Person Sheet

Name John Halvorson
Birth 22 Jun 1850, Dyrkoll i Gjerpen, Telemark, Norway
Death 8 Mar 1909, Linden, Brown, Minnesota
Burial 12 Mar 1909, Rice Lake Lutheran Cemetery, Linden, Brown, Minnesota
Emigration 10 Apr 1855, Gjerpen, Telemark, Norway
Immigration 1855, Oconomowoc, Waukesha, Wisconsin
Occupation Farmer, school district clerk
Religion Lutheran
Alias/AKA Johanas
Cause of death Bright's disease53
Father Ole Halvorson (Fjeld) (1822-1879)
Mother Johanne Marie Johannesdatter (1819-1886)
1 Josephine Luella Erbe
Birth 7 Nov 1863, Sauk City, Sauk, Wisconsin
Death 6 Apr 1891, Linden, Brown, Minnesota
Burial 8 Apr 1891, Rice Lake Lutheran Cemetery, Linden, Brown, Minnesota
Religion Lutheran
Father John Erbe (1827-1885)
Mother Margreth Johanni (1837-1900)
Marriage 4 Mar 1880, Sauk City, Sauk, Wisconsin55
Children: Lena Margaret (1881-1946)
Henry John (1883-1941)
2 Margaret K. Meyer
Birth 20 Jun 1873, Cross Plains, Wisconsin
Death 19 Feb 1952, Tucson, Mariposa, Arizona
Burial 21 Feb 1952, Tucson, Mariposa, Arizona
Occupation Farmer (1920)
Marriage Aug 1894, New Ulm, Brown, Minnesota
Children: Alvin Walter (1895-1969)
Arthur Raymond (1903-1969)
Medical Notes for John Halvorson
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].

Thordson3 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 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.

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.20 (v. 22, pp. 578-579) He also purchased 80 acres from Joseph and Isabelle Flanders for $600 on 9 Janurary 1885. The property was the W 1/2 of SW 1/4 of Section 11, Township 108 N., Range 30 W. (v. 26, pp. 527-528) John purchased land from his brother Halvor on 5 May 1891 (see the entry for Halvor).

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."
3, 19 (b.7, pp. 122, 433, 482), 48 (v. D, p. 119, l. 1),52 (p. 109), 54, 7 (b. 2, p. 58), 20 (v. 22, pp. 578-579; v. 26, pp. 527-528; v. 39, p. 197), 46 (v. 2, p. 392)
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
1885 Minn. census, Brown Co., p. 471 [LDS FHL microfilm 565735]
1895 Minn. census, Brown Co., p. 461 [LDS FHL microfilm 565764]
1900 U.S. census, Brown Co., Minnesota, r. 758, p. 70A
Notes for Josephine Luella (Spouse 1)
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.
3, 52 (pp. 63, 109), 46 (v. 2, p. 392)
1870 U.S. census, Sauk Co., Wisconsin, r. 1479, p. 188B
1880 U.S. census, Brown Co., Minnesota, r. 616, p. 42B
1885 Minn. census, Brown Co., p. 471 [LDS FHL microfilm 565735]
Notes for John & Josephine Luella (Family)
The marriage was performed by Rev. J. J. Guningen and the witnesses were Christian Johanny and Luella Johanny.
Notes for Margaret K. (Spouse 2)
Her parents were both born in Germany. At the time of the 1920 census her husband was off the farm, presumably in the hospital. Lewis Halvorson and his sons Bird and Orie were staying at the farm. Rose Buck and the latter's daughter Fern were also boarding there.

She had her farm registered as "Pleasant View Farm," in section 11, township 108, range 31, in August 1912. This farm was owned by Herbert Halvorson in 1974.

E. Clair Halvorson recounts that when her husband was dying he called out for his first wife in his delerium and that Maggie was deeply hurt by this.

Lake Crystal Tribune, 28 February 1952:

"Former Linden Resident Dies in Arizona

News of the death of Mrs. Margaret Halverson, formerly of Linden and well-known in this community, was received Wednesday morning.
Mrs. Margaret Halverson, 78, better known as Maggie Halverson, died at a hospital in Tucson, Arizona, Tuesday afternoon, February 19, after having been in very poor health for several years.
Margaret Meyer was born at Cross Plains, Wisconsin, June 20, 1873. She was married to John Halverson at New Ulm, August, 1894. They owned the farm now owned by Willard Evenson and were members of the Rice Lake Lutheran Church for many years. Her husband preceded her in death about 40 years ago. She lived in Tucson, Arizona, with her son, Arthur, for many years.
She is survived by two sons, Alvin, who lives near New Ulm, and Arthur of Tucson, six grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Thursday morning at Tucson and burial was also at that place."
1895 Minn. census, Brown Co., p. 461 [LDS FHL microfilm 565764]
1900 U.S. census, Brown Co., Minnesota, r. 758, E.D. 40, p. 70A
1910 U.S. census, Brown Co., Minnesota, r. 691, E.D. 43, p. 76A
1920 U.S. census, Brown Co., Minnesota, r. 825, E.D. 44, p. 141B

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