Torgerson Chris 2
Torgerson Chris Mrs.
Torgerson Gulbrand Mrs.
Torjussen Marie Mrs.
Torkelson Iver 2
Torkelson Iver Mrs. (Martine)
Torkelson Karen Mrs.
Tormoen Andrew O.
Tormoen Carl O.
Tormoen Eli Mrs.
Tormoen Erick O.
Tormoen Martha Mrs.
Tormoen Nils Olson
Tormoen Nels O. Mrs.
Tormoen Ole N.
Toxen John P.
Tranberg John J.
Tranberg John Mrs.
Trande Tom Mrs. (Ella)
Trones Lars M.
Trones Swen M.
Tuff Ole P.
Tweed Gro S. Mrs.
Twesme Albert T.
Twesme Lars Dr.
Twesme Nels J.
Twesme Nels J. 2
Tytegraf Magle Johnson Mrs.
PETER E. TORPEN:
"Peter E. Torpen, a well known citizen of the town of Sumner [Osseo, Wisconsin area], died at the home of his son, Joseph, June 5, aged 86 years. Mr. Torpen was united in marriage in Norway to Miss Agnethe Moen in 1873. He and his wife and three children emigrated to America in 1880 and settled in the town of Sumner where he resided until his death. He is survived by five sons and three daughters, Even, Math and Joseph, Sumner; Oluf, Mt. Vernon, Wash.; Edwin of Comertown, Mont.; Mrs. Emma Ihle, Sumner; Mrs. S. Semingson, Crosby, N.D.; Mrs. Ole Olson, Lome, Mont; 34 grandchildren and one great-grandchild and his brother Even of Montisome, Wash. Mrs. Torpen died in 1924. Funeral services were held at the Osseo Lutheran church, conducted by Rev. O. C. Aune, June 10." WHITEHALL TIMES - June 25, 1931
MRS. GULBRAND TORGERSON: (HEDALEN, VALDERS)
"Tuesday, June 14th, marked the passing of one of the early settlers here when Mrs. Gulbrand Torgerson died at her home in Johnson valley after a three week illness.
Ragnild Gunvalsdatter Skolebraaten was born May 31, 18567 (?), of a family of six, in Hedalen, Valders, Norway, and here she grew to womanhood. In 1880, she left her family, whom fate designed she was not to see again, to come to America to marry her betrothed, Gulbrand Torgerson, who had come to this county a year earlier. Their marriage took place at Boscobel, Wis, November 24, 1880. As we all recall, they observed their golden wedding in 1930.
The young couple came to Trempealeau county, and in the spring of 1881, homesteaded land, stated to clear the ground and build a home. Here their five children were born. They are Thorvald, at home; Rena, Mrs. Thomas Jackson of Superior; Oline, Mrs. Alfred Larson and Emma, Mrs. Martin Myhers of Unity. One son Gustave died in 1921.
Mrs. Torgerson knew full well the average hardships of a pioneer wife, but she had true Viking courage and ambition that never faltered. In person she was tall, straight and strong, until two years ago her health commenced to fail, but even then she liked to do many of ther household tasks, not being content to remain idle. She was a faithful member of the West Beef River congregation for more than fifty years and a kind and helpful neighbor.
Her son and daughters were constantly with her during her last illness, giving her loving care, but when the summons came she slipped quietly away from all. Her aged husband will sadly miss his beloved companion of more than half a century, and the children, a kind mother, but her memory will be cherished by them forever She also leaves seven children and two sisters and two brothers, who are living near her old home in Norway.
Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Halvorsen June 15th from the home and the W.B.R. church where many friends had gathered for the last farewell. She was laid to rest beside her departed son. There were many floral gifts and several memorials that showed the love and esteem of relatives and friends. Flower bearers were two granddaughters, Evelyn Torgerson and Leona Larson. Pall bearers were Julian Johnson, Martin Thompson, Hans Thoreson, Albert Larson, Sever Flaten, and Alfred Flaten." THE WHITEHALL TIMES June 30, 1932
OLE P. TUFF:
"Ole P. Tuff died at his old home in Pigeon May 15, 1919, where he had resided for over 40 years. He sold his farm eight years ago to his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. Ackley, with whom he lived till his death. He was baptized, confirmed and married by Rev. Bugge. He was married October 18, 1860 to Anna Stina Jonsen of Varmland, Sweden. To this union were born seven children, namely; Mrs. Paul Ackley of Pigeon; John of Everett, Washington; Peter of Blair; Mrs. Hanna Koppen of Ettrick; Edward of Taylor; Lena of Whitehall and Carl, deceased. He was laid to rest in the Pigeon Falls cemetery beside his wife. Rev. A.J. Orke officiated." THE WHITEHALL TIMES/BANNER, June 5, 1919
ALVIN TRANBERG (ETTRICK TOWNSHIP, WISCONSIN)
Alvin John Tranberg, 51, passed away Saturday evening, September 7, 1963 at a LaCrosse hospital after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday in Living Hope Lutheran Church near Ettrick with Rev. Mark M. Ronning officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. Tranberg was born April 23, 1912, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Selmer Tranberg, on a farm two miles south of Ettrick. He married Melva Stenhven September 6, 1934. She passed away June 18, 1946. Mr. Tranberg farmed until 1948, when he purchased a home in Ettrick. In 1949 he and his brother, Lester, became partners in the Tranberg Feed Mill in North Bend, in which Mr. Tranberg was still active at the time of his death. He was married to Mrs. Violet Peterson January 8, 1963. He is survived by his widow; his mother, Mrs. Anna Tranberg of North Bend; two sons, Marvin of North Bend and LeRoy at home; four brothers - Silas on the home farm; Archie, North Beaver Creek; Lester of rural Ettrick; and Helmer, North Beaver Creek; one sister, Mrs. Kenneth (Doris) Willgrubs of Ettrick; and three stepchildren, Mrs. Robert (Janice) Haag of Melrose, Merle Peterson of Milwaukee and Bonnie Peterson at home. SOURCE - FAMILY SCRAP BOOK
GULBRAND TORGERSON (HEDDALEN, VALDERS)
Funeral services for Gulbrand Torgerson, 83, who died March 24 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Martha Myhers in the Town of Unity, were held March 28 at the farm home and at the West Beef River church in Strum. The Rev. N.A. Berntson officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. Torgerson was born on February 22, 1855 in Heddalen, Valders, Norway, to Torger Gulbrandson and Olia Andersett. In May of the year 1879 he came from Heddalen to Boscobel, Grant County, Wisconsin. In 1880 he married Ragnild Gunvalsdatter Skolebraaten, and to this union five children were born. After living for a short time in Boscobel, Mr. and Mrs. Torgerson came to Johnson Valley, where the latter died six years ago. Gulbrand remained on the home farm until recently, where he has lived alternatively with his two daughters, Mrs. Alfred Larson and Mrs. Martin Myhers in Unity. Deceased is survived by three daughters and one son, Torvald, at home. The daughters are Rena, Mrs. Tom Jackson of Superior; Olene, Mrs. Alfred Larson of Strum; and Emma, Mrs. Martin Myhers, Strum. One son, Gustav, preceded him in death, besides his wife. He is also survived by three brothers, Andrew and Ole of Washington and Torkel of Norway; three sisters, Ingi, Olai and Kari, also of Norway and by eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A sister, Guri Hordhagen, passed on before him. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 7, 1938
HALDOR TORKELSON (ULVIK, HARDANGER)
Haldor Torkelson, one of the oldest residents of Jackson County, died of consumption at his home in the Town of Franklin last Monday. Deceased had been confined to his bed nearly all the past summer. He was the father of our fellow townsman, Thomas Torkelson, and an uncle of Mrs. A.B. Peterson. He was a leading citizen of his town and a man highly respected and esteemed and leaves many friends to mourn his death. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - OCTOBER 14, 1897
IVER TORKELSON (ULVIK, HARDANGER)
Iver Torkelson died at his home at Black River Falls on December 31st. For many years Mr. Torkelson was a prominent Scandinavian leader in Jackson County and a power in its politics. Of late, pulmonary troubles have confined him at home, and he has taken a less active part in things political. For nearly a year, the malady which resulted in his death, has confined him to the bed. The funeral was held at the Lutheran church at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon. Deceased was born November 14th, 1839, in Hardanger, Norway, and at the age of 14 years, he came here with his parents. He was married in 1865 to Martine Anderson. Mr. Torkelson’s widow survives him, and there are three daughters and three sons - Mrs. Amelia K. Peterson, of this village; Misses Ida G. and Julia C. of Black River Falls; Theodore B. of Argyle, Minnesota; Martin W. of the State University, Madison; and Francis A., living at home. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - JANUARY 9, 1902
