Madson Martha Mrs.
Mahle Mary Mrs.
Mahlum Andrew K.
Mahlum John Mrs.
Mallom Anna K.
Markvold Christianna Johnson Mrs.
Mason Mary Mrs.
Mason Thomas Mrs.
Mathison Albert Mrs.
Mathson Betsy Mrs.
Mathson Martin 1
Mathson Martin 2
Matson Agnette Mrs.
Matson Berta Borreson
Matson John P.
Matson Marcus Mrs.
Matson Martin 1
Matson Martin 2
Matson Matt J.
Matson Matt J. Mrs.
Mattison Edwin T.
Mattson Anne Dorothea
Mattson Lena Mrs.
Mattson Mattis Mrs.
Mattson Richard 2
Maug Hans O.
MRS. ANNA K. MALLOM
"Mrs. Anna K. Mallom, whose death was mentioned in last weeks issue, was born at Entendalen, Volders, Norway, on April 6, 1841. In 1864 she came to America and five years later was married to Andrew K. Mallom. To this union wre born six children, two daughters dying in childhood. Those surviving are Christian, Albert, Bertha and Mrs. Oliver Narvison, besides her husband Andrew K., and a niece, Olive Allen, who was an adopted daughter.
Mrs Mallom was in very poor health for the last thirty years, during the latter part of which she suffered a great deal, but she bore her suffering with great fortitude. She became early in life affiliated with the church, and during her illness she exhibited a fine Christian spirit. She was a devoted wife and mother.
Death came on the 4th of June. The funeral was held at the home and at the Fagernes church on June 6, Rev. C.B. Bestul officiating." WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - June 21, 1917
ALEXANDER MATSON: (TOTEN)
"Alexander Matson, one of the early pioneer settlers of Jackson county, and who spent the greater part of his life at Taylor, Wis., passed away Tuesday morning, April 5, 1932 from complications of the infirmities of old age and other direct causes which as yet are unknown to the writer. He was then 86 years and two weeks of age.
Mr. Matson was born on a farm at Toten, near Christiania, Norway, March 22, 1846, and at the age of 15 years was brought to America with his parents, Iver and Mathia. In the summer of 1861, landing in New York. From there they journeyed to LaCrosse. After spending some time there, the famiy moved to Black River Falls. Here Alexander was engaged as mail carrier on the route to Fountain City. In those days mail was delivered by horseback and there were times when hostile Indian camps had to be passed on the way. It requires three days to make the trip; thus, mail was then received but twice in a week. Later he became engaged the Bright and Withee and D.J. Spaunding in the then thriving logging industry. Alexander and his brother Marcus and their parents then purchased the farm now ocupied by Henry Waller in Jonas Coulee near Taylor. His interest was later sold to brother Marcus and Alexander purchased what is now referred to as the Matson homestead farm in Jonas Coulee, buying four adjoining farms and combining them into the 250 acre farm as it is today. He also bought another adjoining farm, but sold it a few years later.
His first wife was the former Anne Nicols. To this marriage three children were born: Jennie, Ida and Manford. Manford died in infancy, and the wife, Anne died at the age of 27 years. Some time later he was united in marriage with Bertha Marie Borreson. To this union seven children were brn: Albert, Eddie, Gilbert, Tillie, Alydia, Julia and Nettie. Tillie, who in married life was Mrs. H.J. Schansberg passed on at the age of 24 years. His last wife, Bertha, also preceded him in death a few years ago at the age of 67 years. Prior to her death, they lived on their farm in Jonas Coulee until most of their children were grown. The farm was then disposed of to their son, Eddie and they retired and moved to the vi llage of Taylor,purchasing the Dr. Clark residence. Here his good wife died several years later.
He was a life long member of the Lutheran church. His uncle, Martin Matson caused to be built the first church in Jackson sounty and Alexander was one of founders of the Trempealeau Valley church of which he has since been a member.
Funeral services were held Friday, April 8th at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral parlor at Taylor and at 2:30 p.m. at the Trempealeau Valley Lutheran Church.
He leaves to mourn, one sister, Mrs. Amelia Forness of Curran Valley, 8 children, 18 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren." THE BLAIR PRESS - April 21, 1932
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MARCUS MATSON: (GAUSDAL)
"Marcus Matson, one of the early settlers here and a resident of Jackson County for over sixty years passed away at his home in Taylor, Sunday morning, February 4th at the ripe old age of 80 years and 7 months.
Mr. Matson was born at Christiania in Norway July 3rd, 1842. In the year of 1861 he came to this country together with his parents. At first he worked at La Crosse and later at Black River Falls where he followed the then thriving logging industry. On Aapril 30, 1868 he was united in marriage to Miss Olive Olson Hellum. After his marriage he moved to a farm in Jonas Coulie in the Town of Springfield which he owned and occupied until in 1900 when he sold out to Henry Waller. He then bought a 40-acre farm just east of Taylor, part of which is now inside the corporate limits, where he risided until his death.
Nine children were born to them, seven of whom are living, namely: Adolph Matson of Mount Washington, MO., Barney Matson, Town of Springfield, Mrs. Hans Amundson of Arcadia, Wis., Milan Matson of Blair, Wis., Mrs. Fred Curran, Town of Curran, Mrs. Henry Waller, Town of Springfield and Mrs. Theodore Nelson of Sechlerville. All the children were present at the funeral with the exception of Adolph. Besides his wife, and children who are left to mourn a good husband and father he also leaves one brother, Alex Matson of Taylor and one sister, Mrs. Ole Forness of Curran, and several grandchildren.
Mr. Matson has always been a very active man and besides engaging in farming he alfoud time to devote his services in public offices of trust. For many years he was the town assessor for springfield and also bought stock at Taylor several years for A.P. Massuere of Arcadia. During the last few years he has held office as justice of the peace andhad also built up quite a collection business, and was active in this line of work until a few months ago when his health began failing, cancer of the stomach being the direct cause of his death.
Thus another of the early pioneers, who blazed the trail of prosperity in this community has gone to his just reward. Mr. Matson was a man of many kind impulses and few can measure the good ccomplished by a man of his character. He was a faithful Christian, a kind neighbor and a loving husband and father, and will be greatly missed in this community.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 7th from the home and later from the lower Trempealeau Valley church the Revs. S.S. Urberg and A. J. Boe officiating. Miss Nettie Matson, a niece of the deceased sang a beautiful solo. The pallbearers were: Edgar Letson, Will Davis, Milan Smith, C.W. Bradley, Arthur Stevens and Chris Wallen. The reamins were laid to rest in the church cemetery. From a Press Clipping for Taylor, Jackson County, Wisconsin, February 19, 1923
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MRS. MARCUS MATSON: (GJOVICK VORDAL)
"Mrs. Marcus Matson passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Curran on May 2nd, 1924, at the age of 78 years and 3 months.
Funeral services were held last Monday afternoon from the home and later from the Trempealeau Valley church, Rev. S.S. Urberg and Rev. Christopherson officiating.
Miss Oline Olson Hellum was born in Gjovick Vordal, Norway, February 3, 1846. At the age of twenty-two years she came to America along with two brothers and one sister. On April 30, 1868 she was united in marriage to Marcus Matson.
They lived on a farm in Jonas Coulie, now occupied by Henry Waller, until about 25 years ago when they purchased a smaller farm of 40 acres just east of the village.
Nine children were born to them of which seven are now living, namely: Adolph Matson, at Fairmount, Mo.; Barney Matson, at Taylor, Wis.; Mrs. Minnie Amundson, at Arcadia, Wis.; Milan Matson, at Blair, Wis.; Mrs. Josie Curran, at Taylor, Wis.; Mrs. Manda Waller, at Taylor, Wis.; Mrs. Anna Nelson, at Sechlerville, Wis.
She also leaves one sister, Mrs. Olive Olson, eighteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
For the past year her health has not been the best, and she suffered several attacks of illness, heart trouble, and dropsy being the cause of her death.
In her youth she was confirmed as a member of the Lutheran church, and lived faithfully by it through all her years.
Mrs. Matson was held in the greatest esteem by a host of friends during her residence here for over half a century. Her years were years of friendship ever gaining the new, and strengthening the old. In her home she was the devoted wife and mother, the center from which love went forth unstintedly. She seemed never to think of herself, so engrossed was she in making the happiness of others. Her gentle influence, her broad charitable kindness, was not confined to the loved ones of her family alone. Toward all who entered her home, whether young or old, there went forth that same Christian spirit of cheer, hope and happiness. During many years her home was a center which gathered many friends both old and young.
To her family she was an ideal mother and to her neighbors she was the kindly, obliging friend, always ready and responsive to every call. Her years were those of service, true Christian service toward all, and for all who formed part of the great circle in which she lived.
