Wisconsin Scandinavian Obituaries U & V

Wisconsin Scandinavian
Obituaries U & V

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Ulness Ole
Ulness Ole Mrs.
Ulven Antionette
Ulven Peder Christianson
Ulveraker John Johnson
Underdahl Peter
Underheim Knute L.
Underheim K.L. Mrs.
Underheim Lars
Underheim Lars K. 2
Urberg Soren S. Rev.
Urlien Ole P.
Urlien Peter Olson
Utne Brita
Utne Howard
Vaaler Peter
Veggum Hans H.
Veggum H.H. Mrs. (Gunnil)
Vesta Svennung Mrs.
Veum Halvor
Vick Maxine AR
Vinje John H.
Vold Anton D.D.S.
Vold John
Vold John Mrs.
Vold Ole
Voldsness John Halvorson
Voldsness Julius
Voldsness Martha Mrs.
Voldsness Martin Halvorson
Volla Hans Christianson
Volla Hans Mrs.
Vostad Peter

"Mrs. Ole Ulness was born April 17th, 1851, in Valders, Norway. At the age of 26 she was united in marriage to Ole Ulness. In 1880 they followed the stream of immigrants and came to Instenes Valley in the town of Chimney Rock. Shortly after they moved to Norden and thence to Eleva. For the last 44 years they have lived on their farm in Chimney Rock.
About 4 years ago Mrs. Ulness underwent an operation for ulcers, and remained at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire for four months. She seemed to improve and was able to be up and around until the last week before her death. She passed away Sunday morning, November 27th, leaving to mourn her death her aged husband, four sons, Hans, Auburn, N.D.; Julius, Humbird, Wis.; Ole and Oscar at home; three daughters, Mrs. Instenss, Chipewa Falls, Mrs. Onfra and Mrs. Webster, Chicago, Ill; 37 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The funeral took place Novemer 30th from the Chimney Rock church, where a large audience had gathered for the last farewell." THE WHITEHALL TIMES - December 15, 1932

Ole Ulness was born April 2, 1852 at Hemsedal, Hallingdal, Norway. As a young boy he moved to Valders, Norway, where he was united in marriage to Horan Ulness in 1876. In 1880 he came to American and stayed about one year in Insteness Valley, Town of Chimney Rock, after which he moved to Eleva, where he had his home a few years. About 35 years ago he bought the farm in Chimney Rock, which since has been his home. His wife died November 27, 1932, and following her death he went on a visit to his daughters living in Illinois. While there he was taken sick and after an unsuccessful operation, passed away January 7, where friends and neighbors paid their last tribute. He is survived by four sons, namely, Hans of Oberon, North Dakota; Julius, Humbird; Ole and Oscar at home; Mrs. Instenes, Chippewa Falls; Mrs. Onofrio, Steger, Illinois and Mrs. Depoyster, Chicago, Illinois; and 37 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 19, 1933

Funeral services for Peter Underdahl, 75, Blair, were held Wednesday, February 23rd at Zion Lutheran Church. The Rev. M. J. Larson officiated and burial was in the church cemetery. Underdahl died February 30, 1972 at the Trempealeau County Hospital following a lingering illness. He was born April 15, 1896 in Underdahl, Norway to Austin and Ingeborg Hjellum Underdahl. Coming to America in 1915, he served during World War I. On April 10, 1931 he was united in marriage to Lillian Amundson at Sidney, Montana and the young couple ranched in the Circle, Montana area until 1938 when they moved to the Blair area. Mr. and Mrs. Underdahl farmed for several years prior to retiring and moving into Blair. Survivors are his wife; one son, Austin of LaHabre, California; one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Betty) Sexe of Baldwin, Mo.; eight grandchildren; three brothers, Olav of Rugby, North Dakota; Ingeman of Underdahl, Norway; and Endre of Aurland, Norway; and two sisters, Malla Underdahl of Underdahl, Norway and Dina Borlaug of Hammar, Norway. Pallbearers were Willard Johnson, Carl Sexe, George Melby, Sr., Norman Thompson, Tilman P. Johnson and Sherman Olson. Frederixon-Jack Funeral Home in Blair had charge of arrangements. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 24, 1972

Peder Christianson Ulven was born December 16, 1853 in Wardale, Prestejeld, Norway. He was married to Antonette Pedersdatter November 20, 1873 in Ringsaker Hovelkirke and they resided for nine years in Ringsaker. They then immigrated to this country and lived with Mr. Ulven's cousin, Peter Nelson, in the Town of Pigeon for one year, after which they purchased a farm for themselves and have lived ever since in the Pigeon Valley. They reared a family of three children, one son and two daughters, namely: Christian Pederson; Mrs. Anna Preston; and Mrs. Sena Pederson. They lived happily for a long period of time but the past few years have brought sickness and trouble to them. Mr. Ulven became totally blind and was confined to his bed for most of three and a half months before his death. In spite of his afflictions, he kept his courage and was cheerful to the end. He died Friday, April 18, and funeral services were held from the Rhode Undertaking parlors and Our Saviour's Lutheran Church last Wednesday, Rev. Maakestad officiating. Burial was made in the Old Whitehall cemetery. The pallbearers were Bernt Moe, Nels Nyberg, Ole Foss, Andrew Finstad, P.C. Peterson and Anton Tomter. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MAY 1, 1930

