Halvor Blakestad obituary
Halvor O. Blakestad was born in Otranto Township, Mitchell County, Iowa Jan. 17th, 1864, and died after a lingering illness May 21 at 11:15 A. M. Thus he reached the age of 60 years, four months and four days. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. O. Blakestad, who came here from Norway, when they were but children. They were among the first settlers in Otranto Township.
The departed made his home here also after he grew up, except a few years when the lived in N. Dak.
He was united in marriage to Miss Iager Jackson at Davenport, N. D.; the 28th of April, 1901. They came to Mitchell County, Ia., the same year.
About a month ago Mr. Blakestad went to the hospital where he remained a couple weeks. While there he seemed to gain, but the improvement was of brief duration. Monday, the 19th of this month he sustained a stroke, and from that time he gradually grew weaker until he passed away.
Mr. Blakestad is survived by his wife, three sisters and three brothers: Mrs. C.K. Olson, Sask., Can, Mrs. P. Erickson, Crary, N. D., Mrs. E. Gaarder, Kensett, Ia. Ed Blakestad, Mena, Ark., Oliver and Louis Blakestad of Lyle.
The funeral was conducted Saturday, May 24, at our Saviors Lutheran Church, Mona, of which the deceased was a faithful member. The remains were laid to rest in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. -Contributed.