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Full text of "History of Otter Tail County, Minnesota : its people, industries, and institutions : with biographical sketches of representative citizens and genealogical records of many of the old families"

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HISTORY 

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Otter Tail County 



MINNESOTA 



ITS PEOPLE, INDUSTRIES AND INSTITUTIONS 



JOHN W. MASON 

Editor 



With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and 
Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families 



VOLUME II 



ILLUSTRATED 



1916 
F. BOWEN & COMPANY, Inc. 
Indianapolis, Indiana 



CONTENTS J-148894 



VOLUME I 

CHAPTER I— RELATED STATE HISTORY 33 

A Portion of Minnesota Originally Included in Louisiana Purchase — In- 
dian Cessions and Treaties — Territorial Government Established — 
Boundaries — Governor Alexander Ramsey — First Territorial Legislature 
— The Historic Council with the Indians at Traverse des Sioux — The Treaty 
— Indian Hunters Cause Trouble — Townsite Speculation — Constitutional 
Convention — First State Legislature — Admission of Minnesota as a State — 
Aid to Railroads — Financial Stringency — Unrest Among the Indians — Mas- 
sacre of 1862— Punishment of the Indians— Subsequent Treaties— A Period 
of Rapid Development — Trouble Because of the State Issue of Railroad 
Bonds — Settlement of the Question and Activity in Railroad Building — Di- 
versified Farming Interests — Population Statistics — Military Record — Name 
—Geography — Area — Rivers — Lakes— Elevations— Climate— Chronological 
Record of the State. 

CHAPTER II— GEOLOGY OF OTTER TAIL COUNTY 57 

Situation — Area — Surface Features — Natural Drainage — Lakes — Topography 
—Altitudes— Soil— Timber— Geological Structure— Aboriginal Earthworks 
— Prehistoric Mounds and Relics — Capt. John Pope's Trip Through Otter 
Tail County in 1849 — "The Garden Spot of the Northwest." 

CHAPTER III— OTTER TAIL COUNTY IN 1860 82 

Map of the County, 1860 — Boundaries — A Peculiar History During the De- 
cade, 1858-1868— Character of the Early Settlers— Early Religious Services- 
Land Office — Surveys — Otter Tail City — The First Trader and Other Early 
Merchants — Villages in the County — Copy of the Census Return for Otter 
Tail County, 1860 — Waseata Postoffice — Its Census Returns — Farm Statistics. 

CHAPTER IV— ORGANIZATION OF OTTER TAIL COUNTY 94 

Territorial Act Defining the County — Changes in Boundaries — Origin of the 
Name — Formal Organization of the County — Southern Influence— -Otter Tail 
City, the County Seat — Early Settlers — Exodus from County Because of 
the Indian Outbreak — Changes in Boundaries — First Commissioners — 
— County Seat Changes — Legislative Enactments — Final Removal to Fergus 
Falls — E. E. Corliss — Range 44 Attached to the County — A Peculiar Legal 
Case Pertaining Thereto — Proposals to Divide the County — Otter Tail City 
in 1858 — Population Statistics— Platted Townsites — Financial Statement of 
the County for 1915 — Naturalized Citizens of Otter Tail County — Naturaliza- 
tion Laws — Births and Deaths. 

CHAPTER V— COUNTY BUILDINGS 119 

Court Houses— The Present Court House— The First Tail— The Present Jail 
— County Tuberculosis Sanatorium — County Poor Farm. 



CONTENTS. 

( HAPTER VI— OFFICIALS OF THE COUNTY 138 

First Meeting of the County Commissioners — Salaries of First Officials — 
Legislative Enactments Relating to County Officers — Commissioners — Coun- 
ty Auditor — Treasurer — The First County Tax Receipt — Banks as Deposi- 
taries of County Funds — Register of Deeds — Sheriffs — County Attorneys — 
Coroners — Surveyors — County Superintendent of Schools — William M. Cor- 
liss — District Judges — Judge of Prohate — Clerk of the District Court — Presi- 
dential Elections — Otter Tail County in the Legislature — State and National 
Officials from Otter Tail County. 

CHAPTER VII— LEGISLATIVE ACTS BEARING ON OTTER TAIL 

C( >UNTY 159 

State Burdened with Peculiar Special Legislation— A Summary of the Gen- 
eral and Special Acts Relating to Otter Tail County from 1858 to the Present 
Time. 

CHAPTER VIII— TOWNSHIPS OF OTTER TAIL COUNTY, 1868-69 165 

Townships Settled in Groups — Four Principal Languages in the County — 
Difficulty in Naming the Townships — Chronological List of the Townships in 
the County — Historical Mention of the Townships of Clitherall. St. Olaf. 
Tumuli. Tordenskjold, Aurdal — Villages of Dalton and Parkdale. 

CHAPTER IX— TOWNSHIPS OF OTTER TAIL COUNTY, 1870 177 

Townships of Parkers Prairie, Dane Prairie, Fergus Falls, Eagle Lake, Eliza- 
heth. Otter Tail. Pelican. Erhards Grove, Buse — Villages of Parkers Prairie. 
Elizabeth. Otter Tail and Pelican Rapids. 

CHAPTER X— TOWNSHIPS OF OTTER TAIL COUNTY. 1871 1% 

Townships of Rush Lake. Aastad, Hobart. Scambler, Maine. Nidaros — Vil- 
lages of Richville. Hobart. Clitherall and Vining. 

CHAPTER XI— TOWNSHIPS OF OTTER TAIL COUNTY. 1872-73 208 

Townships of Perham, Effington. Norwegian Grove, Western. Deer Creek. 
( Iscar, Trondhjem, Gorman — Villages of Perham. Deer Creek and Luce. 

CHAPTER XII— TOWNSHIPS OF OTTER TAIL COUNTY, 1874-77 22$ 

Townships of Leaf Mountain. Friberg, Compton, Eastern, ( )ak Valley, \\ ood- 
side, Newton — Village of New York Mills. 

I II \l'l ER XIII— TOWNSHIPS OF OTTER TAIL COUNTY, 1878-79 238 

Townships of Sverdrup, Inman, Henning, Bluffton, Lida, Amor. Dora. Everts, 
Leaf Lake — Villages of Underwood, Henning, Bluffton and Battle Lake. 

CHAPTER XIV— TOWNSHIPS OF OTTER TAIL COUNTY, 1880-81 253 

Townships oi Candor, Star Lake, Elmo, Dunn, Maplewood, Homestead, 
Carlisle. Eoldcn -Village of Vergas. 

CHAPTER \\ TOWNSHIPS OF OTTER TAIL COUNTY, 1882-97 262 

Townships of Edna, Girard, Paddock, Pine Lake. Otto, Butler, Corliss, 
Blowers, Orwell, Dead Lake Village of Dent. 

CHAPTER XV] rRANSPORTATION ... 274 

Highways River Transportation Red River Navigable Stan- Ud for 
Roads and Bridges Presenl Road Conditions State Highway Commission 
Railroads— Early Resolutions renaming to the Need of— Building of the 
Roads— Local Voti oi Countj Ud Present Roads Removal of Railroad 
Shops from Fergus Falls. 



CONTENTS. 

CHAPTER XVII— AGRICULTURE 297 

Influence of Topography on Development of Agriculture in Otter Tail 
County — The County Characterized by Small Farms — Character of Settlers- 
Table of Farm Products, by Decades — Live Stock Statistics — Dairy Interests 
— The Grasshopper Pest — Bumper Crop of 1895 — The Grange Movement — 
Farmers Clubs and What They are Doing — Co-operative Elevators — Mutual 
Fire Insurance Companies — Fair Associations and Agricultural Societies — 
County Agricultural Agent — County Farm Bureau — Elements Contributing 
to the Progress of Agriculture. 

CHAPTER XVIII— BANKS AND BANKING 309 

The First Banks in the County — A Study of Banking Conditions in Fergus 
Falls — Banks of the County, with Date of Organization — Brief Sketch of 
Each of the Banks. 

CHAPTER XIX— THE PRESS 330 

First Newspaper in the County— Brief Mention of the Various Papers Which 
Have Existed in the County — Legal Newspapers of the County — The Ameni- 
ties of the Press. 

CHAPTER XX— THE OTTER TAIL COUNTY BAR 350 

High Character of the Legal Profession— Splendid Personnel of the Otter 
Tail County Bar— Distinguished Members— A List of the Attorneys of the 
County, with the Date of Their Settlement. 

CHAPTER XXI— THE MEDICAL PROFESSION 353 

No Physicians in the County Prior to 1871— Dr. R. M. Reynolds, the First 
Physician in the County— The Various Schools of Practice— A List of 
Physicians Who Have Regularly Practiced in the County — Osteopaths and 
Chiropractors— Dentistry— Optometrists— George B. Wright Memorial Hos- 
pital—St. Luke's Hospital— State Hospital for the Insane. 

CHAPTER XXII— CHURCHES OF OTTER TAIL COUNTY 363 

A List of Ministers Registered in Otter Tail County— A Brief History of 
Each Church in the County— The Federated Church in Fergus Falls— First 
Congregational Church— First Presbyterian Church— Other Presbyterian and 
Congregational Churches— Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Churches— German 
Evangelical Lutheran Trinity Church— Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran 
Church— Bethel Lutheran Church— Bethania Norwegian Lutheran Church- 
Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Churches— Hauges Evangelical Lutheran 
Church— Evangelical Free Church— Methodist Episcopal Churches — Swedish 
Baptist Churches— Baptist Church— People's Union Church— Episcopal 
Church— Zion Church— Finnish Apostolic Lutheran Congregation— Pente- 
costal Church of the Nazarene— Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of 
Latter Day Saints— Christian Science Society— Catholic Churches— Finnish 
Evangelical Lutheran Churches— United Brethren Churches -Scandinavian 
Churches— Immanuel Churches— Swedish Baptist Churches— Miscellaneous 
Churches. 

CHAPTER XXIII— FRATERNAL AND BENEVOLENT SOCIETIES 410 

Ancient Free and Accepted Masons— Independent Ordei Id Fellows — 

Benevolent and Protective Order of Klks — Royal Arcanum — United Com- 
mercial Travelers Knights of the Maccabees Ladies of the Maccabees 

Brotherhood of American Yeomen — Modern W limn of America Royal 

Neighbors of America— Knights of Pythias -Catholic Order of Forest 



CONTENTS. 

Degree of Honor — Independent Order of Foresters — Fraternal Order of 
Eagles. 

CHAPTER XXIV— EDUCATION 423 

Inefficiency of Early Schools, Due to Unavoidable Conditions — Unanimity in 
the Building Up of a School System — Petitions for Schools — First County 
Superintendent of Schools — Sketch of a Pioneer School — Development of the 
Educational Work of the Count}- — Introduction of the Study of Physiology 
and Hygiene and the Results — State Aid to Standard Schools — School Sta- 
tistics — County Superintendents — Assistant Superintendents — Schools of 
Fergus Falls — Park Region Luther College — Northwestern College. 

CHAPTER XXV— TELEPHONES IN OTTER TAIL COUNTY 439 

The County Quick to Install the New Invention in the Eighties — Its General 
Use and Importance to the Community — A Brief History of the Companies 
Doing Business in Otter Tail County. 

CHAPTER XXVI— CREAMERIES 459 

A History of all the Creamery Companies Doing Business in Otter Tail 

County. 

CHAPTER XXVII— MILITARY AFFAIRS 468 

Veterans of the Civil War Residing in Otter Tail County — The Spanish- 
American War — Daughters of the American Revolution — Grand Army of the 
Republic — Woman's Relief Corps. 

CHAPTER XXVIII— POSTAL HISTORY 474 

Fergus Falls Postoffice — Other Postoffices in the Count}- — Salaries of Post- 
masters — Rural Free Delivery. 

CHAPTER XXIX— CITY OF FERGUS FALLS 4/9 

James Fergus, the Founder of the City — Joseph Whitford. the First Settler 
on the Townsite— The Sioux Massacre of 1862— Ernest Buse, the First Per- 
manent Settler — George B. Wright, and His Influence on the Early Growth 
of the Place — Fergus Falls in 1873 — Pioneer Advertisers — Fergus Falls in 
1871 — Water Power — Incorporation as a Village — First Election — Village 
Boundaries and First Officials — Council Proceedings — Railroad Bonds — 
Amendments to the Village Charter — First School District — Becomes the 
County Seat — Early Lack of Railroad Facilities — Presidents of the Village 
Council — Incorporation as a City — Fergus Falls in 1881 — Lincoln Avenue vs. 
Bismark Avenue — Municipal Affairs — City Charters — Gas and Waterworks 
—Fire Department— Electricity— Otter Tail Power Company— The City Dam 
and Its Destruction — Hoot Lake Project — Police Department — Streets. Side- 
walks, Bridg Parks. Etc. — Care of the Poor — City Funds — 
Libraries — Clubs and Organizations — Commercial Club — Town Improvement 
Society — Park Region Anti-Tuberculosis Society Street Railways — City 
ials — Fergus Falls in 1916 — Directory oi Present Business and Profes- 
sional Inter- 

CHAPTER XXX— REMINISCENi I S OF OTTER l\li. ( OUNTY, 1869-72.. 536 
Story by Ole Jorgens, of His Settlement in Otter Tail I inven- 

iences of the New Settlers— First Visit t< Elected to Public 

Office— Taking the Census Under Difficulties— First Mail Route I 

Sti er — Traveling in the 

Early Days— First Workings and Fish Laws A Ninety-Dollar 

Christmas in Otter Tail County— A Deer Fight— Bootlegging— 



CONTENTS. 

Assessing of Taxes in 1870 — First Insanity Case in the County — The Grass- 
hopper Scourge — Fourth of July Celebration, 1870 — First Bridge in Fergus 
Falls — Two Interesting Early Letters. 

CHAPTER XXXI— REMINISCENCES OF THE EARLY HISTORY OF 
OTTER TAIL COUNTY 5S6 

E. E. Corliss Tells in an Interesting Way of the Beginnings of Things in 
Otter Tail County — The Journey to the Promised Land — Otter Tail City in 
1858— Breaking New Land— Clitherall— The Mormons— The Settlers in 1870— 
A Judicial Court Run by Prayer — Highway Robbery — The First District 
Court — Craigie's Mill — Organization of the County — Attempted Organization 
of Holcomb County— Acquisition of Range 44 — Wilkin County in 1872 — 
Fergus Falls Made the County Seat — Removing the Records — Legislative 
Changes — Pioneer County Officials — Some Early Settlements and Settlers- 
Edmund A. Everts. 

CHAPTER XXXII-REMINISCENCES BY JOHN W. MASOX 575 

The Coming to Fergus Falls— A Callithumpian Serenade— "Hanging Out the 
Shingle" — Early Mails— The "Good Old Times" in Comparison with the 
Present — A Visit by Celebrities — "Lord Gordon" — Casus Belli — The Grave- 
yard—The New Church— The Church War— A Fondness for Bonds— "Old 
Settler" to the Front — Repudiation — Charter Amendments — The School 
Record— Bribery and Corruption— Political Schemes— The Waterworks 
Scheme — Major Beach's Telegraph — The Rat Skin War — The Dam-site at 
Guttenberg — Mistaken Identity — What Can Be Done with a Dime — The 
Stage Robber — The Fergus Falls Vigilantes — A Romance and a Tragedy — 
Luedke vs. Luedke — The Lo-cus(t) — A Sad Tale with a Happy Ending — The 
Fergus Falls Cooking Club — The Village Baker — The Esthetic Side of 
Fergus Falls— The R. R. S. W. N. Co.— A Dash of Local Color— "What's the 
Matter with Fergus" — The Captains of Industry at Play. 

CHAPTER XXXIII— WHO'S WHO IX EARLY FERGUS 648 

Doctor Goodale — James M. Gray — Levi Sartwell — Victor Landquist — Bill 
Wilson — Bert Melville — Jim Spendlove — Jacob Austin — Capt. H. S. Cole — 
Sam H. Nichols — Frank Hoskins — Opperman, a Dutchman — Edwin M. 
Wright— Charles William Kaddatz. 

CHAPTER XXXIV— SIDELIGHTS OX OTTER TAIL HISTORY 675 

Why Otter Tail— The Tale of the Otter Tail— Origin of the Name of Otter 
Tail County — A Complete History of Otter Tail County in 1874 — The Fergus 
Falls Land Office and Otter Tail Democracy — Reminiscences of Fergus Falls 
—George B. Wright's Story— The Story of Knut O. Harris— Story of G. O. 
Da-hl— Story of T. A. Huff— Great Indian Scare of 1876— Prairie Fire— Gold 
in Otter Tail County — First Law Firm in Fergus Falls. 



HISTORICAL INDEX 



VOLUME I 



A 
Aastad Township — 

Altitude 66 

Boundaries 201 

Churches 376 

Crops 301 

Commissioners' District 141 

Natural Features 201 

Officials . 201 

Organization 167. 200 

Population 111 

Taxpayers 1870. 201 

Telephones 451 

Aboriginal Earthworks 75 

Average of crops 298 

Advertisements, Early-day 331 

Agricultural Agents 306 

Agriculture 297 

Almora 113, 311, 328 

Altitudes in the County (>2 

Altitudes in the State 47 

Altoona (Vergas) 113, 254 

Amenities of the Press 344 

American Yeomen 415 

Amor Township — 

Altitude 65 

Boundaries 246 

Churches 384 

Commissioners' District 141 

Creamery 467 

Location 246 

Mounds 76 

Name 246 

Officials 247 

Organization 167, 246 

Population 111 

Soil 67 

Telephones 454 

Ancient Free and Accepted Masons 410 

Animal Productions 298 

Area of the County 57 

Area of the State 46 

Assessing of Taxes 1870. 548 



Attorneys 350 

Auditors, County 144 

Aurdal Township — 

Altitude 66 

Churches 381. 384, 402 

Commissioners' District 141 

First Events 176 

Natural Features 175 

Officials 176 

Organization 167, 175 

Population HI 

Settlement 176 

Telephones 452 

Austin. Jacob 655 



Balmoral 

Banks and Banking 

Banks as Tax Collectors - 

Baptist Churches 

Bar of Otter Tail County 



Parley 

Battle Lake- 
Altitude 

Banks 310. 

Churches 376, 396, 402. 403, 

Creamery 

Election, First 

Fair 

Incorporation 

Location 

Newspapers 

Officials 

Physicians 

Plat 113, 

Population 

Beauty Shore 113, 

Benevolent and Protective Order of 

Elks 

Benevolent Societies 

Better Farming Association 

Births in County 



[1STI IRICAL INDEX. 



Blowers Township — 

Altitude 65 

Commissioners' District 141 

i lection, First 271 

Name 271 

Natural Features 271 

Officials 271 

Organization 167, 271 

Population 111 

Telephones 446 

Bluffton— 

Altitude 62 

Banks 311, 337 

Business Interests 244 

Churches 408 

Creamery 459 

Election, First 244 

Incorporation 244 

Location 244 

Lodges 417 

Newspapers 343 

Officials 244 

Physicians 355 

Plat 113. 244 

Population 111. 244 

Bluffton Township- 
Altitude 65 

Commissioners' District 141 

Election, First 243 

Highways 278 

Location 243 

Natural Features 243 

Organization 167, 243 

Population 110, 111 

Boardman 113, 235 

Bonita 83, 85 

Bootlegging, Early 548 

Boundaries of County 82 

Bridge, First in Fergus Falls 552 

Bridges 278 

Brotherhood of American Ye< 

rnest 4*2. 582 

Bu - ["ownship — 

Utitude 66 

Commissioners' District 141 

Election, First 194 

Highways 278 

Natural Features 195 

Officials 195 

i ation 167, I'M 

Population 111 

Railways 195 

Settlement 195 

Telephom s 451 



Sutler Township — 

Altitude 65 

Churches 393 

Commissioners' District 141 

Location 269 

Natural Features 269 

Officials 269 

Organization 167. 268 

Population HI 







11,1 


M7 


Candor Township- 














65 


Commissioners' District __ 




141 










Natural Features — 






253 


Organization 




167, 


253 








111 


Care of the Poof 






136 


Carlisle 113, 


260, 311, 




445 


Carlisle Township — 














66 








301 


Commissioners' Distr 


icts 




141 


Election, First 






Joil 








76 


Natural Features — 






26C 








?60 


Organization 




167, 


260 


Population 




.110, 


111 








?m 








4S1 








589 


Cathcart and N. P. Rail 


[way 




538 


Catholic Churches 




389, 


407 


Catholic ( >rder of F< 




420 


Census of the County. 


I860— . 




86 


Cessions of Land bj Indians - 




36 


Charter Amendments - 






595 








358 


Christian Science Soci 


ety ____ 




388 


Christmas, \ Pioneer - 






546 


Chronology of Minn, sota 




4') 


Church of fesus Christ of Latter 




Day Saints 




363, 


388 








,o> 
















468 






113 


•04 


of the District 






151 


(lunate of Minnesota 
Clitherall— 






48 








Altitude 






63 



HISTORICAL INDEX. 



Clitlierall — 

Banks 311, 326 

County Seat 98, 119 

Churches 403 

Incorporation 206 

Officials 206 

Oldest Village in County 206 

Physicians 355 

Plat 113 

Population 112 

Schools 424 

Settlement 206, 559 

Telephones 447. 451) 

Clitlierall Township — 

Altitude 65 

Character of Pioneers 169 

Churches 409 

Commissioners' District 141 

Mormons 168 

Name 169 

Officials 170 

Organization 167, 169 

Population 110, 111 

Settlement 168 

Cole. Capt. H. S. 659 

Commissioners, County 99, 138, 149, 141 

Commissioners' Districts 141 

Compton Township — 

Altitude 65 

Churches 394. 395 

Commissioners' District 141 

Highways 278 

Location 230 

Name 230 

Natural Features 230 

Organization 167, 230 

Population 110, 112 

Railroads 230 

Soil 66 

Telephones 456 

Congregational Churches __ 369, 371, 399 

Constitutional Convention, 1857 38 

Co-operative Elevators 303 

Corliss, E. E. 

..100, 102, 270. 285. 351, 42.5. 427. 540, 556 
I orliss Township — 

Churches 404 

Commissioners' District 141 

Mills 270 

Name 270 

Nationality of Residents 270 

Natural Features 270 

Organization 168, 269 



Corliss Township — 

Population 110. 112 

Settlers 270 

Corliss, William M. 150 

Corn 298 

Coroners 148 

County Agricultural Agents 306 

County Attorneys 148 

County Auditors 144 

County Boundaries 82 

County Buildings 119 

County Commissioners —99. 138. 140. 141 

County Fairs 303 

County Finances 114 

County Officials 138 

County Officials, Pioneer 570 

County Poor Farm 136 

County Sanatorium 133 

County Seat Location 542 

County Seat, Removal of 569 

County Supt. of Schools 149.429. 433 

County Surveyors 149 

County Treasurers 144 

Court House History 119 

Craigie. James G. 545. 607 

Craigie's Mill 562 

Creameries 459 

D 
Dahl, G. O. 688 

Dairy Statistics 299 

Dalton— 

Altitude 64 

Banks 311, 326 

Churches 386 

Creamery 466, 467 

Incorporation 173 

Location 173 

Lodges 419 

Officials 173 

Physicians 355 

Plat 113, 173 

Population 112 

Dam-site at Guttenberg 600 

Dane Prairie Township — 

Altitude 66 

Churches 397 

Commissioners' District 141 

Natural Features 179 

< Irganization ii>7. 178 

Population 111. 112 

Taxpayers, 1869 179 

Telephones 453 

Daughters of the V.m< i ican Re\ 1 8 



HISTORICAL INDEX. 



Dayton Hollow 89 

Dead Lake Township — 

Commissioners' District 141 

Election, First 273 

Natural Features 275 

Organization 168. 273 

Population 112 

Deaths in County 117 

Deer Creek — 

Altitude 63 

Banks 310, 323 

Business Interests 223 

Churches 223 

Creamery 463 

Incorporation 222 

Location 222 

Newspapers 343 

Officials 223 

Physicians 355 

Plat 113 

Population 113 

Telephones 456 

Deer Creek Township- 
Altitude 65 

Churches 397. 398, 405 

Commissioners' District 141 

Election, First 221 

Farm Improvements 221 

Highways 277 

Natural Features 222 

i iffii ials 222 

Organization 167, 221 

Population 110, 111, 112 

Soil 66 

Deer Fight 547 

Degree of Honor 421 

Dent- 
Banks 331. 325 

Business Interests 263 

Churches 407 

Growth 263 

Incorporation 263 

Influence of Railroad 263 

I od jes 411, 416 

Officials 263 

Physicians 355 

Plat 113 

Population 113 

Survey 263 

Telephones 447 

Dentistry 358 

Deposits of County Funds 146 

Depredations by Indians 37 

District Judges 150 



Division, Acts of HID. 108 

Division of County 541. 5l>7 

Doctors 353 

Dopelius 115. 257. 466 

Dora Township — 

Altitude 65 

Churches 399, 400. 407 

Commissioners' District 141 

Location 247 

Natural Features 247 

Officials 248 

Organization 167, 247 

Population 112 

Drift Deposits 73 

Dunn Township — 

Altitude 66 

Churches 397 

Commissioners' District 141 

Name 256 

Natural Features 257 

Officials 257 

Organization 167, 256 

Population 112 

Soil 66 

E 

Eagles, Fraternal Order of 422 

Early Bootlegging 548 

Early Settlements 571 

Eastern Township — 

Altitude 65 

Churches 574 

Commissioners' District 141 

Election. First 250 

Location 230 

Mills 231 

Officials 231 

Organization 1"7, 250 

Population 112 

Telephones 448 

Eagle Lake Township — 

Altitude 65 

Churches 394, 398 

Commissioners' District 141 

Election, First 181 

Geology 70 

Natural Features 181 

Organization 167. 181 

Population 111. 112 

Earthworks, Prehistoric 75 

Echota 83. 85 

Edna Township — 

Utitude 65 

Commissioners' District 141 



1ST0RICAL INDEX. 



Edna Township — 

Election, First 262 

Name 262 

Natural Features 262 

Organization 167 

Population 112 

Railroads 263 

Education 423 

Effington Township — 

Altitude 65 

Churches 393, 398 

Commissioners' District 141 

Early History 214 

Election, First 210 

Growth of 215 

Highways 278 

Name 217 

Natural Features 211 

Officials 218 

Organization 167, 210 

Population 111, 112 

Settlement 211 

Telephones 447. 455 

Election Precincts, First 140 

Elevators, Co-operative 303 

Elizabeth- 
Banks 311, 325 

Business Interests 182 

Churches 182, 373, 390 

Creamery 4l>0 

Incorporation 182 

Location 182 

Officials 183 

Physicians 355 

Plat 113, 182 

Population 112 

Schools 183 

Telephones 445 

Elizabeth Township — 

Altitude 66 

Churches 408 

Commissioners' District 141 

Description 182 

Organization 167. 181 

Population 111. 112 

Telephones 445 

Elks. Order of 412 

Elmo Township — 

Altitude 65 

Boundaries 255 

Churches 402 

Commissioners' District 141 

Election, First 255 

Location, First 255 



Elmo Township — 

Natural Features 256 

Organization 167, 255 

Population 112 

SoU 66 

Elmwood 113, 253 

Episcopal Churches 386 

Erhard — 

Banks 311, 328 

Churches 371 

Creamery 466 

Location 194 

Plat 113 

Telephones 445 

Erhards Grove Township — 

Altitude 66 

Boundaries 194 

Churches 41)5 

Commissioners' District 141 

Highways 278 

Natural Features 194 

Officials 194 

Organization 167, 193 

Population 111, 112 

Evangelical Association 397, 408 

Evangelical Free Church 382 

Evangelical Lutheran Churches 381, 396 

Evangelischel Zion Church 408 

Everts, Edmund A. 573 

Everts Township — 

Altitude 65 

Crops 301 

Commissioners' District 141 

Mounds 76 

Name 248 

Natural Features 248 

Organization 167, 248 

Population 112 

Soil 67 

F 
Fairs 303 

Farm Bureau 307 

Farm Crops 298 

Farmers' Alliance 302 

Farmers' Clubs 303 

Farming Interests 297 

Federated Church 367 

Fergus Falls Cooking Club 619 

Fergus Falls — 

Advertising. Pioneer 487 

Altitude 63 

Ami-Tuberculosis Society 525 

Banks 309, 311 



HISTORICAL INDEX. 



ergus balls — 

le First 522, 

Business [nterests, 1871 

Business [nterests, 1881 

Business Interests, 1916 

Charters 160 

Churches 

374, 381, 382, 38S, 388, 396, 

City Dam 

City Funds 

1 Organizations 

Clubs 

Commercial Club 

Cooking Club 

I ount: Seat 102, 119, 160, 285, 

Creamery 



Esthetic Side 

Fair Association 

Fire Department 



First Village Election 

Founding of 

Gas Works 

vth of 

I lospitals 

In 1873 

In 1881 

Incorporations 162, 489, 

Indian Massacre 

Land Office 

Law Firm, First 

Libraries 

Lincoln Ave. vs. Bismark Ave 

Literati, the 

Lodges 410, 41.'. 419, I 

irs . 

Municipal Affairs 

Newspapers 

1 i ah 

Parks 

P ciai 

Platted 



Pi I I f 

Population 110, 111, 

li-tory 



Railroad History 286, 

Reminiscences 

ips 

1 District 

! ord 



• 492, 595 



515 

515 

277 

526 

514 

439 



- balls — 

643 Schools 

487 Settlers, First . . 

497 Sewerage 

531 Sidewalks 

595 Street Improvements 

Street Railways 

405 Streets 

512 Telephones 

516 Town Improvement Society 

520 Vigilantes 

520 Village Boundaries 

523 Village Charter 

619 Village Council. Acts of 490. 

492 Village Council. Presidents of— 

463 Village Officers, First 

510 Water Power 488, 

625 Waterworks 

315 Who's Who 

508 Fergus Falls Township — 

510 Altitude 

489 I rops 

47 1 ' Description 

506 Commissioners' District 

500 Natural Features 

360 Officials 

486 Organization 167, 

497 Population 111, 

495 Taxpayers, 1870 

481 Telephones 445. 

679 Fergus Falls Vigilantes 

693 Fergus. James 

516 Financial Statement of County 

500 Finnish Vpostolic Luth. Church... 

625 Finnish Evan. Luth. Churches 

471 Flax 

505 Folden Township — 

503 Altitude 

330 Churches 

527 missioners' District 

512 Flection, First 

515 I I ■■' 

353 Officials 

113 anization 167. 

514 Population 

515 Foresters, Catholic Order of 

112 Foresters, Independent Order of — 

474 Fourth of July. 1S70 

'■11 Fox Park 

295 Fraternal Order of Eagles 

683 Fraten 

295 Free Christian Church 

492 Friberg Township— 

595 Utitude 



HISTORICAL INDKX. 



Friberg Township — 

Churches 399, 404 

Commissioners' District 141 

Name 229 

Natural Features 229 

Officials 230 

Organization 167 

Population 110, 111, 112 

Telephones 444 

G 

Game and Fish Laws 545 

Geography of the State 40 

Geology of the County 57, 67 

German Evangelical Churches 404 

German Evan. Luth. Church 374 

Girard Township — 

Altitude 65 

Boundaries 267 

Commissioners' District 141 

Crops 301 

Mounds 96 

Natural Features 267 

Officials 267 

Organization 167, 267 

Population 112 

Soil 67 

Gold Excitement 228 

Gold in Otter Tail County 693 

Goodale, Doctor 648 

Gorman Township — 

Altitude 65 

Churches 401 

Commissioners' District 141 

Election, First 225 

Name 226 

Natural Features 226 

Officials 226 

Organization 167, 225 

Population 111. 112 

Soil 66 

Surface 67 

Grand Army of the Republic 471 

Grand View Heights 113 

Grange, the 302 

Grasshoppers 300, 550 

Graveyard War 590 

Gray, James M. 648 

H 

Hanging of Indian Murderers 42 

Harris, Knut O. 687 

Hay 299 



Henning— 

Altitude 63 

Banks 310. 320 

Business Interests 243 

Churches 243, 406. 409 

Creamery 4b5 

Election, First 242 

Incorporation 242 

Location 242, 243 

Newspapers 343 

Officials 243 

Physicians 355 

Plat •_ 113, 242 

Population 112, 243 

Telephones 455 

Henning Township — 

Boundaries 241 

Churches 373 

Commissioners' District 141 

Election. First 241 

Name 241 

Natural Features 241 

Officials 242 

Organization 167, 241 

Population 112 

Railroads 242 

Telephones 449 

Highways 274 

Hill View 265 

Hobart 113, 202 

Hobart Township — 

Altitude 65 

Commissioners' District 141 

Election, First 202 

Natural Features 202 

Officials 202 

Organization 167, 202 

Population 111. 112 

Settlers 202 

Soil 66 

Holcomb County 100,-160, 565 

Homestead Township- 
Altitude 65 

Commissioners' District 141 

Election, First 259 

Natural Features 259 

Officials 260 

Organization 167 

Population 112 

Hoot Lake Project 514 

Hoskins, Frank 664 

Hospital for Insane 361 

Hospitals 360 

Huff. T. A 690 



HISTORICAL INDEX. 



I 

Indian Hunters Cause Trouble 37 

Indian Massacre of 1862 41 

Indian Scare of 1876 690 

40 

Indian- ! I I 42 

[dlewood 113 

Immanuel Churches 400 

Independent Order of Foresters __. 421 
Independent Order of odd Fellows 411 

Indian Treaties 33, 35. 42 

[nglewood 113, 248, 249 

nts of the County. 1860 86 

Inman Township — 

Altitude 65 

Commissioners' District 141 

I 1. i tion, First 240 

Favorable Influence of Railroads 240 

Mills 241 

Name 240 

Natural Features 240 

Officials 241 

ation 167, 240 

Population 112 

Insane Hospital 361 

Insanitj Case, First in County 540 

Insurance Companies 304 

J 

Jail History 129 

Jail. Moving of to Fergus Falls 546 

Jasper Township 161 

i lie 536 

Judges, District 150 

Judges of Probate 151 

K 
I; irli s W. - .. 
74 

Killarney Beach 113, 2?7 

Knights of Pythias 120 

Knights "i the Maccabees 415 

L 

es 415 

Lake Mason 113 

the County 58 

I.ak.s ..t" the State ... 47 

Land O!:. | Palls 679 

Landowners, 1860 — 91 

Landquist, Victor 651 

Latter I lay Saints.. 363,388 

- - 350 

83 

— - - 70 



I ,i ai Lake Township — 

Aliunde 65 

Churches 395 

i . iiimii trict 141 

Election, First 250 

Early History 250 

Natural Features 250 

Officials -- 252 

Organization 167. 250 

Population 112 

Railroads 252 

Soil 66 

Surface 67 

I .en Mountain Township — 

Altitude 65 

Churches 390. 397. 401 

Commissioners' District 141 

I lection, First 22S 

Gold Excitement 228, 693 

Natural Features 22S 

( Irganization 167, 228 

Population 111. 112 

Soil 66 

1 eafside 114 

Legal Newspapers 345 

Legislative Acts Hearing cm Otter 
Tail County 94. 97. 99. 107, 15" 

Laphani 83 

ive Changes 570 

Legislature. Members of the 153 

lire, State. First 38 

Legislature. Territorial 35 

Lid. i Township 

Altitude 66 

. ii in rs' 1 (istricl 141 

I arlj Business Interests 245 

Mills 245 

Name - 245 

Natural Features 245 

.u ion -- 167 

Population .. 112 

Live Stock 298 

Livestock Associations 304 

Lockport 83 

410 

Lord Gon — - —188, 588 

Luce — 

I'.iMiii^ Interests 227 

I i eamery 461 

Incorporation 226 

Location -.- — 22" 

Plal .._. 114 

.. 112, 227 

Luedke vs. Luedke, Case of 609 



HISTORICAL INDEX. 



M 

Maccabees, Knights of 415 

Mail Rubbery. Early 554 

Mail Route, Early 540 

Mail Service 477 

Maine Township — 

Altitude 66 

Churches 205, 400. 407 

Commissioners' District 141 

Election, First 204 

Lodges 416 

Name 204 

Natural Features 204 

Officials 205 

Organization 167. 204 

Population 111, 112 

Schools 426 

Settlement 204 

66 

449 



Soil 

Telephones 

Maplewood Township — 

Altitude 

Churches 396, 397, 406, 

Commissioners' District 

Name 

Natural Features 

Officials 

Organization 167, 

Population 

Marion 

Mason, John W. 434, 485, 

Masonic Order 

Massacre of 1862 41, 

Medical Profession 

Melville, Bert 

Methodist Episcopal Churches 382. 

Midland Beach 114. 

Midway Park 

Military Record of the County 

Military Record of State 

Mill Park 

Mills .___ 229. 231, 233. 241. 245, 270, 

Ministers, Registered 

Modern Woodmen of America 

Moraines 

Mormons 363, 388. 

Mounds 

Muskrat Skins 

Mutual Insurance Companies 

N 

Name of the County 

Name of the State 

Names Of Townships 



Natural Drainage 57 

Naturalization Laws 115 

Naturalized Citizens 115 

Navigation of Red River 275 

New York Mills- 
Altitude 63 

Band 236 

Banks 310, 323 

Business Interests 237 

Churches 237. 395 

Creamery 465 

Fair 305 

Fire Department 236 

Incorporation 236 

Lodges 237 

Newspapers 243 

Officials 237 

Physicians 355 

Plat 114, 236 

Population 112, 23b 

Telephones 455 

Newspapers 330 

Newton Township — 

Altitude 65 

Boundaries 235 

Churches 394 

Commissioners' District 141 

Creamery 467 

Election, First 235 

Name 234 

Natural Features 235 

Organization 167, 234 

Population 110, 112 

Taxpayers, 1870 235 

Nichols, Sam H. 663 

Xidaros Township- 
Altitude 65 

Boundaries 205 

Churches 402 

Commissioners' District 141 

Election, First 205 

Growth 205 

Highways 278 

Officials 205 

Organization 167 

Population 111. 112 

Soil 67 

Ninety-Dollar Story 545 

Nirvana 114. 207 

Northwestern College 373. 437 

Norwegian Evan. Luth. Church 375 

Norwegian Grove Township — 

Altitude 66 

Churches 379. 400, 4(>l 



HISTORICAL INDEX. 



Norwegian drove Township — 

Commissioners' District 141 

on, First 218 

Natural Features 218 

Officials 219 

Organization 167, 218 

Population 111. 112 

Postoffices 219 

Timber 67 

.in Lutheran Church 376, 401 

an M E. Church 405 

O 
Oak Valley Township — 

Altitude 65 

Boundaries 252 

Churches 400, 408 

Creamery 460 

Commissioners' District 141 

Xatural Features 252 

Officers 232 

Organization 167, 231 

Population 110, 112 

Oats 298 

Odd Fellows 411 

Officials of the County 138 

Officials, Pioneer County 570 

"Old Settler'' 593 

Optometrists 359 

Organization of the County 94 

■• ■ hip — 

Commissioners' District 141 

Flection. First 272 

Landowners, 1880 272 

272 

Natural Features 272 

273 

ation 168, 271 

Population 112 

ncs 444 

Osars 74 

( (scar Township— 

Vltitudes 66 

Boundaries 224 

Churches 224. 379, 406 

Commissioners' District 141 

in, First 223 

Mounds 76, 224 

lis 224 

< Organization 105. 167, 225 

Population 111, 112 

_ 

■nes -. 445. 449 

iliy 358 



I ftter Tail City- 
Business Interests, 1860 84 

t .uli .tit ami X. I'. Ky. 538 

Census, 1860 86 

Churches 400 

County Seat 

—.99, 119, 120, 160, 285, 541. 5-4. 569 

Decline of 109 

Early Market Prices 331 

First House 558 

In 1870 554. 557 

Land Office 84 

Location 677 

Newspapers 330 

Plat 114 

Railroad History 285, 538 

Religious Services, First 83 

Otter Tail County in 1860 82 

Otter Tail County in 1874 679 

Otter Tail Lake 57 

Otter Tail. Origin of Name 675 

Otter Tail Township- 
Altitude 65 

Commissioners' District 141 

Election, First 185 

Mounds 75 

Xatural Features 184 

Organization 167. 183 

Population 110. 111. 112 

Soil 66 

Summer Resorts 185 

67 

1 184 

( liter Fail Village— 

Banks 511. 527 

ss Interests 185 

hes 185. 404 

ery 

[ncorpora! on 185 

Officials 185 

114. 184 

•ion 112 

i >tto Township- 
Altitude 65 

Boundaries 268 

Churches 268, 387 

Commissioners' District 141 

on, First 

Location 267 

Name 267 

officials 268 

< Irganization 167, 267 

I' ^illation 112 



HISTORICAL INDEX. 



P 
Paddock 265 

Paddock Township — 

Altitude 05 

Churches 266, 394 

Commissioners' District 141 

Election, First 205 

Location 265 

Natural Features 265 

Officials 266 

Organization 167 

Population 112 

Park Region Luther College 435 

Park-dale 64. 114. 173 

Parkers Prairie — 

Banks 310, 320 

Churches 374. 401. 406 

Fairs 305 

Lodges 411. 416 

Nationality of Settlers 571 

Newspapers 343 

Officials 178 

Physicians 1 355 

Plat 114 

Population 113, 178 

Settlement 571 

Survey 178 

Telephones 446. 450. 456 

Parkers Prairie Township — 

Altitude 65 

Commissioners' District 141 

Location 177 

Name Changed 161, 177 

Natural Features 177 

Organization 107, 177 

Population 110, 111, 112 

Soil 67 

Telephones 448 

Pelican Rapids- 
Altitude 63 

Band 192 

Banks 310. 318 

Business Interests 193 

Churches 399, 405, 408 

Creamery 462 

Fair 305 

Fire Department 190 

First Events 189 

Founding of 187 

Incorporation 187 

Light and Power 191 

Location 186 

Lodges 420 

"Lord Gordon" 187 



Pelican Rapids — 

Mails 190 

Newspapers 342 

Officials 191. 193 

Physicians 555 

Plat 114, 186 

Population 113 

Railroad History 292 

Settlement 189 

Telephones 453 

Pelican Township — 

Altitude 66 

Churches 402 

Commissioners' District 141 

Location 186 

Mounds 76 

Natural Features 186 

Organization 167, 186 

Population 111, 112 

Soil 66 

Pentacostal Church of the Nazarene 388 

People's Union Church 385 

Perham — 

Altitude 63 

Banks 310, 321 

Business Interests 209 

Churches 404, 405, 408 

Creamery 465 

Fair 305 

Hospital 209 

Incorporation 162 

Lodges 412 

Newspapers 342 

Officials 209, 210 

Physicians 355 

Plat 114, 209 

Population 113, 209 

Public Utilities 209 

Schools 209, 305 

Telephones 456 

Perham Township — 

Altitude 65 

Commissioners' District 141 

Location 208 

Mounds 76. 77 

Natural Features 208 

Organization 167. 208 

Officials 209 

Population 110, 111. 113 

Soil 66 

Surface 67 

Physicians 353 

Pine Lake Township — 

Altitude 



HISTORIC Al. IM'l \. 



Pirn I ake 1 • >w nship — 

Commissioners' District 

Name 

Natural Features 

< ifficials 

( Irganization 167. 

I '"1 Milan. hi 

Railroads 

Pioneer Christmas 

Pioneer County Officials 

Pleasure Park 

Political Schemes 

Poor Farm 

Pope. Capt. John. Investigations- 
Population of the State 

Population Statistics 

Postal History 

Potatoes 

Prairie Fire 

Prairies 

Presbyterian Churches 370. 

Present Court House 

Present Road Conditions 

Presidential Elections 

Press, Amenities of the 

Press, the 

Propi ; t \ Statistics, 1860 

Provan Beach 114. 

Pythias, Knights of 



R R S. \Y. X. Co 






637 


Railroad Bonds 






38 








'81 


M 105, I-." 


565 


568 


Rat-skin War 






5Q9 


Red Eye ... 






>6S 


Red River 




57 


488 


Red River Navigation --- 






275 


-i 1 lei ds 






146 


R< lati d Stati History 






33 


Religious 1 >< w m 






363 


Reminiscences — 








Busi , Ernest . 






48? 


1 E. 






556 


G i i 






688 


M.n i is, Knut (). 






687 


Huff, T. A. 







.,<*! 










W. 






575 


Wright, < ■■ i ' 


.. 485. 


- 


685 


Represenl 






153 


I »r R \1 


I860 




Ki, 









Richdale 114. 267, 398 

Richland 

Richville— 

Banks 311, 325 

Business Interests 200 

Churches 405 

Creamery 461 

Incorporation _. __ „ .__ 200 

Location 199 

Lodges 412 

Newspapers 343 

Officials 200 

Plat 114 

Population 200 

Telephones 454 

River Transportation 275 

Rivers of the County 57 

Rivi i - of the State 46 

Road Conditions, Present 278 

Rothsay o4. 465 

Royal Arcanum 414 

Royal Neighbors of \merica A]') 

Rural Free Delivery 478 

Rush Lake Township — 

Altitude __ ._. __ 65 

Ubrecht, father Joseph 197 

Commissioners' District 141 

Mounds 7t> 

Officials 199 

Organization 167. 196 

Population 111. 113 

Soil 67 

Surface 67 

Rushville 113 

Rye . 2'<'» 



St. Luke's Hospital - 361 

St. Olaf Township— 

Altitude 66 

Churches 171, 397, 400, 4-15 

Commissioners' District 141 

I lection, First 171 

Location 171 

Name 171 

Natural Features 171 

als 171 

ation 167, 170 

Population 110. 111. 113 

Si hools 171 

Sanatorium, County 133 

Sartwell, Levi 650 

Si ambler Township 

Altitude - - 66 



HISTORICAL INDEX. 



Scambler Township — 

■ Churches 204. 385, 402 

Commissioners' District 141 

Location 203 

Name 203 

Natural Features 203 

Officials 204 

Organization 167, 203 

Population 111, 113 

Settlement 203 

Soil 66 

Summer Resorts 204 

Scandinavian Christian Church 395 

Scandinavian Christian Mission 

Church 396 

Scandinavian Free Church of God— 396 

School Record 595 

School Supt.. County 149. 420, 433 

Schools 423 

Secret Orders 410 

Senators, State 153 

Sheriffs 147 

Sidelights on Otter Tail History__ 675 

Situation of the County 57 

Soil of the County 66 

Spanish-American War 468, 473 

Stage Robber 603 

Star Lake Township — 

Vltitude - 66 

Commissioners' District 141 

Election, First 254 

Name 254 

Natural Features 255 

Officials 255 

i Irganization 254 

Population 113 

State Aid for Roads and Bridges — 276 

State History 33 

State Hospital for Insane 361 

State Military Record 45 

State Population 45 

State Senators 153 

Story of the Steer 543 

Streams of the County 57 

Stuart Lake Park 114. 264 

Sunlight Hills 114, 257 

Sunnyside 114 

Superintendent of Schools, County 

149, 429. 433 

Surface Features 57 

Surveyors. County 149 

Sverdrup Township — 

Aliunde 56 

Churches 382. 398 



Sverdrap Township — 

Commissioners' District 141 

Election, First . 238 

Name 238 

Nationality of Residents 239 

Natural Features 239 

Officials 234 

Organization 167 

Population 113 

Taxpayers. 1S78 239 

Swedish Baptist Churches 383, 406 

Swedish Evangelical Lutheran 

Churches 372, 394 

T 

Taxes, Assessing of, 1870 548 

Telephones 439 

Territorial Government 34 

Timber of the County 66 

Topography 62 

Tordenskjold 98, 120, 160, 540, 564 

Tordenskjold Township — 

Altitude 06 

Churches 399 

Commissioners' District 141 

Natural Features 174 

Name 174 

Officials 175 

Organization 167, 174 

Population 110, 111. 113 

Settlement 174 

Townships. 1868-69 165 

Townships, 1870 177 

Townships, 1871 196 

Townships, 1872-73 208 

Townships, 1874-77 228 

Townships, 1878-79 238 

Townships. 1880-81 253 

Townships. 1882-97 262 

Townsite Speculation 38 

Transportation 274 

Traveling in Early Days 543 

Traverse des Sioux, Council at 35 

Treasurers. County 144 

Treaty of Traverse des Sioux 35 

Trondjem Township — 

Altitude 66 

Churches 380, 401, 408 

Commissioners' District 141 

Election, First 224 

Organization 105, 167, 224 

Population 111, 113 

Tuberculosis Sanatorium 133 



HISTORICAL [NDEX. 



Tumuli Township — 

Vltitude 66 

es 398 

jsioners' District 141 

Xante 171 

Officials 172 

Organization 167, 172 

Population 111. 113 

Taxpayers, 1870 172 

U 
i 'od — 

Banks 310, 322 

Churches : 409, 240 

Creamery 462 

Election, First 240 

Incorporation 239 

Location __ 239 

Lodges 418 

Plat 114 

Population 240 

Telephones 454 

United Commercial Travelers 414 

V 
Vergas — 

Ranks 

Business Interests 254 

Churches 404 

Creamery 466 

Incorporated 254 

- 417 

Name Changed 254 

als 254 

Plal 113, 253 

Population 113, 254 

relepl mi 4 ; 1 

Vining — 



Business Interests 207 

Creamery 460 

Incorporation 207 

Location 206 

417 

Plat 114 

ition 113. 206 

117 

W 
Wadena County 107 



Wall Lake 176 

Wall Lake Point 114 

War of the Factions 589 

War of the Rebellion 468 

Waseata 83, 85, 89 

rks Scheme 596 

Western Township — 

Altitude 66 

Roundaries 220 

Churches 

Commissioners' District 141 

220 

First Crops 220 

ation 167, 21° 

Population 111, 113 

Settlement 220 

Telephones 444 

Wheat 

Wilkin County 565, ; ''7 

Wilson. "Bill" 

Wimer Lake Resort 114 200 

Woman's Relief Corps i 472 

Woodland 265 

Woodmen, Modern 417 

W Iside Township — 

Altitude 65 

Churches 405 

Commissioners' District 141 

Election, First 232 

Mill 233 

Name — - 252 

I (fficials 255 

Organization 

Population 113 

Soil 66 

Wright, Charles J 631 

Wright, Edwin M. 669 

Wright Family 89 

Wright, George B...100, 484, 48! 

Wright Memorial Hospital 360 

Wrightstown 232 

Y 

Yaquina - 114. 275 

Yeomen, Rrotherhood of 415 

Z 
urch 



BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX 



VOLUME 



A. 

\.alberg, Martin 732 

Aarness, Ole A. 542 

Aasncs, Edward L. 94 

Adams, Hon. Elmer E. 80 

Adley, Lafayette R. 46 

Alberts, August 852 

Albertson, Hon. Orris 863 

Aldrich, Herbert S. 477 

Altner, Robert 935 

Ament, Jacob 994 

Andersen, Andrew 147 

Andersen, Andrew 278 

Anderson, A. G. 320 

Anderson, A. M. 133 

Anderson, Andrew 421 

Anderson, Andrew 653 

Anderson, Andrew J. 467 

Anderson, Carl 539 

Anderson, Charles M. 146 

Anderson, Daniel 221 

Anderson, Ivar 472 

Anderson, John A. 393 

Anderson, Louis 423 

Anderson, Ole 627 

Anderson, Hon. Peter A. 47 

Anderson, Richard 453 

Angus, Richard J. 81 

Antonsen, Gilbert L. o27 

Antonsen, Henry 629 

Antonsen, Otis A. 1006 

Antonsen, Walter C. 628 

Arnold, Louis 196 

Arvidson, Andrew N. 409 

Arvidson, Hans N. 360 

Askerooth, Mons 933 

Aslaksen, Asbjorn 285 

Atkinson, Robson C. 386 

Aune, Ole O. 298 

Austin, Otho A. 784 

^xness, Ole 



Baker, Arthur D. 648 

Baker, Axcel C, M. D. 69 

Baker, Charles D. 416 

Baker. Harry 813 

Barcalow, L. D. 845 

Barke, John O. 62 

Barnard, Edward T. 432 

Barr, John W. 988 

Barry. John 941 

Bauck, August 766 

Bauer, Joseph 926 

Bayley, William P. 66 

Beards, Cecil 847 

Beck, William 564 

Beckman, William 865 

Bell, James H. 71 

Bell, Lysander W. 774 

Bell. Watson T. 79 

Belmont, Andrew A. 660 

Bemus. Vernon S. 295 

Bengtson, Nels 641 

Benson. Martin 256 

Berg, Carl 351 

Berg, Christian E. 109 

Berg, Hans P. 106 

Berg, Ole 301 

Berg, Ole A. 623 

Berg, Ole W. 385 

Berge, Henry H. 433 

Berger, Jens P. 535 

Bergerud, Hans S. 167 

Bergquist, Carl A. 583 

Bergrud, Anders A. 209 

Berns, Jacob 931 

Berthold, Jacob L., M. D. 768 

Beske, Robert 937 

Bickfo'rd, H. A. 396 

Billings. Jesse P. 141 

Billings, John S. 43 

Bixby, Jacob S. 684 



HICAL INDEX. 



Bjorklund, Trior 226 

Blyberg, 0. A. E. .. 696 

Boehl, Joseph 407 

ick E. 303 

Ion ll.iidor 34 

Boen, John E. 506 

Holland. Dick 405 

B [y, Ufred K. 704 

Bondj Knu( \V. 512 

Bonlie, Ole A. O 258 

Bottem, P. O. 985 

Bowman, Charles II. 261 

Andrew 210 

Brandslien, Otto J. 159 

Brandt, Fred C. 876 

Brandvold, Knud H. 136 

on, Brady 887 

Brekkc, Halvor G. 205 

Brendal, Joseph P. 153 

John N. 603 

Samuel N. 637 

Brown, David M. 75 

Brown, Ira J. 536 

Brown, Janus A. 58 

Harry X. 737 

Bryant, Ray 954 

Augustus R. 883 

Burau, Herman 794 

Burgess, Augustus G. 392 

Burlingame, Frederick E. 469 

I 'ana L. 872 

Burton, Willard P. 814 

Buskrud; Ole E. 915 

i halkley M. 233 

Bye, John 263 

C. 

Campbell, George 131 

Carew, Thomas 779 

Carlson, John 793 

I arpenter, Albert C. 315 

apt. Osmer C. 65 

ough, Cornelius G. 888 

ins C. 366 

Christenson, Oh \. 884 

i Jiristianson, Anton 856 

I hristianson, Charles 921 

Christiansen, Jens 276 

-on, Ole 922 

Fn d .1. 837 

ii. I lenry 1 '. ; 

I ole, Hoi M D. 336 

i ollins, Henry J. 45 

Cook, Homer ('. 



Cordes, Henrj 237 

I ord.es, Herman J. 652 

Corliss. Arthur M. .. 53 

Corliss, Eben E. 198 

Cowing, George F. 60 

D. 

Dahl, Andrew ... . 908 

Daiker, Joseph 711 

Dalluge, Allien 139 

Daly. M. J. 284 

Damlo, Christian 665 

Danielson, A. R. 94o 

Danielson. Carl L. 982 

Danielson. Frank W. 462 

Davis. David C. 797 

Davis. James 795 

DePochee, Louis 579 

Dertinger, Michael 910 

Dewey, William B. 7\2 

\ndrew 831 

Dinsmore, John H. 4Q0 

Doll. John 246 

Dolsen. Charles M. 333 

Duberowski. John 262 

Duenow, Herman 949 

Dunker. Frederick 340 

E. 

Ebersviller, Nick 538 

Edholm. Xcls 339 

Eggum, Christian 

■ He « I. 157 

Eichmiller, Michael 

Eklund, Alfred 42o 

Eklund, Charley 302 

Ekstam, Andrew 461 

Ellwanger, Albert 286 

Ellwanger, John 974 

Embertson. Edward C. 804 

Emery, Benjamin G. 435 

Engebretson, Arne 206 

Erckenbrack, Clinton L. 733 

Erickson, Cornelius B. 606 

Erickson, Erik W. 530 

Erickson, Ole 963 

lobn 193 

Erikson, Martin 

Eriksson, 1 eonard 352 

racob 339 

I il lobn . 616 

I ssi .. lobn. M. P 357 

Esterman, Dominii I 159 

Evandcr, Martin 540 



KMiRAIMIICAI. IXDKX. 



Evanson, Ed. K. 971 

Evavold, Alfred K. 1007 

Evavold, Anton B. 284 

Evavold, Isaac K. 1008 

Eveland, Jacob C. 204 

Evenson, Even S. 679 

Evjen, Chris 116 

F 

Fabian, Herman C. 164 

Fabian, William 656 

Farnham, Joseph H. 881 

Femling, Fred A. 485 

Field, Xicolai F. 52 

Field, Xicolai O 123 

Finn, Nathan J. 243 

Fish. Joseph 612 

Fisk, Walter S. 559 

Fiskc, Clinton W. 992 

Fiskum, Jorgen A. 820 

Fjestad, Frank 120 

Floen, Martin E. 708 

Folkedal, Spencer 187 

Foss, Otto C. 418 

Fossen, Ole J. 86 

Frank, A. Albert 610 

Frankberg, Hon. Erick 853 

Frankberg, George W. 59 

Franze. Ole J. 554 

Frautschi, Albert 936 

Frazee, Charles R. 697 

Frazee, Harry F. 702 

Frazee, P. C. 698 

Freeborn, J. A.. Ph. G.. M. D. 640 

Freeman, George F. 422 

Froslee, Michael H. 480 

Froslee. Thorwald H. ^ 528 

Fnrrnes, Otto A. 790 

G 

Gard, George H. 54 

Gast, Minna 140 

Gast, Peter 140 

Geisness, John 235 

Gerhardson, Xels 202 

Gilbertson, Gabriel __ 77? 

Gilbertson, Hans 969 

(■lrn,U. Andrew 489 

Glende, Anton 601 

Goldschmitz, Peter 1003 

Gould, Winfield W. 531 

Granrud, Ed C. 836 

Grass, John 11. 74 

Gray, Frank H. 63 



Green, Dwite R. 354 

Grcenagel, John P. 771 

Greenwood, Milton R. 427 

Grefe, Herman 292 

Grina, Ever ( I <>*7 

Grina, Melvin I. 823 

Grinager, Haavel 155 

Grouws, Frank 769 

Guldseth, Seven H. 916 

Gulleson, Edward 983 

Gunderson, Knut 791 

Gustafson, Andrew 90 

H 

Haagenson, Haagen 349 

Haagenson, Xicolai 809 

Haagenson, Xils 840 

Haarstad, Joseph S. 754 

I I .i.i \ i . John P. 72 

Hagen, Emil 154 

Hagen, ole M. 867 

Haggstrom, John G. 267 

Haglund, John 342 

Haglund, John 44" 

Hall. Hugh H. 594 

Italian. Jonas O. 746 

Halvorsen, Martin O. 495 

Halvorson. Louis 203 

Halvorson, Stillman 471 

Halverson, Taylor R. 802 

Hanecam, John 346 

Hannah, Robert 67 

Hansel, Christ J. 562 

Hansel. Christian A. 523 

Hansen. Fred 818 

Hansen, Knud C. 272 

Hansen. Knut 891 

Hansen, Peter 828 

Hansen, Stengrim 168 

Hanson, Andrew 740 

Hanson, Andrew 990 

Hanson, Carl 914 

Hanson, Charles 929 

Hanson, F.J 965 

Hanson, Gustav 249 

Hanson, Hans C. 228 

lla.i-..,,, Hans S. 47l) 

Hanson, Hcndrick A. 325 

Hanson, John 635 

Hanson. Lewis 830 

Hanson, Ola K. 718 

Hanson, Ole 730 

Hanson, Ole __ 475 

Peder P. 622 



BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX. 



Harris. Harrison ._.. 

Harris. Willia H. 369 

Hatch. AHs.it C. 91 

Hatling, Jacob O. 186 

i a I ■ Hti i . 390 

i itto M . M I). 69 

Haugen, Amund N. 200 

Haugen, Carl D. 173 

Hauger, St< ffen \ 183 

on, John A. 571 

Hayhurst, < olbert G. 760 

W illard 80S 

Heembrock, Ferdinand 479 

M. 266 

Hegseth, Thorsten P. 171 

Helseth, Ole G. 700 

Toseph B. ■ 613 

Henderson, William J. 253 

Henry, Ole - 500 

431 

Herness, Christian 81 

Ilcxnm, Martin H. 544 

Hexum, Ole M. 131 

Highdale, J. B. 968 

Hilden, Thomas I. 322 

Hilkoske, John 944 

Hille, Hon. Hans T. 44 

Hixson, Daniel W. 624 

Hodgson, Fred E. 56 

Hodgson, Thomas C. 57 

Hcff, Henry G. 242 

Hoffmann, William J. 806 

Peter E. 963 

Petet \". 966 

Holen, Julius 1. ... 657 

M. ,11., t , \ll„ rt 898 

Hoi,,,, Wi.h-rs IT. 802 

Holm, Loth __.. 782 

Holmes, Leander ■ 232 

in ill 

Holt, Nels N. 505 

646 

Honrud, Ole 947 

nomas 394 

sin 

I 879 

in, Herman 

742 

239 

Oli 379 

Hubbard, Solon 942 

783 

129 

Hursh, Jacob M. 



Huse, Nils 527 

i ornelius 912 

Hustad, Nels 589 

I 

Herman G. 398 

[ngalls, William E. 706 

Gustaf S. 391 

Tnman. Everett E. 1006 

Ireland, Philip ?. 848 

\nilrew 244 

Isakson, Oiaf 365 

Iverson, Iver 158 

J 

i cob \dolph 903 

Jacobs, Francis R. /43 

Jacobson, I ». P. B. 33 

Jacobson, Rudolph 792 

III, n. Theodore 747 

I, -*,n 104 

Janke, William 619 

Jenal, Edward L. 274 

Jensen. Hans 902 

Jensen. Hans P. 99 

Jensen. Jens P. 98 

Jensen, Jorgen 854 

Jensen. Julius 355 

Jenson, Ludvig 973 

Jewett, Eugene A. 50 

Jezewski, William 905 

Johanesen, Christian 279 

Johnsen, Andrew 358 

Johnson, Amund 190 

Johns, n. Andrew P. 765 

Johnson. Carl J. 865 

Inlmsoii. Christian 401 

Johns, ,n. David 597 

Tohnson Edward 420 

Johnson, Emanuel M. 343 

Johnson. Ever 986 

Jerry F. 778 

John A. 604 

Johns, m, John C. 

Johnson, John H. 0( 

Johnson, John M. 194 

Johnson, John N. 735 

rohnson, John O. 723 

Johnson, Jonas G. 543 

rohnson, Leonard 293 

iohnson, Ole 35m 

Johnson. Olof 397 

Johnson, Oscar > ;: 

617 



BUHIKAI'IIICAI. INDEX. 



