Wisconsin Scandinavian Obituaries Li - Lu

Wisconsin Scandinavian
Obituaries Li - Lu

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Libakken Matvea Mrs.
Libakken Oscar T. Mrs.
Lidberg John Mrs.
Lieberg Martha Mrs.
Liegeck Christine Odde
Lien Amelia Mrs.
Lien Andrew J.
Lien Arndt M.
Lien Even
Lien Even Mrs.
Lien Gunhild Mrs.
Lien Hans Petter
Lien Iver K.
Lien Iver K. Mrs.
Lien Knudt O.
Lien Marthine Mrs.
Lien Morris
Lien Olaus
Lien Olaus Mrs. Gina
Lien Sever H.
Lier Ole
Lillehagen John
Lillehagen Ole L.
Lillehagen Ole Mrs.
Linberg Annie
Linberg Lars
Linberg Martin Mrs.
Lindberg Johanne Mrs.
Lindbo Thorvald
Lindem Ole O.
Lindem Tom
Lindem Thomas O. Mrs.
Linderud Andrew Mrs.
Linderud John
Lindstrom Mary Mrs.
Linnerrud Carsten
Lockman David H. Mrs.
Lockway Michael O.
Loft Marie Mrs.
Loga Mathias Mrs.
Loken Svend
Lokken Anna Mrs.
Lokken Carl G.
Lokken Hans J.
Lokken Hans N.
Lokken Karen Mrs.
Lokken Ole H.
Lokken Ole H. Mrs.
Lokken Tom
Lommerud Oscar
Lomsdahl Tom
Lomsdahl Tom 2
Lovberg Arndt
Lovberg Berthea Mrs.
Lovberg Henry
Lovberg Martin
Lovberg Mina Mrs.
Lovberg Olaf
Lovell Alonzo
Lovell Anna Bertha
Lovlien Andrew F. and Oluf
Lovlien Goro Mrs.
Lovlien Maren Mrs.
Lovlien Ole F.
Ludwick Mary Mrs.
Luken Kjersti Mrs.
Lund Hans S.
Lund Hans Mrs.
Lund Helga Paulina
Lund Lucas
Lund Sigurd
Lund Sigvald
Lunde Christian P.
Lunde Johanna Mrs.
Lunde John Knudtson
Lunde Ole M.
Lundsted Gustav F.
Lundsted Gustav Mrs.
Lundsted John
Lure Lars
Lure Mathia Mrs.
Luthro Austin
Luthro Lars Mrs.
Lybaeck Christine Odde
Lynberg Martin
Lyngdal Lars M.
Lyngdall Nette Mrs.
Lyngen Gunhild Mrs.
Lyngen Lars O.
Lyngen Lettie Mrs.
Lyngen Ole
Lynghamer Alf
Lynghamer Knut
Lynghamer Synva

"Lucas Lund, a pioneer settler of the town of Pigeon and a resident of the village of Whitehall for the past 15 years, died at the Community Hospital evening, December 21, 1940, following a three-day illness with pneumonia. Mr. Lund suffered series of strokes, the first one about three years ago, and since that time he had been an invalid and a patient sufferer, his hearing and eyesight failing in addition to his other infirmities. During his prolonged illness he was cared for by his aged wife and his son Mandley. His daughter, Mrs. George Force of Westfield, N.J. has also made extended visits to her home from time to time to care for her parents.
Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. O.G. Birkeland Thursday, December 26, with a service at the chapel of the Rhode Funeral home preceding services at Our Saviour's Lutheran church. Burial was in Lincoln cemetery. Pall bearers were Nels Nelson, Simon Windjue, Peter Norland, John Beck, Elland Berg and Carl Johnson and flowers were carried by Mr. C.I. Magelee and Miss Lenna C. Larson. The service was conducted in the Norwegian language with the exception of a sermonette by the Rev. E. B. Christopherson.
At the service Wilfred Galstad sang "den Store Hvide Flok" and an octette, consisting of Misses Mary MacCormack, Pearl Brennom, Eveln and Jeanette Evenson, Harry Salverson, Wilfred Galstad, Kiel Blank and Orrin Evenson, sang "Under His Wing" and "Abide With Me."
Relatives who came from a distance for the funeral were two daughters, Mrs. G. Galletley of Glendale, Calif., and Mrs. George Force of Westfield, N.J. , and a grandson, Joseph Fremstad of Minneapolis.
Lucas Lund, son of Lars and Martha Lund, was born in Vang, Hedmarken, Norway, June 15, 1859. He was baptized and confirmed in the Vang Kirke and was married there by Stift Prost Helle to Helene Flensborg on April 11, 1881. In 1883 Mr. Lund came to America and worked here for a year and a half, earning the fare for his wife and daughter Lina, now Mrs. Charles Jearn of Riverside, Calif., who joined him here. The family established their home in a crude 14 x 16 hut in Hegge coulee.
The lived in the town of Pigeon until 1912, at which time they moved to Whitehall. They lived here until 1915, when they moved to Chinook, Mont. There were engaged in truck farming in Montana for 10 years, returning to Whitehall in 1925 and purchasing their present home.
A family of six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Lund. They are Mrs. Charles (Lina) Jearn of Riverside, Calif.; Mrs. John (Selma) Fald, who died at Chinook, Mont; Mandley at home; and Mrs. George (Amanda) Force of Westfield, N.J. Mr. Lund is also survived by his wife, 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren." THE WHITEHALL TIMES - January 9, 1941

"Funeral services were held at Our Saviour's Lutheran church Monday, August 13, for Mrs. Gunhild Lien, 99, who died August 10 at the home of her niece, Mrs. Clara Swenson, who had cared for her during 23 years of invalidism. The Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiated at the last rites and the pall bearers were William Mason, Henry Fransen, Mervin Engen, Theodore Stendahl, Ben Engen and J.E. Rhode. Burial was in the Lincoln Cemetery.
Mrs. Lien was born April 21, 1852 in Valders, Norway, daughter of Ole Thompson Brettom and his wife, Kari Josephsdatter. Her mother died when she was a young girl and she came to America with her father at the age of 15 years. They settled first at Blue Mounds, Dane county, where they resided four years and then came to Trempealeau county where Mr. Brettom homesteaded 160 acres of land that is the present Arnold Meistad farm on the Irvin coulee ridge. Gunhild worked in various homes of the community until her marriage at the age of 22 to Knut Lien. The couple resided on a farm in Preston township for some years and then built the present B.M. Engen home in Whitehall where they retired. Here Mr. Lien died in 1908.
Since falling and breaking her hip in 1929 Mr. Lien had been cared for by Mrs. Swenson as the fracture was such that she was never able to walk again. Death came at the age of 99 years, three months and nineteen days.
Surviviors are but two half-sisters, Mrs. Henry Thorson of Pigeon township and Mrs. Anton Bergerson of Ettrick, besides nieces and nephews." THE WHITEHALL TIMES - August 23, 1951

"John K. Lunde died at the home of his son-in-law, Thormod Nelson of Pigeon, June 20, 1916, after being confined to his bed for more than a year with the general infirmities of old age.
Johnson Knudtson Lunde was born in Valdris, Norway, December 7, 1826. In 1848 he was united in marriage with Kari Ostenson, also of Valdris, and in the summer of 1851 they migrated to America, coming to Springdale, Dane county, this state, which was then a pioneer settlement. During the Civil War, when the need of his country became apparent, he enrolled in Co. K. 37th Wisconsin volunteer infancy in 1864 and served to the end of the war. After his return he suffered much from typhoid fever, contracted while on the march, and during the illness lost his reason, which was only slightly regained. He lived on his farm in Springdale until about 1900, whe he left the old homestead in the hands of his youngest son, Christopher, and came to Pigeon Falls to make his home with his daughters living in this vicinity; his wife died in 1897. He was a hale and strong man until within the last few years. Even in his eighties he was capable of doing a days work. He would often take a tramp of ten miles or more without apparent effort. He was a man who "had ever his jest and his ballad" in spite of many trials and difficulties, and won many friends among the old and young of the community. It has been fitly said of Grandpa Lunde that in his strength and way of life he is a representative of a past age, and during the last few years he seemed also to live chiefly in the past, yet his hope was ever for the blessings of the life to come.
Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Lunde, seven of which survive him, namely, Mrs. Martin Gilbertson, Mrs. Halvor Hanson, and Mrs. Thormod Nelson of Pigeon Falls; Mrs. Gilbert Gran of Northfield, Miss Karine Lunde and Chris Lunde of Mt. Horeb, and Knut Lunde of Canton, Minn. The number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren is large.
The funeral services were held at the T.N Nelson home on Friday, June 23 at 1 o'clock, and at 2:30 at the Synod Lutheran church in Pigeon Falls. The Sons of Veterans of the Whitehall camp officiated as pall bearers, namely, Oscar Cummings, Alva Cummings, Selon Thompson, Bert Thompson, F.W. Lowe and Rev. E.D. Upson. There was a large attendance at the funeral and the floral offerings were beautiful." THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - June 29, 1916

Funeral services for Mrs. Oscar T. Libakken were held at the home in this village and at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church Thursday of last week, and burial was made in Lincoln cemetery, Rev. O. G. Birkeland officiating. J.E. Garaghan of Stevens Point in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Dr. F.E. Van Sickle, Dr. Archie Torson William Mason, Ed Scott, John Hager and Andrew Cairncross. The daughter who was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ole Lunde on June 4, 1871, at their home in Balestrand, Norway, who later became Mrs. Libakken, was christened Syneva, but she was called Susie by her family and friends. She passed her girlhood in her native land and was confirmed there into the Lutheran faith. But as she began to mature into womanhood, or more strictly speaking when she was 16 years old, she left her home and came to America, joining other relatives at Madelia, Minnesota. Here she stayed for two years, living with her sister who had preceded her to this country. When the latter was married to Peter Jensen and moved to St. Paul, she went with her there and lived with her in that city until she was joined in marriage on October 2, 1901, to Oscar T. Libakken, Mr. Libaken was employed by the Griggs-Cooper Co., now the Century Food Co., in St. Paul for five years after his marriage to Susie Lunde, and then they moved to Holmen and settled on a farm. Here their two daughters were born. After three years of farming, they moved again, this time to Whitehall, where the deceased spent the rest of her days in a useful and busy life. A diligent worker in whatever she undertook to do, Mr. Libakken was active for many years in the Lutheran Ladies Aid and she also made herself beloved to the Gleaners, an organization of young girls of the Lutheran church who did their share in making possible the erection of Our Saviour’s church by contributing their their handiwork to bazaars during the early years of the 1920’s. She was a leader of the Gleaners and taught many of the children of those years how to ply a needle. Mrs. Libakken was also loved dearly by her neighbors, for whom she was always doing something to give them pleasure or helpful assistance in busy times or periods of stress. Her presence is thus missed by many, but most of all by her husband and children, whose affection for her was extraordinary. The cause of Mrs. Libakken’s death was a stroke of paralysis which she suffered early in the morning on February 11. Pneumonia had filled her body with poison, wearing her system, which had been upset by high blood pressure and heart trouble for several years, for a period of about a week. Death released its victim from the pain that probably would have followed the apoplectic stroke and could have caused her only more and harder pain. Survivors are the husband, two daughters, Argot, Mrs. Walter Bensend, of Whitehall; and Ruby, who is a teacher at Oconto Falls; three sisters, Mrs. Dena Thorstad of Lake Cystal, Minnesota, Mrs. Peter Jensen of St. Paul and Mrs. Oscar Friere of Muffet and two grandchildren. Many out-of-town relatives attended the funeral, including Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Carncross of St. Paul, Mrs. Theo Torgerson of Minneapolis, many from Holmen, Tilbert and Edith Semingson of LaCrosse, Mr. and Mrs. Jess Capper of West Salem and Mr. and Mrs. A.G. Steenson of Chicago. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - FEBRUARY 22, 1934

Funeral services were held Saturday for Mrs. Matvea Libakken, 78, who died at her home in Crystal Valley, Thursday morning. The former Matvea Christianson was born on Sondreland, Norway, June 5, 1858. At the age of 25 she came to America. September 6, 1888 she was united in marriage to Christian Libakken. The couple was occupied with farming until the death of Mr. Libakken eight years ago. Mrs. Libakken is survived by a brother, Christ. Enger of Whitheall; a sister, Mrs. Claus Halvorson of Blair; five sons, Andrew of Chystal Valley, Mart.; Odell, Rudolph and Neal on the home farm; four daughter, Mrs. Theodore Hougstad of Caledonia, Minnesota; Mrs. Helmer Larson of Galesville; Mrs. Christ Mahlum and Mrs. Melvin Solberg of French Creek; 23 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the home with the Rev. Johan Olsen officiating. Pallbearers were Marcus Olson and Christ. Johnson of Galesville; William Harmon, Edward Sylvester, Henry O’Neal and Gale Richardson, Chrystal Valley. Flower girls were Arleen and Marian Larson, Lily and Vivian Solberg. Burial as made in the French Creek cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 3, 1936

Mrs. Martha Lieberg, mother of W.A. Lieberg of this place, and widow of the late Captain E.P. Lieberg of Mankato, Minnesota, passed way at her home in that city July 9, following a twenty-four hour illness of heart trouble with kidney complications. Mrs. Lieberg was 79 years of age and was born in Norway June 17, 1845. At the age of 7 she came to America with her parents and lived in the Ole Bull Colony in Port County, Pennsylvania. The Lieberg and Mattison (Holte) families moved westward from this colony, stopping for a month in Michigan and from there to Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, settling around Blair, where many of the descendants are at present living. Martha Mattison became the wife of Capt E. P Lieberg in 1863. They were pioneer residents of Blue Earth County, Minnesota, settling in Lincoln township in 1865, where they lived for about twelve years until the grasshopper depredations. They then moved to Mankato, where they resided until the end of their lives. Mrs. Lieberg was the last of her family, the youngest of five children, the late Mattis, Carl and Halvor Mattison being her brothers. She experienced the hardships of pioneer life, as perhaps few women have done, but she had learned to endure, and throughout her life carried with her the sunny disposition that endeared her to all who met her. Her life was the embodiment of self-sacrifice and service, and she will be greatly missed by her host of friends as well as her immediate family. Mrs. Lieberg is survived by the following daughters and sons: Mrs. Oliver G. Olson, Mrs. Jens Nostal, Miss Otillia C. Lieberg, all of Mankato, Minnesota; Mrs. W.F. Minne of Pittsburgh, Kansas; Mrs. J.F. Mayer of Springfield, Minnesota; C. G. Lieberg of Spokane, Washington and W.A. Lieberg of Whitehall. There are 15 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran church and of the Women’s Relief Corps. Funeral services were held from the home Saturday, July 12. Burial in the Swedish Lutheran cemetery. The floral tributes were many and beautiful. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JULY 24, 1924

Mrs. John Lidberg of Eau Claire passed away at her home on December 24, 1930 from heart trouble. Mrs. Lidberg was born in Valler, Solar, Norway on the 12th of August 1860. She came to America when she was a child two years old with her father and mother, Arndt and Annie Anderson. They lived near Stoughton, Dane County, for a while, later moving to Vosse Coulee where they lived for many years. In 1903 she was married to Pete Strande of Carryville, Wisconsin. He died September 29, 1925. In 1926 she was married to John Lidberg of Eau Claire. Interment was made in the Carryville cemetery near the grave of her first husband, P. C. Strande. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, John Lidberg of Eau Claire; one sister, Mrs. Lena Amlie of St. Paul and one brother, Henry Anderson of Chicago. The following sisters and brothers preceded her in death: Mrs. T.G. Thurston, Blair; Alex Anderson, Blair; Albert Anderson of Canada; Olaf Anderson of North Dakota; John of LaCrosse and Charley of Canada A deep sympathy is extended to the bereaved husband, sister and brother. Those from away who came to the funeral were Mrs. Ole Amlie and daughter Edna of St. Paul; Mrs. Syma Porter and daughter Carlyn and Mrs. and Novle Anderson of Blair and Mrs. Milan Elland. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 1, 1931

Funeral services for Arndt Magnus Lien who passed away at the Trempealeau County hospital Thursday evening, December 17, 1953 after a lingering illness were held Monday afternoon at the Trempealeau Valley church with the Rev. B.J. Hatlem officiating. Mrs. Hatlem sang two hymns accompanied by Mrs. Enoch Anderson at the organ. Burial was in the church cemetery with six nephews of the deceased serving as pallbearers. They were Selmer, Tilman, Arvid, Orin and Gerald Koxlien and Arvin Anderson. Mr. Lien was born October 10, 1877 in Norway and came to America at the age of five years with his parents, the late Sever and Martina Lien. He was confirmed by the late Rev. Ole Waldeland in 1892 in the Trempealeau Valley church. He grew to manhood in this community and when he was old enough he worked in lumbering camps in Northern Wisconsin for several winters. He then purchased a small farm in the Town of Curran where he lived until his health failed. He was hospitalized for several years previous to his death. He never married. He is survived by three brothers, Peter at Whitehall and Elmer and Alfred of Blair; two sisters, Mrs. Albert Anderson of Taylor and Mrs. Tena Koxlien of Blair and several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents, three sisters and a brother, Sam, who passed away three months ago. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 24, 1953

Andrew J. Lien was born in Ringsaker, Norge, February 17, 1855, the son of Jens Vesterlien and Agnette Olsdatter. He came with his parents to America in 1871 and made his home in Coon Valley for two years. The family then moved to the Town of Northfield and homesteaded the present Lien farm where the subject of this sketch lived until his death on May 4, 1942 at 9 am. after a short illness. Mr. Lien was joined in marriage to Emelia Hanson on June 7, 1879, by the late Rev. Emmanuel Christophersen. As a young man he was employed by Peder Ekern at Pigeon Falls, hauling milk for a few years, after which he engaged in farming. Of a quiet nature, Mr. Lien was a dear husband and father and will be missed in the home and by his family, other relatives and friends. Mr. Lien and his wife were honored on their Golden Wedding anniversary in 1929. His wife survives him, together with three sons, Joel of Stillwater, Henry of Hixton, who are twins, and Carl of Osseo; one daughter, Emma, Mrs. Lewis Lundstad of Eau Claire, 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. One son, Adolph, passed away at Eau Claire five years ago. Funeral services were held at the home and the S.L. church at Pigeon Falls, of which he has been a member all the years he lived in that community. The Rev. E.B. Christophersen had charge of the last rites, and interment was in the church cemetery beside his parents and a brother, Ole, who passed away seven years ago. The pastor sang a solo at the service, “Farvel, an talk for alle timer,” requested by Mrs. Lien and Gaylord Jacobson sang “Den Store Hvide Flok.” Pallbearers were close neighbors, Ed Jacobson, Martin Hagen, John Magelee and Charles M. Olson, and two nephews, John and Martin Mickelson. Flowers were carried by two granddaughters, Ruby Lien of Osseo and Ruth Lien of Eau Claire. Besides the beautiful flowers, several memorials were given to Mrs. Lien and to radio station WCAL, Northfield, to which he was steady listener. The sympathy of the community is extended to the sorrowing family. Blessed be his memory. THE WHITEHALL TIMES- MAY 21, 1942

Mrs. Amelia Hanson Lien was born in Nais, Norway, November 19, 1855. She passed away at her home in Schimmerhorn Valley Thursday night, June 7, at the age of 89 years, 6 months and 19 days. Death was due to old age and complications. In 1974 he mother and four daughters came to this country from Norway and two years later, Amelia married Andrew J. Lien, also an immigrant from Norway. Her three sisters, Mrs. Hanson, Mrs. Gunder Olson and Mrs. Tom Johnson, preceded her in death by m any years. The late Emanuel Christophersen joined the Liens in marriage at Pigeon Falls, where both are buried. Funeral rites were conducted by his son, the Rev. E.B. Christophersen of Pigeon Falls. They made their home on a farm in Schimmerhorn and lived there until the Lord called the husband, Andrew J. Lien, April 4, 1942. In 1936 they were able to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary together in their home in Schimmerhorn among their children, relatives and friends. To this union five children were born, of whom four live to mourn the loss of a good Christian mother. They are: Henry Lien of Hixton and Joel Lien of Stillwater, Minnesota, who are twins; Carl Lien, Osseo and Emma, Mrs. Lewis Lundstad of Eau Claire. A son, Adolph, preceded his parents in death. She also leaves 13 grandchildren, five in the service of their country, and ten great-grandchildren, besides a host of friends. Funeral services were held Saturday, June 10, at the Pigeon Falls church, where interment was made. The pallbearers were Ed Jacobson, George Humphrey, George Fredrickson, Helge Dokkestul, Oluf Hagen and John Rogstad. She is at rest now with her Saviour. Reprinted from the Banner-Journal. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JUNE 28, 1945

Hans Petter Lien died unexpectedly at the Whitehall hospital January 12, 1956 at the age of 80 years. He was born in Norway, November 3, 1875 and came to America with his parents, Syver and Matina Lien, at the age of seven years. Lien grew to manhood in this vicinity and worked with his father in the lumbering camps in the winter months. He never married. He also farmed the home place together with his two brothers, Elmer and Sam, until 1941 when his health began to fail and since then he was hospitalized. Preceding him in death were his parents, three sisters and three brothers. Survivors are two sisters, Mrs. Sophie Anderson, Taylor and Mrs. Tena Koxlien, Blair; two brothers, Elmer and Alfred, Taylor and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held January 16 at the Trempealeau Valley church, the Rev. B.J. Hatlem officiating. Pallbearers were Selmer, Orlin and Truman Koxlien, Arvin Anderson, Victor Melby and Ernest Stalheim. Mrs. Hatlem sang a Norwegian hymn and Mrs. Ernest Stalheim and Mrs. Orin Koxlien, a hymn in English. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 26, 1956

Even Lien, 84, died Sunday (October 28, 1961) at 2:15 P.M. from a heart attack at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Tilman Halvorsen, where he had lived since December of last year. He had been in failing health the past year. Lien was born January 3, 1988 in Veldre Ringsaker, Norway, where he was baptized and confirmed. In 1903 he came to America and lived with a relative at Wells, Minnesota before returning to Norway again in 1905. On October 25, the same year, he was married to Gunda Dalseng. Mr. and Mrs. Lien farmed in Norway until 1908 when they came to this country, settling at Cambridge, Wisconsin. In 1915 they purchased a farm in Upper French Creek and continued farming until 1935 when they moved to Blair. While living in French Creek, they were members of the French Creek Lutheran church. Here he was a member of Blair First Lutheran church. He is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Amos (Gunda) Kolve; Mrs. Tilman (Eleanor) Halvorsen and Mrs. Lloyd (Helen) Skogstad, Blair; Mrs. Gordon (Dagny) DeJariais, Dallas, Texas; and Mrs. LeRoy (Elvida) Helgeson, Milwaukee; two sons, Alfred of LaCrosse and George of Eau Claire; three sisters, Mrs. Olive Stalberg, Norway; Mrs. Marie Loft, Long Beach, California; and Miss Thora Lien, Chicago; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A grandson, Del Kolve, is studying for his doctorate in English literature at Oxford, England. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Blair First Lutheran church, the Rev. K.M. Urberg officiated and burial was in Rest Haven cemetery. A family devotional service was held Tuesday evening at the Frederixon Funeral Chapel. THE BLAIR PRESS - NOVEMBER 2, 1961

Funeral services for Mrs. Even Lien, 72, who died at her home here last Tuesday (May 22, 1956) evening following an illness of several months, were held Friday at 2 p.m. at First Lutheran church. The Rev. K.M Urberg officiated and burial was in Rest Haven cemetery. Born in Veldre, Norway January 21 1884, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andreas Dalseng. On October 25, 1905 she was married to Even Lien at Veldre and came to America in 1908 and farmed near Cambridge, Wisconsin. They moved to French Creek, Ettrick Township, in 1913 and farmed there until they moved to Blair in 1931. Survivors are her husband, five daughters, Mrs. Amos (Gunda) Kolve, Mrs. Tilman (Eleanor) Halvorsen and Mrs. Lloyd (Helen) Skogstad, all of Blair; Mrs. Gordon (Dagny) De Jardais, Dallas, Texas; and Mrs. LeRoy (Elvidea) Helgeson, Milwaukee, two sons, Alfred of LaCrosse and George, Eau Claire; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. One grandson, Verde Kolve, is a Rhodes Scholar, now studying in England. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 31, 1956

Ole Lier, one of the well loved and respected citizens of Timber Creek, Jackson County, passed away May 22, the same month and same date as his wife 20 years ago. Ole Lier had suffered several years from a leakage of the heart. About a year ago his ailing became more acute. After a paralytic stroke May 13 he was helpless in bed until death relieved his pains. He came to America in 1880 and has thus spent 46 years of his life in the community and among his many friends who learned to love and honor him for his quiet, modest and dignified bearing. He will be truly missed by them. A consistent and devoted Christian he had with his family been a member of South Beef River congregation all the years he lived on his farm in Timber Creek. Before he died he witnessed, as he had done so many a time, his faith in Christ and His redemption and found blessed solace in his faith. He was laid to rest in the South Beef River cemetery May 26, where his wife and three children had been buried before him. He was born in Land, Norway, June 21, 1853. His parents were Ole and Johanna Lier. He leaves to mourn his demise a son, Ole Lier, and a daughter, Emma, who lives on the farm. Blessed be the memory of Ole Lier. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JUNE 24, 1926

John Lillehagen, 79, of Ettrick died at the home of his nephew, Omer Moen, Tuesday morning January30, 1951 after a brief illness. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 1:00 o’clock at the Runnestrand Funeral Parlors and 1:30 at the French Creek Lutheran church with the Rev. G. Strum officiating. Two hymns were sung by Mrs. Orville Mahlum. Pallbearers were Albert Helstad, Carl Helstad, Carl Engelien, Oliver Engelien, Selmer Jorgenson and George Tidquist. Burial was in the French Creek cemetery. John Lillehagen was born at Biri, Norway June 19, 1871, and came to this country when he was 12 years old. The family settled in LaCrosse and later lived for a short time in Hanson, Wood County, Wisconsin. In 1891, they moved to Ettrick. He never married. He spent most of his time in Ettrick Township where he worked as a mason and carpenter. He enjoyed exceptionally good health until last May when he was taken ill and was hospitalized at the Whitehall Community hospital and at the Wisconsin General hospital at Madison. He was also cared for at the homes of nieces and nephews, Mr. and Mrs. Loren Quarne, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Lien and Mr. and Mrs. Omer Moen. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Alma Moen and Mrs. Linda Moen. A sister, Mrs. Lewis Hogden passed away on the same date, January 30th, nine years ago, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ole Lillehagen also preceded him in death. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 8, 1951

The subject of this sketch was the oldest of a family of nine children, who emigrated with their parents from Norway in 1866. They resided in Dane County two years, coming to this country in 1869 and they took up a homestead upon which he has continuously resided to the time of his death. His parents both died in the early seventies. In 1874 he was married to Miss Karen Emerstuen. Their married life was blessed with two girls and one boy, the boy dying in infancy. His wife and two daughters survive. Mr. Lien was a devout Christian and a prominent member of the Synod Lutheran church of Whitehall from its organization in the seventies. He was a good businessman and one of the most progressive dairymen in the county. His sudden and unexpected death caused deep sorrow among all his acquaintances. The funeral Friday afternoon at the Synod church was largely attended. The services were conducted by Revs. Em. Christopherson and O.K. Ramberg. The remains were laid at rest in the cemetery at Old Whitehall. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - JUNE 7, 1906

The subject of this sketch was born in Vaaler, Solar, Norway, in 1840, and immigrated to Blair, Trempealeau County, in 1871. In 1874 she was married to Iver K. Lien, of the Town of Arcadia, in said county, and where she continually resided up to her death, and where she assisted in building up one of the finest farm homes in that part of the country. Her matrimonial life was blessed with three children, two girls and one boy, the boy dying in infancy. Her daughter daughters survive her. In 1902 she was stricken with cancer of the breast, but which was successfully removed by Dr. Bodom. Two years later cancer again developed and she was confined to her couch nearly two years and suffered the most terrible agonies despite loving care given her day and night by her two daughters and husband and the best medical skill that could be procured. Five weeks before her death her husband died of heart disease, but despite all her sorrow and suffering, she was a patient and devout Christian and met death with a smile on her countenance. The funeral was held from the Synod Lutheran church, of which congregation she had been a faithful member since the early seventies. She was laid to rest by the side of her husband in the Old Whitehall cemetery. Rev. Ramberg officiated. The family which was so suddenly deprived of their loving parents, has the sympathy of the community in their sad bereavement. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - JULY 19, 1906

The subject of this notice, Knudt Christianson Line, was born in Ringebu, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, December 12, 1852. He emigrated to this county in 1873 and came to Whitehall, where he was employed in the building of the Green Bay railroad in 1874, continuing in the services of this company for three years. On November 27, 1876, he was married to Gunhild Olson, who survives him, no children having been born to them. He purchased a farm in the Town of Preston, upon which he resided from 1876 to 1900. He then sold his farm and moved to Whitehall, purchased property, building a cozy house and had since resided in this village. After becoming a resident of this village, he again engaged in section work on the Green Bay road until he was obliged to cease his labors on account of ill health a few months ago. While a resident of Preston he was a member of the Blair Synod Church. Mr. Lien died on July 27, 1908, the immediate cause of his death being kidney trouble. Deceased was a devoted citizen and leaves many friends to regret his early demise. Besides his wife, he leaves four sisters, as follows: Mrs. Ronning Peterson of Eleva, this county; Mrs. Anna Borreson and Mrs. Martha Iverson of North Dakota; and Mrs. Anna Christianson of Norway. The funeral services were held at the Synod Lutheran church in this village on Wednesday July 29th conducted by Rev. O.K. Ramberg. The floral tributes by the employees of the Green Bay road. The church was tastefully decorated for the occasion. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - AUGUST 6, 1908

The call into the Hereafter came to Olaus Lien at his home Tuesday morning at 9:30 August 25, 1925, death being due to an apoplectic stroke. Deceased was born in Faaberg, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, December 1, 1845. He was the only son of Oleland Marte Lien. The family came to America July 26, 1867, settling in Canada, the following year they moved to Louis Valley, LaCrosse, where they resided till 1869, when they came to Trempealeau County and purchased a farm in the Town of Albion, where he lived until death called him to the land of rest. On December 1, 1879, he was joined in marriage to Gina Rye from Vang, Hedemarken, Norway. This union was blessed with eight children, all surviving. He is survived and mourned by his wife, children, 11 grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Edward Rice. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon August 28, at the home and at the West Beef River church, Rev. J.H. Preus officiating. The flower bearers were three grandchildren, namely, Leonard Lien, Evelyn and Miles Anderson. The pallbearers were Anton Rognlien, John Holden, Sever Rekstad, Knute Hammer, Even Peterson and Peter Peterson. The deceased had many friends here whose sympathy goes out to his bereaved family and relatives. He has gone to his everlasting reward. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - SEPTEMBER 10, 1925

Gina Line, daughter of Jacob and Helena Rye, was born at Vang, Hedemarken, Norway, May 17, 1855, and passed from this life to the home beyond December 3, 1925 at 5:20 p.m. with leakage of the heart. Deceased came to America June 15, 1878, to her parents at South Valley, who had arrived here at an earlier period. On December 1, 1879 she was joined in marriage to Olaus Lien from Faaberg, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway at Eau Claire by Rev. H. Haakenson of Strum. They moved unto a farm two and one-half miles southwest, Town of Albion, where she lived until her death. This union was blessed with eight children: Mrs. Oscar Anderson, Whitehall; Mrs. John Haudeness, Minneapolis; Oscar, Strum; Mrs. Frank Johnson, Hale; Huldah, Josephine, Jalmer and Wilhelm, Strum, and eleven grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters Mrs. Ole Mjele of Eau Claire, Mrs. Minnie Holte of Strum, and two brothers, Anton Rye of Bovey, Minnesota and Adolph Rye of Strum. It will be recalled her husband passed away August 25, 1925. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon, December 6, by Rev. J.H. Preus at the home and at the West Beef River church, of which deceased was a devoted member. The large attendance of relatives and faithful friends, and the profusion of beautiful flowers were the best evidence of the affection and regard which the deceased had inspired in the community in which she had lived so long. The flower bearers were two grandchildren, Miles and Evelyn Anderson. The pallbearers were Anton Rognlien, John Holden, Paul Moltzau, Henry Robbe, Nels Robbe and Lars Moe. The deceased had many friends here whose sympathy goes out to her bereaved children and relatives. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - DECEMBER 24, 1925

Funeral services were held at the Lien Sisters home in Irvin Coulee and at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church Wednesday of last week for Morris Lien, 71, who died at the Community Hospital about 3 p.m, Monday, December 14, of a heart ailment. He had been a patient there at intervals for several weeks. The Rev O.G. Birkeland officiated at the last rites. At the home services, those gathered there sang “Bede kan jig ikke fare.” At the church a group of six women from the congregation, Mmes. N.S. Simons, Lewis Hanson, S.M. Salverson and Arthur Haralsrud and Misses Mabel Larson and Hulda Skogen sang “I Know of a Sleep in Jesus’ Name” and “Abide With Me.” Private Wilfred Galstad, home on furlough, sang “Den Store Hvide Flok.” Pallbearers were Melvin Bryn, George Stuve, Chester Everson, Ed Everson, Karsten Linnerud and George Kurth, while the flowers were carried by Mrs. Anna Everson and Miss Emma Melby. Burial was in Old Whitehall cemetery. Mr. Lien was born in Solar, Norway, January 18, 1871, the son of Iver and Karen Lien. When he was a child of three or four years, he was brought to America and the family settled on the Knudt Lien homestead in Irvin Coulee, which has remained the family home ever since. When he was 18 years old, Morris went west, working for a time in North Dakota in the threshing fields and then going on to the West Coast, where he was employed for many years in the lumbering camps and sawmills on Puget Sound and in and around Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. Later he resided in the Twin Cities but returned to Irvin coulee in May 1941, following the death of Otto Haug, who had made his home with the Lien sisters for over 30 years and operated the farm for them. Morris remained with his sisters until his death. Survivors are his two sisters, Ida and Randina Line. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Knudt, who died in childhood. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - DECEMBER 24, 1943

Sever H. Lien died at his home in Vosse Coulee Tuesday morning at 9 o’clock at the age of 67 years, 7 weeks and 5 days. He was born in Norway where he resided until 32 years ago. He came to America in 1892 and settled down on a farm in Vosse Coulee on which place he made his home until the time of his death. He leaves to mourn his death a wife and nine children; namely, Peter, Magnus, Selmer, Elmer, Alfred, Sophia, Tena, Mrs. O. Koxlien of Pigeon Falls and Mrs. Peter Koxlien of Preston. Two children, Andrew and Millie preceded him. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 17, 1914

Funeral services for Tom Linden, 90, who died at the Whitehall Community Hospital Sunday, September 23, following an illness of ten weeks, were held September 25 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. Pallbearers were Anton Anderson, Alfred Gunderson, Bennie Nelson, Eddie Dahl, Ernest Knutson and Raymond Schaefer and the flowers were carried by Mmes. Hilman Hanson and Raymond Schaefer. The remains were laid to rest in Lincoln cemetery beside his wife. Mr. Lindem was born April 25, 1861, in Telemarken, Norway, son of Ole and Karen Sunde Lindem. In 1869 the Lindem family came to the country by sailboat, landing at Quebec. From there they traveled by train and when they reached Detroit, Mrs. Lindem was taken ill. The family was allowed to remain in the immigrant boxcar which was their passage, and there Mrs. Lindem died and was buried. The remainder of the family then came on to Chicago and to Rio in Columbia County where Mr. Lindem’s brother, Tosten Gunem, and Mrs. Lindem’s brother, Torkel Sunde were living. The following year they came north to Trempealeau County, settling on the ridge between Tamarack and Abrahams coulee. Mr. Lindem and his little son, Tom, walked all the way from Columbia County to their new home, driving before them a cow and calf. On this Tamarack farm the elder Mr. Lindem spent the rest of his life. When he became old enough, Tom worked in the woods on the Black and Chippewa rivers, helped on farms, and at 23 went to farming for himself in the Town of Hale. When he was 26 he purchased a farm from David Watson in the Town of Hale and owned the place until recent years when he sold it to Carl Knutson and wife. On December 13, 1884, he married Agnetta Larson of Tamarack. The couple farmed so successfully that by 1909, they retired and moved to Whitehall purchasing a home on Dewey Street. They enlarged and improved it, and there Mrs. Lindem died September 23, 1923. Since that time Mr. Lindem resided alone until a few years ago when he engaged Mr. and Mrs. Clarence K. Johnson to move in with him. Mr. Lindem was employed as carpenter and other work during many of his retired years in Whitehall and being an ardent church worker when his health and age still permitted, he contributed much labor to the building of Our Saviour’s Lutheran church, which was completed just 30 years ago. Surviving Mr. Lindem are a brother, Tosten, of Hale and a half-sister, Mrs. Carl Knudtson of Pleasantville THE WHITEHALL TIMES - OCTOBER 11, 1951

