Scarseth Charles M.
Scarseth Idius B.
Scarseth Marenius M.
Schansberg Louis J.
Schie Ole C.
Schilke Gertie Mrs.
Schmidt Mercedes A.
Scott Gunhild Mrs.
Scow Albert Mark
Seesen Bertha Mrs.
Sekse Svend O.
Seljestad Jacob Mrs.
Semb Andrew E.
Sesvold Charles Adolph
Severson Bernt Mrs.
Severson Ella Mrs.
Severson Hans Jacob
Severson Johanna Mrs.
Severson Lars Mrs.
Sexe Dora Mrs.
Sexe Lars O.
Sexe Svend O.E.
MERCEDES A SCHMIDT (BLAIR, WISCONSIN)
Mercedes A. (Olson) Schmidt, 70, of 1667 Tinkersview Dr., Twinsburg, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, November 4, 1986 at the Brentwood Hospital, Northfield, Ohio, the result of a heart attack and a double stroke on October 28. She was born May 8, 1916 in Blair, Wisconsin to the late Ole H. and Minnie (Toraason) Olson. She is survived by her husband, a daughter Candace Murray of Elyria, Ohio, four grandchildren and a brother, Glenn Olson of Hudson, Florida. She was preceded in death by a son, Robert on January 29, 1983 and four brothers. Funeral services were held at 11:00 am. On Friday, November 7, 1986 at the Epiphany Lutheran Church, Northfield, Ohio, with burial in the church cemetery. The Johnson Remito Funeral Home of Twinsburg was in charge of arrangements. Memorial may be sent to Epiphany Lutheran Church, 10503 Valley View, Route 8, Northfield, Ohio, 44067. SOURCE - FAMILY SCRAPBOOK Researching this family is Cindi Anderson
OLAF SEVERSON (BERGEN TOWNSHIP, STATE UNKNOWN)
Funeral services for Olaf Severson, Bergen farmer, who passed away suddenly after only a short illness of about a day, were held last Thursday, March 8, 1950 from the Bergen Ev. Lutheran church, Pastor LaVerne Nelson of Richfield officiating. Mr. Severson was apparently in good health until Saturday afternoon, March 3rd, when he suddenly suffered a stroke which he succumbed to the following day after being taken to the Alice Rest Home in Lester Prairie. He attained the age of 59 years, six months and 25 days. Olaf Severson was born August 9, 1891in Bergen township on the farm on which the family resides. His parents were Knut and Ingeborg Severson. He attended rural school districts 5 and 84. He was baptized, confirmed and was a member of Bergen Ev. Lutheran church all of his life. Mr. Severson spent most of his life on the farm on which he was born with the exception of 15 years when he resided at Ettrick, Wisconsin. On March 20, 1926 he was united in marriage to Helga Thompson at St Paul. To this union, five children were born, all of whom are living. Private services were held at the Weise Memorial Chapel at 12:30 after which the body lie in state in the church until the time of service. Special music at the services consisted of the following: Arden Severson sang “Does Jesus Care”. Mrs. Carl Anderson of Mound sang “One Sweet Solemn Thought” accompanied by Mrs. Munson at the organ. Surviving the departed are his grief stricken wife, Helga, five children, namely, Ardys, a nurse at General Hospital, Minneapolis; Harold, Arnold, Donald and Donna, all at home; two sisters, Olive (Mrs. Charles Chadwick) of Minneapolis and Eda (Mrs. Theodore Enerson) of Hutchinson and one brother, Arthur Severson of Winsted. Interment was made in the Bergen Lutheran cemetery. Pallbears were Alvin Anderson, Arthur Dammann, Everett Kuhlmann, Fred Schroeder, Jeffrey Eide and Oliver Enerson. Besides the many floral offerings, memorials totaling $119.00 were given in his memory. Relatives and friends at the funeral from a distance were: Mr. and Mrs. Leland Severson, Mrs. Kenneth Marsh, Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Nelsestuen, Elaine Lyngen and Mrs. Carl Hanson, Minneapolis, Carl Enerson and Mrs. Carl O. Anderson, Mound, Mrs. Lena Thompson, Mrs. Frances Salberg, Mr. and Mesdames Julius Johnson, Harry Skorstad, Arthur, Helmer and Milton Thompson, Clarence and Lauritz Lebakken all of Ettrick, Wisconsin and Albert Hill of Whitehall, Wisconsin. The News joins the community in extending deepest sympathies to the surviving family. SOURCE - FAMILY SCRAP BOOK
MRS. JOHANNA SEVERSON (SOGNEDAL, SOGNE NORWAY)
Mrs. Johanna Severson, widow of the late Niels Severson, born in Sognedal, Sogne Norway on December 11, 1850 where she was reared in a Christian home, baptized, instructed and confirmed in the Lutheran Church. Of said church she remained a true member when Almighty God called her from time to eternity on 7 April, aged 74 years, 7 months. She immigrated to this county in 1870 and four years later on October 11, 1874, she married Niels Severson. The young couple made their home in Iowa for six years. In 1880 they moved to Polk County, Wisconsin where they have made their home two miles south of Cushing, where they remained together until separated by the death of Mr. Severson November 24 of last year, and the tie of more than 50 years of married life was broken. To this union nine children were born of whom six survive their parents, namely John and Norman Severson and Mrs. Lewis Bistrup, Lake of the Woods County; Mrs. Morris Swangstua, St. Paul; Mrs. Steve Boughton, St. Croix Falls and Oscar on the home farm. Besides she leaves to mourn 12 grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Elvrum of Lyle, Minnesota and Mrs. Quale, Minneapolis. Since the departure of the husband and father, the oldest son, John, stayed home to comfort and care for the old mother until early spring when other duties called. After then, Oscar and wife cared for Mrs. Severson and rendered her all help possible during her sickness which ended in death. May the memory of a dear, loving mother be precious to all her dear ones in days to come. Funeral services were held at Cushing Lutheran Church Saturday afternoon, Reverend L. Larsen officiating. LUCK ENTERPRISE OF LUCK, POLK COUNTY, WISCONSIN - APRIL 16, 1925
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NIELS SEVERSON (SOLAR, KONGSVINGER)
Niels Severson was born December 8, 1850 at Solor, Kingsvinger, Norway, and there he was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church. In 1870, as a young boy, he immigrated to the United States. In October 1874 he was united in marriage to Johanne Johannesdatter from Dalekvam, Norway and to this union nine children were born of which Carl and Sever died in early childhood, while Elmer died in blooming manhood three and one half years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Severson first settled in Iowa and remained there for seven years until 1881 when they moved to Polk County where they made their home for the past 43 years until separated by death as God in His wisdom called Niels Severson to eternal rest November 24th at the age of nearly 74 years old. Niels Severson is survived by his wife and six children - John, Norman and Mrs. Bestrom, living in Lake Of The Wood County; Mrs. Svangstua of St. Paul, Minnesota; Mrs. Boughton of St. Croix Falls and Oscar, living on the old home farm southeast of Cushing. Some of the grandchildren - there are 13 - and all children were present at the funeral which took place last week. Mr. Severson was a member of the Norwegian Lutheran Church of North Valley. With the passing of one of the earliest settlers who has done so much for the progress of our beloved county, May God’s Almighty Blessing rest upon those who remain; old and young, and especially upon the ones who were dear and near to him called to part with this life of trials and tribulations. LUCK ENTERPRISE, LUCK, POLK COUNTY, WISCONSIN - NOVEMBER 27, 1923
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MRS. GERTIE SCHILKE (NORWAY)
