Midtlyng - Mitlyng Genealogy
Collected during the creation of the earliest version of this genealogy, these are descriptions of husband and wife, hard work on the prairie, family history, and of the daily life of the family. Discussed are the couples - born in the early 1800's - who emigrated to the USA or bid farewell to their children as they left them for the uncertain future of life abroad. These paragraphs are reproduced from the Midtlyng - Mitlyng genealogy.
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Halvor Johnsen Midtlyng (1787 - 1874)
Marit Ingebrigtsdatter Lyngen(1793 - 1870)
Halvor Johnsen Midtlyng and his wife Marit lived on the Midtlyng gaard in the Gauldalen valley in Sor Trondelag until their death and burial at the Horg church cemetery.
Horg lies in a beautiful valley 30 miles south of Trondheim with rivers and lakes reflecting the blue skies and beautiful woods and hills of the area. It has a hilly terrain. The Midtlyng gaard and other farms sit in the bottom of the bowl so to speak surrounded by high hills. Someone has said Gauldalen has two dimensions: one up and one down. Those of us who have been there will agree thats an apt description of Horg.
Even though Halvor and Marit never saw America several generations of descendants have represented them not only in Minnesota and Wisconsin but by now in practically every state in the union. The emigration in 1870 and 1880 of these adult sons and daughters of Halvor with their families brings to a close the history of the Midtlyngs in Norway. It was the end of 280 years of recorded family history there and began the new history in America of more than 100 years.
One daughter Ingeborg did not go to America but the other four families did. They left at different times. No doubt each farewell was emotional because few if any returned for even a brief visit. Good-byes are never easy and these were final. Mother Marit had died in 1870 and was spared the farewells. Father Halvor outlived their departure. Grandson Halvor remained by his side until he died in 1874 and then went to America in 1875.
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Ingeborg Midtlyng (Bortistuen) (1816 - 1863)
John Arntsen Lyngen (Svendstumoen) (1817 - ?)
Several members of this family came to America at different times. The parents never came. Ingeborg had died and John the father continued to live on at Svenstumeon in Horg parish only a short uphill distance from the Midtlyng guard. This was a large family and we have information on only these:
John came with his wife and first son John in 1886
Kari worked for a banker, Gust Eliason, on his farm in Camp Release township near Montevideo for many years. She was a splendid cook.
Sigres daughter, Marit, became the wife of Andrew Midtlyng in II. Later Sigre became the wife of Halvor Midtlyng in II and lived on the Halvor farm near the home place.
Names are repeated in the Lyngen family so it may be assumed that a new baby was named to replace one who had died or had left the fold for some reason or another. There had been 14 children born to this marriage.
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John Halvorson Midtlyng (1818 - 1886)
Gunhild Estensdatter Roskaft (1825 - 1902)
The John H. Midtlyngs crossed the North Sea to Scotland, then to Glasgow where they caught a steamship to America. It took three weeks to cross the Atlantic. Ingeborg celebrated her 16th birthday on board ship - on this steamer where fare had been paid by the immigrants from Trondhjem to Menomonee. After Ellis Island - and that must have been an experience - they had to travel by rail and by boat to reach Reeds Landing in the SW corner of Grant County, Wis. That must have been on the Mississippi River. From there-by boat - they went to Wabasha, Minn. a shipping port on the Mississippi River, where they took a stage coach to Menomonee.
The family moved to Sand Creek, Wis. after one and a half years where they homesteaded and found work in the lumber camps. Ingeborg and Siri cooked for two years in a logging camp where Ingeborg met Daniel Christanson. In 1878 the family moved again, this time to Lac Qui Parle county, Camp Release township, Minn. By that time Ingeborg and Daniel were married and living in Camp Release and took in the new arrivals.
On September 28, 1883, John bought 80 acres of land-the west half of the SW section 21 - from Even Johnson Mahlen for $440 as recorded at the County Seat, Madison, Minn. by Ole A. Loe, Town Clerk. The acreage was considered poor land and had never been homesteaded. John built a house on that land but it is not known exactly what kind or where it was located - or if the present house incorporates that first building. Our mother, Marie Gunderson, came to work for them - in her late teens perhaps - so there was housing in the 1890s. John died only three years after acquiring the land so the burden of farming and building must have fallen on the sons. Halvor spoke with admiration of his father who had designed a system in Horg for piping water from a brook or spring into the barn through hollowed out logs. In 1938 when Lydia visited Horg, people were still talking about this system as well as the threshing machine he had built there.
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Marit Midtlyng (1846 - 1936)
Anders Oestlyngen (1845 - 1929)
Marit came from Horg to America with sister Siri a year after her parents. In a month she married Anders, son of John and Ingeborg Ostlyngen of Horg in a Lutheran ceremony in Menomonee by Rev. N. Helsom.
The couple lived and had their eight children at Sand Creek, WI. In 1897 they moved to Lac Qui Parle Co. where they rented land from the estate of Jens L. Fremo, negotiated by John Flaa for three years until they purchased a farm which became their lifelong home.
In 1900 they built a large square house with pine and fir lumber from the L.P. Doloff Lumber Co. in Boyd. In one year Eskal Lovseth, the builder, had completed the structure. Then a year later in 1902 Jens Gyland built a 32 x 50 barn with a hip roof for $425.00. In 1905 it was struck by lightning and demolished along with equipment and pigs and sheep. The 24 horses and colts were led to safety.
About my father:
No doubt many of the immigrant parents worked at logging camps since they were well organized in western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota by the late 19th century. The pine lumber was very desirable and was shipped down river on the St. Croix and the Mississippi to meet the demand. Father (Anders) worked for several years as a cutter with the Knapp Stout Lumber Co. where there was a large water-powered saw mill.
- from notes by Lewis Estling in 1974
In the area where I live, Marine on St. Croix, can still be seen relics of the lumbering days, old wheels from the lumber wagons. The town itself was the site of the first commercial saw mill in the west. One Maple Island farm in the area, some 2700 acres, served as a summer pasture for several hundred horses used in the nearby logging camps.
