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  • ID: I5
  • _UID: 6D8413B1BD7941568B3D217E2F3190F8D1D8
  • Name: Melvin Olaf TORKELSON
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 6 SEP 1899 in Smiley Township, Red Lake (now Pennington) County, Minnesota
  • Death: 18 FEB 1982 in Smiley Township, Red Lake (now Pennington) County, Minnesota
  • Burial: 31 MAY 1982 St. Pauli Cemetery, Thief River Falls, Minnesota
  • Note: no burials during winter months
  • CONF: 1915 St. Pauli Church, Rocksbury Township, Pennington County, Minnesota
  • Note:

    WWI Draft Registration: working for George Henderson in Calvin, Cavalier County, North Dakota as a farm laborer; nearest relative is ?Martha? Torkelson.

    1920 Census: Listed as living at home with parents Ole T. Anfinson and Mathea; age 20.

    1930 Census: Listed as living at home in Smiley Township with parents

    Obituary in Thief River Falls Times, 24 Feb 1982: ?Funeral services for Melvin O. Torkelson, 82, of rural Thief River Falls, were held Monday at 2:00pm, at the St. Pauli Lutheran church. Torkelson died Thursday evening. He was dead on arrival at Northwestern hospital. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Carl Finstad, Herman Rude, Arnold Helgeland, Gust Gustafson, Emil Thune, and Arnold Gunderson. Active pallbearers were Troy Torkelson, Todd Guerard, Mitchell Guerard, Maury Smith, Bruce Mathson, and Kamin Johnson. Melvin O. Torkelson, a son of the late Ole and Mathea Stene Torkelson, was born September 6, 1899 in Smiley township, Pennington county. He attended school and grew to manhood in that area.

    As a young man, he worked on farms in North Dakota, and later worked in lumber camps and in the Duluth shipyards. On February 17, 1931, he was united in marriage to Helen Wiken in St. Hilaire. Since then, he farmed in this area. He was a lifelong member of St. Pauli Lutheran church and served for some time on the church council. He was assessor of Smiley township for 25 years, served on the rural school board, was a member of the ASCS committee and was a member of the Sons of Norway.

    He is survived by his wife, three sons: Francis Torkelson, South Milwaukee, WI; Wallace, Thief River Falls; and Marvin, Union Grove, WI: five daughters: Mrs. Theodore (Geraldine) Guerard, South Milwaukee, WI: Mrs. Darryl (Wahna) Smith, Lawrenceville, GA; Mrs. Calvin (Faye) Shaw, Crawfordsville, IN; Mrs. Ivette Garrett, South St. Paul, MN; and Mrs. Kevin (Pamela) Kittridge, Sartell; 29 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Anton Torkelson, Thief River Falls; and two sisters: Mrs. Thelma Torstveit, St. Hilaire; and Mrs. Ruth Stroberg, Thief River Falls. He was preceded in death by a son, Willis; one brother, Bert; and four sisters: Sophie, Pauline, Betsey, and Theda.?
  • Change Date: 4 MAY 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 Helen Agnes WIKEN b: 17 MAY 1909 in Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota c: 27 JUN 1909 in St. Pauli Church, Rocksbury Township, Minnesota
    • Married: 17 FEB 1931 in Thief River Falls, Minnesota
    Children
    1. Has Children Francis Marion WIKEN b: 2 AUG 1928 in Baker, Montana c: 5 NOV 1928
    2. Has Children Living TORKELSON
    3. Has Children Living TORKELSON
    4. Has No Children Willis Duane TORKELSON b: 31 MAY 1935 in Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota
    5. Has No Children Living TORKELSON
    6. Has Children Living TORKELSON
    7. Has Children Living TORKELSON
    8. Has Children Living TORKELSON
    9. Has Children Living TORKELSON
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