Last rites were held at the Rhode chapel and Our Saviour’s Lutheran church Saturday afternoon for Mrs. Gertie Schilke, 63, who passed from this life on November 3. The Rev. O.G. Birkeland was the officiating pastor. A group of seven women, the Misses Mabel Larson, Mayme Hallingstad, Agnes Ofstedahl and Stella Windjue and Mmes E.N. Nelson, H.J. Alleckson and S.M Salverson sang “Rock of Ages,” “Jesus Saviour Pilot Me,” and “Abide With Me.” The flowers were carried by Miss Amy Kins and Mmes. Bert Thompson, C.H. Kloety and Maynard Christianson, and the pallbearers were Gilbert Moen, Maynard Christianson, L.J. Wood, P.M. Paulson, W.G. Olson and Albert Erickson. Burial was in Lincoln cemetery. As Gertie Lundstad, Mrs. Schilke was born August 7, 1880 in Norway, the daughter of Gustav Lundstad and his wife. She came to America with her parents at the age of one year arriving here on August 25, 1881. The family lived on a farm between Pigeon and York and this remained her home until her marriage on October 20, 1906 to Charles Schilke, for many years a lineman for the Lincoln Telephone company. Mr. Schilke preceded her in death in 1934 and two brothers are also deceased, John and Fred Lundstad. Survivors are four brothers, Helmer and Lewis Lundstad of Eau Claire, Oscar Lundstad of Milwaukee and Oluf Lundstad of Oshkosh. Mrs. Schilkes body was found in the Trempealeau river at 6 p.m. on November 3, where she drowned after slipping down a steep bank back of her home on Abrams Street after dumping garbage at that point. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - NOVEMBER 11, 1943
MRS. GUNHILD SCOTT (KVITESEID, TELEMARKEN)
One of God’s ladies has been taken away from us in the death of Mrs. Gunhild Scott, last Wednesday afternoon, April 15, 1936. As suddenly as a flash of lightening the angel of death visited her while she was quietly about her business in her home at Elk Creek. The dinner at noon had been normal an, as had the hour of lunch in mid-afternoon and then within a few minutes the soul of Gunhild Scott had gone to it’s eternal reward. Gunhild Gundersdatter Scott was born in Telemarken, Norway on November 24, 1846, to the parents, Gunnar Kosi and his wife Sigrid. She was christened in the Kviteseid church, and in the parish schools she received her education. After a thorough instruction in the Truth of God, she was confirmed in the Lutheran faith in the same Kviteseid parish. As was the custom of the young girls of Norway of her time, she soon found work on a “Gaard” where she carried out the duties of “saeter jente” and other farm work. On June 24, 1883 she was united in marriage to Andrew Scott. They followed the course set by so many of the Norwegian of their day, and in October 1889, they found themselves in Blair, which they chose as their future home in the new west. The family built a little home a site which now is included in the Blair park. In 1910 they moved their house to a lot adjoining Rest Haven and they improved their home to a very comfortable habitation. On April 7, 1908 Mr. Scott did, and it then became the duty of the oldest son, Gunder, to take father’s place and make the family comfortable and happy. Of the five children which Mrs. Scott bore, the first born, Birgit, died as an infant in 1884. The second child, Iver, was an invalid, and God graciously took him to Himself in 1902. From the time of Mr. Scott’s death in 1908 until 1936, God did not call any of them home. During those years Mrs. Scott and her children were very active in the work of God both in their home and in their church, the Blair First Lutheran. On January 27, this winter her youngest daughter, Gena, passed away. With two of her children alive, mother Scott ‘s work was over and God granted her the greatest wish of her life, that might go to sleep in Jesus Name. This was granted on Wednesday, April 15, 1936. She is survived by a son, Gunder, and a daughter, Bergit, and by a sister, Anna Landvik in Norway. Funeral services were conducted from the home and from the First Lutheran church Sunday afternoon with her pastor, the Rev Konrad Urberg, officiating. Her body now rests among those of three of her loved ones who have gone before her, at Rest Haven. Blessed be the memory of this beloved old Christian friend. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 23, 1936
MRS. BERTHA SEESEN (EIDFJORD)
Mrs. Bertha Seeson early resident of the Town of Sumner and for the past decade, Whitehall citizen, passed away at her home early Saturday morning, December 5, 1931. She had been failing in health the past summer and was confined to her bed for the past two weeks. Mrs. Seesen was born in Eidfjord, Norway, April 14, 1861, where she lived until 1880, when with her mother and brothers she came to America and settled in the Town of Hale. Her father had preceded his family to America and was never again heard of. Due to the inadequate means of news service, the family was never informed of his death or how he met his death, although some time later, word was received that the boat on which he made his passage had sunk and the bereaved family was left to assume that he had met a tragic end. The family landed at Whitehall and homesteaded in the Town of Hale. Mrs. Seesen, then a young woman of nineteen years, had to carry her share of the establishing their home, the deceased was employed in farm households in her community On November 21, 1882, she was united in marriage to Lars Seesen and settled in the Town of Sumner on the farm which she occupied until ten years ago when she took up her residence in Whitehall. This farm is now occupied by her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. George Gilbert. Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Seesen, three of whom are deceased. Mr. Seesen preceded his wife in death, passing away on January 2, 1919. In the spring of 1922, she moved to Whitehall where she kept house for son Sever, a partner of Henry Fransen in the Motor Service garage here. The following seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Seesen, four of whom survive: Sever, Whitehall; Josephine Mrs. Gilbert Tollefson, Osseo; Bertha, who died at the age of 16 years; Anna Louise, who died when ten weeks old; Louise, Mrs. George Gilbert of Osseo; and Emma , who died in 1918 at the age of 16. A sister, Mrs. Lars Ellingson, Osseo; three brother, Isaac Ellifson, Wimbledon, North Dakota; Peter Herreid, Franklin, Jackson county; John Ellifson, Osseo; and six grandchildren survive Funeral services were conducted at the South Valley Lutheran church in the Town of Sumner on Tuesday preceded by ceremonies at the home at Whitehall. The Rev. OC. Aune of Osseo officiated assisted by the Rev. O.G. Birkeland, pastor of Our Saviour’s Lutheran church at Whitehall. Burial was made in the South Valley church cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - DECEMBER 17, 1931
OLE C. SCHIE (ELVERUM)
The subject of this sketch, Ole C. Schie, died at his home in French Creek valley, July 8, 1907, in the afternoon. Deceased was born in Elverum, Norway, June 24, 1831, and came to this country in 1875, living in the Town of Preston two years. In the spring of 1877 he entered a homestead in the French Creek valley where he afterward resided. The funeral occurred July 11th at the home and interment took place at the French Creek cemetery. Rev. C.B. Bestul conducted the services. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - JULY 25, 1907
KARL SESVOLD (EIDSVOLD)
