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OLE JOHNSON: (GJOVIK, TOTEN)
"John Fjeld received word ths week that his father, Ole Johnson, 96, died at an old people's home at Gjovik in Toten, Norway, February 9. Had he lived one more day he wuld have been 97 years old. Caretakers at the home wrote Mr. Fjeld that his father retained his faculities until the last and had not been ill but died suddenly.
Mr. Johnson died on the 60th birthday of his son, John Fjeld. The latter took the name Fjeld from the farm in Norway where he was born, as was the manner of Norwegians in days gone by. As a young man Ole Johnson had come to this country and spent about seven years farming near Rochester, Minn. He returned to Norway, however, in 1885 as he had left his fiancee there. Following their marriage they decided to remain in their native land, but when their two sons reached their teens their father urged them to come to America, the land of opportunity.
Following a youth of working on the Fjeld farm and learning to become an expert skier on Norway's plentiful hills, John set out for America at the age of 17, never to return. His destination was Osseo where an uncle named Saustad, now deceased, lived. He got work immediatey, however, on the farm of Mrs. Ralph Wood's father, the late John Johnson in the town of Hale. He remained there a couple of years and then came to Whitehall to work for Ralph Wood's father, David Wood, on his farm which is now the Henry Sygulla place. After remaining there three years he began to learn the carpenter trade from the late Richard Mattson of Whitehall and has continued in that trade ever since. He and his family have resided in Whitehall the past several years but have also lived in Indepedence, Blair and Tayor. John and his wife, whose parents, the Strands, were pioneer settlers near the Trempeauleau Valley church, have a family of four children, Mildred of laCrosse and Helen, Ernest and Elmo at home. The boys served in the Pacific in World War II.
John Fjeld is now the last of his family, his mother having passed away in Norway 17 years ago and his brother, Adolph, who also came to this country, also being deceased." THE WHITEHALL TIMES- February 27, 1947
W.N. JOHNSON: (VALDERS)
"W.N. Johnson, one of the pioneer citizens of Blair died last Wednesday, December 29, 1920 from the afflictions of old age.
Mr. Johnson was born February 17, 1837 in Valders, Norway, and came to America in 1887, first settling in Ettrick, where he remained for one year, after which he moved to Blair, and engaged in the jewelry business. About a year and a half ago he retired from active business on account of failing health.
His wife preceded him in death four years ago.
Fve children are left to mourn his demise, namely: John of Ellingson, S.D.; Mrs. Walter Meyers of Hayward, Wis.; Tom, Iver and Andrew of Blair.
The funeral was held Saturday afternoon, Rev. Urberg officating." THE BLAIR PRESS - January 6, 1921
MRS. W.N. JOHNSON: (VALDERS)
"Mrs. W.N. Johnson died March 11th, 1916 of old age. She was born in Valders, Norway October 3, 1935, and was married to W.N. Johnson in 1861.
They emigrated to America in 1884 and settled at Ettrick where they lived for one year, then they moved to Blair where they resided until her death at the age of 80 years, 5 months and 7 days.
She was the mother of eight children, five of whom are living, namely: John, Tom, Iver, Andrew and Mrs. Walter Moyer. These besides her husband are left to mourn her death.
The funeral was held at the Synod Lutheran church Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Urberg officiating." THE BLAIR PRESS - March 16, 1916
MRS. MARION JOHNSON (JACKSON COUNTY, WISCONSIN)
The community was saddened Friday by the news of the sudden demise of Mrs. Marion Johnson. She had been employed at Kenosha, Wisconsin and during her sleep Thursday night, March 15, 1946, gastric ulcers hemorrhaged and death came to her. Funeral services were conducted from the Ed Anderson home and at the Zion Lutheran church on Tuesday, March 19, by her pastor, Rev. Konrad Urberg. Interment was in the family burial lot in North Beaver Creek. The Zion Congregation kindly permitted the use of their church during the work on the First Lutheran for which the bereaved family and their pastor sincerely thank Rev. Borgen and his congregation. Marion Junice was born May 3, 1908 in the town of Franklin, Jackson County to Edward H. Anderson and his wife, Janettie Otterson Anderson. She was baptized May 3, 1908 by Rev. S.S. Urberg, who also confirmed her. She was graduated from Blair High School with the class of 1929 and continued her education at the Milwaukee State Teachers College. On November 26, 1930 she was united in marriage with Arthur M. Johnson, and they made their home in Blair. To this union was born a son Allen Michael. She is survived by her husband, her son, her parents and two sisters, Mrs. Leo Martin of Melrose and Mrs. Sander Lynghammer of LaCrosse, and a brother, Griffin Anderson of Milwaukee. Kind sympathy is felt for the bereaved family. SOURCE - FAMILY SCRAPBOOK - researching this family Cindi Anderson
MRS. THEODORE JOHNSON (JACKSON COUNTY, WISCONSIN)
Mrs. Theodore B. (Amelia) Johnson, 59, died at a Black River Falls hospital Thursday, October 24, 1963 after three weeks hospitalization. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the North Beaver Creek First Lutheran Church and burial will be in the church cemetery. Rev. K. M. Urberg will officiate. Fredrixon Funeral Home in Blair was in charge of arrangements. She was born in Town of Franklin, Jackson County, May 30, 1904, to Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Rogness. She married Henry Hanson, who died in 1931. She married Theodore Johnson August 27, 1932 and they farmed in the Town of Ettrick. She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Harry Mortenson, Eau Claire, and Mrs. R. Maple, Milwaukee; four sons, Kenneth, Salinas, California; Norman, Milwaukee, Larry, Mid West, Wyoming, and Laurence, LaCrosse; three step-daughters, Mrs. Herbert Hughes and Mrs. Fred Underwood, Eau Claire and Mrs. Robert Mayhew, Rochester, Minnesota; a step-son, Tilford Johnson of Eau Claire; two sisters, Christina, Black River Falls and Mrs. Axel Hanson, Tomah; and six brothers, Nicholai and Hilman, Galesville; Elvin, Ettrick; Helmer, Hixton; Sanford, Monona, Iowa; and Leonard, Woodstock, Illinois. SOURCE - FAMILY SCRAP BOOK
THEODORE JOHNSON (JACKSON COUNTY, WISCONSIN)
Theodore B. Johnson, 76, Blair area farmer, died Monday morning, August 31, 1964 in a Jackson County home for the aged. Services will be held in the North Beaver Creek First Lutheran Church, Rev. K.M. Urberg officiating, and burial will be in the church cemetery. Frederixon Funeral Homeof Blair is in charge of the arrangements. Mr. Johnson was born December 6, 1887 in the Town of Franklin, Jackson County, son of Mr. and Mrs. Neri T. Johnson. He married Othilda Winberg September 23, 1911. She preceded him in death March 21, 1932. He married Mrs. Laura Rogness Hanson August 27, 1932 and the couple farmed in Washington Coulee. Mrs. Johnson died October 24, 1963, and Mr. Johnson moved to the home for the aged. He was a member of the North Beaver Creek First Lutheran Church and its custodian for 17 years. He was also president of the Men's Club for 12 years. He is survived by four sons, Tilford of Eau Claire, Norman of Milwaukee, Larry of Midwest, Wyoming and Lawrence of LaCrosse; five daughters, Mrs. Herbert (Verna) Hughes and Mrs. Fred (Amy) Underwood, both of Eau Claire, Mrs. Robert (Lila ) Mayhew of Rochester, Minnesota; Mrs. Chester (Virginia) Kolb of Milwaukee and Mrs. Harry (Marilyn) Mortenson of Eau Claire; one stepson, Kenneth Hanson of Salinas, California; 15 grandchildren; two sisteers, Mrs. Ed Twesme of Ettrick and Mrs. Albert Anderson of Black River Falls; and one brother, Herbert, of Portland, Oregon. SOURCE - FAMILY SCRAP BOOK
MRS. MARTHA JOHNSON (TELEMARK)
Funeral services for Mrs. Martha Johnson, 85, who passed away Easter Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Methodist hospital in Madison following an illness of three weeks, were held April 13 at the Johnson funeral home and at Our Saviour's Lutheran church in Whitehall, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. Three beautiful hymns were sung by members of the choir. Pallbearers were Eddie Hermanson, Albert Engen, Alfred and Odell Brekke, Willie and Jimmie Witt, while flowers were carried by Fern Moe, Adeline Lien and Miss Johnson. Burial was in Lincoln cemetery. Many memorials were given by friends and relatives of the deceased. As Martha Wraalstad, Mrs. Johnson was born in Telemarken Norway, and came to America with her parents, who resided in Minnesota before moving to Lakes coulee. Here Martha married Otto Pederson and the couple resided in and near Blair until Mr. Pederson passed away in 1895. In 1904 she married Christ Johnson of Welch coulee and they continued to live there until 1934 when they moved to Whitehall. They made their home there with her son Albert Pederson and wife until Mr. Johnson died in 1936. For the last 1 ½ years Mrs. Johnson again made her home with her son, Albert and wife, at Madison, who survives her together with another daughter, Mrs. Mathilda Jermstad of Kenosha, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Ella Broson of St. Paul. Five sisters preceded her in death. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 20, 1950
MRS. MARGARET JOHNSON (HALLINGDAL)
The home of Edward Johnson, Town of Arcadia, was saddened on Monday, November 17 by the death of the wife and mother. Mrs. Johnson had been in very poor health for many years, having been a patient sufferer of diabetes to which was added an affliction of erysipelas the last week. Although everything possible that loving hands and medical skill could do, was done, to if possible lengthen the span of life but death, the invincible reaper, however, called her to rest. Margaret Erickson as born at Hallingdal, Norway, where she grew to womanhood. In the spring of 1872 she came to America and on October 19th the same year, she was joined in marriage with Edward Johnson. Ever since they have made their home on a farm in Newcomb valley From this union nine children were born three youngest having preceded her in death. They are Edwin and Mabel, who died in infancy, and Helmer, who passed away at Scobey, Montana, November 7, 1918 of pneumonia following influenza at the age of twenty-eight. The surviving members of the family are: Her aged husband, two sons and four daughters, Carl of Guernsey, Sask., Canada; John at home; Mrs. Minnie Solberg of Blair; Mrs. Anna Nelson of Scobey, Montana; Mrs. Magna Rhude of the Town of Arcadia and Miss Emily at home. She also leaves one sister, Mrs. Betsy Thorson of Pekin, North Dakota The funeral services were held Thursday from the Fagernes church of which the deceased was a devout member. Rev. Bestul officiated, and a large concourse of friends attended. Interment of the remains was made in the Fagernes cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - NOVEMBER 27, 1924
RONGHILDE JOHNSON (NORWAY)
Mrs. Hans C. Johnson was born in Norway on the 27th of June 1859, and died Saturday, July 28, 1917, aged 58 years, 1 months and 1 day. Leaving Norway with her parents when but a child of two years, she came to this country and settled in French Creek valley where she grew to womanhood. She was joined in marriage to Hans C. Johnson of Preston They located on Mr. Johnson's farm, afterwards moving to the DeBow farm which her husband purchased, where they resided until her death, after a brave but losing fight against the dreaded disease of cancer of the stomach. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from the United Lutheran church at Blair, Revs. Boe and Bestul officiating. Besides her husband, there survive five children Albert, Henry, Josephine, Selmer and Mrs. Selma Anderson all of Blair and who were present when she expired. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - AUGUST 2, 1917
JAMES JOHNSON (HEDMARKEN)
James Johnson was born in Hedmarken, Norway on October 20, 1846. At the age of twelve years, he came with his parents to the United States and settled on a farm near West Salem. At the age of 25 years, he was united in marriage to Miss Nellie Johnson. Then moved to Norway Township near Belmont, Iowa, where they were the first settlers of that township. After living in Iowa for 23 years, they moved back to their old home near West Salem. Five years later, they moved onto the farm west of Blair now owned by Carl Kelkesvig where they resided for eight years before moving to Coulee, North Dakota where they have lived since. He passed away on Friday, September 20, 1929 and leaves the following children: Mrs. Julia Hukee, Winger, Minnesota; Thaddeus of Blair; Mrs. Adelia Thompson of Long Beach, California; Mrs. Gena Hanson, Blair; Joseph, Superior; Casper, Pigeon Falls; and Adolph of Coulee, North Dakota. One other daughter, Mrs. Malena Johnson of Manford, North Dakota died four years ago. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 10, 1929
JOHN BENSON JOHNSON (SOLOR)
John Benson-Johnson was born in Solor, Norway, May 11, 1847. At the age of nineteen in the year 1866, he came to the U.S.A. with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Smallberg. They settled in Coon Valley, where they remained for two years and then moved to the old homestead in Reynolds Coulee. He worked in Eau Claire for a time where he met and married Miss Rachel Hoff of Hixton in 1874. To this union eleven children were born, of which only four remain: Richard Johnson of Blair; Ed. Johnson of Harlin, Minnesota; Burnette Johnson of Beaudette, Minnesota; and Mrs. Ida Morison of International Falls, Minnesota. One brother, B.B. Johnson, and twelve grandchildren also survive. They made their home in the Town of Preston for fourteen years, and since 1888 have resided in Blair. Mr. Benson was the first drayman of this city His death occurred Friday, November 18th and was caused by a general, run-down condition brought about by old age. Funeral services were held Monday, November 21 at the Synod Lutheran Church, Rev. Urberg officiating. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 1, 1927
MRS. JAMES JOHNSON (LILLEHAMER)
Mrs. Pernelle Johnson died September 14, 1937 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. S. O. Hukee on Tuesday, after a brief illness of two days. She had been in failing health and her death was attributed to old age. She was 84 years and 11 months at the time of her death. Mrs. Pernelle Johnson was the daughter of Thomas and Johanna Hjemle. She was born at Lillehamer, Norway on November 6, 1852. When she was 15 years old, she came with her parents to the U.S. and they settled in Wisconsin. In 1872 she was married to James Johnson at LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Immediately after the wedding, she left with her husband by covered wagon for Belmond, Iowa where they proved a homestead. It was here where her five boys and four girls were born. From Belmond they moved to West Salem, Wisconsin; Blair, Wisconsin; south of McIntosh, Minnesota; and Coulee, North Dakota. In 1929 Mr. Johnson died and in 1931 Mrs. Johnson came to McIntosh to live with her son and daughter. Mrs. Johnson was predeceased by her husband and, one son, Joseph, who died in infancy and one daughter, Mrs. Malena Johnson who died in 1927. She is survived by four sons, Adolph, McIntosh; Thadddeus, Taylor; three daughters, Mrs. E.J. (Adelia) Thompson, Long Beach, California; Mrs. S.O. (Julia) Hukee, Winger, Minnesota; and Mrs. E.E. (Gena) Hanson, Whitehall, Wisconsin and one brother, Ole Thompson of Belmond, Iowa and two sisters, Mrs. Mattie Newgord of Belmond, Iowa and Mrs. M.E. Saugstad of Woodburn, Oregon. Funeral services for Mrs. Johnson were held in Abrahamson's Funeral Chapel Wednesday afternoon with the Rev. C.M. Westermoe officiating. Interment was made in the Lutheran cemetery at Coulee where Mr. Johnson is buried and Adolph Johnson left by train this morning for Coulee, North Dakota. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 7, 1937
JOHN JOHNSON (NORWAY)
Funeral services were held Tuesday for John Johnson who died Friday evening at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. Joel Moen, who lives near Whitehall. He suffered a stroke two years ago and during the past week was stricken with two successive strokes and did not regain consciousness from Tuesday until his death. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Johan Olsen at the chapel of the Rhode funeral home in 1:30 p.m. and at 2 o'clock at the Fagernes Lutheran church, with burial in the church cemetery. Mr. Johnson was born September 27, 1857 in Norway. He was a pioneer settler in Lakes Coulee near Blair. His wife died December 11, 1917. He made his home with his granddaughter since November 6, 1938. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. John (Jennie) Chamberlein, of Lovillia, Iowa; Mrs. Charles (Hilda) Eckman of Blair; and Mrs. Ludwig (Agnes) Hanson of Black River Falls; and three sons, Albert of Minneapolis and Ludwig and Hjalmer of Blair. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 28, 1939
JOHANNES P. JOHNSON (BIRI)
Johannes P. Johnson Brastengen passed away at the Black River Falls clinic January 22, 1937 at the age of 72 years and seven days after a lingering illness of several months. He was ever patient and looking forward to when he might be well again, but when he was told that he could not live long, he calmly prepared himself for the end. Johannes Johnson was born in Biri, Norway, January 15, 1865, coming with his parents to America in 1868. His parents settled on a homestead in South Beaver Creek, where Johannes grew to manhood and afterward lived. He was united in marriage to Anetta Mattson in October 1890. Six children were born to this union of whom five survive him. They are Mrs. Tillie Johnson and Henry of North Bend; Palmer of Hardies Creek; Matt of Eau Claire; and Lila, Mrs. Oscar Waller of Hixton. Julia preceded him in death in 1918. His wife Anetta passed away in 1926. Three sisters also survive him, Mrs. George Gilbo of North Bend, Mrs. Andrew Swenson and Mrs. Nick Christianson of Ettrick, besides several grandchildren. Funeral services sere held at the First Lutheran church in Blair Tuesday, January 25th, the Rev. Konrad Urberg officiating and interment was made in the Trempealeau Valley cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 28, 1937
