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A BUSY LIFE
K. J. Taralscth, Prominent Citizen
of Warren, Died Last
Mr. Knud J. Taralseth passed
peacefully away at his home in this
city at a quarter past five o'clock
on Saturday morning, Oct. 14, 1905,
aged 56 years, 11 months and 12
His death, though not unexpect
ed, nevertheless came as a shock to
the people of this city, which
has been the scene of his many ac
tivities for nearly a quarter of a
century, and it was hard to realize
that Mr. Taralseth, the well known
pioneer merchant of the city and
one of its most esteemed citizens,
was no more numbered among the
living. When one drops out at
the end of a busy and useful hu
man career, the others suffer a per
sonal loss. It is a friend who is
gone. The sympathies of long per
sonal intercourse seem to illuminate
more perfectly our judgments on
which, rest esteem. And the long
er Mr. Taralseth was known, the
better was he appreciated and lov
Knud J. Taralseth was born
i Hornindal, Bergen's Stift, Nor
way on the 2nd of November, 1848.
His parents were Ole and Olena
Taralseth. In 1856, an orphan boy
eight years old, he started on his
journey in life for himself as a cat
tle boy, and until he was sixteen
years of age he continued to tend
his herds among the majestic and
rugged mountains of Norway. In
1864 he entered an apprenticeship
"to the carpenter trade during rtne
summers and employed his winter
time in fishing. In 1872, at the age
of 24 he bade his dear mother,
friends and native land farewell
and sailed forth across the Atlantic
to make his future in the land of
opportunity, America. He came to
Red Wing, Minn, where he secur
ed work on the railroad at $1.25 per
day, and out of this small wage he
had to board himself. After work
ing at this employment one year
he went to Minneapolis where he
worked at the carpenter trade until
1875, when he returned to Norway
for a few months to marry the girl
he left behind. On April 18, 1875,
he was united is marriage to Miss
Ragnhild Satren, the daughter of
Ole and Breta Satren, and in May
of the same year he again landed on
America's shores. He worked at
the carpenter trade in Minneapolis
for three years and then removed
to Osakis, Douglas County, where
he purchased a half interest in a
small store, and remained until
1882, when he sold out his interest
and came like many of us to the
little station of Warren, which was
destined to be the scene of his real
and most lasting work in life, the
place where his greatest battles
were fought and his greatest victo
ries won. All he had passed
through was simply a preparation
for his work in this city. His life
since he came here is as familiar to
our people as an open book. How
he started in the general merchan
dise business in a small way, and
how the business has grown and
expanded as the years have rolled
by, we have all seen, and also
how he has successfully branched
out into other lines, especially in
banking. In 1888 he built part of
the brick block in which the Taral
seth Co. is now doing business.
When the State Bank was organized
he became one of its heaviest stock
holders and last year he built the
handsome building in which that
institution now is quartered. At the
time of his death he was the vice
president of the State Bank of War
ren, of which his son O. H. Taral
seth is the cashier, was president
of. the Citizens' State Bank of Fer
tile, a director in the Citizens'
State Bank of Oslo, a stock holder
in the Bank of Alvarado, also in
the Scandia Bank of Crookston and
in the wholesale house of Alfred
Anderson A Co.,. of Minneapolis.
He was also President of the K. J.
Taralseth Co., a corporation under
which the general merchandise
business is conducted.
But it is not in private business
alone that he has been interested
since coming to Warren. In pub
lic affairs also has he taken an ac
tive and prominent part. He serv
ed as a village trustee in 1884, 1885,
and 1888 and as president of the
village council from March, 1889 to
March, 1890. He was city treasur
er from March, 1891, to March 1893,
and city alderman from March, 1896,
to March, 1898. In March, 1900,
he was elected mayor serving three
years in succession, or until March,
1903. He was chairman of the
meeting held July 31, 1885, for the
purpose of organizing the Warren
Independent School District, was
elected a member of the Board of
Education and chosen as its first
president. He served continuously
as a member of the board until last
July when his failing health com
pelled his retirement from that
body. In 1896 he was again chosen
president of the board and from
Dec. 19* 1898, to July 31, 1902, he
served as school treasurer. His
services both on the council and
school board were most valuable.
The knowledge of, carpentry) for in
stance, gained in his younger days
was worth much to both the city
and school district, when new
buildings were being erected, and
his good judgment, and extensive
business experience were also of
great benefit in conducting public
affairs in right channels. He was
thoroughly devoted to the city,
which he has done so much to up
build, and had great faith in its fut
ure. In the early nineties, when
several busiaess men who had
made snug sums of money here, re
moved from the city, he also was
tempted to follow their example,,
impelled by spells of poor health
and the difficulties of doing an ex
tensive credit business in a new
country, but upon reflection he
said no. that he had made here what
money he had, and here he propos
ed to use it. He was always solic
itous for the advancement of the
best interest of the schools.
