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Jodalen Knudt Knudtson
Jodalen Marit Mrs.
Jodalen Ole
Johnson Albert
Johnson Alfred
Johnson Alice Miss
Johnson Alvina Mrs.
Johnson Anders
Johnson Andrew 1
Johnson Andrew 2
Johnson Andrew 3
Johnson Anna Mrs.
Johnson Anna Mathea
Johnson Anne
Johnson Anton
Johnson Arne C.
Johnson Arne C. Mrs.
Johnson Arthur O.
Johnson Ben M. Mrs.
Johnson Bernt
Johnson Bernt B.
Johnson Bernt Mrs.
Johnson Bertha Mrs. 1
Johnson Bertha Mrs. 2
Johnson Bertha Mrs. 3
Johnson Betsy Mrs.
Johnson B.O.
Johnson Burt
Johnson C.E. Col.
Johnson Carl Gustav
Johnson Carrie Mrs.
Johnson Carrie Knutson Mrs.
Johnson Charles 1
Johnson Charles 2
Johnson Charles Mrs.
Johnson Christian
Johnson Clara Mrs.
Johnson Daniel
Johnson Ed
Johnson Edward
Johnson Edwin
Johnson Eldri
Johnson Elling
Johnson Elling Mrs.
Johnson Emma Mrs.
Johnson Esten
Johnson Gertrude Mrs.
Johnson Guri Mrs. 1
Johnson Guri Mrs. 2
Johnson Gust G.
Johnson Halvor
Johnson Hans 1
Johnson Hans 2
Johnson Hans A.
Johnson Hans Christian
Johnson Hans G.
Johnson Hans K.
Johnson Harald
Johnson Harvey
Johnson Helmer H.
Johnson Herman A.
Johnson Hjalmer
Johnson Ingeborg Mrs.
Johnson Ingvald
Johnson Iver N.
Johnson Iver N. Mrs.

"Mrs. Arne C. Johnson of Blair died September 22, 1925 of heart failure. Mrs. Johnson was born July 20, 1853 in Telemarken, Norway where she resided with her parents until the spring of 1866 when she came to America and resided at Madison where she was married to John Hendrickson. To this union four children were born, namely: Edward and Henry of Averoid, Canada, Mrs. Anna Korlund of Monroe, Washinton and Mrs. Marie Larson of Eau Claire. In the year of 1885 she was again united in marriage to Arne C. Johnson who died September 1, 1915. To this union five children were born, namely, Ingval of North Dakota; Albert of Hixton, Wisl, Mrs. Albert Eid of Pigeon Falls and Julius and Elmer of Blair. Deceased was a Christian woman living and dying in the faith, being a consistent member of the Zion Lutheran church. The funeral was held Friday September 25 at the Zion Lutheran church, Rev. Sweger officiating. The funeral was largely attended." THE BLAIR PRESS - September 24, 1925

"Funeral services for Christian Johnson, 75, who died at the Albert Pederson home in Whitehall February 21 following months of illness, were held at the Zion Lutheran churchin Blair on February 26, the Rev. T.E. Sweger officiating, following brief rites at the Rhode Chapel here. Two hymns, "Jesus Savior Pilot Me" and "Abide With Me," were sung at the church by Mmes. T.E. Sweger and Francis Herreid. Pall bearers were Nels Nelson. Albert Engen, Henry G. Engen, Gus Gilbertson, Ben Pahnke and Julius Amundson and flowers were carried by Mrs. Nels Nelson and Mrs. Severin Wevell. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Johnson was born in Grue Solar, Norway October 28, 1861. He was confirmed on October 6, 1878, and came to America in 1881. After working for his uncle, Johannes Arneson for one year, he bought a farm from Erick Holen in Welch coulee and lived there until November, 1935, when he was taken ill. Then he and his wife, the former Mrs. Martha Pederson whom he had married on December 20, 1902, came to Whitehall to make their home with the Albert Pedersons, Mrs. Johnson's son and family. There Mr. Johnson was confined to his bed until his death.
Surviving the deceased are his wife; sisters, Mrs. Ella Johnson of Portland, Oregon; and Mrs. Anna Olson of Eau Claire; one brother, John Haakenson of Manitowoc, and two step-children, Albert Pederson, Whitehall, and Mrs. Sam Jermstad of Taylor. Two brothers, Hans and Anton, and one sister, Karen Johnson preceded him in death." THE WHITEHALL TIMES - March 11, 1937

"The news of the death of Hans Johnson came as a shock to this whole community. He was seen upon the streets of Blair only a few days before his death, and little did anyone realize then that it was the last time we would see our old friend amongst us here on earth. We all had know that Mr. Johnson with afflicted with a cancer of the lips, but little was know that he was in the last days of his life, suffering with erysipelas, which eventually caused his death.
Mr. Johnson will be missed by all his fellow townsmen. We had become so accustomed to see him at his trade and out among his friends that we can hardly realize he has gone. He was always looked upon as a man who was honest and diligent in his work and true to his many friends. He and his wife were always willing workers. Whenever an opportunity was given them to serve their friends, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson would be there ready to do whatever was possible for them to do. Mr. Johnson was probably not the most successful man in gathering riches, but he was successful in a larger way, he was a good and faithful servant.
The last two years of his life were somewhat darkened by the fact that cancer seemed to be sapping his strength and vitality.
But he never grumbled. He only said he thought it was for the best, and that it would help him to look more seriously upon both life and death.
Hans Johnson was born in Solor, Norway in the year 1864. The year 1885 he immigrated to America and made this his home for over 37 years. He was married to Elvine Kittelson November 17, 1896. The marriage was blessed with four children: Harry, Jennie, Hjalmer and Casper. Besides his wife he leaves two sisters: Mrs. Olson and Mrs. Johnson of Eau Claire, Wisconsin and two brothers, John and Christ Johnson.
He died on Tuesday May 2nd, 1922, burial took place from the U.N. Lutheran Church at Blair, Rev. Boe officiating." THE BLAIR PRESS - May 4, 1922

"Iver N. Johnson, 88, painter and decorator for more than 64 years, died Tuesday, April 7, 1964) at 4:45 p.m. at Tri-County Memorial hospital, Whtiehall, where he had been a patient since Good Friday.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Blair First Lutheran church, the Rev. K.M. Urberg officiating. Burial will be in the Zion Lutheran cemetery.
He was born in Aurdal, Valders, Norway, June 29,. 1875, son of Nels and Berit Landmark Johnson. He came to America in 1884 and settled at Ettrick where the family lived one year. They moved to Blair the following year and have lived her since.
On June 22, 1908, he married Arntine Eliason at Osseo, Wis. She died September 24, 1963. He was a member of the Blair First Lutheran Church.
Survivors are four sons, Irvin, Minneapolis; Theodore, Black River Falls, and Norman and Donald at home; four daughters, Mrs. Elmer (Margaret) Peterson, Mes. Lewis (Irene) Nash; Mrs. Ervin (Berdell) Hrabik and Mrs. Burton (Pearl) Anderson all of Minneapolis; one son, Newman, died in infancy; 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren and one sister, Mrs Isabel Moyer, Hayward, Wi. Three brothers and one sister have also died." THE BLAIR PRESS - April 9, 1964

"We spend our years as a tale that is told. So the psalmist impresses upon us life's brevity. How brief a life even of 80 years seems in retrospect and yet how long divided into its minutes, hours and days. We inscribe 1854-1933 upon the tombstone and yet how much there lies between in the history of the individual, in the history of the world. In light of which we ask ourselves what the next eighty years will bring forth. Another life has completed its course among us, the finished, the tired body has found its residing place in Mother Earth and the soul has gone back to God who made it.
Carrie Anderson was born in Norway, March 18, 1854. In Valders her happy childhood was spent. At the age of ten years she emigrated to America with her parents, Arne and Sene Arneson. Their first home was at Mt. Horeb, Wis. Later on the family moved to Whitehall. She was baptized in Valders and confirmed in the Trempealeau Valley church. Octoer 20, 1873 she was united in marriage to Sylvester T. Johnson. Their first home after marriage was on a farm in Bear Creek where they resided 8 years. Then for over 50 years her life was spent at the present home two miles rom Ettrick. A life of toil and hardship in the many duties as farm wife. In the rearing of children, which also had its compensating joys. Sorrows came but could not shake the serentiy of her soul and she met life bravely always.
She was a true wife and helpmate, conscientious in the discharge of every task, a mother rich in love and devotion to the interest of her children.
Her health had always been exceptional. She had never had need of consulting a physician until her last illness. She was ill only ten days preceding her death which occurred September 11, 1933, nine years and one day after her husband's death who passed away September 10, 1924. Calmly and peacefully she set her house in order and set forth upon her last journey trusting in the merits of her Redeemer.
She was the mother of 12 children. Two died in infancy. The living are Susie and Omer of Whitehall, John of East Polar, Sask., Canada; Emma, Mrs. Lewis Thompson, Blair; Julia, Mrs. Julius Benson, Nashua, Montana; Anna, Mrs. Andrew Lebakken, Galesville; Geneva, Mrs. Peter Erickson, Ettrick; Esther, Great Falls, Mont.; Arthur and Selmer at home. There are 8 grandhicldren. One brother survives, Halvor Arneson of Whitehall.
Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Beaver Creek church to which she had belonged the major portion of her life on Thursday, September 16 by the pastor, Rev. T.E. Sweger. Interment was made beside her husband to whom she had been married 60 years ago. The pall bearers were Helland Henderson, Andrew Hagestad, K.A. Knutson, Hans Anderson, Gust Erickson and Eddie Anderson." THE BLAIR PRESS September 21, 1933

Arthur Johnson,, 52, owner and operator of the Gale Theater in Galesville died Sunday morning from a heart attack. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Smith Mortuary in Galesville with Rev. Robert M.C Ward officiating. Burial will be in Pine Cliff Cemetery. Mr. Johnson was born October 16, 1910 in Galesville to Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Johnson. His father, who had operated the theater for more than fifty years, died December 17, 1961 and Arthur took over the business. Hs mother died January 23, 1962 He is survived by one son, Allen of Milwaukee; one sister, Mrs. Howard Van Tessel of Kohler; and one half-sister, Mrs. Harold Jones of Sheboygan. SOURCE - FAMILY SCRAP-BOOK

Funeral services were conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 17, 1964 for Miss Alice J. Johnson, 58, of Merrillan. The funeral was from the Merrillan Methodist church with the Rev. Burton Artz officiating. Interment was made in the Oakwood Cemetery at Merrillan. The Rev. and Mrs. Burton Artz were vocalists and their sections were "Rock of Ages" and "Nearer, My God to Thee." The pallbearers were James Vollmar, David Barrett, Phil Pitzpatrick, Edward Chess, Norman Rustad and Larry Corcoran. The Jensen Funeral Home of Hixton had charge of the arrangements and many called there expressing their high esteem for the deceased. Alice J. Johnson was born January 1, 1906 in South Dakota, and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Byron Johnson, of Merrillan. Her mother's maiden name was Grace E. Hooker. Her father passed away when she was about ten months of age. She continued to make her home in Merrillan with her aunt, Miss Julia Wright. She graduated from the Merrillan High School and Wisconsin State Teachers College at Eau Claire following which she taught at Cornell and Merrillan and in Montana prior to going to Portland, Oregon, where she had employment before returning to Merrillan. In addition to her position with the Welfare Department, she was Village Clerk of Merrillan a number of years. Prior to becoming employed by the Wisconsin Welfare Department in 1942, she taught school. She had been a caseworker with the Jackson County Public Welfare Department from 1942 until the time of her death which occurred very early Wednesday morning, October 14, 1964 in a traffic accident which occurred about a mile south of Merrillan on U.S. Highway 12. It was foggy at the scene, at the time her car collided almost head on with a semi. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Grace Thompson, of Twin Falls, Idaho; one half-brother, Robert D. Thompson of Twin Falls; and two half-sisters, Frances Thompson and Mrs. June Skinner, of Twin Falls. Alice Johnson made many firm friendships and had legions of friends who mourn her unexpected death. She was devoted to her professional duties and through them many times had manifested her kindly, considerate interest in the welfare of hundreds of the county's residents. She possessed a quick, sparkling effervescence of mind and will always be remembered for her pleasant, generous personality. SOURCE - FAMILY SCRAPBOOK

