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A GOOD MAN TAKEN
AWAY INHIS PRIME
Great Outpouring of People at
Obsequies of Late Martin
The passing of Martin Swenson on
Dec. 6, an active man of affairs, in the
prime of life, caused much sorrow and
regret in the community. At the funer
al last Sunday a very large number of
people attended to pay their respects
to the memory of the departed. Ser
vices were held at the residence at
512 Second Street Bast at one o'clock.
Revs. J. B. Sorenson and Jesper Holm
quist spoke and Samuel Nelson sang
a song. The cortege then started for
the Svea church of which the deceas
ed had been a member since childhood,
The Late Martin Swenson
the autos making a procession of a
mile or more. The Svea- church was
packed to the limit of capacity. The
same pastors spoke, Rev. Holmquist
in English and Rev. Sorenson in the
Swedish language. Songs were ren
dered by the Junior choir, the church
choir and the male octette of the
church and by Samuel Nelson. Pol
lowing the services many hundreds of
people passed the flower-laden casket
to take a last look at their late
friend. The interment took place "in
the churchyard beside the church, just
as the sun was setting in the West.
The pall bearers were six cousins of
the deceased: J. P., P. P. and E. P.
Johnson, August and Martin Johnson
and Nels Anderson.
Martin Raymond Swenson was born
at Svea Dec. 22, 1875. Here his youth
was spent. He attended the Willmar
Seminary. On June 6, 1906. he was
married to Miss Clara Christina Mon
son, who survives him with six daugh
ters—E'.sia, Luci!e, Margaret, Lor
raine, Luella and Marcella, the last
named but six months of age. A boy
and a girl died in infancy. He is also
mourned by his- mother, Mrs. Carrie
Swenson of Portland, Oregon, and the
following brothers and sisters— S. M.
Swenson. of Svea Mrs. Elsie Mills of
Vancouver, B. Mrs. Amanda Peter
son, Ferndale, Wash. Mrs. A. P.
Johnson of Svea Mrs. Ellen Lundeen
of Portland, Oregon, and Mr. Andrew
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15th or left at our of
fice up till tomorrow
1 night will be admit
Swenson of Audubon, Minnesota. An
other sister-was Mrs. A. O. Nelson
who died six years ago. A large num
ber of cousins and other relatives are
among the mourners.
Among those attending from a dis
tance were Mr. and Mrs. Aveldson, Mr.
and Mrs. Edgar Johnson, Mr. and Mrs.
Prank Carlson, Peter Johnson, Mr.
and Mrs. William' Carlson and son of
Grove City. William Nelson of Litch
field, Emil Monson of Frazee Mrs.
William Monson of New London, and
The deceased was a devoted hus
band and father, a man of undoubted
integrity in business affairs and a
good citizen, who took his full share
in the development of the community.
His widow and children have the
heartfelt sympathy of all in their ir
MRS. AND. PETERSON
HAS PASSED AWAY
Wife of Pioneer Furniture Man is
Laid to Rest on Monday
After a period of a years illness
death came to Mrs. Andrew Peterson
on Dec. 8, at her home on 1322' Ella
Mrs. Peterson has been lingering
for a year but not very serious until
about nine weeks ago when she was
confined to her bed and had been more
or less since that time. During her
illness she had consulted both local
and other doctors but nothing could
be done to restore her health. The
cause of death was cancer. Mrs. An
drew Peterson, whose maiden name
was Johannah Rundberg, was born in
Ravolon, Grangerdy, Sweden. April 1,
1851, at which place she resided until
18'&6 when she came to this country.
On Feb. 27, 1898 s.he was united in
marriage to Andrew Peterson. They
have resided in this city ever since
their marriage 23 years ago.
Mrs. Peterson leaves to mourn her
death, her husband, Andrew Peter
son, her children Paul and Carl E.
Peterson, Mrs. Erick Elkjer and Mrs.
Ruth Kastel, all of this city, the chil
dren of her marriage to Rev. A. G.
Peterson. Also two step sons, Elmer
A. and Alfred T. Peterson also of this
city. Two sisters in this country Mrs.
