Obituary of Nicolaus Lindblad
-- (1816 - 8 Oct 1919) newspaper -- Kiron, Iowa
DEATH CLAIMS CENTENARIAN
Nicolaus Lindblad, 102 Years, 10 Months and 25 Days Old, Passes
Away on September 20th
Witnessed Reign of 4 Kings
Located Near Kiron in 1873 --As American Citizen Received Substantial
Pension From Sweden
Kiron, Oct 7,- Special-
Last Tuesday, September 30, shortly after 2 o'clock, the death
of Kiron's remarkable aged man, Nicolaus Lindblad, occurred at
the old homestead of A. F. Lundberg, two miles northeast of town,
deceased having attained the record age of 102 years, 10 months
and 25 days.
Mr. Lindblad will ever be remembered as the only settler and resident
of this locality that had attained the unusual high age of 100
Grandpa Lindblad was born in Ingatorp Socken, Jönköping
Län, Sweden, November 5, 1816, where he grew up and resided
until in the year 1870 when he left his native country and started
for the country in the west, which he had learned afforded greater
opportunities and privileges.
Before attaining the age of twenty years he entered the service
of the king's army in which he faithfully served as a private
soldier for seven years and where his efficiency in the service
was rewarded by the promotion to vice corporal and later to first
After a distinguished record of thirty-four years service in the
army he requested a release from the service and was granted an
honorable discharge with a lifelong pension. And after leaving
his native land and coming to United States where he became a
citizen the pension has been regularly allowed up till the time
of his death. During his residence in the United States the government
of Sweden has doubled his pension three times. Mr. Lindblad resided
in Sweden under the reign of four kings --Karl 14th, Oscar I,
Karl the 15th were three kings in whose service he was employed
and recognized and honored for his valiant loyal service.
On coming to America together with his wife he located on an island
in Michigan, North Manitou, after a two years residence moved
to Otter Creek, Illinois, remaining there a year. They started
for Iowa and located in Kiron February, 1873. In the fall of the
same year they erected the residence on the old homestead northeast
of town in Wheeler Township, Sac County and it is claimed this
was the first house erected in that township and at a time when
that entire tract was but a wild, uninhabited prairie which he
not alone saw developed but contributed his share towards developing.
On the old homestead this couple resided until 1898. April 4th
his companion and wife passed on into the world beyond. Being
left alone, he vacated the home which had been of a twenty-five
year duration and with the exception of one year took up his home
with his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Axle Lundberg,
where he enjoyed their care and comfort bestowed upon him until
nearly two years when Mr. and Mrs. Lundberg retired from the farm,
moving to Kiron to reside. Their daughter, Mrs. Marvin Snare and
her husband taking charge of the old homestead.
Mr. Lindblad, after a few months, resided at the home of his daughter,
Mrs. Carl Johnson and husband in Kiron, moved back to the old
homestead of Mr. Lundberg where he remained until his death, enjoying
the care and comfort ministered to him by his granddaughter and
husband, Mr. and Mrs. Snare.
Notwithstanding his advanced age, he retained his vitality and
mental faculties in a wonderful way and was able to be about until
the past two months, when he became helpless as a child and required
the constant aid and care so cheerfully given him. Death came
to him so peacefully and quietly that those about him did not
realize but a few minutes prior to his death that Grandpa was
He resided in the United States during the administration of twelve
Presidents, casting his vote for the most of them in politics
supporting the Republican party. Three daughters survive him,
namely: Mrs. S. A. Palm, Mrs. Carl Johnson and Mrs. A. F. Lundberg.
Besides the daughters, he leaves 13 grand children, 43 great grandchildren,
and 3 great great grandchildren and an unusual number of acquaintances.
He was a devoted and most loyal member of the Lutheran church
of which he was a charter member and from the time the Bethel
church was organized up to the time that his strength failed him,
he devotedly aided in its advancement and progress at all times,
never failing while he was able to be present at all its services
the sabbath day. He was always found at the house of worship unless
sickness prevented him. This should stand as a forcible example
to the present generation who dishallow the sabbath day with their
visiting, pleasure and business upon the Sabbath day, which keeps
them from the house of God.
All the trees now growing on the Lutheran church grounds were
planted by Grandpa Lindblad and which now stand as a memorial
to him. Also the fine oil painting back of the altar in the church,
was presented by him and will always silently keep his memory.
The funeral took place on Thursday afternoon. A large number gathered
at the house, where a brief service was held, to follow his remains
to church where funeral services were held and which was largely
attended. The services were conducted by his pastor, Rev. E. Glad
and the able and impressive service and sermon should long be
remembered by all present. The forcible sermon was directed by
the pastor to his audience and the important points of a righteous
living and a true attitude towards their God and Creator contained
important food for the thought of his listeners. The pastor and
his wife and daughter rendered very appropriate solos in their
able, pleasing way at the close of the service the remains of
Grandpa being laid to rest by the side of his wife in the Bethel
cemetery. The pall bearers were longtime friends of Grandpa and
were S. N. Sandstrom, Andrew H. Nelson, Chas. Danielson, J. S.
Anderson, Andrew Linden, John P. Ogren.
Thus the long life chapter of this pioneer citizen and friend
has been brought to a close upon this earth. The departed has
now joined his forefathers and friends, gone beyond. Oft during
his last years he desired to be released from this earthly life,
to be with his God and Saviour.
When Grandpa had attained his hundredth year, the event was celebrated
at the Lutheran church and the notable event will long be remembered
by all present. The church presented him with a gold headed cane
upon the occasion.
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