The First Lutheran church of Blair was filled Monday afternoon with friends and relatives who came to pay their final respects to Karl (Charley) Sesvold, well known Blair man. The last rites including preliminary services at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ernest Johnson were in charge of the Rev. K.M. Urberg. Interment was in Rest Haven cemetery with the five sons and Mr. Johnson carrying the remains to their last resting place. Mr. Sesvold’s death Thursday evening was caused by a heart attack suffered in downtown Blair as he was waiting the arrival of the bus to meet his wife and daughter who had spent the day at Galesville. He had not enjoyed the best heath for several years but his death was wholly unexpected Karl Adolph Martinson Sesvold was born in Eidsvold, Norway on July 15, 1871 to Martin and Martha Evenson. He was baptized and confirmed in the old country. He came to America in 1890 to the Ben Dale farm near Galesville where he worked for many years in the brickyard. His marriage to Miss Rogua Hougtad of Hardies Creek occurred June 29, 1896, the late Rev. L.M. Gimmestad of Galesville performing the ceremony. The young couple resided in Galesville until 1923 when they moved to Homer, Minnesota where they lived for seven years. They have been residents of Blair since 1930. Besdes his wife, he is survived by nine children; Herman of Pigeon Falls; Melvin, Taylor; Gustav, Holmen; Melva (Mrs. Gilbert Paulson) and Agnes (Mrs. Melvin Tranberg), Blair; Alfred, Whitehall; Marion (Mrs. Paul Johnson), Taylor; Laura (Mrs. Ernest Johnson), Blair; and Norval, Hixton. Other survivors are 21 grandchildren, two brothers, Ole and John of Galesville and three sisters, Charlotte, Gena and Mina living in Norway. Two children, Melvin and Nora, died in infancy, and a brother and sister are also deceased. THE BLAIR PRESS - NOVEMBER 28, 1946
ANDREW SCHELBERG (FURNESS)
Andrew Schelberg passed away at the Lutheran hospital at LaCrosse Saturday morning, January 24, 1925 following an operation for ulcers of the stomach. Mr. Schelberg was removed to the hospital Wednesday, January 14th, he was immediately operated upon and apparently was improving. The deceased was born in Furness, Norway, February 2, 1861. Twenty-five years later he came to America and first settled near Holmen where he opened up a blacksmith. In November 1886 he was united in marriage to Miss Anetha Hanson. Seven children were born to bless this union three of whom are surviving. The living children are Minnie, Edwin and Margaret, all living at home. Three children passed away in infancy, and one boy passed away at the age of eleven years. The past twenty-three years the deceased conducted a blacksmith shop at Frenchville. He also operated the High Cliff shop at Galesville for a period of four years. For several years prior to coming to Frenchville, he conducted a blacksmith shop at Stevenstown. Mr. Schelberg was a very efficient workman and his patrons will sorely miss his accomplishment as a first rate blacksmith. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 11 a.m. from his Frenchville home. Rev. C.B. Bestul conducted the services. Interment was made in the Stevenstown cemetery. THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - JANUARY 30, 1925
BERGER SEMINGSON (GULBRANSDALEN)
Berger Semingson died Tuesday after a two years illness with kidney trouble. He came from Gulbransdalen, Norway in 1869 and settled in Dane County. In 1872 he moved with his family to Strum, and took a homestead in which he lived until the spring of 1903. He sold his farm and moved to Strum where his wife, Mary, was called away in 1909. He leaves to mourn his loss four daughters, Mrs. Gilbert Gilking, Mrs. Oluf Sherman, Eau Claire; Mrs. Louis Peterson and Mrs. Andrew Branden, and two sons, Henry of Fargo and Sigurd of Wild Rose, North Dakota. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - JULY 30, 1914
MRS. JACOB SELJESTAD (UDESVANG, HARDANGER)
Blair and the Beaver community suffered the loss of another pioneer Thursday evening, April 22, 1948, when Mrs. Jacob Seljestad passed away at her home in this village after being ill much of the time for the past three and a half years. Funeral services were held in the North Beaver Creek Lutheran church on Monday, April 26 with her pastor Lutheran S. Borgen officiating. The music was provided by Mrs. Lloyd Quammen and Mrs. Helmer Sexe, the church organist accompanied them on the organ. Mrs. Jacob Seljestad, nee Olena Olson Rogde, was born July 6, 1863 at Rogde, Norway. She was baptized in infancy in Uldesvang, Norway, and was confirmed in the Lutheran church in Odda by the late Rev. Redervold. She came to America as a young lady, and in 1887, she was united in marriage to Jacob Seljestad at Roschelle, Illinois. To this union five children were born. For several years the young couple resided in Chicago where Mr. Seljestad operated one of the city’s street cars. In the year 1900 the family moved to Beaver Creek where they made their home until a few years ago when they moved to the village of Bair. On January 25, 1947, she fell and fractured her hip, and had been more or less bed-ridden since then. She was a faithful member of the North Beaver Creek Lutheran church and until recent years was active in the congregation’s Ladies Aid Society. She is survived by her husband, Mr. Jacob Seljestad and four children, Tommy Seljestad of Shelton, Washington; Bertha, Mrs. Anton Miklethun of Blair; Julia, Mrs. Edwin Dahl of Galesville, and Ida, Mrs. Andrew Herreid of Ettrick. She is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Servina Seljestad and Ingorjor Otterness of Odda, Norway. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Gena, Mrs. Menford Johnson, who passed away January 31, 1947 and a sister, Mrs. Ole Myrrlie of Hills, Minnesota who passed away last December 12. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. At the time of her death she was 84 years, 9 months and 16 days. She was married to her resting place by six grandsons, Jennings Miklethun, Willard Johnson, Andrew Herreid, Orene Johnson, Laurel Dahl and Lloyd Dahl. Four granddaughters, Judy Herreid, Beverly Miklethun and Arleen and Delores Christopherson acted as flower girls. Interment was in the Beaver Creek cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 29, 1948
IVER SEMB (BIRI)
Iver Semb was born in Biri, Norway, October 2, 1858. As a young man he emigrated to America with his mother, his father having passed away in Norway. His first home was at Pigeon Falls. He was united in marriage to Berth Ulberg in 1889 with whom he lived a happy wedlock almost half a century. He was a blacksmith by trade and pursued this vocation at Whitehall where he resided from 1902 to 1912, then at Galesville from 1912 to 1917. Since 1917 the family has made its home at Blair. He was blacksmith here three years and since 1920 has been employed continuously by the Blair Canning Company. Mr. Semb has been ill the past six months. Previously he had enjoyed the best of heath. The illness took a serious turn at Christmas time and he passed away Friday morning, April 2, 1937 at 7:30 at the age of 78 years and 6 months. He is preceded in death by two brothers who passed away in Norway and a son, Oliver, who died at Holmen at the age of 27 years. He is survived by his wife and the following children: Emil, Osseo; Ludvig, LaCrosse; Henry, LaCrosse; Ida (Mrs. Ed Feiring), Galesville; Amelia (Mrs. Jospeh Gusk), Necedah; Mabel (Mrs. Herschel Garinger), Billings, Montana; Ruth (Mrs. George Sholes) LaCrosse; Bernice at home and Viola (Mrs. Garfield Kirkorn), LaCrosse. There are nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Three brothers and a sister also survive, Andrew and Otto of Pigeon Falls and Anton in Norway and Mrs. O. Knutson of Pigeon Falls. Mr. Semb was of an unassuming nature, kindly disposed toward all men, devoted to his home and family. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. T.E. Sweger at the home at 2 p.m. and at the Zion Lutheran church at 2:15 Monday, April 5. Oscar Fredrixon sang “Den Store Hvde Flok and “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere. Pallbearers were Ray Shepherd, Spencer Gunderson, Andrew Bang, George Clatt, Iver Johnson and S.H. Neprud. Interment was in the Zion cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 8, 1937 (Researching this family is Cindi Anderson at LDCRA@AOL.com