Eldri Johnson was born in Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, June 25, 1854. Her maiden name was Eldri Hegrusten Nelson. In 1877 she was married to Sevald Simon, and in the spring of 1878 they immigrated to America, coming to the Town of Hale, where she has always resided. One Simon, was born, and when this baby was six months old, Mr. Simonson passed away. She was married to Peter L. Johnson on April 9, 1884. There were four children born to them, namely, Nels I. and Albert, Town of Hale; Mrs. Seth (Sophy) Speerstra, Town of Hale; and Mrs. H.C. (Margie) Bjorge, Culbertson, Montana. Her oldest son, Simon, lives in Billings Montana. She also leaves 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren besides two sisters in Norway. She died at her home May 6, 1941 in the afternoon. Funeral services were held at her home on Saturday afternoon, May 10, and at the Hale Lutheran church, with the Rev. N.E. Halvorsen in charge. Orrin Evenson of Whitehall sang, “The Beautiful Garden of Prayer” and the Hale choir sang, “The Old Rugged Cross.” Flower girls were Carol and Eleanor Johnson, Mary Martha and Carolyn Carlson, Jeanette Evenson and Mrs. Owen Johnson. The pallbearers were Oluf Pederson. S.A. Steen, Peder Hommerstad, Martin Nokelby, Carl Ottestad and Orville Evenson. She was laid to rest in the Hale cemetery beside her husband, P. L. Johnson, who preceded her in death in August 1930. Besides the great number of floral offerings there was an unusually large number of memorials in the form of money, given to various organizations and institutions by her several friends and relatives. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MAY 15, 1941

Herman A. Johnson, who was born and lived practically all his life in the town of Franklin, died there at the Johnson farm home, January 4, 1937. He was ill only a few days of pneumonia and was 43 years of age at the time of his death. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Upper Beaver Creek church at 2 p.m. Friday afternoon of that week, conducted by Rev. A.D. Bringle. The song service was given by Rev. Bringle, who sang a solo "I Know of a Sleeping Jesus Name" and a trio composed of Rev. Bringle, Mrs. Archie Hoem and Maurice Johnson, who sang "Nearer the Cross." Mrs. C.O. Rauk of Taylor was accompanist. Mrs. James Spaulding, Mrs. Harold Noren, Mrs. Edwin Peterson and Miss Emma Peterson were in charge of the flowers. Harold Noren, Theodore Tollefson, Edwin Peterson, James Spalding, George Zeman and Helmer Johnson served as pallbearers. Interment was made in the Upper Beaver Creek cemetery. Herman, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter H. Johnson, was born January 4, 1894, in the town of Franklin. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and was always a member of the Lutheran church. He was married October 6, 1921, at Black River Falls, to Miss Edna Dell, who survives him and deeply mourns his loss. Two sons and two daughters were born of this marriage. They are Merlin, Gaylord and Lovina. One daughter, Rose Marie, passed away in January 1933. He is also survived by his step-mother, Mrs. Peter H. Johnson, two brothers, Adolph and Palmer, and one sister, Mrs. Lyman Paully of Oak Grove. SOURCE - FAMILY SCRAP BOOK

Mrs. Marit Jodalen died July 29 at the home of Mrs. Hans Paulson, where she had been taken care of for the past five years. She was born in Nordre Aurdal, Valris, Norway, May 25, 1831; was married to Knudt Jodalen in1860; arrived in America in 1866; came first to Dane County, Wisconsin. After two years they came to Trempealeau County and settled on a homestead in the Town of Preston, living there for 25 years, then selling the homestead and moving to the village of Whitehall, where she spent her later years. For the last 25 years she has been sickly. Her husband died 7 years ago and there is only one son living, Ole Jodalen. Three of her children died while quite young. She attained the age of 84 years, 2 months, 4 days. The funeral was held Saturday at the Fagernes church in Preston, Rev. C.B. Bestul officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - AUGUST 5, 1915

Ole Jodalen, aged 67, who resided alone on a forty acre farm about two miles south of Whitehall in Irvin coulee, died Thursday morning, April 19. 1928. Deceased was a son of Knudt and Sigrid Jodalen, pioneer settlers in Welch coulee. Ole was born in Norway and came to this country with his parents when a young boy. He spent his lifetime in this community. Brights disease was the cause of his death. His nearest relatives were cousins, and a number of them live in this vicinity. Mr. Jodalen was sick about a week. He refused to be moved from his home for care and relatives and neighbors cared and provided for him during his brief illness. Rev. Hanson of French Creek conducted funeral services at the Fagernes church Monday, Undertaker Rhode in charge. The pallbearers were: Theodore Knudtson, August Knudston, Henry Hanson, Albert Knudtson, Christ Mahlum and Albert Mahlum. The remains were buried in the Fagernes church cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 26, 1928

Knudt Knudtson Jodalen, who died in this village, June 5, 1907 was born in Norway, June 10, 1838. He came to this country in 1866 and lived for about two years in Dane County. In 1868 he settled at the head of Lake’s coulee, in the Town of Preston, where he lived until about 12 years ago, when he moved to Whitehall. Deceased leaves a widow, Marit Jodalen and a son, Ole. Mr. Jodalen, was a very quiet, retiring disposition, possessing good judgment and known for his strict integrity. The funeral was held at the Fagernes church last Friday, Rev. O.K. Ramberg of the Synod Lutheran church of this village officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - JUNE 13, 1907

Anders Johnson was born February 24, 1856, at Skonson, Skii Parish, near Stromstad, Sweden, the youngest child of Johannes and Helen Pederson, his mother dying at the time of his birth. His oldest brother, Carl, came to America in 1861 and worked as a blacksmith in Dodge County, Wisconsin until 1863, when he returned to Sweden. After listening to the stories which he told of the many opportunities for independence and social equality in America, his father decided the entire family should migrate to this country. They sold their meager personal belongings, bought provisions for the long journey, and finally embarked on a small sailing vessel on which Carl had found an opportunity to work for part of their passage as a common seaman. They spent eleven weeks on the sea. When they reached America, they came directly to Milwaukee. After spending a short time there, his father decided to search for another place to make their permanent home. Due to his youth, Anders was left in the care of an old lady, Martha Raasval, who lived near the city of Milwaukee. He stayed there until 1865, when his brother, Carl, returned for him and brought him to LaCrosse, where the rest of the family were living. His father, who had always been a tiller of the soil in Sweden, soon felt the urge to return to his natural work as a farmer. After spending considerable time in looking for an attractive location, he finally chose a homestead in Trempealeau County. In February 1869, Anders, then a boy of 12, his father, his widowed sister Sophie and her son of 12, August, loaded all of their possessions on a long sled, drawn by a pair of oxen, and journeyed to their new home on the south branch of Elk Creek in the town of Hale. They erected a sod house, in which they lived for seven years, and set about the long tedious process of clearing land. In 1872, they were joined by his oldest brother and his wife who had been living at LaCrosse. At the time of their father's illness and subsequent death in 1876, their other brother, Peter, was working as an engineer at Albert Lea, Minnesota, but the following summer he joined the other two brothers in the operation of the farm. They continued their joint ownership, holding most of their property in common until the fall of 1891, when it was decided to the mutual advantage of all, to separate their holdings and operate individual farms. The habits of common interest and concern over mutual problems never ceased until they were parted by death. When Anders moved to his farm, his niece, Helen Christianson and her husband, Charlie, moved with him, and lived with him until the time of his marriage to Emelia Kolden Johnson in 1901. In 1919, with his own health impaired as the result of a severe case of pneumonia, and his oldest son in the navy, he decided to sell the farm. The farm was sold in the fall of that year and the family moved to the village of Osseo, where they were still residing at the time of his death. The beauty of a full life was reflected in the manner of his passing. Several times he had expressed the hope that he might die in the spring or summer, early in the morning when the birds are singing and everything is fresh and that he might pass as one entering a deep sleep. In seeming accord, he died peacefully at 6:30 am. Saturday, July 13, 1935, surrounded by all the members of his immediate family. He is survived by his wife and daughter, Gladys of Osseo, son Morris of Barron, and a son, Ernest, and grandson, Robert Morris of Blair. According to his wishes, funeral services were conducted under Masonic rites at the home of the deceased and at the cemetery. Words of prayer and comfort were also spoken by the Rev. Wright of Whitehall, the beautiful solo, "Stranger of Galilee." was sung by Frank Smith of Osseo. Interment was made in the Hale cemetery, Monday afternoon, July 15. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - AUGUST 1, 1935

Albert Johnson, aged 79 years, 10 months and 22 days, died at 7 a.m., March 31, at the Louis Moe home near Northfield from heart trouble. He had been living with his niece, Mrs. Louis Moe, the past six years. Mr. Johnson was born February 6,1866, in Sweden and came to this country with his parents, Johannes and Marie Brynteson, at the age of 8. He spent his life farming with his parents until the time of their deaths in the town of Garfield. He leaves one surviving relative, a brother, Samuel Johnson of Fall Creek, besides several nephews and nieces. Funeral services were held April 4, in the Upper Pigeon church, the Rev. E.B. Christophersen officiating. Pallbearers were six nephews, Arthur Johnson of Northfield; Earl Johnson of Fall Creek; Perry Johnson of Stanley; Neil Johnson of Northfield; and Louis and Leonard Moe of Hixton. Rev. Christophersen sang "Den Store Hvide Flok." Burial was in the church cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 12, 1945

Andrew Johnson was born November 23, 1844, in Nordre Land, Norway. He died May 4, 1924 at his home in Fly Creek Valley after three months illness. He emigrated to this country with his parents in 1883. He was married to Annie Knutson in 1888. He is survived by his wife and six children: Mrs. Alfred Newsan, Fargo, North Dakota; Mrs. Henry Orr, Greybull, Wyoming; Mrs. Claude Allegre, Casper, Wyoming; Mrs. Herman Thompson, Pigeon Falls; Harry and Jimmie, who reside on the home farm; and two brothers and three sisters, Olaus and Ole Johnson, Mrs. O.H. Tofte, Mr. J. Thompson, all of whom live in Whitehall and Mrs. Marie Knudtson who lives in Norway. Funeral services were held May 6 at the Lutheran Church in Blair, Rev. Boe officiating. Interment at Blair cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - MAY 22, 1924

Mrs. Anna Johnson, 88, died Tuesday (January 12, 1965) at 3:30 am. At her farm home in Vosse Coulee following a stroke suffered Sunday afternoon. The former Anna Lyngen, she was born in Horg, Trondhjem, Norway, one of four children born to Lars and Gunhild Lyngen. She came to the Blair area with her parents at 17 and married Gusk Johnson in 1898. He died in 1941. She had been an active member of the Trempealeau Valley church, its Ladies Aid and circles. She received her life membership pin from the Aid several years ago. Survivors are two sons, Sanford, on the home farm; and Carl, Blair; two daughters, Mrs. Marie Waletake, LaCrosse and Mrs. Ingeman (Gladys) Skaugh, rural Blair; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. One brother and two sisters have died. The funeral service will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the Trempealeau Valley church, the Rev. W. H. Winkler officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Mrs. Clifford Boe and Hjalmer Ryerson will sing. Casket bearers will be Norman Loken, Lawrence Houkom, Vernon McRae, Lester Back, George Jenson and Reuben Skaugh. Friends may call at the Frederixon Funeral home Wednesday afternoon and Thursday and Friday morning. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 14, 1965

