Pope, Amelia Irene Johnson (ed.) / Centennial history, Township of Springdale, Dane County, Wisconsin : souvenir booklet, 1848-1948
Springdale 1848-1948: organize group to complete town history, pp. 5-168 PDF (45.3 MB)
Thosten Thompson Rue was the son of Torstein Tovson Rue and Gro Jonsdatter Rue, born in Upper Tinns. Prestijeld, Norway, in the year 1819. He came to America with his widowed mother and his brother John, (Snowshoe Thompson) in the year 1836, and remained one year in Walvorth County, Wisconsin. They then settled in the Fox River Valley in Illinois. In the year 1838, Thos- ten went to Shelby County, Missouri. Two years later he went to Sugar Creek in Lee County, Ioxva, where a Norwegian settlement was formed, and in the spring of 1846 he came to Springdale town- ship. Dane County, Wisconsin, where he purchased a farm. On March 3, 1851, he was married to Julia Thorson Gaarden, who came from her native country, Norway, in 1848. The ceremony was performed by John Berge, a cousin of Mr. Thompson. They had a family of ten children as follows: Alena, born Nov. 25, 1851: Thosten. Feb. 27, 1853.; Kari, Feb. 15, 1855; Ole, Dec. 16, 1856; Aslaug, Oct. 4, 1858; Gurina, Jan. 27, -1861; Annie, Jan. 27, 1861; John, March 1, 1863; Henry, Dec. 1, 1864; Christinia, Jan. 27, 1867. Their farm of 250 acres was located in Sec. 5 along the old Mineral Point road west of Madison, where hundreds of tired land- seekers were given a welcome on their way out west. The family belonged to the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Springdale. In politics Mr. Thompson was a Democrat. He was always identified with the improvements of the town- ship, and was the first to start the school in his district, known as the Berge school and his oldest daughter, Alena, was the first teacher. He was a constable for two years, and supervisor for a three-year term. His beautiful farm with the best of improvements, all of which Mr. Thompson made by hard work, is considered to be one of the best in the township. He died on Nov. 20, 1880, at the age of 65. His wife, Julia, passed away on Jan. 21, 1900, at the age of 75. They are buried in the Springdale Lutheran cemetery. His farm was bought by his youngest son, Henry, who, with his family, lived there until March 10, 1913, then they moved to their farm near Mount Horeb, Wis. At the time this was written in 1944, Mr. Thompson is survived by one daughter, 31 grandchil- dren, 50 great-grandchildren, and 20 great-great-grandchildren. Eric 0. Skinrud of Klevenville, died on Feb. 19, 1903, at the age of 83 years and 2 months. His continuous residence was near Klevenville, Wis., and he xVas at the time of his death one of the oldest settlers of the Springdale township, having resided on the same farm for 54 years. He was one of the founders of the Spring- dale Norwegian Lutheran congregation, and personally staked out the site for the present church. He was born in Valders, Norway, Dec. 22, 1820, and came to America in 1850.
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