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John Andersen Eggen

John Andersen Eggen

Male 1848 - 1928  (79 years)

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  • Name John Andersen Eggen 
    Born 28 Sep 1848  Skogn, Nord Trondelag, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 1 Jan 1849  Alstadhaug Church, Levanger, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation Wagon maker, Ford Dealer 
    Died 22 Jan 1928  Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Buried 25 Jan 1928  Rushford Lutheran Cemetery, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Notes 
    • Christened as Johan

      Witnesses at christening were: Leaseholder Nils Olaus Janassen of Store, Ingeborg Nilsdtr, cottager Peder Anderssen Gilstad, Lisabeth Nilsdtr, bachelor Andreas Christophersen of Eide, maiden Ane M. Olsdtr of R_s_den

      Alternate date of birth: 29 Sep 1847 on Burial record at Rushford Lutheran Church

      Source: 1992 trip to Norway by E. Allan and Thelma Eggen.Photocopy of 1849 birth and baptismal record, Skogn. John was listed on emigration document as John Andersen Eggen from Skogn, age 19. Sailed to Quebec on SS Franklin, 1867. He came to Rushford via Chicago, Grand Haven MI, Muskegon, LaCrosse and Spring Grove MN. (History of Fillmore County), 1912 Baptismal record shows father's name as Anders Andersen-Lower Eggen, mother as Bereth Andersdatter. It also shows his birth and baptism date and his name as Johan. His daughter Florence (via her son Robert) had his birth date as 29 Sep and his date of marriage as 11 Jun 1871. John and his brother Andrew became plow and wagon makers in Rushford and later John became a Ford dealer.

      History of Fillmore County, Minnesota-1912
      John Eggen, who for over forty years has been one of the
      representative citizens of the city of Rushford and who has
      been actively engaged in business for nearly that period of time,
      was born in Throndhjen, Norway, September 29, 1848, son of
      Andreas and Beret (Buratad) Anderson. He received bis education
      in the land of his birth, and there grew to manhood. In
      1868 he left the shore of his native land and sailed across the
      Atlantic to establish for himself a home in a new and strange
      country, the trip consuming nine weeks and three days. Upon
      his arrival in the United States, Mr. Eggen proceeded west to
      Chicago, and thence to Grand Haven, Mich,, where he was
      employed on railroad work for a period of two months. From
      Grand Haven he went to Muskegon, and there secured work in a
      sawmill for a. period of three months, after which he moved to
      LaCrosse, Wis., remaining for a short time. He then moved to
      Spring Grove, Houston county, Minn., remaining there for a year
      and a half. In the spring of 1870 he came to the city of Rushford,
      where for three years he worked at his trade as carpenter.

      About 1874 Mr. Eggen, together with his brother, Andrew,
      engaged in the manufacture of plows and wagons. This undertaking
      proved a great, success and their wagons and plows became
      known far and wide for durability and service. They continued
      together in this business until 1892, when Mr. Eggen, the subject
      of this sketch, engaged in his present business on his own responsibility, taking as a partner his son, Conrad. The firm name is
      now J. Eggen & Son. They handle a full and complete line of
      up-to-date farm machinery, wagons, automobiles, and do the
      leading business in the city along their line. Mr. Eggen is a
      man who aims to please; and by his untiring efforts, his far-
      sightedness and honest dealings, has won a host of friends
      throughout the community. He has ever taken an active inter-
      est in the affairs of his city, having served both on the city
      council and the board of education. On June 27, 1871, Mr.
      Eggen was united in the bonds of matrimony to Olena Emelia
      Colherg, a native of Norway, and their home has been blessed
      with eleven children; Alvilde Berntine, born April 18, 1872, died
      March, 1900; Alfred Julius, born September 29, 1873, died August
      19, 1874; Alfred Julius, born August 6, 1875; Conrad Angel,
      born March 1, 1878; Ingvald Ambrosias, born December 17, 1879;
      Edward Amalie, born June 22, 1881, died July 27, 1881; John
      William, born June 7, 1882, died September 18, 1882; Daniel
      Ludvig, born June 4, 1883; Alice Christine, born April 19 1885,
      died September 7, 1885; Henry Edgar, born November 20, 1888,
      and Florence Leona, born October 20, 1890. Alfred married
      Olive Smith. They reside in British Columbia and are the parents
      of two children, Fred and Olive. Conrad is in partnership with
      his father. He married Carrie James. Ingvald Ambrosius resides
      at home. Daniel is a traveling salesman for the Western Grocery
      Company and resides in Dubuque, Iowa. He married Katie
      Arnold and they have two daughters, Mariam and Florence.
      Florence and Henry Edgar reside at home. Andreas Eggen,
      father of John Eggen, was born in 1807 and died at seventy-six
      years of age. Beret (Burstad) Eggen, the mother, was born in
      1810, and died at seventy years of age. They were the parents
      of six children; Anders, a merchant at Throndjem, Norway,
      now deceased; Daniel, deceased; Andrew, of Rushford; Karen,
      now Mrs. Gjertinus Rangul, who, with her husband, has made
      several trips to America; John, of Rushford, and Albenus,
      deceased.

