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Sletteland B.M.
Sletteland Ben M. 2
Sletteland Carl B.
Slette Morton
Sletto Anna Mrs.
Smalberget Bernt Johnson
Smedhaugen Nels
Smikrud Andreas
Smikrud Andrew Mrs.
Smith Andrew E. Mrs.
Smith Isabelle
Soland Hans T.
Soland Hans Mrs.
Soland Harold T.
Solberg Andrew L.
Solberg Andrew Mrs.
Solberg George L. 2
Solberg H.K.
Solberg Hans Mrs.
Solberg Iver O.
Solberg John
Solberg Lewis Mrs.
Solberg Marie Mrs.
Solberg Mathea Mrs.
Solberg Sam
Solfest Peder
Solfest Peder Mrs.
Solomonson Peter Mrs.
Solsrud Arthur Ludvig
Solsrud Hans Larson
Solsrud Ludwig L.
Solsrud Ludwig L. 2
Solsrud L.L.
Solsrud L.L. Mrs.
Solum Andrew E.
Sorbo Jacob J.
Sorbo Jacob J. 2
Sorenson David M.
Sorenson Eugene A.
Sorobo Ebert J.

Relatives and scores of friends from far and near attended the funeral of B.M. Sletteland leading citizen of Pigeon Falls which was held in that village Tuesday, August 20. For 51 years Mr. Sletteland had taken an active part in the business, religious and social life of his home community and in Trempealeau County. Mr. Sletteland came to America in 1884 and immediately entered the employment of the P. Ekern Co. of which at the time of his death, he was president and owner. While he never engaged in politics himself, in his earlier life, he was identified with the Republican county committee and the Republican district congressional committee. For many years he served as treasurer of the United Lutheran church at Pigeon Falls and throughout his lifetime in America he was ardent in the furtherance of the Lutheran faith. In 1907 he was elected trustee of Gale College, in which capacity he served for many years. A stockholder in the John O. Melby & Co. Bank, he served as director of that financial institution and officiated in a similar capacity in the Western Wisconsin Telephone Co. He took an active part in the organization of the Pigeon Falls State Bank and served as president up to the time of his death. Mr. Sletteland was conservative in his business affairs, but he was at the same time progressive. He maintained that business institutions and the community at large should make progress only on sound principles. When he built, he built well, and his guiding influence reveals his sound business judgment in many of the permanent institutions that stand today as monuments of his endeavors in the village of Pigeon Falls. Mr. Sletteland was born in Dale Parish, Sondfjord, Norway, August 19, 1864. His father, Ananias Sletteland, was for many years a teacher in the state schools of Norway, and under his tutelage and that of his mother, the son received exceptional training at home. In the public school his education was extended and he studied one year at Floro Amtskole. After that he attended a higher private school at Dale, Villa, and then spent two years in the Hambro High School and College at Bergen, where he prepared for a college degree. In 1884 he decided to come to America. He arrived in Pigeon Falls in May, that year, and on the 12th of that month, entered the employ of Peter Ekern. Mr. Sletteland, immediately upon his arrival in this country, became a leader in his community. On October 31, 1888, he was married to Minnie Ekern. A family of three sons was born to them: Perry, attorney at Madison; Ernest, manager of the P. Ekern Co. and licensed undertaker, and Oscar, who is cashier of the Pigeon Falls State Bank. When the P. Ekern Co. was incorporated in 1898, Mr. Sletteland became secretary, treasurer and manager. The following year, he was appointed postmaster at Pigeon Falls, and continued in that capacity until his death. Mr. Sletteland enjoyed comparatively good health until about three weeks before his death, when he was stricken with a heart attack. For several days he suffered intensely and then passed from this life Friday evening, August 15, at his home in Pigeon Falls. Funeral services were held at the United Lutheran church Tuesday, August 20. The services were conducted by the Revs. A.J and H.A. Oerke, assisted by the Rev. E.H. Christophersen, who paid high tribute to the life of the deceased, in which he had given much of his time and material support in the up-building of the congregation. The Rev. T.H. Megorden, president of Gale College, in behalf of that institution, expressed appreciation for the assistance that Mr. Sletteland had given it. Song service was rendered by the choir and by Miss Thelma Halverson of Stanley. The remains were conveyed to their final resting place in the church cemetery the day following his 71st birthday. The pallbearers were John Johnson, Jens Staff, M.C. Sletteland, Ben Lokken, John Skadal and Austin Solboe. The flower bearers were Mrs. M,C. Sletteland, Mrs. Henry Paulson, Mrs. Arnold Ringlien and Miss Mabel Peterson. All of the above are employees, past or present, of the P. Ekern company. Floral offerings were many and memorial funds were given to various institutions by relative and friends in memory of the deceased. Surviving relatives are the widow, three sons, Perry, Ernest and Oscar, one brother, C.B. Sletteland of Holmen, a sister, Amanda of Norway, and seven grandchildren. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - AUGUST 29, 1935

Funeral services for Carl B. Sletteland, 67, who died at his home at Holmen Monday, October 4, were held in that village Thursday with burial in Halfway Creek cemetery, the Rev. H.C. Smeby officiating. Undertaker Ernest A Sletteland of Pigeon Falls, nephew of the deceased, had charge of the arrangements. Mr. Sletteland was born January 29, 1870 in Dale, Syndefjord, Norway, son of Annaias and Bergetta Rising Sletteland. Employed a few years on a steamer plying between his home and the fjord and Bergen, he came to America at the age of 20 and joined his brother, Ben M. Sletteland at Pigeon Falls. He arrived at Pigeon Falls on September 4, 1890, and remained in that village 18 years, employed as clerk by the Peter Ekern Company. On April 22, 1902, Mr. Sletteland married Miss Bertha Fredrickson of Onalaska. The ceremony was performed in LaCrosse by the Rev. E.O. Vik. They resided at Pigeon Falls six years and then moved, in 1908, to Holmen, where Carl was engaged in the mercantile business for 20 years. Until 1921, he was in partnership with Ben Mikkelson of Pigeon Falls, after whose death Mr. Sletteland assumed entire control of the business. He retired in 1928. Surviving the deceased are his wife; three children, Margaret, teacher at Prairie du Chien, Mrs. Chester Tolvstad of Holmen and Arthur, member of the Whitehall high school faculty; one granddaughter, and a sister, Mrs. Amanda Hofland, of Dale, Norway. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - OCTOBER 14, 1937

After a long fight against the ravages of pneumonia, Morten Slette finally succumbed to this disease on April 16, 1923. Everyone had high hopes that Mr. Slette would be the winner in his race against death, but it was not to be thus. He became suddenly worse on Sunday night, April 15, after having spent a very comfortable day, and death came to relieve him the following morning at 8 o’clock. Mr. Slette was a comparatively new man in our midst. But he found many warm friends among us because of his high ideals that both he and his family cultivated. He became one of our most respected citizens, and it was with a great deal of sorrow that we had to see him go. But he has left with us a deep impression of a citizen and an ardent church worker. Mr. Slette was well satisfied to leave this world; as he said that last night “he put all his faith in his Saviour with the prayer that his family might follow him to the heavenly home.” It is sad to think that large family without their husband and father. But they have with them the memory of a husband and father who stood for the things that are high and noble. Morten Slette was born January 17, 1861 in Gulbrandsdalen, Norway. He came to this country with his parents when only 6 ½ years of age. He was married May 27, 1896. Together with his wife, he settled on a farm near Coon Valley where they lived until 1917 when they moved to a farm 4 ½ miles east of Blair. Then in 1920 they moved to Blair in order to have better school facilities. During his stay here Mr. Slette worked mostly at our local canning factory, being considered one of its most interested and dependable workers. Besides his wife, he leaves eleven children: Oswald, Josephine, Alf, Clara, Oletta, Myrtle, Kenneth, Otto, Lillian, Velva and Donald. He has five brothers and two sisters: Ostre, Red Top, Minnesota; Theodore in Minneapolis; Lauretz, Mohnomen, Minnesota; John, Cashton; Carl, Blair; Mrs. Sandbakken , Montevdeo, Minnesota; and Mrs. Lunde, Cashton. The funeral took place April 19th, a very large crowd being present. Rev. Boe officiated. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 26, 1923

