Nelson Joseph P.
Nelson Julia Mrs.
Nelson Karen Mrs.
Nelson Maria Mrs.
Nelson Martha Lewiston
Nelson Nels B.
Nelson Nels H.
Nelson Nels K.
Nelson Nels T.
Nelson Nels Mrs.
Nelson Olaus Mrs.
Nelson Peter 2
Nelson Peter Mrs.
Nelson Tom Mrs.
"Ole Nelson was born June 12, 1856 to the parents Nels and Synva Severson at Voss, Norway. He was baptized there but there is no record of the date. His father died when he was a small boy. At the age of two years his mother and he immigrated to America.
They settled first in Dane county near Whitewater, Wis., where they lived a few years. In the year 1865 they settled in Vosse Coulee where they were among the first settlers.
He was confirmed by Rev. Jenson in 1871 this being the second confirmation class held in the Trempealeau Valley church.
On October 14, 1882, he was united in marriage to Malinda Olson. To this union were born six children: (Julia) Mrs. Will Holte, Blair; (Nettie) Mrs. Ole Gabriel, Taylor; Henry, Blair; Sophia who died at the age of 2 years; Selmer, at home, and (Mabel) Mrs. Martin Mickelson of Blair, who together with his wife are left to mourn his sad death. There are 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He died April 9, 1938 and funeral services were held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the home and 2 p.m. at the Trempealeau Valley church, conducted by Rev. Urberg." THE BLAIR PRESS - April 14, 1938 Researching this family - Ellen Rigsby
OLOUS NELSON: (VESTRE TOTEN)
"Olous Nelson died at the Community Hospital at Whitehall January 2, 1929, at the age of 86 years, four months and two days. Mr. Nelson was a member of the Northfield Lutheran church from its beginning, and the funeral was held from there Saturday, January 5. Interment was made in the Northfield cemetery, Rev. Christopherson officiating.
Mr. Nelson lived in a fair state of health until seven weeks previous to his death when he fell and fractured a bone in his hip in such a way that the doctors could do nothing for him but try to ease the pain. This with the infirmities of old age, was more than he could stand, and the end came as a blessing to him and all who had stood by and watched his suffering.
Olous Nelson Norum was born in Vestre Toten, Norway, September 1, 1842, and came to America in 1965. He made his home with a cousin, Markus Matson, then residing in Fitch Coulee near Pigeon Falls. He stayed there two years, at this time he was united in marriage to Miss Maria Hovem. They lived in Fitch Coulee for nine years and from there moved to Garden Valley, Jackson County. They lived there until 1899, when they moved to Beef River, six miles east of Osseo where they have made their home for the last 30 years.
Mr. Nelson is surived by an aged widow, 12 chidren, 35 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. One son Oscar died in infancy. The remaining children are: Edward, Altoona; Nettie, Mrs. C. Fagernes, Blair; Gena Larson, Hovre, Mont. Oscar, Eau Claire; Josephine, Mrs. A.E. Harder, Watertown; Hannah, Mrs. J. G. Olson, Osseo; Lewis, Blair; Frank, Sutton, N.D.; Bennie, Osseo; Orlin, Mondovi; Olga, Mrs. Phil Johnson, Osseo; Elmer, Pigeon Falls. Mrs. Nelson is making her home with Elmer." THE WHITEHALL TIMES - January 17, 1929
MRS. OLAUS NELSON: (OSTRE TOTEN)
"Mrs. Olaus Nelson passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.G. Olson, at 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 15, at the age of 79 years, 3 months and 23 days.
Mrs. Nelson had enjoyed good health until a year ago, when she started to fail and had since been in poor health, but was able to care for herself up to Saturday morning, May 9, when she was not able to be out of bed and lived only six more days.
Marie Havern was born in Ostre Toten, Norway, January 22 1852. Her parents were Even and Anne Hovern. With them she came to America the same year, making the trip by sailship, it taking nine weeks to cross the ocean. They came to Wisconsin and settled in Muskego and stayed there but a short time and then moved to Coon Valley at which place she was confirmed by Rev. Price. Later she came to the town of Lincoln near Pigeon Falls, Trempealeau County.
In 1867, she was united in marriage to Olaus Nelson. To this union 13 chidren were born, eight sons and five daughters. They lived in Fitch Coulee for nine years. From there they moved to Garden Valley, Jackson county, and lived there until 1899, when they bought and moved onto a farm in South Beef River, six miles southeast of Osseo, where she made her home for more than 30 years, and she has since made her home with her son, Elmer.
Mrs Nelson was a kind and loving mother, earnestly solicitating for the comfort and welfare of her family and in her younger days, contributed freely of her time and service to help others and was a much beloved friend and neighbor. She was a member of the Northfield church from its beginning.
The funeral was held from the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.G. Olson and the Northfield church Monday, May 18. She was laid to rest beside her husband in the Northfield cemetery. Rev. Christopherson officiating.
