Lars Moe, Minnesota Pioneer
Lars Moe was born on July 14, 1844 in Norway. He came to America in 1864 with his Parents, Peter Olsen Moe and Anna Augundsdatter Lad and a number of siblings. They first went to Black Earth, Wisconsin and then settled on section one in the northeast corner of Town of Blue Mounds.
|Lars and Ingeri about 1890|
In the 1870’s Lars and Ingeri were enticed to head west after a visit from Ingeri’s sister, Gjertrud and here husband, A.B. Lund, who had settled in far west Minnesota at Lac Qui Parle County. They traveled by covered wagon with their first born son, Ole, crossed the Mississippi River at La Crosse, went west across the prairie and settled in the Town of Riverside in 1876. In 1882, Lars Moe was granted 152.5 acres of land on Section 23 and Section 24 in Riverside by the United States of America. The deed was executed at the Federal Land Office in Benson. The 1913 map of Riverside shows Lars with over 241 acres in the southeast corner of section 23. The farm was located about two miles east of the Village of Dawson, Minnesota.
|Lars Moe Land Grant from 1882|
|Lars Moe family in the 1900 Federal Census. By this time, son, Peter, 24 has left home.|
In addition to Ole, the child who died, Lars and Ingeri would raise six children, who were all born on the farm: Peter, Albert, Betsy, Oscar, Ida and Louis. In 1898, a frame house was built, which still stands today. Ingeri died in 1907, after which, Lars moved to Dawson with his two youngest children. Eventually, he would sell the farm and buy several other pieces of land in area. Around 1912, he and son Louis would move to one of those parcels on section 26, where Louis would establish a farm. Louis and his young family would build a house on the land in 1919. Lars would spend the rest of his life with his son and died on the 3rd of April, 1932 at the age of 88.
|Louis Moe, Son of Lars Moe and Ingeri Mennes|
Read about the complete Peterson / Moe saga here . . .
Read about Norwegian Naming Conventions here . . .
Research Notes: Much of the information for this post was found in an article written by Audrey Froiland. Other sources include the United States Census and other web-based sources and my own personal family information.