Wisconsin Scandinavian Obituaries Thompson

Wisconsin Scandinavian
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Thompson Albert
Thompson Anne Mrs.
Thompson Arne (1)
Thompson Arne (2)
Thompson Belle Mrs.
Thompson Christinana Mrs.
Thompson Engel Mrs.
Thompson Enoch
Thompson George Mrs.
Thompson Hannah Mrs.
Thompson Hans O.
Thompson Hans T.
Thompson Hans Mrs.
Thompson Henry Haldor
Thompson Ingeborg Mrs.
Thompson Iver M.
Thompson John
Thompson John 2
Thompson Lena Mrs.
Thompson Lewis
Thompson Ludvig
Thompson Martha Mrs.
Thompson Martin
Thompson Milton O.
Thompson Olaus and Carl
Thompson Ole
Thompson Ole O.
Thompson Ole O. (2)
Thompson Oluf
Thompson Paul
Thompson Paul Mrs.
Thompson Peter
Thompson Peter Mrs.
Thompson Randine Mrs.
Thompson Reier Mrs.
Thompson Sever
Thompson Sever Mrs.
Thompson Soren
Thompson Theresa
Thompson Thomas
Thompson Thomas (2)
Thompson Thomas Mrs.
Thompson Thorval
Thompson Tole
Thompson Tom
Thompson Torbor Mrs.
Thompson Torvil
Thompson Torvil Mrs.
Thompson Tosten
Thompson T.U.
Thompson Ulrich

Albert Thompson was born in Nordre Froem, Gulbrandsdalen Norway on February 2, 1856. He came with his parents, Thor and Ronaug Simonson to America at the age of ten years. They came directly and he lived the rest of his life in this community. He passed away suddenly Wednesday evening of a heart attack, December 21 1938, at the age of 80 years, 10 months and 19 days. He was married June 2, 1887 to Inger Helena Storley, who passed away August 19, 1902. To this union three children were born. He was married again on November 9. 1909 to Rhoda Finney who survives him. Besides his wife, he leaves one daughter, Mrs. Olaf Overby of Taylor and two sons, Elmer of Black River Falls and Russel of Taylor. He also leaves two brothers, Randolph Simons of Waukesha and Theodore Simons of LaCrosse, eight grandchildren and several cousins nieces and nephews mourn his departure. His parents and five sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services were held on December 26 1938, one o’clock at the home and 1:30 at the Presbyterian church at Taylor. Rev. Bredeson spoke in the Norwegian language and Rev. Bringle in the English. Mrs. Tilford Schansberg and Mrs. Andrew Skutley, accompanied by Miss Agnes Anderson, sang two hymns, “Jesus Lover of My Soul” and “The Old Rugged Cross”. A Norwegian hymn, “Hvo ved hvor ner mig er min ende?” was sung by the audience. Two cousins, John and Jake Hoem and four of his friends, Hans Amundson, Milan Smith, Julius Jacobson and Knute Fenney were the pallbearers. Four granddaughters, Mrs. Lawrence Radke, Mrs. Lyle Jacobs, Arlene Thompson and Norma Overby carried the many beautiful flowers. Interment was made in the Woodlawn cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 12, 1939

Funeral services for Christiana Thompson, 85, were held Monday afternoon from the home and at the United Lutheran church with the Rev. C.K. Malmin in charge, assisted by the Rec. A.J. Oerke, who delivered a Norwegian sermonette. Mrs. E.A. Sletteland sang “Den Store Hvide Flok,” and a ladies quartette, comprised of Mmes Nora Johnson, M.C. Sletteland and John Skadahl and Miss Clara Eid, sang, “I Know of a Sleep in Jesus’ Name.” Pallbearers, selected by the deceased before her death, were John F. Johnson, Jens J. Staff, John and Alfred Klomsten, Mads C. Sletteland and Soren Thompson. In addition to the floral tributes, memorial wreaths totaling $63 were given in her honor to various benevolent organizations. Burial was in the church cemetery. Christiana Jensen was born in Sondfjord, Norway, April 1, 1853, and came to America in the spring of 1876. On October 4 of the same year she was married to Soren Thompson Berge who died in January 1905. Peder Ekern, Justice of the Peace, performed the marriage ceremony. Since coming to America she has resided in the Pigeon Falls vicinity. She died at the Lutheran hospital in Eau Claire Thursday afternoon, following an illness of several months. She is survived by seven children, namely, Theodore Johan of Osseo; Jens at home; Sophia and Anna both of Eau Claire; Ludwig of the Town of Pigeon and Chester and Clara at home. She is also survived by five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 5, 1939

Funeral services for Arne Thompson, Whitehall citizen for many years, who passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Elba McDonah at Trempealeau early Sunday morning August 21, were held at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church in this village Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Thompson’s death was caused by stomach trouble and complications. The funeral sermon was delivered by Mr. Roholt, supply minister of Our Saviour’s congregation. Special music was offered by Mrs. Carl Jahr, who rendered a vocal solo. Pallbearers were Theodore Erickson, Carl Johnson, August Ringstad, George Reitzel, Alfred Thompson and Halvor Arneson and three grandsons, sons of Morten Thompson of Hale, carried the flowers. Burial was made in Lincoln cemetery. Arne Thompson was born in Solar, Norway, September 1, 1862, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Thompson, who came to this country when Arne was seven years old. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He lived in Lakes Coulee until his marriage to Mathilda Lebakken of Galesville, which took place in the year of 1889. Five children were born to them, four of whom are now living; namely, Arthur of Galesville; Mrs. Elba McDonah of Trempealeau; Morton of Pleasantville; and Mrs. Edwin Iverson of Whitehall. A baby, Thomas, died at infancy. In 1900 Mrs. Mathilda Thompson passed away leaving her husband and children. In three years Arne Thompson was joined in marriage to Emma Everson of Welch Coulee. Five children were born to them, four of whom are now living. One died in infancy. The living children are Mrs. Jim Bennett of Winona, Minnesota; Albert of Houston, Minnesota; Mrs. Vilas McWain of Galesville and Arnold, who makes his home with Mrs. Elba McDonah. For many years Arne was in business here at Whitehall, belonging to a firm known as the Dahl and Thompson Plumbing and Well Drilling Co. In his younger days he was employed by Mr. Quinn of Galesville, where he learned his trade. He leaves to mourn in death his eight children, two sisters, Mrs. J.B. Irvine and his half-sister, Selma Bergerson, both of St. Paul, Minnesota; and also five grandchildren. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - AUGUST 25, 1932

Funeral services for Arne Thompson, who died at his home in Trump Coulee Tuesday, March 28, 1950, were held Wednesday afternoon at the Taylor Lutheran church with Rev. B.J. Haltlem, pastor of the church officiating. The burial was in the Trump Coulee cemetery. Mr. Thompson had been in failing health for several years. On February 10 he suffered a slight stroke and was taken to the Krohn clinic and hospital in Black River Falls for treatment. After five weeks he was brought home and lingered two weeks before he died at the age of 86 years. Mr. Thompson was born in Solar, Norway, July 5, 1864. At the age of six years, he came to America with his parents Anna and Halvor Thompson. The family settled on a farm in Trump Coulee and this became his home until death. He was a devout Christian and faithful to his church. At the funeral service, Mr. Thomas Basich of Minneapolis, a nephew of the deceased sang and Mrs. Hatlem sang “Den Store hvide flok in Norwegian, with Mrs. Alvin Nelson at the organ. Mr. Thompson leaves to mourn his departure, one brother, Halvor Thompson, Taylor; John Lee, a nephew and Margaret Andrews a niece at home, besides several other nieces and nephews. The pallbearers were Joseph Jacobson, Olaf Jacobson, Francis Benedict, Newell Thompson, Raymond Thompson and Edwin Dahle. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 6, 1950

Mrs. Engel Thompson, aged 65 years, 1430 Winnebago street, died at 2:30 a.m, Sunday, January 3rd, at the Lutheran hospital. She had been in ill health for four years. Death came from a complication of diseases. Mrs. Thompson was the mother of A.E. Thompson, county register of deeds. Born in Hardanger, Norway, Mrs. Thomson came to America with her parents at the age of five years. Her parents settled in Trempealeau County on a farm where Mrs. Thompson resided until 1885. She was married while a resident of Trempealeau County. Thirty years ago, she came to LaCrosse. Her husband died here, May 2, 1913. Mrs. Thompson was a member of the Norwegian Lutheran church, corner Sixth and Division Streets and was an active church worker until her illness. She was a member of the Ladies’ Aid society of the church and other church societies. Surviving are three sons. They are Louis S., Albert T., and A.E., all of LaCrosse. Funeral services will take place at 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon from the home and at 2:39 o’clock from the Norwegian Lutheran church. Rev. H.G. Magelssen will officiate. Interment will take place in the mausoleum in Oak Grove cemetery. Reprinted from the January 4th edition of the LaCrosse Tribune. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - JANUARY 14,1915

