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Ihle Albert
Immell Francis (Anna) Mrs.
Ingvarson Ole (Ingeborg) Mrs.
Ingvarson Ole
Instenes Anna Mrs.
Instenes Bennie
Instenes Gustave M.
Instenes John
Instenes John S.
Instenes Lewis O.
Instenes Margrette Mrs.
Instenes Sever
Instenes Sven
Insteness Ragnhild Mrs.
Instenss Lars L.
Irvine Sarah M. Mrs.
Isaacson Andrew Mrs.
Isackson Karen Sophie
Isenmoen Bertha Olson Mrs.
Iverson Christ Mrs.
Iverson Hans H.
Iverson Hans Mrs.
Iverson John
Iverson John Mrs.
Iverson Mare Mrs.
Iverson Mathias

Bennie Instenes, 56, passed away Wednesday, December 11, 1963 in a LaCrosse hospital. Mr. Instenes was born near Melrose January 4, 1907, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Instenes. He is survived by his widow, Luella, one stepdaughter, Mrs. Owen (Donna Mae) Young of Black River Falls; one stepson, Darrell Erickson of Burlington Wisconsin; two sisters, Miss Ida Instenes and Mrs. Mabel Stai, both of Black River Falls and four step-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Palmer Nelson, Allan Grinde, Archie Olson, Forrest Potter, Richard Barrett, Jr. and Lester Busse. Services were held Saturday, December 14, in the Melrose Lutheran Church. Rev. Marcus Albrecht officiating and burial was in Burr Oak Cemetery. SOURCE - FAMILY SCRAP BOOK

"Mrs. John Iverson died at her home near Whitehall Tuesday evening, March 3, of heart failure. She was severely ill only about 30 minutes.
She fell out of her chair, and members of the family hurried to her and raised her up again. She then said she was alright, and with assistance, she walked to her bed and in a few minutes, she had another fainting spell and died in her daughter's arms.
Caroline Wold was born in Valdres, Norway, September 29, 1860 and came to America when she was six years old (on sailboat Tuna), together with her parents, five brothers and sisters. They lived at Black Earth, Dane county, for four years, after which they moved near Whitehall, which is now known as Irvin Coulee, where she stayed with her parents until she was married to John Iverson in 1880. Mr. and Mrs. Iverson moved into a farm northwest of Whitehall where they lived for 17 years, after which they moved onto the farm where she lived until her death. To this union four chidren were born: Mrs. Clara Sunness of St. Paul; Oliver, Whitehall; Elmer and Millie at home.
Besides her immediate family she leaves five brothers and five sisters to mourn her death. Dr. A.O. Wold of Grand Forks, N.D.; Henry Wold of Milton, N.D. T.O. Wold of Mahnomen, Minn.; John and Ole Vold of Eleva; Mrs. Annie Broger of Leeds, N.D.; Mrs. John S. Peterson of Hendrum, Minn; Mrs. N.A. Hanson, Mrs. G.S. Rice and Mrs. Chas Anderson of Whitehall. All were present at the funeral except Mrs. Peterson, who was unable to come.
Mrs. Iverson's whole live was lived as that of a Christian. Religious books and papers were her only readings, which she read several times every day, and always teaching the members of the family of what she read. The last words she spoke as she was dying was a call to God.
She had inflammatory rheumatism over twenty years ago, and since that time has suffered almost constantly, and no matter how severe the pain was, she never complained, always seeking strength from a higher power to endure the many hardships she had in life. Her whole life was a constant thought of how to make it pleasant for others, no matter what she had to sacrifice for herself.
The funeral was held Saturday from the house and Our Saviours Lutheran church,
Rev. Hofstad and Rev. Christopherson officiating. Interment was made in the cememtery at Old Whitehall.
The pall bearers were Matt Fryslie, Lars Sjonsby, Peter Christianson, Ole Iverson, P.C. Peterson and Ed Christopherson." THE WHITEHALL TIMES - March 12, 1925

A wave of sorrow broke over our community as the sad tiding spread among us that Mrs. F.M. Immell had passed away. For in her death each felt the loss of a warm personal friend. Anna Storley was born at Telemarken, Norway, November 21, 1833. At the age of nine years she came to this country with her parents, settling at Waterford, Racine County, Wisconsin. In 1856 she came to Black River Falls, and at that place, May 25, 1858, was united in marriage to Francis M. Immell, who survives her. Nine children were born to this union. They are Mrs. L. J. Lee of Mankato, Minnesota; Elmer L, Mrs. H.L. DeBoe, Mrs. W.P. DeBow, Omer F. and Daisy B. of this village and Mrs. H.T. Hanson of Doran, Minnesota, all of whom were at her bedside when the end came. Helen and an infant daughter died some years ago. The deceased leaves two brothers. K.O. Storley of Blair and O.O. Storley of Tacoma, Washington. In the year 1858 Mr. and Mrs. Immell moved to Alma Center and later, in 1865, came to Preston. For the pasty thirty-two years they have resided in this village. Mrs. Immell’s death took place at the family home Wednesday, August 11, 1909. The funeral was held from the United Lutheran church, Saturday, August 14th, Rev. Chalfant of Whitehall and Rev. Gulbrandson of Blair officiating. The large number in attendance and the beautiful floral tributes gave evidence of the high esteem and affection in which the deceased was held. Many sorrowing friends followed the remains to their last resting place, which had been beautified for their reception. As we saw her peacefully asleep and resting from her labors, we felt thankful that so many years of her beautiful life have been spent in our midst. Her uprightness, and sterling qualities of character, her gentle and devoted home life, have left behind an influence for good that will long be felt in this community. Though the bow is broken, the arrow is sped and will so its office. As friends passed the casket every face bore testimony to the sorrow within for the loss of one whose life had been a standard of emulation to her friends and family. Mrs. Immell was a noble woman, a woman who won the respect admiration and affection of all with whom she came in contact. But though she had many friends, she was quiet, and retiring in disposition. Hence it was within the home circle where the full beauty of her character shone in its perfection; a wife - a mother in the fullest, grandest sense of the word, her life had been one of untiring effort and unselfish devotion to those who were near and dear to her. A perfect woman, nobly planned To warm, to comfort and command. Of what her loss means to her family we cannot speak. It is too sacred a precinct for us to enter. While with aching hearts and loving hands we have tenderly laid the earthly temple to rest, we feel that God, in His infinite wisdom, has but called a dear one home to a higher place. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - AUGUST 19, 1909

