1920 Lincoln County Minnesota Mascot obituary entries

extracted by Becky Davidson

Mrs John S Isfeld

Mrs John S Isfeld, of Alta Vista, Lincoln county, died at her home, from the influenza, last Wednesday afternoon [February 4, 1920].She was 27 years and nearly 7 months old. She was sick less than a week.

Mrs Isfeld's maiden name was Bertha Peterson. She was born in North Dakota June 13, 1892 and came to this locality with her mother, who died many years ago, when Bertha was but a little girl. Left an orphan at an early age, she learned, in the school of experience, the lesson of work. But, wherever she went her personality won her favor and everybody who knew her liked her. She was in the home of Mr and Mrs B B Gislason for a number of years before her marriage and her association with the people of Minneota was such that there is not a man or woman her but has a good word to say for Bertha Peterson. She had a personality that was very pleasing. In spite of the fact that her youth had not been a bed of roses she seemed to be filled with the joy of living and her exuberance of good spirits was of the contagious kind and it was difficult for her to bring a smile in to hearts and faces of those around her.

Pre-eminently her field was the home in all the things comprehended by the phrase "housekeeping," it may be truly said of her that she excelled. She had that greatest of all womanly gifts, a motherly nature, and she never tired of administering to the ease and comfort of those about her.

Miss Bertha Peterson was married to John S Isfeld on Jan 1, 1918, by Rev E J Hinderlie, who today is performing the rites of burial over her whom he blessed as a happy bride but two short years ago. Mr and Mrs Isfeld were very much devoted to each other and their short married life was prolonged honeymoon. A son was born to them about fifteen months ago, a strong, healthy, promising child. To them the world was full of sunshine, love and hope. They lived in a beautiful home, surrounded by all the comforts of rural life and there seemed to be not a cloud on the horizon. But that home of joy is now a home of sorrow, for from out its door, this afternoon, will be carried the lifeless form of her who loved so much and was so much loved. Kind, cheerful, loving Bertha, as long as your loved ones live, as long as memory forsakes not the friends that were yours, you will adorn a sacred place in the heart-homes of each of these!

Besides the husband and son, the deceased is survived by one brother, Ole Peterson, of Minneapolis.

Frank Smarczyck

Frank Smarczyck, a young farmer living about four mile northeast of the village of Ivanhoe, died on February 27th [1920], a victim of the influenza. He was sick but a short time, the disease turning in to pneumonia. Frank was born on the farm where he died, Feb 25, 1888, and so was just 32 years and two days old when he passed away. His parents were Mr and Mrs Martin Smarczyck, pioneers of the Ivanhoe locality and among the early settlers of the Polish colony of Lincoln county.

On September 9th, 1919, less than six months before his death, Frank married Miss Tillie Kopticke, a young lady well known in this neighborhood who, along with his parents, three brothers and three sisters, survives him.

The sudden and untimely death of this young man is a cause of much regret and sorrow in the community where he lived, as he was very highly regarded by all and spoken of by his neighbors as a man of many commending parts who gave his best efforts for every good enterprise. The funeral services were held from the Catholic church at Wilno. The deceased had been received in to this church by the rite of baptism and he had been all his life an active member within its fold.

Ole Stensrud

Ole Stensrud, aged 81 years, a farm laborer who has been a resident of Lyon county since its early days and spent most of that time in the townships of Westerheim and Vallers, died July 15th [1920], of apoplexy at the home of his nephew, M Amundson, in Limestone, Lincoln county, where the deceased had been well cared for during several months of sickness and suffering. The funeral took place July the 17th at the Hemnes church in the township of Nordland, Rev Christensen, of Hendricks, conducting the services.

Virgil B Seward

Virgil B Seward, for forty years a practicing attorney at Marshall, in this county, died at his home in that city at about 7 o’clock Christmas evening (12/25/1919]. He had been in the best of health all day and in the afternoon attended a movie and seemed to be thoroughly enjoying himself. At five o’clock he complained of not feeling well and at about seven the end came. Heart failure is given as the cause of death.

It is safe to say that in the demise of this man Lyon county loses one of its best known citizens. He had a very extensive acquaintance throughout the state and elsewhere, and was a man recognized for his ability for everywhere.

For forty years this man has stood among the foremost of the bar in this part of the state. The brilliancy of his intellect has been recognized by all. No one could watch him in court, at the trial of an important action, and see the masterly way in which his mind coped with the situation, and the apparently, and the apparently instant recognition by him of every matter and element of importance, without admiring the capacity and brilliance of the man.

But Mr Seward’s greatest asset was, probably, his ability to make people like him. He had a smile that won and a voice that was cultured in the are of saying pleasant things, whenever its owner desired it to convey good will and friendship. But that same manner could also crush like a blow and that same voice cut like a dagger when he so wanted to employ them.

In the “day’s work” of life it has been the fortune of the writer of these lines to have come somewhat in contact with Virgil B Seward, especially in a political way. We have known his appreciation in support and his resentment in opposition. But it is always a source of satisfaction to know that political “hatchets,” as a rule, do not cut deep and we found it a matter of mutual satisfaction, a long time ago, to lay our hatchets, where all hatchets ought to be – under the sod. During all the time that Mr Seward was connected with politics he took a decided stand in most questions that were up for consideration and this brought him opposition and so called political enemies. Contrary to a somewhat general impression Mr Seward was not a “diplomat.” He was affable and suave in all general intercourse but upon maters which he considered of vital importance, or which were to him of particular personal concern, he was as undiplomatic and as uncompromising as the ultra radical.

Mr Seward was a man who enjoyed much the social side of life. He liked the society of his friends and enjoyed greatly to visit with those whom he liked.

Attorneys tell us that he was fair in his dealings with an opposing counsel and was generally accommodating in the matter of extending little courtesies, that the lawyers find it quite necessary to grant each other, in the course of the “trials of life.” In this connection there comes to us a remark made by an attorney who has gone through strenuous political fights, wherein he and Mr Seward were bitterly opposed to each other – however not as opposing candidates – and he said this: “Mr Seward is the fairest attorney against whom I have ever tried a case.” This, we know, is not the verdict of all the bar, but we firmly believe that, with the exception of a few men, the members of the legal profession would, in some form or another, subscribe to the sentiment.

Mr Seward’s temperament was of the impulsive kind. He was often the victim of his likes and dislikes. In whatever capacity he exerted himself he was a power. In every walk pf life he had friends and is may also be said of him that he was not without enemies. His attitude on most matters was that he was either for against a proposition and the consequence was that he, in many cases, made both friends and enemies whenever he took a stand.

