1919 Lincoln County Minnesota Mascot obituaries entries

extracted by Becky Davidson

Emiel De Smet

Emiel De Smet died at his home in Eidsvold last Friday [January 3, 1919] from pneumonia.

He was a native of Holland being born there April 23, 1891. He came to this country when but two years of age and grew to manhood in Iowa, where he was married Oct 27, 1915 to Miss Celeste De Baere, who with two little children survives him.

Mr and Mrs De Smet came to Lyon county about three years ago and have made their home here since.

The deceased was an enterprising and genial young man whom everybody seemed to like. HE had the qualities of leadership and would have developed into a strong, influential citizen had he been spared. There was about him a wholesome and pleasing way and he met men and mixed with them in a manner that made for him friends wherever he went.

His being taken, in the prime of life and at the beginning of a most promising career, from his devoted wife and two little children is one of the sad things which can not be estimated in words.

The funeral was held last Saturday, Father W J Stewart officiating.

Mrs Marit Rye

Mrs Marit Rye died at the home of her son, Andrew Rye, last Saturday, Jan 11 [1919]. Had she lived until next April she would have been 88 years old.

She had been in failing health for some time.

Her maiden name was Marit Ranum and she was born in Aurdal, Valders, Norway, April 4, 1831. On Dec 27, 1856 she married Osten Rye and they came to America in 1879. They came direct to Minneota and took a homestead in the township of Nordland where they both lived until their death. Mr Rye died 4 years ago.

The deceased is survived by the following children: Andrew, Ole, Mrs O O Dovre, all of this locality, and Mrs Anne Furgeson Valley City, N D, Mrs H W Hackett, Spokane, Wash, and Mrs A Rukstad, Florence, S D.

The funeral took place from the Norwegian Lutheran church in Minneota Wednesday afternoon and was attended by many friends and neighbors of the family.

Death is seldom either a surprise or unwelcome when one is nearing the four score and ten mark, and it is generally the case that but few of those who knew one when in the active days are then left.

This woman belonged to the generation that laid the foundation for the prosperous community we live in. She came here forty years ago and she has seen and experienced the difficulties that surround and beset the pioneer settler. But she had courage and she had faith and like the other early settlers she and her husband had vision. They seemed to see into the future and read the golden pages that revealed what was awaiting the sons and daughters of the men and women who came, strangers into a strange land, to found an empire of wealth and beauty upon the uncultivated land of a new continent.

Mrs Rye was a woman of strong religious convictions. She was born and brought up in the Lutheran faith and she died a sincere and true Christian. Her home was governed with kindness and firmness and she brought up her children in the faith of their parents. No better testimony to her worth and work could be produced than the children who survive her, each and every one of whom are men and women of consequence, influence and leadership in their respective communities.

Mrs Rye was hospitable, kind and generous and acts of charity, thoughtfulness and consideration characterized her.

Bowed down by the weight of years she has gone on to take her well earned rest, but her memory will ever live in the hearts of loving children and grandchildren.

Mr and Mrs Andrew Rye have made the declining years of this worthy woman pleasant and comfortable and for this they have the appreciation of the other Rye children.

Alfred Anderson

S Anderson received a telegram yesterday stating that his son, Alfred O Anderson, had died at Key West, Florida, Wednesday [January 22, 1919].

Alfred Anderson was a son of Mr and Mrs S Anderson, of Minneota and enlisted as a volunteer, May 2, 1817. He has been stationed at Key West most of the time since. On Friday of last week Mr Anderson received a letter from Alfred in which he says he is feeling well and is looking forward to coming home soon. On last Tuesday he received a telegram stating that he was seriously ill, on Thursday come the message that he had died. The cause of death is not given.

Alfred was born May 2, 1897, at Granite Falls and came to Minneota with his parents, when 5 years of age, in 1902. This has been his home since. He has grown up here and gone to school here. He had been working in South Dakota for three weeks, when he enlisted, which was on his birthday in 1917 when he was 20 years old.

Alfred was a devoted son and did all he could do to help his parents and family. He was recognized as a good, steady boy and was generally liked.

In the letter he wrote home last week he told his father how he was looking forward to getting back home that he might help him in the shop.

But it was not to be. He was destined to give his life in the cause to which he had offered all. His is the seventh gold star on the service flag of the community. This community bows over the open grave of one more son given to the cause. Another of our homes is plunged into sorrow over the loss of a soldier son. He was the first-born son of Mr and Mrs S Anderson and that couple have at this time the deepest sympathy of all. They had but two sons old enough to bear arms and they both enlisted, both volunteered.