History records that the worst log jam occurred near Taylors Falls in 1886. The river was filled with logs from shore to shore with 150 million feet of timber. It took the "drivers" six weeks to free the jam; however, not before a St. Croix River bridge was destroyed. "Drivers" were men drawn from any line of work to get out on the log jam -- a cold, wet, dangerous job -- to untangle the mass, freeing logs to float again down river. Anders served on this crew. Notes by Gunda M. Carlson in 1974
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John Estling (1880 - 1959)
Sena Agre (d. 1956)
John m. Sena Agre in 1904, daughter of Ole Agre of Boyd.
About my parents:
As so often happens with the advent of time, one reflects on those situations beyond ones control that so very profoundly altered course and set up new directions. In this vein and with utmost brevity we shall follow the doings of Joe and Sena Agre Estling and their progeny. The depression and a bank failure caused by parents to lose the old home in Lac Qui Parle County and see 25 years of hard work go to naught. Theirs was a staggering blow when the prime of life had been expended and better days should have been in the offing. The drought of the 30s was a mixed blessing, to most a hardship, to others a blessing.
The area of our domicile, the south shore of Lake of the Woods was once a tremendous forest area logged off and more or less abandoned as cut-over land and tax delinquent and no doubt would have remained so except the drought triggered fires that consumed peat and slashings and, lo and behold, good fertile land lay underneath. But first it must be acquired and cleared. My dad saw its possibilities so with the salvage of simple household effects, some horse-drawn machinery and a little livestock the move was made in 1932. Hard earned savings of the writer supplied the needed capital and a new start was made and that not under the most suspicious circumstances. Poverty is not easy to live with yet a leaven that hardens the fiber.
If I were to pick a stellar trait in Dad it was his unswerving faith in the cooperative ideology. He was a driving force in organizing REA in our area, two coop elevators (Williams & Warroad) and an oil station. In our case the philosophy was applied from the start and instead of each trying to set up alone, we pooled and worked with one set of equipment and started to accumulate land. The start was slow and arduous, capital short and lack of equipment made for much hard labor, but persistence and determination won. Pioneering is never easy and ours was no exception. Good land rightly used is generally rewarding and our area is a classic case in point.
Dad had a dream for the family -- a hope that his children wouldn't scatter. How well his hope was realized is shown in that all are permanently settled in one neighborhood. The 4,000 acre holdings of the brothers are all mostly joined and the sisters are nearby which makes for a unique situation, usually one or more seek greener pastures elsewhere and move.
In retrospect, one wishes that the parents could be on hand to enjoy the fruits of their hopes and ideas. Thrift, industry, integrity and godliness pretty well characterize the Estling, Grove and Arnesen families. These are respected names and for a reason. No alcoholism, divorce or social irregularities mar the good names and a high incidence of church attendance is evident on any given Sunday.
All too often mothers filled the role of unsung heroes working conscientiously and hard to make a good home for the children and father without the affluence or amenities of modern day society. With all due respect to the dads, I feel bound to pay just tribute to two exceptional mothers; my own and a close and highly respected neighbor, Marie Mitlyng. Whatever status the names Mitlyng and Estling will be accorded in posterity be assured these two fine women deserved primary rating. In this context may I also pay tribute to a good, substantial woman my paternal grandmother, Marit Mitlyng Estling.
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Alice 1917 m. Carlos Grove 1912 who, besides farming was instrumental in starting the now flourishing "Lake of the Woods Steam and Gas Engine Assn." show in Roosevelt.
The Steam and Gas Engine Show held here each fall for the past 10 years. The show had its beginning October 1970 when Carlos bought his first steam engine; the show was farthest from his mind. He simply loved steam engines.
Carlos and Alice, Leon and Janet Grove, Jay and Jeanette, Jan, Jr. and Peggy, Spencer and Annie and Rodney and Lorraine Estling have been the spark plugs from the beginning, initiating the fun shows in 1971 and 72. Then back in February 1973, the organizational meeting was held, Lake of the Woods Steam & Gas Show became an association.
The purpose of the organization being to help in preservation and restoration of antique agricultural, logging and timber processing machinery, tools, documents and the other articles associated with the lives of persons having played a decisive role in these areas of history. Also to assist in retaining the social, political and economic life of pioneers in the area. We have the permanent date of the first weekend in August.
We have three categories of membership: 1, Charter; 2, member; 3, associate; membership to date numbers 52.
The show has grown from serving lunch out of the back of a camper to a modern food center. There are two large buildings housing machines, the old cook car now is filled with show cases. The Pioneer Home built about 1910 two miles from the present site, a saw mill that has been in existence since early 1900 powered by the original advance steam engine (26 horsepower) and a building to house the bundles for the next years show.
The show obviously was born on the Grove farm and is firmly rooted here.
During the early years a search was on for a permanent site, none found, largely due to lack of funds for large purchases.
The Association owns the buildings, all else is the property of members.
There are six full size steam engines. All running and tested, four models and more in the works -- these, too, are tested. The engineers are licensed. Old cars, trucks are on display and more tractors and engines added each year. We welcome displays brought in.
There is an air show each day, Sunday service.
It is interesting to note 18 and 19 states represented each year as well as other countries in the registry.
We are now in a position to add to our entertainment, music, etc. One year real hula dancers from Hawaii! These is much talent in the area to draw from.
-- from Alice
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Halvor Johnson Midtlyng (1849 - 1945)
Marie Erickson (1868 - 1888)
Halvor stayed behind in Norway in 1871 when his parents went to America. His grandfather, Halvor Johnsen Midtlyng, was at that time 83 years old and not expected to live much longer. Young Halvor chose to stay by his grandfather until he died in 1874 and came to America in 1875, four years after his parents. It is not known where he expected to make his home but it might be assumed he followed the rest of the family who by then were in Sand Creek, Wisconsin.
In 1887 he married Marie and lived in Lac Qui Parle at the Midtlyng farm since his father had died in 86. History records two blizzards in 1888 of great severity. One was on January 12. On that day, Marie, pregnant with her first child, went on foot half a mile away to visit a neighbor. In returning, she was caught in the blinding snowstorm, lost here way and froze to death. The storm lasted for three days, making all search efforts futile. Uncle Halvor suffered a double tragedy.