Miss Agnetta Larson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Larson, was born in Norway, February 25, 1866, coming to this country with her parents when but a year old. She was married to Thomas Lindem in 1884. They made their home on a farm in the Town of Hale, where they lived for 27 years. When Mr. Lindem retired from the farm, they moved to Whitehall, making their home on Dewey Street. Mrs. Lindem had an operation for stomach trouble sixteen years ago, receiving little benefit from the surgical operation. Since then she has patiently suffered almost continually from this affliction. Death came to her relief Sunday, September 15, 1923. The funeral was held Tuesday from Our Saviour’s Lutheran church, Rev. Hofstad officiating. The pallbearers were Albert Saxrud, O.C. Torson, Theodore Erickson, Gus Lindstad, Chris Hulberg, Tom Johnson. Interment was in Lincoln cemetery. The father died 26 years ago. The mother is still living. Mrs. Lindem leaves, besides her mother, five sisters and two brothers. They sisters are: Mrs. Chris Hagen, Fosston, Minnesota; Mrs. Martin Swenson and Mrs. Emmet Anderson, Galesville; Mrs. Nick Sandacker and Mrs. Ben Loga, both of Montana. The brothers are John and Selmer Larson, both of Montana. The mother and Mrs. Hagen, Mrs. Swenson and Mrs. Amundson were present at the funeral. Besides her husband and immediate relatives, Mrs. Lindem leaves a host of friends to mourn her loss. A good woman has gone to her reward. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - SEPTEMBER 20, 1923

Mrs. A. I. Linderud, the oldest resident of this community died Wednesday morning December 8th at the home of her son, John, where she had made her home the last five months. Mrs. Linderud was in her ninetieth years. Gunhild Nielson was born in Sondre Land, Norway, September 3rd, 1826. In 1854 she was married to Andrew Linderud. To this union were born six children - Mrs. T. Tenneson, Mrs. H.C. Johnson of Blair; Mrs. Nettie Olson of Galesville; John on the old homestead; Andrew of Long Prairie, Minnesota; and Marie, who died in 1887. In 1861 they set sail for America, and landed in Vernon County, where they remained two and one half years. They were on the ocean eleven weeks and two days coming over from the old country. In 1864 the family came to French Creek. Mr. Linderud died in 1903. Mrs. Linderud continued to make her home on the old homestead until the last five years when she resided with her daughter, Mrs. Nettie Olson, of Galesville. Deceased leaves two sisters in Norway. Funeral services were conducted on Friday afternoon from the home and church by Rev. C.B. Bestul, where many people had assembled to pay their last respects to the deceased. The pallbearers were Andrew Hogden, Hans Iverson, Chris Skundberg, John Mason, Albert Solberg and Martin Madson. At the church, the Galesville choir sang, “Safe in the Arms of Jesus.” The floral tributes were many and beautiful. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - DECEMBER 16, 1915

This community mourns the loss of one of its oldest settlers in the death of John Lindrud, which occurred at his home on Friday evening, June 11. Mr. Lindrud died after an illness of several months, suffering from a complication of diseases. He had been gradually failing for a long time, but not until the last two weeks was he totally confined to his bed. Mr. Lindrud was born in Sondre Land, Norway, on May 29, 1857. When he was but four years of age he came to this country with parents and one sister. They settled in Coon Valley where they remained for about three years. In 1864 the family moved to French Creek and took up a homestead. From that time Mr. Lindrud has always lived in this commmunity. In 1886 he was married to Miss Julia Hogden. To this union there were three chidren born, one of whom died at infancy. A wife and two daughters, Agnes and Mildred, survive him. Deceased also leaves one brother, Andrew, of Long Prairie, Minnesota; and two sisters, Mrs. T. Tenneson of Blair and Mrs. Nettie Olson of Galesville. Funeral services were held from the French Creek Lutheran church at 11 o’clock Monday, July 14, the Rev. C.B. Bestul officiating. He also sang “Face to Face.” A large number gathered to pay their last respects to the dead. The floral tributes were many and beautiful and were carried by the following flower girls: Valborg and Marie Bestul, Ida and Viola Skundberg, Marie Johnson, Clara Hogden and Nora Tenneson. The pallbearers were Nick Engehagen, John Mason, Hans Madson, Martin Madson, Hans Nelson and Christian Skundberg. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - JULY 17, 1919

Mrs. Mary Lindstrom, 96, Blair, passed away Monday, June 16, 1980 in Grand View Home, Blair, where she had been a resident the past eight years. She was born October 17, 1883 in Norway, the former Mary Berg and came to this country in 1900 settling in the West Salem area. She married Fred Lindstrom in LaCrosse in June 1908. They lived in LaCrosse until 1918 when they moved to a farm in the Town of Ettrick. Lindstrom died July 23, 1962 and Mary stayed on the farm until moving to Grand View Home in 1972. Survivors include one son, Lester, of rural Blair; three daughters, Ruth of Hudson; Mrs. Clement (Kathryn) Ferguson, Indianapolis, Indiana; and Mrs. Bernie (Lillian) Simenson of Onalaska; five grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 19, 1980 at 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, North Beaver Creek, Rev. Arvid Myhrwold of Blair Lutheran churches officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. Casket bearers were Chester Moen, Herman Noren, Sammie Legreid, Sheldon Legreid, Norman Anderson and Edgar Anderson. Jack Funeral Home, Blair, was in charge of the arrangements. THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 26, 1980

Carsten Linnerud, 86, of R 2, Whitehall, died Saturday, October 10, 1992, in Tri-County Memorial nursing Home, Whitehall. She was born January 3, 1906 in Hadland, Norway, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Linnerud. He was baptized and confirmed in Norway and emigrated to the United States in 1923 from Telemark, Norway, and moved to Whitehall in 1925. He married Thelma Mahlum, December 26, 1930, in Winona, Minnesota. He became a U.S. citizen in the 1930’s. He began ski jumping when he was six years old in Norway and was active in the sport in Norway and in the Whitehall area. He was also on the Whitehall soccer team and the Ervin Coulee baseball team. Carsten farmed in the Whitehall area, retiring in the early 1970’s. He is survived by his wife; a son, Ardell (Palma) Linnerud of Raleigh, North Carolina; two nephews and a niece. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 14, at 1:30 p.m. in Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Whitehall, with the Rev Richard Kelling officiating. Burial will be in the Lincoln Cemetery, Whitehall. Visitation will be after 4 pm. Tuesday and from 9 to 11 a.m Wednesday in Jack Funeral Home, Whitehall, and one hour prior to services in the church Wednesday. THE LACROSSE TRIBUNE (DATE UNKNOWN)

Mrs. H.D. Lockman, one of the oldest pioneers of Clark County, died at the Frank Lockman home near Columbia October 23, 1937, aged 90 years, two months and 11 days. Mary Louisa Lockman was born in Christiana, Norway, August 12, 1847. When seven years old, she came to America with her parents who settled in LaCrosse County and later moved to the Swarthout farm in Hale now owned by Seth Speerstra. When she grew to womanhood she was married to David Henry Lockman. About 50 years ago the Lockmans moved to Clark County and settled in the Town of Hewett, where they took an active part in pioneer life. Mr. Lockman was for many years chairman of the town and a school officer. He preceded his wife in death 11 years. Nine children were born to them of whom four sons, Harry, Frank and Ward Lockman of the Town of Hewett and Fred Lockman at Marble, Washington, survive. Warren, Charlotte, Almeda, William and Ida preceded her in death. She has three brothers, Martin Larson, Whitehall; Oscar Larson of Osseo; Sivert Larson of Scranton, North Dakota; a half-brother, Jule Pederson of Osseo; a sister, Lena Hanson of Tacoma, Washington; 20 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon, October 25 at 2 o’clock at the Columbia church, the Reverend Motzkus of Globe officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - NOVEMBER 4, 1937

An aged resident of this community passed away at the Community Hospital in Whitehall on Sunday morning, October 1, 1933, Mrs. Marthine Lien, who attained the age of 80 years, six months and 17 days. Marthine Anderson was born in Elverum, South Otsterdal, Norway, March 13, 1853. Her childhood was spent in Osterdal. She was confirmed by Provst Grossjoen in Elverum. At the age of 15 years, her parents purchased a farm in Risberget, Vaaler, Solar, where at the age of 21, she was united in marriage to Sever Hanson Lien by Rev. Sorenson. Some years after their marriage they immigrated to America. The husband arrived a year ahead of his family and worked on a farm during the summer and in the pineries during the winter to secure passage money for the rest of the family. Their first home was on the present Lien farm, which was then owned by Arnt Storfaldet. Later on they hewed out of the brush a farm in Upper Vosse Coulee. They bought the present farm for $5000, which many said at that time it was would be impossible to pay. But by indefatigable labor and earnest perseverance the place was paid for and built up into one of the excellent farms in Vosse Coulee. Mrs. Lien, in her long life, set an example of faithful industry which is well to note in the far too wide-spread laxity of the present day. She performed her housewifely duties with but very little help up to the time of her death. Of a most retiring disposition, her influence was best felt in the home where children and grandchildren were bound to her by the strongest ties of affection. A busy life has ended, a tired laborer has laid down her burden and a good mother has gone out from among us. Her husband passed away about 19 years ago. The loss of a dear mother is felt by the following children: Peter, Magnus, Sam, Elmer and Alfred, at home; Olava, Mrs. Oluf Koxlien, Pigeon Falls; Tena, Mrs. Peter Koxlien and Sophia, Mrs. Albert Anderson, Vosse coulee. One daughter, Minnie, died in 1916, also two children, Andrew and Millie, who passed away in infancy. There are 23 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three brothers, Andrew of Minneapolis who was present at the funeral; Robert and Peter of Gheen, Minnesota. There are also four brothers and a sister living in Norway - Gilbert, Johan, Halvor, Theodore and Oleana. Funeral services were held at the Trempealeau Valley church Wednesday, October 4 at 2 p.m., preceded by a service at the home, conducted by her pastor, Rev. T.E. Sweger. Mrs. A.N. Garson sang two solos, one in English and one in Norwegian. Besides the floral tributes there were three memory wreaths, one from the neighbors to the Home for the Aged at Wittenberg, one for the Wittenberg Children’s Home from the grandchildren and one from the Ladies Aid for Missions. Flower girls were four granddaughters, Mrs. Victor Melby, Mildred, Ida and Isla Koxlien. Six grandsons served as pallbearers, Palmer, Ingvald, Selmer, Orrin, Olger and Norris Koxlien. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - OCTOBER 12, 1933

Ole Lillehagen passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Louis Hogden, Sunday, January 19, 1930. Deceased was born in Biri, Norway, April 21, 1854. In 1881 he and his family came to America, making their first home in LaCrosse. Soon after coming by this country his wife died. In 1884 he was married to Ingeborg Johanson. In 1891 he moved to the French Creek Valley and for the past 39 years, he has been prominent in the affairs of this community. His wife preceded him in death a little over a year ago. The following children are living to mourn the loss of a kind father: Mrs. Louis Hogden, Mrs. Henry Moen, Mrs. Elmer Moen and one step-son, John, all living in this community. He also leaves 18 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday and interment was made in the French Creek cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 30, 1930

Mrs. Ole Lillehagen passed away at her home in French Creek on Tuesday, August 14, 1928 at the age of 78 years, 2 months and 15 days. Ingeborg Johannesdatter Nersven was born in Biri, Norway, May 29, 1850. She came to America in 1884 to Hanson, Wood County. On December 29, she was united in marriage to Ole Lillehagen, that same year. In 1891 they came to Trempealeau County, where they bought a farm in French Creek, which has since been their home. Mrs. Lillehagen had been in poor health for some time but did not seem seriously ill up until three weeks before her death. She died peacefully, with a steadfast faith in her Saviour. She was always a kind and loving wife and mother, and will be greatly missed by her relatives and friends. Besides her husband, she is survived by four children, namely; John of Ettrick; Mrs. Lewis Hogden, Etttrick; Mrs. Henry Moen, Blair; Mrs. Almer Moen, Ettrick. One son, Martin, preceded her in death. She also leaves to mourn her death 17 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, and three sisters and one brother in Norway. Funeral services were held Friday, August 17 from the home and at the French Creek Lutheran church, Rev. N. Halvorsen officiating. The floral offerings were beautiful. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 20, 1928

The Rev. Johan Olsen conducted last rites for Mrs. Annie Linberg, 77, at the Synod Lutheran church at Upper Pigeon Sunday afternoon, November 12. Services were held at the home at Sechlerville preceding the rites at the church. The Rev. Olsen contributed a solo at the home and a quartet from Sechlerville choir also sang, “Nearer My God to Thee” at the home and “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Sometime We’ll Understand” at the church service. Pallbearers, grandson of the deceased, were Alvie and Leonard Larson, Orville, Archie and Lester Linberg and Raymond Bondeli, and flowers were carried by Evelyn Bondeli, Evelyn Severson, Jeanette Larson and Ardell Linberg, granddaughters. In addition to many floral offerings, among them a beautiful spray from the Sechlerville Presbyterian Ladies Aid, memorial wreaths were given by friends and relatives, and also by the Upper Pigeon Ladies Aid in honor of Mrs. Linberg. Annie Mason was born March 25, 1862 in Sondre Land Norway, and came to America with a sister and brother when she was 17 years old. She was married April 6, 1881, to Andrew Linberg, who passed away 35 years ago. Eleven children were born to them, five of whom preceded her in death. Those surviving are Melvin, Chester and Arthur of Hixton, Mrs. Selmer Larson of Galesville, Mrs. Josephine Bondeli of Arcadia and Mrs. Melvin Severson of Whitehall. There are 25 grandchildren. Also surviving are three brothers, Carl Mason of Grasston, Minnesota, and Ole and Christian Michalson living in Norway. Deceased had been a resident of Sechlerville, Jackson County, since 1917. Most of her married life was spent on a farm near Northfield, although soon after coming from Norway, she lived in French Creek, Trempealeau County. Relatives who came from a distance for the funeral services were Mrs. and Mrs. Carl Mason, Grasston, Minnesota; Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Mason, Minneapolis; Chester Johnson, LaCrosse; Edwin Johnson, Onalaska; and Miss Ann Johnson and Peter Johnson, Trempealeau. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - NOVEMBER 23, 1939

Mrs. Martin Linberg of Whitehall was born in Norway April 20, 1851, and died at her home here Sunday, December 21, 1930, of the effects of old age and apoplexy. Funeral services will be held Saturday at the home and at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church at 1:30 p.m., Rev. N.C.A. Garness officiating. Interment will be made in Old Whitehall cemetery. Four children, Mrs. Elland Berg, Mrs. Ole Lovlien, Lars and Jule Linberg, all of whom live in town, survive. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - DECEMBER 25, 1930

Mrs. Johanne Lindberg, a resident of Whitehall for 13 years and of Trempealeau County for 47 years, died peacefully at her home here at 8:00 o’clock Sunday morning, December 21, 1930. She was 79 years and 10 months old and had been bed-ridden for three years. Funeral services were held Saturday, December 27, at the house at 1:00 o’clock and from Our Saviour’s Lutheran church at 2:00 o’clock, which was conducted by Rev. N.C. Garness. The body was interred in the family lot beside the grave of her husband, Mr. Martin Lindberg, in Old Whitehall Cemetery. Mrs. Johanne Lindberg was born on April 20, 1851 at Vaaler, Solar, Norway. Her parents were Ole Olson and Liesa Olson. Her two brothers, Martin Mattison and Otto Mattison are residing in Norway and her sister, Mrs. Ole Lee of Stanley, Wisconsin, died September 20, 1929. In 1873, she married Martin Anderson Lindberg. They resided in Norway until the year of 1883. During that time six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Martin Lindberg: Anne Marie Furnberg, born 1874; Laura, 1875; Martin, 1877, who died February 1894; Olena, 1879; Julius, 1881 and Albert, 1883, who died the same year. On September 29, 1883, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Lindberg, together with five children, came to America. The oldest child, Anne Marie Furnberg, remained in Norway with her grandmother. A few months after arriving in America, they had the misfortune to lose their youngest son, Albert. They arrived in Blair in the fall of 1883, and in the spring of 1884, moved to a farm in Fly creek, where three children were born, Amelia, in 1885; Otto, 1887, who died when 8 months old; and Mathilda Josie, 1892. Her husband Martin Lindberg died on February 20, 1906. After her husband’s death she resided with her son, Julius, in Fly Creek until the year of 1918, when they moved to Whitehall where she resided until her death. She leaves to mourn her death five daughters and one son: Anne Marie Furnberg of Norway; Mrs. Elland Berg of Whitehall; Mrs. Ole Lovlien of Whitehall; Mrs. Carl Klomsten of Pigeon Falls; Mrs. Hans Lovlien of Silverton, Oregon; and Julius Lindberg of Whitehall; 24 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren in America and a few in Norway. Flower girls were two of her grandchildren, Amy and Gladys Klomsten. The pallbearers were five of her grandsons, Clarence and Palmer Klomsten, Oscar and Gerhard Lovlien, Oswald Berg and Ed Hermanson, who is married to deceased’s granddaughter. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 8, 1931

Lars Linberg, 80, who died Sunday evening, May 29, of heart trouble, was buried in a lot at Old Whitehall cemetery, Thursday, following services at the Rhode chapel and Our Saviour’s Lutheran church, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating, assisted by the Rev. E.B. Christophersen of Pigeon Falls, the latter speaking in Norwegian, the former in English. Pallbearers were Andrew and Even Finstad, Albert Kins, Henry Fransen, Ole Haralsrud and August Ringstad. Special songs were sung at the services by a sextette composed of Mmes. G.S. Rice, Augusta Mattson, S.M. Salverson, Lloyd Nehring, August Ringstad and L.C. Brennom. Only one spray of flowers lay on the coffin, at the request of Mr. Linberg who before his death had expressed the desire that there be no flowers. Mr. Linberg was born December 17, 1857, in Vaaler, Solar, Norway, son of Andreas and Martha Linberg. He was of a family of four boys and one girl, all of whom are now dead. Only two of the family came to America, Lars and Martin A. Linberg, who died 33 years ago in the pineries at Ingram, Wisconsin. Lars landed in America in 1881, coming to Blair, and making his home for a time with his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Mathias Moen on the farm that is now occupied by the Ole Brekke family. Lars spent several seasons in North Dakota and worked winters in the pineries of Wisconsin. He lived for about a year in Arcadia but spent most of his time in Whitehall, making his home with Mr. and Mrs. Elland Berg. He worked with August Ringstad for some time in the cement block business, he operated a restaurant in Whitehall, he was village marshal for several terms and for a time, he was employed at the Trempealeau County asylum. He never married. Deceased is survived by nine nephews and nieces, including Mrs. Elland Berg, Mrs. Ole Lovlien and Julius Linberg of Whitehall, Mrs. Carl Klomsten of Pigeon, Mrs. Hans Lovlien of Silverton, Oregon; Anna Mary Furuberg of Aasnes Finskog, Norway and three nephews in Oslo, Norway. There are also 27 grand-nephews and nieces, and two cousins, Ole K. Knosberg of Barron and Gunder Knosberg of Blair. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothres, Arne and Carl Linberg, Norway; and Martin A. Linberg; and one sister, Syrina Linberg of Norway. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JUNE 9, 1938

