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Kaas Louise Miss
Kaas Nels C.
Kaas Oline Maria
Kampen Hans N.
Kampen Karen Mrs.
Kampen Nicholas T.R.
Kamprud Albert Mrs.
Kamprud Julia Miss
Kamprud Sever A.
Kattestad Hans
Kattestad Ole
Kellman Frank A.
Kellman J. Alfred
Kensmoe Nels
Kilrud Carl Hanson
Kittelson Charley
Kittelson Dora Mrs.
Kittelson T.R.
Kittleson Carl L.
Kjentvet Henry H.
Kjernslie Jorgen P.
Kjos Clara Mrs.
Kjos Lena Mrs.
Kjos Marian L.
Kjos Martinus
Kjos Paul F.
Kleppen Engebret Olson
Kleppen Maria Olson
Klevemarken Soren
Kleven Ingebrog Mrs.
Kleven Nels E.
Klinkenberg Even
Klinkenberg Even Mrs.
Klomsten Elise Mrs.
Klundby Andrew J.
Knosberg Knut Mrs.
Knudson Emma Mrs.
Knudson Knud
Knudtson Arne
Knudtson Aslack
Knudtson Effie Mrs.
Knudtson George Mrs.
Knudtson Guro
Knudtson Henry
Knudtson Iver
Knudtson Iver 2
Knudtson Lisa
Knudtson Pauline
Knutson Andres
Knutson Andrew
Knutson Anna Mrs.
Knutson Aslaug
Knutson Brita
Knutson Charles
Knutson Edward
Knutson George W.
Knutson George Mrs.
Knutson Greta
Knutson Halvor
Knutson Jennie Miss
Knutson John
Knutson Julia Mrs.
Knutson Julius O.
Knutson Karen Mrs.
Knutson Knut A.
Knutson Knut A. 2Knutson K.A. Mrs.
Knutson Knut S.
Knutson Knut S. 2
Knutson Olaf Christian
Knutson Ole
Knutson Ole Mrs.
Knutson Ole Mrs. 2
Knutson Paul
Knutson Peter L.
Knutson Sever S.
Koien John Anderson
Koien Matt Anderson Mrs.
Kolden Christian
Kolden Chris Mrs.
Kolden Ole
Kolden Ole 2
Kolstad Andrew
Kolstad John J.
Kolstad John J. Mrs.
Kolstad John P.
Kolstad Lewis
Kolve Gunda
Konterud Ole Anderson
Koxlien Nels
Koxlien Olive Mrs.
Koyen John Mrs.
Kvaalseth Aslak
Kvam John
Kvam John Mrs.
Kvam Ole
Kvenmoen Ole Anton
Kvenmoen Pernilla
Kvista Bertha Mrs.

"Marian L. Kjos, 74, a resident of Lakeview Health Center, West Salem and formerly of Pigeon Falls, died Saturday, July 14, 1990, at the Health Center. She was born Feb 26, 1916, in Pigeon Falls to Albert and Clara (Estenson) Kjos. Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Kjos of Willmington, Ill.; seven sisters, Adeline (James) Tenneson and Beverly Davis, both of La Crosse, Dolores (Robert) Osweiler, Dorothy (Clayton) Every and Maxine (Gilbert) Vick, all of Onalaska, Audrey (Fred) Wedwick of Coon Rapids, Minn., and Carol (Dick) O;Brian of St. Paul Minn., four brothers, Paul (Florence) Kjos of Whitehall, Alf (Mavis) Kjos and Richard (Barbara) Kjos, both of La Crosse, and Vernon (Dorothy) Kjos of Boscobel; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Margaret Bliler. Funeral services will be Monday at 11 AM from Upper Pigeon Creek Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pigeon Falls. The Reverend Arnold J. Athey, St.Paul's Lutheran Church, La Crosse will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home, La Crosse, today from 3 to 6 PM. Friends amy also call at the church on Monday from 10 AM until the time of services."
LA CROSSE TRIBUNE Sunday, July 15, 1990 pg 7

"Martinus Kjos was born in Ringsaker, Hedmarken, Norway, April 13, 1858, of parents Anders and Johanne Olson. February 2, 1880, he was married to Lena Nelson. Within a short time they set sail for America and arrived at Whitehall June 4, 1880. The first two years they lived with Pete Nelson in Fitch coulee. There they bought 40 acres of land and took a homestead claim on 120 acres in the Fitch coulee, which became their home and where they reared a family of eleven children. A few years ago they sold their farm to their son, Albert, and made their home in Pigeon Falls. About two years ago Mr. Kjos developed cancer of the mouth. Unfortunately when he did seek medical aid it was too late to check the disease. All efforts were fruitless and the fatal malady had to take its course, which finally terminated in death, February 18. The funeral services were conducted Thursday, February 22, from the Synod Lutheran church in Pigeon Falls and was largely attended. The long and painful illness had apparently had a chastening effect on Mr. Kjos and prepared him for a blessed departure." THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER, March 8, 1923
Researching this family Sheila Tate

"Mrs. Lena Kjos, 86, who had been confined to her bed since February 19, 1938, passed away peacefully at her home here Saturday evening, October 11 at 7:00 o'clock. For the past year she had been cared for by her daughter, Mrs. Nora Wivelstad, who spared no efforts in providing all possible comfort for her aged mother during her final illness. Mrs. Kjos, the daughter of Nils and Johanne Skradesva, was born in Ringsaker, Norway, September 30, 1855, and was married there to Marthinus Kjos. Their oldest child, Inga, was born in Norway and the family came to America in May 1880 settling in Fitch coulee, town of Pigeon. In 1913 they moved to Pigeon Falls, residing in the present Arthur Dahl house before purchasing the home in which Mrs. Kjos lived until her death. Mr. Kjos passed away February 18, 1923. A family of eleven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Kjos, of whom four preceded her in death. The deceased children were: Mrs. Tom (Julia) Thorbergson, who died 11 years ago at Seattle, Washington; Adolph, who died at the age of one year; Laura, whose death came at the age of 19 years; and Martha, who died when she was nine. Those surviving are: Mrs. Sever (Inga) Ellefson of Alberta, Canada; Mrs. Egel (Anna) Stribolt of Seattle, Washington; Mrs. Nora Wivelstad of Pigeon Falls; Mrs. Milan (Olga) Mattson of Taylor; Mrs. Alice Thingvold of Seattle, Washington; Albert of the town of Pigeon; and Mrs. Kasper (Elvina) Skorstad of Seattle. She also leaves 31 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Of the children only Mrs. Wivelstead, Mrs. Mattson and Albert Kjos were able to attend the funeral services but Mrs. Thingvold and Mrs. Skorstad made a visit here during the summer. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. F.B. Christophersen Wednesday afternoon at the Synod Lutheran church preceded by services from the home. At the services he sang "Den Store Hvide Flok," and "Tank Nor En Gang" was sung by Mrs. E.A. Sletteland. The entire service was in Norwegian. Pall bearers were Alfred and Oscar Nelson, Irvin and Melford Semb, Alvin Windjue and Donald Nelson. Three granddaughters, Mrs. Harold Ravencraft and Misses Mavis Mattson and Margaret Kjos, carried flowers. Mrs. Kjos was laid to rest in the church cemetery. Among those from a distance attending the funeral services were Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kjos, Mrs. Harold Ravencraft and Maynard Sinrud of LaCrosse and Albert Kjos of Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin. Following the services lunch was served at the Synod Lutheran hall to 60 relatives and friends who attended the funeral services." THE WHITEHALL TIMES - October 23, 1941
Researching this family Sheila Tate

"Mrs. Clara Kjos died early this morning at her home, 1310 Market Street, at the age of 62 years. She had been in failing health for two years, and a stroke of paralysis received two weeks ago proved the direct cause of her death. Mrs. Kjos was born in Norway in 1854, coming to America forty-six years ago. She has been a resident of La Crosse since that time. Peter Kjos, a mail carrier here, is her only son, and one daughter, also survives, Miss Alma Kjos. Martin Engh, a resident of the north side, is a brother. The funeral will be held from the Tetley-Sletten and Dahl undertaking parlors at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon and at 2:30 from the Norwegian Lutheran church on West avenue. Rev. O.C. Myhre will officiate."
5/10/1916 La Crosse Tribune pg 6 died 10 May 1916

"Ole Knutson was born in Morgedal, Telemarken, Norway, the 7th of August, 1854. He came to this country in 1875. Three years later he was united in marriage to Bergit Dale of Flatdal, Norway. Eight children were born to this union, all of whom survive. They are HALVOR and Mrs. Lars Orean of Blair; Mrs. John Matson of Pigeon Falls; Knut of Milwaukee; Mrs. Charles Frank, Minneapolis; Olaus and Mrs. Olson, Superior; Carl, of Chetek, Wis. His wife preceded him in death nine years ago.
Mr. Knutson farmed for many years on the farm now occupied by his son, HALVOR. After his wife's death he made his home with one and then another of his children. A few weeks ago he returned, seemingly with a premonition of his approaching demise, and made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Lars Orean.
Death came Friday evening, July 26th, at the age of not quite 74 years. He was highly thought of and much beloved by his children, a confessing Christian.
Funeral services were held at the Lars Orean home and the Trempealeau Valley church Monday, July 29, 1929." THE BLAIR PRESS - August 1, 1929

"Mrs. Ole Knutson was born November 15, 1857 in Telemarken, Norway. In 1877 she with three brothers, came to his country and settled near Albert Lea, Minn. Two years later she was married to Ole Knutson. After residing at Albert Lea for five years they moved to Trempealeau County onto the farm which was her home until her death. Two years ago Mrs. Knutson was taken sick with cancer. She was forced to spend most of these two years in bed. In spite of her suffering she was a very patient, always hopeful and resigned to her fate. She never complained, but was cheerful and happy. She was a kind and loving mother who sought the true welfare of her dear family. She died May 7th and was buried May 11th at the Trempealeau Valley Cemetery, Rev. Boe officiating.
She leaves to mourn their loss, her husband, Ole Knutson a brother, Ole Dale of Beaver Creek, and her eight children: Mrs. John Matson of Pigeon Falls, Mrs. Lars Orean of Blair; Mrs. Erik Ahlm of Minneapolis, Alice, Halvor, Knut, Olaus, and Carl of Blair." THE BLAIR PRESS - May 20, 1920

RT.R. Kittelson passed away Friday morning, June 10, at his home in this village as a result of a paralytic stroke. He had suffered for many years from a heart ailment but most of the time he was able to be around among his friends. Mr. Kittelson was born in Telemarken, Norway, April 9, 1864. He came to America with his parents, Reiar and Ingebor Kittelson at the age of five years. The settled in Rio, this state, and moved to Jackson County, Town of Northfield, in 1872. On March 25, 1905, he was united in marriage to Eline Larson. In 1916 he and his wife moved to Osseo where they have since resided. Funeral services were held Monday from the home and the Lutheran church in Osseo, of which he was a member and the Upper Pigeon church, Rev. OC. Aune and Rev. E.B. Christophersen, officiating. The funeral was largely attended by relatives and friends who gathered to witness the last rites of a beloved and prominent citizen. Surviving the decease are his wife and three step-children, Edwin Larson, Mrs. Knute Haugen and Mrs. Pete Severson; two cousins, Charley Kittelson and Mrs. Hedstrom of Northfield. His parents and three sisters preceded him in death years ago. He was laid to rest in the Northfield cemetery beside the remains of his deceased relatives. Mr. Kittelson was 68 years, 5 months and one day old at the time of his death. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JUNE 15, 1932

Charley Kittelson passed away July 25 at the Whitehall Community hospital at the age of 78 years and five months. Active all his life, his health started to fail only three weeks before his death and he had been a patient at the hospital since July 9. Funeral services were held at the Northfield church July 31, the Rev. C.K. Malmin officiating. Rev. and Mrs. Malmin contributed two songs to the service. Pallbearers were Olger Olson, Sebert Thompson, Alvin Erickson, Andy Lareson, Oscar Olson and Theodore Ellingson, while the flowers were carried by Marion Ellingson and Harriet Hanson. Mr. Kittelson was born in Telemarken , Norway, and came to this country with his parents and two sisters at the age of one year. They came to Columbia county and resided there four years before coming to Northfield, Jackson County, where he spent the remainder of his life. Mr. Kittelson served Northfield township as chairman for several years, he was director on the school board, he organized the Northfield Cheese Factory in 1927, and all to all combined his farming with a very active life. Preceded in death by his wife, Anna Hanson whom he married Mary 30, 1889, he is survived by their one daughter, Mrs. Chris Lund. He also leaves five grandchildren, Mrs. Agnes McGinnis, Lavina Nelson, Curtis, Merlin and Dennis Lund; two great-grandchildren; two nieces, Mrs. Brevick of California and Mrs. Adams of Canada; and two nephews, Richard and Magnus Lund of California. Besides his wife, his parents, two sisters, Mrs. Mary Lund of Minnesota and Mrs. Lena Hedstrum of Merrillan preceded him in death. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - AUGUST 14, 1947

Dordei (Dora) Gundersdatter Varberg was born in Eidfjord, Hardanger, Norway, July 4, 1867, the oldest daughter of Gunder and Mari Nilson Barberg. She was educated in the district school and was baptized and confirmed by Ekoff, pastor of the village church. When 18 years of age she migrated alone to America to earn a living. She came directly to Trempealeau county and did housework in various homes in this vicinity. In 1887 she married Lars Kittleson of Bear Creek, and on their farm in this valley, she lived until the time of her death. Thirteen children were born to them, eight of whom are living. The husband preceded her in death June 20, 1923. Mrs. Kittleson was in poor health the last three years though in the past four months, she seemed in better health than she had for a long time. Death came peacefully after a few hours illness on Friday morning, October 19, 1934 at the age of 67 years, 3 months and 15 days. She leaves to mourn her death four sisters: Mrs. Mary Eklund of Los Angeles, California; Mrs. Bertha Sand and Mrs. Helen Peterson of North Dakota; Mrs. Carrie Austinson of Blair and one brother, Nils Warberg of Saskatchewan, Canada; two step-sons, Carl of Ettrick and Lewis of Milwaukee; eight children, Mrs. Marie Lokken of Blair; Gilbert of Ettrick; Melvin of Spring Grove, Minnesota; Arthur of Chicago; Alf of Milwaukee; Mrs. Margaret Rosencrans of Blair; Mrs. Della Catuna of New York City and Lawrence of Blair. There are 18 grandchildren. Mrs. Kittleson had a wide acquaintance and many friends who sincerely mourn her passing. But the loss will most keenly be felt in the home circle where the memory of a mother’s emotion will grow more fragrant with the passing years. She was a professing Christian who loved the House and the Word of God. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Beaver Creek Church Monday, October 22, by her pastor, Rev. T.E Sweger. Knute Underheim sang her favorite hymn “Den Store Hvide Flok Ve Se”. Memory wreaths to her honor were given. One to the Home of the Aged at Stoughton by Mr. and Mrs. Julius A. Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. G.J. Dahl, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Johnson, Hans, Lewis and Helen Twesme and Mrs. Mollie Severson and one to the Orphans Home at Wittenberg by Mrs. Bertha Sand, Mr. and Mrs. Austin Austinson, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Austinson, Mr. and Mrs. Odell Flaaten, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Sexe, Mrs. Sonsteby, Mr. and Mrs. Carlot Haugen and Mrs. Walter Peterson. Pallbearers were Julius A. and Carl Johnson, Ed Anderson, Gilbert Dahl, Carl Sexe and Gilbert Austinson. Flower bearers were Ralph Myron, Calvin and Arthur Kittleson, all grandchildren. There was a very large attendance at the funeral. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 25, 1934

