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Wheeler Anna
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Wraalstad Andrew Olson
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Ystenes Amund
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Ystenes Oscar

"On May 11 1948, Henry O. Wold passed away at Grand Forks, N.D. at the age of 85 years and 10 months. Death followed two strokes.
Henry O. Wold was born in Bang, Valders, Norway, July 10, 1862, son of Ole Wold and Kari Bang. He came to America in 1866 with his parents on the sailship Fauna which took six weeks in crossing. The family came to Trempealeau county, settling on a farm in Irvin coulee, where he grew to manhood.
He was united in marriage to Inger Maria Anderson in 1883. One son born to this union, Oscar Benjamin, grew to manhood but died at his home in Eleva at the age of 26. The first Mrs. Wold passed away in 1893. After Henry O. Wold's marriage to Maria Thorson, also of Irvin coulee, they moved to Eleva, where their ten children were born.
In 1919 the family moved to North Dakota on account of Mr. Wold's health. Here Mrs. Wold passed away in 1928. In 1931 Mr. Wold married Olava Frederickson who survives him together with two daughters, Mrs. Frances Christianson of Grand Forks and Leola of Minneapolis and four sons, Ernest of International Falls, Minn., and Andrew, Gordon and Osmond, all of Butte, Mont. He also leaves two brothers, John Wold of Eleva and Anton Wold of Yuba City, Calif; three sisters, Mrs. Annie Brager of East Grand Forks, Minn. and Mrs. Lena Peterson of Maywood, Calif.; and five grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were two daughters, Emeline at the age of 20, Irene, Mrs. Paul Rogers in 1944; three sons, Hilmen at the age of 25 years and Orlando and Rueben in infancy; three sisters, Mrs. Sara Hanson of Fly Creek, Mrs. Caroline Iverson and Mrs. Charles Anderson of Whitehall and two brothers, Ole Wold of Eleva and Thomas Wold of Yuba City, Calif.
Funeral services were held at Grand Forks Thursday afternoon following his death, the Reverend Tallakson officiating. The remains were then brought to Whitehall and last rites were held at Our Saviour's Lutheran at 10:30 Saturday morning, the Rev. O.G. Birkland officiating. Burial was in the Old Whitehall cemetery. Pallbearers were Tracy O Rice, Oliver Iverson, Minor Wold, Adam Wold, Olaf Hanson and Harold Hanson." THE WHITEHALL TIMES - May 27, 1948

Olaf Waller, a resident of Galesville a number of years and for a long period a Gale farmer, died early Saturday morning, July 4, at his home in this city. Funeral services were held Monday morning from the home and the remains were taken to Hardies Creek for interment. Services were held in the church at that place. Oluf Waller was born in Biredalen, Norway, October 29, 1859. He came to America with his parents when nine years of age. Settling on land near North Bend the family commenced clearing a farm and establishing a home. They encountered all the hardships which confronted the pioneers and succeeded in the undertaking. The son, Oluf, was married in December 1878 to Martha Mary Matson. Ten children were born to this union, eight of whom survive with the mother. The children are Henry, Melvin, Elmer, Alfred, Emma, Oscar, Joseph and Amanda. Mrs. Waller's aged mother, two brothers, Rev. M.C. Waller of Wittenberg and L.R. Waller of Gales, and a sister, Mrs. John Toppen also survives him. Mr. Waller's life was spent largely in farming on the North Bend homestead. Later he occupied a farm near Taylor. He was also engaged in the hotel business in Galesville for a period of six years. Failing health took him to Florida, but his malady was too deep seated. The family returned to Galesville a few months ago. THE BLAIR PRESS - JULY 9, 1914

Martha Mary Waller was born in Biri, Norway, August 28, 1856, died March 30, 1942 at the age of 85 years, 7 months and 2 days. She came to America in 1866 and homesteaded with her parents in the community of Glasgow near North Bend and was united in marriage to Oluf Waller who preceded her in death in 1914. To this union ten children were born, Henry, Melvin and Alfred of Taylor; Elmer and Oscar of Hixton; Emma Vakendis of Detroit; Amanda Aune of Rochester survive. Two children died in infancy and a son Joseph died in the first World War in 1918. Since 1919 she has made her home with her son Alfred. Besides her children, she leaves 46 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and a host of kinsfolk and friends. Mrs. Waller was a faithful Christian and very active in all the church services and friends will miss her very much. Long, long ago in a pleasant spot. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 9, 1942

Funeral services will be held at Our Saviour's Lutheran church in Eau Claire today, March 28, at 2:30 p.m. for John S. Wagstad, 69, of 307 Dodge Street, Eau Claire, who died at noon Monday at Luther Hospital in that city, where he had been a patient for three weeks with a heart and kidney ailment. He had suffered an attack of the flu at Christmas time but had returned to his work at the Eau Claire hotel, where he had been employed the past five years. The Rev. Vernon Anderson of Our Saviour's church and the Rev. O.C. Aune of the Osseo Lutheran church will officiate at the last rites and burial will be in the Osseo cemetery. For many years as resident of Whitehall, Mr. Wagstad was born September 13, 1876 in Norway and came to this country in 1890. He married Martha Gilbertson of Whitehall and the couple resided here until 1923 while he operated the local flouring and feed mill, and they resided there for 18 years. In 1941 they moved to Eau Claire. Besides his widow, he survived by two daughters, Olive Wagstad of Chicago and Mrs. Maxine Wilson of Eau Claire. He also leaves two grandchildren residing in Eau Claire. His only son, Lt. Gerald Wagstad, an air corps pilot, was declared officially dead a year after reported missing in action March 3, 1944 over the European theater. A brother, Sam Wagstad, who accompanied him to this country in 1890 but later returned to his native land, may also survive. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MARCH 28, 1946

Hans B. Warner was born at Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, July 12, 1844. He received a common school education and was by occupation a farmer. In 1849 he emigrated to the United States, locating in Dodge county. In 1855 he moved to Pierce County where he resided until his death. He enlisted in April 1864 as a private in Co. G. Thirty-seventh regiment Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. He was wounded and captured in front of Petersburg, Virginia, July 30, 1864 and was held a prisoner of war in Danville and Libby prisons until paroled September 1, 1864. He was then discharged from service on account of wounds received in battle July 30, 1864. He served in various positions of trust, both local and state. He was clerk of Pierce County from January 1869 to December 24, 1877, when he resigned to assume the duties of Secretary of State, to which office he was elected as a Republican in 1877. He was re-elected again in 1879. After serving two terms as Secretary of State, he became a nominee for Governor, the late Jerry Rusk being his successful opponent. It was one of the hardest political fights ever witnessed in Wisconsin and Mr. Warner was defeated by only a few votes. He then retired to his farm home in Pierce County and kept out of politics for a time. When Governor Upham was elected, he appointed Mr. Warner a member of the State Board of Control and later he was elected president of the board. While serving as president of the board, he made every effort to advance the cause of the schools. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - AUGUST 20, 1896