All those who knew Mr Seward will always remember him. His striking personality, his brilliant intellect, his debonair manners all joined him a man not to be overlooked in a crown nor one soon to be forgotten after making his acquaintance.

To estimate the character of a man like V B Seward can not be done so soon after his demise. He touched life at too many angles and came in too close a contact with men and measures, currently before the public, to make for an impartial verdict at this time. But there is one thing that all will agree on and that is in him Lyon county had a man of outstanding ability, who, had his ambition for personal advancement been at all in proportion to his capacity for achievement, might have coupled a place of more power and influence than he did.

There was no church services held over the remains of V B Seward. His brethren of the Masonic lodge conducted such services as there were, both at the home and at the grave. There is a sentiment expressed in the burial service of that order, which was read at the grave, than which there are not many things more appropriate than the sentiment of the living toward the dead, and that is the following:

“While we drop the sympathetic tear over the grave of our departed brother, let us cast over his failings or errors, whatever they may have been; the broad mantle of Masonic charity, nor withhold from his memory the commendation that his virtues claim at our hands.”

Miss Olive Gislason

Miss Olive Gislason died at the home of her brother, H B Gislason, in Minneapolis last Saturday

evening [January 3, 1920]. She had been suffering from cancer for more than two years and for the last year or more she had been, at times, in very much pain and for the last few months her suffering has been intense.

The remains were brought to Minneota and the funeral was held from the Icelandic Lutheran church last Tuesday afternoon, Rev G Guttormsson officiating. Interment was in the cemetery of the Icelandic Lutheran congregation in the township of Westerheim, where her parents are buried and which cemetery is on the old Gislason farm.

Short services were held at the home of B B Gislason, before the remaines were taken to the church and here an opportunity was given those who wished, to view the remains. The services at the church were attended by an audience that took up every available space, including standing room. With the exception of two Icelandic hymns the services were conducted in the English language. The floral tributes were many, costly and beautiful.

Olive Gislason was born Feb 15, 1868 and would have been 52 years of age next month. She was a native of Iceland and came with her parents to America in 1879. Her parents were Mr and Mrs Bjorn Gislason, now both deceased, who settled in the township of Westerheim, this county, on the far, now occupied by their son, the Hon J B Gislason, and it was on this farm that the subject of this sketch spent the years of her youth.

She attended the rural school of the home district and also the village school. She was gifted with a talent for music and in the spring of 1900 she was graduated from the Chicago Musical College, where she studied under such eminent instructors as Buzi Peccia, one of the most noted musicians in America, and others of that class. She finished the teachers’ course in this institution and although she did not choose a musical career, she was, nevertheless, well qualified for one.

Some time after her graduation from the musical college she took up stenography and before entering upon that work took a course at a Minneapolis business college from which she graduated.

She worked as a stenographer in the office her brothers maintained in Minneapolis for a while and later came to Minneota where she was chief stenographer in the Globe office until about two years ago when her health began to fail and she was compelled to give up work.

Briefly told these are some of the principal events in the life of Olive Gislason

So many things enter into the make-up of a personality that it is always difficult to establish a dominating trait. Olive Gislason possessed many outstanding qualities, as well as characteristics that won favor, and it is not easy to say which one of there was the controlling one. Yet we believe that the predominating impress of her personality, upon the minds of those about her, was that of strength. There was combined in her strength of character, strength of mind and strength of body.

In stature she was tall, in bearing stately and in manner genial. There was about her that whole-souled fellowship that can enter with a vim into the joys of those about it and is equally ready to share the burdens of the heavy laden and the sorrows of those who weep. Hers was a big heart, and many is the act of charity that issued out from its secret recesses. Her purse was open to the call of charity and her hands were ready to do service for the sick and the afflicted. All this she did in her own quiet way, shunning publicity and avoiding the things that would attract attention to any deed of kindness.

Although she had passed two score and ten the years had dealt with her kindly and had left but a few of the tell-tale customary marks. Up to the time of her sickness she was as alert, keen and vivacious as she was in the days of her youth, in fact she retained her youth so remarkably well that we do not think any of her friends thought of her as growing old. It is customary to speak of the passing years as having a mellowing effect upon temperament and character, and no doubt this is quite a general experience, but what, to our mind, seemed more noticeable in the case of Olive Gislason, was that the years brought her a depth of religious experience and soul-development that can come only to those upon whom God bestows the grace of faith.

Her faith was not a momentary fancy but a fabric of strength, wrought amidst the trials and tested in the joys of life – a faith that could stand the days of prosperity and bear the soul on wings of hop einto the realm of assurance, when the darkening shadows come out from the bourne of time to herald approaching night. Yes, hers was a faith the had grown in strength and power as the years came and went and it showed itself in all its splendor during those last m onths, when she knew that, for her, death was but beyond the threshold. To the end she was calm, uncomplaining, her soul pervaded by the cheer of Christ.

She was a member of the Lutheran church, holding membership in the Icelandic Lutheran congregation of Minneota.

To us who live in this community it is not necessary to substantiate what is said about this woman in the above lines, but were concrete proof desired what could be more convincing than the most remarkable last will and testament that she made?

To the church and charity she leaves all her property, thus setting an example, within the church body to which she belonged – the Icelandic Lutheran Synod – that it would be well for others, similarly situated, to earnestly consider.

Of how much property she died seized is not readily determined, as her holdings consist of real estate and investments that have yet to be turned into cash, but we are reliably informed that the estate may bring something near to $14,000.00.

Of this property her will makes the following disposition:

To the Icelandic Lutheran Church of Minneota $500.00.

To the Young Ladies Union, an auxiliary of the above named congregation, of which the deceased was a member, $500.00.

To the Cemetery fund of the Icelandic Lutheran congregation of the township of Westerheim, $500.00.

The residue of the estate is to be divided between the Sick Benefit Fund, of the Ladies’ Aid Society of the Icelandic Lutheran Congregation of Minneota and Betel, the Old People’s home of the Icelandic Luth Synod, located at Gimli, Manitoba.

Thus, as the years of her faith, studded with acts of kindness and service, speak in the silent eloquence of hallowed memories, so let us hope and pray that this last act of faith and foresight maybe a beacon light to lead others to a deeper appreciation of their religious privileges and a keener sense of responsibility toward the duties they impose.

The deceased leaves six brothers and two sisters as the surviving members of her immediate family: Eyjolfur, Walter, John, Bjorn, Haldor, Arni, Mrs Kristin Snidal and Mrs Emma Holm.

Rev Martin Romstead

Rev Martin Romstead, of Cottonwood, died at his home in that village, shortly after noon last Tuesday [January 27, 1920]. He was the first victim of the influenza epidemic, that appears to be holding that community in its grip at present. He was taken sick last Friday or Saturday and was not able to conduct services last Sunday, though not at that time considered in grave danger. After Sunday the disease took a sudden return for the worse and shortly after the noon hour Tuesday he passed away. He would have been 52 years old next May.

