Pictures of Larson Family Members
This is our great grandfather, Christen Larson. He immigrated to the U.S. from Denmark in the year 1881. He bought the land for his farm from the Milwaukee Railroad. It was slightly less than 80 acres and included a slough.
This is our great grandmother, Inger Larson. She came to the U.S. from Denmark in 1883 with her two sons, Peter and Chris. She wouldn't speak to her grandchildren unless they talked to her in Danish. She smoked a pipe. The image looks like a drawing or sketch.
This is a photograph of Inger Larson. Her face looks a little thinner.
This is Inger Larson sitting on the steps at the southeast corner of the old farm house. Notice the milk can. My mother didn't like living on a farm, least of all milking cows every day.
James Peter Larson and James Christian Larson
These are the two Larson brothers that came to the U.S. with their mother in 1883. They joined their father, Christen Larson, who came to the U.S. in 1881 and bought a farm in Palo Alto County.
James Peter Larson was commonly known as "Pete Larson." Pete Larson was a big man for his time. He stood well over 6 feet tall and had massive arms. He's shown here with his ever-present cigar.
Larson Family Farmhouse
This picture shows the Larson family farmhouse. It was originally two houses that were later moved together to make the one you see here. All the Larson children were born here, and my grandmother and grandfather both died here. The house and original farmstead no longer exist.
Pete, Theresa, and Lloyd Larson
This picture shows our grandfather, Peter Larson, our grandmother, Theresa Larson, and their youngest son, my uncle, Lloyd Larson.
The Larson Family at Story City
Sometime in the early 1920s, the whole Larson family traveled to Story City to visit Theresa Larson's parents, Lars and Elizabeth Jondall. From the left are: Chris, Myrtle (my mother), Pete, Mamie, Theresa, and daughter Theresa.
Chris and Myrtle Larson at School
This is one of my favorite pictures. It shows our mother, Myrtle Larson, and her brother Chris, at their one-room country school. Both are in the back row to the right. Chris is in the dark shirt, and my mother is to the right of him, wearing a dark colored dress. She has a quizzical look on her face.
This is the country schoolhouse that our mother and her brother, Chris, attended. Judging by the car, the picture was probably taken in the 1920s.
Myrtle and Theresa Larson
This picture was taken in the early 1930s. It shows our mother, Myrtle Larson and our grandmother, Theresa Larson. Theresa died on August 26, 1936, after a long illness.
Chris and Nettie Larson
James Christian Larson married a woman named Nettie Gieger on March 23, 1910, in Palo Alto County. They eventually moved to a farm in South Dakota. Nettie died there in 1916. She's buried in the cemetery at Madison, South Dakota.
Larsina (Larson) and William Nelson
This picture shows Larsina (Larson) and her second husband, William Nelson. Larsina was a sister to Pete and Christian Larson. Larsina and Christian conspired to try to get the family farm away from Pete Larson by having their mother, Inger, sign a second will before she died. Their claims were unsubstantiated and the court decided in favor of Pete.
Chris and Bernette Larson
This is a picture of Chris and Bernette Larson taken shortly after their wedding day. Chris was painting houses when he met Bernette Draman. They were married on September 24, 1942, in Emmetsburg, Iowa. After their marriage, they went on a fishing trip to Minnesota. Chris was my mother's older brother.
David Larson and Genice (Larson) Prochaska
This is a picture of David Larson and his sister Genice (Larson) Prochaska. It was taken in the summer of 2010 at Genice's house.
Jim and Genice (Larson) Prochaska
This is a picture of Jim and Genice (Larson) Prochaska taken in November of 2009. Genice is the sister of David Larson, and she is also my cousin.
This picture of our mother was taken after she moved to Ames, Iowa. That was about the time she married our father in 1939.
This is a picture of Theresa Larson, the third child born to Pete and Theresa Larson. It was taken about the time she moved to Ames, Iowa. In Ames, she worked at the Iowa State College fraternity and sorority houses as a maid.
This picture of Claude Hennick was taken about the time that he married Theresa Larson. Claude worked in Ames at a variety of jobs, including driving a truck and a taxi, working at the municipal light plant, and finally at Hanson Lumber Company.
This is a picture of Mamie Larson. She was the fourth child born to Pete and Theresa Larson. After Theresa died in 1936, she took care of Pete and her younger brother, Lloyd. She eventually moved to Ames and married a man named Arvid Leonard Oppedal.