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Obituary of Nicolaus Lindblad -- (1816 - 8 Oct 1919) newspaper -- Kiron, Iowa

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 years.
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 corporal.
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 going.
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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