Mrs. Anna Mathea Johnson was born in Ringeriget, Norway, March 10, 1827, and emigrated to America in 1851, arrived at Milwaukee, Wisconsin in August of the same year, was married to Syvert Johnson in December 1851 at Muskego, Wisconsin. For some years the couple resided at Waterford and Kroghville; then removed to Trempealeau valley, arriving on July 3, 1857. On the farm purchased of a Mr. Sterling, the couple lived happily together until February 22, 1879 when her husband was called away by death. To them were born ten children of whom four survive: Mrs. Caroline A. Gilbert and P. Gustav Johnson of Blair; and Drs. Ellen M. and H. Amanda Johnson of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Besides these, her twin sister, Mrs. Dorthea Tenneson of Minneapolis, is still living. The deceased passed away at 2 p.m., March 6, 1908 at Minneapolis, thus lacking but six days of being 81 years of age. The funeral services were held at the house of mourning in Minneapolis at 2:30 p.m., March 6th, Rev. Tvedt officiating. At Blair church, Rev. Gulbrandson officiated, also at Trempealeau Valley church, assisted very efficiently by Revs. Urberg and Hovde, the latter named in English. The deceased was laid to rest on Saturday, March 7th, by the side of her husband and six children in the Trempealeau Valley cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - MARCH 12, 1908

Alfred Johnson, 95, one of Blair's eldest and a 93 year long resident of this area, died at 3 a.m. Saturday (September 17, 1960) at the Whitehall Community hospital where he had been a patient since Wednesday. He had been in failing health one year. Johnson was born at Elverum, Norway, March 9, 1865, and came to the United States with his parents at the age of two. The family lived in Vosse Coulee a short time before moving to a farm in Trump Coulee. Her married Mary Johnson of the Town of Franklin, May 24, 1893 and the couple farmed in Trump Coulee. She died in 1904. He married Mrs. Anna Howard June 13, 1910. They farmed until 1929 when they moved to Blair where they operated a restaurant a few years. She died in 1944. He is survived by five sons, Emery and Archie, Blair; Lowry of Chicago; Albin, Winona; and Alfred H., Spokane, Washington; one daughter, Mrs. Albert (Gavry) Anderson, Minneapolis; eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Two children died in infancy. Two brothers and one sister have died. Funeral services were held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran church, the Rev. E.E. Olson officiating. Burial was in North Beaver Creek cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 22, 1960

Andrew Johnson passed away suddenly Thursday morning, April 11, at his home in the Town of Hale, aged 69 years, one month and 15 days. Mr. Johnson was born in Ringsaker, Norway February 26, 1849. At the age of 20 he, with his parents, two sisters and a brother, all of whom have preceded him to the better land, came to America and settled in the Town of Ettrick. On October 18, 1873 he was married to Eliza Jane Gibson of Centerville, who died February 19, 1917. They lived on Trempealeau prairie two years, after which they moved to the Town of Hale where they have since resided. Ten children were born to them, two of which died in infancy, and Willie J., who died in 1870 (?) and Grace E. in 1911. Those who survive him are Mrs. Fred Speerstra of Osseo; Bertram, who is in the army at Camp Logan, Texas; Frank of Strum; Mrs. Robert Fisher of Hale; Ernest and Neil at home, also six grandchildren, all of whom were present at the funeral excepting Bertram. Having worked among us for 33 years, an honest hardworking man, a good neighbor, a staunch friend, ready to help when called upon in all worthy causes, he will be missed by many friends and acquaintances, but by none more than his dear children and grandchildren. The funeral was a very large one. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - APRIL 18, 1918

Andrew Johnson was born in Throndhjem, Norway on February 2, 1851. Came to this country in 1866 and with his parents located on a farm near Blair, Trempealeau county. Young Johnson's ambition and enterprise however, soon took him away from the farm and launched into railroading and was for some time in the employ of the N.P. road, and that he rendered efficient and satisfactory service is evidenced from the fact that he was made an honorary member of the fraternal order of N.P. Pioneers. In 1879 he came to Westby and became station agent and postmaster for Westby with the advent of the Milwaukee road. No wonder he marveled at changes that have taken place during those years. Then one man was able to take care of both the station and the post office and now it requires the constant attention of three men at the two stations and three or four people at the post office. The writer has often thought what strange feelings must come to the pioneers who in their retirement vividly realize the many wonderful changes that Father Time has wrought in the local community. Mr. Johnson could look back to the time when Westby first existed as a railroad station, and when it was necessary to sleep in a caboose instead of in well furnished hotel rooms. Mr. Johnson once told us that upon the arrival of the first trains of the road, he, together with J.A. Earling, now president of the road, and C. Boyle, the present station agent at Viroqua, slept in the caboose and took their meals at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ole T. Westby. In 1879 decedent was married to Miss Sarah Ramstad, who died in May 1912 and to this union were born a family of six children: Leonard, Carl Sylvester, Mrs. Theodore Stoleson, Mrs. Carl Hagen and Earnest, all of whom reside in this village and in the immediate vicinity. The funeral was held on Wednesday afternoon of last week at the local Synod church, conducted by Rev H. Halvorson, and was attended by an unusual number of people, and out of respect for the deceased, business places closed from 1 o'clock until 2:30. Another evidence of tribute and respect was the circulation of a subscription list among the businessmen for flowers for the funeral. Deceased had a brother, Col. C.E. Johnson at Mankato, Minnesota who was here for the funeral, as was also Paul Anderson a brother-in-law and two sons of Blair, and Chris Kolden of Pigeon Falls. Reprinted from the Westby Times THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - NOVEMBER 16, 1915

Mrs. Louse Skundberg of Beardsley, Minnesota enclosed in a letter to us the clipping which follows the obituary of a former resident of this county. The deceased was a resident of Beardsley, Big Stone County, Minnesota. Funeral services were held last Thursday afternoon from the home at one o'clock and from the Holden Lutheran church in Foster Township at two o'clock for Mr. Anton Johnson one of the early settlers of that section, who passed away at his home on the lakeshore on Tuesday, February 18, at the advanced age of 85 years. Rev. J.P. Leeland, pastor of Holden church, officiated and interment was made in the church cemetery Anton Johnson as born in Oslo, Norway, June 7, 1845, and at the age of 23 years, came to America, settling first at Galesville, Wisconsin. On October 26, 1872, he was united in marriage with Martha Rhude of that city and in the year 1879, they came west to Big Stone county settling on a homestead in Foster township. During his long residence in Big Stone county, Mr. Johnson built up a fine farm home and saw and helped transform a barren prairie into a highly productive, fertile, farming section. At an early age Mr. Johnson became crippled and a few years later, his wife also lost the use of one limb. Farming after this was an impossibility, therefore the retirement to a home on the lakeshore, where they have resided for the past 17 years. Until three years ago, they enjoyed this home but since then Mr. Johnson has not been able to leave his bed. Death came as a peaceful sleep to Mr. Johnson after the couple had enjoyed 58 years of happy wedded life. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, two sisters, Mrs. Lars Erickson of Montevideo and Mrs. Dahl of Norway and one brother, John, also of Norway. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MARCH 13, 1930

Mrs. Bertha Johnson 89, died Friday afternoon at the Golden Age Home Whitehall, where she had lived three years. (April 16, 1965) The funeral service was held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the North Beaver Creek First Lutheran church, the Rev. K.M. Urberg officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. The former Bertha Legreid, she was born October 3, 1875 in Hardanger, Norway, to Svend and Elizabeth Legreid. The family moved to the North Beaver Creek area in 1883, and Mrs. Johnson spent the rest of her life in the area. She was married to John L. Johnson and the couple famed in Joe Coulee all their married lives. Johnson died in 1950. Mrs. Johnson was a member of North Beaver Creek First Lutheran church and its Ladies Aid. She is survived by four sons Arthur and Svend, Blair; Bennie on the home farm and Melvin of Chimney Rock; one daughter, Mrs. Oscar (Hattie) Erickson, Cooperstown, North Dakota; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Anna Bratland, Blair. A son, Ludwig and a brother, Ole have died. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 22, 1965

Arne C. Johnson of Preston died in Wednesday September 1, 1915 of a lingering illness of several months' duration. Mr. Johnson was born in Solor, Norway, January 20, 1856, where he resided with his parents until 1878, when he came to America and settled in Trempealeau county. In the year 1881, he was united in marriage to Agatha Larson, who died in 1884. To this union two children were born. In 1885 he was united in marriage to Mrs. Johanna Hendrickson, who survives him. To this union five children were born. He leaves surviving him, his wife, seven children and four step-children namely, Martin of St. Paul; Ingval of Fordville, North Dakota; Mrs. Max Horacek of Minneapolis; Mrs. O.J. Larson of Caryville, this state; Mrs. O. J. Horslund of Bemidji, Minnesota; Henry and Edward of Lang, Canada; Albert of Pigeon Falls; Elmer, Julius and Emma residing at home. Deceased was well respected and by his winning ways made many friends who sincerely mourn his untimely death. The funeral was held September 6 at the United Lutheran church at Blair, Revs. Boe and Urberg officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - SEPTEMBER 16, 1915

Funeral services for Mrs. Bertha Johnson, 74, who died at the local hospital April 3, following an extended illness, were held April 6 at the Johnson funeral home and Our Saviour's Lutheran church, the Rev. O. G. Birkeland officiating. A group from the Senior choir and Mrs. Carl Jahr sang at the last rites, where Clifford Anderson, Ed Gutow, Alden Schorbahn, Arthur Golden, Lewis Witt and Oluf Hanson were the casket bearers and the flowers were carried by Mrs. Lawrence Christopherson and Miss Florence Witt. Burial was in Old Whitehall cemetery. As Bertha Mattison, Mrs. Johnson was born February 15, 1875 in Hedemarken, Norway, daughter of Julius Mattison and his wife, Bertha Christopherson. Her mother died when she was two days old, and at the age of three, she came to America with her father and to the home of her uncle, Christian Christopherson in the Town of Hale. Here she made her home until her marriage on May 9, 1903 to Julius Johnson. The couple immediately established their home on the present Johnson farm in Lincoln township, where he died on December 4, 1933. Surviving Mrs. Johnson are two sons, Helmer at home and John of the Town of Hale; one daughter Ruth, Mrs. Abner Phillipson of Coral City; three grandchildren, all children of John Johnson; two half-brothers, Peter and Maurice Mattison, St. Paul; and five half-sisters. Deceased was baptized in Norway and confirmed by the late Rev. Em. Christophersen of Pigeon Falls. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 14, 1949

Funeral services were held at the Independence Lutheran church Saturday for Mrs. Ben M. Johnson, 86, who died at her home in that city at 11:45 p.m. April 19, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiated at the last rites and burial was in Bethel cemetery. Her husband with whom she celebrated her 60th wedding anniversary on May 20, 1943, preceded her in death on March 8. Born April 23, 1858 in Vossa, Norway, as Mary Bidney, she is survived by three sons, Irving of Mankato, Minnesota; Elmer of Detroit, Michigan and Dr. Otis Johnson of New Orleans; by two brothers, Nels Bidney of Iola, Wisconsin and John of Berwick, Pennsylvania; by three sisters, Mrs. Anna Fish of Minneapolis, Mrs. Carl John of Whitehall and Mrs. Chris Torgerson of Independence, Wisconsin; and six grandchildren. Mrs. Fish of Minneapolis, one of the sisters, passed away in that city Tuesday of this week, according to word received by Mrs. Jahr here. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 27, 1944

Mrs. Bertha Johnson, who died at the home of her son, August, in Hale on March 24, was born in Ransager Norway in 1834. In 1853 she was married to Erick Johnson and in 1860 they emigrated to America, and came to French Creek valley where they resided for twenty years. They then removed to Hale where she had since resided, her husband having died thirteen years ago. She leaves to mourn her death two daughters, Mrs. Lars Swaim and Miss Emma, and three sons, August, Martin and Albert, all of the Town of Hale. The funeral services were held the following Monday, Rev. S. Falkestad officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - APRIL 6, 1916

