BORN: January 4, 1911, in Emmetsburg Twp., Palo Alto County, Iowa
DIED: June 26, 1990, in Fort Morgan, Morgan County, Colorado
AGED: 79 years, 5 months, 22 days
BURIED: Evergreen Cemetery, Emmetsburg, Palo Alto County, Iowa
FATHER: James Peter Larson born October 7, 1872, in Sieby, Denmark
MOTHER: Theresa Marie Jondall born March 7, 1889, in Lost Island Twp., Palo Alto County, Iowa
MARRIAGE 1: to Bernette Ann Draman on September 23, 1942, in Emmetsburg, Palo Alto County, Iowa.
1. Gene Richard Larson born September 2, 1943, in Emmetsburg, Palo Alto County, Iowa.
2. Genice Alice Larson born April 13, 1947, in Emmetsburg, Palo Alto County, Iowa.
3. David Alan Larson born October 27, 1949, in Emmetsburg, Palo Alto County, Iowa.
Marriage 2: to Helen Swanson on December 16, 1989, in Emmetsburg, Palo Alto County, Iowa.
Chris Larson was the first born child of Peter and Theresa Larson. He came into the world on January 4, 1911, on the family farm located in Emmetsburg Township, Palo Alto County, Iowa. Two years later, my mother, Myrtle Elizabeth Larson, joined the family. Mom always said that she and Chris were always close because they were only two years apart in age. Their next sibling didn't enter the picture until four years later.
Chris was painting houses when he met Bernette Draman. They fell in love and were married on September 23, 1942, in Emmetsburg, Iowa. After their marriage, Chris bought a farm northwest of Emmetsburg. It was located just north of the original Larson family farm. They lived there from 1942 until around 1954, when they moved to a different farm located to the east on Iowa Highway 4. Chris retired from farming in 1967, but they continued to live on the farm.
Bernette died on October 5, 1988. Just over a year later, Chris married Helen Swanson on December 16, 1989. Six months after that, Chris died in an automobile accident on June 26,1990, at Fort Morgan, Colorado, while on a vacation trip. Chris Larson is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, in Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa.
I wasn't around Chris Larson very much, but I remember him as a friendly and generous man. He was a very successful farmer. One time the elevator operator told him that he was the only farmer buying soy beans, while all the other farmers were selling their beans. The price for beans was low at that time, and Chris knew that it would eventually go back up. When it did, Chris was able to profit from the changing market. Whenever their family came down to visit us in Ames, it wasn't unusual for him to stop and talk to a farmer that he happened to see working in the field. Farming didn't leave Chris very much "free" time, but he did enjoy hunting and fishing whenever he got the chance.