Thorvald Lindbo, 81, long-time Curran Valley farmer, passed away Thursday, June 10, 1976 at the Tri-County Memorial Hospital, Whitehall. He had been a resident of the Grand View Nursing Home, Blair. He was born May 4, 1895 to Mr. and Mrs. Ole Lindbo in Norway and immigrated to the United States in about 1916. Survivors are his son, Robert of Hixton and one daughter, Mrs. Arthur (Muriel) Gilbertson, rural Blair; one brother, Carl of Eau Claire; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife about 20 years ago. Services were held at the Upper Pigeon Creek Lutheran Church, on Saturday, June 12, 1976, at 3:00 p.m. The Rev. John Stockbridge officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Gerald Koxlien, Newell Bekkelund, Olger Berget, Gilman Bergh, Bernard Nordstrom and Oscar Hoff. Jensen Funeral Home, Hixton, was in charge of arrangements. THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 17, 1976

Ole O. Lindem was born in Telemarken, Norway, February 6, 1864, son of Ole T. Lindem and his wife, Karen Sunde. He came to America with his parents in the year 1869 and lived on a farm in Tamarack until 1927, when he moved with his sister, Carrie, Mrs. Carl E. Knutson, to Pleasantville. There he resided until his death on February 22, 1941 at the age of 77 years, two weeks and two days. Deceased lived with the brother-in-law and sister, the Knutsons, for 30 years. When he fell on January 9 this year and fractured a hip, they brought him to the Community hospital. There he was improving satisfactorily when pneumonia developed and took his life. Preceding Mr. Lindem in death were two sisters Mrs. Gustav Dahl of Galesville and Mrs. Hellick Thompson of Arcadia. He is survived by two brothers, Tosten of Pleasantville and Torger (Tom) of Whitehall; and one sister, Mrs. Carl Knutson of Pleasantville. Mr. Lindem never married. Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 25, at the Pleasantville Lutheran church, the Rev. O.A. Hjemboe officiating. Burial was in the French Creek cemetery, Town of Ettrick. The Rev. Hjemboe sang “Asleep in Jesus” at the last rites and Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Rhode sang “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” The pallbearers were Anton Anderson, Alfred Gunderson, Bennie Nelson, Ernest Knutson, Raymond Schaefer and Edwin Dahl. Relatives from a distance attending the funeral included Mr. and Mrs. Anton Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Nelson, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Hagen, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Dahl and Fred Hagen, Galesville; Mrs. Tom Lomsdahl and Mrs. S. Thompson, Osseo. THE WHITEHAL TIMES - MARCH 6, 1941

Michael O. Lockway, who died at his home in Independence of pneumonia, February 1, 1908, was born March 19, 1848 in Ulvig, Norway where he grew to manhood. In 1870 he came from his native land to America and settled at Trempealeau. In 1881 he moved to Hixton, where he stayed a year, going to Independence in 1882 and since that time it has been his home. In 1875 he was united in marriage to Miss Sena Severson. Six daughters came to gladden their heart but one of them preceded her father to the other shore some years ago. Mr. Lockway was reared a Lutheran, but several years ago united with the M.E. church, and was for many years a staunch worker in things pertaining to its welfare. For many years he has been employed by the Cargill Elevator Co. and it has lost a good man. It is not often that a firm finds an employee who is so zealous in its interest as he was in theirs, often laboring beyond his strength. He was for some time a member of the school board and was as earnest and enthusiastic in the things looking to the prosperity and advancement of the school as in his other labor He was a man of strong convictions and not easily turned from his way of thinking, so that when he thought things needed pushing, he was ready to help and did it as thoroughly as he was ready to oppose that which he deemed unnecessary or inexpedient. He was a faithful husband and his family was always well provided for. A loving father, ambitious that his children should be among the best and should choose the right, and among them all he had no cause to be ashamed. Those left to mourn are the wife and five daughter, two brothers and a sister in this country and two brothers in Norway. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - FEBRUARY 13, 1908

Hans Nilson Loken was born in Norderhor Ringerike, Norway, October 29, 1843. In 1860 he entered military school in Oslo, Norway, and remained there for three years. For fourteen years he served in the Norwegian army of officers. In the year 1872 he was united in marriage to Severina Nilson Hovde. To this union was born six children. Nils and Olea died in infancy. The following survive: Sven, Nils and Nettie of Blair and Oscar of York, Wisconsin. In 1883 the family emigrated to America and located on a farm in Bear Creek, Trempealeau County, where he operated his farm and worked around his neighborhood at mason work until 1890, when he moved to Blair, which place has since been his home. Mrs. Loken died March 5, 1921. His health failed him some few years ago and after a severe and painful attack of heart failure, he passed away October 29, 1927. Funeral services were held October 31, Rev. S.S. Urberg officiating. THE BLAIR PRESS - NOVEMBER 10, 1927

Marie L. Loft, 86, a resident of the Grand View Home, Blair, passed away Wednesday morning April 17, 1974 at the Home. She was born September 25, 1887 in Norway to Hans Lillelien and Gunda Sandbo. Her family came to this country when she was four years old. She married Harry Loft in 1944 at Washington, D.C. and had lived in Long Beach, California, until June of 1972 when she moved to LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Marie had been a resident of the Grand View Home, Blair, for about ten months and was a member of the Order of Eastern Star. Survivors include nieces and nephews: Miss Marian L. Johnson, Whitehall; Mrs. Amos Kolve, Mrs. Lloyd Skogstad, Blair; Mrs. Gordon DeJarlais, Frankford, Indiana; and Mrs. LeRoy Helgeson, LaCrosse; Alfred Lien, LaCrosse; and George Lien, Eau Claire. Services were held Friday, April 19, 1974, at 1:30 at the Jack Funeral Home, Blair. The Rev Erling Carlsen officiated. Soloist was Mrs. Erling Carlsen. Burial was in the Rest Haven cemetery, Blair. Friends were to call on Thursday after 3 p.m. at the Jack Funeral Home and from 12:30 until the time of the services on Friday. Pallbearers were George Lien, Kory Lien, LeRoy Helgeson, Steven Helgeson, Tilman Halverson and Paul Halverson. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 25, 1974

Mrs. Mathias Loga died at her home in Bruce Valley, Saturday morning, December 31, at the age of 79 years, 8 months and 17 days. Funeral services were held at the home and the Bruce Valley church January 3, the Rev. N.E. Halvorsen officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Tom Lomsdahl, Halvor and John Sheffield, Carl, Albert and Gilbert Gunem. Edna Kensmoe and Jane Loga carried the flowers. As Aslaug Gunem, Mrs. Loga was born in Telemarken, Norway, April 14, 1859, daughter of Halvor and Inger Gunem. At the age of seven years, she came to America with her father and brother, Halvor H. Gunem. They first settled in Dane County, where they lived for one year, then came to Tamarack, Trempealeau County. Later they moved to Bruce Valley, where Mr. Gunem homesteaded land and there Mrs. Loga lived until her death. Aslaug was baptized in Norway and confirmed in Bennett Valley by the Rev. Lars O. Sherven. On June 1, 1875 she was united in marriage to Mathias Loga of Blair, at Whitehall by the Rev. Emmanuel Christophersen. To this union ten children were born, two dying in infancy. Mrs. Loga was preceded in death by her husband who died in 1897; by two daughters, Lena on Mary 10, 1911, and Ida, Mrs. Elmer Anderson, November 6, 1928; and by two sons, Cornell on January 25, 1924 and Henry on October 20, 1929. She was the last of her immediate family. One son and three daughters mourn her passing, Ben of Lavina, Montana; Rose at home, Clara, Mrs. Otto Kensmoe of Alma Center; and Maggie, Mrs. Eddie Anderson of Strum. There are 25 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 12, 1939

Hans J. Lokken passed away suddenly at his farm home in South Beaver Creek Sunday evening June 14, 1931 after a brief illness which covered a period of only five days. Heart trouble accompanied with other diseases was given as the immediate cause of his death. The deceased was born in Faaberg, Norway, March 7, 1859. The first eighteen years of his life were spent in the land of his birth, after which he came to America and for a while was employed on farms in French Creek and Bear Creek. He was united in marriage to Miss Anna Johnson in the year of 1883. Six children were born to bless this union, all of whom are living to mourn the loss of a kind parent. The children are: Joseph, Edward and Gustaff of Ettrick; Mrs. John Mustad of Pigeon Falls; Helmer of Finley, North Dakota; and Mrs. Hildor Hanson of Whitehall. His widow together with a sister of Birchwood also survive. There are eight grandchildren. Mr. Lokken followed the occupation of farming and continued so up until the time of his death. The past seven years were spent on a farm in South Beaver Creek. Years ago he was a prominent thresher-man in this vicinity. In 1909 he received an injured finger on his right hand which at the time gave him considerable trouble and in the end, left him with a crippled hand. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon with brief services at the home. Interment was made in the North Beaver Creek cemetery with Rev. K.M. Urberg in charge of the services. Reprinted from THE ETTRICK ADVANCE. THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 25, 1931

Ole H. Lokken, the venerable village painter, died at his home in this village at 4:20 am. last Monday, November 3, 1902, after a lingering illness. Deceased was born in Lesjie, Norway, March 10, 1832, and came to America in 1879. He has been a resident of Blair for 22 years. On October 19, 1871, he was married to Miss Carrie Hjerleid. He was by trade a first class painter, serving at this occupation for 52 years, and an upright, law-abiding and good citizen and neighbor, and a cheerful, genial man, and above all, a dutiful husband and loving parents, and leaves many friends to mourn his death. On the 2nd of January 1902, he was taken sick with lung fever and confined to his bed for two weeks but got better, and a month later was again taken with the same disease. He partially recovered from the second sickness and was able to walk about for a short time, when he was stricken with dropsy and heart trouble, and from June 19th to the time of his death, he was confined to his home. Mr. Lokken leaves a wife, and seven children as follows: Thomas, Haldor, Mrs. Thomas Johnson, Mrs. S.E. Bersing, Olea, Inga and Anton. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at the United Lutheran church, Rev. Gulbrandson officiating. All the members of the family were present at the death bedside except Halvor, who is in Alaska. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - NOVEMBER 6, 1902

Mrs Anna Lokken, 84, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hildor Hanson, of Square Bluff, Sunday, October 21, 1945. Mrs. Lokken, the former Anna Johnson was born May 13, 1861 in Hardanger, Norway and came to this community with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ole Johnson, when she was six years old. The family settled in Bear Creek and there on April 16, 1881, she was married to Hans Lokken. The young couple established a home in that community and resided there until 1918 when they moved to Galesville. After a few years residence there, the family moved to Ettrick where the husband and father died June 11, 1931. Since that time Mrs. Lokken has resided with her children. She is survived by two daughters, Christine, Mrs. John Mustad, Chimney Rock; and Hilda, Mrs. Hildor Hanson of Square Bluff; and one son, Helmer Lokken of Finley, North Dakota. She also leaves nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at the Edward Lokken home in Bear Creek and at the North Beaver Creek Lutheran church with the Rev. K.M. Urberg officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 25,1945

Mrs. Ole H. Lokken died at her home in this village on Wednesday, October 19, 1927, after an illness of a few days. Her maiden name was Kari Hjerleid, and she was born in Dovre, Norway, May 11, 1840, being 87 years, 5 months and 8 days of age at the time of her death. She was united in marriage to Ole H. Lokken in Norway in the year 1871. They immigrated to this country in 1879, first settling on a farm south of Taylor. In 1880 they moved to Blair, where she resided continuously for the past 47 years, being one of the oldest settlers of this community. Her husband preceded her in death 25 years ago. Deceased is survived by six children: Haldor of Carmacks, Alaska; Mrs. Tom Johnson of Pray, Wisconsin; Miss Olea Lokken of St. Paul, Minnesota; Mrs. Helene Bersing of Blair; Mrs. J.B. Johnson of Hughesville, Montana; and Anton of Owen, Wisconsin; also one step-son, Tom Lokken, of Blair; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mrs. Lokken went through the rigors of pioneer life, both in her girlhood days in Norway and later in this vicinity and did well the stern duties that came to her in those early days. She was warm-hearted and generous and in a quiet way was helpful to those about her. Many of those who whom she had given assistance and sympathy have passed on, but others still live and will cherish kind remembrances of her. The funeral services were held at the Zion Lutheran church, Friday afternoon, October 21, Rev. Sweger and Urberg officiating. Interment was made in the Lutheran cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - NOVEMBER 3, 1927

Carl G. Lokken was born May 30, 1886 in Follebu, Ostre, Gausdal, Norway, son of Gulbrand and Oline Toftemslokken. He was baptized and confirmed in the Follebu church. At the age of 18 years he came to this country. He came directly to the O.C. Skumlien home in Fuller Coulee to work for his cousins, Ole and Anton Skumlien. He stayed there for one year and the worked for others in the same community He was united in marriage to Clara Engen on November 25, 1905, by the late Rev. A.J. Oerke at Pigeon Falls. Shortly after their marriage the couple began farming on the Gilbert Steig place in Steig Coulee, where Mr. Lokken remained until his death except for a few years when he farmed elsewhere in the same community. Death came very suddenly at his home September 12 at the age of 66 years, three months and 12 days. Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 15, at the Evangelical Lutheran church at Pigeon Falls, the Rev. S.L. Almlie officiating. Mrs. EA. Sletteland accompanied by Mrs. Sverre Aasen sang “Going Home” and Tank naar engang”. The casket bearers were Fred Hoff, Magnus Sagen, Edward Erickson, Arthur Steig, Ludvig Goplin and Martin Mattison and the flowers were carried by Mrs. Marshall Osborne, Mrs. Vernon Hoff, Mrs. Palmer Hanson and Elaine Ringlien. Burial was in the church cemetery. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife; three children, Julia, Mrs. Wilhelm Ringlien; Gustav at home; and Helma, Mrs. Knut Thorson; six grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Marie Olson of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota; and two sisters and one brother in Norway. He was preceded in death by one son, Clarence, who died April 3, 1937 at the age of 18 years, his parents and one sister and one brother in Norway. Mr. Lokken was a faithful member of the Evangelical Lutheran church of Pigeon Falls. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - SEPTEMBER 25, 1952

Mrs. Karen Loken for more than 40 years a resident of Pigeon Falls, died at her home in that village Thursday, July 15, following a short illness at the age of 91 years, 10 months and 5 days. Karen Jacobson was born in Biri, Norway, September 11, 1839. She was reared in the vicinity of her birth and in 1863 she was united in marriage to Sever Lokken. Mr. and Mrs. Lokken continued their residence in their native land until June 1878 when they and their four children emigrated to America. They came directly to the Town of Pigeon where Mr. Lokken secured employment with the late P. Ekern. Later he bought 40 acres of land adjoining the village. He developed a comfortable home on his holdings and for several years was employed at times by Mr. Ekern. The farmland was sold in 1909 to H.P. Fremstad but Mr. Lokken retained his residence and a small piece of land where he resided until his death in 1912, and where Mrs. Lokken made her home the remainder of her life. Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Lokken, five of whom have passed from this life - Anton, Thorval, Bernard, Anna and Carl. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Agnethe Haaugen and son Bendick, both of Pigeon Falls, 17 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Lokken was a life-long Lutheran and shortly after the family came to America, she and her husband assisted in the organization of the U.L. congregation of which she was a member more than 40 years. She took great interest in her family, church work and in the welfare of her relatives and friends. While she devoted her life to her home, she was always willing to give assistance whenever needed by a family in her community. She was the sturdy pioneer type of citizen and her long life, which exemplified high character and excellent citizenship, endeared her to the citizens of her community who held her in the highest esteem. Funeral services were held from her home in Pigeon Falls and from the U.L. church in that village Saturday afternoon, July 18, Rev. A.J. Orke delivered the funeral sermon and Undertaker E.A. Sletteland was in charge of arrangements. Her remains were interred in the Lutheran cemetery besides the graves of her husband and one child who died after the cemetery association was organized. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JULY 30, 1931

The little old man with the scythe on his shoulder will not longer be in the local picture because he himself was gathered in by the Grim Reaper last Wednesday. Sven Loken, a Blair resident for half a century passed away at an Arcadia hospital from a heart failure on April 27, 1949. He was born April 20, 1878 in Nordrhav, Ringerike, Norway to Hans Nilsen Selvangsejel Loken and his wife Live Neilsdatter Hovde. On the great Norwegian holiday, May 17, he was christened in the home church. In 1883, the family came to America, settling in Bear Creek. While there Svend was confirmed in the Beaver Creek church by the late Rev. Brynjolf Hovde. In 1898 they moved to Blair where they had fourteen acres of land just west of the public school street. They lived with his parents until their deaths, Mrs. Loken’s on March 5, 1921 and Mr. Loken’s on October 29, 1927 and after that continued to have his residence here. Svend was never well and a year ago, he took up residence at a nursing home in Galesville. A brother, Nels, died at the age of 14 years, and a sister, Olive, died at the age of 10 years while they lived in Bear Creek. A sister, Nettie, of LaCrosse and two brothers, Nels and Oscar of Blair, survive. Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, April 30, at the Oscar Loken home and the First Lutheran church, Mrs. Urberg played the music and sang hymns of Christian hope. Old friends carried Svend to his grave, and Pastor Urberg delivered the funeral sermon on the love of God for all men. Interment was at Rest Haven where his grave was dedicated by the pastor. As you always greeted the pastor on meeting him, the Blair Press speaks for you, to all who were kind to you during your sickness and beset days, by that same greeting, “takk for sidst”. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 5, 1949

Tom Lokken was born October 5, 1861 in Dovre, Gulbrandsdaen, Norway to the parents, Ole Lokken and his first wife. He was brought to the baptismal font at the Dovre church and there became a child of God. His given name was Thor, but the American influence made the name Tom, familiar and generally used. He was educated in the common schools of Norway, and at the proper time matriculated in the class of confirmation instruction at the completion of which, he was confirmed in the Lutheran faith in the home church at Dovre. Tom’s mother died when he was a small boy, and his father remarried. The family came to America in 1879 and lived with the Syver Herreid’s in the Town of Springfield just south of Taylor. They habitated there for a year’s time. Then Tom went west to Fergus Falls, Minnesota where he worked as a farm hand for a time. He returned to Wisconsin a half century ago and made Blair his hometown. He served an apprenticeship in plumbing under the late John Meyer, as he did under the late Elmer Immell. Having mastered the trade, he set out in business alone. In 1893 he was united in marriage with Mathea Bjorke. The young couple first lived in the building now occupied by the Northern States Power company which then stood on the present Perfect Oil service station site. Later they built their home near the Blair Public Schools. In 1921 George built a home adjoining the old home, where the family has since resided. Tom was taken sick with rheumatism on Wednesday, October 14 but after two or three days, he recovered and returned to work. However, on Tuesday, October 20 toward evening, he was stricken with a heart ailment, after which the end approached rapidly, his death coming at 3 o’clock the following morning, Wednesday, October 21, 1936. Tom was 75 years and 15 days old. Surviving him are his wife and the three children which came to bless their union, viz Alf of Pleasantville and George and Myrtle at home. He also leaves the following grandchildren: Vernon, Milton, Clayton and Adella Lokken. Preceding him in death are a full sister, Annie, who died in Fergus Falls several years ago; a half sister, Julia (Ms. Tom Johnson) who died in 1928; a half brother, Anton who died September 25, 1936. He is also survived by a half brother, Haldor of Caramacks, Alaska, and three half sisters, Mrs. Helene Bersing of Blair; Olea Lokken of St. Paul, Minnesota; and Inga, Mrs. Jake Johnson of Stanford, Montana. Funeral services were held from the home and from the Zion Lutheran church, of which he and his family are good members, on Saturday, October 24. In the absence of the family’s pastor, the Rev. T.E. Sweger, who could not be present due to a death in his family, the Rev. Konrad Urberg officiated. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 29, 1936

