Parker Winifred Laverne
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Paulson Olia Mrs.
Paulson Paul O.
Paulson Petrene Mrs.
Paulson Reier Mrs.
Paulstrud O.H. Mrs.
Pederson Agnes Mrs.
Pederson Albert M.
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Pederson Bernt Lensrude
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Pederson Iver Mrs.
Pederson Julius Mrs.
Pederson Maria T. Mrs.
Pederson Mathias T.
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Pederson Peter J.
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Pederson Synva Mrs.
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Peterson Albert B.
Peterson Basil I.
Peterson Christ Mrs.
Peterson Christian Mrs.
Peterson Ernest A.
Peterson H. George
Petrson Hans (Ane) Mrs.
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Peterson John F. Mrs.
Peterson Julius Mrs.
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Peterson Morris B.
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MORRIS B. PETERSON: (OSTER TOTEN)
"Funeral services for Morris B. Peterson were held at the home in Vosse Coulee and the Fagnerness Lutheran church Tuesday afternoon, October 22, 1946. The Rev. H.A. Aasen officiated, assisted by Rev. B.J. Hatlem of Taylor. Pall bearers were Sanford Johnson, Vernon McRae, Melvin Stay, Ingeman Skaugh, James Johnson and Palmer Hjelsand. Flowers were carried by a granddaughter, Serene Johnson and Lorene Hanevold. Mrs. Hatlem sang, "Some Day the Silver Cord Will Break" at the home and "Jeg ved mig en Sovn i Jesu Navn' at the church. The congregation sang "Jesus Lover of My Soul." Burial was in the Fagerness cemetery.
Morris Peterson was born April 25, 1881, in Oster Toten, Norway of parents Peter Nilsin and Bertte Marie Andersdatter. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Norway. He imigrated to the United States at the age of 21 years, arriving at Whitehall. He was married to Sarah Narveson October 15, 1907 by Rev. Ramberg at Whitehall. To this union five children were born, Margaret (Mrs. Carl) Johnson of Eau Claire; Theodore of Glenwood City and Oliver of Blair. Two daughters preceded him in death. Stella died at the age of 9 years and Christine at the age of 10 years.
Mr. Peterson was employed in Winona at the time he was taken sick. During the war he had been employed at the war plant in New Richmond, Wis. making his home in Glenwood City. Mr. Peterson leaves to mourn his death, his wife, three grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews, together with a host of friends. Also three sisters survive in Norway.
A large memorial was given to Mrs. Peterson from relatives and friends besides memorials to the mission, the Fagernes church and WCAL." THE BLAIR PRESS - October 31, 1946
THEODORE JULIUS PETERSON (JACKSON COUNTY, WISCONSIN)
Theodore Julius Peterson was born April 22 1892, the son of Peter Pederson Guldmoen and Anna Pederson Guldmoen in Jackson County, Wisconsin. He was baptized and confirmed in the Trempealeau Valley Lutheran Church by Pastor A. A. Dahl. On March 11, 1923 he was united in marriage to Clara Johnson. To this union nine children were born: Mae, Mrs. Clayton Olson; Pearl, Mrs. Harlan Huber, Pliny and Mahlon, all of Melrose; Lois, Mrs. Robert Olson of Taylor; Donald, Hixton; Harry of Black River Falls; Milton of Milwaukee and Belva, Mrs. Donald Osegard of Menomonie, all of whom survive. He was preceded in death by his wife and eleven brothers and sisters. He was the last member of the Pederson Gulmoen family. He lived his entire life in Jackson county where he engaged in farming. He was a member of the Upper Beaver Creek Lutheran Church. He passed away November 14, 1963 at the age of 71 years, 6 months and 23 days. Services were held at the Upper North Beaver Creek Lutheran Church with Rev. Winkler officiating Sunday, November 17, at 2 p.m. The pallbearers were Norman Kampen, Edgar Kampen, Alvin Torkelson, Bernice Crowley, William Rockney and Robert Bible. Flower girls were Mrs. Norman Kampen and Mrs. Emmett Kampen. Burial was in the church cemetery. SOURCE - FAMILY SCRAP BOOK
MRS THEODORE PETERSON (TOWN OF FRANKLIN, JACKSON COUNTY, WISCONSIN)
Mrs. Theodore Peterson passed away at the Krohn hospital at Black River Falls Friday, January 30, 1959 at thee age of 53 years, 11 months and 12 days. Clara Mae Johnson was born in the Town of Franklin, Jackson County, February 18, 1905, the daughter of Minnie and Christopher Johnson. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in the Upper Beaver Creek church. On March 7, 1923, she was united in marriage at Black River Falls to Theodore Peterson who survives along with nine children: four daughters, Mae, Mrs. Clayton Olson; Pearl, Mrs. Harland Huber; Lois, Mrs. Robert Olson, all of Melrose and Belva, Mrs. Donald Osegard of Mondovi; five sons, Donald of Milwaukee; Harry of Minneapolis; Mahlon of Eau Claire and Pliny and Milton at home; and 15 grandchildren. She is also survived by her mother, Mrs. Minnie Johnson of Black River Falls, two brothers William of Sparta and Bennie of Melrose; five sisters, Gladys, Mrs. Omer Hele of Melrose; Florence, Mrs. Burton Knutson, Holmen; Nettie, Mrs. Harold Knutson of LaCrosse; Mabel, Mrs. James Rose Sr. of Taylor and Lylah, Mrs. Ernest Hedberg of Mondovi. A host of other relatives also survive. Funeral services were held in the Upper Beaver Creek church Tuesday February 3, 1959 with the Rev. Vincent Asker officiating. Calmer Overlien sang “Under His Wings” and “Heaven is My Home”. Mrs. Francis Heller was the organist. Flower girls were Mrs. Norman Kampen and Mrs. Emmett Kampen; and pallbearers were Emmett Kampen Bernice Crawley, William Rockney, Robert Bible and Alvin Torkelson. Burial was in the church cemetery. She was a member of the Upper Beaver Creek church and an active member of the Ladies Aid. She will be sadly missed by her family and her friends. She was one never to complain and always thought of the welfare of her family first. SOURCE - FAMILY SCRAP BOOK (THE BANNER-JOURNAL - BLACK RIVER FALLS)
WINIFRED LAVERNE PARKER (TACOMA, WASHINGTON)
Winifred LaVerne Parker, born November 16, 1942 in Tacoma, died on July 10, 1996 at Tacoma General Hospital. She was a loving wife and mom who will be missed by her family and friends. Winnie is survived by Keith, her husband of 31 years; her sons, Jeff and Eric (Annette); mother, Frances Dahl; sister, Kay (Duane) Lillard. She recently retired from the Tacoma Public Library after working for 33 years. She was a children’s specialist and especially enjoyed her work with the summer reading club. Winnie also enjoyed sewing quilts, needlepoint and her years performing with the New Sound Singers. The memorial services were held at Zion Lutheran Church, 3410 6th Avenue in Tacoma on Saturday at 2 p.m. THE NEW TRIBUNE, TACOMA WASHINGTON
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PETRONELLA PAULSON (HERJA, SKONE, SWEDEN)
Petronella Paulson was born in Herja, Skone, Sweden, February 3, 1829, and died January 12, 1926 at the age of 96 years, 11 months and 9 days. She was united in marriage to Jacob Peterson in Sweden in 1849. They came to America and settled at Knoxville, Illinois in 1852. Mr. Peterson died shortly after their arrival. Their only son, Jake, died in December, 1889, leaving four children of whom Mrs. Olson fostered two boys, Edgar and Ralph. Mrs. Peterson was married to Rev. Hokan Olson on June 10, 1854. He served congregations at the following places: Swedesberg, Iowa; Galesburg, Illinois; Mariadahl, Kansas and Port Wing, Wisconsin. Reverend Olson died in June 1904, since which time Mrs. Olson has made her home with her son, O.E. Olson of Route 4, and her daughter, Mrs. Knud Knudson of Wisconsin Avenue, this city, where she passed away Monday, January 12, with the children, Mrs. C.E. Kingsbury of Milwaukee, Mrs. Knudson and Eben Olson of Port Wing at her bedside. Funeral services were held at the Swedish Lutheran church Tuesday at 2 p.m., Rev. A.E. Bomgren officiating after which the remains were shipped to Mariadahl, Kansas, to be buried beside her husband, Rev. Hokan Olson, in whose memory the congregation of that place has erected a monument in his honor. Mrs. Knudson and O.E. Olson accompanied the remains to their last resting place where funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Mrs. Olson leaves to mourn her departure six children: Mrs. Knud Knudson of this city; Mrs. Olivia Haterius of Kansas City, Missouri; Mrs. Josephine Rodell of Oakland, California; O.E. Olson of Route 4, this city; Eben Olson of Port Wing, Wisconsin, and Mrs. C.E. Kingsbury of Milwaukee; also twenty-six grandchildren and thirty-three great-grandchildren. SOURCE - RICE LAKE CHRONOTYPE; RICE LAKE, WISCONSIN Researching this family is Kate Stevens
MRS. SYNVA PEDERSON (VOSS, HORDALAND)
Mrs. Synva Pederson died Saturday, February 4, 1911 at the home of her son, Ole Nelson of Preston, of la gripe and the infirmities of old age. Deceased was born in Norway, October 14, 1825, and at the time of her demise her age was 85, years, 3 months and 20 days. She came to this country in 1857, settling in Walworth County, where she resided until 1866, when she came to Preston, where she had since resided. She is survived by an only son, the one above mentioned, with whom she has resided for many years. The funeral was held at 12 o’clock yesterday from the Synod Lutheran church, Rev. Urberg officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - FEBRUARY 9, 1911
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AMUND PAULSON (GULBRANDSDALEN)
Amund Paulson, who would have been 89 had he lived until January 10, died at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Johnson in Whitehall at 11 a.m., Monday, following an illness of about three weeks. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1:30 at the Johnson chapel here and at 2 o’clock at our Saviour’s Lutheran church, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. Burial will be in the Fagernes Lutheran cemetery beside his wife and son, Clarence. Mr. Paulson was born January 10, 1858 in Kwikne Vinstre, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, the son of Paul and Kari Aasen. As a young man he came to this country and settled with relatives in Plumb Creek, Town of Arcadia. In 1889 he was joined in marriage to Petrina Paulson and the couple settled on the farm on the Plum Creek ridge that is now the property of Theodore and Harry Jackson. Their son, Clarence, died in 1914 and Mrs. Paulson passed away in 1927 at the age of 56. In 1933 Mr. Paulson retired from the farm and thereafter has made his home with his children, the past three years at the Johnson home. He had been confined in the house most of the time because of a leg injury but was able to be around the house until his last illness. Out of the nine children born to Mr. and Mrs. Paulson, eight are living, namely, Peter, LaCrosse; Gilbert A. Paulson and Lisa, Mrs. Emil Johnson, Whitehall; Mary, Mrs. Louis Hanson, and Hilda, Mrs. Walter Haase, Winona Theodore, LaCrosse; and Albert and Clifford, Whitehall. He also leaves 23 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one sister, Kari Bekkesletten of Gulbrandsdalen, Norway. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 9, 1947
MRS. REIER PAULSON (AAMOT, OSTERDALEN)
Mrs. Reier Paulson, 75, died at the home of her son, Russel Paulson, in Chimney Rock, Friday, April 1,. Funeral services were held at the Chimney Rock church, the Rev. A. Wichmann officiating Monday afternoon with burial in the church cemetery. As Agnete Rogstad, Mrs. Paulson was born in Aamot, Osterdalen, Norway, July 14, 1862, of a family of six children, three girls and three boys, all of whom preceded her in death. She came to America in October of 1884 and settled in Blair. In 1887 she moved to LaCrosse and on October 10, 1896, she married Reier Paulson and came to Chimney Rock. To this family four sons were born, Russel, Alf, John and Palmer. Her husband and a son by a former marriage preceded her in death. Mrs. Paulson lived in Chimney Rock until June 1931 when she moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to care for her sister. After her sister’s death, she made her home with her niece and nephew, Margaret and Roy Bolstad, but when her health began to fail, she came to Chimney Rock to live with her son, Russel. Deceased is survived by her four sons, named above. THE WHITEHALL TIMES APRIL 7, 1938
MRS. PETRENE PAULSON (HOLLAND, NORWAY)
Petrene Paulson was born in Holland, Norway, September 25, 1871. Her parents were Gilbert and Lisa Paulson. At the age of nine years, she immigrated to America with her parents, brothers and sisters. Upon arrival in this country, the family went to Canby, Minnesota, where they resided with a brother of the father for about a year. Upon leaving there, they removed onto a farm in the Township of Arcadia where they lived for several years. During this time, the mother died and the father purchased a farm in Plum Creek Valley, where he and the children moved. It was while the family lived there that the deceased met and married Amund Paulson. They took up their life work on a farm in Plum Creek Valley where they have resided up to the present time. To this union nine children were born: Peter A. and Gilbert A. Paulson of Whitehall; Mrs. Lizzie Johnson of Plum Creek; Clarence, who preceded her in death 13 years ago; Mrs. Marie Hanson of Plum Creek; Mrs. Hilda Haase of Winona, Minnesota; and Albert, Theodore and Clifford at home. Her husband, two sisters, Mrs. Lena Hewlitt of Riverside, Conn., and Mrs. Cora Ennis of Los Angeles, California, and a brother, Peter G. Paulson, of Eau Claire, also survive her. Mrs. Paul was confirmed in the French Creek Lutheran church by Rev. Lunde. Funeral services were held from our Saviour’s Lutheran church at Whitehall on Saturday and interment made at the Fagnernes Lutheran cemetery, Rev. N.G. Maakestad officiating Mrs. Paulson’s Illness, which culminated in death on December 6, 1927, dates back to about a year ago when she suffered a paralytic stroke which left her right side in a comparative helpless condition. She rallied enough, however, to be able to be about the house at intervals during the past months until about two weeks ago when she began to rapidly fail, and death relieved her at the age of 56 years, two months and ten days. Although the deceased lived a life of many hardships and struggles, she was a faithful helpmate, devoted mother, kind neighbor and true friend. Her many acts of assistance to the sick, needy and sorrowing are a fitting memory to her, for the loved ones who remain to mourn her so-called untimely demise. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - DECEMBER 15, 1927
HANS PAULSON (N. FRON, GULBRANDSDALEN)
The death of Hans Paulson occurred at his home in Plum Creek, Town of Arcadia, on Wednesday morning, November 10 at three o’clock after 4 ½ months of illness. Mr. Paulson was born on December 29, 1859 at Nordre Fron, Gulbransdalen, Norway, son of Paul and Carrie Aasen. At the age of 21 or in the year 1880, he came to America, directly to Plum Creek, Trempealeau County, to the home of his aunt, Mrs. Ole Jackson, with whom he made his home working meanwhile on farms, in logging camps and at common labor in this state and Minnesota. On December 23, 1884, Hans Paulson married Marit Nilsen, and they made their home on a farm on the ridge south of Plum Creek, the place now owned by George Slabik. They remained there but a few months while they were negotiating for the purchase of a 40 acres farm from Ole Jackson and building a home on the place. There they moved in 1885, where he lived until his passing. Mr. Paulson was known for his integrity, honesty and ability to hold his own in any kind of labor. He was economical, always keeping in mind that he must provide for the days ahead. Surviving the deceased are his wife and seven children; namely, Peter M. Paulson, Whitehall; Carl N., Bowman, North Dakota; Manda, Mrs. E. J Everson, Irvin Coulee; Julia, Mrs. Charles Shelley, Fly Creek Ridge; Henry, Pigeon; Oscar, at home, and Neta, Mrs. Edwin Hunter of Independence. There are also two brothers living, Amund, now residing with his son, Peter in LaCrosse and Ole at Bellingham, Washington. Funeral services were held at the Rhode Chapel Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church at 2 o’clock, the Rev. O. G. Birkeland officiating. Interment was in Lincoln cemetery. Pallbearers were Charles H. Anderson, G.B. Anderson, Gabe Gilbertson, Gabe Jackson, Ole Bryn and Albert Hill. Flowers were carried by grandsons of Mr. Paulson, John and Theron Paulson, Basil Shelley and Robert Everson. Mrs. Carl Jahr sang as did a quartet composed of Mmes. B.M. Skogstad, S.B. Ivers, Lloyd Nehring and Donald Warner Flowers and letters of sympathy by relatives not able to attend the funeral were received by Mrs. Paulson from Mr. and Mrs. Soren Iverson and family of Suring, this state; Mr. and Mrs. Carl N. Paulson and family of Bowman, North Dakota; Ole P. Aasen and family of Bellingham, Washington. A memorial of $11.50 from neighbors and friends has been sent to the Ebenezer Old Peoples Home in Minneapolis in honor of the deceased, and relatives gave a sum of $4 to the Wittenberg Old Peoples Home. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - NOVEMBER 18, 1937
MRS. HANS PAULSON (VALERS)
Funeral services for Mrs. Hans Paulson, 81, who died early last Thursday morning at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. E.G. Everson in Irvin Coulee, south of Whitehall, were conducted by the Rev. O.G. Birkeland at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church in Whitehall. Marit Nilsen was born in Valers, Norway, September 25, 1857, and came to America in 1878. She was married to Hans Paulson, December 23, 1884, and following their marriage settled on a farm on a ridge south of Plum Creek, where they resided for a few months until they moved to the present Paulson home in Plum Creek, which has since been their home. Mr. Paulson died November 10, 1937. Surviving Mrs. Paulson are three daughters and four sons, Peter M Paulson, Whitehall; Carl Paulson of Bowman, North Dakota; Mrs. E.G. (Amanda) Everson of Irvin Coulee; Mrs. Charley (Julia) Shelley, Fly Creek Ridge; Henry Paulson of Pigeon Falls; Oscar Paulson at home and Mrs. Edwin (Nettie) Hunter of Independence. Mrs. Paulson is also survived by one brother, Ole Nilsen of Mount Horeb. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 29, 1938
GILBERT PAULSON (HOLLAND, NORWAY)
