanson. One son, Ralph, born September 17, 1906, died the same day. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Theodore M. Hanson, who is aiding in developing the agricultural resources of Preston Township, as proprietor of Clear Mound Farm, consisting of 100 acres in section 20, was born on this farm, April 5, 1881. His parents were Martin Hanson Skyrud and Olea Stutterud, a memoir of whom appears elsewhere in this work. Theodore M. Hanson resided at home with his parents and worked on the home farm until 1908. Then at the age of 27 years he became a general merchant, opening a store at Waldorf, Minnesota, which he conducted until 1912. He then sold out and returned to the Hanson homestead. Here he is successfully engaged in agricultural pursuits, dairying and stock raising, his farm being well improved, having fertile soil, capable of producing all the crops indigenous to this region, and his buildings substantial, convenient and supplies with all necessary equipment. Besides operating this farm, Mr. Hanson is secretary of the Blair Elevator Company and a stockholder in the Home Bank of Blair. Though not politically active, he is alive to the general interests of the community in which he lives and ever ready to support any good, practical measure for its advancement. Mr. Hanson was married September 7, 1904, to Helen Grinde, of Beaver Creek Valley, Trempealeau County, where she was born January 15, 1883, daughter of Lars L. and Helga (Hilleboe) Grinde. Her father was born in Norway in 1847 and came to the United States with his parents in 1856, settling in Preston Township. Mr. Grinde became a very prominent citizen in the county, serving as county treasurer four years and as a member of the State legislature two years. He was also at different times a member of the township and county boards. His wife Helga was born in 1850 and died in 1885. Mr. and Mrs. Hanson have had six children born to them: Lucile Theodora, born June 23, 1907, who died April 15, 1908; Martin Grinde, born October 10, 1909; Sylvia Helen, born August 15, 1911; Dorothy Lucile, born February 23, 1914; Mildred Louise, born September 30, 1915 and George Anthony, born July 12, 1917. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Morris Hanson, register of deeds of Trempealeau County, was born at Blair, this county, April 1, 1864, son of Martin and Olia (Stuterud) Hanson, natives of Norway. The father, born at Solar, Norway, came to America in 1862, settling in Blair, where he became a highly respected citizen, being a member and trustee of the United Norwegian Lutheran Church. He died September 5, 1912, at the age of 77 years. His wife, to whom he was married in Norway, died in 1896 at the age of 53. Morris Hanson, who was the third born child in the family, remained at home until 1887, and then began to work out. He attended business college at LaCrosse one year, and in 1890 found employment in a general store in Blair, remaining with the firm seven years. He then became a partner in the firm of Halvorson, Hanson & Co., general merchants of Blair, and was thus occupied until 1910. In the fall of 1912, having this time become widely known and respected, he was elected to the office of registrar of deeds, and was re-elected in the fall of 1914. He has devoted a considerable part of his time to the public service, as he was a member of the village council of Blair for ten years, being president one year and was clerk of the Blair school board four years. Aside from his present occupation he is a stockholder in the Home Bank of Blair. Mr. Hanson was married September 9, 1891, to Lena Halvorson, who was born in Blair, Wisconsin, May 9, 1866, daughter of Nels and Turi (Newland) Halvorson. The father, who was a farmer, was a native of Norway, came to America in 1855 and took a homestead about two miles east of Blair. He died in 1912 at the age of 78 years. His wife died in 1913 at the age of 72. Mr. and Mrs. Hanson have five children: Verna, a graduate of Stevens Point normal school, who is now a teacher in the sixth grade at Waterloo, Iowa; Edna, also a graduate of Steven Point normal school, and a teacher in domestic science at Mukwanogo, Wisconsin; Mendez, assistant cashier in the Trempealeau Valley State Bank at Taylor, Jackson County, Wisconsin; Dagna and Donald, residing at home. Mr. Hanson belongs to the Independent Order of Foresters, and he and his family are members of the United Lutheran Church. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Edwin C. Hanson, of the firm of Hanson & Johnson, hardware and implement dealers of Blair, is native of the village where he now lives, having been born April 9, 1881, son of Christ C. and Bertha (Peterson) Blair, the former of whom, a retired merchant now living in Blair, came to America in 1869, and found his way directly to Trempealeau County. Edwin C. Hanson remained at home until 20 years of age, and then became timekeeper in a iron mine at Ely, Minnesota. Returning to Blair, he clerked for a number of years in the store of G.L. Solberg. September 12, 1912, he purchased the hardware stock of F.L. Immel, and on January 1, 1913, the implement stock of A.B. Peterson, carrying on the joint business under his own name until January 20, 1915, when he took Oscar B. Johnson as a partner under the firm of Hanson & Johnson. May1?, 1916, they purchased the building on the corner of Broadway and Gilbert Street, and have since carried on business there. The structure is a brick veneered building, 28 by 64 feet, two-story with a basement, steam heated and modern throughout, and the firm carries a complete line of goods, being known far and wide for its reasonable prices and honest dealings. Mr. Hanson has done good service on the village council for six years. His fraternal relations are with the Modern Woodmen, the Sons of Norway and the Beavers. The family faith is that of the Norwegian Lutheran church. Mr. Hanson was married October 30, 1907 to Helge Olson, born in Hale Township, August 8, 1880, daughter of Ole C. and Martha (Paulson) Hanson, the former of whom came from Norway in 1869. Mr. and Mrs. Hanson have three children: Bessie, who died in infancy; Corinne, born November 20, 1910; and Helen E., born October 20, 1914. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Johannes P. Hanson, agriculturist, creamery secretary, man of affairs and former county clerk, is not only one of the leading residents of Albion Township, but also one of the best known men in the county. He is affable, genial and official, the friend of every worthy cause and a valuable and useful citizen in every respect. He was born in Vaage, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, March 21, 1863, son of Peter and Anna (Risdal) Hanson, who brought him to Trempealeau County in 1869. He was reared to farm pursuits and in 1891, in partnership with his brother Sven, took over the home farm. His acquaintance and popularity increased from his early boyhood, his abilities became widely known and in 1904 he was elected county clerk, taking office January 1, 1905 and serving two terms. In this capacity he more than justified the faith of his friends, and conducted the affairs of the office with general satisfaction to the voters. Upon retiring from office he took up his home on his present farm in Albion Township. Mr. Hanson has also at various times rendered other public service. He was town clerk of Unity Township for nine years and clerk of Albion Township four years, being appointed jury commissioner in 1909. He is a director of Unity Cooperative Creamery in Strum, and a member of its examining board, and is financial secretary of Branch No. 30, I. S. W. A. at Strum. June 10, 1903, Mr. Hanson was married to Toline Veggum of Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, who was born at that place August 21, 1870. Her parents were Hans and Gunhild (Ramlet) Veggum, the father now residing on the Hanson farm with his daughter and son-in-law, his wife having died December 25, 1915. Mr. and Mrs. Hanson have one child, Alice Gertrude, who was born May 25, 1907. The family are members of the Norwegian Lutheran Church of America., Mr. Hanson being vice-president of the congregation at Strum. SOURCE - HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Peter Hanson, for many years a prominent resident of the county, was born on the estate known as Bjornstad, Vaage Gulbrandsdalen, in 1826, and became a farmer. As a young man he married Anna Risdal, who was born in 1829. The emigration of the family to America took place in 1969, Coral City, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, being selected as their place of settlement. There they remained, however, but six months, and then removed to section 33, Unity Township, where Mr. Hanson bought a tract of railroad land and started farming. In this occupation he continued on the same farm until his death in 1898, but which time he had improved his property a large extent and was a prosperous citizen. His wife died in 1911. Their children were: Sven (deceased), Johannes P., Peter Jr., of Strum, Torger (deceased), Hans (deceased) and Martinus (deceased). SOURCE - HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Ole Haug, proprietor of Haug Farm of 260 acres, in section 25, Lincoln Township, and section 30, Pigeon Township, was born at Holmen, La Crosse County, Wisconsin, December 12, 1877, son of Peter O. and Augusta Haug. The father, who was born in Norway, came to America with his parents in 1855, they locating in La Crosse County, Wisconsin. There he was reared and there he lived until March 1896 when he bought the farm on which his son Ole now resides, which he cultivated until his death in 1902 at the age of 49 years. His wife, who was born near Holmen, Wisconsin, is still living on the farm, being now 61 years old. They had three children: Ole, Amalia, who lives on the homestead, and Smith, who died in 1907, at the age of 21 years. Ole Haug assisted his father on the farm until the latter’s death in 1902, after which he operated it for his mother until 1908. He then purchased it and has since been the sole owner. He has 55 head of cattle, mixed grades, milking 20 cows and keeps 100 hogs per year. The farm has good buildings, including a two-story, eight-room, frame house with basement, equipped with furnace heat, and modern in every respect, except lights. His barn, 35 by 94 by 18 feet in dimensions, has a good basement with cement floors, steel stanchions and litter-carrier, cement mangers, watering buckets, hog house, 24 by 30 feet, frame with cement floors. Mr. Haug was married November 1902 to Mina Tharaldson of Pigeon Township, who was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin, daughter of John and Theoline (Suggerud ) Tharaldson. Her father was a native of Norway. Mr. and Mrs. Haug have three children: Palmer, Agnes and Tilman, the two latter being twins. SOURCE - HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNT - 1917