Funeral services were held at the Clinton Van Sickle home in German Valley last Thursday afternoon for Oscar Lommerud, 59, who was trampled to death by a team of horses in his farm barn near Deer Park in northern Wisconsin Saturday, February 15. Lommerud was alone in the barn at the time of the accident and was found by his family after death had taken him. Services were held at Deer Park Wednesday and the rites at the Van Sickle home in Hale were conducted by the Rev. R.A. Siegler. Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Rhode sang two hymns at the service, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and “Beautiful Garden of Prayer.” The remains were carried to their resting place in St. Paul’s cemetery by six brothers-in-law, Clarence, Carl, Fred and Willie Schaefer, Clinton Van Sickle and Peter Maug. Deceased was born in Solar, Norway. He came to the vicinity of Whitehall as a young man and met and married Emma Schaefer. The first year of their married life they spent in Minneapolis, where Mr. Lommerud worked as a carpenter. About ten years ago, they secured the farm near Deer Park where the tragedy occurred. Besides his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Vera, a senior in high school, a nephew who resides in Minneapolis and a cousin in Iowa. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - FEBRUARY 27, 1941

Goro Lovlien Bjornstuen was born in Hadeland, Norway, May 15, 1848. In the year 1867, she immigrated to America and settled in the State of Iowa, where she worked for about two years. In 1869 she left Iowa for Coon Valley, Wisconsin. Here she was united in marriage with Fredrick Lovlien in the year 1871. During the year of 1873, they moved to Pigeon Falls and settled on their farm in Fuller Coulee, where she has lived for more than fifty years. Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Lovlien, three passing away in infancy. She is survived by seven children, Ole of Whitehall; Anna of Seattle, Washington; Hans, Silverton, Oregon; Mrs. Anton Fremstad, Andrew, Nina and Olaf all of Pigeon Falls; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and one brother, Stephen Nelson of Pigeon. During the past few years her eyes gave her considerable trouble and the past two years were unusually hard, having spent them in total blindness, but throughout all this Mrs. Lovlien never complained and was always cheerful and made the best of things. She passed away at her home in Pigeon Falls, August 15, following an illness of about three months, at an age of 83 years and 3 months. Funeral services were held from her home and the Lutheran church in Pigeon Falls, Rev. Orke officiating. Her remains were laid to rest in the Lutheran cemetery on August 20. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - SEPTEMBER 3, 1931

A large number of friends and relatives filled the South Beef River Lutheran church April 2 for the last rites for Tom Lomsdahl, 76, businessman of Osseo for 40 years. Rev. E.B. Christophersen was in charge of the funeral and burial was in the Osseo cemetery. Mr. Lomsdahl passed away at his home Friday morning, March 30, after suffering a stroke a week before. “Tom,” as he was known by his many friends all over the state, was born at Sondreland, Norway, August 6, 1874, the son of Peter and Maren Lomsdahl. At the age of 18 he came to the United States with his widowed mother, settling for short periods in the Towns of Arcadia and Ettrick before moving to the Town of Hale, where his mother married E.C. Hagen. In 1898 Mr. Lomsdahl was united in marriage to Mary Gunem of Bruce Valley, and the couple farmed for eleven years in the Town of Sumner, with Mr. Lomsdahl working occasionally in the lumber camps. In 1910 he moved to Osseo where he started a retail hardware business that he conducted in cooperation with Silas Johnson until his death. Mr. Lomsdahl was active in civic affair and while residing in Sumner he served on the town board. After moving to Osseo he was elected to the village board and later he became village president. In 1934 he was elected to the state assembly from Trempealeau County and was re-elected in 1936 as assembyman. He was a member of the former Progressive party and among his close friends was former Senator Bob LaFollette, Sr., Governor Phil LaFollette, Senator Bob LaFollette, Jr., Governor Elect “Spike” Loomis and many other men prominent in public affairs. “Tom” helped organize the Beef River Valley Telephone Co. and served at various times as manager, secretary and treasurer of the company. He also helped organize a farmers elevator in Osseo. He was director of the former Osseo Farmer’s Exchange Bank and the Bank of Osseo. He was a member of the South Beef River Lutheran church of which he was a trustee. “Tom” was quite a sportsman and your editor had several fishing and hunting trips with him. He was a stickler for conservation laws and would never catch or shoot more fish or game than the law allowed. This virtue of his was shown in his business dealings and when Tom gave one his word, it was a good as his bond. He was noted for his integrity and honesty in business as well as in politics. Tom worked hard when in Madison for better roads and as largely responsible for having Highways 27 and 53 enter Osseo. He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Mrs. S.T. Thompson; a granddaughter, Sara Thompson; six nieces and two nephews, four of whom reside in Norway. The nieces in this area are Mrs. Helga Hulberg and Mrs. Anna Aske. At the funeral services Edwin Thomley and the Beef River Men’s Choir, accompanied by Mrs. Constance Nelson, sang several selections. Pallbearers were nephews: Lester and Marvin Franson, Edward Hulberg, Thomas Gunem and Clifford and Jerome Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were former business associates and old friends; M.I. Gilbert, John Haugen, Edwin Larson, Theodore O. Johnson, Ed Hagen, Aug. Hoff, C.M. Bye, Theodore Myhre, S. E. Lee, T.S. Hulberg, Andrew Kensmore, Julius Thomley, Martin B. Olson, Martin Jermstad, Clarence Evenson, Phillip Johnson, Fred Johnson, O.C. Nessa, W.H. Myers and C.J. Amundson. REPRINTED FROM THE OSSEO NEWS. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 12, 1951

On April 30, 1924 occurred the death of Henry Lovberg of Blair, Wisconsin. Born in Solar, Norway, on May 22, 1866, he left his native land in 1891 at the age of 25 years to seek his fortune in America. He came directly to Blair, Wisconsin as two brothers and one sister had preceded him to this place. Henry Lovberg’s occupation was carpentry at which he was very adept. There are many structures in this vicinity erected under his supervision. He was married to Caroline Lovberg of Blair in 1897. To this union were born seven children, five of whom are living. Mr. Lovberg had a pleasant disposition and was always ready with a cheerful word. He was industrious, which trait of character was displayed at his work. He was a man of much endurance and patience during his active life, and especially were these traits apparent during the trying weeks of his long suffering illness. He continually tried to bring cheer and hope to his wife and family. He was stricken ill in January 1924 and suffered for fifteen weeks. He was a member of the Norwegian Lutheran Church and retained his faith unto the end. He belonged to two organizations in Blair; The Modern Woodmen of America and the Sons of Norway in which he took an active interest. His friends will all miss his presence and his prompt respond to the call of assistance. The sorrow will be the heaviest at his home where his return every eve was looked forward to with pleasure. He leaves to survive him his wife, Mrs. Caroline Lovberg; four daughters, Myrtle, Adella, Helen and Esther; one son, Wallace; two brothers, Arnt and Martin Lovberg of Blair; two sisters, Mrs. P.A. Toraason of Blair and Mrs. Lovberg of Norway, four of whose children were present at the funeral Funeral services were held at the Zion Lutheran Church on Saturday May 3rd, 1924, Rev. A. Boe officiating. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 15, 1924

In the death of Arndt Lovberg, pioneer settler of Larking Valley, this community loses another of its pioneer settlers and one of its best citizens. A man of upright moral characters, honest in his dealings with his fellowmen and a kind husband and father. He was born in Grue, Solar, Norway, May 5, 1852, and came to America in 1880. He spent some years in Blair and in 1882 was married to Bertha Larson to which union were born six children, one dying in infancy and Minda, Thea, Louis, Albert and Bennie surviving, all of whom are at home. He settled on the farm the family now occupies in Larkin Valley 38 years ago, and there they have since made their home. For some years, he worked in the flour mill here while at the same time clearing his farm. For several years he suffered with kidney trouble and death came to relieve him November 29, 1925. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Zion Lutheran church Wednesday afternoon, December 3. Besides the children, he is survived by his wife. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 3, 1925

Olaf Lovberg, 87, Blair, passed away Friday, June 30, 1978 in Lutheran Hospital, LaCrosse. He was born January 6, 1891 to Ole and Marie Olsen in Norway. He immigrated to this country in August 1913 and settled in the Blair area. He married Olga Halverson November 17, 1920 in Eleva, Wisconsin. They lived in the Blair area and she died in August 1967. Survivors are one daughter, Ethel Lovberg of Blair and one sister, Berta Moldusen, Norway. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 4, 1978, 11:00 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church, Blair; Rev. Erling N. Carlsen officiated. Burial was in the Zion cemetery. Casketbearers were Joseph M. Nelson, Vernon E. Nelson, Truman Olson, Joel D. Olson, Roger Kensmoe and Orlan Kensmoe. Jack Funeral Home, Blair, was in charge of the arrangements. THE BLAIR PRESS - JULY 6, 1978

Berthea Larson, daughter of Lars and Thora Listemoen, was born May 17th, 1852 on the Listemoen Gaard, Brandvold Parish, Solar, Norway. She was baptized and confirmed in the Brandvold Lutheran church. She emigrated to America and came to Blair, Wisconsin. Her betrothed, Arnt Lovberg, had preceded her to this country. Their marriage was solemnized shortly afterward in the Corness Lutheran church by Rev. Nicclai Heierman July 2nd,1882. Their home for brief periods of time were the Salve Peterson and Martin Lovberg farms and the John Thorstad residence in Blair. They then homesteaded 52 acres of the present Arnt Lovberg farm and 52 acres more were purchased from Ole Husom. Here they resided until death came to them both. Their home for some years was a dugout. Henry Young at whose mill Mr. Lovberg was employed loaned them the money for the lumber to erect their present buildings. A great deal of work went into the clearing of the land. Their great industry was rewarded in the fine farm that was built up by their joint efforts. Mr. Lovberg passed away November 29, 1925. Mrs. Lovberg had enjoyed the best of health all her life. Last summer she suffered a fall. The ill effects of this were at times apparent. Last Friday she was taken seriously sick and passed away into the Beyond Tuesday evening at 7, April 30th, 1940, lacking 18 days of 88 years of age. The following children mourn the loss of a fond and devoted mother: Minda, Thea, Lewis, Albert and Bennie, all at home. A son, Theodore died in infancy. A brother and three sisters also survive: Martin Moen, Fly Creek; Mrs. Ada Gronwolde, Ada, Minnesota; Thea (Mrs. John Anderson), Oslo, Norway; and Minda Listemoen, Gjerstad, Norway. A brother, Jon Larson, died at Fredrickstad, Norway some years ago. A brother, Arne, died at Oslo in early manhood and a brother and sister in infancy. Mrs. Lovberg was a loyal member of the Zion Lutheran church. She served in the Ladies Aid even in old age and was one of the hostesses the Thursday before she died. She loved the hymns of the church. She had sung with her father at funerals in Norway. This love of music she had inherited from both her father and grandmother. She was a regular attendant at Communion and received the Lord’s Supper a few hours before death came. Neatness and orderliness filled out the span of a long and well spent life. Self-reliance, patience, kindness and motherly devotion will hold high place in the lives of her children throughout the coming years. Funeral services in charge of her pastor Rev. T.E. Sweger were held Friday, May 3rd, 1:15 at the home and 2 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran church. Howard Tjoflat accompanied by Mrs. Julius C. Johnson sang “Den Store Hvide Flok” and “Beautiful Saviour” at the church. Pallbearers were Oscar Anderson, Julius C. Johnson, Otto Olson, Thorwald Nyberg, Albert Hagen and John Ness. The flower-bearers were Mesdames Albert Hagen, Julius C. Johnson and Thorwald Nyberg. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 9, 1940

In the death of Martin Lovbeg, Blair lost one of its oldest residents and another of those pioneers who came into this country when it was little more than a wilderness and by their indomitable courage and industry built what is today one of the finest states in the union. Hardship and privations were their lot and only those who have pioneered can know what these privations and hardships were. At that time residents of this part of the state hauled their produce to Trempealeau by wagon and sleigh where it was shipped out on boats. To make this trip required two or three days under favorable circumstances, the men making the best of their night’s lodging and their meals that they could. Money was scarce and it was many times impossible to sell much of their produce after hauling it to the only market then available. But all this they took with the fortitude which made them what they were - builders of a country that we of today scarce realize the cost. Martin Lovberg was born in Grue, Solar, Norway on November 20th, 1847 and came to America in 1868. Here he was married to Lena Tormoen, the Rev. Hovde officiating and they then bought a relinquishment on the place where the family has since lived in what now is the village of Blair, which place has been their home for 56 years. He was a lifelong member of the Lutheran church, and when in health a faithful attendant at church services. For ten years he was a teacher in the Sunday school. In 1911 he returned to Norway on a visit to his mother, then 85 years old, whom he had not seen for 43 years. On his return he brought with him the four children of his sister - Marie, Aletta, John and Olof Lovberg, who made their home for some time with him but are now residents of Minneapolis. All were present at the funeral. Two years ago in March he suffered a stroke of paralysis and this together with flu complications greatly affected his health and about a week ago, a second stroke brought about his death which occurred October 16, 1924. His age was 76 years, 10 months and 28 days. He leaves to mourn his death the wife and three children, Melvin, Ludwig and Alice, all at home; a sister, Mrs. Ole Lovberg in Norway; a brother, Arnt Lovberg, of Blair. One brother, Henry, died in Norway. The services were held at the Zion Lutheran church, of which he was a member. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 23, 1924

Mina Tormoen was born on the Tormoen farm in Solar, Norway on August 17, 1855. She was baptized and confirmed in the home church. In 1880 she came with her parents Ole and Elisa Tormoen to America. All the other members of her family had already preceded them to the large Solung settlement at Blair. The journey over the ocean was in a sailing vessel and took seven weeks. The family took up farming in Trump Coulee. January17, 1884 she was joined in marriage to Martin M. Lovberg at a church service in Blair by Rev. Brynhjolf Hovde. The wedding festivities were held at the home which her husband had recently purchased and which was destined to be her home the remainder of her life, over half a century. Three children were born to this union, Melvin, Alice and Ludvig. Her husband passed away October 16th, 1924. Mrs. Lovberg’s health began to fail about four years ago. She had been afflicted with rheumatism many years and this with the infirmities incidental to old age brought on a gradual decline. She was up and about to within a week of her death but from then on was confined to her bed. She lapsed into unconsciousness the last three days from which she did not awaken and early Monday morning slept peacefully away (November 14, 1935). Mrs. Lovberg loved to sing. She knew a great many of the church hymns by heart. They were a great comfort to her at all times, especially in old age. She had taken part in a singing contest in Norway and had won a medal which was awarded her by her pastor and which she valued highly. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran church all the years of her married life. She has the distinction of having served in the Ladies Aid regularly a period of 51 years which is a very commendable record. She had planned on serving when her turn came next month if death had not intervened. Mrs. Lovberg was a woman of a kind and generous heart who loved to spread sunshine about her, especially was she the friend of children. She dearly loved her home and very seldom could be induced to leave it for any length of time. She was very thankful for any kindness shown her, especially did she express gratitude to God for the many mercies vouchsafed her during her long life. With the song of the Great Homeland in her heart and upon her lips, calm and unafraid she left her earthly house to fare forth on the last journey. Beside the children who so devotedly and patiently cared for her in her declining years and who mourn the loss of a dear mother, she leaves the following brothers: Andrew of Minneapolis; Christ of Hasting, Minnesota; and Erik of Trump Coulee. Four brothers, Martin, Ole, Nils and John preceded her in death. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, November 20 at 1:30 at the home and 2 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran church conducted by her pastor, Rev. T.E. Sweger. Mrs. Elmer Nelson sang a favorite hymn of the deceased, “I Jesus soger jeg min fred” and Mrs. Angus Sather sang “The Old Rugged Cross.” THE BLAIR PRESS - NOVEMBER 21, 1935

