Spring Valley Sun, March 18, 1943
Ragnhild Ryhaug Hogenson
Ragnhild Ryhaug Hogenson was born to Jorgen and Marit Ryhaug, Aug. 21, 1856, in Foldalen, Norway.
In 1877 she came to America, first to Hixton, Wis., and from there to Pierce county where she married Jacob Sivilhaug Hogenson at the Gilman Center rural school on June 12, 1878, the Rev. Marcus Thorson officiating. The following year (1879) they settled on the farm in Spring Lake which has since been their home.
Five children were born to them three boys and two daughters four of whom survive: Christine (Mrs. Charles Jacobson), of Spring Lake; John of Minneapolis; Henry, at home; and Minnie (Mrs. Henry Nelson), of Minneapolis.
For several years Grandma Hogenson has been in declining health, due to several serious sick spells and to her advanced years. She has, however, been up and about most of the time, doing her bit in the old home where she lived and labored for so many years, and which she loved dearly. About six weeks ago she became critically ill. For a time good hopes were held out for her recovery in spite of her great age, but her condition took a turn for the worse, and it soon became apparent that her days were numbered. A little after midnight Tuesday, March 9, death came to her relief, at the ripe old age of 86 years, 5 months and 16 days.
Besides her four children she leaves five grand-children, and as far as known she also leaves an older brother Ole Ryhaug, in Norway, who is past 90. Mr. Hogenson died Jan. 21, 1927. A sister of Mrs. Hogenson, Mrs. Marie Stevens, died in 1931. A granddaughter of the deceased, Miss Roslyn Hogenson, has joined the WAVES and at present is in training at Cedar Falls, Iowa.
The funeral was held from the home and Spring Lake church on Friday, March 12, Rev. Berven officiating.
Mrs. Hogenson's death marks the passing of another of the old settlers of Spring Lake, whose ranks have dwindled almost to the vanishing point. She will be sadly missed, not only in the old home on the Ridge but also in the community, and especially in the Spring Lake Church and the Ladies' Aid, of which she has been most faithful and active member. Mrs. Hogenson was blessed with a ready wit, and exceptionally keen mind and a good memory which the passing years failed to dim.
Contributed by Joe Waddell