Hans Tobias Thompson was born in Ness Sogn, a short distance outside the city of Flekkefjord, Norway, March 4, 1846. He was the son of Jacob and Tori Tenneson (This name was later changed to Thompson). There were nine children in this family, two girls and seven boys, three of the boys dying in infancy. He was baptized and confirmed in the parish of Ness and City of Flekkefjord. In 1870 he came to America, accompanied by his brother, Charles, landing in New York City. They traveled by rail from New York to LaCrosse and by river boat from LaCrosse to Trempealeau, and thence to Blair by ox team. From Blair he went to Black River Falls where he worked as carpenter, and from there to Chicago and later to Manitowoc. In 1872 he was married to Christina Johnson, who died in 1874, leaving no children. In 1880 he was married to Thora Fjaaland. Seven children were born to this union, two dying in infancy. In 1876 he returned to Blair, where he resided since then, though for the first four summers he worked in LaCrosse, Minneapolis and Watertown, South Dakota at his trade of carpentering. In 1876 he and his brother, Thomas, established a furniture business here in the village, but they carried on their trade of carpentering also. That same year, his brother, Thomas, built what is now called the Valley View school; the desks being made in the furniture store. The houses built in the village by them are the Elmer Immell residence, the house now occupied by Adolph Olson, the one now occupied by Tennes Oftedahl, one wing of the Soland dwelling house, the original part of the Young house and his own residence. His wife, Thora Thompson died January 15, 1931. He leaves surviving him, five children, Cornelia, Judith, Inez, Lillian and Harry, two grandsons, Robert and John, and a sister, Mrs. H. T. Soland. The past few years he has suffered with ailments incidental to old age, the last year confined to his bed the greater share of the time, receiving competent and tender care from his daughter, Cornelia, and niece, Miss Ida Soland who is a trained nurse. His sister who lives at Los Angeles is 92 years of age. Mr. Thompson was a man highly respected in the community, honest and fair in his dealings with his fellow men, singularly devoted to his home and family. He served in offices of public trust and was for a number of years a member of the Board of Education. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Zion cemetery on Friday, October 13th by Rev. T.E.Sweger who happens to be a nephew of twin sisters confirmed in the same class with Mr. Thompson in Norway. Pallbearers were Peter Overby, Gilbert Dahl, Ed. Elland, Albert Bratland Cornel Grinde and George Solberg. Mrs. Robert Gilfillan sang two solos. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 19, 1933

Another aged resident of Blair has passed to her reward in the death of Mrs. Hans Thompson who passed away on Thursday, January 15th, 1931 after an illness that lasted only a week. The cause of death was pneumonia. She was 79 years, 2 months and 4 days at the time of her death. Thora Bjaaland Thompson was born November 11, 1851 the parish of Kviteseid, Norway the daughter of Hegge and Saummon Bjaaland. She was baptized and confirmed in the church at Brunkeberg. She was one of a family of 13 children, three of whom died in infancy. All of sisters and brothers of the deceased preceded her in death. In 1868 Thora Bjaaland came to America accompanied by her parents and four brothers and two sisters. They settled in this valley on the farm now known as the Guy Shepherd farm. Except for short period of time spent in LaCrosse, Black River Falls and Chicago, she had been a constant resident of this valley. October 28, 1880, she was married to Hans T. Thompson at Hixton. Seven children were born in this union, two of these dying in infancy. She leaves to mourn her death her husband, her five children, Cornelia, Judith, Inez, Lillian and Harry and two grandsons, Robert and John Thompson. She was a charter member of the Zion Ladies Aid and very much interested in its work. She was a kindly soul, who kept a charitable mind toward all and sought to live circumspectly as became a humble believer in Christ her Saviour. Her departure is a sad blow to her aged husband with whom she lived a wonderfully harmonious and happy life of over 50 years and to the children to whom she was a real mother in every sense of the word. Funeral services were held at the home and at the Zion Lutheran church on Saturday, January 17, Rev. T.E. Sweger preached the sermon. Mrs. Angus Sather and Mrs. Sweger sang two of her favorite hymns. Interment was in the Zion cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 22, 1931

Ingebor Knutson (Syse) was born in Ulvik, Hardanger, Norway, December 24, 1860, the daughter of Urian and Brita Syse. She came with her parents to America in the spring of 1869. She was confirmed in the North Beaver Creek church by Rev. Brynjolf Hovde, June 10, 1878. She was united in marriage to Thom Thompson in the year 1878. Their first home was at Porterville where her husband was employed in a sawmill. After a few years of farming in that neighborhood, they bought the present Norman Thompson farm. Later this farm was sold with the exception of a small portion on which they made their home and lived a few years. The latter years were spent at Blair until October 18, 1942 when they moved to St. Paul and have made their home with their daughter Mrs. Philip Hesli. Here Mrs. Thompson passed away after a lingering illness at the age of 82 years, nine months and days, October 2, 1943. Three sons and three daughters were born to their union. Two sons died in infancy, the third, Irvin, died in France October 8, 1918, while serving his country in World War I. She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, Thom Thompson and three daughters, Mrs. Emil Henderson, Minneapolis; Mrs. L. Seebold and Mrs. Philip Hesli of St. Paul; five grandchildren; two brother, Sever Knutson of Blair and Hans Knutson of Lavina, Montana. Four sisters and two brothers preceded her in death, Mrs. Ole T. Johnson, Mrs. Sven Johnstad, Mrs. John Nelson and Gertrude Knutson and Knute and Iver Knutson. Failing vision came to her in the latter part of her life. She lived in a darkened world. Yet her eyes had served her well for in the years of her childhood they had gazed upon the fjords and mountains of picturesque Hardanger, world famed for its scenic beauty, they had seen the hardships, privations and heroic struggles of pioneer Wisconsin, they were familiar with the pineries and sawmills in which thousands of her countrymen were engaged and bit by bit they came to know the modern devices of this inventive age that brightened and eased the lives of men. Electric lights, telephone, radio, automobile and aeroplane came into being in her day. Our Christian faith is that sightless eyes shall see again and the World they gaze upon Transcends in glory and happiness all earthly splendor for our eyes have not yet seen nor can our minds grasp its surpassing wonder. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. T.E. Sweger Wednesday, October 6th at 1 p.m. at the Art Hogan home in Blair and 2 p.m. at the North Beaver Creek church. The pallbearers were all nephews - Ernie Knutson, Art Nelson, Irvin Knutson, Eugene Johnson, Theodore Heimdahl and Art Hogan. Interment was in the North Beaver Creek. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 7, 1943

Henry Haldor Thompson, 80, died suddenly at his home in Joe Coulee Tuesday afternoon of a heart attack. He was born in Norway, July 12, 1864, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Bojvedt. At the age of five he came to America with his parents, the family settling first in St. Croix County. A few years later they came to Trempealeau County, settling in North Beaver Creek valley where Mr. Thompson spent the remainder of his life. He was member of the North Beaver Creek Lutheran church, the Rev. K.M. Urberg’s charge. Fifty-two years ago, January 29, he was married to Anne Marte Johnson who survives. Other survivors include a half-brother, Carl Moen of Taylor; three sons, Leo on the home farm; Francis of Jamaica, New York; and Lester of Ettrick; five daughters, Mrs. Albert Johnson of Blair; Mrs. Lewis Salzwedel South Beaver Creek; Mrs. Elmer Drawatsky of Menomonie; Mrs. Clifford Fisher, Taylor; and Mrs. Mildred Glennie of Black River Falls. There are 16 grandchildren, four of them in the armed forces, three overseas and one in this country. Funeral services were held Saturday at the home and at North Beaver Creek Lutheran church with the Rev. K.M. Urberg officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 1, 1945