Anna Sletto was born in Kviteseid, Telemarken, Norway, May 10, 1846. She was the daughter of Torgrim and Aslaug Halvorson. The family emigrated from Norway in 1861. They lived for a while at Koshkonong near Stoughton, Wisconsin. At the close of the Civil War they came to Trempealeau County where Mr. Halvorson homesteaded in Fly creek. Anna was united in marriage to Ole Sletto in 1866. Her husband had taken as a homestead the present Sletto farm. Here she resided the rest of her days. A long and active life that was brought to a close Wednesday, December 23, 1935 at the ripe age of 90 years, 7 months and 13 days. Her husband preceded her in death February 23 1908. A daughter, Clara Josephine (Mrs. Luther Johnson) died in Minneapolis in 1916. Bertina (Mrs. W.B. Douglas) passed away at San Diego, California in 1931, Elma (Mrs. Stevens) died at Merrill, Wisconsin in 1916; Theodora in Grand Forks in 1896. The children who survive are Ole, on the home place; Albert, Minneapolis; Oscar St. Paul; Henry, Whitehall and Oline Maria (Mrs. Fitchell), Indiana. There are five grandchildren. Mrs. Sletto was very active and industrious and possessed of a keen intelligence. Her mental faculties were unusually alert, even in her advance age. She was very much interested in the Norwegian radio services from WCAL. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. T.E. Sweger at the Zion Lutheran Church, of which she was the oldest member, Saturday, December 26 at 2 p.m. Mrs. Melvin Madsen sang two solos. Henry M. Hanson, M.M. Skyrud, Erick and Charles Fredrickson, Ed Brekke and Robert Hagen acted as pallbearers. A memory wreath was given to WCAL at St. Olaf College. Interment was in the family lot at Zion cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 31, 1936

Bernt J. Smalberget died at the home of his son-in-law, Ed Quarne in Salve Coulee, April 7, 1911, the anniversary of his 88th birthday. He had been in fairly good health for one of his age up to about three weeks ago, when he began failing quite rapidly but was up and around the house the day before he died. Deceased is survived by two sons, John Benson of Blair and Bernt Johnson of Trump Coulee, and Mrs. Ed. E. Quarne of Salve Coulee, his wife preceding him three years ago. He also leaves 25 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. With his family he emigrated to this country from Vaaler, Solar, Norway in 1866 and stayed a short time with relatives in Viroqua, Vernon County. The following year he came to Preston and settled on the homestead where he had since resided. The funeral services were held at the Synod church here Monday afternoon, Rev. S.S. Urberg officiating. Thus has another of the old settlers gone to his reward. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - APRIL 13, 1911

The Smikrud family and the Ettrick Lutheran congregation were sadden by the passing of Andreas H Smikrud a week ago. Smikrud was a retiring personality whose heart was always full of love for all and desired to be of service wherever needed. He was not widely known in the Blair territory, yet he was a loyal supporter and a generous soul who brought happiness and strength to the local First Lutheran parsonage. His life story follows: Andreas H. Smikrud was born in Biri, Norway September 19, 1857 to the parents, Hans Amundson and his wife Berthe Smikrud (Hans appropriated the Smikrud name in order to avoid confusion with others of the Amundson name). Andreas was baptized as an infant in the Biri church, and in 1872 was confirmed in the same church. In 1869 Andreas’ father came to America and homesteaded the present Selmer Tranberg farm. The family followed in 1872 and made their home on the farm which was to be the home of Andreas until his death. On January 1, 1882 he was united in marriage with Regina Amundson at the Hardies Creek Lutheran church by the late Rev. Lunde. Forty years were spent in happy wedded life until in 1922 the angel of death took his Regina to her eternal reward. From that time he lived with his daughter and son-in-law, Selmer Tranberg, until his death. In 1882 Andreas bought the homestead from his father and in 1911 he in turn, sold the homestead to his son-in-law, Selmer Tranberg. The Smikrud union was blessed with six children, Bendik, Ludwig, Hannah Husemoen, Anna Tranberg and Carl Albert. A son, George, died in 1928, whose widow, Lisa, now resides in Ettrick. Deceased played a great part in the work of the Ettrick Lutheran congregation. Though he never sought leadership, he always was a loyal supporter in thought, work and deed, and was always a steadying conservative influence. He served as secretary and trustee of the congregation and earlier had been a “klokker.” His home was one where Jesus was always welcome. To the very end his attendance at divine services was almost perfect. His last Sunday as a well man found his sitting in his customary lace in south part of the church auditorium. The next day he fell ill, and on Thursday his ailment became serious. He called for his pastor during the night and partook of the Body and Blood of Jesus in the Holy Sacrament. Being spiritually ready, he submitted to a major operation. He was not strong enough to gain health again and on Monday forenoon, November 18, 1935, he fell asleep in Jesus name. Besides his five living children, he leaves 21 grandchildren to mourn his loss Funeral services were held Thursday, November 21 from the old home and the Ettrick church with the Rev Konrad Urberg officiating. His body now rests besides that of his Regina in the Amoth cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - NOVEMBER 28, 1935

Mrs. Andrew Smirud passed away at her home here at Attrick, Wednesday, October 18, after a lingering illness caused by diabetes. The deceased was born in Lillehammer, Norway, February 6 1857, and came to this country in the year of 1880. During the early days of 1882 she was united in marriage to Andrew Smikrud, the ceremony taking place at Hardies Creek and the wedding ceremony being performed by the Rev. Lunde. Four boys and two girls were born to bless this union and all are living. The boys are Ben, Louis, George and Carl all of Ettrick and the girls are Mrs. Selmer Tranberg and Mrs. Theodore Husmoen, both of Ettrick. Mrs. Smikrud was a strong believer of the Lutheran faith and the teachings of her religion were the standards by which she went by. She was a faithful wife and a kind and loving mother and at all times looking after the welfare of her family. She was loved and cherished by all whom she chanced to come in contact with, as she was at all times willing to administer any service within her power to her friends and neighbors when they were doomed by sickness. Funeral services were held here Friday, October 20, when the remains of the grand old lady were laid to rest in the Amoth Hill cemetery. Rev. Urberg gave a very impressive sermon and after the services a large number of relatives and friends followed the remains to its last resting pace. THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - OCTOBER 27, 1922

The death of Nels Smedhaugen at his home near Ettrick came suddenly last Thursday. Mr. Smedhaugen has just recently moved to the newly purchased home after many years of life as a farmer in French Creek. He was taken sick January 4 with pneumonia and the end came quickly. Deceased was born in Sondre Land, Norway, the son of Ole Smedhaugn and Ingeborg Iverson. His mother died when he was about a year and a half old and he came to America and his father and sister in 1861, settling at Coon Valley. The father married Karen Tostenson, who took a real mother’s place to the then motherless children. They then moved to French Creek where they settled on the farm where they spent their lives and the where, Nels lived until his retirement last fall. In 1905 the father died and the mother died about five years ago. Nels Smedhaugen never married. He leaves to mourn his death, five sisters: Mrs. A.J Hogden of French Creek; Mrs. John Brovold of Blair Mrs. A. A.. Lindrud of Long Prairie, Minnesota; Mrs. Peter O. Skow of St. Paul, Minnesota; and Mrs. Andrew Michaelson who with her husband has always made her home with the deceased Funeral services were held at the French Creek church, Tuesday, conducted by Rev. Bestul and interment made in the church cemetery. The pallbearers, all nephews of the deceased were: Albert, Gilbert, Neal and Kernell Hogden, Lawrence Brovold and Harold Hanson. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 8, 1923

Hans T. Soland was born on the 14th of September 1837 near Flekkefjord, Norway. His childhood and early youth were spent on his father’s farm which later became his own, In 1866 he was married to Tori Thompson and the two went to live on the old farm. They remained here for twelve years, but their life was a hard one because of the rock condition of the soil and the small returns for their labor. The farm was therefore sold and they spent the following year in the little seaport city of Flekkefjord. Reports came from America that it was a better country - the land of opportunity for the working man and Mr. Soland emigrated with his family to the United States in 1879. From that time until his death, Blair was his home. About a year after coming here, he moved from the eastern part of the village to the west end. Not long afterward, he purchased the farm on which the house was located and he cleared it gradually of the trees and brush with which most of it was covered. In spite of hard work, he enjoyed good health until about three years ago when the lingering illness which caused his death first appeared. After that his strength steadily decreased until he became utterly helpless. He died on the 4th of August, 1917. Of his seven children four are left to mourn his death with the widow. These were all present at the funeral - Mrs. W.G Wells of Hamilton, Montana; Ida, a trained nurse of Chicago who has cared for her father during the past six months; Johanna, a teacher in the Minot Normal School in North Dakota, and Harold, who stays at home. Mr. Soland is survived by a brother and three sisters in Norway and one sister in Minneapolis. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 9, 1917

John Solberg, 74, of Minneapolis, formerly of Taylor, passed away Tuesday, February 18, 1969 at a Minneapolis Hospital. He was born in Norway on January 17, 1895 and came to this country in 1920. He was a retired painter. He is survived by his wife; three brothers, Ole, Taylor; Sam, state of Oregon; and Torry of Norway, and one sister, Mrs. Austa Hornseth, also of Norway. The funeral services were held in Minneapolis Thursday. Graveside services were held in LaCrosse. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 27, 1969