JOHANNES JOHNSON (BAKKISTAD)
Johannes Johnson died at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. Joel Moen, in this village, Friday, December 22, aged 82 years, 2 months and 25 days. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 1:30 at the Rhode chapel and at 2 o'clock at the Fagernes Lutheran church, the Rev. Johan Olsen officiating. At the chapel those gathered for the last rites sang, "Bedre can jeg ikke sare." And at the church, "Jeg ved mig en sovn I Jesu navn." Mrs. J.E. Rhode also sang at the church, "Jesus Cares." Both the Norwegian and English languages were used by the pastor. Pallbearers were the sons and sons-in-law of the deceased, Albert, Ludwick and Hjalmer Johnson, Ludwig Hanson, Charles Eckman and Joel Moen. Flowers were carried by grandsons, Carroll and Basil Hanson. Burial was in the Fagernes cemetery. Mr. Johnson was born in Bakkestad, Norway, September 27, 1857. He was baptized and confirmed in his native land. In 1878 he was united in marriage to Anna Anderson and they came to America in 1885 landing here on May 6 of that year. Eleven children were born this union, five of whom preceded him in death besides his wife who passed away on December 11, 1927. Four of the children died in Norway and Emily on April 7, 1914. The surviving children are Jennie, Mrs. John Chamberlain, Lovilia, Iowa; Agnes, Mrs. Ludwig Hanson, Black River Falls; Albert, Minneapolis; Hilda, Mrs. Charles Eckman and Ludwick and Hjalmer of Blair. Deceased is also survived by eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - DECEMBER 28, 1939
JOHN JOHNSON (SWEDEN)
John Johnson passed away at his home in the city, Wednesday evening, March 6, 1935, living just about 24 hours following a stroke of apoplexy suffered the day before when returning from the funeral of a friend, the late Otto Gunderson. Mr. Johnson was well known throughout the county and a resident of the city for more than fifty years, and was 73 years, 11 months and 2 days of age when called by death. His daughters who lived away were immediately notified of his illness, and Mrs. Julia Olson and daughters, Maxine and Dorothy, arrived a once from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mrs. Clara Ray, of Denver, Colorado, was driven by Mr. Ray to Cheyenne, Wyoming, where she joined her sister, Miss Birdine McBee, who had left at once from her home in Pendleton, Oregon. They arrived Saturday noon. Mrs. Alice Blix, who also lives in Denver, was unable to come on account of her children. Mr. Johnson's deep devotion to his five daughters, to whom he was ever a generous and devoted father, was reciprocated fully, as shown by the manner in which they at once responded to news of his illness. Funeral services were held at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ludwig Gilbertson, of this city, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and at the Lutheran church in the city at 3 o'clock. Rev. A.M. Romstad conducted the service. The church was filled with friends of the deceased who came to pay their last tribute to his memory. There were many beautiful flowers. The song service was given by Mrs. M.H. Moen, with Mrs. Esther Peterson as accompanist. Honorary pallbearers were John F. Marsh, John H. Mills, John C. Johnson and P.L. Moe. Active pallbearers were Tom Foreman, Ole P. Hagen, Frank Helbling, Sr., John H. Kleven, Warren Jones and F.H. Smith of Melrose. Mrs. Alma Bakken Wilson and Misses Agnes Emerson, Joyce Johnson and Elaine Kleven were in charge of the flowers. John Johnson, son of Johanes and Johannas Anderson, was born in Camnas Smaland, Sweden, April 4, 1861. He came to America April 21, 1882, coming directly to Black River Falls which remained his home for the rest of his days. He was united in marriage July 5, 1887 to Mattie Hanson in Minneapolis. She preceded him in death, passing away May 9, 1924. Five daughters, Mrs. Julia Olson of Minneapolis; Mrs. C.G. Ray and Mrs. Vernon Blix of Denver, Colorado; Mrs. G.K. McBee of Pendleton, Oregon; and Mrs. Ludwig Gilbertson, of this city, mourn his loss. He also leaves one brother, Andrew P. Johnson, of this city and one sister, Mrs. John Skog of Sweden. Mr. Johnson was a member of the Norwegian Lutheran church, and also of the S.A. F. lodge. For many years he officiated as alderman from the third ward. He was best known to all as stage driver, running the daily stage between here and North Bend for seven years, and between here and Melrose for the next 18 years. He lived during those years in the home now occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Albert Berg, which they purchased when Mr. Berg bought the stage line in April 1920. Mr. Johnson was also familiar throughout the city from the years in which he owned the ice business here. He lived for a time on a farm he owned north of the city, and during recent years had made his home on the place he owns in the fourth ward. Tome Foreman had been living with him this winter. Mr. Johnson enjoyed his independence, and preferred living alone to living with his daughters, who would gladly have had him. Mr. Johnson started his stage driving business about 1895 and continued it for 25 years. There was a long written account of his service in what was then the Journal, at the time he sold the business to Albert Berg in 1920. Only for a few years was he able to use an automobile, using horses for the trips. At the time it was figured as a safe estimate that he had traveled at least 250,000 miles on his route, a distance equal to ten trips around the world. Some distance to drive teams on all kinds of roads and in all kinds of weather. Recently he was figuring the miles he had traveled and decided it was well over 300,000. Only five times during the 28 years could he remember of having had to turn back unable to make his trip. He was always careful and painstaking in his mail service and equally so to the patrons of his stage line, many of whom never forgot the rides and visits enjoyed with him. He had a wonderful trip through the west a couple of years ago when he visited his daughters in Denver, Colorado and accompanied Mrs. Ray and her children on an extended motor trip. He never tired of telling of the enjoyment of his trip, which he greatly appreciated. The picture of Mr. Johnson which is used with this article was taken while on that trip and he was seated in front of a palm tree when it was taken. He was a kind-hearted, generous man, always willing and glad to help those in need. He was a loyal friend and kept his faith in his friends. He was a most interesting character, and stories he has told and that have been told of him will long linger in the memories of those who knew him. The sympathy of all is extended in full measure to his daughters, brother and sister. Reprinted from the Black River Falls Banner-Journal THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - MARCH 29, 1935
JOHN H. JOHNSON (BIRI)
John H. Johnson, Ettrick pioneer, passed away at his farm home in the Stensven Coulee Sunday morning September 26, 1926 following a long illness from tuberculosis and heart trouble. The past year he had been confined to his bed the most of the time. Even though confined, he was a very patient sufferer and never complained. John H. Johnson was born in Biri, Norway, October 24, 1858. When a lad of five years, he came to America with is parents and settled on the farm which continued to be his home up until the time of his death. He was one of the pioneers, and the beautiful farm home is a monument of his efforts. The deceased was a character all by himself. His kind treatment to dumb animals has often times been mentioned. He was united in marriage to Miss Sena Mahlum March 1, 1900. Six children were born to bless this union, all of them are living to mourn the loss of a kind and gentle parent. The children are: Hiram of Winona; Joseph, Berdella, Freeman and John, all at home. Besides leaving his children, he also leaves his widow, two sisters, Mrs. George Amoth and Mrs. Jennie Folkedahl of Ettrick and one brother, Andrew of Galesville. Funeral services were held Wednesday. Interment was made in the Amoth cemetery. Many sorrowing friends gathered at this time to do their last earthly honor to the deceased. Reprinted from the Ettrick Advance. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 7, 1926
MRS. JOHN JOHNSON (FROEN?)
Mrs. John Johnson died at her home, 3107 Pleasant Ave., South Minneapolis, Minnesota on Friday, May 9, 1924, after an illness of three weeks from myocarditis. Her death occurred at 2:30 am. Mathea Hanson was born at Troen, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway on July 8, 1861. When called to her final rest, she was 62 years, 10 months and 1 day of age. Deceased came to Black River Falls in 1881. On July 5, 1887, she was married to John Johnson, the wedding ceremony being performed in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson settled down in Black River Falls after their marriage and remained continuous residents of the city until they moved to Minneapolis less than a year ago. Mrs. Johnson was the mother of five daughters who are living: Mrs. Julia Olson of Minneapolis; Mrs. Cora Ray of Denver, Colorado; Mrs. Hazel Gilbertson, Black River Falls; Mrs. Alice Blix, St. Paul; and Birdine Johnson, who is a nurse and for the past years has been in Denver, Colorado. She is also survived by three brothers and one sisters: Edward Hanson, Mrs. May Leckshiedf and John Hanson of Brainerd, Minnesota; and Ole Hanson of Minneapolis. All the children were at their mother's bedside when the final summons came. In her home and with her husband and family, Mrs. Johnson was in her element. At all times she was devoted and loving wife and mother and she will be greatly missed by her husband who recognized and appreciated her many excellent qualities. To her daughters, she was ever a true and conscientious mother, bringing them up to be worthy women who will ever cherish her memory. THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - MAY 30, 1924
JOHN H. JOHNSON (OSTERDALEN)
John H. Johnson passed away at the home of Mrs. Regina Johnson in Franklin on Tuesday, May 25, at the age of 84 years (1942). Johannes H. Johnson Steie was born February 2, 1858 in Osterdalen, Norway to the parents Hans Johnson and Anne (nee) Gulmoen. He was baptized in the Osterdalen church. In 1868 he came to Little Norway near Black River Falls, Wisconsin and in 1873 was confirmed in the Black River Falls Lutheran church by the sainted Rev. Erik Jensen. Until the age of 25, he worked as a farm laborer in Little Norway. July 4, 1882, he was married in Eau Claire to Marthea Engebretson. She bore him the following children: Mrs. George Tellinghuser and Mrs. Walter Heeter of Milwaukee; Mrs. Oscar Gusk of Blair; Mrs. Brede Gusk of Taylor; Mrs. Hans Weslie of Galesville; Mrs. Bennie Wienkels of Gardner, Montana; Melvin who passed away in 1922 and three children who died in infancy. In 1883 they purchased the present Ray Hardie farm in Franklin which he continued to operate until 1921. His first wife passed way February 11, 1902. In 1908 he married Carrie Olson who passed away February 19, 1922. Since 1929 he had had his home with his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Regina Johnson. He is survived also by a brother, Ole, 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted on Memorial day at the North Beaver Creek First Lutheran church with the Rev. Konrad Urberg officiating. Interment was in the Pioneer cemetery in North Beaver Creek. THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 4, 1942
J.T. JOHNSON (ULVIK, HARDANGER)
J.T. Thompson died Thursday, September 13, 1906 at his home north of this village. His death was not unexpected as he had suffered with cancer of the stomach for some time, having failed rapidly during the summer. Deceased was born in Ulvik, Hardanger, Norway, in 1847, emigrating to this town in 1868 where he resided up to the time of his death. He was a sincere Christian, and most charitable in his religious views. He leaves to mourn his loss a wife, seven daughters and five sons as follows: Mrs. Newhart, Los Angeles, California; Mrs. R. Smith, Galesville; Mrs. J. Herreid and Sam of Ettrick; John, Joseph, Millie, Julius, Helmer, Clara, Cora and Anna, who are at home on the farm. The funeral services were held in the United Lutheran church at Hegg, Saturday at 2:30 p.m., Rev. Gulbrandson officiating. The pall bearers were K.K. Hagestad, E.J. Brovold, S.J. Brovold, O.G. Herreid, G.M. Herreid, and Sever Sylvester. The attendance was large, about 100 carriages following the remains to its resting place. The bereaved widow and relatives have the sympathy of the entire community. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - SEPTEMBER 20, 1906
JOHN JOHNSON (VERMLAND, SWEDEN)
One of the aged residents of Welch Coulee passed away April19, 1932 at 3:30 pm. John Johnson was born at Nordgaard, Hodges Parish, Vermland, Sweden, February 15, 1849. He was the youngest of 12 children and the last to survive. He emigrated to America in 1870. The same year he was united in marriage to Karin Olson, the ceremony being performed at the Trempealeau Valley church by Rev. Erick Jensen. The first years of their married life were spent in Tappen Coulee. In 1873 they purchased and moved to the farm in Welch Coulee where the remainder of their days were spent. Their union was blessed with eleven children. Two died in infancy. Those left to mourn the death of a beloved father were Mrs. Sam Anderson, Eau Claire; Mrs. Hartvig Peterson, Lakes Coulee; Julius, Carl, Elmer, Henry and Mrs. Emma McCoy all of White Earth, North Dakota; William, Salt Lake City, Utah; and Edwin at home. His wife preceded him to the Great Beyond exactly ten years to the day of his funeral, April 23, 1922. There are four grandchildren. His health had broken down forty years ago. Twenty-nine years ago, under an attack of appendicitis he was informed by a physician that he had but a few hours to live and yet he managed to survive this prophecy many years. So short-sighted is human knowledge. This winter he had an attack of the flu and bronchitis. His condition was not considered alarming until shortly before the end. He was very fond of reading and a great lover of song. His sight was remarkable and even at the advanced age of 83 years was able to read without glasses. His kindly nature and gentle modesty endeared him to all his neighbors and acquaintances. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Zion Lutheran church in charge of Rev. Sweger, Saturday, April 23, 1932. A vocal solo was sung by Mrs. A.N Garson and a duet by Mr. and Mrs. Garson. Pallbearers were Ole T. Brekke, Tom Bretten, P.G. Gunderson, Albert Arneson and G.O. Gunderson. The flower girls were Alma Brekke and Evelyn Halvorson. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 28, 1932
MRS. JOHN JOHNSON (VERMLAND, SWEDEN)
Karin Olson was born March 7th, 1850 in Baardstad, Vermland, Sweden. She came to this country August 8, 1870, the same year she was married to John Johnson by Rev. E Jensen. The first three years of their marriage was spent in Tappen Coulee. In 1873 they moved to the farm in Welch Coulee which has been their home ever since. The deceased was the mother of eleven children, two dying infancy and those surviving are: Mrs. Sam Anderson, Eau Claire; Mrs. Hartwig Peterson of Lakes Coulee; Mrs. Eveard McCoy of Casselton, North Dakota; Julius, Carl, Elmer and Henry of White Earth, North Dakota; William of Everett, Washington; and Edwin at home. Her husband and one brother, Harry Olson of Welch Coulee; and three sisters, one in Canada and two in Sweden also survive her. Mrs. Johnson died April 23, 1922, and was laid to rest in the U.S. church cemetery in Blair on April 28, 1922. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 4, 1922
JULIUS H. JOHNSON (SOLOR)
Julius H. Johnson, 82, Taylor, died Thursday night (November 27, 1952) at the Krohn Clinic, Black River Falls, where he had been a patient for two weeks. He had been in ill health for about two years and was hospitalized several times in recent months, but led a very active life until his illness. He was born in Solor, Norway on April 17, 1870 and baptized there in infancy. He came to Blair at the age of 13 and was confirmed here in the Zion Lutheran church where they homesteaded and which farm was Mr. Johnson's home for about sixty years. He was married on December 29, 1893 to Clara Holden who preceded him in death three years ago in December. The couple retired from farming in 1893 (?) and purchased a home in Taylor where they lived until their deaths. Survivors are five daughters, Mrs. Melvin (Minnie) Herreid, Black River Falls; Mrs. Jule (Ruth) Larson, Eau Claire; Mrs. Alvin (Hazel) Severson and Mrs. Ralph (Emma) Stevens, Taylor; and Mrs. Archie (Thelma) Hoem, Melrose; four sons, James, Black River Falls; Roy, Gary, Indiana; Morris, Taylor; and Theodore, Arcadia; three brothers, Ole Johnson, Canada; and Helmer and Elmer, Taylor. There are also 35 grandchildren surviving. Three children preceded him in death. He was a member of the North Beaver Creek Lutheran church. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the North Beaver Creek church with the Rev. B.J. Halem officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 4, 1952
KNUTE JOHNSON (TELEMARKEN)
