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Lanning Jennie Mrs.
Lanning Peter J.
Landsverk Eiven
Landsverk Torvil
Larkin Andrew J.
Larkin John Mrs.
Larkin Kathleen
Larkin Maurice E.
Larson Anna Mrs.
Larson Anna M. Mrs.
Larson Anton
Larson Anton Mrs.
Larson Augusta Mrs.
Larson Bloom Olaf
Larson B.O. Mrs.
Larson Chris
Larson Chris Mrs.
Larson Christian Mrs.
Larson Clarence P.
Larson Elias
Larson Erick
Larson Even (Ed)
Larson George
Larson Hans
Larson Hans M. Mrs.
Larson Isabella
Larson James
Larson Johanna Mrs. (1)
Larson Johanna Mrs. (2)
Larson John (1)
Larson John (2)
Larson Kristian M.
Larson L.E.
Larson Lars P.
Larson Louis N. Dr.
Larson Louis N.
Larson Ludwig C. Mrs.
Larson Marie Mrs.
Larson Martin
Larson Martin B. Mrs.
Larson Neil K. Rev.
Larson Neil K. Mrs.
Larson O.P.
Larson O.P. 2
Larson O.P. 3
Larson Ole
Larson Ole 2
Larson Ole Mrs.
Larson Ole Mrs. (2)
Larson Ole Mrs. (3)
Larson Ole E.
Larson Ole P. Mrs.
Larson Ole W.
Larson Oluf
Larson Peder
Larson Peder Mrs.
Larson Peter
Larson Ray H.
Larson Robert Mrs.
Larson Simon
Larson Theodore
Larvick Alpha
Larvik Ed J. Mrs.

"O.P. Larson, for many years a resident of Whitehall, was one of the most successful men in Trempealeau County. Coming here as a poor boy, and working for many years under the handicap of poor health, he gradually built a up a series of establishments which formed a chain of successful houses throughout the state of Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota. In building his own fortunes, he also aided many another man to achieve propsperity, and more than this, his store and banks have had a part in the development of many a rural community. O.P. Larson was born on the estate of Eastern Piltingsrud, Begnadalen, Valders, Norway, April 15, 1849, and there received such education as his neighborhood and circumstances permitted. In 1866 he came to the United States and found his way to Trempealeau County, where he secured employment as a farm hand. His inclinations, however, turned to mercantile pursuits, and before long he was working in a store. His shrewdness, ability and courtesy won recognition, and it was not many years before he was at the head of an establishment of his own. The first store he owned was at Independence. After a while, he looked to other fields, and gradually extended the scope of his activities. At the height of his career, he owned an interest in some twenty establishments, the most notable of which were the Bank of Eleva, Wis.; the Bank of Melrose, Wis.; the Churches Ferry State Bank, Churches Ferry, N.D., and the J.O. Melby & Co. Bank, Whitehall as well as the mercantile stores of Larson, Melby & Co., Eleva, Wis.; Larson, Stevning & Co., Stephen, Minn.; Larson, Ringlie and Co., Binford, N.D., and Aneta, N.D.; Larson Gravlie & Co., Adams N.D.; Larson, Lander & Co., Fairdal, N.D.; Larson, Dokken & Co., Knox, ND., and several others. To all of these concerns he gave considerable personal attention. His health, never robus, continued to fail, and in 1912 he went to Norway, in hopes that the land of his birth might bring to him restored vigor. But these hopes were not realized and on August 30 of that year, he died at Christiania, Norway. His body was brought back to Whitehall for burial. Mr. Larson married Lina Waller, June 25, 1878. She was born in Snartingsdalen, Norway, August 14, 1856, daughter of Ole Jacob Johansen and Martha Waller. Mr. and Mrs. Larson have had six children: Martha, Oliver, Lewis, Clarence, Julia and Manda. Martha married Bent Lander, a merchant of Fairdale, N.D., and they have two sons, twins, Bernhart and Reinhart. Oliver died March 27, 1900. Lewis is a merchant at Binford, N.D. He married Florence Ringlie, and they have one child, Lucille. Clarence is a banker of Eleva. Julia married Christian F. Zoylner, a business man of New York, where they reside. Manda resides at home. Mrs. Larson was the help, encouragement and inspiration of Mr. Larson in all his undertakings. A lover of her home and taking the greatest delight in domestic duties and the rearing of her children, she has nevertheless found time for much church and charitable work, and has taken an especially important and active part in the affairs of the Ladies' Aid Society. Few ladies have traveled more than she, her journeys with her husband for the benefit of his health having taken her to Norway half a dozen times, and to Colorado, the Pacific Coast states and the gulf states. When but a mere child she lost her father in 1876, and was reared by her mother, receiving a good education, which her travels and experience has since deepened and broadened. In 1877, she came to America with her brother, Oliver Waller, and her sister, Kristina Waller, who became Mrs. Martin Nelson. She took up her home near Independence, with another sister, Ingeborg ( Mrs. Sever Amundson), who had come to America some years previous, and there lived until her marriage to Mr. Larson." - History of Trempealeau County, 1917

"George Larson passed away at his home in Whitehall March 13, 1950, following a lingering illness. He was born May 28, 1875 in Totan, Norway, son of Lars and Juliana Simonson. In 1884, at the age of 9 years, he together with his mother and two brothers, Elias and Simon and one sister, Annie, came to this country. His father one brother, Lauitz, had emigrated to this country the year before. A sister, Inger, also preceded them to this country and had settled in Texas.
George was baptized in Norway and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Old Whitehall by the late Rev. Em. Christiophersen, and in this faith he remained steadfast throughout his life.
July 6, 1904, he was united in marriage to Milla Sjuggerud at Pigeon Falls by the Rev. Christophersen and to this union were born four children, one son, Ernest of Almena, and three daughters, Margaret of Whitehall; Olga, Mrs. Harry Lillehammer, Seattle, Wash.; and Iva, Mrs. Harry Salverson of Cheyenne, Wyo.
Funeral services were held March 17 from the Johnson Funeral Chapel and Our Saviour's Lutheran church of Whitehall of which he had been a member since settling here. The Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiated. Pall bearers were Lewis Johnson, John Johnson, Clarence Johnson, Willie Johnson, Palmer Haug and Tilmen Haug. Flowers were carried by Mayme Hallingstad, Esther Johnson, Marion Blatchley and Tillie Sylfest.
A short service was held at the Johnson Funeral Capel by the Rev. Birkleland, using the words as found in St. John, chapter 14, verses 1 to 6. A hymn, "I Know of a Sleep in Jesus' Name,' was sung by a double quartet. At the church Rev. Birkeland used as his text "Father, Into Thy Hands I Commend My Spirit." The song service was by a double quartet, singing in Norwegian the famiilar hymn "Den Store Hvide Flok" and in English "I Know of a Sleep in Jesus' Name" and "Abide With Me. There were many floral and memorial gifts present in his memory.
Mr. Larson is survived by his wife, three daughters, one son, five grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Annie Snugerud of Rockford, Ill. Preceding hin in death were his parents, three brothers, Simon, Elias, Lauritz, his sister Inger and a twice sister Laura who died in infancy in Norway. Interment was in Lincoln Cemetery.
Having been intimately acquainted with the deceased from our young days, I wish to chronicle a litrle of his long and useful life. He attended grade school in Daggett school; however, in his desire to better prepare himself for his future, he attended the Minneapolis School of Business and graduated from the Wisconsin Business University of LaCrosse and soon became engaged as a bookkeeper in Minneapolis and in other places and in 1906 he came to Whitehall where he was associated with others in the implement and grain business.
His industrious, thrifty and congenial nature endeared him to his associates and a large circle of friends and the confidence in which he was held was attested to by the fact that he was elected and served as county treasurer for eight years, was treasurer for Whitehall city and of the Pigeon Mutual Fire Insurance Co. and of Our Saviour's Lutheran church, a trustee of same and a member of the school board and the Community hospital board of Whitehall.
He was a kind and loving husband and father, a kind and helpful neighbor, and honest and upright citizen and a good and devout Christian.
God bless his memory by G.M. Steig." THE WHITEHALL TIMES - March 23, 1950

"Mrs. Ole Larson died at her home in Daggett coule on Monday night, October 22, at 6:30 following a year's illness. She slept away peacefully, surrounded by her entire family. Funeral services were conducted Thursday from the home and the Synod Lutheran church at Pigeon Falls with the Rev. E.B. Chrostophersen officiating. Her four sons, Martin, Lewis, Earl and Helge carried her to her resting place and the flower bearers were the Misses Delia Hagen, Lydia Moen, Florence Anderson and Esther Olson. At the service Alf Anderson of Gale College sang "I Himmelen, I Himmelen."
The Rev. T.H. Megorden of Gale College brought a message of condolence to the family from the student body and faculty at Gale, which has been attended by several of the Larson family. In addition to the profusion of flowers, several memorial wreaths were given by friends and organizations to be used for various benevolent purposes in her memory.
Mrs. Larson, as Petra Christianson, was born in Vestre Toten, Norway, on September 25, 1867, the daughter of Otto and Karen Bohle Christianson. In the spring of 1893 she came to America to the home of her half-sister, Mrs. B.B.Olson and was married the following spring, on May 12 to Ole L. Larson by the Rev. E.O. Vik at LaCrosse. For the first eight years of their married life Mr. Larson was employed in the logging camp near Brainerd, Minn., and the family lived near the camp. In 1902 they returned to Wisconsin and bought their present home from B.P. Moe.
Mrs. larson is survived by her husband, two daughters, Lenna and Julia at home, four sons, Martin, who resides between Pigeon Fals and Osseo, Lewis, who lives near the home farm, Earl of Whitehall and Helge at home. She also leaves one sister, Mrs. August Gran, and a brother, Ole Christianson, of Norway, and two half-sisters, Mrs. Ole Satterbakken of Norway and Mrs. B.B. Olson." THE WHITEHALL TIMES - November 1, 1934

Lina Waller Larson, who died in our village January 1st, was born in Snertingdalen, Toten, Norway, August 14, 1856. Her parents were Jacob Johanson and Marth Waller.
In 1877, accompanied by her brother, Oliver Waller, now a merchant in Osseo, this county, and a sister, Kristina,she came to the United States. Until marriage, she made her home with her sister, Ingeborg, and brother-in-law, Sever Amundson, who at that time lived in the town of Arcadia. June 25, 1878, she married Ole P. Larson, who died in the city of Christiania, Norway, August 30, 1912, and with whose history most of the readers of the Times-Banner are familiar. At the time of her mariage, Mr. Larson was conducting a mercantile business at Independence.
To Mr. and Mrs. Larson were born the following named children: Martha, Oliver, Lewis, Clarence, Julia and Amanda. Oliver died March 27, 1900. Martha married Bernt Lander, who is now in the mercantile busines at Grand Forks, N.D., Martha died April 28, 1919. Lewis married Floence Ringlee ad is engaged in banking business at Binford, N.D. Clarence married Louise Steig and is conducting a bank at College Place, Washington. Juia married Christian F. Zoylner, a business man of New York City. Amanda, the youngest, the stay and comfort of her mother during her long illness, is still with us, a beautiful example of filial deotion.
Mrs. Larson was always a faithful member of the Lutheran church, and it was in our Emanual church, January 6, that the funeral servics were held, Rev. M.C. Johnsboy, who conducted the services, and who during his brief acquaintance with the deceased had been deeply impressed with her sterling qualities as wife, mother and Christian, preached an unusally sympathetic sermon. All her living children, except Mrs. Zoylner, were present. Mrs. Zoylner's state of health prevented her attendance.
After a life of more than ordinary fittings and jouneyings from place to place, included several trips to Euope, she rests in our beautiful cemetery by the side of her husband, son and daughter.
The foregoing sketch conveys to the reader but a faint idea of the noble character, busy and sacrificial life of this woman. The writer knew her for more than thirty yeas, and can readily visualize her as she appeared in the prime of womanhood. A healthy, strong, fair woman richly endowed with every essential domestic quality, without ambition to shine beyond her home and family circle. In her friends and associates she inspired constant respect, esteem and confidence. As the years rolled on, her husband gained rapidly in wealth, socal power and prestige, but Lina Larson continued to be just the same quiet, unostentatious woman at the height of her prosperity as when her husband was a comparatively poor tradesman. Compelled by the poor health of her husband, and his intense restlessness, like a bird of passsage, to move from place to place at frequent intervals, she must have felt her domestic ideals disturbed, if not desroyed, again and again, but she never babbled of her trials and disappointments It is wives and mothers like her that keep our social structure from going to pieces.
Ambitious men struggling for wealth, place, power and applause in the hurly-burly of life know this but too often forget to note with appreciation the woman who sits at the foot of the tree of life in silent isolation, frequently watering its roots with her tears. As there can be no oasis without a well or fountain, so there can be no real home without a woman abounding in true domestic qualities. Wit, learning, culture and beauty may adorn a home, but can never take the place of her of whom it was said? "She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She looketh well to the ways of her household and eateth not the bread of idleness." Well may the sons and daughters of this good mother exclaim:
'Oh, Mother mine! O Mother mine!
Most precious gem in that fair chain,
That once our glowing hearth entwined,
Now dimmed and broken lies.
But, like the light of some far distant star,
Long since quenched in other depths,
That still our paths at night illumes,
So, may thy light, through coming years,
Pierce the darkness o'er my way.
And radiate my heart with strength and cheer,
Until I reach the final harbor lights.'
Written by H.A. Anderson" THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - Jauary 22, 1920