Thomas H. Hauge, a well-known and prosperous farmer of Hale Township, proprietor of a farm of 240 acres in sections 24 and 35, is, like many other successful men in his line of work, a native of Norway, having been born in Hitterdal, that country, July 20, 1859. His father, Harold Aslakson, came to America in 1869, locating in Arcadia Township, this county, where he homesteaded a farm. He thus followed close on the heels of the pioneers and had much the same experiences, the surroundings at that time being more or less primitive and the work of developing a homestead one of long toil and occasional privation. Harold Aslakson was, however, adapted by nature and disposition to succeed, and in time his industry and perseverance brought their due reward in a flourishing and profitable farm on which he resided until his death in the spring of 1892. His first wife, whose maiden name was Karen Tostenson Bunnem, died in Norway in 1861, and he married for his second wife, in Dane County, Wisconsin, in 1869, Asslan Johnson, who died in 1890. Thomas H. Hauge, who was initiated at an early age into agricultural methods, worked on his parents’ homestead for some time in his youth. He then for seven years and a half operated a farm for F.C. Allen of Eau Claire, which was located in Arcadia Township. At the end of that period he bought a farm in Bruce Valley, Hale Township, on which he resided until 1909. It is now operated by his son-in-law, Oscar Hanke, and his son, Melvin Hauge. Upon leaving his farm in 1909 Mr. Hauge purchased his present farm. In the same year he built the house in which he now resides, a two-story and basement cement brick veneer structure of 12 rooms, heated by furnace and lighted by electricity, the same lighting system being used in all his buildings. The barn was rebuilt in 1912, and is a frame structure, 50 by 27 by 20 feet, with cement floors. In 1913 Mr. Hauge erected a stave silo, 14 by 32 feet in size. He has a herd of 31 graded Holstein cattle, of which he milks 20, and also raises Buff Orpington chickens. Aside from his farm interest he is a stockholder in the Pigeon Grain & Stock Company. For four years he has served as township treasurer. Mr. Hauge was married, July 23, 1882, to Anna Olson, who was born at Tamarack, Ettrick Township, December 25, 1866, daughter of Andrew H. and Olive (Gilbertson) Olson. Her father, born in Norway in 1835, died March 7, 1908 in Arcadia, having come to America in 1852. Her mother was born in Norway in 1828 and died May 14, 1900. Mr. and Mrs. Hauge have had a large family, numbering 15 children, of whom all are living but one. They are as follows: Carrie, who is the wife of Sever Williamson, a farmer of Hale Township and has one child, Walter; Henry, a farmer of Hale Township, who married Mary Johnson and has two children, Marion and William; Mary, wife of Oscar Hanke, also a Hale Township farmer, and the mother of two children: Marion and Florence; Melvin, who is farming in Hale Township; Clara, who was a teacher four years and is now the wife of Peter Enger, a farmer of this township; Annie, wife of Otto Olson, proprietor of the Commercial Hotel, Arcadia; Cora, who resides at home; Alma, who graduated from the La Crosse Normal School and is now a teacher in Bruce Valley; Hartwick, living at home; Carl Alfred, who died at the age of one and a half years, and Agnes, Delia, Walter, Viola and Stella, all of whom are residing at home. Mr. Hauge and his family are members of the Norwegian Lutheran Church of America, of which he is also a trustee. As a son of an early settler of the county and himself a substantial and reliable citizen, he is widely known and highly esteemed. SOURCE - HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

James Hanson was brought to Trempealeau County as a baby, and has lived on his present farm in Arcadia Township since 1896. During his residence here he has taken his part in the progress of the community by developing a good place, and he is regarded as one of the thrifty men of the neighborhood. He was born not far from Christiania, Norway, April 25, 1870, the son of Hans and Maren (Sorlie) Hanson. The father having died in 1871, the mother brought her baby son to America, a few weeks later, and took up her home with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Sorlie, who had previously brought the other members of the family to America and homesteaded 160 acres in Lake’s Coulee, Arcadia Township, this county. After living with her parents for a while, the young widow married Hans Tolloken of French Creek, Newcomb’s Valley, Arcadia Township. James Hanson was reared in the home of his stepfather and grandparents, helped about the farm and attended the district schools. At the age of sixteen years he started out for himself and was variously employed, working in the forests of Jackson and Clark counties in the winters, running logs in the spring and working on farms in the summers. When he was twenty-six years old he married and soon thereafter acquired 160 acres in Newcomb’s Valley, Arcadia Township. This land had been partly improved and a small frame house, together with a straw-covered shed for stock had been erected. To this home he brought his bride, and began to develop and improve the farm, which now consists of 280 acres, 120 acres having been added on the east side. Soon after moving on the place Mr. Hanson replaced the small house with a sightly twelve-roomed house, which is still the family home. It is connected with the neighbors’ houses by the line of the Farmers’ Telephone Company, in which Mr. Hanson is a stockholder. Other buildings have been erected as necessity has required, until the improvements now consist of good barns, a granary, tool house, stock sheds and the like, all in the best of condition. Running water from sparkling springs plentifully supplies the house and barns. On this excellent place Mr. Hanson carries on general farming and stock-raising, having a good grade of Shorthorn cattle. In addition to this he has operated a threshing outfit for the past twenty-five years. Mr. Hanson was married Mary 21, 1896, to Anna Christianson, the daughter of Arndt and Caroline Christianson of Preston Township, and this union has been blessed with eight children: Alfred, born January 3, 1897; William, December 29, 1898; Cornelia (deceased); Arthur, February 5, 1904; Isabelle, June 6, 1906; Myrtle, January 23, 1909; Hazel, January 23, 1911; James, May 4, 1914. The family attends the Fagerness Lutheran church, only a few miles away. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY – 1917