She is survived by 11 children, 34 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren who mourn the loss of a kind and loving mother and grandmother." THE WHITEHALL TIMES - May 28, 1931
MARTHA (LEWISTON) NELSON (DANE COUNTY, WISCONSIN)
Martha Lewiston was born July 1, 1856 in Dane County, Wisconsin, and died at her home in Merrillan, February 27, 190-8 of pulmonary tuberculosis, with which disease she was afflicted for years, but was not confined to her bed excepting the last three weeks of earthly existence. She was married to August Nelson December 24, 1871 at Pigeon Falls, and resided at Hixton previous to their 22 years of residence within this village. To them were born ten children, six of whom survived, 3 sons and 3 daughters who were in attendance at the funeral held at the M.E. church Saturday afternoon, February 29, held by Rev. Sill and was largely attended. Her twin sisters, Mrs. Dora Anderson of Trempealeau, and Mrs. Mary Heiberson of Black River Falls and Mr. Nelson’s brothers were also in attendance at the funeral. The bereaved family and relatives have the sympathy of their many friends. THE BLACK RIVER FALLS READER - DATE UNKNOWN
OWEN NELSON (TREMPEALEAU COUNTY, WISCONSIN)
Funeral services were conducted for Owen Nelson from the home in Fly Creek and from the Blair First Lutheran church on Friday afternoon, May 9. Owen Hartley Nelson was the only son of Henry O. Nelson and his wife, Anna Bredvigen. He was born July 22 1920 in Fly Creek. He was baptized in the Trempealeau Valley church August 29l 1920 by Rev. S.S. Urberg. He attended public school in Fly Creek. During 1935 he attended the First Lutheran confirmation class and on September 8, 1935, he was confirmed in his faith by the Rev. Konrad Urberg. Owen stayed home during the remainder of his life. He assisted his father in the operation of their farm. He was a quiet young man in whom there was found a strong Christian faith. In the time of sickness, he found his strength in Jesus the Savior and very happily received communion for forgiveness and strength. Owen by afflicted with a blood ailment which caused him to be very sick in December, February, April and again in May. Many transfusions of blood were made unto him but the sick blood finally could be helped no more and death came to him on Tuesday, May 6, 1941. At the funeral service, his pastor, the Rev. Konrad Urberg spoke to the young men of the territory, encouraging them to honestly and gladly receive Jesus Christ unto themselves and to find all their happiness in Him. Owen is survived by his parents and a sister, Hazel, Mrs. Palmer Dahl of Taylor. Interment was made in the Trempealeau Valley cemetery. Sympathy is extended the Nelson and Dahl families. SOURCE - FAMILY RECORDS
Researching this family - Ellen Rigsby
MRS. KAREN NELSON (RINGSAKER)
Mrs. Karen Johannesdatter Nelson, mother of Mrs. Ole Foss of this village, died at her daughter’s home during the night of December 1. She retired at 10:30 with the thought of sleep late in the morning as she had become greatly wearied during the day and wanted to get a good night’s rest. Sometime during the following morning, her daughter went to her room with a cup of coffee only to find that her aged mother had passed away during the night. The cause of death is given as myocarditis. Deceased was born at Ringsaker, Hedemarken, Norway on the 15th of September, 1841. She was married to Christian Nelson, a brother of our fellow townsman, Peter Nelson. With him she came to America in 1884, locating in the Town of Pigeon. Five years after their arrival her husband died and she has remained a widow ever since. Most of her widowhood was spent with her daughter, Mrs. Simon Windjue in the Town of Pigeon. But the past few years she has been troubled with a diseased limb and in order to secure better medical care, she moved to Whitehall last August, since which time she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Ole Foss. Deceased was a woman of more than ordinary amount of sunshine in her life. Having a cheerful disposition she made pleasant companionship of all her neighbors and they all bespeak words of praise and good cheer for the aged woman who made so many hours bright and happy. She leaves to mourn her death three children, Nels Windjue, Mrs. Ole Foss and Mrs. Simon Windjue, ten children, however, have preceded her in death. The funeral occurred Monday morning, services being held in the home of Mrs. Foss at 11:30 a.m. and later at Pigeon Falls, where the body was interred in the family cemetery, Rev A. J. Orke officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - DECEMBER 7, 1916
NELS B. NELSON (BIRI)
This community was shocked to hear of the death of N.B. Nelson who died Saturday evening, January 5. Although he had been ailing for some time with bronchitis and heart trouble, death was caused from the flu. Nels Nelson was born January 10, 1859 in Biri, Norway. At the age of 8 years he came to America with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Borre Nelson. They settled on a farm in Abrahams Coulee. His father died in 1893 and his mother was summoned in 1908. He was married to Ingebor Henderson October 4, 1882. They lived in Abrahams Coulee one year and then moved onto a farm near Ettrick where they resided for eighteen years. The following four years they resided at Caledonia, and in 1906 moved to Frenchville which continued to be his home until called by death. Mr. Nelson was a well-to-do farmer. He was highly respected for his worth, integrity and his jolly and congenital disposition, which won him scores of friends. Mr. Nelson was a faithful member of the Frenchville Congregation for many years. He is survived by his wife and five children, Alfred, Bert, Bennie, Emil and Mrs. Bert Emerson of North Bend. Six grandchildren also survive him. Other remaining relatives are three sisters, Mrs. Nettie Gilbertson, Mrs. John Gilbertson, Miss Bertha Nelson and two brothers, Hans and Julius, all residents of this community. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 12:00 o’clock from the home, following which the remains were taken to the French Creek church where Rev. Halvorson delivered the funeral sermon. Interment was made in the church cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 10, 1929
NELS K. NELSON (NORWAY)
Nels K. Nelson, 83, died Thursday, October 10, 1963, afternoon at Lutheran hospital, LaCrosse where he had been confined 1 ½ weeks. He was born February 2, 1880 in Norway, son of Knut and Mathia Field Nelson and came at the age of one with his parents to the Fagernes community. He married Emma Uhlen Simonson November 1, 1906 in St. Paul. They lived there and in the French Creek area, Town of Ettrick, before moving to Lakes Coulee where they farmed thirty-eight years. They moved to Blair in 1953. His wife died March 7, 1962. He was a member of Fagernes Lutheran church. He is survived by three sons, Carl, Blair; Clifford, Arcadia; and Basil on the home farm; two daughters, Alma, Madison and Mrs. Basil (Helen) Tenneson, Blair; 15 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Sigvald (Carrie) Ekern, Whitehall. Three brothers and four sisters have died. Funeral services were held Sunday at 1 p.m. at Fagernes Lutheran church, the Rev. K.M. Urberg officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 10, 1963
MRS. NELS NELSON (KVIKNE, GULBRANDSDALEN)
Funeral services were held Saturday for Mrs. Nels K. Nelson, 74, who died shortly before midnight Wednesday, March 7, 1952, at Tri-County Memorial Hospital, Whitehall, where she had been a patient since February 25. She had been in failing health two years. The former Anna Uhlem was born May 22, 1887 in Kvikne Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, daughter of Simon and Kari Uhlem. She was baptized and confirmed in the Kvikne church. At 17 she came to the Amund Melby home in the Fagernes area. On November 1, 1906 she was married to Nels K. Nelson of Fagneres at St. Paul. They lived in St. Paul for a year, farmed in French Creek eight years and then purchased the Christian Skogstad farm in Lakes Coulee where they lived 38 years. In 1953 they moved to Blair. She was a member of Fagernes Lutheran church and Fagernes Lutheran church Women. She is survived by her husband; three sons, Carl, rural Blair; Clifford, Arcadia; and Basil on the home farm; two daughters, Mrs. Basil (Helen) Tenneson, Blair and Alma, Madison; 14 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Hans (Sigrid) Dalen, Mary, Karen and Kristine residing in Norway and three brothers, Ludwig and Anton, also in Norway and Hans, Los Angeles, California. A brother, John, died in Montana. Funeral services were held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Fagernes Lutheran church, the Rev. K.M Urberg officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. A family devotion service was held Friday at 7 p.m. at the Frederixon Funeral Chapel. Mrs. Urberg sang “Now the Day is Over” and Pastor Urberg a Norwegian hymn, “Jeg Ved Mig en Sovn I Jesu Navn.” Pallbearers were Davis Nelson, Harold and Robert Tenneson and Roger Nelson, Blair, grandsons, and Larry and Curtis Larson of Onalaska. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 15, 1962
STEPHEN NELSON (HADLAND)
Funeral services for Stephen Nelson, 78, who died Thursday, January 5, were conducted by the Rev. C.K. Malmin at the United Lutheran church in Pigeon Falls Monday afternoon, preceded by services at the old Nelson homestead in Fuller coulee. The Rev. A.J. Orke spoke in the Norwegian language at the church service. Interment was in the church cemetery. Mrs. E.A. Sletteland and Mrs. C.K. Malmin sang “Heaven Is My Home” and Mrs. Oscar Fremstad, a daughter of Mr. Nelson, sang “Kast alle denne Vele.” “Giv Mig en Blomst Medene Jeg Lever” was read by Miss Beatrice Fremstad, a granddaughter. The solo by Mrs. Fremstad and the reading were special requests of George Nelson of Bellevue, Washington, a son of Mr. Nelson. Six sons, Alfred, Alvin, George, Edwin, Theodore and Bennie Nelson were pallbearers and two granddaughters, Mavis and Lila Nelson carried flowers. More than 100 relatives were served refreshments at the hall following the services. Relatives who came from a distance for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Anderson and daughter, Camilla and Mrs. Francis Dahlberg of Boaz, Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Peterson and daughter Gladys of Northfield, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Nelson of Eau Claire, Mrs. Ole Orvik and Mrs. Anton Orvik of Halstad, Minnesota and George Nelson of Bellevue, Washington. Stephen Nelson was born in Hadland, Norway, March 13, 1860. When he was nine years old, he with his parent and three sisters, came to America, making the trip in 12 weeks. The family settled first at Chaseburg, where they stayed ten years before coming to the Town of Pigeon and homesteading the present Stephen Nelson farm in Fuller Coulee. In the early days the place was known as Bjonstugen. The first house in which the family lived was a crude hut 16 x 16 feet, and the land was covered with virgin timber. In Fuller coulee Mr. Nelson grew to manhood, reared in the Lutheran faith. On May 29, 1886 he married Janne Gilbertson at Boscobel, the Rev. Ole Ness performing the ceremony. Mr. Nelson took his bride to the home of his parents, Anders and Anna Nelson, where they remained. There they observed their golden wedding anniversary in June 1935, slightly later than the wedding date of 50 years ago. Since that time they had left the farm and moved to the village of Pigeon Falls. Mr. Nelson was ill there for some time before he was moved to the Arcadia hospital where he died. Twelve children were born to the Nelson, all living. They include three daughters, Alma, Mrs. John Engen; Clara, Mrs. Oscar Fremstad, and Minnie, Mrs. Sam Olson, all of this vicinity; and nine sons, Alfred, Olaf, Edwin, Hilman and Bennie of this vicinity, Alvin of Taylor, Selmer of Northfield, Minnesota, George of Bellevue, Washington and Theodore of Eau Claire. There are also 32 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 12, 1939
MRS. MARIA NELSON (LILLESTROM)
Mrs. Marie Nelson died at the Community hospital Friday, August 18, from rheumatic ailments and the infirmities of age. Anne Marie Jacobson was born in Lillestrom, Norge, in 1858. When only a girl she emigrated to America. In 1884 she was joined in marriage to Nels H. Nelson and they established a home in Schimmerhorn valley where they continued to reside until called by death. Mr. Nelson died in 1909. Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Nelson, two preceding the parents in death. The remaining children are Olai and Norris of the Town of Northfield and Eddie on the old home farm in Schimmerhorn. The deceased made her home with the latter twelve years. Eighteen years ago Mrs. Nelson suffered an attack of rheumatism from which she never recovered. She became crippled from the disease and remained an invalid the remainder of her life. She was cared for during the greater part of those years by her son, Eddie and wife, who were dutiful in their care to her. Mrs. Nelson was blessed with a cheerful disposition and in spite of the great pain which she suffered, she was always ready to greet those about her with a smile and cheerful words. During the last few weeks of her illness her condition became such that she needed special care and she was brought to the Community hospital. She was given all the comforts that was possible by human hands and her great appreciation was expressed each time that the nurses administered to her wants. At the time of death Mrs. Nelson was 68 years, 8 months and 17 days of age. Undertaker E.A. Sletteland of Pigeon Falls prepared the remains and funeral services were held at the farm home and at the Lutheran church at Pigeon Falls Tuesday afternoon, August 17, Rev. Christophersen officiating. Burial took place in the cemetery at that place beside the resting place of members of the family that preceded her in death. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - AUGUST 19, 1926
