Lars Larson Jondall
BORN: March 8, 1848, in Norway.
DIED: November 24, 1929, in Ames, Story County, Iowa
AGED: 81 years, 8 months, 16 days
BURIED: Fairview Cemetery, Story City, Story County, Iowa
MARRIAGE: Elizabeth Togersdatter Sabae (Thompson) on April 25, 1874, in Story City, Story County, Iowa. On the marriage record there was no reference to the parents of either Lars or Elizabeth.
1. Carrie Jondall born May 16, 1875, in Story County, Iowa.
2. Lewis T. Jondall born April 7, 1877, in Story County, Iowa. Died March 21, 1880 in Story County, Iowa.
3. Gurine Elizabeth Jondall born March 17, 1879, in Story County, Iowa. Died July 12. 1880, in Story County Iowa.
4. Louise Jondall born February 27, 1883, in Story County, Iowa.
5. Louis Gerhard Jondall born December 25, 1885, in Ruthven, Palo Alto County, Iowa.
6. Hannah Jondall born December 18, 1888, in Palo Alto County, Iowa.
7. Theresa Marie Jondall born March 7, 1889, in Lost Island Twp., Palo Alto County, Iowa.
8. Helen Bertha Jondall born December 28, 1892, in rural Ruthven, Palo Alto County, Iowa.
9. Josephine Jondall born April 23, 1895.
10. Fred Jondall born June 21, 1897, in Ruthven, Palo Alto County, Iowa.
11. Minnie Laurentia Jondall born December 3, 1900, in Palo Alto County, Iowa.
My great grandfather, on my mother's side of the family, was Lars Larson Jondall. He was born in Norway, on March 8, 1848. He came to the United States in 1873 at the age of 25. He had only been in the U.S. for one year when he married Elizabeth Togersdatter Sabae Thompson. The happy event occurred on April 25, 1874, in Story City, Iowa. By June 3, 1880, when that year's census was taken, they had had three children, one of whom died. Still living was Carrie Jondall and her younger sister, Gurine Elizabeth Jondall. The other child, a son named Lewis Jondall, died on March 21, 1880, at the age of two years. At the time of the census, Lars was a dealer in furniture in Story City.
In 1884, Lars and Elizabeth moved their family to a farm near Ruthven, in Palo Alto County, and the Iowa Census for 1885 reflects that move. Carrie is 9 years old, but Gurine was gone, having passed away on July 12, 1880, shortly after that year's census was taken. Carrie did have two siblings, however. One was a sister named Louise Jondall, born in Story County on February 27, 1883, and a new baby brother, Louis Gerhard Jondall, born on December 25, 1885 in Palo Alto County. Lars is listed as being a farmer.
As mentioned elsewhere, the U.S. Census for 1890 was destroyed in a fire that consumed the building where it was being stored, so no data is available for that year. We can, however, pick up the family in the Iowa Census for 1895. This time there is very little new information given about the family except that they're Lutheran, which is no big surprise since they are Norwegian. Besides that, we're told that there are several additions to the family. The census taker listed one name incorrectly. We are told that one child is a boy named Henry. Actually, it was a girl named Hannah. She was born on December 18, 1888. Theresa Marie Jondall, who was eventually going to be my grandmother, was born on March 7, 1889, and Helen Bertha Jondall, was born on December 28, 1892.
Five years later, in the U.S. Census for 1900, there two more additions to the family. A daughter named Josephine Jondall was born on April 23, 1895, and a son named Fred Jondall was born on June 21, 1897. In addition, we note that Carrie Jondall was gone from home. She had married Rasmus Sundall in October of 1895. We also learn that Lars owned his farm, and that he had a mortgage on it.
The next Census for 1905 is only a listing of the names of the family members. There's only one addition and that was Minnie Jondall, born on December 3, 1900. She would be the last child born to Lars and Elizabeth. And, there was one subtraction from the family list, too. Louise Jondall had gotten married by then.
The census for 1910 shows the family still farming in Palo Alto County. Gone from the family listing were: Louis, who was farming on his own; Hannah, who was out living on her own; and Theresa, who got married in 1910 to the man who would be my grandfather, James Peter Larson. Those children still at home were: Helen, Josephine, Fred, and Minnie. The 1910 Census also lists the years of immigration to the U.S. for the people listed. For some reason, the dates given for Lars and Elizabeth both differ from those on the 1900 Census. Lars is shown as being a naturalized citizen, but not Elizabeth.
According to the obituary for Elizabeth, the family moved back to Story City in the year 1912. Louis Jondall remained in Palo Alto County and worked as a farm laborer. By the Census of 1920, only three children remained at home: Hannah, who apparently moved back with the family, Fred, and Minnie. Helen had gotten married to a man named John Lund, and Josephine had died on July 22, 1918.
The last time we find a listing for Lars and Elizabeth Jondall is in the Iowa Census for 1925. By then, Louis Jondall had rejoined the family from Palo Alto County. Fred was also at home, as was the youngest daughter, Minnie. Hannah had once again gone out on her own.
Elizabeth Jondall was the first to die. She passed away on March 4, 1927, after a lengthy illness. Lars lived almost three years longer and died at his son's house in Ames, on November 24, 1929.
For some reason, my mother never spoke about her grandfather and grandmother. In fact, it was only recently that I realized that Lars and Elizabeth were buried in Story City. Mom never seemed to want to go decorate their graves on Memorial Day, either, and that was unusual for her. Like most children, I never took the time to ask her about them, not that she could tell me very much anyway, because I don't think her family visited Lars and Elizabeth very often.