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Bergerson Family
Source: Daily Illinois State Register (Springfield IL) 8 May 1900; transcribed by Christine Walters

Clara City, Minn., May 6.—Seeger Bergerson is the head of the heaviest family in Minnesota and few hearthstones have a family circle around them as large in numbers. Seeger's household, with himself, numbers twelve souls. The seven elder members have a combined weight of 1,730 pounds. With the five youngsters the family "heft" aggregates a ton and more—2,240 pounds.

Mr. Bergerson himself is over 6 feet 6 inches tall and tips the beam at 320 pounds. Mrs. Bergeson matches him as best she can with a medium height and 270 pounds of good, amiable, motherly flesh and love. Theodore, the eldest son, aged about 28 years, and 6 feet 3 inches tall, is a slender lightweight of 220 pounds. His muscles are like nails, however, and he is the champion wrestler in his part of the country. Carl, the second son, who has not voted many years, keeps up the family record fairly well with 270 pounds. He also is 6 feet 3 inches tall. At a Fourth of July celebration last summer he ran a foot race with a crack sprinter from the sophomore class in the University of Minnesota and beat him out eighteen inches.

Christine, the eldest daughter, stands 6 feet in her striped stocking feet and her very shapely form weighs 270 pounds. She is as spry as a cricket and has won several prizes in Chippewa county as the most graceful waltzer. She recently was married to a pigmy of a husband, who weighs only 200 pounds. Melvln, the next in age, weighs only 200 pounds, but by the time he is a voter and raises whiskers he'll be as big as the rest of them. Annie is a light-footed,
blue-eyed lass of 17 and the force of gravitation holds her feet to the floor to the extent of 180 pounds. She'll grow larger as the days go by. The five younger members of the family, all boys, are built on the same generous plan as their elders. One 13- year-old is feet tall and wears a No. 11 boot. He's still growing, and when these little giants fully- solve the problem of phyalcat expansion there if no telling what the whole family will aggregate.

The Bergesons are of Norwegian decent and about twenty years ago came to Chippewa County from Wisconsin. During the civil war Mr. Bergeson served with distinction In a badger state regiment. The members of the family all live in the same farm-house. They are, without exception, hard-working and well-to-do. They are active and shapely in form and their weight Is due to bone and muscle alone.

The furniture of the house would have done for the days of Jack the Giant Killer. The chairs are of extra strength and the floor almost sags at meal time. The old folks sleep on a home-made bedstead. Springs are too weak and when both are in deep, snoring slumber the bed cords fairly creak with the great weight. On trading trips to the neighboring towns Mr. and Mrs. Bergeson invariable ride in a stout lumber wagon; no buggy springs being safe under the 590 pounds of their combined weight.

Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Friday, September 13, 1901; Page: 7; transcribed by Frances Cooley

One first grade and thirty second grade certificates were awarded at the recent teachers' examinations.

Last week was a hard week, upon threshers in this county, no less than five rigs being either wholly or partially destroyed by fire.

Source: "Warren Sheaf" (Warren, Marshall County, Minn.), June 16, 1915 - KT - Sub by FoFG

Nygaard Reunion
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (SD) Sunday, July 1, 1951; submitted by Mary Kay Krogman

The annual Nygaard family reunion was held at Sioux Historic park at Ortonville, Minn., with 176 relatives and friends registering. A family history is being compiled. Relatives from North Dakota, Minnesota, Indiana and South Dakota were present.

Officers elected were: President, Kenneth Ginderson, Battle Lake, Minn.; vice-president, O. A. Nygaard, Granite Falls, Minn.; secretary-treasurer, Mrs. Kenneth Mohn, Aberdeen; corresponding secretary, for Minnesota, Mrs. O. K. Olson, Wegdahl, Minn., and for South Dakota, L. H. Aadland, Pierpont.

Visitors at the gathering were Mr. and Mrs. Art Myklebust and sons, Sioux Falls; Miss Lois Johnson, Boyd, Minn., and Christ Snorteland, Hettinger, N. D. Capt. Mabel Nygaard, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind., attended from the greatest distance.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pierce and Daughter Flora
- - - Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) Mar. 22, 1879; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

[Valley Ventilator, Montevideo, Minn., March 15.]

Two years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pierce were living together near Dayton, Ohio. For reasons unknown to us their marital relations were so disturbed as to result in a separation. Mr. Pierce came to Minnesota, bringing with him their only child, Flora, a bright and intelligent girl, about 10 years of age, who has been domiciled alternately with the family of Mr. J. H. Smith and that of Mr. Bartlett, of the Montevideo House, while Mr. Pierce has latterly boarded at the Merchants Hotel, only a few rods distant. Mr. Pierce has followed the avocation of teaming, and is reputed an industrious and energetic citizen. The daughter, now about 12 years of age, a child of more than usual vivacity, has been in attendance at school here, and bears the reputation of being a very intelligent and well behaved girl. Tuesday evening Flora went to her father's boarding place and asked permission to go to Mr. Smith's to stay over night, and upon obtaining permission, very affectionately kissed him and bade him good-bye. Wednesday afternoon intimations were afloat that Mrs. Pierce, who, since her separation from her husband, has resided near Dayton, Ohio, had been in Montevideo and abducted the child. This soon reached the ears of Pierce, when inquiries after his child revealed the fact that she was gone. From what we can learn, Mrs. Pierce, who has recently obtained a divorce from Pierce in the Ohio courts, reached bye by Tuesday evening's train and probably through the manipulation of friends, was enabled to see her daughter, whom she took away with her on the Wednesday morning train. By the advice of T. F. Knappen, Esq., whose services Pierce retained, the telegraph was sent in motion to determine the whereabouts of the mother and child, and on Wednesday evening it was ascertained that they had been stopped and were being detained at Etter Station, a few miles below Hastings. Thither Knappen and Pierce started, by Thursday morning's train, and we can only wait for the future to develop the result of their chase after the abducted child. Opinion here seems somewhat divided as to the merits of the case, some sympathizing with the father, while others are not backward in the expression of the opinion that the child will be much better off with the mother, and that she was very desirous of going to live with her. It is asserted, with how much truth we do not know, that the decree of the court granting the divorce, gives the custody of the child to the mother. If this statement is correct, it will have much to do in deciding the contest between father and mother, for the possession of Flora Pierce.

- - - Another Version.
[Hastings Union, March 19.]
We had a nice little abduction case in this vicinity last week, of which very little is generally known. The circumstances of the case are these: Mrs. Clara Pierce and her husband were divorced some time ago. Mr. Pierce has since lived at Montevideo with a little 11-year-old daughter named FLora. Mrs. Pierce is reported to be engaged in not very reputable business at Cleveland, Ohio. Last Wednesday she went to Montevideo for the purpose of abducting little Flora, and by some means managed to get her on the early morning train, Smith Jones conductor, and started for Hastings. Late in the afternoon the father missed his daughter, and on inquiry soon learned the trouble. He immediately telegraphed to Messrs. Chamberlain & Dodge, of this city, to have the woman arrested, but the dispatch did not reach them until after the evening train down had gone. Our young lawyers immediately got out a writ of habeas corpus and telegraphed to Minneiska to stop the woman. An answer came back that the train did not stop at that place. The Winona officers were then told to be on the qui vive. The policemen boarded the train, but the woman told such a plausible story, and got so much sympathy from the passengers, that the officers would not take her from the car. Portage City was next tried, and then Milwaukee. A big muss was created at both places, but without stopping them. Messrs. Chamberlain & Dodge sat up all night telegraphing, and Chamberlain took the first train down - supposing of course she would be stopped at Portage or Milwaukee - and returned Sunday morning. Thus ends the first chapter.

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