"Among the many 'Hardy Norsemen' who have come to this country to share the blessings of our prosperous land, few have availed themselves of its privileges and opportunities more successfully than the subject of the following sketch:
O.P. Larson was born on a farm known as Eastern Piltingarud, Bagnadalen, Valders, Norway, April 15, 1849, and came to the United States in 1866. For some years he worked as a farm hand and clerk in various mercantile establishments, and is well remembered by the older residents of Whitehall and vicinity as a very active and alert employee of H.E. Getts in his mercantile business in this village. His efficiency as a clerk and servant soon demonstrated his ability to conduct business as owner and master, and it was not long beefore he became a potent force in the commercial life of Trempealeau County.
After having for some years been in the mercantile business at Independence he heard the call of the west, and from that time up to the time of his death he was interested in more than twenty different commercial and mercantile enterprises in Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and other western states.
While he was in business at Independence, he maried Lena Waller, and in this instance, as in nearly every understaking of life life, he showed his wonderful judgement in making the proper selection; for Mrs. Larson during her 34 years of married life has earned every title of honor and esteem that can be applied to wife and mother.
One of his most remarkable traits was his ability to read men. More than a dozen men whom he started on a business career while they were young and poor, are now comparatively wealthy as a result of his energy and foresight, and it was only to rare instances that he made a mistake in the estimation of his business associates. No one could spend an hour with Mr. Larson without recognizing his intense energy; his keen and almost intuitive analysis of any question or situation presented. Mr. Larson never ventured outside of his chosen field of endeavor, but had he done so, his natural abilities would have made him a formidable rival for the highest honors in any calling or profession he might have chosen. For more than 30 years, always in delicate health, he wrestled with business problems and the question of making his physical strength respond to his ever active mind, and as a sedative to his restless mental faculties, and a stimulus to his lagging physical abilities, he traveled almost constantly.
In pursuance of heatlh and business he visited nearly every state in our coutnry. He crossed the Alantic ocean at least 24 times. He exemplified in the highest degree the power of mind over matter. But the most powerful mind and body must alike yield to the universal law of death. About one year ago Mr. Larson began to fail more rapidly than at any previous time in his long struggle with impaired health. He consulted numerous doctors and tried many remedies, but all to no avail. As a last resort he concluded that a trip to the invigorating climate of his native land would bring him the elixir he needed for the restoration of his health. When he left Whitehall last June, his family saw plainly that he was losing in his battle against man's final foe, but he saw life and renewed strength among the heather, woods and mountains of his beloved 'mother land'. This vision of his final dream of life, no doubt, gladdened many of his last days. But finally, the vision faded and on the 30th day of August, 1912, he died at Christiania, Norway.
At his request hie body was brought to this country and laid beside that of his son Oliver in the Whitehall cemetery. The funeral was held at the Synod Lutheran church on November 6th, and conducted by Rev. E.B. Christopherson of Pigeon Falls, and was in all respects a worthy tribute to his memory.
His widow, Lena Larson, two sons and three daughters survive him. His son Lewis is engaged in the mercantile business at Binford, N.D.; his son Clarence in the banking and mercantile business at Eleva, this county; Mrs. Martha Lander lies at Fairdale, N.D. where her husband is conducting a general merchandise business; Miss Julia, on account of her health, is staying in Norway; and Miss Amanda lives with her mother in this village. All were present at the funeral. The first born son, Oliver, died March 27, 1900.
Mr. Larson leaves behind him sons and daughters eminently fitted to successfully carry on the many business enterprises which he established." THE WHITEHALL TIMES/BLAIR BANNER - November 21, 1912

"Mrs. Anna M. Larson died September 16, 1904, of general debility, aged 83 years, 7 months and 10 days. Mrs. Larson was born March 6, 1821, at Ostre Toten, Norway, and came to Trempealeau County in 1868. She leaves three sons, Lewis Johnson of Leandusky, Mont.; Edward Johnson, of St. Peters, Minn; Peter L. Johnson, of Whitehall, and three daughters, Mrs. Th. Wesste, of St. Paul; Mrs. Emelia O. Vrem and Mrs. Henry Henseth of Sisselton Agency, S.D. The funeral services took place from the home of her son Peter, where her last days were spent, on a Sunday afternoon, September 18th. Rev. Ramberg officiating. The pall bearers were N.L. Fredrickson, Louis L. Solberg, L.L. Swain, P.L.Solberg, Hans Houg and Henry Hegg. Mrs. Larson leaves 33 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - September 22, 1904

"Olaf Larson, Sr. died at the home of his son, Albert O. Larson, in the town of Northfield, on October 11, 1923, at the age of 83 years, 2 months and 23 days. The funeral services were conducted from the Upper Pigeon Lutheran church on October 16.
Mr. Larson was born at Valler Soler, Norway, on July 20, 1840. He came to America in 1868 and for several years was employed in and around Black River Falls. In 1871 he was married to Miss Anne Olson, and they moved to a farm in the town of Northfield, which continued to be his home until his death. His wife died on March 1, 1923.
Ten children were born to them, three died in infancy. Those surviving are Lars. O. Wahler of LaValle; Oluf Larson, of the village of Northfield; Albert O. Larson, on the old homestead; Oscar Larson of York; Mrs. Regina Hulett of Taylor; Mrs. Anna Liens of New York City and Mrs. Selma Carlson of Minneapolis. All were present at his funeral with the exception of his daughter, Mrs. Liens, who was detained at her home on account of illness.
Mr. Larson had been in failing health for several months. About three weeks before his death he became ill of pneumonia from which he did not rally.
In the death of Mr. Larson, the town of Northfield loses another of those sturdy men who were its early settlers and whose labor and energy contributed so much to its present state of prosperity. A man of strong Christian characters, a devoted husband and father, a loyal friend and neighbor, he always sought to do his full part at all times. He was a member of the Upper Pigeon congregation since its organization about fifty years ago, and was one of the most earnest of its members.
He was held in high regard by everybody who knew him and the sincere sympathy of all is extended to his children in their sorrow." Jackson County Journal/Taylor Herald November 9, 1923

On Tuesday, November 5, 1946, another of our villagers passed on in death when Andrew Larkin’s demise came at the hospital in Black River Falls. Mr. Larkin had been ailing during the last four years. Andrew Larkin as born in the town of Irving, Jackson County, Wisconsin, April 22, 1881 to John Larkin and wife, Elizabeth Nelson. He was baptized and confirmed in the Little Norway church by Rev Giere. On March 24, 1909 he was united in marriage with Amanda Otterson. They engaged in farming in Shake Hollow until two years ago when they retired and came to Blair to make their home. To this union were born four children, Julian, Mildred (Mrs. Wayne Radcliffe), Maurice and Harold, all of whom together with the widow survive him. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Tennie Amidon of Melrose and four brothers, Edward of Melrose, George and Julius of the Twin Cities and Albert of Black River Falls. Funeral services were conducted on Friday, November 8, from the Radcliffe home in Shake Hollow and the North Beaver Creek First Lutheran church with the Rev. Konrad Urberg officiating. Interment was in the family lot in the church cemetery. SOURCE - FAMILY SCRAP BOOK - NOVEMBER 14, 1946

Maurice E. Larkin, 41, an electrician employed by the Minneapolis Moline Co. in the 105 Millimeter shell plant at the Twin Cities Arsenal, as accidentally electrocuted and died Friday, February 27, 1952. He was working at the forge plant of Building 502 at New Brighton. He and a partner were rewiring furnaces and tearing out old conduit material. Larkin was a veteran of World War II. He was the son of Amanda Larson, and the later Andrew J. Larkin. He was born May 8, 1911. Surviving are his wife, Alice, his children Beverly, Lois and Clayton Larkin of St. Paul; his mother, Mrs. Amanda Larkin of 320 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; one sister, Mrs. Wayne Radcliffe of Melrose; two brothers, Julian and Harold of Melrose. Services were held at 3 p.m. on Monday at the Billman-Hunt chapel at Minneapolis. Military services for him were held at Bagley, Minnesota on Wednesday, March 4. Interment was at Bagley. SOURCE - FAMILY SCRAP BOOK

Mrs. Robert Larson, 50, rural Ettrick, died Tuesday, October 15, 1962, in a LaCrosse hospital. She had suffered a stroke a week earlier. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the South Beaver Creek Lutheran Church, Rev. H. P. Walker officiating, and burial will be in the church cemetery. Runnestrand Funeral chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Mrs. Larson, the former Evelyn Lillian Anderson, was born December 26, 1912 in the South Beaver Creek area, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ludvig Anderson. She married Robert Larson December 16, 1931, and the couple farmed in South Beaver Creek. She is survived by her husband; four sons, Glenn of Black River Falls, James of Kenosha, Ronald of North Bend and Larry, at home; two brothers, Orvis Anderson of South Beaver Creek and Harold Anderson with the Air Force at the Sioux City, Iowa Air Force Base; two sisters, Mrs. Arthur Affeldt, South Beaver Creek and Mrs. Maurice Wangen, Lone Star District, Town of Preston; and five grandchildren. SOURCE - FAMILY SCRAP BOOK

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Black River Falls was filled to capacity at 1 p.m. Sunday, December 15, 1963, for the funeral services for Alpha, Mrs. Adolph Larvick. The Rev. T.A. Rykken officiated. Mrs. Bert Engebretson was the organist and Mrs. T.A. Rykken the soloist. The pallbearers were Elmer Larson, Herman Larson Victor Larson, Henry Johnson, Ray Rasmussen and Elmer Samuelson. Interment was made in Riverside Cemetery. The Langlois-Galston Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements, and an unusually large number of friends had called there expressing their deep sympathy to the bereaved family and their high esteem for the deceased. In addition to the lavish floral offering, there were many memorial placed in memory of Mrs. Larvick. The very unexpected death of Mrs. Larvick was a great shock not only to her family but to the entire area. Since becoming County Clerk of Jackson County January 7th, 1963, Mrs. Larvick has proved her ability to hand the exacting duties of public office and had acquired many more friends, all of whom join with the family in grief over her sudden passing. She had entered the Krohn Hospital on Tuesday, with a severe headache. Death came at 10:45 p.m. Wednesday, December 11, 1963 and was due to a heart attack. A native of Jackson county and the Northfield area, Alpha, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Samuelson, was born at Northfield on July 15, 1916. Her father preceded her in death July 29, 1941 and her mother, whose maiden name was Ella Haugen, passed away April 13, 1955. Her childhood was spent in the Northfield area. She was baptized by the late Rev. E.B. Christophersen at Northfield Lutheran Church in 1916, confirmed there by him in 1930. Later she became a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church here and was active in its Women’s circles. She was married to Adolph Larvick at Pigeon Falls. In addition to being active in her church, she was also active with the Band Mothers organization. Her favorite hobby was sewing and her family has many articles which attest to her marked ability with the needle. The deceased and her family moved to Black River Falls in 1933 and from 1944 until about 1961, she was very active with her husband in the operation of Adolph’s Café. Last fall she was nominated on the Republican ticket for the position of County Clerk, receiving 614 write-in votes, the largest number of write-in votes ever given a candidate in a Jackson county election. She was elected in November and sworn into office January 7 of this year. It appears likely the County Board will fill the position at its next session. In addition to being survived by her husband, Adolph, of Black River Falls, she is also survived by two daughters: Barbara, Mrs. Al Smith, and Miss Kay, both of Black River Falls; three sons, Kenneth Michael, who is with the armed forces and presently here on leave from Korea; James Edward of Merrill, Wisconsin and Jeffrey Samuel at home; one sister, Mrs. James Koutroules, Milwaukee; and two brothers; Kenneth Samuelson of San Francisco and Hilman E. Samuelson of Eau Claire; and three grandchildren: Kristin Ann and Eirik Allen Smith, and Jan Renee Larvick. Alpha Larvick had a sweet, wholesome personality and was a model mother and wife. She had earned the deepest devotion from all members of her family and the memory of her will always be cherished by all who knew her. SOURCE - FAMILY SCRAP BOOK

Kathleen J. Larkin, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Larkin of Black River Falls, passed away Friday evening, September 11, 1964 at her home, following a lingering illness. She was born October 29, 1945 at LaCrosse, Wisconsin and baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church Black River Falls and confirmed in the Evangelical Lutheran Church by Pastor Raymond P. Huss. In addition to being survived by her parents, she is also survived by one brother Kenneth of Friendship, Wisconsin and a grandmother, Mrs. Samuel Mathews of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, September 14, 1964 at the Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor T.A. Rykken officiating. The vocal selections were chosen by Kathleen and were “Softly and Tenderly” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” Mrs. Robert Pratt was soloist and Mrs. T.A. Rykken at the organ. Her favorite poem “He Leadeth Me” was also read at the service. The pallbearers were Robert Pratt, Calvin Clark, James Smetana, Wallen Capper, Al Young and Norman Johnson. The Torgerson Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements and interment was at the Morken Cemetery. The church was filled with relatives and friends and organizations represented at the service were the Black River Falls Fire Department and Wardens from the Wisconsin Conservation Department. Kathleen will be sadly missed in her family circle. She was a warm and generous person, with consideration of others her first concern. She had a strong faith that never faltered at a y time during her long illness and faced death calmly and courageously. The Catholic Sisters paid her the highest of compliments when they said the way she conducted herself throughout her illness was an inspiration and edification to all of them. Blessed be her memory. SOURCE - FAMILY SCRAP BOOK

Eiven Landsverk was born in Kvitseid Parish, Telmarken, Norway, October 9, 1850. He was the son of Eiven and Kari Landsverk. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church in Norway. He was united in marriage to Anne Dalen. To this union were born two children, Eiven and Torvil. Mrs. Landsverk passed away in 1914, the son Eiven in 1922. The family came to America in 1897. They lived a year near Ossian, Iowa. The next year they moved with his son, Torvil, to the farm purchased in Vosse Coulee. Here he passed away after a few hours illness at the age of 83 years, 2 months and 4 days, Wednesday, December 13, 1933. He was a man of robust health, his physical powers but slightly impaired by old age. He suffered a stroke the morning of his death. The family dog sleeping near his bedside went immediately to the son Torvil’s room and led him back to his father’s bedside. A physician was summoned but death came at 4 o’clock in the morning. He was very industrious, his busy hands always finding useful things to do. He loved to speak of the scenes of his childhood and youth in Norway. His genial presence will be sadly missed in the home. He leaves to mourn his death his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Torvil Landsverk, a sister, Mrs. Haege Tweet of Eau Claire and a granddaughter, Mary Landsverk. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Trempealeau Valley church by Rev. Sweger, on Saturday, December 15th. Bernice and Beulah Bjelland sang “Whispering Hope” and “Heaven is My Home”. Pallbearers were Ole Johnson, Amund Skaugh, Oswald Slette, Peter Koxlien, Cornel Renning and Gust Johnson. A memory wreath was given in his honor by friends and neighbors to the Home for the Aged at Wittenberg. Interment was in the Trempealeau Valley cemetery. SOURCE - THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 21, 1933

Torvil E. Landsverk, 72, died Saturday at 2 p.m. at Whitehall Community Hospital where he had been a patient five weeks. He had been ill since last fall. Heart failure was the cause of death. He was born August 15, 1888 in Kvideseid, Telemarken, Norway, son of Eivind and Anne Dahlen Landsverk. He was baptized in the Kvideseid church. At the age of seven he came to America with his parents to Ossian, Iowa where the family lived several years, later moving to Tamarack, Arcadia township. Landsverk was confirmed in the Tamarack Lutheran church by the late Rev. C.B. Bestul. He was married to Alida Thompson of the Tamarack area September 30, 1925. They farmed in that area until 1930 when they moved to Blair. He worked as a stonemason and bricklayer. Survivors are his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Charles (Marie) Halverson, Taylor; and two grandchildren, Linda and Charles Halverson. His parents and a brother have died. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at Blair First Lutheran church, the Rev. K.M. Urberg officiating. Burial was in Rest Haven cemetery. SOURCE - THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 2, 1961

