Matthildur Josephson

Matthildur Josephson, formerly a resident of Minneota, died at the home of her daughter in Astoria, S D, last Friday [ April 22, 1921]. She had been for some time.

Mrs Josephson was born in Iceland 66 years ago. She came to this country, in the summer of 1893, and was married to Asbjorn Josephson the following winter. They made their home in Minneota and resided here during the entire course of their married life. Her husband died in 1916.

In the summer of 1919 Mrs Josephson moved to the home of her daughter, Mrs Philip Case, of Astoria, South Dakota, where she resided for the remainder of her life. She also leaves another daughter, Mrs Berg, of Pipestone, and a sister, Mrs Ingebjorg Eastman.

Mrs Josephson was a good woman, a faithful, loving wife and mother, very kind-hearted, especially to children. Her life was as almost continuous struggle with the hardships of poverty. She bore her share of life's burdens, and bore them well. Her rest, when it came, was well-earned.

The interment took place in the cemetery of St Paul's church of Minneota, the Rev G Guttormsson officiating.

Mrs George Smith

Mrs George Smith, of Lucas, died at Saint Mary's hospital in Minneapolis last Friday night [June 17, 1921]. The funeral was held Wednesday. She is survived by her husband and 4 or 5 children. George Smith is one of the most prominent farmers of Lyon county and is very well known in this community.

George Walter Gillund

The remains of George Walter Gillund arrived here last Saturday evening and the funeral took place last Wednesday. It was a military funeral in charge of the American Legion Post of Minneota. Rev E J Hinderlie officiated.

The deceased was a son of Mr and Mrs John Gillund, of the town of Nordland. He was born on his father's farm on March 9, 1889, enlisted in September, 1917, arrived in France in July 1918 and died of wounds received in action August 4, 1918, less than a month after his arrival in France.

The pall bearers were Alvin Larson, John Peterson, John Hinz, O M Sanderson, Leslie Dahl and P H Geiwitz.

Three volleys were fired over the grave by his former fellow soldiers, Clarence Anderson, Jack Johnson, A P Weingartner, Theo De Roode and Clarence Bang, Bjorn Holm and Gordon Gieseke, and J E McGinn who led the men who composed the firing squad.

Mr and Mrs A H Dale

A H Dale was instantly killed and Mrs Dale was fatally injured, and their son, Elmer, suffered a broken arm and broken leg and their daughter, about twelve years old, was severely injured as the car in which they were all riding ran in front of the north bound passenger train on the Great Northern at Marshall, about noon, last Saturday [July 9, 1921].

The accident occurred at the crossing near the fairgrounds. Just how the accident happened is not quite certain. The most likely story is the one that relates that the little girl said to her brother, as they approached the track; "There comes the train," and he being almost on the track with the car, stopped, but in the excitement forgot he was driving a Dodge, and not a Ford, the latter being the car he was used to, and so released the clutch and the car shot right and was instantly caught by the engine of the approaching train. When you release the clutch on a Dodge the car starts, when you release the clutch on a Ford the car stops. The boy was used to a Ford. If this is a true account of the affair it clearly accounts for the accident.

The impact with engine caused the occupants of the car to be thrown in different directions. Mr Dale, the father, was thrown into the air and over the telegraph wires and the position in which the body struck the ground broke the neck, causing instant death. Mrs Dale was dragged by the train for about 1500 feet and was still alive when picked up. She was taken to the hospital at Marshall and died within an hour.

The little girl was so seriously injured that all hope for her recovery was given up, but she is said to be rallying and it is now thought that she will live.

Elmer Dale is a young man about twenty-two. He sustained a broken arm and a compound fracture of the thigh and other minor injuries. His recovery is considered certain.

A H Dale was fifty years of age, being born in 1871 and his wife was about the same age. They owned a very fine farm in the Camden hills, near Lynd and were among the most popular and substantial residents of their locality.

They had been to Marshall to do some shopping and were on their way home when the tragedy was enacted.

Mrs Mary Jacobson

Mrs Mary Jacobson, wife of Peter Jacobson, died at her home in Marshall on Wednesday of this week [August 10, 1921]. She was 62 years of age and the cause of death was dropsy. She had been in failing health for some time. The funeral will be held this (Friday) afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, from the Methodist church in Marshall. The deceased was the mother of Al Jacobson, of Minneota. She leaves, to mourn a devoted wife and loving mother, a husband and five children. The children are: Fred, Henry, Albert, Walter and Anna. The deceased was one of the pioneer women of Lyon county, highly esteemed by all who knew her.

Thomas Haugen

The remains of Thomas Haugen, a soldier boy from this locality, who died in France during the war, were brought back here last week and a military funeral, under the direction of the Minneota Post of the American Legion, will be held next Sunday [September 25, 1921].

The deceased was a son of Nels Haugen and the funeral will take place from the Haugen home at two o'clock Sunday afternoon. It is expected that the procession will arrive at the Norwegian Lutheran church at about three o'clock where the services will take place and will be in charge of Rev E J Hinderlie.

