Torgerson, Notto (1854-1939)

Notto Torgerson, a pioneer resident of the Stephen community, died at his home in this city early last Saturday morning, January 7th, in his 85th year. Mr. Torgerson’s death followed an illness of several years’ duration. His health had gradually failed over a period of years, and a paralytic stroke suffered about a year ago left him in such condition that he had since been confined to his home and for the last two months prior to his death had been bedridden. His final summons came very peacefully, a fitting end to a long lifetime of earnest christian endeavor.

Notto Torgerson was born July 23, 1854, in Evje Parish, near Christiansan, Norway. He spent his youth in his native land. Then for a period of nine years he served in the merchant marines of both Norway and the U.S., during which time he visited many parts of the world. In 1884 he came to Stephen and purchased a homestead right to a farm east of the city upon which he settled, secured his homestead certificate, and made his home for many years. On July 29th, 1888, he was united in marriage to Engeberg Olson, and to this union five children were born: Marie; Sophie, now Mrs. A. O. Lindstrom of Hoffman, Minn.; Nettie, Theodore and Elmer. Mrs. Torgerson passed away more than 26 years ago, passed away more than 26 years ago, and two of the children, Marie and Theodore, also have preceded their father in death. A sister, Mrs. E. O. Lejonquist, died on Thursday of last week at the age of 87, only two days prior to the passing of her brother.

Mr. Torgerson was actively engaged in farming until 1920, when the family purchased a home in Stephen and moved into the village to reside.

During his lifetime, Mr. Torgerson was a member of the Lutheran church. He was for many years active in the early church of Wanger township. Later, after affiliating with the First Lutheran church, he was active in leadership, serving at various times as deacon, trustee, and also for several years as caretaker of the property of the local congregation. As a layman of the church, he was also vitally interested in the spiritual welfare and general conduct of the organization at home and at large. He often represented the congregation in circuit, district, state and national assemblies, and with his passing the church, and the community as a whole, has lost one of its staunchest supporters and useful citizens.

[Interred Stephen cemetery]

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky