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Subject: Re: [NOR]Kari Torbjørnsdtr. Øyre (Øire) and NN Bondhus from Kvinnherad
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2008 17:45:04 EDT

First, the TJ Bondhus that I found married in South Dakota is not,
apparently, the correct man, i.e., Thomas Bondhus, who married Carrie. Neither
Thomas' death certificate nor obituary mentions a wife named Ellen, only Carrie is
mentioned and both state that Thomas was a widower. I obtained six MN death
certificates and will give a brief summary. (If you'd like me to scan the
certificates and email them to you, let me know.) And Torris is definitely
the brother of Thomas.

Torris O Bondhus, certificate 1963-MN-003249
Died at Bethel hospital in Mountain Lake, Cottonwood County; resident of
Storden, Cottonwood, MN; born 03 Nov 1882 in IA, died 28 September 1963, retired
farmer, married, father Ole T Bondhus, mother Olene Oyre, spouse Carrie,
died of pneumonia, buried Amo Township on 01 October 1963.

Tjorbjorn T Bondhus, certificate 1914-MN-018962
Died at Eitel Hospital in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, MN; born 29 October
1852, died 21 June 1914, father T Bondhus born in Norway, mother not listed,
retired farmer, buried at Lake Wilson, Murray County, MN; informant was WJ
Bondhus of Beresford, SD (son?).

Baby Boy Bondhus, certificate 1925-MN-002846
Born in Amo Township, Cottonwood County, MN; stillborn, born 30 May 1925,
father Thomas Bondhus born in Iowa, mother Carrie Thompson born in Norway,
buried in Amo Township, informant was Thomas Bondhus of Storden.

Carrie T Bondhus, certificate 1925-MN-002847
Died in Amo Township, Cottonwood County, MN; married, husband Thomas
Bondhus, born 11 February 1882, died 01 June 1925, cause of death accute
myocarditis; resident of Amo Township for 14 years, has lived in country 21 years,
buried in Amo Township on 04 June 1925, informant was Thomas Bondhus of Storden.

Thomas Bondhus, certificate 1954-MN-002883
Died in Windom, Cottonwood County, MN at 1269 River Road (probably a
hospital); resident of Storden, Cottonwood County, MN; born 03 February 1880 in
Iowa; died 05 January 1954, retired legislator, died of prostate cancer; widower,
spouse Carrie, informant was Mrs. Evelyn Spielman of Windom (daughter),
buried 08 January 1954 at Amo Lutheran Cemetery.

>From the MN birth index I found the following.

children of Thomas Bondhus and Carrie Thompson
Agnes Lorine, born 30 July 1909 in Amo Township
Clara Evelyn, born 01 April 1923 in Amo Township
(The certificate states that Carrie had 9 children born alive and now
living, 1 child born alive and
now dead, and 1 child born dead.)
Hilma Irene, born 15 March 1912 in Amo Township
John Wesley, born 13 February 1921 in Amo Township
Ole Herman, born 28 August 1910 in Amo Township
Truman Alfred, born 26 October 1914 in Amo Township

child of Herman Bondhus (age 25, so born circa 1887) and Mary Stene
Anthony Sylvester, born 03 January 1912 in Chanarambie Township, Murray
County, MN

children of Lars Bondhus and Alice Ludington
Barbara Ann, born 03 August 1927 in City of Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County,
MN; father born in Eagle Grove, IA and mother born in Janesville, WI
Elizabeth Joan, born 09 September 1922 in Slayton, Murray County, MN; father
born in Holstein, IA and mother born in Janesville, WI
(I think Lars is a son of Tjorbjorn T Bondhus.)

children of John T Bondhus and Anna Knutson
Kenneth Truman, born 24 March 1913 in Springfield, Murray County, MN
Milton Clifford, born 08 May 1910 in Springfield

child of Torris Bondhus and Karna (Carrie) Olson
Olena Christena, born 15 June 1908 in Amo Township

And now for some obituaries.

