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Tabok Mathias
Telgen Halvor
Tangbakken Elene Marie
Tangbakken Mathias
Tangen Andrew H.
Tangen Christian Mrs.
Tangen Hans H.
Tappen Julius
Tappen Julius O. 2
Tappen Julius Mrs.
Tenneson Gunhild Dorthea
Tenneson Jakob A.
Tenneson Ole A.
Tenneson Signe Mrs.
Tenneson Tennes
Tenneson Tennes Mrs.
Tenseth Maritt Rue
Tenseth Ole
Tharaldson Bernt Thompson
Tharaldson Bernt Mrs.
Tharaldson Martin
Tharaldson Theoline Mrs.
Thomasgaard Ole
Thomasgaard Ole 2
Thomasgaard Ole Mrs.
Thomley Emelia Mrs.
Thomley John
Thomley Martin Sobensveen
Thomley Martin Mrs.
Thomley Orlin E.




MATHIAS TABOK (RINGSAGER)
Mathias Tabok, one of our old settlers, died last Friday of heart trouble. He was around up to within six weeks of his death. Deceased was born in Ringsager, Prestejeld, Norway, December 21, 1836. He was married to Miss Agnette Johannesdatter in 1859. They came to America in 1869 and settled on the farm where he died. They were blessed with four children, two preceding him in death, a boy in Norway and a daughter in this country. Hs wife died in the spring of 1899. Among those who mourn the loss of their father and grandfather are Ole and Johannes Tabok and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Hjalmer Halverson and Tena Johnson. The funeral was conducted by Rev. C.B. Bestul and interment made in Tamarack cemetery. Reprinted from the Tamarack News. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - JULY 9, 1914

JULIUS TAPPEN (SOLAR)
Julius Tappen passed away after a short illness at the Community hospital at Whitehall at 7:30 a.m., October 3, 1935. He was born in Solar, Norway, October 24, 1854 and came to this country with his parents, Ole and Elizabeth Tappen at the age of two years. They settled in Tappen Coulee which still bears the name. He resided there six years and then moved to Trump Coulee where he lived 74 years. On November 11, 1876 he was united in holy matrimony with Mary Gabriel. They celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary on November 11, 1926. His wife preceded him in death on May 4, 1928. Eleven children were born to this union, five of whom have also preceded him. He leaves to mourn his death, one brother Alex of Canada and six children; Bennie of Saskatoon, Canada, Olaus of Blair; Elizabeth of Courtenay, North Dakota; Eddie of LaCrosse; John of Homestead, Canada; and Alfred of Superior and 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon, October 5th at the Trempealeau Valley church, Revs. O.L. Hofstad and T.E. Sweger officiating. In memory of Julius Tappen, a gift of $13.50 was given by neighbors and friends to charitable institutions of the Norwegian Lutheran church of America. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 10, 1935

MRS. JULIUS TAPPEN (GRUE, SOLAR)
Maren Gabriel was born in Grue, Solar, Norway, September 22, 1852. She died at her home in Trump Coulee May 4th, 1928, her span of life comprising 75 years, 7 months and 12 days. She emigrated to America at the age of 19 years. The 11th of November 1876, she was united in marriage to Julius Tappen. Eleven children were born to this union, three dying in infancy. The deceased was a faithful member of the Trempealeau Valley congregation and an active worker in the Ladies Aid from the very beginning of the society. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, eight children and 12 grandchildren. Four of her brothers also survive. Two sisters preceded her in death, Mrs. Peter Jonsrud and Mrs. Eli Peterson. A year ago last fall, the Trempealeau Valley congregation en masse and other neighbors turned out to celebrate the Golden Wedding of this worthy couple. Mrs. Tappen was seriously ill a year ago but recovered only to succumb to the same disease a year later after only a few days illness. She will be sadly missed in the home by her aged husband with whom she spent over half a century of happy married life, by the children to whom she was the kindest of mothers, and by a great number of friends by whom she was held in most affectionate regard. The funeral services were held Monday, May 7th, at 1 p.m. at the house and 2 p.m. at the Trempealeau Valley church. There was an unusually large attendance. The Ladies Aid placed a memorial wreath on the casket in the form of a $15 contribution to missions in testimonial to a charter member of the organization. Rev. Sweger conducted the services. Miss Avis Hoganson sang a solo. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 11 1928

MRS. TENNES TENNESON (SONDRE LAND)
Marthea Lindrud was born in Sondre Land, Norway October 30, 1854, the eldest child of Andrew and Gunhild Lindrud. At the age of six she came to America with her parents and resided in French Creek until her marriage to Tennes Tenneson, after which they moved to the present home in Trempealeau Valley where she passed away Monday, October 20, 1941, after an illness of ten weeks. Her husband preceded her in death October 9, 1937. There are seven children: Ida of Beach, North Dakota; Albert of Blair; John of Mt. Vernon, Washington; Melvin of St. Paul; Thomas at home; T. Marie of Eau Claire and Nora at home. She is also survived by one brother, Andrew Lindrud of Long Prairie, Minnesota, twenty-seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon at the home and at the Trempealeau Valley Lutheran church with Rev. Bringle officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 20, 1941

HALVOR TELGEN (GUDBRANDSDALEN)
Halvor Telgen, formerly of Pleasant Valley, died at a Menomonie hospital Christmas Eve, December 24, after two years of failing health. Funeral services were held from the Pleasant Valley church Monday and burial was in the church cemetery beside his wife who died in 1907 and two children who preceded him in death. Mr. Telgen was born in Gudbrandsdalen, Norway, November 9, 1859. At the age of 19 years he came with his parents to America, settling first at North Branch near Durrand. He was united in marriage to Anna Serum and eight children were born to them. Following his wife’s death, Mr. Telgen had lived with his children, the following six of whom survive him: Mrs. J. Sigge, Downsville; Oscar Telgen, Weston; Ole, Eau Claire; Joseph, Elk Mound; Helmer, Glenwood City; and Martin, Eau Claire. Sixteen grandchildren, one great-grandchild and two brothers, Sam of Mondovi and Hans of Minneapolis also survive. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 14, 1937