MRS. IVER (MARTINE) TORKELSON (SOGNDAHL)
Mrs. Martine Torkelson, widow of the late Iver Torkelson, died at the home of her daughter at Blair on Sunday, April 14, 1912, at the age of 67 years. She had been in very poor health the past couple of years. The remains were brought to this city, which had been her home for nearly thirty years, and funeral services were held from the Lutheran church, yesterday, Rev. Urberg of Blair officiating. Miss Martine Anderson was born in Sogndahl, near Stavanger, Norway, on February 10, 1845. She came with her parents to America in 1854, and they located in Vernon County. She resided there until December 10, 1865, when she was married at LaCrosse to Iver Torkelson. They made their home in the Beaver Creek Valley in what is now the Town of Franklin, where they were among the early settlers. Mr. Torkelson made a fine farm home and they prospered there for more than a quarter of a century. In 1881 he was elected register of deeds for Jackson county, in which office he served seven years. They moved to this city in January 1882, and it had been her home until the fall of 1908 when she moved to Madison. Mr. Torkelson served as postmaster of this city under President Harrison’s administration and he died here on December 31, 1901. About two years ago Mrs. Torkelson went to Blair suffering from ill health and she had since made her home with her daughter, Mrs. A. B. Peterson. She is survived by six children - Mrs. Amelia Peterson of Blair; Miss Ida Torkelson of Dickinson, North Dakota; Mrs. Julia Anderson and Theodore B. Torkelson of Bowman, North Dakota; and Martin W. Torkelson of Madison. She also leaves two brothers - Gabriel Anderson of Blair and Andrew Anderson of Wyocena; and three sisters - Mrs. Mary Edwin and Mrs. M.C. Johnson of the Town of Franklin and Mrs. Elizabeth Blomo of Colfax. Mrs. Torkelson was a lady of noble mind and character and during her long life in Jackson County, she made a host of friends who will always remember her for excellent qualities. She became a member of the Lutheran church in her childhood, and ever after she lived a consistent Christian, strong in her faith That she was one of the best of wives and mothers was evidenced by the devotion she paid to her husband and children, and that her character was one of great strength and influence is shown in the lives of her children, all of whom have attained eminent and useful positions in the world, and whose worth and industry attest the thoroughness and efficiency of their home training. As a friend and neighbor, she was esteemed and appreciated by all who knew her. Her children were all able to be present at her funeral. Her family and relatives have the great sympathy of all in their bereavement. Reprinted from the Jackson County Journal. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - APRIL 25, 1912
MRS. KAREN TORKELSON (NORWAY)
Mrs. Karen Torkelson, 88, of 606 North Oxford Avenue, Eau Claire, died at Luther hospital there on October 28, 1949. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, October 31 from the Concordia Evangelical Lutheran church with the Rev. R.M. Braustad officiating. Interment was in the Forest Hill cemetery. Six grandsons served as pallbearers. Mrs. Torkelson was born in Norway and came to this country at the age of 21 years. She lived in Blair for many years, moving to Eau Claire about 37 years ago. She is survived by three sons, Ed of Eau Claire and Melvin and John of Blair; five daughters, Mrs. Oscar Jacobson and Mrs. Hilbert Hendrickson of Eau Claire; Mrs. Fred Fredrickson of Blair; Mrs. R. Shope of Portland, Oregon; and Mrs. Ed Abrahamson of Wilmar, Minnesota. Other survivors include 33 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren. THE BLAIR PRESS - NOVEMBER 10, 1949
MRS. CHRIS TORGERSON (VOSS)
Mrs. Chris Torgerson, 79, died at her home in Independence, Monday morning, about 9:30 following many months of failing health. Her death followed by a little over a month that of her two sisters, Mrs. B.M. Johnson of Independence, who passed away on April 19, 1944, and Mrs. Anna Fish of Minneapolis, who passed away a week later. Her husband, 88 years old, is the last of the two couples, the Torgerson and the B.M. Johnsons, who observed their double 60th Wedding Anniversary on May 20, 1943. Mr. Johnson died on March 8, 1944, a little over a month before his wife. Funeral services for Mrs. Torgerson will be held this afternoon at 1:30 at the home and at 2 o’clock at the Independence Lutheran church, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating, with burial in Bethel cemetery. Mrs. Torgerson, as Martha Bidney, was born in Vosa, Vosavangen, Norway, December 30, 1864, and came to America wit her parents in 1866. They located in Dane County, Wisconsin and later moved to Lookout in Buffalo County. It was at that Bidney farm home that a double wedding was performed on May 20, 1883, which united in marriage Martha Bidney and Christ Torgerson and Mary Bidney and Ben M. Johnson. The Torgersons established their home in Independence, where Mr. Torgerson had a hardware store from 1894 until his retirement 19 years ago, turning the business over to this sons Wren and Albert who continue to operate it. Since then the Torgersons have lived a retired life. Surviving her besides her husband are five sons and three daughters: Theodore of Minneapolis; Ed of Darlington; Norman of Eau Claire; and Wren and Albert in the hardware business at Independence; Marion, Mrs. Helmer O. Haugh, and Ida, Mrs. M.A. Thompson, both of Menasha; and Mrs. Ella Evenson, who resided at home. One son, Myron, died five years ago. She also leaves 21 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; besides two brothers and one sister, Nels Bidney of Iola, John Bidney of Berwick, Pennsylvania; and Mrs. Carl Jahr of Whitehall. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MAY 25, 1944
MRS. ELI TORMOEN (GRUE?, SOLAR)
Mrs. Eli Tormoen, aged 82 years and 6 months died at her home in Trump Coulee last Thursday evening and the funeral services were held at the Trempealeau Valley church yesterday, Rev. Gubrandson officiating. Mrs. Tormoen was a highly respected old lady, and she, with her husband, were early settlers of this section. Her husband died some years ago. She was the mother of eight children, all of whom are living: five sons in this town, two in Minneapolis and one daughter, Mrs. M.M. Lovberg, of this place. There are also 28 living grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - MARCH 25, 1897
MRS. MARIE TORJUSSEN (NORWAY)
Mrs. Marie Torjussen, mother of Mrs. J.G. Preus, formerly of Strum, passed away at midnight, March 14, at the home of Rev. J.H. Preus in Jersey City. Mrs. Torjussen had been in fair health until two weeks before her death when she began to fail, losing strength rapidly. She bore her illness with great fortitude and when it became known that this was her last illness, her greatest wish was soon to be relieved of this earthly frame and go to her rest. She did not fear death, but on the contrary longed for it, assured of God’s grace through Jesus Christ her Saviour. This lessens the pain of parting with her, and a Gracious Lord who never permits His children to be tried above what He gives them strength to bear will also help all who mourn her passing. Mrs. Torjussen won a host of friends among the members of the four congregations which her son-in-law, Rev. Preus served, and whenever her health permitted, she was along visiting among the people and enjoying their kind hospitality. She has often spoken of those happy days in Wisconsin, and from her comes a fond farewell. Mrs. Torjussen was born in Norway, June 26, 1860. In 1905, she came with her family to America, settling in Hobokken, New Jersey. In 1918, she came west to Minneapolis, and in 1922, she moved to Strum when her daughter became Mrs. Preus. She made her home with the Preuses and moved with them to Jersey City, New Jersey in 1930, when Rev. Preus accepted a call to that city. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 6, 1933
OLE N. TORMOEN (KONGSVINGER)
