secretary for Atty. Frank Miller. After graduating from Luther she moved to Chicago, IL and became a legal secretary at Chapman Cutler. On 19 Sep 1964 Janice married Gerald G. Imse, a trial attorney at Chapman Cutler. Later he worked for Borg Warner Corp.

Gerald and Janice adopted Peter Gilbert in Mar 1969 while living in Chicago. In 1970 Gerry was transferred to California. They adopted Dean Oliver in Sep 1972. In 1974 Janice and Gerry moved from the West Coast and eventually settled in Janesville, Wl where Gerry was a lawyer for Colt Mfg. Co. In Janesville Janice organized and directed a bell choir at their Faith Lutheran Church. She also participated as a ringer in the AGEH Bell Ringers when they toured Poland in 1985.

In 1993 Janice and Gerry decided to be permanent residents of Land O’Lakes, Wl where the family had spent many summers at their cabin on Big Portage Lake. Gerry is a real estate agent and Janice is the secretary for Century I Real Estate.

Janice and Gerry both enjoy the outdoors and spend many hours on the lake and in the woods. They both enjoy hunting and Gerry takes excellent nature photos.

Ingvalson, Ole G. and E. Louise (Grindeland)

(Bill Musser)

Ole Gunvald (Cornelius) Ingvalson was born in Black Hammer Township, Houston County, MN on 16 Feb 1882, a son of Gunvald and Mari (Tollefsrud) Ingvalson, immigrants from Hallingdal, Norway. He was baptized at Black Hammer Church. When he was 11 years old, the family moved to the Henry Tollefsrud farm in Spring Grove Twp. where they lived for a year, then to Highland Twp. in Winneshiek, Co., IA. He was confirmed at Highland Lutheran Church by Rev. Knut Seehuus. He then worked as a farm hand in SD for 2 harvest seasons. He worked one winter in the woods of the Upper Peninsula of Ml. In 1905 he purchased half interest in a cafe at Mabel, MN selling it again in 1908. On 25 Mar 1908 he married Emma Louise Grindeland who had also been employed in Mabel as a sales clerk from 1905-OS.

Emma Louise (known to family and friends as “Louise”) was born 22 Dec 1883 to Halstein Stone and Ingri (Nordheim) Grindeland in a log farm home located north of Highlandville in Highland Twp. She was baptized and con-

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Ole and Emma Louise (Grindeland) Ingvalson with their eight children. Left to right, seated: Marie, E. Louise, Harlan, Ole and llyn. Standing: Grant, Irvin, Leslie, Byron and Ingolf.

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Ole and Emma Louis (Grindeland) Ingvalson wedding portrait (1908).

firmed at big Canoe Lutheran Church and educated at the Kjome rural school. Four sisters (Tilda Josephine, Ida Clarese, Sarah Emelia and Isabelle Bertina) and one brother (Walter Elliot) were born after Louise. Since she was the eldest, she left the family as a teenager to become a tailor’s assistant in Spring Grove. Her next employment was as a clerk at the Thune Store in Highlandville and later she was a saleswoman at E.L. Tollefson in Mabel where she was working when Ole proposed marriage to her.

The couple lived on a farm near Newhouse for 2 years and then purchased a farm northwest of Newhouse (4 1/2 mi southwest of Spring Grove) in 1910. For 53 years the Ingvalsons lived on this farm and raised all 8 of their children. During that time, the family was deeply involved in activities of the Highland Church and the Spring Grove community.

Ole was Treasurer of the local school board for 20 years, a supervisor on the town board for 12 years (10 years as chair), township clerk for 12 years and president of the Highland congregation.

Louise managed the large household, shared her talents as a seamstress, served as pianist in the community and cared for her family. Most of the family members were interested in music and formed a family musical group who played and sang on special occasions.

After Ole died on 13 Oct 1963, Louise remained on the farm with her daughter, llyn and son-in-law Willard Musser and family, until she was disabled by a fall in 1981. After 71 years in the same farmhouse, she moved to Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel, 3 1/2 mi. away from her old home. (Emma) Louise died on 7 Mar 1987 at the age of 103 years.

The children of Ole and Louise are: llyn Marietta (b. 1910 - m. Willard Musser) deceased; Grant Harris (b. 1912 - m. Leila Tweeten); Leslie Orville (1915 - 1993, m. Lillian Landsom); Irvin Burnell (b. 1917 - m. Bessie Myhre); all residing in Spring Grove. Byron Truman (b. 1919 - m. Carol Olson, then m. Marge Steffes) residing in LaCrescent, MN;

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