The task of transforming Blair and vicinity from a tract of wilderness into a most fruitful and well-developed community has been great. Many of the faithful and steady toilers in the upbuilding of this community have passed away during this past year. Among those who have performed their quiet unassuming, yet noble and faithful task in home and church s Mrs. Hannah Thompson who was born on Tonby, in Vaaler, Solar, Norway, April 15, 1837. She was married to Peter S. Solberg on October 11, 1855. The immigrated into Canada in 1873 and in 1880 they moved to Wisconsin and settled on a farm near Gilmanton, Buffalo County, Wisconsin, where they lived until Mr. Solberg’s death in 1888. Nine children were born to this union, five of whom have preceded her in death. The four remaining children are: Syver Solberg, Eau Claire; Ellen (Mrs. Turner), Gilmanton; Albert, Bend, Oregon; and Emma of Arkansas City, Kansas. On December 2, 1891, Mrs. Solberg married Martin Thompson of Lakes Coulee. Mr. Thompson was a widower and the father of a large family which she very ably assisted in bringing up. She became a kind and loving mother to the children who in return treated her with love and respect. Martin Thompson died February 21, 1922. During his long illness, Mrs. Thompson nursed him faithfully. Her health was good until November 8, 1924 when she suffered a paralytic stroke which left her helpless. She passed away Sunday evening November 16, 1924. The funeral services were held in the First Lutheran church of Blair of which Mrs. Thompson had been a faithful member since 1891. Rev. Urberg officiated. Card of Thanks - Iver M. Thompson and family. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 4, 1924

Mrs. Ingeborg Thompson died May 29, 1922, at the home of her son, Theodore Thompson. She was born in Norway, Jul 8, 1857, and came to the America with her parents in 1868, and lived for some time in Dane County, moving later to this county. She was married in 1876 to Ole A. Thompson. Mr. Thompson died in 1914 and since that time, Mrs. Thompson made her home with her son, Theodore. Rev. Hofstad officiated at the funeral. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - JUNE 22, 1922

John Thompson, one of the pioneers of this vicinity, passed away at his home near Blair on March 24th, 1929 after a three months illness. On December 25, 1928 he suffered an attack of intestinal influenza from which he never fully recovered. Deceased was born in Vermland Sweden March 16, 1848, and emigrated to this country with his parents in 1857, locating first at Norway, Racine County, at which place he was confirmed in the Lutheran faith. After residing there until 1864, the family decided to move farther west, and accordingly they hitched an ox team to a wagon and started for Trempealeau County. They settled on a farm in the Town of Preston, about a mile south of the present Village of Blair. John Thompson who was reared on his parents’ farm, remained at home until 1882. Some year before that, or in 1878, he purchased his present farm, The Oaks, and after leaving his parents’ farm moved onto it, and had since made it his home. Aside from his interests represented in his farm, Mr. Thompson was active in civic and business interests in his community. On January 1, 1915 he became president of the then newly organized First National Bank of Blair. He served as its first president until 1918. He was again elected president of the bank in the fall of 1924, serving for another two years. He was one of the charter stockholders and a director of this institution until his death. For ten years or more he also served as Township Assessor, and he also held the office of Township Treasurer. In all of these positions he made a creditable record there being few citizens of Preston Township who stood higher in public confidence and esteem. On June 26, 1880, Mr. Thompson was united in marriage to Elina Mattison, who was born in LaCrosse County, daughter of Mattis and Anna (Olson) Mattison, who survives him together with two daughters, Mrs. Gilbert Anderson and Emma, both of Blair; and five sons: Melvin, Oscar and Victor at home; Arthur of Detroit, Michigan and Gilford at Cleveland, Ohio. One son, Edmund, connected with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and stationed at Ardmore, South Dakota died in 1924. Funeral services were held March 28th at the home and the Zion Lutheran church, Rev. T.E. Sweger officiating, and interment was made in the Zion Lutheran cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 4, 1929

Martin Thompson of Hale died January 22, 1911 of cancer of the stomach, aged 81 years. Deceased was born in Norway December 17, 1830. He came to this country in 1868 and settled in Dane County. In 1870 he moved to Trempealeau County and settled on a farm in Bruce Valley, which had since been his home. He leaves a wife, three sons and two daughters. The children are Nels of Black River Falls, Chris and Albert of Hale, Mrs. William Lambert of Independence and Miss Anna of Hale THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - FEBRUARY 2, 1911

Funeral services for Oluf Thompson of the Town of Lincoln, who died Wednesday, August 19, were held from the Rhode funeral chapel and Our Saviour’s Lutheran church Saturday afternoon with burial at Old Whitehall cemetery. The Rev. T.E. Sweger of Blair conducted the services in the absence of the local pastor, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland, who is on vacation Mrs. J.E. Rhode and Mrs. S.M. Salverson sang two hymns, “Hear the Cross” and “Sweet Hour of Prayer,” at the services, accompanied by Mrs. H.M. Johnson, church organist. Pallbearers were Clark Anderson, C.H. Anderson, Martin J. Moen, Theodore Thompson, E.J. Everson and George Stuve. The flowers were carried by Adeline Stuve and Bernice, Josephine and Tracy Manka. Oluf Thompson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ulrick Thompson, was born in Norway November 22, 1868. He came to America with his parents at the age of six months, the family settling in Dane county. When the boy was still very young, the Thompsons came to Trempealeau County. When he was old enough, Oluf began earning his own living, mostly at farm labor. He was employed for a few years by the late David Wood and by the late husband of Mrs. Mary Freeman in Lincoln. He spent several seasons in Montana and Minnesota, with a brief interval in the City of St. Paul. For a dozen years or more, Mr. Thompson was employed regularly by C.H Anderson on his farm in Irvin Coulee, but he also spent several sessions with other farmers of the vicinity, including G.B. Anderson. His age at the time of his death was nearly 68, and he had labored diligently all the interval from his youth until a chronic illness forbade him. He died at the Martin J. Moen farm, where he had made his home for many years. Mr. Thompson was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mmes Ingebor Thompson and Carrie Knutson, and four brother, Tom, Erick, Eddie and Carl Thompson. Surviving the deceased are a brother, Iver Thompson of Spooner and a sister, Mrs. Millie Remington of Lampson, both of whom were present at the burial. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - AUGUST 27, 1936

Mrs. Anne Thompson died at her home in Bruce Valley, Town of Hale, Trempealeau County, Tuesday, December 16, at 9 o’clock p.m. of apoplexy, aged 83 years, 3 months and 18 days. Anne Nelson was born on Nordre Land, Norway, August 28, 1836. Emigrated to America in 1866 coming directly to Blue Mound Dane County, where she was married to Martin Thompson soon after arrival. After living there four years, they moved to Trempealeau County and settled on the homestead where she resided until her death. Her husband died January 22, 1911. During the last few years of her life, she suffered a number of light strokes, which left her in a nearly helpless condition and also affected her mind. There were five children, all of whom are living: N.M. Thompson of Black River Falls; Mrs. William Lambert of Independence; C. Thompson of Strum; A.M. Thompson and Mrs. F.A. Caswell of Whitehall. All were present at the funeral, which was held Friday afternoon from the Bruce valley church and the remains were interred in the Bruce valley cemetery, Rev. S. Folkestad officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - DECEMBER 25, 1919

Mrs. Randine Thompson was born in Nordre Land, Norway, December 2, 1846, the daughter of Johannes Arneson and Helena Hanson Sveum. She emigrated with her parents to America in 1883 and settled near Whitehall. She was married to John Thompson and one child was born to them. Both preceded her in death. She died in her home in Whitehall, January 9 at the age of 80 years, one months and seven days. She is survived by two brothers, Olous Johnson and Ole Sveen, two sisters, Mrs. O. H. Tofte of Whitehall and Mrs. Mary Knudtson of Norway. Two brothers and one sister have gone before her. Her last wish was that $25 be sent to the mission field which Rev. Hofstad has charge of. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Lutheran church, Rev. Maakestad pronounced the last rites. Burial took place in the Old Whitehall cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 20, 1927

Ole Thompson died at his farm home near here Sunday after long suffering from kidney trouble. During the past couple of years, he has also suffered two paralytic strokes. Deceased was born in Hyjerpelien, Finnskogen Sweden, on July 23, 1941, and died at his home near Blair on Sunday, June 25, 1916, having attained the age of 74 years, 11 months and 2 days. He came to America in 1857 and located in Racine County, this state, where he resided until 1864 when he came to Trempealeau County and bought the farm where he resided until death. In 1877 he was united in marriage to Ingbor Brekke. To this union six children were born, five of whom are living. They are Thomas, Mrs. Ida Mattison, Ole, Dr. J.B. and Maurice, all residents of this county. He is also survived by his wife and two brothers, Thomas of Eau Claire and John south of town. Mr. Thompson was one of the old settlers of Trempealeau County, coming here when government land could yet be homesteaded. At that time he had to haul his grain and other produce to market at LaCrosse. He was one of the early settlers that could be relied upon by the newcomers to help them get a good piece of land and get settled. Funeral services were held at the U.N. L. Church Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Boe officiating. THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 29, 1916

