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Narverson Bertha Shelley
Negaarden Ole Matson
Negard Ole J.
Nelsestuen Nicolena
Nelsestuen P.O. Mrs.
Nelsestuen Thomas P.
Nelson Andrew T.
Nelson Anna
Nelson Anna Mrs.
Nelson August
Nelson Bernt
Nelson Bertha Miss
Nelson Bertha Mrs.
Vehovde Brown Nelson
Nelson Brown Mrs.
Nelson Christena
Nelson Christian
Nelson Christian B.
Nelson Erick T.
Nelson Fredrick
Nelson G. C.
Nelson Hans B.
Nelson Hans Mrs.
Nelson Helen Mrs.

Last Saturday morning the body of August Nelson was found just east of the railroad tracks in front of the Helbling saloon. Mr. Nelson had been about the village the evening before and had been drinking some, and started home at a late hour. To get to his home he had to go across the tracks on the crossing in front of the Helbling saloon, and while it was at first thought that a train had struck him. An investigation did not show this and it was the judgment of Dr. Moore, who examined the body that death was due to acute alcoholism and apoplexy resulting there from. The body was taken to Devlin undertaking rooms where it was prepared for burial and the funeral was held from the church on Monday forenoon, Rev. Sills officiating. The interment was made in Oakwood Cemetery in this village. Mr. Nelson was born in Vestr Toten, Oppland County, Norway on August 4, 1847 and came to America when he was 21 years of age in 1868, and located at Blair, in Trempealeau County. He was later united in marriage to Martha Lewiston and to them ten children were born, four of whom died in infancy. The surviving children are Oscar of Withie, Wi; John of Owen, WI; Albert of Marshfield, WI; Mrs. Frank Pesell and Gertrude both of Hudson, WI; and Mrs. Daniel Persell, of White Pine, Minn. The children were all here for the funeral except Mrs, Daniel Persell who was unable to reach here in time. Mr. Nelson was a cobbler by trade and had been doing more or less at that work by assisting Martin Gran in his shop at times. He had been making his home at a bachelor resort in the northern part of the village. WISCONSIN LEADER - MERRILLAN, WISCONSIN - NOVEMBER 19, 1909

Miss Bertha Nelson, 93, formerly of the Taylor area, died Monday evening, March 30, 1964 in a Black River Falls hospital. Services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in the Upper North Beaver Creek Lutheran Church, Rev. W.H. Winkler officiating. Burial was made in the church cemetery. Miss Nelson was born February 4, 19871 in Norway, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lars Nelson. There are no immediate survivors. SOURCE - FAMILY SCRAP BOOKANNA NELSON (SONDRELAND, NORWAY)

Anna Nelson, 92, formerly of Blair, died Tuesday, July 30, 1985, in Family Heritage Home, Black River Falls, where she was a resident. The former Anna Bredvigen was born October 18, 1892 in Sondreland, Norway and came to the United States at the age of 13. She married Henry Nelson on October 26, 1912 in Blair. They farmed in rural Blair until their retirement in 1945 when they moved into Blair. She also had worked as a cook in various restaurants in Blair. Survivors are a daughter, Hazel Dahl of Taylor; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preced in death by h er husband on September 4, 1`960 and by a son and three brothers. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Friday in First Lutheran Church, Blair. The Rev. Avid Myhrwold will officiate. Burial will be in Trempealeau Valley Lutheran Cemetery, rural Taylor. Jack Funeral Home, Blair is in charge of the arrangements. SOURCE - FAMILY RECORDS
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Ole Matson Negaarden was born December 13, 1847 at Gravberget, Solar, Norway. In 1871, he was united in marriage to Kari Jensdatter. He immigrated to America in 1884, and settled in Chimney Rock. For the past 22 years he has made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Iner Voldsness. In the month of June 1921, Mr. and Mrs. Matson celebrated their Golden Wedding and December 19, 1924, Mrs. Matson passed away peacefully. For the past three months Mr. Matson has been failing in health and on Friday March 28, he passed away peacefully at the age of 82 years, 3 months and 14 days. He leaves to mourn his departure four children, Olaf Matson, Grand Fork, North Dakota; Mrs. P. Fulseth, Aberdeen, Washington; Mrs. Iner Voldsness and Mrs. Theodore Olson of Chimney Rock. Four children preceded their father in death. Besides his children, he survived by 19 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mr. Matson was buried from the Chimney Rock church of which he was a faithful member, last Monday, March 31, where a large audience had gathered to pay the deceased the last respects. Rev. Wichmann officiated. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 3, 1930