He bought from Ole Loe near the Midtlyng farm and is said to have built the first framed house in the area. In his second marriage he created an unusual situation. He married Sigre (Siri) Lyngen, Family I, 1845 - 1898, the mother of Andrew Mitlyngs wife Marit - brothers became in-laws to each other. Sigre was known as an extremely kind person. Matilda Axness (Jorgenson), the young daughter of Joel Axness, who lived south of the Halvor farm, herded cattle on the meadows between farms. Sigre took pity on the girl and brought her fresh water and treats during the long watch in the meadow. The cattle could not be left for a moment and the day got wearying to be sure. Herding should be described to the younger generations since it is no longer practiced. Due to the lack of fences the cattle were turned out and allowed to graze in meadows between farms. An attendant was required to watch the wily beasts constantly, rain or shine.
Halvor was widowed again in 98 after which he worked in Duluth, Minn. and later he had a cream station in Alberta, Minn. When he retired he lived at the Lars Mitlyng home until he fell and broke his hip. Then he had to go into a nursing home for the last years of his life. He was 96 when he died.
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Siri Johnsdatter Midtlyng (1852 - 1910)
Ole Albertson (1847 - 1928)
Ole, the son of Marit Olson Steen (1821), Tynsit, Norway, and Rasmus Ingebretson Haugros (1813), came from Loiten Norway in 1868 and found work in Beldenville, Wisconsin. Siri arrived in 1872 and found work on the same large German farm where the two met.
The new couple lived in that area until 1886 when they moved to N. Dakota. In a covered wagon they had proceeded to York, N. Dakota where the only building was a depot and that was a box car. They farmed a while at Leeds, N. Dakota where Julia is buried.
In 1882 tragedy struck one December day when the two youngest children, Josephine and Benjamin, were left in the house while the parents went out to do the chores. The house somehow caught fire and the children perished. Gunda writes that Aunt Sara visited our farm long after that and still spoke about the horrible experience. Pioneer life held many dangers.
After Siri died in 1910, Ole moved to Knox, N. Dakota. The Albertsons were an industrious family interested in history, education, community affairs and development.
Alma, Selma and Otto, the three oldest children all born in Towner, went away to school to obtain education and teaching credentials. Alma taught school until her marriage to Ted Lee; Selma taught until her marriage to Henry Lyng. The husbands were farmers.
Otto graduated from Minot State Teachers College and held positions as a high school principal in N.D. At the time of his death he lived in Albuquerque and held a bank position.
Jennie (always affectionately called Jane) majored in art in college at MSTC and UND and taught in N.D. schools many years. She was admired for her penmanship and cited with Perfect Palmer Method Penmanship. Her husband was a veterinarian from the University of Chicago and was in U.S. government service during his career supervising special projects. Dr. LeGores two children by a previous marriage, Jacqueline and Robert, lived with them and attended MSTC and the University of N.D.
Malvin attended UND at the same time as Clara and, by his own choice, he worked his way through college completely while holding a front-desk position at a large hotel. He lived in Chicago while working for Western Electric after graduation with a B.S. in Business, moved around while spending years as an Army officer and later in life he managed a lumber business. His wife, Yvette, who died early in 1983, was an organist and made many public performances over the years of her career. Alene, the daughter, lives in Minot, and Everett, a graduate of UND also, lives in Washington.
Theresa was a well-known basketball star while in school, and she taught until her marriage to S.S. Haaland, a builder. She has been very active in supervisory positions in Oak Valley Lutheran Church of Velva, N.D. She held many positions with American Legion Auxiliary and was N.D. State Dept. President. She was honored this year by being named Chairperson for the Centennial Celebration of the City of Velva, N.D. July 1, 2, 3, and 4, 1983.
Sigurd Rom, her son, is an executive with International Harvester in Chicago, and Mary LaVern Green is a nurse who has pursued a career in Utah and Wyoming while raising five children.
Raymond, B.S. in Business from UND, and Malvin took their military commissions while at UND and were sharpshooters on rifle teams -- probably partially due to practice they got while growing up on the ranch shooting ducks, pheasants, geese and deer etc. Ray did army duty as Auditor in Seventh Service Command, and he was business manager for a grain and feed company in Fargo and Moorhead until his retirement. He has been honored by inclusion in N.D. Bowling Hall of Fame. His wife, Barb, is in Hall of Fame in both N.D. and Mn., for softball and bowling. Their son, Gregory, an honor graduate at Concordia College, and M.B.A., University of Mn., is a C.P.A. with a firm in Minnesota. Gregs wife, Mary, is a pharmacist employed on projects of the University of Minnesota.
Beulah, as well as Malvin and Ray, completed high school in three years. She got a major in journalism as well as a major in English with minors in French and social sciences. She did radio work, was Assistant Society Editor on a N.D. daily newspaper and did teaching in journalism and English in N.D. and California schools while doing some graduate work.
Her time is spent in public relations work and assisting here husband in the family business, Gullekson Associates. Her husband, E.E. Gullekson (Gully), was valedictorian at UND with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He got his advanced degree from California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, and he spent his first career with Standard Oil Company of California and its subsidiaries. This involved over 20 years of association with the K.C. Irving empire in Canada. He actively consults in business development of new energy technology as Gullekson Associates.
Daughter Demaris graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Doctorate in Pharmacy from University of the Pacific and has worked in pharmacy administration in Salt Lake City and in San Francisco. She will complete a M.B.A. and a law degree from the University of Santa Clara in 1984, and she has accepted a position as Associate Lawyer with Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro upon graduation next year.
Vera graduated from Minot State College and taught in N.D. schools before and after her marriage to Melvin H. Nelson. They own a large beef cattle ranch near Towner. Vera is very active in Lutheran church activities and serves on numerous councils as well as being Past President of Pioneer Daughters in Towner as did Theresa in Velva. (All ladies of the Rom family belong to Pioneer Daughters). Vera supports all educational activities in the community and schools.
Vernon attended N.D. State at Fargo and, upon the death of Marit and Theo Rom in the same year in 1948, he took over the ranch of several thousand acres. He supports developmental and educational endeavors. Wayne, a UND graduate, lives in Iowa where he works for International Harvester. J, a Minot State graduate, has a business career in St. Paul, Mn. Lindsay is involved with management of grocery stores in Minot. Marilyn and Dale Neuhalfen own a farm near Velva. Tim and Sharon with daughter, Jennifer, live in Pennsylvania after military service by both parents. Yvonne, the youngest girl, graduated from high school in 1983 and will attend Minot State College to become a para-legal secretary.
Beulah Rom Gullekson, 1983.