JAKOB A. TENNESON (FLEKKEFJORD)
Jacob A. Tenneson, a well-known and highly respected citizen of the Trempealeau Valley died of Bright’s disease at his home in this village last Sunday morning, May 23, 1897, at 5 o’clock. The funeral services were held at the United Lutheran church, of which he was a member, Tuesday at 3 pm. Being largely attended, Rev. Gulbrandson officiating. Deceased was born near Flekkefgard, Norway, December 27, 1828. He immigrated to this country in 1851, settling on Coon Prairie, Vernon County, this state, where a year later he married Miss Johannah E. Larson. They moved to Preston, this township, in the year 1855, where in 1876, his wife died, leaving seven children, two sons and five daughters, all of whom save one, who died the same year her mother did, survive their father. Mr. Tenneson married his second wife, Miss Grethe Tenneson in 1879 who survives him, and by whom he had three children, two sons and a daughter, who are left to comfort their mother in her declining years. The children left by the first wife are Mrs. John Houkom of this village; Tennes, Preston; Mrs. Tennes Larson, Mrs. Gilbert Pederson, John and Louisa, of LaCrosse. The children by his second wife are Theodore, Teresa and Joseph, all living at home. Thus the old landmarks are passing away. It is to be hoped that the coming generation of young men will develop into as sturdy and representative citizenship as that of our townsman who has just passed over the silent river from whence none return. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - MAY 27, 1897

MRS. SIGNE TENNESON (VAALER SOLAR)
Mrs. Signe Tenneson, 85, died unexpectedly Friday (October 14, 1966) afternoon at her home here. She was found by a neighbor who went to call at her home about two p.m. She was up and around the house in the forenoon. The former Signe Mathson, she was born May 1, 1881 in Solar, Vaaler Norway to Mathias and Marthea Mathson. She was the last of a family of ten children. She came to America in 1902 and was married to Bernt Tenneson of Blair July 17, 1907. They farmed in Reynolds Coulee, south of Blair. Tenneson died in 1943 and she moved to Blair in 1951. Survivors are one son, Basil, Blair; four daughters, Mrs. George (Huldes) Marcoux, Wisconsin Rapids; Mrs. Irving (Myrtle) Akerhielm, Chicago; Mrs. Earl (Berdine) Faneuf, Layton, Utah; and Mrs. Fred (Viola) Sanberg, Red Wing, Minnesota; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday at 3 p.m. at Zion Lutheran church, the Rev. L. H. Jacobson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were six grandsons, Harold, Robert and Richard Tenneson, Carl Sandberg, Dennis Faneuf and Edward Plawman. Mrs. Francis Herreid was soloist. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 20, 1966

GUNHILD DORTHEA TENNESON (NORWAY)
On Tuesday the third of this month, the burial of Gunild Dorthea Tenneson took place at the cemetery at Trempealeau Valley Lutheran church. Mrs. Tenneson was 92 years of age on the 10th day of last March. She came to Trempealeau County from Norway about the year 1858. She was married to Peder Tenneson about the year 1862. Her husband died in March 1883. She remained on the old homestead two miles east of Blair until the year 1890, when she and her two youngest daughters went to reside at Minneapolis, where they lived for about fifteen years. She and her husband were among the pioneers of the valley. There were seven children: Tennes, Malinda, Bolette, Gilbert, Christine, Marie and Nellie. Bollette died in February 1871; Christine died in September 1884. Tennes resides at Portland, Oregon; Malinda lives with her daughter at Willmar, Minnesota; Gilbert is an attorney who has resided at Fargo, North Dakota for the past 23 years; Morris lives at Willmar, Minnesota and Nellie at Renton, Washington. At the time of Mrs. Tenneson’s death and for the last five years, she has resided at Bethesda Holmes, an old folks religious institution, near Willmar, Minnesota. The remains were accompanied by her son, Gilbert, and daughter, Malinda. There were short services at the residence of Tennes Tenneson, near the old homestead, and at the old church, which is a landmark in the valley. There was a large gathering at the house as well as the church. Rev. Boe officiated. Thus one more of the first pioneers was laid to rest, with her husband and two daughters who preceded her. Gilbert returns to Fargo today but Malinda Hagen will remain here to visit friends and relatives whom she has not seen for the past 36 years. THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 5, 1919

OLE A. TENNESON (NORWAY)
Ole A. Tenneson died at his home in Preston Saturday morning September 7, 1907, aged 74. He leaves a daughter, Mrs. Charles Knudtson and a son, B.O. Tenneson. His wife died seven years ago. Deceased immigrated from Norway 43 years ago and settled in the above township, where he has since resided. The funeral was held Tuesday, conducted by Rev. Gulbrandson and largely attended. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - SEPTEMBER 12, 1907

MARITT RUE TENSETH (SELL, GULBRANDSDALEN)
Maritt Rue Tenseth was born April 13, 1835 in Sell Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, and died at Pigeon Falls January 10, 1919. She spent her early life in Norway and in 1863 was united in marriage to Peter Rasmusson Tenseth. Three children were born to this union: Robert, Petra and Ole of Pigeon Falls, the two former with their father having gone on before her to the great beyond. Mr. and Mrs. Tenseth came to America in 1873, coming to Trump Coulee. Two years later they moved to Vosse Coulee, where they took up a homestead which was her home until five years ago, when she moved to Pigeon Falls. She was a good wife and fond mother, of an industrious nature and always enjoyed good health until the last year, when old age infirmities caused a breakdown. She leaves to mourn her loss one son, Ole of Pigeon Falls, 12 grandchildren and one sister, Ragnhild Nelson, besides a large circle of friends. Funeral services were held Monday, January 13, Rev. E.B. Christophersen officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - JANUARY 23, 1919

