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Individual Summary - 16 Oct 1999
Name: Gilbert GILBERTSON
Sex: Male
Father: Gulbrand Hansen GILBERTSON Aasen (14 Oct 1799-18 Jun 1877)
Mother: Anne LARSDATTER Brettingen (6 Aug 1809-27 Dec 1875)

Individual Facts
Birth 19 Feb 1846 in Aasen, Norway
Death 16 Mar 1940 (age 94)
Burial in Little Norway Cemetery, Albion, Jackson Co., WI
AKA Gulbrand Gulbrandsen

Marriage 27 Sep 1867 in Irving, Jackson Co., WI (age 21)
Children George Theodore GILBERTSON (27 Sep 1868-)

Amelie Marie GILBERTSON (15 Oct 1870-)

Elmer E. GILBERTSON (6 Jan 1873-7 May 1924)

Lauritz GILBERTSON (abt 1875-abt 1883)

Mandy GILBERTSON (abt 1877-abt 1884)


Veteran Gilbert Gilbertson, La Crosse's last Civil war veteran, passed
away at his home Saturday, March 16, 1940, at the age of 94 years. Funeral
services are being held at La Crosse this afternoon.
Born in Norway he came to America in 1846 and later settled in the town of
Albion, where he at one time owned what was later known as the Ed Holven farm
in Squaw Creek, later the Alfred Christianson farm. He leaves one son, George
T. Gilbertson, of Cartersville, Illinois, and one daughter, Mrs. C. P.
Thompson, of La Crosse. He was a brother of the late Iver, Louis, Iver, Hans
and Albert Gilbertson, fathers of Present descendants many of whom have gone to
attend the funeral today. The late Mrs. John Benson funeral today. The late
Mrs. John Benson was a sister.
The following was found in a book "Genesis of the Gilbertson, 1980 by George
Herman Gilbertson, Jr., page 117;


Like the last Passenger Pigeon which flew over the United States we have no
record the death and history of the last Civil War Veteran in the city of La
Crosse, and a member of a family of six boy and one girl who braved the ocean
waves and hardships of life to come to America from Norway in the early days.

Gilbert Gilbertson, was born in Gulbrandalen Norway, February 19, 1846. He
left Norway, coming to America in April of 1862 and reached Black River Falls
about the 2nd day of July of that year. He was employed as a mail carrier and
carried the United States mail on horseback from Black River Falls to Fountain
City, for about a year and on half. He also carried mail from Sparta to
Prescott until the fall of 1864On New Years day of 1865, the coldest day that
was ever known, he went to meet the La Crosse stage with the mail, meeting the
stage at Burr Oak, Wisconsin and stayed there over night, following a six yoke
team of oxen to Black River Falls the next day arriving there at midnight.

In about December 1864 he recruited for the 48th Wisconsin regiment where he
enlisted in the first part of January, 1865. He served until the 30th day of
December in 1865 when he was mustered out, That same summer he worked in a lath
mill in Black River Falls, Wisconsin for Mr. Spaulding until the fall of the
year. The next summer he went to Eau Claire where he ran a lath mill.

On September 27, 1867 he was married and worked putting in logs for Edmunds,
east of Black River Falls. His wife and sister went into the woods with him and
ran a camp for a man by the name of Chapman on the East Fork of Black River, in
the winter of 1868. At this time Mrs. Gilbertson and her sister were cooking
for sixty men, which was quite a task in those days. In the summer of that same
year, Mr. Gilbertson went to work for Rudand Green, between Tomah and Black
River Falls, running a lath mill.

In the fall of that same year he took a contract of cutting logs and
skidding them for Rud and Green and at the same time had a contract to cut
2,500 cords of cord wook for the Omaha road, which he finished that winter. The
next year he ran the lath mill again in the summer, and had another contract
for the same company until the spring of 1870.

Mr. Gilbertson went farming in the summer and farmed until fall and then his
intentions were for the woods of Wisconsin in which he spent his winter months.
He worked in the camps until spring and then went back to his farm and was
there until the fall of 1872.

In the winter of 1872 Mr. Gilbertson had a crew of men grading the road
between Merrillan and Dexterville, and from there he went back to his farming
occupation on January 1, 1875. He then moved down to Squaw Creek, in Jackson
county, where he ran a grist mill for two years. From there he sold his farm
and moved back to Black River Falls and lived there where he ran a stage line
between that city and La Crosse for some time.
In the fall of 1879 and 1880 he ran camp for W. T. Price, Clark county and
then moved to Whitehall, Wisconsin in the soring of 1881, at which place he
lived for ten years. He then moved to Nellsville, Wis., at which place he lived
for two years and in the fall of 1892 he moved to the city of La Crosse,
Wisconsin, where he resided until his death.

Mr. Gilbertson was the only Civil War Veteran of La Crose county to attend
the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg held at
that place in 1938. Only one other member of Company H. 4th Wisconsin was
present out of 1.200 men who completed the regiment.

Mr. Gilbertson had reached the ripe old age of four-score and fourteen
years. During his life-time which is more than most people will see, has
accomplished much in the walks of life. He selected his grandsons as pall
bearers to his funeral, namely; Raymond Gilbertson, Gilbert Gilbertson, Reuben
Thompson, all of La Crosse, Wisconsin, and Culver F. Gilbertson, Stanton G.
Gilbertson and Helmer L. Gilbertson of Melrose, Wisconsin. Interment was made
in the Oak Grove Cemetery in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

As a tribute to a man who has lived the life of a pioneer, served his
country in a time of strife, and has reaced the age that Gilbert Gilbertson has
we believe that this little poem is very fitting:


"I cannot say and I will not say
That he is dead. He is just away;
With a cherry smile and a wave of
the hand.
He has wandered into an unknown

And left us dreaming of how very fair
It needs must be, since
He lingers there.
He is not dead, he is just away.

The following article is from an unknown paper;


There was a very enjoyable gathering at the Little Norway church a week ago
Sunday in honor of Veteran Gilbert Gilbertson, of La Crosse. He lived here at
one time while he conducted a stage line between here and Onalaska. One team
would go as far as North Bend at that time, and another one continue the trip
from there.

He has always kept in touch with his relatives here and is held in highest
regard by them all. The gathering at the church was a testimony of the esteem
in which he is held.

The following account of the occasion and the picture of Mr. Gilbertson is
taken from the La Crosse Tribune.

(Insereted at this point is a picture of Gilbert)

In honor of Gilbert Gilbertson, 92 year-old Civil was veteran of La Crosse,
100 of his relatives gathered at the Little Norway Lutheran church five miles
south of Black River Falls Sunday for a family reunion and picnic.

Mr. Gilbertson, who resides at 1503 Liberty street, is the only survivor of
a family of ten, all of whom came to this country from Norway.

"There were so many of us that we came in three installments:, he explained.

"First there was my brother Hans. He landed in La Crosse in 1857. I came in
the next group with my brother Louis and sister Marit. It took us about ten
weeks to cross the ocean in a sailboat. From Quincy, Ill., to La Crosse, we
took a steamboat, landing here in 1862. In the last installment were my
parents, Gilbert H. and Anna Gilbertson, and my brothers, Iver, Mat and Amond,
and Albert and his family. They came here in 1864.

From La Crosse to Sparta, Mr. Gilbertson, his brother and sister rode in a
railroad box car. They they were met by their brother Hans, who drove them to
Black River Falls with a team of oxen, and it was near the Little Norway
Lutheran church in the town of Albion that the entire family eventually

In the cemetery of the Little Norway church Mr. Gilbertson's parents and six
brothers are buried. His father who was bor Oct. 14, 1799, died June 18, 1877,
and his mother, born Aug. 6, 1809, died Dec. 27, 1875.

For a few years after settling in Jackson county Mr. Gilbertson carried mail
between Black River Falls and Fountain City and also between Sparta and
Prescott. He recieved the munificent sum of $7.50 a month, and stated that he
"saved more in those days than when he received good wages" After he returned
from his year of service in the Civil War, he went to the northern Wisconsin
lumber camps, working first as a loffer and then a foreman. In 1892 he came to
La Crosse and worked as a salesman until his retirement from business life 20
years ago.

He was the only surviving Civil was veteran of La Crosse county to attend
the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg held at
Gettysburg early this summer. Only one other member of Company H, gourth
Wisconsin regiment was present out of the 1,200 men who comprised his regement.

"At least I was unable to find any others". Mr. Gilbertson said, "My comrade
there at Gettysburg with me was William Bryant of Milwaukee, He's 91."

Mr. Gilbertson's wife passed away seven years ago, and three of his five
children also are deceased. His other children are; Mrs. C.P. Thompson, 1503
Liberty street, and G.T. Gilbertson, Carterville, Ill.