Carl Peterson of Trade Lake, Wis..
and Mrs. Ida Levin and one brother
John Rundberg both of St. Paul. The
funeral was held Monday, Dec. 12, at
2:30 p.m. from the house and later
at the cemetery. Rev. E. A Lager
strom was the officiating clergyman
for the occasion The remains of the
deceased were interred in Fairview
cemetery. The pall bearers were
Renins Swenson. P. E. Parson, Andrew
Hedin and Andrew Hoaglund.
Gravelling work is being done on
the road running north from Atwater
to Spicer a distance of nine miles.
Work begins today and will continue
for six weeks. The Willmar Construc
tion Company has the contract for the
work. This is state aid road No. 2.
LADIES AID BAZAAR
The Priam Ladies Aid will hold
their annual Bazaar and sale at the
Priam school house Friday evening
Dec. 16, at 8 o'clock. A program will
be given and a lunch will be served.
The proceeds of the evening will go
to the Orphans Home. All are cordi
WINDMILL BLOWN DOWN
The strong wind Tuesday night blew
down the windmill on the Henry
Hough place in Arctander. In falling
the electric wiring of the place was
broken and the home was plunged in
PROGRAM AND SOCIAL
A program and social will be given,
at Dist. 33 Thursday, Dec. 22. Ladies
please bring baskets.
Stella Croonquist, teacher.
CARD OF THANKS
We desire to take this ^opportunity
to gratefully acknowledge the many
kindnesses shown us ddring our re
cent bereavement and loss of our dear
husband and father We also wish to
express our thanks to those who con
tributed those beautiful flowers.
Mrs. Martin Swenson
WILLMAR CHORAL SOCIETY
ORGANIZED OCTOBER 12
Step Taken Which Will Mean Much
for the Advancement of Mu
sical Culture In City
The Willmar Choral society was or
ganized on the evening of Wednesday,
Oct. 12, 1921. PTOf. Nyvall, upon jiis
introduction of a piano studio in the
city, perceived the need of some or
ganization in Willmar to endorse and
promote the singing of good music and
thus advance the culture of the com
munity along these lines. This idea
found being in the foundation of the
W. C. S. Invitations were sent to over
100 persons in the city, those 'pros
pective as active members and others
who would favor the establish
ment of such a singing organization.
The meeting was held in the base
ment of the Synod Lutheran church.
Rev. J. R. McCullough of the Presby
terian church was the choice for
president of" the Willmar Choral soci
ety and Miss Amy Freidlund secretary
and treasurer. Prof. Nyvall was en
gaged as conductor.* Upon the sug
gestion of Prof. Nyvall the administra
tion of the society was placed in the
hands of the officers while the conduc
tor himself directs and instructs the
rehearsals on Tuesday evening of each
week. The basement of the Synod
was selected as the rehearsal quarters
at a very reasonable rental.
The active members have purchased
their own books and also pay their
dues as members of the ^society sim
ilar to the associate members.
Miss Nellie Robbins has been en
gaged as accompanist for the chorus.
Miss Robbins has rendered this ora
torio a number of times in the past
for choruses and is thus admirably
suited for the pianist role.
The society seeks to include in its
TnembfersMp-^the "besf vtcai™taient in
the city and has secured most of such
talent, largely from the various
churches in Willmar.
CHORUSES TO BE SUNG
PROM "MESSIAH" BY THE
LOCAL CHORAL SOCIETY
•'And the Glory of the Lord."
"O Thou that Tellest Good
Tidings to Zion." $
"For Unto Us a Child is Born."
"Glory to God."
"Behold the Lamb."
"Surely He has Borne Our
"All We Like Sheep Have
Gone Astray." $
"Since by Man Came Death." $
If time permits the chorus 3jj
will also render "He Tusted in
Among the many excellent compo
sitions by Prof. Nyvall is his Christ
mas cantata, "The Nativity." This
composition has both the English and
Swedish verse and is replete with
choruses, solos and piano accompani
ment. This cantata consists of 40'
pages and is published by the Ehg
borg-Holmberg Publishing company of
HANS E. WHEM
Hans Whem is no more. Wellrknown
character and early pioneer of the
community east of Willmar passed
from this life last Sunday at his home
at G09 Fourth St. E. He has been
somewhat on the decline health
during the past year, but the immed
iate cause of death was pneumonia
with which he was taken sick Dec. 6.
He had attained the age of 80 years,
10 months and 2 days.