Johnson, Swan : 45(1 

Johnson, Thomas K. 800 

Johnson, Torger 762 

Jones, Henry W. 722 

Jorgensen, Christian 166 

Jorud, Hans L. 895 

Jorud, Thorvald L. 248 

Joslin, Charles S. 387 

Jung, Jacob 247 

K 

Kaddatz, Charles W. 400 

Kallerman, John S. 217 

Kapler, George R. 383 

Kaufmann, Anton 739 

Kempf, William H. 807 

Kendall, William H. 807 

Kirkvold, Christ E. 896 

Kittelson, Christ 887 

Kitts, Alexander 924 

Kjcr, John 122 

Klein, M. B. 663 

Klimp, Edward 356 

Kluenenberg, Bernard 987 

Klug, Carl 555 

Knott, Peter M. 751 

Knudsen, Albert 498 

Knudson, Christian C. 189 

Knudson, Xels A. 514 

Knutson, Albert R. 363 

Knutson, John 788 

Knutson, Martin 869 

Kopperud, Anton 549 

Kopperud, Karl J. 409 

Korth, Albert 998 

Krause, Arthur A. 951 

Krekelberg, John H. 582 

Krogstad, John E. 956 

Kron, Ole 517 

Kronemann, M. C. 736 

C i ii. i. Herman 925 

Krueger, William C. 259 

Kni.hr, Charlie 727 

Kvernstoen, Engebret L. 270 

Kvilekval. Thorbjorn H. 575 



adwig, W. F, 558 

amson, Edward S. 928 

angen, Ole T. 552 

angm Lowell t. 85 

.angren, Minis O. 978 

angsjoen, Wis 707 

angvick, F. II. 940 



Larson, Albert 88 

Larson, Andrew 376 

Larson, Ed E. 893 

Larson, Gunerius 862 

Larson, Hans 580 

Larson, Hans O. 121 

Larson, Herman 488 

Larson, Jacob 551 

Larson, John H. 510 

Larson, Mr. and Mrs. Louis P 710 

Larson, Mrs. Martha (Hilden) 375 

Larson, Ole 764 

Larson, Oscar F. 111 

Car-., hi. Thomas 101 

Laugen, Peter G. 454 

Lauritzen, John 666 

Lausten, Kasper 80S 

Leach, William J. 368 

Lehmann, John B. 880 

Lein, Casper 215 

Lein, Olaf 958 

Lein, 1'eter 126 

Leonard, Melvin 705 

Levorsen, Levor A. 55 

Levring, Andrew 566 

Lieder, John C. 460 

Lien, John 344 

Lien. Peder 504 

Lien. Tobias S. 16S 

Ligaard, Halvor P. 170 

Line. dn. William 192 

Lind. Andrew 745 

Lindall. Peter 713 

l.inder, Peter __ 341 

Lindquist, Gustaf A. 176 

Ling, Eric P. 693 

Lohmeier, Lewis 138 

Loken, John H. 89 

1.,. ken, Peter 726 

Long, Michael 509 

Loop, Leeman 574 

Lotterer. Casper W. 440 

Luebbermann, Ernst 621 

Lueders, Fritz 379 

Luhning, Henry D. 490 

Luhning, Wilhelm 451 

Lund, Andrew T. 842 

1 u.i.l. Edward T. 520 

Lund, Charles A. 113 

Lund, T\-man A. 486 

Lundberg, Claes A. 265 

Lundin, John P. 907 

Lyksett, Ole 255 

I. nob 150 



BIUCK M'HICAI. INDEX. 



I yng, John, M. D. _. 197 

He .1. 179 

Mc 

Hon. William H. 52 

McFarlane, Edmund 588 

McMahon, M. T. 924 

M 
Madsen, Hans 176 

M ( >. 487 

Majava, John P. 602 

Maki. Isaac K. 581 

Malmgren, Alfred 917 

Maneval, Edwin C. 329 

Mann. Charles H. 1005 

Manske, Charles 568 

Marckel. Amos 289 

Martinson. Martin K. 238 

Martins. hi. Otto 557 

Matala. Charles A. 664 

Mathews, Burton H. 406 

Mathiason. Even 202 

Matson, Per Gustav 283 

\i a tf d, John 633 

Matthews. J. V. 130 

Mattson, Bernhard 855 

Maurin, Henry 934 

Maurin. John 844 

Maurin, Marcus P. 790 

Geo i \. 515 

Meland, Rev. Andrew 709 

Mclby, Johan A. 273 

Menge, Gottlieb 362 

Me./, Karl 503 

! \ndrias 731 

M« i r, Peter F. 1004 

Meyer, August W. 474 

Miller. August 899 

Miller, Carl . 145 

Miller. George II. 446 

Miller. Henry 767 

i Pi tei I 142 

der V 446 

Moen, < hristian J. 682 

ilberl 466 

■ 341 

els T. 208 

Moklev, Martin - 326 

Moklev, Thorsten S. 586 

Monson, Arm 317 

441 

Moody, Rev. James 128 

trick (08 



I els 980 

Morrow, William ?33 

Mortensen, Nels J. 134 

Mortenson, Martin 829 

tfo Oliver E. 493 

Murdock, II. J. 981 

Murdock, John 975 

Murk, Andrew G. 291 

Murray, John E. 565 

Myhre, Helmer 

N 

Nattestad, Christen 546 

Nelsen, I Ian- S. 

Nelson, Adin ... S2 

Nelson, Vnton E. 156 

Nelson, Arthur W. 567 

655 

Nelson, Eddie X. 776 

Nelson, Erick E. 154 

Nelson, Frank 463 

Nelson, Hans 445 

Nelson, Henry P. 213 

Nelson, J. Emil 561 

Nelson, Jens 377 

Nelson, Jens 251 

lohn G. 

Nelson, John P. 870 

Ni Ison, John \\ . 434 

Nelson, Jonas 525 

Nelson, Martin T. 84 

Nelson, X. P. R. F.22 

Nelson, Xels 920 

Nelson, Nels 404 

Nelson, Nels M. 382 

Nelson, Nels W. 703 

Nelson, Nils II. 323 

Xrls,,,,. ( 0e I . . 95 

Nelson, Ole P. 777 

Nelson, Wilson I 920 

Nesbitt, Janus 547 

Ness, Ole P. 798 

Nessa, John J. 716 

Nesvold, Hans 786 

Newmann, Erwin F. 162 

■■ i< holsor, I C. 789 

Niebets, Jacob 608 

i >tto 868 

Nilsson, Vlfred 541 

Nodsle, ' He II. 332 

Nordin, John - 

Xorclmarken. Oscar 312 

\n,lers J. ._ 294 

Nordgaard, John 259 



IUCRAPHICAL IMH X. 



Norgrcn, John 223 

Nygaard, Ole 626 

Xyhus, Ole T. 117 

Nylund, Felix 230 

O 

Oak, Otto J. 328 

Oisen, Lars P. 537 

Olson, Alvin 893 

Olson. Andrew B. 896 

Olson, Andrew C. 149 

Olson, Anton J. 763 

Olson, C. E. 330 

Olson. Carl E. 952 

Olson, Charles O. 989 

Olson, Hans O. 676 

Olson. Hans P. 424 

Olson, Henry 107 

Olson. John 353 

Olson, John H. 890 

Olson, John L. 873 

Olson, Joseph 521 

Olson, Kittel 545 

Olson, Knut 961 

Olson, Lars 307 

Olson. Louis C. 103 

Olson, Oliver 448 

Olson, Simon 889 

Olson, Torkel 913 

Oman. William I. 414 

Onsum, Lars L. 181 

Otte, Joseph A. 212 

Otto. Henry C. D., M. D 550 

Ovri, Rev. Ellend J 699 

P 

Page, Hon. Henry G. 39 

f'arks, Edward 251 

Parson. Xels 781 

Parsons. Judge William L. 49 

Pary, Olof 219 

Paulsen, Axel S. 650 

Paulson. Charles 334 

Paulson, Haagen 900 

Peck, Edward A.. Jr. 347 

Pederson, Carl K. 691 

Pederson, Gilbert K. 874 

Pederson, Ole 630 

Pederson, Peter K. 472 

Pederson, Syvrin 886 

Peppling, Charles 252 

Perdue, Charles II. si; 

Perkins, Steve L. 573 

Perkins, William R. 590 



Person, William 721 

Persons. John 311 

Peters, Ferdinand 647 

Petersen, Peter 785 

Peterson, Andrew 191 

Peterson, Andrew A. 297 

Peterson, August 908 

Peterson, Charles A. 671 

Peterson, Charles G. 999 

Peterson. Daniel A. 502 

Peterson, John 945 

Peterson, John A. 918 

Peterson, John A. 734 

Peterson, John A. 419 

Peterson, John W. 78 

Peterson, Leonard 161 

Peterson, Ole S97 

Peterson, Olof 508 

Petrie, Adison 395 

Petterson. Andrew A. 391 

Phelps, Ray 634 

Pickit, Horace 77 

Pickit. Justus 132 

Pierce, Amasa J. 411 

Pilger; Ludwig 689 

Plowman, Henry 643- 

Post. John P. 595 

Poulson, George A. 654 

Prentice, Frederick 874 

Prichett, Harry S.. D. D. S. 439 

Proehl, Herman A„ D. D. S. 570 

Putnam. Frank S. 748 

Putnam. Herbert A. 556 

Q 
Quam, Andrew O. 688 

R 

Rakstad, Gilbert N. 598 

Ranger, John M. 701 

Ranstad. Thomas A. 110 

Rauch, Rev. George J. 112 

Rector, Sheldon M. 644 

Reierson, Gunder 185 

Restad, Alfred P. 631 

Revering, Vugust F. 591 

Reynolds, Perry 878 

Rieman, John G. 548 

Riley, Lewis 1.. __ 61 

Rindal, Mikkel 605 

R'fsbrudt, E. T. 152 

Kisl.ru.lt. Ellef hi. 4<>3 

Kisl.ru.lt. Torkel F. 268 

Ris'tad, Rev. Ditlef G. 



BIOGRAPniCAL INDEX. 



I I . 939 

Robertson, Henrj O. 677 

rgi W. 670 

iristian 484 

Rolandson, Ole 756 

ars ' ). 271 

n, < >laf 639 

Ronningen, Syver O. 738 

Rosenquist, Alfred B. 518 

Martin 92 

Rovang, Nels X. 214 

i lavid L. 300 

ouis 444 

Rude, Ole M. 269 

Rudh, Edward J. 384 

Rulland, Ever O. 169 

l.u-ob 667 

Ryg, Carl L. 915 

S 

Sabbin, John 927 

llon. Ole O. 600 

Salomonsen, F. E. 694 

Sams. in. Magna 932 

Saunders, Frank B. 834 

Sayer, John 877 

Schachtschneider, Otto E. 100 

Schaut, Rev. A. J. 800 

Scheer, I harles 787 

-.1 fohannes P. 492 

01: ! 87 

Schmidt. August 225 

Schmidt, Gustav 

Schmidt, Henrj 282 

Schmidt. L. II. D. 282 

Vdolph 370 

Schoening, Carl O. 750 

. William F. 752 

fohn H2 

Schultz, II. A. 851 

Schwanlz, Julius E. 638 

rcdricl 946 

758 

n 871 

962 

rohn J. 172 

Sethre, I hristian P. II 
180 

Inlius ________ 821 

man 

"i, I. ouis . _ 984 

343 

Shaw. Darius X. . 770 



Shea, James II. 359 

Shea, Martin 442 

Shearer, John 943 

SI, el, Ion. George W. 496 

I Mai I'h., M. D 144 

Shirley. Julius 885 

143 

Siebels, Henry E. 563 

491 

on, Simon 319 

280 

- ret Edward 399 

Sjord il, : odor, 673 

I - 882 

ert C. 753 

Skoglund, Xils J. 275 

Skrove, Sigurd M. 35 

Sletner, Bernhard A. 507 

Slettede, Ole J. 464 

Smith, Ellsworth W. 825 

Smith. Eric 174 

Smith. George W. 827 

Smith. William F. 361 

Smith. Willis A. 918 

Solum. Andrew O. 759 

Solum. (»le L. 658 

Sommerness, Ole M. 38S 

Sonmor, Knul V — . „___ 264 

Si ver C. 501 

Sorkness, Colben M. 335 

Spies, Mrs. Emilie 452 

Martin H. _. 906 

Bernhard 

Sti rohn 950 

Stench r. Charles 623 

• . Knute 188 

Stenstn im, I .aw rence P. 

Stillman, Alphus 741 

inton R. 632 

__' 372 

227 

\. 182 

224 

Strand, Thomas 636 

I rank II. 127 

560 

Strommen, Gilbert T. 592 

Stubskind, Ole O. 661 

Ufred W. 938 

M rs. Vugusta I Nordbi 
' J. 218 

hn O. 211 

375 



ISl'K.RAl'lIICAL INDEX. 



Swanson, Andrew 184 

Swanson, John W. 434 

Swanson, S. A. i 124 

Swenson, Ole 151 

Syverson, Sigurd A. 1002 

T 

Tanglen, William 277 

Taylor, John L. 948 

Tennant, David A. 51 

Tenter, Henry 669 

Tenter, William '_ 894 

Thomas. W. E. 287 

Thompson, Anton 288 

Thompson, Edward 724 

Thompson, Esten 137 

Thompson, Jacob 858 

Thompson, John B. 240 

Thompson, John T. 803 

Thorstonson, Carl 970 

Thurnshelle, Ole 172 

Thygesen, Niels 832 

Tollefson, Torger 425 

Tomhave, Albert C. 911 

Tomhave, George E. 519 

Tomhave, Henry 135 

Tomhave, John J. 381 

Tommeraas, Lars O. 254 

Torgersen, John S. 245 

Torgerson, Jens 456 

Torgerson, Onon 201 

Torkelson, Ole 651 

Tostenson, Tosten 960 

Trana. Anton B. 118 

Trautner, George 321 

Trenne, August 207 

Trenne, William 207 

Tucker, Abner S. 977 

Tullis, David 877 

Tvedte, Thomas J. 953 

Tweten, Andrew 305 

U 

Ulsaker, Bjorn 522 

Umland, Otto 717 

Utne, Christian O. 83 

V 

Vaglo, John M. 468 

Van Antwerp, Edward 923 

Vargason, Orrin H. 308 

Veden, Andy 296 

Vidness, Ole O. 468 

Vigen, Andrew T. 364 



Vigen, Jorgen G„ M. D. 304 

Vinje, Olaf A. 799 

Vogel, Frank J 728 

Vogel, Frederick 668 

W 

Wagstrom, Andrew 473 

Walbridge, J. Howard 250 

Wallace, James P. 720 

Wallace, John 875 

Walseth, Carl L. 913 

Walstead, Theodore 410 

Walz, Michael 274 

Wangerin, Richard 819 

Webber, Edward J. 160 

Webber. Herbert E. 83 

Weber, Fred L. 438 

Welch, George O., M. D. 68 

Welch, J. H. 607 

Wemstrom, Carl G. 310 

Wendt, Edward 678 

West, Walter 870 

Westover, William E. 403 

Wetmur, Amos H. 429 

Wheelock, Harry M. 64 

Whitson, Albert G. 125 

Whittaker, Frank X., D. D. S. 70 

Wicklund, Andrew A. 620 

Wiese, Albert 690 

Wilkinson, Kleber B. 642 

Will, John C. 526 

Wilshusen, Henry 443 

Wilson, Nils 692 

Wilson, Oscar F. 482 

Windsor, Walter B. 76 

Winter, Ernest F. 511 

Winther, Henry A. 73 

Wischnak, Ferdinand 749 

Wold, John J. 299 

Wold, William O. 436 

Wolleat, George F. 996 

Woodhall. William A. 576 

Worden, Harrison 1000 

Wright, Chark-s D. 48 

Wright. Charles J. 672 

Wright. Charles R., Sr. 680 

Wright. Charles R. 672 

Wright, George B. 36 

Wright, William 584 

Wright. Zeba 337 

Wutamaki, John 662 

Wyatt, John K. 415 

Wynn. Ceorge B. 614 



B R \!"lk\\l. INDEX. 

Y Z 

Young, Benjamin F. ._ 306 Zilliox, Frederick 846 

Oscar 290 Zimmer, William 744 

. Charles 163 Zuehlke, Ferdinand 465 




(). P. li. .1 \< IOBSON 



BIOGRAPHICAL 



O. P. B. JACOBSON. 

O. P. B. Jacobson, of Fergus Falls. Otter Tail county, was born in 
Fredriksvarn, Norway, July 2, 1857. He received his schooling at Sande- 
fjord, where his parents moved when he was three years old. After gradu- 
ating from school, at the age of fifteen, he went to sea as apprentice in a 
sailing ship. Four years later he graduated from Christiana Navigation 
Board and got his captain's certificate. After several years of traveling 
around the world, he came to New York, where he was offered a position 
at Castle Garden. From there he went to Fergus Falls, Minnesota. At 
that time it was a growing town. Mr. Jacobson describes Fergus Falls as 
"a booming Western town" and he soon enrolled himself in the ranks as 
clerk in a general store. After several years in the store, he went on the 
road for a wholesale grocery house and afterwards he was traveling repre- 
sentative for the McCormick Harvester Company. His territory was very 
extensive and the large acquaintanceship which resulted, aided by his knowl- 
edge of grain growing and handling, was to serve him well later in his varied 
career. In 1909 he organized a company that bought the old and well- 
known Norwegian paper, Fergus Falls Ugcblad, of which he became the 
editor and manager. Like his other lines of endeavor, the Ugcblad was 
soon a success under Mr. Jacobson's management. In 191 1 he retired from 
active management of the paper, but became its president. He accepted an 
appointment as a member of the board of grain appeals, tendered to him 
by Governor Eberhart. Three years later, a vacancy occurring in the state 
railroad and warehouse commission by reason of the resignation of C. F. 
Staples, Governor Eberhart named Mr. Jacobson for this place. In 19 14 
he was a candidate to succeed himself and was nominated and elected by 
an overwhelming majority. In recognition of his thorough knowledge of 
small grains, which are a feature of the agricultural resources of the state, 
he has continued to look after that part of the business that conies under the 
commission. The employees of this department pass on every bushel of 
grain raised in Minnesota and adjoining states and establish grades as fixed 
by the appeal board, and is known in everv market in the world. 
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Mr. [acobson was married in the fall of [885 to Miss Gertrude M. 
Olson, from Brooklyn, New York. They have had a family of six children, 
three of whom arc still alive. 



HON. HALDOR BOEN. 



The late Eialdor Boen, who was a member of ( ongress from the 
state of Minnesota during the early nineties and who during his life was 
prominent in the civic and political life of this county as well as for many 
years a prominent newspaper owner and publisher, was horn in Sondre 
Anrdal. Valders, Norway, on January 1. 1850, and died on July 20, [912, 
at Aurdal, Otter Tail county, .Minnesota. 

In [868, in company with his two brothers, Andrew 1*'.. and Erick 
E., Haldnr Boen emmigrated to the United States and a little later set- 
tled at Grand Meadow, .Mower county, Minnesota. There they remained 
with relatives for a short time, when Haldor went to St. (loud and where 
he pursued a course in the State Normal school. In 1871 he came to 
Aurdal, Otter Tail County, and entered a tract of state land, comprising 
eighty acres. His brother took eighty acres and he built a log house and 
broke up some of the land. When he was twenty-four years old Mr. Boen 
was married to Margaret Brekke and, immediately after their marriage, they 
removed to the homestead which he had previously bought. They remained 
there until 1888, when they removed to Fergus Falls. 

Shortly after removing to Fergus Falls, Mr. Boen purchased a com- 
fortable home on North Union avenue. He served as clerk in the office 
of the register of deeds at Fergus Falls and was also a clerk in one of 
the legislative sessions of the eighties, or before he moved to Fergus halls. 
In [887 he was elected register of deeds of Otter Tail county, succeeding 
( ic< irge \\ Bo) ington. 

Mr. Boen assisted in organizing the Fa 
became its secretary, holding the position fo 
at that time was coming into prominence all 
The \lliance finally decided to enter into pol 
party. A big landslide occurred in [889, at whicl 
swept everything before it in this part of the state, and when Kittel Halvor- 

son was elected to ' ongress, Mr. Boen being our of his prominent sup- 
porters and managers. Mr. Halvorson served two years in Congress and 
in the fall of [892 Mr. Boen was nominated and elected to Congress as 
Mr. Eialvorson's successor. The prestige of Populistism at this time receded 
and two years later, in [894, Mr. I'.oen was defeated by Frank M. Eddy 
for re-election. Afterward Mr. Boen returned to Fergus Falls and pur- 
chased the Fergus Globe, which he edited for a number of years or until 





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failing health compelled him to relinquish the editorial chair, at which time 
the Globe suspended publication. 

Air. and Mrs. Boen had nine children, six of whom are living, namely: 
Sophia M., Theodora A., Harold, Alvin, Errick and Erwin. Sophia M. 
is now Mrs. Jacob Oualle and lives near Brooten, Stearns county, and they 
have two sisters. Theodora A. married Ira Wall, a jeweler, and lives at 
Washburn. North Dakota, and they have two sons. Harold married Mar- 
garet Plowman, and they Live in Wadena. Alvine, Erick and Erwin live at 
home with their mother. Mrs. Boen, whose maiden name was Margaret 
Brekke, was born in Tellamaken, Norway, and in 1861 came to America 
with her father, who was a farmer. The family made the trip to America 
by way of Quebec. Canada. Subsequently, they settled in Dane county, 
Minnesota, and lived near Liberty Prairie for twelve years. In 1873 tne 
family came to Otter Tail county, and settled in Aurdal township, where they 
homesteaded land and where the father and mother lived until their death, 
Airs. Boen's father died at the age of eighty-seven and her mother at the 
age of ninety-three. They were the parents of twelve children, seven of 
whom are living. 

Haldor Boen had a conspicuous part in the political history of this 
section of the state during his day and generation. He worthily discharged 
all his duties both public and private, which fell to his lot. He was a mem- 
ber of the Odd Fellows. 1148894 

SIGURD M. SKROVE. 

Successful farmer and stock raiser, public spirited citizen, man of 
public office and leader in the affairs of local life, Sigurd M. Skrove is one 
without whose record and a review of whose life this volume would be 
incomplete. Sigurd M. Skrove was born in Norway, on April 22, 1867, 
the son of Martin E. and Martha (Skrove) Skrove, who were natives of 
Norway, in which county they lived until the year 1882, when they came 
to America. Martin E. Skrove is the son of Elling and Sigrid (Kulstad) 
Larson, who were born in Norway, where Sigrid Larson lived until her 
death in the year i860, while Elling Larson came to America and lived 
with a son, dying in the year 1897. Martha Skrove is the daughter of 
Jonas T. and Martha (Hallan) Skrove, who were farmers in their native 
land of Norway, in which county they lived their entire lives. 

On reaching America, Martin E. and Martha Skrove came to the 
state of Minnesota and located at Fergus balls. Otter Tail county, where 
they lived for a time, after which Martin Skrove rented a farm in Douglas 
county. Minnesota, living there for three years and then moved to Wilkin 



36 0TTEH TAIL COl MV. MINNESOTA. 

county, Minnesota, at which place he homesteaded a farm of one hundred 
and sixty acres of land, where he now lives, having in the meantime accumu- 
lated about three hundred acres of land, all of which is well improved and 
highly cultivated. Martin E. and Martha Skrove are the parents ol -1 
children. Sigurd, .Martha, Eline, Ida, Soren and Martin. In church affilia- 
tion Martin Skrove and his wife are members of the Norwegian Lutheran 
church. 

Sigurd Skrove was educated in the public schools or Norway and for 
about three months in the common schools of Douglas count}-. Minnesota, 
after which he tuck up a homestead, during the year 1888, in Wilkin county. 
Minnesota, where he engaged in general farming and in the digging of well- 
in the community, until the year 1893, and then he moved to Tumuli town- 
ship, east of the town of Dalton, in Otter Tail county, where he purchased 
two hundred and fifteen acres of land, which he improved with a remodeled 
house and by the addition of modern equipment, where he now engages 
in general fanning and in the breeding of purebred Holstein cattle and 
Duroc-Jersey hogs. 

During the year 1893, Sigurd Skrove was married to Oline Margaret 
Dahl, who was born in Winneshiek county, Iowa, the daughter of B. C. and 
Anna (Vick) Dahl, both of whom were natives of Norway, who came to 
America and settled in Otter Tail county, Minnesota, where they homesteaded 
a farm in Tumuli township, after a short residence in Winneshiek county, 
Iowa. 

To the marriage of Sigurd and Olnie Skrove were born the following 
children, Martha, Berten, Neola, Sanford and Milda. Sigurd Skrove and 
his family are interested and faithful members of the Norwegian Lutheran 
church at Dalton. 

In public life and in official circles. Sigurd Skrove is prominently con- 
nected, he now serving the community as justice of the peace, and also as 
treasurer of the school district. For ten years this worthy citizen held 
the office of township treasurer and in this office, as with all other public 
measures or projects. Sigurd Skrove served well and with notable efficiency. 



GE< )RGE BURDICK WRIGHT. 

George Burdick Wright, known during his lifetime as the first import- 
ant figure in the early settlement of Fergus Falls, wa- a native of Williston, 
Vermont, where he was born in 1835, the youngest son of Brigham and 
Urania ( Murray) Wright. lie received his academic education 111 his native 
state and was. by profession, a surveyor or civil engineer, having been 
actively engaged in that profession until r86p. lie located a quarter of a 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 37 

section of land, where the city of Fergus Falls now stands, on the north 
side of the river, in 1867, U1 company with R. J. Mendenhall, of Minne- 
apolis. 

These gentlemen formed a partnership and sent a crew of men to 
their place under the supervision of Henry Dow, who arrived on the site 
of Fergus Falls, August 19, 1870. At once they commenced the construc- 
tion of a dam across the Red river. They also commenced the erection of 
a saw-mill and the next spring built an addition and put in one run of stone 
for the manufacture of flour. They platted two hundred acres of land on 
the north side of the river, Mr. Wright having secured forty acres in addi- 
tion to his former one hundred and sixty. On the south side Of the river, 
they platted one hundred and sixty acres of land and commenced building 
and improving, this work having been the beginning of the town of Fergus 
Falls. In 1870 and 1871 they sent a crew of men into the pine timber in 
the region of what is now the town of Corliss and in the spring of 1871, 
they rafted the logs down the river and had them cut in their saw-mill in 
Fergus Falls. Mr. Wright became the sole owner of the unsold interest of 
Mr. Mendenhall in 1879 and, after that time devoted his entire time and all 
of the money he could command to the building up and improving of the 
town. 

In 1 88 1 Mr. Wright built what is known as the "Beehive" for a manu- 
factory. He was a man of remarkable energy, just such a man as was 
needed for the trying times of the early settlement of Fergus Falls and 
vicinity. He had the faculty of seeing ahead clearly and his conclusions 
rarely were known to be erroneous. He firmly believed the town, in whose 
interests he was working, would some time become an important city, but 
he was destined not to live to see the full fruition of his efforts. His death 
occurred on April 29, 1882, while he was still in the prime of life, lieing 
then only forty-seven years old. 

In i860, George B. Wright married Serena Ames, the adopted daugh- 
ter of Rev. Charles G. Ames, a distinguished Unitarian clergyman. Mrs. 
Wright, who is remembered by all her friends for her beautiful character, 
died in Minneapolis in March, 180S, leaving two young children, Mary and 
Vernon, the former of whom died in Wilmington, Delaware, in [881, and 
in February, 1X70. Mr. Wright married, secondly. Mrs. Carrie A. W'hit- 
conib, of California, who brought to their home in Minneapolis, two chil- 
dren of ages corresponding to those of the children of Mr. Wright 

Mr. Wright's early life, his wonderful business qualifications and 
tlic pride lie took in the city, of which he was the founder, have been 
described in the following words of his intimate friend, W. V Croffut: 
"But scant justice has been done in the published sketches of George B. 



38 OTTER I 'All COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

Wright to qualities and abilities which made him known to a public beyond 
the circle of his acquaintances; or to the gifts which he displayed to the 

infinite amusement of his friends. In a word. .Mr. Wright was an exceed- 
ingly clever man. with a full appreciation of the deliciously ludicrous; a 
faculty for molding into form those clever conceits which most Americans 
like to read, and the power to think deeply and well, and to express his 
thoughts with very pungent English. Thousands of people who never 
knew the genial man read the emanations of his pen. which he did not 
hesitate to father, and the large number of contributions which he made 
under a nom de plume. 

"A large part of these emanations of his pen have been preserved in 
two scrap-books, which the Pioneer Press of St. Paul has obtained from 
the family for reminiscent reproductions. In the second scrap-book much 
is preserved that he wrote after 1875. Probably nothing was ever done 
that called Fergus Falls into more public notice than a series of humorous 
advertisements which he published. He made them so eccentric that people- 
looked for the periodical changes in them. It was his persistence in causing 
the phrase, "the coming city of the Northwest," to be linked with Fergus 
Falls, which has undoubtedly joined the name of this city with that phrase 
for all time. These advertisements were usually headed. 'George B. Wright's 
Remarks,' and the character of them may be judged from a few specimens 
such as the following: 

"Land! Land!! Land!!! Land!!!! 

Mold and loam and clay and sand. 

The very ground on which we stand. 

(To get it, how we've starved and planned)! 

Broad landscape, rivers, mountains grand; 

White fields by blizzards gently fanned. 

Brown lawns by torrid blazes tanned; 

Dry dirt marked out — prospected — panned. 

"There's not a thing at man's command, 

Xot even greenbacks, cash in hand. 

Is really real-estate, but land. 

Other wrecked crafts may strew the strand; 

'fhe tiller of the s,iil will stand 

Peerless; and none with failure brand 

fhe honesl hauler of the sand. 

"Bui Mr Wright did not write simpl) nonsense, tar from it. Some of 
his best renditions were upon election reforms and university rules, of 
which latter theory he was one .if the principal advocates and put the 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 39 

elements of the cause into such pungent and impressive English that they 
attracted attention widely ; were commented upon and quoted by the metro- 
politan press, and provoked general discussion. 

"Very many people in Minneapolis and throughout Minnesota will 
treasure memories of the man and none more than those who possessed 
his intimate friendship and acquaintance." 



HOX. HENRY G. PAGE. 

The late Henry G. 1'age, who for forty years was one of the most 
respected and prominent citizens of Fergus Falls, was a native of Sand- 
wich, New Hampshire, born on March y. 1832. 

The Pages were an old family in New Hampshire, Henry G. Page's 
grandfather, David C. Page, having resided there and his great-grand- 
father, Joseph Page, also was horn in that state. In 1855 Hon. George 
Page, the father of Henry G. Page, after serving in the New Hampshire 
Legislature and being otherwise honored in his own state, decided to join 
the Western movement and come West with his family. He settled in Car- 
roll county, Illinois. There were hut two children in the family and Plenry 
G. Page's only sister died while quite young. Mr. Page's mother died in 
1865 and his father in 1867, and he practically was without relatives all 
the later years of his life, there being no kinsfolk nearer than a cousin. 

Before coming West, Henry E. Page attended an academy in his native 
county and the Northfield Seminary, in Merrimac county, New Hampshire, 
after which he returned to the farm. Notwithstanding all his other lines 
of business, he always loved farming and stock raising and found much 
pleasure in it. In 1867 Mr. Page married Alice Humphrey, who was born 
in Lewis county. Xew York, the daughter of Horace and Joanna (Stiles) 
Humphreys, the former of whom was a merchant and farmer. There were 
four children in the Humphrey family, three of whom are still living, Mrs. 
Page, Mrs. Emilo Hagey. of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and C. H Humphrey, 
of Fenton, Iowa. 

To Henry E. and Alice (Humphrey) Page was born one son, Henry 
G., who is living in Pelican Rapids, this county, where he is engaged in Un- 
real-estate business. He married Ruth Kinney and they have three chil- 
dren, Henry George. Marian and Rebecca. 

In 1867, the elder Henry G. Page engaged in the banking business at 
Lanark, Illinois, with his brother-in-law. Mr. VanVechten, and dealt more 
or less in live stock. In 1S70. his health failing, he went to Minneapolis, 
seeking the benefit of the Minnesota climate, expecting to return in the 
fall of the year; but he gained so much in Minnesota that he decided to 



4<3 OTTER T.VM COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

remain. He became interested in this section of the state through George 
B. Wright and in 1S70 personally investigated the region about Fergus 
Falls. He arrived at the river just as Mr. Buse was finishing the pontoon 
bridge at Union avenue, in "the coming city of the Northwest," and he 
was the rirst to drive across that causeway. 

There was practically nothing here at that time even to mark an out- 
post of civilization, Hut he bought more or less land in this section, including 
the farm where the electric light dam at Fergus Falls is now located. In 
1872 he personally located in Fergus Falls and organized the First National 
Hank, James Compton being cashier, while Mr. Page was the president 
He was a man full of energy and he at once set about doing other things. 
He bought the power, now known as the Red river mill-power, of Wright 
and Mendenhall ami, with 1\. 11. Scott, built the first flour-mill in Fergus 
Falls. Later on Mr. Scott retired and, through James J. Hill, who was 
building the railroad through here, Andrew ( I. Todd became interested in 
the milling business with Mr. Page. Then began that period of Scottish 
activity which caused Fergus Falls to move at a rapid pace, culminating in 
the building of the Grand hotel and the big boom of 1882 and 1883. The 
ideas of his associates were a little too rapid for Mr. Rage and he sold out 
his interest in that mill ami built the mill known as the Big A or Cable 
mill, because it was run by cable power, which was the common method of 
power distribution in the early days of Fergus halls. The Red river mill 
failed, but the table mill proved a big success under Mr. Page's careful 
management. At that time it was thought Fergus Falls would he a second 
Minneapolis and become a great milling center, as it had both the power 
and the wheat. Mr. Page was full of energy and enthusiasm for the city 
and he joined heartily in the movement to build it up. In [882 he Started 
to build the dam which is now owned by the city, preparatory to building 
a big mill. It was this step which resulted in wiping out his entire fortune 
and ended SO disastrousl) to all concerned. 

Mr. Page said, in his quiet way, that he was worth at least one hun- 
dred and fifty thousand dollars when he started on tin- enterprise, lie 
had the choicest investments around here. He controlled the table mill. 
he was interested in the First National Bank, and had bought control of 
and became president of the Fergus Falls National Bank, he owned the 
Schacht comer ami had fifteen hundred acre- of land near the city, besides 
a large .-1111011111 of other propert) The dam cost far more than its pro- 
motel expected. The mill with a capacity of six hundred barrel- and the 
elevator and the rest of the plant ran above the estimated cost of construc- 
tion From tin- very outsel the mill had a series of disastrous years. < Inly 
thai the big mill was operated by the Page Milling Company did 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 4 1 

it show a profit, as it was impossible to get much wheat from farmers, on 
account of the location, the grain having to be ground in transit and switched 
from the Great Northern. The Northern Pacific had not extended verj fai 
West at that time. The river went down and there was a series of years 
with low water, during which the proprietors were forced to run the mill 
by steam. The final blow came on a wheat market very similar to that 
of 1909. Wheat was very high. Uuyers of dour held oft waiting for a 
new crop. The mill kept grinding and sending its dour to commission mer- 
chants, hoping for a sale; only to have the market slump. More than fifty 
thousand dollars was lost on the season's milling; it was impossible to hold 
out longer and an assignment was made to C. D. Wright. These years of 
adversity in connection with the big mill brought out all of Air. Page's force 
of character very plainly. There was never any bluster about him, but there- 
was a quiet determination which few men possessed. Fully determined not 
to let the mill fail, he hung to it with a bull-dog tenacity. To maintain 
his credit and meet his obligations, he mortgaged everything, even to the 
part of the homestead, where the casket factory now stands. Following 
the assignment, in 1890, came the hard times of the years preceding the 
panic of 1893 an< ^ me choice properties which he had, and which would have 
helped to pay the obligations, brought practically nothing, compared to 
what they had previously been considered worth. He lost the bank, the 
A mill, his farms, his horses, his fancy cattle; in short, everything was 
swept away and in those hard times, they brought almost nothing to pay 
the debts. In the midst of his financial troubles he was severely injured in a 
runaway accident, but left his bed long before he ought to have done so, 
in order to help straighten out his affairs. While still in the hands of the 
assignee, the big mill, together with the elevator, was destroyed by tire. 
As there was but little insurance, this calamity completed the disaster, and 
the valuable power and dam were sold to the city for almost nothing. Mr. 
Page never fully recovered from the blow resulting from his failure. Though 
he did all in his power to help those who bad lost through his failure, to 
recover what they could, he never got started again himself. 

Henry G. Page was not only prominent in business, but he took an 
active part in politics and public affairs, hi 1S74 be was elected state senator 
from this district in one of the most memorable campaigns ever carried on 
here. At that time this senatorial district included all the territory between 
here and Manitoba and some to the south. The Republican organization, 
which was largely controlled by Hon. F. E. Corliss, nominated Mr. Jorgens, 
who was county auditor. The opposition was based upon a reform move- 
ment, called, as is usually the case in these latter days, the anti-monopoh, 
party, and was directed by J. W. Mason, J, P. Williams. George P>. Wrighl 



4- 1 ! • N TV. MINNESOTA. 

and Mr. Underw 1. then editor of the Journal. Such things as were too 

hot to print in the Journal were put into a sheet called The Vanguard. Hon. 
R. L. Frazee, then living in Becker county, was nominated for representa- 
tive on the ticket with Mr. Page and they were elected. Mr. Page had a 
good majority, and Mr. Frazee's majority was four, while Soren Listoe, 
on the opposing ticket, was elected as one of the representatives. 1 he 
principal issue in those days was to get a railroad for Fergus Falls and 
Mr. Page's work was largely in helping secure legislation winch finally 
resulted in the building of the Fergus Falls division of the St. Paul X- 
Pacific road. Mr. Page was the second mayor of the city "I Fergus Falls, 
serving for two or three terms, lie was a member of the hoard of educa- 
tion for many years. in [884 he was named by his party as a delegate to 
the Republican national convention at Chicago, a convention which finally 
nominated James ( ',. Blaine for the presidency. Mr. I 'age was not a politi- 
cal leader, hut he was always so fair and so willing to do the right thing 
that when factions got into a tight they could always agree on him as a 
compromise candidate. He always had has own views and even after he had 
ceased to he a prominent financial and industrial factor, he newer failed to 
gel out and help when there was an issue between right and wrong. Gover- 
nor Johnson placed him on an important commission to represent Minne- 
sota. 

Henry G. Page was a great lover of horses and the first twenty years 
he was a resident of Otter Tail county, he raised and sold many line driving 
horses, although never favoring racing. Driving and training his horses 
was his favorite recreation and he always had a stable full of the most 
spirited colts in the locality. It was largely this out-of-door life which 
enabled him to maintain his health while carrying on his large business 
affairs, lie was one of the first to raise pure-bred cattle and he did much 
to stimulate the raising of good horses and cattle in this section. Next to 
having his friends lose through his failure, his greatest grief was to have 
to give up his stable horses. 

Mr. Page was a typical New Englander. He was quiet and unostenta- 
tious and always attended strictly to his own business. During the forty 
years he lived here, no one ever heard of his precipitating or being involved 
in any trouble, lie was very retiring and reticent and. while friendly with 
all, he never had any confidential friends. He always kepi his own counsels 
While not called a religious man. no one ever lived a more moral or tem- 
perate life. No better citizen ever lived or died in Fergus halls While 
common consent gives the late George B. Wright first place as builder of the 
city, Henry G. Page was a good second and. had not a seemingly unavoidable 
oine upon him in the very midday of In- activities, he might have 



OTTKR TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 43 

been first. In any event, he lived a good life and Fergus Falls will be for- 
tunate, if, in the future, any of its citizens measure up to the standards of 
Henry G. Page. Air. Page died on June 20, iyoy. 



JOHN S. BILLINGS. 



It is to the credit of Sheriff John S. Billings that after having served 
a period of ten years as sheriff of Otter Tail county, he was recalled to 
that important office in 1909, after a lapse of some eight years, and has 
efficiently filled the office during this second period of tenure. He is popular 
among the people of Otter Tail county because he is a very vigilant officer 
and is possessed of great physical strength and courage. Nevertheless, he 
is very kind and sociable, and has had a most beneficent influence upon 
criminals. He has found that many of them have a good side, and main- of 
the criminals who have been under his care attribute their reformation to 
his counsel and his advice. 

Sheriff Billings is a native of Rutland, Vermont, where he was born 
on March 24, 1852, a son of Leeds and Ann Eliza (Stone) Billings, the 
former of whom was a farmer and a cattle buyer. 

John S. Billings was reared on the home farm in Vermont, and expe- 
rienced the average routine of the boy born and reared in the country. 
When he was eighteen years old, he came West to Minneapolis, Minnesota, 
and for a time worked for his board in Hennepin county. Later he worked 
on the farm of George B. Wright, who at the time, was engaged in the real- 
estate business. Mr. Billings remained with Mr. Wright for about a year 
and then joined George Beardsley, a surveyor, and with him went to Dakota, 
where they remained two seasons. While in Dakota Mr. Billings purchased 
two horses and brought them to Fergus Falls. He again entered the employ 
of Mr. Wright, who had become one of the pioneers of Fergus Falls, and 
who, in fact, then was the proprietor of the town. He continued in the 
employ of Mr. Wright until, in partnership with two other men, he pur- 
chased the lumber yard owned by Mr. Wright. This lumber yard was 
operated in partnership until Mr. Billings was elected sheriff in 1S91. 

After filling the sheriff's office most efficiently for a period of ten years, 
Mr. Billings declined to be a candidate for re-election. After retiring from 
office he engaged extensively in the live-stock business, in which he had 
previously been interested for some time in a small way. Altogether. Mr. 
Billings followed this business for eight years, but in [909 he was again 
elected to the office of sheriff of Otter Tail county, and is now serving his 
fourth term. 

On October 11. [876, John S. Billings was united in marriage to Belle 
l\. Bowman, a native of Wisconsin, a daughter of James and Lerena (Col- 



44 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

well) Bowman, and to this union three children have been born, Leeds, 
who died in infancy; Jesse T., a farmer living near Fergus Falls, who mar- 
ried Julia Gosch, and has one child, Sheldon John, and Lerena, who lives 
at home with her parents. 

Sheriff Billings is considered one of the most prominent officers in 
the state of Minnesota. He is bright, alert, and is widely noted for the 
wonderful power he exerts over men with whom he is compelled to deal. 
Fraternally, Mr. Billings is prominent in the Masonic circles of Otter Tail 
county, and is a member of the Ancient Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, 
and of the Knights Templar. He also is a member of the Benevolent and 
Protective Order of Flks. the Modern Woodmen and the Knights of Pythias. 



HON. HANS T. HILLE. 



The late Hans T. Hille, who was prominent in the business life of 
Fergus Falls, this county, for a quarter of a century, was born on February 
28, 1852, in Bergen. Norway, and emigrated with his family to America 
in 1865, when he was only thirteen years old. After the family had arrived 
on the Atlantic seaboard, they came West, to Fillmore county, Minnesota, 
and later settled in Aurdal, Otter Tail county, where the father carried on 
farming for a number of years. 

In 1889 Hans T. Hille located in Fergus Falls and engaged in the 
farm implement business under the firm name of Bartelson & Hille. His 
partnership with Mr. Bartelson was dissolved in 1007, at which time he 
formed a partnership with Oscar Wagner. They erected a brick warehouse 
on Cascade street. After Mr. Hille's death, his son, Thomas, succeeded to 
his father's position in the linn and this arrangement still continues, the 
firm name being Hille & Wagner. 

During his lifetime, II. T. Hille served as a member of the city coun- 
cil for four years and in 1004 was elected to the Legislature, receiving a 
very heavy vote. His legislative work was highly creditable to him and 
to his constituents in Otter Tail county. He was also mayor of Fergus 
Falls for some time and served in this latter capacity with equal credit. 
lie was eminently successful in everything that he undertook, and was 
recognized as one of Fergus Falls' most progressive and prosperous busi- 
ness men. lie was a power in local financial circles and for some years 
served as president of die Scandia Bank, 

Mans T. Hille married Karen llallan, wdio, when six years of age, came 
to America with her parents, who came West to Kenvon, in Goodhue 
county, Minnesota, and it was there that Mr. and Mrs. Hille met. To this 
union eleven children were horn, six of whom are still living, namely: Clara, 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 45 

who married C. M. Langeland and has three children, Correne, Morris and 
Richard; Julia, who married E. L, Grinds ; Thomas A., who succeeded to 
his father's business at the latter's death, received a common school educa- 
tion and took a commercial course at the Park Region Luther College and 
the Curtis Business College in Minneapolis; Anna M., who is teaching north 
of Fergus Falls; Emma, who is teaching school in North Dakota, and 
Jonas, who is in the employ of Hille & Wagner. During Mr. Hille's latter 
years he was in poor health, so that the care of his entire business, even 
before his death, devolved upon his very capable and energetic son, Thomas 
A. Hille. 

The late Hans T. Hille will be long remembered by the people of 
Fergus Falls and Otter Tail county as an enterprising business man, a most 
valuable citizen and a most respected and considerate friend and neighbor. 



HENRY T. COLLINS. 



Among the older residents of Fergus Falls, this county, is the present 
city clerk of that city, Hon. Henry J. Collins, former auditor of Otter Tail 
county and well known as a business man and citizen. 

Henry J. Collins was born on April 29, 1855, in Christianstad, in the 
southern part of Sweden, on the Baltic sea, son of John and Nellie ( 1'eher- 
sen) Collins, the former of whom was a farmer by occupation during his 
active life and is still living in his native land at the age of eighty-nine 
years. His good wife died in 18S2. 

Henry J. Collins attended the University of Lund, in his native land, 
from 1868 to 1874, inclusive, qualifying as an expert mathematician. He 
came to America in 1875 an d, after a journey West, settled at Red Wing. 
this state, where, however, he remained only a short time. He then moved 
to River Falls, Wisconsin, and worked on the farm of C. V. Guy for three 
years. Afterward he went to Minneapolis, where he met an old friend, who 
obtained employment for him in the Goodrich mill, where he remained until 
1880. 

On March 13, 1880, Henry J. Collins purchased a railway ticket for 
Fergus Falls, this county, and. after paying for the ticket, had just five 
dollars ami twelve cents in his pocket. After arriving at Fergus Falls, 
Mr. Collins found employment in the saw-mill, where he worked until it 
closed down. He then entered the employ of O. ( '. Chase, who kept a 
general store, and was employed there until the spring of [889. lie then 

kept 1 ks for Mr. Frankovic until 1890, in which year he was appointed 

deputy county treasurer, a position which he held for four years. So effi- 
ciently did he discharge the duties of this important office that in 1 So 1 he 



46 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

was elected auditor of Otter Tail county for a term of two years, and was 
re-elected for two more terms. He is remembered today as one of the 
most capable auditors Otter Tail county has ever had. In 1889, after the 
expiration of his long term of service as county auditor, Mr. Collins was 
engaged in traveling for the Deering Harvester Company, as a collector. 
In 1900 he began working for the McCormick Company, in the same capac- 
ity, and was thus employed for some three or four years. In about 1904 he 
accepteil employment as an accountant from Solo Desky, a well-known 
clothing merchant, and remained with Mr. Desky until November, 1913, 
when he was elected clerk of Fergus Falls, a position which he still holds. 

By his marriage to Mary Gunerius, a native of Christiana, Norway, 
Mr. Collins has six children, namely: Helma < )., the wife of R. R. Paulson. 
of Henning, Minnesota, who has two sons, Raymond C. and Howard P.; 
Ruth P., who married S. F. Bogen and has one daughter, Elna R. ; George 
A., who is a grain inspector; Carl T., who is deputy city clerk under his 
father; Olive H., who is attending the State Normal College at Moorhead, 
and Roy W., who is attending school. 

Without any intention whatever to bestow credit where credit is not 
due, it may truthfully be said that Mr. Collins is one of the well-thought-of 
men of Fergus I "alls and is known as a good all-around business man and 
an expert mathematician. Henry J. Collins is a member of the Independent 
Order of Odd Fellows and of the Modern Woodmen of America and the 
Collins family are members of the United Lutheran church. 



LAFAYETTE R. ADLEY. 

Lafayette R. Adley, well known in Otter Tail county, as county super- 
intendent of schools, was horn in Maine Prairie township, Stearns county. 
Minnesota, April i(>, 1865, a son of Roswell and Joanna (Blake) \dle_\. 
both of whom were natives of the state of Maine. Roswell Adley and 
wife were the parents of seven children, three of whom were horn in Maine, 
and four in the state of Minnesota. The family emigrated to Massachu- 
setts in an early day. and from that stale removed to Maine Prairie town- 
ship. Stearns county, Minnesota, at an early day in the settlement of that 
section of the state. About 1870 the family came to < Uter Tail county, and 
located in Maine township. 

Lafayette R. Adley attended the districl schools of Maine township, 
this county, receiving his elementary education in a building made of rough 
hoards, wainscoted on the inside with rough hoards. \ Iter finishing a 
course in the elementary schools he attended the State Normal School at St. 
t I .ud. and was graduated from that institution, elementary course 111 [889, 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOl \. 47 

advanced course, 1898. Later he was graduated from the University of 
Wisconsin and then took a post-graduate course at the same institution 
and was thus well prepared for educational work. After finishing his edu- 
cation he engaged in teaching at Northhome, .Minnesota, for eighteen months, 
and in [907 was called to Fergus Falls to act as assistant county superin- 
tendent of the schools, under Miss Knudson. In [913 Professor Adley was 
elected superintendent of the county schools, a position which he now holds. 
Lafayette R. Adley was married to Elizabeth McClelland, and to this 
union have been horn two daughters, Doris Elizabeth and Abbie. Professor 
and Mrs. Adley are prominent in the civic and social life of Fergus halls, 
and are highly respected throughout the whole community. 



PETER A. ANDERSON. 



Well known to the people of Otter Tail county and long prominent in 
the official life of the county, Peter A. Anderson, the register of deeds at 
Fergus Falls, Minnesota, is a natne of Rice county, where he was born on 
July 8, 1868, the son of Lars and Johanna ( Peterson) Anderson, the former 
of whom was engaged in farming in Rice county, but who late in life 
removed to Leaf Lake township, this county, where he purchased land and 
carried on farming until his death, m January, [912. His widow is now- 
living in Henning, this county. 

Peter A. Anderson has served as register of deeds in Otter Tail county 
for eight years and has been connected with this office for almost twenty-one 
years, a very striking testimonial of his standing in the community and the 
high regard bestowed upon him by the people of the county where he lives 
and where he is best known. Mr. Anderson's early education was obtained 
in Rice and Otter Tail counties. He attended the Wilrnar Seminary, and 
afterwards taught school in Otter Tail county for two years, after which he 
became a clerk in the office of the register of deeds, and in 1800 himself 
was elected to that office. Now, after more than twenty years of con- 
tinuous service in this office, he is still the genial, capable and efficient public 
servant who has long been so popular with the people of this county. 

By his marriage to Fliza Hanson, a native of Norway, Mr. Anderson 
has two children, Jennie and Irene, who live at home with their parents: 
Mr. and Mrs. Anderson are prominent in the social life of Fergus Falls. 
Fraternally, Mr. Anderson is a member of Corner St. me Lodge No. 99, 
Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, lie also is a member of the Independ- 
ent Order of Odd Fellows, tin' Modern Woodmen of America and the Benev- 
olent and Protective Order id' Elks. 



48 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA 

(II \UI.1-S D. WRIGHT. 

In the history of Otter Tail county, the name of Charles I). Wright 
stand.- for all that means success in life. For practically a half century he 
has been prominent in the commercial and industrial life of Fergus Falls, 
and has performed every duty as an enterprising citizen and man. After a 
life of ceaseless activity, he is now living more or less retired in Fergus 
Falls, devoting his attention and time to his many personal business interest-. 
The former president of the First National Bank of Fergus Falls, he was 
one of the organizers of the Fergus Falls Water Company and president of 
the company for many years. He was also treasurer of the Gas and Mill 
Company and the Fergus Falls Water Power Company. In 1885 and 1886 
he was mayor of Fergus Falls and he also served as city treasurer for several 
terms. His business and commercial interests are almost as varied as the 
commercial history of the county 111 which he has lived for so many years. 

Charles D. Wright is a native of Addison county, Vermont, lie was 
horn at Orwell in 1850, the son of Ethan M. and Eliza 1 Bottum) Wright, 
both natives of Vermont. Ethan M. Wright was engaged in the mercantile 
business most of his life and was pre-eminently successful, lie was a man 
of large ideas, socially inclined and careful in all of his dealings with his 
fellow men. Ethan M. Wright's father was Brigham C. Wright, a sub- 
stantial farmer of Vermont. 

By his marriage to Eliza Bottum. Ethan M. Wright had three sons, 
one of whom. William 11., now deceased, was a well-known banker of the 
state of Vermont; George M.. an attorney, is now living retired in New 
York ( ity, and < harles 1). is the subject of this sketch. 

Charles D. Wright spent his early life at home and was educated in the 
Highland military school, at Worcester, Massachusetts, and at the Rensse- 
laer Polytechnic Institute, of Troy, New York. In [869 Mr. Wright turned 
his steps westward, coming to Minnesota, where, at Minneapolis, he became 
associated with his uncle. George B. Wright, in surveying work for the gov- 
ernment. In the tall of 1 S71 1 he was appointed chief draughtsman in the 
United States surveyor-general's office at St, Paul, a position which he 
retained for a period of seven years. While connected with the government 
survey, Mr. Wright traveled over a considerable portion of the Northwest 
in company with Andrew Holes, formerly of Moorhead, Minnesota, now 
deceased, and George G. Beardsley, now deceased, of Grand Forks, North 
Dakota. They had a magnificenl opportunity to examine and locate a great 
deal of land. 

On January 1, 1877. ('harles D. Wright located at Fergus Falls, having 
been elected vice-president of the First National Bank, of that city. At the 




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OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 49 

time the First National Bank was located in Martin's block, with Henry G. 
Page as president, Mr. Wright continued in the office of vice-president for 
five years, but in 1882 he was elected to the presidency of the bank, an 
office which he held continuously until June, 1912. In 1881 a new bank 
building was erected at the corner of Lincoln and Cascade streets, where the 
business was continued for three years. On January 1, 1884, the bank 
moved into a new location on the northeast corner of Lincoln avenue and 
Mill street. As president of the First National Bank for a period of nearly 
thirty years, Mr. Wright had an important part in the development of this 
splendid county. 

In 1878 Charles 1). Wright was united in marriage to Lucy G. Barney, 
of Maiden, Massachusetts, a daughter of George T. Barney. Mrs. Wright, 
who died in 1903, bore her husband two children, George B. and Murr) S., 
the former of whom is a graduate of the United States Navy Academy at 
Annapolis, Maryland, and has been an "Hirer in the United States navy 
since 1002. He married Margaret Parsons, the daughter of Judge William 
L. Parsons, of Fergus halls, and they have one sun, William P. Murry S. 
Wright resides in Fergus Falls. 

Charles D. Wright is keenly interested in the history of Otter Tail 
county. Politically, be is identified with the Republican party. Fraternally, 
he is identified with the Mason--, the Elks and the Knights of Pythias. In 
Masonry he has attained to the rank of Knight Templar and is a member 
of Palestine Commandery at Fergus Falls. 



JUDGE WILL! \M L. PARSONS. 

William L. Parsons, judge of the seventh judicial district of Minne- 
sota, was born in Westfield, New York, in 1858. He was educated in West- 
field Academy and later attended Hamilton College where he was graduated 
in 1878. After being admitted to the practice of law in 1882, Judge Par- 
sons came West and settled in Fergus Falls and from then until [913 he 
followed bis profession in that place. From 1898 to 19 13 he was a federal 
referee in bankruptcy. In April, 1 9 1 3 . be was appointed judge of the seventh 
judicial district of Minnesota, and in November, 1914, was elected to that 
office for a six-year term. 

Judge Parsons was married in 1884 to Mary Moorhead McLane, of 
Westfield, New York, and to this union four children have been born : 
Margaret, Ruth. Katherine and Marion. Margaret is the wife of George 
B. Wright, a lieutenant in the United States navy, and has one child, William 
Parsons. Ruth married Dr. C. C. Burlingame, assistant superintendent of 
the Fergus Falls state hospital. 
i 4 1,i 



50 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 



EUGENE A. TEWETT. 



Thirty-five years ago Fergus Falls, the county seat of Otter Tail county, 
was little more than a straggling village on the frontier of the great North- 
west. Today it is a thriving city, with its hanks, its department stores, 
shops, its varied and successful industries and its magnificent array of fine 
residences The hankers of Fergus Falls have had a most important part 
in the development of this splendid city and one of the oldest bankers in the 
city and one who is entitled to a large share of the credit for the develop- 
ment of this section, is Eugene A. Jewett, the present cashier of the First 
National Bank, of Fergus Falls, president of the Erhard State Bank and 
of the Melby State Bank, and the vice-president of the First State Bank of 
Dalton, as well as president of the First State Bank at Underwood. 

Mr. Jewett is a native of St. Charles, Winona county, Minnesota. He 
is the son of Haynes and Lydia ( Sprague ) Jewett, the former of whom 
was born in Eebanon, New Hampshire, and the latter, at Hingham Centre, 
Massachusetts. They came West in an early day and, having located near 
the village of St. Charles. Minnesota, on a farm, continued farming there 
the remainder of their lives. It was there that Eugene A. Jewett grew to 
manhood and received his early education. 

Although Mr. Jewett was born on the farm, he found his opportunity 
' for success in the counting rooms of various banks, in which he worked 
before establishing a financial institution on his own account. He was first 
employed as a clerk in the Dover State Bank, of Dover, a private institution, 
and, after he had worked there for some time, was employed as a clerk in 
the private bank owned by J. C. Easton at Lanesboro, Minnesota. From 
Lanesboro. Mr. Jewett moved to Fargo. North Dakota, where he was 
employed as teller in the First National Bank of that city. This wide and 
varied experience as a subordinate in varied financial institutions has been 
the basis of his larger success of recent years. It may be said truthfully 
that Eugene A. Jewett was thoroughly well prepared for the vocation to 
which he has devoted his lifetime. 

In December. 1881, Mr. Jewett located at Fergus Falls and there, in 
co-operation with others, organized the Fergus Falls National Bank, which 
opened for business in January, 1882, as the Merchants State Bank. Six 
mouths later it was converted into the Fergus Falls National Bank, and 
Mr. Jewett remained as cashier until 1883. On July 0. of that year, he 
transferred his services to the First National Bank, of Fergus Falls, as 
cashier, and still holds that position. His tenure in one position in one hank 
for a period of more than thirty years, is the most striking testimony of his 
work a- a banker ami his dependability as a financier, that could be cited 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 5 1 

He is popular with the officers and directors of the bank, with the depositors 
of the institution and the public generally. 

By Eugene A. Jewett's marriage to Ann Basye, who was born in Wis- 
consin, there has been born one daughter, Helen E. Fraternally, Mr. Jew- 
ett is a member of Corner Stone Lodge No. 99, Ancient Free and Accepted 
Masons, and is treasurer of the lodge. He is also a member of Palestine 
Commandery No. 14, Knights Templar, and is the treasurer of the com- 
mandery. 



DAVID A. TENNANT. 



The largest milling interest in Otter Tail county is the Fergus Flour- 
Mills Company, which owns, besides two plants in this county, a large mill 
at Fargo, North Dakota. The president of this concern is David A. Ten- 
nant, a well-known and public-spirited citizen of Fergus Falls, who was 
born in Rossie, St. Lawrence count}-. New York, the son of Richard and 
Ann ( Livingston ) Tennant. 

Reared on the farm and educated in the public schools of his native 
town. David A. Tennant grew to manhood in New York state. He taught 
school for three winters in New York, or until 1879, when he immigrated 
to Fairbault, Minnesota. It was at that place that he was introduced to 
the business which he has since followed so, successfully. After having 
been engaged in the milling business at Fairbault for ten years, in 1889, 
Mr. Tennant moved to Northfield. Minnesota, and for five years was engaged 
in the milling business there on his own account. While living there he 
also operated a mill at Dundas. Following this he was located for a year 
at Cannon Falls, Minnesota, as the proprietor of a mill, and in 1899 moved 
to Fergus Falls, this county, where he purchased the Otter Tail mill, which 
he operated alone for about nine months, at the end of which time, in com- 
pany with W. B. Windsor, he consolidated the Otter Tail mill with the 
Allen mill, the consolidation becoming known as the Fergus Flour-Mills 
Company. Five years later, Mr. Tennant and Mr. Windsor, the controlling 
stockholders of the company, purchased a mill in Fargo, North Dakota, 
and in 1912 they purchased the Globe mill at Perham, this county. The 
entire business was incorporated in 1901 under the title of the Fergus Flour- 
Mills Company, the present officers being. David A. Tennant. president and 
manager; Vernon Wright, vice-president; W. B. Windsor, secretary, and 
C. D. Wright, treasurer. 

Aside from his own personal business. Mr. Tennant is interested in the 
progress and development of his adopted home town and has always taken 
a commendable interest in worthy public enterprises. Naturally, Ik- i> well 



52 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

known in this section of Minesota and, as might be expected, his material 
success in life is founded upon this admirable personal qualities of which he 
is possessed. 

Mr. Tennant was married years ago to Dela Smith, a native of Roches- 
ter, Minnesota, who died in 1897, leaving two daughters, Gertrude and 
Florence A. 



HON. WILLIAM II. McBRIDE. 

The Hon. William H. McBride, former mayor of Fergus Falls, veteran 
of the Civil War and one of the most respected residents of Otter Tail 
county, has resided in the city of Fergus Falls since 1901. Mr. McBride's 
father was Henry B. McBride, a minister of the gospel in the state of < )hio. 
His mother's name was Christina ( Thursby) McBride. 

Born in Summit county. Ohio, where he grew to manhood, William H. 
McBride was educated in the Greensburg Seminary and, at the beginning 
of the Civil War, enlisted at Massillon, Ohio, in Company 1, Seventy-sixth 
Regiment. Ohio Volunteer Infantry, in which he served three years and 
nine months and received an honorable discharge in Columbus, Ohio, after 
which he removed to Iowa, where, in several places in that state, he studied 
law for some year.-. Subsequently, he removed to Kansas, where he was 
admitted to the liar and where he remained in the practice of his profession 
during a period of twenty-four years, during which time he served variously 
as a member of the Legislature, insurance commissioner and director of the 
penitentiary. 

In 1901 Mr. McBride moved to Fergus Falls, thi> count}-, and engaged 
in the land and farm-loan business, which he still follows. Mr. McBride 
served as mayor of Fergus Falls for some time. He is a well-known mem- 
ber of tlu- Masonic fraternity. lie was admitted to the order in Chariton. 
Iowa, in 1866 and demitted to the Council Bluff- lodge. Upon taking up 
hi- residence at Fergus Falls, he became a member of Corner Stone Lodge 
No. 99 Mr. McBride is also a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. 



NICOLAI F. F1FT.D. 



Among the many enterprising citizens of Fergus Falls, tin's county, 
who have risen high in the estimation of their fellow citizens and who have 
received honors of no mean importance within the gift of their fellow 
townsmen, 1- Nicolai F. Field, attorney-at-law, referee in bankruptcy and 
abstractor of titles. 

Nicolai F. Field was born on August [3, 1872, in Murray county. 
1 inns, .ia. ]|is parents were natives of Norway, who came to America 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 53 

about 1870. The father, Fred N. Field, was a register of deeds in Otter 
Tail county for six years and is now associated with his son in the abstract 
business. Nicolai F. Field is the eldest of a family of eleven children. 

Mr. Field was reared on the farm and his early education was obtained 
in the country schools. After his graduation from the common schools, 
he entered the Fergus Falls high school and was graduated with the class 
of 1894. During the next three years he served as deputy register of deeds 
of Otter Tail county, under his father. He was then employed in the bank 
operated by F. G. Barrows for one year, at the end of which time he con- 
cluded to take up the study of law and in 1897 entered the law department 
of Drake University, at Des Moines, Iowa. After completing a two-years 
course, he was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Laws in 1899. 
Admitted to the bar of Minnesota in 1899 with the highest grade received 
in the examination of any applicant admitted at that time, he opened a law 
office in the Pickett block in Fergus Falls, in June, 189c). Mr. Field has 
since moved his offices to the Fergus Falls National Bank building and enjoys 
an extensive practice. 

In September, 1900, Nicolai F. Field was married, in Fergus Falls, to 
Ida Adams, the daughter of Charles Adams, who, prior to her marriage, 
was a well-known and successful teacher in Otter Tail county. Mr. and 
Mrs. Field have three children, Ruth, Cyrus and Margaret. 

Fraternally, Mr. Field is a member of Corner Stone Lodge No. 99, 
Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and is also a member of the Benevolent 
and Protective Order of Flks. 



ARTHUR M. CORLISS. 



The Corliss family is a very old family in America, and Arthur M. 
Corliss, the present chief of police at Fergus Falls, this county, is a scion 
of this distinguished family. 

Arthur M. Corliss was born in Wilkin county, Minnesota, on December 
17, 1880, son of Charles M. and Emma O. (Plinkston) Corliss, the former 
of whom was born in Wisconsin and who emigrated to Minnesota at an 
early date. Charles M. Corliss was employed in the mill at Balmoral, in 
this county, where he worked for a time, after which he removed to Battle 
Lake, where he remained a year and then removed to Wilkin county, 
where he acquired land and carried mi farming until 1004. when he retired 
from the farm and removed to Fergus Falls, where he still resides. 

