BIOGRAPHIES OF TRAILL COUNTY
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From the Compendium of History and Biography of North Dakota, Page 219:
"THEODORE T. JAHR. Among the public officials of Traill county who are efficient, honorable and highly esteemed, the name of Mr. Jahr, county treasurer, should be given a foremost place. He is a gentleman whose interests are with his community and whose earnest labors for the advancement of Traill county, together with his excellence of character, have gained him the entire confidence of those among whom he has made his home for many years. He is proprietor of a fine farm in Norway township, and his residence is located in section 32.
Our subject was born in Freeborn county, Minnesota, April 9, 1868, and was the second in a family of six children born to Troger and Ronong (Stererson) Jahr, both of whom were natives of Norway, and now reside in Norway township, Traill county, North Dakota. Four of the children are now living and reside in Traill county.
Our subject was the eldest son, and with his parents moved to North Dakota in 1882, shipping stock and other supplies, and the family located in Norway township, Traill county, and they farmed in common for some years. A division of the land was made in 1891 and our subject then began farming for himself. He is now the owner of three hundred and sixty acres of land, which is well located and improved, and furnishes a comfortable home. An artesian well supplies an abundance of good water, and the farm is admirably adapted to general farming. Mr. Jahr took a business course at Bruflat College, in Portland, North Dakota, from 1888-90, farming during the summer season and attending school during the winter months. He was elected to his present office as county treasurer in 1898 without opposition.
Our subject was married, in 1896, to Miss Esther Johnson. Mrs. Jahr was one of the best-known educators of Traill county, having taught there about ten years. Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Jahr, as follows: Johan C. and one unnamed (twins), both deceased; Richard T., born May 22 1898, and Claudie Marie, born January 21, 1900. Mr. Jahr is a member of the United Lutheran church. Politically he is a Republican, but is a popular official regardless of party affiliations. He has served on the township board and takes an active part in public affairs and is rapidly gaining influence."
Children after the above 1900 biography:
John was born 12 February 1839 in Norway and died 13 September 1910 in Traill County.
He enlisted from Columbia County, Wisconsin on 17 January 1862 as a 2nd Lieutenant in Company H, Wisconsin 15th Infantry Regiment. He mustered out on 15 May 1862. He started receiving his pension on 27 June 1892 in North Dakota.
From Norwegians in the Civil War; Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum: "JOHNSON, John L. WI 15th Inf Co H. Residence: Columbia County, Wisconsin. Civil War: Age 23. Married. Commissioned Second Lieutenant on 5 Feb 1862 with rank from 17 Jan 1862. Mustered at Madison, Wisconsin, 13 Feb 1862. Resigned at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on 15 May 1862, per special order number 60 from General Halleck. Post war: Was living in Hillsboro, Traill County, North Dakota, in 1890, He died there in 1910. Sources: (WHS Series 1200 box 76-10; red book vol 20 p112) (Buslett p552) (Ulvestad p257) (Ager p308) (Quiner p 613) (1890 Veterans and Widows Census, North Dakota, No.123, roll 59)."
In the 1890 Veterans Federal and the 1900 and 1910 Federal Census reports he is living in Hillsboro.
John married Jensine Johnson on 9 August 1893 in Traill County.
He is buried at Hillsboro #1 Cemetery.
Burial, Tombstone Picture.
Knute was born 29 July 1832 in Norway and died 6 October 1906 in Traill County.
He enlisted from Mitchell, Iowa on 7 August 1861 as a Private in Company B, Iowa 7th Infantry. Some records have him enlisting on 24 July 1861. He was a Prisoner of War. He was mustered out on 12 July 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky. The National Home for Disabled Volunteers, Northwestern Branch, Milwaukee, Wisconsin records him as enlisting on 1 July 1861 at Anoka, Iowa and reenlisted on 25 December 1863 and mustered out on 12 July 1865. It also records that on 1 December 1886 he lost both hands in Caledonia; that he was 5 foot, 4 inches tall with sandy complextion and that his wife is Mathia living in Caledonia, North Dakota. He was admitted several times and died 6 October 1906. He started receiving his pension on 8 May 1880. His wife, Mathia started receiving a widow's pension 21 February 1907 in North Dakota.