ANDREW E. SEMB (BIRI)
Andrew E. Semb, son of Even and Elizabeth Semb, 74 years and 29 days, died from double pneumonia on Wednesday, December 29, 1943 8:15 p.m. at his home in Daggett Coulee. Andreas Semb was born on November 30, 1869 in Biri, Norway. He came to this country at the age of 20 and was united in marriage to Ida Thorson on May 25, 1912. He spent the first few years in this county working in the pineries and the rest of his life in farming. His surviving relatives are three sons, Einar at home, Ernest of Whitehall, and Andrew, Jr. Of Daggett Coulee; one daughter, Edna, Mrs. Ernest Lewis of Hale; two brothers, Otto of Fitch coulee and Anton of Norway; one sister, Mrs. Bergetta Knudtson of Pigeon, and one grandchild, Richard Lewis. Those who preceded him in death are his wife, who died March 22, 1938, three brothers, Nels, Nels, and Iver and a sister, Elizze. Funeral services were held Monday at 1:30 at the home and at 2 o’clock at the U.L. church in Pigeon Falls, the Rev. C.K. Malmin officiating. Mrs. E.A. Sletteland sang one Norwegian song, “O taenk nar engang den taag er forsvunden,” and We Would See Jesus.” The pallbearers were Knut Thorson, Elmer Thorson of Daggett Coulee; Henry Thorson of Coral City; Olger Thorson of Pigeon Falls; Theodore Thorson of Osseo and Otto Semb of Fitch Coulee. Flowers were carried by Irene and Avis Thorson. Burial was in the U.L. cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 6, 1944 (Researching this family is Cindi Anderson at LDCRA@AOL.com
EDWARD SEVERSON (NAES, ROMERIKE)
Edward Severson, a respected resident of the Town of Franklin, passed away at the Community Hospital at Whitehall, Friday, February 11, 1927. He had gone to the hospital about two weeks ago to seek relief from long suffering with kidney trouble. Edward Severson was born September 27, 1859 at Naes, Romerike, Norway. He came alone to this country in the year 1880. The winters found him in the northern woods and at other times he worked at various jobs. He was a frugal and industrious man and had come to this country to seek his fortune. In the year 1895 he purchased the Ole Hendrickson farm in the Town of Franklin where he resided until his death. In the same year that he bought this farm he was united in marriage to Miss Clara Henrickson of Frenchville. To this union eight children were born six of whom are living. His wife passed away about 15 years ago and the sons in later years. The children who are left to mourn the death of a kind and loving father are: Christian, who is at present enlisted with the Navy; Lawrence, Alvin, George, Lydia and Martha at home. He also leaves to mourn his death one sister, Mrs. Hans Sather. Funeral services were held Tuesday, first from the Lutheran church at Taylor and later from the Lutheran church at Beaver Creek of which he had been a lifelong member and earnest worker. Rev. O.O. Lovaas officiated. Interment was made at the Beaver Creek cemetery. The funeral services were largely attended. Mr. Severson had been a devoted husband and a kind and indulgent father; to his sister a tender brother and to his neighbors and friends the soul of fellowship. But the greatest of all-he was a man and a true Christian. And as a man it is that those who knew him best most love to contemplate him. Thus, it is broken ties at the grave that prompts us to a fuller appreciation of the man’s true qualities. May his memory be a continual inspiration to the children who are left to mourn his death and to his neighbors and many friends. THE TAYLOR HERALD - FEBRUARY 18, 1927
HANS JACOB SEVERSON (KOPERVIK)
Hans Jacob Severson who died Saturday, January 31, was born July 22, 1871, in Kopervik, Norway, where he spent his childhood and youth. He came to America with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sjur Sjurson and one sister in 1888. They settled in Curran Valley near Hixton. He lived with his folks until his marriage in 1899 to Clara Nelson. The newly weds then settled on their own farm. Five children were born to them of whom three survive their father and mother. The mother died in 1908. Two sons preceded him in death, Edwin and Victor. He married Esther Rasmussen in 1910 and she died shortly after the birth of Cora in 1911. Mr. Severson retired from farming and moved from Curran Valley to Pigeon Falls in 1936. He married Anna Louise Eid on May 14 of the same year and Mr. and Mrs. Severson lived on their own place near Pigeon Falls for 11 years. At the time of Mr. Severson’s death, the Orville Eids occupied the upstairs apartment. Mr. Severson suffered a stroke in 1945 and had been a bed patient ever since. Another stroke on January 25 of this year ended his life. Death came peacefully Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Survivors are Mrs. Anna Severson; two sons, Judean of Dayton, Ohio and Harry of Curran Valley; Eunice, Mrs. Harry Galstad, of Pigeon Falls and Cora of Milwaukee. There are six grandchildren. He was a member of the U.L. church from which the funeral was conducted, interment being made in the church cemetery, the Rev. C.K. Malmin officiating. Edgar Goplin and his sister, Mrs. Tom Baken, sang “I Am But a Stranger” and Rev. Malmin sang “Den Store Hvide Flok.” Pallbearers were Judean and Harry Severson Orville and Albert Eid, Harry Galstad and Eddie Goplin. Three grandchildren, Glenna and Karlov Galstad and Derald Severson, carried the floral sprays. Friends and close neighbors served refreshments at the Eid home following the funeral service. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - FEBRUARY 12, 1948
LARS SEVERSON (EIDFJORD, HARDANGER)
Lars Severson was born in Eidfjord, Hardanger, Norway, April 4, 1847. Here in this picturesque valley, far famed for its beauty, the first eighteen years of his life was spent. And here appeared to him as to so many of his countrymen the beckoning hand of America, the Land of Promise. He answered the call and came the closing year of the Civil War. The trains were congested with soldiers returning to their homes, so transportation was difficult, but at last he reached the Beaver Creek Valley in which so many native sons of Hardanger were to find their home. With willing strength he labored arduously in the forest in the winter months and on the farms during the summer until he had accumulated sufficient competence to purchase the farm in Washington Coulee which became his home for many years. Thrift and industrious he prospered with the years. He early became a member of Beaver Creek congregation and witnessed and helped in the erection of the second and third of its houses of worship. He served for a time as Executive Treasurer of the congregation. He was united in marriage to Kristi Holven at LaCrosse August 31, 1883. The following children were born to this union: Selmer, on the home farm in Washington Coulee; Ida, Mrs. B.G. Nelson, of Osseo; Clara, Mrs. Howard Utne, of Blair; Anna, Mrs. Oliver Simonson, of Walum, North Dakota. In 1914 he moved to Blair and resided there up to the time of his death. His wife passed way two years ago. With the exception of rheumatic trouble his health was fairly good, in consideration of his age, until a few days ago, when he was suddenly stricken and passed away Wednesday, October 17th, at the advanced age of 87 years, 6 months and 13 days. Besides the children above mentioned and six grandchildren, there are no immediate relatives living. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. T. E. Sweger Saturday afternoon, October 20th, at the home and at the North Beaver Creek church. Mrs. Sweger sang “Engang min listraad briste skal.” The pallbearers were Ed Roseland, Olaf Otterson, John Ricolson, Jens Tjerstad, H.L. Henderson and Ed. Twesme. Flower girls were Berthilda Otterson and Doris Nelson. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 25, 1934