Mrs. Bertha Shelley Narveson, former resident of Boar, and mother of Mrs. Olaf Ericksmoen and Charley and John Shelley of Blair passed away at her home in Minneapolis September 13, 1941. Funeral services were held at the St. Olaf’s Lutheran church in Minneapolis September 15th at 2:30 P.M. Reverend C. H. Sletten officiated. Interment was in the Crystal Lake cemetery. Pallbearers were Ralph Berg, Donald Berg, Harry Hanson, Henry Johnson, Martin Narveson and Wallace Shelley, all grandsons of the deceased. Bertha Sanders, age 83 years, nine months and eight days was born in Grue, Solar, Norway in the year of 1857, the daughter of Johannes and Karen Sanders. She married Ole Knutson Shelley of Norway in 1878. Six of the ten children were born in Norway; Mrs. Carrie Hanson of Black River Falls; John, Charley and Mrs. Borghild Ericksmoen of Blair; Otto of Stillwater, Minnesota and Jule of Cando, North Dakota. The remaining four who were born in this country are Albert of Princeton; Mrs. Lina Berg of Dennison, Minnesota; Mrs. Alice Fredricks of Los Angeles, California; and Helmer of Minneapolis. This family migrated to this country in the year 1892, making their home in Blair where they farmed for 21 years. They homesteaded Willingson, South Dakota for one year. While there her husband passed away. They then moved to Minneapolis where she spent the remaining days of her life. In 1917 she was united in marriage to Knute Narveson. All but one of her children survive. Jule passed away six years ago. She is also survived by 31 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Narveson enjoyed perfect health until the last two years when her sight began to fail. She was a member of the St. Olaf’s Lutheran church of Minneapolis for 27 years. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 25, 1941

Funeral services were held Friday for Mrs. Nicolena Nelsestuen, 83, who died Tuesday at the home of her son, Anton Nelsestuen in French Creek, of heart trouble, following an illness of five weeks. As Nicolena Smnikkerhaugen, she was born December 31, 1853 at Sondre Land, Norway. She came to America at the age of 18 and lived in the vicinity of Ettrick for 65 years. In 1872 she was married to Ole Nelsestuen. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Anna Brenegan in Norway; a brother, Christian Amderson of Pigeon Falls; two daughters, Mrs. Mina Parker of Galesville and Mrs. Hans Severson of French Creek; three sons, Anton and Martin of French Creek and Julius of Ettrick; 28 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Her husband died January 5, 1905 and a son died in infancy. A sister, Mrs. Martin Onsrud died October 16, 1833. Services were held Friday at 1 p.m. at the Anton Nelsestuen home and at 1:30 at the French Creek Lutheran church, the Rev. Johan Olsen officiating. Burial was in the French Creek cemetery. Six grandsons were pallbearers. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 14, 1937

Ole J. Negard, 80, resident of Timer Creek since 1888, died at the Whitehall Community Hospital May 9 after three days of treatment there. Funeral services were held May 13 at the home at 1 o’clock and at the South Beef River Lutheran church, the Rev. E.B. Christophersen officiating. “In Heaven Above” was sung at the service by Mrs. E.A. Sletteland, “I Have a Friend” by the Rev. Christophersen and “Abide With Me” by a quartette composed of Edwin and Lester Thomley and Helmer and Ernest Olson. Pallbearers were three sons, Bert, Emory and Vivian Negard, two grandsons, Roger and Shirley Negard and John Taylor, son-in-law. Flowers were carried by Eleanor, Vergene and Majorie Negard and Virignia Taylor, granddaughters. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. Negard was born in 1859, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Olson Negard of Rindalen, Norway. In 1879 he came to America and worked for some time in the Jack Ball lumber mills at Kempton, this state. Later he went to LaCrosse and there he married Mathilda Johnson of Timber Creek, Jackson County. That was in 1884. In 1888 he purchased 80 acres of land in Timber Creek, part of the present farm, and resided there until his death. Mr. Negard enjoyed remarkably god health until his last illness. Death came shortly after the 55th wedding anniversary observed by Mr. and Mrs. Negard on April 25. He was highly regarded by all who knew him; a faithful husband and father, a kind neighbor and an upright American citizen. Ten children were born to the Negards, of whom six preceded their father in death. Surviving the deceased are his wife; three sons, Bert of Black River Falls, Dr. Emory Negard, Alma Center, and Vivian on the home farm, one daughter, Mrs. John Taylor, LaCrosse; one sister, residing in Norway and two brothers living in Duluth, Minnesota. The Nels Negard family of Duluth were among those from away who attended the funeral. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MAY 25, 1939

