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Bengt "Ben" Olson 1847-1921


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 4/29/2011 at 22:33:53

Ben Olson Answered Last Call
Respected and Honored Pioneer of Community
Funeral Held Monday
Had Been in Poor Health for Some Time Was Here Eighteen Years
Bengt Olson was born near Helsingborg, Sweden, June 26, 1847 and died July 29, 1921, being 74 years, 1 month and 3 days of age at the time of his death. He emigrated to this country in 1870 and located near Paxton, Ill.

He was married to Jensine Johnson in 1878, to this union were born seven children, five living, being all present at the bedside to the last.

Mr. Olson has resided in Emmet county for eighteen years, living on their farm south of Estherville for eleven years, the remaining years he has lived in town. The departed had until recent years enjoyed good health. High blood pressure with his advanced age hastened the end.

To mourn the loss of a dear husband, father and grandfather are Mrs. Bengt Olson, children, Miss Cora Olivia Olson, Estherville, Mrs. Erick Sando, Ringsted, Cornell Olson, Union State Line, John Olson, Cropsey, Ill., Frank Olson, Estherville and nine grandchildren.

The funeral was held Monday, August 1st. Services 2:30 p.m. at the home, Rev. T. Hansen of Wallingford having charge of the funeral assisted by Rev. A. F. Seastrand of Litchfield, Minnesota. Pastor Hansen delivered the funeral service in the English language and Rev. Seastrand spoke in Swedish. A quartette furnished the music and sang four beautiful and appropriate hymns at the home. A great host of relatives, friends and neighbors assembled to pay their last respects to Mrs. Bengt Larson. The casket was laden with floral tributes from friends and relatives.

Mr. Olson was a man loved and respected by everyone with whom he came in touch. The vacant chair and empty place that he held will be keenly felt, both in the home and neighborhood. The place where he will be missed is his seat in the house of the Lord where he always faithfully attended.

The solace to the bereaved family is that husband, father and grandfather has been transferred from the earthly home and congregation to the heavenly home and triumphant church where God is the light and fills all in all.

God grant us the spirit of longing for that celestial home where we shall meet our dear ones, and no parting tears shall be shed any more.

Those who attended the funeral from a distance were: Rev. A. F. Seastrand and wife of Litchfield, Minn., a former pastor of the family when they lived at Sibley, Ill., Halvor Johnson of Morris, Ill., a son John of Cropsey, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. O. H. Johnson of Minneapolis, Minn., and O. P. Bartleson of Elliot, Ill. (Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA, August 3, 1921)


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