Johnson (Minnesota) & Benson (Tennessee) Connections

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  • ID: I976
  • _UID: 61DF569C18C340009CCC31D6824CD0F04A06
  • Name: Iver H. IVERSON
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 12 FEB 1888 in Rocksbury Township, Polk (now Pennington) County, Minnesota
  • Death: 24 FEB 1961 in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Minnesota
  • Burial: 28 FEB 1961 Greenwood Cemetery, Thief River Falls, Minnesota
  • Note: funeral at St. Pauli Lutheran Church
  • CONF: 26 APR 1942 Clearwater Church, Pennington County, Minnesota
  • Note:

    Twin to Peder

    From a family history document: ?He had no middle name, but took H. to avoid any confusion with such a common name. In 1898, when Iver was ten, he lived in Middle River at the Anders Schley home. Iver and Pete used to go back and forth from Minnesota to North Dakota from the time they were teenagers big enough to shock grain in the summer, and in the winter they would come back to Minnesota to cut wood at Badger. Before he was married, Iver had worked with a farmer named Hemley at Crocous, North Dakota. He bought one quarter of land in North Dakota and rented a second. This is where he and Mabel settled. Iver did well and had horses and threshing outfits and all..... In 1916 when Mabel got sick and died, Clara went to live on teh Odegaard homestead (two miles west of St. Pauli Church on the south side of the road) with her grandparents, Ander and Caroline Odegaard.

    In 1917 Iver was drafted so he sold his threshing outfit before leaving. His discharge was in 1919. In 1919-20, Iver returned to his farm on the west side of Langdon, North Dakota and sold it for $5,000. He went back to Hazel, Minnesota and started helping out at Caroline and Ander Odegaard?s. When neighbors Axel Berg [Iver?s future father-in-law] (who had cancer) and son Fred (who had a lung problem) were sick in 1919, Ander asked Iver to go over and help them, though the pay wasn?t good. Otherwise the women had to do the heavy work. Axel died that year.

    Iver bought a farm in Hazel, Minnesota, in 1921 for $4800-4900, which became the Iverson homestead. It was owned by the Lokens, who had a loan against it to Anton Johnson?s father. And when the Lokens moved off the farm, Johnson owned it for a while, but he didn?t want it, so he sold it for what he could get to a real estate dealer by the name of Ott. Iver had shipped back two carloads of his horses from his outfits in North Dakota. After doing some work with them, he then sold them.

    Iver owed $2000 in 1929 and was unable to get it paid off until 1942. One of the reasons Iver had come back from North Dakota was becasue the water was salty and it was so windy. He tried to talk Pete into coming back, too. Pete would have had $30,000 to come back with by the time he sold his horses and cattle and with what money he had, but he lost every cent of it in the Depression. In Minnesota they had smaller farms; they could go out in the barns and milk the cows, have chickens for eggs, and grew vegetable gardens. In North Dakota they only had grain and it cost them money for seed and horses would die and they?d have to buy more horses. They had to spend money to put in the crop. In Minnesota they?d trade horses and if one died, you paired the other one up with those you had left and you just didn?t buy anything. The bank wouldn?t lend you a cent, so you either starved or you made it.

    In 1941, Iver built a new barn east of the house. The old barn was 28x46 feet long. It stood in front of the grove of trees where the garage now stands. Here they kept the cows, horses, and chickens. Later it was used for the broncos (the horses to be broke) and when they quit having them, they used it for raising steers. There was another shed behind where they kept about eight heifers before they were bred.....

    One incident Iver told about that happened while he and Pete were putting up wood in Badger was that they used to lay their rabbits up on the roof above the door to keep the predators from eating them. Then they?d take one when they wanted for meals and skin it out to eat. One day Iver had gone to town before he got back and Pete hearing some noise, opened the door for Iver and in flew a wolf, right into the room. The wolf was jumping up to the roof to steal the meat just when Pete opened the door. He went way into the room and Pete said he turned around and around snarling all the time until he felt the cold draft from the open door and made a dive for that. And Pete said the toenails were just scratching on the roof. Iver said he didn?t know which one was the most scared, Pete or the wolf, because Pete was still pretty shook up when Iver got back.

    Iver and Louise built their house in 1925 from the lumber of a house that had been torn down in Thief River Falls. They put up a little shack to live in until the house was built (the east half of what became the chicken house). They later added the other half of the chicken house using the lumber that was left from the house in town. Adeline was born that year in the little shack. The tale about Harley and ?Da? (he thinks he was hollering ?Dad?) came about, he says, because when the house was being built, his mother Louise would send him out to call the workers in to eat dinner.
    He was only two, but they would all come because they knew it must mean something. And of course Ma and the men would think it was real cute when a little kid could say ?Da? and they?d come for meals.?
  • Change Date: 5 AUG 2008

    Father: Halvor IVERSON b: 9 NOV 1857 in Sor Aurdal, Valdres, Oppland, Norway
    Mother: Caroline STENE b: 17 FEB 1861 in Gausdal, Oppland, Norway c: 1 APR 1861 in Follebu Church, Gausdal, Oppland, Norway

    Marriage 1 Mabel Caroline ODEGAARD b: 13 JAN 1891
    • Married: 1909 in St. Hilaire, Minnesota
    1. Has No Children Clara Marie IVERSON b: 2 JAN 1912

    Marriage 2 Anna Louise BERG b: 22 MAY 1898 in Red Lake County, Minnesota
    • Married: 12 MAR 1922 in Pennington County, Minnesota
    1. Has Children Harley Allen IVERSON b: 17 MAR 1923 in Pennington County, Minnesota
    2. Has Children Edna Lila IVERSON b: 27 FEB 1927 in near Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Minnesota c: 1 MAY 1927 in St. Pauli Church, Rocksbury Township, Minnesota
    3. Has No Children Adeline Lorraine IVERSON b: 4 FEB 1925 in near Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Minnesota c: 5 APR 1924 in St. Pauli Church, Rocksbury Township, Minnesota
    4. Has No Children Living IVERSON

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