The untimely and sudden death of this good man was a shock, not only to the people of his town and congregations but to the many friends and acquaintances both far and near. He is survived by a widow and six children.

Martin Romstead was born in Throndheim, Norway, where he received academic training and came to America when about 20 years of age.

Shortly after coming to this country he entered Augsburg Seminary from which he was graduated. He also took some special courses in a university in Indiana.

Twenty-seven years ago he came to Cottonwood, then a young man just out of school, having been called as pastor by the Norwegian Lutheran congregation of that village. For fifteen years he served this call and then he accepted a call to a South Dakota pastorate, where he remained for five years. At the end of this time Rev Haugen, then pastor of the Cottonwood congregation, had accepted a call to Northfield and the Cottonwood pulpit was again vacant. With one accord the members turned to their former pastor, Rev Romstead, and requested him to return to them. This he did and he had now been at Cottonwood for seven years. Out of twenty-seven years in the ministry he had spent twenty-two of them in Cottonwood. It was his first and last charge. And from what we know of the feeling that existed towards this man among his people, which includes the congregation of St Lucas, as well as Cottonwood, for he was pastor of both, it is safe to say that although ministers come and go in these congregations, Rev Romstead will be the first and last in the hearts of the generation among which he labored.

Sincerity and singleness of purpose were outstanding qualities of his character. He preached the simple faith and his life was a living example of what he preached. While it is not our intention to liken any mortal man to the Great Master, yet we think that no one will accuse us of irreverence when we say about Rev Romstead that, within his congregations, he spoke as one having authority and his people heard him gladly. The most respectful attention was paid to whatever he proposed, by those under his spiritual charge, and it is not overstating to say that he was loved by all his people.

As men who live on adjoining lands are neighbors, so communities whose circle of influence touch, are likewise neighbors, and what is a loss to one such community cannot but be a loss to every other community that touches its sphere of influence. The few miles that separate the Minneota and Cottonwood communities can not prevent our feeling that in the death of Rev Romstead we, of Minneota, have sustained a great loss. Here are many who knew him, liked him, lived him, and these all feel that his loss is personal. Rev Romstead was a man who combined with sincerity of purpose a keen intellect and a very practical turn of mind. He was neither a theorist nor a dreamer, but a man who met the problems of everyday life with determination and practical common sense. He was a big-hearted, broad-minded, sympathetic lover of humanity and that he should be called away, in the prime of his usefulness,, and while yet the noon day sun was at its meridian height, the reason for which is written by the hand of God in the Ledger of Eternity – that book the secret of which all the learning of the ages has failed to disclose to man.

Ole G Wigdale

Ole G Wigdale died at the Luther Hospital in Watertown last Friday [January 30, 1920]. He had been at the hospital for about five weeks. The cause of death was kidney trouble which had been gradually coming on for some twenty years. He was 76 years of age.

Ole G Wigdale was born in Stavanger, Norway, January 4, 1843. He came to America in 1865, the voyage being made in a sail-ship. He landed at Quebec and from there he went to LaCrosse, Wis, where he remained for one year. In 1877 he married Miss Lena Glasoe, at Rushford, Minn. For a year after their marriage they lived in Winona, Minn, and in 1879 they moved to Goodwin, S D, where they settled on a farm and were among the pioneers of that community and there they lived for thirty-one years. The came to Minneota in the fall of 1910 and have lived here since.

Mr Wigdale is survived by his widow and four children: Mrs Ed O’Connor, George B, Oscar A, and Mrs Hattie Strang. There is also a brother in Minneapolis and a sister in Norway.

Mr Wigdale returned to Norway for a brief visit in 1877.

During the ten years that Mr Wigdale has lived in Minneota he has made friends and won the respect of our people. He seemed to be a man physically alert and the mind was active and he was well read and took a very keen interest in all public matters. He was a member of the Lutheran church. Mr Wigdale was an upright and honorable man and there are none will gainsay that he dealt fairly and justly with all. He had become a familiar figure upon our streets and his characteristically outspoken but genial manner had made for him friends and acquaintances who daily greeted him upon the streets and stopped to discuss the current topics of conversation.

Yes, we had all learned to like, and in many things admire, Ole Wigdale. Though a resident here but ten years he had become one of the well known members of the community and one that will be missed, not only by his many relatives, but by a host of friends by whom he was highly esteemed.

The funeral took place last Monday at Goodwin and was conducted by Rev Hatlan, of Watertown. The pallbearers were: Peter Crom, Ludvig Leindal, D Smith, Louis Gaberdin, Chas Dahl and Gust Lassig.

The widow and all the children, with the exception of George, who is an invalid, were present at the funeral as also were these out of town relatives: K L Wigdale, of Minneapolis, Mary Wigdale Anderson, of Milaca, Minn, G J Wigdale, of Winona, nephews and nieces, respectively, Ed O’Connor and John O’Connor Jr. I S Wigdale, of Minneapolis, was unable to attend on account of poor health.

Miss Elma Larson

Miss Elma Larson died at the home of her parents, Mr and Mrs John Larson, in the township of Nordland, last Monday [ February 2, 1920], influenza being the cause of death.

The funeral was held from the home Tuesday, Rev E J Hinderlie officiating.

The deceased was born in Nordland Oct 20, 1896 and had made her home with her parents in that township practically all her life.

She was a capable young lady of quiet disposition and was a favorite with all who knew her. The home from which she has been taken has sustained a loss that will be keenly felt. She was a bright, intelligent girl, of fine Christian character, a member of the Lutheran church. She was confirmed by Rev Hinderlie and he speaks of her in terms of deep appreciation of her many strong qualities.

Besides her parents she is survived by two brothers and two sisters. The sympathy of the community goes out to the sorrowing relatives.

James McGinn

Postmaster James McGinn died at St Mary’s Hospital in Rochester last Wednesday night [February 11, 1920]. He went to Rochester last week and was operated on Tuesday for what was thought to be cancer but which turned out to be an ulcer. After the operation kidney trouble set in and this was the immediate cause of death.

Mr McGinn had not been in good health for a long time but it was thought that an operation would cure him. That the end was so near no one expected and the sudden news of his death was shocking to all.

James McGinn was the son of Patrick and Sarah (McBeth) McGinn. His parents both came to America when they were young and were married in New York city. After their marriage they returned to Ireland and it was here that their son, James, was born on January 11, 1863. James therefore was just 57 years and one month old when he died.

