Stone Arne Christopherson
Stone Ole C.
Storberg Ole C.
Storie Ole Knudson
Storley Birchard O.
Strand Carrie Mrs.
Strande Hans Olson
Strand Knudt Leofson
Strand Leof K.
Strandsveen Ingeborg Mrs.
Stromberg Nels Mrs.
Strum Paul Olson 2
Strum Paul Mrs.
Stubrud Hans Hansen
Stutlien Arne Knutson
Stutlien Ebert K.
Stutlien Marit Knutson
Sveen Ole J.
Sveum Christian E.
Swaim Caroline Mrs.
Swaim Lars L.
Swaim Lars L. 2
Swenson John E. Mrs.
Swenson Lena Mrs.
Syljuberget Lars Olson
Syverson Anna Maria Mrs.
Syverson Arnt Digerholte
BERNHARD SYVERSON (VAALER, SOLAR)
The Solar constituency of this community has lost one of its sons by death, Saturday, January 31, 1931. Bernhard Syverson’s soul left this earth to meet its God. His death represents the gradual passing of the second generation of that hardy group of pioneers who so grandly came to this western wilderness and converted it into a veritable garden of the west. Syverson was born in Vaaler, Solar, Norway to the parents Arnt and Anne Marie Digerholte on January 3, 1865. When the parents decided to go to the western land, they took their little 5 years old boy with them and set out for Trempealeau county, Wisconsin. After a years’ time in this community, Arnt Digerholte homesteaded in Salve Coulee on the farm which now is known as the Digerholte farm. On this farm Bernhard was reared to manhood; and after the father became too old for work, the son took over the care of the place. On August 24, 1897 he was married to Nora Solberg with whom he has shared both joy and grief until his death. In 1913 the family moved to the farm one mile west of Blair where they made their home until the time of Mr. Syverson’s death Death came after an illness of nearly a moth where he had laid on his bed and wrestled with diseases until death eventually won the struggle. His funeral was conducted from the home and the First Lutheran church on Wednesday, February 4, by the pastor of the congregation. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Nora Syverson; eight children, Odell, William, Melvin, James and John of Blair; Mabel of Detroit, Michigan; Olive of Eau Claire and Mrs. Arthur Beck of Taylor; two brothers, Bernt of Albertsville, Wisconsin and Halvor of Battle Ground, Washington; and one sister, Mrs. Hans Moen of Ettrick. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 5, 1931 (Researching this family is Cindi Anderson at LDCRA@AOL.com
ARNT (DIGERHOLTE) SYVERSON (AASNES, SOLAR)
Arnt Syverson Digerholte died Wednesday morning, July 12, 1911, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hans O Moen, in French Creek. Deceased was born December 28, 1835 at Aasnes in Solar, Norway, and in 1870 he immigrated with his family to this country, settling in the Town of Ettrick in September of that year and had resided there up to the time of his death. He leaves besides an aged widow, two daughters Mrs. Hans O. Moen of Ettrick and Mrs. Otto Berg of Preston, and four sons, Halvor of Canada, Benhart, who resides on the old homestead, Oluf of Idaho, and Bernt of Albertville, Chippewa County. The funeral services were held Saturday, Rev. S.S Urberg officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - JULY 20, 1911 (Researching this family is Cindi Anderson at LDCRA@AOL.com
MRS. ANNA MARIA SYVERSON (AASNES, SOLAR)
Mrs. Anna Maria Syverson, a pioneer settler of the Town of Preston, passed to her reward September 12, at the age of 90 years, 6 months and 25 days. Deceased was born at Aasnes, Solar, Norway, February 18, 1834. She was united in marriage to Arnt Syverson in her natïve land. On September 8, 1870, Mr. and Mrs. Syverson and four children landed in America with the determination to battle the hardships of the pioneer and establish a home. Three more children were born to this union after coming to America, one dying in infancy. Mr. Syverson passed way in 1911, and the next year was followed by his son, Oluf. Mrs. Otto Berg, a daughter, passed away in 1921, leaving her husband and four children to mourn her death. The surviving members of the family are Mrs. Hans Moen of Preston; Benhard of Blair; Bernt of Albertsville and Halvor of Spokane, Washington. Relatives and a large number of friends attended the funeral service at the First Lutheran church at Blair Monday to pay their last respects to this worthy pioneer. Rev. S.S. Urberg delivered the funeral sermon. Interment was made in the church cemetery at Blair. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - SEPTEMBER 24, 1924 (Researching this family is Cindi Anderson at LDCRA@AOL.com
OLE C. STORBERG (SWEDEN)
Ole C. Storberg was born December 6, 1886, in Sweden. At the age of 18 he came to America and settled in Chimney Rock. The 6th of March 1892, he was united in marriage to Amanda Anderson and with her he had eleven children, of whom three died in infancy. Mr. Storberg met with an accident that caused his death. He fell off a wagon loaded with feed and one of the wheels went over him. He was taken to the Whitehall hospital where he died the 17th of October. He was buried from the Chimney Rock church, October 20, laving to mourn his death his wife; six sons, Arvid of Eau Claire; Melvin, Alfred, Morris, Selmer and Haatwell, and two daughters Mrs. Martin Sather of Chimney Rock and Mrs. Lawrence Johnson of Eau Claire. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - OCTOBER 26, 1933
ARNE CHRISTOPHERSON STONE (HARDANGER)
Arne Christopherson Stone, 76, passed away Tuesday evening, following a long illness with heart trouble. Mr. Stone was born at Hardanger, Norway, February 10, 1858. He came to America in 1883 and has lived on the farm in North Beaver Creek, where he died, since 1887. He was married to Enga Thompson April 28, 1886, at Trempealeau Valley. He is survived by his widow; six sons Tilman, North Bend; Emil, Midway; Bernard, Franklin; James and Lester at home; and Sophus C of this village; six daughters, Mrs. Jake Tjorstad, Franklin; Mrs. George Zeman of Melrose; Agnes, registered nurse at Chicago; Mrs. Ener Burch and Lillian, both of Evanston, Illinois; Ms. Otto Busse, Franklin; 25 grandchildren; a brother, Bert, in Norway; and a sister, Mrs. Edmund Roseland of Franklin. Three children preceded him in death. Christina died in 1910; Mrs. Samuel Steine died last year and one child died in infancy. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1 o’clock at the house and 2 o’clock at the North Beaver Creek church. Rev. Urberg will officiate. THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - JUNE 8, 1934
OLE C. STONE (NORWAY)
Ole C. Stone, pioneer Washington Coulee farmer, passed away at his home Monday, September 8th following an illness of about three months from dropsy. The deceased was born in Vigor Crste Kald, Norway, April 22, 1864. At the age of twenty years he came to America and for several years was located in the southern part of the state. During the past 44 years he farmed in Washington Coulee. He was united in marriage to Christie Thomson and five children were born to bless this union. Two children passed away in infancy, three children living to mourn the loss of a kind parent. His wife passed away about 34 years ago. His three children are Cornel, Alfred and Alma, all living at home. He also leaves one brother, A.C. Stone, and one sister, Mrs. Ed Roseland. Ole Stone was the study type of pioneer. He was an excellent neighbor and was guided by the Lutheran faith. Funeral services were Thursday and many old and young friends gathered at this time to pay their last respects. THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - SEPTEMBER 19, 1930
JOHN STONE (NORDHEIMSUND, HARDANGER)
John Stone, 73, died from a heart attack in Minneapolis Thanksgiving Day, 1964. He was born in Nordheimsujnd, Hardanger, Norway in 1891 and came to this country in 1813. For a few years he lived in the Franklin area before moving to Minneapolis. He was a retired landscape gardener. He was unmarried. Survivors include several bothers and sisters in Norway, a brother, Samson Steine of Franklin, and nieces and nephews in this area. Funeral services were held Saturday at First Lutheran church in North Beaver Creek. The Rev. K.M. Urberg officiated and burial was in the church cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 3, 1964
EDMUND STONE (HARDANGER)
Edmund Stone was born at Hardanger, Norway, April 11, 1847 and died January 17, 1931. His parents were Bert and Sigrid Stone. He had two brothers and sisters, all of whom preceded him in death. He came to America in 1884 and was married to Sina Dale, who died in 1910. To this union seven children were born: Andrena, Mrs. Harry Burgdorf, St. Charles, Minnesota; Bertha, Mrs. John Wendland, St. Charles, Minnesota; Clara, Mrs. Chris. Leque, Ettrick; Linda, Mrs. Nick Rognes, Ettrick; Herbert, Blair; Albert, Ettrick; Palmer, LaCrosse. He is also survived by twelve grandchildren. The family made their home for many years in Beaver Valley, and the deceased had of late years made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Chris. Leque. His age was 83 years, 9 months and 6 days. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 22, 1931
ANDREW STORSVEEN (NORWAY)
Funeral services for Andrew Storsveen, 82, who died Sunday, December 15, were held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Runnestrand funeral home in Ettrick and at 1:30 p.m. at the French Creek Lutheran church, the Rev. H.A. Aasen officiating. Burial was in the French Creek cemetery. Born in Norway August 29, 1864, he had lived in this vicinity since coming here when he was 11 years old. He married Mina Haug October 1, 1896. Survivors are his wife; two brothers, Christ, French Creek; and Hans, Arcadia; four sons, Alfred on the home farm; Melvin, French Creek; and Palmer and Minard, both of Winona and seven grandchildren. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 26, 1946
OLE KNUDSON STORLIE (NORWAY)
Another old pioneer has one to his final rest. Ole Kudson Storlie died at his home in the Town of Norway, January 24, 1891, of old age and general debility. Deceased was born in Norway, Europe, April 1, 1805. Emigrated to this country in 1843, locating in the Town of Norway, Racine County, the same year, where he continually resided up to the time of his death. He was twice married, leaving to mourn his loss a widow and seven children, five of whom are by first marriage Gullick O., Knud O and Burchard O. Storlie and Mrs. Ann Immel, all of Trempealeau County, this state, and Ole O. Storlie of Burlington, Wisconsin, whose fame as an inventor is well known throughout the Northwest. By his second wife are Abraham and Andrine, who live with their mother on the old homestead. Two children have gone before their father to the land “from whence no traveler returns”. His disposition was of a kind that had not become embittered by the trials and hardships incident to pioneer life, of which the rising generation knows nothing except by hearsay, but honest, jolly and open hearted - characteristics that remained with him through life. Beginning life in this country in poverty, by industry and economy, he was enabled to leave the family in affluence. The funeral occurred last Friday, the remains being followed by a large concourse of friends and relatives to their final resting place in the Norwegian Lutheran cemetery. The services were conducted by the Rev. A.L.Huus, of the Lutheran Evangelical church. Although the deceased had lived beyond the allotted time of man, yet there is at home a “vacant chair.” It was a consolation to the family to know that the passing away was quiet, “like one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him and lies down to pleasant dreams.” Reprinted from the Racine County Post. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - FEBRUARY 12, 1891
