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MRS. KARINE SKJELLERUD: (TOTEN)
"Mrs Karine Skjellerud, who passed away November 4, was one of the very few of the old settlers left among the living of the first settlers in Moe coulee. There remains now after Mrs. Skjellerud's death only one - Mrs. H Mortenson of Whitehall.
As was the common lot of the earliest settlers, so was also Mr. and Mrs. Skjellerud's life, one of toil and constant effort to secure a living for themselves and their family. A good home, an estimable family and comfortable circumstances had crowned their lives of strenuous tasks when their evening sun began to set. As with so many of our sturdy pioneers, their days are now all but spent and one by one they pass from time into eternity. All honor to them. We enjoy the fruits of their labors in so many ways.
Mr. Stener Skjellerud died March 4, 1923. Mrs. Skjellerud was able to take care of her household duties to the day of her death at the ripe age of over 81 years. She was born in Toten, Norway, July 18, 1844, of parents, Hans and Johanna Fjeld. In June, 1866, she was married to Stener Skjellerud. They immigrated to the United States in 1870. They lived two years near Halfway creek, Lacrosse county and then settled upon the land in Moe coulee, which for 53 years has continued to be their home.
Eight children have blessed their married life. Three are dead, Mrs. N. Nyberg, Oluf and Sevald. The surviving are Johanna, Olive, Hannah, Casper and Otto.
Funeral services for the deceased were held at the Pigeon Falls Synod church Satturday November 7, Rev. E.B. Christopherson officiating." THE WHITEHALL TIMES - November 19, 1925
STENER J. SKJELLERUD: (BIRI)
Stener J. Skjellerud was born in Biri, Norway July 4, 1840. When fifteen years old he was confirmed in the venerable, ancestral church of Segaard. At the age of twenty he moved to the adjacent district of Toten. There in June 1866, he married. In 1870, with his family, he came to U.S. His first two years in this country were spent in and around Halfway Creek, LaCrosse county, Wisconsin. In 1872 he came to Trempealeau county and began the building of his home in Daggett coulee, where he remained until his death March 4, 1923. He was the father of eight children, five of whom survive him. The children who survive him are: Jennie Larson, Lewiston, Mont.; Olava West, Mora, Minn.; Hannah Iverson, Casper Johnson and Otto Johnson of Pigeon.
The woman, Karen, who for nearly fifty-seven years shared his strugles, hopes and victories also lives to miss him. He came just in time to help lay the foundation for the church from whose portals he was borne to his last resting place. Mr. Skjellerud was a quiet unassuming man but nevertheless a constant and potent source of the things which we share as blessings in our community. Silently, persistently he wrought day by day and year by year among the hills and little hollows which with the aid of his good wife has become a prosperous home. The world would not call him a 'smart' man, but he was more than that for he was a wise man. He carefully measured his fitness and abilities and chose his undertakings in accordance with his ability to perform. And all the learning of schools and experience of man has taught no greater wisdom.
Though never a robust man he so conserved his strength by an equable temperament and careful use of his energies that he attained more than fourscore years. And when the call came, 'Behold I will gather thee to thy fathers and thou shall go to thy grave in peace,' like one weary from the toil of a long day he folded his hands on his breast and without a murmur, or struggle passed as calmly and contentedly as a child sinks to slumber on his mother's bosom. H.A. Anderson" THE WHITEHALL TIMES - March 29, 1923
KJEL SKAAR (EIDFORD, HARDANGER)
Kjel Skaar, well-known resident of Blair and its oldest citizen passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Anna H. Johnson, Tuesday morning, September 15, 1942 at 1:50 a.m. He was 95 years old, nine months and 23 days old at the time of his death. He suffered a fall in April this year and had been confined to bed ever since. Mr. Skaar was born at Skaar, Hardanger, Norway November 23, 1846. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran congregation and grew to young manhood in his native parish. He boarded an emigrant vessel at Bergen, Norway April 23, 1868, his destination Deerfield, Wisconsin. He entered America by way of the St. Lawrence River and reached Quebec May 26. He arrived at his journey’s end June 21. Two months had been consumed in travel, evidence of the primitive modes of transportation of that early day. He was united in marriage to Synva Haaheim October 25, 1868 at the Vestre Koshkoning church by the renowned pioneer Lutheran pastor, Rev. Jacob Aal Otterson. This union lasted a period of 71 years until the wife’s death October 20, 1939. After a period of varied employment in Dane County, the family moved to Trempealeau County where they were engaged in farming in North Beaver Creek several years and from 1888 to 1896 in Pine Creek, Jackson County. At the latter place, Mr. Skaar became agent for the Jewel Nursery Company and also purchased a monument concern at Stoughton. In 1896 he bought a home inn Blair and has resided here the past 46 years. Mr. Skaar was preceded in death by three of his children. Henry Olaus died in July 1886, Tollev March 11, 1911 and Lars, October 23, 1928. Seven children survive his passing: Mrs. Anna H. Johnson, Blair; Mrs. Belle Bailey, Mrs. Hannah K. Null, Mrs. Robert A. Robb and Edwin, St Paul; Mrs. J.F. Conway (Clara), Lake City and Henry, San Diego, California. There are 14 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Mr. Skaar was active in the civic affairs of his community. He served as village marshall and justice of the peace many years. He always took great interest and prominent part in all church activities and served as trustee of the Zion Lutheran congregation. He was a member successively of the North Beaver Creek, Trempealeau Valley and Zion congregations. He was possessed of a keen mind and an unfailing sense of humor. He was well informed on all topics of world wide interest. His faculties he retained but little impaired even in old age. Funeral services will be held on Friday afternoon, September 18th in charge of Rev. T.E. Sweger. The body will be at the Gibson Funeral Home and friends may pay their respects from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. After a brief service there at 1:30, the funeral procession will proceed to the Zion Lutheran church. Interment will be beside his wife in Zion cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 17, 1942
MRS. KJEL H. SKAAR (ULVIK,HARDANGER)
Synva Haaheim was born at Ulvik, Hardanger, Norway, November 9, 1847, the daughter of Tolleiv Haaheim and wife. The rites of baptism and confirmation were administered to her in the Lutheran church of her native parish. She emigrated to America in the year 1868, leaving Bergen, Norway April 23rd, crossing the Atlantic on a sailing vessel, entering America by way of the St. Lawrence River. She arrived at Quebec May 25th and at her final destination at Madison Wisconsin on June 21st of that year. The whole journey had consumed a period of almost two months. She was united in marriage to Kjel H. Skaar October 25, 1868 at the Vestre Koshonong Lutheran church by the well known pioneer pastor Rev. Jacob Aal Otterson. Had she lived five days longer, she could have observed with her husband the 71st anniversary of their marriage. The newly wedded couple made their home in Dane County until 1874 at which time they moved to the North Beaver Creek country, where so many of their compatriots from Hardanger, Norway already resided. From 1888 to 1896 they resided in Pine Creek. They then took up residence in Blair and have remained here a period of 43 years. To this marriage ten children were born. Of them, Henry Olaus passed away in July 1886, Tolleiv March 11, 1911 and Lars October 23, 1928. Together with her husband, who is left to mourn the loss of a faithful and devoted helpmate of 71 years, five daughters and two sons bear the loss of a mother, rich in unfailing affection. They are Mrs. Anna Johnson Blair, Mrs. J.F. Conway, Lake City, Minnesota; Mrs. Belle Bailey, Mrs. Hanna K. Null, Mrs. Robert A Robb and Henry and Edwin all of St. Paul, Minnesota. There are fourteen grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Skaar was a lifelong member of the Lutheran church. Her Bible and hymnbook were dear to her heart. In humility and unfeigned piety, she strove to do her duty. Of marvelous patience she took her crosses and her joys, as both given by the same loving hand of God. Faithfulness and prayer marked the many years of her sojourn. Though the evening of her life tarried longer than its wont, her faith never faltered and her trust never failed. Funeral services were held on Monday, October 22 at 1:30 p.m. at the home and 2 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran church, conducted by Rev. T.E .Sweger. At the church the audience sang “Jeg ved mig en sovn” and “Jeg taker dig av hjerte” and Mrs. Angus Sather and Mrs. Elmer Nelson sang “Abide With Me.” The pallbearers were Art Hogan, John Davis, Ed Elland, Adolph Olson, Ed Anderson and Tom Thompson. The flower bearers were Mesdames Angus Sather, Arthur Hogan, Elmer Nelson and Milton Frederixon. Interment was in the family lot in Zion cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 26, 1939
