Person Sheet

Name Lars Sylfestsen Laingen
Birth 28 Sep 1880, Laingen i Garmo, Oppland, Norway
Christen 28 Nov 1880, Garmo, Oppland, Norway
Death 10 Jul 1917, Two Harbors, Lake, Minnesota
Burial 14 Jul 1917, Our Savior's Lutheran Cemetery, Butternut Valley, Blue Earth, Minnesota
Immigration 2 Apr 1903, New York, New York
Occupation Ore dock foreman, farmer
Religion Lutheran
Father Solfest Erlandsen (Frisvold) (1835-1915)
Mother Kari Knudsdattir (Ladengen) (1845-1922)
1 Benedicta Louise Marsteen
Birth 18 Mar 1892, Butternut Valley, Blue Earth, Minnesota
Death 5 Jan 1978, Mankato, Blue Earth, Minnesota
Father John S. Marsteen (1854-1926)
Mother Margrethe Sletta (1849-1939)
Marriage 22 Mar 1913, Butternut Valley, Blue Earth, Minnesota
Children: Mildred Karen (1914-)
Medical Notes for Lars Sylfestsen Laingen
He died from pernicious anemia, suffered for about six months.
Misc. Notes
The godparents and witnesses for his christening were Hans Moe, Ole O. Svene, Hans K. Brimi, Gunhild R. Frisvold, Kari Hiden, and Toro Olsdatter Ladengen (his grandmother). He was confirmed in Garmo on 6 October 1896. He worked for Theodore Peder Laingen on the latter's farms at times in the 1900s and 1910s. He is buried in plot 10, row 11, of the Cemetery. His death certificate confirms that he was the son of Solfest and Carrey [Kari] Langen of Norway.

He was not spotted in Two Harbors in the 1910 census, according to his obituary, he moved there in 1911.
Two Harbors Journal-News, 12 July 1917:

" Lars Laingen passed away at his home, 821 Seventh Avenue, on Tuesday, July 10, 1917, after an illness of six months from amenia [sic, anemia]. Mr. Laingen was born and raised in Norway and came to this country fifteen years ago and settled in Two Harbors six years ago. He was 36 years 8 months and 12 days old. He was employed on the ore docks as assistant foreman. He leaves to mourn his death his wife and daughter, Mildred, age 3 years. The remains were shipped on Wednesday afternoon to Lake Crystal, Minn., where funeral services will be held."

He left Kristiania (Oslo) on 19 March 1903 aboard the "S.S. Montebello." He was traveling with John Torkildsen Torkveen and Ole Nilsen Bakkeberg in addition to four others from Lom.
2 (p. 18), 14 (b. 7, p. 94; Kl.b. 5, pp. 196-197), 17,19 (v. S, p. 313)
Death certificate
1900 Norwegian census, Oppland, Lom, b. 75, k. 1, t. 1, G.N. 14, 1 [LDS FHL microfilm 273835]
Notes for Benedicta Louise (Spouse 1)
Lars' death certificate states that he was married at the time of his death. Louise and her daughter were living with her parents at their farm on Bottom Road, Nicollet Twp., Nicollet Co., Minnesota, at the time of the 1920 census.

From her parents' obituaries, she had remarried by 1926. The obituaries do not let us identify which daughter had married which husband. The 1926 obituary states that John had only two daughters while the 1939 obituary said that Margretta had three daughters, presumably one from her first marriage. The husbands listed were:
Willis Johnson: 1926 (not listed); 1939, Aitkin
Ole Swimm/Sveum: 1926, Minneapolis; 1939, Hanska
Harold Anderson: 1926, Mankato; 1939, Ottawa [Le Seuer Co.]

She appears not have been married in Brown County in the 1920-1926 interval.

Examination of the various possible combinations of spouses and names suggests that she may well be the Louise Anderson, born 18 March 1892, Social Security card issued in Minnesota, died January 1978, Mankato, Blue Earth, Minnesota. Note that the 1895 Minnesota census has her as three years old, consistent with this. We know that she was born in March 1892 from the 1900 census returns.

His obituary is indexed in the Mankato Free Press obituary index [LDS FHL microfilm 1671512]. The obit appeared on 6 Jan 1978, p. 4.
19 (v. S, p. 313)
Lars Laingen death certificate, obituary
1895 Minn. census, Blue Earth Co., p. 463 [LDS FHL microfilm 565763]
1900 U.S. census, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota, r. 757, E.D. 3, p. 29B
1910 U.S. census, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota, r. 690, E.D. 2, p. 247B
1920 U.S. census, Nicollet Co., Minnesota, r. 828, E.D. 103, p. 221A
Notes for Lars Sylfestsen & Benedicta Louise (Family)
Lars and Louise were married in Butternut Valley by Rev. A. A. Reece, with Ole Marsteen and Anna Svenne acting as the witnesses. Both Lars and Louise were described as being of Blue Earth County at the time of the marriage.
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