Cerro Gordo County Iowa
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History of Franklin County, Iowa
Stuart, I.L. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. Chicago. 1914.
On the roll of Franklin county's honored dead appears the name of John Ingebretson, who from 1878 until his death in 1901 was closely and honorably connected with agricultural interests here, becoming during that time an extensive landowner and a representative farmer. He was born in Cook county, Illinois, February 18, 1854, and is a son of Ingebret and Annie Ingebretson, natives of Norway. The parents came to the United States, in the early '50s and settled in Cook county, Illinois, where the father died and left the mother with her children. She afterward removed to Lafayette county, Wisconsin, where she passed away.
John Ingebretson spent his boyhood in Wisconsin, acquiring a public-school education. In 1878 he came to Franklin county, Iowa, and entered the employ of D. W. Mott, for whom he worked until his marriage in 1880. He then purchased one hundred and twenty acres of wild prairie land on section 5, Richland township, and began the work of improving this property, carrying it forward ,with characteristic energy for many years. He provided the place with a good residence, substantial barns and out-buildings and laborsaving machinery and made it a valuable and productive property; giving evidence everywhere of the care and supervision of a practical and progressive agriculturist. From time to time he made additions to the property and at his death was an extensive landholder owning five hundred and sixty acres. At all times he kept in the front ranks of progressive agriculturists of the community, and his labors therefore brought him substantial returns.
On the 19th of February, 1880, Mr. Ingebretson was united in marriage to Miss Mary Hanson, who was born in Gratiot, Wisconsin, March 27, 1862, a daughter of Martin and Bertha Hanson natives of Norway, now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Ingebretson became the parents of eight children: Julia M., who lives at home; Alfred S., who is married and is operating part of the family homestead; Melvin, at home; Bessie M., who is engaged in teaching; Clara H. and Orville H., at home; and two children, who died in infancy. Since her husband's death Mrs. Ingebretson has had charge of the homestead and has added to it extensively, her holdings now comprising twelve hundred and eighty-eight acres, one of the largest and most valuable farms in the township. She and her children operate this property, and they have become widely and favorably known in agricultural circles.
Mr. Ingebretson was a devout member of the Lutheran church and gave his political allegiance to the republican party, being at all times active in the support of movements for the general good. When called to his final rest in 1901 he left a record that is well worthy of emulation.
NOTE: John died on June 8, 1901. Mary died on September 24, 1923. They were interred at Richland Lutheran Cemetery, Thornton, Iowa.
Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2016
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