Neither of these boys needed to enlist and they certainly had good reason to stay in civilian life “to help the folks,” if they had wanted to take advantage of it. Bit no, their country called and they must answer. To Alfred that answer meant death. Now, as the boys come marching home, Alfred will not be with them. In the home of his youth there is a vacant place. In the heart of his family there is a place made empty by his departure, that never again will be filled, except as memory stores it with the fragrant flowers of affection, and lave scatters over it sweet, undying forget-me-nots.

Mr and Mrs Anderson! Your neighbors come to you, not with words, not with deeds, but with sympathy in your sorrow and prayer for help to the only Source that can give strength to bear the burdens that weigh so heavily. Your country comes to you, and in a spirit of tenderness and concern speaks its sympathy and gratitude.

Alfred Anderson’s death is felt as a blow by the whole community. He leaves besides his father and mother two sisters and three brothers. The remains will be shipped to Minneota for burial.

Mrs Bertha Jeremiason

Mrs Bertha Jeremiason died at the home of her daughter, Mrs Thomas Cleven, in the township of Nordland, last Friday [January 17, 1919]. She had been sick since last May.

The deceased was a widow of the late S H Jeremiason, who died four years ago. She was born in Norway, feb 19, 1844. She came to America in 1862 her people settling at St Peter, Minn. She was married to S H Jeremiason in 1867 and in 1872, they, with several other families moved to Lyon county. Mr and Mrs Jeremiason settled on a homestead in the township of Nordland – the place that was their home for the remainder of their days.

The following children survive her: Mrs H O Weikle, J D Jeremiason, Mrs Thomas Cleven, Mrs J F Gorman, and Mrs William Culshaw.

Mr and Mrs Jeremiason came to this locality in 1872; there were then but two or three families in the neighborhood, and so they form a part of the “hardy Norsemen” who laid the foundation for the township of Nordland – a name given to the station here, and to the whole settlement, regardless of boundaries, for many years. Mrs Jeremiason was a woman of large executive ability, she enjoyed good health and worked hard. It may be truthfully said that these pioneers matched their strength against the elements and, strange to say, in this uneven game won. The hardships that Mrs Jeremiason went through will be best appreciated by those who know what it was to live in the early days. But she had courage and she had will and she had energy – and she had faith, faith in God, the country and the future. She threw herself in to the fight against poverty and hardship and she won. She brought up a family that were to her a comfort and a credit and in everything she proved herself most worthy and efficient.

She was a member of the Hemnes Lutheran church and a worker in that organization from the beginning. Kindness, charity, hospitality are words descriptive of traits of character possessed by this woman and the community, as well as numerous individuals, owe her a debt of gratitude.

The funeral was held from the Hemnes church last Tuesday, Rev Christenson officiating.

Mrs Geeske Ningen, Ahldark Ningen, Mrs Mary Elizabeth Ningen

Mrs Geeske Ningen, wife of Jurren Ningen, died from the influenza last Tuesday morning [March 25, 1919].

Ahldark Ningen, son of Mr and Mrs Jurren Ningen, died at two o’clock Tuesday afternoon from influenzal pneumonia. He was 31 years of age.

Mrs Mary Elizabeth Ningen, wife of William Ningen, age 40 years, died at 6 o’clock Tuesday evening, from influenza.

This is in brief the tragic story of this fatal day in the Ningen family. This family lives in separate houses on the same quarter section in the township of Alta Vista. The old people, Mr and Mrs Jurren Ningen, maintaining one home, and with them the son who died, and William Ningen and family the other. William Ningen is the son of Mr and Mrs Jurren Ningen.

The death of these three people all in one day, came as a shock to the community and the sad circumstances have been a matter of sympathetic concern to all.

Mrs Geeske Ningen was born in Germany October 19, 1849 and has been a resident of the township of Alta Vista for more than twenty years.

Ahldark Ningen was born in the state of Iowa, March 29, 1888 and came with his parents to the Alta Vista locality when they moved here some time in the nineties. He was a single man and an industrious, well liked young man.

Mrs Mary Elizabeth Ningen was born March 23, 1879 in the state of Wisconsin. Her parents were Mr and Mrs Andrew Belsner. Her death presents the saddest feature of this triple tragedy. Five days before her death she gave birth to her eleventh child. All these children, most of them of tender age, are living and to them this loss is one that can not be estimated and they and the sorrowing father have the sympathy of all. The same is also the case with the aged Jurren Ningen who thus in one day deprived of her who has been for so many years his helpmeet and loving companion and of the son who was so much to his parents in their declining years.

All these people have lived in this community for many years and are without exception people of high character and have attained in their locality a standing and recognition and their worth has long been known and appreciated.

The funeral which was a private one was held from the home yesterday, Rev E J Hinderlie officiated.

Vilborg Siguros Josephson

Miss Vilborg Siguros Josephson died at the hospital in Marshall on the first of June [1919]. The funeral took place from the Icelandic church in Westerheim last Wednesday.