Mrs. Soland, whose maiden name was Tori Thompson Glenringe was born on a farm in the vicinity of Flekkefjord, southern Norway, on November 17th, 1841. She was the eldest of a family of six, all of whom she survived. Her girlhood was spent among the picturesque rocks and fjord of Glenringe, the “gaard” on which the homestead was located until her marriage at the age of 24. Then she moved with her husband, Hans Soland, to another “gaard” where she lived until 1878, when the farm was sold and the family moved into the city of Flekkefjord. The following year she saw a great change for, attracted by reports of relatives in America, the family decided to join Mrs. Soland’s brothers, Thomas and Hans Thompson in Blair, Wisconsin. During the first two years in Blair, the family lived in rooms above the Thompson furniture store in the former east end of the business town. After this they purchased the present Soland farm, then an uncultivated patch, covered with young trees and bushes. This continued to be the family home until the fall of 1926 when a western movement was through advisable as there was no one left to work the farm. Since 1926 Mrs. Soland lived in Los Angeles, California. She died at the home there on September 3, 1938 after an illness of some weeks. She is survived by four children, Mrs. W.C.Wells of Palm City, California; John of Oakland and Ida and Johanna of Los Angeles. She lacked two months of 97 years of age at her death. Mrs. Soland’s long life falls into three stages, lived in places far removed from and different from one another. But she adjusted herself to changed environment with remarkable readiness of mind. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church at Blair and a faithful and devout attendant at church services. During her sojourn in California she remembered her home church by sending gifts to every Ladies Aid Bazaar. She was very much interested in her home community and kept in close touch through The Blair Press. She was a great reader with a cultivated mind and possessed keen intelligence, even in the years that brought her so close to the century mark. Funeral services were held at Los Angeles on Tuesday and at the Zion church in Blair Friday afternoon, where her former pastor, the Rev. T.E Sweger officiated. Mrs. Francis Herreid and Mrs. Elmer Nelson sang “Den Store Hvide Flok” and “Nearer My God to Thee.” The pallbearers were George Solberg, Peter Overby, Hans Melby, Albert Tenneson, Gilbert Dahl and Ed Elland. There were two memory wreaths, one to radio station WCAL and one to the Wittenberg Home for the Aged. Interment was beside her husband in the family plot in Zion cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 15, 1938

The funeral of Harold Soland was held at the Zion Lutheran church last Wednesday and interment was made in the cemetery there. Harold Theodore Soland was born near Flekkefjord, Norway, January 28, 1877. At the age of two years, he came with his parents, brothers and sisters to Blair. With the exception of a few years spent in Montana and Washington, he made Blair his home. From childhood up he suffered much from ill health and he never has enjoyed normal health and strength. On December 18, 1923 he went to Rochester to seek medical advice as his strength has been failing for many weeks. After going through the Mayo Clinic, he was operated upon for adhesions following an earlier operation for ulcers of the stomach. His vitality was not sufficient for the strain and he passed away the second day after the operation, January 5, 1924. He leaves to mourn his death a mother, Mrs. H.T. Soland of Blair and three sister Mrs. W. C Wells of Hamilton, Montana, Ida of Los Angeles, California and Johanna of Blair. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 17, 1924

The many friends of Mrs. A.E. Smith were greatly shocked early Friday morning to learn of her sudden death at 4:30 that morning. Emma Anderson was born in Norway September 21, 1852, and came to this country with her parents when quite young. They settled near Black River Falls where the deceased grew to womanhood. She was united in marriage at Hixton to Andrew E. Smith who at that time owned a store at Hale. 35 years ago the family moved to Onalaska where they have resided since. She was the mother of seven children, two having died years ago, Frank passed beyond while in infancy and Fred in the year 1903 while still in his teens. Mrs. Smith was an active member of the Methodist church and Ladies Aid society and was always one of the first to offer help and comfort to those in affliction. She was a most kindly and cheerful disposition and was beloved by everyone who knew her. She is survived by the sorrowing husband; three daughters, Mrs. Charles Scott of Minneapolis; Miss Mabel Kelley of this city; Mrs. R.P. Rawson of Minneapolis; two sons, Frank of Minneapolis and Ernest of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; and two sisters, Mrs. J.W. Arctander of Seattle, Washington and Mrs. O. Madson of Amery. Funeral services sere held from the home at two o’clock Sunday afternoon and at 2:30 from the Methodist church, Rev. W.T. Walker officiated and undertakers Sletten & Dahl of LaCrosse were in charge. Interment was made in the Onalaska cemetery. The pallbearers were A.N. Moore, William Moos, T.G. Ailen, W.H. Aldrich, William Kenyon and H.M. Cronk. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - BANNER - SEPTEMBER 14, 1922

Mrs. George W. Smith passed away at her home in Phelps, Wisconsin, Wednesday morning at 8:45 am., January 213, 1924. following a long illness of diabetes and dropsy. Isabelle Bergum had attained the age of 60 years and 8 months. She was born in Biri, Norway, Mary 23, 1863 and immigrated to America with her parents when a child of five years. Her parents homesteaded in South Beaver Creek about five miles east of this village. She was married August 31, 1892 to George W. Smith and spent the greater part of her life in and around Ettrick. Besides her husband, she leaves to mourn her loss, a son Ernest, one grandchild, Ethel, a sister, Mrs. Henry Amoth and a brother, John. Mrs. Smith will long be remembered by her friends, especially those in South Beaver Creek, as a loyal neighbor and true friend. Her kind acts to her many friends when misfortune knocked on their door will long be a long fond remembrance to her many friends. The Smith house was always a center for gatherings and Mrs. Smith played a very important part of making these social gatherings very pleasant. She was of a very unselfish nature, she shared equally the joys and sorrows of her friends. Funeral services were held in the Lutheran church here Monday afternoon. Well chosen subjects were ably delivered by Rev. Bestul of French Crrek and Rev. Phipps of Galesville Interment was made in the South Beaver Creek cemetery, where she was laid to rest in the midst of her many friends. THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - FEBRUARY 1, 1924

Andrew L. Solberg laid to rest, aged 78 years, 2 months and 10 days. At his home in Upper Lakes Coulee on Saturday, February 21, 1913(?), Andrew L. Solberg father of G.L. Solberg, of this village, and one of the pioneers of the county, passed away at the age of 78 years, 2 months and 10 days. The end came suddenly caused of heart failure. The funeral services were held on Thursday following death, the Rev. C.B. Bestul conducting them at the home and at the Fagernes church with interment at thst cemetery. The pallbearers were E.J. Langbak, H.K. Solberg, Arnt Christianson, John Sahli, O.C. Gutsven and O.A. Stenberg. Many friends and neighbors were present. Andrew L. Solberg as born in Ostre, Loten, Norway, December 11, 1835 and in 1859 was united in marriage to Brit J. Hestdalen. In the year of 1867 they came to America and took up a homestead in Upper Lakes Coulee where they have always resided. Eleven children were born to them, five preceding his death. Descedant is survived by a widow, three sons, Olaf A. of Northfield, George L. of Blair, Henry L. who resides on the homestead, three daughters, Mrs. Augusta Larson of Gilmantown, Mrs. Inga Marie Hagen of Northfield, Mrs. Clara B Olson of French Creek valley and two sisters, Mrs. Ole Larson of Whitehall and one in Norway. Andrew L Soblerg came into this section of the state in the days when it was the raw frontier. He was one of the hardy men to whom the present generation owes much for having spent his labor and life in opening up and developing the rich agricultural resources of this fertile section. He claimed a wide and warm friendship throughout the county and all who knew him mourn over the news of his demise. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 6, 1914

Mrs. A. L. Solberg died at her home in Upper Lakes Coulee Sunday morning after being confined to her bed for the last five weeks, suffering from heart trouble and tumor. Mrs. Solberg was one of the old residents of this county and her friends were numbered by her acquaintances. She was always a devout worker in the church and lived a life that will bring to her the promised reward of Him above. Brit J. Hestdahlen was born in Biri Dovre, Norway, October 28, 1833, and died Sunday, December 26, 1915, having attained the age of 82 years, 1 months and 28 days. In the year 1858 she was united in marriage to A.L. Solberg, and in 1867 then came to America, first settling in French Creek where they resided for about a year, moving from there to the old homestead in Upper Lakes Coulee where they both resided until death, Mr. Solberg having passed away on February 21 1914. Their union was blessed with eleven children, six of whom survive. They are: Mrs. L.A. Larson of Gilmanton, Wisconsin; Mrs. O.A. Hagen of Fargo, North Dakota; Mrs. Helik Olson of Blair; O.L. Solberg of Northfield; G.L Solberg of Blair; H.L. Solberg on the old homestead. She also leaves one brother and one sister at Abercrombie, North Dakota. Funeral services were held at the home this morning at 11 o’clock and at the Fagernes church at 1 o’clock, Rev. Bestul officiating. Interment was made in the Fagernes cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 30, 1915