('hut Arthur M. Corliss, the subject of this sketch, was reared on the 
home farm in Wilkin count}, where he attended the district schools. He also 
attended school in Pelican Falls and at Battle Lake. When Mr. Corliss was 



54 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

twenty years old, lie married and afterward moved to Stulman county, 
North Dakota, where he engaged in farming for seven years. In 1908 he 
returned to Otter Tail county and located in Fergus Falls four years after 
his father had removed to that city. From 1908 until 19 14 Mr. Corliss was 
engaged in the land business. In 1914 he was appointed chief of police and 
is now filling that important office with credit to himself and to the com- 
munity he serves. 

To Arthur M. and Lillie (Erickson) Corliss five children were born, 
Clarence M., Ethel M., Gladys I.. Ruth M. (deceased) and Earl D. Mrs. 
Lillie (Erickson) Corliss died in 1913, and afterward Mr. Corliss married, 
secondly, Florence Candaux, to which union one child has been born, James 
Franklin. 

Chief Corliss is one of the most efficient police officers in the history 
of Fergus Falls. Not only is he efficient in the position which he fills, but 
he is popular with all classes of people in this city, and is doing a good work. 
Fraternally. Chief Corliss is a member of Lodge No. 59, Independent Order 
of Odd Fellows, a member of Hazel Lodge No. 31, Daughters of Rebekah, 
and of Aerie No. 888, Fraternal Order of Eagles. 



GEORGE H. GARD. 



Another one of Otter Tail county's prominent citizens who was born 
and reared on the farm is George H. Gard, who having filled an unexpired 
term as clerk of the district court, by appointment, was elected to the 
position in 1912, and has acquitted himself with rare credit in discharging 
the duties of that important office. 

George H. Gard is a native of Elkhart, Logan county, Illinois, and is 
the son of John W. and Kesiah (Dunn) Gard. John W. Gard was burn in 
leffersonville, Indiana, and bis wife was a native of the same vicinity. Mr. 
(lard's parents were farmers by occupation and his father died in Illinois 
in February, 1 < > 1 1 . his mother having passed away about ten years pre- 
viously, in September, [901. There were four children in the Gard family, 
namely: Elizabeth, who married Silas E. Beebe, of Jacksonville, Illinois. 
and died on fune 5, 1915; Charles \\\. who married an Illinois girl, and 
lives in Middletown, Illinois; George II.. the subject of this sketch, and 
Minnie, tin- wife of Edward Barry, of Elkhart, [llinois. 

After having spent bis early life on the farm, where he was Ik, 111 and 
reared. George II. Gard was employed in a general store in Elkhart, \fter 
attaining maturity, he went to Springfield, Illinois, where for two years 
he worked in a wholesale crockery store. In 1896 Mr. Card came to 
Minnesota, locating at Fergus Falls, where he became a clerk in the stew- 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 55 

ard's department of the state hospital. After having been employed at the 
state hospital for four years, Mr. Gard took up life-insurance work, which 
he followed for about one year. He was then appointed city clerk and held 
that office until 1909, after which he became manager of the telephone com- 
pany at Fergus Falls and continued thus engaged for two years, or until 191 1, 
when he was appointed to till out an unexpired term as clerk of the district 
court. So well did he discharge the duties of this office that in 1912 he was 
elected by the people of Otter Tail county, by a substantial majority, to fill 
the office for a term of four years. 

Not many men in Otter Tail county are better known than George H. 
Gard and not many men enjoy warmer and more lasting friendship than he. 
Fraternally, he is a member of Corner Stone Lodge No. 99, Ancient Free 
and Accepted Masons, and is also a member of the Benevolent and Protec- 
tive Order of Flks. 

By his marriage to Augusta Hendrickson, who died in 1910, Mr. Gard 
had three children, Donald L., John Russell and Dorothy. On December 
20, 1914, Mr. Gard married, secondly, Julia Hall, who was born in North 
Dakota, a daughter of M. O. Hall, now a well-known resident of Minne- 
apolis. 



LEVOR A. LEVORSEN. 



Among the well-known citizens of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, is Levor 
A. Levorsen, deputy clerk of the United States court at Fergus Falls, who 
is a native of the parish of Rollag, Nummedal, Norway, where he was born 
on April 5. 1859, the son of Amund and Ingeborg (Helle) Levorsen. The 
Le-sorsen family emigrated to America in 1868 and, after landing in New 
York city on July 4, of that year, came West, settling at Clinton Junction, 
Wisconsin, where they remained for two years. In 1870 the family moved 
to Pelican Rapids, this county, and there the father homesteaded a quarter 
of a .section of prairie land. He built a dugout and broke the land. Later 
a log house was erected and still later a fine frame house, where the family 
lived until 1902, when the father sold the farm and moved to Williams- 
burg, Virginia, where he is still living at the age of eighty years. His wife 
died in 1910, in her seventy-eighth year. While a resident of Otter Tail 
county, Amund Levorsen took an active part in public affairs. Tic held 
practically all of the local offices in the town, from the chairman of the 
board of supervisors to assessor, and was also chairman of the hoard of 
county commissioners tor several years. As chairman of the hoard of 
county commissioners, he was largely instrumental in the erection of the 
county court house, lie is now living in retirement and is a noble specimen 
of thoroughly ripe American manhood. 



56 OTTER TAIL COUNTY. MINNESOTA. 

Levor A. Levorsen received his early education in the public schools 
at Pelican Rapids. After growing to manhood, he moved to Fergus Falls 
and accepted a position as clerk in the office of the county auditor. After 
the first year, Mr. Levorsen was made deputy auditor and held that office 
for three years, lie was then appointed deputy clerk of the district court 
under the administration of C. J. Wright and held that position for five 
years. When Mr. Wright retired, Ik* succeeded him as clerk, and held the 
position for four years. Mr. Levorsen then engaged in the abstract busi- 
ness and was Aery successful until the time of his retirement from business, 
in 1898, when he was elected register of deeds. After having held that 
position for eight years, he was appointed deputy clerk of the United States 
court, and this position he now holds. 

Levor A. Levorsen married Laura Larson, a native of Wisconsin, who 
was born near Grantsburg, and to this union have been born four children: 
Irving, who is now a student in the department of mining engineering at 
the University of Minnesota; Frances, ECingdon and Richard, who live at 
home with their parents. 



FRED FA'FRFTT HODGSON. 

Fred Everett Hodgson, a well-known real-estate dealer of Fergus Falls, 
this county, and the son of the late Thomas C. and Eliza (Clague) Hodg- 
son, was born in Castle Rock, Minnesota, on August 16. 1872. Llis father, 
as set out in a biographical sketch presented elsewhere in this volume, was 
a native of the [sle of Man. off the English coast, who emigrated with 
his parents to America in 1X44. 

Fred E. Hodgson located at Herman, Grant count v. Minnesota, with 
his parents, in 1877. and there received his elementary education. Later he 
attended the public schools of Fergus Falls, to which city his parents had 
moved. Growing to manhood in Otter Tail county, he attended the State 
Agricultural College and spent one year at the University of Minnesota 
\i'tcr leaving school, he became a collector and a credit man for Dunham & 
Eastman, wholesale grocers of St. Paul. After being employed by this 
company for six years, Mr. Hodgson took charge of the business affairs of 
an uncle. Edward I. Hodgson, of St. Paul, and then removed to Morris, 
Minnesota, where lie engaged in the real-estate and mortgage-loan business. 
In tool Mr. Hodgson located in Fergus Falls and established the same 
I111 i'K'-- in thai city. His business has become large and profitable and he 

ognized 1 id; ts conservative and well-rounded business man. 

On Jul) 11. [QOi, Fred E. Hodgson was married to Anastasia Haley, 
and to this union there have been born three children. Thomas Halev, born 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 57 

on June 2, 1902 : Corrin Haley, June 7, 1908, and Anastasia Haley, March 
29, 191 2. 

Fraternally, Mr. Hodgson is a member of the Benevolent and Protec- 
tive Order of Elks. He is a member of the city charter commission and the 
citv council, and has contributed much to the welfare of this citv. 



THOMAS C. HODGSON. 

The late Thomas C. Hodgson, who was a well-known resident of Otter 
Tail county, and who was a highly-respected citizen of Fergus Falls at the 
time of his death, on September 7, 1913, will be long remembered by the 
people oi both this city and county, as a man of strong intellect and a leader 
among his fellow citizens. He believed firmly and thoroughly in the father- 
hood of God and the brotherhood of man, and his career was a fitting 
example of the humble efforts of a Christian gentleman to live according to 
the dictates of -his own conscience. It may be said that the keynote of his 
character was breadth. He was tolerant towards all, charitable of his judg- 
ment and courteous in every relation of life. He was possessed of a keen 
and logical mind and took a deep interest in all public matters. 

Born on January 1, 1843, m the Isle of Man, the late Thomas C. Hodg- 
son, in bis long and interesting career, displayed the sterling attributes of 
the noble men who have come from the well-known isle of his birth. He 
was but a babe in arms when his parents came to America in 1844. They 
located in Galena. Illinois, and remained there until 1854, in which year they 
removed to Dakota county, Minnesota. There the elder Hodgson engaged 
in farming, and it was there that Thomas C. Hodgson grew to manhood. 
When he was eighteen years old, the Civil War broke out and on August 
15, 1862. he enlisted in the Eighth Regiment. Minnesota Volunteer Infantry. 
The first service of this regiment was performed in suppressing an Indian 
insurrection in 1863. After this frontier warfare with the Indians the 
regiment participated in a number of severe engagements, including the 
sanguinary battle of ?\lurfreesboro, Tennessee. 

At the close of the war Mr. Hodgson returned to Dakota county. 
Minnesota, where his parents lived. In [868 he was married and after his 
marriage lived in Castle Rock, where four of his children were born. Nine 
years later he removed with his family to Herman. Grant county, Minne- 
sota, where he homesteaded a farm and where he taught school. He also 
served his community as justice of the peace anil for thirteen years was 
superintendent of the schools in Grant count)', resigning that position to 
become assistant grain inspector under Governor McGill. In 1800 the fam- 
ily finally removed to Fergus Falls, in order that the Hodgson children 
might attend school. Two or three years later the family moved to Ham- 



OCX IV. MIWIMIT \. 



line, where the children attended college. In 1907. however, they returned 
to Fergus Falls and there Mr. Hodgson died on September 7. 19 13. 

During his long and varied services as a public official and private 
citizen, Thomas C. Hodgson displayed a keen and logical mind and a deep 
interest in all public affairs. He was a writer and speaker and rendered 
valuable assistance to the movements and causes in which he believed. As 
a country-bred boy, he was studious and naturally craved knowledge. Books 
interested him very much, and this proved a great source of benefit and 
comfort to him in his later years. It can be said that to a great extent he 
was a self-educated and self-made man. 

To Thomas C. and Fliza (Clague) Hodgson there were born nine 
children, namely: Dr. John E., of Spokane, Washington; Fred E.. of Fergus 
Falls; Rev. William C, of Minneapolis; Frank C. well-known attorney of 
St. Paul; Isabel C, who married J. P. Anderson: Drusilla M., who mar- 
ried Charles Nelson; Kathryn, who married A. C. Baker; Genevieve, a student 
of Hamline College, and Mary L., a teacher at Rochester, Minnesota. 

As a citizen of his adopted country, as a neighbor among men and as 
a father and husband, Thomas C. Hodgson was beloved by all. His untimely 
death was a distinct shock not only to his family, but to a host of friends 
whose companionship he enjoyed throughout life. 



1 \MLS A. BROWN. 



\niong the oldest and best-known lawyers of Fergus Falls, this county, 
who. besides being a lawyer, is prominent in the industrial and financial 
circles of Otter Tail county, is James A. Brown, a native of Chautauqua 
countv, New York. The extent of his industrial and financial interests will 
appear from a plain statement of facts. He is the president of the Fergus 
Packing Company, president of the Fergus Falls Iron Works Company, 
president of the Firsl National Bank, of Deer Creek, and president of the 
First State Hank, of Powers Lake, North Dakota, lie is also secretary of 
the lames Land and Mining Company, with property near Brainard. More- 
over, he has been prominent in religious circles in Otter Tail county and is 
one of the substantial members of the Episcopal church in this section of the 
state. 

fames V Brown is the son of Ira P.. and Ursula (Alverson) Brown. 
Ira I'.. Brown was a native of New York state and a well-known and suc- 
cessful farmer in the Empire state. Tie was of English descent. His wife 
was of Scottish descent. 

lames A. Brown received his early education in the Forestville Acad- 
emy, at Forestville, New York. Afterward he entered Hamilton College 
and was. for several years, a student, at that institution, receiving the degrees 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 59 

of Bachelor of Arts and of Master of Arts. From Hamilton College, Mr. 
Brown went to Oxford, New York, where, for some time, he was principal 
of the Oxford Academy. 

Two years after Mr. Brown's marriage, he came West, locating at 
Fergus Falls, and three years after settling there was admitted to the prac- 
tice of law and soon thereafter engaged in the practice with W. L. Parsons 
as a partner, an arrangement which continued until 191 1, since which time 
Mr. Brown has been practicing alone. 

In 1 88 1 James A. Brown was married to Mai Mygatt, a daughter of 
Henry and Maria (Tracy) Mygatt. Mr. and Mrs. Brown have no children. 

Since coming to Minnesota, Mr. Brown has taken an active interest in 
religious affairs. He is a trustee of the Episcopal diocese of Duluth and one 
of the members of the standing committee. He was also a delegate to the 
convention of the Episcopal church in Cincinnati in 1910 and to the con- 
vention at New York in iqt.S- He is the treasurer and a vestryman of the 
St. James church of Fergus Falls. His life is, therefore, a well-rounded 
one and well divided among the various interests which ought to attract the 
attention and interests of a normal man living in the average American 
community. His well-rounded conception of life has made him a most 
valuable citizen of Otter Tail county, where he is highly respected and 
where he enjoys the esteem of his neighbors and fellow townsmen. In 
the strictest sense of the word, be is a man of affairs and interested in 
everything which pertains to the welfare of his home city and county. 



GEORGF. W. FRANKBERG. 

George \Y Frankberg, a successful lawyer, of Fergus Falls, this county, 
who is rapidly building up a large and lucrative practice in Otter Tail 
county, is a native of Fergus Falls, having been born there on December 20, 
1882, the son of Erick and Louise (Johnson) Frankberg, and the grandson 
of Andrew and Britta (Johnson) Berg. Mr. Frankberg's father and mother 
were natives of Sweden, a biographical sketch of whom is presented else- 
where in this volume. 

George W. Frankberg obtained his early education in his native city. 
He was graduated from the high school in 1900 and afterward entered the 
State University, where he spent one year in the academic department and 
one year in the department of law. Mr. Frankberg' was admitted to the 
practice of law in 1904 and, in company with John L. Townley. commenced 
the practice of his profession in Fergus Falls. This partnership continued 
during a period of five years, after which the firm was dissolved, since which 
time Mr. Frankberg has continued the practice alone. He does a good 
business and his practice is rapidly increasing. 



60 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

Mr. Frankberg was married to Mary C. Cooper, daughter of Henry 
and Mary (Jones I Cooper. No children have been born to this union. 

Fraternally. Mr. Frankberg is a member of Corner Stone Lodge No. 
99, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. He is also a member of the Inde- 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows, the Modern Woodmen of America and the 
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Mr. Frankberg is also a prom- 
inent member of the Chippewa Club, of Fergus Falls, and is very popular 
among his hosts of friends hereabout. 



rEORGE E. COW" IXC. 



George F. Cowing, one of the sturdy pioneers of Fergus Falls and 
Otter Tail county, a man of absolute integrity and unflinching courage, who 
died on September 16, 1908, was a member of the bar for twenty-two years 
and prior to his taking to the practice of law was engaged in the mercan- 
tile business. In fact, he was one of the pioneer merchants of Fergus 
Falls, as well as one of its pioneer lawyers. 

The late George F. Cowing was born on February 26, 1S40, at Hexani, 
England, and was the son of Thomas and Jane (Head) Cowing, the former 
of whom was a railway superintendent in the old country. In 1850 the 
Cowing family emigrated to America and, after arriving on the Atlantic 
seaboard, came West, locating at Sun Prairie. Wisconsin, where the father 
took up land and carried on farming until about 1S60, when they moved to 
Holmes City, near Alexandria, in Douglas county. Minnesota. There they 
were living at the time of the Indian insurrection, when all of the buildings 
were destroyed by the Indians and the families were compelled to take 
refuge in St. Cloud. Afterwards they came to Alexandria, where the father 
operated a hotel and a market garden and where he spent the rest of his 
life. 

George F. Cowing received his very early education in England. In 
America he attended the Bigford .Academy in Walworth county ami Albion 
College in Dane county. Wisconsin, where he studied law. I lis studies 
were interrupted, however, by the breaking out of the Civil War. In 1862 
Mr. Cowing enlisted in Company K. Twenty-eighth Regiment. Wisconsin 
Volunteer [nfantry. He was mustered into the service as an orderly ht- 
geant, and was in many battles, lie was discharged at Milwaukee. Wiscon- 
sin, in [865, after the close of the war. 

Alter the war, George F (owing returned to Alexandria, which was 
at thai time a frontier town. Soon afterwards he engaged 111 the saw-mill 
business with a Mr. Hicks, lie followed this business for a time and then 
.,.1,1 out and engaged in the mercantile business in Old Chippewa, near the 
present site of Brandon, Douglas county, Minnesota. Prior to selling out. 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 6l 

however, lie went to Fergus Falls, in 1870, and established a general store. 
The next year, accompanied by his wife, he moved to Fergus Falls and 
continued in the mercantile business until 1873, when he was elected super- 
intendent of schools. He held that position for thirteen years, during which 
time he was also fitting himself for the practice of law. He was soon after- 
wards admitted to the bar, and in this profession he was engaged during the 
balance of his life. He built up a large and lucrative practice in Otter Tail 
county and was a man not only well learned in the law, but also an able 
counselor and a successful pleader in court. 

On December 28, 1868, George F. Cowing was married in Hudson 
township, Douglas count} - . Minnesota, to Penelope M. Strang, who was 
born in St. Charles, Illinois, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Murry) 
Strang, who moved from Illinois to Minnesota, where her father farmed 
for many years. Finally he removed to Alexandria, where he lived with his 
son, George J. Strang, until his death. Mr. and Mrs. Cowing were the par- 
ents of four children, Irene J., who married Homer D. Russell, of Chicago, 
Illinois, and has one child, Wallace C, now twenty-three years old; VIrs. 
Irene J. Russell, who died in 1906; Dr. Philip G., who lives in Montana, 
and who married Helena Everson, and Robert M., a resident of Chicago, 
who married Leona Lochner. 

Mr. Cowing was a member of Corner Stone Lodge No. 99, Ancient 
Free and Accepted Masons, and rose to the rank of Knight Templar. He 
was a ready and fluent speaker and a man who was popular, especially at 
fraternal and public gatherings of all kinds. His untimely death was a 
distinct shock and was keenly felt by the people of Otter Tail county. 



LEWIS L. RILEY. 



Lewis L. Riley, a prosperous live-stock dealer of Fergus Falls, Minne- 
sota, was born in the town of Massena, St. Lawrence count)'. New York, 
on June 15, 1866. He is the son of Plyn and Sophia (Wilson) Riley, both 
of whom were natives of Ireland and who came to America and settled in 
New York state in pioneer times. 

Lewis L. Riley received his early education in Massena. passing 
through the usual routine which falls to the lot of the average bo} VIi 
Riley was reared on the farm, and his parents dying while he was still a 
mere lad, he was obliged to look out for himself. In 1891 he came to 
Fergus Falls when he was about twenty-live years old and a1 the time was 
glad to do anything to make an honesl dollar. The first thing he did was 
to clip the horse owned by Doctor Duncan. His next employment was as 
night watchman over \delphet Gohein, who had murdered a woman by 
the name of Rosa Bray, Mr. Riley next did collecting for W. P. Bayley 



62 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, -MINNESOTA. 

for several months and afterward went to Henning, where he operated a 
drug store for five and one-half years. 

After selling out at Henning Mr. Riley removed to Battle Lake, where 
he engaged in the hotel business for two and one-half years. Upon return- 
ing to Fergus Falls, he engaged in the live-stock business with Mr. Billing 
and was with him altogether for twelve years, at the end of which time he 
purchased Mr. Billing's interest in the business and has since continued on 
his own account. 

Lewis L. Rile_\- was married to Alice Rutley, who was born on an 
island in the St. Lawrence river. They have one daughter, Harriet Lucile, 
who was born on September 12, 1895. 

Among his other interests Mr. Riley and wife are prominent in the 
social life of Fergus Falls, .Mr. Riley being a member of the Chippewa 
Club. He is a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. 



JOHN O. BARKE. 



One of the oldest members of the Otter Tail county bar is John O. 
Barke, who has been a practicing attorney in Fergus Falls for the past 
thirty-five years. In addition to the law practice. Mr. Barke has given his 
attention to the sale of city real estate and farm lands. Since its establish- 
ment, in 1892, he has been secretary and trustee of the Park Region Luth- 
eran College. John O. Barke was born near the city of Stavangee, Nor- 
way, November 12, 1850. His father, Ove J. Barke. was a farmer and con- 
tractor in Norway, who emigrated to America in 1870. He came West and 
settled in Story county, Iowa. Mr. Barke's' paternal grandfather, John O. 
Barke, served in the Norwegian army during the war between Sweden and 
Denmark. Mr. Barke's mother, before her marriage, was Ellen Anderson, 
also a native of Norway, whose people were farmers in their native land. 

Reared on the home farm. John O Barke received a common-school 
education in Norway, and then took a short course in a Latin school at 
Stavangee. Shortly after completing his education be came to America. 
and for a time was a student in the Luther College at Decorah, Iowa. Later 
lie attended the \*<irth Missouri State Normal School, and from time to 
time he taught school that he might earn enough money to pay the expenses 
incident to completing his education. During all this time, however, he was 
giving considerable thought and attention to the study of law. and in 1878 
entered the law department of what is now Drake University, at Des Moines, 
Iowa, and was graduated from that institution in June. [880, with the degree 
of Bachelor of Law. 

T11 1880 Mr. Barke came to Otter Tail count) and opened a law office 
in Fergus Falls, having been admitted to the practice of his profession in 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 63 

Minnesota and Iowa the same year. Mr. Barke has followed the active 
practice of law for thirty-five years, and is now one of the oldest members 
of the bar in Otter Tail county. 

In 1882 John O. Barke was married to Bertha Nelson, a native of 
Illinois, and the daughter of Seward Nelson, a native of Norway. Mr. and 
Mrs. Barke are the parents of five children, namely: Ellen J., a teacher; 
Dr. Owen S., a dentist, who died in May, 1914; Arthur R., who is asso- 
ciated with his father in the practice of law; Ralph J. and Bertha G., who 
live at home with their parents. Mr. and Mrs. Barke and their children 
constitute a delightful family, and all enjoy a large measure of popularity 
in Otter Tail county. 



FRANK H. GRAY. 



One of the early comers to Fergus Falls, Minnesota, who has had a 
large part in the commercial history of Otter Tail county, and who is 
descended from a distinguished family, is Frank H. Gray, secretary of the 
Lamson-Gray Company. Mr. Gray has a medal which was presented to his 
grandfather, James Gray, by Commodore Perry, for meritorious conduct 
and bravery in the naval battles on Lake Erie during the War of 1812. 

Frank H. Gray was born in Platteville, Wisconsin, in 1846, and is a 
son of Neely and Adaline (Stark) Gray. His father was a native of Vir- 
ginia, who came north with his parents to Uniontovvn, Pennsylvania. 
After growing to manhood in the state of Pennsylvania, Neely Gray emi- 
grated to Platteville, Wisconsin, where he built a flouring-mill, which he 
himself operated. He was a member of the Constitutional Convention of 
Wisconsin, and after his removal to Madison, the capital city of the state, 
he engaged in the coal and grain business there. His death occurred in 
Madison. Wisconsin, in 1875, while his wife passed away in the same city 
in 1885. They were the parents of four children, all of whom are deceased 
except Frank M. The deceased children are Henry L., Ellen J. and Arthur I. 

Frank H. Gray received his early educational training in the public 
schools of Wisconsin, later attending the State University at Madison, and 
after finishing his education, engaged in the coal business in partnership 
with a Mr. Conklin, under the firm name of Conklin & Gray. Tin- part- 
nership arrangement continued for fifteen years, until 1881, when Mr. Gray 
came to Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and in partnership with a Mr. Daley, 
under the firm name of Daley & Gray, engaged in the shoe business for 
three or four years. Later Mr. Gray sold out his interests in this business 
and engaged again in the coal business until ioi_>. when he became asso- 
ciated with Mr. Lamson in the contract building business under the firm 
name of Lamson-Gray Company. 



64 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

Frank H. Gray's first wife was Fanny Robbins, who was born in 
Platteville, Wisconsin. Her father served seven terms in the Wisconsin 
state Legislature, and was a prominent man in the public life of that state. 
By his first marriage there were born two children: Xeely H., manager 
for the Charles Wright Company, married a Miss McConnell, and they 
have one daughter. Margaret; Roderick, who was the second child of Mr. 
Gray's first marriage, is deceased. Some years afterward Mr. Gray was 

married to Mary Underw 1, the daughter of H. J. Underwood, who was 

the founder of the Fergus Falls Journal. To this union there have been 
horn four children. Donald U., Franklin H., Jr.. Robert I deceased 1 and 
Marion. 

Mr. Gray is a member of the Federated church, and has been active 
in this denomination for main- years. 



H \KRY M. WHEELOCK. 

The // ekly is well known to the people of ( Itter Tail county; 

in fact, is well known to the people of the state of Minnesota, who read 
newspapers, and this means a large percentage of the population. Harry 
M. Wheeiock, the editor and proprietor of the paper, and postmaster of 
Fergus Falls since 1914, is prominent in the public life of Otter Tail county. 

Harry M. Wheeiock was horn at Fredonia, Xew York. June 14, 1859, a 
son of Theodore Bainbridge and Eva (Jennings) Wheeiock, the former of 
whom, born in Mendon, Worcester county, Massachusetts, is still living at 
the age of eighty-one years, and the latter born in Connecticut, died 111 
1880. at Duluth, Minnesota. Mrs. Wheelock's father was superintendent of 
a woolen mill at Bridgeport, Connecticut. Theodore B. Wheeiock and wife 
were the parents of two sons: Harry M., the immediate subject of this 
review, and Leland L., who is now- a resident of St. Paul, Minnesota. 

Harry M. Wheeiock received his education in the normal school at 
Fredonia, Xew York, and at an early age became a printer's apprentice, 
and after completing his apprenticeship at Fredonia, worked at his trade in 
various parts of the East and West. In 1882 he settled at Fergus Falls, 
this county, to assist in the establishment of the Daily Telegram, and for 
two years he was connected with that paper. In [884, in partnership with 
Capt, I. D. Wood, Mr. Wheeiock established the Fergus Falls Democrat. 
\ fev years later he became connected with the Fergus Falls Journal, as 
local editor. In 1893 Mr. Wheeiock severed his connection with the Fergus 
Falls Journal in order to become receiver for a bicycle factory. In [895 
Mr. Whet-lock established the weekly newspaper which hears his name, lie 
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appeared with simply a question mark for the heading. The name, 
Wheelock's Weekly, was finally decided upon as a suitable name. 

Mr. Wheelock is widely and favorably known as an active newspaper 
worker, and one who understands all departments of a modern newspaper. 
He is rated as one of the best writers and managers in the state, and it can 
be truthfully said that the pen in his hand is mightier than the sword. In 
191 4 Mr. Wheelock became postmaster of Fergus Falls by appointment 
from President Wilson. Fie is a member of the Benevolent and Protective 
Order of Elks, and is first vice-president of the Editorial Association of 
Minnesota. 

Some years ago Mr. Wheelock was married to Alice Josephine Buck, 
who was born in Rochester, Minnesota. 



CAPT. OSMER C. CHASE. 

Among the old-time residents and well-known citizens of Fergus Falls, 
Minnesota, is the venerable Capt. Osmer C. Chase, steward of the Minne- 
sota state hospital, at Fergus Falls, for the past twenty-six years, having 
been appointed to the position in 1889. His long tenure of service in this 
position is a tribute not only to his skill and his ability, but also to the genial 
personality of which he is possessed and which has made his tenure a most 
pleasant experience in the official life of this great institution. 

A native of Darian, Genesee county, Xew York, Capt. Osmer C. Chase 
was born in 1838, and is the son of John and Sophia ( Dimock) Chase, the 
former of whom was a native of Otsego, New York, and the latter of 
Northampton. Massachusetts. In 1841 the entire Chase family removed 
to Ohio, where John Chase became a farmer and storekeeper in Geauga 
county, about twenty-four miles from Cleveland. It was here that 
Osmer C. Chase was reared. He was a student at Hiram College when 
the Civil War broke out, and this seriously interfered with the completion 
of his education. In 1861 he joined the Sixth Ohio Volunteer Cavalry 
under Wade and Hutchins and saw active service for some time. He was 
later transferred to Company E, One Hundred and Seventy-seventh Regi- 
ment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, a company of which he was instrumental 
in organizing and of which he became captain. He was honorablj dis- 
charged in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 7, 1865, and upon this occasion was 
presented with a beautiful gold watch and chain by the survivors of his 
company. After living in Ohio for a time, Captain Chase left the state 
for the oil regions of Pennsylvania and there he remained for a few months. 
While a soldier in the Union army his parents had removed to Lake Gene- 
va, Wisconsin, and in the year 1866 Captain Chase also joined his parents 
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he came to Fergus Falls and opened a store for a year un< 

( ). C. Chase, and later for some time under the firm name 

& Company. Subsequently, however, he sold the store to a 

engaged in the manufacture of cheese at Fergus Falls. 

large factory and did a prosperous business for three or fi 

he sold out. In 1889 Captain Chase entered the employ of 

steward of the state hospital, a position which he has so ably held for more 

than a quarter of a century. 

In 1869 ('apt. Osmer C. (base was married to Delia Potter, and they 
are the parents of two daughters, Etta May and Alice Catherine. The 
former is now the wife of Dr. H. J. Lafhtte, and the latter is the wife of 
E. J. Fairbanks. Mr. and Mrs. Chase are well known in the social and 
civic life of Fergus halls and Otter Tail county and are popular among all 
classes of people. Captain Chase is a prominent member of the Masonic 
fraternity, having joined this historic order at Flkhorn, Wisconsin, and 
having later affiliated with Corner Stone Lodge No. 00. of Fergus halls. 
Minnesota. He is a good man and a good citizen, well known and highly 
respected in the county which has been his home tor so many years. 



WILLIAM P. BAYLEY 



The world is always willing to honor self-made men, men who, by 
their own exertion and industry, step by step mount the ladder of success. 
Among the men well known to Fergus Falls and Otter Fail county. Minne- 
sota, who have succeeded in this way is William P. Bayley, who is engaged 
in the real-estate, loan and collection business. Mr. Bayley is a native of 
St. Lawrence county. New York, having been born in Massena, June [O, 
[857. lie is the son of William M. and Laura M. 1 Felch) Parley. 

The paternal great-grandfather of Mr. Bayley was a native of Ireland 
and a farmer by occupation, who immigrated to America and settled in 
Vermont in an early day. In 1835 the family moved to New York state. 
The late William M. Bayley was a farmer by occupation and his wife, a 
native of Vermont, was of Welsh descent, her father having been a clergy- 
man, who was drowned at sea. William P. Bayley is the fourth child in 
a family of five children. lie was reared on a farm and received his early 
education in the district schools of New York state. When Mr. Bayley 
was sixteen years old he entered the high school at Massena, where he was 
graduated at the age of twenty. In 1878 he moved to Alexandria, Minne- 
sota, where he was employed for two or three years in the farming imple- 



(ITTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 6j 

nient business. In 1883 he tno.ved to Fargo, North Dakota, and was there 
employed by the Walter A. Woods Harvester Company. For several years 
previously, he had been quietly yet persistently equipping himself for the 
practice of law. In 1886 he located in Fergus Falls, where he continued 
in the study of law. being admitted to the bar on March 22, 1888. After 
bis admission to the bar, Mr. Bayley opened a law office in Fergus Falls 
and engaged in the practice of law, in the real-estate, loan and collection 
business. He has a large clientage in Otter Tail county and enjoys a large, 
prosperous and growing business. 

On January 31, 1884, William P. Bayley was married to Amanda L. 
Stearns, a native of New York state, having been born at Louisville, New 
York. Mrs. Bayley is the daughter of A. C. Stearns, a scion of an old 
Fnglish family. After her graduation from the high school, Mrs. Bayley 
attended the Lawrenceville Academy and then taught school in the state 
of Xew York until the time of her marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Bayley have 
one son, Charles S., who was born on June 12, 1885, at Alexandria, Minne- 
sota. 

William P. Bayley is a Democrat in politics and was a member of the 
city council of Fergus Falls for several years and a delegate to the Kansas 
City convention, which nominated William J. Bryan for the presidency. 
In iqoo Mr. Bayley was chairman of the Democratic county central com- 
mittee of Otter Tail county. He is one of the active and progressive men 
and citizens of Fergus Falls and is interested in everything which pertains 
to the development of this great county. 



ROBERT HANNAH. 



The Co-operative Building Association, while not an institution pecu- 
liar to America, has served a splendid purpose in the material development 
of this great country. It has served an especially valuable purpose in the 
development of the great state of Minnesota and especially Otter Tail coun- 
ty. Among the men who now live in Otter Tail county and who are prom- 
inent in the administration of building associations is Robert Hannah, of 
Fergus Falls, a native of Scotland, who, aside from his interests in various 
building associations, is personally engaged in the farm loan and mortgage 
business. 

Robert Hannah was born at Ayrshire. Scotland, in i860, and is the 
son of John and Mary (Miller) Hannah, both of whom are deceased. Mr. 
Hannah's father was a farmer in Scotland. He was reared on the farm 
and received his education at the Ayr Academy. 

In 1882 Robert Hannah immigrated to America. After arriving in 
this country, he came west to Minneapolis, where be remained for one year. 



68 OTTER TAIL COUNTY.. MINNESOTA^ 

Subsequently, he became inspector of western farm mortgages for the Globe 
Investment Company, at Boston. During the period of eight or nine years 
when he was associated with the Globe Investment Company, Air. Hannah 
also had offices in Kansas City, Missouri, and at other places. 

On January 2, 1892, Mr. Hannah came to Fergus Falls and engaged 
in his present business. He not only handles farm mortgages, but he is 
secretarv of the Northwestern Building Association, an incorporation 
organized in 1904. Moreover, he was secretary of the Otter Tail Building 
and Loan Association, organized in 1895. These concerns have been instru- 
mental in building up many towns in Otter Tail county, and, in fact, in the 
surrounding country, because they have furnished a liberal supply of money 
on easy terms to men who were interested in the development of this county. 

Robert Hannah's wife, before her marriage, was Mary Ely, a native 
of Northfield, Vermont, and to them has been born one daughter. Louise. 

Mr. Hannah is a director of the First National Bank, of Fergus Falls. 



GEORGE O. WELCH, M.D. 

The state of Minnesota takes great pride in the character of and admin- 
istration of its public institutions. An important feature of the efficient 
management of the state institutions of Minnesota consists in the long 
tenure of its administrative officers, who have proved themselves qualified 
for the positions they fill. Institutional management in many states has 
been inefficient merely because capable men have been sacrificed for politics. 
Fortunately, this is not the case in Minnesota. Dr. George O. Welch, the 
superintendent of the state hospital at Fergus Falls, was appointed to his 
present position in 1892. nearly a quarter of a century ago. Having ably 
discharged the duties of this responsible position, he has since continued in 
office from year to year regardless of the varying fortunes of politics. 

Doctor Welch is a man who was well trained not only for the technical 
aspects of his office, but for the general aspects as well. He is a native of 
Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Charles W. and Angenora (Hawes) 
Welch. Doctor Welch received a common-school education in Boston and 
was graduated from the historic select school, Chauncy Hall, in Boston. 
He began his career in the office of the Old Colony Railroad Company and 
remained with the company for five years, after which he entered the Boston 
University Medical School to prepare himself for the practice of medicine. 
After being graduated from this institution, he occupied a subordinate posi- 
tion in the state hospital at Westboro. Massachusetts, for five years and 
then spent one year in Europe in special work pertaining to special features 
of his profession. In 1892 Doctor Welch was appointed superintendent 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 69 

of the Minnesota state hospital at Fergus Falls and has held this position 
continuously ever since. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, hav- 
ing joined this historic order in South Boston, but, upon coming to Minne- 
sota, became affiliated with Corner Stone Lodge No. 99. 

Dr. George O. Welch was married to Phoebe M. Lyon, the daughter 
of James W. and Harriett (Crandall) Lyon, and to them has been born one 
son, Geoffrey W. 



OTTO M. HAUGAX. M.D. 

Among the very prominent physicians of Otter Tail county, Minnesota, 
and especially of Fergus Falls and vicinity, is Dr. Otto M. Haugan, a native 
of South Dakota, where he was born on a farm on May 7, 1868. 

After having lived in the state of South Dakota until he was fifteen 
years old, Otto M. Haugan entered the Red Wing Seminary in 1887 an d 
nine years later was graduated from the University of Minnesota with the 
degree of Bachelor of Arts. In the meantime he was elected superintendent 
of the schools of Otter Tail county and served in this position from 1895 
until 1898. In 1902 he was graduated from the medical department of 
Northwestern University at Evanston, receiving the degree of Doctor of 
Medicine. 

Since 1902 Doctor Haugan has been engaged in the practice of his pro- 
fession in Fergus Falls. Here he has built up a large and profitable prac- 
tice, but he is quite as well known in the public affairs of Otter Tail county 
as in the medical profession. Doctor Haugan is a member of the American 
and Minnesota State Medical Associations, and of the Park Region Medi- 
cal Society. 



AXCEL C. BAKER. M.D. 

Prominent in the medical profession of Fergus Falls, Otter Tail coun- 
ty, Minnesota, is Dr. Axcel C. Baker, who is a native of Rochester, Minne- 
sota, and the son of Ole and Lena (Olson) Baker. 

Doctor Baker's father and mother came to America about 1870 and 
located near Rochester, Minnesota, where the father operated a hardware 
store for several years. He is now living retired. 

Axcel C. Baker obtained his early education at Rochester, Minnesota. 
Afterward, he attended the University of Minnesota and was graduated 
from the academic department in 1807. lie made a splendid record at the 
University of Minnesota and one of which he has every reason to lie very 
proud. After finishing the academic work at the University of Minnesota, 
where he received the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Dr. Baker attended 



■JO OTTER 1A1I COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

Northwestern University Medical School, at Chicago, and was graduated 
from that institution in 1901, receiving the degree of Doctor of .Medicine. 

After spending two years in the Wesley hospital, at Chicago, as an 
intern, he came to Fergus Falls in 1903 and here engaged in the practice oi 
medicine. During the past twelve years his practice has steadily increased 
and he now enjoys a large and prosperous patronage. 

By Doctor Baker's marriage to Catherine Hudson, the daughter of 
Thomas C. and Eliza Hudson, there have been horn four children, Norman 
H., Katheryn, Charles E. and Mary. 

Doctor Baker is prominent in the Masonic circles of Fergus halls. 
l>eing a member of Corner Stone Lodge No. 99. He is also a member of the 
Park Region Medical Society, the Minnesota State Medical Association and 
the American Medical Association. 



FRANK N. WHITTAKER, D.D.S. 

One of the best-known citizens of Fergus Falls, Otter Tail county, 
Minnesota, and the first college-trained dentist to locate in Fergus Falls, is 
Dr. Frank N. Whittaker, a native of Minneapolis, where he was born on 
May 16, 1869. Doctor Whittaker's father, who is still living at Llanerch, 
a suburb of Philadelphia, was one of two children born to his parents. The 
other was Charles Whittaker, a veteran of the Civil War, who died in 
Minneapolis. Doctor Whittaker's mother, who before her marriage was 
Helen Noble, and who was his father's second wife, came from a distin- 
guished pioneer family of Minneapolis, her parents having settled on the 
present site of the Hennepin county court house. Mrs. Helen (Noble) 
Whittaker was one of three children born to her parents. She had two 
brothers. James and John 11.. the latter of whom was a thirty-third-degree 
Mason, who died in the city of Minneapolis. Many years ago Doctor 
Whittaker's father removed from the state of Minnesota to Delaware 
county, Pennsylvania After living in Minneapolis for a time he had 
removed to Minnetonka Fake, near Minneapolis, where for a time he owned 
a farm. Later he owned a small farm in Virginia, where he lived for a 
few years and then removed to Delaware county, Pennsylvania, settling at 
Llanerch, a suburb of Philadelphia, where he now lives retired with his 
son Robert, a child by his third marriage. Doctor Whittaker's mother died 
in 1872 and his father later was married to a Miss Jennings, who is now 
deceased. 

Born and reared in Minneapolis. Minnesota, Frank X. Whittaker 
attended the public schools of Minneapolis and later spent two wars m the 
Minneapolis high school. After the high school curse lie entered the 
department of dentistry at tin- University of Minnesota and was graduated 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. J I 

in the class of 1893. After his graduation Doctor Whittaker removed to 
Fergus Falls and for eight months was employed in the dental office of Dr. 
R. H. Phalon. After working for Doctor Phalon for eight months Doctor 
Whittaker bought his office and began the practice of his profession on his 
own responsibility on February 1, 1894. Altogether he has practiced den- 
tistry in Otter Tail county, .Minnesota, for a little more than twenty years 
and during this period has given his time exclusively to his profession, hav- 
ing built up a large patronage in this county. He is known here not only 
as a skilful dentist, but as one of the leading citizens of Otter Tail county. 

In 1898 Doctor Whittaker was married to Mrs. Jessie Crippen, a native 
of Wisconsin and a daughter of Col. O. McFarland, who immigrated to 
Otter Tail county in 1X80 and purchased a farm on the shore of Ten Mile 
lake, where he lived until his death. Doctor and Mrs. Whittaker have no 
children. 

The Whittakers arc members of the Episcopal church of Fergus Falls 
and Doctor Whittaker is a vestryman in the church. He is a Republican 
in politics, but has never aspired to office. All in all, it may be said that 
Dr. Frank N. Whittaker is one of those professional men and citizens whom 
many communities delight to honor. He has worthily discharged his duties 
as a professional man and a citizen. Not only is he well known throughout 
Otter Tail county and especially Fergus Falls and vicinity, but is popular 
wherever known. 



JAMES H. BELL. 



The firm of Maire & Bell is well known in the business and commercial 
life of Fergus Falls and is one of the leading hardware companies in this 
section of the state. The secretary of the firm is James H. Bell, who is a 
native of New York state. 

James H. Bell was born in the town of Dexter, Jefferson county, New 
York, January 10, 1854, and is the son of William and Betsy (Seeber) Bell. 
Mr. Hell's father and mother were born in New York state. His grand- 
father and his grandmother were natives of Ireland. 

James II. Bell was reared on the home farm and obtained his educa- 
tion in his native town. After growing to manhood he taught school in 
New York state, but in February, t88i, came west to Fergus Falls and 
purchased land in Buse township, where he carried on farming until 1894, 
when he engaged in the hardware business in Fergus Falls in partnership 
with Mr. Maire. 

By Mr. Bell's marriage i" Clara J. Wiley, the daughter of Jefferson 
Wiley, there have been born two children, William J. and Clara I.. Mr-. 
Bell died on October 10, 1912. Of their two children, William J. was 



•/2 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

educated in the public schools of Fergus Falls. He attended the Princeton 
Theological Seminary, at Princeton, New Jersey, and is now a missionary 
of the Presbyterian church and is stationed at Virginia, Minnesota. Rev- 
erend Piell was married to Helen Hunt, of St. Paul, Minnesota. Clara L. 
Bell resides at home with her father. 



TOHX P. HAWK. 



One of the oldest merchants in point of continuous business activity in 
the history of Fergus Falls, [Minnesota, is John P. Haave, who was born 
twenty-five miles east of Trondhjem, Norway. January 14. 1S39. the son 
of Peter and Solo (Floren) Haave. the former of whom was a farmer in 
Norway. Both parents died in Norway. 

In 1867 John P. Haave and wife emigrated to America, and after 
landing on the Atlantic seaboard the family came west, locating in Wana- 
mingo township, Goodhue county, .Minnesota, where John P. Haave farmed 
for a year. During the remaining three years 111 which he lived in Goodhue 
county, he was occupied with various kinds of work. In 1871 he removed 
to Fergus Falls. Minnesota, where he worked during the summer months 
111 a saw-mill, and in the winter months in a blacksmith shop. This period 
of his life covered altogether eight years. 

In 1884. in company with Olive Haave, Mr. Haave purchased the gro- 
cery store of John Halbeerg, and this partnership arrangement continued 
for eight or nine months, when John P. Haave stated to his partner that 
there was not enough in the business for both of them, that he would with- 
draw his capital and pay for what groceries his family had used in addition 
and ask nothing for his services during the period of eight or nine months. 
Olive Haave declined to agree to this arrangement, but after a few days' 
deliberation he also offered to withdraw from the concern, which he did. 
This was in 1X84. and since that period John P. Haave has continued in 
business in Fergus Falls. His first store was located on the present site 
of the office of the Urgblad. In [888 Mr. Haave moved to his present 
location under the Riverside flats. 

\,,t onlj lias fohn P. Haave been successful in business, but he has 
also liven successful m the political life of the county. He served as county 
commissioner of < >tter Tail county from [896 to 1000. and has held various 
municipal and local offices, for many years Mr. Haave has been a trus- 
tee of the Park Region Lutheran College, and is a devoted and earnest 
member of the Lutheran church, to the support of which he is a liberal 
contributor. 

Since coming t>> Fergus Palls. Minnesota, Mr. Haave has witnessed 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 73 

many important changes, not only in the material development of this city 
and county, but in the personnel of its citizens. Today he ranks as a good 
man and a good citizen, and is well and favorably known throughout Otter 
Tail county. 



HENRY A. WINTHER. 



One of the prosperous commercial concerns of Fergus Falls, Minne- 
sota, is the John A. A. Winther & Son, dealers in lumber and building 
material, of which Henry A. Winther is the junior partner. 

Henry A. Winther, a native of Cold Spring, Stearns county, .Minne- 
sota, was born on January 12, 1875. He is the son of John A. A. and 
Eline (Hanson) Winther, the former of whom was born on June 11, 1836, 
in Denmark, and who in 1 86 1 . when twenty-live years old, immigrated to 
America, landing in New York city. Subsequently he came west to Minne- 
apolis, where he followed the cooper's trade for a time. He then removed 
to Nashville, Tennessee, during the War of the Rebellion and was there 
obliged tn employ Southern sympathizers whether he desired or not. After 
the war he returned to Denmark on account of the death of his father and 
remained in his native land for two years. Upon his return to America he 
settled at Cold Spring, Stearns county, Minnesota, where he took charge of 
the lumber business owned by Waite, Clarke & McClure. After living 
at (old Spring for five years, in March, 1880, Mr. Winther came to Fergus 
Falls, Minnesota, and the following year, in company with B. A. Clarke, 
engaged in the lumber business. Subsequently, however, he sold out to 
Mr. Clarke. 

In 1883 John A. A. Winther opened a lumber yard at Elizabeth, Otter 
Tail county, Minnesota. This yard is still in operation. In 1890 he pur- 
chased the lumber yard of Edward Mc< iullough, in Fergus Falls, and this 
yard is also still in operation and is managed by Henry A. Winther, the 
junior partner, who became associated in the business in 1899. 

Mr. and Mrs. John A. A. Winther were the parents of six children, 
namely: Henry A., the subject of this sketch: Mary K., who is now Mrs. 
George W. Savage and who resides in Towa : August A., who married Annie 
llanert: Bates C, who is engaged with his brother, August A., in the fruit 
growing business at Lindsay. California: Arnold S, who is in the mining 
business in Utah; and William, an electrician of Fresno, California. 

Henry A. Winther was married in kji.) in Eva 1\. Huxmann, of 
Minneapolis. Mr. and Mrs. Winther have one child, Henry A.. Jr., born 
mi September 4. 1915. Mr. Winther'- parents make their home in Los 
Angeles, California, on accounl of the severit) of the Minnesota climate. 
I'lie California climate agrees with them much better at their time of lite 



JOHN II. GRASS. 

\s president oi the Grass Clothing < ompany, of Fergus Kalis, Otter 
Tail county, Minnesota. John II. Grass is a conspicuous figure in the busi- 
ness life of Fergus Falls and Otter Tail county. He is the founder of the 
business which now bears his name and with which for more than thirty- 
five years he has been connected. 

John II Grass, a native of Walworth county, Wisconsin, where he 
was born on March i, 1850, is the son of Vnthony and Catherine ( Noblet) 
Grass, both of whom were natives of Alsace, then a province of France. 
Anthony Grass's parents were Joseph and Barbara Grass, who came to 
America when Anthony was twelve years old. They located in Detroit, 
Michigan, where the father engaged in manufacturing boots and shoes. 
Later, however, he sold out the boot and shoe business and engaged in 
farming in the state of Michigan. He remained on the farm until [844, 
when the family removed to Wisconsin, settling at Spring Prairie in Wal- 
worth county, where he engaged in farming the remainder of his life. Jos- 
eph Grass, the paternal grandfather of John II.. was one of the progressive 
men of Ins time as well as a most skilful and successful farmer. Both lie 
and his w ife lived to advanced ages. Joseph Grass died at the aye of 
eighty-six and his wife at the age of eight-one years. They had four chil- 
dren, of whom Mr. Grass's father. Anthony, was the first born. The other 
children were Barbara, Abbie and Rosabelle. 

Anthony Grass was reared on the home farm in Wisconsin, where he 
remained until 1N60. when he removed to Racine county. Wisconsin, pur- 
chasing two hundred acres ( ,f land By his marriage to Catherine Noblet, 
there were horn nine children, of whom John II. was the fourth. Nichols, 
the first horn, is deceased. The others were Abbie, Catherine, \nnie. Jos- 
1 ph, h rank". Julia and Edward. 

John 11. Grass was educated in the public schools of the state of Wis- 
consin and at Rochester \cademy. He also attended the Burlington high 
school, but quit school when eighteen years old to engage in the mercantile 
business at Burlington, Wisconsin, where he worked as a clerk for four 
vears. \fterward he went to Elkhorn, Wisconsin, and managed a store 
owned by his former employer, Joseph Crane. There he remained for 
three years, when, in company with B. C. Drake, he purchased a stock of 

g Is and operated a -tore in partnership with Mr. Drake for a year and 

li He 1 1 m n -..Id out to his partner. 

In 1879 Mr. Grass came to Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and commenced 

business with Osmer C. Chase. Subsequently Mr. Chase sold out his inter- 
est 11 the mercantile business to a Mr. ('.rant and in 1 SS 1 the linn name 
changed to Grass, Morrison & Grain. This partnership arrangement 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. J^, 

continued until 1890, when Mr. Grass and partners split up the store. One 
took the groceries, one took the dry goods and Mr. Grass took the clothing- 
department. He conducted the business alone until February 15, 1 9 1 5 . 
when it was incorporated under the name of the Grass Clothing Company 
The incorporators were J. H. Grass. St., and J. H. Grass, Jr. 

In [876, some three years before coming to Minnesota, John H. Grass 
was married to Adella Silvernail. of Waukesha county, Wisconsin. Mrs. 
Grass is the daughter of Peter Silvernail and has borne her husband two 
sons, Charles F. and John H., Jr. The former married Christianna Larson 
and they have two children. Harriett and Alice. The}- reside in the state 
of .Montana. John II. Grass, Jr., is associated with his father in the Grass 
( lothing ( Company. 

In addition to the mercantile business which hears his name. John II. 
Grass is also a most successful farmer. He owns two splendid farms in 
Orwell township, to which he gives considerable attention. He is especially 
interested in breeding Guernsey cattle and Percheron horses. 

Mr. Grass is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and 
the Benevolent and Protective Order of FJks. 



DAVID M. BROWN. 



One of the thriving industries of Fergus Falls, Otter Tail county, 
Minnesota, is the Fergus Casket Works, of which David M. Brown has 
been secretary and executive officer since its organization in [897. Not 
only has he been prominent in the industrial life of Otter Tail county, but 
lie has likewise been prominent in the civic and political life, having served 
at one time as mayor of Fergus Falls and as a member of the Fergus Falls 
council. 

David M. Brown is a native of Vblney, Oswego county, Ww York, 
where he was born on October '1. [857. lie is the son of David L. and 
Harriet (Harris) Brown, tin- former of whom during liis active career 
was a successful farmer. Fie is now living retired in New York state. 
Mr. Brown's mother passed away in the Empire state in 1900. There were 
six children in the family, four of whom are still living. 

David M. Brown received In- early education in Fulton, Oswego coun- 
ty. New York, and at Mexico Academy. While he was still a lad in his 
teens and while his education was still incomplete, he took up salesmanship 
and worked during the evenings and summers and on Saturdays selling 
fruit tree- for a large nursery. Later he taughl school during the winter 
months for several terms. 

In [882 Mr. Brown came to Fergus Falls and with Leonard \nu-s. of 
Oswego, \'cw York, and Geo. G. French, of Mexico, New York, together 



j6 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

with Charles J. Wright, of Fergus Falls (the firm name being Ames, 
French & Company), three thousand acres of land were acquired, of which 
fifteen hundred acres was farm land. The farm land was located at 
French, Carlisle township, and the timber land in the township of Dora, 
Otter Tail count}'. This company was organized for the specific purpose 
of cultivating the land for profit and eventually selling it. The business 
continued until 18S9. when Mr. Brown took up life insurance work, having 
become at that time assistant manager of the Mutual Life Insurance Com- 
pany, of New York state. After holding this position until 1897 -^ r - 
Brown assisted in the organization of the Fergus Casket Works, and became 
the secretary and manager of the concern, positions which he still holds. 
He is one of the chief officers of this concern and has had much to do with 
its prosperity and growth. 

On December 12. 1883, David M. Brown was married to Henrietta 
Bisnett, a native of Fulton. Xew York. They have one son, David L., who 
is the assistant manager of the Fergus Casket Works. 

Mr. Brown is a member of Corner Stone Lodge No. 99, Ancient Free 
and Accepted Masons. Also he is the exalted ruler of the Benevolent and 
Protective Order of Elks, and a member of the Ancient Order of United 
Workmen and the Modern Woodmen of America. 



WALTER B. WINDSOR. 

One of the largest industries in Otter Tail count}- is the manufacture 
of flour and one of the largest manufacturers of Otter Tail count}- is Wal- 
ter B. Windsor, the secretary of the Fergus Flour Mills Company, which 
makes a specialty of manufacturing flour from the celebrated "'Park 
Region" wheat. The Fergus Flour Mills Company is a consolidation of the 
Otter Tail mill and the Fergus flour-mill. 

Walter T>. Windsor is a native of Wheatcheif, Xew Jersey, where he 
was born on November 21, 1850. He is the son oi William II. and Sarah 
(Battin) Windsor, the former of whom was a well-known business man, of 
Xew York city, having been engaged there for man}- years in the lire insur- 
ance business. 1 luring all of this time, William IT. Windsor lived in Eliza- 
beth, Xew Jersey. In his later years, he moved to the western part of Xew 
York state, where he and his wife lived until their deaths. 

Walter B. Windsor received his carl\' education at Canaseraga, Alle- 
gany county, Xew York. Practically all of his education was received in 
innate schools. After he had grown to manhood, he learned the drug- 
gist's trade in I lornellsvillc. Xew York, but in 1883 immigrated to the 
Dakotas and after taking up some land made his headquarter- at Aberdeen, 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 77 

South Dakota, and engaged in the fire insurance business on an extensive 
scale. 

In August, 1899, Mr. Windsor came to Fergus Falls and in partner- 
ship with David A. Tennant purchased the Otter Tail flour-mill, which was 
operated for one year. In 1900 he purchased the Fergus flour-mill and 
consolidated the two mills into the Fergus Flour Mills Company. In 1904 
they purchased a mill in Fargo, North Dakota, and in 1912 they purchased 
the Globe flour-mill in Perham, Otter Tail county. In addition to 'their 
consolidated mill, they, therefore, own two additional mills. Compara- 
tively, these three mills have a large capacity and the firm enjoys a large 
local trade in Otter Tail county and does a large business in other parts of 
the country. From the very beginning, the business has been a prosperous 
one and its success has been due not only to the wide knowledge which Mr. 
Windsor has of the milling business, but to his relations with his patrons, 
which have always been of a most cordial character. Although a prom- 
inent citizen of Otter Tail county, Mr. Windsor is a man of most modest 
and unassuming parts. 

In October, 1891, Walter 1'.. Windsor was married, in Faribault. Min- 
nesota, to Sarah Tennant, a native of St. Lawrence count}-, Xew York. 
Mr. and Mrs. Windsor have two children. Robert and Harold, who live at 
home with their parents. 



HORACE PICKIT. 



The only merchant now living in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, who was 
in business in this city as long ago as 1873, is Horace Pickit, who was born 
in Edwards, St. Lawrence county, Xew York, in 1842, and who is the son 
of J. B. and Sarah (Woodcock) Pickit. 

The late T. B. Pickit operated a general store in Edwards for a number 
of years and was postmaster for thirty-five years. He was also interested 
in a large ax and wagon manufacturing company and held many local 
offices. In fact, he was the leading citizen of the town. In 1880 he and 
his wife came west .to Fergus Falls and remained for a time, when they 
removed to Motley, Morrison county, where he and his wife lived until 
their deaths. 

Horace Pickit received his early education in the district schools ami 
at the academy at Gouverneur and Pottsdam, New York, after which he 
worked in his father's store. When he was twenty-one years old he 
engaged in business for himself in Edwards until 1872, when he made a 
pleasure trip to California. On August 9, 1873, Mr. Pickit came to Fer- 
gus Falls. His brother was already here in business and they entered into 



70 OTTER TA UN IV. MINNESOTA. 

partnership under the firm name of Pickit Brothers, which continued for 
five years, when they dissolved. Horace Pickit then operated the business 
alone. 

A few years later Horace Pickit built a large brick building on the 
southeast corner of Mill street and Lincoln avenue, and in this building 
operated a furnishing goods store on the .Mill street side. A Mr. Moore 
operated a dry-goods store facing on Lincoln avenue. 

In [890 Mr. Pickit became the postmaster of Fergus balls under the 
administration of President Cleveland and at the next door mi Mill street, 
north, conducted a tailor ship and later a furnishing goods -tore. Subse- 
quently, however, he sold out and put in a line of cigar-, taking at the -ante 
time the agency for the Northern Express Company, which agency Mr. 
Pickit still has. 

Main vears ago Mr. Pickit was married to Celinda E. Peck,. by whom 
two children have been horn, both of whom died in infancy. Mr. Pickil 
i- an affable gentleman and is highly respected by the citizens of this city. 



|()11X W. PETERS! )N. 



\mong the many residents of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, who arc natives 
of Sweden and who have been successful in their adopted country, i- John 
VV. Peterson, the present superintendent of the electric lighl plant at Fer- 
gus Falls. 

John VV. Peterson was born in the southern part of Sweden on July 31, 
[858. and is the son of Peter and Hannah (Nelson) Peterson, in 1 S 7 5 
the family came to America and. after moving to Chippewa county, Minne- 
sota, settled near what i- now the village of Maynard There the father 
homesteaded a tract of land which he operated and where he lived until his 
death. 

John VV. Peterson received Ins early schooling in his native land and 
in America, lie attended the public schools of Granite balls, Minnesota, 
and of Litchfield, in Meeker county. After finishing hi- education he was 
first employed in a -lore in Litchfield for one year and then went to Minne- 
apolis, where he wa- able to obtain a position with the Swan & Bush Elec- 
tric Company. In the meantime Mr. Peterson attended ni-lu school, where 
he studied electricity, in order to better equip himself for hi- business. 
\fter six month- he wa- employed by the St. Paul, Minnesota, Gas Light 
Company, and wa- associated with that compam for four years. Mr. Peter 
1. ii Hun operated the power house for eighteen month-, which is located in 
Fan Claire. Wisconsin. lie then came to Little ball-, where be was 
emploved by the Little Falls Lower and Light Company for five years. 

In iSqe, Mr. Peterson came to Fergus Falls a- superintendent of the 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. ~< I 

electric light plant of this city, a position which he has creditably filled dur- 
ing a period of many years. 

By Mr. Peterson's marriage to Ellen Benson there has been horn one 
daughter, Florence K.. who lives at home with her parents; a son. William 
Edwin, died at the age of sixteen months. 

Mr. Peterson is a member of the Minnesota Electrical Association and 
i- prominent in the civic life of his home town. He is well known in 
Fergus Falls and is highly respected by all of the people with whom he has 
o >mc in contact. 



WATSON T. BEL] 



Among the active business men of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, who have 
been connected with the business life of the city for man}- years and who, as 
the proprietor of a popular grocery, enjoys a large and lucrative patronage, 
is Watson T. Bell. Mr. Bell deserves to be considered as one of the pioneers 
of Fergus Falls and Otter Tail county. He is prominent in the fraternal 
circles of the city and is otherwise well known in this section of the state. 

Watson T. Bell was horn on August 14, [853, at SugaT Creek, in 
Walworth county, Wisconsin, lie is the son of William and Adeline (Fair- 
child) Bell, the former of whom came to Wisconsin from Cattaraugus 
county. New York. William Bell was a carpenter by trade. He emigrated 
in Walworth county, Wisconsin, at an early date and there followed his 
trade, and it was there that Watson T. Bell grew to manhood. 

Having learned the printer's trade. Mr. Bell finally moved to Milwau- 
kee, Wisconsin, where, for some time, he worked at his trade. Still later 
he moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he was employed as a type setter on 
the Chicago Tribww until [882. \t that time Mr. Bell moved to Fergus 
falls, Minnesota. Realizing that there was an opportunity for a large 
grocery, he. in partnership with Oscar Brown, opened a retail grocery in the 
Wright block on Hi-mark avenue, east, and was in that location for eighl 






or 1 


nne years, when they moved to Lincoln avenue, west, near the presenl 


site 


of the Golden Rule building, where, in addition to groceries, they car- 


ried 


a large line of ylass and crockery. 




In [ 002 the partnership between Mr. Hell and Mr. Brown was dissolved. 


Mr. 


Bell moving at that time to his present location, 114 Lincoln avenue, 


wesl 


lie now deals exclusively in groceries and has a large trade, which 


has 


come to him not only because he fully understands the needs of his C US- 


ton* 


.ts, hut because of his honorable and uprighl dealings with them. 




Mr. Bell's wife, before her marriage, was Margaret Gorman, who 


has 


home him one son, Dr George f... now a well-known and successful 


dent 


ist of Fergus falls. | >,■ George E. Bell married Edith Vfortensen, the 



So OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

daughter of Nels J. Mortensen, a retired druggist of Fergus Falls. Dr. and 
Mrs. Ceorge E. Bell have one daughter, Catherine. 

Watson T. Bell is a member of Corner Stone Lodge No. 99. Ancient 
Free and Accepted Masons, the Knights of Pythias, the Benevolent and 
Protective Order of Elks and the .Modern Woodmen of America. 



HON. ELMER I.LLSWORTH ADAMS. 

As the editor of Otter Tail county's leading newspaper for many years, 
and as a banker and business man. Hlmer Ellsworth Adams is one of the 
best-known citizens of Otter Tail county. His life and career are intimately 
identified with almost every phase of the development of this great county. 

Elmer Ellsworth Adams, journalist and business man, is a native of 
Waterburv, Vermont, where he was born on December 31, 1861, a son of 
Daniel K. and Ann (Hale) Adams, both of whom also were natives of the 
state of Vermont. Daniel K. Adams, who originally was an iron manu- 
facturer, emigrated to Minneapolis in 1879, and engaged in contract build- 
ing. His death occurred in St. Paul in [912, he and his wife having reared 
a family of four children, Dayton, Elmer E., Wilbur and Alice. 

Elmer E. Adams was educated in the public schools of Morrisville, 
Vermont, and at the University of Minnesota, being graduated from the 
latter institution with the class of 1884, ami on the 17th of February, 1884, 
arrived at Fergus Falls, this county, as the editor of tin- Fergus Fulls Daily 
Telegram. In March, 1885, the Telegram was consolidated with the Fergus 
Falls Journal, and Mr. Adams became editor of the consolidated newspaper, 
continuing in that capacity until 1912, when he was succeeded by W. L. 
Robertson. 

