Person Sheet


Name Charles Richard Laingen
Birth 26 May 1872, Butternut Valley, Blue Earth, Minnesota
Death 11 Jun 1949, Granite Falls, Yellow Medicine, Minnesota
Burial 14 Jun 1949, Our Savior's Lutheran Cemetery, Butternut Valley, Blue Earth, Minnesota
Occupation Bookkeeper, accountant, merchant (1898-1944), Cottonwood mayor
Religion Presbyterian
Father Peder Knudson Laingen (1836-1911)
Mother Ronnaug Tronsdatter (Lyngved) (1846-1873)
Spouses:
1 Anna I. Pettersen
Birth 6 Aug 1882, Butternut Valley, Blue Earth, Minnesota
Death 3 Mar 1951, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota
Burial 7 Mar 1951, Our Savior's Lutheran Cemetery, Butternut Valley, Blue Earth, Minnesota
Occupation Nurse (1920)
Religion Presbyterian
Father Carl Wilhelm Pettersen (1843-<1895)
Mother Olava Moe (1846-<1895)
Marriage 14 May 1908, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota79
Medical Notes for Charles Richard Laingen
He died from coronary thrombosis suffered for six days with arteriosclerosis suffered for an unknown period acting as a contributing cause.
Misc. Notes
His birth was not found in the Blue Earth Co. vital records, but the 1872 returns for Butternut Valley township seem incomplete. There are only three scattered entries as opposed to the organized returns for 1871 with nine and 1873 with eight. He was confirmed in September 1892. He signed his brother Theodore's autograph book on 13 Jan 1883, and on the opposite page 23 years later, on 21 Feb 1906.

He was not living at home at the time of the 1895 Minnesota census and the census return for Lake Crystal should be examined. The returns for the 1900 census for Cottonwood in Lyon County should be checked. He was living in Cottonwood Village at the 1910 census, working as a dealer in general merchandise. They had a first-grade teacher boarding with them.

The second volume of "Nordmænd i Amerika," published in 1913, says that he founded a "General Store," in Cottonwood in 1898.21

He served as Cottonwood town recorder in 1902 and 1906 according to the 1912 Lyon County history.80

Charles and Anna attended the Laingen Family Reunion on 16 August 1931 at Minneopa State Park, Mankato, Minnesota. They were listed as living at Cottonwood, Minnesota, at that time, as would be expected.

His death certificate confirms that his mother was Ronog Lofsgaard of Norway. He is buried in the Laingen plot in the Cemetery with his wife in lot 53, grave 12 (official scheme).

"CHARLES R. LAINGEN (1898) is the junior member of the firm of Grieve & Laingen, general merchants of Cottonwood. He was born in Blue Earth county, near Lake Crystal, May 26, 1872, and resided there until twenty-six years of age. When seventeen years of age he became a clerk in a general store at Lake Crystal and then worked six years for the Northwestern Railroad Company.
The parents of our subject are Peter K. and Ronaug (Loftsgaard) Laingen, natives of Norway. Peter K. Laingen came to the United States in 1860 and resided in California ten years. In 1870 he molved to Blue Earth county, Minnesota, where he bought land and was married. He resided in that county until his death on December 16, 1911. The mother died in 1873.
In 1898 our subject came to Lyon county and located at Cottonwood, where he entered the firm of Olson, Kelly & Laingen, general merchants. In 1902 he bought out John Michie, of the firm of Michie & Grieve, ant the firm has since been Grieve & Laingen. Michie & Grieve were the successors of Dahl Brothers, the original owners of one of the first stores in Cottonwood. They occupied a little building, 25x40 feet, on the site of the present two-story brick building, which is 26x80 feet and which they erected that spring. Grieve & Laingen handle dry goods, groceries, furnishings, shoes and crockery. They entered their present building in 1904. Mr. Laingen is a member of Equity Lodge No. 221, A. F. & A. M. He was village recorder two terms.
Mr. Laingen was married in Minneapolis May 14, 1908, to Anna Pettersen, a native of Blue Earth county."81

Cottonwood Current, 17 June 1949:

"Pioneer Businessman Passes Away

Charles R. Laingen who had been a patient at the Granite Falls hospital through last week died there suddenly and unexpectedly Saturday morning, June 11. Because his condition had not been considered serious, his death came as a shock to his family and friends.
Brief funeral services for Mr. Laingen were held in the First Presbyterian Church in Cottonwood Tuesday morning at 10:30 o'clock, in charge of studen pastor Hardy. Mrs. J. W. Lines played the requiem music and accompanied Mrs. Kay Knudson as she sang "Face to Face" and Mr. Hardy who sang "In the Garden." The body was taken to Butternut Valley church near Madelia where services conducted by the Rev. Ruud were resumed at 3:30 P. M. Interment was made in the family lot at the church cemetery. The casket bearers were L. T. Dahl, J. O. Stevens, J. George Koetz, P. T. Dahl, Wilford Mero and Solvin Johnson.
[photo of Charles R. Laingen]
Charles Laingen was born near Lake Crystal, Minnesota on May 26, 1872, his parents being Mr. and Mrs. Peter Laingen. In his early youth he worked as a bookkeeper for the Northwestern Railroad at Lake Crystal and from a small beginning he developed accounting as an important side line to his many other activities.
Coming to Cottonwood on January 17, 1898, he bought an interest in the Arneson and Olson mercantile business forming the new firm of Olson, Kelly and Laingen. In 1902 he entered into partnership with James Grieve and Grieve and Laingen became the firm name. It was this firm that erected one of Cottonwood's finest business buildings, the present Dahl's Fairway Store. Mr. Gireve sold his interests to Ludvig Dahl in 1918 and the firm then operated as Dahl and Laingen until Mr. Laingen retired from the mercantile business on January 1, 1944.
During his more than fifty years of continuous residence in Cottonwood Mr. Laingen held various offices of public trust. He served the village as mayor, recorder and council man. He was on the Board of Directors of the Farmers' Elevator for many years, and was secretary up to the year 1941. He was instrumental in organizing the Cottonwood Co-Operative Creamery where he also served as secretary until recently. He was an active member of Equity Lodge No. 221 A. F. and A. M. For many years he was a member of the Cottonwood Fire Department. Since his retirement from active business his farming interests had occupied most of his time.
Charles Laingen married Miss Anna Petterson of Madelia on May 14, 1908, who survives him, together with a brother Theodore Laingen of Madelia, a sister, Mrs. Henry Fossum of Odin, Minn., and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. and Mrs. Laingen were members of the First Presbyterian church where he served as a trustee at the time of his death.
A man of sterling character, honest and sincere, Mr. Laingen leaves behind him a record of accomplishments which have made this community a better place in which to live.
Out of respect to Cottonwood's pioneer business man, the stores and other business places were closed during the funeral. Dahl's Fairway Store remained closed all day."
Research
2 (p. 9), 4 (1906, 1907, 1913, 1953), 8 (p. 53), 21 (p. 758), 10
T. P. Laingen confirmation book,
Theodore P. Laingen autograph book
Death certificate, Funeral Notice
1875 Minn. census, Blue Earth Co., p. 220 [LDS FHL microfilm 565717]
1880 U.S. census, Blue Earth Co., Minnesota, r. 615, p. 416C
1910 U.S. census, Lyon Co., Minnesota, E.D. 90, r. 694, p. 300B
1920 U.S. census, Lyon Co., Minnesota, E.D. 101, r. 843, p. 53A
Medical Notes for Anna I. (Spouse 1)
She died from optahlmic neuro-myelitis suffered for seven months with diabetes mellitis for twelve years contributing to it.
Misc. Notes
She was living at 312 - 16th Avenue, S.E., for one and a half years before she died. This is where her sister, Mrs. R. J. Gibb, lived, who provided information for her death certificate. She is buried in lot 53, grave 11 (official scheme), next to her husband.

She is not found in the Blue Earth County birth records, but there is a female child born to Carl and Olava in September 1883 in Butternut Valley. The 1885 census data is consistent with an 1882 birthdate. Living with the family of Oscar and Sophie J. Hansen (listed as "Annie K.") at the time of the 1895 Minnesota census. Check the Watonwan County records given the information contained in her obituary.

The Cottonwood Current, 9 March 1951:

"Mrs. Chas. R. Laingen Dies in Minneapolis

Mrs. Chas. Laingen, who with her husband, was a resident of Cottonwood up to the time of his death on June 11th, 1949, passed away at the Abbott Hospital in Minneapolis on March 3rd, 1951, after a long illness.
After her husband's death, Mrs. Laingen sold her home in Cottonwood and moved to Minneapolis to live with her sister, Mrs. Ray Gibb. She had been in poor health for many years and had been hospitalized at various times.
Anna Petterson Laingen was born in Madelia, coming from a large family of brothers and sisters, two of whom were former residents of Cottonwood, namely, Mrs. E. P. Kelly now deceased and Mrs. Ray Gibb of Minneapolis. She was a registered nurse and practiced her profession in Cottonwood up to the time of her marriage to Chas. R. Laingen, one of the town's prominent businessmen, on May 14, 1908. They were members of the Presbyterian church and took an active part in the affairs of the town and the community during their residence here.
Funeral services fro Mrs. Laingen were held Tuesday at the Butternut Valley church near Madelia, where interment was made in the family lot beside the remains of her husband."

Her obituary is indexed in the Mankato Free Press obituary index [LDS FHL microfilm 1671512]. The obit appeared on 3 Mar 1951.

Research
2 (p. 9), 4 (1913), 8 (p. 53), 9 (v. 2, p. 44),10
St. James Plaindealer Advertiser, 29 Apr 1936
Death certificate, Funeral notice
1885 Minn. census, Blue Earth Co., p. 11 [LDS FHL microfilm 565734]
1895 Minn. census, Blue Earth Co., p. 465 [LDS FHL microfilm 565763]
1910 U.S. census, Lyon Co., Minnesota, E.D. 90, r. 694, p. 300B
1920 U.S. census, Lyon Co., Minnesota, E.D. 101, r. 843, p. 53A
Hennepin Co. (Minnesota) death index, v. 379, p. 1039 [LDS FHL microfilm 1498973]
Notes for Charles Richard & Anna I. (Family)
They were married in a Lutheran ceremony by Rev. L. J. Jerdee and the witnesses were Henry Torgerson and Minnie Pettersen.
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