Gilbert Paulson was born in Holland, Norway, on the 24th of January 1844 and died at his home in the Town of Arcadia on the 29th day of April 1919, aged 75 years, 3 months and 5 days. Mr. Paulson came to America in 1881 and settled near Canby, Minnesota. He came to this county in 1885, remaining until the death of his wife when he returned to Norway. A year later, he returned and settled in Plum Creek Valley, in the Town of Arcadia, where he made his home until his death. On December 17, 1900, he was joined in marriage to Mrs. Martha Nelson of Whitehall who survives him. He also leaves to mourn his death three daughters: Mrs. Petrene Paulson of Plum Creek Valley, Mrs. Lena Howlitte of New York and Mrs. Cora Fitzgerald of Hartford, Conn; also one son, Peter, of Whitehall. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - MAY 8, 1919
OLE PAULSON (GRUE, SOLAR)
Ole Paulson was born at Grue, Solar, Norway, May 2, 1852. In the fall of 1873, he came to America and settled in Chimney Rock. In 1883 he was united in marriage to Olia Huseby, also from Grue, Solar. Nine children were born to this union of whom seven preceded their father in death. Mr. Paulson has been failing lately, and Sunday, February 4, he passed away at the age of 81 years and 9 months, leaving to mourn his departure his two children, Josephine and Pauline, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mr. Paulson was a Christian gentleman in the best sense of the word. When the Chimney Rock church was built Mr. Paulson and his brother, Reier Paulson, donated the ground for the church lot and cemetery. Mr. Paulson was an active church member, always ready to shoulder responsibility and take his share of the burden. He was buried from the Chimney Rock church February 7, and laid to rest beside his wife who died in 1924, awaiting the resurrection of the righteous. He was the last surviving of a family of seven children and together with their father, came to Wisconsin and the Trempealeau Valley in 1873. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - FEBRUARY 25, 1934
ANDREW PEDERSON (ELVERUM)
Funeral services were held at the Trempealeau Valley church on Friday, May 21, 1943 for Andrew Pederson who passed away at Minneapolis on May 18, 1943 at the age of 85 years. Andrew Pederson was a former resident of Vosse Coulee, but the last several years he lived with his daughters in Minneapolis. Mr Pederson was born in Elverum South Osteral, Norway, December 8, 1857. He spent his youth in Norway and in 1883 at the age of 25 years immigrated to America. He was married to Christine Olson May 12, 1887, who preceded him in death on December 23, 1918, also triplet sons who died in infancy, and a son, Alfred, who died May 11, 1924, at the age of 34 years. Surviving are two sons, Oscar of Blair, Theodore of Minneapolis; five daughters, Selma, Mrs. Louis Foell, Mrs. Vernon Chose, Mrs. Ole Knutson and Mrs. Orrie Bennett, all of Minneapolis; 12 grandchildren; two brothers, Robert and Peter of Gheen, Minnesota; and four brother and one sister in Norway. Rev. Elias Rasmussen of the Lutheran Norwegian Memorial church of Minneapolis administered the last rites to Mr. Pederson before he passed away and sang the hymn “Jeg ved mig en sovn I Jesus navn.” THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 3, 1943
MRS. OLIA PAULSON (GRUE, SOLAR)
Mrs. Olia Paulson was born November 4, 1860, at Grue, Solar, Norway, where she lived until 1882, when she immigrated to America, and in the summer of ’82 arrived at Eau Claire, Wisconsin. On June 10th, the following year, 1883, she was united in marriage to Ole Paulson of Chimney Rock, where they have lived ever since. To then were born nine children, three boys and six girls, of which one boy and five girls have gone before. Mrs. Paulson failed in health since the spring of 1923 and about a month ago was confined to bed. Sunday, July 27th, as the church bells were calling the congregation to worship in the House of God, she was called home to worship in that temple above whose builder is God. She leaves to mourn her death, her husband, Ole Paulson; two sons, Carsten and Joseph; one daughter, Pauline and two brothers in Norway. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - AUGUST 7, 1924
PAUL O. PAULSON (KVITESEID, TELEMARKEN)
Services for the late Paul O. Paulson whose death on March 19, 1940 at the home of his son, Blaine, on Decorah Prairie was announced in the (Galesville) Republican last week, were held Saturday from the Smith Funeral Home here and from the Trempealeau Valley church. The Rev. L. J. Reque officiated at the Galesville service. Mrs. Rolf B. Hammer sang. The Rev. A.J. Bringle conducted the church service in the former home community of Mr. Paulson. Mr. Odemark sang two solos. Pallbearers were Decorah Prairie neighbors - Bert Congdon, Hollis Lee, George Brown, Robert Hunter, A.J. Baardseth, Leighton Cook. Former neighbors bore the body to the grave in the cemetery at the church. These were George and S.K. Bergseth, M.W. Smith, Ole Huseboe, Theodore Strand and Newell Anderson. Mr. Paulson was native of Kviteseid, Telemarken, Norway, where he was born December 13, 1860, a son of Olaf and Bergeta Paulson. He came to America with his parents in 1879. He was reared on the farm of his parents near Taylor. In 1893 he married Bertha Amundson. To them were born three sons and a daughter - Amos, Blaine, Myrtle and Basil. Mrs. Paulson and the son, Basil, died in 1902 and the daughter, Myrtle, in 1928. Their burial place is in the Trempealeau Valley cemetery where the father was laid to rest. For a number of years after his marriage Mr. Paulson was engaged in farming. After his wife’s death, he was employed in various occupations, including four years with the Overby mill at Taylor, and also with the paper mill at Eau Claire and in other places. From 1929 until his death, he made his home with his son, Blaine, who with his brother, Amos, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, are the surviving members of the family. A sister, Dora, resides at Taylor. There is one grandchild, Delbert Paulson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Paulson. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 28, 1940
HANS PAULSON (NORWAY)
After an illness extending over a period of many years, Hans Paulson, passed away at his home in Taylor, Wednesday, October 30, 1929, at 5 o’clock in the afternoon. Just as the shadows of eventide had began to fall, just so his life passed out, peacefully and without a sign of struggle. Mr. Paulson was born in Norway, May 2, 1867, and came to American with his parents Mr, and Mrs. Paul Paulson, who settled in Trempealeau Valley on the farm now owned by Albert Kolve. He was twelve years of age when he came to this country and has been a resident of Jackson County during his lifetime. At the time of his death he was 62 years, 5 month and 28 days old. On May 30, 1896, he was united in marriage to Miss Caroline Fenney, and they went to make their home on a farm adjoining the old homestead. In the prime of life he was stricken with the disease known as locomotor ataxia, or more commonly called creeping paralysis. He was soon unable to do his farm work, and for the past eighteen years he has been able to get around only by the use of a wheel chair. During all this time he has been most tenderly cared for by his faithful wife, who has tried everything to make his affliction as bearable as possible. For the past several years they have made their home in the village of Taylor. In the life of Mr. Paulson we have a beautiful example of Christian fortitude. He was a devout Christian and although his suffering at times must have been great, his friends and neighbors never found him grumbling about his lot. He was always cheerful and looked upon his suffering as a Cross which he had been chosen to carry. Although he was a constant care for his faithful wife his absence will be sorely felt. They were a great company for each other, and their songs of gladness and hope were often heard by the people of this village. He is mourned by his wife, one brother, Paul Paulson, and two sisters, Mrs. Martin Amundson of Blair and Miss Dora Paulson of Taylor; several nephews and nieces besides a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Saturday from the Presbyterian church in Taylor, which was taxed to capacity to accommodate the large attendance which had assembled to pay their last respect to an honorable citizen, friend and neighbor. The Norwegian sermon was preached by Rev. George Bredeson of the Evangelical Lutheran church, his pastor. The English sermon was preached by Rev. G. O. Blaness, of South Haven, Minnesota, also a pastor of the same church, and an old friend of the deceased Interment was made at the Hjerleid cemetery south of Taylor. At the funeral services a vocal solo was rendered by Mrs. William Bell of Minneapolis. Many relatives from a distance were in attendance at the funeral. THE TAYLOR HERALD - NOVEMBER 8, 1929
DORA PAULSON (KVITESEID, TELEMARKEN)
Dora Paulson, a long time resident of Taylor and vicinity died suddenly Saturday, July 2, 1949 at the home of her nephew, Blaine Paulson, near North Bend. Dora and her sister-in-law, Mrs. Lena Paulson had gone to visit at the Paulson home last Tuesday. Mrs. Paulson returned to Taylor on Thursday. Dora Paulson was born in Kviteseid, Telemarken, Norway on May 4, 1873. She came o America in 1879 with her parents, Ole and Burget Paulson (Bakken). After living with the Paul Hanson family for a while, and a short time on the old Bergseth farm south of Taylor (later known as the Huseboe farm), the settled on the Paulson farm about three miles southwest of Taylor where they farmed for many years. Her mother, father and brothers, Paul, Ole and Aslak, and one sister, Thea (Mrs. Martin Amundson), preceded her in death, Dora being the last of the Paulson family. She had never married. Dora Paulson is survived by a sister-in-law, Mrs. Lena Paulson, six nephews, Amos Paulson, Blaine Paulson, Omer, Alvin Goodwin and Olaf Amundson and three nieces, Mrs. Earl Elliott (Bessie Amundson), Mrs. Otto Rathmann (Marie Amundson) and Mrs. Charles W. Maguire (Gena Amundson). For many years after the Paulson farm was sold, she stayed at the K.S. Bergseth and George Bergseth homes near Taylor. For the past eight years and up to the time of her death, she had lived in her home in the Mr. and Mrs. Martin Kjorstad residence in Taylor. Dora was a lifetime member of the Trempealeau Valley church and a member of the Ladies Aid, a devout Christian and a steadfast worker for the church. The altar cloth used for the service was made by her about 30 years ago, Mrs. Dorthea Bergseth and Dora Hanson assisting her. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 5, at 2 p.m. at the Trempealeau Valley church and burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Enoch Anderson, Newell Anderson, Thomas Berntson, Martin Kjorstad, Elvin Overby and George Huseboe. THE BLAIR PRESS - JULY 18, 1949
GUNDER PEDERSON (ELVERUM)
Gunder Pederson was born at Elverum Norway, September 16, 1851. The 28th of May, 1885, he was united in marriage to Elene Mattson who preceded him in death nine years ago. Mr. Pederson lived on his farm in Chimney Rock up until two years ago when he retired. He stayed a while at Strum and later moved to Chippewa Falls where he died from a paralytic stroke February 3, 1931, leaving his daughter, Mina Beate, to mourn his death. He was buried from the Chimney Rock church the 5th of February, Rev. Wichmann officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - FEBRUARY 25, 1931
BERNT PEDERSON LENSRUDE (SWEDEN)
Bernt Pederson was born in Vermland Sweden, December 1, 1829, christened January 1, 1830, in the ancient church of Holijaas and later on confirmed in the same place. In 1853 he came to the United States with his parents, Peder Pederson and Sigrid Pederson. They came on a sail ship - their voyage lasting thirteen weeks. Their trip overland from the sea was mostly by canal boats. They entered Wisconsin by the way of Milwaukee, thence of Koshkonong, one of the first Scandinavian settlements in Wisconsin. The young man soon found work in the winter time as blacksmith in Stoughton and Madison and during the summer on a farm in Dane County. One summer he worked as blacksmith for the Federal Government in Kansas. In the fall of 1855 he came to Trempealeau Valley and bought a claim from a Mr. Trumph. The claim consisted of wild land and a dugout. The next spring, with his father and mother, he moved onto the land he had bought and from that time until his death it was his home. November 19, 1861 he married Anna Olson Norgaard, with whom he had fourteen children. His father died in 1874, and his mother in 1887, and his wife, June 8, 1917. Soon after he moved onto his land, he rigged up a blacksmith shop, making his own forge, bellows and charcoal. Here the new settlers for miles came to get their horses and oxen shod and such other work in his line as they needed. The pay was small and much of it practically charity, but it all helped in the up-building of a new community. With the exception of “Vosse” Nels, Pederson was the first settler in what is commonly known as Vosse Coulee and neighbors few and far between. Mr. Pederson was of medium height and strongly built, had blue eyes and flaxen hair. He was quiet and composed in manner and habits, had little to say and never pushed himself forward. He was firm in his convictions and sound in judgment founded on common sense. Like most healthy strong men he rarely lost control of his temper. Hence his family life was unruffled by strife and quarrels. A man of basic integrity and dependable. Since he reached manhood, he was never known to be sick except once, about thirty years ago. Saturday, October 13, he manifested greater weakness than usual and from that time until he passed away he was in bed most of the time. On the fifteenth he was still able to sit up as late as two o’clock in the afternoon and at 6:30 o’clock that evening he went to sleep. He passed without apparent pain - just “slukna” like a candle burned to the socket. His funeral was held in the Trempealeau Valley church on the 18th, Rev. Urberg, his pastor for many years, preached the funeral sermon. He leaves the following named children: Claus, unmarried and Bennie, on the old homstead, where they were born; A.B. Pederson, well known as a longtime businessman and now president of the First National Bank of Blair; Mrs. Emelia Sandberg of Chicago; Sophie Pederson at Oraville, Oregon; and Mrs. Myrtle Christopherson of Pigeon Falls, Trempealeau County. All the children were present at the funeral except Sophie and Mrs. Sanberg. Now he sleeps by the side of his father, mother, wife and eight of his children who preceded him in death, near the church he helped to build in 1867 and 1868. Six of his children died within a very short time of each other from diphtheria, and the other two after maturity from other causes. In contemplating a life of such unusual length, lived so long in the same place - from the dawn of our history as a community until that history has become an epic of wonderful achievement - it is easy to become reflective and reminiscent. Well might he have exclaimed as he sat in his chair for the last time and visualized the changes that had come during the sixty-seven years he lived on the farm: “Behold what God has wrought!” He had known sorrows and was acquainted with grief. He had known poverty, hardships and privations incident to nearly all the standard bearers on the frontiers of civilization and especially to those who came here ignorant of the language, customs and working methods of the country of their adoption. But now as the evening shadows drop like a curtain over the gold-rimmed western horizon he can truly say: “I have seen the travail of my soul and am satisfied.” And if he took a larger view back over the dead centuries of human life he must have realized in that final vision that although the centuries had dropped from the hand of God into the abyss of oblivion that some unsubduable forces and principles from all the past had survived and converged their light and power to make the last hundred years the best and most wonderful century since human life began. In spite of cruel wars, crimes and catastrophes, resulting from swiftly changing conditions of life, only a blindfolded pessimist will maintain there is not more comfort, greater personal safety and more widespread happiness in the world than ever before. Life has become active, positive and assertive. We experience more sensations today in a week than our ancestors a hundred years ago experienced in a year. Some of them are not pleasant but the majority bring the sweet flavors of victories won. And now for a final glance of an incident connected with the life of the deceased. Fifty years ago this incident was widely known and at the time of its occurrence caused very active excitement among the settlers. In the fall of 1872 Mr. Pederson had been in Black River Falls with a load of wheat. He was on his way home with the price of the load in his pocket. When he came to the top of the hill where W.T. Price had his home, a stranger asked him for a ride to Price’s farm. This request was readily granted. Pederson was driving a spirited span of horses hitched to a lumber wagon. After driving a mile or so they came to a rather lonely place. Here the stranger pushed a revolver against Mr. Pederson’s head and demanded his money. Mr. Pederson instead of complying with his demand grappled with the stranger and in the scuffle the revolver went off, the bullet plowing a furrow across the top of Mr. Pederson’s head from which he carried a scar to his grave. In the struggle, the would-be assassin fell to the ground and the horses ran away, but Mr. Pederson stayed in the wagon dazed but not knocked out. Later in the day the same fellow tried to hold up two other men on the ridge dividing the Black River valley from the Trempealeau Valley. Here again he met with poor success for they captured him, tied him and took him to Black River Falls. Here he escaped lynching only because the mad mob lacked the right leader. This incident coming soon after a man returning from Trempealeau with his wheat money was robbed and killed near the well-known tavern known as the Four-Mile-House, caused not only excitement but real fear among the people over a wide area. Tosten Tostenson Skyrud was also held up near the place where Mr. Pederson had his lively experience. This little glimpse shows that “the good old days” also had some evil men. Rest the soldier from the wars of peace; the elemental strife which God designed, when from the gates of flaming swords He sent man forth to earn his bread through sweat and toil. Written by H.A. Anderson, October 31, 1923. THE TAYLOR HERALD OCTOBER 31, 1923
MRS. O. H. PAULSRUD (ROMDAHL)