OLE NELSON SKAAR (HARDANGER)
Ole Nelson Skaar died of apoplexy last Monday, October 8, 1906, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. K.S. Knutson. Deceased was born in Hardanger, Norway, June 15, 1822; and was therefore 84 years, 3 months and 23 days old when he died. Mrs. Skaar was up all day Saturday, but taken ill that night. His condition was not considered dangerous until five o’clock Monday morning when he was stricken with apoplexy, lapsing into a comatose state from which he did not rally. Mr. Skaar emigrated to this country in 1853, settling in Dane County, this state, where he resided five years, then came to Beaver Creek valley to the Town of Ettrick, residing there until two years ago when he came to Blair to live with his daughter. He was one of the first settlers in Beaver Creek valley where he was a well known and highly respected citizen. Mr. Skaar was married to Miss Ingeborg Skjeie in Ulvik, Hardanger, Norway, in 1850. He leaves a wife and two daughter and two sons as follows: Mrs. John Larkin of Shake Hollow, Mrs. K.S Knutson of Blair, and Messrs. A.O. Nelson and N.O. Nelson of LaCrosse. The funeral to is to be held today at 2 o’clock p.m. at the Beaver Creek United Lutheran church. Rev. Gulbrandson officiated. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - OCTOBER 11, 1906
HALVOR N. SKJEIE (ULVIK, HARDANGER)
The death of Halvor N. Skjeie at LaCrosse on Wednesday of last week marks the passing of one of the oldest setters in Trempealeau County. Coming to America in 1868 he settled on the farm in Bear Creek which was the home of himself and the good wife until about 15 years ago when he sold it to his son, Martin. Later they lived in Blair and the past year, he has lived with his son, Martin and family, in LaCrosse. He was one of the first members of the First Lutheran church in Beaver Creek and continued a life long member. Concerning his church activities Re. S.S. Urberg, his pastor for more than 30 years said, “He was one of the best members of my congregation and he will be greatly missed.” He passed his 89th birthday and when Rev. Urberg administered the last sacrament a few weeks ago he said that he was ready to go and welcomed the end. Halvor N. Skjeie was born in Ulvick, Hardanger, Norway, September 28, 1836. On June 24, 1864 he was united in marriage to Martha Lindebrekke and in the spring of 1868 they emigrated to America and since that time were residents of Bear Creek. On June 24, 1914, they celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Mrs. Skjeie passed away August 7, 1922. Three sons survive the deceased: Nels of Los Angeles, California; Martin of LaCrosse and Albert of Los Angeles, California, who had been spending the summer here and was present at the funeral. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 22, 1925
MRS. OLE NELSON SKAAR (NORWAY)
The death of Mrs. Ole Nelson Skaar occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Larkin, in Shake Hollow, Jackson County, Sunday morning, July 12th, aged 86 years, 5 months and 2 days. Deceased emigrated to this country from Norway with her husband in 1853, residing five years at Cambridge, Dane County, removing to Beaver Creek valley in 1858, being among the first settlers in that section. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. John Larkin of Shake Hollow and Mrs. K.S. Knutson of this place, and two sons, Nels and Andrew of LaCrosse, her husband having preceded her two years ago. The funeral was held Tuesday at the U.L church at Hegg, Rev. Gulbrandson conducting the services. The pallbearers were Albert, Ed and Andrew Larkin, Julius, Edwin and Irvin Knutson, grandsons of the deceased. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - JULY 16, 1908
MISS TILLIE SKAUGH (NORWAY)
Miss Tillie Skaugh passed away at a LaCrosse hospital Tuesday, February 7, 1938 at 7 a.m. after a short illness, death being caused by a heart attack. She had been ill for about two weeks and was at the hospital but three days before her death occurred. Deceased was the daughter of Matt and Ingeborg Skaugh and when six months of age, came with her parents from Norway. They settled in Newcomb Valley where they resided for many years. Miss Tillie had for a long period made her home in Minneapolis, coming last September to make her home with her widowed sister in Blair, Mrs. Matt Skogstad. A brother and sister died some years ago, as did her parents. She is survived by three sisters: Mrs. Matt Skogstad, Blair; Mrs. Christ. Skogstad, Blair; Mrs. McCann, Jersey City, New Jersey; and one brother, Mark Skaugh, Arcadia. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon, February 10 at the Rhode undertaking parlors at Whitehall at 1:00 o’clock and from there burial will be made in the Fagnernes cemetery. Rev. K.M. Urberg will officiate. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 10, 1938
MRS. HALVOR SKJEIE (ULVIK, HARDANGER)
On Sunday, August 6th, 1922, Mrs. Halvor Skjeie died at her home in Blair. She was born in Ulvik, hardanger, Norway on July 26, 1840. She was the daughter of Elling and Martha (Fryste) Lindebrekke. On June 24, 1864 she was united in marriage to Halvor Nelson Skjeie and in 1868 they emigrated to America. She leaves to mourn her death her husband and three sons: Nels of Los Angeles, California; Martin of Blair; and Albert of Oklahoma City; and five grandchildren. The funeral was held Wednesday August 9th at the First Lutheran church at Beaver Creek, Rev. Urberg officiated. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 10, 1922
MRS. CORNELIUS SKILLINGSTAD (MOLDE)
Death came late Christmas Eve to Pauline Mathea Skillingstad, aged 90 years, two months and 23 days, at the Bethesda Home, Beresford, South Dakota, where she had resided since March 1947. Mrs. Skillingstad was a daughter of Christian and Beret Gjertson Frisvold and was born in Molde, Norway, October 12, 1857. The family moved to Aalesund and it was there she grew to young woman hood, attended the public school and was confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Among her schoolmates in Aaesund was the late Inga Skornes Gulbrandson, wife of Pastor Gundbrandson, first resident pastor in the U.L. parish at Pigeon Falls. On December 2, 1880, she was married to Cornelius Skillingstad in Naero, Norway and came to America with her husband and two young sons in 1884. The family settled at Windom, Minnesota and lived in that community until they moved to Charles Mix County, South Dakota in 1897, where Mrs. Skillingstad has since made her home with the exception of spending the winter months for the past eight years with her son-in-law and daughter, the Rev. and Mrs. C.K. Malmin at Pigeon Falls. Mrs. Skillingstad enjoyed good health until a fall last August resulted in a hip fracture from which she was unable to rally. There was a gradual failing strength and toward the last it was discovered that her heart was growing weaker. Always keenly alert to her surroundings and keeping abreast of times through extensive reading, deceased remained conscious to the last. Mrs. Skillingstad found her greatest comfort in her Bible reading, and although deaf for years, she never failed to be in church as long as she was able to attend. She was preceded in death by her husband, who passed away in March 1913, while on a trip in the interest of the South Dakota district inner mission work, and by her oldest daughter of Geddes, South Dakota. Survivors are her sons, Jacob of Burbank, South Dakota; Ole and Martin of San Francisco, California; and daughters, Mrs. J.E. Holseth of Colfax, Mrs. Oscar Aust of Corvallis, Oregon; and Mrs. C.K. Malmin of Pigeon Falls. She also leaves a sister, Mrs. Lovise Olson of Tonsberg, Norway. There are 22 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted December 30 at the Bethesda Home at 9 a.m. and at the church at Bloomington, South Dakota in the afternoon. Burial was in the family plot in the church cemetery. The Rev. O.H. Brodland, resident pastor at Bethesda had charge of the service. Rev. Malmin sang “Den Store Hvide Flok” and “Taenk Naar Engang” and also thanked the staff at the home for the excellent care the deceased had enjoyed while a resident and patient there. The Rev. A. Wigdahl had charge of the services at the church at Bloomington. Memorials to charities in honor of the deceased were given to the Bethesda Home. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 1, 1948
AMUND SKAUGH (GULBRANDSDAL)