Bernt B. Johnson as born June 11, 1850, in Aasness Parish, Solor, Norway. His parents were Bernt Johnson Smalberget and Anna Marie Engebretson. He was baptized and confirmed in his native parish. The family emigrated to America in 1865. Their first home was at Coon Valley, Wisconsin where they resided three years. In 1868 they came to Reynolds Coulee, Trempealeau County. He was united in marriage to Martha Otterson in 1874. They homesteaded land in Trump Coulee in 1875 and resided there until 1919, when they disposed of their farm to their son, Oscar. Since then they had resided with their son, Julius, in Tappen Coulee. Ten children were born to their union; three died in infancy and Mrs. Karen Larson in 1813. Those who survive to mourn the loss of a beloved father are: Mrs. B.A. Austad, Bernard, Julius, and Albert, all of Tappen Coulee; Mrs. Mary Matson Northfield; and Oscar, Trump Coulee. There are 33 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. His wife passed away in October 1930. He was taken ill about eight weeks ago and his health steadily failed, although he was not confined wholly to his bed until four days before his death. He retained consciousness until the end, and died quietly and peacefully on December 17, 1932. His daughter, Mary, was with him during the last weeks for best of care and attention. She was assisted during the last days by his niece, Agnes Otterson, a trained nurse. His father died in 1911, his mother in 1908. He was the last of eight children. Mr. Johnson was a man of great strength and vigor, a man who enjoyed the best of health until his last illness. His life was one of many and hard occupations. Thirty winters he was engaged in the woods. In the earlier years he also took part in the spring drives. He rode lumber rafts down the Mississippi as far south as St. Louis. He did contract work on the Northwestern Railroad and the Green Bay when it was built through the valley. He was one of the first to operate a threshing rig in this vicinity. He, his father and brother, John, owned and operated the first horse power threshing machine over 50 years ago. For thirty falls he followed his work. As a newcomer he endured many hardships. At one time he, with his brother three years older, set out from Coon Valley to look for work late in the fall on foot. Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 21, at the home and at the Zion Lutheran Church conducted by his pastor, Rev. T.E. Sweger. William Dahl sang "Jeg ved mig en sovn" and "Rock of Ages." Interment as made in the Trempealeau Valley cemetery, of which congregation he long had been a member. Pallbearers were six of his grandchildren: Albert and Omar Austad, Raymond Johnson, Clarence, Henry and Arthur Mattson. Flower girls were Lucille and Emma Mattson and Doris Johnson. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 29, 1932 (This family is being researched by Cindi Anderson)

Martha Otterson was born May 11 1847 in Elverum, Solor, Norway. Her parents were Otter and Johanne Olson. She was baptized and confirmed in the parish church in Elverum by Rev. Glursen. She emigrated from Norway in the year of 1873. Her parents, sisters and brothers following her two years later. In April 1874 she was united in marriage to Bernt Johnson with whom she lived 56 years. April 1875 they moved to their homestead, now owned by their son, Oscar, which they built up into one of the finest farms of the community. They resided there until October 1919 when they moved to the farm of their son, Julus, where they have made their home since. Mrs. Johnson was always an energetic woman and in spite of advancing years was active and in attendance upon her usual household duties until Tuesday the 14th of October when she was stricken with the second attack of influenza this fall. She was most tenderly cared for and all that loved ones could do to make her last days easier was done. She set her house in order and when the higher call came, it found her not unready. The end came peacefully Saturday morning at 2:40 a.m., October 18, 1930, aged 83 years, 5 months and 7 days. Ten children were born to their union. Two boys and one girl died in infancy and a daughter, Mrs. Karen Larson preceded her in death April 7th, 1913. She leaves to mourn her passing besides her aged husband the following children: Benardt and Julius at home; Mrs. Mary Mattson, Northfield; Oscar and Albert of Blair; Mrs. B.A. Austad of Blair and an adopted daughter, Mrs. Esther Tappen of Minneapolis. A sister and a brother also survive. Mrs. Sever Syverson of Independence and Oluf Otterson of Blair. There were 33 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 21 at 1 p.m. at the home and at 2 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran church conducted by Pastor T.E. Sweger. Mrs. Angus Sather sang two solos. Six of her grandsons acted as pallbearers and four of her granddaughters were flower girls. Interment was made in the Trempealeau Alley church of which she was a member up to the time of her death, a very active worker in the Ladies Aid for many years. The last years she had been a member of the Zion Aid. She will be sadly missed by her relatives and friends and especially by the immediate family. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 28, 1930 (Researching this family is Cindi Anderson)

Charles Johnson as born in Grue, Solor, Norway March 27, 1859. He was baptized and confirmed in the Grue church. A long life of active labor began when he joined with his father in the carpentering trade at the age of 16 years. At 22 years of age, he left his native land for America. September 15, 1881 he embarked and after spending a week in England, arrived the sixth of October 1881 in Blair. Then for a period of nine years, he was employed in the woods. April 10, 1881 he was united in marriage to Julia Martinson. Then began a longer period of service for the Green Bay and Western railroad. Thirty-three years saw him employed on the section. 27 years he was section foreman, 14 at Dexterville and 13 at Blair. During the flu epidemic of 1928 his health was seriously impaired. With indomitable courage he continued to work for the Green Bay until finally compelled to lay down his labors in 1923. He suffered for many years with palsy. This summer his health failed rapidly and on the 31st of July 1831, he passed away, aged 72 years 4 months and 4 days. During all his illness, the loving ministrations of his devoted wife served to make his declining years easier and brighter. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife and three daughters and two sons, Mrs. George Miller of Shiocton; Mrs. Ray Solberg of Manchester, Iowa; Mrs. George Resinger, Hixton; Joseph, Stevens Point; and Arthur of Menominee, Michigan. One daughter, Edna, died of the flu on Christmas Day 1918. There are eight grandchildren. Four brothers and one sister survive; Ole, Blair; Carl, Shiocton; John and Axel, Grue, Solor, Norway and Mrs. Andrew Hokenson, Spokane, Washington. He was a man of great intdustry, honest and faithful, a kind and devoted husband and father. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon August 2nd from the home and the Zion Lutheran church of which he had been a member for many years, conducted by Rev. T.E. Sweger. Mrs. Angus Sather sang two solos. Besides the floral tributes, there was a memory wreath to missions from Mr. and Mrs. M.A Martinson and children. The pallbearers were Theodore Amundson, Albert Thompson, Lucian Amundson, Palmer Granlund, Tosten Thompson and Thomas Gabriel. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 6, 1931

B.O. Johnson, Eleva, died at his home Saturday, December 21, following several years of poor health. Burial was made December 24, with services from the Elva Lutheran church, the Rev. A. Wichman officiating. Deceased is survived by his wife, one son, Arthur, two daughters, Mrs. Harry Hawkinson and Mrs. Henry Helgeson and seven grandchildren. Mr. Johnson was born in Wermland, Sweden, February 23, 1858. At the age of eight years, he came with his parents to America and settled with them on the farm near Eleva that remained his home until his death. In 1892 he was married to Christine Johnstead. Of the four children born to them, one daughter died three years ago. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 2, 1936

Funeral services for Mrs. Charles Johnson who passed away at the home of her daughter Mrs. George Reisinger of Hixton, were held at the Zion Lutheran church here last Wednesday with the Rev. L.W. Halvorson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mrs. Johnson was born in Grue, Solor, Norway, February 11, 1866. She was baptized and confirmed in the Grue parish. At the age of 20 she came to America leaving Norway, June 30, 1886 and arrived at Blair, July 21, 1886. April 10, 1890 she was united in marriage to Charles Johnson by Rev. Hovde. Blair has been her home except for a period of fourteen years when they lived in Dexterville. Her husband preceded her in death in 1931 and a daughter, Edna, 18, in 1918. She is survived by three daughters, Anna, Mrs. George Reisinger of Hixton; Alice, Mrs. George Miller, Shiocton; Christine, Mrs. Ray Solberg of Sparta; two sons, Joseph of San Francisco, California; Arthur of Menominee, Michigan; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 9, 1953

Bernt Johnson was born in Veldre Ringsaker, Hedemarken, Norway, February 15, 1881 a son of Johannes Harstad and Mathea Kaashagen. He died at his home in Whitehall June 4 1952, at the age of 72 years, three months and 19 days. He came to America in 1910 to the Louise Kaas home in Hannaford, North Dakota. He worked there until 1912 when he went to Minneapolis for a couple of years. Then he came to Pigeon area, where he started farming. He was married to Ingeborg Wikstrom in 1915. They farmed in the Pigeon area until 1939. Since then Mr. Johnson had cared for old and sick people, work he continued until he became ill in March 1952. He was at the Community hospital about four weeks and the rest of the time he was cared for at home by his wife. Surviving are his wife; two children, Bennet, who is married and living in Portland, Oregon; and Merrett, Mrs. Arlow Schroeder of Hale. He also leaves two grandsons. Funeral services were held June 7, at Our Saviour's Lutheran church, the Rev. O.G Birkeland officiating. Casket bearers were Clarence and Elmer Brown, Arlow and Willie Schroeder, Arne Torud and Alvin Windjue. Burial was in Lincoln cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JUNE 19, 1952

Burt Johnson a brief mention of whose death and funeral was given in last week's Herald died at the home of his son, Bennie Oppegard, in the Town of Springfield, on Saturday, May 9, 1925 at the age of 76 years. Mr. Johnson was born in Norway in 1849, the son of John and Anna Oposan. He was married there in 1870 to Miss Hannah Brederson. He came to America leaving his wife and their children, Ole and Annette, in Norway until he could establish a home here. They joined him at Blair in 1881. The following year his son, Bennie, was born and his wife died. For nearly forty years, he was employed in the logging industry. In 1919 while working as a sawyer in the woods, he was injured by a falling tree, from which injuries he never fully recovered. He leaves two sons, Bennie Oppegard with whom he made his home, and Ole Brederson; and three brothers, Charles and Ole of Blair and Colbrun of Ladysmith Mr. Johnson was a hard working industrious man, held in favorable regard by many friends whose deep sympathy is extended to his sons, his brothers and other relatives in their bereavement. THE TAYLOR HERALD - MAY 22, 1923

The body of Charles Johnson arrived here last week from Long Beach, California and funeral services were conducted from the U.N Lutheran church by Rev. Boe, the body being interned in the church cemetery. Mr. Johnson died at Long beach, December 20, 1922, at which time he made his home since 1915. He was born in Trondhjem, Norway and came to Rushford, Minnesota when 25 years old, came to Blair 47 years ago and for twenty years made this place his home, being engaged in the hardware business in the building now occupied by the hardware department of the Knutson Hardware Company. After leaving here he was engaged in business at Doran, Minnesota for some years before going to California in 1915. His wife died 31 years ago. The following children remain to mourn his death: Mrs. Clara Brady, Doran, Minnesota; Mrs. Anna Harrison, Coledale, Canada; Helen Johnson, Long Beach, California; Harry H. Johnson, Seattle, Washington; Mrs. Carrie Waite, Breckinridge Minnesota. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 11, 1923

