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Thore Helgeson (1796-1875?)
Sven Thoreson (1833-1908)
Alfred Thoreson (1872-1948)
Lillian (Sacia) Thoreson (1886-1969)
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obit: Hulda (Thoreson) Hjermstad
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1901

  • Miss Hulda Thorson returned home Friday evening from the teachers' institute held in Bangor. (Source: La Crosse County Record, Thursday, Aug. 8, 1901)
  • The Young Peoples' Society met at C. Helgeson's Sunday evening. After the usual programme the election of officers took place for the ensuing term, as follows:
    President - Hulda Thoreson
    Vice-Prest. - Octavia Sjolander
    Secretary - Alice Helgeson
    Treasurer - Theodore Hulberg
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News," Sept. 19, 1901, p. 3.)
  • Miss Hulda Toreson [sic] spent Sunday evening with Misses Octavia and Ida Sjolander. (Source: La Crosse County Record, Thursday, Nov. 21, 1901)
1902
  • Teachers Meeting
    To be held at West Salem, Saturday January 25.
    Programme
    Music.....................Miss Viets, Miss Graves
    Spelling..................Hulda Thoreson
    Language, rural schools...Ruth E. Leet
    ...et al.
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News," January 23, 1902, p. 3.)
  • Miss Huldah Thoreson gave an entertained at her school in Sweden Coulee Saturday evening. The school-room was well filled and a splendid programme was rendered. The most interesting part was a dialogue in which Alfred Thoreson acted as an old widow.(Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News," March 20, 1902, p. 3.)
  • The Young People's Society meet at the home of Iver Liebakken last Sunday evening. There was a large attendance and a good programme was rendered. The following election of officers took place for the ensueing term:
    President - Julius Berg.
    Vice-Prest. - Alice Wallum.
    Secretary - Hulda Thoreson.
    Treasurer - Theodore Hulberg.
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News," June 26, 1902, p. 3.)
  • Miss Huldah Thoreson went to La Crosse last Saturday to remain there a few days.(Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News," Aug. 28, 1902, p. 3.)
  • Alfred Toreson [sic] began a clerkship at the store of C.A. Sjolander last Thursday. (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News," Nov. 20, 1902, p. 3.)
1903
  • Alfred Thoreson has been on the sick list this week. (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News," March 12, 1903, p. 3.)
  • Otto Halgerson[sic] and Alfred Thoreson spent Sunday evening with friends at La Crosse.(Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News," March 19, 1903, p. 3.)
  • Alf Thoreson[sic] and Otto Helgeson have invented a new morning alarm. (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News," April 2, 1903, p. 3.)
  • A.B. Thoreson visited friends in Long coulee last Sunday. (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News," May 7, 1903, p. 3.)
  • A.B. Thoreson and Julius Berg spent Sunday at Onalaska with John A. Skogan and family. (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News," May 14, 1903, p. 3.)
  • Anton Jostad, Alfred Thoreson and Otto Helgeson spent Sunday with friends in Sweden Coulee. (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News," June 25, 1903, p. 3.)
  • Otto Helgeson, Alfred Thoreson, Grace Hanson and Mabel Torson spent Sunday at Carl Helgeson's. (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News," August 20, 1903, p. 3.)
  • Miss Hulda Thoreson returned to her home in Sweden coulee Tuesday after assisting in A.O. Jostad's store during the vacation of Miss Mabel Toreson. (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News," September 3, 1903, p. 3.)
  • A.B. Thoreson and Miss Mabel Torson were with friends at Onalaska over Sunday. (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News," September 24, 1903, p. 3.)
  • A.B. Toreson[sic] and Otto Helgeson tried their fortunes hunting one day this week. Otto secured two squirrels and Mr. Toreson claimed to have killed a partridge that no one has yet found. (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News," October 15, 1903, p. 3.)
  • A.B. Thoreson and Miss Mabel Torson attended the violin concert at the Maple Shade school house Sunday evening. (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News," November 26, 1903, p. 3.)
1904
  • A.B. Thoreson and Otto Helgeson spent Sunday at their homes in the village. (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News," February 11, 1904, p. 3.)
  • Otto Helgeson, Martin Peterson and Alden Olson went to North Dakota Saturday to take land claims. (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News," April 21, 1904, p. 3.)
  • A.B. Thoreson attended an insurance meeting Tuesday evening. (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News," May 12, 1904, p. 3.)
  • A.B. Thorson[sic] is going to the World's Fair next week.
    [NOTE: The World's Fair was in St. Louis, MO] (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News," June 16, 1904, p. 3.)
  • Alfred Toreson[sic] has a vacation this week and went to St. Paul yesterday morning.
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen," Sept. 1, 1904, p. 3.)
  • Alfred Thoreson returned from St. Paul, Monday.
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen," Sept. 8, 1904, p. 3.)
  • Alfred Toreson[sic] resumed his duties as clerk in the store of A.O. Jostad yesterday morning after a two weeks vacation.
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen," Sept. 15, 1904, p. 3.)
  • Miss Hulda Toreson[sic] has Miss Lulu Dahley's place in A.O. Jostad's store while the latter is on her vacation.
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen," Sept. 22, 1904, p. 3.)
  • A.B. Thoreson, Clarence Skogen, and Alvin Christianson were hunting the first of the week and returned with a dozen ducks.
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen," Nov. 3, 1904, p. 3.)
  • Otto Helgeson began a clerkship in the store of A.O. Jostad, Monday morning.
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen," Dec. 8, 1904, p. 3.)
1905
  • Otto Helgeson, A. B. Thoreson and Benny Wall were at the home of Mr. Sacia in Council Bay Monday. (Source: La Crosse County Record, Jan. 5, 1905,p. 3)
  • A.B. Thoreson and Miss Millie Skogan spent Sunday at the home of B.J. Skogan in Long coulee. (Source: La Crosse County Record, March 2, 1905, Vol. XX, No. 21)
  • A.B. Thoreson and Otto Helgeson spent Sunday at the home of C.A. Sjolander of Onalaska.
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen," March 23, 1905, p. 3.)
  • J.O. Berg and A.B. Thoreson were at Mindora,[sic] Sunday.
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen," April 6, 1905, p. 3.)
  • Hulda Thoreson and Hans Hjermstad were married at the Halfway church Wednesday. (Source: La Crosse County Record, July 13, 1905,p. 3.)
  • A.B. Thoreson has postponed his western trip until later on account of the "Yellow Jack" scare in New Orleans. (Source: La Crosse County Record, Aug. 3, 1905, Vol. XX, No. 43)
1907
  • A.B. Thoreson is at home on account of the sickness of his mother.(Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen", Feb. 7, 1907, p. 3)
  • Mrs. E. Evenson and son Palmer of Volga, S.D. came Monday to attend the funeral of her sister Mrs. Sven Thoreson. (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News," Feb. 14, 1907, p. 3.)


