|Birth: ||Jan. 5, 1882|
Sør-Trøndelag fylke, Norway
|Death: ||Dec. 19, 1958|
Mike Martinson was born Menelai Martinussen Hopstad, Bjornor, Sor Trondelag, Norway, on 5 Jan 1882 to parents, Martinus & Elen Hopstad. He immigrated to the USA when he was 17, and changed his name to Mike Martinson because others had such a hard time pronouncing his given name. He went first to Baldwin, Wisconsin where he worked in the woods. Then he moved to Dazey, Barnes Co., North Dakota where he remained until he retired in 1946. Mike married Lula Tharaldson 23 Feb 1909 in Valley City, ND, at the Third Ave. Lutheran Church. They left on their honeymoon to Norway on the steamship, Mauretania, to visit Mikes family. Mike died 19 Dec 1958 in Portland, OR, just 11 months before their 50th wedding anniverary.
Mike and Lula farmed Lulas portion of the Homestead in Barnes County, Laketown Twp. which she received upon the death of her parents Daniel and Ingnora Tharaldson.
Mike and Lula had 3 daughters, all born on the farm, as was their mother. Annetta Irene Martinson-Senff-Martin was born 13 Jul 1910, Eleanor LaVerne Martinson-Opdahl was born 5 Jun 1913, and Verna Selma Martinson-Mahrer was born 15 Oct 1915. Verna died 11 Dec 2004 in Park River, ND, and Eleanor died 19 Feb 2005 in Long Beach, CA. Annetta lives in Oregon at age 95.
Mike had 9 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving him were his wife, Lula, 3 daughters, Annetta, Eleanor & Verna; brother Sivert (Inga) Hopstad, sisters, Inga & Lars Lunde, Ivarna & Anton Hoknes, and Anna & Even Hopstad, all of Hopstad, Bjornor, Norway.
Mike and Lula were active in church and community work. Mike was township supervisor and school board member. He also belonged to the Woodmen and Odd Fellows Lodges. Both were lifelong members of Our Saviours Lutheran Church in Dazey, ND, and later, after retirement belonged to the Lutheran Church in Gresham, OR, though they lived in S.E. Portland.
Martinus Sjursen Hopstad (1847 - 1933)
Elen Sofie Evensen Hopstad (1846 - 1928)
Lula Tharaldson Martinson (1887 - 1973)
Annetta Irene Martinson Martin (1910 - 2005)*
Eleanor LaVerne Martinson Opdahl (1913 - 2005)*
Verna Selma Martinson Mahrer (1915 - 2004)*
Inga Gustava Hopstad Lunde (1880 - 1949)*
Mike Martinson (1882 - 1958)
Ivarna Sofie Hopstad Hoknes (1884 - 1972)*
Anna Kristine Hopstad (1887 - 1976)*
Sivert Martinussen Hopstad (1890 - 1972)*
Forest Lawn Memorial Park
Plot: Section 58 Block H Grave 6
Created by: Donna L. Senff-Mata
Record added: Aug 29, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11635701
Added: Dec. 2, 2012
Added: Nov. 6, 2012