The death of Ole N. Tormoen came as a surprise to the people of this community, very few knowing of his serious illness, which was of short duration. His entire youth was spent at the farm home in Trump Coulee and after his marriage, he resided in Blair until about 12 years ago when he moved to Minneapolis, but still came back each summer to work at his contracting jobs. Some of the largest bridges and some of the largest buildings in Trempealeau and Jackson counties stand as monuments to his endeavors. Among the buildings he built in Blair are the two bank buildings, the post office and the creamery building. The bridge across Squaw Creek west of Black River Falls and the one across the Robinson Creek southeast of Black River Falls were both erected by him in late years. During the residence in Blair, he did many important pieces of work. Time and again he did big jobs with no contract but his word that he would finish the job at a stated price. His word was his bond and was questioned by no one who knew him. In his death the family loses a loved and respected member, and the public loses a useful builder and an honored citizen. Ole N. Tormoen, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Nels O. Tormoen, was born at Kongs Vinger, Norway, on January 6, 1871. In September of the same year, he came with his parents to America and they settled on a homestead in Trump Coulee, five miles east of Blair. Here he grew to manhood. When very young, he learned carpentry and masonry and followed that trade, residing at Blair for a number of years. Later he became a general contractor. In April 1899 he was married to Miss Laura Kutcher. To this union one son was born, Milton Lawrence. During the past years the deceased has maintained his residence with his family at Minneapolis. While occupied as general contractor at Black River Falls, the deceased began to lose strength and weakened day by day. Mr. Tormoen was a man of few words, patient and never complained. His condition was not considered serious until the attending physician diagnosed his case and advised that he be taken to a hospital. He was at once taken to Minneapolis, Minnesota where he entered the Swedish hospital. Dr. Theodore Tennyson, attending physician, diagnosed his case as cirrhosis of the liver, malignant prognosis and operation of no avail. Dr. Tennyson advised calling a specialist and Dr. Bell, a consulting physician came in. He also announced the case as incurable. Everything possible was done to make Mr. Tormoen’s remaining days as comfortable as possible. He did not linger long and death relieved him on Mary 15, 1927, at the age of 56 years, 4 moths and 8 days. Besides his widow, son and daughter-in-law, he leaves to mourn his death his aged parents, eight brothers and one sister, namely; Joseph and Nickolai of Ottawa, Illinois; Henry of Genoa City; Edward of Invermere, British Columbia; George of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Julius residing on the old homestead and Albert, Morris and Mrs. Thomas Toraason, all residing in the vicinity of Blair. All attended the funeral except Edward, who could not be present. Funeral services were held at the Trempealeau Valley church Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. T.E. Sweger, and interment was made in the church cemetery. Six brothers acted as pallbearers. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 19, 1927
CARL O. TORMOEN (JEMTLAND, SWEDEN)
Carl O. Tormoen, a former Blair resident passed away December 24, 1968 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and was buried in that city on December 27th. Carl O. Tormoen, 84, was born in Jemtland, Sweden, October 13, 1884 to Erik and Martha Tormoen. He came to the U.S. at an early age with his parents and three sisters, Mrs. Carrie Melberg, Mrs. Ella Thurston and Marie, all deceased. The family settled on a farm in the Blair area. As a young man he moved to Haynes, North Dakota and married Stella Tingstad, where they farmed. In recent years, they retired and made their home in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he passed away. Funeral services were held at the Henry W. Anderson Mortuary Friday, December 27, with the Rev. George C. Kraft officiating. Survivors are his wife, Stella; five sons, George, Earl, Verne, Carl Jr., and James; four daughters, Gladys and Shirley Tormoen, Mrs. Mildred Pfarr and Mrs. Joyce Meichele; and 28 grandchildren. A son, Clarence, construction worker, died March 21, 1963 following a fall from a building. Pallbearers were his five sons and a nephew, Elroy Melberg. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 16, 1969
ANDREW O. TORMOEN (SOLAR)
Word was received here by relatives of the death of Andrew O. Tormoen, 86 years of age, at Minneapolis on Wednesday. Mr. Tormoen came from Solar, Norway in 1880 and lived in this vicinity about ten years. The second year of those ten, he was married and he and his wife lived together over 50 years. She passed away six years ago. Then they moved to Minneapolis where he eventually became a mill rate boss in the Northwestern Consolidated Co., a position which he held for about 50 years until he resigned. For the past four years, three of which he was confined to his bed because of a paralysis, he has lived with his daughter, Mrs. J.C. Fromm. Left to mourn are three daughters: Miss Gladys Tormoen, Mrs. J.C. (Alice) Fromm of Minneapolis and Mrs. Charles (Myrtle) Swift of South Dakota; one son, Roy Tormoen of Minneapolis; two brothers, Erick Tormoen, age 91 years who lives in the Old People’s Home at Minneapolis and Chris. Tormoen of Hastings, Minnesota. Funeral services were held Friday, January 19, 1940 at Minneapolis. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 25, 1940
ERICK O. TORMOEN (GRUE, SOLAR)
Erick O. Tormoen was born in Solar, Norway, the 2nd of September 1848. His parents were Ele and Ole Jasporson Tormoen. He was of a family of eight children, John, Nels, Martin, Ole, Andrew and Mrs. Lena Lovberg who preceded him in death. Another brother, Christ of Hastings, Minnesota, survives. Erick was baptized and confirmed in “Grue Prestegjelde” church. At the age of 19 years, he went to Sweden. It was at Ovekin, Jemptland, that he met and married Martha Karlsdatter. To this union five children were born. Carl Olaf who died at the age of five; Marie who passed away in the year 1904. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Carrie Melberg and Ella, Mrs. E.A. Thurston of Blair and one son, Carl of Thief River Falls, Minnesota. The Tormoen family came to America in 1887. They lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota one year where Mr. Tormoen had employment in the Pillsbury Mills. From there they moved to Blair where they lived for 17 years on the farm which is now owned by Wesley Greeno. They then left for South Dakota where he homesteaded for 22 years, returning to Blair in February 1929. It was at Blair in the month of September when his wife passed away. Since then Mr. Tormoen made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Thurston until October 1939 when he went to the Ebenezer Home for the Aged at Minneapolis, Minnesota. He passed away at the Home February 7th, 1940 at the age of 91 years, 6 months and five days. Funeral services were performed in the Chapel of the Ebenezer Home by the Rev. Carl Vang. Six of his aged companions were pallbearers. His favorite hymn “Jeg Ved Mig En Sovn” and two solos, “Nearer My God to Thee” and “Abide With Me” were sung. He was buried near his brother, Andrew, in the Crystal Lake cemetery at Minneapolis. Left to mourn his loss are his three children, Carl, Mrs. Melberg and Mrs. Thurston; 20 grandchildren; one brother; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Tormoen was a loyal member at the Trempealeau Valley church. A memorial service will be held for him at this church Sunday, February 25. The nieces, nephews and grandchildren donated a memorial wreath to Ebenezer Home where Mr. Tormoen had been living. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 22, 1940
MRS. MARTHA TORMOEN (JENTLAND, SWEDEN)
Martha Karlsdatter Tormoen was born in Jentland, Sweden the 11th of October, 1848, the eldest daughter of three children. Her parents were Marie and Carl Jenson. She was married in 1876 to Erik Olson Tormoen. To this union were born five children - Mrs. Elmer Thurston and Mrs. Carrie Melberg of Blair and Carl of North Dakota; two children, Marie and Carl, preceded her in death. With her family she immigrated to America in 1888 and settled in Trump Coulee where she resided until 1908 when they moved to Haynes, North Dakota where they lived until November 1926 when they came back to Blair. She was taken sick September 3rd with gallstones and appendicitis infection and was taken to the Community hospital where every effort was made to save her and made her last days easier. She died September 7, 1917. She was a kind and loving wife and mother, always looking after the welfare of her loved ones. Besides her family she leaves a host of friends to mourn her departure. Her age was 78 years, 10 months and 11 days. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 1927