Christian J. Wallen, a brief mention of whose sudden death was given in last weeks Herald, died at his home in Taylor, Saturday, April 18, 1925 at four o'clock a.m.. Death resulting from pneumonia. Deceased had been sick earlier the last winter, but had recovered sufficiently to be able to be about with his work here in Taylor, being engaged in draying and conducting a feed stable. He recently sold out this business to John Spildie and a few days prior to his death, he had been assisting his son, Aaron, on the farm when contracted a severe cold. Pneumonia developed and his condition became worse. Mr. Wallen was born at Valesgrand, Sond Norland, Norway, April 16, 1855. It will be noted from the date of his birth that he had just passed his seventieth birthday. He came to this country with his parents, Jacob and Martha Wallen in the spring of 1857. The family settled near Marshall in Dane County but in 1859 they moved to Jackson County and settled on a farm two miles northeast of Taylor. On this place which Mr. Wallen owned at the time of his death, he grew to manhood. On June 16, 1886 he was united in marriage to Sarah M. Bue of Deerfield, Wisconsin. To this union eight children were born. One child, John, preceded him in death. The remaining children are Sigur of Eleva; Andrew of Hixton; Aaron on the home farm near Taylor; Martin of Onalaska; and Silas, Hazel and Julius at Taylor. Mr. Wallen engaged in farming until a few years ago when he moved to Taylor. He had bought the old homestead from his father and of which he retained possession until his death. His death came like a peaceful slumber. When hopes for his recovery were no longer entertained, all his children were summoned and were present at his bedside when he passed. Besides his devoted wife and children, other near relatives who mourn his departure are: Two brothers, Absolom Erickson of Black River Falls and Erick Erickson of Hollywood, California; and one sister, Mr. B.T. Berntson of Taylor. Among other relatives are six grandchildren, seven nephews and ten nieces. Funeral services were held from the Lutheran church at Taylor on Wednesday, April 22 Rev. O. O. Lovaas officiating. The church was filled to overflowing of relatives and friends who had come to show their last respect for the departed. Judge H.A. Anderson of Whitehall, a life long friend of Mr. Wallen, in a few well-chosen words, paid a glowing tribute to the memory of the departed. His six sons acted as pallbearers and interment was made at the Curran Valley cemetery and his remains laid to rest besides those of his aged parents and son, John, who passed away in 1905. THE TAYLOR HERALD - MAY 1, 1925

Carrie S. Wallen, a brief mention of whose death was made in last week's Herald, was born February 11, 1886 at Valen, Valestrand, Norway, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Swen Wallen. She came to this country with her parents at the age of one year and grew to womanhood in Curran Valley. She was a member of the Lutheran church and always took an active interest in church work and the Young People's societies. For many years she was the leader of the choir and for several years was also the church organist. From 1905 until 1922 she was engaged in the art of dressmaking, one year of which was spent at the Lutheran hospital at Eau Claire as hospital dressmaker. While at Eau Claire, she became possessed of the desire to enter the nursing profession. In spite of the handicap of the lack of a high school education, as well as advanced age, her persistence and determination overcame the many difficulties and she entered upon the nurse's training at the Milwaukee County Training school for nurses on January 1, 1923. On May 26, 1926, she graduated from the nurses training course at that place. During her period of training, she specialized at the Milwaukee Children's hospital and the Chicago Lying-In hospital. Upon completion of her training course, she wrote and passed the Nurse State Board examination for nurse's registration, receiving second highest honors in her class. Since that time she has been engaged in private duty nursing in the city of Milwaukee. On the morning of March 12, she returned from duty as night nurse at the Milwaukee hospital. On that day she was suddenly stricken with the flu and double pneumonia and the following day, Sunday, March 13, 1927, at 3 p.m., she passed away. Miss Wallen was an exemplary woman. From childhood on, she lived in close commuion with God and was ever faithful to the teachings of her Lord and Master, Jesus Christ. Because of her high ideals, clean morals and Christian character, she won the respect of her many friends. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Tillie Wallen, sisters, Nellie of Taylor; Cora of Milwaukee; Esther of Hixton; and Lydia of Ann Arbor, Michigan; and her brother, Severt of Echo, Minnesota; Arthur of Columbus, Ohio; and Raymond of Taylor. Funeral services were held at the Curran Valley church where she had been such an active member on Wednesday, March 16, Rev. O.O. Lovaas officiated. All her sisters and brothers and dear old mother were able to attend in body as well as a large number of other relatives and friends. Her sudden death came as a blow to her mother and sisters and brothers and they have the sincere sympathy of the entire community in their grief. THE TAYLOR HERALD - MARCH 25, 1927

Lars Weverstad was born November 29th, 1846, in Liten, Norway, of the parents Michael and Nella Weverstad. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Norway. In 1870 he came from the old country to LaCrosse and in 1877, purchased the present Weverstad home place. He was married to Agnethe Moe December 5th, 1877 in the Town of Pigeon by Rev. Em. Christophersen. To this union eleven children were born, eight of whom are living; namely, Mary, Mrs. Theodore Thorson, Harshaw; Clara, Mrs. Johnson Lundsted and Nettie, Mrs. Emil Hanevold, Blair; Peter at home; Edwin, Laura, Mrs. Walter Vitensi, Margaret, Mrs. William Wersal, of Madison and Mandley, Austin, Minnesota. Three children preceded him in death, Augusta and Minnie who died in infancy and Anne at the age of 13 years. Besides his wife and children, one sister, Mrs. L.C. Holm of LaCrosse survives. There are 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mr. Weverstad was in perfect health until late this summer when his health began to fail. On January 5th he fell and fractured one of his hips. He was confined to his bed until January 31st, when he peacefully passed away at nine in the evening at the age of 87 years, two months and two days. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. E.B. Christophersen at the home at one o'clock and at the Synod Lutheran Church at 2 p.m. on February 5th. Rev. Christophersen sang a vocal number "Den Store Hvide Flok". The pallbearers were the three sons, Peter, Edwin and Mandley and three grandsons, Ervin Lundsted and Evelyn Hanevold. The church was filled with sorrowing friends and relatives. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - FEBRUARY 15, 1934

Mrs. Lars Weverstad, aged 83 years, one month and seven days, died at her home with her son, Peter, in Sjuggerud Coulee, Town of Pigeon at 8:30 p.m. Saturday after being confined to her bed for four years following the fracture of one of her feet. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Rhode Chapel in Whitehall and at 2 o'clock at the Synod Lutheran church in Pigeon Falls, the Rev. E.B. Christophersen officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery beside her husband who preceded her in death on January 30, 1934. She was also preceded in death by three daughters, Augusta and Minnie in infancy and Anna at the age of 13. As Agnette Larson Moe, Mrs. Weverstad was born February 4, 1861 in Ringsaker, Norway, the daughter of Peder and Karen Moe. When she was 16 years old, in 1877, she came to this country with her parents who settled on the Mrs. Johanna Moe farm in Dagget Coulee. On December 5, 1879 she was joined in marriage to Lars H Weverstad at the Synod Lutheran church in Pigeon Falls, the late Rev. E.M. Christophersen officiating. The couple lived on what is known as the Bernt Moe farm until 1907, when they purchased the Per Simenson farm, where she passed away. Deceased is survived by five daughters and three sons: Mary, Mrs. Theodore Thorson of Harsaw; Mrs. John Lundstad of Blair; Nettie, Mrs. Emil Hanevold of Whitehall; Laura, Mrs. Walter Tonse and Margaret, Mrs. William Wersal, both of Madison; Peter at home; Mandley of Austin, Minnesota and Edwin of Madison. She also leaves 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. THE WHITEHALL TIMES, MARCH 16, 1944

Mrs. Olana Wellen, aged 60 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ross Hodley, 2937 Nassau Street, Everett, Washington, late Thursday, March 19, following an illness of two weeks. Mrs. Wellen was born in Rena, Ostendalen, Norway, October 9, 1870 and came to this country when 18 years old. She was united in marriage to Richard Wellen of Whitehall in 1893. To this union six children were born, two of whom died in infancy. She is survived by her husband, Richard Wellen, and four daughters, Mrs. Esther McAllister, Mrs. Edna Hodley, both of Everett, Washington; Ruby and Edith Wellen of Hollywood, California; of whom all were present at the time when she passed away. Funeral services were held Monday at Everett, Washington. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 2, 1931

Clara Davidson was born in Feiring Hurdals Prestegeld, Norway, the 3rd of September 1851 of the parents Lina Mary Hansdatter Sandvigen and David Stephenson. In this family, there were thirteen children born, of which two are surviving, David Davidson of Cashton and Anton Davison of Whitehall. In 1879 she was married to Mathias Wangen. In 1889 they came to America. About three years later they settled on the farm near Cashton which was her home until her death. In 1879, twenty-eight years ago, she became a widow. She died at 8 o'clock the 14th of November, 1925 and was buried the 17th of November at the Melby cemetery, Rev. A. Nelson officiated. Twelve children came to bless this family, eight of whom are dead. Those left to mourn her death are Mrs. John Wideman, Spring Valley; Mrs. Henry Jenson, LaFarge; John Wangen, Westby; and Christ Wangen, Westby. They were all by her bedside at the time of her death. Reprinted from the Westby Times. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - DECEMBER 10, 1925