BIRCHARD O. STORLEY (NORWAY)
Birchard O. Storley, one of the pioneers of this town died of asthma at his residence three miles east of the village last Saturday, May 21, 1892, aged 55 years, 6 months and 24 days. He was born in Norway , October 27, 1836. Emigrating to this country in 1843, he located in Racine County, this state. In the fall of 1854 he settled in this town, where he has since resided. November 27, 1869, he married Miss Sarah Salveson, who survives him, no children having blessed their union He leaves brothers and sisters as follows: Gullick O. Storley and Knudt O. Storley, of this town; Ole O Storley, of Burlington, Racine County; Mrs. F.M. Immell, of this village; Abraham Olson, a half brother, and Mrs. Frank Lapen, a half sister, both of Racine County. Deceased had been troubled with asthma for 30 years, and for the past 13 years had not lain down. His only method of gaining rest and slumber was to sit on a cot or lounge with a chair in front of him, upon which his arms and head rested. He could get about the house most of the time, but in the 13 years though only three miles distant, he visited the village not more than three or four times. None can tell the amount of suffering the unfortunate man endured during all these weary years. Previous to his sickness he was prominently identified with the principal improvements and general prosperity of his town. He had held the office of town chairman, assessor and treasurer, all of which positions of honor and trust he filled with credit to himself and his constituents. He took an especial interest in building up and fostering the Scandinavian Lutheran church, of which he was a life member. He bore his suffering with Christian fortitude and patiently awaited the call of his Master. The funeral services were held in the Trempealeau Valley Lutheran church last Tuesday, being conducted in the Scandinavian and English languages by Rev. B. Hovde. The obsequies were attended by about 600 people, and the procession contained 55 teams. Deceased was a temperate, upright and honorable man, and one of the best read citizens in the community in which he so long resided, and leaves many friends to mourn his death. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - MAY 25, 1892
BERTTIE STORBERGET (VAALER, SOLAR)
Berttie Storberget was born in Solar, Norway, May 25, 1822, and came to America in 1867 and settled on a farm two miles south of Blair with her husband and two daughters, Lena and Johanna. Her husband died in 1908 and five years later, she moved to Blair where she lived until the time of her death, February 20, 1922. If she had lived until the 25th of May, she would have been 100 years old. She leaves to mourn her death two daughters, Lena Pederson of Tappen Coulee and Johanna Storberget of Blair. Funeral services were held at the United Lutheran church in Blair the 24th of February, Rev. Urberg officiating. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 9, 1922
JOHANNA STORBERGET (GRUE, SOLAR)
Johanna Storberget was born in the parish of Grue, Solar, Norway, December 12, 1851. She was the daughter of Ole and Bertha Storberget. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church of her homeland. At the age of 16 years, she came with her parents and only sister, Lina, to the large Solar settlement at Blair. This was in 1867. The home as the present Alfred Skorstad farm where the family lived over a period of 40 years. After attaining young womanhood Johanna was engaged in domestic service several years at Black River Falls. After her father’s death in 1908, she and her mother purchased the present Ed Gunderson home in Blair where she lived until a few year after her mother’s death at the ripe old age of 99 years. The last 14 years she has lived in Whitehall, where she passed away Tuesday morning, April 2, 1940 at 3 o’clock at the age of 88 years, 3 months and 17 days. It may be worthy to mention that there was not a month’s difference in the age attained by herself and her only sister, Lina (Mrs. Peter Peterson) who died at her home in Tappen Coulee January 6, 1937. Johanna was sickly as a child. She was unable to walk until she reached the age of 3 years, so the good health she enjoyed later on in life and the many years granted her are all the more remarkable. She was of a very religious nature and kindly affectionate toward everyone. The immediate relatives are a nephew and two nieces, Willie Peterson and Mrs. Albert Blom Blair and Mrs. Henry Nelson of Melrose. Funeral services were held at the Zion Lutheran church Thursday, April 4th, conducted by Rev T.E. Sweger. Mrs. Angus Sather sang “Jeg ved mig en sovn” and “Nearer My God to Thee.” The pallbearers were Elmer Anderson, Theodore Austin, Mads Madsen, Edward Gunderson, Joseph Dahl and Emil Hanson. Interment was in the Zion cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 11, 1940
BERTHA STOYLE (NORWAY)
Funeral services for Bertha Gunderson Stoyle, who died September 23 at her home in Holcomb Coulee were held at the Tamarack church Friday afternoon, the Rev. Johan Olsen officiating. Burial was in the Tamarack cemetery. Pallbearers were Christian Borrebek, Edwin Strand, Arthur, Nels, Edward and Martin Gilbertson. Flowers were carried by Delores Eichman, Rosemary Christianson, Mrs. Ray Eichman and Orrie Veto. “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere” was sung as a special number by Mrs. Roy Christianson. Deceased was born in Norway February 9, 1854 and came to this country at the age of five years. She had been crippled since childhood by a fall from a ladder. At the time of her death, she was 87 years old. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - OCTOBER 2, 1941
MRS. CARRIE STRAND (GUBRANSDAL)
Mrs. Carrie Strand passed away at the local hospital Friday morning at 9:30 a.m., April 21, 1922. Carrie Tofte was born June 19, 1848 in Gubrandsdalen, Norway. In 1868 she, with the family, immigrated to America settling on what is now the Roy Sonsalla place northwest of Whitehall. In 1870 she married Thor Strand. They settled on the old Hovde farm in Trempealeau Valley about three miles east of Blair. A few years later they moved to Fly Creek which was her present home. Her husband preceded her in death by 24 years, leaving her with five children namely: Hannah, now Mrs. Albert Engen of Whitehall; Torvald of Chippewa; and Marie and Clarence on the home farm. Mrs. Strand was has been in poor health the last year, suffering from heart and kidney trouble, but was quite well until on February23, she had the misfortune of slipping on the floor and breaking her hip and arm. She was taken to the Whitehall Hospital where the best of care was given her. Her condition was much improved until a sudden change on Friday morning, Her daughter, Marie and Mrs. Engen and son Clarence were at her bedside when she peacefully passed away. The funeral was held on Monday afternoon from the home of Albert Engen and at the Lutheran church, Rev. Hostad officiating. The remains were put to rest in the old Whitehall cemetery. REPRINTED FROM THE WHITEHALL TIMES - BANNER. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 4, 1922
HANS OLSON STRANDE (GULBRANDSDALEN)
Hans Olson Strande was born in Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, July 20, 1853. He came with his parents to America hen he was eleven years old. His parents were Ole and Anna Strande. Mr. Strande was taken sick this spring and was operated upon at the Whitehall hospital. He passed away April 9th, 1929, at the age of 76 years, 7 months and 21 days. He was the last member of a family of nine children and had made his home the last eight years with his nephew, Theodore Strande. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon April 12th at the hour of two o’clock at the home of Theodore Strande and 3 o’clock in the Trempealeau Valley church, Rev. T.E. Sweger officiating. Mr. Strande was a quiet, unassuming man, much respected by the community. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 18, 1929
THROND STRAND (HEMSAHL, HALLINGDAL)
Thrond Strand was born in Hemsahl, Hallengdal, Norway, February 17, 1858, where he resided until he grew to young manhood. He then immigrated to this county with his brothers and settled on a farm near Norden, where he lived until about 15 years ago when he went to live with his son, Sever, at Regent, North Dakota, following the death of his wife. Mr. Strand resided at Regent until his death which occurred on March 20. The remains were shipped to Strum and on March 24, they were buried beside his wife in Norden cemetery, the Rev. Westberg officiating. Deceased leaves to mourn his death an 82 year old sister in Norway and one brother, Henry Strand of Strum; also three sons, Sever, Hans and Bernard of North Dakota, two daughters, Mrs. Nels G. Nelson of Norden and Mabel Teoline Strand of Minneapolis. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MARCH 30, 1933
LARS SVATAASEN (VARDAL)
Lars Svartaasen died at his home here Thursday morning December 30th, of pneumonia. Deceased was born in Vardal, Norway, May 30, 1846. He came to America at the age of 21, and taught parochial school for a number of years. In 1879 he was married to Caroline Hogden, who together with their three children, Hannah, Mrs. Harold Mellum and Melvin, survive him. After their marriage they settled on the farm which has been their home ever since. Funeral services were held on Monday at two o’clock from the home and church in French Creek. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - JANUARY 13, 1916
MRS. INGEBORG STRANDSVEEN (FAABERG)