(So called because he came from “Land” Norway.) Among many striking characters and personalities who have sojourned in Trempealeau County during the last forty years, none has left a greater impression for vigor, good cheer and companionship than Peter J. Lanning, sometimes known as Peter Johnson. Six feet two and one-half inches in is stocking feet, straight as an Indian warrior, well proportioned from his massive head to the feet that carried his athletic body, he was physically, apparently, one of the finest specimens of strong, robust manhood the writer has ever known. A man of such gigantic stature naturally attracts attention, but, very often, repels familiarity. This was not the case with Peter Lanning. A glance into his eyes, a look at his face, and the stranger at once lost all trepidation his huge form might have inspired. His eyes twinkled with mirth, and over his countenance humor rippled in constant wavelets. His voice was in harmony with his size, and might have been terrible in anger, but few, if any, ever heard it under the impulse of wrath, for Lanning was a man of uniform good nature. He loved merry company, seldom or never refused the social glass, and was over ready for fun or frolic. His avocation in this county was the selling and buying of horses, and sometimes he bought cattle, and frequently traded horses. He was a left-handed fiddler, and while the young danced to the tune of his fiddle the old derived as much pleasure as the dancers in watching his mobile face and active body, for every part of the man was in motion. To a person suffering from dyspepsia or mental depression it was a better tonic to see him at play than any prescription concocted by a druggist. It was “kuriko” without Dr. Farney’s name attached to it. Lanning was born in Norde Land, Norway, March 25, 1826. Came to U.S. in 1848 and settled near Blue Mounds, Dane County, Wisconsin. In 1853 he married Inger Lund, by whom he had 15 children. Mrs. Lanning died about two years ago at Northfield, Jackson County, Wisconsin, about 80 years old. She was a large woman well fitted for the companionship of her husband. Nearly all of the children who grew to maturity are large, and most of them play the violin and enjoy the frank, free life their father did. Less than a year ago Mr. Lanning underwent successfully a serious surgical operation. I called on him at the hospital while awaiting the operation. His first greeting was a little story with a joke in it. No whine or complaint escaped him. While he sometimes winced with acute pain, he invariably followed the spasm with some quaint remark which discounted his suffering. While his life has not borne all the fruit which the world might have reaped from such an equipment from the Creator, it is a difficult task to judge whether or not such a man did not leave in his wake so much cheer and amodyne against the daily ills of life, that it makes up for what he lost through his convivial habits and lack of thought for the future. He might have employed his tireless energy and powerful strength where wealth, fame and position awaited them and become a grand success; and as easily have become a crushing force, sweeping aside the weaker units of our life, as he became a happy-go-lucky fellow who left behind him smiles, laughter and a gladsome feeling that will warm our hearts whenever we think of him. I once slapped him on the back and told him that I wished for a constitution such as he had. With a budding smile on his face, he looked me over from head to foot, and knowing that I usually walked the soberer path of life, he said: “You wouldn’t know what to do with a constitution like mine.” Written by H.A. Anderson. The subject of the above sketch died at the home of his son, Ben P. Lanning in Black River Falls, May 9th, aged 88 years, 1 month and 18 days. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - MAY 21, 1914

Funeral services for Mrs. Jennie Lanning, 78, who passed away Friday evening, April 9, following a long illness, were held at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church Monday afternoon, the Rev. O. G. Birkeland officiating. A group from the senior choir sang three hymns, “Beneath the Cross of Jesus,” “Behold a Host Arrayed in White,” and “Bedre kan jeg ikke fare.” Pallbearers were Dr. Anton Vold, Isaac Nelson, P.M. Paulson, Theodore Johnson, George Larson and John Gilbertson, and flowers were carried by Mrs. J.C. Tyvand and Mrs. Tillie Everson. Burial was in Lincoln cemetery beside her mother. Jennie Lanning, daughter of Iver Johnson Markvold of Gulbrandsdalen, Norway and of Christianna Johnsdatter of Hovedsogn, Vefsen, Norway, was born on March 9, 1865, in Alstanhauge Prestegjeld, Markvold, Gaarden Holen, Helgelands Fagederie, Nordlands Amt, Norway. She was baptized there in the Lutheran church and at the age of one year immigrated to the United States, where the family became naturalized citizens. The father and mother were pioneers whose homestead was located near Gayville, North Dakota. Jennie Johnson was confirmed at Yankton, South Dakota on May 9, 1879. At the age of 19 she was married by a Lutheran pastor, the Reverend Larson, to David P. Lanning at Woonsocket, South Dakota on January 1, 1885. To this union were born three children: Cora, Mrs. J.O. Hembre of Montevideo, Minnesota, Edwin of Ottawa, Illinois and Dennis of Brady, Texas. From 1888 to the present time most of Mrs. Lanning’s life was spent in the State of Wisconsin. She lived in her home in Whitehall most of the time during her later life except one year, 1939-40, which she spent with Cora’s family in Northfield, Minnesota, after her health began to fail. She returned to her home. Everything that medical attention, hospitalization and kind care could do was attempted to relieve her pain and suffering, for all of which she was deeply grateful. Despite her afflictions, she bore her pain bravely. She was a devout Christian and prayed unceasingly that the Lord’s will be done. On April 9, 1943, she passed into her last sleep and welcome rest. Surviving relatives, besides the children, are one sister, Mrs. Mollie Pederson of Whitehall; a brother, Edwin C. Johnson of Gayville, South Dakota; and five grandchildren, Julia, Lloyd, Corinne and John Hembre and Edwin Milard Lanning. Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Lanning and son of Ottawa, Illinois and Mr. and Mrs. J.O. Hembre of Montevideo, Minnesota were the relatives who came from a distance to attend the last rites. Lunch was served for the mourners and those taking part in the service at the church parlors after the burial, the American Legion Auxiliary in charge, of which Mrs. Lanning was a member. SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 15, 1943

Mrs. John O. Larkin passed away at her home in this city Monday, July 27, 1931, at 2:00 o’clock, following an illness of two months duration. She was 80 years, 3 months and 2 days of age at the time of her death. Funeral services were held at the home of her son, A.N. Larkin, at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Sweger, of Blair. Interment was made in the Gulbrandsdalen cemetery at Disco. Mrs. Larkin’s grandson’s, Roy and Raymond Amidon, Julian, Lawrence, Orville and Norman Larkin acted as pallbearers and Misses Mildred, Helen and Thelma Larkin and Margaret Johnson were flower girls. Elizabeth Nelson Skaar was born in Ulvik, Hardanger, Norway, April 23, 1851, a daughter of Ole Nelson Skaar and Ingeborg Nelson Skaar. Two years later she sailed with her parents from Bergen to New York. They went by boat to Albany and through the Erie Canal to Buffalo and from there to Milwaukee. From there they went to Cambridge, where they resided for about five years and then moved to Beaver Creek where she grew to womanhood. March 4, 1873, she was united in marriage at Beaver Creek to John O. Larkin. They moved to this city in 1912, and that had since been their home. Mr. Larkin passed away at home February 15, 1918. Seven children were born of this marriage, six of whom survive and mourn the loss of their mother. They are: Mrs. T.D. Amidon of Melrose; Edward and Andrew Larkin of Disco; Julius and George Larkin of St. Paul; and A.N. Larkin of this city. One daughter, Julia, passed away in infancy. Mrs. Larkin is also mourned by two brothers and a sister: N.O. Nelson of LaCrosse, Andrew Nelson of Long Beach, California; and Mrs. K.S. Knutson of Blair. She leaves 16 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Larkin had long been a member of the Lutheran church and of the Lutheran Ladies Aid. She was a fine Christian character, deeply devoted to the members of her family and held in highest esteem by all who had the privilege of knowing her. The deep sympathy of all goes out to her family at this time. Reprinted from the BLACK RIVER FALLS BANNER-JOURNAL SOURCE - THE TAYLOR HERALD - JULY 31, 1931

Mrs. Augusta Larson was born on October 28, 1859, in Dovre, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, of parents Andrew and Britt Solberg. She left her native country with her parents at the age of 8 spending thirteen weeks on the ocean. They arrived in Blair, Wisconsin and homesteaded there in Lakes Coulee, where she remained until her marriage in 1877 to Louis A. Larson of Blair, Wisconsin. A year later the young couple homesteaded a farm in Turner Valley near Gilmanton, Wisconsin where they remained until 1925 at which time they moved to Mondovi. To this couple were born twelve children, five of whom preceded her in death; and also her husband who passed away at the age of 77 in 1933. Seven children: Mary, Mrs. Anton Olson; Alvin; Laura, Mrs. A.J. Fedt; Louise, Mrs. Leslie Nyre all of Mondovi, Wisconsin; George of North Branch, Minnesota; Cora, Mrs. Earl Chambers of San Diego, California; and Carl of Bayfield, Wisconsin, besides nine grandchildren, Loyal, Irvin and Alton Olson, Anita and Donald Nyre, Joanne and Barbara Larson and Gerald and Beatrice Larson, also a great-grandchild, Wayne Olson, together with one brother, George Solberg of Blair, Wisconsin and sisters, Mrs. Marie Hagen of Northfield, Wisconsin and Mrs. Clara Olson of Hixton, all survive. Mrs. Larson was an active member of both the Lookout and West Bennet Valley churches, particularly of the Ladies Aid as was emphasized by the certificate presented to her recently by the West Bennett Valley Ladies Aid designating her as the oldest member of the organization. Not only was she extremely concerned about her church affairs, but also intensely devoted to her family, and this devotion extended to her neighbors and many friends. They will always remember her as a kind sympathetic, generous, benevolent personality, identifying herself with all what seemed just and fair. She lived and loved to a ripe old age of 87 years and seven months. Then came the end when she peacefully slept away, June 6, 1947, after a lingering illness of two years. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. Dordal, assisted by Rev. E.A. Norson, on Tuesday, June 10, at the home, followed by services at the West Bennet Valley church. Rev. A.R. Sellevold sang two solos, accompanied by Mrs. Walter Thompson. Reprinted from the MONDOVI HERALD. SOURCE - THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 26, 1947

Anton Larson, who died on the 20th day of June, 1922, was born in the City of Lillehammer, Norway, October 6, 1841. The city lies at the head of Mjosen, Norway’s largest lake-more than 60 miles long and in places nine miles wide-and at the foot of Gulbrandsdalen, the second largest valley in Norway. This city is the center of one of the richest and most historic districts in the kingdom. Around it some of the greatest and most important dramas in the history of the nations have been played. Only a short distance north of the city lies the famous Hundthorp farm where Dale-Gulbrand once lived and ruled the valley. It was here that Saint Olaf in 1021, on his stern christianizing trip through the country met the most spectacular opposition. Dale-Gulbrand was strong for the faith of his fathers. A temple to Thor, the most popular of the Northern gods, and a great image of the god had been erected on his place. When Olaf arrived he found a large number of peasants ready to defend the ancient religion, and Dale-Gulbrand issued a challenge to the unseen God of Olaf to meet the powers of the visible god represented by the image of Thor. Nothing daunted, the king accepted the challenge, and just as the sun rose over the mountain the king diverted the attention of the multitude to the glorious manifestation of the power of his God, the creator of all and while the king was talking to the people, Kolbein the strong by prearrangement with the king struck the image with a club he always carried. Shattered lay Thor’s image and from it issued a large number of rodents and worms which had lived on the food which had daily been fed to the god. This opened the eyes of the people to the worthlessness of the heathen valley. In 1612, under the hill of Kringen, Col. Sinclair’s army, a Scottish regiment, in the service of Sweden was entirely annihilated by the courage and cunning of a volunteer band of peasants. North and west of the city lived and died Bjornson, one of the greatest and most useful characters in the history of Norway. South from the city on the east bank of Mjosen lies Hamar where in the 12th century a Catholic Bishopric was formed, a cathedral built now in ruins-and where later on the pope was forever stripped of his power in Norway by the arrest and banishment of his chief representatives. And at the foot of Mjosen lies the village of Eidsvald, a name dear to the heart of every true Norwegian, because nearby in 1914 Norway’s first real parliament met and adopted a constitution based on the sacred principles of human freedom. In this atmosphere, filled with hallowed memories and amid scenery of almost unparalleled beauty, Larson grew to manhood. His father being a merchant, the son was daily initiated into mercantile life. In 1866 he married Mathia Rastad and the same year came to America. His first two years in this country were spent in Coon Valley, Vernon County, Wisconsin. In 1868, he moved to Fitch coulee, this county, where he continued till his death. With his wife, Mathia, he had five children, one of whom died in infancy. The four living are Maria Wanvick of Duluth, Minnesota; Julius and Lewis on their father’s farm, and Mathilda Holte of Bennett, Wisconsin. Mathia died many years ago and for his second wife, he married Guri Blegen, who died February 17, 1919. With his second wife, he had seven children. Two of them died in infancy. The survivors are: Clara Skumlien of Fuller Coulee; Louise Johnson of Hale; Olga McCauley of Duluth; Julia Nayberg of Fitch Coulee and Ida Nyberg of Rat Coulee. Seven years ago he became blind and during the last five weeks of his life he was paralyzed. His early training had not fitted him for the vocation which became his lot in this country, but his quiet patient toil made up in a measure for the sacrifice he made in giving up the career he was prepared for. Throughout his whole life, since the writer first knew him, more than fifty years ago, his quiet courteous manners always declared him a gentleman born, and the hardships and privations of a pioneer life never effaced the fine quality of an early culture. His funeral was held June 23 at Pigeon Falls, Rev. Orke officiating. As many of his numerous descendants will never see the city, nor the country whence came their ancestor, I have purposely drawn from the pages of history of Larson’s native land a little picture of the setting that enhances the charms of Lillehammer, the jewel which crowns the head of Norway’s inland sea. Written by H.A. Anderson. SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - JUNE 29, 1922

Mrs. Anton Larson of Pigeon Falls died Monday, February 17, of complications of diseases after a lingering illness of many years, Deceased was at the time of her death 67 years, 5 months and 20 days old. She was born August 27, 1851 and came to America with her father in 1877. In 1879 she was joined in marriage to Anton Larson of Pigeon. To this union seven children were born. Two sons died in infancy. She is survived by an aged husband and one brother, John Blegen of Baldwin; five daughters, Mrs. O.C. Skumlien of Pigeon Falls; Mrs. Hilmer Johnson of Hale; Mrs. W.J. McCauly of Duluth; Mrs. Selmer Nyberg of Pigeon and Mrs. Thorvald Nyberg of Blair; also two sons and two daughters by a former marriage, namely, Mrs. Ole Holte of Bennett and Mrs. Mary Wanvick of Duluth, and Julius and Lewis on the home farm. The funeral services were held Thursday at one o’clock at the house. Rev. Orke officiating, and the remains were laid to rest in the United Lutheran cemetery at Pigeon Falls. SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES - BANNER - FEBRUARY 27, 1919