The deceased was a daughter of Herman Josephson and was born on his farm in the township of Westerheim Nov 27, 1899, being 20 years of age last November.

Miss Josephson contracted the influenza last fall and several complications set in and she was at the hospital for 22 weeks. The immediate cause of death was blood poison but it may be said that she died from the effects of the influenza.

She was brought up on her father’s farm and attended the rural schools of the vicinity and later spent two years in the Minneota High School. She was for a while in North Dakota.

All those who knew the young lady speak of her in the very highest terms. She was capable, bright and of very winning disposition and made friends of all those who learned to know her. During her long period of sickness she proved herself brave and strong and put up a very hard fight against the disease from which she suffered. Miss Josephson’s death is a loss to the community and the many friends of the family freely express their sympathy and sorrow.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev G Guttormsson.

Thorvaldina Snidal

Miss Thorvaldina Snidal died at the tuberculosis hospital at Granite Falls last Tuesday [June 10, 1919]. The remains were shipped to Minneota and the funeral took place from the Icelandic church in Westerheim, Rev G Guttormsson officiating.

The deceased was a daughter of Mr and Mrs John Snidal, who were pioneers of the Westerheim settlement and she was born in that township in January, 1890, being 29 years of age.

Miss Snidal spent all but several years of her life in this community. She was in Wynyard, Sask, for several years and returned from there about a year ago. She went to the hospital in Granite Falls less than a year ago.

Dina was a girl who made friends. Her disposition was cheerful, she was kind and she wanted to make life agreeable to those who were her companions along the path of life. Wherever she went she was esteemed and her most untimely demise is regretted by great many friends who learned to like this kind and genial girl.

For nearly two years she suffered from the disease from which she died, but she bore up under the affliction with Christian fortitude and heroic courage.

She is survived by her mother, two brothers and five sisters.

William Mohr

A message announcing the death of William Mohr was received here last Tuesday morning. Mr Mohr had been at the hospital in Rochester for the past ten weeks and had undergone several operations. Kidney trouble seems to have been the immediate cause of death.

The remains were brought to Minneota and the funeral will be held this afternoon from the home of the deceased in Eidsvold, Rev E J Hinderlie officiating, at 2 o’clock.

William Mohr was born in Germany, November 26, 1853, and came to America when about sixteen years of age. He settled in the German settlement that was fast being built up in the vicinity of New Ulm and there he remained until about 1878 when he came to this locality to live. He has been here since and it is safe to say that few families here enjoy more the confidence and the respect of the community than does the family of which he has been head.

On March 9th, 1879 Mr Mohr was married to Miss Emelia Freiheit and they took up their residence on the farm in Eidsvold in which has been the home of the family since. Mrs Mohr died died ten years ago. Fifteen children have been born to this couple , of whom eleven are now living: they are: Minnie (Mrs Fred Kontzelmann, Wells, Minn_, Henry, Ogilvie, Minn. Ottillie (Mrs August Stelter, deceased), Anna (Mrs H Kontzelmann), Emma (deceased), William G, Hermann (deceased), Emelia (Mrs Christensen), Alwinnie (Mrs H Stringer), Louise, John, Elsie, Edward (deceased), Amanda and Fred.

William Mohr has lived in this community since the early days, he has been one of the pioneers of the locality and he has worked for the best interests of the settlement since he first came here.

“Billy” Mohr, as he is known to his friends, has always enjoyed a reputation for honesty and square dealing that anyone might be glad to possess. He has been a progressive in politics and a man who has stood for the interests of the common man in every emergency. Not a man who knows him but would be glad to call him a friend for he has ever been ready to do his utmost for any cause that has been worthy. He was one of the pioneers of this community and as such he has passed through all the hardships and all the difficulties incident to the life of the pioneer. He is one of the men to whom this community owes a debt of gratitude, one of those to whom the men of the coming generation will look back with veneration and respect for he was a path-finder on the then barren prairies of Minnesota, during the years when it meant something to try and make a home in the “wilds of the west.”

Personally we knew “Billy” for many years. We knew him ever since we were a boy and we speak with knowledge and conviction when we say that there were in him the elements that make for the best character and manhood. Men of the Billy Mohr type are few – but wherever you find them they stand for the best interests of the community, they are thrifty, hard-working, honest – and they can be depended upon at all times.

August Janssen

The community was shocked last Sunday afternoon [June 22, 1919] when the report was brought that August Janssen had been drowned in the river near his home while in bathing.

It seems that he and some other boys were bathing in the river and that August was carried away by the stream, quite beyond the assistance of his comrades, who went home and sounded the alarm. An effort was made by his neighbors, and by people from town, to locate the body but all attempts were in vain and it was not until Monday that the remains were found.

The funeral took place from the local catholic church, Father W J Stewart officiating, last Tuesday.