At the funeral there were gathered many friends of years to pay the last tribute of respect to her memory, and greatness of her character.
Among them were some who had been in daily contact with her life, and its good work from the time she came to this valley.
Her home community has lost a good friend, a true friend, one whose thoughts, deeds and influence were for the benefit and betterment of others. The tribute of siltent tears and sorrowing hearts was of admiration and appreciation of her noble character the memory of her life itself which will be an inspiration for good in generations to come.
CARD OF THANKS
The children of Mrs. Marcus Matson desire to express their appreciation of the kindly aid and sympathy extended to us upon the death of our beloved mother. And in particular do we thank our neighbors and those who sent the floral offerings.
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"Martin Matson was seized with a stroke of paralysis in front of the Black River Falls Lumber & Mercantile Association's store about one o'clock last Saturday, and was taken to the home of Hans Erlandson, in the third ward, where he died the following night. Mr. Matson was 73 years old, and was the original Norwegian settler in the neighborhood which is now known as Little Norway, a few miles southwest of this city. He settled on a farm near where the Norwegian Lutheran church now stands, in the town of Albion, forty-five years ago, and resided there until a few years ago, when he moved to another farm, a short distance north, in the town of Irving. He leaves a wife 81 years of age. The remains were taken to the late home, in the town of Irving, yesterday, and the funeral services were held in the Little Norway church at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, Rev. N.A. Geris officiating. Press unknown 14 May 1893
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BERTA BORRESON MATSON
"Mrs. Alex Matson passed away at her home in Taylor, Tuesday evening, September 12, 1922 at 10:00 o'clock after a long illness following a stroke of paralysis she suffered about a year ago. Death came peacefully. Following her first illness she was at times able to be up and about the house a little but about eight weeks ago she suffered a relapse and did not regain sufficient strength to be up and around again. The intense heat also affected her condition and she grew steadily worse until the end. Bertha Marie Borreson was born in Hammer, near Christiana, Norway, September 22, 1853 and at the time of her death was 68 years, 11 months and 21 days old. She came to this country with her parents when quite young. She was united in marriage to Alexander Matson in Trempealeau Valley about 47 years ago, and since then they have resided at Taylor. Seven children blessed the union. Tillie (Mrs. H.J. Schansberg) having passed beyond in 1909. Mrs. Matson was an active member of the Lutheran church and Ladies Aid Society and was always of the first to offer comfort and assistance to those in affliction or need. She was of a most kindly and cheerful disposition with kindness toward all and malice toward none, and was beloved by every one who knew her. She is survived by the sorrowing husband, three sons, Albert of Eau Claire, Eddie of Blair and Gilbert of new Holstein; three daughters, Mrs. R.S. Scholl of Marshfield, Mrs. C.A.Johnson of Eau Claire and Miss Nettie Matson of Taylor; two step-daughters, Mrs. Ole Anderson and Mrs. Matt Anderson of Eau Claire and one brother, Elias Borreson of Blair, and ten grandchildren. All of the above mentioned except two grandchildren were present at the funeral services. Funeral services were held from the home at 1:30 o'clock Friday afternoon and at 2:30 from the Trempealeau Valley Church, Rev. S.S. Urberg officiating. A large crowd was in attendance and the beautiful floral offerings were many. Interment was made in the Trempealeau Valley cemetery. The pall bearers were John Lambert, Christ Larson. B. Berntson. B.L. Van Gorden, O.A. Engebretson and M.W. Smith." THE TAYLOR HERALD - September 22, 1922
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MRS. MARY MAHLE (STRAVANGER)
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Mahle, 83 who died at her home in Whitehall at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 9, following an illness of over a year, were held Monday afternoon, February 14, at the John funeral home and at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. Burial was in Lincoln cemetery. A ladies’ chorus sang at the last rites. William Pederson, William Lydsdahl, Clarence Johnson, Edwin Berg, James Knudtson and Douglas Morden were the casket bearers, while Mary Jo Mahle and Berdell Lysdahl carried the flowers. Coming from a distance for the last rites were Mr. and Mrs. Tom Mahle, Anaconda, Montana; Melford Mahle, Van Hook, North Dakota; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lysdahl and children, Owen; Mr. and Mrs. Otto Hurtst, New Lexington, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. Russell Morden, Eau Claire; Mrs. Theron Scott, Minneapolis; Mrs. C.J Reuter, Beaver Dam and William Lysdahl, Blair. As Mary Elizabeth Hetland, Mrs. Mahle was born June 30, 1865 in Stavanger, Norway, daughter of Nels and Bertha Hetland. She was baptized and confirmed in Norway. In 1883 she came to America to live at the home of her cousin, the late Henry Lewis in Hale Township. Following her marriage to Nels Mahle in 1890 she resided in the Town of Hale and for some time in North Dakota. After the death of her husband in 1906, she returned to live in Hale until 1915, when she moved to Whitehall and remained here until her death. She is survived by seven children, Reuben Olson of Van Hook, North Dakota; Clara, Mrs. John Skoyen of Chinook, Montana; Bertina, Mrs. Benhard Knutson of Pigeon Falls; Tom Mahle, Anaconda, Montana; Dewey Mahle, Denbeigh, North Dakota; Melford, Van Hook, North Dakota; and Ben of Whitehall, with whom she made her home. A stepson, Sever Mahle, resides at Denbeigh, North Dakota. Two daughters preceded her in death, Lillian in infancy and Agnes, Mrs. Tom Lysdahl in 1939. She also leaves 23 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and a brother, Hans Hetland, of Windsor, Wisconsin. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - FEBRUARY 17, 1949
MRS. MARTHA MADSON (SELLY, SOLAR)
Martha Johanson was born in Selly, Solar, Norway, September 1, 1859. She was the daughter of Bernt Johanson and Karen Christiansdatter Johanson. She was baptized and confirmed in the Osnes (Aasnes?) church, Solar, Norway. She was united in marriage to Alfred Madson in 1897. The year after their marriage they emigrated to America. They made their home in New York City where Mrs. Madson resided 35 years. To their union came three children, all of whom preceded her in death, and her husband in January 1916. The following spring Mrs. Madson came to Blair where she had relatives and acquaintances from Solar. She has made her home here since. Mrs. Madson was taken seriously ill and confined to a hospital where she submitted to an operation. Her health seemed to have regained but a few weeks ago, she was again stricken. On Sunday November 30 she suffered a stroke and passed away on the following day, December 1, 1930, aged 71 years and 3 months. She leaves to mourn her departure a sister, Mrs. Johanna Beck, Osnes Parish, Norway and two brothers, Ben Benson of Tappen Coulee and another brother in Washington State. Funeral services were conducted at the Zion Lutheran Church Thursday, December 4th, conducted by Rev. Sweger. Mr. A.N. Garson sang a solo. Interment was made in the Zion cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 11, 1930
INGBAAR MAHLUM (BIRI)
Ingbaar Mahlum was born in Biri, Norway, November 29, 1849. She and her husband came to this country about April 20th, 1880. After living several years at other places, the moved to the Town of Ettrick, where they settled on a farm. Her husband, Hans Mahlum, died six years ago leaving his wife and youngest son, Alfred, to manage the farm. Being in poor health, Mrs. Mahlum patiently waited for the time to come when her heavenly father would call her to a better home, where pains or sorrow are unknown. During last winter and spring she was gradually failing and sought that her last would soon come, and sure it came on the 19th of May, 1920, when she quietly passed away, at the age of 70 years, 5 months and 20 days. The remains were taken to the Hardies Creek cemetery and laid to rest beside her husband, may 22nd. Rev. Rekkre, of Galesville, conducting the services. To this union nine children were born, two dying in infancy. There are seven left to mourn her loss. Namely: Mrs. J. Christenson, Mrs. J.H. Johnson, Mrs. E.A. Anderson of Ettrick, Mrs. J.C. Gullickson and Herold of Winona, Ingvold Mahlum, Pigeon; Alfred Mahlum residing on the home farm in the Town of Ettrick. There are 20 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - MAY 28, 1920
ANDREW K. MAHLUM (NORWAY)
Andrew K. Mahlum was born in Norway on November 18, 1845 and died at his home in the Town of Arcadia last Thursday, August 21, 1919, from diabetes, with pulmonary tuberculosis as contributing cause. Deceased was long been a resident of this vicinity. His wife preceded him in death several years. He is survived by two daughters Mrs. Oliver Narveson and Miss Betsy Mahlum and by two sons, Christ and Albert. The funeral was held Saturday from the Fagernes church, Rev. C.B. Bestul officiating and interment was had in the family lot near the church. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - AUGUST 28, 1919
OLE MAHLUM (NORWAY)