Hans Erickson Whem was born in
Ostre Goten. Hoff Parish, Norway, on
Oct. 1, 1841. At the age of 28 he im
migrated to America, coming to Will
mar fifty-two years ago. He worked
the first years as farm hand and later
acquired a farm of his own. He moved
to the city about 20 years ago. He was
a single man and lived together with
his step-mother, Mrs. Berte Marie
Whem. and* his brother, ""Peter, who
died about 5 years ago. Besides his
step-mother he is mourned by a half
sister, Mrs. Bernard Bredeson.
The funeral took place this after
noon from the Synod cnurch and was
Nora C. Strand, Mrs
Hedin, Mrs. C. E. Anderson, Ruth M.
Sanderson, Mrs. A. H. Swanson, Myr
tle E. Johnson, Mabel Eckblad, Rona
Stromert,, Hazel Daleen, Ellen V. Olin,
HazeK L. Broman, Hughzina Haley,
Mildred Barker, Mrs. E. P. Berquist
Cora E. Osmundson, Esther A. Rodlun,
Ida Swensrud, Ruth E. Carlson, Irene
M. Stephens, Agnes H. Haines, Lylah
Eckwall, Birdie Rykken, Doris L.
Scott, Beatrice Eckwall, Ethel Smith,
Marion Hanscom, Virginia E. Reed,
Lillie B. Norin, Mrs. H. A. Hobbie,
Mrs. D. O. Hahn, Mrs. J. L. Tiegsland,
Florence Rodelius^ Lillian Barker, Dor
othey Coss, Mrs. G. C. Mickelson,
Frances Broman, Mrs. J. A. Rowat,
Mrs. Herman Nelson.
Harold B. Handy, Emil C.
Lundquist, Austin E. Sundberg, A.
Willard Lundquist, Samuel Nelson, O.
Z. Johnston, Axel S. Dahl, Dwight P.
Johnson, Edward V. Rodlun. Stephen
E. Caine, Edward E. Olson, Hjalmar
O. Hoglund, Levi C. Dahl, Harold Ives,
Geo. Brohaugh, Lawrence Wiggins,
IN FAVORABLE COMMENT
Minneapolis Sunday Tribune De
votes Much Space to the
Willmar Choral Society
Wo read that the Willmar Choral
society, composed of 105 active mem
bers, and between two and three hun
dren associate members, will give a
performance of the "Messiah" during
the Christmas holidays. This is but a
beginning, for, headed by the Rev. Mr.
McCullough as president, the society
has become a recognized civic organiza
tion, backed by Aie entire community.
It is a sort of "good music" movement
to improve musical taste in school and
home. Willmar is to become the cen
ter of musical development for terri
tory radiating from it in every direc
tion. As an example of interest, one
member of the chorus travels &0 miles
to attend each .rehearsal.
Influence Reaches Far
With a new organization like this,
it may not be possible to carry out
very extensive plans this season. If
however, only two evenings of choral
interpretation's are given it means
much but the definite establishment
of a permanent choral club means
much more, for there is no telling how
far its influence may reach.
David Nyvall, recently appointed
leader of the Elks Glee club and Uni
versity Clee club, is the conductor of
the chorus, and his optimism over the
possibilities of the club and his enthu
siasm over the quality of the voices at
his disposal, is an inspiring comment
on the kind of support he is getting
from everybody concerned. Nr. Nyvall
expects to organize choruses in at
least four or five other communities,
andwhen this is an accomplished fact,
he further plans to bring them to
gether in a musical affair of some kind
in this city, which may take the form
of a choral contest. Whatever the fu
ture may hold for development along
this line it is clear that the leaven of
choral singing is beginning to work,
and we may anticipate rapid advance
during the next decade.
Soloists for the Willmar "Messiah"
performance, already selected are
Clara Williams, soprano, and Agnes
Rast-Snyder. contralto. Miss Amy
Friedlund is secretary and Miss Nell
The above comment was published
in the Minneapolis Tribune in its is
sue- of Dec. 4.
conducted by Rev. Arnt. Vaaler. The
pall bearers were F. Bredeson,, P. O.
Balke, -O. C. Bredeson, Theo. Thorson,
Anton Thorson and Olavus Anderson.
