Obituary for MARTIN Knutson,
Courtesy of Darryl Onstad (great-great-grandson of Martin Knutson)
Emailed May 24 2000......from Darryl & Darlene Onstad

OBITUARY OF MARTIN KNUTSON - Section 10. At his home, the old homestead in Section 10, March 10th at four o'clock p.m. Martin Knutson died of lung trouble after an illness of nearly three months. He passed away peacefully having full possession of his senses to the very last. His death bed was surrounded by four of his children and a few of his friends. The funeral was held last Thursday; he was followed to his last resting place in the cemetery of Section 10 by a large procession Rev. Logeland conducting the services. Mr. Knutson was born in Stange , Norway Aug. 30th 1825. He immigrated to America and located with his family at Stillwater Aug. 29, 1872 where he lived three years, when he came to this locality and took a homestead in Sec. 10 to which place he moved his family in the fall of 1875 where he has since lived. Mr. Knutson erected the first schoolhouse in this locality, which was built of logs and located on the opposite side of the road from what is now known as the Section 10 church. In his death this locality looses one of its best citizens and oldest pioneers. He was a widower since 1899 and leaves six children, three sons, L. M. Knutson, of the town of Stanford , H. Knutson and S. Knutson of the town of Cumberland and three daughters, Mrs. Oren of the town of Cumberland , Mrs. Hendrickson of St. Paul and Mrs. Christenson of Norway . Card of Thanks The relatives of Martin Knutson, deceased wish to express their sincere thanks to all those who helped them and sympathized with them during the illness of their father and kinsman.

From: History of Barron Co. Wisconsin
H. C. Cooper, Jr., & Co.
1922, pg. 576

Martin Knutson, for many years a farmer on Section 10, Cumberland Township , was born in Norway , and was there educated. As a youth he learned the carpenter's trade, and followed this line of industry for several years thereafter. He came to the United States in 1872, and located at Stillwater , Minn. , where he continued to follow his trade. But he had strong inclinations toward the agricultural life, so in 1875 he came to Barron County and took a homestead east of the city of Cumberland , where he farmed for the remainder of his life. He married Anna Halverson, also now deceased, and they had six children of whom there are now living five. Johannah remained in Norway . Helmer and Louis M. are in Cumberland . Lena is the wife of John H. Oien, of St. Paul . Sever is in Cumberland . Mary, who was the wife of Hans Hendrickson, of St. Paul , Minn. , is dead.