Mrs. Ingeborg Strandsveen, whose maiden name was Ingeborg Olson Skrefsrud, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. August Syvertson of this village Monday evening, September 27. Mrs. Strandsveen was the youngest of a family of nine children and was born in the parish of Faaberg, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, November 19, 1851. Her parents were Ole Nilson Skrefsrud and her mother’s maiden name was Eli Amundsdatter Doesen. The Skrefsrud famly has become known the world over through the missionary Lars Olson Skrefsrud, a brother of Mrs. Strandsveen. The story of his achievements reside almost like the story of the early apostolic activities to convert the heathen world. His remarkable linguistic ability and his capacity for study made him a wonderfully brilliant man, whose gifts were dedicated to the conversion of the inhabitants of Santhalisten in India. Mrs. Strandsveen was for a time with her brother in India and came from India to America. In 1878 she married Ole Olson Stransdsveen and settled in Lewis Valley. Mr. Stransveen died in 1904. Of the five children, two sons and two daughters survive their mother. They are Oscar and Joseph Olson, Mrs. August Kromberg and Mrs. Augustt Syvertson. Early this summer Mrs. Strandsvween broke her hip and was confined to her bed at the LaCrosse Methodist hospital for eight weeks, after which she was taken to her daughter’ home in this village. The funeral took place from Our Saviour’s Lutheran church and interment made in the Halfway Creek cemetery. Reprinted from the West Salem Journal. The deceased was an aunt of Mrs. Melvin Bang and Oscar and Torvald Steen. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - OCTOBER 14, 1926
KARL STRATTE (SOLAR)
Karl Stratte was born in Solar, Norway October 21, 1848. He came to Black River Falls from Norway at the age of seventeen years. He moved to this territory about 45 years ago. Mrs. Karl Stratte died about 40 years ago. Since her death he has made his home in this community, in LaCrosse and at Black River Falls. He leaves to mourn his death two children, Mrs. E.E. Bersing of St. Paul and one son, Oscar, of Seattle, Washington. He also leaves four sisters, two in Norway and Mrs. Gaaskjolen of Milwaukee and Mrs. Gunderson of Minneapolis. He died at a LaCrosse hospital March 8, 1923. Funeral services were held here from the Zion Lutheran Church Sunday, March 1 with Rev. Boe in charge. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 29, 1923
PAUL STRUM (OSTERDALEN)
Paul Strum was born in Osterdalen, Norway, January 7, 1843. At the age of 11 he came with his parents to this country and settled in the state of Pennsylvania where they lived six years. They then moved to LaCrosse County, making that place their home for five years. It was while he was there he heard the call of his country, which was in the midst of the Civil War, and enlisted in the 8th Wisconsin Infantry, Company L. He served three years in the war, enduring the many hardships and privations that became the lot of the Civil War soldiers. At the siege of Vicksburg, Mr. Strum fought under the personal command of General Grant. It was one of the most stubborn battles of the war. During the siege Mr. Strum was wounded in the right arm. After returning from the war, Mr. Strum moved with his parents to Trempealeau County and settled on a farm near Blair, which has been his home since 1865. In 1867 he was married to Serena Olson Tappen. Their marriage was blessed with thirteen children, two of whom have died. Mr. Strum was a man who was respected by both old and young. He was extremely faithful in the performance of his duties both as a father a citizen and as a Christian. For six years he served as a supervisor and ten years a town treasurer. Great confidence was placed in Mr. Strum’s opinions, both in civic and church affairs. He was a member of the Blair U.N. L. congregation from its beginning. The church records show that he was the first secretary elected in the congregation. The records further show that he was every year for several years elected to some responsible position in the congregation. It can be said of Mr. Strum that he performed any one great deed in his life that brought him fame, but his life is a concrete evidence of what a wonderful influence a true, faithful and Christian character may be to those with whom he comes in contact. His influence in his home in the community and his church will always stand living monument to the true and faithful life which he lived. It may be truly be said of him, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.” Mr. Strum was truly a pioneer of this community. He was a witness to the many changes that have taken place in the 55 years he lived here. He grew up with the country never failing to realize that progress is the only true index of a community. He will always be remembered as one who did his share, and a little bit more that his community might be a pleasant place to live. He was taken sick about two weeks ago with intestinal trouble. On Sunday May 9th, he was taken to the Winona hospital, but he died only two days later, Tuesday May 11th. His faithful wife preceded him in death September 25, 1919. He is survived by eleven children: Bert Strum of Comstock, Minnesota; Mrs. Monson of Winona, Minnesota; Olaf of Sault Ste Marie, Michigan; Mrs.Ted Johnson of Winger, Minnesota; Mrs. Ole Renning of Blair; Mrs. Henderson of Hannaford, North Dakota; Olaus, Eddie, Albert, Clara and Herman Strum of Blair. Mr. Strum was laid to rest in the U.N. Lutheran church cemetery Saturday, May 8th, Rev. Boe officiating. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 20, 1920
MRS. PAUL STRUM (SOLAR)
It brought great sorrow to this community when we heard of the sudden death of Mrs. Paul Strum on Thursday morning September 25, 1919. Mrs. Strum had been ailing for about a week, but not to the extent that it had kept her in bed except two or three days. She had been bothered off and on by spells of heart trouble during the last few years, so the spell she suffered at this time was not considered more serious than those she had suffered before. Her death brought to a close the life of one who was a sincere Christian. She was one of the early pioneers of this community and had always been closely connected with the church and active in its work. Christianity meant everything to her; it was a part of her life. She will be missed by her congregation, by the Ladies Aid and by her many friends. She was a devoted mother who had the true welfare of her family at heart. She had left her family and her many friends but the memory of her will never die. Mrs. Paul Strum was born on Solar, Norway, February 2, 1850. In 1857 she came with her parents to this country and settled on the place where she now died. On July 20th, 1867 she was married to Paul Strum. Their 52 years of married life were spent on the Strum farm west of the village. They have seen the village from its infancy until this day. They have also witnessed the development of the surrounding community from a wilderness to a becoming garden spot of the state. Toward this community development, Mr. and Mrs. Strum have given their share, as they have always stood for the highest of ideals both in church and state. Besides her husband, Mrs. Strum is survived by two brothers and 11 children. The brothers are Juel Tappen of Blair and Alex Tappen of Canada. The children are: Olaus of Blair; Bert of Comstock Minnesota; Mrs. Munson of Winona, Minnesota; Olaf of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; Mrs. Ted Johnson of Coulie, North Dakota; Mrs. Ole Renning of Blair; Edwin of Blair; Mrs. Norman Henderson of Hannaford, North Dakota; Albert, Herman and Clara of Blair. Funeral services were held at the U.N. Lutheran church Sunday afternoon in charge of Rev. Boe. A large concourse of people gathered to pay their last respects to the deceased. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 2, 1919
ARNE KNUTSON STUTLIEN (ETNEDALEN)
Arne Knutson Stutlien was born Etnedalen, Valders, Norway, March 22, 1829. He came to America July 1, 1853, and settled in Dane County, Wisconsin. On the 14th of October 1856, he was married to Marit Hellickson. In 1865 they moved to Minnesota, where they resided four years, after which they returned to Wisconsin. Since 1869 they have lived on the farm in Welch coulee where he died August 3, 1914. To mourn his death are his widow and seven children, three children having preceded him in death. The funeral took place August 6th. Six of his grandsons acted as pallbearers. The services were conducted by Rev. Andrew Boe and Rev. S.S. Urberg at the U.L. church in Blair. Deceased, besides a wife, leaves four sons, as follows: Knudt, Hellek, Ole and Ebert. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - AUGUST 13, 1914
MRS. NELS STROMBERG (SOLAR)
Mrs. Carrie Stromberg was born in Solar, Norway, June 19th, 1866, a daughter of Hans and Anna Grasberg. She passed away at her home in Hixton, March 21st, 1929, aged 62 years, 9 months and 2 days. She came to America with her parents at the age of five years, and they located on a farm about two miles northeast of Blair. She was confirmed at the Trempealeau Valley church. In August 1892, she was united in marriage to Nels Stromberg they moved to Hixton in 1894 where she resided until her death. Besides her husband, she leaves to mourn her loss the following children: Norvin of Milwaukee; Sadie, Mrs. Elmer Hanson, of Taylor; Helen, Mrs. E.C. Rosenkrans, Wisconsin Rapids; Donald, Milwaukee and two brothers, Ole Grasberg of Blair and John Grasberg of Isle, Minnesota; also one sister, Miss Anna Grasberg, Blair. Mrs. Stromberg enjoyed a wide acquaintance and was much beloved as was evidenced by the large attendance which came from Hixton by train to be preset at the funeral in Blair, a special coach having been leased for this purpose. She was a devoted and faithful member of the Hixton Lutheran church, she took a prominent part in promoting all its activities. Short services were held at the home by her pastor, Rev. E.B. Christophersen, on Saturday March 23rd, and the remains were then brought b train to Blair, where services were held at 2 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran church, conducted by Rev. Christophersen and Rev. Sweger and interment was made in the Zion cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 28, 1929
MARIT KNUTSON STUTLIEN (NUMEDAHL)