Funeral services for Mrs. Maria Solberg, 86, who died at her home in Eau Claire December 16 were held at the Lenmark funeral home in that city at 10:30 a.m. Monday, the Rev. G.O. Halverson, pastor of Our Saviour’s Lutheran church, of which the deceased was a member, officiating. Mrs. George Briggs of Eau Claire, a great-niece of Mrs. Solberg sang two solos. The remains were then brought to Whitehall where last rites were conducted at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church at 2 pm. by the Rev. O.G. Birkeland. Mmes. S.M. Salverson, Donald Warner, Oscar Lovlien, B. M. Skogstad and the Misses Pearl Brennom and Mabel Larson sang. Pallbearers were Jerome, Neil, George, Gordon, James and Harry Jacobson, all nephews. Interment was in Lincoln cemetery. Mrs. Solberg was born October 8, 1862 in Ulvisaker, Norway, the daughter of Nels Jacobson and wife. At the age of four years together with her parents, three brothers, Hans, Andrew and Nels, and one sister, Karen, now all deceased, she came to America. The family lived at Rushford, Minnesota about a year and then came to Wisconsin where she spent the remainder of her life. On March 31 1880, she was joined in marriage to Peter L. Solberg. No children were born to them but Amelia, a daughter of her brother Hans and wife, made her home with them until she married John Beck. The latter preceded Mrs. Solberg in death by less than three months. During the past 30 years Mrs. Solberg has lived in Eau Claire, where death came at the age of 86 years, two months and eight days. She is survived by several nieces and nephews and a host of friends. So ends the life of a dear aunt and friend. What could be more wonderful than for a weary pilgrim to return to the Heavenly Father for Christmas and be reunited for complete family reunion? THE WHITEHALL TIMES - DECEMBER 23, 1948

H.K. Solberg, son of Mr. and Mrs. K.H. Solberg was born in Euebak, Norway, April 17, 1848. His mother died when he was about 4 years old. He lived with his folks and received his education and in the year of 1869 when he was but 21 years in age, came to America. Landing in New York, he came direct from there to French Creek where he worked on farms for about three years and then was united in marriage to Miss Mattie Thompson in 1872. He purchased a farm which is the present farm home where there was born unto their happy union eight children, Janie, Albert, Helmer, Morris, Minnie, Eddie, Henry and Lydia. Mr. Solberg has lived on the home for the past 43 years. He was a man who had a best of friends, none knew him but to like him, he was ever ready to do a favor for a friend and neighbor, he was a kind and loving husband as well as father. He was a member of Fagerness church and had been for a great many years He leaves to mourn his untimely death, a widow, Mrs. Mattie Solberg and seven children, Mrs. O.T. Gilbert of Minneapolis; Albert H. of Blair; Mrs. C.O. Bosell of Superior; Elmer H. of Hixton; Eddie of Penn, North Dakota; Henry H. of Taylor; and Mrs. M.S. Hill who resides on the old farm. He also leaves 17 grandchildren and one sister in Norway. His remains were laid at rest July 6th in the family lot in the Fagerness cemetery, Rev. Bestul having conducted the funeral services. THE BLAIR PRESS - JULY 14, 1921

Mrs. Hans Solberg, nee Mattie Thomson, born in Enebak, Norway, February 24, 1854. She came to America with her parents at the age of 17 years and they settled in Pickwick, Minnesota. Three years later she was married to Hans Solberg and they established their home in Lakes Coulee where they lived on the remainder of their lives. To this union eight children were born, one son died when a 1/1/2 years old; the other children survive. They are: Jennie, Mrs. Oscar Gilbert of Minneapolis; Albert of Blair; Helen of Taylor; Minnie, Mrs. Charles Bosell of Superior; Eddie of Johnson’s Creek; Henry of Taylor and Lydia, Mrs. Melvin Hill of Arcadia. Mrs. Solberg was baptized and confirmed in the old country and was a member of the Fagernes congregation during her married life. After the time the daughter, Lydia was married to Melvin Hill in 1914, Mr. and Mrs. Solberg continued to live on their farm and were faithfully cared for by their children, The words of her pastor, Rev. Johan Olsen, spoken at the funeral services for Mrs. Solberg are a tribute to her memory. Mrs. Solberg passed away Thursday, December 7, 1939 after a lingering illness. She was 85 years, 9 months and 13 days old at the time of her death. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 1:30 at the home and 2 o’clock in the Fagernes church with her pastor, Rev. Johan Olsen presiding. Both the Norwegian and American languages were used in sermons and the congregation sang “I Know of a Sleep in Jesus Name” in the Norwegian and Mrs. J.E. Rhode sang, “Heartaches, Take Them All to Jesus.” Pallbearers were grandsons and one nephew: Carl, Arthur, Harvey, Duanne and Everett Solberg and Roy Klanrud. Flower bearers were granddaughters: Miss Bernice Solberg and Mrs. Carl Holte. The beautiful flowers and many memorial were evidence of her many friends Blessed be her Memory. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 21, 1939

Sam Solberg, 81, passed away at his home in Hegg at 1:30 a.m. on Friday, September 29, 1944 after an illness of nearly a year’s duration. Funeral services were conducted on Sunday, October 1, from the home and the Beaver Creek church, the Rev. K.M. Urberg officiating in the absence of the pastor. Svend Svendsen Solberg was born in Kvidesied, Upper Telemarken, Norway on August 27, 1863 to Sven S. Solberg and his wife, Anna. He was baptized in the Kviteseid church and also confirmed there by Rev. Moses In 1884 he came to America, coming to the home of his aunt, Mrs. Andi Anderson in Reynolds Coulee. On April 29, 1887 he was united in marriage with Betsy Laraine Hallinger in the Beaver Creek church, the Rev. B. Hovde officiating. This was a double wedding, Peter Augenes and Marthe Nilsen being the other couple The Solbergs lived on the Lars Hallanger farm near Hegg until 1925 when they sold the farm and retired at Hegg. In 1937 they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Solberg are: Selmer Melvin, Selmer and Thea who have preceded him in death, and Ludwig of Solmon Arms. B.C., Canada; Amanda, Mrs. Gilbert Morstad of Scottguard, Sask., Canada; Gilbert of Hegg; James of Galesville; and Alice, Mrs. Stanley Benny of Minneapolis. Mrs. Clara Johnson, Blair, a sister, survives and Mrs. Emma Helgeson a sister, Blair, has passed on. There are 20 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were attended by a large congregation of relatives and friends. Interment was in the church cemetery. Sympathies are extended the bereaved ones. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 5, 1944

Hans Larson Solsrud died at the home of his nephew, Ludwig L. Solsrud, in this village, Friday morning, April 8. Hans Larson Solsrud was born in Hurdalen, Norway, April 24, 1847. He came to America in the spring of 1870 and located at Black River Falls where he lived for a number of years, afterwards moving to Filmore County, Minnesota, remaining there until the winter of 1885, when he came to Whitehall where he has resided since, making his home the most of the time with his brother L.L. Solsrud, the last few years with his nephew, Ludwig L Solsrud. Mr. Solsrud never married. He was one of a family of eleven children, all of whom, except L.L. Solsrud, have preceded him in death. The funeral was held Monday at 2 o’clock, Rev. Hofstad officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - BANNER - APRIL14, 1921

The subject of this notice, Mrs. Lewis Solberg, was born in Ulsaker, Norway, July 21, 1860. She came to this country in 1867, and was married to Lewis Solberg December 24, 1877. They lived in the town of Hale until moving to Whitehall six years ago. She died at LaCrosse November 6th, after several weeks’ treatment following an operation. Beside a husband, Mrs. Solberg is survived by an adopted daughter, Mrs. Alvin Saxrud of Churchs Ferry, North Dakota; a sister, Mr. F.L. Solberg of Whitehall, and two brothers, Andrew and Nels Jacobson of Hale. The funeral was conducted from the synod Lutheran church in Hale Monday and was largely attended. The church was beautifully decoratated. The Rev. O.K. Ramberg conducted the services. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - NOVEMBER 12, 1908

As the bell of the church was calling the faithful to worship in the sister church, the soul of Iver Solberg fled his body last Sunday, March 6, 1949 at 1:30 p.m. at his home in Lakes Coulee where he had lived the last sixty years of his life. Mr. Solberg had been confined to his bed the last several years, having suffered a stroke which caused him to be an invalid. However, his family was, on tender love, able to make him comfortable in his infirmity. Iver O. Solberg, son of Ole Solberg and Karen Butteberg, was born June 20, 1862 in Vaaler, Solar, Norway. He was baptized and confirmed in the Vaaler church. In 1884 he joined the stream of emigrants who sought America, and came to Lakes Coulee. In 1889 he purchased the farm in Lakes Coulee which was to be the family home to this day. In this new home he was united in marriage on April 15, 1897 with Mathea Olson, the Rev. S.S. Urberg reading the marriage service. Mr. Solberg was charter member of the First Lutheran congregation, actively supporting its work to the end of his fife. One son, Ole, died in infancy. Mrs. Solberg and the following children survive: Jennie, Mrs. Ludwig Hedstrom of Hettinger, North Dakota; Bertha of Winona; Ole of Blair; Clara, Mrs. Willis Briggs of Whitehall; Inga, Mrs. John Anderson of Larkin Valley; Minnie of Eau Claire and Melvin at home. A brother, Christian of Oslo, Norway, survives, while two sisters, Anna and Berthea have passed on before him,. Funeral services were conducted from the home in Lakes Coulee and the Blair First Lutheran church on Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. Konrad Urberg officiating. Interment was at Rest Haven. And so another of those brave and strong Solorings who came into these parts to conquer the soil and to develop a very fine community has passed to his reward. Farvel, Iver. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 10, 1949