Clara married R.J. Lougee a geologist of Massachusetts. His family had long connections with Dartmouth College; His father was in the class of 1888 and his brother and he were graduates. Richard also became an assistant instructor there.
Clara got her BA from the U of N.D. and moved to NYC to accept a job in Professor Douglas Johnsonss Columbia University office. Richard, a geologist, walked into the office in search of a job and told and retold the story that he didnt marry the boss daughter but did marry the boss secretary.
Both Clara and Richard taught aviation to air force candidates during WWII and continued research projects which both were interested in. Their book, "Late Glacial Chronology". (Vantage Press) was published after Richards death in 1960 with Clara and Gerard doing the mammoth task of preparation. For this work Clara received the Sioux Award, the highest award given to former graduates of the U of ND.
Richard and Clara had both earned PhDs. He also served a year as a Fulbright Professor in Oslo. Clara, who had done a study of soil science in Norway also was collecting data on the pre-statehood history of ND. This work continued while she worked for the federal government in Washington, DC where she died in 1982.
-- from notes by Gerard Lougee, 1983
Tribute to my Mother and Father
Marit Albertson and Theo Rom met at Leeds, ND soon after Mr. Rom had emigrated from Norway, and they were married on April 18, 1892 at St. Paul, MN.
Marit was born December 14, 1874 at Beldenville, WI but came to Leeds, ND with her parents as a young girl. Theo Rom was born October 1, 1863 near Loten, Norway on a large country place on beautiful Lake Mjose - the buildings still stand today and have been visited by two daughters, Mrs. Lougee and Mrs. Gullekson.
The Roms lived in Towner, NK from their marriage until 1899 while Mr. Rom was employed by the Great Northern Railroad. He often was a hunting companion of J. Hill, building of the Great Northern. Two daughters, Alma and Selma and a son Otto all deceased, were born in Towner.
The Roms then purchased land, including the homestead of William Pitt, seven miles south of Denbigh, built it into an extensive ranch with a large number of Purebred Hereford cattle, and lived there almost fifty years.
Star post office was set up by the government May 12, 1898 and was run by the Roms in addition to their ranch work from Aug. 19, 1903 until Aug. 31, 1911 when the government closed it to open one at the closest railroad point, Denbigh.
During their entire lives, these parents as well as their children were educational and community minded. Mr. Rom served on local boards and commissions repeatedly, and upon his death he was honored for his years of service to education and schools.
Mrs. Rom was a devoted mother to her eleven children. She was an expert seamstress and designed everything she made in childrens, womens and mens clothing for the family. Both were willing to help neighbors and friends at any time.
Eight children were born to the Roms on the ranch and include Jennie, Mrs. H.P. LeGore, Minot; Clara, Mrs. R.J. Lougee, Washington, DC, Melvin Theodore, deceased; Theresa May, Mrs. S.S. Haaland, Velva; Owen Raymond, Moorhead, MN; Beulah Alice, Mrs. E.E. Gullekson, Hillsborough, CA; Vera Louise, Mrs. Melvin Nelson, and Elmer Vernon both of Denbigh. Each child had college opportunities and a career. The parents lived to see all of their children married, and they had grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Both parents were avid readers and instilled this love of high moral character in their children. They were respected in their business and social relationships and were intelligent objective, honorable and loving parents. They have a place in the history of McHenry county and the area.
An organ, record player and several smaller musical instruments provided recreation. Hunting, fishing, games and sports such as hiking, baseball, skating, skiing and riding held the interests of this closely-knit family.
Marit died January 22, 1948; her husband, Theo, died May 2 of the same year and both are buried (Lot ___) in Union Cemetery, Towner, North Dakota.
Vera Rom Nelson 1974
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Ingeborg Mitlyng (1855 - 1944)
Daniel Christienson (1844 - 1910)
Daniel, born in Norway, came to America while other members of his family went to New Zealand. He and Ingeborg met in Wisconsin and came to Camp Release in the winter of 1878.
He bought claim rights from a bachelor for preempted land at $1.25 an acre; this virgin land was plowed the first fall. No doubt this was a great task for the oxen and primitive implements to break the heavy and stubborn sod. A home was built the first summer for which lumber was hauled from Benson by ox team. A shack was built of sod and straw for the following winter to shelter a team of oxen they bought from Thomtom. After two years, they traded the two oxen for horses from Knute Loe, also an early settler in the area. This purchase and others meant great progress. They bought their first cow from old Jens Ronning, Alf Halvorsons grandfather (little did they realize that their families would be linked by marriage in another generation when Gora married Alf).
Daniel worked for Nils Starkson, a neighbor nearby, for a heifer; the first pig was bought for $.75 from Paul Falkenhagen, a local stock dealer who lived three miles away.
In 1878, while living in Menomonee, Ingeborg had been told to take the morning train from Menomonee directly to Benson to join Daniel, but had been misinformed and had to wait in St. Paul until the next evening. During the long layover, young Julie, then about three, wandered off into this large town and caused considerable concern for the mother who perhaps spoke little English. Julia was later found unscathed. On arrival at Benson, Ingeborg and Julie found the depot to be a small shack lighted by a kerosene lamp. Because there had been unusually heavy rains, Daniel had not been able to reach the depot to meet them. With a small child, tired, Ingeborg was again left alone at the mercy of the lodging house owner who took them to his own home and gave them a resting place. In the morning, Daniel came and the last leg of a dreary trip now began 30 miles over prairie trails to their stakeout near Montevideo by ox team.
Ingeborg was a quiet person, well organized and efficient. She never seemed to have disorder in her home and was herself the epitome of neatness. She taught her children to work at an early age.
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Andrew (Esten) Mitlyng (1861 - 1943)
Marit Lyngen (11870 - 1917)
Marit Lyngen was 17 years old when she came to America, as her daughter Selma remembers her mother telling, to work for Hans Tiegen in Watson.
Marit and two other girls traveled together on the ocean voyage. Unfortunately one of the girls died and buried at sea, a frightening experience. She married Uncle Andrew, as we called him, who was the jovial member of the brothers and sisters, always willing to tease and joke.
Marit was known as a woman of beauty and good taste. Her high cheek bones and pretty skin were framed by heavy brunette hair, braided and piled high on her head. She sewed beautifully, being particularly skilled in the application of lace. She knew how to manage the children and ease them over the rough spots.