The McGinns remained in Ireland but a short time and then returned to America making their home in New York. In 1867 they went to California, where they resided five years, returning to New York in 1872, In 1881 they came “West” and that same year settled on a homestead in the township of Westerheim, Lyon county. Here Patrick McGinn died in 1889 and Mrs Sarah McGinn in 1890.

James McGinn worked on the farm from the time he came here until 1892 when he moved to Minneota and for a while conducted a store and later was postmaster for one term.

Mr McGinn was a cigar maker, having learned that trade in New York. He worked at that trade in various times and places. He was at Flandreau for a year, in Spicer, Iowa, for a while and in Watertown, S D, for some over a year.

In the late nineties he established a cigar factory in Minneota which he conducted until 1908 when he went into the rear estate business. In 1915 he was appointed postmaster of the Minneota office which position he held at the time of his death.

On June 20th, 1893 James McGinn and Miss Margaret Kiley were married. Five children, with their mother, survive the deceased. The children are: Patrick, James, Ellen, Sarah and Arthur.

There is not a man in this community but misses Jim. For although he was frank, outspoken, fearless he was also charitable, kind and genial. He had held the office of mayor of Minneota, he had been clerk of the Board of Education, he had been county commissioner and all the time he was one of the leading democrats of the county. In every official position he made good. He was never afraid to assert himself and he was willing to stand up and fight for his convictions at any time.

Jim’s sympathies always were with the “underdog,” to use a common expression. The side that espoused the cause of the oppressed, always found in Jim a faithful friend. In industrial matters his sympathies were always with the laboring man. He was loyal to his community, true to his friends, and kind to his family.

Jim was a thorough American, through and through. When America entered the war Jim’s three sons volunteered and all were accepted. While their boys were with the army Mr and Mrs McGinn and their two daughters were as busy home-workers for the cause as could be found anywhere. But while no one could be a more loyal citizen than was James McGinn, it should also be recorded that he never forgot his mother country – old Ireland. Jim McGinn was a militant Irishman and the only bitterness that we ever found him harbor, in the twenty-five years that we have been intimately associated with him, was for the oppressors of the land of his fathers.

Jim was a pleasing conversationalist. He spoke rapidly and fluently and he always had a ready answer when accosted, being by nature, richly endowed with the renowned wit of is race. He was a student of public affairs and had a good understanding of political questions , and enjoyed political discussions. He was a wide-awake, active citizen and took a healthy interest in all that was going on in the world of politics.

He was kind hearted and always ready to freely assist any charitable cause. Jim never accumulated much of this world’s goods, but he was rich in friends. There was about him nothing that was put on, he was just plain Jim wherever you saw him and he met you on the level and dealt with you on the square.

He was a member of the local Catholic church.

The funeral will be held from the Catholic church here Monday at 9 o’clock.

Mrs A B Gislason

Mrs Cora Gislason, wife of Attorney A B Gislason, of this city, died at the Abbott Hospital in Minneapolis, last Friday, Feb 5 [1920].

For some time she had been suffering from diabetes and since last November had been in Minneapolis receiving medical treatment.

On Wednesday, Feb 4th, she gave birth to a daughter, the child living but a very short while.

Such, in brief, is the record of the sad event that cast a shadow of gloom and sorrow over many a home in Minneota last Friday when the news came here.

The deceased was a daughter of Mr and Mrs TH S Eastman and was born in the township of Swede Prairie, Oct 28, 1884 and came with her parents to Minneota when a little girl and has made her home here ever since. She was thirty-five years old last October.

On Sept 30th, 1906, Miss Cora Eastman and Arni B Gislason were united in marriage. The husband and three children survive the deceased. The children are: Arlon, 12, Grace, 10, Raymond, 8.

Mrs Gislason had a common school education and a quite extensive training in music. She was an accomplished singer and her contributions to local musical events were always welcomed by the public and greatly appreciated. She was a member of the Icelandic Lutheran church of this city and an active, faithful worker in all the activities of that organization.

Cora’s was a happy, cheerful disposition. There seemed to be a song on her heart and a smile on her lips always. People liked to visit in her home and in society she was a favorite for she radiated gladness and good cheer wherever she was. She took a leading part in the social activities of the village and much demand was made upon her to contribute to various entertainments. She was active on clubs and societies and freely gave of her time and talents in the promotion of the social life of the community.

But in spite of the attention that she gave to outside demands upon her time Cora was a home-loving woman. In her home she was at her best and no one ever crossed her threshold but felt the warmth and geniality of her welcome. Kindness and friendliness characterized her and these were genuine, for there was no shamming about Cora.

She was a woman of positive temperament. She had strong convictions and spoke her mind freely and firmly and her friends knew that they could always depend on her. She was one of those few to whomit was given to maintain their convictions without sacrificing their geniality and good fellowship.

She had strong religious convictions and received much comfort from the cultivation of the religious side of her nature.

The people of this village have seen this woman grow from girlhood into womanhood. Here her pleasant life has been spent and here everybody knew her. Her acquaintances liked her, her friends loved her. Her sad death strikes sorrow in to every heart. The children and the husband, her father and mother, her sisters and brother, have the sympathy of all. Their loss it would be futile to attempt to describe. But for the community we will say that it has lost, in Cora, one who was dear to all and one who was ever ready to help every worthy cause.

The date of the funeral has not been set. The remains have been deposited in a vault in Minneapolis and will be brought to Minneota as soon as Mr Gislason, who has been very low with influenza, but is now recovering, is able to be out.

Besides the husband and children the deceased is survived by her parents, a brother, Albert, in Saint Paul, and three sisters: Mrs A E Arntson, of Red Wing, Mrs G A Anderson, of Redlands, Calif, and Margaret.

Mrs Bert O’Neal

Mrs Ella O’Neal died in this city last Wednesday morning [February 11, 1920], a victim of the influenza. She had been sick about two weeks.

The deceased was a daughter of Mr and Mrs John Goslar and was a native of Germany. She was born June 15, 1889, and came to America with her parents when a young girl.

She was married to Bert O’Neal and they have been living in Minneota and vicinity most of the time since their marriage. Four children survive the mother, all young.

The deceased was of a rather delicate constitution. But she always put up a good fight and as wife and mother she gave her family every loving care and ministered to the comfort and the welfare of children and husband to the utmost of her ability. It was her lot to have of this world’s goods but a limited store but she made the most of all that she had and proved herself a good manager and thrifty housewife.

Hers was a religious nature and she received much comfort from her simple child-like faith that had been instilled in her by her Christian parents.

The death of this woman is one of those tragically sad things with which Providence so often tries the hearts of those who walk this “vale of tears.” Four little children will never again know the loving embrace of a self-sacrificing mother and from out the life of a husband who was struggling to do his best for his loved ones, has gone the cheering, encouraging, comforting love of her whose hope and faith was always an inspiration.