Funeral services for the late Mrs. Peter Westlie were held from the Concordia Lutheran church in this city on Monday afternoon and a large crowd of sympathizing friends and neighbors gathered to pay their last respects to the departed. The remains were laid to rest in the Concordia cemetery, southeast of Crosby. The deceased was born in Vaaler, Solar, Norway, on the 4th day of February 1885, where she resided until she was 19 years of age when she came to the United States and made her home at Grand Forks, North Dakota. Two years later, she was united in marriage to Elmer C. Berg of Blair in July 1906. Mr. Berg passed away in 1912 and on the 13th day of March, 1916, she was married to Peter Weslie of Hawkeye Township, this county, and has made her home here, where she made a great many acquaintances and friends. Besides her sorrowing husband, she leaves to mourn her departure seven children, as follows: Charley, 19; Clara, 19; Olga, 15; and Elmer, 13, all by her first marriage; and Stella, 6; Agnes 3 and Conrad, an infant only three weeks old. Also two step-children Amy, 17;and Alvin, 15; and one sister, Mrs. A. H. Knutson of Blair, Wisconsin and one half-brother, Martin Nordhagen of Deering, this state. Reprinted from the Crosby North Dakota Journal. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 29, 1926

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, July 26, for the late Mrs. Martha Wester from the Hamre Funeral Home and French Creek church with the Rev. S.E. Vevang officiating. Burial was at the South Beaver Creek cemetery. Mrs. Roy Christianson was the soloist and pallbearers were Paul and George Hendrickson, Oscar Mattson, Peter Johnson and August Danielson of Melrose and Edwin Paulson of Whitehall. Martha Wester passed away early Thursday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Carl Herberg at the age of 90 years, 6 months and 18 days, after an illness of two and one-half weeks. She was born in Solar, Norway, January 6, 1857, daughter of the late Ole and Johanna Ramsley, the oldest of eight children. Six preceded her in death and she has one sister surviving her in Sweden. In March of 1875 she was united in marriage to Ole Wester, whom she survived nearly nine years. To this union were born six children, three of whom preceded her in death. Two daughters and one son survive her: Ida, Mrs. Julius Johnson of Melrose; Minnie, Mrs. Carl Herberg and Olaus of Galesville. There are four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Immigrating to this country in June 1883, they settled in Shake Hollow near Melrose, which became her home of her active days. She was a member of the South Beaver Creek church. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - AUGUST 14, 1947

Carl Johan Westerlund died at his home in Blair May 24, 1912 at 3 a.m. of cancer of the stomach, aged 40 years and 11 months. Deceased was born in Smaaland, Sweden, June 25, 1868. He came to America in August 1893 and made his home with Hans Otterson in Curran Valley, Jackson County for seven years. He worked on farms and as a stone mason until 1902 when he bought the livery business in Blair of Lou Duxbury, which he conducted up to the time his health failed. On October 12, 1904, he married Bertha J. Ness of Blair. To this union four children were born, one of which died on March 9th last. Mr. Westerlund was taken ill six months ago and sought medical aid, but was told that his case was hopeless, and he returned home and settled up his business affairs and patiently waited the final summons. He was a popular fellow and leaves many friends besides a wife and three children to mourn his untimely death. He leaves $1800 life insurance in the Woodmen and Beavers societies. The funeral was held from the Synod Lutheran church on the 25th inst., Rev. S.S. Urberg officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - MAY 30, 1912

Mrs. Knut Westegaard passed peacefully away at her home December 24 at the age of 55 years following a lingering illness. Petra Olivia Tveter was born December 1, 1894 to Marin and Peter Tveter of Ralingen, Norway. She was confirmed and baptized at the Ralingen Lutheran church. On August 31, 1921 she was united in marriage to Knut Westegaard of Ralingen and in September of that year they came to America and settled in the vicinity of Strum. To this union three children were born, Marion, Mrs. Carl Stovner of Eau Claire; Kenneth of Whitehall and Norman of Strum. She leaves to mourn her passing her husband; her three children; one grandchild; her father, five brothers and one sister in Norway and one brother in New Jersey, besides a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the West Beef River Lutheran church Tuesday with interment in the West Beef River cemetery. The Rev. Arthur M. Olson officiated, assisted by the Rev. N.A. Berntson of Valders, Wisconsin, former pastor of the West Beef River parish. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - DECEMBER 29, 1949

Rev. H.A. Wichmann, 72, died at his home in Eleva at 1:30 Sunday morning from leukemia, with which he had been ill for some time. Funeral services will be held this afternoon, December 5 at 1:30 at the home and at 2 o'clock at the Eleva Lutheran church with burial in the Eleva Lutheran cemetery. The Rev. O.A. Hjemboe of Strum, president of the Mondovi circuit, will have charge of the last rites. Rev. Wichmann had been pastor of the Eleva, Chimney Rock and Pleasant Valley Lutheran churches since 1924. He was born March 19, 1874 in Bergen, Norway, the son of Johan Haldorsen and Helga Thorstensen. He attended mission school at Stavanger, Norway, preparing for the ministry. In 1898 he married Helga Fossum in Norway and in 1907 they and their three oldest children came to America. After arriving here, he spent two years as assistant pastor at the Bethesda Slum Mission in Brooklyn, New York. He next taught parochial school at Helmar, Illinois four years and then entered Luther Seminary in St. Paul, where he was ordained into the ministry in 1916. Meanwhile he had been called to Rosholt, South Dakota in 1915 and served the congregation there until 1924, when he came to Wisconsin. His first wife died in Eleva, and in 1938 he married Ida Berg of Mondovi, who survives him together with three sons and two daughters: Ray of Eleva; Gunvor, Mrs. R.O. Melland of Jamestown, North Dakota; and Ingrid, Mrs. Willis Gehloff of Rice Lake were born in Norway, while the other two sons are Bjarne of Richland, Washington and Aage of Eleva.. He also leaves five grandchildren; two half-brothers, Otto Haldorsen of Northfield, Minnesota and Alexander Haldorsen of Bergen, Norway; and four half-sisters, Miss Lydia Haldorsen of Kohler, Wisconsin; Mrs. Kenneth Palmquist of Annapolis, Maryland; Mrs. Elmer Skeie of Montana; and Mrs. Christine Weisbrodt of Northfield, Minnesota. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - DECEMBER 5, 1946

Mrs. A. Wichmann, wife of the pastor of Eleva's Norwegian Lutheran church, died at her home in that village Thursday, January 28, following an illness since the summer of 1935. She is survived by her husband, three sons, Ray and Aage of Eleva and Bjarne of Jamestown, North Dakota; and two daughters, Mrs. R. O. Melland of Jamestown, North Dakota and Mrs. W.A. Gelhoff of Iron Mountain, Michigan. There are also three grandchildren and three brothers of the deceased living in Oslo, Norway. Funeral services were held at the Eleva Lutheran church Sunday, all pastors of the Mondovi circuit of the Norwegian Lutheran church taking part in the last rites. The church choir sang four selections, and there were vocal solos by Henry Kjentvet and Mrs. Alice Nelson. Pallbearers were the neighboring pastors. Mrs. Wichmann, nee Helga Kathinka Fossum, was born in the city of Kongsberg, Norway, only daughter of Caroline and Lars Fossum. As a child she moved with her parents to Oslo, where she grew to womanhood. In 1898 she was married to H.A. Wichmann. In 1908 the family came to America and lived at Helmar, Illinois, until the fall of 1912, when they moved to Northfield, Minnesota. In the spring of 1913 Mrs. Wichmann returned to Norway to remain until the fall of 1915 when she, with the children, joined her husband again and they made their home at Rosholt, South Dakota. In the summer of 1919, Mrs. Wichmann was called to Norway because of her mother's illness, arriving there three days before she died. She spent three months in her native land at that time. The Wichmann family came to Eleva in 1924, where the wife and mother passed away, after many months of illness. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - FEBRUARY ???

