Person Sheet

Name Theodore Peder Laingen
Birth 8 Mar 1876, Butternut Valley, Blue Earth, Minnesota
Christen 1876, Butternut Valley, Blue Earth, Minnesota
Death 8 May 1954, Madelia, Watonwan, Minnesota
Burial Our Savior's Lutheran Cemetery, Butternut Valley, Blue Earth, Minnesota
Occupation Farmer
Religion Lutheran
Father Peder Knudson Laingen (1836-1911)
Mother Ronnaug Johannesdattir Kjestad (1837-1900)
1 Christina Jane Halvorson
Birth 24 Sep 1881, Linden, Brown, Minnesota1
Christen 18 Dec 1881, Linden Lutheran Church, Linden, Brown, Minnesota
Death 22 Dec 1969, Madelia, Watonwan, Minnesota1
Burial 24 Dec 1969, Our Savior's Lutheran Cemetery, Butternut Valley, Blue Earth, Minnesota
Religion Lutheran
Soc. Sec. # 476-58-0600
Father Clement Halvorson (1853-1942)
Mother Anna Johanni (1859-1937)
Marriage 1 May 1907, Linden, Brown, Minnesota
Children: Rudolph Alvin (1908-1932)
Palmer Clifford (1909-1968)
Arnold Melvin (1911-1978)
Richard Leslie (1913-1997)
Rose Arleen (1916-1992)
Ellsworth Lester (1918-2000)
Medical Notes for Theodore Peder Laingen
He got quite sick with pleuresy on 20 May 1918. He accidentally chopped his thumb on 24 Mar 1923. His appendix was removed by surgery on 14 May 1923. He broke his arm in a runaway on 24 Sep 1923, which was obviously not a good year for him.

The cause of death was uremia, prostatic hypertrophy, and hypertensive heart disease.
Misc. Notes
His daughter Rose saved many of his pocket diaries which he had kept from at least 1905 onwards to the end of his life. She passed them on to her son Michael. These are mainly working farm diaries but have weather and personal observations intermixed. Family vital statistics are present in several locations, as are addresses of relatives and friends. The vital statistics information has obviously been entered or updated at various times, as there is data in the diaries which is at times many years after their "nominal date." We also have an Autograph Book which he kept beginning in 1883 and containing entries for the next 25 years. We also have his souvenir confirmation book, which has family vital statistics information.

Confirmed 11 Sep 1892, Pastor L. E. Green was the minister of the Butternut Lutheran Church, and he is pictured in the confirmation book.

The entry for 1 May 1907: "a f-i-ne day. was to Linden and got married." The church records show that Charly Lainge, Tora Laingen, and John Halvorson were the witnesses.

He was living with his parents at the 1895 Minnesota census when he was 19 years old. His father's estate had land in Butternut Valley and in Lincoln. He sold 120 acres of land to Jno. J. Hughes of Lake Crystal on 30 Aug 1913 at $60/acre, for a total of $7,200. He received $500 on 1 Sep 1913 and $1,700 on 1 Mar 1914. He bought 140 acres of land from Andrew Knudsen on 20 Sep 1913 for $14,500. He paid $1,000 on that date; $2,000 on 1 Mar 1914; $1,000 on 1 Mar 1915; $1,000 on 1 Mar 1916; $1,500 on 1 Mar 1917; and the remaining $8,000 on 1 Mar 1918.

Moved to Linden Township, Brown Co., 13 Mar 1914.
Moved to Madelia, Watonwan Co., 1 Mar 1940.

Theodore and Christina share a gravestone in row 3, grave 34 of the Cemetery (transcription scheme2). It is lot 73 grave 7 (official scheme). Graves 7 and 8 were paid for with $100 on 3 September 1971.

Unspecified newspaper (probably Madelia Times-Messenger), (May 1954):

"T. P. Laingen Dies At His Home Here

Theodore P. Laingen passed away at his home in Madelia Saturday, May 8, 1954, at 11:55, after having been confined to his bed for one week. He was 78 years and two months old.
The deceased was born March 8, 1876, in Butternut township, Lake Crystal, to the parents, Peter and Regina Laingen. May 1, 1907, he was married in Linden township to Christine Jane Halvorson. He resided at the childhood home in Butternut until 1914 when the family moved to a farm in Linden township and in 1950 the Laingens moved to Madelia and have since made their home here.
Mr. Laingen spent his entire life-time farming. He was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran church in Butternut.
Left to mourn his passing are his wife; four sons, Palmer of Hanska; Arnold, Richard and Ellsworth of Madelia; a daughter, Rose (Mrs. Randall Hobart) of Minneapolis; 11 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Henry Fossum (Thora) of Butterfield. A son, Rudolph, preceded him in death.
Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, May 11, at the Butternut Lutheran church with Rev. Adrien Olson officiating. Mrs. Robert Borgwardt of Minneapolis, a niece of Mr. Laingen, sand and she was accompanied by Miss Wilson. Interment was in the church Cemetery with Recard Laingen, Stanley Hudson, Einer Hanson, Arlo Harbo, Claire Halvorson and Ralph Lewis serving as casket bearers.
Those from a distance in attendance at the last rites were from Minneapolis, Iowa, Mankato, New Ulm, Odin, St. James and Butterfield." (courtesy Marge Laingen).

