Location: Norway

Biographical Sketch of Eric Wold

Eric Wold who has been city engineer of Burlingame for the past four years and at present is also acting in the same capacity for the infant municipality of San Bruno, has been engaged in engineering work the greater part of his life. His college training and wide experience has splendidly fitted him for the important work that he is now doing; while Burlingame’s streets, the water system and other municipal improvements well bespeak Mr. Wold’s ability. Anxious to have their municipality profit from the same competent engineering that Burlingame did, the San Bruno citizens retained Mr. Wold. He is now at work perfecting plans for bridges, street improvements, sidewalks and a water system which when completed will make San Bruno one of the ideal towns of the county. Besides his wide experience as a municipal engineer Mr. Wold has followed his profession in other lines. He was in the service of the government for three years. While engaged in railroad work he made many important locations for the Western Pacific and other lines. Eric Wold was born in Norway on April 5, 1878. While just a child his parents brought him to Quebec and from there they moved to Minnesota where Mr. Wold spent the early part of his life. After graduating from the La Crosse High School at La Crosse, Wisconsin, he entered the University of Minnesota....

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Biography of Evan Evans

Evan Evans, a successful business man of Grangeville, came to this town in 1880 and for almost twenty years has been one of her enterprising and highly valued citizens, taking a deep interest in and giving aid to every measure and movement intended to promote the general welfare. He was born in Norway, February 5, 1855, and is of Norwegian ancestry. His parents were Andrew and Mary (Olson) Evans, successful farming people and respected members of the Lutheran church. The subject of this review acquired his education in his native country, and at the age of seventeen went to England, where he took passage on an English steamer and sailed to the Mediterranean Sea. While he was in Italy, May 6, 1872, he entered the United States naval service on board the Shenandoah, a man of war, and sailed under the American flag for two years or until the Shenandoah went out of commission, April 23, 1874. She was commanded by Captain Wells, Lieutenant Higginson and Robley D. Evans. They were at Key West, Florida, for some months, engaged in drill work, and Mr. Evans speaks of his service in the navy as one of the most valuable in his life. He was paid off at New York city and then, leaving the sea, he went to New Hampshire, where he visited his sister, after which he made his...

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Biography of Hon. Tannes E. Miller

Many interesting stories might be told by the early pioneers of Idaho, but it is not likely there are many men living in the state who could tell more stories, or stories of greater interest, than Senator Tannes E. Miller; and Senator Miller can go back of the pioneer days in Idaho and tell tales of the building and sailing of ships in Wisconsin and of pioneer life among the Indians. Senator Miller is one of Idaho’s most useful citizens and one of Latah county’s most prominent pioneers and most successful farmers. He has a model farm, which is located two miles east of Genesee. It is not only a very productive farm, but a very beautiful homestead, for Senator Miller is a man of refined taste, who believes there is nothing too good for his family. Tannes E. Miller was born in Norway, August 6, 1840, eldest child of Tabias and Christine (Elle) Miller, and came to America with his parents and brothers and sisters in 1849, and located in Wisconsin. His father had been a sea captain, but took up the life of a farmer and made a success of it. Mr. and Mrs. Miller were of the Lutheran faith. Mr. Miller died at the age of seventy-two, his wife at the age of sixty-three. Mrs. Miller died only a year later than her husband. They had...

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Biography of William Kilde

No element in the complex personnel of our national commonwealth has had a more vitalizing and permeating influence than that contributed by the hardy sons of the Norseland. From the fair shores of Norway and Sweden, with their beautiful fjords and quaint cities, have come to the United States men and women of sturdy integrity, alert mentality and unflagging industry, and these have furnished to our country a most valuable order of citizenship. In the early settlement of Latah county, Idaho, there came to this part of the territory a number of the ambitious and industrious sons of Norway, who sought to here establish homes for themselves and their families and to attain a due measure of success by honest toil and endeavor. They secured tracts of government land, and set vigorously at work to develop and improve the same. The results have been alike creditable to them and of distinct value to this section of the Gem state, which they have honored by their presence and labors. Of this number is William Kilde, who is known as a man of unimpeachable integrity and as one of the prosperous and representative farmers of the county. William Kilde comes from a long line of sturdy Norwegian ancestors, his birth having occurred in the far distant land of the north on the 23d of November 1848. His family were Lutherans in...

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Biographical Sketch of O. F. Johnson

O. F. Johnson, Sheriff, was born in Norway. Came to America in 1850, and located in Wisconsin. Removed to Minnesota. Enlisted in the Union army, October 4, 1861, in Company K, Forty-sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry; discharged February 14, 1866, when he returned to Freeport, Ill. Came to Jewell County, Kan., in 1870, and took a homestead in Vicksburg Township. Held office of Justice of the Peace in said township, being the first Justice of the Peace elected in the same; also held the office of Trustee for two terms. Was elected Sheriff of Jewell County in 1881, and now holds this office. Is a member of the K. of P. Mr. Johnson took out the first marriage license in Jewell County after its organization; was married in Vicksburg Township on the 17th day of June, 1871, to Miss Elizabeth Zimmer. They have one child – Harry A., born October 12,...

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Berland, Louis – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Louis Berland, Wallowa county pioneer, died Sunday, April 9 at the home of his daughter, Louisa Day, in Enterprise. Berland was born in Norway, March 25, 1849. He came to the United States at the age of 16 with only 10 cents in his pocket. He worked as a cobbler for many years and while living in Rushford, Minn, he married Isabelle Gulickson. To this union eight children were born, five of whom survive. In 1891 he moved with his family to Paradise, Ore. In 1896 he moved to Enterprise where he owned a harness and shoe shop. In 1921 Mrs. Berland died and two years later he married Jennie Cunningham. Jennie Berland died Feb. 11, 1939. Since that time he has lived with his daughter Berland has been associated with his daughter Emily Wilson in the Berland grocery for 26 years and has been active in civic affairs of the city and county. All of his family was to be present at his funeral in the Methodist church, Wednesday at 2 p. m. The La Grande Observer, April 19, 1939 Contributed by: Holly...

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Lunquist, August – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Three Enterprise Boys Lose Lives In Battle Harry C. Beeson, Peter Bue and August Lunquist Give Lives in Service Of the Flag. Telegrams were received Saturday evening from the war department announcing the death of August Linquist and Harry C. Beeson and Peter Bue in action on the field of battle in France. They were all killed on the same day according to the telegram. Harry C. Beeson was the son of M.H. and Julia Beeson who live on the Chas. Bilyea farm near Enterprise. He was 23 years of age and was born in Wyoming. He left with the contingent of June 24th. August Lunquist was born in Norway and was 26 years of age. He leaves a brother, Carl, who lives in Enterprise. He also left for Camp Lewis on June 24th. He had been employed at the East Oregon Mills for some time. Peter Bue was the son of Mr. and Mrs. C.K. Bue of Enterprise and was 26 years of age. He left with the other boys on June 24th. Enterprise has suffered heavily, losing so far as reports have come five of her best young men, more in proportion to the population than any city we have heard of so far. The boys were in action after the short space of three months from the time they discarded their civilian...

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Biography of Henry O. Valeur

Henry O. Valeur, architect and builder, of Muskogee, was born in Norway, April 30, 1882, a son of Alrik and Dorothy Valeur. He enjoyed liberal educational advantages, receiving his more advanced training in universities of Norway and of Germany, pursuing university studies in his native country for three years and in Germany for four years. In young manhood he went to sea, spending three years as a sailor, and it was subsequent to this time that he became a student in Germany, thus qualifying for important and responsible duties in life. It was with the belief that he would have better business opportunities on this side of the Atlantic that Mr. Valeur left the Land of the Midnight Sun and came to the new world. He did not tarry on the Atlantic coast but made his way at once into the interior of the country and settled in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he was connected with the electric light plant, representing the Westinghouse Electric Company for a year. He next went to Lima, Ohio, where he was engaged on the construction of public buildings for five years. It was in 1909 that he arrived in Muskogee and through the intervening period he has been identified with the business interests of this city as an architect. He made the plans for and superintended the construction of the West high...

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Stackland, Alec – Obituary

Alec M. Stackland, 67, passed on at his home in Portland March 15 from the effects of a stroke of paralysis. He was the first of seven children the widowed mother brought from Norway in the nineties. After a short stay in New York, Kansas and La Grande, they bought a farm in Cove, where all except Alec, a house painter, and wife, who made Portland their home, and Mrs. Elida Miller and family, who made Union their home, have become householders and orchardists, enterprising and public spirited men and women. On the death of her husband, W. A. Prilliman, the eldest of the three daughters sold her Cove property, and now has her home in La Grande. The sisters, Mrs. S. E. Miller, Mrs. L. E. Anderson and daughter, Miss Thelma Anderson, Mrs. H.U. Meyers and son, Lexro Prilliman, Karl J., Chris M., and Gerhard G. Stackland were all able to attend the funeral in Portland. Besides the aboved named relatives, deceased leaves six nephews, three nieces, a grandniece and grandnephew. The Weekly Eastern Oregon Republican, March 25, 1932 Contributed by: Holly...

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Vass, Olga Mrs. – Obituary

Died-At Union, Ore., Tuesday, February 22, 1927, Olga, wife of John Vass, age 54 years, 11 month and 18 days. Mrs. Olga Vass, wife of John Vass, was born in Norway, Jan. 3, 1873. She came to the United States when a child with her parents, and lived in Nebraska until they moved to Oregon, where she was married to Chas. Anderson, from which union there was one son, C. M. Anderson, now living in Cambridge, Idaho. Later she married at The Dalles, Oregon, John Vass, some 18 years ago. She has lived at Union for the past three years, where, after suffering severely for many months she passed away as above noted. She leaves behind-her husband, present with her in this city; her father, Chris Olsen, an her mother of Baker, Ore.; three sisters-Mrs. Alma Hickers, Mrs. Sophia Phillips, Mrs. Stenie Koltson, all of Baker, Ore., a brother, Al Olsen, living in Baker, Oregon. Three brothers and one sister preceded her to the other side some years ago. There is also one grandson, Richard Anderson. She was a member of the local Women’s Relief Corps and a member of the Lutheran church The funeral was held at the Methodist Church Wednesday afternoon, at 2 o’clock, Rev. Lee conducting the service. Special music by the choir. Mrs. Vass was a member of Preston Women’s Relief Corps No. 22 and...