Funeral services for Miss Louise Kaas, 95, who died at the home of her niece, Mrs. Melvin Jackson and husband in Minneapolis February 11, were held at Hannaford, North Dakota, her former home, February 16. The Rev. R.W. Gilbertson officiated. Burial was in a Hannaford cemetery. Miss Kaas was born in Veldre, Hedmark, Norway, July 10, 1855, daughter of Kristian and Pernille Kaas. Kristian’s father was a cousin of Hans Nielsen Hauge, a man well known in Norse church history. Louise was baptized in the Veldre church. In 1861 when she was six years old, the family left for the United States. Taking passing on the sailing vessel Nordyset at Oslo, they arrived in Quebec, Canada, July 10 of that year after 11 weeks and three days on the ocean. There was much sickness among the passengers and man, mostly children, died and were buried in the Atlantic. The family came to Long coulee near LaCrosse where a brother of Mr. Kaas, Johannes Engen, had settled three years earlier. There they remained until July 1866, when they moved to the Town of Pigeon where Mr. Kaas secured land, built a home for his family and remained for the rest of his life. Louise was confirmed by the late Rev. Ole Valdeland in the Trempealeau Valley church. During the period of her instruction she walked the entire distance from the Kaas farm to Trempealeau Valley. It took two days each way, so it was necessary to stop over night. She usually stayed at the Ekern farm in Tuff coulee, property now owned by Joe Staff. Even at this early age, her persistence and faith were strong. The oldest of six children, Louise began teaching at 16. When her mother died, she had to take her youngest brother, Albert, then of pre-school age, along with her to school while she taught. Her first term was in the Big Slough school at $22 a month, then at Pigeon Falls and in the Beef River and Huskelhus districts. Upon visiting school at Pigeon Falls in her latter years she vividly recalled the days when she taught 85 robust boys and girls in the one room provided at that time. After fifteen years of teaching in Wisconsin, she went to Cass county, North Dakota, and taught schools in the Fargo vicinity until 1889, when she moved to Cooperstown, Griggs county. Here she continued to teach until she retired in 1918. Following her public school teaching school career of 40 years, she taught Sunday school 20 years. Soon after moving to Griggs county, Louise built a home in Hannaford. That was in 1907. She continued to reside there until four years ago when she moved to the home of her niece in Minneapolis. Death came at Victoria hospital after a two-week confinement, although she had been ill the past six months. She reached the age of 95 years, seven months and one day. Of six brothers and sisters, Louise was the last survivor. She leaves two nieces, Mrs. Jackson of Minneapolis and Mrs. Bessie Radcliffe, Ettrick; seven nephews, Clarence Kaas of Whitehall, Curtis of Pigeon Falls, Lawrence, Ames and Palmer of Osseo, Clarence Kaas of Alma Center and Oral Kaas of Black River Falls, besides several grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Mr. and Mrs. Palmer Kaas and Mrs. Curitis Kaas, although not going to North Dakota for the last rites, went to Minneapolis to view the remains at the funeral chapel. In November 1949, Louise had attended the funeral of her youngest brother, Albert, at Pigeon Falls. Then healthy and alert, she made the trip by train with Mrs. Jackson. That was her last trip back to her old home community. Information for this obituary has been furnished by Mrs. Arden Skadahl, our Pigeon Falls correspondent, and I. A. Kampen of Hannaford, a retired newspaper man who knew Miss Kaas for years and who herself had furnished him with the material for this sketch. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - FEBRUARY 22, 1951

Oline Maria Kaas was born in Biri, Norway, August 14, 1866. Her father, Thorsten Hoff came to U.S. in 1870, for the purpose of earning enough money to send for his family. He came directly to Pigeon Falls, this county, where he at once found employment with Peder Ekern, who a few years earlier, had come here from the same part of Norway. The next year Mr. Hoff was in position to send for his wife and children. This case is typical of thousands of cases in those days and suggests on the one hand the fear and anxiety occasioned by the unknown perils and possibilities; and on the other hand, the superlative joy of reunion when the several members of the family met again in this land of promise and opportunities. And when it is remembered that in nine cases out of ten, these sad partings followed by months and sometime years of separation, fears, longings and loneliness were undertaken and endured by our pioneer fathers and mothers for the sake of their children and not for their own physical comfort, then their acts and sacrifices appeal to us as heroic and ought to be a real inspiration to their descendants “to make good.” Mr. Hoff and his wife spent the rest of their days in Pigeon valley and have long since laid down to sleep - not with their fathers and mothers, but with other brave men and women who broke many of the dearest ties of life to better the condition of their descendants. Mrs. Kaas was married to Nels Kaas December 31, 1884. Two children were the fruits of this union - Clarence Kaas, who owns and occupies the homestead where his father was raised and died, and Orlando Kaas, who lives in the Town of Northfield, Jackson county, Wisconsin. Nels Kaas died July 21, 1915. Since her husband’s death, Mrs. Kaas has made her home with her son, Clarence. With the exception of a goiter, that appeared on her neck, she seemed to be in perfect physical condition up to within a few days before her death. During the last week in February she decided to have the goiter removed and went to the Lutheran hospital at Eau Claire for that purpose. Under the operation on February 24, it was found that cancer in an advanced stage had developed also in her neck. The result was inevitable. On Sunday, February 27, 1927, she passed away, being conscious up to the last. The funeral services were held on March 3 in the Upper church at Pigeon Falls, Rev. Christophersen officiating. Thus passed one of the quiet, substantial, thrifty and industrious women of the community. It will be remembered that on the same day Mrs. Kaas passed away, Mrs. Stalheim - practically a neighbor of about the same age - also dropped her distaff to join the Choir invisible of those who live again in lives made better by their presence. Both will be missed and affectionately remembered, for the were both good wives and mothers and valuable members of society. Two links, suddenly and unexpectedly broken in a quiet, rural community circle, will be noticed and felt; but where the greater number of this circle consists of good mothers, wives and daughters, the loss will soon be made up by others taking their places. But the vacancies left in the family circles will remain for a longer time. And when these vacancies result from the departure of good men or women, they should be sources of inspiration, rather than sources of sadness. For out of such vacancies come constant reminders of courage, patience, duties cheerfully done and trials borne with fortitude or sweet resignation. And so, instead of wasting our energies in useless grief, we rejoice in noble, beautiful memories and aspirations to cultivate in our own lives the virtues of our beloved dead. Written by H.A. Anderson, March 5, 1927 THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MARCH 10, 1927

Nels C. Kaas passed away at his home near Pigeon Falls, Wisconsin, July 21, at one o’clock a.m. after a serious and painful illness of several months. Deceased was born March 5, 1858 at Ringsaker, Norway, and came with his parents to Lacrosse county in July 1861. In July 1866 the family moved to the old homestead in Pigeon, where he has since lived. Mr. Kaas was married to Maria J. Hoff January 1, 1885. Two sons have been born to them, Clarence and Orlando, who are still at home. Those left to mourn his loss are his loving wife, two sons, his brother Albert of Northfield, two sisters, Louise of Hannaford, North Dakota and Mrs. Karl Pederson of Minneapolis, besides a host of friends. The people who attended his funeral from a distance are his brothers-in-law and wives, Mr. and Mrs. John Anderson and Mrs. and Mrs. Fred Blomquist of Eau Claire; Ludvik Engen, Laura and Mrs. Theo. Torgerson of West Salem and Ole Brown and wife, all cousins of the deceased; Mr. and Mrs. Willie Olson, his nephew Clarence P. Kaas and wife and baby and his niece Nettie Kaas, all of Mindoro. The remains were laid at rest in the Synod Lutheran cemetery at Pigeon Falls July 24, 1915. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - AUGUST 5, 1915

Mrs. Albert Kamprud, 81, died May 29, 1961 in a nursing home at Rockland. Funeral services were held Thursday at South Beaver Creek Lutheran church with the Rev. H.P. Walker officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. A devotional services was held Wednesday evening. Mrs. Kamprud was born November 17, 1889, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Simon Arneson, in Norway. She came to this country at the age of 12 years. She married Albert Kamprud November 2, 1910. Surviving her are her husband; two sons, Minard and Lester, Ettrick; five daughters, Mrs. Alma Olson, Holmen; Mrs. Clifford (Dorothy) Gunderson, Melrose; Mrs. Sidney (Irene) Jones, Bangor; Mrs. Philip (Elsie) Bernett, Onalaska, and Mrs. Bert (Marion) Brown, West Salem; two brothers; three sisters; and 14 grandchildren. THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 8, 1961

Hans N. Kampen died at his home in the Town of Springfield, Monday, May 8, 1922, after an illness of but four days, of old age and its infirmities. His age was 80 years, 5 months and 28 days. The funeral services were held from the home on Thursday afternoon at 12:30 o’clock and at 2:00 o’clock at the Trempealeau Valley church, conducted by Rev. O. Fosse. Interment was made in the Hjerleid cemetery. The funeral was largely attended. There were many beautiful floral tributes. Mr. Kampen was born at Froen, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, on October 10, 1841, the son of Nels and Mary Kampen. His youth and early manhood was spent there. In 1873 he came to America and directly to Wisconsin, and settled in Jackson County in the Town of Springfield, where he had resided up to the time of his death. He was married at Sondre Froen, Norway, on November 18, 1865, to Miss Karn Nystuen, who now survives him. Eight children were born to them, five of whom are now living, two sons and one daughter having preceded him in death. Those living are Mrs. William Kersting of Black River Falls, Mrs. Edward Pomroy of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Mrs. Michael Gunderson of Disco; and Anton and Nick Kampen of Springfield. All were present at the funeral service. He also leaves two brothers, Thorson and Nelson Kampen in the fatherland, and one sister, Mrs. O. Nelson of Dexterville, Iowa, and 26 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren to mourn his loss. During his life of nearly half a century in Trempealeau Valley, Mr. Kampen was respected and honored by all who made his acquaintance. He was a strictly honest, upright man, square in all of his dealings with his fellowmen, industriously applying himself to the comfort of his home and family with untiring zeal. He had a pleasant manner and friend bearing to all whom he mingled, which brought him many warm friends. He died as he had lived in the Lutheran faith. His widow and family and other relatives have the sincere sympathy of many in the sad bereavement that has come to them. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 18, 1922

Mrs. Karen Kampen passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Michael Gunderson, at Disco, after an illness of about two months of stomach trouble and the infirmities of advanced age. She was 86 years, 4 months and 8 days of age. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 12:30 at the Gunderson home, and at 2 p.m. at the Norwegian Lutheran church of Taylor, which Mrs. Kampen was a member. Rev. O.O. Lovaas, of Taylor, officiating at the service. Interment was made in the Hjerleid cemetery. Karen Kampen was born in Sondre Freon, Fulbrandsdalen, Norway, December 2, 1843, a daughter of Lars and Anna Nystuen. She was united in marriage November 18, 1865, at her home in Norway, to Hans N. Kampen, who preceded her in death, having passed away May 8, 1922, at the homestead in Disco. The Kampens came to America October 14, 1873, coming directly to Disco, which had been their home during all the years since. Mrs. Kampen had moved from her own home to that of her daughter during the past winter, where she received excellent care. She was a kind and sympathetic character, always willing and anxious to lend a helping hand in any way possible. Her greatest interest was in her home and family, to which she gave the finest and best devotion. She had won many friends in her quiet way, all of whom regret her passing, and extend sympathy to the members of her family. She was a member of the Ladies Aid and of the Taylor church. Three daughters and two sons survive and mourn the loss of their good mother, namely: Mrs. E.W. Pomeroy, Minneapolis; Mrs. William Kersting, of this city; Mrs. M. Gunderson, Anton and Nick N. Kampen, all of Disco. She also leaves 27 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Reprinted from the Black River Falls Banner-Journal. THE TAYLOR HERALD - APRIL 18, 1930

Sudden death visited Nicholas Kampen of Disco on Monday, August 19, 1946, when his heart was stricken while carrying wood into the kitchen. Funeral services were conducted on Thursday, August 22 at the home in Disco and the First Lutheran church in North Beaver Creek, with the Rev. Konrad Urberg officiating. The Kampen boys are members of the Beaver Creek church, and the parents are members of a congregation of deaf-mutes who hold services in Black River Falls from time to time. Nicholas Nelson Kampen was born March 6, 1866 in Gulbrandsdalen, Norway to Hans Kampen and his wife, Karen Nystuen. At the age of 4, scarlet fever left him a deaf-mute. In 1873 the family came to America and settled on Rose Hill. On May 4, 1912 he was united in marriage with Josephine Thea Thompson and they purchased a farm near Disco which was their home until his death. He was trained at the school for the deaf at Delavan, Wisconsin. His occupation was that of a farmer, and the family prospered well. Three fine sons near Disco, Edgar, Emmett and Norman, and a daughter, Mrs. Wilfred Bue, blessed the union and were well reared and trained. One son, Percy, was marched to death while a prisoner of the Nazis in March 1945. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 29, 1946

Sever A. Kamprud, pioneer farmer of the South Beaver Creek country passed away at his home, Sunday, August 30th, 1925, at 1:45 a.m. Mr. Kamprud had suffered the past several years from a complication of diseases. The deceased was born in Ringsaker, Norway, June 21st, 1856. His boyhood days were spent in his native land. Later on he came to America. In 1891 he was united in marriage to Miss Annetta Johnson, who together with five children mourn the loss of a kind husband and father. Immediately after his marriage, he settled on the farm in South Beaver Creek which was still his home at the time of his death. In the early days Mr. Kamprud was a very industrious man, later years due to failing health he has been less active. He had grown up with the country in the south valley and did much toward developing this agricultural country which lies just beyond our village limits. Reprinted from the Ettrick Advance. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 10, 1925

Miss Julia Kamprud was born at Ringsaker, Norway, February 10, 1871. Age 51 years, 1 month and 18 days. She came to America when a child with her parents, who settled in the Town of Ettrick, where she grew to womanhood and since has worked in the neighborhood until last fall when she was taken sick and removed to the hospital at Mendota, Wisconsin for treatment, where she passed away on the 26th day of March 1922. She leaves to mourn her death one brother, Sever L. Kamprud of Ettrick and five sisters, Mrs. Sever Swenson, Mrs. Lewie Pederson of Ettrick, Mrs. Iver Husmoen, Mrs. Albert Gilbert, Arcadia and Louisa Kamprud of Galesville, Wisconsin. THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - APRIL 7, 1922

Funeral services for Carl Hanson Kilrud, 88, who passed away at Eau Claire Friday, September 11, 1953, after a lingering illness were held at the Gibson Funeral Home Monday afternoon with the Rev. L.W. Halvorson officiating. Burial was in the Zion cemetery. Mr. Kilrud was born in Norway, March 1, 1865, the son of Hans and Johanna Nyberg. He was married in Norway to Maria Olson. He emigrated to America in 1903 and has lived in this area since. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Theodore Austin of Blair, Mrs. Constance Kiscoff of Flint, Michigan and Mrs. Hilda Bjurman of Vulcan, Michigan; one son, Bert Hanson of Blair and one sister, Dina Nyberg of Brooklyn, New York. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 17, 1953

Hans Kattestad of Hale died of nephritis at a LaCrosse hospital March 20th. Deceased was born in Vardal, Norway, March 28, 1835, and came to America in 1865, and settled in LaCrosse county, where they resided eight years and then removed to Hale, this county, where he thereafter resided until his death. He leaves a wife and seven children. The children are Mrs. Clara Christianson and Mrs. Mary O. Lee of LaCrosse; Ole of Osseo; Charles of Washburn; Mrs. Anna Myren of Pigeon; Henry and Matt of Hale. The funeral was held on the 23rd inst. at the Lutheran church in Hale, Rev. Falkestad of Strum officiating. All the children were present at the services except Charles. The funeral was largely attended. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - MARCH 28, 1912

Ole Kattestad was born at Jovik, Norway, February 24, 1863, of the parents Hans and Anthonette Kattestad, and died October 23, 1935, at three o’clock in the afternoon at the age of 72 years and eight months. He came to America with his parents in June 11866. He was confirmed in 1878 by the late Rev. Em. Christophersen, and married in 1892 to Caroline Neettom, who preceded him in death. To their union nine children were born, four of whom died in infancy. Five children survive him; namely, Betsy, Mrs. Louie Christianson; Mamie, Mrs. Reuben Nelson; Robert and Clarence, all of Osseo; and Dora of Havre, Montana. He also leaves three brothers and two sisters Clara Christianson of LaCrosse, Charley of Taylor, Henry, Matt and Mrs. Anna Myren of Osseo, besides thirteen grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday, October 25, at one o’clock from L.P. Oftedahl’s funeral parlors and at two o’clock at the Hale Lutheran church, conducted by the Rev. O.C. Aune of Osseo. Deceased was laid to rest beside his wife in the Hale cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - OCTOBER 31, 1935

Paul F. Kjos, 84, of Whitehall, died Sunday, November 18, 2001, in Tri-County Memorial Hospital in Whitehall. He was born April 2, 1917 in rural Whitehall, to Albert and Clara (Estenson) Kjos. He married Florence M. Johnson November 9, 1937, in Winona, Minnesota. Paul served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Paul was employed at Northern Engraving Company in LaCrosse for 22 years and later moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he was employed at Thermo King prior to his retirement. Paul and Florence moved to Whitehall in 1983. She preceded him in death March 25, 1997. He was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church and the Hutchins-Stendahl American Legion Post #191. Survivors includes: four sons, Roger (Barbara), Gerald (Nancy) and David (Sandra), all of LaCrosse, and Spencer of Whitehall; a daughter, Patricia (Ardell) Torud of Whitehall; 17 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; six sisters, Adeline Tenneson, Delores (Robert) Osweiler and Dorothy (Clayton) Every, all of Onalaska, Audrey (Frederick ) Wedwick of Coon Rapid, Minnesota; and Beverly Davis of LaCrosse; and two brothers, Vernon (Dorothy) of Boscobel and Richard (Ardis) of Pigeon Falls. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Margaret, Marion and Maxine; a brother, Alf, a granddaughter, Tammy Zanter, and a great-grandson, Adam Zanter. Services will be held Friday, November 23 at 11 a.m. in Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Whitehall, with the Rev. LaMoine Jacobs officiating. Burial will be in the Lincoln Cemetery, Whitehall. Military graveside services will be conducted by the Hutchins-Stendahl American Legion Post #191. LA CROSSE TRIBUNE

Soren Klevemarken, who passed away February 13, was born in Kviteseid, Telemarken, Norway on February 8, 1831. He was married in the old country. In 1877 Mr. and Mrs. Klevemarken immigrated to America and settled in the state of Iowa. After a few years Mr. Klevemarken went back to Norway and later returned to America. About 25 years ago his wife preceded him in death, when they were living near Ossian, Iowa. Soon after his wife’s death, he moved to Tamarack, where he has since resided. He had two brothers and one sister, all of whom preceded him in death within the past year or two. The remains were laid to rest in the Tamarack Lutheran Lutheran cemetery, after service at the house and church, Rev. C. B. Bestul officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - FEBRUARY 27, 1919

Mrs. Knut Knosberg was born in Solar, Norway, February 25, 1827 and was married to Knut Knosberg in 1849. On February 25, 1886 they landed in Blair where they lived until 1906 when they moved west and remained there until 1916 when after a short residence again in Blair, she moved to Barron where she made her home with her son, Ole. Her death occurred June 21, 1919 after a three months sickness resulting from a fall which broke her hip and caused complications afterward. The body was brought to Blair where the funeral services were held Monday June 23 from the U.N. Lutheran church, in charge of Rev. Boe. Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Knosberg, six of whom are dead. The living are: Ole and Gunder at Barron and Carrie Axel at Whitehall. She leaves a brother at Aitken, Minnesota and two brothers in Norway. THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 25, 1919

Engebret Olson Kleppen was born at Laiten, Hedemarken, Norway, December 22, 1839 and came to this country in the early 70’s living in the Town of Gale. Five years later he returned across the water to his old home and was united in marriage to Mary Graefthen. Taking his bride with him to America they settled near LaCrosse and later moved to the Town of Gale. In the year 1888 he purchased a farm in the Town of Ettrick, selling the farm in 1903 and purchasing the forty and a store in the Town of Preston known as the Waller store. Two years ago he took up his homestead right at Buffalo, South Dakota, near his son’s farm at which place he died June 15, 1914. He had suffered with asthma for years, and the last six months weakened him, succumbing to the disease. The widow, one son Emil and daughter, Minnie, accompanied the remains from Buffalo, South Dakota to French Creek cemetery. The other children are Hellick and Martin of Preston, Oscar of Whitehall and Evan of Buffalo, South Dakoata. Four children preceded his death. THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 25, 1914

The remains of Maria Olson Kleppen were brought here last Saturday from Mobridge, South Dakota, where she passed away, and were laid to rest on Wednesday beside her husband in French Creek. Maria Olson Kleppen died on January 3rd at Mobridge, South Dakota after an illness of six weeks from a complication of kidney trouble and typhoid fever. She was born on the 9th day of June 1852 at Hedemarken, Norway. In 1875 she was united in marriage to Emil Kleppen. To this union were born ten children, four of whom preceded her in death. These are Minnie, Olof, Albert and Hilma. The surviving children are Hellick, Even,and Martin of Blair; Oscar of Whitehall, Emil and Mrs. Hanson of Mobridge, South Dakota. She and her husband came to this country and settled at LaCrosse, then to the Town of Hale. In 1888 they purchased a farm in the Town of Ettrick. Selling this land, they bought a forty of land and a store in the Town of Preston. Four years ago, they took up a homestead at Buffalo, South Dakota, where Mr. Kleppen died and he also was brought back her and laid to rest in French Creek. Two years ago Mr. Kleppen moved to Mobridge, South Dakota, where she resided with Emil and Mrs. Hanson until the time of her death. The remains were accompanied here by her son, Emil. Rev. Bestul officiated at the last services. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 11, 1917

Mr. Kjentvet passed away to that home beyond Thursday at 11:40 a.m. at his home in Eleva. Though he had been failing for the last two years, it was not thought that his time was so near. His relatives were all summoned to his bedside Thursday morning, October 28, and at high noon came his final rest. The funeral was held Saturday, with services at the home and the Norden church, Revs. Veek and Applegate officiating, and the remains were interred in the Norden cemetery. He leaves a wife, one son, two daughters, two sisters and a brother to mourn his departure. The sorrowing ones have the sympathy of their many friends. Henry H. Kjentvet was born June 30, 1862 at Tinn, Telemarken, Norway and was 53 years, 3 months and 28 days old. He came to this country with his parents in August 1867 locating in Dane county, this state, where they remained until the following spring, when they located on a farm in Albion township, this county. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Isaacson March 8, 1887. He then moved to a farm in Trout Creek Valley and remained there several years. To this union three children were born, namely, Henry Levine of Mondovi, and Mrs. Theyron Thompson and Miss Clara of Eleva. On February 27, 1894, his wife died, leaving him with three small children. He continued on the farm until the spring of 1901, when he moved to Strum and was employed by John Call as salesman in his implement store until the spring of 1914. He was united in marriage to Miss Alvina Shermo of Strum May 17, 1909. He moved to Eleva in the spring of 1910 and took charge of Mr. Call’s implement house. He was well known in the counties of Buffalo, Eau Claire and Trempealeau as a successful auctioneer, and also dealer in real estate. He as a good manager and was financially well fixed. He carried insurance in four companies, the Bankers’ Life, Accident and Health, I.S.W.A. of Eau Claire and Modern Woodmen of America, being buried under the auspices of the two latter societies, the ceremonies being nicely conducted, and the floral decorations beautiful. He was of a jolly disposition and won many friends. He was a kind husband and loving father. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - NOVEMBER 4, 1915

Elisa Hanson Klomsten was born December 18, 1861 in Faaberg, Guldbrandsdalen, Norway. Her parents were Hans Pederson and Roning Pedersdatter. She came to Coon Valley in 1882 and to Pigeon Falls in 1883 or 1884. In 1885 she was married to Mathias Klomsten, who died February 17, 1911. Three sons were born to them, Alfred, Hartvig and Richard, all living. Mrs. Klomsten had been in poor heath for many years. She was taken to the Lutheran hospital at Eau Claire April 1 and died April 6 at the age of 80 years, three months and 28 days. Death was caused by hardening of the arteries. She is survived by a sister, Olina Gottenborgk Biri, Norway; a brother, Johannes Gottenborg of Biri; a sister, Ragnild Pederson of Oslo; and a brother, Peder Gottenborg, railroad dispatcher at Oslo. A brother, Ingavld Gottenborg died in 1907. He was the youngest in the family. Cousins surviving are Ingvald Mattison of Menomonie and Martin Mattison of Osseo, Paul Mattison of Menomonie and Edward Mattison of New Orleans. Redvald Gottenborg, son of Oline Gottenborg and nephew of Mrs. Klomsten, came to this country and to the Klomsten home in 1906. He worked in the Pigeon vicinity for some time and then went to Milwaukee to be employed. He was drafted in the first World War and was one of the victims of the sinking of the Moldavia, which was sunk in the English Channel. His death came at about the same time as his cousin, Richard Klomsten, son of the subject of this sketch, landed overseas to fight for his country. An uncle, who was born in Norway but also came to this country died in Coon Valley in 1928. When Elise first came to Coon Valley, she was employed by Christian Klomsten and brother Mathias Klomsten whom she later married. Her home was in Pigeon from 1884 until her death, first living on what is now known as the Emil Hagen place, later on an adjoining place of land known as the Bernt Hoff place, where the Klomstens erected a set of farm buildings. She made her home with her son, Richard, since 11 years ago, when the other boys moved to the Sinrud place in Tuff coulee. Mrs. Klomsten was a lifelong member of the Synod Ladies Aid of Pigeon Falls and a faithful worker in the church. Funeral services were held at the home and at the S.L. church April 9, the Rev. E.B. Christophersen officiating. Edwin Thomley sang “Den Store Hvide Flok,” and Mrs. Arthur Haralsrud sang “Jeg vid mig en sovn I Jesu navn.” Pallbearers were Theodore Hagen, Emil Hagen, John F. Johnson, Ole Rustad, Carl Klomsten and Oluf Sagen. Flowers were carried by Mrs. Clarence Klomsten and Mrs. Emil Hagan of Coon Valley. She was buried in the church cemetery beside her husband. Like that of most pioneers, her life was not one of ease but a daily struggle, rearing her family that they might enjoy a better and fuller life than had been her lot. She was a kindly wife and mother, a friendly neighbor, always willing to lend a helping hand where needed. Of church and society, she was an ardent supporter giving of her strength and means that a better world might be built for coming generations. Of her it can be truly said, “The world is better because of her long and useful life, a life devoted to service in God’s Kingdom on earth.” THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 23, 1942

Jorgen P. Kjernslie was born in Berom, Norway November 6, 1861. About thirty years ago, he came to this country and settled in Milan, Minnesota, where he farmed for a few years. In 1903 he came to Pigeon Falls, and on December 16 of that year, he was joined in marriage to Anna Graff, also of Christiania, Norway, who arrived in this country some years before. They then made their home in Fitch Coulee. He made his home in the same community until his death. Death came after a short illness at his home Monday, June 14. The funeral services were held Wednesday, June 15, at Pigeon Falls, in the U.L. church, Rev. Orke officiating. His wife preceded him in death in January 1913. He has only one immediate relative, a daughter Agnes, besides relatives living in Norway. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JUNE 24, 1926

The death of Andrew Knudtson occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. Bergquist in Preston April 29th, 1910, aged 86 years, 7 months and 21 days. He was born September 8, 1823 in Kviteseid, Norway, where he grew to manhood and married, removing to this country and settling in Fly Creek valley in 1869, and resided there up to about 15 years ago, since which time he had lived with his children. Deceased’s wife preceded him about 20 years ago, a son and four daughters surviving him, as follows: Knudt of Whitehall, Mrs. Carrie Tveit of Silverton, Oregon; Mrs. Matt Everson of Pigeon; Mrs. Johnson Anderson and Mrs. A. Bergquist of Preston. He was a man of robust constitution, but for the past year or more had been confined to bed with a dislocated hip, the result of a fall. The funeral was held from the Synod Lutheran church Monday, Rev. Ramberg conducting the services. The remains were interred in the Old Whitehall cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - MAY 5, 1910

Nels E. Kleven died December 25, 1928 at his home in Johnson Valley, aged 83 years, 4 months and 14 days. He was the last of the pioneers that settled and lived in this valley. He was born in Tolgen, Osterdalen, Norway, August 11th, 1845, and came America in 1870. He settled in Lansing, Iowa, where he remained one year, and on November 9, 1870, was united in marriage to Ingeborg Storbakken in Big Canoe, Iowa. They came to Strum the following year and settled on a farm in Johnson Valley, Town of Unity, where he has since made his home. His wife died three years ago. He leaves to mourn his passing, two daughters, Mrs. Johns Waldal of Chetek and Mrs. P.P.A. Eidet of Hixton; one son, Ellert Kleven of Strum, and ten grandchildren, besides three great-grandchildren. The funeral was held Friday afternoon at the St. Paul’s Church, Strum, Rev. O. A. Hjemboe officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 10, 1929

Mrs. Ingeborg Kleven, wife of Nels Kleven, died at her home near Strum on April 19, 1926 at the age of 75 years. Deceased was a daughter of John and Petronille Storbakken, born in Tolgen, Osterdalen, Norway, June 25, 1851. She emigrated to America in the spring of 1870, coming to Lansing, Iowa, together with a party consisting of Ole Thomasgaard and wife, Lars J. Dahl, and Nels Kleven, the latter to whom she was married on November 9, 1870 at Big Canoe, Iowa by Rev. H. A. Stub. The next year they came to a farm two miles southeast of Strum in Johnson Valley, Town of Unity, Trempealeau County, and where they have lived ever since, now 55 years, and going through all the hardships of the early pioneers. She is survived and mourned by her husband, two daughters and one son, Mrs. Josefine Waldal of Chetek; Mrs. Julia P. Eidet of Hixton and Eilert Kleven at home; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. One son, Edward, died in 1878 during the diphtheria epidemic they had those years. The funeral was held Wednesday April 21, 1926 at 1 p.m. from the St. Paul Lutheran church at Strum, Rev. O.A. Hjemboe conducting the services. The floral tributes were many and beautiful. Some of her neighbors and friends gave as a memory gift to the missions $25.00. Also the St. Paul church Ladies Aid gave $25.00, of whom she was a charter member. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 29, 1926

(The news article tells that Even Klinkenberg was a victim of an auto accident. The details of the accident are deleted here.) Even Klinkenberg was born in Norway, September 12, 1853. He came to this country as a young man and settled in Jackson County. He was twice married, his first wife dying many years ago. The second wife died in May this year. He was the father of Carl Klinkenberg, residing at Taylor, Jackson County; Martin of Beaver Creek; Oluf and Mrs. Carl Ness, of Gale. There are eight grandchildren. Mr. Klinkenberg was a man of powerful physique. In the early days he was known as the strong man of South Beaver Creek. When the family removed to the Town of Gale nine years ago, he did not retire, but was active in farm work. He was returning home from work when he was struck down. Funeral services will be held Thursday from the Lutheran church in Galesville at 1 o’clock. The remains will be taken to South Beaver Creek for interment. Reprinted from the Galesville Republican. THE TAYLOR HERALD - AUGUST 15, 1924

Mrs. Even Klinkenberg, age 78, died suddenly at her home in Gale, May 1, 1924. Mrs. Klinkenberg had been ill by a few days. She was about the house the day of her death. She passed away as she sat in a chair when preparing to retire. Funeral services were held Monday from the Lutheran church in Galesville, conducted by Rev. L.S. J. Reque. Interment was made in South Branch Beaver Creek cemetery. Mrs. Klinkenberg was born in Norway, March 5, 1846. Her maiden name was Pernille Flugstad. She came to America in 1883. She was married November 12, 1884 to Even Klinkenberg, of South Beaver Creek, where they lived until 1909, when they moved to the farm near Galesville, which from then on was their home. They became members of the Lutheran congregation of Galesville soon after coming here. Surviving Mrs. Klinkenberg are her husband and three children: Mrs. Louis Gilbo, Olaf Klinkenberg and Mrs. Carl Ness, all of Galesville. There are two step-children, Carl Klinkenberg of Taylor and Martin Klinkenberg of South Beaver Creek. She also leaves three brothers and two sisters, eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Reprinted from the Galesville Republican. THE TAYLOR HERALD - MAY 16, 1924

Iver Knudtson, 72, abbreviated his life about 11:30 Monday morning at the home of his brother, Sigvald Knudtson and wife in South Whitehall. For the past 15 years he resided at the home of his brother and was in the habit of going down town each morning for the mail and to shop. He had done this as usual Monday and had delivered the mail to Mrs. Knudston at the hospital laundry where she is employed. Upon arriving at home, Mrs. Norman Nelson who with her husband resides in the Knudtson residence, observed that Mr. Knudtson was in an outdoor toilet. A few minutes later Mrs. Knudtson came home and called to her brother-in-law. There was no response, so she called her husband who was at work in town. He went to the building where he found his brother strangled by a rope tied to a rafter. Sheriff C.E. Heath was called and released the body. Coroner Martin A. Wiemer was also called and the officers concluded that despondence over ill health was the cause of his act. Undertaker E.A. Sletteland of Pigeon Falls was called but as Mr. Sletteland was in Milwaukee, Carl Magalee of Sparta, a licensed embalmer and former employee of Mr. Sletteland, was in Pigeon Falls at the time of the call and came and got the body, with the assistance of Helmer Neperud of the P. Ekern Co. Mr. Knudtson was born May 23, 1872 in Norway, the son of Lars Knudtson and wife. His father came to America in 1878 and his mother came the following year, bringing her children. They settled in the town of Pigeon and that is where Iver made his home until coming to live with his brother, Sigvald and wife in Whitehall 15 years ago. He never married. Survivors are three brothers, Sigvald of Whitehall, Benhard of Pigeon and Ludwig of Sechlerville. Funeral services will be held today at 1:30 at the E. A. Sletteland home at Pigeon Falls. The Rev. C.K. Malmin officiating. Burial will be in the U.L. cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JUNE 1, 1944

Arne Knudtson, one of the old settlers of Newcomb Valley, Town of Arcadia, died at his home there last Saturday, aged nearly 78 years. He was a widower; his wife preceding him about a year ago and is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Andrew O. Rud of Arcadia and Mrs. Ole Stutlien of Shell Lake, and three brothers, Andrew Knudtson of Arcadia, Andrew E. Mallum of Preston, and Tollef, who resides in the East Indies. He was also a brother of the late Knudt K. Jodalen of Whitehall. The funeral services were held Monday at the Fagerness church, Rev. Vestul officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - SEPTEMBER 23, 1909

Mrs. Effie Knudtson, 95, Onalaska, former North Beaver Creek resident died Monday (January 4, 1965) at Oak Forrest hospital, Onalaska, after a short illness. She was born May 5, 1869, to Mr. and Mrs. Olaus Winquist at Alingsaas, Sweden, and came to this country when she was 13. She was married to Carl Knudtson who died in 1931. She lived in the North Beaver Creek area most of her life and then moved to Onalaska where she lived with her son, Clark. Survivors include three sons, Clark of Onalaska; Harold, LaCrosse and Burton, Holmen; 15 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; one brother, George, Minot, North Dakota; and one sister, Hilma, Minot, North Dakota. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at North Beaver Creek Lutheran church, the Rev. W.H. Winkler officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 7, 1965