Theresa Thompson was born February 5, 1869, in Solar, Norway, the daughter of Thorston and Martha Thorsteinson and passed away at the Whitehall Community Hospital at 11:45 Saturday morning, September 11, 1948, at the age of 79 years, seven months and six days. She had been in ill health for two years or more. Mrs. Thompson came to the United States in the fall of 1909 and was united in marriage to Christian Thompson March 25, 1920, who died June 8, 1947. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Peter Carl and Ole Thorsteinson and two sisters, Pauline and Serena. She leaves to mourn her death several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Thompson was baptized in infancy and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Norway. Funeral services for her were held September 15 at the John Funeral home in Whitehall and at the Independence Lutheran church, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. Burial was in Bethel cemetery at Independence. Casket bearers were Edwin Paulson, Henry Engen, Albert Mahlum, Alfred Narveson, Oluf Bryn and Ignatz Maul. Martin Olson of Independence was soloist at the church and Mrs. H.M. Johnson of Whitehall served as organist. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - SEPTEMBER 23, 1948

"Ole O. Thompson, an old and respected citizen of Plum Creek valley, died suddenly of heart failure on February 12th, 1915, age 70 years, 1 month and 12 days. He was born in Etriedalen Norway and came to ths country when a young man in 1866. In 1870 he was married to Thora Olson and they settled on the farm in Plum creek valley where he had resided up to the time of his death. He leaves an aged widow and five children to mourn his death, namely: Mrs. Chas. Knudtson of Lakes Coulee; Gabe of Stanley, N.D.; Gustave of Donaldson Minn.; Christ on the home farm; Mrs. Albert Mallum of Ervin coulee and one sister, Mrs. Ole Narveson of Plum creek valley. He was laid to rest at the cemetery near Independence, Rev. Urberg of Blair officiating the services." THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - March 11, 1915

Iver Martinson Thoraldson was born in Lakes Coulee, Town of Preston, Blair, Wisconsin on February 27th, 1887 to the parents, Martin Thoraldson and Oleanna Larsdatter. He was baptized by Rev. Brynjolf Hovde in the Blair First Lutheran Church, April 10th, 1887 and was confirmed by the late Rev. S.S.Urberg on April 24th, 1901 in the First Lutheran church at Blair. He married Josephine Olson, also from Lakes Coulee, on May 16th, 1908 by the late Rev. S.S. Urberg at the Thompson home. They lived on the home place in Lakes Coulee until the year 1939 when they purchased the Sampson farm in the Franklin area in North Beaver Creek where they have lived since. Fifteen children were born to this union. They are: Morris - on the home place in Lakes Coulee; Olive - Mrs. Eric Carlson, Panorama City, California; Eddie - Hegg, North Beaver Creek; John - Mankato, Minnesota; Ingvold - Sylmar, California; Martin - who died at the age of 16; Thorald - Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Haldor - at home in Franklin, North Beaver Creek; Bernt - at home in Franklin, North Beaver Creek; Ila, Mrs. Rev. Robert Haltner, Irma, Wisconsin; Ole, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Clifford at home in Franklin, North Beaver Creek. Three children died in infancy. 25 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; one brother, Morris of Orlando, Florida; besides cousins, nieces and nephews also survive him. He was preceded in death by four brothers: Tom, Blair; Albert, Minot, North Dakota; John, Lakes Coulee, Blair; Ole, Gilmanton; and four sisters: Mrs. Laura Berg; Mrs. Olava Nyberg; Mrs. Clara (Jacobson) Johnson; Mrs. Emma (Quinlan) Lindstrom and one step-sister, Mrs. Ellen Turner of Eau Claire. He was a life long member of the First Lutheran parish, first in Blair and later in North Beaver Creek, also a member of the Mens Club. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson observed their 55th wedding anniversary May 15, 1963. He entered the Lutheran Hospital at LaCrosse on Saturday morning, September 21st. He died in his sleep. SOURCE - FAMILY SCRAP BOOK

Lewis Thompson, 70, Melrose, died Sunday, September 8, 1961, in a Black River Falls hospital. Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, in the Smith Mortuary, Melrose, Rev. Bruce Willett officiating, and burial was in the Ox Bow Cemetery. Pallbearers were Culvert Gilbertson, Stanton Gilbertson, Theodore Pfaff, Oscar Griffin, Ray Griffin and John Erickson. Mr. Thompson was born in Jackson County, December 18, 1892, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Thompson. He was never married. His only survivor is a brother, Harry, of Eau Claire. SOURCE - FAMILY SCRAP BOOK

Enoch Thompson, 67, died at his rural Melrose home Sunday, November 29, 1964. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at South Beaver Creek Lutheran Church. Rev. J.B. Walker will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery. Mr. Thompson was born August 31, 1897 in the Town of Melrose and married Millie Johnson in 1916. Surviving are his widow; one son, Wayne, of Melrose; four daughters, Mrs. Melford (Evelyn) Gusk, Taylor; Mrs. Wilfred (Viola) Brenegan, Albert Lea, Minnesota; Mrs. Robert (Avonelle) Norman, Lyons, Illinois and Mrs. LeRoy (Betty) Olson, Ettrick; one sister, Mrs. Julia Dahl of Rochester, Minnesota; one brother, Christ of Melrose; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. SOURCE - FAMILY SCRAP BOOK

Mrs. George Thompson, 68, died at a West Salem hospital Friday, May 1, 1964. Services will be held at the Upper North Beaver Creek Lutheran Church at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Rev. W.H. Winkler will officiate, and burial will be in the church cemetery. Smith Chapel in Melrose is in charge of the arrangements. Mrs. Thompson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernt Borreson, was born in the Town of Irving, Jackson County, March 4, 1896. She was one of fourteen children. At the age of 13, her mother passed away and she became a mother to some of her younger brothers and sisters. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at the Little Norway Church near Irving. She was married to George Thompson, December 22, 1917, at Black River Falls, by the Rev. Louis Marvick. To this union six children, three boys and three girls were born and they along with her husband survive. She spent most of her years in the Town of Franklin, living in Shake Hallow. At this time she became a member of the Upper Beaver Creek church. She was always a devoted wife and mother and ready to lend a hand to anyone in need until her health began to fail. They moved to Melrose in August 1959 and celebrated their 43rd anniversary with an Open House in Melrose in 1960. She is survived by her husband, George; three sons, Manfred of Melrose; Harland of Black River Falls and LaVerne of Minneapolis; three daughters, Mrs. Lawrence (Ruth) Isenesee, Cataract, Mrs. Minard (Ardyth) Smikrud, Black River Falls and Mrs. Harold (Emeline) Sanders, West Allis; five sisters, Mrs. George Olson and Mrs. Rachel Wolfe of Milwaukee, Mrs. Harvey Wallert, Fransville, Wisconsin; Mrs. Clara Kuehn, Ingelwood, California and Mrs. Edry Ayen, San Diego, California; three brothers, Manfred and Ellis Borreson, Melrose and Arthur, West Salem; 16 grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.. SOURCE - FAMILY SCRAP BOOK

Hans O. Thompson, 81, passed away at his home on Monday, July 3rd, 1944 after a lingering illness. Hans O. Thompson, son of Ole and Anne Thompson was born March 18, 1863 in Norway. At the age of 17 he came to this country in the company of a sister settling in French Creek. On June 8, 1889 he was united in marriage with Olena Hill. They settled on the farm in French Creek where they resided until his death. They celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in June of this year. A daughter Josephine and a son Leonard preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn the departure of a kind and loving husband and father, his wife, five daughters and four sons, Tena, Mrs. Julius A. Johnson of Beaver Creek; Alida, Mrs. Harry Skorstad of Blair; Helga, Mrs. Olaf Severson of Lester Prairie, Minnesota; Arthur, Helmer and Milton of French Creek; Myrtle, Mrs. Paul Steiner, Washington, D.C.; Ruth, Mrs. Clarence Lebakken of French Creek and Norman of Beaver Creek. Also surviving are 25 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Aasen on Thursday, July 6th, at the home and at the French Creek Lutheran church, where he had always been a faithful member. Interment was in the church cemetery. Rev. Aasen sang “Den Store Hvide Flok” and “Beneath the Cross of Jesus”. Several floral tributes and many memorials were evidence of the esteem in which the deceased was held in the community. Pallbearers were Bert Nelson, Oscar Stenberg, Albert Sveen, Alfred Gilbertson, A.P. Ofsdahl and Ben Mustad. Blessed be is memory. He is Just Away I cannot say-and I will not say That he is dead - he is just away. With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand, He has wandered into an unknown land, And left us dreaming how very fair Its needs must be, since he lingers there. And you-O you-Who the wildest yearn For the old time step and glad return, Think of him faring on, as dear In the love of there, as the love of here. Think of him still as the same, I say, He is not dead-he is just away. SOURCE - FAMILY SCRAP BOOK