Knut Johnson of Ellingson, South Dakota passed away at his farm home Saturday evening, November 15, 1941. Death was caused by a heart ailment. K.K. Johnson was a respected leader in his community. He was a staunch supporter of the Golden Valley Lutheran Church of which he was a trustee. He had served continuously on the Township Board since 1916. In spite of his many duties, he was never too busy to help a neighbor in anyway he could. One of his outstanding achievements and perhaps his best-loved hobby was an orchard to which he devoted much of his spare time. Besides many shade trees and native fruits, he had several varieties of apples, plums and grapes. A varied assortment of flowering shrubs gave color to the farm throughout the summer. Unless other work was too pressing, Mr. Johnson could always be found working among his trees and flowers. Knute K. Johnson was born in Telemarken, Norway October 20, 1881 and was baptized there. At the age of six months he came to this country with his mother and settled in Blair, Wisconsin. There he was confirmed in the Lutheran church He married Oliva Thompson of Blair and in the fall of 1908 filed on a homestead in Perkins County where they made their home. To this union, six children were born. Two girls, Alice and Irene, passed away in infancy. The other children are Sylvia, Mrs. Floyd Howe of Bucyrus, North Dakota; Kermit at home; Berelle, Mrs. L.W. Christiansen of Seattle, Washington; and Irene, Mrs. Clarence Lekberg, also of Seattle. Mrs. Johnson passed away in 1918. In 1923 Knut Johnson married Ella Robot of Hettinger. A boy, Zane, was born to this union, Other near survivors are his aged mother, Mrs. Knute Knutson of Robaix, South Dakota; his sister, Mrs. Martin Nelson of Rockford, South Dakota; five brothers, Ebert Knutson of Blair, Wisconsin; Julius, Carl and Ben Knutson of Robaix, South Dakota and Albert Knutson of Ellingson, South Dakota and six grandchildren. Pallbearers were A.R. Howe, Frank McFarland, Bert Dybfjord, Melvin Hanson, Clarence Peterson and Carl Erickson. The Golden Valley choir sang "No Night There." Mr. and Mrs. Olaf Hanna sang "Beautiful Garden of Prayer; the Zion Male Quartette sang, "Resting Now," and Kurt Erdmann gave the solo, "Going Home." The deceased was a man of sterling charter who worked tirelessly for the betterment of the state and church. Interment was made in the Golden Valley Cemetery of Ellingson. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 4, 1941
KNUT JOHNSON (HELLE, TELMARK)
Knut Johnson died at his home in the town of Irvin, Jackson County, at 7 a.m. on the 21st day of this month. Mr. Johnson was born at Helle, Telemarken, Norway, September 19, 1826. A short time after his birth, his parents moved to Kragero, Norway, where he lived until 1854. On April 1st of that year, he sailed for this country on the ship Varden, landing at Quebec July 1. From there he went to Chicago, Illinois where he remained for about eleven months. From Chicago, he went to Oconomowoc, where he spent five months. From Oconomowoc, he came to Black River Falls, Jackson County, and soon after hired out to James Perry, who was then in the mill and lumber business. He continued to work for Mr. Perry nearly fifteen years, and during eleven years of that time was on the river running rafts sometimes as far as Alton, Illinois. On returning from trips down the river, it was customary for all, in most instances, to walk back to Black River Falls from LaCrosse or Sparta, but in those days a trip of fifty or one hundred miles on foot was not usually considered a hardship even though a man had to carry heavy luggage. On termination of his service with Mr. Perry, he settled in the town of Springfield where he lived for about twelve years, then moved to the town of Irving, where he continued to live until his death. On August 3, 1857, Mr. Johnson was married to Ingri Tolleifson, by whom he had twelve children, three of whom died in infancy and his oldest son, Karelius Johnson, died about thee years ago at Minong, this state, thus leaving surviving him, his widow, Ingri, who lives with her sons; Henry and Carl in Irving; Andrina Winner, Black River Falls; Mary Lyon, Secherlville; Martha Gunderson of Moose Lake, Minnesota; Edward of Strathcona, Minnesota; Theodore, Whitehall; Henry and Carl, Irving, Jackson county; and Ida Riley of Chicago, Illinois. The funeral as held at his home and very largely attended by his friends and neighbors, all of his children being present but three. Rev. L.S. Marvick of Black River Falls preached the funeral service. Throughout his long life, Mr. Johnson enjoyed splendid health, was a man of great energy and was constantly at work up to a very recent period. His mental faculties seemed as clear as ever, almost up to the very time of his death. All who knew him intimately will feel that a very good man and helpful citizen has gone. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - MAY 4, 1916
LARS JOHNSON (OIER, GULBRANDSDALEN)
Lars Johnson was born in Oier parish, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, March 19, 1841, of the parents Johan Sagstuen and Kirsti Johnson. In the year 1869 he was united in marriage to Gunhild Petersdatter Sandbo. He sailed for America with his wife in 1880, arriving at Whitehall July 5. He has lived in the town of Unity since his arrival. Six years after reaching this country, he acquired his present farm. Mrs. Johnson died about four years ago. Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, two of whom died at an early age. The near relatives surviving him are his six children: Peter; Mrs. John Call; Mrs. Bina Lynn; John; Gustav and Ludvig; 28 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, besides three brothers, Ole Foss of Strum, Chris Foss of Washburn and John Krohhaugen of Norway, and one sister, Mrs. Dina Dahl of Eau Claire. Mr. Johnson died at his home April 24, at the age of 94 years, one month and five days. Funeral services were held here on Saturday afternoon at the West Beef River church, the Rev. N.E. Halvorsen officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MAY 2, 1935
JOHN P. JOHNSON (VARDAL)
John P. Johnson, 69, died Friday (April 26, 1968) evening at Tri-County Memorial Hospital, Whitehall, from a heart condition. He had been a patient there since Sunday. He was born November 1, 1898 at Vardal, Norway to Peter and Hanna Rosendahl Johnson, and came to Trempealeau County at the age of 12. He was married to Gena Anderson September 3, 1918. He farmed in the Blair and Ettrick areas until eight years ago when he retired and with his wife moved to Blair. Survivors are his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Vernon (Jeanette) Nyen, Osseo; three sons, Hensel and Gene, Blair; and Duane, Ettrick; 15 grandchildren; two brothers, Ingvald, Blair and Paul, state of Washington; and one sister, Mrs. Marvin (Hannah) Neperud, Silverton, Oregon. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Blair First Lutheran church, the Rev. K.M Urberg officiated and burial was in Rest Haven cemetery. Harlyn Larson, Francis Herreid, Clint Immell, Everett Hanson, Ray Solberg and Lester Jorgenson were pallbearers. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 2, 1968
MRS. LARS JOHNSON (N. FROEN, GULBRANDSDALEN)
Gunhild Peterson was born in Nordre Froen, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, October 1, 1843. In 1869, she was united in marriage to Lars Johnson, and came to America, Trempealeau County, in 1880, where they settled on the homestead which has since been her home. Eight children were born to this union. She was preceded in death by one son and one daughter. The deceased was one of the early pioneers to settle in this community and has been a member of the West Beef River Norwegian Lutheran congregation since it was organized. Mrs. Johnson was in fairly good health up to Wednesday, March 11, when she was taken with a paralytic stroke. She passed away peacefully Monday evening, March 15. She is survived by her husband and four sons and two daughters, all of whom were present at her bedside. They are Peter, John, Gust, Ludwig, Mrs. J.A. Call and Mrs. F.E. Lyon. She also leaves besides her children, 28 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. The funeral services were held Friday afternoon, March 21, at the home and at the West Beef River church. Rev Halvorsen officiating. She was laid to rest in the church cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MARCH 26, 1931
MRS. JULIA JOHNSON (ULVIK, HARDANGER)
Mrs. Julia Johnson whose maiden name was Julia Dahl was born in Plaa Uleik, Norway on November 8, 1853 and died September 9, 1923 at the age of 70 years and 9 months. She came to Wisconsin when three years of age and with her parents lived on the George Knutson farm in Beaver Creek until she was 15 years of age when she moved to Minnesota. At the age of 17, she was married to H.H. Paine. Three children were born to this union - Mrs. O.G. Herreid, Charles Paine and Mrs. Will Casey. At the age of 24, she was left a widow. At 28 she married Ed Johnson and became the stepmother of his two children - Ms. C.J. Stekke and J.E. Johnson. To this union were born two children: Mrs. Omer Johnson and Mrs. Archie Johnson. She had 36 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Rev. Elling Dale of Burbank, South Dakota and Olaf Dale of Fairfax, Minnesota and a sister, Mrs. Bertha Hoiby, Osakis, Minnesota. Two sisters and two brothers preceded her in death. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 20, 1923 (Researching this family is Cindi Anderson)
MATHIAS JOHNSON (VARDAL)
Mathias Johnson was born in Vardal, Norway, December 28, 1847. He was baptized, had some schooling and was confirmed there. In 1877, he was married to Miss Beata Olstad and immigrated to this country the same year. He worked with his brother, John, a few years in Hixton, but in 1881, the young couple moved to Osseo and created a small home and have lived there ever since. He was of fairly good health despite his advanced years, but about a week before his death, was taken violently ill and as a last resort was taken to a Eau Claire hospital, where he passed away peacefully Sunday morning, September 28. It was one more of our very best early settlers who left us. Peace be to his memory. Now this writer has been well and intimately acquainted with Math ever since he fist settled in Osseo, and I deem it a privilege to say a few words about him. He was one of a family of ten children, and like the most of us, had to start from the bottom. It seems that most of his brothers learned the trade of shoemaking and Math did and let me say, he learned it well. That trade in the good old days was far different from the cobbler shop today. Yes, they made the boots and shoes all by hand and there were few that could do a better or neater job than Math could. I speak from experience, as he made all my shoes from the time he started in Osseo till a few years ago, when he simply had to quit making new shoes on account of the great improvements in commercial articles. Now, probably the most remarkable thing about Math was that he kept on sitting on that bench year in and year out, long after his financial circumstances were such that he didn't need to. You will remember that he and Pete became statewide celebrities when the Milwaukee Journal published a good picture of the two old, young boys with a short write-up. Our local paper also published that. Nice, wasn't it? He was a quiet man, attending to his own business and he never sought an office, but come to think of it, he served some years on the village council. He was strictly honest in all his dealings and if some of us needed a little help or counsel, he was always ready. For a man with his limited education he was really more broadminded on everyday questions than most of us. As I said in the beginning he was brought up in the Lutheran faith and when the Osseo congregation as formed, he was one of the first to join and he and family have been faithful members all these years. His path was not always rosy. He had his sorrows and pleasures. About 43 years ago his oldest son, Jule, a bright lad of eight or ten years of age, was accidently shot to death. His good wife and helpmate died September 8, 1908, which was the heaviest shock to him, as she was an exceptionally good woman, and he had led a lonely life with his son, Fred, and family. You all remember his youngest son, Alex, who suffered from childhood with some incurable malady. He died some twelve years ago. He leaves now to mourn his death, his only living son, Fred, three grandchildren, one brother Christ Johnson of Hixton and several nephews and nieces and friends - say count the whole neighborhood. We feel sure he had all friends and no enemies. Let me sympathize with his old partner and almost brother, Pete, who faithfully sat on the bench beside him for forty years or more. Perhaps the loss is harder to him than his immediate family. The poor old fellow certainly is lost. May God have mercy on him the few declining years he may have left. The funeral was held from the Lutheran church Wednesday, October 1st, and conductd by Rev. O.C. Aune. The church was filled to capacity and the floral offerings were very heavy. There were a large number of memorial gifts for the different branches of our church. A powerful and beautiful sermon was delivered by our pastor. Our male choir sang several selected songs. The pallbearers were Ed Hagen, A.B. Olson, Ole Martinson, Tom Lomsdahl, August Klundby and yours truly, A.N. Freng. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - OCTOBER 15, 1930
OLE JACOB JOHNSON (VARDAL)
Ole Jacob Johnson passed away at the St. Joseph’s hospital at Marshfield, Wisconsin, on August 22, 1926, following a stroke of paralysis. Mr. Johnson had been of failing health for the past few months. He underwent an operation for ulcer of the stomach on August 14, and which proved a success and many relatives and friends looked forward to a speedy recovery, when suddenly he was taken with a stroke from which he did not recover. No effort as to medical skill and comforts were spared. Mr. Johnson was born in Vardal, Norway, on January 25, 1860 and reached the age of 66 years, 6 months and 28 days. Mr. Johnson came to this country at the age of 19 years, together with his mother, sister and brothers and coming direct to Hixton where he has since resided. On January 25, 1887 he was married to Mary Olson of Northfield, who with one daughter and seven sons are left to mourn his untimely death. The children are: Mrs. Melvin Peterson who resides at Marshfield, George of Marshfield, Paul at Racine, Alvin of Hixton, Morris, Oscar and Jay on the home farm in Curran Valley. He also leaves five grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Nettie Lucker of St. Peter, Minnesota, and two brothers, Matt of Osseo and H.C. Johnson of Hixton. Mr. Johnson and family moved from Hixton to their farm in Curran Valley in March 1897. Mr. Johnson has been a consistent member of the Lutheran church and endeavored to live the life of a good Christian. He was a kind and indulgent father whose chief concern entered about the home and farm. After his death the remains were brought to his home in Curran Valley where brief services were held at the home at 2:00 p.m. and at the Curran Valley Lutheran church at 2:30 on Wednesday, August 26, 1926, Rev. Lovaas officiating, and the remains were laid at rest in the Curran Valley cemetery. The family has the sympathy of neighbors and friends in their great loss of a kind husband and father. May they be comforted in their hour of sorrow by the recollections of the life and labors for them, and by that faith which is the cornerstone of true Christian life. THE TAYLOR HERALD - AUGUST 27, 1926
OLE R. JOHNSON (SOLAR)
Ole R. Johnson was born in Solor, Norway, October 7th, 1866. He was the son of Johannes and Anna Opaason. He was baptized and confirmed in the home congregation of the Lutheran church. After confirmation he was associated with his father in the shoemaker trade. But America, the Land of Opportunity, beckoned and at the age of 19 he set sail for this county. It was the year 1885 and at Blair he found his brother, Charles, who had preceded him from Norway. Eight years later he had found his life mate and was united in marriage to Clara Solberg at Whitehall, Wisconsin October 13, 1893. Four children were born to this union. A son, Carleton, died at the age of one year, a daughter, Jennie, the age of seven. The other two are Agnes (Mrs. Palmer Granlund) of Blair and Odin on the home farm. Mr. Johnson was engaged many winters in the arduous labors of the woodsman in the vast lumber industry of early Wisconsin. Thirty years go he sold his home in the village of Blair and moved out to the farm where he remained until death summoned. Besides farming he was occupied with carpentering more than 25 years. All the neat buildings on his farm were erected by him. Mr. Johnson was taken ill early this fall with heart trouble. The disease progressed through favorable and unfavorable stages until finally death came Saturday, January 7, 1939 at 8:30 a.m. A little better than 72 years was the span of this man’s earthly years. In a small plot of ground far from the place of his nativity, his mortal remains are committed to the dust. Through the years he strove to do his duty as he saw it, to live uprightly among his fellows and lend to them a helping hand in time of need. His associates feel that a good neighbor is gone, his wife and children that death has deprived them of a kind husband and generous father. Three brothers survive, Carl in Shiocton, Wisconsin and two in Norway. Also a sister, Pauline (Mrs. Andrew Hokenson) of Portland, Oregon survive. Three brothers and a sister preceded him in death. There are four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, January 11th at 1:15 at the home and at 2 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran church, Rev. T.E. Sweger officiating. Mrs. Angus Sather sang “Jeg ved mig en Sovn” and “Jesus Lover of My Soul.” The pallbearers were Selmer Helgeson, Melvin Drangstveit, Theodore Drangstveit, Oscar Lyngen, Charles Shelley and Benhardt Knutson. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 12, 1939