MRS. LARS SEVERSON (ULLENSVANG, HARDANGER)
Mrs. Lars Severson, who had suffered for some months with cancer, passed away at her home in the village on Tuesday morning, December 20, 1932. Active and energetic as she always was, she was about her housework until her strength utterly failed, and the last two weeks were spent in bed. Her children were all present at her sick and deathbed. Kristi Holven was born in the parish of Ullensvang, Hardanger, Norway. The parents, Lars and Ingeborg, emigrated with their children. The father homesteaded the present Lawrence Holven farm. Kristi was confirmed in the North Beaver Creek church by Rev. A. L. Lobsen, October 22, 1876. She was united in marriage to Lars Severson at LaCrosse August 31, 1883. They resided on their farm in Washington Coulee until 1914 when they moved to Blair where they have made their home since Mrs. Severson was taken sick this summer and a resultant medical examination revealed that she suffered from the dreaded disease, cancer. She continued to take care of her household. She was given the best of assistance and care by her daughter, Mrs. H.H. Utne. She had the pleasure of having her other children at her bedside often; her daughter from North Dakota, was with her the last week. During her long illness, she never uttered a word of complaint, though her suffering must have been intense at times. Peacefully she passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 1932, at the age of 71 years, 4 months and 16 days. Mrs. Severson was of a modest, retiring disposition and industrious housewife, an indefatigable worker who strove to do her duty at all times, a wife who was in truth a helpmate and a mother whose tender affection will be deeply missed. Besides her husband, who mourns the loss of a good wife after 49 years of happy married life, the following children are left to bless the memory of a dear mother: Selmer, Washington Coulee; Ida, Mrs. GB.G. Nelson, Osseo; Clara, Mrs. Howard Utne, Blair; and Anna, Mrs. Oliver Simonson, Wimbledon, North Dakota. Two brothers and a sister also survive: Ed Holven, Long Beach, California; Mrs. Carl Eide, Beach, North Dakota; and Tom Holven, Ettrick. Five of her sisters and brothers preceded her in death. The last, Mrs. Nels Knutson, died at Black River Falls last winter. Funeral services were conducted at the home at Blair and at the Beaver Creek church on Friday, December 23rd. Rev. T.E. Sweger officiated. The pallbearers were Olaf Otterson, Levi Henderson, Theo. Grinde, Jens Tjerstad, Ole Dale and Andrew Roseland. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 22, 1932
LARS O. SEXE (ULLENSVANG, HARDANGER)
Lars Sexe was born in Ullensvang Parish, Hardanger, Norway, January 1st 1870, the son of Ole and Ingeborg Sexe. At the age of 17 years he came to America. His home has been in Ettrick township ever since. He was united in marriage to Kari Bue at the parsonage in Blair by Rev. Ole Waldeland October 12, 1890. The Golden Wedding Anniversary was fittingly observed last fall at the Silver Wedding celebration of their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Archie Brovold. Mr. Sexe was engaged in farming until twelve years ago when he sold his farm to his son, Leonard, and has resided at Hegg since. Of unquestionable loyalty to the land of his adoption, the love of the land of his birth remained strong with him always. He made six trips to Norway, the first one in 1923. In 1932, his wife, son and daughter, LeRoy and Hilma, accompanied him on the journey. His native Hardanger far famed for its picturesque beauty has had an indescribable appeal to many. Mr. Sexe was in the enjoyment of good health the greater share of his life. He was of an unusually strong physique. This spring he was stricken with pleurisy. He entered the Community Hospital at Whitehall March 5th and remained there several weeks. Later on sciatic rheumatism set in. At his request he was taken to his home where he was most tenderly cared for under the painful ravages of the disease. He bore without complaint all suffering. His wife and all the children were constant in their attendance and did all in their power to ease the long hours of sickness. Death came quietly and peacefully at 10 p.m. Wednesday, August 6, 1941, at the age of 71 years, 7 months and 5 days. Besides his wife, nine children survive: Mrs. Julius Brovold (Emma), Chippewa Falls; Mrs. Archie Brovold (Sena), Ettrick; Mrs. Melvin Kittleson (Clara), Spring Grove, Minnesota; Helmer , Leonard and Mrs. Lloyd Quammen (Hilma) of North Beaver Creek; Carl, Blair; Mrs. Archie Brenegan (Esther), Ettrick, and Leroy, Alma Center. Of a family of seven brothers and sisters, three survive, a brother Swen and a sister, Mrs. Lewis Herreid (Ragnild) of Beaver Creek and a sister, Torborg, in Noway. A brother, Asbjorn, spent several years in America but returned to Norway where he died a few months ago. There are 32 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. The funeral services, held Sunday, August 10 at 1:30 at the home and 2 p.m. at the Beaver Creek church were largely attended, the Rev. T.E. Sweger officiating. Miss Lillian Brovold, a granddaughter of the deceased, sang a favorite hymn of his “Taenk near engang den taag er forsvunden” and “A Few More Years.” The memory wreaths were unusually large totaling $61.85. The pallbearers were Henry Legreid, L.K. Underheim, Sever Knutson, Albert Saed, Julius Tjerstad and John Hallinger. The flower bearers were grandchildren, Mary Ann Brovold, Elsie Mae Brenegan, Leona and Jean Sexe and Maynard and Eldred Sexe. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 14, 1941
SVEND O. SEKSE (ULLENSVANG, HARDANGER)
Svend O. Sekse was born in Norway on December 3, 1855, the son of Ole and Ingeborg Sekse. He was baptized and confirmed in the Ullensvang Parish, Hardanger, Norway. He immigrated to America in August 1883 and settled in Ettrick where he resided until his death. On June 21, 1885 he was married to Karine Knutson who preceded him in death in 1913. To this union eight children were born. He is survived by a son, Andrew Sekse of Taylor and four daughters: Ella, Mrs. William Crivits, Ettrick; Anna, Mrs. Dan Myrland; Helen, Mrs. Nels Gabriel; and Mrs. Cora Trones, all of Blair. He was preceded in death by three children, Helmer, Helen and Sanford. A brother, Lars Sexe died in 1941 and a sister, Mrs. Lewis P. Herreid in 1944. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Mr. Sekse was taken ill about three weeks ago and passed away on Monday, March 24, 1947 at the age of 91 years, 3 months and 21 days. He was a member of the Beaver Creek congregation for about 64 years. Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 27 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Crivits and at the Beaver Creek church with the Rev. Luther S. Borgen officiating. Mrs. Lloyd Quammen and Mrs. Sena Brovold sang two songs at the church, “Face to Face with Christ Our Saviour” and Beautiful Isle of Somewhere.” Pallbearers were six grandsons, Goethal, Willard and Stuart Crivits, Sanford Sekse, Maynard Thompson and Sanford Myrland. Money wreaths totaled $48.50. Interment was in the Beaver Creek cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 3, 1947