Antionette Ulven died at her home in Fly Creek, Thursday morning, September 4, at the age of 92 years, four months and four days. Funeral services were held Saturday at the Rhode funeral chapel and at Our Saviour's Lutheran church, the Rev. O. G. Birkeland officiating. A quartet composed of H.J. Aleckson, Wilfred Galstad, Mrs. Arthur Haralsrud and Mrs. S.M. Salverson sang, "Jeg ved mig en sovn," "Den Store hvide Flok," and "Abide With Me" at the last rites. Pallbearers were Albin Hanevold, Willie Berg, Morris and Goodwin Everson, Olaf Hanson and Jimmie Johnson and flowers were carried by Mrs. Palmer Peterson and Mrs. Odell Hanevold. Antionette Nilson was born in Ringsaker, Norway, April 30, 1849. On November 20, 1873, she was joined in marriage to Peder Ulven. The couple resided in Norway for nine years, then came to this country and spent the rest of their lives in the Town of Pigeon. Her husband died in 1930 and one daughter, Mrs. Otto Pederson in 1913. Until the last few years of her life, Mrs. Ulven's health was good, except for the sight of one eye which she lost when she was a young woman. During the past 11 years, her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Preston have resided with and cared for her at her home in Fly Creek. The last eight weeks she was confined to her bed, and when death came she slept peacefully away in the early morning hours of September 4, 1941. Surviving besides her daughter Mrs. Preston, are five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The remains were interred in the Old Whitehall cemetery. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - SEPTEMBER 11, 1941

Lars Knute Underheim, 92, owner and operator of the Hegg General Store for 42 years, died Thursday (July 30, 1971) at Grand View Home at Blair. He retired from the store business in 1949. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Knute K. Underheim, he was born in Norway in 1878, immigrating to the United States with his parents when he was six years old. The family settled at Roland, Iowa, moving to Hegg in the early 1900's. He married Helene Josephine Saed June 5, 1906. She died in 1950. He was director and president of Ettrick State Bank more than 50 years, was secretary of Faith Lutheran Church 20 years, and secretary of the Ettrick Mutual Fire Insurance Co. 25 years. Survivors are two sons, Kasper, Hegg, and Joel, LaCrosse; a daughter, Mrs. Harvey (Margaret) Ott, LaCrosse; four sisters, Mrs. Anna Wheeler and Mrs. Julia Bue, Grand View Home; Mrs. Thea McLean and Mrs. William (Clara) Bartholomew, Minneapolis. Funeral services were held Saturday at Faith Lutheran Church, North Beaver Creek, the Rev. Ronald Nybrbroten, Westby, officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 5, 1971

John Johnson Ulverager, who died at Blair April 8, 1910 of pneumonia, aged 72 years, 11 months and 3 days, was born at Valestrand, Norway, May 5, 1837. He was married in 1856 to Gyri Tollefson, who died two years ago. They came to America in 1857 and resided in Dane County a year, then moved to Jackson County a year, and then moved to Jackson County and settled in Beaver Creek Valley where he lived until a year ago when he moved with his son, T.J. Johnson, to Blair. There were nine children in the family, as follows: Mrs. G. P. Peterson of Minneapolis; Mrs. A. Johnson, deceased; Mrs. T. Sampson of Beaver Creek Valley; Mrs. P. Herreid of Hegg; Tollef Johnson of Blair; and Martin and Christ Johnson of Beaver Creek Valley. The funeral services were held at Beaver Creek Valley church Tuesday, Rev. Borgen officiating. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - APRIL 14, 1910

Knute L. Underheim was born in the parish of Kvinnherred, Norway, March 1, 1857. Here he grew to young manhood and was baptized, confirmed and married in his native parish. His marriage to Margretha Sunde took place in the year 1875. In 1992 they emigrated to America with their three children, Anna, Lars and Sarah. They arrived in New York City on Norway's National Day, May 17th. They lived a short time at Roland, Iowa where Knute was engaged in carpentering and then came to this section of Wisconsin where besides farming in Franklin Township, Jackson County, he continued his trade of carpentry. He was treasurer of Franklin Township five years, assessor four years and also held other positions of trust. He served the Ettrick Mutual Fire Insurance Co. 21 years as agent. In 1916 he sold his farm and built a home in Hegg, where he has since resided. He was of robust, vigorous health even up to the years of old age. He was taken ill about three months ago. The best of medical aid was of no avail and he passed away Tuesday morning, November 29, 1938 at 6 a.m., aged 81 years and 9 months. The following children are left to mourn the loss of a devoted father: Mrs. T.F. Wheeler, Lars K. Underheim, Mrs. Melvin Torkelson and Mrs. Julia Bue, all of Beaver Creek and Mrs. William Bartholomew and Mrs. Thea McLean of Minneapolis. His wife passed away December 15, 1922, a daughter, Mrs. Odell Bue in 1917, a son Andrew in 1935 and a son, John, in infancy. There are 23 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday, December 3rd at 1:30 at the home and 2 p.m. at the Beaver Creek church, Rev. T.E Sweger officiating. The male chorus which Mr. Underheim had directed the last several years gave a special number at the church, as did the Ladies Trio composed of Mesdames Lloyd Quammen, Elvin Rognes and Orrin Bue. Rev. K.M. Urberg brought greetings from the sister congregation in Beaver Creek. The pallbearers were six grandsons, Miles, Archie and Robert Wheeler, Kenneth and Orris Bue and Kasper Underheim. The last rites were very largely attended. Interment was in the cemetery beside the church. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 8, 1938

The death of Mrs. K.L. Underheim came as a shock to this whole community. She had apparently been in good health up to the day of her death. She had suffered some from ailments connected with her old age, but none of these ailments were considered serious. Friday morning, December 15th, her son L.K. Underheim went to his parent's home to tend the fire, being that Mr. K.L. Underheim was absent from his home. Once arriving at the house he noticed his mother was still in bed which was unusual at this hour of the morning. He went to waken her, but found her dead. Her death was evidently caused by heart failure. Mrs. Underheim was a woman loved by all. She was quiet and unassuming in her ways, but was a devoted mother and a faithful Christian woman. She was always found as a willing worker in her congregation as well as in the Ladies Aid. At home she lived her quiet life always devoted to her home and family. She always sought to let her light shine in her home so she might thereby lead those who were near and dear to her closer to her Master. Mrs. Underheim was born in Sunde, Norway, March 15, 1852. During the year 1875 she was married to K.L. Underheim. The 17th of May 1882, they emigrated together with three children to this country and came first to Story City, Iowa. During the fall of the same year, they moved to Beaver Creek where they have since lived. They were blessed with ten children, eight of whom survive their mother. The children living are: Mrs. Todd Wheeler, K. L. Underheim, Andrew Underheim, Mrs. Melvin Torkelson and Julia Underheim, all of whom reside in Beaver Creek; besides these, Mrs. Neil MacLeon who lives at Minneapolis and Mrs. Will Bartholomew of Leonard, North Dakota. One child died in infancy and another daughter, Mrs. Odell Bue, died in 1916. The funeral was held on Tuesday, December 19, 1922. There was a large crowd assembled to extend their sympathy to Mr. K.L. Underheim and his children. Two of her children were hindered from coming by sickness in their family. Rev. Boe officiated. THE BLAIR PRESS - DECEMBER 21, 1922