A long life came to an end when Mrs. Maren Lovlien passed away at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Anton Olson near Blue River October 24, 1951. Mrs. Lovlien was born June 18, 1858 in Sondreland, Norway. There she grew to womanhood and was united in marriage to Anders Lovlien in 1886. That same year they came to America. Arriving at Boscobel, they engaged a livery to take them to Excelsior to the home of Ole Gilbertson, father of Mrs. Jane Nelson. After a meal there they proceeded to the home of her brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Hans Olson, parents of Anton and Ole Olson. After staying with them two or three weeks they came to Fuller Coulee, purchasing land which is now the Mrs. Lena Lovlien farm. Mr. Olson later sold the place to his nephew, Ole Lovlien, and his son Olaf. Then Anders and Maren Lovlien bought the present Martin Melby farm and later moved to a residence they bought in Pigeon Falls. Mr. Lovlien died in March 1913. Six children were born to this union: Carl and Hjalmer, who died some 30 years ago; Helmer and Mathilda who died when they were young; and Mr. Anton Olson of Blue River and Alfred Lovlien of Bethany, Minnesota, who survive. Anders Lovlien was left with four children after the death of his first wife, Olaf, Magnus, Laurits and Anna, and of them only Olaf is living. He resides at Allen. Besides her two children and one stepson, Mrs. Lovlien is survived by 23 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and a host of friends. Her death came quietly at the age of 93 years, four months and six days. Deceased was a very good-hearted, happy-go-lucky and cheerful woman. She was one of Mrs. Jane Nelson’s best friends and also became a very good friend of the writer. She was always willing to do whatever she was asked to do if by any means she could. In days past when the medical profession was not as numerous, she acted as both doctor and nurse when many a child was born, and often when a death occurred, she was called upon to prepare the remains for burial, undertakers also being scarce in the pioneer communities. Her husband made the coffins for their two children who died in childhood. Mrs. Lovlien had made plans for her own funeral, asking that the Rev. H.A. Orke of Milwaukee, who had visited her a couple of weeks before her death, preach her funeral sermon. She also requested that Mrs. E.A. Sletteland sing and she contributed two Norwegian hymns, “Den Store Hvide Flok Vi Se” and “Tank Naar Engang”. Rev. Orke mentioned in his sermon that on Christmas morning, 1910, when the church bell started to ring for Christmas services, the sad news was announced that his mother, Mrs. A.J. Orke, had passed away. Mrs. Maren Lovlien was called upon and she willingly responded and helped in the home when a loving mother was taken away from a family of children. Maren was like a mother to them. It was natural enough, therefore, that she should ask Rev. Orke to conduct the funeral and his wife and sisters, Mmes. Austin Solboe and Carl Stalheim of Pigeon Falls and Harold Schroedder of Milwaukee to carry the flowers. Pallbearers were Carl, Paul, Melvin and Odell Lovlien, Milan and Alton Olson, all grandsons. She was laid to rest beside her husband in the U.L. cemetery. Among those coming from a distance to attend the last rites were Mr. and Mrs. Anton Olson, sons Miland and Alton and their wives, the Rev. and Mrs. J.E. Lee, Russell Peterson, Carl and Robert Rongholt, Alvin Odessa and Sharon, Mmes. Hubert Carlin, Chris and Ole Lisney and Anna Gunderson, Messers. And Mmes. August Nelson, William Lisney, Hollie Hill, Lester Peterson, Leon Kanable, Anton Hofseth, Russell Fry, Adolph Grinnie, Adolph Jacobson and Emund Surrem, Richland County; Mr. and Mrs. Olaf Lovlien, Allen; Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Lovlien and sons Carl and David, Anton and John Gensmer and Walter Schubert, Bethany, Minnesota; Messers. and Mmes. Theodore Nelson, Odel, Clifford, Melvin and Ludwig Lovlien and latters’ son Lyman, Eau Claire; Mrs. Olga Baumgarten, Mrs. Orville Skordahl, Messers. and Mmes. Gilbert Docken, Norman Jackson and Eddie Mollanen, Minneapolis; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Gilbertson, Mrs. Anton Orvik and Chester Enger, Halstad, Minnesota; and many from nearby towns such as Taylor, Osseo, Whitehall and Northfield, who came to pay tribute to a loving friend who will be sadly missed. Rev. Lee, who is pastor of the church which the Anton Olsons attend, talked briefly at the funeral, speaking highly of her as a friend. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - NOVEMBER 8, 1951

Mrs. Mary Ludwick, 81, died at 10 p.m. Saturday at the Nursing Home at Ettrick where she had been a patient for several months. The immediate cause of her death was a stroke which she suffered last Wednesday. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at the Lutheran church at Minnieska, Minnesota at 2 p.m. The Rev. F.A. Fahlgren, pastor of the Methodist church at Melrose, will officiate. Burial will be in Hillside cemetery in Minnesota. Mrs. Ludwick was born in Sweden July 4, 1861, the daughter of Andrew and Anna Krantz. At the age of 14 years she came to America with her parents who settled at Minnieska, Minnesota. There she grew to womanhood and in 1882 was joined in marriage to John Ludwick. The couple lived at Utica, Minnesota awhile and later at Minnieska. Of the nine children born to them, eight survive their mother, among them Mrs. G.M. Thomley of Blair, with whom Mrs. Ludwick had made her home for years until failing health made hospitalization necessary. She was preceded in death by her husband and one daughter. She also leaves 15 grandchildren. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 28, 1943

Hans S. Lund, for sixty-five years a resident of this community, died at the home of his son, George, early Wednesday morning, July 6th. Mr. Lund had been in poor health for a little over a year and confined to his bed the last six weeks. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at one o’clock from the home and the Tamarack Lutheran church, conducted by the Rev Johan Olsen. The church was filled with old friends, and a long procession of cars followed the remains to the Tamarack cemetery. Pallbearers were C.P. Gilbertson, G.P. Gilbertson, Ole A Olson, L.K. Strand, Alex Olson and Henry Hoff, all old friends and neighbors of the deceased. Misses Marie Lund, Harriet Thompson and Janice Lund, granddaughters, acted as flower bearers. A memorial wreath from the congregation and others was given to the Tamarack church. There was a profusion of flowers. Mr. Lund was a native of Enebak, Norway, and on September 11, 1867, he came to this country at the age of twenty years, landing at LaCrosse. After spending nine years at Pickwick, Minnesota, he came to Tamarack. On December 2, 1879 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Lunde, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gulbrand Lunde of Tamarack. Mrs. Lund died in 1911. The farm was sold a few years ago to his son, George, and after his wife’s death, he made his home with his son on the farm where he had spent so many years. Although nearly 85 years old, Mr. Lund was a man of industry and free to take easy. He was always busy around the farm until a year ago when his illness set in. During all his active life he had never been seriously ill. Mr. Lund took a keen interest in church affairs and was always at his accustomed place when church services were conducted. Four children survive. They are John and George Lund, Arcadia; Mrs. Lewis Thompson, Ettrick; and Carl Lund, Blair. There are 12 grandchildren. Four children died in infancy. Two brothers mourn Mr. Lund’s death, Sivart of Ettrick and Carl in Norway. Those from a distance who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Oscar E. Lund, Duluth, Minnesota; Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Hanson, Mr. and Mrs. Bertelson, Winona; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Solberg, Taylor; Mr. and Mrs. M. T. Elstad, Osseo; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Knutson, Ole Lindem, Mr. and Mrs. Nels Gunderson, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gilbertson, Mr. and Mrs. Oswald Forseth, Pleasantville, Erick Hagen, Strum; Mr. and Mrs. M.S. Skogstad, Oluf Christianson, Helmer Hogden, Mrs. Melvin Hill and daughter Merle, Mrs. Gilbert, Mrs. James Hanson and daughters, Blair, Mrs. Ed Drugan and daughter, Trempealeau; Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Tolokken, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hanson and daughter and Sam Swenson, Ettrick. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JULY 21, 1932

Mrs. Hans Lund died at her home here Friday January 6, 1911 of cancer. She also suffered from a complication of diseases. Marie Lund was born in Land, Norway, March 27, 1860. She was married to Hans Lund December 27, 1879 at Tamarack, where they have always made their home. She was the mother of eight children, four of whom died in infancy. The remaining four are John, George, Rogna and Carl, who with their father, mourn the loss of a kind and loving wife and mother. She patiently waited for the coming of Jesus and trusted faithfully in His word. Besides her family she leaves an aged mother, Mrs. Johane Lund of Ettrick. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - JANUARY 12, 1911

Kjersti Bjornstven Lukken was born in Holland, Norway, June 24, 1858 and died Monday, September 8, 1924. When ten years old, she came to America with her parents and settled at Coon Valley, the family moving to Pigeon Falls in 1878. In 1888 she was married to Peter Lukken, who died in 1904. They lived on the homestead in Larkin Valley until 1920, when the farm was turned over to the son, Emil, and since that time she had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Emil Halvorson. She suffered a paralytic stroke September 6 from which she died two days later. The following children are left to mourn her death, one son, Alfred, having died in 1918: Mrs. Emil Halvorson, Laura Lukken, Emil and Mrs. Johnnie B Breakey. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 11, 1924

Helga Paulina Lund, the daughter of Christian and Martha Lund, was born April 14, 1876, at Eisvold, Norway. At four years of age she came to this country with her family and settled in Beaver Creek. She was confirmed at the South Beaver Creek Lutheran church. A few years later they moved to French Creek. For a number of years she was employed at Galesville, but later came home to keep house for her mother and brother, where she resided until her death. About twelve years ago the subject of this sketch was taken seriously ill and never fully recovered. She died September 24 at the Whitehall Community Hospital. She is survived by her mother and one brother. Her father and four sisters preceded her in death. Funeral services were held from the home and the French Creek church, the Rev. Johan Olsen officiating. Burial took place in the French Creek cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - OCTOBER 11, 1934

Sigurd Lund of Ettrick died at a Rochester Minnesota hospital Monday, June 28, aged 30 years. Mr. Lund was born at Christiana, Norway, and came to the United States at the age of 11 years. For many years he made his home with Supt. and Mrs. A.P. Ofsdahl on their farm near Ettrick, where he grew to manhood. On June 23, 1917, he enlisted in the army at Fort Snelling and was assigned to Co. H, 9th U.S. Infantry of the second division and served overseas from May 1918 to March 1919. He participated in the great Argonne drive and on November 4, 1918, was wounded. After returning from overseas. He suffered from earache which developed into the decay of the ear drums, causing the formation of an abscess on the brain which resulted in death. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the A.P. Ofsdahl farm home and at the French Creek church, Rev. Bestul officiating. Interment was made in the French Creek cemetery with military honors under the direction of the Ettrick Legion post assisted by the firing squad of the Otis E. Hutchins Post of Whitehall which marked the largest funeral attendance ever held at the French Creek church. Born in a foreign land, he hesitated not, to offer his life for his adopted country and the exposure which he was subjected to overseas was the basic cause of his untimely death. He leaves his father, Sigvart Lund; his brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. C.S. Lund; the A.P.Ofsdahl family and a host of friends to mourn his early death. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - JULY 3, 1924

Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 10 for Sigvald Lund, who died Sunday, October 8, 1933, at the home of his son, Christ. Lund of Eau Claire, following a long illness. Mr. Lund was born February 25, 1855 at Enebak, Norway. A year ago he made his home at the Thomas Nelsestuen farm in French Creek. In 1913 he farmed the Andrew Ofsdahl property. Prior to that he was farmer in the Tamarack Valley. He is survived by his widow and a son and daughter in Norway; a son Olaf, whose whereabouts are unknown; and his son, Christ, of Eau Claire. Another son, Sigurd, World War veteran, died in 1924. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the French Creek Lutheran church, the Rev. Johan Olsen officiating. Burial took place in the French Creek cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 19, 1933

Christian P. Lunde, who passed away March 17 at the age of well past 79 years, was born in Gulbrandsdaen, Norway, September 23, 1860, of the parents Per and Berthe Lunde. He was baptized there by the Pastor Lyng and confirmed by Pastor Blom. Son of an officer in the Norwegian army, Christian was graduated from a military academy (underofficerskole) in Fredrikshad in 1881 after finishing his high school education there also. He emigrated to America in the fall of 1882, coming to Pigeon Falls vicinity to make his home with Ole Arneson. On this same farm, located on the border of Jackson and Trempealeau Counties is the community that is known as Schimmerhorn, he spent the remainder of his life. His marriage to Julie Jacobson took place on March 30, 1899, at Pigeon Falls, the Rev. A.J. Oerke officiating. He took his bride to the farm in Schimmerhorn and there she, too, lived until her death on January 8, 1939. His grief over his wife’s death seemed to be a factor in bringing on Mr. Lunde’s ill health of a year, as he became sick almost immediately after her funeral. Cause of his death was bronchial pneumonia following paralysis of more than a year. The Lunde’s had eight children, of whom six survive their parents, Bernhard, Palmer, Josephine (Mrs. Arnold Ringlien), Anna, Chester and Dagney. Three grandchildren also survive, Elizabeth and David Lunde and Gordon Ringlien, together with two sisters, Mrs. Ole Mahlum and Mary Lunde of Ostre Gausdal, Norway, and one brother, Peter Lunde of Madison. Two brothers, Jorgen and Ole, and one sister, Sidsel, Mrs. Borre Holm, preceded him in death. Mr. Lunde was not of the average in any way. He possessed a fine physique and his intellect was such as to make him outstanding. Tribute was paid to his literary ability at the funeral, where some of his verses were read. Special emphasis was made on a poem describing his visualization of the heavenly home, written in Norwegian: “O hjem du mit hjem, mit himmelske hjem, Det kjereste hjem jeg kan eie. Om veien derop er snever og tung, Maa klempes hvert eneste fjed og hver stund, Gar Jesus blott foran som foreren min, Jeg ledes da seirrig I jimmelen ind, Hen over tornede veie.” Translation: “Oh home, my dear home, my heavenly home, The dearest home I possess; Though the way be dreary and narrow and weary, Be fought for with footsteps, heavy and dreary, With Jesus before, as my leader in life, Victorious I’m led through storm and through strife Over roads thorny and burdened with stress.” A volume of poems, containing some which had previously been published, but most of them written for the joy of it, is a prized keepsake of the children. Mr. Lunde also taught parochial school in the vicinity of his home in Schimmerhorn. The Rev. A.J. Oerke and the Rev. C.K. Malmin officiated at the funeral, which was held at Pigeon Falls March 21. The pallbearers were John Gilbertson, George Gilbertson, John Thompson, Robert Tomten, Henry Paulson and Carl Klomsten. Flowers were carried by Olive Thompson, Mrs. Lennie Hanson Mrs. Fred Olson and Mrs. Norman Nelson. A number of memorial wreaths were given to charities, missions, a local improvement fund and to radio station WCAL from which Mr. Lunde heard many sermons and other programs during his long illness. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MARCH 28, 1940

Gustav Fredrick Lundsted was born February 15, 1853 in Lungene, Sweden. His parents were Olaus Lundstedt and Beata Halvardsdatter. He was baptized February 18, 1853, and confirmed August 24, 1868, in the Lutheran faith. March 5, 1878, he was united in marriage to Lotta Elizabeth Danielsdatter of Arendahl, Norway. He took up sea life when a young boy and was engaged as a sailor for ten years. Wages were low, so soon after Mr. and Mrs. Lundsted’s marriage, they decided to come to America. On the 12th of August, 1882, they bid their native land adieu and started on a voyage to the Land of Promise. The voyage took them 11 days. They came directly to Pigeon Falls, where they resided for a time with Mrs. Lundsted’s sister, in the house now owned by Oluf Engen. That fall Mr. Lundsted bought 80 acres of land from Lewis Lyngdahl, now owned by Carl Klomsten. He spent several winters working in the lumbering camps. The Gust Lundsted family continued on the farm until 1903, when the sold the place and moved to Whitehall. Mr. Lundsted erected a commodious residence on Dewey Street, which has since been the family home. Besides farming, Mr. Lundsted followed the carpenter trade until about five years ago. Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Lundsted, Gertie, Mrs. Charles Schilke, Helmer B. and Fred of Whitehall; Oscar D. of Milwaukee; Oluf N. of Oshkosh; Lewis of Eau Claire; John, who passed away February 17, 1930. Mrs. Lundsted passed away July 18, 1932. He also leaves eight grandchildren, Helene, Mrs. Elmer Dettmann and William D. of Milwaukee; Lester and Edward of Oshkosh; Edna of Eau Claire; Gertrude, Mrs. Lucas Ekern, Betty Lois and Shirley Ann of Whitehall. Two great-grandchildren survive, Robert Richard Ekern and Phyllis Ann Dettmann. He also leaves one sister, Lottsa, aged about 88, and several nieces and nephews in Sweden. Mr. Lundsted passed away peacefully January 7, 1934 at 2:45 p.m. after a slight stroke. Funeral services were held at the home at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, and at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church at 2 o’clock, with Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. Burial was made in Lincoln cemetery. The pallbearers were Theodore Johnson, Carl Schaefer, Rudolph Mattson Albert Engen, Chris Gilbertson and Gus Thomley. Those from away to attended the last rites were Mr. and Mrs. O.D. Lundsted of Milwaukee, Mr. and Mrs. O. N. Lundsted of Oshkosh, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Lundsted and daughter and Charles Plummer of Eau Claire, Mr. and Mrs. Sven Lindgren of Madison, Mr. and Mrs. H.Hanson of Pigeon, Mr. and Mrs. John Lundsted of Blair, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Lien and Mrs. Jacobson and son, Ed, of Schimmerhorn. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 18, 1934

Lotta Elizabeth Danielsdatter Fasstevold was born in Hettersogn June 15, 1852. Her parents were Daniel Larson and Gretta Helena Hoskoldsdatter. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. March 5, 1878, she was married to Gustav Fredrick Lundsted at Arendahl, Norway. August 12, 1882, they sailed for America. They were eleven days crossing the ocean and came directly to Pigeon Falls, where Mrs. Lundsted’s sister resided. They lived in Pigeon 21 years on the farm now owned by Carl Klomsten. November 1903, they sold the farm and moved to Whitehall where they had built a home. Here they have since resided. Mrs. Lundsted had been in failing health the past three years. She passed away peacefully July 18, 1932, at 12:09 p.m. She was a faithful wife and mother. Funeral services were held at the home at 1:30 p.m. Thursday July 21st, and at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church at 2:00 o’clock with the Rev. E.B. Christophersen of Pigeon Falls and Rev. Johan Olsen of French Creek officiating. Burial was made in the Lincoln cemetery. She is survived by her husband and one daughter, Mrs. Charles Schilke of Whitehall, and five sons, Oscar D. of Milwaukee Oluf of Oshkosh; Louie and Helmer of Whitehall, and Fred of Minnesota She also leaves six grandchildren, Helen, Mrs. Dittman and William of Milwaukee; Edna Lundstad and Gertrude, Mrs. Lucas Ekern of Whitehall; Lester and Edward Lundstad of Oshkosh, and one great-grandchild, Robert Richard Ekern of Whitehall. One son, John, died in 1930. The pallbearers were Thomas Lindem, Ole Torson, Theodore Erickson, A.E. Saxrud, Peter O. Peterson and Theodore Johnson. Those from away who attended the last rites were Mr. and Mrs. O.D. Lundsted and son, William, of Milwaukee; Mr. and Mrs. Oluf Lundsted of Oshkosh; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Olson, Mrs. Mathilda Olson and Miss Inga Helland of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. O.M. Lundsted of St. Paul; Mr. and Mrs. Nels Erickson of Mindoro; Mr. and Mrs. H. Hanson of Pigeon; Mr. and Mrs. John Lundsted of Blair. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JULY 28, 1932

The death of Ole M Lunde occurred at his home in Tamarack Valley, Town of Arcadia, last Thursday. Deceased was born in Tennemarkken, Norway, December 24, 1828, and was married 46 years ago. In 1861 he came to America, first coming to Dane county where he lived one year, the two next years he lived in Vernon count after which he came to Trempealeau County and opened up a fine farm, upon which he lived till his death. Besides his sorrowing widow, he leaves one daughter, Mrs. C.P. Gilbertson, and two son, Neri and Louis Lunde. The remains were laid to rest at the Tamarack cemetery, Rev. Bestul conducting the services. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - JULY 5, 1906