      A PIONEER GONE John Eggen, for more than half a century a successful businessman and highly respected citizen of Rushford, was born in Trondhjem, Norway, September 29, 1848.
      He received his education in land of his birth and there grew manhood. In 1868, when 20 years of age, he left the shore of his native land and sailed across the Atlantic to establish for himself a home in America. The trip consumed nine weeks and three days. Upon his arrival in New York he proceeded to Chicago, and then to Grand Haven, Mich. (where he was employed on the Railroad for two months). After remaining at that place and Muskegon, Mich. (where he worked in a sawmill for three months), for a few months he came to La Crosse, and then to Spring Grove (where he lived for a year and a half). In the spring of 1870 he came to Rushford, which has since been his home. For the first three years of his residence here he was employed at carpenter work. (He was employed as foreman with the O. Foss and Co. contractors of churches, schools, houses and grain elevators in the city). About 1874 he entered into partnership with his brother, Andrew Eggen, engaging in (the business of blacksmithing, repairs, and) the manufacture of wagons and plows. This business proved successful, the products of their factory becoming known far and wide for their durability and service. In 1892 Andrew Eggen retired from the firm, and was succeeded by Conrad Eggen, the firm being known as John Eggen & Son. Later other sons became associated with their father, first Alfred J. now of Chicago, and then Edgar, the title becoming John Eggen & Sons. Some years ago, Alfred was succeeded by Daniel L. In the meantime the manufacturing business was discontinued and the firm became extensive dealers in farm machinery and automobiles. In recent years they have also engaged in the wholesale and retail oil business.

      Mr. Eggen was a life long member of the Lutheran church, and lived a consistent Christian life. His activity in the cause of prohibition won for him the admiration and esteem of many who were opposed to his views. The writer has heard the remark: "John Eggen would fight for what he honestly believed to be right if the whole community was against him."
      In the prime of his manhood Mr. Eggen engaged actively in civic affairs. In his declining years his mantle of service has been handed over to his sons to carry on. On June 27, 1871, Mr. Eggen was united in marriage to Miss Olena Emelia Colberg. After a happy married life of some fifty years, Mrs. Eggen passed away about eight years ago. Of the eleven children born to Mr. and Mrs. Eggen, the following six survive: Alfred Julius, Conrad Angell, Ingvald Ambrose, Daniel Ludvig, Henry Edgar and Florence Leona (Mrs. Nels Colbenson.)
      In the summer of 1921 Mr. Eggen paid a several months' visit to his old home in Norway. Last summer he was visited by a nephew, Johannes Eggen, a highway engineer in the employment of the Norwegian government, sent here to study highway building in the United States. These visits with his Norwegian kinsmen were among the pleasant events of the closing years of his life.
      Although in declining health for the past year, Mr. Eggen was active until the last few months. Suffering from ailment of the stomach, he had been confined to his home since last fall. In these months of confinement he was given every care that loving hands could bestow. Mr. Eggen passed peacefully away early Sunday morning on January 22.
      In the passing of John Eggen to eternal rest this community mourns a good citizen, one whose influence was ever cast on the side of right and justice, though he pioneered the way.
      The funeral services were held from the family home and from the Lutheran church and were
      largely attended by many long time friends, neighbors, and business acquaintances, on Wednesday afternoon. Rev. P. J. Nestande of Lanesboro conducted the services. Pallbearers were his near neighbors: W. H. Krockow, S. Hoegh, Jos. Bendel, Mandius Johnson, W. F. Baerman, Edw. Quickstad. (History of Rushford, MN, by Dravold)

      Eggen Bros. have decided to move their plow works to Moorehead.

      1875 MN State Census: John Eggen 27, Lena E 25, Alvilda 3, Christophersen Lund 23 born Norway, Rushford, p. 238

      1880 US Census, Minnesota, Fillmore, Rushford, John Eggen, 31, plow maker, born Norway, parents born Norway, wife Amelia, 29, keeping house, born Norway, parents born Norway, daughter Bertha, 8, attending school, born MN, son Alfred, 4, born MN, son Conrad, 2, born MN, son Ambrose, 6/12, born MN, living at 144 Mill St.