In addition to the presidency of the Fergus Falls Journal Company, a 
position which Mr. Adams now holds, he is also presidenl of the First 
National Hank, president of the Northwestern Building Association, and of 
tin- Otter Tail Loan Association, and secretary of the Rvd Liver Milling 
1 1 impany. 

hi [890 Elmer E. Adams was supervisor of the federal census for the 
fifth Minnesota district, am! in toon he was supervisor of the census for 
the seventh Minnesota district, For many years he was a member of the 
hoard ..I' regents of the University of Minnesota. 
member of the state Legislature for four terms a 
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Marjorie, Dorothy Q. and Samuel P., all of whom arc living at home with 
their parents. 

Mr. Adams is prominent as a member of the Chippewa Club, of Fergus 
Falls. He is a gentleman of wide information as a banker and a forceful 
newspaper editor and writer, being widely recognized as one of the most 
forceful editorial writers in Minnesota. His large success in life has come 
as a natural consequence of his natural force of character and grace of per- 
sonality and he deserves to rank as one of the foremost citizens of Otter 

Tail county, it being reasonabl) tain that history will accord to him a 

conspicuous place in the annals of this section of the state. 



RI( ;l \RD I. ANGUS. 



Richard J. Angus, a successful business man of Fergus Falls. Minne- 
sota, who has been engaged in the real-estate, loan and insurance business in 
this city since 1891, is a well-rounded man and citizen. He is popular 
among the people of Otter Tail county. Rarely does anything occur in 
Fergus Falls in which he does not take a leading part. 

Richard J. Angus, who is a native of Scotland, was born at Bathgate 
on February [6, 1863. His father, the late Alexander Angus, was a mer- 
chant in the old country. The family came to America in 1880, and after 
settling in Minnesota engaged in farming. 

Educated at the city of Bathgate, Mr. Angus later entered the Univer- 
sity cf Edinburgh, where for some years he was a student. When Mr. 
Angus was nineteen years old. he engaged in the real estate business with 
Miller & McMasters, of Fergus Falls, and was employed by this firm for a 
period of six years. It was here that he laid the foundation of the success 
which was ti> crown the efforts of his later years. In 1888 Mr. Angus went 
tn Neligh, Nebraska, where he became assistant manager of the Nebraska 
office of the Globe Investment Company, of Boston. Massachusetts. The 
next year. [889, Mr. Angus was transferred to the Kansas City office as 
cashier of the combined Nebraska and Kansas office-. Two years later. 
in [891, he returned to Fergus Falls and, having already obtained .1 good 

Start in life, boughl OUl the real-estate business of F. \V. Bumham, who had 
succeeded to the business of .Miller & McMasters. This business has been 
successfully earned mi for a period of nearly a quarter of a century, and it 
ha- given .Mr. Angus an opportunity t'> be of real service in the agricul- 
tural and commercial life of Otter Tail county. ^mong his various inter- 
ests he owns farms j n this county and mi the White Earth reservation, and 
city property, among which is a third interest in the Manhattan building, 
where his office is located. 
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82 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

.Mr. Angus lias served several terms as alderman of the fourth ward 
on the city council in Fergus Falls. The gin id work of Richard J. Angus 
floes not appear in a brief statement of facts concerning his life's career, 
llis ways of doing good are so varied and extend to so many unexpected 
quarters that they cannot well be set forth in this place, lie is, however, 
one of the "live wires" of Fergus Falls and prominent in many phases of 
its life. Mr. Angus is a member of several fraternal and secret orders, 
including, among others, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He 
is also treasurer of the Federated church.. No interest is beneath his notice 
and no interest exists in this thriving city either too large or too small to 
gain a part of his attention, lie is fund of the people of Fergus Falls and 
the people are fond of him and cherish the work he has done and is doing. 



\DIX NELSON 



Adin Nelson, a well-known citizen of Fergus Falls. Minnesota, and 
the principal butter-maker for the Fergus Co-operative Creamery Associa- 
tion, is a native of East Union, Carver county. Minnesota, where he was 
horn on July 20, 1876. He is the son of Nels and Inga (Anderson) Nel- 
son, who had a family of nine children. The following children are -til! 
living: Jonah M.. a resident of Minneapolis ; Nels G., a resident of Carver 
village; Mrs. Christine Svvanson, who lives in Carver; Mrs. Lena Scott, of 
Ionian. Scott county, Minnesota: Leonard, who lives at Bemidji ; and 
Emma, who married llenn Hotting, and lives at Bemidji. 

Mr. Nelson's father came to America in 1869 and his mother three 
years later. They settled in East Union, Carver county, Minnesota, where 
Nels operated a flour-mill and where he was the head m.iller for five years. 
He then purchased a farm and was engaged in Farming the remainder of 
his life. 

Adin Nelson was reared on the farm and received his education in 
Easl Union, Carver county, Minnesota. \fter completing his education he 
managed his father's farm for three years after his father's death, and 
then found employment in the creamery for a couple of years. After he had 
obtained a general knowledge of making butter, he attended a dairy-farm 
school and, after completing his studies there, he returned to Fast Union 
and became butter-maker for the Easl Union creamers. Altogether, Mr. 
Nelson was employed by the Easl Union creamery for seven years. 

In 1007 Adin Nelson came to Fergus Falls. Minnesota, and has since 
operated the Co-operative creamery a1 this place. He is a member o1 the 
Butter-Maker's Association, both Mate and national, and Vasa Orden of 
Fergus Falls. 

I'.\ Ins marriage to Anna L. Arneson, a native of Easl I'niou. Carver 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 83 

county, Adin Nelson has four children, Margaret, Doris, Wilma and 
Hernia. The Nelson family are all members of the Swedish Lutheran 
church. They are regular attendants at church services and contribute lib- 
erally to the support of the church in every way. 



HERBERT E. WEBBER. 

Herbert E. Webber, the well-known manager of the E. J. Webber 
Company, of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, whose family history is recounted in 
the sketch of his deceased father, was born on April 21, 1884. It may be 
said in this connection, however, that his father, who passed away in IQ05, 
was one of the most progressive citizens in the history of Fergus Falls. 

Herbert E. Webber obtained his elementary education in the public 
schools of Fergus Falls, and after finishing the high school course he 
attended Northwestern University, at Chicago, and was a student there in 
the law department. Mr. Webber expected to continue his course in law 
until graduation, but his father's untimely death, in 1005, changed his plans 
and he returned home to take up his father's work. 

.Mr. Webber has charge of all of his father's business and is capably 
and successfully installed as its manager. He is president of the Fergus 
< laskel Works, a position which his father held at the time of his death, 
and has many other business responsibilities. 

Herbert E. Webber was married on February 3, 191 5, to Rose Frank- 
oviz, a native of Fergus Falls. Mr. and Mrs. Webber are popular in the 
social life of Fergus Falls and entertain frequently at their hospitable and 
comfortable home in this city. Mr. Webber is a member of the Benevolent 
and Protective Order of Elks. 



CHRISTIAN O. UTNE. 



Among the residents of Fergus halls. Minnesota, who have been suc- 
cessful in its business and commercial life, is Christian O. Utne, the present 
secretary of the Fergus Falls Woolen Mills Company, who is a native of 
Norway. 

Christian O. Utne was horn on March 23, 1882, and is the son of 
Oliver C. and Ellen Torine < Ryan 1 Utne. The Utne family, consisting of 
the father and mother and five children, came to .America in [886 \ iter 
arriving on the Atlantic seaboard, they came West to Dalton, ( )tter Tail 
county, Minnesota, where the father purchased a farm and on which was 
standing a small frame house. Later on he built a larger house There 
were ten children in the Utne Family: Mattie. Amanda. Emma, who is 
deceased; Christian, who married Edith Suniu, a native of Whhv and the 



84 OTTER 1 H COl M'V. MINNESOTA. 

daughter of Andrew and Mar) Sunju, and has two children, Ellen Marie 
and Dorothy Isabel; Sarah; Andrew O. is a professor in the Park Region 
College; Theodore, who is principal of the high school at Norwood; form, 
who lives on the old farm: Emma, who is a teacher by profession; and 
1 >ora, who lives at home. 

Christian O. Utne received his early education in Dane Prairie. Later 
he attended the Northwestern College at Fergus Falls and later Red Wing 
Seminary and Moorehead State Normal School. After completing his 
studies, he taught school in different places for seven years. 

In 1910 Mr. Utne became associated with the management of the Fer- 
gus Falls "Woolen Mill Company, which position he now holds. He is a 
successful business man and a valuable citizen, one who takes a commendable 
interest in public enterprises and worthy public movements. 



MARTIN T. NELSON. 

Of the well-known business firms in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, there 
may be mentioned the firm of Nelson &• Thoreson. who operate two distinct 
lines of business, the Fergus Fuel Company, which deals in coal, lime, 
plaster and cement, and the Marble and Granite Works. 

Martin T. Nelson, the senior member of the firm of Nelson & Thore- 
son. was born on November 15, 1873, and is the son of Tollef and Marit 
(Larson) Nelson, the former of whom was born in 1837 and who, in 1856, 
with his brother, sailed for America. Tollef was then but nineteen years 
old. With his brother, he landed at Quebec. Canada, and not having enough 
money to reach their destination they borrow-ed some and by boat finally 
reached the state of Michigan, after which they worked their way several 
hundred miles, finally reaching Big Canoe, Iowa, where their uncle lived. 
They remained with him for a time and then moved to Waseca county, 
Minnesota, where they worked a farm on the shares for a time. Afterward 
they came to Freeborn comity and also worked at farming on the shares. 
Finally, they purchased a yoke of oxen and drove to Tumuli township, in 
Otter rail county, taking up a homestead near the village of Halt. ml There 

Tollef Nelson farmed until his death. 

Tollef and Marit (Larson) Xelson were the parents of twelve chil- 
dren, four of whom died in infancy: Carrie, who is now Mrs. T 
Udbye, of Fergus Falls; Nels T. who is a lawyer and editor; [nger, who 
married F. C. Svensrud, and lives on a part of the old homestead; Lars, 
who lives on the homestead in Tumuli township: Martin T., who is the sub- 
jecl of this sketch: Anton, who is .1 resident of Canada; Thore L. who is a 
barber in Fergus Falls; and Eline, who married Emil Brusven. 

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OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 85 

his education taught school for two years in Norman county and two years 
in Otter Tail county. Afterward he engaged in the coal, lime, plaster and 
cenu-nt business and. in 1908, went into the marble and granite business. 
The title of the firm was originally Partridge & Nelson. This partnership 
arrangement continued for one year, and afterward Mr. Nelson was alone 
until 191 2, when he took his present partner into the business. 

By his marriage to Gena Molden, the daughter of Olie Molden, Martin 
T. Nelson has one son, Thomas O., who was born ott September 27, 1907. 

The firm of Nelson & Thoreson has been unusually successful in busi- 
ness and has succeeded in building up a large trade and a valuable patronage 
in this community. Much of this success is due to the splendid ability and 
genial personality of the senior member of the firm. Martin T. Nelson. 



LOWELL I. LANGNESS. 

Lowell I. Langness, a well-known merchant of Otter Tail county, Min- 
nesota, who has been engaged in business at Clitherall longer than any other 
man in the history of the town, was born at Rodness, Smaalennes, Amt, 
Norway. August 7. 1864, and is the son of Iver A. and Amelia (Anderson) 
Langness. Mr. Langness' father was born in 1829 and his mother in 1826. 
They were married in Norway, and after their marriage Iver A. Langness 
came to America and located in Goodhue county, Minnesota, in 1868. Two 
years later the family came to America, and in 1874 they settled in Leaf 
Mountain township. Otter Tail county. Here the father took a homestead 
of one hundred and sixty acres. He cleared the land and improved it in 
many ways and lived on this farm until his death, in 1901. His wife died 
in 1905. They were members of the Norwegian Lutheran church and 
were among the organizers of the Zoar congregation. They were active in 
religious work until the time of their deaths. They were the parents of 
six children, of whom August and Carl are deceased. The living children 
are: Julius, Lowell !.. Alava and Anna. 

Lowell I. Langness was educated in Leaf Mountain township and in 
Nidaros township. 1 [e was reared on a farm and lived on the farm until he 
was twenty-two years old. when he engaged in threshing in this count) 
.After having been engaged in the threshing business for three years Mr. 
Langness attended the St. Cloud Normal School and the Curtis Business 
College al Minneapolis. He came to Clitherall in the fall of i8gt and 
engaged in the grain business as a buyer for the Farmers Elevator Com- 
pany. Later he built an elevator, hut sold out about 1901 and moved to 
North Dakota, where he took a claim of one hundred and sixty acre-, \fter 
proving up on the claim he returned to Clitherall, and in the fall of [905 
engaged in the general mercantile business. Mr. Langness owns hi- own 



86 OTTER 1 \ll COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

building. He has built up a prosperous business and enjoys a large patron- 
age from the farmers of this community. 

On October 28, 1896, Lowell T. Langness was married to Minnie 
Nyberg, of Fergus Falls, Minnesota. She was born in Tintah, Wilkin 
county, Minnesota, in 1875. and is the daughter of Charles and Caroline 
Nyberg, the former of whom lives in Fergus Falls, the latter being deceased. 
Mr. and Mrs. Lowell I. Langness have no children. 

Mr. Langness is a member of tin- Modern Woodmen of America at 
Clitherall. He has been active in the Farmers Alliance and was a delegate 
to the national convention of Modern Woodmen of America, at Toledo, 
Ohio. Mr. Langness is independent in politics, but this does not mean 
that he takes no part in politics. On the contrary, he has always been rather 
active. Mr. Langness has served as clerk of the village and has also served 
on the council. lie was township clerk for a number of years. Mr. and 
Mrs. Langness are members of the Presbyterian church and take an active 
interest in religious affairs. 

A brother of Lowell 1. T^tngness. Julius 1. Langness, who resides in 
Nidaros township, was born in Norway, November t. 1858. He was edu- 
cated in Norway and in 1870 came to Goodhue county. Minnesota. Four 
years later he settled in Otter Tail count}', was reared on a farm and edu- 
cated principally in the schools of this county. He is a farmer by occupa- 
tion and in 1885 purchased seventy acres of land, to which he lias since 
added until he now owns one hundred and sixty acres in section 33. He 
also has eighty acre in section 4, of Leaf Mountain township. 

Julius I. Langness was married in 1885 to Lelah Doty, who was born 
in 1864 in Minnesota, and who is the daughter of Gideon and Lucinda 
Doty. They now live at Spicer, Minnesota. Eleven children have been 
born to Mr. and. Mrs. Julius 1. Langness. as follow: Merrill. Minnie. 
George, Cleveland. Jennie. Mice, Vernon, Maud. Lawrence. Lloyd and Ray- 
mond. 

Julius I. Langness is a general farmer and stockman. He has never 
aspired to office. 



OLE J. FOSSEN. 

The proprietor of the popular Roller Feed Mills on South Mill street, 
of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, Ole J. Fossen, was horn at Throndhjem, Nor- 
way, and is the son of lens O. and Christena Fossen. who came to America 
in 1865. After landing on the Atlantic seaboard, the family came west to 
Minnesota and settled in Goodhue county, where they rented a farm and 
remained until [870, a period of live years. In 1870 the Fossen family 
removed to Otter Tail county and settled in Dane Prairie township, where 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 8/ 

they homesteaded a tract of land. This farm was located in section 6. 
There the family erected a house and continued to live until about 1900, 
when Mr. and Mrs. Jens 1 >. Fossen removed to Fergus Falls. After remov- 
ing- to this city, Jens O. Fossen retired from active life. 

Ole J. Fossen received his early education in the public schools of 
Goodlme county and in Dane Prairie township of Otter Tail county. He 
attended the old school known as district No. 28. In 1884 Mr. Fossen left 
the home farm and came into the city, working for the Fergus Flour Mill 
Company for ten years. In 1894 be purchased an interest in the Beardsley 
& Langley mill, and the firm became known as Beardsley & Fossen. It was 
operated under this name for a period of five years, when Mr. Fossen pur- 
chased Mr. Beardsley's interest in the mill. Under the management of Mr. 
Fossen the mill has been verv successful and has done a large business in 
the grinding of feed and the sale of flour and feed. 

By his marriage to Olive Olson, Mr. and Mrs. Fossen have had three 
children, namely: George is a civil engineer and resides at St. Paul, Minne- 
sota ; Theodore is a bookkeeper employed by the First National Bank, of 
Fergus Falls; Flenry is a graduate of the Fergus Falls high school. Mrs. 
Fossen is a native of Norway. Aside from his purely private business inter- 
ests. Mr. Fossen is prominent in the fraternal circles of the city. He is a 
member of the Sons of Norway and of the Ancient Order of United Work- 
men. 



OLAF J. SCHEI. 

Prosperous as a merchant in the commercial life of Fergus Falls, Min- 
nesota, Olaf J. Schei, who is engaged in the retail sale of clothing and 
furnishing goods, is a native of Kenvon township, Goodhue county. Minne- 
sota, where he was born in 1868. 

.Mr. Schei is the son of Johanes P. and Lena (RosvohH Schei. the 
former of whom was born in Yter Pen, and the latter born in Yerdolm. 
Norway. Mr. Schei's parent- came to America via Quebec, Canada, in 
[867, alter a voyage lasting six weeks on the Atlantic ocean. The voyage- 
was made in a sailing vessel. After landing at Quebec, Mr. Schei's parents 
came direct to Goodhue county, Minnesota, settling near the village of 
kenvon. Both father and mother worked out on the neighboring farms the 
first year, and during the second year they broke ground. In the winter 
he cut cord wood and broke ground in the summer. In 1870 Mr. and Mrs. 
Johanes P. Schei moved to ( )tter Tail county, Minnesota, and, after locat- 
ing in Tordenskjold township, the] homesteaded land and still live on this 
farm. The) have reared a family of ten children. 

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88 OTTER viv, MINNES01 \. 

ship and was reared on the home farm. In [89] he settled in Fergus Palls, 
entering the emplo) at thai time of J. II. Grass, the well-known clothier. 
There he learned tin- clothing nd after being associated with Mr. 

Grass for seven and one-half years, in [899, engaged in the clothing busi- 
ness "ii his own responsibility. Mr. Schei has been remarkably successful, 
owing principally to his pleasing personality and to his grasp of the clothing 
business. 

B\ his marriage to Signe Vinje, a native of Kongsvinger, Norway, 
Olaf J. Schei has four children, Helen T., Russell J., Vernon O. and Har- 
old W. 

Mr. Schei is a member of the Sons of Norway, the Modern Woodmen 
of America and the Benevolent and Protective Order of I Iks 



ALBERT LARSON. 



Kuril in Sweden on March 4. 1853, Allien Larson, a successful mer- 
chant of Clitherall, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, 1- the son of Lars and 

Anna i Erickson) Asleson, both of whom were born in Sweden. They were 
married in their native land and immigrated to Filmore county. Minnesota, 
in [868 In [872 Mr. and Mrs. Lars Asleson moved to Leaf Mountain 
township, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, and took a homestead of one hun- 
dred and sixty acre-. Subsequently, they moved to clitherall. where Lars 

Asleson -pent his last year-. He died in [903 at the age of eighty-four 
years. His wifi iO] at the age of seventy-three They were the 

parent- of eleven children. Betsey, Albert, Jennie John, Maria, Anne, (.'ani- 
line, Matilda. Lewis, \inelia and Ellen. Of these children. Anne. Matilda, 
Lewis, \inelia and Ellen arc deceased. 

Albert Larson was reared on a farm in Otter Tail county and edu- 
cated in the public schools of Leaf Mountain township. When Mr. Larson 
enough, he began working on his father's farm. He later pur- 
chased a farm in Leaf Mountain township from Charles J. Wright. He 
added to this farm until he owned three hundred and fort) acres of land. 
situated in sections 15 and [6. Mr. Larson now has one hundred and eighty 
acre- of that farm. In August, hioN. Mr. Larson moved to Clitherall and 
purchased the -tore which he now occupies. He is engaged in the general 
mercantile business and also owns stock in the Clitherall drain Associa- 
tion, and in the Clitherall Co-operative Creamery Company. 

On December 11, [880, Albert Larson was married to Lena II. 
who was born, in Norway on August 15. [864, and who is the daughter 
of Halvor and Ragena 1 Martinson) Halverson, both of whom were natives 
of Norway. Mr. Larson's father remained in Norway, but her mother 
came to Goodhue county, Minnesota, and after living for a few years in 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. SO, 

Faribault and Red Wing- came to Otter. Tail county in 1873 and settled in 
Leaf Mountain township, where she died on February 4. iqoj, at the age 
of eighty-five. Her husband had died many years previously in Norway. 
They were the parents of thirteen children, of whom seven are living- 
Rebecca, Alary, Robert. John, (lie. Sever and Lena. 

Mr, and Mrs. Albert Larson have thirteen children, Lloyd Arthur, 
John Alfred, Ole Rudolph, Rachel Amanda, Alma Augusta, Henry Marvin, 
Mabel Josephine, Selma Matilda, Ida Amelia. Clifford Clarence, Edna Grace, 
Gladys Lillian and Lena Lenora, all of whom are living. 

Although Air. Larson is independent in politics, he has always been 
active in local affairs. He has served as a member of the council since he 
came to Clitherall and also as clerk of the village. Mr. and Airs. Albert 
Larson and family are members of the United Lutheran church. 



JOHN H. LOKEN. 



One of the successful merchants of Clitherall, Otter Tail county, 
Minnesota, is John H. Loken, who is a native of Norway, where he was 
born on July 30, 1S68. 

John H. Loken is the son of Hagen J. and Gura (Helseth) Loken, 
both of whom were born in Norway. Air. Loken's father was born on Octo- 
ber 13, 1833, and bis mother on June 6, 1830. After their marriage in 
Norway, they immigrated to America and settled in Wisconsin in 1870. , 
On July to, 1871, they settled in Otter Tail county, taking a homestead 
of one hundred and sixty acres in section 8, of Nidaros township. Hagen 
J. Loken improved bis farm in many ways. He erected good buildings 
on the farm and lived upon this old homestead until March 16, 1909. His 
wife died on December 5. 1905. They were members of the L'nited 
Lutheran church. They had a family of five children, of whom Gunder, 
the youngest, died in infancy. The living children are Johanna, John H., 
Josephine and Jens. 

John H. Loken was reared on his father's farm and educated in the 
public schools of Nidaros township. For a number of years he was engaged 
in farming. When be was twenty-one years old, in 1880. Mr. Loken pur- 
chased his Father's farm, [n [909 he moved to Clitherall and engaged in 
the hardware and furniture business. Since thai time he has built up a 
large and prosperous patronage in Clitherall and vicinity. Mr. Loken owns 
his own place of business as well as his residence in Clitherall. He owns 
stock in the Clitherall drain Association and also in the Co-operative 
Creamerv Association and the banners' Elevator Company at Yining. Min- 
nesota. 

In [803 John 11. Loken was married to Johanna Johnson, who was 



<)0 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

born in Sweden. April 21, [873, and who is the daughter of Andrew and 
Frederika Johnson. They came from Sweden to America in 1889 and 
settled in Leaf .Mountain township, where Mrs. Loken's father died in 
1904, at the age of about seventy-three years. I lis widow is still living and 
1- now seventy-eight years old. 

Mr. and Mrs. John H. Loken have four children: Mabel, born on 
July [3, [897, who was educated at the Park Region Luther College, of 
Fergus Falls; Henry, October 31, 1000: Gordon, April 8, 1005: and Law- 
rence. August 28, 1007. 

Mr. Loken ha- served as president of the village of Chtherall for two 
years and is now a member of the Clitherall council. lie was clerk of the 
school board of district No. 53, for twelve years ami served as supervisor 
of the township for three years. Altogether. John H. Loken is one of the 
most prominent citizens of Clitherall township and one of its must highly 
respected citi/ens and business men. 



WDUl'.M GUSTAFSON. 



Horn in Sweden on January X. 1860, Andrew Gustafson, a well-known 
lumber dealer of Clitherall, Otter Tail county. Minnesota, is the son of 
Gustav Person and Louisa (Ryberg) Gustafson, both of whom were horn 
in Sweden in 1832. They were married in Sweden and there Mr. Gustaf- 
son's father died in iqii. His mother is still living in her native land and 
is now eighty-three years old. The seven children horn to Gustav Person 
Gustafson and wife are: Carl, Andrew, Aunett, Peter, Louisa. Caroline 
and Anne, all of whom are living. Of these children. Louisa is the wife of 
Peter Ericksen, of Garfield, Douglas county, Minnesota. With the excep- 
tion of Andrew and Louisa, the remainder of the family still live in Sweden. 
\ndrew Gustafson was educated in the public schools of his native 
land, lie came to America in [882 and settled in Douglas county, Minne- 
sota, where he lived until 1902, when he settled .11 Clitherall. Otter Tail 
county, Minnesota, and engaged in the lumber business. Here Mr. Gustaf- 
son has built up a most prosperous and growing business in lumber. Prior 
in coming to Clitherall, he was engaged in the lumber business at Garfield, 
:ars. Mr. Gustafson is a stockholder in the 
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OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. QI 

-Mrs. Gustafson's father is deceased, but her mother is living in Garfield, 
Minnesota. Mr. and Airs. Gu'stafson have four children. William S., Amy 
C, Roger A. and Anna C. 

Air. and Air.-.. Andrew Gustafson are members of the Presbyterian 
church at Clitherall. They are prominent, not only in religious work, but 
take an active interest in all public matters. 



ADS IT C. HATCH. 






One of the most prominent business men and citizens of Otter Tail 
county, Alinnesota, and, in point of years, the oldest merchant in Battle 
Lake, Minnesota, is a native of Dane county, Wisconsin, where he was 
born on July 12, 1855. 

Adsit C. Hatch is the son of Lorenzo and Clara E. ( Adsit J Hatch, 
both of whom were natives of New York state, the former having been 
born on March 17, 1822, and the latter on September 29, 1821. Mr. Hatch's 
paternal grandparents were Wells and Alary (Rexford) Hatch, who were 
natives of Connecticut and New York state, respectively. They immi- 
grated from New York state to Virginia, where they both died. Mr. Hatch's 
grandfather was killed during the Civil War. He was a soldier in the First 
Virginia Cavalry. His death occurred in 1862, when he was seventy-four 
years old. Timothy Hatch, who was Adsit C. Hatch's great-grand- 
father, was the son of Jethro Hatch, a major in the Revolutionary War. 
Adsit C. Hatch is in possession of a sword which Jethro Hatch carried 
during the Revolutionary War. Majnr Jethro Hatch participated in the 
battle of Ticonderoga. Timothy Hatch, the son of Jethro Hatch, enlisted 
in the Revolutionary army at the age of seventeen and took part in the 
battle of Saratoga. He was a pensioner at the time of his death in i<Sst> 
at the age of ninety-six years. The Hatch family is of English descent. 

Mr. Hatch's maternal grandparents were Stephen and Elizabeth 1 I Deri 
Adsit, natives of Ww York state. They immigrated to Dane county, Wis- 
consin, and there they both died. 

Mr. Hatch's father moved to Virginia when he was eighteen years old. 
For several years he was superintendent of public works in the Districl of 
Columbia. In [852 his parents located in Dane county, Wisconsin, and 
there took up a farm. Lorenzo Hatch died in Dane county in lune, [911. 
His wile had died in [861. They had fo„r children, Susan, Man. Clara 
ami \dsit. Lorenzo I latch was a Democrat 111 politics, a member of the 
Legislature and deputy provosl marshal (hiring the ( ivil War. lie was a 
member of the Presbyterian church. 

\dsit ( '. Hatch was reared in Dane county. Wisconsin, on a farm and 
educated in the public schools. He completed his education at Albion 



Q2 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

Academy, the Wisconsin Stale University and was graduated from a busi- 
ness college at Madison. Until he was twenty-one years old. Mr. Hatch 
lived on the farm. Shortly after his twenty-first birthday he went to Texas 
where he lived for two years. He then returned to Wisconsin and lived 
for two vears and then established himself in business at Evansville. .Mr. 
Hatch came to Battle Lake in 1881 and has been continuously in business 
since that time. He has the longest business career in this town of any 
man new in business. Mr. Hatch owns the grain elevator at Battle Lake, 
farm lands in Otter Tail county and other important industrial and financial 
interests. 

On March 9, 1890, Adsit C. Hatch was married to Louisa Sahol, of 
Battle Lake. Minnesota. To them have been born eleven children, all of 
whom are living, namely: Susie. Agnes, Charles, llattie. Edith, Carrie, Alice. 
Elizabeth. Dorothy, Hester and Lorenzo. 

Few men have taken a more active interest in the work of the Minne- 
sota Anti-saloon League than Adsit C. Hatch. He is an implacable foe of 
the liquor traffic and an ardent believer and advocate of temperance. Mr. 
Hatch is independent in politics and has never aspired to office. The 
Hatch family are all members of the Lutheran church and take an active 
interest in religious affairs. 



MARTIN ROSYOLD. 



Martin Rosvold. who is a well-known and highly-respected farmer oi 
Otter Tail county, Minnesota, and who has made a success of his chosen 
vocation, was born at Trondhjem, Norway, March 5, 1858, and is tin son of 
Peter and Annie (Volen") Rosvold. 

Mr. Rosvold's parents were also born at Trondhjem and grew up there 
and were married. The father came to America in r.867, leaving his family 
in Norway. He lived in Goodhue county, Minnesota, for three years and. 
in [869, his wife and five of the six children came to join him. In 1870 
the whole family moved to Otter Tail county and settled in Tordenskjcld 
township near the Lutheran church, where they homesteaded one hundred 
and sixtv acres of land. Later, however, they -old this farm and purchased 
.me hundred and sixt) acres in Dane Prairie township. This land was 
mainly covered with timber. Mr. Rosvold cleared the land and. from year 
to year, erected substantial outbuildings, including a house, barn and granary. 
\bout fifteen years ago, he retired to a small forty acre tract of land in 
rorden kjold town-hip and died there two years later. Ills wife had .lied 
in [896. The) were members of the Lutheran church and reared a family 
1 children, seven dying early in life. The names of the children in 
fhe order of their birth were: Martin, the subjed of this sketch: Andor. 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 93 

who lives in Portland, Oregon ; Karen, who is the widow of Sam Kloostad 
and lives in Duluth, Minnesota; Anna, who lives with her brother, Martin; 
Andreas, who is a farmer in North Dakota; Olaf, who made his home prin- 
cipally with his brother, Martin, died in Otter Tail county; Ole, who died 
at the age of three years; the eighth child died in infancy; Anna Margaret, 
who died at the age of twelve years ; John, who died in childhood ; and two 
who died early in life. 

Martin Rosvold received a meager educational training in district No. 
43, of Dane Prairie township, and was reared on the farm. When he was 
twenty-four years old. he moved to Port Ransom, North Dakota, where he 
took up a homestead of one hundred and one acres of land and pre-empted 
another one hundred and sixty. He cultivated practically all of this land, 
except titty acres which were devoted to pasture, and engaged in general 
farming until 1900, when he returned to Otter Tail county and purchased 
his father's farm, where he has lived ever since. Mr. Rosvold has erected 
new buildings, including a house, barn, granary and garage. He is engaged 
in diversified farming. 

When the Rosvold family came to America, they spent from seven to 
nine weeks on the sailing ship, transportation facilities being very poor at 
that time. The}- were compelled to change many times from the cars to 
a ship and hack again to the cars on their way from Quebec to Minnesota 
and it was a long, hard trip. On moving from Goodhue county, Mr. Ros- 
vold and his father's family spent twenty-two days in all on the trip. Mr. 
Rosvold's parents and the six children rode in a covered wagon. The roads 
were terrible and it rained most of the time. The cattle were driven through 
and some member of the family was compelled to drive them. On arriving 
in Otter Tail county, the family spent some time in a mere shack with 
straw thatch for shelter. After breaking three acres of the land, the family 
had luit two dollars. Leaving one dollar with his wife, Peter Rosvold 
started for Goodhue county with an ox team, where he knew he could obtain 
work, there being no work in this vicinity. The nearesl postoffice at that 
time was Clitherall. Peter Rosvold started for Goodhue county in Novem- 
ber and, after his return, built a small log house. The next year he began 
to clear the land. During this period, he had hut one cow and the family 
was often compelled to live on dry bread and black prairie tea. Peter Ros- 
vold, however, lived to see better days and his old age was spent in comfort. 
I [e died at the age of seventy-five. 

Martin Rosvold was married on July 28, 1885. to ( Hena Eggen, a native 
of Norway, who was also horn near Trondhjem and who is the daughter 
of Olaf Eggen. The Eggen family came to America anil settled in Dakota. 
Mrs. Rosvold's mother died in Fargo and her father afterward settled in 



94 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

Ransom county. Mr. and Mrs. .Martin Rosvold have been the parents of 
fen children: Karen, who died early in life; Paul Oscar, who died at the 
age of two years; Astrid, who married Albert Hoversten, of Waseca, Min- 
nesota, both of whom were educated in the University of Minnesota; Alfred, 
who helps on the home farm, is a graduate of the agricultural department 
of the University of Minnesota; Nora, who was educated in the Fergus 
Falls high school, teaches in the public schools and lives at home; Annie, 
who is a student in the University of Minnesota; Olaf, who lives at home; 
Martha Olena, who died in infancy; .Agnes and Margaret, both of whom live 
at home. 

Mr. Rosvold has always been independent in politics. He supports 
measures and men rather than parties and party emblems. He served many 
years as a school director and has always been keenly interested in educa- 
tion, as the exceptional opportunities which he has given to his children so 
well prove. The Rosvold family are members of the Swan Lake Lutheran 
church. 



EDWARD L. AASNES. 

Born on June 10. 1835, m Norway, Edward L. Aasnes, a prosperous 
farmer of Dane Prairie township, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, is a son 
of Lars and Ellen Knutson. 

Mr. Aasnes's parents spent their entire lives in Norway. His father 
was a glass-blower by trade, and was employed in a glass factory in his 
native land. Mr. Aasnes is one of nine children born to his parents: 
Andrew, the eldest, was also a glass-blower by trade, and died in Norway; 
< )le, who was a turner by trade, also died in Norway; Cornelius, who was a 
retired farmer, and who came to St. Olaf township, Otter Tail county. Min- 
nesota, in 1867. died 111 June, 1915, at Fergus Falls; Lawrence, living 111 
Norway; Rasmina lives in Norway; Anna, living in Norway with her hus- 
band; AiUlf. living in North Dakota; John, who died at the age of four 
years; Edward I... of Dane Prairie township. 

Edward L. Aasnes was educated in the public schools of his native 
land, and worked at various occupations until r866, when he emigrated to 
,-a. \tter living in the latter state for one year, 
iy, Minnesota, and settled in St. Olaf township 
with whom he lived for three years. In 1870 
ty-eighl acres of land in Dane Prairie township. 
At ibis time the Indians still roamed over the 
around to this section to hunt. However, they 
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to time. He prospered as a fanner and has been able to add forty acres 
more to his original holdings, and now owns one hundred and eighty acres. 

In [880 Edward L. Aasnes was married to Aletta Olson, a native of 
Norway, born in 1845, at ^I |>ss . Mrs. Aasnes is a daughter of Ole and 
.Martha ( Larson 1 Olson, both of whom died in Norway. Mrs. Aasnes came 
to America in 1S71, and has a brother, Otto, and sister living in Chicago. 
Her sister, Lena, is the wife of Jens Olson. 

Edward L. Aasnes and wife are the parents of two children, Oscar, 
who lives at home and operates the home farm, and Emma Matilda, who 
died September 12, 1886, at the age of six months. 

Upon coming to America Mr. Aasnes identified himself with the Repub- 
lican party, and served for thirty years as a supervisor in Dane Prairie 
township. Mr. Aasnes and family are members of the Lutheran church, in 
which they have always taken an active interest. 



OLE CHRISTIAN NELSON. 

Prominent in the business life of P.attle Lake, Minnesota, is Ole Chris- 
tian Nelson, who has been continuously engaged in the mercantile business 
at Battle Lake since the early eighties and who is now doing business in 
Battle Lake under the firm name of O. ( '. Nelson & Company. 

Born on February 17, [857, in Norway, Ole Christian Nelson is the 
son of Nels and Helena (Johnson) Nelson, also natives of Norway, who 
were born in [827 and [825, respectively. Mr. Nelson's father was a 
farmer by occupation, and died in 1899. On September 15, 1901, Mrs. 
Helena Nelson came to Battle Lake. Minnesota, and died here on October 
16, 1901. They were the parents of five children, of whom two, both named 
Martenns. are deceased. The living children are, Ole Christian, Josephena 
and Hans. 

Ole Christian Nelson was educated in the public schools of Norway 
and was confirmed in the Lutheran church at the age of fifteen years. He 
worked in the lumber-mills and on the railroads of Norway until the spring 
of t88o, when he came to America and settled at Stillwater, in Washington 
county, Minnesota, where he was employed by Isaac Staples until [881, 
when he moved to Fargo, North Dakota. On July o. 1 SN 1 , Mr. Nelson 
moved to Battle Lake, Minnesota, and for a time, stopped with Han- Gil- 
bertson. He got employment here on the railroad and worked until Octo- 
ber 8, [88l, when he returned to Washington county, Minnesota, to work 
for Mr. Staples. In March. iKK_>. Air. Nelson came hack to Battle I .ako 
ami has resided here ever since. In June, [882, he bought a one-half inter- 
est in the Rustof & Dol meat market, and two years later, purchased the 
other one-half interest and operated the business for a period of twelve 



96 >'l|i:; TAIL iniNTV. MINNESOTA. 

years. In the meantime he had erected several stores. He first embarked 
in the grocery business and then branched out in the clothing business and 
finally in the general mercantile business. His store was burned in 1906 
and rebuilt in 1907. He has one store, twenty-five by eighty feet, and just 
north of that has erected another building, forty by ninety feet. In addi- 
tion to his private business interests. Mr. Nelson owns stock in the flour- 
mill and is one of the directors of the company. 

< in February 26, 1895, Ole C. Nelson was married to Matilda Nickel- 
son, whu was born at Baldwin, St. Croix county, Wisconsin, January 31. 
1876, and who is the daughter of O. M. and Serine (Olsdatter) Nickelson, 
natives of Norway, where they were born on September 30, 1844, and 1845, 
respectively. Mrs. Nelson's parents moved to Wisconsin during the sixties, 
but later returned to Norway. They immigrated to Battle Creek. Wiscon- 
sin, in 1885, and settled on a farm. In iqi i they sold their farm and moved 
to Battle Lake, where Mrs. Nelson's mother died on October 4. 1913. Mrs. 
Nelson was the eldest in a family of seven children, the others being, Gusta, 
Margaret, Eliza, Oscar, Josephine and Mabel. Mr. and Mrs. Ole Christian 
Nelson have been the parents .if six children. Orville. Helmer S.. Cameron 
(deceased), Helen. Robert and Carl. 

Mr. Nelson has served as a member of the Battle Lake town council. 
He and his wife and family are members of the Lutheran church and take 
an active interest in religious affairs. 



REV. DITLEF G. RISTAD. 

Rev. Ditlef < r. Ristad, president of Park Region Luther College at 
Fergus Falls, has won for himself a conspicuous position in the educational 
life uf Otter Tail county and of the -tate of Minnesota. Educated in the 
schools nf his native land and in the best colleges and universities of this 
country, he i- a man of striking personality and b\ reason of In- tolerant 
political, social and religious views enjoys the confidence of a large circle of 
friends in this section of Minnesota, lie is a rr 
of the people, in the broadest sense of the word a 
city improvement committee of Fergus Falls, has 
beautification of that splendid city. 

Born in the province of Namdalen, Norway, the Rev. Ditlef G, Ristad 
is the -"ii of George ami Johanna 1 Bergitte) Ristad, the former of whom, 
a farmer by occupation, also had charge of die government forests, lie 
died in hi- native land in [904. lli- beloved wife, mother of the subject of 
this sketch, i- -till living. The Ristad family is a historic one in Norway 
mil has an unbroken history of four hundred year- in one locality. \ part 
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timeSj and where Ditlef G. Ristad was born, is still standing and is now four 
hundred years old. The first boards put on over the logs were fastened by 
means of wooden pegs, this being long before nails were in use. The last 
boarding was in 1812, but these boards were put on with nails. 

Ditlef G. Ristad attended the public schools of Norway and subse- 
quently took a three-years course at the State Normal School, after which 
he taught in the high school for a time and served as a private tutor for 
three years. He served three years in the army and on September 1, 1887, 
left his native land for America. Upon landing he immediately proceeded 
to St. Paul, Minnesota, and for some time turned his hands to anything he 
could find to do. He worked in the streets and in the stone quarries and 
was planning to go to Xew Zealand, where he had relatives who were inter- 
ested in mining projects. About that time he received a letter from a cousin 
of his mother's, who had heard of his being in America. This cousin gave 
him a position in his general store at Mindora, Wisconsin, where he remained 
until 1889, in the fall of which year he entered the Lutheran Theological 
Seminary at St. Paul, from which he was graduated in the summer of 1892. 
He then accepted a call from the church at Koshkonong, Dane county, Wis- 
consin (a church that was dedicated in 1844 and had the first ordained pastor 
from Norway), where he served as pastor until 1900, in the meantime 
( 1896-97) taking a post-graduate course in the University of Chicago. 
During the year 1894 and again in 1904 the Rev. Mr. Ristad traveled exten- 
sively in Europe. In 1900 he was elected principal of the Albion Academy 
at Albion, Wisconsin, and remained there until 1906, when he accepted a 
call from the Park Region Luther College at Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and 
has served continuously as president ever since. He is an efficient instructor 
and a man of splendid executive attainment, who by his own personal force 
has been instrumental in building up the college of which he is the honored 
president. 

By Ins marriage to Sara Moltzan Johnson, a native of Milwaukee. Wis- 
consin, Rev. Mr. Ristad has had two sons. George Rolf and Robert Nicholas. 

The Rev. Ditlef G. Ristad is what might be called a "number one" 
man and citizen, one who has worthily discharged his duties in all the rela- 
tions of life and who has meritoriousl) attained a position of honor and 
trust in the community of his residence. For years he has been a valued 
contributor to the leading Norwegian newspapers and magazines, both in 
this country and in Norway and has displayed a keen interest in the 
"P.ygdelag" (provincial societies) movement. Mr. Ristad occupies a very 
high position in the councils of his communion in this country and served as 
a member of the committee which prepared the "Lutheran Hymnary," the 
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C)8 OTTER I Ml COl XIV, MINNESOTA. 

official hymn-book of the Norwegian Lutheran church in America, and was 
one of the editors of the "Lutheran Hymnary, Jr.," a bilingual hymn-book 
for young people. He also has translated a number of the best English 
hymns into the Norwegian tongue and has translated the standard Nor- 
wegian hymns into English. 

JENS P. JENSEN. 

Jens P. Jensen, a prosperous farmer of Dane Prairie township, is a 
native of Tordenskjold township, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, where he 
was born on March 2, 1871. Mr. Jensen is the son of Peter and .Maren 
Christine (Jensen) Jensen, who were born in Denmark and who came to 
America before their marriage, the father about 1867 and the mother about 
two years later. 

Peter Jensen was eighteen weeks on the water in coming to America. 
Cholera broke out on the ship in which he made the voyage to America and 
about one-half of the people on the ship died and were buried at sea. The 
ship was quarantined in the New York harbor for many months before the 
survivors were permitted to land. After coming to Otter Tail county, Peter 
Jensen homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres of land and was then mar- 
ried to Christine Jensen and settled on the farm, living there until ion;. 
when he sold out and moved to Los Angeles, California, which has been his 
home since, with the exception of three years spent on a farm near Los 
Angeles. Peter Jensen was compelled to clear his land and cut off the tim- 
ber, before he could raise a crop on his homestead farm in this county. 

The first white men who came to this country through Tordenskjold 
were Peter Jensen, his brother, Christopher, Jens and Hans Jacobson. Peter 
Jensen built a house immediately after coming to this county and a part 
of this house is still standing. He also built a log barn, but in later years 
before leaving the county erected a frame barn. He was a school director 
for many years and also held ether important township offices, lie was a 
Democrat in politics and one of the organizers >>i the Sverdrup Mutual Fire 
Insurance Company. Roth he and his wife are devout members of the 
Lutheran church and he was one of the founders of the Tordenskjold town- 
ship church. They were the parents of nine children, of whom Anna mar- 
ried John M. Clark and lives in Los Angeles, California; Jens P. is tin- 
subject of this sketch; Hans is a farmer of Dane Prairie township; Minm 
is the general manager of the J. I. Case Threshing Machine Company of 
Minneapolis, Minnesota; Andrew is a farmer in Orphena, Idaho; Mary. 
who married Gust Sunday, resides at Ocean Beach, California: Alexander 
is a farmer in California: Andrea, who was the twin brother of Andrew, 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 99 

died at the age of fourteen years in 1892; and George Franklin died at the 
age of nine months. 

Jens P. Jensen was educated in the public schools of Tordenskjold 
township and for many years attended school district No. 95. He was 
reared on the farm, and having learned the carpenter's trade followed this 
trade for some years, working in both the East and the West. After his 
marriage in 1906, Mr. Jensen engaged in farming. Previously he had pur- 
chased eighty acres of land in Dane Prairie township, and after his marriage 
settled on this farm. Shortly afterward he erected a modern house and barn 
and other substantial outbuildings. Mr. Jensen is interested in the local 
creamery and in the telephone company. 

On May 26, 1906, Jens P. Jensen was married to Hannah Christiansen, 
a native of Dane Prairie township and the daughter of Peter and Mary 
Christiansen, who were old settlers from Denmark. Mr. and Mrs. Jens P. 
Jensen have four children, Pearl Marie, George Afton, Kermit James and 
Harriet Elizabeth Marian. 

Although a Socialist in politics, Mr. Jensen has never aspired to office. 
He is known in this township as a successful farmer and an enterprising 
citizen. 



HANS P. TENSEN. 



Born on his father's farm in Tordenskjold township, Otter Tail county. 
September 26, 1872, Hans P. Jensen was educated in district No. 95, of 
Tordenskjold township. Mr. Jensen first attended school in a store build- 
ing and later in a small log school house. He was reared on the home farm, 
and when he had grown to young manhood removed to Wilkin county, 
where, for a number of years, he managed a farm near Foxhome which 
was owned by his father. 

After remaining near Foxhome from 1892 until 1900, Mr. Jensen 
returned to Dane Prairie township, settling with his brother, Jens, on one 
hundred and sixty acres of land in section 13. Here he built a house and 
for the next six years lived as a bachelor. During the fall he was engaged 
in threshing and in the winter time was engaged in the operation of a saw- 
mill. 

On April 6, 1904, Thomas P. Jensen was married and, although he is 
still engaged in threshing, he operates the farm. Mr. Jensen's wife, before 
her marriage, was Anna Christina Tollefson, a native of Sweden and the 
daughter of Carl A. and Britta (Ash) Tollefson, who are old settlers in 
Otter Tail county. Mrs. Jensen's grandfather, Andrew Tollefson, home- 
steaded land in Dane Prairie township about 1868. He died here in 1907. 
Mrs. Jensen's parents are still living. 



IOO OTTER TAIL COUNTY; MINNESOTA. 

Mr. and Mrs. Hans P. Jensen have been the parents of four children, 
Blanche, Frances, Henry Arnold, who died at the age of nineteen months, 
and Margaret Amanda. 

Hans P. Jensen has always been independent in politics. He is a 
member of the Modern Woodmen of America. For many years he has 
served as supervisor of Dane Prairie township. Mr. and Mrs. Jensen are 
members of the Lutheran church. They are regular attendants at church 
services and are liberal supporters of the church. 



OTTO E. SCHACHTSCHNEIDER. 

Although a comparatively young man, Otto E. Schachtschneider, who 
was born in the northern part of Germany, October 6, 1884, has experienced 
many of the hardships of pioneer life and knows what it is to perform hard 
labor. 

Mr. Schachtschneider is the son of Robert and Bertha (Perleberg) 
Schachtschneider. The former was the son of Johan and Fredericka 
(Schesserj Schachtschneider, who was born in the northern part of Ger- 
many. Johan Schachtschneider was a laborer and died in his native land at 
the age of forty-eight. He was the father of fourteen children, of whom 
five came to America. The grandmother also came to America and died 
at the home of Mr. Schachtschneider's father in 1910. Of the five children 
who came to America, Herman is a farmer of Dane Prairie township; 
August is a laborer and lives at Canton, Ohio; Otto is a farmer and lives 
near Underwood, in Sverdruf township; Bertha married Max Miller; and 
Robert is the father of Otto E. Schachtschneider. The maternal grand- 
parents of Otto E. Schachtschneider were August and Fredericka Perle- 
berg, who came to America from Germany about 1895 and, three years 
later, immigrated to Otter Tail county, Minnesota. They died in Tor- 
denskjold township, after having reared a family of twelve children, all of 
whom came to America. 

Mr. Schachtschneider's father was born in the northern part of Ger- 
many and his mother in the same part of the same country. They grew 
to maturity and were married in their native land. Like his father, Robert 
Schachtschneider was a laborer in his native land. In 1885 the family came 
to America and settled at Cleveland, Ohio. There he became a member of 
the Lumberman's Longshoremen Association and was engaged in loading 
boats until 1897. Tiring of city life and desiring a better opportunity for 
his children, he came to Minnesota, settling in Dane Prairie township, Otter 
Tail county, where he purchased a farm of one hundred and thirty-six acres 
of limber land in the southeast quarter of section 23. Although many 
people may believe that pioneering was a thing of the past in 1897. never- 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. IOI 

theless, a part of Dane Prairie township was an unbroken wilderness in 
those years. Robert Schachtschneider and his family experienced all of the 
trials of pioneer life. They first built a small house which is a part of 
their present, though much enlarged, home. As the farm was cleared a 
new barn was erected and finally, by industry and co-operation on the part 
of the whole family, the farm was sufficiently cleared to support the family 
and yield a profit besides. Both parents are still living on the farm. Robert 
Schachtschneider is an ardent Republican. He and his wife had four chil- 
dren, of whom Herman died in infancy; Otto E. is the subject of this 
sketch; Charles lives on a part of the home place; and Anna married Charles 
Drews and lives in section 7, of Dane Prairie township. 

Otto E. Schachtschneider was educated in the parochial schools of 
Cleveland, Ohio, and was still a mere lad when his parents moved to Minne- 
sota. He experienced the hardships and inconveniences attendant upon 
clearing a large farm and became accustomed to hard work. His father 
growing old in 1908, Mr. Schachtschneider began renting the place and 
has continued so ever since. He is a general farmer and raises very fine 
crops. 

In 1910 Otto E. Schachtschneider was married to Bertha Boeder, who 
was born in Dane Prairie township. They have five children, Elmer, Arnold, 
Anna, John and Arthur. 

No family deserves more credit for what it has accomplished in the 
face of adverse circumstances than the Schachtschneiders, and no young 
man in this township is more highly respected than Otto Schachtschneider, 
the subject of this sketch. 



THOMAS LARSON. 



The late Thomas Larson, who was a well-known citizen of Dane Prairie 
township, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, and who was prominent in the 
civic and political life of his community during his life time, was torn at 
Chicago, Illinois, August 18, 1857. 

Mr. Larson was the son of Peter and Christine Larson, who were 
natives of Norway and who grew to manhood and womanhood in that 
country. Peter Larson was thrice married. After coming to America he 
was married in Chicago, Illinois, to Christine Larson. Shortly after his 
marriage, he moved to Goodhue county, Minnesota, where he lived for a 
Eew years. In 1872 he moved to Otter Tail county, homesteading one 
hundred and sixty acres in the southern part of Dane Prairie township, 
which at that time was a wilderness. During the next few years, he improved 
the farm and erected modern buildings, living on the farm until his death 
in [905 His widow is still living and makes her home with her son. Chris- 



102 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

tian. They were the parents of ten children, of whom Louis is a farmer 
in one of the western states; John lives one and one-half miles east of the 
Thomas Larson farm; Thomas F. was the third child; Carrie, who married 
Jens Peterson, is deceased; Christian lives on his father's homestead farm; 
Anna, who is a resident of Fergus Falls, has been twice married, the first 
time to Christian Dahl and the second time to Sorren Larson; Henrietta, 
who is deceased, was the wife of John McGrath, who is also deceased; 
Martin is a farmer in Tumuli township; Ludwig is a dentist at Finley. North 
Dakota; and Emma, who married Andrew Eollingmoe, lives in Fergus 
Falls. 

Thomas Larson was e cated in the common schools of Fergus Falls 
and in the high school. H was reared on the farm and in 1892 purchased 
about two hundred acres of land in Dane Prairie township, immediately 
thereafter erecting a new barn and a new house. lie lived upon the farm 
until his death and was always engaged in general farming. Some years 
before Mr. Larson's marriage, he operated a threshing machine and a well- 
drilling outfit, and drilled many wells in Otter Tail county, but at the time 
of his marriage he sold his threshing machine and well-drilling outfit. 

On March 26, 1892, Thomas Larson was married to Mary Thompson, 
a native of near Trondhjem, Norway, where she was born on December 25, 
[862. Mrs. Larson is the daughter of Bernt and Inger (Guldseth) Thomp- 
son, who came to America in a sailing vessel in 1864. After living in Hud- 
son county for two years, they moved to St. Olaf township. Otter Tail 
county, in 1866. After living there for one year, they moved to Dane 
Prairie township, and homesteaded a quarter section of land in section 21. 
There they lived for some years and then sold out to their son, Nels B., 
purchasing one hundred acres of land across the lake, where Mrs. Larson's 
father died on August 16, 1002. The mother lived with her daughter, 
Mrs. Larson, until her death on July 3, TQ.04. They were the parents of 
twelve children, six of whom are living. Mrs. Larson's father was a man 
of retiring disposition. When he came to Otter Tail county, he traveled 
from Hudson county to St. Paul by rail and then up the Mississippi by boat 
to St. Cloud. From St. Cloud, he traveled by ox team to Otter Tail county. 
spending two weeks on the way. He was an ardent Republican. 

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Larson were the parents of two children. 1 . .r.i, 
born on March 3, 1894, who was graduated from the Park Region Luther 
College in iqii and, after attending tin- St. ('loud normal, has been engaged 
in teaching; and Bernhard, January 6, 1807. who was educated in the public 
schools. The father of these children, the late Thomas Larson, died on 
March 15. 1908. 

Mr. Larson was an ardent Republican and served in many positions 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. IO^ 

of trust and responsibility. He tilled the office of township clerk for fifteen 
years and was also a member of the school board from the time he was 
twenty-one years old until his death. He could always be found at Repub- 
lican conventions and was extremely popular in politics. Had he lived, he 
would have been a candidate for the Legislature. Mr. Larson was a mem- 
ber of the Swan Lake Lutheran church and his widow is an active worker 
in this church today. 



LOUIS CORNELIUS OLSON. 

Louis Cornelius Olson, a member of the an of Olson Brothers, who 
operate a retail business in clothing and men's furnishings at Battle Lake, 
Minnesota, is a native of Clitherall township, wl ere he was born on March 
22, 1883, on a farm. 

Mr. Olson is the son of Christian and Louise (Hanson) Olson, who 
were natives of Eidsvold, Norway. Mr. Olson's parents came to America 
separately about i860 and. after arriving in America, settled in Goodhue 
county, Minnesota, where they were married. One year later they immi- 
grated to ( )tter Tail county, homesteading one hundred and sixty acres of 
land in Clitherall township, at a time and place where the nearest railroad 
station was at St. < loud, sixty miles away. The Olson homestead farm 
was originally wild land. 

Christian Olson built a dugout souk- forty rods away from the present 
house, and after two years replaced this dugout with a log house. From 
time to time, additional acres of the farm were put under cultivation and 
'Mr. Olson came eventually to own two hundred and forty acres, some of 
which was covered with timber. Eventually, the log house was replaced 
with a commodious frame house, in which the family lived until the spring 
of 1007. when they sold, the farm and moved to Battle Lake, where they 
have since lived retired. Christian Olson is seventy-one years old and his 
good wife, who is also still living, is only three years his junior, lie has 
been prominent in the political and civic life of this county and, until recently, 
voted the Republican ticket, but is now identified with the Prohibition party. 
He and his wife arc members of the Free Lutheran church. 

Of the nine children born to Mr. and Mrs. Christian Olson, the eldest 
died in infancy; Marvin 1\.. who is the manager of the Dwight Farm and 
Land Company and the Farmers' Elevator Company, resides at Dwight, 
North Dakota: Henry is the postmaster at Battle Lake and the partner of 
his brother in the clothing and furnishing business: Thorvald and Hans 
both died at the age of eighl years; Louis Cornelius is the subject of this 
sketch; Thea is the wife of Charles Peterson, a farmer of near McCluskey, 
North Dakota; Mary, who is unmarried and at home, is employed as assist- 



104 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

ant postmaster; Hattie, who taught for some years at Wadena and later at 
Battle Lake and lives at home. 

Louis Cornelius Olson was educated in the public schools of Clitherall 
township and at the Park Region Luther College. He lived on the farm 
until 1910, managing the farm after his father had retired. In 1910 Mr. 
Olson homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres of land in Meade county, 
South Dakota, and there he lived for eighteen months, when he returned 
to Battle Lake and became assistant postmaster under his brother, Henry. 
After serving one year as assistant postmaster, Mr. Olson engaged in part- 
nership with his brother. They purchased the H. L. Wagner clothing and 
furnishing business on Lake street and this business is now managed by 
Louis C. Olson. 

On September 21, 1907, Louis C. < >lson was married to Emma Peter- 
son, a native of Sweden and the daughter of Peter Nelson. Mrs. Olson 
came to America to join her brothers, who were already in this country. 
Mr. and Mrs. Olson have no children. 

Louis C. Olson is independent in politics. He and his wife are mem- 
bers of the Free Lutheran church. 



TOSTEX JACOBSON. 

Tosten Jacobson, an enterprising fanner of Dane Prairie township. 
Otter Tail county, Minnesota, was born on the farm where he now lives in 
Dane Prairie township. November I, 1876. Mr. Jacobson is the son of 
Hans and Mallena 1 Torstenson) Jacobson. 

Mr. Jacobson's paternal grandparents were Hans and Mary Jacobson, 
who were natives of Denmark and who spent their entire lives in that conn- 
try. The grandfather was a soldier in the army and a farmer by occupa- 
tion. They were the parent- of three sons, of whom Hans, the father of 
Tosten, was the eldest. The other two children were Sakereas, who died in 
Montana, where he was a fanner; and Jens, who was a tailor in Minne- 
apolis and died there. The paternal grandfather was twice married and 
had two daughters by his second marriage, who died in Denmark. Mr. 
Jacobson's maternal grandparents were Torsten rorstenson and Mallena 
Knutson, natives of Norway, who immigrated to America about l868, 
settling in Tordenskjold township, where the maternal grandfather home- 
steaded one hundred and sixty acres of land and where both he and his 
wife died. They had two sons and four daughters. Of these, Martha died 
at the age of eighteen years in Norway: Brita, who married Uberl Joseph- 
son, died in Tordenskjold township: Mallena is the mother of Mr. Jacobson; 
Kari. who married Samuel Moklo, lives near Battle Lake; Martha, the 
widow of Jacob Thompson, lives near Underwood: Tosten. who lives in 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. IO5 

Tordenskjold township, is referred to elsewhere in this volume; Knut died 
unmarried in Otter Tail county. 

Mr. Jacobson's father was born on June 20, 1840, at Guslau, Denmark, 
and his mother born on June 12, 1852, near Christiana, Norway. She was 
brought to America by her parents when sixteen years old. Her husband 
came to America when he was thirty years old, being accompanied to this 
country by his brother, Jens. They came to this country in a sailing vessel 
and spent three weeks in making the voyage. After stopping about one 
month in southern Minnesota, they came to Otter Tail county and intended 
to take up a homestead. After arriving in this county, they purchased a 
team of oxen and a wagon. Jens homesteaded a tract of land in Tordensk- 
jold township. Mr. Jacobson's father, Hans Jacobson, homesteaded one 
hundred and sixty acres in section 12, of Dane Prairie township. After- 
ward he erected a log house on Jens' homestead farm and then erected a 
log house about ten rods east of his present house. 

The brothers worked together clearing and breaking the land. Later 
each was able to buy a team. Hans Jacobson kept on with his improvements 
and lived in the original house until his death in 1887. His widow is still 
living. She is a member of the Tordenskjold township Lutheran church 
as was also her husband, who was the founder of the church. Hans and 
Mallena (Torstenson) Jacobson were the parents of six children. Mary. 
who married Ole Eggen and lives in Orwell township; Tosten, the subject 
of this sketch; Jacob, who lives at home; Martin, who is a farmer in Orwell 
township and married Mary Sunberg; Hannah, who lives at home; and 
Jens, who died at the age of two years. Mrs. Hans Jacobson had one child 
by a former marriage, Jensena, who i- now the wife of Alfred Samison, of 
Montana. 

Tosten Jacobson was educated in the public schools of < >tter Tail county 
and was reared on a farm in this county. In partnership with his brother, 
Jacob, he took over the management of the home farm and ha< since 
operated it. They are engaged in general farming and stock raising and 
have been very successful. Under the able management of the two brothers, 
the farm has been kept in a very high state of cultivation. The buildings 
are all well painted and thoroughly modern. Tosten Jacobson is a member 
of the Lutheran church. Formerly, he was a member of the Modern \\ ood- 
men of America. 

Mrs. Hans Jacobson, the mother of Tosten Jacobson. has lived on the 
present farm for forty-seven years. When the family first came to ' >tter 
Tail county. Indians were plentiful in this vicinity, but were always friendly. 
Mr. Tacobson himself remembers the Indians very well and especially when 
they came to watch him plowing as a boy. In tin'-; vicinity the Indian- were 



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honorable and upright in their relations with the white settlers and were 
never known to steal. Mr. Jacobson himself furnished bread to one Indian 
during a period of about ten years. 



HANS P. BERG. 



Of the citizens of Vining engaged in business, Hans P. Berg is one 
of the best known. A man who has taken an active interest in the develop- 
ment of the county and the promotion and advancement of the town of 
his residence, he is among those men who for their part in community 
affairs are given a conspicuous rank in the roll of citizenship of Otter Tail 
county. 

Hans P. -Berg was burn in Trondhjem, Norway, July 13, 1849, the 
son of Haldor Haldorson and Guriana Ivorson, who were born at the same 
place, the father in the year 1822 and the mother in the year 1819. Haldor 
Haldorson was a shoemaker in his native land, a trade which he followed 
for some time and then engaged in the business of a contractor and builder 
until his death in the 1894. he and his wife being drowned in a flood which 
overswept their small farm in tiiat year. To Haldor Haldorson and Guriana 
[vorson were born two children: Hans P., the subject of tins sketch, and 
Gunirius H., who was a merchant at Surrey, North Dakota, where he died 
during the winter of 1915, his remains being brought to Vining, Minne- 
sota, "ii February 22, for interment. 

Hans P. Berg was educated in a public school which moved from farm 
to farm, in Norway, stopping for two days in each week where students 
were brought together. After his school days Hans P. Berg worked for a 
time on a farm, and in 1871 went to the city of I rondhjem, where lie learned 
the trade of a horse-shoer and blacksmith, later following his trade for 
sewn years with the cavalry of Norway, and then after a short time he 
came to America, in 1881, and located at the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota, 
where for the next two months he was employed at a saw-mill. Later Hans 
P Berk went to Underwood where he took a position with the Kellogg 
( hair Company, where he remained for one and one-half years and then 
came to the town of Vining and established a. blacksmith shop which he 
conducted for about five years. He then went to the Pacific coasl ami located 
in British Columbia and then in the state of Washington, later returning to 
( i;ter Tail county and settling on a farm of eighty acres which he had home- 
teaded in the year [883. Mr. Berk lived on his farm for about two years 
and then became a wheat buyer for tin- fanner-' Elevator Company, a busi- 
ness which lie followed for sixteen years. In [895 I Ian- P. Berg entered 
into partnership with the linn of Nyhus & Berg, a business in which Mr. 
vas interested for eleven years when he disposed of his holdings and 



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returned to the business of buying wheat until the year 1911, when he 
established a store for the sale of flour, feed and grain, together with farm 
implements, a business in which he is now successfully engaged. Hans P. 
Berg has erected a splendid building fur his business and among other 
improvements has built a modern home, where he lives. 

