|Birth: ||Feb. 22, 1831|
Nordre Land kommune
Oppland fylke, Norway
|Death: ||Nov. 27, 1911|
born in Nordre Land, Oppland Co., Norway, dau of Inger Olsdtr. Loeng (born Vasslia)
1791 - 1882 and Svend Hovelsen Loeng
1783 - 1849.
Mari Svendsdatter Loeng and her brother Hovel Svendsen Loeng left Norway June 3, 1851 and landed in New York on July 18, 1851. They then traveled to Albany NY and by boat and canal route (usually drawn by mules walking on the path made for them on the bank of the canal) across the state of New York to Buffalo and over the great lakes to Millwaukee and then by ox team to Rock Prairie, Rock Co., Wisconsin, arriving there Aug 18, 1851, better than 2 and 1/2 months from the time they left Norway. She remained in Rock Prairie for a time and then went to Galena, ILL where she met Martin then Mari and Martin Bottolfson went by Mississippi river transportation to Lansing Iowa and then to the Norwegian settlement at Paint Creek, Allamakee Co. Iowa, not far from Lansing where Martin's family lived.
They were married after they got to the Paint Creek Area, by Rev Koren.
Mari's brother Hovel enlisted in the 8th Wisconsin in the Civil war and died the second time he was wounded. see memorial 41328477.
Mari was a nurse, midwife and was well known in and around her home area in Cedar County Nebraska after she, together with her husband and children Benjamin, Herman and Magnus had come west from Allamakee Co Iowa in 1869.
Here in Cedar County, Nebraska she was destined to see pioneer life in a greater measure than ever before, being one of the first three settler families in the region of Bow Creek, (the Paragon Community) Mari Loeng Bottolfsen was an uncommonly gifted woman bodily, intellectually as well as spiritually. These gifts which God in such rich measure had endowed her with, she had indeed been a faithful steward over as long as the Lord left her time to work. They are counted by the hundreds of old and young of all nationalities hereabouts who hold her in thankful rememberance for faithful help and comfort in time of sickness and death. As nurse in special cases she was well known far and wide. Storm and well nigh impassable roads or the darkeness of the night did not hinder her if it was humanly possible to get through.
Mari was paralyzed in both legs and the left arm with a stroke 8 years before her death. During these years she had made her home alternately with her children.
She died in Wausa Nebraska about 35 miles away from her home, at the home of her daughter Louise (Mrs P. W. Holst) She was buried in Paragon Cemetery on Thanksgiving day beside her husband who had preceded her in death 18 years previously.
She had a long time of preparation for her final journey. Her unfailing Christian faith and patience sustained her. She never complained, but was always thankful to God and man for everything they did for her. By the grace of God she retained her rich intellectual and spiritual faculties to the end.
Blessed be thy memory and may God Bless your soul in heaven. You are now at rest until the great day of resurrection. God grant that on that day, none of yours will be missing.
In the early years when Mari Loeng Bottolfsen came to Allamakee County, Iowa there was quite a busy ferry traffic on the Mississippi river from New Orleans to Minneapolis and from what she once told, she worked for a short while for an American family in Minneapolis in 1853, it is a fair guess that she was the first Norwegian whoever set foot on the soil of Minneapolis.
(the above is in part the Eulogy given by Pastor A. J. Nervig. Dated Dec 11, 1911, Pastor of Paragon Lutheran Church)
burial date recorded in Paragon Church records is: Nov 30, 1911.
Martin Bottolfson (1830 - 1893)*
Benjamin M Bottolfson (1858 - 1941)*
Svend Bottolfsen (1860 - 1860)*
Herman Bottolfson (1863 - 1928)*
Magnus Bottolfsen (1866 - 1953)*
Ida Louise Bottolfsen Holst (1869 - 1940)*
Nels Martin Bottolfson (1872 - 1931)*
Caroline Otillia Bottolfsen Olsen (1875 - 1949)*
Plot: Block 1 lot 17
Created by: Connie Bottolfsen/Loftus
Record added: Nov 28, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 5103797
Added by: Anonymous
Added by: Anonymous
The Florence Nightengale of the Paragon community.|
Added: Nov. 13, 2011