Hedstrom Nels Mrs.
Hegg Hans H.
Hegg Hans Mrs.
Hegg Oliver A.
Hegge Inga Mrs.
Hegge Nels F.
Hegge Nels F. 2
Hegge Nels Mrs.
Hegge Sigvald N.
Heggen Maren Mrs.
Heggenes Hans Mrs.
Helgeson Knut H.
Helgeson Knute Mrs.
Helland Agneta Mrs.
Helle Hans Olson
Helle Oline Mrs.
Helleckson Johanna Mrs.
Hellekson Andrew M.
Helstad Nettie Mrs.
Helstad Ole O. 2
Henderson Helland Mrs.
Henderson Levi Mrs.
Hendrickson Aletta Mrs.
Hendrickson Alice Mrs.
Henrickson Marie Mrs.
Hendrickson Mary Mrs.
Henriksen Paula T.
Heram Ole Mrs.
Heram Ole C.
Herberg Martha Mrs.
Hermanson Christina Mrs.
Hermanson Oluf Mrs.
Herreid Baard Mrs.
Herried Gilbert M.
Herreid Gilbert Olson
Herreid Ida Mrs.
Herreid Ingeborg Mrs.
Herreid John O.
Herreid Knute O.
Herreid Lewis P. Mrs.
Herreid Martha Mrs.
Herreid Nels O.
Herreid Nels O. Mrs.
Herreid Nels T.
Herreid O.K. Mrs.
Herreid Ole K.
Herreid Ole G.
Herreid Peter E. & Oline
Herreid Peter Olson
Herreid Peter T.
Herreid Ragnhild Mrs.
Herreid Sever B.
Herreid Thomas O. Mrs.
Herreid Thomas O. Sr.
Herreid Thomas P.
Herreid Tosten G.
Hess Abraham Mrs.
Hestdalen Ole J.
MRS. HANS HEGGENES: (EAST TOTEN)
"Mrs. Hans Heggness passed away at her home at Disco, Saturday, December 5, 1930 at 3:00 a.m.
Aulene Haakenson was born at East Toten, Norway, December 2, 1856, and came to America in her young womanhood. She was married to Mr. Heggnes August 30, 1882. They have always made their home on their present homestead. Five children were born to them, three of whom survive: Marie, at home; Helga, Mrs. Simon Simonson of Alma; Mrs. Edward Joten; two sisters, Mrs. Eric Anderson of Taylor, Mrs. Carl Skepstad of Denver, Colo.; and three brothers, Thomas Hakenson of Minneapolis, John Haakenson of Maxbass, N.D., and Haakon Odemark of Norway. Mrs. Heggnes was a home loving woman. The sympathy of all is given Mr. Heggenes and family.
Funeral services were held at the home at 1:00 pm. Wedneday, conducted by Rev. Geo. Bredeson of Taylor. Interment was made in Johnson cemetery. - BLACK RIVER FALLS BANNER JOURNAL/THE TAYLOR HERALD - DECEMBER 12, 1930
MRS. OLUF HERMANSON: (VALDERS)
"Funeral services for Mrs. Oluf Hermanson, 83, who died at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Lien, in Irvin Coulee Thursday evening, October 28, 1943 after a brief illness were held Tuesday, November 2 at 1:30 p.m at the Rhode chapel in Whitehall and at the Fagernes Lutheran Church the Reverend K.M. Urberg officiating. Burial was in Fagernes cemetery.
Mrs. Hermanson, Anna Braaten, was born April 24, 1860, daughter of John and Rangdi Bergum Braaten. Her birthplace was Valders, Norway and she was baptized and confirmed in the Dkrutvals church there by the Rev. L.M. Bjorn.
In 1883 she came to this country with her younger sister, Guri, later Mrs. John T. Gilbertson, Blair. They arrived at Blair July 6 of that year and were met by an older sister who had preceded them to this country. Later still another sister came to America and she married John Arneson, Preston. Two other sisters are still living in Norway, Anne Bakke and Randi Braaten.
Anne Braaten and Oluf Hermanson were married in 1886 and settled on a farm in Welch Coulee where they lived until his death. Seven children were born to them, all of whom survive . Mr. Hermanson died in 1921. Children are Mrs. Chris S. Johnson, Iron River, Wis.; Henry, Portland, Oregon; Mrs. Albert Anderson, Lakes Coulee; Albert on the home farm in Welch Coulee; Edwin, Preston township; Mrs. Bennie Lien (Clara) with whom Mrs. Hermanson had made her home the last twelve years and Helmer, Welch Coulee. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Many beautiful memorials were given in her honor.
Her sons and sons-in-law bore her body to its resting place." THE BLAIR PRESS - November 11, 1943
ELLEF HELLICKSON (KRAGER)
Ellef Hellickson, an old resident of the vicinity, passed away on Tuesday, January 20th. Deceased was 87 years of age. Mr. Hellickson was born at Krager, Norway, September 22, 1832. At the age of fourteen he became a seaman, and was proud to boast that he sailed nearly every sea in the world. After spending nine years on the water, he came to Chicago where he married Kjeati Nelson. From Chicago he moved to Racine where his four children were born, namely; John, Emma, Jacob and Andrew, of which but John and Andrew survive him. In 1873 Mr. Hellickson’s life was darkened by the death of his wife after which he returned to Chicago. In 1875 he married Mrs. Johanna Halverson who survives him. Mr. Hellickson’s great love for sailing is shown in the fact that he sailed the lakes for twenty-five years after leaving the seas. In 1888 he came to Beaver Creek where he resided until his death. Mr. Hellickson was known by all to be a kind father and husband. He was a devoted member of the Beaver Creek Lutheran church, being a member for the past 31 years. Services were held at the Beaver Creek church and interment was made in that cemetery. Rev. Boe of Blair officiated. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 20, 1920
MRS. JOHANNA HELLECKSON (KROGERO)
Johanna Helleckson died at the home of A.M. Helleckson in Galesville, September 13, 1922 in her ninety-eighth year. Funeral services were held Friday from the Helleckson home and from the North Branch Beaver Creek church, conducted by the Rev. Boe of Blair, who for many years was Mrs. Helleckson’s pastor. Interment was made in the cemetery at the church. Mrs. Helleckson was one of the oldest persons in Trempealeau County. She was born in Krogero, Norway, January 6, 1825. In the year 1850 she married Ole Halvorson, and they came to America five years later, taking passage in a sailing vessel, which landed at Quebec. Mr. Halvorson died in 1859. Four children were born to this marriage, all of whom died before reaching the age of ?. Mrs. Halvorson was subsequently married to Ellef Helleckson and came to the town of Ettrick in 1888. Mr. and Mrs. Helleckson continued on the farm until a few years ago, when they retired and made their home with A.M. Helleckson. The husband died in 1920. The aged widow moved to Galesville with her step-son and family last fall. She passed away at the remarkable age of 98 years, 8 months and 8 days. REPRINTED FROM THE GALESVILLE REPUBLICAN THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 28, 1922
ANDREW M. HELLEKSON (RACINE, WISCONSIN) - Family Biography
One of the best improved farms in Ettrick Township is that of Andrew M. Hellekson in section 21, a farm of 240 acres, with buildings and equipment indicating even to the casual eye the enterprise and thrift of its owner. Mr. Hellekson is a native of Wisconsin, having been born in the city of Racine, August 21, 1870, son of Ellef and Christe (Nelson) Hellekson. His father was born in Kragero, Norway, September 21, 1832, his mother being a native of the same place. The latter died when the subject of this sketch was one year old, and Ellef Hellekson subsequently married for his second wife Mrs. Johnna Halverson. From the age of 14 years he had followed the occupation of a sailor, before the Civil War on the ocean, during which period he visited most of the maritime countries of the world. He was still a young man when he came to the United States, and here he remained, for some time sailing the Great Lakes. The great city of Chicago, which he visited, attracted him and he made it his home, residing there until about 1887, in which year he made a sudden change in his occupation and manner of life, coming to Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, and settling on the farm now owned by his son, Andrew M. On a part of this farm, he and his wife are still living, after spending many years in the cultivation of the soil, though now retired. Andrew M. Hellekson was youngest of four children. His boyhood was largely spent in the city of Chicago, where he attended the Maplewood school. At the age of 14 years he began industrial life in Chicago, first as a door boy in a furniture store, from which position he was advanced to that of collector for the same firm. He remained with the concern until 1887, in which year he came to Trempealeau County with his father, with whom he remained practically all of the time, except for three winters, when he again worked in Chicago. While at home, he was practically the manager of the farm from the time he came here, and is now its owner. It consists of 240 acres, 50 acres of which he has cleared. He gives particular attention to raising seeds of barley, rye, corn and oats from selected plants for market purposes and for a number of years he has been engaged successfully in breeding Guernsey cattle, milking 20 cows. Aside from the immediate profits of his farm, he is a stockholder in the Ettrick Creamery, the Bank of Ettrick, the Ettrick & Northern Railroad, the Farmers’ Elevator in Blair, of which he was a former director, the LaCrosse Packing Company, the Ettrick Lumber Company and the Farmers’ Telephone Company of which he is president. In 1916 Mr. Hellekson built a fine modern residence, both commodious and attractive in appearance and provided with practically all modern facilities and conveniences, and most of the important improvements on the farm, including the neat and substantial buildings, have been put up by him. He has served as county secretary of the American Society of Equity, and was one of the organizers of the society in this county, and is also a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. In politics independent, he has performed some public service, including two years as supervisor and three years as clerk of the school board. June 27, 1893, Mr. Hellekson was united in marriage with Sena Herreid, daughter of Gilbert and Ingeborg Herreid. He and his wife are the parents of six children: John Andrew, who is official tester at the State Agricultural College at Madison; Ida Josephine, residing at home; Ella Gertrude, who is attending the LaCrosse School of Agriculture at Onalaska; Charles Edgar, Emma Sophia and Lawrence Goodwin, residing at home. Mr. Hellekson and his family are members of the Beaver Creek United Lutheran church. Through his own enterprise and industry, coupled with good judgment, he has achieved prosperity and attained an honorable place in the community as one of its substantial and reliable citizens. His children are receiving the advantage of a good education to qualify them to make their own way in life and all promise to be a credit to the family name. (a family portrait is included in the biography) 1917 HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY
PETER OLSON HERREID (EIDFJORD, HARDANGER)
Peter Herreid, an old and respected citizen of Beaver Creek valley, died at his home there last Saturday night of pneumonia, aged 75 years. Deceased leaves a wife, four sons and three daughters, Lewis, Caroline, Bertha, Sever, Ole, Kjertena and Thomas, all of whom reside in that vicinity except Sever, who is employed at Green Bay. He is also survived by three brothers, Gilbert and John of Ettrick and Knudt of Bergland, Michigan. The funeral services were held in the U.L. church at Hegg yesterday, Rev. Gulbrandson officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - DECEMBER 7, 1911
JOHN O. HERREID (EIDFJORD, HARDANGER)
John O. Herreid died at the home of his son, Theodore Herreid, at Ettrick Saturday, May 14, 1921. Deceased was born in Hardanger, Norway, July 12, 1849. When 16 years of age he came to this country together with his parents and settled in North Beaver Creek. There were seven brothers and one sister in the family of which there is only one brother now living. Mr. Herreid was one of the pioneer settlers in this locality, settling here when our now much developed country was a wilderness. He was a man of generous impulses and at all times appreciative of his neighbors and his friends. He was united in marriage to Miss Christa Instenes and to this union were born 11 children, seven of whom are now living. They are: John of Ettrick, Albert of Cadott; Mrs. Martin Torkelson of Madison; Mrs. Joseph Hallanger of Cadott; Theodore of Ettrick; Edwin S. of Chicago and Wendell of Black River Falls. Services were held at the Lutheran church Tuesday afternoon and the body was escorted from here to North Beaver Creek where the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at that place, Rev. Boe of Blair, officiating. REPRINTED FROM THE ETTRICK ADVANCE THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 28, 1921
KNUTE O. HERREID (HARDANGER)
Knute O. Herreid, formerly a prominent farmer in the Town of Northfield, died at Duluth, Minnesota, on January 11, 1932, at the age of 87 years, 4 months and 22 days. The remains were brought to Northfield, where the funeral services were conducted by Rev. Orke, on the Friday, following his death. Interment was made at the Northfield cemetery. Mr. Herreid was born at Hardanger, Norway, on August 19, 1844. When he was 19 years of age, he came to America, first locating at Beaver Creek, in Trempealeau County, where some of his uncles had settled at a still earlier date, and finding employment as a farm hand. In 1867, he was married to Miss Anna Sysne. They moved to Minnesota where he engaged in farming for a time. About 1875, they came back to Wisconsin and located on a farm in Section 1, in Northfield. They developed a fine farming property. Seven children were born to them. One died in infancy, and their daughter, Martha, and sons, Cerrill and Ole, died many years ago. Mrs. Herreid passed away in 1908. Upon the death of his wife, Mr. Herreid rented his farm and moved to Bergland, Michigan, where he bought some land and erected a large house. Later he married again. His second wife died about six years ago. On account of his advanced years, he could not live alone, so he moved to Duluth, where had since made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Betsy Anderson. Three children survive him, Mrs. Betsy Anderson and Clarence, of Duluth, and Mrs Julia Shadin of Wilmington, California. He also leaves 14 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Mr. Herreid was a man of strong character and good ability. He was energetic and industrious and one who had pride in the development of his properties. His children have the sympathies of their Jackson county friends in their sorrow. REPRINTED FROM THE JACKSON COUNTY BANNER-JOURNAL THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 4, 1932
MRS. INGEBORG HERREID (VOSS)
Mrs. Ingeborg Herreid, one of the oldest residents of the Town of Ettrick, died October 4th, 1922 at the home of her son, G.M. Herreid on the old homestead. Mrs. Herreid has been a helpless invalid for four years. Funeral services were held Friday from the church in North Branch conducted by the Rev. Boe. Interment was made at the church. Mrs. Herreid’s maiden name was Ingeborg Twendy. She was born in Vossevangen, Norway, March 20, 1832. She came to America in 1857 first locating at Lodi, in Dane County, this state. Her marriage to G.O. Herreid occurred there and in 1861, they came to Trempealeau County, settling on land which became the Herreid home thereafter. Mr. Herreid died eight years ago. Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Herreid. Of these six survive: Tosten, Ole and G.M. Herreid of Ettrick, and T.G. and Iver Herreid of Galesville and also Mrs. A.M. Helleckson of Galesville. There is one sister, Mrs. Prestegaard of Ettrick. REPRINTED FROM THE GALESVILLE REPUBLICAN THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 19, 1922
NELS T. HERREID (EIDFJORD, HARDANGER)
Nels T. Herreid was born in Hardanger, Norway, in September 1850, and died at his home in Bear Creek, February 2, 1919. Funeral services were held at the Beaver Creek U.N. Lutheran church and interment made in the church cemetery. Mr. Herreid came to America with his parents in 1854 and two years later, the family settled on the farm where the Herreid family now lives in Bear Creek, and this has always been their home. He was married to Marth A. Twesme July 14, 1875. To this union were born six children: Theodore at Tacoma, Washington; Albert, Bennie, Nettie and Sigrid at home; and Sanford, who is with the U.S. Army in France. There also survive one sister Mrs. E.K. Herreid at Bangor, Washington and three brothers, Ole at LaCrosse, Thomas at Madison and Peder of Blair. Mr. Herreid has always been a member of the Beaver Creek congregation. His father died in 1898 and his mother four years ago. For several years he has been in poor health and the end was not unexpected. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 13, 1919
