Sargent County Photo Gallery Index

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Photo Index

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1. Motorcycle couple about 1910. Notes: Identies not known; location uncertain.Jerry McQuay
2. Unknown grain elevator about 1910. Notes: location uncertain.Jerry McQuay
3. Threshing Crew Rutland, N. Dak 1893. Jerry McQuay (Thanks to his cousin Darlyse Bostrom of Rutland who brought the picture to their 2007 family reunion.)
4. An undated picture of John G. Carlblom (1825-1899). Keith Olson
5.Article from the May 3rd, 2009 edition of the Oregonian, which is published in Portland, Oregon, honoring Merle Staehnke and his wife Virginia. Here's a better copy of the same photo.Lyle Staehnke
6. Rev. John Lavik and family photos

Photo 1. Rev. Rasmus Lavik. He was the pastor of Milnor Lutheran Church from 1892 to 1913, and also was pastor in nearby Lutheran churches in Forman, De Lamere, and Rutland. He retired in Milnor, where he died in 1927. He was married first to Ingeborg Tuff, and after she died he remarried to Antonette Hagen, who was with him in Milnor and died there in 1940. He and Ingeborg had six children, and he an and Antonette four more. Son Anton represented Sargent County in the state legislature for almost twenty years, and later headed a state agency in Bismarck. This photo of Rasmus was likely taken in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota, where he was a pastor just prior to arriving in Milnor.

Photo 2. Andrew Lavik, oldest child of Rev. Rasmus Lavik. He studied in Minneapolis to become a pastor, but contracted consumption (tuberculosis) and died in Milnor in 1900 at age 26. His obituary from the Sargent County Teller on July 6, 1900 appears here, just scroll and click on LAVIK in the Surname Index box.

Photo 3. Peter Lavik and Two Other Spanish-American War soldiers, photographed in uniform. Peter served in Sargent County Company F, 34th U. S. Volunteer Infantry. He made it to the Philippine Islands in the service, and was at Camp Chicamauga, Georgia. It is unknown if the two other soldiers in the photo are from Sargent County.

Photo 4. Peter, John, Marie, Hannah, and Dora Lavik. These were Rev. Lavik's oldest children, along with Andrew in a previous photo. This photo was taken by A. H. Hunter in Forman, North Dakota. While Dora married Rev. Carl Grimsrud and lived in Moorhead, Minnesota, and Rev. John Lavik had a long and distinguished ministerial career in Colorado, Alberta, and Minnesota, Peter, Marie, and Hannah all died in the decade after 1900. Marie taught first grade in Milnor public schools, and Hannah was a public teacher as well.
John Laird
Note from John Laird (June 2009): "My g-g-grandmother was Rev. Lavik's older sister - Agate Lavik Ofstedal. I have researched the Lavik surname and visited Lavik, Norway in 1996. About 2000, I heard from another researcher, who researched the Berg family (a member of the Berg family had married Rasmus, a son of Rev. John Lavik). They had been in touch with someone in Milnor, who had come upon about two hundred Lavik family photos, most about one hundred years old, that had been left in the home of a deceased family member (in Milnor, I believe). Only ten or so had anything written on them, so no one wanted them, and they were on the verge of being destroyed. I sent him the money for shipping, and I have been working to identify them. They include a few photos from Norway, many from North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. I was lucky enough to find that one of the ten with something written on it was my great-grandmother Anna Markuson Ofstedahl, of whom I did not have a photo for the middle-aged period in her life. There is also a photo of my grandfather's twin siblings in their christening gowns (ca 1898) from Grafton, North Dakota. It was been a fun project. Three of the four photos below are from that group of photos, and the fourth is one sent by a relative for identification purposes. I am not sure there is a Lavik family member still in Milnor, although I am told a photo of Rev. Lavik still hangs in the Lutheran Church there, and Rev. Rasmus and Antonette Lavik, and some of their children are buried in the Milnor Lutheran Cemetery."

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