MRS. OSCAR B. JOHNSON (OSLO)
Funeral services for Mrs. O.B. Johnson, 82, who died Saturday noon (April 29, 1961) at the Bethany Lutheran Home for the Aged, LaCrosse, were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran church here, the Rev. E.E. Olson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mrs. Johnson and her husband became residents of the home on October 24, 1960. She had suffered a stroke several weeks ago. The former Albertina Hanson was born June 22, 1878 in Oslo, Norway, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Torval Hanson. At 17 she came to America to live with a sister at Fairchild and worked as a seamstress until her marriage to John Lynnes of that area. Her parents had died before her departure from Norway. The family later moved to Chicago where Mr. Lynnes died. In 1919 she was married to Oscar B. Johnson and the couple farmed in Trump Coulee until 22 years ago when they moved here. Mrs. Johnson was a charter member of the Hill Crest Club which was organized in 1945, the American Legion Auxillary and the Order of Easter Star. She is survived by her husband, one son, Raymond Lynnes, Kansas City, Kansas; one step-son, Bennie Johnson, Washington; one adopted son, Ralph Johnson, with the armed forces at Drayton Plains, Michigan; 7 grandchildren; 8 step-grandchildren. Two sons and a daughter, by her previous marriage, have died. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 11, 1961
LINUS K. JOHNSON (TARNA, SWEDEN)
Linus Kaurin Johnson was born in Tarna parish in Vesterbottens-land Sweden, October 21, 1896. He was the youngest of the five children of John and Anna Philipson. His father is the only brother of Mr. Gust Philipson. L.K. Johnson was a carpenter by trade and in the winter of 1924, he immigrated to America, coming to St. Hilaire, Minnesota. For a short time before his illness, he was in the employ of Albert Engen, local contractor. For the past year and a half he has been confined to the sanatorium at Onalaska. Death came Friday morning, April 27. Deceased was 31 years, six months and six days of age. Undertaker Rhode, who brought the body from Onalaska also had charge of the funeral arrangements. Rev. Maskestad officiated, conducting the service at the home and at the Lutheran church in the Norwegian language. Burial was made at the Old Whitehall cemetery. Among the personal papers of Mr. Johnson were testimonials from his pastor as to his excellent character and others as to his skill in his trade. Those who knew him held him in very high esteem. He is survived by his parents and two sisters and two brothers in Sweden. Mr. Philipson and family are his only relatives in this country. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MAY 3, 1928
MRS. LARS C. JOHNSON (VARDAHL)
The death of Mrs. Lars C. Johnson occurred Sunday morning, March 11, at her home in this city, following an attack of the grippe which terminated in heart failure. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at 1 o’clock p.m. from the home and also from the United Lutheran church, Rev. O. C. Myhre, of LaCrosse, in charge. The remains were interred in the Galesville cemetery. Maria Brudlos was born in Vardahl, Norway, March 29, 1840. When she was about seventeen years of age, she emigrated with her parents to the United States. The family came to Wisconsin and settled in Coon Valley, near LaCrosse. In August 1862, she was united in wedlock to Lars C. Johnson. They made their home in Half Way Creek and later to Council Bay, removing to Galesville a little over a year ago. Besides her husband, four children survive. These are Charles, who made his home with his parents; Mrs. Bertint Evenson of Hardies Creek; Mrs. I.G. Herried and Mrs. P.J Enghagen of this city. A brother, Ole, resides at Coon Valley and a sister, Mrs. J. C. Johnson at Stoddard. The deceased was a lifelong member of the Lutheran church. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - MARCH 22, 1917
MARTIN JOHNSON (SONDRE LAND)
A long, useful and honorable life came to a close in the passing of Martin Johnson, widely known town of Pigeon citizen, on Saturday, October 10. He was among the many who came from Norway in the early days to establish a home in America and he encountered and surmounted many of the problems which confronted the pioneers in the development of this country Martin was born April 9, 1857, in Sondreland, Norway, son of John and Marie Peterson. He came to America with his parents when he was ten weeks old, and lived with them until he was married to Bertha T Gunderson on December 12, 1880. The Johnsons started farming on her father’s place, which they bought. Seven children were born to them, of whom three, John Theodore, Clara Honora and Clarence Helmer, besides his wife, preceded him in death. The surviving children are Bettilde Marie, now Mrs. Jens K. Berge; Olga Theoline, Mrs. Ludwig Thompson; Clara Juliet, Mrs. Melvin Tangen and Melvin Benoni. Six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive, besides one brother, Albert Johnson of Mapleton, Minnesota. Mr. Johnson moved to Pigeon Falls in 1914. On December 19, 1919, he was married to Mrs. Mina Evenson. She preceded him in death December 24, 1935. After that he moved back to the old farm home now owned by his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Johnson, where he died. Funeral services were held from the home and the U.L. church at Pigeon Falls October 15, the Revs. A.J. and H.A Oerke officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Albert, H.P. and Torval Fremstad, Orvil Nereng, Ludwig Knudson and O.B. Sletteland. Flowers were carried by his granddaughter, Charlotte Johnson and a great-granddaughter, Gertrude Hagen. Solos were rendered by the Rev. H.A. Oerke and a niece of the deceased, Mrs. Angus Sather of Blair. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - NOVEMBER 5, 1936
MRS. KAREN JOHNSON (GULBRANDSDALEN)
Karen Johnson, 88, Galesville, passed away Saturday, August 15, 1980 in Grand View Nursing Home, Blair. She was born in Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, December 20, 1891 to Christian and Martha Auseth. She married Christian Johnson at Galesville January 31, 1914. He died March 29, 1960. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran church ALCW and the Crystal Valley Homemakers. Survivors are two sons, Tilman and Roy, both of Galesville; one daughter, Mrs. Norval (Jennie) Anderson, Ettrick; one brother, Ryder Auseth of Pigeon Falls; 18 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by one son, one sister and three brothers. Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 19, 1980, 2 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church, Galesville. Rev. M.C. Parkhurst officiated and burial was in the Pine Cliff Cemetery, Galesville. Smith Mortuary, Galesville, was in the charge of arrangements. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 28, 1980
L.B. JOHNSON (EIDFJORD)
The death of L.B. Johnson, the earliest settler in Joe Coulee, Town of Ettrick, occurred at his home on Sunday morning, October 23, 1920. He had been confined to his bed for nearly three moths, the last three weeks being helpless, but conscious until the last hour came, then falling into a peaceful slumber. Mr. Johnson was a man of sturdy physique, sterling character, industrious habits and a good disposition. In short, he possessed all the qualities that go to make a true gentleman and a Christian. He lived an exemplary life - a life of usefulness to his country and his Creator, always seeking his spiritual welfare first and then the temporal. He was a good faithful, upright church member of the Beaver Creek congregation for a period of three score years and for a few years served as deacon. Deceased was born in Eidfjord, Hardanger, Norway, on May 20, 1840 and when 17 years old, he emigrated with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Bue, to America, settling at Koskenang, Dane County, Wisconsin in 1857. In 1860 they came to the Beaver Creek Valley and took a homestead in Joe Coulee, so named after his father. Mr. Johnson has seen this valley emerge from a vast wilderness to a well developed, productive and prosperous farming section with beautiful homes, good schools and fine churches, within a radius of a few miles. At that time the nearest market place was Trempealeau. The first Lutheran church was a log cabin which Mr. Johnson helped to build, near what is now Joe Hoem’s place. In 1867, he married Anna Johnson from Ulve (Uilvik?), Norway, to which union three children were born. In 1894 he sold a part of the old homestead to his son and built a new house on the one forty he retained. Here the old couple lived in peace and harmony, surrounded by their three children, until Mrs. Johnson was taken sick and called to her eternal resting place on November 30, 1913, at the age of about 75 years. Since then his daughter, Mrs. Inga Vik, has given his the best of care up to the time of his death. Shortly before his death he selected one funeral hymn, “Den Store Vide Flok to be sung at his funeral. He directed his family to buy no flowers for his casket, but rather to donate the money to some needy orphan’s home or to the missions. He also told his pastor to say nothing about him in his sermon. On October 24th he was summoned to join the innumerable caravan for which he had long been waiting and was glad to exchange his earthly abode for the Heavenly mansion above. He is survived by three children: John, who resides on the old farm; Henry Thompson and Mrs. A. Vik, all of this coulee, one sister, Mrs. K. Rickolson, 16 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed, not only by the immediate family circle but by a host of friends and especially by his congregation. On October 275h the funeral took place, Rev. S.S. Urberg, his old pastor, preaching a full sermon to a well filled church. Slowly and sadly he was laid to rest underneath the moaning pine tree beside his beloved wife. The pallbearers were: Arne Stone, Edmond Stone, Nels Twesme, Lars Twesme, Matt Thunold and Ole T. Johnson. Peaceful is they silent slumber, Peaceful is thy grave so low, Thou no more will join our number, Thou no more our sorrows know, Yet again we hope to meet thee, When the day of life is fled, And in Heaven with many to greet thee, Where no farewell tears are shed. THE BLAIR PRESS - NOVEMBER 4, 1920
MRS. MARIE JOHNSON (NORWAY)
Mrs. Marie Johnson, 73, died of complications on her 73rd birthday Wednesday night, January 25, 1939, at her farm home in Curran Valley. She was born January 25, 1866 in Norway. Her husband, Jacob Johnson, also was born on a January 25th. They were married at Hixton January 25, 1887, their oldest son, George, was born on a January 25 and Mrs. Johnson died January 25, 1939. She came to the United State when ten years old and had made her home in Curran Valley for 41 years. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lars Olson Steen. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson had nine children, two of whom, Harold and Jay, are dead. Mr. Johnson died in August 1926. Survivors are seven children, George and Mrs. Melvin (Marine) Peterson, Marshfield; Alvin, Hixton; Boyd, Sheboygan; Paul, Racine and Oscar at home; three sisters, Mrs. Carl Anderson, Taylor; Mrs. Martin B. Olson Northfield, Wisconsin and Mrs. John Gregory, Molalla, Oregon; and four brothers, Hans J. Olson, Herbert, Sask., Canada; L.E. Olson, Williston, North Dakota; and Oscar L. Olson, Northfield. Two brothers are dead. Mrs. Johnson was a member of the Lutheran church all her life. Funeral services were conducted at the Curran Valley Evangelical Lutheran church at 11 a.m. Saturday, the Rev. A.J. Bringle officiating. Burial was in the Curran Valley cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 2, 1939
MRS. MARIE JOHNSON (NORWAY)
Funeral services were held December 28 at the Upper Beaver Creek Lutheran Church for Mrs. Marie Johnson, 74, who passed away on Friday (December 25, 1970) at the Jackson Home in Black River Falls. The Rev. Vern Barlow officiated and burial was in the church cemetery. She was born on November 3, 1896 in Norway and came to this country as a young girl. She and her husband farmed in the Taylor area. Survivors are two sons, Maurice Brown, Black River Falls and Eugene Brown of LaCrosse; two daughters, Mrs. Lloyd (Verna) LeMere, Minneapolis and Mrs. Robert (Delores) Bay, Onalaska; two brothers, Raymond Sather, Taylor and Menford Sather, Blair; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 31, 1970
NERI T. JOHNSON (TELEMARKEN)
Neri T. Johnson, former county clerk of Jackson county, passed away at his home in the Town of Franklin on April 27th, 1928 at the age of 69 years, 5 months and 13 days, after a long illness of cancer. He had been ill more than a year. The funeral services were held from the Beaver Creek Lutheran church last Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Urberg of Blair and Rev. Christopherson of Pigeon Falls, conducting the service. There was a very large attendance of friends at the funeral, so many that the church was not large enough to accommodate more than a portion who paid their last tribute of respect. Interment was at the church cemetery. Mr. Johnson was born at Telemarken, Norway on November 14th, 1859, the son of Torger and Berget Johnson. When he was about two years of age, the family started for America. His good mother died on the long voyage across the Atlantic. The father and children located in Dane county upon their arrival in the new land. A year or so later, they moved to Trempealeau County. Neri was adopted by his uncle and aunt, Neri and Sigried Heimdahl, and went to live with them at Beaver Creek. He grew to manhood and engaged in farming. His son, Theodore, now farms the same homestead. On March 4th, 1882, he was married to Miss Kjerstina Torkelson at the Trempealeau Valley Lutheran church. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Haldor Torkelson, who were among the pioneers of the Beaver Creek valley. In 1910 he was elected county clerk and moved with his family to this city. He was re-elected with opposition in 1912. At the close of his second term, he engaged in the farm implement business in this city, disposing of his interest two years later and returning to his farm in Franklin. In 1919, he opened a store there which he has since conducted. His wife died about 15 years ago. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Ed. Twesme of Ettrick and Mrs. Albert Anderson of Disco; five sons, Theodore of Franklin, Herbert of Duluth, Minnesota; Archie of Taylor; Francis of Ettrick and Leonard of Melrose. Another son, Elmer, died about 19 years ago. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Iver Nelson of Blair. Mr. Johnson was a man of broad public spirit and early in life became an active participant in town affairs and served as town clerk many years. He was also clerk of his school district several terms. In the days of county conventions, he was frequently a delegate to Republican conventions. Reprinted from the Black River Falls Banner Journal THE TAYLOR HERALD - MAY 11, 1928
MATHIAS JOHNSON (RENPEKER)
Mathias Johnson died at the home of his son, Nels M. Johnson, April 10, 1919, after a brief illness of heart trouble at the age of 87 years, 4 months and 9 days. Mr. Johnson was born in Renpaker, Norway, December 1, 1831. He was united in marriage tin 1852 to Eli Hauli. In 1857, with one child, they came to this country, locating in LaCrosse. At that time there were no railroads in that city. Two years later he took up a homestead in French Creek, Trempealeau County. From there, he moved to the Town of Pigeon. Forty years ago, he bought a farm in the Town of Northfield, where he has resided ever since with the exception of a few years when he was employed as a carpenter at Eau Claire. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. T.R. Kittelson of Osseo and Mrs. James Gardner of Detroit, Michigan; and one son, Nels M. of Northfield. Several children died in infancy. His wife preceded him in death three years ago. In the fall of 1912 they celebrated their diamond wedding. Mr. Johnson was a man of Christian character and held in high esteem by all who knew him. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - APRIL 24, 1919
MRS. OLE JOHNSON (VARMLAND, SWEDEN)
Mrs. Ole Johnson, 86, resident of Chimney Rock for 61 years, died at the Whitehall Community Hospital at 9:50 Wednesday morning, where she had been a patient for 10 months. Death followed a stroke of paralysis, which she suffered shortly after becoming a patient at the hospital. Funeral services will be held at the Wiemer chapel at Independence at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and at 2 o’clock at the Chimney Rock Lutheran church, the Rev. H.A. Wichmann officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. As Caroline Olson, Mrs. Johnson was born July 13, 1857 in Vermland, Sweden. At the age of 25 years, she came to this country alone to join her finance, Ole Johnson, who had preceded her to this country. She came directly to the Jon P. Johnson home in Chimney Rock and there she and Ole Johnson were married on August 6, 1883. They established their home on a farm in Chimney Rock, where he preceded her in death. The surviving children include three sons and six daughters, as follows: Melvin Johnson, Visalia, California; Emma, Mrs. P.H. Poquette, Grand Canyon, Arizona; Clara, Mrs. R.E. Francy, Phoenix, Arizona, Helmer Johnson, Fargo, North Dakota; Mrs. Mildred Abbott, Phoenix, Arizona; Arthur Johnson, Whitehall; Mrs. Helen Lee, Beloit, Wisconsin; Judith Johnson, Independence; and Selma, Mrs. Lyle Kolve, Independence. She also leaves 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Two of her grandsons, Melvin Johnson, Jr., and Wallace Johnson, sons of Helmer Johnson, are members of the air forces. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 20, 1944
OLE HILLEQUE JOHNSON (SOGNAL [SOGN?])