Milton O. Thompson 66, of rural Arcadia was fatally injured in a tractor accident on his farm in the Upper French Creek area Tuesday afternoon, June 15, 1971. He was spraying weeds in a field, when the tractor apparently ran too close to the edge and overturned in a ravine. Thompson was able to walk to the John Hawk farm a quarter-mile from the scene, where Mrs. Hawk called Mrs. Thompson. She and her daughter, Mrs. Gene Johnson, took Thompson to the Tri-County Memorial Hospital where he died shortly after being admitted. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hans O. Thompson, he was born at Ettrick, April 8, 1905. He married Alice Mustad May 31, 1933 at French Creek parsonage. He was a farmer all his life in Upper French Creek. Thompson was active in the church, serving in various functions and was a school board member at the Blair School, serving as president for several years. Survivors are his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Gene (Bonita) Johnson, Blair; three sons, Major Merlin H. Thompson, Riverside, California; Clifton. J. Thompson, Blair and A/1C Dennis M. Thompson, Cheyenne, Wyoming; six grandchildren; three brothers, Arthur, Helmer and Norman, all of Ettrick, and five sisters, Mrs. Tena Johnson, Bear Creek; Mrs. Lydia Skorstad, Blair; Mrs Helga Severson, Glenco, Minnesota; Mrs. Paul (Myrtle) Steiner, Falls Church, Virginia; and Mrs. Clarence (Ruth) Lebakken, Galesville. He was the first of the nine brothers and sisters to pass away. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, June 19, at the French Creek Church, with the Rev. Kenneth Jensen officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Ray Gilbertson, Robert Greenwell, Sr., Willard Thompson, Thomas Shay, Larry Johnson and Edner Borreson. Frederixon-Jack Funeral Home in Blair was in charge of the arrangements. SOURCE - FAMILY SCRAPBOOK

Funeral services for Mrs. Lena Thompson were conducted at the Upper Pigeon church on August 7th, the Rev. E.B. Christophersen officiating. The church rites were preceded by a prayer at the home and a song “Nearer My God to Thee” by Hilma and Alice Jacobson, accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Willard Jacobson. Rev. Christophersen sang “Den Store Hvide Flok.” Pallbearers were Willard and Eldon Jacobsen, Lloyd and Ray Thompson, Carlyle Nordstrom and Milo Martin. Flowers were carried by granddaughters, Mrs. Carlyle Nordstrom, Mrs. Milo Martin, Evelyn, Alice, Betty and Marion Jacobson. (Pauline) Lena Thompson, daughter of Bernt and Oleana Karlstad was born in Hoff, Solar, Norway, January 18, 1858. She was baptized and confirmed at the Hoff Solar church. She came to America at the age of 18 years and was married to Barney Thompson, June 13, 1896. To this union three children were born. Her husband passed away in 1908. Left to mourn are her three daughters, (Olga), Mrs. Frank Wortman of Melrose; (Clara), Mrs. Willie Jacobson of Blair; (Julia), Mrs. Harold Jacobson of Hixton; 15 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mrs. Thompson passed away August 3, 1946 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Jacobson after a lingering illness. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 15, 1946

Five days after reaching his 70th birthday, Ludvig Thompson passed away Saturday afternoon, October 3, at 2:00 p.m. at his home on Third Street, East, Shaunavon. Born in Norway on September 28, 1861, Mr. Thompson came across the Atlantic with his parents in 1876, and settled at Pigeon Falls, Wisconsin. Married in 1887 to Maria Skumlien of Pigeon Falls, he farmed there until 1902, when he moved to Griggs County, North Dakota. In March 1907, hearing of the wonders of western Canada, he was the first homesteader south of the river, filing on land 13 miles north of Shauavon at present occupied by his son, Alfred. This school district received his name, being called Thompson Valley School District, and will always live to commemorate his deeds. He lived there until 1919 when he sold out to his son and moved to Oregon where he remained three years, returning to Shaunavon in 1922, and taking up his residence in the Town of Shaunavon. He had been ailing for some time prior to his demise and the end was not unexpected. He leaves to mourn his death, besides his widow, one son Alfred and two daughters, Luella, Mrs. H. Shirley and Hulda, Mrs. C. Eckert, all of Shaunavon district. Also five sisters and two brothers, all of whom reside in Wisconsin, and eight grandchildren. Mrs. Ole Fredrickson, Mrs. John Tomten, Mrs. G.H. Neperud, sisters of Mr. Thompson and Mrs. Bernt Myren, sister of Mrs. Thompson of Whitehall and Pigeon Falls, Wisconsin went to Canada to be at his bedside at death. Funeral services were held at the home and also at the Norwegian basement church of Instow, burial taking place in Garden Valley cemetery. The following acted as pallbearers: John Selvig, Fred Selvig, Tom Selvig, Evan Hermanson, Carl Berquist and Evan Gilbertson. Beautiful floral tributes from friends and neighbors bore mute testimony to the esteem in which deceased was held. Reprinted from The Shaunavon Standard. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - OCTOBER 15, 1931

Paul Thompson was born in Hallingdal, Norway, July 6, 1851. He came to this country with his parents in 1861. They first settled in Koshkonong, this state, but moved to Iowa County in 1865. He started to shift for himself when quite young and came to Trempealeau County in 1870. For the first few years, he made his home with the parents of P.G. Hanson and worked around at threshing, breaking land, etc. In 1872 he bought a farm about 5 ˝ miles west of Blair in Welch Coulee known at present as “Glomdale” and owned by Lawrence Renning. The following spring he was married in Dane County to Oleana Olson who preceded him in death November 6, 1915. He lived on this farm until 1896 when he sold out and made a trip to Washington and Oregon in search of a better climate, but did not like it so he returned and bought a farm near Blair where he has since lived. He was in fairly good health until three years ago when he had an attack of influenza which left him with a weak heart, which finally caused his death. Mr. Thompson was a man of few words but honest in his business relations and political convictions. He is survived by five sons: Thomas of Blair; George of Aurora, Oregon; Isaac of Aurora, Illinois; Albert of Blair and Charles of Berkeley, California. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 8, 1921

Mrs. Paul Thompson died at her home in Blair, Friday evening, November 5, 1915 at 5:30 after an illness of four weeks. She was born in Elverum, Norway, October 30 in the year 1848 and came to this country at the age of 21 years, and settled with her parents at Moscow, Iowa County, Wisconsin. She was united in marriage to Paul Thompson in the year 1874 and moved to a farm near Blair shortly afterward. Nine children were born to this union, five of which are living. She has always been a devoted wife, a loving mother, a kind neighbor and a good worker in the local church, and the work she has done will be long remembered and greatly missed in the future by her many friends. The remains were laid to rest in the cemetery of the United Lutheran church on November, Rev. Boe officiating, assisted by Rev. Urberg. She leaves to mourn her death, the husband and five sons, Thomas, George, Isaac, Albert and Charles, also two sisters and one brother. THE BLAIR PRESS - NOVEMBER 11, 1915

Peter Thompson, whose death occurred at his home in Pigeon March 17, 1912 was one of the pioneer settlers of that township and a respected citizen. Deceased was born August 23, 1835, near Honefos, Norway. In 1859 he was married to Miss Pandine Ingebrigtsen and came to this country in 1860 settling in French Creek valley. From there he removed to the Town of Pigeon in 1870 and had continuously resided there on his homestead near Coral City. He is survived by a wife, and seven children, namely, Charles P., Albert and Mrs. John Swennes of LaCrosse; Tom E. of St. Paul, Minnesota; Mrs. A. Steen of Knox, North Dakota;; Ed and Dora, living on the old homestead. The funeral was held from the home Tuesday, Rev. O.K. Ramberg officiating, and the remains were interred in the cemetery at Old Whitehall. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - MARCH 21, 1912

Mrs. Reier Thompson of Beach, North Dakota, formerly of this place, died last Friday of heart trouble. Birnhilde Nelson Haugeland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nels Haugland, was born in Valestrand, Norway, on May 25, 1845. In the year of 1855 she came to America with her parents locating in Trump Coulee where she lived with her parents until May 25, 1864 when she was united in marriage to Reier Thompson. They resided on a farm in that same neighborhood until 1894 when they moved to Blair and Mr. Thompson opened up a lumber yard and continued in that line of business until 1907 when they moved to Beach, North Dakota and engaged in the same business at which place she died. Besides her husband, there are two daughters Mrs. A. Anderson of Golva, North Dakota, Mrs. J.O. Knutson of this place; also five sons: Charles of Grafton, North Dakota; Nels of Trump Coulee; Henry, Albert and Rudolph of Beach. The funeral services were held at Beach on Tuesday. THE BLAIR PRESS - JULY 7, 1916

