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Ole Finnestad: Constable and Tax Collector

Ole Finnestad, son of Mari (Iversdatter Nord-Skaar) and Ole (Olson) Finnestad Sr. was employed as a farmer according to the 1900 , 1910 and 1920 US Census records.     Ole most likely worked for his father-in-law, Jon (Sampson) Quitno who had owned farm property in Section 2 of Alto township , Lee county, Illinois where the Finnestad family lived.  In 1900 Ole ran for elected office as constable and tax collector for the township.   I first came across Ole mentioned as having been a tax collector in the book, 'The Sage of Sinnissippi' by Kinnie A Ostewig, published in 1907.    Ole Finnestad and the list of tax collectors from 1860 - 1908 are listed on page 309 and 310. Page 4 of the April 4, 1900 edition of the Dixon Evening Telegraph published the results of the 1900 township elections. Ole received 121 votes and Mortie Smith received 82 votes for tax collector.   For the position of constable, Ole received 16 votes and apparently no opponent.   The low number of votes for c
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Lillian Thompson - Tragic Death

Just over 10 years ago I posted the death certificate of Lillian Thompson who had died as a result of a plane crash.   At the time, I was unable to track down a newspaper article with the details of the crash.    I recently obtained front page articles. During my search for the newspaper articles, I had been told another passenger, Lillian's fiancé (name unknown) was also in the plane and had died as a result.   The news reports confirm there were only two people on the plane, the pilot and Lillian.    Lillian was the daughter of Dena (Vallem) and Axel Thompson, the granddaughter of Rachel (Finnestad) and Lewis Vallem and great granddaughter of Mari (Iversdatter Nord-Skaar) and Ole (Olson) Finnestad Sr.   

Lillian (Jordal) and Kenneth Finnestad

Here is a photo of Lillian Jordal and Kenneth Finnestad taken in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.   I am not sure of the date of the photo but I believe it to be sometime in the 1930's. Kenneth was the second son of Oliver and Mary Finnestad, the grandson of Caroline (Jonsdatter Quitno) and Ole (Olson) Finnestad Jr. and the granddaughter of  Mari (Iversdatter Nord-Skaar) and Ole (Olson) Finnestad Sr.   

Mary (Finnestad) Bell - Two burials

Mary (Finnestad) Bell was placed in the International Order of Odd Fellows cemetery in Marysville, Washington at the time of her death in 1937.     The Marysville Cemetery is no longer part of the Order.  Following instructions of her brother, Rasmus, her body was disinterred in 1945 and placed at the Evergreen Cemetery in Everett, Washington next to her brother following his death. Mary was daughter of Mari (Iversdatter Nord-Skaar) and Ole (Olson) Finnestad Sr.     

Mary Olsdatter (Finnestad) Bell: Witness for the Prosecution

Mary Olsdatter Skåreflådå (Finnestad) Bell appeared as a witness in a murder trial that took place in Dixon, Lee county, Illinois from April 26, 1898 through May 5, 1898. The December 27, 1898 issue of the Dixon Evening Telegraph reported the initial details of the December 24th murder of Fred Tolsted on their front page.    From page 2 of the Wood County Reporter (Grand Rapids, Wisconsin) in their December 30, 1897 issue, the 'suspect' alleged the victim connected him 'unpleasantly' with the housekeeper (Mary Finnestad Bell). The local newspaper in the adjoining county, published a brief article on the murder on January 12, 1898 on the front page of The True Republican in Sycamore, DeKalb county, Illinois.     The Sterling Standard published the names of the law firm, prosecuting attorney and judge in the upcoming murder trial on page 12 of their January 13, 1898 issue. The trial began on April 26, 1898 as reported in the April 27, 1898 issue of the Dixon Evening Teleg

Finnestad Family Photo - Update

Yesterday I updated a post from September 27, 2011 due to inaccuracies in my original posts.      If you had read either of these entries in the past, please revisit them and understand the updated post is the most accurate. Back row:  Bert (born: July 18, 1861), Mary (born: January 19, 1859), Rasmus (November 20, 1863),  Ole Jr (June 4, 1856), Bertha (December 2, 1852), Serina 'Sarah' (July 5, 1846) Front row: Rachel (December 2, 1853), Ole Sr (February 14, 1814), Mari (July 5, 1823) and Elizabeth (April 10, 1844) I digitized the photo which was in the possession of Genevieve Fern (Olson) Berg so the person that wrote the names on the back of the photo may have been someone on her side of the family tree.

Elmer Levi Johnson - Death Certificate

I just tracked down the death certificate for Elmer Levi Johnson.    I posted his burial information previously . This solves the mystery as to whether Elmer served in the military.    His leg was injured while in the U.S. Army and passed away in Freedom township, Palo Alto county, Iowa.     The death certificate lists his birthday as July 12, 1898.    The 1900 US Census states his birth month is August as does his World War I draft registration.