BC: Digital edition created by Robert & Kathy Nervig, Ankeny, Iowa - May 2016 | Original scrapbook created by J.T. Nervig, Spokane, Washington - 1960s
FC: Thomas & Maria Nervig & their Descendants
1: Thomas A Nervig (Nervik in Norway) was born near Etna, Norway on the 19th day of February 1838. He migrated to the United States of America in 1858 and settled first in Wisconsin. Maria Hadley was born in Wisconsin on the 29th day of September 1847. They were married in 1865 in or near the town of Moscow, Wisconsin. In the year of 1868, they migrated to Lincoln Township in Polk County, Iowa. They arrived there in a covered wagon with two children. They settled on a farm about twenty miles north of Des Moines, Iowa. Here they pioneered by building a log house. Through the years they continued to improve their farm and home. They got their logs and lumber from timberland near Polk City, Iowa
2: Their farm was fenced by rails and post which was chopped and hewed by ax from the original timber. Many of the rails used were fine black walnut. A barn was built with frames as large as 12x12 , 8x8 and 4x4. Starting from the virgin soil on their farm, they were true pioneers. They were highly respected and worked hard to improve their home, farm and community. Thomas and Maria were affiliated with the Lutheran Church, where they were hard workers. They were faithful and devoted to their church and their ministers. The following children were born to this union: Even died in childbirth Anna born in Wisconsin in 1866 Helga born in Wisconsin in 1867 Elizabeth died at 2 years Amos born in Iowa in 1871 Hadley born in Iowa in 1873 John died in infancy John born in Iowa in 1877 Judith born in Iowa in 1881 Thomas A Nervig died on August 17, 1889 and Maria Nervig died on December 19, 1894. Both died on their farm in Iowa. They were both buried in the old cemetery at Slater, Iowa Written by Thomas & Maria' s son John T Nervig Spokane, Washington, 1959 | Nervig Farm House
3: Nervig Family Back: Anna & Helga (Helen) Middle: Amos (A.T), John (J.T.) & Hadley Front: Thomas, Judith & Maria
4: Children of Thomas & Maria Back: Hadley, John, Judith Front: Anna, Helga, Amos
5: Nervig Family Reunion Slater, Iowa 1913 | Slater, August 8, 1889 "We send greetings dear brother. I am now down in bed a lot. I could be gone before Christmas. You know I cannot write clearly, for eternity is near. The Savior - he knows best. Fond greetings, Thomas A. Nervig
6: When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers | Anna Nervig was born on May 4, 1866 in the state of Wisconsin. In 1868, she moved with her parents to Iowa. Anna married Thomas Heggen on February 26, 1886. Anna & Thomas Heggen moved to Humboldt County, Iowa in 1886. They settled on a farm in Lake Township. Hardy, Iowa being their post office. They lived on this farm for a number of years before moving into Hardy, where Thomas was in charge of the grain elevator. Then they moved to Kanawha, Iowa for several years, where Thomas managed the Farmers Elevator Company. Then returned to Hardy, where he was employed again by the elevator.
7: In 1928, the Heggen family took a trip by car to Texas and Colorado. They visited Stella, their daughter, in Greeley, Colorado. While there, Thomas Heggen had a stroke and died. Anna Heggen continued to live at Hardy for some time with their daughter Agnes. Later they moved to Ames, Iowa where Agnes had a job with the Highway Department for many years. In time, they moved to Des Moines, Iowa, where Agnes was employed with an implement company.
8: Family of William & Helen Weeks | Helga (Helen)Nervig was born on August 30, 1867 in the state of Wisconsin in the vicinity of a town called Moscow. She moved with her parents to Iowa in 1868. They settled on a farm near Sheldahl, Iowa in Polk County. She was married on February 26, 1886 (the same wedding day as her sister Anna) to Weir (William) Weeks at their home. Reverend Holm officiating both marriages. | Sheldahl, Iowa Feb 16, 1886 Mr. Amun Nervig Next weekend, the 25 or 26 - the wedding party will be coming to be with us. Both girls shall make their way here for a time and then go on to wedding. Sigurd has traveled to Norway. We are well. T.A. Nervig
9: There were five children born to this union who grew up on the farm - Mabel, Sadie, Thomas, Alice & Howard. The Weeks family were a much devoted family and were always happy together. They were all baptized into the Lutheran Church. | William & Helen Weeks moved to a farm near Polk City, Iowa and farmed there for several years. Later they bought eighty acres near her parent's farm. When Thomas and Maria had both died, they bought the Nervig farm and lived there the rest of their lives together. Helen lived in Slater , Iowa, after her husband, William, died on August 9, 1935. Helen Weeks died on March 2, 1953. She and William are buried in the old Slater, Iowa cemetery. | Nervig Farm
10: Thomas & Elsie Weeks 1915 | Carl & Alice (Weeks) Torgerson | Helen Weeks and daughters Mabel, Sadie & Alice | Family of William and Helen Weeks
11: Thomas Weeks | Howard Weeks | Sadie Weeks | Randall & Sadie (Weeks) Reinertson | Mabel Weeks | Herbert, Archie & Irene Reinertson
12: Thomas & Elsie Weeks Children & Grandchildren | Thomas & Elsie Weeks | Wayne & Dorothy Weeks Severson Alan, Brenda & Richard | Robert & Elaine Weeks Jerry, Jon & Jimmy | Marvin & Ruby Weeks Thompson Charles, Brian, Faye & Paul | 1965
13: Ervin & Elaine Weeks Linda, Chris & Tommie | Roland & June Weeks Swanson Regina & Steven | William & Virginia Weeks Barbara & Craig
14: Amos (A.T.) Nervig, son of Thomas and Maria Nervig, was born on the farm in Iowa on October 7, 1871. He lived there until the early nineties when he bought a farm of his own near the Nervig Homestead. A few years later, he moved to Humboldt County, Iowa and farmed near Hardy. On October 2, 1902, he married his first cousin Sadie Nelson. Five children were born to this union - Edythe 1903, Thomas 1906, Donald 1910, Irvin 1913 & William Stanley (Stub) 1916. | In 1927, the family moved to a farm near Eagle Grove, Iowa. A.T. died at home after a short illness on February 11, 1929. He was 58 years old. He had been baptized and confirmed at the Sheldahl Lutheran Church. Sadie remained on the farm until the early 1940s - moving then to a home in Eagle Grove. Her residence was next door to her son, Stub Nervig's home. She died on June 8, 1961 at the age of 80. They are buried in the Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery near Hardy, Iowa.
