Gunnild Brunsvold Myhre, 1855-1917
Posted By: Emmet County IAGenWeb Coordinator (email)
Date: 2/25/2009 at 07:45:32
The Passing of a Pioneer
Mrs. Ole Myhre, one of the pioneer settlers of Ellsworth township [Center township], passed to her reward Saturday morning, March 24th , aged 61 years, 3 months and 21 days. The immediate cause of her death was pneumonia, aggravated with chronic Bright's disease.
Funeral was held from the Norwegian Lutheran church Tuesday afternoon, a very large concourse of relatives and friends being present with floral offerings to pay their last tribute to the departed.
Miss Gurild [Gunnild] A. Brunsvold was born in Naes, Hallingdal, Norway July 20 1855. [Parents were Asle Brunsvold and Sigrid Herbranson according to Emmet County Death Records.] She came to America in 1876, locating at Kenyon, Minnesota. At this place she was united in marriage to Mr. Ole Myhre and she left with her husband for Emmet County, Iowa, where they arrived March 29th and settled on a homestead in Ellsworth township [Center township] where she lived when called by Death.
She was always a kind and loving mother as well as a devoted wife. She endured the trials and tribulations incident to pioneer life with great patience and fortitude. Uppermost in her mind was the great ideal of a fine family which she lived to see fulfilled, by watching grow to manhood and womanhood four splendid sons and four charming daughters.
Mrs. Myhre was raised and educated in the Lutheran faith and reared her family in the same belief.
Until March 18th deceased had been in her usual health, but at that time had an attack of bleeding at the nose which was found difficult to stop. This was followed by several other attacks and later pneumonia developed which was more than the weakened body could stand, and death came as a relief to her sufferings. All member of the family except one son, Lewis, who was unable to reach home on account of the blockade, were at the bedside and each received a parting from their mother, who was conscious until the last. She clung to and caressed the hand of her husband and as the veil was slowing drawn hoped that she would meet them all in Heaven.
Eleven children have been born to this union, seven boys and four girls of which eight survive her, as follows: Mrs. Sam Wicks, Estherville, Iowa; Mrs. E. H. Egertson, Wallingford; Alfred, Olaf and Mrs. William R. Anderson at Estherville, Lewis of Sauk Center, Minnesota, Oscar amd Gudrun who are at home; and her husband. Eight grandchildren number the second generation. She leaves two sisters and one brother in America; Mrs. C. Lein at Jackson, Minnesota; Mrs. O. B. Opheim, Northfield, Minnesota; and Mr. Sam Brunsvold, Petersburg, Minnesota. She also leaves one sister and two brothers who reside in Norway.
The following acted as pall-bearers: Mr. Oliver Refsell, Mr. Nels Anderson, Mr. Lars Jacobson, Mr. Carl Anderson, Mr. Albert Romsa, and Mr. Martin Anderson.
Contributed by: Ruth M. Hackett. Source: The Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa, March 28, 1917.
Emmet Obituaries maintained by LaVern Velau.
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