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  • ID: I21
  • _UID: 3DE24912810B4F6CAE4AE91E2EEEB6992B66
  • Name: Tobias Peder STENE
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 2 APR 1877 in Gudbransdalen, Norway
  • Note: 3 Apr 1877 according to Follebu Church records
  • Death: 12 DEC 1941 in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Minnesota
  • Burial: 16 DEC 1941 Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Minnesota (funeral at St. Pauli Church)
  • Note: Greenwood Cemetery (East)
  • Christening: 29 APR 1877 Follebu Church, Gausdal, Oppland, Norway
  • Emigration: 1887 from Norway to America
  • Note: Date according to 1910 census
  • Religion: Joined St. Pauli Norwegian-Lutheran church with 2 children on 23 May 1909
  • Note:

    1910 Census: Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota: Tobias (33), Maria (25), Melvin (3), Bertha (1 3/12), Peder (72), Beret (79)

    1920 Census: Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota: Tobias (42), Marie (35), Melvin (13), Bertha A. (11), Minnie T. (7), Anna B. (4), Thelma M. (2), John P. (8 months)

    1930 Census: Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota: Tobias (53), Marie (45), Melvin (23), Minnie T. (17), Anna B. (14), Thelma M. (12), Arnold B. (8), Theresa M. (6), Stanley W. (4)

    Continued to live on his parent?s homestead after their death

    Obituary: December. 18, 1941: Mr. Stene, who was born on April 2, 1877 at Gudbransdalen, Norway, came to this county and has made his home in Smiley township ever since. He was married to Marie Valsvik on May 12, 1908 in Thief River Falls. His wife preceded him in death. Surviving are eight children: Bertha and Thelma Stene of Minneapolis, Melvin, Mrs. Charles Krause, Mrs. Arnold Gunderson, Theresa, Arnold, and Stanley, all of Thief River Falls; two sisters, Mrs. Torkelson of this city and Mrs. McPhee of Grand Forks, ND.

    Same date "Smiley:" Another well-known Smiley long-time resident, Tobias Stene, has joined the ranks of those who have been called to that final "Resting Place." Mr. Stene died Friday afternoon in a hospital in Thief River Falls from heart trouble from which he has suffered the past year. He has lived in Smiley for over thirty years, having moved here with his father when he homesteaded the present Stene farm. Tobias was twelve years old at the time his father homesteaded. His wife preceded him in death five years ago.

    From List of Pioneers who lived in or near Thief River Falls at the time the Great Northern Railway came here. This list was created in 1932: ?Tobias Stene came from Rock County Wisconsin. By Ry to St. H. drove to TRF worked as laborer for 4 years. Homesteaded on present location in Smiley Twsp.?

    From Melvin Torkelson?s ?Life on the Fraction?: Tobias, the youngest of the family, was home, where he took care of the elder parents until the time of their death. He lived on this farm until his death in 1941.

    Tobias, being intelligent, went to school in Rocksbury Township when a school was built there in 1893. He had just 40 days of school, but always tried to learn all he could and picked up a lot on the side. I recall his handwriting, which was some of the best I have seen. When Smiley became a township in 1905, Tobias was elected town clerk. He was the first to record the books in the English language. He was later a school board member, Justice of the Peace, Assessor, etc. And being quite handy, he became the neighborhood butcher.

    In the fall of the year, I recall him going from place to place, doing his hog butchering and also as a veterinarian. This was the one thing the neighbors called him for and also trouble with cows giving birth.

    I spent many of my boyhood years hunting with him as he was one of the most intelligent sportsmen in those days in these parts. He hewed the logs and built the new home on their homestead at the age of 19. Part of this house still stands on the farm now called the Stene Place.
  • Change Date: 4 MAR 2009



    Father: Peder Olsen STENE b: 21 APR 1837 in Ostre Gausdal, Oppland, Norway
    Mother: Beret HANSDATTER b: 28 OCT 1830 in Gausdal, Oppland, Norway

    Marriage 1 Marie VALSVIK b: 29 DEC 1884 in Hosanger, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway c: 11 JAN 1885 in Vik, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway
    • Married: 13 MAY 1908 in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Minnesota
    • Note: 1900 Census lists him as single and living with his parents?
    Children
    1. Has No Children Melvin STENE b: 30 NOV 1906 in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Minnesota c: in St. Pauli Church, Rocksbury Township, Minnesota
    2. Has No Children Minnie Theresa STENE b: 10 NOV 1912 in near Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Minnesota c: 29 DEC 1912 in St. Pauli Church, Rocksbury Township, Minnesota
    3. Has No Children Johnny Peder (2) STENE b: 22 APR 1919 in Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota c: 25 MAY 1919 in St. Pauli Church, Rocksbury Township, Minnesota
    4. Has No Children Johnny Peder (1) STENE b: 23 NOV 1910 in Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota c: 26 DEC 1910 in St. Pauli Church, Rocksbury Township, Pennington County, Minnesota
    5. Has No Children Bertha Andine STENE b: 7 JAN 1909 in Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota c: 31 JAN 1909 in St. Pauli Church, Rocksbury Township, Minnesota
    6. Has Children Anna Borghild STENE b: AUG 1915 in Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota
    7. Has Children Thelma Marie STENE b: 12 APR 1917 in Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota c: 27 MAY 1917 in St. Pauli Church, Rocksbury Township, Minnesota
    8. Has No Children Arnold Bertin STENE b: 17 MAY 1920 in Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota c: 27 JUN 1920 in St. Pauli Church, Rocksbury Township, Minnesota
    9. Has Children Theresa (Tootsie) Mildred STENE b: 22 NOV 1922 in Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota c: 24 DEC 1922 in St. Pauli Church, Rocksbury Township, Minnesota
    10. Has Children Stanley Walter STENE b: 20 MAY 1925 in Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota c: 12 JUL 1925 in St. Pauli Church, Rocksbury Township, Minnesota
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