Funeral services were held Tuesday for Fred Whiteberg, 56, who died at a LaCrosse hospital Saturday. He was born in Drammen, Norway, September 5, 1881, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Johan Whiteberg. The family came to America in 1889, living for a time in Minneapolis. For the past 19 years, Mr. Whiteberg had been the proprietor of the Frenchville store. He was united in marriage to Bertine Twinde September 1, 1915. His wife died in September 1935. He is survived by a brother, John Whiteberg of Walker, Minnesota; a sister, Mrs. C. W.Prill of New Lisbon and Helen at home; a son, Floyd Bernard at home and two grandchildren. Services were at the home at 1 p.m. and at 2:00 o'clock at the French Creek Lutheran church, the Rev. Johan Olsen officiating. Burial was made in the French Creek cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 10, 1937

Thron Hanson Windom was born in Hadeland, Norway, November 15, 1859. He was the son of Hans Hanson Windom and Thora Thompson. At the age of 12 years, he, with his parents, arrived in America, settling on a homestead at North Bend, Wisconsin. He was confirmed in the Lutheran faith July 25, 1875. December 23, 1882 he was united in marriage to Mary Halvorson. This union was blessed with 13 children, 8 sons and 5 daughters. His wife and one daughter have preceded him in death. In the fall of 1913 the family moved out to Walcott, North Dakota. They lived there till 1920 when they moved back to Wisconsin settling at the Withee farm where they have since resided. He passed away April 25th at the age of 74 years, 5 months and 10 days. Leaves to mourn his loss his children: Theodore, Hans, Peter, Christ, Tina (Mrs. Hans Windom), Elbow Lake; Oliver, Mary (Mrs. Ivan Hemminger), Holcombe; Nelda, Helen, Lindo, Elmer and Otto; three grandchildren one brother Hans Windom, Hunselth, North Dakota and a number of nieces and nephews. He was laid to rest at the South Beaver Creek cemetery beside his wife and parents, Saturday, April 28 at 1 o'clock. Rev. Johan Olsen officiated. Reprinted from the Melrose Chronicle. THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - MAY 18, 1934

Funeral services for J.E. Wilberg, 85, who died at Minneapolis Friday, May 11, were held Sunday afternoon at the Johnson Funeral Chapel here, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. Burial was in Lincoln cemetery. Pallbearers were T.O. Rice, Adolph Hanson, Albert Engen, N.I. Fredrickson, H.J. Elstad and P.J. Speerstra. Mr. Wilberg was born April 2, 1866 in Nordre Land, Norway. He came to the United States as a young man and spent most of his life in this community. He worked for the late Iver Pederson at Ettrick, the P. Ekern Co. at Pigeon Falls, was the Trempealeau County Register of Deeds for a time, was the first cashier of the former People State Bank of Whitehall, then for many years, he was employed in an abstract office at Winona, Minnesota. After retiring he remained in Winona for some time but spent the last four years of his life with his daughter, Mrs. Olof Gunderson at Minneapolis. Deceased is survived by four children, Emma, who is Mrs. Gunderson; Helga, Mrs. Lawrence Longley of St. Paul; Dr. E.O. Wilberg of Whitehall; and Alf Wilberg of LaCrosse. He also leaves 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MAY 17, 1951

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Wilberg, who died in Minneapolis Tuesday, June 7, lacking one day of 70 years of age, were held at the Rhode chapel and Our Saviour's Lutheran church Saturday with burial in Lincoln cemetery, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. Although her health had been very poor for some time, the immediate cause of Mrs. Wilberg's death was a cerebral hemorrhage, from which she died almost immediately. Pallbearers at the last rites were Peter J. Speerstra, Theron Scott, Dr. Anton Vold, Dr. F.E. Van Sickle, N.L. Fredrickson and Arthur Wright. Flowers were carried by Mmes. Arthur Wright, F.E. Van Sickle, Theron Scott, Sidney Gilbertson, Albert Engen and Melvin Elstad. A group composed of Harry Salverson, Henry J. Aleckson, Dr. Anton Vold, Miss Mabel Larson and Mmes. S.M. Salverson, Lloyd Nehring and S.B. Ivers sang three hymns, "Heaven is My Home," "I'm But a Stranger Here," and "In Heavenly Love Abiding." Mrs. Wilberg, nee Mary Jensrud, was born June 8, 1868 in Land, Norway, daughter of Michael and Mary Jensrud. She came to America with her parents in 1892 and was married in the year to Julius Wilberg in French Creek, the Reverend Myhre performing the ceremony. The couple, to whom four children were born, lived first in Ettrick, later in Pigeon Falls where Mr. Wilberg was a bookkeeper for the P. Ekern Co., at Whitehall where he was Register of Deeds for Trempealeau County and at Little Falls and Winona, Minnesota. During the last years of her life she was employed in Minneapolis. Her husband, J.F. Wilberg of Winona, and the four children survive her, including Emma, Mrs. Oluf Gunderson, Minneapolis; Helga, Mrs. I.D. Longley, Kensal, North Dakota; Dr. Einar O. Wilberg, Mauston and Alf of Whitehall. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JUNE 16, 1938

Anna Underheim Wheeler, 97, a resident of the Grand View Home, Blair, passed away peacefully in her sleep at 4 a.m., Thursday, August 8, 1974 at the Tri-County Memorial Hospital, Whitehall, after a lingering illness. She was born January 4, 1877 at Sunde, Norway to Knute L. and Margrethe Knudsdatter Underheim and was baptized February 11, 1877. She came to America with her family at the age of six years. Her family settled in Iowa and later moved to Jackson County in Wisconsin. On December 1, 1898, she married Tolman Wheeler and they lived at Galesville until 1910 when they moved to North Beaver Creek where they farmed until 1946. They then built a home at Hegg. Mr. Wheeler passed away February 8, 1947. In February 1967, Anna became the Grand View Home's first resident where she remained until Monday, August 5, 1974 when she was taken to the Tri-County Memorial Hospital. She was a faithful member of the Faith Lutheran Church, rural Ettrick. Survivors include three sons, Miles of Whitehall, Archie of Blair, and Robert of Rochester, Minnesota; three daughters, Mrs. Lester (Jennie) Thompson, Mrs. Orville (Dorothy) Mahlum and Mrs. Arnold (Sara) Folkedahl, all of Ettrick; 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild; and two sister, Mrs. William Bartholomew and Mrs. Thea McLean, both of Minneapolis. Her husband, three brothers and three sisters have preceded her in death. Funeral services were held Saturday, August 10, 1974 at 2 p.m. at the Faith Lutheran Church, rural Ettrick, with the Rev. Maynard J. Larson, Blair, officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Jack Funeral Home of Blair was in charge of the arrangements. Pallbearers were James Thompson, Myron Wheeler, Terrance Wheeler, Ronald Myrland, Burton Wheeler and Robert B. Wheeler. David Mahlum, Ettrick, was soloist. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 15, 1974

