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Martin Larson

in the 1870 United States Federal Census


Name: Martin Larson
Age in 1870: 19
Birth Year: abt 1851
Birthplace: Norway
Dwelling Number: 44
Home in 1870: Hale, Trempealeau, Wisconsin
Gender: Male
Post Office: Osseo
Occupation: Laborer
Father of Foreign Birth: Y
Mother of Foreign Birth: Y
Cannot Read: Y
Cannot Write: Y
Household Members Age
Ole Peterson 23
Johanna Peterson 43
Martin Larson 19
Lina Larson 16
George Larson 14
Oscar Larson 10
Theodore Larson 7
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One of Whitehall’s pioneer citizens was laid to rest in Lincoln cemetery when relatives and friends paid their respects to Martin Larson, 90, at services held Wednesday, at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Ludvig L. Solsrud. He had been up and about the house within a day of his demise.

For years Martin C Larson was regarded by Whitehall citizens as a remnant of the pioneer era. A native of Norway, he was born in Oslo on March 18, 1852, to Nils C and Johanne Larson. (His mother remarried to Ole Pederson Bjirken in Hale. Her name at death Johanna Pederson Bjirken )

He came to this country with his parents at the age of three years in 1855.

Conditions at that time required hard labor in order to meet the problems of life. The experiences of Mr. Larson were no exception and he developed the habits of industry and thrift at an early age. Even long after he had reached the allotted three score years and ten, he was the exemplification of industry, and though he had long since abandoned his trade as blacksmith, he kept busy every day either at gardening or doing odd jobs for friends about town. He was seldom idle and seemingly throve on work and did enjoy it.

Martin Larson was one of a family of nine children and is survived by one brother, Oscar N Larson, who lives at Osseo. [Other siblings in 1917: Eliza Louise Lockman, Nickolina "Lena" Hanson, George L Larson, Syver Larson, Oscar M Larson, Theodore Larson, Julius M Pederson.]

As an infant he was baptized and reared in the Lutheran faith. When his parents came to America they first settled in LaCrosse County on a farm in Lewis Valley near Holmen. The family resided there for a period of thirteen years and then Mr. Larson’s mother took a homestead in the South Branch of Hale, where they established a new home. The land is now a part of the Helmer Johnson farm. Martin helped to develop the homestead and worked on farms in the area, assisting early settlers and using much of his earnings to help support the family and develop the farm.

He was united in marriage to Mary Bjerke and immediately after their marriage, and his wife moved to Osseo where he worked under John Christianson and learned the blacksmith trade. Two years later he moved his family to Pigeon Falls, where he was employed as a blacksmith by the late John Vold. The Larsons lived in Pigeon about three years and then moved to Fairchild, where he was employed for a year in the Foster sawmill. He again returned to Osseo, where he was employed by Christianson, and in the early 90’s, he moved his family to Whitehall where he was to spend the remaining years of his life. Mr. Larson engaged in blacksmithing in Whitehall in the shop which still stands on West Blair street.

A family of seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Larson.
Three died in infancy, his wife Mary, Mrs. Larson was summoned in 1902, and their son, Frank, passed away in 1923.

Surviving members of the family are three daughters,
1. Paulina "Lena", Mrs. Ludwig Solsrud,
2. Minnie Othilde, Mrs. Sebert M Salverson
Note: SM Salverson was son of Bernt Salverson and Hannah Salverson-Melby who died 1890, he was step son of Chris Hans Melby

3. Miss Mabel Lillian Larson all of Whitehall.

There are also nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. After following the blacksmith trade for many years, Mr. Larson found that the strenuous labor was becoming too great for him, and he discontinued his trade. From then until past four score years, he continued to work and occupy his time to advantage at lighter tasks. Mr. Larson was jovial and sympathetic person. He was kind and thoughtful to members of his family and expressed an unusual interest and regard for his grandchildren, especially the daughters of his son, Frank, who passed away when they were small. A product of the pioneer era, and one of exemplary habits, Martin Larson lived a life that was worthwhile.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 3, at the G.N. Pederson home and at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church, the Rev. O.G. Birkeland officiating. A group from the Senior choir sang “I Know of a Sleep in Jesus’ Name,” “In Heaven Above,” and “Life’s Day is Ended.” Flowers were carried by Mrs. Gustav Solsrud, Mrs. G.M. Steig and by four great-grandchildren, Phillip Johnson and Robert, John and Douglas Pederson. Pallbearers were P.O. Pederson. B.M. Engen, G.M. Steig, John Beaty, Bert Thomley and G.N. Pederson.

Those from away attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. John H. Solsrud of Milwaukee, Mrs. Nellie Pederson of Osseo, Mr. and Mrs. William Gueldner and daughter Frances of Eleva, and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Noll and Miss Lucille Larson of LaCrosse.


A sister, Lena Larson Hanson (1854-1940) is buried in Tacoma, Washington near her children including Lulu Dettinger.