MRS. MARTHA HERREID (NORWAY)
Mrs. Martha Herreid, 93, well known in the Blair and Beaver Creek communities, died at her home in Galesville early Sunday morning as the result of injuries received in a fall Tuesday. She lapsed into a coma half an hour after the fall and because of her weakened condition did not again regain consciousness. Mrs. Herreid was born in Norway September 3, 1856 and came to America with members of her family at the age of ten. The family name, Asbjornsen, was changed to Twesme by her father when they came to America. The family went first to Sparta and walked from there to the farm which they homesteaded in North Beaver Creek. At the age of 19 she married Nels Herreid and they resided on the farm until 1928 when they moved to Galesville. Mrs. Herreid is survived by a daughter, Miss Nettie Herreid, living at home, three sons, Albert, Galesville; Theodore, Tacoma, Washington; and Ben, Auburn, Washington; brother, Olai Twesme of Galesville; 3 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the home in Galesville and at the North Beaver Creek Lutheran church with the Rev. L. W. Halvorson officiating. He was assisted by Rev. S.E. Verang of the Zion Lutheran church, Galesville. Burial was in the North Beaver Creek church cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - NOVEMER 10, 1945
MRS. LEWIS P. HERREID (ULLENSVNG, HARDANGER)
Ragnilda Sexe was born Christmas Eve, December 24, 1860 on the Sexe Gaard, Ullensvang parish, Hardanger, Norway, the daughter of Ole and Ingeborg Sexe. She was baptized and confirmed in the Ullensvang church. Here in this picturesque valley with the majestic fjord and the towering mountains capped with eternal snow, surrounded by the multitude of fruit orchards blossoming in beauty and fragrance in the springtime, she grew to young womanhood. She emigrated to America in the early nineties. Her first destination was Hille, Minnesota where she remained about a year in nearby South Dakota. From there she came to the home of her brother, Sven Sexe, in Ettrick township and her home has been in Trempealeau County ever since. October 18, 1894 she was united in marriage to Lewis P. Herreid at the parsonage in Blair by Rev. Ole Waldeland. The newly married couple took up their residence on the groom’s farm two miles south of Hegg. Here the remainder of their lives were spent. The first two or three years they farmed the present Elvin Rogness farm besides their own. Three children were born to this union, Palmer and Ida on the home place and Helmer of LaCrosse. Mrs. Herreid was taken ill about a week ago. Pneumonia developed and she passed away Tuesday March 21, 1944 at 8:30 p.m. at the age of 83 years, 2 months and 26 days. Her husband died February 26, 1939. A brother Lars died in Hegg August 6, 1941. Three brothers in Norway preceded her in death, Abjorn, Ole and Henrick. Besides the children, she is suvived by one grandchild, Elsie Marie Herreid, a brother, Sven Sexe in Ettrick and a sister, Mrs. Torberg Fagertveit in Norway. Mrs. Herreid was a member of the South Beaver Creek congregation for many years and an active worker in the Ladies Aid. Her life was sadly broken up by the death of her husband and in the remaining year she was richly comforted by the faithful ministrations of her daughter, Ida. Transplanted to a foreign land she yet retained a strong love for the land of her nativity, its language and its culture. She was never a stranger to hard work, and her spirit ever restless till her daily tasks were done. Conscientiously and with fixed purpose, she ever strove to do her duty in the home and on the farm as wife and mother. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 25th 1:30 p.m. at the home and 2 p.m. at the Beaver Creek church, Rev. T.E. Sweger officiating. The ladies trio, Mesdames Orrin Bue, Elvin Rogness and Lloyd Quammen sang two songs at the church, “Naermere Gud til Dig” and “Jesus Saviour Pilot Me.” The pallbearers were Helmer, Carl and Leonard Sexe, Elvin Rogness, Lloyd Quammen and Kenneth Bue. Memorial wreaths totaling $39.50 were given to Radio Station WCAL, the Indian Mission and the Church Budget. Interment was in the Beaver Creek cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 29, 1944
THOMAS O. HERREID, SR. (EIDFJORD, HARDANGER)
Thomas O. Herreid, Sr., one of the prominent farmers ad pioneer citizens of the town of Ettrick, died of paralysis at his home near Hegg last Sunday, March 20th, at 11 o’clock p.m. The funeral will be held at the United Lutheran church of Hegg at 1 o’clock this afternoon, Rev. Gulbrandson of this place, to officiate. Deceased was born in Eidsfjord, Norway, January 7, 1829. He married November 15, 1850. In 1854 he immigrated to this country with his family, settling in Dane county, this state. During the spring of 1858, he removed to the Beaver Creek Valley, entering and locating on the farm where he thereafter continuously resided up to the time of his death, lacking but one month of forty years. He leaves a wife and six children, five sons and a daughter to mourn his death: Nels and Ole own farms in Ettrick, upon which they reside; Julia (Mrs. E.K. Herreid) resides at Elk Creek, this county; Paul resides on the old homestead; while Thomas and Peter reside here, being senior members of the Herreid Bros. Mfg. Co. Deceased also leaves six brothers and a sister as follows: Ole, Nels, Knudt, Gilbert, Mrs. Nels Lotus, Peter and John, who are all residents of the town of Ettrick, excepting the sister, who resides in Adams county, this state, and Knudt, a resident of Northfield, Jackson county. Mr. Herreid enjoyed exceptionally good health until two years ago when his eyesight partially failed him. Afterward he suffered a light stroke of paralysis, and since then he gradually failed until the final dissolution came. He was an honored member of the United Lutheran church and led an exemplary life. Mr. Herreid’s death will be mourned by not only his relatives, but by a large circle of neighbors and friends, by whom he was highly respected and esteemed. Thus the old land marks are passing away, but let us hope that those who remain as they are called hence it can be truthfully said of them as we say of our old friend, the world is better for his having lived in it. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - MARCH 24, 1898
MRS. NELS O. HERREID (TELEMARK)
Mrs. N.O. Herreid died at her home in Hegg Friday evening, September 11, 1908, after a lingering illness caused by a paralytic stroke some three months ago. Mrs. Herreid’s name in Norway was Thone Kjetilsdatter Vrolstad. Deceased leaves to mourn her loss two sons, Charles N. of Aberdeen, South Dakota and Henry of Chicago; also three daughters, Mrs. S.H. Dale of Galesville; Mrs. Iver H. Swenson and Mrs. T.T. Odegaard of Hegg, all of whom were present at the funeral which was held Monday, the services being conducted by Rev. Urberg, assisted by Revs. Bestul and Gimmestad and were largely attended. Mrs. Herreid was aged 75 years, 6 months and 21 days and was one of the first setters in the Beaver Creek Valley. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - SEPTEMBER 17, 1908
MRS. THOMAS O. HERREID (EIDFJORD, HARDANGER)
Mrs. Thomas O. Herreid died August 8, 1914 at her home in Beaver Creek valley. Deceased was in poor health for some time preceding her death and died at the ripe age of 87 years. Mrs. Herreid was born in Hardanger, Norway, November 1, 1827, and married Thomas O. Herreid in the year 1850. They emigrated to America in 1854 and settled in Dane county, Wisconsin. In the spring of 1858 they removed and came to Beaver Creek valley and settled on the homestead where they both died. Mr. Herreid died March 20, 1898, and a son, Paul T., died August 20, 1910. Mr. and Mrs. Herreid were among the first settlers in the town of Ettrick and both were known throughout that township as most hospitable and kindly people, their generous entertainment and good cheer being worthy examples to the rising generation. Both passed away on the old homestead where they enjoyed so many happy hours and reared a family of children whose lives have been a blessing to them. They leave four sons and a daughter, namely, Nels T. of Ettrick; Mrs. Erick K. Herreid of Bangor, Washington; Ole T. of Galesville; Thomas T. of Madison; and Peter T. of Blair. Mrs. Herreid’s funeral was conducted from the church at Hegg on the 19th inst. by Revs. A. Boe and S.S. Urberg of the United and Synod Lutheran churches and largely attended. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - AUGUST 20, 1914
MRS. BAARD HERREID (EIDFJORD, HARDANGER)
Mrs. Baard Herreid died at the home of her son, S.B. Herreid in Beaver Creek valley Monday afternoon of the infirmities of old age, being in her 89th year. Deceased leaves besides the son, S.B., one daughter, Mrs. Charles Haugen of Tappen Coulee, and several grandchildren. The funeral was held from the U.L. church at Hegg Thursday afternoon, Rev. O. Gulbrandson officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - APRIL 18, 1912
NELS O. HERREID (EIDFJORD, HARDANGER)
Nels Herreid, one of our earliest settlers and a prominent man in this community, met a sudden death about 4 p.m. last Monday. He was engaged in loading hay on a wagon in the field and when there was about half a load on, he accidentally fell backward to the ground striking on his head, and it is supposed his neck was broken by the fall, as he died almost instantly, without uttering a word. Deceased was about 70 years old. He was the father of Governor Herreid of South Dakota; H.N. Herreid of Galesville; and Mesdames Sven Sevendson, Iver Svendson and Thomas Thompson of this place. The funeral will be held tomorrow. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - JULY 3, 1902
SEVER B. HERREID (EIDFJORD)
S.B. Herreid a well known, prominent and highly respected farmers, parochial school teacher and deacon, residing Beaver Creek Valley in the Town of Ettrick, passed away peacefully at his home about noon on Decoration day, May 30, 1921, aged 63 years, 10 months and 26 days. His death was caused by heart failure from which he had suffered for more than 20 years, hence, he was well aware that the time was approaching and had thus ample time for meditation. He was confined to his bed for about three weeks, and though his pains were many and severe he bore them unflinchingly and was conscious to the last. Mr. Herreid was born at Eidfjord, Hardanger, Norway, on the 4th of July 1857 and together with his parents emigrated to America in 1867. The family settled on a farm in Beaver Creek where the deceased had lived up to the time of his death. Mr. Herreid was a mere boy of ten years when he came to this country and his early training was acquired by attending the country school during the winter months. His schooling, however, was very limited, but being endowed with a brilliant mind, a remarkable aptitude and capacity for learning (possibly inherited from his ancestors) he applied himself vigorously to attain an education and thus made the best possible use of his God given faculties. Properly speaking, Mr. Herreid was a self made man. Besides his attending district school he had access to his father’s library, consisting of but a few volumes, which he read and reread many times o’er, after his day’s work was done. In his early manhood he felt an inclination to take up his father’s profession, teaching parochial school, and was willing to sacrifice his life and devote his time and best energies to this noble cause. In 1882 he was married to Ida Marie Haugen, on the 10th of April, and this union was blessed with eight children one of whom died in infancy. For a number of years Mr. Herreid taught parochial school and served the congregation in various capacities-deacon, secretary and a member of the choirs. Briefly stated it may be said that he had the spiritual welfare not only of himself, but of his fellow beings at heart at all times. The following quotation states what appeared to be uppermost in his mind constantly: “I expect to pass through this world but only once, any good, therefore, that I can do or show, to any fellow being, let me do it now; let me not defer, or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” He was always ready and willing to lend a helping hand to a good cause hence had made a host of friends who showed the appreciation of his work on the day of the funeral, by their presence, and the many and beautiful floral offerings. The choir sang one of his favorite sons, “We Shall Sleep, but Not Eternal.” The death of Mr. Herreid removes from our midst a conspicuous figure in church affairs as well as in civics, and his loss will be keenly felt by this community. The greatest loss, however, will be to the immediate relatives in the home, but his smiling face, the pleasant voice, his footsteps will be seen and heard no more. The funeral took place on June 3rd at 2 p.m. at the house and at 3 at the church, Rev. Boe preaching a beautiful sermon, taking his text from St. Matthew 25, 14 to 26 inclusive. The deceased is survived by his wife, one sister, Mrs. Charles Haugen and seven children as follows: Mrs. Lewis Twesme of Galesville, Mrs. Julius Branland of Beaver Creek, Mrs. Olai Leque of Beaver Creek, Irving, Mabel, Dora and Alf at home. Interment was made in the Beaver Creek cemetery, being carried to his final resting place by six of his nephews. Thus ends the earthly career of one who was willing to take up the cross and follow in the footsteps of his Redeemer, an ardent Christian, a faithful church worker and a good citizen. He is gone, but the influence that his life wielded will forever remain as a living monument for ages to come. We miss thee from our home, dear father, We miss thee from thy place, A shadow o’er our life is cast. We miss the sunshine of thy face. We miss thy kind and willing hand. Thy fond and earnest care, Our home is dark without thee, We miss thee everywhere. THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 9, 1921
MRS. IDA HERREID (VALER, SOLAR)
Ida Marie Haugen, was born in Vaaler, Solar, Norway, June 5, 1861. She was the daughter of Tosten and Guro Haugen. At the age of eight years, she emigrated from Norway to America in 1869. Their first home was in Tappen Coulee. Later her father homesteaded the present Albert Johnson farm. She was confirmed in the Trempealeau Valley church by Rev. A.L. Lobben November 19, 1876. She was united in marriage to S.B. Herreid by Rev. Brynjolf Hovde April 10, 1882. Her husband served as parochial school teacher and cantor in the Beaver Creek congregation for many years. The last forty years , she has resided on the present farm in Beaver Creek. May 30, 1921, she experienced the deep sorrow of her husband, S.B. Herreid’s death; February 27, 1929, a beloved son Alf died at the Whitehall hospital as a result of an accident. Mrs. Herreid has been in ill health for many years. She suffered a stroke the 16th of August. Everything that the children could do in the way of medial attention and care was done for their mother. A trained nurse, Mrs. William Peterson of Whitehall, was immediately summoned and remained constantly at the bedside until death ensued Sunday evening, August 20, 1939. All the children were present at the deathbed of their dear mother. The following children survive: Mrs. Lewis Tweme, Galesville; Mrs. Julius Bratland, Mrs. Olai Leque and Mrs. Lars Myrland, Blair; and Mable and Irvin at home. A son Sever, died in infancy. There are eight grandchildren. Only one brother in a family of eight survives her, Carlot Haugen, of Blair. Mrs. Herreid was a member of the Trempealeau Valley congregation before her marriage, and since of the congregation in Beaver Creek. In quietness and modesty were the years of her life spent. Faithfully, she discharged the duties of wife and mother. Strong were the bonds of affection that bound her to the members of her household. Her life bore testimony in word and deed to the Christian faith which was her strength and stay. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. T. E. Sweger Thursday afternoon, August 24 at the home and at the Beaver Creek church. Memory wreaths in honor of Mrs. Herreid were given to the radio station WCAL at Northfield and the home for the aged at Wittenberg by many relatives and friends. Pallbearers were: Olai Leque, Julius Bratland, Lewis Twesme, Lars Myrland, Oscar Haugen and Helmer Strand. Interment was in the Beaver Creek cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 31, 1939
