John Iverson Melhus
John Iverson Melhus John Iverson Blelhus, son of Ivei" and KristionSi Melhus, was, born at Melhus,' Norway, Europe,; February 25, 1856. Ho was bap-' t ised~aTrri ~co nf i r nredHir—tho—bu t-h=-^ : cran f ai th7-man if es ting - -a- des 1 re-f throughout his life to' live and abide in the Christian faith. The father of the family passed away during the childrhood days of Mr. Melhus, leaving a widowed, mother, two _ sons, and. three ( : daughters, to share together the ; iiroblems of life. Prompted by (ho .spirit of the pioneer, Mr. Mel-, hus'mm iterated-to thin country in; 187S at the age of 22 years'. Ar-; i-iving in the spring of that year,, ho came directly to Scandia, Kan.,; making his first home with his uncle, Ole Hugos, and- family. In , 187S), Mr. Blelhus purchased his first home noith east of Norway, ri^sidine,' here until the spring of |0()5. He moved to his later home, east -of- Norway;-and ; where he resided until his death, , a period of 27 years. In IS89, Mr. Melhus was united^ : jn marriage to Guri Lerli. To this ! union, one daughter was born, ciara Seiranna. Following ai union of four years, Mrs. Melhus ; passed away. In 1897, Mr. Melhus united..in.marriage to! Mrs.. Kjerstic Hugon. To this , union, two children were "born, : Q^odwin Ingvald, who passed awav : i„ i„fancy, and Joseph Karl of Birs. Melhus, the second ^^.jj. departed this life, November '•|(,.;.f) 1920. Blr. Melhus was a man of well balanced intei-est li.-ing an ex- amplary life as a husband, father, neighbor, and church member, taking active intei'est in all com- ,.^^^^0^^ affairs, _.. , ..^^ . ^^^^^^ shared in positions of, , ^ serving at differ-, ; ^i^^^^ ^^'^ township boards '^''"'''^'^P treasurer, and sec-.; . » „„„,„4.„„„ • In civic and community inter- : rotary of the cemetery ' associa-' ; ^j^,^ j.,,^. l^ii-hrtCTeTitcYlTin- the"affairs of the; ^tate and nation. Departing this life, Monday noon, October 24, at the age of 76 years, 7 months, and 29 days, he leaves to mourn his loss, Joseph Karl, Mrs. Russell Jacobson, Ivor Melhus, a stepson, two rcrand.sons, LaVerne Melhus, and Junior Jacobson, all of Norway, one nephew, Oscar Infjebretson of 'Superior, I Neb., and a host of neighbors and 1 friends.