Amund Pederson Skaugh, 94, formerly of Blair died early Friday (June 19, 1964) morning at the Osseo Area hospital where he had been a patient one month. He was moved here from the Rustad Nursing Home at Strum where he had been a resident 1 ½ years. He was born October 12, 1869 in Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, to Peder and Ragnhild Pederson. He was six months old when he came to America with his parents and one brother. They settled in Coon Valley, where the family name was changed to Skaugh. He married Mina Jothen at Newry, Wisconsin in 1900. The couple then purchased a farm in the Coon Valley area where they resided until 1917 when they purchased a farm in Vosse Coulee near Blair. Mrs. Skaugh died in 1927. Skaugh lived 27 years with his son, Reuben in Blair and later with his son, Ingeman, until being hospitalized in 1961. Survivors are two sons, Reuben and Ingeman of Blair and three grandchildren, Marvin, Beverly and Belinda, Blair. A daughter, Minerva, and a brother Mathias, have died. Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Trempealeau Valley Lutheran church of which he was a member. The Rev. W.H. Winkler officiated and burial was in the church cemetery. Howard Tjoflat sang “I Know of a Sleep in Jesus’ Name” and “Den Store Hvide Flok.” Mrs. Enoch Anderson was organist. Palmer Hjelsand, Irvin Galstad, Vernon McRae, Oris Johnson, Sanford Johnson and Nobel Hanson were pallbearers. THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 25, 1964
MRS. HANS SKOYEN (BIRI)
Mathia Skoyen was born in Biri, Norway, January 3, 1847, and died December 11, 1934. The parents of Mathia Skoyen were Christian and Olave Knutson. She was married to Hans Skoyen and came to America in1880 and settled on a farm in the Town of Hale, where she lived until her death. To Mr. and Mrs. Skoyen, seven children were born. Her husband and two sons preceded her in death. She had been blind for thirteen years, but had been in good health until she was taken sick one week before her death. When death came, she was aged 87 years, 11 months and 8 days Funeral services were held December 14, 1934, in the U.L. Church in Pigeon Falls, the Reverends A.J. and H.A. Oerke officiating. E.A. Sletteland in charge. Pallbearers were grandsons. The surviving children are: John and Ceasar of the Town of Hale; Halfdan of Idaho; Hilda, Mrs. Ole Tomter, Town of Hale; and Inga, Mrs. Albert Rustad of Osseo; also 21 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 24, 1935
MRS. SIGRID SKJONSBERG (OIERS, GULBRANDSDALEN)
Sigrid Skjonsberg died at the home of her son, John H. Skjonsberg, in the Town of Lincoln, August 25, 1910. She was born in Oiers Ptestegjeld, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, February 22, 1815, and was at the time of her death 95 years, 6 months and 3 days. She came to America in 1861 and settled in Vernon county, where she resided until the spring of 1897, when she came to Lincoln with her son, John, with whom she made her home. The funeral was held in the U.L. church in Whitehall Saturday August 27th and conducted by Rev. A. J. Orke. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - SEPTEMBER 1, 1910
MRS. SOPHIA SKOYEN (VARDAL)
Mrs. Sophia Skoyen of South Valley died at her home August 25, 1936. Funeral services were held from the South Valley church August 29, the Rev. O.C. Aune officiating. Deceased was born in Vardahl, Norway, April 15, 1865, and came to America in 1881. Two years later she was married to Johannes Torpen. To them nine children were born, three of whom died in infancy. The six remaining to mourn her death are Melvin Torpen of Scranton, North Dakota; Mrs. Olius Monson and Mrs. John Evenson, Osseo, and Tilmer, Emil and Jorden on the home farm. Twenty-eight grandchildren also survive and five great-grandchildren. Mr. Torpen died in 1910. Mrs. Torpen was married to Iver Skoyen in 1911, and he preceded her in death six years ago. Pallbearers at the funeral services were six grandsons namely, Hans, Orville, Morris and Edwin Monson, and James and Clifford Evenson. Six granddaughters carried flowers. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - SEPTEMBER 10, 1936
MRS. BERGETHE SKJONSBERG (BIRI)
The death of Mrs. Bergethe Sjonsberg, which occurred at the home of her son, Louis, in the Town of Lincoln Saturday, February 21, removes another early settler from this community. Mrs. Skjonsberg’s death, age the age of 82 years, was caused by an attack of the flu which later developed into pneumonia. Funeral services were held at the Skonsberg home and at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church at Whitehall Wednesday afternoon, February 25. Her body was interred in the family lot in Lincoln cemetery beside the remains of her husband, Johannes Skjonsberg, who died June 18, 1930. Bergethe Stenberg was born October 4, 1848, in Biri Parish, Norway. The following year, her parents, Christian and Maren Stenberg, set sail for America. The Stenberg family settled in Dane County, this state, where they resided until 1854, when they moved to Coon Valley, Vernon County. In the latter community she spent her girlhood and on October 25, 1868, she became the wife of Johannes Skjonsberg, with whom she shared the trials , hardships and pleasures of life for more than 60 years. A family of ten children were born to them. For 30 years Mr. Skjonsberg and family followed farming as an occupation in Vernon county and in 1897, they moved to the Town of Lincoln where they purchased a farm about two miles east of Whitehall, which is now owned by their son, Louis. Mr. and Mrs. Skjonsberg operated this farm until 1907, when they bought a few acres of land about one mile east of Whitehall where they erected a comfortable home which they enjoyed together for a period of 23 years when Mr. Skjonsberg was taken from this life. Since her husband’s death, Mrs. Skjonsberg has made her home much of the time with her son, Louis and family. Mr. and Mrs. Skjonsberg had the pleasure of observing their Golden Wedding anniversary October 25, 1918, at their home, when all their children returned to enjoy the occasion with them A celebration in connection with fifty years of married life had been elaborately prepared for the elderly couple but an account of the epidemic of influenza which prevailed at that time, it was not held. Ten years later, which was their Diamond anniversary and marked their 60th wedding day, another gathering was held, at which time all the children, grandchildren and a large number of other relatives and friends were present at the unusual occasion. Mr. and Mrs. Kjonsberg were fittingly honored at this time and they given many expressions of friendship and love by the people among whom they had lived for long years. The surviving children are Henry, Christian, Sophia, Mathilda, Haaken, John, Louis, Randina, Josephine and Tilford. All were present at the funeral services with the exception of Mrs. Sophia Comings and Mrs. Josephine Gray, who reside in Canada and could not come at the time of their mother’s death. Besides Mrs. Skjonsberg’s husband, her parents, one brother Lars and one sister, Mrs. Stephen Nelson, all preceded her in death. O.C. Stenberg, a brother and Mrs. John Hanson, a sister, both of LaCrosse survive her. Mrs. Skjonsberg was a type of woman who was capable of adapting herself to the conditions which confronted the early settlers in this state. She was a noble wife and mother and a citizen who held the love and respect of the communities in which she spent her life. Fond recollections among those who knew her best will long linger in their memories. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MARCH 12, 1931
JOHANNES SKJONSBERG (OIER, GULBRANDSDALEN)
Johannes Skjonsberg, who reached the end of his earthly pilgrimage at his home in the Town of Lincoln, this county, June 18, 1930, was born October 19, 1842 on a farm known as “Skjonserg,” in Oier, Parish, Gudbrandsdalen, Norway. The name Skjonsberg, signifying beautiful cliff or mountain. In 1861, accompanied by his father, Halvor and mother Sigrid Skjonsberg, Johannes came to Coon Valley, Vernon County, Wisconsin, and here the family remained until 1897, when Johannes came to the Town of Lincoln and bought the old Cook farm just south of Old Whitehall. His father died in Coon Valley, but his mother came with him and lived with him until she died at the age of 95 years. October 25, 1868, Johannes married Bergette Stenberg, who at the age of 81 years, survives him. That means, that the deceased and his widow walked together the ups and downs of life for nearly 62 years. Another remarkable circumstance in the lives of this venerable couple, is that fact that the ten children born to them are all living and the widow is comparatively well and active. In contemplation of the many blessings enjoyed by them, they might well have exclaimed with David: “My cup runneth over.” Following is a list of the children: Henry Schansberg, Whitehall; Christian Schansberg, Spring Grove, Minnesota; Sophia Cummings, Titsdale, Canada; Mathilde Galstad, Whitehall; Haakon Schansberg, Blair; John Schansberg, Spring Grove, Minniesota; Lewis Schansberg, Whitehall; Randine Weverstad, Holmen; Josephine Grey, Sylvania, Canada and Tilford Schansberg, Taylor. There are also 43 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren to testify to the fruitfulness and vitality of the Skjonsberg family. Deceased is also survived by a brother, C.H Schansberg of Preston, Minnesota and a sister, Karen, of Howard, North Dakota, and another sister, Mrs. Sever Solberg. Funeral services were held in Our Saviour’s church June 20, Rev. Orke and Rev. Maakestad, both contributing to the comfort of the numerous relatives and friends in attendance. The body wad laid beside the mother’s in the Whitehall Cemetery. Mr. Skjonsberg was a quiet earnest, Christian gentleman. His long bright beard gave him a patriarchal appearance, reminiscent of the days when no one was considered a simon pure Norseman unless he had fair skin, blue eyes and hair and beard that held glints of sunbeams. With unsullied record and revered memory, he has gone in the fullness of years ripe and ready to be garnered in mansions eternal. Written by H.A. Anderson, June 22, 1930 THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JULY 3, 1930
