Submitted to the Dixon Co., NE, GenWeb Pages by: Sharon Hagler, Gr.Gr.Gr. Grandaughter of Marcus Nelson Gravherholt

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Marcus Nelson Graverholt resident of Dixon county, Nebraska since 1871 passed away March 28, 1923, at the ripe old age of 85 years at his home in Maskell. He was one of the early pioneers in this territory, homesteading land five miles south of Maskell. Many were the hardships that had to be gone throught in those days, _____, living in dugouts far to market battling with the elements, blizzards and droughts so prevalent in the early day. Grasshopeers stripping everything and so on. Through the many hardships the sturdy pioneers were yet able to raise large families, build up the country, from a wild untraversed land to a land of homes, schools and churches where civiilation thrives and blossoms, which we now are privileged to enjoy. May the faith and the perserverance that were theirs, be ours to carry on the work so well begun.

Mr. Graverholt was born Graverholt in Sitskogen, Holands parish, Norway, December 25, 1837. He married Inger Gimderson Haga in 1858. To this union were born Nelson, deceased. Mrs. Olive Severson, Mrs. Lena Tvedt, Mrs. Gunda Barreson deceased, and Mrs. Johamiah Bottolfson. Mrs. Graverholt died in 1869.

He and children emigrated to America in 1879 to Goodhire county, Minn., and later moved to Florence, Nebraska a suburb of Omaha. At Omaha he was united in marriage to Bolelta Johnson in 1870. To this union were born George, Elmer, Julius, Alfred, Minor, Ole, Mrs. Mattie Mallory, Mrs. Tilda Amelia Johnson, Mrs. Ida Packwood, Mathilda deceased, and Melvon.

These fourteen children together with sixty grand children and his widow are left to mourn his departure.

He was one of the charter members of the Lime Creek Lutheran church, which in 1920 merged with Bethany Lutheran chruch now Zion. He was a faithful christian, closing his eyes for the last time here on earth, with a prayer upon his lips to him who had so graciously himself a ransom for many---Jesus Christ.

The funeral was held Saturday Mar. 31. Services at home and in the church conducted by his pastor, Rev. O.C. Harang who chose for this text the 11th Chapter of Heb, The choir sang "There is a grand Holy Life Just before us" and "The Saviour is calling"

He was laid to rest in Lime Creek cemetery. Blessed be his example and memory.
Andrew Gran and his wife Anna Marie Lund Grand

Submitted to the Dixon Co., NE, GenWeb pages by: Cathy Logue,  Wakonda, SD, Gr. Gr. Grandaughter of Andrew and Anna

Andrew Gran and his wife Anna Marie Lund Gran (my great-great grandparents) at the ages of 74 and 73, died just one day apart on March 18 and March 19, 1918. They were buried together in the Lime Creek Lutheran Cemetery located south of Maskell, Nebraska. The following is an obituary written by Rev. A.J. Nervig.

A funeral quite unique in character, took place in the Lime Creek congregation, Rev. A.J. Nervig pastor, on the 21st of March 1918. Andreas N. Gran and his wife, Anna Marie were laid to rest on the same day in the same grave. This honored couple belonged to the earliest of the pioneers in the Lime Creek settlement, having located on their homestead in the year of 1871. But it is not first of all pioneers as pioneers of the settlement we wish to pay tribute to their memory. It is more eminently as father and mother in the pioneer work of Christian activity, I believe, they have deserved a memorial in our church paper. Andreas and Maria Gran were both highly spiritually enlightened people. And this became a great blessing both for themselves and many others in the pioneer days at Lime Creek.

Separated as the pioneer settles here were from the main field of work of our church by the great and treacherous Missouri River, and without any other means of transportation than some small row-boats, it was no easy task to get any church activity started here at that time. But with faith and trust in God they went to work and were among the first ones to secure Rev. Emil Christensen from Gayville to come and preach the word of God to the settlers, and with his assistance the Lime Creek Lutheran congregation was organized in the fall of 1873.

