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Bjorn Bjornstad


Posted By: Sharon K HESEBECK (email)
Date: 6/25/2022 at 14:34:24

Bjorn Bjornstad
Bjorn Bjornstad, one of the pioneer residents of Spencer, passed away at the home of his son, C.Ben Bjornstad, 291 East Second street, with whom he had been making his home Tuesday morning about 8:45 o'clock. Mr. Bjornstad had been in ill health for the past few week being afflicted with heart trouble and had been falling since Christmas. For the last ten days he had been confined to his bed most of the time. Although he was up and around occasionally.
Funeral services will be held a the Congregational church Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, preceded by short services at the C. Ben Bjornstad home on East Second street. Members of the Masonic lodge of which Mr. Bjornstad was a member, will meet at the Temple at 1:30 o'clock and attend the service in a body, Rev. B.J. Trickey, pastor of the Congregational Church, will conduct the services and the Masonic ritual will be read at the
grave. Stores of the city will be closed from 2:15 until 3:45 Friday afternoon during the services and Interment will be made at Riverside cemetery.
Mr. Bjornstad was born at Trondhjem, Norway, on July 21, 1851, and was 74 years, 6 month and 12 days of ago. at the time of death. He came to the United States with his brother, B. O. Bjornstad, 2520 North Sawyer Ave., at Chicago, in 1872, and settled at Chicago. The brother survives him arid camo yesterday for the funeral services. Two years later Mr. Bjornstad went to Minneapolis and lived there until 1880, when he came to Spencer.
The deceased was married November 11, 1870, to Anna Berg, at Minneapolis, who passed away February 6, 1914, and is buried at Riverside cemetery. To this union five children were born, all of whom are living. A daughter, Mrs. E. W. Rapp, resided In Chicago and arrived yesterday morning to attend the funeral services. Four sons reside in Spencer, Otto A.C. Ben, Arthur E., and Edwin T. Bjornstad.
During his more than 45 years residence in Spencer, Mr. Bjornstad had witnessed the growth and building of the city, as well as the development of the surrounding country. He took a large part in the building of the community and his vocation as cabinet maker and builder he built most of the older homes of the city. He also built the Congregational church building at the corner of East Third and Mill streets. His genial disposition and
Industrious nature won him friends all over the city and his death Is a distinct loss to Spencer.
During his childhood Mr. Bjornstad joined the Lutheran church in Norway and during his residence in Spencer he was a regular attendant at the Congregational church. Several years ago he Joined the Masonic lodge here. In spite of his mature age, he continued to follow his trade as cabinet maker during the past few years and was well known and
liked by the now resident of the city as well an the old
Page 1 of Spencer News Herald, published in Spencer, Iowa on Thursday, February 4th, 1926


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