The funeral services were conducted from the home yesterday afternoon. Rev A Longfield officiated. Interment was in the German Lutheran cemetery of Alta Vista.

Mrs Ida Leland

Mrs Ida Regina (Hanson) Leland died at the state hospital in St Peter, last Friday [February 20, 1920]. The remains were brought here for burial and the funeral was held from the Norwegian Lutheran church last Tuesday afternoon, Rev E J HInderlie officiating.

The deceased was a daughter of Mr and Mrs Rasmus Hanson and was born on a farm near Minneota April 14, 1886 and would have been 34 years old next April.

About fifteen years ago she was married to Marvin Leland. Four children were born to them, of whom two survive, Irene, 14, and Lloyd, 12. She is also survived by her father and four brothers, Ole, Olaus, Lewis and John and two sisters, Mrs D Flemming and Mrs Andrew Gigstad. Her husband is also living.

Some over four years ago Mrs Leland suffered a nervous breakdown which affected her mind and she was taken to the hospital at St Peter for treatment. Later she developed tuberculosis and it was from this that she died.

Ida was born and brought up here and her family is one of the best known pioneer families of this community. She was a kind and considerate daughter and as wife and mother discharged her duties with painstaking love and consideration, giving the full measure of her strength in the service of home and loved ones. Though but young in years life had compelled her to drink deep of the cup of sorrow and suffering and there is no doubt that those nearest and dearest to her felt that death came to her in the role of an angel of mercy.

James Jackson

James Jackson died at his home in Taunton last Sunday [ February 29, 1920]. The cause of death was influenza-pneumonia. The funeral took place from the residence last Monday, Rev A Longfield officiating.

The deceased was born in Lancastershire, England, Aug 15th, 1867 and so was 52 years of age at the time of his death. He married Miss Agnes Birkett about twenty years ago and 18 years ago they came to America. Since coming to this country they have made their home in Taunton most of the time. Mr Jackson is survived by the widow and three sons, Edgar, 16, Leonard, 11, and Walter, 8. There is also an adopted son, Robert, who lives at Hubbard, Minn.

Mr Jackson was a quiet, well-meaning man who discharged his obligations as husband, father and citizen in a manner that earned him the approval and good will of his neighbors. Mrs Jackson and her sons have the sympathy of the community in their sorrow.

Emil R Porchardt

Emil R Porchardt died at his home in Island Lake last Saturday [February 28, 1920], tuberculosis being the cause of death. The funeral was held last Wednesday.

The deceased was born in Germany in November 1878 and was 45 years old last November. He came to America with his parents when but 6 years of age and all the time since he has been a resident of this community, most of the time living in Island Lake. For about four years he resided in Minneota, leaving here about 7 years ago to return to the farm.

In 1900 Mr Porchardt married Miss Louise Manke, daughter of Mr and Mrs G Manke. Nine children, all living, have been born to this union, three sons and six daughters.

Mr Porchardt had been sick for nearly two years with the disease from which he died. Emil was well known here and had many friends in Minneota and vicinity. He was an upright man of pleasing personality and made friends easily. He was well read and had clear ideas and well formed opinions about many subjects. His death is a loss to the community he lived in and his wife and children have the sympathy of all in this, to them, irreparable loss. Besides the widow and the children the deceased is survived by his parents and three brothers and three sisters.

Mrs Anna Kjemhus

Mrs Anna Kjemhus, wife of J R Kjemhus, died from pneumonia, at 11:27 last Monday night [March 8, 1920], at her home in this city. She had been sick for five days and not until about the last day did there seem to be any apparent danger.

The deceased was the daughter of Mr and Mrs Ole M Brusven, whose home is in Todd county, Minnesota, and she was born in Norway July 18, 1890. When five years of age she came to America with her parents and made her home in Todd county. In the late nineties she came to Yellow Medicine county and made her home with relatives there for a while and on Dec 11, 1910 she was married to James Reuben Kjemhus. They lived on a farm in Swede Prairie until last summer, when they moved to Minneota. Four children have been born to this union, who all survive their mother, Orvin, Ruby, Marion and Arbbie. The oldest is but eight and the youngest was born about two months ago.

Mrs Kjemhus was endowed with a disposition of cheer and kindness and made friends wherever she went. She made the most and best of everything and did her utmost to make her home pleasing and comfortable for her husband and children. She was a true helpmate to her husband and a most devoted mother to the little children whom death has now robbed of their nearest and dearest friend. She was a woman who devoted all her time to her home and gave every ounce of strength and energy to the little circle that constituted her world. It is vain for mortal man to attempt to frame words of consolation for the heart-broken husband, from out whose life was suddenly taken the light of his home. And as for the children, whose cries for “mama” still startle the silent night, but awaken not the inmate of the death chamber, they will never know, until they shall have traveled along the hard road of experience into the years of trials and tribulations, of what priceless heritage they have been bereft.

The funeral of Mrs Kjemhus will be held from the Norwegian Lutheran church here this, Friday, morning at ten o’clock. Interment will be in the cemetery at Cottonwood. Rev Hinderlie will officiate.

Out-of-town people here for the funeral are: Mr and Mrs Ole M Brusven, of Todd county, Mrs John M Johnson, of Minneapolis, Mrs M A Olson, Lake Park and Elmer Kjemhus, Beltrami.

Tollef Heggeseth

Tollef Heggeseth was crossing the yards at his farm home in Nordland last Wednesday [ March 24, 1920] afternoon and going toward the house. When he reached the porch and was about to open the door he fell down, a victim of heart failure, death seemingly instant. There was apparently no immediate cause for the attack although we understand that Mr Heggeseth had been suffering from a weak heart for some time.

Tollef Heggeseth was born in Norway August 1st, 1856 and would have been 64 years old next august. In March, 1881, while still in Norway, he married Miss Helga Soldahl and they came to America the spring of that year. Mrs Heggeseth is a sister of Mrs S L Teigland and as the Teiglands came here in the early seventies Mr and Mrs Heggeseth, on coming to America, came directly to Minneota and settled on a farm in Nordland where they have since resided.

Eight children have been born to Mr and Mrs Heggeseth, four of whom have died. With their mother the following four children survive the deceased: Mrs Gilbert Johnson, Mrs Arthur Nelson, Mrs Nels J Myhre and Adolph. The son-in-law, Arthur Nelson, recently bought the Heggeseth farm and Mr and Mrs Heggeseth were making their home with Mr and Mrs Nelson and so it was on the old place where he had labored for nearly forty years that he passed away.

