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Best of the Mess June 29, 1933 - N. P. Burman, Pioneer in Malmo, Died Monday - MessAge Media: Community

Best of the Mess June 29, 1933 - N. P. Burman, Pioneer in Malmo, Died Monday

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Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013 6:00 am

Mr. N. P. Burman of Malmo passed away early Monday morning at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Alice Nyquist of Isle, at the age of 85 years, 5 months, and 21 days.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in the Malmo Free Church and he was laid to rest in the Malmo cemetery.

Nels Peter Burman was born in Jamtland, Sweden, January 5, 1848. He came to American in July of 1868, settling in New York City and later moving to Wabasha County, Minnesota. He was married May 8, 1876, to Charlotte Maria Johnson, and to this union were born nine children. His wife preceded him in death, as did a daughter, Mrs. Annie Peterson, a son, Charlie Burman, and two children who died in infancy.

With his family Mr. Burman moved in the fall of 1888 to a homestead in the Malmo district, then a remote region reached only by forest trails. Supplies, which were purchased in Aitkin, had to be “packed” to Malmo on the backs of the settlers, of whom there were at this time but four or five families.

For many years Mr. Burman held various town and school-district offices and was judge of the Aitkin County probate court for four years. He was for several years surveyor for unorganized townships of Aitkin County, spending many months in the dangerous and difficult labor of establishing lines through what was then trackless wilderness.

He took a leading part in the organization of the Malmo Free Church, of which he was a charter member and continued his membership until his death. He was superintendent of the Sunday school for twenty-five years and always took an active part in all church work.

He and his wife were outstanding examples of the generous self-sacrificing pioneers whose homes were always open to newcomers and whose help and kindly counsel encouraged many despondent families from giving up the attempt to build a home under the difficult conditions that confronted the pioneers.

When Mr. and Mrs. Burman celebrated their golden wedding anniversary about seven years ago a great assemblage of old settlers attested to their admiration and affection for them. They will long be remembered for their good work in early days.

Mr. Burman is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Alice Nyquist of Isle and Mrs. O. Woodard of Malmo, three sons, Fred of Malmo, Arthur of McGrath, and Dan of Big Fork. He has a sister, a half sister, and a brother in Sweden. He has twenty-nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, and many other relatives, as well as a circle of friends that includes all who have had the privilege of knowing him, and will join his relatives in grieving the passing of this good man. 

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