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Tollef O. Nasby 1835-1925

NASBY, JACOBSON, PAULSON, THORESON

Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 3/18/2014 at 21:53:40

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Tollef O. Nasby
Tollef O. Nasby, a resident of Estherville since 1882, passed away at his home in the south part of the city, on Thursday afternoon, September 10, at the extreme age of 90 years.

Mr. Nasby was born in Norway at Aals Prestegjeld, on October 14, 1835, and came to America on October 1, 1881. He came to Estherville the same year and was married here on June 17, 1883 to Miss Randina Nelsine Jacobson of Bergen, Norway. Mr. and Mrs. Nasby made their home continuously from the time of their marriage, on the home place where Mr. Nasby died.

Four children were born to this worthy couple, Christine, Jacob, Nelsine and Josephine, all of whom made their home with their parents and whom with the wife and mother are left to mourn Mr. Nasby’s passing.

Mr. Nasby, in his younger days, followed the trade of a carpenter, and later faring on a small scale until compelled to relinquish active work because of old age. He had been confined to his bed since January 18 of this year.

Mr. Nasby was the youngest of a family of nine children, four of whom came to this country and resided in and about Estherville, Mrs. Tollef Paulson, Mrs. Hans Thoreson and Mr. Asher O. Nasby who have all preceded their brother in death.

Coming here when Estherville was but a tiny village he was known and esteemed by a large majority of the city. He was a member of the Norwegian Lutheran church and funeral services were held at that church on Monday at 2:00, following a short prayer service at the home at 1:30, with Rev. S.A. Berge of Fort Dodge in charge. Burial was made at the Norwegian Lutheran cemetery north of the city.

The pall bearers were all nephews of the deceased. Ole, Eric, Nels, Chris and Asher Nasby and Andrew Benson, all of Jackson, Minnesota. (Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA, September 16, 1925)

Tollef O. Nasby
Another of Emmet county’s pioneers went to his reward on last Thursday afternoon when Tollef O. Nasby passed away. Mr. Nasby came here in 1881 and settled on a farm. He was diligent and a hard worker. He reared an excellent family who are a credit to a community. Through their Christian spirit and fair dealings the family is highly respected by all who know them.

Mr. Nasby was born in Norway October 14, 1835. He was one of a large family, four of them coming to this country and settling around Estherville and vicinity. He was united in marriage to Randine Jacobson and to this union there were four children born, all surviving their father. He was a faithful member of the Norwegian Lutheran church and was very attentive to his religious duties.

Mr. Nasby, as we have known him was a strong, healthy man, not prone to sickness. Last winter he was taken ill and has been confined to his bed since that time.

The funeral service was held from the Norwegian Lutheran church on Monday afternoon, the Rev. S.A. Berge, of Fort Dodge, officiating. The remains were laid to rest in the Norwegian cemetery. Rev. Berge phoned us he had left the above obituary with Mr. Refsell, of Wallingford, as we desired him to write it, but we never received it so we took such data as we could obtain by telephone. (Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, September 16, 1925)

Tollef O. Nasby
Another pioneer Estherville resident, Tollef O. Nasby, has finished his life’s work here and was called to his reward last Thursday afternoon. Coming to this country October 1, 1881, he settled on a farm south of town and has resided there ever since. He has suffered through hardships and times of want in the early days but at all times has come out ahead because of his perseverance and faith. Tollef O. Nasby was born October 14, 1835, at Aals Prestegjald, Hollingdal, Norway. He was the youngest of nine children, four of whom came to this country and settled in and around Estherville. His early life was spent in his native country where he engaged in the agricultural industry. His higher education was not received from books and teachers but from actual experience and observation. After coming to this country he settled on the home farm in 1882. On June 17, 1883, he was united in marriage with Randine Nelsine Jacobson, of Bergen, Norway, at Estherville. Four children were born to this couple. They are Christine, Jacob, Nilsine and Josephine, all of whom survive their father. Mr. Nasby was taken sick January 18th, of this year, and has been confined to his bed nearly all the time since then. Early in his life he untied with the Norwegian church in his native land and was brought up in accordance with the Lutheran principles and faith. He remained steadfast in this faith until the time of his death and his surviving family has the great consolation of knowing that he has passed from this world of sorrow and troubles to a place where he will find only happiness and joy. During his illness it brought him much joy to have someone read his favorite passages from the scriptures and sing hymns for him. Up until the time of his illness he was a regular attendant at the Norwegian church and was always ready to give his services and assistance whenever they were needed. He led a quiet Christian life and now that his work in this world has ended he has gone to his reward to rest in everlasting peace and blessedness. During his illness he has been a patient sufferer and loving hands and tender care did everything possible to make his burdens lighter. His wife, who has been his helpmate and companion throughout all his troubles and hardships, was ever present to help him and his children, four of the very finest young people it is possible to meet, have dispensed with their careers in order to be near their father and assist in caring for him. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Norwegian Lutheran church, Rev. S.A. Berge, of Fort Dodge, former pastor of the local Lutheran church. Interment was made in Norwegian cemetery. The sympathy of many friends in this community is extended the bereaved family in their hours of grief. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, September 16, 1925)


 

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