When Marit died, Selma, at age 20, become the alternate mother and managed the household from then on. They lived on farms near Highway 212. The children walked to school at District 21, three miles away across fields and meadows.
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Lars Johnson Mitlyng (1865 - 1949) Obituary
Marie Ovidia Gunderson (1875 - 1962) Obituary Letter to Children
In 1878 Lars, then 13 years old, came with his parents to Minnesota and worked for his brother-in-law, Daniel Christianson, who was one of the earliest relatives to settle in Lac Qui Parle County. During the summer Lars worked on Daniels farm and during the winter stayed with his uncle Anders Eliason (Hoard) to attend school, and then went back to the farm in the spring again.
After his father John died in 1886, Lars began running the farm and added more land to it. The purchase by Lars was not finalized until after 1902 when his mother died. The final transfer of the farm was made in 1920 after quitclaims, mortgage satisfactions and petitions to the county government at Madison had all been made. This then became the home of Lars J. Mitlyng and Marie Ovidia Gunderson whom he married in 1897.
Eleven children were born; the first was a premature girl who did not survive; the nine living, then the last boy who died in his infancy. We, the nine children born with the help of a mid-wife on this farm, will likely always consider this a special place in our memory.
For many years, as the territory was becoming settled, our home was the polling place for federal, state, county and town board elections. The hand woven rugs were rolled up, our living room served for the election officials and the two bedrooms became polling booths. Our neighbors Frank Stay, John Heideman, Fred and August Schultz, Ole Gemsey and Galen Barber were the township officers. Usually Galen Barber opened and closed the elections in his strong voiced "Hear ye, hear ye, all the elections are now open (or closed)". Lars served in many other capacities in township government, on school boards, as bank director, creamery board member and even as a veterinarian when hog cholera broke out in the vicinity
He became a livestock dealer and shipper to the So. St. Paul stockyard market. During his later years, before his health began to fail, the livestock business took up most of his time. Rain or shine, snow or cold, didnt stop his rounds to the country to purchase cattle, hogs and sheep. Our farm became one of the larger feeding lots the year around.
With Pa gone most of the day the work at home was left to us kids and a series of hired men. We then felt we were overworked and abused; however, I guess it did not hurt us much. There developed a friction between Lloyd the oldest son, the dreamer, and Pa, the stern father. The result was that Lloyd ran away at the age of 14. Later, George and Alfred also left and went to Chicago to work and live. The rest of us kids remained at home.
Gunda corroborates that dad was an old-world patriarch whose word was law. Many of the old timers had the reputation of being unduly harsh, lacking understanding of individual differences and budding aspirations of their children. Hard work and dependability were the only things that counted. "Ingen fusk": no cheating on responsibility was tolerated.
In retrospect, many things come to mind that were quite noteworthy at our home. When we had to have a new well to take care of the needs of the numbers of livestock, it was conveniently drilled on the top of a hill near the buildings and a cistern was dug nearby from which the water could flow by gravity through pipes dug underground from cistern to house and barn. The cistern filled by windmill-driven pump. Electricity was brought to the house and barn from our own 32 volt generator and storage batteries. This was many years before the REA coop began bringing in electric power to the countryside. Gasoline trucks and tractors were used to make the handling of livestock and doing the farm work a lot easier.
One has to give a lot of credit to Mother, not for the advancement of the world of science and industry, but for holding the family together. The care of the children, their training, their religious understanding and moral basis was left to her as well as the job of keeping the farm running smoothly. This last chore was often made more difficult because of the rough class of hired men available for hire in the early years.
Mother was rather quiet and read a lot, worked hard and gave us kids a lot of love. She arbitrated the rifts between us and Pa who was usually an impatient patriarch with his vassals.
Mother and Dad had a multitude of friends in the community, church and schools. Their education was very elementary but what they had served them well. Mothers health was generally good, no time for little aches and pains. Old age took its toll on the mind before the body in her case; she died in March 1962 and was buried in St. Petri Cemetery. Father was plagued with asthma during much of his later life which required him to spend a lot of time in Arizona, South Dakota and Idaho to get relief for his breathing. He died at Gundas home in Twin Falls, Idaho in 1949 and was brought back to the family plot in St. Petris.
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Lars J. Mitlyng, 84, Dies at Twin Falls, Idaho on Friday, Aug. 12
Lars J. Mitlyng, 84, resident of the Camp Release community for over 50 years, passed away August 12, 1949 at Twin Falls, Idaho, from infirmities of old age. He had been bedridden for five months.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 17, from St. Petri Evangelical Lutheran church in Camp Release. Rev. G.S. Froiland of Dawson, and Rev. Martin Lien of Boyd conducted last rites. Pallbearers were George, Ernest, Spencer, Alfred and Arnold Mitlyng, five of his sons, and his son-in-law, Raymond R. Frick of Luverue, Minn. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Lars J. Mitlyng was born to John and Gunhild Mitlyng June 2, 1865 in Horg, Norway, near Trondhjem. On June 25, 1897 he was to married to Marie Gunderson and to this union 11 children were born. Mr. Mitlyngs occupation was farming and cattle raising. He lived in Camp Release township for over 50 years, his last two years he resided with his daughter, Mrs. Albert Estling of Twin Falls, Idaho.
Mr. Mitlyng was clerk of the Camp Release town board, Farmers creamery board of directors, active in the R.E.A., Agriculture Credit association board, and on the board of directors of the Farmers and Merchants bank.
Survivors include six sons, Lloyd Mitlyng, Gardena, Calif.; Ernest Mitlyng, Austin, Minn., and Spencer Mitlyng, Alfred Mitlyng, Arnold Mitlyng and George Mitlyng, all Montevideo, Minn.; three daughters, Mrs. Ray Frick, Lauverne, Minn.; Lydia Mitlyng, New York City, and Mrs. Estling; 24 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and one sister, Mrs. William Fugelberg, South Range, Wis.
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Funeral Services For Mrs. Marie Mitlyng Were Conducted Friday
Family and friends gathered at Our Saviours Lutheran church of Baxter Friday, March 23, to pay final respects to Mrs. Marie Mitlyng, 86. The Rev. Robert E. Esse was the officiating pastor.
Interment was in the St. Petri church cemetery. Mrs. Mitlyngs five sons, George, Ernest, Alfred, Arnold and Spencer and a son-in-law, Raymond Frick of Luverne, were the pallbearers.