Interment was made in the Synod ce
TRUCKS TO MORRIS
The entire fleet of State Highway
trucks, used on the pavement work
East and\West of the city where shoul
ders were placed pn a stretch of 16
miles, are now being prepared for the
winter work. In the fleet there are
12 four ton trucks, ft tank and 4 truck
trailers. These will go to Morris with
in a week to do graveling work be
tween that city and Herman. Some
sixty men were employed on the
shouldering work on the road East
and West of the cityv, .'
,, Prof. DavidNyvall, Jr.
PROGRAM AT |IST. NO. 43
A program will be given at Dist.
No. 43 on Thursday evening, Decem
ber 22nd. Everybody welcome.
Nora KtopJleBch, teacher.
PROF. NYVALL CONDUCTS
NOTED ELKS' GLEE CLUB
Vacancy Left by the Death of Dr
Rhys-Herbert Capably Filled
by Prof. David Nyvall
Among the places left vacant by
the death of Dr. Rhys-Herbert, one of
the most conspicuous was that of di
rector of the Elks' Glee club. With
the remarkable success of this organ
ization Dr. Rhys-Herbert had for years
been intimately connected, and his
death left profound uncertainty as to
who could be found to carry on his
It is now announced that David Ny
vall, Jr., director of the school of mu
sic at Minnesota college, iias-.been ap
pointed as director of. the Elks' Glee
club to succeed Dr. Rhys-Herbert. The
selection is likely to be an admirable
one. Mr. Nyvall is a talented and ex
perienced musician, with an exception
al knowledge of music, with marked
ability as a teacher, and he has been
successful as a choral leader. Above
all, he is a man of vigor, energy and
ideas, and has proved himself capable
of translating his ideas into action
through the medium of hard work,
Pianist and Choral Leader
As a teacher Mr. Nyvall has had a
varied experience, and now, in addi
tion to his administrative work, is
teaching piano, theory, history of mu
sic and the relation of psychology to
music at Minnesota college. As .a pi
anist he has appeared frequently in
recital/and has been accompanist to
such singers as Julia Claussen and
Marion Green. As a choral leader, he
was particularly successful in direct
ing the Ebenezer Choral society of
Chicago and received high praise in
the Chicago papers for his work there.
As a composer, he has shown his
scholarship by a series of arrange
ments of Bach "Inventions" for two
pianos, and his originality by various
songs and other compositions, some
of his songs being for poems written
by his father.
Mr. Nyvall is thus well fitted to
carry on the excellent work done with
the Elks' Glee club by Dr. Rhys-Her
bert, and the club has become so con
spicuous a focal institution that his
success in his new task will be a mat
ter of interest throughout the whole
The above excellent mention was
printed in the issue of Nov. 12 of the
Minneapolis Daily News.
FREE LUTHERAN Y. P. S.
The Y. P. S. of the Free Lutheran
church will meet in the church base
ment on Wednesday evening, Dec.
21st, when the following program will
Devotion. Rev. Nilsen.
Vocal solo. Miss Noren.
Piano solo, Nora Swenson.
Vocal solo, Oscar Augustson.,
Speech, Prof. Dixon.
Vocal solo, Leonard Nelson.
Reading, Margaret Johnson.
Vocal solo, Beatrice Eckwall.
Song, Men's Chorus.
Piano solo, Muriel Winney.."
Refreshments will be served after
the program and everyone welcome.
COMPLETE CONCRETE BRIDGE
The new concrete bridge at Eagle
Lake is now completed and the filling
in work is now being done. The
bridge was constructed/by the Morris
Construction Co. The work ws« done
in about ire weeks. The bridge
Mrs. J. W. Nixon, Adeline E.
Sundberg, Nellie Olin, Nettie Peter
son. Mrs. H. N. Hansen, Marie J. Berg,
Ella Bakken, Anna Abrahamson,
Helen P. Sweeny, Ella Lorentzen,
Hazel Elmquist, Marguerite F. Koch,
Ella O. Carlson, Ella S. Haines*, Mrs.
S*. O. Diffendorf. Winifred Sherwood,
Minnie M. Fridlund, Mrs. J. Renwick
McCullough, Myrtle Lundquist, Mar
tina ©erg, Alice Lundquist, Ida A. San
derson, Gladys E. Stromert, Abbie M.