MRS. BERNT SEVERSON (NORWAY)
Funeral services were held Saturday for Mrs. Helen Severson, 69, who died at Whitehall Community hospital Wednesday, January 15, 1947. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Simon Simonson, who was born in Norway February 8, 1877, coming to America at the age of 15. February 25, 1901, she was married to Bernt Severson, and the couple settled on a farm in South Beaver Creek where they resided since. She is survived by her husband, four children Nels of Eau Claire; Martin of South Beaver Creek; Mrs. Howard Erickson, Ettrick Township and Mrs. Melvin Hjerleid of Blair; a brother, Elias Simonson of Portland, North Dakota and 14 grandchildren. One son, Martin Selmer, preceded her in death at the age of two years. Services were at 12:30 p.m. at the home and at 1:15 at Ettrick Lutheran church. The Rev. H.O. Aasen officiated and burial was in South Beaver Creek cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 23, 1947
SVEND O. E. SEXE (ULLENSVANG, HARDANGER)
S.O.E. Sexe passed away at his home here Monday morning, November 27, 1933 at the age of 85 years, after an illness of three years. He was born in Sexe, Hardanger, Norway, August 18, 1848, of the parents, Julia and Ole Sexe. While in Norway, Mr. Sexe worked as blacksmith. In 1889 he came to America and located in Minneapolis where he was employed six years with the Milwaukee Railroad. The following year he was united in marriage to Dora Varberg and in 1896 he moved with his family to Ettrick where he has been engaged as blacksmith in his own shop. He is survived by his wife and a daughter Gunrun of Milwaukee, a son Olaf of Ettrick and a sister in Norway. One daughter died in infancy and four brothers and two sisters also preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 30, at 1 p.m. at the home and 1:30 at the Lutheran church, Rev. K.M. Urberg officiating. Burial was made in the Lutheran cemetery. Pallbearers were Maurice Casey, Neil Pederson, Emil Evenson, Emil Erickson, Matt Pederson and John Kamprud. Vocal music was furnished by Mrs. Alfred Pederson and Mrs. Jerry Mahoney, accompanied by Mrs. Fred Pederson. THE BLAIR PRESS - NOVEMBER 30, 1933
MRS. DORA SEXE (EIDFJORD, HARDANGER)
Funeral services were held Saturday at the Runnestrand funeral chapel and at Ettrick Lutheran church for Mrs. Dora Sexe, 84, who died Wednesday at her home in Milwaukee following an illness of two years duration. The Rev. K.M. Urberg officiated and burial was in the Ettrick cemetery. Mrs. Sexe, the former Dora Varberg, was born in Eidfjord, Norway. She was married in 1890 to Swend O.E. Sexe and in 1896 they came to Ettrick where Mr. Sexe operated a blacksmith shop until he became ill in 1931. He died in 1933. The blacksmith shop stood on the present site of the Ettrick Community hall. After his death, Mrs. Sexe moved with her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Olaf Sexe and her daughter, Gundrun, to Milwaukee where she made her home since. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 20, 1944
MRS. ELLA SEVERSON (TELEMARK)
Funeral services for Mrs. Ella Severson were held at the Tamarack Lutheran church Monday afternoon, March 14, Rev. Johan Olsen officiating. Burial was made in the Tamarack cemetery only a short distance from the home of the deceased, where she had watched so many carried to their last resting place. The pallbearers were six sons of the deceased. A quartet from Galesville sang, “Jesus Lover of My Soul,” and “Safe in the Arms of Jesus.” The floral offerings were beautiful. Two memorial wreaths were also given. Mrs. Severson’s health had been precarious the past year. A greater part of the past few months had been spent in the Lutheran hospital in LaCrosse. The last few weeks she was at the home of her son, William, at Galesville, where she passed away Thursday morning, March 10. Never of a complaining nature, she bore this illness which was of intense suffering with patience and fortitude and trusted in God till the last. Mrs. Severson, whose maiden name was Ella Thompson, was born in Telemarken, Norway, November 2, 1860, of the parents, Tollef and Margarethe Thompson. She came with her parents to America when nine months old, and settled in Thompson valley, in the town of Arcadia and this was her place of residence until November 1881 when she was married to Sever Severson and they settled on a farm in Tamarack. This continued to be their home for many years. They also resided near Centerville and Caledonia in later years, and about ten years ago moved back to their old home in Tamarack. Thirteen children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Severson, 11 of whom are living. One child, Tilman, passed away as an infant and Vivian passed away about nine years ago. Those remaining are Martin and Selmer, Caledonia; Ella, Mrs. Harvey Veir; Eleanore, Mrs. Rollo Wilson, and Edwin, LaCrosse; Sophie, Mrs. George Truax, Cutler, Wisconsin; Josie, Mrs. William Kopp, Thelma, Mrs. William McWain, Vilas and William, Galesville and Albert, Tamarack. Mr. Severson died two years ago. There are three sisters and one brother, Mrs. Ole Severson, Berget and Agnes Thomson and Ole Thompson, all of Tamarack. There are 20 grandchildren. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MARCH 17, 1932
CHARLES ADOLPH SESVOLD (CHRISTIANIA, NORWAY)
Charles Adolph Sesvold, who is engaged in farming in section 35, Gale Township, was born near Christiania, Norway, July 15, 1871, son of Martin Evenson and Gurena Marthea Swanson, the parents being farming people. He was educated in his native land and at the age of 18 years came to America, locating in Trempealeau County, where he and his brother, Ole, settled. Here he entered the employ of Ben Dale of Gale Township, for whom he worked for three and a half years. At the end of that time, having saved some money, he purchased a farm near the Dale homestead and engaged in agriculture for himself. This place was Mr. Sesvold’s home until 1915 and on it he made extensive improvements. In August of the year last mentioned, he purchased a residence property in Galesville, moving his family to it for the winter in order that his children might have good school advantages. In the spring of 1916 Mr. Ssvold bought his present farm, moving onto it in April and beginning improvements which in time will greatly increase its value. The farm contains 131 acres and Mr. Sesvold is engaged thereon in general farming, of which he has a thorough knowledge. It is his intention that his family shall reside in the village during the winters for the sake of the school and other advantages. Aside from his immediate farming interests, he is a stockholder in a company operating a threshing outfit. June 27, 1896, Mr. Sesvold was united in marriage with Ragna Hougstad, a native of Norway, and daughter of Hans and Gunel (Batsven) Hougstad. He and his wife have eight children: Herman and Melvin, who are in the employ of Ivan G. Dale; Gustave, Melva, Agnes, Marion, Alfred and Laura residing at home. Mr. Sesvold and family are members of the Norwegian Lutheran Church. In politics he is a Republican, but has not been active in public affairs, nor taken any part in politics beyond casting his vote. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