Mrs. O. H. Paulsrud was born March 17, 1847, in Romdal, Hedemarken, Norway. Her parents were Peter and Pernilla Sinrud. She died April 25, 1926. In 1866, she and her parents and brothers and sisters came to America, and September 1869, she and O.H. Paulsrud were married. As there was no Norwegian minister here at that time, Rev. George Dissmore officiated. They made their home on a farm in Moe Coulee until 1908, when they bought the house in Pigeon Falls and have made their home here since. Mrs. Paulsrud was a kind and congenial person and had a large circle of acquaintances. Her ailment was of such a nature that in the last seven years of her life were spent in seclusion. She leaves her husband and two brothers, A.P. Sinrud of Superior, and L.P. Sinrud from here, besides a large circle of friends. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MAY 6, 1926
EVEN PEDERSON (BIRI)
Even Pederson passed away at the A.M Pederson home Tuesday, January 30, 1923, after a brief illness from pneumonia. The deceased was born in Biri, Norway in 1844 and came to this country when a young man. His parents settled on a farm in Coon Prairie. In the year 1862 he came to Ettrick with his brother, the late Iver Pederson, the latter started the business which now is being operated by A.M. Pederson. During these years the deceased spent his winters in the northern pineries and for several years he successfully operated a threshing machine in this vicinity. Twenty-six years ago he entered into a partnership with the firm Linderud and Scow of Long Prairie, Minnesota and for nineteen years was in the milling business. Seven years ago he sold his interests in the flour mill and returned to Ettrick, the past four and a half years, he made his home with his nephew, A.M. Pederson. The deceased was a man of even temperament and never married. He leaves one brother, Otto, of Ettrick and one sister, Carrie of Hawley, Minnesota, besides a large number of nieces and nephews to mourn his life. Funeral services were held here Friday afternoon, Rev. Urberg and Rev. Bestul officiating. The remains were laid to rest in the Ettrick cemetery. A large delegation of relatives and friends assembled to pay their last tribute to the departed one. THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - FEBRUARY 9, 1923
JULIUS PEDERSON (VAALER, SOLAR)
Julius Pederson was born in Vaaler, Solar, Norway, October 24, 1847, and passed away at his home in Pigeon Falls January 31, 1920, following a ten days’ illness of pneumonia, aged 72 years, 3 months and 7 days. Mr. Pederson’s boyhood days were spent in Norway. In 1878 he was joined in marriage to Miss Oline Rund and during the following year, they came to America. They first located on a farm near Blair, but later moved to a farm in Fitch Coulee, which Mr. Pederson had purchased and where the family were residing at the time of his demise. Ten children were born of this union, three of whom preceded him in death. Those surviving, besides the grief stricken widow, are: Mrs. M. Hage of Fertile, Minnesota; Otto Pederson of Edmonton, Canada; Misses Marie and Olga of Minneapolis and Maurice, William and Edwin of Pigeon, Mrs. Hage and Otto being the only two who were unable to attend the funeral. The body was laid to rest at Pigeon Falls cemetery, February 4, Rev. A. J Orke officiating. Deceased was a hard worker, a kind and loving husband and father, an esteemed neighbor and citizen, as well as a devout Christian. He bore his suffering with the greatest of fortitude and was ready when the summons came. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - FEBRUARY 26, 1920
MRS. JULIUS PETERSON (GAALEN SOLEN)
Mrs. Julius Peterson passed away at the Community Hospital at Whitehall Friday, September 12. She had broken her hip a few weeks ago and for a time seemed to be gaining. Mrs. Peterson was born in Gaalen Solen, Norway, October 17, 1858. She and her husband came to America about fifty years ago, settling on the farm in Fitch Coulee, which has since been her home. Ten children were born to them, four of whom with her husband have preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn three daughters, Marie Peterson; Olga, Mrs. Swandy of Cloquet, Minnesota; Lena, Mrs. Hage of Winona, Minnesota; and three sons, Morris, William and Edwin, all from here. Funeral services were held Monday from the U.L. church, Rev. Orke officiating. (Pigeon News) THE WHITEHALL TIMES - SEPTEMBER 18, 1930
MATHIAS PEDERSON (BIRI)
Mathias Pederson, 83, pioneer resident of Grant Coulee, died on Friday, November 20 at his home. Funeral services conducted by Rev. Oscar Rem of Galesville were held Tuesday afternoon at the home and at the Hardies Creek Lutheran church. Pallbearers were Albert, Edwin and Alfred Engen, Vilas Smith, Loren Amidon and Alvin Ekern. Mr. Pederson was born in Biri, Norway, November 16, 1859. He came to this country with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lars Pederson at the age of 8. The family settled in Lewis Valley in LaCrosse County, later homesteading in Grant Coulee where Mr. Pederson has resided since. On November 17, 1887 he was married to Karene Klumby who died in April 1941. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Arthur Ekern and a son, Leonard, who operates the home farm; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 3, 1942
MRS. CLARA PEDERSON (VAALER, SOLAR)
For the third time within a week, the First Lutheran congregation assembled last Saturday, February 8, 1930, to bid farewell to one of its worthy members. The church was filled with friends and relatives who wished to pay Mrs. Clara Pederson their last respects when the last rites were conducted and she was laid to rest beside her husband who had preceded her in death. Clara Braskerud was born May 13, 1860 of the parents Ole Braskerud and Oline (nee) Bronken, in Vaaler Parish of the valley Solar, along the banks of the mighty Glommen river. She was baptized into the name of the Holy Trinity in the Vaaler parish church, and after she had finished the parochial school, she was confirmed in her faith in the same church. At the age of 20, in 1880, she emigrated to America, where she met Gunnerius Pederson who became her bridegroom in 1881. They settled down on the farm which was Mrs. Pederson’s in Lakes Coulee and there they dwelt together until his death on December 23, 1907. After she became widowed she lived together with her children on this farm, operating it until her death February 5, 1930. To their union were born twelve children, all of whom survive her. They are: Eilert, Banard, Montana; Ove, Duluth, Minnesota; Odvin, Blair; Palmer, Duluth, Minnesota; Bella, Mrs. Carlot Guskjolen, Grandy, Minnesota; Mabel (Mrs. George Nordlund), Two Harbors, Minnesota; Katherine (Mrs. Elvie Fagneres), Northfield, Wisconsin; Gyda (Mrs. Albert Nyen), Blair; Cecelia (Mrs. Alf Ericksmoen), Blair, Wisconsin; Saming, Blair; Ole Pederson, Blair; Cora (Mrs. Albert Austad), Blair. She is also survived by two brothers and two sisters, together with 31 grandchildren. It may be of interest to all her friends to know that her brother, Ove, was along with Otto Sverdrup on his expedition to the north polar regions in the famous boat, Frian, but he perished on this tour. Funeral services were conducted in the First Lutheran church, Saturday, February 8 at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. S.S. and K.M Urberg officiating. She was laid to rest in the First Lutheran cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 13, 1930
IVER PEDERSON (NORWAY)
One of the largest funerals ever held in the county was that of Iver Pederson, which was conducted from the family residence and Synod Lutheran church in the village of Ettrick on Friday afternoon, October 2nd. The services were conducted by Rev. S.S. Urberg of Blair, by Rev. L.M. Gimmestad of Galsville and Rev. C.B. Bestul of French Creek. The floral display was extremely elaborate and beautiful, a silent testimonial and appropriate tribute to the respect and esteem in which the deceased was held, not only in his home town, but throughout the county. Mr. Pederson died of paralysis at his home on Tuesday, September 29, 1914, after a week’s illness. Deceased was born in Norway March 13, 1842, and came to America when 20 years of age. He located in Vernon County, and in 1862 enlisted in Co. K, 25th Reg. Wis. Vol. Infantry. The regiment was first stationed in Minnesota and operated against the Indians at and near New Ulm. In 1863 it was sent to Columbus, Kentucky and joined the expedition against Vicksburg under the command of Jeremiah Rusk. After the siege of Vicksburg, the regiment went to Jackson, Mississippi and later joined Sherman’s army and took part in the famous Atlanta campaign. Mr. Pederson had the honor of marching with his regiment on Sherman’s historic march to the sea and participating at the grand review at Washington at the close of the war. At the close of the Rebellion, Mr. Pederson located in Trempealeau County, and in company with Ole Scow opened a general merchandise store at Frenchville in 1868. In 1870 he settled in the village of Ettrick and engaged in merchandising, and in 1877 laid out that village. He began in a small way, but by energy and perseverance he rapidly enlarged the area of his operations until he established various branches of business. In 1884 he erected a large flouring mill with a capacity of 75 barrels daily, which he continued to operate. He also established the Ettrick woolen mills. For a long period he was vice president of the Bank of Galesville, and later upon the organization of the Bank of Ettrick, he was chosen its president. He was an active church member and donated the site for and took a leading part in the erection of the Synod Lutheran church in his home village. Mr. Pederson was a man of unusual business capacity, and a leading, enterprising, progressive citizen-one of the foremost in our county. He was a Republican in politics and took much interest in the councils of his party. In 1870 Mr. Pederson was married to Miss Mary Nelson, who survives him. Five children blessed the union, namely, Peter, Albert, Ida, Annie and Mrs. P.M. Benrud, all living except Peter. He also leaves two brothers, Even and Otto, both residents of the village of Ettrick. In the death of Iver Pederson, Trempealeau County loses one of it most widely known, influential and highly respected and esteemed citizens and the community at large sincerely mourns the loss of one of its pioneer residents. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - OCTOBER 8, 1914
MRS. IVER PEDERSON (RINGSAKER)
Mrs. Mary Pederson, widow of the late Iver Pederson of Ettrick, died on Wednesday, April 11 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Annie Birge at Eau Claire. Funeral services were held from the Ettrick church of which she was a charter member on Saturday, April 14, at 2 p.m. with the Revs. Martin Jenson of Eau Claire and Konrad Urberg, local pastor, officiating. Among her papers was found an autobiography which has been translated. It reads as follows: “Sunday, May 1923. I, Mary Pederson, was born on the 5th day of November, 1852, in Ringsaker, Norway, to the parents, Gulbrand and Ana Nilsen. I was baptized in the Ringsaker church. Came to America in 1860. We had no acquaintance here. The first year we lived with a family in Lewis Valley named Anderkven. Then father secured land in South Beaver Creek, and as soon as built a small house, we moved into our own home here in America. The first pastor to visit us was Rev. Frik, who lived in LaCrosse. We had divine worship and religious school in my parents’ home whenever circumstances permitted, for there was always room for such in father’s and mother’s home. When the school house was erected, it was somewhat more convenient with both school and church. Father had Harold Husfaagen’s ‘Hus Postil’ in which we read every Sunday morning, and the texts were quite long. There were eight of us children of whom I was the oldest. There have been 11 of us, but three have passed on. When father read, we always had to be ready and prepared. When he read we thought it took very long, but we had to be quiet during devotions. So when the text was finished, we would sing several hymns. That is the way our Sunday forenoons were taken up. There are many lovely remembrances. Brother Even and I were confirmed in the French Creek school house by Rev. Ole Waldeland. We had to travel long distances to receive instructions from our pastor. February 6, 1870, I was married to Iver Pederson in the home of my parents by Rev. Svennungen, who was then our pastor. Then we moved down here to Ettrick a month later. Iver had bought most of the land that Ettrick now lies on, he built a little store and at once started business. There were two families here when we came, Johannes Torstad and Even Veness, and then we came While I write these lines my husband has rested a long time. He died September 29, 1914. There are five children, George, born in 1872 and died at the age of two weeks, then there are Albert, Emma, Ida and Annie. In conclusion I wish to render thanks to Him who has blessed me. To my children for what they have done for me throughout my long period of sickness, and to Rev. Urberg for comfort and cheer many times throughout my physical misery, I offer my thanks. Then to all I wish to extend my heartfelt thanks. Mary Pederson Jeg er nu til Alder Stegen Tiden svinder hurtig hen. Bardom, Ungdom bort er vegen Kommer aldrig mer igien Give Gud jeg maate vandre Medens jeg er her paa Jord., Som et ys blant Slaglet ogandre, Med venligt Smid of fromme ord. Naar fra Hytten bort jeg flytter, Over Dodena Fod ska gaa La din Kjep og Stav mig troste, Livsen’s Krone lad mig faa Then I hope and pray that we will not miss a single one of my dear ones on the Great Day. From your Mother. This may be read at my last day among you. I hope that Rev S.S. Urberg can be present there.” THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MAY 17, 1934
MRS. MARIA T. PEDERSON (RINGSAKER)
Mrs. Maria T. Pederson, aged 66 years, 5 months and 13 days, died October 15, 1909, at Ettrick of cancer of the stomach after about six months illness Deceased was born in Ringsaker, Norway, May 2, 1843. She came to the Town of Ettrick in 1873 and resided there continuously up to the time of her death. Mrs. Pederson was the mother of nine children, her husband, Thomas Pederson, and four children having died over 25 years ago, leaving her with five children to care for, and youngest only six months old, at the father’s death. Mrs. Pederson was a loving and faithful mother and an industrious woman, never ceasing in her daily toils for the betterment of her family of children, four of whom were at her bedside when the end came. Lars, the youngest son, was away from home and did not arrive until after his mother’s death. The funeral was held from the Synod Lutheran church at Ettrick, Monday, October 18th, the remains being interred in the Amoth cemetery beside those of her husband, two sons and a daughter. Rev. S. S. Urberg of Blair officiated. Deceased leaves to mourn her death four sons and a daughter - Mathias T., Even T., Iver T., Lars T and Mrs. Peter C. Nilsestuen. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - OCTOBER 28, 1909
OLE PEDERSON (ELVERUM)
Ole Pederson of Northfield passed away on the 24th of August, 1933. He was born July 10, 1864 at Elverum, Norway. He came to America in 1885. In 1893 he was united in marriage to Miss Emma Engebretson. They were blessed with nine children, six of whom preceded their father in death. One son, Palmer, served in the World War. Deceased is survived by his wife and three sons, Oscar, Joseph and Alfred. Funeral services were held from the home at one o’clock Saturday afternoon, August 25 and at 2 o’clock from the church in Northfield. Interment was made in the Northfield cemetery, Revs. A.J. and H.A. Oerke officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - AUGUST 31, 1933
GILBERT PEDERSON (NES)
One more of our early settlers has passed away. Gilbert Pederson died peacefully at his home Sunday, December 30, at the age of 76 years, 6 months and 28 days. He was born in Nes, Norway, June 2, 1852. He was the eldest son of a large family that was in moderate circumstances. He had some schooling, but like other boys of those early days, he had a limited education. In 1867 his family emigrated to this country like a lot of other families, to better the chances for a decent living and they were not disappointed. The first two years they lived near Midway, LaCrosse County, but finally moved to the Town of Hale, where the father bought land and developed it into a farm which is known as the Holman farm. There this young man grew to manhood, and permit me to say, he being the oldest boy he certainly got his share of the work. In 1874 he married Miss Alava Aasgaard, a neighbor girl, and the young couple settled on a good quarter section of land in the Town of Unity, in section one three miles west of Osseo. Then the hard struggle began in earnest to develop a home. But by hard work and economical management and with the help of his good wife and children as they grew up, he made a splendid success. His wife told once that when Gilbert was in the woods two winters, she had to do all the work at home. The cattle were housed in a shack and the hay was stacked in the open under snow much of the time. Besides the outside work, she had her children to care for. Such conditions were common in those days. In the spring when the husband returned home everybody was happy. Sometimes we wonder how it is that in those days with no income to speak of for a farmer, a hard working progressive man like Gilbert was able to forge ahead the way he did. He partly learned the carpenter trade from his father that came in handy and he erected all the buildings on his farm. Also the big modern dwelling on his farm with very little outside help. That of course helped some, but at any rate, he was forging ahead. In other words he made money, strange as it may seem, but this family certainly worked hard for every dollar they made. About 26 years ago he bought another farm near the Linderman Mill, by the way, the present farm where he died. But in 1914 he tired of farming and rented his land and moved to Whitehall where he lived until five years ago. When his son-in-law, John Wagstad, bought the Linderman Mill, he built a cozy dwelling on his farm and lived there until his death. Now this writer has been fairly well acquainted with the family for a long time and consider it a privilege to call him a friend. Gilbert was really a little ahead of most of us in some ways. He seemed to have the knack of getting things done, and was able to give advice and a helping hand to those less fortunate, which he often did unstintingly. As a husband and father he was fine and also as a neighbor. I do not know whether he ever sought an office, but he was used, more or less for town supervisor, on the school board and was for a number of years a director of the State Bank. The few years he lived in Whitehall, he was one of the main promoters of the Community Hospital. He spent lots of time and money towards making it a success. The family belonged to the West Beef River Church at Strum until they moved to Whitehall, when they joined the church and let me say, he always took an active interest in the Lutheran church. The family was blessed with ten children, four died in infancy and six are living: Peter and George at home; Ole at River Falls; Martha, Mrs. John Wagstad, Osseo; Agnette, Mrs. Palmer Ackley, Pigeon; Eva, Mrs. R.A. Lamberson, Whitehall. He also leaves eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, six brothers and two sisters. He and his good wife celebrated their golden wedding nearly five years ago. Our sympathy goes to the bereaved family and especially to his widow in this her great loss. These old people lived in what we may call an idea life. They were always together. In the last few years they lived alone in their home and when Gilbert drove to town or any other place, his wife was always with him. During the remaining years of her life, she will be very lonely, but we pray that God will give her strength to bear it. The funeral was held Thursday from the home and Lutheran church in Osseo, conducted by Rev. Aune, and Rev. Preus of Strum. It was an impressive ceremony. The spacious church was filled with friends, who paid their last respect. He was laid to rest in the Lutheran cemetery. The floral offerings were large and fine, and a number of memorial offerings were given to the mission and to the Old Peoples Home. Pallbearers were Martin H Johnson, Even Holte, Ageton Davidson, Ed Hagen, Anton N. Freng, C.O. Dahl. Peace be to your memory. Written by A.N Freng. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 10, 1929