obituary of Thomas Bondhus, "Cottonwood County Citizen" newspaper, Windom,
MN, 13 January 1954
"Thomas Bondhus of Storden, representative from this county in the state
legislature for many years, died on Tuesday, January 6, at the home of his
daughter, Mrs. Albert Spielman of Windom. His death occurred about three-thirty.
Funeral services, in charge of the Hanson Funeral Home, were held on Friday
afternoon, January 8, with a service at the Bondhus farm home south of
Storden at one-thirty and a service at the Amo Lutheran Church at two o'clock.
Rev. Roy K. Malde conducted the service with Mrs. Dale Olson as organist. Music
was provided by Rev. and Mrs. Malde who sang a duet and Geraldine Thompson,
a soloist. Honorary pallbearers were Carl Dulroe, H.A. Frederickson, A.J.
Nelson, Charles Braathun, Viggo Miller, Peter S. Jensen, Sam (?), and Dr. L.
Sogge. Active pallbearers were Theodore Thompson, Alvin Tjenhand, Jesse
Oleson, Orval Bondhus, Clifford Oanes, and Ole Thompson. Interment was in the Amo
Lutheran cemetery. Tom Bondhus, who serviced in the legislature some fifteen
years, had the respect and esteem of all who knew him. Friendly by nature,
even those who disagreed politically with him remained his sincere friends.
Thomas, son of Olino Oyre and Ole Bondhus, was born on Feburary 3, 1880 at
Grand Mound in Clinton County, Iowa. At the age of 15 years, he came with his
parents to Minnesota and grew to manhood on their homestead in Amo Township.
Following his education in the public schools, he attended the Minneapolis
School of Business in Minneapolis. Returning from college, he was employed by
Johnson Brothers of Westbrook as bookkeeper. He also was assistant
postmaster of the Westbrook post office. Following this, Mr. Bondhus returned to
farming. On August 29, 1908, Mr. Bondhus and Carrie Thompson were united in
marriage at the Amo Lutheran Church. They established their home on a farm near
Storden. Mr. and Mrs. Bondhus were the parents of ten children, three
having died in infancy and Theodore passed away in 1940. Mrs. Bondhus preceded
her husband in death in 1924. Mr. Bondhus, a member of the Amo Lutheran
Church, was a public minded citizen and he worked for the interest of his church
as well as community. He assisted with the organization of the Storden Grain
Company and the Storden Coop store. He was secretary for the Westbrook
Mutual Insurance Company and served as the Amo Township assessor for three years,
as well as being township treasurer. He was a member of the Storden
Community Club. In 1937, Mr. Bondhus was elected state representative from
Cottonwood County. He served in that capacity until 1952, when he no longer chose to
run. While he was a representative, his activities concerned temperance
proposals, reappointment, and crime prevention. He served his county well and
was faithful to his trust and duties. In 1944, Mr. Bondhus retired from
farming and moved into Storden where he made his home until about a month ago when
he came to Windom to live with his daughter and her husband, Mr. and Mrs.
Albert Spielman. He had not been well for some time and passed away here,
following a lingering illness, on Tuesday, January 5, at the age of 73 years, 11
months, and two days. He leaves to mourn his passing three daughters, Agnes
(Mrs. Stanley Cohrs) of Dovray, Illinois, Hilma (Mrs. Lawrence Ahl) of
Storden, Evelyn (Mrs. Albert Spielman) of Windom; three sons, Ole of Vermillion, SD,
Truman and John of Storden, 11 grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Andrew
Tpentland, Mrs. Lena Thompson, and Mrs. Simon Oleson; one brother, Torris
Bondhus, all of Storden. Besides his family, he also leaves a host of friends and
acquaintances who respected him as a man and friend." (end of obituary)

obituary of Torris Bondhus, "Cottonwood County Citizen" newspaper, Windom,
MN, 09 October 1963
"Funeral services for Torris O Bondhus, 80, resident of the Storden area
since 1895, were held Tuesday, October 1, at 2 pm, at the Amo Lutheran Church
with the Rev. E.O. Silrum officiating. Bondhus had been in failing health the
last year and a half. He entered the Westbrook Senior Home on January 1,
1963, and he remained there until June 25 when he moved to the Mountain Lake
nursing home. He became seriously ill and entered the Bethel Hospital at
Mountain Lake on September 23. It was here he passed quietly away on Saturday,
September 28. At the services, Mrs. Hans W. Hanson sang "The Great White Host"
and "I Know Of A Sleep in Jesus". Miss Pamela Nerhus was the organist.
Ushers were elmer Rader and Arnold Berntson. Serving as pallbearers were Alvin
Tjentland, Truman Bondhus, Leo Olson, Arnt Skogen, Irvin Olson, and James
Mathiason. Interment was in the Amo Lutheran cemetery. Torris O Bondhus was
born November 3, 1882 at Grandmound, Iowa. he was the son of Ole T and Olene
Oyre Bondhus. At an early age he was baptized and later confirmed in the
Lutheran faith. He moved with his parents to Holstein, Iowa in 1883. In 1895 at
the age of thirteen, he moved to Minnesota. He attended the country schools
in Cottonwood County. He also attended the Augustana Academy at Canton,
South Dakota, and also business school in Minneapolis, Minnesota. On February
23, 1907, he was united in marriage to Carrie Olson, the marriage being held
at the Amo Lutheran Church. They farmed in Amo Township, the farm where the
present church now stands, until 1947, when they retired from farming and
moved to Storden, which ahs since been the family home. Mr. Bondhus was a member
of the first confirmation class in the Amo Lutheran congregation and served
as the first Sunday School Superintendent of the Amo Lutheran Church, and
also served as church treasurer for many years. The Bondhus marriage was bless
with the birth of one daughter, Lena, Mrs. Clifford Oanes. They also made a
home for Ada Sorem, who at the age of nine years came to live with them and
resided with them until her marriage. he leaves to mourn his passing his
wife, Carried, of Storden, one daughter, Lena, Mrs. Clifford Oanes, and two
granddaughters, Carolyn and Janice Oanes who reside on the home farm in Amo
Township. He also leaves Ada, Mrs. Jay Nelson and her two sons, Dean and Duane of
Storden. Also surviving is one sister, Mrs. Andrew Tjentland of Storden."
(end of obituary)