In this congregation Andreas and Marie Gran laid down much work and continued as among the most faithful and sacrificing members until their dying day. The welfare of the church was in their thoughts at all times, so it can be said in truth of them as Scripture says about Nathaniel, Joh. 1, 47, that he is an 'Israelite in whom is no guile.' This expression is often used to denote honesty and diligence in Christian activity faithfulness. In this case we have, to my best conviction, two Israelites in whom no guile, because honesty and faithfulness were strong characteristics in both of them. They were a father and mother in Israel. And Andrew Gran was eminently a father in Lime Creek congregation. This honor is rightly due him. Such people's place is not easily replaced in a congregation. In my 10 years here I have not met anyone who was even comparably well posted in the teaching and history of the Lutheran church as Andrew Gran. The Bible, The Book of Concord, The Formula of Concord, the writings of C.F.W. Walther and many others of the best writings of Lutheran teachers were found in his private library. And the contents of these writings he had acquired and appropriated to a great extent, and whoever was willing to follow the way pointed out by Andrew Gran would not go wrong. As member of the congregation he was a much trusted man. There is scarcely a year in the 45 years history of the congregation by what Andrew Gran held one or two of the most important offices in the congregation, either as trustee, treasurer, secretary precentor. The last two of these he had held for many years at the time of his death.

Mrs. Gran was a quiet and unassuming woman. And yet, spiritually she was her husband's equal, in testimony of which among other things two small poems she had composed bear witness. The first one she never had written down, but had carried it in her memory for 39 years. I knew about it and managed to have her recite it to me line by line only 26 hours before she died. It concerns the death of a child that died early. The second poem she had written down and published it in the Pacific Herald many years ago. It is written after an incurable eye-sickness had set in which nearly deprived her of her eyesight, a condition in which she remained the rest of her life.

Andreas N. Gran was born at Sitskogen, Høeland Parish, Norway, September 24, 1843. In 1868 he emigrated and came to Trempealeau County, Wisconsin. The following year his betrothed, Anna Maria Lund came to America. She was born at Ullensaker Parish, November 19, 1844. Their engagement was established while they were both working in Oslo, (Kristiania). In the fall of the same year, 1869, they were married by Rev. S. Swennungson, and the same fall they went west and settled temporarily at Blair, Nebraska. They remained here until the spring of 1871 when they moved to Dixon County, Nebraska where they settled on a homestead which became their earthly home 47 years until death removed the, as we believe, to their heavenly home. In March of this year, 1918, they were both taken sick with pneumonia. Mr. Gran was sick 9 days and died the 18th, the wife was sick only 5 days and died the 19th. On the 21st day of March they were both laid to rest in a double grave in the Lime Creek cemetery. An uncommoningly large host of mourners followed them to their last resting place. In our marriage ritual the man and wife promise faithfulness until death separates them. In this case there was no separation even in death. They had lived together faithfully for 48 ½ years. They were also permitted to follow each other death and to the grave. They are survived by four children, two sons (Oscar and Adolph) and two daughters (Caroline and Louise). Blessed be their memory among relatives and friends.

A child have I in yonder place,

High above Zion's hills, in heaven.

Jesus the children receives in peace,

He leads them safely to haven.

Up yonder we must be seeking

The sin to hate, the world to shun.

That we with Jesus may lead to have

Where children are safe with God's own Son.

O Jesus Christ, for me thou pray,

For I am blind and very frail,

And in this world of wail and woe,

I nothing of myself can do.

O Jesus Christ, God's only Son,

Who suffered, died for all my sins

In grace, I pray, look down to me

Then saved I, too, will live with Thee.

God Father, Son and Holy Ghost,

Together Triune, heavenly host

Teach me believe and penance do

O God, how good and mild art Thou.

O God, true patience, give thou me,

That I may walk in love with Thee,

To love my neighbor ought I do,

O God, teach me Thy will to know.

Gladys Irene Myers Laird

Submitted to the Dixon Co., NE, GenWeb Pages by: Cathy Porter

A memorial service will be at 2:30 pm Friday, Jan 16 1998 in Westminster Presbyterian Church for Gladys Irene Laird who died Jan 10 at age 100.

Mrs. Laird was born Aug. 17, 1897 in Ponca, Neb. Her maiden name was Myers. She attended Washington State University and was a teacher. She was a member of the church. She married Clarence W. in 1921; he died in 1962
Mrs. B. Nelson, 98

Maskell, Neb. Special: Funeral services for Mrs. Boletta Nelson, 98, of Maskell, who died here Monday, will be 2 p.m. Friday at Zion Lutheran church at Maskell. Rev. P.L. Loken will officiate.