TOM NELSON (ULVIK, HARDANGER)
Tom Nelson was born in Ulvik, Hardanger, Norway, January 31, 1874. He was the son of Nels and Synva Syse Nelson. He was baptized and confirmed in the Ulvik Lutheran church. There were eight children in his family. Five preceded him in death. The two who survive are a sister, Mrs. Synva Lynghammer, Beach and a brother, Ole, of Minneapolis. He emigrated to America at the age of 17 years. He worked many years in the neighborhood of Osseo, Wisconsin and then took a homestead near Minot, North Dakota. He was united in marriage to Christena Gunderson at Marshfield, Wisconsin in June 1907. To this union two children were born, Thelma (Mrs. Leslie Hogden) and Alice (Mrs. Kenneth Johnson), both of LaCrosse. After his marriage he came to Blair and purchased the present Jens Hanson restaurant building where he conducted successively a restaurant and variety store. His wife passed away May 26, 1917 leaving to his care the two motherless children. Ten years after his wife’s death, he moved to LaCrosse where he has resided the past twelve years with his daughter, Mrs. Kenneth Johnson. Mr. Nelson has been a sufferer from heart trouble the past three years. The last three months he has been bed-stricken. On three different occasions he has received treatment at St. Francis Hospital. Medical skill was unable to cope with a failing heart and he passed away at his home Wednesday morning, August 16th, 1939 at 9 a.m. Mr. Nelson had a wide circle of acquaintances. Of a kind and sociable disposition, he sought and prized the friendship of others. His heart was wrapped up in his children to whom he gave in large measure a father’s devotion. The span of his earthly years was some 65 years. From the cradle to the severing of home and family ties it seems but very brief. But as his life’s sun sinks in the west, the friends he met upon his journey here will ever cherish his memory in loving remembrance. Besides the children, sister and brother, two grandchildren also mourn his passing. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Nelson Funeral Home in North LaCrosse, conducted by Student Sigurd Urberg and at the Zion Lutheran church in Blair, where Rev. T.E. Sweger gave an address in Norwegian and Sigurd Urberg in English. Mrs. Clifford Quammen of LaCrosse, accompanied by Mrs. Sigurd Urberg sang “Jeg ved mig en sov I Jesu Navn” and “Den Store Hvide Flok”. Mrs. Sather accompanied by Mrs. Ethel Haugen sang “Jesus Lover of My Soul.” Memory wreaths in honor of Mr. Nelson were given to the Organ Fund and to Radio Station WCAL. The pallbearers were Iver Berg, Victor Bellerue, John Davis, Ole Bratlan, George Solberg and John Herried. Interment was in the Zion cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 24, 1939
MRS. TOM NELSON (VOSS)
Perhaps one of the saddest deaths that has occurred in Blair for many years was that of Mrs. Tom Nelson, who died at 9:30 p.m. Saturday of diphtheria. Mrs. Nelson had been a sufferer for some years from tonsillitis and on Thursday of last week was taken to her bed with what she thought was another attack of tonsillitis. She suffered very little and when her husband would suggest calling a doctor, she would tell him that it was only an attack of tonsillitis and that she would be all right in a few days. On Saturday evening at about five o’clock, Mr. Nelson called a doctor and the case was pronounced diphtheria from which she died the same evening at 9:30. Mrs. Nelson’s maiden name was Lynghammer, and she was born in Norway on the 14th day of December 1879. When 17 years of age she located in Dane county, this state, where she worked for a year, going from there to Minneapolis where she worked in a laundry until 1906 when she was united in marriage to Tom Nelson. They then moved to Blair which has since been their home. She leaves to mourn her death, the husband, and two little girls, Thelma, aged nine years and Alice, age six years. She is also survived by one brother, Knute Lynghammer of this place, and one sister, Mrs. Ed. Liljedahl of Green County, Wisconsin. Her father, one brother and four sisters in Norway also survive. The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the stricken husband two sweet little daughters who have been called to undergo the parting of a loving wife and mother, a woman who was all that a wife and mother could be in the home, and one who was loved by all who knew her. She was laid to rest in the U.N.L. cemetery Sunday evening. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 31, 1917
NELS H. NELSON (VALESTRAND)
Nels H. Nelson, a prosperous farmer of the Town of Curran, died at his home there on October 9th after a lingering illness of asthma and heart trouble, at the age of 65 years, 2 months and 18 days. Mr. Nelson was born at Bergensift, Norway , on July 23, 1850. He came to America in 1856. In 1872 he was united in marriage at Beaver Creek to Miss Christine Brown, and shortly after their marriage they moved to the Town of Curran, where they have resided for forty-three years. He is survived by his widow and six children: Mrs. Thea Syvertson and Mrs. Louisa Pearson, of McVille, North Dakota; Nicholi Nelson of Devils Lake, North Dakota; Mrs. Josephine Johnson of Newfolden, Minnesota; Miss Minnie Nelson of Currran and an adopted child, Mrs. Chistine Knudston of Bloomer. Two children died a number of years ago. He also leaves to mourn his departure one sister, Mrs. Rier Thompson of Beach, North Dakota. Two weeks ago Mr. Nelson was taken seriously ill, but seemed to be on a gain until Saturday when quietly and peacefully the spirit took its flight to the other shore. A host of friends and neighbors mourn the loss of this kind, active man and showed their esteem for him by a large attendance and a wreath of flowers at his funeral. He leaves a fond memory in the hearts of his wife and children, as he was always a loving husband and father. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Borgen of Taylor at the home and at the Curran Valley Lutheran Church of which he was a faithful member. His whole life was that of a true Christian man, responding to the call of duty in an unostentatious manner, and performing his part with strict fidelity. In his home he was a devoted husband and father. In his community he was a kind and obliging neighbor, ever willing to lend a helping hand. In business transactions he was prompt and careful in meeting every obligation and responsibility. In every phase of his life he displayed that sterling character, strict integrity and loyalty to right and justice which marked him as a man among men who could be depended upon in every emerging. It is the character of such men which puts the stamp of honesty and integrity upon a community. It is the example of such men which marks the pathway for youth and serves as a guide for those of mature years. The influence of such men is unending. Their good lives live after them. BADGER STATE BANNER - OCTOBER 20, 1915
NELS T. NELSON (RINGSAKER)
Nels Thomas Nelson one of the few remaining pioneers of this village passed away here Sunday evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Sidney Briggs, after a long duration of illness. Mr. Nelson had suffered for the past two years, the last eight months he was almost helpless. The deceased was born in Ringsaker, Norway, February 9, 1853. When a young man of twenty years, he came to America. This village was chosen as his home, and the past half century found him in business in Ettrick. For a number of years he worked at the blacksmith trade under P.J. Huff. He was also associated with the creamery here as butter-maker. Later on he became a merchant and also operated a job print shop in connection with his store. He was a very willing worker and could turn his hand to most any trade. He was united in marriage to Miss Thressa Harmon June 18th, 1895. Two children, C.H. Nelson in business in this village and Mrs. Sidney Briggs also of this village were born to bless this union and mourn the loss of a gentle and patient father. His wife preceded him in death, November 2, 1903. His sister, Mrs. Alice Thorbus of Blair attended the funeral services. Funeral services were held here Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., Rev. Braun having charge of the services. The long list of friends that gathered at this time to pay their last respects to the departed one, gave voice to the fact that Mr. Nelson was held in the highest esteem by his acquaintances. The members of the family have the sympathy of the entire community. THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - MARCH 19, 1926
OLE NELSON (FLEKKEFJORD)
Ole Nelson was born in Flekkefjord, Norway, September 6, 1837, the son of Nels and Carrie Erickson. With his mother he emigrated to America in 1853, settling first in Racine County and shortly afterwards in Trempealeau County. He was married to Louise Esptveidt in 1880 and to this union three children were born. He remained a resident of this section of the state until 1906, when he pre-empted a homestead near Beach, North Dakota. After he had proved up on his land, he returned to St. Paul, Minnesota and has since that date made his home with his daughter, Mrs. E.H. Willard. He died at the home of his daughter in Kent, Ohio on May 195th, 1931 at the age of 93 years, 8 months and 13 days. He leaves to mourn his loss two sons, Edward of Chicago, Illinois and Oscar of Kansas City, Missouri and one daughter, Mrs. E.W. Willard of Kent, Ohio. His wife died in 1903 and his only brother Chris in 1928. He was confirmed in the faith of the Norwegian Lutheran church in Norway at an early age and was a member of that denomination at the time of his death. He was the last of the Civil War Veterans of this immediate community. He enlisted in May 1861 at Madison, Wisconsin in Company A 5th Wisconsin for a term of three years and re-enlisted again, serving until the end of the war. He saw service under Generals Grant, Hooker, Mead and McClellan and took part in the Battles of Gettysburg, Second Bull Run, Antitem and Fredricksburg, being wounded in the last named battle and taken to the hospital at Alexandria. Funeral services were held in Blair, Friday May 22 with Rev. T.E. Sweger as pastor. The local American Legion Post officiated in a military service. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 28, 1931
IVER NELSON (ULVIK, HARDANGER)
Iver Nelson was born on the Syse farm in Ulvik, Hardanger, Norway January 30th, 1864. His parents were Nils and Synneva Syse. He was baptized and confirmed in the Ulvik church. Eighteen years of age he emigrated with his brother, Lars, to America in 1882. He was engaged in farming in Beaver Creek Valley many years. He owned the present Melvin Torkelson place until he sold out 25 years ago and moved to Blair where he has resided since. In 1898 he was united in marriage to Deverina Berthina Johnson. The following children were born to this union: Ella, Mrs. William Edwin, Camp Douglas; Tilman, Waupun; Ebert and Willie at LaCrosse. A daughter, Sadie, Mrs. Lawrence Hunter, passed away in 1926. He served as an efficient village marshal of Blair until ill health forced him to retire. He was afflicted the past five years with a disease which gradually deprived him of the use of his lower limbs. He sought medical relief several places but to little avail. His helpless state imposed a great burden upon his devoted wife who cared for him with great patience and tenderness. The past 15 months were spent at the home of their daughter, Mrs. William Edwin at Camp Douglas, where the needed help could be given in his care. The past two weeks his suffering was intense. Death came to release him from pain Friday morning, December 21, 1934 at the age of not quite 71 years. Besides the wife and children who mourn the loss of a kind husband and father, two brothers and a sister survive, Tom Nelson, LaCrosse; Ole Nelson, New Prague, Minnesota; and Synneva, Mrs. Knute Lynghammer, Beach. A brother, Lars, died some years ago at Osseo and a sister, Anna, Mrs. Rasmussen at Ulvik, Norway. The body was brought from Camp Douglas to Blair Monday, December 24th and the funeral services were conducted by Rev. T.E. Sweger at the Zion Lutheran church. Mrs. Angus Sather and Mrs. T.E. Sweger sang “Kom du Bedrovende” and “Rock of Ages”. A memory wreath in honor of Iver Nelson from friends and neighbors was given to the Homme Home for the Aged. Flower girls were Doris and Lucille Edwin and Olive Olson. Pallbearers were John Herreid, Ole Bratland, Adolph Olsen, Lewis Thompson, Otto Berg and Christ. Skogstad. Interment was made in the Zion cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 27, 1934
