The Winnebago County Republican volume VI Forest City, Winnebago County,
Iowa, Wednesday December 11, 1907 Number 51
FOUR HOMES MISS MOTHERS
Mrs.. M. Tang Passed Away Friday and Midnight
TWO SUDDEN DEATHS AT LAKE MILLS
Mrs. Mossestad, Mrs. Tolsrud and Mrs. Nels Berg are called.
Mrs. Mons Tang died at her home in this city Friday at midnight after an
illness of some months. Up until very recently her condition was not
considered so very serious but when the decline set in she failed rapidly.
The cause of her death was cancer. The disease was so thoroughly seated
that it was incurable and it only remained for it to develop sufficient to
claim its victim. She was a patient sufferer and bore the pain she was
subjected to bravely. Medical and surgical skill were unable to help her so
all that could be done was for loving hands to make her hours of suffering
as easy for her to bear as possible. Her maiden name was Anna Oldsdatter
Bolstad. She was born in Norway August 25, 1846, and was married April 17,
1871, to Mons Tang at Albert Lea, Minnesota. Eight children were born to
this couple. Rev T. A. Rodsatter of Synod Lutheran church conducted the
funeral services. What was mortal of Mrs. Tang was laid at rest in Oakland
cemetery on Monday followed by a large concourse of sorrowing friends and
Mrs. Berg of Logan township died at her home December 8, 1907. The decedent
was a highly respected resident of Logan township. She was born in Modom
Norway, December 8, 1870. On March 7, 1903 she was married to Nels Berg.
The funeral will be held Friday
(Mrs. Mary Mossestad was my great grandmother - and the reason I have this
The fact that Mrs. Mary Mossestad had died at her home at Van Metre S.D.
reached this place late last week and was a great surprise. She breathed
her last on Wednesday, December 4th and the cause of her demise was found to
be heart trouble. The story of her death is a pathetic one, and is told as
Her husband, who is a veterinary surgeon, was called away on professional
business Monday and did not return until after darkness had set in Wednesday
evening. As he entered the house no sound was heard except the cooing of
the baby, and upon lighting a match he discovered the lifeless form of his
wife, whom he had left on Monday in her usual health, lying on the floor
with the baby wholly unconscious of what had happened, crawling over the
lifeless form, and vainly trying to wake the mother from her last long
sleep. The coroner was called, a jury impaneled and an inquest held, and
after thorough investigation of the case, and a microscopic examination of
the body, the jury agreed that the cause of her death was heart trouble.
Mrs. Massestad will be remembered by many of our people. She is a daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Olavus Gunderson, who were old time residents of Mt. Valley,
and is a sister of Ludwig Gunderson. She lived her for sometime a number of
years ago and also at Lake Mills. She was one of the principals in the late
litigation over the estate of Olavus Gunderson.
While here during the month just passed she was under the doctor's care,
and before the trial was over she was quite sick.
The remains were brought to Lake Mills for burial.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at one o'clock. Interment
was in Lake Mill cemetery.
note: there is part of a column cut out - I presume Mrs. Tolsrud's story.
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