Another old pioneer is gone. She reached a ripe old age being in her 92nd near when death came. There are several in this community who have gone beyond the 90 year mark before death came. At present there are three living who are over 90 years of age: Mrs. Gunhild Lyngen, who was 93 years of age February 28th; Ole Odegaard, who will be 92 March 23; and Mrs. Martha Prestegsaard, who is 93 this month. The fourth of the number, who was generally known as Mrs. Knutson, passed away Friday, March 14, 1930 at the home of her grandson Albert, in Fly Creek, at the age of 91 years, five months and 25 days. Mrs. Knutson was born in Numedahl, Norway, September 17, 1838. Her parents emigrated to America in 1843. Her career came near being cut short at an early age, for on the trip over from Norway, she fell into the ocean. She was at that time five years of age. A sailor noticed her plight immediately and seized a long pole with a hook attached to the end and with this managed to get hold of her dress in such a way that she was landed safely on deck again. Her parents settled in Dane County. On October 14, 1856, she was married to Arne Knutson Stutien. They moved to Houston County and after four years there, came back and settled on the farm west of Blair which remained their home until the death of her husband in August 1914, since which time, besides living on the home place, she has lived with her children and grandchildren. Twelve children were born to them, two of whom died in infancy, and three others preceded her in death. The seven who remain to mourn her passing are: Mrs. Olena Meisel, Esteline, South Dakota; Mrs. Lena Meisel, Hayti, South Dakota; Ole, Shell Lake; Hellick, Strum; Knut, Ebert and Gullick of Blair. She leaves over a hundred descendants, and there are two great-great-grandchildren among the number. There are also three sisters living. Though crippled with rheumatism, her memory was phenomenal. She could quote verbatim scripture passage after scripture passage and verse after verse of the hymnbook. Funeral services were held at the Knute Knutson home and at the Zion Lutheran church of which she was a member, Wednesday, March 19, 1930, the pastor Rev. Sweger officiating, assisted by Rev. SS. Urberg. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 20, 1930
HANS HANSEN STUBRUD (OIER)
Hans Hansen Stubrud passed away at his home in this city on October 24, 1931, at the age of 85 years, 1 month and 9 days. Mr. Stubrud had been rather feeble the past two years, but became more seriously ill only about three weeks before his death, steadily failing until the end came. The funeral services were held last Tuesday afternoon at the home and at the Evangelical Lutheran church, Rev. C.E. Skoien officiating. Interment was made at the Little Norway cemetery. The services were largely attended. Mr. Stubrud was born at Oier, Norway, a son of Hans and Marit Stubrud. From his youth he was an earnest worker and he spent three years learning his trade in Norway. When he was 21 years of age, he came to America, first locating in Iowa in 1867. A year later he went to LaCrosse. For about twenty years thereafter he was engaged in the pineries, generally as a cook in the logging camps. Among the first of his employers was late Leonard Stafford, who was one of the early day loggers of Clark County. Later he worked in camps for the late W.T. Price and the late JD.J. Spaulding. He later engaged in farming in the Town of Albion. He owned several farms at different times and was very successful in his farming operations. About twenty years ago he purchased a residence in this city and had been a resident here ever since. During his residence in Albion, he served several terms as a member of the Albion town board. A number of years ago, he also became interested in western lands, acquiring a considerable tract in eastern Montana. He was married on May 19, 1874 in Trempealeau County, to Miss Carrie Olson Marking. She now survives him with one daughter, Miss Clara Stubrud, of this city, and four sons, Oscar Stubrud of Portland, Oregon; Henry Stubrud, of Black River Falls; and Adolph and Millard Stubrud of Bloomfield, Montana. He was a member of the Lutheran church from his boyhood days, and during his active years was a regular attendant at church services. Mr. Stubrud was a man of sterling character one who lived in conformity with the principles of his religion. He was honest and upright, earnest and energetic. He was faithful to his responsibilities, carefully meeting all of his obligations. He was a devoted husband and father and was kindly and generous in his relations with his neighbors and others. He was a man of independent judgment and was frank and outspoken in his opinions. He dealt squarely with every man with whom he did business, and detested everything that was low and shady. His life record was clean and honorable throughout. Reprinted from the Black River Falls Banner-Journal. THE TAYLOR HERALD - NOVEMBER 6, 1931
REGINA SVEUM (FAABERG)
Regina Louise Larsdatter Sveum died Thursday afternoon, September 28, at her home in the Town of Hale after a long illness from cancer and old age. She was born in Faaberg, Norway, on July 9, 1838. On December 28, 1861, she was married to Torger Thorson Sveum of Birid, Norway, who preceded her in death January 7, 1911. In the year of 1876, she and six children came to the United States to live, her husband coming the year before. For a year they lived on the John Thorson farm and then took a homestead nearby, residing there until their death. Nine children survive her, namely: Ludwig of Saskatchewan Canada; Theodore of Harshaw, Wisconsin; Martin and Olive at home; Mrs. Melvin Thorpen of Northfield; Mesdames John Tomten, Ole Fredrickson, G.H. Neperud and Thorwald of Pigeon, all of whom were present a the funeral excepting Theodore and Ludwig. One son, Christian Thorson of Osseo, died November 4, 1911. The funeral services were held on Monday afternoon, October 2, at the home and U.L. church, Rev. A.J. Orke officiating. The remains were laid to rest beside those of her husband. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - OCTOBER 12, 1916
CHRISTIAN STUVE (BIRI) Christian Stuve was born in Biri, Norway, July 15, 1848. His parents were Jens and Randi Stuve. His father was a “Husmand” - life tenant on a farm called Stuve.” The name Stuve undoubtedly originated from “Stue” the common designation of a residence or living house. The children of a husband had little to look forward to in Norway. Not even the small piece of land where their parents often spent forty to fifty years in making improvements, descended to the children. And the most brilliant son of a husmand stood a poor chance even against the most stupid progeny of a rich man, in a race for public positions. That is one reason why so many sons of husmand came to this country. And it is a pleasure to know that most of them have made good here because they were trained in the elementary essentials which many of the present generation are steered away from. Christian Stuve was on of these fortunate children of toil. With a body made strong by constant work since childhood, he came here at the age of 24 years, ready to meet the challenge of a new country. For three years he stayed in Vernon County, Wisconsin, where he spent most of his time in farm work. One season he worked on a railroad. In 1875 he came to the Town of Lincoln, this county, where he anchored for good. He soon bought some land and since that time he never knew what it was to be unemployed. It was good land, but full of “grubs” - roots hardened by annual fires that destroyed all vegetation on top of the ground. For about five years he lived with his parents, and during that time there were very few mornings when he was not up in time to see the sun rise. Having through diligence and economy built a house where the elementary comforts of life could be had, he decided to find himself a wife. He did not go far to find one. Just over the bluff into Ervin Coulee he met Anne Dolven, who in October 1881, became his wife. Five children resulted from this union, George Stuve, Tillie Stuve, Selmer Stuve, Albert Stuve and Manda Paulson. Tillie died in 1929 at the age of 33 years, unmarried. The others are all married and living. Mrs. Anne Stuve died October 1, 1918 soon after she and her husband had moved into the village of Whitehall to take it easy. She is said to be the first victim in our community of the flu, which afterwards became epidemical. Since his wife’s death, Mr. Stuve has lived almost constantly with his daughter Mrs. Gilbert Paulson. Mr. Stuve was slightly above medium height, well proportioned, fair complexion and of an equable disposition. He had more than ordinary muscular strength and his power of endurance was remarkable. His health was good until his last years. He never had need of a dentist. And until his last sickness, he never had a doctor except to set his broken legs. Several years ago in jumping from a hayrack on a wagon he broke one leg and the other was broken by a tree falling on him. This happened a short time before he moved to Whitehall. He was cutting wood about half a mile from his house when, through some slip or miscalculation, a tree fell on him pinning him to the ground. By great exertion he managed to extricate himself from under the tree and then he crawled to the house. But old age, we are told, conquered even the war god Thor. Stuve was about 82 years old when he received the warning, “Set thine house in order.” It was on or about February 3, 1931 when he went to bed with the sickness that brought about his death, December 17, 1931. His funeral was held in Our Saviour’s Lutheran church December 21, Rev. Birkeland officiating. His body was laid by the side of his wife’s and parents in Bethel cemetery near Independence. I have omitted to state that his parents had their home for many years on his farm, where they had a separate house which they occupied while both were living. After the death of his father, his mother moved into her son’s house, where she lived until her death at the remarkable age of about 97 years. Mr. Stuve was a very quiet man, one of those men who usually look and listen, before they act and most always take time to count to ten before they say “Yes” or “No” to any important proposition. He was not a learned man but he gathered the necessary knowledge to success as he went along and used it. His highest ambition was to walk uprightly before God and his fellowmen, to keep out of debt and keep away from want, so he could say at the end of his journey, “I have used the talents the Lord gave me the best I knew how.” We like to read of such men as Roosevelt, Lieutenant Peary, Captain Scott, Fridtijof Nanson, Roald Amundson, Marco Polo and hundreds of other men who have made themselves famous in the world by reason pf great activities. Such men furnish us one kind of entertainment, and sometimes needed inspiration. But after all is it not these quiet, steady, persistent men and women, who produce and save, who keep the wheels of industry spinning, who furnish the material for our social structures and furnish the means to keep them in repair? Who in effect say: Hello World: We are working up to our limit, and saving all we can, so the idlers, the wasters, the unfortunate, the unemployed and even the criminals can live in some degree of comfort. If all were like Mr. Stuve, legislatures and congresses would have few problems to deal with. Written by H.A. Anderson, January 3, 1932. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 7, 1932