Anna Instenes was born in Hardanger, Norway, November 26, 1854. She was the daughter of Lars and Anna Rataig Instenes. The family came to America in 1861 and engaged in farming at Roche a Cree, Adams County, Wisconsin. Baptized in her native church in Hardanger, Anna was confirmed in her baptismal covenant at the Roche a Cree church by Rev. Styrk Sjursen Reque. October 22nd, 1872 she was united in marriage to Sever Instenes by Rev. Brynjolf Hovde, who had succeeded Rev. Reque as pastor at Roch a Cree. They came to Beaver Creek after their marriage and homesteaded the present John Instnes farm. Here the remainder of her days were spent with the exception of brief intervals at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Albert Saed. Her parents moved to Chimney Rock in 1874. They and her two sisters and three brothers have preceded her in death. Mrs. Instenes has been in poor health for some time. Last Christmas morning she fell and broke her right arm, which rendered her quite helpless since. She was up and about, however every day until the day of her death. She passed away Friday, April 14, 1939 at 3 p.m., aged 84 years, 4 months and 19 days at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Albert Saed. The following children are left to mourn the loss of a mother, good in every sense of the word: Anna Dorthea Mrs (Albert Saed) and John, both of Ettrick, Wisconsin and Lewis, Bird Island, Minnesota. There are 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Instenes has been a member of the North Beaver Creek congregation ever since her arrival in Trempealeau County, a period of 67 years. She dearly loved her church and sought to be present at every service and activity. She had received a fine Christian training in her home, her father had served as parochial school teacher. The Christian principles imbibed in childhood remained constantly with her to the end. She had been an active member of the Ladies Aid, of which she was a charter member. She had also served as its president. She knew most of the melodies in her hymnbook and had memorized many of the songs. Her Bible and devotional books were her most prized possessions. A sincere Christian has gone home. Funeral services were held Monday at 1:15 at the Albert Saed home and at 1:30 at the Beaver Creek church, Re. T.E. Sweger officiating. Three memory wreaths were given to the Home for the aged at Wittenberg by friends and neighbors. The pallbearers were Charles Renning, Sever Knutson, Charles Paine, Andrew Herreid, Andrew Instenes and John G. Johnson. Flower bearers were Maynard and Eldred Sexe. Interment was in the Beaver Creek cemetery. Relatives and friends were in attendance from Eau Claire, Eleva and Chimney Rock. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 20, 1939

Sunday, September 18, 1932, Ole Ingvarson died at his home in Taylor after an illness of a week. He was one of the oldest residents in this section of the country and his death was the result of old age. Ole Ingvarson was born in Bergen, Norway on January 10, 1841, the son of Ingvar Olson and Anna Abrahamson. In 1851 he came to America and settled in Muskego, near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1862 he moved to a farm in Trempealeau county one and one half miles west of Taylor where he resided until ???. This year he sold his farm and moved to Blair where he resided three years and from there he moved to Independence, where he made his home for nine years. The last two years he had again made his home in Taylor where the end came. Mr. Ingvarson was married three times, two wives preceded him in death. Besides his wife, Mary Brown Ingvarson, two daughters, Mrs. Willie Dahl of Pleasantville and Mrs (?) Robertson of Mondovi and following brothers and sisters, John (?) and Abe Stolie of Racine and (?) and Betsy also of Racine. He was a member of the Norwegian Lutheran church and was confirmed in that faith by Rev. Hans (?) Tholberg. Funeral services will be held at Taylor, September 22 at one o’clock and in Blair at 2 o’clock with Rev. T.E. Sweger officiating and assisted by Rev. O.O. Lovaas. Mr. Ingvarson was one of the early settlers of this community and was active almost to the end. He will be sadly missed. The Blair Press - September 22, 1932