Mrs. Sven Thoreson died Saturday morning Feb. 9, at her home in Long Coulee of diabetes. She was 63 years 4 mo and 2 days of age. She leaves a husband two sons and one daughter, Charles, and Alfred and Mrs. Hans Hjermstad of N. Dak.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the home at 1 o'clock by Rev. Turmo and at the Halfway church at 3 o'clock conducted by Rev. Berrum with A.E. Smith in charge. The funeral was very largely attended and many beautiful flowers were contributed by friends of the deceased. The pall bearers were John Holly, Carl Helgeson, Chas Anderson, Ole Brudahl, Peter Ruud, and Bernt Skogan. The interment was made in the Halfway cemetery.
(Source newspaper: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen", Feb. 14, 1907, p. 3)

  • A. B. Thoreson and Miss Lillian Sacia spent Sunday in Council Bay with H.G. Sacia and family.(Source newspaper: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen", Dec. 12, 1907, p. 3)

1908

  • Alfred Thoreson was called to his home in Sweden coulee Monday on account of the serious illness of his father with pneumonia. (Source: La Crosse County Record, Feb. 20, 1908, p. 3.)
  • Mrs. Hans Hjermstad of Lakota, N.D. arrived Sunday on account of the illness of her father S. Thoreson.(Source: La Crosse County Record, Feb. 27, 1908, p. 3.)