The boy was born in Holland July 22, 1909, and came with his parents to America in 1910. He was a bright little fellow and the sympathy of the whole community goes out to the sorrowing parents and relatives.

Mrs Tori Dahl

Mrs Tori Dahl passed away, at the home of her daughter, Mrs S A Anderson, last Wednesday morning [July 9, 1919], having been confined to her bed since last Easter Sunday. Cancer was the cause of death and she suffered a great deal during the last three months of her life. She was 81 years and 9 months old.

Mrs Dahl was the mother of a family that has been connected with the growth and development of Minneota from the foundation of the town to the present day. Her son-in-law, N W L Jaeger, was the founder of the town and its first “mayor.” Her son, H N Dahl, was for many years a prominent business man of the village and for several terms served as its chief executive. Now, at the time of her death, her grandson, T F Dahl, is one of the principal business men of Minneota, as well as mayor of the city.

Tori Hoverson, which was the maiden name of the deceased, was born in Aavedal, Bakkesogn, Norway, October 9th, 1837 and came with her parents to America in 1859. They came over in a sail ship and it took seven weeks to cross the ocean. The subject of this sketch spent the first two years of her life in America in the city of Milwaukee, Wis, while the other members of the family went to the now well known Coon Prairie locality in that state.

On June 3rd, 1857, Miss Tori Hoverson became the wife of Nils Tobias Dahl. For a while they lived in Coon Prairie but soon moved to Colefax where Mr Dahl took a homestead. Here they lived for about two years and here they were leaders in a movement to found a Norwegian Lutheran church. Some years ago this church celebrated its fiftieth anniversary and Mrs Dahl, then the only surviving member of that band of pioneers, who founded the congregation, was a guest of honor at these festivities.

In 1870 Mr and Mrs Dahl left Wisconsin and came to Minnesota. They settled in Blue Earth county where they lived until 1873 when they again moved, this time to Lyon county, settling near what is now the village of Cottonwood. Here they once more began to pioneer and went through the many hardships incident to the early life on the open prairie. They lived in this locality for about seven years and in 1879 Mr Dahl bought land a mile southeast of Minneota and moved to that place. Here they lived until 22 years ago when they moved to Minneota. Mr Dahl died October 19, 1913.

Mrs Tori Dahl was a true daughter of the Northland, a woman upon whom had descended, in liberal measure, the pioneering spirit of the sea-roving fathers of that race. It was her lot to live the pioneer life in several localities and nature had equipped her most generously for the task. During those early years her lot was that of the average pioneer – poverty and hardship. But she was ever equal to any task that circumstances brought her. She never complained but bent her energies to cope with each fresh difficulty as it arose. The thing that impressed you, when in the presence of this woman, was strength – strength of body and strength of mind. She possessed a strong will backed by a strong character, and when once she had determined what appeared to be the right course she was not one to be “shaken by every wind of doctrine.” She had inherited, from her racial ancestors on the old World, such characteristics as strength, endurance and loyalty and when it became her lot to founf a home and household in the New World she laid the foundation deep and built upon the rock – the rock of the living word of God.

In spite of the fact that she was reared in poverty and spent her early life fighting the fight for existence upon the frontier, Mrs Dahl was a woman of refined temperament and cultured tastes. Loke the mothers of the Sagas of her native land she was one who could, with equal ease and efficiency, preside over the festive board or the kitchen table.

Hers was a strong religious nature and all her life she was a faithful and active member of the Lutheran church. Her faith was of that strong and positive character that admitted of no doubt, the kind of faith that does not only believe but knows.

It is not possible to do justice to the character of this great and noble woman in the space of a newspaper article, but any attempt to estimate her career would fall short of the mark without some reference to her as mother. She was the mother of ten children, four of whom survive her. At the risk of being misunderstood we will say that Mrs Dahl was one of those old fashioned mothers who believe that the moral and spiritual side of the child-life intrusted to them presents, not a problem, bus a sacred obligation. If ever a mother tried to bring up her children in the fear of God Mrs Dahl did. And if ever a mother has been rewarded by the love and devotion of her children then Mrs Dahl enjoyed that reward. Her declining years could not have been made more comfortable nor more happy than they have been made by the children who have anticipated her every want.

Of her ten children the following four daughters are the only ones surviving: Mrs W H Deen, Mrs S A Anderson, Miss Nellie Dahl, all of Minneota and Mrs Andrew Zetlitz, of Sioux Falls. She is also survived by two brothers and one sister and fourteen grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

The funeral will take place from the Norwegian Lutheran church in this city, this Friday, afternoon at 2 o’clock.

Mrs Magdalin Roles

Mrs Magdalin Roles died at the home of her son, Martin Roles, on July 2nd [1919]. Mrs Roles was 87 years old and the cause of her death was old age.