Karen Sophie Isackson was born September 17, 1865 in Sondre Land, Norway. Her parents were Erik Torstensen and Nille Svendsen. She was married to Einar Isackson June 7, 1893. With two children, Erik and Magnus, they left Norway in 1889 and came directly to the Town of Pigeon in the month of June. Their oldest son, Erik, died before a year had passed. The following children were born in this county: Edward, Isaac and Nora. Mrs. Isackson’s health commenced to fail in April last year. An operation was performed at the Whitehall hospital Wednesday, January 14. The operation was successful and the chances for recovery seemed bright, but her heart proved to be too weak and she died Friday, January 15. Besides her husband and children who have suffered so great a loss by her death, she leaves two brothers, Even Erickson of Pigeon and Carl Erickson of Portland, Oregon. The funeral was held Wednesday, January 21. Considering the cold weather, a large number of friends attended. She was laid to rest in the Synod Lutheran church cemetery at Pigeon. She was of a quiet and reserved in nature, wholly devoted to and faithful in her home duties as wife and mother THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - JANUARY 29, 1920

Funeral services for Mrs. Ingeborg Marie Ingvarson were held in the Taylor Lutheran Church, Monday afternoon at one o’clock and at the Evanger Lutheran Church at Lookout, north of Independence at 4 o’clock. The Rev. B. Hatlem of Taylor and Rev. O.G. Aune, Osseo officiating. At the Taylor church, Mrs. Irvin Schultz and Mrs. B.J. Hatlem sang, “Does Jesus Care,” “Safe in the Arms of Jesus,” and Mrs. Hatlem sang “Behold the Host.” At the Evanger church, a group of women sang two sons and Mrs. Hatlem sang “I Know of a Sleep in Jesus Name.” After a lingering illness of ten years, Mrs. Ingvarson passed away at the home of her brother at Taylor, Friday morning, September 22, 1944 at the age of 86 years and 3 months. Mrs. Ingvarson was born June 23, 1858 in Norland, Norway, of parents Andrew and Anna Olson Finstuen. She was the oldest of five children of which three preceded her in death. With her widowed mother and a brother and sister, she came to America in the year 1877 and settled near Independence, Wisconsin. At the age of 25 she was united in marriage to Andrew H. Brown and to this union seven children were born, of which four preceded her in death. Mr. Brown passed away December 19, 1918. She was married to Ole Ingvarson June 23, 1921 who passed away in September 1932. The family resided near Independence until 1930 when they moved to Taylor to make their home with her brother, Hans Olson. May 24, 1934, she suffered a stroke which left her paralyzed and she has been an invalid all these years. About a month ago, she became seriously ill and it became evident that she would not be with her dear ones much longer. Survivors are a brother, Hans Olson, and three daughters, Mrs. Nora Sather, Mrs. Anna Johnson, Mrs. Esther Halvorson, all of Taylor. There are 22 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren to mourn her departure. Mrs. Anna Johnson cared for her mother untiringly during the years of her illness. Her brother and daughter, Nora, assisted in giving her the best of care. No one could have done any more for her comfort than was done. Pallbearers were Irvin Schultz, William Larson, Hans Amundson, Nels Peterson, William Rumppe and Helmer Johnson. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 28, 1944

Mrs. Ragnhild Insteness was born in Nummedal, Norway, March 18, 1852. She came to America in 1862 and lived in Adams County, Wisconsin until 1874 when she with her husband, Sven Instenes, moved to the farm in Chimney Rock that continued as her home until her death on June 25, 1942. Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Insteness, of whom one daughter and three sons preceded her in death. She is survived by four sons: Albert of Missoula, Montana; Helmer of Froid, Montana; Gustav and Henry of Chimney Rock. She also leaves one brother, Ole, 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Chimney Rock church June 30, with burial in the church cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JULY 9, 1942

Lars L. Instenss, one of the pioneer settlers of the town of Chimney Rock, died at his daughter’s home, Mrs. Carl Sletten, September 18th, 1920. Mr. Instenes was born in Hardanger, Norway, March 12, 1851, where he spent his boyhood days. In 1861 he emigrated with his parents to America and settled at Roch a Ci, in Adams County, this state. In 1874 the family moved to the town of Chimney Rock and built a home at the place which has ever since been known as the Insteness Valley. In 1878 he was married to Maren Gunderson, who died about 11 years ago. Eight years ago he married Martha Bredeson of Wabasha, Minnesota, who survives him. The children by his first wife, who survive him to mourn his death are Mrs. Carl Sletten of Chimney Rock; Mrs. Alfred Matson and Mrs. Knisel of Wild Rose, North Dakota; Louis Insteness of Beaver Creek; Olai and Lillian of the Town of Chimney Rock. Mr. Instenss was a good neighbor, always willing to help when assistance was needed, and always of cheerful disposition. In church affairs, he took a prominent part; he led the singing in church for more than 45 years, during which time he did not miss the services more than a dozen times. The community will miss him more than the passing away of any other member of the congregation. Last spring he sold his farm and moved to Strum with the intention of staying there the remainder of his life, but shortly after his health failed him and he longed to go back to Chimney Rock to his children and acquaintances. It seemed that Providence had arranged that there he had lived and spent his useful days, he should also die and be buried. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. A O. Langebaugn, pastor of the church, and was one of the largest attended gatherings of its kind in the history of the congregation. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - OCTOBER 14, 1920