Funeral services were held January 13 for Nels Windjue, 77, who died suddenly at Luther hospital in Eau Claire at 4 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, where he had gone to have a major operation. He had undergone the first major operation several weeks earlier. The services were held at the home in Coral City and at the U.L. church in Pigeon Falls, Rev. C. K. Malmin officiating, and burial was beside his wife in the church cemetery. Mr. Windjue was born November 17, 1867 in Ringsaker, Norway, the son of Christian Nelson and wife, Karen. When he was 15 years old, he came alone to this country, coming to the home of his uncle, Peter Nelson in Fitch Coulee. A year later his parents and the rest of the family came, settling in Fitch Coulee, so he went to reside with them. Before his marriage on November 12, 1889, to Augusta Hallingstad, he spent many winters working in the woods. He and his bride settled on a farm in Sjuggerud Coulee , which he had purchased, the place that is now owned by Hilmer Hoff and occupied by his son, Harold and family. In 1917 he and his wife retired and built a home at Coral City, which he disposed of to Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Nelson in 1939 but continued to reside there. His wife passed away August 24, 1931. Surviving are an adopted son, George Windjue of Cando, North Dakota; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild and one sister, Mrs. Simon Windjue of Whitehall. Mr. Windjue was of pioneer stock and took his part in the development of the Pigeon valley. In the early days he spent many winters in the woods and devoted his summers to the development of his farm home. Through his industry and honesty and fair dealing with all, he succeeded to a moderate degree and enjoyed a comfortable life, permitting him several years of retired life. Mr. Windjue was highly regarded by all who knew him and his jovial disposition won him friends wherever he went. Frequently when public gatherings were held at Whitehall, Nels was called upon to take part in the program, and young and old alike enjoyed the Norwegian songs which he loved to sing. Mr. Windjue has joined the ranks of the pioneers who have passed on to their reward, but all who knew him will long remember him as one of the community's substantial citizens. Pallbearers at the last rites were Helmer Jacobson, Casper Johnson, William Iverson, Carl Thomte, Peter Simenson and Thomas Stalheim. Mr. E.A. Sletteland of Pigeon Falls sang "Tank naar en gang" and the Rev. and Mrs. Malmin sang "Nearer My God to Thee." THE WHITEHALL TIMES - FEBRUARY 1, 1945

The many friends of Mrs. Augusta Hallingstad Windjue were saddened when they heard of the death of their friend which occurred on Monday afternoon August 24, 1931. Mrs. Windjue was born on November 7, 1863, and her parents were Mathias and Martha Marie Hallingstad. In 1871, the Hallingstad family came from Norway and settled in Larkin Valley where they had relatives. Later they purchased land in Fitch Coulee and it was there that Mr. and Mrs. Windjue were married on November 12, 1889. They bought land in Sjuggerud Coulee and established a home, living there until 1918, when they sold this farm and bought a modern home and farm buildings where they lived since that time. The Windjue home has always been attractively neat in appearance and friends calling were always welcomed most heartily. Mr. and Mrs. Windue made many friends wherever they lived and many of those friends found an opportunity to be of assistance during the illnesses of Mrs. Windjue which covered a period of many months. Her first illness was in January 1929 and since that time, she has suffered several serious sick spells. She was confined to her home the greater part of the summer and confined to her bed about seven weeks. During the intense heat of the summer, Mrs. Windjue never complained and was a patient sufferer throughout her illness. A great deal of credit is due her husband, Nels, who took care of his wife in such a conscientious manner besides doing the necessary housework. Mrs. Windjue was an ardent church worker, and her congenial disposition and ambitious nature made her a very valuable friend. She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband, Nels Windjue; three sisters, Mrs. Tillie Skogan, Mrs. Millie Anaas and Mrs. Anna Peterson; three brothers, Mat, Ole and Andrew Hallingstad who were all in attendance at her funeral. The funeral was held on Wednesday, August 26, at one o'clock at the house and two o'clock at the Lutheran church, Rev. A. J. Orke officiating. Friends in attendance said that it was one of the largest funerals ever held in the church at Pigeon Falls. Special singing was furnished by Blanche Amundson and Helen Maattson and they sang "One Sweetly Solemn Thought." THE WHITEHALL TIMES - SEPTEMBER 3, 1931

Charles Frederick Louis Whiteberg, son of Helene and Johan Whiteberg, was born at Drammen, Norway, September 5, 1881. His father, a sea captain, was drowned when Frederick was 2 ˝ years old. In the spring of 1889 he came to the United States with his mother and brother. After living in Hixton for one year, they moved to French Creek. He was confirmed in the Lutheran faith by the Rev. O. Myhre. He remained in French Creek until the age of 18 when he left for Minnesota and the Dakotas, remaining until 1915. Returning to Minneapolis, he was united in marriage to Bertha Twinde, who preceded him in death two years ago. Remaining in Minneapolis until 1917, the family came to Frenchville and took over the Frenchville store, which has been the Whiteberg home the past 19 years. Two children, Helen Jeanette and Floyd Bernard, were born to them and now mourn the passing of their ever-loving parents. Mr. Whiteberg, failing in health for the past two years, passed away June 5, 1937, at a LaCrosse hospital at the age of 55 years and nine months. Those surviving are Helen and Floyd at home; a step-daughter, Mrs. C.W. Prill of New Lisbon; a sister, Mrs. Ole Oanes of this community; two brothers, John Whiteberg of Walker, Minnesota and Lewis Thompson of Ettrick. Mr. Whiteberg's passing leaves a lonesome spot in the hearts of many, especially his children. He was a devoted father, his first consideration always being his family. He was an active church member, a trustee for a number of years, and a willing worker in all church activities. He was also president of the S.A.F. lodge for many years. The funeral was held June 8 at the home and the French Creek Lutheran church, the Rev. Johan Olsen officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. There were many beautiful floral tributes. Pallbearers were Henry Crogan, Henry Claussen, Emil Benrud, Edwin Schelberg, John Erickson and Benjamin Faulds. Flower girls were Bernice and Lilah Twinde, Lilah Brenengan and Harriett Thompson. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JUNE 17, 1957

Ole Wold of Eleva died Tuesday, July 14, when overcome by excessive heat, aged 77 years and six months. Funeral services were held from the home and the Eleva Norwegian Lutheran church Friday, the Rev. A. Wichmann officiating, and burial was in the church cemetery near the village. Mr. Wold was born in Etendalen, Valders, Norway, February 15, 1859, the oldest son of Ole and Kari Wold. With five brothers and sisters, he came with his parents to America in 1866, settling in Dane County, Wisconsin. After remaining in Dane County about four years, the Wolds came to Trempealeau, homesteading land in Sam Dowd's Coulee, a valley in the Town of Preston just over the hill and east of Irvin Coulee. Here Ole grew to manhood. As a young man Ole Wold set out to make his own living. One of his first jobs was to drive the stagecoach on the line between Whitehall and Eau Claire. After a time, wishing to settle down, he went into the mercantile business in Eleva, which he continued for 35 years and then retired to a small farm on the outskirts of the village. It was while working in the hayfield on this farm on one of the hottest days on record in Wisconsin that Mr. Wold, whose health had been poor for many months, was overcome and died almost instantly last Tuesday morning. Mr. Wold was married to Miss Lena Fimrite of Lookout in 1895 by the Reverend Helsem. He took his bride immediately to Eleva, where he had established his store, and in this community they lived happily together for the 41 years until his passing. Eight children were born to them, of whom the first four died in infancy. The surviving children are Adam of Eleva; Otis of Rochester, Michigan; and Mildred and Margaret, twin girls who reside at home and are employed in Eleva. Moving into the settlement in its beginning, Mr. Wold was one of the Eleva pioneers. He was a charter member of the Lutheran church of that place. He was a member of the village board 28 years and served as mayor 14 terms. He was a valuable resident of the village 50 years, working untiringly for its progress and welfare. Mr. Wold was one of 13 children. Two children died in infancy in Dane County, and one sister, Carolyn, Mrs. John Iverson of Whitehall, preceded him in death. The surviving brothers and sisters are Mrs. Sarah Hanson, Whitehall; Henry of Grand Forks, North Dakota; John of Eleva; Thomas O. of Mahnomen, Minnesota; Anton of Devils Lake, North Dakota; Ida, Mrs. G.S. Rice of Whitehall; Anna, Mrs. Oscar Brager of Grand Forks; Lena, Mrs. John Peterson of Ada, Minnesota; and Marion, Mrs. C.H. Anderson, Whitehall. The widow and the four children named before survive the deceased, besides one grandson, son of Otis Wold of Rochester, Michigan. Otis came home for the funeral services. Mrs. Donald Warner and Miss Edith Warner, Whitehall sang "Heaven Is My Home" at the funeral, accompanied by Miss Valborg Thomte at the piano. Aage Wichmann and Henry Kjentvet also sang a duet and the Rev. Wichmann rendered a Norwegian solo. Pallbearers were Frank Blodgett, Morris Clement, Ed Englesby, P.M. Gilberg, H. J. Halverson and John Skogstad. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JULY 23, 1936