Mrs. P.O. Nelsestuen passed away last Friday, February 10th at her daughter’s home, Mrs. Tillie Twesme in Bear Creek. The deceased was born in Beir, Norway and was united in marriage in 1867 to P.O. Nelsestuen and immigrated to this country in 1860 and settled on a farm in French Creek at which place they made their home until after the death of her husband who preceded her seven years ago. To this union were born five boys and three girls. Mrs. Nelsestuen was a fond and loving wife and mother and was the mother of a large and gifted family many of whom now have “silver threads among the gold.” Her home instincts were strong and her affection for friends and kindred was tender and abiding. Mrs. Nelsestuen leaves to mourn her death five sons and two daughters, Ole of Minnesota, Minnesota; Mrs. Tillie Twesme of Ettrick; Mrs. Gagnon of Superior; Peter and Tom of Ettrick and John and Otto of Minneapolis. Interment was made in the French Creek cemetery Monday where the remains were placed in their final resting place. Services were conducted by the Rev. Bestul of French Creek. THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - FEBRUARY 17, 1922

Andrew T. Nelson, son of Tolef and Ingeborg Nelson, was born in Biri, Norway, November 5, 1865. In the spring of 1883, at the age of 18 years, he immigrated to America. He came directly to Trempealeau County, making his home with his uncle, Knut Nelson, in Welch Coulee. His first work consisted of doing odd jobs for surrounding neighbors. In 1909 he went to North Dakota, where he got a homestead. Within three years he sold his land and cane back to Trempealeau County, making his home with his cousin, Nels K. Nelson in Welch Coulee until his death. He had been in failing health the past four months, and passed away Sunday morning, February 28, 1932, aged 67 years. Funeral services were held at the Nels Nelson home and at the Fagernes church Wednesday, March 2, Rev. Johan Olsen officiating. Burial was made in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Hjalmer Johnson, Olaf Christianson, Melvin Berg, Albert Knutson, Melvin Hill and John Johnson. The survivors are: a brother, Simon, Canada; a brother and sister in Norway; one uncle, John Field, Minnesota, besides a number of cousins. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 17, 1932

An old institution in Blair, Bernt O. Nelson Gabriel, has entered into the pages of history. Mr. Nelson was known for decades as an expert stone mason, having laid foundations for many buildings in Blair and Preston. His work will live long after him. Bernt O. Nelson Gabriel was born in Grue, Solar, Norway, November 25, 1861. In infancy he was baptized in the Grue church In the stream of immigrants to the Trempealeau Valley from Solar was found the young nine year old Bernt and his family. They made their home in Trump Coulee in 1870. He was confirmed in the Trempealeau Valley church at the accepted age, and having chosen his work, he was united in marriage with Elizabeth Holte October 27, 1883. This union extended over a period of 51 years until April 6, 1935 when she passed away. Mr. and Mrs. Nelson living in Blair, were blessed with six children, two of whom, Sebert and Oscar, have already passed on. Surviving him are Bennie Nelson of Whitehall, Mrs. Lottie Neuman of Loyal, Wisconsin and Mrs. Margaret Westlund of Eau Claire. He was the last survivor of the Gabriel family - Gunder and Nels Gabriel, brothers, and three sisters, Mrs. Jule Tappen, Mrs. Peter Jonsrud and Mrs. Eli Peterson have preceded him in death. He leaves 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Death came to him February 25, 1941 while at the home of his son, Bennie, of Whitehall. Funeral services were held Friday, February 25 from the First Lutheran church with his pastor, the Rev. Konrad Urberg officiating. Interment was made in the Blair cemetery. At the funeral service his niece, Mrs. A.J. Sather provided hymn singing and Mrs. H.J. Schansberg provided the funeral music. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 5, 1941

Brown Nelson, a brief mention of whose death was made in last week’s issue, was born in Valestrand and Storvent Prestegjeld, Norway, July 4, 1833. His death occurred at his old home in Curran Valley November 21, 1922. Deceased came to this country in 1862 and settled near Koshkonong, Wisconsin. He was married the same year to Ingeborg Knutson. They came to Curran Valley in 1865. To this union seven children were born, all of whom died in infancy except Nels, who passed away in 1897. His first wife also preceded him in death. In 1871 he was again united in marriage to Aslena Knutson, a sister of his first wife. To them one child was born, Martin B. Nelson, who passed away in 1900. He leaves to mourn his death his second wife, one grandchild, Ernest Nelson, and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held last Friday and his remains laid to rest at the Curran Valley cemetery, Rev. O. O. Fosso, officiating. THE TAYLOR HERALD - DECEMBER 1, 1922

