Bennie Lindeman Nystuen


Died at Northfield.

Knute Nystuen and son Rudolph, of Silver lake township, and Mrs. Ole Huus and daughter Olga, of Northwood, returned Friday from Northfield where they had gone to attend the funeral of a relative,
a former Silver Lake boy.

The Northfield News says:
Bennie Nystuen, a veteran of the World War, member of the Northfield Oil Company, and well known young man of this community, died Tuesday morning at six o'clock at the Northfield hospital, following
an attack of acute appendicitis. Mr. Nystuen had an attack about two weeks ago but apparently recovered from it. On Monday of last week, however, he suffered another acute attack and was taken to the hospital where he was operated upon the same evening. He lingered for a week but was unalbe to overcome the effects of the attack, passing away Tuesday morning.

Bennie Lindeman Nystuen was born June 1, 1888, at Silver Lake, Iowa, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John T. Nystuen. He came with his parents to this vicinity about fifteen years ago and lived on a farm in
Greenvale township before moving to Northfield. He was associated with his brothers, J. B. Nystuen and Albert Nystuen, in the implement business until last spring, when he and his brother Albert joined J. O. Elder to form the Northfield Oil company, which operates a filling station at the corner of Division and Sixth.

During the war, Mr. Nystuen served his country fourteen months in the army, and in that comparatively short time saw some of the bloodiest fighting of the entire conflict. He was 74 days on the western front and there was hardly a day during that period when he was not under fire. With the 357th infantry, 90th division, he participated in several of the great drives. He was twice gassed but was never wounded. Although he had seen so much of the war he was very reticent about his experiences and preferred not to talk about them. After the armistice he served in the army of occupation in Germany. He returned home on June 19, 1919.

Mr. Nystuen is survived by his aged parents, Mr. and Mrs. John T. Nystuen, and by the following brothers and sisters: J. B. Nystuen, Albert J. Nystuen, Ludvig J. Nystuen, Clara J. Nystuen, J. J. Nystuen, Eliam Nystuen, Thomas Nystuen and Carl Nystuen, all of Northfield and vicinity, and Mrs. O. Huus, of Northwood, Iowa.

Mr. Nystuen was an exemplary young man and his early death is regretted by all who knew him. Funeral services were held from the home at 900 Union street yesterday afternoon at one o'clock and from
the Bethel Free church at two o'clock, the Rev. C. E. Nordberg officiating. The members of Northfield Post, American Legion, attended the services in a body. Relatives from out of town who attended the funeral were: Mrs. O. Huus and daughter Olga; Knute Nystuen and son Rudolph, Northwood, Iowa; Gilbert Nystuen, Lake Mills, Iowa; Mrs. Marie Bakke, Joseph Nystuen and Luther Nystuen, Minneapolis; Miss Genada Nystuen and Arthur Nystuen, Austin.

-source: Northwood Anchor (Worth co. Iowa) January 12, 1921

~Note: Silver Lake is in Worth co.; Northfield is in Des Moines co.


-transcribed and Submitted by Sharyl Ferrall, Iowa Old Press IAGenWeb Special Project Co-coordinator