(French Creek). This community was shocked Wednesday morning, January 20th, on learning of the sudden death of one of its old residents, Ole Mahlum. Deceased was apparently in his usual health the previous day and his death came unexpectedly. The funeral was held at the home at 11 and from the church at 12 o’clock Friday. Mr. Mahlum was born in Norway February 2, 1851, and came to this country in 1856. His wife died 12 years ago. He is survived by five children, namely, Mrs. Albert Austenson, Miss Emma, Christian, Henry and Alfred. The sorrowing family have the sympathy of the entire community. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - JANUARY 28, 1909
JOHANNES MAHLUM (NORWAY)
An obituary following the death of her father, John Mahlum, has been received at this office from Mrs. Jacob Hamre of Palermo, North Dakota. Mr. Mahlum died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Chris Hanson at Baden, North Dakota, Saturday, April 6, of old age. Funeral services were held at the Trinity Lutheran church of Palermo, of which he was a member. His six sons carried him to his resting place beside his wife in the Zion Lutheran cemetery north of Palermo. Johannes Mahlum was born in Norway September 30, 1853. He came to America in the spring of 1855 and settled with his parents on a farm near Pigeon Falls, where he lived until the spring of 1906. At that time he removed to the State of North Dakota, where he continued to reside until his death. There his wife died on October 5, 1925. Deceased is survived by ten children; namely, Johane, Mrs. Chris Hanson of Baden, North Dakota; Josie, Mrs. Owonson of Minot, North Dakota; Peter Mahlum, Coulee, North Dakota; Gunder, Kelmar, Minnesota; Elena, Mrs. French, and Sigvald, Coulee, North Dakota; Gilbert, Chris, Ingvald and Othilde, Mrs. Jacob Hamre, all of Palermo, North Dakota. There are also a number of grandchildren. Mr. Mahlum was well known in the vicinity of Whitehall and Pigeon Falls and will be remembered for his faithful work in the church. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 18, 1940
MRS. JOHN MALHUM (BIRI)
Mrs. John Malhum, living 10 miles north of Palermo, North Dakota, passed away Monday, October 5, at 7:30 o’clock in the evening. Although poor in health, the news of her death was a shock to her many friends, as she had been up and around until the day of her death. Mrs. Martha Petterson Mahlum was born in Biri, Norway, September 18, 1852, and was united in marriage to Johannes Gilbertson Mahlum in 1875. They came to America in 1884, and settled in Trempealeau County, Town of Pigeon, where they lived until the spring of 1906, when they moved to North Dakota where the family still resides. The deceased leaves to mourn her death her husband, John Mahlum, four daughters, Mrs. Chris Hanson, Mrs. Herbert French of Coulee, North Dakota; Mrs. Sigval Owenson of Minot, North Dakota, and Mrs. Jacob Hamre of Palermo, North Dakota. Six sons also survive, Peter of Coulee, Gunder of Van Hook, Gilbert and Chris of Palermo, Sigval and Ingvel remaining at home. Mrs. Andrene Tollefson of Van Hook, North Dakota, and Mrs. Lars Larson of Lille Hammer, Norway are surviving sisters and one brother, John Deseth of Pigeon Falls, also 34 grandchildren. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - OCTOBER 15, 1925
INGVALD MALLUM (BIRI)
Ingvald Mallum was born in the vicinity of Biri, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, October 23, 1879, one of nine children born to Hans and Ingeborg Mallum, and passed away quietly in his sleep at his home near Whitehall, March 11, 1952, at the age of 72 years, four months and 17 days. When he was six months old he came with his family to this country and settled in the Town of Ettrick where he grew to manhood. He attended both English and Norwegian parochial school in his home district and in 1894, he was confirmed in the Lutheran faith by the Rev. A. Myhre, a faith in which he was steadfast throughout his life. In 1907 he was united in marriage to Julia Stensby. To this union four children were born, Hensel who died in infancy; Irvin of Whitehall; Stella, Mrs. Orville Nelson of Strum; and Jeanette, Mrs. Lloyd Ekern of Galesville. The Mallums lived in Ettrick Township until 1914 when they moved to a farm near Whitehall where he spent the remainder of his life. Funeral services were conducted from the Johnson Funeral chapel and Our Saviour’s Lutheran church of Whitehall on Friday, March 14, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. The Rev. O. Kleven of Viroqua, brother-in-law of the deceased, spoke in behalf of the family. A group from the Senior choir sang “Den Store Hvide Flok,” “Abide With Me’ and “One Sweetly Solemn Thought.” Casket bearers were Christ Sveen, Oswell Fremstead, Peter Simenson, William Ivers, Oluf Hagen and Carl Thomte. Flowers were carried by Mrs. L. Ellison, Mrs. Harry Eckert and Mrs. Jarl Everson of Winona and Mrs. Irvin Mallum. Mr. Mallum was preceded in death by the son Hensel, by two sisters, Elise, Mrs. John Gullickson and Sena, Mrs. John Johnson, and both a brother and sister who died in infancy. Besides his wife and three children, he is survived by three grandchildren; two brothers, Harold of Mt. Dora, Florida and Alfred on his farm home in Ettrick; two sisters, Minnie, Mrs. John Christianson of Winona and Hannah, Mrs. Ed Anderson of Ettrick; and a large number of nephews and nieces and a host of other relatives and friends. A large number of floral and memorial gifts were given in his remembrance. God bless his memory. Having known the deceased intimately for some time and had much in common with him in a financial way, I shall speak briefly of his past. There are certain qualities in a man that establish his character and reputation among his fellowmen. A few of these I will enumerate as found in him. First, he was industrious, which is evidenced by the modern home he had built and which to him was a cherished treasure. Second, he was thrifty and made the best use of his finances to rear his family of children, in whom he took great pride. He was truly a loving husband and father. Third, among neighbors and acquaintances he was held in high esteem because of his friendliness and helpfulness. He had endeared himself to the communities in which he lived by his fair dealings with all. Fourth, as a citizen he was a man to be honored. He believed in paying to Caesar what was Caesars and gave liberally of his means to his church and the kingdom of God. What the government rightfully taxed him, he ungrudgingly paid, and when I say that his statements upon which his taxes were levied were so humanly perfect as possible it is saying it from personal knowledge. These are only a few of his sterling qualities. Written by G.M. Steig. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MAR 27, 1952
OLE MALMIN (BERGEN)
The First Lutheran congregation has lost one of it’s strongest pillars in the demise of Ole Malmin. For a quarter of a century he served as trustee of his congregation and for 24 years, was custodian of the church building. He was a regular attendant at divine worship and the Lord’s Table. The spiritual welfare of his congregation and fellow citizens always was on Ole’s heart and many a conference he held with the pastor of his church in the interest of the young and older people in the community, trying to devise ways of stamping out evil and bringing a love for Christ and His work into the hearts of the people. Ole Malmin was born February 22, 1862 in the Bergen community of Norway to the parents Ole Malmin and wife, Martha Halvorsdatter. He was baptized in the Name of the Triune God in his home church. He was educated in the parish schools of Bergen. He enrolled for confirmation and was later confirmed in the Lutheran faith. As a young man of 19 he emigrated to America and arrived here April 25, 1881. He came to an uncle, Nels Halvorson, in the Town of Preston and there he worked for several years. In 1896, he purchased a farm in Fly Crek. On May 7, 1897 he was united in marriage with Mina Thea Hanevold by the sainted Rev. Emanual Christopherson of Pigeon Falls. They lived in Fly Creek until 1910 when they disposed of their farm and moved to Blair and purchased the farm which Sigvald Ekern now operates. After nine years he sold the farm and bought the home where his family now resides. Ole worked as road patrol for several years. He was stricken with rheumatism in 1925 and was totally incapacitated for a year, but his powers returned the next years. During the last years age has made itself felt in the life of Ole. In November of last year he became so infirm that he could no longer attend church. He soon became bedridden with a complication of ailments and the end was in sight. He was finally released from this earthly life on Sunday morning February 14, 1937 at 1:30 a.m. A daughter, Anna Marie, and three sisters in Norway preceded him in death. He is survived by Mrs. Malmin, a daughter, Olga, Mrs. Peter Johnson, the grandchildren, Mina and Lois; and a half-brother, Martin Malmin of Spokane, Washington. Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 17 from the home and the Blair First Lutheran church with the Rev. Konrad Urberg officiating. Interment was made in the old Whitehall cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 18, 1937
OLE MARKING (BIRI)