OLE PEDERSON (LAND)
Ole Pederson, former merchant at Elk Creek, Wisconsin, died in Long Beach, California, January 4, 1931. Mr. Pederson was born in Land, Norway, August 30, 1845. At 12 years of age, with his parents, he immigrated to America, settling on a farm in Trempealeau Valley. He was married to Hansine Julie Strokke and after farming a few years near Frenchville, he moved to Elk Creek and engaged in the mercantile business. He was also interested in the Elk Creek Roller mills and had farming interests. In 1919, Mr. Pederson retired from active business and moved to Minneapolis, where he lived until five years ago when he went to Long Beach. Besides the widow, he leaves four children, P.O. Pederson of Whitehall; Mrs. Louise Palmer, Walla Walla, Washington; Will of Regina, Canada; and Mildred Pederson of Wilmar, Minnesota. Burial took place in Inglewood Cemetery at Los Angeles. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 15, 1931
MATHIAS T. PEDERSON (RINGSAKER)
Mathias T. Pederson, 73, died suddenly Monday morning, September 20, of a heart attack at his home here. He was born in Ringsaker, Norway, September 9, 1864, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Pederson. In 1873 he came with his parents to America. The family settled on a farm near this village, where they lived about 18 months. They then moved into this village, where the elder Pederson was engaged in the shoe repair business. He died on January 4, 1884 and his wife died on October 15, 1909. Mathias T. Pederson attended district school in this township and at the age of ten, he began working. He was the eldest of nine children and following the death of his father, he helped his mother support the family, being then employed as a cream hauler for the Ettrick creamery. Mr. Pederson then engaged in the pump and windmill business. He held the offices of sheriff, deputy sheriff, constable and town treasurer. He also served as a member of the school board. For 15 years he operated a grocery store, selling out and retiring from active business about two years ago. He was a member of the Lutheran church. On June 27, 1891, he was united in marriage to Agnes Erickson. He is survived by his wife; three brothers, Iver T., Evan and Louis , all of Ettrick; five sons, Thomas E. and Fred M. of Ettrick; Palmer L. of Eau Claire; Silas C. of Portland, Oregon; and Otis K. of Richland Center; three daughters, Mrs. Raymond Negaard of Browns Valley, Minnesota; Mrs. H. R. Madsen of Richland Center; and Mrs. L.E. Naegeli of Galesville, and 18 grandchildren. Two sisters and three brothers preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 1 o’clock at the home. Interment was in the Ettrick cemetery. Reprinted from the Ettrick Advance. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - SEPTEMBER 30, 1937
MRS. AGNES PEDERSON (BIRI)
Funeral services for Mrs. Agnes Pederson, 87, who died at her home in Ettrick Sunday at midnight (June 4, 1950), following a long illness from the infirmities of age were held Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the Runnestrand funeral chapel and at 2 p.m. at the Ettrick Lutheran church. The Rev. K.M. Urberg officiating and burial was in the Ettrick cemetery. Mrs. Pederson was born in Biri, Norway, April 25, 1863, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Evan Erickson and came with her parents to America in 1871, the family locating on a farm in Ettrick Township. On June 27, 1891, she was married to Mathias T. Pederson who died September 29, 1937. Mrs. Pederson was an active worker for the American Red Cross during World Wars I and II. A son, Fred, served overseas in World War I and a son, Thomas, served with the merchant marines. Two other sons, Palmer and Otis, were in World War II, as were some of her grandsons. Survivors are a sister, Mrs. Ida Pederson, Ettrick; five sons, Thomas and Fred of Ettrick; Palmer, Eau Claire; Silas, Portland, Oregon; and Otis, Tacoma, Washington; three daughters, Mrs. Raymond Negaard, Sisseton, South Dakota; Mrs. Homer Madsen, Richland Center and Mrs. L.E. Naegeli, Livingston, Montana; 20 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. All of Mrs. Pederson’s children were here to attend the funeral services. THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 8, 1950
MRS. PEDER O. PEDERSON (NORWAY)
Mrs. Peder O. Pederson passed away at her home at Bloomfield, Montana at 6 a.m. Wednesday March 5, 1930 after suffering a stroke of apoplexy. She was ill only an hour. She was 66 years, 8 months and 5 days of age. The remains were brought here accompanied by her husband, Peder O. Pederson, his daughter, Mrs. M.S. Pederson and grandson, Merlin K. Pederson. Funeral services were held at the Matson Funeral Home at 1:30 yesterday and at the Squaw Creek church at 2 p.m., Rev. C.E. Skoien officiating. Interment was made at the cemetery there. Dorothea Hortum Pederson was born in Norway June 30, 1863, a daughter of Gilbert and Gunhild Hortum. She came to America in 1867 and settled in this region, which was her home until 1909 when she moved to the vicinity of Bloomfield, Montana, which had since been her home. She was united in marriage in January 1900 to Peder O. Pederson, who now survives her. No children were born to this marriage, but she is survived and mourned by her husband and two step-daughters, Mrs. Ingeman Pederson of Bloomfield, Montana and Mrs. Maurice Pederson of Glendive, Montana. She also leaves an adopted son, Clarence Pederson. Mrs. Pederson was a member of the Lutheran church and a fine Christian character, held in highest esteem among a wide circle of friends here. She is the last member of her immediate family, her three sister, Mrs. Gilbert Stamstad, Mrs. George Gilbertson and Mrs. Albert Hortum having preceded her in death. The sympathy of all is extended to her family. THE TAYLOR HERALD - MARCH 14, 1930
OTTO PEDERSON (FAABERG?)
Otto Pederson suddenly and unexpectedly passed away at his home here Sunday afternoon, February 8, from an acute attack of angina pectoris. His illness lasted only about ten minutes. The deceased came to America with his parents when a lad of fifteen years. For a period he found employment as a farm hand in the vicinity of Coon Valley and LaCrosse. Later on he came to Ettrick and was employed by his brother, Iver. This was in the days of slow transportation and Mr. Pederson was a common sight to be seen on the road between here and LaCrosse with a load of merchandise. In the wintertime when work was not so plentiful he would seek the northern lumber camps. The past thirty-five years he very successfully operated the local meat market. This business was still in his possession up until the time of his death Mr. Pederson was a person that attended strictly to his own affairs. His home meant a great deal to him. He was interested in the activities of the village, although he never entered into politics. He was born and raised a Lutheran and passed out as such. Those that knew him best will recall him as a fair and square person in every sense. Those that survive him will miss him in the home. He was a kind, thoughtful and generous husband and father. His wife preceded him in death October 5, 1919. The deceased was born in Fober, Norway, October 18, 1852. He was united in marriage to Carrie Sagen June 27, 1880. Seven children were born to bless this union, six of whom mourn the loss of an exceedingly kind parent. The six living children are: Neal, Palma, Obel and Elmer, all living at home; Alfred, married and living in this village; and Mrs. Wendel Anderson of Kenosha. The deceased came from a family of five brothers and three sisters. Of this family there is only one living, Mrs. Ole Skow of Long Prairie, Minnesota. Funeral services were held Thursday, Rev. SS. Urberg, ably assisted by Rev. C.B. Bestul, had charge. The floral offerings were many and elaborate. A host of friends gathered to pay their last respects to this pioneer that has recently passed out. Reprinted from the Ettrick Advance. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - FEBRUARY 19, 1923
MRS. OTTO PEDERSON (NORWAY)
Mrs. Otto Pederson, well known Ettrick woman, died early Sunday morning of an acute illness of several days. Mrs. Pederson has suffered some from a disorder for a number of years, but this appeared to be yielding to treatment. Her death came as a shock to the community. Funeral services were held Wednesday from the Lutheran church in Ettrick, conducted by Pastor Urberg, of Blair. A multitude of friends attended and floral tributes were many. Mrs. Pederson had been a resident of Ettrick for nearly forty years. Her maiden name was Karen Sagen. She was born in Norway June 28, 1860, and came to this country with her parents , the late Mr. and Mrs. Nels Sagen, in 1866. The daughter, Karen, was married to Otto Pederson in June 1880. Their residence thereafter was Ettrick, with exception of a short period at Eau Claire. The husband and six children survive. The children are Neil, Alfred Palma and Mabel at home; Elmer at Great Lakes and Obel, who was wounded on the western front and is recovering at Fort Sheridan before being discharged from service. THE WHITEHAL TIMES-BANNER - OCTOBER 9, 1919
MRS. OLE PEDERSON (RINGSAKER)
Mrs. Johanna Gundersdatter Larson Pederson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gunder Johannson Bokrestad, was born in Ringsaker, Lille Mellu, Norway, February 19, 1826, and died last Thursday at the home of her son in Osseo, Julius M. Pederson, of old age. She has been bedridden the past year and a half and the final summons came as a relief from her sufferings. Ninety one years from the time of her birth - Monday - she was laid to rest in the Osseo cemetery, the services being conducted from the Norwegian Lutheran church by Rev. Aune. Besides being one of our most aged citizens, she had lived in Trempealeau County many years, coming here from LaCrosse County 48 years ago. On December 4, forty-seven years ago, she married her present (who is her second) husband in Elk Creek, and during all this time they have resided in the vicinity of Osseo, a few years being spent at Fairchild, where Mr. Pederson was employed in the mill. She leaves to mourn her death her husband, two daughters, and five sons from her first marriage - Eliza Lockman of Columbia, Wisconsin; Nicoline Harrison of Rhame, North Dakota; Martin Larson of Whitehall; George A. Larson of Necoma, North Dakota; Sivert Larson of Danish, North Dakota; Oscar N. Larson of Epworth, North Dakota and Theodore Larson of Granton and one son from the last marriage, J.M. Pederson of Osseo; also 29 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, besides a host of friends. Reprinted from the Osseo News. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - MARCH 1, 1917
SIMON PEDERSON (EKERS)
Funeral services were held at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church Saturday afternoon for Simon Pederson, aged Whitehall resident, who died at his home Wednesday, November 11. The Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiated. Pallbearers were William Barlow, P.M. Paulson, Isaac Nelson, Dr Anton Vold, L. Hammerstad and Gilbert Moen. Flower carriers were Mrs. R.A. Lamberson, Mrs. Henry Kloety, Mrs. Gilbert Moen and Mrs. Melvin Elstad. A group of eight women from the church choir sang several numbers, “Still, Still With Thee,” “Nearer My God to Thee,” “Who Knows How,” “Near Life’s Expended,” and “Bedre kan jeg ikke fare.” In the group were Mmes N. S. Simons, E.N Nelson, Ben Skogstad, J.O. Gibertson and Misses Adella Hanson, Pearl Brennom, Mabel Larson and Lorraine DeBow. Simon Pederson was born in Ekers Parish near Drammen, Norway, April 19, 1862. His parents, Marie Ingeborg and Peder Johnson, were Lutherans and their son was baptized in the church of the parish in which they lived. When Simon was only four years old, his mother died. He began school at the age of eight. School started at 8 o’clock and continued until 2 in the afternoon. The children took no lunch to school - not that Simon could remember. He continued his education in Ekers Parish until he was confirmed in the fall of 1876. The church was Hauges Kirke. His father was a blacksmith and Simon began training at an early age by assisting the father in his shop. In the spring of 1877 he went to Drammen and continued his training as a smith for about four years. The he worked for a blacksmith named Vold for five years. He was a blacksmith in the town of Fredricksal for about three months. In 1885 he decided to immigrate to America. He came by steamboat to Philadelphia and continued his journey by train to Green Bay, where he worked on a farm before going on to Devil’s Lake, North Dakota. Two years after Simon arrived his father also came to America and Simon went to LaCrosse to visit his father and his brother, Jacob. He came to Whitehall to work at his trade. In 1888 he purchased the blacksmith shop of Abbot Lawrence. Having decided to make his home here, he built a house on Abrams street and to this new home he brought his bride, Amalia Johnson of Gayville, South Dakota, in 1893. The shop was about a block from the house. His habit of slipping home for afternoon coffee and of inviting friends developed into a custom which made the Pederson home well known for more than 40 years for the friendly hospitality of Aunt Mollie and Uncle Simon. As Simon grew older and retired, he sat on the porch with many a passerby who stopped to chat and reminisce, and have coffee with him and Aunt Mollie Simon was the last of five brothers, John and Hans died in their early twenties. Martin emigrated to Canada. Jacob lived in Merrillan. All died under 50 years of age and Simon alone lived to the venerable age of 80 years. His life was long and useful. He was honest and upright in all his dealings with his fellowmen and his work was done faithfully and well. He continued steadfast in the Lutheran faith and was a regular attendant at church until his hearing became impaired. For many years he held the office of church secretary. Old friends will recall him as the village blacksmith who sang “as he swing his heavy sledge with measured beat and slow.” Those of his immediate family are his devoted wife, Mollie; his daughter Mabel (Mrs. Harry A Brown) of Berthold, North Dakota; and three sons, Clifford Selmer of Hastings, Nebraska; John of Whitehall and Maynard of Racine. Another son, John Irl, their first-born child, passed away at the age of a year and a half. Simon was laid to rest beside his son in the family lot in Lincoln cemetery. Blessed be the memory of another American pioneer, who worked hard and who did the right “As God given us to see the right.” THE WHITEHALL TIMES - NOVEMER 19, 1942
MRS. CHRISTIAN PETERSON (VERMLAND, SWEDEN)
Gertrude Peterson died at the home of her son in Garden Valley, Jackson County at 12 o’clock noon on the 14th day of April 1929, the cause of death being a stroke of paralysis and other minor trouble. Deceased was born June 15, 1849 in Djaklider, Vermland, Sweden, and came to this country at the age of 21 to Richland County, this state. August 4, 1875, she was united in marriage to Christian Peterson. This union was blessed with two children, one girl, Hannah, who died 29 years ago, and her son, C.C. Peterson. They lived in Richland County on their farm for about 50 years. Mr. Peterson died 12 years ago after which she sold her farm and moved to Whitehall. She resided here for two years and then went to live with her son, Cornelius and family in Garden Valley, Jackson County. She leaves to mourn her death one son and wife and three grandchildren. Funeral services were held from the house at two o’clock p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, conducted by Rev. Christopherson of Pigeon Falls, Undertaker E.A. Sletteland in charge of arrangements. The body was laid to rest beside that of her husband’s and daughter’s in the South Richland cemetery near Blue River. Services were conducted there by the local pastor, Rev. Swenson, and by her old pastor, Rev. B.O. Steffenson of Dodgeville. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 25, 1929
MARTIN E. PETERSON (SOLAR)
Martin E. Peterson who was taken to the Whitehall Community hospital Monday, after a fall in his home, died Tuesday at 1 a.m. (May 25, 1954). Peterson, who was born in Solar, Norway, February 1, 1864. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Embret Pederson. He came to this country with his parents at the age of three. The family lived in Welch Coulee for one years and then moved to the present farm, which has been his home since. He was united in marriage to Miss Isabelle Fremstad in 1890. Mr. and Mrs. Peterson celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1940. Mrs. Peterson died in 1950. Survivors are four daughters, Mrs. Hans (Clara) Frontes, Mrs. Oscar (Josephine) Stokke, Mrs. Iver (Myrtle) Wolden, all of Duluth; and Mrs. Alvin (Alice) Brenengen, Galesville; two sons, Edgar of Ettrick and Irwin, on the home farm. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 27, 1954
MRS. MARY PETERSON (RINGEBO, GULBRANDSDALEN)
Mrs. Mary Peterson, 87m passed away at 1:15 a.m. on Wednesday (September 25, 1968) at the Tri-County Memorial Hospital in Whitehall where she had been a patient the past 5 ½ weeks. She had been a resident at the Grand View Home in Blair the past year. Mary Jorgine Bjorkland was born on October 4, 1880 in Ringebo, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, the daughter of Matt and Jennie Bjorklund and came to this country on her 25th birthday in 1905 from Oslo where she had been employed at a hotel. Her parents and three sisters had been in this country for several years, living in Rochester, Minnesota. She was married to Lewis Peterson on March 20, 1909 at Rochester and moved to the present farm now occupied by her son, Leonard in Curran Valley. They lived on the farm for 31 years. In 1940 they retired from farming and moved to the village of Taylor. Her husband passed away on September 28, 1956. Mrs. Peterson will long be remembered in this area for her lefse baking and she also was known for her romme grot she made for the annual church Smorgasbord. She was very active in church activities, being a member of the Curran Valley church before it burned and now she was a member of the Taylor Lutheran Church, receiving her life membership in the W.M. F. in 1952. She is survived by one son, Leonard; two daughters, Mr. F. J. (Helen) Genz, Santa Rosa, California and Mrs. Ernest (Josephine) Johnstad, Blair; four granddaughters and six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Magnus (Clara) Augustson and Mrs. Roman (Julia) Liferman, Rochester, Minnesota; and Mrs. Joseph (Martha) Knutvig, Decorah, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her husband, one son and one granddaughter Funeral services were held on Saturday at 3:30 pm. at the Taylor Lutheran church with Rev. Vern Barlow officiating. Burial was in the Curran Valley cemetery. The Jensen Funeral Home had charge of arrangements. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 3, 1968
MRS. MARTIN PETERSON (BIRI)
Funeral services were held at the Zion Lutheran church Wednesday afternoon for Mrs. Martin E. Peterson who passed away at her home in Lakes Coulee Saturday evening, burial was in the church cemetery. Mrs. Peterson, nee Ingeborg Fremstad, was born in Biri, Norway on February 12, 1867. She came to America with her parents when less than a year old and the family settled on a farm near Pigeon Falls. She was confirmed in 1882 by the late Rev. Christopherson. On September 30, 1890 she was united in marriage to Martin E. Peterson at Arcadia. To this union nine children were born, six of whom with the husband and father survive. With the exception of two years spent on a farm in Welch Coulee and three winters in Duluth, Minnesota visiting their daughters in that city, Mr. and Mrs. Peterson spent their entire married life together on the farm in Lakes Coulee where she passed quietly away Saturday. Besides her husband, survivors are Mrs. Hans (Clara) Frones, Mrs. Oscar (Josephine) Stocke and Mrs. Iver (Myrtle) Wolden, all of Duluth; Edgar Peterson, Ettrick; Mrs. Alvin (Alice) Brenegan, Galesville and Irvin Peterson on the home farm. She is also survived by one brother Stener Fremstad of Winegar, Wisconsin; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Mrs. Peterson was a kind, patient wife and mother and dearly beloved by family and friends. THE BLAIR PRESS - JULY 16, 1950
MRS. MARY PETERSON (GULBRANDSDALEN)
Mrs. Mary Peterson was born in Gulbrandsdaen, Norway on October 19. 1851 and passed away on December 14, 1937 at the age of 86 years, after a serious illness of five weeks. At the time of her death, she was at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hans O. Soring, Town of Springfield. She came to this country in 1879, first to Stoughton, Wisconsin and then in 1881 to Black River Falls. She was united in marriage to Ole Peterson in the year 1875. Her husband passed away five years ago. A son, Paul, and two daughters, Gena and Sena, preceded her in death. The following children survive, namely, Pete B. Peterson of Disco; Albert B. Peterson of Blair; Mrs. George C Larson of Madison; Mrs. Martin Faust of Black River Falls and Mrs. Hans Soring of Taylor. Two brothers and one sister, Ole Lysager, Paul Paulson and Mrs. Mary Sveum, all of Stoughton, Wisconsin, also survive. Funeral services were held on Friday, December 17 at the Taylor Lutheran church with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Rev. A. J Bringle officiating. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 23, 1937
JOHN PETERSON (VAALER, SOLAR)
John Peterson as born on the Snarvold Gard, Vaaler, Solar, Norway, April 25, 1853. He was the son of Embret and Marthe Jensen Pederson. He was baptized in the Vaaler church May 5, 1853 by Rev. Sorenson. He emigrated with his parents to America in 1866. They settled in Lakes Coulee on the present Martin Peterson farm. He was confirmed in the Trempealeau Valley congregation in a class of 25, the last class to be confirmed before the erection of the new church building, by Rev. Ole Waldeland. On reaching manhood he worked for several years in the iron mines at Ely where his brother-in-law, Charles Trezona was superintendent. Eighteen winters were spent in the lumber camps of Northern Wisconsin in the trying and arduous toil of the timber workers. The five years, 1891 to 1896, were spent proving up a claim at Brule, Wisconsin. He returned to Trempealeau County and divided the farm owned jointly with his brother, Gunerius, retaining the part which became his home the remainder of his days. On June 28, 1900, at the Matis Mattison home, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Bertine Field by Rev. Ole Gulbrandsen. Mr. Peterson was a man of rugged strength whose excellent health seemed but little impaired with the passage of time and the many years of hard labor. Failing eyesight manifested itself about nine years ago. Medical skills could not avert blindness which became total after an operation in 1929. Taken suddenly ill New Year’s Day, the strong frame succumbed to the weight of years and after a week’s sickness, he passed away January 8, 1934, not quite 81 years of age. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife and children, Evelyn and Jens and stepchildren Leonard and Alma Field. The untimely passing of a daughter, Bernice, April 19, 1932, was a great sorrow to him. Two brothers survive, Peter of Duluth and Martin of Lakes Coulee. A brother, Gunerius and the sisters, Mrs. C.C. Hanson, Blair; Mrs. Charles Treona, Ely, Minnesota and Mrs. Omer Hebert, Cloquet, Minnesota, preceded him in death. Mr. Peterson was a member of the Zion Lutheran church from the beginning and served a number of years as trustee. He was man honest and upright in his dealings with his fellow man who strove to be fair-minded and impartial at all times. He will be sadly missed in the home where he was the object of thoughtful and loving care during the years of his helpless blindness. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. T.E. Sweger Friday afternoon, January 12th at 1 pm. At the home and 2 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran church, Blair. A favorite hymn of the deceased was sung and a vocal solo given by Oscar Fredrixon. A memory wreath was given to the Home of the Aged by Mrs. John Peterson. Pallbearers were Alf Peterson, Edgar Peterson, E.C. Hanson, Irvin Peterson, Dr. Torasason, and Jiles Peterson. Flower girls Helen Hanson, Cornelia Peterson, Elsie and Florence Fredrickson. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 18, 1934
MRS. LENA PETERSON (GRUE, SOLAR)
Grue Parish, Solar, Norway was the birthplace of Lena Olson Storberget. Here she first saw the light of day October 17, 1848. Her parents were Ole and Bertha Storberget. She was baptized and confirmed in the homeland. When she was 19 years of age, the family came to America settling on the present Alfred Skorstad farm 70 years ago. Her father passed away January 15, 1908. Her mother was near the century mark when she died at her home in Blair. She was engaged in domestic services until her marriage to Peter Peterson in 1872. They took up farming on the present Albert Blom farm where she spent the remainder of her days. In late years, she and her son, Wilhelm, occupied a house across the highway from the old farm home. She had the sorrow to see many of her children precede her in death. Johanna died January 4, 1893. Oliver, April 11, 1894. Bertha, January 18, 1909. Emma, August 15, 1912. Marie (Mrs. Peter Nelson) of Melrose six years ago. Her husband passed away February 20, 1900. She had enjoyed good health until a few days ago when yellow jaundice with complications set in and death came to her at the advanced age of 88 years, 2 months and 20 days, Wednesday, January 6, 1937. She was quiet gentle soul, peace loving and kind, upheld on life’s pilgrimage by an earnest Christian faith. Her well-thumbed Bible bears silent witness to her daily perusal of its sacred pages. Three children mourn the loss of a good mother, Wilhelm at home; Anna (Mrs. Henry Nelson) of Melrose and Minnie (Mrs. Albert Blom), Tappen Coulee. One sister of Whitehall survives. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. T.E. Sweger at the Zion Lutheran church Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Interment was in the family lot in Zion cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 7, 1937
MRS. OLGA PETERSON (NORWAY)
Mrs. Wilfred (Olga) Peterson, 69, of Blair died Tuesday, January 25, 1971, in an Onalaska hospital. Services were held January 28 in the First Lutheran Church. Rev. K.M. Urberg officiated and burial was in Rest Haven cemetery. She was born in Norway March 29, 1901 and married Wilfred Peterson in 1935. Survivors are her husband; one son Allen of LaCrosse; two daughter, Mrs. James Olson and Olga Peterson of Blair; and seven grandchildren. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 4, 1971
JOHN F. PETERSON (MOE, RAND, NORWAY)
The death of John F. Peterson occurred at his home in Fly Creek Christmas Day and funeral services were held Tuesday, December 29th at the First Lutheran Church and burial was made in the church cemetery. Services were conducted by Rev K.M. Urberg. Mr. Peterson was born in Moe, Rand, Norway, August 30, 1846, being past 85 years of age at the time of his death. In 1981 he was married to Anna Stenbert and in 1882 they emigrated to America, living for some time in LaCrosse. He worked in the woods at logging until 1902 when they bought a farm and settled in the Fly Creek which place has since been their home. About two years ago Mr. Peterson lost one of his legs through amputation and the past year was spent in bed. Besides his wife, he leaves the following children: Peter, Ansel, Mrs. Carl Olson, Frank, Nelmer, Minnie, Lief. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 31, 1931
MATH PETERSON (NORWAY)
Math Peterson, 83, an invalid for several years, died last Wednesday night at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Anderson, Taylor, where he was making his home. Since 1929, he made his home with the families of his three daughters. Funeral services were conducted Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Anderson home and at 2 p.m. at the Taylor Lutheran church, the Rev. A.J Bringle officiating. Burial was in the Trempealeau Valley cemetery. Mr. Peterson was born in Norway March 11, 1858. He married at Taylor in 1884, Mary Prestemoen. Five daughters were born to the, Clara, who died when an infant; Minnie, who died in 1935; Mary (Mrs. O.E. Anderson), Taylor; and Helma (Mrs. L.V. Chaple), Hixton. Mr. Peterson had four brothers, Chris, Pete, Gustave and John and one sister, Mrs. Helena Brekke, all of whom are dead. Mr. Peterson worked as an employee for railroad companies until 1929, when he returned here to make his home with his daughters, Mary, Olga and Helma. His hearing was quite impaired since at one time he had been slugged by robbers who stole considerable money from him. In spite of his infirmities he was quite active until late years. His wife died while the children were rather small and they made their home with their grandparents. THE BLAIR PRESS - NOVEMBER 13, 1941
MRS. JOHN F. PETERSON (BJERKEFORS, SWEDEN)
Days come and days go, summers come and summers go; 75 years ago a baby girl was born in Sweden and today we laid her cold wasted body to rest in the bosom of mother earth. This little Swedish baby girl was born in Bjerkefors on May 18, 1856 to the parents Jonas and Barbara Stenberg. Her parents brought her to the Lord in baptism and reared her in a Christian atmosphere. She was confirmed in the same Terna’s church by the sainted pastor Westerlund. When she had attained womanhood she was united in marriage to John F. Peterson, which union was effected in 1881. The young couple followed the spirit of the times and set out for the vast expanses of America. In 1882 they settled in LaCrosse County. After 20 years of life near LaCrosse, they moved to Fly Creek where they have made their home since. During her strength, she was a wonderful mother, a gentle neighbor and a staunch supporter and worker in the Blair First Lutheran congregation. Last Christmas Day, the Lord took away her beloved husband who had lived together with her over a half century. Her life work completed she was glad to leave this earth for the Heavenly Home. Her last days were full of suffering from cancer before she finally was released from a life full of years and many good works. Mrs. Peterson is preceded in death by her husband and two children. She is survived by the following children: Peter, Ansel, Mrs. Carl Olson, Frank. Nelmer, Minnie and Lief. Three grandchildren, three sisters and two brothers also survive. Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday from the Peterson home in Fly Creek and from the First Lutheran Church with her pastor, Rev. Konrad Urberg officiating. She was laid to rest beside her husband in the First Lutheran cemetery. Many friends followed her to her bed where she will rest until she comes forth from the dead at the command of her Lord and Master on Judgment Day. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 14, 1932
HALVOR PETERSON (ELVERUM)
Halvor Peterson was born in Sondre Osterde Elverum, Norway, August 21, 1841. He was the son of Per and Maria Siljuberget. He was baptized, confirmed and united in marriage in his native parish. His marriage to Olene Gaaskjolen took place in March 1879. He emigrated to America with his wife and infant son in the early eighties. Their destination was Blair and for almost 40 years he was a resident of this community. He purchased a farm four and a half miles north of Blair and resided there 30 years. In the early years he worked as did most of his neighbors in the pineries during the winter months. He was an industrious laborer and prospered with the years. He sold his farm to his son, Peter, and bought another one mile further north where he resided six years. Since that time he has resided with his son, Edwin, with the exception of a short time that he lived with his son, Peter, at Chippewa Falls. He passed away at Arcadia September 30, 1934 at the great age of over 93 years. His wife preceded him in death 18 years ago. Two daughters also have passed away before him, Emma and Clara, Mrs. Howard Brown. He leaves to mourn his departure seven children and ten grandchildren, the sons Peter of Chippewa Falls, Olaf of Minneapolis, Hartwick and Edwin of Arcadia; the daughters, Carrie, Mrs. J.G. West of Ranoke, Virginia; Othilde, Mrs. EL.. Thoreson of Millstown, Wisconsin; Hilda of Chicago. A brother, Karsten, in Elverum, Norway also survives. Funeral services were held at the Zion Lutheran church in Blair, conducted by Rev. T.E Sweger, assisted by Rev. Muedeking of Arcadia. Interment was made beside his wife in the Zion cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 11, 1934
MRS. HANS (ANE) PETERSON (RINGEBU, GULBRANDSDAEN)
Mrs. Hans Peterson passed away at her home in Skutley Coulee, Saturday, February 3, 1923, at the age of 86 years. Mrs. Peterson was born January 18, 1837 at Ringebu, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway. She had been married twice. Her first husband’s name was Roy Peterson who preceded her in death one year after their marriage. One child was born to them, Mrs. Mattinus Matson, who resides at Rathdrum, Idaho. She was later married to Hans Peterson Raubakken. This marriage took place at Black River Falls, December 22, 49 years ago. Fifteen years ago, they moved to Skutley Coulee where they have lived since. Her aged husband, one daughter, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild are the immediate relatives left to mourn her loss. She had one sister, Mrs. Torger Peterson, and one brother, Peter Hoagenson, who both preceded her in death. Mrs. Peterson had been in poor health for the past 40 years and for the last three yeas, she has been confined to her bed. She was a true Christian woman and was always seeking communion with her Saviour. Even towards the last, when her mind became like that of a child, she had her life in God’s care and her last words were “Blessed are they that die in the Lord”. Funeral services were held Thursday from the home and later from the Trempealeau Valley church, Rev. O.O. Fosso officiating. THE TAYLOR HERALD - FEBRUARY 9, 1923
INGVALD PETERSON (HORTON)
“Ingvald Peterson, a Norwegian, killed by the East Bound Passenger Train, Saturday February 22.” The passenger train going east last Saturday morning with Chares Baker, engineer, instantly killed Ingevald Peterson on the third and what is known as the Breed curve about two and a half miles east of here. The curve is a short one, and the man lay between the rails, evidently in a drunken stupor, unobserved by the engineer until too late to save his life. The train was stopped as soon as possible, but until it had passed over the remains of the unfortunate man, and a horrible sight was presented. (Conditions and legalities are omitted here). While the corpse remained in the town hall, it attracted a large crowd of curiosity-seekers, who seemed eager to view the mangled remains. Later in the day they were buried in the potter’s field. Peterson was a comparative stranger in these parts and nothing was found upon his person to establish his identify. His only personal effects were a jackknife, moneyless pocketbook, small mirror, cake of fancy soap and a couple old passbooks in different sections of the country written in almost illegible hand. He had spent a night now and then for the past few weeks with certain of his countrymen in the Town of Pigeon, from conversations with whom it was learned that his name was Ingvald Peterson; he was born in Horton, Norway; age 25 years; sailor by vocation since 12 years of age; had been in America three years; that he came of good parentage and leaves relatives of means in the Old Country. He was of medium height, light complexion, heavily built and considerable of an athlete. He had evidently traveled much and was well posted as to places and current events and apparent at home wherever night overtook him. He came to Whitehall the day before his death in company with a friend from the northern part of the county. Most of the time during the day and until the saloons were closed that night, he spent in carousing. That night two petty thefts were committed in the village, with which deceased was charged, but as the man was in a condition to be hardly responsible for his lawless acts, the mantle of charity should be cast over his sins and shortcomings, and we should think benevolently of the poor unfortunate, believing that he was his worst enemy. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - FEBRUARY 27, 1896