A St. Paul paper tells of the death of Mrs. Sarah M. Irvine of that city on July 20. Deceased was a sister of the late Arne Thompson of Whitehall. The clipping says: “Mrs. Sarah M. Irvine died Wednesday in St. Joseph’s hospital after an illness of nearly a year. Mrs. Irvine, who lived at 285 Mackubin street, was the widow of J.B. Irvine, former county surveyor, who died in 1923. “Mrs. Irvine was born October 4, 1865, in Solar, Norway, and was taken to Blair, Wisconsin by her parents when she was only three years old. She came to St. Paul in 1882 and was married to Mr. Irvine a year later. Surviving her is a sister, Miss Selma Bergerson of St. Paul. Funeral services took place Friday, and burial was in Oakland cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - AUGUST 4, 1938

Funeral services were held for Mrs. Margrette Instenes last Saturday afternoon, February 14, 1948 in the North Beaver Creek Lutheran church with the pastor, Luther S. Borgen, officiating. Interment was in the family lot in the Beaver Creek cemetery. A vocal trio consisting of Medames Lloyd Quammen, Orin Bue and Elvin Rogness sang two numbers, accompanied by the church organist, Mrs. Helmer Sexe. Shortly before Mrs. Instenes passed away she expressed the wish that the Ladies Aid serve lunch at her funeral at her expense. Friends and neighbors of the deceased instead decided to entertain in honor of her memory and lunch was served free to all who desired to remain. Mrs. Instenes was a member of the North Beaver Creek Ladies Aid. Last year, the Society honored her by placing her name on the Life Membership of the Women’s Missionary Federation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Mrs. Intenes was born Margrette Erickson at Kinsarvik, Norway on November 2, 1844. She was married in that country to Howard Instenes and four children were born to the couple before they came to America in 1883. Three more children came to bless the home after the family settled in the North Beaver Creek area which remained her home until her death. Mr. Instenes died in June 1905 and three children, Inga, Mrs. Charles Klarman, Lancaster, Wisconsin; Lars, LaCrosse; and Anna, Mrs. Oscar Isaacson, Lakewood, Wisconsin predeceased her. Survivors include two sons, Andrew with whom she made her home, and Emil, Victorville, California and two daughters, Mrs. Mary Logan, San Benito, Texas, who has spent several months here assisting in the care of her mother, and Helen, Mrs. William Davenport of Beloit, Wisconsin. There are also 13 grandchildren and a host of friends who will long cherish her memory. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 12, 1948

The subject of this sketch, John Instenes, who died at Hegg on March 21, 1910, aged 86 years, was born in Hardanger, Norway, March 20, 1824 and in 1845 was married to Anna Brovold. They emigrated to America in 1861, settling in Dane County, where they resided one year and then removed to Beaver Creek Valley, being one of the first settlers in that valley. Hs wife died January 7, 1882. He had resided some years with his son, the later Syver Instenes, and up to the time of his death still remained on the farm, now owned by his grandson, John Instenes, Jr. Deceased is survived by one son Ed Johnson Instenes of Hegg, and one daughter, Mrs. Nels Ystenes, also a resident of Hegg. The funeral services were held at the United Lutheran church at Hegg on the 24th, Rev. Gulbrandson officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - MARCH 31, 1910

Clara Olson Peterud was born in Vardal, Norway July 8, 1863. She spent her girlhood in her native land and in 1882, immigrated to America, and came to the Ettrick community. On the 26th of November that year she was united in marriage to Hans Iverson. Immediately after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Iverson settled on land in French Creek, where they have continuously resided and through the intervening years developed a comfortable farm home. Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Iverson. A daughter, Agnes, died at the age of seven and six moths. The surviving members of the family are her husband, three daughters - Mrs. Martin Nelsestuen, Ettrick; Mrs. B.J. Hogstad and Mrs. E.C. Ustrud of Wallace, South Dakota; and one son Clause of Ettrick. A sister, Agnes Olson, resides at Ettrick and a sister and one brother, Hannah and Petter Peterud reside in Norway. Thirteen grandchildren also survive Mrs. Iverson, a splendid character, who bravely took her part in the pioneer days to develop a comfortable home for her children and establish pleasant surroundings in that community. She was a member of the Lutheran church and steadfastly worked throughout her life in that faith. Mrs. Iverson was not blessed with the best of health, but always bore her part bravely and her trust in the Lord was greatly responsible for her attaining nearly the allotted time here on earth. She was a true and faithful wife and mother, tenderly loved in her home and highly regarded in the community where she spent the greater part of her life. The last two and a half years her health was very poorly and much of that time she spent in bed. Last summer she had the pleasure of having all her children visit her which was a source of great joy to her. The end came quietly on Sunday morning November 27, at 10 o’clock. Funeral services were held at the home and at the French Creek Lutheran church on Wednesday, November 30., Rev. Halovrson delivered the funeral sermon. The deceased was 64 years, 4 months and 19 days of age at the time of her death. The pallbearers were Martin Madson, Martin Onsrud, Christ Skundberg, Andrew Storsven, Albert Solberg and Anton Nelsestuen. Flower girls were Verna Solberg, Irene Nelsestuen, Annadine Nelsestuen and Normine Nelsestuen. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - DECEMBER 8, 1927

Albert Ihle died at his home November 30. He was born in Norway in 1868 and came to America with his parents and settled on the old homestead. He was united in marriage to Emma Torpen and to this union were born four children - Agnes, Selma, Phillip and Clara. Besides his wife and four children, he leaves to mourn his death three sisters - Mrs. Peter Petterson of Osseo; Mrs. Jennie Oppegaard of Crookston, Minnesota; and Mrs. Lizzie Stenass of Eau Claire, and one brother, Charlie of Osseo. The sympathy of the entire community goes with the sorrowing family. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - DECEMBER 9, 1926

