Hellesylt, Lars Andreas (1859-1941)

Lars Andreas Hellesylt was born on March 18, 1859 in Hellesylt parish, Condmon, Norway, where he grew up to young manhood, and was united in marriage to Olava Ringdahl in June 1880.

In 1881, he, together with his wife, immigrated to America, coming to Wisconsin where they resided until the year 1883, when they moved to Grand Forks, N. Dak.

In 1885 he came to Holt where they settled on a homestead in Section 19 where he lived until a short time before his death when he moved to his daughter, Mrs. Carl Gustavson, where he died, Monday, Feb. 24th.

Mr. Hellesylt was one of Holt’s earliest settlers knowing both the joys and sorrows of the early pioneers.

His wife and six children preceded him in death more than 40 years ago. He leaves to mourn his passing five children, namely Lars and Ingvald, Knox, N.D., Clara, Fergus Falls, Minn.; Anna, Mrs. Peter Peterson, of Ogema, Sask., Canada; and Johanna, Mrs. Carl Gustavson of Newfolden.

Also twenty-four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and a sister and other relatives in Norway.

Mr. Hellesylt has been in good health until a few years ago when kidney trouble set in, and he became gradually weaker until he had to stay in bed where he suffered patiently without any complaint, trusting in God to come and relieve him of all suffering. He passed away at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24th 1941, being at the time of his death 81 years, 11 months and 11 days.

The funeral services were held from Bethlehem Lutheran church at Newfolden, Saturday March 1st. Rev. Ronholm officiated assisted by Rev. Myhrer.

Songs were sung by Mr. Gudim, Mrs. Kere Myhrer and Rev. Ronholm. Those who attended the funeral from out of town were Lars Larson of Knox, N.D.; Ole Hanson of Moorhead; and many neighbors from Holt.

Mr. Hellesylt was a charter member of Folden Lutheran Church. He was laid to rest in the Folden cemetery. Pall bearers were: George Moberg, Carl Johnson, Edwin Hanson, Oliver Nohre, Hilmer Moberg and A. Skyjerping. Peace be to his memory.

He was the son of Lars Knutson and Anne Knutsdatter.

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky