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Ole H. Turvold


Posted By: Gordon Felland (email)
Date: 2/25/2019 at 10:57:06

Ole Hermundson Turvold was born on August 10, 1842, at Vik, in Sogn,Norway. His parents were Hermund and Synnove Turvold. He was later baptized and confirmed in the parish of Vik. He emigrated from Norway in 1863, and coming first to Winneshiek County and a year later to Worth County. He homesteaded on a tract of land southwest of Northwoo which remained his home until death and where he performed his lifework. He was one of the sturdy, stouthearted pioneers.

He was united in marriage to Martha Holstad during the Christmas of 1870. She passed on before him in May of 1922. Seven children were born to them: Henry, who died in January of 1896, Bertha, who passed away shortly before, in October of 1895; Sitona, now Mrs. Carl Vold,of Northwood; Bertin, who also died in 1896; Anna, now Mrs. John Johnson, living west of Northwood, Ole O. Turvold, who farms the homeplace, and Sina, the late Mrs. Iver Hopperstad, who died in March of 1923, leaving a large flock of children. The deceased is also survived by a half brother, Elling Hermandson, living in Winnebago; a brother, Elling Turvold, living SW of Northwood, a sister, Mrs. Albert Harmon, Northwood, and 25 grandchildren. Another sister, Kari Turvold, passed away several years ago.

During his long residence in this community, he was a member of the Shell Rock Congregation. He had been in failing health the past several years, during which time he rarely left home. His great affliction was blindness, relieved only temporarily by an operation, but he was fortunate enough to have about him those who were willing to be eyes to the blind and feet to the lame. He often spoke of the tender care he enjoyed from day to day. He was very appreciative of the visits of his pastor and eagerly listened to the reading of Scripture, song and prayer. He asked for the Lord's Supper frequently, and partook the last time in May. He was in bed only four days, sinking unusually fast. It seemed to be the heart which gave way, but even though the flesh and heart failed, he appeared confident and hopeful. When asked whether he knew The Way and knew Him so well that he was persuaded He was able to grant that which he had entrusted to Him against that day, he replied without hesitation, 'Yes!" He slept away early Friday morning, July 3, 1925, lacking a little over a month of the high old age of eighty-three years.

Source: Posting on Facebook by Cynthia Forde Beatty.


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