For one to live for a period of 93 years and during that time to enjoy robust health and in the later years to live to have a physical condition which permits activity and to retain a keen mentality until the last is unusual. But such was the life of Ole Marking, Whitehall citizen, who passed from this life, Thursday morning, September 19, at his home in this village. Funeral services were held at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church Tuesday September 24, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland in charge. The song service was rendered by a group of members of the choir and the pallbearers were neighbors of the deceased: August Ringstad, Henry Aleckson, August Nyberg, Adlph Olson, Lewis Larson and Ole Holmen. Flower carriers were Mrs. August Ringstad, Mrs. Adolph Olson, Mrs.Lewis Larson and Miss Millie Everson. The remains of Mr. Marking were placed in the family lot in Lincoln Cemetery by Undertaker Rhode. Surviving relatives are four daughters, Mrs. Thomas Hanson and Mrs. Ernest Sterner of Northfield, Miss Minnie at home and Miss Gena of Minneapolis. There are two grandsons and three granddaughters. A sister and a brother of Mr. Marking are living in Norway. His wife died February 17, 1903 and one son, Mattinus, died at the age of five years. Mr. Marking was born in Biri, Norway, December 14, 1841, and came to the United States in 1866. He first settled in Coon Valley, where he spent the first two years of his life in America. Then he came to Trempealeau County, with Peter Ekern, who at that time was also living in Coon Valley and made the trip to Pigeon Falls to negotiate for the purchase of a store there. Ole Marking was married to Carrie Brandon in 1872. Shortly after the wedding, they established a home on a farm in Fly Creek. Years later they disposed of this place and rented the present Mrs. Soren Thompson farm near Pigeon Falls. Finally they bought a farm in the Town of Northfield, Jackson County, where the family lived for the nine years before they moved to Whitehall in the year 1903. Upon coming to Whitehall, Mr. Marking built the house now owned by Julius Linberg on Scranton Street. Later, having disposed of this first residence, he erected the comfortable cottage near the Community Hospital where he and his daughters spent many years together, and where he died. In the early days, Mr. Marking spent the winters in the pineries increasing his meager income to the extent that finally enabled him to develop his farm home. Physically he was well built, a man of great strength and energy and in his active years he was considered one of the best farmers of his community. After establishing his home in Whitehall, Mr. Marking spent his time at odd jobs around his property and visiting with his old friends. Up until two years ago, he made daily trips to the business part of town. The last years of his life were made pleasant for him by the loving care of his daughters, Minnie and Gena who faithfully maintained a home for him. At 90 Mr. Marking read newspapers without glasses. His hearing was alert and his mentality was keen. But during the past two years when he realized that his span of life must be drawing to a close, he frequently expressed a desire to pass on to his heavenly home. His life’s work was completed and he was ready to enter the long rest. Mr. Marking was reared in and followed the Lutheran faith throughout his life. Among those from a distance who attended the funeral were John Hoff and son, Odell, of Holmen; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Stubrud and Miss Clara Stubrud of Black River Falls; and Mr. and Mrs. Matt Hoff of Mindoro. Mr. Hoff had lived with the Markings three years when he was a young boy. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - OCTOBER 3, 1935
MRS. MARY MASON (GULBRANDSDALEN)
Last rites for Mrs. Mary Mason, 78, who died at the local hospital February 23, were conducted at her home in Whitehall and at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church last Thursday, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. A group from the Senior choir sang “Jesus Lover of My Soul” and “Abide With Me,” and Keil Blank sang a solo “Den Store Hvide Flok.” Pallbearers were five nephews of the deceased, John, George, Bennie, Ernest and Sidney Gilbertson and H.J. Elstad. The flowers were carried by Misses Elaine and Janet Swenson, Mabel Larson and Gladys Sanrope. Burial was to Fagernes cemetery. As Mary Jackson, Mrs. Mason was born October 18 1864 in Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, the older daughter of John and Ingeborg Jackson. In 1869 the family came to America, settling in Plum Creek, Town of Arcadia. There, Mary grew to womanhood. As a young woman, she went to LaCrosse to be employed and there married Charles Mason. They lived in that city for a few years and then moved to Whitehall, where Mrs. Mason spent the remainder of her life. The two sons born to this couple were William C. Mason, now highway commission of Trempealeau county, and James Mason, of Tomahawk. Both survive, besides three grandchildren, Mrs. Jack Maxfield of Springfield, Illinois; Charles Mason of the U.S. Navy and Douglas Mason of Whitehall. She also leaves four great-grandchildren, Jack and Fredrick Maxfield and Bonnie Lou and Phyllis Jean Mason. Besides her parents, Mrs. Mason was preceded in death by one sister, Mrs. Gable Gilbertson of Whitehall, who died February 21, 1940. Friends from a distance attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Fred Dierkop and Miss Ella Erickson of LaCrosse. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MARCH 4, 1943
GILBERT MATHISON (NORWAY)
Gilbert Mathison, 79, Galesville, died at a local hospital early Monday morning. He was born March 12, 1849 in Norway. He is survived by one son, Theodore of lacrosse; two daughters, Mrs. V.F. Gust, LaCrosse; and Mrs. Ellis Thompson, Galesville; and one brother, Otto, of LaCrosse. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 o’clock from the Lutheran church at Ettrick. The Rev. Urberg officiated and interment was made in the Ettrick cemetery. THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - DECEMBER 21, 1928
MRS. CHRISTIANNA JOHNSON MARKVOLD (BJONAG HELGELAND)
Died, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Simon Pederson, in the Town of Pigeon, August 4, 1910, Mrs. Christianna Johnson Markvold. Deceased was born at Bjonaag Helgeland, Norway in 1836. She was married to Iver Johnson Markvold in 1864. Two years later they came to America, locating at LaCrosse. They journeyed as pioneers to Dakota Territory in 1867, taking a homestead in Clay County, about 12 miles east of Yankton, which was then a trading post. In 1881 the family was bereaved by the death of the father. The mother lived on the farm until six years ago, when, her health failing, she took up her abode with her son Olaf in Yankton. Four years later she came to visit her daughters. She was the mother of seven children, of which one died in infancy. Deceased leaves to mourn her loss Edward, Olaf and Harold L. of Yankton and Edwin C. of Gayville, South Dakota; Mrs. Jennie Lanning of Whitehall and Mrs. Mollie S. Pederson of Pigeon. With firm trust in Christ, she approached death patiently and submissively. She was a Christian and a kind and faithful mother. The funeral services at the United Lutheran church were conducted by Rev. Orke of Pigeon Falls and the remains interred in Lincoln cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - AUGUST 11, 1910
MRS. THOMAS MASON (S. LAND)
Johanna Braaten was born in Sondre Land’s Parish, Norway, July 17, 1859, and came with her parents to America in 1868. She was united in marriage to Thomas Mason July 25, 1879, by Rev. L. Sherven. Twelve children were born to this union; namely, Julia Morrison, Martha and Melvin of Minneapolis; Julius and Minnie, Galesville; Stella Lynghammer, Ettrick; Mary Hogden, Osseo; Selma Swenson, West Allis, Wisconsin. Oscar passed away at the age of 28 years in 1924. Three children died in infancy. She passed away in Abrahams Coulee after an illness of three weeks of heart trouble. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Johan Olson at the French Creek Lutheran church at 2 o’clock March 8. Rev. Olson paid a glowing tribute to the Christian character of the deceased. Her husband preceded her in death April 10, 1926. Mrs. Mason leaves one sister, Mrs. Ingeborg Jahr, Blair, and one brother, Christ Braaten, Galesville, and 15 grandchildren. It has been said that “death loves a shining mark” which was exemplified in her case. She lived a consistent Christian life and has gone to her reward. All the children were present at the funeral except Mrs. Selma Swenson of West Allis. Funeral services were largely attended and floral tributes were many and beautiful. Flower girls were Arleen and Kathryn Benrud, Marian and Verna Mason. Mrs. Sand sang “Rock of Ages”. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MARCH 19, 1931
JOHN MASON (LAND)
John Mason, French Creek pioneer farmer and thesherman, passed away at his farm home Monday evening, May 4, following a long illness from cancer. Mr. Mason was one of the early threshermen in this section, and up until the late years was active every fall with this occupation. He also was engaged in the machine business, being associated with late John Benrud of Galesville. His later years were mostly spent in fishing, a sport in which he took great pleasure. Mr. Mason was first taken sick in August, and he spent nine weeks at the Lutheran hospital at LaCrosse where he submitted to two operations. Neither of these improved his health, and in October he was taken home. The deceased was born in Land, Prestegjeld, Norway, February 25, 1855. In company with his parents, he came to America when he was 2 ½ years old. The family settled in Abrahams Coulee and this was where he spent most of his boyhood days. He was united in marriage to Miss Agnette Lindberg in 1876. Eight children were born to this union, seven of whom are living to mourn the loss of a kind and loving father. The children are Carl of Ettrick, Mrs. Ida Benrud of Frenchville, Mrs. Julia Hegge of French Creek, Elmer of LaCrosse, and Alfred, Anna and Hilda at home. He is also survived by one brother, Andrew, of Winona, Minnesota, and eight grandchildren. His wife preceded him in death 23 years ago. Funeral services were held from the French Creek church Thursday afternoon and interment was made in the French Creek cemetery, Rev. John Olson officiating. The pallbearers were Ole Oanes, Sam Berg, Nick Engehagen and Johannes Brennegen. The flower girls were four of his grandchildren; namely, Kathryn and Arleen Benrud and Marian and Verna Mason. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MAY 14, 1931
MRS. ALBERT MATHISON (FAABERG?)