OLE SESVOLD (SESVOLD, NORWAY NEAR CHRISTIANIA)
Ole Sesvold, who is engaged in farming in section 30, Gale Township, was born in Sesvold, Norway, near the city of Christiania, March 6, 1865, son of Martin Evenson and Gurena Marthea Swanson, the father being a farmer. The parents, who never came to America, are both now deceased. Ole Sesvold was the second born in a family of eight children. He attended school in his native land and began to contribute to his own support when only 14 years of age as a worker on farms. When he was 22 he came to the United State, locating in Trempealeau County, where he found work on the farm of Ben Dale, and continued at that kind of work, and also as an employee in the brick kiln and lime kiln for 16 years. He then worked one year for the city of Galesville, after which he purchased his present farm of 60 acres on which he is engaged in general farming and stock raising. He has made some valuable improvements to the property. In 1903 he erected his present residence, which is a two-story brick building, constructed of brick, which he himself burned in the Dale brick yards, situated a mile from his home. He also did the carpenter work himself. The house is a good modern building installed with all necessary equipment and conveniences. Ole Sesvold was married December 25, 1902 to Mary Tronson, a native of the same locality in Norway as himself, and daughter of Andreas Tronson. Her mother died when she was a child of four years. Mr. and Mrs. Sesvold have four children: Minnie, Josephine, Esther and Oscar, all residing at home. Since coming to this country Mr. Sesvold has prospered as the result of industry and thrift and has visited his old home in Norway a number of times. The family church is the Norwegian Lutheran. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
CHARLES M. SCARSETH (GALE TOWNSHIP, TREMPEALEAU COUNTY)
Charles M. Scarsth, who is conducting a farm of 144 acres in section 27-34 E, Gale Township, was born in his present farm April 28, 1862, son of Martinus J. and Kari (Knudson) Scarseth. His parents were natives of Biri, Norway; the father came to the United States in 1857 and settled in Gale Township in 1860 at the time of his marriage. Charles M. attended the Glasgow school in this township. When about 16 or 17 years of age he began working for others at intervals, though residing on the home farm. October 6, 1886 he was married to Clara Semb, daughter of Ole O. and Kari (Ekern) Semb, who were natives of Biri, Norway, and came to the United States in 1851, locating in LaCrosse County, and later on Hardie's Creek, Trempealeau County. In the year after his marriage Mr. Scarseth bought his parents' homestead containing 144 acres of improved land on Black River, on which he is now doing general farming, including stock raising and dairying. His farm is one of the best equipped in this vicinity, the buildings being thoroughly modern, and his machinery and implements adequate to the demand of scientific farming. He is also a stockholder in the Arctic Spring Creamery and the Western Telephone Company, and for 15 years served as clerk of his school district. Since 1900 he has been secretary of the Ettrick Scandinavia Insurance Company. In politics he is a Republican and has served as supervisor one term. Mr. and Mrs. Scarseth are the parents of five children: Cora Constance, born October 19, 1887, who died December 28, the same year; Octiv Melvin, born October 31, 1888; Cora, May 24, 1890; Laura, March 27, 1892 and Hulda, July 11, 1895, all of whom are residing at home. The family are members of the Lutheran church, of which Mr. Scarseth has served as treasurer for the past 25 years. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
MARENIUS M. SCARSETH (GALE TOWNSHIP, TREMPEALEAU COUNTY)
Marenius M. Scarseth, who up to the time of his death, August 25, 1911, was engaged in operating a farm of 160 acres in sections 21 and 28 E, Gale Township, was born in this township February 5, 1867. His parents were Marthinus M. and Kari (Knudson) Scarseth, both natives of Biri, Norway, who were married in Wisconsin. They were early settlers in Gale Township, Mr. Scarseth carrying on a farm on Decorah Prairie. He died July 4, 1910. His wife survived him little over a month, her death taking place August 8, the same year. Marenius M. Scarseth was the second born in a family of four children. In his boyhood he attended the district school in a family of four children. In his boyhood he attended the district school at Glasgow, Gale Township, but began industrial life at an early age, beginning to work out on farms when 14 years old. He continued to be thus occupied until his marriage, at which time he purchased the farm which was his home until his death. He was an active, industrious man, highly esteemed by his neighbors and his passing away in middle life was widely regretted. In addition to his farm he owned 27 acres of woodland on the river. September 17, 1891, Mr. Scarseth was united in marriage with Clara Evenson, who was born in Biri, Norway, daughter of Bent and Lena (Ekern) Evenson. He and his wife are the parents of three children: Ella, wife of Elmer Evenson; Alice Lenora and Milton Bernard. Mrs. Scarseth still resides on the homestead. In politics Mr. Scarseth was independent, and though he gave his chief attention to his farm, he served as school treasurer for a number of years and took an active interest in the progress and development of the community in which he lived. The family are members of the Lutheran church. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
IDIUS B. SCARSETH (GALE TOWNSHIP, TREMPEALEAU COUNTY)
Idius B. Scarseth, of section 31 E, Gale Township, is one of the enterprising and successful farmers of this township, where he was born August 24, 1868. His parents were Martinus J. and Kari (Knudson) Scarseth, both natives of Biri, Norway. Martinus J. Scarseth was born March 30, 1836 and came to the United States in 1857, when 21 years old, being at that time unmarried. He located in Stevens Township, LaCrosse County, where he found employment on farms, and also attended school one winter to improve his knowledge of English. There he remained until his marriage in 1860, at which time he came to Gale Township, taking up his residence on the farm now owned by his son Idius and resided here until his death July 4, 1910. His wife, who was born January 3, 1831, died little more than a month after him, in August 8. At different time Mr. Scarseth held local office, serving, among other things, as census enumerator. He was the first secretary of the Hardie's Creek Lutheran Church, holding that position until his death, and he was also one of the organizers of the church. He also took an active part in educational work, serving on the school board, and was at one time town commissioner. His wife was an expert dressmaker and when she first came to this country located in Chicago, where she worked at her trade. She was a popular member of society in Gale Township. Idius B. Scarsth was one of four children, being the lat born. In his boyhood he attended the Glasgow school, and from the age of 17 to that of 24, worked out for others. A year later he bought his parents farm, on which he now resides, and which consists of 120 acres of highly improved land. Here he is engaged in general farming and in breeding Holstein cattle and full-blooded Poland-China hogs. His farm is well improved, having substantial buildings and a full equipment of all necessary tools and implements. Mr. Scarseth is a stockholder in the