Attending the reunion for Mr. Gilbertson Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Carl B.
Benson, Mr. and Mrs. George Johnson, Ludwig, Hazel, Mary Joyce, Lorraine and
Helen gilbertson, Jack Bing, Oliver and Emil G. Gilbertson, Earl and Helmer
Hoagenson, Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Gilbertson, Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Rockney, Helmer
Danielson, Glen and Donald Stubrud, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Gilbertson, Marcus and
A.M. Gilbertson, Hans F. Olson,Gaylord Peterson, Carol Peterson, LeRoy and
Doris Gilbertson, Perry Overlien, Anna Benson, Mrs. Maria Benson, Mrs. P.O.
Peterson, Mr. and Mrs.Almer R. Gilbertson, Mr. and Mrs. Matt O. Peterson,
Elaine Gilbertson, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Stubrud, Mrs. HAns Olson, Mrs. Emma
Gilbertson, Mrs. Amanda Hoagenson, Mary Alice Solberg, Mrs. Hanna Overlien, and
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Christianson, Beverly Gilbertson, Otelia Sannes, Mr. and
Mrs. A. L. Hansen, Gertrude Schmitt, Orpha and Inez Olson, Mrs. Marcus
Gilbertson, Bert, Irene, Robert and Jimmy Engebretson all of Black River Falls.
The following is from an unknown paper, no date;


Gilbert Gilbertson came over from La Crosse, Wednesday to attend the Fair and
spend a few days with Jackson county relatives and friends. He has not been
here as frequently in ??te years as in the long ago, when it was hard for him
to let a month go by without at least making a call among others he vivited was
Veteran John Purnell who was his army comrade and bunk-mate back in Civil war
days. Both were soldiers in the same company and regiment of Wisconsin
Volunteers, and served until the close of the war in 1865. He found John
enjoying fair health, even though about 92 years of age.
Then he went to the fair, and the big show brought to mind the earlier fairs,
which were far different. Mr. Gilbertson attended the first fair given on the
ground in 1867, and for many years he was there regularly. He now is 86 years
of age, and since he took up his residence in La Crosse has not been a fair
vistor so often.

Mr. Gilbertson first came to Black River Falls in 1862, coming from Horway
with several of his brothers. he found employment in the logging industry, the
principal source of employment in this section of the country at that time.
After coming out of the Union Army, he engaged in farming in the town of
Irving, spending his winters in the woods.

Then in 1872, he was to gain a new experience. The Green Bay & Winona
railway was building westward from Green Bay, and had been completed as far as
New London. Leander G. Merrill, the founder of Merrillan had offered the
company a bonus of $50,000 if the line shoud be completed to Merrillan before
January 1st, 1878. That was a big sum of money in those days, and the company
perpared to gain the bonus. It wanted men, and energetic foreman. A
representive of the company called on Mr. Gilbertson at his farm home and
offered him the princely wage of $75. per month if he would select a crew of
men and take the foremanship of the grading work form Merrillan eastward,
through the stretch of timbered country toward Grand Rapids.

Mr. Gilbertson had never engaged in railway construction, and he knew but
little about it, but he took along a number of workers and started in. The
grading was all done with men and teams, and there was no such thing as an
eighthour day. All through the long summer and fall the grading was continued,
and the track layers followed up. A few days before Christmas, 1872, the first
train was run through to Merrillan from Green Bay, and the bonus was earned.
Not until 1874 was the line completed to Winona.

Afterward, Mr. Gilbertson followed farming and logging for a number of
years, eventually taking up other lines of business at Whitehall and La Crosse.
He retired several years ago. Even though advanced in years, he is still strong
and rugged, and as active as though much younger. After looking over the fair,
Wednesday, which was a mighty hot day at that, he walked around town and down
to the business district, then went back to the fair grounds to look up more of
his friends before going to Melrose to visit his son George and other

1. Byron Riss Family Tree.
2. News Papers. Obituary.


Individual Summary - 16 Oct 1999
Name: Gilbert Henry GILBERTSON
Sex: Male
Father: Lars "Louie" "Louis" GILBERTSON (15 Feb 1840-7 May 1905)
Mother: Mathia "Martha" BENSON BERGERDATTER (27 Sep 1843-14 Feb 1916)

Individual Facts
Birth 13 Jun 1867 in Black River Falls, Jackson Co., WI
Death 1 Oct 1948 in Black River Falls, Jackson Co., WI (age 81)
Burial in Little Norway Cemetery, Albion, Jackson Co., WI

1. Caroline Marie OVERLIEN
Marriage 29 Jun 1897 in Jackson Co., WI (age 30)
Children Lyman P. GILBERTSON (3 Jun 1898-3 Jun 1982)

Gordon C. GILBERTSON (29 Jan 1901-15 Mar 1970)

Bertram M. GILBERTSON (22 Jan 1903-12 Apr 1957)

Alvin G. GILBERTSON (26 Jan 1905-2 Sep 1907)

Donald Leroy GILBERTSON (22 Feb 1907-29 Jan 1977)


1. Byron Riss Family Tree. page 102.
2. Cementry Visits by Bob & Karin Rose.
3. Jackson County Cemetery Records. Vol. V. page 40.
4. Byron Riss Family Tree. page 102.
5. Jackson County Cemetery Records. Vol. V. page 40.
6. Ibid. Vol. V. page 40.
7. Personal Knowledge. Grace Voss.
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