obituary of TT Bondhus, "Lake Wilson Pilot" newspaper, Lake Wilson, MN, 03
July 1914
"T.T. Bondhus was born at Mauranger, Norway, October 29, 1854. Came to
United States in 1877, but returned to Norway in 1880. He was there united in
married to Margaret Fladebo, May 22, 1881. They soon afterward left for the
American home at Grand Mound, Iowa, where they lived intil 1885 when they moved
to Holstein, Iowa, which was their home for 17 years. In 1902, they moved
to their present home, five miles southwest of Lake Wilson. Mr Bondhus
retired from active farming last spring. He had been a sufferer from stomach
trouble for nearly twenty years, and following an operation performed last Friday
at the Eitel Hospital in Minneapolis, died Sunday evening, June 21st. He is
survived by hiw wife and 12 children: John, Gunder, Herman, Zella, Martin,
Arnt, Tom, Lars, George, Teddy, Cecilia, and Hatty; also five grandchildren,
two brothers, one living at Storden, Minn., the other in Mauranger, Norway, and
one sister, also living in Norway. He has been a member of the United
Lutheran Church all his life. Funeral services, which were largely attended, were
held in the Norwegian Lutheran Church at Lake Wilson by Rev. O.A. Quallen of
Ottawa, Illinois, and Student B.A. Olson. Among those who attended the
funeral from a distance were: S.S. Peterson, Storden, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Ole
Bondhus, brother of T.T. Bondhus; Mr. and Mrs. John O. Bondhus, nephew of T.T.
Bondhus; Andrew Olson of Storden; Mr. and Mrs. J. Martinson, Storden; Torris
and Thomas Bondhus (nephews), Storden; T.T. Warrenas, Storden; Ole Gunderson,
brother of Mrs. Bondhus, Eagle Grove, Iowa; Mrs Sivert Stene, Bereford, S.D.;
Andrew Thompson, Storden; Simon Olson, Storden; Mrs. Andrew Tjentland,
Storden; Jens Flatebo, Storden; Simon Olson, Storden; Thomas Salmonson, Storden."
(end of obituary)

The sixth, and last, death certificate I have gives us a bit of a mystery.
You'll recall that the 1900 US census for Ole and Lena Bondhus had a son
Herman who was born September 1887 in Iowa. This sixth death certificate, number
1948-MN-003002, is for Herman O Bondhus, born September 02, 1887 Ida County,
Iowa, died 19 may 1948 in Amo Township, Cottonwood County, MN. Here is
states that Herman's parents are Ole Bondhus and Oline Warnas. Warnas? It also
states that his wife was Eldora Bondhus.

Remembering that the MN birth listing (see above) showed a daughter born to
Herman Bondhus and Mary Stene, here are to more interesting birth listings.
Eunice Bondhus, born 17 May 1923, stillborn, father Herman O Bondhus (age
35, so born circa 1888), mother Eldora B Vallen (age 23)
Ruth Evelyn Bondhus, born 28 July 1920, parents Herman Bondhus and Eldora

Thus, it appears that Herman was married twice, even though I couldn't find
a death certificate for Mary (Stene) Bondhus. Also, if Eldora was Herman's
wife in 1923, then who was the Mary Bondhus that Herman was traveling with when
he entered the Port of New York 1948. This port record also states that
Herman was born in Holstein (Ida County), Iowa. I find it hard to believe that
there were two Herman Bondhus born in Iowa.

Finally, I checked a 1909 plat map for Amo Township. Ole T Bondhus had 320
acres of land, the northeast and northwest quarters of section 9 in Amo

Jon Raymond
St Paul Park, MN

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