Mrs. Peter Thompson of the Town of Pigeon, died at her home Friday morning, March 4, after a short illness. Mrs. Thompson as born in Norway, January 7, 1837. Was married to Peter Thompson May 301, 1857 at Norden Hov church, Ringerike, Norway. To this union nine children were born. Two died in infancy. The surviving seven are: Charles P., Albert and Ida Swennes of LaCrosse; Emma Steen of Knox, North Dakota; Thomas E. of St. Paul, Minnesota; and Edward and Dora at the old home. Four grandchildren: Vance and Margaret Steen of Knox, North Dakota; Reuben C. Thompson and Leona Swennes of LaCrosse. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson arrived in America about the year 1860. They soon after established a home on land about four miles north of Whitehall in what is known as Thompson coulee. The land they acquired was rich farm land and they set out to improve it and develop a home. By many years of hard labor, Mr. and Mrs. Thompson built one of the best farm homes in this community. Mr. Thompson died on March 17, 1912. After his death Mrs. Thompson continued to reside on the farm with her son, Ed and daughter, Dora. Her life was spent in the interest of her family. She was a woman of great industry and during her lifetime was blessed with health and strength which permitted her to carry out her ambitious aims. Mrs. Thompson went through the hardships of pioneer life with her husband, but as a reward for their many years of labor, she was blessed with sufficient worldly goods to spend her declining years in peace and plenty. Her health continued good up to a few months before her death. Her final illness was a short duration. Funeral services were held from the home March 7, Rev. N.G. Maakestad officiating. Mr. and Mrs. Rhode in charge. Interment was made at old Whitehall cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MARCH 10, 1927

Ole O. Thompson, an old and respected citizen of Plum Creek Valley, died suddenly of heart failure on February 12th, 1915, age 70 years, 1 month and 12 days. He was born in Etriedalen, Norway and came to this country when a young man in 1866. In 1870 he was married to Thora Olson and they settled on the farm in Plum Creek valley where he had resided up to the time of his death. He leaves an aged widow and five children to mourn his death, namely; Mrs. Charles Knudtson of Lakes Coulee; Gabe of Stanley, North Dakota; Gustave of Donaldson, Minnesota; Christ on the home farm; Mrs. Albert Mallum of Ervin Coulee and one sister, Mrs. Ole Narveson of Plum Creek Valley. He was laid to rest at the cemetery near Independence, Rev. Urberg of Blair officiating the services. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - MARCH 11, 1915

Sever Thompson was born in Skudenes, Norway September 21, 1859. At the age of six he came to America with his parents. His boyhood days were spent in Trempealeau Valley. He was confirmed in the Trempealeau Valley church by Pastor Lobben. In 1878 he was united in marriage to Mary Mikkleson of Big Slough. They resided in Big Slough until her death in 1884. No children were born to this union. May 15, 1890, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Martha Berg of French Creek. Two children were born to this union. They resided in French Creek 42 years. The latter part of August he was taken sick and passed away the 22nd of September 1932 at the age of 73 years. He leaves to mourn his death his wife, a son Theodore, who resides on the home farm; a daughter, Mrs. Minnie Olson of Galesville; four step-children, Mrs. Syver Peterson of Eleva; Mrs. Carl Bjorge of Northfield; Melvin Berg of Newcomb Valley; Henry Berg of Canada; twenty grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Carrie Gallant of Washington; and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Monday, September 26 in the French Creek church. Rev. Johan Olsen officiated. Burial was made in the church cemetery. The following were pallbearers: Helmer and Melvin Tolokken, Gilbert Shay, Bernt and Ole Mustad and Tom Husemoen. The flower bearers were Ruth, Arvilla, Spencer Peterson and Bernice Olson. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 29, 1932

Mrs. Sever Thompson, 82, who sustained a broken leg a week ago when she fell on an icy porch at the home of her son, Theodore Thompson in Upper French Creek, died at the community hospital Friday morning. The former Martha Moe was born in Norway, January 27, 1852, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Halvor Moe. She came to America in 1871 and on October 28, 1878 she was married to Martin Berg who died in 1886. On May 15, 1890 she was united in marriage to Sever Thompson who died in 1931. She is survived by two brothers, Olaf and Herman Moe of Newcomb Valley near Arcadia; two sisters, Mrs. Tillie Gilbertson of Blair and Mrs. Matilda Olson of Eau Claire. Six children also survive: Henry Berg of Canada and Melvin Berg of Newcomb Valley; Mrs. Sever Pederson of Eleva; Mrs. Carl Bjorge of Northfield; Mrs. Henry Olson of Galesville and Theodore Thompson of French Creek. Two sisters and a brother preceded her in death. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at French Creek Lutheran Church, the Rev. Johan Olson officiating. Burial was made in the French Creek cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 13, 1934

Mrs. Torbor Thompson died at Whitehall on Sunday, May 27, 1923, at the age of nearly 100 years. The funeral services were held from the Curran Valley Lutheran Church Wednesday afternoon. Mrs. Thompson was born in Norway and came to what is now the Town of Curran in the fifties, she and her husband being among the first settlers in Curran Valley. Her husband died there many years ago. She has since made her home with her son, Thomas Halvorson and moved with him and his family to Whitehall about six years ago. J.D. Halvorson, a banker at Stanley, is another son. She was a lady of fine Christian character and was highly thought of by her old friends and neighbors in Curran. Reprinted from the Jackson County Journal. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 31, 1923

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the home and at the Pleasantville Lutheran church for Tole Thompson, 83, who died at his home in Hale township at 2:15 Sunday afternoon. He had suffered a stroke the night before. The Rev. O.A. Hjemboe officiated at the last rites and burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. Thompson was born October 20, 1862 in Telmarken, Norway, the son of Tom and Mary Korslund. When he was 20 years old , he came to America and settled at Alma, Buffalo County, engaging in logging on Beef River. He stayed there about three years and then settled on the farm in Hale where he resided until his death. On August 8, 1891, he married Mary Wekkand of Durand, who preceded him in death in 1914. He is survived by three daughters and two sons: Minnie, Mrs. Albert Larson, Durand; Selma, Mrs. Odin Fjelstad, Bennett Valley; Mollie and Frederick at home and Torrolf of the Town of Hale. He also leaves 12 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and probably a brother, Peter, still residing in Norway, although the family has not heard from him since before the war. Mr. Thompson was one in a family of eight children. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MARCH 21, 1946

THORVAL THOMPSON (GRUE, SOLAR) Thorval Thompson was born in Grue, Solar, Norway, March 29, 1868. He came to America at the age of 20 years. Six years later, on April 29, 1894, he was married to Martha Tormoen of Trump Coulee. In 1896 they bought a farm on which he resided until his death. On January 18, 1923 he was taken ill with pneumonia and from that time, he gradually failed until the end came on the evening of March 3, 1923. Besides his sorrowing wife and two daughters to mourn his death, he leaves an aged mother in Norway and a sister, Mrs. Martin Hendrickson of Eau Claire. His father and two brothers preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Trempealeau Valley church on Wednesday, March 7th, in charge of Revs. Boe and Urberg. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 15, 1923

Funeral services were held in the Trempealeau Valley Lutheran church Monday afternoon for Mrs. Martha Tormoen Thompson, with Rev. B.J. Hatlem, pastor of the church officiating. Mrs. Henry Marquardt sang, “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere” and Mrs. B.J. Hatlem sang “Beneath the Cross of Jesus.” Interment was in the church cemetery. Mrs. Thompson had been in poor health the past six or seven years and depended on her daughters for her daily care and comfort. She died Thursday morning, March 31, 1949 at her farm home in Trump Coulee, at the age of 77 years, six months and 12 days. Mrs. Thompson was born in Grue, Solar, Norway, September 19, 1871. She was baptized in the Grue church by Rev. Borch. At the age of 10 months she came with her parents to America and stayed for two years at Black River Falls, before coming to Trump Coulee where the family settled on a farm. She was confirmed in the Trempealeau Valley Church by Rev. B. Hovde in 1885. In 1894 she was united in marriage to Thorvald Thompson and to this union two daughters were born. In 1896 the family moved to a farm in Trump Coulee near Tappen Coulee. Her husband died March 3, 1923. She is survived by two daughters, Mathilda and Olga at home, who constantly cared for their aged mother with every comfort and cheer they could bring her. Other survivors are a brother, Oscar Tormoen, Trump Coulee; a sister, Mrs. Peter Granlund, Black River Falls, and a nephew. Mrs. Thompson was a very active member of the Trempealeau Valley church, giving of her means to support of the local work as well as Mission. She did her part well. Pallbearers were Elmer Thurston, Lloyd Hanson, Alvin Stephenson, Milan Elland, Oscar Halvorson and Aaron Granlund. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 7, 1949