Lars Hanson, who was the first Norwegian settler to locate in Newcomb Valley, Arcadia Township, was born in the northern part of Norway, July 15, 1840, son of Hans and Anna Nelson. In June 1864, he was married in his native land to Sarah, daughter of Peter and Cassie Peterson, and in 1866 they came to America together. Landing in Quebec, Canada, they came from that city to Winona, Minnesota, in the vicinity of which place they spent the winter of 1866-67. In the following summer they removed to Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, and in 1868 homesteaded 160 acres of wild land in section 28 and 29, Newcomb Valley. Their resources were very limited, as they had arrived in Winona with but 50 cents in money, but during their stay there Mr. Hanson had worked at whatever he could find to do and managed to make a living and also earn enough to enable them to make a start on their Wisconsin farm. Still they had to be extremely economical. One of the first things Mr. Hanson did on taking possession of his homestead was to build a dugout, with sod roof, in the side of a hill, and he then began the grubbing of the farm. At the end of the first year he built a small log house with no floor, into which they moved, and here they lived for a number of years. When they came to the valley, Arcadia had but one store and a small grist mill, and Mr. Hanson often carried flour and provisions home on his back – a distance of seven miles. Perhaps the greatest feat he accomplished in this line, however, was carrying their first cook stove across the country, on his back, for three and a half miles. Such energy and perseverance, which he displayed in all his operations, were bound to produce results, which became visible in the gradual improvement of his farm and an increasing prosperity. In 1885 he built the frame house that now stands on the farm, and from time to time he erected barns and other necessary buildings. After residing here until the spring of 1901, Mr. Hanson moved with his family to Blair, Wisconsin, where he resided until the fall of 1902. He then returned to the farm and did not leave it again until 1907, in which year he sold the old home to his son, Sam and bought a small house about a mile east, to which he moved and where he is now living. When he left the farm he had about 60 acres under plow. Mr. Hanson was stockholder in the now defunct cooperative creamery at Blair, its failure causing him a pecuniary loss. On the whole, however, he has been successful and is a man highly respected in this part of the county. He believes in the principles of the Prohibition Party, but has never held office. He and his wife have had six children: Louis, who lives at East Grand Forks, Minnesota; Sine, now Mrs. Fred Payne of Arcadia Village; Josephine, wife of Louis Gilbertson of Blair, Wisconsin; Samuel, who resides on the old homestead, and two other who died in infancy. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY – 1917

Samuel Hanson, son of Lars and Sarah (Peterson) Hanson, was born in Newcomb Valley, Arcadia Township, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, November 17, 1876. He was educated in the district school, which he attended regularly until the age of 12 years, and from 12 to 16 during the winters only. As soon as he was old enough he began to help his father on the farm, and continued as the latter’s assistant until he rented the homestead in 1902, and started in for himself. In 1906 it became his by purchase. He has improved the buildings and built a new granary and a garage. To the 120 acres of the original farm he has added 80 more, thus enlarging the farm to 200 acres. It lies in a fertile region, the surface of the land being rolling, and he carries on both general farming and dairying. Aside from these immediate interests he is a stockholder in the La Crosse Packing Company, the Arcadia Farmers Cooperative Creamery and the Farmers Telephone Company. Mr. Hanson was married September 7, 1907, to Minnie, daughter of Olaf and Carrie Moe of Newcomb Valley, and their children are: Celia, born July 17, 1909; Sadie, born February 24, 1910; Milton, born April 23, 1912; and Ivan, born October 30, 1914. In politics Mr. Hanson is a staunch Republican. He has served as township assessor three years, was clerk of the district school board for a number of years, and took the United States census in 1900. He belongs to Arcadia camp, Modern Woodmen of America, and he and his family are members of Fagerness Lutheran church, of which his father was one of the founders. Enterprising and energetic, he is getting along in the world and has won the esteem of his neighbors. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY – 1917

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