The funeral of Mrs. George Knudtson was held at Whitehall March 5, 1923. Services were held at the Norwegian Lutheran church, Rev. Hofstad officiating. Burial at Old Whitehall cemetery. Pallbearers were Mark Golden, Edward Christopherson, Iver Olson, Henry Hertzfeldt, William Seller, Edward Schroeder. Kjersti Herbranson was born in Numedahl, Norway, March 15, 1841, and was married to George Knudtson of Hallingdahl, Norway. They moved to America in 1867, settling first at Rock Prairie, Quebec, then coming to Pigeon Falls and finally to Whitehall. She was a pioneer of this county. Her death was very unexpected. She passed away suddenly of a paralysis March 1, 1923 at the home of Mrs. H. G. Knudtson, with whom she lived, aged 81 years, 11 months and 15 days. Children born to Mrs. Knudtson were Knudt and Thomas, both deceased; Theodore of Alaska; Mrs. Elmer Rowe, deceased; Carl of Whitehall; Mrs. Hudson Van Tassel of Minneapolis; Mrs. Melvin Mallery of Goldendale, Washington; Hobert, deceased, and Miss Carrie of Whitehall. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - MARCH 8, 1923

Mrs. Anna Knutson, one of the early settlers in this vicinity passed away at her home in the Town of Springfield on Tuesday, June 5th, 1923 at the ripe old age of 69 years, 2 months and 20 days. Funeral services were held on last Friday afternoon, Rev. Fosso officiating and the remains were laid to rest in the Springfield cemetery. She became a member of the Lutheran church in early life and was ever a loyal and true believer in that faith. Mrs. Knutson had been seriously ill the last four months and became gradually weaker and weaker until the end came to relieve her, but she bore her affliction with great fortitude and patience. The deceased was born in Telemarken, Norway, on March 15, 1854 and was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Torvil Olson. She came to this country with her parents in the year 1862, settling in what is now the Town of Springfield. She has remained a resident of Springfield ever since. In 1875 she was united in marriage to Ole Knutson. She is survived by one daughter, Miss Lottie Knutson and two sons, Oscar of Springfield and County Treasurer Albert Knutson of Black River Falls. She is also survived by three brothers, Ole T. Olson, Mike T. Olson and Sam T. Olson of Taylor and two sisters, Mrs. Helen Halvorson of Hollyburg, South Dakota and Mrs. Mary Halvorson of Marshall, Minnesota and two grandchildren, Ardell and Victor Knutson of Springfield. Mrs. Knutson, who fore the past sixty years has been a part of that life which has transformed the Town of Springfield from a wilderness into a highly developed, thickly settled community, lived to see the day when the dreams of the early settlers were realized and in our busy everyday life, let us pause for a moment and pay homage to these sturdy old pioneers who developed this country. In the passing of Mrs. Knutson, we have lost another one of these noble characters and the sympathy of the community goes out to the bereaved relatives. THE TAYLOR HERALD - JUNE 15, 1923

Halvor Knudtson died at his home in Blair on Tuesday, January 15, 1912 of pneumonia. Deceased was born at Kviteseid, Telemarken, Norway, August 14, 1847. He came to America in 1867 locating at Omaha, Nebraska. He traveled about considerably and was employed at different times in twenty-two states of the union before coming to Wisconsin, which was in 1873. On November 6, 1884 he married Lisa Jacobson Ostberg, who survives HIM, with eight children, namely, John of Alma Center; Clarence A. of Washington, D.C.; Mrs. P.N. Lombeim of Minneapolis; Alice and Anna, school teachers; and Clara, Inga and Louise at home with their mother and attending school. Deceased was a pioneer railroad man in the service of the Green Bay & Western company, having served for 30 years on the section here, 24 years of which time he was section foreman, resigning his position in 1910. Mr. Knudtson was a trusted employee of the railroad company and spent the best part of his life in its service. He was a good citizen and kind neighbor, and leaves many friends who regret his death. The funeral was held Saturday, the 20th, at the Synod Lutheran church and was largely attended. Rev. S.S. Urberg officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - JANUARY 25, 1912

Funeral services for Edward Knutson, 87, who died at the Community Hospital here Wednesday, November 13, following an illness of about a week, were held Monday, the 18th, at the Rhode chapel in Whitehall and at the Tamarack Lutheran church, the Rev. Harold Aasen officiating. Burial was in the Tamarack cemetery. Pallbearers were Lloyd Lund, Melvin Lund, Oscar Olson, Almar Olson, Ernest Knutson and Raymond Schaefer. Edward Knutson Trandum was born June 25, 1859 in Ulensaker, Norway, son of Knut and Gunild Trandum. On April 27, 1889, he was united in marriage to Maria Pederson and to this union three children were born, two of whom died in infancy in Norway. In the year 1894 he and his family came to America and settled in Tamarack, where he spent most of his life since that time. He had been in failing health for about a year and on November 7, he was taken to the hospital where he died on the 13th at the age of 87 years, four months and 17 days. His wife and one step-daughter preceded him in death and he is survived by his son, Carl of Pleasantville and one step-daughter, Mrs. Martha Knutson of Minneapolis. He also leaves 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and two brothers. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - NOVEMBER 28, 1946

An announcement of the death and burial of Mrs. Lisa Knudtson appeared in last week’s issue of the Press. It is of interest to our readers to have an account of her life. Lisa Knudtson was an old resident of Blair who spent the later days of her life in Minneapolis near the home of a daughter. Previous to her leaving Blair, she had been an institution in this community. Her private life is remembered as that of a kind citizen and friend, who always was willing to show kindnesses to both old and young whenever she had the opportunity. She is also remembered as the mother of Lt. Clarence A Knudtson, who was killed in action on the battle fields of France 18 years ago. Lisa Ostberg was born in Grue, Solar, Norway on September 6, 1858. There she was baptized education and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. As a young lady of 23 she came to America as did so many of the people from Solar, and she also chose the Blair territory as her new home. November 6, 1884, she was united in marriage with Halvor Knudtson at the old Trempealeau Valley parsonage by the sainted Rev. Brynjolf Hovde. The young couple made their home at Blair while the husband spent over a quarter of a century working for the Green Bay & Western Railroad as section foreman. They were blessed with nine children, two of whom have preceded her in death, namely, Clara Amelia, who died in infancy and Clarence. January 16, 1912 her husband passed away. She lived on her little farm until 1923 when she disposed of it and purchased a home in Minneapolis. There she lived the sunset days of her life. She transferred her membership from the local First Lutheran congregation to the Our Redeemer congregation in Minneapolis where she worshiped. On Friday, November 13, 1936 she passed to her rest at a ripe old age. She is survived by the following children: John of Minneapolis; Mrs. Hilda Lomheim of Minneapolis; Alice of Minneapolis; Mrs. Anne Phillips of Los Angeles, California; Mrs. Clara Schuman of Anoka, Minnesota; Mrs. Inga Leonard of Lansing, Michigan; Mrs. Louis Lacey of Bismark, North Dakota. She is also survived by ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at Our Redeemer’s church in Minneapolis on Monday, November 16, with the Rev. Haldor Hodne officiating, and on Tuesday at the Blair First Lutheran church with Rev. Alf Jorgenson (her grandson-in-law) and the Rev. Konrad Urberg, officiating. Interment was made in the Zion cemetery on the family lot. THE BLAIR PRESS - NOVEMBER 19, 1936

Iver Knudtson, one of the pioneers of Ettrick died at the home of his daughter at Black River Falls, Saturday night at the ripe old age of 86 years. He was born in Ulvik, Hardanger, Norway. When a young man he emigrated to this country and located in Ettrick in the days of the early settlement of Beaver Creek. Here he remained until recent years when he moved to Black River Falls to make his home with his daughter. His wife died about eleven years ago. He is survived by five children: Mrs. J.S. Wadsworth of River Falls; Mrs. Robert Rainey and Mrs. Robert Christianson of Black River Falls,; Mrs. A.H. Baker of Highland Park, Illinois and Arthur C. Knudtson of New England, North Dakota. All were present at the funeral, which was held at Ettrick Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Urberg officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - NOVEMBER 29, 1917

Brita Knutson, daughter of Sever and Ingeborg Hjeltnes, was born in Hjeltnes, Ulvik, Norway, December 13, 1830 and died in Beaver Creek, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, September 18, 1923. She grew to womanhood in Ulvik and was there married to Urians Knutson in 1854, where they resided on a farm at Syse until the spring of 1869 when, with their seven children, they emigrated to America, spending five weeks on the ocean and landing at Quebec from which they came to Trempealeau County and settled on the farm in Beaver Creek which was ever after their home. This farm was sold in 1882 to Ole T. Johnson and is now owned by Theodore Heimdahl. Mr. Knutson died in 1901 and since that time Mrs. Knutson made her home with her daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Ole T. Johnson where she received the best of care and up until her death, active for a woman of her age, always cheerful and contented. Nine children were born to this union: K. S. Knutson of Blair; Mrs. Ole T. Johnson of Beaver Creek; Mrs. Sam Johnstad of Pigeon Falls; Mrs. John Nelson of Eau Claire; Mrs. Tom Thompson of Blair; Hans Knutson of Lvina, Montana; Gertrude died in infancy and Iver died July 28, 1900. The funeral was held Friday, September 21 at the Beaver Creek church in charge of Rev. Boe, and was largely attended by old friends who contributed huge bouquets of flowers as an added mark of respect. The pallbearers were six grandsons: Theodore Heimdahl, J.O. Knutson, Iver and Eugene Johnstad, Arthur Nelson and Ernie Knutson. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 27, 1923

Mrs. Aslaug Knutson, a former resident of Tappen Coulee, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Martin Nelson in Rapid City, South Dakota, on Wednesday, October 5. She had made her home with her daughter and family for the past seven years. Her husband, Knudt Knutson Holte, passed away in 1924. Mrs. Knutson was born April 23, 1858 in Telemarken, Norway and came to America with her parents and sister at the age of 24 years. She was 91 years and five months old at the time of her death. She leaves to mourn her death her daughter, Mrs. Martin (Gena) Nelson and two sons, Julius and Bennie both of Hot Springs, South Dakota, 31 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Sophus Dahl of Blair is a niece of the deceased. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 20, 1949

September 20, 1860 marked the birth of Charles Knutson in Vaaler, Solar, Norway. Seventy-five years later, September 20, 1935 marked the date of his returning to the dust whence he came. After a lingering illness which was accompanied by much pain, Mr. Knutson passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening, September 17, 1935. Charles was the son of Knut Rokkerud and his wife Hillvick Knutsdatter. He was baptized in the Vaaler church and in 1875 he was confirmed in the Lutheran faith in the same church by the sainted Rev. Sorenson. His education was received in the religious schools of Norway. At the age of 18 he left Norway and came to Lakes Coulee. He went north during the winter and worked in the pineries and on the railroad. After 17 years of working out, he purchased a farm in Lakes Coulee to which he brought his bride, Sarah Thompson, to whom he was united in the bonds of holy matrimony on August 13, 1895 by the late Rev. S.S. Urberg. This happy marriage lasted 20 years at which time death took her from him on January 25, 1916. He was left alone to rear eight young children. In 1930 he purchased the Lars Anderson home north of the village where he lived up to the time of his death. He leaves the following children to mourn his loss: Mrs. Hilma Gunderson, Omer, Mrs. Alma Berg, George, Mrs. Clara Drangstveit, Selmer, Henry and Mrs. Esther Russell. He also leaves a brother, Ole, and a sister, Oletta, in Norway. A brother, Bernt, of Fifield, Wisconsin and a sister, Oline, in Norway preceded him in death. Funeral services were conducted on Friday, September 20 at 12:30 p.m. from the home and at 1:00 p.m. from his church home, the First Lutheran church. The funeral was attended by a host of friends. The pastor, Rev. Konrad Urberg, preached in the Norwegian language on the theme “The Wedding Garment” which wedding garment Mr. Knutson undoubtedly now wears at the wedding feast of the King’s Son. Interment was made at Rest Haven where he now rests beside his beloved wife. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 25, 1935

Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon at Prey, Wisconsin for Mrs. Greta Knutson, a resident of Prey for the last fifty years. Her passing is of interest to many in these parts because her husband, Andrew was a brother of the late Halvor Knutson of Blair and their relationship with the local Knutsons and also with the local First Lutheran Church. The Knutsons were frequent visitors in Blair when Mr. Knutson was section foreman for the Green Bay and Western Railroad at Prey. Greta Johnson was born in Dalarne, Sweden, September 29, 1869 to the parents, John Johnson Allbeck and Bertha Anderson. She was baptized and confirmed a Lutheran in Sweden. In 1890 her family came to America and they made their home at Prey. May 19, 1891, she was married to Andrew Knutson by the late Rev. B. Hovde. Their home was at Prey until death. Andrew died July 31, 1926 and Mrs. Knutson followed him in death on Friday, May 24, 1940. In view of the fact that the late Rev. S.S. Urberg had ministered to the family during his entire pastorate here and had baptized and confirmed all the children, the present Rev. Urberg was called in to officiate at the funeral service in memory of the mother. After the services at the home in the Prey school house, the body was laid to rest beside that of her husband in the City Point cemetery. Her six sons acted as pallbearers. Four children have preceded her in death while the following survive: Mrs. Anna Heaton and John of Chicago; Mrs. Gena Magnuson, Harold and Lawrence of Green Bay; Henry and Kenneth of Milwaukee; Mrs. Clara Knutson of Minneapolis and Andrew, Jr. of Prey. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Our sympathy is extended to this family which now has lost a good Christian mother. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 30, 1940

Miss Jennie Knutson, 81, passed away November 1 at the home of her niece, Mrs. Simon Knutson, where she had been cared for since last spring. The funeral was held from the Chimney Rock church at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, November 6, the Rev. H.A. Wichmann officiating. Rev. Wichmann sang “Den Store Hvide Flock” and Wilma Olson contributed two songs in the English language. Pallbearers were nephews of the deceased. Interment was in the church cemetery. Jennie Knutson was born June 24, 1864 in Telemarken, Norway, the daughter of Knut Kittelson and Guro Brynildsdatter. She came to America in 1871 at the age of 7. Her family settled in the town of Chimney Rock, where she spent her entire life. She is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Margit Twerberg and Mrs. Ella Anderson of Strum, Mrs. Lena Emberson of Mondovi and one brother, Charley Knutson of Strum. A sister and three brothers preceded her in death. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - NOVEMBER 15, 1945

Mrs. George Knutson, the former Carrie Anderson, 82, died May 25, 1963 at Mulder Nursing Home, West Salem. She was born in Sweden, December 7, 1880, and formerly lived in North Beaver Creek. Mrs. Knutson is survived by her husband, a resident of Bethany Home for the Aged in LaCrosse; two daughters, Mrs. Raymond (Mae) Lakey of Trempealeau and Mrs. Cecil (Margaret) Wolf of Bangor; four sons, Lavern, Glen and Clarence, all of North Beaver Creek and Raymond, West Salem; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held May 28 at Faith Lutheran church, rural Ettrick. Burial was in the Neshonoc cemetery, West Salem. THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 6, 1963

Mrs. Julia Knutson, 78, died Thursday morning at her home near Beach. Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at the North Beaver Creek Lutheran church, the Rev. Norman E. Benson, Galesville, officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Born in Norway, August 9, 1876, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ole Herreid. She came to this country at the age of 6 with her parents. Following her marriage to John Knutson, the couple farmed in the Beach and Beaver Creek areas. He died October 20, 1941. Surviving are a son, Clarence Herreid, Ettrick; two sisters, Mrs. Helen Legreid, Blair; and Mrs. Harry E. Davis, Minneapolis, and a brother, Knute Herreid, Minneapolis. THE BLAIR PRESS - JULY 28, 1955

Mrs. Bergethe Semb Knutson was born in Biri, Norway, May 11, 1862, the daughter of Even and Elizabeth Semb. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and on November 30, 1883, she was married to Ole Knutson. With her husband and five children she came to the United States in 1905 and they settled on a farm in Dissmore coulee, Town of Pigeon. Her husband and five children preceded her in death. Rev. C.K. Malmin conducted the funeral service, with burial in the church cemetery. Mrs. Knutson passed away December 11 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clarence Johnson, following a lingering illness at the age of 84 years, 7 months and one day. She leaves to mourn her passing three sons, Sigvald and Ray of Northfield and Olaf of Knapp; two daughters, Signe, Mrs. W.B. Hibbard, and Carrie, Mrs. Clarence Johnson of Pigeon; 19 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Anton Semb in Biri, Norway and Otto Semb of Pigeon. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - DECEMBER 19, 1946 (Researching this family is Cindi Anderson)

Knut A. Knutson, whose illness covering a period for many months and which was accompanied with considerable suffering, passed away Friday, five minutes before noon, at his Whitehall home of cancer of the stomach. He was a patient sufferer till the last and his first consideration always seemed to be for those who were caring for him. The funeral was held from the Lutheran church on Dewey Street Monday afternoon at 3:30, Revs. Orke and Christophersen officiating and interment was had at Old Whitehall cemetery. Among those from a distance who attended the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Deppe and Mr. and Mrs. Ed holt of Duluth, Mesdames Henry and Abraham Abrahamson, nieces of Sparta and Miss Anna Knutson, niece, of DeSmet, South Dakota. Deceased was the owner of the Overland farm of 160 acres and the Ada Stock farm of 240 acres, both in the Town of Pigeon, also his home in the village. He was born in Telemarken, Norway on the 24th of June, 1852. He came with his parents to America in 1869 and located in the town of Preston where his father, Andrew Knutson, died in 1909 and his mother in 1886. Mr. Knutson worked among the farmers until 1874 when he bought the Overland farm and operated it for about 30 years. He moved to Whitehall in 1903. In 1909 he bought the Ada Stock farm and worked it for three years when his health began to fail and he retired. He was married November 6, 1874 to Julia Knutson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Aslak Knutson of Pigeon. This union was blessed with ten children: Amanda, Ida, Hannah, Ella, Tina, Clara, and Grace living and Ada, Adolph and Clara deceased. Ida became the wife of Patrick Murphy, a stone cutter of Waterbury, Vermont; Hannah married E.E. Deppe, a real estate man of Duluth; Ella married Theodore Stendahl of Pigeon; Tina married Luther Quackenbush of this place and Grace was lately joined in marriage to Ed Holt of Duluth. Deceased served for three years on the Pigeon town board, for 15 years on the school board and for two years as a village trustee. He was a faithful worker and a devoted husband and father. He belonged to the Norwegian Lutheran church of America. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - AUGUST 8, 1918