Tosten R. Thompson was born in Ringoen, Hardanger, Norway, the 9th of March 1830. He came to America in 1854. The fist years he lived at Koskenong near Madison. In 1858 he immigrated to Beaver Creek valley, being one of the first to make a home here. In 1861 he was married to Gro Kittelson. To this union was born a daughter, Anna. He was left a widower in 1863. He was married to Torbjor Twesme in 1875. To this union was born a daughter, Julia. He was left a widower the second time in 1884. After that he made his home with Mrs. Sandaker, who cared for him until his death. After living in Beaver Creek for half a century, he immigrated to Montana in the spring of 1909, where he remained until the fall of 1920, when he returned to Wisconsin for medical treatment. He died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hagestad March 5, 1921. His only brother, Engel R. Thompson, died in the spring of 1913. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Lars Sandaker of Broadview, Montana; and Miss Julia Thompson of Ryegate, Montana; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Deceased has been a member of the Lutheran church since his youth, always being interested in its welfare and taking active part in it work. THE BLAIR PRESS -MARCH 17, 1921

Ulrich Thompson died at his home in Lincoln August 30, 1910. He had been in poor health for some years. Deceased was born in Walrich, Norway, December 25, 1841, and came to this country in 1866, settling in Dane County, where he resided two years, then came to Lincoln, where he had since resided. His wife died 13 years ago. The children surviving him are as follows: T.U. of Sumner; Ever of Minong; Ole of Lincoln; Erick of Strum; Ed and Carl of York, North Dakota; Mrs. Ole Arneson of Ervin Coulee; Mrs. Gullick Knutson of Buffalo, North Dakota and Mrs. F. Remington of Plum Creek valley. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at the Synod Lutheran church, Rev. O.K. Ramberg conducting the services, the remains being interred in the cemetery at Old Whitehall. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - SEPTEMBER 8, 1910

Torvil Thompson was born in Bergdal in Telemarken, Norway, December 14, 1862, son of Johannes and Margareth Thompson. At the age of five he came with his parents to America and settled with them in the Town of Northfield where he lived until his death. He was united in marriage to Karen Fagernes of the Town of Preston, Trempealeau County. To this union nine children were born. His wife and three children preceded him in death. The six children who survive him are John of Northfield; Clarence of Waukegan, Illinois; Melvin on the home place; Omer of Pigeon Falls; Mrs. Oscar (Cora) Johnson of Taylor; and Mrs. Melvin (Tena) Haugen of Northfield. He also leaves two brothers, Ole J. Thompson and Theodore J. Thompson of Northfield and one sister, Mrs. Carl Hall of Alma Center. Mr. Thompson passed away April 29, 1942 at the age of 79 years, five months and 15 days. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, May 2, from his home and at the South Beef River church, the Rev. E.B. Christophersen officiating. Music was furnished by the male quartette, who sang “Nearer My God to Thee” and Edwin Thomley, who sang “Den Store Hvide Flok.” Pallbearers were six nephews, Berndt, Morris and Sebert Thompson, Andrew and John Tweed and Martin Thompson, all of near Northfield. Torvil Thompson was a kind and loving husband and father, loyal, honest and upright, as a citizen. He will be sadly missed in his home and in his community. The sympathy of all is extended to his family. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MAY 14, 1942

Karen Fagernes, daughter of Christian and Olia Fagernes, was born the 16th day of January 1866 in Kongsvinger, Norway. She came to America with her parents when a little girl, and lived in the Town of Preston until her marriage to Torvil Thompson of Northfield in the year 1887. To this union nine children were born: Olena, Christ and Walter, who died in infancy; John of Osseo; Lawrence of Saint Louis, Missouri; Melvin, Omer, Cora and Tena at home. She died of bronchial pneumonia June 3, 1927. She was a very patient sufferer, kind and loving mother, good neighbor, always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. The funeral was held at the South Beef River Lutheran church June 7, Rev. Christophersen officiating. Her three brothers, Ole, Hans and Charlie Fagerness donated $6.00 to the mission to her memory. And also the Beaver Creek Ladies Aid donated $10.00 to the same cause. The relatives have the sympathy of the entire community in the loss of their good wife and mother. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JUNE 16, 1927

T.U. Thompson of Osseo died Wednesday evening, November 7, of dropsy, following four months of illness. At the time of death, he was nearly 70 years old. Funeral services were held Saturday, the Rev. O.C. Aune officiating and burial was made in the Osseo cemetery. Mr. Thompson is survived by one son, Mahlon, of New York City; and one foster-daughter, Dora, of Eau Claire. He was preceded in death by his wife, two brothers and one sister. One sister, Mrs. Frank Remington of Lampson and two brothers, Ever Thompson of Spooner and Olaf Thompson of the Town of Lincoln also survive. The latter was with him and was his sole and faithful caretaker during the last three months that he lived. Mr. Thompson was born in Norway and came here as a young lad with his parents, living with them first at Bloomer and then in Trempealeau County. For the past 14 years Mr. Thompson has lived in the village of Osseo. Previous to that he farmed in the Town of Sumner for 16 years, after moving from the Town of Lincoln, where his parents owned what is known as the Spangrud place. Mahlon, his son, was not able to attend the funeral services but had made a trip from New York a few weeks before his death and had visited his sick bed. Miss Dora Thompson was at the last rites, but the brother and sister in the northern part of the state could not be there. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - NOVEMBER 15, 1934

Honorable Thomas Thompson was born in Varmland, Sweden, November 17, 1851 and died at Eau Claire November 30, 1924 from heart trouble. He had been in his usual health up to the time of his death which occurred suddenly when he went out for a walk and had proceeded less than a block from the house when he was stricken with heart failure. He came to Independence in 1878 and engaged in the mercantile business in a building on the lot where the Mish building now stands. Later he moved his stock to the building now occupied by the Rex, Inc., and a few years later, moved his stock to Blair where he engaged in the same line of business. He came with his parents to this country at the age of seven years, and located at Norway, Racine County, in this state. In 1864 the family removed to the Town of Preston in Trempealeau County and settled on a farm about a mile from the present village of Blair. There he grew to manhood and received his education in the country schools and at Galesville University, afterward taking a business course in the LaCrosse Business College. After completing his schooling, he engaged in the mercantile business at Trempealeau, Arcadia, Independence, West Superior and Blair. He was married to Mrs. Cecile Thompson in 1875, who, with two sons and six daughters survive him. During his residence in this county he took an active part in public affairs, serving as deputy postmaster at Arcadia, and on the school and village boards in the village of Independence, and as a member of the board of trustees of the Trempealeau County asylum. He was also elected and served two terms as railroad commissioner of the State of Wisconsin from 1892 to 1896 during the Peck administration. In 1901 he closed out his business in Blair and established the Thompson Hardware Co. at Washburn, North Dakota, in which he retained an interest at the time of his death, the business being conducted by his sons. During the past fifteen years, he made his home at Eau Claire residing at 422 Garfield Avenue. Mr. Thompson was a genial, Christian man, a good father, a devoted husband and a faithful friend. He leaves a host of friends who unite with his family to mourn his passing. The body was brought here for burial Wednesday of this week, services, being held at the Lutheran church. Rev. Evenson of Eau Claire preached the funeral sermon to a large number of relatives and old friends who had gathered to pay their last respects to a soul bound for that eternal mansion above. Interment was made in the Lutheran cemetery southeast of town. Reprinted from the Independence News-Wave. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - DECEMBER 11, 1924