Mrs. Marie Iverson, an old resident of Pete Coulee, near Taylor, and a highly respected woman, passed away at her home where she lived with her son, Ingvald, Tuesday night, January 20, 1931, at the age of 78 years. Funeral services were held Friday at 1 o’clock at the home, and at 2 o’clock from the Lutheran church, Rev. Lovaas officiating. Interment was made in the Hjerleid cemetery. Mrs. Iverson was born in Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, March 24, 1852. She came to America with her husband, living for a time in Black River Falls, and later taking up a homestead in Jackson county, five miles south of Taylor. Here she spent the remainder of her days. Mr. Iverson passed away 36 years ago, leaving her with ten children, all of whom are living now with the exception of Anna Knutson, who passed away 16 years ago. The members of her family left to mourn her loss are Jennie Plomedal of Eleva; Henry Iverson of Superior; Albert, Ingwal and Ida Stevens of Taylor; Olaf, of this city; Joe and Carl of Minneapolis; Olga Smith of Minnesota. She also leaves two sisters Mrs. Anna Stordahl of Carthage, South Dakota and Mrs. Thomas Hegna of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and one brother, Simon Hanson of Granite Falls. She is mourned by 25 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. The TAYLOR HERALD - JANUARY 30, 1931

Mrs. Andrew Isaacson, nee Anne Brynildson, suffered a stroke at her home in Pleasant Valley September 25 and died October 2, 1940 at the age of 73 years. She was born at Austad, Norway, November 2, 1866, in Gjerpen parish, Bratsberg township, Christiansand county. On June 24, 1888 she left Norway with her parents and brothers, arriving in New York in July. On August 7 of that year she came with her parents to Wisconsin and settled on the homestead in the Town of Clear Creek, Eau Claire County, where her brother, Abraham Barneson, still resides. In the spring of 1890 she was married to Andrew Isaacson. Three years later they, with their son, Albert, moved to the farm in the town of Pleasant Valley where she lived until the time of death. For year Mrs. Isaacson disregarded her poor health in her care for her family. She was a sincere Christian, her object in life being to live for her Lord. The Bible was her most treasured book. On October 5 the funeral was conducted from her home and from the First Lutheran church in Eau Claire, where she was a member. Henry Kjentvet, a nephew, sang two solos, “The Lord’s Prayer” and “Den Store Hvide Flok”. Dr. S.C. Eastvold spoke, using for his text the 23rd Psalm. Six of her nephews were pallbearers. There were many beautiful flowers and memorial gifts to the radio mission of First Lutheran church at Eau Claire. Mrs. Isaacson is survived by her husband; one son, Albert; three brothers, Jacob, Isaac and Abraham Barneson; and 15 nieces and nephews. Interment was in Forest Hill cemetery in Eau Claire. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - OCTOBER 17, 1940

John Iverson was born in Ulvik in the district of Hardanger, Norway, March 18, 1852. Here, in the midst of natural surroundings, almost unrivaled for beauty and grandeur, he grew to manhood. No one who has seen and felt the witchery of the scenery along the Hardingerfjord for twenty years, can ever find anywhere a place so rich in natural enchantments, though he travels the world over. There are places in Norway where the scenery is more somber, and awesome - where it inspires feelings akin to fear and terror. But along the Hardingerfjord there is such a wonderful blending of the grand and the beautiful, that the predominant impressions left on mind and heart is a reverent gladsomeness. It was therefore not strange that when Mr. Iverson talked about his birthplace, that a brighter light came into eyes and he became more vivid and buoyant. But while delightful scenery may make us forget the call for breakfast, it cannot indefinitely silence the calls of our bodies for something to eat later in the day. Thus, in common with thousands of his country men as John looked forward through the visas of years, he saw along the borders of the winding fjord, and the flower-starved mountain-slopes, entrancing charms for eyes and ears, but only meager promises to meet other physical needs of man. Therefore, when about twenty years old, with many a backward glance, he bid adieu to his native land and sailed for America. It is probable that he came direct to Beaver Creek, where so many people from Hardanger have found homes. For some years he made his home with Lars Davidson, one of the early settlers in Erwin coulee. Here he met and became acquainted with Catherine Wold, who became his wife July 2, 1880. This union was blessed with four children all living: Clara Striness, the oldest daughter lives in St. Paul, Minnesota; Oliver, Elmer and Minnie, all live in the town of Lincoln, where their parents had lived for nearly fifty years. Mrs. Iverson died March 3, 1935 leaving behind her an affectionate esteem in the memories of all who knew her, for she was indeed an excellent woman. Up to about a year ago, Mr. Iverson enjoyed a fair degree of health. During several weeks before his passing, he suffered severely from asthma and other ailments, but at all times up to the very hour of his death, he was able to get up and walk about in his room. Consciousness and mental clarity remained with him till the final call came. The end came Sunday morning, February 12. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Maakstad in Our Saviour’s Church at Whitehall, attended by all his children and a large circle of relatives and neighbors. His body was laid to rest beside his wife’s in the old Whitehall Lutheran cemetery. Mr. Iverson was one of the old-fashioned, quiet, steady, reliable men, whom everyone that knew him trusted without a question mark. This was evidenced by the fact that ever since I first became acquainted with him forty-four years ago, he has held some public position in his town or school district. At his death, he was treasurer of the school district ad had nearly completed the 29th year in succession as assessor of the town. Serene and faithful he walked the way of life looking forward with confidence to Him to doeth all things well. Written by H.A. Anderson, February 20, 1928 THE WHITEHALL TIMES - FEBRUARY 23, 1928