Soren Sorenson Urberg was born September 18, 1861 at Ostre Nesdenes, Norway of the parents Soren Larsen Nanemyr and Anne nee Strat. His early training was typical of the times there in the land of many of our fathers. He was raised in a Christian home and was taught that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. His education was received in the following schools: Maribegaden Latin Skole, Gundersen Latin Skole, Arneberg Latin Skole. He received his B.A. Degree from the University of Kristiania at the completion of the required work. After the completion of his academic work, he taught in Sanokedal for two years. In 1889 he felt the same urge that has prompted so many of those hardy Vikings to depart for other parts and emigrated to America. He lived with his relatives in Princeton, Minnesota the first year. The Divine Call to the ministry of Jesus Christ came to him and in the fall of 1890 he matriculated at Luther Theological Seminary. After three years of effort he received the degree Candidatus Theologiae from the seminary. On call from Trempealeau Valley and other congregations, he came to his first and only charge in 1893. When Rev. Urberg came to these surroundings, the church was torn by a strife which has now been forgotten by most people. By the grace of God, he was permitted to work among those same people and their children and built up the kingdom of God; and the congregations have been built and strengthened under his loving leadership until today, 37 years later, they number nearly two thousand souls. In 1893 Soren Urberg was united in marriage to Anna Christensen. They were blessed with five children: Mrs. C.E. Anderson, Dr. Sofus Urberg, Mrs. O.G. Malmin, Rev. Konrad Urberg and Sigurd. They very zealously taught their children the same Truth which was their comfort through the years. Rev. Urberg died suddenly Sunday evening September 28, 1930 in his study after a very strenuous day's labor in the Vineyard of the Lord. The congregations which he served buried their old pastor in a very Evangelical manner, thus he lived and thus he died. They wanted to honor him who had give himself for them these many and long 37 years. He was theirs, he gave his entire life for them that they might have the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ in their midst always lest one soul should perish in the fires of Hell. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 9, 1930

Peter Olson Urlien was born the first of March, 1845 in Faaberg, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway. Here he spent his boyhood days, acquiring early in life a diligent and patient work habit which characterized his whole life. He was married the 19th of April in 1870 to Maria Grandalen. Three children were born to this marriage: Mrs. Hans Simonson, Anne and Ole. In 1892 the family immigrated to America and came to French Creek where they resided until the fall of 1893. Mr. Urlien greatly desired to own a piece of land where he could build a comfortable home for his family and he then moved to the homestead in Larkin Valley where he since made his home. Here he found a great task before him for the land was heavily timbered and he had to take up two grubs to get a clearing big enough for the big log cabin. But the true pioneer spirit was his and through his diligent efforts, the fruit of his labors materialized into a fulfillment of his dreams and plans and when the Grim Reaper called for him, he surveyed the culmination of these desires, content in the knowledge that his life's work had not been in vain. His wife died the 8th of July in 1898 and was the first one to be buried in the then newly bought cemetery of the First Lutheran Church of Blair. Of this church Mr. Urlien was a faithful member since the 15th of April 1894. Two weeks before his death, he was stricken with apoplexy and died the 21st of July, 1926 at the age of 81 years, 4 months and 21 days. Funeral services were held the 24th of July, Rev. Urberg officiating. THE BLAIR PRESS - AUGUST 5, 1926

Ole P. Urlien, 80, died Monday afternoon at the Trempealeau County Hospital, Whitehall. He was born August 3, 1884 in Faaberg, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, son of Peter and Marie Grandalen Urlien. The family came to America in 1892 and homesteaded land in Larkin Valley. He was confirmed by the late Rev. S.S. Urberg. His mother died when he was 13. As a young man, Urlien homesteaded in South Dakota which he later sold and returned to the old homestead in Larkin Valley. He married Synnone Ness May 21, 1924 and they continued farming in Larkin Valley 31 years. While farming, Urlien prepared all the lumber for their house built in Blair to which they retired in 1955. Survivors are his wife; one sister, Annie and one niece, Mrs. Mabel Norrdin, both of Minneapolis. A sister, Mattie, has died. The funeral service will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Blair First Lutheran church, the Rev. K.M. Urberg officiating. Burial will be in Rest Haven cemetery. Frederixon Funeral Home of Blair was in charge of the arrangements. THE BLAIR PRESS - APRIL 8, 1965

