Person Sheet


Name Lillian May Halvorson
Birth 7 Oct 1889, Linden, Brown, Minnesota
Christen 6 Nov 1889, Linden Lutheran Church, Linden, Brown, Minnesota
Death 21 Jan 1979, Truman, Watonwan, Minnesota
Burial 25 Jan 1979, Ridgelawn Cemetery, Truman, Watonwan, Minnesota
Occupation Schoolteacher
Religion Lutheran
Father Clement Halvorson (1853-1942)
Mother Anna Johanni (1859-1937)
Spouses:
1 Verne Elton Lewis
Birth 21 Sep 1891, Lewisville, Antrim, Watonwan, Minnesota
Death 17 Apr 1973, St. James, Watonwan, Minnesota
Burial 21 Apr 1973, Ridgelawn Cemetery, Truman, Watonwan, Minnesota
Occupation Farmer
Father James Lewis (1861-1928)
Mother Bertha Martin (1864-)
Marriage 21 Sep 1914, Linden, Brown, Minnesota
Children: James Clement (1915-1993)
Ralph Elton (1919-)
Leslie Vernon (1924-)
Bertha Ann (1927-)
Medical Notes for Lillian May Halvorson
She suffered from asthma and developed emphysema later in her life. She broke her hip in a fall in June 1970 and shortly thereafter moved to the Lutheran retirement home in Truman for an extended recovery. She suffered a stroke in October 1970 but recovered from it. She had a second, more serious stroke in December 1973 which affected her speech.
Misc. Notes
The baptismal record has her birthdate as 7 October, not the 7 September of Thordson3. The witnesses to the baptism were F. Schalleben and wife, Janas. Jose, Regine Olson. She was confirmed at the Linden Lutheran Church on 6 November 1904. She was attending school in 1900 and 1910. She gave the saluatory and an oration on "Nature's Mysteries" at her high school graduation (from program21). Graduated from the University of Minnesota and the University of Missouri. She was at the University of Missouri while her brother John was teaching there.

SSDI provided the death information (SSN 469-54-9698).

The Hanska Herald, 25 September 1914:

"A Pretty Autumn Wedding in Linden

Miss Lillian Halvorson and Verne E. Lewis Were
Married At The Bride's Home Monday.

A pretty autumn wedding took place at high noon when Miss Lillian Halvorson, daughter of one of Linden's most respected families, was united in marriage to Mr. Verne E. Lewis, son of Jas. Lewis of Lewisville, Minn. The ceremony took place at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clement Halvorson, in Linden. The rooms were most prettily decorated with trailing vines, autumn leaves and daisies. To the strains of Lehengren's Wedding March, played by Miss Josephine Brudelie of Revere, the bride charmingly gowned in white net over crape de chene and carried a huge shower of lillies of the valley and roses, and attended by Miss Flossie Lewis, a sister of the groom, who was also attired in white silk and carried pink roses and trailers, took her place beneath an arch of trailers and ferns where she was joined by the groom dressed in conventional black and attended by Ed. Halvorson, a brother of the bride. Rev. J. M. Hitchcock of Plainview united the bride and groom using the impressive ring ceremony.

Immediately thereafter the guests consisting of near relatives of the bride and groom partook of a sumptuous four course wedding dinner. The festive board was beautifully decorated in green and white.

The gifts bestowed upon Linden's charming bride were many and most valuable.

The pretty bride is most highly esteemed by a large host of friends and relatives among whom she has grown up from childhood. Her personal charms and educational attainments preeminently qualify her to discharge all the duties of future life with honor. The groom is a highly respected young man from Lewisville and is worthy of so charming and talented a bride.

After the reception the newly wedded couple left for a short trip to Minneapolis under a shower of rice. The bride's travelling suit was of dark blue brocade. She wore a white satin hat with a blue and white shaded plume.

The Herals most heartily joins the community in extending most heary well wishes to the happy pair." 23


Unspecified newspaper, 22 January 1979:

"Mrs. Lillian Lewis

LEWISVILLE - Mrs. Lillian Lewis, 89, of Lewisville died Saturday at the Lutheran Retirement Home at Truman.
Visitation will begin on Tuesday at the Olson Funeral Home in Truman and at the church an hour prior to the services.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Zion Lutheran Church in Lewisville with burial at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Truman.
She was born Sept. 7, 1889, in Linden Township, Brown County, to Clement and Anna Halvorson. She married Vern E. Lewis Sept. 21, 1914. They farmed in rural Lewisville. He died in 1973.
Survivors include sons James of Berkley, Calif., Ralph and Leslie, both of Lewisville, daughter Bertha Ann of Ithaca, N.Y., 14 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, brother Edward Halvorson of Thompson Falls, Mont. and sister Mrs. Lucile Daniel of Troy, Ohio." 22
Research
3, 5 (v. 2, p. 497), 1, 6 (v. 1979, p. 766, l. 4),18 (v. O, p. 364), 22, 7 (b. 1, pp. 38-39; b. 2, p. 35), 23
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, Watonwan Co., Minnesota, r. 866, E.D. 212, p. 169A
Medical Notes for Verne Elton (Spouse 1)
He had problems with arthritis which got worse in the years after his 50th wedding anniversary in 1964. He also suffered from hardening of the arteries. He was hospitalized in Madelia in 1968, then moved to a nursing home there, later to the Pleasant View home at St. James.
Misc. Notes
The witnesses at their wedding were Edward M. Halvorson and Flossie I. Lewis. They lived in Lewisville, Minnesota, in 1916, 1929, and 1970. Verne's son Leslie relates that he didn't think his father was cut out to be a farmer23. He also worked as a trucker, bought and sold tools and farm implements, worked for Archer Oil Company, and served as Antrim Township assessor.

Unspecified newspaper and date (Sep 1964):

"Mr. and Mrs. Verne Lewis celebrate golden wedding

The 50th wedding anniversary open house for Verne and Lillian Lewis was held on sunday afternoon, September 20 at the Zion Lutheran church in Lewisville.
Many relatives and friends attended from the local area and from as far away as California.
Miss Sandra Lewis and Miss Marcia Lewis, granddaughters registered the guests. Mrs. Walter Daniel, Troy, Ohio, Mrs. Hibbard Thompson and Mrs. Alfred Halvorson poured coffee.
At six o'clock a dinner was served to the immediate family and the sisters and brothers of the couple: Mr. and Mrs. Roy Lewis, Percy Lewis, Mr. and Mrs. Hibbard Thompson of Lewisville, Mr. and Mrs. Willard Devoll, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Meisner of Madelia, brothers and sisters of Verne Lewis; Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Gronewold of Lewisville. Mr. Willard Halvorson of Hanska, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Halvorson and Mrs. Theodore Laingen of Madelia, Mr. Edward Halvorson of Thompson Falls, Montana, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schultz of Wittemore, Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Daniel of Troy Ohio, borthers and sisters of Mrs. Lewis.
The children of Verne and Lillian Lewis, who were all present for the occasion, Mr. and Mrs. James C. Lewis, Berkeley, Calif., Miss Bertha Ann Lewis, St. Paul, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lewis, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Lewis, Lewisville. The couple also has 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The occasion was given by the children of the couple. The lunch and dinner were served by the ladies aid of the church.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis have lived on the same farm all of their married life, the birthplace of Verne Lewis." 23

The St. James Courier, 24 April 1973:

"Lifetime Antrim Resident Dies

A lifetime resident of Antrim township, Verne E. Lewis, died at Pleasant View home, St. James Tuesday evening. He had been in ill health about five years. Mr. Lewis was 81 at the time of his death, which was attributed to complications of old age.
Funeral service was at First Presbyterian church Saturday morning with Rev. Paul Cousins officiating. Pallbearers were Merle Bachmann, Dale Davis, Arnold Johnson, Sterling Dewar, Arnold Wolle and Gordon Haycraft, and burial was in Ridgelawn cemetery, rural Truman.
Music was by Mrs. Lenol Carstensen as organist and Mrs. Cousins as soloist.
The deceased is survived by his wife, the former Lillian Halvorson, three sons, James of Berkeley, California, Leslie and Ralph of Lewisville, one daughter, Bertha Lewis of Ithaca, New York, 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Other survivors include a brother, Roy of Lewisville and three sisters, Mrs. Ralph (Edna) Meisner of St. James, Mrs. Willard (Ina) DeVoll and Mrs. Hibbard (Flossie) Thompson of Madelia.
He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.
Born in Antrim township on September 21, 1891, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Lewis. He attended rural school and Madelia high school and was married at Hanska on September 21, 1914. In addition to farming, Mr. Lewis served as Antrim township assessor for many years.
Jensen-Watonwan Funeral home was in charge of arrangements."23
Research
3, 5 (v. 2, p. 497), 50 (v. A, p. 53, l. 13), 6 (v. 1973, p. 630, l. 3), 18 (v. O, p. 364), 22, 23 (26 Feb 1998)
1895 Minn. census, Watonwan Co., p. 75 [LDS FHL microfilm 565816]
1910 U.S. census, Watonwan Co., Minnesota, r. 730, E.D. 180, p. 175A
1920 U.S. census, Watonwan Co., Minnesota, r. 866, E.D. 212, p. 169A
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