Stromert, Mrs. 'A. G. Erickson, Mrs.
W. F. Jolly. Anna Sand, Pearl Ball.
J. Renwick McCullough, Al
fred Bergeson. Arthur J. Swenson,
Oscar B. Augustson, A. L. Haroldson,
Robert V. Malmgren, Waldron E. Bro
man, Robert T. Haley, Wallace E.
Johnson, Latimer Parsons, Paul A.
Peterson, Brvil Leslie Gustafsbn, Wes
ley L. Broman, Walter M. Scott, Elroy
W. Peterson, Raymond Edward John
son, Helge B. Seastedt, Chester Wal
lin, Franklin Jolly, Herbert Hoglund,
Norman H. Tallakson, Herman Nelson.
SOCIETY WILL RENDER
Much Progress is Made by W.C.S.
Famous Handel's "Messiah"
Preparing Nine Choruses
Lovers of music, and good music,
can never tire of that wonderful com
position written in such stirring
measures by the noted composer, G. F.
Handel, in the year 1741, the "Mes
siah." This oratorio of the Yuletide
season, this humble but masterful mu
sical tribute to the Master, whose day
of birth Christian mankind observes,
has grown in strength and favor and
is being sung throughout the breadth
of this land and throughout the world.
The gfeateKif' choruses, the most pro
minent soloists select many of their
chief songs and arias from its pages.
The "Messiah" is an eternal example
of art in music, for it speaks for the
human heart in music stronger than
human tongue could express, the deep
sentiments of Christian mankind for
the gift of the Son of God who came
for the deliverance of a sinful world.
FIRST WORK ENDURING
It was first performed at a concert
given for charitable purposes at Dub
lin, Ireland, on April 13, 1742, Handel
conducting the performance in person.
According .to the historical evidence,
Handel knew that the Dublin orehes
trl and choral resources were by no
means on a par with those of London,
andwas markedly influenced by this
circumstance in the composition of his
work. In his choruses he did not go
beyond four-part writing, and kept his
orchestra within the most modest
limits, so that no instrument except
violin and trumpet plays a solo part,
and oboe and bassoon do not appear
at all in the score, although these in
struments participated in the perform
ance, as was proved by a later dis
covery of orchestra parts written for
both. Thereafter Handel, beginning
with March 23, 1743, brought out the
"Messiah" every year in London with
great applause in the course of time
he -made various alterations in certain
numbers, set several new ones to mu
sic, transcribed a few arias for differ
ent voices, but left the work as a
whole unchanged, both vocally and in
strumentally, from its original form
thus bearing witness that, despite its
limitations, this primitive conception
of the work was likewise the endur
is of culvert style and reinforced. It
measures ten feet wide and 35 feet
long. The entire cost of the work
is set at $3,000.
OScar L. Larson'of Willmar and El
sie V. Olson of Chokio, Minn., were
united in marriage at the Lutheran
Free church parsonage, Saturday.
Dec. 3rd, at 8 o'clock in the evening.
The witnesses were Adolph O. R.
Johnson and Ethel A. Anderson.
I will pay $25 to anyone who will
furnish information that will lead to
arrest and conviction of parties who
stole lignite coal from car consigned
to me and which was on unloading
track on Nov. 18. 1921.
A. J. EKANDER.
LANDED AT GOTENBURQ
Lewis Johnson received a telegram
today that the steamer Drottoingholm
of the Swedish American Line bearing
Andrew Ray, Ivor Enqnist and Swen
,**Jt&rlJ:». fo^UILag^** gft.•
ASSOCIATE MEMBERS AID
TO SUPPORTW.CS. WORK
Society Indebted to the Associate
Members for Financial and
In order to launch any enterprise of
the nature of the Willmar Choral so
ciety, to finance and place it upon an
operating basis, it becomes evident
that the public, the citizens of the
community must lend their aid and es
pecially their financial aid. This has
been very strongly true of the W.C.S.
When the society was organized it
was decided that a solicitation of as
sociate members should be initiated
without delay, each such member to
pay annual dues of SI. The first cam
paign for members ended with the
incomplete solicitation of the business
section of the city. Much has yet to
be done in this work and in the near
future our citizens will be requested
to express their good will in taking an
The canvass of tine business district
resulted in over 100 members wad
have paid their annual dues. These
associate members merit the grate*
ful appreciation of the Willmar Choral
society, for their public spirited sup
port and we take great pleasure in
announcing to the public this excel
lent list of the present backers of
W.C.S. in. the city of Willmar.
