Obituary for John Thompson the son of Thomas Haugen, from the Seeley, Wi area, Sawyer County.died 1922
John Thompson, pioneer of Seeley, died at his home, Monday morning of cancer of the stomach from which he had been a sufferer for the past six months.Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at the home.The south bound morning passenger train stopped at the home of the deceased where the friends and neighbors were taken aboard and brought to this city where they were met by twenty members of the American Legion in uniform, Civil war veterans and numerous friends and escorted to the Scandanavian Lutheran church where a very impressive sermon was delivered by the Rev. N. B. Ursin who also held the service at the home.
John Thompson was born at Moedoom, Norway, Sept 8, 1845.With his parents, he immigrated to this country in the spring of 1860, and settling at Martell, Wisconsin.Feb 24, 1864, he enlisted in the Civil war with Co E, 2nd Minnesota and served with General Sherman in his famous March to the Sea.Was mustered out of service, 11 July 1865.
He was married to Aaste Marie Jacobson, 5 April 1868, taking up a residence at Gilman, this state.He moved from there to the town of Lenroot this country in 1900.
Besides his wife, he leaves eleven children, five girls and six boys.
Tillie Holden, Maren Lotz, Karine Knospe, Josephine Stark, Thressa Schultz, Hans, Albert, Oscar, Ludwig, John and Arthur Thompson.Also four sisters, Mrs. Nellie Johnson, Maren Haugen, Mrs. Laura Gasman, Mrs. Anna Aastrom and two brothers, Erick and Nels Haugen, and sixteen grandchildren.
Mr. Thompson was a big hearted man, broad and tolerant in all his views, and thus he could count all men as his friends.He was the pioneer of Seeley and by hard work accumulated nine forties of land, and at his death had 100 acres under cultivation, doing most of the clearing himself.
You who were his immediate neighbors and friends during his useful life, best know how much his loss must be in his household, how tenderly solicitous he was as a father, how unflinching he was in the performance of his duties as a friend and how kindly he was to his relatives.We feel that none who knew himwell can fail to grieve deeply over his death or cease while memory holds, to respect and revere his memory.
Words are inadequate to express the sorrow and gloom cast over the community, or give comfort to the hearts that are bowed with grief. The life that has been so great an aid and comfort to this family and shed abroad such radiant, influence for good has gone out to the great eternal camping ground beyond the tomb and we may but look beyond the veil, except with the days of hope and conciousness of immortality of the spirit.
I have additional information in regards to the descendants, however, have not made the connection yet, except for knowing that John Thompsons, father was Thomas Haugen.
I believe it is likely that there is a connection with Nils P. Haugen, state representative of Wisconsin, however, I am still sorting this information at this time.
Would love to hear from anyone who may find this of interest.