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Glesne, Ole E. 1827 - 1914


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 1/26/2020 at 14:05:54

Elkader Register & Argus, Thur., 21 May 1914. Local News columns.

Ole E. Glesne, the father of John Glesne, of this place, died at his home in Wagner township last evening. He was nearly eighty-seven years old and for many years had been a prominent citizen of that township. It is expected that the funeral services will be held in the Glesne church at 2:00 o'clock Sunday afternoon.

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Elkader Register & Argus, Thur., 28 May 1914. Wagner column.

Ole E. Glesne was born in the Province of Kredsherred, Norway, September 29th, 1827. His parents were Even and Jane Glesne. Of five children he was the youngest. In 1850 he left his native country and came first to Rock County, Wis., where he spent the first three years engaged in farm work, hiring out and working on farms. In the winter he went to the pineries and worked there. In 1854 he concluded to start for himself and came to Clayton County and bought 80 acres of land in Wagner township and settled down the same year. Two years later, in 1856, he was united in marriage to Miss Helga Sonsteby. Seven children were born to this union. All lived until they were grown up, when three of them died. Jane, who was married, died about twenty years ago; Christine, married to A. O. Wold, died about ten years ago; and Riley Glesney, of the firm of Glesne Bros., in Elkader, died about four years ago. The oldest son, Even, and his daughter, Mrs. John F. Johnson, of Wagner township, and John Glesne, of Elkader, and the youngest son., Rev. O. Glesne, of Aberdeen, are living and all were present at the funeral of their father.

In the death of Mr. Glesne Wagner township has lost one of its earliest pioneers. Coming here in the early days, when the country was new, he has seen many changes during the sixty years which he has lived here. He was one of the first members of our Lutheran church, of which he and his whole family have been most devoted workers. He has seen the beginning of our first simple house of worship, which was built about the time that he came here.

Mr. and Mrs. Glesne were not blessed with much of this world's goods when they first began life together, but during all the years which they labored they did well and when a good many years ago they gave up active farm work they were in good comfortable circumstances and they also had the pleasure of seeing all their children doing well. The old farm has always been their home. They loved it too well to leave it.

Mr. Glesne was a man of strong constitution until he reached old age, when he gradually declined and death came to him suddenly and to his family unexpectedly Wednesday evening, May 20th. He had laid down to rest and went to sleep, never to awaken in this world, at the ripe old age of 86 years and eight months.

On Sunday afternoon, May 24th, he was laid at rest in our Norway Lutheran cemetery and his son, Rev. O. Glesne, conducted the funeral services at the old home and Rev. Arveson preached the funeral sermon at the church. A large crowd of old friends and neighbors were there to take a last look at the old pioneer and neighbor of sixty years. He is survived by his aged wife and four children.

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