CHRISTIAN J. SKOGSTAD (TORPEN, LAND)
Tribute was paid to the memory of Christian J. Skogstad by hundreds of people when funeral services were conducted on Monday afternoon from his home and the First Lutheran church of our village. The death of Mrs. Skogstad was expected at any time due to a very serious heart ailment - yet when news was spread that he had fallen asleep as he was resting in his chair, the whole citizenship was shocked. Mrs. Skogstad had been in town not many minutes before his death. Mr. Skogstad was born in Torpen, Land, Norway on December 8, 1863 to the parents Johan B. Skogstad and his wife, Guri Peterson. He was early brought to the Lord in Holy Baptism. In 1864 the family came to America and settled in Dane County, Wisconsin where they made their home for six years. In 1869 the family homesteaded a farm in Lakes Coulee. The early Christian training of Mr. Skogstad was had in his home and in the due season after preliminary instruction, was confirmed in the French Creek church by the late Rev. Sherven. Secular formal education was scarce in his life due to the rigid requirements of work from the boys in those early days. Thirteen winters of his life were spent in the northern pineries. November 25, 1892 he was married to Olive Pauline Skow of Newcomb Valley, Rev. A. Myhre performing the ceremony in the French Creek parsonage. They farmed the farm in Lakes Coulee for many years and in April 1915, he purchased the Carpenter farm west of Blair. There they resided until the fall of 1922 when the family moved to Blair where they have since resided. Mr. Skogstad and family have been active in the work of their church while in Blair, regularly taking part in divine worship and in auxiliary work of the church. Three brothers have preceded him in death: Peter, Hans and Matt. He is survived by Ben Skogstad of Couer d’Alena, Idaho, John and Gust Skogstad of Eleva; Mrs Ingeborg Overby of Roseau; and Mrs. Bertha Nelson of Los Angeles, California. His beloved wife, Olive, survives him having been a wonderful helpmate for him these many years. A daughter, Melva, died several years ago. The following children survive: Mrs. Dena Gilbertson, Mrs. Sophie Hanson, Clifford, Mrs. Henrietta Howard, Mrs. Verna Davis, Franklin and Mrs. Judith Anderson. After funeral services had been conducted at the church here in Blair, the funeral train found its way out to the Fagernes church near which is the family burial lot. His pastor and friend, the Rev. Konrad Urberg, committed the body in the Christian funeral service, after which the church bell tolled out the customary three strokes which denote the end of an earthly sojourn in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 24, 1939
MATT SKOGSTAD (LAND)
Very suddenly on Tuesday morning, June 8, 1937, death came to Matt Skogstad at his home, the cause of death being a heart attack. Martinius J. Skogstad was born in Land, Norway, January 20, 1861, to the parents, John B. Skogstad ad his wife, Guri Peterson. As is the custom in all Christian homes, little Martinius was brought to Holy Baptism very soon after birth, and thus at an early age became a child of God and heir of eternal life. At the age of three years, he came to America with his parents. They made their home in Dane County until 1869, when they came up to these parts and homesteaded a farm in Lakes Coulee where Matt grew to manhood. It was in Lakes Coulee that he received his Christian training and later confirmed in the Lutheran faith in the French Creek church. His secular education was scant because there was little schooling to be had and the new settlers’ boys had to work hard to help get the homestead in order. February 1, 1892 he was united in marriage with Josephine Scow, who survives. To this union there were born eight children, two of which have died in infancy. He is survived by the following: Margaret, Mrs. Carl Lund, Taylor; Maurice, on the home farm; Bennie, Whitehall; Laura, Mrs. Palmer Hagen, Whitehall; Irvin, Couer d Alene, Idaho and Lloyd of Blair. Outside of nine years spent in the Town of Albion, Mr. Skogstad spent all his days in this community. In 1906 he purchased the home farm in Trempealeau Valley where the family home was until1924 when they moved to Blair. Two brothers, Peter and Hans have preceded him in death, while survivors of the brothers and sisters are as follows: Ben, Couer d’ Alene, Idaho; Christian, Blair; John, Eleva; Gust, Eleva; Isabel, Mrs. Ed. Overby, Roseau, Minnesota; and Bertha, Mrs. C.C. Nelson, Casper, Wyoming. There are also nine grandchildren. Funeral services were held in his church, the Blair First Lutheran, following preliminary services at the home on Saturday, June 12, with his pastor, the Rev Konrad Urberg officiating. Interment was made in the family lot in the old Trempealeau Valley cemetery. May his partner, Josephine, who walked with him so many years in times of sorrows and joys spend the rest of her days in the memories of a beloved husband and in the joys of her beloved children. Our sincere sympathies are hereby expressed to the sorrowing wife and children. THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 17, 1937
PEDER J. SKOGSTAD (LAND)
Peter J. Skogstad was born in Lands Prestijeld, Norway on the 29th days of September, 1854 and died in his home in Eleva, June 10, 1922, aged 67 years, 8 months and 12 days. At the age of ten years, he came with his parents to America, locating at Blue Mounds, Wisconsin where they resided for about five years. The family moved to Trempealeau County in 1869, residing on a farm in the Town of Preston. On June 24, 1881 he was united in marriage to Mary C. Hanson and to this union was born six children - Clara, who died at the tender age of 10 months; Cora, now Mrs. Harve Navenor; Melvin, Luella, now Mrs. Ben Bergerson; Henry, who died October 15, 1918; and Palmer. Mr. Skogstad served for a time on the on the village board of Eleva and for several years previous to this, he was chairman and treasurer of the Town Board of Chimney Rock. He was also a member of the Woodman Lodge and at the time of his death was Most Worthy President of the Beaver lodge. His death came after a prolonged illness during which time he had been treated at the hospital and by the best medical specialist, but all human skill failed and he passed peacefully away Saturday morning about 9 o’clock. The funeral services was held at the home and the Lutheran church Wednesday. Member of the Woodman order were honorary pallbearers. A large number of relatives and friends from near and far came to pay their respects to a departed friend and the church was crowded, many being unable to get in. Rev. Langehough officiated, and the many beautiful floral offerings bore silent testimony of the esteem in which Mr. Skogstad was held. Thus passed from our community a citizen well known and respected. Reprinted from the Eleva Gazette. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - JUNE 22, 1922
ANDREW C. SKORSTAD (VARDAHL)
Andrew Christianson Skorstad died at his home in Pigeon Falls September 1, 1914, aged 66, 4 months and 13 days of heart failure. Deceased was born in Vardahl, Christiana, Norway, April 19, 1848. He came to America in 1867 and settled in Vernon County, where he remained until the arrival of his parents from Norway the following year when he accompanied them to the Skorstad home where he had since resided. He was married in 1897 to Petra Peterson Tenseth, who died in 1901. Two children were born to them, namely, Casper, and Milan, the latter dying in infancy. Besides his son, to mourn the loss of a beloved father, he leaves two brothers and three sisters, Mrs. A. Rye of Taconite, Minnesota; Mrs. O.E. Larson and Peter Skorstad of Whitehall; and Peter Skorstad of York. The funeral services were held at the Synod Lutheran church at Pigeon Falls September 3, Rev. E.B. Christophersen officiating. The pallbearers were Ole Haralsrud, John Sagen, Magnus Sagen, Nels Kaas, John Tomter and Theodore Larson. THE WHITEHAL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - SEPTEMBER 17, 1914