The work of the society will hot
stop there, however. It aims to secure
at least 50O associate members. A ..
comparatively small part of the avail- *4[
able field of associate members has
been harvested and many citizens,'f:
when approached, will be glad to en-":
list themselves in the support of the z%
singing organization. After ihe new
year, it is expected, another campaign .%
will be conducted and the present list
of associate members is expected to
be very materially swelled.
P. B. Hong, Mary EL Tew,Jlazei.M,
Johnson, A. A. Anderson. Elmer A.
Peterson, O. O. Ulvin, Aug. Lundquist,
Walter Haines, T. O. Gilbert, G. E.
Qvale, Ed. Sanderson, E. C. Wellin,
Mrs. Emma BerkneSS, Victor Klin gen
berg, C. A. Oberg, W. P. Elkjer, Sani
tary Cleaners, O. A. Ferring, Nels S.
Swenson, S. B. Qvale, P. H. Peterson,
Ed. Lundberg, H. G. Lonien, A. A.
Blomquist, Chas. Johnson, Dr. I. S.
Benson, Dr. R. E. Anderson, Roy Carl-,
son, Almeda Sjoquist, Oscar Lund
quist, Ellen Youngbery, Julia Young
berg. Dr. J. C. Jacobs. Dr. H. V. Han
son, John Barris. Mabel Sanderson,,
Einer Soderling, L. E. Baker, C. R. C.
Baker, Mrs. C. Rj C. Baker, J. Albert
Peterson, LeRoy Christian, T.M. Thor
son, C. W. Ode'.'., H. B. Lidstone, Oscar
Elmquist, Clarence Granoski, H. E.
Johnson, Ed. Selin, L. Reihsen, Ar
chie Carlson. A. C. Carlson, C. B. Carl
son, Dr. H. F. Porter, Dr. O. E. Hedin,
John W. Larson, Dr. R. J. Hodapp,
Geo. Brogren, Mrs. Ed. M. Elkjer, Ray
Anderson, Arthur Carlson, Hans P.
Hanson, June Murray, C. Hara, Chas.
Rasmussen, Herbert Nelson, Dr. C. J.
Ehrenberg. Elbert Gilbertson, Dr. O.
R. Zahr, Albin Wahlstrand, R. W. Stan
ford, F. C. Bedse, Ingwald Woken1. V.
E. Lawson, Chas. Lundstead, I. C. Ol
son, Bergan Bros., L. Hultberg, Mel
vin Root, Wm. N. Peterson, Raleigh
Erickson. Hilda Anderson, Anton Ok
erman, Melvin Johnson, A. O. Fors
berg Hugh Campbell, Joe Quam, Emil
Bjornberg, Rev. Arnt Vaaler, Gerta
Rasmussen. Esther. Nicholson, Lillie
Korthe. P. J. Berg, G. A. Soderling,
Mrs. Lida Spencer, Arthur Johnson
R. F. Johnson, Sophia iBrustad, H. M.
Hershey, C. A. Nelson, Dr. L. E. Coss,
N .A. Pappas, A. H. -Sullivan, A. L.
Martinson, I. Ruben, S. B. Chapin, O.
A. Jacobson, Lottie Lee, Helen Jen
Abrahamson of Willmar, landed safe*
ly at the*port of Gotenburg yesterday,
Dec. 13. The ship left New York city
on Dec. 3.
C. G. Strom, pastor
Next Sunday. Sunday school at 10
a. m. and services at 11 a. m. The
children's festival will be held on
Monday evening, the 26th, at 7 o'clock.
A CANDY SOCIAL
Miss Agnes Anderson, teacher in
Dist. No. €2, North of town, announces
that a Candy Social will be held at
the schoolhouse on Thursday evening,
Dec. 22. Ladies will please bring boxes
of candy. A program will be given.
Gustaf A. Erickson Saturday parch
ased the bouses ownet by Albeit &
Larson of Willmar on First Street
and Litchfield avenue at a considers''':
tion of $18,000. Both houses' are 4e'
ing used as flats. The deal includes
also the tote.