Kari Wold was born in Sondre Urdal, Norge, November 26, 1835. She was married to Ole O. Wold April 14, 1857, and came to America on the sailboat, Tuno in 1866. They settled in Dane County, and coming to Trempealeau County in the spring of 1873, they settled on a farm in the Town of Preston, where she lived until the death of her husband, January 21, 1907. Since that time she has lived with daughters at and near Whitehall. May 1st, she suffered a stroke of paralysis and since that time has been entirely helpless until her death Saturday, February 25 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. G.S. Rice, who has taken care of her since September. She is survived by the following children: Ole, Henry, John and Lena Peterson of Eleva; Anton of Langdon, North Dakota; Thomas of Kennedy, Minnesota; Mrs. Anna Brager of Lethbridge, Canada; Sarah Hanson, Caroline Iverson, Marian Anderson and Ida Rice of Whitehall, all of whom were present at the funeral excepting Anna, Anton and Thomas. Services were held at the Synod Lutheran church Tuesday, February 29, interment at the cemetery near old Whitehall, Rev. E. B. Christophersen officiating. Mrs. Wold was highly respected and was a faithful member and coworker in the above church and will be missed by her many friends. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MARCH 2, 1916

Death relieved Mrs. Ferdinand Witt of her suffering Tuesday, November 3, at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hendrickson in Borst Valley. For a period of ten years, Mrs. Witt had been an invalid, suffering effects of a stroke. But during the long years, she assisted her loved ones who cared for her tenderly by maintaining a cheerful disposition and offering words of encouragement in facing life's tasks. Olive Elizabeth Skjonsby was born November 6, 1860 in Biri, Norway, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lars Skjonsby. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. In 1866, when she was six years of age, her parents immigrated to America and settled in Maule Coulee. She spent her girlhood in that community and on April 7, 1881, she was united in marriage to Ferdinand Witt. The young couple engaged in farming and by hard labor and careful planning, they developed a comfortable farm home. Eleven children were born to this union. Two children died in childhood. Surviving members of the family are the husband and nine children, Clara, Mrs. Albert Hendrickson; Josie, Mrs. Morris Amundson; Emma, Mrs. Clarence Back; Alice, Mrs. Roy Engen and Lewis, Fred, Willie and James. Two sisters, Mrs. Mat Fryslie and Mrs. R. R. Langworthy, and three brothers, Lars and Hans Skjonsby and Nels Larson, also survive. All relatives reside in this community except Mr. Larson who lives at Huson, Montana. Funeral services were held on her 76th birthday, Friday, November 6, at the Rhode chapel at 1:30 and at Our Saviour's Lutheran church at 2:00 o'clock. The Rev. O.G. Birkeland delivered the funeral sermon. Song service was rendered by Ovid Berg of Strum who sang, "Den Store Hvide Flok," and by Mrs. Robert Salverson and Mrs. Odell Schansberg who sang "Heaven Is My Home." Pallbearers were grandchildren, Arthur, William and Lyle Witt and Lester and Clarence Amundson, and Melvin Skjonsby, a nephew. Elsie and Florence Witt and Marion and Fern Amundson, granddaughters, carried flowers. Burial took place in the family lot in the Old Whitehall cemetery, closing the life of a kind and loving wife and mother, a true friend and a loyal neighbor. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - NOVEMBER 12, 1936

Andrew Olson Wraalstad died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Gunder Engen at Whitehall, Monday, November 23, 1914, of paralysis at the age of 80 years, 9 months and 21 days. Deceased was born in Telemarken, Norway. He was married to Thora Anderson. To them were born ten children, of which six are living, and four dead. He immigrated from Norway in 1866 and came to America, settling at Annandale, Minnesota. In 1879 he moved to Preston and bought a farm on which he lived until his wife died 16 years ago, when he sold his farm and went to live with the daughter at whose home he died. The funeral was held from the Synod Lutheran church in Whitehall on the 27th ult., Rev. E.B. Christophersen officiating, and the remains were interred in Lincoln cemetery. The children living are as follows: Mrs. C. Engen of Whitehall; Mrs. Christ Johnson of Blair; Mrs. Hans Hendrickson of Greenwood; Mrs. Thomas Brekke of Whitehall and Mrs. Otto Grossman of Madelia, Minnesota. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - DECEMBER 3, 1914

Peter Wood died at his home in the Town of Gale on Wednesday from the infirmities of age, and the effects of a fractured hip caused by a fall. He was in his eighty-seventh year. Peter Wood was a native of Denmark, where he was born in Fredericia on March 16, 1841. At the age of 25 he came to America, settling in Trempealeau where he served as a grain buyer for a time. In 1868 he came to Galesville, where he clerked in the A.H. Kneeland store, dispensing drugs and general merchandise. Here he met Miss Mary Sagen. Of the twelve children born to their union, seven have passed on. The mother too preceded her husband in death thirty years ago in April 1897. In 1871 Mr. and Mrs. Wood purchased the homestead rights on the John Shrake farm on the Galesville-Ettrick road. This has been his home ever since. After the mother's death, the farm was taken over by the son, Will, and Mr. Wood continued his residence on the old place. He is the last of his immediate family. The five surviving children are Chris in Galesville; Will, Town of Gale; Peter, Trempealeau; Mrs. Will Dettinger and Mrs. Adam Young, both of Athens, Wisconsin. There are 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Reprinted from the LaCrosse Tribune. THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - JANUARY 6, 1928

Amund Ystenes died at his home at Hegg on Saturday, May 18, at the age of 74 years. He was born in Kinsarvik, Hardanger, Norway, coming to this country with his brothers in 1866 and shortly thereafter settling on the farm in Beaver Creek which has always been their home until they moved to Hegg about a year ago. He was married April 13, 1873 to Guro L. Instenes. To this union were born four children, Anna, dying at the age of six weeks and Ole at the age of 36 years. Mrs. G.E. Strum of Tioga, North Dakota and L.A. Ystenes of Odin, Minnesota survive and were both present at the funeral. The wife also survives. Funeral services were held Wednesday. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 23, 1918

Mrs. Guro Ystenes was born in Hardanger, Norway, March 11, 1848. In 1861 she emigrated to America with her parents. They settled in Adams County, Wisconsin. In 1873 she was united in marriage to Amund Olson Ystenes. They farmed in the North Beaver Creek Valley until the death of the husband in 1918. Since that time she made her home with her children until December 27, 1927 when she was received into the Home for the Aged in Wittenberg. Three of her children preceded her in death, Christena, Ole and Anna. One son survives, Lewis, whose home is in North Dakota. Rev. R. L. Wasbotten, the manager of the Home, writes of her. Mrs. Ystenes had a very frail body. Of her it could be said that the spirit was willing but the flesh was weak. She loved to be where the word of God was spoken. Too weak to descend the stairs, she sat on the upper step during the morning and evening devotionals. She was always present at the Sunday services. Friday she was taken ill. Friday night, the patron watched at her bedside. Saturday morning, I read for her John 14: 1-6. She rejoiced in these words and expressed her longing to depart. She was conscious to the last and went to sleep peacefully Saturday at 10 a.m., May 23, 1931. She was 83 years, 2 months and 12 days at the time of her death. Funeral services were held at the Home in Wittenberg on Monday by the manager, Rev. R. P. Wasbotten and at the North Beaver Creek church by Rev. T.E. Sweger on Wednesday, May 27th. Interment was made by the side of her husband in the North Beaver Creek cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 4, 1931

