Person Sheet


Name Torsten Paulson Laingen
Birth 20 Aug 1862, Garmo, Oppland, Norway
Death 6 Sep 1948, Watonwan, Minnesota
Burial Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Odin, Watonwan, Minnesota
Immigration Jul 1870, Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Emigration 26 May 1870, Garmo, Oppland, Norway
Occupation Farmer (1910), assistant bank cashier (1920)
Religion Lutheran
Father Paul Knudson Laingen (1831-1909)
Mother Else Larsdatter (Øyegaard) (1825-1893)
Spouses:
1 Gurena Maria Leverson
Birth 28 Sep 1861, Rock, Wisconsin
Death 1 Oct 1939, Odin, Watonwan, Minnesota
Burial 3 Oct 1939, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Odin, Watonwan, Minnesota
Religion Lutheran
Alias/AKA Julia Maria
Father Herbrand Leverson
Mother Karrie Lande
Marriage 28 Jan 1886, Mountain Lake, Cottonwood, Minnesota
Children: son (1886-<1900)
Palmer T. (1888-1957)
Helmer (1890-~1892)
Elma Karoline (1892-1892)
Elma Karoline (1894-1972)
Huldah Theolina (1897-1990)
Carl (1900-1982)
Melvin T. (1903-1973)
Medical Notes for Torsten Paulson Laingen
Cause of death was gastric carcinoma.
Misc. Notes
He left Lom, Norway, with his parents and family on 26 May 1870. See the discussion for his father for details of their trip. They were married in Mountain Lake by Rev. A. L. Loblund [?]. The witnesses were Carl G. Leverson and Knut G. Laingen.

Theodore P. Laingen's autograph book has an entry from Mrs. T. P. Laingen, dated 18 June 188[0? or 6?] (apparently, date is faint), Cedar, Minnesota. Cedar is a township in Martin County.

Also called Thorsten and Tom P. Laingen. He was listed as Thom. Laingen in the 1895 Minnesota census. He was living in Odin Village in 1907, 1909, 1920 and his sons and daughter Kari were on the farm in 1920. He was living in Cedar, Minnesota, on 18 June 1892. He was living in Mountain Lake township in 1895, and had Edmon Peterson, age 21, born in Norway, living in Mountain Lake 1 yr, in Minnesota 1 yr 10 mos., working for him as a farm laborer.

St. James [Minnesota] Plaindealer Advertiser, 29 April 1936:

"T. P. Laingens Honored 50th Anniversary
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Zion Lutheran, Odin, Scene of Happy Occassion for Elderly Couple
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700 Relatives and Friends are Present
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Program Given in Odin Hall Following Reception in Church