Mrs. Bertha Olson Isenmoen was born the 16th of January, 1844 in Sondre Fron, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway. She was baptized, confirmed and married in the Sondre Fron church in Norway. They came to America in the year 1870, going first to Black River Falls and later to Disco. Mrs. Olson had been preceded in death by her husband and five children, namely Mrs. Olaf Stai and Miss Olive, the daughters; and Oluf, Hans and Anton, the sons. Only one daughter survives, namely Mrs. Mary Gullickson who resides at Disco, Wisconsin. Mrs. Bertha Olson Isenmoen passed away on September 12, 1938 at the age of 94 years, 7 months and 26 days, at the home of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Anna Prestlyken who has so tenderly cared for her during her long illness. She was confined to her bed for seven years and a great care to her daughter-in-law who so lovingly cared for her. She is also survived by ten grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Blessed be her memory. Funeral services were held Saturday at the home and Lutheran church with Revs. Bredeson and Bringle officiating. Nels Peterson, Julius Jacobson, Jacob Hoem, John Hoem, Pete Johnson and John Rockney acted as pallbearers. Mesdames Lena Paulson and Engen and Misses Louise Jacobson and Hannah had charge of flowers. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 22, 1938

The home stood on the bench of a slope facing the west. In it were a very old man and his wife. They were walking about from room to room, as if saying “goodnight” to those whose pictures hung on the walls for there were portraits and photographs of several generations. Many children had been born and raised in that house, but all were gone and only the old people left. After pulling down shades and shutting doors, they entered a large sitting room where a stove gave forth an agreeable warmth. Here they sat down looking into the west low-lying clouds were still tinged with light from the setting sun. As the man sank into his heavily cushioned chair, he sighed and gently murmured: “I am no good, how is it with you, Martha?” “O, I get tired awful easy,” she replied,” but we ought to be thankful as long as we are able to wait on ourselves.” Then while the twilight deepened around them, there was silence. The old man’s head dropped until his chin rested on his breast. And whether he slept and dreamed or merely fell into a reverie we shall never know. But these were the wordless musings that passed through his mind, “The twilight of old age is around me. The valleys are full of lengthening shadows. The light of day is fading on the hills. Only faint murmurs now and then come to me from the busy thrones. Eyes dimmed by time and toil seldom see any of those who were my comrades when the tides of life were strong within me. Infirmities of years have shortened my stride and slowed my steps so that I have fallen behind the quick and strong. Therefore, I sit alone in silence. For they are few who can come to cheer me with stories of my youth and manhood. Most of them have passed on. Only memories linger; and they are like rustling leaves in autumn woods. They seem to whisper of trees swaying in chilling winds that play dirges among their leafless branches. They whisper of buds, blossoms and fruit that have passed and decayed. Of fragrance beauty and gayety that have gone. But they also whisper of long days that had no pains or weariness. Of evenings filled with enchantments. Of labors that kept time with the sun. Of hope beckoning from every horizon. Of ambitions that needed no spurring. Of courage that no obstacles nor hardships could crush. Of faith that saw victories far ahead. Almost I hear the shouts of triumphant youth, and the deep toned exultations of manhood.” And into the gloom and silence of life’s evening time came to the old man smiles and laughter from far away years. Rippling waves of songs and music. Beautiful sunsets that mused all the discords of the day into rest - including lullabies. And so he mused on and on until there came from his lips in audible words. “Ah, Yes! The Lord has been good to me. He has given me great length of days and all the burdens I have borne have prepared me for the rest He will give me soon.” Then as if awakening suddenly, he sat erect in his chair and called: “Martha! Martha! Are you here?” “Yes, Tom, I am here! Is there anything the matter with you?” “No, Martha, I guess I have been sort of dreaming. And the dream grew brighter and brighter as it went on, and at the end you and I seemed to be standing at the gate in front of your father’s house.” “Well, Tom, aren’t we standing at the gate of a Father’s Mansion where we soon shall be welcomed home?” “Yes, you are right,” he answered. “Well I want to go home with you, Martha, then I shall be satisfied.” Again there was silence in the room for many minutes. The striking of the lock aroused Martha. She got up, lit a lamp and set it on a table. Then looking towards the stove she saw Tom with his head resting naturally on the back cushion of his chair. His eyes were closed and on his lips lay a smile like a thin white wreath. But when she went to him his hands were cold and limp and his brow moist with the dews of death. Tom had gone home. The foregoing sketch will fit many a home we may have known; and with a few alterations, it might fit into the home of our departed friend. He had been given ‘great length days’ and was appreciative of the many blessings that like manna had been scattered along his path of life. He had lived a natural life, such as we may imagine the Creator designed for man. He had accepted his portion of life’s burdens, not as a curse, but as Divinely appointed duties. His great frame had been shrunken not by dispation, but by time. His strength had departed little by little with tasks performed and in the long and faithful performance of life’s requirements he built up a character that surrounded him like a shining wall that attracted the good and repelled the evil. His associates looked up to him in a double sense for in prime, he could enter no door less than six feet four inches without stooping, and respect for his normal life, his wealth of common sense, and his clear perception of what is fair and right among men, made his presence agreeable and commanding. His faithful pal and partner for so many years cannot grieve for him, glad that he has gone to his well earned rest. Glad that he left a character her children can take pride in emulating. Glad that he could say with Paul: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” Glad that his mind was so clear to the last that he could ask that his neighbors sing as his farewell song: “I know of a sleep in Jesus name, That shall freshen my weary limbs.” This man whose life I would gladly sketch more fully was born in the parish of Faaberg near the city of Lillehammer, Sondre Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, February 7, 1845. Came to United States in 1874. His first home was in Black River Falls, Wisconsin. There were just two things for newcomers to do in those days, work on farms in summertime and in the woods winters. Sometime this program as varied by capable men who were not afraid of chilly waters and frequent dunkings. Such men sometimes drove logs down the river in summertime. Well, “Matt” wasn’t afraid of anything in the shape of work. On December 30, 1880, he was married by Rev. Emanuel Christophersen to Julia Knudtson, whose parents were early settlers in Fly Creek. Soon after, he bought land in Fly Creek, but in order to gather greater means for building up a home, he remained at Black River Falls till the year 1884, when he moved to Fly Creek. As the years rolled by, he found reward for his labors in a fair degree of prosperity. Eleven children came to the well mated pair. Three of them - Lulu, Nora and Ingwald are dead. The survivors are, Albert, Melvin, Goodwin, Morris, Mrs. Ida Stendahl, Mrs. Mina Mason, Mrs. Lulu Estenson and Miss Clara Everson. Mr. Iverson died at the home he and his wife had built and lived in for 45 years, December 24. He was buried in the Old Whitehall Cemetery where a host of his former comrades and friends surround him. His presence there will add another attraction to one of “God’s Acres”. Written by H.A. Anderson, December 29, 1929. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 2, 1930