Mrs. Brown Nelson, a brief mention of whose death as mentioned in a previous issue of the Herald, was born at Bragenes, Vallestrand, Sogn Norway November 12, 1840. Deceased maiden name was Aseline Knutson. She came to this country in 1871, and was united in marriage October 18th of the same year to Borwn Nelson. One son, Martin, was born to them, who together with her husband preceded her in death. Her husband died two years ago last November. She had been seriously sick for only three days prior to her death, and died on Tuesday, March 17th, 1925. Immediately after her marriage to Brown Nelson, they settled on a homestead in Curran Valley, and this has been their home ever since. Mrs. Nelson was a good Christian woman, whose early influence for good did much to transform this community to what it is today. She was a member of the Curran Valley church, and from this church the last sad rites were performed on Thursday, March 19th, Rev. O.O. Lovaas officiating. She leaves to mourn her death the entire community, one sister Ingeborg Anderson of West Union, Iowa; a nephew, Halvor Olson and a niece, Mrs. Anna Anderson both of Whitehall and Ernest Nelson, a grandson, of Curran Valley. THE TAYLOR HERALD - APRIL 3, 1925

Christena Nelson was born on the Glendrange farm, Ness Parish, Flekkefjord, Norway, November 15, 1860. She was the daughter of Nils and Inger Nelson. She was christened at home two days after birth and this baptism was affirmed at a church service June 30, 1861. She was confirmed October 10, 1875, with a good record of conduct, application and knowledge. She left Norway early in 1881, and at Blair, Wisconsin, on June 22 of that year, she was united in marriage to Elias Olson, a childhood acquaintance who had preceded her to America. Then for 53 years her home was in Lakes Coulee, first in her own and later on in that of her son, Oscar. After 19 years of wedded life, she was called upon to suffer the great sorrow of parting with her husband, who died of pneumonia July 22, 1900. Then the duty of caring for a family of eight children, none of whom was of age, fell upon her shoulders alone. But she met added responsibility in a brave and cheerful spirit, trusting in God. She knew hardship, privations, long hours of toil, sorrow and anxieties, but in her heart there was not room for complaint, only gratitude for the blessings she enjoyed. She was one who made no heavy demands upon life but only asked an opportunity to serve. Since coming to America she had been a faithful member of the Zion congregation at Blair and an active church worker. She was seriously ill but a few days and passed quietly and peacefully into the Great Beyond, trusting in her Saviour, Jesus Christ, March 25 at 9 a.m., aged 73 years and four months. She leaves the following children, who will keep in grateful remembrance the memory of an unselfish and devoted mother whose earnest prayer was that they might walk in the paths of righteousness: Ida, Mrs. T.B. Thompson, Lakes Coulee; Oscar, on the home fare; Nellie, Mrs. Bert Hanson, Whitehall; Josephine, Mrs. Iver M. Thompson, Lakes Coulee; Clara, Mrs. Martin Thompson, Brekke Ridge, Lewis, at home; Selma, Mrs. Cornel Hanson, Blair; Emma, Mrs. Gilbert Erickson, St. Paul. There are 39 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Zion Lutheran church by her pastor, Rev. T.E. Sweger, on Wednesday afternoon, March 28. Solos were sung by Oscar Fredrixon and Mrs. T.E. Sweger. Memory wreaths in honor of their mother were given by Mrs. T.B. Thompson to WCAL, St. Olaf College, and Oscar Olson to the Orphan’s Home at Wittenberg, and by Mr. and Mrs. Martin Thompson to Mrs. Emma Erickson, who is at the Anker Hospital in St. Paul. Interment was made in Zion cemetery. Pallbearers were Martin Thompson, Bennie Hagen, T.B. Thompson, Cornel Hanson, Iver Thompson and Bert Hanson. Flower girls were Myrine Hanson, Nora Hanson, Bertha Olson and Hazel Hanson. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 5, 1934