Nils O. Ystenes was born in Odda, Hardanger, Norway, December 1, 1848. His parents were Ola and Ingeborg Ystenes. He came to America in 1867. He at first worked as a teamster for the Iver Pederson Co. at Ettrick and at farm work until 1878. On May 23, 1878, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Johannesdatter Instenes and the following year, settled on the land known as the Ystenes farm. He farmed successfully until 1915 when he retired to enjoy the quiet and well earned rest of his declining years in the home that he established at Hegg. Mr. Ystenes was preceded in death by his wife, one daughter, three brothers and a sister. His health failed at the beginning of this year but it was not evident until two weeks ago that death was so near at hand. He bore all suffering with patience and Christian resignation. Since the death of his wife about three years ago, he made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Palmer Hallanger who devotedly cared for him and made everything as pleasant as possible for him. He passed away on Thursday, August 6, 1931, aged 82 years, 8 months and 5 days. Five children remain to mourn the loss of a dear father: Emma, Mrs. Palmer Hallanger and Oscar of Hegg; Cornelius of Washington Coulee; Selmer and Nicolai of Odin, Minnesota. One daughter, Clara, Mrs. David Weeks died at Odin, Minnesota in 1911. Mr. Ystenes was a splendid citizen of the community, a man of strong character, who discharged his duties in faithfulness and honesty, who contributed a large share of the up-building of the community. He was a loyal member of the Beaver Creek congregation, interested in its welfare, a supporter of all its activities and a regular attendant at divine service. His passing is a distinct loss to the church, the community and especially the family. Funeral services were held Saturday at the home and the Beaver Creek Church in charge of Rev. Sweger. Knute Underheim, a long time friend, gave a vocal solo. Beside the floral tributes there were a large number of memory wreaths given to Home and Foreign Missions and to the Home for the Aged at Wittenberg. The pallbearers were Alvin Hallanger, L.K. Underheim, Julius Tjerstad, Ed. Quammen, Henry Legreid and Selmer Severson. Flower girls were Cornelia and Bernice Hallanger, Jeanette Instenes and Myrtle Stokke. The memory of this good man will long be cherished. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 13, 1931

Elizabeth Johannesdatter Ystenes was born in Ullensvang Parish, Hardanger, Norway, August 16, 1859. She was christened in Kinservik church by Rev. Koren, September 11, 1859. She came with her parents to America in 1860 and settled on the Koshkonong Prairie in Dane County where they lived two years. They then moved onto the Ystenes farm in Beaver Creek where they resided until their death. Here she grew up to young womanhood. She was christened in the Trempealeau Valley church by Rev. Lobben on October 22, 1876. She was married to Nels Olson Ystenes on May 23, 1878 by Rev. J.B. Frich. They settled the year after their marriage on the farm later known as the Ystenes farm. In 1915 they moved to Hegg. She has been sick the last six months, being afflicted with cancer, and was confined to her bed for eleven weeks previous to her death. She passed away on February 6, 1928 at 12:15 a.m. Mrs. Ystenes was a faithful member of the Beaver Creek congregation and was interested in all of its activities. She was a regular attendant at Divine services and will be missed in the community as her life dates pioneers to the present in well-spent years. She bore her sufferings with peace and Christian resignation. Besides the grief stricken husband with whom she rounded out about a half a century of happy married life, she leaves the following children to mourn the loss of a loving mother: Emma, Mrs. Palmer Hallanger of Hegg; Oscar and Cornelius at home; Selmer and Nicolai of Odin, Minnesota. A daughter, Clara, Mrs. David Weeks, died at Odin, Minnesota in 1911. The funeral will be held at the Beaver Creek church on Thursday afternoon of this week, 1:00 at the home and 2:00 at the church with Rev. Sweger officiating. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 9, 1928

"Yndestad" is the name of a farm situated in a district known as Sondfjord on the west coast of Norway. It is one of the most beautiful farm names in Norway. It may be translated "Charm-place" but that does not express all of its meaning; for Ynde has no English equivalent. The person who named this place centuries ago must have been a poet, stirred by a vision of the grand and enchanting surroundings of this humble peasant home. It was on this farm that Mads Monson was born December 14, 1845. Had he continued to live there, his name, among his neighbors, would always have been Mads Yndestad. By reason of poverty and other family conditions, Mads had to go from home for service when he was eight years old. Besides taking care of children younger than himself, he had to herd sheep and goats in wild unfenced pastures. Like many other children in his community, he went bare-footed much of the time. He used to tell, that at times he had to sit down and curl up his legs under his body to warm his feet. On the west coast there were frequently chilly, foggy days when the sun was hidden. But in spite of scant food, clothing and constant toil, he grew up to be one of the most hardy , virile and active men I have ever known. His education was the same as all children in those days obtained in that part of the country. He was taught to read, write and cipher. His books were Luther's Catechism, adapted by Bishop Wexel, Gulberg's hymnbook, and a small manual called Bible History. Then there was Jensen's Lasebog which dealt with the world at large - a book that took the place of the six readers we used here in our common schools sixty years ago. When he was about sixteen years old, he was confirmed in his native parish "Bogstad," sometimes called "Bygstad." After confirmation, boys and girls were considered full grown for all kinds of common labor. Men and women did most of the farm work in common, except women did the milking and housework and caring for children in addition to their other labors. And men made all farm implements, shoes for the family and what work was to be done in the woods and in winter went to the fishing grounds where they often suffered almost incredible hardships and privations. Monson spent eight winters fishing. A year's wages in those days was for men from ten to fifteen dollars and a suit of clothes. Women received from two to four dollars a year and a suit of clothes. At the age of 22, every man physically fit, began a course of military training which lasted for two years. For this he received a uniform and his personal expenses for living. At the age of 28 - 1871 - Monson joined the Halvor Monson family and came to the United States. I have lately been told their voyage lasted eleven weeks, for they came by sail-ship. On account of the long time in crossing the sea, an episode happened in the Monson family worth noting. While passing by train through New York State, Mrs. Berth Monson was taken sick. At the first convenient stopping place, the Monson family left the train, went to a hotel where a child was born and the next day the Monsons continued their railroad journey with a new member in their family. They came to our little cabin where they made their home the rest of the summer. Mads Monson's brother-in-law, Mads Knudtson, was at the time living on Big Slough near where we lived. Here Mads Monson made his home until he found work. From the time he came to the Knudtson home, he was always called "Vesle Mads" - Little Mads - and his brother-in-law "Store Mads" - Big Mads, on account of the difference in size. One of the men Mr. Monson worked for soon after he came to Pigeon was Peder Ekern, the founder of Pigeon Falls. Mr. Ekern often told me that Mads was one of the best workers he ever had. He was quick as a squirrel, hard as hickory, supple as swamp-oak and dependable as the sun. This characterization applies to him during the 61 years I knew him, until old age withered his sinews and stiffened his muscles. Yes, in some respects he was the same until death touched him with a warning spear about six months before his demise. He was always frugal, thrifty, industrious and free from those vices which rob so many of their health and the fruits of their toil. At Christmas time, 1878, he married Caroline, a daughter of Osten Ostenson, who had come over a few years before and lived on Big Slough. He was then past 33 years of age, had a good home, for those days, ready for his bride, and I think owned no man a dollar. Ten children in quick succession came from this union. Three of those died while young from diphtheria. A son, Albert, died from pneumonia at the age of 18 years. His wife died in March 1914. Shortly before his wife died, he sold his farm to his oldest son, Helmer, but the parents continued to live there for Helmer was unmarried. About 18 years ago, Helmer sold the Big Slough farm and with his brother, Melvin, bought the farm they still occupy about two miles east of Pigeon Falls. When they moved their father went with them and there he remained until called to his final home. Considering his age, his health was good until last July when he had a stroke. But he recovered so that he was able to be up and around. Then came another about five weeks before his death. This put him to bed, but left his mind clear and active. At seven o'clock in the evening, December 21, he passed without warning from wide-awake consciousness to death without a struggle. His age was eighty-seven years and seven days. His funeral was held in the lower church at Pigeon Falls, Rev. Oerke officiating in Norwegian and Rev. Christophersen in English. Considering the fact that Mr. Monson had for years had little active part in the social or business life in his community, the attendance at his funeral was large. All his children were there to bid their father farewell. In his coffin he looked like a youth fallen asleep. His surviving children are Jennie Monson, Helmer Monson and Melvin Monson, all living on the farm where he died and all are unmarried; Emma, Richard and Minnie Olson of Merrillan and Stella Skillerud at Madison. Jennie has for many years been the housekeeper for her brothers and by reason of her position, he father's most constant companion, caretaker and nurse during his old age. He spoke of her often with deep feeling and appreciation. Let me add, that I never heard him complain of the treatment he received at the hands of his sons. I could say much more about Mr. Monson, for we were near neighbors for years and friends ever since he came to this country. He always treated me as an elder brother. If I were to write his epitaph, I would say "Here lies a man whose virtues far outweighed his frailities." Written by H.A. Anderson, January 1, 1933. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 12, 1933