John M. Lundsted, the son of Martin and Serena Lundsted, was born in Arendal, Norway April 13, 1881. He immigrated with his parents and brother, Olaus, to America when he was three years old. His father passed away the year following their arrival in this country. Some years later, his mother married Even Erickson of Pigeon Falls. John grew to manhood in that community and was confirmed by the Rev. Immanuel Christophersen. He was united in marriage to Clara Weverstad October 30, 1903. They operated the farm in Sjuggerud Coulee many years and later moved on to Blair. Six children were born to this union, namely, Milton, Madison, Wisconsin; Agnes (Mrs. Norman Olson), Fly Creek; Irvin, Whitehall; Chester, Blair; Gordon, soldier at Camp Grant, Ill.; Sidney, Eau Claire. John became ill in January 1940 and his health has gradually declined since that time. He passed away peacefully Thursday evening, March 27, 1941 at 9 p.m. at the community hospital in Whitehall. He lacked 17 days of being 60 years of age at the time of his death. Besides his wife and children he leaves the following sister and brothers to mourn his passing; Mrs. Tillie Everson and Albert Erickson, Whitehall, Olaus Lundsted, St. Paul, Nels Erickson, Glenwood City and Edward Erickson, Pigeon Falls. Despite the fact that he was so suddenly bereft of health and confined to a hospital bed a period of over 14 months, Mr. Lundsted bore it all in patience. No word of complaint crossed his lips. His was a calm and serene nature, undisturbed in mental poise and outlook on life. He was keenly disposed toward his fellow men, a good neighbor and friend. His family held a large place in his affections. Funeral services were held on Monday, March 31st at 1 p.m. at the Whitehall Undertaking Parlors and 2 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran church conducted by Rev. T.E. Sweger, assisted by Rev. O.G. Birkeland. Mrs. J.E. Rhode sang at the church “O Happy Home” and “O God and Mercy.” The pallbearers were the sons and son-in-law: Milton, Irvin, Chester, Gordon and Sidney Lundsted and Norman Olson. Interment was in the Zion cemetery. Flower bearers were Marjorie and Arlene Erickson and Alice Everson. Several wreaths were given in his memory. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 3, 1941

Mrs. Johannas Lunde, one of the old settlers of Norway Valley, passed away on Wednesday, February 12. Deceased was born in Land, Norway, on July 2, 1831, and at the age of 28 years, in 1859, was joined in marriage to Gulbrand Lunde. Two years later on April 22 they immigrated to America. To this union were born five chidren, all of whom are dead. They were: Mrs. Hans Lund, Mrs. Thor Hatvedt, Gunde, John and Martin Lunde. Her husband also preceded her in death on February 2, 1904. Mr. and Mrs. Lunde came to French Creek on July 17, 1861, and farmed there until they moved to Tamarack in 1886, where they have lived most of the time since. Mrs. Lunde being unable to live alone moved to the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Hans Lund, a few years ago and lived there until the time of her death. She was the great-grandmother of several children. Funeral services were held from the home and also at the church. She was laid to rest in the Tamarack Lutheran cemetery, Rev. C.B. Bestul, officiating. The floral tributes were beautiful. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - FEBRUARY 20, 1919

In the death of Austin Luthro, Beaver Creek lost one of its highly respected and esteemed citizens. He was born in Luthro Hardanger, Norway, August 24, 1872. In 1875 his parents followed the trek of so many of their fellow parishioners from Hardanger to the Beaver Creek Valley in Trempealeau County, Wisconsin. He was confirmed May 13th, 1888 by Rev. Brynhjolf Hovde. The report of the pastor in the ministerial records following his name is knowledge, very good; efficiency, good; conduct, very good; application, good. October 5, 1898 at the parsonage in Blair, his marriage to Inga Rickolson was solemnized by Rev. Ole Gulbrandson. To this union six children were born. One died in infancy. Those who survive a dear father are Mrs. Miles Wheeler, Minneapolis; Mrs. Christopher Erickson, Ettrick; Lester and Arthur at home, and Henry at Minneapolis. Mr. Luthro had been afflicted with high blood pressure for years. To this was added this summer creeping paralysis. Death came peacefully Sunday afternoon July 10, 1932 at the age of 59 years, 10 months and 16 days. Besides the wife with whom he spent so many happy years of married life and the children there are left to mourn his departure, three sisters and a brother, Mrs. John H. Swenson, Milwaukee; Mrs. Matt Swenson, Ettrick; Mrs. Idius Bjorge, Ettrick and Alfred Lewison, Hixton. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Beaver Creek church to which he had yielded so many years of loyal membership and faithful attendance, on Wednesday, July 13th, 1932. His pastor, Rev. T.E. Sweger officiated at the services. Pall bearers were Roy Rikolson, Alden Lewison, Russel Larson, Elmer Swenson, Edgar Lewison and Hilman Swenson Flower girsl were Lilah Wheeler, Laura Rickolson, Helen Bjorge and Arlene Swenson. There was a very large attendance at the funeral. THE BLAIR PRESS - JULY 21, 1932

Lars Lure was born in Biri, Norway, May 28, 1849, came to U.S. 1871; spent most of his five first years at Coon Valley, Vernon County, Wisconsin. Like most people who have reached maturity before they leave their native land, he felt the call of the fatherland during his first years in this country. Impelled by this call and the memory of a thousand and one precious associations he returned to the land of his birth in 1876. But like many others, who after a sojourn here have come back, he heard another call, clear, strong, triumphant, like the notes of a bugle, appealing to youth and manhood’s prime: “Come back, come back! Where earths’ greatest treasury chambers wait for the strong and the brave to open them.” Dominated by this clarion note to which all that was noblest in him responded, he turned once more with firmer step and more buoyant heart to the land which in those days welcomed all who loved freedom and were willing to work. After his return he made his home with Nels Bakken in the Town of Hale. May 15, 1882, he married Mathis Bakken and soon afterwards bought his father-in-law’s (Nels Bakken’s) farm, where he lived until his death February 27, 1923. His union with Miss Bakken was blessed with four children - Louise, who married Ebert Hanson and died in 1920; Tillie, now the wife of Oscar Estenson of Pigeon; Lena and Lester, both unmarried, who live with their mother on the farm. The acute stage of sickness which resulted in his death began October 15, 1922. November 10, he went to the Community Hospital and after twelve weeks of medical treatment, realizing that his disease was beyond all earthly skill, he returned to his beloved home on the farm. Funeral services were held at Pigeon Falls, Rev. Orke officiating. And, there, in the beautiful church cemetery, surrounded by many sturdy toilers and pioneers he rests from his labors. Judged by the accepted and most common standards of mankind, Lars Lure, was an eminently successful man; for he left an unencumbered farm of two hundred acres, with good buildings, well stocked and equipped for future prosperity. This is an ample assurance for the support and comfort of the good woman who for forty years so faithfully helped him win the prize of thrift and diligence. Among his other virtues, the deceased adhered strictly to the great social commandment: “Mind your own business.” Written by H.A. Anderson. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MARCH 15, 1923

MRS. MATHIA LURE (BIRI) Mrs. Mathia Lure passed away at the Community Hospital at Whitehall at six o’clock on Monday evening, June 3, 1935. The cause of her death was asthma and dropsy. She had attained the age of 71 years, nine months and 24 days at the time of her passing. Mrs. Lure had been in fair health until six days before her death. Mathia Lure, nee Bakken, was born in Biri, Norway, on August 10, 1863. In 1875, at the age of 12 years, she came to America with her parents, Nels and Lisa Bakken, and settled in the Town of Hale. On May 15, 1882, she was united in marriage to Lars Lure of the Town of Hale by the Reverend Holme of Eau Claire. Tot his union three daughters and one son were born: namely Louise, Mrs. Ebert Hanson, now deceased; Tillie, Mrs. Oscar Estenson of Fitch Coulee; Lena, Mrs. Edwin Paulson of Melrose; and Lester Lure, who owns and operates the old homestead. Two sisters, Mrs. John Sklyen and Mrs. Andrew Hammerstad of Osseo, and nine grandchildren all survive. The latter are Louise Hanson, Osseo; Myrtle B. Hanson, Williston, North Dakota; Mrs. Tony Klumby, Osseo; Mrs. Oswald Klomsten and Hulda Hanson of Whitehall and Lorraine, Lee Roy, Jeannette and Joan Lure. Elmer died in infancy. There are five great-grandchildren and many more other relatives and friends who mourn her departure. Mrs. Lure was a loving and devoted mother and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She was a woman of sterling character and a lover of church. In the winter when she was unable to attend services on Sunday morning, she would take her hymn book and sit and listen to the Norwegian service from WCAL, Northfield, Minnesota. She was a member of the U.L. church at Pigeon Falls and a charter member of the Ladies Aid. Since her husband’s death on February 27, 1923, Mr. Lure had made her home with her daughters. Last October she went to the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. E.O. Paulson near Melrose, where she remained until May 22, when she returned to the Town of Pigeon, planning to spend the summer with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Estenson. Four days later she was taken sick and was moved to the Community Hospital, where she was called to her heavenly home. Funeral services were held Thursday, June 6, at one o’clock from the Oscar Estenson home and at two o’clock from the U.L. church at Pigeon Falls. The Revs. A. J. Oerke and H.A. Oerke of Pigeon and the Rev. Johan Olsen of French Creek officiated. Funeral director E.A. Sletteland was in charge of arrangements. Three solos were rendered at the services. Freda Sand sang “Heaven Is My Home” and at the church, “I Know of a Sleep in Jesus’ Name.” Mrs. Sletteland sang “Maarmere dig min Gud” accompanied by Mrs. Solboe at the organ. The funeral was largely attended and the floral offerings were many and beautiful. Mrs. Arthur Hammerstad, Mrs. Ferdinand Estenson, Mrs. Joseph Skoyen and Olga Skoyen acted as flower girls. The pallbearers were Ludvig and Peter Engen, Helmer, Joseph and William Skoyen and Arthur Hammerstad. Interment was made in the family lot in the U.L. cemetery beside the remains of her husband. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JUNE 20, 1935

LARS O. LYNGEN (HORG, GULDALEN) Lars O. Lyngen was born in Horg Guldalen, Norway, September 10, 1836. He was married to Gunild Ostlyngen in the year 1852, to which union four children were born. The family came to the United States in 1893. He is survived by his wife, three daughters and one son, namely: Mrs. Ole H. Dale of Beaver Creek; Mrs. George Mickelson, Mrs. Gustav Johnson and Ole Lyngen, all of the Town of Preston, who were all present at the funeral. He also leaves twenty-seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The funeral services were held from the residence of Gustav Johnson and the Trempealeau valley church Friday, January 30. Rev. Boe officiated and interment was made in the Trempealeau Valley cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 5, 1920

MRS. LARS LUTHRO (NORWAY) Mrs. Lars Luthro, one of the oldest residents in Beaver Creek, passed away at her home, May 25, 1930. She had been ailing for some time with heart trouble. At the time of her death she lacked but two days of being 81 years of age. Mrs. Luthro was born in Norway, May 28, 1849. She was united in marriage to Lars Luthro in Norway and they came to America in 1876, on the 28th of April. They settled in Beaver Creek. Mr. Luthro died ten years ago, and five children remain to mourn the passing of a kind mother: Austin Luthro, Mrs. John Swenson, Mrs. Matt Swenson, Mrs. Idius Bjorge and Alfred Luthro, who were all present at her death bed. Three sons preceded her in death; Nels died two year ago, Martin 34 years ago, and Alfred in infancy. There are 30 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Although almost blind for many years, Mrs. Luthro bore with fortitude her lot, and her patient, kindly disposition endeared her to many. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Beaver Creek church, of which she had been a member over 50 years, Thursday, May 29th, in charge of the pastor Rev. T.E. Sweger. Interment was made beside her husband in the Beaver Creek cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 5, 1930

The oldest resident of the Blair community was called by death Tuesday evening, August 5, 1930. Her health and vitality had given promise that she would reach the century mark. Last winter she had reached the advanced age of 95 years, and there were many among us who hoped that she would live out the five years more. But it was not to be. The vital powers that had held her up so wonderfully began this spring their slow receding ebb. She was 95 years, 5 months and 10 days old at the time of her death. There was but little diminishing of her mental alertness even up to the time of her death. She was born in Horg Sogn, Trondhjem, Norway, February 28th, 1835. The years of her childhood and youth and 30 years of her married life were spent in the land of the Midnight Sun. She was united in marriage to Lars Lyngen in 1863. In 1893 they emigrated to America and resided in the Blair community from that time on. Her husband passed away January 28th, 1920. To their union four children were born, Mrs. Ole Dale, LaCrosse; Mrs George Mikkelson, Mrs. Gust Johnson and Ole Lyngen all of Blair. In later years she has made her home the greater part of the time with the latter two where she was most tenderly cared for and everything was done for her ease and comfort. She loved to listen to the broadcast of services from St. Olaf College. She sought at all times to keep her lamps well trimmed and her home in order for The Master’s summons, a weary pilgrim whose heart was fixed on the Home eternal. She leaves to mourn her loss besides the above mentioned children, 27 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren and a host of friends. Funeral services were held at the Ole Lyngen home in Larkin Valley and at the Trempealeau Valley Church in charge of Rev. T.E. Sweger and interment was made beside her husband in the Trempealeau Valley cemetery on Friday, August 8th. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 14, 1930

Martin Lynberg, of Pigeon, who was killed on a skid-way at Ingram, this state, on the 20th of February, 1906, and was 58 years, 10 months and 19 days old. The remains were brought home the following day, accompanied by M.J. Skorstad of Salva Coulee, who worked in the same camp with the deceased. Mr. Lynberg was born in Norway and immigrated to this country 23 years ago. Shortly after his arrival he homesteaded the quarter section of land in Pigeon upon which he continuously resided. He was an old logger, putting in 18 winters in the woods. He leaves to mourn his sudden death a wife, and six children as follows: Mrs. Mary Olson, of Norway; Mrs. Elland Berg, of Preston; Mrs. Ole Lovlien, of Pigeon; and Julius, Millie and Josie, residing at home. The funeral was held on Monday last at 2 p.m., at the Old Whitehall church, where a large number gathered to pay their respects to an old friend and neighbor. Rev O.K. Ramberg, of the Synod Lutheran church, conducted the services. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - MARCH 1, 1906 (Researching this family is great-grandson Robert Larson at [email protected] )

Ole Lyngen was born at Horg, Guldalen, which is in the neighborhood of Trondheim, Norway April 2, 1872, the son of Lars and Gunhild Lyngen. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church at Horg. At the age of 19 he came to America in 1891. He made his home at Blair, Wisconsin to which his older sisters, Dorthe and Berget had preceded him from the homeland. For a period of nine years he found employment as a carpenter and labored also in the pineries and on the railroad. When his parents and younger sister decided to come to America in 1893, he bought the farm in Larkin Valley which has since been his home. The habits of diligence and industry acquired in his childhood home in Norway stood him in good stead and helped him prosper in the land of his adoption. April 14, 1900, at the home of the bride’s parents, he was united in marriage to Lettie Olson by Rev. Ole Gulbrandsen. To this union nine children were born, all of whom survive: Olaf, Oscar, Goodwin, Aldin, Burnette, Gladys (Mrs. Melvin Thompson), Myrtle (Mrs. Maynard Christianson), Ernest and Henry, all of this community. Mr. Lyngen has been ill the past four years and under medical care both at the home and at hospitals. He departed this life Tuesday morning, May 21, 1940 at the age of 68 years, 1 month and 19 days. Besides the wife and children, he leaves to mourn his passing, five grandchildren and three sisters, Mrs. Dorthe Dale, LaCrosse, and Mrs. Berget Mikkelson and Mrs. Gust Johnson, Blair. His mother passed away at his home some years ago at the advanced age of 95 years. Mr. Lyngen was a staunch member of the Zion Lutheran church the past forty years. He took active interest in the work of the church and the local parochial school. The piety and religious fervor of the formative years of childhood influenced the religious trend of his whole life. The hymns of the church, the Bible and the devotional books were treasured by him. The spiritual welfare of himself and others lay upon his heart. A kind neighbor, friend, husband and father has gone out from among us and a citizen who has done his share in the building up of the community and has bequeathed by his integrity and industry the things that are of permanent and intrinsic value to future generations. Funeral services were held Friday, May 24, 1940; 1:15 at the home and 2 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran church with Rev. T.E. Sweger officiating. Mrs. Oscar Fremstad sang “Belt alle dine Veie” at the home and Mrs. Angus Sather sang “Den store hvide Flok” and “I Know of a Sleep in Jesus’ Name” at the church. The pallbearers were six sons of the deceased. The flower bearers were the Mesdames Oscar and Ernest Lyngen. $19.50 in memory wreaths were given to the Zion Choir, Radio Station WCAL and the Home for the Aged at Stoughton. Interment was in the Zion cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 30, 1940

Mrs. Lettie Lyngen, 79, died Saturday morning (July 7, 1956) at the Whitehall Community Hospital after suffering a stroke on July 4. Mrs. Lyngen had been in failing health the last couple of years. Born in Norway, September 4, 1876 to the parents Anna Bendicte Olson and Ole Johannes Salveson, she came with her parents to this country at the age of five, settling in the vicinity of Blair. She was married to Ole Lyngen April 14, 1900 by the Rev. Ole Gulbrandson. Nine children were born to the couple - Olaf, Oscar, Goodwin, Alden and Ernest, all of Blair and Henry, Bellevue, Washington; Mrs. Melvin (Burnette) Everson, Mrs. Melvin (Gladys) Thompson and Mrs. Maynard (Myrtle) Christianson, Blair. They farmed in Larkin Valley all their married life. This same place was still her home. Her husband died May 21, 1940. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran congregation and received her life membership pin in 1952. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran church. The Rev. E.E. Olson officiated and burial was in the church cemetery. The sons acted as pallbearers. THE BLAIR PRESS - JULY 12, 1956