From Norwegians in the Civil War; Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum: "JOHNSON, Knut IA 7th Inf Co B. Residence: Mitchell, Iowa. Born 29 Jul 1832 in Hardanger, Norway. Civil War: Age 29. Enlisted 8 Jul 1861. Mustered 24 Jul 1861. Private. Taken prisoner 7 Nov 1861, Belmont, Missouri. Exchanged Jan 1863. Re-enlisted & re-mustered 5 Jan 1864. Married on 31 Jan 1864 at Northwood, Iowa, to Mathia Amundson (1845-1931). Eight children. Mustered out 12 Jul 1865, Louisville, Kentucky. Post war: Came from Iowa to Caledonia, Traill County, North Dakota, in June 1879. Said to be suffering a “disease of the eyes”. Died 6 Oct 1906 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sources: (ISW-I p982) (1885 Dakota Territorial Census, Traill County Veterans, p138) (1890 Veterans and Widows Census, North Dakota, No.123, roll 59) “Johnson, Knute” “Wigen, Knute”."
In the 1880 Dakota Territory Census he is in Traill County and in the 1900 Federal Census he is in Caledonia.
He is buried at Caledonia Cemetery.
Burial, Tombstone Picture.
Ole is difficult to research as he was either born with a different surname or he changed his surname after the civil war. Research, so far, shows he kept his given name of Ole but records have his surname as Jensen, Janson, and Jansen.
He is listed as Ole Jansen on one civil war record with an alternate name name of Ole Janson. He enlisted from Carlton, Wisconsin as a Private on 25 February 1865 into Company E, Wisconsin 45th Infantry Regiment and mustered out on 17 July 1865 at Nashville, Tennessee. He started receiving his pension on 4 December 1890 in North Dakota and his wife, Mary, started receiving a widow's pension on 25 June 1897.
From Norwegians in the Civil War; Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum: "JENSEN, Ole WI 45th Inf Co E. From Skien, Norway. Civil War: Enlisted 25 Feb 1865. Private. Discharged 17 Jul 1865. Post war: Lived as “Ole Johnson” at Hatton, Traill County, North Dakota. Died at Hatton in 1896. Sources: (Ulvestad p295) (1890 Veterans and Widows Census, North Dakota, No.123, roll 59) “Johnson, Ole”."
In the 1890 Veterans Federal Census he is in Hatton.
Ole was born 25 February 1838 in Norway and died 22 June 1919 in Traill County.
He enlisted as a Private on 14 August 1862 into Company H, Wisconsin 27th Infantry Regiment. He mustered out on 12 March 1864 with a disability discharge. He started receiving a pension in North Dakota on 13 January 1891.
From Norwegians in the Civil War; Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum: "WI 27th Inf Co H. Residence: Vermont, Dane County, Wisconsin. Born 25 Feb 1838 at Sondre Aurdal, Valders, Norway, a son of Ole Knudsen Jordet and Anne Gulbrandsdatter. Came to America to Dene County, Wisconsin. Civil War: Farmer. Age 24. Blue eyes, light hair, light complexion, 5’10”, medium build. Enlisted for three years on 15 Aug 1862 at Vermont. Mustered 25 Oct 1862 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Private. Left sick at Helena, Arkansas, 13 Aug 1863. He had suffered sun stroke. Discharged from the hospital at Madison, Wisconsin, 9 Nov 1863, and rejoined his regiment 27 Nov 1863. Discharged from the service for disability on 12 Mar 1864 at Little Rock, Arkansas. Post war: Married on 14 Jan 1870 to Ellen Haug (1849-1894). Eleven children. Lived on a farm in Mayville, Traill County, North Dakota, beginning in 1879. He died at his farm home on 22 Jan 1919. Sources: (WHS Series 1200 boxes 129-10,19; 130-10; red book vol 32) (Ulvestad p299) (1890 Veterans and Widows Census, North Dakota, No.123, roll 59) “Jordet, Ole”."
In the 1880 Federal Census he was in Traill County. In the 1890 Veterans Federal and the North Dakota State Census of 1915 and in the 1900 and 1910 Federal Census reports he is in Mayville.
Ole secured land in Section 18, Township 146 (Mayville area), Range 52.
He is buried at Mayville Cemetery.
Burial, Tombstone Pictures.