FREDERICK SVEEN (BIRI) Frederick Sveen passed away at his home Friday evening, January 17, after an illness of six months. He was born in Biri, Norway, September 6, 1850. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 12 o’clock at the home and one o’clock at the French Creek church, Rev. N.E. Halvorson officiating. Interment was made in the French Creek cemetery. He is survived by four sons, Ole, Bendick, Albert and Ferdinand, and two daughters, Ella and Marie, Mrs. Peter Thompson, all of French Creek. There are seven grandchildren. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 23, 1930
JOHN STUVE (N. LAND)
Timber Creek mourns the passing of John Stuve, one of its oldest residents. Mr. Stuve was born in Nordsinnig, Nordre Land, Norway, May 31, 1871. In 1877, at the age of six, he accompanied his parents and family to America. They came directly to Timber Creek where John made his home until the time of his death. On September 1, 1900 he married Miss Carrie Vesta, also of Timber Creek. Six children were born to this union, all of whom survive him. On Wednesday morning, July 24, at 10:20 at the age of 69, with his wife and family at his bedside, he peacefully slept away. Two years ago Mr. Stuve had a tumor removed from his eye. This operation was successful. Last January he suffered a recurrence of the tumor. This time cancer swiftly developed. On March 28 he underwent an operation for the removal of his eye at the University of Minnesota hospital. He returned home the latter part of April, where for a time he seemed to be recovering. On Decoration Day, he suffered the first of a series of attacks with a new tumor, which directly led to his death. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, son Howard; five daughters, Hazel, Esther, Opal, Ruth and Lillian, all of Northfield. He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Mattie Gilbertson of St. Paul, Minnesota and Mrs. Hattie Norgard of Sandpoint, Idaho, and by two brothers, Louis Stuve of New Plymouth, Idaho and Ed Stuve of Buhl, Idaho. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Hans, Gilbert and Martin. Many visitors from far and near have been attracted to the Stuve home to see the beauty which John created with his flowers and quaint little figures. His family grieves for a patient, loving husband and father and his neighbors mourn a loyal, kindly friend, one whose memory will linger long in the hearts of all who knew him. Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 27, at 1 p.m. at the home and at 2 o’clock at the South Beef River church. The many beautiful flowers were given as a tribute to one who loved them so tenderly. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - AUGUST 1, 1940
OLE J. SVEEN (N. LAND)
Ole J. Sveen, who resided with his son, Chris, in the Town of Pigeon died at the Community Hospital, Thursday, October 7, aged 79 years, one month and seven days. He had been in good health until about three weeks previous to his passing. Funeral services were held at the home at 1:15 and at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church at 2 o’clock Monday, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. Mrs. Carl Jahr sang “Den Store Hvide Flok” at the last rites, and a quartet composed of Mmes S.B. Ivers, Donald Warner, B.M. Skogstad and Lloyd Nehring sang, “Jesus Lover of My Soul” and “Nearer My God to Thee.” Pallbearers were Ole Hallingstad ,Albert Omoth, Will Mahlum, Gilbert Paulson, Peter Simenson and Jens Berge. Burial was in the Old Whitehall cemetery. Ole J. Sveen was born in Nordre Land, Norway, the 30th day of August, 1858, son of Johannes and Helene Arneson. He immigrated to this country in 1878. On April 12, 1884, he was joined in marriage to Miss Karen Sorine Nelson of Eau Claire, and they made their home in that city until 1892 when Mr. Sveen bought the farm which remained his home until death and which is now operated by his son, Chris. His wife preceded him in death 19 years ago and a daughter Mathilda, Mrs. Olaf Amundson, died 17 years ago. Mr. Sveen is survived by three children Agnes, who is Mrs. Andrew Evenson of Fly Creek, Chris and Josephine at home. There are nine grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Ole Tofte of Whitehall and several nieces and nephews. THE WHITEHALL TIMES- OCTOBER 14, 1937
NELS SWAIN (NORWAY)
Nels Swain, an aged bachelor of the Town of Hale, committed suicide Tuesday afternoon at the home of his brother, Lars. Mr. Swain and one of his sons were out in the field about a hundred rods from the house; two other sons were at the barn hauling manure and the women were at the neighbors attending a Ladies’ Aid meeting. Little Esther Swain, a girl 15 years of age, was at home alone. About 4 o’clock, Nels took a 20-gauge shotgun and stole out of the house while Esther was in another room and going back of the house, he fastened a string to the trigger and putting the muzzle of the barrel into his mouth, pulled the trigger. Deceased was at one time a resident of Whitehall, serving as hostler at the livery barn and at the City hotel barn. He was born in Norway, March 12, 1849. He came to America in 1861, locating in Vernon County and later moving to the Town of Hale. He is survived by his brother, Lars Swain. The funeral is being held today and interment will be in the Pleasantville cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - BANNER - MAY 2, 1918
LARS L. SWAIM (BIRI)
Lars Larson Swaim was born in Biri, Norway, the 13th of November 1853. He came to America with his parents, Lars and Agnette Nilson Swaim in the spring of 1861 settling in Coon Valley, Wisconsin. His mother died when he was a young boy of 13, and at that time he was staying with people in French Creek. When they received word that his mother was ill, they walked from French Creek to Coon Valley, a distance of about 50 miles, but she had passed away before they got there. Mr. Swaim remained at his home in Coon Valley then and kept house and took care of his two-year-old brother and the other children. Later at the age of about 17, he left home and worked in the pineries for 13 winters. He spent a few years on the Flambeau River driving logs. Early in the spring of 1886, he came to LaCrosse and worked in the Washburn sawmill. On May 8, 1886 he was married by Rev. Frick in LaCrosse to Caroline Johnson of French Creek. The same year they bought the farm now owned by his son, Clarence, near Pleasantville. Together they worked and improved the farm which today is one of the most modern homes in the county. The deceased was a man of wisdom and sound judgment, which brought him much joy and appreciation in life. Mr. Swaim helped organize the Pleasantville Telephone Company in 1906, in which organization he held offices for several years. In 1909 he helped to organize the Pleasantville Lutheran church, to which he donated the lot besides doing a great many other things for its erection. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church of which he was a lifetime member. He always donated to its keep in various ways and attended God’s service when his health permitted him to be there. He was a man of robust health until the last few years when he began to fail and the Lord released him from his suffering on the 14th of November at the age of 79 years, at his home in Pleasantville, which he built two years ago. Two children have gone before him in death; namely, Arthur, the oldest, who died when five years old and Lawrence, who died two year ago at the age of 26. He leaves to mourn his departure his widow and four children: namely Emil, Clarence, Mrs. Alfred Gunderson of Pleasantville and Mrs. Sigvart Pederson of South Branch of Hale, 13 grandchildren and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held from the home and church at Pleasantville on Tuesday, November 17, Rev. Hjemboe officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - DECEMBER 3, 1931
MRS. CAROLINE SWAIM (NORWAY)
Mrs. Caroline Swaim died at her home at Pleasantville May 14. She had lived a long and active life and was 87 years, five months and four days old at the time of her death. Mrs. Swaim was born in Norway December 8, 1863, daughter of Erick and Berthe Johnson, and came to this country with her parents at the age of seven. The family settled on a farm in French Creek where she grew to young womanhood, but she left home at an early age to earn her own living. She was married to Lars L. Swaim of Coon Valley on May 8, 1886, the Reverend Frick performing the ceremony. They purchased the farm now owned by their son, Clarence from Ole Olson Bates. Through years of hard work they greatly improved their place. In 1929 they built a home at Pleasantville, retiring from farming. Mr. Swaim preceded her in death in 1931. Three sons have also died. Arthur, Lawrence and Emil. She leaves to mourn her death one son and two daughters, namely, Clarence; Lila, who is Mrs. Sigwart Pederson and Esther, Mrs Alfred. Gunderson. She also leaves one sister, Miss Emma Johnson of Osseo; 20 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the home and at Grace Lutheran church at Pleasantville last Friday, the Rev Axel Blom officiating. Mrs. Blom sang “Asleep in Jesus” before the sermon and “Behold a Host Arrayed in White” afterward. Three granddaughters, Shirley Swaim, Mrs. Robert Richmond and Mrs. Richard Enstad carried flowers. The casket bearers were Lester, Arthur and Lloyd Gunderson, Maurice Swaim and Waldemar Pederson, grandsons, and Harold Arneson, husband of a granddaughter. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MAY 24, 1951
MRS. JOHN E. SWENSON (LILLEHAGEN)
Mrs. John E. Swenson, 79, died at her home about 1 a.m. Monday following a brief illness. As Helen Sagen, she was born in Lillehagen Norway, November 23, 1857, coming to America at the age of eight. She was united in marriage to John E. Swenson, May 17, 1885, at the French Creek Lutheran church by Rev. Gulbrand Lunde. The first years of their married life were occupied with farming in South Beaver Creek. In 1895 they moved to the village of Ettrick where they have resided since. She is survived by her husband; a brother, Sever Sagen of Onalaska; seven children, Mrs. E.J. Smith, Wisconsin Rapids; Mrs. Oscar Stamstad, Mrs. Roger Williams and Mrs. Melvin Pischke, LaCrosse; Mrs. Alfred Truax, Mrs. J.A. Kamprud and E.N. Swenson Ettrick and 17 grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Swenson celebrated their Golden wedding anniversary in 1935. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 o’clock at the home and 12 o’clock at the Ettrick Lutheran church, in charge of Rev. Konrad Urberg. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 21, 1937
SEVER SWENSON (RINGSAKER)
