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(Volume 23 --- Kiron Crawford County, Iowa)
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JOHN OGREN 1842 -- 1928 (Picture)



SKETCH OF LIFE OF JOHN OGREN
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The following sketch of the life of John Ogren, whose picture is shown above will only partly do justice to a pioneer Christian gentleman, who has gone "home," after a life of activity and usefulness:
John Ogren, a pioneer of this county passed away at the F. O. Ogren home Tuesday, September 18th, after but a short illness, though his health had been failing since he suffered a slight stroke during the previous winter.
He died as he had wished to, with out a long suffering and helplessness, going quietly and peacefully after having been confined to his bed but a few hours.
John Ogren was born in Kronborgs Lan, Sweden, October 13, 1842 and at the time of his death was 85 years 11 months and 5 days of age. He was united in marriage to Johanna Noyd October 24, 1872 and they left their native land on October 30 of the same year for America. Their first stop was at Dexter, Dallas county, Iowa where they remained until 1877, when they came to this community and located on the Ogren homestead, just south of Kiron, and there they lived and reared their family, until the death of the wife and mother 9 years ago. When the home was thus broken up, Mr. Ogren went to live with his son Frank and wife, just north of Kiron, where he was faithfully and tenderly cared for until the end came.
There were six children of the family, D. W. Ogren, who passed away near Wall Lake two years ago, Emily, Mrs. C. L. Teaquist of Spencer, Nebraska, G. H. Ogren of Spencer, Nebraska, Frank of this place, Selma, Mrs. J. L. Olson of Hudson, South Dakota and Emil of Akron. Besides these children there are ten grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Carry Noyes of Des Moines, and one brother, Gust Ogren, who with his wife and family live east of Kiron. The deceased was a faithful member of the Bethel Lutheran church, which he attended regularly, in earlier days often walking to the services when roads were bad or farm work so heavy that horses were too tired to make the trip. He held many offices in the church, all of whose duties he performed faithfully and conscientiously.
Mr. and Mrs. Ogren came here when the country surrounding what is now Kiron was but prairie, with few neighbors, few comforts and no luxuries. They weathered the pioneer hardships ever keeping their faith in Christianity, humanity and their adopted country. As a neighbor and friend Mr. Ogren could be relied upon and many of the older citizens can no doubt recall pioneer days together with these good people when reliability and sincere friendship meant much.
In later life he retired from active work, but busied himself about the yard and with the children of his son and wife and was always pleasant to meet and cheerful to all who knew him. With the passing of Mr. Ogren another one of the builders of this community is gone to his rest and reward.
The last services for Mr. Ogren were held from the Frank Ogren home at 2 o'clock on Thursday afternoon, September 20 and from the Bethel Lutheran church at 2:30. The services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. Lundberg, partially in the Swedish language and partly in English.
Special music was used. The floral offering was beautiful, testifying to the respect and esteem in which the deceased was held. Interment was made beside the wife whom he had joined in a better land.
Besides the children and families who came from a distance there were C. F. Holm of Des Moines, Mrs. Olson of Alcester, S. D., Gust Sanders of Lanyon and the daughter-in-law, Mrs. D. W. Ogren and children of Wall Lake and many friends and acquaintances from Odebolt.

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