Mrs Roles was born in Germany where she was married to John Roles who died a number of years ago. They came to America in 1885. Mrs Roles made her home with her son, Martin, ever since she came to this country.

The deceased was the mother of nine children, all of whom survive her, six sons and three daughters.

Mrs Roles was one of the sturdy Teutonic mothers who have contributed a strong and healthy family to the cause of building up the middle-west. She brought her children up to be thrifty and industrious citizens and every one of them have lived to an honor to the parent who so kindly watched over them and taught them in youth the lessons and precepts that have born so much fruit for the good. Mrs Roles was strong in mind and strong in character and those who best knew her speak of her as an exceptional woman.

The funeral, which was one of the largest in the St Leo district, was held last Saturday morning at nine o’clock, Rev Fr Katoue, officiating.

The pallbearers were: Messers. Bariel, Beek, Brown, Kronabetter, Tholkes and Farber.

Francis Gits

Francis Gits, the “Grand Old Man” of Ghent, died at his home on Monday, July 21st [1919] and his funeral was held from the Catholic church there on Thursday of last week.

Francis Gits was born in West Flanders, Belgium, in 1838 and came to America with his wife and eight children in 1883. The family came direct to Minneota and their first two weeks in this country were spent in the little house, that the old timers will recall as standing right across river, by the road along the railroad, west of town. After remaining a fortnight in this place Mr Gits moved his family to Ghent and thus became one of the founders of that now prosperous village.

Mr Gits was a blacksmith, having learned that trade in the old country, and soon established himself in that work in Ghent. He was a good workman and always had all the work he could attend to. After some time he engaged in mercantile business in Ghent, conducting a general store and also a hardware store and for a while he conducted a hotel. He was thrifty and a good manager and he succeeded well in all his undertakings. About eighteen years ago he retired from active business.

Mr Gits looked, as er picture in fancy the patriarchs of old. He was tall, straight and had the bearing of a soldier and there was about him an air of dignity, enhanced by a long, flowing, white beard. He had keen, piercing eyes that could rivet you with their severity or smile into your soul the friendship and kindness of their owner. Francis Gits was a commending figure that one could not help but notice no matter where seen.

He was a man physically strong and correspondingly strong in character. He was active, full of life and fullof energy. He worked hard, but he also allowed himself to enjoy life. A number of years ago he went with his wife back to the old country with the intention of making his home there and spending the sunset years of his life in the land of his fathers. But he soon found that the ways of the Old World were no longer for him and that his heart was back in America. He returned to this country after about a year and again took up his residence in Ghent where he lived ever since.

Mr Gits was a devout Catholic and was one of the founders of the Ghent congregation. He was ever generous with his time and money in the service of his church and his death removes from the Ghent parish one who has long and fithfully served the Master and been a pillar of strength in the Church of St Eloi.

His was a long life and he was ready to go. Those who knew him best will testify that he was a man who never shirked but always took his part like a man and played the game on the square with friends and enemies.

He is survived by his wife and the following children: Paul, Julius, Joseph, Victor, Edmund, Arthur and Mrs Charles Foulon.

The funeral was conducted by Father Van Wallegham and the funeral sermon preached by Father Stewart.

Arngrim J Johnson

A Johnson received a message from the was department stating that his foster-son, Arngrim J Johnson, known here as “Grimsy,” was dead, that he had died in France and been buried on the 13th day of November, 1918, but that so far the was department did not know how nor when he had died.

All that is known that the boy was in France and it is there, in all probability, that he died.

Grimsy was born in the city of Winnipeg july 12, 1993, and came with his parents, Mr and Mrs Magnus Horleifsson, to Minneota when but an infant. The family remained in the Icelandic settlement in Lincoln county for about two years and then returned to Canada where Grimsy’s parents now live in the district known as New Iceland, in Manitoba.

When six years of age Grimsy returned to Minneota and became a member of the household of A Johnson, Mrs Johnson being his cousin.

The boy has lived here practically all his life. He went to the local high school but quit before graduating to take a course in the Mankato Commercial College. He also learned the carpenter’s trade and was making good at that work when he enlisted. He left here on August 5th, 1918 and in about 4 months was sent to France.

Grimsy was a fine boy. He was cheerful, true and loyal and everybody here was his friend.

To receive at this late hour the news of his death is as sad as it is unexpected and it adds another Gold Star to the Minneota flag.

Mary McMahon

Miss Mary McMahon, housekeeper for Father W J Stewart, was instantly killed yesterday morning [August 14, 1919], while making electric connections with a bread-toaster.