Not only in business pursuits but in public life, has Hans P. Berg been 
an important element of the citizenship of Yining and of ( >tter Tail county. 
Mr. Berg has served well as a member of the village council and at the 
present time is the occupant of the important office of assessor. In politics 
.Mr. Berg is an ardent Republican. Hans P. Berg is a member of the United 
Lutheran church and he is affiliated with the society of the Sons of Norway. 

During the year 1873 Hans P. Berg was married to Marit Anderson, 
who was born in Norway, in which country she and Mr. Berg were mar- 
ried and a year after the marriage she came to America to join her husband 
who had preceded her. and about five years later she died. Hans P. and 
Marit Berg were the parents of one daughter, who married Ole Anderson, 
an insurance man. 

Hans 1'. Berg was married, secondly, during the year 1905, to Martha 
Berg, who was the daughter of Olaus Berg and wife. Olaus Berg was a 
farmer who lived near Battle Lake. He died about the year 1898. To the 
second marriage of Hans P. Berg no children were born. 

Hans P. Berg is one of the men of Otter Tail county who have done 
much for the progress and advancement of living conditions and for the 
promotion of business prosperity in the locality, and is a man who, with 
his wife, are esteemed and highly respected residents of the town of Vining. 



HENRY OLSON. 



Henry Olson, who has served as postmaster at Battle Lake. Minnesota, 
for the past fifteen years and who is vice-president of the First National 
Bank of Battle Lake and is now engaged in partnership with his brother 
in the mercantile business at Battle Lake, is a native of Clitherall township. 
I )tter Tail county, Minnesota, where he was born on August iq, 1873. Mr. 
Olson was born three and one-half miles south of Battle Lake. 

Mic parents of Henry Olson ate Christian Olson and Louise (II 
Olson, who were born at Eidsvold. Norway. They came separately to 
America before their marriage, his father in [867 and his mother in [868, 

and settled in (i lhue count v. Minnesota, where they were married. In 

1870 they moved to Otter Tail county and homesteaded one hundred and 
sixty acres of land in Clitherall township. The land was prairie and the 
nearest railroad was at St < 'loud, sixty miles away. Christian Olson built 
a dugout about forty rods from the present house and began to cultivate 



108 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

the prairie. After two years he built a log house. He prospered and, in 
tune, came to own two hundred and forty acres, including some timber 
land. Finally, he built a frame house, where he lived until the spring of 
1907, when he sold the farm and retired to a home in Battle Lake, where 
he and his wife are now living, the former at the age of seventy-one and 
the latter three years his junior. Christian Olson has filled many township 
and local offices. Formerly he was identified with the Republican party, 
but lately has been voting the Prohibition ticket. Both he and his wife are 
members of the Free Lutheran church. 

Christian and Louise (Hanson) Olson were the parents of nine chil- 
dren, the firstborn died in infancy; Marvin R., who lives at Dwight, North 
Dakota, is manager of the Dwight Farm and Land Company and manager 
of the Farmers' Flevator Company; Henry is the subject of this sketch; 
Thorvald died at the age of eight years; Hans also died at the age of eight; 
Louis Cornelius is referred to elsewhere in this volume; Thea married 
Charles Peterson, a farmer living near McCluskey, North Dakota: Mary, 
who is unmarried, is the assistant postmaster at Battle Lake and lives at 
home with her parents; Hattie is a teacher and lives at home. She taught 
for some years in the Battle Lake schools and later in 'Wadena, but on 
account of ill health had to lay down the work. 

Henrv < llson was educated in the public schools of Clitherall township 
and at Battle Lake. He was reared on a farm and began life as a clerk 
for < )rris Albertson ai Battle Lake in 1891. After working for Mr. Albert- 
son for three years, he was employed for three years as a traveling sales- 
man for a wholesale fruit company. In 1897. in partnership with Christ 
Leithe, Mr. Olson, under the firm name of Olson & Leithe, engaged in the 
mercantile business in the building now occupied by P. J. Elseth. After 
being engaged in business for three years, Mr. Olson was appointed post- 
mister on March 21, 1901, and has served continuously as postmaster ever 
since. 

Mr. Olson confined his activities to the postoffke until October 1, 1913, 
when he went into partnership with his brother, Louis C, and purchased 
the II. L Wagner clothing and furnishing store, which has since been 
operated under the firm name of Olson Brothers. Mr. Olson owns the 
building in which the store is housed and lives over the store. He is vice- 
president of the hirst National I 'auk of Battle Lake and has served in this 
capacity since its organization in the early pari of 1007. 

In August, 1896. Henry Olson was married to Lizzie Olson, the daugh- 
ter of Hans Olson Ekeberg, an old settler of Henning, Minnesota. Mis. 
Olson was born near Faribault, Minnesota, and died on April 15, 1900, 
leaving two children, Ilarlev Luman, horn on September 8. 1898, and Ethel 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. IO9 

Lizzie Isola, April i, 1900. Mr. Olson was married, secondly, on June 18, 
1901, to Julia Herness, a native of Eagle Lake township and the daughter 
of Lars Herness, an old settler of Otter Tail county, who came here in 1868. 
To the second marriage, there have been born two children, Ruth Henrietta, 
born on October 7, 1908, and Reuben Joseph, May 25, 1910. 

Mr. Olson has served a year as a member of the village council. He 
and his wife and the members of the Olson family belong to the United 
Lutheran church and are active in the work of the church. Henry Olson 
is a good man and a good citizen. He has been conscientious in the per- 
formance of every public duty and has prospered in his own private affairs. 



CHRISTIAN E. BERG. 



Among the men of success in business pursuits at Vining, Otter Tail 
county, is Christian E. Berg, who as a merchant of hardware and furniture 
has brought to the community its only convenience in this line, and who 
as a citizen in private life and as the occupant of public office has taken no 
minor part in the advancement and progress of the various activities of the 
locality. 

( hristian E. Berg was born in Norway twenty miles north of the city 
of Trondhjem, the son of Olaus and Rebecca I 'erg. who were born at 
Trondhjem, and later were married in the same locality, Olaus Berg was 
a farmer who owned extensive land interests in Norway where he lived 
until about the year 1889 when, with his wife, he came to America and 
settled in Everts township, northeast of Battle Lake, in Otter Tail county, 
where he died. His wife. Rebecca Berg, moved to the town of Vining, 
where she died some time later. Olaus and Rebecca Berg were members 
and active workers in the United Lutheran church. To the marriage of 
Olaus and Rebecca Berg were burn the following children: Christian E., 
the subject of this sketch; Martha, who married Hans P. Berg, a merchant 
of Vining, Minnesota: and Kari, who married Martin ECnutson and lives 
northeast of Battle Lake. 

( hristian E. Berg was educated in the public school in Norway, from 
which he was graduated and then studied for two years in a college of his 
native land. In 1887 he came to America and located at Battle Lake. 
Minnesota, where he bought one hundred and sixty acres of land in Everts 
township and there lived for about twenty years, after which he came to 
the town of Vining and was employed in a hardware store until the year 
1906. when he established himself in the hardware and furniture business, 
in which he has since been engaged, being the only merchant of the town 
carrying a like stock. 

• 'hristian E. Berg is also interested as a stockholder in the Farmers' 



IIO OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

Elevator Company, at Vining, and also interested in a similar industry at 
Cattle Lake. Air. Berg has served his community in the office of justice of 
the peace, as treasurer of the school district, and tot ten years was school 
director, also being for seventeen years supervisor of the township of 
Everts, in politics Air. Berg is an ardent Republican. 

Christian E. Berg is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. 
an organization which honored him by his election to the office of consul. 
Air. Berg is also affiliated with the Sous of Norway, for which organization 
he served some years as secretary. Christian E. Berg never married. 

Christian E. Uerg is one of the highly respected and honored men of 
Utter Tail count}" and a man who is recognized as one of the leaders in 
business affairs and in general matters of the county. 



THOMAS A. RANSTAD. 



Thomas A. Ranstad, a prosperous automobile dealer of Battle Lake, 
Otter Tail county, Minnesota, who was formerly engaged in railroad work, 
but who has lately been engaged in various lines of the mercantile business, 
is a native of Flekkefjord, Norway, where he was born on August 10, 1858. 

Mr. Ranstad is the son of Aslak and Karen (Tonette) Ranstad. Mr. 
Ranstad's parents never came to .America. His father was a farmer and 
landowner in his native land and both bis father and mother died in Nor- 
way. They were members of the Lutheran church and reared a family of 
three children, Andreas, who was a farmer, is deceased; Mallena, who died 
when seven years of age; and Thomas A., the subject of this sketch, who 
was the only one of the family who ever came to America. 

Educated in the public schools of Norway and reared on the farm. 
Thomas A. Ranstad was employed on the farm until he had reached his 
majority, when he came to America. Upon reaching this country in 1879, 
Mr. Ranstad located at Willmar, Minnesota, where he divided his energy 
and activities between the farm and railroad work. For two years he was 
foreman of the yards of the Great Northern railroad at Breckenridge and 
had the honor to lav the first rail from the Aberdeen branch of the Great 
Northern railroad at Breckenridge in [886. During [886 and a part of 
[887, Mr. Ranstad spent six months in Norwaj on a pleasure trip, but upon 
his return to America resumed his position as foreman of the (beat Northern 
yards at Breckenridge. Subsequently, he became roadmaster of the Aber- 
deen branch of the Greal Northern and. in the spring of 18S8. left the rail- 
road work and for a time lived at Rutland. North Dakota, where he was 
engaged in the retail sale of flour, feed. fuel. etc. 'The next year, he engaged 
in the hardware and machinery business and continued in tin'-; business until 
[896, when be came to Battle lake and engaged in the same line of business 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. Ill 

on Lake street. ['\\<> years later, in [898, Mr. Ranstad took .; partner into 
the firm, which became that of Ranstad & I Ian-en This partnership lasted 
eight years and a large and prosperous business was built up. In 1912 Mr. 
Ranstad sold out the hardware business but still retains his interest in the 
implement business. In 1912 he became the agent in this section for the 
Ford automobiles and is engaged in this business in partnership with J. I!. 
Thompson. The firm handles about seventy-five automobiles each year. 

In 1S89 Thomas A. Ranstad was married to Gurine Olson, a native 
of Wisconsin, and to them have been born three children. Albert, Carl and 
.Millard. Albert is employed in a wholesale hardware store at St. Paul. 
Carl is a barber at Battle Lake. .Millard is employed by the International 
Harvester Company at St. (loud. The mother of these children died in 
1897. and alwut 1901 Mr. Ranstad was married to Hilda Lundberg. To 
this second union have been horn four children. Harold. Lloyd, Helen and 
Beatrice. 

In [912 Mr. Ranstad and Mr. Thompson built a new garage out of 
concrete. It is a substantial building, forty by one hundred and forty feet. 
Mr. Ranstad was one of the organizers of the Otter Tail county sanitarium, 
lie ha- been a member of the board of directors since its organization. This 
sanitarium is located on Otter Tail lake. 

Mr. Ranstad has served a year as mayor of Rattle Lake and two years 
as a member of the school board. He is also a member of the village coun- 
cil. In politics, Mr. Ranstad is a Republican. Fraternally, he is a member 
of the Modern Woodmen of America. 



OSCAR F. LARSON. 



Oscar I . Larson, farmer, of Carlisle township, Otter Tail county, was 
born on June 29, 1857. in Sweden, and is a son of Lars and Anna Ander- 
son, lie was educated in the schools of his native country, and assisted his 
father on the farm until 1883, when he came to America, settling at Wilkes- 
barre, Pennsylvania, where he worked in the coal mines. In 1885 he came 
to Otter Tail county, remaining one year, and for the next five years was 
employed in various pursuits in different state-. In [890 he bought his 
presenl farm, consisting of one hundred and sixty acres, in Carlisle town 
ship, where he has ^ince lived. Mr. Larson has put all the improvements 
on his place, where he has followed general farming and -tock raising, 
including eight or nine good cow-. In politic-. Mr. Larson i- an independ- 
ent voter. He is a member of the United Lutheran church. In .addition 
to buildings and other valuable improvements, Mr. Larson ha- planted a 
line grove and a g 1 orchard near his house. 

Lars \mlcr-on. father of ( War F., was born in [809, in Sweden, as 



112 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

was also his wife, Anna Anderson. They were farmers and spent their 
entire life in their native country. 

( (scar F. Larson was united in marriage, in 1890, with Christina John- 
son, a native of Norway, by whom he has had two children: Alma L., 
who became the wife of 'William A. Gardiner, and has one child. Harold: 
Roy, the second child, is at home with his parents. 

Mr. Larson is a splendid example of the thrifty and industrious citi- 
zen, and his career has been characterized by a marked degree of success. 



REV. GEORGE J. RAUCH. 

Born in Metre Grove, Oak township, Stearns county, Minnesota. Sep- 
tember 10. [881, Rev, George J. Ranch, pastor of the church of Our Lady 
of Victory, of Fergus Falls, this county, is the son of Michael and Ann 
Dorothy (Weber) Ranch. 

Michael Rauch was a native of Bavaria, Germany, and his wife also a 
native of the German Empire, having been born near Mainz. Michael 
Rauch was but three years old when he came to America with his parents in 
1857. After landing in America, they came to Minnesota, locating at St. 
Joseph, in Stearns count}', where they remained for one year and then moved 
to Meire Grove, in the same county, and it was in Stearns county that 
Michael Rauch was reared to manhood. Father Rauch's mother, wdio 
before her marriage was \nn Dorothy 'Weber, came to America in 1867 
with her parents, who settled at Meire Grove. 

Michael Rauch grew to manhood in Stearns county anil, after attain- 
ing maturity, took up farming as a business. Later he became a contractor 
and builder and about [883, moved to Melrose. Minnesota, and in iqio 
moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, where he is still living. It was at 
Melrose that Father Rauch grew to manhood and obtained his early schooling. 

In 1804 George J. Rauch entered St. John's < 'ollege, where he received 
a classical education. ! [e was a student in St. John's Seminary for five years 
and at St. John's College tor six years, altogether a period of eleven years. 
Ordained to (be h( h priesthood at Melrose, bather Rauch became assistant 
pastor of the church at Si. Boniface and paster of St. Patrick's church. 

In 1008 be was transferred to Fergus Falls, where he has enjoyed a 
wider opportunity for Christian work. Before long he realized the need for 
the erection of a new church and. having gone about it systematically, was 
able, in mi |, to complete a mosl desirable edifice of brick, which has a seat- 
ing capacity of from four to live hundred people, and at the same time 
erected .1 commodious and comfortable parish house. 

Rev. George J. Rauch has performed a splendid work in the parish 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. II3 

of Our Lady of Victory and is gradually growing in influence and favor. 
His fine personality and his kindly Christian bearing have endeared him to 
the hearts of all who live in his parish as well as to the community at large 
and he enjoys the profound respect of all. 



CHARLES A. LUND. 



Charles A. Lund by his administrative ability and his powers as a busi- 
ness man, has lent new dignity and prestige to a family whose name has 
been honorably linked with the history of Otter Tail county for a period of 
over thirty years. As a son of one of the most successful agriculturists of 
the section of Minnesota in which he lives, he has stood as an exponent of 
that strong and noble manhood which characterized so admirably the life 
of his father. His career has been one of consecutive industry and his 
success has nut been an accident, but a logical result. As cashier of the 
bank at Vining, he has served with a devotion to duty which has been both 
profitable and pleasing to the public at large. Charles A. Lund is a son 
of Andrew Lund, whose life was remarkable for its great achievement and 
unqualified success. 

Andrew T. Lund was born near Namsos. Norway, on the 22nd of 
August, 1848. He was the son of Torger Balzerson, a native of Alstahaug, 
Helegeland, Norway, and Boletta Margaretta Anderson, a native of Fosnes, 
Norway. Torger Balzerson followed the occupation of a sailor and a pilot 
most of his life. After a life of activity and success he retired to his farm 
at Lund, where he spent his last days with his children. His death occurred 
in 1864. Both parents were devout members of the Lutheran church. Of 
the family reared by the parents of Andrew Lund; Annie, the wife of 
Alexander Gjisness, came to America with her brother, Andrew, and died 
in 1912, in Wisconsin; Peter lived at Lund, Norway, on the farm left by his 
father until his death, which occurred in March, 191 5; Martha, the widow 
of Peter Eide, still lives in Norway, but has a son Peter residing in Folden 
township, and a son Anton who is living in Canada; Maren, the widow of 
Andrew Thorstep, lives in Helegeland, Norway; Thea. the widow of Ben- 
jamin Hanson Lund, resides in Lund, Norway; Ellen, who married Helge 
Gundtedt, a teacher, died early in life, leaving a son Magne who is at the 
present time residing in Vining; Andrew is the father of the subject of this 
sketch, and Edward T. is a resident of Vining. The third child. Olava, 
married Eric Menzen and after his death became the wife of Peter Arnsson. 
She is buried in Norway. 

As a boy Andrew Lund chose a life on the sea, and at the age of seven- 
teen decided to cross the Atlantic ocean. After landing in America he went 
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114 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

to Hudson, Wisconsin, where he was occupied in the winter in the lumber 
business and in the spring he obtained employment on the St. Croix river. 
For ten years he worked on the boat line and during- that time gained many 
valuable experiences and made many acquaintances He formed a very 
interesting acquaintance with Senator .Moses E. Clapp. 

in the spring of 1868, Andrew T. Lund married Annie Amundson, at 
Hudson. In the spring of [879, lie and his wife came by rail to Perham, 
Minnesota, and from there to Xidaros township the}' went by a team of 
oxen. After settling in Nidaros township they began the task of home- 
steading eighty acres of land, which was located in section 2. The farm, 
which was a wilderness, was gradually transformed into a cultivated tract 
of land under the management of Mr. Lund. After a short period of 
residence on the farm the community life in that section was brightened 
by the fact that the Northern Pacific railroad would cut through that town- 
ship. In 1881, the building of the road was completed and the village of 
Lund sprung up (which was later changed to Vining), a place named in 
honor of the family of which Charles Lund is a member. To the village 
since that time, have been drawn other lines of enterprise until now in its 
attractiveness it remains a worthy monument to him whose name it honors. 

During his early days on the farm Andrew Lund was not wholly 
occupied with its duties, he found time to enter other fields of work and 
on account of his ability was readily chosen as a leader. He became agent 
for the Andrews & Gage Grain Elevator Company, and as his business grew 
to large proportions, Mr. Lund was soon able to lease the elevator, and when 
his success was assured he bought out the entire plant. Aside from this 
line of work Mr. Lund was also engaged in the general mercantile business. 
in partnership with Ole T. Xyhus. For twenty years Mr. Lund held the 
appointment of postmaster and executed the duties of that office in an effi- 
cient manner. M he continued to succeed in various lines of business enter- 
prise. Mr. Lund from time to time added to his land possession-, until at the 
time of his death he was owner and manager of two thousand acres of 
land, and was known throughout that section of Minnesota as one of the 
largest landowners in Otter Tail county. 

In 1004 Mr. Lund organized and placed on a linn basis the Hank of 
Vining, with he and hi- sons as stockholders. In [908 the hank was incor- 
porated as Lunds' State Bank, with Mr. Lund as president, an office he held 
until December 16, [908, when his death occurred. The hank had a capital 
stock of ten thousand dollars and a very handsome surplus at the time of 
the death of its president. In the affairs of education Andrew Lund always 
expressed a deep interest, ami was often called upon to assist in school 
affairs lie served as trustee of Concordia College, at Moorhead, and also 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 115 

was trustee of St. Luke's hospital, at Fergus Falls, an institution he helped 
to organize. As a Republican he was honored with positions of high stand- 
ing and at the time of his death had held every township office. He was at 
one time a candidate for the Republican nomination to Congress and in 
the convention held the balance of power, which his withdrawal threw to 
the forces of Frank M. Eddy. As a candidate for the state Senate Mr. 
Lund gave another exciting race and during his life gave evidence of a 
deep enthusiasm for Republican party and its cause. 

Andrew Lund was able to enter many fields of endeavor and carry 
out successfully every undertaking. He was devout in religious affairs and 
through his efforts the United Lutheran church at Vining was erected and 
placed on a firm foundation. As a member of the church he did everything 
in his power for its welfare. He donated the ground for its location and 
even solicited funds for the erection of the present building. Mr. Lund 
was president of the Sons of Norway. He was also a member of the Inde- 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows and of the Modern Woodmen of America. 

Andrew T. and Annie (Amundson) Lund were the parents of the fol- 
lowing children : Thea became the wife of Rev. J. C. Herre and is living in 
New York city; Melvin resides in Vining. as a farmer and a lumberman; 
Charles is the subject of this sketch; Oscar is a merchant in Vining; Harry 
A. manages the homestead farm; Andrew T. is president of the bank and 
is in the real-estate business; Fmil A. resides at Vining; Gundrun married 
Thoe Thoen, of Thoen Brothers clothing store at Minneapolis, and Boletta, 
who married William Huntington, a merchant, lives in Paynesville, Minne- 
sota. Mrs. Andrew Lund passed away on the 3rd of July, 1904. 

Charles A. Lund was born in Hudson. Wisconsin, on the 14th of 
October, 1878. His early education was received in the public schools of 
Vining and after completing the common-school course, he attended school 
at Concordia College, from which institution he was graduated in the class 
of 1896. His education was completed in the St. Paul College of Law. from 
which he received the degree of LL.B. in 1904. He was admitted to the bar 
but after a short time returned to Vining where he helped his father organ- 
ize the bank of which institution he has been cashier since its organization. 
The business of the bank lias steadily increased and in 1913 a new brick 
building was erected, containing vaults modeled after those in the National 
Bank of Fergus Falls. The bank' at the present time has over one hundred 
depositors. Mr. Lund is executor of his father's estate, though a large part 
of it was divided previous to his death. 

The farm of two hundred acres near the village of Vining occupies a 
great deal of the attention of ( harles Lund. He is a breeder of Shorthorn 
cattle of which he has forty-six head. His aim is to rear onlv purebred 



Il6 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

stock. In 19 1 2 Mr. Lund erected a modern house and barn and has two 
silos on the place. The barn was destroyed by a cyclone. 

Following the example of his father, Charles Lund has remained loyal 
to the cause of the Republican party. He is president of the village of 
Vining. He is a member of the United Lutheran church. 

On the 30th of June, 1908, Charles A. Lund was united in marriage to 
Matilda Westberg, a resident of Fergus Falls, and the daughter of August 
Westberg, a member of one of the oldest families in Otter Tail county. 
To Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Lund the following children have been born : 
Corrinne Elizabeth, who was born on October 18. 1909, and Wesley Carlton. 
April 28, 1912, and died on June 30, 1914. 

Mr. Lund has been chairman of the school board, succeeding has father 
in 1909. He has the honor of having built the first consolidated school in 
Otter Tail county, which is a step in advance of the educational system in 
this section. For a distance of two miles around the school site children 
are brought each day to the up-to-date building, where the influence is 
more lasting and the conditions more healthful than those found in the old- 
time district school of the rural community. 



CHRIS EYTEN. 



In 1880 Mr. Evjen left his native home in Norway for the more 
attractive advantages of the United States, and here he has acquired the 
reputation of being one of the most prosperous and successful merchants. 
At Carlisle, Minnesota, where he carries a modern stock of merchandise. 
his reputation for straightforward dealing is not only well known in that 
vicinity, but has reached far beyond the limits of the community. 

Chris Rvjen, merchant, of Carlisle, Carlisle township, Otter Tail county, 
was born on February 3, 1861, at Trondhjem, Norway, and is a son of 
Nels and Evjen (Tngeburg") Evjen. His education was obtained at the 
public schools of Norway, and after finishing his studies, he assisted his 
father on the farm for a time, leaving Trondhjem. Norway, for America 
on April 14, 1880, arriving in this country on May 17. He first worked in 
Olmstead county, at Rochester, and on April 1. t88i, came to Carlisle and 
was emploved on a farm at this place for a few years. In 1887 Mr. Evjen 
began farming for himself on a rented farm. In 1800 he bought the store 
which he now owns and operates, carrying on a general merchandise busi- 
ness. On March [8, [891, Mr. Evjen was appointed postmaster of Carlisle, 
and in 1005 was made agenl for the Greal Northern railroad. He has 
been a large Inner of -rain from the lime of locating at Carlisle. Politi- 
cally, he has always been an independent voter in both local and state 
politics. He has taken an active interest in matters of local interest, serving 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. II7 

as clerk of Carlisle township for twenty-eight years, and for the same length 
of time served as constable. 

Nels and Evjen (Ingeburg) Evjen, parents of the subject of this 
sketch, were born in Norway, where they followed farming for a living. 
The children born to this marriage were: Louisa, Andrew, Regina, Rage- 
hild, Chris, Christian and John. 

Chris Evjen was united in marriage, May 27, 1887, with Johannah 
M. Hexum, daughter of Martin Hexum, to which union the following 
children have been born: Ida, Carl. Minnie, Alta, Otto (deceased), Otto 
II, Elmer (deceased), Elmer II and Mary. 

Both Mr. and Mrs. Evjen hold the respect and admiration of a large 
number of friends and acquaintances at Carlisle and the surrounding terri- 
tory, where their success has been earned. Mrs. Evjen has been school 
clerk of this district for fourteen years. Mr. Evjen is a member of the 
Modern Woodmen of America, and is also a member of Lodge No. 59, 
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, at Fergus Falls. Both Mr. and Mrs. 
Evjen are members of the Norwegian Lutheran church. 



OLE T. NYHUS. 



One of the pioneers among the merchants of Otter Tail county is Ole 
T. Nyhus, who, in the early days of the town of Vining, established a gen- 
eral merchandise store and took an important part in the building up of 
business interests and the general welfare of the locality. Mr. Nyhus has 
been a successful storekeeper through a period of many years and a man 
whose citizenship has been of permanent good to the county and one who 
today is prominent in the public affairs of the town and vicinity. 

Ole T. Nyhus was born at Rengerike, Norway, on August 22, 1859, 
the son of Truls and Christi (Knutsen) Nyhus, both of whom were born 
in Norway, where the mother lived until her death, in 1885, after which 
the father, Truis Nyhus, in [886,-came u> America ami joined a son. Sivert, 
of Henning township, Otter Tail county. In his native land Truls Nyhus 
was a small fanner, who cultivated well his limited acreage. To Truls and 
Christi Nyhus were bom the following children: Knnt. who is a retired 
farmer of Henning township; OK- T., tin subject of this sketch; Sivert, 
who lives on a farm in Henning township; Even, who died in Norway, in 
[885; Inga, who married Knut Nyhus, and who lives near Bemidji, Minne- 
sota, and Hans, who is a farmer of Leaf Lake township. 

ollowing his education in the public schools of Nor- 
way, worked at general farm duties until 1881, when he came to America 
ami settled at Faribault, Minnesota, reaching that place <>n June r6, (88l 
During the spring "f [882 Mr. Nyhus came to Otter Tail county and 



Il8 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

worked on the farms in this community for the next rive years. In 1887 he 
established a general merchandise store in Vining, on a site next to that 
which he now occupies. When he organized his business, Ole T. Nyhus 
built for his storeroom a rude wooden structure which served until the year 
[898, and then he erected a brick-veneered building, in size twenty-six by 
seventy-two feet, where he now conducts his business with a stock valued 
at from ten to twelve thousand dollars. 

Ole T. Nyhus established his business in partnership with Knut Uggen, 
who, in the year 1887, sold his interest to A. T. Lund, who continued in 
the conduct of the store with Ole T. Nyhus until the year 1908, when Mr. 
Lund died and his son, Oscar Lund, succeeded his father, in a firm under 
the name of Nyhus & Lund. This company is one of the oldest in the entire 
county, its senior member, Mr. Nyhus. being the oldest merchant in the 
town of Vining, Minnesota. The firm of Nyhus & Lund is not only a 
thorough success, with its thriving merchandise business, but the enterpris- 
ing proprietors have enlarged the scope of their business dealings an.! have 
added a real-estate department which is consummating some of the large 
deals in real estate of the locality. In addition to their regular stock, this 
firm has acquired a farm of two hundred and forty acres of land in Folden 
township. 

In politics, Ole T. Nyhus is a Republican and as a member of this 
party lie has been elected to and served well on the town council, and also 
has been the occupant of the office of president of the village board. Mr. 
Nyhus is a leading member of the Norwegian Lutheran church at Vining 
and he is affiliated with the organization of the Sons of Norway. In private 
life Ole T. Nyhus has filled his place competently and graciously and he is 
recognized as one of the strong elements in the active life of Vining, and of 
Otter Tail county. Ole T. Nyhus has never married. 



ANTON B. TRANA. 



Without the opportunity for educational advantages, and denied special 
training for business. Anton I'.. Trana was able to apply the determined and 
persevering nature of the native Norwegian and rise to a prominent place 
in the public life of his community and to win the respect and esteem of his 
fellow citizens and associates. The life of \ntoti I!. Trana is representative 
of a type which has done much for Otter Tail county, and he is a man 
whom the residents delight in honoring. 

\nton B. Trana was born near Stenkjer, Norway, on October 28, 
1874, the son of Rasmus and Johanna Trana. both natives of Norway, in 
which land they lived and were married. In [882 they came to America 
.Mid settled in Leaf Mountain township. Otter Tail county, where, in 1883, 



OTTER TAN. COUNTY, MINNESOTA. IK) 

Rasmus Trana, took up a homestead of one hundred and sixty acres. The 
land was covered with timber, which Rasmus Trana proceeded to clear, 
during which time he and his family lived in a "cellar," later building a 
substantial house, a place where he lived until his death, in 1893. Johanna 
Trana survived her husband anil lives at Henning, she now being seventy- 
seven years of age Rasmus Trana was of a quiet and retiring disposition, 
lie was a member of the Norwegian Lutheran church, a congregation with 
which his widow now worships. To Rasmus and Johanna Trana were born 
the following children: John R., who is a farmer near Plaza, North 
Dakota: Martin, who conducts a feed-mill at Almora. Minnesota: Johan. a 
United States mail rural deliveryman at Henning, Minnesota: Albert, who 
is the proprietor of a restaurant at Almora: Mary, who married Iver E. 
Johnson, and lives at Norman, Washington; Anton B.. the subject of this 
sketch: Richard, who died at Missoula, Montana, in 1903; and Gina. who 
married O. M. Trana. and lives at Colfax, North Dakota. 

Anton P.. Trana received hut little education as a result of poor edu- 
cational facilities in the vicinity of his childhood home, and therefore Mr. 
Trana is largely a self-taught man. During his life Anton P.. Trana has 
engaged in various lines of endeavor, among which was a position as grain 
buyer for the Andrews Grain Company, of .Minneapolis, while he lived at 
Vining, Minnesota, from [905 to [915, when he was made the agent of the 
Dower Lumber Company, at Vining, a line of work in which he is yet engaged. 
In igoj Anton B. Trana established a confectioner) 1 store at Vining, a 
business which he conducted until July. [915, when he disposed of his 
interest in this husiness. During the administration of President Roosevelt, 
.Mr. Trana was honored by his appointment to the office of postmaster at 
Vining, an office which he served with dignity and with efficiency for eight 
years. In political affiliation, Anton B. Trana is a Republican. 

( )n May 5, 11)03. Anton B. Trana was married to Julia Johnson, who 
was born at Fergus Falls, Minnesota, the daughter of John S. Johnson 
and wife, who were early settlers in Otter Tail county. Mrs. Julia (John- 
son) Trana died on January 29, 1012. To this union no children were 
born. (In June 10. [914, Mr. Trana was married, secondly, to Lydia Pet- 
erson, who was born at Fergus Falls, Minnesota, the daughter of Nels 
Peterson and wife. Nels Peterson being one of the earliest settlers of the 
community. To the marriage of Anton and Lydia (Peterson) Trana was 
born one sou, Howard, who was horn on June 13. 1015. 

\nton B. Trana is among the men who have done greal things for 
(liter Tail county and for the town of Vining, a man who has the con- 
fidence of all and one who. with his wife, occupies a conspicuous place in the 
various walks f life in the locality. 



120 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

FR \NK FJESTAD. 

Among the prominent citizens of Carlisle township, Otter Tail county, 
Minnesota, and one of its most successful farmers, is Frank Fjestad, who 
was horn in Norway, November 12, 1847, and who is the son of Erek 
Haug and Tore P. Field. 

Mr. Fjestad's parents were farmers in Norway and reared a family of 
twelve children. They spent all of their lives in their native land. Frank 
Fjestad was educated in the common schools of Norway and in Jnne, 1867, 
came to America. From June to December, 1867, Mr. Fjestad lived in 
La Crosse, Wisconsin, and from La Crosse he emigrated to the state of 
Texas, where he remained a year and one-half, working for a gardener. 
He returned to La Crosse and then moved to Fillmore county, Minnesota, 
hut remained there scarcely a week. when, in 1869, he moved to Carlisle 
township, Otter Tail county. Minnesota, homesteading one hundred and 
sixty acres, the farm upon which he now lives. The land was a barren 
waste at that time and there was not even a tree standing on the entire 
farm. 

Mr. Fjestad lias erected all of the buildings and has made all of the 
improvements upon the land, as well as planted all of the trees. He has 
done most of the improving with his own hands. When Mr. Fjestad 
started in life he had only fifty dollars, one cow and a pair of steers. Today 
he owns nine hundred and ninety acres of land, all of which is well improved. 
besides many thousand dollars' worth of personal property. Shortly after 
he settled on his claim, he started freighting for the government and the 
first year hauled freight from St. Cloud to the forts. Later he hauled 
freight from Benson and was employed in this business altogether during a 
period of three years. 

Later, Mr. Fjestad hauled flour from Fergus Falls to all surrounding 
points, including Morehead. Subsequently, however, lie engaged in farm- 
ing, and his life in these early days was a hard struggle, as his farm was 
far from a railroad. Ii was thirty-five miles to the postoffice and sixt) 
miles to mill. Nevertheless, Mr. Fjestad prospered from year to year and. 
as the years wore on. gradually accumulated more and more land and 
added t0 his pi iSS< 

In 1872 frank Fjestad was married to Taaline 1'. Spaberg, who was 
horn on May 5, i' v '"5- in Norway, To them have been horn ten children: 
Edward l ; .. who was horn on November t8, 1 Ny .; : Peter F., ("let. .her 22. 
[875; Clara I'., deceased, December t6, 1X77: Theodore 1".. January 5. 
in-.,, died in infancy; Thea F., October t8, r88r ; Ellen F., deceased. 
October 8, r 883 ; Theodore Ufred, December 20, [886; fnga Marie. May 
17. iSNm: Lena. May 26, [893; and Oscar Ferdinand, December 5, [895. 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 121 

Mr. and Mrs. Fjestad and all of the members of their family are 
identified with the Norwegian Lutheran church in Carlisle township. Mr. 
Fjestad is a Republican in politics. He has served as township trustee and 
has been treasurer of the township since its organization. For many years 
he was a school director and is now treasurer of the school board. He is 
also treasurer of the Farmers Elevator Company at Carlisle. 

There is no better-known citizen in Carlisle township and, in fact, in 
the adjoining townships than Frank Fjestad. No man has taken a more 
prominent part in public affairs than he and no man is more capable natur- 
ally of aspirin"' to the position of leadership than the subject of this sketch. 



HANS O. LARSON. 



Hans ( ). Larson, who is conducting a successful mercantile business at 
Battle Lake. Minnesota, where he is a member of the firm of O. C. Nelson 
& Company, is a native of Goodhue county, Minnesota, born there on 
September g, 1869. 

Mr. Larson is a son of Ole and Catharine (Hansen) Larson, natives 
of Norway, the former of whom was born on January 13, 1841, and the 
latter on November 12, 1840. Ole Larson and family emigrated to America 
in 1867, settling- first in Goodhue county. Minnesota, and in 1870 they 
removed to Otter Tail county, taking a homestead in Clitherall township. 
They also owned forty acres of land in Sverdrup township. They were the 
parents of three children, Hans O., Lauris and Minnie, the last named being 
the wife of Alfred Okeson, of North Dakota. Ole Larson and all his fam- 
ily are devout members of the Free Lutheran church. 

f Tans O. Larson was reared in Otter Tail county, Minnesota, and 
received his education in the public schools of his home township. He lived 
on his father's' homestead farm until he reached the age of eighteen years, 
when he was employed as a clerk by Mr. Ubertsen, of Rattle Lake, with 
whom he remained for sewn years. Lie then entered the employ of O. C. 
Nelson, and after eight years of service became a member of the firm, 
which was organized in 1007. 

Hans O. Larson was first married, in [892, to Bertha Andersen, who 
was born in Norway in 1872, the daughter of Alfred \.ndersen. \fter her 
mothers' death, in Norway, Bertha Andersen came with her father to Otter 
Tail county, Minnesota, in 1X711. and located in Tordenskjold township. 
Alfred \ndersen now lives in North Dakota. Hans O Larson and his 
first wife were the parents of two children. Oliver Alexander and I eonard 
Morgan. The mother of these children died in 1S00. and on September 6, 
inii. Mr. I arson was married to Martha Sett, who was born in Clitherall 
township, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, a daughter of Vndrew and Anne 



122 OTTER TAIL C'olXTY. MINNESOTA. 

(Julius) Scott, both of whom were natives of Denmark, who emigrated 
to America and settled in Otter Tail county. Mrs. Martha Larson's mother 
died in 1914, while her father still lives on his farm in Clitherall township. 
Mr. and Mrs. Larson and family are members of the Free Lutheran 
church, and take an active interest in the affairs of the church. Mr. 1 -ar- 
son has served three years as a member of the town council at Battle Lake. 
He is a Republican, and takes considerable interest in local and national 
political affairs. 



JOHN KILL. 



The gentleman whose name appears above, although a native of Wis- 
consin, is of Norwegian lineage, and it is with a certain degree of pleasure 
and satisfaction that a briefly outlined biographical -ketch is here presented 
for perusal, and also as a matter of future reference for the progeny which 
he leaves behind. 

John Kjer. farmer, of Fergus Falls, Carlisle township, Otter Tail 
county, wa.s horn on August 28, [864, in Portage county, Wiscons 

on of Goren and Martha Kjer. His education was obtained at the 
hools of his native county, a.fter which he was employed with his 
father on the farm until twenty-one years of age. when he began farming 
for himself on the place which he still owns in Carlisle township, where he 
re ided until [896, when he moved to South Dakota and took up a home- 
stead of one hundred and sixty acres, in which venture he was fairly suc- 
cessful. In 1909 Mr. Kjer sold his farm in South Dakota and moved back 
to his home in Carlisle township, Otter Tail count}', which he has improved 
with substantial buildings, and where he carries on general farming and 
stock raising. Politically, he has always given his supporl to the Republi 
can 1 tarty, but has never -ought public office. 

Goren and Martha Kjer, parents of the subject of this -ketch, were 
both born in Norway, where Mr. Kjer as a young man was a day laborer. 
coming later to America and settling in Portage county, Wisconsin, where 
he took up a homestead. During the summer before the Great Northern 
railroad was built through Fergus Falls, be came to Otter Tail county and 
bought two bundled acres in Carlisle town-hip. to which he afterward 
added one hundred and twenty acres more, where be -pent the remainder 
of his life in agricultural pursuits. Mr. and Mrs, Kjer were the parents of 
nine children. Politically, Goren Kjer was a Republican, and in religion, 
he belonged to the Norwegian Lutheran church. 

fohn Kjer was united in marriage, in [898, with Mary Arlandson. by 
whom he has bad three children: Edward, Tohn and Myrtle 



OTTER t'AII. COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 12} 

Mr. Kjer is a man of upright character, and his splendid farm, which 
he keeps to a high standard, is one of the attractive places of Carlisle town- 
ship. 



NICOLAI O. FIELD. 



Xicolai O. Field, a well-known citizen of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, 
who is engaged in the postal service at Olympia, Washington, is a native of 
Carlisle, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, where he was born on October 22, 
1874. 

Mr. Field is the son of Ole N. and Anne (Thorpe) Field, and the 
grandson of Nels Fjeld, as the name was spelled in Norway. Ole X. 
Field emigrated to America in [868 and immediately thereafter came west 
to Fillmore county, from which place, in 1870, he moved to Carlisle, Otter 
Tail county. Here he took a homestead and lived until his death. There 
were three children in the family, two of whom are living: Peter O., of 
Frazee, Minnesota, a well-known citizen, merchant and mayor of the city; 
and Nicolai <».. who is clerk in the postofhee in Olympia, Washington. 

The father of Peter O. and Xicolai O. Field died in 1888, and Xicolai 
worked at anything he could turn his hand to until 1903, when he moved 
to Olympia, Washington, where he is now engaged as a clerk in the post- 
office. tie began in the postal service in 1906. 

By his marriage to Anna Holman, the daughter of Mrs. M. Benson, 
of Verndale, .Minnesota, Xicolai O. Field has one daughter. 

Mr. Field is a member of the Elks, the Foresters of America and 
Woodmen of the World. He is a member of the Lutheran church. 



HENRY COLBJORXSEN. 

Henry Colbjornsen. well-known farmer and stock raiser, of St. Olaf 
township. Otter Tail county. Minnesota, was born in the city of Chicago, on 
November 8. 1868, the son of Colbjorn and Jennie (Holverson) Colbjorn 
sen, who were natives of Norway, where they lived until the year 1864. they 
at that time emigrating to America and after landing at New York City 
they went immediately to the city of Chicago, where they lived for aboul 
five years and then moved to Otter Tail county, in the year 1X70. locating 
on a farm which Colbjorn Colbjornsen secured in Clitherall town-hip. 
Through pioneer days, with hardships and trials, this pioneer citizen and 
farmer succeeded in those things which he attempted. lie sold his farm in 
IQ13 and moved to North Dakota. In the family of Colbjorn and Jennie 
Colbjornsen were ten children. 



I_'4 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

Henry Colbjornsen received his education in the common schools of 
CHtherall township. Otter Tail county, after which he worked on the farm 
of his father until the year 1891, when he purchased his present farm of 
one hundred and sixty acres of land in St. Olaf township, Otter Tail county, 
where he is successfully and extensively engaged in general agricultural 
pursuits. In addition to his farm duties, Henry Colbjornsen is engaged in 
the operation of a threshing machine throughout the township and vicinity. 

In 1890 Henry Colbjornsen was married to Lena Harness, and to this 
marriage have been born two children, Louisa and Effie. 

Politically, Mr. Colbjornsen is affiliated with the Republican party, and 
while he has not taken any especial part in the political or official life of the 
community, he is a citizen who is valued for his part and his efforts in the 
ranks of private citizenship and for his interest in the promotion of the 
general welfare of the community where he lives. 



S. A. SWANSON. 



One of the leading druggists of Otter Tail county. Minnesota, and 
one of its best-known citizens, is S. A. Swanson, a native of Fergus Falls, 
where he was born on July 19, 1873. 

S. A. Swanson is the son of John and Selma (Jensen) Swanson, who 
were natives of the province of Swalland, Sweden, and who came to 
America in 1870. Subsequently, John Swanson. arrived at Benson, Minne- 
sota, which was then the terminal of the Great Northern railway, and from 
there walked to Fergus Falls, which was at that time a straggling village, 
containing only a few people who lived in log shanties. Upon arriving in 
Fergus Falls, John Swanson homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres of 
land in Western township, which he cleared and upon which he erected 
buildings. Very soon after coming to the county Mr. Swanson was mar- 
ried and lived on the homestead farm for eight or nine years, after which 
he moved to Amor township and obtained possession of three hundred and 
twenty acres of land, which lie proceeded to clear and improve. After living 
upon the farm until [914 he moved to Fergus Falls and retired, but -till 
owns the Amor township land, lie was a general farmer and stockman 
during Ins active career and served in many township offices, lie is a stanch 
can. John Swanson :i\<<\ wife are members of the Lutheran church 
,vas one of the founders of the Amor congregation, 

Mr. and Mrs. fohn Swanson are the parents of six children, three 
son- and three daughters, of whom S. A. is the eldest; Carl is a painter and 
paper-hanger of Fergus balls: Oscar i- station agent at Detroit. Minnesota: 
Lvdia, who married Will Ekman, lives on the farm in Amor township; 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. I 25 

Huldali is a stenographer in the court house at Fergus Falls; and Olga is a 
stenographer in the county auditor's office at Fergus Falls. 

Educated in the puhlic schools of Amor township and in the academy 
at Minneapolis, S. A. Swanson came to Battle Lake, Minnesota, in 1891 
and was employed by Dr. M. S. Jones in his drug store for four or five 
years. Afterward he attended the Minneopolis Institute of Pharmacy and 
was graduated with the class of 1900. Upon completing his pharmaceutical 
education, he worked for Doctor Jones until 1914, when he purchased the 
drug store, which is the only drug store in Battle Lake. Naturally, Mr. 
Swanson has a large and growing patronage and business. The stock would 
invoice at the present time at about forty-five hundred dollars. 

In 1904 S. A. Swanson was married to Huldah Lindquist, a native of 
Vasa, which is situated near Red Wing, Minnesota. Mrs. Swanson is the 
daughter of N. I'. Lindquist. To Mr. and Mrs. Swanson has been born 
one son, Robert, who was born on December 5, 1906. 

S. A. Swanson has long been prominent in the fraternal circles of this 
county. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the 
Modern Woodmen of America and the United Order of Workmen. Mr. 
Swanson votes the Republican ticket, but has never taken a special part in 
politics. 



ALBERT G. WHITSON. 



Yumbered among those who have stood representative of marked pro- 
gressiveness and civic loyalty in Fergus balls and who have contributed a 
large share to the industrial and civic advancement of the community is 
Albert Whitson, who is one of the prominent business men in that section 
of Minnesota in which he lives. In his chosen field of endeavor he has 
accomplished most valuable results through his earnest and well-directed 
business policies. A man of recognized ability and judgment, he is regarded 
as an authority on questions of civic importance, and as a consequence of 
his admirable traits of character has reached a position of distinction in his 
chosen field of industry. 

Albert G. Whitson was born near Smith Falls, Canada, on April 18, 
1867, and is a sOn of John and Jane (Lawson) Whitson, representatives of 
an honored family, known in Minnesota for almosl fifty years. His father 
was a fanner and miller by vocation and the family were in modest financial 
circumstances during tin- early years of tin- subject of this sketch. The 
parents left Canada in [868 ami moved to Granville Mills, M 
where the father engaged in the milling business for ten years. The family 
then moved to Owatonna, Minnesota, where Mr. Whitson returned to the 
occupation of farming, until the year 1884. In the spring of that war he 



120 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

came to Otter Tail count) and settled in Aastad, six miles from Fergus 
Falls. Shortly after his arrival in that township John Whitson was made 
foreman of the waterworks, which was in the course of building at that 
time. 

As a boy Albert Whitson received his educational advantages in the 
schools of Northfield and Owatonna. The career of the subject of this 
sketch has been oik- of various occupations, the first of which was railroad- 
ing. Later he engaged in fanning in ( (rwdl and the wide experience gained 
in these two fields proved to be extremely valuable to him later in life. In 
1004 lie moved to Fergus Falls and engaged in the livery business. Later 
he was associated with a Mr. Elliot, and took over the control of the ice 
plant on Stanton avenue. They ;old out to John W. Campbell in July, 

K)I-. 

The business of Elliott & Whitson was opened in the same year, when 
they bought out F. II. Gary, dealer in coal, lime and cement. Since that 
time the firm of Elliott & Whitson has been doing an unusually successful 
business. In his chosen field of work. Mr. Whitson has made a large circle 
of friends, bis ability and thorough business methods have won for him a 
place of distinction. 

The marriage of Albert Whitson to Mary Elliott, the daughter of John 
Elliott, was solemnized on January 9, iSqo. They are the parents of the 
following children: Elsie and Emilie, who are teaching school at Western; 
George and Sidney, who are at home with their parents. In fraternal 
affairs Mr. Whitson has always taken an active interest. Tie is a member of 
the Odd Fellows lodge and the Modern Woodmen of America. In his 
political relations he is affiliated with the Republican party. 



PETER LEIN. 



One who has made a record of large and numerous accomplishment in 
connection with the practical affairs of life is Peter Lein, who is recognized 
as one of the most enterprising, resourceful and influential business men of 
his community. I lis life has been such as to entitle him to a place of dis- 
tinction and unqualified public esteem. Through his own ability and efforts 
he has won success and has given his share to community development and 
prosperity. 

Peter Lein was born in 1S56, in Trondhjem, Norway, and is the son 
ii Peter and Barrel (Peterson) Lein. both of whom are deceased Bis 
father died in 1005 and her mother in iNoj. When the subject of this 
sketch was just twenty-four years old he came to America, in .March. t88o. 
He landed at Halifax and went by train to Montreal, w beta' he remained a 
month. From there he went to Winnipeg, where he was employed for two 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. \ 2J 

years by a railroad company during its period of construction. His busi 
ness career was initiated in [882, when he came to Fergus Falls and. with 
his brother, operated a butcher shop for a year. I lis next held of business 
activity was in the grocery store owned by Xels Elden, where for live Near- 
he was employed as an assistant. During his engagement in business there 
he was married to .Mary Ann Sten, a native of Norway, and a woman of 
much persona] charm. 

In the fall of 1888 Air. Lein began an independent career as manager 
of the grocery which he now owns. A man of distinctive initiative and 
progressive ideas, he is a valued member of the community in which he 
lives, lie is extremely popular with all of his customers, whom he endea- 
vors to please to the best of his ability. His diligence in business is equaled 
only by his devotion to Ins family, which includes his wife and four children. 
His eldest son, Bennie, is assistant cashier of the Scandia Bank. The other 
children are Emil, who is married and living in Minneapolis; Conrad, a 
graduate of the Naval Academy at Annapolis, and Laura. 

Aside from his business interests. Mr. Lein has always been interested 
ii! societies that promote good fellowship. He is a member of the Sons of 
Norway and of the Odd Fellows. 



FRANK H. STRAUB. 



One of the substantia] business men of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, the 
proprietor of a popular jewelry store of this city and a man who is inter- 
ested in everything which, in any way, mighl promote the best interests of 
his home city, is Frank H. Straub. 

Frank II. Straub was born in 1857 at Lockport, Michigan, 'a town 
which I- now called Three Rivers. I lis parents were William and Harriet 
(Shomaker) Straub, the former of whom was a carriage maker by trade. 
but who, during the greater part of his life, was engaged in the mercantile 
business. The family emigrated to Minnesota in 1863 and located at Win- 
nebago, an Indian agency near Waseca. In 18(15. two wars later, the 
family moved to Morristown, in Rice county, where the father engaged 
in carriage making. Three years later the family moved to Faribault, 
Minnesota, and there Mr. Straub embarked in the mercantile business, after 
which he moved to Fergus Falls and engaged in the real-estate business. 
He died in this city in [886. His wife survived him many years, passing 
away in 1010. 

Frank IT Straub obtained his earh education at Faribault. Minnesota, 
and grew to manhood in this state. When he was old enough he clerked 
in a jewelr) store and later operated a store in Northfield for Hunter & 
Son. ' 



128 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

In 1S80 Mr. Straub moved to Groton, South Dakota, where he home- 
steaded a tract of land, which he commuted in 1882. In the fall of the same 
year he came to Fergus Kails and, in partnership with a Mr. Hunt, engaged 
in the jewelry business. Six years later Mr. Straub bought Mr. Hunt's 
interest and has since conducted the business alone. 

By his marriage to Katie A. Ionian, a native of Maine and a descend- 
ant of the Jordans who came over to America from England, Frank H. 
Straub has six children, Katherine, who was horn in Fergus Falls, Minne- 
sota, in 1892, and died at the age of five and one-half years; Francis, 1894, 
and died February 1. 18117; Winnifred, November, 1897: Lloyd J., 1899; 
Margaret L., July. 1001 : and William F., 1004. 

Frank II. Straub was a prominent and useful member of the city 
council at the time when the last city charter was adopted. At the present 
time he is one of the water and light commissioners of Fergus Falls. Mr. 
Straub is a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the 
Ancient Order of United Workmen, the Modern Woodmen of America 
and the Knights of Pythias. 



REV. TAMES MOODY 



The Rev. James Moody, professor in charge of Northwestern ( ollege 
and pastor of the Swedish Lutheran church at Fergus Falls, this county, is 
a man who has attained notable distinction in educational and ministerial 
work. He is one of the most distinguished educators now residing in Otter 
Tail county and his character, one of signal exaltation and purity of pur- 
pose, is widely admired by the people of this count)-. 

Born in Kekvatten. Vermland, Sweden, the Rev. Mr. Moody is the son 
of Peter and [ngeborg 1 Anderson) Moody, who with their family emigrated 
to America in [864, proceeding to Ft. Snelling. by the way of Quebec. Can- 
ada. From Ft. Snelling the family removed to Carver county, where they 
rented a farm and remained until after the close of the Civil War. after 
which they removed to Moores Prairie, now Cokato, and homesteaded land. 
There the father built a log house and was engaged in farming until his 
death in 1904. 

James Mood) received his early schooling in the district schools of 
this state and at the Swedish-American College al St. Peter. He was a 
student at the latter institution for three years and then spent sj N years al 
Seminary, Rock island, Illinois. \fter 
his ordination, the Rev. Mr Mood) received his first charge at Crookston 
and St. Hilaire, where he remained for eight years From Crookston and 
St, Hilaire he was transferred to Battle I ake. in Otter Tail county, where 
he remained for ten vears. In [906 the Ri -\ fames Mtoodv was transferred 




IV. JAMES MOODY. 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 129 

to Fergus Falls, as professor in charge of Northwestern College and as 
pastor of the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran church, over which he is still 
presiding pastor. His influence in Fergus Falls and vicinity has been a 
large factor in the spiritual and moral awakening of the community, his 
personality and kindly Christian leadership proving a most wholesome fac- 
tor here among the people with whom he has labored. 

The Reverend Mr. Moody married Augusta W. Johnson, who has borne 
him live children, James R., Huldah V., Ruth A., Edna A., and Mildred 
T. The Moody family are popular in the social life of Fergus Falls and 
are a credit to their worthy parents, who have reared them in the love of the 
Christian religion and in the principles of righteous and noble living. 



C. MURRY HUNT. 



One of the prosperous and long-standing industries of Fergus Falls, 
Minnesota, is the cigar manufacturing business operated under the name of 
Hunt Brothers, which is owned by C. Murry Hunt. 

C. Murry Hunt was born on July II, 1868, at Manchester, Iowa, and 
is the son of Walter G. and Susan E. (Blood) Hunt. The former was the 
.son of David Hunt, who was horn near Buffalo, New York. Walter G. 
Hunt was born on August 8. 1843, m Harmony. Chautauqua county, New 
York. When the Civil War began he was living in Delavan, Wisconsin. 
He enlisted on August 12, 1862, in Company D, Twenty-second Regiment, 
Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, and saw active service during the war. He 
was honorably discharged on June 28, 1865, at Milwaukee. In September, 
1865, he removed to Manchester, Iowa, wdiere he worked as a farmer and 
where he was married to Susan E. Blood. To this happy marriage there 
wen born three children, Clarence M., Frank L. and Elizabeth. 

The family removed to Nora Springs, Iowa, and in the spring of 1879 
emigrated to Fergus halls. Minnesota. In the spring of 1879 they took a 
homestead in Star Lake township, and lived there for three years, when 
they returned to Fergus Falls, where they still live. 

When he was sixteen years old, C. Murry Hunt began life on his own 
responsibility. For a few years he was employed at various kinds of 
work, anything which he could find to do. Subsequently he learned the 
cigarmaker's trade from Alexander Van Praag. and was employed by Mr. 
Van Praag for a period of ten years. In December, 1892, Mr. Hunt 
engaged in the manufacture of cigars on his own account under the name of 
Hunt Brothers. The name is still in use. although C. M. Hunt owns the 
business. 

Mr. Mum manufactures several brands of cigars, among which are the 
( 9 b) 



I30 OTTER TAIL COUNTY ; MINNESOTA. 

"Hunt Imperial," "Hunt Imperial, Jr.," "Hunt's Commander,' - "Hunt's 
Havana Special," "Ralph Emerson," "Fergus, Jr.," "Factory Smoker," and 
"662." The Hunt factory is an attractive building constructed of brick and 
situated on Lincoln avenue, west. Air. Hunt employs thirty-five men. His 
trade is confined mostly to Minnesota. North and South Dakota. 

Some years ago C. Murry Hunt was married to Etta M. Broun, a 
native of Illinois, by whom he has had one son, Clarence L., born on 
October 7, 1893. Clarence L. Hunt is employed in his father's office. 

Mr. Hunt is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the 
Modem Woodmen of America, the Knights of Maccabees, Knights of 
Pythias, the Modern Samaritans, and the Benevolent and Protective Order 
of Flks. 



J. V. MATTHEWS. 



J. V. Matthews, a successful business man and a highly-respected citi- 
zen of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, who is engaged in the livery business and 
who operates a feed and sale stable in this city, is a native of the town of 
McHenry, in McHenry county. Illinois, where he was born in 1856. 

Mr. Matthews is the son of John Warren and Mary (Scanlan) Mat- 
thews, the former of whom was born in Xew York state and the latter was 
born in Canada. In [857 the family emigrated to Lake City, Minnesota, 
making the latter part of the journey up the Mississippi river in the steamer 
'"Milwaukee.*' J. V. Matthews remembers distinctly the boat as she plied 
up and down the river, it being identified at that time by two large gilt 
globes between her smokestacks. In Lake City. Minnesota, Mr. Matthews' 
father was engaged in the livery and sales business in the days before the 
railroads, and also operated a mail stage line between Winona and Red 
Wing. 

Mr. Matthew^, when a mere lad, attended tin- first school established in 
Lake City, Minnesota. The school eventually became a normal school. 
After growing to manhood, Mr. Matthews learned the barber's trade, which 
he followed for thirt) years, working in Winnebago City, Blue Earth and 
Devil's Like. North Dakota. In May. [883, he came to Fergus Falls and 
engaged in the barber business, which he followed until 1005. when lie 
purchased the livery business owned 1>\ George (i. Matthews, his brother. 

I. V. Matthews was married to Mary R. Smith, the daughter of John 
and Mar) Smith. They have no children. 

Mr. Matthews is a member of Corner Stone Lodge No. 99, Ancient 
Free and Accepted Masons, the Knights of Pythias, the Modem Woodmen 
of America, and tin- Benevolenl and Protective Order of Elks. 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. [3I 

OLE M. HEXUM. 

The subject of this biographical sketch is descended from a fine old 
family of Norway, and his parents came to America many years ago. Mr. 
Hexum stands out prominently as one of the rising farmers in his locality, 
where he has demonstrated strong individuality and ability in his chosen 
vocation. 

Ole M. Hexum, farmer, of Carlisle, Otter Tail county, was born on 
September 18, 1876. on the old homestead in Carlisle township, and is a son 
of Martin H. Hexum and his wife, Marit (Grafts) Hexum. His education 
was obtained at the public schools of Otter Tail county, after which he was 
trained along agricultural lines under his father's instruction. He has 
farmed on the home place since iqoi, doing general farming. 

A biographical sketch of Martin. H. Hexum is presented elsewhere in 
this volume. 

Ole M. Hexum was united in marriage, first, with Clara Ejestad, who 
was born on December 16. 1877, and died on July 28, 1904, and by whom 
he had two children, Morris F. and Thoralf M. Mr. Hexum was married, 
secondly, to Matilda Firmer, who was born on January 25, 1886. which 
union has been blest with the following children : Myrtle. Olga and Martin. 

Mr. Hexum has won an enviable popularity as one of the younger 
agriculturists of Carlisle township, where he takes an active part in the 
affairs of the community, doing his part in advancing the interests of the 
public. He is a man of sterling qualities, practicing the principles of 
scrupulous honesty in all his business dealings. 



GEORGE CAMPBELL. 



The people of Fergus Falls. Minnesota, consume annually a great deal 
■ if ice cream, most of which is made by the Campbell firm, who not only 
manufacture ice cream, but also soft drinks, under the linn name of the 
Fergus Ice Cream Company. 

George Campbell, who, with his father, Alexander Campbell, is engaged 
in the manufacture of ice cream and soft drinks at Fergus Falls, was born 
in Saratoga township. Winona county. Minnesota, in 1872. He is the son 
of Alexander and Mary (Coulter) Campbell, the former of whom was a 
farmer for main' years, but is now in partnership with his son in Fergus 
Falls. 

After having remained on the home farm until he was twenty-seven 
years old, George Campbell moved to Mcnahga. about six miles from 
Wadena, and was engaged there in farming for about si\ years. Subse- 
quently, however, he moved to Wadena and remained fur eighteen 



I32 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

coming' finally to Fergus Falls in 1909. Immediately thereafter Mr. Camp- 
bell engaged in the manufacture of ice cream, to which he has added milk, 
cream and butter, and supplies most of the grocers of Fergus Falls daily. 
He also has a large trade outside of Fergus Falls. Mr. Campbell has a 
model plant and has built up a nice business for the short time during 
which he has been located in this county. On account of his personality 
and the superiority of his products, his business is growing day by day and 
month by month. 

Mr. Campbell's wife, before her marriage, was Gertrude I. Bradt, 
who was born in Fremont township, Winona county, Minnesota. Mr. and 
Mrs. Campbell have one son, Lawrence, who was born on May I, 1901. 

George Campbell is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fel- 
lows and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He is highly 
respected by the people of Fergus Falls and vicinity. 



TUSTUS PICKIT. 



Among the well-known merchants of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and 
among the pioneer citizens who belong to a past generation, was the late 
Justus Pickit, a prominent citizen of Otter Tail county for forty years, who 
died on June 7, 1913. 

The late Justus Pickit was born in Edwards, New York, on July 2, 
1837, and spent his boyhood and early manhood in the Empire state. When 
the Civil War broke out he enlisted in the Ninety-second Regiment. New 
York Volunteer Infantry. After the war. in 1869, he came west to St. 
Cloud, Minnesota, where he engaged in the mercantile business in partner- 
ship with J. B. Abbott. 

In 1871 Mr. Pickit came to Fergus Falls. Minnesota, and erected a 
frame building on the present site of the Scandia Land Company, at the 
corner of Lincoln and Mill streets, where be had a general mercantile store. 

Mr. Pickit served as postmaster of Fergus Falls for four years under 
the administration of t lie late President Harrison, and during his advancing 
years was retired from business. He lived quietly in the later years of his 
life. He took a prominent part in the progress and development of Fergus 
Falls and was very successful as a business man. especially as a merchant. 

Bv his marriage, in Herman, New York, to \im 1 M. Peek, a native 
of Fowler, New York, the .laughter of Daniel and Martha (Fuller) Peck. 
there were horn four sons; Horace E., who lives in Fergus Falls; Leslie 
J"., who lives in Los Vngeles, California, who married Efne Straub; Robert 
C., who is employed in the auditor's office at St. Paul, and Ralph E., of 
Los Angeles, California. Mr. and Mrs. Leslie J. Pickit have four children. 
1 '. married Mamie Snyder, and they have an adopted daughter, 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 1 33 

Gertrude. Ralph E. married Carrie Cotterell, and they have no children. 
Mrs. Justus Pickit's father was for many years connected with the Fuller- 
ville Iron Works, at Fullerville, New York. 

Mr. and Mrs. Pickit reared a family of splendid children, who in the 
various communities where they live are leading honorable and useful lives 
and who are a credit not only to their parents, but to the community where 
they spent the earliest years of their lives. 



A. M. ANDERSON. 



Jt is a difficult task to do justice to any individual within the limited 
space accorded in a volume of this character, where so many must be 
given the credit which they have honestly and deservedly earned. To Mr. 
Anderson, however, especial honor is due because of the struggle through 
many hardships through which he has passed, and the eminent financial 
success which he has achieved, thus enabling him to pass the remaining 
years of his life in comfort. 

