Reports and Notes

revised November 2023

see Reunion Photos for Reports and Pictures of Gauer Reunions

see my list of Lake Lillian News articles below

see articles for the Lake Lillian Centennial of 2023

Look for more stories to come

stories of the Swanson and Kronbeck Swedish families of Grace

Recent additions to this site

Nov 2023
added LL timeline and sources.
now using Visual Studio for coding
Oct 2023
corrected pointers
added centennial views
August 2023
Looking Back slideshow for the Centennial
July 2023
added elevator story 1951
June 2023
added Ben Huesser story
March 2023
added the orange book of 1964: "The First 100 Years 1864 - 1964"
edits to Centennial story
January 2023
added historical story for the Centennial
October 2022
added stories of the Hanson Silo Company with the families of Ingebregt Johnson, and Emil Hanson
. September 2022
added story / A Gala Day
added a photo of cenntennial sign to the main window
added family photos to Erick Nordin story
June 2022
added story / obit of Erick Nordin
..Jan 2022
added story of Alex and Ida
Dec 2021
added story / obit of Donald Melin
Sep 2021
More photos added to the story of Grace's home farm
added obit of Larry to the USMC story
added obit of Wayne to the auto biography of Wayne Madsen
added story of pioneer Hemming Anderson by LaVonne
Story of a 1976 Swedish reunion in Lake Lilllian
August 2021
did not have a Gauer Reunion
Jan 2021
2 photos added to the story of Grace's home farm
added story of pioneer Marit Nelson Lund by LaVonne
Dec 2020
added story of Grace's home farm
Nov 2020
corrected conversion of site for security ... https
edits and additions to USMC story
Oct and June 2020
photos added to Wayne Madsen story
August 2020
did not have a Gauer Reunion
May 2020
added story of Lake Lillian History 1958
March 2020
added my story of being in the USMC 1957 - 1960
December 2019
added Wayne Madsen autobiography
November 2019
added section about Anders Andersen Reunion including The Lake Lillian bus tour and my 155 year history talk.
revised main page
August 2019
did not have a Gauer Reunion
April 2019
added old timers album
added photos to Sedevart and Sarah Hanson Nelson families
added obit. of cousin Glenn Gauer
March 2019
In story of Albert Bomstad: fixed typos, added some notes and photos of battle grounds of Military Expeditions
February 2019
added stories of Sedevart and Sarah Hanson Nelson families by LaVonne
added text of my155 years in 20 minutes story for Anders Anderson Reunion
October 2018
added family home photo to story of Albert Bomstad
September 2018
added story of Peter Lindquist

August 2018

added photos of 2018 reunion

May 2018

added Grace's story

March 2018

added aunts and uncles to the Erickson story and split out to create John Erickson story and Frida Sebulonsen story

December 2017

added separate story of my great great grandfather L O Mattson

November 2017

added church records and connections of the Larson, Mathiason and Solomonson families by Arlan Johnson, #7 and #8

October 2017

added story of my great grandmother, Anna Margrethe, "The Heroine of Andersdal" or in Norwegian “Heltinnen fra Andersdal”

added Solomonson family stories of Arlan Johnson, #6

September 2017

added Mathiasen family stories of Arlan Johnson, #5

August 2017

added more to the Erickson Family Stories.

added photos of 2017 reunion
and photos from the fifties and sixties

added 1966 photos of the Gauer 8 to the story of Matt and Lena

April 2017

added 4th story by Arlan about Mary Larson Salmonsen

noted place for Gauer reunion and other minor edits.

March 2017

added first 3 stories of Tromso Lutheran Church pioneers, Erik Larson and Anton Larson by Arlan Johnson

Feb 2017

revised and added photos to Erickson Family

added story of Johannes Andreas Johannessen Bomstad by Rosalie Sundin and LaVonne Hookom

Jan 2017

added story of Eliseus & Maria Katrina Bomsta by LaVonne

some edits to earlier storys

added much more to the story and photos of Wilton and Eleanor Bomsta

added story of Esa and Adele (Fredrickson) Bomsta by LaVonne

Dec 2016

added story of John G and Anna (Swenson) Flann by La Vonne

added story of Henning and Hattie (Flann) Bomsta by LaVonne

added story of George and Lillie Halverson by LaVonne

Nov 2016

revised main page with intro by LaVonne Bomsta Hookom

added story of Wilton and Eleanor Bomsta by LaVonne

added story of Hans Pete and Kristine Hanson, Written by Lenore Vick Magnuson March, 2004

added pioneer story of Albert Bomstad authored by Susan Granlund in 2014

added 150 year story of Lake Lillian History by Inger Giæver of Tromsø

Oct 2016
added pioneer pages of Elias Anderson, Andrew Anderson and Adrianna Anderson Bomstad authored by LaVonne Hookom.