Sever Swenson, pioneer of the South Beaver Creek country, passed away at his home Wednesday morning following an illness of only about two weeks. Mr. Swenson had been ailing for the past three months. The deceased was one of the fortunate few that had made life a success. He was active in developed the South Beaver Creek country not only from an agricultural view, but an educational and religious view as well. Sever Swenson was born in Ringsaker, Norway November 5, 1853. When at the age of seven years he came to America in company with his parents and settled in the South Beaver Creek country where they made their first and last home. He was united in marriage to Lena Kamprud May 1, 1880. The widow, together with six children, live to mourn the loss of a kind husband and father. One daughter, Mrs. August Larson passed away ten years ago. The children remaining are John S.; Lewis; Selmer; Alfred; Mrs. Idius Johnson of North Bend and Mrs. Rudolph Hanson. Funeral services were held Friday at which time the many friends of the deceased gathered to pay their last respect. Interment was made in the South Beaver Creek cemetery. Rev. Halvorson in his sermon paid a very fitting tribute to the departed one. THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - NOVEMBER 1 1929
LARS OLSON SYLJUBERGET (NORWAY)
Time has again marked the end of the trail of one of our sturdy pioneer stock. A man that did much in blazing and wrestling in order to prepare for himself and family a comfortable farm home. When Mr. Olson first came to the South Beaver Creek country sixty-seven years ago, the many home conveniences now so positively essential were at this early age unheard of. He lived through this age of improvement and in later years enjoyed the comforts that were in a very full measure truly his. Lars Olson Syljuberget passed away at his home in South Beaver Creek March 28, 1932, at the age of 82, years, 11 months and 9 days. He was born in Norway and came to this country when he was 13 years old. He was twice married. His first marriage was to Kristine Christenson. To this union was born one daughter, Mary, deceased. His second marriage was to Mathia Joneson Stuve. To this union there were eight children born: Mrs. Charlie Hongstad of Ettrick; Mrs. Emma Quall of Holmen Mrs. Fred Larson of Galesville; Oscar of Galesville; Clem of Ettrick; Melvin on the home place, and Albert, deceased. He is survived by one brother, Ole, of South Dakota, one sister Mary, of St. Paul, his wife, seven children, twenty grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon and interment was made in the South Beaver Creek cemetery. Reprinted from the Ettrick Advance. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 7, 1932
MRS. LENA SWENSON (NORWAY)
Mrs. Lena Swenson, 79, died on Monday at her home in South Beaver Creek. As Lena Kamprud, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lars Kamprud, she was born in Norway August 12, 1860. She was married to Sever Swenson and the couple was occupied with farming. She was a member of the South Beaver Creek Lutheran church. Her husband preceded her in death. She is survived by four sons, Lewis of Blair; John S., Selmer, Idius Johnson of Melrose and Mrs. Rudolph Hanson of Ettrick; four half-sisters, Mrs. Fred Mostad and Mrs. E. Gilberg of Galesville, Mrs. Olave Husmoen of Arcadia and Mrs. Lars Pederson of Ettrick. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 4, 1940 from the Runnestrand Brothers funeral chapel with the Rev. Johan Olsen officiating. Burial will be in the South Beaver Creek Lutheran cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 4, 1940
EVEN SWENSON (RINGSAKER?)
Even Swenson, one of the first settlers of South Branch, passed away Wednesday night after a long illness. Mr. Swenson was born in Rirgaager, Norway in 1830 and has lived here since emigrated in 1860. Deceased was a widower, his wife having died 13 year ago. He leaves to mourn his loss six sons and one daughter, namely: Sever, Elias, John, Andrew, Matt, Oluf and Mrs. M. Bergum, all residents of this valley. The funeral was held at the South Branch Lutheran church, Rev. Bestul conducting the services. The pallbearers were L.P. Larson, E.J. Brovold, Tom Anderson, Lars Olson, Ever Klinkenberg and B.O. Dahlby. A large number of old friends and neighbors gathered to show their respects and witness the close scene of another of our pioneer settlers. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - SEPTEMBER 20, 1906
MARIA SWENSON (BIRI)
Mrs. Marie Swenson, whose illness was briefly mentioned in last week’s paper, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Iver Jorgenson, Tuesday, November 17, at the age of 88 years. Deceased was born in Biri, Norway and grew up to womanhood and was married to Ole Swenson in her native land in 1869. Several years after their marriage, they set sail for America. While at sea, they had the misfortune of losing a child and this child was buried at sea. Four daughters are left to mourn the loss of a kind mother, namely, Mrs. Peter Hogden, Mrs. Iver Jorgenson, Mrs. Matt Fryjordet and Mrs. F. Schoark of Winona. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 1 o’clock from the house. Six of her grandsons acted as pallbearers. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - NOVEMBER 26 1925
ANDREW SYVERSON (LAND)
Andrew Syverson who died at the Community hospital Friday morning July 14, was born in Land, Norway, March 4, 1854. He came to this country nearly forty years ago; worked at common labor for several years. About twenty years ago he married Anne Halvorson a widow, who died about four years ago. After marriage he bought a little home in the coulee above the Ingalls farms. His health was not very good for many years but his last sickness was comparatively short. Since he sold his home about three years ago, he has made his home mostly with Martin J. Moen and Mrs. Evenson. He leaves no blood relatives in this country. Deceased was a man of blameless character. His funeral was held Saturday p.m. at Our Saviour’s church in the village, Rev. Hofstad officiating. He was buried in the Lutheran cemetery at Old Whitehall. THE WHITEHALL TIMES BANNER - JULY 20, 1922
LARS L. SWAIM (BIRI, NORWAY) (2)
Lars L. Swaim, who for the last 30 years has been engaged in agricultural pursuits on a farm in 300 acres in section 13, 24 14, town 23 north, range 8 west, Hale Township, was born in Biri, Norway, November 13, 1852. He is a son of Lars Larson Sveum by his wife Aganetta Larson, both natives of Norway, the father born in 1824. In 1861 the family emigrated to America, settling in Coon Valley, Vernon County, where the mother died in 1863. Lars L. Sveum afterwards continued to reside on his farm there until his death, which occurred in 1896. Lars L. Swaim, the direct subject of this sketch, began working out at the age of 16 years and was thus employed for some three years. The next two years he spent on the family homestead after which he began working in the pineries. Three years later he took a homestead in Brookings County, South Dakota, and was there three years, from 1878 to 1881. He then resumed work in the pineries and so continued until 1886, in which year he bought his present farm from Ole Olson Bates and has since resided on it engaged in its cultivation. The place is now highly improved and is making a good return for the money Mr. Swaim invested in it. In 1901 he built his present residence, of two stories and basement, containing ten rooms, which are heated by furnace and illuminated with gasoline lights. The barn was built in 1898, and measures 48 by 90 by 12 feet, having cement floors and steel stanchions. The other buildings are a granary, 16 by 28 by 14 feet; a chick house, 14 by 28 feet, and a machine shed, 42 by 42 feet. Mr. Swaim keeps Shorthorn cattle, having 60 head of graded animals, of which he milks 25. He feed and ships one carload per year. A good woven wire fence surrounds his farm. May 8, 1886, Mr. Swaim was united in marriage to Caroline Johnson, of Ettrick Township, this county, but who was born in Norway, daughter of Eric and Bertha Anderson. He and his wife have had six children: Arthur, who died at age of 5 years; Emil, born October 2, 1888; Lila, born July 15, 1892, who was married August 28, 1915 to Sigvart Peterson, a farmer of Hale Township; Clarence, born May 8, 1895; Esther, born September 2, 1900; and Lawrence, born October 31, 1902. The three last mentioned with Emil are residing at home with their parents. Aside from his farm interests, Mr. Swaim was president and treasurer of the Pleasant Valley Telephone Co., and a stockholder in the Central Trading Association of Whitehall, and in the Whitehall Hospital. He has served three years as treasurer of the school board. Affiliated religiously with the Norwegian Lutheran Church, he holds therein the office of trustee, and it was he who gave land for the church of that denomination at Pleasantville. He has always been strict in the fulfillment of his duties as man and citizen, and he and his family stand high in the estimation of their fellow townspeople. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
EBERT K. STUTLIEN (HOUSTON COUNTY, MINNESOTA)
Among the choice farms of Preston Township is that known as “Springdale” in section 10, a 234-acre farm belongs to the subject of this sketch, who also owns 150 acres in Welch Coulee, this township. Mr. Stutlien was born in Houston County, Minnesota, November 23, 1866, son of Arne Knudson Stutlien and wife, Mary, whose maiden name was Hellekson. The father, born in Norway in 1832, came to this country in 1854 and resided first in Dane County, Wisconsin, moving from there to Houston County in 1858. Ten years later he and his family settled in Welch Coulee, Preston Township, Trempealeau County, which was his home until his death. His wife still remains in Welch Coulee, being now 76 years old. Ebert K. Stutlien was reared to Agricultural pursuits and has been thus engaged since he was old enough to begin industrial life. He has been proprietor of his present farm since 1915 and is conducting it with profitable results. November 25, 1893, he was united in marriage with Ida M. Scow, who was born in Arcadia Township, August 2, 1874. Her parents, Matt O. Scow and Isabel Larson were both born in Norway, the former in 1832 and the latter in 1834. Mr. Scow died in Arcadia Township, July 7, 1904 and his wife July 21, 1904. Mr. and Mrs. Stutlien are the parents of ten children: Ingwald, assistant bank cashier at Bowman, North Dakota; Alfred; Leona, Emil; Palmer; Alma; Lester; Eunice; Florence and Sidney, all but Ingwald living at home. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
PAUL OLSON STRUM (OSTERDALEN, NORWAY) (2)
