During the Chippewa County Historical Society meeting last week, Carol Siverhus was officially inducted into the Chippewa County Historical Society's Hall of Fame. A biography on Carol was read at the meeting, and provided to the American-News by the Historical Society.
During the Chippewa County Historical Society meeting last week, Carol Siverhus was officially inducted into the Chippewa County Historical Society’s Hall of Fame. A biography on Carol was read at the meeting, and provided to the American-News by the Historical Society.
Carol Jean (Pearson) Siverhus was born on January 31, 1933 in Montevideo to Carl and Jeanette (Kennedy) Pearson. The family was blessed with four additional children: Dennis, Verly, Ruth Ann, and Clarice Lee. Carol spent her entire life living in the Chippewa County area.
She was baptized, confirmed, married, attended school and worked here. She married Iver A. Siverhus on September 10, 1949. Two children were born to this union, Janet Halstead and Bradley Carl who died as an infant. Carol has one grandchild Carrie Regnier, and two great grandchildren Katlyn and Jordan.
Carol worked for the Chippewa County Family Services for 25 years, and specialized in adult foster care. She was a charter member with Hospice and worked with the organization from 1982 to 2007.
She received the Outstanding Service Award from the State of Minnesota, which was presented to her by Governor Rudy Perpich.
From 2003 to 2009 she worked with Care Givers and beginning in 2007, she held a monthly coffee breakfast for the participants. She also worked with AFS students. She taught numerous Community Education classes.
She was a member of the Sons of Norway, even though she is not Norwegian, and served as their Vice President. Carol was also a charter member of the Flying Geese Quilters, and a member of Salem Lutheran and the Methodist Church where she served on boards, taught Sunday School, and sang in the choirs.
Carol has been involved with the Society since Doris Benson was the curator at the courthouse. She served on the Board of Directors from 1987 to 1992. Throughout these many years, she has been involved with Heritage Week, Christmas in the Village (she was on the organizing committee), Farmfest, Danish Days, Dolls of Norway Exhibit, Swedish Jubilee, and Horse Power Event. For many years, she and Iver were the hosts at the Village over the Fourth of July holiday, and they always served lemonade and fresh ginger snaps to the visitors.
Carol’s favorite event at the Society has always been Heritage Week where she taught weaving on her own loom until 1995. She remembers a time when a group of boys was complaining about having to take a weaving class, but when they left, they were smiling and saying, “That was cool!” Another time she met one of the youth on Main Street later in the day and the little boy said, “You look the same!” Perhaps Carol’s all-time favorite memory of the Society was watching the Village Church be moved on site in 1968, the same Church in which they were married.
Find more details from the meeting in the American-News.