Father Stewart had just come in from early mass and had sat down at the table in the dining room. Miss McMahon had put two slices of bread on the toaster and had taken the cord and made the proper connection in the wall. The toaster was standing right on top of a radiator and to insert the plug in its place Miss McMahon had to take ahold of the toaster with one hand and insert the plug with the other. The toaster standing on a radiator formed a circuit and the current, being so strong, went right through the insulation, entered into her right hand and passed through her.

But the ordinary current that passes over the wires here is not strong enough to have proven fatal – 110 volts. The fact is that the wind had loosened the wire that supplies the village of Ghent, and which passes through Minneota, and this wire had fallen down about five or six feet and every now and then it would swing over and come in contact with the local supply wires. Thus, instead of carrying a voltage of 110, it is very likely that these wires carried a voltage of nearly 13,000 as that amount is the voltage carried on the Ghent wire.

Had the toaster been on a table instead of a radiator there would have been no accident – also, had not the wire been loosened by the wind and swung onto the other wires would have been no trouble – and had the construction of the lines when built been as it should have been the electricians of the company tell us that these heavy voltage wires would not have been placed where they could possibly come in contact with any other wires.

When the accident happened Father Stewart was sitting at the breakfast table in the dining room and he heard that Miss McMahon fell to the floor and at the same time noticed a blaze. He ran into the kitchen and found Miss McMahon on the floor, her clothes on fire. He put the fire out and summoned medical and other help.

That death was instant there is no doubt.

Mary McMahon was born in Northfield, Mich, about 56 years ago and was the daughter of Mr and Mrs Frank McMahon, with whom she came to this locality in 1882. The family settled on a farm near Taunton where they lived many years. For a while Mary and her father lived in Marshall but about fifteen years ago they came to live in Minneota with Father W J Stewart, for whom Miss McMahon has been housekeeper ever since. Her father died a number of years ago at the Catholic parsonage here.

This woman had lived in this community for nearly forty years and a kinder, better, truer soul it would be hard to find. She spent her whole life in the service of others and sacrificed comfort and convenience that she might help and sustain her aged father in his declining years.

In all the arts of housekeeping she was a master, and those who visited the parsonage here will all agree that a neater, cleaner, better kept home it would be difficult to find.

Father Stewart is emphatic in his praise of her and says that she was one of the noblest characters he has ever known. “She was a mother to me.” Said Father Stewart and then went on to pay her character and ability a most glowing tribute.

The deceased is survived by four sisters and one brother, as follows: Mrs Tony Minnick, Mrs Dan Grannan, Mrs W Parsons, Mrs Lizzie Glennon and John McMahon.

The funeral will take place from the local Catholic church at 10:30 Saturday morning.

Mrs Adolph Nyland

Mrs Adolph Nyland died at her home in the township of Vallers last Tuesday, the cause of death being complications following childbirth.

The deceased was well known for having attended the Minneota school for four years. Her maiden name was Miss Elma Hall and she was the daughter of Mr and Mrs Knute Hall, of Westerheim. Whe was born in Westerheim May 29, 1892 and so was but 27 years of age.

She was married to Adolph Nyland February 20, 1918. Her husband is a son of Halvor Nyland, whofor many years lived on a farm a mile east of Minneota.

She is survived by her husband and an infant daughter, but ten days old when her mother died, also her parents and three brothers, John, George and Adolph and one sister, Mrs S K Svanbeck.

Mrs Elma Nyland was in every way an excellent young woman. She had fitted herself for the work of teaching and had put in several successful terms at that work before she married. She was everywhere well liked and was a high type of earnest Christian woman. Her sad and untimely death has cast a shadow over two homes, brought sorrow to friends and relatives and the whole community extends its sympathy to the grief-stricken husband and other relatives.

The funeral will be held from the Nyland home this afternoon at two o’clock. The funeral services will be conducted by Rev Romstad and will be held in St Lucas church.

Mrs Anton Nosbusch

Mrs Anton Nosbusch died at the Canby hospital Friday [Oct 31, 1919] at midnight, complications following an operation for gall stones being the cause of death. She leaves a husband and two children to mourn her death. She was a woman of high character, well liked by everyone who associated with her. Her death was a shock to the community and unexpected until a day before she died. The remains were interred at the St Leo cemetery. Father Katoch conducted the funeral services.

Greger Stenerson

Greger Stenerson died at the home of his son, Henry, on Thursday night of last week, Nov 13th [1919]. HE was eighty-three years of age.

The funeral was held from the Norwegian Lutheran church here last Monday afternoon, Rev E J Hinderlie conductint the services.

Mr Stenerson was born in Norway April 30th, 1836 and came with his wife to this country in 1867. They settled at Story City, Iowa, where they lived for about six years and in the summer of 1873 they came to Lyon county, Minnesota, and settled on a homestead in the township of Nordland, where they have lived ever since. Mr Stenerson ceased active farming many years ago and his son, Henry, had had charge of the farm since.