OLE TENSETH (NORWAY)
The Rev. E.B. Christophersen conducted funeral services for Ole Tenseth, 65, at the Synod Lutheran church at Pigeon Falls Tuesday afternoon and the funeral was one of the largest ever held in Pigeon Falls. Services were held at the Tenseth home preceding the rites at the church and the Rev. Christophersen furnished special music at both services. At the home he sang, “I Know of a Sleep in Jesus Name” and at the church services, he chose the selection, “Heaven is My Home.” Pallbearers were: Hensel Jacobson, Iver Johnstad, Menford Monson, Torval Fremstad, E.B. Johnstad and B.A. Lokken and flowers were carried by Mrs. Harrison Immell and Miss Amelia Sylfest of Blair and Misses Phyllis Solboe and Delane Cizak. In addition to the large collection of floral offerings memorial wreaths were given by friends and relatives in the memory of Mr. Tenseth. Ole Tenseth was born March 20, 1874 in Norway and he came with his parents, Peter and Marit Tenseth to America when he was three years of age. The family homesteaded the farm in Vosse Coulee which was owned by Mr. Tenseth at the time of his death. Mr. Tenseth has been a resident of Pigeon Falls since 1913 when he succeeded his brother, the late Robert Tenseth, as rural mail carrier at the time of Robert’s death. Mr. Tenseth was a substitute mail carrier for his brother for nine years before becoming a regular carrier and was retired by the United State government in June 1934 at the completion of 30 years of service. Mr. Tenseth was married November 1, 1916 to Louise Hoffman who survives him. Mr. and Mrs. Tenseth had a family of three children, Oliver who is employed with the Bureau of Census in Washington, D.C.; Lloyd who died in 1921 at the age of two years and Orpha, who is in her second year in the training school for nurses at the Ancher hospital in St. Paul. Mr. Tenseth was preceded in death by sister, Mrs. Robert (Petra) Skorstad and a brother, Robert Tenseth. THE BLAIR PRESS - NOVEMBER 9, 1939

MRS. THEOLINE THARALDSON (NAS PAA HEDMARKEN)
Mrs. Theoline Tharaldson passed away at the home of her sons, Theodore and Conrad, on the old home farm in Sjuggerud Coulee Friday, January 9, 1925, at the age of 71 years and three days. The deceased was born at Nas Paa Hedmarken, Norway, January 6, 1854, daughter of Nils and Tonetha Rasmusen Sjuggerud. She emigrated with her parents to America in 1870, where the family spent one year with a daughter and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Thore Thovsen in Iowa. They then moved to Halfway Creek, LaCrosse county. In 1875 she was united in marriage to John Tharaldson and the first four years of their married life was spent at LaCrosse. In 1879 they moved to the Town of Pigeon where she lived until called by death. Mrs. Tharaldson was preceded in death by a daughter, who passed away in 1882 and her husband, who died June 28, 1892. One daughter, Mrs. Ole Haug, and two sons, Theodore and Conrad are left to mourn the loss of a kind and loving mother. The funeral services were held Monday, January 12 at the S.L. Church at Pigeon Falls, Rev. Christophersen officiating. Burial took place in the church cemetery at that place. The death of Mrs. Tharaldson marks the passing of another pioneer who endured the hardships of the early settlers in transforming this valley from its natural state into one of fertile farms and comfortable homes. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 22, 1925

BERNT THARALDSON THOMPSON (VAALER, SOLAR)
On February 7, 1917, occurred the death of an old and well known citizen of our community, Bernt Tharaldson (Thompson). Bernt Tharaldson was born the 11th of June, 1840, in Vaaler, Solar, Norway. Together with a large number of early settlers he came to this country May 26, 1869. He was at that time accompanied by his brother Martin, who now resides in Lakes Coulee. The first few months of his stay in this country, he spent in Black River Falls, working in the woods. He then spent a few years at Eau Claire, working in a saw mill. It was while he was busy at this work that he received an injury to his back which left its mark until his dying day. During the year 1877 he was married to Emelie Iverson and together they migrated to Lakes Coulee some time during the year 1878, which place has been their home the past 39 years. Bernt Tharaldson has always been one of the respected citizens of our community. He was known as an exceedingly hard-working man, but he never allowed his work to interfere with his interest for church and state. During the first year of his residence among us, he was a member of the old “Konference” congregation which was then located at Blair. Since then he has been a member of the United Lutheran congregation. He was very much devoted to the interests of the congregation and spared neither time nor money towards its development. Whenever there was a question of moral or civic improvement, old Bernt Tharaldson could always be counted upon as standing firmly for that which seemed right. About two year ago his health began to fail him, but in spite of the fact that he had always been a very active man, he resigned himself to patience, and submitted himself under the will of God. He felt his work here on earth had been finished and was soon to be taken up by others. Finally the infirmities of old age came on and brought about his death. Bernt Tharaldson is survived by his wife and five children. One child died in infancy. The surviving children are: Theodore and John, who reside on the old farm in Lakes Coulee; Clara, who is now Mrs. Albert Arneson; Olava, now Mrs. Knut Johnson of Ellingson, South Dakota; Emma, now Mrs. J. Shelley. Besides his wife and children, he is survived by seven brothers and sisters, Oline, Johanna and John all live in Norway. Martin, who has been his next door neighbor for 39 years, Mrs. Ed Bergerson of Whitehall; Ole, who lives near Black River Falls and Ed., who lives at Eleva. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - FEBRUARY 22, 1917

MRS. BERNT THARALDSON (SOLAR)
Another of the old pioneers has passed into the Great Beyond. One by one their ranks are thinning out, those whose patience and industry has been so instrumental in the building up of this splendid community. Emilia Thornby was born March 7th, 1842. She was baptized and confirmed in the parish church and there grew to young womanhood. She was well grounded in the faith of her fathers and even in old age retained a remarkable memory of the hymns and scripture passages learned in childhood. She emigrated to America in 1870 and her first home in this country was at Black River Falls and here she was united in marriage to Bernt Tharaldson. The first five years of their married life were spent at Eau Claire where the husband was employed in one of the saw mills. During their residence in Eau Claire, they were members of the congregation served by Bishop Hoyme, who was president of the Lutheran conference many years and the first president of the United Lutheran church. In 1878 they came to Trempealeau County and settled on the farm which was to be her home for 48 years and where she helped her husband build up one of the model farms of the community. Her husband died February 7, 1917. Two of her children died at an early age, one in 1877 and another in 1884. A daughter, Olava (Mrs. Knute Johnson) died at Ellingson, South Dakota in 1918. The following children survive: Clara, (Mrs. Albert Arneson) and Emma (Mrs. John Shelley), both of Blair and Theodore and John on the home farm. Upon taking up their residence here, they united with the local congregation of the Conference and followed this in the union of the two Blair congregations into the present Zion congregation of which they were faithful and devoted members. She was interested in all the various activities of the Kingdom. She was serious-minded and intensely earnest that she might stand in the right relationship to her Lord and Master. Her death was a confession in the Christian faith and it is our blessed hope that she was gone home to the Sabbath rest of His people. She was sick almost a year with rheumatic fever, confined to bed most of the time. Although suffering intensely at times, she bore it all patiently. She was given the best of care. A trained nurse had been in constant attendance the past six months. She died June 23 1926, aged 84 years, 3 months and 16 days. Two of her sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Martin Tharaldson died two years ago and Mrs. Arnt Christianson died this spring. Funeral services were held Sunday at one o’clock at the home and 2:00 o’clock at the Zion church, Rev. T.E. Sweger officiating. They were very largely attended. Miss Avis Hoganson accompanied by Miss Helen Fredrickson sang “Peace.” The floral tributes were many. Reprinted from the Blair Press. THE TAYLOR HERALD - JULY 2, 1926