JOHN TORMOEN (GRUE, SOLAR)
In the death of John Tormoen, death claims another one of the pioneer settlers of this community. Johannes Olson Tormoen was born in Solar, Grue, Norway, June 2, 1837. His parents were Ole Jesperson Tormoen and Eli Nelsdatter Gabrielstuen. He was baptized and confirmed at his birthplace. Of the family of eight children, he was the eldest. Martin and Ole preceded him in death. Erick, Mrs. Lena Lovberg and Nels live at Blair; Christian at Hastings, Minnesota and Andrew at Minneapolis. He was never married. In 1856 he, with Erick and Martin, went to Sweden and in 1887 they came to America settling in this community where the Tormoen families have since made their home. In 1908 Erick and his wife and John moved to South Dakota living just across the line from North Dakota, their post office being Haynes, North Dakota, where they lived until November 1926 when they returned to Blair and since that time made their home in the village. Mr. Tormoen had always been in good health and was so up until August 5 when he suffered a stroke and was confined to his bed until his death August 30, 1927. His age was 90 years, 2 months and 28 days. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 8, 1927
NILS OLSON TORMOEN (GRUE, SOLAR)
One of the early settlers and a highly respected member of the community was called away Sunday, March 4, 1928, when Nils Olson Tormoen obeyed the final summons at the ripe old age of 87 years, 5 months and 2 days. The cause of death was Viseuum Org. Cordis. The deceased was born October 2, 1840 in Grue Parish, Solar, Norway. His parents were Ole Jesperson Tormoen and Eli Nilson Gabriel. He grew to young manhood in his native parish where he was baptized, confirmed and married. He was united in marriage to Inger Haagenson May 25, 1871, with whom he lived in happy wedlock almost 57 years. Six years ago their Golden anniversary was fittingly observed by a large gathering of relatives and friends. In September of their wedding year, the young couple made their way to America, where three years after their arrival, they homesteaded the farm which became their home for over half a century and where was built up by patient industry one of the finest and best equipped farms in the community. Mr. Tormoen was a member of the Trempealeau Valley church from the time that he settled in the valley and remained its staunch and loyal supporter, a regular attendant at Divine Services until the infirmities of old age prevented his attendance. A man honest, industrious and kind who enhanced in his daily life the virtues of husband and father. Mr. Tormoen was the second of a family of children, three of whom preceded him in death. Three brothers survive: Erick of Blair, Andrew and Christ of Minneapolis and one sister, Mrs. Lena Lovberg of Blair. It may be mentioned here that a message was received Monday from Alvin, British Columbia, announcing the death of Mrs. Tormoen’s brother, Edward Haagenson. All the children were present at the deathbed and funeral of their father with the exception of Edward who is located at Invermere, British Columbia. The eldest son, Ole, died May 14, 1927. The other children are Mrs. Thomas Toraason, Bear Creek Ridge; Albert, Beaver Creek; Henry, Chicago; Morris, Blair; Nicolai and Joseph, Ottawa, Illinois; George of Minneapolis and Julius at home. There are ten grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Trempealeau Valley church Tuesday March 6 at 1:15 at the home and 2 p.m. at the church. The pastor, Rev. T.E. Sweger, conducted the services. Miss Avis Hoganson sang a solo. Among the many floral offerings was one from the Traffic department of the Minneapolis Police Department and one from the men on the job with Joe Tormoen at Woods Construction Co., Ottawa, Illinois. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 8, 1928
MRS. NELS O. TORMOEN (KONGSVINGER, SOLAR)
Inger Haakonson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Haakon Digrude, was born in Kongsvinger, Solar, Norway, January 3, 1850. Her childhood and early youth were lived among the scenic beauties of eastern Norway and in the church of her fathers, she was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith. On the 25th day of May 1871, she was united in marriage to Nels Olson Tormoen. The following September the new-wedded pair set sail for the distant shores of the Emigrant’s Dream - America. In Trump Coulee they established their home and built up, through years of untiring industry and honest dealing, one of the model farms of the community. In the laborious duties of pioneer housewife, she was indeed a true helpmate to her husband. In the bonds of a happy married life that passed well beyond the half century mark, and in the labors hand in hand for the up-building of the home and the rearing of a large family, the ties that united them were the more closely knit together so that in their declining years the one seemed lost without the other, and when the husband passed away early this spring the hope and prayer of the one who remained was that she might soon follow. The following children were born to this union: Edward, Invermere, B.C., Canada; Mrs. Thomas Toraason, Blair; Albert, Beaver Creek; Henry, Chicago; Morris, Blair; Nicolai and Joseph, Ottawa, Illinois; George, Minneapolis; and Julius, Blair. The oldest son, Ole, passed away May 14, 1927. There are ten grandchildren, a brother, Ole Haakonson, lives at Alvin, B.C., Canada. Another brother, Edward preceded her in death in March 1928. She was a member of the Trempealeau Valley congregation and with her husband a staunch support of the church, a regular attendant at Divine service until the infirmities of old age prevented her attendance. In the last year she found edification in the radio services of St. Olaf College. She found joy in the Word of God and partook regularly of the Lord’s Supper, the last time a few days before her death. She was a good wife, a true mother, a loyal friend whose passing leaves a void that cannot easily be filled. She was taken sick with influenza with ensuing pneumonia and passed away after a brief illness Monday night, December 31, 1927 at 11 p.m. lacking a few days of reaching the 79th year mile stone. Funeral services were held Thursday, January 3rd, at the home and at the Trempealeau Valley church, where her body was laid to rest beside that of her husband to await her Resurrection morn. The pastor of the congregation, Rev. T.E. Sweger, officiated. Miss Avis Hoganson sang a solo and a quartette from Taylor sang two songs. A memorial wreath in the form of fifteen dollars was given to the Missions in memory of a devoted member by the Ladies Aid. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 10, 1929
JOHN J. TRANBERG (RINGSAKER)
Johannes Jenson Tranberg passed away Thursday, March 10, 1932 in the afternoon. Death came suddenly following a cold and weak heart. In 1870 he came to America and shortly afterward was united in marriage to Sedsel Olson Helstad. They settled on a farm in Upper French which continued to be their home for a period of 45 years. Seventeen children were born to bless this union, ten of whom are living to mourn the loss of a dear loving father. He was a faithful worker for his family and his church. His memory will be cherished by those near and dear to him. He leaves ten children to mourn his loss: Ben of Alamao, North Dakota; Martin and Carl of Galesville; Selmer, Albert and Theodore of Ettrick and Melvin of Blair; three daughters, Mrs. Lizzie Smikrud, Mrs. Emil Onsrud and Mrs. Anton Moen of Ettrick; and two daughters-in-law, Ella Tranberg of Galesville and Louella of Ettrick and 36 grandchildren. In 1924 he retired from the farm and moved to this village and rented rooms from Mr. and Mrs. Georgte Smikrud. Funeral services were held Tuesday with services in the French Creek church. Interment was made in the French Creek cemetery. Reprinted from the Ettrick Advance. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 24, 1932
MRS. JOHN TRANBERG (RINGSAKER)