Marie Ovidia Mitlyng, daughter of Gunder and Anne Gunderson, was born on Oct. 19, 1875, at Halsoen in Hatfjeldalen, Norway. She came to American in 1886 and lived with her grandparents, Elias and Marit Brandmo, at porter, Minn.
She was united in marriage to Lars J. Mitlyng on June 25, 1897. After their marriage they moved to a farm in Camp Release township, her home for the remainder of her life. Nine children were born to them. Mr. Mitlyng passed away in August 1947, two years after they had celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.
Mrs. Mitlyng was a member of St. Petri Church of Camp Release, the ladies aid, the Extension homemakers club and the Mothers club of Boyd.
Tuesday, March 20, she died at the Clarkfield Nursing Home of a cerebral thrombosis after a lengthy illness. She was 86 years of age.
Surviving are her children, George, Spencer, and Arnold of this community, Ernest of Austin, Lloyd of North Hollywood, Calif., Alfred of Minneapolis, Mrs. Raymond Frick (Edna) of Luverne, Mrs. Theodore Carlson (Gunda) of Marine on St. Croix, and Mrs. Albert Pokrass (Lydia) of Frankfurt, Germany; 32 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and a brother, George A. Gunderson of Montevideo.
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To all of you children -
From Marie Ovidia Gunderson Mitlyng
For years I have been thinking of writing down a few thoughts as Life is so uncertain and no one knows when something may happen to any one of us. You children are all scattered and if Death came suddenly to me, you could not reach home for a last Farewell. I have tried in a feeble way to do for you what I could in making a pleasant home for you...God has been wonderfully good to us all, and given us a great plenty of everything we need-health and everything and we can never thank Him enough for this. You children have all been so good and it is such a treat when you all come home...
...I know that my Redeemer liveth and should I be called before you, I know who to depend on, and pray that He will forgive me my sins and be merciful to me for His Sons sake...
Am praying for Him to take care of all of you and guide you all so we can all meet on the other side at last. May God in His goodness grant this.
Mother (Marie Ovidia Gunderson Mitlyng)
Hilde married Anders in Horg, Norway and came to America perhaps around 1871, homesteading near Watson, Minnesota. The official granting of that land, 80 acres, took place on the 20th of November, 1880 from Rutherford B. Hayes, President of the United States in the 105th year of our independence and filed for record the 6th of December 1881. Anders urged brother Ingebright to bring his family from Menomonie to Watson which he did in 1873 and homesteaded on land bordering the Eliasens. However, Anders did not thrive in America so the couple sold their farm, returned to Norway and lived out their lives there. They had no children. They sold their 200 acres on March 29, 1887 to T.J. Canton and wife, Martha.
Anders, also known as Andrew Hoard, took my father, Lars, in so he could go to school at what was known as the Lyngen school.
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Ingebrith Halvorson Midtlyng (1866 - 1932)
Ingeborg Pedersdatter Lyngen (1868 - 1952)
Ingebrith and Ingeborg came to Menomonee, Wisconsin in 1871 with their children. Later brother Anders urged them to move to Watson, Minnesota, which they did in 1873 homesteading on land adjacent to Anders. Ingeborg was the first American among the Midtlyngs.
Ingeborg came from Negara where her parents, Ismael and Sigrid Lyngen lived along with the five other children: Marit (Bakka Lyngen); Sigrid (Pynten Lyngen); Ingebrigt, Erik and Esten who lived on with his 7 children on the home place.
It was a relative of Ingeborg who was Norways strongest man, Trond Lundamo, "Stor Trond" as he was called. Peder Horgs account of him is found on later pages. Gunda remembers hearing stories about him when she was a child: "Det er ikke malt, det er salt" was often quoted from an experience he had had. He was carrying a huge sack under each arm and the boss assumed they were malt and told him to get along. No one expected any man to be carrying two large sacks of salt in one trip.
Ingebrith was a hard worker and surely not a tenderfoot. In reality, while working in the woods, he froze his toes so badly that the skin and flesh fell away from the bones. He used turpentine to heal the remaining flesh then filed down the rough bones. Years later he told the story to a doctor and nurse at Montevideo Hospital where they praised him for doing a good, smooth job on his toes. The pain must been something else! The grandson Ingebrigt remembers his grandfather as a reverent Christian, a staunch worker in the Lutheran church in Watson.
The children grew up in the Watson area. Marit married N. Iverson who farmed at Watson. He was a civic leader and church worker.
Siri (Sigrid) (Northomme) lived in Watson.
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From the middle of the last century, the emigration from our valleys increased substantially. The hard times with not much work at home contributed to the movement of unemployed manpower to foreign countries to find a better way of living.
The emigration movement mainly went westward to the promised land, America.
But as soon as good working conditions were reported from Sweden, many in the Gauidal Valleys decided to go eastward to that neighboring country.
In the forestry - rich valleys of Jemtland and Herjedalen, big lumber business developed at the end of the 50s and these provided not only the local population with good income, but also the aliens -- the "immigrants" as they were called -- with work as lumberjacks and timberfloaters.
This encouraged the people of our valleys to cross the boarder to make money.
In flocks the people looking for work went up through the Gauldal to Roros, and from there across the boarder to the Furnaes Valley and into the Swedish inland valleys. There they encountered many difficulties with new conditions they were not used to. The forest work was hard and the timber - floating dangerous in the rushing rivers. Sickness plagued them and many became victims of a bad epidemic call "Frossja". After some time most of the emigrated people went back to their home valley, but many remained in Sweden and became solid Swedish citizens. Among them towers a giant figure -- a respectable representative of the Nordic group. It was Trond Pendersen Lundamo.
In Norway he was known as "Big-Trond"; in Sweden it was "Strong-Trond" or the "Big Norwegian".
Many legends and stories have become folklore in both countries dealing with this Gauldal giant.
While still alive in Sweden a generation ago he was described as a distant heroic figure.
Trond was born on the Lundamo farm in Horg August 19, 1821. His grandfather was Trond Jensen from Roros in Rennebu. In 1772 he moved to Gauldal and married Marit Peders-dtr. Valderaas from Flaa. They brought the Lundamo farm which at the time belonged to state counselor Henrik Hornemann, Trondheim. Their sons Jens and Peder ran the farm together. Peder Trondsen was married to Randi Jonhsdtr. Midtlyng, Horg, and they had ten children. Trond was the second oldest one.