ADOR G. PETERSON (VAALER, SOLAR)
Ador G. Peterson, son of Guttorm and Karen Rognrud was born November 14, 1866 on the old Rognrud estate in Solar, Norway. He came to America at the age of 17 years to become a resident of Blair. He was employed at first as a miller, later becoming manager and operator of the old Blair Electric Power station. Some years later he became a surface foreman for one of the largest mining companies in Minnesota, a position he held until his retirement. Possessing an abundance of vitality, Mr. Peterson had been in good health virtually until his death Preceding him in death were a daughter, Goldie in 1922, and a son, Aldon, in 1931. His immediate remaining family are his wife, Charlotte of Stevens Point; a brother, Rev. George Rognrud of Tilloestrom, Norway; three sons, Phillip of Minneapolis; Alf of Blair and Robert of Detroit, Michigan and three daughters, Gladys, Mrs. Harold True of Stevens Point; Orrie; and Pearl, Mrs. Orville Schultz of California. Two grandchildren, Erva Jo Peterson of Blair and Jack Peterson of Detroit also survive Mr. Peterson passed away at the Community hospital in Whitehall Monday, January 29, 1951 and funeral services were held at the Zion Lutheran church on Thursday with the Rev. .W. Halvorson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 8, 1951
MRS. ADOR G. PETERSON (NORWAY)
Funeral services were held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran church here for Mrs. Ador Peterson, 91, former Blair resident, who died Saturday night at the home of her daughter in Stevens Point. The Rev. E. E Olson officiated and burial was in the church cemetery. The former Charlotte Kvenmoen was born in Norway January 28, 1869. She had lived in Minneapolis and Stevens Point since leaving Blair She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Harold (Gladys) True, and Miss Orrie Peterson, Stevens Point, and Mrs. Orville (Pearl) Schultz, Inglewood, California; two sons, Robert, Denver, Colorado and Phillip, Minneapolis, and two grandchildren, Erva Jo Peterson, Blair and Jack Peterson of Denver. One daughter and two sons have died. THE BLAIR PRESS - JULY 28, 1960
CHRISTIAN PETERSON (CHRISTIANIA)
Christian Peterson was born at Christiania, Norway on May 10, 1837, and passed away on June 29, 1917. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Nelson. He grew to manhood in Norway, but at the age of 20 years he came to America and located at Madison where he was employed at the George Paine Drug, the Isaac Clober Grocery Co., and at Dunning & Sumner Co. In 1863 he made a trip to his old home in Norway, returning after a two months’visit with his mother, brothers and sisters On January 1, 1865, he enlisted in Co. F 45th Wisconsin to serve one year or until the close of the war. He was discharged at Nashville, Tennessee, July 27, 1865. Shortly after the war was over, he was married to Tora Nordness. In 1868 they moved to the Town of Lincoln, this county, where he resided until his death, which occurred last Friday of a lingering illness which terminated in pneumonia. The funeral was held from the Synod Lutheran church here Monday afternoon, Rev. E. Christopherson officiated. Mr. Peterson had been a member of the Synod Lutheran church for 54 years. He leaves one son, Peter C., and one daughter, Mrs. Ole E. Iverson, who resides on the old homestead in Lincoln, to mourn his death. His wife died on the 22nd of last January. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - JULY 5, 1917
MRS. CHRIST PETERSON (SOGN)
Mrs. Christ Peterson was born January 23, 1844, in Sogn, Norway. She came to America in 1861. Was married to Christ Peterson the 12th of August, 1865, shortly after his return from the war where he had served in the 45th Wisconsin regiment. Soon after they moved to the Town of Lincoln, this county, where they have lived since. Mrs. Peterson is survived by her husband and two children, Mrs. Ole Iverson of Whitehall and P.C. Peterson of Fly Creek. On August 12, last year, Mr. and Mrs. Peterson celebrated their Golden anniversary. Mrs. Peterson had for a long time suffered from diabetes. The direct cause of her death was pneumonia. She died January 21 and was buried Tuesday, January 25, from the Synod Lutheran church of Whitehall. A great number of people attended the funeral. This together with numerous flowers, bore evidence of the great number of friends who held her in high esteem. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - FEBRUARY 3, 1916
OLE B. PETERSON (NORWAY)
Ole B. Peterson passed away suddenly Monday, June 8, 1931 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Clarence Nelson at Disco. He had gone there only a day before, having spent a month at the home of his son, Peter B. Peterson of this city. The cause of his death was heart failure. He had not complained of poor health and his death came as a shock to the members of the family. Funeral services are to be held tomorrow (Thursday) at the Squaw Creek Lutheran church, Rev. C.E. Skoien officiating, and interment will be made in the Squaw Creek cemetery by the side of his mother, sister and brother, who have preceded him in death. Mr. Peterson was 84 years, 2 months and 16 days of age at the time of his death. Mr. Peterson was born in Norway on March 22, 1847, and came to America some 53 years ago with his wife, who now survives him. He settled first at Stoughton and a few years later came to this region where he engaged in farming in the Town of Albion, owning the farm in Disco now occupied by his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kersting. Four daughters and two sons survive this marriage, and one daughter and one son have preceded Mr. Peterson in death. Those surviving are: Amelia, Mrs. Clarence Nelson, and Genie, Mrs. Frank Kersting, both of Disco; Anna, Mrs. Hans Nelson and Albert Peterson, both of Taylor; Minnie, Mrs. George Larson of Madison; and Peter B. Peterson of this city. One brother, Hans Peterson, and one sister are deceased, and one sister lives in the state of Washington. Mr. Peterson was a member of the Lutheran church, and was held in kindly regard by the many who knew him. The sympathy of all is extended to his bereaved wife, who also survives him and to the members of his family shocked by his unexpected death. Reprinted from the Black River Falls Banner-Journal THE TAYLOR HERALD - JUNE 19, 1931
MRS. OTTO PETERSON (RINGSAKER)
Mrs. Otto Peterson died early Sunday morning. Death was due to a complication of diseases. She had been ailing the past few months, but was confined to her bed only a few days before death. Mrs. Peterson was born at Ringsaker, Norway, June 29, 1860. At the age of 6 years, she came to America with her parents. They settled at Hardies Creek where Mrs. Peterson made her home until her marriage on June 27, 1880 when she moved to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, residing there three years. They then went to Blair where they lived a year, later coming to Ettrick where she spent the remainder of her days Mrs. Peterson was an active, ambitious and devoted member of the Norwegian Lutheran church. At the time of her death, she was 59 years of age. She was mother of seven children, five boys, Neil, Milton, Obel, Elmer and Alfred; two girls, Palma and Mabel. All are living but Milton who died in infancy. Others who survive to mourn her loss are her husband, Otto Peterson, a sister, Mrs. John Swenson of Ettrick; three brothers, Ole Sagen of Galesville, Chris. Sagen of Eau Claire and Sever Sagen of Onalaska. Interment was made at the Lutheran cemetery Wednesday afternoon. Services were held at the residence for the family and near relatives. The remains were taken to the Ettrick Lutheran church where her numerous friends gathered to pay her their last respect. The Revs. Urberg of Blair and Reque of Galesville officiated. Services were held in both the Norwegian and American language. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 9, 1919
PETER PETERSON (KROPPA, SWEDEN)
Infirmities of old age caused the death Tuesday morning of Peter Peterson aged resident of Merrillan. He died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Anna Johnson, 1212 Riverside Avenue, Sioux City, Iowa. Mr. Peterson was born in Carlsted, Kroppa County, Sweden, April 20, 1843. In 1870 he was married to Clara Magnuson in Jerma County, Vakerskogen, Sweden. On June 12, 1883, he came to this country with his family settling at Merrillan. He resided there until he went to Sioux City, Iowa two years ago. He was a member of the Lutheran Church and of the Modern Woodman Lodge. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Lena Eid of York, and Mrs. Anna Johnson of Sioux City, Iowa; a son, Charles J. Peterson of Minneapolis, Minnesota; 17 grandchildren and 20great-grandchidren. Six sons and two daughters preceded him in death. The body was sent from the Nelson-Berger funeral parlors to Merrillan accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Jonas Johnson on Wednesday, March 20th. The funeral was held on Friday, March 22nd from the church and Mr. Peterson was laid to rest in Oakwood Cemetery beside his wife, Mrs. Clara Peterson, who preceded him in death on March 23, 1922. The following contributed a memorial offering to the Orphan’s Home at Wittenberg in memory of the deceased: Mr. and Mrs. O. Eid and family, Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Eid and A.E. Eid, Jr. and wife; Mr. and Mrs. Orie Johnson; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Skoyen, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Eid; Mr. and Mrs. Jonas Johnson. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 4, 1929
MRS. PETER C. PETERSON (VALESTRAND)
Mrs. Peter C. Peterson, 77, died at her home in Fly Creek west of Blair at noon Saturday, January 12, 1946, following an illness of several months. Funeral services were Wednesday afternoon at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church in Whitehall. The Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiated. Burial was in Old Whitehall cemetery. The former Christina Idsvoog, Mrs. Peterson was born May 9, 1868 in Valestrand, Norway, and came to America as a young girl. April 29, 1894, she was married and the couple settled on a farm in the Town of Lincoln, west of Whitehall, and later moved to Fly Creek where they lived since. Mr. Peterson died ten years ago. Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. M.P. (Cora) Mark, Fargo, North Dakota; and Mrs. C.A. (Nettie) Ruse, Plattesmouth, Nebraska; two sons, Tilmer S. Peterson, Mitchell, South Dakota; and Palmer, on the home farm; four grandchildren and one brother, Andrew Idsvoog, Northwood, North Dakota. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 17, 1946
PETER BAKEN PETERSON (S. FROEN)
Peter Peterson passed away at his home in Squaw Creek about 4:30 pm. Monday, May 12, 1930. He had reached the age of 82 years the last day of February and passed away after an illness of only two weeks. Funeral services will be held at the home at 1 o’clock tomorrow, Thursday, and at 2 o’clock at the Squaw Creek church, Rev. C.E. Skoien officiating. Mr. Peterson was born in Sondre-froen, Norway, a son of Peder and Marit Pederson. In 1871 he came to America and to Black River Falls. He had been engaged in farming during all the late years. He was married March 29, 1872 at Black River Falls to Martha O. Snippen, who now survives him and mourns his loss. He also leaves two daughters, Mrs. Fred Woodhull of Taylor and Mrs. Carl Olson of Albion and one son, Ed Peterson, on the home farm. Five children passed away before their father. He leaves nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Mr. Peterson was long a member of the Squaw Creek Lutheran church, a worthy and respected citizen, held in high esteem by his friends and neighbors, all of whom extend their sympathy of his bereaved family. THE TAYLOR HERALD - MAY 16, 1930
MRS. PETER (CARRIE) PETERSON (VERMLAND, SWEDEN)
Mrs. Peter Peterson of Burnside died Monday forenoon of dropsy and heart trouble, aged about 74 years. She had been in very poor health for over three years. Carrie Bringsosen was born in Vermland, Sweden, where she grew to womanhood and was married to Peter Peterson in 1862. They came to America in 19871 and settled at Melrose, Jackson County, remaining there about two years. In 1874 they purchased the farm in Burnside where they have since resided. They had no children but gave love and care to others left in need of it. An aged husband and two brothers, Hans and John Bringsosen, are left to mourn her death. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - SEPTEMBER 16, 1909
MRS. PETER E. PETERSON (VAALER, SOLAR)
Paula Josephine Rognrud was born August 24, 1859 in Vaaler, Solar, Norway, was married to Peter E. Peterson November 1883. Died March 2, 1916. Funeral on 7th inst. Husband and five children survive, Melfred of Preston, Camilla of Ely, Minnesota, Ella of Minneapolis, Philip and Pauline at home, and two brothers, Ador and Hartvig, one sister, Mrs. Brede Anderson, and one brother in Norway. Funeral was largely attended, Rev. S.S. Urberg officiated at the services. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - MARCH 9, 1916
PETER JOHN PETERSON (MALRAND, NORWAY)
Peter John Peterson, son of John S. Peterson and Anna Stenberg, was born at Malrand, Norway July 21, 1879. He was baptized in Norway. At the age of five years, he came with his parents to America and the family settled at Halfway Creek near Holmen. In 1893 he was confirmed in the Halfway Creek church by the late Rev. Ulrik Hjermstad. Throughout most of his life he has labored in and around the city of LaCrosse, until a year ago when he came to the home of his brother, Ansel Peterson in Fly Creek. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Carl (Barbara) Olson and three brothers, Ansel and Franklin of Fly Creek and Leif of Arcadia. His parents, three sisters and one brother preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 23, 1940 at the First Lutheran church with the Rev. K.M. Urberg officiating. Interment was made at the Rest Haven cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 2, 1941
SEVER PETERSON (FLEKKEFJORD)
Sever Peterson, the subject of this notice, who died at LaCrosse on the 5th inst. was born in Flekkefjord, Norway in 1850. At the age of 14 years, he emigrated to this country and stayed at Coon Prairie, Vernon County a year, when he came to Preston. He was married in 1872 to Olianna Anderson, who survives him. Seven children were born to them, as follows: John of Meridian; Fred of Alamosa, Colorado; Martin of Pigeon Falls; Albert, Mrs. Thomas Mattison, Benjamin and Tillie of Preston. The funeral services were held Saturday under the auspices of the local Modern Woodman camp, No. 2576, of which order deceased was a worthy member, Revs. Urberg and Gulbrandson officiated. It will be remembered that Mr. Peterson was injured in Ole L. Olson’s feed mill a short time since, sustaining among other injuries a broken leg, which primarily caused his death. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - JUNE 13, 1907
SVEN JOHN PETERSON (SMALAND, SWEDEN)
Sven John Peterson passed away at his home in Whitehall December 21 at the age of 59 years, six months and 25 days. Funeral services were held December 23 at the Johnson Funeral Home and at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. A group of ladies from the Senior Choir sang at the last rites. Pallbearers, all nephews, were Vern, Roy, Richard and Harry Anderson, Dean Boden and Kermit Winge, while the flowers were carried by Mmes. Alvin Halvorson, Otis Franson and Harry Anderson. Burial was in the Bruce Valley Lutheran cemetery. Mr. Peterson was born in Smaland, Sweden May 25, 1890, son of the late Erik and Ida Peterson. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church at Karlslund, Sweden. In 1910 he came to America and on April 5, 1916, he was united in marriage to Emma Anderson. The couple made their home at Menomonie for a time, later moving to Bruce Valley, Town of Hale, where Mr. Peterson engaged in farming until the fall of 1943. At that time the family came to Whitehall and Mr. Peterson was employed for a time by the Green Bay & Western railroad and also by A.G. Engen at carpenter work. To this union nine children were born, Lucille, Dennis and Gordon at home; Edna, Mrs. Richard Hanson, Eau Claire; Doris, Chicago; Lilly, Mrs. Paul Erickson, Bettendorf, Iowa; Mavis, Mrs. Clifford Hanson, Whitehall; and Sidney, who is with the U.S. army in the Panama Canal Zone. An infant daughter preceded him in death. Surviving besides his wife and eight children are five grandchildren and two brothers and two sisters in Sweden besides a host of other relatives and friends. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 5, 1950
AGNES O. PETERUD (VARDAL)
Agnes O. Peterud passed away at the home of Hans Iverson in French Creek on the 18th day of November 1928 after a brief illness of only a week with bronchitis and pleurisy. Her age was 58 years, 10 months and 18 days. Deceased was born in Wordal, Norway, January 1, 1870 and immigrated to America in the spring of 1888. She was then 18 years of age. The greater part of her life was spent in Ettrick and LaCrosse. She made her home with her sister, Mrs. Hans Iverson for about 30 years. Mrs. Iverson preceded her in death about a year ago. The deceased was kind and loving to everyone and will be greatly missed by all who knew her, especially the Iverson family. She leaves to mourn her death a sister, Mrs. Hannah Lienoseth and a brother, Peter Peterud, both of Wordal, Norway. Funeral services were held from the Hans Iverson home and the French Creek Lutheran church on Wednesday, November 21, Rev. Halverson officiating. She was laid to rest in the French Creek cemetery. The pallbearers were Hans Syberson, Anton Nelsestuen, Martin Onsrud, Christ Skundberg, Christ Mahlum, Albert Solberg. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - NOVEMBER 29, 1928
GUST PHILLIPSON (TERNA, SWEDEN)
