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Otto Christian Mindrum[1]

Male 1887 - 1949  (62 years)


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  • Name Otto Christian Mindrum 
    Born 17 Mar 1887  Norway Twp., Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 10 Apr 1887  Norway Twp., Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Highland Prairie Lutheran Church, witnesses: Ole Overland and wife, Paul Olsen, Julia Heglie.
    Confirmation 31 Aug 1902  Norway Twp., Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Highland Prairie Lutheran Church
    HEAL Cause of death: heart attack  [2
    Died 25 Mar 1949  Winona, Winona, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried 28 Mar 1949  Highland Prairie Lutheran Church, Norway Twp., Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Notes 
    • Otto C. Mindrum, 769 West King street, died at 10:30 a.m. Friday at his home of a heart attack. Mr. Mindrum, a city salesman for the J. R. Watkins Company since coming to Winona five years ago, formerly farmed at Highland Prairie. He was born at Highland Prairie, eight miles southeast of Rushford, March 17, 1887. Survivors are his wife, two sons, Norman C. Mindrum, Lewiston, and Mindrum, at home; two daughters,; three stepchildren, Jardiene Overland, Rushford, and Gordon and Overland, at home; two grandsons; one sister, Mrs. Oscar (Bertha) Edenloff, Zahl, N. D., and two brothers, Oscar Mindrum, Oak Lawn, Ill., and Edward Mindrum, Osakis, Minn. Funeral services will be Monday at 3 p.m. at the Highland Prairie Lutheran church, the Rev. N. S. Magelssen officiating. Preliminary services will be at Central Lutheran church here at 1:30 p.m., Dr. L. E. Brynestad officiating. Burial will be at Highland Prairie. The body will lie in state at Central Lutheran church here Monday from 12 to 1:30 p.m.

      Farm in Norway Township, sec 22, O 195.12 ac (41)

      1910 US Census, Minnesota, Fillmore, Norway Township, Otto C. Olson, 22, single, born MN, parents born Norway, Farm laborer on home farm, with parents, Peter M. age 64, Oline 62, siblings Paul B. 40, Gina 32, Otto C. 22, niece Ella 14, nephew Palmer 12, census enumerator was Peter M. Olson

      1920 US Census, Minnesota, Fillmore, Norway Township, Otto Mindrum 32 years old, house rented, farmer, wife Olga age 29, son Norman age 2

      1930 US Census, Minnesota, Fillmore, Norway Township, Otto Mindrum, owns home, owns radio, age 43, first married age 28, born MN, farmer, not a veteran, with wife Olga, 40, first married age 25, born MN, children Norman 12, Olive 9, Dagny 6, parents Peter Olson 83, Oline Olson 82

      1940 US Census, Minnesota, Fillmore, Norway, Otto C. Mindrum, owns farm valued $3,000, 53, widower, education 8, born MN, committee man AAA, wage 1400, son Norman C., 22, education C3, born MN, office assistant, wage 220, daughter Dagny E., 15, education H1, born MN

      Resided in the Highland Prairie community until 1945 when he moved to Winona, where he was a salesman for the Watkins company.

      Alternate year of marriage to Esther Overland: 1944
      Died at his home at Winona after suffering a heart attack
      Funeral services will be held Monday (26 Mar 1949) at 1:30 p.m. in Winona, Dr. L.E. Brynestad officiating, and at 3 p.m. at the Highland Prairie Lutheran church, the Rev. N.S. Magelssen officiating, assisted by Dr. Brynestad. Burial will be in the Highland Prairie cemetery. Friends may call at the Winona church Monday from noon on.
      AE:62, cause of death: stroke

      The youngest child of Peter and Oline (Olson) Mindrum, Otto was born and raised on the family homestead. He attended the Sandsness school through 8th grade and was confirmed at the Highland Prairie Church, August 12, 1902.

      Life on the Mindrum farm was severe and unrewarding in terms of monetary return. Nevertheless, the family led a reasonably happy life. Each day began before daybreak and ended long after sundown. The 200 acre farm had only 70 to 80 acres that were tillable. The soil was "fayette" a thin forested, highly erodable loam much less fertile and productive than the rich black sandy loam of nearby prairie land. These few acres, however, supported the large Mindrum family. Through the years it was operated as a grain, livestock and poultry farm. Supplemented by a large garden, virtually all the food was produced on the farm. Coarse work clothes were made from homespun wool. A large woodlot provided fuel for the cookstove and heat to combat long bitterly cold winters. Running water, indoor toilets, and electricity were nonexistent on this farm until the early 1940's. Farm equipment was first drawn by oxen and later by horses. Tractors weren't used on this farm until the early 1940's.

      Born Otto Christian Olson
      Otto married Olga Eleanora Overland (12/3/1890 - 4/16/1935) on June 30, 1915 at the Highland Prairie Church. Attendants were Melvin Mindrum and Lette Overland. The wedding was a major social event. A large tent was erected on the Overland farm lawn where music and various festivities were enjoyed. As close neighbors, Otto and Olga virtually grew up together. Both enjoyed the social life of the community. Most of the community activities revolved around the church and the villages of Rushford, Lanesboro, and Peterson. Trips to Winona, La Crosse, and Decorah were infrequent but considered to be major because this meant traveling 30 to 40 miles by horse drawn carriage. Otto and Olga were musically inclined. Otto played clarinet and violin. Olga played clarinet, piano, and organ. She was the church organist for several years. They were in the church concert band and together helped organize the first church orchestra. They also enjoyed singing in the church choir. Their music groups traveled to nearby communities and often won prizes for their performances. They purchased the home Mindrum farm in 1915 for $10,000. The farmstead was a gardenspot with a large sweeping lawn, stately evergreen trees, beautiful flowers, a large orchard and vegetable garden.

      They raised three children.

      They were a fun loving couple enjoying life to the utmost in spite of a depression and cancer which took Olga's life. Otto eventually sold the family farm, moving to Winona, and married Esther Overland who had lost her husband, James, some years earlier. They had a son. Following Otto's death, Esther moved to Ogden, Utah, where she married John Dance.

      At the Highland Prairie Lutheran Church yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock Rev. N.S. Magelssen united in marriage Olga Overland and Otto Mindrum. Lettie Overland was maid of honor and Melvin Mindrum attended the groom. Borghild Magelssen, Ella Mindrum and Tena and Lydia Overland acted as bride's maids. Prof. Pachman of La Crosse played the wedding march. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steiner Overland, highly respected citizens of Highland Prairie. The groom is an industrious young farmer, the son of P. M. Olson, one of Fillmore county's prominent old settlers. The newlyweds will make their home on the P. M. Olson farm on Highland Prairie. The Star wishes them a blissful and happy married life.

      Emily Gilbertson worked as a "nanny" for the Otto Mindrum family. Her family, Gilbert E. Gilbertson, wife Johana, Emily, Ella, Randolph, lived next door to Otto and Olga in 1920 Census. [2, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17]
    Person ID I1206  Mindrum
    Last Modified 1 Aug 2016 

    Father Peter Magnus Olson,   b. 5 Oct 1845, Stod, Nord-Trondelag, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1931, Norway Twp., Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Mother Oline Petrine Olsdatter Mindrum,   b. 2 Feb 1847, Beitstad, Nord-Trondelag, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jul 1930, Norway Twp., Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 11 Feb 1867  Norway Twp., Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [18, 19
    • Highland Prairie Lutheran Church. Witnesses Gunerius Olsen (Heglie) and Ole Adsveth
    Photos
    Olson, Peter M. House
    Olson, Peter M. House
    Standing L-R, Melvin, Otto, Ole, Gina Mindrum, Peter M. Olsen
    Seated left: Ella, Petra, Palmer, Conrad, Almer, Orney Mindrum
    Seated right: Arnold, Emma, James, Juliana Mindrum, Oline Olsen
    Highland Prairie, Minnesota, ca 1908, possibly taken on Petra's confirmation day.
    Olson, Peter & Oline Family
    Olson, Peter & Oline Family
    Back: Paul, Ole, Edward
    Seated: Peter, Oline
    Front: Gina, Bertha, Oscar
    Olson, Peter & Oline Family
    Olson, Peter & Oline Family
    Back: Oscar, Paul, Edward, Bertha
    Front: Ole, Peter, Otto, Oline, Gina
    Family ID F482  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Olga Eleanora Overland,   b. 3 Dec 1890, Norway Twp., Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1935, Norway Twp., Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years) 
    Married 30 Jun 1915  Norway Twp., Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 20
    • Highland Prairie Lutheran Church, witnesses Melvin Mindrum and Lettie Overland.
    Children 
     1. Norman Christian Mindrum,   b. 11 Sep 1917, Norway Twp., Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jun 1995, Chicago, Cook, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     2. Living
     3. Living
    Photos
    Mindrum gathering
    Mindrum gathering
    Rear: Lettie Overland, Dagny Mindrum, Gina Anfinson, Olive Mindrum, Otto Mindrum, Margit Mindrum, Norman Mindrum, Olaf Anfinson, Palmer Mindrum, Ralph Anfinson; Palmer's children, rear: Paul, Alf; front: Frieda, Ellert, Arne, Ellen
    Last Modified 14 Mar 2017 
    Family ID F403  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Esther Clarissa Krogstad,   b. 13 Oct 1905, Spring Grove, Houston, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1989  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 30 Aug 1945 
    Children 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 14 Mar 2017 
    Family ID F404  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Mindrum, Otto and Olga Overland Wedding Party
    Mindrum, Otto and Olga Overland Wedding Party
    L-R, Borghild Magelsen, Melvin Mindrum, Ella Mindrum, Otto Mindrum, Olga Overland, Lydia Overland, Aletta Overland, Tina Overland. Highland Prairie, Minnesota. 30 Jun 1915
    Mindrum, Otto and Olga Overland, Wedding Day
    Mindrum, Otto and Olga Overland, Wedding Day
    Mindrum Children
    Mindrum Children
    Back: Oscar, Gina, Bertha
    Front: Otto
    Mindrum Children
    Mindrum Children
    L-R, Oscar, Gina, Otto, Bertha
    Bratsberg Viking Band
    Bratsberg Viking Band
    Otto Mindrum holding clarinet, 2nd row, 3rd from right.
    Mindrum, Otto and Olga Overland
    Mindrum, Otto and Olga Overland
    Mindrum, Otto and Olga - Inside Home
    Mindrum, Otto and Olga - Inside Home
    Overland, Lettie, Gina, Steinar, Norman and Otto Mindrum
    Overland, Lettie, Gina, Steinar, Norman and Otto Mindrum
    Mindrum, Otto and Olga honeymoon trip
    Mindrum, Otto and Olga honeymoon trip
    L-R Otto Mindrum, William and Borghild Magelssen, Catherine Magelssen, Olga Mindrum, Finn Magelssen, with Finn and Catherine's children.
    Mindrum, Otto with son and grandson
    Mindrum, Otto with son and grandson
    Mindrum, Otto and Esther
    Mindrum, Otto and Esther
    Mindrum, Otto with son Norman in family's first car, a 1919 Chevrolet Model 490
    Mindrum, Otto with son Norman in family's first car, a 1919 Chevrolet Model 490
    Mindrum, Otto with son, Norman
    Mindrum, Otto with son, Norman
    Mindrum Family
    Mindrum Family
    L-R rear, Paul Mindrum, Palmer Mindrum, Edward Mindrum, Otto Mindrum, Orlando Mindrum, Belle Mindrum
    L-R front, Dagny Mindrum, Olive Mindrum, Peter Warren Mindrum
    Mindrum, Otto
    Mindrum, Otto
    Mindrum gathering
    Mindrum gathering
    Middle row, third from left, holding child, Otto Mindrum, back row, second from right, Julianna Rein Mindrum, second from right, Gina Mindrum holding Petra Mindrum
    Mindrum, Otto with Olga Overland and Gina Mindrum Anfinson
    Mindrum, Otto with Olga Overland and Gina Mindrum Anfinson
    2nd row left (dark hat and coat) Otto Mindrum, to his right with head turned, Olga Overland, to left of boy with hand on tree, Gina Mindrum Anfinson.
    Mindrum, Otto with Olga Overland and Gina Mindrum Anfinson, reverse
    Mindrum, Otto with Olga Overland and Gina Mindrum Anfinson, reverse
    Text: Picnic Nepstad Valley Bluffs, Oct. 4, 1914
    MIndrum, Otto and Norman
    MIndrum, Otto and Norman
    Mindrum, Otto and Norman, reverse
    Mindrum, Otto and Norman, reverse
    Text: This is a picture of our wood pile. We ought to have plenty of wood this year.
    John Oien/Mathilda Anfinson wedding, 29 Sep 1914
    John Oien/Mathilda Anfinson wedding, 29 Sep 1914
    Back row, left, Olga Overland, next to Olga, Gina Anfinson, two to the right of Gina, Julianna Rein Mindrum, groom John Oien, bride Mathilda Anfinson, behind groom, Otto C. Mindrum, to right of Otto, Ole Mindrum, to right of bride, Peter M. Olson, behind Peter M. Olson, Edward Mindrum, to left of Edward, Melvin Mindrum
    Mindrum home
    Mindrum home
    Back row, left Peter M. Olson, 3rd left Gina Anfinson, front row, 3rd left, Otto Mindrum, far right, Palmer Mindrum
    Olson, Peter M. family and friends
    Olson, Peter M. family and friends
    Rear: Bill Magelssen, Lena Ryan, Otto Mindrum, Gina Anfinson; front: Oline and Peter M. Olson
    Mindrums and Anfinsons
    Mindrums and Anfinsons
    L-R, unk, unk, Gina and Olaf Anfinson, unk, Norman, Olga, Otto and Olive Mindrum
    Mindrums and Ryans
    Mindrums and Ryans
    L-R, Otto Mindrum, Ole Ryan, Palmer Mindrum, Julia Ryan, Clara Ryan, Caroline Ryan, Gina Anfinson, Lena Ryan
    Mindrum gathering
    Mindrum gathering
    Back: unk, unk, Gina Anfinson, Lean Ryan; Middle: Ann Groettum, unk, unk girl, Oline Olson, unk girl, unk, unk, unk, Otto Mindrum; Front: Peter M. Olson,
    Mindrum, Otto
    Mindrum, Otto
    Mindrum gathering in Anfinson front yard
    Mindrum gathering in Anfinson front yard
    Rear: Olga, unk, unk, Peter, Edward, Caroline, Gina, unk; middle: Otto, Norman, Julianna, Oline, Ralph and Olaf; front: Arnold, Eleanor, Emma, James, Orney
    Anfinson, Oscar and Otto Mindrum
    Anfinson, Oscar and Otto Mindrum
    Mindrum siblings in unidentified group
    Mindrum siblings in unidentified group
    Gina Mindrum, 2nd row left; Otto Mindrum, 3rd row, 4th from right
    Mindrum and Ryan families
    Mindrum and Ryan families
    Lena Ryan, Catherine Ryan, Ole Ryan, Otto Mindrum, Julia Ryan, Gina Anfinson, Clara Ryan, Palmer Mindrum
    Mindrum, Otto and Olga in unidentified group
    Mindrum, Otto and Olga in unidentified group
    Otto Mindrum and Olga Overland, center in front

    Documents
    Mindrum, Otto letter 1 to Olive, page 1
    Mindrum, Otto letter 1 to Olive, page 1
    Mindrum, Otto letter 1 to Olive, page 2
    Mindrum, Otto letter 1 to Olive, page 2
    Mindrum, Otto letter 1 to Olive, page 3
    Mindrum, Otto letter 1 to Olive, page 3
    Mindrum, Otto letter 1 to Olive, page 4
    Mindrum, Otto letter 1 to Olive, page 4
    Mindrum, Otto letter 2 to Olive, page 1
    Mindrum, Otto letter 2 to Olive, page 1
    Mindrum, Otto letter 2 to Olive, page 2
    Mindrum, Otto letter 2 to Olive, page 2
    Mindrum, Otto letter 2 to Olive, page 3
    Mindrum, Otto letter 2 to Olive, page 3
    Mindrum, Otto letter 2 to Olive, page 4
    Mindrum, Otto letter 2 to Olive, page 4
    Mindrum, Otto letter 2 to Olive, page 5
    Mindrum, Otto letter 2 to Olive, page 5
    Mindrum, Otto letter 2 to Olive, page 6
    Mindrum, Otto letter 2 to Olive, page 6
    Mindrum, Otto letter 2 to Olive, page 7
    Mindrum, Otto letter 2 to Olive, page 7
    Mindrum, Otto letter 3 to Olive, page 1
    Mindrum, Otto letter 3 to Olive, page 1
    Mindrum, Otto letter 3 to Olive, page 2
    Mindrum, Otto letter 3 to Olive, page 2
    Mindrum, Otto letter 3 to Olive, page 3
    Mindrum, Otto letter 3 to Olive, page 3
    Mindrum, Otto letter 3 to Olive, page 4
    Mindrum, Otto letter 3 to Olive, page 4
    Mindrum, Otto letter 3 to Olive, page 5
    Mindrum, Otto letter 3 to Olive, page 5
    Mindrum, Otto letter 3 to Olive, page 6
    Mindrum, Otto letter 3 to Olive, page 6
    Mindrum, Otto letter 3 to Olive, page 7
    Mindrum, Otto letter 3 to Olive, page 7
    Mindrum, Otto letter 3 to Olive, page 8
    Mindrum, Otto letter 3 to Olive, page 8
    Mindrum, Otto death certificate
    Mindrum, Otto death certificate
    Mindrum, Otto baptism record
    Mindrum, Otto baptism record
    Mindrum, Otto birth record
    Mindrum, Otto birth record
    Mindrum, Otto burial record
    Mindrum, Otto burial record
    Mindrum, Otto confirmation record
    Mindrum, Otto confirmation record
    Mindrum, Otto and Olga Overland marriage record
    Mindrum, Otto and Olga Overland marriage record
    Mindrum, Otto, notice of farm auction
    Mindrum, Otto, notice of farm auction
    17 Oct 1945

    Headstones
    Mindrum, Olga and Otto
    Mindrum, Olga and Otto

  • Sources 
    1. [S13] Mindrum GEDCOM file imported on 25 Jan 1999 from Addy Monsen.

    2. [S47] Otto C. Mindrum obituary, LaCrosse Tribune, 27 Mar 1949, p. 3.

    3. [S351] World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, www.ancestry.com.

    4. [S8146] Ministerialbog for Highland Prairie, Elstad og Newburg Menigheder i Fillmore Co. Staten Minnesota North America, Paabegyndt 1872, Baptisms, page 102, line 18.

    5. [S8160] Fillmore County Birth Records, 1870-1921, Fillmore County Historical Society, Fountain, Minnesota, Roll C, page 19, line 33.

    6. [S8462] Birth and death registers, 1871-1907, page unk., no. 9 in 1887 births.

    7. [S8146] Ministerialbog for Highland Prairie, Elstad og Newburg Menigheder i Fillmore Co. Staten Minnesota North America, Paabegyndt 1872, Confirmations, page 341, line 8.

    8. [S8146] Ministerialbog for Highland Prairie, Elstad og Newburg Menigheder i Fillmore Co. Staten Minnesota North America, Paabegyndt 1872, Burials, page 5, line 2.

    9. [S7851] Otto C. Mindrum obituary, undated, unsourced, probably Winona newspaper.

    10. [S38] 1928 Farmers’ Directory of Norway Township, from the 1928 Atlas and Farmers’ Directory of Fillmore County, Minnesota.

    11. [S360] 1910 US Census, Minnesota, Fillmore, Norway Township, Enum. Dist. 30, sheet 1A.

    12. [S70] 1920 US Census, Minnesota, Fillmore, Norway Township, Enum. Dist. 28, sheet 8A.

    13. [S388] 1930 US Census, Minnesota, Fillmore, Norway Township, District 23, sheet 4B.

    14. [S6456] 1940 US Census, Minnesota, Fillmore, Norway, Enum. Dist. 23-24, sheet 7B.

    15. [S8146] Ministerialbog for Highland Prairie, Elstad og Newburg Menigheder i Fillmore Co. Staten Minnesota North America, Paabegyndt 1872.

    16. [S9] Lorraine Anfinson's Family History Book.

    17. [S92] Rushford Star-Republican, 1 Jul 1915.

    18. [S8148] Old Book, Highland Prairie Lutheran Church Records, Norway Twp., Minnesota, Marriages, p. 203, line 9.

    19. [S8162] Fillmore County Marriage Records 1858-1900, Fillmore County Historical Society, Fountain, Minnesota.

    20. [S8146] Ministerialbog for Highland Prairie, Elstad og Newburg Menigheder i Fillmore Co. Staten Minnesota North America, Paabegyndt 1872, Marriages, page 408, line 5.