The death of Erick T. Nelson, alderman from the Third ward and former mayor of the city, occurred here at a few minutes past 10 o’clock Thursday night from stomach and intestinal troubles. Mr. Nelson had been ill for only a few weeks. He has been gradually growing weaker, and his friends have feared that he could not survive for a great length of time, but the end came sooner than expected and is a real shock to the community. Erick Thurston Nelson was born near Christiania, Norway, and came to this country at the age of 15, settling first at Blair, Wisconsin, where he was employed by Henry Thorsgaard in a flouring mill. He came to Fergus Falls in the early days of the city, and was for some years employed in the Kirk flouring mill, located beside what has since been known as the waterworks dam and which burned down years ago. In more recent years he has been head miller at the Red River Mills. He was 55 years of age on November 7th of this year, and is survived by his wife and two children, Kenneth Nelson and Mrs. W.L. Emerson, both of Minneapolis. Both were notified of his illness and arrived a few days ago, being with him up to the time of his death. Mr. Emerson and his father, H.T. Emerson, will arrive from Minneapolis this afternoon. Mr. Nelson is also survived by his mother, one sister and two brothers. His mother, now aged 89, and his sister, Mrs. Alfred Thorbus, reside in Blair, Wisconsin. His brother, J.T. Nelson, is assistant secretary of state of South Dakota and resides at Pierre, South Dakota, and his brother, N.T. Nelson, is a resident of Ettrick, Wisconsin, where he is engaged in the general store business. Mr. Nelson was prominently identified with the Odd Fellows order, being a member of its different branches and was presiding officer of the Woodmen. He was also a member of the Yeoman of the Elks, and of the Sons of Norway lodges. Mrs. Nelson was man of absolutely independent character, direct and fearless in all of his dealings; a man whose rugged exterior covered a kindly disposition, and whose sound common sense won the admiration of his fellow citizens in all walks of life. His sense of humor was keen and his trite remarks have become proverbs. He loved his family and his friends, and will be sadly missed in local lodge circles. He was always faithful and industrious - in fact, he was one of the hardest workers in the city - and his one recreation was fishing. The funeral will occur Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock under Odd Fellows’ auspices. Rev. Shaw officiating. Reprinted from the Fergus Falls (Minnesota) Daily Journal, November 20, 1914. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - DECEMBER 10, 1914

The only surviving veteran of the Civil War passed way at his home in Blair, Friday, December 15, 1928. He lacked 22 days of reaching the ripe old age of 88 years. Christian Nelson was born in Flekkefjord, Norway, January 5th, 1841. He emigrated with his mother to America in 1854 and the family made their home at Muskego, near Milwaukee. In the oldest Norwegian Lutheran church in America, which is now kept as a permanent memorial on the Luther Seminary grounds in St. Paul, he was confirmed in the Christian faith by Rev. Hans Larson Thalberg. He came to Trempealeau County in 1860 and bought 80 acres of land one mile east of Blair. His mother passed away when he was only 14 years of age and from that time he had to make his own way in this world. From the meager wage of $4.00 a month, he was able to lay aside enough money for the purchase of a farm. On August 28th, 1861, he heeded the call of President Lincoln for volunteers and enlisted in Co. H, Tenth Wisconsin Infantry. After a training period at New Lisbon, Wisconsin, his regiment was sent to Louisville, Kentucky, where the soldiers were trained until spring. Under General Thomas, the regiment was ordered to Bowling Green, Nashville, Tennessee and Murphyshorn that winter and after campaigning until spring, it was taken prisoner in September 1852 and spent 15 months, first at Libby Prison near Richmond, later at Florence and Atlanta, and finally the infamous Andersonville. Thousands literally starved to death in prison. Only by banding together and caring for each other were they able to survive. They were given no medicine and scurvy was common because of their improper diet. Beef and black beans usually fed to hogs and cornmeal was the usual fare of the prisoners. Attempts were made to induce the prisoners to join the Confederates, but without success. Once the Confederate doctor wanted to amputate Mr. Nelson’s arm to save his life, but he refused to allow it, suffering from the effects of vaccination which caused gangrene to appear in the wound in his arm, he was carried from his prison cell, supposedly dead. He lay on the ground with hundreds of other bodies about him, with a terrible storm coming up. The kindness of two drummer boys, who put him under a pine tree and placed the stretcher over him that they had used to carry away dead bodies, saved his life. The next morning he was found by a nurse and removed to a hospital. He was among the prisoners who were later exchanged. Those seriously injured, and emaciated were the ones chosen. They were taken by ship from Charleston to Annapolis, and from there he was mustered out of the service, and returned home by way of Milwaukee. He was given an honorable discharge on December 30th, 1864, from the army after having served three years and four months. Mr. Nelson was united in marriage to Eliabeth Overson on August 2nd, 1866. He was engaged in farming up to 1915, when he removed to Blair, where he has resided since. He sold the farm which had been his property for over half a century to Ebert Stutulien. Three of his children died in a single week during the diphtheria epidemic. His wife passed away March 11th, 1914. The children who survive are Miss Anna, James and Oscar at home; Mrs. Henry Lovberg, Blair; Andrew and Mrs. Henry Helgeson who reside on farms near here; and Mrs. Andrew Skutley of Sechlerville. There are also 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is also survived by a brother, Ole, who served throughout the war and is still living, although in impaired health, at the age of 94 years. Mr. Nelson was a member of the Trempealeau Valley congregation and later the Zion Lutheran church in Blair. He had suffered from heart trouble ever since his discharge from the Confederate prison. Through care and regular exercise, his strength has been husbanded, but finally his weary heart gave way and he sank peacefully to rest, having committed his soul into the keeping of the Redeemer. He will be sadly missed in Blair, where he was a familiar and well loved. His presence radiated kindness and good will to all, but more so in the home where the comradeship of many years is rudely shattered by the icy hand of Death. Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 18th, at 1:30 o’clock at the home and 2:00 at the Zion Lutheran church under the auspices of the America Legion and conducted by the pastor, Rev. T.E. Sweger, assisted by the Rev. S.S. Urberg. Mrs. Angus Sather sang Mr. Nelson’s favorite hymn, “In the Sweet Bye and Bye.” THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 20, 1928

