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Nils Winquist - born 4 June 1837 --- died 14 May 1928



(Volume 23 Handwritten=May 23)
(Picture of Nils Winquist)
OLD PIONEER PASSED AWAY
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Nils Winquist one of the old pioneers of Crawford county passed away Monday evening, May 14, 1928 at his home in Kiron at the age of 90 years 11 months and 10 days.
Mr. Winquist's health has been failing for some years and for the last few months he was confined to his bed.
Nils Winquist was born 4 June 1837 in Krulsgard Weinge Soken, Hallands lan, Sweden. He sailed for America in the year 1866 and landed in New York July 4th the same year. From there he went to Andover, Illinois, where he first settled. At this place he was united in marriage to Johanna Gudmundson 2 Nov. 1867 and in the year of 1869 they came to Des Moines. In the year 1875 they moved from Des Moines to this locality settling on a farm 1 1/2 miles south of Kiron.
Many hardships prevailed during their first years here when they had to break prairie and live without the conveniences that later came, but thru it all they together with the other pioneers toiled on with patience until times gave them reward for their toil.
Mr. Winquist was also a great influence in religious work being a charter member of the Immanuel Lutheran church of Des Moines and of the Bethel Lutheran church of this vicinity.
In the year 1876 he was affiliated with the Baptist church of Kiron where he has stood a faithful member up to the time of his death.
This union was blessed with nine children, three dying in infancy and Mrs. Wm. Lindberg and Mrs. E.R. Peterson passing away later. Mrs. Winquist preceded her husband in 1921. Those surviving are the four living children, Mrs. E. S. Almgren of Jamestown, New York, Chas. Winquist of Alcester, S. D., and Nelly and Nettie the two daughters at home who have so tenderly cared for their father. He also leaves 17 grandchildren besides a large number of other relatives and a host of friends.
Mr. Winquist was held with high respect by his fellow men. He was a good father and greatly loved in the family circle.
Funeral services were held last Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home and at 2:30 from the Baptist Church. Reuben E. Nelson, pastor of the Baptist church conducting. Special singing was rendered and the floral offerings were beautiful. The daughter from Jamestown, New York was unable to come. Interment was made in the Kiron cemetery.
E. E. Clauson had charge of the funeral and procured the half tone which we are using.
Those here attending the funeral from a distance were C. O. Winquist of Alcester, S. D., Sears Nelson and family, N. L. Hunt, Mrs. P. W. Weberg, Mrs. John Lass and Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Sievers of Denison.

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