Person Sheet

Name Niles Olaves Halvorson
Birth 8 May 1860, Ocomonowoc, Waukesha, Wisconsin
Death 25 Jan 1937, Cottonwood, Brown, Minnesota
Burial Linden Lutheran Cemetery, Linden, Brown, Minnesota
Religion Lutheran
Alias/AKA Louis
Father Ole Halvorson (Fjeld) (1822-1879)
Mother Johanne Marie Johannesdatter (1819-1886)
1 Mary Knudsen
Birth 21 Aug 1861, Linden, Brown, Minnesota
Christen 22 May 1862, Linden Lutheran Church, Linden, Brown, Minnesota
Death 3 Feb 1945, New Ulm, Brown, Minnesota
Burial 7 Feb 1945, Linden Lutheran Cemetery, Linden, Brown, Minnesota
Religion Lutheran
Father Amund Knudsen (1828-)
Mother Marit Johannesdattir (-~1867)
Marriage 29 Oct 1885, Linden, Brown, Minnesota
Children: Bird Alfred (1886-1970)
Marcus Julius (1888-1889)
Grace M. (1889-1982)
Josephine Mathilda (1892-1906)
Orie Francis (1894-1978)
Mabel (1896-1908)
Nora E. (1900-1992)
Medical Notes for Niles Olaves Halvorson
He died from injuries after being hit by a car.
Misc. Notes
He changed name to Louis. He was confirmed at the Linden Lutheran Church, Hanska, Brown Co., Minnesota, under Pastor L. E. Green, on 3 May 1874. Note, there was a Halvor Halvorson also confirmed on that date (and a Gustav), but that Halvor was born 15 October 1859 and was not the brother of Niles Olaves.

He was living with his brother John and his family, along with their mother, at the time of the 1880 census.

Lewis Halvorsen, age 25, born in Norway, and Mary Knudsen, age 21, born in Brown Co., Minnesota, were married at the Rice Lake Lutheran Church, Linden, Brown Co., Minnesota. The witnesses were Mari Solensten of Linden, and Severn Larsen of Madelia. Marie Jakobsen Solensten was his niece, daughter of his sister Anne Thurine Halvorson Jakobson.

The 1895 census shows that he had been in Minnesota and Linden for 25 years (since 1870).

New Ulm Journal, 29 January 1937:

"Recluse Killed
By Passing Car

Machine, Driven by A. J. Mittendorf,
Mankato, Hits Lewis
Halverson, Cottonwood

Coroner's Jury
Says Unavoidable

Accident Occurs, Monday Afternoon,
on T. H. No. 83, Southeast
of New Ulm.

Lewis Halverson, who lived alone, in a modest farm house, in Cottonwood township, was fatally injured, Monday afternoon, at about 1:45 o'clock, when a car, driven by Alfred J. Mittendorf of Mankato, well known former New Ulm resident, struck him, while he was walking in a westerly direction, along Trunk Highway No. 83, about four miles southeast of this city.
The unfortunate man died, apparently just before reaching the Union hospital, where he had been taken by Mr. Mittendorf; Francis Schaefer, near whose farm home the fatal acciden occured; and Emmett Nichols, also of Cottonwood township, who witnessed the tragedy, as he approached the scene, in his own car.

Unavoidable, Jury Says.

A coroner's jury, composed of August C. Dahl, Ben Green, A. J. Siebenbrunner, Andrew J. ('Meach') Schmitt, Frank Lamecker, and Henry J. Forst, returned a verdict of 'unavoidable accident,' after hearing testimony, given by Dr. Carl J. Fritsche, acting coroner; Dr. T. F. Hammermeister, who was first called to the hospital; and Messrs. Mittendorf, Schaefer, and Nichols. As a result, Mr. Mittendorf was held blameless.
The inquest was held, Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, in the Minnesota Valley Burial association funeral home, on North Broadway, being conducted by Dr. Fritsches, Sidney P. Gislason, assistant county attorney, and Sheriff John Reitter.
Dr. Hammermeister testified briefly that Mr. Halverson was dead, when the physician reached the hospital, and before the patient could be removed to that institution for treatment. He made no examination of the body, instead, notified the acting coroner.

Internal Hurts Fatal.

Taking the witness stand, himself, Dr. Fritsche stated that he had examined the body of the unfortunate accident victim, after death, at the morgue. This examination, he said, revealed that Mr. Halverson's entire chest had been crushed, the ribs on his left side being severed at their juncture with the spine. A number of ribs on his right side, as well as both legs, were broken - the right leg above the ankle, with the large bone protruding through the flesh; and the left leg, at the ankle. There also was a small scraping wound, in his back, on the left side.
Any one of several injuries was sufficiently serious to cause death: complete crushing of the chest; probable rupture of the arteries and veins in the left lung; puncture of the heart; or rupture of the blood vessels, leading to the latter organ. The condition of the body indicated that it had been struck a fairly hard blow.

Ran Across Highway.

Mr. Mittendorf willingly testified when called to the witness stand. He said that Mr. Halverson, after apparently failing to hear several previous honkings of the car horn, finally turned around, and, as the machine neared him, suddenly started to cross the highway, either in a fast walk, or a slow run. The unfortunate victim had been walking along the right side of the traveled road, going toward his home, a short distance from the Schaefer farm. He had turned the collar of his sheep-lined overcoat up, to protect his earc against the cold.
Upon realizing that Mr. Halverson apparently became bewildered, as the auto approached, Mr. Mittendorf testified that he set his brakes, some 17 paces from the point, where the fatal accident occurred. However, due to the fact that Mr. Halverson hurried across the road, a short distance ahead of the machine, and because the snow was packed down and slippery, it was impossible to stop. In a desperate but futile, attempt to avoid striking the pedestrian, the driver turned as far to the left as possible.