After an illness from pneumonia of two weeks duration, Christian B. Nelson, a pioneer of the Town of Arcadia, died at his home in Newcomb Valley, Sunday evening at 7:00 o’clock. Deceased was born in Eneback, Norway, March 9, 1842, where he grew to manhood and in 1864 he was united in marriage with Miss Annie M Peterson. In 1868 he came to America remaining at Black River Falls, Wisconsin. A few months later he came to the Town of Arcadia and homesteaded 160 acres of land. At this time he also sent for his wife and son, Gust C. in Norway to join him. Here he worked and toiled, transforming a wilderness into an abiding place for humanity and succeeded admirably. He was the father of eight children, two of whom died in infancy. Henry died 13 years ago and his wife preceded him in death 15 years ago. Those living are: Gust C., Arcadia; Herman P., Minneapolis; Mrs. H.J. Hanson, Arcadia; Mrs. J.S. Larson, Newville, North Dakota and Carl M. of Ada, Minnesota, all of whom were here before his death and remained to attend the funeral which was held Wednesday forenoon at 10:30 at the Fagernes church, the Rev. Bestul officiating. Interment was made in the Fagernes cemetery. Mr. Nelson was a man honored and respected by all who knew him. He was of kindly disposition and honest and upright in his dealings with his fellowmen. To his family he was devoted and for their welfare he was ever solicitous. He had no enemies but had and deserved the good will of all who knew him. Reprinted from the Arcadia Leader. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 17, 1921

Funeral services were held Friday for Hans B. Nelson, 71, who died Sunday, January 7, 1934 from injuries sustained when his automobile rolled over an embankment near Ettrick. Mr. Nelson was born in Biri, Norway, February 20, 1862, the son of Borre and Bertha Haslie Nelson, natives of the same place. He came to America with his parents in 1867. The family located in Abraham’s Valley, Gale Township, where for 35 years they engaged in farming. They then bought the farm now owned by Albert Hegge, Town of Ettrick, where both of Mr. Nelson’s parents passed away. Five years ago Mr. Nelson retired from farming and together with his brother, Julius B. and his sister, Miss Beatta, bought the residence at Eastside, Galesville, where they have resided since. He is survived by these two, and a sister, Mrs. John Gilbertson of Ettrick. A brother and a sister preceded him in death. Services were held at one o’clock from the residence at Galesville, and at 2 o’clock from the French Creek Lutheran church, the Rev. Johan Olsen officiating. Pallbearers were Ingvald Scarseth, Centerville; Odell Gilbertson, Winona; Bert Emerson, North Bend; Benjamin Nelson, Anton Anderson and Albert Hegge. Burial took place in the French Creek cemetery. Julius B. Nelson, who was also injured in the accident which proved fatal to his brother was released from a LaCrosse hospital last Tuesday. Miss Beatta Nelson, who received a skull fracture and other injuries was expected to be able to attend her brother’s funeral. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 11, 1934

Mrs. Helen Nelson, mother of ex-Sheriff Nels J. Nelson, and aged pioneer of the Town of Hale, passed away last Friday, January 17, at her home there of old age infirmities, aged 88 years, 8 months and 21 days. Mrs. Nelson was born in Norway on April 26, 1830. She was married at Stanage, Norway to Nels Nelson in 1856. In 1865 the couple came to this country, arriving at Chicago on July 4, 1865. In the summer of 1865 they moved to the Town of Hale and settled on the old homestead, where they soon were known as influential pioneer citizens of the town. Here they reared a family of six children, three of whom preceded her in death. Her husband died in 1878. Three sons survive: Ludvig of Rochester, Minnesota; Albert of Devils Lake, North Dakota; and Nels J. on the old farm in Hale, all of whom were present at the funeral. Mrs. Olive Hammerstad, a sister, of Whitehall also survives, besides several nieces and nephews. The funeral was held Tuesday and the remains were laid to rest in the Hale cemetery, Rev. Folkestad officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - JANUARY 23, 1919

