Name: Olof MOSBECK 1
Birth: 21 AUG 1862 in Filipstad, Varmland, Sweden 2 3
Death: 17 APR 1929 in Black River Twp, Red Lake County, Minnesota 4 3
Burial: Black River Lutheran Cemetery, Pennington County, Minnesota 2
Emigration: 1881 To Minnesota 5
February 26, 2000
Red River Valley Homemakers, Farmers honored
Banquet held today in Crookston
by Kathi Carlson
Northern Watch Reporter
Thief River Falls Times
When it came to populating early Pennington county, Olaf Mosbeck did his fair share. He would most likely be proud this weekend as three of his grandsons and their wives are honored as the Pennington County's Valley Farmers and Homemakers for 2000.
Veral and June Mosbeck, Donald and Ruth Mosbeck, and the late Warren Mosbeck and his wife, Lorraine Mosbeck Dallmann, will be honored today (Saturday, February 26) at the Red River Valley Development Association's 62nd Annual Honor Banquet. A luncheon honoring the Mosbecks and others will be held at noon at the Sahlstrom Conference Center, University of Minnesota, Crookston.
The Mosbeck family currently farms approximately 3,200 in Polk Centre township in the southwest corner of Pennington County.
The family's farming tradition is a long one. The Mosbeck brothers' grandfather, Olaf, immigrated to the United States from Sweden when he was 20 years old. After losing three fingers in a saw mill accident in Anoka, he came to Thief River Falls where he helped build the city's first streets. According to a history book about Pennington county, at that time there was only one store, owned by Jesse LaBree, in town, and the Chippewa Indians had an encampment at Squaw Point.
Later, Olaf worked for Northern Pacific Railroad and homesteaded in Polk Centre township.
In 1889, he married Clara Lindquist, and the couple had five sons. Following Clara's death, Olaf married Louisa Erchinger, and they had seven sons and eight daughters.
Veral, Don and Warren's father was Oscar, one of Olaf and Louisa's sons.
Oscar Mosbeck married Mabel Hallstrom, and purchased his farm from his father-in-law, P.A. Hallstrom. Oscar lived on the farm his entire married life, with Mabel and after her death, with his second wife, Ruth.
The Mosbeck brothers attended the same school as their father, District 99 rural school in Polk Centre township. Oscar told his sons how, when he attended the school, students had to speak English, forcing them to learn the language. The brothers received their secondary educations at the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston.
Their farming partnership began in the late 1940s and continued through the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and into the 90s before Veral's sons, Peter and Paul and Don's son, Kelly took over the operation in 1992. Crops have included traditional wheat and barley as well as sunflowers, beans and corn.
Veral, the oldest of the brothers, married June Anderson, and the couple has four children. Peter and his wife, Janette, live in Polk Centre township as does daughter, Cindy, and her husband, Brian Steiger, and son Paul and his wife, Shannon. Daughter Kristine is married to Tim Loeffler and lives in Thief River Falls. Veral and June have 11 grandchildren.
The late Warren Mosbeck, and his wife, Lorraine (nee Peterson), had five children. Judy and her husband, Gary Heaton, live in Columbus, ND. Son Gary and his wife, Lila, live in rural St. Hilaire, and Lynne and her husband, Rob LaCoursiere, live in rural Red Lake Falls. Son Gene is married to Kari and lives in rural Thief River Falls. Joani and her husband, Jerry Ortlepp, live in East Bethel. There are eight grandchildren. Lorraine has one great-grandchildren. Warren Mosbeck died in 1990. Lorraine has since married Fred Dallmann, and the couple lives in Thief River Falls.
Don Mosbeck married Ruth Iverson. They have five children. Kelly and his wife, Marilyn, live in Polk Centre township. Diane is married to Rev. Gary Johnson, assistant pastor at Zion Lutheran Church, and they make their home in Thief River Falls. Son David and his wife, Valerie, live in Hastings, and Alan and his wife, Cindy, live in Belle Plaine. Their youngest daughter, Marci, and her husband, Craig Goldade, reside in Mandan, ND. Don and Ruth have 11 grandchildren.
The Mosbeck brothers' step- mother, Ruth, continues to reside on the Century farm that has been in the family since 1889.
The farm is now in the hands of the fourth generation of Mosbecks -- Veral and June's sons, Peter and Paul, and Don and Ruth's son, Kelly. While the younger men are now in charge, Don and Veral aren't far away. "Once a farmer, always a farmer," says June. When they're not farming, they're enjoying spending time with their grandchildren , "the reward," Don says, "of retirement."
Black River Lutheran Church has been the family's church home since Olaf settled in the area in the late 1800's. Donald has served as president of the church board, and Ruth serves as the organist.
The Mosbecks have been active in many other areas if their community as well.
Don has served on the St. Hilaire Elevator board, and Ruth has worked as Post Master Relief at the St. Hilaire Post Office. Both are lifelong Pennington county residents.
In addition to farming, Veral also did land excavation for 21 years. He has served Red Lake Electric Cooperative as its president, Farmers Union Local as secretary/treasurer and as a director of Minnkota Power Cooperative.