Mrs. Christ Iverson passed away at her home in Dissmore Coulee, October 1, 1933 of gangrenous infection at the age of 89 years, 11 months and 24 days. Funeral services were held at the home and the Pigeon Falls Synod church. Rev. E.B. Christopersen officiating. Undertaker Ernest Sletteland in charge of arrangements. Burial was made in the Old Whitehall Cemetery. Mrs. Iverson was born in Solar, Norway, October 7, 1843, of the parents Hans and Eli Rismoen. To her and her husband were born eleven children, seven of whom are living and four deceased. Of the living, all were at the funeral services, including Oscar, George and Harry of Pigeon, Oleander, Mrs. Hans Eid and Mrs. Hans Nelson of Northfield, and Iver of Two Rivers. Deceased are Mrs. Andrew Johnson who passed away in 1902, Julius, Andrew and Karen, who died at the age of four years. Deceased lived in Dissmore Coulee all her life following her arrival in America, and all this time she had been in good health with the exception of the last year, when she suffered more or less but was able to be up and about until the last two weeks. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - OCTOBER 9, 1933

Funeral services for Hans H. Iverson, 69, Taylor contractor, who died at a Black River Falls hospital Tuesday night, February 21, 1939, from a heart ailment, were conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Taylor Lutheran church, the Rev. A.J. Bringle officiating. Burial was in the Woodlawn cemetery. Mr. Iverson was born in Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, May 28, 1869 and came to this country with his parents, Hans and Anna Iverson, when he was nine years old. His boyhood was spent in the vicinity of Black River Falls. He married Anna Olson September 2, 1894, and they came to Taylor where they have lived for 45 years. Mr. Iverson followed the building trade and was a contractor. He had been in charge of the schools, churches, public buildings ad homes in the Taylor vicinity. Survivors are his wife; five daughters, Hazel, Bessie, Myrtle, Dagny and Jennette; three sons, Hollis, Victor and Richard, one brother and several grandchildren. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 2, 1939