The Grant County Herald published at Elbow Lakes, Minnesota contains the following obituary notice of Mrs. Hans Nelson, which we reproduce at this late date at the request of her brother, Ed. J. Quarne. Mrs. Hans Nelson died at her home in this village Saturday, July 10, from heart trouble complicated with lung trouble. Mrs. Nelson has not been in the best of health for several years but during that time she has not been seriously ill, and her death was not preceded by any indication of an abnormal condition. Friday and Saturday morning, she was up as usual and the attack came almost without warning. Anna Ellingsdatter Quarne was born in Honefos, Norway, December 25, 1840. In 1865 she was married to Hans Nelson and in 1881, they came to America settling in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The following spring they removed to Grant County where they purchased a farm in Sanford Township. Mr. and Mrs. Nelson resided there until 1911 when they removed to Elbow Lake. In addition to the bereaved husband, the deceased is survived by two brothers, Ed E. Quarne of Blair, Wisconsin, and Peter E. Quarne of Barton, North Dakota, both among the early settlers of Grant County, and six sons and one daughter, Nels, C.M. and Oscar Nelson of Fortuna, North Dakota; Mrs. Alvin Stadin of Baudette, and Christ and Otto Nelson of Stady, North Dakota, all of whom were able to be present at the funeral with the exception of the two brothers. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at two o’clock at the United Lutheran church, Rev. Thoreson preaching the sermon. Interment was made in the United Lutheran cemetery. The pallbearers were John Walwick, Louis Fagerberg, Ole O. Canestorp, S.J. Peterson, Swen Olson and Swen Albertson. Mrs. Nelson was an excellent mother and was known throughout her lifetime for her unstinted generosity and the happiness she derived from making others happy. She was a good Christian and a woman who will be greatly missed by the many who knew her. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - NOVEMBER 18, 1915

Funeral services for Mrs. Anna NeLson, 88, were conducted at the Gibson Funeral Home at Taylor and the Upper Beaver Creek Lutheran church by the Rev. A.J. Bringle Monday afternoon. Burial was in the Beaver Creek cemetery. Mrs. Nelson died at West Salem Thursday from pneumonia. She was born at Valestrand, Sogn, Norway in June 1852. She came to the United States with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Halvorson in 1855. The family lived at Primrose in Dane County before coming in 1857 to Jackson county and settling in Springfield Township. Mrs. Nelson was married to Tollef Nelson Haugland December 25, 1872. Ten children were born, five of whom survive. They are Lewis of Taylor; Nels of Courtney, North Dakota; Christopher of West Salem; Emil of Nevis, Minnesota; and Joseph of Superior, Wisconsin. Mrs. Nelson also is survived by 23 grandchildren; two stepchildren, Martin Haugland and Louisa Holby of Nansen, North Dakota; three brothers, John, Julius and Benard Halvorson of Taylor, and three sisters, Bertha Halvorson, Mrs. Engelene Erickson and Mrs. Valborg Johnson. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 11, 1940

Mrs. Bertha Nelson, one of the oldest members of our village, died Thursday January 10th. She was one of those personages respected and loved by everybody. In spite of her extremely old age, she was always happy and had a word of cheer for every person she met. She was a devoted Christian and had been a member of the U.N Lutheran church ever since it was organized. She was always a willing worker in church circles, and never missed being in her pew at Sunday morning services, regardless of weather. During her old age, she was well cared for by the Thorbus family of which Mrs. Thorbus was her daughter. She lived in her small house all alone, but her every want was heeded by the kind hands of the Thorbus family. She will be greatly missed by everyone. At the time of her death, she lacked only 29 days of being 92 years of age. She had lived in Blair 41 years, coming here directly from Norway. She was married while yet in Norway to Mr. Tosten Nelson. Their union was blessed with six children: Martinus, who died in Norway; Mathess who died in Blair in 1867; Erek, died in Fergus Falls, Minnesota in 1914; Nels T lives at present in Ettrick; John T. resides in Pierre, South Dakota and Mrs. A. Thorbus lived here in Blair. Mrs. Nelson had ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 17, 1910