I saw a golden field billowing in the morning breeze and thought it wonderously beautiful. I saw the same field in the purpling evening light, covered with yellow sheaves standing in serried ranks and grieved not, because the change was appropriate and seasonable. I saw a woman dowered with beauty, health, intelligence and virtue who evoked worshipful admiration from all who beheld her. I saw her again after many winters had frosted her locks, wasted her form and Death had set his white seal on her brow. The foregoing sentiments dominate my reflections as I gladly yield to a request to pen a few lines in memory of a pioneer mother. Anna Johnson - maiden name Granlien - was born in Gausdal, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, July 15, 1842; came to U.S. in 1865; married Carl Johnson in 1866; settled with her husband on a farm in the Town of Hale, this county, in 1868 where she lived until her death which occurred November 1, 1920. On November 4 she was laid by the side of her husband in the upper Elk Creek Lutheran cemetery, Rev. Einar B. Christophersen officiating at her funeral. Mrs. Johnson was the mother of seven daughters and two sons. Her husband and two daughters preceded her in death. Her surviving children are; Helen Christianson of Hale; Karen Swenson, Lottie Engen and Augusta Pederson all of Osseo; Martha Wood of Whitehall and John and Hilmer Johnson, who occupy their father's and mother's homestead in the Town of Hale, all of whom were present at her death and funeral. In her children, Mrs. Johnson left a legacy to the world infinitely greater than any wealth she might have accumulated - strong, willing, prudent toilers to serve the needs of humanity. To her children she left a memory of constant industry, wise frugality, wifely loyalty and motherly devotion. Cumbered with many cares and burdens incident to motherhood and a pioneer life, she lived in the seclusion of her home like Martha of old, responding to every household duty that called her. Since her husband's death, she seemed like a jewel bereft of it's setting. Constantly and intensely she longed for her beloved mate, so the final message to her a lover's "Come." Blessed shall be her memory. Written by H.A. Anderson THE WHITEHALLTIMES-BANNER - NOVEMBER 25, 1920

The following account of the life of Col. C.E. Johnson, taken from the Mankato, Minnesota Daily Free Press, will be of special interest to our older readers as Mr. Johnson was one of the early residents here. He was a brother of the late Mrs. Paul Anderson and when their parents came to America in 1867, they settled on the farm in Larkin Valley, now farmed by Oscar Anderson, and which Mr. Johnson's father homesteaded. Mr. Johnson learned telegraph operations at the station here and after his marriage to Bertha Field in 1877, they went to Zumbrota, Minnesota where they lived for many years. The account of his life is very interesting. Colonel C.E. Johnson, died last Saturday afternoon at his home, 304 Pleasant Street, following a long illness. He was 70 years old at the time of his death, having been born at Trondhjen, Norway, May 1, 1854. He came to his county in 1867 and settled in Wisconsin. Colonel Johnson was a veteran railroad man, having served with the Northwestern road for 30 years, and for many years was freight and passenger agent for that company in Mankato. He had been a resident of Mankato since 1892. He served as assistant state public examiner in 1904. He was a member of the Minnesota National Guard, retiring from service with the rank of Colonel. He was a lieutenant-colonel in command of the 14th Volunteer Infantry during the Spanish War and commanded the national guard expedition against the Leech Lake Indians in 1898. Colonel Johnson was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church and belonged to the Masonic order, Blue Earth Chapter No. 7, the Knights of Pythias, I.O.O.F. and the Mankato Elks club. In 1877 he was married to Bertha Field of Blair, Wisconsin to which union was born four daughters and two sons. He is survived by his widow and the following sons and daughters: Mrs. M.H. Mickelson, Olga H. Johnson. B. Eleanor Johnson, Minda C. Johnson of Mankato and Olaf I. Johnson and Clarence E. Johnson of Duluth. Colonel Johnson was one of the best known men in Mankato. He was prominent in railroad and military circles. He resigned as agent of the Northwestern road to enter the service incident to the Spanish war. When peace was declared he came north and was engaged in campaign against the Indians who created an uprising at Leech Lake. He returned to Mankato and resumed his duties with the Northwestern, but later resigned to become deputy public examiner. He was efficient and painstaking official, and no man connected with the state administration was better or more favorably known than Mr. Johnson. In Mankato he was held in high respect by a large circle of friends. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 17, 1924

Charles Johnson, whose death was chronicled last week, was laid to rest Sunday afternoon in Hale cemetery. The funeral was held from the family home, with Rev. Folkestad of Strum officiating. In response to a request made by Mr. Johnson prior to his death, Judge H.A. Anderson attended the funeral and said good-bye to Mr. Johnson's friends for him. It was a wonderful eulogy of the character of a man who has been honored and respected by Trempealeau County people for half a century. We are sorry that we are unable to print the whole of his address because of lack of time and space but we are thankful for the manuscript and copy there from the following: Carl Gustav Johnson was born May 3, 1839, on a farm known as Rugstad in Skee Parish Sweden. His father's name was Johannes Person, his mother's name, Helena. At the age of ten, poverty compelled his parents to send him out to service. Fortunately he found a home with the parish priest where he found many books. Heard now and then discussions concerning many matters which the ordinary peasant of those days knew nothing of. Here he laid the foundation for the ever increasing desire to know all that men and books could tell him. Here he began that marvelous accumulation of literary, historical and philosophical knowledge which astonished me more and more the longer I knew him. When sixteen years, he left the priest and applied to a Captain Bjork for service on shipboard. The captain's reply was characteristic of the harsh training that seamen received in those days. "Yes," he said, "I will give you a place, but remember, your pay will be three meals of hardtack and two lickings a day." The captain's plain statement cooled, for the time being, the young man's enthusiasm for the sea, and for a short time he found work on a farm near Sandefjord, Norway. But the boy who has heard the call of the sea; its voice of thunder as it flings from the foam of its wrath into the screaming seagull's nest; it's long-drawn sighs as it beats in vain, hour by hour against the mountains that limit its sway; the boy who has listened to the wonderful whisperings of the sea as its waves leap and play in the morning sunlight on shell-strewn beach of pebbly strand, who has watched from year to year the thousands of silver crested couriers that seem to come from distant shores where golden fruits and flowers with their fragrance and glow imparadise the air, such a boy cannot long be restrained by fear of bodily discomfort from venturing upon what, up to recently, has been the greatest highway of human adventure. So when his term of farm services was ended at Sandefjord, he went to sea and was fortunate enough to find work on a merchantman that sailed the Mediterranean. Here, he found frequent opportunities to go on shore and visit cities that have given birth to so many things that we prize in our world progress and civilization. And while he gazed with wonder and awe at many an architectural marvel, words and phrases in strange languages imprinted themselves on a memory that seemed to hold everything he saw and heard in undimmed clearness until the latest hours of his life. But for some reason or other the young man did not find life on a merchant ship congenial, and in 1855 or 1857 he apprenticed himself to a blacksmith in Larvik, Norway. At the end of his apprenticeship, in 1861, he came to US by way of Quebec. His trip through Canada was rather strenuous for in some way he had become separated from his traveling companions and also his money. But finally he reached Dodge county, this state, where he worked his trade until 1863, when he went back to Sweden and soon after retuned with his father and his brothers and sisters all of whom came at first to Dodge county. Here he again worked at his trade for a while. He also worked a while in Milwaukee. From Milwaukee he moved to LaCrosse, where he followed his trade until 1872, when he moved to the place in the Town of Hale which became his home until the end. While in LaCrosse, in 1866, he married Anne Granhen. His home in the Town of Hale was first occupied by his father and some other members of his father's family who came there in 1868. From the time the deceased came to Hale, for many years, he and his brothers Peter and Andrew worked and lived together as one family, holding most of their property in common. And then the time came for separating their interests and dividing their property, I am told that the younger brothers said, "We will leave it to Charley to say what the share of each shall be." I am told further than when he announced his decision, the brothers accepted it for they found it just and fair. After separating from his brothers, He operated his farm until January 10, 1917, when he turned it over to his sons who have always been with him. Mr. Johnson had nine children, seven daughters and two sons, all of whom are living except two daughters. His wife survives him. He died at his home at 10 a.m. August 28, at the age of 80 years, 3 months and 25 days. His funeral was held at his home Sunday, August 31. All his children were present and a host of friends and neighbors. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - SEPTEMBER 4, 1919

The subject of this sketch, Ed Johnson, who died at his home in Beaver Creek valley on May 20, 1912 of cancer of the stomach, was born in Hardanger, Norway, August 14, 1845, and in 1861 came to America with his parents, who settled in the Town of Ettrick. In 1874 he enlisted in Co. K. 25th Reg. Wisconsin infantry and served until honorably discharged at the close of the war. In 1869 he married Christie Brovold, who died in 1876. To them two children were born, both of whom, Mrs. C.J. Stokke of LaCrosse and J.E. Johnson of Ettrick, survive their parents. Four years later he married Mrs. Julia Paine, who with two children, Omer and Lottie, reside on the old homestead. He also leaves one sister Mrs. Nels Ystenes of Hegg, who with a large circle of relatives and friends mourn his death. The funeral services conducted by Rev. O. Gulbrandson were held in the U.L. church at Hegg Thursday and largely attended. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - MAY 30, 1912 (Researching this family is Cindi Anderson)

Another pioneer laid to rest. Among the early setters of this community was Edward Johnson, who came from Norway in 1870 and settled on the east fork of Newcomb valley, Town of Arcadia, and soon opened up a farm on which he has resided since. A true pioneer, and of rugged Norwegian stock, he knew work as a means of pleasure as well as profit. Deceased was a man of a kindly, jovial disposition. In his dealings he was honest and always strove to treat his fellowmen fairly, standing for justice and righteousness. He was a kind husband and father and a good provider. Edward Johnson was born in Ullensaer, Norway, April 28, 1848, and it was there that he spent his childhood days and grew to manhood. He left his native country for America in 1870 and shortly after his arrival in this country, settled on the farm which was his home until his death. In June 1872 he was united in marriage to Miss Matgaret Erickson, who passed away in November 1924. Nine children were born to this union, three of whom preceded him in death, namely: Mabel and Edward who died in infancy and Helmer who died from influenza in November 1918 at the age of 28. Those who remain to mourn his passing are: Mrs. Minnie Solberg of Blair; Mrs. Anna Nelson of Glentana, Montana; Carl of Guernsey, Sask, Canada; Mrs. Magna Rhude of Arcadia; and Emil and John at the home farm. He also leaves six grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Minnie Quilliain of Seattle, Washington. Mr. Johnson retired from active farming a number of years ago, but desired to spend his declining years on the old home place, where he quietly passed away Thursday morning May 8, 1930, after an illness of several weeks duration due to the infirmities of old age, having reached the age of 82 years and ten days. The funeral was held Monday. The services were conducted at the Fagernes church, the Rev. Johan Olson officiating, and a large concourse of relatives and friends attending. Interment was made in the Fagernes cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 22, 1930

Edwin Johnson passed away at his home at Osseo on February 27, 1930, after a long illness. He was born in Sweden in the year 1863 and came to America in 1871, residing in Dane County for two years. From there he moved to Upper Pigeon, where he was united in marriage to Miss Laura Hanson and was blessed with six children, one of whom died in infancy. He moved to Osseo in 1921 where he died at the age of 66 years, 10 months and 3 days. Mr. Johnson leaves to mourn his departure, his wife and six children: Mamie, Mrs. Albert Hanson; Cora, Ms William Olson; Lydia, Mrs. Hartvig Anderson; Arthur Elvina and Ervin Johnson; and his three brothers, Albert, Samuel and Martin Johnson. The funeral services were held at the Norwegian Lutheran church at Northfield and there he was laid to rest. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MARCH 6, 1930

Daniel Johnson Sotterberget was born January 17, 1844 at Aasnes, Solor, Norway, and died July 27, 1930 at the age of 86 years, 6 months and 10 days. In 1871, March 19, he married Martha Olson, who died 40 years ago. One son was born during their wedlock who died at the age of 5. Mr. Johnson immigrated to this country on the 28th day of June 1883. He settled in Jackson County, Melrose, Wisconsin and made his home there until his death. In 1873 he adopted Olivia B. Johnson, his niece, now Mrs. Christ Carlson and since them, they have resided at the same residence. Mr. Johnson had five brothers and two sisters who preceded him in death. Daniel Johnson became ill on April 6th with a touch of pneumonia. He rallied for sixteen weeks with poor health until July 24, he suffered a relapse. He remained conscious until he was called to his peaceful sleep by death. The pallbearers were Martin Carson, E.P. Olson, Martin Johnson, George Berger, Christ Ramsley and Martin Berg. The flower girls were Lillian Olson, Clarice Grinde, Corrinne Olson and Evelyn Thompson. The floral tributes were many and beautiful. The funeral services were held at the home and the South Beaver Creek church July 29 and interment made in the church cemetery, Rev. Olson officiated. THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - AUGUST 15, 1930

