Erik Erikson obituary
Quite unexpected came the news that Mr. Erik Erikson had died very suddenly at his home in Lyle Friday April 21. Mr. Erikson was born at Sogndal, Norway, March 20th. 1835. He immigrated from Norway and came to America in 1855. Two years later he was united in marriage to Gertrude Johnson. He lived at Stoughton, Wis., for nine years after which he moved to Mitchell Co., Iowa where he purchased a farm. On this farm he lived and labored during the long period of 21 years, going thru many hardships and inconveniences generally connected with rural pioneer life. Endowed as he was with great physical strength he did not shirk the multitudinous duties associated with agricultural life, but as a good and conscientious citizen discharged them in a commendable manner.
In the spring of 196 Mr. Erickson moved into his residence at Lyle, but time showed that he was destined to live there but a very short time. At the time of his death he was 81 years and one day old. Mrs. Erikson passed away June 2, 1911. To them were born six children, two sons and four daughters. The sons were Erik and John both deceased. The former died at an early age, the latter two years ago. Mr. Erikson is survived by his four daughters. They are: Mrs. Iver Hofland, Mrs. Andrew Hofland, Mrs. John Johnson, all living in this community and Mrs. James Thorstad of Thief River Falls. He is also survived by a sister living in Norway.
The deceased was a charter member of Our Savior's church of Mona and gave his moral financial support to the congregation. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Sogndal, Norway, where he also received his childhood instruction.
The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from the Lutheran church at Mona and was conducted by the pastor, Rev. Moe. Interment was made in Pleasant Hill cemetery.