Witnessed Fatal Accident.

Mr. Schaefer stated that, soon after Mr. Halverson had left the Schefer farm home, following a noonday visit there, the former heard a car honking, and looked out of a window, just in time to see the accident. Putting on his coat and cap, he hurried outside, and to the scene of the fatality, being met there by Mr. Mittendorf and Mr. Nichols, the latter having arrived in his own car. Both Mr. Schaefer and Mr. Nichols stated that Mr. Halverson's body was lying beside, and partly under the Mittendorf auto, after the accident. They assisted Mr. Mittendorf in placing the ill-fated man into the Mittendorf machine, and accompanied him to New Ulm.
Mr. Schaefer testified that, about a week previously, Mr. Halverson had narrowly escaped being hit by a state highway snow plow, also while walking along the road. Then, too, he had hurried across the highway, just ahead of the plow, which, however, was traveling slowly, and the driver avoided an accident. Mr. Halverson was hard of hearing, the witness stated. This was noticeable, in a conversation, when the speaker did not directly face the recluse.
Mr. Nichols testified that he had heard Mr. Mittendorf's car horn, at least twice, before the fatal collision. He operates a portable feed mill and also witnessed the accident, being less than a quarter-mile away. He saw Mr. Halverson's cap and mittens fly in the air, after he was hit.

Aged Nearly 77.

Lewis Halverson was nearing life's 77th milepost, having been born, May 8, 1860, in Waukesha county, Wisconsin. In 1869, he came to Brown county, where he had since resided. In 1885, deceased married Miss Mary Knudson, his surviving widow. Three of the seven children, born to them, preceded him in death.
The four living sons and daughters are: Bird and Orie Halverson, Madelia; Mrs. Fred Cristiansen, New Ulm; and Mrs. Ernest Zander, Medford, Minn. There also are five grandchildren, as well as one brother, Clement Halverson, residing in Linden township."22

Buried in Lot 15 at the Linden Lutheran Cemetery. He was the original owner of the lot and it was transferred to his son Orrie in 1970.

He was living with Maggie Halvorson, widow of his brother John, at the time of the 1920 census.

Locate his 1900 census record.
3, 22, 52 (p. 51), 7 (b. 1, p. 79), 15
1860 U.S. census, Waukesha, Wisconsin, r. 1436, p. 946
1870 U.S. census, Brown Co., Minnesota, r. 1, p. 1008
1875 Minnesota census, Brown Co., v. B-2, p. 213 [LDS FHL microfilm 565717]
1880 U.S. census, Brown Co., Minnesota, r. 616, p. 42B
1895 Minn. census, Brown Co., p. 461 [LDS FHL microfilm 565764]
1910 U.S. census, Brown Co., Minnesota, r. 691, E.D. 41, p. 56B
1920 U.S. census, Brown Co., Minnesota, r. 825, E.D. 44, p. 141B
Notes for Mary (Spouse 1)
The witnesses at her baptism were Johannes Hansen, Guri Aflesdattir, and Mari Ellefsdattir.

She was attending school at the time of the 1870 census. She was living with Peder Knudsen (possibly an error for Amund) at the time of the 1895 census.

New Ulm Journal, 5 February 1945:

"Mrs. Halverson
Dies; Funeral
To Be Tuesday

Mrs. Mary Halverson, 84, born Aug. 21, 1861, in Linden township, and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Amund Knuteson, pioneers of that community, died Saturday at 10 p.m., at the home of her daughter Mrs. Fred Christiansen, South Minnesota street. Mrs. Halverson had been at the Christiansen home since Dec. 10.
She had retired for the night about 9:15 p.m. Saturday and had been up and around that day, seemingly in her usual health. However, she had been failing for the past several months, and her death was not unexpected.
During her youthful days she resided with her parents in Linden township and in 1885 was married to Lewis Halverson. They made their home in New Ulm for a number of years, where Mr. Halvorson was employed by farm machinery dealers. They also resided in Linden township. Mr. Halverson died in January, 1937. Mrs. Halverson had made her home in Madelia with her son, Bird Halverson for the past number of years. Another son, Orie Halverson, also resided with the family.
In addition to the two sons at Madelia, Mrs. Halverson, is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Fred Christiansen, New Ulm, and Mrs. Ernest Zander, Faribault. Three children preceded her in death.
There are six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Five half sisters also survive and are: Mrs. E. L. Pardee, Chicago, Mrs. Alfred Hansen, St. Paul; Mrs. A. L. Rath, St. Paul, Mrs. J. K. Jennings, St. Paul, and Mrs. H. A. Tinnes, Minneapolis.
Funeral services will be in Trinity Lutheran Church, Madelia, Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Linden Cemetery.
The body will be at the Gedstad funeral home from Tuesday at 1 p.m., until Wednesday at 11 a.m. Those, who desire may call between those hours." 22

She is buried in Lot 15 of the Cemetery.

Locate her 1920 census entry, her husband was helping out on the farm of his late brother at that time.
3, 22, 7 (b. 1, pp. 2-3), 15
1870 U.S. census, Brown Co., Minnesota, r. 1, p. 1005
1875 Minnesota census, Brown Co., v. B-2, p. 211 [LDS FHL microfilm 565717]
1895 Minn. census, Brown Co., p. 461 [LDS FHL microfilm 565764]
1910 U.S. census, Brown Co., Minnesota, r. 691, E.D. 41, p. 56B
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