The Obituary of Halvor O. Blakestad

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Wednesday, June 11, 1924
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Halvor O. Blakestad was born in Otranto Township, Mitchell County Iowa, Jan. 17th, 1864, and died after a lingering illness May 21st, at 11:15 A. M. Thus he reached the age of 60 years 4 months and 4 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 always as he grew up, except a few years when he lived in North Dakota.

He was united in marriage to Miss Inger Jackson at Davenport, N. D. the 28th of April, 1901. They came to Mitchell County, Iowa, the same year.

About a month ago Mr. Blakestad went to the hospital where he remained a couple of 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