OLE THOMASGAARD (TOLGEN)
Ole Thomasgaard died at his home in Unity last Saturday, aged 76 years. Mr. Thomasgaard was born in Tolgen, Norway, seventy-six years ago. He came to America in 1870 locating at Hesper, Iowa where he worked two years on farms in Sumner, after which he bought 40 acres of the farm he owned at the time of his death in Unity. Later he bought an additional 80 acres tract. Unity Township was organized in 1877 and he was the first assessor. Two years later he became chairman of that town and held the office for 20 years. The high esteem of his neighbors and the citizens of the town in which he lived is evidenced by his long continuation in official position - 20 years as a member of the county board; 20 years as justice of the peace; three years as clerk of the school board; and school treasurer for nine years. He helped to organize the Unity Cooperative creamery at Strum and has been one of the directors for years. He was a stockholder for years of the First State Bank of Strum. Mr. Thomasgaard was married in 1872 to Maret E. Kleven, who was born in Norway and came over on the same boat he did. Eight children were born to them, three now living. His son, Edward, managed the farm upon which deceased had lived all these years and where he closed his earthly career. The funeral was held Monday. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JULY 31, 1924

MRS. OLE THOMASGAARD (OSTERDALEN)
Funeral services for Mrs. Ole Thomasgaard of Strum, who died March 9 at the age of 92 years and 18 days following a lingering illness, were held March 13 at the home at 1 pm. and at St. Paul’s Lutheran church at 2 o’clock, the Rev. O.A. Hjemboe officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Deceased is survived by three children: Pauline, Mrs. Olaf C. Olson; Josephine, Mrs. Gilbert Swendby; and Edward, all of Strum. There are also eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren who survive. Mrs. Thomasgaard, nee Marit Kleven, was born in Osterdalen, Norway, February 19, 1847. She came to America in 1870, landing at Quebec Canada on May 1 of that year. In 1872 she and Ole Thomasgaard were married and homesteaded the farm near Strum that remained their home until death. Mr. Thomasgaard passed on in 1924. Deceased was the last charter member of St. Paul’s congregation and of the Ladies Aid of that congregation, which was organized in 1877. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MARCH 23, 1939

MARTIN THARALDSON (VAALER, SOLAR)
Martin Thoraldson, an old resident of Lakes Coulee died at his home February 21, 1922. He was born in Vaaler, Solar, Norway, October 10, 1846, and came to Blair in the spring of 1869. He was married in July of the same year to Oliana Larson of the same place in Norway. To this union 12 children were born. Two died in infancy, also the late Mrs. Henry Nyberg. Those surviving are Tom, a farmer at Waterford, North Dakota; John, living on one half of the old homestead; Ole, a farmer in Gilmanton; Albert, a hotel-keeper at Minot, North Dakota; Morris, a civil engineer at Milwaukee; Iver, living on the other half of the homestead; Mrs. R.I. Berg of Preston; Mrs. H. Jacobson of Hixton and Mrs. Ed Quinlan of Minneapolis. Mr. Thoraldson established his home in Lakes Coulee in 1870 where his family grew to manhood and womanhood. His wife died May 15, 1890 and he was married again in November 1891 to Mrs. Hannah Iverson Solberg who survives. He had been a member of the First Lutheran church at Blair since 1870, and Rev. Urberg was his pastor for 28 years. He had been sick a long time. The funeral was held Monday, Rev. Urberg officiating. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 9, 1922

ALBERT THOMPSON (N. FRON, GULBRANDSDALEN)
Albert Thompson was born in Nordre Froem, Gulbrandsdalen Norway on February 2, 1856. He came with his parents, Thor and Ronaug Simonson to America at the age of ten years. They came directly and he lived the rest of his life in this community. He passed away suddenly Wednesday evening of a heart attack, December 21 1938, at the age of 80 years, 10 months and 19 days. He was married June 2, 1887 to Inger Helena Storley, who passed away August 19, 1902. To this union three children were born. He was married again on November 9. 1909 to Rhoda Finney who survives him. Besides his wife, he leaves one daughter, Mrs. Olaf Overby of Taylor and two sons, Elmer of Black River Falls and Russel of Taylor. He also leaves two brothers, Randolph Simons of Waukesha and Theodore Simons of LaCrosse, eight grandchildren and several cousins nieces and nephews mourn his departure. His parents and five sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services were held on December 26 1938, one o’clock at the home and 1:30 at the Presbyterian church at Taylor. Rev. Bredeson spoke in the Norwegian language and Rev. Bringle in the English. Mrs. Tilford Schansberg and Mrs. Andrew Skutley, accompanied by Miss Agnes Anderson, sang two hymns, “Jesus Lover of My Soul” and “The Old Rugged Cross”. A Norwegian hymn, “Hvo ved hvor ner mig er min ende?” was sung by the audience. Two cousins, John and Jake Hoem and four of his friends, Hans Amundson, Milan Smith, Julius Jacobson and Knute Fenney were the pallbearers. Four granddaughters, Mrs. Lawrence Radke, Mrs. Lyle Jacobs, Arlene Thompson and Norma Overby carried the many beautiful flowers. Interment was made in the Woodlawn cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 12, 1939