Bloom Olaf Larson was born September 18, 1855 in Westgard, Dala, Jerna, Sweden. He came to America in 1883, and resided in Merrillan for six years. Then he moved to Merrill, where he lived for five years. From there he moved to Garden Valley where he lived on the farm the rest of his life. He was one of the early pioneers to break up the virgin soil and till it and make a home. On April 6, 1885, he was united in marriage to Sarah Erickson of Merrillan. To this union were born ten children, nine daughters and one son: Anna, Emma, Marie, Sarah, Ruth, Esther, Lydia, Ellan, Celia and Willie. He leaves to mourn his departure his faithful and loving wife, his ten children, several grandchildren and other relatives of Merrill; Roseau, Minnesota and in Sweden. Mrs..A.B. Erickson of Whitehall is a daughter of the deceased. He was highly respected as a kind neighbor and a loyal citizen. He will be greatly missed by his family and a host of friends. He was an earnest Christian from the time of his conversion May 1881. He was a member of the Free Baptist church of Garden Valley, and a very active worker in the church as long as his health permitted. He had great faith in answered prayer, he lived his profession in Christ Jesus daily. His Christian influence was felt not only in his immediate family circle, but also in the neighborhood and community in which he lived. In 1923, he fell from a wagon which resulted in a broken hip and from that time his health has been failing. In spite of this suffering he was very cheerful and optimistic. For the last year or two he realized that his time was shortening and he welcomed the day when he could lay aside this earthly body and with a new resurrected body be joined forever with his Lord and Savior. This has been his daily constant theme of conversation. He passed away to be with his Lord and Master at his home in Garden Valley Monday, 3:24 p.m., August 13, 1928, at the age of 72 years, 11 months and three days. The funeral service was held Thursday, August 15, 1:30 p.m. at the home and 2:00 p.m. at the Free Baptist church. In spite of the rain the church was crowded to overflowing with friends and relatives from far and near to show their love and sympathy to the family and their respect to a departed friend. The service was conducted by Rev. Peter Erickson of Merrillan in the Swedish language, and Rev. Charles Edward Bowen of the First Baptist church of Whitehall in the English language The body was laid to rest in the West Garden Valley cemetery. Those from a distance were: Paul Larson, a nephew, and Mrs. Charles Aronson of Merrill; Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Wenberg, and Mr. and Mrs. Hjelmer Ditmar of Alpin; Mr. and Mrs. O.D. Johnson, son and daughter of Kenosha; Mrs. Gertrude Knutson and son Harold of Pray. SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES - AUGUST 30, 1928

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Garden Valley Baptist church north of Alma Center for Mrs. B.O. Larson, 82, who passed away at her farm home there at 2 a.m. Saturday of a heart attack. Services were conducted at the home at 2 o’clock and at 2:30 at the church by Rev. Melvin Hanson and burial was in the Garden Valley cemetery. As Sarah Erickson, Mrs. Larson was born October 1, 1862 in Dala Jarna, Sweden, the daughter of Erick and Sarah Jacobson. When she was 20 years old she came to this country with her parents, who settled at Merrillan, Mr. Jacobson engaging there as a mason and carpenter. About two years later B.O. Larson, who was a native of the same place in Sweden, came to this country and in April 1885, the couple were married They resided at Merrillan a short while, then at Merrill, Wisconsin for five years, and then purchased the farm in Garden Valley, where they resided until their deaths. Mr. Larson passed away 14 years ago, and one son preceded her in death, Willie Larson. Of a family of ten children, nine daughters survive: Anna, Emma and Ruth Larson at home; Mrs. Marie Mattson, Alma Center; Sarah, Mrs. A.B. Erickson, Whitehall; Esther, Mrs. Edward Hanson; and Lydia, Mrs. Andrew Erickson, Garden Valley; Ellen Larson who is teaching near Madison; and Celia, Mrs. Aaron Brager, Hixton. She also leaves 30 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one brother, Lewis Erickson, Garden Valley. She was preceded in death by one sister and three brothers. Mrs. Larson visited her son-in-law and daughter Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Erickson in this city from November 10 to 21, the latter date being the wedding anniversary of the Ericksons. Last Saturday morning about one o’clock, Dr. J.C. Tyvand was called to the Larson home, Mrs. Erickson accompanying him, but Mrs. Larson passed away a half hour before their arrival. SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES - DECEMBER 7, 1944

Mrs. Christian Larson, Sr., died May 1, 1905 of paralysis, receiving the stroke two days before. She was born in Norway in 1826. Deceased came to America with her husband in 1878, settling on a farm near here. About 13 years ago they moved to this village. She was the mother of five children, one of whom is dead. She is survived by a husband and the following children: Mrs. Olaus Severson of Gilmanton, Buffalo County; Charles J. of Niez Pierce; Ida; Mrs. Christ Nelson and Ole, of this place (Arcadia). SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - MAY 11, 1905

Mrs. Anna Larson, a resident of the Pigeon area for 63 years, died at the Whitehall Hospital April 21. Mrs. Larson, who was 98 years of age, was known to be the oldest citizen in this vicinity. Funeral services were held at the U.L. Church Monday, April 25, the Rev. C.K. Malmin officiating. Pallbearers were A.B. Hanson, John Rustad, Henry Harnisch, Edward Goplin, Bennie Lewis and Ingvold Melby. Mrs. Oscar Fremstad sang “Home Sweet Home” in Norwegian at the house and “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and a Norwegian hymn at the church. Those from a distance who came for the last rites were Mrs. Mary Nelson and John Larson of Two Harbors, Minnesota and Mrs. Victor Johnson of Grand Marais, Minnesota. Mrs. Larson was born in Biri, Norway, September 19, 1844. She was married in Norway to Johannes Larson. They and three children came to America in 1880, Gulbrand Alseth Millelson supplying their passage. The first summer the Larsons were here, they worked for Mr. Alseth to repay him for the money he advanced to them. Later they homesteaded a farm in the Town of Hale. Mrs. Larson these late years resided with her son, Lars. She was preceded in death by her husband, who died about 45 years ago. Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Mary Nelson and Mrs. Mollie Erickson of Two Harbors, Minnesota and three sons, John of Two Harbors and Lars and Albert of the Town of Hale. SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 29, 1943

Chris Larson was born near Oslo, Norway, November 21, 1846 and passed away at his home May 7, 1940 at the age of 93 years, five months and 15 days from a few days illness of pneumonia. He and Mrs. Larson were married 64 years last July. To this union ten children were born, who all survive, namely: Olaf of Fargo, North Dakota; Carl of Canada; Ina, Mrs. Glen Vesey of Rice Lake; Louise, Mrs. Dan Strande, Myron, Willie and Russell of Taylor; George of Blair; Stella, Mrs. C.A. Nolop of Merrillan and Cora, Mrs. Howard De Bow of Whitehall. All attended the funeral excepting Carl of Canada. Two brothers, John of Zion, who was unable to come and Louis of Jamestown, North Dakota also survive. Mrs. Larson has been bedridden since June 1939. Funeral services were held Friday at the Lutheran church with the Rev. Bringle officiating. B.L. Van Gorden, C.M. Dunn, H. Bradley, O.E. Anderson, M. Hanson and T.B. Schansberg acted as pallbearers. Mesdames T.B. Schansberg, O.E. Anderson, B.L. Van Gorden and Anna Prestelyken assisted with the flowers. Burial was in the Trempealeau Valley cemetery where a brother and his father are buried. SOURCE - THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 16, 1940

Funeral services for Mrs. Christian Larson, 97, Blair’s oldest citizen, who died May 27, 1958 at her home here, were held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the First Lutheran church. The Rev. K.M. Urberg officiated and burial was in Fagernes church cemetery. The former Stina Anderson was born in Vermeland, Sweden, December 28, 1860. At the age of 16 she went to Norway and worked as a maid until she was 20. She then came to this country and settled in the Blair area where her sister had come earlier. She was married to Christian Larson in 1885 and they farmed in the Town of Arcadia until 1918 when they moved to Blair. Her husband died in 1941. Her daughter, Ida, had cared for her mother many years. She is survived by one son, Carl, on the home farm; two daughters, Ida, Blair and Mrs. Hans (Alma) Lundgaard, Minneapolis; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. One daughter, Mrs. Selmer (Minnie) Stuve, Whitehall, died September 13, 1957. Two brothers also have died. A family devotional service was held Friday evening at the Frederixon Funeral Home. SOURCE - THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 6, 1958

Another of our pioneer farmers has departed this life. Erick Larson died peacefully Wednesday morning, November 15th, after ailing for several months. The remains were interred at the cemetery by the United Lutheran church Friday afternoon, and a procession of about forty vehicles accompanied the dead neighbor and friend to his last resting place. Rev. M. Gulbrandson officiated at the funeral. Mr. Larson was born in Ringsaker, Norway October 25, 1826, and in the year 1851, he was married to Oline Bogstle. He emigrated with his family to this country in the spring of 1859, settling in the Town of Hamilton, LaCrosse County, where he resided six years, removing to Trempealeau County in 1865 and locating on the place now occupied by his son O.E. Larson, where he spent the remainder of his life. A widow and two sons are left to mourn his loss; the oldest son, Louis Larson, resides in Northfield, Jackson County. SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - NOVEMBER 23, 1893

In a spot in Lincoln Cemetery close to the resting place of many of his friends, neighbors and acquaintances for whom during many of the years he was a resident of Whitehall, he had prepared a deep, warm space in Mother Earth when their last summons had come. Ed Larson, beloved citizen in this community for more than three-score years, was committed as the words of scripture commending him to his God were read by the Rev. O. G. Birkeland before a host of mourning relatives and sympathizers, Wednesday afternoon of last week. Mr. Larson passed away the Saturday previous, on February 24, released from many weeks of suffering with cancer. Mr. Larson, known through his life as Ed but registered at birth as Even, was born October 8, 1852, in Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, of the parents Lars and Kari Pederson. He had two brothers and six sisters and with his mother, the boys and four of the girls, he came to America when he was 13 years old; the father and two daughters died in the old country. After the tedious ocean voyage of those times, lasting from a month and a half to two months, the newcomers landed in Quebec and journeyed from there by land to Wisconsin settling first in the southern part of this county. The young, healthy, strong and tall Ed went to work as soon as he arrived, preferring farm labor and engaging in that wherever he could find it until he and his mother and brother, Semen, bought land near Square Bluff in the present town of Arcadia and proceeded to turn its fertile wilderness into productivity. And then on June 2, 1885, Ed took unto himself a wife, one Belle (Ingeborg) Amundson. The newlyweds bought a farm in Lower Plum Creek where they lived for many years, reared their three children, Lewis, Ray and Ella (now Mrs. Alfred Olson), and helped in the up-building of that community. They erected fine buildings and produced good crops and were happy there, but in 1913 they retired from farming and moved to Whitehall and bought a house east of the creek where they have resided since. Mr. Larson was engaged at whatever occupation he found as long as he was able. He was very industrious and not contented unless he could be busy at something. About a year ago Mr. Larson had a serious operation but the disease which caused his death already had rooted itself in his system. For several months his suffering was alleviated, but during the last few weeks violent pains wracked his body, which he bore without complaint. His family cannot speak too highly of his patience and good cheer in the face of the physical pain they knew he had. He awaited his call with longing, and now that his earthly life is over, the surviving relatives and friends have many kindly thoughts of a life that was rich in many good things, that gave itself unstintingly for the welfare of his family, and labored long and fruitfully. Last October Mr. Larson reached his 81st birthday and there is none but can say that so many years of service have truly earned a peaceful repose. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at Our Saviour’s church. Pallbearers were Gabe Anderson, Gabe Nelson, August Ringstad, Ben Engen, Ludwig Solsrud and Ludwig Hammerstad. Flower bearers were Ida Halverson and Oltilda Strand of Tamarack. Special music was furnished by Blanche Amundson and Helen Mattson, who sang “Abide With Me’ and Mabel Galstad who contributed “Den Store Hvide Flok.” Mrs. Larson and her three children live to survive the deceased, besides one sister, Mr. O.H. Bomstad of Tacoma, Washington, many more distant relatives and countless friends. SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MARCH 8, 1934

Elias Larson died suddenly at his home in Pigeon last Thursday, December 16, of heart disease. He was at the barn doing chores at the time. His wife found him soon after death came, lying beside a cow he had just finished milking. Mr. Larson was born in Norway, December 25, 1867, and would have been 53 years old on Christmas Day this year. He came to America in 1885, and was married to Miss Otilda Erickson in April, 1914, by Rev. E.M. Chjristopherson. The widow and a son five years old survive him. He also leaves two sisters, Mr. Inga Pederson of Tesa and Mrs. Oluf Snuggerud of Holmen and three brothers, Simon, George and Louise. All were in attendance at the funeral except Mrs. Pederson. The funeral was held Tuesday, Re. A. J. Orke officiated. Interment was at Pigeon Falls. SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - DECEMBER 23, 1920

Funeral services for Mrs. Hans M. Larson of Upper Pigeon, who died at the Krohn hospital at Black River Falls November 21, were held at the Upper Pigeon church last Friday, the Rev. E.B. Christophersen officiating. Deceased was 64 years, 10 months and 10 days old at the time of her passing. Those from a distance attending the funeral were Tom Husmoen and son Melvin and daughter, Mrs. Guy Amoth of French Creek; Mr. and Mrs. Sam Swanson and daughter, Edith, Mr. and Mrs. Selmer Tranberg of Ettrick, and Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Hogden of Whitehall. Interment was in the Upper Pigeon cemetery. Mrs. Larson, daughter of Ole and Raneug Vindahl, was born in Oppedahl, Norway, January 25, 1874. On January 11, 1909, she married Hans M. Larson of Northfield, who survives her, together with three sons, Martin Larson of Waukegan, Illinois; Lawrence of Alma Center and Andy at home; and one daughter Julia of Rawson, South Dakota. Martin and Julia were unable to attend the funeral. She is survived by nine grandchildren, one brother, John Vindahl, and one sister, Sigrid, living in Norway. Her parents, two sisters and a brother preceded her in death. SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES - DECEMBER 1, 1938