The entire Blair community was inexpressibly shocked and saddened on Tuesday, January 3, 1933, to hear of the sudden and unexpected death of Howard Utne. He had just returned home from his day's work and seated himself in a rocker, complaining of difficulty in breathing, when the end came. While the blow falls heaviest on the immediate family, he had won such a large circle of friends that his sudden demise is keenly felt. He was born in Eiddjord, Hardanger, Norway, June 28, 1889. He was baptized and confirmed in the home church at Eidfjord. Upon the visit of an uncle, Tom Michaelson, to Norway, he accompanied him to America in 1906. The next ten years were mostly spent in Griggs County, North Dakota. From 1916 to 1923 he was a sailor on the Great Lakes. He studied and successfully passed the examination for an officer's berth. The last four years he served as mate. His superiors spoke in the highest terms of his efficiency and always held a berth open for him. Feeling the need of a more settled life, however, he assumed the position of caretaker and sexton of the Zion church and cemetery in 1923, to which he gave the same conscientious and excellent service he rendered every duty. In 1929 he resigned to devote his whole attention to the poultry business in which he was highly successful and the winner of many prizes in exhibits. He was the first president of the Trempealeau Valley County Poultry Association. The last few years, he had conducted an egg market here in Blair. He was united in marriage to Clara Michaelson in 1909 who passed away the following year. December 8, 1917, at Cooperstown, North Dakota, he was married to Clara Severson by Rev. T.E. Sweger. Two children were born to this union, Harold in 1921 and Ralph in 1925. In 1926 he made a trip to Norway to bring his mother to America. Her stay in this country was destined to be short as she was taken sick and died May 23, 1927. Mr. Utne was afflicted with heart disease from which his mother and only sister had died. Two years ago, he was quite ill. However, the past year, his health had greatly improved. But the day after his mother-in-law, Mrs. Lars Severson's funeral, he suffered an attack of the flu. After a few days however he recovered and was about his business as usual. He was a loyal and faithful member of Zion Lutheran church, an industrious worker, a devoted friend, an upright and public-spirited citizen. He will be greatly missed in the congregation and the community but most of all in the home to which he was intensely devoted. Funeral services were conducted at the home and the Zion Lutheran church by Rev. T.E. Sweger on Saturday, January 7th. William Dahl sang "Lead Kindly Light" and "Kom I bedrovede." Pallbearers were Edwin Mattison, Theodore M. Hanson, Clarence Gunderson, Henry Hanson, Theodore Amundson and Olf Otterson. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 12, 1933

Brita Utne, mother of Howard Utne, died Monday night at the home of her son here where she had made her home since coming from Norway in July 1925. She was a woman of fine Christian character, a splendid mother and faithful in every discharge of her duty. She had been troubled with a heart affliction for some years and this with a bronchial affection caused her death. She was confined to her bed only five days. Britha Mikkelsdatter Saed was born January 8, 1855 in Simedal, Eidfjord Parish, Norway, and was baptized and confirmed in her native parish. Later moving to Utne, and was married to Helge H. Utne on November 11, 1887. Her husband died February 22nd, 1923. Three children were born to them. Howard of Blair; Mikkel died in infancy and a daughter, Eli, died in 1924. Tom Mikkelson, a brother, died in Blair January 2, 1926. One sister, Madli Saed, survives her in Norway. Funeral services will be held May 25 at 1:00 o'clock from the Howard Utne home and followed by services at the Zion Lutheran church. Rev. T.E. Sweger officiating. THE BLAIR PRESS - MAY 26, 1927

Peter Vaaler, a former resident of this community died at the home of his son in Chippewa Falls, Tuesday, October 12, 1926. Funeral services were conducted at the Trempealeau Valley church by the Rev. Sweger Friday, October 15th, and interment was made in the family lot in the Trempealeau Valley cemetery. Peter Vaaler was born in Norway 82 years ago. He came to Trempealeau County in 1870. He purchased the present Bernt Risberg farm. He had the sorrow of losing by death his wife in 1883. After her death his two motherless boys found a good home with Mr. and Mrs. Sever Everson. The son, Oscar, died after reaching manhood in 1903. The other son, Thomas, survives and is engaged in business in Chippewa Falls. A great many people remember this family well although it is 30 years since they left this community. THE BLAIR PRESS - OCTOBER 28, 1926

Hans H. Veggum was born in Vaage, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway, March 12, 1846. In 1869 he immigrated to America and came to Springdale, Dane County, Wisconsin. The same year Mr. Veggum was married to Gunhild Ramlet of Springdale. The young couple took up farming and continued in the same occupation until 1905 when they moved to Whitehall, Trempealeau County to reside with their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Hanson, who, at that time lived in Whitehall. In 1908 the two families moved to a farm near Strum and have the past two years lived in Strum. Mrs. Veggum died in 1915. Hans Veggum died May 4, 1932, aged 86 years, one month and 15 days, and was buried in St. Paul Cemetery May 7, 1932. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MAY 19, 1932

Gunnil Ramlet was born at Tvedstrand, Norway on the 24th day of June, 1835. In 1853, together with her parents, Torger and Berthe Ramlet, and a brother and sister, she came to Wisconsin where the family settled in the Town of Springdale, Dane County. In 1869 she was united in marriage to Hans H. Veggum from Gulbrandsdalen, Norway. Mrs. and Mrs. Veggum lived in Dane County until October 1905 when they moved to Whitehall to live with their daughter, Mrs. J.P. Hanson. In December 1908 they moved with J.P. Hanson and family to their farm in the Town of Albion. Wednesday, December 22, Mrs. Veggum was taken sick with cold and la gripe, and died Sunday morning, December 26, 1915. Mrs. Veggum was a lifelong member of the Lutheran church, believing sincerely in the teachings she received as a child. On Christmas Day her pastor called and administered to her the sacrament of the Holy Communion in which she for some time had been unable to partake in church, owing to her feebleness. She leaves her aged husband and her only child, Mrs. J.P. Hanson, and husband and one grandchild, Alice Hanson. THE WHITEHALL TIMES AND BLAIR BANNER - JANUARY 6, 1916

