I found this tidbit in the Kittson County Enterprise, Hallock, Kittson County, Minnesota in the edition for Wednesday, March 23, 1923.
M. O. Moen, 84, Dies at Farm Home
Funeral Rites for Kittson County Resident Since 1879 Held Saturday, March 19 From Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Michael O. Moen, 84 year old Kittson county pioneer farmer, died on Thursday March 17th at his farm home three and one-half miles south east of Hallock, where he had lived the greater part of the time since coming to this country. His death was caused from infirmaties [sic] incident to advanced years, hastened by heart weakness which attacked him a short time previous to his death.
Mr. Moen leaves his aged widow and seven children, viz: -- Ole M., James, Hans, Mrs. Louis Lorentzen and Mrs. W. A. Muir, Hallock; Mrs. Swan Wakefield, Turlock, Calif.; and Mrs. Eldon Kemerer, Wells, Minn., also 37 grand children and 15 great grand children.
Born at Rorose, Norway, June 2nd, 1848, Mr. Moen came to America in 1869, first locat-ing at McGreggar, Iowa, where he met and married Miss Mary Ellen Jensen, to which union then children have been born, seven of whom survive. Ten years later he moved to this county and arrived here in 1879, when he filed on the first homestead in this county, now known as the Two River farm. He kept on accumulating land until he owned 320 acres and enjoyed a comfortable competence. He was always systematic and progressive, and these characteristics supplemented by honesty, had placed him in a foremost place among those of his calling.
Mr. Moen was not only a good farmer, but was also a good builder, and many of the best farm homes and barns in the county today are the results of his architectural and structural abil-ity.
Mr. Moen took a hearty interest in the early affairs of his township and contributed much of his time in assisting in its organization and served many years on it [sic] board. He was a man of good ideas, kept pace with the times and was always ready to lend his influence in the up-building and development of his community.
Funeral rites were conducted from the Bethlehem Norweigan [sic] Lutheran church last Saturday afternoon and the remains were interred at the church cemetery, Rev. Stensland of Teien officiating.