JACOB NELSON (VALESTRAND)
Jacob Nelson was born in Valestrand, Begen, Sept, Norway, October 3, 1837, and died at the home of his son, Louis Nelson at LaCrosse, March 9, 1920 at the age of 82 years, 4 months and six days. He had been failing all winter, but was able to be around until only three days previous to his death. It was but the ripening of old age, suffering no pain, but quietly and peacefully passed away to join the loved ones gone before. Mr. Nelson came to America in 1855, when a young man of eighteen years, settling first in Dane County. A few years later he came to Jackson County and went to farming in the Town of Springfield. He was married to Miss Ingeborg Thompson in the summer of 1861. To this union twelve children were born. They are Martin of Stephen, Minnesota; Mrs. Sever Tollak, of Grafton, North Dakota; Charles of Sask., Canada; Johnson of Hendrum, Minnesota; Louis of LaCrosse; Mrs. Mattson of Blair and Theodore of Sechlerville. Two children died in infancy and Mrs. John Thompson a few years ago. Almost three years after their marriage in 1854, they purchased a good piece of land in Curran Valley, and by much patient and painstaking labor they gradually converted it into a fine farm. This land he successfully operated until a few years ago when he sold it to his son-in-law, John Thompson, who still resides there. In 1881, this pioneer went to North Dakota and homesteaded a tract of land and proved up in 1882. This land he owned until about a year ago, when he disposed of all his business affairs. Mr. Nelson was one of those strong noble characters whom we love to revere, one who has always stood for good in the community in which he lived. In public affairs as well as in his own life he had been a leader and an inspiration to others. His genial personality, which brought him many friends of a life time, was of great value to him, no more so that it was a pleasure to the friends who esteemed him on account of it. He had the public welfare always at heart, and had a strong desire to see every benefit accrue to the people. His honest endeavors won him the confidence of his neighbors and many friends. He was loyal to his friendships and was a devoted husband and loving father. During his whole lifetime he has been a consistent, faithful, active member in the Lutheran church, at uniting with the Curran Valley church many years ago, at which church he served as deacon for many years. Since the death of his wife some eleven years ago, he has made his home with his children. Theodore Nelson received a message Monday from Dr. Louis Nelson of LaCrosse, stating that his father was very low. He at once took the train and was joined in Blair by his sister, Mrs. Mattson. Mr. Nelson passed away that same night. The relatives accompanied the body to the home of his son in Sechlerville on Thursday and the funeral services were conducted from the Curran Valley church, Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. Borgen of Taylor, officiating. Interment was made in the Curran Valley cemetery besides his faithful companion. All of the family was present at the funeral, excepting two sons, Martin of Stephen, Minnesota and Charles, of Canada, who were unable to attend. Besides his immediate family, he leaves to mourn his loss twenty-six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. JACKSON COUNTY JOURNAL - MARCH 17, 1920
MRS. PETER NELSON (RINGSAKER)
Mrs. Peter Nelson died at her home in Whitehall Sunday, March 24. Death followed a paralytic stroke which she suffered about two weeks ago. Bertha Frislie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jens Frislie, was born in Ringsaker, Norway, July 5, 1850. She was reared in that country and immigrated to America with her parents in 1872. The family settled at Holmen, LaCrosse County. She was joined in marriage to Peter Nelson December 28, 1878. They established a home in the Town of Pigeon, where they resided until they retired several years ago and established a home in Whitehall. Eight children were born to them, Joseph, Isaac and Nels of Whitehall; Oscar of Bayfield; Ella, Mrs. Ward Lowe of Blair. Three children preceded her in death: Palmer, Elmer and Oscar. Mrs. Nelson was a lifelong member of the Lutheran church and took an active part in activities in that faith. She will long be remembered as one of the pioneers of this vicinity and an upright and Christian citizen. Funeral services were held at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church Wednesday, March 27. Rev. Orke spoke in the Norwegian language and Rev. Maakestad had charge of the English service. The Lutheran choir sang, “Thy Way and All Thy Sorrows, Commit Unto the Lord,” “Behold, A Host Arrayed in Whitehall,” and “In Heaven Above.” Memorial funds consist of $4 from relatives in Tacoma to the Wittenberg Children’s Home, and $9 from Coral City friends and $11 from Whitehall friends to the Wittenberg Old People’s Home. All the children of Mrs. Nelson were present at the funeral service. Her remains were buried in Lincoln cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 4, 1929
TOLLEF NELSON (VALESTRAND)
The report comes here, without any detailed information that old settler, Tollef Nelson, of Town of Franklin, died at his home here Tuesday morning, quite suddenly, without having been sick at all or at least briefly. He was about 76 years old and settled in that vicinity probably about 1858, as far as can be ascertained. The funeral service will be held at one o’clock tomorrow, at the house, Rev. Borgen conducting the services. He leaves a widow and eight sons and two daughters, Martin, Marcus, Louisa, Nels, Christ, Lewis, Emil, Joseph, Arthur and Bertilda. Another son, John, died a few years agooin Dakotas, but one of them, Arthur, resides at Blair, and two of them, Christ and Lewis are still on the home farm. Mr. Nelson may be said without any show of exageration to have been one of the very best and truest men in Jackson County. His word was always good, he met his obligations promptly and was always mindful of the feelings and rights of others. His was true Christian character and he held the high esteem of everybody who knew him. He was truly a good man, as well as a successful one in his chosen following, farming. Mr. Nelson served his country in the Civil War in Company F, Third Wisconsin Infantry and was a brave and faithful soldier. BADGER STATE BANNER - SEPTEMBER 18, 1913 Born in Norway and came to America with his parents when eighteen years of age and