PETER E. AND OLINE HERRIED (EIDFJORD, HARDANGER)
During the week of January 11, 1948, death visited the Peter E. Herried home in Franklin twice, and removed from among the living both Mr. and Mrs. Herried who had been married within two months of sixty years. Mr. Herried, 84, had continued in good health until this fall and winter, while Mrs. Herried had ailed for many months. On Sunday evening, toward midnight, January 11, Mrs. Herried passed away at the farm home in Franklin. On Tuesday, Mr. Herried was taken to the Krohn clinic in Black River Falls where his condition worsened until his death on Saturday morning, January 17, 1948. Funeral services were conducted for Mrs. Herried on Thursday, January 15, at the home and the North Beaver Creek First Lutheran church, Rev. Konrad Urberg officiating. Her body was laid to rest in the family lot under the pines. On Tuesday, January 20, funeral services were held for Mr. Herried at the same church, and his body was laid to rest beside that of his wife. Peter E. Herried was born in Hardanger, Norway December 22, 1863 to Mr. and Mrs. Ellef Herried. At the age of 18 he came to America to make his home. Mrs. Olina Herried was born in Norfjord, Norway, March 15, 1870 to Mr. and Mrs. Ole Olson. At the age of one year, she came to America to make her home. On March 8, 1888 Peter and Olena were united in marriage and established their home on homestead land in Franklin. This was their home until their lives ended in death. They were engaged in farming. Of the children which blessed the union, one son, Leonard, died in infancy while four sons and four daughters survive, namely, Julius of Franklin, Melvin of Blair, Elmer and Leonard at home, Ida (Mrs. Clarence) Johnson of Franklin and Emma, Ella and Mabel at home. There are 20 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Mr. Herried is survived by a brother, John Ellefson of Osseo, Wisconsin. Mrs. Herried is survived by three sisters - Mrs. Samelena McCormick of Winnifred, Canada; Josephine (Mrs. John) Ricksoldson of Washington Coulee and Anna (Mrs. Pearl) McKeeth of Galesville. Kind sympathies are extended the family of Mr. and Mrs. Herried who were deprived of both father and mother in the same week. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 22, 1948
MRS. RAGNHILD HERREID (EIDFJORD, HARDANGER)
Ragnhild Bue was born on the Bue farm in Eidfjord, Hardanger, Norway, December 6, 1860. She was the daughter of Tosten Tostenson Bue and his wife, Anna, whose maiden name was Kjerland. In the spring of 1866, the family, eight in number, emigrated to America. They left the port of Bergen on the sail ship Maria, which had 1800 passengers, the 27th of April. The voyage over the Atlantic lasted seven weeks. They landed at Montreal the 15th of June. After a wait of a week in that city and with further difficulties in transportation, they finally reached their destination Big Canoe, Winneshiek County, Iowa on the birthday of the new country, July 4. A week after their arrival, the mother of thee family died of typhoid. She lies buried in the Big Canoe church cemetery. There were indeed trying days for the children as well as the father to be bereft of a mother and wife and homeless in a strange land. Seven years later the father and part of the family came to Beaver Creek and homesteaded land, which is now included in the Palmer Herreid and Claus Anderson farms. They immediately joined the Beaver Creek congregation and here the deceased has held continuous membership since. She was confirmed in the Beaver Creek church by Rev. Anders Lobben in a class of 27, the 22nd day of October 1876. She was united in marriage to Tosten Herreid by Rev. Bynjolf Hovde February 14, 1882. The first seven years of their marriage was spent on her father’s farm. From 1889 to 1896 their home was the present Leonard Sexe farm. In the latter year the present Andrew Herreid farm was purchased from Charles Beach. In 1922 they retired from farm work and built the home at Beach which she was to occupy the last twenty years of her life. Her husband passed away July 23, 1927. Mrs. Herreid enjoyed good health always. She was youthful in spirit and active in spite of her 80 years. Her sudden death after an hour’s brief illness came as a shock to the immediate family as well as the community. She passed away Friday, the 20th of March, 1942 at 5 p.m. The following children mourn the loss of a loving and beloved mother: Mrs. John Instenes (Anna), Mrs. Clara Hayes and Andrew all of Beaver Creek, Mrs. Theodore Saed (Selma), Superior and Gilbert of Minneapolis. There are 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 24th at 1:15 at the home and 2 p,m. at the Beaver Creek church. Rev. T.E. Sweger officiating. The pallbearers were Eugene Herreid, John Helleckson, Gorden Herreid, LaVern Knutson , Carl Herreid and Charles Helleckson. The flower bearers were Judith Herreid and George Hayes, grandchildren. Memorial wreaths were given to WCAL and the church budget. Interment was in the family lot of the Beaver Creek cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 26, 1942
MRS. O.K. HERREID (LARDAL, SOGN)
Mrs. Ole K. Herreid of Bear Creek was born on Lardal, Sogn, Norway, June 12, 1844. In May 186 she was married to Ole K. Herreid from Hardanger. Their marriage was blessed with seven children, two of whom died in infancy. During the year 1883 they came with their family to this country. They settled in Bear Creek where they have since lived. Mrs. Herreid is survived by her husband and five children: Julia, who has been here at home, Knudt, Nellie, and Mrs. H.E. Davis, all of Minneapolis, and Mrs. Ole Legreid of Beaver Creek. Mrs. Ole Herreid was a woman of quiet disposition. She was of the type that gave her all to her home and her family. She was through and through a Christian character and was not afraid to let her Christianity be seen thru her deeds and her life. She will be missed by all her old friends, but most of all by her husband and children. She died Friday, April 8, of heart disease. She was laid to rest in the U.N Lutheran cemetery at Beaver Creek April 11th, Rev. Boe officiating. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 14, 1921
OLE K. HERREID (EIDFJORD, HARDANGER)
Funeral services were held Wednesday for Ole E. Herreid, 82, who died Saturday evening at his home in North Beaver Creek, having been in failing health the past four years. He was born in Eidfjord, Hardanger, Norway, November 19, 1856, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Knute Herreid. In 1875 he was married to Martha Hauge, a native of Lardal, Sogn, Norway and in 1883 the couple came to America, settling at once on the farm in North Beaver Creek. Mr. Herreid remained for more than a half century. Aside from his farming interests, Mr. Herreid was also engaged in a masonry and carpenter business with his brother, Erick, for many years. Following the death of his father, who was killed in a fall from a cliff in Norway, his mother came to America and spent her declining years with her son. She died in 1908. His wife passed away in 1921 and other members of his family who preceded him in death were his brother, Erick, and three sisters, Mrs. Martha Turnblad of Bangor, Washington; Mrs. Helga Thompson of Kloten North Dakota; and Guro of Norway. Two daughters also passed away before their father’s death, Ragnhild who died in Norway and Martha in North Beaver Creek. He is survived by a son, Knute of Minneapolis; four daughters, Mrs. Harry Davis, Minneapolis; Mrs. Helen Legreid, North Beaver Creek and Mrs. John A. Knudtson on the home farm and Miss Nellie Herreid of Blair; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the home and at the North Beaver Creek Church, the Rev. T.E. Sweger officiating. Two favorite hymns of the deceased were sung by the congregation, “Jeg Vid Mig En Sovn,” and “in Dod Er Mig Til Godet.” Pallbearers were four grandsons, Samuel, Archie and Ralph Legreid and Clarence Herreid, and Newman Knutson of Whitehall and Orin Knutson. Burial was in the cemetery adjoining the church. THE BLAIR PRESS - NOVEMBER 2, 1939
GILBERT M. HERRIED (ETTRICK TOWNSHIP, WISCONSIN) - FAMILY BIOGRAPHY
Gilbert M. Herreid, a prosperous representative of the agricultural interests of Ettrick Township, was born on his present farm, and in the same house in which he now lives, in section 15 E. May 10, 1872. His parents were Gilbert Olson and Ingeborg Torgersdater Twinde Herreid, farming people near the village of Lodi, who came to America, and settled in Ettrick Township, this county, in 1863. Gilbert M. had limited educational opportunities, but in his boyhood attended school for awhile in Ettrick Township. Under his father’s instruction, he acquired a good knowledge of agriculture and began working for his father by the year when he was 21 years old, becoming a partner in the farm when he was 25. January 1, 1906, he purchased the entire farm, which now consists of 160 acres, he having recently sold 40 acres. He is engaged in the breeding of registered Shorthorn cattle and since 1902 has also been breeding Poland-China hogs. Aside from his immediate farming interests Mr. Herreid is a stockholder in the Ettrick Creamery Company, the Cooperative Packing Company of LaCrosse, the Farmers’ Exchange at Blair, the Ettrick Telephone Company and the Ettrick & Northern Railroad Company. October 10, 1900 he was married to Ida Gilbertson, who was born at French Creek, Ettrick Township, daughter of Even O. and Maria Antoinetta Gilbertson. The parents, natives of Biri, Norway, came to Ettrick Township at an early date and engaged in farming. Mr. Gilbertson, who was a brother of J.O. Gilbertson, became a prominent citizen of the township, serving as chairman of the township board and a member of the county board and in other local offices. He was also president and secretary of the Scandinavian Insurance Company, a stockholder in the Ettrick Creamery, and as manger of a stock company organized here, bought two fine Clydesdale stallions, the first of the kind brought to Ettrick Township. He also took a prominent part in church work. His death occurred September 25, 1913. His wife, who survives him, is a resident of Centerville, Wisconsin. Mr. and Mrs. Herreid are the parents of two children: Eugene Guy, born August 18, 1902, who is attending the agricultural college at Onalaska, and Irene Marcella, born May 31, 1905, who is attending school. Mr. Herreid is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and of the United Lutheran Church, to which his family also belong. In politics he is a Republican, and while never ambitious to hold public office, as a good citizen he has several times consented to serve, and was supervisor for three years and school clerk six years, after which he declined further service. A list of his parents’ children, living and deceased, is as follows: Tosten G., born October 31, 1857; Ole, born April 5, 1863; Thomas, born April 27, 1865, now residing near Galesville; Carl, born July 21, 1868, who died June 8, 1879; Sena R., wife of A.M. Hellekson, born May 31, 1870; Gilbert M. born May 10, 1872; Iver, born April 4, 1874, now a resident of Galesville; and Emma Marthina, born April 7, 1877, who died January 15, 1879. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
GILBERT OLSON HERREID (HARDANGER) - FAMILY BIOGRAPHY
Gilbert Olson Herreid, a pioneer settler in Ettrick Township, now deceased, was born in Hardanger, Norway, June 23, 1836. He was married in his native land to Ingeborg Torgersdter Twinde, who was born in Vosse Naugen, Norway, March 20, 1832. Mr. Herreid being then engaged in operating a rented farm in that county, near the village of Lodi. In 1863 he and his family started for Trempealeau County, arriving here with one of the fist teams ever seen in the county, hitched to a home-made wagon. They settled on the farm now owned by their son Gilbert M., and on which the original log house is still standing. Mr. Herreid at once began clearing the land and was thus engaged when, in 1865, he was drafted to serve in the Civil War. He had only proceeded as far as Madison, however, when the war came to an end and he was allowed to return home. When he first arrived here he had but $6 in money and was destitute of provisions or supplies, but having an old army musket he made use of it to shoot prairie chickens and other game, on which he and his family chiefly lived for awhile. About a year after his arrival he bought a cow from his brother, but the animal was stolen before he had had a chance to milk it, the thief at the same time taking the halter of one of his horses and putting it on the cow to lead it way with. The cow was never recovered, nor ever afterwards heard of. At that time there were plenty of Indians in this vicinity, and they often came to the cabin begging, but were not unfriendly. Mr. Herreid worked hard and in course of time began to prosper. He increased the size of his farm until he had 360 acres of land in it and from time to time made improvements in his buildings. That he was an enterprising man may be gathered from the fact that he bought the first steam engine used on any farm on Beaver Creek, with which he did work for others for a number of years. He also kept his eyes open for other opportunities, was a stockholder in the Hegg store, helped to organize the first creamery at Blair and also the Ettrick creamery. He owned stock in the first Norman horse ever brought to Ettrick Township, and assisted in organizing the Farmers’ store in Blair, keeping up his varied activities until a year before his death, which took place January 29, 1914, when he was in his seventy-eighth year. Although so active in business matters, Mr. Herreid would never accept office of any kind. His wife assisted him not only in the household and also practicing as a midwife throughout all this part of the county, and was so efficient in this profession, that she was frequently called to render service not only in Galesville, Whitehall, Centerville, Blair and other places in this county, but also sometimes in LaCrosse. She is still living and makes her home with her son, Gilbert M. Herreid. (family portrait included) HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
OLE G.HERREID (DANE COUNTY, WISCONSIN) FAMILY BIOGRAPHY