One of Trempealeau County’s oldest residents, Mrs. Mathea Solberg, 99, died Monday evening June 1, 1870 at the Golden Age Rest Home in Whitehall. She was born on February 22, 1871 in Aasnes, Solar, Norway, and came to America at the age of 19. She was married to Iver Solberg who died in 1949. Mrs. Solberg moved to Blair from Lakes Coulee 19 years ago and had made her home at the Golden Age Home for the past few years. Survivors include two sons, Ole and Melvin, Blair; five daughters, Mrs. Ludwig (Jennie) Hedstrom, Hettinger, North Dakota; Mrs. Willis (Clara) Briggs, Whitehall; Mrs. Ansel (Minnie) Bautch, St. Paul; Mrs. John H. (Inga) Anderson and Miss Bertha Solberg, Blair; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 2:30 pm. At First Lutheran Church , with the Re. K.M. Urberg officiating. Burial will be in the Rest Haven Cemetery. Frederixon-Jack Funeral Home was in charge of arrangement. THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 4, 1970

Peder Solfest was born in Halslo Parish, Sogn, Norway, February 17, 1840. He grew to manhood in that community. In 1866 he immigrated to this country and stayed a short time in Dane County, Wisconsin, where he was united in marriage to Christine Arneson from his native vicinity in Norway. Immediately after their marriage, the moved to Goodhue County, Minnesota where they lived three years, then moved back to Wisconsin and settled in the Town of Chimney Rock. They have lived there since the spring of 1870. Mr. Solfest has for several years been in poor health, but with the aid of his wife, they have preferred to stay on their old home farm. However, he became so weak and helpless that he was moved on Christmas Day to his son’s farm, Sam P. Solfest, where he died December 31, 1928. He is survived by his wife and one son of whom we have spoken. Two of his children, Albert and Anna, have passed on before him. He leaves four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The funeral was held January 4, 1929 at Lookout cemetery, the Rev. M. Flekke officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - January 17, 1929

Christine Arneson was born in Solvorn, Norway, March 3, 1844. In 1866 she immigrated to this country and stayed a short time in Dane County, Wisconsin, where she was united in marriage to Peder Solfest from her native vicinity in Norway. Immediately after their marriage, the moved to Goodhue County, Minnesota where they lived three years. In the spring of 1870, they moved back to Wisconsin and settled in the Town of Chimney Rock. On Christmas Day, 1928, they were moved from their old home farm to their son Sam’s home, where Peder Solfest died December 31, 1928. Mrs. Solfest continued living with her son and wife until the death of her son, Sam, on September 1, 1929. Since that time she has made her home with her grandson, Palmer. She commenced failing early this spring and passed away July 25 of obstructive jaundice. Besides her husband and sons Sam and Albert and daughter, Anna, have passed on before her. She is survived by Mrs. Sam Solfest of Okaabena, Minnesota; her four grandchildren, Clara and Selma of Williston, North Dakota; Leonard and Palmer of Chimney Rock and nine great-grandchildren. She was 90 years and 4 ½ months at the time of her death. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, July 28, at the Palmer Solfest home and at the Lookout church, Rev. Flekke officiating. Peter Bjorenton, Peter Walker and Andrew Walker, Carl Walker and Anton Walker and Lawrence Bjorenton, nephews of the deceased, all from Eau Claire were pallbearers. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - AUGUST 2, 1934

Arthur Ludvig Solsrud did at his home in this village May 91, 1918, aged about 20 years. He was born in Christiania, Norway, April 15, 1898, and came to the United States with his parents September 9, 1906. He had been a cripple since about one year old, when he was stricken with a disease which left him a physical wreck. His mind was normal and he was energetic to acquire an education. He was in the high school at the time he left to attend business college at LaCrosse, and would have graduated 1918. His desire to get to earning money, to relieve those to whom he felt he had been a burden so many years, was so great that he decided to take a business course and would have graduated at the business college in June. So proficient was he in his work that the principal had assured him a lucrative position on completion of the course. His uncle, L.L. Solsrud, was educating him and in fact had been sponsor for the boy since September 1906, when the family came to this country. The government required the usual guarantee on admitting the lad in his physical condition to this country and this Mrs. Solsrud promptly pledged. Arthur came home from LaCrosse at Easter, was taken sick and never returned. The cause of death was kidney and heart trouble. The funeral was held in the United Lutheran church Saturday, Revs. O.J. Orke and pallbearers were former high school classmates, Dewey Bensend, Herbert Holtan, Sidney Dissmore, Joe Sonsalla, Rudolph Larson and Alf Modahl He leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gustave Solsrud, two brothers, Gunder and Leif and three sisters, Anna, Laura and Margaret. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - MAY 15, 1918

Funeral services for Ludwig L. Solsrud, 81, who passed away at his home here about 9 am. Friday, June 7, following a week’s confinement to his bed and several months of failing health, were held at the Rhode chapel and Our Saviour’s Lutheran church Monday afternoon, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. Burial was in Lincoln cemetery beside a daughter, Mary, who died in 1909 at the age of 11 years. The Senior choir of Our Saviour’s sang at the last rites, their selections being “I Know of a Sleep in Jesus Name” and “One Sweetly Solemn Thought”. Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Tomte sang as a duet “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say.” At the chapel service, Mrs. C.B. Melby sang “The Lord’s Prayer” in Norwegian. Pallbearers were R.A. Foetun, S.N.Hegge, S.M. Salverson, Adolph Hanson, WG. Olson and Dr. Anton Vold, and the flowers were carried by Mmes Ben Mahle, Adolph Hanson, Grant Klebig, Louis Hanson and Paul Lovlien and Miss Clara Haralsrud. Mr. Solsrud was born in Christiania, Norway, September 24, 1864. At the age of 19 years he came to America to the home of his uncle Hans Solsrud, who lived at Spring Valley, Minnesota. He remained in that vicinity for about two years, working on the farm and in the meantime learning the English language. In 1885 Mr. Solsrud accompanied his uncle to Whitehall to spend Christmas with the latter’s brother, L.L. Solsrud. L.L. encouraged Ludwig to remain here and attend school. The school house then stood on the present August Nyberg property and among the teachers at that time were Lydia Kremers, Martha Benson and L.S. Keith, afterward county superintendent of schools. Later Ludwig was employed on the section, worked on farms and in the wood. In the summer of 1890 he went to work in the store of his uncle, L.L. Solsrud. He soon developed into a very efficient clerk and in 1895 he became a partner with his uncle. The firm continued under the name of Solsrud and Solsrud until 1901, when the Solsrud Mercantile Company was organized. Their store was then in the north half of the present Farmers Store building. In 1919 the south half of the building was bought from Adams & Taylor, doubling the floor space of their mercantile establishment. In 1925 L.L. Solsrud sold his interest in the store to Ludwig and other stockholders During the years that Mr. Solsrud was engaged in the mercantile business, he was known throughout the county as a business man of unusual ability. In the summer of 1937 the store was sold, closing a business career of 47 years, during which time he labored long hours six days a week and had few vacations, devoting his energies to serving the public and attending to the welfare of his family. On June 9, 1897 Mr. Solsrud was united in marriage to Lena Larson daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Marin Larson of this city. Their entire married life was spent in Whitehall. Five children were born to them: Mary, who died in 1909; Louise, Mrs. Hughitt Johnson, Whitehall; Alice, Mrs. Guy Pederson, Kenosha; John, Milwaukee; and Dorothy, Mrs. Paul Steen, Blountsville, Indiana. He also leaves nine grandchildren besides his wife, one brother, Gustav Solsrud of Whitehall and a sister, Anna, living in Norway. Throughout his long residence in this community Mr. Solsrud was a faithful member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran church and for many years, he was a member of the choir. He took an active part in Masonic work and was prominent in the affairs of the community, Following his retirement, Mr. Solsrud devoted much of his time during the summer months to his garden and the cultivation of flowers, a hobby which he thoroughly enjoyed during his declining years. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JUNE 13, 1946