On Christmas day, Ole Hilleque Johnson was called to rest after an illness which had confined him to his bed for several months. Death came unexpectedly in spite of his long illness. He seemed to be feeling better than he had for many weeks on Christmas morning. He rose from his bed to eat his breakfast, read a few passages of the Scriptures, then soon after he was dead. Mr. Hilleque had suffered from heart trouble for more than forty years. This fact left its mark on his character and his life. He was always serious minded and quiet. He placed great value on Christian character. He himself was in his quiet way an ardent admirer of the word of God both in church and at home. His influence there shall never die Mr. Hilleque was born in Sogndal, Sogn, Norway in the year 1850. He was married to Gertrude Vasley October 15, 1875. Together they came to this country in 1877 and always since lived in Trempealeau County. Mr. Hilleque is survived by his wife, eight children and one brother. He was laid to rest in the U.N. Lutheran cemetery Friday, December 31, 1920, Rev. Boe officiating. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 11, 1921
PETER JOHNSON (NES, TOTEN)
Peter Johnson, 76, died Sunday (March 24, 1957) noon in Whitehall Community hospital. He suffered a heart attack in March 1956 from which he never fully recovered. He was stricken again ten days ago. Johnson was born April 14, 1880 in Nes parish, Toten, Norway, the son of Johannes Christianson and Josephine Nilsdatter. He was baptized and confirmed in the Nes church. He married Hannah Evenson and the couple came to America and lived at Galesville for a short time before purchasing a farm in Crystal Valley and later lived in North Beaver Creek. Upon the death of his wife in 1919, the family moved to Blair. He married Olga Malmin April 20, 1921 and they have lived here since then. Survivors are his wife, six children, John and Ingvald, Blair; Paul, Chehalies, Washington; Mrs. Marvin (Hannah) Neperud, Silverton, Oregon; Mrs. John (Mina) Lamberson, Whitehall and Mrs. Donald (Lois) Stubrud, Blair; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; one brother, Chrisitian of Galesville and one sister, Mrs. Hilda Nelson of Woodville, Wisconsin. A son Alfred and a great-great-grandchild, Marlene Johnson preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in First Lutheran church. The Rev. K.M. Urberg officiated and burial was in Rest Haven cemetery. A family devotion was held Tuesday evening at the Frederixon Funeral home. Pallbearers were Henry Solberg, O.B. Johnson, Carl Sexe, Helmer Strand, Stanley Dahl and Omer Dahl. Howard Tjoflat, accompanied by Mr. K.M. Urberg, sang. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 28, 1957
MRS. N.W. JOHNSON (N. AURDAL)
Mrs. N.W. Johnson died at her home in Blair Saturday morning, March 11, of old age. The funeral was held Wednesday from the home and the Synod Lutheran church, interment being made in the cemetery of that church, and Rev. Urberg conducting the services. Berit Landmark was born October 3, 1835 in Nordre Aurdal, Norway, and was married in 1861 to Nils W. Johnson. They came to America in 1884 and to Ettrick, Wisconsin, where they resided a little over a year, conducted a jewelry store since coming to Blair. Eight children blessed the union, five of which survive to mourn the loss of their mother, namely, John of Hettinger, North Dakota; Bell of Canada and Thomas, Iver and Andrew of Blair; also her aged husband, to whom she was wedded 55 years ago. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - MARCH 15, 1916
OLE T. JOHNSON (TELEMARKEN)
Ole T. Johnson, pioneer Ettrick farmer, passed away at his home near Hegg, Wednesday, February 13, 1924, after about three years of continuous suffering. Three years ago, Mr. Johnson underwent an operation for appendicitis, after which cancer set in; from then on his health was on the decline. The deceased was born in Telemarken, Norway December 1, 1855, and came to this country with his parents when a lad of four years. Misfortune seemed to be with the family from the beginning. When in mid-ocean, his mother was taken sick with typhoid; she died and was buried at sea. The Johnson family was on the ocean ninety-eight days. They first settled at Stoughton, Wisconsin, but shortly moved to Coon Valley. The next move was to North Beaver Creek. He was united in marriage to Katherine Knudson September 1, 1877, and five children came to bless this union, two living to mourn the loss of a kind father - Theodore, on the old homestead and Mrs. Helmer Sexe, now living in North Beaver Creek. The deceased was typical of our sturdy old pioneers. He was a very successful farmer, was a firm believer in pure-bred stock and was one of the big farmers in the North Beaver Creek country. His influence as a substantial citizen will be missed. Those he leaves behind him must carry on what he so ably started. Funeral services were held Sunday, February 17. Interment was made in the North Beaver Creek cemetery, Rev. Boe officiated. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 28, 1944
OLE C. JOHNSON (SOLOR)
Funeral services for Ole C. Johnson who passed away at his home in Vosse Coulee the morning of June 23, 1952, were held in the Trempealeau Valley church Thursday, June 25 with the Rev. B.J. Hatlem officiating. Johnson’s six sons served as pallbearers and flower bearers were Lola and Phillip Johnson, grandchildren. Mrs. Carl Johnson and daughter, Serene and Gordon Johnson, a grandson, rendered the song service. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. Johnson was born in Solor, Norway on February 28, 1873. At the age of 5 years, he came to America with his mother, Ella Peterson, and made his home with his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Jule Tappen. He was united in marriage to Anna Engebretson on November 10, 1897 and to this union six sons were born. The couple purchased a farm in Vosse Coulee and this was their home until their deaths. His wife preceded him in death on February 15, 1946. He is survived by his six sons, Palmer, James and Oris at home; Gaylord of Hixton and Ernest and Tilman of Blair. Five grandchildren, Gordon, Audrey , Lola Rae, Ronald and Phillip, and a sister and brother in Oslo, Norway also survive. THE BLAIR PRESS - JULY 3, 1952
MRS. OLE T. JOHNSON (ULVIK, HARDANGER)
Katrina Johnson passed away on Tuesday March 10, 1928 in the faith of her Saviour, and was buried at the Beaver Creek cemetery on March 15th, where a large body of friends were assembled to show their sympathy and respect. Floral offerings were beautiful. Rev. Sweger officiated. Her husband, Ole T. Johnson, died four years ago and two daughters, Bergit and Thea, passed away in infancy. She is survived by a son, Theodore, who adopted the name Heimdahl, and Bertha, who became the wife of Helmer Sexe. Also the following brothers and sister: K.S. Knutson and Mrs. Tom Thompson of Blair; Sever S. Knutson of Brown Creek; Mrs. Sam Johnson of Taylor; Mrs. John Nelson of Eau Claire and Hans S. Knutson of Laurina, Montana. A brother, Iver, a sister, Gjestried, and her father and mother preceded her in death. She was brought up in the Christian faith, being confirmed by Pastor Alfsen in the year 1872. She was united in marriage to Ole T. Johnson on September 1, 1877. They bought and settled on her father’s farm in Beaver Creek in 1885, and by hard labor converted it into one of the best farm homes in the Beaver Creek valley. She joined the N.E. Lutheran congregation of that valley in her early age and has been an active member thereof 56 years, always striving to take her honest and full share in everything pertaining to the uplifting of the church and local congregation. She was born at Ulvik, Hardanger, Norway, August 15, 1857, and came to America and Beaver Creek with her parents on July 5, 1869, where she has lived nearly all the time since. She died at the age of 70 years, 6 months and 28 days. Blessed be her memory. THE BLAIR PRESS. Katrina Syse was born in Ulvik Parish, Hardanger, Norway, August 15, 1857. She was the daughter of Uriana and Britha Syse. The family emigrated to America in the year 1869 and arrived in Beaver Creek July 5th the same year. Additional information from THE TAYLOR HERALD - MARCH 23, 1928
MRS. PETER E. JOHNSON (RINGSAKER)
Mrs. Peter E. Johnson passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clarence Haage on December 16, 1934 at the advanced age of 88 years and six days. Nettie Emerson was born in Ringsesack, Norway on December 10, 1846. At the age of seven years, she emigrated to America with her parents, six brothers and two sisters. They spent sixteen weeks on the ocean in a sail boat arriving in 1853. Upon reaching this country, they went directly to LaCrosse county settling on a farm in Sour Creek. She was confirmed in the Lutheran church at Halfway Creek, but transferred her membership to the North Bend Presbyterian Church on July 11, 1856. She was married to Peter E. Johnson on October 1, 1870. To this union nine children were born, all of whom survive her except one son, Robert, who died September 12, 1926. Her husband died February 18, 1920. ` Nettie was the last survivor of the Lars Emerson family of six boys and four girls. Those who survive her are: Herbert Johnson, Conde, South Dakota; Louis Johnson, North Bend; Joe Johnson, Danville, Illinois; Mrs. John Paird, North Bend,; Mrs. J.D. McDonald, West Salem; Sever Johnson, North Bend; Dr. Edward Johnson, Kenosha; Mrs. Clarence Haag, North Bend. Funeral services were held at the Clarence Haag home and in the North Bend Presbyterian church on December 18, 1934. Rev. F.A. Hands officiating. Interment was made in the Evergreen Cemetery at North Bend. Reprinted from the Melrose Chronicle. THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - JANUARY 4, 1935
OLE J. JOHNSON (VERMLAND, SWEDEN)
Ole J. Johnson, a pioneer resident of Chimney Rock, passed away suddenly from a heart attack and complications at 7:30 on Tuesday morning, September 12, 1939, at the age of 82 years, 8 months and 27 days. Funeral services were held at the Chimney Rock church on Friday, September 15, the Rev. H.A. Wichmann officiating. Two solos were sung by Martin Olson of Independence and the Chimney Rock choir sang “Jesus Savior Pilot Me.” Pallbearers were Lewis Kolve, George Abrahamson, Albert Hendrickson, Olin Hendrickson, Julius Hanson and Charlie Carlson and the flowers were carried by Marian Johnson, a granddaughter. Memorial wreaths to the amount of $44.50 were given by relatives and friends. Mr. Johnson was born in Medskogen, Vermland, Sweden, on December 16, 1856, son of Johan Olson and Kaisa Haakensdatter Olson. He was a direct descendant of John Joensson, who founded Medskogen in 1651. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and spent his boyhood in Sweden. In 1881, at the age of 24 years, he came to America, coming directly to Independence to his cousin, J.P. Johnson, with whom he made his temporary home. On August 6, 1882, Mr. Johnson was united in marriage to Caroline Olsdatter, also of Vermland, Sweden, who had joined him here a month previously. Shortly after their marriage, they purchased the old Bartlett homestead, which has been their home since. To this union were born 11 children, nine of whom survive him. A son, Oscar, and a daughter, Amanda, preceded him in death. Besides his widow, those surviving are Melvin Francy of Vernon, Arizona; Helmer of Fargo, North Dakota; Mildred Abbott, recently of Phoenix, Arizona; Helen Lee of Strum; Selma Kolve of Independence and Arthur and Julius on the home place. He is also survived by one brother, Henry Johnson of Alberta, Canada, 11 grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. Mr. Johnson will always be remembered as a kind father and a good neighbor, a man who was always willing to extend a helping hand to anyone in time of need. He always took an active interest in his church as long as his health permitted him to do so. Quiet and unassuming, he stood ready to serve wherever he found a need. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - SEPTEMBER 21, 1939
PEDAR A. JOHNSON (ELVERUM, HEDEMARKEN)
Pedar A. Johnson was born at Elverum,, Norway, on May 7, 1862. At the age of five years, he came with his parents, Anders and Guri Johnson to America and located here in Wisconsin in Vosse Coulee. Here they remained for five years and then moved to Fly Creek where they spent two years. When he was 12 years old, they moved to Trump Coulee in Jackson County where he has resided ever since. In 1890 he was married to Mary Person. To this union were born eight children. Four children preceded him in death and he leaves behind the four sons, Melvin in Minneapolis and Mendolph, Arnold and Sophus at home, besides his wife and a brother, Alfred of Blair. Pedar Johson was well known and liked in his community. He was a successful farmer and for 23 years was school treasurer for his district. On April first of this year, he was taken sick and on the 13th of May was taken to a hospital at LaCrosse where he received the best of care. He was attended by his wife during his illness and all during the period he was in bed, he never complained and made it easy for the nurses and friends to care for him. He was conscious until the end which came on May 31, 1932. The cause of his sickness and death was yellow atrophy of the liver. Deceased had plans and preparations almost completed for a trip which he and his wife would have taken to Norway. As much as he had his heart set on this trip, on the Sunday before his removal to the hospital, he said to his wife, “I had plans to purchase tickets for a voyage to Norway, but now I feel that I am receiving a free ticket to Heaven.” Later at the hospital he expressed the joy that he had found his “Peace with God”. Pedar Johnson will be sadly missed and friends extend their sympathy to the bereaved family. Funeral services were held at Taylor on Saturday, June 4th with Rev. O.O. Lovaas officiating. Interment was made in the Trump Coulee cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 9, 1932
MRS. OLEA JOHNSON (GRUE, SOLOR)
Mrs. Olea Johnson was born in Grue, Solor, Norway, December 29, 1825 and died at her home in Chimney Rock, June 10, 1922, aged 96 years, 5 months and 21 days. In 1867 she was united in marriage to Haagen Johnson. In 1868 they emigrated to America. They lived for one year where Blair now stands, then they took a homestead in Chimney Rock, which was then nearly a wilderness, being among the first settlers. Her husband died in 1885. There were born four children. Two died in infancy; Haaken and Gust surviving. She died after a painful and lingering illness. The funeral was held at the home and the Lutheran church Monday, Rev. Langehoth officiating. Reprinted from the Whitehall Times-Banner. THE BLAIR PRESS - JULY 6, 1922
MRS. MARY JOHNSON (ARVIKA, SWEDEN)
Mrs. Mary Johnson, 83, died in an ambulance Thursday evening (March 19, 1955) enroute to the Whitehall Community Hospital. She lived with her son, Arnold and wife, near Taylor. Mrs. Johnson was born January 27, 1872 in Arvika, Sweden. Her husband, Peter, preceded her in death. She is survived by four sons, Melvin, Minneapolis; Mendolph of Blair; Arnold, Taylor; and Sophus, Moline, Illinois; one sister living in the state of Washington; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Besides her husband, three sons and one daughter preceded her in death. Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Taylor Lutheran church. The Rev. B. J. Hatlem officiated and burial was in the Trump Coulee cemetery. Mrs. Hatlem sang two songs, with accompaniment by Mrs. Verdell Hanson. A family services was held Sunday afternoon at the Gibson-Frederixon Funeral Home. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 17, 1955
PETER H. JOHNSON (RINGEBU)
Peter H. Johnson passed away at his home in the Town of Franklin on Palm Sunday, April 9, 1933, at the age of 77 years, 7 months and 6 days. Death was due to apoplexy. He had been in ill health several years and the past three years, he had not been able to speak. The funeral services were held from the home and the Upper Beaver Creek Lutheran church last Wednesday afternoon, Rev. O.O. Lovaas officiating. The song service was rendered by Rev. and Mrs. Lovaas. The misses Emma and Helen Johnson were flower girls and the pallbearers were John, Henry, Ole and Anton Johnson, Ole Paulson and Sam Tollefson. There were many beautiful floral tributes. The services were largely attended. Interment was made in the Beaver Creek cemetery. Mr. Johnson was born in Ringebu, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway on September 8, 1855, son of Hans and Anna Pederson Johnson. He came to America when he was 22 years of age, locating in the Town of Franklin, where he had since resided engaged in farming. He was first married on May 5th, 1886 to Miss Hannah Maria Larson, who died the same year. He was married on April 15, 1893 to Miss Elie H. Hammer. She passed away in 1898. Four children were born to them, of whom three survive him, Herman and Adolph of Franklin and Clara, now Mrs. Lyman Paulley of Albion. One son, Palmer Edwin, died in infancy. On October 22, 1908 he was married to Miss Karen Olson, who survives him with one son, Palmer. He also leaves four brothers, Henry, John, Ole and Anton Johnson and four grandchildren. Mr. Johnson was an honest, industrious man. He was devoted to his family, and earnestly labored for the welfare of its members. He was held in favorable regard by his fellow-townsmen, and their heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family and relatives. Reprinted from the Black River Falls Banner Journal THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - MAY 12, 1933
PEDER JOHNSON (SKEE, SWEDEN)