MISS CARRIE SKORSTAD (VARDAHL)
Miss Carrie Skorstad, 81, died at her home in Whitehall Friday, October 4, after a long illness. Funeral services were held at Whitehall and Pigeon Falls Monday, with burial in the Synod Lutheran cemetery in the latter village. Carrie, second daughter of Christian Skorstad and Eline Braastad Skorstad, was born in Vardahl, Norway, December 28, 1858. In 1868 the family consisting of Andrew, Peter Anton, Olive, Carrie and Maria, came to America, settling in Coon Valley. The following year they took a homestead in the Town of Pigeon, now divided into three farms owned by Olaf and Jospeh Sagen and Edwin Tomter. Carrie was confirmed by the Reverend Sherven in the Synod church at Pigeon Falls, where the Skorstad family were members. With the exception of one year spent in Pasadena, California, the subject of this sketch lived the remainder of her life at York and Whitehall. After the death of Mrs. Anton Skorsad, Carrie spent 25 years with her brother, Anton, merchant at York. Anton died in 1924 and a few years later, Carried moved to Whitehall. Her health began to fail two years ago and the last year of her life, she was confined to her bed, blind and helpless, her niece taking care of her. Death came Friday morning, October 4, at 10:35 at her home in this village. Had she lived until December, she would have been 82 years old. Surviving are one sister, Maria, Mrs. O.E. Larson; one sister-in-law, Clara, widow of Peter Skorstad; one niece, Mrs. Mabel Crown, all of Whitehall and two nephews, Owen Larson of Pigeon and Casper Skorstad of Seattle, Washington. The Rev. O.G. Birkeland conducted brief services at the home at 1 p.m. Monday, speaking in both English and Norwegian, and Mrs. Carl Jahr sang “Heaven Is My Home” and “Bedre kan jeg ikke fare,” Mrs. H. M. Johnson accompanying at the piano. The remains were then taken to the Synod Lutheran church at Pigeon Falls, where the Rev Birkeland officiated in the Norwegian language and the Rev. E.B. Christophersen in the English. Mrs. Jahr again sang the above songs with Paul Christophersen, church organist, accompanying her. Flowers were carried by three children, a great-niece of the deceased, Delores Larson of Pigeon; a great-nephew, William S. Crown and his playmate, Roger Baer of Whitehall. Pallbearers were former friends and neighbors from York, Lawrence Larson, Ole Hanson, Edward Jacobson, Olai Nelson, George Humphrey and Knut Haugen. She was laid to rest in the church cemetery by the side of her mother, which was her request. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - OCTOBER 10, 1940
MARTIN J. SKORSTAD (VARDAL)
Martin Skorstad, pioneer of the Blair community, died Saturday, October 3, after several months’ illness, aged 83 years, three months and 25 days. Funeral services were held at the Arnold Fagnernes home and the Zion Lutheran church in Blair last week Wednesday. Martinus Johnson Skorstad was born in Vardal, Norway, June 8, 1853, son of Maria and Nels Johnson Skorstad, one of a family of four sons and two daughters. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith by the Reverend Voss. At the age of 19 years Martinus came to America to the home of his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Nels Houkom of Blair, now deceased. He left them shortly for northern Wisconsin and the pineries. While working near Loyal, he married Julia Nelson on May 5, 1881. They came to Blair and purchase the farm on which they lived and worked together 39 years. Life was a struggle, with fields to be cleared to native timber and buildings to be erected, with only a small amount of machinery and money with which to work. When all was going well, fire broke out and demolished their home. This was rebuilt, and in 1904 they erected the residence that stands on the present Fritjof Skorstad farm. In 1920 Mr. and Mrs. Skorstad retired from the farm and built a home in Blair, where they with their youngest daughter, Verna, lived four years. On August 26, 1924, Mrs. Skorstad was taken by death, since which time Mr. Skorstad had made his home with his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Fagnernes. The deceased is survived by 11 children: Edwin, Darrington, Washington; Mandy (Mrs. Cornell Renning), Effie (Mrs. Bennie Quarne), Alfred, Harry, Belvie (Mrs Helmer Nyen), Ray, Fritjof, Lawrence, all of Blair; Leonard of East Stanwood Washington and Verna, who is Mrs. Arnold Fagernes of Blair. There are also 25 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - OCTOBER 15, 1936
ANNA T. SKUMLIEN (TOLBO, GULBRANDSDALEN)
Anna Toftomslukken was born December 24, 1830 in Tolbo, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, and passed away at the home of her son, Ole, in Fuller Coulee March 24, from infirmities of old age. She was married to Mr. Skumlien in 1860 and in 1876 they came to America. Her husband preceded her in death in 1888. Mrs. Skumlien has been a cripple for over 20 years and has made her home with her son, Ole, on the home farm. She leaves to mourn her death seven children, Ole, Anton, Carl, Mrs. Ludwig Olson, Mrs. Thor Thompson, Mrs. Bernt Nyen and Mrs. Albert Kaas. 28 grandchildren. The funeral services were held Thursday, Rev. Orke officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - BANNER - APRIL 3, 1924
MRS. JULIA MATHILDA SKORSTAD (CHRISTIANIA)
Mrs. Julia Mathilda Skorstad was born September 22, 1860 at Christiana, Norway, and came to America in 1875, settling at Fond du Lac; from there to the Town of Unity, Clark County, where she lived with her parents until 1881, when she married Martin Skorstad. They moved to a farm three and one half miles southeast of Blair, where they lived for 39 years. They then moved to Blair where she was living at the time of her death. To their union was born eleven children: Edwin, of Stanwood, Washington Leonard, of Arlington, Washington; Mrs. Cornell Renning, Mrs. Bennie Quarne, Mrs. Helmer Nyen, Alfred, Harry, Ray, Fritjof, Lawrence and Verna of Blair. She had 21 grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Otto Brown of Neillsville and four brothers, Christ Nelson of Rosedale, California and Willis, Fred and John Nelson of Loyal. She died August 26 at the Community Hospital, Whitehall, Wisconsin. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTMEBER 18, 1924
PETER SKORSTAD (VARDAHL)
Sorrow has again come to the Skorstad family. This time the last surviving son has passed to the land of eternal rest. The father and three sons have all been called away without a moment’s warning, death being pronounced due to apoplexy. Peter Skorstad was born in Vardahl, Norway, September 12, 1854. He was the fourth son of Christian and Elaine Skorstad. In 1868 the Family came to America settling in Vernon County. The following year they took a homestead in the Town of Pigeon now known as the John Sagen farm. As a young man, Peter Skorstad purchased a farm in the Town of Hale. On April 5, 1905 he was joined in marriage to Clara Holmen, oldest daughter of John Holmen, also of Hale. This union was blessed with one child Elaine, who lived ten days. In 1913 Mr. Skorstad sold his farm to Christian Sveum and moved to Whitehall where he lived until death called him to the land of rest August 20. He was a hard working man and always ready to help anyone in need. He is survived by his widow, three sisters, one niece and two nephews. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the home and at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church, Rev. O. Oien delivering the funeral sermon. Interment was made in the Lincoln cemetery at Whitehall. The pallbearers were Ole Foss, F.D. Hopkins., N.L. Fredrickson, Olaus Nyseth, Anton O. Melby and Ludwig Solsrud. Mr. Skorstad had stated that when he died he wanted very few flowers placed on his casket. He desired the money sent to a Children’s Home where it is needed therefore relatives and friend have sent a nice sum to Martin Luther Children’s Home at Stoughton, Wisconsin in memory of Peter C. Skorstad. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - AUGUST 27, 1925
ANTON SKORSTAD (VARDAL)