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38 minutes ago, Hans Myhre said:

Nicoline NIelsdatter f. 15.12.1853


Lena Hanson

in the U.S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current

Name:Lena Hanson

Birth Date:1854

Birth Place:Norway

Death Date:20 Dec 1940

Death Place:Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington, United States of America

Cemetery:Mountain View Memorial Park

Burial or Cremation Place:Lakewood, Pierce County, Washington, United States of America

Has Bio?:Y

Mother:Johanna Larson Pederson

Spouse:John Hanson

Children:Anna L FenneyOtto "Clinton" HansonClarence G. HansonLou Belle DettingerNora H Maymon




Mrs. John (Lena) Hanson, 86, sister of Martin Larson of this village, passed away December 20 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Reynold Dettinger of Tacoma, Washington. Mrs. Hanson was born in Norway and came to this country as a baby when her parents decided to emigrate to the Promised Land. Her early years were spent in the town of Hale, her family being among the earliest settlers of that township. Later she married and for many years, the Hanson lived on a farm near Taylor in Jackson county. Her husband was a noted thresher in those days. But larger opportunities lured them west and they settled in the vicinity of Rhame, North Dakota, where they were busily employed until Mr. Hanson’s death, which occurred in the fall of 1923. From then until her death, Mrs. Hanson made her home with her children who had moved to Tacoma, Washington. Deceased bore her last illness with great fortitude and patience, although she suffered much pain. With her death a long and useful life has come to a close, and it can be truly said of her that “To those in need she was a friend indeed.” She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Nora H. Maymon, Rhame, North Dakota; Mrs. Anna Fenny and Mrs. Lulu Belle Dettinger of Tacoma, Washington; a son, O. Clinton Hanson of Tacoma; and two brothers, Martin Hanson of Whitehall and Oscar N. Larson of Osseo. 



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Wisconsin, U.S., Compiled Marriages for Select Counties, 1835-1900

Name:John Hanson

Spouse:Lennea Larson

Marriage Date:13 Oct 1873





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Nicholina Hanson

in the 1880 United States Federal Census

Name:Nicholina Hanson


Birth Date:Abt 1855


Home in 1880:Hale, Trempealeau, Wisconsin, USA

Dwelling Number:56



Relation to Head of House:Wife

Marital Status:Married

Spouse's Name:John Hanson

Father's Birthplace:Norway

Mother's Birthplace:Norway

Occupation:Keeping House

Neighbors:View others on page

Household MembersAgeRelationship

John Hanson26Self (Head)

Nicholina Hanson25Wife

Nora H. Hanson4Daughter



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Lena Hanson

 in the Washington, U.S., Select Death Certificates, 1907-1960

Name:Lena Hanson
[Lena Larson] 


Marital status:Married


Estimated Birth Year:abt 1854

Death Date:20 Dec 1940

Death Place:Tacoma, Pierce, Washington

Father:Nels Larson

Mother:[No Name]


FHL Film Number:2023822

Reference ID:1655


Lena Hanson

in the Washington, U.S., Death Records, 1883-1960

Name:Lena Hanson[Lena Larson]


Birth Date:abt 1854

Death Date:20 Dec 1940

Age at Death:86

Death Location:Tacoma, Pierce, Washington

Father:Nels Larson

Record Source:Washington State Death Records





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Johanna Larson Pederson

in the U.S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current

Name:Johanna Larson Pederson

Gender:F (Female)

Birth Date:19 Feb 1826

Birth Place:Norway

Death Date:16 Feb 1917

Death Place:Osseo, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, United States of America

Cemetery:Osseo Cemetery

Burial or Cremation Place:Osseo, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, United States of America

Has Bio?:Y

Children:Eliza Louise LockmanLena HansonJulius Mathias PedersonMartin Christian LarsonOscar Nicolai Larson




Johanna Larson Bokrestad Pederson


After immigrating from Norway, the Larson family lived in La Crosse County for about 13 years. Besides being one of our most aged citizens, she had lived in Trempealeau County many years, coming here from LaCrosse County 48 years ago. 

On December 4, forty-seven years ago, she married her present (who is her second) husband Ole Pederson Bjerkin in Elk Creek, and during all this time they have resided in the vicinity of Osseo, a few years being spent at Fairchild, where Mr. Pederson was employed in the mill. She leaves to mourn her death her husband, two daughters, and five sons from her first marriage - 

1. Eliza Lockman of Columbia, Wisconsin; (1854-1925)
2. Nicolina "Lena" Larson (John) Hanson of Tacoma, Washington state (1854-1940), note she lived in Rhame, ND as well
3. Martin C Larson of Whitehall; (1852-1942)
5. George A. Larson of Necoma, ND; 
6. Sever Larson of Danish, ND; 
7. Oscar N. Larson of Epworth, ND, returned to Osseo before 1942 married Olena Westly
8. Theodore Larson of Granton, WI
and one son from the last marriage,
9. Julius M. Pederson of Osseo; (1870-1938)

also 29 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, besides a host of friends. Reprinted from the Osseo News. 



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