JOHN THOMLEY (N. LAND)
John Thomley was born September 20, 1866, at Sobensven Nordreland, Norway and passed away March 1, 1947 at the Community Hospital in Whitehall from a stroke suffered a few days previous. He was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith in his home parish in Norway by the Rev. Quale. He received his education in what they call the Day school in Norway, but through reading and home study he became well versed in both English and Norwegian, and in the latter he wrote considerable verse that would be a credit to men of far greater opportunities than was his lot. He was also trained in manual arts, and in his home can be found many novel and useful articles which are the result of his handicraft. His brother, Martin, having emigrated to America the land of promise, the urge came to him to do likewise, and in 1883 he sailed, landing first in Philadelphia and arriving in Whitehall on June 9. Like so many immigrants he was to work for his ticket, which he did on the old Ole Eimon farm in Timber Creek near York, now the Max Eimon place. He then became associated with his brother, Martin, in farming the old Norseteboen farm in the same valley. They remained in partnership for 13 years during which time he purchased the farm that was to be his home up to the time of his death. On December 29, 1892, he was united in marriage to Emelia Hong, and to this union four sons and one daughter were born: Johannes, Martin and Oliver of Osseo; Melvin if Minneapolis; and Julia, Mrs. James McWilliams of Osseo. Funeral services were held March 5 at the home and at the South Beef River church conducted by the Rev. E.B. Christophersen and in charge of funeral director E.A. Sletteland of Pigeon Falls. Song services were rendered by the men’s quartet of the church consisting of Edwin and Lester Thomley, Helmer and Ernest Olson and “Den Store Hvide Flok” was sung by Edwin Thomley accompanied by Constance Nelson. Flowers were carried by two granddaughters, Mrs. Jeanette Gilbertson and Mrs. Mildred Rogstad. Pallbearers were Max Eimon, Oscar Vessta, Melvin Larson, Anton Anderson, Vivian Negard and Rudolph Solberg. Interment was in the church cemetery. Survivors besides his wife, four sons and one daughter at 15 grandchildren and three-great-grandchildren. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 3, 1947

MRS. EMELIA THOMLEY (NORWAY)
Emelia Thomley was born June 24, 1874 in Norway, the oldest of 12 children. She passed away very suddenly Friday evening, June 18, at her home in Timber Creek from a heart attack. At the age of four years she came with her foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. Halvor Haug to America. Here she received her schooling and was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith. On December 29, 1892, she united in marriage to John Thomley. The couple built their home in Timber Creek, where they have continued to reside. Four sons and one daughter were born to them, Oliver and Johannes at home; Melvin of Minneapolis; Julia, Mrs. James McWilliams of Osseo and Martin, deceased. Besides her three sons and one daughter, Mrs. Thomley is survived by 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four brothers living in America and one sister in Norway. Had she lived until the following Thursday she would have been 74. Funeral services were held June 22 at the home and at the South Beef River church, the Rev. E.B. Christophersen officiating and Funeral Director E.A. Sletteland in charge. Edwin Thomley sang two solos at the last rites. Pallbearers were Max Eimon, Oscar Vesta, Anton Anderson, Henry Hanson Melvin Larson and Rudolph Solberg, while flowers were carried by Dorothy and Delores Solberg. She was laid to rest beside her husband and son, Martin, who passed away a year ago. Mrs. Thomley was a good Christian woman and a very kind and helpful mother and grandmother. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JULY 8, 1948

MARTIN SOBENSVEEN THOMLEY (N. LAND)
Martin Thomley was born in Nordreland, Norway, November 24 1858. In the spring of 1880 he immigrated to Whitehall and then to the Town of Hale where two years later he purchased the farm that was to be his home for 41 years. In 1883 he married Marie Norstebon Lewis. In 1923 they built their present home in the Town of Northfield. In November 1940 they celebrated the occasion of 57 years of married life. During his entire life, in Norway and here besides farming, he worked as teamster in logging camps in Wisconsin, working at times near Greenwood and again near Seeley, Wisconsin. He was a member of the Lutheran church of South Beaver Creek. At various time he served on the local school board in his community and as director of the York Creamery association. The past two years he suffered a heart ailment and the past year was afflicted with diabetes, but he was never in this time critically ill. However, on Friday evening, July 11, he had a stroke, the result of which was a deep sleep from which he never awakened. He passed away very quietly, early Monday morning, July 14 1941. Funeral services were held at the home and the South Beef River church on Thursday afternoon, July 17, with Rev. E.B. Christophersen and E.A. Sletteland sang two beautiful solos in her usual capable manner, “Jeg er Traet, Nu Vil Jeg Hvile: and “Goin Home” from Dvoraks New World Symphony. Besides his wife he leaves eight children, Louise (Mrs. C.J. Johnson) of Hale; Julius of Osseo; Gust of Blair; Edwin, Town of Hale; Arthur, Eau Claire; Clarence, Osseo; Lawrence, Lansing, Michigan; and Lester, at home, Town of Northfield. Surviving also are 21 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. The pallbearers were Julius, Gust, Edwin, Arthur, Clarence and Lawrence. He also leaves a brother, John, Town of Hale; two sisters, Karen (Mrs. O. Amundson) of Minneapolis and Mathea (Mrs. O. Dyveseen) in Norway. The flowers at the funeral were in charge of six granddaughters: Corinne, Elsie, Elaine, Louise, Cora and Elizabeth Thomley. Besides a large number of flowers, several memorials were given to various institutions by relatives and friends. Grandpa Thomly was at his death 82 years, 7 months and 20 days old. THE BLAIR PRESS - JULY 24, 1941