Odin - Seven hundred people attended the golden wedding anniversary celebration held at the Zion Lutheran Church, Odin, Sunday in honor of Mr. and Mrs. T. P. Laingen, Odin, parents of Mrs. Elma Howe of this city. The reception was held at the church parlor which was beautifully decorated with gold and orchid crepe paper, cut flowers and blooming plants. Two huge cakes adorned the bridal table. Miss Margaret Sorenson and Mrs. Alfred Olson sang, "I Love You Truly" as the guests were being seated at the table. Soft music was played on the piano by Miss Margaret Sorenson and Miss Mildred Olson while dinner was being served. Table waitresses were: Mrs. P. K. Laingen, Mrs. Cornie Harder, Mrs. Art Johnson, Mrs. Carl Eng, Mrs. Art Hoyt, Mrs. Wm. Cassem, Mrs. Albert Setsvold, Mrs. Peter Hammer and Mrs. Gordon Leverson.
After the reception, everyone went to the city hall, Odin, where an appropriate program was given as follows: Xylophone selectioon - Le Roy Eitzen, Mt. Lake. Devotions - Rev. N. I. Evenson. Song, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" - Audience. Song - Grandchildren. Talk - Rev. Bergsaker, Minneapolis. Song - Upper grades of Sunday School. Song - Ardys Eng, Norma Laingen and Marlys Olson. Musical number - Mr. Eitzen. Talk - Rev. Stephen Dale. Song - Lois Anderson and Ruth Fossum. Talk - Rev. N. I. Evenson. Vocal solo - Mrs. Harry Goering. Words of thanks - T. P. Laingen. Musical number - Mr. Eitzen. Song - Ladies Chorus. Telegrams of congratulations and greetings from distant relatives and friends were read by Rev. Evenson. Closing song - Audience. The hall was attractively decorated in gold and orchid and with plants and cut flowers.
Those from a distance who attended this happy celebration were: Dr. and Mrs. O. A. Kabrick and Marlys of Grand View, Ia.; Mrs. A. Ekle, Mr. and Mrs. Olaf Ekle, Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Mickelson, Mankato; Mr. and Mrs. Howard Dyson, James and Earl, Madison, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Iver Pederson and family, Walnut Grove, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Evers, Mr. and Mrs. Helmer Leversn, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. King, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Lee, Mr. and Mrs. Vern Gethn, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Rakness and Albert Leverson, Jackson, Minn.; Levi Leavor and Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Anderson, Spencer, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Helmer Leverson and family, Kasota; Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Leverson and Dolly Leverson, St. Peter; Ray Wendelshafer, Cleveland; Mr. and Mrs. Cornie Martins and baby, Mr. and Mrs. Jake Wall, Mr. and Mrs. Buler, Mr. and Mrs. George Eitzen and Le Roy, Mt. Lake; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Fast and bys, Mrs. C. Melheim, Mrs. Slaalien, Mr. and Mrs. C. Stenberg, Mrs. Setsvold, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Olson, Mr. and Mrs. V. E. Holte and Marland, Mr. and Mrs. Ole Haatvedt and Sonnie, Mrs. Ole Ulvestad and son, Butterfield; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Laingen, Cottonwood; Mr. and Mrs. Chester Laingen and Luella, Mr. and Mrs. Theo Laingen and son, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Laingen and baby, Mr. and Mrs. Einar Hanson, Lake Crystal; Mr. and Mrs. Cliff. Umhoeffer and sons, Mrs. G. Umhoeffer, Mrs. B. Stockdill and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Amman and Opal, Triumph; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Evans and family; Mrs. Chas. Leverson and Earl Laingen, Minneapolis; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Collins, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Colling, Minburn, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Syver Hanson, Mrs. T. Hovdet, Mr. and Mrs. Ole Sterrie, Mrs. J. Lobben, Mrs. Elma Howe and Muriel, Viola and Carl Madson, Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Peterson, Paul Rudie, Mr. and Mrs. A. Uleberg, Mr. and Mrs. J. Lund[quist and family, Mr. and Mrs. E.] Eppeland, Rev. and Mrs. N. I. Even[son and family, Rev. and Mrs. Dale,] {Note that the portions in curly brackets are rearrangements interpolated by M. Hobart of a probable line switch} St. James; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Swenstad and Carl, Albin; Rev. A. J. Bergsaker, Minneapolis; Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Lokken, Leonard and Oscar Lokken of Eau Claire, Wis.
Mr. and Mrs. Laingen have five children, namely: Palmer Laingen, Mrs. Elma Howe, Mrs. Clifford Umhoeffer, Melvin Laingen and Carl Laingen. There are also ten grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Laingen are well known in St. James."

He founded the Odin State Bank and was it's president until his death. Torsten lived on a farm in section 25, just west of Odin when he was working at the Odin State Bank.

According to Jeannette Mathistead they ran the farm of Gustav Fossum in section 6 of Cedar Township in Martin County for a number of years. Gustav's son Henry married Thora Laingen, daughter of Peder.

T. P. Laingen published a book on his first cousin, Rev. Lars Paulson Thorkveen in Norwegian in 193075. Torsten and his wife Julia attended the Laingen Family Reunion on 16 August 1931 at Minneopa State Park, Mankato, Minnesota. Torsten originated the idea that all of the descendants of Knut Laingen and his wife Thora should get together for a reunion that year. He showed pictures and talked about Lom at the reunion. Plans were made for future reunions, the next planned for Sibley Park in Mankato, and Torsten was elected president of the family association. That reunion was held at Sibley Park on 21 August 1932 with Torsten and Julia in attendance and Torsten was re-elected president of the association. Once again Torsten gave a talk on life in Norway and emigrating to America.

His death record shows his parents as Paul Laingen and Else Andvord.

Rather surprisingly, the Minnesota Historical Society reference service did not locate an obituary for him. This requires further research as he was so prominent that it seems unlikely that there was none.