Anna Christenson Mathison passed away at her home Thursday evening, May 8, 1924 after only several days of illness. The deceased was born in Faaberg (?), Norway, August 16, ?. She came to this country as a young lady and for a time she worked in LaCrosse. She was united in marriage to Albert Mathison, June 25, 1883, three children were born to this union; Mrs. William Gust of LaCrosse; Alex Thompson of Galesville and Theodore of Lacrosse, all of whom are living to mourn their loss. Mr. and Mrs. Mathison settled on a farm in South Beaver Creek in 1884. The past twelve years they resided in this village. Funeral services were held Sunday at 4 p.m. The remains were quietly laid to rest in the Ettrick cemetery; Rev. ? of Galesville officiated. THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - MAY 15, 1924 (Some words were illegible, being too near the binding)
MARTIN MATHSON (VAALER, SOLAR)
There was a time when the blacksmith shop was probably the most busy place in town. From morning until evening it was possible to hear the sound of hammer against steel, and to see the farmers bring in their horses for shoeing and their machinery and wagons for repair. In those days there was one name with which the work was connected, namely, “Martin Smed.” Martin, the blacksmith, is now dead - the anvil will no longer sing under the direction of his hammer, and the forge will no longer burn brightly from Martin’s working of the bellows. But memories of the old shop will always be fresh in the minds of boys of 20 years ago. Martin Mathson was taken sick on January 15 and lingered on until death suddenly closed his life’s history on Saturday, January 23, 1937 at 1:30 am. Martin was born in Vaaler, Solar, Norway on January 24, 1871 to the parents Marthius and Martha Brenden. His parents brought him to the Vaaler church early where through baptism he was made a child of God. He was raised and educated in the Vaaler parish, in which church he also was confirmed after proper instruction. In 1889, Martin came to America to seek his fortune in the promising west. Martin found work in the northern Wisconsin woods as blacksmith. He later worked a blacksmith and wood shop at Sechlerville for three years. Then he took over the Spaulding shop in Black River Falls which he worked for 12 years until 1905. In 1897 Martin took unto himself a life partner with whom he lived for forty years. She was Betsy Hanson, and the late Rev. N.A Giere tied the nuptial knot. July 7, 1905 the family moved to Blair where he took up his occupation of woodwork and blacksmithing with which he was occupied until his death. Funeral services were held Thursday, January 27, at 2:00 pm. at the First Lutheran church with the Rev. Konrad Urberg officiating. Interment was made in Rest Haven. He is survived by his widow and the following children; Lee, Harry, Basil, Victor and Lawrence of Blair and Alvin, Rudolph, Evelyn and Lucille of Chicago. There are also the following brothers and sisters: Ole, Norway, deceased; Otto, Black River Falls, died 1931; Mary, Mrs. Aleck Olson, Melrose, died 1930; Signe, Mrs. B.O. Tenneson, Blair; Lena, Mrs. August Adams, Mineapolis; Emma, Mrs. Carl J. Thysell, Hawley, Minnesota; Jennie, Mrs. Johnson of Birmingham, Alabama; Tena Gunderson of Norway; and Millie, Mrs. O. P. Olson, Minneapolis, died in January 1936. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 4, 1937
MRS. BETSY MATHSON (GULBRANDSDALEN)
Bertha Hanson Mathson was born July 20 1870 in Gulbrandsdaen, Norway to Albert Hanson Haugen and his wife, Marthe. She was baptized in the Lutheran church there. The family came to America in 1883, settling in Black River Falls. There she was confirmed by Pastor P.A. Dietrichson and there married Martin Mathson Brenden on April 7, 1897. The young couple moved to Blair in 1906 where Mr. Mathson was engaged in blacksmithing until his death on January 23, 1937. Mrs. Mathson had been in ill health for some time but her last illness began late this summer. She was hospitalized for a time and then returned to her home here but became worse and was taken again to the hospital where she passed away Monday, September 25. She is survived by two daughters, Evelyn, Mrs. E.J. Hulings; and Lucille, Mrs. Jacob Jacobs of Chicago; six sons, Lee, Alvin, Harry, Victor and Lawrence of Blair and Rudolph of Chicago. One son Basil died in April 1950. There are also 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Other survivors are a brother Albert in Minneapolis, two sisters, Mrs. Rose Elder of St. Paul and Lena of Black River Falls. Funeral services were held last Thursday afternoon, September 28, 1950 at the First Lutheran church with the Rev. K.M. Urberg officiating. Interment was in the Rest Haven cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 1, 1950
MARTIN MATHSON (HOF, SOLAR)
Martin Mathson, oldest son of Martin and Martha Mathieson was born at Hoff, Solar, Norway, June 2, 1853. On October 10, 1870, he was confirmed in the Lutheran faith. On April 9, 1878 he emigrated to America, coming to Silverlake, Iowa, where he spent two years of his life; later coming to Wisconsin and Black River Falls, working in the pineries and at railroad work. For the past twenty years he has made his home with his brother , Edward, and family in Shake Hollow. He was taken sick in May 1934 and since that time was never able to be up around. He passed peacefully away on Wednesday, March 13, 1935 at 1:30 p.m., death being caused from the infirmities of old age. He attained the age of 81 years, 9 months and 11 days. He leaves beside his brother, Edward, one brother Gunder in Norway; three sisters having preceded him in death. Funeral services were held on Friday, March 15, 1935, from the home at 12:30 and at 2:00 o’clock from the South Beaver Creek Church, Rev. Johan Olson officiating. He was laid to rest in the South Beaver Creek cemetery. The pallbearers were Andrew Amundson, Olaus Wester Dan and August Danielson, Albert Johnson and Clarence Osley. F.H. Smith had charge of the funeral arrangements. Reprinted from the MELROSE CHRONICLE. THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - APRIL 5, 1935
MATT J. MATSON (JUTLAND, DENMARK)
Matt J. Matson, who suffered a stroke April 8 on a pane enroute from Minneapolis to Seattle, Washington, where he was going to visit his son, Melvin and family, was removed from the plane at Billings, Montana and placed in the St. Vincent’s hospital there where he passed away Wednesday, April 11, 1951. The body was returned to Blair where funeral services were held Monday, April 15 at the Zion Lutheran church with the Rev. L. W. Halvorson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mat J. Matson was born in Biele, Jutland, Denmark, on June 5, 1866. He was the son of Peter and Anna Matson and at the age of 16 left with his parents, four sisters and one brother for America. The brother, John, still resides at Taylor but the parents and sisters have passed away Mr. Matson and Nina Johson Knudsmoen was united in marriage on October 20, 1886 and settled on the Matson farm in Tappen Coulee Ridge which was their home until 1935 when they retired and moved to Blair. Eight children were born to this union: Mae, Mrs. Ed Perlichek of Burling, North Dakota; Ella, Mrs. Thomas Sampson of Sidney, Montana; Sena, who recently passed away in Rockford, Illinois; Pearl, Mrs. John Bast, Eau Claire; Esther Buhman of Waterloo, Iowa; Alice, Mrs. Oscar Schildknecht, Milwaukee; Melvin, Seattle, Washington and one son who passed away in 1903 at the age of two years. He had ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Mrs. Matson died in October 1940 and Mrs. Matson made his home with his son, Melvin and family, until last fall when the family moved to Seattle, and it was on this trip that he became ill. He was in good spirits, happy and excited when he left Blair on Sunday for Eau Claire. His daughters and granddaughter took him to the Wold-Chamberlain airport in Minneapolis and saw him off on his first plane trip. His illness and death came as a great shock to his friends and relatives who rejoiced with him on the trip and also seeing his grandchildren again. The community is deeply saddened by his death as he was a kindly man, with a sterling character and a Christian. He will be missed by all who knew him. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 19, 1951
MARTIN MATSON (SOLAR)
Funeral services were held at the Chimney Rock Lutheran church Saturday for Martin Matson, 85, who died at the home of his son, Morris Matson, Wednesday, December 20. A paralytic stroke, which he suffered December 18 was the cause of death. Mr. Matson was born in Solar, Norway, September 27, 1855. In the year 1879 he married Karen Erickson and in 1892 they came to America, reaching Chimney Rock on May 27 of that year. They settled on a farm there, where Mr. Matson remained for the balance of his life. His wife and four children preceded him in death, while surviving are the son with whom he lived and four daughters: Mrs. C. Anderson, Mrs. O. Strand and Mrs. G. Torsfelt of Minneapolis, and Mrs. A. Johnson of Chimney Rock. There are also 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - DECEMBER 28, 1939
MRS. MATT J. MATSON (VAALER, SOLAR)