Farmers' Cooperative Packing Company of LaCrosse. For 20 years he has been a member of the school board, while his religious affiliations are with the Lutheran church. September 6, 1893, Mr. Scarseth was married to Sena Semb, who was born in Gale Township, this county, daughter of Ole O. and Kari (Ekern) Semb. Her father was born in Biri, Norway, September 17, 1835 and his wife in the same locality, October 12 1841. They came to the United States in 1951, locating in Stevenstown, LaCrosse County, where Mr. Semb found employment on farms. One of his brothers was killed in the Civil War and his father and another brother went to Minnesota, where ill fortune pursued them also, as both were killed by the Indians. Ole O. Semb also went to Minnesota and lived there awhile, but later returned to Wisconsin, locating on Hardie's Creek about a year before his father died. Buying land there, he devoted himself to farming, spending the rest of his life on the homestead, his death occurred July 6, 1898. At various time he served the township in local office, being regarded by his neighbors as an intelligent public-spirited citizen. His wife survived him a number of years, passing away January 11, 1911. They were the parents of eight children, of whom their daughter Sena (Mrs. Scarseth) was the seventh in order of birth. She was educated in the Glasgow school, where her future husband was fellow pupil. Mr. and Mrs. Scarseth are the parents of seven children: Julia, wife of Alfred Ravnum, a farmer residing at Glasgow, Gale Township; Nora, at home; George Dewey, who attended the LaCrosse County School of Agriculture and is also at home; Edwin Julius, Lester Bernhard, Lloyd Helmer and Clinton Theodore, who were educated in the common schools. Mr. Scarseth is a great lover of fishing and hunting and has made some of the finest catches ever made in the Black River. His wife is a member of the Ladies Aid Society at Hardie's Creek, being past secretary of the society. HISTORY OF TREMPEAULEAU COUNTY - 1917
LOUIS J. SCHANSBERG (VERNON COUNTY, WISCONSIN)
Louis J. Schansberg, who is engaged in agricultural pursuits as proprietor of Meadow Lake Farm of 155 acres, situated in section 24, Lincoln Township, was born in Vernon County, Wisconsin near Chaseburg, October 15, 1881. He is a son of John Schansberg, who was born in Norway in October 1841 and who came to the United States in 1860 locating in Vernon County, Wisconsin where he resided until 1897. In that year John Schansberg removed to Trempealeau County, settling on the farm where his son, Louis J., now resides, and which he cultivated until 1907. He then sold it to the latter and retired to a small farm near Whitehall, where he is now living. His wife, whose maiden name was Berget Steenberg, is still living, being now 69 years old. Louise J Schansberg resided at home working with his father until 1907, in which year he bought the home farm with his brother, Henry J. and they operated it together in partnership until 1912, when Louis purchased his brother's interest in the place and has since remained sole proprietor. The buildings include a two-story, seven-room house, with full basement and provided with furnace, bath, toilet and all necessary conveniences. In 1916 Mr. Schansberg built an ell-shaped, frame barn, the main part being 32 by 60 feet, and the ell 34 by 44, with concrete blocks four feet from the bottom, and 17 feet above the blocks. It is furnished with 25 Louden stanchions and litter carrier, and has concrete floors, concrete mangers and individual drinking fountains. He has also two silos - one a stave silo, 14 by 29 feet, the other of cement blocks, 12 by 29. Mr. Schansberg keeps graded Shorthorn cattle, having a herd of 45 head, of which he milks 20; he also feeds 100 Duroc-Jersey hogs a year. Aside from his direct farming interests, he is a director and vice-president of the Pigeon Grain & Stock Company. Since 1909 he has been treasurer of joint district No. 1 of Lincoln and Pigeon Townships, has served on the township board two years and as township treasurer two years. April 7, 1907, Mr. Schansberg was married to Clara Simonson, who was born in Pigeon Township, this county, December 18, 1878, and whose father, Peter Simonson, now a retired farmer of that township came to America from Norway in 1870. Her mother, whose maiden name was Helene Weverstad, is now 78 years old. Mr. and Mrs. Schansberg have five children: Selma V., born January 28, 1908; Odell N., born June 19, 1909; Helen, born March 13, 1912; Lawrence, born December 31, 1914; and Ralph H., born January 8, 1917. The family are members of the United Norwegian Lutheran church, of which Mr. Schansberg has been secretary since 1911. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
ALBERT MARK SCOW (ARCADIA TOWNSHIP, TREMPEALEAU COUNTY, WI)
Albert Mark Scow is a native of Trempealeau County, born on the homestead in section 33, Arcadia Township, in Newcomb’s Valley, December 3, 1875, son of Matt and Isabella (Olson) Scow. He was educated in the district schools, learned farming from his father, rented the home far in 1901, and purchased it from his co-heirs in 1909. On this place he now carries on general farming and dairying, owning a good herd of Holstein and Redpoll cattle. He has improved the house and has erected a frame barn, 36 by 80 by 14, with full basement and equipped with the James system, stanchions and other conveniences. He has also constructed a granary, cattle stalls, machine sheds and similar buildings. A Republican in politics, he is a public-spirited citizen. His fraternal associations are with the Beavers at Arcadia. Mr. Scow was married December 26, 1910 to Lena Erickson, daughter of Paul and Mathilda Erickson of Newcomb’s Valley, and this union has been blessed with four children: Palmer, born November 4, 1904; Raymond, born June 30, 1906; Evelyn, born October 15, 1910; and Maurice Leonard, born April 11, 1917. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
MATT SCOW (NORWAY)
Matt. Scow came to Trempealeau County in 1868, and located in Newcomb’s Valley, seven miles east of Arcadia Village, where he homesteaded 160 acres in section 33. The land was wild and had to be grubbed and cleared before crops could be planted. The first home was a small structure, 14 by 16 feet, which is now the south wing of the present house. Additions were made from time to time until the home is a pleasant two-story building of eleven comfortable rooms. Beginning under the most primitive circumstances, with a yoke of oxen, and but few tools, he gradually achieved prosperity. To his original claim he added 40 acres, thus making a farm of 200 acres, of which 150 was tilled. After a long life, filled with busy work, he died in 1904 at the age of 72 years. Two weeks later his wife died. They were buried in the cemetery of the Fagnerness Lutheran church, of which they were numbered among the founders and liberal supporters. Mr. Scow was born in Norway in 1832, there married Isabella Olson, and with her came to America in 1866, landing at New York, and living near Madison, in Dane County, Wisconsin, before coming to Trempealeau. In the family there were seven children: Tillie, now of Minneapolis; Minnie, now wife of C.W. Cann of Jersey City, New Jersey; Josie, now wife of M.J. Skogstad, a farmer of Blair, this county; Olive, now Mrs. C.J. Skogstad of Whitehall, Wisconsin; Ida, now Mrs. E.K. Stutlien of Blair, Wisconsin; Albert Mark, who owns the home place, and Emil, an attorney of Bowman, North Dakota. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY – 1917
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