Three sons and two daughters were born to Mr and Mrs Stenerson of whom the three sons, with their mother, survive the subject of this sketch. The two daughters died many years ago, one at the age of 15 the other at the age of 22. The sons are: Andrew, Stener and Henry and are all residents of this locality.

As before stated Mr Stenerson cam here in 1873 and was thus one of the very first settlers of this locality. He was one of the founders of the settlement of Nordland and took an active part in all the public matters of the new settlement. He was also one of the founders of the Norwegian Lutheran congregation, of Minneota, and remained a member of it ever since its organization. He was active in the work of the congregation until his failing health and age confined him pretty much to his home.

Mr Stenerson was an honest, upright man, of the sturdy pioneer type and he met the conditions that life imposed upon him with an even temper and a determination to do his best for his family, his neighbors and his community. He will be remembered for his many good and strong qualities, by those who are left of the early settlers, with whom he fought the battle for existence, against the hardships that beset the pioneers, in the days when this community was in the making.

J P Gudmundson

Jacob Peter Gudmundson died at his home in the township of Limestone, Lincoln county, on November 15 [1919]. Cancer of the stomach, from which he had suffered for more than a year, was the cause of death.

Mr Gudmundson was born in Iceland, December 8, 1865, and would have been 54 years old next month. He is survived by his widow and four children, also two brothers and two half sisters. The children are: Gudmundur Julius, Johanna Kristin, Oskar Johannes and Sigrun Sofia. A fifth child, Lillian Anna Ingebjorg, died.

The funeral of Mr Gudmundson was held from the Icelandic church in Lincoln county last Tuesday afternoon and was attended by a large number of the neighbors. Rev G Guttormsson conducted the service.

The deceased came to America in 1878 and has made his home in Lincoln county most of the time since. On May 9, 1889, he married Gudrun Thora Peterson and they began their married life on the farm in Limestone where they have since lived.

No man could be more generally liked or more thought of by his neighbors than was Mr Gudmundson and his death, while yet comparatively young, is a loss keenly felt by all. He was always one of the leaders of the Icelandic colony in Lincoln county and was an untiring worker in the congregation of that colony. He was honored with positions of trust by his township, and school district and was a man of influence in the county.

Mr Gudmundson was a man of quiet disposition. He was careful and conservative and never thrust his opinions upon others. But he was a man of strong conviction, nevertheless, and stood firm in high resolves and noble principles.

For many months he knew that there was no hope for his recovery and that the end was rapidly approaching,, and yet the calm and quiet that had characterized him his life did not forsake him and he spoke of his approaching death in a matter-of-fact way and without emotion or alarm. The faith that had been his guide in his life proved a source of strength and joy in death.

He was a noble Christian gentleman and his community has sustained in his demise a great loss.

Mrs Gunild Maria Olson

Mrs Gunild Maria Olson died at the home of her daughter, Mrs K O Bakken, last Monday [November 17, 1919]. She was 90 years old nad had been in good health up to a week before her death.

The deceased was born in Norway, March 5th, 1829, and came to this country with her husband in 1854. They settled first in Wisconsin and in 1881 moved to South Dakota where they lived for a while and then moved to Lester Prairie, Minn, where they made their home until about fifteen years ago when they came to this locality and took up their residence with Mr and Mrs K O Bakken. Mr Olson died ten or twelve years ago.

Mrs Olson is survived by her daughter, Mrs Bakken, and a son, Olaf Olson, of Volga, S D, also many grand and great grandchildren.

Mrs Catherine Ahern

Mrs Catherine Ahern died at her home in Eidsvold last Friday, November 28th [1919]. She had been in poor health for a number of years and for the last month had been confined to her bed. She was 76 years of age.

The funeral was held from St Edward’s church, in Minneota, last Tuesday morning and was attended by a large number of relatives, friends and neighbors.

She is survived by six sons and four daughters and her sons acted as pall-bearers at the funeral.

The services at the church were solemn requiem high mass with Father Stewart as celebrant and Fathers Schaefer and Van Walleghem as deacon and sub-deacon, respectively.

Father Stewart preached the funeral sermon whish was a touching and eloquent tribute to the deceased. Many who heard this sermon say it was the most masterly funeral oration that they have listened to.

The maiden name of the deceased was Catherine Brown and she was born in Waterford, Ireland, Dec 19, 1843. She came to America about the year 1863 or 1864 and about a year after her arrival she was married to Garrett Ahern at Springfield, Ill. Mr and Mrs Ahern continued to live in Springfield until 1883 when they decided to court fortune on the virgin prairies in Minnesota. They arrived in Lyon county that same year and homesteaded near the present site of the Village of Taunton. Fourteen years later, in 1897, just 22 years ago this fall, Garrett Ahern died. This threw the management of the home and family upon the mother who proved in every way equal to the great task thus suddenly devolving upon her.

