by Gary Gauer
edited March 2018 December 2017 August 2017 and February 2017
August Erickson and Frida Sebulonsen were married on Dec 13, 1904.
At first they lived on a farm in northern Renville County, Kingman Township,5 miles south of the Lake Lillian Lake. Their children Elvina, Elder, Vivian, Stanley, Evangeline, Irene, Dolores, Jeanette, Luverne, Eileen, and Norma were born there. Irene died in 1921 at age 5. In the early days they attended the Christina Lutheran Church in Lake Lillian Township 4 miles NW of the farm. It was torn down in 1925 and the congregation used the lumber to build the First Lutheran Church in the new town of Lake Lillian.
The Case Model 15 - 27 tractors were made beginning in 1919 and featured a 4 cylinder cross mounted motor running at 900 rpm. Later the same tractor was rerated to 1000 rpm and sold as the Model 18 - 32 until 1928. Case sold 27000 0f these by 1927. These photos were most likely from 1928 or earlier.
Here is a more recent photo in color of a restored Case 15-27
Following are the children of August and Frida in birth order:
My 3 Erickson uncles became farmers in Kandiyohi County and Aunts Eileen and Vange married farmers and lived south of Hector. All of my aunts and uncles married. Vivian, Stanley and Vange did not have children. I am one of 26 Erickson cousins.
Elvina married Caesar Linn in 1924 at the Tripolis Church and they had 5 children. (a baby boy died in 1936)
guessing that the family photo was in 1949 at the 25th anniversary
Darlene, Glen, Joanne, Elvina Caesar, Maxine
Gertrude Gass and Elder married in 1931
Eva Jean, Elder, Gertie, Roger at time of 25th anniversary
Vivian lived in St Paul and worked at old Anchor Hospital now Regions
Vivian and John Heroff 1966 25th anniversary
#4 Stanley 1911 - 1977
Elder, Stanley, Vivian, Elvina
Fredrickson farm south of Hector
Appendicitis / Irene Erickson 1921
Irene Alice Erickson 5 yrs old and sister of my mother Jeanette died May 8 1921 of appendicitis after 4 days in the Willmar Hospital. Irene's marker is in the northwest corner of the Christina Cemetery and does not show her family name. Her sister Dolores Erickson Kienholz Behrendt was buried next to her in 2007.
December 23, 1936 The wedding of Dolores Lucille Erickson to Ervin Henry Kienholz
with attendants Jeanette Erickson, (17, my mother) and Marfred Kienholz
cousins January 1952
Jeanette Erickson and Otto Gauer
married July 21 1938
#10, Eileen 1924 - 2014
note rural school district 82N in distance above Eileen was located very near the farm in Kingman Township
The familly was complete by the time of the 25th Anniversary.
from oldest to youngest
Elvina, Elder, Vivian, Stanley, Vange, Dolores, Jeanette, Luverne, Eileen, Norma
The festivities were held in the First Lutheran church of which the Erickson family are members, and commenced at 8 o'clock in the evening. The church was filled with friends and relatives.
Miss Rachel Berg played the wedding march. Mr and Mrs Erickson and their 10 children cqme in procession to the front, led by the pastor. The bride carried a bouquet of carnations, a gift from the Ladies Aid.
The following program was rendered: Song, Hymnal 532; then scripture reading by the pastor; piano duet by Eleanor Strom and Alice Mae Erickson; A poem by Lars Erickson; song "Silver Threads Among the Gold" by Elaine Bergstrand; address , J E Leeberg; duet " O Happy Home," by Mr Ralph Tatting and Rev Bergstrand; remarks by pastor; and presentation of a gift from the guests consisting of a silver service set; song by the Men's Chorus.
Mr and Mrs Erickson expressed their thanks and appreciation of friendship and gifts.
The church parlors were beautifully decorated for the occasion and a delicious lunch was seved to all those present. It was a most enjoyable event for all and especially for the bridal couple and their ten children who were all present.
May their years together yet be many and blessed. The words of the 128th Psalm can indeed be applied to Mr and Mrs Erickson and family.
The August Erickson family moved to Lake Lillian Township on the north side of Section 5 before the 1937 crop year. My mother, Jeanette, attended high school in Bird Island but dropped out after her sophomore year.
1938 was the year that my parents married.
Photo below is of my mother and her siblings.
The above generation of my aunts and uncles lived out their lives in Minnesota and did not have or take any opportunity to explore their roots in the old country.
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