John Simonson

Mr. and Mrs. John Simonson

John Simonson came to Morris, Minnesota with his parents, and six other children, from Biri, Norway, where he was born on November 14, 1873.

He was eighteen years old when he came to America. He worked on farms, and later for the railroad company in that area. It was in Minnesota where he met his future wife, Julia Lystad, who had come to Morris to help her brother raise his family of four children, who had recently lost their mother.

Julia was born in Lillehammer, Norway, on March 3, 1879, and came to America as a young girl, and had worked at Elgin, Illinois.

John and Julia were married on June 24, 1903, at St. Paul, Minnesota. After they were married, they lived in Minnesota and Wisconsin, while Mr. Simonson continued to work for the railroad.

In 1915, he filed on a homestead west of Roseglen, in Deepwater Township, McLean County, North Dakota. In 1916, after building a two-room house, he moved his wife, three daughters, and a son, to their homestead. When fall came, the family moved to Parshall, where the children enrolled in school, and John continued working with the railroad, returning to the farm in the spring.

Mr. and Mrs. Simonson were active members of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, and Mrs. Simonson was a member of the Ladies Aid. Both were interested in state and community affairs, and both served on the school board for many years.

Unfortunately, Mr. Simonson did not live long enough to enjoy the more prosperous years in the Deepwater community, passing away on November 19, 1936. Mrs. Simonson died on March 4, 1949.

Their children were: Myrtle (Mrs. Cecil Braun), Hazel (Mrs. Gerald Boren), Evelyn (Mrs. Arnold Benson), and Paul, whose wife was Verna.