She managed the home, inside and out, and showed remarkable executive ability in all that she undertook. It was not an easy task that confronted her, some of her children at that time being very young. But Mrs Ahern was an unusual woman. She coupled with good health and physical strength, a strong mind and a character of the most sturdy kind. She planned well and she executed her plans with unerring exactness. She kept her family together, brought them u p in the fear of God, taught them to love home and country and to do their share as members of the household and citizens of the community. And we say it, with full knowledge of the facts that there has not gone out from any home in this settlement a more loyal set of young people that have from time to time come under the “roof-tree” of the Ahern home. These children, now men and women taking their part in the world’s work, are living monuments to the loving care of this noble Christian woman.

It is impossible, in a short newspaper article, to do justice to the character of this woman. What some of our pioneers have meant to the community and to their families and friends can not be told in a few sentences. At best the most eloquent tribute is but lame and halting and when we can in truth say, as we can in this instance, “well done, thou good and faithful servant,” we are pronouncing that verdict than which there is none more simple nor filled with more meaning.

Mrs Ahern lived and died a true Catholic. She was active in all the good work of the parish and she was one who contributed in thought, act and deed to the building up of the struggling congregation of Saint Edward’s church in its early days. Father Stewart tells us that hers was one of the most inspiring religious lives that it has been his privilege to know and he said no words of praise could be pronounced to her memory that were not deserved.

The children who survive the deceased are: Phil P, James J, Thomas G, William C, Michael F, Garrett F, Mrs T F Walsh, Mrs M J Breen, Mrs C E Erickson and Miss Josie Ahern. She is also survived by a brother, James Brown.

Mrs Margaret Moughan

Mrs Margaret Moughan died at the home of her daughter, Mrs F M Orman, some time during the early hours of last Sunday morning [December 21, 1919]. She had been making her home with Mr and Mrs Orman for the last three years and was in good health. She was feeling well when she retired, last Saturday evening, but Sunday morning she did not appear and investigation disclosed the fact that she had passed away during the night. It would seem that from the sleep of life she passed into the sleep of death without warning and without pain.

This sudden and so entirely unexpected demise of this good woman was a great shock to her relatives and friends.

The funeral was held Wednesday forenoon from the Church of St Edward the Confessor, the services being Solemn Requiem High Mass, with Father W J Stewart as celebrant and Father Schafer as deacon and Father Van Walleghem as sub-deacon. The church was well filled and Father Stewart delivered a very impressive funeral sermon.

The maiden name of the deceased was Margaret Dougherty and she was born in county Mayo, im Ireland, May 15, 1850, and so was 69 years of age last May.

She came to America when a girl of fifteen and her people settled in Germantown, Pa. Several years later she was married, in the city of Philadelphia, to William B Moughan. About thirty-five years ago the Moughans came West and settled first in Mower county, where they resided about six years. Twenty-nine years ago they came to Minneota and settled on a farm in the township of Eidsvold, where they lived until about four years ago when Mr Moughan died. As before stated, Mrs Moughan has been living with her daughter most of the time since she left the farm and has received there the most careful consideration, as Mr and Mrs Orman have done all they could to make her declining days pleasant and peaceful. Besides the daughter, Mrs Moughan is survived by two sons, William and James, the former a resident of Minneota and the latter living in New Castle, Neb.

Mrs Moughan was a woman forty years of age when she came to this locality, the circumstances and conditions under which she lived up to that time we are not acquainted with, but after coming here she and her husband went through the same experience that all the pioneers, to a large extent went through. They were not rich when they began here and they had light crops and low prices to contend with and the problem of existence was with them, like their neighbors, not a matter lightly to be brushed aside. It was a struggle from morning until night, from one end of the year until the other. But they gave their children such education as the rural schools and the village schools afforded and they gradually became comfortably situated.

We have known Mrs Moughan for a great many years and if asked to describe, what to us seemed her leading characteristic, we should say that it was cheerfulness. It seemed that she always had a smile and a pleasant word for all. She was one of those who shared the cheers and the comforts with her friends but kept the troubles and sorrows pretty much to herself. She never missed the silver lining of the clouds and when there came upon her the “days that are dark and dreary,” as such days will come into all lives, she had a way of dispelling from her home, with a cheery smile and a pleasant word all harbingers of gloom.

She managed her household with thrift and farsightedness and she brought up her children in the way of religion and good citizenship – a task well performed as their standing and their repute in the community well attests.

Mrs Moughan was a good woman and she enjoyed a large circle of friends, which was by no means confined to those of her household of faith, but numbered neighbors and associates who had wrought with her in the common life of the community for these many years and who had learned to love and respect the little woman with the cheerful disposition, the kindly smile and the inspiring faith.