Mrs. Karen Knutson was born in Gudbrandsdalen, Norway, February 15, 1852. In the year, 1874, she immigrated to America and came to Black River Falls. In 1895 she was united in marriage to Charley Knutson and has had her home in Chimney Rock since. For the past years her health has been failing and on the 7th of March, she succumbed, the immediate cause of death being pneumonia. She was buried from the Chimney Rock church on March 11, where friends and relatives had gathered for the last rites, Rev. Wichman officiating. She leaves to mourn her death her husband. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MARCH 27, 1930

Knut S. Knutson was born in Ulvik, Hardanger, Norway on February 20th, 1856 and died September 9, 1939 at the age of 83 years, six months and 19 days. He was the oldest of eight children born to Cryans and Brita Syse Knutson. At the age of 13 he came to America with his parents, four sisters and a brother. They landed at Quebec and from there traveled by train, canal boat and lake boat to Milwaukee and thence by train to Trempealeau where four immigrant families secured one wagon to transport them to Beaver Creek, where they arrived on July 5, 1869. The men and older children walked while the women and smaller children rode in the wagon. He attended public school at Hegg together with the children of other immigrants. In 1875 he was confirmed in the Lutheran church at Beaver Creek. On June 8, 1878, he was united in marriage to Anne Skaar, and in 1882 they purchased the Skaar homestead where they lived until 1903 when they moved to Blair. Four children were born to Knut and Anna Knutson, Julius of Blair; Edwin who died in Evanston, Illinois in 1938; Irvin of Coon Valley and Ida of Glenwood City, Wisconsin. His wife, Anna Knutson, died December 23, 1931. K.S. Knutson is survived by two brothers, Sever of Hegg and Hans of Lavina, Montana and two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Nelson of Eau Claire and Mrs. Tom Thompson of Blair. One brother, Iver, and two sisters, Katrina Johnson of Hegg and Guro Jonstad of Pigeon Falls preceded him in death. He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Blanch Knutson of Rice Lake, Wisconsin; Kermit Knutson of Blair; Irvin, Jr., Lincoln; and James Knutson of Coon Valley; and Genevieve Knutson of Washington, D.C.; Nell Irene Erickson of Minneapolis and Paul Erickson of Glenwood City, Wisconsin. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. T.E. Sweger of Zion Lutheran church at the J.O. Knutson home at 1:30 and at the church at 2 o’clock on Wednesday, September 13th. Six nephews served as pallbearers, namely, Arthur Nelson, Theodore Heimdahl, Ernest and Selmer Knutson and Ed and Eugene Johnstad. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 14, 1939

Olaf Christian Knutson passed away at his home in Osseo December 25, 1951, at the age of 52 years, two months and 18 days. He suffered from a heart disease. Mr. Knutson was born in Biri, Norway, October 7, 1899, and moved to this country in his youth, coming with his parents to Whitehall. In 1937 he married Dorothy Peterson. The couple lived near Hammond until five years ago, when they moved to Osseo. He was employed by the Osseo Cement Products company. Surviving are his wife and six children, Marian, Myrna, Clifton, Clarice, Richard and Dennis, all at home. He also leaves two brothers, Ray of Northfield and Sigvald of Whitehall, and two sisters, Mrs. Clarence Johnson of Pigeon Falls and Mrs. Signe Hibbard of Jamestown, North Dakota. Four brothers and one sister preceded him in death. Funeral services were held December 29 at the Sletteland-Hagen Funeral home and the U.L. church in Pigeon Falls, the Rev. S.L. Almlie officiating. Ovid Berg of Osseo sang two songs. Burial was in the church cemetery with Albert Anderson, Harold Lien, John Norris, Olaf Erickson, Henry Paulson and Walter Petrick as casket bearers. The flowers were carried by Edith and Helen Norris. Besides the above named, deceased leaves a host of other relatives and friends to mourn his loss. Blessed be his memory. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 24, 1952

Mrs. Knut A. Knutson passed away at her home here Thursday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock after a long illness due to gallstones. She had been confined to her bed for five weeks. Death was said to have followed a stroke. She leaves to mourn her death nine children of whom all are living. The children are Albert, Clarence, Martin, Arthur and Mrs. M. Kleppen of Blair; Mrs. Oscar Stien of Whitehall; Helleck of Eleva; Mrs. Ole Lee of Strum and George of Independence. She leaves two brothers and three sisters, Olaf and Herman of Arcadia; Mrs. Sever Berg of French Creek; Mrs. LA. Olson of Eau Claire and Tillie Gilbertson of Blair. Hannah Moe was born in Solar, Norway, June 17, 1858. She came to America in June 1871. She was married to Knute Knutson in 1883. They lived on their old homestead in Welch Coulee until four years ago. Since then they have made their home in Blair. Funeral services were held Monday at 1:00 o’clock at the house and 2:30 o’clock at the Fagerness church. Revs. Urberg and Bestul officiating. Interment was made in the Fagerness cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 28, 1926

Funeral services for Paul Knutson, 83, Blair, who died Tuesday night at the Whitehall Community hospital following a heart ailment were held Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at the Egil Egilson home and at 2 o’clock at the Trempealeau Valley church. The Rev. B.J. Hatlem officiated and burial was in the church cemetery. At the home Mrs. Hatlem sang “Come Ye Disconsolate” and at the church, “My Faith Looks Up to Thee” and “Rock of Ages.” Mr. Knutson was born October 7, 1861 in Solar, Norway. He came to the United States when he was 23 years old settling at Prey in Jackson County. He moved to Blair a short time later. He was married to Olea Halvorson who preceded him in death in 1902. Nine children were born to them, two passing away in infancy and Mrs. Albert (Olga ) Drangstveit a few years ago. A brother, Halvor, of Eau Claire died there many years ago. He has five grandsons in the service, four of them are overseas and one in the navy. He is survied by four daughters, Mrs. Egil Egilson (Christine); Mrs. Egil (Agnes) Luken and Mrs. Olaf (Selma) Hauge; Blair and Mrs. Peter (Hannah) Anderson, Big Slough; two sons Haaken and Oscar Knutson, Blair; a brother, Charles, Eau Claire; a sister, Miss Anna Knutson, Whitehall; 25 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Lawrence Houkom. Theodore Drangstveit, Oscar Lyngen, Halvor Knutson, Aslak Kvaalset and Henry Shephard. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 18, 1945

Funeral services for Sever S. Knutson, who passed away at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Holven in Blair July 25, 1949 were conducted from the home and at the North Beaver Creek Lutheran church Friday, July 29. Rev. L.W. Halvorson officiated at the last rites. Mrs. Russell Crabtree sang “O At Jeg Knnde Min Jesus Prise” at the home and “Jeg Ved Mig En Sovn I Jesus Nav” and “Heaven is My Home” at the church. Pallbearers were Theodore Heimdahl, Irvin Knutson, Helmer Sexe, Eugene Johnstad, Iver Johnstad and Andrew Hagestad. Mr. Knutson was born in Hardanger, Norway, May 30, 1866, the son of Orjans and Brita Syse Knutson. The family came to America in 1869. He was baptized in Norway and confirmed in the North Beaver Creek Lutheran church by the Rev. B. Hovde in 1881. He was married in the same church on May 20, 1898 to Margit Knutson by the Rev. Ole Gulbrandson. The wedding reception was held at the farm home where they resided the following 41 years. In 1939 they retired and moved to Hegg, where Mrs. Knutson passed away a year later. In 1943, Mr. Knutson moved to Blair where he has since resided. He was a lifelong member of the North Beaver Creek Lutheran church and served for a number of years as chairman of the board of trustees. He had been in failing health for the past year and suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on July 5th from which he did not recover. He is survived by the following children: Ida (Mrs Lawrence Holven) Blair; Ester, (Mrs. Einor Anderson), Westby; Jennie, at home; Ernie and Selmer on the home farm and Bessie (Mrs. Elton Tjerstad) Beaver Creek. He is also survived by one brother, Hans, Lavina, Montana; ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Two brothers and five sisters preceded him in death. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 4, 1949

Peter L. Knutson was born in Biri, Norway on April 23, 1877. His parents, Lars and Pauline Knutson, emigrated to America the following year and settled in the township of Pigeon, Trempealeau County. He was confirmed in the Pigeon Falls Lutheran church. He was united in marriage to Alma Sophia Kjorlie of Hatton, North Dakota at Grand Forks by Rev. A.J. Hulteng on June 4, 1903. Their first home after marriage was at Pelan, Minnesota. Returning to Wisconsin they farmed the next fourteen years at Pigeon Falls. In 1919 they purchased a farm in Bear Creek, where they remained until two years ago. Since that time they have resided at Blair. Mr. Knutson was overcome by the heat, while employed on the Foster Simms farm and succumbed to heart failure, Saturday July 8, 1942 at 6 p.m. He was 65 years, 2 months and 25 days old at the time of his death. He leaves to mourn his sudden passing his wife and seven children, Lawrence Pearl (Mrs. Irwin Paasch) and Esther of LaCrosse; Adeline (Mrs. Gerald Dahl), Dennison Minnesota; Helen (Mrs. Orville Fremstad), Pigeon Falls, Ruth (Mrs. Henry Kraemer), Plainview and Harold at home. A son, Palmer, passed away April 11, 1923. There are seven grandchildren. Four brothers who survive, Sigvald and Iver of Whitehall, Ludvik of Sechlerville and Benard of Blair. The sympathy of the community goes out to the family so suddenly and unexpected bereft of husband and father. The intimate ties so closely knit through the many years of sharing life’s joys and sorrows, are not sundered without suffering. The hardships, toils and disappointments are easily forgotten, the memory of the kind, the good and the true looms larger with the years. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, July 21st, 1:15 p.m. at the Charles Gibson home in Blair and at 2 p.m. at the North Beaver Creek church of which the deceased was a member, by Rev. T.E. Sweger. Mrs. Elvin Rogness and Mrs. Orrin Bue sang “Nearer Still Nearer” at the church. The pallbearers were Julius A. Johnson, George Melby, Edward Lokken, Selmer Nyberg, Louis Larson and Thorvald Nyberg. Those who carried flowers were Hulda Fremstead and Blanche Knutson. There was large number of memory wreaths. Interment was in the North Beaver Creek cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - JULY 23, 1942

John Anderson Koien, son of our earliest settlers, died at the home of his son, John, in Preston last Monday, September 9, 1907, after but two weeks’ illness, aged 84 years. Mr. Koien was one of the old landmarks of the above township, having been a resident thereof for nearly 51 years. He reared a large family and besides an aged helpmate leaves the following children: Mrs. Syvert Pederson and Mrs. Ole L. Olson of Blair; John and Mrs. Guy Shephard of Preston; Ole of Colorado; Mrs. Ole Brederson and Mrs. George Berberding of Minneapolis and Henry and Albert of Donnybrook, North Dakota. The funeral occurred from the Trempealeau Valley church yesterday, the Rev. Gulbrandson officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - SEPTEMBER 12, 1907

Thea Martendater was born in Norway April 14, 1848. She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Nash at Ada, Minnesota, April 22, 1921. She came to America when quite young and in 1862 was married to Matt Anderson Koien. They bought a piece of land in Vosse Coulee on which the son, Albert, now lives and here they spent their lives, until the death of Mr. Anderson about five years ago. To them were born eight children: Anna Martinson, Eleva; Jennie Hanson, Blair; Olavus Anderson, Canada; Albert Anderson, Blair; Miss Tena Anderson, Ada, Minnesota; Mrs. Edith Nash, Ada, Minnesota; Oscar Anderson, Blair; Elmer Anderson, Whitehall Earth, North Dakota. Funeral services were held at the Trempealeau Valley church Thursday April 28, and the body was laid to rest beside the husband. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 5, 1921

John P. Kolstad was born April 7, 1846, at Hedmarken, Norway, and died at the home of his son, William Kolstad in Eau Claire County, February 6, 1931. In 1881, he immigrated to America and was located in Dane County, Wisconsin. He moved shortly to Tamarack Valley, Trempealeau County, where he lived a few years after which he made his home in the Town of Chimney Rock, where he spent the greater part of his life. One of his sons died some years ago and his wife preceded him in death fifteen years ago. He leaves to mourn his death four sons, William of Pleasant Valley; Lewis of the Town of Trempealeau; Edward and John of Chimney Rock. One daughter, Mr. J.H. Tverberg resides in Chimney Rock. Besides his children, he leaves 22 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; four half-brothers; three half-sisters and two adopted sons, Julius and Edwin. The funeral took place from the Chimney Rock church February 10, Rev. Wichmann officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - FEBRUARY 25, 1931

Mrs. John Anderson Koyen passed away from this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ole L. Olson, Saturday, aged 77 years, 4 months and 21 days. The funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Trempealeau Valley Church, the Revs. S.S. Urberg and A. Boe officiating. Kari Peterson was born February 17, 1837 at Hjerplien, Sweden and accompanied her parents to America in 1857, settling at Neenah, Winnebago County, Wisconsin. Later they moved to Melrose, Jackson County. In 1860 she was united in marriage to John Koyen and for years resided on a farm in Jackson county moving to Vosse Coulee where she since resided except for few years residence in Blair. Her husband died in September 1907. She is survived by seven children, namely: John of Vosse Coulee; Mrs. Ole L. Olson and Mrs. G.P. Shephard of Blair; Mrs. O.Bradeson and Mrs. G.H. Gerberding of Minneapolis; Ole and Albert of Cottonwood Lake, North Dakota. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 13, 1914

Mrs. Chris Kolden died at her home in the town of Hale, Saturday evening, August 1, 1903, her death being caused by kidney trouble. Mrs. Kolden’s maiden name was Ingri Ramstad. She was born in Lom Gudbrandsdalen, Norway, December 3, 1838, where she grew to womanhood; came to America and was married to Chris Kolden near Westby, Vernon county, in 1874. From there they moved, the same year, to Buffalo county, where they resided till 1884, when they came to Trempealeau county and bought the farm on which the family have lived up to the present time. Mrs. Kolden leaves, besides a host of friends by whom she was highly respected, a husband; one son, Ole; and three daughter, Ella, Karen and Thea, all grown up, to mourn the loss of a loving wife and tender mother. Her whole family was present at her deathbed, also a sister from Ada, Minnesota and niece from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon, August 4th, Rev. Orke conducting the services. The remains were interred in the U.L. church cemetery in Pigeon Falls. About fifty teams followed Mrs. Kolden to her last resting place. The coffin was covered with beautiful flowers, remembrances from our loving friends. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - AUGUST 13, 1903

Ole Kolden, born in Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, August 24, 1867, son of Christian and Ingrid (Ramstad) Kolden, died at his home at Osseo December 23, 1936. In 1870 he immigrated with his parents to America and settled in Buffalo county, this state, coming in 1884 to Hale Township, where he grew to manhood. He was married June 3, 1908 to Kari Moe of Gary, Minnesota. She died April 15, 1912, leaving one child, Isabelle Alvidia. In 1920 Mr. Kolden, together with his father, sister and daughter moved to Osseo. The History of Trempealeau County, printed in 1917, contains the following lines of interest with regard to Mr. Kolden. “Ole Kolden, proprietor of the fertile Kolden stock farm of 160 acres, is doing his full share toward developing the agricultural resources of the county. Energetic and capable, he is a successful farmer, a good neighbor and a useful citizen. As one of the substantial and prominent men of this township, Mr. Kolden has not escaped public office, but has served cheerfully as township supervisor for four years and as school clerk for three years. He is a member of the Lutheran church.” Since this was written he has served on the board of directors of the Pigeon Falls creamery and the Osseo Farmers Bank. Although having retired from active farm work, he was always busy, either as a salesman of farm equipment or engaged in doing carpenter work, besides taking a keen interest in his farm. Mr. Kolden loved work, and always wanted the job well done. Order was part of his life. Besides these interests he maintained a wide-awake interest in the social betterment of the community as well as in politics. A man of convictions and one not afraid to live up to them, his life symbolized that truth and justice must prevail. His word was a good as gold, never forgetting a good turn shown him and paying back in full measure. A man of high character, noble impulses, lofty aspirations and a lovable personality. After coming to Osseo he joined the Osseo Lutheran church. Shortly after joining the church he was elected trustee and for several years served as chairman of the board of trustees. He was keenly interested in the welfare of his church, never too busy to serve in its interest. A trustee in the true sense of the word, zealously guarding the good name and interests of his congregation, working for order and peace. Funeral services were held at his home December 25 at 1 p.m. and at the Osseo Lutheran church at 1:30 p.m. which was crowded with friends assembled to pay their last respects. The Rev. O.C. Aune delivered the funeral sermon basing his remarks on the words of Job. “I know that my Redeemer Liveth.” The male chorus sang three songs: “In the Hour of Trial,” “Beautiful Lord” and “Nearer my God to Thee.” The church was beautifully decorated for the occasion. The casket was banked with flowers. Besides there was an unusually large number of memorials to the various branches of church work. The businessmen of Osseo, other friends and the Osseo Lutheran church gave a substantial sum of money to be used in buying a memorial to be placed in the Osseo Lutheran Church. The active pallbearers were three nephews, Conrad, Arnold and Orville Hanson and Even Torpen, Christ Otteson and Fred Johnson. He leaves to mourn his loss, his daughter, Isabelle and two sisters, Ella Kolden, Osseo, and Mrs. C.P. Hanson, Onalaska, and a number of relatives and a host of friends. Blessed be his memory. We placed him in the grave in that beautiful churchyard of the United Lutheran church, Pigeon Falls, where loved ones who have gone before were buried. We laid him away, looking to the higher, the better, the nobler, the grander life that comes to the just and the pure. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 14, 1937

