husband, Anders S. (Larsson) Mathre, for the Lutheraneren.
Mrs. Ingeborg Mathre has with the faith of her Savior moved home.It
came to my thoughts a little note about my wife's life-time in the
Lutheraneren that she much loved to read, and I know Mrs. Mathre had
many friends in Iowa, Minnesota, S. Dakota, etc, that would like to
know from the Lisbon congregation that one of our older members has
been called away from us.
Ingeborg Mathre was born of parents Thorbjørg Hansen (sic - should be
Halvarsson) and Helga Anfinsen (ed. - that is Anfinnsdatter)at the
farm Fleshe (ed. - i.e. Flesjo)in Skånevik parish, Norway, the 29th
May 1834.She was the next to eldest of seven brothers and sisters.
The oldest had died, before Ingeborg could remember her. In those
days there was a big blessed Conversion as far back as Ingeborg could
remember, song and God's word was used in the home.When there was
service at the church she was taken along.This way Ingeborg was
taught with both words and admonishing in her baptism and it was not
only her father and mother but also other Christians that came to the
house and she was brought up as a Christian child. Of these
especially to laymen, O. Vinje and A Frette, that held meetings and
talked on Psalms 4 and 5: Look upon the Lord that he can give you
your heart's demand, ask the Lord and He will help you.These words
were printed deep in Ingeborg's heart and gave her all her days a big
Here is the tale of the journey to America.Two of my uncles
(mother's brothers) had gone in 1845.Some of my3 uncles (father's
brothers) went next, and in 1847 my3 parents and many others of the
area prepared themselves for that trip.We sailed from Bergen in
May.We were on the ocean six weeks and another three weeks across
land by train. It was not exactly a pleasant trip especially for the
older people; but we had God's Word with us, in which we faithfully
trusted especially while we were on the ship, and we all reached our
destination, Lisbon, Kendall Co., Ill.It did get to be close
quarters for us to live together.It was decided to do a little
building, and we have God's word with us.We have books from Luther,
Francke, Samlingen,etc.Also a book "Hans Nelson Hauge" and others.
Some of this literature is used to this day when a pastor is with us.
Two years after our arrival came the Cholera.This pestilence came
with the new arrivals, and now sought to touch everyone. First, it
came to Ingeborg's uncle (mother' brother), he died, so died uncle
Ole, then another of her uncles (mother's brother) became sick.
Ingeborg's parents lived about 100 rods away; as they tended to their
He5 had said to his wife: "do not grieve for me; I am going home and
you and the youngest children will soon follow".Ingeborg was not at
home, as she was with an American family.She was sent for, but
before she reached home, her father was dead and buried.She was
overcome with grief as she came to the house and distraught.Two of
the children became sick, one died the following day and one the day
thereafter 6, and her mother became sick.It was an unpleasant time.
Ingeborg sat at her sick mother's bedside, and also tended the
smallest sick children in her lap, outside the door was one of the
dead lying in an uncovered coffin, and then came a storm with
thunder, lighting and rain.Her mother had rested a while, crossed
herself, changed her dress, and laid down again, and said "now I am
ready for dear Jesus, now you can take me and the younger children
from Ingeborg's grasp".Then she saw that meanwhile the children had
already died.Her mother consoled Ingeborg and her sister who was
next oldest in age7.Her name was Udna. They gently listened to their
mother, who admonished them to trust in God's faithful hand.
It went as the mother had said.In less than five days, six members
of the family were dead8, and Ingeborg and Udna were left.They moved
over to the uncles' (mother's brothers) house. There were not many
left there either; three uncles9 (mother's brothers) were dead, as
well as Uncle Anfin's wife9.However, the youngest of four uncles
(mother's brothers) lived and still lives in Story City, Iowa.He10
will soon be 80 years old and was my schoolteacher in Norway.Also,
the widow of Ole was living until about four years ago.She11 lived
in the vicinity of that place where all her dearly beloved died.
