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Otis Berhow 1858-1932


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 2/17/2014 at 23:02:37

Obituary of Otis Berhow
Funeral services for Otis Berhow was held Monday afternoon at 1:30 in the Norwegian Lutheran Church. The Rev. L.A. Mathre preached the sermon and conducted the rites at the Lutheran Cemetery. A quartet composed of Magda Cener, Dorothy Jeglum, Theo. Myhre and Chris Gronstal sang two numbers and Mr. Gronstal sang by request a hymn in the Norwegian language. The pall bearers were Lars Jacobson, H.H. Tosdal, Ben Lande, Pete Wicks and L.A. Savereide.

Otis Berhow was born December 14, 1858, in Lisbon, Ill. His parents were Ole and Bertha Berhow. As a child he was baptized by Rev. P.A. Rasmussen. Two years old he came with his parents to Southern Story County, Iowa. There he spent his childhood and was confirmed by the Rev. N. Amlund, in Fjldberg Lutheran Congregation. In 1883 Mr. Berhow came to Emmet County. He was first engaged as a teacher in the public school of the county and later took up farming northeast of Estherville.

On October 15, 1885, he was married to Anna Sophia Johnson, daughter of Henry and Susan Johnson. On account of Mrs. Berhow’s failing health they moved to Estherville where Mr. Berhow followed the Carpenter trade. Mrs. Berhow died September 10, [25] 1910. Since coming to this city Mr. Berhow has been a member of the Estherville Lutheran Church. He had not been in good health for a couple of months or more. May 15th he was brought to the Coleman hospital. He gradually sank in strength and death came Friday, May 20th, at 6:30 o’clock. Mr. Berhow had no children but he leaves to mourn his departure three brothers and two sisters and a large number of nephews and nieces. The sisters are Mrs. B.O. Fatland of Portland, Oregon, and Mrs. Sakarias Thorsdahl of Huxley, Iowa. The brothers are Lewis Berhow of Huxley, Joseph Berhow of Elmore, Minn., and Thomas Berhow of Kanawha, Iowa. Two brothers and a sister died in infancy and one brother, Henry, of Huxley, died last week at Iowa City. (Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, May 25, 1932)

Otis Berhow, 73, a resident of Emmet county since 1883 died at a local hospital Friday afternoon at six thirty after a short illness. While he had not been in good health for a couple of months he was not seriously ill until Sunday and was taken to the hospital that day. [Remainder the same as in Estherville Enterprise.] (Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA, May 25, 1932)


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