Sept 2016
photos of 2016 reunion and additions to the Not so good old days. Also made additions to old local news

June 2016
date for 2016 reunion

Dec 2015
revisions to stories:
Cousin Glen USMC
Erickson Family

Aug 2015
rearranged pointers into categories. rearranged reunion photos.

July 2015
transitioned to new paid site host GoDaddy. Comcast dropped free hosting service for its cable customers.

my new domain name is

This is simpler than the old one which was

June 2015
added 1862 - 1864

Feb 8 2015
added place for 2015 reunion and revised Super Computer page 1961 and added 1906 photo of Anton Hanson moving day to Erickson Family pages

Jan 15 2015
added Super Computer page 1961 and corrected caption on Aunt Lillian's pages

October 3 2014
added the Sweden and Norway pages about our trip in July to find family connections .

April 25 2014
added to the Erickson Family page with more about the early settlers.

October 23 2013
added the Tromso Connection page. Revised Sebulonsen pictures in Erickson Family page.

April 26 2013
Added Erickson Family history.

April 24 2013
revised Gauer History, Matt and Lena, The old home place. Lake Lillian Churches

March 9 2013
Added reunion pictures of 1981, 1987 and 1989. Added old local news of 1933 when the tornado came through East Lake Lillian.

Dec 5, 2012
Edits to these reports, LL news #5, #6. Better presentation to Clarence pictures. White background to my story and Sunday on the farm. Added Little Room 1946 School picture and names to ford garage picture.

August 21, 2012
added photos from 1986 and 2012 report

July 25,2012
Added links to Luce Line, LL history 4, and tractors. Added wedding picture of August and Frida to my Lake Lillian story.

May 26, 2012
Added Lake Lillian News pages.

February 6 2012
Added photos of 1998 reunion.

January 8, 2012
Added pictures to My Lake Lillian pages and content to Old Local news about the begining of the Lake Lillian townsite in 1923.
Added page of Harold WWII.

August 11, 2011
Added the 1996 transcript of an interview of Uncle Glen and Aunt Eleanor hosted by Duane and Lois Luneman

April 29, 2011.
Added the story of Cousin Glen Gauer jr when he was in the USMC during the War in Korea.

Aug 1,2010 and Dec 3, 2010.
Revised and added new content to the East Lake Lillian news of 100 years ago in Old Local News.
See also new pages of Aunt Elizabeth, Aunt Lillian, and Aunt Eleanor as copied from the Gauer Family History Book that was issued in 1985 by cousins Ruby and Lois.

Check out the pictures added to my story of Lake Lillian

My first attempt at posting these Gauer Familly History pages was in 2002.

The Lake Lillian News

The Lake Lillian News is a monthly news letter that started in July 1992. I have contributed some Lake Lillian History articles to it. My articles are a combination of things elsewhere on these pages and new recollections.

April 2012
1. Lake Lillian History Intro
May 2012
2. The railroad came
June 2012
3. from old thorpe to Lake Lillian
August 2012
4. Schools
October 2012
5. The not so Good Old Days
December 2012
6. Old Local News
June and July 2013
7. Churches
November 2013
8.Tromso connection
August 2015
9. 1862 - 1864
October 2022
10. A Gala Day in Lake Lilllian

The Reunion needs You

April 11, 2011

The Gauer Family Reunion of the family of Matt and Lena is scheduled for August 14, 2011. This will be the 81st annual since 1930 and it is 100 years since the original family was complete with the birth of Aunt Eleanor. That generation of 8 aunts and uncles is gone and 14 of the next generation (mine) of 42 cousins have also passed from this life. Many of the cousins now have large family reunions of their own.

Grace and I have enjoyed preserving the family history and hosting the gatherings for a dozen years. We know that our efforts have been appreciated.

We also know that good attendance and program participation is needed to enhance the experience for all. The lives of our younger families are very busy and we have seen a declining number attending our reunion in recent years. Sadly, the interest in family history is low in priority for many of our younger people and often awakens when it is too late to ask the elders. Last year our attendance was the least on record at 25. Several of the older cousins were not able to come because of temporary health issues. I believe numbers are important and that attendance of more than 40 people makes a better reunion.

Grace and I are still willing and able to continue supporting a successful reunion effort. Without a good attendance this could be the last annual reunion that we will schedule.

2010 We have reached the fund goal ($500) and purchased the new marker for Fred. link to...

Project Marker for Uncle Fred

Reunion Sites

Our Personal Histories

Family Stories are welcome

Your stories and recollections will be important family history for future generations.  As time passes, family memories become more difficult to recollect and preserve.  Write your history now to include dates, places, events and most important – identify people on photographsWe have equipment to copy and enhance old photos. 

Reunion Participation: Descendants of Mathias and Magdalena Gauer have gathered yearly since 1930 or earlier. Sharing of photos, stories, and musical numbers are always welcome at the reunions.