Mrs. Johanna Larson, 87, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Emmett Amundson, at Galesville, early Thursday morning from infirmities of old age. She had been ill since Christmas, when she suffered from the flu, and she gradually failed until the end, Mrs. Larson was born in Norway, and her maiden name was also Larson. In 1864, her marriage to Andrew Larson occurred, and two years later the couple immigrated to America. They settled for a time in LaCrosse County, but later came to Trempealeau County and bought a farm in the Tamarack area. After the death of her husband, 31 years ago, Mr. Larson continued to operate the farm, with the help of her sons. Five years ago, she moved from the farm to Galesville, where she made her home with her daughter. She is survived by five of her nine children. These are John, Selmer and Mrs. Nick Sandaker, all of Lavina, Montana; Mrs. Martin Swenson of St. Paul, Minnesota; and Mrs. Emmett Amundson of Galesville. There are 24 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon from the Amundson home at Galesville and from the Lutheran church in Tamarack, of which the deceased was a member. Rev. L.S. J. Reque, Galesville pastor, officiated and burial was in the Tamarack cemetery. Relatives and friends from a distance, who attended the last rites of the deceased, were Mrs. Nick Sandaker and Mrs. John Larson of Lavina, Montana; Mrs. Martin Swenson of St. Paul; Mr. and Mr. Ben Larson and Mrs. Sina Larson of LaCrosse; Eddie Swenson of Winona; and Tom Lindem of Whitehall. There were many beautiful floral tributes. Tom Lindem and A.A. Anderson gave a sum of money as a memorial to be sent to the Old Folks’ Home. SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 11, 1929

Mrs. Isabella Larson went to sleep last Saturday night some time between nine and eleven and never awoke. She was alone in her apartment of the home and it is not known at what hour she expired, but it was probably shortly after midnight. It was the custom of her son, George, to call at the house each morning to see what his mother might need. As he approached the house he noticed that there was no smoke coming from the chimney and finding both doors locked, he entered her apartment through the upstairs entrance. Calling to her from an adjoining room and getting no answer, he opened her bedroom door and found the lifeless body in bed. Her death had evidently been a “peaceful sleep” due to old age infirmities. Mrs. Larson was a part of the history of Whitehall. For a number of years she administered to the sick in the capacity of nurse, and for more than a generation the Whitehall infants first saw the light of day through her efficient nursing. She was also an important factor in the civic life of the village, having built the Scandia House, one of our landmarks and served as landlady for a number of years. Mrs. Larson was born in Norway on October 11, 1832. She grew to womanhood there and was married to Fredrick Nelson. He died in 1861 and in 1862 she was joined in marriage to George Reitzel, and four years later she came with him and her family of four children to America and they took up their residence in Ettrick Township, this county. After residing there about a year they moved to the Town of Preston and homesteaded what was later known as the John Skogstad farm about a mile from where the Fagernes church now stands. Here they resided for two years going thence to Buffalo county and a couple of years later returned to French Creek valley in Ettrick. After a year’s life there, they spent about two years in Minnesota. In 1876 they came to Whitehall where Mr. Reitzel died in 1879. Shortly after her husband’s death, Mrs. Reitzel built the Scandia House and operated it for about 15 years. In 1884 she was married to Ole Larson. Since his death on March 7, 1908, she has lived in Whitehall. Mrs. Larson was the mother of ten children, four by her first husband and six by her second. Of these five sons survive: Nels L. Fredrickson and George Reitzel of Whitehall, Anton Reitzel of Los Angeles, California; Emil Reitzel of Tacoma, Washington; Frank Reitzel of Oakland, California. A daughter, Elisa, became the wife of Andrew Bensend, and died several years ago. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock and the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at Old Whitehall, Rev. A.J. Orke officiating. SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - FEBRUARY 6, 1919

Hans Larson, one of the early settlers in the town of Garfield, died at his home there on May 7th, after a long illness and debility from old age. The funeral services were held at the Lutheran church at Osseo on Tuesday, Rev. Hjelmevik officiating. Mr. Larson was born in Eidsvold, Norway. He came to America in 1857, first locating in Dane county. In 1869 he came to Jackson County and located on the homestead in the Town of Garfield, which then was a part of Northfield, and that had since been his home. He had been very feeble the past few years. He is survived by three sons - Christ Larson of Osseo; Albert H. Larson of Garfield and Lars Larson of South Dakota, and two daughters, Mrs. Ludvig Person of Levis, and Mrs. Jens Asgard of Canada. He also leaves 40 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - MAY 25, 1916

Johanna Margaret Larson was born in Nordeland Parish, Hammer, Norway, May 25, 1846. With her parents, Gulbrand and Anna Marie Larson, she immigrated to America in 1865. Her first home here was at Blue Mounds in Dane county, where she lived for three years. In 1868 she moved with her parents to Timber Creek. Here she met and was united in marriage to Marten Larson Ankaltrud on December 27, 1869 by Pastor Day. They established a home in Timber Creek, where they lived until her husband’s death October 20, 1901. This continued to be her home for several years, but the past fourteen years, she has lived with her daughter, Mrs. Ed Erickson. Ten children blessed this union, four of whom preceded their mother in death, Julia, Hans, Axel and George. The six children remaining to mourn the sad loss of their mother are: Laura, Mrs. Joe Williams, St. Louis Park; Clara, Mrs. Chris Paulson, Wilmar, Minnesota; Gilbert and Lewis, St. Louis Park, Minnesota; Hattie, Mr.s. Ed Erickson, Osseo; and Melvin at home. There is one brother, Marten Lewis, Ryder, North Dakota; two sisters, Mrs. G.F. Steig, West Allis, this state; and Mrs. Martin Thompson, Sr. besides 27 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn her departure. On March 8, 1931, she suffered an injury, which kept her bedridden until her death April 16, 1932 at 12:30. Her age at the time of death was 85 years, 10 months and 21 days. During her long illness she had the most tender care of her children and the loving sympathy of all who knew her. Her kindly old face has been missed from the circle of aged friends. She embodied the unfailing spirit of a kind and considerate mother, friend and neighbor, and endeared herself to all who came in contact wit her. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith before leaving her home in Norway and continued faithful till the end. Her work is done and our Father has called her home to rest at a ripe old age. SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 21, 1932

Although death was awaited last fall when he underwent a serious operation, yet Kristian Larson recovered and went about his daily routine of life for several months only to suddenly pass away last Wednesday noon, March 25,1941, from heart failure. Mr. Larson retired from farming in 1918 when he built a home in Blair where the family had resided since. Krisitian Martinson Larson Bak was born January 4, 1860 on the husmandsplads Bak on the gaard ??ysen in Enebak, Norway. His parents were Martin Larson Bak and Inger Marie Simonsdatter. Kristian was baptized and confirmed and took his first communion in the Enbak church with the Rev. Kristie administering the sacraments and the rites. His Christian training made him an enlightened Christian. During his boyhood days in Norway, he worked as a hired man on a farm. When 19 years old, he set out alone for America and September 17, 1879, he came to the home of his uncle, Kristian Larson in Lakes Coulee. The first work he did in America was to spend three months as a railroad laborer. His love was for the soil, however, and in 1880 he bought a farm in lakes Coulee where he and his family lived until 1918. His parents came to America in 1881 and lived in Lakes Coulee. His mother did not survive the first year in the then new west. She passed away in 1881. His father, however, lived until 1905. On September 19, 1885 Kristian was united in marriage with Stina Anderson, the Rev. A.N. Lunde of the Fagernes church performing the marriage. She and Mr. Larson lived together 55 years until his death, but she has ailed for some time. To this union were born five children, viz: Ida Larson who has kindly and well cared for her parents during the last several years; Minnie, Mrs. Sam Stuve; Sigvald Larson who passed away in 1920; Carl Larson and Alma (Mrs. Hans Lundegaard). Two brothers of the deceased have preceded him in death, namely Simon who died in 1935 and Anton who died in 1920. Two sisters, Maren Anderson and Anne Sampson survive him. The Larsons were faithful members of the Fagernes congregation until their removal to Blair when they joined the communion of the First Lutheran church and are worthy members of that congregation. Funeral services were held from the home and from the First Lutheran church on Saturday, March 29, 1941 with the family pastor, the Rev. Konrad Urberg officiating. Funeral music was provided by Mrs. Schansberg, Mrs. Urberg and Rev. Urberg. Interment was in the Fagernes cemetery. SOURCE - THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 3, 1941

A heart attack proved fatal to John Larson of the Town of Lincoln, Friday January 18, and he passed away from this life without warning. Deceased was born at Wermeland, Sweden, June 2, 1850. Mr. Larson grew to manhood in his home community and at the age of 30 years came to America. He arrived at Philadelphia in July 1880 and continued his journey westward to Chippewa County, this state, where he was engaged in the lumber industry in that community for seven years. Mr. Larson came to the Town of Lincoln in 1887, and bought land. Shortly after he was joined in marriage to Miss Mina Bjorge. They established a home on his land where they have since resided. Mr. and Mrs. Larson are the parents of ten children, and all were present at the funeral services which were held at the Rhode Undertaking Parlors and Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church Tuesday afternoon. Rev. Maakestad delivered the funeral sermon in the English language. A male octette sang, “Nearer My God to Thee,” “Beautiful Savior,” “Thy Way and All Thy Sorrows.” Burial was held in the Old Whitehall cemetery. Memorial bequests were made by the family, Mr. and Mrs. Ludwig G. Anderson, and Mr. and Mrs. Mark Golden to the Old Peoples Home at Stoughton and Wittenberg. Mr. Larson resided in this community over forty years and he was known as a man of integrity, character and industry. He experienced all the hardships which the early settlers confronted, but never hesitated to do his best and devoted his life time for his family. He is survived by his wife and ten children: Mrs. Albert Johnson, Osseo; Ruth, at home; Rudolph, Whitehall; Palmer, at home; Mrs. A.A. Smith, Eau Claire; Mrs. George Sielaff, Independence; Mrs. Albert Reck, Whitehall; Fordyce, Viola; and Orville at home. SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES- JANUARY 24, 1929

L.E. Larson, who last spring removed from this town to the Town of Northfield where he bought a farm, died last week. He had been ailing for a long time but only lately been confined to the bed. We believe his sickness was reported to be heart trouble with other complications. Mr. Larson was about 50 years old and was born in Ringsaker, Norway, from which country he emigrated with his parents when young. He had an only and younger brother, ex-county treasurer O.E. Larson, who preceded him in death by only a few months. The remains were interred in the cemetery from the Northfield church. Rev. A. J. Orke officiated. Deceased leaves a widow, a grown-up son and two little daughters. SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - SEPTEMBER 5, 1901

Dr. L.N. Larson, 63, Whitehall veterinary since 1906, died at his home Sunday morning, May 29, after a long illness in which he suffered several cerebral hemorrhages which make of him an invalid the last years of his life. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 at the Rhode chapel and at 2 ‘clock at the First Baptist church, the Rev. Henry Foss officiating. Burial was in Lincoln cemetery, with committal services in charge of the Odd Fellow Lodge, of which he was a member. Pallbearers were E.A. Sorenson, Dr. Anton Vold, Dr. F.E. Van Sickle, Ed Scott, Lewis Rasmussen and Frank Caswell, and Mmes Lewis Rasmussen, Frank Caswell, H.O. Kongsgaard and J.C. Tyvand carried flowers. A quartet composed of Reuben Dissmore and P.F. Schroeder of Blair and Henry J. Aleckson and Dr. Anton Vold of Whitehall sang three hymns, “Nearer My God to Thee,” “Safe in the Arms of Jesus” and “In the Sweet By and By.” Louis Nicholas Larson was born at Froien, Norway, August 30, 1874, son of Bernt and Johanna Larson. At the age of 10 years he came with his parents, brothers and sisters to the United States, the family settling in Berton, Miner County, South Dakota. His early years were spent on the Dakota prairies, where he received his elementary education. When he was still a young man, Louis left home spending three years in Spring Valley, Minnesota; one year in Minneapolis and one year in Whitehall, Wisconsin. During these years he went to school but while here, he was assistant station agent for the Green Bay & Western railroad. In 1902 Mr. Larson went to Chicago to take the three-year course at the Chicago Veterinary College, being graduated in 1905. On May 23, 1906, he was united in marriage to Miss Tina B. Gusk of Blair. They established their home in Whitehall, where he followed the practice of his profession in this vicinity until he was forced to retire in January 1935 following a paralytic stroke. This made him the invalid he remained the 3 ½ years he lived after that, cared for by his wife with wonderful love and devotion. Dr. Larson is survived by his wife; by two brothers, Dr. J.H. Larson of Chicago and Albert E. Larson of Belle, California; and a step-mother, Mrs. Bernt Larson of Los Angeles, California. Relatives here to attend the funeral were Dr. and Mrs. J.H. Larson of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Larson of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Mason, Mrs. Ida Johnson and her granddaughters, Mrs. Ralph Rylander and Mrs. Wallace Dorr of Minneapolis; Mr. and Mrs. Bert Erickson of LaCrosse; Mr. and Mrs. P.L. Lagassey of Pontiac, Michigan; Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Rydberg and daughter Donna Madelyn of Melrose and Mr. and Mrs. O.O. Gusk of Eau Claire. SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JUNE 2, 1938

Funeral services for James Larson of 1620 Thirteenth Ave., who died Sunday evening at Providence Hospital, were held yesterday p.m. at the Butterworth Mortuary. Cremation followed. The urn containing the ashes will be shipped to Whitehall, Wisconsin for interment with the remains of Mrs. Larson, who preceded her husband some years. James Larson was a pioneer flour milling man of the Eastern wheat belt. His trade was learned in Denmark, where he was born and he gained further experience in the mills of the Twin Cities after his arrival in this country at the age of 20 years. As a young man, he started his own mill at Starbuck, Minnesota, later acquiring another at Whitehall, Wisconsin where he also installed a hydroelectric plant for the lighting of the town. In 1909 Larson disposed of his interests and came to Seattle to spend his declining years in a milder climate. Three sons and three daughters constitute the immediate remaining family. The sons, Ray, Roy and Holgar Larson, are residents of Shelby, Montana. His daughter, Mrs. B. Kyle, still lives at Whitehall, Wisconsin, the other two daughters, Mrs. T. L. Monson and Miss Agnes Larson, residing in Seattle. All the children with the exception of Mrs. Kyle, were in attendance at the last ceremonial. Dr. George T. Gunter conducted the services. Reprinted from THE POST-INTELLIGENCER, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 4. SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - MAY 25, 1921