Sever[sic] Thoreson died Friday afternoon Feb. 28 of pneumonia after an illness of about two weeks. He was 74 years and 6 months of age and leaves two sons and one daughter as follows; Charles at home, Theodore[sic] of the firm of A. O. Jostad & Company and Mrs. Hans Hjermstad of Lakota, S.D. His wife preceded him in death about a year ago. He was a highly esteemed citizen and his death is mourned by the community.

The funeral services were held Tuesday March 2 at one o'clock in the afternoon from the home and from the church at Halfway at 2:30 Rev. Berrum conducting and undertaker A.E. Smith in charge of the arrangements. The pall bearers were Carl Halgerson, Peter Rund, Ole Brudah, B.J. Skogen, S. Halverson and C.E. Anderson. The services were largely attended. The interment was made in the Halfway cemetery. (Source: La Crosse County Record, Thursday, March 5, 1908, p. 3.)

Sven Thoreson tombstone

  • Alfred Thoreson and Miss Lillian Sacia visited Sunday in Council Bay with H.G. Sacia and family. (Source: La Crosse County Record, Thursday, March 19, 1908, p. 3.)
  • C.A. Sjolander, J.M. Halderson, Alfred Thoreson and Miss Lillian Sacia went to Hatfield, Wednesday with the excursion party from La Crosse. (Source: La Crosse County Record, July 9, 1908)
  • Alfred Thoreson left Saturday for Lakota, N.D. to visit his sister there who is in poor health.(Source: La Crosse County Record, August 13, 1908)
  • Alfred Thoreson returned home from Lakota, N.D. Friday where he had been for about a month owing to the serious illness of his sister Mrs. Hjermstad.(Source: La Crosse County Record, September 10, 1908, p. 3.)

Mrs. H.A.J. Hjermstad died Sept. 3 at her home in Lakota, N.D., of tuberculosis after an illness lasting about 6 months. The funeral was held from her former home in Halfway and interment was made in the Halfway cemetery Monday afternoon. Rev. Turmo of West Salem officiated Rev. Reque of Spring Prairie, Wis., spoke in English and Rev. Vik of La Crosse and Rev. Chris. Hjermstad of New Lisbon also spoke.

Mrs. Hjermstad was 31 years old and leaves her husband and two little daughters one aged 2 years and the other 3 months. She also leaves two brothers, Alfred and Carl Thoreson of Holmen. She was married three years ago the past July and with her husband immediately moved to Washburn, N.D. where they lived about a year and from there they moved to Lakota.

Beautiful flowers were very numerous at the funeral showing how well she was regarded in her home community.

The Pall bearers were C.P. Wall, E.C. Wall, Theodore Helgeson, Oscar Helgeson, A.O. Jostad and Oscar Liebakken. A.E. Smith of Onalaska was in charge.
(Source: La Crosse County Record, September 10, 1908, p. 3.)


  • Theo. Halgelson and Miss Lillian Sacia spent Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H.G. Sacia in Council Bay. (Source: La Crosse County Record, October 22, 1908, Vol. XXIV, No. 3)
  • Misses Lula Dahly, Agnes Houg and A.B. Thoreson and Julius O. Berg will entertain the Holmen Young People's society at the church basement Sunday evening Nov. 8th. (Source: La Crosse County Record, November 5, 1908,)

1909

  • Otto Halgelson [sic] of Tioga, N.D. is visiting relatives and friends here this week.
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen Locals," February 18, 1909, p. 3)
  • A.B. Thoreson, Otto Helgeson and Miss Lillian Sacia spent Sunday at hte home of H.G. Sacia in Council Bay.
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen Locals," February 25, 1909, p. 3)
  • Henry Thoreson of Thief River Falls Minn, came Tuesday to visit his nephews Alfred and Carl Thoreson.
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen Locals," April 22, 1909, p. 3)
  • Mrs. B.O. Wall, Miss Lillian Sacia, and Alfred Thoreson spent Sunday at H.G. Sacia's in Council Bay.
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen Locals," July 15, 1909, p. 3)
  • A.B. Thorson[sic] did business in La Crosse Valley Wednesday.
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen Locals," November 4, 1909, p. 3)

