Halvor Thovson obituary

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Friday, December 8, 1905
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Another one of Mower County's oldest settlers answers to the final roll call. This was the news spread around last Saturday when it was learned that Halvor Thovson had passed away during the nigh after an illness of four days. He had not been in good health the past three years, yet his troubles were not considered serious until the end came. During his long residence in this vicinity, he became well known to everybody and few of the early settlers survive him to tell the story of the early pioneer days and their struggles.

The deceased was born in Norway May 15, 1846 and when six years old came to this country with his parents who settled at first in Dane county, Wis. The next year they moved westward and the family took up their abode on the farm now owned and occupied by Mr. Reding, just a few miles south east of Lyle. After spending the winter in Mitchell county, the family moved north to Mower county, where he lived for 51 years or until his death. In 1881 he was married to Miss Anna Berge and their union was blessed with four children. They are Albert, Theodore, and Edwin, of this vicinity, and Mrs. Thon of Bolan, Ia. Besides these and his wife, who survives him, he leaves three brothers and three sisters. The funeral took place from the house, Monday afternoon and the remains were laid to rest in the Six Mile Grove cemetery.