The Haugen home is about three miles north of Minneota.

Mrs Berget Rue

Mrs Berget rue died at the home of Mr and Mrs H O Kaas, on the 6th of this month [October 6, 1921]. She was one hundred years and nine months of age when she died, being born January 13th, 1821. She was married to Gunder Rue, in Norway, and they came to America in 1873 and settled in Iowa where they lived for a while. In 1876 they came to Minnesota and settled on a homestead in Nordland.

Seven children were born to Mr and Mrs Rue, of whom two are living, Ole Rue and Mrs H O Kaas. The deceased has lived the last thirteen years with her daughter, Mrs Kaas where she has been cared for with exceptional tenderness and her last days made as comfortable as possible.

We are not acquainted with the life story of this good woman to give of her as adequate sketch, but we know that she was one of those sturdy Christian characters that the community was fortunate in having as its founders. Mr and Mrs Rue were among the very first settlers in this locality and they contributed to the work of building up the settlement and establishing church and school. The deceased was a consistent member of the Lutheran church all her life and died in that faith. Her sojourn among the tribulations of this earth had been extremely long and she welcomed the rest and looked forward to the "home-coming."

The funeral took place from the Norwegian Lutheran church here on Wednesday of this week and was conducted by Rev E J Hinderlie.

The following acted as pall-bearers: John B Johnson, Lewis Anderson, N B Nelson, Nels Myhre, S M Pearson and L Klaith.

Myron W Harden

Myron W Harden, president of the First National Bank of Marshall, died last Sunday [November 6, 1921] as the result of a heart attack. He had been sick several days.

Nr Harden is one of the best known bankers in Lyon county and his acquaintance was general in this part of the state. He had been a resident of this county for thirty years, all of which time he had been connected with the bank above named. First he was cashier of the institution and later he was elevated to the position of president which place he held until his death. He was one of the organizers of this bank and has been the directing hand in its affair ever since. The institution has generally been referred to as the "Harden bank."

But, Mr Harden was more than a banker, more than a mere money-maker. He had deep human sympathies and he took interest in all those things that went to make a better community. He never did things for show, or played to the galleries. His kindly, quiet, retiring nature endeared him to all those who learned to know him and few men wee more esteemed by their circle of friends than was this man. He had exceptional business judgment and understood the game of safe finance and conducted his business in such a way that he seldom lost his own money and never that of others. Everybody had confidence in him and he was careful that the confidence might not be lost. He was approachable and a man with whom his friends liked to visit. There was something true, something substantial, something genuine back of what he said and did and he attracted those who prefer substance to clamor and noise. His judgment was accepted, in matters of business, by a large circle of banking clients and many a man has been saved financial embarrassment by following his advice. In his home, in his community, in the hearts of his friends this man occupied a place that will remain vacant as long as memory endures.

His death is not a loss to Marshall alone, but to the whole county and even a much larger circle, for Mr Harden was a man whose influence was not circumscribed by neighborhood bounds.

Thirty years of banking is a long time and it would be strange if in all those years there should not have been transactions that left a feeling that the head of the First National Bank of Marshall, was a man who extracted his "pound" of coin of the realm. It would be strange and unnatural if there were none such, but if any, they are few, and how many more are there not who recall the help this man has given them, who remember the fact that he extended the helping hand when creditors had to be appeased, or when necessary purchases and investments had to be made? Yes, and how many men are there not who can recall the days of the beginning of their business careers and how, as young men, they came to Mr Harding and he helped them finance their projects? Myron W Harden was born in the state of New York, May 6, 1851, and at the age of six he came with his parents to Burr Oak, Iowa, where he grew to manhood on his father's farm. From 1876 to 1880 he was deputy county clerk and made his home in Decorah, Iowa. He was then elected county clerk and served another four years as chief in the office where he had been deputy. In 1884 he went to Grafton, North Dakota where he was in a bank until 1891, when he came to Lyon county and organized the bank with which he has been associated since. In June , 1894, he married Miss May Standing who, with a son and a daughter survives him.

He was a Mason of high standing. The funeral will be held this, Friday, morning at 11 o'clock.

William Glasser

William Glasser died at the home of his son, Paul, last Saturday [November 12, 1921]. The cause of death was pernicious anemia. He had been in failing health for the last two years but was bedridden only about a fortnight.

Mr Glasser was 65 years old. He was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, Sept 9th, 1856. He lived in the East until twenty-one years ago when he came with his family to Iowa. They remained in that state until six years ago when they came to Lyon county, Minnesota, and settled on a farm in the township of Nordland. With three of his sons he has been making his home here since.

Our acquaintance with the subject of this sketch was slight but we understand that he won the good will of his neighbors and established friendly relations with all his associates here. Those who knew him speak of him as a man upright in his dealings and capable and industrious in his calling. He is survived by four sons, Paul, Earl, Edward and William.

The funeral was held from the Norwegian Lutheran church Tuesday, Rev E J Hinderlie officiating.

