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Kvam, Ingerid M. / The Skalet family : ancestors and descendants of Sever and Malla Skalet
(1996)

Ancestors of Sever Skalet,   pp. 26-31 PDF (1.6 MB)


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In 1811 the Skaret land was assessed. Ola Muggedalen sold Skaret that year to
Hallvor Olsen of Hesjabakken. In 1821 Hallvor Olsen traded Skaret for Kristians moen with
Ola Persen Piltingsrud. Ola and his family seem to have been the first family to live on
Skaret in many years.
ANCESTORS OF SEVER SKALET
GENERATION 2: Parents of Sever
2-1 GULBRAND OLSEN SKALET
2-2 TONETTA PETERSON STRANDBRAATEN
Parents of Sever Skalet ( I- 1)
GULBRAND SKALET was born on Nov 22, 1844 in Sondre Urdal, Valdres, Norway. He
came to America with his family on the steamship "Winter" porting in Quebec, Canada, July
25, 1861 when he was sixteen years of age. He married Tonetta Strandbraaten Peterson on
September 20, 1877, after knowing her for a time in Norway. He died suddenly on Saturday,
February 26, 1916 at the age of 74 years, 4 months and 4 days. He was a respected citizen of
Black Earth. His obituary in the Dane County News had this to say about him: He was a man
who helped when ever help was needed in a quiet, unobtrusive way. He will be missed; not
only by his family, but by a large number of friends. The Vermont Lutheran Church; of
which he was a member, will miss him; his place was seldom vacant. We have every reason
to believe the Church Triumphant has gained what we have lost. The funeral services were
held at the Lutheran Church in the village and also at Vermont Lutheran Church conducted
by Rev. S. Gunderson The interment was at the Vermont Lutheran Cemetery where his
parents many years ago were laid to rest. Among those present from out of town were Mr.
and Mrs. Joseph G. Field (his sister and her husband) and children of Madison, Mr. Ole
Pederson (Tonetta's brother) of Blanchardville, Samuel Thompson, James Gesme, and
Clarence Paulson of Mt. Horeb.
TONETTA STRANDBRAATEN PETERSON was born in Valdres, Norway, January 22,
1849. She came to America in 1868, coming directly to Black Earth, where she lived until
1877, when she was united in marriage to Gilbert Skalet of Vermont Township where they
lived until 1908, when they retired and moved to Black Earth. Tonetta was a good wife, and
an upright Christian. She took active part in all church work as long as her health permitted,
being for many years, president of the Ladies Aid at Vermont and for several years acted in
that capacity in Black Earth. Tonetta passed away on Wednesday morning, January 17, 1923
after having been in poor health for some time, but her last illness was of short duration.
Had she lived until the next Monday, she would have been 74 years old. The funeral services
were held Saturday afternoon from the home and the Lutheran Church in town and at
Vermont Lutheran. Rev. Gunderson conducted the service and testified to the many good
qualities of Tonetta, and that her presence and counsel would be greatly missed. "Blessed
are the dead who die in the Lord".
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