Funeral services for John J Kolstad of Chimney Rock were held at the church in the valley Friday, the Rev. A. Wichmnann officiating, and burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. Kolstad died at the hospital in Whitehall April 12, aged 77 years, following an illness since last December. He was a hospital patient a month. Mr. Kolstad as born May 28, 1860 in Ringsaker, Norway. With his parents he came to America and settled in Chimney Rock, wHere he was united in marriage to Marie Pederson in 1894. Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Kolstad, one of whom, Ludwig, survives his father, the other two and his wife having passed on before. Pallbearers at the funeral were Melvin Olson, Mike Mattison, Charles Olson, Fred Jacobson and Gustav Instenes. Flowers were carried by three sisters, nieces of the deceased, Olga Helgeson, Mrs. William Whitehall and Mrs. Adeline Stevens. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 22, 1937

Andrew Kolstad, a well known resident of this community, passed away at his home here Thursday, May 28, at the age of 69 years and 2 months. He was born at Ringsaker, Norway, March 29, 1861. At the age of two years he emigrated to America with his parents. On the 23rd of July, 1886, he was united in marriage to Netta Johaneson. A short time later, they settled on a farm in Tamarack Valley where they have resided continuously for nearly 45 years. Funeral services were held Saturday at two o’clock from the home and from the Tamarack Lutheran church, Rev. Johnn Olson officiating. Burial was made in the Tamarack cemetery. The pallbearers were Albert and Helmer Kolstad, sons of the deceased; Alfred Amundson, Alfred Olson and Alfred Gilbertson, sons-in-law; and Albert Johnson, a nephew. The flower girls, all granddaughters of the deceased were Delores Kolstad, Norma Olson and Beatrice and Myrtle Gilbertson. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife and wife children; namely, Mrs. Alfred Amundson, Mrs. Alfred Gunderson, Albert and Helmer, all residing in Tamarack Valley. A daughter, Anna, preceded him in death in 1912. He also leaves seven grandchildren, three brothers and three sisters, Mrs. Nettie Moe of Minneapolis; Mrs. Martha Amundson of St. Paul and Mrs. Albert Brennom of Tamarack Valley; Even and John Kolstad of Mondovi and Ed Kolstad of Tamarack Valley. Another brother, Johannes passed away four months ago. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JUNE 4, 1931

Funeral services were held at the Tamarack Lutheran church Friday afternoon for Lewis Kolstad, who died very suddenly on Wednesday, November 6, at the age of 67 years, two months and nine days. The Rev. Johan Olsen officiated at the last rites. Two hymns, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and “Abide With Me,” were sung by Mrs. Roy Christianson. The pallbearers Lewis Severson, John Byron and Howard Kopp, Arthur Bortle and H. Wilbur carried his remains to their resting place in the Tamarack cemetery. Mr. Kolstad was born in Norway August 28, 1873. He came to this country and on May 3, 1900 was joined in marriage to Kate Christianson. Following the wedding he and his wife established themselves on a farm near Centerville, but since his wife died two years ago, he made his home on the Albert T. Severson farm in Tamarack. Surviving are his only daughter, Mrs. John (Lillian) Olson of Tamarack, four grandchildren, Donald, LaVerne, Maynard and Lorraine Olson; one sister, Mrs. Jim Helgeson of Eleva; and one brother, Edward Kolstad, Chimney Rock. Deceased will be remembered for his friendliness and kindness, he was never to busy to help someone else. During the past year, which he spent in visiting among friends and relatives, he endeared himself to many, who were shocked to hear of his sudden end. On election day, the day before his death, he cast his vote at Arcadia, and the morning of his death, he spent with friends at Galesville. On the Sunday before his passing, he was present at his grandson’s confirmation at the Tamarack church. He was an ardent church worker. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - NOVEMBER 14, 1940

Mrs. Marie J. Kolstad was born in Ringsaker, Norway, October 15, 1849, and died at her home in Chimney Rock, November 23, 1923, after suffering several months with cancer. She came to America in 1882, and during her first year in Wisconsin, worked for a farmer at Koshkonong to pay for her ticket. On September 13, 1884, she was united in marriage to John J. Kolstad by Rev. Lunde of French Creek. In 1898 they bought a farm in Chimney Rock and by hard labor and perseverance, built a comfortable home. Three children were born to them: Mina, Christian and Ludvig. Mina and Christian died some years ago. The husband, with his son Ludvig, remain to mourn the loss of a kind and loving wife and mother. She is also survived by five brothers and three sisters. The funeral services were held at the home and at the Norwegian church of Chimney Rock on November 26, Rev. Hjemboe of Strum officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - DECEMBER 13, 1923

The death of Nels O. Koxlien occurred at his home in Pigeon on the 27th ult., aged 80 years and 5 months. Deceased leaves besides an aged wife, six children as follows: Mrs. Sophia Staff, Pigeon; Mrs. Gena Moen, Cashton; Mrs. Oliana Staff; Mrs. Eda Jacobson and Olaf and Peter all of Pigeon. He was also father of the late Mrs. G.O. Eid of that town. The funeral services were held at the United Lutheran church in Pigeon Falls the following Thursday and was largely attended. In the absence of Rev. Orke, Rev. Bergen of Curran Valley officiated. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - AUGUST 12, 1909

Gunda Kolve, 80, of Blair, died Tuesday, January 13, 1987, at Tri-County Memorial Nursing Home. She was born September 6, 1906 in Norway to Even and Gunnar Dalseng Lien. She came to the United States in 1908 and married Amos Kolve October 29, 1932, on her home farm in rural Ettrick, Wisconsin. Survivors include her husband; one son, Verdel of Los Angeles, California; one daughter, Lois Winter of Markesan, Wisconsin; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one brother, George Lien of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; four sisters, Mrs. Tilman (Eleanor) Halvorsen and Helen Skogstad, both of Blair; Mrs Gordeon (Dagne) DeJarlais of Elmherst, Illinois and Mrs. LeRoy (Elveda) Helgeson of LaCrosse. One brother has died. Funeral services were held 1:30 p.m. Friday, January 15, at the First Lutheran Church of Blair, the Rev. Ray Reinholtzen officiating. Burial will be in the Trempealeau Valley Cemetery, rural Taylor, Wisconsin. Casket bearers were Steven Helgeson, Martin Halvorsen, Paul Halvorsen, Michael Skogstad, Kurt Helgeson and Cory Lien. THE BLAIR PRESS

John Kvam passed away at his home in Fly Creek May 15, 1948 at the age of 79 years, 10 months and 25 days. Funeral services were held the following Tuesday afternoon at the Johnson funeral home and Our Saviour’s Lutheran church, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. Burial was in the Old Whitehall cemetery. Pallbearers at the funeral were grandsons of the deceased, Joseph, Sigvold, Hjalmer, Gordon, George and Odell Norby and the flowers were carried by three granddaughters, Mrs. Norman Anderson, Mrs. Melvin Anderson and Norma Kvam. Mr. Kvam was born at Tin, Telemarken, Norway, June 20, 1868, the son of Nels and Berget Haugstraa. He was baptized and confirmed in his home parish. In 1895 he married Gina Dybedell in Norway and they did not come to this country until June 1907. They settled in the town of Pigeon, but 30 years ago. Mr. Kvam purchased the farm in Fly Creek, which remained his home until his death. During the last seven years of his life, he had been bedridden. His five children, all surviving, helped in his care, Nels, John and Theodore, all of Minneapolis, for two years; Bessie, Mrs. Sigurd Norby for four months and his other daughter Gunda, Mrs Oscar Norby the remainder of the time. He also leaves 20 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two children, Ole in 1933 at the age of 35 and Jennie in infancy. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MAY 27, 1947

OLE ANDERSON KONTERUD (VAALER, SOLAR) Ole Anderson Konterud was born in Vaaler, Solar, Norway, April 19, 18??. In 1873, together with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Konterud, he emigrated to America and settled in Reynolds Coulee, Town of Preston, where he resided until his death on Monday, January 31, 1916. In 1883 Mr. Anderson was united in marriage to Andrea Olson, daughter of Lars and Bertha Olson. Their union was blessed with 15 children, 12 of which are left to mourn the loss of their father. Their names are as follows: Edwin, Mrs. John Tenneson, Ida, Theoline, Mathilda, Goodwin, Omer, Eilert, Kasper, Ovidia, Theodore and Gladys. Mrs. Anderson was a man highly respected, both in community and church affairs. He was town assessor for a number of years and considered extremely fair and just in his work. In church affairs he was always a leader, being also a trustee of the United Lutheran congregation at Blair for a number of years. He will be missed by all, and especially in his home. He was laid to rest in the U.N.L. cemetery Saturday, February 5, 1916, Rev. A. Boe officiating. The sympathy of the whole community is extended to the bereaved family. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - FEBRUARY 10, 1916

Mrs. John Kvam of Fly Creek, who had been in failing health since February, this year, died suddenly of a heart attack last Tuesday afternoon, September 27, at the age of 72 years, 11 months and 12 days Funeral services were held Friday at 1 o’clock at the home and at 2 ‘o’clock at Our Savour’s Lutheran church, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. Burial was in Old Whitehall cemetery beside her son Ole and an infant daughter. Pallbearers were Archie Lowe, Carl Olson, Alvin Grotem, Benone Foss, Albert Kongrud, and Olaus Mitskogen. Flowers were carried by her granddaughters Bertha and Jeanette Nordby and Norma Kvam and by a second niece, Sofie Carlson. As Gro Dybedal, Mrs. Kvam was born in Hovin One, Telemarken, Norway, daughter of Torkel and Gonne Dybedal. She was baptized and confirmed in the same community. She married John Kvam and seven children were born to them. Her husband and five children live to mourn her passing, namely, Bessie, Mrs. Sigurd Nordby, Whitehall; Nels, on the home farm; Gunda, Mrs. Oscar Nordby, Whitehall; and John and Theodore at home. There are also 17 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Ole Kvam, who died November 4, 1933 at the age of 35 years, by her daughter, Jennie, who died as an infant and by a granddaughter. Mrs. Kvam came to America in October 1907, bringing with her their five small children. Her husband had preceded her to this country by a few months. They settled in the Town of Pigeon, where she spent the rest of her life, 21 years. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - OCTOBER 13, 1938

Funeral services for Mrs. Olive Koxlien, 70, of Big Slough were held Tuesday afternoon at the United Lutheran church in Pigeon Falls with the Rev. S.L. Almlie officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mrs. Koxlien died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Isabelle Anderson, Hixton, Friday night, (September 7, 1951). She had suffered from a heart ailment. Born in Norway January 5, 1881, she was married to Oluf Koxlien on December 6, 1898. They lived on a farm in Big Slough for many years. Surviving are their eleven children, Mrs. Albert (Martha) Stalheim, Mrs. Ernest (Selma) Stalheim, Orrin and Truman, Curran Valley; Norris, Augusta; Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Emery (Trina) Erickson, Hixton; Olger, Schimmerhorn; Mrs. Arnold (Ida) Michaelson, Northfield; Mrs. Jens (Ila) Staff, Big Slough; and Gerald on the home farm. Two sisters, Mrs. Sophia Anderson, Taylor and Mrs. Tena Koxlien, Blair; and five brothers, Sam, Elmer and Alfred Lien, Blair and Magnus and Peter Lien of Whitehall; 42 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren also survive. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 13, 1951

Aslak Kvaalseth, Blair, passed away Wednesday October 11, 1978 at his home at the age of 87 years and 11 months. Aslak was born in Brunkeberg, Telemark, November 11, 1890 to Halvor and Gundhild Kvaalseth. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Norway. He came to America April 2, 1912. He served in the U.S. Army during World War I. On March 20, 1920 he married Bella Mikkelson. He farmed in the Blair area, retiring in 1965 and moving to Blair. He is survived by his wife and four daughters Mrs. Arthur (Gunda) Solberg, Mrs. Freeman (Gladys) Benedict, Mrs. Harold (Borghild) Gunderson, all of Blair and Mrs. LaVerne (Ruby) Henderson, Ettrick; 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, four sisters and one granddaughter. Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 14, 1978 at 2 p.m. at the Trempealeau Valley Lutheran church, rural Taylor, Rev. Omar C. Nelson officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. Military rites were by Knudtson-Mattison Post 231 of Blair. Honorary pallbearers were Norman P. Nelson, Art Galstad, Ed Loken, Alvin Galstad, Haakon Knutson and James Berg, Sr. E. Frank Hughes was organist and Howard Tjoflat, soloist. Casket bearers were grandsons, Gerald Solberg, Karl Gunderson, Randy Henderson, Wayne Henderson, John Henderson and Steve Hager. Jack Funeral home, Blair, was in charge of arrangements. Blessed be his memory. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 19, 1978

Pernilla Kvenmoen, one of the oldest residents of Blair, died Monday, January 14, 1929, aged 90 years and 6 months. Baptized and confirmed in Vaaler church. In 1860 united in marriage to Christian Kvenmoen. Lived on the Kvenmoen farm at Elverum, Norway 20 years. Resided a year and a half at Oslo, then emigrated to America and came to Blair in 1882. Resided here continuously since. Following children: Arne, accidently drowned at the age of eight years; Dorthea, died at four years of age; Anna, died at age 8. Another child died in early infancy. The living are: Charlotte, Mrs. Ador Peterson, Blair; Ole Kvenmoen, Fargo, North Dakota; Paul, Jamestown, North Dakota. Her husband died in July 1888 and she survived him over 40 years. She enjoyed the best of health but her eyesight began to fail about 15 years ago and it was necessary to remove one of her eyes six years ago. She was remarkably vigorous up until her last illness. She enjoyed the best of care by her daughter, Mrs. Ador Peterson. She was a lovable character, and enjoyed the friendship of many, who came each year to help her celebrate her birthday. Funeral services were held Friday at the Peterson home and at the Zion Lutheran church, Rev. Sweger officiating. Interment in the Zion cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 24 1929

Ole Kvam was born in Telmarken, Norway, August 5, 1898 and completed his life’s journey November 4, 1933 at the Wisconsin General Hospital, Madison, where he had been a patient. He was laid to rest November 8 in Old Whitehall cemetery. The infant Ole, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Kvam, was baptized October 21, the same year of his birth by Rev. Grandale, pastor of Telemarken Parish. He spent his childhood in his native land, but at the age of nine years he came to America with his mother, sisters and brothers to join his father, who had sailed for the promised land a year before. Embarking on shipboard October 6th, 1907, they arrived at Whitehall October 29, 1907. The family immediately settled on the farm in Fly Creek, Town of Pigeon, where Ole lived continuously until four years ago. On September 21, 1913, deceased was confirmed into the Lutheran church at Whitehall by Rev. E.B. Christophersen. In the fall of 1929, Ole Kvam rented a farm adjoining his father’s and worked that and at the same time and previous to that, for a total of seven years, he was engaged at hauling cream for the Preston Cooperative Creamery. In the fall of 1932 Mr. Kvam’s health began to fail. He sought medical aid at home for a years, but finally on September 30, 1933, he went to the Madison hospital where he was a patient five weeks until his release. Funeral services were held from the home and Our Saviour’s Lutheran church, Whitehall, Revs. O.G. Birkeland and E.B. Christophersen officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - NOVEMBER 23, 1933

Ole Anton Kvenmoen, 80, resident of Fargo for the past thirty years, and a former resident of Blair, died at his home there Thursday, March 8, 1951. He had been ill for the last two years. Born at Elverum, Norway, October 1, 1870, Mr. Kvenmoen came to the United States with his parents at the age of 10. They resided in Blair, where he attended school and for many years was a clerk in the Halverson-Hanson General Store. He was married to Serena Halverson of Blair on January 9, 1904. Leaving Blair, they moved to Doran, Minnesota, where they operated a general store until 1916 when they went to Berlin, North Dakota and operated a hardware store there until 1921. They then went to Fargo where Mr. Kvenmoen conducted a residential grocery until he retired in 1942. He is survived by his wife; three sons, Caroll and Douglas of Fargo and Ronald E. of San Francisco; a brother, Paul of Los Angeles; a sister, Mrs. A.G. Peterson of Stevens Point, Wisconsin; and two grandchildren, Joyce and Jean Kvenmoen. A son, Robert William was killed in France September 9, 1944. Mr. Kvenmoen was a member of the First Lutheran church and the Men’s Brotherhood and funeral services were held at that church, Tuesday March 13 with the Rev. H.E. Houghland and Dr. S.A. Berge officiating. Burial was in the Riverside cemetery, Fargo. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 22, 1951

