(This article came from a relative’s scrapbook. The name and date of the paper are unknown.)
“Funeral Held Saturday for Nels Jorgensen - Esteemed Citizen Called by Death Last Wednesday - Funeral services for Nels R. Jorgensen, retired farmer and local businessman, were held Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock at the Presbyterian church with the Rev. E.J. Rose officiating. A short prayer service was held at the home preceding the service at the church. Music was furnished by a quartet composed of Mrs. Wm. McGlin, Mrs. B.W. Lloyd, B.W. Lloyd, and O.E. Jorgensen. They sang two hymns, “In the Garden” and “It Is Well with My Soul.” The pallbearers were F.J. Elskamp, N.P. Radick, H.C. Nelson, Peter Haar, George Onken, Sanke Behr, Henning Pierson of Spencer, Iowa, and Herman Okerman of Slayton. Burial was made in the Prairie Hill cemetery, and the members of the Masonic order of which he was a member, held the impressive grave side service with J.G. Duncan, Past Master of Fraternity Lodge 101 of Worthington, officiating.
Mr. Jorgenson has been in failing health for some time and a heart condition continued to grow worse in spite of all that medical science and care could do. He had consulted the doctors at Rochester and was constantly under the care of a physician but in recent weeks uremic poisoning and dropsy complicated his condition. On April 21st he was taken to the Worthington hospital. But his strength continued to fail and he peacefully slept away at 2:23 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, May 3.
Nels Rasmussen Jorgensen was born in Denmark on December 5th, 1872. He came to America when he was 17 years of age and settled in the city of Chicago where he was employed by Armour & Company. On June 17, 1893, he was united in marriage with Jennie Hoffer. Three years later they moved to Campus, near Dwight, Ill. and began farming. They continued to farm in the vicinity of Dwight until 1908 when they bought a farm in Seward township in Nobles county. This they operated until 1920 when they retired and moved to Fulda.
In Fulda Mr. Jorgenson was employed as tank man for the Stand-Skelly Oil Company. Still later he was employed by the State Highway Department in Murray county. He was a respected citizen who was honored during his lifetime by his neighbors and friends who elected him to responsible civic positions. For nine years he was Supervisor in Seward township. In Fulda he served both on the Village Council and on the Board of Education. In Seward he had also served on the school board.
He is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters; Edward of Iona, Ray of Blue Earth, and Stf. Sgt. John, who is with the army in India; Mrs. Frank Judy (Florence) and Mrs. Chas. Ludwig (Hazel) of Sparrows Point, Maryland; also by two sisters, Mrs. Chris Peterson of Dwight, Illinois, and Mrs. Carl Henrickson of Alberta, this state, and by one brother, Hans Jorgensen of East St. Louis, Ill. There are 13 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Four children have preceded him in death, three daughters, Minnie, Myrtle, and Hilda, all of who died in childhood, and a son, Clarence, who died during the past year.
Among the relatives and friends who came to attend the funeral services were Mr. and Mrs. Hans Jorgensen of East St. Louis; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Ludwig and daughter Sally of Sparrows Point; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Peterson of Dwight; Mr. and Mrs. Ben Anderson of Newell, Iowa; Mrs. Donald Dricken of Storm Lake; Mr. and Mrs. Herman Hoffer and sons, Edward and Charles, and Mrs. Lester Hewitt and children, Virginia and Ronald, of Pennock; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Henrickson, Fred Hendrickson and daughter, Darlene, and Mrs. Ed Brandon and daughter, Lorraine, of Alberta; Mrs. Chris Nelson of Donnely; Mrs. Clarence Jorgenson of Worthington; Mr. and Mrs. Ray Jorgenson of Blue Earth; Mr. and Mrs. Wesly Ernst and son Wesley Jr. of Morris; Mr. and Mrs. Henning Pierson of Spencer; Mr. and Mrs. George Anderson of Dundee; Herman Okerman, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Risacher, Judge G.J. Kolander, Clifford Keller. Dr. L.C. Christianson, Mr. and Mrs. George Nelson, Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Helweg and other friends from Slayton; Henry and Jack Hagge and Henry Harberts of Worthington. There were also many friends from Iona and other towns who had known Mr. Jorgensen and enjoyed his friendship.”
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