Funeral services for Mrs. Svennung Vesta, 88, who died April 3 at the home of her son, Oscar Vesta, near Uyrk after many months of illness, were held last Wednesday at the Synod Lutheran church in Pigeon Falls, the Rev. E.B. Christophersen officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. As Hilbjork Haugen, she was born in Upper Telemarken, Norway, November 26, 1849. Her birthplace and home until she reached womanhood, was situated in one of the most picturesque and beautiful valleys or "Bygds" in Norway. Her parents, Olof and Ingeborg Haugen, owned a fairly extensive estate, which became the summer home of many tourists. It was here that the famous lecturer and author, Paul Du Choleau wrote his noted book, "The Land of the Midnight Sun." On June 30, 1875, Hilbjorg married Svennung Vesta, a young man who had just previously had finished his apprenticeship as blacksmith. They made their home on a small farm where Mr. Vesta set up a shop and engaged in his trade, blacksmithing, for a number of years. In 1883 they came to America and made their home for a short time with Halvor Haugen, the only brother of Mrs. Vesta, near York, Jackson County. However, they soon purchased a small parcel of land at York and upon it built a house and blacksmith shop. Here they made their home for about eight years, when in 1890 they purchased the Rufus Hullett farm in Timber Creek and lived there until 1913, when the place was sold to Oscar Vesta, one of their sons. After disposing of their farm, they bought a few acres adjoining the old place and built their last home. Mr. Vesta died there May 31, 1920. His wife survived him nearly 18 years. Eight children, all of whom are living, mourn the loss of a kind and loving mother. They are: Mrs. Emma Wilson, Mrs. John Stuve and Mrs. J.B. Howden, all of Osseo; Mrs. H.G. Wright, St. Paul; Olof Vesta, Arlington, Minnesota; Sebert Vesta, Minneapolis, and Tollef and Oscar, Osseo. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 14, 1938

John H. Vinje, Washington Coulee, passed away at the Jackson County Farm Home near Black River Falls, Monday afternoon, March 3, 1947. Mr. Vinje had been ailing for some time but when death came, it appearance was sudden. Johan was born October 17, 1867 in Vestraalen, Norland, Norway to Hans Andreas Hanson Vinje and his wife, Berit Hansdatter. Together with his mother and brother, Andrew, they came to Washington Coulee where he procured a farm. He spent his life caring for his mother who passed away in 1909 and in being a kind friend of all who came into his sphere of life. After his mother's death, he spent many seasons fishing off the west coast of this country. Upon the arrival of old age, he returned to his beloved Beaver Creek to spend the remainder of his days with friends near the little white church in the pines which he loved so dearly. John Vinje never married. However, his benefactions to children and the younger set were numerous because he loved to give gifts and words of encouragement to his many friends through the decades. Mr. Vinje was an active member of the North Beaver Creek First Lutheran church with great zeal for its cause and regular partaker of the fellowship offered there. Funeral services were conducted at his old church by his pastor, Rev. Konrad Urberg, on Wednesday, March 5, and his body now rests where he wished to rest, under the pines beside the little white church. THE BLAIR PRESS - MARCH 6, 1947

Hans Christianson Volla, 92, died at 1:30 Saturday afternoon, January 9, 1943 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Carl Stenberg of Osseo. For many years Mr. Volla had been engaged in farming in the French Creek valley, moving to the home of his daughter when his health failed. He had been ill about two years. He was born in Norway December 4, 1850. He was married March 6, 1879 to Helena Gulbrandsdatter who died February 21, 1942. A son, Christian, also preceded him in death. Surviving him are two sons, Gilbert Hanson of LaCrosse and Morris Hanson of Winona; his daughter, Mrs. Carl Stenberg and six grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Tuesday from the Runnestrand funeral chapel and the French Creek Lutheran church with the Rev. K.M. Urberg of Blair officiating. Burial was in the French Creek cemetery. THE BLAIR PRESS - JANUARY 14, 1943

Mrs. Hans Volla, 82, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Carl Stenberg, Saturday evening, February 21, 1942. Mrs. Volla was born in Norway, July 4, 1859. March 6, 1879, she was united in marriage to Hans Christianson. In 1835 Mr. and Mrs. Volla and three sons came to America and settled in the French Creek Valley in Ettrick Township. Here they remained until last spring when Mr. Volla suffered a slight stroke. Since then they lived at the home of their daughter. Mrs. Volla was blind the last ten years of her life and had been in failing health the past year. She is survived by her husband who is 91 years of age; two sons, Gilbert Hanson of LaCrosse; Morris Hanson of Winona; a daughter, Helga, Mrs. Carl Stenberg; a sister, Mrs. John Tidquist of French Creek; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A son, Christian, died at the age of 17 years and two sisters and a brother also preceded her in death. Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 24, from the Carl Stenberg home in Bear Creek, and from the French Creek Lutheran church, the Rev. Johan Olsen officiating. Interment was in the French Creek cemetery. Pallbearers were Martin Stenberg, Einar Stenberg, Nick Helstad, Albert Helstad, Ole Mustad and Ben Mustad. The flower bearers were Mrs. Myron Berg and Mrs. Richard Berg, were close relatives of the deceased. THE BLAIR PRESS - FEBRUARY 26, 1946

Julius Halvorson Voldsness was born July 19, 1852 in Solar, Norway. The 2nd of January 1877, he was united in marriage to Johanna Kolbjornson and they immigrated to America in 1880. He lived a short while in Chimney Rock and spent six years in Eau Claire after which he purchased the farm in Chimney Rock that has been his home for the past 40 years. The last two years he has made his home in Eau Claire where he died the 1st of September, 1934. He leaves to mourn his death his wife, one son, Jalmer; six daughters, Mrs. Jule Johnson, Mrs. John Otterson, Mrs. Andrew Severson, Mrs. Harold Hendrickson and Mrs. Eddie Embertson. He is also survived by two brothers, Arne of Minneapolis and Martin of Chimney Rock and 36 grandchildren. The funeral took place September 4 from the Chimney Rock church where a large audience had gathered to pay their last respects to the deceased. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - SEPTEMBER 6, 1934

John H. Voldsness, one of the early settlers of the western part of the Town of Hale, died at his home in said town October 15, at the age of 67. Mr. Voldsness was born in Grue, Solar, Norway, September 14, 1853; landed in America June 1879; was married to Mary Johnson at Eau Claire September 20, 1882, and that year he built a home in the Town of Hale where he lived since. He was a widower for 16 years. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. A.O. Langebaugh. He leaves to mourn four daughters, three sons and two grandchildren: Henry, Oscar, Julius, Emma, Manda, Anna and Mrs. Paul Olson. THE WHITEHALL TIMES-BANNER - OCTOBER 28, 1920