1910

  • Charley Thoreson and Myrtle Granum visited with Hiram Sacia at Council Bay Saturday.
  • A.B. Thoreson of Jostad Co's store and Miss Lillian Sacia were married New Years day, Saturday afternoon, by Rev. Vik at the parsonage in La Crosse. They were attended by Theodore Halgeson and Miss Hulda Sjolander. The couple returned to Holmen and on Sunday a large reception was given for the happy pair at the home of the brides parents Mr. and Mrs. H.G. Sacia in Council Bay. The bride and groom left this Thursday for a trip through the west and on their return will begin house keeping in Holmen. Both are well known and highly esteemed young people and have the best wishes of a large circle of friends on their voyage through life.
        A parcel shower for Miss Lillian Sacia was given by her sister Mrs. B.O. Wall at her home Tuesday evening and proved an interessing[sic] and delightful social occasion for the company.
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Halfway News," January 6, 1910, Vol. XXVI, p. 3)

  • Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Thoreson of Holmen are visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hall of Ranier, Minn.
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Stevenstown News," January 20, 1910, Vol. XXVI, p. 3)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Alferd[sic] Thoreson returned Thursday afternoon from their wedding trip to Internatial [sic] Falls, Minn. and Fort Frances Canada. They were accompanied home by Mrs. Thoreson's sister Mrs. Chas. Hall of Internatial Falls who will spend a month here with relatives.
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News Item," January 27, 1910, Vol. XXVI, p. 3)
  • Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Thoreson and B.O. Wall spent Sunday at the home of H.G. Sacia and family in Council Bay.
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News Item," March 3, 1910, Vol. XXVI, p. 3)
  • O.R. Wall is having a new steel roof put on his house occupied by A.B. Thoreson and wife.
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News Item," April 14, 1910, Vol. XXVI, p. 3)

  • Born to Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Thoreson, Friday, July 29th, a daughter (Leone).
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News Item," August 4, 1910, Vol. XXVI, p. 3)

  • Mrs. H.G. Sacia has been spending several days at Holmen with her daughter Mrs. Alfred Thoreson.
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Stevenstown News," August 4, 1910, p. 3)

  • Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Thoreson and daughter Leone spent Sunday with the latters parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.G. Sacia and family.
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Stevenstown News," September 15, 1910, p. 3)


1911

  • C.L. Thorson is now making Holmen his home.
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News Items," March 23, 1911, p. 3.)

  • Alfred Thorson[sic] has been on the sick list this week.
  • Mrs. Alfred Thorson[sic] and daughter are spending the week at Council Bay with Mrs. Thorson's parents.
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News Items," March 30, 1911, p. 3.)

  • C.L. Thorson[sic] spent Monday and Tuesday with friends at Onalaska.
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News Items," May 18, 1911, p. 5.)

  • A.B. Thorson has had the buildings on his farm fitted up with lightening rods this week.
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News Items," June 1, 1911, p. 3.)

  • Carl Thoreson did business at West Salem Tuesday.
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News Items," August 4, 1911, p. 3.)

  • C.L. Thoreson who has been at a hospital in La Crosse for treatment, is now home and getting along nicely.
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News Items," August 31, 1911, p. 3)

  • Alfred Thoreson and family are visiting at the home of H.G. Sacia in Council Bay this week.
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News Items," October 5, 1911, p. 3)

  • Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Thoreson spent the week with the latters parents Mr. and Mrs. H.G. Sacia.
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Stevenstown Items," October 12, 1911, p. 3)

  • A.B. Thoreson and B.O. Wall and families spent Sunday and Monday at H.G. Sacia's in Council Bay.
    (Source: La Crosse County Record, "Holmen News Items," December 28, 1911, p. 3)



1948


Alfred B. Thoreson, Leading Holmen Citizen, Passes Away

Alfred B. Thoreson, prominent citizen of the community, where he was in the mercantile business for nearly a half century, passed away Friday evening at his home, after an illness of nearly three months. He was 73 years of age.

He was born February 23, 1875, a son of the late Sven and Martha Granum Thoreson, whose home was in the Maple Shade community. He was baptized by the Rev. U.C.S. Hjermstad.