Tollef Heggeseth was a good man. He was honest in his dealings and truthful and reliable in his intercourse with those about him. He was frank with all and he had a very characteristic way of saying all that he had to say in a very few words. He never beat around the bush but came right out with whatever he had to say in a way that left no one guessing as to where he stood. He was a faithful Christian and was a member of the Lutheran church, being affiliated with the Hemnes congregation of which he was always one of the leading workers. He always stood for the higher and the better things, both in the community and the state, and his work and his influence was always for and with those who were fighting the battles for the moral and spiritual uplift of the state and nation.

In the cause of charity and humane service he never held back, but gave of his means and his time to the very limit. An incident though not of great moment, but, nevertheless, an index to the character of the man, was told us yesterday, by the local chairman of the Armenian drive of a year ago. Mr Heggeseth had been asked to look after the south half of his township in this drive. Bad weather set in and men all over waited and refused to go out and solicit until better roads could be had. But Mr Heggeseth, after trying to drive and finding it quite impossible, started out on foot and in that way made the whole half of the township and visited every home in the territory. This is just a little illustration of how this man worked. He was not always looking after his own comfort or his own convenience. If there was work to be done he went and did it, without any fuss or grumbling. Tollef Heggeseth may never have read “Message to Garcia,” but figuratively speaking he has carried many such a message. The Bible was his compass and duty was the path that he chose and, to us, who walked with him the paths of everyday, it seems that his taking away so suddenly was but a fitting ending for a life that had always been active and for a man who seemed ever ready to meet the Great Accountant in a final audit of “the books.”

But Tollef, while his outlook upon life was of the serious kind, was a man who “lived by the way,” and was ever ready to enter into any innocent fun. There was cheerfulness in his disposition and he had a very keen sense of humor and the “funny side” of a proposition seldom escaped him.

His life-story is that of a pioneer – that old story of the hardships and the final triumph of the men and women who came here and with superhuman effort conquered the blizzard and the blazing sun! All honor to them all! All honor to the men like Tollef Heggeseth, the later Vikings of the newer Vinland, who ”came and saw and conquered” as truly as ever did any Roman.

The funeral of Tollef Heggeseth will be held from the Hemnes church tomorrow, Saturday, afternoon at two o’clock.

Mrs Sarah Jane Moore

Mrs Sarah Jane Moore died at the home of her daughter, Mrs C M Nevins last Tuesday [May 11, 1920] from an attack of acute dilation of the heart. She had the influenza last winter and never quite recovered.

The deceased had lived here but a year, coming to this locality from Indianola, Iowa, when her husband, R J W Moore, died a year ago.

Mrs Moore was born in Ohio Mch 28, 1852, her parents were James Moore, a native of Ireland, and his wife Mary Wise (Moore) a native of Pennsylvania.

We have no further data on the life of this woman except that she and her husband had lived for 40 years on a farm near Indianola and that she is survived by two daughters, Mrs C M Nevins and Mrs Elmer Nevins and four sons, Edward, John, Dick and Charley.

Mrs Moore was a woman who commanded the respect of all who knew her. She was capable and her whole life was filled with action, filled with service, filled with deeds of kindness and consideration. Her family, her neighbors, her church, her community, had ever her best efforts and she gave of her means and strength without reserve, whenever Christian duty seemed to call. She was a hood, God-fearing woman whom all liked.

The remains were taken to Indianola Wednesday, accompanied by her daughters Mrs C M Nevins and Mrs Elmer Nevins.

Vilborg Christianson

Vilborg Christianson, wife of Sigbjorn Christianson, died last Sunday afternoon [May 30, 1920] from a chronic stomach ailment with which she had suffered for many years. This ailment had brought on a nervous disorder that so affected her mind that she was taken to the state hospital in St Peter for treatment and it was at this place she died.

The remains were brought here Tuesday and her funeral took place from the Icelandic church last Wednesday afternoon.

The deceased was born in Iceland, July 9th, 1854 and on August 7th, 1882, she was married to Sigbjorn Christianson and with him came to America that same summer. They arrived in Minneota Sept. 12, 1882 and, until a few years ago, they made their home in this village.

Besides the aged widower she is survived by three daughters: Runa, Mrs Elmer Olson, and Margaret.

Mrs Christianson will be remembered by the men and women as knew her as a kind, home-loving woman who gave her household her every thought and energy and who did all in her power to make her husband and children comfortable. She did not concern herself much with things outside her home, but while she had her health she was cheerful and entered into the activities of the little circle that constituted the neighborhood in which she moved.

Hers were the days of pioneering, she belonged to that band of good people who came from different climes and countries and established here a community. The struggle with poverty, the simple life of the early days, the task of learning a mode of life in a new country, were all in the day’s work with her and to the utmost of her strength and ability she faced the problems of her day and station and acquitted herself with self-sacrificing faithfulness.

Catherine Rogan

Miss Catherine Rogan died at the hospital in Rochester last Monday [May 31, 1920]. She had gone therefore treatment for blood poisoning and last Sunday developed a case of pneumonia, and this was the immediate cause of death.

Catherine Rogan was born in Chicago, April 15, 1870, and so was 50 years old last April. Her parents were Thomas and Catherine (Roland) Rogan. She came with her family to Lyon county Minnesota, in 1880 and has since lived on the farm that the family settled on in the township of Eidsvold, until last February when she came to Minneota to love with her sister, Mrs Kiley.

She is survived by her brother James Rogan and three sisters: Mrs E J Kelly, of Alberta, Canada, Mrs John Kiley and Mrs Ann Kiley, both of this locality, The last named was with her sister when she died.

Miss Catherine Rogan was a woman of many fine qualities. She was a faithful member of the Catholic church and active in good work within the parish. She was a woman decided in her opinions, had strength of character and there was always something about her that bespoke wholesomeness, good cheer and sympathy with those who traveled with her the paths of every day.

Kate, as we called her, was a woman in whom we all had confidence. Those of us who have known her for years know that she was in every way worthy, true, kind and devoted in mind and character to the better things of life.

The funeral is being held this morning from the local Catholic church, beginning at nine o’clock.

John Hallgrimson

John Hallgrimson died at his home in this city last Friday [June 4, 1920]. He had been bed-ridden most of the time since last fall. He went to Minneapolis and was operated on several months ago but he has been confined to his bed all the time since.

The deceased was born in Iceland Oct 26th, 1858. He was a leader in his community in the old country and held both elective and appointive offices of importance and was both reeve and magistrate of his district. His official career was extensive and creditable.

In March 1888 he married Sigridur Gudvaldsdottir, who with seven children survives him. The children are; John, Einar, Gudrun (Mrs A O Bjornson), Christine, Haldora, Elizabeth and Margaret.