L.L. Solsrud was born in Hurdalen (near Eidsvold) Norway, October 26, 1944, came to the United States in 1866. He lived in Coon Prairie, Wisconsin the first summer, then moved to Black River Falls where he was engaged in logging and limbering for eleven years. In 1877 he engaged in the mercantile business at Northfield, Jackson County, in partnership with his brother-in-law, Olaus Gullord, under the firm name of L.L.Solsrud & Co. He moved to Sechlerville in 1879 and in 1881, he disposed of his interest at that place and moved to Whitehall where he engaged in the mercantile business with J.A. Morterud under the firm name of Solsrud and Morterud. In November 1885, he bought Mr. Morterud’s interest in the business and conducted the business alone until January 28, 1886, when he sold a half interest to Mr. Ekern of Pigeon Falls. The partnership of Solsrud & Ekern continued until January 1, 1890 when Mr. Solsrud sold his interest to Mr. Ekern. About July 1, 1890 he again entered the mercantile business in partnership with his brother Hans Solsrud, under the firm name of L.L. Solsrud & Brother. On January 19, 1891 his brother sold out to W.S. Kidder. The business was then conducted under the firm name of Solsrud & Kidder until January 1, 1895, when it was changed to Solsrud, Kidder & Co. On January 14, 1901, L.L. Solsrud and Ludwig Solsrud bought out W.S. Kidder’s interest in the Solsrud Mercantile Co. The business was conducted by L.L. and Ludwig under the firm name of Solsrud and Solsrud until December 12, 1904 when it was incorporated in the Solsrud Mercantile Company, Ludwig and Olga Solsrud being the incorporators. The corporation dissolved November 8, 1912 and a co-partnership formed with the following members: L.L Solsrud, Ludwig L. Solsrud, Emma Lundstad, Olga Larson and Sebert Severson On December 31, 1912, Emma Lundstad and Ola Larson retired from the partnership. The remaining three members of the firm continuing the partnership until April 1, 1919, when Adolph B. Hanson and William Olson became members of the firm. During the last years of life, L.L. Solsrud was not active in the business of the concern, but retained his interest until January 1, 1926 when he disposed of it to other members of the firm. L.L. Solsrud was married to Miss Caroline S. Gullord at Black River Falls, August 1876. Mrs. Solsrud died at Whitehall January 4, 1887, an infant son, Sophus, following her death the next day. Mr. Solsrud remained a widower until September 10, 1915, when he was married to Miss Pauline Snarvold. With the exception of a few months that he lived in Minneapolis following his second marriage, Whitehall has been his home since 1881. He was the last of a family of eleven children and was at the time of his death, 81 years, 10 months and one day. He leaves besides his widow; four children by his first marriage: Mrs. J.E. Low of Watertown, South Dakota; Mrs. O.N. Lundstad of Oshkosh; Mrs. A.W. McMahon of Madison and Hilman Solsrud of Oakes, North Dakota and nine grandchildren. The foregoing data, furnished by members of the Solsrud family and compiled by Ludwig Solsrud, I want to add some observations based upon an aquaintanceship continuous during nearly fifty years. And it gives me great pleasure to record that during those many years, the departed never by act or word gave me occasion for lessening an ever growing faith in his integrity and an abiding esteem for his general character. And as I sit here communing with a past, filled with pleasant memories of a thousand and one transactions and associations with him, I wish to recall my impression of him as he was in the prime of his manhood, when buoyant in mind and body with the strength of a strong man, he echoes every joyous note of a busy and strenuous life. There is a tree in our northern forest, commonly known as “swamp oak.” It is noted for strength, toughness, suppleness and resiliency. When I think of his physical condition up to a short time before his passing - straight, strong and active - I find a comparison of his bodily characteristics to this tree quite appropriate. And until the deepening shadows of age depressed him, his mind also had a buoyancy and gladsomeness evidenced constantly by unaffected kindness and sunny geniality. He loved fun but never descended to coarseness nor boisterousness. He was an ardent lover of music and gifted with a voice of a flutelike quality, very rare among men. On the day he passed away, I visited one of his comrades. He sparkled with pleasure as he told of how Solsrud, after the days work was done, gladdened the shanty-boys and river-men by singing to them song after song while they sat smoking their pipes around campfires. Among his comrades he was always popular not only because he could entertain them with songs, in a voice soft and sweet as their far-away mothers and sisters, but because he was always willing to do me than his share of the work in their daily routine. When he entered the mercantile business this trait was part of his character and cost him thousands of dollars, for it was so hard for him to say “no” to requests for credit. For this weakness he made up to great extent by untiring diligence and persistent attention to his business. The older residents of our village will remember how year after year - rain or shine - he was at his store at six o’clock or earlier, to wait on people who had neglected to provide for their immediate wants the day before. His life, like the lives of most of us, was a mixture of reverses and victories, losses and compensations. His first wife, sweet tempered and radiant with the joys of life and motherhood, was taken from him early, leaving him with four little ones who needed the skill and gentleness of a woman’s hand, supplemented by a firm conviction of moral duty. Providentially, it sees, this need was met by the lady who later on became his wife. In her he found a woman of more than average executive ability as a housekeeper and caretaker for his children. His constant attention to business left him but little time to give his children. But it was a matter for common remark that few, if any children, had a better bringing up than the Solsrud children. And when they severally went out into the world from their childhood home, everyone of them in manners and general behavior lacked nothing that the best of homes could give except possibly that intangible influence which flows from a mother’s heart and for which nature has not substitute. And it is a pleasant anticipation that now when this woman, who gave her best years and most earnest efforts to fit these little ones for the journey of life, he left alone in the oncoming shadows of age will find the appreciation which is her justice, that she may feel that her toil and ministry was not in vain. People who live to four score years and beyond, rarely leave any appreciable vacancy, except in the hearts of their nearest relatives and very old friends. They are not missed like those who are cut off in their prime. They have done their “bit, stepped aside weary and worn out, and it is so easy for the succeeding generation to forget that they are reaping the fruits of the labors of those who have stepped aside. Few men in our community, equipped with so little money and education, have equaled the success of our departed friend. He left not only a substantial tangible inheritance for his children, but also an imperishable inheritance of character and good repute to brighten their way of life. The remark of one of his old time friends from Jackson County, “He was one of the best men I ever knew” will find an echo in many an old-timers heart. Written by H.A. Anderson. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - SEPTEMBER 1926

Undertaker J.E. Rhode and wife went to Minneapolis Tuesday for the remains of Mrs. L.L. Solsrud, 85, who died at Frankfort hospital in that city Sunday evening. She had been in failing health since late May, when she fell and broke her hip. Funeral services will be held at the Rhode chapel on Friday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Lincoln cemetery. Mrs. Solsrud, as Pauline Snarvold, was born in Vaaler, Solar, Norway, January 16, 1859. In 1885 she came to Whitehall where her sister, who preceded her to this country, was employed. She also spent some time with relatives at Gilmanton after her arrival in this country and then went to the home of the late L.L. Solsrud, pioneer merchant of Whitehall, where she worked for many years. Mr. Solsrud’s wife passed away and on September 10, 1915, he married Miss Snarvold, the ceremony taking place in Minneapolis. They resided in that city a few moths and then returned to Whitehall, purchasing a home here. Eighteen years ago to the day preceding his wife’s death, Mr. Solsrud died in Whitehall. She remained here about a year, spent some time with her step-daughter in Oshkosh, and then went to Minneapolis to reside with her sister, Mrs. George Wagner, also a widow. There she remained until her last illness. Surviving besides the sister are two step-daughters, Mrs Olof Lundstad of Oshkosh and Mrs. A.W. McMahon of Brooklyn, New York and one stepson, Hilman Solsrud of Placerville, California. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - AUGUST 31, 1944

The funeral services of Mrs. Anna Catharina Solomonson were held Sunday, February 13 with a brief prayer serve at her late home in the Village of North Bend at 2 o’clock p.m. and services in the Presbyterian church at 2:30, Rev. Hackenberg, pastor of the church, officiating. There was a very large attendance of sorrowing relatives, old neighbors and friends. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. Interment was made in North Bend cemetery beside her husband who preceded her in death on April 2, 1903. Those acting as pallbearers were Messrs. H. Brinker, James Bibby, John Somerville, Julius Ristow, Andrew Klumby and W.H. McAdam. Anna Cathrina Nelson was a native of Denmark, born November 17, 1852. At the age of 18 years she came to the United State, joining her parents in Chicago, Illinois, who had preceded her. This was in the year 1870 and her marriage to Peter Solomonson occurred the same fall, November 18, 1870. The family continued to reside in Chicago until their removal to North Bend, Wisconsin in 1877. The Solomonson homestead in the Town of North Bend was purchased in 1881 and the old farm home continued her residence until about one year ago when the farm was rented and Mrs. Solomonson, her son and daughter moved to North Bend village. The union was blessed with thirteen children, to dying in infancy. The children surviving the mother are: Mrs. Charles Wortman, Franklin; Solomon Solomonson, Will Solomonson, Bass Lake; Mrs. A. Sealitz, Kingdale, Minnesota; Chris Solomonson, Ettrick; Mrs. Willard Rugg, Cataract; Mrs. Duke Hagadone, Culbertson, Montana; Mrs. Peter Johnson, North Bend; Mrs. Adolph Erickson, Kirhoven, Minnesota; Peter Solomonson and Mrs. William Bramer of North Bend. There are 34 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The above children and a host of relatives, friends and old neighbors are left to mourn the loss of a kind, loving mother and friend. The late Mrs. Solomonson early in life became affiliated with the Lutheran church and was baptized and confirmed according to the teachings of that church. Mrs. Solomonson had enjoyed fairly good health for a woman of her advanced years, and but for a fall sustained on February 3rd, when she fell while coming down stairs and bruising her head severely, had the promise of many more years of life. The direct cause of her death is due to this injury, and after great suffering death came as a relief on Wednesday, February 9. Her age was 68 years, two months and 23 days. With the exception of Mrs. Duke Hagadone of Montana and Mrs. A. Sealitz, of Minnesota, all the children were in attendance for the funeral service. THE ETTRICK ADVANCE - FEBRUARY 18, 1921