Mrs. John Tranberg passed away at the Lutheran hospital at LaCrosse Saturday, August 21, following an illness of five weeks. Five weeks ago Mrs. Tranberg submitted to an operation in which her right limb was amputated in an effort to save her life. All that could be done was done to save her life, but it was of no avail. Sedsel Olson was born in Ringsaker, Norway, December 24, 1857. When at the age of fifteen years, she came to America. Several years later she was united in marriage to John Tranberg. Seventeen children were born to bless this union, eleven of whom are living to mourn the loss of a kind and gentle mother. She was a faithful worker for her family and her church, and her loss will be keenly felt by those she cherished. She lived a useful life and had an important mission in life which she well performed. Besides her husband, she leaves to mourn the following children: Martin and Carl of Galesville; Selmer, Albert, Ludwig, Melvin and Theodore of Ettrick; and Ben of Alamo, North Dakota; three daughters, Mrs. George Smikrud, Mrs. Emil Onsrud and Mrs. Anton Moen of Ettrick. In memory of their mother, the husband and children contributed $40 to the Old People’s and Orphans Home. Interment was made in the French Creek cemetery Monday. A large gathering of friends gathered at this time to pay their last respects to this pioneer woman. Rev. C.B.Bestul officiated. Reprinted from the Ettrick Advance. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - SEPTEMBER 2, 1926
DR. LARS TWESME (NORWAY)
Dr. Lars Twesme, who died at his home in Bear Creek valley, Town of Ettrick, March 8th, as a direct result of a fall some months since which broke hip was a well known and respected citizen in this community. Deceased was born in Norway and was 75 years and 4 months old. He married Sigrid Helland, a sister of John Helland of Ettrick, in Norway 54 years ago and came to this country in 1864 and settled in the valley where he thereafter continuously resided. Dr Twesme was a veterinarian of considerable note and a wonderful practitioner, and will be missed by many friends. Mrs. Twesme died several years ago. The children of the union are Mrs. Nels T. Herreid, Sever, Segurd and Olai of Bea Creek Valley and Lewis of Superior. A son, John, died five years ago. The funeral was held on the 11th inst. and conducted by Rev. Gulbrandson of this village. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - MARCH 18, 1909
ARNE TORUD (NORWAY)
Arne Torud, 90, formerly of Whitehall, passed away Friday, November 10, 1978 in the Tri-County Memorial Hospital at Whitehall. He was born in Norway May 28, 1888 and came to the United States in 1906 and settled in Trempealeau County. He married Emma Estenson November 1, 1913 in Pigeon Falls. He was a retired farmer and former manager of the Farmers Union Coop. He and his wife had lived in the Grand View Nursing Hone in Blair since 1972. Survivors are his wife; one son, Milo of rural Whithal; one daughter, Mrs. Harold (Adeline) Anderson, Blair; and six sisters, Mr. Christine Burch of Blair; Mrs. Inga Sorgaard, Mrs. Olaug, Merhaugen, Mrs. Borghild Hauglien, Mrs. Ragne Nystuen and Mrs. Agnes Haukenson, all of Norway. Funeral services were held on Monday, November 13, 11 a.m. in Our Saviour’s Lutheran church, Whitehall, Rev. Richard Kelling officiated. Burial was in the Pigeon Creek Evangelical Lutheran cemetery. Jack Funeral Home, Blair, was in charge of arrangements. THE BLAIR PRESS - NOVEMBER 16, 1978
LARS M. TRONES (VOSS)
One of the well known farmers of this vicinity passed away Friday night, January 4, 1929 at 9 p.m., aged 70 years, 5 months and 21 days. Lars M. Trones was born in Voss, Norway, June 15, 1858. At the age of 9 years, he emigrated with his parents to Trempealeau County where his father homesteaded in Bear Creek on the farm now owned by Austin Austinson. His mother died January 1st, 1885 and his father, March 14, 1890. He was confirmed in the French Creek church by Rev. Myhre. He was united in marriage to Clara Arneson May 11, 1896. Two years ago the 30th anniversary of their wedding was fittingly observed by a large gathering of friends and neighbors. Twenty years of his early youth were spent in the hardships of the lumber camps. One year after their marriage, they moved to their present farm located on the road between Hegg and Blair. Here they have resided for over 31 years, bearing life’s joys and troubles together. The following children were born to this union: Carl, Eau Claire; Albert, Black River Falls; Tilda, Mrs. Anton Moen, Eau Claire; Lawrence, Myrtle, Gladys and Verne at home. Mr. Trones had been troubled for some years with asthma. This, together with the influenza, which developed into pneumonia, was the cause of his death. He was a man with pronounced views and with the courage to express them. He was a member of long standing in the Beaver Creek church. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Beaver Creek church Monday, January 7th. Rev. T.E. Sweger officiated. Besides his wife and children, one brother is left to mourn his passing, Sven Trones, who at the present time is seriously sick at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Severson in Beaver Creek. A sister, Mrs. Tilda Hanson, died in North Dakota April 10, 1927. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 10, 1929
SWEN M. TRONES (VOSS)
Swen M. Trones was born in Voss, Norway, July 22, 1861. He was the son of Mikkel and Britha Trones. He emigrated with his parents to America in 1867. He was confirmed in the Beaver Creek church by the Rev. Andreas Lobben October 22, 1876. He was united in marriage to Maria Arneson at the parsonage near the Trempealeau Valley church by Rev. Bynhjolf Hovde September 24, 1886. The newly married couple farmed two years in Bear Creek and then moved to a farm in Franklin Township where Mr. Trones was engaged both in farming and carpenter work. Thirteen children were born to this union, four of whom have passed away: Martin at the age of four, Selmer at the age of nine, Maria aged two months and Minnie (Mrs. Julius Lee), March 2, 1931. His wife died February 18, 1907. Mr. Trones had been a sufferer from asthma and heart trouble may years. He passed away at the Black River Falls hospital a few hours after he had been taken there for treatment on November 5, 1937. He leaves the following children to mourn the passing of a kind father: Anna (Mrs. Selmer Severson), Black River Falls; Clara (Mrs. Ryder Hamro), Bismark, North Dakota; Tina (Mrs. Shirley Lea), Alma Center; Selma (Mrs. Oscar Olson), Melrose; Julia (Mrs. Otto Kramer), Tuttle, North Dakota; Albert, Carl and Jonie Trones, Taylor. All were present at the funeral except Mrs. Kramer. There are 30 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. T.E. Sweger at the Beaver Creek church Tuesday afternoon, November 9 at 2 p.m. Knute Underheim sang a solo in Norwegian. The pallbearers were Theodore Grinde, Ole Rogne, Harold Noren, Odell Oakland, Albert Arneson and Theodore Tollefson. THE BLAIR PRESS - NOVEMBER 11, 1937
EVEN TRAASETH (FAABERG, GULBRANDSDALEN)
Even Traaseth was born August 11, 1837 at Faaberg, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, where he grew to manhood and lived the best part of his life. In 1862, he was united in marriage to Berte Christenson and to this union four children were born, of whom one preceded his father in death. In 1899, Mr. and Mrs. Traaseth came to America to spend their remaining days with their daughters. Mrs. Traaseth died in 1904, and since that time Mr. Traaseth has made his home with his daughters, Mrs. Oluf Engen and Mrs. Otto Bratberg, the last years of his life with Bratbergs, where he died April 25, 1934 at the age of 96 years, eight moths and 14 days. He leaves to mourn his death his daughters mentioned and one son, Martinus, of Tonsberg, Norway, 22 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He was buried Monday April 30 from the Eleva Lutheran church where neighbors and friends paid him their last respects. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MAY 3, 1934
SAM TWEED (TELEMARK)