Nina Johnson Knudsmoen was born August 20, 1868 in Vaaler, Solar, Norway. She was the daughter of Arne and Martha Knudsmoen. She was baptized in the Lutheran church in Vaaler. In 1875 she came with her parents, a sister and two brothers, to America. Two grown-up sisters were left behind in Norway. Their first home was in Lakes Coulee and then for many years, they farmed the present Thomas Toraason farm. Nina was confirmed in the Blair Lutheran church by Rev. Bynholf Hovde May 21, 1882. She was united in marriage to Matt J. Matson October 20, 1886. Their home for a period of half a century was on the Matson farm on Tappen ridge. After the death of Mrs. Matson’s mother at Fertile, Minnesota, her father came to make his home with them and remained until his death in November 1911. In 1936 the Matsons moved to Blair and have resided here since. Eight children were born to this union, Amanda (Mrs. E. Perlichek), Burlington, North Dakota; Ella (Mrs. Thomas Sampson) Sidney, Montana; Sena (Mrs. Martin Granlund), Rockford, Illinois; Pearl (Mrs. John Bast), Eau Claire; Esther (Mrs. Harry Buhman), Independence, Iowa; Alice (Mrs. O.H. Schildknecht), Milwaukee, and Melvin of Blair. One child died at the age of two years in 1903. Mrs. Matson was taken ill with flu last New Year’s Eve. This developed into a serious case of pneumonia and she was removed to St. Francis hospital at LaCrosse where she remained throughout the month of January. Her health was seriously impaired and never regained. She passed away Tuesday, October 3, 1939 at 3:30 p.m. Besides the husband and children, two brothers survive, Charlie Johnson of Shelvin, Minnesota and Arndt Johnson on Trump Coulee Ridge. There are eight grandchildren. Mrs. Matson found consolation in Sacred Writ. Few were as well versed as she in Scripture. She read and reread her Bible and memorized many of its passages. In prayer and faith she found help and comfort for this life and strength to meet its close. The memory of a wife’s devotion through 53 years will ever be cherished, of a mother’s love that never failed will always be prized, of a personality that radiated kindness and good will, is enshrined in many hearts. Funeral services were held Friday, October 6th at the home and at the Zion Lutheran church, Rev. T.E. Sweger officiating. Mrs. Melvin Matson sang “In the Garden” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” Memory wreaths were given to the Home for the Aged at Wittenberg, Radio Station WCAL and the Organ Fund. Pallbearers were Emil Hanson, Sophus Dahl, John Shelley, Harold Rude, Albert Toraason and Sanford Arneson. Flower bearers were the Mesdames Archie Kocum, George Clatt, Mark Metzgar and Milton Frederixon. Interment was in the Zion cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 12, 1939
JOHN P. MATSON (JUTLAND, DENMARK)
Funeral services for John Peder Matson, 74, were held Monday afternoon, August 24 at the Taylor Lutheran church with the Rev. B.J. Hatlem officiating. The Ladies Quartet sang two hymns. Interment was in the Trempealeau Valley cemetery. Pallbearers were J. Gordon Huseboe, Alfred Waller, Melvin Steien, Olaus Knutson, Alfred Kelly and Omer Dahl. Mr. Matson died at his home in Taylor on Friday, August 24, 1951, after an extended illness although he had been seriously ill for only about three weeks. Born in Jutland, Denmark, June 5, 1876, to Peder and Anna Matson, he came to this country with his parents and five brothers and sisters when he was six years old. He lived in Tappen Coulee Ridge on a farm for many years and moved to Big Slough in 1917. In 1943, he moved to Taylor where he made his home until his death. Mr. Matson was the last member of his family, his brother having died last spring. On March 22, 1911, Mr. Matson was united in marriage to Bertha Knutson. Six children were born to this union. He was preceded in death by his parents and all of his brothers and sisters. He is survived by his wife, the children; Mrs. Lester (Anna) Hanson of Spooner; Norman, of Falls Church, Virginia; Peder and John Jr. of Toledo, Ohio; Bernice and Henry, at home and ten grandchildren. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 30, 1951
MRS. AGNETTE MATSON (VAALER, SOLAR)
Mrs. Agnette Matson, nee Risberg, was born at Vaaler Parish, Norway, on the 17th day of November 1855. She attained to womanhood in her home and in 1878 she was united in marriage to John Matson of the same place. In 1881(2?) the couple emigrated to America and settled in the Town of Chimney Rock where Mrs. Matson had her home for 44 years until the time of her death. With the exception of a few fainting spells, Mrs. Matson always enjoyed good health. However, on the 21st of August she had a paralytic stroke and passed away suddenly at the age of 90 years, 9 months and 4 days. Her husband preceded her in death four years ago. She is survived by her children: Melvin and Alfred of Hamlet, North Dakota; Einar of Spooner; Ole and Philander of Chimney Rock and Mrs. Helmer Olson of Onalaska. Three brothers and one sister also survive: P.K. Risberg of Eleva, Martin Risberg, Norway; Knut Risberg and Mrs. O.M. Risberg of Chimney Rock. There are eight grandchildren. The funeral took place from the Chimney Rock church the 25th of August. The choir sang several selections. Rev Wichman officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - SEPTEMBER 2, 1926
MARY MADSEN (JYLLAND, DENMARK)
Mary Madsen was born in Jylland, Denmark May 20, 1864. She was the daughter of Peter and Anna Jensen Madsen. The family emigrated to America in 182 arriving at Stillwater, Minnesota the 9th of October that year. A year later they came to Trempealeau County where a farm on the ridge between Tappen and Trump Coulees was purchased. In 1904 the farm was taken over by John and two years later by his brother, Matt, who conducted the farm 30 years until his retirement to take up his residence in Blair a year ago. Mary came to LaCrosse in 1884. She has resided there continuously since. She was first employed in domestic service. Later on her services were much in demand as a cook and caterer. She was struck down by an automobile six years ago and her health was considerably impaired from that time. Heart trouble developed two weeks ago, and she passed away at 2 a.m. Thursday, April 8, 1937, not quite 73 years of age. He mother died February 16th, 1908 a week after a sister Anna passed away and they were both buried in Zion cemetery as well as the father who passed away January 20, 1906 and a sister, Sina, June 19, 1892. Another sister, Hannah (Mrs. Louis Thompson) died at Stillwater, Minnesota in June 1933. Only two brothers survive, John of Big Slough and Matt of Blair. Funeral services were conducted at the Zion Lutheran church by Rev. T.E. Sweger Saturday at 2 p.m. Mrs. Melvin Madsen sang “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Abide With Me.” Pallbearers were John Anderson, George Clatt, Edward Gunderson, Joseph Dahl, Ed Elland and Albert Blom. Internment was in the Zion cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 15, 1937
MRS. LENA MATTSON (NORWAY)
Funeral services for Mrs. Lena Mattson, 74, who died at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire at 3:45 Saturday morning following a stroke, were held Tuesday, September 20 at 1 o’clock at the John Funeral chapel in Whitehall and at 2 p.m. at the Chimney Rock Lutheran church. The Rev. A.J. Westberg officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery beside her husband, Mike Mattson of Chimney Rock, whose death occurred about five years ago. Mrs. Mattson was born August 14, 1874 in Norway. Her survivors are five sons, Leonard, Belmont, Roy, Ernest and Lyle Mattson of Whitehall; three daughters, Mrs. George M. Johnson of Dubuque, Iowa; Mrs. Paul Olson of Minneapolis and Mrs. Ernest Hanke of Chippewa Falls; five grandchildren; two brothers, Sig and Eddie Storberg of Chimney Rock; and two sisters, Mrs. Ole Christopherson, Carleton, Minnesota; and Mrs. Oscar Hanson, Howard Lake, Minnesota. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - SEPTEMBER 22, 1949
MARTINUS MATTSON (ODINBY)
Martinus Mattson passed away at his home in this village yesterday morning, at two o’clock from old age infirmities, bronchitis and heart trouble. Deceased had been a rugged, robust man and hardly known what it was to be sick until the final decline a short time ago. Ten days ago he took his bed and gradually failed until the last summons came. Mr. Mattson’s life has been an energetic one. Blessed with a wonderful physique, his ambition was unbounded and the model life he led aided in the preservation of his health, with the result that he was able to perform manual labor long after the shadows of life began to point to the east. He died as he lived, with contentment and satisfaction, and with Infinite faith in the Grand Artificer of the Universe. Deceased was born at Odinby, Norway, May 24, 1835 and was married in 1861 to Anne Dorthea. He came to this country in 1871 and settled in Fly Creek valley, where he resided for 30 years removing to Whitehall in 1903. The children are Olaf of LaCrosse; Mrs. T.K. Rea of Indian Gap, Texas; Rickard of Whitehall; Albert of Detroit, Michigan; Ms. B.C. Peterson of Lake Andes, South Dakota; Mrs. Charles Kuehl of Withee, this state, who besides the widow are left to mourn a kind father and affectionate husband. Mr. and Mrs. Matson had lived together for 55 years. The children will be present at the funeral except Mrs. Rea and Mrs. Peterson. The funeral will be held at the Synod Lutheran church at 2 o’clock p.m. Saturday, Rev. Christopherson to officiate. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - NOVEMBER 23, 1916