His farm in Linden Township consisted of Lot 3 of the SE 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of Section 14, the NW 1/4 of the NE 1/4 and the N 1/2 of the NE 1/4 of the NE 1/4, both of Section 23, all in Township 108, Range 30 (according to his probate papers).

Theodore and his wife Christina and their children Arnold, Richard, Rose, and Ellsworth attended the Laingen Family Reunion at Minneopa State Park on 16 August 1931. Their son Rudy also attended with his wife and daughter.
3, 2 (p. 6), 4(1913, 1953), 5 (v. 2, p. 496), 6 (v. 1954, p. 181), 7 (b. 2, p. 49), 8 (p. 73), 9 (v. 1, p. 33), 10
1880 U.S. census, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota, r. 615, p. 416C
1895 Minn. census, Blue Earth Co., p. 457 [LDS FHL microfilm 565763]
1900 U.S. census, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota, r. 757, p. 29A
1910 U.S. census, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota, r. 690, p. 6B
1920 U.S. census, Brown Co., Minnesota, r. 825, E.D. 44, p. 138B
Medical Notes for Christina Jane (Spouse 1)
Likely the Stena Laingen who had an operation on her ____ at Mankato on 27 Mar 1911 [source?].

She suffered from a major stroke while she was in her 40s but had a complete recovery. She moved to the Lutheran Home for the last few years of her life.
Misc. Notes
She was probably named for her grandmother Christine Tarnutzer. The witnesses at her baptism were Vallantin and his wife [Valentine Schalaben and wife], Ole Ericksen, and Emma Larsen. Called "Stina" in the 1885 Minnesota census. She was confirmed 9 May 1897 at the Linden Lutheran Church. She signed Theodore's autograph book as his friend.11

She is buried in lot 53, grave 7 (official scheme8).

The Hanska Herald, 25 December 1969:

"Mrs. T. Laingen Died

Mrs. Theodore (Christena) Laingen passed away Monday evening at the Madelia Community Hospital. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at the Trinity Lutheran church in Madelia at 1 o'clock with burial in Butternut cemetery. Complete obituary in next weeks Herald."

The Hanska Herald, 1 January 1970:

"Mrs. T. Laingen Died Dec. 22

Mrs. Theodore Laingen died December 22nd at the Madelia Community Hospital at the age of 89 years.
Funeral services were held December 24th at the Trinity Lutheran Church at Madelia with burial beside her husband at the Butternut Lutheran Cemetery. Mr. Laingen died May 8, 1954.
The pallbearers were Larry Feder, Michael Hobart, Allis Jones, Larry Laingen, Mark Ulmen and Robert McCumber.
Christine Halvorson Laingen was born September 24, 1881, in Linden Township to the late parents Mr. and Mrs. Clement Halvorson where she grew up on the Halvorson farm on Highway 15 and attended the public school.
She was married May 1, 1907, to Theodore P. Laingen at the Linden Lutheran Church and they resided on their farm until 1950 when they moved to Madelia, where she remained.
She is survived by four children, Arnold and Ellsworth of Madelia, Richard of St. Peter and Mrs. Randall (Rose) Hobart of Richfield.
Other survivors include three sisters, Mrs. Lillian Lewis and Mrs. Cora Gronewold, both of Lewisville, Mrs. Lucille Daniels of Troy, Ohio, and three brothers, Alfred Halvorson of Madelia, Edward Halvorson of Thompson Falls and Willard Halvorson of Hanska.
Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild."
3, 2 (p. 6), 4 (1913, 1953), 6 (v. 1969, p. 546),7 (b. 1, pp. 32-33, 86-87; b. 2, p. 49), 8 (p. 73), 10, 12
Obituary, Personal conversations with her and with Rose Arleen (Laingen) Hobart,
Theodore P. Laingen autograph book
1885 Minn. census, Brown Co., p. 471 [LDS FHL microfilm 565735]
1895 Minn. census, Brown Co., p. 464 [LDS FHL microfilm 565764]
1900 U.S. census, Brown Co., Minnesota, r. 758, E.D. 40, p. 70B
1910 U.S. census, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota, r. 690, p. 6B
1920 U.S. census, Brown Co., Minnesota, r. 825, E.D. 44, p. 138B
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