Emil Larson, 9 North 48 WestIn 1900 Phillips County, Jacob Larson born Nov 1844 in Sweden, is widowed, farming. His son "Emial" "born July 1879 also in Sweden, immigrating in 1884, is helping in store. They're on the same census page as James Bryant, so they're likely living in the 7N 47W township, only a few miles from the 9N 48W.
State Herald, Holyoke, Colorado, June 28, 1901
On Friday afternoon of last week Jacob Larson residing south of Haxtun received injuries which resulted in his death on Tuesday. He was driving a horse hitched to a cart and the horse became frightened and backed the cart into a barbed wire fence and so tangled Mr. Larson in the wire as to mangle the calf of one leg in a fearful manner. After the injury he was unable to get home and lay on the ground for about three hours before his son found him. The leg was dressed by Dr. F.M. Smith from Holyoke. On Monday it was found that gangrene had set in and that evening Dr. Smith and Dr. Mason of Julesburg went out to Mr. Larson's to amputate the leg but on examination decided that he was too weak to live through such an operation. The funeral was conducted from the home on Wednesday. Rev. Stillman of Haxtun assisted by Chancelor Buchtal of Denver who was in Haxtun that day, preached the sermon. Obituary will be published next week.
State Herald, Holyoke, Colorado, July 12, 1901
Jacob Larson was born on the 4th day of November 1844 in Sweden and died at his home in Phillips County, Colorado, on Tuesday June 25, 1901. In 1878 he was married to Miss Caroline Erickson. To them was born one child, Emil, who survives his father. The deceased came to the United States in 1884 and settled in Oakland, Nebraska, where he remained till 1887 when he came to what is now Phillips County and filed on a quarter section of government land on which he made his home till the time of his death. In 1887 not long after reaching Colorado, Mrs. Larson, his wife died. He was a member of the Lutheran church and had been for a number of years. He was one of the early settlers of this part of the state and was highly respected by all who knew him. His sad death was a severe blow to his son Emil the only surviving member of the family and he has the sympathy of many friends in his sorrow.
Haxtun Harvest, Haxtun, Colorado, December 18, 1929
MRS. EMIL LARSON CLAIMED BY DEATH FOLLOWING ILLNESS
Was One of Earliest Settlers In Haxtun Community Before Town Started
Mrs. Emil Larson, pioneer resident and highly respected citizen of the Haxtun community died at the family home here last Sunday evening following a long and tedious illness.
Funeral services were held from the Methodist church in Haxtun this afternoon. The business houses of the town were closed during the hours of the service that all might have an opportunity to pay their last respects.
Ellen W. Larson was born at Oakland, Nebraska, on July 21st, 1881, and died at her home in Haxtun, after a long and painful illness, on December 15, 1929.
In 1887 the family moved to Colorado and settled on the farm in the Fairfield district northeast of Haxtun. They were among the first settlers in this neighborhood, and took an active part in community development and in church work. Here Ellen went to school and attended the church and Sunday school of Fairfield.
Very early in life she showed a marked interest in church and Sunday school work, and later, during a revival meeting held in Haxtun, she gave her heart to Christ and united with the Methodist church. For over 20 years now Mrs. Larson has been one of its most active helpers and supporters, taking a deep interest in every department of the work. Active and energetic to a degree not often exhibited, she was untiring in her devotion to the cause of Christ and his kingdom. For over eight years she served most acceptably as superintendent of the primary department, and as superintendent of the junior league, and there are many of our young people who remember her with deep gratitude and appreciation for her kind and loving ministrations to them in their early childhood training in the knowledge of God and the Bible. She loved the children and was beloved of them, and nothing pleased her more than when happily engaged in teaching them the love of the Heavenly Father which she so beautifully exemplified in her own life.
Sister Larson loved her Savior and the church of her choice and was seldom absent from her place on Sunday. She was a woman of wide interests and took an active part not only in local community welfare through the Ladies' Aid society and Parent Teachers' association, but also in the wider interests of the Kingdom of God in the world. For many years she held office in the Woman's Foreign Missionary society of the church, and manifested deep concern for the salvation of those living in heathen lands, and by her generous gifts and unstinted service she sought to bring to them the blessings of the Gospel. Truly we may say, in the words of the Master, "She hath done what she could." And the commendation and reward of faithful service will be hers.
