Name: Halvor Olsen WIKEN
Birth: 27 JUL 1876 in Storviken, Møre og Romsdal (now), Norway
Note: 187? - last number illegible
Death: 10 MAY 1930 in Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota
Burial: 13 MAY 1930 St. Pauli Cemetery, Thief River Falls, Minnesota
Emigration: 21 MAY 1885 Decorah, Iowa
Religion: Joined St. Pauli Norwegian-Lutheran Church with wife and son on 2 Dec 1902
Change Date: 7 JUN 2006
1910 Census has Halvor as "Viken" not "Wiken": 1910 Census: Name spelled as Halvor O. Viken (not Wiken): Halvor O (34), Caroline (45) (married for 8 years), Emma O. (7), Martin T. (5), Gustav (2), Helen A. (11 months)
1920 Census: Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota: Halvor O. Wiken (42); Caroline (55); Emma (17); Martin (15); Helen (10). Norwegian spoken at home.
1930 Census: Christiansen School District, Fallon County, Montana: They?re living with daughter, Emma. Presumably this is where Marion (Helen?s oldest) was born. Halvor (53), Caroline (37), Martin I. (25), Helen A. (19), and Francis M. (grandson, 1)
Land Grant #02093 signed in Crookston, Minnesota reads: ?pursuant to the Act of Congress of May 20, 1862.... the claim of Halvor O. Wiken has been established and duly consummated, in conformity to law, for the northwest quarter of the northwest quarter of Section twenty-nine in Township one hundred fifty-three north of Range forty-two west of the Fifth Principal Mereidian, Minnesota, containing forty acres.? Signed August 20, 1914.
Halvor applied for this land in 1907 stating that he was a naturalized citizen , 37 years old, and the head of a family of three children. He had not lived on the land, but owned nearby property. This land had 10 acres under cultivation. His witnesses in 1914 were Elmer Kolp, 38 years old, living in rural Thief River Falls. He had known Halvor since the spring of 1908. A second witness was William D. Reigert, 34 years old of rural Thief River Falls. Other witnesses were Edward Vigen (brother) and Tobias Stene.
An interesting addition to the claim is the contesting by Ole Johnson of Halvor?s claim. This suit was rejected in September 1913 for failure to provide additional evidence. Ole had said that Halvor had never resided upon, cultivated or improved said land. No appeal was filed and apparently Ole dropped the claim entirely.
Obituary in Thief River Falls Times, 15 May 1930: ?Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, May 13, at 2 o?clock at the St. Pauli Lutheran Church for Halvor O. Wiken, who passed away at his home in Smiley township Monday morning at the age of 54 years. Rev. M. L. Dahle officated at the services. Mr. Wiken was born July 27, 1876 in Sundalen, Norway and came to this country in 1884, settling in Decorah, Iowa. A few years later he moved to Rock County, Minnesota where he lived until 1900, when he came to Smiley township, farming there ever since with the eception of two years spent in Montana. In 1901 he was united in marriage to Caroline Rosedahl at Grand Forks, North Dakota. He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Emma Haydal of Baker, Montana; and Miss Helen Wiken of Smiley township; one son, Martin, Smiley township; one brother Edward, Smiley township; and three grandchildren. Interment was made in the St. Pauli Cemetery.?
Father: Ole Einarsen ORMSETH VIKEN (VIGEN) b: 2 JAN 1831 in Tingvoll, Møre og Romsdal (now), Norway
Mother: Ingri(d) Olesdotter VIKEN (VIGEN) b: 22 FEB 1841 in Storviken, Møre og Romsdal (now), Norway
Karoline (Caroline) RØSEDAHL b: 5 AUG 1864 in Rosedahl Farm, Vestre Toten, Norway c: 30 OCT 1864 in Vestre Toten, Norway
22 DEC 1901
in Grand Forks, North Dakota
- Helen Agnes WIKEN b: 17 MAY 1909 in Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota c: 27 JUN 1909 in St. Pauli Church, Rocksbury Township, Minnesota
- Emma Othelia WIKEN b: 17 DEC 1902 in Smiley Township, Minnesota
- Gustave WIKEN b: 10 NOV 1907 in Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota
- Martin Ingvald WIKEN b: 4 NOV 1904 in Smiley Township, Minnesota