John Larson of the Town of Northfield died on Thursday, June 9, aged 69 years and 11 months. Funeral services were held on the following Monday at the home and the Synod Lutheran church in Pigeon Falls, the Rev. E.B. Christophersen officiating. Pallbearers were the deceased’s five sons, Lawrence and Palmer Larson of York, Joel of Altoona, Oscar of Taylor and Arthur of Northfield and a son-in-law, John Rongstad. Flowers were carried by Mildred Berge and Verna Larson, granddaughters. Mr. Larson was born in Eidsvold, Prestegjeld. Norway, July 9, 1868, son of the late Jens and Mathia Larson. He came to America with his parents and sister when he was 1 ½ years old, the family settling in the Town of Pigeon, this county. On October 17, 1891, Mr. Larson married Clara Mathilde Olson in a ceremony performed at the Synod church in Pigeon Falls by the Rev. Emmanuel Christophersen. Thirteen children were born to this union, the five boys named as pallbearers, and eight girls, two whom died in infancy. Those surviving including Mrs. Mabel Berge of Altoona; Pauline, Mrs. Milo Lamberson, Independence; Cora, Mrs. John Rongstad, Osseo; Johanna, Mrs. William Boyea, Augusta; Elvina, Mrs. Lloyd Chrisinger, Hixton; and Minnie at home. His widow also survives, besides 29 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and one sister, Mrs. Maren Heggen of York. Friends and relatives from a distance attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. George Dettinger and Mr. and Mrs. H.K. Hanson of Black River Falls and Mrs. John Christopherson and daughters and Mr. Ed De Mors, Eau Claire. SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JUNE 23, 1938

Mrs. Kari Behaug Larson was born in Faldalen, Norway, May 5, 1858, of the parents Even and Marit Behaug. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in her homeland. In March 1877, she immigrated to America and reached her destination, the Simon Simonson home in Fall coulee near Hixton on May 6, 1877. For a short time she made her home there. Later she went to Eau Claire where she was employed until the spring of 1884. On April 2, 1884, she was united in marriage to Martin B. Larson by the Rev. Hoyme of Eau Claire. The following spring they moved to the farm near York, where they built their home. They joined the Upper Pigeon Creek Lutheran congregation of which they were members until taken by death. Nine children were born to this union. Her husband preceded her in death on December 10, 1904. Mrs. Larson’s health had been steadily failing since last spring. She was at the Whitehall hospital in August and again in September, where she received temporary relief from her suffering. She was confined to her bed since the last of September and passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, October 30, 1934, at the age of 76 years, 5 months and 24 days. She was the last survivor of a family of eight children, five sisters and two brothers having preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn her passing nine children, as follows: Edward, Melvin, Iver, Oscar, Clarence, Ida Grunlien, Petra, Ella Hulett and Minnie and eight grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. E.B. Christophersen at the home and Upper Pigeon Creek church Saturday afternoon, November 3. Irene Dettinger sang “In the Garden of Love,” a song which she had sung for Mrs. Larson three weeks ago and which was enjoyed and appreciated at that time by the now deceased. Floral offerings were beautiful and memory wreaths were given by relatives and the Ladies Aid Society. Pallbearers were William Dettinger, Edward Knutson, Peder Eidet, Matt Grunlien, Clarence Olson and Charles Iverson. Flower bearers were Irene Dettinger and Gladys Olson. Those from a distance who attended the funeral were: Dr. and Mrs. R.L. MacCornack, Ollie Neprud, Mrs. L.C. Larson, Ina Anderson and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Iverson, Whitehall; Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Hulett and Mr. and Mrs. Francis Hulett, Black River Falls, and Mr. and Mrs. Martin Baker of Eau Claire. Mrs. Larson was a devoted wife and mother, with the deepest interest in her home and family. She was an obliging and highly thought of neighbor and friend, and she will be sadly missed by her family and a host of friends. SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES - NOVEMBER 8, 1934

Funeral services for Mrs. L.C. Larson, who died March 19 at 3:52 a.m. following a lingering illness were held March 22 at the Johnson funeral home and at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. Three hymns requested by the deceased were sung at the last rites. “I Am Asleep,” “Tank Nar Engang Samba Skal” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” Pallbearers were Clifford Fremstad, Leonard and Francis Foss, Alden Olson, Gerald and Donald Myren, while the flowers were carried by Mmes. Clarence Hagen and Arthur Hanvold. Burial was in the U.L. church cemetery at Pigeon Falls. As Anna Skumlien, Mrs. Olson was born August 5, 1874 in Norway, a daughter of Andrew Skumlien and Ane Taftun. She came to this country at the age of six years and settled with her parents in Fuller coulee, Town of Pigeon, on the place that is still known as the Skumien farm. She was confirmed by the late Rev. Emmanual Christophersen and on May 22, 1895, she was united in marriage to Ludwig (Haralderud) Olson, the ceremony being performed at Blair by the Rev. O Gulbrandson. Mr. Olson died January 1, 1917 and Mrs. Olson moved to Whitehall 15 years ago, purchasing a home here. Four children remain to mourn her death, Mabel, Mrs. Thorval Fremstad; Lila, Mrs. Benone Foss; and Hazel, Mrs. Herman Sesvold, all of Whitehall, and one son, Olger Olson of Osseo. She also leaves 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ole and Carl Skumlien of Pigeon and three sisters, Mrs. Maren Kaas of Northfield; Mrs. Bernt Myren of Hale and Mrs. Berte Marie Thompson of Saskatchewan, Canada. A daughter, Christine, Mrs. Chris Berg, preceded her in death November 7, 1947. SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MARCH 30, 1950

Ole E. Larson, son of Erick and Olivia Larson was born March 18, 1863, in Solar, Norway. At the age of four he, with the rest of the family immigrated to America and came to Blair, Wisconsin where they resided for three years. Then they moved to Chimney Rock where the deceased has lived since with the exception of one year in Superior. On June 6, 1894, he was united in marriage to Sena Veum. Six children; namely, Elvira, now Mrs. Albert Olson of Mondovi; Archie of Milwaukee; Jessie, Mrs. Harvey Olson of Chimney Rock; Raymond of Madison; Maymie, now Mrs. Helge Dokkestul of Hixton; and a daughter, who died in infancy, survive. Mr. Larson had been in failing health for a number of years, but was able to be up and around until Sunday, November 16, when he became suddenly ill with pneumonia. He passed away on Sunday evening, November 23, at the age of 67 years. Rev. Wichmann officiated at the funeral. Interment was made in Chimney Rock cemetery of which church the deceased had been a constant member. Besides his widow and children, Mr. Larson is survived by 13 grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. P.K. Risberg of Eleva and Mrs. J.W. Berg of Superior. One sister, Mrs. John Olson, preceded him in death. SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES - DECEMBER 11, 1930

One of Whitehall’s pioneer citizens was laid to rest in Lincoln cemetery when relatives and friends paid their respects to Martin Larson, 90, at services held Wednesday, at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. L.L. Solsrud. He had been up and about the house within a day of his demise. For years Martin Larson was regarded by Whitehall citizens as a remnant of the pioneer era. A native of Norway, he was born in Oslo on March 18, 1852, to Christian and Johanne Larson. He came to this country with his parents at the age of three years in 1855. Conditions at that time required hard labor in order to meet the problems of life. The experiences of Mr. Larson were no exception and he developed the habits of industry and thrift at an early age. Even long after he had reached the allotted three score years and ten, he was the exemplification of industry, and though he had long since abandoned his trade as blacksmith, he kept busy every day either at gardening or doing odd jobs for friends about town. He was seldom idle and seemingly throve on work and did enjoy it. Martin Larson was one of a family of nine children and is survived by one brother, Oscar, who lives at Osseo. As an infant he was baptized and reared in the Lutheran faith. When his parents came to America they first settled in LaCrosse County on a farm in Lewis Valley near Holmen. The family resided there for a period of thirteen years and then Mr. Larson’s mother took a homestead in the South Branch of Hale, where they established a new home. The land is now a part of the Helmer Johnson farm. Martin helped to develop the homestead and worked on farms in the area, assisting early settlers and using much of his earnings to help support the family and develop the farm. He was united in marriage to Mary Bjerke and immediately after their marriage, he and his wife moved to Osseo where he worked under John Christianson and learned the blacksmith trade. Two years later he moved his family to Pigeon Falls, where he was employed as a blacksmith by the late John Vold. The Larsons lived in Pigeon about three years and then moved to Fairchild, where he was employed for a year in the Foster sawmill. He again returned to Osseo, where he was employed by Christianson, and in the early 90’s, he moved his family to Whitehall where he was to spend the remaining years of his life. Mr. Larson engaged in blacksmithing in Whitehall in the shop which still stands on West Blair street. A family of seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Larson. Three died in infancy, Mrs. Larson was summoned in 1902, and their son, Frank, passed away in 1923. Surviving members of the family are three daughters, Mrs. Ludwig Solsrud, Mrs. Sebert Salverson and Miss Mabel Larson all of Whitehall. There are also nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. After following the blacksmith trade for many years, Mr. Larson found that the strenuous labor was becoming too great for him, and he discontinued his trade. From then until past four score years, he continued to work and occupy his time to advantage at lighter tasks. Mr. Larson was jovial and sympathetic person. He was kind and thoughtful to members of his family and expressed an unusual interest and regard for his grandchildren, especially the daughters of his son, Frank, who passed away when they were small. A product of the pioneer era, and one of exemplary habits, Martin Larson lived a life that was worthwhile. Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 3, at the G.N. Pederson home and at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. A group from the Senior choir sang “I Know of a Sleep in Jesus’ Name,” “In Heaven Above,” and “Life’s Day is Ended.” Flowers were carried by Mrs. Gustav Solsrud, Mrs. G.M. Steig and by four great-grandchildren, Phillip Johnson and Robert, John and Douglas Pederson. Pallbearers were P.O. Pederson. B.M. Engen, G.M. Steig, John Beaty, Bert Thomley and G.N. Pederson. Those from away attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. John H. Solsrud of Milwaukee, Mrs. Nellie Pederson of Osseo, Mr. and Mrs. William Gueldner and daughter Frances of Eleva, and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Noll and Miss Lucille Larson of LaCrosse. SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JUNE 11, 1942

The announcement of the death of Rev. N.K. Larson at his home in this village last Friday was a great shock to his friends far and near. While Mr. Larson’s condition was quite well know, his sudden demise was unexpected. For nine years Rev. Larson served his flock faithfully at the Whitehall Baptist church and during the remaining years up to the time of his death, he was always warmly welcomed as he returned from his long trips in the missionary field. He was constantly on the road traveling from coast to coast in the performance of his work but his home has always remained at Whitehall. No man was better loved than Rev. Neil K. Larson and a marked testimony of this devotion was shown on the day of his funeral when the lawn at his residence was densely crowded by friends who came to pay their last tribute of respect. The funeral was held from the residence Monday. Rev. T. Knudson of LaCrosse officiating, assisted by Rev. Harold Olson of Woodsville, Wisconsin, Rev. A.A. Ohrn of Minneapolis, Professor H. Gunderson of Chicago and Rev. Stone of this village. Herbert Hanson of LaCrosse sang two solos and the choir sang several favorite hymns of the deceased. The singing was beautiful, and the sermon and remarks by his associates in Christian work confirmed the wonderful faith and beautiful Christian character of him who had passed beyond. Those attending the funeral from out of town were Dr. and Mrs. J. H. Larson and family of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. P.R. Anderson and family, Mrs. Harold Olson of Woodville, Wisconsin; Mrs. T Knutson and sons, Mrs. Oscar Gelin, Mrs. Casperson and daughters and Albert Larson of LaCrosse and many other friends from Blair and vicinity. Neil Kristopher Larson was born at Froien, Norway, July 30, 1876. He came to this country in 1884 with his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Bernt Larson, settling in South Dakota. His mother died when he was thirteen years of age, after which time he made his home with his uncle, Arne Rasmussen. At the age of sixteen he went to Chicago to attend the Divinity School from which he graduated in 1896. His first pastorate was at Woodville, Wisconsin where he was ordained. On October 20, 1896, he was united in marriage to Andrea Johanna Anderson. To this union five children were born. Henry Arthur, who died at the age of four months and is buried in Norway; Alice Henry who died in 1919; Lillie and Janet. Those surviving him are his wife and three daughters, Alice, Lillie and Janet; a step-mother, Mrs. Bernt Larson of Seattle, Washington; a sister, Mrs. Ollie Broson of Carthage, South Dakota; and three brothers, Louis of Whitehall; John of Chicago and Albert of Winner, South Dakota. SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - AUGUST 10, 1922

Andrea Johanna Anderson (Mrs. N.K. Larson) was born March 9, 1876 at Christiania, now Oslo, Norway, the daughter of Sven and Anna Anderson. When she was a young girl, her parents immigrated to this country settling in Baldwin, Wisconsin. Later the family moved to Woodville, Wisconsin where at an early age she joined the Woodville Baptist church. On October 20, 1896, she was married to the Rev. Neil K. Larson at Woodville, and they left immediately for Tromso, Norway, where Rev. Larson was pastor of the Norwegian Baptist Church there for four years. Their two oldest children were born there, their first child a son, dying at the age of three months. Upon their return to this county in October 1900, they settled in Whitehall where Rev. Larson served as pastor of the First Baptist church for nine years. He resigned to go into missionary work. He died in August 1922 and a son, Henry, also preceded his mother in death in May 1919. Survivors are three daughters, Alice, at home; Lillie, Mrs. Henry E. Dahl of LaCrosse and Janet, Mrs. M.F. Mortenson of Neenah. She also leaves four grandchildren, Richard Neil Dahl, Nancy Kay Mortenson, Paul Frederic Mortenson and Andrea Kristine Mortenson; one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Jacobsen of Seattle, Washington; and one brother, Peter R. Anderson of Baldwin. One sister, Mrs. Lewis Rasmussen of Whitehall died on Mrs. Larson’s birthday, March 9, 1944. Friends and relatives from out of town who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. P.R. Anderson, Baldwin; Dr. and Mrs. J.H. Larson, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Rasmusen, Madison; Miss Vivian Ellis, Johnson City, Tennessee; Mrs. Dorothy Casperson and daughter, Olga, Mrs. Emil Rice, Mrs. R.M. Falkenstein and Mrs. George Wittenberg of LaCrosse. SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JULY 3, 1947

Peter Larson died at the home of his son, Arne, in Rat Coulee on the 23rd of January 1906, aged 77 years, 7 months and 15 days. Deceased was stricken with paralysis about six weeks ago, and gradually failed until the end came. He was one of our old settlers, emigrating from Norway some 39 years ago and settling on the farm where he resided up to the time of his death. He was a widower and leaves to mourn his loss four children as follows: Mrs. Peter Overby of Blair; Mrs. Halvor Overby of Curran, Jackson County; H.L. Peterson, of Cando, North Dakota; and Arne Peterson, who resides on the old homestead. The funeral was held last Friday afternoon at the U.L. church, Rev. Gulbrandson officiating. SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - FEBRUARY 1, 1906

