NameLouis Kriselius KAASA
Birth28 Feb 1878, Iowa
Death30 Jul 1923, Freeborn, Minnesota
Birth15 Sep 1882, Minnesota
Death13 Jan 1919, Albert Lea, Freeborn, Minnesota
ChildrenIrven Henry (1901-1986)
Notes for Louis Kriselius KAASA
US Lutheran Church records
Confirmation Louis Kriselius Kaasa, born February 28, 1878, baptism March 24, 1878, confirmation October 1, 1893, father Ingebr O Kaasa, mother Karoline Kravig, location Silver Lake, Winnebago, Worth, Iowa
[Some of the descriptions are in Norwegian]

Minnesota marriages index
Freeborn March 28, 1901, Lewis I. Kaasa, age 23 and Minnie Ingvaldson, age 18

In the 1905 Minnesota Census
City Albert Lea, Ward 3, County Freeborn, Enumeration District 4
East College Street
Lewis Kaasa, age 27, born Iowa, parents born Norway, clerk
Mrs Minnie Kaasa, age 23, born Minnesota, parents born Norway
Irvin Kaasa, age 3, born Minnesota
Alert [as spelled] Kaasa, age 1, born Minnesota

In the 1910 US census District 0041, Albert Lea Ward 3, Freeborn, Minnesota
212 East First Street, Freeborn
Head Lewis Kaasa, age 29, married, born Iowa, parents born Norway, teamster for wholesale grocery, worker, can read and write
Wife Minnie Kaasa, age 27, married 9 years, 3 children born alive all still living, born Minnesota, parents born Norway, can read and write
Son Irvin [as spelled] Kaasa, age 8, born Minnesota
Son Allerd Kaasa, age 6, born Minnesota
Son lloyd Kaasa, age 2, born Minnesota
2 roomers

US World War I Draft Registration Cards
Louis Kaasa, Albert Lea, Freeborn, Minnesota, age 40, born February 28, 1878
occupation farming
nearest relative Minni Kaasa, same address
Height medium, build medium, eyes gray, hair black
lost part of one finger on right hand
Date of Registration September 12, 1918

In the 1920 US Census
Riceland Township, Freeborn County, Minnesota
Head Louis [as spelled] Kaasa, age 41, born Iowa, parents born Norway, farmer
Wife Jennie Kaasa, age 42, born Minnesota, parents born Norway
Son Allard Kaasa, age 16, born Minnesota, father born Iowa, mother born Minnesota.
Son Loyd [as spelled] Kaasa, age 12, born Minnesota, father born Iowa, mother born Minnesota.
Daughter Della Kaasa, age 8, born Minnesota, father born Iowa, mother born Minnesota.
Daughter Lucille Kaasa, age 2, born Minnesota, father born Iowa, mother born Minnesota.
Step Daughter Irene Hovland, age 13, born Minnesota, both parents born Minnesota.
Step Daughter Ester Hovland, age 12, born Minnesota, both parents born Minnesota.
Sister in Law Emma Erickson, age 33, single, born Minnesota, parents born Norway,
1 servant