Sam Tweed was born in Telmarken, Norway, in 1855, and died on January 14, 1942. He would have reached his 87th birthday on January 28th. He came to this country at the age of 18 years, and settled at the Town of Northfield and has lived here ever since. He was united in marriage to Julia Thompson in 1878 by the late Rev. Emmanuel Christophersen. To this union were born eleven children. Mrs. Tweed preceded him in death on December 19, 1925 at the age of 68 years. One son, Sam, died on January 11, 1901, in the Philippine Islands, at the age of 22; and one daughter, Nora, died at home at the age of 15. Nine children remain to mourn his loss, namely, John, Andrew, Arthur and Mrs. Ralph Lyon, all of Northfield; Mrs. John Mickelson of Osseo; Mrs. Carl Bertelson of Williams Bays, Wisconsin; Mrs. Herman Semingson of Eleva; Victor of Minneapolis; Anna of Winona; 30 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was a pioneer member of the Upper Pigeon church and was a faithful and willing worker up to the time of his death. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Upper Pigeon church, the Rev. O.G. Bjorkeland of Whitehall officiating in the absence of the Rev. E.B. Christophersen, the local pastor. Two beautiful songs were sung by the Faldet brothers. Pallbearers were Olaf Larson, Oluf Johnson, Olaf Bergerson, Martin Mickelson, Clarence Olson and Theodore J. Thompson. Two granddaughters, Alice Tweed and Joan Lyon, acted as flower girls. There was a very large attendance of relatives and friends who came to pay their last respects. Interment was made in Upper Pigeon cemetery. Reprinted from the Black River Falls Banner-Journal. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 29, 1942
MRS. GRO S. TWEED (TELEMARK)
Mrs. Gro S. Tweed died at the Whitehall hospital December 20, 1925, at the age of 67 years, 11 months and 20 days. She was ill only a few days. All that loving hands could do for her was done until death released her. The funeral service was held at the Upper Pigeon church on Wednesday, December 23, Rev. Christophersen of Pigeon Falls officiating. Interment was made at the Upper Pigeon cemetery. The services were largely attended and church nicely decorated. Gro Thompson was born in Telemarken, Norway, on January 8, 1858. When she was 11 years old, her parents came to America and to the Town of Northfield, where they permanently settled. Her girlhood was spent there. In the spring of 1878 she was united in marriage to Sam S. Tweed, a young farmer of the same township, and Northfield has been her home ever since. She is survived by her husband, four sons, John, Andrew, Victor and Arthur, all of Northfield. One son, Sam, died in the service of Uncle Sam in the Philippine Islands. Five daughters, Mary, Mrs. John Mikkelson of Osseo; Selma, Mrs. Herman Semingson of Eleva; Julia, Mrs. Ralph Yyon; Anna and Minnie, all of Northfield; one daughter, Nora, died some years ago; four brothers, Thorvild, Ole J. and Theodore J. Thompson, all of Northfield, and Martin in Minnesota; one sister, Mrs. Carl Hall of Alma Center, and a great many other relatives. Mrs. Tweed has been a member of the Lutheran church since early girlhood. She was a kindly Christian woman, devoted to the welfare of her family circle. She was also a good friend and neighbor, always ready to do her full part towards the people of her community and will be greatly missed by all. The husband and the children have the sincere sympathy of all in their sorrow. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - DECEMBER 31, 1925
JOHN P. TOXEN (FROEN)
John P. Toxen died at the home of his niece, Mrs. Ernest Davis, in Springfield, on August 28, 1928 at the age of 82 years, 10 months and 25 days, after a long illness. The funeral services were held from the home of E.T. Davis at 12:30 and from the Trempealeau Valley church at 2:00 o’clock on Friday, Rev. S.S. Urberg conducting services in the Norwegian language and Rev. K.M. Urberg in English. Interment was made at the church cemetery, alongside his sister, who passed away six years ago. Mr. Toxen was born at Froen, Norway on October 3, 19845. He came to America at the age of 20 years, first locating at Montevideo, Minnesota, where he engaged in farming. Later he made his home with a sister, Ellen, at Red Wing, Minnesota. He and his sister later moved to Black River Falls where they resided for four years and then moved to Taylor, occupying a small residence which had been built for them on the Cole Toxen farm. Last April his health failed and he was taken to the home of E.T. Davis where he was taken care of until he passed away. THE TAYLOR HERALD - SEPTEMBER 14, 1928
MARTIN TORMOEN (NORWAY)
Martin Tormoen was born in Norway December 19, 1842 and died at his home in Blair, Monday, September 20, 1920. He came to America in 1868 and in 1874 was married to Thea Langstrod. After their marriage they settled in Trump Coulee where they made their home on a farm until several years ago when they retired and moved to Blair where they have since made their home. He is survived by his wife and the following brothers and sisters: John and Erik of Haynes, North Dakota; Nels of Trump Coulee; Christ of Hasting, Minnesota; Andrew of Minneapolis; and Mrs. Martin Lovberg of Blair. Funeral services were conducted from the U.N. Lutheran church at Blair September 23. Martin Tormoen was a good man and lived a life of usefulness to this Maker and to his country. He was a member of the Trempealeau Valley church, where they attended for many years while living in Trump Coulee. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 30, 1920
NELS J. TWESME (HARDANGER)
Nels Twesme passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. D.C. Davis, Wednesday, August 6, 1930. He was born November 7, 1847 in Hardanger, Norway. The deceased was united in marriage to Ranveig Larson, April 12, 1869. Mr. and Mrs. Twesme left Norway May 17, 1869 and landed in Beaver Creek July 4th the same year. Their trip from their homeland to their new home chosen land coincidently was made between the program of two National festivities, Norway celebrating her Independence Day on the 17th of May and it was on that date that Mr. and Mrs. Twesme left the homeland and arrived in North Beaver Creek while the United States was celebrating her National birthday, it being July the 4th. The first two years in this country, they lived with his sister, Mrs. Simon Nelson, who had come to this country some years previous. He then purchased a tract of land in Washington Coulee which is now the D.C. Davis farm and part of the Ed Twesme farm. In 1908 he purchased a 20 acre farm near the White Beaver Creek church which he farmed up until a few weeks of his death. Eight children were born to this union; three of whom passed away in infancy. He is survived by his widow, three sons and two daughters: John, South Beaver Creek; Lewis, Chicago; Edward, Washington Coulee; Mrs. Tom Holven, Ettrick; and Mrs. D.C. Davis, Washington Coulee. There are eighteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday, Rev. K.M. Urberg officiated. Interment was made in the North Beaver Creek cemetery. THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - AUGUST 15, 1930
RANVEIG TWESME (KINSARVIK, HARDANGER)
One of the oldest members of the Beaver Creek territory, Mrs. Ranveig Twesme, passed away last week. She was one of that group of early pioneers which is growing smaller every years. She represented that group who clung to their native language and custom until her death, yet she was numbered among the great builders of the west. Her sphere of activity was confined to the Norwegian-speaking group of the Lutheran church, consequently she did not speak the American language. Although she did not speak the language of the country, she is numbered among the honored builders of America as the story of her life clearly indicates. Ranveig Langeasaeter was born on July 17, 1843 to the parents, Lars and Ranveig Langesaeter in Kinsarvik, Hardanger, Norway. She was baptized and confirmed in the Kinsarvik church. On April 12, 1869 she was united in marriage to Nils Twesme. On May 17,of that year, (Norway’s Independence Day), they set sail for America which they were to make their new fatherland; coincidentally, they arrived at Beaver Creek on the independence day of their new homeland, July 4, 1869. The whole period of their married life was spent in the Beaver Creek Valley. They were permitted to labor together for 61 years. August 6, 1930, this union was broken off when Nels Twesme went to his reward. The last few years found this old pioneer somewhat enfeebled, yet she was able to spend her time at the homes of her children. She was called home on August 1, 1932 after a brief sickness, being then at the home of her daughter, Mrs. D.C. Davis. She leaves to mourn her passing the following children: Thea, Mrs. D.C. Davis; Ed Twesme, Louis Twesme, Randine, Mrs. Torkel Holven; and John Twesme. Funeral services were conducted from the D.C. David home and from the Beaver Creek First Lutheran church August 4, and she was laid to rest in the family lot, her pastor, Rev. Urberg, officiating. May our generation produce more women of her high caliber. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 11, 1932
MRS. TOM (ELLA) TRANDE (KONGSVINGER)