15: Edythe Nervig | Edythe married Robert (Bob) Hartung | Edythe & Bob had two sons - Roger & Jack | They lived in Des Moines, IA.
16: Thomas married Evelyn Amerson and they farmed near Thor, Iowa. They had one son - Ronald Dean Nervig. | Thomas Nervig | Nervig Brothers Irvin -Stub Donald-Thomas
17: Donald Nervig | Don & Stella lived in Des Moines, IA. | Don married Stella Hansen | They had three daughters - Carole, Donella & Jeri
18: Irvin Nervig Irvin married Agnes Williams. They had two children Jim and Carolyn. They lived in Brooklyn, Iowa
19: William Stanley (Stub) Nervig | Stub married Mildred Mickelson. They had three sons -Robert, Richard & John. They lived in Eagle Grove, IA.
20: Hadley Nervig, son of Thomas & Maria Nervig was born on October 20, 1873. He was baptized and confirmed at the Lutheran Church in Sheldahl, Iowa. In 1892, he moved to Humboldt County, Iowa and farmed for a few years. Later, he went to Slater, Iowa where he was employed in the grocery business. On October 6, 1904, he married Bertha Earsland and to this union seven children were born - Morrill, Frances, Herbert, Kathrine, Robert, Helen and Merriam. | Hadley farmed for some time near Slater. Later he took up painting and paper hanging. Before he retired, he was in charge of painting buildings at the State College in Ames, Iowa.
21: Our Ancestors | Hadley died at Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines, IA on April 26, 1950. Not long after Hadley's death, Bertha died at the home of her daughter Kathrine in Des Moines. They are buried at the old cemetery in Slater, Iowa. | Bertha Earsland Nervig
22: Children & Grandchildren of Hadley & Bertha Nervig | Clark & Sigrin - Morrill & Maylo | Francis & Ann - Jane & Francis Jr | Merriam & Ronald- Rudy, Timothy & Jana | Dixon Hadley, Betsy, Dixon Arthur, Daniel & Lee Ann
23: George & Kathrine - Thomas | Herbert & Doris - Doreen | Dixon, Helen, Dixon Hadley, Linda & David | Robert & Lou - Alan, Gary & James
24: John Thomas (J.T.) Nervig, son of Thomas & Maria Nervig was born on March 20, 1877 at the farm near Sheldahl, Iowa. He was 12 years old when his father died. He continued to live on the farm with his mother for several years. At the age of 16 he moved to Humboldt County, Iowa. There he was employed by his Uncle Ole on his farm. He also worked for a time in the mercantile, hardware and insurance business. In 1900, he entered into the banking business at the State Bank of Hardy in Humboldt County, Iowa. On November 2, 1904, he married Grace Carr. They were married until her death on October 27, 1937. There were no children born to this union. J.T. worked in banking for forty years - serving in Hardy, Iowa; Marshall, MN; Goodhue, MN; Green Mountain, Iowa and Riverton, Wyoming.
25: On November 10, 1938, he married Jessie Shipton Britt. They resided at Green Mountain, Iowa until January, 1940. Then they moved to Greeley, Colorado where they purchased a home, an apartment house and the summer resort known as Nugget Springs located in the Big Thompson Canyon, Colorado. In 1942, they left Colorado and moved to Riverton, WY, where J.T. was employed as the head teller of the First National Bank. In May, 1945, they moved to Spokane, Washington, where they dealt in real estate until J.T. retired in 1950. He died on August 28, 1966. He is buried with Grace at a cemetery in Hardy, Iowa. In the early 1960s, J.T put together the original Nervig scrapbook from which most of the pictures and the text of this book are taken. | J.T. -the banker | Hardy home
26: Mr & Mrs Carr Parents of Grace | Home in Green Mountain, IA | Grace & JT
27: JT & Jessie Nervig's Nugget Springs in Big Thompson Canyon Colorado 1940s
28: Judith Nervig, daughter of Thomas and Maria Nervig was born on the farm near Sheldahl, Iowa on July 17, 1881. She was baptized and confirmed at the Slater Lutheran Church. She lived with her parents until they passed away. On October 12, 1904, she was married to Al M. Robins. To this union two children were born - Marie and Merle In October 1954, they celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary at Ames, Iowa. | Al was in the contracting and plastering trade for many years. They also were in charge of the men and women fraternity dormitories at State College in Ames, Iowa. They moved to Ames from Slater in 1923.
29: Al Robins died on July 22, 1962 at 83 years. Judith Nervig Robins died on April 13, 1963 at 82 years. Their son, Merle Robins, died on December 20, 1961.
30: Top: Al, Judith, Marie & Merle Robins Bottom: Al & Judith Robins 50th Wedding Anniversary
31: Nervig Reunion - 1952 Nelson Park Slater, Iowa