There seems to be a question as to where he is buried. I had his burial at the Butternut Cemetery but hadn't cited a source. His wife's obituary has her buried at the Zion cemetery in Odin.
Research
2, 4 (1913), 33, 6 (v. 1948, p. 54, l. 2), 14 (b. 7, p. 328), 25, 17, 24 (pp. 312-313), 72 (v. B, p. 133), 32 (p. 91), 10
St. James Plaindealer Advertiser, 29 Apr 1936
1865 Norwegian Census, Lom, Oppland, b. 95, p. 28 [LDS FHL microfilm 123098]
1875 Minnesota census, Cottonwood Co., Minnesota, p. 547 [LDS FHL microfilm 565718]
1880 U.S. census, Cottonwood Co., Minnesota, r. 617, p. 14B
1885 Minnesota census, Cottonwood Co., Minnesota, p. 213 [LDS FHL microfilm 565736]
1895 Minnesota census, Cottonwood Co., p. 129 [LDS FHL microfilm 565767]
1900 U.S. census, Cottonwood Co., Minnesota, r. 730, p. 77B
1910 U.S. census, Watonwan Co., Minnesota, r. 730, E.D. 187, p. 233B
1920 U.S. census, Watonwan Co., Minnesota, r. 730, E.D. 219, p. 241B
Medical Notes for Gurena Maria (Spouse 1)
Cause of death was hypostatic pneumonia and chronic bronchitis.
Misc. Notes
The 1900 census shows that she had six children, with three still living. The ones that died before 1900 have not been identified yet.

The Watonwan Co. death index gives her date of death as 3 September 1939.

Watonwan County Pioneer, [St. James, Minnesota], 5 October 1939:

"Mrs. T. Laingen, Aged Pioneer, Odin, Dies

Large Crowd at the Funeral Held in St. Olaf Church

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the home and the St. Olaf church for Mrs. T. P. Laingen of Odin, the congregation kindly offering the use of their church for the occasion as it would accomodate many more people than the Zion church, Odin, of which she was a member.
Rev. N. I. Evenson officiated, assisted by Rev. Stephen Dale, and Rev. Adolph Egge of Dennison, Minn., an intimate friend of the family. Music was supplied by the Ladies' Chorus of the Zion church and a mixed choir from the St. Olaf congregation, and a solo by Mrs. Harry Goring of Sherburn.
Pallbearers were F. G. Leverson, H. L. Mikelson, P. K. Laingen, Sever Laingen, Gene Umhoefer and Lester Laingen.
Honorary pallbearers were C. P. Hunstad, G. P. Hunstad, E. P. Hunstad, M. Jensen, O. H. Fossum, C. S. Hammer, G. Krogen, Knut Anderson, Hans Eng and O. L. Hanson.
Floral contributions were extraordinary and a large number of contributions were made to missions in memory of the deceased.
Gurena Maria Leverson Laingen (better known as Julia) was born in Rock county, Wis., Sept. 28, 1861, later moved to Blooming Prairie, Mower county, Minnesota where she lived until 1880, when she with parents, brothers and sisters moved to Jackson county, making the trip by covered wagon drawn by oxen.
On Jan. 28, 1886, she was united in marriage to Thorsten P. Laingen and to this union were born eight children, three having preceded her in death.
Besides her husband she leaves to mourn her loss five children, namely Elma (Mrs. L. A. Howe of St. James), Hulda (Mrs. Clif Umhoefer of Triumph) and Carl, Melvin and Palmer of Odin. She also leaves to mourn her loss 11 grandchildren, besides ones sister, Mrs. K. H. Logan of Oxfordsville, Wis. and three brothers, namely, Helmer Leverson of Kasota and Albert of Jacksonand Leavi Leavor of Mason City, Iowa, who is 84 years old and the oldest of the family, but has been of poor health the last week and was not able to be present. She also leaves a large number of nieces and nephews besides a host of friends.
She was from a family of nine children, two brothers and two sisters having preceded her in death.
The Angel of Death summoned her to the great beyond on Saturday morning, Sept. 30, at 7:40, at the age of 78 years and 2 days.
She has been unusually active and ambitious through life but the last few years has been frail, but even so has been up and around until the last two days of her life.
Two weeks ago she had an attack of pleurisy which with other complications caused her death.
She has always been a faithful worker for the church, but the last few years has not been able to serve.
She was a charter member of the North St. Olaf Ladies' Aid and later a member of the Willing Workers Aid of Odin.
Three weeks ago Sunday when one of the children was visiting with her while the husband was at church, she remarked that had been in hopes that she could get to hear a church bell again before she was taken away, but this wish was not granted her.
Like other pioneers she went [continued on another page, not copied in error]"

unspecified newspaper and date:

"Mrs. T. P. Laingen
Called To Reward

Large Host of Friends Pay Last
Respects at St. Olaf Church
Tuesday Afternoon.