Mr. Thoreson took a business course in Madison and in 1902 accepted employment in the Sjolander general store in Holmen. After the property was purchased by A.O. Jostad, he became a stockholder and president of the company at his death. He was married to Miss Lillian Sacia, January 1, 1910, and the couple always resided in Holmen, where they erected a residence in 1917. Mr. Thoreson resigned a few years ago as treasurer of the Holmen Lutheran church after having held the position continuously for 35 years. A large Bible was the gift of the congregation to him upon his retirement from the office.

Mrs. Thoreson survives him together with their four children, Leone, Mrs. Stanley Roberts; Marjorie, Mrs. Arlan Lee; Lillian, Mrs. Russell Lee; and Russell Thoreson. Eight grandchildren and a brother, Carl Thoreson also survive. All are of Holmen. A sister, Huldah, wife of the Rev. Hans Hjemstad[1], died in 1908.

Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Kenneth R. Torvik, on Wednesday afternoon with prayer at the home preceding rites at the Holmen Lutheran curch. Pall bearers were Wendell Wall, Melvin Ekern and Dr. O.C. Olsen. Burial was in the Halfway Creek cemetery.
(Source: La Crosse County Record, Thursday, July 1, 1948, p. 1.)
[1] sic, should be Hjermstad.

Alfred and Lillian Thoreson tombstone

Credits: Alfred and Sven Thoreson tombstone photographs, August 2001, Halfway Creek Cemetery, © 2001, Scott W. White.

1949
Carl Thoreson

HOLMEN, Wis. - (Special) - Funeral Services for Carl Leonard Thoreson, 77, who died suddenly Friday at his home in Holmen, were held Monday at the Holmen Lutheran church, the Rev. Kenneth R. Torvik officiating. Burial was in the Halfway Creek cemetery.

He was born at Holmen July 21, 1871, and spent his entire life in the community. He was the son of Sven Thoreson, who was born in Sweden, and Martha Granum, a native of Norway.

The second son of a family of seven children, four of whom died in early childhood, he was the last survivor of his family. He lived on the home farm in the Maple Shade community until it was sold in 1912. He then moved to Holmen to make his home with a brother, Alfred Thoreson, and his family.
(Source: From unreferenced clipping, 1949)

Long Resident of Holmen Dies Suddenly

Carl Leonard Thoreson died suddenly in Holmen Friday afternoon at the age of 7 years and 6 months. His father, Sven Thoreson, a native of Sweden, came to America in his youth, as did his mother, Martha Granum, who was born in Norway. Married in the sixties by the Rev. J. B. Frick, first regular pastor at Halfway, they were the parents of seven children, only three of whom grew to maturity. Two died the same day during a diphtheria epidemic. Carl, the second son, born July 21, 1871, was the last survivor of the family. Their home in Sweden Coulee was opposite the Maple Shade School. He was baptized by Rev. Frick, and confirmed July 4, v1886 by the Rev. O. C. O. Hjort, in a class of 48, of whom five, Mrs. Celia C__sen, Mrs. L. C. Larson, May_ Berg, Lars Hemma and Ma__ Stephenson are still residents of Holmen.

Mr. Thoreson continued to reside on the farm until it was sold in 1912, when he came to Holmen. He made his home here with the Alfred Thoreson's for ___ years.

His survivors are a nephew Russel Thoreson, and five nieces, Mrs. S. W. Roberts, Mrs. Arlan Lee and Mrs. Russell Lee, of Homen; Signe Hjerstad[1], Everett, Wash.; and Mrs. Martha Cederberg, of Vienna, Austria.

Three deaths within 18 months in the family were those of his mother in 1907, his father, early in 1908, and his sister, Hulda, wife of the Rev. Hans Hjermstad, later that year. His brother Alfred Thoreson died June 25, 1948.

Funerel services held Monday afternoon from the Holmen Lutheran Church were conducted by the Rev. Kenneth R. Torvik, with undertaker, Conrad Jostatd, n charge. Pallbearers were Henry, Melvin and Orris Granum, three cousins, and Oluf L. Skoy. The soloist was Orrin Evenson and the organist, Mrs. Luella Skogen.

Interment was in the Halfway Creek Cemetery.
(Source: Not known - from clipping.)



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