Ole G. Herreid, who is engaged in operating a valuable farm in 155 acres in section 16 E, Ettrick Township, was born in Dane County, Wisconsin, near Lodi, April 5, 1863, son of Gilbert Olson and Ingeborg (Torgersdater) Herreid. A memoir of his parents may be found in the sketch of his brother, Gilbert M. Herreid. Mr. Herreid acquired his education in the local schools, his parents having settled in Trempealeau county in the year of his birth and was brought up on the home farm. At the age of 18 years, he began working in the woods in the winter time, but continued to make his home with his parents until he was 27, at which time he purchased his present farm from his father. Besides carrying on general agricultural operations on his own farm, he has operated a threshing outfit for the last 37 years. Since taking possession of his present homestead, he has made many improvements on it, his barn being a substantial structure, 32 by 70 feet, with 16-foot stock boards and cement floors, equipped in modern style. Mr. Herreid is a stockholder in the Ettrick Creamery Company and also operates a cream route, which takes two or three days of his time each week. Since he began farming on his own account, he has made steady progress and is now one of the prosperous citizens of his township. He has served on the school board for nine years and in politcs is independent. October 9, 1892, Mr. Herreid was united in marriage with Mattie, Paine, who was born at Medalia, Minnesota, daughter of William G. and Julia (Dale) Paine. Her father was born in Wrentham, Mass., of Scotch-Irish stock and in early life was a sailor; going to sea on his uncle’s whaling vessel at the age of 14 years. After five years spent in this adventurous employment, the Civil War having broken out, he enlisted in the Eighth Rhode Island Artillery and served three years. On the conclusion of his term of service he engaged in the hotel business at St. Cloud, Minnesota, having come west with a military company under the command of General Sibley, which company disbanded at St. Cloud. Later he engaged in business at Madelia, Minnesota, where after a residence of seven years, he died. His wife, who was born in Norway, is now residing with her daughter in Ettrick Township. By her marriage with Mr. Paine, she had three children and after his death, she became the wife of Ed Johnson, who subsequently died in this township. Of this latter union two children were born. Mr. and Mrs. Herreid have ten children: Emma, Willa, Gordon, Carl, Lea, Rachel, Blanche and Bernice (twins), Grace and Richard. Mr. Herreid belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America and he and his family are members of the United Lutheran Church. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
THOMAS P. HERREID (ETTRICK TOWNSHIP, WISCONSIN) FAMILY BIOGRAPHY
Thomas P. Herreid, a farmer of section 14, E. Ettrick Township, is a native of this township, having been born near Hegg, November 25, 1886. His parents, Peter O. and Segreid (Larsdatter) Herreid, were both born in Hardanger, Norway, and were married in that country , coming to America while still a young couple. After arrivng in Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, they resided with Peter Herreid’s brother, K.K., for one year. Peter then bought land in Ettrick Township and began farming, in which occupation he continued for the rest of his life, his death taking place in December 1911. He had learned the trade of stonemason in his younger days and followed it here at times when work was slack on the farm. He was a member of the United Lutheran Church. His wife, who survived him, still resides on the old farm. They were the parents of eight children, of whom Thomas P. was the seventh in order of birth. Thomas P. Herreid was educated in the district school at Hegg. At the age of 16 years he began working out on farms, and continued to work for others, besides assisting his father, until two years before he married. He then settled on the farm which he and his wife now own and which contains 180 acres of land. Mr. Herreid has added to the improvements and the property is now well supplied with suitable buildings and a good equipment of machinery and implements. It is registered as Meadow Brook Farm and is a good piece of agricultural property. September 10, 1911, Mr. Herreid was married to Ella Amelia Augeness, who was born in Ettrick Township, where she now lives. Her parents were Peter J. and Martha S. (Nelson) Augeness, the former born in Hardanger, Norway, February 29, 1864. Mr. Augeness came to this country two or three years before he was married, locating in Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, and working at first for others. After his marriage he lived on the farm of his wife’s father until his early death at the age of 27 years. His wife subsequently continued to reside with her parents until her own death, June 15, 1900. One year previous to that event, the family moved from the farm to Ettrick, where the mother died. Mrs. Herreid was the first born of two children, and the only one now living. In her girlhood she attended the district school at Hegg, where her husband was a fellow pupil and a member of the same class, and subsequently her education was continued in the school in Ettrick Village and at Gale College, which latter institution she attended a part of a term only, being obliged to give up her studies on account of the illness of her grandmother. Simon Nelson, her grandfather, was one of the first settlers in Trempealeau County. She was reared in the faith of the Lutheran Synod Church. Mr. and Mrs. Herreid are the parents of one child, Stanley Mirald Palmer, who was born April 29, 1913. The family are members of the Lutheran Synod church. Mr. Herreid is a Republican in politics, but takes no active part in township affairs, devoting his whole attention to the farm. He is a prosperous citizen and he and his family are well known and respected in this part of Trempealeau County. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
PETER T. HERREID (ETTRICK TOWNSHIP, WISCONSIN) FAMILY BIOGRAPHY
Peter T. Herreid, a prosperous hardware merchant of Blair, Wisconsin was born in Ettrick Township, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, October 13, 1867. His parents were Thomas O. and Brita (Bue) Herreid. The father was born at Hardanger, Norway and came to American in 1854 locating in Dane County, Wisconsin, where he remained until 1858. He then came to Trempealeau County and homesteaded a farm in Ettrick Township, which place was his home for the rest of his life. He died March 20, 1898, when 69 years old. His wife died August 14, 1914, at the age of 87. Peter T. Herreid at 15 years of age began work as a carpenter in Pigeon Township and was thus occupied until 1893. In 1895 he bought the hardware store of A.B. Peterson, at Blair, being associated with his brother, Thomas, under the firm name of Herreid Brothers. The firm has since continued in business and has built up a good trade. Their building is a one-story frame 24X100 feet. They carry a general line of hardware, operate a tin shop and conduct heating and plumbing departments of their business. Peter T. Herreid has been a member of the village council five years, having served as its president for two years. He has also served on the school board ten years. He is a stockholder in the First National Bank of Blair. His religious affiliations are with the United Norwegian Lutheran church, which he has served as treasurer since about 1900. He also had charge of the building of the church. December 27, 1895, Mr. Herreid was united in marriage with Hanna B. Hanson, of Blair, whose father, Martin Hanson Skyrud, was a pioneer farmer of Trempealeau County. To him and his wife five children have been born: Myron, Berdelle, Leon Francis and Lyla. Myron is on the flagship Pennsylvania in the navy, Berdelle is a proficient teacher; Leon is with the L.C. Hyde & Britton Bankers at Beloit, Wisconsin and Francis and Lyla are at home. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
TOSTEN G. HERREID (DANE COUNTY, WISCONSIN) FAMILY BIOGRAPHY
Tosten G. Herreid, who owns and operates Pleasant View Farm of 200 acres in section 17, Ettrick Township, was born in Dane County, Wisconsin, near Stoughton, October 31, 1857, son of Gilbert and Ingaborg Torgersdatter (Twinde) Herreid. His parents were natives of Norway, the father born March 20, 1832. Gilbert Herreid came to the United States in the spring of 1857, locating in Dane County, Wisconsin, where he engaged in farming, and in 1863 came to Trempealeau County, locating in Ettrick Township, where he homesteaded land and improved and developed it into a good farm. There his death took place in December 1914. His wife is still residing on the homestead. Their family numbered nine children , of whom Tosten G. was the oldest. Tosten G. Herreid acquired his education in the local schools of Ettrick Township. He resided at home until he was 25 years old and then bought land in Ettrick Township, farming that place for 13 years. He then sold it purchased his present farm, which consists of 200 acres of valuable land and which he is operating in a general way, raising various crops and breeding Hereford cattle from pure-bred sires. He has greatly improved the property, having erected modern barns and other necessary buildings, and is doing a successful business. February 19, 1880, Mr. Herreid was united in marriage with Ragnhild Bue, who was born in Hardanger, Norway, daughter of Tosten and Anna (Kjaland) Bue, her parents being natives of the same place. Tosten Bue was born March 5, 1820, and his wife in 1824. They came to the United States in 1866, and within one week after landing in this country the wife died. Mr. Bue continued west to Winnesheik County, Iowa, where he remained some years or until 1873, when he came to Ettrick Township, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, and homesteaded land on which he resided until his death in 1886. He and his wife had a family of nine children. Mr. and Mrs. Herreid have been the parents of seven children: Gilbert Theodore, unmarried and now living in one of the more Western States; Anna Emelia, wife of John Instenes, a farmer of Ettrick Township; Carl Alfred (the second born), who died in infancy; Clara Martena, wife of Lous Instenes, a farmer residing at Hegg, this township; Andrew Julius, residing at home; Selmer Imanuel, who died in childhood, and Selma Regina, who graduated at the Galesville High School and is now a teacher in Trempealeau County. The family are members of the Norwegian Lutheran church. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY -1917
OLUF HERBERG (BIRI)
Funeral services for Oluf Herberg 85, who died at St. Joseph’s hospital in Arcadia Sunday evening, June 17, at 11:45 were held Thursday afternoon at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. Members of the choir sang “Abide With Me” and “Just As I Am” and also his favorite hymn, “edre Kan jeg ikke far” which he had requested sung at his funeral. Flowers were carried by Mary, Shirley and Georgia Herberg and Clarice Bautch, granddaughters of the deceased, and the pall bearers were August Knudtson, John Moen, Emil Johnson, Elmer and Oluf Larson and B.M. Engen. Interment was in the family lot in the Fagernes cemetery. Mr. Herberg was born in Biri, Norway, September 29, 1865, son of Johannes and Marte Herberg. He was one in a family of 12 children. At the age of six months he came with his parents, two brothers and two sisters to America, the family homesteading land in Abrahams coulee, town of Gale. In 1894 he was united in marriage to Anna Erickson of Newcomb valley and the couple farmed near Galesville for several years. Later they moved to Newcomb valley and lived there for about 25 years. Mrs. Herberg died there in 1924 and in a few years later, the family moved to Whitehall where Mr. Herberg spent the remainder of his life. After an accident last summer from which he never fully recovered, Mr. Herberg spent part of the time in hospitals. Up to that time, he had been a very active man for his years and was busy at gardening or some kind of work almost every day. Being of a very friendly nature, he had a cheery greeting for everyone he met. Surviving are seven children: Mrs. Marie Christianson, Brookings, South Dakota; Mrs. Julia Erickson, Madison; Mrs. Olga Fredrickson, Alma; Mrs. Alida Kamp, Chippewa Falls; Palmer and Clarence Herberg and Mrs. Lillian Bautch, Whitehall. A daughter, Lillian, died in infancy. He also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Sina Bakken of Ettrick and Mrs. Louis Anstonson of Strum, besides 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JUNE 28, 1951
PETER HEDMAN (SWEDEN)
Peter Hedmen, aged 94 years, 1 month and 4 days, was born in Sweden on August 7, 1841. After spending his young manhood in his native country, he came to this country and settled in Wisconsin in 1869. Here he met Carrie Olson who became his wife in 1877. To this union, three children were born, Christina, now Mrs. A.P. Walldim of Pigeon Falls; Gilbert of Madison and Carl who died in 1914. His wife died in 1928. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Arthur, Mabel and Selma Walldim and Victor Hedmen. In 1883 he purchased the homestead of his wife’s parents. After a number of years of hard work and good management, he built the farm into a fine home for themselves and children. In 1905, owing to his wife’s ill health, he had to surrender more and more of the management of the farm until in 1913, he gave it up altogether. Since then until the death of his wife, he was in constant and patient attendance of her, as during three years she had been nearly a complete invalid. After the death of his wife, he made his home with his son, Gilbert, of Madison. He passed away September 11, 1935. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 19, 1935
MRS. NELS HEDSTROM (BO, TELEMARK)
Mrs. Nels Hedstrom of Northfield passed away at the home of her brother, Charley Kittleson in Northfield Wednesday, October 11, and the remains were laid to rest in Merrillan Friday. Deceased was 75 years old at the time of her death. Lena Hedstrom was born in Bo Telemarken, Norway in 1859. In the year 1869, she came to America with her parents and settled with them in Columbia County, Wisconsin, where they lived until 1873. The family moved to Northfield, Jackson county, where the daughter resided until her marriage to Nels Hedstrom, which occurred May 7th, 1880. Mr. and Mrs. Hedstrom began housekeeping in the village of Merrillan, but after ten years, they returned to Northfield and operated the home farm of Mrs. Hedstrom’s parents. Here they stayed until 1914, when they again went to Merrillan and made that place their home until the husband’s death, which occurred in 1929, leaving the widow alone with the exception of a brother and several more distant relatives. In 1931 Mrs. Hedstrom went to live with her brother, Charley Kittleson in Notrhfield, and made her home with him until her death. Surviving the deceased are Mr. Kittleson, three nieces, Mrs. Brevick of Minnesota, Mrs. Dave Adams of Canada, and Mrs. Christ Lund of Northfield, besides two nephews, Richard and Magnus, who reside in California. Mrs. Brevick was the only one of the distant relatives who was present at the funeral. Last rites were held Friday from the Northfield Lutheran church, Re. A.J. Oerke officiating and burial was made at Merrillan, Rev H.A. Oerke officiating. Undertaker E.A. Sletteland of Pigeon Falls was in charge of arrangements. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - OCTOBER 19, 1933
OLIVER A. HEGG (NORWAY)
Died at Whitehall, October 21, 1892 of consumption, Oliver A. Hegg, aged 50 years, 7 months and 21 days. Mr. Hegg was born in Norway, March 1, 1842. When he was but ten years old, he, together with his parents, emigrated to America settling in Dane County, Wisconsin. He enlisted May 17 1851 in Co. K. 3rd Regiment Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. He served in the army until July 8, 1865. He entered as a private and was promoted to corporal October 10, 1861, sergeant April 1862, quarter-master sergeant 1864 and was with his regiment during the whole time of his service. On his return from the army he settled in Dane County. He was married in 1863 while at home on a furlough to Jane M. Anderson, native of Norway. He removed September 18, 1869, with his family to Trempealeau county, settling in Arcadia township, where he was engaged in farming until 1873, having been engaged in teaching school a portion of the time. He was then employed in mercantile pursuits at Independence and later at Whitehall until he received the appointment of Clerk of Circuit Court April 4, 1888, to which office he was subsequently elected, and which he held at the time of his death, and for which he received the unanimous nomination of his party for the coming election this year. He has also been, during a considerable part of his life, an active S.S. and church worker. He bore his protracted illness patiently and his spirit was peaceful and happy. As the end approached he calmly bade his kind family and such of his friends and neighbors as were near, good bye, and gently fell asleep. He was a member of Winfield Scot post, Grand Army of the Republic in which he held the important positions of adjutant and quarter master at the time of his demise. He was also a member of the Odd Fellows ledge, in which he held an important position. He was an able officer, a genial comrade, a kind neighbor and a faithful brother. None were more ready and efficient in aid in sickness and misfortune, and few could so effectually cheer in time of sorrow. His funeral was conducted October 25th amid a very large concourse of people. The burial service of the I.O. of O. F. as observed. The bearers were selected from among his comrades of the Grand Army. Sermon by Rev. Mr. Leimkuhler of the M.E. church, assisted by Rev. G.P. Dissmore, who also delivered a brief address. The remains rest in the Whitehall cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Hegg have buried four children: Gabriel, who died March 5, 1881; Clarence B. and Ida; Lulu, who died September 17, 1881; and Ellen Amelia, who died February 14, 1884. The widow and three daughters, Maria, now Mrs. J.D. Serwood, Amanda and Lulu E. survive him. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - NOVEMBER 3, 1892
