1921 Lincoln County Minnesota Mascot obituary entries
extracted by Becky Davidson
Jens Jerpbak died at the home of his son, Peter, in the township of Hope, Lincoln county, Monday [August 21, 1921]. He was sick but two days.
The funeral will be held from the Hemnes church at two o'clock on Friday this week.
Jens Jerpbak was born in Hemnes, Nordland, Norway, Sept 20, 2830 and would, had he lived until the 20th of next month, have been ninety-one years of age.
Mr Jerpbak was married in Norway and in 1875 he came with his family to America. In 1876 he took a homestead in Limestone, Lincoln county and lived here until his wife died, about 18 years ago. Since then he has lived at various places; for a while in Minneota, then in North Dakota and at times with his son, Peter, in this locality.
Mr Jerpbak is survived by the following children: Peter, Jens, John, Mrs Chris Clemenson, Mrs Gullie Olson and Mrs Gislie Hanson.
Jens Jerpbak was one of the very first of the early settlers of this community. When he came here in 1875 there were but a few settlers ahead of him. It may be truly said of him that he worked on the foundation of the settlement and helped to put in place the heavy stones that support the structure. He was a Lutheran in his church affiliations and was, we believe, one of the founders of the Hemnes congregation, an organization in which he retained membership up to the time of his death. He was a sincere and active church member and the older members of the Hemnes congregation will recall his interest in all things that were for the welfare of the church and his helpfulness in every undertaking that was for the benefit of that organization.
As a citizen he was loyal to the best interests of the community and was ever ready to do even more than his share of the work necessary in building up and maintaining community life. As a neighbor he was helpful and accommodating and was ever ready to do for others whatever was in his power.
In every respect he was an honest and upright man who lived among his neighbors enjoying the confidence and good will of all.
Jens Jerpbak, was, physically, a small man. He wore a full beard, his eyes were keen and every movement spoke of alertness and activity. Even in his last years he was full of live and cheer.
He was a man who had done his day's work well and faithfully and earned the gratitude of many.
John Gudmundson, son of Mr and Mrs Skuli Gudmundson, died at the home of his parents in the township of Limestone, Lincoln county last Sunday. He was about 14 years of age. Pneumonia was the cause of death. He had been sick but a few days. The funeral was held from the Icelandic church in Limestone Tuesday afternoon, Rev G Guttormsson, officiating.