The death of Elling Johnson, an old settler of the Town of Ettrick, occurred at his home on Wednesday night, February 24th, at 11:30 having been confined to the bed since January 18th, on which date he suffered a stroke of paralysis. Realizing that his days were numbered and the inevitable hour drawing near his children were called to his bedside. His condition seemed to improve slightly for a while, but rheumatic fever set in and a second stroke followed. His condition became more serious and it was evident that no medical skill could help, and that the end was near. Although his sufferings were many and painful, he rarely complained, but showed great patience, courage and fortitude till the last bitter hour came, and then slumbered as if in a peaceful dream. Mr. Johnson as born in Sogn Norway, September 15, 1844 and emigrated with his parents to America in the fall of 1872, settling on a homestead in Beaver Creek valley on which he resided until his death. On January 20, 1873, he married Barbara Herreid, with whom he had nine children, four passing away in infancy. Mrs. Johnson was called to her eternal resting place on May 17, 1891, at the age of 38 years, 3 months and 27 days. In the fall of 1892, Mr. Johnson was remarried to Miss Lena Iverson to which union one child was born. At the time of his death, Mr. Johnson was 71 years, 5 months and 9 days. He leaves to mourn his loss besides the wife, two brothers, Ole of Blair; Nels of Bertha, Minnesota; and six children - Mrs. C.E. Erickson of Sauk Center, Minnesota; Sever of Osakis; Bernett, Elmer and Emil of Blair and Theodore of Taylor. The funeral services were held from the house on March 1st at 1 o'clock and at the Beaver Creek church at 2 p.m., Rev. A.J. Boe officiating. The pallbearers were N. Christianson, Emil Newgaard, J.T. Qualley, O.T. Johnson, A. Austinson and K.S. Skaar. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - MARCH 4, 1915

Guri Johnson died at the home of her son, Alfred Johnson, in Trump Coulee Saturday, December 27, aged 91 years, 10 months and 27 days. She was born in Elverum, Norway, January 30, 1828. In 1860 she was married to Andrew Johnson, who died about 34 years ago. They came to America in 1867 and lived for five years in Vosse Coulee, then two years in Fly Creek, after which they homesteaded the piece of land which Alfred A. Johnson now owns, and where they spent the remainder of their lives, Mrs. Johnson making her home with the family of her son Alfred, after the death of her husband. To them were born four children: P.A. and Alfred A. Johnson who were born in Norway; Anna, now Mrs. Chris. Gilbertson of Big Slough near Pigeon Falls; and George A., who died at the age of 19. Funeral services were held at the Alfred A. Johnson home Tuesday, December 30, conducted by Rev. Boe. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 1, 1920

Mrs. Elling Johnson, nee Oliva Iverson, of Joe Coulee, Town of Ettrick, Trempealeau County, passed away suddenly at the home of her son, Emil, on October 23rd, 1925, aged 68 years, 8 months and 6 days. The deceased had apparently been in fair health up to October 9th, on which date she suffered a slight stroke of paralysis which confined her to bed for a week's time, but she rallied sufficiently to be up and about a little again when suddenly she was afflicted with another stroke on October 23rd, causing her death within a short time. Mrs. Johnson was born in Sondre Fron, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway on December 17, 1856, and emigrated to America in October, 1882 (?), coming to Black River Falls, Wisconsin where she made her home with her brother who had come over a few years before. In 1892 she was married to Elling Johnson of this place and lived here up to the time of her death. She came like a gleam of sunshine into the Johnson home, taking up the duties, care and responsibilities of a former mother, who had previously been called to the Great Beyond leaving a family of five children to the care of a hard working father. This union was blessed with one son who is now operating the old homestead. The funeral services were held on Tuesday October 27th, at 1:00 pm. From the home and 2:00 p.m. from the church, Rev. T.E. Sweger officiating. Interment took place in the Beaver Creek cemetery. The deceased leaves to mourn her loss the following children: Emil Johnson, Blair; Mrs. Charles Erickson, Sauk Center, Minnesota; Bernett Johnson, Blair; Theodora Johnson, Blair; Sever Johnson, Little Sauk, Minnesota; Elmer Johnson, Clam Falls, Wisconsin. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 29 AND NOVEMBER 5, 1925

Mrs. Emma Johnson was born in Norway, June 12, 1877, the daughter of Andrew and Eli Hilstad and with them arrived in the United States in 1882. On March 22 1900, she was married to Martin E. Johnson of Pleasantville, but later moved to Osseo, where they operated a restaurant. After the death of her husband May 21, 1944, she went to care for her aged mother who passed away about two years ago. Since then she made her home with her son, Arnold and family and on the Hilstad farm. She died July 2, 1950, at the age of 73 years and 16 days. She leaves to mourn her parting one son Arnold; two grandsons, Morris and LeRoy; two sisters - Mrs. Will (Selma) Toftum and Mrs. Will (Gunda) Trentor; two brothers Anton and Sever, two nephews and one niece. Two sisters, Mrs. Bert (Belle) Crawford and Ella are deceased. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 5, from the Johnson home and at 2 o'clock at the Pleasantville church with Rev. O.C. Aune conducting the service. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JULY 27, 1950

Miss Carrie Knutson as born in Solor, Norway, March 15, 1865, and was reared to womanhood in her natïve country. At the age of 28 years, she came to the United States and Jackson County, Wisconsin, where two years later she was united in marriage to John M. Johnson. The family lived in the town of North Bend for a number of years, but later purchased the John O'Conner homestead in the Town of Franklin, where the family has resided since. The union of Mr. and Mrs. Johnson was blessed with seven children, three children preceding the mother to the beyond. The husband and father, John M. Johnson, died seven years ago last August 27th. Mrs. Johnson died at her home in Franklin, Sunday, September 10, 1922, following a long illness. She was taken seriously ill last May and an operation was resorted to at LaCrosse. She was able to return home in August, but never regained her health and strength and gradually failed until death came as a relief to her suffering. Mrs. Johnson is survived by four children, Ida, now Mrs. Olof Olson of Lee; Martin J. Johnson, Julius Johnson and Miss Jenne Johnson; also three brothers, Charles and John Knutson of North Bend and Ole Knutson of Minburn, Atla., Canada. The funeral services were held at the South Beaver Creek church, Tuesday, September 12, 1922, conducted by Rev. Bestul, and interment was made in the church cemetery. Quite a large gathering of relatives, neighbors and friends attended. The pallbearers were: Otto Carlson, Edwin Carlson, Ed Mattson, Otto Danielson, George Berger and Dan Danielson. Reprinted from the Melrose Chronicle THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 12, 1922

(Tribute by J.P. Hanson) One more of the early pioneers of Beef Creek valley has passed away and received his reward. The subject of this sketch was born in Osterdalen, Norway, about 70 years ago. As so many others with limited means, Esten Johnson immigrated to this country, where so many a foreigner, by thrift and industry, has helped to build the country and make a home for himself. About the year 1869, Mr. Johnson located in Beef River valley and has all the time since lived on the place where he first settled. Being one of the earliest settlers, and always kind and helpful, he soon became well known in the sparsely settled valley, and many a newcomer was benefited by his generosity and advice. Of a religious turn of mind, Mr. Johnson soon became a leader in church work, and long will be remembered for his untiring efforts in that direction. Mr. Johnson possessed some knowledge of medicine and in the pioneer days, when doctors were scarce and means with which to pay for their services were limited, he was always ready to render medical assistance, and at many a sick and deathbed has he spoken words of cheer and comfort. Deceased was fairly successful in his chosen occupation farming, and with the assistance of a large and industrious family, he improved one of the best farms in the valley. His wife, four sons and three daughters survive him to mourn the loss of a good husband and father, and the community generally will miss one of it most favorably known members. The remains of Mr. Johnson were buried yesterday at St. Paul cemetery, Strum. As the writer could not be present at this occasion, he takes this means to offer a tribute to Mr. Johnson's memory. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - FEBRUARY 16, 1905

Halvor Johnson, an old Civil war veteran died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Albert Knutson, in the Town of Curran, Jackson County, February 15, of cancer of the stomach. Mr. Johnson was born in Norway, October 12, 1836, being 84 years, 4 months and 4 days old at the time of his death. When he first came to this country, he resided on a farm in Coon Valley. In 1875 he was married to Miss Olena Hoff. To this union ten children were born, four sons and six daughters. The sons are Oluf of Northfield; Henry of Whitehall; Olaus of Ontario; and Joseph, who passed away in February 1920. The daughters are Mrs. Christ Hoff of Coon Valley; Mrs. Martin Olson of Westby; Mrs. Martin Klinkenberg of Ettrick; Mrs. Michael Olson of LaCrosse; Mrs. Ben Nelson of Northfield and Mrs. Alfred Knutson of Schimmerhorn. In the year 1896 they moved to Jackson County and resided on a farm in the Town of Northfield, where he lived until last fall. His wife preceded him in death April 13, 1920. Mr. Johnson had been in poor health for several months and failed rapidly the past few weeks, but through his great suffering he was very patient. He was an honest upright man who will be greatly missed by his many relatives and friends. His funeral was held Saturday, February 19, Rev. Orke officiating, and being a veteran of the Civil War, six young soldiers who served our country in the World War, acted as pallbearers. They were Helmer and Oscar Johnson, Edwin Carlson, Gullick Bolstad and Mendez Mikelson. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. The flower girls were two of his granddaughters, the Misses Lillian and Hilda Knutson. THE WHITEHALLTIMES-BANNER - MARCH 3, 1921

The death of Mrs. Guri Johnson occurred on the Ole Johnson Elje homestead in Vosse coulee last Thursday, the 20th inst. Deceased was born in Norway in 1825 and after immigrating to this country, settled in Trempealeau County, where she resided up to the time of her death of old age, being 84 years old. She leaves two sons and one daughter to mourn her loss. The funeral was held in the Trempealeau Valley church Monday, Rev. Gulbrandson conducting the services. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - MAY 27, 1909

Hans Johnson of Sjuggerud coulee, died at his home of heart trouble Sunday, August 6. The funeral was held yesterday from Our Saviours Lutheran church in this village, Rev. Hofstad officiating. Interment was in Old Whitehall cemetery. Mr. Johnson was born in Nordre Land, Norway, July 23, 1852, the son of John and Helena Arneson. He came to this country in the year 1880 and made his home with his brother, Olous, in the Town of Pigeon, where he resided until the time of his death. He leaves to mourn three brothers and three sisters, namely, Olous, Ole, Mrs. Randine Thompson and Mrs. O.H. Tofte, all of Whitehall and Mrs. Marie Knudtson, still residing in Norway. A sister, Mrs. John Isaacsaon, preceded him in death seven years ago. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - AUGUST 10, 1922

Mrs. Alvina Johnson, 83, former resident of Blair, passed away January 25, 1953 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Harold Tonn at Walters, Minnesota, where she had made her home since 1939. She had been ill since December 5th with complications of age and had suffered with diabetes for a number of years. Mary Alvina was born to Knute and Elsia Halverson on September 5, 1869 at Konsberg, Norway. In 1885, at the age of 15, she and an older sister came to America and settled at New Richmond, Minnesota. Several years later she moved to Blair where in 1896 she was united in marriage to Hans Johnson. He passed away in May 1922 and in 1924, Mrs. Johnson moved to Minneapolis to make her home with her son-in-law, C.B. Johnson, where she reared two grandchildren. In 1939, she moved to Walters, Minnesota to reside with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Tonn. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran church in Walters. Mrs. Johnson was a kind and loving mother and a devoted homemaker. Funeral services were held January 31 at the Heitner Funeral Home and at the St. John's Lutheran church in Walters, with the Rev. Herbert Haferman in charge. Interment was in the St. John's cemetery, one mile east of Walters. Immediate survivors include the daughter, Jennie, Mrs. Harold Tonn, of Walters; three sons, Harry of Duluth, Hjalmer of Los Angeles, California and Casper of John-Day, Oregon; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. One daughter, Alice, preceded her mother in death in 1920. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 19, 1953

