Johannes S. Irgens

Johannes S. Irgens

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Johannes S. Irgens
Birth Name Johannes Stephanus Irgens
Other Names Johan Irgens; John E. Irgens, John S. Irgens
Patronymic Name Olsen
Lived 11 Feb 1832 - 31 Dec 1901
Birth Place Modum, Buskerud
Birth Country Norway
Residence at Muster-In St. Ansgar, Mitchell County, IA
Company at Enlistment K
Rank at Enlistment Private
Muster Date 1 Mar 1862
Death Location Jamul, San Diego County, CA
Burial Location Mount Hope Cemetery, San Diego, San Diego County, CA
Mother Henriette Christine Calmeyer
Mother Lived 1805-
Father Ole Irgens
Father Lived 1798-
Immigration 14 Aug 1849
Spouse Louise Petronelle Arentz
Spouse Lived 1826-1916

John S. Irgens was born “Johannes Stephanus Irgens” on February 11, 1832 at Modum, Buskerud, Norway, the son of Ole Irgens and Henriette Christine Calmeyer. He came to America on “Lyna”, which sailed from Drammen, Buskerud on June 8, 1849 and arrived in NY on August 14, 1849. He stayed in NY, but moved in 1850 to Chicago, IL where he worked in a factory. On December 15, 1853, he was married to Louise Petronelle Arentz (1826-1916). In 1857, he moved to St. Ansgar.

Irgens joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company K. The company called itself "Clausen's Guards" in honor of the 15th's first Chaplain, Claus L. Clausen. Most of the company was recruited from Scandinavian communities in MN and IA, with the rest from WI.

The army listed him as living in St. Ansgar, Mitchell County, IA, age 29, and married. (Although in the 1860 census, he and his family were already living in Adams, Mower County, MN.) He enlisted on March 1, 1862, and mustered at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). Irgens was promoted to First Sergeant (Sersjant) on May 1, 1862. He was then commissioned Second Lieutenant (Løytnant) on June 5, 1862 at Humboldt, TN. He resigned on September 3, 1862.

After the war, Irgens became a railroad station master in Adams, Mower County, MN. John and Louisa had several children, including: Ole Henry (1855), Henrietta (1857), Diedrick (1859), John P. (1863), Marcus F. (1867), and Lewis (1869). He was elected Mower County Treasurer before becoming MN Secretary of State from 1875 to 1879. In 1879, he moved to Valley City, Barnes County, ND. In 1887, he was in Claremont, Surry County, VA, but then was back in ND. He moved in 1896 to Jamul, San Diego County, CA, and died there on December 31, 1901. The Barnes County GAR Minutes of January 21, 1902 referred to the death of member John Irgens. 


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-12; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.140; Det Femtende Regiment. Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.618; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.257; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.316; Lars Gjertveit, Bodo, Norway; GAR Joseph Weiser Post # 66 Minutes, Valley City Historical Society, ND; Norwegian Immigrants to the United States. A Biographical Directory, 1825-1850. Volume Four 1849, Gerhard B. Naeseth and Blaine Hedberg, 2008, Anundsen Publishing Co., Decorah, IA, p. 191, ID 2559; 1860 Census, Roll: M653_572, Page: 468, Image: 55; 1870 Census, Roll: T132_7, Image: 632, Family History Library Film: 830427; 1880 Census, Roll: 111, Family History Film: 1254111, Page: 6D, Enumeration District: 065;


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