Albert Lea Freeborn County Standard
Albert Lea, Minnesota
July 26, 1923
Quarrel Ends in Shooting
Family Squabble ends in a near fatality at Alden farm Friday
Wife Charged With Deed
Louis Kaasa Paralyzed from One Wound. Two Children Witness Affair.
Mrs. Louis Kaasa, better known here as Mrs. Nellie Abbe is being held at the county jail without charge awaiting the fate of her husband, who is at the Naeve hospital suffering from a revolver bullet would which it is alleged she inflicted. The family reside on a farm about 3 miles east of Alden. It is said that the pair have quarrelled bitterly at times. The woman is about 50 years old and the man a little older.
The affair took place about 8:30 Friday morning. Kaasa had gone into the field to cut grain and was operating a harvester. According to available information, the wife followed him out there and there was a violent quarrel. Two children of the pair, lloyd and Margaret, anticipating trouble followed the woman and witnessed the shooting. It is alleged that after an altercation and scuffle, Mrs. Kaasa shot her husband and that he fell to the ground unconscious and then she hid the gun in a nearby oat shock. This Mrs. Kaasa denies. She claims that her husband shot himself in the scuffle after threatening her life.
The shooting was reported to the Alden constable by O. L. McColley, a neighbour. They arrived as soon as possible. Mrs. Kaasa was placed under arrest and the unconscious man was rushed to the Naeve hospital here.
For a time after her arrest the woman denied that she knew where the gun was, claiming that it must be on the ground on the scene. After considerable questioning, she finally admitted that it was in an oat shock and the sheriff found it there.
Lloyd, the the fifteen year old son of Louis Kaasa who saw the affair, is said to have made some damaging admissions, in regards to Mrs. Kaasa. The girl, Margaret, 14 years old, has made several contradictory statements. She is the daughter of Mrs. Kaasa.
Kaasa recovered sufficiently Sunday so that County Attorney Peterson was able to get him to answer some questions. He lost the power of speech but was apparently able to hear and understand. It is understood that he was able to give some very damaging testimony to the county attorney who has not revealed all that was said.
Mrs. Kaasa, who is known here as Mrs. Nellie Abbie has had a tempestuous career. She was for years a resident of this city and has been in court several times on various charges. She was at one time arrested for operating a dis-orderly house.
Until the fate of her husband is known, no particular will be placed against her. She is being held in the county jail without bail.
Mrs. Kaasa has been married twice and her husband three times. She has five children and her husband two. She claims that her husband has been very cruel to her getting mad and kicking and beating her.
All possible evidence at the farm that bears on the affair has been gathered by the county attorney but nothing further can noe be done until the ultimate fate of the husband is known.
end of article.

Minnesota death index
Louis K. Kaasa, death July 30, 1923, Freeborn

Find a Grave Index
Louis Cornelius Kaasa, born February 28, 1878, died, July 30, 1923, buried Lakewood Cemetery, Albert Lea, Freeborn County, Minnesota, USA

Minnesota Cemetery Inscription Index
Louis Kaasa, died July 30, 1923, murdered by wife, Albert Lea Minnesota
[This would be his third wife Nellie.]

Albert Lea Evening Tribune
October 11, 1923
Mrs. Nellie Kaasa Found Guilty [Front Page Headline]
Manslaughter in First Degree is the Verdict; Jury reported at 12:15
After deliberating for more that Ten Hours the Jury Reported a Decision - Mrs. Kaasa Taken from her cell and brought into court - only few present as verdict is read - showed no outward emotion - when asked by Judge Peterson if she had anything to say she gave no answer - Eloquent and impressive pleas made by state and defense
[The Jury is listed by name and town.]
The defence asked Judge Peterson to stay the sentence of Mrs. Kaasa at present to give time to consider a motion for a new trial will be made. Judge Peterson granted this request so Mrs. Kaasa will remain in the county jail for the time being.
Mrs. Louis Kaasa, charged with the murder of her husband Louis Kaasa on last July 20th was found “guilty” by a jury of twelve men, after over ten hours of deliberation. The jury had retired at 1:50 Wednesday. The verdict was signed by the foreman at fifteen past midnight of that same day. here it is:
The Verdict
We, the Jury, empanelled to try the above entitled action, find the defendant guilty of the crime of manslaughter in the first degree.
Geo. J. Cummings, Foreman
Manslaughter in the first degree is the killing of a human being without the design to effect death by a person in the heat of passion and by means of a dangerous weapon. The penalty is from five to twenty years in state’s prison.
The penalties attached to murder in the first and second degree are identical, life imprisonment. If the accused is found not guilty he or she is set free immediately.
The ten hours of deliberation showed that evidently there was some doubt in the minds of the jury in some direction and yet not enough doubt to bring a disagreement. At the hour of the decision, the bailiff came down stairs to the sheriff’s and announced that the jury was ready with the decision. The sheriff ordered to bring the prisoner to the court room. Judge N. E. Peterson, Clerk of Court Spenser and the attorneys on both sides were notified and in just half an hour court was called and received the verdict from the foreman, Mr. Cummings.
For eight days the jury had heard
Notes for Mina Roggine (Spouse 1)
birth dates, death dates and known as Minnie from Houchin-Glasgow Family Webpage
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