Maria, youngest daughter of Christian and Eline Skorstad, was born in Vardahl, Norway, August 7, 1863. The family came to America in 1868, settling in Coon Valley. The following year they took a homestead in the Town of Pigeon. Maria was confirmed by the Rev. Emmanuel Christophersen in the Synod Lutheran church at Pigeon Falls, where the Skorstads were members. She attended school and grew to womanhood in that vicinity. On May 28, 1887, she was united in marriage to Ole E. Larson, also of Pigeon. They established their home with his parents, Erick and Oline Larson, on their homestead. In 1894 Mr. Larson was elected county treasurer, a position which he held eight years. During that time they resided in Whitehall. Three children were born to this union, Chester, Mabel and Owen. Chester died at the age of 15 days. Mr. Larson, the husband and father died March 5, 1901, when both children were under six years of age. Unable to operate the farm alone, Mrs. Larson moved to Whitehall. When her son, Owen, reached the age of 20 years, Mrs. Larson sold her home in Whitehall to R.A. Fortun and moved back to Pigeon. Owen has resided on the home farm since that time. A few years after his marriage, Mrs. Larson returned again to Whitehall, where she spent the last sixteen years of her life. Seven years ago she was seriously ill with bronchitis. This developed into bronchial asthma, which medical aid could not cure. Her health the past four years has been very poor, and she was confined entirely to her home, part of the time to her bed, her suffering at times became almost unbearable. Her continual prayers were finally answered and at 6:40 Thursday morning, May 15, she quietly passed from this life. Besides her two children, Owen Lartson of Pigeon and Mrs. Mabel Crown of Whitehall, deceased is survived by five grandchildren. Her mother, father, brothers Andrew, Peter and Anton and sisters Olive and Carrie are all deceased, the latter preceding her by just seven months. Mrs. Larson will be greatly missed by her family, especially her daughter who so faithfully cared for her over four years. Funeral services were held at the home in Whitehall and at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church Monday afternoon of this week, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. Mrs. Carl Jahr sang “Bedre kan jeg ikke fare” and “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say” at the church, and a Ladies quartette composed of Mmes Lewis Hanson, N.S. Simons, S.M. Halvorson and Augusta Mattson, “Den Store Hvide Flok.” Pallbearers were Knut Haugen, Peter Severson, Raymond and James Hanson, Ernest Sterner and Perry Severson. Flowers were carried by four grandchildren, Myron, Mavis and Delores Larson and William Crown. Burial was in the U.L. cemetery at Pigeon Falls. SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MAY 29, 1941

Mrs. Ed. J. Larvik died at the local hospital Wednesday morning, June 25, at 4:30 o’clock , after a very serious operation. She was born in Norway February 3, 1882, and was married at Pigeon Falls October 1, 1904 to Ed. J. Larvik of that town by Rev. Orke. She is survived by her husband and seven children; also father, mother, three sisters in Norway and one sister in Madison, this state. The funeral was held at Pigeon Falls Saturday, June 29, at the United Lutheran church, Rev. Orke officiating. The floral tributes were many and pretty. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - JULY 4, 1918

Ole Larson was born in Biri, Norway on September 4, 1850, the son of Lars and Anne Grindalen. On August 25, 1876, he was joined in marriage to Olave Wedervang Marking. The first eight years of their married life were spent in Norway, but in 1883, Mr. Larson emigrated to America, his wife and daughter Agnethe following him one year later. The family settled in Fitch coulee where they lived for several years. About thirty years ago Mr. Larson purchased their present farm in Johnson coulee where he lived until his death, which occurred the 22nd of April after only one day of sickness. Besides his wife, he leaves four children to mourn his death; namely, Mrs. Olaf Lovlien and Elmer Larson, Whitehall and Olaf and Emma at home. The oldest son, Ludwig, preceded him in death at the age of 27 years, 21 years ago. He also leaves eight grandchildren who are Melvin Lovlien of Colfax; Ludvig Lovlien, Lake Haallie; Odel, Myrtle and Hulda Lovlien of Eau Claire and Mrs. Hjalmer Foss, Clinton Larson and Clifford Lovlien, Whitehall, besides five great-grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Larson observed their Golden wedding the 25th of August, 1926, with a large gathering of relatives, friends and neighbors at their farm home. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 25, at the United Lutheran church at Pigeon Falls, Rev. A.J. Oerke officiating. The pallbearers were Carl Thomte, Nels Windjue, Jens Berge, Olaus Nyseth, Peter Norland and Ole Skoyen. Flower girls were Myrtle, Hulda and Ona Lovlien. Untertaker E.A. Sletteland had charge of the arrangements. SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MAY 4, 1933

Simon Larson died at his home in Hale Friday, May 7, of kidney and heart trouble, aged 57 years. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Hale Lutheran church Tuesday, Rev. Preus of Strum conducting the services. Mr. Larson was born at Hedemarken, Norway, on December 24, 1867, and came to this country when a child with his parents. On October 6, 1900, he was married to Miss Inga Maug and to this union were born ten children - six girls and four boys, who, with their mother, survive him. After marriage the couple lived at Whitehall for ten years where he was employed at the carpenter business. They then moved onto the farm where he died and have since made that their home. Besides his immediate family he leaves two brothers, George of Whitehall and Louie, and two sisters, Mrs. Olof Snuggerud of Holmen and Mrs. Peter Peterson in Texas, to mourn his early passing. SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MAY 14, 1925

Olava Margrete Vedervang Marking, daughter of Petronille and Christian Marking, was born in Redalen, Biri, Norway, May 2, 1855. She was joined in marriage to Ole Larson on August 26, 1876, and the family came to America in 1884, arriving in Whitehall in June of that year. They settled on a farm in Fitch Coulee, Town of Pigeon, residing there until 1902 when they moved to a farm in Thompson coulee. On the latter farm Mrs. Larson lived until September 1939 and moved at that time to Whitehall with her son, Olaf. Mrs. Larson received a hip fracture on May 24 of this year. She was hospitalized for ten weeks and then removed to her home with her sons, Elmer and Olaf Larson, where she passed away two weeks later on Saturday morning, August 15. Preceding her in death were her husband, who died April 22, 1933, a son Ludvig, whose death occurred May 30, 1912 at the age of 27 years, and a daughter, Emma, who died in January 1935 at the age of 47. She is survived by a daughter, Agnethe, Mrs. Olaf Lovlien of Allen; two sons, Elmer and Olaf of Whitehall; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one brother, Carl Marking of LaCrosse. Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 18, at the Larson home in Whitehall and at the United Lutheran church at Pigeon Falls, the Revs. C.K. Malmin and A.J. Oerke officiating. At the last rites Mrs..E.A. Sletteland sang “I himmelen, I himmelen,” and the Rev. and Mrs. Malmin also sang a hymn. Pallbearers were Ole Foss, N.L. Fredrickson, Olaus Nyseth, Albert Engen, Peter Norland and Carl Thomte, and flowers were carried by Mrs. Hjalmer Foss, Mrs. Odell Lovlien, Myrtle Lovlien and Mrs. James Veum. SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES - AUGUST 27, 1942

Mr. Theodore Larson died very suddenly from neuralgia of the heart last Friday morning at his home east of the village. He was born near Christiana, Norway, in 1835, coming to this country when a young man where he has lived an honored and respected citizen. He was one of the five who organized the United Lutheran church at this point thirty-one years ago, since which time he has been one of its most faithful members, serving on the board of trustees continuously. He was widowed several years ago, but is survived by five children; Louis, Torval, Matilda, Emma and Julia, and three step-children, Hans of Galesville, Peter of Minneapolis and Mrs. John Erickson of Winona who mourn the loss of an upright and affectionate parent. SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - MAY 21, 1908

Funeral services for Mrs. Peder Larson, who died Tuesday, August 17, at her home in this village, were held at the Rhode chapel and Our Saviour’s Lutheran church Friday afternoon, the Rev. E.B. Christopherson of Pigeon Falls officiating. Burial was in the Old Whitehall cemetery. Pallbearers were R.R. Longworthy, Carl Jahr, A.J. Kins, Gilbert Moen, Ludwig Hammerstad and W.E. Harlow. Flowers were carried by Mmes. Langworthy, Kins, Moen and Harlow and Eleanor and Carol Johnson of Osseo, relatives of Mrs. Larson. Mrs. Walter Winchester of St. Mary’s, Ohio, sang two songs at the services, “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” Mrs. Carl Jahr sang “Face to Face” and a quartet composed of Mmes G.S. Rice and Lewis Hanson and Anton Vold and H.J. Aleckson sang a hymn. Mrs. Larson, nee Kajsa Anderson, was born in Varmland, Sweden, December 18, 1849. She was reared in the Lutheran faith, and in 1868 she was joined in marriage to Peder Larson. One child was born to them in the old country, Agnes, who was one year old at the time of their immigration in 1871. They came directly to the Town of Lincoln and lived in Maule coulee until 1905, with the exception of ten years on a farm in the Town of Burnside. In 1905 they sold their place in Lincoln and bought the house on Abrams street that remained the home of the deceased until her passing. Ten children were born to the Larsons. Mr. Larson died in 1915; their son, Paul, died in Montana in 1932 and was brought here for burial; Agnes, the child born in Sweden, died at the age of 19 and two boys, Martin and John, died as children. Six children survive their mother, Oliver and Alvin Larson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Mrs. John (Mary Louise) Golden of Sand Springs, Montana; Mrs. Carolyn Edlund of Minneapolis; Mrs. George (Clara Pathryn) Knight of Milwaukee; and Mrs. Ida Mathilda Curtis of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The two sons were unable to attend their mother’s funeral but Mrs. Oliver Larson of Sioux falls was here. Mrs. Golden had returned to her home in Montana the day before her mother’s passing after coming to see her during her illness. Mrs. Curtis had been here a week. Mrs. Knight came upon the death of her mother, and Mrs. Edlund had lived with her seven years, caring for her during the years of her failing health. Mrs. Larson suffered a stroke twelve years ago from which she partly recovered. A second hemorrhage came last May, after which she was confined continuously to her bed. She died on the day that she was 87 years and eight months old. Besides a profusion of flowers from relative and friends, there were memorials to the deceased from friends and neighbors, one to the Old Peoples Home at Stoughton and the other to the radio station at Northfield, Minnesota, from where she heard Norwegian church services weekly. Twelve grandchildren survive Mrs. Larson and four great-grandchildren. She had but one sister, Mrs. Agnes Bringsosen, who died six years ago. Neighbors and friends served lunch at the Larson home for the relatives and friends following the services. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - AUGUST 25, 1937

Peder Larson, whose death was chronicled in our last issue, was born at Holges, Sweden, on March 9, 1840. Had he lived one more day, he would have been 77 years of age. In 1868 he was married to Kajsa Anderson, and in the year 1871, they came to America, coming direct to the Town of Lincoln. He located on what is now known as the Hans Bringsosen farm in Maule coulee He later homesteaded a farm in Burnside and lived there for ten years, returning to Lincoln after the sale of his farm. In 1905 he moved to Whitehall, which has since been his home. He leaves to mourn his death a wife, three sons and four daughters: Paul, Alvin and Oliver and Marie Louise Gordon of Sand Spring, Montana; Carolyn Edlund of Minneapolis; Clara Petra Knight of Kansas City, Missouri; and Ida Mathilda Curtiss of Lomax, Illinois. He also leaves two brothers, John of Lincoln, and Ole of Canada, and one sister, Mrs. Helen Sunborg of Minneapolis. His daughters, Mrs. Edlund and Mrs. Curtiss had spent three weeks here and were with him at the end, as was also his son, Alvin. Oliver spent a week here before his father’s death. His son, Paul, and daughter, Mrs. Gordon, were unable to attend the funeral. His son-in-law George Knight of Kansas City was in attendance. Mrs. Knight, being ill, was unable to accompany him. Mr. Larson was a member of the Synod Lutheran church for 45 years, a good Christian, a kind and loving husband and father, and a good upright neighbor and friend. The funeral was held Thursday at 2 o’clock p.m. A short service was held at the home first, then at the church, which was filled with friends and neighbors, who had gathered to bid a last farewell to an old and honored friend. Rev. E.B. Christopherson officiated. The pallbearers were Ferdinand Witt, John Iverson, Matt Fryslie, Ludwig Hammerstad, Evan and Andrew Finstad. The floral tributes were many and beautiful, the evident of the high esteem and respect in which the deceased was held. SOURCE - THE WHITEHALL TIMES- BANNER - MARCH 22, 1917

Ole W. Larson, a respected resident of German Hill, this city, passed away at his Home there Thursday morning, November 13, 1930. Although Mrs. Larson had not been in good health since last spring, he was confined to his bed only the last five weeks. He was 78 years, 8 months and 4 days of age at the time of his death. Funeral services were held at the home, Sunday afternoon at 2:30, Rev. K.M. Urberg, of Blair, officiating. The services were largely attended and there was a profusion of beautiful flowers, evidencing the sympathy of friends and relatives. The pallbearers were A.N. Larkin, Frank Helbling, Charles Gomer, Knute Olson, Mr. Hogen and John Carish. Interment was made at Riverside. Mr. Larson was born at Varven, Norway, and came to this country when but a child with his father, his mother having passed away in Norway before they left there. He lived for a number of years in the vicinity of Taylor, but has been a resident of this city since a young man. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Jacobson who now survives and mourns his loss. Two children were born to this marriage, a son, Lee and a daughter, Mabel, both of whom preceded him in death. Mr. Larson leaves two brothers, Carl and Nel, who reside near Taylor. The sympathy of all is extended to Mrs. Larson who mourns the loss of her kind and faithful husband, and is the sole remaining member of her family. Reprinted from the BLACK RIVER FALLS BANNER-JOURNAL. SOURCE - THE TAYLOR HERALD - NOVEMBER 28, 1930

Mrs. Marie Larson passed away at the home of Nels P. Larson of Taylor on January 9, 1933, following an illness of two weeks. Her age at the time of her death was 77 years and four days. Marie Jacobson was born at Nordri Fron, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, on January 5, 1856. At the age of 21 years she emigrated to this country, accompanied by her sister, Mrs. Amund Amundson. They came directly to Black River Falls which had been her home for 42 years. In 1883 she was married to Ole W. Larson. This union was blessed with two children, a son, Lee, and a daughter, Mable, both of whom preceded her in death. Lee passed away in 1906, Mable in 1908. Since the death of her husband, November 13, 1930, she had made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Nels Larson of Taylor. Her health had been failing for many years. She was most tenderly cared for by Mrs. Nels Larson, who administered to her every need. During her long residence in the county, Mrs. Larson had experienced many of the hardships and joys of pioneer life. Mrs. Larson is survived by four sisters and one brother: Mrs. Aune Uthie, Mrs Amund Amundson of Black River Falls; Mrs. Albert Hanson of Eau Claire; Mrs. Emil Hanson of Spring Valley and Hans Bylokken of Kolstud, Minnesota. Two brothers and one sister had preceded her in death. She also leaves many nieces and nephews, two brothers-in-law, Nels and Carl Larson, besides a host of friends who will cherish her memory. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 1 o’clock at the home of Nels Larson. Rev. K.M. Urberg of Blair conducted the services at the home and at the Lutheran church at Black River Falls at 2 o’clock. Rev. Skoien assisted with the church services. Interment was made in the Riverside cemetery at Black River Falls. The song service was tendered by Mrs. M.H. Moen, with Mrs. Hilleque as accompanist. There were many floral tributes, also a memorial gift to the Old Peoples Home at Wittenberg. SOURCE - THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 19, 1933