John S. Instenes, who is successfully operating the old Instenes farm of 200 acres in Ettrick Township was born on this farm June 20, 1876, son of Sever and Anna (Instenes) Instenes. In his boyhood he attended the Beach school in Ettrick Township. Brought up on the home farm, he assisted his father in its operation, but at intervals was away from home, working elsewhere. On his father's death in 1906, he came into possession of the farm on which he has made a number of valuable improvements, and now has very good buildings, including a nice modern residence. Besides carrying on general farming on a profitable basis, he is interested financially as a stockholder in the Ettrick Creamery, the Ettrick Telephone Company and the Farmers Exchange of Blair. On May 28, 1908, Mr. Instenes was united in marriage with Anna Herreid, daughter of Tosten G. and Ragnild (Bue) Herreid, prosperous farming people of section 17, Ettrick Township. He and his wife are the parents of two children: Evelyn Jeanette, born August 29, 1912 and Spencer Thomas, born January 2, 1916. They have also an adopted daughter, Clara Olive, born May 11, 1906, who is attending school. The family are members of the Norwegian Lutheran Church. Mr. Instenes is independent in politics. He is a member of the order of Beavers, and is an enterprising agriculturist, widely known and respected. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Lewis O. Instenes, who is prosperously engaged in the jewelry business in Blair, Trempealeau County, is a native of this county, having been born in Ettrick Township, November 25, 1880, son of Sever and Anna (Instenes) Instenes. He was educated in the district schools and spent his early life on his parents' farm. Graduating from the Minneapolis School of Watch-making in 1905, he acquired experience by working in various shops until he came to Blair in 1907. Here he bought out the jewelry stock of Ed. Bersing and established his present business. He handles a general line of jewelry, does expert watch repairing, and also deals in clocks, silverware, Edison phonographs and similar goods. He has built up a good trade and won the confidence of his patrons by honest dealing and courteous attention to their wants. Thus established on a firm basis, his future prospects are as favorable as his present prosperity is gratifying. Mr. Instenes was married October 5, 110 to Nettie Dale, who was born in Ettrick Township, January 12, 1885, daughter of Sam and Catherine (Herreid) Dale. Her father, a native of Norway, was a pioneer of Ettrick Township, and is now carrying on business as a stock buyer in Galesville. Mr. and Mrs. Instenes have two children: Stanley LeRoy, born September 2, 1911 and Ardyce Catherine, born March 22, 1916. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Sever Instenes, who was for many years a well-known and successful farmer of Ettrick Township, was born in Hardanger, November, October 23, 1848, the son of Johannes and Anna (Brovald) Instenes. Johanes and his family came from Norway in 1861 and first located in Dane County, Wisconsin, where he remained one year. As he was born March 20, 1824, he was then a man of about 37 years, and in the prime of life. Coming from Dane to Trempealeau County, he settled on a farm in Ettrick Township, where nearly 20 years later his wife Anna died on January 7, 1882. There he continued to reside for 28 years longer, or until his death which occurred March 21, 1910. He was a sturdy pioneer farmer, who accepted conditions as he found them and did his share in developing the agricultural resources of his township. Sever Instenes was a youth of 14 years when he came to this country. He was reared on the home farm, acquiring a good knowledge of agriculture from practical experience, and following it when young under pioneer conditions. In time he succeeded to the possession of the farm which his father had homesteaded, and which he still further improved, operating it successfully until his death, January 14, 1906. On October 22, 1872, he was united in marriage at Roch a Cri, Adams County, Wisconsin, to Anna Instenes, who was born in Hardanger, Norway, November 26, 1854. She is still living on the old farm, making her home with her son, John S., who is its present owner. Sever and Anna Instenes were the parents of three children: Anna, John S. and Lewis O. Anna, who was born November 13, 1873 was married June 4, 1898 to Albert Saed, a resident of Ettrick Township, this county, and has two children: Althord Sulliven, born June 29, 1904 and Adella (Corinthia), born July 23, 1906. John S. born June 20, 1876, is now, as previously mentioned, operating the old homestead. Lewis O., born November 25, 1880, is a jeweler, residing in Blair. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Gustave M. Instenes, who is engaged in operating the old Instenes farm in section 26, Chimney Rock Township, was born on this farm April 24, 1888, son of Sven and Ragnil (Rosgaard) Instenes, who had settled in this township in 1874. Reared on the homestead, he became familiar with every branch of agricultural work, and was associated with his father until his death, since which time he was operated the farm alone, acquiring it by purchase in February 1914. On December 30, 1914 he was married to Elisa Haakenson, who was born on Chimney Rock Township, April 21, 1882, daughter of John and Eli (Erickson) Haakenson. Her father, born in Soler, Norway, August 25, 1846, died December 4, 1891. Her mother, also a native of that place, born March 11, 1852, is still living on the old homestead. Mrs. Gustave M. Instenes, who received a good education, taught school for fourteen years and a half. The Instenes farm is a well-improved and productive piece of property and is kept up to a high standard of value. Mr. Instenes has served as school clerk for three years. He and his wife are members of the Norwegian Lutheran Church of America. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY – 1917

Sven Instenes, who for many years was a well known farmer and popular citizen of Chimney Rock Township, was born in Hardanger, Norway, February 4, 1845, son of Lars and Anna Instenes. In 1861 he accompanied his parents to the United States, the family settling in Adams County, Wisconsin, where they remained until 1874. They then came to Trempealeau County, Lars Instenes homesteading the northwest corner of section 23, Chimney Rock Township, where he made his home until his death June 2, 1899. Sven Instenes was well trained in agricultural methods in his youth and was 29 years old when he started in for himself, homesteading the northwest quarter of section 26, Chimney Rock Township, in 1874. From that time until his death, February 21, 1913, a period of 39 years, he resided on that farm, cultivating the soil, raising stock and performing other farm duties connected with the development of his place. He was industrious and successful and was well liked and respected by his neighbors as a man of good qualities and a reliable citizen. April 9, 1871, Sven Instenes was united in marriage with Ragnil Rosgaard, who was born in Numedahl, Norway, March 18, 1852. They had eight children, of whom one is now deceased, the family record being briefly as follows: Anna, who married Sam P. Solfast, a farmer of Chimney Rock Township; Lars, who died August 9, 1911; Otis, who is farming in Velva, North Dakota; Albert, Robert and Helmer, who are all three farming in McCabe, Montana; Gustave, residing on the old homestead in Chimney Rock Township, and Henry, who is also a farmer in this township. Mr. Instenes served as treasurer and director of the school board for nine years and was also nine years township supervisor. Mrs. Instenes resides on the old farm with her son, Gustave. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY – 1917


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