NameJosephine Luella Erbe3
Birth7 Nov 1863, Sauk City, Sauk, Wisconsin
Census24 Jun 1870, Prairie du Sac, Sauk, Wisconsin280 Age: 6
Census10 Jun 1880, Linden, Brown, Minnesota46 Age: 16
Census29 May 1885, Linden, Brown, Minnesota11 Age: 21
Death6 Apr 1891, Linden, Brown, Minnesota361 Age: 27
Burial8 Apr 1891, Rice Lake Lutheran Cemetery, Linden, Brown, Minnesota361
FatherJohn Erbe (1827-1885)
MotherMargreth Johanni (1837-1916)
Birth22 Jun 1850, Dyrkoll i Gjerpen, Telemark, Norway353
Emigration10 Apr 1855, Gjerpen, Telemark, Norway353 Age: 4
Immigration1855, Oconomowoc, Waukesha, Wisconsin Age: 4
Census7 Jul 1860, Oconomowoc, Waukesha, Wisconsin24 Age: 10
Census9 Jul 1870, Linden, Brown, Minnesota25 Age: 20
Census1 May 1875, Linden, Brown, Minnesota26 Age: 24
Census10 Jun 1880, Linden, Brown, Minnesota46 Age: 29
Census29 May 1885, Linden, Brown, Minnesota11 Age: 34
Census19 Jun 1895, Linden, Brown, Minnesota349 Age: 44
Census7 Jun 1900, Linden, Brown, Minnesota350 Age: 49
Death8 Mar 1909, Linden, Brown, Minnesota354,355 Age: 58
Burial12 Mar 1909, Rice Lake Lutheran Cemetery, Linden, Brown, Minnesota356
Alias/AKAJohanas, Johann (1870 census)
Cause of deathBright's disease357
OccupationFarm laborer (1870), farmer (1880, 1895, 1900), school district clerk
FatherOle Halvorson (Fjeld) (1822-1879)
Marriage4 Mar 1880, Sauk City, Sauk, Wisconsin362
ChildrenLena Margaret (1881-1946)
 Henry John (1883-1941)
Notes for Josephine Luella Erbe
She apparently met John Halvorson when she came out to Minnesota to visit her uncle Johannes Johanni. The church record states that she was born in Sauk City, Wisconsin, while Thordson thought that she had possibly been born in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

I did not find her birth or marriage in the Wisconsin pre-1907 vital records indices.

The Minnesota Historical Society Reference Service was not able to locate an obituary for her.
Medical Notes for John (Spouse 1)
He was vaccinated against smallpox on 5 October 1851. His cause of death was nephritis according to the death certificate.
Misc. Notes
Other sources had birth 21 Jun 1850 and 21 Jan 1850 [latter probably just a typographical error].

Thordson has John Halvorson confirmed at the Linden Lutheran Church on 8 September 1876. I haven't checked this one out, but it seems unlikely to be this John Halvorson, as he would be much older than the normal 13-15 years typical for the Norwegian Lutheran church.

John was assisting his father on the family farm in 1870. He was living with just one farm between him and his brother Halvor in the 1895 census listing. That census showed him as being in Minnesota and Linden for 26 years (since 1869).

John purchased land on 1 December 1882 from the St. Paul and Sioux City Railroad Company. He paid $720 for the SW 1/4 of SW 1/4 and Lot 3 of Section 11, Township 108 N., Range 30 W. 358 He also purchased 80 acres from Joseph and Isabelle Flanders for $600 on 9 Janurary 1885. 359 The property was the W 1/2 of SW 1/4 of Section 11, Township 108 N., Range 30 W. John purchased land from his brother Halvor on 5 May 1891 (see the entry for Halvor).360

His estate is Brown Co., Minnesota, probate file, v. C, p. 501, case 2225 (his wife was administrator), with the guardianship of his children on v. C, p. 495, case 2219.

Ole Holley of Madelia, Minnesota, was the undertaker for the funeral. The Linden Lutheran Church record has his date of death as 9 March 1909.

Hanska Herald, 12 March 1909:

"Pioneer Gone

John Halvorson of Linden Passed Away Monday

Brights Disease is Cause

Was an Honored Resident of Linden Township for 41 years

John Halvorsson of Linden died at his home Monday morning Mar. 9, 1909 at 2 o'clock of brights disease which had caused an illness lasting about six weeks. Mr. Halvorson was born in Norway, June, 21, 1850 and died at the age of fifty-eight years, eight months and seventeen days. At the age of five years he came to America and made Wisconsin his home for the next twelve years. In 1868 the family came to this community and settled in Linden which has been the home of Mr. Halvorson for forty-one years. In 1880 he was married to Josephine Erbe who gave birth to two children, who are still living, Mrs. Ole Tonstad and Henry Halvorson.
In 1894 he was again joined in matrimony to Miss Maggie Myer [Meyer, sic] of Wisconsin and their married life has been blessed with two childrin, Alvin and Arthur, both living.
Mr. Halvorson was a large man with a healthy constitution. His character was of that rugged honest nature so often admired in our open hearted pioneers of earlier years. He performed life's duty in a sturdy straight forward manner, never for a moment hesitating or weavering [sic] between right or wrong.
He served the people of school district No. 20 as their clerk for over twenty years during which time he always stood for the best in education. Linden, in his death, looses one of its most highly respected citizens, one whose influence has at all times been for progress and advancement.
Those left to mourne his early death are a devoted wife, four children mentioned above, two sisters Mrs. Annie Jacobson and Mrs. Schaleben, both of Madelia, and three brothers, Halvor, Clement and Louis.
The funeral services were held this afternoon at the Rice Lake Lutheran church and Rev. J. M. Nervig officiated.
The Herald joins the community in expressing sincere condolences to the bereaved family."
Notes for John & Josephine Luella (Family)
John and Josephine were married in Sauk City, Sauk County, Wisconsin, by Rev. J. J. Tuningen at the Reformed Church. The witnesses were Christian and Luelle Johanni, Josephine's uncle and his wife.
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