He was always a liberal contri
butor to every good and noble
purpose, whether public or private.
A few months ago he donated the
magnificent sum of one thousand
dollars to the city hospital.
He was brought up in the Nor
wegian Luth. church, of which he
continued a loyal member until his
The funeral was held on Monday
afternoon this week and was the
biggest ever seen in Warren.
Business men from Argyle, Stephen,
Crookston and elsewhere, were
present, also representatives from
wholesale houses. Mayor Aug.
Lundgren had issued a proclamation
requesting all places of. business to
close during the funeral and that
flags be raised at half mast, and the
public schools were dismissed for
the afternoon. Brief servicesvwere
held at the late home of deceased.
Rev. C. J. Nolstad, pastor of the
Norwegian Luth church, spoke in
Norwegian feelingly of the death of
his parishoner and pillar of the
church, using as his text Phil. 3:
20., and Rev. G. E. Tindall preached
in English on 1 Cor. 15: 26. Judge
Grindeland spoke touchingly of the
life and work of Mr. Taralseth,
paying warm tribute to him as a
friend, neighbor, business man and
citizen. Among other things he
said: "To K. J. Taralseth life was
real, life was earnest.' Frivolity
was obnoxious to his nature.
Idleness he could not tolerate. He
himself was always on duty and he
expected as much of others. Dur
ing day time or during evening you
knew where to look for him. |1You
would find him at his place of busi
ness or at the council meeting or
the school meeting, or with his
family at home. f^W&Si&
We criticise him for not devot
ing more time for rest
and amusement, but his rule in life
was: "In the sweat of thy face shalt
thou eat.bread'' A male quartette
sang "Bedre kan jeg ikke fare" in
Norwegian, and "Nearer my GUjd to
thee," in English. A long procession
escorted the reains to Greenwood
cemetery. The pall bearers were
A. Grindeland, W. F. Powell, H. L.
Melgaard, Dr. G. S. Wattam,J. S.
Hilleboe, and Aug. Lundgren.
The surviving members of the
family are Mrs. Taralseth. daughter
Mrs. Ed. Mosseffn, and sons O. H.
and Ralph Taralseth. To them
this community offers its apprecia
tion of Mr. TaralsethJs
Get your business education at
Concordia College, Moorhead,
Minn., and you need not worry
about a position. Twoof last year's
graduates are holding positions
netting them $900 a year.
WARREN, MARSHALL COUNTY, MINNESOTA, OCTOBER lO, 1905.
K. J. T.VKAI,SJ3TII.
life and char-
acter and sympathy, in their loss.
May he rest in peace.
"To live in hearts we leave behind.
Is not to die".
Oct. 16th. The Alma correspond
ent must be dead now it is so long
since we heard from him.
Ml E. Todd has commenced an
other term of school in Dist. No. 14.
We haven't heard of Hjerpe and
JorgensonCo. now for quite a while
probably they are in Kansas thresh
A dance was held at Oscar Matt
son's last Saturday night. And
they all had a good time while Axel
Annual Fur Sale.
Very Truly Yours,
complies with the pure
food laws of all states.
Food prepared with it
is free from Rochelle
salts, lime, alum and
One three-year-old black steer,
weight about 1,000 lbs. Please
notify C. J. JOHNSON & SON,
You are cordially
invited to attend our
Annual Fur Sale
Saturday, Oct. 21st
Very low prices will be
made on all kinds of furs
at this sale.
Be sure and Come,
Tnut Baking Powdsn iU for 45 or
80 cmta par pound and may be iden
tified by thie exorbitant price.
They area menace to public health,
aa food prepared from them eon
tain* large Qjiaatittee of Bochelle
aalte, a dangeroua cathartic drag.
Adopted by Warren Lodge A. F.
& A. M. on Death of Bro.
K. J. Taralseth.
Whereas, It has pleased the Su
preme Architect of the Universe to
summon from his labors upon earth
our beloved Brother, Knud J. Tar
alseth, calling him by His Omnipo.
tent will to that judgment which a
waits all who are toiling in this
earthly temple and
Whereas, The Masonic ties which
have so long bound us in mutual
friendshipjand enjoyment to our de
parted friend are severed, no Jmore
to be reunited until the day when
the grave shall give up its dead
Resolved. Tnat we sincerely mourn
this disruption ofcovenanted friend
ship,li bearing in tender remem
brance his fidelity to Masonry and
his devotion to the principles it in
Resolved, That we earnestly sym
pathize with the relatives and
friends of our deceased Brother,and
tender them that consolation which
the world can neither give nor
take away: and that we will wear
the usual badge of mourning for the
period of thirty days.
Oct. 16 05: For the last month
we have had ideal weather for
thrashing and the whistle of the
thrasher could be heard in all
directions but there is much to
Married: On the 8th, Mr. Ingvol
Ellingson to Miss Julia Hoffos.