MRS. MARTIN THOMLEY (N. LAND)
Anna Marie Thomley was born in Norstebon, Nordreland, Norway, June 2, 1864, the youngest in a family of eight children born to Gulbrand and Anna Marie Norstebon, and passed away December 3, 1945 at the age of 81 years, six months and 21 days, the last member of the pioneer family. The family left Norway on their 13-weeks journey to America before the subject of this sketch was a year old. The long and tiresome trip across the ocean with poor accommodations and a meager food supply was truly a hardship for both old and young and this child became the victim of disease. At one time she was thought to have succumbed and preparations were being made for her burial in a watery grave but a faint gleam in her eyes revealed that there was still life and with tender care she improved. In 1865 the family arrived and settled in Dane County, and after three years, they moved to Timber Creek, Jackson County, which remained her home until death. God must have had a purpose in saving this child and her long life is a testimonial to that purpose. She was reared in a good Christian home, being baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith. On November 19, 1883, she was united in marriage to Martin Thomley and to this union was born eight children, one daughter, Mrs. C.J. Johnson of Fond du lac; and seven sons, Gustave of Blair; Julius of Osseo; Edwin on the old home farm; Arthur of Eau Claire; Clarence of Strum; Lawrence of Fond du Lac and Lester on a farm in Timber Creek, with whom she resided for a number of years. All survive her, together with 22 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Her husband preceded her in death July 14, 1941. She was not only a devoted wife and mother, always having in mind the welfare of her family, both physically and spiritually, but also a good friend and neighbor, always willing and ready to help where help was needed. She rightfully had earned the respect and admiration of a large circle of friends and will be greatly missed in the neighborhood. The numerous floral and memorial gifts were a tribute to her memory. She was an ardent worker in her church and dutifully served her God in furthering His kingdom on earth. Funeral services were held from her home and the South Beef River church on December 5, E.A. Sletteland in charge of arrangements and the Rev. E.B Christophersen officiating. Flowers were carried by Louise, daughter of Edwin Thomley, and three daughters of Arthur Thomley, Corrine, Joyce and Elsie. Pallbearers were the six oldest sons, Gustave, Julius, Edwin, Arthur, Clarence and Lawrence. Interment was in the South Beef River cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - DECEMBER 20, 1945

MATHIAS TANGBAKKEN: (TOTEN)
"Mathias Tangbakken was born in Toten, Norway, November 10, 1844, where he spent his boyhood years. He was married in 1869 and immediately folllowing imigrated to America, settling on a homestead three miles north of Blair, where they resided until June 1st, 1910, when they moved to Whitehall, remaining there until the death of his wife which occurred June 17, 1917, when he came back to Preston, making his home with his son, Oscar. He leaves to mourn his death two sisters in Norway; one brother, Paul Anderson of Blair; six children, Mrs. John Grenfell of Spokane, Washington; Mrs. Aroid Skalman of Minneapolis; August Anderson of Bengough, Sask.; Oscar, Ebert and Olaf of Preston, besides other relatives and friends. He died January 25, 1918, the cause of death being heart failure. The funeral was held January 31 at one o'cock from the Synod Lutheran church, Rev.S.S. Urberg officiating." THE BLAIR PRESS - February 14, 1918

ELENE MARIE TANGBAKKEN: (WESTRE TOTEN)
"Elene Marie Tangbakken was born July 17, 1842, at Westre Toten, Norway, where she spent her girlhood days. At the age of 27 years she was married to Mathias Tangbakken, who that same year came to America and located on a homestead three miles north of Blair, where she joined him a year later. They resided there until June 1, 1910; when they moved to Whitehall. To this union were born nine chidren, of which six are living. Mrs. John Grenfell of Idaho; Mrs. A. Skolman of Minneapolis; Oscar, Ebert and Olaf of Blair and August of Sask., Can. All were present at the funeral excepting Mrs. Grenfell and August, who were unable to attend. Mrs. Tangbakken was at the time of her death 74 years and 11 moths old. Death was caused from cancer of the stomach. She was confined to her bed for four weeks, but bore her sufferings patiently until death came at 12:15 a.m., on June 17. She had always been a most wonderful wife and mother, always loving, thoughtful and kind, and the same as a neighbor and friend. She also leaves to mourn her death, eleven grandchildren, two sisters and one brothers." THE WHITEHALL TIMES/BANNER - June 28, 1917


ANDREW H. TANGEN (SONDRE LAND)
Andrew H. Tangen was born in Sondre Land, Norway, January 5, 1855. In July 1881, he came direct from Norway to the home of Hans Tangen in Pigeon . October 5, 1886, he married Milla Tangen, the daughter and only child of Hans Tangen. From this union eleven children were born namely: Anna Eid, now living in Pretty Rock, N.D.; Helen Overdahl, who died in North Dakota, April 13, 1911; Maria Nyseth, who died in Pigeon February 25, 1920; Henry Tangen, Theodore Tangen, Albert Tangen, who was killed by a horse March 24, 1919; Mabel Jacobson, Carl Tangen, Maria Tangen, Veda Tangen and Amy Tangen. Mr. Tangen had suffered from asthma and other physical ailments for about five years, but was never confined to bed for any considerable length of time. On November 5, he was up and around as usual without any particular symptoms of approaching dissolution. He went out to one of the building on the premises and there he was found soon afterwards dead. His funeral, at which Rev. Christopherson officiated was held at Pigeon Falls November 9, where sympathy for the bereaved family and appreciation and respect for the departed were manifested by a large attendance of friends and neighbors. All the children living, with their widowed mother, were present. Mr. Tangen’s life was quiet and unostentatious and quite remarkable in this that he continued in the same home he first came to in this country from the time of his coming until he passed away. His life may be truly described as pleasant, serene and prosperous, though shadowed now and then by the untimely death of three of his children. This was especially true when he lost his son, Alfred, under such tragic circumstances. But this is part of the price that nearly every father and mother must pay who bring many children into the world. I will not pass judgment on the men and women who by perversion of nature seek to dodge the care and responsibilities, unavoidable in the rearing children, and the possibility of their early death, except to say that in some cases such people have denied themselves the fruit of life to eat the Apples of Sodom. Though we know the flowers we plant will fade, wither, fall and are liable to be plucked in bud or bloom, still, we nurture them with care in hope and rejoice in sweet anticipations of their beauty and fragrance. The essence of the life of the great and the humble alike are hopes and anticipations. Who is there that would wish that the robin or the lark might never return because we miss them so much when they are gone? No one. And who would miss the exquisite pleasure of looking at dimpled hands and cheeks; on crescent lips carmined with the vital tide of their own beings; and smiles that seem like the purest rays from the infinite source of light, because the Angel with dark wings may pluck from their arms these fairest symbols of eternal innocence and happiness. No, let the children come, for in them lie all the possibilities that link dust to Deity. And often in their early passing, they transmute for fathers and mothers the dark waters that lie at the end of life into a sea of gold. I have referred to Mr. Tangen’s life as serene, pleasant and prosperous, and while doing so, I have not been unmindful of the fact that it takes two to make a real home and the wife and mother always has been, and will be, the chief factor in making the home what it should be. Women may have been, as alleged, fir first cause of man’s great offense, but she is also usually the first to hear and heed the still, small voice which warns us of life’s dangerous paths. And if the subject of this sketch could speak he would certainly say: “All that I won of peace, plenty and happiness on earth the larger share was the result of her care, prudence, watchfulness and patience, whom the Lord gave me as a helpmate.” Written by H.A. Anderson on November 18, 1923 THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - NOVEMBER 22, 1923

