Name: John Martin LOKKEN
Birth: 27 FEB 1873 in Osterdalen, Norway
Death: 18 MAR 1929 in Pennington County, Minnesota
Burial: 25 MAR 1929 St. Pauli Cemetery, Thief River Falls, Minnesota
Emigration: 1893 from Norway to America
Note: 1920 Census Record
Religion: Joined St. Pauli Norwegian-Lutheran Church with wife and 3 children on 13 Dec 1909
Change Date: 7 JUN 2007
1920 Census: Rocksbury Township, Pennington County, MN: John M. (46), Martha (46), Inga (14), Ida (12), Margaret (10), Beatrice (6)
Is this the ?Martin Lokken? listed as a nephew of Lars Lokken?
From Pennington County History (1976), submitted by Beatrice Lokken Rude: ?John Martin Lokken emigrated from Osterdalen, Norway, by working on a fishing boat. He came to the U.s. in 1903 by working on a fishing boat from Oslo, Norway to Florida, then up to New York. He worked his way west in logging camps and saw mills. He arrived in Bemidji that same year. In 1904, he married Martha Lokken, who emigrated here from Lillehammer, Norway, the latter part of 1903. Dad worked in saw mills at Bemidji after their marriage. Inga (Mrs. Henry Loppegaard) and Ida (Mrs. Burl Kuhns) of Seattle, Washington, were born here. They left Bemidji, came to Hazel, Minnesota, and rented a house located between the Robert Gunstad and Melvin Torstveit farm. It was the Eric Anderson house. Here Margit (Mrs. Paul Gilbertson) was born. Dad was employed on the railroad at Hazel as a section laborer.
He decided to buy a farm. He bought 20 acres east of St. Pauli Church. He would walk back and forth to build the house which is now occupied by Sig Folkedahl and family. Here Beatrice (Mrs. Herman Rude) was born.
At this time gypsies would travel through. They liked to camp on the rounds by St. Pauli Church. Since our farm was right by St. Pauli Church, they would visit our farm quite frequently. One day Inga was washing the floor and the gypsies paid us a visit. She anted to tell Inga's fortune, but instead she kissed her hand. Mother had baked cookies and was baking bread that day, when one of the gypsy women came in and took all the cookies and dumped the bread dough into the apron which mother was wearing. They also wanted a chicken. Dad found a broody one, but they didn't want that one ?cause it was sick.? They helped themselves to a good one and also to our eggs.
Bears were quite common at that time. Inga remembers seeing them while helping her dad haul hay.
Oxen were used at that time and Inga had a runaway with them when she was taking dinner to her dad, dumping her and the dinner on the floor of the wagon.
In 1915 there seemed to be an urge to homestead land in Montana. Dad sold the farm to John Magnuson and took off for Glasgow, Montana. When he got there things weren't what he thought they would be, so he returned home again. We had to buy land again and bought 80 acres west of Peter Thune's farm. There was a log house on the place, but he wanted to build more in the center of the land, so he tore it down and rebuilt it. Dad continued working on the section at Hazel, so this left the farm work up to Mother with the help we girls could give. Mother worked very hard trying to get all the work done on time. Dad had to walk 5 miles to and from work at Hazel.
Most people in the neighborhood raised turkeys to get extra money. Neighbors would help each other when it came to processing the turkeys. There was a lot of hard work, but the togetherness of the community really made working and sharing fun. The next day it was to load all the turkeys on a sleigh full of hay covered by a cloth. We would leave home about 9:30 and get back around 4:30 or 5:00. We did some of the Christmas shopping then as it was shortly before Christmas that the turkeys were processed. We came home happy and tired from spending a whole day in town.
Dad passed away on March 18, 1929 following an operation. Mother passed away on August 10, 1957 from cancer.?
Martha LOKKEN b: 18 FEB 1873 in Lillehammer, Norway
- Beatrice Alvida LOKKEN b: 23 SEP 1913 in Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota c: 16 NOV 1913 in Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota
- Margaret (Margit) Josephine LOKKEN b: 5 MAR 1910 in Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota c: 5 JUN 1910 in St. Pauli Church, Rocksbury Township, Minnesota
- Inga Maria LOKKEN b: 13 AUG 1905 in Bemidji, Beltrami County, Minnesota
- Ida Thilde LOKKEN b: 7 NOV 1907 in Nymore, Minnesota c: 19 JAN 1908 in Nymore, Minnesota