|Birth: ||Oct. 26, 1860|
Akershus County, Norway
|Death: ||Mar. 10, 1938|
North Dakota, USA
Nine of their ten children were born on their farm, which was located 10 miles west of Oakes, ND. Their farm was across the road from this cemetery.
Obituary, "The Oakes Times," March 17, 1938
Karen Olsen Nilsrud was born in Grue, Solor, Norway, Oct. 26, 1860, and passed away March 10, 1938, at her home in Yorktown township at the age of 77 years, four months, and 12 days.
She grew to womanhood in Norway, where she was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Several summer seasons in her girlhood she spent in the mountains as "saterjente." In 1882 she became the bride of Ole Halvorsen Enger. Mr. Enger came to America in 1883 and settled on a homestead in Yorktown township, Mrs. Enger and their eldest son following in 1886. Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Enger, all of whom survive. Mr. Enger passed away in March, 1908.
All of Mrs. Enger's years in America were spent on the same farm. Her first home here was a sod house built by her husband and their neighbors. She experienced all of the hardships of the pioneer---years of hard labor, drought, grasshopper plagues and crop failures---but met them all with patient spirit. She did her part in making the prairie wilderness into a thriving, livable community.
Mrs. Enger was of a cheerful, generous disposition, often giving a helping hand to anyone in need. She was an uncomplaining Christian, active in the church and Ladies Aid of Clement. For many years her home was the center for community activities; before the church was built the congregation often met at the Enger home for services.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 12, at the home and at the First Lutheran Church in Oakes with the Rev. J.O. Ronsberg officiating. Many floral tributes attested the esteem in which she was held. Beautiful songs were rendered by the choir and a Norwegian solo, "Den Store Hvide Flok," a song she held dear, was sung by Rev. Ronsberg. Her six sons acted as pall bearers and she was laid to rest beside her husband in the cemetery east of Clement. Mrs. Enger was the last of the Yorktown pioneers, all the others having passed away or moved to other places.
Surviving are nine children: Mrs. Chris Johnson and J.W. Enger of Oakes, N.O. Enger of Minneapolis, Albert Enger of Fargo, Mrs. J.W. Appelquist of Devil's Lake, H.O. Enger of Karnak, S.D., Mrs. Oscar Carlson of Fullerton and C.H. Enger on the home place. There are thirty grandchildren and one great-grandchild. One sister, Mrs. O.B. Nelson lives in Milltown, Wis. and a brother, Ole Nilsrud, in Oslo, Norway.
Ole Halvorsen Enger (1846 - 1908)
Henry Oscar Enger (1883 - 1971)*
Clarence Harry Enger (1893 - 1985)*
Note: A "saterjente" is a dairy maid.
North Dakota, USA
Created by: Sharon Leon
Record added: Dec 28, 2012
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