A. M. Anderson, farmer, Fergus Falls, Carlisle township, Otter Tail 
county, was born on January 8, 1856, in Norway, and is a son of Michael 
and Julia (Olson) . Anderson. He came with his parents to America in 
1 86 1, locating in Allamakee county. Iowa. His opportunities for receiving 
an education were limited, attending for a short period at the public schools 
in Iowa, and about the same length of time in Minnesota. As a young man 
ii was always necessary for him to work very hard, and in 1885 he began 
farming for himself on his father's farm in Martin county, Minnesota, 
which he afterward bought, and which he sold in 1902, coming to Carlisle 
township, Otter Tail county, where he bought a tract of two hundred and 
eighty acres, eighty of which he sold in 1913, and now owns two hundred 
acres, on which he has put all the buildings and other improvements. In 
addition to following general farming, Mr. Anderson conducts a dairy, 
and is a stockholder in the Fergus Falls Creamery. Politically, he is a 
strong Democrat, while his religious views are in accordance with those of 
the Norwegian Lutheran church, in which he takes a deep interest. He has 
put out a new orchard, and is considered a progressive farmer. 

Michael and Julia (Olson 1 ) Anderson, parents of the subject of this 
sketch, were both born in Norway, the former coming to America as a day 
laborer, arriving at New York City in 1861, and going from there to 
Allamakee county. Iowa, where he bought a farm of eighty acres and lived 
until 1882, when he moved to Martin county. Minnesota, taking a home- 
stead of eighty acres, where his wife died. Mr. Anderson then moved to 
Pine county, where he lived for a few years and then sold out. moving to 



134 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

Wheeler, Wisconsin, where he died. This union was blest with but one 
son, A. M. Anderson. Politically, Mr. Anderson was a Republican, and in 
religion he belonged to the Norwegian Lutheran church. 

A. M. Anderson was united in marriage, in 1880, with Elizabeth Knoff, 
daughter of Peter and Melena (Berg) Knoff. She was born on May 23, 
1861, in Norway. Eleven children have been born to this union: Julia M., 
who became the wife of Edward Thompson, and is the mother of six 
children, Janice E., Marion E., Ruby E., Lila I., Palma V. and George 
Edwin; Christian, the second child of A. M. and Elizabeth Anderson, was 
united in marriage with Emma Paulson, which marriage has been blest with 
two children. Carlyle E. and Mario: Albert T. : Emma P.. who became the 
wife of Augustus Siems. and i<; the mother of two children, Delna L. and 
Arvid H.; Melvin O., Helmar, Carl L., Hazel M., Alma E., Howard E. and 
George D. 

Mr. Anderson enjoys the reputation of being one of the industrious 
and thrifty agriculturists in his community, where he holds the high regard 
of all who know him. 



NELS T. MORTENSEN. 

One of the best-known retired citizens of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, is 
Nels J. Mortenseu, who for many years was engaged in the retail drug- 
business at Fergus Falls, but who has been living retired since 1912. Among 
his other interests Mr. Mortensen is identified with the manufacture of 
sash, doors and frames, in Fergus Falls, through the Fergus Falls Manu- 
facturing Company. 

Nels J. Mortensen was born on November 6, 1847, m Schleswig, Den- 
mark, now a part of Germany. He is the son of Jens and Catherine Mor- 
tensen, the former of whom was a farmer. 

Nels J. Mortensen served two years, from 1863 until the close of 
1864, in the Danish-German War. after growing to manhood, and then 
learned the trade of a pharmacist. In the spring of 1872 he emigrated to 
America, coming t<> the United States by the way of Quebec, Canada. Sub- 
sequently, he settled in Steele county, Minnesota, where he remained for a 
few month-, and then came to Alexandria, Douglas county. Minnesota, where 
he found employment in the drag business. Mr. Mortensen remained in 
Alexandria for eighteen months and then moved to Fergus Falls in 1876. 

He opened a ding store on his own account in 1876 and continued in 
business continuously until 1912, since which time he has been living prac- 
tically retired. 

Mi Mortensen's wife, before her marriage, was Lottie C. Nelson, the 
daughter of Nels Nelson. She is a native of Alexandria, Minnesota, and 



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has borne her husband one daughter, who is now the wife of Dr. E. G. 
Bell, a well-known dentist of Fergus Falls. Doctor and Mrs. Bell have one 
daughter, Catherine. 

.Mr. Mortensen is a member of Corner Stone Lodge No. 99, Ancient 
Free and Accepted Masons. He is also a member of the Independent 
Order of Foresters. 



HENRY TOMHAVE. 



In a visit to the home of those of our pioneer settlers, who still make 
their homes in Minnesota, one would find many interesting facts concerning 
the experiences of ox team and other primitive modes of travel in the days 
when railroads were only anticipated luxury. It was during these trips 
from the East that some of the greatest hardships of pioneer life were 
experienced, and it is to those who were brave enough to face the many 
dangers of the wilderness period that much credit is due. 

Henry Tomhave, farmer, Fergus Falls township, Otter Tail county, 
was born on September n, 1845, in the province of Hanover, Germany, 
and is a son of John and Katherine ( Bungar ) Tomhave. He was edu- 
cated at the public schools of Germany, and as a young man, came to 
America in 1866, landing at New York City, where he was obliged to work 
for six months in order to secure money with which to reach Minnesota. 
On reaching La Crosse, Wisconsin, the river was full of ice, and he did 
not possess enough money to pay stage fare, thus necessitating his remaining 
at that place and working on the railroad, finally reaching Red Wing, where 
he remained two years. In 1869, he came to Otter Tail county and estab- 
lishing his farm of one hundred and sixty acres in the wilderness. He 
traveled from St. Paul to St. Cloud, walking all the way. There was not 
a building at Fergus Falls when he and his one companion arrived. They 
crossed the river at Fergus in a 1x>at made of fence bark. This was in the 
spring, and they returned to Red Wing, coming back in the fall with an ox 
team, experiencing many struggles because of the lack of railroad facilities. 
They had no opportunity to market their grain without making long hauls, 
and all the buildings and improvements had to be put on the place. 

Mr. Tomhave has become eminently prosperous, dividing his attention 
between general Farming and stock raising. Politically, he gives his sup- 
port to the Republican party, in the politics of which he has for a !• 
been actively interested, and is the present town treasurer, and has been 
district supervisor. Religiously, be is an earnest member of the German 
Lutheran church, to which he contributes liberally. 

John and Katherine 1 Bungar) Tomhave, parents of the subject of this 
sketch, were both natives of Germany, from which country the father never 



I36 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

departed. The mother came to America and homesteaded one hundred and 
twenty acres in Otter Tail county near her son, Henry. She died in this 
county. 

Henry Tomhave was united in marriage on December 20, 1872, with 
Anna Bradahoeft, daughter of Jacob Bradahoeft, by whom he has had five 
children, John H., Anna, Carl, Claus and Henry. 

Mr. Tomhave bears the distinction of being a real pioneer, and has 
gained many warm and admiring friends throughout Otter Tail county, 
where he is well and prominently known. 



KNUD H. BRANDVOLD. 

Knud H. Brandvold, a retired citizen of Dalton, Minnesota, is one of 
the oldest and most highly respected citizens of Dalton and the man to 
whom all of the people of this thriving town refer as the real pioneer of the 
community. 

Knud H. Brandvold, a native of Norway, was born on May 11, 1845, 
and is the son of Halvor Simonson and Kari Avleson. Mr. Brandvold's 
father died in Norway in 1848. He was a farmer by occupation and spent 
all of his life in his native country. Both he and his wife were members of 
the Norwegian Lutheran church. They were the parents of only two chil- 
dren, Knud H., the subject of this sketch, and Hannah M., who was born 
on July 5, 1848, and who married E. J. Berdall, of near Garretson, Minne- 
haha county, South Dakota. They have three children, John E., Carrie and 
Henry. 

Knud H. Brandvold received a common-school education in Norway 
and, when a lad of fourteen years, began learning the shoemaker's trade. 
He worked at this trade until he was twenty-two years old and. in [867, 
came to America, living for two years thereafter in Filmore county, Minne- 
sota. After two years, he moved to Goodhue county, Minnesota, and in 
1871 came to Otter Tail county, Minnesota, where he has lived practically 
all of the time since. 

Upon coming to Otter Tail county. Mr. Brandvold purchased the 
northwest quarter of section 1 2, in Tumuli township, a tract of one hun- 
dred and sixty acres, which, at the time, was little more than wild land. 
During the winter of 1883-1884, Mr. Brandvold went to Polk county, Minne- 
sota, where he took a homestead and where he assisted in the organization 
of a township, which was given his name. A congregation of the Norwe- 
gian Lutheran church was also given his name. In the following spring. 
Mr. Brandvold came back to his home in Tumuli township. During his 
early days in this county, he was situated about thirty miles from a rail- 
road. 



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In 1879, in partnership with Taral Olson, Air. Brandvold established 
a store at Dalton. This partnership continued for six months, after which 
Mr. Brandvold continued for a time as the sole proprietor of the business. 
Later he took Ole Nelson into the business as a partner and this arrange- 
ment continued for four years. After Mr. Nelson retired. Mr. Brandvold 
conducted the store alone. He retired from business in 1903. 

Mr. Brandvold was one of the organizers of the Farmers Grain & 
Lumber Company, of Dalton. In [908 he sold his farm to his son-in-law. 
Senator Ole O. Sageng, who is one of the best-known citizens of Otter 
Tail county. Since [908 Mr. and Mrs. Brandvold have lived in Dalton. 

Knnd H. Brandvold was married to Bertha K. Steien, who died in 
April. 1890. To this union were born three children, Halvor, Oliver and 
K'ari. In July, 1892, Mr. Brandvold was married, secondly, to Maria L. 
Bakken. 

Mr. and Mrs. Brandvold and family are members of the Norwegian 
Lutheran church. Mr. Brandvold has served as secretary of the congre- 
gation for a short time. For twelve years he was supervisor of his town- 
ship, and for twenty-eight years was treasurer of the local school board. 
Knud H. Brandvold occupies a place in the hearts of his neighbors and 
fellow -citizens second to no other citizen in this part of Otter Tail county. 
He has well performed his duties as a public-spirited and useful citizen and 
today is accorded the distinction which belongs to such a man and such a 
citizen. 



ESTEN THOMPSON. 



Unconscious recognition of the true worth of a man who has made his 
opportunities and opened his own way through hardships and financial 
struggle is found in the ultimate conclusion of a well-rounded career. Mr. 
Thompson, whose name i- mentioned above, has demonstrated a firmness 
of purpose in his chosen vocation that cannot but win the admiration of 
those familiar with his steadfast and thrifty methods. 

Esten Thompson, farmer, Fergus Falls township. Otter Tail county, 
was born on September _>o. 1856, at Trondkjem, Norway, and is a son of 
Bernt Thompson. His rudimentary education was obtained in Norway, 
and at the age of ten years be came to \merica with his parents, where he 
attended the public schools for a short time. When quite a young man. 
Mr. Thompson began farming for himself in Wilkin county, Minnesota, 
where he took up a homestead of one hundred and sixty acres, which he 
sold in 1903, and bought his present farm consisting of one hundred and 
ten acres, his time and attention being devoted to general farming. Mr. 
fhomppon has put valuable improvements on his place, which, although not 



[38 OTTER TAIL COUNTY; MINNESOTA. 

one of the largest, is one of the best places in the township. He is a brother 
of Anton Thompson, whose name is mentioned elsewhere in this volume. 
Politically, he is a Republican, and in religion, a member of the Norwegian 
Lutheran church. 

Esten Thompson was united in marriage with Christina Void, by whom 
he has had eight children : Bernard, Rosa, Edwin, Inga. Albert, Ethel, 
Man and .Minnie. 

Mr. Thompson is a gentleman of mure than ordinary intelligence, and 
keeps well up with the times, and can honestly claim all the honor accorded 
him as a substantial and prosperous citizen. 



LEWIS LOHMEIER. 



Following down a long line of German ancestry, one finds the name 
of Lewis Lohmeier, a representative and influential agriculturist of Fergus 
Falls township. Mr. Lohmeier has followed the most approved methods in 
his rural vocation, and today owns a splendid tract of land in the above 
township, where he makes the breeding of fine stock one of his specialties. 

Lewis Lohmeier, general farmer and stock breeder, Fergus Falls, Otter 
Tail comity, was born on March 22, 1864. at Evansville, Indiana, and is a 
son of Henry and Charlotte (Held) Lohmeier. He was educated at the 
district schools of Fergus Falls township, and as a young man, began farm- 
ing for himself on his mother's farm. In 1884 he bought his present home- 
stead, consisting of one hundred and sixty acres, located in section 33, 
Fergus Falls township, which place he has owned ever since. [n 1898 Mr. 
Lohmeier moved to where he now resides, and has since put many valuable 
improvements on the place, consisting of all new buildings, etc. In addition 
to general farming, he has made the breeding of tine stock one of his lead- 
ing interests. Politically, he has always been a stanch Republican, while 
in religion, he belongs to the Lutheran church. Fraternally, his alliance is 
with the Modern Woodmen of America, and the Elks. 

Henry and Charlotte (Held) Lohmeier, parents of the subject of this 
sketch, were both born in Germany, and came to America about 1850, locat- 
ing first at Evansville, Indiana, and in [856 Mr. Lohmeier moved with his 
family to Red Wing, Minnesota. In [869 he came to Otter Tail county, 
where be bought a tract of six hundred and fort) acres in Fergus Falls 
township, returning later to Red Wing, and finally, on lime 15. [872, he 
arrived at Fergus Falls with his family, where be spent the remainder of 
his life, and where he conducted a brewery during the first three years of 
his residence. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Lohmeier were as fol- 
low: Henry, Charles, Lewis. August, Rosetta, Mary, Maggie and Matilda. 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. I 30 

Politically, Mr. Lohmeier was a Republican, and in religion his sympathies 
were with the German Lutheran church. 

Lewis Lohmeier was united in marriage, in 1898, with Louise Zahn, 
daughter of August Zahn. She was born in Wisconsin. Two children 
have been born to this union. May and Eleanora. 

Mr. Lohmeier is appreciated in his community for his genuine worth 
and high personal character. He is genial and unassuming in manner, and 
his friendship is held in high esteem throughout his township. 



ALBERT DALLUGE. 



The subject of this sketch is one of the versatile and broad-minded 
citizens of Otter Tail county, where he has established his family in a com- 
fortable home, the foundation of American happiness, the country which 
he, like many others of his native land, has adopted as his permanent home. 
Unlike many of our rural citizens, Mr. Dalluge has never allowed his 
methods and habits to become fixed, or his ideas to follow a rut. He keeps 
himself informed as to what is going on in the outside world. 

Albert Dalluge, farmer, Fergus Falls township, Otter Tail county, 
was born on August 3, 1869, in Germany, and is a son of Julius and Caro- 
line (Oehlke) Dalluge. His education was received in Germany, coming 
alone to America in 1882. His first employment in this country was in a 
harvest field, after which he worked in the timber, and was later associated 
with his father on a farm. On March 18, 1914, Mr. Dalluge bought his 
present splendid farm, consisting of two hundred and forty-four acres, his 
special attention being directed to general farming and stock-raising. Prior 
to the purchase of his present homestead, he fanned with his father for 
nine years, and in 1903 he went to Brown county, Minnesota, where he 
owned one hundred and sixty acres, which he sold in 1913. Politically, 
Mr. Dalluge is a stanch Republican, while his religious sympathies are with 
the German Lutheran church. 

Julius Dalluge, father of the subject of this sketch, was born on Sep- 
tember 21, 1838, in Germany, and was united in marriage with Caroline 
Oehlke. who was also born in Germany. They came to America about 
1883, locating in Blue Earth county, Minnesota, where they have since 
resided. 

Albert Dalluge was united in marriage with Minnie Lehman, by whom 
he has had the following children: Walter, Eleanor (who became the 
wife of John Sorensen ) , Mahila. Paul and Clarence. 

By his upright principles and his interest in the welfare of hi- fellow 
man. Mr. Dalluge is regarded as one of the worthy and honorable citizens, 
whose character is beyond question. 



I4O OTTER TAIL COUNTY. MINNESOTA. 

PETER and MINNA CAST. 

The worthy couple to a short sketch of whose joint career the atten- 
tion of the reader is now directed, have for many years been counted among 
the representative citizens of Otter Tail county, Minnesota, and each of 
them arc well known and highly esteemed. Mr. Gast has been one of the 
progressive farmers of his community and .Mrs. das', has made a reputation 
for herself as a most capable and painstaking nurse. She has in the course 
of many years, served in more than half of the best homes of the county 
and Fergus Falls and has in this way won many warm friends through her 
ready sympathy and helpfulness in their time of need. 

l'eter J. A. Gast was born in Schnierin, Germany, on April 28. 1847. 
son of Fritz and Maria ( Willert ) Gast, both natives of the same place. The 
death of the mother occurred in her native land, while the father after that 
emigrated to this country, joined his children and closed his life at Great 
Bend, North Dakota Mr. Gast is the youngest of a family of three chil- 
dren, all boys, the other two both being engaged in farming near Great 
Bend, North Dakota. Mr. Gast when a boy in his native land was educated 
in a soldiers" school and in 1808 was entered as a full-Hedged soldier in the 
Franco-Prussian war, serving throughout that campaign. He was a mem- 
ber of the Fifth Prussian Dragoons and saw active service at the battles 
ol Vletz, roulon, Orleans, Bruges, Sedan. Cikano and many other minor 
engagements. 

After the close of the war. in 1873. Peter Gast emigrated to the United 
States, leaving his parents behind him, but bringing with him his wife. 
They resided in Wisconsin for a year and in 1874 came to Otter Tail county, 
this state, which has since been their home. The first tract of land they 
purchased contained forty acres and they now own one hundred and twenty. 
This land is well improved, has tine orchards, good buildings and in addi- 
tion to general farming, they raise a goodly number of cattle for the market 
each year. In every respect. Mr. Gast merits the name of a progressive 
and up-to-date farmer. Mrs. Gasl has been of wonderful assistance to him. 
both in capably managing her pari of the farm work and also by the income 
-he has received as nurse, as before mentioned. I'liey came to this country 
poor, but with a wonderful supply of industry and ambition, and have not 
only succeeded well along material lines, but they are held in the highest 
esteem by their wide circle of friends. They have reared and educated a 
a large family and have filled most useful places in life. About a year ago 
Mr. (last suffered a sunstroke, from which he has never wholly recovered 
and ha> since In en bedfast, but so strong is his spirit that even with his 
affliction, he maintains a cheerfulness quite surprising. This pleasing state 
is due nol onlv to his ,,vvn indomitable will but also in a large measure to the 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 1 4 1 

companionship existing between himself and his good wife who does all 
within her power to lighten his burden. 

Mrs. Gast before her marriage was Minna Sandhoff, also a native of 
Germany and a daughter of William and Maria (Verner) Sandhoff, neither 
of whom ever came to this country. Mr. and Mrs. Gast are the parents 
of nine children, two of whom died in early infancy. Those remaining are: 
Frederick, who resides at Fergus Falls, where he is superintendent of the 
Manhattan building; Belinda, wife of August Weinrich, a farmer of Otter 
Tail county; Alfreda, wife of Joseph Doll, of Colton, Washington; Mar- 
guerite, who married Frank Kalsow and lives in Moorhead, Minnesota; 
Richard, who remains at home, unmarried, and does the active work about 
the homestead; Albert, a printer, of Winona, this state, and Gertrude, wife 
of Fritz Kalsow. of Otter Tail county. 

Both Mr. and Mrs. Gast are devout members of the Lutheran church, 
and in that faith they carefully reared their family. In politics, Mr. Gast 
is a Republican and was for many years known as one of the active workers 
in his section. For twenty-seven years he served his party as road overseer 
and township assessor, at different times, and under his supervision great 
strides were made in the improvement of the public highways. Both Mr. 
and Mrs. Gast deserve the flattering degree of respect in which they are 
held, for each in their own way have lived active, useful lives, and in their 
home their joint endeavor has brought them a degree of material success 
commensurate with their effort and the love and respect of an interesting 
family. 



TESSE P. BILLINGS. 



To gain a broad experience in a general way, it is necessary for one to 
yet out into the world and find out what is being accomplished in different 
parts of the country, and in this respect Mr. Billings has had ample oppor- 
tunity to store his mind with valuable ideas in many directions, having been 
a traveling man for fifteen years, all of which has been of untold value in 
his vocation as an agriculturist, since lie has been able to put into actual 
practice the information gleaned in passing through various agricultural 
districts. 

Jesse P. Billings, fanner. Fergus Falls, Otter Tail county, was horn 
on April 20. 1880, and is a son of J. S. Billings, lie was educated in the 
public schools at Fergus Falls, and after completing his education he 
became a traveling salesman for the firm of \. K. Fairbanks X- Company, 

soap manufacturers, during which time he resided at Minneapolis [1 3 

he moved to his father's farm, where he became a breeder of Shorthorn 
cattle. Duroc hogs and Shropshire sheep, the cattle all being shipped to the 



14-' OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

Northwest. He is considered one of the hustling young farmers of the 
county. Fraternally, he is a members of the Elks lodge at Fergus Falls. 

J. S. Billings, father of the subject of this sketch, is a sheriff at Fer- 
gus Falls, and his sketch is presented elsewhere in this volume. 

[esse P. Billings was united in marriage, at Chicago, Illinois, Novem- 
ber 25, 1901, with Julian Gosch, daughter of Martin and Josephine (Bresky) 
Gosch. She was horn on February 7. 1880. This union has been blest with 
one child. Sheldon, born on April 19, 1906, at Minneapolis. 

.Mr. Billings is a man of generous impulses and genial disposition, and 
because of his industrious habits and persistent attention to business, has 
achieved definite success in his chosen vocation, standing high in the esti- 
mation 1 if the citizens of Fergus Falls township. 



PETER J. MOBRAATEN. 

The late Peter J. Mobraaten, who for years was one of the most active 
residents of Oscar township, this county, came to America from Norway 
in 1869. He landed at the port of New York and almost immediately 
thereafter started for Minnesota. Upon arriving in this state, he located in 
Fillmore county, where he remained for one year, at the end of which time, 
in 1 87 1, he came to Otter Tail county, where he homesteaded a quarter of 
a section of land in Oscar township and there he spent the remainder of his 
life, his death occurring on July 27, 1913. Air. Mobraaten was a fine 
farmer and a sturdy citizen, who was held in high regard in the neighbor- 
hood which he had done so much to help improve and he was widely 
mourned at the time of his death. 

Peter J. Mobraaten was born in the kingdom of Norway on December 
2, 1839, and there spent his youth and early manhood. In 1869 he decided 
to try his fortune in the promising land across the Atlantic. He came alone, 
landing at Xew York, proceeding thence to this state, where for one year 
lie conducted a boarding house in Fillmore county. The next winter he 
-pent in Alexandria, this state, and in the spring of 1871 he came to this 
county, entering one hundred and sixty acres of government land in sec- 
tions 26 and 27, in Oscar township, which he proceeded to clear and make 
habitable. It was in that year, simultaneous to his coming to Otter Tail 
county, that Air. Mobraaten married Bertha Spaberg, who was born in Nor- 
way "ii December 5, [845, daughter of Peter 1'. and Carrie (Torjet) Spa- 
berg, and who. during the years they were engaged laboriously in making 
a home in the then wilderness, proved a most valuable and competent help- 
mate. Their home presently was made and as the years went by they accom- 
plished tin full task of bringing to a high state of cultivation their excellent 
farm, at the same time making themselves useful in many neighborly ways 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. I 43 

in that community, so that they came to be regarded as among the leaders 
in their particular locality, their influence ever being for good. 

To Peter J. and Bertha (Spaberg) Mobraaten were born nine children, 
Peter P., Mary, Carrie, Julia, Minnie Bessie, Julius, Oscar and Petrine, of 
whom Mary, Julia. Minnie and Oscar are married. Mr. and 
Mrs. Mobraaten ever were active members of the Norwegian Lutheran 
church and their children were reared in that faith, all growing up to be 
useful members of the community. Since the death of her husband, Mrs. 
Mobraaten has continued to make her home on the homestead farm, which 
is now cultivated under the active management of her eldest son, Peter P. 
Mobraaten, who was born on the homestead on December 20, 1871, and 
who is doing well his part in the community life of Oscar township and 
the Fergus Falls locality generally, he being held in high regard by all who 
know him, as are all members of the family of the late Peter J. Mobraaten. 
The Mobraaten farm was enlarged during the occupancy of the late owner 
by the addition of eighty acres adjoining, which Mr. Mobraaten purchased, 
the present farm of two hundred and forty acres being well kept and 
improved in a substantial manner. 



( ). K. SHONBLOM. 



O. R. Shonblom, farmer of Buse township, Otter Tail county. Minne- 
sota, is a native of Sweden, born in the northern portion of that country on 
July H>. 1867, son of Ole and Martha (Lindblum) Shonblom, both natives 
of the same section of Sweden. They were there married and were of the 
farmer class, coming to this country in 1884 at the time the immediate sub- 
ject of this sketch was a young man of eighteen years. The family first 
located in Des Moines, Towa. where father and son secured employment in 
the mines of that vicinity and also at work on a railroad. After a few 
years spenl in Iowa, the parents came to the state of Minnesota and located 
in Martin county, where the father purchased a farm and made his home 
until the time of his death in 1807. The mother is still active at the age 
of seventy-two years, wonderfully well preserved for one of her age. Both 
were reared in the Lutheran faith and Ole throughout bis life was a faithful 
member of that church, as is bis widow today. 

O R. Shonblom was the eldesl of a family of four children, 
whom are deceased. The youngesl of the family also survives and is engaged 
in fanning in Saskatchewan. Canada. O. R. Shonblom received his educa- 
tion in his native land, attending the public schools, and after coming to 
tliis country, has always earned bis own way. lie moved with bis parents 
to Martin county, where he assisted the father in the work of the home, 
and then in 1004 be came to Otter Tail county and purchased one hundred 



144 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

and sixty acres of land in Buse township. There was a residence on the 
farm and that lie repaired, as well as cither buildings, and erected a new 
barn better suited to his needs. He has succeeded well in his undertaking 
and is uniformly successful with his crops as well as with his live stock, 
to the raising of which he devotes considerable time and attention. Mr. 
Shonblom is a member of the Lutheran church, in which faith he was reared, 
and in politics he votes independently. He has been a director of his local 
school district several times and takes a commendable interest in all matters 
pertaining to the welfare of the community. 

< I. R. Shonblom was married on January i, 1889, to Anna Lorena 
Poulson, a native of Orleans, Norway, and a daughter of Hilgate and 
Lorena Poulson. To this union have been born four children, namely: Lily, 
wife of Arthur Larson, a farmer of the province of Saskatchewan, Canada, 
■and the mother of four children; Ruby, Harvey 1 deceased), Harvey and 
Irene; Hjelmer died at the age of five years: Hjelmer, at home, and the 
youngest of the family is Almeda, who is at home with her parents. 

Mr. Shonblom is highly esteemed by his fellow citizens, for he is a man 
of good characteristics, devoted to home and its interests and is worthy of 
heing numbered among the representative citizens of Otter Tail county. 



OLAF TH. SHERPING, .M.I). 

Dr. Olaf Th. Sherping, so well and favorably known as a physician 
1 I ergus balls. Minnesota, enjoys an extensive practice not only in Fergus 
balls, but throughout Otter Tail county, and is ranked among the leading 
physicians and surgeons in this part of Minnesota. 

Olaf 'lb. Sherping was born in Hallingdal, Norway, on August 6. 
1864. He is a son of Thorstein and Margaret (Opheim) Sherping. the 
former of whom was a farmer in Norway, and who died there in 1898, 
while the latter died in 1880. 

( Haf Th. Sherping received hi- early educational training in the schools 
i In- native land, and was graduated from the Latin school at Christiania. 
Norway. After leaving school he immigrated to America, landing in New 
York city on May 20, 1884. He came west to Canton, South Dakota, 
where he remained For three years, and in r888 wenl to Green Hay. Wis- 
consin, where be studied medicine in the office of Dr. U. F. M. Poppe for 
two years. Upon finishing bis preliminary study, he entered the medical 
department of Keokul 1 ollege, a1 Keokuk, Iowa, and was graduated from 
thai excellent institution with the class of [894, since which time be has 
taken post-graduate work at Chicago, New York. Vienna, and London. 

ediately after his graduation from the medical department of the 
Keokuk ('ollege. Doctor Sherping located at Enderlin, North Dakota. 






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where he pursued the active practice of his profession until 1902. In the 
latter year he removed to Fergus Falls, Minnesota, where he still resides. 
and where he is actively engaged in the practice of his profession, being 
widely known and recognized in medical circles throughout this section of 
the country. Fie is a member of the Park Region Medical Society, the 
Minnesota State Medical Association and the American Medical Associa- 
tion, and has taken a prominent part in the official proceedings of these 
various associations and societies. Doctor Sherping is practically the 
founder of St. Fuke's hospital, of Fergus Falls, and is now the acting sur- 
geon of this institution. 

Dr. Olaf Th. Sherping was married in 1895 to May M. Sollin, the 
daughter of C. A. Sollin, and to this union has been born one son, Ralph 
Victor, who is a graduate of St. John's Military Academy at Delafield, 
Wisconsin. 

Doctor Sherping is the owner of a beautiful country estate located in 
Dane Prairie township, this county, about eight miles from Fergus Falls, 
which is one of the most attractive places in the county. 

Norway has given to America many of its most successful citizens, 
and Otter Tail county and the state of Minnesota have been fortunate to 
receive within their borders many of these splendid young men, among 
whom is Doctor Sherping. 



CARL MILLER. 



Carl Miller, residing on his farm of two hundred and thirty acres in 
Buse township, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, is a German by birth, born 
in the province of Pomerania, Prussia, on May 20, 1857, being the only 
child of Carl and Bertha (Miller) Miller. Both parents were natives of 
the same province and spent their entire lives in that place. The father was 
engaged in farming throughout all the active years of his life, and in that 
way Carl became versed in agriculture while still a boy. 

Car] Miller was educated in the public schools near his home and trained 
by his devout parents in the faith of the Lutheran church. While still a 
youth he learned the miller's trade and followed that trade in his native 
land for fourteen years, but has never followed that occupation in this 
country. He emigrated to America in 1882 and settled in Faribault, this 
state, where for two years he worked part of the time at farm labor and 
the balance of the time on the railroad. He was ambitious to succeed, and 
near Faribault secured a farm, which he rented and farmed for one year. 
In 1886 he came to Otter Tail county and secured a farm in Fergus Falls 
township, which he rented and farmed for twelve and one-half years. He 
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I46 OTTER TAIL COUNTY ; MINNESOTA. 

then moved into Buse township and rented for three years, purchasing his 
present farm near that location. When he secured the farm it was only 
partially improved and Mr. Miller has finished clearing the land, repaired 
the buildings and brought a general note of prosperity to the place. He 
engages in general farming and stock raising, such as practiced throughout 
this section, and is uniformly successful in his undertaking. 

Carl Miller was united in marriage in 1884, with Paulina Friederich, 
who was born in Germany, a daughter of Frederick Friederich, being 
brought to this country by her parents when a child of two years. The 
family settled in Wisconsin, where they lived a number of years, later com- 
ing to Faribault, this state, where both parents closed their lives. Mr. and 
Mrs. Miller have a family of eight children, the eldest of whom is William, 
who still remains at home. Carl is a farmer near Wimmer, North Dakota. 
Eric is at home, while Richard is engaged in farming near Faribault. The 
others of the family, Robert, Agnes, Arthur and August, still remain under 
the parental roof. 

Mr. and Mrs. Miller are both devout members of the Lutheran church, 
and have carefully reared their family in that faith. They are counted 
among the leading members of their local congregation and have a lar^e 
number of friends outside of church circles as well. Mr. Miller votes inde- 
pendently in politics, but in view of his many duties, has never given any 
time to that phase of citizenship. Throughout the years of his residence 
here he has proven himself a man of honor and integrity, well worthy of the 
esteem in which he is held by all who know him. 



CHARLES M. ANDERSON. 

Charles M. Anderson, residing on his farm of three hundred and twenty 
acres in Buse township, near the city of Fergus Falls, Otter Tail county. 
Minnesota, is accounted one of the most progressive farmers of his section 
He carries on general farming and meets with excellent success with his 
crops, while with live stock he is also uniformly successful. 

Mr. Anderson was born in Norway on September 15, 1S61, a son of 
Martimus and Martha Anderson, both natives of that same place. The 
father was a goldsmith by trade and his death occurred in 187 1. The 
mother never remarried and passed from this life in 1805. Both parents 
were devout members of the Lutheran church and in that faith reared 
their children. There were five in the family, all coming to this country but 
two. These arc Petra, the eldest, who married Christina Gunness, and 
Emma, who is located near the childhood home. The subject of this sketch 
is the fourth child in order of birth and together with his sisters, Mary 
and Edwarda, emigrated to this country. Mary met death by drowning 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 14/ 

in Lake Harriett, this state, while still a girl, and Edwarda is the wife of 
a Mr. Johnson, of Spokane, Washington. 

Mr. Anderson received a fair education in the common schools of his 
native land and from the time he was ten years old, he made his own wax- 
in the world. While a boy he did all sorts of odd jobs and finally became 
quite proficient as a clerk in various stores. He came to America in 1878 
and settled in Minneapolis, in which city he did odd jobs of work and later 
worked on farms nearby. About 1886 he came to Otter Tail county and 
near Fergus Falls worked on the farm owned by Blake Brothers, where he 
was employed for three years. Then for the following seven or eight years, 
he worked on the farm owned by J. S. Billings & Company, after which 
he engaged in farming for himself. He rented for six or eight years the 
farm which is now his own, purchasing it about the year 1900. After 
securing possession of the place, he set about improving the buildings and 
now has a comfortable residence and good outbuildings, the entire place 
appearing well-kept and prosperous. 

On February 22, 1894, Charles M. Anderson was united in marriage 
with Sarah Erickson. born at Orrdale in this county, daughter of Arno 
and Carrie Erickson, who were among the very earliest settlers of this 
county. To this union has been born a family of six, namely : Leonard, 
George, Clarence, Selma, living in South Dakota and the wife of Albert 
Edmundson; Florence and Myrtle. Mr. Anderson takes a commendable 
interest in all matters pertaining to the welfare of community life and gives 
his influence to any project working toward that end. Fraternally, he is a 
member of the Modern Woodmen of America and is much interested in 
the work of that order. He is honorable and upright in his dealings with 
his fellow men and is entitled to the respect in which he is generally held 



ANDREW ANDERSEN. 



Andrew Andersen, of Buse township. Otter Tail county, Minnesota, is 
a native of Denmark, born in that country on February 20, 1865, son of 
Jens and Karen (Rasmusen) Andersen. Both parents were also natives 
of Denmark and spent their entire lives in that country. The father was 
a blacksmith and also a small farmer and was at one time a soldier. The 
last time he saw active service was in i860 in the war with Germany, 
but owing to the state of his health, most of his time was spent in the hos- 
pital. Both parents were members of the Danish Baptist church. There 
were thirteen children in their family, nine of whom grew to maturity, and 
most of them are now citizens of the United States. Hans J., the eldest, 
was the first to come to America. He settled in Otter Tail county, where 
he married and where his death occurred. Stenne died in her native land 



I48 OTTER TAIL COUNTY. MINNESOTA. 

of Denmark. The third child in order of birth is the immediate subject 
of this sketch. Rasmus, the fourth child, died in Denmark, where Meta, 
wife of Jergen Petersen, also lives. Karen (Mrs. Christ. Larson) and 
Marie (Mrs. Jens Johnson) both live in Otter Tail county, while Peter and 
Maren have remained in Denmark and have not married. The children 
who have come to this country have met with a pleasing degree of material 
success and make worthy citizens of their adopted country. 

Andrew Andersen received his education in the public schools of Den- 
mark and when a youth turned to farming as his life vocation. He came 
to this country alone at the age of nineteen years and joined his brother, 
Hans J., who had come over some time previous. It was in 1884 that 
Andrew set foot on American soil and he came at once to Fergus Falls 
and secured work on a farm in Western township. He passed the following 
five years in this manner and then bought a farm of forty acres, unim- 
proved, in Aurdal township, and also rented some adjoining land. He 
erected a small house on his land and lived there three years, when he sold 
sold out and moved to Buse township. For a year and a half he rented land 
near Horseshoe lake and then moved to Western township, where he pur- 
chased a farm of one hundred and sixty acres and made his home there for 
the following nine years. In 1901 or 1902 he sold his Western township 
farm and again came to Buse township, where he bought one hundred and 
forty-six acres, which has since been his home. In 1900 he purchased ninety- 
four additional acres, and in 1915 he sold eighty acres leaving his holdings 
at the present time one hundred and sixty acres. Since locating on his 
present site he has erected modern farm buildings, greatly remodeled the 
residence and has made extensive improvements to the farm in every way. 
He devotes his time and attention both to general farming and stock rais- 
ing and is uniformly successful in whatever he undertakes. 

A Republican in politics, Mr. Andersen lias served the local school board 
as clerk and is now acting as treasurer of that board. He and his wife are 
members of the Swedish Baptist church and contribute generously of their 
means toward the support of the local organization. Mrs. Andersen was 
Carrie Anderson, also a native of Denmark and a daughter of Niels and 
Johana Marie (Madsen), Andersen. The father parsed his entire life in 
his native land, where the mother is still living. To Mr. and Mrs. Andersen 
have been born a family of seven children. Sadie is the wife of Haider 
Bergson, of Fergus Falls; William, a carpenter by trade, nominally lives at 
home but spends a great deal of time in Fergus Falls, where most of his 
work is. Axel died at the age of twenty-one, and Robert, also a carpenter, 
is away from home all the time. Those still remaining with the parents 
are Fdwin, Harrv and Esther. The Andersen family are well known 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. I49 

throughout the community where they dwell and are highly esteemed. Mr. 
Andersen is well entitled to the success with which he has met, for it is but 
commensurate with the effort which he put into his undertaking. 



ANDREW C. OLSON. 

Andrew C. Olson, farmer of Buse township. Otter Tail county, Minne- 
sota, residing near the city of Fergus Falls, is a native of the state of Iowa, 
born in the town of McGregor on April 14, 1871, son of Christian and 
Rachel Olson. Mr. Olson's parents were both born in Norway, were mar- 
ried there in 1870 and came directly to the United States. They went to 
McGregor, Iowa, where they remained but a short time, and then came to 
the state of Minnesota, locating in Sherburne county. Here they perma- 
nently located. They purchased a farm, which they set about improving 
and on that homestead the children were all reared. The father's death 
occurred about the year 1892 and the mother had died a few years pre- 
viously. There were four children in the family, of whom Andrew C., 
the immediate subject of this sketch, is the youngest. Lottie married Hans 
Anderson and resides in Sherburne county, and in that same county Annie 
and Ole also make their homes, the latter engaged in farming. Mr. Olson's 
parents were both faithful lifelong members of the Lutheran church and 
ordered their lives in accordance with its teachings. 

Andrew C. Olson received his education in the common schools of 
Sherburne county and from his earliest boyhood he was taught by his father 
to assist in the work of the farm home. He well understood the secrets of 
successful husbandry by the time he had attained manhood and when about 
twenty-one years of age he started out in life for himself. The following 
four years he hired out to farm labor in different places near his home and 
about 1896 or 1897 he came to Otter Tail county, where he located per- 
manently. For a time he was a renter in Carlisle township and then pur- 
chased a farm on the shores of Swan lake, where he resided for three years. 
In 1910 he purchased the farm of oik- hundred and sixty acres in Buse town- 
ship, where he has since made his home, giving his attention to general 
farming such as is commonly practiced throughout this section. 

Mr. Olson is one who takes a keen interest in all that affects com- 
munity life and as an organizer and promoter of the Horseshoe Lake Tele- 
phone Company he has rendered valuable service. He has also acted as 
president of the company named since its organization. In politics, Mr. 
Olson prefers to vote independently, not being hound by any party lines, 
and as one sincerely seeking the best conditions possible he has served as a 
member of the local school board. 

( )n November T3. 1897 Andrew C. Olson was united in marriage with 



ISO OTTKK TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

Elsie Paulson, born on April 4, 1877, in Waseca county, this state, a daugh- 
ter of Paul and Annie (Knutson) Paulson. Mrs. Olson's parents were 
both born in Norway, the father at Telemarken and the mother at Siters- 
dalen. The mother was brought to this country about the year 1845, ner 
parents bringing their entire family over. The family located in Wisconsin 
and to that place came Mrs. Olson's father direct from Norway, when a 
young man of twenty-one years. There they became acquainted and after 
marriage located in Waseca county, this state, where they lived for a num- 
ber of years. Later in life they moved to Grant county, this state, where the 
remainder of their days were spent. The father died in 1886 and the 
mother lived until tgoo. Both were faithful members of the Lutheran 
church and highly respected by all who knew them. 

Mrs. Olson is one of a family of eight children, the others being Halvor, 
a carpenter by trade and resident of North Dakota : Gilbert, also a carpenter 
ami farmer, living on a homestead in Grant county; Carl, deceased: Mary, 
wife of Samuel Baker, of Tacoma, Washington; Theodore and Carl, 
deceased, and Johanna, wife of Axel Throndson, of Minneapolis. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Olson has been born a family of seven children, 
namely: Alice, Gladys. Dorris, Ralph, Roland. Kenneth and Lucile. Mr. 
and Mrs. Olson are members of the Lutheran church and are rearing their 
family in that faith. Mr. Olson is regarded as one of the public-spirited 
men of the community, taking a commendable interest in all that affects 
the welfare of those about him. 



TACOB LYNG. 



Born in Norway, February 10, 1866. Jacob Lyng, a prosperous fanner 
of \.unlal township, < )tter Tail county. Minnesota, is the son of Haldor and 
Martha Lyng, the former of whom was born in Norway in 1826 and the 
latter born in that country. June 26, 1830. 

Haldor Lyng came t<> America and 1.1 the state of Minnesota in 1867 
and. in [873, settled in Otter Tail county, purchasing two hundred and 
twenty-live acres "!' land in Aurdal township, lie died at his old home 
in this township in [911, and his widow is still living. Thev were the 
parents of five children: Christina, who was the wife of John Olson, of 
Fergus balls, is deceased; Jacob, who is the subject of this sketch; Henry, 
who is ;i fanner of Aurdal township; Bernt, who died in [897, and Rare, 
who was the wife of Henry Christenson, of Wesl Superior. Wisconsin, is 

facob Lyng was five years old when he came to America, lie settled 

with his parent- in Otter Tail county in 1873 and received a limited educa- 
tion in the pioneer schools of this county. From the time that he was old 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 151 

enough, Mr. Lyng assisted his father on the farm. In 1903 he purchased 
a farm of two hundred aero, which he now owns. He built a magnificent 
barn and residence in a beautiful grove and is today surrounded with all of 
the comforts and conveniences of rural life. Mr. Lyng is a general farmer 
and stockman. 

In 1901. Jacob Lyng was married to Bena Hallon, the daughter of. Die 
Hallori, of Aurdal township, whose life history is set forth elsewhere in this 
volume. Mr and Mrs. Lyng have been the parents of five children, Harold 
Oliva, Helen Margaret, jean Bernard, Johannas Bernhoff and one who died 
in infancy. Mrs. Lyng died on February 2~, 1914. 

Mr. Lyng and his children are all members of the Lutheran church. 
Mrs. Lyng was a member of lliis church at the time of her death. 



OLE SWENSON. 

The following is a short sketch of Ole Swenson, deceased, who 
from this life on August 30, 1913, death being caused by a fall from a buggy 
which broke his neck. Mr. Swenson had for many years been a resident 
of Buse township and was numbered among the best farmers of his com- 
munity. He was born in Norway on November 1. 1844, a son of Swen and 
Carrie Nielson. both natives of Norway, who passed their entire lives in 
their native land. The father was a farmer and there was a large family, 
four of the number emigrating to America. Of these, Niels, who lived in 
Fordenkjold, was killed by a falling tree a number of years ago; Marie, 
wife of Anders Rasmusen, lives in North Dakota; Ever died in Portland, 
Oregon, where he had made his home for some time. 

Ole Swenson received his education in the schools of his native land 
and emigrated to America in 1868, when in the first flush of young man- 
hood. He first located in Minnesota, and then for a time lived in Wiscon- 
sin, returning to Minnesota in 1870, where he passed the remaining years 
of his life. He homesteaded a claim of one hundred and sixty acres in Buse 
township, this county, and later purchased twenty-nine additional acres. 
He first built a log house and to this later added a frame portion and built 
other farm buildings, so that at the time of his death he had acquired a 
comfortable home. In politics he was a Republican and took a commenda- 
ble interest in the affairs of the community. 

Ole Swenson was married in January of 1878 to Margaret Johnson, 
a native of Norway, born on June 11, [848, a daughter of John Ingelson. 
The father died when Mrs. Swenson was but fourteen years old and when 
nineteen years of age she emigrated to this country. Mrs. Swenson was 
one of a family of nine children, three of whom died in infancy and Inn one 
Other came to this country. There is hut cue remaining member of her 



•15- OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

family across the water, a brother, Ever Johnson, who lives in Sweden. 
The one who came to America is Ellen Sophia, wife of Hans Mertren, of 
North Dakota. Twelve years after Mrs. Swenson came to this country, the 
mother also crossed and went to her daughter, Ellen Sophia, who at that 
time lived in Wisconsin. She later came to live with Mrs. Swenson and was 
with her at the time death claimed her. 

There are four children in the Swenson family, of whom John, the 
eldest, remains at the home with the mother and manages the farm. The 
second child, Mary, died in infancy, and Carrie, the third, is the wife of Carl 
Johan Johnson, who also make their home on the Swenson farm. Carrie 
is the mother of three children: Orville A.. ( 'larence and Myron Y. Serena. 
the youngest of the Swenson children, and wife of Ole Stinerson, is also 
deceased. Mrs. Swenson is a faithful member of the Parkdale Lutheran 
church, as was also her husband, and she has a large number of friends 
who esteem her for her kind and sympathetic nature and many womanly 
traits. 



E. T. RISBRUDT. 



A career of general usefulness in many directions has been that of E. 
T. Risbrudt, who on account of the various activities in which he has been 
engaged is a man of broad understanding of problems of business and a 
keen student of human nature. E. T. Risbrudt is a native of the county 
in which he still reside-, having been born in St. Olaf, Otter Tail county, 
Minnesota, on the 31st of January, 1874. the son of Torkel and Gurine 
(Soliah) Risbrudt. 

The early educational advantages received by the subject of this sketch 
were obtained in the common schools of St. Olaf. He received more than 
the average school has to offer and from j8qi until 1802. attended the 
Lutheran College in Decorah. His ambition to complete a college course 
was realized in [893, when he was graduated from the Park Region Col- 
lege. He was "iie ..I" tin- firsl graduates of that institution. Throughoul 
his school course, E. T. Risbrudt showed more than ordinary ability and it 
was only a natural consequence that after completing hi- education he 
should have chosen the teaching profession which at that tune be was most 
capable of carrying on. Mr. Risbrudt taught school for live years after 
finishing college and at the end of that time, which was in [899, bought a 
farm of two hundred acres in Tumuli township, section 32. lie remained 



on the farm followi 


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Minnesota, where for a year he served as assistant cashier. Owing to 
failing health, Mr. Risbrtidt decided to return to farm life oil the land which 
he still owned and where he remained until 1912. Mr. Risbrudt, after the 
two year- >pent in regaining his health, was appointed general manager of 
the Dalton Grain and Lumber Company and has served in that capacity up 
t< 1 the present time. 

The marriage of E. T. Risbrudt to Helen Engebretson was solemnized 
in rSqo,. Mrs. Risbrudt was born on the 5th of March, 1875, and is the 
daughter of Erick Engebretson. one of the pioneer settlers of Tumuli town- 
ship. The children born to Airs, and Mrs. Risbrudt are: Clifford, who 
was horn in 1907; Russell, who was horn in igi.t ; Truman and Henry. 
Mr and Airs. Risbrudt are members of the Norwegian Lutheran church. 

In his political interests Mr. Risbrudt votes independently. He has 
done everything in his power to advance the business conditions in the com- 
munity in which he lives and as a member of a number of organizations 
has made a large acquaintance among the residents of the county. He is a 
member of the Elk's lodge and of the Woodman's lodge. 



JOSEPH P. BRENDAL 



Bore at Starbuck, Minnesota. March 12, 1883, Joseph P. Brendal, 
cashier of the First State Bank, of Dalton, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, 
is the son of Peter J. and Pauline ( Olson") Brendal, who were horn in Nor- 
way, the former in rS54 and the latter in 1856. Both are living. Mr. 
Brendal's father was educated in the common schools of Norway and in 
[872 came to America, locating at La Crosse, Wisconsin. \fter living at 
l.i Crosse until 1881, during which time he was employed in a saw-mill 
as a sawyer and .'s foreman of another mill, the family came to Tope county, 
Minnesota, where Mr. Brendal's father farmed until [913. On coming I 
Pope county, the father homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres | n 
K)i , he retired from active farming and moved to Starbuck. where he now 
lives. Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Peter J. Brendal. namely: 
John, \nna. Ole, Joseph i '. Petra, Julius. Lena (deceased), Edwin, Nettie 
and Pauline (deceased). Mr. Brendal's parents are members of the Nor- 
wegian Lutheran church and his father votes the Republican ticket 

Joseph I'. Brendal was educated in (he common schools of Starbuck, 
Minnesota, and later attended Glenwood Academy. Still later he wis a 
student in the Northern Indiana Normal School at Valparaiso, Indiana, 
from [903 to [905, inclusive. Finishing his college educatii 
one year in Pope county, Minnesota, and, in 1907, was employed in the 
first National bank at Elbow bake and the Douglas Counl 
andria. Two vears later he came to Dalton as cashier of the First State 



154 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

Bank and has held lhis position ever since. The growth and prosperity 
"i this institution is due, in no small measure, to the worthy service per- 
formed by its cashier. Mr. Brendal. 

In 1911 Joseph P Brendal was married to Ella Reierson, who was 
born on February 22, [878, and who is the daughter of G. Reierson. Mr. 
and Airs. Brendal have no children. Mr. Brendal is an intelligent young 
citizen and hanker and prominent in all public affairs in his home town. 
Mr. and Mrs. Brendal are members of the Norwegian Lutheran church. 
In politics, Joseph I'. Brendal is identified with the Republican party. 



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Born in Sverdrup township, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, September 
'i. 1885, Emil Hagen, a prosperous young business man and farmer of 
Dalton, is the son of Ole E. Hagen and his second wife, who was Lena 
Sim. Mr. Hagen's parents were both natives of Norway and came to 
America in 1883, locating shortly in Otter Tail county. Minnesota. 

Mr. Hagen's father homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres of land 
m this county and has lived here ever since, lie L a general farmer and 
stockman and has reared a family of fourteen children. 

Emil Hagen received his education 111 the common schools of Otter 
Tail county. In [911 Mr. Hagen began farming in St. Olaf township on 
hi- own responsibility. About this time, in partnership with his brother, 
Ingvold. he purchased one hundred and seventy-seven acres of land in 
( )tter Tail county and, in 1914, also in partnership with his brother, Ing- 
vold, he purchased the meat market at Dalton. The brothers enjoy a good 
business at Dalton and. besides this, own and operate the farm together. 

In 1011 Emil Hagen was married to Ella J. Randahl, the daughter of 
John Randahl, and to them have been born two children, Evelyn, born in 
1912, and Charlotte, born in 1014. 

Mr Hagen, who lives in Dalton. is a man of large business ability and 
has already made a substantial start on the road to success. ID has a host 
of friends -n Dalton and vicinity who admire him for his industry, his 
thrift and his careful, honest business management. 



L.RTCK E. NELSON. 



b.rick E. Nelson, a well known farmer of \unlal township. Otter Tail 
county, Minnesota, was born on December jo, [858, in Norway. Mr. Nel- 
son moved to Moore county. Minnesota, with his parents in 1862 and immi- 
grated with them to Otter Tail county, Minnesota, in [868. lie was edu- 
cated in the 'public schools of Otter Tail county and has keen engaged in 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 155 

farming all of his life. Mr. Nelson lias two hundred and thirty-three acres 
of land, a pan of which belongs to the old homestead. He began farming 
on this land and has made most of the improvements which are to be found 
on the land today. The farm is equipped with very good buildings. Mr. 
Nelson carries on general farming and stock raising. 

Mr. Nelson is the son of Ingebret and Aaste Nelson, both of whom 
were born in Norway, the former in 1819 and the latter in 1820. They 
moved to Moore county, Minnesota, in 1862. and to Otter Tail county in 
[868, homesteading one hundred and sixty acres of land in this township in 
sections 23 and 25. Later they added sixty acres to their homestead farm 
by purchase and improved the land. Mr. Nelson's father died in 1906 and 
his mother in [902. They were the parents of five children. Sarah, Nels, 
Haldi, Erick and Anton. 

Erick E. Nelson was married in 1882 to Ingeborg K. Jorstad, who 
was born in Norway on September 28, 1855. Mr. an< ^ Mrs. Nelson have 
five children. Edwin, Althea, Conrad, Samuel and Maybelle, all of whom 
are living. "Mr. and Mrs. Nelson and family are members of the Lutheran 
church of this township. 



II \ W'Kt GRINAGER. 



The largest department store in Fergus Falls is the "Golden Rule" 
department store, of which Ilaaval EC. Grinager is the proprietor. Like 
mosl commercial undertakings, this store has grown to its present extensive 
proportions from a general store opened in Fergus Falls on March 23, 1896. 
The "Golden Rule" department store has occupied its present location since 
1902. the store, by that time, having outgrown its former quarters. Behind 
the success of this splendid institution is the personality of its proprietor. 

Ilaavel K. Grinager was horn in Gran Hadeland, Norway, October 
2.j, T863. He is the -on of Knut and Kjerti Grinager, the former of whom 
was ,1 farmer during his active career, hut who is now living retired with 
his daughter at Krogstadelven, Norway. 

Reared on a farm and educated in the common schools and at the (Iran 
Ann Skole, of hi- native land. Haavel K. Grinager immigrated to America 
with hi- sister, Siri, when eighteen years old. They arrived in America in 
May, 1882, and. a little later established themselves at Albert Lea, Minne- 
sota, where Mr. Grinager endeavored to obtain employment. The only 
encouragemenl he received came from a large merchant at Albert Lea, who 
offered him a position without pa) for a period of ,i\ months. Mr. Grin- 
ager naturally refused this offer and from \lbcri Lea went to ilartland. 

fourteen mile- away, where be was employed b\ Simon & Hoffland for 
eighteen dollars a month After remaining with Simon & Hoffland foi 



I56 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

about one year, in the fall of 1883, he went to Mayville, North Dakota, 
where he worked for a machine firm for eighteen months. He was next 
employed in the general store of Chantland Brothers and, after having 
been employed by them for three years, established a small general store of 
his own in Mayville, where he remained until the fall of 1895, when he sold 
out to Grinager & Springer. 

During the spring of 1896. Mr. Grinager came to Fergus Falls and 
on March 23, 1896. established a general store on the present site of the 
Fergus Falls National Bank. In this location he remained for six years and 
at the end of that time, moved to his present location on Lincoln avenue. 
west The present store has been greatly increased, not only the stock of 
merchandise, but the floor space as well. It is now a handsome department 
store with a splendid front and is widely patronized by the people of Fergus 
Falls and vicinity. 

By his marriage to [sabelle .Martin, a native of Canada, Haavel K. 
Grinager has a family of seven children: Clinton F.. who is employed in 
In- father's store. Rachel M., Paul A., Haavel A., Emmett F., Katherine 
M. and Stanley A. 

Mr. Grinager has the largest and most thoroughly equipped store in 
Fergus Falls, Minnesota. 



ANTON E, NELSON. 



Born in Moore county, Minnesota, July 8. 1863. Anton E. Nelson is 
the son of Lngebret and Aaste Nelson, both of whom were born in Norway, 
tin- former in 1819 and the latter in 1820. 

Mr Melson's parents immigrated to America and settled in Moore 
county, Minnesota, in 1862. Six years later they moved to Otter Tail 
county, Minnesota, and homesteaded land where their son, Anton F.. now 
lives. The)- homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres of land and later 
bought sixty acres, making in all two hundred and twenty acres. They 
lived upon this far.m from year to year, gradually improving their valuable 
farm, until their deaths. Mr. Nelson's father died in [906 and his mother 
in 1902. They were the parents of five children, Sarah. Nels, TIaldor, 
Erick and Anton F 

Anton !•'. Nelson was reared on the old homestead farm and was edu- 
cated in the public schools. Mr. Nelson has always been engaged in fann- 
ing, lie owns one hundred and forty acres of land in Aurdal township 
and. since his father's death, has erected the present buildings and has made 
( ither impri 1 ements upon the farm. 

On November 22, 1895, \nton E. Nelson was married to Magne Bye. 
who was born on March 22, [878, in Dane Prairie township, a daughter of 



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Stephen H. and Betsy (Randall) Bye. Mr. and Mrs. Nelson have eight 
children, Alice, Lillian, Hazel, Sanford, Kathleen, Clarice, Vernon and 
Blaine 

Mr. Nelson has been a member of the school board and has been, for 
many years, prominent in the affairs of the Lutheran church. All of the 
members of the Nelson family are identified with this church. Mr. Nelson 
is a highly respected citizen and is known as a successful farmer in the 
community where he lives. 



OLE O. EGGUM. 



A successful farmer and a citizen who has taken no small part in the 
conduct of public affairs and in the regulation of church affairs in Otter 
Tail county, is Ole O. Eggum, the subject of this sketch, who as one of the 
esteemed and respected men of the community is entitled to a place among 
the leading citizens of the county. 

Ole O. Eggum was horn in Norway on March 26, 1853, the son of Ole 
and Martha (Olson) Eggum, who were born in Norway, where they lived 
until the year 1873, when they came to America, and settled at St. Olaf, 
Minnesota, where they lived for a time and then came to Otter Tail county, 
Minnesota, where Ole Eggum fanned until his death. Ole and Martha 
Eggum were the parents of eight children, Ole O., Knudt, Emma, Anna, 
Ole. Ergreen, Knudt and Anfant. Ole Eggum and his wife, Martha, were 
faithful and loyal members of the Lutheran church, taking an active part 
in the affairs of the congregation and lending their aid to its works. 

Ole O. Eggum was educated in the schools of his native country and 
for a short time he attended school after reaching America with his parents. 
At an early age Ole O. Eggum was compelled to leave his classes and he 
worked on farms for some time and then he homesteaded a farm in Aastad 
township, where he broke up the sod and on which he built necessary build- 
ings and otherwise improved into one of the best farms of the locality. Mr. 
Eggum now owns three hundred and twenty acres of land, all of which is 
we'l cultivated and improved, and completely equipped for modern farming 
pursuits. 

During the year [880, < He ( >. Eggum was married to Rendu M. Ohn- 
stad ami to this marriage were born ten children, Olaf, Joseph, Martin, 
Christina. Albert. Andrew, Emil, Randolph, Emma and Elvin. 

Ole O. Eggum has been prominent in the public life of Otter Tail 
county and of .Aastad township, both as an occupant of public office and as 
a man of influence in the community affairs. Mr. Eggum ha- served his 
township as a supervisor, has been a member of the school board and accom- 
plished great work for his locality as overseer of roads, lew men of the 



I58 OTTER !\ll COUNTY MINNESOTA. 

Lutheran church at Rock Prairie are so well known or have proved such a 
\\orth\- part of the congregation as has ( lie O. Eggum, who during a period 
of more than fifteen years has served with tact and with unusual ability as 
one of the board of trustees. Whatever the matter or whenever of possible 
service to the township Ole < ). Eggum has been willing to do his part and 
has won for himself a position of prominence in the community. 



1VER IVERSON. 



A well-known merchant of Western township. Otter Tail county, Min- 
nesota, a man who by his unaided efforts has risen from a modest beginning 
to that of one of the leading business men of the community, and one who 
has, as the result of intelligent endeavor, attained a conspicuous place in the 
public works of his locality, and who has made a host of friends because 
of lii's pleasing personality and unselfish nature, is Iver Iverson, the subject 
of this sketch. 

her Iverson was born in Norway on May 1, 1864, the son of Stoner 
and Gertrude (Paulsdatter - ) Iverson, both of whom were horn in Norway 
and lived in that country until August, 1870. when they came to America 
and located in Racine county, Wisconsin, where Stoner Iverson secured 
employment in a pinery, a place where he worked for about one year. Dur- 
ing the spring of 1 S7 1 he and his family moved to Otter Tail county, 
where he homesteaded a farm in Western township. In taking possession 
oi his claim. Stoner [verson found the land to lie raw prairie and without 
improvement; lie there ion- proceeded to break up the soil and after gather- 
ing logs built a lot;- house to replace the dug-out. in which he was compelled 
to live during the first days on his newly-acquired land. Later this hardy 
pioneer of Otter Tail county built new and modern buildings for his farm, 
sel out trees which have now grown to be three feet in diameter, and 
equipped his farm with those things necessary to pursue the most approved 
methods of farming. For the past fifteen years Mr. Iverson has lived in 
retirement with his son, his wife, Gertrude, having died during the year 
1895. 

Stoner and Gertrude Iverson were the parents of the following chil- 
dren: X. A. Nelson, deceased: her. the subject of tin's sketch, and Bertha, 
who died at the age of three years, shortly after reaching America. 

Tver [verson was educated in the public schools of Racine county. Wis- 
consin, and in the common schools of Otter fail county, Minnesota, after 
which he became a fanner and lived on the home place, to which he added. 
by purchase, one hundred and sixty acres of land, where he followed gen- 
eral agricultural pursuits until the year [910, when, desiring to retire from 
the farm. Iver Iverson bought the mercantile business of J, H. Rice, a place 



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located near his farm, and a business which he now conducts in a most 
enterprising manner. 

On January 25, 1892, Tver [verson was married to Anna M. Engebret- 
son, who was born in the state of Iowa, July [6, [867, and with her parents 
came to Otter Tail count)' in the year 1871. To the marriage of Iver and 
Anna [verson were born the following children: Blonda, horn on June 10. 
[893; Claris, January 10. 1895; Edna, November 7. [896; Ida and Agnes, 
twins. February I, [898; Horace, Februan 1. [901, and Normand, Septem- 
ber 23, [905 

Tver Iverson and his wife arc members of the Norwegian Lutheran 
church and arc people who take an interested and prominent part in the 
work and worship of that congregation. 

Of the men in Western township who have served their localities in 
public office, Iver Iverson is one of the best known and one who has made 
an enviable record as chairman of the township hoard, as an efficient town- 
ship treasurer, and as treasurer of the school district. In all local affairs 
her Iverson is a man whose counsel and judgment are sought and he is a 
citizen of the type which has dune great things fur the community life. 



OTTO J. BR WDSl.IFN. 

Among the farmers of Otter Tail county who have made a notable 
success of their business, as well as being men well known in the community 
for their interest- in public affairs and for their willingness to be of service 
in all matters for the promotion of general interests, is Otto J. Brandslien, 
nf Tumuli township, who was horn in Norway, July 7, 1856, the son of 
Iver and Mary (Brandslien) Brandslien, who were natives of Norway and 
lived and died in that country. Iver Brandslien was a farmer in his native 
land, a pursuit which he followed until later in life, when he was a country 
merchant, tver and Mary Brandslien were the parents of thirteen children 

< > 1 1 < > J. Brandslien, tin- subject of this sketch, received the greater part 
of his education in Norway, where he lived until the year 1878, and then 
came to America and settled in Vtstad township, this county, where he lived 
fur some time and then he secured a farm of one hundred and thirty acres 
of land in Tumuli township where he now lives. Mr. Brandslien has one 
of the well cultivated and well-improved farms of the community, a place 
which is cared fur after the must approved methods and a farm mi which 
the buildings and the equipment show the results of progressive farming. 

During the year [882 Otto J. Brandslien was married to Berit Nordal, 
who was born in Norway and who came to this countn alone. To this 
marriage were born six children. Mary, Johanna, Enger, \lbert, Louisa 
and Emma. 



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Otto J. Brandslien and wife are members of the Norwegian Lutheran 

church, and as workers and well-known communicants they take a leading 

place in this congregation. Mr. Brandslien has served his township in the 

important office of road overseer and during his term of office much 

h. moment was made in the matter of improving the public highways. 

As a citizen in public life and as a supporter of public measures. Otto 
J. Brandslien is a force in the county and township and is of an element of 
citizenship that has done no small part in the development and advancement 
•of the community life and community interests. 



EDWARD J. WEBBER. 