For nearly fifty years there lived in what is known as “South Branch” in the Town of Hale, this county, three brothers in such beautiful concord and unity, that I have long since suggested the name “Brotherhood” for the area covered by their farms. For many years they held everything in common but in the course of time, to meet emergencies of modern life, they found it was wise to separate and hold their property in severality. But long after they segregated their properties, the cooperative spirit prevailed among them and a bond of long fellowship held them until death severed the tie. The first severance came in August 1929, when Carl the oldest of the three was summoned to his final rest. Now Peder, the next eldest, has been called. The first had just completed four score years of life and the second would have reached that age next October 9th. Thus both of these brothers lived long enough to leave a stamp of their characters and personalities on the community in which they passed the greater part of their lives. We rarely make any estimate or inventory of the mental and moral qualities of our friends until they are gone. We notice their clothes, their physical appearance, their routine habits and their social and financial successes and failures. But their kindness, their self-sacrifice, their inward conflicts, their hopes and fears and the perpetual struggle not to sacrifice right and justice for the favor of friends and neighbors are seldom appraised during a man’s life. Now that Peder Johnson has finished his work among us, we feel not only that he has gone to his final rest as apportioned by his Creator, but we feel also called on to pay to him at least a part of the tributes that he earned from us while we associated with him. We often owe to the dead debts that should have been paid while they lived. Some claim there can be neither success nor failure in human lives. God made us, put us in a slide that limits and circumscribes every faculty of our being. All training, education and instruction cannot change the destiny of man in the least. All laws of rewards and punishment are as ineffectual in the shaping of our lives as the breath of an infant in staying the course of a tornado. Neither merit nor guilt can exist. “Vice and virtue” mean nothing more than “this and that”. From this doctrine I emphatically dissent. So did the three brothers, who in 1868, went into the little valley I have mentioned. They found a virgin wilderness with almost unlimited promise of success to such as would practice prudence, industry and economy and absolute failure to such as should practice sloth, carelessness and extravagance. It would be a pleasure to trace year by year the progress of these three brothers in opening and developing this wilderness. To see how they coordinated their talents. How Carl made and mended many of their farm implements and repaired what he could not make. How by reason of superior education and experience, he became the mentor and guide of the family. How Peder and Andrew in rough contact with nature developed and exercised the necessary brawn to open nature’s womb for the production of such things as would yield support and wealth to the toilers. Peder being the largest and strongest of the triumvirate, it fell on him as matter of course to oppose the stronger forces in physical labor. When night descended like a dark shell over the earth, these men went each to his couch, not like driven slaves of men or Fate, but like happy adventurers who had approached a little nearer to their several goals. Success came to them and from year to year the light of their gladness blended with the sunshine that revealed the beauty and riches of the hills and valleys that had received their sweat and toil. But I must pass from a general survey of the group to a special glimpse of the one whose whispered, “farewell” is freshest in memory. Peder Johnson was born October 9, 1850 at Skansen, Skee Parish, near Stromstad, Sweden. His parents were Johannes and Helen Person. His mother died when he was five years old. In 1863, he came to U.S. by way of Canada, accompanied by his father, his brothers, Charles and Anders, and his sisters, Julia and Anna. The good ship “Fleet Wing” took eleven weeks to bring them to Quebec. The following year his sister, Sophie, followed. Their first stopping place in Wisconsin was Dodge county, where all the members of the family sought work. Peder worked for Eric Helgeson near Milwaukee for two or three years. At first he was paid nothing above his board. It was while working there that he was confirmed. In the meantime the other members of the family had gone to LaCrosse and on quitting Helgeson, Peder went to LaCrosse, where he entered the steamboat machine shops. There he continued until he was a first-class mechanic. In 1868 he helped his father, his brother Anders, sister Sophie and son to move to the Town of Hale, this county. Peder returned to the shops where he worked for several years, sending his surplus earnings to his father. Then came that common pioneer disease, “Fever and Ague” which forced him to quit the shops. It was at this time - sometime in the seventies - that he joined his father and other members of the family to Hale. From that time he continued to live on the same farm until death. April 9, 1884, he married Eldre Nelson. Four children came from this union: Maggie Bjorge, Culbertson, Montana; Sophie Speerstra, Albert and Nels, all residents of the Town of Hale. He also has a step-son, Simon Simonson, of Scranton, North Dakota. Mr. Johnson was a big, strong man and enjoyed splendid health most of his life. His disposition was equable, adversity affected him but little. He lived life as it came to him moment by moment. In other words he rarely attempted to cross bridges before he came to them. He was blessed in his family life, with a strong healthy wife equipped with a good fund of common sense, and four children who have reached middle age with characters well established for intelligence, thrift and integrity and enough of worldly goods to assure them against want. I think Mr. Johnson came closer to getting what he asked of life than most of those whom I have known. Death came to him by degrees but without extreme suffering. His mind was clear up to a short time before his passing. The end came July 18, 1930. His funeral, conducted by Rev. Christopherson of Pigeon Falls, was held on July 22nd. A large concourse of relatives, friends and acquaintances gathered at his home for the farewell ceremonies. All his children and his widow were present. He now rests in the old cemetery near the Hale church by the side of his father, brother Charley, and other members of a family whose memories still be blessed for generations to come. Written by H.A. Anderson, August 3, 1930 THE WHITEHALL TIMES - AUGUST 7, 1930
MRS. PERNELLE JOHNSON (LILLEHAMMER)
Mrs. Pernelle Johnson, mother of Kasper Johnson of the town of Pigeon and Mrs. E.E. Hanson of Welch coulee, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. S.O. Hukee at Winter, Minnesota, Tuesday, September 14, aged 84 years and 11 months. Her illness being of but two days’ duration, her passing was attributed to old age. Funeral services were held at Abrahamson’s funeral chapel in that city on Wednesday, the Rev. C.M. Westermore officiating, with interment in the Lutheran cemetery at Coulee, North Dakota, where she was buried beside her husband. Her son, Adolph of McIntosh, Minnesota, accompanied the body to Coulee. Mrs. Johnson, daughter of Thomas and Johanne Hjemli, was born at Lille Hammer, Norway, November 6, 1852. At the age of 15 she came to the United States with her parents and they settled in Wisconsin. In 1872 she married James Johnson at LaCrosse, immediately after which they left by covered wagon for Belmond, Iowa where they proved a homestead. At Belmond their five sons and four daughters were born. After some years, they moved to West Salem, this state, later to Blair, then to McIntosh, Minnesota, and finally to Coulee, North Dakota. Mr. Johnson died in 1929 and in 1931 Mrs. Johnson returned to McIntosh to live with her son and daughter. Besides her husband, Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by a son, Joseph, who died in infancy and one daughter, Mrs. Malena Johnson, who passed on in 1927. She is survived by four sons: Adolph, McIntosh, Minnesota; Joseph of Superior; Kasper, Whitehall; and Thaddeus of Taylor. There are also three daughters, Mrs. E. J. Thompson (Adella), Long Beach, California; Mrs. W.O. Hukee (Julia), Winter, Minnesota; and Mrs. E.E. Hanson (Gina, Whitehall. One brother, Ole Thompson of Belmond, Iowa and two sisters, Mrs. Mattie Newgord of Belmond and Mrs. Karen Sangstad of Woodburn, Oregon survive. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - OCTOBER 7, 1937
SIMON JOHNSON (VARDAL)
Simon Johnson as born November 20, 1842, at Vardal, Gjovik, Norway. In the year 1869 he was united in marriage to Berthe Thompson, who preceded him in death on April 22, 1920. Mr. Johnson and his family came to America in 1878, and settled in the Town of Chimney Rock ,near Elk Creek, where he has resided ever since. Mr. Johnson has enjoyed excellent health in spite of his age, and has done his share of the work common on a farm. However, the first week of February, this year, he was taken ill and died Sunday, February the 9th, at the age of 87 years, two months and 20 days. He leaves to mourn his death, three sons, John S. Johnson of Chimney Rock, with whom deceased made his home for the last twenty years; Olaf and Peter Johnson of Whitehall; two daughters, Mrs. Jule Jacobson, Whitehall and Mrs. Gustav Gilbertson, Elk Creek; a stepdaughter, Miss Petra Jacobson of Elk Creek. Besides these he is survived by 22 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. The funeral took place from the Chimney Rock church February 13, where a large audience had gathered to pay the departed the last respects. Rev. Wichmann officiated. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - FEBRUARY 20, 1930
MRS. PETER H. JOHNSON (RINGSAKER)
Funeral rites for Mrs. Peter H. Johnson, who died at the Community Hospital Thursday, May 198, were held Saturday afternoon, with a private service at the Johnson home on Dewey Street, a public service at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church and burial in Lincoln cemetery, the Rev. O. G. Birkeland officiating. The immediate cause of her death was an auto accident on May 15 in which her left knee was fractured, but she had not fully recovered from a cerebral hemorrhage which she suffered on July 3, 1937. Her age of the time of her death was 76. Mrs. H.M. Johnson was organist at the church service. Mrs. Charles B Melby sang two solos, “Rest” by Sheldon, and “Fader Vor Westergaard,” in the Norwegian. A group from the Senior Choir, including Harry Salverson, Tracy O. Rice, Dr. Anton Vold, Henry J. Aleckson, Mrs. S. B. Ivers, Mrs. Lloyd Nehring, Miss Mabel Larson and Mrs. S. M. Salverson sang two hymns, “I know of a Sleep in Jesus’ Name” and “Beneath the Cross of Jesus.” Pallbearers were E.A. Sorenson, John A Jacobson, Ole J. Eggum, Burr Tarrant, G.M. Thomley, O.W. Elstad, Alf Wilbert and Dr. R.L. MacCornack, and flowers were carried by Mmes. Martin Swenson, Alf Wilberg, J.C. Tyvand, Cora Arneson, Burr Tarrant and John A Jacobsen. Mrs. Johnson, nee Mary Heram, was born in Ringsaker, Norway, February 15, 1862, daughter of Ole C. Heram and his wife, Mari. In 1869 the family, which also at that time included a son, Even, came to America settling in LaCrosse county but remaining only a short time before taking a homestead in Trempealeau County near Galesville. Mary was educated in the rural schools of the Galesville community and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at the French Creek church. On June 13, 1891, she was united in marriage with Peter H. Johnson of Galesville. They made their home in Galesville until 1894, when they moved to Ettrick where Mr. Johnson was engaged in the retail hardware business with J.E. Wilberg, later of Whitehall. In November 1895 Mr. Johnson was elected County Clerk of Trempealeau County, so in December of that year, he moved his family to Whitehall, the county seat, which was their home during his tenure of office. In 1901 Mr. and Mrs. Johnson were chosen superintendent and matron of the Trempealeau County Asylum by the County Board of Supervisors. The asylum had but recently been completed and nearly all its necessary appointments and appurtenances outside were still to be arranged and built. Everything was new and chaotic and required not only the ability to plan, adjust and systematize but also much hard physical labor. These were hard years and the Johnsons gave of themselves unsparingly. In 1911 they resigned, due to ill health of Mrs. Johnson, and reestablished their home in Whitehall. Here Mrs. Johnson had lived nearly 42 years of her life Deceased was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran church, of the Ladies Aid society of that congregation and of the American Legion Auxiliary, Otis E. Hutchins Unit. Mrs. Johnson was buried in Lincoln cemetery beside her husband, who died in 1918. She is survived by three children, Hughitt M. and Miles P. Johnson of Whitehall and Mary, Mrs. Leo M. Haesle of Grand Forks, North Dakota; by two grandchildren, Philip L. and Mary Louise Johnson, Whitehall; and by three brothers, Ed and Martin Heram of Galesville and Albert Heram of Holmen. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MAY 25, 1938
OLE H. JOHNSON (VARDAL)
Death removed one of the few remaining pioneer citizens of the Town of Hale when Ole H. Johnson passed from this life Sunday, March 7. He was buried Wednesday afternoon following services at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hauge and at the Hale Lutheran church, the Rev. N.E. Halvorsen officiating. Ole H. Johnson was born in Vardahl, Norway, April 29, 1844, son of Christian and Anderene Hermanrud. He was one of a family of four sons and two daughters. His native land remained his home until he reached his 21st birthday, but in 1865 he immigrated to America. The ship entered port at Quebec, Canada. From that place Mr. Johnson traveled to LaCrosse county, where he engaged in farm work. The principle employment during the winter months during the early days was in the pineries, and Mr. Johnson spent many winters assisting in cutting the virgin crop of timber. During the spring months he would help in driving the logs on the river to the saw mills. In the spring of 1871, Mr. Johnson came to Osseo, this county, where he and Ole E. Johnson engaged in the hotel business, operating what was familiarly known as the Southside House. While a resident of Osseo, Mr. Johnson became acquainted with Miss Martha Johnson and in 1874 the two were married. The following three years, the young couple continued to operate the hotel and then traded the village property for 120 acres of land in the Town of Hale. There they established their home, and there their three children were born a son, Anton, who died in infancy, and two daughters, Mrs. Henry Hauge and Clara, Mrs. Clara Caswell, the latter living in Whitehall. The far continued to be the home of the Johnson until they died. Mrs. Johnson passed away in 1912 but her husband continued to live on the place after he sold it to his son-in-law, Henry Hauge. The deceased is survived by his two daughters and two grandchildren, Marion and William Hauge. Mr. Johnson possessed a nature which prompted him to always look at the bright side of life and he enjoyed companionship and fun. He valued friendship highly and was ever willing to help neighbors and friends in time of need. Learning to work in early life, he developed an ambition for success and through his years of labor he established one of the most comfortable farm homes in the Town of Hale. He took great pride in his possessions and was an admirer of fine horses. At the funeral services, relatives and scores of friends paid their respects to the memory of an estimable citizen. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MARCH 18, 1937
SYLVESTER JOHNSON (ULVIG, HARDANGER)
Sylvester Johnson, pioneer Ettrick farmer, passed away at his farm home Wednesday morning. Mr. Johnson had been ailing with rheumatism for the past five years. The deceased was born in Ulvik, Norway in 1849. Eight years later, the young man set sail for America. His parents had come several years earlier and had homesteaded on the present Johnson homestead, this same farm being in his possession up until the time of his death. In 1873 he was united in marriage to Carrie Thompson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arne Thompson of Whitehall. Twelve children were born to this union, ten of whom are living to mourn the loss of a kind and patient father. The children are: Susie, at home; John, of Finley, North Dakota; Mrs. Louis Thompson, Blair; Mrs. Andrew Lebakken, Galesville; Mrs. Julius Benson, Nashau, Montana; and Arthur, Selmar, Omar, Esther and Geneva, all at home. His widow also survives him. Sylvester Johnson will be remembered by his neighbors and friends as a hard working honest and upright citizen. In the early days he was engaged in threshing. He served one year as town assessor, He was a staunch member of the Lutheran faith and was a faithful worker for his church. Ill health had kept him from active service on his farm for the past ten years. On October 20 last year, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson celebrated their Golden Wedding. Old and young friends gathered at the Johnson home at this time and spent a very good day. Funeral services were held Friday from the North Beaver Creek church with Rev. Sweger officiating. A large number of friends gathered to pay their last respects to the departed one. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 18, 1924
SEVERT JOHNSON (NORWAY)
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Johnson funeral chapel in Whitehall for Severt Johnson, 71, who died at his home in Minneapolis Thursday of heart trouble. The Rev. E.B. Christophersen of Pigeon Falls officiated and burial was in Lincoln cemetery at Whitehall. Pallbearers at the last rites were Sigvald and Leonard Knudtson, Carrol Knudtson, Adolph Olson, Albert Hill and Alfred Olson. Miss Stella Windjue furnished the special music. Mr. Johnson was born November 14, 1876 in Norway, son of Joseph and Maria Johnson. As a young man he came to this country and worked many years as a section man for the Great Northern railroad. He was retired at the time of his death. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Cecele Mathson, of Whitehall. He was never married. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 29, 1948
SWEN JOHNSON (HOL, HALLINGDAL)
Swen Johnson was born in Hol, Hallingdal, Norway, September 14, 1844. He was baptized in the Hol church September 29, 1844, and confirmed in the same church July 8, 1860. In 1866 he emigrated with his parents and two sisters to America, the family settling in Beaver Creek. On November 17, 1871, he was united in marriage to Amjorg Kittleson, by Rev. Erik Jensen, and to this union were born: Mrs. Gilbert Dahl, Blair; Carl Johnson, Beaver Creek; Marie, died at the age of 5 years; Julia, died aged 2 years; Julius Johnson, Beaver Creek; Mrs. Marie Heimdahl, died March 21, 1923. They made their home on the present Carl Johnson farm for 37 years and then bought the farm that his son, Julius, now owns, where they lived four years. Since 1912 he and his wife have resided in Blair. Nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive. In November 1918, Mrs. Johnson’s heath broke down and the cares of the household and an invalid wife had rested mainly upon Mr. Johnson since that time. He was a man of iron strength, and never used medicine or consulted a doctor for himself until three days before his death. He was a man with a sunny disposition and was busy and active at all times, one who met life’s troubles with a smile and was faithful in his calling. He belonged to the Beaver Creek congregation from the time of his marriage, and was a member of the choir for many years. His death occurred Friday evening, June 10, 1927, and was caused by hardening of the arteries. The sympathy of the community goes out to the aged wife and to the children. Funeral services were held on Monday, June 13th at the home at 1:30 p.m. and at the Zion church, Rev. Sweger officiating, assisted by Rev. Urberg. THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 16, 1927
MRS. SWEN JOHNSON (AAL, HALLINGDAL)
Amjor Kittleson was born in Aal, Hallingdal, Norway, April 11, 1853. She was baptized by Rev. Kjelstrup June 19, 1853, in the Aal church. She came with her parents to America in 1857, and their first home was in Perry, Dane County. They moved to Beaver Creek and homesteaded shortly after the close of the Civil War. She was confirmed by Rev. O. Waldeland, July 19, 1868. She was united in marriage to Swen Johnson in the Trempealeau Valley church, November 17, 1871. Their first home was the present Carl Johnson farm, where they resided for 37 years. They then purchased the farm which is now owned by Julius Johnson, where they resided four years. Since 1912 they have made their home in Blair. Of the five children born to this union, one died in infancy, and Mrs. Marie Heimdahl died March 21, 1923. The following survive: Mrs. Gilbert Dahl, Blair; Carl and Julius Johnson of Beaver Creek. A brother and sister also survive, Ole Kittleson of Everett, Washington and Mrs. Ed. Ask of Ettrick. Two of her brothers died in the service of their county in the Civil War, one of wounds and the other of typhoid fever. A sister, Mrs. Swen Nelson died in 1900; a brother, Lars Kittleson, died June 20, 1923. There are 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Her husband died June 10, 1927, 83 years old. Mrs, Johnson was taken sick with heart trouble in the fall of 1919. During the eight and a half years of her sickness, requiring ever increasing attention, she has had the best of care, first from her husband and after his death, from her daughter, Mrs. Gilbert Dahl. She was a member of the Beaver Creek congregation over 50 years and one of the charter members of the Ladies Aid. Since coming to Blair, she joined the Aid here and was an active supporter until her death. The means of Grace were highly prized in her her home, the Bible and devotional books diligently read. She died in the confession of a Christian faith May 2nd, at 10:15 p.m., at the age of 75 years and 21 days. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 5th, at 1:30 p.m. at the house and 2:00 p.m. at the Zion church, Rev. Sweger in charge. Interment was in the Zion cemetery. Six nephews were the pallbearers. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 10, 1928