HANS H. HEGG (GULBRANDSDALEN)
Hans H. Hegg, one of the last of the early settlers in Skutley Coulee passed away at his home five miles south of Taylor, Thursday, February 20, 1924 after a brief illness. The deceased was born in Guldbrandsdalen, Norway on June 20, 1841. He came to this country in the spring of 1872, settling at LaCrosse, Wisconsin. In the same year, he was united in marriage, his beloved wife preceding him in death on May 24, 1923. In 1875 they moved from LaCrosse to Jackson County settling on the homestead which has been their abode for over 47 years. They both suffered the hardships and struggles of the early pioneers but they both lived to see the fruits of their labors. They reared a large and fine family of children and helped to make this community what it is today. Mr. Hegg was one of God’s noblemen, fair and square in his dealings, and loved and respected by all his neighbors and friends. He leaves to mourn his death eight children and nine grandchildren. The children are as follows: Henry of Chloride, Arizona; Anton of Cosmopolis, Washington; Ingval and Magnus at home; Mrs. Ellen Treman, Carl, Anna and Harris of Chicago, Illinois. Funeral services were held Saturday and the remains laid to rest in the Trempealeau Valley cemetery, Rev. O.O. Fosso, officiating. THE TAYLOR HERALD - FERUARY 29, 1924
ANDREW HELGESON (KVITESEID, TELEMARK)
The death of Andrew Helgson occurred at his home in Preston at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, January 27, 1910. Deceased was born in Kviteseid Parish, Telemarken, Norway in March 1827 and emigrated with his family to this country in 1861, coming to Racine County, this state. His wife died there a few months after their arrival, leaving two small children, Sarah and Carrie, aged four and two years respectively, now Mrs. Andrew Nelson, with whom he afterwards resided, and Mrs. Peterson of Minneapolis. In 1864 he removed to Trempealeau County, locating where he had since resided. In the fall of 1865, he again married, the children by the second marriage being Henry, Genie, Lina, Theodore and Mina. Henry resides near Blair; Genie (Mrs. Oluf Skouge) at Brainard, Minnesota; Lina, not living; Theodore at Fairdale, North Dakota. His wife, after helping to build up a good home, winning the love of her step-children and the respect of neighbors, died in 1902. Deceased will be remembered as a man of sturdy frame, indomitable courage, excellent character and a good neighbor. His two older brothers, Ole past 92 and Halvor, a Civil War veteran and past 88, are still living near Blair. The funeral was held at the Trempealeau Valley church Monday at 2 o’clock p.m., Rev. Gulbrandson officiating. The members of the family from the above mentioned places were present at the funeral. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - FEBRUARY 3, 1910
MRS. HANS HEGG (GULBRANDSDALEN)
Mrs. Hans Hegg, one of the first of the sturdy pioneers who settled in and built up the now prosperous locality known as Skutley Coulee, was laid to rest last Thursday May 24 at the Trempealeau Valley cemetery. Funeral services were conducted at the church of which she has been a life-long member, Rev. O.O. Fosso, officiating. Mrs. Hegg passed away at her home on May 22nd, 1923 at the advanced age of 75 years and nine days after a brief illness of pneumonia. Deceased was born in Gulbrandsdalen, Norway on May 13, 1848, and came to this country in 1872, settling in LaCrosse. Here she was united in marriage to Mr. Hegg. They moved to Jackson County settling on a homestead in Skutley Coulee forty-seven years ago, where they have always remained. She leaves to mourn her loss her aged husband and eight children. The children are: Henry of Canon, Arizona; Ingvald and Magnus at home; Anton of Boise, Idaho; Carl of Amelia, Canada; and Henry, Anna and Mrs. Ellen Treman of Chicago, Illinois. She is also survived by nine grandchildren. Mrs. Hegg was loved and respected by all who knew her and by her death his community has lost another of the pioneers who helped to build up this locality, pioneer who have transformed a wilderness into a prosperous community with fine homes and land in a fine state of cultivation. THE TAYLOR HERALD - JUNE 1, 1923
EVEN HEGGE (BIRI)
The death of Even Hegge was but briefly mentioned last week because his demise occurred on the morning the news was sent in, March 10. The funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 1:00 o’clock from the home, following which the remains were conveyed to the French Creek church, where Rev. Johan Olsen delivered the funeral sermon. Interment was made in the cemetery at the church. Freda Olsen Sand sang very beautifully, “Nearer My God to Thee” accompanied by Mrs. Johan Olsen at the organ. Pallbearers were Peter and Emil Benrud, Ole Mustad, Hans Benrud, Ed Schelberg and Peter Weverstad. Flower girls were Kathryn, Arleen and Marcelete Benrud and Marion Mason. Even Hegge was 78 years of age, and was born in Biri,Norway, December 5, 1852. At the age of 26, he came to America, coming to the home of his sister, Mrs. M.P. Benrud in Frenchville. Soon, after, he attended the old Galesville University and for a number of years was clerk for the Gilbertson-Myhre Co. at Galesville. On June 28, 1884, he was united in marriage to Miss Inga Benrud after which he purchased the farm here, which continued to be his home until called by death. He is survived by his widow and three children. Julius, who lives on the home farm, Albert on a farm in French Creek and Ida, at home, and one grandchild, Inez. A brother and a sister in the old country and Mrs. M.P. Benrud preceded him in death. He was the last of his immediate family. Mr. Hegge had been in failing health for some time, but members of his family and his many friends did not anticipate that the end was so near. A stroke was the cause of his death. Frenchville lost a man who left an impression upon the community. He was a life-long and faithful member of the Lutheran church. For many years he was treasurer and was a member of the board of supervisors of Gale and a school clerk in this district a number of years. A large number of friends assembled to pay their last respects to the departed one. A $25 memorial gift was given by the Hegge family to the foreign mission and $5 to the St. Olaf radio station. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MARCH 19, 1931
MRS. INGA HEGGE (BIRI)
Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon for Mrs. Inga Hegge, who died at her home here Wednesday evening, January 30, after a two weeks’ illness with congestion of the lungs and complications. Inga Benrud was born in Biri, Norway, April 13, 1864, and came to this country with her pioneer parents, Nils and Ingeborg Benrud at the age of two years. She was married to Even Hegge of Frenchville June 28, 1884 by the Rev. Lunde. Three children were born to bless their union. Her husband died on March 10, 1931 at the age of 78. Mrs. Hegge, up to two weeks prior to her death, had been in fairly good health although she had been ailing for sometime with heart trouble. While her passing will be deeply felt in the home and by members of the immediate family, the community as well was shocked by her sudden death, and she will be mourned by a large circle of friends whom she made during her life by her constant interest in their welfare. She always had a pleasant word and smile for every one. She is survived by three children, Julius who occupies the old homestead; Albert, who is on a farm in French Creek; and Miss Ida, at home; and by two grandchildren, Inez and Avis. A brother died in infancy. Funeral services conducted by the Rev. Johan Olsen, were held from the home at one o’clock and the French Creek Lutheran church on Saturday. Burial was made in the cemetery at the church where many gathered to pay their last respects to the departed one. Mrs. A.I. Pederson and Mrs. J. Mahoney sang “Safe in the Arms of Jesus” and “I’ll Sleep in Jesus’ Name”. Flower girls were Kathryn and Arleen Benrud, Helen Whteberg and Mrs. Lloyd Claussen. The pallbearers were E.M. Benrud, C.J. Mason, Ole Mustad, W.F. Raichle, P.O. Weverstad and F. C. Whiteberg. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - FEBRUARY 7, 1935
MRS. AGNETA HELLAND (VARDAL)
Mrs. Agneta Helland passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Albert Lund, Friday, September 25, following a brief illness. Mrs. Helland had been unable to take care of herself during the past five or six years, but her death came as a shock to her family. The deceased was born in Vardal, Norway, July 17, 1846. At the age of fifteen years she came to America. She was united in marriage to John Helland in 1861. He preceded her in death in 1911. Following her marriage she and her husband were residents of Chicago. They were living there at the time of the big fire which was in 1872. During the past forty-five years, she has lived on the same farm in North Beaver Creek. She was one of the pioneer women and did a great deal towards the development of the valley which was her home during this period. Her early life was one of hardship, although her reclining years were spent in the happiness of her family. She was the mother of four children, all living to mourn the loss of a kind and patient mother. The children are Oscar of Eau Claire, Mrs. Albert Lund, Harry and Elfin all residing at home. Funeral services were held Monday with interment made in the North Beaver Creek cemetery, Rev. K.M. Urberg conducted the last rites, and many old friends and neighbors were in attendance. THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - OCTOBER 2, 1931
NELS F. HEGGE (BIRI)
Nels F. Hegge died at his home in this village Sunday morning, August 25, 1912, of intestinal trouble, after only a few days’ illness, aged 72 years, 7 months and 24 days. Deceased was born in Biri, Norway, October 31, 1839, coming to America in 1866 and landing at LaCrosse. For several years, he worked in the woods near Humbird and Neilsville in Clark County. On September 20, 1869, he was married to Miss Nekoline E. Nilson, who survives him. Ten children blessed the union, three of which, Frederick, Josephine and Anna are dead. The surviving children are Ed. N., Oluf N., Isaac and Oscar of Hatton, North Dakota; Sigvold of Medicine Lake, Montana; George of Preston, Washington; and Even, who resides on the home farm in the town of Pigeon, this county. Early in the spring of 1871 Mr. Hegge located on a farm in the town of Pigeon where he resided for 20 years, during which time he was chosen to fill several school district and town offices. In the spring of 1901 he took up his residence in Whitehall, which had since been his home. Mr. Hegge was a well read man and a pleasant and highly respected gentleman, and leaves many friends to regret his sudden death. The funeral was held Thursday, the 29th ult., services being conducted at the Lutheran church in Pigeon Falls at 3 p.m., Rev. A.J. Orke officiating. They were very largely attended, testifying the esteem in which Mr. Hegge was held in the community where he was so long a citizen. The surviving children were all present at the burial services except George. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - SEPTEMBER 5, 1912
MRS. HELLAND HENDERSON (BIRI)
The death of Mrs. Agnette Henderson occurred at the Community hospital at Whitehall Friday, January 7, after an illness of but a few days. While she had been ailing for some years, he condition was not serious until the Wednesday before her death when she sank into a coma and her death followed two days later. Deceased was born in Biri Parish, Norway, November 3, 1875. She came to America in 1906 and for some time remained at the home of her sister, Mrs. Maria Benrud at Ettrick. Later she went to Minneapolis where she remained four years. In 1910 she was married to Helland Henderson and they made their home on the farm in Beaver Creek. To this union two children were born, Myrtle, aged 15, and Mabel, aged 7, who with the husband survive. She also leaves three sisters: Mrs. Maria Benrud, Milwaukee; Mrs. Olava Mikkelson and Mrs. Elisa Kalberg in Norway. Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 11 from the house and at the Beaver Creek church, Rev. T.E. Sweger officiating. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 13, 1927
MRS. NELS HEGGE (LAND)
Nekoline Madstuen Nelson was born in Land, Norway, August 23, 1844, daughter of Erick and Karen Madstuen. In 1862 she immigrated with her parents to America in a sail ship, spending 13 weeks in crossing the ocean. The family settled in Coon Valley near Chaseburg in Vernon county. On September 20, 1869, she was joined in marriage to Nels F. Hegge, and shortly after, in 1871, the young couple took up their residence on a farm in the town of Pigeon. Here Mrs. Hegge learned to endure the hardships and privations of pioneer life, which she bore with a fortitude that, coupled with a good physique, made her strong and healthy so she lived to a good age. Mr. and Mrs. Hegge lived on the farm until 1900, and on it all their children were born. In the latter years, they moved to Whitehall where Mrs. Hegge resided until her death. To Mrs. Hegge and her husband were born ten children. The oldest son, Fredrick and two daughters, Josephine and Ann, besides Mr. Hegge, preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn her passing one brother, Erick, of Roy Oak, Michigan; three sisters, Anna Nelson and Mrs. Eliza Elertson of Chaseburg, this state; and Mrs. A. Nyhus of Portland, Oregon; seven children - Edward and Olaf of Hatton, North Dakota; Even, Isaac and Sigwald of this community; George of Corvallis, Oregon; and Oscar of Frankfort, Kentucky; 28 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Hegge passed away Friday morning December 9, 1932, aged 88 years, three months and 16 days. During her long lifetime Mrs. Hegge was privileged to travel quite extensively, enjoying this pleasure to the utmost. She spent the year 1911 on the Pacific coast with her husband and on several occasions visited her sons in North Dakota. A few years ago she spent several months with her son and daughter-in-law, Oscar Hegge and wife at Frankfort, Kentucky. All who knew Mrs. Hegge admired her keen, clear mind and her physical independence and were warmed by her good, kindly spirit. During the later years of her life she was an ardent reader and student of religious, social and economic problems of the day, on which she was fluently conversant. One of Whitehall’s oldest citizens has passed away, and her absence is keenly felt not only by her children but by all who knew and loved her for womanly qualities, inherited from a good family, nurtured by the rudeness of her life in her native land and by her experiences as a pioneer wife and mother, and carried down through the years by righteousness and perseverance to the end. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - DECEMBER 22, 1932
NEILS HEGEN (GUSDAC)