MRS. CHRISTIAN TANGEN (SONDRE LAND)
Mrs. Christian Tangen passed away at two o’clock Sunday after an illness of a few weeks. Her daughter, Mrs. H.P. Fremstad, was with her at the time of her departure. Olava Hanson was born in Sondre Land, Norway, July 4, 1855. She came to America when she was 21 years of age. She was married in 1878 to Christian Tangen. She died at the age of 77 years, 7 months and 8 days. She leaves to mourn her death three children; namely, Josie, Mrs. H.P. Fremstad; Hulda and Melvin Tangen. She was the youngest of a family of five children, the others residing in Noway and have preceded her in death. The funeral services were held at the home and the U.S. church Wednesday. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 25, 1933

HANS H. TANGEN (SONDRE LAND)
Hans H. Tangen, of Pigeon, died at his home in that township Thursday, January 19th, of pleurisy, superinduced by asthma, with which latter ailment he had been a sufferer for nearly 30 years. Mr. Tangen was born at Sondre Land, Norway, September 23, 1836. He came to American on June 15, 1869, staying at Chaseburg, Vernon county, this state, one year. In July, 1870, he came to Pigeon and took up a homestead, upon which he continuously resided until his death. Mr. Tangen was a social and very hospitable man and his home was ever open to new comers in an early day, and later became known as one of the most pleasant and entertaining to friends in the town of Pigeon. It was at Mr. Tangen’s home that Rev. Christopherson stayd the first three days he spent in that township, and with whom the latter took his first pleasure ride in a buggy after coming to this country. Deceased leaves a wife and daughter, the latter being Mrs Andrew H. Tangen. The funeral was held Tuesday, January 24th, Rev. Christopherson officiating. John Tangen, of Minneapolis, was among the out of town relatives to attended the funeral. Mr. Tangen arrived there Saturday for a visit, not knowing that his uncle had died but two days previous. Deceased besides relatives to mourn his death a large number of friends who sincerely regret his demise. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - JANUARY 26, 1905


ORLIN E. THOMLEY (JACKSON COUNTY, WISCONSIN)
Orlin E. Thomley, age 73, of Hixton, died on Saturday March 20, 1999, at the Family Heritage Care Center in Black River Falls, where he had resided for the past seven months. Orlin was born on April 1, 1925 in the Timber Creek area of Jackson County near Northfield. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, earning the American Defense Medal, an Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon and a World War II Victory Medal. He married Sylvia Davidson on May 6, 1945 and she preceded him in death in 1962. He married E. “Lucy” Eikenbary on November 14, 1964 in Elk Creek and she died on Mary 30, 1997. Orlin farmed in Curran Township for many years and also had a milk route and transported cattle. He was a patrolman for the Town of Curran for ten years. After retiring from farming, he lived in the Hixton area for more than ten years. He enjoyed woodworking, visiting with friends and he was a member of the Hixton-Taylor America Legion Post #368. Survivors include six sons: Ronald (Joyce) Thomley, of River Falls, Wisconsin; Marshall (Debbie) Thomley, of Gulfport, Mississippi; Ms. Ardell Thomley of Chippewa Falls; Loren (Jena) Thomley of Whitehall; Jerome (Peggy) Thomley of Augusta and Jeff (Sandy) Thomley of Blair; one step-son Johnnie (Judy) Pearson of Kenton, Ohio; three daughters, Susan (Bruce) Olson of Lancaster, Wisconsin; Cindy Thomley of Marathon, Wisconsin and Sara (Richard) Hubler of Warrens; five sisters, Mildred (Julian) Rogstad of Taylor; Edna (Wilmer) Dahl of Osseo; Norma (Richard) Casper of Janesville; Delores Greathouse of Indianapolis, Indiana and Jeanette (Hensel) Gilbertson of Whitehall; 28 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter and by his brother, David, in addition to his wives, Sylvia and Lucy. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 24, 1999 at 1:30 p.m. at South Beef River Lutheran Church rural Osseo. Rev. Dwight Hanson officiated. Burial with military honors by the Hixton-Taylor America Legion Post #368 took place in the Osseo City Cemetery. Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Casket bearers were Ardell Thomley, Jeff Thomley, Jerome Thomley, Loren Thomley, Marshall Thomley and Ronald Thomley. SOURCE - FAMILY INFORMATION

TENNES TENNESON (VERNON COUNTY, WISCONSIN)
Tennes Tenneson, proprietor of Lavold farm of 150 acres in sections 13 and 14, Preston Township, was born near Viroqua, Vernon County, Wisconsin May 22, 1855. He is a son of Jacob Tenneson Lavold and his wife, Johanna, whose maiden name was Nuland. Jacob T. Lavold was born near Flekkefjord, Norway, February 28, 1828, and came to the United States in 1852. Coming west by rail as far as Chicago, he drove from that city with an ox team to Vernon County, Wisconsin, where he remained until the fall of 1855. Then, in the fall of that year, he continued his westward journey until he reached Trempealeau County, settling on a farm in section 14, Preston Township, which he had bought in the spring of the same year. Here he devoted himself to agricultural pursuits, spending many years of clearing and improving his farm and finally becoming one of the prosperous citizens of the township. In 1892 he sold the farm and removed to the village of Blair, where he made his home until his death in 1896, at the age of 70 years. His first wife, Johanna, dying in 1876, he afterwards married Grethe Thompson of Blair, who is also now deceased. Tennes Tenneson was given a somewhat better education than the ordinary farmer's boy of his day, as, after attending the public or district school, he became a student in the business college at LaCrosse. His industrial education was not neglected, however, for he was well trained by his father in all the different branches of farming, learning how to cultivate the soil, take care of stock and perform other necessary duties. This knowledge has since been put to good use on his own account, beginning when a young man by renting a farm on French Creek, which he cultivated for two years. Not perfectly satisfied with that location, however, in 1880 he bought his present farm, and has since continued on it, having found it a profitable investment. He raises high grade Holstein cattle ,having about 30 head, of which he milks 12; also keeping Poland-China hogs, and registered White Leghorn and Rhode Island Red chickens. He is a stockholder in the Preston Creamery at Blair. His farm is well improved, having good buildings, and he is careful to keep it in good condition, its value having greatly increased since he took it in hand. As a substantial citizen, having a landed interest in his township Mr. Tenneson has consented at various times to aid in local government. Thus he was township treasurer for two years, and for 30 years has served on the school board as clerk or treasurer. He and his family are members of the United Norwegian Lutheran Church. He was married February 29, 1876, to Martha Lindrud of French Creek, this county, who was born in Norway, October 30, 1854. Her father, Andrew I. Lindrud, born in Norway in 1828, emigrated to this country in 1861, settling first in Vernon County, Wisconsin, from which locality he removed in 1864 to French Creek, Ettrick Township, Trempealeau County. This latter place was his home until his death October 30, 1904. His wife, whose maiden name was Gunhild Smedhaugen, died in December 1914 at the age of 89 years. Mr. and Mrs. Tenneson's family circle has been enlarged by the birth of seven children, namely: Ida, who married Henry Thompson, a farmer of Beach, North Dakota; Albert, a farmer residing two miles east of Blair; John, who is farming in Preston Township; Melvin, who conducts a fancy grocery and delicatessen store at St. Paul; Thomas, who lives on the home farm; Tillie, who graduated from Blair high school in 1911, and has been a teacher for three years; and Nora, who lives with her parents. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