SAM J. JOHNSTAD (HARDANGER)
Sam Johnstad was born in Hardanger, Norway, January 25, 1856. In his early teens, he emigrated with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Iver J. Johnstad to America. They made their home on what is now known as the Sever S. Knutson place, which also became the residence of the deceased the early part of his married life, later moving to Pigeon Falls. He was united in marriage to Julia Knutson on April 18, 1882. She passed away just six months ago. To their union ten children were born: Julius, who died in infancy; Clara, who was killed in a street car accident; Ed. And Iver of Pigeon Falls; Eugene and Mrs. R. Thurston of Taylor; Mrs. A.M. Hogan of Blair; Mrs. Ed. Redmann of Winona, Minnesota; Mrs. E.E. Westerberg and Mrs. S.J. Lundgren of Minneapolis, Minnesota; also 19 grandchildren survive him. All of his children were present at the funeral. Mr. Johnstad was the last of a family of seven. He died July 11, 1929 of heart disease. He had been failing health for several years but was able to be up and about until the very last; as he was becoming so feeble and weak, he was ready to go and often spoke of it. He felt lonesome and lost after Mrs. Johnstad was taken although the children did all they could to make life pleasant for him. He passed away without a word for anyone as death came very suddenly. He was a very kind and loving father, had a kind word for everyone, and was a good and faithful Christian, who will be greatly missed in his home community. Funeral services were held Saturday, July 13, 1929, at the home of his son, Ed. and at the Pigeon Falls U. L. church, the pastors Orke and Christophersen officiating. Interment was made at the Pigeon Falls U.L. cemetery. God bless his memory. THE BLAIR PRESS - JULY 18, 1929
MRS. SAM JOHNSTAD (ULVIK, HARDANGER)
Mrs. Sam Johnstad died December 21, 1928, after a lingering illness of ore than three years. She lacked ten days of being 70 years old. She was born in Hardanger, Norway, December 31, 1858 and came with her parents, Urians and Brita Syse to America in the spring of 1869 and settled in Beaver Creek, near Hegg, Wisconsin. She married Sam Johnstad in the year of 1882. To them ten children were born. Two have gone before her, Julius who died in infancy and Clara, who was killed in a street car accident at Winona, Minnesota twenty years ago. Surviving are: her husband, Sam Johnstad and children, Ed and Iver of Pigeon Falls; Eugene and Mrs. R. Thurston of Taylor; Mrs. Arthur Hogan of Blair; Mrs. Ed Westerberg and Mrs. John Lundgren of Minneapolis Minnesota. Also three brothers and two sisters - K.S. and S.S. Knutson of Blair ; Mrs. John Nelson of Eau Claire; Hans S. Knutson of Lavina, Montana; Mrs. Tom Thompson of Blair. All were present at the funeral except her brother, Hans. Interment was made at Pigeon Falls U.L. cemetery December 27th, 1928, Rev. E.B. Christophersen officiating. The memories will always be where she used to be, as she will be missed by all who knew her. She was a loving and kind wife and mother. Even thru her long and painful illness, she never lost faith in her God; she would say, “God wants me to bear his cross, so I must.” And she put up a brave fight until the very last. She was always willing to help others who were in need of help. She was a good Christian and a church member. So when the end came it was a welcome one, as she was very tired and ready to go; she wanted rest. The last words that were on her lips were, “O, Jesus, Jesus, come soon.” Gone but not forgotten. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 10, 1929
HAAGEN JORGENSON (ENGEN) (RINGSAKER)
The old settlers and pioneers f this country are passing away one by one. This time Haagen Jorgenson of Sumner got the last call and after a long lingering illness died peaceably last Thursday evening at 9:30 o’clock at the ripe old age of 81 years, 6 months and 2 days. The subject of this sketch was born in Ringsaker, Norway, August 4, 1836. In his early boyhood his parents moved to Biri, where he made his home until he emigrated to this country. His father died when he was a boy and his mother was left a widow with five small children and he grew up to manhood in deepest poverty. Talk about poverty, thank God, there is no one here who understands what that meant 60 or more years ago. However, the family was of the right metal, and in spite of all obstacles made good and acquired a nice little home of their own. In the year 1869 he with his mother and two brothers, Borre and Andrew, came to this country and settled temporarily to Coon Valley, this state. In 1871 they bought a farm and moved to the Town of Hale, now the Christ Sveum farm on the Osseo-Pigeon road. The three brothers and their mother farmed for about 22 years, then sold the place and divided up. In 1896 Mr. Jorgenson bought his present farm from Mrs. William Shores and lived there until his death. Mr. Jorgenson has been a great sufferer for a long time. Some 20 years ago he contracted eczema, that at times broke out all over his body, and caused awful suffering and also has been afflicted with may other ills and death probably came as a relief. He was always a hard working, industrious man and his undoubted honesty and square dealings together with his unassuming ways won him many friends. His three brothers have gone before him and his only sister is still living - Mrs. Sedsel Huskelhus, who lives with her son five miles north-east of Mondovi and several nieces and nephews. He never married and this writing would not be complete without mentioning his housekeeper and true standby, Miss Syverine Huskelhus. She has faithfully stayed with her uncle ever since she was 15 years of age and has been a great comfort and help to him in all his suffering. It is safe to say she did her full share in making it possible for Mr. Jorgenson to accumulate the very valuable property that he owned at his death. We are glad to note that he did the right thing and left all his property to her. The whole community extend their sympathy to Miss Huskelhus in her bereavement. The funeral was held Monday from the South Valley church conducted by Rev. Aune and was very largely attended. He was laid to rest besides his brothers, Andrew and Borre. John Call, John Benston, E. Hagen, Fred Hokland and Hans Peterson of Osseo and Hans C. Peterson of Northfield were pallbearers. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - FEBRUARY 21, 1918
TOM JOHNSON (KVITESEID)
Tom Johnson, 73, resident of Whitehall for many years, died suddenly of heart failure Sunday, August 18, at 10 a.m. at the home of his nephew and niece, John and Marie Nerison, who live east of Blair. He showed no signs of illness or weakness Sunday morning when he rose at six o’clock as usual. He had just finished listening to church services over the radio and walked out onto the Nerison lawn when death came unexpectedly. Funeral services were held at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church Wednesday, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. Burial was in Lincoln cemetery. Pallbearers were all members of Otis E. Hutchins Post, American Legion - Tracy Rice, I.C. Larson, Lucas Ekern, H.J. Elstad, Henry Paulson and Palmer Hagen, who carried the flag draped coffin to it last resting place. Mr. Johnson was born in Kvitseid Telemarken, Norway, January 25, 1867. In his native parish he was baptized and confirmed. At the age of 15 years he came to America alone, his brother having preceded him to this country. The Knut Knutson home in Fly Creek, Town of Pigeon, Trempealeau County was his destination and here he made his home for a time. Mr. Knutson, now deceased, was his cousin, together with Mrs. Matt Everson of Fly Creek and Mrs. August Berquist of Whitehall. He worked for various people in the community until the Spanish-American War was declared, when he enlisted in the Army and served until peace was declared. In 1900 Mr. Johnson was united in marriage with Malla Aga. They settled on the present Grotem Bros. Farm in Fly Creek. Two years later his wife died. Soon after Tom wrote to his sister in Norway and asked her to come and live with him. She did so and resided with him on the farm and later in his Dewey Street residence until her death in 1932. Her name was Engeborg Egilson. Then Mr. Johnson rented the house to the B.M. Skogstad family and spent the intervening years partly with them, with the Berquists and with the Nerisons at Blair. The only surviving relatives are nephews and nieces in this country and in Norway. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - AUGUST 22, 1940
OLE JORGENSON (NORWAY)
Funeral services for Ole Jorgenson, 70, former Galesville blacksmith who died at the Trempealeau County hospital, Sunday, April 8, were held at the Johnson Funeral home in Whitehall Tuesday afternoon. Burial was in Zion Lutheran cemetery at Blair. Mr. Jorgenson was born February 25, 1881 in Norway and came to the United States in 1900 settling in LaCrosse county. In 1904 he married Otilda Flaaten. The couple established their home in Galesville, where Mr. Jorgenson operated a blacksmith shop for many years. Surviving are a son, Andrew, veteran of World War II and a daughter, Mrs. Victoria Seifert of Milwaukee. Mrs. Jorgenson died in 1909. Mr. Jorgenson’s death was caused by a cerebral hemorrhage but was preceded by several years of poor health. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 12, 1951
MRS. OLE JORDET (VAAER, SOLOR)
Mrs. Ole Jordet passed away at her home in Welch Coulee last Saturday forenoon, following a stroke of paralysis. Deceased was born April 20, 1844, in Vaaler Parish, Finskogen, Norway. She came with her parents to America in 1864. In 1869 she was married to Sever Severson. Her husband and three children died within three days of each other of black diphtheria, in 1878. On son, Sever, survived. She was united in marriage to Ole Jordet in August 1881 and resided on a farm in Welch Coulee until her death. The surviving children are Mrs. John Brekke and an adopted daughter, Mrs. Ed. Brekke. One daughter, Bertina, died in 1913. Funeral services were held at the Zion Lutheran church, of which she was a member for many years, Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Sweger officiating. Besides her husband and children, she leaves one brother, J. Matteson of Canada, and two sisters, Mrs. Karelius Arneson of Bear Creek and Mrs. Martina Thurston of LaCrosse. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 9, 1925
MRS. GULBRAND OLSON JORDET (S. AURDAL)
Oia Olsdatter Tollefsrud was born in Sondre Aurdal, Prestegjeld, Valders, Norway, June 2, 1830, died May 10, 1916. She was married in Norway to Gulbrand Olson Jordet, who died eight years ago. She was the mother of eight children, four sons and four daughters, three of which are dead. The funeral services were held at the Fagernes church Saturday, May 13, Rev. Christophersen officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - MAY 18, 1916
SIMON JORGENSON (S. KLUKE)
The funeral of Simon Jorgenson, whose death occurred in French Creek August 18, was held August 20 from the French Creek Lutheran church, Rev. C.B. Bestul conducting the services. All the surviving children, with the exception of Mrs. Gort of Eau Claire, were present. The pallbearers were Ole Engen, John Tranberg, Ole Lillehaugen, Andrias Mustad, Sorn Olsen, and Ole Husmoen. Simon Jorgenson was born in Sondre Kluke, Norway, on June 15, 1830, of Norwegian parents. He was married to Agnette Johanesen in Ringsager, Norway, in 1857. In 1860 they sailed for America, settling in Coon Valley. Later they moved to French Creek and took up a homestead. Two years later Mr. Jorgenson enlisted in the Civil War and served one year and seven months. In 1908 his wife died. He then moved to the home of his youngest daughter, Mrs. Hans Matson, where he made his home until his death. Twelve children were born to them of which seven are dead. Those surviving are Mrs. Hans Matson and Mrs. Ole Helstad of Ettrick; Mrs. Marcus Olson of Gale; Mrs. Joe Gort of Eau Claire; and Iver Jorgenson, who resides on the old homestead. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - SEPTEMBER 7, 1916
OLE O. JORDET (SONDRE AURDAL)
Ole Gilbertson Jordet was born July 4, 1852 at Blekke Leia, Bendalen, Sondre Aurdal, Norway. He was confirmed by Rev. Heledahl in a special confirmation, several months ahead of his class. This was necessitated by the emigration of his parents to America. They arrived here in 1866, the year succeeding the close of the Civil War. Their first home was in Dane County, near Black Earth, where they spent three years. They arrived in Trempealeau County in 1869 and homesteaded in Irvins Coulee. In 1880 Ole Jordet was united in marriage to Mrs. Karen Syverson. To this union three children were born, two of whom died in infancy, Gilbert at the age of six months and Olena, four days old. They settled on a farm in Welch Coulee, known as the Braton farm, where the remainder of his years were spent, with the exception of this last year, when he made his home with his daughter Clara, Mrs. J.T. Brekke on Brekke Ridge. His father died in 1907 at the age of 84 and his mother in 1922, also 84 years of age. A sister Christine (Mrs. John Bidney) of Independence preceded him in death, a brother Anton in 1907, another brother, Iver, in 1935, a sister Olava at the age of 5. His wife Karen died April 4, 1925 at the age of 81 years. Five step-children have also preceded him in death, three of them during the Black Diphtheria epidemic, Martinus, Olavus and Sever. Bertha died in 1914 and Sever, April 15, 1936. He spent many winters in the logging camps and many falls in the Dakotas during the threshing season. In 1907 he was taken sick with rheumatic fever, which left him partially crippled the remainder of his days. In the early part of January this year, he was stricken with gangrene. He was removed to the St. Francis hospital in LaCrosse, where he received the best of care. Some member of the family remained constantly with him during his stay at the hospital. He passed away Sunday evening, March 25, 1939 at the age of 86 years and 9 months. He leaves to mourn his departure a daughter, Clara (Mrs. J.T. Brekke), a foster daughter Bernice (Mrs. E.T. Brekke) both of Blair; six grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Carrie Frislie and Mrs. Thea Lien, Whitehall and a brother, Gilbert Gilbertson of Irvins coulee. Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 30th at the Undertaking Parlors in Whitehall and the Zion Lutheran church, the Rev. T.E. Sweger officiating. Mrs. J.E. Rhode sang “I’m But a Stranger Here,” and Mrs. Angus Sather sang a favorite hymn of the deceased “Hvo ved hvor near mig er min Ende.” The pallbearers were Gustav Gilbertson, Ben Pahnke, Archie and Bennie Lien and Albert Peterson, all nephews of the deceased, and Ole T. Brekke. Interment was in the Zion cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 8, 1939
MRS. OLE JORDAHL (ULVIK, HARDANGER)
Sarah Gunderson was born in Ulvik, Hardanger Parish, Norway, February 2nd, 1868. Her childhood and youth up to the age of sixteen years was spent in Norway, where she was baptized, instructed in the tenets of the Christian faith and confirmed. Her parents emigrated with their children to America in 1884. They settled in the Bear Creek valley where they united with the Beaver Creek congregation in which the deceased held membership to the time of her death. Her father, Gunder Gunderson Berge, died August 27, 1897, aged 78 years. Her mother, Torbjor Tveita Berge, died February 22, 1894, aged 64 years. Of her four sisters and two brothers, only one survives, Sever Gunderson, of Galesville. The 9th of May 1889, her marriage to Ole Jordahl took place. With the exception of the first year of their marriage, their home has been on the present home place. To this union four children were born, all living: Tena and Lawrence at home, Alfred and Gilbert of Blair. The deceased had been a sufferer from heart trouble the past ten years. She suffered two attacks this year, the last one proving fatal after a few days illness. She died Sunday, August 5th at 11:30 a.m. Funeral services were held at the Beaver Creek church, Wednesday, August 8th, Rev. Sweger officiating. There were a large number of floral tributes. The family placed a Memory Wreath in the form of a $25 contribution to foreign missions, which was in line with the wish of the departed. She was a devoted church member, an active member of the Ladies Aid, a regular church attendant and interested in all church work, especially foreign missions. She will be sorely missed in the congregation and the community, but especially in the home. The sympathy of the community goes out to the grief stricken family. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 16, 1928
MRS. SUSAN JOHNSON (EIDFJORD, HARDANGER)
Funeral services were held Wednesday at Upper North Beaver Creek Lutheran church for Mrs. Susan Johnson, 79, who died Saturday, June 12, at a LaCrosse hospital following a short illness. (1948) She was born July 31, 1868 at Eidfjord , Hardanger, Norway, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Baarde Legreid. She came to America in 1891, settling first at Webster, South Dakota and coming to the North Creek valley in 1892. She was married to Elick N. Johnson, May 2, 1893. Survivors include three sons, Nielman of Humbird; Elmer of Black River Falls and Myron of Taylor; two daughters, Mrs. Reuben Benedict of Blair and Mrs. Theodore Tollefson who lives near Franklin with whom Mrs. Johnson made her home; 20 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Her husband died December 3, 1918, and a son, Julius who served in France during World War I, died of pneumonia in England, October 3, 1918. A daughter, Mrs. Benjamin Amundson of Taylor died in April 1936. Services were held at 1:00 p.m. at the Tollefson home and at 2:00 p.m. at the Upper North Beaver Creek church with the Rev. K.M. Urberg officiating. Burial was in the cemetery adjoining the church yard. THE BLAIR PRESS - JULY 29, 1948
MRS. JULIA JULSON (NORWAY)
Mrs. Julia Julson, 86, died at the Whitehall Community hospital at 5:15 Saturday morning, where she had been a patient since Wednesday night. Her health had been failing, however, since last September. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 1:30 at the Johnson Funeral Home in Whitehall and at 2 o’clock at the Lookout Lutheran church in Buffalo county, the Rev. P.M. Brattle of Mondovi officiating. Burial was in the Lookout cemetery. As Julia Nelson, the deceased was born June 24, 1862 in Norway, a daughter of Nels Nelson and wife. She came to this country as a young girl and was joined in marriage to Jule Julson. They established their home on a farm near Lookout, northwest of Independence, and there he died ten years ago. Since that time she has made her home with her children and spent the last four weeks of her life at the home of her son, Gilbert, on the Hjalmer Foss farm on the east end of Whitehall. Surviving her are four children: Tena, Mrs. John Bolstad of Borst Valley; John of Taylor; George of Gilmanton; and Gilbert of Whitehall. She also leaves 19 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. A brother and a sister who also came to this country preceded her in death. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 21, 1949
JOKUM JOHNSON (NUMEDAL)
Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Holtan, E.A. Sorenson, Mrs. Meredith Gage and little baby went to Stoughton Monday morning to attend the funeral of Jokum Johnson, father of Mrs. Holtan, who died at his home in that city last Friday morning. Funeral services were held Tuesday. The following is taken from a Stoughton paper; “Jokum Johnson, resident of this community for more than fifty years, died early this morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ben Logan on Van Buren Street, where he resided for a number of years. He had been an invalid for a long period as the result of a series of strokes and of late, his heart became affected. He was 73 years old. Born in Numedal, Norway, March 14, 1854, he came to America at the age of 16 and settled in this locality. On April 10, 1874, he was married to Aasil Smithback, daughter of Erick Smithback. There were seven children of whom four survive, namely, Mrs. Adolph Johnson, Oscar Johnson and Mrs. Ben Logan of this vicinity, and Mrs. Richard Holtan of Whitehall. Three daughters preceded him in death, Mrs. E.A. Sorenson, Alma and a still born baby. Seventeen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive. Also one sister residing at Superior and two half-sisters and two half-brothers at Sergeant, Minnesota. Mrs. Johnson died March 11, 1909. Mr. Johnson spent his early life on the farm. Later he conducted a general store at Utica for about fifteen years until the death of his wife when he moved to Stoughton with his youngest daughter. Here he conducted a garage for a number of years. He retired from business twelve years ago.” Mr. Johnson was quite well known at Whitehall. In 1903 he entered into the tobacco business with Richard Holtan & Co. In the fall of 1904 Mr. Johnson and Mr. Holtan made a visit to Whitehall which later materialized in renting the tobacco warehouse Mr. Johnson, E.A. Sorenson, Oscar Johnson and R.H. Holtan operated at Whitehall in the tobacco business from 1905 to 1910. Mr. Johnson’s last visit to Whitehall was three years ago. A good man is gone. He lived an honest, clean, faithful life. Blessed be his memory. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 27, 1927
OSCAR B. JOHNSON (PRESTON TOWNSHIP, TREMPEALEAU COUNTY)
Oscar B. Johnson, of the firm of Hanson & Johnson, hardware and implement dealers of Blair, was born in Preston Township, this county, January 1, 1880, son of Bent B. and Martha (Otterson) Johnson, the former of whom came from Norway and took a homestead in Preston Township in 1865. Oscar B. Johnson was reared to farm pursuits and remained on the home farm until 1904, when he went to Springfield Township, in Jackson County, and there farmed until 1911. Then he returned to Blair, and purchased the blacksmith shop of Ole L. Olson. His connection with his present firm dates from January 20, 1915. Mr. Johnson is well known in the community, and has served on the city council. The family faith is that of the United Norwegian Lutheran Church. Mr. Johnson was married May 14, 1903, to Christine Nordness of Lincoln Township, this county, daughter of Ole and Bagnild Nordness. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson have two children: Bernice and Raymond. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917 (Researching this family is Cindi Anderson at LDCRA@AOL.com
PETER O. JOHNSON (BIRI, NORWAY)
Peter H. Johnson, president of the board of directors of the Central Training Association, conducting the “Model” department store at Whitehall, is a man of wide interests and varied experiences. Aside from his position with the Trading Association, he is vice-president of the John O. Melby & Company Bank of Whitehall and a stockholder in the State Bank of Galesville, the Farmers’ and Merchants’ State Bank of Stanley, the Western Wisconsin Telephone Company of Whitehall and the Farmers’ Co-Operative Elevator Company of Whitehall. He was born in Biri, Norway, April 2, 1862, second of seven children of Hans and Martha (Halvorsdatter) Johnson. Hans Johnson came to America in 1864, lived in LaCrosse County, this state, a year, homesteaded in 1865 a farm in section 5, township 19, range 7, Ettrick, and there farmed until his death in 1896, his good wife dying in 1894. Peter H. Johnson attended the common schools and Gale College at Galesville, taught school for a while and helped his parents with the work of the farm. In 1884 he became grain buyer and bookkeeper for Wilson Davis, the Galesville miller. Ten years later, in 1894, he and J.E. Wilberg, under the firm name of Johnson & Wilberg, opened a hardware store at Ettrick. While still a member of this firm, he was elected county clerk in the fall of 1896, and took office January 1, 1897. He was re-elected and served until January 1, 1901. March 1, 1901, he was named as superintendent of the Trempealeau County Insane Asylum at Whitehall and served in this capacity for ten years. Then he was idle for a while, and then became manager of the Farmers’ Elevator Company at Whitehall, assuming the duties of his present position September 25, 1913. Aside from his business interests, Mr. Johnson is notary public and justice of the peace, and has served as court commissioner since 1914. Mr. Johnson was married June 13, 1891 to Mary O. Heram, born in Norway, February 16, 1862, daughter of Ole C. and Mary (Haakenson) Heram, who brought their daughter in 1869 to Trempealeau County where the father still lives, the mother having died in 1914 at the age of 80 years. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson have three children, Hughitt, Mae and Miles. Hughitt is a student in the Chicago Dental College. Mae is studying music in the music department of the Lawrence University at Appleton, Wisconsin. Miles is doing well at his studies in the Whitehall High School. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
THOMAS JOHNSON (TELEMARKEN, NORWAY) (2)
Thomas Johnson, who is numbered among the successful agriculturists of Pigeon Township, being proprietor of the Aga Farm of 120 acres in section 27, was born in Telemarken, Norway, January 25, 1867, son of John and Berget (Thompson) Halvorson, the latter dying at his birth. The father, who was the youngest of nine children, resided in his native land until 1885, and then, following the example of so many of his countrymen in the hope of bettering his condition, emigrated to the United States, locating in Whitehall, Trempealeau County. Here he soon found employment and worked out for some five years or until his marriage, December 11, 1900, to Malinda Aga, who was born January 10, 1864, daughter of Ole Anderson Aga and his wife, Brita Aga. Mr. Johnson then began farming on his present place, which was previously the property of his wife’s father and has since remained here. The residence on the farm is a good frame building. His barn, erected in 1909, is 32 by 66 by 22 feet in dimensions, and the other buildings are neat and substantial and kept in good condition. Mr. Johnson keeps 30 head of cattle, of which he milks 21, and is a stockholder in the Pigeon Grain and Stock Company. For three years he has served as treasurer of the school board of his district and is a man of influence and standing in the community. His wife, who was born January 10, 1864, died March 1, 1903, and Mr. Johnson’s household is now presided over by his sister, Mrs. Egil Egilson. The latter has four children: Berget, who married Otto Berg, a farmer of Williston, North Dakota; Annie, the wife of John Carlson of Ulevass, Norway; Margaret, wife of Anton Ustad, of Stoughton, Wisconsin and Egil, who resides in Blair, this county. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY -1 1917
LOUIS JOHNSON (NORWAY)
Louis Johnson was born in Norway, came to America in 1858, and took up his residence on a farm near Viroqua, in Vernon County, this state. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted in the Sixteenth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry and did good service for three years. After farming in Vernon County for some forty-seven years he removed and moved to Galesville, this county, where he now makes his home. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
JOHN S. JOHNSON (NORWAY)
John S. Johnson, who is engaged in operating a valuable farm of 120 acres in section 21, Gale Township, was born in Norway, February 11, 1868, son of Simon and Agnet (Smenstuen) Johnson. The parents, both natives of Norway, emigrated to America in 1871, locating in Gale Township, this county, on a farm from which they subsequently moved to the one now owned by their son, John S., with whom the father now resides. He is now advanced in years and a widower, his wife having passed away on this farm in 1900. They had a family of nine children, of whom, however, the subject of this sketch is the only one now living. John S. Johnson has always resided on the old family homestead. For many years he was associated with his father in its operation and later became its owner. He carries on general farming successfully, his land being valuable and his buildings and equipment of good style and quality. He was educated in the school at South Beaver Creek and later in that of the Glasgow district, Gale Township, and has in these later years served one term as a director of the school board. Religiously he is affiliated with the Lutheran church and in politics is independent. As a farmer and loyal citizen he has established a good record and has a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. Mr. Johnson has never married. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
OLE T. JOHNSON (TELEMARKEN, NORWAY) (3)
Ole T. Johnson, who is engaged in operating a stock and dairy farm in section 10 E, Ettrick Township, was born in Telemarken, Norway, December 1, 1854. His parents, Torger and Bergetal Johnson, were natives of the same province. In 1860 they set out for America, but on the voyage over the mother died and was buried at sea. The father with his motherless children on landing in this country came west as far as Dane County, Wisconsin, but resided there only a short time, removing to Coon Valley, Vernon County, and one season later to Trempealeau County. Here he homesteaded 140 acres in section 14, Ettrick Township, also buying an additional 50 acres. After making that farm his home for a number of years, he contracted a second marriage and moved to another farm in the neighborhood. This latter farm he later sold to his daughter, Rosa, with whom he resided also for a number of years, or practically until the end of his life. He died in January 1898, while on a visit to his son Ole T. He was a quiet, industrious man, respected by his neighbors and confined his attention to his farm, taking no part in public affairs. By his first wife he had four children, Ole T. being the second born. Ole T. Johnson was six years old when he was deprived of a mother's care, and at the same time found himself in a new world and amid strange surroundings, but like most young children he soon began to feel at home and it was not long before he picked up an elementary knowledge of the English tongue. He attended the Hegg schoolhouse and when a mere lad, began to make himself useful on the farm, working for his father for a number of years. Before he was 18, however, he began working in the woods during the winter season and continued to do so for six or seven years. Then, thinking it time to start life on his own account, he purchased his present farm of 179 acres, consisting of well improved land, with good substantial buildings, on which he carries on general farming, making a specialty, however, of breeding Shorthorn cattle, and keeping from 30 to 35 on hand constantly. He is also engaged in dairying and is a stockholder in the Ettrick Creamery Company, the LaCrosse Packing Company, the Farmers Exchange of Blair and the Ettrick Telephone Company. Mr. Johnson assumed the responsibilities of married life in his twenty-second year, on September 1, 1876, when he was united to Catherine Knudtson, daughter of Uriason and Bretta (Severson) Knudtson. Both she and her parents were born in Hardanger, Norway, the father July 6, 1823 and the mother December 13, 1830. The family came to the United States in 1869, locating on the farm on which Mr. Johnson now resides and where Mr. Knudtson lived until his death, February 15, 1901. His wife is still living and resides on the Johnson farm with her daughter and son-in-law. Mrs. Johnson was the second born of nine children. She only attended an English school for two weeks, being a pupil for that length of time at the Hegg school. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are the parents of two children: Theodore Irvin, born March 19, 1891, and Bertha Theolena, born June 4, 1895, who was married April 29, 1917 to Helmer Sexie. They reside with his father, Lars Sexie. The family are members of the United Lutheran Church. Mr. Johnson usually supports the Republican party, but is not active in politics. As an energetic, prosperous citizen he commands the respect of his neighbors. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
SANFORD J. JOHNSON (ETTRICK TOWNSHIP, TREMPEALEAU COUNTY, WISCONSIN)
Sanford J. Johnson, who holds the responsible position of buttermaker with the Ettrick Creamery, was born three miles northeast of Ettrick Village, August 27, 1881, son of John T. and Julia (Johnson) Johnson. His parents were natives of Norway, the father born in Ulwig and the mother in Hoillingdahl, but their marriage took place in Trempealeau County. John T. Johnson came to the United States when 20 years old, at that time being unable to speak English. Settling in Trempealeau County, he bought land and engaged in farming, in which occupation he continued until his death in 1906, his farm being located in section 20, range 7. He served as township assessor for a number of terms and was agent for the Ettrick Scandinavian Mutual Fire Insurance Company from the time of its organization until his death, and also served on the school board, in these various positions proving himself a man of keen intelligence and sound business judgment. Hi wife survived him only about nine months. They had a large family number 12 children, of whom Sanford J. was the sixth in order of birth. Sanford J. Johnson was educated in the district school in Ettrick Township and afterwards took a course in the dairy department of the State Agricultural College at Madison. He resided at home until he was 20 years of age and then worked eight months in a creamery at Hegge, this township. At the end of that time he entered the employ of the Ettrick Creamery as buttermaker, and has since remained with the company in that capacity, having established a good and satisfactory record. In addition to this employment, he also operates an 80-acre farm near Ettrick and is a dealer in wagons, buggies, carriages and other vehicles. He is a stockholder in the Ettrick & Northern Railroad Company and in the Ettrick Lumber Company, organized in January 1917. December 19, 1906, Mr. Johnson was united in marriage with Clara M. Brorold, who was born in Ettrick Village, daughter of Erick and Anna (Olson) Brorold. Her parents were natives of Ulwick, Norway, Erick Brorold coming to the United States with his parents when a young man. They located two miles northeast of Ettrick on a farm, where he resided until his marriage. He then entered the employ of the Iver Pederson Mercantile Company as clerk and continued with them for 22 years. Appointed postmaster, he served in that position 17 years until his death, which took place May 7, 1914. His reliable character and good citizenship was recognized by his election to several positions of responsibility and trust, and his record includes service as township treasurer, clerk and chairman of the township board, also a fifteen years membership on the school board. He also held office in the United Norwegian Lutheran church as treasurer, trustee or otherwise for a number of years. His wife is still living and resides in Ettrick. They were the parents of three children, Clara M. being the second-born. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson have one child, Lillian Genevieve, who is attending school. Mr. Johnson belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America and to the Beavers, of which latter order his wife is also a member. She is now postmistress of Ettrick, having been appointed under civil service rules. The family faith is that of the United Lutheran church, and in politics Mr. Johnson is a Republican. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
MARTIN JOHNSON (SONDRELAND, NORWAY) (2)
Martin Johnson, a retired farmer now living at Pigeon Falls, was for a number of years successfully engaged in agriculture in Pigeon Township. He was born in Sondreland, Norway, April 9, 1857, his parents being John Peterson and Mary Peterson, both natives of that country, who came to America in 1857, and shortly afterward settled in Preston Township, Trempealeau County. The name of Johnson has since been adopted as the family name by the surviving children. Martin Johnson was educated in the district school and resided on his parents’ farm until 1880, assisting his father. He then moved to Pigeon Township, where he worked on a farm for several years, at the end of which period he purchased the farm of his wife’s father in section 3, containing 80 acres. To this he subsequently added until he had a farm of 240 acres, well equipped with a good residence, barns and other building, on which he was profitably engaged in general farming until 1914, the year of his retirement. The farm is now being operated by his son-in-law, Jens K. Berge. Mr. Johnson was married in 1880 to Bertha T. Gunderson, who was born in Norway, daughter of Tosten and Bertha Gunderson, both of whom are now deceased. Of this union seven children were born: Bettilde Maria, September 15, 1881; Johan Theodore, June 8, 1884; Olga T., October 4, 1887; Clara H., December 25, 1891; Clarence Helmer, June 22, 1895; Clara J., May 24, 1897 and Melvin B., August 10, 1900. Bettilde Maria married Jens Berge, of Pigeon Falls and they have three children: Ruth, Clarence and Laura. Johan Theodore died in 1886. Olga T. and Clara J. reside with their father at Pigeon Falls. Clara H. died January 5, 1892 and Clarence Helmer July 8, 1896. Melvin B. is residing at home. Mrs. Martin Johnson, in addition to the three deceased children above mentioned, has also passed away, her death having occurred November 15, 1912. The surviving members of the family belong to the United Norwegian Lutheran Church of America. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY – 1917
PETER JOHNSON (TOTEN, NORWAY)
Peter Johnson, who is successfully farming 160 acres of land in section 15, Gale Township, his place being known as Rolling Prairie Farm, was born in Toten, Norway, April 3, 1880. His parents, Johanas and Josephena (Christensen) Johnson, natives of Norway, are both living, the father being a stone mason by occupation. Peter Johnson was the fourth born in the family of eight children. He began to work when he was 12 years old and remained in his native land until 1908, when he came to the United States, locating in Trempealeau County, Wisconsin. He was at this time ignorant of the English language, but applied himself to learn it as speedily as possible, and with good success. After arriving in the county he found employment with Mr. Hardie, with whom he remained about 18 months. Then, ambitious to be his own master, and have chances for advancement which he could never have working for others, he rented his present farm and began agriculture on his own account. No long afterward he purchased the farm, consisting of 150 acres, and is now engaged in operating it, doing general farming, including stock raising and dairying. He is gradually improving the place and is doing a profitable business. Mr. Johnson was married in Norway in 1899 to Hannah Evenson, who was born in Vordval, Norway, daughter of Even and Eliza Evenson. Her parents came to the United States many years ago, settling near Deer Park, St. Croix County, Wisconsin, where they followed farming. Both are now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson have five children: John, Alfred, Ingvald, Paul and Hannah, all residing at home. With the thrift and energy characteristic of most Scandinavian people, Mr. Johnson has made good progress since coming to this country, and with good health and prolonged life he can hardly fail of further self-advancement. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY – 1917
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