In 1903 the family came to America and that same year located on a farm in Roseau county, Minnesota, where they lived until 1918 when they came to Minneota. The deceased is also survived by the following sisters: Mrs P P Jokull, Sister Johanna Hallgrimson, Mrs Einar Johnson, Mrs Elizabeth Johnson and a brother Sigurjon, who is in Iceland.

The funeral was held from the Icelandic Luth Church in Minneota, Rev G Guttormsson officiating.

Mr Hallgrimson has lived here but two years and during most of this time he has been in poor health. Outside the circle of his associates he has made but little acquaintance. Yet all who have met him have been impressed with the man’s personality. He was quiet and retiring with strangers but after one had made his acquaintance he was found a most interesting man. He was well read, kept himself well informed as to matters of current interest and took a delight in discussing topics of the day.

The most active period of his life was, of course, spent in the old country, where he was a man of position and consequence whose advice was sought and whose influence was felt. For fifteen years he pioneered in northern Minnesota, for two years he has lived here. In both these places he has impressed his associates with the fact that he was a man of unusual capacity and in both communities he has won the confidence and respect of all. As a citizen, neighbor, friend, husband and father he has always discharged his duties and met all obligations in a loyal and honorable manner. He was a good man and leaves a fine family and he will long be missed by friends and relatives.

Henry DeMay

Henry DeMay died at his home west of Minneota last Monday [June 7, 1920]. Epilepsy was the cause of death. He had been in town Monday forenoon and when he came home he acted strangely and complained of a headache which he said he had had for several days. In the evening he drank a great deal of cold water and lemonade and retired early, saying that he was feeling better. Shortly after this he suffered a stroke and passed away.

The deceased was born in Belgium May 14th, 1887 and came to this country a number of y ears ago. His parents were Francis and Rosalie (Geregat) DeMay. Several years ago Mr DeMat, while working on the construction of a building in Ghent, was seriously injured by having a heavy beam fall on his head. It is thought that the sickness from which he died was brought on by this injury.

He was married and leaves a wife and three children.

Iver Ousman

Iver Ousman died at his home in this city last Friday [June 11, 1920]. He had been suffering from tuberculosis for the past two years and it was from this disease that he died. He had been bed-ridden since last February and part of that timehad been at the Luther Hospital in Watertown.

Iver Ousman was born November 26, 1879 in Iceland. His parents were Stefan and Rosa Ousman and he came with them to America when but a child of five. His parents lived on a farm in Westerheim and later moved to Nordland and it was in this township that Iver, some years ago, began farming for himself.

Iver Ousman married Miss Catherine Donnelly in June 1909. Tow daughters were born to them and after about two and a half years of very happy married life Mrs Ousman died, survived by her husband and two daughters.

In 1914 Iver again married, his second wife being Miss Margaret Heinen. To this union two children have been born, one of which, a girl, survived her father. Mr Ousman is survived by his wife and three daughters and by his mother, two brothers and a sister. His brothers are Arni who is out West amd John, who lives in Minneota, and his sisters are Mrs Maurice Hennessy, og Two Harbors and Mrs C A Duncan, of Wolverton.

Iver Ousman, before his first marriage, became a member of the Catholic church and died in that faith. He was a faithful member of the church and lived a true Christian life. He was a kind man who did his best to live up to the truth, as it was given him to see it, and he had the good will of his neighbors and associates at all times. He was a very quiet man. We have known Iver since we two were boys together and we can truthfully say we have never heard him speak ill of anyone. He liked to say kind things about people and it just seemed he had a friendly feeling for all.

He was faithful in all that he had to do, true to every trust and upright in every particular. He was comparatively young and yet adversity had laid a heavy hand upon him. All his life he worked hard, probably too hard, for there was nothing lazy about Iver. His sorrowing relatives have the sympathy of a large circle of friends.

The funeral took place from the Catholic church here last Tuesday morning, father W J Stewart officiating.

Gottleib Manke

Gottlieb Manke died at his home in Marshall, Minn, on Thursday of last week, October 7th [1920]. Cancer was the cause of death. The funeral took place from the German Lutheran church at Marshall and the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery in Alta Vista. Rev E A Birkholtz officiated.

Gottlieb Manke was born in Germany April 21, 1855 and came to America when he was but 18 years of age. At the age of 22 he married Miss Hanna Haas, their wedding day being December 26, 1878. They settled on a farm in Alta Vista township, Lincoln county where they lived until they retired from farming twenty years ago. Leaving the farm, they lived in Minneota for ten years and then moved back on a farm in Limestone where they resided for nine years. In 1919 they moved to Marshall where they have lived since.

The deceased is survived by the widow and four children - Mrs Emil Pochardt, W J Manke, F H Manke and Mrs Sam DeKing.

All the older people here knew Mr Manke. Hr was one of the early settlers of this locality and came here as a boy. The Alta Vista settlement was not numerous in the seventies and the young couple, Mr and Mrs Manke, began their married life with the beginning of the community life. They worked hard and they possessed faith, hope and energy and they made everything count towards building up the home and the community. They were thrifty, managed well, and made good. They were typical of our best class of pioneers and they were looked up to with respect and held in esteem by their neighbors.

Gottlieb Manke was a quiet man. He met you with that sincere, friendly manner that always puts you at ease and you felt that confidence in him that you would go to him with any request feeling assured that he would help you or accommodate you if in his power. He was a man whom his neighbors thought much of for he was kind and helpful in all his intercourse.

He was a member of the Lutheran church and proved himself a true and faithful Christian. He was a man of principle, a man whom everybody trusted - a man who had faith in his neighbors and dealt fairly and honestly with all.

Mrs Elmer Nelson

Mrs Josephine Nelson wife of Elmer Nelson, of Minneota, who had been at Jordan, Minn, for four weeks and at the University hospital, in Minneapolis for one week, died at the latter place on the 19th of this month [October 1920] from cancer of the blood.

The deceased was a daughter of J Gus Johnson and was born in Swede Prairie Yellow Medicine county, Mch 18, 1882. On April 11, 1907 she married Elmer Nelson and to them four children have been born who, with their father, survive their mother. The youngest is 4 years old and the oldest 13.

The remains of Mrs Nelson were brought to Minneota yesterday and the funeral will take place from the Swede Home church next Sunday.

It is indeed a sad case that this death presents. There are the four little children, bereft of motherly care, and the husband a cripple, having some years ago lost both his legs in a railroad accident.

Mrs Nelson was an exceptionally strong and industrious woman. She worked hard, was a fine housekeeper and everything about her home looked neat and clean at all times. Owing to her husband's physical condition more than her share of work naturally fell to Mrs Nelson, but she did it all cheerfully and without complaining.