Mrs Ingeborg Stenerson

Mrs Ingeborg Stenerson died at the home of her son, Henry, Last Friday [November 18, 1921]. She was eighty years old and had been a widow for about two years. Her husband was the well known Nordland pioneer, Greggor Stenerson.

The deceased was born in Norway Nov 6, 1841 and came to America with her husband in 1867. They settled in Iowa, where they lived for several years and in 1878 they came to Lyon county, Minnesota, and that same year they took a homestead in the township of Nordland. There were but a few scattered settlers here in those days and so this couple were among the very first of the founders of the community that surrounds Minneota.

Five children were born to this couple, three sons and two daughters. The two daughters both died, but the three sons survive and are all respected citizens of this community. They are: Andrew, Stener and Henry. Ole A Lien, of this city, is a brother of the deceased. It was at the home of Mr and Mrs Henry Stenerson that the deceased died. Henry is owner of the old family homestead.

Mrs Stenerson was well liked and respected by all the people who knew her and labored with her in the early struggles of the pioneeer folks. She was a member of the Lutheran church and took an active part in the forming of the Norwegian Lutheran congregation here. She brought up her family in the Lutheran faith and was, during her whole life, a consistent Christian. Too much can not be said for the good influence of this worthy woman, for she ever tried to be of service and to minister to the needs and the welfare of family, neighbors and friends. She was a good manager and her home was neat and her household affairs were administered with thrift and economy.

She was a devoted mother and her sons were attached to her and did all they could for her in her declining years. She had a pleasant and comfortable home with her son, Henry, and he and his wife ministered to the wants of the aged grandma in every way they could. The death of Mrs Stenerson removes one who had much contributed to the buliding up of the community.

The funeral took place from the Norwegian Lutheran church last Monday, Rev E J Hinderlie officiating.

Mrs Aslaug Gilbertson

Mrs Aslaug Gilbertson, wife of St Gilbertson, died at her home in this city on Dec 1st [1921] and her funeral took place from the Icelandic church here last Monday, Rev G Guttormsson officiating. She was 71 years old and had been in poor health for a number of years. For a long time she had been confined to her bed. During her sickness she has been attended constantly by her daughter, Frieda, a trained nurse, who has devoted herself entirely to her mother's care and attention that could be bestowed.

The deceased was born at Brekku, In Gilsfirdi, Bardastrandarsyslu, Iceland. Her parents were Gudmundur Jonsson and Holmfridur Jonsdottir and her given name was Aslaug, Her mother died when she was eleven years old.

In 1877 Aslaug Gudmundsdottir and Sturlaugur Gudbrandson (or Gilbertson, as the name has been Americanized) were married and in 1878 they came to America to become pioneers in the Icelandic colony that has just three years earlier, 1875, been founded in Lyon county. They settled on a homestead in Nordland township where they lived until 1886 when they moved to Minneota where they have since resided. Four children and a husband survive the deceased. There are three sons and one daughter: Gudbrandur (Gillie), John, Holm and Frieda.

Mrs Gilbertson was not one given much to social functions. Her home was her world and she kept that home neat and clean and comfortable, where husband and children always found awaiting them the home cheer and the solicitude of wife and mother. It is not possible to more completely surrender one's life to home and family than did this woman. But it must not be inferred that there was anything exclusive about Mrs Gilbertson. It was a pleasure to visit her home and she made every guest comfortable with her geniality and kindness. Be you friend or stranger you were always welcome at the Gilbertson home.

Her life was no exception to the rule that "into each heart some rain must fall, some days must be dark and dreary," but as these days are the days that prove the test for each and all of us, so it was with her. She met the difficulties along the road of life with patience and faith - a patience that triumphed and a faith that proved abundantly justified and richly sustaining. Her life was along the simple paths of every day. She never was a ball-room butterfly, but God had given her a lot of common sense and character to direct it, and through storm and calm alike she steered the course of her soul-craft according to the compass of faith. Her church affiliations were Lutheran and she died, as she had always lived, in that faith.

For the last four or five years she has suffered much from her sickness, and death with its release, its rest and its promise, was no doubt, welcome. In the sight of God and man, hers was an upright life, devoted to the service of others and filled with the peace and the patience that come only to those who have lent listening ears to Him who preached the Sermon on the Mount.

Andrew Swedzinski

Andrew Swedzinski, son of Mr and Mrs Kasmer Swedzinski, died at the home of his parents on the 22nd of this month [December 22, 1921]. He had been suffering for some time from myelogenous leukemia and had been to the hospital at Rochester and had been told that there was not much chance for his recovery.

Andrew was born September 13, 1894 and so was 27 years old at the time of his death. He has lived all his life with his parents, assisting them on their farm, in this locality, and was well known here. He was a fine young man and generally liked. It seemed that he had a promising future and was preparing to make for himself a place among the progressive, young farmers of this community, when this fatal disease made its appearance.

To the father and mother and the whole family there goes out the sympathy of all in this great loss. Andrew was a good boy and there is not a man who knew but regrets to learn that he was "taken away."

The funeral was held from the Catholic church in Taunton last Saturday and was conducted by Father W J Stewart, of Minneota.