Mr. Hoffos has sold but his claim of
a 40 here for $225.00 and will go to
Canada. He shipped his stock and
household goods to Canada, last
Mrs. Victor Anderson arrived
here last week from California on a
visit to her father and mother,
Mr. and'Mrs. L. P. Brandstrom.
We hear her husband has been sick
for sometime with the consumption
and went to the Hot Springs in
Colorado for his health, which we
hear is very poor.
Some of the boys have came home
from thrashing in Dakota ahd else
where and they keep coming from
day to day.
Clarence Moen is firing for the
Branna thrashing rig out in Cedar.
The Gaarder rig is running here
now and the Barneko rig will be in
this town soon.
There was a call for the farmers
of Spruce Valley and Cedar to meet
in Middle River to talk the matter
over, and we are informed there
were five from Spruce Valley and
one from Cedar townships present
at the meeting, so we think it will
be a long time before this town will
We have decided to make it
possible for our customers to buy
their winter supply of flour at the
very lowest prices and have accord
ingly cut out every cent of profit.
Our Acorn brand is made especi
ally for us by the Warren Milling
Co., and is manufactured out of the
best wheat. We have had a big
lot of it ground up, for our own use.
This flour has been stored, and is
See these prices:
Acorn, Best Fancy Patent 98 lbs, $2.40
6old Band, Baker's 98 lbs. $1.50
Choice 98 lbs. $1.00
Will advice our trade to lay in
their winter supply now while we
make these prices.
Terms are strictly cash.
1 Yours truly,
.THE PEOPLES TRADING Co.
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Dr. King's New Life Pills. They
take out the .materials, which are
clogging your- energies, and give
you a new start. Cure headache
and dizziness too. At E. F. Whit
ney's drug store 25c guaranteed.
Oct. 16.Mrs. Grapp, of England,
left Sunday for her husband's form
er home in Iowa.
Mrs. Blagen is at the Warren
hospital to have a foot operated on.
Mr. and MrsEnglund spent a few
days at Grand Forl^s this week.
The Misses Annie and Beda Net
terlund visited with Mrs. J. Bjor
klund last Sunday.
Auction sale was held at Mrs.
Grapp's place, Oct. 14.
Miss Betty Strommer returned
to her home at Huss last Sunday
after having spent a few weeks,
with her sister, Hulda Hamberg,
of this town.
Miss Cora Blagen has returned
home from Pelan this week.
Mr. K. Hodne passed through
town Friday enroute for his home
at Karlstad. Mr. Hodne is one of
our former merchants.
Miss Olgaand Julia Carlson en
tertained a number of friends Sir.
day afternoon. The afternoon was
pleasantly spent in talking over
current events and playing various
kinds of games. Among the out of
town guests were John Nilson,
Jennie and Albert Johnson, of
Enoch, Albin Peterson, of Kennedy,
Miss Delia Peterson, Miss LindLolm
and Mr. Lindholm, of Springbrook.
Mr. Edmunds, of Stephen, visit
ed Mr. A. F. Carlson yesterday.
Mi\ Charlie Engman passed
through town Sunday.
Mrs. and Miss Bjorklund visited
in Karlstad Sunday.
Miss Hulda Hamberg left for
Wheeler farm yesterday.
Mr. Ericson visited at C. F.
Mr. Axel Nord and Miss Elvena
Underberg passed through town
Sunday enroute to Miss Underberg's
home near Park.
Mrs. Bjorklund, a most praise
worthy woman in our neighborhood,
has recently made a gi'eat invention
which will not only spare the fing
ers from being knocked to pieces
but which will also make people
hear when you want to come in.
This wonderful invention consists
in using the broom stick to knock
with, especially when you go to
visit our schools.
We have just unloaded the first
car of fancy, apples. This car
comes from the famous apple dis
trict in the Wehatche Valley in
Washington. They are from irrigated
land, and are the finest apples that
have ever been shown in Warren.
The flavor is exquisite, and we be
lieve that you will like them better
than eastern.apples. Apples are very
high this year and we are informed
that the prices we make on these
apples are lower than they will be
later. Buy a few boxes for winter
use. Price $2.25 and $2.50.
THE PEOPLES TRADING Co.
The time for holding the Temper
ance sociable has been postponed
two weeks and will therefore bo
held on Nov. 4th, in the evening, at
John Westlin's place.
Threshing is now speedily draw
ing to a close. Three threshing
outfits are in the vicinity. So with
a few days more of fine weather, it
will soon be done.
T. Thompson returned home from
Dakota a short time ago, where he
has had employment during thresh
School commenced this week,
both in the north and south ends of
the district. In the north end Miss
Esther Holmlund is in charge as
teacher, and in the south Miss
Mary Sherin, of Qsakis, Minn., is
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All surface cancers are now
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