These were all buried on her land.Two years later Udna also died,
so now only Ingeborg was left.Everyone had sympathy for her.She
went into service with a Christian American, who took her to church
and prayer meetings, but whenever she had an opportunity, she visited
Elling Eilson came to see us one time.Ole Andrewson was also our
pastor at one time.Ingeborg and my youngest sister - they were all
about 18 years old - now wanted to go to confirmation classes.Then
came P. A. Rasmussen to teach school, and they had him take over.In
a year's time came Elling Eilson and confirmed them.They got much
good and Blessing from that.Not long after the third girl died also
my sister died 24 years ago.She and Ingeborg were the best of
friends.They both had faith in God and the Pakt and lift that the
triumphant God had given them.They asked for the Holy Ghost to help
them and got God's Power to that effect.
Then my Father asked me if I wanted to marry Ingeborg.He thought
she was a firm believer and a nice girl. And if it is God's will and
also if you all approve of it, then so shall it be.I was young but
I knew if I should live luckily.Then I must pray that God's will be
The same was also clear for Ingeborg who did not have many to advise
her.She wanted to do God's way, as He was to depend on.P. A.
Rasmussen had now become pastor of the congregation and it was
announced that the wedding should be April 22, 1854.We were three
bridal couples that were married the same time.The other were my
oldest brother, Halvar, also Ole Rasmussen Tysdal.TheOther two
couples moved shortly to Iowa - Halvar to Story City and Ole to
Roland, Iowa.All six have lived to this time.Now Ingeborg has
left us.Now we hope the five of us that are left willhopefully be
among the maidens that kept their Lamps burning.
We moved to the 40 acres of land that had been Ingeborg's parents and
purchased another 40 acres. There have we lived until now. God has
presented us 13 children.Six are dead, five at a young age, but the
sixth, Syvert, was 30 years old when he died. That was a sad death
message.He had moved to Story City, Iowa and lived in the
neighborhood of his oldest sister.Monday, July 17, 1893, he
hastened to begin the haying. Hurrying in taking down the hay rake,
he slipped, fell over backwards, and hit his head on a stone.He
lived less than an hour after falling. It was with heavy hearts that
his parents received the telegram about his quick death, and it was
surely very sad for his mother, but she comforted herself with the
Word: "In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength" and
"Behold I make all things new. Cast thy burden upon the Lord and he
shall sustain thee."
It was my wife's wish to be with the sick and help them.
She looked on it as a call from God to do these things.
Also for the mission - both the inner and outer mission
she had a warm interest.For 35 years, she worked in the Ladies Aid
For about one year she started to lose strength and lost her
appetite.She saw a doctor but found no help.The doctor said she
should be outside and ride some and she tried.She asked if she
could go to the Mission meeting in Chicago in February, as she always
liked to be there when they had Group meetings.We decided she could
go and she and our youngest daughter who had been home and helped us,
went to the meeting.It was a blessed trip for both body and soul.
Towards spring she got pain in her side and back.The doctor thought
it was some type of rheumatism.But he knew no cure.He did what he
could, but both Ingeborg and I thought it was coming towards death,
and we had to leave it in the will of God, and as we have seen
before, that the time comes that we have to part.
She said one day that she wanted to give $15.00 to the heathen
mission, $15.00 to the Inner mission, $5.00 to Pastor Skare, $1.00 to
Deaconess Hospital and $1.00 to Childrens Home.A few days later she
said Pastor Peterson should not eulogize her as she was a sinner.
Also she asked us not to purchase an expensive casket as that would
be no use, and that we all decided would be useless.I remember
these words: Do not aspire or strive after things that covet or have
designs on you.
We saw she was growing weaker.Early in the morning the 28th of
September we could see her face was very pale.Something I had never
seen before.I gave her my hand and asked if she had faith in Jesus.
Sshe answered loudly Yes! Yes! that was the last words she spoke, and
that was enough for her and us that stood aroundher bed.That was
7:45 in the morning.Six of the children had been with her, some
during the last six weeks, some the last 2 weeks, the three are
married and live in Iowa.The seventh one was here to visit in
July.Thus the mother had a chance to say goodbye to them all.We
hope they can all meet with God where there is no parting.Yes for
Jesus sake it can be.His name be praised.