Mrs. Gertrude Johnson passed away Thursday March 18, 1937. She had been ill but a few days from a complication of diseases incident to old age. She was 83 years, five months and 18 days old at the time of her death. She was born Gertrude Wasly in Sogndal Parish, Sogn, Norway September 29, 1853. She was baptized, confirmed and married in the same church at Sogndal. She was united in marriage to Ole Johnson (Hilleque) in 1875 by Rev. H.E. Smith. Two years later they immigrated to America. Their first home was in Joe Coulee, Trempealeau county where Mr. Johnson’s parents, a sister and two brothers had already settled. They remained there three years. Then the present Harold Rude farm was purchased in 1880. Here they endured the privations and vicissitudes of early pioneer life. They continued to farm until 1915 when the farm was sold and they moved to Blair. Five years later Mr. Johnson died. Since that time Mrs. Johnson made her home with her son, Ole, two years; ten years with her daughter, Mrs. Stephenson and the past four years with her son, John. Ten children were born to this union: Cornel died at the age of 15, Amelia at the age of 4. The children who survive are John at home; Mrs. Martha Stephenson, Beaver Creek; James, Madison; Ole, Blair; Henry, Viroqua; Julia (Mrs. William Mires), Silverton, Oregon; Elmer, Viroqua and Mrs. Christine Gunderson, Disco. There are 22 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Johnson possessed a retentive memory and loved to depict the scenes of her childhood. Her mental faculties did not desert her inn old age and she could repeat many scripture passages and hymns from memory. She was a faithful attendant at the Norwegian services of her church and guest at the communion table. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Zion Lutheran church by Rev. TE. Sweger, Tuesday, March 23. Mrs. Elmer Nelson sang “Den Store Hvide Flok” and “In the Garden”. Six of the grandsons acted as pallbearers. Interment was in the Zion cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 25, 1937

Hans Christian Johnson, was born in Sondre Land, Norway, Jul 29, 1852, came to the U.S. in 1857 with his parents, Johan Pederson and Marie Christophersdatter and his brother, Martin, then an infant. Their first stopping place was LaCrosse. The father was by trade a shoemaker but had to take such work as he could get. His first job was in a sawmill. After working in the mill a few months, he learned that his employer was either a rogue or bankrupt for he got no pay. The family then moved to Halfway Creek in LaCrosse County where Mr. Pederson found employment for a short time in his trade. But the great panic of 1857 was on. "Wild cat banks" by the hundreds were failing all over the country and the "shinplasters" issued by these banks became worthless. Hundreds of millions were lost, times were hard. Good men worked for 50 cents a day, and glad to get it. This state of affairs brought to an end Pederson's employment as a shoemaker. When the country is prosperous as at present, men flock to the cities. Panics make land look good and they flock back to the country. Trempealeau Valley had already become known as a good country and it was here that Mr. Pederson and his family came in 1858. But toil and poverty lay ahead. Mr. Pederson soon became permanently blind. One can imagine better than describe the long struggle of wife and children against bitter odds. November 10th, 1879, Mr. Johnson married Ranghilde Linrud. The fruits from this union were eight children, three of whom died in infancy. Except for five winters in the pineries, Mr. Johnson has always been a farmer. His wife died July 28, 1917. After her death he turned his farm over to the active management of his three sons. As an example of amiable conditions of this family, it may be stated that all have practically worked together, except a married daughter, who has a family of her own. No jars, discords, jealousies or temperamental outbreaks have marred their pleasant lives, and as a result, moderate prosperity has always attended them. Mr. Johnson was medium in height and rather slender. There was about him in speech, manners and personal appearance an air of gentleness and refinement almost feminine but there was no lack of firmness or steadiness of purpose. He was not a man who sought to break down the boundaries of the established order of things, but rather one of the millions who made the existence of orderly human society possible. Though not as strong and hardy as some of our pioneers, he was endowed with a quiet enduring energy that is often more successful in obtaining results than great explosive force. Except for occasional rheumatic attacks, his health has been good. Not feeling as well as usual January 17, he was taken to the Community hospital at Whitehall. On the 19th he sent for me. I found him in bed but apparently as well as when I last saw him in town. We talked over his business affairs, and after our talk, he concluded to wait a day or two before making his will. On Monday, the 21st, I called again. I agreed to draw his will and came again on the 23rd for his signature. As I held his hand on parting, I jokingly remarked "You will be here when I come again on Wednesday." Smilingly he answered, "Yes, I will be here." But, alas! When I came again, ignorant of the fact of his death, he had gone. Tuesday, January 22nd, about 9:00 p.m., he passed away, and our cheerful "au evoirs" of the evening before had become solemn "farewells." It was a painful surprise to me because when I left him Monday evening there were, to me, no symptoms of serious illness except the feverish pulsations in his hand as I held in parting. These circumstances have fixed in my memory the scene of our last meeting as a beautiful picture It was sunset's hour. The last rays of the sun had mellowed the light in his room, and an atmosphere of peace and contentment pervaded our surroundings. Against a background of white pillows, his face bore the rosy flush I had known for years. Time and toil had reduced him o a tenuous delicacy, but left no ugly scar. If he had ever been ruled by vices, they had left no blemishes. Like flowers that fold their leaves at eventide to await another dawn, so he lay enfolded in a serene contentment, waiting for that greater dawn which faith alone can anticipate. On reflection, his attitude that evening reminds me of a stream, which after a long and tortuous course over steeps, rapids, rocks and roots has reached the smooth level that ushers it into the sea, where it finishes its race in unruffled tranquility. His life was a sweet, gentle force in tune with the infinite. May his memory among his children, be like a fountain whose spray catches every sunbeam to transmute it into a sparkling gem. On account of the absence of his pastor, Rev. Sweger, the funeral was not held until January 28th. Because of deep snow and very cold weather, the attendance was not as large as it would otherwise have been. Those who will feel his loss the keenest are his children, Albert, Henry, Selmer and Josephine Johnson, all of whom were present at the last rites. He also left three brothers, Martin Johnson, Peter Jonsrud and Albert Johnson. Written by H.A. Anderson on January 28, 1929 THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 31, 1929

Hans K. Johnson, old time settler of the South Beaver Creek valley, passed away at his home Friday, November 7, following a long illness from cancer. The deceased was born in Hedemarken, Norway, May 5, 1857. He came to America at the age of twenty years and first settled at LaCrosse. He was united in marriage to Miss Betsy Severson in 1877. Shortly after his marriage he settled on a farm in Halfway Creek, and eight years later they moved to their present farm in South Beaver Creek. There were ten children born to this union, all of whom together with his widow are alive and mourn the loss of a kind husband and father. Funeral services were held Monday with interment made in the South Beaver Creek cemetery. Rev. John Olson conducted the services. Mr. Johnson had many friends, and these turned out to pay their last earthly respect to him. THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - NOVEMBER 14, 1930

Helmer H. Johnson, 101, Jackson County's oldest resident, a resident of the Pine View Nursing Home, Black River Falls, since 1951 passed away there Monday night, September 20, 1976. He was born May 30, 1875 in Sweden to Norsk parents, Hans and Martina Johnson. They came to America in 1883 and to the Blair area and then a few years later they moved to Upper Beaver Creek near Taylor in Jackson County where he resided until entering the Home in 1961. In adult life he engaged in carpentry and farming. He married Helma Halverson July 1, 1901 and she died four years later. At the age of 70, he married Mrs. Clara Jacobson who died six years later. He had been a member of the Taylor Lutheran church since 17 years of age and had served his church in many capacities including as president of its building committee when the first part of the church was built in 1923. In addition to being preceded in death by two wives, he was also preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters. His closest survivors are nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on Thursday, September 23, 1976, 1 p.m. at the Taylor Lutheran Church, Rev. Vern J. Barlow officiated. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery, rural Taylor. Pallbearers were Woodruff Lokken, Alvin Relyea, Harley Simonson, Harvey Olson, Edwin Olson and Alvin Nelson. Jensen Funeral Home, Hixton, was in charge of arrangements. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 30, 1976

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 23, 1950 at 1 p.m. at the Runnestrand funeral chapel and at 1:30 p.m. at South Beaver Creek Lutheran church for Mrs. Betsy Johnson, 81, who died Sunday at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Richard Hubbard, Central Park, Aberdeen, Washington. The Rev. George C. Strum officiated and burial was in the South Beaver Creek cemetery. She was born in Norway, April 3, 1869, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nels Severson. As an infant she came to America with her parents, the family settling first in LaCrosse County near Mindodo. On July 4, 1887, she was married to Hans K Johnson who died November 7, 1930. At first the couple lived in LaCrosse County, later moving to the South Beaver Creek valley in Ettrick township. Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Ellen Hanson, Ettrick; four brothers, Bent Severson, Ettrick; August of LaCrosse; and Sever and Melvin of Mindoro; nine children, Joseph of Hoquiam, Washington; Mrs. Orrin (Helga) Knutson, Aberdeen, Washington; Mrs. Roy (Tena) Affeldt; Mrs. Melvin (Mabel) Berg and Oscar of Montesano, Washington; Betha, Bay City, Washington; Harry, Norval and Milo of Ettrick Township; 21 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Mrs. Price (Ella) Carlson died in August 1948. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 28, 1950

Harvey Johnson, one of the first settlers in the section of the country in which Centerville is located, died Saturday, January 3rd. Up until he Monday before his death, Mr. Johnson was apparently in robust health. On Monday he spent most of the day out hunting. He returned in the evening very tired and retired early. It appears that during the night he suffered a stroke, for in a semi-conscious condition. He lingered until Saturday. Funeral services were held last Monday, conducted by Rev. George Willet. A multitude of old friends assembled at the final ceremonies. Harvey Johnson was a native of Norway, where he was born August 6, 1833(?). He came to this country with his parents in 1846 and the family settled at Whitewater, this state. The father died the same year of his arrival. About 1868 Mrs. Johnson, with her two children, came to the town of Trempealeau. The mother took up land where now is the Jay Marsh farm. The son Harvey was married in 1870 to Mary Larkin at Whitewater. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson at once took up their residence in the Town of Trempealeau and this was their home thereafter. Three children were born to them, a daughter dying in infancy. Mrs. Johnson died 13 years ago. The surviving children are Miss Ida and Harley. Harvey Johnson was a man highly esteemed in the community in which he lived so many years. He was always considered one of the substantial men of his town, and his sudden death brought sincere regrets from the community. Reprinted from the Galesville Republican. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - JANUARY 15, 1914

Hans Johnson who after a few days serious illness, passed away at the home of his son, Julius Johnson, in Beaver Creek, on Thursday, April 19, 1923, was one of the early settlers in this vicinity. Outside of the infirmities of old age, the deceased had been in fairly good health until about a week previous to his death. Mr. Johnson was born at Wermland, Sweden, in 1848 and at the time of his death was 74 years, 10 months and 5 days old. He was married to Martena Olson in 1874 and in 1882 he came to this country and settled near Blair, his family joining him about a year later. They remained in Blair three years when they moved to homestead in Beaver Creek. In 1904 he sold this homestead to his son, Julius, and moved to a homestead in Canada. While in Canada, his wife died and he returned here in 1919 and since then has been making his home with his son, Julius. Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, eight of whom are living. Mrs. John Carlson, deceased, passed away in Canada. The remaining children are: Julius of Beaver Creek; Helmer of Taylor; Einer of Eau Claire; Ole of Minburn, Alta., Canada; Mrs. Henry Lien of Town of Springfield; Clarence of Franklin; Will of Minburn, Canada; and Mrs. Gleason of Montesano, Washington. After a long, busy and useful life, he died as he had lived - honored, trusted and loved. He reared his own monument while he lived in hearts of all who knew him. He was a true spirited Christian and through all the vicissitudes and sorrows he met in life, his faith in God never wavered. Funeral services were held Monday from the home and later from the Upper Beaver Creek church, Rev. Fosso officiating. Reprinted from the Taylor Herald. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 3, 1923

