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Tollefson, Iver 1844-1908


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 12/2/2019 at 11:39:44

Elkader Register & Argus, Thur., 10 Dec. 1908. Gunder column.

Iver Tollefson passed to the great beyond Thursday, December 3rd, after an illness of several months. He was a kind and loving friend and neighbor and will be missed and mourned for by the whole community as well as by his family. The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the house, conducted by Rev. N. Arveson, and interment made in the Gunder cemetery.

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Elkader Register & Argus, Thur., 17 Dec. 1908.

Iver Tollifson was born in Hallingdal, Norway, Sept. 2nd, 1844, and came to Clayton county in 1871, and resided here until his death on December 3rd, (1908), at his residence near Gunder.

Mr. Tollifson was married in 1868 to Miss Ragnil Haugen and God blessed them with seven children, three of whom died in infancy, leaving four to mourn the loss of a loving father. He is also survived by three brothers, Ole, in the old country, and Sam and Lewis at Forrest City, Iowa. The last two were here this fall and bade their brother farewell. Deceased has had sad days in his life, having lost his wife and being left alone with three small children. But God has been with him and helped him through. Mr. Tollifson has been a true church member and he will be missed from his place in the congregation and by his friends. He was taken sick in January last, and under the doctor's care until he was taken to La Crosse, Wis., where it was made known that he was afflicted with a cancer and there was no hope. He was willing to wait until the end should come. He was carefully and patiently cared for by his children during his long and painful sickness, until December 3rd, about 10:00 o'clock in the evening, when the end came. The children who mourn the loss of a king and loving father are Sam, Bertha, Olavius and Christena.

The funeral services were held from the home at 10:00 o'clock, December 6th, and he was laid to rest in Gunder cemetery. The pall bearers were his friends, Nels Cold, Knuth Kirkeberg, Halvor Larson, Ole Nelson, G. K. Haug. The casket was nicely decorated with carnations and other flowers.

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