Thomas P. Nelsestuen, a successful farmer of section 34 W., Ettrick Township, was born on the farm on which he now lives, January 8, 1876, son of Peter and Christiana (Hagestuen) Nelsestuen. His parents were natives of Norway. The father was born in Syndreland, that country, October 3, 1838; his wife in Biri, February 6, 1845. About 1860 they came to the United States, settling in Trempealeau County, and soon after on the farm where the subject of this sketch now lives, which Peter Nelsestuen cleared and improved and on which he resided until his death February 6, 1914. His wife now resides in Beaver Creek Valley, Ettrick Township, with her daughter, Mrs. Sever Twesme. They had a family of eight children, of whom Thomas P. was the sixth born. The latter, after acquiring his education in the district school was a student for awhile at Gale College, and for one year attended public school at Superior, Wisconsin. He resided at home until he was 23 years old and then went to Westby, Vernon County, where he spent the winter. From there he went to North Dakota and then to Canada, locating in the province of Saskatchewan, where he proved up 160 acres of land, residing on it three years. He then went to Ross, North Dakota and proved up a claim there, his residence being continued for 18 months. At the end of that time he returned home and bought the old homestead of his parents, consisting of 133 ½ acres, located at the mouth of French's Creek. Mr. Nelsestuen has added to the improvements on the farm, having put up a good barn and silo and done other work increasing the value of the property. He has disposed of his Canadian and North Dakota holdings, but is a stockholder in the Ettrick & Northern Railroad Company, the Scandinavian Insurance Company and the Ettrick Farmers' Telephone Company. June 23, 1909 Mr. Nelsestuen was united in marriage with Julia Ofsdahl, who was born in Ettrick Township, daughter of Peter and Ingeborg (Holmen) Ofsdahl, whose parents were Norwegians, her father being born in Biri, Norway, October 27, 1835 and her mother February 1, 1835. Peter Ofsdahl had been previously married. He came to this country before the Civil War in which he served as a soldier. His death took place October 10, 1905, his wife surviving him a little over a year, passed away May 13, 1906. Mr. and Mrs. Nelsestuen are members of the Lutheran church; in politics he is a Republican. The children of Peter Nelsestuen and wife are: Ole of Thief River Falls, Minnesota; Tillie, widow of Siver Twesme; Minnie, now Mrs. H. Gangnon of Superior, Wisconsin; Clara, now Mrs. Lewis Twesme of Superior, Wisconsin; Peter of South Beaver Creek, Ettrick Township; Thomas P., subject of this sketch, and John and Otto of Minneapolis. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Fredrick Nelson, father of Nels L. Fredrickson, a leading citizen of Whitehall, as born in Norway, and was there reared and educated. Coming of a long line of seafaring ancestry, he early took up work as a boatman on the sea and lakes, and after several years lost his life in this occupation, being drowned in Lake Mjosen, Norway, in 1861. In early life he married Isabella Larson, and to this union were born two children: Nels L. and Elisa. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY – 1917

G.C. Nelson, who is successfully engaged in general farming and dairying in section 3, Arcadia Township, was born in Norway March 27, 1865 a son of Christ B. and Maria Nelson. When he was three years old, his father came to America, homesteading 160 acres of land in Newcomb Valley, Arcadia, this county. A year later the father sent for his family to join him, which they did, and for many years thereafter were industrious members of the farming community in Arcadia Township. Christ B. Nelson is still living, though now much advanced in years. His wife died in 1915 at the venerable age of 96. G.C. Nelson resided with his parents until he was about 30 years of age. In 1894 he married Anna M. Olsen, daughter of Andrew and Caroline Olsen of Arcadia Township. He now conducts the Olsen farm, doing general farming and dairying, which industries he carries on successfully. In 1907 he bought 64 acres of land in North Dakota, near Sentinel Butte, and removed to that place with his family. He returned with them, however, in 1911, though he still owns the Dakota property and is also a stockholder in the Farmers Cooperative Elevator Company of Sentinel Butte. Mr. and Mrs. Nelson have had four children of their own, and have an adopted daughter, Hazel, born December 5, 1906. Their own children were: Aymaar, born July 9, 1895, who is a graduate of the Arcadia high school and is financially interested with his father in the North Dakota farm; Ernest D., born March 13, 1897, also a graduate of Arcadia high school, who is now a student at Wisconsin University at Madison, and Henry and Spencer, born in 1901, who died, one when ten months and the other when 11 months old. In politics Mr. Nelson is a Democrat. He served as township assessor one term and as township treasurer two terms. Since 1904 he has belonged to the Order of Beavers at Arcadia. Religiously he was reared a Lutheran. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917


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