Mrs. Nelson was born March 4, 1851, at Sitskogen, Norway. She came to the United States with her parents, and settled in Omaha in 1870. She was married there to Marcus Nelson, and the couple homesteaded south of Maskell, where they farmed until 1913 when they moved into Maskell. Mr. Nelson died in 1923.

Mrs. Nelson was a charter member of the Lime Creek Evangelical church, which later became the Zion Lutheran church. Several years ago she was given a life membership in the WomenÆs Missionary Federation of the Zion Lutheran Ladies Aid society.

Survivors include six sons, Alfred, Minor and Melvin of Newcastle, Neb., Albert of Long Beach, Cal, Ole of Wayne, Neb., and Elmer of Maskell; three daughters, Mrs. Emelia Johnson, Maskell, Mrs. Charles Mallory, Sioux City, and Mrs. S.L. Packwood, Newcastle; and one step-daughter, Mrs. Lena A. Tvedt, Maskell.


Submitted to the Dixon Co., NE, GenWeb Pages by: Sharon Hagler

This Obit appeared in the Nebr. Journal Leader Ponca, Ne on Jan. 20, 1949 on Page 1, Col. 7

Mrs. Severson Buried At Maskell

Funeral services for Mrs. Olive Severson were held Saturday, January 15, at 1:00 p.m., at Mohr's chapel in Ponca and at 2:00 o'clock in Zion Lutheran church at Maskell, Rev. Palmer Loken officiating. Burial was in Lime Creek cemetery under direction of Mohr's Mortuary.

Maren Olava, daughter of Markus Nelson and Inger Gunderson Nelson, was born on the Graverholt farm in Sitskogen, Norway, Dec. 8, 1861. She emigrated with her father, a brother Nels and three sisters to the United States in May 1870. They lived in Red Wing, Minn., about 6 months and then moved to Florence, Nebr., a suburb of Omaha. They lived there until the fall of 1871, when the family moved to Dixon County where they lived on the homestead now occupied by her youngest brother, Melvin Nelson.

At Florence and in Dixon county she attended school, and was confirmed in the Bergen Lutheran congregation near Vermillion.

She was united in marriage to Edward Severson in December 1877. They lived in South Dakota until 1893, and then moved on a farm south of Maskell, until moving to Maskell.

The last few years Mrs. Severson has lived in Ponca, where she died January 12, 1949, aged 87 years, 1 month and 4 days. Her husband and two sons preceded her in death.

She is survived by the following children: Mrs. Anna Gilbertson of Rapid City, S.D., Mrs. Alice Olsen of Winner, S.D., Mrs. Ina Bishop of Ponca, Sivert Severson of Scottsbluff, and Mrs. Effie Booth of Yankton, S.D. She is also survived by her aged step-mother, Mrs. Bolette Nelson, a sister, Mrs. Lena Tvedt, both of Maskell, and the following step-brothers and step-sisters: Elmer Nelson of Maskell, Alfred, Melvin and Minor Nelson of Newcastle, Ole Nelson of Wayne, Mrs. Chas. Mallory of Sioux City, Mrs. Millie Johnson of Maskell, Mrs. S.L. Packwood of Newcastle, Albert Nelson of Long Beach, Calf., besides 25 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.



Submitted to the Dixon Co., NE, GenWeb Pages by: Sharon Hagler

Obit appeared in the Nebraska Journal-Leader, Ponca, Ne on March 17, 1927 on Page 2, Col. 1

Axel Edward Severson was born at Eidsnold, Norway October 29, 1848. Here he was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church.

He emigrated to America in 1872, coming to Vermillion, S.D., where he lived until he moved to Nebraska in 1892.

He was united in marriage to Miss Olive Nelson at Vermillion December 20, 1877. To this union seven children were born, namely, Mrs. Anna Gilbertson of Vetal, S.D., Albert and Severt who died in early childhood, Mrs. Alice Olson of Winner, S.D., Mrs. Ina Bishop of Newcastle and Mrs. Effie Booth of Yankton, S.D. He had been in failing health for several years and passed quitely away March 5, 1927, at the age of 78 years, 4 months and 5 days.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Harang Thursday afternoon at Lime Creek church.


We wish to thank all our friends for their kindness and sympathy during our recent bereavment. We also desire to express our sincere thanks for the beautiful floral offerings. Mrs. M.N. Graverholt and family.
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