Nils Winquist - born 4 June 1837 --- died 14 May 1928
(Volume 23 Handwritten=May 23)
(Picture of Nils Winquist)
OLD PIONEER PASSED AWAY
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
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
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