Olia Larson obituary
In our last weeks issue we made mention of the death of Mrs. Olia Larson, after a long and trying illness. She was one of the early settlers that did her share in transforming this locality from a wilderness with its savages to a desirable habitation for the modern home of today. Her lot was not that of merely making a livelihood but the rearing of a family when schools and churches were few and far between. It has been said that a woman's place is in the home and indeed no one can take her place there but her influence and motherly affections and advice reaches out beyond the confines of the homestead, the school and even that of churches, as she instills into tender lives of her little flock the right principles and scared admonitions that bears fruit in later years. Mrs. Larson filled her place and accomplished her work successfully having reared a family of noble men and women that are a credit to any community.
Mrs. Olia Larson was born in Sooler, Norway Jan. 6, 1830 and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lars Teglesrud. In the year of 1854 she was united in marriage to Martin Larson and 10 years later, she with her husband and family immigrated to this country and located in Mitchell County, Iowa, and a year or two latter settled on the homestead southwest of Lyle, and there made their permanent home. The home was, at first a crude little log cabin, but in later years was supplanted by a modern dwelling. Their union was blessed by nine children. Those surviving the mother are Lauritz of Battineau, N. D.; Charles of Battle Lake, Alberta, Canada; Mrs. Chris Johnson of Lyle, Mrs. Theo. Arneson of Mitchell County, Oliver Larson of the homestead; John M. Larson of Marion, N. D.; and Hannah of Kenniston, N. D.
The deceased was in poor health for years, suffering with nervousness and old age. During the past year and half she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Chris Johnson. Her death occurred Wednesday, Oct. 19th at midnight.
The funeral was held Saturday afternoon and interment was made in the Pleasant Hill cemetery, with Rev. Esser officiating.