Another old settler of York, Jackson County, has passed on. A worthy pioneer who had a large part in the development that section wherein he settled has gone to his reward. Anton Skorstad was born in Vardahl, Christiana, Norway, March 17, 1867. He was the youngest son of Christian and Eline Skorstad and family came to America and settled in Vernon County. Later they moved to Pigeon, where they purchased the farm now owned by John Sagen. Here the Skorstad family endured the many hardships experienced by early settlers. Deceased completed the course of study at the Pigeon Falls School and was a graduate of an Eau Claire business college. After being employed in the store of Charles Shores at Osseo for six years, he opened a store of his own at Pigeon Falls. Twenty-five years ago he moved to York where has in all these years been engaged in the mercantile business. Mr. Skorstad was married to Anna Stalheim at Pigeon Falls on the 17th day of November 1896. Two years after their marriage, Mrs. Skorstad became very poorly in health and June 28, 1900 passed to the land of eternal rest. Since that time his sister Miss Carrie, has lived with him and been his faithful helper. The deceased underwent an operation six years ago and has never regained perfect health. Thursday noon when Mr. Skorstad was almost to enter his home, he fell. His sister, who ran to his assistance saw at once that something terrible had happened. Neighbors and friends rushed to assist them but he died in the arms of his sister before outside help arrived. Death was pronounced due to apoplexy. Deceased was highly respected by all who know him and his death came as a shock to them. The funeral was held Saturday afternoon at the U.L. church in Pigeon Falls, Rev. Orke, officiating in the Norwegian language and Rev. Christophersen in the English language. The remains were laid to rest beside that of his wife. The pallbearers were all close friends of the deceased. They were Hon. W.F. Dettinger, George Humphrey, Anton Melby, John Heggen, Theodore Larson and Ole Hanson Anton Skorstad was the youngest of a family of eight children, namely, Andrew, who died September 1, 1914; Mrs. Olive Rye of Bovey, Minnesota; twin boys, who died in Norway; Peter of Whitehall; Carrie of York and Mrs. Maria Larson of Pigeon Falls, Also survived by one niece and two nephews, Mabel and Owin Larson and Casper Skorstad. All were present at the funeral excepting Mrs. Rye, who is in very poor health. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JULY 31, 1924
JOHN SKOYEN (BIRI)
John Skoyen, a resident of the Town of Hale, died suddenly of a heart attack at his home March 29 at the age of 65 years, 8 months and 3 days. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, April 1, at the United Lutheran church at Pigeon Falls, the Rev. C.K. Malmin officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.. Pallbearers were Bennie Beg, Ludvig Berg, Ludvig Goplin, Carl Lokken, Max Eimon and Morris Peterson. Flowers were carried by Mrs. Jarle Engevold and Mrs. Hensel Tomter. At the services Mrs. E.A. Sletteland sang “Jeg ved mig en sov I Jesu Nav.”. Mrs. C.K. Mamin sang “Heaven Is My Home.” Mr. Skoyen was born in Redalen, Biri, Norway, on June 26, 1873, son of Hans and Mathia Skoyen. In 1880, when he was seven years old, he came with his parents to America and settled in the Town of Hale, which had been his home ever since. On April 5, 1900, he was married to Inga Larson of Hale by the Rev. A.J. Oerke. To this union nine children were born; namely, Joseph, of Beaver Creek; Myrtle, Mrs. Howard Stuve of Timber Creek; Laura, Mrs. Benhard Johnson of Taylor; Hilmer, William and Emelia at home; Olga of Eau Claire; Selma of Whitehall and a son Ludvig who died in infancy. There are also five grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Ole Tomter and Mrs. Albert Rustad of Osseo. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 6, 1939
MRS. BESTA SKUNDBERG (VARDAL)
Mrs. Besta Skundberg passed away at the home of her son, Chris, Thursday morning at the age of 91 years. Mrs. Skundberg was born in Vardal, Norway, June 12, 1829. In 1853 he was married to Andrew Skundberg, and in 1861, they immigrated to America. Her husband preceded her in death more than twenty years ago. To this union were born nine children. Of these five are living, Mrs. Halvorsen of Miles City, Montana; Alfred of North Carolina; Mrs. H. Engen of Decorah, Iowa; Mrs. Carl Brenengan and Chris of this pace. Oline, Nels, Peter and Anton are deceased. Mrs. Skundberg had been in good health until this summer, being able to do most of her housework, which is something unusual for a woman of her age. Funeral services were held at the home and church Saturday. Of the children Mrs. Brenengan and Chris were the only ones able to attend the funeral. The pallbearers were Albert Solberg, Hans Iverson, Andrew Storsveen, Nels Jemtland, Hans Severson and Chris Storsveen. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - OCTOBER 28, 1920
HANS ANTON SKUMLIEN (VARDAL)
Hans Anton Skumlien, born on the farm Skumlien in Vardal, Norway, February 25, 1963, with his parents, Andrias and Anne, came to Daggettt Coulee, Town of Pigeon, July 3, 1876. Besides his parents, there were three brothers and four sisters. At first they found a home with Olaus Knudtson, who will be remembered as one of the most substantial men in the Town of Pigeon. Ole Skumlien, the oldest boy in the family, came a year earlier. Andrias Skumlien, the father, died in June 1888. Anne, the mother, survived her husband nearly 36 years, and died March 24, 1924. In the fall of 1876, the family bought from Peder Tommeraasen land occupied by him in Fuller Coulee. This became the family home. Many years later the farm was conveyed to Ole and Hans Skumlien and the two brothers continued as owners and occupants of the farm until May 1931. On May 6, 1931, Hans had a stroke while working a strawberry patch on the farm, from which he never recovered. On the farm where he had spent all of his manhood years, he died June 4, 1932. During the last year he passed most of his time in bed, one side being paralyzed. But most of the time he suffered but little pain. His funeral was held on June 7 at Pigeon Falls, conducted by Reverend Orke, who had been his pastor for many years. He was buried by the side of his mother in the lower cemetery at Pigeon Falls. Hans never married. Surviving him are the following named brothers and sisters: Ole Skumlien, whose partner in work and ownership of the farm he had been for so many years; Bertha Thomson, now in Canada; Anna Olson, Whitehall; Carl Skumlien, Pigeon; Maren Kaas, Northfield, Jackson County; and Tilda Myren of the Town of Hale. One brother died in Norway. Hans was a faithful, patient worker. Like most people who came here in earlier year from Norway, he took life with its ups and downs, its trials and rewards, its joys and sorrows, its winnings and losses, its victories and disappointments as a matter of course. To rise early and work late was to him a duty and often a privilege, because he considered it as the will and purpose of his Creator. The modern doctrine held by some that irrespective of how little we work and how much we spend, the world owes us a living found no place in his view of life. The gifts God had given him he dispensed in constant labor, in ready helpfulness within the circle wherein he thought his duty lay. He wrote his history in the soil where he grubbed, plowed, planted, tilled and harvested. He wrote it in the buildings he helped build, the trees he planted, the highways he helped to construct and in the hearts of those who loved him and appreciated his patient, uncomplaining discharge of his duties as man, citizen, son, brother and partner. Clean, frugal, industrious, he passed his life in a contentment unknown to most of those who seek to find happiness in glamour and notoriety. We need public men always, but if every home in our country were filled with such men as Has Skumlien, politicians could take long vacation, and even statesmen would have a very easy time. With plenty of such men as Hans, no land would ever be shadowed by financial depression, unless afflicted by disasters beyond the power of man to prevent. The name Skumlien means, shadowed slope - shadowed by a mountain or forest. Written by H.A Anderson, June 12, 1932 THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JUNE 16, 1932
MRS. KNUDT SKUTLEY (VALESTRAND)
Serine Thompson was born in Norway on October 14, 1850. When she was four years of age, her parents came to America with their family and settled in Trump Coulee in the Town of Springfield, where they made their home. She was united in marriage with Knudt Iverson Skutley on April 14, 1870. To this union were born eleven children. Most of their married life was spent on a farm in the Town of Curran. Her husband preceded her in death ten years ago. Her last illness was of short duration and all that loving hand could do was done to care for her. She passed away at her home in Hixton, December 14, 1925, at the age of 75 years and two months. She is survived by eight children, six sons and two daughters: Nels, Theodore, Andrew and Evert of Sechlerville; Adolph of York; Helmer of Minneapolis; Ellen (Mrs. Frank Nesuen) and Isabella (Mrs. Fred Olson) both of Minneapolis. Also one brother, Rier Thompson of Long Beach, California. THE TAYLOR HERALD - DECEMBER 25, 1925
TOSTEN HANSON SKYRUD (VAALER, SOLAR)
Tosten Hanson Skyrud, a respected citizen and good neighbor, died Friday, February 11, 1916 of old age. Mr. Hanson was born in Vaaler in Solar, August 20, 1832. Was married in October 1853 to Karen Marthia Engebrightson. Six children were born to this union (all born in Norway) and two died in infancy. He came to America with his family in June 1870, and located on the farm on which he lived to the time of his death. In 1903 Mr. and Mrs. Hanson celebrated their Golden Wedding and Mrs. Hanson died that year. Surviving children are Mrs. Torger Elland of Black River Falls; Torvald, on the old home farm in Tappen Coule; Carlot and Emil, both in Tappen Coulee. He was a staunch member for forty years of the Synod Lutheran church in which he held all the offices of the congregation. The funeral was held at the home and Synod Lutheran church at Blair Tuesday, February 15, and was largely attended, Rev. S.S. Urberg officiated. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - FEBRUARY 17, 1916
