|Johanna Moe dead in explosion 1911
Warren Sheaf October 26, 1911 (pdf)
MRS. JOHN IVERSON SKURDAHL
DIES FROM BURNS AND HOME
A very sad accident happened on the farm of John Iverson Skurdahl, a few miles west of town, early on Friday morning of last week. As a result of this accident a happy home in our midst has been plunged into the deepest grief by the death of the loving wife and mother. Even the house itself in which the family lived was consumed by hungry flames of fire.
The accident happened in this manner:
Mrs. Skurdahl had arisen early that morning and started to build a fire in the kitchen stove, using kerosene which she poured on the wood from a 5-gallon can that had recently been filled. Evidently there must have been some live coals or fire in the stove at the time when she did this, as an explosion followed immediately scattering the oil all over the unfortunate woman who in an instant was enveloped in a flame of fire.
She ran out of the house crying at the top of her voice and the other members of the family and Mr. Nels Messelt, who has been helping them with the farm work this fall, hurried from their beds as quickly as possible, but when they arrived on the scene every stitch of clothing had been burned off from the poor woman's body. She remained conscious in spite of her suffering from the severe burns, and after covering herself with a quilt brought from the burning house, she walked unassisted to a neighbor's house about a quarter of a mile away, while the others busied themselves in getting out the smaller children from the rapidly burning building.
The piano and a few pieces of furniture from the front room were all that could be saved from the welli furnished house.
Mrs. Skurdahl was brought to the i Warren hospital as quickly as possible and given the very best treatment and care that her case demanded, yet her burns were so severe and extended all over her body except underneath her feet, that there was little hope for her recovery. At 3:30 o'clock in the afternoon of the ill-fated day she breathed her last.
Deceased, whose maiden name was Johanna Moe, was born April 23, 1868, in Norway
She was married to husband, who survives her, about 25 years ago. They came to this count y about 13 years ago having previously lived at Portland, N. D. Husband and eleven children mourn the loss of a kind and affectionate wife and mother, the names of the children being: Julia Inga, Maybelle, Edwin, Carl, Melvin, John, Norman, Josephine, Myrtle and Obert. One son, Oscar, preceded her to the better land about two years ago.
The funeral was held from the United Norwegian Lutheran church on Monday afternoon at two o'clock and was largely attended by citizens and friends who sympathized with the greatly bereaved family. A touching and impressive funeral sermon was preached by Rev. N. G. W. Knudtsen. Deceased had in life been an active member of said church and had taken great interest in the Ladies' Aid society and in all good and noble work.
But her loss will be most severely felt in the home where she was the ministering angel and where she was honored and loved as a mother should be. Beautiful floral tributes also attested the love borne for her by neighbors and friends. The pall bearers were: Nels Messelt, Dudley Cheney, John Cheney, J. S. Hilleboe, C. R. Engelstad and Peter Kurz.
A sister of deceased, Mrs. Langager, and her husband, of Hope, N. D., were present at the funeral.
With tear filled eyes a long funeral procession escorted the remains to Greenwood cemetery there to rest until the morn of the resurrection.
But, oh! beyond this shadowland
Where all is bright and fair
I know full well these dear old hands
Will palms of victory bear;
Where crystal streams thru endless years
Flow over golden sands
And where the old grow young again
I'll clasp my mother's hands
|Picnic at the Skurdahls 1903 (pdf)
—The Norwegian school picnic at the farm of John Iverson Skurdahl,
I in Boxville, last Sunday was enjoyed by a large number of people, the weather also being pleasant.
An excellent program was rendered,of which Mrs. T. Bang had charge.
Warren sheaf. (Warren, Marshall County, Minn.), 27 Aug. 1903. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn90059228/1903-08-27/ed-1/seq-5/
|CARD OF THANKS, 1908 (pdf)
We wish to express our heartiest thanks to all our sympathizing friends and neighbors especially the efficient nurses, and doctors of the Warren hospital, who so kindly assisted us during the illness, death, and funeral of our beloved son and brother, Oscar Ingvald.
Mr. and Mrs. John Iverson Skurdahl and family.
Mr. and Mrs. M. T. Langager. of Hope. N. D.. were visitors at the John Iverson Skurdahl home the past week. The latter is a sister of Mrs. Skurdahl. and came over here to be with her sister in her hour of sadness.
Warren sheaf. (Warren, Marshall County, Minn.), 05 Nov. 1908. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn90059228/1908-11-05/ed-1/seq-3/
John I. Skurdahl returner! home from the Warren hospital last. Thursday.
Mr. Skurdahl, though not entirely well, is looking quite improved.
Warren sheaf. (Warren, Marshall County, Minn.), 11 March 1909. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn90059228/1909-03-11/ed-1/seq-8/
|Died at the Warren Hospital, 1908 (pdf)
Tuesday, Oct 27. at nine o'clock at the Warren hospital occurred the death of Oscar Ingvald. age 17 years and 7 mouths, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Iverson Skurdahl. of the town of Boxville. after an illness of three weeks.
The cause of death was typhoid fever, which he contracted while emploved on the Woodward farm.
The funeral services conducted by Rev. Nolstad. were held over the remains. Thursday. Oct. 29. at his home at 1 o'clock D. m.. after which they were taken to the United Lutheran church of this citv where, at 2:30 D. m. the last sad rites were preached.
His remains were laid to rest in Greenwood cemetery of this city.
George Cheney. Cornelius Engelstad. Gilbert Engelstad, Ben Habidaug, Joe Piker and Rob Moer were the pall bearers.
The deceased leaves his father and mother, also five sisters and five brothers to mourn his loss.
Warren sheaf. (Warren, Marshall County, Minn.), 05 Nov. 1908. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn90059228/1908-11-05/ed-1/seq-6/