Peter Vostad was born in Norway February 28, 1854. He came to this country when a lad and for several years lived in Fitch coulee. Later he moved into the Ed Hagen house in Dissmore Coulee where he died on December 5, 1927, age 73 years, nine months and eight days. The funeral services were set for Thursday, December 8, but due to road conditions, the funeral was postponed until Monday, December 12. Funeral services were in Rev. E.B. Christophersen's church and burial in the church cemetery. Mr. Vostad leaves to mourn him, his wife and one daughter, Mrs. Christianson and one son, Andrew of Bode, Iowa, besides other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were: Oscar Iverson, Ed Hagen, Andrew Hallingstad, B.P. Moe, H.I. Hanson, and Peter Norland. Undertaker Rhode was in charge. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - DECEMBER 15, 1927

John Vold was born in Stange, Hedmarken, Norway, January 19, 1848. April 24, 1872, he married Martha Anderson. With wife and one child, he came to U.S. in 1874. When they reached Black River Falls, they met the late Andrew Lewis with whom they found a ride to the Town of Hale. Here Mr. Vold soon acquired a piece of land on which he made his home. Like most newcomers from foreign countries, he was poor and had to go out to work. Fortunately he had learned the blacksmith trade in Norway and soon found a position with John Christianson in Osseo where he spent about two years. After quitting his work with Christianson, he entered the blacksmith shop of John Taylor at Whitehall where he stayed about a year. Then he went back to his farm where he lived until 1882 when he bought out Bernt Hoff's shop at Pigeon Falls. There he also bought a farm and from 1882 til 1897, he worked at his trade, farmed and sold farm machinery. In one season he sold, besides other farm implements, fifty Champion reapers. In 1897 he sold out his business at Pigeon Falls and came to Whitehall where for some years he sold farm implements and also bought and sold hay. In 1922 he and his wife celebrated their Golden wedding. April 29, 1926, his faithful wife and partner dropped life's distaff from her tired hands and found her well-earned rest. After the passing of his genial companion Mr. Vold was a lonesome man. He continued, however, to live in the home made sacred by the companionship of his wife. Like most men, inured to hard work from his childhood, he maintained a fair degree of health to the last. Friday, August 24th, he was about on our streets as usual chatting with old friends. After supper he came up Dewey Street and when his granddaughter, Miss Evangeline Vold, walking down the other side of the street to give him some candy and he made a playful attempt to run away from her. Just where he went after his meeting with his granddaughter is not known for a short time afterwards he was found sitting on the depot steps back of the clinic in a state of almost complete collapse. His son, Dr. Vold, was immediately sent for and with his assistance and that of friends, he was taken to his home where he passed away about 8:15 that same evening. He was conscious to the last and expressed his belief and satisfaction that the end of his long pilgrimage was near. And out of the fast descending shadows of death he bid those standing around him farewell with a feeble wave of his hand. So passed one of our good men to his final rest. His funeral conducted by Rev. Orke and Rev. Maakestad was held in Our Saviour's church August 28th. Mr. and Mrs. Vold had six children. The first born died at the age of six years. The survivors are John Vold of Grand Forks, North Dakota; Mrs. Carrie Fenton of Blaisdell, North Dakota; Dr. Anton Vold of Whitehall; Mrs. Emma McMullen of Shawmut, Montana; and Mrs. Julia DeMarree of St. Paul, Minnesota. All were present at his funeral except Mrs. McMullen. My first remembered impression of Mr. Vold dates from 1882, when I saw him in his shop at Pigeon Falls, hammering a plowshare, while a shower of golden sparks fell around him. He was then in the prime of life -a splendid figure of a well built man. Above the average in height and size he also excelled most men in strength. His disposition was calm and quiet, and his general bearing, one of pleasant contentment. A gentle vein of humor rippled through his being until the hour when Death laid his palsying hand on his sturdy frame. While his sudden going came as a shock to his many friends and relatives, the aftermath of the feelings of all is thankfulness that he was spared the humility of dependency and the pains and miseries incident to long lingering sickness and decay. Like the sun dropping behind the horizon veiled by a passing cloud so passed he from earth's brief day into that immortal day which confidently he had anticipated through his faith since childhood. Mr. Vold was a fine example of the steady going toiler who does the best he can and accepts his successes with thankfulness and his failures without complaint. Constant labor in the line of duty is the highest form of Divine Worship. Written by H.A. Anderson, September 2, 1928. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - SEPTEMBER 6, 1928

Mrs. John Vold, nee Martha Anderson, the daughter of Anders and Sofia Anderson, was born in Hedmarken, Norway, May 30, 1847. She was married April 24, 1872 to Mr. John Vold. Two years later, 1874, the young husband and wife emigrated to America, settling in the Town of Hale. After a period of intermittent residence at Osseo, Pigeon Falls and Whitehall, they took up permanent residence in Whitehall in 1897. Mr. and Mrs. Vold were charter members of the former Our Saviour's Lutheran church and have always been intimately identified with Lutheran church life in this community. She was blessed with those virtues and qualities of personality which won for her a wide circle of warm friends. Mrs. Vold was afflicted with an illness which has extended over a period of several years. Her last illness, very trying and painful, confined her to her bed for more than five months. On Thursday morning April 29, death ended the struggle which had been of such long duration. Mrs. Vold's age at the date of her passing was 78 years, 10 months and 29 days. Her departure from this life ends a long and blessed companionship with her husband, Saturday, April 24, marking the 54th anniversary of their marriage. This union was blessed with the birth of six children, Evina, the first born, died at the age of five and one half years. Surviving Mrs. Vold are: Her husband, John Vold, Sr.; the sons, John of Grand Forks, North Dakota and Anton of Whitehall; the daughters, Mrs. Carrie Fenton, Minot, North Dakota; Mrs. Emma McMullen, Sawmut, Montana; and Mrs. Julia Demaree, St. Paul, Minnesota. Of these, all but the one daughter, Mrs. Emma McMullen were present. Fifteen grandchildren also are living to mourn her death. She was laid to rest to await the call of her Savior on the day of resurrection in the Lincoln cemetery, Whitehall. In memory of her, a large number of neighbors and friends have given the sum of $19.50 to the Skaalen Home for Aged, Stoughton. Flower, the gifts of numbers of neighbors and friends testify to the esteem in which those who knew her held her. The pallbearers were: O.C. Haraldsrud, O.C. Torson, Peter Nelson, Gustav Lundstad, Peter Peterson and M.T. Elstad. The services were in Norwegian and the choir sang in Norwegian, "Thy Way and All Thy Sorrow" and "The Vast Unnumbered Throng." Rev. Oerke, for 31 years an intimate friend of the family, and during a great part of this time its pastor, preached the sermon, paying beautiful tribute to her as a woman of Christian character much to beloved by all who knew her. Rev. E.B. Christophersen, a childhood playmate of the children, spoke very fitting words. Rev. Maakestad, in charge of the service, spoke briefly in the English language and read a short sketch of her life. J.E. Rhode in charge of the funeral direction. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - MAY 6, 1926