JULIUS O. TAPPEN (SOLAR, NORWAY) (2)
Julius O. Tappen, proprietor of the old Tappen homestead in section 24, Preston Township, was born in Solar, Norway, October 24, 1854, son of Ole O. and Elizabeth (Embretson) Tappen. The father, who was born in Norway in 1816, came to America in the fall of 1857 and resided one year in Vernon County, Wisconsin. He then bought a farm in what is now known as Tappen Coulee, Preston Township, Trempealeau County, where he lived six years. At the end of that time he purchased the farm on which his son Julius O. now lives, and spent the rest of his life in its cultivation and improvement. His death took place on this farm, January 3, 1905. His wife, Elizabeth, who was born in 1815, died in 1910. Their family consisted of the following eight children: Ole Olson, who was killed in Kentucky in the Civil War; Evert Olson, also a soldier in the Civil War, who was killed by a desperado at New Lisbon; Karen, who died in 1857 at the age of 16 years; Olea, who married Gunder Peterson, a farmer of Preston Township, and died in 1911; Serena, wife of Paul Strum, a farmer residing near Blair; Julius O. of Preston Township; Annie, who died at the age of three years and Alex O., a resident of Springwater, Saskatchewan, Canada. Julius O. Tappen was bought up to farm life and labor and for a number of years when a young man worked on farms in the summer and in the pineries during the winter. In this manner he was occupied until 1884, in which year he purchased the home farm of his parents and has since been engaged in its cultivation. The property contains 100 acres and is well improved. Mr. Tappen is engaged in general farming and dairying, also in breeding Percheron horses, having two good stallions, which latter business he began in 1904. Mr. Tappen was married November 11, 1881 to Mary Olson of Preston Township, who was born in Norway September 22, 1852. Her parents were Ole Nelson, who was born in Grue, Solar, Norway, and Bertha Ericsdatter Vold. They came to America in 1872, settling in Trempealeau Coulee, this county, where the father died in 1888 and the mother in 1896. Mr. and Mrs. Tappen are the parents of eight children: Oscar, residing at home; Bendt, who married Esther Johnson and lives at Springwater Saskatchewan; Olaus, living at Courtney, North Dakota; Elizabeth, wife of Henry Thurston of Courtney, North Dakota; Eddie of Alma Center, Wisconsin; John, residing at home; Alfred of Canada and Morris at home. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

OLE O. THOMASGAARD (TOLGEN, NORWAY) (2)
Ole O. Thomasgaard. Among the well-developed agricultural properties in Unity Township is that known as Oak Grove Farm, in sections 20 and 29, of which Ole O. Thomasgaard is proprietor. Mr. Thomasgaard was born in Tolgen, Norway, June 3, 1848. His father, Ole L, Thomasgaard, died in Norway, as did also his mother, whose maiden name was Petronelle Hanson. The subject of this sketch came to America in 1870, locating first in Hesper, Iowa, where he worked on farms for two years. He then came to Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, and worked two years on farms in Sumner Township, at the end of which time he bought 40 acres of his present farm in Unity Township, having since added to it the other 80 acres. In 1877 he assisted in the organization of Unity Township and served as its first assessor, two years later being chairman of the township board, which office he held for 20 years, and, by virtue of that office, a member also of the county board. He also served as justice of the peace for 20 years, and has been school clerk, serving three years, and school treasurer nine years. He helped to organize Unity Co-Operative Creamery at Strum, of which he has been a director for four years, and he is also a stockholder of the First State Bank of Strum. In these various positions, both business and official, Mr. Thomasgaard has shown capacity and a conscientious regard for duty which have given him a high place among the citizens of his township. As a farmer he has been prosperous, his land being productive and his place well improved. Mr. Thomasgaard was married August 4, 1872 to Marit E. Kleven, who was born in Vingelen, Norway, February 9, 1847, and who came to the United States on the same vessel with him. Her father, Esten O. Kleven, who was a farmer, died in Norway, as did also her mother, whose maiden name was Johanna Roesplaece. Mr. and Mrs. Thomasgaard have had a family of eight children, but only three are now living. Their record in brief is as follows: Pauline, who is the wife of O.C. Olson and has five children - Colonel Oscar Olson, Edwin, Mabel, Melvin and Julia; Josephine, who died at the age of four years; Emelia, who died when 2 years old; Josephine (second), who is the wife of Gilbert Svendby of Strum and has three children - Mabel, Odin and Clifford; Edward, who died at the age of 1 year; Edward (second), who resides on his father's farm, which he is managing; Oscar, who died at the age of 4 years; and Paulina, who died at the age of 3 years. The surviving members of the family belong to the United Norwegian Lutheran church, which Mr. Thomasgaard has served six years as trustee and six years as treasurer. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

 

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