C. J. Walstad

Christian Jacob Walstad was born in Norway, near Christiana on October 7, 1841. Marion Anderson was born in Norway, near Christiana on September 3, 1847. They were married January 1, 1 864 at Drammen, Norway, near Christiana, now Oslo.

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Grandfather Walstad came to Iowa in 1 870, and earned $200.00 for passage for Grandmother and four children in 1871. They lived on a farm in Iowa, until 1878, when they left for Kansas and settled on a ranch east of Medicine Lodge, Kansas. They had three more children in Iowa, and three born in Kansas, before they moved to a ranch in 1 886 in the Panhandle of Texas, Ochiltree County.

Grandfather Walstad died on March 23, 1891. Grandmother lived with her son George Walstad until 1908 on the ranch, and then moved to her home in Pampa, Texas. She died March 3, 1937, and was eighty- nine years old. George lived on the ranch until it was sold to a nephew, Woods King. Woods King’s ranch adjoins Grandmother’s, and he still ranches both places – mostly along the Canadian River. Births in the Christian Jacob Walstad family were: Jacob Christian Walstad born in Norway February 19, 1865 died May 28, 1913 Helen Catrina (Boggess) born in Norway February 17, 1868 died July 5, 1954 Martin Antone Walstad born in Norway August 23, 1866 died December 18, 1871 Marta (Deitrick) born in Norway January 1, 1 870 Nelsena Antonette (King) born in Iowa January 17, 1872 died 1966 Agnes Louisa (Fryer) born in Iowa August 25, 1873 Blanche (Lard) born in Iowa June 14, 1875 died October 16, 1967 George Christian born in Kansas February 4, 1 878 died May 23, 1935 Myrtle May (Blodgett) born in Kansas November 27, 1881 died August 25, 1964 Carrie Inga (Ledrick) born in Kansas December 29, 1883 died December 7, 1 937 Grandfather Christian Jacob Walstad, said his father married the daughter of King Christian the 9th, King of Norway and Sweden.

This was in a note written to Helen Boggess by her sister Marta Deitrick. Marta was down in Texas taking care of Grandfather Walstad when he was ill. Grandfather’s mother was disinherited for marrying a commoner. (Reign of Haakon. King Haakon was fifty-nine when he died in December 15, 1263.

His succession was his son Magnus-Lagabotor Haakonson. Marriages: C. J. Walstad to Marion Anderson January 1, 1864 in was discontented with the social and economic order in Drammen, Norway Helen Walstad to Samuel E. Boggess June 22, 1886, at Medicine Lodge, Kansas Marta Walstad to Jim Deitrick January 1, 1889 Nelsena Walstad to Archie King December 24, 1890 Blanche Walstad to Dove Lord December 24, 1 890 Agnes Walstad to Jim Fryer January 12, 1893 Myrtle May Walstad to Milo Blodgett December 23, Carrie Inga Walstad to Lee Ledrick July 30, 1900 George Walstad to Mary H. Ely April 4, 1909OLD TIMERS OF THE PAMPAS

If custom decreed that one must have a great-grand- mother and if we had the privilege of selecting ours, we’d name as our first choice, Mother Walstad, a little old lady living out on East Kingmill, because she had all the quali- ties of the ideal aged mother, grandmother and great- grandmother. There is something about her that con- stantly reminds one of Rembrandt’s great painting of his mother, for Mrs. Walstad at the age of eighty-three has all the sweetness of old age, the wistfulness, and the goodness and the purity.

One unconsciously feels sure that his mother, when she reaches the age of eighty-three years, will have the quali- ties of personality which Mother Walstad possesses, and almost every man is certain that his mother is ideal and will continue to be until she passes away. This is a bou- quet for Mother Walstad while she is still living. Mrs. Walstad travelled over many miles of land and water before she built her present residence at 607 East Kingsmill in 1908 and settled down to live in it the rest of her life.

The tender lines in her face do not indicate that her life has been as strenuous as the life of any soldier, Indian fighter or pioneer you can name, but it has. Hard- ship is a word that is not in Mrs. Walstad’s vocabulary and never was. What the present generation would call hardship is called Life by Mrs. Walstad.


Mother Walstad has-been a pioneer of three frontiers, Iowa, Kansas and Texas. She reached middle age when she, her husband and children settled on the Pampas in 1886. Sixty years ago, Mrs. Walstad had had as much experience as most women in this generation will have. She had experienced love, marriage, motherhood, death.

She had probed the deaths of the social life of the little community in Norway, where she was born and raised, where she was married and where her children were born. She had learned what it means to care for children and help her husband make a living.

Over 200 Articles, written by Eloise Lane, were published in the Pampa News. These articles may be accessed by clicking on each section below. A list of articles will be revealed that are linked to a page containing the text of the article.

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