Neils Heggen as born September 28, 1852 at Gusdac, Norway of the parents, Ole Christensen and Ingeborg Neilson. He died on September 28, 1930 at his home at York, Jackson county, aged 78 years. Mr. Heggen came to America in 1872, when he was 19 years of age. He came directly to Jackson County, and was married on June 20, 1876 to Maren Christene Larson. One child, John, was born to this union. Mr. and Mrs. Heggen lived on what is now the Aaron Hulett farm in the town of Northfield until the year 1908, when they moved to Beach, North Dakota, where they stayed a year and a half. From there they sojourned to Rawson, that state, and bought a section of land 2 ˝ miles west of that city. The Heggen’s remained in the west until about 10 years ago, when they returned to York, where they have lived practically all the time until his death. About a year ago Mr. Heggen went again to North Dakota for a while, and when there, fell from a barn roof, injuring his hip. From this accident and its effects, he never fully recovered, and it ultimately caused his demise. He leaves to mourn this death his wife; son John; seven grandchildren whom he has cared for since the death of their mother; two brothers, Ole L. and Otto of Des Moines, Iowa; one sister, Mrs. Ada Kolstad of Squaw Creek, and numerous nephews and other relatives besides many friends. The deceased was a kind and generous husband, father and grandfather. He was active in social and civic life in the York community, and served two terms as register of deeds of Jackson County, having been appointed to the position by the late Governor Hoard. He was always ready to help in every way possible with county affairs. Funeral services were held at York Wednesday afternoon, October 1. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - OCTOBER 16, 1930
MRS. MAREN HEGGEN (OSLO)
Mrs. Maren Heggen died at her home in York, Monday, January 22. Funeral services were held on the following Friday, the 26th, which would have marked her 83rd birthday. Services were conducted at the Synod Lutheran church at Pigeon Falls, the Rev. E.B. Christophersen officiating. E.A. Sletteland of Pigeon Falls was the undertaker. The pallbearers were three grandsons, Neil, Howard and James Heggen, and Glen, Neil and Bryce Humphrey. Memorials in honor of the deceased were given by friends and relatives to radio station WCAL, to charities, and to the family. Maren Larson was born in Oslo, Norway, January 26, 1857, daughter of Jens and Mathea Larson. At the age of 13 she came to America with her parents and settled in Big Slough. The family later moved to Pigeon Falls, where they resided for some time. She was married to Nels Heggen of Black River Falls on June 20, 1876. One son John was born to this union. Both Mr. Heggen and their son preceded her in death, the former in 1930, the latter in 1936. Mrs. Heggen leaves to her passing six grandchildren, Mrs. Neil Humphrey, who cared for her for several years past; Neil, Howard, Mabel (Mrs. Sever Leer); James and Norma, all of Ralston North Dakota. Another granddaughter died nearly eight years ago. Mrs. Heggen also left 11 great-grandchildren. After her death of her daughter-in-law, she reared her grandchildren until they reached an age to care for themselves. Deceased had many friends who sincerely mourn her passing. Sympathy is extended to the family and other relatives. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - FEBRUARY 1, 1940
MRS. ALICE HENDRICKSON (TELEMARK)
Mrs. Alice Hendrickson was born September 12, 1860 at Telmarken, Norway. In 1884 she immigrated to America and settled down at Chimney Rock. In 1885 she was married to Ole Hendrickson, and to this union seven children were born, of whom four are living. They are Mrs. John Hanson, Chimney Rock; Mrs. John Ostrom, Mrs. Mary Thomson and Mrs. Lena Lawrence. Mrs. Hendrickson had been in poor health for several years and the 12th of March she passed away, leaving to mourn her departure, her daughters mentioned above, her husband and two brothers, Tom Hanson and Barney Ness; also 30 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was buried from the Chimney Rock church March 16, 1932, where a large audience had gathered for the last farewell. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MARCH 24, 1932
KNUT H. HELGESON (KVITESEID, TELEMARKEN)
Knut H. Helgeson was born in Kvitseid Parish, Telemarken, Norway, August 18, 1859. He came to America at the age of one year with his parents, Halvor and Aslaug Helgeson. They located in Racine County where they lived two years and then moved to this county and located on the present Selmer Helgeson farm. He was united in marriage June 18, 1888 to Emma Solberg who preceded him in death. They moved to Thief River Falls, Minnesota in 1916 where they made their home on a farm four miles south of Goodridge until 1921 when they returned to Blair. Here his wife passed away December 14, 1932. Mr. Helgeson returned to Thief River Falls where he lived until his death March 30, 1939 at 8:15 a.m. He was in good health and had visited with friends the evening before and also in the morning. Death came as a shock to all. Funeral services were held at Thief River Falls Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock. From there the body was brought to his old home place where services were held Monday afternoon at 1:30 and at the Trempealeau Valley church, the Rev. Bringle officiating. Two hymns were sung by Mr. Huseboe and Rev. Bringle. He was baptized in Norway and confirmed in the Lutheran faith by Rev. Hovde at the Trempealeau Valley church. Surviving relatives include three sons, Helmer of Thief River Falls, Minnesota; Arthur of Highlanding, Minnesota; and Selmer of Blair; a twin sister, Mrs. Signe Drangstveit of Blair; and 11 grandchildren. One brother and one sister preceded him in death. Memory wreaths were given to WCAL and Old People Homes. Pallbearers were Thodore Amundson, Ole Sylfest, Guy Shephard, Andrew Nelson, Charley Shelley and Ed Matson. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 6, 1939
HALVOR HELGESON (KVITESEID)
Halvor Helgeson who resides at the home of his son, Knute, two miles northeast of Blair, died Tuesday night of old age. Mr. Helgeson was an old soldier, and a pioneer resident of this county, coming here in 1863. He was aged 93 years and 11 months and leaves to mourn his demise, two sons and two daughters: Henry of Kraka, Minnesota; Mrs. Tilda Christianson, Mrs. Sarah Drangstveit and Knute, residing in this vicinity. The funeral will be held on Friday afternoon of this week at one o’clock from the residents, then to the Trempealeau Valley church where another service will be held and interment will be made. Rev. Boe will officiate. THE BLAIR PRESS - NOVEMBER 11, 1915
MRS. KNUTE HELGESON (KVITSEID, TELEMARKEN)
Mrs. Knute Helgeson was born in Kvitseid Parish, Telemarken, Norway, October 13, 1866. Her maiden name was Emma Solberg, and she was the daughter of Swen and Anne Solberg. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in her native parish. Here in sight of lofty mountains and nature in its lavish beauty, her early years were spent. At the age of 20 years, in the year 1886, she came to America. Then for 30 years her life was spent among the hills and valleys of Trempealeau County where she found many others from her native Telemarken. Among them was Knute Halvorsen Helgeson who came from Kvitseid also and to whom she was united in marriage June 18, 1888. They made their home on the present Selmer Helgeson farm. Here three children came to bless their union and their live moved forward in tranquility and happiness for 28 years. Then in 1916 when they felt that Mr. Helgeson’s poor health necessitated a change, they moved to Thief River Falls, Minnesota, with their two youngest sons, relinquishing their farm to the oldest son, Selmer. Although far removed and though they found many good friends in their new surroundings, their hearts and thoughts reverted often to their beloved Trempealeau. And so in August this year, they came back to spend their declining years. Mr. Helgeson’s health had improved greatly but Mrs. Helgeson had been stricken with diabetes and her sojourn here was spent mostly upon a sick bed. Death came to relieve the tired sufferer on December 14, 1932. A beloved wife and mother is gone, an affectionate soul who won and valued many friendships. Besides her husband, she leaves three children: Selmer of Blair; Helmer and Arthur of Thief River Falls, Minnesota; a brother, Sam Solberg of Hegg and a sister, Mrs. Ole Johnson of Blair. Funeral services were held at the Selmer Helgeson home and at the Trempealeau Valley church Saturday, December 17th, conducted by Rev. T.E. Sweger. Mrs. Angus Sather sang “Rock of Ages” and “Does Jesus Care”. Memory wreaths were given to W.C.A.L. and the Indian Mission at Wittenberg. Pallbearers were Theodore Amundson, Ole Sylfest, Guy Shepherd, Andrew Nelson, Gust Johnson and Tom Mikkelson. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 22, 1932
MRS. NETTIE HELSTAD (RINGSAKER)
Funeral services were held Wednesday for Mrs. Nettie Helstad, 76, who died Monday of heart trouble, at the home of her son, John Helstad of French Creek, July 29, 1935. Nettie Jorgenson was born in Ringsaker, Norway August 4, 1857. At the age of two she came to America with her parents, who settled in the French Creek valley. In 1878 she was united in marriage to Ole Helstad, who died nine years ago. Twelve children were born to the couple, one of whom preceded her in death. She is survived by a brother, Iver Jorgenson of French Creek; three sisters, Mrs. Hans Mattson of Ettrick, Mrs. Marcus Olson of Galesville and Mrs. Joseph Gort of Eau Claire. Eight sons, Olaf of Blair; Odell of Minneapolis; Albert, Nicoli, Carl, William, John and Emil, all of French Creek; three daughters, Mrs. L.O. (Anna) Belland of Los Angeles, California; Mrs. Anton, (Clara) Nelsestuen of French Creek; and Mrs. Christ (Gena) Redsten of Ettrick; 20 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at one o’clock at the home and at 2 p.m. at the French Creek Lutheran church, the Rev. Johan Olsen officiating. Miss Verna Olsen sang. Pallbearers were six sons. Burial was made in the French Creek cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 1, 1935
OLE HELSTAD (RINGSAKER)
Ole Helstad, French Creek pioneer, passed away at his farm home Saturday, August 21st, 1926 after a long duration of illness. The past three years Mr. Helstad had been in ill health, suffering from bronchitis and asthma. He was a most patient sufferer and never complained of his illness. His sister, Mrs. John Tranberg, also passed away on the same day. Ole Helstad was born in Ringsaker, Norway, January 15, 1856. When 18 years of age, he came to America. Six years later, May 31st, 1880, he was united in marriage to Miss Nettie Simonson. Twelve children were born to bless this union and all but one is alive and mourn the loss of a kind and patient father. The children are: Mrs. L.O. Belland of Los Angeles, California; Olaf of Blair; Mrs. Anton Nelsestuen, Mrs. Chris Redsten, Albert, Odell, Nicholi, Carl, John William and Emil all of Ettrick. He also leaves his wife and one brother, Sam Skorlokken of Onalaska. For the past forty-six years, Mr. Helstad had operated the farm, which was still his home at the time of his death. In the early days he was a lumberjack in the wintertime and a farmer by summer. He was one of the first settlers in the French Creek valley, and through his long and useful life he was very highly respected by his friends and neighbors for his kind deeds and actions. He was a friend to everyone and always found time to assist in time of need. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon and interment was made in the French Creek cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 2, 1926
HANS OLSON HELLE (SANIKKEDAL)
Hans Olson Helle died at his home in Skutley coulee, Preston, February 17, 1916. Deceased was born in Sanikkedal, near Kragero, Norway, April 14, 1844, and came to America in 1862. In 1880 he married Oline Knudtson. Born to this union were three sons, Clarence, Emil and Henry. He was twice married, having three children by his first wife, Mrs. Anton Pederson of Montana; and Ole and Harold of Kilbourn City, this state. The funeral was held on the 21st inst. At the home and the Synod Lutheran church, Rev. S.S. Urberg, assisted by Rev. Borgen of Taylor, officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - FEBRUARY 24, 1916
MRS. OLINE HELLE (GULBRANDSDALEN)
One of the oldest members of the Skutley Coulee people has gone to her reward. Mrs. Oline Helle, an octogenarian is now missing in the ranks of the many old members of the old Trempealeau Valley congregation. She will be missed by a large circle of friends and acquaintances who have known her from their infancy until old age. Oline Helle was born to the parents Knut Knutson and wife in Gulbrandsdalen, Norway on August 15, 1850. She was baptized and confirmed in Norway and also was educated in the parochial schools of the time in Norway. When she was 21 years old, she came to America with her parents. They settled in Pete Coulee where her father took a homestead. When, in 1879, she married Hans Helle, they moved to the Helle home for 54 years until her death. On this farm they labored together, sharing both joys and griefs, hardships and comforts. After many struggles, they improved and built up their farm to modern proportions. On this farm they lived happily together until Hans Helle was called to death in 1916. To the union there were born four children, two of which have preceded her in death. A daughter, Julia, Mrs. Ole Lien and a son, Henry died in 1918. She is survived by two sons, Emil on the home farm and Clarence in Seattle, Washington. Mrs Helle’s health had been wonderful and her strength remarkable until she suffered a stroke in January. Since that time she lay seriously ill, desiring to depart and be with God in heaven. Her wish was granted on March 15 when she fell asleep in the Name of Jesus. Funeral services were conducted from the old home and from the Trempealeau Valley church on Monday, March 20, 1933. A large group of friends and relatives attended the last rites despite the difficult roads. Her pastor, Konrad Urberg, who had ministered unto her during her weeks of sickness officiated at the funeral and the burial where he committed her body to the dust whence it came. She now rests beside her husband with whom she lived here on earth for nearly a half century. Blessed be her memory. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 30, 1933
MRS. MARIE HENRICKSON (SOLAR)
Mrs Marie Henrickson (nee Huslegard) was born at Solor, Norway, the 14th of July, 1865. Her mother died when she was still a child and her father immigrated with his children to America in 1871 and came to Adams County, where the family stayed for about two years, after which they moved to Juneau County, where the family lived until 1888, when they settled down in the town of Chimney Rock. The 14th of July, 1894, Marie Huslegaard was united in marriage to Adolph Henrickson. A son and a daughter were born to this union. The daughter died at the age of 18, and the son, Arthur Henrickson, survives his mother. Mrs. Hendrickson was taken sick about two weeks ago and died the 22nd of May 1926, leaving her husband and son and one brother, Emil Huslegaard, and one sister, Mrs. Melsness of Eau Claire. One brother and four sisters have gone before. The funeral took place at the Chimney Rock church the 26th of May. The choir sang “As Sun Goes Down”. Rev. Wichman sang “The Great Unnumbered Throng” and spoke in Norwegian and English. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JUNE 3, 1926
ADOLPH HENDRICKSON (SWEDEN)
