Obit: Larson, Solon (1854 - 1942)
Surnames: Larson, Jensen, Raskowski, Green
----Source: THORP COURIER (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.) 08/27/1942
Larson, Solon (6 JAN 1854 - 15 AUG 1942)
Solon Larson, 88, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Joseph Raskowski, at Ashland, on Aug. 15, 1942. He had been making his home with Mrs. Raskowski for the past few months, following the death of his wife about six months ago. The body was brought to Stanley for burial and services were conducted from Plombon Funeral Home on Monday by Rev. Borreson of Curtiss. Arnold Anderson sang two favorite hymns of the deceased and the body was laid to rest at Hope Cemetery by the following pallbearers: three sons, Axel, Christian and Ben, and three sons-in-law, Marius Larson, Jos. Raskowski and Charles Green. Mr. Larson had been in failing health for several months but only last week did his illness become acute.
Mr. Larson was born at Lalland, Denmark, Jan. 6, 1854, a son of Peder and Bertha Larson. There he grew to manhood but immigrated to America in 1850 and located near Marshfield where he was married to Bertha Kerstine Jensen in 1882. In 1883 they acquired a tract of wild land in Clark County, a short distance east of Stanley, and there they lived for 45 years. Eight children were born to them: Bernhardt died at the age of 13 and Kristine at the age of 14 months. The following survive: Karen, Mrs. Marius O. Larson, Madison; Marie, Mrs. Joseph Raskowski, Ashland; Axel, Welch, Minn.; Col. Hans Christian, Ft. Bragg, N.C.; Agnes, Mrs. Chas. Green, Park Rapids, Minn.
Their home in Thorp was a pioneer social center, much sought and enjoyed by a large circle of pioneer friends and neighbors. In 1906, Mr. Larson made a return visit to the scenes of his boyhood in Denmark, which he very much enjoyed. In 1928 they retired from the farm and made a home in Stanley where they resided until February of this year when Mrs. Larson passed away.
The deceased was one of the best known and best beloved of the pioneers. A testimonial to his character is the fact that the people of the town of Thorp, beginning in 1892, chose his as their Treasurer for 37 consecutive years and for a time he served as a member of the district school board. He was a wise father, a devoted husband, a loyal citizen and a kind neighbor. Because of his sterling character and faithful service, his memory will be cherished here for many years to come.
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