The late Edward J. Webber, who was a well-known and successful 
banker and manufacturer of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, was a native of 
Wheeling, Illinois, where he was born on April 2, 1858. 

Mr. Webber's boyhood days were passed in Wheeling and Crown 
Point, Indiana. Later he moved to Niles, Michigan, and resided there for 
several years. In 1882 he was married in Niles to Emma Backmann. the 
daughter of Francis X. Backmann, a native of Alsace-Lorraine, then a 
province of France. To this marriage there were born two children, Her- 
bert E. and Marjory L. 

After his marriage. Mr. Webber and his wife came to Fergus Falls, 
Minnesota, where he engaged in the blacksmith's trade with E. Shaver, 
who was at that time operating a small blacksmith shop on Lincoln avenue. 
east. A short time afterward Mr. Webber engaged in the blacksmith busi- 
ness on his own account, his shop at that period being located on the present 
site of A. L Fellows' shop. He occupied rooms over the shop and a few 
months afterwards moved into the building, which was destroyed by fire. 
Practically everything he bad was lost, but with the energy which charac- 
terized his entire career he rebuilt and soon was able to claim a first-class 
business. 

From the blacksmith's trade he gradually shifted into the machinery 
business. Tie first put in a few plows and later a general line of farm 
machinery. He was soon enjoying a splendid patronage and his business 
steadih increased beyond bis expectations, lie was still planning to extend 
bis sphere of activity at the time of bis death, which occurred on March 12, 
[905. \t the time of bis death. Mr. Webber was , .resident of the Fergus 
Falls National Bank, president of the Fergus Lacking Company and presi- 
dent of the Fergus Casket Works, as well as one of the joint owners of the 
Manhattan building, lie was also largely interested in "titer city property. 
Some years before bis death, Mr. Webber was made president of the bank 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. l6l 

at Deer Creek, lie was a director in the bank at Pelican Rapids and the 
owner of a number of farm properties in Otter Tail county. 

Air. Webber had a wonderful capacity for business and a wonderful 
talent for business details. His judgment was practically unerring and as 
fast as he accumulated money he invested it in new enterprises. 

The late Edward J. Webber was one of the most genial of men. He 
was possessed of those admirable qualities of heart and head which made 
him respected in the city and county where the greatest measure of his suc- 
cess was obtained. Aside from the consideration and attention which he 
gave to his family he was interested in all good works, and gave his time 
ungrudgingly in the promotion of worthy public enterprises. At the time 
of his death he was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of 
Elks and the Modern Woodmen of America. 



LEONARD PETERSON. 



From Sweden has come to America many of this country's most desir- 
able and successful men of foreign birth. Industrious, resourceful, serving 
their adopted country honestly and faithfully, and men who in the material 
things i if lite have achieved great results, as they have in the matters of 
good lives and citizenship, they have won a conspicuous place in the hearts 
of the American people. Of this type of manhood and citizenship is Leon- 
ard Peterson, the subject of this sketch, who is one of the prosperous 
farmers and stock raisers of Otter Tail county. 

Leonard Peterson was born in Sweden on June 17, 1876, the son of 
C. J. and Christine 1 Johnson - ) Peterson, both of whom were born in 
Sweden, in which country they lived until the year 1878, when they came 
to America and settled in Kossuth county, Iowa, where they invested in 
some railroad land, on which they lived until the year 1903, and then they 
moved to Otter Tail county, Minnesota, living there until, during the year 
[905, the) went to the town of Fergus Falls, where C. J. Peterson has since 
lived in retirement. C. I. and Christine Peterson are active and devout 
members of the Swedish Baptist church, a congregation in which they are 
highly respected and worthy communicants. To the marriage of C. J. and 
Christine Peterson have been horn two suns, Elmer and Leonard. 

Leonard Peterson was educated in the public schools of the state of 
Iowa, and afterward was employed a- a farmer until the year ro,03, when 
he came to (liter Tail county, Minnesota, where he worked as ;i farmer. In 
the year [905 he took charge of the farm of his father- in law, a place 
located in Western township, on which he lived for ten years. In the year 
1911 Leonard Peterson boughl a farm of two hundred and ten a 



l62 OTTER TAIL COUNTY. MINNESOTA. 

moved to that place in the spring of the year 1915, and has since been 
located there, where he engages in general farming and in the feeding and 
the breeding of highiclass Guernsey cattle, this together with the raising of 
Chester White hogs. 

During the year 1904 Leonard Peterson was married to Caroline Rut- 
land, the daughter of lver Olson Rulland and wife, people who were among 
the early settlers and homesteaders of Western township, Otter Tail count v. 
To the marriage of Leonard and Caroline Peterson were born the following 
children: Clifford, P.irdie. Leonora and Carl. 

Leonard Peterson i^ among the best known of the farmers of the com- 
munity and is known as a man of public spirit and a man who is at all times 
willing to do his duty in matters having for their object the betterment of 
the community life. Mrs. Peterson is known as an active member of Our 
Savior's Norwegian Lutheran church, being prominent and conspicuous in 
the worship and work of that organization. 



ERWIN FRED NEWMANN. 

One of the best known of the farmers who have made a success of 
agricultural pursuits, while yet men young in years, is Erwin Fred New- 
mann, who on taking over the farm of his father, on the death of the elder 
Newmann, has so conducted the farm and has so tilled the soil that the place 
is among the most productive and most desirable farms of the community. 
Erwin F. Newmann. as a young citizen of Otter Tail county, has con- 
ducted himself in such a manner that he is one of the respected and appre- 
ciated men of Western township, to whom the people of the community are 
looking for the proper and intelligent management of the affairs of public 
life in the near future. 

Erwin Fred Newman was born on the Newmann homestead in West- 
ern township, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, on October 6, tS<)_>, the son 
of Frederick and Tilda ("Fabian") Newmann, both of whom were born in 
Germany. Frederick Newmann was educated in Germany and after serving 
in the German army for three years he came, at the age of twenty-two 
years, to America and located at Blue Earth, Minnesota, where he was 
employed at railroad work until the year 1882, when he came to Otter Tail 
county, Minnesota, and homesteaded a farm in Western township, on which 
Erwin Fred Nfewmann nov lives. Some time after acquiring his original farm 
Frederick Newmann added by purchase a large acreage, until he was the 
owner of four hundred and twenty acres of valuable and desirable land in 
tin- county. Progressive and modern farmer that he was, Frederick New- 
mann placed extensive improvements on his farm ami lived at this place. 



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with his wife, for some years, after which, on their death, thu farm was 
turned over to Erwin Fred Newmann, the subject of this sketch. 

Frederick Newmann and his family were all interested and devoted 
members of the German Evangelical church, where they attended regularly, 
and took an active part in the worship and works of the congregation. 

Frederick and Tilda Newmann were the parents of ten children, as 
follow: William, Edith, Amelia, Emma, Adolph, John, Charles, Minnie, 
Rudolph and Erwin F. Minnie married Emil Vollbrecht, who died on June 
30, 1914, and she is now keeping house for her brother, Erwin F. 

Erwin Fred Newmann was educated in the public schools of Otter Tail 
count}', and afterward worked on the Newmann home place until, on the 
death of his father. Frederick Newmann, Erwin F. became the possessor 
of two hundred and eighty-six acres of land, on which he now lives and 
does general farming. Erwin Fred Newmann, in addition to the general 
farm work, keeps a number of fine grade cattle, and has twenty cows for 
dairy purposes. 



CHARLES YOUNGBERG. 

A farmer who has been a thorough success, both in the pursuit of 
agricultural life, and as a citizen of worth to the community is Charles 
Youngberg, who was born in Sweden, October 10, 1870, the son of Isaac 
and Sarah Youngberg, both of whom were born in Sweden, where they 
now live Isaac Youngberg is now a farmer in his native land, he previously 
having served as a soldier for his country, although he was not actively 
engaged in war. Isaac and Sarah Youngberg were the parents of seven 
children, five of whom are now living. 

< 'harles Youngberg was educated in the public schools, where he 
attended classes until fifteen years of age and then came to America with 
his brother, Algot, who now lives at Elizabeth, Otter Tail county, Minne- 
sota < )n reaching America, Charles Youngberg immediately came to Otter 
Tail county, where he worked generally on farms for some time and then 
rented a farm which he operated, after which, in 1905, he bought one hun- 
dred and twenty acres of land in Western township, where he has since 
lived. Charles Youngberg, as a progressive and modern farmer, has greatly 
improved his farm and has secured the best equipment for agricultural pur- 
suits, this with highly cultivated land makes Mr. Youngberg a fanner of 
tin- Srsl rani in Western township -nu\ in Otter Tail county. 

During the year 1913 Charles Youngberg was married to Wanna Nel- 
son, wlio was bom in Norway and at an early age came to this country, 
making the journey alone. To this marriage has been l>orn one son, Carl 
Minart. 



164 OTTER TAIL COUNTY., MINNESOTA. 

Charles Youngberg and his wife are members of the Swedish Luth- 
eran church at Fergus Falls, .Minnesota. Mr. Youngberg has taken no 
especial part in the political life of the community, but has preferred to 
serve as a good citizen in the more commonplace walks of life represented 
in the township. Charles Youngberg has been ever ready to serve his 
county in any way possible, and has been of that company of men who are 
of great value to the locality as citizens capable of doing many things for the 
advance of material and moral interests in the community. 



HERMAN C. FABIAN. 



A successful farmer, a heavy landowner, an extensive breeder and 
dealer in live stock and a man who, in the pursuit of agricultural life, has 
adopted the most approved and scientific methods, both as to equipment and 
as to processes, Herman C. Fabian has shown himself to be a citizen whose 
progressiveness and whose advanced ideas in farm effort are the pride of 
the community and are things which not only add to the convenience of the 
owner, but are important elements in the instruction and advancement of 
agricultural interests. 

Herman C. Fabian is a native of Otter Tail county, having been born 
ui Western township on April 15, 1873. the son of William and Augusta 
I Roloff) Fabian, both of whom were born in Germany and later came to 
America and made their home in Otter Tail county, Minnesota. 

Herman C. Fabian was educated in the public schools of < >tter Tail 
county, after which he immediately engaged in agricultural pursuits, secur- 
ing two hundred acres of land in Grant county. Minnesota, where be lived 
for some time and. then purchased his present farm of six hundred and 
forty acre- in Aastad township, where be has lived the greater part of a 
quarter of a century. 

Of those Farmers engaged in all branches of farm activity, probably 
no one is better or move widely known for their extensive dealings and for 
the scope of their work than is Herman C, Fabian, who not only farm- on a 
large scale but is a breeder of purebred Brown Swiss cattle, animals which 
are recognized a- among the finest to be found in the entire state or as 
vicinity. Mr. Fabian also engages as a breeder of Percheron and Belgian 
horses, ibis together with the feeding and the I Poland and China 

and Duroc hogs. 

During the year [908 Herman * '. Fabian designed ami constructed 
whal is known to the community a- a model house for the care of dairy 
products and for the grinding of \vct\ and -rain. On the first floor of a 
well-built and neatly-arranged bouse has been placed a gasoline engine, to 
which power has been attached the cream separator, the churn and the wash- 






OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 165 

ing machine, wink- above on the second floor has been arranged a feed 
grinder so placed and connected as to automatically operate for the grind- 
ing of grain whenever any of the processes of the first floor equipment are 
in action. In the basement of this building has been arranged a cream 
cellar, a place that is at all times cool and well ventilated. A portion of 
this model building has also been set off as a garage, where Mr. Fabian 
stores and cares for his automobile. 

A notable feature of the farm of Herman C. Fabian is the barn, a 
structure which, though forty by one hundred feet in dimensions and one 
of the largest barns to be found in the entire county, was erected in the 
record time of one hundred and forty-six hours. In keeping with the other 
improvements of this modern fanner, this barn is well equipped and well 
arranged for the care of extensive holdings of horses, hogs and some fifteen 
head of cows used for dairy purposes. 

On March 24, 1898, Herman C. Fabian was married to Emma Smith, 
who was born in Friburg township, the daughter of Ferdinand and Amanda 
( Zuehlsclorfr ) Smith. To this marriage were born three children, Alfred, 
Marl and William. 

Herman C. Fabian and his wife are members of the German Lutheran 
church, a congregation in which they are highly respected, and a church 
which Mr. and Mrs. Fabian, with their children, support in a most hearty 
manner. 

In political life, Herman C. Fabian has taken no especial part, but has 
served well as an individual citizen and is known as a man who will sup- 
]M>rt all movements and measures for the good of the community or its 
people. A man who is friendly and of pleasing personality and a citizen 
who makes of "South Central Grove Stock Farm" a hospitable and cordial 
place in the township, Herman C. Fabian is a man with a host of friends 
and admiring fellow citizens. 



TOBIAS SIMONSON LIEN. 

Of those men who of earlier days were an important part of the com- 
munity lite, citizens who supported all things for public good, and men who 
were willing to give of their time and energies, even to the point of sacri- 
fice, that conditions might be better for those who follow, the name of 
Tobias Simonson I.ien, who has gone to his reward, stands out conspicu- 
ously as one whose unselfishness and public-spirited nature accomplished 
great things for Otter Tail county and for Tumuli township. 

Tobias Simonson Lien was born in Norway on March 26, 1857. the 
sun of Simon Lien, who was born in Norway and lived in that country 
during his entire life, Simon Lien being a farmer. 



l66 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

Tobias Simonson Lien received his education in the public schools of 
his native land, after which he worked as a farmer for some time and then 
marrying, he came with his wife to America, in the year 1882, and located 
in Aastad township, this county, where for a time he rented a farm and 
then later bought the place where he lived for the remainder of his life and 
there his widow now lives. The farm of Tobias Simonson Lien was well 
improved by this worthy farmer and citizen, who left no thing undone that 
his home place might be attractive and convenient for residence and for 
agricultural purposes. 

The wife of Tobias S. Lien was Ann Burg, daughter of well-known 
and highly-respected people in Norway, who are now deceased. To the 
marriage of Tobias and Ann Lien were born the following children : 
Amund, Mary, Martha. Thea, Sophia, Sigvert, Thoralf, Alfred, Adolph, 
Emma, Emilia, Oscar, Amanda and Edwin. 

Tobias Simonson Lien was an active member of the Norwegian Luth- 
eran church at Dalton, Minnesota, a congregation in which his death has 
caused much of the sense of the loss of a good and worthy man. 

Tobias Simonson Lien did not aspire to public office but was a man of 
quiet and retiring disposition, one who preferred to serve well and con- 
scientiously from the ranks of common citizenship. 

Tobias Simonson Lien died on July 13, 1913, mourned by many friends 
and fellow citizens. 



CHRISTIAN JORGENSEN. 

A man who has taken a leading place in the circles of his activity, 
whether in business, trade or in public office, and a man who by the trend 
of his life has won a host of friends, is Christian Jorgensen. who was born 
in Denmark, February 11. 1863, the son of Jorgen and Anna (Rasmussen) 
Christiansen, who were natives of Denmark and lived in that country dur- 
ing their entire lives. Jorgen Christiansen was a farmer of his native land, 
and was the son "I lorgen Jorgensen, who also followed agricultural pur- 
suits, until his death. 

Christian Jorgensen received his education in the public schools of 
Denmark, a iter which he learned the blacksmith's trade, which he followed 
for a time in his native country. In the year 1887 Christian Jorgensen 
came to \meriea and located at Sioux City, Iowa, where he continued at 
his trade for some years and then moved to Rock county. Minnesota, where 
he engaged in general blacksmith work until the year 1908, when In- retired 
from trade and rented a farm for three years, after which he came to 
Western township, where he now lives on a farm of one hundred and 
sixtv acre^ of well-improved and well-cultivated land. 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. l6j 

During the year 1884 Christian Jorgensen was married to Sophia 
Carlson, who was born in Sweden, and who at an early age went to the 
country of Denmark, where she was married to Mr. Jorgensen. After thir- 
teen years of happy married life Sophia (Carlson) Jorgensen died. Christ- 
ian Jorgensen, during the year 1898. was married, secondly, to Juliane M. 
Olson, who was born in Norway, came to America alone and settled in the 
state of Minnesota. The following children were born to Christian and 
Juliane Jorgensen : Sophia. Anna, Sigvard, Marie, Dagmar, Ove, Hans, 
Elmer and Vera. 

Christian Jorgensen has served this and other communities as an occu- 
pant of the office of school director and during the term of his office has 
done many things for the advancement and promotion of the interests of 
the public schools. Mr. Jorgensen is now one of the influential members 
of the school board of Western township. In church circles Christian Jor- 
gensen is a meml>er of the local Presbyterian church. 



HANS S. BERGERUD. 

A well-known and prosperous farmer of Otter Tail county and of 
Aastad township, one who has been loyal to the community in matters of 
citizenship, and one who because of his unselfish nature and on account of 
his sense of duty to the welfare and progress of life and affairs of the 
locality, has won for himself a place of respect and esteem in the hearts of 
the local people, is Hans S. Bergerud, who was born on the family home- 
stead in Western township. Otter Tail county, on September 5, 1873, the 
son of Stengrim and Mary (Olson) Hansen, whose lives are reviewed 
elsewhere in this volume. 

Hans S. Bergerud was educated in the public schools of Otter Tail 
county, after which he became a farmer, purchasing two hundred and fifteen 
acres of land in Aastad township, where he now lives and pursues general 
agricultural life, producing excellent crops on his well-tilled soil, and also 
keeping some purebred cattle, which are used for breeding purposes. The 
farm of Hans S. Bergerud i^ well improved, has first-class equipment and 
is conducted on modern and approved methods. 

During the year [904 Hans S. Bergerud was married to Helen B. 
Ryden, who was born in Doring, Minnesota, the daughter of Peter O. and 
Ragnild (Tverson) Ryden. To the marriage of Hans S. and Helen Berge- 
rud have been born six children: Roy, Ernest. Palmer, Linden and T.ila, 
twins, and Harry. 

In the political and public life of Aastad township, Otter Tail county. 
Minnesota. Hans S. Bergerud is well and favorably known as a man of 
tad and nf special ability in the matters which have come before hirh as an 



l68 OTTER TAU COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

official in the capacity of clerk of the school district, an office with which 
this worthy citizen has been honored for more than six years. 

Hans S. Bergerud and his wife are earnest and devout members of the 
Norwegian Lutheran church and are people whose efforts in support of the 
policies and activities of this congregation are greatly appreciated. 



STENGRIM HANSEN. 



A veteran of the Civil War, one who took part in many of its most 
important engagements, a citizen who in local life has proved himself of 
great value to the community, and who has been a most important part of 
the development of those things which have done much for the moral and 
physical betterment of the township and county, and a man who has made 
a host of admiring friends as the result of his useful and unselfish life, is 
Stengrim Hansen, who was born in Norway, October 22, 1843, tne son ot 
Hans S. and Martha (Kupsing) Bergerud. 

Hans S. Bergerud, following the death of his wife. Martha, came t<> 
America and settled in Otter Tail county, Minnesota, in the year 1872, 
living with his sons, Erik and Christian, for a time, flans S. Bergerud 
then took up a homestead of eighty acres of land in Aastad township, land 
which his son, Stengrim, the subject of this sketch, had pre-empted at an 
earlier time, it being what was known as "double-priced" land. Some time 
later Hans S. Bergerud was married, secondly, to Mary Olson, who was 
born in Norway, and who came to this country about the same time as Mr 
Bergerud. Hans S. Bergerud suffered the loss of his second wife in death 
after some time and then went to live with his son. Christian, dying at that 
place. Hans S. and Martha (Kupsing) Bergerud were the parents of the 
following children : Gunell. Thorston, Stengrim. Erik, Christian and Chris- 
topher. To the marriage of Hans and Mary f Olson) Bergerud were born 
four children, as follow: Martin, Olena, Andrena and Gunell. 

Strengrim Hansen, the subject of this sketch, received his education in 
the public schools of Norway. With his sister, Gunell, and her husband, he 
came to America in the year 1861 and went to the state of Iowa, where 
tin v located in Winneshiek county, living there tor a short time. Stengrim 
Hansen enlisted .-is a volunteer in the Sixth Iowa Cavalry, and served with 
that regiment for the remainder of the Civil War. after which he continued 
as a cavalryman and took part in many of the engagements while clearing 
the Indians from the states of North and Smith Dakota. Following his 
experience as a soldier, Stengrim Hansen returned to the state of Iowa and 
worked as a farmer on eighty acres of land which he owned until the year 
1S71. when he sold his land in Towa and came to Otter Tail county, Minne- 
sota, where he homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres of land in Western 






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township, Inter adding, by purchase, one hundred and sixty acres more. On 
this land Stengrim Hansen placed many improvements and now lives at 
tin- place, engaging in general farming pursuits. Mr. Hansen has also 
"free claimed" fifty-five acres adjoining his farm and running along the 
lake. 

1 luring the year 1869 Stengrim Hansen was married to Mary Olson, 
who was horn in Norway and came to America with her parents, who 
located in Winneshiek county, Iowa. To the marriage of Stengrim and 
Alary Hansen were born the following children: Martha, Ole, Hans, 
Gunell, Theodore, Gustav, .Martin. Gilbert and Edward, who died at the age 
nf twenty-seven years. 

Few men have been mure loyal to their faith and church than has 
Stengrim Hansen, who has aided in the construction of three churches of 
the Norwegian Lutheran denomination in Western township. As a mem- 
ber of his church. Mr. Hansen is esteemed and honored, not only for the 
part that he has done for the people of his faith, but on account of his good 
and his unselfish life. Stengrim Hansen is no less honored in the town of 
Fergus Falls, where the St. Luke's hospital was made possible largely due 
tn the efforts am 1 sacrifices of this worthy man. 

In political life Stengrim Hansen has taken no especial part hut has 
preferred to serve his community in other ways, the results of which will 
long he to the trood of the localitv and its various life and interests 



!\ LR OLSON RULLAND. 

One of the prosperous and well-to-do farmers of Otter Tail county 
and of Western township, a man who has taken a notable place in the 
public life ill" the township, and one who as a result of progressive thought 
has done much for the advancement of the community interests, is her 
Olson Rulland, who was born in Norway, January [5, 1831, the son of Ole 
ami lielga Rulland, who lived ami died in their native land of Norway. 

Ivcr Olson Rulland was educated in Norway, where lie lived until 
after his marriage. In the year [865 Ik- came to America with his wife ami 
settled in the state of Wisconsin, where they lived for about seven years 
ami then moved to Western township, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, where 
Mr. Rulland homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres of land, a place on 
which he has placed extensive improvements' and where lie now lives. From 
time to time her ( ). Rulland added to his original farm until he now is the 
Owner of four hundred and six acres of land, all well improved ami in a 
high state of cultivation. 

During the year [860 her Olson Rulland was married t" Bertha Bred- 
eveien, daughter of a well-known farmer of Norway. To the marriage of 



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Iver and Bertha Rulland have been born the following" children: Caroline, 
who married Leo Peterson; Toneta and Ida. 

Iver Olson Rulland, in the public life of Western township, has served 
efficiently and well as treasurer of the school board and has at all times held 
himself in readiness to be of any possible service to his community, either in 
public office, with its sacrifices, or as a private citizen prepared to throw his 
influence and his efforts towards a better and more advanced township and 
county. 

Iver Olson Rulland is a prominent member of the Norwegian Luth- 
eran church, one who is highly respected and appreciated for his work in 
the congregation. 



HALVOR P. LIGAARD. 

Among those hard-working Norsemen who have fought for honor both 
in their native land and in the land of their adoption, is Halvor P. Ligaard, 
who emigrated to America in 1882 and came direct to Tumuli township, 
Otter Tail county, Minnesota, where his cousin. Erik Ingebictson, had a 
home. He is the son of 1'eter Halverson and Segri ( Olsdatter ) Ligaard, 
both natives of Norway and farmers in that .country, their farm home being 
known as "Ligaard." Halvor P. Ligaard was born on March 27, 1859, 
and is one of six children born to the union of his parents. The names of 
the children follow: Maggie. Thora. Halvor 1'.. Halga. Ann and Segrid. 
Segri (Olsdatter 1 Ligaard emigrated to America after the death of her 
husband and spent the last fifteen years of her life in this country, with her 
children. Her death occurred on April 1, 1910. 

Halvor I'. Ligaard became the employee of James Woodward imme- 
diately after his arrival in the United States, and remained in his service 
for a period of seven years, but at the close of five years had saved the 
wherewithal to purchase a farm, lie purchased one hundred and sixty acres 
of land of Ole Hendricks, which was entirely unimproved, but is, at the 
present time, very well improved with substantial buildings and has a barn 
seventy-eight by fifty-eight feet in dimensions. Eighty acres has been added 
lo the original property, and it is all improved. 

The paternal grandparents of Halvor 1'. Ligaard wire Halvor Ligaard 
and his wife, natives of Norway, who remained in their native land until 
their deaths. The maternal grandparents of Hah or I'. Ligaard were Ole 
and Thea 1 Water 1 Olsdatter, also natives Norway, who lived and died in 
that country. Ole Olsdatter was horn in the town oi Pipargarden and his 
wife. Thea 1 Water 1 Olsdatter, was born in Vetrhus. 

Halvor I'. 1 igaard ha- met with some misfortune hut has persevered 
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191S1 his barn was destroyed by fire but he immediately replaced it by 
another one. The former one was built in August, 1900. The two sisters 
of Halvor P. Ligaard, Helga and Segrid, share the comforts of his home, 
and all are members of the Rock Prairie Lutheran church. Halvor Asleson 
and Ingebriftson, both paternal cousins of Halvor P. Ligaard, were soldiers 
in the Civil War and fought bravely for the principles of their adopted 
country, Halvor Asleson having died in service. For some years Halvor P. 
Ligaard served as a member of the school board and at all times has served 
the community to the best of his ability. 



THORSTEN P. HEGSETH. 

Thorsten P. Hegseth, leading farmer and stock raiser, and prominent 
man of business, in Oscar township, Otter Tail county. Minnesota, was 
born in Norway, March 1, 1842, the son of Peter T. and Beret Hegseth, 
both of whom were natives of Norway. Peter Hegseth was a farmer of his 
native land, an occupation which he followed there, until he came to 
America and located in Otter Tail county. Minnesota, in 1866. Peter T. 
and Beret Hegseth were the parents of six children. 

Thorsten P. Hegseth was educated in the common schools of Norway, 
after which he came to America, in 1866, and following his landing at 
Quebec, Canada, he located in Olmstad county, Minnesota, where he worked 
for about two years and in 1869 came to Otter Tail county and home- 
steaded one hundred and sixty acres of land in section 33, Oscar township. 
On his land Mr. Hegseth has placed good improvements, and from time to 
time this progressive farmer has added to his land until he now owns three 
hundred and forty acres of well cultivated land. Thorsten P. Hegseth now 
engages in general farming and in the raising of Durham cattle and Poland 
China hogs. 

During the year 1866, two days before sailing for America, Thorsten 
P. Hegseth was married to Mali Evjen, and to this marriage have been born 
the following children: Christine, who married P. P. Moen ; Petrina, who 
married Peter Fjestad; Peter, who married Inga Iverson ; Nils T.. who 
married Betsej Lystad, and Mollie, who is unmarried. T. P. Hegseth and 
liis family are members of the Norwegian Lutheran church. 

T. 1'. Hegseth is a stockholder of the Carlisle Elevator Company, and 
is a stockholder of the Carlisle Bank, of Carlisle. Minnesota, and is a man 
who lakes a leading part in all public measures and movements for the 
interest of the community. 

Mali (Evjen) Hegseth is the daughter of Kristian Evjen and wife, 
natives of Norway, where the elder Evjen was a farmer and made his home 
during his entire li fe. 



1JJ> OTTKR 1AII COl N T TY, MINNESOTA. 

I >LE THURNSHELLE. 

Thai honesty of purpose ami conscientious service have been the dom- 
inant factors in the career of Ole Thurnshelle, a fanner of Tumuli town- 
ship, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, is evidenced in the fact that he has 
been school treasurer for a period of sixteen years. Ole Thurnshelle is a 
native son of Norway and Ins birth occurred on June 25. 1849. He is the 
son <if Thurston ami [ngeborg (Gjelum) Thurnshelle, both natives of 
Norway, in which country they lived and died. They were the parent- of 
rive children. < )le Thurnshelle. being the youngest. The names of these 
children are: [ngeborg, Martha. Bertha, Simon and Ole. 

Ole Thurnshelle is indebted to the schools of his native land for his 
education, which was completed at an early age. In 1870 he emigrated to 
America, where he located in Goodhue county, Minnesota, for a period of 
three years, after which he purchased a homestead on which he still resides. 
This land contained one hundred and sixty acres and was unimproved, but 
with thrift and. perseverance, which are the dominant traits of the sons and 
daughters of Norway. ( Me Thurnshelle has made all improvements neces- 
sary to the proper cultivation of his farm and has added one hundred and 
sixty acres to the original quarter section. In 1876 Ole Thurnshelle was 
united in marriage to Ellen S. Vangnes, of Norwegian parentage. Six 
children have been horn to this union, namely: Severt, Oscar, Emma, Alice. 
Mary and Edwin. Ole Thurnshelle and his wife, Ellen S. (Vangnes) 
Thurnshelle, are both members of the Norwegian Lutheran church and are 
earnest and active in the support of this denomination. 



JOHN J. SETHER. 



Among the well-known and successful farmers of Oscar township. 
Otter Tail county, Minnesota, is John J. Sether, who was bom on the old 
Setber farm, in Oscar township. Otter Tail county, on March 2. 1871, the 
son of John J. and Mary 1 Serum) Sether. natives of Norway. John J. 
Sether came to America in i S r »< > and located in Otter Tail county. Minne- 
sota, where he homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres of land in Oscar 
township, and pre-empted forty-live acres in section 34, Oscar township, a 
farm which the elder Sether cultivated until 1913, when he retired and 
moved to Fillmore comity, Minnesota. Mary, the wife of John J. Sether, 
Sr., died on March 5. iNN}. John J. and Mary Sether were the parents of 
four children. John. Ole, Lena and Annie. The elder Sether and his wife 
were leading members of the Norwegian Lutheran church, of Oscar town- 
ship. 

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schools of Oscar township, after which he became a farmer on the home 
farm, a place which he has since cultivated. As a farmer, Mr. Sether 
makes a specialty of all kinds of live stock, he being especially successful 
in the breeding of I 'eland China hogs. John J, Sether has improved his 
farm with a modern house, a splendid barn, and he lias equipped his farm 
with the most approved and modern machinery and implements. 

On June 20, 1901, John J. Sether was married to Ida Skisthad, who 
was bum in Fergus Kails township on February 7. 1873, the daughter of 
her and Syn'era (Hilestad) Skisthad, well-known people of Otter Tail 
conntw Minnesota. To the marriage of John J. and Ida Sether have been 
born five children: Ida, Haakon, Sannah, Sigrad and Ingward. Mrs. 
John J. Sether's mother died on April 9. 1914. Mr. Sether and his children 
are members of the Norwegian Lutheran church, a congregation in which 
John T. Sether is known as one of the most interested and devout workers. 



CARL D. HAUGEN. 



The task of the biographer is not an easy one in attempting to intelli- 
gently present the history of a prominent business man in any community 
within the limited space allowed in a volume of this character; therefore, 
only a few of the most important events in the life of Carl D. Haugen are 
here presented for perusal. 

Carl I). Haugen, implement dealer, Pelican Rapids, Otter Tail county, 
was born on October 25, [873, in Rock conntw Minnesota, and is a son of 
Xels and Martha (Engebretson") Haugen. He received his early education 
at the public schools of Pelican Rapids, and later attended the Lutheran 
College at Decorah, fowa, for three years, from 1 88o to the spring of 
1893. \fter completing bis education lie engaged in the implement busi- 
ness at Pelican Rapids, in partnership with his father, who retired from 
active business in [9] 1, the interest of his father being taken by bis brother, 
Edward, and the business is now conducted under the firm name of Haugen 
lb-others, who do a general implement business, handling all kinds of farm 
implements and farmers' supplies. Mr. Haugen is an attentive member of 
the Norwegian Lutheran church, in the work of which he lakes an active 
part, ile is a public-spirited man. and has officiated as town president for 
many years: is a member of the town board, member of the school board, 
and is vice-presidenl of tin- Firsl National Bank of Pelican Rapids. M<- is 
also president of the Pelican Telephone Company. 

Xels Haugen, father of the subject of this sketch, was born in Hol- 

lingdal, Norway, and was united in marriage with Martha Engebretson, a 

ty, Wisconsin. When three years of age, he came to 

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174 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

he grew to manhood. In 1882 he moved to Otter Tail county, finally set- 
tling at Pelican Rapids, where he engaged in the implement business, and 
bought and sold horses, shipping them in large numbers. In 1911 Mr. 
Haugen retired from active business. Politically, he is a stanch Republican, 
while his religious sympathies are with the Norwegian Lutheran church, 
and he has been actively interested in the advancement of his township. To 
Xels and Martha (Engebretson) Haugen have been born three children: 
Carl 1).. Christine, who became the wife of Reverend Ovri, and Eddie X. 

Carl I). Haugen was united in marriage, in 1901, with Lottie M. Bly- 
berg, daughter of ( ). A. E. Blyberg, to which marriage have been born two 
children, Edmund B. and Douglas C. 

Eddie X. Haugen, brother of the subject of this sketch, was born on 
February 7. 1X80. in Rock count)", Wisconsin. His early education was 
received at the public schools of Pelican Rapids, and later he attended 
school at Fergus balls, completing his education at the Lutheran College at 
thai place, after which he took a course at the Minnesota State Agricultural 
( ollege. In 191 J he engaged in the implement business with his brother 
a- a partner, under the firm name of Haugen Brothers. 

Carl 1). Haugen represents twentieth century progressiveness, and in 
his well-equipped establishment handles the latest and most approved class 
of farm implements, and through his pleasant and agreeable manner of 
handling his customers his name is favorably known throughout the county. 



ERIC SMITH. 



Eric Smith, a native of Sweden, was born on October 27, 1881. and 
came with his parents, Olaf and Mary Smith, to the United States in 1883 
The family having landed at Castle Garden. New York, came direct to 
Otter bail county. Here the father, at tirst. purchased eighty acres of land 
and later forty acres more of railroad land. At the time of his retirement 
to Fergus Falls, in 1914. he owned five hundred and thirty acres of well- 
improved bind. Previous to his retirement he had turned the management 
of tlie farm over to his son, Eric. 

Olaf Smith ami wife are the parents of six children: Andrew, Ole, 
Eric, Mary, Carrie and Anna. Andrew married Amanda Holmgren, who 
died some time ago. IK- is now living in Canada. < tie is still single and 
lues ,-it home with his parents. The family are members of the Swedish 
Baptisl church and take an active interest in its work. Mr. Smith was for 
a time school treasurer and is a stockholder in the Farmers Elevator Com- 
pany, he also owns stock in the Creamery Company of Rothsay. 

Eric Smith was educated in the common schools of Oscar township 
and had one year's work in a business college On September 4. tqio. he 



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and Marion Peterson were united in marriage and they are the parents of 
"lie child. Vivian. 

In 1910 Eric Smith bought two hundred acres of the home place, he 
already owning a one-half interest in forty acres that adjoined. The farm 
is well improved and the buildings, most of which were erected by his 
father, are kept in excellent repair. 

.Mr. Smith is a most successful and progressive farmer, and is held in 
high esteem by the people of his home county. He is at present clerk of the 
school district. 



CHRISTIAN P. SETHRE. 

Christian P. Sethre is a native of Norway, having been born in that 
country on February 2, 1862. a son of Peter and Gunhild ( Berger) Sethre, 
and came to America with his parents in [867. The family, after landing 
at Quebec, came directly to Minnesota. The life history of the parents is 
more fully set out in the sketch of Hans P. Sethre, presented elsewhere in 
this volume. 

Christian P. Sethre was reared on his father's farm in Otter Tail 
county and received his education in the common schools of that county. 
He was married on April 8, 1885. to Lora Thrugstad, who was born in 
Fillmore county, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henrik Thrugstad. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Sethre the following children have been born : Anna. 
Helen, Edna, Harry, Martha. Martin. Carl and Leonard. Anna is married. 
.Martin and Martha are twins. 

Mr Sethre bought the home place where he now resides in 1881 but 
was too young to get the deed for the place at that time. The original 
farm consisted of one hundred and sixty acres, but to this has been added 
forty acres and he now owns two hundred acres. Most of the farm is 
cleared and well improved. The greater part of the improvements have 
been placed by Mr. Sethre. The splendid new house was built in 190^, the 
large barn, thirty-eight 1>\ eight) feet, was completed in 1010 and the silo 
erected in [Qi4- 

Mr. Sethre practices general fanning and is an extensive breeder of 
Shorthorn cattle and Poland China bugs lie takes the greatest interest in 
the development of bis farm and the care of bis stock. 

The family are active members of the Lutheran church and take much 
interest in its growth and success. Mr. Sethre is a man who enjoys the 
confidence and esteem of all who know him. He is progressive and active 
in all thai pertains to the home and the community. He is a stockholder in 
the Carlisle Rank and in the Farmers Elevator Companv. 



J ;0 OTTER TAIL C0UN IV, MINNESOTA. 

GUSTAF A. LINDQUIST. 

Few men have been more prominent in the official life of Fergus Falls 
thaii Gustaf A. Lindquist, who has been a resident of Otter Tail county for 
many years and who during the eighties, after having been elected to the 
oi treasurer of < >tter Tail county, filled the office for eight years and 
ten months. Furthermore, he has held practically all of the municipal offices 
within the gift of the people of Fergus Falls and. as long ago as [869, 
as the first town clerk of Parker- Prairie immediately after its organ- 
ization as a municipality. It would be expected, therefore, that .Mr. Lind- 
quist 1- well know to the people of Fergus Falls and Otter Tail count}'. 
Not only is he well known, but in bis long and useful life be has commanded 
th< esteem and respect of his neighbors and fellow townsmen. 

1 kistaf \. i .indquist was born on October 30, [837, in Smoland, situated 
in the southern part of Sweden, the son of Jonas and. Kale 4 Nelson) Lind- 
quist. With bis brothers. Peter X. and Frank A., he came to America in 
August, 1X1.7. and after arriving in America lived for a time at Center 
City, ( hii tgo coi nty, .Minnesota, during his first winter in America, work- 
ing in a store and attending school, with a view to improving his knowledge 
of English. Later he went to Osceola, where he worked in a hotel and 
continued bis English schooling. In April. r868, Mr. Lindquist returned 
to Sweden and brought hack with him to America his father, mother and 
sister, Christine, the latter of whom is now Mrs. Olson, of the state of 
California. Both of Mr. Lindquist's parents are now deceased. 

Upon his return to America, Gustaf V Lindquist came West to the 
St. Croix valley, where he left his parents and. in company with John G. 
Nelson, engaged in prospecting land. He finall) settled at Parkers Prairie, 
1 >tter Tail county, where he continued farming for fourteen years. In 1881 
Mr. Lindquist was elected treasurer of the county and the next year moved 
to Fergus balls, filling the office alto-ether eighl years and ten months. 
This long tenure in itself is the best proof that can be cited of the efficiency 
with which he discharged the duties of this important office and of his 
popularity as a public servant. Upon tne expiration of bis term of office, 
Mr. Lindquisl purchased a dray line, which he St')] operates. 

l'.\ his marriage to Mrs. Johanna (Nelson) I. elder, the daughter of 
Swan and Christine (Jenson) Nelson, who was born in Sweden and who 
came to America with her parents in 1853, and who has one son. Fred, by 
her previous marriage. Mr. T.indi|tiist has had eight children, namely: 
\lhert J., who man Hegna and is a merchant in Minneapolis; 

• diaries ( ).. who In 1 home; Henry E., who married Alice Vanderlip, of 
. Massachusetts, and has on. son, Richard: Walter A., who married 




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Edith Atkinson, and has two children, Willard and Aileen; Einilie, who 
married John F. McGrath; Helma and Helda (twins), the former of whom 
is a teacher at Marshall, Minnesota, and the latter, at Fairbault, Minnesota, 
and Edward A., who is a resident of Fergus Falls. Mrs. Lindquist, after 
coming to America with her parents in 1853, accompanied them West to the 
St. Croix valley, where her father, Swan Nelson, enlisted as a soldier in 
the Union army during the great Civil War. During this war he contracted 
a fatal disease and did not return from the service. 

Mr. and Airs. Lindquist have reared a large and industrious family, 
children who are doing well their respective parts in the various com- 
munities in which they live and who are performing admirably the duties 
of honorable and upright citizens. 

The venerable Gustaf A. Lindquist retains a very vivid recollection of 
pioneer days in Otter Tail county and his fund of reminiscences relating 
to those days prove an inexhaustible source of entertainment for his friends. 
He helped to cut the first road from Parkers Prairie to Otter Tail city, the 
task requiring a full week, he and his companions being compelled to camp 
out in the snow during the time they were thus engaged, and he hauled the 
first load of lumber from Otter Tail city to Parkers Prairie, the trip, with 
ox teams, requiring three days. Mr. Lindquist acted as a guide to Charles 
Peake, the first mail carrier in Otter Tail county, whose route was from 
Osakis, on the eastern edge of Douglas county, through Parkers Prairie to 
Otter Tail city, then the county seat of this county. The pioneer mail car- 
rier' reached Parkers Prairie on July 4, 1870, on his first trip, and on the 
next day, started at four o'clock in the morning. Mr. Lindquist started out 
tn guide him through the timber, on foot, to Otter Tail city, nearly thirty 
miles away, which place was reached shortly after three o'clock in the after- 
noon of July 5. There they found five hundred Chippewa Indians round- 
ing out a two-days celebration of the Fourth of July, during which they 
had l>een having horse race-- and games in the day time and dancing and 
drinking at night. 

The following bit of reminiscence from the pen of Mr. Lindquist, 
copied from the files of the Fergus Falls Journal of thirty vears ago, will 
prove of genera] interest to the readers of this history: "Together with 
three other residents of Parkers Prairie, I had the worst experience of my 
life, on the 8th and Qth of January, 1873, which was by far the mo 
and fatal in its effects of am storm of which there is any record in Minne- 
sota It is doubtless desirable to place in print such experiences a- historical 
data. 

"On the morning of the 8th of January, at six o'clock, 1'. ( >. Nelson, 

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178 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

John X. Nelson, Peter X. Lindquist and myself, each driving an ox team 
and sled loaded with wheat, started from Parkers Prairie for Otter Tail 
city, a distance of twenty-five miles, which will he conceded to he a big drive 
for oxen in one day. Not a single settler lived on the road. The weather 
was calm, cloudy and warm, so that a few rain drops fell about daylight. 
I'he snow being middling dee]) and the road hut little traveled, our progress 
was slow. 

"Shortly before reaching Last Battle Lake two men on foot walked 
past lis— also bound for Otter Tail city and while we were feeding mir 
teams at the east end of Last Battle Lake. C. P. Smith, who was driving his 
ox team, hut without a load, also passed us and with him were John Knight, 
then a resident of Parkers Prairie and Otto Buse of Millerville. 

"The wind had changed to the northwest and snow began to fall about 
ten o'clock and in the afternoon the wind as well as the snowfall, increased 
in severity so that by two o'clock it was impossible to see more than a few 
rods ahead at any time and it grew cold rapidly. 

"When we came to the edge of the prairie in Girard we concluded it 
was suicidal to try to go farther and the oxen could not he forced 1m go 
against the wind. Resides we had to hunt for the road, as the track was 
becoming entirely obliterated. After a short consultation we turned back 
into a poplar thicket. we had just passed, behind a low ridge and immediately 
went to work preparing to camp out in what proved to he the worst blizzard 
before or since known. We first tied our oxen close together in the best 
sheltered place we could find and covered them with blankets; then emptying 
two sled boxes of their sacks, we raised them on edge in shape of an L. with 
the angle pointing toward the northwest to break off the wind as much as 
possible. Our next effort was to kindle a fire with dry poplar brush. \s 
the cold was rapidly becoming more intense, and the snow was beginning to 
fill the .air. we kept up a fire all night. We made coffee and ate our lunch. 
taking turns in cutting and dragging brush for tin- fire. The next morning 
we decided to try and get home that day if possible. We left our wheal 
covered up in the snow, hitched two yokes of oxen t> 1 empty sleds, and with 
our camping outfit started for home about nine o'clock in the morning. 
One man walked ahead all the time to look for the road and avoid drifts. 
Every half hour he would be relieved and would crawl into the sled and 
cover up with blankets. In this way each took his share of the hardships 



and none of 


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home about dai 


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".Meantime, Smith, Knight and Buse succeeded in reaching a grove on 
the 1 tanks of a creek near Gourd lake in Girard town where they passed a 
wretched night in camp and readied Otter Tail lake next day after receiv- 
ing assistance from a couple of farmers living a mile or two south of Otter 
Tail. Smith and his oxen could go no further, and Knight and Buse reached 
the houses of these settlers, who at once went to Smith's relief. 

"The five men who had passed us on the 8th reached Otter Tail, anil 
nothing was heard of us on the 9th or 10th. They supposed that our party 
had perished and we were counted among the great numher that were lost 
in that memorable storm, and such a statement was telegraphed to St. I 'auk 
Parties who traveled on foot from Otter Tail to Parkers Prairie two days 
after the storm was over, looked carefully by the way tor signs of us. and 
they expected to find four men and teams stiff and half covered with snow. 
They found our camping place where one or two acres was completely cleared 
of brush and poplar trees. All our tracks were completely covered by the 
hard packed snow. \t is needless to say that when they found us all at 
home and well, their gloomy forebodings were changed to rejoicing." 



OLE T. LYSTAD. 



Ole J. Lystad, a native of Norway, having been born in that country 
011 July 6, 1848. is the son of John and Alma (Torpit) Lystad, both of 
whom were natives of Norway. The grandfather of Ole J. Lystad, Ole 
Lystad, was a farmer in the native country, and here he lived and died. 
The parents of Ole J. never ventured to found a new home in America 
but lived their life in Norway, where the father died in 1864 and the mother 
in [873. The father was a fanner but had devoted a part of his life as a 
soldier in the wars of his country. They were the parents of three children 
Ole, Frederick, deceased, and Betsy, who still resides in Norway. 

Ole J. Lystad received his education in the school of his native country 
and came to the United States as a young man and unmarried, in 187-'. 
He landed at New York City and traveled direct to Red Wing. Minnesota, 
where he remained six months, working on a farm. Locating in Fergus 
Falls, he purchased one hundred and twenty acres of land on which a part 
of the town of Carlisle is now situated. This land he sold after a short 
time ami in [883 bought one hundred and sixty acres in section 28, Oscar 
township, where lie now resides, and where be owns two hundred and fifty 
acres. 

In [886 he built a new bouse, which he rebuilt and modernized in 
1805. He built his large and well-arranged barn in [892. Mr. Lystad does 
general farming and raises much stock, although he is not interested in 
developing the registered animals his stock is all high grade. He is tin 



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owner of stock in the elevator at Carlisle and takes an active interest in its 
growth. 

In 1880 Ole J. Lystad was united in marriage to Mathea Amundson- 
berg, and to this union were born three children, Betsy, Julius and Henry. 
Bets\ and Julius are married and have established homes of their own. 
The family are members of the Lutheran church, in the work of which they 
take great interest. 



HANS P. SETHRE. 



Hans P. Sethre, a native of Norway, was born on October 30, 1848, 
the son of Peter and Gunhild ( Berger) Sethre. The grandfather. Hans 
Sethre, and the great-grandfather, Elias Sethre, as well as the great-great- 
grandfather. Andres Sethre, were all tillers of the soil in their native country. 
The grandfather also owned and operated a freight boat on Lake Mjosen. 
The families were all active and devout members of the Lutheran church. 

Peter Sethre received his education in his native country. He was a 
fanner and assisted his father in the operation of his freight boat on Lake 
Mjosen. In 1867, with his family, he came to America on a sailing vessel 
and after a voyage lasting from April 1 1 to May 2Q. they landed at Quebec. 
They moved at once to Fillmore county. Minnesota, making the long journey 
by railroad, steam boat and with horses. They remained there for two 
years, the father working on a farm as a farm hand, and as a day laborer. 
On May 2q, 1S69. they left their home of two years and made the journey 
of four hundred miles to Otter Tail county, arriving at their destination 
on Tune 22, of the same year. Here they homesteaded one hundred and 
sixtv acres of land in section 35, Oscar township. Here the father died in 
1887, the mother having died in June. 1884. They were the parents of the 
following children : Hans ['.. Ole (deceased), Julia. Martina (deceased), 
Christian. Maren and Olef. 

Hans P. Sethre received his education in the common schools of Nor- 
way and four months in Fillmore county. As a boy he worked on the farm 
and when he came to Minnesota he freighted west from Morris, going as 
far as Pembina on the north. lie came to America with his parents. Mr. 
and Mrs. Hans P. Sethre were the parents of the following children: Mary, 
Lora, Peter and Olga, all of whom are married. Hans 1'. Sethre home- 
steaded one hundred and sixty acres of land in section 35, Oscar township, 
this county, and here he made his home until the spring of mi 5 when he 

1 ed to Fergus halls where he lives a retired life. In mt4 he returned 

to Norway to visit relatives and friends. Mr. Sethre had added to his 
homestead farm until he had four hundred acres. The greater pari of his 
land he has sold to his children, I'etcr owning the home place of two bun- 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. l8l 

dred and forty acres. The land was all developed and improved by Mr. 
Sethre, the house being built in 1882 and the barn, a structure fifty-two by 
seventy-six feet, was erected in 1903. He owns a fine home in Fergus 
Falls in which he now lives. 

Mr. Sethre has had an active life full of successful efforts and good 
deeds. He has served as chairman and treasurer of the board of super- 
visors of his township, clerk of the school district for twenty years, secre- 
tary of the Lutheran church for years, and was Federal census enumerator 
for his district in two successive decades. He is a stockholder in the Scandia 
State Bank at Fergus Falls and in the bank at Carlisle also in the Otter Tail 
Power Company and the Woolen mills. 



LARS L. ONSUM. 



Living in retirement at Pelican Rapids, the gentleman whose successful 
history is here briefly presented is enjoying the result of his years of indus- 
try and eifort in the agricultural and commercial world. He has for years 
been greatly interested in the advancement of the community in which he 
has lived, and the enthusiasm aroused by his activities has continued as a 
factor in the prosperous town of Pelican Rapids. 

Lars L. Onsum, retired farmer, Pelican Rapids, Otter Tail county, was 
born on June 26, 1847, m Norway, and is a son of Lars Targersen Onsum, 
and his wife, Kjerste (Aasen) Onsum. His education was received at the 
public schools of his native land, after which he remained under the parental 
roof until 1869, when he came to America, stopping about two and a half 
years in Fillmore county, Minnesota. In March, 1872, he came to Otter 
Tail county, locating in Pelican township, where he bought one hundred and 
sixty acres, two miles northwest of Pelican Rapids, on which he put all the 
improvements. After thoroughly establishing himself in his agricultural 
pursuits, Mr. Onsum opened a furniture store at Pelican Rapids, which he 
operated in connection with his farm, until 1895, when he left the farm 
and moved his family to Pelican Rapids, where he has since resided. About 
[898 he sold his furniture store and in 1899 started a drug store, which he 
conducted until 1903. when he sold out to his partner and retired from an 
active business life. Air. Onsum now owns two hundred acres of fine farm 
land in Pelican township. Politically, he has always given his support t<> 
the Republican party, in the local politics of which he has taken an active 
part, serving m the town council for two years, lie is a member of the 
Norwegian Lutheran church, to which he contributes liberally. 

Lars Targersen Onsum. father of the subject of this sketch, was born 
in Norway, as was also his wife, Kjerste (Aason) Onsum. Mr. Onsum 
died before Lars L. was born. This union was blest with seven children. 



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After the deatli of her husband, Airs. Onsum was again married, and became 
the mother of two children by her second husband. 

Lars L. Onsum was united in marriage, in 1887, with Karen Onsum, 
to which union four children have been born: Clara, Laura. Matilda and 
Leopold. 

.Mr. Onsum is justly popular in bis home community, where he not 
only has the happy faculty of winning friends, but holding them by his 
sterling qualities. 



[ENS A. STORTROEN. 



Probably none of the leading citizens of the town of Dalton, in Otter 
Tail county, Minnesota, have taken a more honored or more conspicuous 
place in the public life and general affairs of the community, than has Jens 
\. Stortroen, who, as a prominent office holder, an enterprising merchant 
and a citizen who has had a part in the establishment and the incorporation 
of the town of Dalton, has won a place of permanence in the records and 
history of the community. 

Jens A. Stortroen was born in Martill, Wisconsin, on July 8, [862, 
the son of Andres and Segre 1 Bjerken) Stortroen, both of whom were born 
m Norway, the lather coming to America alone, and the mother coming to 
this country with her parents. Andres Stortroen was the son of Jens ami 
Ingeborg Stortroen, who were natives of Norway and lived in that country, 
where Jens Stortroen was a farmer, during their entire lives. Segre Rjerken 
is the daughter of Paul and Segre Bjerken, who were born in Norway, 
came to America in the year 1856, and located in the state of Wisconsin, 
where Paul Bjerken was a farmer, and where they both spent their last 
days. 

Andres Stortroen. father of the subject of this sketch., was educated 
in the public schools of Norway, afterward coming in the year 1850, to 
America, where he located in the state of Wisconsin ami bought eighty 
acres of land on which he lived until the year [883, when be moved to the 
state of Minnesota ami purchased two hundred acres of land in Aastad town- 
ship, this county, where be lived until the year 10,00, at that time retiring 
ami living a quiet life, until his death during the year igo6. Segre. the 
widow of Andres Stortroen, is now a resident of Fergus Falls, where she 
lives with her children. 

Jens A Stortroen was educated in the public schools of Wisconsin. 

after which be farmed with bis father and then bought one hundred and 

sixty acres of land in \.astad township, (liter Tail county, Minnesota, where 

he engaged in general farming until the year 1807. when he moved t" the 

of Dalton, Minnesota, and there entered the business a s an implement 



OTTl'.R TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 1 83 

merchant for two years, after which time Jens A. Stortroen and John 
Rovang established a general merchandise store, a business in which Mr. 
Stortroen was engaged for some time and then he sold his interest to his 
associate. After this Jens A. Stortroen became a wheat buyer for some 
time and for the next ten years he was a lumber salesman, the last three of 
these ten years, this enterprising citizen also conducting a general merchan- 
dise store. During the year 1905, Jens A. Stortroen purchased the gen- 
eral store of John Rovang, and in 1913 Mr. Stortroen secured the store 
where he is now located and where he is prosperously engaged as a general 
merchant. 

In the year r.Sor Jen- V Stortroen was married to Sirianna Hansel, 
who was horn in Tumuli township, this county, and to this marriage were 
born the following children: Andres. Albert, Regna, Selma, Eliza, Mar- 
ville. Esther and Edwin, who is deceased. 

Jens A. Stortroen has served his township in public office for many 
years, he having been the occupant of practically all the offices within the 
gift of the people. In the office as chairman of the township board Mr. 
Stortroen did many things for the progress and welfare of the community 
and its life, making an enviable record while serving in this capacity. One 
of the most notable of the public works of Jens A. Stortroen was Ins effort 
and his aid in the incorporation of the town of Dalton, Minnesota, during 
the year 11)07. 

Jens A. Stortroen and his family are members of the Norwegian 
1 utheran church, his work and his aid in support of the efforts and prin- 
ciples of this church being well known in the congregation. 



STEFFEN A. HAUGER. 



Steffeii A. Hauger was bom in Norway on July 8, 1858, the son of 
Andrew and Anna (Hanson) Steffenson, both of whom were natives of 
the country. The grandfather, Steffen Anderson, was a farmer and owned 
his own farm. 

\ndrew Steffenson received his education in Norway and there grew 
to manhood, was married and lived the life of a farmer till he came with 
his family to the United States in iSNj. They landed at Xew York and 
came at once to Rothsay, where the father lives a retired life with his S on. 
S. A. Hanger, the mother having been killed on June 22, [887, by lightning 
that struck the In. use. They were the parents of the following children: 
Steffen A . Hilda and Hans, who was drowned in Norway. 

Steffen \. Hanger was educated in the common schools "i hi- native 
country, where lie lived until he was twenty-four years of age, when he 
came tn America with his parents. He was married in 1887 to Martha 



184 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

Henderson, who was also born in Norway. They are the parents of the 
following children: Andrew, Hannah, Marvin, Agnes, Dovre, Elmer. 
Mabel and Clifford. Hannah is the wife of Oswald Haugen and they live- 
in Montana. Andrew and Marvin are homesteading in Canada. 

In 1800 Mr. Hauger purchased the one hundred and sixty acre farm. 
where he now lives, in Oscar township. He also owns twenty acres in 
Elizabeth township. The splendid barn was built in 1006. the house having 
been erected some years before, but since rebuilt. 

Mr. Hauger practices general farming and is a breeder of Shorthorn 
cattle and Poland China hogs. He owns stock in the Farmers Elevator 
Company at Rothsay. Resides his duties as a farmer and stock raiser. Mr. 
Hauger has been road overseer for the past fourteen years. 



ANDREW SWA'NSON. 



In the list of mason contractors, the name of Andrew Swanson occu- 
pies a place as one skilled in his vocation and in which he has become 
prominently successful. Air. Swanson has always possessed that inborn 
love of the rural district, and in connection with his trade, has acquired a 
splendid tract of land, consisting of one hundred and sixtv acres, and which 
was originally the old Swanson homestead. 

Andrew Swanson. mason contractor, Alexandria. Minnesota, was born 
in October. 1863. in Sweden, and is the son of Carl and Christina (Ander- 
son) Swanson. \t the age of three years he came to America with his 
parents, and his education was received at the public schools of Parkers 
Prairie township. As a young man he began farming on the old home 
place. In 19O] he became the 
one hundred and sixty acres. 
where he bought a house, folio 
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where they followed farming, 
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hundred and sixty acres, on wf 
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and Christina ( Anderson - Sw; 
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opportunity for his individual pleasure. His support is given to every 
movement in the direction of material benefit to his community, where he 
is highly esteemed. 



GUNDER REIERSON. 



Among- those men of the town of Dalton, Minnesota, who have made 
for themselves a position of prominence in the community, as a result of 
their success, not only in business, but in the public life of the office holder, 
men who have given of their time and their abilities for the general good 
of the locality and who as the result of long and good lives have secured 
the esteem and respect of their fellow citizens and associates, is Gunder 
Reierson, who was born in Norway, on November 9, 1854, the son of Reier 
and Ella (Brotten) Elingson. both of whom were natives of Norway, who 
lived in that country until the year 1861, when they came to America and 
settled in Spring Grove, Minnesota, where they lived the remainder of their 
lives, on a farm which they bought on reaching that locality. Reier and 
Ella Elingson were the parents of the following children: Eling, Bertha, 
Anna, Gunder and Clement. 

Gunder Reierson was educated in the common schools and in the high 
school of Decorah, Iowa, after which he was a salesman in a store for three 
or four years. In the year 1877 he established a general store under the 
name and, partnership of Haugen & Reierson, where he remained for about 
four years and then sold out to his partner, and came to the town of Dalton, 
Minnesota, and purchased an interest in the store and firm known as Olson 
& Burg, Mr. Reierson acquiring the share of Mr. Burg, and the company 
assuming the firm name of Olson & Reierson. Although the interests in 
.this firm changed hands a number of times. Gunder Reierson remained in 
the business until he is now the oldest merchant, in point of service, in the 
community. 

During the year 1875, Gunder Reierson was married to Lena Nelson, 
who was born in the state of Wisconsin and to this marriage were born 
five children, Ella and Benjamin and three children who are deceased. 

Gunder Reierson, in public office, has served his township well as clerk 
of the school district, an office which he has occupied for more than twenty 
years, and as township clerk this worthy citizen made a good and satis- 
factory official. During the terms of office of Presidents Harrison and 
Cleveland, (hinder Reierson was the efficient and capable postmaster ol th< 
town <>f Dalton, Minnesota. 

Gunder Reierson and his wife are faithful and devoted members of 
the Norwegian Lutheran church at Dalton, a congregation in which they arc 
highlv respected, as they are throughout the township and county. 



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JACOB O. HATLING. 

Vmong those men who have been successful merchants in the county, 

ami who have now retired to the more quiet walks of life, men who in the 
past have served notably in official life and who as the result of unselfish 
life and an interest in the welfare of the locality have won an honored place 
in the ranks of local citizenship, is Jacob O. Hatling, who was horn in Nor- 
way, on December 17. [851, the sun of Tarl and [nger ( Huse ) Olson, both 
of whom were born in Norway, where they lived until the year [865, and 
then came to America, locating about ten miles south of tin- town of Decorah, 
Iowa, where Tarl Olson worked as a farm helper, until the year 1867. when 
on July 31. with a number of families which made an ox wagon train of 
twenty wagons, they moved to the state of Minnesota and settled in St. 
Olaf township, of (titer Tail county. Here .Mr. Olson engaged in farming 
as ,1 squatter, until the land of this locality was surveyed by United States 
government officials, and then he homesteaded a farm of one hundred and 
sixty acres where he lived for some time and then -old his land and moved 
to the town of Dalton, Minnesota, there establishing, about the year [879, 
a general -tore in which business he continued until he retired from active 
life; the first six months of his business career he being in partnership with 
K. II. Brandvold, then a prominent business man of (titer Tail county. 
Tarl and Fnger Olson were the parents of three children, who grew to 
maturity. J. Q. Hatling, the subject of this -ketch. Ole Rambeck and Henry 
\nton. Tarl Olson was one of the well-known men of Dalton and the 
community, a man who took an interest in public affairs and one who. as a 
member of the Norwegian Lutheran church, was appreciated for his good 
life ami for hi- support of the efforts of this congregation. 

Jacob 0. Hatling, the subject of this sketch, received his education in 
the schools of \orwa\ and for a short time attended classes in the public 
schools of this country, after which he was engaged as a farmer for some 
vears, in St. Olaf township, Otter Tail county, where he was the owner of 
a farm of one hundred and sixt) acres, which he cultivated until the year 
r886. when he disposed of his land and associated himself in business with 
his father as a general merchant. Later, with his father and Peter Strom- 
stad, Jacob ( ). Hatling purchased a stock of hardware, and this linn con- 
tinued in business for some time when Mr. Stromstad retired and his inter- 
est was acquired by J- ( *. Hatling and his father, the senior member of the 
company. After a period of enterprising business. Mr. Hatling and his 
father enlarged the scope of their business activity b} the erection of a new 
addition to their original store, a room in which they engaged as hardware 
dealers, for some years and then Tarl Olson retired from business, and a 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 187 

brother of Jacob O. Hatling entered the firm, the brother operating the gen- 
eral merchandise store and J. 0. continuing in the conduct of the hardware 
stock until the year [907, when lie sold bis share and retired to the town of 
Dalton, where he now lives. 

On June 28, 1871. Jacob O. Hatling was married to Gusta Meldahl, 
who was born in Norway, later corning to America with her parents. To 
the marriage of Jacob and Gusta Hatling were born the following children: 
Ole, Lewis, Emma, George, Noble, Julia, May and Arthur. 

Jacob O. Hatling has been a conspicuous figure in the public life of 
Dalton and of Tumuli township, he having served the community in nearly 
every township office, his first office being that of township clerk, to which 
he was elected when twenty-one years of age. In all matters for the pro- 
motion or advancement of conditions in Otter Tail county. J. O. Hatling 
is a leader, the results of whose efforts is a better and more prosperous 
locality. 



SPENCER FOLKEDAL. 



few citizens of Dalton and of Otter Tail county have been more prom- 
inently connected, or have been honored by the people of the locality in 
more ways than lias Spencer Folkedal, the well-known and popular post- 
master of Dalton. Minnesota. A man of thorough culture, a citizen of 
unusual intellectual attainments and achievements, and one who with broad 
and valued experience in life has proved to be a notable and appreciated 
addition to the life and activities in the business and public circles of Otter 
Fail county. Minnesota, no review of lite or events in the count) would 
lie complete without reference' 1" the works and accomplishments of this 
man. 

