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  • ID: I30
  • _UID: 005246F85DB54256A6EFAAF96F9E4BEFB9A4
  • Name: Bethse (Betsey BESSIE)
  • Suffix: TORKELSON
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 13 APR 1893 in Smiley Township, Minnesota
  • Death: 2 JUN 1976 in Thief River Falls, Minnesota
  • Burial: 5 JUN 1976 Thief River Falls, Minnesota
  • Note: Greenwood Cemetery
  • Christening: 22 MAY 1893 Hamar Lutheran Church, Red Lake County, Minnesota
  • Note: sponsors: Halvor Jansan og kone, Anders Odegard og kone
  • CONF: 1906-1907 Hamar Lutheran Church, Red Lake (now Pennington) County, Minnesota
  • Note:

    1930 Census: 9th Ward, St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota: Henry Hoffman (40) and wife Bessie (36). She is listed as being first married at 27 and he at 31. His birthplace is Iowa with both his parents born in Germany. His occupation is a laborer at odd jobs; hers is as a waitress at a restaurant.

    On 17 May 1942, a Mrs. Bessie Anderson was a sponsor at Corinne Torkelson?s baptism. Could Bessie Torkelson have been married to a Mr. Anderson at this time?

    Obituary in Thief River Falls Times, 7 June 1976: ?Funeral services for Mrs. Bessie Hamilton, 83, of Thief River Falls were held Saturday at 2 p.m., at the Green Funeral chapel. Mrs. Hamilton, who had resided for a time at Valley Home, died Wednesday at Northwestern hospital. Rev. James Swanson, pastor of the St. Hilaire Lutheran parish, officiated at the services. Mrs. James Johnson served as organist and soloist. Interment was in Greenwood cemetery. Pallbearers were Wallace Torkelson, James Johnson, Herb Torstveit, Oliver Swanson, David Odette, and Harold Arneson. Mrs. Hamilton, the former Bessie Torkelson, was born April 13, 1893 in Smiley township, Pennington county, to Ole and Mathea Torkelson. She attended school and grew to womanhood in the Smiley community. On April 8, 1947 she was married in Thief River Falls to Robert Hamilton. Following their marriage, they moved to Pueblo, Colorado where her husband was employed. Several years later, they returned to Thief River Falls and farmed in this area until Hamilton?s death on May 28, 1969. She was a member of the St. Pauli Lutheran church, where she was baptized and confirmed. Survivors include two sisters: Mrs. Ruth Stroberg of Bemidji and Mrs. Thelma Torstveit of St. Hilaire; two brothers: Anton and Melvin Torkelson, both of Thief River Falls; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one brother and three sisters.?
  • Change Date: 16 JAN 2008



    Father: Ole TORKELSON b: 3 APR 1866 in Kongsburg, Buskerud, Norway c: 29 APR 1866 in Buskerud, Norway
    Mother: Mathea STENE b: 8 JUL 1869 in Gudbrandsdalen, Oppland, Norway c: 22 AUG 1869 in Follebu Church, Gausdal, Oppland, Norway

    Marriage 1 Robert (Bob) M. HAMILTON b: 15 MAY 1907 in Raton, New Mexico
    • Married: 8 APR 1947 in Thief River Falls, Minnesota

    Marriage 2 Henry HOFFMAN b: ABT 1890 in Iowa
    • Married: ABT 1920
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