Paul Olson Strum, one of the older members of the farming community in Preston Township, having a farm of 70 acres in section 16, has been engaged in agriculture here for more than half a century. He was born in Osterdalen, Norway, January 7, 1843, son of Ole Olson Strum and his wife Bertha Paulson. The father was born in Norway in 1808 and came to America in 1852, locating in Porter County, Pennsylvania where he lived for six years. He then came west to Wisconsin, settling in LaCrosse County, near Onalaska, which place he made his home for five years. After that he removed with his family to Trempealeau County. His death took place at Blair February 8, 1879. His wife, Bertha, survived him about 15 years, dying in 1894 at the age of 80. Paul Olson Strum came to this country from Norway in 1854 accompanying his brother and sister. He was in his nineteenth year when he enlisted in September 1861 in Company L, Eighth Wisconsin Infantry, with which organization he served three years in the Civil War. On May 22, 1863 he was wounded in the right arm while taking part with Grant's army in the Siege of Vicksburg, and in addition to this experience, he took part in other actions near Vicksburg, in the battles of Corinth; Jackson, Mississippi; Memphis and other places. On his return home after the war in 1865, he bought his present farm, his parents making their residence with him and here he has since remained, having spent the intervening time, half a century or more, in improving his property. The results of his work are apparent in the well-tilled acres and neat and substantial buildings, indicating thrift and prosperity, which attract the attention of the passer-by. Having for many years possessed the full confidence and esteem of his fellow townsmen, Mr. Strum has at different times been called upon to aid in the administration of the town government and thus served six years as supervisor and ten years as township treasurer. He was also assessor of the village of Blair two years and a member of the village council one year, in these various offices showing good natural ability and sound judgment. During the present year - 1917 - Mr. Strum will celebrate his golden wedding anniversary, as he was married July 20, 1867 to Serena Olson Tappen, who was born in Solar, Norway, daughter of Ole Olson Tappen and Elizabeth Embretson. He and his wife have had a large family, numbering 13 children, two of whom are now deceased. Their record in brief is as follows: Olaus, born August 18, 1868, who is a farmer in Preston Township, this county; Bert C., born November 10, 1870, who died in 1871; Elizabeth, born September 25, 1872, who married Ole Munson of Winona, Minnesota; Olaf, born August 27, 1874, who is now living in Duluth, Minnesota; Bertha, born April 15, 1876, who died April 30, 1976; Bart, born February 25, 1878, now living in Comstock, Minnesota; Amanda, born February 23, 1881, who married Ted Johnson of Coolidge, North Dakota; Selma, born March 15, 1883, wife of Ole Rennung of Blair; Edwin, born October 27, 1887, who lives on the home farm; Clara, born March 22, 1890, now assistant postmaster at Blair; Alice, born February 18, 1893, who married Norman Henderson, resides in Henneford, North Dakota and has one child, Lillian born May 19, 1915; Albert, born December 1, 1887, at home; Herman, born November 17, 1895, also living on the home farm. The Strum family are members of the United Norwegian Lutheran Church of which Mr. Strum has been a trustee for a number of years. Since casting in his lot with this community so many years ago, Mr. Strum has seen many great and beneficial changes in his surroundings. Much or most of the land was then wild and newcomers had to make all their own improvements, breaking the soil with oxen and erecting rude log houses , or rather cabins, in which to live, while their barns and other buildings were of the most primitive description. Such roads as then existed were bad, and at times hardly passable and it was hard to get their crops to market or procure supplies. Many of the early settlers at times went hungry, or subsisted on such game and fish as they might be able to shoot or catch, together with a little cornmeal. Now smiling farms are seen on every hand, with large, substantial barns and handsome residences provided with all modern conveniences, such as the city dweller enjoys. The roads are much improved and more numerous and markets easy of access, except in severe winter weather. Most of the farmers own automobiles and their children are able to attend high school or even college, if they so desire, so that all the conveniences and luxuries of advanced civilization have been brought, so to speak, to the farmer's door. To see all these changes is a privilege that not all of the pioneers enjoyed, Mr. Strum being among the few in this county who have lived to witness them and to participate in their benefits during his declining years. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
CHRISTIAN E. SVEUM (RINGSAKER, NORWAY)
Christian E. Sveum, the well known proprietor of Sveum Stock Farm of 196 acres, located in sections 23 and 24, and Home Farm of 160 acres, in section 14, town 23 north, range 7 west, Hale Township, was born in Ringsaker, Norway, April 6, 1863. His parents, Even and Johanna Sveum, both died in Norway. In 1886, Christian E. Sveum, then 23 years old, came to the United States, seeking to better his condition. Having heard of opportunities in the great Northwest, he located in Whitehall, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, renting the farm of Hans Borreson – now the Sveum Stock Farm – for six years. At the end of that time he purchased it, and in April 1913, bought his other farm, known as the Home Farm. He is successfully engaged in agriculture and stock raising, his two properties being well improved, and is numbered among the substantial and prosperous farmers of Hale Township. November 13, 1889, Mr. Sveum was married to Anna Borreson, who was born on the old farm in sections 23 and 24, Hale Township, which her parents, Hans and Helena (Anderson) Borreson homesteaded in 1870. They were born in Norway, in the town of Biri, the father July 5, 1830 and the mother January 5, 1832. They were married in 1869 at Coon Valley, Vernon County, Wisconsin, the same year in which they came to America. Both are now living on the farm. They had four children, of whom three died in infancy, the only survivor being Mrs. Sveum. Mr. and Mrs. Sveum have had a large family of thirteen children, born as follows: Edwin, March 3, 1890; Harry, February 5, 1892, now farming on a homestead at Joslyn, Montana; Hjelmer, born September 7, 1893; Clara, October 17, 1895; Josephine, August 29, 1897; Agnes, August 22, 1899; Ina, October 13, 1901; Gustav, March 13, 1904; Tina, February 28, 1906; Lillian, December 9, 1908; Blanchard, July 14, 1911; Evelyn December 8, 1913; and one unnamed, who was born July 20, 1900 and died the same day. All the living children except Hjelmar, Harry and Edwin reside at home. Mr. Sveum’s residence stands on the Home farm, and is a good, neat and substantial house, the barns and outbuildings being also well constructed and in good condition. He keeps 90 head of cattle, milking 50, and is a stockholder in the creamery at York, the Pigeon Grain & Stock Company and the Whitehall Hospital. For three years he has served as school director. He and his family are members of the Norwegian Lutheran Church, of which he is a trustee. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY – 1917
OLE SYLFEST (PRESTON TOWNSHIP, WISCONSIN)
Ole Sylfest, a well-known farmer who is engaged in operating 130 acres of land in section 11, Preston Township, was born in Vosse Coulee, this township, May 8, 1865. His father, whose name also was Ole, was a native of Voss, Norway, who came to the United States in 1854, locating in Dane County, Wisconsin, from which place he came tin 1860 to Trempealeau County, settling in Vosse Coulee. Here he died in 1888 at the age of 66 years, after many years of hard work spent in improving his farm, which he left in good condition. His wife, whose maiden name was Carrie Gjerstad, died in 1907, aged 88 years. They had been the parents of five children: Sever, now living on the old farm in Vosse Coulee; Ingeborg, who married Lars Johnson, a farmer of Vosse Coulee; Susan, who resides with her brother Severe; Ole (first), who died at the age of one year, and Ole (second), subject of this sketch. Ole Sylfest resided at home with his parents until reaching the age of 25 years, or until the time of his marriage in 1891. He then farmed the old Sylfest homestead for seven years, subsequently going to Shepherd Coulee, where he operated a farm for ten years, or until 1908, when he bought his present farm. This is a good piece of agricultural property, having nice commodious residence, a good basement barn and all other necessary buildings, besides a full equipment of tools and implements. Mr. Sylfest is operating the place with profitable results and is recognized throughout the township as a thoroughly practical farmer and a reliable citizen, one who can be depended upon to support the interest of the community in which he lives. He has won his success in life entirely by his own efforts, and has succeeded by exercising hard work, frugality and good judgment. Since 1903 he has served as a member of the township board, having been its chairman and consequently a member of the county board also, for eight years. He is doing good service as clerk of his school district. In connection with his farm work he has been interested in cooperative movements, assisted in organizing the Preston Creamery Company of Blair, and has been one of its directors for ten years. June 11, 1891, Mr. Sylfest was united in marriage with Paulina Olson, who was born in Trump Coulee, January 30, 1868, daughter of Christian and Anna (Peterson) Olson. Her father, who was a native of Norway, came to the United States in 1860, and on the breaking out of the Civil War enlisted in the Eleventh Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, in which he served four years. After the war he settled in Trump Coulee and engaged in farming there until his death in 1879. His wife, Anna, now resides in Trump Coulee, having survived him 38 years. Mr. and Mrs. Sylfest have been the parents of five children: Otilia, born January 6, 1894, who graduated from the Blair High School and La Crosse Normal School and has been a teacher four years; Amelia, born January 3, 1898, who graduated from the Blair High School and is clerk in a business house in Blair; Myrtle, born April 3, 1900; Stella, born May 21, 1905; and one that died in infancy. The family are members of the Norwegian Lutheran church, of which Mr. Sylfest has been treasurer since 1902. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
KNUDT LEOFSON STRAND (STRAND, TELEMARKEN, NORWAY)