IVER SKUTLEY (JACKSON COUNTY)
Iver Skutley passed away at his home in Minneapolis, November 5, 1930, at the age of 74 years, 4 months and 11 days being born on July 24, 1856. Mr. and Mrs. Skutley had planned a trip to California to visit their son, Helmer, this summer, but shortly before the time set for their departure. Mr. Skutley was taken seriously ill with an intestinal disorder. He underwent an operation for this ailment and recovered sufficiently to be up and about, the trip to California was abandoned. He was quite well until about a week ago, when he suffered a relapse and everything that had been done was of no avail when the final summons came. Iver Skutley was the oldest son of Andrew and Helga Skutley, the earliest settlers of what is still known as Skutley Coulee in Jackson County. They settled there in 1854 and out of the wilderness they brought forth one of the best farms in that valley. This farm is now owned by Mrs. Math R. Olson. Iver was raised to manhood together with his brothers on this farm and for many years after the passing of his parents, went on with the operation of the farm, until in 1900 when he moved to Taylor and he then received the position of one of the first rural mail carriers from the Taylor post office. He continued as a mail carrier for twenty years and eight months when he was retired on a pension. On May 26, 1886 he was united in marriage to Guri Samdahl, and to this union six children were born, namely, Helmer of Burbank, California; Andrew of Taylor; and Oscar, Gay, Sadie and Betsey of Minneapolis. Some of the children had moved to Minneapolis, and in 1921, Mr. and Mrs. Skutley went to live with them where their every wish has been lovingly bestowed upon them by their faithful children. Mr. Skutley was a member of the Lutheran church while here and during his stay in Minneapolis affiliated with the Norwegian Memorial Lutheran church there. Mr. Skutley was one of those rare persons who seem to radiate sunshine and happiness wherever they mingle. He was a man of excellent habits, fine moral character and sturdy constitution, and he continued to be active in work till long past the age at which most men ordinarily drop out of the ranks of the workers. To this end there is no doubt that his sunshiny disposition largely contributed. He met most of the conditions and situations of life without grumbling. He was a practical, matter-of-fact man, but had his own way of extracting the best from life as it went along, and he was not disposed to worry about matters that could be bettered in other ways. His cheerful spirit remained with him, and he retained his clearness of intellect up to the last. He was invariably a good neighbor and there was no happier family circle than his. When he died, the grief that was felt over his loss, here in the old community as well as among his new found friends in Minneapolis was widespread and sincere. Besides his beloved wife and six children who are left to mourn the loss of a kind husband and father, he is also survived by two brothers, Sever and Reier Skutley, of Taylor and one grandson, Kale Skutley of Taylor, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were first held at the Memorial church at Minneapolis on Sunday, Rev. Munson, pastor of the church, officiating. His remains were then brought to Taylor and services conducted on Monday at 2:00 o'clock p.m. at the Lutheran church at Taylor, the Revs. Munson and O. Lovaas officiating. It was perhaps the most largely attended funeral ever conducted in Taylor, as relatives as well as friends from far and near gathered to pay their last respects to the departed. Burial was made at the Woodlawn cemetery south of Taylor. The floral offerings were many and beautiful, a mute testimony of the love and esteem in which the departed was held. The funeral services were made still more impressive by the singing of three beautiful solos by Mrs. Robert Gilfilin of Blair. The pallbearers were old friends, namely: B.L. Van Gorden, A.C. Anderson, Martin Hanson, Harry Stevens, Nels Peterson and O.M. Odemark. THE TAYLOR HERALD - NOVEMBER 14, 1930
ANDREW K. SKUMLIEN (VARDAL, NORWAY)
Andrew K. Skumlien, who in former days, was an active and successful farmer of Pigeon Township, was born in Vardal, Norway in 1833. Coming to the United States in 1876 at the age of 43 years, he settled in Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, working the first summer on the farm of Olaus Knutson in Moe Coulee. He then bought 160 acres of land in section 28,m it being the southwest quarter of town 23 north, range 7 west, Pigeon Township, the locality being known as Fuller Coulee. This farm was purchased from the estate of Peter Anderson, who homesteaded it. Here Andrew K. Skumlien spent the rest of his life, which lasted but ten years longer, his death taking place June 6, 1886. He was an industrious man, working hard to improve his property, and was well liked and respected by his neighbors. He was married in his native land in 1860 to Anna Olson, who was born in Norway, December 24, 1830, and who now lives with her children on the old homestead. There were eight children in their family: Ole C., who owns the old farm in company with his brother Anton; Anton, above mentioned; Mary, who married Ludwig Thompson, a farmer of Saskatchewan, Canada; Carl, a farmer of Pigeon Township; Anna, who is the wife of L.C. Olson, who was a farmer in section 34, Pigeon Township; Maren, wife of Albert Kaas, a farmer of Jackson County, Wisconsin; Tillie, wife of Bent Myren, a farmer of Pigeon Township and one that died in infancy. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
OLE C. SKUMLIEN (VARDAL, NORWAY)
Ole C. Skumlien, who, with his brother Anton, owns and operates the old Skumlien farm in section 28,m Pigeon Township, was born in Vardal, Norway, July 25, 1861, son of Andrew K. and Anna (Olson) Skumlien. After residing in his native land until he was 14 years of age, in 1875 he accompanied his grandparents, Knute and Anna (Thorson) Skumlien, to the United States, they taking up their residence on the farm of Olaus Knutson, a relation, who lived in Moe Coulee, Pigeon Township. There the grandparents spent the rest of their lives. Andrew K. Skumlien came to the county in 1876 and worked that summer on Mr. Knutson's farm, the family being thus united. He soon, however, purchased a farm of his own, consisting of 160 acres in section 28, Pigeon Township, the exact location being defined as the southwest quarter of town 23 north, range 7 west, and here he resided until his death, June 6, 1886. Ole C. Skumlien was reared on his father's farm and trained to agricultural pursuits, which he has since followed on the old homestead, he and his brother Anton buying it in 1899. Since it came into their possession they have made a number of improvements on it, including the erection of new buildings. In 1903 they built a barn, 34 by 64 by 18 feet, with an 8-foot basement, cement floors and running water and lighted by acetylene lights A house was built in 1912, and is a cement lock building 32 by 38 feet, two stories and basement, and containing 10 rooms. It is installed with hot water heat, acetylene lights, hot and cold running water, bath and toilet, and is a fine and attractive residence. Mr. Skumlien has served as township supervisor six years and as school clerk 15 years. He is also a stockholder in the Pigeon Grain and Stock Company, the People's State Bank at Whitehall and the Whitehall Hospital. April 6, 1901, Mr. Skumlien was united in marriage with Clara Larson of Fitch Coulee, where she was born January 6, 1884. Her parents were Anton and Gertrude (Blegen) Larson, who have resided in Fitch Coulee since 1875, the former being now 75 and the latter 67 years old. They came to America from Norway, the mother in 1877, the father in 1866, and were married in this country, he locating first in Coon Valley, Vernon County, Wisconsin. Mr. and Mrs. Ole C. Skumlien are the parents of seven children, born as follows: George Arthur, March 20, 1903; Oscar Clarence, September 10, 1905; Laura Amanda, January 29, 1907; Carl Albert, November 11, 1908; Agnes Mabel, April 14, 1911; Inga Thealine, April 19, 1913; and Jennie Matilda, March 9, 1915. Mr. Skumlien and his family are members of the Norwegian Lutheran Church of America. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
MADTS M. SKYRUD (PRESTON TOWNSHIP, TREMPEALEAU COUNTY, WISCONSIN)
