Mrs. Johanna Johnson Engberg -- born 16 Sept 1843 -- died 30 April 1932
THE PASSING OF A PIONEER
Mrs. Johanna Engberg, one of the aged pioneer residents of Crawford County, passed away at 10:00 o'clock Saturday morning, at her home in Kiron after an illness of several months duration. Due to her age slight hope was held for her recovery since she was confined to her bed the early part of the winter. On Friday morning she suffered a slight stroke which weakened her considerably. She was conscious up to the last hours. During her illness she was tenderly cared for by her son and daughter. Joseph and Miss Lillian at home and daughter, Mrs. Smith of Onamia, Minn, who spent several months with her and last week Miss N. Florence Johnson of Des Moines who so kindly assisted caring for her aunt.
Mrs. Johanna Engberg was born Sept. 16, 1843 in Christenstads lan Sweden and passed away April 30, 1932 at the age of 88 years, 7 months and 14 days. She immigrated to America in ?1886? first coming to Moline, Ill. She was converted and baptized in Sweden when fourteen years of age. When she came to Illinois she joined the Baptist church at Rock Island. She was united in marriage to Carl Erick Engberg at Moline, Ill,. 26 Feb 1870. This union was blest with seven children, three daughters and four sons. Two sons, Oscar and Robert died in infancy and John passed away in 1908. Those living are, Nettie, Mrs. Harlan Smith of Onamia, Minn. Joseph A. Engberg at home, Caroline, Mrs. W. I. Fowle of Seattle, Wash., and Miss Lillian F. Engberg at home.
Following their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Engberg came to this locality 9 March 1870 settling in Stockholm township, Crawford County where Mr. Engberg purchased a farm. At first they lived in a dugout until a home was erected. They were among the early pioneers and patiently went through many hardships and endured many trials. This was their home until some twenty years ago when they retired from farming and moved to Kiron. Mr. Engberg passed to his reward in 1913. Following the death of their son, John in 1908 she was also mother to her grandson, Russell Engberg now of Washington, D. C.
As soon as they were located here her church letter was transferred to the Swedish Baptist Church here, then located in the country southeast of Kiron, this was in 1870, the church being organized in 1868 thus making her almost a charter member. Of this church she has been a most faithful and active member. In their early pioneer life they many times walked a long distance to the house of worship, She was a member of the first choir in which she always filled her place for many years. She taught many various Sunday School classes, the latter years of her life she taught the elderly ladies class until her health would no longer permit her. Mrs. Engberg was truly a devout Christian woman and has been a strong character and witness for her Master, in the church as well as the community. Until the time of her illness she was always in her place at the weekly prayer meetings. She was a dearly loved woman by all who knew her and a tender and loving mother, leading and training her children, her grandchildren, and friends in the light of God. She was intensely interested in home and foreign missions and contributed liberally to all religious work. In the passing of this saintly woman a great loss will be felt in the home and the church. During her illness she often spoke of her desire to be with the Master.
Besides the children she leaves 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. Olive Leander of Chicago, Miss Augusta Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colo, and Mrs. G. O. Ostergren of St. Paul Minn, two sisters and three brothers preceded her in death. A large number of relatives and a host of friends attended the funeral. Mrs. Fowle spent a month with her mother last summer and Mrs. Smith had recently returned home from a long stay with her mother.
Funeral services were held at the home at 1:45 Tuesday afternoon and at 2:00 o'clock at the Baptist church conducted by the pastor. Rev. Gordon Carlson assisted by Rev. P. Lovene, pastor of the Arthur Baptist church. Many gathered to pay their last tribute to this beloved woman which was spoken silently by the many beautiful floral offerings. Special singing was rendered.
The pall bearers were Adolph Salmonson, Edd H. Johnson, Oscar C. Johnson, S. M. Sjogren, N. E. Larson and A. J. Clauson.
Interment was made in the family lot in the Kiron Cemetery. Blessed be her memory.
Mr. and Mrs. Harlan A. Smith; Rev. and Mrs. Walter I. Fowle; J. A. Engberg; Lillian R. Engberg