OLOF MATSON (OSLO)
Olof Mattson, 86, resident of 802 Fifth Avenue South, LaCrosse, formerly of Whitehall, died February 15 at the Lutheran hospital in LaCrosse after a lingering illness. Funeral services were held at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church in that city February 18, the Rev. George Ulvilden officiating. Burial was in the Oak Grove cemetery. Mr. Mattson was born March 11, 1864, in Norway near Oslo and came to America with his parents at the age of seven, settling in Fly Creek. In 1891 he married Lena Ness of Blair. He resided in Blair until 1892 when he moved to Whitehall and was engaged here as carpenter and painter until 1909, when the family moved to LaCrosse. There he was engaged as a cabinetmaker until he retired. Survivors are his wife, Lena; one son, Oscar, with whom he resided; two grandchildren, Don and Shirley Mattson, three sisters, Mrs. Charles Kuehl of Withee, Mrs. Helen Rea of Dallas, Texas and Mrs. Marie Peterson of Dupree, South Dakota. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MARCH 9, 1950
ANNE DOROTHEA MATTSON (VAALER, SOLAR)
Anne Dorothea Mattson was born in Vaaler, Solar, Norway, November 23, 1841. Her parents were Ole and Ragnhild Olson. January 13, 1860 she was united in marriage to Martinus Mattson. In 1871, she, with her husband and four children, emigrated to U.S. settling first in Blair, this county, where they remained for about a year. In 1872 they moved to Fly Creek, this county, where they lived until they took up their residence in the Village of Whitehall. Here Mr. Mattson passed away in 1919. The widow continued her residence in Whitehall until she received the final summons February 17, 1926. Her oldest son, Marius, died at the age of 15. Richard, her fourth child died March 20, 1921. The following named children survive her - Olaf Mattson of LaCrosse; Helen Rea of Hamilton, Texas; Mary Pederson of Chicago, Illinois; Ana Kuehl of Withee; Albert Mattson and Emma Thompson of Whitehall. Twenty-six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren will help to keep her memory alive. A brother, Carl Lund of Black River Falls, also survives her. Up to a few days before her passing, Mrs. Mattson was blessed with as good health as one of her age could reasonably expect. The call came in the form of an apoplectic stroke, but did not rob her of consciousness until a very short time before her release. In fact after she was stricken she talked intelligently with her relatives and much of the time was spent in audible prayer and thanksgiving of God for His grace and mercy. Part of the time she found comfort in quoting such portions of the Bible as were most appropriate for one waiting for the lifting of the veil which only the eyes of Faith can penetrate. Mrs. Mattson was always a member of the Lutheran church and was esteemed as an earnest and consistent Christian. Her nature was cheerful and sunny. The funeral services were held in Our Saviour’s church in Whitehall February 20, Rev. N. G. Maakestad officiating. His sermon was in the nature of a thanks-offering for the blessings that flow from a Christian career and a tribute to true motherhood. All her children, except Mrs. Rea of Texas and Mrs. Pederson of Chicago, were present. Also her brother, Carl Lund, attended the farewell services. The well-filled church attested the respect felt for her in the community where she passed the greater portion of her life. Those who carried her to her final resting place in the Whitehall cemetery and placed her beside loved ones who had preceded her were Ludvig L. Solsrud, Peter A. Hanevold, Morris Hanson, Walter E. Risberg, August Ringstad and A.E. Brandon. Just a brief pause and an exclamation: “Another mother gone.” And the currents of life go on as they have from the beginning. Written by H.A Anderson, February 22, 1926 THE WHITEHALL TIMES - FEBRUARY 25, 1926
RICHARD MATTSON (SOLAR)
Richard Mattson was drowned at the mill dam Sunday morning while attempting to save his property from damage by the flood. (Details are deleted here.) Richard Mattson was born in Solar, Norway, November 11, 1869, son of Martinus and Dorothy Mattson. He came to America with his parents in 1872. At the age of 18 years he began working in the woods, following this employment for six years in the winter months, and worked on his father’s farm summers. He afterwards learned the carpenter trade and followed the business of carpenter trade and contractor in Whitehall until 1910. He then bought an interest in the Whitehall Mill and Power company; with which industry he has since been connected. The Mill & Power company was incorporated in the spring of 1910 and Mr. Mattson became president and John Wagstad secretary and treasurer. While contracting Mr. Mattson built the school house in Blair, another in Taylor, a bank at Hixton, additions to the school house and jail in Whitehall, and many of the residences among them the Melby and Sorenson residences. He was respected by his business associates and in evidence of his popularity at home, he served eight years on the village council. He was a member of the Norwegian Lutheran church. He was married in September 1896 to Augusta Mortenson, daughter of Hans H. and Mathea Motenson. The widow and ten children survive. The children are: Hilman, Adelia, Agnes, Rudolph, Anna, Edwin, Alfred, Elsie, Helen and Richard. The funeral will be held today at 2:30 from the new Norwegian Lutheran church, and will be conducted by Revs. Hofstad and Christopherson. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - MARCH 24, 1921
MRS. MATTIS MATTSON (LILLEDAEN)
The funeral services of Mrs. Mattis Mattison were held last Thursday at the U.L. church, the Rev. S.S. Urberg officiated and interment was made in the local cemetery. Anna Olesdatter Strum was born in Lillehdalen, Norway, May 4, 1837 and came to America in 1854 with her brothers, Ole and Paul Strum, at the age of 17 years, joining her parents who crossed the Atlantic two years earlier and settled at the Bull’s Settlement in Pennsylvania. October 13, 1856, she was united in marriage to Mattis Mattison of Abbott Township, Potter County, Pennsylvania and they moved to Sand Lake Coulee, Lacrosse County, where they resided until the summer of 1867 when they removed to Trempealeau county and settled in the Town of Preston where they resided until called by the Angel of Death. Her husband died in December 1909. Mrs. Mattison leaves nine children, namely, Martin of Omaha, Arkansas; Ole of Canby, Oregon; Mrs. John Thompson, Mrs. John Peterson, Mrs. Erick Frederickson, Mrs. Ole O. Thompson, Thomas, Albert and Edwin Mattison all of the Town of Preston; and one brother, Paul Strum of Blair. The heartfelt sympathy of the community is extended to the bereaved ones in their hour of sorrow. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 30, 1914
EDWIN T. MATTISON (PRESTON TOWNSHIP, TREMPEALEAU COUNTY)
Edwin T. Mattison, the present postmaster of Blair, Wisconsin was born in Preston Township, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, February 18, 1882. He is a son of Mattis Mattison, a native of Sweden. Edwin T. Mattison was reared on his parents’ farm and remained at home until reaching the age of 24 years. He then married and began farming for himself in Preston Township, staying there till June 1915. On July 1 of that year he assumed his present duties as postmaster of Blair. He is a stockholder in the First National Bank of Blair, a member of the United Norwegian Church, serving as secretary of the same, and belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America. Mr. Mattison was married August 4, 1906 to Ida Thompson of Preston Township, a daughter of Ole and Ingeborg (Brekke) Thompson, her father being a native of Sweden and a pioneer farmer of this country, who died June 25, 1916, at the age of 75 years. Her mother still lives on the old farm. Mr. and Mrs. Mattison have been the parents of six children: Magnus, Delbert, Victor, Alvin, Ralph and Esther. Alvin died in December 1914 at the age of one year and eight months. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
RICHARD MATTSON (SOLAR, NORWAY) (2)