Funeral services for Andrew E. Solum of Price who died in Superior October 25, were held in his home village, Thursday last, and were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Larson and son, Clinton, and Olaus Nyseth of this place. A daughter of the deceased, Esther, is the wife of Oscar Castad, brother of Mrs. Larson. Besides Mrs. Castad, Mr. Solum is survived by one son, Erling Solum of Osseo, and another daughter, Christine, Mrs. James Call of Osseo. A son, Anton, died at the age of 17 and Mrs. Solum passed away seven years ago. Three grandchildren also survive the deceased. Mr. Solum was born in Sigdal, Norway, April 23, 1875, son of Erik Kristopherson Solum and Aase Andersdatter Aasgaard. On August 9, 1892, Andrew arrived in Spring Green, Wisconsin, at the home of his aunt, where stayed until the following spring and went to the home of C.O. Blekeberg in Decorah, Iowa, remaining there two years. In the winter of 1894 he returned to Norway to see his mother but she died before his arrival on March 11. His aged father, however, survives his son and is still in the old country. Returning to Decorah in the spring, he began to work on a farm belonging to C. Barfoot and remained with him until1898, when he took a trip to Alaska. Coming back in the fall, he was employed on another farm until 19000 when he again made a brief trip to Cape Nome, Alaska. On December 21,1904 he and Miss Augusta Swenson of Lier, Norway were married by the Rev. A.P. Lea at Chippewa Falls. Of the four children born to them, three survive their father, as named above. Following their marriage the Solums went to Scanlon, Minnesota, and a year later to Cloquet, that state, where they remained until1909 and then came to Cleveland, Jackson County, Wisconsin. Following the death of Mrs. Solum there, he made his home with his two daughters until January 1937 when his health failed. A patient first in a hospital at Mendota, he was moved to Superior in April where he died peacefully in the faith of his God. Beside his children and father, Mr. Solum is survived by a sister, Christine, residing in Sigdal, Norway, and a host of other relatives. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - NOVEMBER 4, 1937

Funeral services were held here Thursday for Ebert J. Sorobo, 62, who died of a heart ailment at West Salem April 16, 1940. He was born in Norway in 1878, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Sorobo. For many years he was engaged in farming five miles south of Taylor with his brothers. He moved from here to LaCrosse in 1929. Since November 1939, he was confined to a hospital there. He is survived by a sister, Martha, of Minneapolis and a brother, Severt, of LaCrosse. Both were too ill to attend his funeral. Services were conducted at the F.T Gibson funeral home and the Taylor Lutheran church. The Rev. AJ. Bringle conducted the services. Mrs. T.B. Schansberg and Mrs. I. Schultz sang a duet while Mrs. H. M. Huseboe was the musician. The pallbearers were old neighors: Peer and Benny Hjermstaed, Ingvad and Magnus Hegg, John and Simon Simonson No relatives were in attendance. Mr. Sorobo left $100 at the Taylor Lutheran church. Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 4, 1940

Jacob J. Sorbo, a brief mention of whose death and interment was made in last week’s issue of the Herald, passed away at the LaCrosse County Hospital at West Salem, November 30, 1928, at the age of 71 years, 8 months and 22 days. Mr. Sorbo had been in poor heath for about two years following an accident in which he sustained a broken hip. He was confined to a long time to his bed and this confinement seemed to undermine his usually robust health. A year ago he suffered a stroke of paralysis and on November 3rd of this year, he suffered a second stroke which caused his death. The funeral services were held from the Trempealeau Valley Lutheran church in Taylor, Tuesday, December 4, Rev. O.O. Lavaas officiating. Old friends acted as pallbearers, namely: B.L. Van Gorden, C.G. Monsos, Sam Olson, Arthur Stevens, Martin Kjorstad and C.J. Fjestad. Interment was made at the Hjerleid cemetery. Jacob J. Sorbo was born at Valestrand, Norway and came to America with his parents, John J. and Brynhilde Sorbo in 1876. They settled on a farm in the Town of Springfield. He was united in marriage to Christine Johnson at Minneapolis on July 28, 1887. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Mabel Garretson, of Los Angeles, California; two sisters, Mrs. Carrie Anderson and Mrs. Martha Tolson of St. Paul; and three brothers, John J. at Minneapolis; and Sever and Ebert of the Town of Springfield. Mr. Sorbo was a great reader and during his lifetime has acquired an extensive library of his own. He was an architect and carpenter by trade, and had planned and built a large number of homes in Taylor and surrounding community. In late years he was in partnership with Sam Olson and besides doing carpenter work they also maintained a factory for the manufacture of cement blocks until recently when they suspended operation. Mr. Sorbo drew up the plans and specifications for the Taylor Graded schools, and this plan was copied by several other schools in the state as model building. He was also on the building committee for the new high school building in Taylor, and offered much valuable information. In the passing of Mr. Sorbo Taylor has lost a valuable citizen. He was a kindly gentleman, and at all times had the best interests of Taylor and the community at heart. He was highly respected and trusted by neighbors and friends, especially by those who came to know him best through daily associations. THE TAYLOR HERALD - DECEMBER 14, 1928

Jacob J. Sorbo passed away at the LaCrosse County Hospital at West Salem, November 30th, 1928, at the age of 71 years, 8 months and 22 days. Mr. Sorbo had been in poor health for about two years, following an accident in which he sustained a broken hip. He was confined for a long time to his bed, and this confinement seemed to undermine his usually robust health. A year ago, he suffered a stroke of paralysis, and on November 3rd of this year, he suffered a second stroke, which caused his death. The funeral services were held from the Trempealeau Valley Lutheran church in Taylor, Tuesday, December 4th, Rev. O.O. Lovaas officiating. Old friends acted as pallbearers, namely: B.L. Van Gorden, G.C. Monson, Sam Olson, Arthur Stevens, Martin Kjorstad and C.J. Fjelstad. Interment was made at the Hjerleid cemetery. Jacob J. Sorbo was born at Valestrand, Norway, and came to America with his parents, John J. and Brynilde Sorbo in 1876. They settled on a farm in the Town of Springfield. He was united in marriage to Christine Johnson at Minneapolis on July 28, 1887. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Mabel Garretson of Los Angeles, California; two sisters, Mrs. Carrie Anderson and Mrs. Martha Tolson of St. Paul; and three brothers, John J. at Minneapolis; and Sever and Ebert of the Town of Springfield. Mr. Sorbo was a great reader and during his lifetime has acquired an extensive library of his own. He was an architect and carpenter by trade, and had planned and built a large number of homes in Taylor and the surrounding community. In late years he was in partnership with Sam Olson, and besides doing carpenter work they also maintained a factory for the manufacture of cement blocks until recently when they suspended operation. Mr. Sorbo drew up the plans and specifications for the Taylor Graded schools, and this plan was copied by several other schools in the state as model building. He was also on the building committee for the new high school in Taylor, and offered much valuable information. In the passing of Mr. Sorbo, Taylor has lost a valuable citizen. He was a kindly gentleman, and at all times had the best interests of Taylor and the community at heart. He was highly respected and trusted by neighbors and friends, especially by those who came to know him best through daily association. THE TAYLOR HERALD - DECEMBER 14, 1928