Halvor Veum, 76, resident of the Town of Chimney Rock, died at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire Friday, April 11. Funeral services were held at the Chimney Rock Lutheran church on Tuesday, the Rev. H.A. Wichmann officiating. Mr. Veum was born in Sogn, Norway, May 1, 1864, and came to America with his parents at the age of two years, locating in Goodhue County, Minnesota. In 1870 Halvor came with his family to Chimney Rock, which continued to be his home until his death. On May 9,1893, he married Anna Olson of Chimney Rock who died February 21, 1937. Deceased is survived by five sons and two daughters, 19 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and two sisters. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - APRIL 17, 1941

Mrs. Martha Voldsness, nee Mattson, was born in Norway August 1, 1883. She came with her parents to America in 1885. She was united in marriage to Einar Voldsness September 6, 1902 and the union was blessed with ten children of which one, Grace Olive, preceded her mother in death. Mrs. Voldsness has been failing in health for several years, and on December 20th, she passed away at the Luther Hospital in Eau Claire, leaving to mourn her death her husband and nine children: Mrs. Singer, Mondovi; Mrs. Curtis Stone, Neillonsville; Mrs. William Schroeder, Blair; Leonard, Spencer, Wallace, Randall, Lylah and Dale, at home. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Theo Olson, Eleva and Mrs. P. Fulseeth, Aberdeen, Washington; one brother, Oluf Mattson, Grand Forks, North Dakota; and six grandchildren. The funeral took place from the Chimney Rock Church December 24 where a very large audience had filled the church to partake in the last, sad rites. Rev. Wichmann officiated. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - JANUARY 3, 1935

MARTIN HALVORSON VOLDSNESS (GRUE, SOLAR) Funeral services for Martin Halvorson Voldsness, who died February 12 following a stroke of paralysis which he suffered February 8, were held last Thursday at the Chimney Rock church, the Rev. A. Wichmann officiating. Mr. Halvorson was born in Grue, Solar, Norway, May 14, 1855, the son of Harvor and Eli Arneson. In the year 1880 he came to America and worked on the farm in Chimney Rock which he later bought and made his permanent home. In 1890 he married Marie Olson and to this union ten children were born: six daughters, Mrs. G. Olson, Minneapolis; Mrs. O. Kensmo, Cleghorn; Mrs. O. Lovberg, Blair; Mrs. J. Nelson, St. Louise Park, Minnesota; Mrs. A. Johnson, Chimney Rock; and Mrs. A.P. Olson, who preceded her father in death seven years ago; and four sons, Milan, Arthur, Clarence and Edmond of Chimney Rock. Surviving the deceased are his wife and nine children, one brother, Arne Halvorson of Minneapolis and 19 grandchildren. THE WHITEHALL TIMES - FEBRUARY 23, 1939

"The subject of this obituary notice, Ole O. Vold, an old, respected resident, was born in Ettendalen, Valders, Norway, January 12, 1835. He was married to Karie Bang, April 14, 1857. They emigated to this country in 1866, settling in Dane County. They came to Trempealeau County in the spring of 1873, settling on a homestead in the town of Preston, near the present home. There were 13 children born to Mr. and Mrs. Vold, 11 of which are alive as follows: Ole, Henry and John of Eleva; Thomas of Kennedy, Minn.; Anton of Langdon, N.D.; Mrs. O.E. Brager of Leeds. N.D.; Mrs. J.S. Peterson of Meridian, Wis.; Mrs. N.A. Hanson of Pigeon; Mrs. John Iverson and Mrs. C.H. Anderson of Lincoln, and Mrs. G.S. Rice of Whitehall.
Mr. Vold suffered with a cancer of the ear since last winter, and was taken seriously ill with the malady in December last, since which time he failed rapidly and died on January 21st. The funeral was held from the synod Lutheran church in Whitehall on the 24th, the services being conducted by Rev. O. K. Ramberg, the resident pastor. The remains were interred in the cemetery near Old Whitehall. Mr. Vold was a good citizen and long a member of the above mentioned church. His presence will be missed by his many acquaintances in the community where he so long resided." THE WHITEHALL TIMES/BLAIR BANNER - January 31, 1907

