J. A. Stratte, Early Settler of County, Dies
Had Reached the Age of Nearly 90 Years; Has Been Ill During The Past Year.
John A. Stratte, one of the early pioneers of Lac qui Parle County, having settled in Baxter in 1868, passed away at his home Saturday, April 25, at 2:30 AM at the age of 89 years, 9 months and 5 days. Mr. Stratte had not been well for the past year and together with the infirmities of old age, was the cause of his passing.
John Stratte was born in Vaaler-i-Solor, Norway, on July 20, 1841. In the year 1866 he was united in marriage to Eli Korsmoen in Norway. Two years later the couple came to America. They settled in Northfield, Wisconsin but were not satisfied with the location and so started out in their wagon in the quest of an ideal homestead. It was said that they had gotten as far as Georgetown where a novel incident caused them to turn back and to finally settle in Lac qui Parle County. One evening in the month of June as they were retiring for the night, they hung a pail of water on the wagon in which they were sleeping and when in the morning they found it covered with ice, they decided the country far too cold and decided to move.
They settled on a farm in Baxter but Mr. Stratte being ambitious built a blacksmith shop in the village of Parley at which place many of his customers were Indians. Mr. Stratte walked to and from the shop to his home every day, a distance of 7 miles, and while at work every day prayed for the safety of his family, fearing that the Indians might become hostile during his absence.
The couple lived on the same farm until 17 years ago when Mr. Stratte retired and they moved to the city where they have resided since. Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Stratte, 3 girls and 2 boys having preceded their parents in death. Mrs. Stratte passed away 2 years ago. The surviving children are: Mrs. Charles Jamison (Anna) of Little Forks, Minnesota, Henry and Minnie of Dawson and Joseph Stratte of Hallock, Minnesota. Eight grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren also survive the deceased.
Funeral services were held from the Riverside Church of which Mr. Stratte was a member, Tuesday afternoon with Rev. Wee officiating.
The active pallbearers were: Ole Bolstad, Alfred Holte, Louie Foss, Edward Erickson, Charles Femrite and Ed. Ruud. Honorary pallbearers were: Knute Anderson, Lars Stratemoen, Nels Stratemoen, EA Thronrud, John Mahlum, and JB Thornby.
Those from a distance who attended the funeral were: Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Stratte and children of Hallock, Minnesota, Dr. and Mrs. Alf Stratte of Pine City, Minnesota, Mrs. Harlow Watkins and Miss Helen Stratte of St. Paul, Ivan Hoff of Aitkin, Minnesota, and Mrs. Charles Jamison of Little Forks, Minnesota. Dr. and Mrs. Harold Stratte of Windom Minnesota, although unable to be here for the funeral were here on Monday.