settled at Beaver Creek. In the last week’s issue of the Banner announced the death of old settler Tollef Nelson of Beaver Creek, in the Town of Franklin. The death occurring on Tuesday morning, September 16th. No particulars were obtained at that time. Later it has been ascertained that he was born in Norway on February 14, 1838, and came to America with his parents in the spring of 1856, arriving at Chicago on the 4th of July, after being about two months on the voyage across the ocean. They did not stop long at Chicago, however, going from there to Deerfield, in Dane County, this state, where they lived until the following year. When obtaining a yoke of oxen and a prairie schooner and couple of cows, they started across county to seek a homestead. After traveling for about three weeks, they found one to suit them at Beaver Creek where they settled and the deceased had resided ever since until his death. Mr. Nelson was twice married, fist on June 8th, 1851 (error) to Nilsine Torness. She died on December 25, 1872 (error). There are three children living from this union, Martin and Mrs. Louisa Holmly of Nanson, North Dakota and Marcus of Grafton, North Dakota. He was again married on December 25, 1872 to Anna Christopherson who still is living and the children living from this union are Nels of Kirkhoven, Minnesota; Christ and Lewis still residing on the home place, Theodore, Emil and Joseph of Courtenay, North Dakota, Berthilda of Whitehall and Arthur of Blair. John died at Courtenay a year ago last May. The funeral services were held as announced at the home on Friday afternoon, conducted by Borgen and the children were all present, except Martin, Theodore and Berthilda. BADGER STATE BANNER - SEPTEMBER 25, 1913
PETER NELSON (SKANE, SWEDEN)
Peter Nelson died at his home in the Town of Hale Friday morning of Bright’s disease. Mr. Nelson was born in Province Skane, Sweden, June 3, 1843. When just in the prime of manhood, he immigrated to LaCrosse, where in 1869 he was married to Miss Julia Johnson, of that place. Later he moved to St. Paul, living there and at Minneapolis about 18 years. While in St. Paul he was president of the village council of North St. Paul for a number of years and also president of the Building and Loan Association, of St. Paul. About two years ago he moved to the Town of Hale, where he has since resided. He was noted for his fairness and honesty in dealing with his fellowmen. Although not belonging to any particular sect or creed, he was a true Christian, believing that all men should do unto others as they would have them onto them. A loving wife and four children survive him, Mrs. Hans Raa, of Pigeon Falls, Mrs. Merden Edwin and Emily, who are at home. Mr. Nelson was a Mason of high standing, belonging to the Knight Templars. The funeral was held Sunday according to the rites of the Masonic order. After the services at the house, a very large procession of friends followed the deceased to his last resting place in the Elk Creek Lutheran cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - MAY 25, 1898
TORMOD NELSON (VOSS)
Tormod Nelson was born in Voss, Norway, November 2, 1854. Came to the U.S. in 1867 with his parents, Nels and Anna Nelson. His brother, Nels and sisters, Martha and Oline came at the same time. An older sister, Ingerid had come to this country several years before; had married and was living in Upper Beaver Creek in Jackson County. At her place, the newcomers made their home till 1873, when Nels Nelson Senior came to the Town of Pigeon and homesteaded the land which thereafter became the home of Tormod till his death. Nels Nelson Senior died in 1874 and his wife in 1889. From the time of his father’s death, Tomod became the principal support of his mother and sister, Oline, who has always been mentally incompetent and still is a dependent member of the family. Without scarcely any personal property and the land uncleared, the prospect before the young man of 20 was anything but promising. But he set to work in his steady, careful way and the years brought constant gain in the building up of a home. November 6, 1894, when forty years of age, he married Ragnild Lunde. From that time on he prospered. Six children were born to this union as follows: Norman, John, Anna, Clara and Theodore. One died in infancy without a name. The five chidren named are all unmarried and make their home with the mother on the homestead. About 25 years ago, Tormod’s health failed and from that time he suffered much from asthma and other physical ailments. Most of the time, however, he was able to up be and around sufficiently to look after the management of the farm. About two weeks before his death he was in town apparently as well as he had been for years. On the 8th of October, he attended the funeral of his brother-in-law, Halvor Hanson. On the evening of the ninth he was taken sick and told his wife that he didn’t expect to recover. On the thirteenth he passed peacefully away. His funeral was held at the Upper Pigeon Falls church on the sixteenth, Rev. Christopherson officiating. Notwithstanding the inclement weather a large number of friends and neighbors gathered to bid him farewell. Besides his wife, children and the sister, Oline, he leaves his sister, Martha, now a resident of Spokane, Washington, as his nearest relatives to mourn his loss. Since I first met the departed in 1873, I have always numbered him among the good and reliable men that I have known. Prudent in all the affairs of life he slowly pushed his way to financial independency, for this he gave liberal credit to his wife and his excellent family of boys and girls. Dear “Tom” As I sit here in my office this evening memory lifts the curtain that shrouds the past and vistas running back across the buried years open here and there. Especially vivid are the scenes from 1876 to 1882, the years when we came into close contact. I had just come back from the tramp of the wider world, full of dreams and schemes- the off-springs of enthusiasm rather than knowledge. I had seen the bright, steady flames of science and knowledge light up many a temple of learning. I brought back a few sparks and in my ignorance sought to kindle such lights as I had seen. So we organized in the fall of 1876, “The Pigeon Falls Sentinels” as a literary society and debating school. Soon after you remember I stood one evening on a chair in a crowded dance room and called for subscriptions to a literary fund and go over 60 dollars before I left the chair. During the following winter we met every Saturday evening and as we gained in experience and confidence we ventured into discussions of social and political