Richard Mattson, president of the Whitehall Mill & Power Company, was born in Solar, Norway, November 11, 1869, son of Martinus and Dorothy (Lund) Mattson. The father, a farmer by occupation, was also a native of Norway and came to the United States in 1872, and after reaching Blair, Wisconsin, bought a farm in Pigeon Township, which was his home until 1908. He then retired and moved to Whitehall, where he died November 22, 1916, at the age of 82 years. His wife, who is also living, is 77 years old. Richard Mattson, who accompanied his parents to America when a young child, at the age of 18 years began working in the woods at the lumber industry and was thus occupied for six years during the winters, being employed on his father's farm in the summers. He subsequently learned the carpenter's trade and followed the business of carpenter and contractor in Whitehall until 1910. He then bought an interest in the Whitehall Mill & Power Company, with which concern he has since been connected. While a contracting carpenter he built the schoolhouse in Blair and another in Taylor, also a bank in Hixton, additions to the schoolhouse and jail in Whitehall, and the residences of E.A. Sorenson and C.B. Melby, besides doing other important work. The Whitehall Mill & Power Company, with which, as above stated, he became connected in 1910, was incorporated in the spring of that year with a capital stock of $10,000. Mr. Mattson becoming president and John Wagstad secretary and treasurer. The concern occupies a substantial frame building, and besides furnishing electric light and power for the village, has a capacity of 25 barrels of flour per day. It was originally started and the building erected in 1880 by Earl, Gates & Scott, and was purchased in 1893 by John Larson, who sold out November 1, 1908 to T.E. Thompson. With Mr. Thompson as president, John Wagstad as vice-president and M.S. Olson as secretary and treasurer, it was operated until its incorporation in 1910, as above recorded. Mr. Mattson is an up-to-date businessman and aside from his personal interest has served eight years as a member of the village council. He is a member of the church belonging to the Norwegian Lutheran Synod. He was married in Pigeon Township, September 5, 1896 to Augusta Mortenson, who was born in that township August 3, 1876, daughter of Hans H. and Mathia (Evenson) Mortenson. Her father, now 81 years old, is a retired farmer living in Whitehall with his wife, who is now 70. Mr. and Mrs. Mattson have nine children: Hilman, who enlisted in Company I, Eleventh United States Infantry, April 24, 1917; Adelia, Agnes; Rudolph; Anna; Edwin; Alfred; Elsie and Helen, all of whom reside at home with their parents. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
HANS O. MAUG (MOE, FAABERG, NORWAY)
Once more one of the older members of the Elk Creek Congregation, Hale, Wisconsin, left this struggling church, exchanging it for the triumphant church in the new Jerusalem which is our hope. Hans O. Maug was born the 25th of January, 1844, in Moe, Faaberg, Norway. He came to America in 1866, lived near Holmen, LaCrosse County. Three years later he married Miss Karoline Pederson. That same year he moved to Hale, Trempealeau County, where he managed to homestead 160 acres. Their marriage was blessed with eight children, of which seven survived the father: Ole, Petter, Henry, Mrs. Inga G. Larson, Mrs. Julia B. Jacobson, Carl and Gilbert. Hida died at a young age. Several of the children lived near the parents. Gilbert, the youngest of the boys, lives on the father's homestead. Henry is in Barron County, Wisconsin. All the boys work with farming. The deceased's parents were Ole Halvorson and Mrs. Johane Halvorson, nee Johane Olson. The deceased had a good home with his son, Gilbert. Mr. Maug farmed as long as he was able, but because of illness, he had to quit farming and turn it over to his sons who were kind and competent, energetic workers. Thus it went good. Maug was sickly for many years. He had arthritis for 30 years, and had to use crutches and a cane. He was lame in both of his legs up to his hips. In this time as he sat as an invalid, he became very caring in his love and faith. He died on Thursday morning, the 11th of September 1924. He was buried on the 13th of September. He was a member of the Lutheran congregation since it was organized over 50 years ago. The funeral was held with many members of the congregation participating. The congregation's minister, Pastor Preus, preached at the home, the church and the by the grave. Both the families and the relatives thanked Pastor Preus for his comforting encouragement which lessened their grieving. It is necessary to live a life with faith in God while we live here on earth. The deceased went through all the pioneer life's hardships, but with never a feeling of failure for future hopes and also because in regard to earthly success was abundantly rewarded. A beautiful home. The deceased was held as a very honest, devout and kind father, husband, friend and brother. This death must remind all of us, both for me who has written down these lines and all his children and grandchildren, that we can't live here forever. We must make ourselves ready for the next life, trip to Heaven, so we can meet our departed friends and relatives whom we will never be separated from again. Peace be with his dust. Blessed be his memory. On behalf of the families, O.O. Grinnen. (FAMILY RECORDS - possibly Osseo, Wisconsin newspaper) (NOTE: He was a brother of Mrs. Julius (Sina) Goplin. (Researching this person is Dean Maug at MaugDean@AOL.com)
KAROLINE MAUG (NESS, HEDEMARKEN, NORWAY)
Mrs. Karoline H.O. Maug, Osseo, Wisconsin, died the 25th of March 1936, 85 years old. She was born the 1st of November 1850 to the parents Peder Thorson and Hellin Mengsahol, Ness, Hedemarken. She was buried the 31st of March, 1936 in Elk Creek cemetery. Pastor R. Halvorson, local minister, preached at the home and in the church, the same by the grave. The deceased lived near Holmen, LaCrosse County, Wisconsin for three years. Later she moved up to Trempealeau County. Her marriage was blessed eight children of which two died before their mother. The funeral was held with many participating. Both the families and relatives thank Pastor Halvorson for his comforting encouragement. Likewise, thanks were given to all the neighbors for the help which they gave during the funeral, same for the flowers that were laid on her casket. The deceased went through all of life's hardships, but never thinking of failure in hopes for the future. She was abundantly rewarded and was the owner of the prettiest and best farms in the district. She had a good home, a homestead of 160 acres. She was regarded as a gentle, honest, devout and kind mother, wife, friend and sister. Her home was a place where folks were received with friendliness. (SOURCE - FAMILY RECORDS) NOTE: Deceased was born Karoline Pedderdatter, daughter of Peter Thorson Holman and a sister to Theodore Holman. (Researching this person is Dean Maug at MaugDean@AOL.com)
MATTIS MATTISON (SWEDEN)
Mattis Mattison, for many years a prominent citizen of Preston Township, and the father of a number of children actively identified with the affairs of the county, was born in Sweden in 1841, and in 1848 came to America with his parents, who settled in Pennsylvania, in the historic colony established by Ole Bull, the famous violin virtuoso. He was reared in Pennsylvania, was there married, and in 1864, came to Trempealeau County, bringing his family and settling in sections 21 and 28, Preston Township. Here he spent many years in cultivating the soil and developing his farm. After a long and useful life he died December 19, 1909. His wife, Anna Olson Strum, to whom he was married in Abbot Township, Potter County, Pennsylvania, October 13, 1856 was born in 1837 and survived him four years or more. They were the parents of eight children: Martin (deceased); Eline, now Mrs. John Thompson; Martin O. of Omaha, Arkansas; Betina, now Mrs. John E. Pederson; Albert (deceased); Ole M. of Canby, Oregon; Maria, now Mrs. Erick Frederickson; Paul (deceased); Thomas, who farms on the old homestead; Albert; Edwin F., postmaster of Blair; and Minnie, now Mrs. Ole A. Thompson. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY – 1917
THOMAS MATTISON (PRESTON TOWNSHIP, WISCONSIN)
Thomas Mattison, who is successfully engaged in carrying on agricultural operations in sections 28 and 21, Preston Township, was born in this township July 31, 1876, son of Mattis and Anna (Olson-Strum) Mattison. He was reared on the farm and worked for his father until he was in his 28th year, at which time he married. In 1903, he bought a farm situated near his father’s and cultivated it until 1906, at which time he sold it and bought the parental homestead, on which he has since resided, and which contains 225 acres. Here he carries on general farming, keeping a good herd of Shorthorn cattle. He also breeds Rhode Island Red chickens, with which he has several times won prizes at poultry shows. Since 1911 he has been president of the Preston Creamery Company at Blair, and he is also a stockholder in, and was one of the organizers of the First National Bank of Blair. Mr. Mattison was married June 5, 1904, to Anna Peterson, of Preston Township, who was born in that township June 1, 1882, daughter of Sever and Olena (Andreson) Peterson. Her father, who was born in Norway in 1852, came to America with his parents in 1864, they settling in Salve Coulee, Preston Township, which was his home until his death in 1908. Mrs. Peterson, who was born in Norway in 1851, is now residing in Blair. She and her husband had a family of seven children, their daughter Anna being their fifth child. To Mr. and Mrs. Mattison have been born seven children: Orwin, February 18, 1905; Rudolph, April 18, 1906; Wilfred, December 10, 1907; Walter, September 25, 1909; Lorenze, July 15, 1912; Viola, March 20, 1914; and Cora, January 23, 1916. The family are members of the Norwegian Lutheran Church, while Mr. Mattison is also a member of the Masonic lodge at Whitehall and of the camp of the Modern Woodmen of America at Blair. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY – 1917
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