Mrs. Tom T. Trande passed away at her home in the Town of Northfield on Monday afternoon, December 15, 1924, at the age of 64 years, 11 months and 14 days. Mrs. Trande had been a sufferer of high blood pressure for about a year. Three days previous to her death she suffered a stroke which left her unconscious. Miss Ella Fagnernes was born at Kongsvinger, Norway, on January 2, 1860, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Chris Fagernes. She was married on December 22, 1880 to Tom T. Trande. They lived in the Town of Arcadia for fifteen years after which they moved to Garden Valley, where they lived for 27 years. About three years ago, they moved to the Town of Northfield, where they have since resided. The funeral services were held at the Northfield Lutheran church on Thursday, December 18, Rev. A. J. Orke officiating. Interment was made in the Northfield cemetery. Deceased is survived by her husband and six children. Four children preceded her to the great beyond. Those who survive are: Mrs. Olive Larson, Eddie Tande and Mrs. Tena Jahn of Garden Valley; Thomas Tande of Alma Center; Henry of Mr. Hope and Lawrence, who has been with his parents and cared for them since they moved to Northfield. Mrs. Tande is also survived by 11 grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Torvil Thompson of Northfield; and three brothers, Charles and Ole Fagernes of Blair and Hans Fagernes of Ossseo Mrs. Tande was a good wife and mother and an excellent neighbor, always willing to aid those in need. She likewise had a kindly interest in the events of the community and in the welfare of her friends and neighbors. On every hand kind words were spoken of her, and her life was one of good and lasting influence. Her husband and family and other relatives have the sincere sympathy of all in their great sorrow. Reprinted from the Badger State Banner. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 1, 1925
MRS. MAGLE JOHNSON TYTEGRAF (VOSSEVANGEN)
Mrs. Magle Johnson Tytegraf died at her home January 8, 1920 of chronic interstitial nephritis at the age of 69 years, 1 month and 26 days. Funeral services were held at the home and Trempealeau Valley church, January 13, Rev. Boe officiating. Mrs. Tytef was born at Vossevangen, Norway, November, 12, 1850. She came to America with her parents in 1855, arriving sometime later at Vosse Coulee where they made their home. In 1871 she was united in marriage to Peter Johnson Tytegraf. The same year they purchased the homestead in the Town of Springfield, Jackson County, where they resided until their deaths. Her husband preceded her to the “Great Beyond” about twelve years ago. There were eight children, two dying in infancy, and those left to mourn her loss are two daughters: Tilla and Inger; four sons, Gilbert, John and Sebert who made their home with her, and Martin T. of East Springfield. Two grandchildren, Margaret and Donald Johnson; one sister, Mrs. Ed Carlson of Blair; and two brothers, Lars J. and Ole J. Flje of Vosse Coulee mourn her death also. She was laid to rest beside her husband and two children in the Trempealeau Valley cemetery. Mrs. Tytegraf was a faithful Christian, quiet and unassuming, devoted to her home and family, and a kind and loving mother whose influence for good will always be remembered by those who knew her best. Her loss will be keenly felt. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 22, 1920
ALBERT T. TWESME (ETTRICK TOWNSHIP, TREMPEALEAU COUNTY)
Albert T. Twesme, who is engaged in the general practice of law in Galesville, of which village he is the president, was born in Ettrick Township, Trempealeau County, August 7, 1879, son of Lars and Begga (Tvedt) Twesme. The parents were both born in Norway, the father October 5, 1843, and the mother November 21, 1841. They were married in their native land and soon afterwards came to the United States, settling in Trempealeau County. Lars Twesme homesteaded a farm in Ettrick Township, which he improved and developed, and on which he resided until 1908, when he retired and took up his residence in Galesville. His wife died here in 1914. Albert T. Twesme was the sixth born in the family of eight children. He acquired his elementary education in the graded school in Ettrick Township and at the age of 15 years was assisting on his father's farm, which he operated for three years, subsequently continuing his education at Gale College. He then went to Madison, where he took one year preparatory work in the Wisconsin Academy and six years in the University of Wisconsin at Madison, taking the course in law. He was graduated Bachelor f Arts in 1906 and from the law department in 1908, and then began the practice of his profession in Galesville, where he has since remained. He has gained a good reputation as a reliable lawyer and is a stockholder in several business enterprises, besides being the owner of a number of farms, all of which are rented except one. In 1908 Mr. Twesme served as a member of the state assembly; he was elected president of the village of Galesville in 1915-16-17. In politics he is a stalwart Republican. Mr. Twesme was married November 4, 1909 to Miss Lulu Burns, who was born in Trempealeau County, daughter of Delbert C. and Lunetta (French) Burns. She is of Scotch-English descent. Her father, who was born in Trempealeau County, who was a farmer in the county for many years, died in 1908. He was a prominent citizen and at various times held local office. His widow is now living in Winona, Minnesota. Mr. and Mrs. Twesme have one child: Albert Luverne, who was born May 4, 1914. Mr. Twesme keeps up his membership in his college fraternity of Alpha Tau Omega, and is a Chapter Mason and a member of the fraternal orders of the Elks and Beavers. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY -1917
NELS J. TWESME (HARDANGER, NORWAY) (2)
Nels J. Twesme, who is living practically retired on a small farm in section 15 E. Ettrick Township, was born in Hardanger, Norway, November 7, 1847, son of Jone Larson and Anna (Matson) Larson. His parents, who were natives of the same province in Norway, emigrated to the United States in 1869, but the father died on the voyage and was buried at sea. His wife, with her daughter, continued on to Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, settling in Beaver Creek, Ettrick Township, where she lived many years, passing away in 1905. She and her husband had five children, of whom Nels J. was the fourth born. Nels J. Twesme was educated in his native land and was only ten years old when he began to earn money by tending goats, subsequently working on farms for six or seven years. He then took to the sea, making coastwise voyages as a sailor for some five years. In 1869 he came to this country, locating on Beaver Creek and for two years thereafter worked as a farm hand. At the end of that time he bought a farm which was located near his present farm in Ettrick Township and began it cultivation, with the aid of an ox team, using oxen on his farm for many years subsequently. He was unable at first to speak English, but gradually acquired a knowledge of the language by associating with English-speaking people. After spending some 36 or 37 years on that farm, Mr. Twesme sold it to his children and bought his present small farm of 20 acres, where he is keeping a few cows, pigs and chickens, which he can take care of without too much work. This rural life he prefers to living in town, where he would have nothing to do. He is also a stockholder in the Ettrick Creamery and the Telephone Company. April 12, 1869, Mr. Twesme was united in marriage with Ranveig Larson, who was born in Hardanger, Norway, daughter of Lars and Ranveig Longesetter Larson, natives of that place, where the father was engaged in farming. Her parents remained in their native land and are now deceased. Mrs. Twesme, who was one of two children born to her parents, was educated in Norway, where also she and her husband were married while he was on a visit to his native land. Mr. and Mrs. Twesme are the parents of five children: John, unmarried, and a carpenter by trade, who resides with his parents; Randena, wife of Thomas Haven, residing on a farm in Jackson County, their home being only two miles from the Twesme residence; Louise, engaged in the real estate business in Chicago, who married Miss Charlotte Kravick of Dane County, Wisconsin; Edward, who lives on a part of the old farm in Ettrick Township; and Thea, wife of Cornelius Davis. Mr. Twesme and family are members of the Lutheran synod Church. In politics he is an independent Republican, but has not been active in public affairs. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