Ludwig L. Solsrud, part owner of the Solsrud Mercantile Co. and president of the People’s State Bank, both of Whitehall, was born in Christiania, Norway, September 24, 1864, son of John and Anna O. (Halvorsen) Solsrud, the former of whom died in 1900 and the latter in 1872. The subject of this sketch was reared and educated in the old country. He came to America in 1883, locating in Spring Valley, Minnesota, June 9, of that year. A little over two years later, in December 1885, he came to Whitehall. For a time he was variously employed. In August 1900, he entered the store of his uncle, L.L. Solsrud. By attention to business and intelligent effort, he gradually mastered the business, and in 1895 became a partner, the firm at that time taking the name of Solsrud, Kidder & Co. In 1899 Mr. Kidder retired, and the firm became Solsrud & Solsrud, a name which was retained until the present name and organization was adopted in 1901. The building, which is of solid brick, two stories, with basement, is one of the sightly business houses of the village. It was erected in 1895. The firm carries a good stock, and does a large business, its reputation for fair prices, honest dealing and high quality having been deservedly gained through its many years of existence. When the People’s State Bank was organized, Mr. Solsrud as one of the leading businessmen of the city was selected as its president, and in that capacity he has since continued to serve. A thorough believer in the brotherhood of man, Mr. Solsrud has allied himself with several fraternities. In the Masonic order he is a member of the Blue Lodge, Chapter, Commandery, Consistory and Shrine. In the I.O.O.F. he has passed through all the chairs of the lodge and is a popular member of the Rebekah degree. In the Independent Order of Foresters he is also a valued member. His public work has included efficient work on the village council for eight years. His religious affiliation is with the United Norwegian Lutheran church, in which he has been the treasurer since 1914. Mr. Solsrud was married June 9, 1897 to Lena Larson, who was born in Hale Township, January 21, 1875, daughter of Martin and Marie (Bjorke) Larson, the pioneers, the former of whom makes his home with Mr. and Mrs. Solsrud and the latter of whom died in 1902. Mr. and Mrs. Solsrud have had five children: Mary (who died in 1909 at the age of 11 years), Louise, Alice, John and Dorothy. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Eugene A. Sorenson, dealer in leaf tobacco and investor of the Victor Piston Ring, is one of the genial, energetic young men of Whitehall, and his work in developing the tobacco industry has been an important feature in the modern agricultural progress of Trempealeau County. He was born in Dane County, Wisconsin, March 16, 1876, second of the six children of John and Ellen (Otteson) Sorenson, was reared on the home farm, and left school at the age of 13 years. Starting out for himself at the age of 22, he worked a little over a year for the Utica Creamery Co., Utica, Wisconsin for four years; for the Wheeler Prairie Creamery at Stoughton, Wisconsin; and a little over two years for Jokum Johnson, general store keeper at Utica, Wisconsin. It was in 1905 he came to Whitehall and for five years was one of the firm of R. Holtan & Co., dealers in and packers of leaf tobacco. In 1910 he engaged in business for himself as buyer and packer, and two years later purchased the warehouse of the Home Tobacco Co. at Whitehall. In November 1916, the business was incorporated under the name of the Mabett Leaf Tobacco Co., with a capital of $30,000 and with W.F. Mabbett as president, E.A. Sorenson as vice-president and C.W. Birenmeyer as secretary and treasurer. The company has large warehouses at Whitehall and at Edgerton. Mr. Sorenson is in full charge of the large Whitehall warehouse. This establishment is fully equipped for the best work, employs from 30 to 40 people during the busy season, and has a yearly output of from 200,000 to 500,000 pounds. In addition to his position of honor in the tobacco world, Mr. Sorenson is widely known as the inventor of the Victor Piston Rings, for automobiles, aeroplanes, motorcycles, steam engines, marine motors, compressors, gas engines and pumps. The rings are manufactured by the A.E. White Machine Works of Eau Claire. Mr. Sorenson was married February 15, 1900 to Emma Johnson, daughter of Jokum ad Aasil (Smithback) Johnson, born June 4, 1879. Mr. and Mrs. Sorenson have two children, Adeline, born February 20, 1904 and Eldora, born August 18, 1808. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

George L. Solberg, one of the leading businessmen of the village of Blair, where he is proprietor of two stores, was born in Toten, Norway, March 6, 1866. His father was Andrew L. Solberg and his mother in maidenhood Brit J. Hestdahlen. They came to the United States in 1867, Andrew L. Solberg homesteading land in Preston Township in the following year, and there he resided until his death in 1914 at the age of 79 years. His wife died December 26, 1915 at the age of 82. They were members of the Synod Norwegian Lutheran Church. George L. Solberg was an infant about one year old when he accompanied his parents to this country. He attended the local schools and resided with his parents until he was 22 years of age. In 1888 he began industrial life as clerk in the store of the Blair Trading Association and was thus occupied for seven years. Then in company with O.F. Immel he opened a general store in Blair under the firm name of Immel & Solberg and they conducted the business together from 1895 to 1897, in latter year Mr. Solberg buying out his partner, since which time it has been conducted under the name of G. L. Solberg. In 1911 Mr. Soblerg opened another store in Blair, where he handles clothing and men's furnishings. Both his stores are doing a good business and his trade is gradually growing He is also vice-president of the Home Bank of Blair, and is a member of the society of Sons of Norway. Mr. Solberg was married October 17, 1895 to Minnie Johnson, who was born in Arcadia Township, April 4, 1873, daughter of Edward and Marie Johnson. Her parents came to America from Norway about 1870, settling in Arcadia Township, this county, where Mr. Johnson engaged in farming. Mr. and Mrs. Solberg have no children. Some of his brothers and sisters, however, are living, the complete list of his parents' family being as follows: Augusta, wife of L.A. Larson, a farmer of Buffalo County; Inge Maria, now Mrs. Otto A. Hogen of Fargo, North Dakota; Laura, who died unmarried at the age of 23 years; George L.; Olaf, a farmer in Jackson County; Henry, a farmer on the old homestead in Preston Township; Albert, who was a jeweler in Blair, who died in 1908 at the age of 33 years; Oscar and Adolph, twins, both of whom died at the age of 11 months; Aletta Ovedia, who died at the age of four years and eight months,; and Clara, who is the wife of Hellik Olson, a farmer of Preston Township. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

David M. Sorenson, a well-known resident of Ettrick Village, who is connected with the government mail service, was born near Jutland, Denmark, June 19, 1863, son of Christian C. and Gettie Sorenson, who were natives of the same locality. When he was less than a year old, his mother died and his father thereupon emigrated to the United States with his family, consisting of six children, of whom David M. was the youngest. Settling in Davenport, Iowa, Christian C. Sorenson there found work at his trade, which was that of a wheelwright. He remained in that city about 18 months and then removed to LaCrosse, Wisconsin where he took up carpenter work, which occupation he followed until his retirement many years later. His death took place in LaCrosse in 1912. When a young man he had served in the regular army of Denmark in the War of 1848. David M. Sorenson when a boy attended school in LaCrosse, and at the age of 16 years began working as a farm hand in LaCrosse County. When 19 he took up the blacksmith's trade with E.R. Savage, with whom he continued for three years, going from his employ to that of Sullivan & Buchanan of LaCrosse. Later he worked two years for McDonnell Bros. & Burchard of the same city. At the end of that time he came to Ettrick, where he started a general blacksmith and horseshoeing shop which he conducted 18 years. It was at the end of this latter period that he took the mail route, and since then he has remained in government employ as carrier, being not otherwise occupied. In 1912 he built his present residence in Ettrick, one of the best in the village, to which is attached three acres and a half of land. Interested in the growth and development of the community in which he lives, he aids in supporting local or other enterprises calculated to benefit the town or county, and is a stockholder in the Ettrick & Northern Railroad Company. Mr. Sorenson gave up bachelor life October 10, 1886, when he was united in marriage with Lena Nelson Brenengen. Mr. and Mrs. Sorenson are the parents of four sons: Arthur Guy, Norman C., Joel L., and Oscar M., all residing at home. Mr. Sorenson is a member of the Masonic order, belonging to the Blue Lodge at Galesville, and also to the Beavers, being worthy councilor of his lodge. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Ben M. Sletteland, the leading citizen of Pigeon Falls, village postmaster, and manager, secretary and treasurer of the P. Ekern Company, is well known throughout the county. He has been member and at one time treasurer of the Republican County Committee, and a member of the Republican District Congressional Committee; since 1892 he has been treasurer of the Norwegian Lutheran church; in 1917 he was elected one of the trustees of Gale College; and in addition to this he has served on many delegations and committees, both civic and religious His business holdings include stock in the John O. Melby & Co. bank at Whitehall, in which he is a director, and in the Western Wisconsin Telephone Company. Mr. Sletteland was born in Dale Parish, Sondfjord, Norway, August 19, 1864, son of Ananias and Bergitte (Risting) Sletteland, the former of whom spent many years of his life as a teacher in the state school schools of Norway. Ben M. Sletteland received a good education at home and at school, and came to America in 1884, since which time he has lived continuously in Pigeon Falls. For a time he clerked for Peter Ekern. When the P. Ekern Company was incorporated in 1898 he assumed the duties of his present position. A year later he was appointed to his present office of postmaster. Mr. Sletteland was married October 31, 1887 to Minnie Ekern, born in La Crosse County, February 29, 1868, daughter of Peter and Olive (Hovde) Ekern. Mr. and Mrs. Sletteland have three children: Perrey Arthur, Ernest A. and Oscar B. Perrey Arthur is a graduate of the Scandinavia Academy at Scandia, St. Olaf College at Northfield, Minnesota (B.A.) and the University of Wisconsin (LL.B). He is now practicing law at La Crosse with Otto Schlabach, under the firm name of Schlabach & Sletteland. Ernest A. has attended St. Olaf College at Northfield, Minnesota and Macalester College at St. Paul, Minnesota, and is assisting his father. Oscar B. has had two years at Malcalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, and is soon to graduate from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. SOURCE – HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY – 1917


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