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M.M. Elk, 1854-1945

ELK, JACOBSEN, WALTER, SCHRANTZ, LARSEN

Posted By: Erica Jacobsen
Date: 1/7/2016 at 09:09:15

M.M. Elk, pioneer resident of the Galva community died at his home in Galva Monday, March 26, 1945, just five days before his 91st birthday.

He was born in Sweden March 31, 1854 and had attained the age of 90 years, 11 month and 25 days. At the age of 20 he came to America to join his brother at Princeton, Ill. Eleven years were spent at that place after which he came to Galva and purchased a farm southeast of town where he made his home for many years.

On Feb. 18, 1890 he was united in marriage with Miss Ida Jacobsen. Eight children were born to this union, five of whom survive. They are Mrs. Mabel Walter, Harlan; C.C. Elk, Storm Lake; Mrs. Ethel Schrantz, Alton, Ill.; Mrs. Florence Larsen and Harold of Galva. Louis, Bernie and Ruby died as small children.

In 1917 he and his wife retired from active work and moved to Galva where they purchased a home and spent many pleasant years before the infirmities of age confined them to their home. In 1936 Mrs. Elk passed away, leaving a vacancy in his life. He did enjoy his family and friends although never the same.

He was confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Sweden. On April 11, 1909 he joined the Methodist church in Galva and was a regular attendant until later years. On March 20 he became bedfast, not ill but tired and weak. He grew weaker rapidly and passed away at 1:15
p.m. Monday, Mar. 26. Mr. Elk was one of God's common men. He had known hardship and comfort, he had experienced great sorrow and happiness. He had many friends, and no one ever enjoyed them more than he did. He took an active part in the community. He lived a long life, an active life, and one worthwhile.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Methodist church in Galva. Interment was in the Galva cemetery under the direction of the Hudgel Funeral Home.


 

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