Hers was indeed a sweet, gracious and useful life. A lovely character and with a cheery and happy disposition to make the best of things, she faced the strain of a long and painful illness with such a royal spirit, and such trust and confidence in God, that it was a benediction to visit with her. Truly we may say of her as was said of her Divine Lord, "she was made perfect through sufferings." And she knew indeed that, "all things work together for good to them that love God." And Sister Larson loved God and tried her best to please Him.
She was a woman greatly beloved and respected, and she will be missed not only by her near friends and relatives but by the whole community. And the deepest sympathy of the community will be accorded to the bereaved family in their great loss.
In the year 1906, on June 27th, she was happily married to Emil Larson of Haxtun, and came to reside with him in town. Four children came to bless them in their wedded life, Conrad, Euphemia, Velma and Kermit. These with her beloved husband devoted themselves untiringly to care for her in her long illness, and with the following brothers and sisters and a host of friends and other relatives remain to mourn her departure.
Sigfred Anderson and Mrs. Hilma Young, of Denver, Mrs. Venie Tillberg, of Shenandoah, Iowa, Mrs. Ida Johnson of Havre, Montana, Mrs. Emily Johnson, Albert Anderson, Henry Anderson, Mrs. Sarah Olson, Benj. J. Anderson, and Mrs. Euphema Haskins of Haxtun, Colorado. Most of whom were present at the funeral.
Haxtun Harvest, Haxtun, Colorado, January 28, 1931 PROMINENT HAXTUN BUSINESS MAN DEAD
In Passing Emil Larson, Phillips County Loses One of Its Oldest and Most Highly Respected Pioneers
Emil Larson, 52, one of the oldest resident of Phillips County, died at the Haxtun hospital here shortly before five o’clock Tuesday evening.
Mr. Larson had been ill for some months and as a last resort an operation was performed a few days ago in the hope that he might be benefited. His weakened condition was against him and he survived the operation but a few days.
Mr. Larson was born in Sweden and came with his parents to America when he was but four years of age. They lived for a time at Oakland, Nebraska before locating on a homestead some miles southeast of here in 1887.
Mr. Larson’s mother died the same year the family moved to Colorado and the father died of injuries received in an accident when Emil was about 16 years of age.
Following the death of his father, Mr. Larson started working in the Manuel Anderson general merchandise store which at that time was located at Bryant, about 12 miles south of Haxtun. Later when the railroad was built and the town of Haxtun came into existence the Anderson store was moved to Haxtun and Mr. Larson continued his connection with the store for many years, with the exception of the time he spent attending business college at Grand Island, Nebraska.
He never severed his connection with the store definitely until the Farmers State Bank of Haxtun was organized when he resigned to take a position as cashier of that institution. Later he was made vice president of the bank, in which capacity he remained until forced to resign some years ago on account of failing health.
After regaining a measure of good health he embarked in the real estate business at Haxtun, later taking as his partner, his brother-in-law, A.R. Haskins, in which business he was engaged at the time of his death.
There are but comparatively few people left in Phillips County who have lived here continuously as long as Mr. Larson. During almost half a century, he had watched the country develop from a barren plain to a rich agricultural community such as it is today.
The nature of his activities in the community had made it possible for him to play an important part in this development. As a merchant and banker he was able to forward many worthy enterprises for the public good that have made him one of the best loved citizens of the Haxtun community.
He was one of the leading figures in the building of the Methodist church at Haxtun and for more than a quarter of a century had been a faithful and earnest church worker, doing all he could for the religious and social advancement of the community he was always proud to call his home.
During the 44 years of his residence in Haxtun he had served in almost every capacity in various community organizations that had as their purpose the common good. At the time of his death he was secretary of the official board of the Methodist church and treasurer of the Haxtun Commercial Club, having been elected to the latter position for a second term just a few weeks ago. He was an earnest worker in any good cause and a man whose honesty and integrity could not be questioned.
He is survived by four children, two boys and two girls. They are: Conrad, Euphemia, Velma and Kermit, all at home. He was preceded in death by his wife, who passed away December 15, 1929. So far as is known there are no other immediate relatives in this country, though there are many friends in Northeastern Colorado who will deeply mourn his passing.
Funeral services will be held from the Methodist church in Haxtun at 2:00 p.m. Friday afternoon. The Rev. Hugh Neville will preach the funeral sermon. The following friends and business associates will act as pallbearers: E.E. Intermill, J.C. Nauman, J.B. Ghent, F.D. Hartwell, A.T. Searle and H.M. Downs. Arrangements will be in charge of the Radford Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Haxtun cemetery. All places of business in Haxtun will be closed during the hours of the funeral.