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Martha Nelsena "Nellie" Sjurson Shafer
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Birth: Apr. 11, 1863
Madison
Dane County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: Dec. 27, 1956
Sioux Falls
Minnehaha County
South Dakota, USA

MARTHA (NELLIE) SHAFER
301 N. Jessica Ave.
Age of 93

A long illness preceded the death of Mrs. Martha "Nellie" Shafer at her home Thursday afternoon. Mrs. Shafer had been living with her son, Harold, since coming here in 1954. She had been living with her children since 1946. She had 169 survivors.

Funeral services were held December 29, 1956 at the Federated Church of Valley Springs. The grandsons served as pallbearers. Miller Funeral Home was in charge.

Martha Nelsena Sjurson was born at Madison, Wisconsin. As a small child she moved to Decorah, Iowa, and in the early 1870s moved to Bruce, Minnesota, in a covered wagon. A short time before this, several of her mother's relatives were killed in the Indian massacre at Spirit Lake, IA. Martha grew to womanhood in Bruce, Rock County, MN. She was diminutive (4 foot 2).

After her marriage to Albertus Shafer, Nov. 4, 1881, at Valley Springs, SD, they homesteaded near Valley Springs until 1894. They experienced all the hardships which accompany pioneering -- grasshoppers, droughts, blizzards and panics. At one time a prairie fire threatened their home and, in helping fight it, Mrs. Shafer's clothing caught fire. She was saved by being wrapped in wet sacks, which men were using to fight the prairie fire. Mr. and Mrs. Shafer moved to a farm north of Hills, MN, in 1894 and to a farm near Valley Springs in 1906. Mrs. Shafer retired in 1919. He died in November, 1933, two years after the Shafers observed their golden wedding anniversary.

Survivors are five daughters, Mrs. Zona Bolton, Lyons, KS, Mrs. Josephine Wroe, Pine River, MN, Mrs. Hazel Tveidt, Garretson; Mrs. Edna Nerison, Sioux Falls, and Mrs. Mildred Smith, Valley Springs; five sons, Otho, Sioux City, G. Elmer, Valley Springs, Aaron, Brandon, and Lawrence and Harold, Sioux Falls; a sister, Mrs. Ida Johnson, Luverne, MN; a brother, Peter Nelson, Pine City; 45 grandchildren; 96 great-grandchildren, and 17 great-great-grandchildren -- with five sets of twins in the line of descendants.

Martha was preceded in death by two daughters, Viola, in 1913, and Ella in 1955, and nine grandchildren.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Nels Olaf Sjurson (1835 - 1903)
  Martha Ingeborg Agrimsdatter Lysnes Sjurson (1833 - 1906)
 
 Spouse:
  Albertus H Shafer (1856 - 1933)
 
 Children:
  G. Elmer Shafer (1889 - 1984)*
  Aaron Nelson Shafer (1891 - 1983)*
  Harold Neal Shafer (1900 - 1984)*
  Hazel N. Shafer Ronning (1903 - 2003)*
  Edna G Shafer Nerison (1905 - 2000)*
  Mildred Shafer Smith (1908 - 1977)*
 
 Sibling:
  Martha Nelsena Sjurson Shafer (1863 - 1956)
  Ingeborg Olina Sjurson Phillips (1866 - 1936)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Pleasant View Cemetery
Valley Springs
Minnehaha County
South Dakota, USA
 
Created by: Curt Phillips
Record added: Jan 04, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 82946949
Martha Nelsena Nellie <i>Sjurson</i> Shafer
Added by: Curt Phillips
 
Martha Nelsena Nellie <i>Sjurson</i> Shafer
Added by: Curt Phillips
 
Martha Nelsena Nellie <i>Sjurson</i> Shafer
Added by: Curt Phillips
 
 
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