Gust Phillipson, who passed away at his home in Johnson Coulee, Town of Pigeon, Friday morning, June 5, 1930, was born in Terna, Sweden, October 17, 1857. In 1880 he came to the U.S. and for several years hade his home in LaCrosse County, Wisconsin. One of the great industries in Wisconsin at that time was “logging” - cutting down and getting to market one of the finest forests of pine ever seen by the eyes of man. In this industry strong active men from every country were welcomed. Here Mr. Philipson found employment. During winter in the woods and summer on the rivers or in mills. While thus employed, he met Maria Simonson, oldest daughter of the late Peter Simonson of Pigeon, whom he married March 28, 1885. After marriage he and his wife made their home in the city of Onalaska, LaCrosse County, for about seven years. In 1892, Mr. Phillipson bought the Linrud farm in Johnson Coulee, Town of Pigeon. Although the young people had been thrifty and economical, they had comparatively little to begin farming with. But through prudence, diligence and the establishment of reputation for integrity, they built up a good home which they could call their own. Many children came to them, grew up and most of them have according to an eternal law of nature, gone from them to build their own homes. In the meantime both had grown worn, weak and weary, susceptible to one or more of the instruments with which death attacks mankind. The man was the first to yield in this case. Only two, three days was he confined to bed. And then he laid down because he was weak, tired out and wanted to sleep. And so he went away, quietly, peacefully and painlessly to his eternal rest confident of a sweet reunion with his faithful and beloved wife and partner in a world where there is neither weakness nor weariness. Anticipating that he might be called first, he had made provision for all his property to go to his wife, knowing full well that she will deal with the children as fairly as he would if living. Funeral services were held in Our Saviour’s Church, Monday, June 9th. Rev. Orke of Pigeon spoke in Norwegian and Rev. Maakestad in English. The body was interred in the Old Whitehall Cemetery. His widow, all his living children and many grandchildren were present at his funeral. The children who survive him are: Mabel Hagen, Pearl Soma, Ella Larson, Abner Phillipson and Harry Phillipson. Another good man has finished his earthly labors. May his faithful wife and partner find consolation in her hours of loneliness in the consciousness that during her 45 years of companionship with the departed, under all the varying circumstances of life, she gave to him in fullest measure love and helpfulness. May his children emulate his virtues and reverence his memory. Written by H.A. Anderson, June 15, 1930. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JUNE 19, 1930
MRS MARTHA PRESTEGAARD (VOSSEVANGEN)
Mrs. Martha Prestegaard was born in Vossevangen, Voss, Norway, March 4, 1837. She died at her home in Beaver Creek, February 7th 1931. Between those two dates lay a long and useful life of almost 94 years. A life of hardship and struggle, of sunshine and shadow, of faithfulness and service. The Lord was good to her in her old age, her faculties undimmed, her mind clear, her memory remarkable even to the last. Her well-balanced mind made the life with which she came in contact always interesting to her. She was taken sick the 15th of August last year and had been confined to her bed ever since. The weary wanderer longed for the rest of Gods people, committed her soul into the keeping of her Lord and Master in whom she so long had trusted and in whom ways she had sought to direct her life. She baptized, confirmed and married in her native parish. She sought with her husband, Bryngel Prestegaard in 1871 the land of opportunity and they settled on a small farm in the Beaver Creek valley. Here they endured the hardships and privations of the early settlers. One year the plague of cinch bugs robbed them of the fruits of their hard earned labor. There were other vissitudes but through all they lost not their faith in God. A son was born to them on the ocean trip from Norway, their only child. He was a kind and dutiful son, in whom the parents justly took pride. But he was stricken with tuberculosis and died after a lingering illness October 18, 1899. The fond mother’s heart never ceased to mourn his passing. Her husband passed away December 8th, 1911. A sister’s child, Mrs. Albert Halverson, was taken in to her home after her mother’s death and received from her the best of training and motherly affection that her kind heart could give. She found in her foster daughter true appreciation of her goodness and her last years were gladdened by every service that a grateful heart could find to make life easier and happier for her; and often remarked to her friends the marvel that after the burden and toil of the day her life’s Sun should go down in the soft twilight of a happy and tranquil heart. She was grateful for every service rendered her but especially for the unfailing kindness and thoughtful service of her daughter. Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon, February 10th, at 1:00 o’clock at the home and 2:00 o’clock at the Beaver Creek church in charge of her pastor, Rev. T.E. Sweger. Interment was made beside her husband and son in the Beaver Creek cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 19, 1931
BENT PEDERSON (SWEDEN)
Bent Pederson, a wealthy agriculturist of Jackson County, has been one of the fortunate men who have had every effort crowned with success. He is a native of Sweden, born December 1, 1830 and grew to manhood in his native land. When he was twenty-three years of age, he determined to go to the New World and seek out the fortune that might be in store for him. So he bade farewell to his home and friends, and sailed away over the sea to the "land of the free and the home of the brave." The first three years in this country were spent in Dane County, Wisconsin, and thence, in 1856 he came to Jackson County, and settled on 160 acres of raw land. The nearest trading point was Black River Falls and the hardships and privations to which the early settlers were subject can scarcely be imagined in this day of railroads. Mr. Pederson has purchased as his means would admit, additional acres, until he has altogether 440 acres, 200 of which he has converted into a fine fertile farm; he has erected comfortable buildings after modern styles of architecture, and has one of the most comfortable homes in the community. He is a self-made man, and too much praise cannot be bestowed upon the perseverance and determination he has exhibited. When he came to America he could not speak a work of English and the only capital he had was that with which he was endowed by nature, willing hands and a brave heart. Politically he is identified with the Republican party. He has represented the people of his township in many of the offices within their gift and has proved capable and efficient. He and his family are members of the Lutheran Church, and take a deep interest in all its movements. Mr. Pederson was married November 19, 1861 to Anna Olsen of Jackson County, Wisconsin. She was born in Norway, October 20, 1844. Fourteen children have been born of this union, eight of whom are living: Olaus, Albert, Sophia, Caroline, Tilla, Amelia, Benny A. and Myrtle. Albert married Miss Amelia Tarkelson of Black River Falls, Wisconsin and they have born to them one child, Basil. The other children are unmarried. HISTORY OF CLARK AND JACKSON COUNTIES - 1891
MARY PETERSON (GAUSDAL)
Mrs. Mary Peterson died last night, Wednesday, August 1st, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ben. Simonson, in the third ward of this city, at the advanced age of 85 years, after being bedridden nearly three and a half years from the effects of a stroke of paralysis. She was born in Gausdal, Norway, and came to America 33 years ago. Her husband died on the ocean on the way over. She was the mother of seven children, five of whom are living. The funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. BADGER STATE BANNER - BLACK RIVER FALLS - AUGUST 2, 1900
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ALBERT M. PEDERSON (VILLAGE OF ETTRICK, TREMPEALEAU COUNTY)
Albert M. Pederson, merchant, miller and leading citizen of Ettrick, is a native of the village where he still resides, having first seen the light of day August 27, 1874, in the home of his parents, Iver and Mary (Nelson) Pederson, the pioneers. As a boy he attended the school of his neighborhood, and later was accorded the advantages of a course at Galesville University, now Gale College. Still later he rounded out his education with a year at the Wisconsin State Normal School at River Falls. From his earliest boyhood he assisted his father in his numerous business ventures, and in 1898 became a partner in the business. After the father’s death, the estate was incorporated as the Iver Pederson Company. The subject of this sketch is president and manager. This concern, which conducts the store and the flour and gristmill, is in a flourishing condition, and is one of the strong commercial assets of the village. In addition to its holdings in Ettrick, it owns various tracts of valuable land throughout the county, especially in the Ettrick Valley. Mr. Pederson is a public-spirited citizen and is a stockholder in the bank of Ettrick, Bank of Galesville and the Wisconsin Telephone Company. He has done valuable service as a member of the school board for twelve years, and has served on numerous committees and delegations. His fraternal association is with the Modern Woodmen of America. He and his family are staunch supporters of the Norwegian Lutheran church. Mr. Pederson was married May 17, 1898 to Emelia Evenson, also a native of Ettrick Township, daughter of Bernt and Lena (Ekern) Evenson, also natives of Biri, Norway, who came to America in the winter of 1868 and located in Gale Township, where Mr. Evenson is engaged in farming. Mrs. Evenson died in 1907, and Mr. Evenson now makes his home with his daughter. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY 1- 1917
IVER PEDERSON (BIRI, NORWAY) (2)
Iver Pederson, founder of Ettrick, merchant, manufacturer, Indian fighter and veteran of the Civil War, was a splendid example of the descendants of the Vikings who fought their way to America, and with no other assistance than their native ability and capacity for hard work established for themselves an enviable position in this new country. He was born in Biri, Norway, March 13, 1842. He was there reared amid rugged conditions, and acquired such education as the parish afforded. In 1859 he came to America and located in Westby, Vernon County, this state, where a number of his countrymen had preceded him. Only three years later, in 1862 he responded to Abraham Lincoln’s call for troops to defend the Union and enlisted in the now-famous Company K, Twenty-fifth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, in which he served until the close of the war. Immediately after its organization the company was sent to the frontier to defend the white settlers against the Sioux Indians. In 1863 the regiment was sent to Columbus, Kentucky and joined the expedition against Vicksburg under command of Gen. Jeremiah Rusk. From Vicksburg the regiment was sent to Jackson, Missouri, later returning to Vicksburg, and from there being sent to join Sherman’s arm in its march to the sea. After the general review at Washington, Veteran Pederson returned to Vernon County. From there, a short time later, he moved to Coon Valley, LaCrosse County. It was in 1867 that he began his career in Trempealeau County by establishing a store at Frenchville in company with Ole Skow. Two years later he sold this store to Mrs. Skow and moved to what is now the village of Ettrick. After homesteading a farm, which now includes the village site, he opened a store in 1870 and engaged in the general mercantile business. Later he platted the village and increased its material prosperity by erecting a flouring mill and woolen mill and a creamery. Here he continued to spend the remainder of his life. After a long and useful career, in which he had done much to increase the material prosperity of his village and county, he died September 29, 1914, and was sincerely mourned by a wide circle of friends and associates. Mr. Pederson was married at Ettrick to Mary Nelson, who was born in Biri, Norway, November 15, 1852, and came to this county with her father in 1861. Mrs. Pederson, who proved a loyal helpmate and faithful mother, still resides at the family home at Ettrick. Their union has been brightened with five children. The oldest, Peder, died in infancy. Albert M. is still conducting the store and mill at Ettrick. Emma is the wife of P.M. Benrud of Frenchville. Ida is the wife of Carl Aaby who is associated with Albert M. Pederson in the mercantile business. Anna is the wife of Morris Berge, a druggist at Elk Mound, Wisconsin. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
MATHIAS T. PEDERSON (RINSAGER, NORWAY) (2)
Among the foreign born citizens of Trempealeau County, the Norwegians take a prominent place for their industry and enterprise and the large measure of success which has accompanied their efforts to establish a home and improve their fortunes in this, the land of their adoption. An excellent type of this class if the subject of this sketch, Mathias T. Pederson, who was born in Rinsager, Norway, September 9, 1864. His parents, Thomas and Mary (Larson) Pederson, natives of the same province, emigrated to the United States with their family in 1873, settling on a farm about three miles and a half from Ettrick, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin where they remained about 18 months. Thomas Pederson was then about 35 years old, and his wife some six or seven years younger. Following their residence on the farm, Mr. Pederson, the father, engaged in the shoemaking business in Ettrick, taking as a partner Hans Christian, the firm both manufacturing and repairing boots and shoes. In this work he continued until his death, January 12, 1884 which took place at the Wisconsin House in LaCrosse, where he was taking treatment for a physical ailment. His wife died October 15, 1909. Mathias T. Pederson was the eldest of his parents' nine children. He attended district school in Ettrick Township and when a lad of from 10 to 12 years old began working out during the summers and continued to do so, living at home in the winter, until he was 20 years of age. His father then died and he subsequently helped his mother to support the family until his own marriage, being then employed with a team in gathering cream for the Ettrick Creamery. He had previously purchased a lot on which he later erected a barn, and not long after that, or about a year after his marriage, he purchased a residence property. After hauling cream for about five years Mr. Pederson engaged in the pump and windmill business in Ettrick, doing contract work and sinking all kinds of wells. This work was interrupted by intervals of service in public office as sheriff, during which time he rented his equipment to his brother and brother-in-law. He served as township treasurer in 1897-98, as under sheriff in 1905-06, and as sheriff in 1907-08, also acting as constable for a number of years until he declined any longer to serve. He has also for a number of years been a member of the board of education, of which body he is at the present time the treasurer. Besides pumps and windmills, he deals in gasoline engines, U.S. cream separators and steam and hot water heating plants, doing an extensive and profitable business. Mr. Pederson built his present commodious residence in 1910 and also owns other real estate, both within and without the village limits. He is a stockholder in the Bank of Ettrick and a member of the examining board, a stockholder in Ettrick Hall, in the Ettrick & Northern Railroad, of which he is vice-president; also a stockholder in the Ettrick Telephone Company and in the Ettrick Lumber Company, of which latter concern he was one of the incorporators. These various interests make large demands on his time, the greater party of which, however, is given to his pump and windmill business. June 27, 1891, Mr. Pederson was united in marriage with Agnes Erickson, who was born in Biri, Norway, daughter of Evan and Frederica (Olson Erickson, both natives of the same district in Norway. The Erickson family came to this country in 1871, settling in Ettrick Township, near the Gale Township line, where Mr. Erickson engaged in farming. He is still living there, but is now 83 years old and retired. His wife died on the home farm about 1901 or 1902. Mr. and Mrs. Pederson have a family of eight children: Thomas E., a farmer at Mobridge, South Dakota; Fred M., who resides at home and is assisting his father; Myrtle, a teacher in the schools of Trempealeau County; Agnes, who is attending the Galesville high school; Palmer L., a graduate of Galesville high school, class of 1917; Silas Clarence, Thelma L. and Otis K. residing at home. Mr. Pederson and his family are members of the Lutheran Synod Church at Ettrick. He belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America, being banker for his lodge, and is a member of the board of managers of the Beaver lodge. As a good citizen, progressive and public spirited, he has at heart the general interests of the community in which he lives and has taken part in many practical measures for its advancement. He has attained a comfortable position in life, through his own energy and business acumen, and is one of the substantial and respected citizens of his village and township. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
NELS PEDERSON (HEDEMARKEN, NORWAY)
Nels Pederson, the present postmaster of Galesville, who is also interested in several important business enterprises here, was born in Hedemarken, Norway, December 16, 1850. His parents, Peder Nelson and Martha Halverson, never came to America, but died in their native land, Norway. Nels Pederson was obliged to suppport himself when he was 13 years of age. For three years he worked on the farm of one of his uncles, and then found employment in a store as clerk, being thus occupied three years. Afterwards he worked nine years in factories devoted to the woodworking industry, two years in Sweden and six years in German. From the latter country he came in 1883 to the United States, locating at once in Winona, Minnesota, where he found work in a wagon factory. He continued in this occupation for nine years, and then, in 1892, became registrar of deeds for Winona County. After serving one term in this office, he came to Galesville and engaged in the retail liquor business, remaining in it for 16 years. Since then he has served as village clerk, and in other offices, receiving his appointment ass postmaster July 1, 1915. In politics he is a Democrat. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
PETER J. PEDERSON (COON VALLEY, VERNON COUNTY, WI)