"Onalaska, Wis - Maxine A. Ravenscroft Vick, 71, of 503 Third Ave., S., Onalaska, died at her home on Friday, Dec. 18, 1992.
She was born May 7, 1921 in rural Pigeon Falls to Albert and Clara (Estenson) Kjos.
She had worked at the Auto Lite until 1959. She had worked at the RTE in Waukesha until her retirement.
She is survived by he husband, Clarence Gilbert Vick; her two daughters, Lois (Ronald H.) Ravenscroft Riley of Naperville, Illinois, Linda (William) Ravenscroft Carley of Waukesha, Wis.; by a stepdaughter Beverly (Lester) Zellmer of Wauwatosa, Wis; two stepsons, Wayne (Darrell) Vick of Pewaukee, Wis., and Robert Vick of Waukesha, Wis.; 15 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; six sisters, Adeline (James) Tenneson and Beverly Davis of La Crosse, Dorothy (Clayton) Every and Dolores (Robert) Osweiler of Onalaska, Audrey (Fredrick) Wedwick of Coon Rapids, Minn, and Carol (Dick) O'Brien of Maplewood, Minn.
Two sisters also preceded her in death, Marion Kjos and Margaret Bliler.
She is also survived by four brothers Paul (Florence) Kjos of Whitehall, Alf (Mavis) Kjos and Richard (Barbara) Kjos, both of La Crosse, and Vernon (Dorothy) Kjos of Boscobel, Wis.
In addition to her sisters, she was preceded in death by her parents, and a daughter, Rita Ravenscroft.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11 AM at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 1011 Sill St., in La Crosse.
The Reverend Ted Dewald will officiate, and burial will be at the Onalaska Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Dickerson Family Funeral Home in Onalaska on Monday from 4 to 8 PM and at the church on Tuesday from 10 AM until the services.
LA CROSSE TRIBUNE, Sunday Dec 20, 1992 B-8"

Lars. K. Underheim, one of the leading merchants in the southern part of Trempealeau County, proprietor of a general store at Hegg, Ettrick Township, was born in Norway, December 10, 1878, son of Knut L. and Margretha (Sunde) Underheim. It was in 1882 that the family came to the United States, settling first in Roland, Iowa, where Knut L. Underhim, who was a carpenter, followed his trade for one season. He then removed with his family to Jackson County, Wisconsin, where he was not only engaged in carpenter work for many years, but also bought land and became a farmer. In the spring of 1916 he moved to Trempealeau County and has sold his farm, but still works at his old trade. In Jackson County he served as treasurer of his township for five years and as assessor for four years and was a man highly regarded for his industry, honesty and other personal characteristics. Lars K. Underheim, who was the second born of his parentsí children, attended school in Franklin Township, Jackson County, after which, under his fatherís direction, he acquired a knowledge of the carpenterís trade, and at the age of 16 or 17 was working with his father as a journeyman in Jackson County. After this association had lasted eight years, he came to his present location at Hegg, in Ettrick Township, as manager of the store of A Anderson, who resided at Blair. He continued with Mr. Anderson for four years, at the end of which time the business was sold to A.B. Pederson, and for two years subsequently Mr. Underheim conducted the store for the new owner. At the end of that time he bought out the business, with the stock and buildings, and has since conducted it on a profitable basis, keeping a complete line of general merchandise, including groceries and country produce, and is drawing patronage from a wide extent of rich surrounding territory. He has also other financial interest, being a stock holder in the Bank of Ettrick, the Home Bank of Blair, the Blair Farmerís Exchange, the Ettrick Telephone Company, the Ettrick Creamery Company and the Ettrick Lumber Company, besides being half owner of a valuable farm, known as the K.S. Knutson farm. Mr. Underheim has shown good business foresight in the conduct of his business, being careful to give first-class service and make his prices as low as can be found in any of the surrounding towns, and as his store is conveniently situated, it is patronized by many farmers to save making longer trips to other places. June 27, 1906, Mr. Underheim was united in marriage with Josephine Olson, who was born on the Olson homestead at Beaver Creek, this county, daughter of Anve and Kari (Gunderson) Olson, who were natives of Norway. Anve Olson was one of the early settlers of Trempealeau County, breaking land and spending many years in developing a good farm. During the last 10 moths of the Civil War, he served as a private in Company E Thirty-second Wisconsin Infantry, and while in the service received a gunshot wound. He survived that great struggle for half a century, however, dying in the fall of 1915, having lived retired for some 12 years previous to his death. His wife is still living and is a resident of Ettrick. Their daughter, Joseph (Mrs. Underheim) was among the younger members of a family of nine children and was educated in Trempealeau County. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Underheim: Margaret Cornelia, who died in infancy; Caspar Arnold, born January 21, 1912, and Margaret Louise, born October 1, 1914. The family are members of the United Lutheran church. Mr. Underheim, who is in politics a Republican, has served one year as treasurer of the school district and has held the same office in his church for three years. He is a director in the Bank of Ettrick and for five years has been a notary public. HISTORY OF TRE

Anton Vold, D.D.S. of Whitehall, Wisconsin was born in Hale Township, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, February 20, 1879, son of John J. and Martha (Anderson ) Vold. The father, born in Norway, came to America in 1872 and settled in Trempealeau County, where he followed farming and blacksmithing for some years, was a merchant in Whitehall, but is now retired. His wife is also living, both of them having reached the age of 70 years. Anton Vold was graduated from the Whitehall High School in 1899. He then applied himself to the study of dentistry and was graduated from the Chicago College of Dental Surgery in 1902. July 1 the same year he located in Whitehall, where he has fine offices in the Model Building. Since beginning his professional labors here he has built up a good practice and gained a reputation for skilled dentistry which extends throughout the northern part of the county. As a citizen interested in good local government he has served on the village board for three years, supporting the cause of progress and efficiency. He retains his membership in the college fraternity of Psi Omega, has advanced in the Masonic order as far as the Commandery, being a Knight Templar, and belongs also to the Modern Woodmen of America. Dr. Vold was married February 4, 1909 to Verne F. Ingalls, of Whitehall, whose father, John M. Ingalls, came to Trempealeau County in 1856, is a farmer and agent for the Standard Oil Company. Mrs. Ingalls was in maidenhood Carrie Gage. Dr. and Mrs. Vold have had three children, the second-born of whom died at birth. The others, Evangeline O. was born October 27, 1909 and is now a bright girl of 7 years, and Anton J., born May 4, 1917. HISTORY OF TREMPEALEAU COUNTY - 1917


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