Mrs. Bertha Kvista passed away at the home of her son, Albert Kvista, in the Town of Franklin on Friday, August 17, 1928 at the age of 81 years, 6 months and 21 days. She had been confined to her bed for about six months, death being due to the infirmities of old age. Funeral services were held at the home of her son on Monday afternoon at 1:30, conducted by Rev. Urberg of Blair. The services were largely attended by sorrowing relatives and friends. Undertaker August Hattson of this city, had charge of the arrangements. Mrs. E.L. Peterson rendered two vocal solos. Interment was made in the Johnson cemetery, in the Town of Franklin. Bertha Simonson was born in Norway on January 24, 1846. She came to this country and to Black River Falls when a young lady and was married here to Ole Kvista. Three children were born to them, namely: Mrs. Julia France of Seward, Alaska; Carl Kvista, of the Town of Springfield, and Albert Kvista of Franklin, where Mrs. Kvista had made her home for the past eight years. Mr. Kvista passed away 15 years ago while on a trip to his old home in Norway. Mrs. Kvista was a member of the Lutheran church from her girlhood and lived a God-fearing life. She reared her family to manhood and womanhood in that faith. She was a devoted wife and mother, a kind and obliging neighbor and a good woman. She always contributed her share to the support of her church and was interested in all things for the good. She was among the pioneer women who met with the hardships of the early days, and lived to see and enjoy many of the comforts of the present age. Her memory will long be cherished among her loved ones. Deep sympathy is extended to her bereaved family and other relatives. Reprinted from the Black River Falls Banner Journal. THE TAYLOR HERALD - AUGUST 31, 1928

Nels Knsmore died Monday, September 24, of cancer, having suffered from the same several years. Mr. Kensmoe was born in Norway in October 1847, and when he came to the United States he first settled at Milwaukee, where he lived two years. In 1872 he came to Bruce Valley and in April was married to Mrs. Martha Olson and there they took up a homestead, where they have since made their home. He leaves his wife and six children, Andrew of Osseo, Albert of Hale, Mrs. Olaus Johnson of Madison, Mrs. George Krueger and Oscar of Mondovi and Otto of Bruce Valley, the latter being the only child living at home. The funeral was held Wednesday in the Bruce Valley church conducted by Rev. Folkestad. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - OCTOBER 4, 1917

"Aslack Knudtson, whose death occurred on the 7th of March 1911, was born in Kveitseid, Upper Tellemarken, Norway, May 17, 1828. In November 1851 he married Hannah Diana Hendrickson of Poragrud. He immigrated to ths country with his family in 1861, settling in Dane county, where they resided three years, then removed to Trempealeau county, where he continuously resided up to the time of his death. Deceased was a widower, his wife having died in 1889. Nine children were born to them, five of which survive as follows: Mrs. Guro Knudtson of Whitehall; Henry and Knudt of De Smet, S.D.; John of Pasadena, Cal., and Mrs. Anna Johnson of Preston. There are also 26 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Deceased was one of the organizers of the local Synod Lutheran church and a devoted member. The funeral service was held at the Synod Lutheran church in Whitehall last Saturday and largely attended. Rev. O.K. Ramberg officiated and interment took place in the cemetery at Old Whitehall." THE WHITEHALL TIMES/BLAIR BANNER - March 16, 1911

"In 1861 she came with her parents, Aslak and Hanna Diana Knudtson, to Dane county, Wis. In 1864 Aslak Knudtson, Ole Anderson Aga, Ole Christian Nielson, with their several families, left Deerfield, Dane county, in May and some time in June the same year came to Fly Creek, where they all settled Each family had a yoke of oxen and wagon in which they carried practically all their property, except a few cattle which they drove. All walked except the youngest children. In describing this trip to the writer, Mrs. Knudtson told of an incident which occurred on the way which might have caused serious damage and even the loss of life had it not been for the ready wit and quick action of one of the members of the party.
All the wagons were without brakes and the oxen could hold back the momentum of the wagons with only their heads. Therefore, the travelers, when they were about to go down some steep hill-and there were many of them on their jouney-used to cut down trees and cut out a log for each wagon which they attached with a rope or chain to drag behind the wagons. One day as they were going down a very steep slope, rough hill one of the logs bumped against a stone or grub, broke the fastening, letting the weight of the loaded wagon come on the back of the oxen with a suddenness which sent the oxen runniung down the hill. This imperilled not only the rig set fee from the drag but also the rigs that were ahead. But happily the damages were averted by quick thought and swift action so that the only noticeable results were several faces pale with fear, panting bosoms, pounding hearts and greater caution in the future.
These three framilies were the first settlers in Fly Creek and the first Norwegian homemakers in what afterwards became the town of Pigeon.
November 6, 1874, the deceased married Knudt A. Knudtson. From this union ten children were born, three of whom died in infancy and youth. One, Ida Murphy, died in Vermont a few years ago. The surviving children are Amanda Thompson, Tina Quackenbush and Ella Stendal of this county, Hanna Deppe and Brace Holt of Duluth, Minn., and Clara Robertson of Berkeley, California. Knudt A. Knudtson died in this village August 9, 1918. Mrs. Knutson was blessed with good health up to a short time before her death. She was taken sick while on a visit to her daughter's in Duluth and there she passed the great border-line March 26, 1925. She was brought here for burial and her funeral was held on the 30th of March at Our Saviours church, Rev. Orke and Rev. Hofstad officiating. All the surviving children attended except Mrs. Robertson. Deceased leaves one surviving brother, John Knudtson of Pasadena, Calif.
Every little while some member of our community is called to the land of the hereafter whom we are glad to remember because of usefulness or because of amiable and inspiring presence. Mrs. Knudtson combined the traits of both classes. She was versed in that knowledge which can minister to our comfort when the skeins of life become snarled and tangled, and she had long since learned to frame her troubles and sorrows with smiles. Such people are like stars long since dead in abysmal space the light of which go streaming on through after centuries. She was an affectionate wife, tender mother, attractive social unit and devoted Christian. She was born and cradled in one of the most romantic valleys in Norway, which has probably given birth to more poetry, art, music and romance than any other valley in the land of the Midnight Sun.
The duration of human memory is so short that if we could, we would like to capture and hold the finest and noblest expressions of life by the magic of some art or science to hang in our public halls or set up by the side of our higheways to make glad and inspire the innumerable men. Guro, usually known as "Julia" Knudtson, was born in Kviteseid, Telemarken, Norway, September 6, 1853 and women who shall follow ancestral paths to the end of time. But as we cannot do this, we must content ourselves by gathering the aromas of sweet lives and the images of beautiful presences in the sacred chambers of memory until our own lives are permeated by the essence and beauty of those who have gone before us and thus perpetuate the greatest values of life. H.A. Anderson - April 5, 1925" WHITEHALL TIMES - April 9, 1925

"Henry Knudtson was born February 13, 1856, in Telemarken, Norway. He came to America in 1861, at the age of five years.
He lived with his parents in Dane county, for two years, then moving to Trempealeau county, where he resided for 18 years, coming to Dakota n the spring of 1881 and filing on land.
In 1881 he was married to Mary C. Olson, of Trempealeau County. To this union were born seven children, three of whom are dead, Freddie, Ella and Edwin. The four living are Manvil, Mrs. Arthur Nelson, Eddie and Annie, who are living at home.
Mr. Knudtson was one of the early pioneers of Spirit Lake township, residing there for 35 years until his death, which occurred at 10:20 Tuesday evening, February 8th. He was energetic and progressive farmer, successful beyond the average. As a citizen he was honest and upright in all things. As a friend and neighbor he was held in high esteem, and was one of the most popular men in the north part of the county. He was one of the organizers and active members of West Bethania Norwegian Lutheran Church in Spirit Lake township.
He leaves to mourn his death his faithful wife and the four children, two brothers, John of Pasadena, Cal., Knute, of Erwin and two sisters, Julia Knudtson, of Whitehall, Wis., and Anna Johnson, of Blair, Wis., and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were helat his home and at the church, Rev. E.S.Eidesvick, of Bryant Lutheran church, conduting the service. Interment was made in the Lutheran cemetery in Spirit Lake township. - NEWS, DeSmet, South Dakota" THE WHITEHALL TIMES BANNER - February 24, 1916

"Pauline Knudtson was born in Biri, Norway, July 19, 1852. In 1871 she became the wife of Lars Knudtson. Knudtson was by trade a shoemaker. He was poor, and like many of his countrymen, he heard about the U.S. as being a paradise for the poor. Then somehow, about the year 1878, he managed to get a ticket for the land of promise, and came directly to Pigeon, where there were other people from Biri. His wife and three oldest boys were left behind until he could earn enough to send for them. Good fortune attended, for the next year he sent for his wife and children. Soon after his family came, 'Lysenge,' who then lived where Martin Johnson had his home so many years, about a mile west of Pigeon Falls, gave him permission to build a shanty on the north side of the road. It was a very small house and probably did not cost more than twenty-five dollars. There the family found a home for some years. There Lars and his wife worked early and late-frequently until midnight. I called there several times to get shoes fixed-for the home was his workshop. The three little boys, who made the long trip with their mother, came to the school where I taught at Pigeon Falls. But, as the family increased-for there were seven boys and one daughter born in that family-it was found that a 12 X 15 foot room with no attic, was too small for home and shop too, so they moved a little farther up the road near where the Fuller coulee road joins U.S. highway No. 53. In the meantime the oldest boys, one by one, drifted out into the world to make their living. Even, next to the oldest son, did more than just make a living. He bought a farm still his own, and there came his parents and the younger children. All seemed well now though the father was not a very rugged man and was also a partial cripple. Then like a thunderstorm out of an azure sky, came tragedy. Lars was lying down to rest, for it was evening time. I think some one called him for supper. He go up, went out and never returned. No one among relatives knows what became of him. So far as known there was no quarrel, or estrangement between him and his family. His widowed wife waited more than 30 years for answer to her incessant question: "Why did you leave, me, Lars?" And then there was the other question: "How is it with him?" But during all these years, the shadows that chilled her heart rarely clouded her face. Erect, strong and cheerful, she walked the road of life and uncomplainingly bore the limitations of poverty and the sad refrain of her unanswered questions.
I have styled her a prisoner of clay. We are all, more or less, prisoners of clay. Some are imprisoned by sickness, others by poverty and other innumerable limitations. We would like wings to fly away and explore the far horizons. We dream of castles, small and great, that we long to see. Visions of weath, honors, beauty and splendor haunt us all alike in vain. Inscrutable Provience or implacable fate fetter us all. But some have much larger cells than others. Mrs. Knudtson's was one of the smallest. And still she seldom murmured. She was a healthy woman and the years changed her but little until about three and a half years ago. Then her body gave way, but her spirit still lit the darkness over and around her She found an asylum with her son, Even, who lives a short distance below Pigeon Falls. Here she received the devoted care and attention she needed. Not being married, he gave up his time and freedom to his mother. Of course it was his duty. But we have seen so many sons and daughters neglect just such duties. That duty or not, I feel like giving Even a warmer and firmer hand-clasp for what he did for his mother. During her long confinement, she was cheerful and her mental faculities were clear and bright to the last.
On the 17th day of January, 1934, at the home of her son, she passed peacefully to her rest, released from her prison of clay. We trust she has found the fairest castle of her dreams. Her funeral on the 19th of January, was conducted by the Revs. A.J. Oerke and H.A. Oerke and her body laid in the lower Pigeon cemetery.
Six of her sons survive her, to wit: Iver, Even, Ludvig, Peder, Benhart and Sigvald. A son Peder and a daughter, Clara, preceded her in death. Written by H.A. Anderson, January 28, 1934" THE WHITEHALL TIMES - February 1, 1934

Mrs. Emma Mathilda Knudson, eldest daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Hokon Olson, was born in Galesburg, Illinois, August 12, 1857 and passed away Monday, January 4, 1943, at the age of 85, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hazel Engelsgjerd, Rice Lake, Wisconsin. She lived with her parents at New Sweden and Swedesburg, Iowa, where she was married to Knud Knudson, July 6, 1881. The couple lived in Olsburg, Kansas and moved to Rice Lake in 1898, where Mrs. Knudson lived until her death. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Frederick (Elsie) Weinman, Brooks, Oregon; Mrs. Etta Jensen and Mrs. Hazel Engelsgjerd, both of Rice lake; three sisters, Mrs. Olivia Haterius, Detroit, Michigan; Mrs. Josephine Rodell, Oakland, California; and Mrs. C.E. Kingsbury, Milwaukee; two brothers, Eben Olson, Port Arthur Wing; and O.E. Olson, Rice Lake; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Her husband, one son, Arthur Eugene and one daughter, Mrs. Helmer (Laura Josephine) Bjudstad, preceded her in death. Mrs. Knudson was a life member of the Women’s Mission Society and for forty-five years was a member of the Swedish Immanuel Lutheran church. Funeral services were held there Wednesday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. E. Olson officiating. Arrangements were in charge of G.L. Lyle and burial was in Nora cemetery. Pallbearers were four grandsons, Karl Knudson, Oscar Jensen, Reuben Engelsgjerd and Eugene Bjugstad, and two grandsons-in-law, Howard Nelson and Tom O’Brien. Those from out of town at the funeral were the Helmer Bjugstad family, Barron and Eben Olson, Port Wing. SOURCE - RICE LAKE CHRONOTYPE; RICE LAKE, WISCONSON Researching this family Kate Stevens

Knud Knudson was born in alders, Norway, January 5, 1855. He came to America with his parents in 1867. The family settled in Olsburg, Kansas, where the boy grew up. On the 6th of July, 1879, he married Emma Olson, daughter of Rev. Hokan Olson ar Mariadahl, Kansas. In June 1898 he moved his family to Riche Lake where he has been engaged in farming until h is death, May 23, 1926. He had been a member of the Immanuel Lutheran church of this city since his arrival from Kansas in 1898, having served on the board of deacons for some fifteen years. Tuesday afternoon, May 18, he was injured while at work on his farm and died at Lakeside hospital Sunday morning at 10:45. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, Mrs. Emma Knudson, and four daughters: Mrs. Fred Weinman of Gervais,Oregon; Mrs. Oscar Jensen and Mrs. Hazel Engelsgjerd of this city and Mrs. Hilmar Bjugstad of Barron, Wisconsin. His only son, Arthur E. Knudson, preceded him in death ten years ago. He also leaves a sister, Mrs. L.J. Winjer of New Castle, Nebraska, and fourteen grandchildren. Funeral services were held in the Immanual Lutheran church at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, Rev. A.E. Bomgren officiating. Interment was made in Nora cemetery. SOURCE - RICE LAKE CHRONOTYPE; RICE LAKE, WISCONSIN Researching this family Kate Stevens