The younger generations of Mosbecks are active too, and like many other young farm families find themselves in the workforce in addition to operating the farm. Kelly's wife, Marilyn, is a home health aide. Peter is an auctioneer and has Bid Buy Bid Auction Service. He's also working for St. Hilaire Seed Co. His wife, Janette, is a consultant/assistant at the Red Lake Falls Veterinary Clinic. Paul is a machinist at Bumper to Bumper in Thief River Falls where his wife Shannon is employed as a senior accounting clerk at Arctic.
The elder Mosbeck brothers and their wives were selected as "Partners in Agriculture" by a county community of agricultural leaders because of the good example they have set with their family life, their community service, their farming or agribusiness operations and their efforts to conserve natural resources.
Other recipients and the counties they represent are: Clarence and Shirley Suvanto of Menahga, Becker County; D. Hal and Leonor Sillers of Moorhead, Clay County; Vernon and Kathleen Johnson of Clearbrook, Clearwater County; Michael and Beverley Folland of Karlstad, Kittson County; Roger and Rita Kruse of Baudette, Lake of the Woods County; Robert and Lois Ball of Lengby, Mahnomen County; Gary and MariLou Anderson of Grygla, Marshall County; Norman and Marian Gorder of Gary, Norman County; Rowland and Lillian Bauck of New York Mills, East Otter Tail County; Ordean and Audrey Westby of Pelican Rapids, West Ottertail County; Roland and Ilane Rue and Marland and Cheryl Rue of Fosston, East
Polk County; Roger and Donna Ulseth of Crookston, West Polk County; Burton and Joyce Carlson of Plummer, Red Lake County; Art and Nancy Brandi of Warroad, Roseau County; and Eldon "Tex:" and Karen Larsen of Rothsay, Wilkin County.
Also, Edgar L. Olson, executive director of the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute, will receive the "Builder of the Valley Award" for his public service to the people of northwest Minnesota and his lifelong interest in agriculture. Also, Northwest Minnesota Youth Scholarship/Leadership Awards will be presented to Philip Jensen, Stephen; Kasia Efta, Argyle; Jill Mary Anderson, Newfolden; and Ellspeth Blair, Bagley.
While Veral and June and Don and Ruth Mosbeck and their sister-in-law, Lorraine Dallmann, recognize the many challenges being faced by today's young farmers, June probably spoke for them all when she spoke of life on the farm. "We wouldn't have it any other way."
Death CertID# 1929-MN-011565
Minnesota Death Certificate Index
Clara Mathilda LINDQUIST b: 23 JUN 1864 in Sweden
- Charles MOSBECK
- David MOSBECK
- Harold Emmanuel MOSBECK b: 17 MAR 1892 in Horace, Cass County, North Dakota
- Victor MOSBECK
- Walter Gunnard MOSBECK b: 11 NOV 1899 in Polk County, Minnesota
Louisa ERCHINGER b: 15 JUN 1884
- Agnes MOSBECK
- Clara Mathilda MOSBECK b: 1902
- Ester Amelia MOSBECK
- Florence MOSBECK
- Grace MOSBECK
- Hulda MOSBECK
- Lyda MOSBECK
- Myrtle MOSBECK
- Raymond MOSBECK
- Richard James MOSBECK b: 19 JUL 1906
- Samuel Clarence MOSBECK b: 14 NOV 1909 in Red Lake County, Minnesota
- Vernon E. MOSBECK
- Oscar Edwin MOSBECK b: 17 DEC 1900
- Martin A. MOSBECK b: 19 SEP 1904
- Carl Robert MOSBECK b: 23 JAN 1913
- Title: Thief River Falls Times
Publication: Name: Internet; Location: Thief River Falls Times;
Note: Newspaper, Thief River Falls Times (Thief River Falls Times, Internet), Source Medium: Electronic
- Title: Pennington County Historical Society website
Author: Pennington County Historical Society
Publication: Name: http://pvillage.org; Location: Thief River Falls, Minnesota;
Note: Pennington County Historical Society, Pennington County Historical Society website (Thief River Falls, Minnesota, http://pvillage.org), Source Medium: Electronic
- Title: Black River Cemetery tombstone inscription
Publication: Name: Unpublished; Location: Black River Lutheran Church, PenningtonCounty, MN;
Note: Black River Cemetery tombstone inscription (Black River Lutheran Church, Pennington County, MN, Unpublished), Source Medium: Tombstone
- Title: Minnesota Death Certificate Index
Author: Minnesota Historical Society
Publication: Name: Internet; Location: http://people.mnhs.org;
Note: Minnesota Historical Society, Minnesota Death Certificate Index (http://people.mnhs.org, Internet), Source Medium: Electronic
Death Certificates issued between 1908 and 1959
- Title: Pennington County Historical Society
Publication: Name: Taylor Publishing, Dallas Texas, 1976;
Note: Pennington County Historical Society (Taylor Publishing, Dallas Texas, 1976), Source Medium: Book