Spring Valley Sun, November 9, 1922
Erland Stamoen was born in Lille Elvedalen, Norway, Nov. 23, 1846. In 1880 he came to America settling first at Menomonie; a little later he moved to the town of Spring Lake where he bought the farm that has since been his home.
In the fall of 1893 he made a trip to Norway, where he was married the following spring, April 2, to Kirsti Dolhaug, and a few days later he returned with her to his home in Spring Lake.
Deceased was blessed with exceptionally good health and therefore, in spite of his years, has been actively engaged in farming until his last illness, with which he was stricken very unexpectedly.
Friday morning, Oct. 20, he was seized with violent abdominal pains, which refused to yield to medical treatment. Saturday afternoon he was taken to Minneapolis, where he was operated upon that evening at the Deaconess Hospital. The operation disclosed a very serious case of appendicitis, the appendix being perforated.
The following Monday afternoon Rev. and Mrs. Berven with Mrs. Stamoen and Mrs. Adolph Stein drove to Minneapolis to see him, and found him resting very comfortable; good hopes were held for his recovery. This hopeful condition continued until Saturday, when a report came that a change for the worse had come, and Sunday, Oct 29, he died. Kent Ackley, the local undertaker, drove up and brought the body back that evening.
Funeral services were held at the home and the Spring Lake church Wednesday Nov. 1, Rev. Berven officiating. In spite of inclement weather and bad roads there was a large crowd in attendance, both at the house and at the church. The body was laid to rest in the Spring Lake cemetery.
Besides his wife, he is survived by an older sister in Norway. He has also quite a number of other relatives in Spring Lake, among whom may be mentioned his two nieces, Mrs. Adolph Stein and Mrs. Lena Jacobson.
Contributed by Joe Waddellhttp://www.rootsweb.com/~wipierce/