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Christopher, Peter – Obituary

East Oregonian, November 14, 1904 Peter Christopher, aged 69 years, died Sunday [November 13, 1904] at 10 p.m., on his farm, 12 miles northeast of Pendleton and five and a half miles west of Adams, from an obscure liver disease. There were present at the death, his children as follows: his sons, J. H., of Pullman, Wash., and I. A. of Adams; his daughters, Mrs. Amelia Davis, who lives four miles north of Pendleton, Mrs. Amanda Larson, of Pullman, Wash., and Miss Johanna, whose home has been with her father. Another daughter, Mrs. Eva Johnson of Seattle, could not be present. Mr. Christopher was a native of Finland, but was raised in Norway and was married there. With his wife he came to Michigan in 1865, and from there to Umatilla County in 1877. Mr. and Mrs. Christopher resided from 1877 upon their Adams farm until Mrs. Christopher’s death, a year ago, and Mr. Christopher made his home there, with his youngest daughter, until his death. Mr. Christopher was a Lutheran, and the funeral will be under the auspices of that church at the home, Wednesday next, and the interment will be in the cemetery west of Adams. [Greasewood Cemetery] Contributed by: Shelli...

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Grunden, Elof Arnson – Obituary

Elof A. Grunden, 75 years old and a resident of Ellensburg for nearly 50 years, passed away at his home here early Sunday morning February 11, 1934. Born in Norway, June 24, 1858, Mr. Grunden came to this county as a young man and had resided in this city much of the time since. In addition to his widow, Selma, he is survived by three daughters Mrs. Grant Nichols of Ellensburg, Mrs. Donald Dale of Portland, and Mrs. Elmer Tyson of Seattle, and by three sons, John of Toppenish and Alfred and Glenn of Ellensburg. Funeral services are to be held at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon from the Honeycutt Chapel. Burial in the IOOF...

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Bull, Rebecca Nelson Frisbee – Obituary

One of Kittitas County’s best beloved pioneers, Mrs. Rebecca N. Bull, passed away Saturday [April 4, 1936] at the Ellensburg General Hospital, following a short illness. She was 80 years of age and had been a resident of this community for almost 60 years, coming here shortly after the Indian uprising. She was a great conversationalist and with her wonderful memory and charming personality entertained her friends with the recounting of many episodes of the early days and her own experiences of pioneer life in this valley. Mrs. Bull was born in Norway, March 1, 1856, and came to America with her parents when she was 14 years old. She was educated in Nebraska and after graduating from the Normal School at Blair, taught in that city for a number of years. Coming to Seattle by way of San Francisco, she taught near what is now Kent, for one year, before following the trails on horseback to reach the Kittitas Valley in 1879. In 1881 she married B. W. Frisbee, one of the first teachers in the valley, who died in 1888. To them two children were born, a son, Leroy W. of Trenton, New Jersey, and daughter, Emma F. Fiermuller, of Rainy River, Ontario. Later Mrs. Frisbee married Walter A. Bull, who died in 1897. To this union two sons were born, Dr. Leland L. Bull of Seattle,...

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Olson, Christian – Obituary

Medical Springs Pioneer Passes Christian Olson, 77, for 40 years a resident of the Medical Springs district, died at his home six miles north of that town Monday afternoon, the body was brought here. Funeral services were held at the West chapel at 2 p.m. Wednesday, interment was in the Mount Hope cemetery. Mr. Olson was born in Norway, March 2, 1850. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Engeburg Olson, three daughters, Mrs. Solphia Phillips, Medical Springs; Elma Hickerson, Baker; Mrs. Christine Olson, Baker; Mrs. Emma Miles, Portland; two sons, Alfred and Chas. Olson of Baker. – Baker Herald. Oregon Trail Weekly North Powder News Saturday, September 24,...

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Biography of Lewis Berland

One of the stanch and substantial citizens of Wallowa county, who has labored steadily for the up building of the community and the advancement of the interests of the county, the subject of this sketch stands today at the head of one of the leading industries of the section, and is a man in his life and walk such as to commend him to the esteem and confidence of all people of good judgment and sound principles. Mr. Berland has identified himself with his city and county in such manner that he is always found on the side of those measures that are salutary and up building, while his philanthropic spirit has done much in practical and substantial gifts to the advancement of worthy causes that appeal to him. The thrifty and hardy land of Norway has furnished us many valuable citizens, true hearted and good, but none among them may be called a leader of the subject of this sketch in these virtues. Lewis Berland was born in Norway, in 1850, being the son of Lewis and Betsey Berland, who came to Minnesota in 1867, settling on a farm in Baker county, where they were highly respected citizens, capable and substantial. The father passed away in 1873 and the mother still lives on the old homestead. While in his native country Lewis learned the harness maker’s trade and...

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