Mrs. Thomas Thompson of Eau Claire died at her home in the city Wednesday, May 17, after being bedridden for a number of years. She was nearly 90 years of age. Funeral services were held at Independence Friday, the Rev. Hjortland of Eau Claire officiating, and burial was made in Bethel cemetery. Mrs. Thompson, nee Sesel Elstad, was born September 29, 1843 in Gulbrandsdalen, Norway. She came to America with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jens J. Elstad and brothers and sisters in 1861, and settled in Coon Valley. Here Sesel grew to womanhood and married Thomas Thompson. She and her husband moved to Trempealeau, where the latter conducted a store. Two children were born to them: Clara, with whom she lived at the time of her death; and the other who died young. In a few years her husband died, and some time later she married another man by the same name. These two, with their family of seven, Fannie, Frank, Thomas Jr., Blanche, Mamie, Helen and Cora, living in Independence and Blair for many years where the husband was engaged at storekeeping. Mr. Thompson died 13 years ago but the children are all living. Helen and Mamie Thompson also lived with their mother when she died. Mrs. Thompson is survived by one brother, M.T. Elstad of this village and a half-sister, Mrs. Anton Peterson of Coon Valley, besides her children. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MAY 25, 1933

Thomas Thompson, 94, died Monday morning at his home in Hixton. He was born January 23, 1875 at Foldalen, Norway, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Trond Odden. At the age of 16 he came to this country and worked in lumber camps. He farmed in the Hixton area until his retirement. He was one of the oldest residents in Jackson county He married Mary Eide December 5, 1912, and the couple celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary in 1962. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Gerald (Cassie) Brenengen, Ettrick; and Mrs. Gay (Mayme) Skaar, Hixton; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were Gladys Ila, who died in infancy, a son Tilman and a daughter, Mrs. Raymond (Olga) Richardson. Funeral services were held Wednesday at Upper Pigeon Creek Church with burial in the church cemetery. A prayer service was held Tuesday evening at Jensen Funeral Home, Hixton. THE BLAIR PRESS - SEPTEMBER 4, 1969

Tom Thompson, son of Anna and Halvor Thompson, was born in Solar in Norway on July 9, 1857. At the age of 11 years he came to this country with his parents and settled on the old home in Trump Coulee. Two brothers, Martin and Calburn and one sister, Mrs. John Lee, preceded him in death. He was in the best of health until about four years ago when he had a severe spell with his stomach. This last spring he was not so well but never complained. Tom was 75 years, 11 months and 15 days old at the time of his death. Monday, the ninth of this month, he came to visit his niece, Mrs. Ed Flaaten of Beaver Creek and on Tuesday a.m. he had a stroke of paralysis that rendered him speechless and helpless. Pneumonia developed. He was given the best of nursing and doctor care, but the Lord called him and he was taken from us on Saturday, June 24, 1933 at 10 a.m. He leaves to mourn his loss his brothers, Arne, Halvor and Gilbert, besides a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends. THE BLAIR PRESS - JUNE 29, 1933

Soren Thompson, among the prominent agriculturists of Pigeon Township in days gone by was the subject of this sketch, who passed from life’s scene, January 19, 1905. He was then in middle age, having been born in Bergen, Norway, August 13, 1850, son of Tollak and Anna (Nielson) Thompson. His parents, both natives of Norway, came to America and settled on a farm in Jackson County, Wisconsin where both subsequently died. Soren Thompson had attained his majority when he emigrated to the United States in 1871. Locating at Pigeon Falls, this county, he worked out for others until 1878, continuing to reside in that locality subsequently until 1895, during a period of 17 years. In 1895 he purchased a farm, on which his family are now living and which was his home until his death. The entire estate consists of 440 acres, all in Pigeon Township, the family residence being located in section 35. This is a neat and commodious frame dwelling erected in 1899, and is two stories in height with basement, containing 13 rooms. It is installed with hot water heat and other conveniences, and is one of the attractive and comfortable homes of the township. Mr. Thompson was a stockholder in the State Bank of Osseo. He was one of the highly esteemed citizens of Pigeon Township and his death was universally regretted. He was married October 4, 1876 to Christiana Jensen, who was born in Refsnes, Norway, April 1, 1853, her parents being Christian Enehaug and Sinere Miklabost, both of whom died in that country, their daughter Christiana coming to America in the spring of 1876. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson had a family of seven children: Theodore J., who is now engaged in the banking business at Osseo; Jens, who is operating the home farm for his mother and who was born July 14, 1879; Sophia, born September 18, 1881, who is in the millinery business at Eau Claire; Anna, born February 25, 1884, who is in the same business there; Ludwig, born November 18, 1885; Chester, born April 26, 1888; and Clara, born July 18, 1892. Ludwig, Chester and Clara are residing at home. Mrs. Thompson is the present owner of the farm which she manages, her son Jens taking active charge of the work. The herd of cattle numbers 106 head, of which 40 are used for milking purposes. One carload a year is fed for the market. The family number among their friends the leading people of Pigeon Township. The family church is the Norwegian Lutheran Church of America. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

Olaus and Carl Thompson, proprietors of 187 acres of land in section 16, Unity Township, are the sons of Klemet and Cecil (Sletto) Tandlokken, and were born on the family homestead in Unity Township, Olaus, February 8, 1883 and Carl, February 6, 1885. The original family name of Tandlokken has been Americanized to Thompson. The father, Klemet, who was born in Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, came to America in 1865, settling first in Vernon County, Wisconsin, where he remained until 1870. He then purchased the farm in Unity Township now owned by his sons Olaus and Carl and spent the rest of his life in its improvement. His death took place January 15, 1909. His wife, Cecil, was born in Norway, June 25, 1854, and died August 8, 1916. There were seven children in their family, of whom the two brothers above mentioned are the only ones now living. Carl Thompson was married June 21, 1911 to Nettie Nelson of Unity Township, who was born in this township, September 4, 1876, daughter of Peder and Karen (Anderson) Nelson. Her father, a farmer by occupation, was born in Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, February 22, 1843, son of Nels Peterson and Christina, his wife, and came to America in 1866, settling in Vernon County, Wisconsin where he remained two years. In 1866, settling in Vernon County, Wisconsin, where he remained two years. In 1869 he located to his present farm of 160 acres in section 19, Unity Township, Trempealeau County, where he has since remained, having well improved the farm. He was married April 25, 1868 to Karen Anderson, of Vernon County, Wisconsin, who was born in Norway October 21, 1841, and whose father, Andrew, died in Norway. Peder Nelson and wife were the parents of six children: Nels, who died at the age of 6 years; Marcus and Matilda, residing at home; Nettie, who is now Mrs. Carl Thompson; Albert, who married Selma Johnson, resides in Minneapolis and has had one child, Lincoln, who died at the age of 9 years; and Palma, who married Gust Peterson of St. Paul. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Thompson have one child, Mabel Sylvia, who was born December 13, 1912. Both Carl and Olaus Thompson are stockholders in the Farmer's Bank of Osseo. They are members of the Synod Norwegian Lutheran church of Strum. Carl has served two years as township supervisor. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917

John Thompson, one of the most prominent citizens of Preston Township, who is both a farmer and businessman, was born in the northern part of Sweden, March 15, 1848. His father, who was Thomas Olson, was born in 1810, and in 1857 emigrated to the United States with his family, locating first in Racine County, Wisconsin. After residing there until 1864 he decided to remove farther west, and accordingly, hitching an ox team to a wagon, he started with his family for Trempealeau County. On arriving here he located in Preston Township, taking up land which forms the present farm of his son John - a fine piece of agricultural property containing 218 acres in sections 21, 22 and 27 and known as "The Oaks." When he took it, however, it was unimproved and he spent many years in its cultivation and development until it began to assume somewhat the appearance it has today. On this farm he died in 1890. His wife, whose maiden name was Brita Johnson, and who was born in Sweden in 1820, passed away before him in 1882. John Thompson, who was reared on his parent's farm, remained at home until the year of his mother's death. Some years before that event, or in 1878, he had purchased his present farm and he now moved onto it and has since made it his home. Aside from his interest represented therein he is president of the Fist National Bank of Blair, Wisconsin and for two years has been a stockholder in the creamery there. His success has been marked, both as farmer and businessman, and there are few citizens of Preston Township who stand higher in public confidence and esteem. For ten years he served as township assessor, and he has also held the office of township treasurer, in both positions making a creditable record. June 25, 1880, Mr. Thompson was united in marriage with Ellina Mattison, who was born in LaCrosse County, Wisconsin, daughter of Mattes and Anna (Olson) Mattison. Her father, born in Sweden in 1827, came to America in 1852, residing in Pennsylvania until 1866, in which year he came to Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, making his home here until his death in 1905. Mrs. Thompson's mother, who was born in 1828, died in 1914. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson are the parents of eight children: Anna, who married Gilbert G. Anderson, a farmer of Ettrick Township; and Melvin, Oscar, Emma, Edmund, Victor, Arthur and Gilford. The seven last mentioned are residing at home, except Edmund, who is traveling in the interests of the Agricultural department of the United States at Washington. The family are members of the United Norwegian Lutheran Church. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917


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