Mrs. Nette Lyngdal died at the home of her son, Lewis, in this village Friday morning, January 27, 1910, after a lingering illness of Bright’s disease, aged 85 years, 1 month and 25 days. Deceased was born near Stavanger, Norway, December 1, 1824. Mrs. Lyngdal came to Ottawa, Illinois in April 1849 where in 1854 she married to Michael Lyngdal. They went to Coon Prairie, Vernon county, Wisconsin where they resided on a farm until 1874, when they removed to Pigeon Falls, this county, where he husband died 18 years ago. Nine years ago Mrs. Lyngdal came to Whitehall and took up her residence with her son, Lewis and family. Deceased leaves to mourn her death three daughters and two sons, Mrs. L. Jacobs and Ms. Maria Tompkins of Minneapolis, Mrs. M.K. Lewis of Chesholm, Minnesota, Osias of Mapes, North Dakota, and Lewis of Whitehall. Also twelve grandchildren, and one sister, besides a host of friends. The funeral was held at Pigeon Falls, Monday, Rev. O.K. Ramberg, pastor of the Synod Lutheran church of Whitehall, conducting the services. The remains were interred at Pigeon Falls. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - FEBRUARY 3, 1910

see Liegeck below
Christina Odde Lybaeck died at her home in Irvin Coulee early Friday morning from apoplexy. Deceased was aged 76 years, was unmarried and had lived a hermit’s life for a long period of years. Miss Lybaeck was born in Norway and came to America as a young girl, joining her father and step-mother on the Lybaeck farm, now occupied by Gustav Gilbertson. After the death of her parents, Miss Lybaeck operated the farm for some years and accumulated a small fortune for herself, a portion of which was found in currency, cashier’s checks and silver hidden in different parts of her home which has for several years been located on a small plot which formerly belong to Anton Davidson. Miss Lybaeck leaves a brother living at Cooperstown, North Dakota, and a sister in California, neither of whom responded to telegrams sent them notifying them of her demise. They are both older than she. She also is survived by a niece living at Black River Falls and a cousin, Math Fryslie, of Maule coulee, besides distant relatives in this community. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Anton Davidson home in Irvin coulee and from Our Saviour’s Lutheran church, Whitehall, Revs. O.G. Birkeland and T.E. Sweger officiating. Burial was made in Zion cemetery, Blair, beside the graves of her parents. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - FEBRUARY 4, 1932
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Christine Odde Liegeck, 76, who has for the last 15 years lived the life of a hermit on a five acre tract of land three miles south of Whitehall in Irvins Coulee, died in the rude house which she called home, Friday. Her two dogs who hovered over her body until death, had to be shot before it could be removed. Her home was rude shack and the largest room was occupied by a flock of about 30 chickens while a small room contained two stoves which she kept filled with fuel to provide the necessary heat for her chickens. Judge H.A. Anderson who will be in charge of the estate, thoroughly ransacked the room and found considerable sums of money hidden away among the trash. The bulk of the money, mostly in cashiers checks on the J.O. Melby Bank at Whitehall, was in a fruit jar in her bed. An old bureau contained countless documents and letters, some bearing the early date of 1842. Sums of money were found in the bureau and a pocketbook was found in a flour sack. The survey of her room disclosed no clothes. The clothes she wore when she died were considerably patched and appeared as if the patches had been sewed on when the garment was worn. In a part of the house she reserved a stall for a horse which had lived with her for many years. This horse died five years ago. She used to make trips to Whitehall with her horse to get a few necessities but of late years, these have been brought to her by the Davidson family, neighbors. In another part of the house she kept a herd of 15 sheep which grazed on her land. These sheep were sold six years ago and that part of the house was removed. When the sheep were sold she insisted that they be killed before they left the place as she feared they would be mistreated if they were entrusted to anyone’s care. Any animal which she cared for was kept until it died or else she killed it. Although she had a great love for all animals, dogs seemed to be closest to her heart. She had four large shepherd dogs living with her in her small living room. Two of these dogs were shot about two weeks ago when she was unable to give them necessary care. The other two dogs she wanted to keep to guard her til she died. In the performance of their final wish of their mistress, the dogs hovered over her body, one of them lying with his paws against her breast while the other lay at the foot of the cot, and allowed no one except the doctor to touch her body. After she died Anton Davidson, the only one the dogs trusted, succeeded in luring them out of doors where they had to be killed before the undertaker could take possession of the body. Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 o’clock Tuesday afternoon from the Anton Davidson home followed by services at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church at Whitehall at 2 o’clock with the Rev. O.G. Birkeland and the Rev. T.E. Sweger officiating. She was buried in the Zion Lutheran cemetery at Blair beside her father and stepmother where she had a lot and tombstone. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 4, 1932

Knut Lynghamer, 79, died early July 4 at a LaCrosse hospital (1960). He was born February 18, 1880 at Roldal, Norway, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gunnar Gunderson. He came to this country in 1902, and lived for one year at Postville, Wisconsin. He then lived for a time at Hegg, later moving to Beach where he resided until his death. He was during his active years a painter and merchant. May 14, 1901, he married Synva Nelson, who survives him. Other survivors include two sons Alf and Sander Lynghamer of Beach; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday at North Beaver Creek Lutheran church. The Rev. E.E. Olson officiated and burial was in the church cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - JULY 7, 1960

Funeral services were held for Ms. Synva Lynghamer, 96, of Beach, rural Ettrick, on Monday, December 22, 1975 at 1:30 p.m. at the Faith Lutheran church, rural Ettrick, the Rev. Herman Madland officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. She passed away at her home in Beach on Friday, December 19, 1975. For more than 20 years she had previously lived at 2017 Liberty Street, LaCrosse. Synva was born in Ulvik, Norway, on October 14, 1879 and had married Knud Lynghamer. He preceded her in death in 1960. Survivors are two sons, Alf of Galesville, and Sander, Beach, rural Ettrick; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 25, 1975

ALF LYNGHAMER (VOSS) Services for Alf Lynghamer, 80, Route #1, Galesville, were held Monday, July 13, 1981 at 1 p.m. in the Faith Lutheran Church, North Beaver Creek. The Rev. Robert N. Nelson officiated and burial was in the church cemetery. The Smith Mortuary, Galesville, was in charge of arrangements. Lynghamer died Thursday, July 9, 1981, in LaCrosse Lutheran Hospital. He was born June 18, 1901 in Voss, Norway, to Mr. and Mrs. Knudt Lynghamer and came to the United States at the age of one. He married Stella Mason on April 25, 1922. Prior to his retirement 13 years ago, he owned and operated the Beach Garage and Tavern in Beaches Corner for 45 years. Survivors are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Eugene (Geraldine) Thurston of Minneapolis and Mrs. LaVerne (Myra) Rogness of Chippewa Falls; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and one brother, Sander, of Beaches Corner. THE BLAIR PRESS - JULY 16, 1981

Ole F. Lovlien. One of the best-improved farms of Pigeon Township is that known as Pine Grove Stock Farm, of which Ole F. Lovlien is the proprietor. Mr. Lovlien s a native of this township, having been born on his parents' farm in the southwest quarter of section 33, April 23, 1873. His father, Fred Lovlien, was born in Norway in 1840, and married Guri Nilson. They came to this country and for a number of years made their home on the farm above mentioned in section 33, where Fred Lovlien died in 1913. His wife is still living on the homestead. Ole F. Lovlien was reared on his parents' farm, on which he resided until reaching the age of 23 years. Then deciding to start in for himself, he purchased his present farm and has since been actively engaged in its cultivation and improvement. It contains 120 acres, two "forties" lying in section 28 and one "forty" in section 27, town 23 north, range 7 west. In the work of improving this farm Mr. Lovlien has been highly successful, and his barn and house are, in particular, excellent buildings. The former, erected in 1905, measures 34 by 64 by 16 feet, with basement, and an addition 22 by 20 feet. The house was built in 1913 and is a brick veneer structure, two stories and basement, finished in fir upstairs. It is installed with hot water heat, with hot and cold running water, bath and toilet, and is located in Fuller Coulee in a nice grove of pines, whence it derives its name of "Pine Grove" stock farm. On a hill near the house is a cistern, 10 by 11 feet in diameter, which is filled by a windmill. Mr. Lovelien is a stockholder in the Pigeon Grain and Stock Company and the Whitehall Hospital. For nine years he has been a director of the school board of his district. He was married to Lena Lindberg, who was born in Norway, August 11, 1879, daughter of Martin and Johanna (Tosaktil) Lindberg. Her father, born in Norway, April 1, 1847, came to this country in 1883, locating at the head of Fly Creek, on the north side of Preston Township, where he resided until he was killed at Ingram, Wisconsin, February 20, 1906. He had homesteaded his farm and for 18 winters worked in the woods. His wife Johanna, who was born in Norway in 1854, is still living at Fly Creek. Mr. and Mrs. Lovlien have had four children: Oswald, who died when only 6 days old; Mabel, born September 27, 1901, who died July 13, 1915; Oscar, born April 9, 1908; and Gerhard, born November 29, 1911. The family are members of the United Norwegian Lutheran Church. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Tom Lomsdahl, of Osseo, dealer in hardware, farm implements, agricultural machinery and automobiles, was born in Sondre Land, Norway, August 6, 1874, son of Peter and Maren (Andreasdotter) Lomsdahl. And in 1893 the mother and her son, Tom, came to America, where she later married E.C. Hagen of Bruce Valley, Hale Township. The subject of this sketch was employed as a farm hand for several years. Then for nearly ten years he operated a farm near Osseo. In 1910 he moved to the village and purchased the business of Fields & Olson. In 1912 he bought out the interest of Gilbert Lewis, in the firm of Lewis & Hokland. With Frederick N. Hokland as a partner, under the firm name of Tom Lomsdahl & Co., he carried on the business for five years, when he purchased the interest of his partner, Mr. Hokland, February 5, 1917, and now carries on a large and constantly increasing business alone. For three years he was secretary and manager of the Farmers' Telephone Company, in which he is still a director. He is a stockholder in the State Bank of Osseo. His services for four years as a member of the village council have been highly valued, and he did equally good work as a member of the town board of Sumner Township for two years. He is one of the directors of the Osseo Farmers' Produce Company. His religious faith is that of the Synod Norwegian Lutheran church, and his fraternal affiliation is with the Beavers. Mr. Lomsdahl was married November 12, 1898 to Mary Gunnem, of Bruce Valley, daughter of Thom and Carrie (Osldotter) Gunnem, natives of Norway, who came to America in the early '70's, and spent the remainder of their lives in Trempealeau County, the former dying in 1907 and the latter in 1906. Mr. and Mrs. Lomsdahl have a daughter, Lillian May, born September 25, 1906. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Andrew F. and Oluf Lovlien joint proprietors of the Lovlien Farms in Pigeon Township, were born in this township Andrew on May 23, 1878, and Oluf July 2, 1891. Their parents were Fred O. and Guri Lovlien, natives of Norway, who were married in Wisconsin, both having come to this country in the '60's. Fred O. was the first to arrive, settling in Vernon County, this state, where he and his wife were married. Coming to Trempealeau County, he first worked out in Trempealeau to earn enough money with which to buy land, which he finally purchased in Pigeon Township, where his sons are now located. Beginning with 150 acres, he also bought another homestead of 80 acres. He had very little capital to start with and there were no buildings on his place, so pioneer work had to be done, and continued for a number of years. Like nearly all the pioneer settlers, he made use of an ox team, and during the early days sometime walked to LaCrosse for supplies. He erected a frame house which was the family residence for many years, being replaced in 1914 by the present substantial brick dwelling. The barns now standing were built by members of the family. Religious Fred O. Lovlien was affiliated with the Norwegian Lutheran church. After a long and active life, during which he accomplished a large amount of useful work, he died in 1913 at the age of 72 years. His wife is still living, being now 69 years old. They were the parents of ten children of whom three died when young. Those living are Ole, Anna, Andrew, Hans, Christine, Nina and Oluf. Nina's husband died in 1911 and she and her son have since made their home with her brothers. On their father's death, or in 1913, the two sons, Andrew and Oluf, took charge of the home farm which they are now operating, raising the usual crops and keeping good stock. They are shareholders in the Whitehall Creamery, as was also their father, and also hold shares in the Pigeon Grain and Stock Company. Their enterprising efforts have met with well-deserved success and as general farmers they are doing a profitable business. Both are members of the Norwegian Lutheran Church. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Alonzo Lovell, 68, passed away Monday, March 8, 1954 at the Krohn Clinic in Black River Falls. He had visited his daughter, Ruby, near Sparta on Sunday and upon returning home suffered a severe heart attack. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital at 9:30 and passed away at 3:05 Monday morning. He was the second son of the late Clinton and Nancy Butman Lovell, born January 29, 1886, at Preston, South Dakota. When a young lad, he came together with his parents and brother to Galesville, where he grew to manhood. He did farm work in and around Galesville, Ettrick and Melrose. It was in Galesville that he met his first wife, Anna Bertha Bramer. They were united in marriage August 28, 1906 at Winona, Minnesota. They set up housekeeping at Melrose and with the exception of one summer, when they resided at Ettrick, that continued to be their home. He was an honest, upright citizen of the community. He asked and required little out of life, but he received an abundance of love and friendship. He was baptized in the Methodist faith and was a member of the Modern Woodmen lodge in which he held several offices. On August 24, 1952, his wife passed away at their home in the village of Melrose. Now less than two years later, God has again joined in death, as in life. They go on ahead to prepare the path for the family to follow. Six children survive this marriage to mourn the loss of parents in so short a time: Eugene, Hazel Green, Wisconsin; Mrs. Melvin (Violette) Olson, Melrose; Lloyd and Mrs. Elmer (Sylvia) Hagen, Black River Falls; Mrs. Harold (Arvilla) Larson, Melrose; and Mrs. Royal (Ruby) Peters of Cashton. He leaves 13 grandsons and eight granddaughters; four brothers, Ellery Lovell, Beloit; Walter Lovell, Slayton, Minnesota; Clint Lovell of Washington and Frank Lovell of Texas. One brother, Archie, and an only sister, Sylvia, together with his parents have preceded him in death. He is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews, friends and neighbors. On October 3, 1953 he married Mrs. Ella Baker of Black River Falls and moved there to make his home. She survives him and mourns his loss together with his family. Funeral services were held at the Melrose Methodist Church on Wednesday, March 10, 1954 at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. Wayne Grover of Black River Falls and Rev. A.E. Attwood of Melrose officiated. Song service was rendered by Mrs. Helmer Gilbertson and Mrs. Charles Brown, accompanied by Mrs. Charles Thompson. Selections were “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere” and “Beyond the Sunset.” Pallbearers were William Sawyer, Howard Hemmy, Clarence Roseland, Claude Wenzel, Lyle Bullock and Earl Welda. Funeral Director L.B. Smith had charge of arrangements. Interment was in the Melrose Cemetery by the side of his wife. Floral offerings were many and beautiful showing the high esteem in which Mr. Lovell was held. There were many memorials received in his memory. Attending services from a distance were: Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lovell, Mr. and Mrs. Matt Verdoes, Slayton, Minnesota; Mr. and Mrs. Ellery Lovell, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Lovell, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Capen, Beloit; Ernies Butman, Mrs. Howard Henrickson and Douglas Butman, Galesville; Mr. and Mrs. Milton Butman, Ettrick; Mr. and Mrs. Al Dutcher and Mrs. Mert Rumpee, Blair, besides a host of friends from Black River Falls, Mindoro, Neillsville and Marshfield. SOURCE – FAMILY RECORDS (Researching this family is Verda Olson Stewart at [email protected] )

Mrs. Alonzo Lovell passed away at her home in the Village of Melrose on August 24, 1952 on the day of her 70th birthday. She had been in poor health for several years, but failed rapidly during the past six months. She was tenderly cared for at home by members of her family, but all that loving hands and medical aid could do, proved to no avail. Anna Bertha Bramer was born in the Town of North Bend on August 24, 1882, the daughter of Christopher and Wilhelmina Mueller Bramer. She grew to womanhood in this community, and was baptized and confirmed in the German Lutheran faith. She was united in marriage to Alonzo Lovell on August 28, 1906 at Winona, Minnesota. They have made their home in Melrose their entire married life with the exception of one summer when they resided in Ettrick. Mrs. Lovell was an active member of the Royal Neighbor Lodge and always attended the meetings until the past year when she became so poorly she was unable to attend. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Alonzo Lovell; two sons, Eugene of Hazel Green and Lloyd of Black River Falls; four daughters, Violette, Mrs. Melvin Olson; Arvilla, Mrs. Harold Larson; Ruby, Mrs. Royal Peters, all of Melrose and Sylvia, Mrs. Elmer Hagen of Black River Falls; two brothers, August and William; two sisters, Mary, Mrs. Hosea Miler and Emma Bramer of Melrose; twenty grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. All deeply mourn her loss. One sister, Augusta, Mrs. Herman Miller, preceded her in death. She was a deeply devoted wife and mother and will be sadly missed by her family and all who knew her. Funeral services were held at the Melrose Methodist Church on Wednesday, August 27 at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. Leo Mader officiated. Song service was rendered by Mrs. Charles Brown and Mrs. Helmer Gilbertson with Mrs. Z. W. Gilbert accompanist. Selections were “My God and I” and “Beyond the Sunset”. Four granddaughters served as flower girls, namely Verda Olson, Sharon Hagen, Cathryn Larson and Ann Peters. The pallbearers were Joseph Soukup, Howard Hemmy, William Sawyer, Frank Ponterio, Claude Wenzel and Clarence Roseland. Funeral Director LB. Smith had charge of arrangements. Interment was in Melrose cemetery. Floral offerings were many and beautiful, showing the esteem in which Mrs. Lovell was held. Many memorials were also given in her memory. Those from a distance who came to attend the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lovell, Slayton, Minn.; Mrs. Ethel Brink, Wauseca, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Ellery Lovell, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lovell of Beloit; and Mr. and Mrs. D.S. McKown of Madison. I cannot say and I will not say that she is dead. She is just away. With a cheery smile and a wave of hand She has wandered into an unknown land And left us dreaming how very fair Her needs must be since she lingers there. She is not dead. She is just away. SOURCE – Family records (Verda Olson Stewart at [email protected] is researching this person)

LARS M. LYNGDAL (VERNON COUNTY, WISCONSIN) Lars M. Lyngdal, proprietor of the Independence Hotel at Independence, Wisconsin, was born in Vernon County, Wisconsin, July 22, 1856, son of Michael and Metta (Larson) Lyngal. The father, Michael, was born in Norway and came to America in 1837 when 23 years old. He went first to Chicago, but afterwards worked on farms in Illinois for several years. About 1852 he homesteaded land at Coon Prairie, Vernon County, Wisconsin, and farmed there until 1873. He then sold and bought a farm at Pigeon Falls, Trempealeau County, on which place he spent the rest of his life, dying September 5, 1892, at the age of 69 years. His wife, Metta, died January 28, 1910, at the age of 84. They had six children, of whom Lars M. was the second born. Lars M. Lyngdal remained at home until 1885 assisting his father. He then bought the home farm and conducted it on his own account till 1899, when he sold it and went to Spokane, Washington, where he remained nine months. Then coming to Whitehall, he bought the City Hotel and was its proprietor until the spring of 1916, at which time he located in Independence and took over the Independence Hotel, which he is now conducting. He has a good class of trade and is popular with the traveling public. The hotel is a modern, three-story, brick building of 21 years, all newly furnished and installed with all desirable accommodations. Mr. Lyngdal was married May 22, 1886 to Isabel Stendal, who was born at Midway, La Crosse County, Wisconsin, October 7, 1868, daughter of Tostem and Hannah (Solberg) Stendal. Her father, who was farmer of Pigeon Township, died December 5, 1897, at the age of 75 years; her mother died February 27, 1911, at the age of 82. Mr. and Mrs. Lyngdal are the parents of seven children: Sydney, born March 9, 1887, who is cashier in Simmons hardware store at Minneapolis and who married, April 12, 1911, Florence Anderson of Minneapolis and has one child, Lorin, born March 29, 1915; Bernie, born August 7, 1890, who is a druggist in Chicago; Myrtle A., born September 24, 1892, a stenographer, residing at home; Lancelot, born September 24, 1896; Reuben, born April 4, 1898; Ernest, born June 3, 1903 and Viola, born June 2, 1907, all residing at home. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY – 1917


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