|Birth: ||Dec. 6, 1854|
Västernorrlands län, Sweden
North Dakota, USA
SWEDISH PIONEER TO WASHBURN, MCLEAN COUNTY, NORTH DAKOTA
Isak Petter "Isaac" Larsson "Larson" was the second child born to Lars Isaksson and Elizabeth Jönsdotter on December 5, 1854 in Lagfors, Ljustorp, Västernorrland, Medelpad, Sverige(Sweden). His last name came from his father's first name which was the Swedish tradition at that time. His family moved to Gammelgården, Viksjö, Västernorrland, Sverige (Sweden) when he was a child.
According to Marta Greta "Martha Margaret" Sjöström's biography in "Pioneers Mothers of McLean County, 1932", she met the blue eyed boy at the little stone church that she walked five miles to. They took their vows in this church on April 1, 1877 in Gammelgården. After the wedding their families and friends had a wedding dinner at the bride's home.
Isaac was a laborer who worked at the same "saeter" that Martha worked at in Gammelgården. Isaac and Martha's first son was born on January 8, 1878 in Gammelgården, Viksjö, Västernorrland, Sverige (Sweden). After working there a year or so, there were differences and he left and went a few miles away to work in Västanå(Stordalen). Martha had served over twelve years in Gammelgården, and had recieved only her clothes in pay. She had eight more years to serve, before she could obtain the $100 salary, but she left when her husband had a place prepared for her. She took her young son Louis in her arms and her few belongings and went to join him.
Isaac and Martha had two more sons that were born in Västanå(Stordalen). Erik "Erick" was born March 1, 1880 and Isak "Isaac Jr" was born February 18, 1882.
An old neighbor Gabriel Peirson returned from America in 1882. He visited old home friends and told about the advantages and opportunities that were being offered in America.
Isaac and his family with 30 of his neighbors, which included Olaf Oberg, Daniel Tjenstrom, and Mary Larson traveled by ship in New York. They traveled by train to St. Paul and celebrated the 4th of July 1882. They were persuaded to travel by train to go on to Bismarck to homestead five or six miles east of Washburn in McLean County.
While the women and children stayed at the Pacific Hotel in Bismarck, the men went to locate thier homesteads. Isaac built a one room soddy without a floor on the SW1/4 of Section 22-140-81. After several weeks, Martha and the children traveled by boat up the Missouri River. Martha carried Isaac,Jr. and Isaac carried Erick and they led Louis on for the six mile walk to their new prairie home.
On June 20, 1885 Ranard Larson was born to Isaac and Martha at their homestead.
Times were hard, Larson worked where he could and Margaret managed her household. Water had to be carried from the creek two miles away. Laundry was washed at the creek. Prairie hay on slats were used for beds, and a small stove heated their home. Neighbors came to help plow the land and plant corn, potatoes and wheat.
In the late summer of 1886, Isaac went to work at Mouse River country to work on the railroad to earn money for the winter time. Martha took care of the threshing and the household. Isaac didn't work many weeks then was stricken with mountain fever (Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever caused by rickettsial bacteria and transmitted by wood ticks). He was very ill and begged to be taken home. In the morning he passed away. Martha left her children and walked a mile and half away to her neighbor, A. P. Peterson for help.
Erick Anderson made his coffin and Nels Nelson read the funeral service and with sadden hearts they laid Isaac to rest. He was buried in the Riverview Cemetery in Washburn, McLean County, North Dakota.
Marta Greta Sjöström Larson Tjenstrom (1852 - 1939)
Louis Larson (1878 - 1948)*
Erick Larson (1880 - 1938)*
Isaac Larson (1882 - 1970)*
Ranard Larson (1885 - 1973)*
North Dakota, USA
Created by: Kathy Camp
Record added: Feb 09, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33673172
sleep in peace.|
Added: Feb. 12, 2009