      1885 MN State Census, Rushford City, Fillmore Co., John Eggan 36, Olina 34, Bertha 13, Alfred 9, Conrad 7, Ambrose 5, Daniel 1, Baby 1/12

      1895 Minnesota State Census, Fillmore, Rushford, page 6, John Eggen 47, wagon maker, Emmilia 44, Bertha 23, Alfred J. 20, wagon maker, Conrad 17, butcher, Elbrose 15, school, Daniel 12, Edgar 6, Florence 4

      1900 US Census, Minnesota, Fillmore, Rushford, John Eggen, born Sep 1848, 51, married 30 years, born Norway, parents born Norway, immigrated to US in 1866, 34 years in US, naturalized citizen, wagon manufacturer, owns home free of mortgage, with wife Emelia, born Nov 1849, age 50, married 30 years, mother of 12 children 7 living, born Norway, parents born Norway, immigrated to US in 1867, 33 years in US, son Alfred J., born Aug 1875, 24, born MN, 1st machinist U.S. Navy, son Conrad A., born Mar 1878, age 22, born MN, salesman farm machinery, son Daniel L., born Jun 1881, 18, born MN, salesman groceries, son Edgar, born Nov 1888, 11, born MN, at school, daughter Florence L., born Oct 1890, 9, born MN, at school, boarder William Krockow, born Feb 1879, 21, born MN, blacksmith, servant Mary Peterson, born Feb 1883, 17, born MN

      1905 Minnesota State Census, John A. Eggen, 57, blacksmith, with wife Olina A. 55, children Conrad A. 26, blacksmith, Daniel L. 21, merchant, Florence L. 14, Edgar H. 16

      1910 US Census, Minnesota, Fillmore, Rushford, John Eggen, 61, married once for 39 years, dealer farm machinery, with wife Amalia 59, mother of 12 children 6 living, children Henry E. 21, bookkeeper farm machinery dealer, Florence L. 19

      1920 US Census, Minmesota, Fillmore, Rushford, John Eggen, owns home free of mortgage at 12 Harry Street, age 71, immigrated to US in 1868, naturalized citizen in 1896, partner auto implements, with wife Oline E. 69, immigrated to US in 1867, naturalized in 1896, children Brose I. 40, agent railroad, Edgard H. 31, partner auto implements, Florence L. 29, no occupation

      18 May 1922, John Eggen and Sons opened their new, handsome service station on May 13

      New Garages, John Eggen & Sons, Rushford, Minn,, 18 Jul 1917

      The Franklin was owned by Chr. Paus and Hans Hauen in Skien. Tonnage was 281 Norwegian Commercial lasts.The Franklin sailed with emigrants from Norway to Quebec 1867 - 1871. Master was Christian Winsnæs. In 1868 the bark Franklin departed from Trondheim Apr. 30, and arrived at Quebec July 4. She was carrying 331 passengers. Mastered by Capt. Chr. Winsnæs.

      Filed declaration of intention to become a citizen of the United States, 30 Dec 1896, Rushford, Minnesota

      Final Decree of Distribution filed in Fillmore County Probate Court, 25 Mar 1929.

      Mr. John Eggen has returned from his land near Stanley, Wis., being accompanied by John Arnold who also has interests there.

      John Eggen and brother Andrew Eggen are razing the old buildings formerly occupied by them as places of business way back in the 70's and in their stead will be erected two modern dwelling houses. The changes will make a great transformation in the street's appearance and the houses will no sooner be finished than they will be occupied, so great is the demand for homes here.

      The work of excavating has commenced for the two new residences soon to be erected by John and Andrew Eggen. The site chosen is that of the Eggen blacksmith shop and wagon works, east of the Tagland warehouse. Two houses will be built there for rental and both will make pleasant homes.

      The new residence in course of constructlon for John Eggen of this city will greatly change the aspect of the street upon which it is situated. Of the bungalow type it will prove a roomy and homelike structure. Mr. Eggen contemplates residing there himself with his family; the residence which he has occupied for so many years will then be either for sale of rental.

      John Eggen's new bungalow on Jessie street is being finished rapidly; the family hoping to move in in a short time

      The new bungalow recently erected for John Eggen and family will soon be ready for occupancy and upon removal of the Eggen family from their old home on South Ferry street, it will be leased to Henry Wilson and family.

      Rapid work is being carried on for the new garage to be erected by John Eggen and sons.