Hjalmer Johnson, oldest son of the late Johannes and Anna Johnson, died Sunday, January 21, at the St. Francis Hospital in LaCrosse at the age of 58 years, seven months and 21 days. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Rhode chapel and at the Fagernes Lutheran church, the Rev. Johan Olsen officiating. At the chapel Mrs. J.E. Rhode sang, "Does Jesus Care" and at the church service, "Still, Still With Thee." The congregation sang: "Hvo veed, hver nar mig er min Ende." Both the Norwegian and English languages were used by the pastor. Pallbearers were Hjalmer's brother Albert, Charlie Eckman, Joel Moen and Ludwig, Angus and Basil Hanson. Flowers were carried by Mmes. Clarence Davidson and Jimmy Witt, friends of the deceased. Burial was in the Fagernes cemetery. Mr. Johnson was born in Oslo, Norway, May 31, 1881. He came with his parents to America at the age of four years. The family settled in Lakes coulee near Blair, and here Hjalmer grew to manhood. His mother preceded him in death on December 11, 1927; his sister, Emily on April 7, 1914 and his father just a month before his own death on December 22, 1939. His surviving brothers and sisters are: Albert, Minneapolis; Ludwig and Hilda, Mrs. Charlie Eckman, Blair; Agnes, Mrs. Ludwig Hanson, Black River Falls; and Jennie, Mrs. John Chamberlain, Lovilia, Iowa. He also leaves six nephews, two nieces, one aunt, Mrs. Chris Larson of Blair, and other relatives besides a host of friends. Hjalmer was unmarried. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - FEBRUARY 8, 1940

Harald Johnson was born at Biri, Norway, on the 15th day of February, 1857. In 1876 he emigrated with his parents to America and located for a while at Coon Prairie. In the fall of the same year, the family moved to Chaseburg, and here Mr. Johnson made his home until 1895. At Chaseburg, Mr. Johnson was married to Antoinette Furuseth. Six children were born to them, of which four died in infancy. On February 4, 1895, his wife died also was and placed to rest beside her four children who had preceded her in death. In the spring of 1895, he moved with his two young daughters, Alma and Josie, to Trempealeau County and located in Bennett Valley, in the Town of Chimney Rock. Here he bought a farm which he improved and resided on it for thirty years until his death. On the 18th of day of March, 1926, while he was hitching up his team to go to Eleva, he suffered a stroke of paralysis. His daughter, Josie, who was alone at the home when this occurred, was unable to get her father into the house and had to call on neighbors for help. Medical aid was at once summoned and he was taken to the Whitehall Community hospital where he received the best of care and treatment. His daughter was always at her father's bedside administering to his needs. At times hope was entertained for his recovery, but on March 29 he had a relapse and passed away peacefully at the age of 69 years, one month and 13 days. In the death of Mr. Johnson, a devoted father, a valuable citizen and a good neighbor has been taken from our midst whom the community could ill afford to spare. The funeral was held at the Bennett Valley church with Rev. Westberg officiating and H.L. Kjentvet acting as undertaker. Mr. Johnson is survived by two daughters, Josie Johnson and Mrs. Lewis Norby; also by a grandchild; and by the following brothers and sisters: Arnt Johnson, John Oium, Mrs. Johanna Nyseth, Mrs. A. Falk, Mrs. L.H. Austin, Mrs. Jens Sterry, Mrs. Henry Halvorson and Mrs. Thomas Halvorson. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 15, 1926

Mrs. Ingeborg Johnson (nee Olson) was born at Biri, Norway, February 8, 1854. In 1873 she was united in marriage to Christ Johnson and came with him to America in 1875. They stayed at Pigeon Falls for two years after which they lived at Eau Claire a short time and then went to the farm in the town of Drammen where they had their home until Mr. Johnson's death in 1925. Since that time, Mrs. Johnson has been with her children in Drammen, Ashland and since last spring, in Duluth, Minnesota, where she passed away September 16, 1931. The funeral took place Saturday, September 19, from the Pleasant Valley church where a large audience had gathered to pay the deceased the last respects. A male trio rendered two selections and Rev. Wichmann gave the funeral sermon. Mrs. Johnson leaves to mourn her death the following children: Alvin Johnson, Eau Claire; Clarence and Palmer, Town of Dammen; Mrs. Paulson, Duluth, Minnesota; Mrs. Gullingsrud, Drammen; and Mrs. Olson, Ashland. She is survived by one sister in Norway; eighteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - SEPTEMBER 24, 1931

Mrs. Iver N. Johnson, 83, died unexpectedly at her home at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, September 24, 1963. She had been an invalid three years. Funeral services will be Friday at 3 p.m. at Blair First Lutheran church, the Rev. K.M. Urberg officiating. Burial will be in the family lot at Zion Lutheran cemetery. The former Arntena Amalia Sorenson, she was born April 22, 1880 in Vesteraalean, Norland, Norway, to Mr. and Mrs. Elias Sorenson. She came to Strum, Wisconsin in 1894 at the age of 19, to work for her uncle, Hans Williamson. She later worked as a domestic at Osseo and Fairchild. She married Otto Paulson of Strum in 1901. He died October 18, 1906. Three children were born to this union, two dying in infancy. On June 22, 1908 she married Iver Johnson. They have lived in Blair since their marriage. She was a member of Blair First Lutheran church and its Ladies Aid and was presented a WMF life membership pin by the Aid. She is survived by her husband; four daughters, Mrs. Elmer (Margaret) Peterson, Mrs. Lewis (Irene) Nash, Mrs. Ervin (Berdell) Hrabik and Mrs. Burton (Pearl) Anderson, Minneapolis; and Norman and Donald, Blair; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Clarence (Marion) Miller, Rock Falls, Illinois. A son, Newman died in infancy. Frederixon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. THE BLAIR PRESS - DATE UNKNOWN

Ingvald Johnson, 68, Blair, died Saturday, August 10, 1974, at Lutheran Hospital at LaCrosse. Services were at 1:30 .m. Tuesday in Blair First Lutheran Church with the Rev. M.J. Larson officiating. Burial was in he Rest Haven Cemetery. Jack Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. He was born November 11, 1905, in Norway to Mr. and Mrs. Peder Johnson and came to the United States in 1909. He married Mrs. Shirley Snuggerud June 30, 1964. He was employed by Phillips 66 in Blair until his retirement Survivors are his widow; two step-sons, Dennis and Kjelland Snuggerud of Portland, Oregon; a step-daughter, Mrs. Willard (Etta Ann) Johnson, Hixton; a sister, Mrs. Marvin (Hannah) Neprud, Silverton, Oregon; his step-mother, Mrs. Olga Johnson of Blair; two half-sisters, Ms John (Myna) Lamberson of Whitehall and Mrs. Donald (Lois) Stubrud of Blair; 12 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 15, 1974

Hans A. Johnson was born in Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, February 19, 1868, a son of Joe Johnson Rudi and Marit Hanson Rudi. When about 13 years of age, he came to America, settling first at Union Grove. In the early eighties he came to Black River Falls which continued to be his home until he passed away May 4, 1930. Mr. Johnson had been in poor health for several years past, and confined to his home for the past two years. He was 62 years, 3 months and 15 days of age at the time of his death. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon of last week. A short service at the home and a larger gathering of relatives and friends of the family at the Evangelical Lutheran church at 2 p.m. Rev. C.E. Skoien was the officiating clergyman. Interment was made at Riverside. Mr. Johnson was closely connected with affairs of the county for he was elected register of deeds in 1898, serving for two terms, until 1902. In 1914 Mr. Johnson was elected supervisor of the second ward and became a member of the county board. He was appointed a member of the old county bridge committee, and in 1915 that committee became the county highway and bridge committee, under which name it still continues. Mr. Johnson served on the committee from that time until he was elected chairman of the county board in 1919. He served a chairman until 1924, when Ray E. Gile, of Merrillan, was elected to the position. He was again re-elected register of deeds in 1924, and served for two terms until 1928. Mrs. Johnson assisted in the office and is now serving as register of deeds, having been elected in 1928 August 21, 1907, Mr. Johnson as united in marriage at Minneapolis to Miss Berthide Olson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P.R. Olson, of this city, who now survives him. He also leaves four children, Phillip, of Pittsburg, California; Margaret, who is teaching this year near Fairchild; Oswald and Miss Jeanette, at home. He also leaves two brothers and one sister, A.B. Johnson of this city, T.R. Johnson of Chicago and Mrs. Anna Ristuben of Taylor. All his children and his brothers and sister were present at his funeral. Mr. Johnson was also interested in lodge affairs, and belonged to the S.A.F., Beaver, and Modern Woodman lodges. Reprinted from the Banner Journal. THE TAYLOR HERALD - MAY 15, 1930

Funeral services for Mrs. Clara Johnson, 80, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Palmer Granlund, Saturday, February 25, 1950, were held Tuesday afternoon at the Zion Lutheran church with the Rev. L.W. Halvorson officiating. Mrs. A.J. Sather and Mrs. F.W. Herreid sang accompanied by Mrs. Lawrence Holven at the organ. Mrs. Johnson was born October 10, 1869 at Telemarken, Norway to Swen and Anna Solberg. She was baptized and confirmed in her native parish. In 1886, she came to America with her mother and sister to make their home in Beaver Creek. She was married to Ole R. Johnson on October 13, 1893 and the couple established a home in Blair. They later moved to a farm outside the city but for the past eight years, she has made her home here with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Palmer Granlund. Besides her daughter, Mrs. Granlund, she is survived by a son, Odin Johnson, of Blair, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. All of her brothers and sisters preceded her in death. She was a kind and loving other, with always a kind word and helpful act for everyone and will be missed by her family and friends. Pallbearers were: Aaron Granlund, Charles Shelley, Ed Mickelson, Omer Christianson, Oscar Lyngen, and Selmer Helgeson. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 2, 1950

Gust G. Johnson, a farmer operating 120 acres of land in section 25, Sumner Township, was born at Black Earth, Dane County, Wisconsin, December 15, 1861. He is a son of Gunerus C Johnson, who was born at Solar, Norway, October 5, 1833, and who, after coming to the United States, participated in the Civil War as a member of the Forty-ninth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. He married Syverine Christianson , who was born in Hedemarken, Norway, in 1836 and who died May 12, 1893. His death occurred November 6, 1898. Gunerus C. Johnson came to the United States in 1854, locating in Detroit, Michigan. From there he subsequently removed to Iowa County, Wisconsin, where he was married in 1855. In 1870 he and his family came to Trempealeau County, homesteading land in section 35, Sumner Township, where he and his wife spent the rest of their lives. They had a large family of 12 children of whom the subject of this sketch was the third in order of birth. Gust G. Johnson resided on the home farm until his marriage, which united him, May 14, 1883, to Martha Erickson, who was born in Iowa County, Wisconsin, July 2, 1867. Her parents were Peter and Christina (Olson) Erickson, the former being now a retired farmer in Osseo, whose eighty-second birthday occurred January 31, 1917. Mrs. Johnson's mother, who was born in Norway, September 22, 1839, died March 3, 1901. After his marriage Mr. Johnson rented a farm in section 25, Sumner Township, and cultivated it 12 years, removing to his present farm in the same section in 1895, having bought it in 1891. He has served as township treasurer since 1912, was township supervisor two years, and has been treasurer of the school district since it was organized in 1890. He is also a director of the Golden Valley Cheese Factory, the valley in which the factory is located having been named by him. He and his wife have been the parents of seven children, Swerin, who died at the age of 15 years in 1901; Adelia, residing at home; Philip, who is engaged in farming in Sumner Township, and Clifford, Dewey, Lawrence, Viola and Orlando. In addition to the business interests named above, with which Mr. Johnson is connected, he is also a stockholder in the State Bank of Osseo. Both as farmer and businessman he has been successful, and is recognized as one of the reliable and substantial citizens of his township. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917


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