The Angel of death summoned Mrs. T. P. Laingen of Odin to the great beyond on Saturday morning, Sept. 30, 1939, at 7:40 o'clock at the age of 76 years and two days.
She has been unusually active and ambitious throughout life but the last few years has been frail, but even so has been up and around until the last two days of her life.
Two weeks ago she had an attack of pleurisy which with other complications caused her death.
She has always been a faithful worker for the church, but the last few years has not been able to serve.
She was a charter member of the North St. Olaf Ladies' Aid and later a member of the Willing Workers Aid of Odin.
Three weeks ago Sunday when one of the children was visiting with her while the husband was at church she remarked that she had been in hopes that she could get to hear a churchbell again before she was taken away, but this wish was not granted her.

Obituary

Gurena Maria Leverson Laingen, better known as Julia, was born in Rock county, Wisconsin, Sept. 28, 1861; later moved to Blooming Prairie, Mower county, Minnesota, where she lived until 1880, when she with parents, brothers and sisters moved to Jackson county, Minn., making the trip by covered wagon drawn by oxen. She was the daughter of Herbrand and Carrie Leverson. On Jan. 28, 1886, she was united in marriage to Thorsten P. Laingen. To this union was born eight children, three having preceded her in death.
Besides her husband she leaves to mourn her loss five children, namely: Elma (Mrs. L. A. Howe of St. James), Hulda (Mrs. Cliff Umhoefer of Triumph) and Carl, Melvin and Palmer of Odin. She also leaves to mourn her loss eleven grandchildren, besised one sister Mrs. K. H. Logan of Orfordville, Wis., and three brothers, namely Helmer Leverson of Kasota, Albert of Jackson and Levi Leavor of Mason City, Iowa, who is 84 years old and the oldest of the family, but has been of poor health the last week and was not able to be present. She also leaves a large number of nieces and nephews besides a host of friends.
She was from a family of nine children, two brothers and sisters having preceded her in death.
Like other pioneers she went through her share of hardship in early life. When first married they accumulated sufficient to get a small home of their own in Cottonwood county six miles west of Odin, but had only lived there three weeks when this was destroyed by fire.
Everything looked hopeless, no insurance and no other means to build with, but they had wonderful neighbors, who gave funds and donated their labor and in three weeks they had a new home again. The family lived there until 1903 when they moved to the farm near Odin. In 1911 the family moved to the Village of Odin where the deceased lived until her death.
She was laid to rest on Tuesday on her mother's birthday. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the St. Olaf church. She was laid to rest in the Zion cemetery at Odin.
St. Olaf congregation kindly offered the use of their church to accomodate the large number of people present.
Services were conducted by Rev. N. I. Evenson of Zion congregation, assisted by Rev. Stephen Dale of St. Olaf congregation and Rev. Adolph Egge of Dennison, Minn., an intimate old friend of the family.
Singing was furnished by the ladies' chorus of Zion and the mixed choir from St. Olaf congregation and a solo was sung by Mrs. Harry Goering f Sherburn.
The pallbearers were: F. G. Leverson, H. L. Mikelson, P. K. Laingen, Syver Laingen, Gene Umhoefer and Lester Laingen. Honorary pallbearers were: C. P. Hunstad, M. Jensen, O. H. Fossum, C. S. Hammer, G. Krogen, Knut Anderson, Hans Eng and O. L. Hanson.
Floral offerings were especially profuse and beautiful and there were a large number of contributions to missions in memory of the deceased.
We know very well that we must part on this earth some time, but it seems almost impossible to the family to part with this kind and loving Wife and Mother. Blessed be her memory."10
Research
2, 4 (1913), 6 (v. 1939, p. 3, l. 2), 24 (pp. 312-313), 72 (v. B, p. 133), 10
St. James Plaindealer Advertiser, 29 Apr 1936
1895 Minnesota census, Cottonwood Co., p. 129 [LDS FHL microfilm 565767]
1900 U.S. census, Cottonwood Co., Minnesota, r. 730, p. 77B
1910 U.S. census, Watonwan Co., Minnesota, r. 730, E.D. 187, p. 233B
1920 U.S. census, Watonwan Co., Minnesota, r. 730, E.D. 219, p. 241B
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