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  • ID: I11385
  • _UID: 8889061383E84EC986272BF7944C1957CBDE
  • Name: Martin KNUTSON
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 3 APR 1887 in Amery, Wisconsin
  • Death: 13 MAR 1942 in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Minnesota
  • Burial: 17 MAR 1942 St. Pauli Cemetery, Thief River Falls, Minnesota
  • Note:

    1910 Census in Baudette, Beltrami County, MN lists a Martin Knutson born in Wisconsin about 1886 living as a boarder (with several others) with Albert Johnson (a single man of 35)

    1920 Census: Rocksbury Township, Pennington County, MN: Martin (33, WI), Kate (24, MN). Living with Martine Amundson, his mother-in-law (85, widowed, Norway)

    1930 Census: Hickory Township, Pennington County, MN: Martin (43, married at 31, WI); Kate (34, married at 22, MN)


    Obituary: Thief River Falls Times, 19 March 1942

    Rev. Halvord Lie of Trial and Rev. A. Skibsrud of St. Hilaire officiated at funeral services Thursday, March 17 for Martin Knutson, who passed away in a local hospital on Friday, March 13, at the Erickson & Lund Funeral Home at 1 o'clock and at the St. Pauli Lutheran Church at 2 p.m. Burial was in the St. Pauli cemetery.

    Mr. Knutson, who was born on April 3, 1887 at Amery, Wisconsin moved to Baudette in 1907, living there until 1915 when he went to Hazel. He was married on September 19, 1918 to Kate Arveson at Thief River Falls. In 1923, they moved to Hickory township where they have since made their home. He was a member of the Little Oak Lutheran church of that township.

    Surviving relatives include his wife, Mrs. Kate Knutson of Hickory township; one sister, Mrs. Charley Bergstad of Hines, Wisconsin; two half-sisters, both of Minneapolis; three brothers, Edward Knutson of Grafton, North Dakota; Henry Knutson of Norwood, and Peter Anderson of Amery, Wisconsin; one half-brother, Eddie Knutson of Richardson, Wisconsin. Preceding him in death were his parents, two sisters, and five brothers.


    From Pennington County History (1975) written by Kate Knutson:

    Martin Knutson was born at Amery, Wisconsin on April 3, 1888. He married Kate Arveson, who was born in Smiley Township in Pennington County, about six miles southeast of Thief River Falls, Minnesota, on September 14, 1895.

    They moved to Hickory Township in 1924. Martin passed way on March 13, 1942. Kate then moved to San Diego, California, in 1948.

    They had two foster children, Adeline and Vernon Hogquist, whose parents were killed in a car accident?. Martin and Kate were both members of the Little Oak Congregation. Kate was a member of the Little Oak Ladies Aid and also served as an officer.

    Martin Knutson is buried at the St. Pauli Cemetery, five miles east of St. Hilaire, Minnesota.

    In recollecting life in pioneer days, Kate remembers listening to her grandparents tell about their experiences when they homesteaded six miles south of Thief River Falls, where they built log cabins with sod roofs and walked to the Dakotas in the fall and worked in the harvest fields. She started working out when she was nine years old and was paid 50 cents a week. When her grandparents took their homesteads, Thief River Falls was just a tar paper shack and one of the LaBrees lived in St. Hilaire, Minnesota.
  • Change Date: 22 APR 2008

    Marriage 1 Katherine (Kate) Elizabeth ARVESON b: 14 SEP 1895 in Smiley Township, Red Lake (now Pennington) County, Minnesota
    • Married: 4 SEP 1917 in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Minnesot
    1. Has Children Adeline HOGQUIST b: ABT 1925 in Minnesota
    2. Has No Children Vernon HOGQUIST b: 1 JUN 1924

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