Martin Carlson

Martin Carlson

Birth
Akershus fylke, Norway
Death 6 Jul 1925 (aged 75)
Barron County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Chetek, Barron County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 98574082 · View Source
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Father: Karl Jorgensen 1812-1890 Norway
Mother: Sigrid "Siri" Andersdatter Carlson Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Martin Carlson

Martin Carlson was born near Oslo, Norway, September 12, 1849. While a boy he worked as a sailor for several years, visiting many European ports. He came to America in 1869, crossing the Atlantic in a sailing vessel, which took nine weeks for the voyage.
He came to Eau Claire and for several years worked in flour and saw-mills in summer and the lumber camps in winter, during this time going as far west as Washington.
In 1874 he was united in marriage to Ingrid Stene, who preceded him in death 15 years ago, and they now sleep in Dovre cemetery together with four of their children who have passed beyond; Anna, Mathilda, Carl and Christian. Three children survive, Miss Marie Carlson, Mrs. Ida Hansen, and Sigurd A. Carlson. Mr. Carlson also leaves to mourn him twenty-five grandchildren of whom he was extremely fond, and he counted it a great blessing that they lived so near he could be with them almost continually.
Mr. Carlson moved to what is now Dovre township in 1877, where he bought a quarter section of wild land which at the cost of hard work, youth, and strength, with the help of his faithful, loving wife, and later his dutiful and industrious children, has now been converted into beautiful, comfortable farm homes, where his sons families reside. Mr. Carlson was an unusually intelligent man, whose broad experience and constant reading of the best literature made him a man with whom it was a privilege and delight to converse.
He leaves behind a library well stocked with books, mostly works on religion and history. Mr. Carlson was a devout and sincere Christian and was one of the founders and supporters of Dovre Lutheran Church of whose Board he was secretary for forty-two consecutive years.
Mr. Carlson was actively interested in Temperance work and for many years gave financial and personal aid to work for total abstinence and Prohibition. His courage, indomitable will, and intelligence made him a valuable ally for the Temperance forces. Mr. Carlson, while a patriotic, sincere American citizen, recognized the value of the Norwegian culture and traditions and strove to instill in the minds of his children and grandchildren all the rich ideals and culture of the Old World together with that of America. Mr. Carlson was active in local and deeply interested in national politics. He held several town offices as far back as before the division of Dovre and Chetek townships, and held school and other offices for a score of years.
He considered the good of the community before his own ease and comfort, and was always willing to sacrifice himself in serving his neighbors.
Mr. Carlson died July 6 after a lingering illness brought on by influenza, which his age weakened body could not throw off. He was buried in the cemetery at Dovre Church July 8, 1925. Rev. Lund paid a fine tribute to Mr. Carlson as a church worker and father. Ms. Kildahl and J.M. Moe sang solos.
The beautiful floral offerings, and the church overflowing with relatives and friends, testified to the respect and affection in which Mr. Carlson was held.


Married Ingrid Stene on June 6, 1873 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin


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  • Created by: Sue (Carlson) Eide
  • Added: 9 Oct 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 98574082
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Martin Carlson (12 Sep 1849–6 Jul 1925), Find A Grave Memorial no. 98574082, citing Dovre Lutheran Cemetery, Chetek, Barron County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Sue (Carlson) Eide (contributor 47948638) .