Madts M. Skyrud, proprietor of Hillcrest Farm of 100 acres in section 20, Preston Township, was born in this section of Preston Township June 25, 1871. Madts M. resided at home until reaching the age of 21 years. He then worked out for two years and at the end of that time bought his present farm - in January 1901 - from his father. After operating it until 1908, he rented it out to a tenant and went to Colorado, near Limon, where he farmed until the fall of 1913, subsequently returning to his farm in Preston Township. Here he has since remained cultivating the land and improving the property generally. Among other improvements, in 1903 he built a good, three-story frame barn 34 by 68 by 16 feet, with basement and concrete floors. He keeps a herd of graded Shorthorn cattle, of which he milks 18. As one of the responsible citizens of his township, he has been called upon to serve in public office, having been township treasurer and a member of the township board. January 1, 1903, Mr. Skyrud was married to Louisa Johnson of Blair who was born in Jackson County, Wisconsin April 13, 1877. Her parents were Johannes (Johnson Tytegraff) and Caroline Johnson, the former being a native of Norway who came to America when a boy and resided most of his life in Jackson County, dying in 1883 at the age of 50 years. His wife Caroline died in 1892 at the age of 46. Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Skyrud: Alden Clement, October 24, 1903; Milton LeRoy, February 21, 1904; Kenneth Johannes, June 12, 1907; Elsie Irene, October 24, 1909; and Orene Margaret, March 28, 1914. The family are members of the United Norwegian Lutheran Church, Mr. Skyrud also belonging to the Independent Order of Foresters. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
MATTINUS J. SKOGSTAD (NORWAY) (2)
Mattinus J. Skogstad, who is engaged in agriculture on a farm of 185 acres in section 12, Preston Township, was born in Norway, January 20, 1861, son of John B. and Gurie (Peterson) Skogstad. The father was born in Norway May 28, 1827 and emigrated to the United States in 1864, settling in Dane County, Wisconsin, where he remained until 1869. He then homesteaded a farm at Lake's Coulee, in Preston Township, Trempealeau County, where he resided until his death in January 1913. His wife died in 1904 at the age of 72. Mattinus J. Skogstad was reared on his parents' farm, which he operated for a number of years, afterward farming nine years in Albion Township. Then, in 1906, he bought his present farm, which is a well-improved piece of property, and has since been successfully engaged in its cultivation. Mr. Skogstad was married February 1, 1891 to Josephine Scow, of Arcadia Township, daughter of Matt and Ingeborg Scow, her father being one of the pioneer farmers of that township. Mr. and Mrs. Skogstad are the parents of six children: Margaret, who graduated from the Blair High School in 1912 and later from the LaCrosse Business College, and has been a teacher for two years; Maurice and Bennie, residing at home; Laura, who graduated from Arcadia High School in 1916 and is now a teacher, and Irwin and John Lloyd, residing with their parents. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
MELVIN P. SKOGSTAD (CHIMNEY ROCK TOWNSHIP, TREMPEALEAU COUNTY, WISCONSIN)
Melvin P. Skogstad, the energetic cashier of the Farmers Exchange Bank of Osseo, of which he is one of the organizers, was born in Chimney Rock Township, August 18, 1886, son of Peter J. and Mary (Hanson) Skogstad. Peter J. Skogstad was born in Norway, came to America in 1865 with his parents, lived in Dane County, this state, a number of years, came to Trempealeau County in 1868, and for several years has been associated with his son-in-law, Harvey Havenor at Eleva, Wisconsin in the hardware and implement business. In the family there were six children: Clara died at the age of ten months; Cora is the wife of Harvey Havenor, a hardware man in Eleva; Melvin P. is the subject of this sketch; Luella is the wife of Ben Bergerson, a farmer of Albion Township; Henry is at home; Palmer served as clerk for a time in the First State Bank of Strum and now making his home at Eleva. Melvin P. Skogtad remained on the farm until twenty years of age. Then he entered the State Bank of Strum, where he was bookkeeper until the spring of 1911 when he became cashier. May 1, 1916, he organized the Farmers Exchange Bank of Osseo, and has since been its cashier. Fraternally Mr. Skogstad is a member of the Masonic order and of the Modern Woodmen. He was married May 10, 1913 to Goldie Cardinal of Sumner Township, born September 9, 1894, daughter of Samuel and Emma (Olson) Cardinal, both of that township. Mr. and Mrs. Skogstad have two children: Marjorie Eleanor, born February 22, 1914 and Stanford Pierre, born March 19, 1916. The family faith is that of the United Norwegian Lutheran Church of America at Osseo. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
MARTIN H. SKJEIE (ETTRICK TOWNSHIP, WISCONSIN)
Martin H. Skjeie is one of the progressive farmers who are engaged in developing the agricultural resources of Ettrick Township, his fine farm of 197 acres being located in section 8 in the eastern part of the township. His present homestead was also the scene of his birth, which occurred August 15, 1872. His parents, Halver N. and Martha (Lindebrekke) Skjeie, were born in Hardanger, Norway, the date of the father’s birth being September 28, 1836 and the mother’s occurring in June 1840. Married in their native land, they came to the United States in 1868 and located on Beaver Creek, Ettrick Township, this county, Halver N. Skjei homesteading 40 acres of the farm now owned by his son Martina and acquiring the balance by purchase. He spent many years in clearing and improving the land, and is still residing on the farm, though now retired from active work. His wife is also living. Martin H. Skjeie was the fourth born in a family of five children. He attended school in Ettrick Township and after having acquired the elements of knowledge, spent six months in the Winona Business College. He has resided on the parental homestead nearly all of his life, becoming manager of the farm about 1897, and later becoming its owner by purchase. It contains 197 acres of valuable land, on which he carries on general farming, doing a successful business. He also owns a 40-acre tract of land at Minong, Washburn County, Wisconsin. Mr. Skjeie is also a stockholder in the Farmers’ Exchange of Blair and the Ettrick Telephone Company. October 9, 1901, he was married to Julia Hauge, a native of Ettrick Township, and daughter of Adolph and Nellie (Rogness) Hauge. Like many other hardy settlers of this part of Trempealeau County, her parents were born in Norway, the father in Solar, April 13, 1847 and the mother in Bergenstift, February 8, 1854. Adolph Hauge came to America when about 20 years old and became a farmer and landowner in Ettrick Township, this county. He still resides on the old farm, after a long life of activity in the cultivation of the soil and during which he became one of the prominent citizens of his township, serving on the school board for many years, a part of the time as clerk. He also assisted in the organization of the United Lutheran Church at Blair and took an active and sometimes leading part in various other local enterprises. His wife, who came to America at the age of 15, died February 28, 1902. They had eight children, of whom their daughter Julia was the third born. Mr. and Mrs. Skjeie have an adopted daughter, Jeanette, who is attending school. Mr. Skjeie belongs to the order of the Beavers and to the Modern Woodmen of America He is a Republican in politics and he and his family are members of the Lutheran Synod Church at Hegg, Ettrick Township. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
PETER O. SKULHUS (BIRI, NORWAY)
Peter O. Skulhus, proprietor of a general merchandise and confectionery business at Eleva, was born in Biri, Norway, June 23, 187, son of Ole P. and Louise (Bratberg) Skulhus. The father died in Norway and his wife subsequently came to America in 1908 and married S.H. Anderson, a retired farmer now living in Eleva. Peter O. Skulhus came to this country in June 1900, locating in Eleva, Wisconsin, where he worked one year and nine months for the Larson-Melby Company. He then bought the confectionery business of Sever Severson and subsequently purchased of Andrew Tweit the building in which he is now located. He is carrying on a successful business and his prospects are good for further advancement. In 1911 he made a visit to Norway, and in 1914 he again visited his native land, attending the world’s fair at Christiania, and making the voyage on the first vessel which sailed after war was declared. Mr. Skulhus was married May 2, 1903 to Molly Semmingson of Eau Claire County, Wisconsin, who was born in that county May 8, 1883, her parents, Matt and Gina (Hagen) Semmingson, being farming people there. Mr. and Mrs. Skulhus have had two children: Oliver Millard, born November 18, 1904, who died October 3 the same year and Gordie Louise, born December 6, 1905. The family belongs to the United Lutheran Church and Mr. Skulhus has served five years as a member of the village board, being ever ready to do his part as a responsible citizen. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY – 1917
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