Adolph Hendrickson, 80, resident of Borst Valley the past fifty years, died at the Whitehall Community Hospital at 2 a.m. Thursday, June 21, following an illness of about five weeks. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the home and at the Chimney Rock Lutheran church. The Rev. O.G. Birkeland of Whitehall officiated in the absence of the Rev. H.A. Wichmann, who is a patient at an Eau Claire hospital. Mr. Hendrickson was born January 30, 1865, in Sweden, the son of Henry and Ann Hendrickson. He came to this country when he was 21 years old, accompanying his parents. The family settled in Beaver Creek, town of Ettrick, later moved to Burnside and then to Borst Valley. On July 14, 1894, Mr. Hendrickson was united in marriage to Mary Huslegard of Chimney Rock, who preceded him in death. His only daughter, Effie, died August 23, 1914. His only survivors are one son, Arthur, residing on the home place and three grandchildren. Mr. Hendrickson was the last to die in his immediate family. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JUNE 28, 1945
MRS. OLE HERAM (RINGSAKER)
Mrs. Ole Heram passed quietly away December 24th after a short illness of pneumonia. Mrs. Heram was born in Ringsak, Prestejeld, Norway in 1831 and was 82 years. Mr. and Mrs. Heram settled here in 1860. She leaves a husband and four children, Mrs. P.H. Johnson of Whitehall, Ed, Atlanter and Martinus. The deceased and her husband made their home with their youngest son in Tamarack. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - JANUARY 8, 1914
OLE C. HERAM (NORWAY)
Ole C. Heram, father of Mrs. P.H. Johnson, passed away at his home in Tamarack valley, town of Arcadia, last Thursday night of old age infirmities and was laid to rest in Tamarack cemetery Monday afternoon. Mr. Heram was born in Norway on January 9, 1837. His wife, formerly Mary Haakenson, accompanied him to America a few years after their marriage and in 1867 they located at Stevenstown, where they lived for two years when they homesteaded a farm in Tamarack valley and moved into the home where he resided until his death. His wife passed away in 1914. He was a very industrious, frugal man, honest, conservative and deeply religious. He was a model husband and father and a highly respected citizen. He leaves to mourn his death, three sons, Albert of Stevenstown, Ed and Martin of Arcadia and one daughter, Mrs. P. H. Johnson of Whitehall. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - NOVEMBER 7, 1918
ANDREAS HERBERG (BIRI)
Andreas Herberg, 75, old resident of Abrahams coulee, died February 5 at a local hospital. In ill health a long period, his last illness was of four weeks, two of which were passed at the hospital. Funeral services were held Wednesday from the old home in Abrahams coulee, now occupied by Mrs. Carl Herberg, and from the French Creek Lutheran church conducted by the Rev. Johan Olsen. Burial was made in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Leonard Libakken, Alex Toppen, Sigvard Molstad, Peter Thompson, Fred Hagen and Albert Anderson. Mr. Herberg, a son of Johanne and Martha Herberg, was born in Biri, Norway, December 22, 1862. When the child was five years of age, his parents came to this country and settled on land in Abrahams coulee. His father was a clockmaker in Norway. The son Andreas was reared on the farm. In his younger days, as was the custom of many farm youths, he went to the northern pineries in the winter months. Later he bought a farm in Abrahams coulee. This he operated until eight years ago, when he retired, selling the place to his brother, Carl, who died two year later. Never married, he continued making his home on the farm the remainder of his days. Of the 12 children of the original Herberg family, six survive. Thee are Olaf Herberg, Whitehall; Mrs. Hans Mustad, Arcadia; Mrs. Chris Martinson, Tamarack; Mrs. Theodore Bakken, Ettrick; Mrs. Gilbert Erickson, Whitehall and Mrs. Louis Anstensen, Galesville. Andreas Herberg was a brother of the late Paul Herberg of Galesville. Reprinted from the Galesville Republican. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - FEBRUARY 24, 1938
MRS. MARY HENDRICKSON (SVENNE, NUMMEDAL)
Mrs. Mary Hendrickson (Lee) passed way at her home in the village of Taylor early Sunday morning. Cancer of the liver and other infirmities of old age was the cause of her death. Since the death of her husband, March 17, 1917, she has been living alone, enjoying apparent good health for a person of her age. Last fall her condition took a turn for the worse and since then, her daughter, Mrs. N.T. Nichols has been taking care of her. She was, however, able to be up and around every day until a couple days previous to her death. Mrs. Hendrickson was born in Svenne, Nummedal, Norway April 17, 1850 and came to this county at the age of 20 years in 1870, coming to Winnebago. She left there the same year for Melrose. Here she met Henry Hendrickson and was united in marriage to him in 1873. After their marriage they bought and moved on a farm in South Beaver Creek. After a few years they sold this place and bought a farm in Squaw Creek where they resided until a few years ago when they sold their farm to Tom Horswill and moved to Taylor. She leaves to mourn the loss of a kind mother three children, namely: H.M. Hendrickson of Black River Falls; Mrs. N.T. Nichols of Taylor and Mrs. Anton Stenulson of Squaw Creek. She also leaves one sister and two half-sisters in Norway, 22 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Two children preceded her in death, Marie Clarinda, who died in infancy and Mrs. Annie Marie Hanson, who died in 1916. Short funeral services were held at the home and later from the lower Trempealeau Valley church, Tuesday, February 13th, Rev. S.S. Urberg officiating. Mrs. Urberg sang a beautiful solo at the services in the home. Her remains were laid to rest beside her husband in the church cemetery. She ran the journey of life in 72 years, 9 months and 24 days. It is a path marked with deeds of kindness and good cheer. Flowers, not thorns, sunshine, not shadow, did she scatter everywhere. With these she was lavish. Truth was the inspiration of her life and by kindness she exemplified its great worth. She was a kind and loving mother and well may her children cherish her memory as a precious legacy. THE TAYLOR HERALD - FEBRUARY 16, 1923
MRS. ALETTA HENDRICKSON (SOLAR)
Mrs. Aletta Hendrickson died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Witt, on Saturday, September 13. Alette Huslegaard was born August 29, 1854 in Solar, Norway, the oldest daughter of Ole and Ellen Huslegaard. The mother died while the family was still in Norway and shortly after her death, the family and seven children came to this county in 1871. They settled in Necedah, Juneau County, where she spent her girlhood, coming to Trempealeau County in 1878. On December 27, 1883, she was joined in marriage to Carl Hendrickson, and they settled on the farm in Borst valley, now owned by her son, Albert, with whom she made her home since her husband’s death, although she spent a great deal of her time between her two daughters. Her last years were saddened by the sudden death of her husband on July 18, 1918, and the home was further broken up by the call of her son Leonard into the service of the U.S. on October 5, 1918. She received the sad message that her son was dying at Camp Grant, where he died the following day without any of his dear ones at his bedside. He was brought to the old home for burial and was laid to rest beside his father on October 11, 1918. She leaves to mourn her death six children, Hilbert at Eau Claire; Albert on the home farm; Olin, also in Borst Valley; Mrs. Fred Witt near Whitehall; Mrs. Charles Sielaff of Maule Coulee; and Arthur of Whitehall and six grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Helen Mellaness of Eau Claire, Mrs. Adolph Hendrickson; and one brother, Emil Huslegaard, both of Borst valley. She was a patient sufferer for many years from various complaints, but very seldom she was heard to utter one word of complaint. Instead putting others before herself. She was a kind and true mother and neighbor and her brave smile and kind words of cheer will be missed by her children, relatives and all who knew her. All her children were with her till the last, she bidding them goodbye and telling them she was prepared to go and died with the name of her Saviour upon her lips. The funeral was held from the old home Tuesday, September 16, and from the Chimney Rock church, and interment was in the Chimney Rock cemetery beside her husband and son. The last rite were performed by Rev. Wickman, assisted by Rev. Christopherson, who was with her the day before she passed away. The pallbearers were Ole D. Berg, Ole Johnson, Del Nichols, Ferdinand Witt, Peter Sather and John Sather. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - SEPTEMBER 18, 1924
JOHANNES HERBERG (BIRI)
Johannes Herberg, an old pioneer of Abrahams Coulee, town of Gale, died at his home May 21, 1919. His body was laid to rest in the Lutheran cemetery at French Creek, Rev. C.B. Bestul officiating. Deceased at the time of his death Was 90 years and 5 days old. He was born in Biri, Norway, May 15, 1829. In the year 1856, he was joined in marriage to Martha Ofsdahl. Eleven years later they emigrated to America, enjoying a trip of nine weeks on the Atlantic. He made his home in Abrahams Coulee, where he lived until the time of his death. In 1914, Mr. and Mrs. Herberg celebrated their diamond wedding, nearly all the relatives being present. Of the twelve children born to them, five of which were born in Norway, the following ten live to survive him: Mrs. Hans Mustad of Ettrick; Clara Herberg of Whitehall; Paul and Andrew of Galesville; Oluf of Arcadia; Mrs. Hannah Olson of Galesville; Mrs. T. Baken of Ettrick; Carl of Galesville; Mrs. G. Erickson of Arcadia and Mrs. Mattie Modahl of Galesville. He is also survived by his wife, 42 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - JUNE 12, 1919
MRS. LEVI HENDERSON (ENGER)
Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 8 for Mrs. Levi Henderson, 85, who died at her home in Ettrick Saturday, October 4, 1952 following a long illness. As Mary Nilson Brenengen, she was born in Enger, near Gjovik, Norway, May 31, 1867, the daughter of Nils Brenengen and Antonette Johannesdatter Stuberud. She came to the United States with her parents and their family when she was 13 years of age and her parents settled in Abrahams Valley in Trempealeau County. She was united in marriage to Levi Henderson October 1 1887 at North Bend. Mr. Henderson’s father, Nils Henderson, was one of the earliest settlers in the Beaver Creek Valley. Besides her husband, seven children survive: Selmer of Racine; Elmer of Hixton; Joel of Waukesha; Palmer of Stoughton; Lawrence of Waupun,; William of North Beaver Creek and Arthur of Wausau. A son, Norman, died June 9, 1925. Also surviving are eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Anna Brohelden of Ettrick. Services were at North Beaver Creek church with the Rev. Lawrence W. Halvorson officiating and burial was in the church cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 9, 1952
MRS. MARTHA HERBERG (ROLSHY)
Funeral services for the late Mrs. Martha Herberg, who died April 9, were held last Saturday from the French Creek church, conducted by the Rev. C.B.Bestul. Mrs. Herberg had long been a resident of Abrahams’ Coulee. She was born in Rolshy, Norway April 23, 1835, and was married to Johannes Herberg in 1855. Ten years later, they, with their five children, sailed for America. The boat was sixteen weeks on the sea and most of this time black measles raged on the ship. All the Herberg family except for the mother, suffered the disease. She cared for all and landed them safely at Quebec. They came to Chicago and then to Coon Valley, where they remained a year, coming to Trempealeau County in 1866 and taking up land in Abrahams Coulee, which was thereafter their home. The father died in 1919 at the age of 90. Twelve children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Herberg. Of these, ten survive. They are Mrs.Christ Martinson, Mrs. Theodore Bakken, Mrs. Louis Anstenson, Mrs. Gilbert Erickson, Mrs. Hans Mustad, Miss Clara Herberg, Paul, Andrew, Oluf and Carl Herberg. There are 42 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Reprinted from the Galesville Republican. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MAY 1, 1924
NELS HENDERSON (HARDANGER)
Nels Henderson, a pioneer of the Town of Ettrick, and a well known citizen of Trempealeau County died at his home in this village, Saturday morning, December 27, 1913. Mr. Henderson was born June 24, 1837 at Bjotvedet, Hardanger, Norway and came to Dane county Wisconsin in 1853, removing to Beaver Creek, Trempealeau County in the spring of 1857. He is survived by a widow, nee Anna Kerserig, and five children, Mrs. H.N. Herreid of Chicago, Levi and Helland of Beaver Creek, Alfred of Mayville, North Dakota and Emil of Cambridge, Minnesota. Two children preceded his death. At the time of demise he resided at Blair, having built a home for the declining years for him and his wife, coming here from Ettrick, November 1, 1912. Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 30 at the home at the Hegg church conducted by the Rev. O. Gulbrandson. The pallbearers were Halvor N. Skeie, Svend Johnson, Sever and John Brovold, Ole Djonne and Thomas Michelson. The sympathy of a large circle of friends is extended to the relatives in their sad hour of bereavement. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 1, 1914
CARL HERMANSON (SYDRELAND)
Carl Hermanson died at his home in the Town of Albion on Monday, October 25, 1925, at the age of 66 years. Mr. Hermanson had not been in good health, but his condition did not become more serious until about a week before his death. Heart failure was the cause of death. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at one o’clock at the home and 2 o’clock at the Squaw Creek Lutheran church. Rev. C.E. Skoien will officiate. Mr. Hermanson was born in Sydreland, Norway, in 1859. He came to America in 1892 and first located at Whitehall. Later he came to this County, acquiring a farm in the Squaw Creek valley, which had ever since been his home. He was married in 1898 in this city to Miss Christina Berg, who now survives him. Seventeen children were born to their union, of whom twelve are living, six sons and six daughters. They are Clarence of Waukegan; Helmer, Eddie, Ernest, Merlin, Lawrence, and Miss Edna of Milwaukee; Mabel, Myrtle, Norma, Alice and Gladys at home. Mr. Hermanson had been a member of the Squaw Creek Lutheran church for many years. Mr. Hermanson was favorably regarded by his friends in his home community, all of whom extend their sincere sympathy to his bereaved widow and children. He was a man strongly devoted to his wife, and children, and he labored earnestly in their behalf, giving the best efforts of his life in providing for the comfort of his home circle. He was a friendly neighbor, one who was glad to lend a helping hand in times of need, and who sought to be helpful at all times in his community. Reprinted from the Black River Falls Journal . THE TAYLOR HERALD - NOVEMBER 6, 1925
MRS. CHRISTINA HERMANSON (NORWAY)
Mrs. Christina Hermanson, resident of the Town of Albion for many years, passed away at the Whitehall hospital on Sunday, September 22, 1929 in consequences of injuries received in an automobile accident which occurred between Black River Falls and Merrillan about six weeks ago. She had been in the hospital at Whitehall since that time and in a serious condition since the accident, having been paralyzed by her injury. Funeral services were held at the Squaw Creek church at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, Rev. S.S. Urberg and Rev. K.M. Urberg of Blair officiating. Interment was made in the Squaw Creek cemetery. There was a large attendance of sympathetic friends and neighbors. Mrs. Hermanson was born in Norway and is a daughter of Esten Berg of this city. She came to America 42 years ago and settled at Black River Falls. Twenty-eight years ago she moved to her last place of residence in Upper Squaw Creek, where she had resided continuously until the time of her death. She was united in marriage to Carl Hermanson at Black River Falls 32 years ago. Besides her father and one brother, Peter Berg, of this city, she is survived by 12 children, 5 daughters and 6 sons, namely: Mrs. Helmer Knutson and Mrs. Leo Rupp of West Allis; Mrs. Ben Benson of Melrose; Norma Alice and Gladys at home; Clarence, Helmer, Ernest Merlin, Lawrence at home and Eddie of Pine Creek. THE TAYLOR HERALD - SEPTEMBER 27, 1929
