Ole O. Myhre, 1853-1928
Posted By: Emmet County IAGenWeb Coordinator (email)
Date: 2/25/2009 at 06:49:31
ANOTHER PIONEER DIES SUDDENLY FRIDAY MORNING
Resident of Emmet County Since Year 1878 -- Was Born in Norway
The ranks of pioneers of Emmet county are slowing thinning and with the passing of Ole O. Myhre at the age of 75 years, one of the best known men of the early days, goes to his final reward.
He died at his home east of Estherville Friday [13 Jul 1928] of Bright's disease.
Mr. Myhre was born in Hol Hallingdal, Norway, on May 14, 1853. He came to the United States in March, 1874, settling in Kenyon, Minn., but in 1878 shortly after his marriage to Gunhild Brunsvold, on March 18, he came to Emmet county and late in the summer of the same year they took possession of the farm in Center township on which residence was maintained ever since.
Mr. Myhre was a blacksmith and mason by trade and followed these as a livelihood during the first years in this community. He came to Iowa a year after the grasshopper plague. At that time a quarter section of land was readily bought for a team of horses. Mr. Myhre was one of the first in his vicinity to own a team of horses and like many others of the pioneers in 1878 -80 assisted in construction of the first railroad into Estherville. When Mr. Myhre first came here the county seat was at Swan Lake and the site at Estherville was Ft. Defiance.
In the township he at various times held the office of trustee, school director and roadmaster.
Mr. Myhre was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in the old country. Since February,1879, he was an active member of the Estherville Lutheran church. For many years he served as a deacon of the church. Mr. Myhre was a man whose strong and rugged body was the dwelling of an equally strong mind and spirit. He had been in good health all his days. He was confined to his home by his last illness only about a month and was bedfast about two weeks.
Seven sons and four daughters were born to Mr. and Mrs. Myhre. Three sons passed away in infancy. Those surviving their father are Alfred, Olaf and Oscar of Estherville, Lewis of Turtle Creek, Penn., Mrs. Julia Wicks of Austin, Minn., Mrs. Sophia Egertson of Albert Lea, Minn., Mrs. Mathilda Anderson of Estherville and Mrs. Gudrun Portman of Currie, Minn. There are also fifteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Mrs. Myhre died on March 24, 1917.
Funeral services were held Monday from the home on the farm east of this city and at the Estherville Lutheran church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. L. A. Mathre, Rev. S. A. Berge of Fort Dodge was also present and spoke as did Rev. S. Strand and Rev. T. Hansen of Wallingford. Interment was made in the Lutheran cemetery.
Contributed by: Ruth M. Hackett. Source: The Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa, July, 1928.
Emmet Obituaries maintained by LaVern Velau.
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