Person Sheet

Name Ruth L. Jacobson
Birth 1902, Wisconsin
Death ? Nov 1981, ? Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona
Father Peter Jacobson (1861-1933)
Mother Lena ??? (1872-1938)
1 ??? Server
2 Edward Maurice Halvorson
Birth 11 Oct 1891, Linden, Brown, Minnesota
Death 5 Mar 1983, Missoula, Montana1
Occupation Farmer
Soc. Sec. # 501-05-2475
Father Clement Halvorson (1853-1942)
Mother Anna Johanni (1859-1937)
Marriage 16 Jun 1919, Williston, Williams, North Dakota
Divorce aft 1933
No Children
Notes for Ruth L. Jacobson
Her father was born in Norway and her mother was born in Wisconsin. The family moved from Wisconsin to North Dakota in 1906. She was living in Port Orchard, Washington, in 1975. The Williams County, North Dakota, history33 has an account she wrote about growing up there. It does not mention her marriage to Ed Halvorson.

The death information and a possible precise birth date (31 December 1899) are from the Social Security Death Index (SSDI)1. That lists the issuing state as Ohio, which may mean that this is a misidentification. We had her birth in 1901 based on the census information, though it should be possible to check the date using Wisconsin record indices. It is possible that the SSN (294-22-7815) refers to her second husband, as widows sometimes received greater benefits as survivors (under the husband's SSN) than with their own benefits. It is also possible that this is a mis-identification.

The marriage license lists her age as 17, which would put her birth in 1902.
3, 1, 33 (pp. 1858-59)
Copy of marriage certificate
1910 U.S. census, Williams Co., North Dakota, r. 1149, E. D. 223, p. 333A
1920 U.S. census, Williams Co., North Dakota, r. 1342, E. D. 243, p. 17A
Research Notes for ??? (Spouse 1)
Notes for Edward Maurice (Spouse 2)
He was confirmed on 28 April 1907 at the Linden Lutheran Church.

Edward was attending school in 1900, and was working on the home farm in 1910. He was living in Grenora, North Dakota, in 1929. Edward was living in Bonetrail, North Dakota, in 1938. He lived in Thompson Falls, MT, for a number of years before his death.

SSDI showed that his card was issued in North Dakota.

Sanders County Ledger, Thompson Falls, MT, 14 October 1982:

"Ed Halvorson is 91

Ed Halvorson, a resident of Thompson Falls for 51 years and of the Lions Lodge since 1977, celebrated his 91st birthday Monday - Columbus Day.
Now confined to a wheel chair since he broke his hip a few years ago, Ed has found a new hobby - collecting collectibles. Thimbles are his current interest.
Born Oct. 11, 1891 and growing up on a farm in Minnesota, Halvorson spent much of his early life farming. He worked in the Navy yards at Bremerton, Wa. during World War II and after he retired he came to Thompson Falls.
It was while he was mowing his lawn, that he fell and broke his hip. Since then he has had to confine his waking hours to his wheelchair.
A lady comes in to clean his apartment and during the week, he gets a hot meal a day from the Meals on Wheels program.
'I don't have to do much cooking,' explains the Minnesota veteran with a chuckle.
He likes living in the Lions Lodge and explains that while he doesn't normally attend their social functions, the other residents always include him when it comes to eating. They bring around a plate of food or goodies to his apartment.
Ed is able to dress himself, get in and out of bed by himself and maneuver his wheelchair, although it is not as easy to do as he would like."21

Unspecified newspaper, probably Sanders County Ledger, 1983:

"Edward Halvorson

Edward M. Halvorson, 91, a resident of the Thompson Falls Lions Lodge since 1974, died of natural causes Saturday at a Missoula nursing home. He had requested no funeral services.
He was born Oct. 11, 1891 at Linden Township, Brown County, Minn. to Clement and Anna Halvorson. He married Ruth Jacobson June 16, 1919. They were later divorced.
He owned and operated a farm in Bonetrail, N.D. until 1942 when he moved to Bremerton, Wash. to work in the shipyards. In 1946, he came to Thompson Falls, where he again owned and operated a farm. In recent years he had been confined in a wheelchair, although he continued to reside alone in his Lions Lodge apartment.
He was one of 10 brothers and sisters and is survived by one sister, Lucille Daniel, Troy, O. and 24 nieces and nephews.
The family has suggested that memorials be made to the Thompson Falls Lions Lodge. Gale Allen is secretary of the Lions Lodge for the Thompson Falls Lions Club." 23

Gladys Lewis23 recounts that Kay Gronewold Gillespie told her "that Ed had land in North Dakota - which he lost - and later oil was discovered on that land. Later he had land in Montana which he wanted George and Cora to take over when he was losing it. They thought that was too far away so did not invest. Now that land is worth a mint - It became a very expensive area for building homes!"

Edward and Ruth were photographed at the silver (25th) wedding anniversary for the Harbo's (his sister), so they had to have been divorced after 1933. He was photographed with an infant on his knee in a photograph developed in May 1958. On the back is the inscription "This is my youngest one. Taken at Webers my nearest neighbors place." It is not clear what his relationship was to the child. No children were mentioned in his obituary but that doesn't necessarily mean that he did not have any, check possible probate.

They were married, but not divorced, in Williams County, North Dakota. The witnesses at the wedding were Mr. and Mrs. Lucas M. Jacobson.
3, 5 (v. 2, p. 497), 1, 22, 7 (b. 2, pp. 35, 93), 23
Copy of marriage certificate
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, Brown Co., Minnesota, r. 691, E.D. 43, p. 78A
1920 U.S. census, Williams Co., North Dakota, r. 1342, E. D. 243, p. 17A
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