OLAF HERMANSON (GRUE, SOLAR)
Oluf Hermanson, an old and respected citizen of Preston Township, died at his home in Welch Coulee on February 5, 1921. Deceased was born in Grue, Norway, March 23, 1850. He came to American in 1871. In 1880 he was married to Anne Braaten. To this union seven children were born all of whom are living. They are: Mrs. Christ. S. Johnson, Iron River, Wisconsin; Henry, Mrs. Albert H. Anderson, Albert, Edwin, Clara and Helmer all of the Town of Preston. Mr. Hermanson underwent an operation for bladder trouble February 1, 1919 from which he never fully recovered, but was able to be up and around until June 1920 when he was taken sick again. After that he gradually failed. The last three months he was not able to be up at all. Funeral services were held at the Fagerenss church February 9, 1921, Rev. C.B. Bestul officiating. Mrs. Hermanson still survives her husband. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 22 1921
MRS. ABRAHAM HESS (BERGEN)
Mrs. A.L. Hess, aged 73, one of Caledonia’s oldest and most respected citizens, died at her home Tuesday morning, October 20, after a protracted illness. Mrs. Hess in her girlhood was Ingeborg Hylden and was born in Bergen, Norway in 1858. She came to America with the family of a Norwegian minister by the name of Frost, with whom she lived for a year at Clinton, Iowa. Later she came to the Galesville and Ettrick vicinity and was married to Abraham I. Hess in 1883. The past fifty years she has lived on their homestead in Caledonia. She is survived by her husband and six children. The latter are Mrs. C.H Pittenger, Trempealeau; Mrs. Orin Van Vleet, Ettrick; Abner and Oscar Hess, Caledonia; John Hess, Trempealeau and Mrs. Clyde Morrison, Winona. Funeral services were held last Thursday at the M.E. Church at Trempealeau, Rev. Frank Zimmerman of Galesville conducting. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - OCTOBER 29, 1931
NELS HETLAND (STAVANGER)
Nels Hetland was born near Stavanger, Norway, February 16, 1875. He came to America in 1893 and in 1899 married Miss Emma Ellifson. In the fall of 1900 he moved to Whitehall, where he resided up to the time of his death, which occurred at his home Tuesday morning, March 22, 1910, of organic heart disease. For the past few years, Mr. Hetland was employed in W.J. Webb’s lumberyard. He was an honest man, a good citizen and faithful to every trust reposed in him. He was devoted to his family and provided for his wife and little ones to the best of his ability. His genial presence will be missed by his many friends. Deceased leaves to mourn his untimely death, a wife and four children, namely, Inga, aged 10 years; Hazel, age 7 years; Otis, aged 5 years, and Leonard, aged 2 years. The funeral was held at the Synod Lutheran church on the 24th, Rev. O. K. Ramberg conducing the services, the remains being interred in Lincoln cemetery. The good people of Whitehall have been very considerate and kind to Mrs. Hetland and the fatherless little ones. Easter morning the lady was presented with a contribution of $147.33. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - MARCH 31, 1910
OLE J. HESTDALEN (DOVRE, GULBRANDSDALEN)
Ole J. Hestdalen, an uncle of G.L. Solberg of Blair, passed away at his home at Abercrombie, North Dakota March 21. Mr. Hestdalen made his home with Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Solberg in Lakes Coulee for many years. The following account of his death appeared in the Abercrombie, North Dakota paper: “Ole J. Hestdalen, pioneer of Richland County, passed away at 4:30 o’clock Saturday morning, March 21, 1925, at his home in Abercrombie at the age of 78 years, 10 months and 8 days. Mr. Hestdalen had been in poor health for some time, but his death was very sudden for only the day before his death, he had made a trip to his farm a quarter of a mile away. He was born in Dovre, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, May 13, 1846. He came to America in May 1870 and made his home in Wisconsin until 1878 when he came to Richland County and took a homestead, the farm that his son, Lars, now owns. Mr. Hesdalen, at the time of his death, owned a great deal of land in the vicinity of Abercrombie, on which his sons now reside. In 1878 he was married to Miss Martha Larson. To this union eight children were born, three passing away in infancy. Lars, who owns the home farm; Mrs. Trond Flaa, Mrs Panchott of Moorhead; George in Los Angeles, California; Helen of Fergus Falls survive. Mrs Martha Hestdalen passing away September 12, 1897. Mr. Ole Hestdalen was married to Miss Ida Olson, July 10, 1898 and seven children were born to them. One infant passed away. Rudolph, Abraham, Olaf, Sophia, Bertha, and Olga all reside here. All the children except George, who is in California, attended the funeral services which were held Tuesday in the Emmanuel church by Rev. V.L. Peterson. Mr. Hesdalen was fair in his dealings with his fellowmen, a good neighbor and a friend to all. He was a member of the Lutheran church all his life and will be missed by the whole community. His wife, eleven children and an aged sister in Wisconsin are left to mourn and have the sympathy of everyone.” THE BLAIR
CAROLINE HELLEKSON (ETTRICK TOWNSHIP; BLAIR, WISCONSIN)
Caroline L. Hellekson, Ladysmith, Wisconsin, former Blair, Wisconsin resident, passed away Thursday, July 30, 1987, in Ladysmith. She had been ill the past 20 years. She was born July 27, 1899, in Ettrick Township, Blair, Wisconsin, to Peter and Louisa Strand. For 69 years she was a Blair-Ettrick vicinity resident and in 1968 she moved to the Ladysmith Nursing Home. On October 11, 1919, she married John A. Hellekson in Ettrick. He died September 16, 1957. She was a lifetime member of the Knudtson-Mattison America Legion Auxiliary of Blair and also a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Blair. Survivors include one daughter, Carol Cole of Friendship, Wisconsin; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son Paul, and two daughters, Mrs. Albert (Sarah) Hubbard and Mrs. Mike (Eva Jane) McNeir. Graveside funeral services were held on Monday, August 3, 1987, 2 00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran church, Blair, with Rev. Ray Reinholtzen officiating. McElravy-Geier Funeral Home of Ladysmith was in charge of arrangements. SOURCE - FAMILY SCRAP BOOK
JOHN HELLEKSON (ETTRICK TOWNSHIP, WISCONSIN)
Stricken unexpectedly Monday morning at the Blair post office, veteran rural mail carrier John Hellekson of Blair, died from a heart attack about 8:15 am. that day shortly after arriving at the Whitehall Community hospital. He was born April 22, 1894 in Ettrick township, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Hellekson and attended Galesville high school and the Onalaska Agricultural school. He married Caroline Strand October 11, 1919. The couple farmed on the Hellekson farm 10 years before moving to Ettrick. Hellekson started to carry mail while on the farm and worked out of Ettrick ten years before being transferred to Blair in 1939. He was a veteran of World War I and was one of the survivors of the Tuscania which was torpedoed February 5, 1918 by a German U boat. Survivors are his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Donald (Carol) Cole, Melrose Park, Illinois; Mrs. Albert (Sarah) Hubbard, Conneaut, Ohio; Mrs. Audrey (Eva Jane) Johnson, Denver, Colorado; one son Paul, Ladysmith, Wisconsin; five grandchildren; one brother, Lawrence, Los Angeles, California; three sisters, Mrs. Cornel Leque, Long Island, New York; Mrs. Alf Jacobson, Yonkers, New York; and Mrs. Chris Gregorson, Ladysmith. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran church, the Rev. Edmund E. Olson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Frederixon Funeral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements. SOURCE - FAMILY SCRAP BOOK
PAULA T. HENRIKSEN (BLAIR, WISCONSIN)
Mrs. Paula T. Henriksen, 84, of Yakima, Washington, passed away October 5, 1975 in Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. She was born in Blair, Wisconsin, April 27, 1891 to Thorval and Agnetta Austad Toraason. She was a graduate of the Blair High School and was a public school teacher. She later was Supervising teacher of Trempealeau County until her marriage to Frank A. George of Whitehall, Wisconsin, after which they moved to Alderwood Manor, Washington. She attended Washington State Normal School in Bellingham and taught school in Stanwood and Clallan Bay until 1929 when she joined the Postal Service in Everett working as a Clerk until retirement in 1957. After her husband’s death, she married Ole Henriksen who passed away several years ago. She made her home in Yakima the past two years with her granddaughter, Sherrill and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Richardartz. Other survivors include a son, Frank A. George of Yelm, Washington; one brother, Thomas Toraason of Blair, Wisconsin; three grandsons, two great-grandsons and several nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were three brothers and three sisters. SOURCE - FAMILY SCRAP BOOK Researching this family is Cindi Anderson
OLE O. HELSTAD (NORWAY) (2)
Ole O. Helstad, a prosperous farmer of Ettrick Township, whose farm of 160 acres is located in section 11, was born in Norway, January 15, 1856, son of Ole Larson and Bertha Simonson. There were 12 children in his parents’ family: Christ, Martha, Sam, Lars, Mat, Sena, Bernt and Ole O. growing to maturity and the others dying young. All the members of the family who survived came to the United State, but not all together. Sam was the first to emigrate, and was followed by the parents. Then Bernt and Sena came, and after them Ole O; and then Martha and Mat and lastly Lars. The parents arrived in 1872, locating in Ettrick Township, Trempealeau County, on the farm now operated by their son, Ole, and which contained 160 acres. The land had previously been pre-empted by Ole Halvorson, who had built a small log house on it, but as there was no barn, Ole Larson built one of straw. He had little but his hands with which to begin work, and it was two years before he was able to obtain an ox team. Such merchandise as he needed he had to carry on his back from Galesville. The market was at Trempealeau and there was no road, the journey to Trempealeau with the ox team occupying two days. He had to use the jumper for a wagon, as he then had no wheeled vehicle. He succeeded, however, in getting a cow the first year. The rest of Mr. Larson’s life was spent on this place, and he died in the old log cabin at the age of 84 years, his wife passing away at the same age. In the early days their home was often the scene of religious meeting, the Lutheran congregation, then small, holding their services there. Later Mr. Helstad helped to build the church at French Creek, of which, he was a member until his death. Ole O. Helstad, the direct subject of this sketch, was 18 years old when he came to the United States. For a number of years he assisted his father in clearing and improving the homestead, and finally, in 1881, bought the farm and cared for his parents until their death. The present frame residence was erected by him, also the basement barn, 34 by 64 feet in size, and other buildings. He is engaged in general farming and raises good stock and his operations have resulted profitably. Like his father, he assisted in building the Lutheran Church, of which he has been a trustee for may years. He also served on the school board nine years as clerk. Mr. Helstad married Kittle Jorgenson, who was born in Norway and accompanied her parents to America at the age of two years. He and his wife have had 12 children: Bernt, who died at the age of 26 years; Nick; Odell, who married Gena Olson and resides on the home farm; Albert; Olof, who married Siverna Redsten of Preston Township; Eiml; John; William; Carl; Gena, who married Christ Redsten of Ettrick Township; Clara, wife of Anton Nelsestuen of Ettrick Township; and Anna, who is the wife of L.O. Belland of Los Angeles, California. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
NELS F. HEGGE (BIRI, NORWAY) (2)
Nels F. Hegge, a pioneer, from whom is named Hegge Valley, in Pigeon Township, was born at Biri, Norway, came to America as a young man, lived in LaCrosse for a while, came to Trempealeau County in 1872, lived in Pigeon Township until 1900, and then moved to Whitehall, where he died in 1912 at the age of 73 years. His widow, Lena Nelson, still makes her home in that village. She and her husband have been actively affiliated with the United Norwegian Lutheran church. Mr. Hegge was a strong Democrat in politics and had considerable influence in local affairs. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
SIGVALD N. HEGGE (TREMPEALEAU COUNTY, WISCONSIN)
Sigvald N. Hegge, cashier of the People's State Bank of Whitehall has had an important part in the up-building of that institution, and is one of the energetic young men of the village. A native of this county, and descended from a pioneer family, he had considerable experience in business before assuming the duties of his present position, and his well-merited success is built upon a firm foundation. He was born in Pigeon Township, May 18, 1887, the son of Nels F. and Lena (Nelson) Hegge, and there grew to manhood, receiving his early education in the district school of his neighborhood, and in the graded schools of Whitehall. In 1905 he graduated from the Wisconsin Business University at LaCrosse, and soon thereafter became interested in the lumber business. Entering the employ of the St. Anthony & Dakota Elevator Co., he first took charge of their lumber yard at Hatton, North Dakota and so thoroughly demonstrated his ability there, that he was employed for the next few years in opening and establishing yards at various points in western North Dakota and eastern Montana. September 29, 1913, he returned to his native county to become assistant cashier of the People's State Bank of Whitehall. January 1, 1914, he was promoted to his present position. Fraternally Mr. Hege is a former secretary of the local Masonic lodge, and past Noble Grand of the local Odd Fellows' lodge. He is also connected with other clubs and organizations. Mr. Hegge was married December 29, 1915 to Emelia Bensen, of Whitehall, who was born in that village August 13, 1888, daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth (Frederickson) Bensen, the former of whom is a mail carrier and the latter of whom died in 1911. Before her marriage, Mrs. Hegge was a teacher in the kindergarten department of the Whitehall public schools. Mr. and Mrs. Hegge have one child, Harriet, Elizabeth, born October 8, 1916. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
CARL HENDRICKS (NORWAY)
Funeral services for Carl Hendricks, 56, 615 Broadway, who died Thursday morning at a local hospital following injuries received last week at the Philadelphia and Reading coal dock, were held at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the Zoar Lutheran Church. Rev. Andrew Boe and Elder Abraham Storey officiated and interment was in the family lot in Riverside cemetery. The body was taken from Lerean's funeral home to the church at 11 a.m. to lie in state until the hour of service. He was born in Norway and had been a resident of Superior since 1905, having been employed by the Philadelphia and Reading company for the past 22 years. He was a member of the Scandinavian American Fraternity. Survivors are his widow; three daughters Inez, Bertha and Emily of Superior; one sister, Mrs. Charles Hofsted of Poplar; and three brothers, Herman and William of Superior, and Hans Hendrickson of Marietta, Minnesota. Pallbearers were John Hagadorn, Olaf Dahl, Rangvald Olson, Swan Skustad, Thomas Thompson and J.C. Johnson. SUPERIOR DAILY TELEGRAM - NOVEMBER 1, 1933
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