subjects. Here we touched sensitive chords and deep prejudices. Then we began our paper, “The Sentinel.” Some of the comments in the paper were intended to be caustic, ironic and sarcastic. They touched the foibles and vices of the community in general and frequently that of particular persons. At first our meetings were entertaining as a holiday picnic, but after while hurts began to appear, but the interest increased. People came from Schimmerhorn, Curran Valley, Elk Creek and Coral City. Then came the night of the “free for all” when the “young up start” was lashed by a hundred tongues. Then the upstart began to count his friends. You were one of them, Tom. After many a night as we walked together on our homeward way, we talked of our dreams, of the books we read and plans for public enlightenment. We had much in common in our love of knowledge. But I was abung of fiery impulse, you were like a beacon anchored to a rock. Since those years our friendship has never wavered. You remember the prophecy of Pigeon Falls’ future which our paper published. Remember the rippling laughter of derision produced. Even the writer, just for fun, went far beyond his expectations. But now as we look back, we se how far reality has exceeded our wildest visions. O, the years have been Glorious, Tom! And now as we stand on the borders of the mystic sea, ready for the final call, may we not vision greater glories to come? Is not human capacity for improvement and progress as limitless as the Fountain from which all our better inspirations flow? Yes, let us not doubt it. And now as we extend our hands for a final “fare-thee-well” we look up and say: “All’s well for the All-fathers purposes will be carried but in spite of all our stumblings and weaknesses.” Written by H.A. Anderson, October 28, 1923 THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - NOVEMBER 1, 1923
MRS. JULIA NELSON (NORWAY)
Funeral services were held on Thursday at the home and at the Hardies Creek Lutheran Church, with the Rev. K.M. Urberg officiating for Mrs. Julia Nelson, 66, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Oscar Westlie in the Town of Preston, Monday. Burial as in the Hardies Creek cemetery. Julia Kristianson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Johannes Kristianson, was born July 14, 1875, in Norway. She was united in marriage to Ole Nelson, and the couple farmed in the Hardies Creek community until the husband’s death a year ago. Mrs. Nelson had bee living with her daughter since then. Survivors include, besides Mrs. Westlie, two other daughters, Mrs. Edward Schumann, Cross Plains, Wisconsin and Mrs. Alfred Schumann of Madison; 27 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; a sister, Hilda, and two brothers, Peter Johnson of Blair and Christ. Johnson of Galesville. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTMEBER 25, 1941
JOSEPH P. NELSON (PIGEON TOWNSHIP, TREMPEALEAU COUNTY, WISCONSIN)
Joseph P. Nelson, proprietor of Silver Brook Stock Farm of 160 acres, in section 30, Pigeon Township, is a native of Trempealeau County, having been born in Fitch Coulee, this township, April 10, 1882. His parents were Peter and Bertha (Jensen) Nelson, natives of Norway, now living retired at Whitehall. Mr. Nelson passed his youthful days up to the age of 15 in Fitch Coulee, and was trained to agricultural pursuits on his parents' farm. When he had reached that age the parents with their family moved onto the farm in section 30, and Joseph was associated with his father in its operation until 1908, in which year he purchased it, and it has since remained his property and place of residence. Mr. Nelson keeps graded Durham cattle, milking 15, and also raises Poland-China hogs and Black Minorca chickens. His farm is well improved and is conducted on a profitable basis. On April 7, 1906, he was married to Ingeborg T Sogen, daughter of John and Amelia (Rud) Sogen, her parents being farmers residing near Pigeon Falls. He and his wife have five children: Esther, Palmer, Ervin, Harold and Ernest. Mr. Nelson has been a director of the school board since 1915. He and his family are members of the Norwegian Lutheran Church of America. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
PETER NELSON (HIDEMAKER, NORWAY) (2)
Peter Nelson, who settled in Pigeon Creek Valley, Pigeon Township, in 1875, and in the course of his 30 years' residence there became one of the leading citizens of the township, was born in Hidemaker, Norway, April 30, 1844, son of Nels Peterson. The father, who was governor and manager of a farm, lived and died in Norway. Peter Nelson was the fourth born in a family of eight children. In his native land he attended school and learned the carpenter's trade. On April 3, 1866, he was married to Jom Olson and on the 14th of the same month they left home for the United States, the journey thus being practically a honeymoon trip. After a voyage of six weeks and two days in a sailing vessel, they landed at Quebec, Canada, and from there made their way to LaCrosse, Wisconsin, arriving June 24. One fall and winter were spent in Louis Valley, and subsequently Mr. Peterson worked nine years at lumbering on Black River, being a part of the time in the camp. His wife had died in 1867 and for his second wife, he subsequently married Bertha Johnson. In 1875 Peter Nelson went to Pigeon Creek Valley, Trempealeau County, and bought a partly improved farm of 160 acres. There he lived for 30 years, during which time he bought more land until he had 240 acres, most of which he cleared and improved, erecting good buildings. For 30 years also he served on the township board, and for a number of years was justice of the peace and school clerk. Then selling his farm, he came to Whitehall, where he has since made his home. Here he bought out the Farmers Trading Association and started an implement company, of which he was the active manager until the spring of 1917, when he sold out his shares, and since then has been retired from industrial life. In addition to the above mentioned activities he was president of the first creamery in his locality and was its manager for two years, directing all its operations. At the present time he is a shareholder in the Peoples State Bank of Whitehall, and is a prosperous and highly respected citizen, who has made a success in life through industry and perseverance. He has had ten children, three of whom were carried off by that formerly much dreaded scourge diphtheria. The living are Joseph, Isaac, Oscar, Nels, Alla and Laulia. He and his family are members of the Norwegian Lutheran Church. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
Back to Home Page