Her lot in life was not easy but she took what fate sent and made the best of everything. She was a true, good, sympathetic woman and was liked by all. Her sudden taking away cast a shadow of gloom over the community and fills all hearts for the sorrowing husband and for the little ones who do not realize their great loss.

Besides her father, deceased is survived by four sisters and three brothers.

Sigurdur Sigurdson

Sigurdur Sigurdson died at the home of his daughter, Mrs John Williamson, last Monday [October 25, 1920]. He was 93 years old and had been bed-ridden for a number of years.

Sigurdur Sigurdson was born in Iceland Dec 25, 1826 and came to America in 1879.

He was married to Arnthruder Jonsdottir in 1850 and they lived together 68 years, she dying about two years ago.

Ten children were born to them of whom two are still living, Mrs John Williamson and Sigurdur Sigurdson.

The deceased made his home with his son, Sigbjorn, in Lincoln county from the time he came from Iceland until the former's death when he went to live with his daughter, Mrs Williamson, who, with her husband, has cared for, and done everything possible to promote the ease and comfort of this aged man.

Mr Sigurdson was a carpenter by trade and was a well skilled workman of that craft. During all his active years he was a man of prominence in the different communities where he lived.

He was a frank and came out in a straight and clear-cut manner in his intercourse with all. He had a strong personality and was firm and decided in his opinions. He took an active interest in the things that concerned his community and neighborhood and was ever ready to lend any good cause his support and influence.

He was a man whom those respected the most who knew him the best. He dealt with his associates on the square, he gave to his family the best he had and he was faithful in every trust and honorable in his every relation with society.

The funeral of Mr Sigurdson was held last Wednesday from the Icelandic Lutheran church, Rev G Guttormsson officiating.

Einar Sigurdson

Einar Sigurdson died at his home in Minneota last Sunday, October 31 [1920]. He had been sick for several weeks.

The deceased was 78 years of age and born in Iceland April 15, 1842. He married Sigurlaug Jonasdottir and they came to America in 1882 and that same year settled on a farm in Nordland township, this county, where they resided until 1917 when they came to Minneota to live. Mr Sigurdson is survived by his widow and eight children. The children are Paul. Jonina, Ole, Kristinn, Otto, Marvin and Bjorn.

The funeral of Mr Sigurdson took place from the Icelandic Lutheran church here last Tuesday, Rev Guttormsson officiating.

Einar Sigurdson was a man whom all respected who knew him. He was very quiet and reserved and concerned himself mostly about the affairs of his own home and family. He was kind to all and accommodating to his neighbors. He was a man without enemies, a man who would go out of his way to avoid trouble. It may truly be said of him that he was a good, honest man who followed the path of duty and walked in the way of the righteous.

Mrs Marie DeSutter

Mrs Marie DeSutter died at her home in the township of Grandview on the 24th of November [1920], after a lingering illness of several years duration.

The funeral took place last Saturday from the church in Ghent, aolemn requiem high mass being celebrated by Fathers Van Walleghem, Stewart and carlin.

The deceased was the daughter of Mr and Mrs Angelus Van Hee and was born in Belgium Oct 19, 1865. She came to America with her parents in 1881 and eleven years later, July 6th, 1892, she was married to Camiel DeSutter, who, with nine children, survives her. The children are: Aime, Charles, Andrew, Mary, Joseph, Rachel, Lucy, Alice and Emiel.

For about two years after their marriage they lived on a farm in the township of Westerheim and then moved to the township of Grandview where they have since resided.

Kristin Benjaminsdottir

Kristin Benjaminsdottir, born Dec 3rd, 1838, in Iceland, died Dec 27, 1920, at the home of her son, G B Bjornson, Minneota, Minn, age 82 years and 24 days. Was ill but a few days. Was confined to her bed two days. Monday she was apparently much better but at noon she suffered what seems to have been a heart attack and death resulted instantaneously. The funeral was held from the Icelandic Lutheran church in Minneota Wednesday afternoon, Rev G Guttormsson officiating.

Deceased came to America and this locality in 1876, being among the first of the Icelandic colony that settled here.

It is not for us to write the story of her struggles, her hardships, her fight with poverty - nor can our pen describe the heart-ache and the tears of those early years, when single-handed and alone she spent her energy, her strength, her life in the effort to earn daily bread for her and her boy. It is all, to us, a hallowed memory, a sacred shrine the curtain of which we cannot lift. God and the good pioneer folks helped this lone woman and her little boy and the years passed and with their passing came that better day, for which our early settlers left their kin and country and came to the land of hope and promise. She gave her boy the "Land of the Sagas" for a birthplace - a heritage that none need despise - and then, ere he could discern, or form attachment, she brought him for adoption to the "Land of the Free" where he could learn to love the institutions, and traditions of the country, where her hopes centered for his future, with the same facility of adaptation vouchsafed the native born. Poor, did you say? Yes, but what richer legacy could a mother bestow upon a son?

Being the boy for whom she freely offered up her life and strength, the one upon whom she lavished undying and unfaltering love, the one who ever was the object of her watchful care and fervent prayers, does it seem strange to you that our heart is filled with emotion that we neither can, nor care, to commit to the mercy of type and paper!

Mother! That name tells it all, and all that it tells she was to us.

Mrs Marvin Hanson

Mrs Marvin Hanson died at the Luther hospital in Watertown on the 23rd of December. as announced in our issue of last week.

Mrs Hanson had not been well all summer and had been to various doctors to seek relief for her ailment, but without success. Her ailment was valvular leakage of the heart and it was from this that she died.

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

The deceased was a daughter of Mr and Mrs P M Berg of this city and her given name was Emma Augusta. She was born in the township of Burton, Yellow Medicine county, April 6, 1896 and so she was but 24 years of age last April. She came with her parents to Minneota in 1905 and went through the grades and high school here, graduating with the class of 1916. Until about a year ago she was a clerk in her Father's store in Minneota and so came in contact with the people of this community, in a business way, for a number of years. She was very popular in the store and the trade seemed to like her. She was pleasant to all and made friends readily; all who became acquainted with her liked her. She was capable and efficient and made a good record wherever she took a hand. Emma was a good, bright girl and her untimely death casts a shadow of gloom over two households in the community.

Emma Berg was married to Marvin Hanson in March 1920 and is survived by her husband, an infant daughter, her parents and seven brothers and two sisters.

Out of town relatives who attended the funeral were: Mr and Mrs Peter Brantman, of Marshall, and her four brothers, Henry of Pipestone, and Carl, Peter and George, all of Minneapolis.

The pallbearers were her six brothers, Andrew, Carl, Henry, Peter, George and James.