Knudt Leofson Strand, the first settler in Norway Coulee, Arcadia Township, where he is still an honored and respected citizen, is one of the very few men in this county who are still living on homesteads which they selected before the close of the Civil War. He has been an industrious, hard-working man and a good citizen and has had his share in the progress which has changed this region from an unsettled wilderness into one of the best farming countries in western Wisconsin. The second of six children of Leof Sorenson and Anna Knutsen Aaakre, substantial and God-fearing farming people, he was born in Strand, Telemarken, Norway, February 8, 1834, and was there reared, receiving his education by studying two months each year under a traveling schoolmaster, and spending his youth in assisting his father at farming and lumbering. At the age of seventeen he left home and for several years continued to be employed as a farmer and lumberman. During the latter part of this period he devoted most of his time to hauling timber from great forests, sometimes as a day laborer and sometimes by contract. July 13, 1859, he married Anna, the daughter of Hoover and Margaret Hooverson, and began farming in a modest way in his native parish. Here was born the oldest son, Leof K., now a prosperous Arcadia farmer. But the ambitions of the young man were stirred to seek wider opportunities in the New World, so on April 4, 1861, with his wife and child, he set sail for America. After a tedious trip of ten weeks aboard a sailing vessel, they landed at Quebec, and from there found their way to Detroit, Chicago and La Crosse, then the terminal of the railroad. Locating in Vernon County he secured such employment as he could at from fifty cents to $1.00 a day, and the following year preempted 40 acres of farmland. Trempealeau County was at that time attracting numerous settlers, and with a friend, John Gunderson, Mr. Strand determined to look over the land with a view to settling here. Selecting a pleasant location in Holcomb Coulee, the two men started cutting hay in the summer of 1863, with a view of making their permanent home there, but hearing of land to the northward, he and Ole Guttormson started out one day on a further trip of exploration. After a weary march, they reached the mouth of one of the most beautiful coulees they had ever seen. Here, on the gentle slope, lay rich land, ready to be broken for crops, while water was pure and abundant. No settlers had yet erected cabins in its virgin expanse, and here Mr. Strand determined his future home was to be located. Hastening back to La Crosse he found that the land was still open and immediately filed on 160 acres in Sections 23 and 14. His preparations for moving were made during the winter, and as soon as travel was opened in the spring he came up and built a pole hut in which he took up his residence. The hut had the trodden earth for a floor and was thatched with hay. A small window with one pane of glass admitted the light, while a crude door on leather hinges furnished the entrance. Another pole and hay structure furnished a shelter for the yoke of oxen, two yearling steers, and two sheep which he had brought with him from Vernon County. Thus with but a dollar in his pocket, began the first settler in Norway Coulee. In June he brought his family, and his happiness was complete. Few people of modern times can realize the difficulties with which the early settlers contended. The nearest neighbor on the east was the George Vernon family five miles away. The nearest on the west was Tolef Bergeson, four miles west. Indians thronged the coulee, and though friendly and harmless, kept Mrs. Strand in a constant state of apprehension by their savage ways. The nearest road was five and one-half miles away. Bishop’s settlement, now Arcadia, was six miles away. Trempealeau was fourteen miles away, the trail leading through Dodge Township and over Whistler’s Pass. The Big Tamarack Swamp was at that time impassable. Grain had to be hauled over hills and through swamps, the unshod oxen picking their way as best they could. In the winter grain was sometimes taken as far as the mill at Pickwick, in Minnesota. Such a trip was long and cold and filled with dangers. At times the ice on the river and marshes was so smooth and glaring that a trail of hay had to be made to prevent the oxen from falling and breaking their legs. There were no physicians nearer than Trempealeau and Galesville. Life on the Strand homestead was filled with work. By Christmas, 1864, the pole hut had been replaced with a substantial log structure, 14 by 16 feet, one and a half stories high, and well protected against the winter storms. It is interesting to note that the present home was built of hewn logs in the middle seventies. It is 16 by 30 feet, two stories high, with a full basement. In recent years the house has been veneered with lumber, thus making a thick-walled, comfortable home of solid proportions, fully plastered. The original farm has been increased to 280 acres, well divided into cultivated land, timber and pasture. Here, hale and heart in his old age, Mr. Strand, with his good wife, is spending the afternoon of life, well content with what the years have brought him. Mr. Strand is a man of intense patriotism, a devout church member and a believer in education and good roads. When the need of men to fight the Civil War was the greatest he was drafted, and walked to La Crosse to enter his command, but upon reaching that city he found that he was physically disqualified owing to the after-effects of an attack of pneumonia which he had experienced some years previous. He assisted in organizing the first school district in Tamarack, a district which has since been divided into several more districts. He laid out the first road over the hill to Arcadia, and gave liberally of his time and money to further cause for good roads throughout this region. He was one of the founders of the Norway Coulee Lutheran Congregation, of which he and all his family are members. He was on the building committee when the present edifice was erected, he was a trustee for many years, and has been one of its liberal contributors since its organization. All in all, he has been one of the county’s most useful citizens, and justly deserves the high esteem in which he is held. Mr. and Mrs. Strand have been the parents of the following children: Leof K., born in Strand, Norway, March 10, 1860, now a well-known farmer of Arcadia Township; Hoover, born in Vernon County, Wisconsin, December 23, 1861, who resides at Thief River Falls, Minnesota; Anna, born in Holcomb Coulee, who died January 18, 1867; Margaret, born in Norway Coulee, January 6, 1866, who is the wife of Ludwig Johnson of Ossian, Iowa; Sam, born in Norway Coulee, November 8, 1867, who is a farmer there at the present time; Anna (2d), born in Norway Coulee, June 22, 1869, who is now Mrs. John Kasse, of Dane County, Wisconsin; Ellen, born in Norway Coulee, April 23, 1871, who is the wife of A. Emmerson of Ettrick; Knudt L., Jr., born in Norway Coulee, January 5, 1873, who died May 8, 1911; and Birgit, born in Norway Coulee April 19, 1877, now Mrs. Sam M. Swenson, of Tamarack. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY – 1917
LEOF K. STRAND (STRAND, NORWAY)
Leof K. Strand, a successful farmer and businessman residing in Section 22, Arcadia Township, was born in Strand, Norway, March 10, 1860, son of Knudt and Anna (Hooverson) Strand. He was one year old, when, in 1861, he came to America with his parents, pioneers of Norway Coulee, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin. There he attended the district school organized by his father, which was the first school in that section, and grew to manhood, assisting his father on the latter’s farm. On December 19, 1885 he was united in marriage with Amelia Amundsen, daughter of Andrew and Agnes (Olsen) Amundsen of Norway Coulee, and who had been a schoolmate of his. For ten years after his marriage he remained on his parents’ farm and then removed to a separate location, buying from his father 40 acres in Section 22, which tract lay in the vicinity of the old home. Here he erected his present residence, a two-story house consisting of upright and two wings, into which he and his wife moved the year he took the farm. He also built a frame barn, 28 by 46 by 16 feet, on full stone basement. Here he has since followed general farming and dairying with good success. His farm is well watered by springs and is provided with a full equipment of teams, tools and machinery. Mr. Strand in 1885 became interested in the first farmers’ cooperative creamery in Trempealeau County, known as the Ettrick Farmers’ Creamery Association, of which he became a stockholder. In this enterprise he took a very active part, working up the cream routes and hauling two routes himself for ten years, daily in summers and four days a week in winters. In 1896 he withdrew from the association, selling his stock. In company with Peter Larson, Mr. Strand in 1891 bought the southwest quarter of the southwest quarter of Section 27 in Tamarack. Later Mr. Larson sold his interest to Ole A. Olson and Mr. Strand, but afterwards bought back an interest. Later Strand, Olson and Larson built the main part of what is now the Tamarack store at the head of Norway Coulee, which they rented to Levi Henderson, of Ettrick who put in the stock. After remaining one year, Mr. Henderson sold his stock to Iver C. Myhre, who conducted the business to 1898. He then sold out to C. L. Boleng, who now operates the store. Mr. Boleng rented the building from the company until February 1902 when he bought it. Mr. Strand is a stockholder in the Farmers’ Shipping Association of Arcadia, the Arcadia Farmers’ State Bank, the Tamarack Telephone Company, of which he has been president for the last twelve years. In this enterprise he has ever taken an active part to perfect its service and equipment. In politics he has always been a Republican and was chairman of his township board for six years. Mr. and Mrs. Strand are the parents of ten children, all of whom are living, their record in brief being as follows: Annetta, born November 20, 1886, is now Mrs. A.O. Severson of Norway Coulee; Clara, born March 18, 1888, is unmarried and resides at home. Hilda, born December 12, 1898, is now Mrs. C.W. Peterson of Buffalo, South Dakota. Elmer, born December 25, 1891, is operating a homestead farm in Lavinia, Montana. Clarence, born January 25, 1894, is residing at home unmarried. Margaret, born October 7, 1896, is now Mrs. A.M. Olson of Thompson Valley, Arcadia Township. Laura, born September 17, 1898. Henry, born December 3, 1900; Milton, born March 19, 1903 and Mildred, born May 4, 1904, are all living at home. Mr. Strand and his family are members of the Norwegian Lutheran Church at Norway Coulee, which he helps to support. Through enterprise and industry, backed by intelligence, he has gained a position among the prosperous and respected citizens of his township and has never forfeited their good opinion. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY – 1917
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