Trond stayed at home with his father until Consul Arild Hiutfeldt became owner of Lundamo in the 1850s. He took part in the farm work and also carried the mail between Lodguard in Melhus and Storesmo and Soknes in Storen. Like so many other Gauldal men, he also "drove the Roros road".
From the Roros driving comes the following story: When Trond once came to Roros with a load and was going to unload at the pier, he placed a saltbag under each arm and carried them upstairs to the attic and the third floor. Here he met the mine secretary who shouted angrily. "Dont bring the malt here, boy!" "It aint malt, its salt!" Trond retorted.
In the beginning of the 50s Trond began public roadworks. He reported to the roadbuilding at Droiliene and Sveljen. Rumors about the big, powerful "Lundamo-man" had been heard and the foreman who liked his new man from all angles, he remarked to another worker, "The longer I look at him, the bigger he gets!"
Captain Diedrichson, who was in charge of the road construction, was a tempestuous, strict man who never thought the work went fast enough. One day he passed Tronds gang and said that if they did not speed it up he would see to it that they did. "I wouldnt advise that", Trond said. One time when they were removing a big rock the Captain came storming along. Trond had a crowbar but did not get anywhere. "Work harder, Trond!" the Captain shouted. Then Trond was angry. "Harder? Ill show you!" He swung the crowbar, but it could not take it. It bent around the rock. The Captain made the wise decision to leave in a hurry.
Trond also took part in the bridgebuilding at Eidet in Aalen. Here he used his powerful muscles when they made the brick piers. He carried huge rocks on his shoulders to the wall where he placed them in the right spots.
Another strong man from Horg was Alf Vollum - also call "Big Alf". He was of the same age as Trond and worked with him.
Once they were working on the road in Brekken and had broken free a big stone slab which was to be transported to the road, but that was not easy because they had to cross a moor. "Big Alf" was broad across his shoulders and back and extremely strong. He went down on all fours and Trond placed the slab on his back and then he crawled across the moor while Trond was steadying the slab. As they reached the road Alf was unloaded by his good friend.
As far as we know, Trond was a peaceful, kind man who in no way tried to provoke fights or assaulted anyone unless in self defense.
At an auction it almost came to a fight between Trond and some provokers who, in the evening, were ganging up on him. When Trond left the auction room they met him out in the yard, encircling him. Trond soon understood that it was not possible to avoid them and he asked them to wait a second while he was clearing the yard for some auction goods. He grabbed a wagon, lifting it up from the ground and flung it across the yard. After that the men disappeared around the corners and did not dare to show up later. At an auction at Grinde in Horg, Trond displayed his strength in a way which became widely known.
A horse was offered for bidding and as many could not see it, Trond, who was standing nearby, resolutely lifted up the horse so everybody could see it. He stood straight with the horse above his head for a long time.
Roaming around as Trond did when he was young led to many troubles. Often he did not get enough food.
Lars Dahl from Budal could tell that he was working the Trond in construction in Trondheim; the food portions were very small, Lars said. The breakfast consisted of a roll with two drinks. On this meager fare they had to start the hard work of the day.
In the mid 50s Trond went to Sweden. First he settled in Funesdal where he worked for a farmer named Jon Larsson. Then he went to several other places and finally came to the Soderhamn city. Here a big fire had left a big area of the city in ashes. The reconstruction required much manpower, particularly loggers and carpenters. Trond Lundamo, who was a very good craftsman, was sent to Norway to enlist professional builders.
One fall day at the end of the 50s he came unexpectedly back to his native valley. He asked the sheriff to announce the enlisting in front of the church and soon many unemployed men signed up. They were promised 1 Swedish bance a day pay. In spring Trond returned to Sweden with 50 men. They took the road through the valleys to Levanger where the March Fair was taking place. They bought a horse and sled and from then on the horse pulled most of their packs. From Levanger they continued on the road to Skalstungan and across Sweden to Soderhamn at the Botten Bay.
Trond became foreman for the Norwegian group in Soderhamn. He was no doubt a very able and careful boss for his fellow countrymen. With him the Norwegian workers felt safe and protected in a strange city.
Around 1860 big lumber businesses were begun in Herjedal and Trond Lundamo came there with many other Gauldal people looking for work.
One winter he was a log trucker and had his own horse; a "fjord" horse with short legs and rather too small for so heavy log loads. Often both the horse and the sled were stuck in the snow masses. But being the strong and kind man Trond was, went up to the horse, talking softly to his, "Dont you want to?" or "Cant you do it?" He unhitched the horse and pulled the sled himself.
Once the horse and the sled fell down from the road and it looked very bad. The horse was on his back in the deep snow. Then Trond lifted the horse and carried him all the way back up to the road. While the horse again was on his four legs Trond said, "Now lets go home and eat. The load Ill take care of later".
Trond was also a log driver at Ljusnan and for a time foreman for a team of Norwegians. Altogether, fifteen men. He lies at that time at Ransjo in Linsell.
After many years in the Herjedal, Trond moves to Soderhamn where he bought a small farm and lived there for the rest of his life.
According to the Swedish writer Erik Modins story about "Strong Trond", he also was foreman during the construction of the railroad between Soderhamn and Kilafors. Here again he showed his great strength when lifting a railroad car from the tracks. Bu this time he overdid it. His health was ruined.
In Soderala he married Carla Catharina Olsdaughter. They had five children:
1. Ola, residing in Soderhamn.
2. Peder, storeowner in Hybo.
3. Thrond Theodor.
4. Ragnhild, married in Sweden and emigrated to the US.
5. Catharina, married in Sweden.
In 1882 Trond and his wife visited old friends and relatives in Gauldal. This was his last Norway trip. He never saw his native valley again.
Trond became very old. He died April 22, 1904 -- 83 years old. His wife lived to 1908 when she died -- 75 years old.
Above the Lynge farms in Horg one will find at the chalet road, a name carved in the mountainside with the following letters:
Here Big Trond carved his name and birth year when he was a youngster. These letters and figure are the only memorials to him. For many years the carving was overgrown with moss and almost hidden and forgotten. Now the name can be seen again, reminding in all its simplicity about the biggest giant of the valley in the 19 century.