CHRIST TORGERSON (RINGEBO, GULBRANDSDALEN, NORWAY)
Funeral services were held for Christ Torgerson on Monday afternoon of this week from the home at 1:30 and from the Lutheran Church at two o’clock, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. Burial was in Bethel Cemetery. Pallbearers were his five sons, Theodore, Edward, Norman, Wren and Albert, and a grandson, Gaylord Thompson. Christ Torgerson was born in Ringebo, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, December 8, 1855, son of Torger Tullibakken and Ragnil Thulin. In the year 1876 he came to this country and lived in Black River Falls for two years before coming to Independence. He was united in marriage to Martha Bidney on May 20, 1883, and they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 1943. Mrs. Torgerson passed away May 22, 1944. In 1894 Mr. Torgerson bought L.E. Danuser’s interest in the Danuser & Liver hardware firm and remained in business with Mr. Liver until they sold the business to Mr. Torgerson’s two sons, Wren and Albert, 25 years. He was a member of the Norwegian Lutheran church, the Modern Woodmen of America, and had served on the city council. Christ Torgerson had many friends. In business he was just and upright in all his dealings, and always of a cheerful nature. For quite a period of time preceding his death, he was confined to his home, but never complained, taking life as the Master planned it for him. Coming to Independence when its population was small, he watched the village grow and its citizens prosper. Public spirited, he was always ready to support any worthwhile undertaking. He is survived by five sons and three daughters: Theodore, Minneapolis; Edward, Darlington; Norman, Eau Claire; Wren and Albert, Independence; Mrs. H.O. Hough and Mrs. M.A. Thompson, Menasha; and Mrs. Ella Evenson, who resided at home with her father. One son, Myron, passed away June 8, 1937. SOURCE – INDEPENDENCE NEWS-WAVE – JUNE 8, 1948
CHRIST TORGERSON (RINGEBO, GULBRANDSDALEN, NORWAY) (2)
Christ Torgerson, who is engaged in the hardware business in Independence as a member of the firm of Liver & Torgerson, was born in Ringebo, Gulbrandsdahlen, Norway, December 8, 1855. His father was Torger Tulibakken, a farmer, who died in 1877 at the age of 65 years. Torger married Ragnil Tulin, who survived him until 1912, when she passed away at the advanced age of 90. Christ Torgerson in 1876, having attained his majority, left his native land for the United States, knowing that here he should find wider opportunities for self-advancement. He first located at Black River Falls, where he found employment and remained until 1882. Then coming to Independence, he entered into business for himself, and so continued till 1894, when he bought the interest of L.E. Danuser in the hardware and implement firm of Danuser & Liver. The business has since been conducted under the style of Liver & Torgerson and is in a flourishing condition. Mr. Torgerson is also a stockholder in the Central Trading Association of Whitehall and the State Bank of Independence. For three years he was a member of the village council. He belongs to the United Norwegian Lutheran church and to the Modern Woodmen of America. Mr. Torgerson was married May 20, 1883, to Martha Nelson Bidney of Buffalo County, Wisconsin, whose father, Ole Nelson Bidney, born in Norway, settled in Dane County, Wisconsin, afterward becoming a pioneer of Buffalo County, where he followed farming, and died in June 1916 at the age of 84 years. Mrs. Torgerson’s mother, who now lives in Independence, is 75 years old. Mr. and Mrs. Torgerson are the parents of nine children: Theodore, Edward, Wren, Myron, Albert, Ella, Marion, Ida and Norman. Theodore is a prominent citizen of Alma Center. Edward has just completed a term as sheriff of Trempealeau County. Wren and Albert are employed in their father’s store. Myron, a hero of the Great War, enlisted from Saskatchewan in the Canadian Colonial troops at the beginning of the war, was sent to France with one of the first contingents, was there wounded, and then returned to Saskatchewan, where he now lives. Ella is the wife of Ansel Everson, of Blair. Marion is the wife of Peter Haugh, of Taylor, Wisconsin. Ida is the wife of Maurice Thompson, of Blair. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
WREN TORGERSON (INDEPENDENCE, WISCONSIN)
Funeral services were held for Wren Torgerson at the Wiemer chapel at 1:30, at the Lutheran church at two o’clock. The Rev. O.O. Birkland officiated, and interment was in Bethel cemetery. Pallbearers were Roy Lyga, Adam Arthus, R.C. Warner, Bernice Platz, Dr. A. O. Torson and Lon F. Tubbs. Deceased was born in Independence on February 9, 1887, and died on November 2, 1949, at the age of 62 years, 8 months and 23 days. He was a son of the late Christ and Martha Torgerson. Wren grew to manhood in Independence and graduated from high school here, then attended business college in La Crosse, then returned to Independence was employed in the hardware firm of Liver and Torgerson. In 1908 he enlisted in the peace-time U.S. Army and was stationed in the Philippines after short preliminary training in the states. During maneuvers in 1910 he was thrown from a horse, the horse falling on him, resulting in the breaking of several ribs, and other internal injuries. He was confined to an army hospital for six months. In later years this injury caused him great distress, and was a contributing cause of death. Serving out his enlistment in the army, Wren returned to Independence in 1911 and again took employment in the Liver & Torgerson Hardware where he continued as an employee until 1923 when he and his brother Albert took over the business which still carries on under the firm name of Torgerson Hardware On August 31, 1922, deceased was united in marriage to Miss Myrtle Lyngdal. Two children were born to this union, Audrey, Mrs. Michael Pohling of Madison, and Curtis, a student at the University of Wisconsin, in Madison. Both children together with the widow survive. Surviving brothers and sisters are Theodore, Minneapolis; Edward, Darlington; Albert, Independence; Ella, Mrs. Evenson, Independence; Marion, Mrs. H.O. Hauge; and Ida, Mrs. M.A. Thompson, Menasha; Norman, Eau Claire. Myron, another brother, died at his home in Canada in 1937. Those from outside of town outside of the Torgerson family here to attend the funeral were Mrs. Sidney Lyngdal and her daughter Marilyn, Mr. and Mrs. Rollie Thompkins, and Mr. and Mrs. Rex Germond, Minneapolis; Mr. and Mrs. Rueben Lyngdal, Nelson; Bernie and Ernie Poehling, La Crosse; Mrs. M.B. Pientka, Milwaukee; Mrs. R.H. Potter, Minneapolis; Mr. Wiebel and Miss Poehling, La Crosse; Mrs. Maren Thulien, Mrs. O.J. Severson, Mrs. H.N. Jenson and Mr. Omer Thulien, Iola, Wisconsin. SOURCE – INDEPENDENCE NEWS-WAVE – NOVEMBER 10, 1949
IVER TORKELSON (NORWAY) (2)
Iver Torkelson was for many years a prominent figure in the life of Jackson County, this state. He was born in Norway, came to America as a youth, and by native ability and hard work attained a position of influence and importance among his fellow men. At the outbreak of the Civil War he rushed to the colors and became sergeant of a Wisconsin regiment and was wounded in action. For twelve years he was registrar of deeds of Jackson County, and for a considerable period he served as postmaster. He also held local offices of varied nature. He died in January 1901 at the age of 62 years. His wife, Martina Anderson, died in April, 1912 at the age of 70. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
EDWARD TORGERSON (TREMPEALEAU COUNTY)
Edward Torgerson, popular and efficient sheriff of Trempealeau County, from January 1, 1915 to January 1, 1917, is a native of this county, having been born in Independence July 2, 1885, second of the eight children born to Christ and Martha (Bidney) Torgerson, the former of whom is a hardware merchant in Independence. He passed through the public schools, and as a boy began work in his father’s general store at Whitehall. There he remained until his father sold out in 1912. In the fall of 1914 he was elected sheriff. As sheriff he did excellent work and won the admiration of all the people of the county. Mr. Torgerson’s fraternal affiliations are with the Masonic order and the Modern Woodmen. He was married April 28, 1911, to Stella Torson, daughter of Ole and Anna (Skogen) Torson, the former of whom is a meat dealer in Whitehall. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917
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