O.P. Larson, for many years a resident of Whitehall, was one of the most successful men in Trempealeau County. Coming here as a poor boy, and working for many years under the handicap of poor health, he gradually built up a series of establishments which formed a chain of successful houses throughout the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota. In building his own fortunes, he also aided many another man to achieve prosperity, and more than this, his stores and banks have had a part in the development of many a rural community. O.P. Larson was born on the estate of Eastern Piltingsrud, Begnadalen, Valders, Norway, April 15, 1849, and there received such education as his neighborhood and circumstances permitted. In 1866 he came to the United States and found his way to Trempealeau County, where he secured employment as a farm hand. His inclinations, however, turned to mercantile pursuits, and before long he was working in a store. His shrewdness, ability and courtesy won recognition, and it was not many years before he was at the head of an establishment of his own. The first store he owned was at Independence. After a while he looked to other fields, and gradually extended the scope of his activities. At the height of his career, he owned an interest in some twenty establishments, the most notable of which were the Bank of Eleva, Wisconsin; the Bank of Melrose, Wisconsin; the Churches Ferry State Bank, Churches Ferry, North Dakota; and the J.O. Melby & Co. Bank, Whitehall, as well as the mercantile stores of Larson, Melby & Co., Eleva; Larson, Stevning & Co., Stephen, Minnesota; Larson, Ringlie & Co., Binford, North Dakota, and Aneta, North Dakota; Larson, Gravlie & Co., Adams, North Dakota; Larson, Lander & Co., Fairdal, North Dakota; Larson, Dokken & Co., Knox, North Dakota; and several others. To all of these concerns he gave considerable personal attention. His health, never robust, continued to fail, and in 1912 he went to Norway, in hopes that the land of his birth might bring him restored vigor. But these hopes were not realized and on August 30 of that year, he died at Christiania, Norway. His body was brought back to Whitehall for burial. An obituary notice said of him (see obituary). Mr. Larson married Lina Waller, June 26, 1878. She was born in Snartingsdalen, Norway, August 14, 1856, daughter of Ole Jacob Johansen and Martha Waller. Mr. and Mrs. Larson have had six children: Martha, Oliver, Lewis, Clarence, Julia and Manda. Martha married Bent Lander, a merchant of Fairdale, North Dakota and they have two sons, twins, Bernhart and Reinhart. Oliver died March 27, 1900. Lewis is a merchant at Binford, North Dakota. He married Florence Ringlie and they have one child, Lucille. Clarence is a banker at Eleva. Julia married Christian F. Zoylner, a businessman of New York where they reside. Manda resides at home. Mrs. Larson was the help, encouragement and inspiration of Mr. Larson in all his undertakings. A lover of her home and taking the greatest delight in domestic duties and the rearing of her children, she has nevertheless found time for much church and charitable work, and has taken an especially important and active part in the affairs of the Ladies’ Aid Society. Few ladies have traveled more than she, her journeys with her husband for the benefit of his health having taken her to Norway half a dozen times, and to Colorado, the Pacific Coast states, and the gulf states. When but a mere child, she lost her father in 1876, and was reared by her mother, receiving a good education, which her travels and experience has since deepened and broadened. In 1877 she came to America with her brother, Oliver Waller, and her sister, Kristina Waller, who became Mrs. Martin Nelson. She took up her home near Independence, with another sister, Ingeborg (Mrs. Sever Amundson), who had come to America some years previous and there lived until her marriage to Mr. Larson. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Lars P. Larson, who is now living retired on his farm of 160 acres in section 11, Ettrick Township, after a long and active career, both as a pioneer and modern farmer, was born in Biri, Norway, February 24, 1847. His parents were Peter and Carrie (Nelson) Larson, the father born August 1, 1820, and the mother December 9, 1819. In 1857 they arrived in the United States with their family and, proceeding westward, settled in Coon Valley, Vernon County, which was their place of residence for four years, or until June 1861. They then came to Trempealeau County, making the journey partly by boat and partly on foot, bringing with them an ox team. Arriving in Ettrick Township, Peter Larson located on apiece of land in section 11, about half a mile from his present home, the present townships of Ettrick and Gale being then known as Gale. Building a log cabin Mr. Larson began at once the work of improvement. This work, like that of all the pioneers, was strenuous, but he was already used to hard labor, as for some time after settling in Vernon County he had to get a living for himself and his family by splitting rails at 50 cents a day, boarding himself and had also swung a cradle all day long for 75 cents a day. Now in addition to this heavy work on the homestead, he had to carry flour on his back from Lewis’ Valley to Hardie’s Creek, crossing Black River on raft logs. His homestead consisted of 160 acres, which he took under the first homestead act. Later he sold this property to his son, Lars P., and purchased a farm nearer Ettrick, which was his home for the remainder of his life, his death occurring August 7, 1893. He was a prominent citizen of his ownship and was active in church work, also taking an interest in everything calculated to benefit the community in which he lived. His first wife, Mrs. Carrie (Nelson) Larson died April 18, 1870, and he subsequently contracted a second marriage to Aynet Hugelus. Of the first union four children were born and of the second four: Lars P. Larson, who was the eldest son of his parents, attended school in Coon Valley and later in Beaver Valley, there being no school in Ettrick Township when the family first came here. When a boy he had few idle hours, at the age of 11 or 12 years being employed in driving a breaking team of oxen, for which he received 10 cents a day. He resided with his father until about 23 years of age, during that time acquiring an intimate knowledge of farming, especially under pioneer conditions. He was an expert ox teamster and during the early days skidded logs enough to build a village as large as Galesville. At the age of 23 he bought land and became a farmer on his own account. He also engaged in threshing, and drove breaking teams of from three to six oxen on a plow. His trading was done at Trempealeau, where also he sold his produce. There was at that time plenty of game in the vicinity; deer were quite common and prairie chickens might be seen by thousands. Since those days Mr. Larson has made many improvements on his property and has advanced in prosperity with the years that have passed. He was married March 16, 1871 to Grace Elizabeth Smith, who was born in Leeds, England, daughter of George and Alice (Wilford) Smith, natives of the same city. The family came to the United States in the early ‘50’s, settling in Walworth County, Wisconsin. In 1864 they moved to Beaver Creek Valley, where Mr. Smith engaged in farming and thus occupied until his death, in or about 1896. His wife died in 1878. Their daughter, Mrs. Larson, was the second born of four children. She died February 5, 1915 after a long and happy married life of nearly 44 years. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Larson were three in number: Alice C., Emma Josephine and George Wilford. Alice C. is now the wife of Lud Emerson, a farmer living at North Bend. She has six children: James, Allan, Floys, Harold, Lila and Mary. Emma Josephine is the wife of Gustave Fillner, a salesman residing in Madison and her children are: Laverne, Alice, Glenn, Layton, Vera and Mildred. George Wilford, the second member of the family resides on the old homestead, which he is operating, his father being now retired. He married Pauline Emerson of North Bend, and they have five children: Grace Annadine, Verna Lorena, Stanley George, Leslie Perl and Robert Milton. Mr. Larson was reared in the faith of the Lutheran church, but the church he now attends is the Presbyterian. He is a staunch Republican politically, but never aspired to political office, though always taking an interest in good government both national, state and local. As one whose early recollections extend back to pioneer days in this county, he is an authority on most matters connected with those early times and can when he desires, narrate many interesting stores of the hardships formerly endured, the perils encountered, and also the compensations met with by the men and women who laid the foundations of Trempealeau County’s present prosperity - among whom he, himself, was numbered. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Ole E. Larson, early settler, county officer, prominent man, and estimable citizen, now deceased, was born in Ringsaaker, Hedemaarken, Norway, September 21, 1855, son of Erik and Oline (Bogstie) Larson. Erik Larson, the father, was born in 1826 and married Oline Bogstie, who was born in 1817. They brought their family to America in 1859 and located in Hamilton Township, LaCrosse County, this state. In 1865 they came to Trempealeau County, and homesteaded 160 acres in section 26, town 23, range 7, Pigeon Township, now known as "Golden Glen Farm" where they spent the remainder of their lives. In this home Ole E. Larson was reared, devoting his youth and early life to farming. Early in life his attention was turned to public affairs and his ability attracted attention even before he was of age. When he was twenty-one he was elected town supervisor, and later served three terms as chairman of the board. At the age of twenty-two he was elected town clerk, a position in which he served for eleven years. In 1904 he was elected county treasurer, and in this capacity, did such excellent service that he was re-elected in the fall of 1896. From 1882, the time of its organization, until 1894, he was secretary of the Pigeon Mutual Fire Insurance Company and was one of the important factors in its success. Upon retiring from public office he made his home in Whitehall until his lamented death March 6, 1901. Mr. Larson was married May 28, 1887, to Marie Skorstad, who was born near Vardahl, Christiania, Norway, August 7, 1863, daughter of Christian and Ellen (Brostad) Skorstad, born in 1819 and 1821 respectively, came to America in 1868, and homesteaded a farm in section 27, town 23, range 7, Pigeon Township, where they spent the remainder of their lives. Mr. and Mrs. Larson are the parents of thee children: Chester Ernest, who was born April 15, 1894, and died April 30 of the same year; Mabel, who was born August 20, 1896 and is now a student in domestic science in the Stout Institute at Menominee, Wisconsin; and Owen Elmer, who was born April 13, 1899, and is now attending the Whitehall high school. Mr. Larson was one of two children. His brother, Lars, was born in 1852, married Ellen Johnson in 1876; and has three children: Edwin, a farmer of Jackson County, this state; Emma, the wife of Knut Haugen, a farmer of Jackson County, and Lena, now Mrs. Severson, who lives near Neillsville, Wisconsin. Mrs. Larson is the fifth of six children, the others being: Andrew (deceased), who married Petra Tennseth (deceased), and has one son, Casper; Olive, who married Andrew Rye, a farmer of Taconite, Minnesota; Peter of Whitehall; Carrie, who lives with her brother Anton; and Anton, who is a merchant in York, Wisconsin. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Clarence P. Larson, president and cashier of the Bank of Eleva, is one of the leading citizens of the village, and has business and financial interest and connections which extend far beyond the boundaries of the State. He was born in Independence, this county, June 6, 1885, son of Ole P. and Lina (Waller) Larson. He was reared in Whitehall and received his early education in the Whitehall schools. For a time he was a student in the Toland Business College at Winona, Minnesota. With his preparation he entered the John O. Melby & Co. Bank, at Whitehall, as accountant. For one year, 1908, he engaged in the general mercantile business at Aneta, North Dakota. In 1909 he came to Eleva as cashier of the bank of Eleva, and the following year was made president as well. In these capacities he is still serving. His engaging personality and sound business ability have been the most important factors in the success with which the institution has met. Since 1911, Mr. Larson has been president of the Eleva Mercantile Company. He is president of the Larson-Stevning Company, of Stephen, Minnesota, secretary of the Central Trading Association of Whitehall and a stockholder in the United States National Bank of Superior, Wisconsin, and the John O. Melby Co. Bank, of Whitehall. Mr. Larson is a member of the county board, serving his third year. He is a thirty-second degree Mason, and also a member of the Commandery, the Shrine and the Eastern Star. His Elk affiliation is with the lodge at Eau Claire. Mr. Larson was married August 21, 1909 to Louise Steig, born in Pigeon Township, this county, September 8, 1883, daughter of Gilbert F. and Gelena (Lewis) Steig, now living in Whitehall. Mr. and Mrs. Larson have had four children: Charles Philip, born August 15, 19000; Oliver Philip, born March 2, 1912 and died February 5, 1913; Mary Jane, born March 2, 1914; and Betty Louise, born August 20, 1917. The family faith is that of the Synod Norwegian Lutheran church, at Whitehall. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY – 1917

Ray H. Larson, who is successfully conducting an up-to-date garage in the village of Independence, was born near this village, November 25, 188, son of Ed and Belle (Amundson) Larson. His parents are both living in Whitehall, the father being a retired farmer now 65 years old, and the mother aged 63. They had three children, of whom the subject of this sketch is the second in order of birth. Ray H. Larson was reared on his parents’ farm. When a young man he worked one year in Milwaukee and was also employed for some time in a hardware store in Independence. With his brother, Louis C., he opened a hay and straw business in Independence in 1911 and has since conducted it, the brother withdrawing in the fall of 1915. In the spring of the year last mentioned Mr. Larson bought the auto sales agency of Steiner & Larson and started his present garage, located in a frame building, two stories in height and 30 by 90 feet in dimensions. He handles Studebaker and Ford cars, together with the usual supplies and accessories and his business is gradually increasing. Mr. Larson is a member of the United Norwegian Lutheran Church. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY – 1917

Louis N. Larson, M. D.C., who is engaged in veterinary practice in Whitehall, Wisconsin, was born in Norway, August 30, 1874, son of Bernt and Johanna (Nelson) Larson. The father, also a native of Norway, came to America with his family in 1880, settling in Berton, South Dakota, where he followed farming until 1909. He then removed to Pearson, Washington, which is his present place of residence. At the age of 62 he retired from farming. His wife Johanna died in 1889 at the age of 39 years. Louis N. Larson, after acquiring his elementary education, spent two years in the high school of Spring Valley, Minnesota and afterwards one year at Minneapolis Academy. He then entered the Chicago Veterinary College, from which he was graduated in 1905. Locating in Whitehall in the spring of the same year, he has since followed his profession here successfully. He has made special studies in bacteriology and histology, especially as applied to veterinary science, and is rapidly becoming recognized as an expert in his line. He is a member of several medical associations, the Society of Graduate Veterinarians of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association. One of the stockholders of the Peoples State Bank of Whitehall he takes an interest in the success of that institution. His fraternal affiliations are with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Independent Order of Foresters and the Modern Woodmen of America. In politics, he is a Republican. Dr. Larson was married May 23, 1906, to Tina Gusk of Preston Township, who was born in that township November 23, 1881, daughter of Bernt and Jonena (Strate) Gusk. Her father, who still lives on the Gusk homestead, was born in Norway and came to America in 1870. Dr. and Mrs. Larson have a wide circle of friends and acquaintances in and around Whitehall. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917


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