P. J. Horg
Translated by Bent Vanberg
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Anders Halvorson Midtlyng (1829 - 1913)
Marit Mitlyng (d. 1887 in Norway)
Anders came to the USA in 1887 after his wife Marits death. Arnt, his oldest son, and perhaps others had already gone to America. They all went to Menomonee, Wisconsin, to make their living and many lived out their lives there. Several are buried at Mamre Cemetery in that town.
Arnt served as supervisor in the town of Lucas for two years and as assessor for more than 20 years. His son, Axel, served with the Army in France during World War I. Daughter Ida taught in the Minneapolis public school for 35 years.
Halvor served the town of Menomonee as chairman of the town board, also as treasurer.
Annas daughter, Karen, was director of the home economics department of the Kalvinator division of American Motors, Detroit. In 1968 she was Stout State Universitys distinguished alumni award winner. Sons, John and Martin served with the Army in France during World War I. Martin married Harriet Mitchell Young, the sister of General Billy Mitchel
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The whole Mitlyng relation appeared at a reunion on the Jon Mitlyng farm five miles west of Montevideo on Sunday. The reunion observed the 100th year that the farm has remained in the family. The farm was homesteaded by John Halvorson Midtlyng who came from Lundamo, Norway, which is 30 miles south of Trondheim. The ownership of the farm passed from John and Gunhild Roskaft Midtlyng to Lars and Marie Gunderson Mitlyng, then to Arnold and Agnes Belsaas Mitlyng and to Jon and Marion Maus Mitlyng. The original 80 acres was purchased for $5 an acre, according to a family history compiled by Arnolds sister Gunda Carlson of New Hope. Her father, Lars, had the first light plant in the county, she stated, and was one of the pioneers in introducing running water, moving from a horse and buggy to an automobile (a 1913 Case), and offering his house to hold the township elections in. "Our father never had a surrey," Mrs. Carlson said; "He was always too busy buying shoes for all us kids." The old part of the house was first built in 1896, before that a soddy was the dwelling place. The barn was built about 75 years ago. What else came into being 1883? The Mitlyng farm is as old as the Metropolitan Opera and the Brooklyn Bridge.
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Victor Lyngen, Commissioner, Dies Last Week
Ingeborg was the daughter of Esten Lyngen (Negaren) and Marit Lund of Horg, Norway. Guru Midtlyng, Ingeborgs sister, was Gudrun Solem Roskafts grandmother. John and Ingeborg Lyngen first settled at Menomonee, WI where John worked in the brickyards. In 1889 they sold their home and migrated to a rented farm near Montevideo where they lived for several years on the then Halvor J. Mitlyng farm. In 1917 the family including Melvin, Victor, Hilda, Selmer and Evelyn and the parents went to Moose Lake where they had purchased wooded land near Ingeborgs brother, Ingebrigt Leng. The latter died in the forest fire in 1918 which burned out the family home completely. The livestock was all that remained. It was with a great deal of effort and fortitude that a new home was built. The American Red Cross and Fire Relief Association assisted all those who had been burned out until temporary homes were rebuilt.
Melvin was drafted into the army in July 1918 and went overseas in late September that same year. He served with the 54th Pioneer Infantry, taking part in the Meuse-Argonne offensive. After the armistice on November 11, 1918 his outfit was with the army of occupation in Germany until 1919 when he was mustered out.
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John Lyngen Family Reunion Held August 10, 11, 1974
Descendants of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Lyngen gathered for a reunion at the farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Olsen at Barnum on August 10 and 11.
Mr. and Mrs. Lyngen emigrated from Trondheim, Norway in 1887 settling first at Menomonie, Wisconsin. Later they moved to the Montevideo area where they lived for several years before moving to Moose Lake, where they lived their remaining years. Of their eight children, there are two surviving, Mrs. George (Hilda) Erickson of Two Harbors, and Mrs. Henry (Evelyn) Mead of Seward, Neb. Eleven of the 15 surviving grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. Lyngen were in attendance and also a large number of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Attending from this area were Mr. and Mrs. Urban Just of Boyd and Mr. and Mrs. Warren Sanford of Montevideo. Other relatives attending came from Fairbanks, Alaska; Medfield, Mass.; Arlington, Va.; Hayward, Calif.; Burbank, Calif.; Jackson, Mich.; Homer, Mich.; Seward, Neb.; Osseo, St. Paul, Two Harbors, Duluth, Moose Lake, and Barnum.
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Funeral Services Were Held For Edgar Mitlyng
Edgar K. Mitlyng, 64, died at Weiner Memorial hospital, Marshall, August 10. Funeral services were held Thursday August 13 at 10 a.m. in the First English Lutheran Church in Marshall, with the Rev. Daniel Jordahl officiating.
Soloist was LeRoy Conyers and Susan Miller was organist.
Honorary pallbearers were Orville Thompson, Jake Eischens, Robert Johnson, Frank Grengs, Kenneth Hanson and Myron Friberg.
Pallbearers were David Manke, Jim Ormberg, Allen Nelson, Rick McLagan, Galen Boerboom and Chuck Chalmers.
Mitlyng was born December 18, 1905 at Montevideo to Andrew and Marit Lyngen Mitlyng. He grew to manhood and attended country school near Montevideo. He was married to Evelyn Johnson February 17, 1932.
Mitlyng worked for the Minnesota state highway dept. until 1959, after which he worked for McLaughlin & Schulz Co. In 1961 they moved to Marshall where he lived the remainder of his life.
Survivors include his wife and seven sons; two brothers, Arthur of Boyd and Marvin of Montevideo and one sister, Selma Mitlyng of Montevideo.
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Ernest Mitlyng and Veda Rottunda
ERNEST m. Veda Rottunda in 1935 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Montevideo where all the children were born. Ernie attended high school in Montevideo and earned a BA from St. Olaf College. He spent one year at an oil laboratory at MIT and one year at a chemistry lab at NYU. He began his livestock-buying career with Pa at the Montevideo stockyards and then became a buyer for Hormel & Co. He and Veda moved to Austin, MN in 1949 where he retired after 38 years of service for Hormel. He and his wife then moved to Michigan City, Indiana. Veda graduated from high school in Granite Falls, had one year at Teachers Training in Montevideo and took additional courses at St. Cloud. She taught at a rural school near Montevideo and then later in the city system in Austin, where she gained recognition as an innovative 6th grade science teacher. She earned a BS at Winner State College. They have four children.
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