Oscar Ystenes, who is engaged in general farming and stock raising in section 11 East, Ettrick Township, was born in Beaver Creek Valley, this township, July 31, 1886, son of Nels and Elizabeth (Instenes) Ystenes. The parents were natives of Hardanger, Norway, the father born December 4, 1851, the mother August 15, 1861. The former came to the United States when a young man, settling on Beaver Creek, this county. He first found work driving a team for the Iver Pederson Company of Ettrick, but afterwards began farming where his son Oscar is now located, and which he made his home for many years, or until the fall of 1915, at which time he retired from active labor and took up his residence in the village of Hegg, where he is now living. His farm consisted of 120 acres of valuable land, which he had greatly improved and highly cultivated. He and his wife were the parents of six children: Emma, who resides on the farm with her brother; Clara, deceased; Oscar, the present proprietor of the farm; Selmar and Nicholia, both residents of this state, and Cornelius, who lives with his parents. Oscar Ystenes in his boyhood acquired the elements of an English education in the school at Hegg. He was training to agricultural work and for two summers worked away from home. In 1908 he began farming the homestead as its manager, and so continued until 1914, in which year he bought the property. The farm is well equipped with modern buildings and all necessary implements and machinery, and he is working it with profitable results. Mr. Ystenes is also a stockholder in the Ettrick Telephone Company. His religious affiliations are with the United Lutheran Church, while in politics he is independent. HISTORY OF TR

John Wagstad, secretary and treasurer of the Whitehall Mill & Power Co., of which he is also the miller, was born in Sonfjord, Norway, November 13, 1876, son of Simon and Marie (Hanson) Wagstad. His mother died in 1879 at the age of 36 years and Simon Wagstad subsequently married for his second wife Anna Flekke. Simon and his wife Anna are both living in Norway, the former at the age of 87 and the latter at that of 55 years. During his active career he was engaged in farming. John Wagstad came to America in 1894 with his brother Samuel, locating in Whitehall, Wisconsin, where his first work was unloading a car of brick for John O. Melby & Co.'s new bank. After working for this company two years he began in 1896 to learn the miller's trade with the concern of which he is now an officer, and with which he has remained every since, except for one year, when he was in the employ of the Arcadia Milling Company. In 1904 he became miller and has since retained that position. His fraternal affiliations are with the Independent Order of Foresters, while religiously he is connected by membership with the United Norwegian Lutheran Church. John Wagstad was married July 19, 1910 to Martha Peterson of Unity Township, Wisconsin, whose father, Gilbert Peterson, formerly a farmer, is now living retired in Whitehall. Her mother's maiden name was Olive Osgaard. Mr. and Mrs. Wagstad have one son, Gerald S. Wagstad, born August 27, 1916. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Lemuel H. Waller, a resident of Gale Township, who is operating a farm of 235 acres in section 24, was born at Glasgow, this township, June 24, 1870. His father was Hans Waller, and his mother's name before marriage was Martha Maria Braatsvein. Both parents were born in Norway, the father on March 16, 1841, and the mother on June 8, 1831. They were married in Norway, Hans Waller coming first to the United States in 1868, and his wife coming in the following year. They settled in Hardie's Creek Valley, but resided there only a short time, moving to the farm on which their son, Lemuel, now lives, where Hans Waller died in 1899. His wife died December 21, 10914. They were among the pioneer settlers of their neighborhood. Lemuel H. Walker was the seventh born in a family of eight children. He acquired his elementary education in the school at Glasgow, Gale Township, and afterward attended two winter terms at Gale College. Remaining on the homestead, he followed agriculture, assisting his father until the latter's death, when he became the owner of the property. Here he is engaged in general farming, including dairying and stock-raising and is doing a profitable business. He is a stockholder in the Arctic Springs Creamery, the North Bend Creamery, the Independent Harvester Company of Plano, Illinois; and the Farmers' Elevator Company at Galesville. Mr. Waller has always been a member of the Lutheran church of Hardie's Creek and is much interested in church work. He has served as trustee for the congregation for six years and has been appointed to serve on different committees. In politics he is a Republican. Mr. Waller was married February 24, 1904 to Mary Alice Tucker, daughter of David C. and Margaret (Bibby) Tucker, of Gale Township. He and his wife have six children: Goodwin Edward, Roy Orvald, Sanford Milton, Alice Emeline, Martha Helen and Victoria Maria, all residing at home. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Oliver Waller, a prosperous merchant of Osseo, member of the firm of Hagen & Waller, was born in Norway, January 10, 1851, son of Ole Jacob Johnson and Martha Olsdatter, both of whom spent the span of their years in the land of their birth. Oliver Waller was reared in Norway and as a youth was apprenticed to a tailor, from whom he learned the trade. In 1877 he came to this country, and found his way directly to Trempealeau County, where he worked several years at his trade, first at Independence and then at Whitehall. In 1882 he opened a store at Stephen, Minnesota, under the firm name of Hagen & Waller, established his present business. The firm enjoys a good trade, and carries a suitable line of general merchandise. Mr. Waller is a stockholder in the Osseo State Bank. His religious affiliation is with the Norwegian Lutheran Church at Osseo, of which he has been treasurer for some years. Mr. Waller was married November 15, 1905 to Christina Haugen, daughter of M.K. and Guliana (Prestegaarten) Haugen. Mr. and Mrs. Waller have had five children: Oliver Maynard, Thelma Gilma, Maynard Oliver, Julian Donald and Theola Ophelia. Oliver Maynard and Maynard Oliver died in infancy. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Lars H. Weverstad was born in Hammer, Norway, November 11, 1846, and came to America in 1870. For eight years he was employed as a lumberman. At the end of this period he purchased his father’s farm in section 14, Pigeon township, this county, where he farmed until 1906, when he purchased his present farm of 160 acres in the northwest quarter of section 23. He has a well-improved place, and successfully carries on general farming. Mr. Weverstad was married December 5, 1879 to Agnethe Moe, who was born in Ringsaker, Norway, February 4, 1861, daughter of Peter and Karen (Herberg) Larson, who came to America in 1877 and settled in Moe Coulee, in Pigeon Township. Mr. and Mrs. Weverstad have had eleven children: Mary, Clara, Nettie, Peter, Laura, Mandley, Edwin and Margaret, living; and Augusta, Anna and Minnie, deceased. Mary married Theo. Thorson, a farmer of Oneida County, Wisconsin. Clara married John Lundstad, a farmer of Pigeon Township. Nettie married Emil Hanevold, a farmer of Fly Creek, this township. Peter operates the home farm; he married Julia Dake, in June 1911 and has two children, Almon and Wilmar. Laura married Walter Vitense of Madison, Wisconsin. Mandley, Edwin and Margaret are at home. Mr. Weverstad was the son of Michael and Nellie (Franseth) Weverstad, who came from Norway in 1872, and secured a farm in section 14, Pigeon Township, this county, where he died in 1878 at the age of 50, and she in 1887 at the age of 75. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917


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