Peter J. Pederson, who is the owner of a good dairy farm of 160 acres in section 35 west, Ettrick Township, was born in Coon Valley, Vernon County, Wisconsin, May 11, 1870, son of John and Agnes (Lindahl) Pederson. His parents were among the hardy Norwegian settlers of this county, and were both born in Biri, Norway, the father February 2, 1848, the mother November 12, 1849. The former came to America in 1859, locating in Coon Valley, Wisconsin. Early in the Civil War he enlisted in Company K, 25th Wisconsin Regiment, but after serving for a while was mustered out on account of sickness. On his recovery he re-enlisted as a substitute and served until the end of the war. He then settled in Vernon County where he bought land and married, residing there until 1875, in which year he removed to Trempealeau County, taking the farm on which his son Peter J. now lives. Here he was engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death August 22, 1914. His wife died November 12, 1908. Their family consisted of the following children: Martha, wife of Chris Skunberg, residing at French Creek, this county; Peter J., subject of this sketch; Carrie, deceased; a child who died in infancy; and Anton, who is unmarried and resides with his brother Peter. Peter J. Pederson acquired his education in the district school. He resided at home and when 18 years of age took the management of the farm, operating it until about 1910. Subsequently he bought out the heirs to the estate and now has 160 acres of valuable land, on which he has put on all improvements, and is conducting it as a first class dairy farm. Mr. Pederson is a stockholder in the creamery and in the Ettrick & Northern Railroad. He was married May 27, 1896 to Sena Husman, who was born in Biri, Norway, daughter of Olie and Marit (Forgerson) Husman. Her parents were born in Fauberg, Norway, the father November 23, 1842, and the mother in Ayr, Norway, September 27, 1841. They came to America in 1885 locating in Coon Valley, Vernon County, but in the same year came to Trempealeau County, Mr. Husman farming for many years on French Creek, where he and his wife are now living retired. They celebrated their golden wedding June 15, 1917. They were the parents of eight children, Sena being their fourth born. Mr. and Mrs. Pederson have three children: Joseph, born December 2, 1897; Orrin, born September 6, 1900 and Arthur Miner, born March 6, 1910, all residing at home. The family are members of the Lutheran church. In political matters Mr. Pederson votes independently, judging of issues and men as the occasion arises and not being bound to any party. As a successful farmer and good citizen he is known and respected throughout this part of the county. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
JACOB PEDERSON (NORWAY)
Jacob Pederson, an early settler in Hale Township, now deceased, but who will be long remembered, was born in Norway, February 6, 1848, son of Peder and Mangnil (Pederson) Pederson. He was educated in his native land and came to America in 1867 with his parents, the family locating at LaCrosse, Wisconsin. In 1870 they came to Trempealeau County, taking a homestead of 80 acres in section 4, Hale Township. Jacob remained at home until 1875 and then began life's battle for himself, buying 120 acres of wild railroad land in section 9, in the same township. Moving onto it, he threw himself with all his energy, of which he had an abundance, into the hard pioneer work of developing a farm. Success finally crowned his efforts, in time he increased his holdings, and at last found himself in possession of a good farm of 240 acres, of which 80 acres lay in section 10, 80 in section 4, 40 in section 3, and 80 in section 9. He was engaged in diversified farming, and became a prosperous and highly respected citizen of the township, also serving as school clerk for three years. His father and mother both died on the farm, after doing their part in helping to make the wilderness a fertile area of production. Jacob Pederson died June 14, 1903, his loss being much regretted by all his friends and acquaintances, which included practically the entire population of the township. Mr. Pederson was married January 5, 1876 to Anne Marie Granrud, who was born in Norway, January 7, 1857, daughter of Ole and Karen (Anderson) Granrud. He and his wife were the parents of a large family, numbering 10 children, whose names, respectively were: Peter, Olaf, Martha, Edward, Julia, Sigvart, Anna, Emil and Karen. Peter, who married Cora Saxrud, lives in Bowman County, North Dakota and has two children, Signa and Viola. Olaf married Augusta Johnson and resides in Sumner Township, Trempealeau County. He has two children, Edward and Florence. Martha, now Mrs. Sim Lee, resides at Osseo, this county, and has two children, Adrienne and Abner. Edward died at the age of 18 months and George at that of 25 years. Julia is the wife of William Wagner and lives in Bowman County, North Dakota. Sigvart, who married Lila Swaim, is living on the home farm and has one child, Arline Lorette. Anna, now Mrs. Louis Christianson, lives in Hale Township. Emil is on the old homestead and Karen is a student in the Osseo High School. The family are members of the Norwegian church. Since Mr. Pederson's death, Mrs. Pederson has still further enlarged the size of the farm, having purchased 120 acres more, of which 80 lies in section 9 and 40 in section 10. The farm contains 360 acres, over 40 of which lie in Sumner Township. The estate is a valuable one, highly improved and well taken care of, so as to reach the highest point of productiveness. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
PETER C PETERSON (MADISON, WISCONSIN)
Peter C. Peterson has a well-improved place called "Lozenge Farm," located in Fly Creek Valley, and consisting of 158 acres in the northeast quarter of section 29, Pigeon Township, where he has lived since its purchase November 15, 1901. He has a comfortable home and suitable barns, and successfully carries on general farming, making a specialty of raising high grade Holstein cattle. His public service has included membership on the school board since 1913. His church affiliation is with the Norwegian Lutheran Church, of which he is a trustee. Mr. Peterson was born in Madison, Wisconsin, April 29, 1867, and remained at home until locating on his present farm. He was married April 29, 1894 to Christina Eidsvoog, who was born in Norway, May 9, 1868, and came to America in 1890, her father, Peter Eidsvoog, dying in Norway in 1893, and her mother, Cecelia Nelson, in the same year. The children in the Peterson family are four: Nettie, born January 9, 1895, who was graduated from Gale College and the Winona Business College, and is now a bookkeeper for Jones-Koeger & Co. of Winona, Minnesota; Cora, born January 27, 1899, who was graduated from the Whitehall High School in the class of 1917 and is now teaching at Lidgerwood, North Dakota; Tilmer, born April 25, 1904; and Palmer, born March 23, 1911. The two youngest are living at home. The parents of Peter C. Peterson were Christian Peterson and Toro Olson Nordness. The father was born in Norway, May 10, 1837 and cam to America in 1857, and worked as a clerk and settled in section 16, Lincoln Township, where he died June 29, 1917. He was a veteran of the Civil War, having served a year in Company F, 45h Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. The mother was born in Norway, January 23, 1844 and died January 22, 1916. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
ADOR G. PETERSON (NORWAY) (2)
Ador G. Peterson, manager of the electric light plant at Blair, was born in Norway, November 12, 1866, son of Guttorm Rognrud and Karen Braskerud, who spent the span of their years in the old country, the father dying in 1890 at the age of 66 and the mother in 1878 at the age of 50 years. He was educated in the schools of his native land, and in 1888 came to this country and located in Blair. For a considerable period he divided his time between working in the pineries winters and on farms summers. As miller for W.G. Hyslop, at Blair, he did most efficient work for some seven years. For eight months Mr. Peterson was marshal at Blair. His fraternal affiliations are with the Independent Foresters and the Beavers. Mr. Peterson was married August 21, 1898 to Lottie Kvenmon, of Blair, the daughter of Christ and Peunellie (Braskerud) Kvenmon, and this union has been blessed with seven children: Golden, Alf, Alden, Gladys, Orrie, Robert and Pearl. The family faith is that of the United Norwegian Lutheran Church. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
H. GEORGE PETERSON (EAU CLAIRE, WISCONSIN)
H. George Peterson, organizer, president and manager of the Strum Automobile Company, was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, January 4, 1890, son of Hans Peterson Stai and Hannah Halvorson. Hans Peterson Stai was born in Norway in 1853 and now farms in Unity Township, having come to this country in the '90's. H. George Peterson was reared to farm pursuits by his father. His mechanical experience was received in automobile shops in Minneapolis and St. Paul. For a time he was foreman of engines for the Hackney Land & Credit Company, McLeod, North Dakota. In Hill County, Montana, he proved upon a homestead. But in 1915 he determined to cast his lot in Strum. Accordingly he erected a building 26 by 50 feet, and opened a garage. His friends became interested in the project and in September, 1915, his firm was incorporated as the Strum Automobile Company with a capital of $2,500, by Melvin P. Skogstad, Joseph Mathison, Olof J. Dahl and H. George Peterson. The officers are: President and manager, H. George Peterson; vice president and treasurer, Olof J. Dahl; secretary, Joseph Mathison. The firm handles the Dodge, Ford and Reo cars, carries a full line of supplies and accessories, and does all kinds of repairing. Under the personal supervision of Mr. Peterson, the business in constantly growing and is one of the important assets in the general prosperity of the community. In April 1917 Mr. Peterson purchased the interest of the other stockholders and now conducts the business alone under the name of H. George Peterson, the corporation having been dissolved. On August 7, 1917, Mr. Peterson was united in marriage with Hannah Amundson, daughter of Christ Amundson, a prosperous farmer of Bruce Valley, in Gale Township. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
BENT PEDERSON (SWEDEN) (2)
Bent Pederson, a pioneer of Jackson County, this state, was born in Sweden, December 1, 1829, and was still a boy when he was brought to America by his parents in 1851. Upon attaining man’s estate he acquired a farm in Jackson County, upon which he still resides. He has been a hard-working successful farmer, and has occupied several public offices in his township. His wife, whom he married in November 1861, was like him a native of Sweden and came to America as a girl. Her maiden name was Anna Norgaard. After 55 years of happy married life they gave a large celebration to mark the event in 1916, the affair being attended by neighbors, friends and relatives for miles around. Mrs. Pederson, after a long and useful life, passed away June 1917. They were the parents of 14 children, of whom the following six are still living: Olaus, Sophia, Albert, Emelia, Bennie and Myrtle. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY – 1917
ALBERT B. PETERSON (JACKSON COUNTY, WISCONSIN)
Albert B. Peterson, long connected with the financial, political and mercantile life of Blair, was born in Jackson County, this state, November 16, 1863, a son of Bent and Anna (Norgaard) Pederson. He was reared to farm pursuits, but early acquired an ambition to engage in business. Accordingly he started his commercial career in 1885 by entering the employ of T.I. Gilbert & Co., the pioneer merchants of Blair, for two years. Then he bought a half interest in the hardware store of John E. Mayer in that village, changing the name of the concern to Mayer & Peterson. After two more years he bought out his partner’s interest and successfully conducted the establishment until 1896, when he sold out to the Herried Brothers. In the meantime the store had been burned in the fire of 1891, but was almost immediately rebuilt. From 1896 until 1900 Mr. Peterson served efficiently as village postmaster. After the expiration of his term he engaged in the general mercantile business with Martin Peterson under the firm name of Martin Peterson & Co. From 1901 to 1912 he engaged in the hardware and implement business. Since then he has been extensively interested in the real estate business, handling considerable local property, and engineering deals throughout the western states as far west as California. The First National Bank of Blair, which he organized in company with his son, Ernest A., and others, is a monument to his faith in the future progress of the village. His public services have included loyal duty as a member of the county board, as a member and president of the village council, and as a member of the school board. His religious affiliation is with the Norwegian Lutheran Church. Mr. Peterson was married February 22, 1889, to Amelia Torkelson of Black River Falls, daughter of Iver and Martina (Anderson) Torkelson. Mr. and Mrs. Peterson have had four children: Basil I., Ernest A., Marie and Eugene. Basil I. was born November 22, 1889, and is now cashier of the First National Bank of Blair. Ernest A. was born September 22, 1892 and died April 4, 1916. Marie, born January 11, 1901, and Eugene, born February 8, 1904, are at home. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
BASIL I. PETERSON (BLAIR, WISCONSIN)
Basil I. Peterson is one of the energetic businessmen of Blair, and is known throughout western Wisconsin for his active work in furthering every interest that has for its object the betterment and up-building of his village, county and state. Born in Blair, November 22, 1889, he was reared in the home of his parents, Albert B. and Amelia (Torkelson) Peterson, and applied himself so well to his studies that he was graduated from the College at Northfield, Minnesota. Thus prepared he entered the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin in 1906 and was a senior at the age of eighteen, the youngest member of his class. He then entered the law offices of Jesse E. Higbee at La Crosse, where he served as a clerk for two years. In 1911 he went back to Madison and took a year’s law course in his Alma Mater. A year later he entered the Northwestern University at Chicago and was there graduated in Law in 1914. Having acquired a liking for Chicago he decided to remain in that city for awhile, and accepted a position as assistant credit manager for the Miehle Printing Press & Manufacturing Company of Chicago, with whom he secured valuable business experience. He was called home by the death of his brother, and on May 15, 1916 succeeded him as cashier of the First National Bank of Blair, a position in which he has given most efficient service, his personality, education and experience being important factors in its success. His fraternal associations are with the Masonic order at Whitehall. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY – 1917
ERNEST A. PETERSON (BLAIR, WISCONSIN)
Ernest A. Peterson, cut off in the prime of his young manhood with an unusually brilliant future ahead of him, and with a sterling record of worth and character already achieved, was one of the leading spirits in Blair from his boyhood up; he was a man among men, a good son, a loyal friend, a keen student of people, of business and of books, and his memory will long be held dear in all the walks of life to which his duty called him. He was born September 22, 1892, in Blair, son of Albert B. and Amelia Torkelson Peterson, completed his studies in the Blair graded and high schools at the age of sixteen, and then studied science and music a year at St. Olaf College, at Northfield, Minnesota. In 1910 he entered the University of Wisconsin, where he distinguished himself in scholarship, music and athletics, winning many honors. A popular man with his classmates, he was a leading member of the Beta Gamma Sigma, Honorary Fraternity, and also of the Chi Phi, Social Fraternity. Upon his graduation at the age of 20 in 1913 he returned to Blair and for a short period was employed in the Home Bank of Blair. Then he went to Bowman, North Dakota, where he was employed in the State Bank of Bowman. Late in 1914 he returned to Blair once more, and with his father organized the First National bank, of which he was cashier until his untimely death, April 14, 1916. He was one of the foremost young businessmen of the county and lived to see his bank established on a sound basis. From early boyhood Mr. Peterson was interested in music. At St. Olaf he studied the piano and was flute soloist in the college band and belonged to several musical organizations in Madison, while attending college there and in Blair he found time for considerable orchestra work. His life and character were a joy and a solace to his parents, in whose hearts his place can never be filled. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
JOHN PETERSON (NORWAY)
John Peterson, one of the early settlers in Preston Township, who did good pioneer work in helping to subdue the wilderness, belonged to that hardy Norwegian race to which the great Northwest owes much of its present civilization and prosperity. Coming to America with is wife, Mary Peterson, and two children, in 1857, he selected the State of Wisconsin as the field on which he proposed in future to fight the battle of life, and after some investigation as to a favorable location, finally purchased 120 acres of land near Blair, in Trempealeau County. He found no subsequent reason to repent of his choice, and he and his wife spent half a century or more on the farm which he developed out of his originally wild tract. The early years were full of hard work demanded by the struggle with nature, but Mr. Peterson had in him the stuff of which successful men are made, and nature was finally conquered, his sons lending him their assistance as they arrived successively at the age of industrial activity. Mr. and Mrs. Peterson spent their latter years in comfort and ease, the former dying in 1902 and the latter in 1904. They were people widely known and universally respected, and their memory will survive for many years to come. Their children were: Hans C.; Martin, who died young; Martin (second), now a farmer in section 3, Pigeon Township; Andrew, Peter and Albert; and Carl, Mary and Oluf, deceased. The father’s name of Peterson has been changed to the family name of Johnson by the surviving children. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
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