She was buried Oct. 1. We gathered at the funeral home
10:30., and Prof. Solberg from Ottawa had prayer in
English,Then Pastor Lockrem spoke, also in English.
Topic:John 17:4.He said that what is written in this
verse first and last is all about Christ, but that it
can also influence all his true followers.In the
church Pastor N. G. Peterson spoke in Norwegian about
John 11:2.When Mary now came, where Jesus was, and
saw him, she fell on her knees.He emphasized how
Jesus showed his sympathy to all who are in sorrow and
showed how everyone gets help from God, when they need
trust and help for both soul and body.We will then
tell everyone here to wisely turn to Jesus that is
Death and Life's Lord.Last - Pastor Lockrem talked
again in Norwegian on Tim 2:4-7.I have fought the
good fight, fullfilled my deeds, heeded the faith,
etc..Then the large group of mourners went around
the casket and took their last look at the sleeping
Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord, and Blessed be
the memory.The Lord, Praise and honor.Jesus Lamb that
won Paradise - to you - Love.Thanks and honor.
11 Oct 1900
It is only with true faith in small things, true lasting love to God
that a true change can be seen from a foregoing spiritual warmness.
To be quiet, suffer and pray when we can't handle a sutuation is
favorable to God.A disappointment or anything as a HARD WORD used
in His area is worth more than a long prayer.You that complain so
much about what others bring you to suffer, don't you think that you
also give others pain.
Vesterheim Genealogical Center, Madison, WI
verified by checking the Skånevik parish records.
uncles and parents or hers?
born 1813 in Indre Bauge, who married Ragna Henriksdatter of Ytre
Nes, and emigrated to America in 1847. His death is recorded in
the 1850 mortality table of Nettle Creek, Grundy County, IL as:
Ole Bouge, age 36, farmer from Norway, was sick 12 hours of
cholera, died July 1849. A 5 month old girl, Olena, born IL,
who also died in July of cholera after being sick 7 days,
was presumably a daughter.
His widow is the one who married Sjur Larsson of Matre as his
second wife.Bauge seems to have been anglicized as Boyd.
in Flesjo, who emigrated to America in 1847.His death is
recorded in the 1850 mortality table of Nettle Creek, Grundy
County, IL as:
Thomas Thorborn, age 45, farmer from Norway, was sick 4
days, died July 1849.
Anfin Thorborn, age 6, born Norway, was sick 12 hours, died
July 1849 of cholera.
and Anfinn, born 1841, in Flesjo. Their deaths are recorded in
the 1850 mortality table of Nettle Creek, Grundy County, IL (with
minor age discrepancies) as:
Oliver Thorborn, age 8, born Norway, was sick 12 hours, died
July 1849 of cholera.
Ingeborg was 15
the 1850 mortality table as a group including the above already
mentioned.The mother, Helga, born 1805 is listed as:
Helen Thorborn, age 41, born Norway, was sick 2 days, died
August 1849 of cholera.
Ingeborg's youngest brother, Torbjørn, born 1844 is listed as:
Thomas Thorborn, age 4, born Norway, was sick 10 hours, died
August 1849 of cholera.
A baby girl apparently was born to Ingeborg's parents shortly
after their arrival in Illinois (accounting for the seventh
child); probably was named Helga after the mother.This baby
sister is listed as:
Helen Thorborn, age 2, born Illinois, was sick 12 hours,
died August 1849.
included brother Anfinn of Bauge, Norway, born 1807, and his
wife, Brynla Knutsdatter.Their deaths are recorded in the 1850
mortality table of Nettle Creek, Grundy County, IL as:
Anfin Anfinson, age 45, farmer, born Norway, died July 1849
after being sick 7 days with cholera.
Belinda Anfinson, age 44, born Norway, died July 1849 of
Cholera after 7 days illness.
4), who was his father's second wife; she died in 1895.