      Five workmen from Peterson are busily engaged in putting up the concrete garage fro John Eggen and Sons on the site of their old blacksmith shop near the depot.

      In the early spring, Dan Eggen now of Decorah will move his family back to Rushford for a permanent home. Mr. Eggen will buy out the interest of his father, John Eggen, in the Eggen garage here. [1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31]
    Person ID I12503  Mindrum
    Last Modified 25 Sep 2017 

    Father Anders Andersen Holmstrø Eggen,   b. 30 Jul 1807, Holm farm in Hegra near Størdal, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1886, Eggen farm, Skogn, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Beret Andersdtr Børstad,   b. Abt 19 Apr 1807, Borstad farm, Stordalen, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1873  (Age ~ 66 years) 
    Married 14 Apr 1834  Stordal, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location  [32
    Family ID F8521  Group Sheet

    Family Oline Emilie Colberg,   b. 27 Nov 1850, Levanger, Nord-Trondelag, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1920, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 27 Jun 1871  Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 33
    Children 
     1. Avilde Berentine Bertha Eggen,   b. 18 Apr 1872, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1900, Forest City, Winnebago, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)
     2. Alfred Julius Eggen,   b. 29 Sep 1873, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1874, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     3. Alfred Julius Eggan,   b. 6 Aug 1875, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 May 1965, Rosemead, Los Angeles, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     4. Conrad Angell Eggen,   b. 1 Mar 1878, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1960, Downers Grove, DuPage, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     5. Ambrose Ingvald Eggen,   b. 17 Dec 1879, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1932, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
     6. Edwarda Amalia Eggen,   b. 22 Jun 1881, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jul 1881, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     7. John William Eggen,   b. 7 Jun 1882, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1882, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     8. Daniel Ludvig Eggen,   b. 5 Jun 1883, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1975, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     9. Alice Christine Eggen,   b. 8 Apr 1885, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1885, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     10. Samuel Angus Eggen,   b. 17 Aug 1886, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1886  (Age 0 years)
     11. Edgar Henry Eggen,   b. 20 Nov 1888, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 May 1948, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     12. Florence Leone Eggen,   b. 16 Oct 1890, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Dec 1982, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
    Photos
    Eggen, John and family
    Eggen, John and family
    Back: Conrad, Alfred, Bertha
    Middle: Dan, John, Oline, Brose
    Front: Edgar, Florence
    Last Modified 20 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F8586  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Eggen, John
    Eggen, John
    John Eggen 1848-1928
    Eggen's Service Station
    Eggen's Service Station
    Eggen Garage, Rushford, Minnesota
    Eggen Garage, Rushford, Minnesota
    L-R, John Eggen, Bill Krockow, Conrad Eggen, John Backman
    Eggen, John and family
    Eggen, John and family
    L-R, Oline Kolberg Eggen, Bertha Eggen, John Eggen
    Eggen Family
    Eggen Family
    L-R, John Eggen, James Eggen, Carolyn James Eggen, Olive Smith Eggan, Frederick Russell Eggan
    Eggen Garage, Rushford, MN
    Eggen Garage, Rushford, MN
    L-R, John Eggen, Bill Krockow, Conrad Eggen, John Backman
    Eggen Garage, Rushford, Minnesota
    Eggen Garage, Rushford, Minnesota
    Eggen, John and Frederick
    Eggen, John and Frederick
    Eggen, John
    Eggen, John
    Passport Photo
    Eggen's Oil Service
    Eggen's Oil Service
    L-R, Edgar Eggen, unknown, Leon Schonsby, John Eggen, Conrad Eggen, ? Sheldahl
    Eggen, John
    Eggen, John
    Eggen relatives
    Eggen relatives
    Johs (Johan Emil Eggen, John Eggen, Andrew Eggen
    Eggen, John
    Eggen, John
    Eggen, Monson, McMullin families
    Eggen, Monson, McMullin families
    Unk., Ida Monson, Ina Monson McMullin, John Monson, John Eggen holding Doug Eggen, Mabel Monson, Ambrose Eggen holding Elaine Eggen, John Monson Jr., Herschel McMullin holding son William
    Eggen, John and Francis Colbenson
    Eggen, John and Francis Colbenson

    Documents
    Eggen, John death certificate
    Eggen, John death certificate
    Eggen, John, Passport
    Eggen, John, Passport
    Eggen, John death record
    Eggen, John death record

    Headstones
    Eggen, John
    Eggen, John
    Eggen, John
    Eggen, John

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    22. [S8457] John Eggen Final Decree of Distribution .

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