Carl L. Kittleson, a businessman of Galesville, was born in Ettrick Township, this county, April 6, 1880, son of Lars and Sena (Olson) Kittleson. Lars Kittleson was born in Perry Township, Dane County, this state, August 23, 1859. He was brought to Ettrick Township by his parents as a lad of six years, was here reared and finally inherited the home place now owning 210 acres on which he conducts general farming. Carl L. Kittleson remained at home until 17 years of age, and then found employment as a farm hand. Later he found work in a creamery. Wishing to further perfect himself in this line of industry he entered the Dairy School of the University of Wisconsin in November 1902. With this preparation he was successively employed as cheese maker at Kewaunee, Wisconsin one season and as butter maker at Ettrick; helper, St. Paul Minnesota; Salt Lake City, Utah and Osseo, Wisconsin. In May 1909 he purchased a restaurant at Osseo. Three years later, his lease having expired, he came to Galesville and purchased the Hauge and Ragness restaurant which he has since conducted. In addition to operating the restaurant, which he had moved from the Grover block to the old Funston building, which he now owns, he conducts a soda fountain and ice cream parlor, manufacturing all his ice cream. His establishment is equipped with modern devices, and his fountain is of the latest design. Mr. Kittleson was married May 12, 1909 to Augusta Frase, daughter of William and Charlotte (Geske) Frase. William Frase was born in Posen, Germany in 1855, came to America at the age of 17 years, located in Otter Creek Township, Eau Claire County, and there engaged in farming until his death, October 28, 1904. His wife was born September 22, 1858 and now lives in Augusta, Wisconsin. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Julius O. Knutson, a leading businessman of Blair, was born on the homestead in Ettrick Township, this county, September 2, 1878, son of Knut S. and Anna (Skaar) Knutson. In 1903 he became a member of the firm of K.S. Knutson & Sons, and on January 1,1909, he purchased the business and has since conducted it under his own name. He carries on a general hardware and implement business. The modern building which houses the establishment is owned by his father, K.S. Knutson. It is a two-story structure with full basement, 60 by 60 feet, of brick veneer. It is equipped with an elevator and other conveniences. In the spring of 1917 Mr. Knutson erected a modern brick garage 33 by 70 feet adjoining the store building. This he conducts in connection with his other business. Handling a good line of automobiles and accessories, the garage is fully equipped, where auto repairing is done by expert mechanics. Mr. Knutson is stockholder in the Home Bank of Blair and in the Western Wisconsin Telephone Co. of Arcadia. With his brother, Edwin B. and his father, K.S., he owns a large farm in Imperial County, California. His pubic work has included service as village clerk for five years and school treasurer five years, being now president of the village council. His fraternal relations are with the Independent Order of Foresters. Mr. Knutson was married May 23, 1906 to Alice B. Thompson, who was born in Jackson County, February 20, 1875, daughter of Reier and Brunhild (Haugland) Thompson of North Dakota. This union has been blessed with three children: Kenneth Ralph, born July 5, 1907, and died September 2, 1907; Kermit Russell, born August 22, 1911; and Blanche Annabel, born March 21, 1916. The family faith is that of the United Norwegian Lutheran Church. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Knut S. Knutson has been one of the leading citizens of the county for many years. As an agriculturist he developed a good farm in the Beaver Creek Valley, as a merchant he assisted in the progress of Blair by building up an important store, and as county, village and school official he has done most efficient service to the community at large. Mr. Knutson is a native of Ulvik, Hardanger, Norway, born February 20, 1856, the son of Urians and Brita (Severson) Knutson. The parents, born respectively July 6, 1823 and December 13, 1830, brought the family to America in 1869 and settled on a homestead in the Beaver Creek Valley, in Ettrick Township, where the father died February 15, 1901, and where the mother now makes her home with her daughter, Mrs. O.T. Johnson. As a young man Knut S. Knutson secured a farm in the Beaver Creek Valley, which he owned and operated for a number of years. Having attained success in this line, he determined to seek broader fields of opportunity, and in 1903 moved to Blair where, with his sons, Julius O. and Edwin B., he purchased the hardware and implement store of Charles Johnson and established the firm of K. S. Knutson & Sons, which was succeeded in 1909 by the son, Julius O. Knutson. The subject of this sketch now devotes his time to looking after his various interests and to public service. As a member of the county board he has the advantage of eight years’ experience and he is regarded as one of the influential men of that body. For twenty years in Ettrick and for three years in Blair, he has been a member of the school board. For two years he was on the village council of Blair. His fraternal relations are with the Independent Order of Foresters. His business holdings include stock in the Home State Bank of Blair of which he is a director and in the Minneapolis (Minnesota) State Bank of Commerce. Mr. Knutson was married June 8, 1878 to Anna Skaar, who was born in Ettrick Township, December 23, 1858, daughter of O.N. and Engeborg Skaar, the former of whom was born June 27, 1822 and died October 16, 1909 and the latter of whom was born February 10, 1822 and died October 16, 1908. The union of Mr. and Mrs. Knutson has been blessed with four children: Julius O., Edwin B. Irvin N. and Ida. Julius O. is the leading hardware and implement dealer in Blair. Edwin B. organized the State Bank of Commerce at Minneapolis and of this institution he is now cashier. On June 23, 1903 he married Adah Pooler of Onalaska, Wisconsin. Irvin N. is cashier of the Coon Valley (Wisconsin) Bank. He married Minnie Neprud of Coon Valley and they have two children, Genevieve and Irvin, Jr. Ida is the assistant cashier of the Coon Valley State Bank. In addition to his holdings in this county, and in Grant Count, North Dakota, Mr. Knutson and his two sons, Julius O. and Edwin B., own a 240 acre farm in Imperial County, California. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Frank A. Kellman, who is conducting at Galesville one of the most complete hardware stores in Trempealeau County, and also carrying on a good business in plumbing, gas fitting and the installation of heating apparatus, was born at Barras, Sweden, April 24, 1869, son of John and Ana C. Kellman. His parents came to the United States with their family in the year of his birth, settling in Galesville, Wisconsin where they are still living, the father having been engaged in the jewelry business for many years. Frank A. attended school in Galesville when a boy. At the age of 17 he entered the hardware store of Aaron Oribs, in this village, where he learned the tinner's trade and the hardware business in general and continued with this employer for about eight years, he then engaged in the hardware business for himself, opening a store in the building now occupied by the Galesville post office. After remaining at that location for seven years, he moved to the corner on which the Farmers' and Merchants' Bank now stands. There he carried on business for ten years, by the end of which time his trade had so increased that he to find more commodious quarters, and so moved into his present building. Here he occupied two floors, 40 by 60 feet, but owing to the continued growth of his business is so crowded that he has hardly any room for display. He carries a large stock of shelf and heavy hardware, occupying the space from floor to ceiling, and also has a number of outside warehouses. In his plumbing, gas fitting and heating department he employs several highly skilled workmen. Mr. Kellman has also been secretary of the Davis Mill Company since its organization, and is a director in the Bank of Galesville and in the Western Wisconsin Telephone Company. Mr. Kellman was married in October 18982 to Lizzie Belle Thompson, who was born in Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, daughter of William B. and Allie (Atwood) Thompson, who are both now deceased. Her father, who was born in the State of New York and was engaged in farming and stock raising most of his life, was also a stockholder in the bank of Galesville. For many years he was a large landowner in the county and also had extensive property interests in Galesville, being one of the most prominent citizens of the village. Mr. and Mrs. Kellman have three children: Vilas A., who is associated with his father in business; Forest T. and Norris J., residing at home. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

J. Alfred Kellman, who for many years has been established in the jewelry business in Galesville, and is one of the leading citizens of the village, was born in Sweden, October 16, 1865, son of John and Anna C. Kellman,. The father was born in Sweden, April 24, 19831, and learned the jeweler's trade. Coming to the United States in 1869, he settled in Trempealeau County the same year, starting a jewelry store in Trempealeau, where he remained for four years. He then established himself in the same business in Galesville, of which place he has since been a resident. Although now advanced in yeas, he is still hale and heart, as, also, is Mrs. Kellman, who has reached the advanced age of 83 years. They were the parents of four children: Charles A., John A., Frank A., and Solomon L. (deceased). J. Alfred Kellman was educated in the Galesville graded school and at Gale College. He learned the jewelry business from his father, with whom he has been associated since he was 15 years old, and who, it may be said, was the first jeweler in Galesville. For a place of the size of Galesville he has a remarkably well-stocked store and does a good business in watch cleaning and repairing. He has also been manager and treasurer of the Galesville Improvement Company since its organization in 1892. A Republican in politics, he has served on the village board for a number of years, has been town and village treasurer and is at present serving as assessor of Galesville. He owns both business and residence property in Galesville. Fraternally he is connected with the Knights of Pythias and the Modern Woodmen of America. Mr. Kellman was married in June 1897 to Julia Ziegler, daughter of John and Barbara (Raichel) Ziegler, both she and her parents being natives of Germany. The Ziegler family came to the United States many years ago, locating immediately in Galesville, Wisconsin where Mr. Ziegler followed his trade or blacksmith and machinist. Some time after coming here, he went to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he remained for a year, after which he returned to Galesville. About 1895 he retired and moved to LaCrosse where he and his wife subsequently died. Mr. and Mrs. J. Alfred Kellman are the parents of two children: Arleen Thelma and John Morton, who reside with their parents. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Andres Knutson, an early settler, was born in Halingdahl, Norway, and was there reared. As a young man he married Astri Johnson and the two decided to cast their future lot in America. Accordingly in 1860 they came to this county, and located in Ettrick Township, a mile from the present family home. He homesteaded a farm and successfully carried on general farming until his death June 7, 1891. His good wife survived him several years, passing away May 12, 1895. In the family there were seven children: Margit (deceased); Astri, the widow of K.K. Hagestad; Karine (deceased), Johanna (deceased), Knut of Ettrick Township, John A. of Ettrick, and Margit, now Mrs. S.S. Knutson of Ettrick Township. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

John A. Knutson, town chairman and a prosperous farmer in section 17, Ettrick Township, was born in this township October 19, 1872, sixth child of Andres and Astri (Johnson) Knutson. He acquired his education in the district school of Ettrick Township and resided at home until he was 21 years of age, assisting his father and acquiring a knowledge of agriculture. At the time of his marriage, June 23, 1894 to Anna M. Hagestad, he bought his present farm, which contains 158 acres of excellent land. On this property he has made practically all the improvements, and his farm is now equipped with substantial modern buildings. Mr. Knutson has other financial interests aside from his farm, being a stockholder in the Ettrick Creamery Company, the Ettrick Telephone Company, the Farmers Exchange at Blair and the Ettrick & Northern Railroad. His wife, Mrs. Anna M. (Hagestad) Knutson, was born in Ettrick Township, this county, daughter of Ole and Martha (Gunderson) Hagestad, who were natives of Norway. Her father died when she was a babe one year old. Mr. and Mrs. Knutson have been the parents of eight children: Margaret Amanda, wife of Alfred Ekern; Omar, deceased; Alma Ovidia, deceased; Newman Sylvester and Ernest William residing at home; Grunild Irene, who is deceased; Orrin Alexander, residing at home, and Lillian Marie, deceased. Mr. Knutson is affiliated by membership with the Yeomen and the Modern Woodmen of America. In politics he is an independent Republican. He has served on the township board a number of years and is its present chairman, rendering efficient service and supporting all practical measures for the betterment of the community in which he lives. He and his family are members of the United Lutheran Church. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Knut A. Knudtson, a retired farmer of Whitehall, and owner of the Overland Farm of 160 acres in section 28, and the Ada Stock Farm of 240 acres in section 4 and 9, all in Pigeon Township, was born in Telemarken, Norway, June 24, 1852, son of Andrew and Margaret (Halvorson) Knudtson, born in Norway in 1827 and 1832, respectively, who came to America in 1869, and located in Preston Township, this county, where they died, the father in 1909 and the mother in 1886. After coming to this country, Knut A. worked about among the farmers of the neighborhood until 1874, when he bought the Overland Farm on Fly Creek. This farm he operated about 30 years. In 1903 he took up his residence in Whitehall. But he still longed for farm life, so in the fall of 1909 he purchased the Ada Stock Farm, on which he lived until 1912, when he again took up his home in Whitehall. For three years he served on the town board and for 15 years on the school board. He is a stockholder in the Whitehall Creamery, the Pigeon Grain & Stock Company the People's State Bank and the Whitehall Hospital. Mr. Knudtson was married November 6, 1874, to Julia Knudtson, daughter of Aslak and Hannah (Hendrickson ) Knudtson of Pigeon Township. This union has been blessed with ten children: Amanda, Ida, Hannah, Ella, Tina, Clara and Grace, living, and Ada, Adolph and Clara deceased. Amanda is the wife of Ira Thompson, a farmer of Preston Township. Ida married Patrick Murphy, a stonecutter of Waterbury, Vermont. Hannah married E. E. Deppe, a real estate man of Duluth, Minnesota. Ella married Theo. Stendahl, a farmer of Pigeon Township. Tina married Luther Quackenbush, of Whitehall. Clara and Grace are at home. Ada died at the age of 2 years, Adolph at the age of 18 years and Clara at the age of 11 years. The family faith is that of the Norwegian Lutheran Church of America. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Andrew J. Klundby, who is engaged in farming in section 26, Gale Township, was born in Biri, Norway, April 24, 1861, son of Jens and Martha (Nelson) Klundby, both parents being natives of the same place. They came to the United States at some time between 1886 and 1888, locating on a farm in Jackson County, Wisconsin, where Jens Klundby died about 1904 and his wife in 1914. They had a family of nine children, Andrew J. being the fourth born. Andrew J. Klundby acquired his education in his native land, where he resided until he was about 19 years of age. Then, in 1880, he came to this country, and from that time until his marriage in 1895, he made his home with John Johnson in Gale Township. October 31, 1895, he married Bertha Johnson, who was born in Gale Township, daughter of Hans and Gulena Johnson, her parents being natives of Norway, who came to America in the early seventies. They located first on Half Way Creek, this township, but afterwards moved to Hardie’s Creek Valley, where Hans Johnson followed farming, and where he still resides, though now retired from active work. His wife died in the fall of 1916. They had a family of five children. At the time of his marriage Mr. Klundby moved onto a farm in Skunk Coulee, near the Grant school house, where he was engaged in agriculture for eight years. He then came to his present farm, which contains 80 acres of land in one piece, while he has 20 acres more across Black River in La Crosse County. His buildings are modern and substantial and his farm is equipped with all necessary machinery and implements. Mr. Klundby carries on general farming and dairying and devotes all his time to his business, having taken no part in local politics. He and his wife have had two children: Ella, who resides at home, and Nels, who died at the age of 12 years. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY – 1917

George W. Knutson. One of the best and most highly improved farms in Lincoln Township is that of George W. Knutson, in section 36, and which contains 232 acres of good fertile land. Mr. Knutson was born in West Salem, La Crosse County, Wisconsin, May 20, 1873, son of Even Knutson and his wife, Mary Anderson Knutson. The father was a native of Norway who came to America in 1870, locating at West Salem, where he farmed until 1903, subsequently removing to Holmen, La Crosse County, where he died in 1913 at the age of 68 years. His wife, now 73 years old, is now residing in Holmen. George W. Knutson remained on the home farm until reaching the age of 16 years. He then went to work on the farm of James McEldowney at West Salem and was employed there for fourteen years, only taking one week off in all that time, which was when he visited the World’s Fair at Chicago in 1893. At the end of that period he rented with profitable results. Being now ready to purchase a farm of his own, he selected that which he now owns and operates and has since resided here. The residence is a good frame structure of ten rooms, with furnace heat, bath, electric light and other modern conveniences. Mr. Knutson owns his own electric light plant by which his other buildings are similarly illuminated. In 1915 he rebuilt his barn, which is now a substantial frame structure, with cement block basement and cement floor, in size 32 by 108 by 20 feet. It is provided with Louden stanchions and litter carrier. In the same year he built a cement block silo, 16 by 35 feet. Among his other buildings are a good machine shed – a frame building 24 by 80 feet and an ice house and milk house combined, 15 by 24 by 12 feet. The farm includes an orchard of two acres. Mr. Knutson at this time keeps about 60 head of Holstein cattle, 20 being registered, and milks 30 cows. Of Duroc-Jersey hogs he feeds 200 a year. In his farming operations he follows the three years’ rotation plan, planting corn and clover. As a farmer he has been highly successful, a result due to this thorough training in early life and his habits of industry and intelligent application to his self-appointed tasks. Mr. Knutson was married November 1, 1900 to Mary Anderson of West Salem, who was born in Sweden. He and his wife have six children: Raymond, LaVerne, Margaret, Clarence, May and Glen. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Christian Kolden, an early settler, was born in Gulbransdalen, Norway, and was there reared and married Ingri Ramstad, who was born December 3, 1838 and died August 1, 1903. They came to America in 1870, and located near Urne, in Buffalo County, this state, remaining until 1884, when he secured 120 acres in section 10, town 23, range 7, Hale Township. This farm he developed and improved, increasing the property of 200 acres, and successfully carrying on general farming. He now makes his home with is son, Ole, who has the farm lying just across the road on the east. Mr. and Mrs. Kolden had five children: Ole, born August 24, 1867, a farmer of Hale Township; Eldri, born June 13, 1875 in Buffalo County, who keeps house for her brother Ole; Torsten, born January 15, 1878, also in Buffalo County, who died August 27, 1881; Karen Torine, born May 15, 1880, who is the wife of Carl P. Hanson, a farmer near Onalaska, Wisconsin; and Thea Lydia, born February 6, 1884, who married Orville Evenson, a farmer near Whitehall. She died November 6, 1907. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY – 1917

Ole Kolden, proprietor of the fertile Kolden Stock Farm of 160 acres in sections 9 and 16, town 23, range 7, Hale Township, is doing his full share toward developing the agricultural resources of the county. Energetic and capable, he is a successful farmer, a good neighbor and a useful citizen. He was born in Gulbransdalen, Norway, August 24, 1867, son of Christian and Ingri (Ramstad) Kolden, who in 1870 brought him to America and settled in Buffalo County, this state, coming in 1884 to Hale Township, where he grew to young manhood and was trained to farm pursuits, assisting in the cultivation and development of the home farm. He bought his present farm in 1894, and moved onto it in 1908. Here he has since carried on general farming, operating it successfully, and keeping graded Holstein cattle, of which he has 30 head, with a registered sire; about 30 head of Poland-China hogs and a flock of White Leghorn chickens. Like other enterprising farmers, he has improved his place from time to time by the erection of new buildings, installed with modern conveniences. Thus in 1910, two years after moving onto this property, he built his present residence, a two-story and basement house of nine rooms, installed with a hot water heating system and other modern improvements. In 1915 he built a barn, 44 by 64 by 14 feet above stone basement, with an ell 32 by 20 feet for horses. The barn has cement floors and steel fixtures all through. His granary and machine shed is a frame building, 16 by 28 feet, with an ell 32 by 34. All the buildings on the farm are well constructed and present a neat appearance. As one of the substantial and prominent men of his township, Mr. Kolden has not escaped public office, and has served cheerfully as township supervisor for four years and as school clerk three years. He is a member of the Norwegian Lutheran Church of America. Mr. Kolden was married June 3, 1908 to Kari Moe, of Gary, Minnesota, who was born in Norway, June 18, 1878, daughter of Guttorm and Anna (Lyngve) Moe. She died April 15, 1912, leaving one child, Isabella Alvidia, who was born November 6, 1910. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY – 1917


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