Spencer Folkedal was born in Medo, Blue Earth county. Minnesota, 
on August jo. 1N75. die son of 1.. S. and Mattie (Munden) folkedal. both 
of whom were born in Norway, wdiere they lived until the year 1854. when 
L. S. Folkedal came to America and located in Combridge township, Dane 
county, Wisconsin where lie worked on a farm ami 111 a pinery. In 1859 
1.. S. Folkedal Marled for the Pacific ("oast with a party of gold seekers, 
The) went as far as the Pike's Peak region, Colorado, and at thai time 
Denver was only a village. Not being pleased with the outlook for gold 
mining the prospectors returned to Wisconsin. Later Mr. Folkedal moved 
to Winneshiek county, Iowa, where lie remained for a short time, and in 
the year 1N7.1 he came t < > Minnesota, :n<t\ located mi Medo township, Blue 
Earth county, where he bought a farm of eighty acres of land on which he 
lived for twenty-four years, acquiring during that time two hundred acres, 
which he improved and cultivated. 



IOO OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

After this time L. S. Folkedal moved to Otter Tail county, and bought 
one hundred acres of land in Tumuli township, where he lived for some 
years and then retired to the town of Dalton, where he now lives. 

L. S. Folkedal was married to Mattie Munden, daughter of Gitle 
Munden and wife who were natives of Norway, in which country they died. 

Spencer Folkedal was educated in the common schools of Blue Earth 
county and at 1 'ark Region College, after which he engaged for about five 
years in the profession of a newspaper man at Fergus Falls, later becoming 
a farmer on his father's place for about four years and then, in the year 
1905, he moved to the town of Dalton, Minnesota, and established himself 
in business as a dealer in farm implements, which business he now follows. 
On .March 4, [914, Spencer Folkedal was honored by his appointment to the 
office of postmaster of Dalton, Minnesota, an office which he is now serving 
with dignity and with recognized ability. Tn public life Mr. Folkedal has 
been a prominent figure, he having been elected to the office of township 
clerk where he served two years and for three years he was school treasurer. 
In political affiliation Spencer Folkedal is of the Democratic party. 

On June 15, 1903, Spencer Folkedal was married to Anna Torgerson 
and to this marriage were born two children, Julian and Adrian. 



KNUTE STENERSON. 



An opportunity is here afforded for the perusal of the record of one 
of the prominent and influential business men of Pelican Rapids. Mr. 
Stenerson enjoys distinctive prestige as having achieved wealth, without 
even a dollar at the start as a working basis. 

Knute Stenerson. lumberman, Pelican Rapids, Otter Tail county, was 
born cm February iq, 1862. in Norway. Tie was educated in the public 
schools of Norway, emigrating to Wisconsin in 1887, where he spent one 
year. In 1888 he came to Pelican Rapids. Otter Tail county, and for the 
first two years worked as a day laborer. Tn 1890 he engaged in the lumber 
business with his brothers, four of whom came to America. Tn [913, 
Guncler and Knute bought out the elder brother, and now handle all kinds 
of building supplies, under the firm name of Stenerson Brothers T.um1>er 
Company, the lm>ihcr- owning the controlling stock in the company, as well 
as four other yards. Politically, Mr. Stenerson is a stanch Republican, 
while religiously, he belongs to the Norwegian Lutheran church, and is an 
all around, wide-awake business man. lie owns considerable stock in the 
hirst National Bank of Pelican Rapids, and is vice-president and director 
in the \rhard State Bank. 

Ingeinunt Stenerson. father of the subjeel of this sketch, was horn in 
Norwav, as was also his wife. Tie was a saving, industrious fanner, and 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 1 Si j 

lived and died in Norway, where he reared his family of seven children, 
four of whom came to America. 

Knute Stenerson was united in marriage, in 1893, with Lina Stein. 
The}- have an adopted daughter, Mollie, who became the wife of Carl 
Clausen. 

Mr. Stenerson has long enjoyed the undivided respect of a large circle 
of sincere friends and acquaintances in Otter Tail county, and as one of 
the prosperous and representative men of his town, merits representation 
in a history of the county. 



CHRISTIAN C. KNUDSON. 

One of the best-known farmers of Otter Tail county and of Aastad 
township, a man who has been peculiarly successful as a farmer, and one 
who as a citizen has so conducted himself as to win the respect and esteem 
of the community is Christian C. Knudson. Public spirited, far seeing, and 
of nature and training to soon become an important part of the locality 
of his residence, he has proved to be one of those men without whom the 
county and township would be less advanced and less progressive. 

Christian C. Knudson was born in Norway, February 15. 1869, the son 
of Christian and Engebor (Ostrus) Knudson, who were born in Norway 
and lived in that country until the year 1872, when they came to America 
and located in Webster county, Iowa, where they rented a farm on which 
they lived for some time and then bought the place where they made their 
home for the next eighteen years. Later they moved to Palo Alto county, 
Iowa, where Christian Knudson, Sr., purchased three hundred and twenty 
acres of land which he now owns, though he and his wife live in retirement 
at the town of Emmittsburg, Palo Alto county, Iowa. To the marriage 
of Christian and Engebor Knudson were born the following children: 
Christian, the subject of this sketch: Anna, Carrie, Thomas, Carl, Herbert. 
Hannah, Oscar, Ida, Emma and F.lmer. 

Christian Knudson, father of the subject of this sketch, is the son of 
Kiuult and Ann Moon, who wire natives of Norway, a country where Knudt 
Mm, hi -pent his entire life. After his death his wife, Ann, came to America 
with a si .11, some time after Christian Knudson. Sr.. had emigrated to this 
country. On reaching America Ann Moon, with her sun, loe.iti.-il in Web- 
ster county, Iowa, where she died some time later. 

Engebor Knudson, mother of the subject of this sketch, is the daugh- 
ter of Tolev and Christian < )strus, both of whom were born in Norway, in 
which country thej made their home until the year 1877, when the) came 
to America and settled in Webster county. Iowa, where Tolev Ostrus was 
engaged in general farming until his death. Christina Ostrus, following 



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the death of her husband, went to the state of Smith Dakota, in which state 
she died. 

Christian Knudson, father of the subject of this sketch, was married to 
Christina Ostrus, who was the mother of one son, Knud. who died at the 
age of twenty-four years, while a resident of the state of Michigan. Shortly 
following the birth of her son, Christina (Ostrus) Knudson died, and after 
some time Christian Knudson was married to a sister of his deceased wife. 

Christian C. Knudson was educated in the public schools of Webster 
county, Iowa, after which he farmed for one year in that locality and then 
went tn Palo \ltn county, Iowa, where he rented a farm until the year 
[912, at which time he bought three hundred and twenty acres of land in 
Aastad township, a place where he has since lived. 

< )ii April 22, [896, Christian C. Knudson was married to Jennie Jacob- 
son, who was horn in Marshall county, Iowa, October 14, [879, the daugh- 
ter of Serenius H. Tacobson and wife, who were natives of Norway. To 
the marriage of Christian and Jennie Knudson were horn the following 
children: Clarence. Silas, (lava, Cornelia, Charlotte. Alice, Kilridge, Thresa, 
( Tester and Hjelrner. 

Christian C. Knudson is a member of the Lutheran church, in which 
congregation he takes an active part in the work and where he is among the 
most .appreciated communicants. 

In all works or movements for the general welfare of the tanner, or 
for the various walks of life in Otter Tail county. Christian C. Knudson 
is a force in the direction of progress and is one of the important elements 
of citizenship in the community. 



AM CXI) JOHNSON. 



One of the most successful farmers and a heavy landowner of Otter 
Tail county, a man who from a modest beginning has grown to be prominent 
m the ranks of agricultural life and a man who as a citizen has taken no 
small pari in the advancement of the community and the development of it- 
resources, is Amund Johnson, the subject of this sketch, who was born 111 
Norway, October 11. 1859, the son of John Gunderson and Ingeborg 
(Runigenj Ler, both of whom were natives of Norway. 

Following his marriage in the land of his birth. John Gunderson with 
his wife, during the year [868, came to America, and located at Jefferson 
Prairie, Wisconsin, where he was engaged as a farmer for the remainder of 
his life. His wife. Ingeborg, survives her husband and now lives near the 
<it\ of Milwaukee. Wisconsin. To the marriage of John Gunderson and 
hi- wife [ngeborg, were born the following children: (hinder, who lives 
in the Mate of South Dakota: Amund. the subject of this sketch: Martin. 



OTTER I All, ( OUNTY, Ml \ NESOl \. I()r 

who lives in Grant county, Minnesota, and Guilder, who lives near .Mil- 
waukee. Wisconsin. 

Amund Johnson was educated in the public schools of the state oi 
Wisconsin, after which he winked for some time at general farm work, and 
then he went to Pelican Lake. Grant county, .Minnesota, about the year [877, 
working on the farms of that region for the greater part of two years, and 
then he went to the state of South Dakota, and pre-empted land, which 
after two years he sold and moved to Ashby, Grant county. Minnesota, 
where he farmed for three years, and followed the butcher business at the 
town of Ashby for six years. 

During the year 1892, Amund Johnson bought one hundred and sixty 
acres of land in Aastad township, a place which on taking possession he 
found uncleared and unbroken, but which this progressive farmer soon con- 
verted into a modern farm with good buildings, and which now is in a high 
state of cultivation. Mr. Johnson now owns four hundred acres of first- 
class land in Otter Tail count), all of which is well cared for and improved 
with necessary buildings and equipment. 

Amund Johnson, during the year 1882, was married to Lena Johnson 
who is the daughter of Lage Johnson and wife, natives of Norway. To 
the marriage of Amund and Lena Johnson have been born the following 
children : Lage, Gerhard, Nora and Myrtle. 

Amund Johnson has been a good citizen of Otter Tail county, serving 
his township at one time on the township board and at all times being will- 
ing to aid in all moves for the advancement of local interests. In religious 
affiliation \mund Tohnson and his wife are members of the Lutheran church. 



ANDREW PETERSON. 



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It has been truly said that "It is not by sleeping, but by working, wak- 
g and laboring continually, that proficiency is attained and reputation 
quired." Were this test to be applied to him whose life record is brief!) 
led here, lie might be considered an exemplification for the statement, 
for from hi- early manhood, ambition, industry and honesty have been 
marked characteristics. \ndrew Peterson, for thirty-three years, a rest 
dent of Pelican Rapids, is a native of Sweden, having been born there on 
September 22, [853. lie is the son of Peter and Christine (Haugland) 
Arinson, both of whom were born in Sweden, where they spent their entire 
lives, Mr. Peterson operated a foundry. Their children were ten in num- 
ber, three of whom are dead, and one of these was named Sabina. The 
others are Orin, Eva, John. Aleas, Eric, Carl and Andrew. 

Andrew attended school 111 Sweden and also became proficient there 
in the carpenter's trade. In \pril. r88o, be immigrated to America and 



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followed his trade first in Ishpeming, Michigan. He later followed the 
same trade in Chicago, Wisconsin and Fergus Falls. From the latter place 
he removed to Pelican Rapids in [882. As the railroad was then in con- 
struction he rode only as far as its terminus and was compelled to walk the 
rest of the way, a distance of two miles. Here he was a carpenter for many 
years, in fact until he went into the furniture and undertaking business 
about the year [895. lie has succeded in this undertaking and today is well 
known in his present line of work. 

Rockel Norhan became Mrs. Andrew Peterson in [888. Although a 
native of Norway, she was then living in Pelican Rapids with her parents, 
Mr. and Mrs. Ole Norhan, who afterward took up a homestead claim in 
North Dakota. The children horn of this union are five in number, namely: 
Inger Christinia, Oscar P., Alma Christinia. Carl Johan and Ruth Meria. 
Mr. and Mrs. Peterson are devoted members of the Lutheran church, to 
which they have been generous both with their time and means. 

With faith in himself and in the universal good, Mr. Peterson has 
made his life one of influence and usefulness, and has had the reward of 
knowing that he has made many warm friends in this locality. 



WILLIAM LINCOLN. 



The Lincoln family have been prominent in the official life of Otter 
Tail county for more than a quarter of a century. William Lincoln, the 
well-known auditor of Otter Tail county, who succeeded his father to this 
office, not only is well known in the political life of the county, but is a 
highly respected citizen in private circles. 

William Lincoln is a native of Albert Lee, Minnesota, where he was 
born on May 23, 1 S77. a son of William C. and Elizabeth (Gates) Lincoln, 
the former of whom was engaged in the mercantile business for some time, 
and later in clerical work. He served seventeen years as a deputy in vari- 
ous county office-, and was nine years auditor of Otter Tail county. 

In the spring of [882 the Lincoln I'aniiK removed to Fergus Fails, and 
it was there that William Lincoln received his early education. He was 
graduated from the Fergus Falls high school, after which he was employed 
on Wheelock's Weekly for three years. He then became a clerk in the 
office of the count) auditor, under his father, William C. Lincoln, and on 
February 29, [908, was appointed county auditor to fill out the unexpired 
term of his father, whose untimely death occurred in that month. In the 
fall of 1908, .Mr. Lincoln was triumphantly elected to the office which his 
lather had so capably filled, and to which he had succeeded after his father's 
death, lie was again elected in [910, and was re-elected in [912 and in 
mi l, Altogether lie has filled the office of count}' auditor a little more than 




WII.I.IAM C. LINCOLN. 




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OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. I93 

eight years, and has given to the people of Otter Tail county not only con- 
scientious, but efficient service. 

In 1903 William Lincoln was married to Perle Czeskleba, and to this 
union have ben born four children, Mildred, William C, Helen Leone and 
Donald. 



JOHN ERIKSON. 



On that roll of honored citizens, the memory of whom the people of 
Otter Tail county delight in perpetuating, is the name of John Erikson, 
who as a good citizen in the community in the more commonplace life, as 
well as having been a valued citizen of the nation, who in the days of the 
great Rebellion served through the perils of the most severe days of the 
most extensive campaigns, has won for himself a place in the hearts of his 
countrymen that will not soon be effaced. Successful as a farmer, efficient 
in business, public spirited as a citizen and forceful of personality as a man, 
his death was a distinct loss to the county. 

John Erikson was born in Norway. November 14, 1843, tne son °f 
Erik and Berit ("Johnson) Helgeson, who were natives of Norway, where 
they lived until the war 1852, when they came to America and located in 
Racine county, Wisconsin, where they lived for some time and then went to 
Goodhue count}-. Minnesota, where Erik Helgeson bought eighty acres of 
land, on which he put extensive improvements, and where he lived for the 
remainder of his life. Erik and Berit (Johnson) Helgeson were the parents 
of seven children. 

John Erikson was educated in the public schools of the state of Wis- 
consin and Minnesota, after which he worked for some time at general farm 
employment. During the year 1865 John Erikson enlisted for service with 
Company E, Eleventh Regiment, Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, in thej 
( 'nil War, serving until the close of the war, during which time he was a 
sufferer with typhoid fever contracted while on duty. 

Some time after leaving the service of his country John Erikson came 
to Otter Tail county, Minnesota, where he homesteaded one hundred and 
sixty acres of land in Aastad township, establishing a home here, where 
he lived for the remainder of his life. After improving his original farm 
until it was in first-class condition, John Erikson, added by purchase forty 
acres adjoining and at another time bought thirty-eight acres of timber 
land, nn all of which that enterprising farmer placed a number of improve- 
ments. 

( )n October 10, [868, John Erikson was married to Berit Boeye, who 
was a native of Norway, the daughter of Boeye Almunson and Berh < )stend- 
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son, who came to America in the year 1864, going to the state of Iowa, 
where they remained two weeks and then coming to the state of Minnesota, 
where they established a home in Goodhue county, where they lived for the 
remainder of their lives, lierit, the wife of John Erikson, is one of four 
children. To the marriage of John and Berit Erikson were horn the fol- 
lowing children: Erik. Osten, Henry. Berit, John, Berner and Anna. Of 
these children, Henry lives on the home farm. 

John Erikson was a faithful and devout memher of the Norwegian 
Lutheran church, giving freely of his time and his interests for the promo- 
tion of the welfare of that organization. John Erikson was a good man. 
a kind father and loving husband, and a man and citizen of whom, and of 
whose record, the people of Aastad township are justly appreciative. 

John Erikson died on September 4, 1895, mourned by hosts of friends 
and fellow citizens. 



JOHN M. JOHNSON. 



John M. Johnson, as present mayor of Pelican Rapids, as well as the 
first settler of Pelican township, is deserving of more than casual mention 
in the present publication. A resident of this township for forty-six years, 
his life and character have had a strong influence upon the community in 
which he has been a leader. Mr. Johnson, who was born in Sweden on 
April 6. [843, came to this country when he was twenty-three years of age. 
He is the son of John and Johanna (Ness) Johnson, both of whom were 
horn in his native land. 

Mrs. Johnson died when the subjeel of this sketch was a lad of five 
years and her husband came to America in [869 and made his home with 
bis son. John, until he was over ninety years of age. In Sweden he was 
engaged in the farming industry and served in the Swedish army. The chil- 
dren of Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are John M. whose life history is here pre- 
sented; Alese, who died in this country, and [nger, a resident of Detroit, 
Michigan. 

After receiving his education in his native country, John Johnson 
farmed there and in Norway, to which country he went in [863. Three 
years later he came to the Tinted States and located in White Water. Wis- 
consin, but the same year he became a citizen of Winship county, Iowa. 
Returning to Wisconsin, he worked in the pineries for Knapp, Stout & Com- 
pany, one of the largest lumber companies in the state. In the spring of 
[869 he braved the wilderness of the north and became the first settler of 
what is now known as Pelican township. As ,1 "squatter" he pre-empted 
the land and later homesteaded and has now made this tract one of the 
mosl productive farms in the county. It is three hundred and sixty acres 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. I95 

in extent and to this estate may be added three hundred and twenty acres 
which he owns in Canada. On this homestead, where besides farming he- 
raised Guernsey cattle, he lived until 1910 when he built a home in Pelican 
Rapids. 

While Mr. Johnson was the first pioneer to brave life in Pelican town- 
ship, three other families came to this county at the same time and located 
in Norwegian Grove township. Mr. Johnson was at this time unmarried. 
With the four families that traveled together he camped the first night 
(Thursday) on the west bank of Prairie lake. Their peaceful slumbers 
were disturbed by the stealthy tread of eight Indian braves. Fortunately, 
Mr. Johnson had learned to talk Chippewa during his service as cook in 
the northern pineries, and also when he took part in government surveys 
at J.e\ ern, Minnesota, and along the South Dakota line and when he worked 
along Red river. So he acted as spokesman for the little group of fright- 
ened pioneers, and a council was held at which it was agreed that the whites 
should farm and the Indians should be allowed to hunt and that they would 
he friendly in their relations. 

On Saturday night of the same week, while Mr. Johnson was away, 
the women of the camping party were terrorized by seeing ten Indians 
scantily clad approaching the camp The women fled panic-stricken to the 
woods, but the Indians made no further attempt to enter the camp. The 
fright of this event, however, caused the four families to pack up their few 
household goods and to move westward within the present boundaries of 
Norwegian Grove township. Some time after ihis episode Mr. Johnson 
inquired of the Indians why they had molested the camp after their agree- 
ment to be peaceful. The red men were surprised at the question and said 
that they wanted only to trade some game for cornmeal. Mr. Johnson then 
explained to them that in their almost undressed condition, they had fright- 
ened the settlers away. There was no further interruption to the peace of 
the campers though they still insisted upon moving away. 

Myra Berg became the wife of Mr. Johnson in 1873. She was born 
in Norway ami is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hans Berg. Her father 
came to America and made his home with Air. and Mrs. Johnson until his 
death at the age of ninety-four. The children boru in this household arc 
H. M., a physician of Dawson, Minnesota; Matilda, the deceased wife of 
Otto Crookstad; Caroline, who is Mrs. Adolph Arneson, of Pelican town 
ship ; Alga, who lives at home; Emma, who is Mrs. Oscar Sillerod. of Peli- 
can township; Carl ML., a physician living at Montevideo. Minnesota. The 
Johnson family are members of the United Lutheran church. Mrs. John- 
son died on June 15. I Q I 3 . 

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First National Bank. For fifteen years, he was on the board of township 
trustees and was chairman most of the time, and has held other offices. In 
the spring of 1915 he was elected mayor of the village. John M. Johnson 
is a progressive farmer, a loyal citizen, a true friend, a devoted husband 
and father, and a man of generous impulses and unimpeachable character. 



LOUIS ARNOLD. 



Louis Arnold, a successful farmer of Aurdal township, is a native of 
Sweden, where he was burn on January 12, 1858. Air. Arnold is the son of 
John and Maja (Olson) Larson, both of whom were born in Sweden and 
who spent their entire lives in their native country. 

Louis Arnold was educated in his native land, and in 1878 came to 
America and settled at St. Peter, Minnesota. Four years later he emi- 
grated to Otter Tail county and purchased eighty acres of land from his 
father-in-law, < >sul Halverson. When Mr. Arnold obtained possession of 
this farm there were only ten acres cleared. He has been compelled to 
clear the land and to fence it. 

On September 24, 1882, Louis Arnold was married to Osena Halver- 
son, who was born in Norway on November 4. i860. Mr. and Mrs. Arnold 
have no children. Mrs. Arnold's father, Osul Halverson, was born in Nor- 
way in 1827. His wife, who before her marriage was Anne Torgusdaugh- 
ter, was born in Norway in 1832 and moved to Rice county, Minnesota, in 
1862. Two of Mrs. Arnold's maternal uncles, Ashley and Torgus Torgen- 
son, served in the Civil War. In 1870 Mrs. Arnold's father and mother 
came to Aurdal township, Otter Tail count}', Minnesota, and homesteaded 
one hundred and sixty acres of land where Air. and Airs. Arnold now live. 
Later they purchased one hundred and ten acres east of the first tract. 
They were the parents of eight children: Helena and Hans died in infancy; 
Torena and Torgus died in this country. The living children are ( >sena, 
who is now Airs. Arnold: Jacob. TIalver and Mary. 

Mrs. Arnold's mother was the daughter of Torgus and Ose Olson, who 
wen- born in Norway and who, in 1856, emigrated to Rice county, Minne- 
sota, an<I purchased fortj acres of school land. They spent their last days 
in Rice county. They had a family of six children, of whom (Me. Bertha, 
Gunder and Anne are deceased. Ashley is now living in Aurdal township, 
Otter Tail county. He was born in Norway on July 29, [837, and moved 
to Rice county, Minnesota, with his parents, lie attended a writing school 
at Faribault, Minnesota, and. in 1869, homesteaded one hundred and sixty 
of land iii this county. Later he purchased one hundred and sixty 
acres where he now lives. He has held most of the township offices and 
served as a soldier in the Civil War. By his marriage to Anne Johnson, 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. I97 

who was born in Norway in 1852 and who is the daughter of Andrew and 
Sarena Anderson, pioneer settlers of Rice county, there were born four 
children, Marie, Thomas, Sarah and Arthur. Mrs. Ashley Torgerson died 
in 1892. Torgus, the sixth child, is a farmer in Aurdal township and was 
a soldier in the Civil War. 

Air. and Mrs. Louis Arnold are members of the Lutheran church. Mr. 
Arnold is now clerk of the school board. 



rOHN LYNG, M. D. 



One of the most prominent men in Otter Tail county, not only in his 
professional capacity as a physician, but as a man of high intellectual attain- 
ments and strong personality, is Dr. John Lyng. He has always exemplified 
the highest ethical code of his chosen profession and his technical knowledge 
and skill are such as to give him a place among the representatives of his 
vocation in the state. Not content with merely doing his duty in the com- 
munity where he lived he gave his services in the Spanish- American War 
with a glad heart, and the story of self-sacrifice during this part of his life 
is but a shadow of what his later life has been. 

Doctor Lyng is one of those men who believe that years of thoughtful 
preparation are essential to success in professional life, and his preparation 
for the practice of medicine has taken him to the best schools in Europe as 
well as in America. The success of Doctor Lyng as a physician in the com- 
munity in which he lives has not been a mere accident but is the natural 
result of a noble inheritance. He is a descendant of a high and honored 
family of Norway and has retained those traits of character which make 
the Norwegians among the most industrious in the world. 

The birthplace of Doctor Lyng was in Namsos, Norway, where he was 
born on the 25th of December, 1865. He is the son of Martin and (Johanna) 
Lyng. both natives of Norway. His father followed the occupation of a 
merchant, and died in 1873. 

The first trip of Doctor Lyng to America was made when he w as 
nineteen years old, and since that time has been abroad six times. After 
his arrival in this country he began the study of medicine, which took him 
to the University of Minnesota, where he was graduated from the medical 
department in 1890. Two years later he went abroad in the interest of his 
profession and visited the greatest hospitals and medical schools in Edin- 
burg, Copenhagen, Berlin and Paris. He returned to America in 1897 an( l 
became surgeon for the Soo Line, in which capacity he gained a wide 
acquaintance among railroad men. After a period of practice as a surgeon 
he returned to Germany for a further study of medicine. Upon his return 
to America he found the country in a state of excitement over the Spanish- 



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American War, and as a consequence, gave his services to medical work in 
the war zone, where he gained a wide experience not only with members of 
his chosen profession but with humanity as a whole. 

In 1890 Doctor Lyng returned to Minnesota, where he again entered 
the medical world as physician in Alexandria. In 1904 he moved to Min- 
neapolis, where he practiced medicine for four years. At the end of that 
time Doctor Lyng sailed again for Vienna and Paris to study surgery, and 
returned in 1911. Me took up his residence in Fergus Falls, where the 
members of the community still claim his services as a physician. 

In 1900, Dr. John Lyng was united in marriage to Clara B. Chilson, a 
native of South Dakota, daughter of O. A. and Marie Chilson, of Webster, 
South Dakota. To this union was born one son, John, who is now attending 
school at Minneapolis. Mrs. Lyng died on February 8. 1014. 

Doctor Lyng holds membership in the American Medical Association, 
the Minnesota State Medical Society, and the Park Region Medical Society. 
He is also a member of the Thulanian Society at the University of Minne- 
sota; a reserve member of the medical department. Seventh Army Corps, 
United States Regulars; a member of the Nordmands Farbundet. and Lodge 
No. 10, Free and Accepted Masons. Minneapolis. Minnesota. 



EBEN E. CORLISS. 



Pioneer citizens of Otter Tail county who are now living remember 
very well Eben.E. Corliss, who is also a pioneer of this section, now living 
in St. Paul, where he has been custodian of the capitol building since 191 1. 

Eben E. Corliss was horn on September 1, 1841, and is a native of 
Washington county, Vermont. He is the son of Timothy E. and Elvira 
(Hutchins) Corliss, both of whom were natives of New Hampshire. The 
father was a fanner and a lumberman and moved to Winona county. Minne- 
sota, in 1856, settling in Saratoga township, where he pre-empted one hun- 
dred and sixty acres of land. Me improved his farm and remained there 
until after the close of the ('nil War. Timothy F. and Elvira Corliss were 
the parents of eight children. The mother died in Saratoga township, 
Winona county, December <>. 1S60. 

Eben E. Corliss remained at home in his native state, receiving his edu- 
cation in the common schools. His early training was received while still 
living with his parents upon the old home farm. At the breaking out of 
the Civil War. he enlisted in Company EC, Firsl Regiment. Minnesota \ ohm 
teer Infantry, and. after a period, enlisted in Company A. Second Regiment. 
Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, serving for three years. Mr. Corliss passed 
through a very trying period of service, lie was wounded in the battle 
of Chickamauga, being struck by a bullet in the hack of the head and. for 



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two months, was confined in the hospital, known as No. 5, at Nashville, 
Tennessee. On May 26, 1864, he was discharged from the service and in 
April, 1865, enlisted in Company A, Ninth Regiment, United States Veteran 
Volunteers, serving as sergeant until the close of the war. Mr. Corliss was 
in a great many severe engagements. Among them may lie named the fol- 
lowing: Mill Springs, Kentucky; Pittsburg Landing, Siege of Corinth, 
Perryville, Chickamauga, and others of lesser importance. He was, for 
a time, with Sherman before Atlanta and, for forty days, was engaged in 
weary marching toward that city, being under fire the greater part of the 
time. After returning from the war. he settled in Saratoga township, 
Winona county, Minnesota, where he remained on the farm for one year. 
From Saratoga township, he moved to Chatfield, Fillmore county, Minne- 
sota, where he studied law with Judge Ripley. In 1870 he was admitted to 
the bar. 

\ftcr coming to Otter Tail county Eben E. Corliss settled at Battle 
Lake, Minnesota, where he built the first frame house in the county. Its 
dimensions were sixteen by twenty feet, with twelve foot posts. He settled 
on three hundred and twenty acres of land, one-half of which was pre- 
empted and the other half homesteaded. He continued on the farm, improv- 
ing it until 1874, at which time he moved to Fergus Falls and opened a law 
office, engaging actively in the practice of his profession. Mr. Corliss's 
property interests in the city of Fergus Falls consist of several houses, much 
business property, besides his fine residence with all modern improvements, 
situated on Lincoln avenue. He also has a summer residence at Clitherall 
lake. 

Mr. Corliss has held many offices of trust and responsibility within the 
gift of the people of Otter Tail county. He was elected county attorney in 
1870 and held that office during the greater part of the time until 1884, 
serving ten years in all. For one year he served as a member of the lower 
house "!' the state Legislature in 1872. He was a member of the state capi- 
t < « 1 commission. He has also served as deputy register of deeds, as deputy 
treasure of Otter Tail county and as superintendent of the county schools, 
tilling out the unexpired term occasioned by his brother's death. The brother, 
William M. Corliss, was the first superintendent of schools in Otter Tail 
county. 

In 1864 Eben !•'. Corliss was married to Elizabeth Tucker, the daugh- 
ter of John Tucker, of Saratoga township. Winona county. Minnesota. Six 
children were born to them, as^ follow: Charles W.. who is an attorney-at- 
law, who was married in 1NK7 to Alice Stanton, of Fergus Falls; John H., a 
graduate of Rush Medical College and now a resident id' Sumner. Wash- 
ington: Florence, lennie, Marv and Roy J. 



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In politics, Mr. Corliss defends the principles propounded by the Repub- 
lican partv. He lias attained considerable prominence in the council- of the 
Republican party and is one of the leaders of the party in Otter Tail county. 
He was one of the organizers of tin ('itizens Bank. Fraternally, he is a 
member of the Masonic lodge, the Grand Army of the Republic, and the 
Independent Order of Odd Fellows. 



AMUND NELSON HAUGEN. 

Well known in the business and commercial life of Fergus Falls. .Min- 
nesota, is Amund Nelson Haugen, who was for many years a prominent 
business man of Otter Tail county. 

Mr. Nelson was born on March i. 1846, in Ilollindahl, Norway, lie- 
is the son of Nells E. and Carrie ( Nelson) Haugen. The entire Haugen 
family crossed the Atlantic ocean in 1S46 and was sixteen weeks on the 
voyage. They emigrated to Quebec, Canada, and from Quebec to the 
United States, settling at Rock Prairie, Rock county, Wisconsin, where the 
father purchased land and built a stone house. Amund Nelson remained on 
the old homestead until 1862. When the Civil War broke out he enlisted in 
the Thirty-third Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, and served 
three years in Company F. Altogether he was engaged in seventeen 1 un- 
ties, lie received an honorable discharge in Madison. Wisconsin, in [865, 
and after his return home, in Rock county, he remained a year and then 
moved to Highland Prairie, Fillmore county, Minnesota, where he estab- 
lished a general store, which he operated for one year. 

After one year at Highland Prairie, Mr. Nelson removed to Spring 
Grove, in Houston county, where he opened a store, which he sold at the 
end of one year. In 1808 Mr. Nelson came by team all the way to St. 
Olaf, Otter Tail county, but he remained only long enough to purchase 
eight hundred acres of land in Fergus Falls township. 

Amund N. Haugen returned to Fillmore county and in 1876 married 
Christina Halverson. They have a family of seven children, as follow: 
Henry, who resides at Rugby, North Dakota; Clara; Albert, of Duluth; 
Nellie, who teaches in Minot, North Dakota: Charles. Emma and Hannah, 
who live at home with their parents. 

Mr. Nelson returned to Otter Tail county and located in Elizabeth. 
He engaged in the farm implement business, which he followed for twenty- 
one years. In 1897, with his family, he removed to Fergus Falls and after 
that time was practically retired from active life. 

Mr. Nelson occupies himself by loaning money and by occasionally 
buying and selling real estate, lie is the former president of the First State 
Bank, of Fergus Falls. He has a beautiful and spacious residence on North 



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Union street. Mr. Nelson is a familiar figure on the street- of Fergus 
Falls and is popular among all classes of people. Fraternally, he is a mem- 
ber of the Grand Army of the Republic. 



ONON TORGERSON. 



liurn on the farm which he now owns in Aurdal township, Otter Tail 
county, .Minnesota. May 2. 1878, Onon Torgerson is the son of Gunder and 
Christina Torgerson, who were natives of Norway and Sweden, respect- 
ively. 

Air. Torgerson's father was born on .March 13, [830, and his mother 
was horn in Sweden in 1X41 >. The former moved to Faribault, Rice county, 
Minnesota, in 1867, and three years later to Otter Tail county, where he 
took a homestead of one hundred and fort) acres. lie added to this farm 
until he had one hundred and sixty-nine acres, where his son, Onon, now 
lives, lie cleared most of the land, lie died in iNoj and his wife in [894. 
They had a family of seven children, Emma, Christian (deceased), Onon, 
Augusta, ( >scar, Esther and Anton. They were members of the Swedish 
Baptist church. Gunder Torgerson served as township treasurer for a num- 
ber of years, in all about twelve. 

Onon Torgerson was reared on a farm and educated in the public 
schools. He has always been engaged in farming and, at the present time 
owns ninety-one acres of the old homestead. Mr. Torgerson has erected a 
magnificent new barn and a. very hue residence. These buildings were con- 
structed in [915. 

On May _'S, [901, Onon Torgerson was married to Ella Wessberg, 
who was born in Sweden in [883. Her father was born 111 Sweden and is 
n..w deceased. Her mother lives in Warren, North Dakota. Mr. and Mrs. 
Torgerson have five children. Lorimer, Ruth, Chester, Eunice and Thelma. 

Mr. Torgerson's paternal grandparents were Torgus and Ose Olson, 
both of whom were natives of Norwa) and who came to Rice county. .Min- 
nesota, in [856. They purchased forty acres of land 111 Rice count) and 
spent their last days there. They were the parents of six children, id" whom 
Ole, Bertha, (hinder and Anne are deceased. The living children are Ash- 
lex and Torgus. Ashley is a farmer in Aurdal township and a veteran ol 
the ( nil War. Torgus is also a farmer in \urdal township and a veteran 
of the Civil War. 

There is no family in Aurdal township which is more favorably known 
than the Torgersons. They have worthily discharged every duty of life, 
both public and private, and today Onon Torgerson, a representative of the 
present generation of the family, enjoys the confidence and esteem of all of 
the people of this township. 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY. MINNESOTA. 



EVEN MATHIASON. 



"The good citizen is a person who habitually conducts himself with 
proper regard for the welfare of the community of which lie is a meml>er, 
and is active and intelligent in his co-operation with his fellow members to 
that end." Even Mathiason, who was born in Norway, September 3, 1855. 
was twenty-seven years old when he came to this country. His parents, 
O. and Bertha (Erikson) Mathiason, lived and died in his native land. 

Even Mathiason received his education in Norway and located in Peli- 
can Rapids in 1X82 immediately after arriving in the United States. It was 
necessary to travel from Roxie, Minnesota, to this township in a wagon 
drawn by oxen. After working on a farm for nine years he returned to 
Norway and brought hack his bride whom he married in St. Paul in 1891. 

Mrs. Mathiason was Olena, daughter of Ole Mathiason. and was born 
in Norway. Her father died in that country. After his marriage. Mr. 
Mathiason located in the present building and operated a hotel for the fol- 
lowing six years. 1 le then laid in a stock of groceries and has been a 
grocery merchant ever since The children born to Mi. and Mrs. Mathiason 
are Ole: Elmer, aged twenty-two years: Beney Louis, aged eighteen years: 
Ethel Meria, aged twelve years, and Lawrence William, aged seven years. 
Mr. and Mrs. Mathiason are members of the Synodical church. 

Mr. Mathiason was for some time a member of the local school board 
and to its work gave his best thought and attention. A residence of thirty- 
three years in one town, during which time Mr. Mathiason has built up a 
reputation tor honor in business and loyalty and uprightness in private life, 
make him one of the esteemed citizens of this township. 



NELS GERH VRDSON. 



One of the successful farmer- of Aurdal township, Otter Tail county, 
Minnesota, who i- a native of Xorwav. is WE Gerhardson, who was born 
in Norway, April 8, [861. 

Mr. Gerhardson is the son of Andrew and Kare 1 WE 1 Gerhardson, 
both of whom were born 111 Xorwav. the former in [823 and the latter in 
[830. \ftcr their marriage, in their native kind, they started for America 
on \pnl 11. [86l, and. upon arrival in the United States, settled in the 
-late of Iowa. Later, however, the) emigrated to Freeborn county, Minne- 
sota, and. subsequently, to (titer Tail county, before the city of Fergus 
Falls was thought of ami at a time when there was only one grocer) Store 
on the present site of Fergus Falls. About three months later. Mr. Ger- 
hardson's grandfather came to America and took a homestead in Aurdal 
township, comprising one hundred and sixty acres. Mr. Gerhardson's 



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father inherited this farm and died upon it in 1907. His wife died about 
four years previously, in 1903. Mr. Gerhardson's parents had ten children, 
of whom one. Lena, died early in life. The others were Gulena, Nels, 
Christine, Gilbert, Karl, Anne, Ole, Otto and Tilla. Mr. Gerhardson's par- 
ents were members of the Lutheran church. 

Nels Gerhardson was a mere lad when his parents settled in Aurdal 
township. He was educated in the public schools of the township, reared mi 
the farm and has always been engaged in farming. In partnership with his 
sons, Mr. Gerhardson owns two hundred and ten acres of land three miles 
out of Fergus Falls, where he is engaged in fanning and stock raising. 
Since he acquired this farm. Air. Gerhardson has made many improvements. 
He has erected substantial buildings, fenced the land and installed adequate 
drainage, all of which has contributed to make the farm a most desirable 
tract and most productive. 

In 1887 Nels Gerhardson was married to Mattie Vegin, who is a native 
of Minnesota, born in 1866. Mrs. Gerhardson's father was Knnt Vegin, 
who was an early settler in Grant county. Minnesota, where he spent his 
last days. Mr. and Airs. Nels Gerhardson have been the parents of five 
children: Eva, who is deceased; Eva, who married Guilder Mjesth and has 
two children. Jenette and Norman: Anton, who lives at home: Eddie, who 
also lives at home, and Martha, who is deceased. The mother of these chil- 
dren died on March 12. 1896. Nels Gerhardson is a highly-respected citi- 
zen in the township and county where he has lived for several years and 
where he is well known. 



LOUIS HALYORSON. 



Louis Halvorson, a native of Fergus Falls township. Otter Tail county, 
Minesota, was horn a mile and a half from Elizabeth, November 13. [881, 
is one of the successful young farmers of Aurdal township. Mr. Halvor- 
son is the son of Mathias and Mare (Holte) Halvorson. the former of 
whom was horn in Norway in [839 and the latter horn in that country in 
1851. Mathias Halvorson moved to southern Minnesota, and later to Otter 
Tail county, settling on a homestead one ami one-half miles south of Eliza- 
beth, where he lived until [CjOI. lie now lives retired in Fergus falls. Mrs. 
Mathias Halvorson, who was married to Mathias Halvorson in Otter Tail 
county, is the daughter of Johannes and Bertha (Holler) Holte, who wire 
early >ettler^ 111 Otter Tail county, but who are now both deceased. Air. 
Halvorson's parents were members of the Lutheran church. They had alto- 
gether a familv of fourteen children, seven of whom are as follow ; Henry, 
Louis, Mollie. Hannah, Emma, Eddie and Alfred: the others are deceased 

Reared on the old homestead farm in Fergus Falls township, Louis 



204 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

Halvorson was educated in the public schools and as soon as he was old 
enough took up fanning as a life vocation. In 1910 Air. Halvorson moved 
to the farm of one hundred and twenty acres, which he now owns, in 
Aurdal township. Ik- is engaged in fanning and stuck raising and has 
made a success of his chosen vocation. 

In [906 Louis Halvorson was married to Emma Brekke, the daughter 
of Halvor < .. Brekke, who is mentioned elsewhere in this volume. Mr. and 
Mrs. Halvorson have five children, Eleanor, .Morris, Bertha, Harry and Ida. 

Mr. Halvorson has been more or less active in local politics and is 
now serving as clerk of Aurdal township, lie and his wife and family are 
members of the Lutheran church. 



JACOB CLARENCE EVELAND. 

Among the well-known fanners of Aurdal township is Jacob Clarence 
Eveland, who owns two hundred and forty acres of magnificent farming 
land, three and one-half miles northeast of Fergus halls, Minnesota, and 
who was horn in Bremer county, Iowa, September 7. [873. 

Mr. Eveland is the sou of Jacob M. and Angeline (Stuffleben) Eye- 
land. the former of whom was horn in Fulton count), Illinois, in [843, and 
the latter born in the same county. Jacob M. Eveland was the son of 
Henry and Irene (Miller) Eveland, the former of whom was horn in 
Indiana, and the latter a native of Pennsylvania. Henry Eveland and wife 
emigrated to Fulton county, Illinois, and. after living there for twenty 
years, emigrated to Bremer county, Iowa. It was Henry Eveland's brother. 
Mason Eveland, who was the first settler in Lafayette township, Bremer 
county, Iowa. Henry Eveland himself was the second settler in that town 
ship. Mr. Eveland's paternal grandfather died in Bremer count)-, Iowa, in 
[879. I lis wife had died many years before. 

Mr. Eveland's maternal grandparents were Joshua and Polly (Alsbury) 
Stuffleben. both of whom were natives of the Keystone state and who. after 
their marriage in Pennsylvania, emigrated to Fulton count)-, Illinois, and 
later to Bremer county, Iowa, settling in Lafayette township. Loth died in 
Bremer county, the former in [913, at the age of eighty-nine, and the latter 
in [885, ai the aye of sixty-three years. 

Mr. Eveland's Father, the venerable Jacob M. Eveland, is now living 
in Lafayette town-hip, Bremer county, lie owns two hundred and sevent) 
one acres of the old homestead, at one time owned a number of farms. Hi' 
also owns land in Mississippi. I'.v his marriage to Angeline Stuffleben then 
were horn nine children, live of whom grew to manhood and womanhood. 
Nellie, |acob Clarence, Bertha, Glenn and \lvin. 

facob Clarence Eveland was reared on the old homestead farm in 



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Bremer county, Iowa, and educated in the public schools. Mr. Eveland has 
always been engaged in fanning. In 1904 he emigrated to South Dakota 
and purchased three hundred and twenty acres of land in that state, which, 
however, he sold in October, 1909, when he came to Aurdal township and 
purchased two hundred and forty acres, three and one-half miles northeast 
of Fergus Palls, Minnesota. 

In i8i»J Jacob < '.. Eveland was married to Fannie Chestnut, a native of 
Fulton count}-. Illinois, who was born on April 27, 1874. Mrs. Eveland's 
father and mother were John and Emma ( Stuffleben) Chestnut, both of 
whom were natives of Fulton county, Illinois. Mrs. Eveland's mother died 
in [885, and her father died on September 10, 1915, at Manito, Illinois. 
Mr. and Mrs. Eveland have six children. Tina, Melvin, Everett, Bessie, Ada 
and Merrill, all of whom are living. 

Mr. and Airs. Eveland and family are members of the Methodist epis- 
copal church. Nominally, Mr. Eveland is identified with the Democratic 
party, but he has never been especially interested in politics and has newer 
aspired to office. lie is known in the community where he lives as a success- 
ful farmer, a good man and a valuable citizen. 



II W.VOR G. P.RFKK1 



Halvor G. Brekke, a prosperous farmer of Aurdal township. Otter Tail 
county. Minnesota, is a native of Norway, where he was born on June 15. 
1845. Mr. Brekke is the sun of Guilder Olson and Sigred (Aslakson) 
Brekke, both of whom were natives of Norway. Mr. Brekke's father was 
born in March. [808, and his mother in February, 1808. 

The Brekkes emigrated to Dane county. Wisconsin, in 1861, and to 
Aurdal township, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, in T870. They took up a 
homestead in section 9, and here both lived until their deaths. Mr. Brekke's 
father died in April, [896, and his mother in September, 1901. They were 
the parents of twelve children, of whom Ole, Julia. Aasne, Aasne and Mar- 
garet are deceased. The living children are Aslak. Sandow, Torger, Hal- 
vor G, Julia, Ole and Margaret. 

Halvor G. Brekke was educated in the public schools of Norway and. 
in 1865. four years after his parents had come to Wisconsin, the son also 
came to Dane county, Wisconsin, and settled in Deerfield township, where 
he worked on a farm. He accompanied his parents to Otter Tail county in 
[870 and took a homestead farm of our hundred and forty-seven acres. 
where he now lives. This splendid farm is situated in section 9, of Aurdal 
township. Mr. Brekke cleared the land, which he had acquired b 
stead right, and in [889 built a good residence. During the same year he 
also built a very commodious barn, which was destroyed by lightning and 



206 OTTER TAIL COUNTY. MINNESOTA. 

which was replaced in 1912 by a magnificent new barn, forty-eight by 
sixty-six by fourteen feet. Mr. Brekke is a general fanner and stockman 
and has been successful in his chosen vocation. 

In [877 Halvor (I. Brekke was married to Betsey Evenson, who was 
born on August 25, 1845, ni Norway and who is the daughter of Evan and 
Gunhildl Knutson) Evenson. In [861 Mrs. Brekke' s parents came to Dane 
county, Wisconsin, and there both died. Mr. and Mrs. Halvor G. Brekke 
have been the parents of four children, GustaA Severin, Emma, Emma and 
Henry Benjamin. Gustav Severin. who was born on the farm where he 
now lives on April 28, 1S7S. married Huldah Johnson, who was born in 
Friberg township, ( )tter Tail count). Minnesota. December 7, 1889. They 
have ni> children, lie is employed on the old homestead. Emma, the sec- 
ond child, is deceased. Emma, the third child, married Louis Halvorson 
and has five children, Eleanor, Morris, Bertha, Harry and Ida. Henry 
Benjamin lives at Dilworth, Minnesota. 

Halvor G. Brekke has served as a member of the school board in 
Aurdal township and has also served as trustee of the township and as 
supervisor for fourteen years. He was assessor of the township for six- 
teen years. Mr. and Mrs. Brekke and family are active members of the 
Lutheran church. 



\K'\K ENGEBRETSON. 



Arne Engebretson, a well-known farmer of Aurdal township, Otter 
Tail county, Minnesota, was horn on November 4. 1850, in Norway, and is 
the son of Engebret Gunderson and Raghnild (Olson) Engebretson, who 
spent their entire lives in Norway. Arne Engebretson was their only child. 

Mr. Engebretson was educated in the public schools of his native land, 
and in f882 came to America and settled at Fergus Falls, Minnesota. 

A short time after coming to this country he moved to Aurdal township, 
Otter Tail county, Minnesota, and purchased eighty acres of land, where he 
now lives. This land has been subsequently increased to about one hundred 
and twelve acres and is located in sections 15. to and 0, Aurdal township. 
Mr. Engebretson is a farmer and stockman. His land is highly productive 
and he raises all crops common to this latitude. 

In [879 Arne Engebretson was married in Norway to Mary Olson, a 
native of Norway, horn in [851. She is the daughter of Ole Severson and 
[ennie Severson, who. in [882, came to America and settled in Otter Tail 
county. Mrs. Engebretson's father died in 1014. and her mother died in 
the same year, both being eighty-eighl years old at the time of their deaths. 
Mr. and Mrs. Engebretson have seven children. Ole, Engebret, Richard. 
\ntoii. ( histav, I 'scar and 1 lannah. 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 207 

Arne Engebretson is independent in politics. He and his family are 
members of the Lutheran church. Mr. Engebretson has served as super- 
visor of Aurdal township and has also served as a member of the school 
hoard. Likewise, he has been assessor of Aurdal township for seven years. 
It may be said of \rnc Engebretson that he has worthily discharged all of 
the duties of life, both public and private, and that he has a host of friends 
in the township and county where' he lives. 



UJGUST and WILLIAM TRENNE. 

Anion- the prosperous farmers and successful stock raisers of Oscar 
township. Otter Tail county. Minnesota, are August and William Trenne. 
the former horn on August 25, [883, the latter on January 15, 1880, in 
Oscar township, Otter Tail count)", suns of Fritz and Charlotte (Druskey) 
Trenne, natives of Germany. Fritz Trenne was educated in the common 
schools of Germany,, he later becoming a soldier of the German army and 
taking part in the war with Austria, in [866, and in the Franco-Prussian 
War. during the years 1870-71. During the last year of his militarv career, 
Fritz Trenne served as an officer in the army of his native country. Shortly 
following his marriage, the elder Trenne, in 1872, came to America and 
located in Otter Tail county, Minnesota, where he bought one hundred and 
sixty acres of land in Oscar township, a place which Fritz Trenne cultivated 
until 1007, when he retired and moved to Fergus Falls, where he lived until 
his death, on ( )ctober 12, 1912. Charlotte, the widow of Fritz Trenne. 
now lives at Fergus Falls. Fritz Trenne was not only a successful farmer, 
as one who acquired six hundred and fifty-three acres of land, hut he was a 
man prominent in the affairs of his community, having been the occupant of 
several township school offices Fritz and Charlotte Trenne were the par- 
ents of eleven children, Paul, Lena. William. Elizabeth, Tillie, August, 
Emily, Martin. Frencie, Minnie and Malvine. 

William Trenne was educated in the schools of district No. Ill, Oscar 
township, Otter Fail county, after which he engaged in general farming and 
stock raising, an occupation which Mr. Trenne is now following on his well- 
improved farm of two hundred acres in Oscar township. In addition to his 
farm activity, William Trenne is prominently connected m business life, he 
being one of the organizers and a stockholder of the Elizabeth Creamen 
Company, as well as being an officer of the Cream of Barley Company, of 
Minneapolis. 

On November .^. 1904, William Trenne was married 10 Ida Krause. a 
native of the -talc of Nebraska, and to this marriage have been born four 
children, Walter. Francis, Wired and Tin's. 

Auin'st Trenne. after his school davs, became a fanner, he takins 



2o8 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, .MINNESOTA. 

charge of the old Trenne homestead, which Mr. Trenne has greatly improved 
and a farm of two hundred and forty acres which August Trenne has 
brought to a high state of cultivation. Mr. Trenne now gives his time to 
general farming and the raising of large numbers of good grade live stock. 
On June 24, 1915, August Trenne was married to Johannah Greenogle, 
the daughter of John Greenogle and wife, prominent people of their com- 
munity. The Trenne family are all prominent members of the Norwegian 
! utheran church, of < Iscar township, they giving of their efforts and means 
for the support of the work of this congregation. 



NELS T. MOEN. 



One of the active and progressive citizens of Fergus Falls, 
lawyer and writer and a good talker, gifted particularly with line powers 
of description, i- Nels T. Moen, editor and manager of the Ugeblad Pub- 
lishing Company and municipal judge of Fergus Falls. 

Nels T. Moen was horn in Freeborn county, Minnesota, May 26, [866, 
the son of [ollef and Man (Nelson) Moen. When -Tollef Nelson was 
twenty-two years old, in [856, he and his brother landed in Quebec, Can- 
after a fourteen week- voyage on the ocean from Norway. Upon 
arriving in Quebec, the two brothers borrowed enough money to reach their 
destination, traveling b\ land and by canal boat until they reached Michigan. 
From .Michigan they walked several hundred miles, finally reaching their 
uncle's home at Big Canoe, Iowa. 

Tollef Nelson and his brother farmed in Iowa for a time and then 

ed to Waseca county, Minnesota, where they worked at fanning on 
shares. Later the} moved to the next county, Freeborn, and there worked 
in the same way. In 1868, they purchased a yoke of oxen and a wagon and 
moved to Otter Tail county, settling in Tumuli township. They each took 
a homestead near Dalton and there Tollef Nelson spent the rest of his life, 
hi- death occurring in October. 1895. 

Tollef Kelson and his wife, who before her marriage was Alary Lar- 
son, were the parent- of twelve children, four of whom died in infancy, 
those who survived being as follow: Carrie, who is the wife of T. O. 
Udbye and lives in Fergus Falls: Xels T., the subject of this -ketch: Inger. 
who i- now Mrs. 1'. C. Svensrud and li\i- on the old homestead; Lars, who 
also lives on part of the old homestead; .Martin, who i- a resident of Fergus 
ball-; \utou. who i- a resident of Canada; Thore, who lives in Fergus 
ball-, and b.hnc, who married b'uiil Brusven and lives at Rothsay, Minnesota. 

Nels T. Moen received hi- elementary education in the public schools 
of Tumuli township, tin- county. Me first attended school in a dug-out. 
later in a log; house and still later in a frame building. lie remained on a 




NELS T. MOEN. 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 2CK) 

farm with his parents until [893 and, after graduating from the Red Wing 
Seminary, attended the University of Minnesota and was graduated from 
the law department of that institution. After finishing his legal education, 
Mr. Moen moved to Ada. m Norman county, but, subsequently, was offered 
the position of principal of the school at tialstead, which he accepted. In 
addition to his duties as principal of the school, he practiced law in the 
evening. In 1897 -Mr. .Moen returned to Ada, where he remained for ten 
years, having in the meantime been elected judge of the probate of Norman 
county, in which capacity he served for two terms. He also served as 
county attorney for one term. 

In 1907. .Mr. Moen, who is a vigorous and capable opponent of the 
liquor traffic, accepted the position of state attorney for the anti-saloon league 
of Minnesota, and served in that capacity for two years, or until 1909, in 
which year he moved to Fergus Falls. As a platform orator in behalf of 
temperance. Mr. Moen has few superiors in this state and to the cause of 
temperance he has given service equal to that of any man who has labored 
in this great cause. 

After Mr. Moen's removal to Fergus Falls, he engaged in the practice 
of law. During the legislative session of i<)ji. he served as chief clerk to 
the re-apportionment committee and in the same year was appointed muni- 
cipal judge of Fergus Falls by Governor Fl>erhart. In 1912 he was elected 
to the same office. One year previously, Mr. Moen became editor and man- 
ager of the Ugeblad Publishing Company, the publishers of the Fergus Falls 
! r geblad, the oldest Scandinavian paper west of the "twin cities." 

In [893 Mr. Moen was married to Betsy Johnson, who died in 1008, 
leaving four sons, Thomas O., Milford A.. Neal B. and Caroll. On Decem- 
ber 26, 1911, Mr. Moen married, secondly. Ingeborg- Stortroen. 

During the summer of 1014. Mr. Moen traveled in Norway and visited 
his ancestral home in that picturesque country. The Moen family are all 
members of the Lutheran church. 



ANDERS A. BERGRUD. 



Anders A. Bergrud, who has made a success of farming in \unlal 
township, Otter Tail count), Minnesota, is a native of Norway, horn there 
on July 23, [851, the son of \ndiew V and Sigrid (Hengsley) Bergrud, 
both of whom were horn in Norway. 

Mr. Bergrud's parents came to America and to Otter Tail county, 
Minnesota, in [883. His father died in this county in r N< >(>. Mi- mothei is 
now living in Sverdrup, and is eighty-four years old. 

Mr Bergrud was educated in Norway and in 1S7N came to Otter Tail 
(rib) 



2IO OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

county. Two years later he homesteader! eighty acres of land in the county 
and, shortly thereafter, erected good buildings on the farm. He now has 
one hundred and sixty acres of land in his home farm, and has added fort) 
acres in section 21, eighty acres in section 21 and forty acres in another 
tract, also in section 21, all bought after the first one hundred and sixty. 

On November 23, 1879, Mr. Bergrud was married to Sigrid Boen, 
who was born in Norway on November 7. 1856. and who is the daughter of 
Erick Trond Boen, mentioned elsewhere in this volume. Mr. and Mrs. 
Bergrud have been the parents of five children. Celia Ida, Alfred, "Theo- 
dore N., Inga and Henry. Celia Ida, horn in [880, is the wife of Olaf 
Haave and has four children, Selma, Alvin. Benne and Margaret. Alfred. 
born on November 25, 1881, was educated in the public schools and lives 
at home with his parents. lie has charge of the farm and is engaged in 
general farming and stock raising. He also owns forty acres of land in 
Aurdal township. Theodore N., horn in t88}. died in IQ07. Inga, horn in 
1886, is the wife of Peter YVeggeland. Henry was born on May 27, t8q6. 

Mr. and Mrs. Bergrud and family occupy a comfortable and com- 
modious home in Aurdal township and are among the most highly respected 
citizens living in this township. 



\NDRFAY BR \ \ I I- \ 



\ successful farmer of Aurdal township. Otter Tail county. Minne- 
sota, is Andrew Braaten. who was born in Moore count}'. Minnesota, Sep 
tember 4, 1869. 

Mr. Braaten is the son of Eric and Gtinel Braaten, both of whom were 
born in Norway, the father on September 27, 1827, and the mother on 
December 3, 1836. After their marriage in Norway, they came to America, 
in i860, and settled in Mower county, Minnesota. Three years later the) 
settled in Aurdal township, Otter Tail county. Minnesota, homesteading one 
hundred and twenty acres of land, where their son. Andrew, now lives, and 
where he was reared. Eric Braaten was able to clear some of this land 
before his death in [902. He also made many improvements upon the 
farm. His widow is still living. They had a family of five children, of 
whom Andrew was the fourth. The other children were Hannah Karine. 
Ragnhild and Nellie. Of these children, Hannah is deceased. 

Andrew Braaten was reared principally on the farm which he now 
owns. He was educated in the public schools of \urdal township and. as 
soon as lie was old enough, took up farming with his father. Mr. Braaten 
owns two hundred and eighty acres of land and occupies a fine residence. 

Andrew Braaten was married in 1896 to Lena Vis, who was born in 
Aurdal township ami who is the daughter of Christopher and Gertrude Aas. 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 211 

early settlers in Aurdal township, Otter Tail county. Both of Mrs. Braaten's 
parents are deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Braaten have four children, 
Grace, Geneva, Erick and Amy. 

Mr. and Airs. Braaten are members of and take an active part in the 
Lutheran church of Aurdal township. The members of the Braaten family 
are also identified with this church. Not only is Mr. Braaten a most suc- 
cessful fanner, but he is a highly intelligent and valuable citizen in the com- 
nnmitv where he has lived for so many years. 



lOHN O. SVIEN. 



John O. Svien, well-known farmer and citizen, who by the conduct of 
his life in the community, has won a prominent place in the ranks of citizen- 
ship, and who, as the result of an unselfish life in the interests of the town- 
ship and county, has a host of friends and appreciative fellow citizens, was 
horn in Goodhue county, Minnesota, on April 25, 1872, the son of Ove J. 
and Ingred (Boe) Svien, Ove J. Svien being the son of Johannes and Anna 
( Lunde ) Svien, who were horn in Norway and came to America in the year 
1856, locating in the state of Wisconsin, later going to the state of Iowa, 
where they lived for some time and then came to Minnesota, settling in 
Goodhue county, where they spent their last days. Ingred Boe is the daugh- 
ter of Aslak and Bertha Boe, who were farmers in their native land of 
Norway, where they lived their entire lives. 

Ove J. and Ingred Svien, parents of the subject of this sketch, were 
born in Norway, where the father lived until he was nine years of age, and 
then came to America, the mother coming with relatives when she was 
twenty-two years of age. On reaching America. Ove J. Svien became a 
farmer on eighty acres of land which he secured in Goodhue county, Minne- 
sota, on which he lived until the year 1896, and then moved to Grant county. 
Minnesota, where he bought two hundred and forty acres of land, which 
he farmed until the year ioi-\ at which time Ove J. Svien retired and moved 
to the city of St. Paul, Minnesota, where he still lives. Ove J. and Ingred 
Svien were the parents of eight children. John. Anna, \slak. Bertha, Andrew, 
Henry, Emma and John Bouchard. In religious affiliation, Ove J. Svien 
and his family are members of the United Lutheran church. 

John O. Svien received his education in the common schools of Good- 
Inn- county, Minnesota, after which he came, in the year [896, to Otter Tail 
count}, Minnesota, and rented a farm in Tumuli township, where he lived 
for two years and then he went to the state of North Dakota, homesteading 
a farm of one hundred and sixty acres, on which he lived for twelve years, 
in that state. -After this time John O. Svien returned to (liter 'fail county, 
Minnesota, and bought a farm of one hundred and sixty-three acres in 



212 . OTTER TAII COUNTY, MINNESOTA 

Tumuli township, near the village of Dalton, where he now lives and follows 
general agricultural pursuits. 

During the year 1905 John O. Svien was married to Lena Brekke, who 
was bom in Tumuli township, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, the daughter 
of Johannes Brekke and wife. To the marriage of John O. and Lena Svien 
were born two children, Inez Othelia and Truman Julian. John O. Svien 
and his wife and children are members and active workers and supporters 
■ if the United Lutheran church at Dalton. 

In political life John O. Svien has taken no particular part, but has 
chosen to lie a good citizen of private life and to serve his community, as he 
can. from the common walks of life and citizenship. 



TOSKPH A. OTTE. 



Among the younger men of Otter Tail county. Minnesota, business and 
financial circles, is Joseph A. Otte, cashier of the State Bank of Bluffton. a 
citizen whose life is proving of great value to the community, not only in 
the business world, but as a man who is interested in the development of 
his town and township to a" greater and higher plane in the various lines of 
endeavor and activity in which they are engaged. A man of thorough cul- 
ture, one with excellent preparation for the profession in which he is so 
capably engaged, a citizen who in those things to which he has laid his 
hands has been peculiarly successful, and a man who because of the force 
and strength of his life has a host of friends and admiring fellow citizens, 
he is worthy oi a prominent place in the ranks ot leading men in Otter Tail 
county, Minnesota. 

Joseph A. Otte was born in Stearns county. Minnesota, on November 4. 
[887, the son of William and Mary I Macks) Otte. both of whom were 
born in German) and lived in that country until about the year 1880. when, 
having married, the) came to America and located in Stearns county, Min- 
nesota, where William Otte settled on a farm one and one-half miles north 
of Melrose. William and Marx Otte were the parents of seven children. 
Marv. \una. Bernard, William. Joseph. Catherine and Henry. In religious 
affiliation the elder Otte and his family are communicants in the Roman 
1 .nholic church. 

Joseph V Otte received his early education in the common schools of 
Melrose. Minnesota, later attending St. Joseph's Universit) at Columbus, 
Ohio, for three years, and then pursuing a business and commercial course. 
including shorthand and typewriting at Saul Centre. Minnesota, after which 
he accepted a position as first bookkeeper of the State Lank of Monticello, 
Minnesota, where he remained for two years anil then went to Buffalo, 
Minnesota, and became deputy auditor for two and one-half years; then 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 2IJ 

coming to Bluffton, Minnesota, he aided in the establishment of the State 
Rank of Bluffton, Minnesota, an institution of which he was made cashier, 
a position which he now occupies, and one which he holds in a most efficient 
and capable manner. 

On May 22, [911, Joseph \. Otte was married to Alice Granger, and 
has made for himself and his wife an excellent home, the hospitality of which 
is well known throughout the community. Joseph A. Otte and his wife are 
members of the Roman Catholic church. 

Not only in the financial world is Joseph A. Otte a success hut in agri- 
cultural life, as the owner of a large farm, consisting of one hundred and 
twenty acres of well cultivated land, in Blowers township and, also as the 
holder of considerable stock in the State Bank of Bluffton, this worthy man 
has shown himself to be of a type of which the locality may be proud. 

In public life Joseph A. Otte has not neglected his duty as a citizen 111 
the community, hut has given of his valuable time freely for the promotion 
of local interests and he is now serving the village of Bluffton as its village 
clerk, in an unselfish and progressive manner, as is characteristic of this 
man whom all delight to honor ami to whose character and worth all are 
willing to attest. 



HENRY P. NELSON. 



Henry 1'. Nelson, a prosperous farmer of Aurdal township. Otter Tail 
county. Minnesota, was born on the old Aurdal township farm, August 10, 
[888; and is the son of Xels E. and Methe ( Ilallan) Nelson, both of whom 
were born in Norway, the former on December 17. 1S44. and the latter on 
January 6, 1850. 

Xels hi. Nelson's parents were Ingebret and Aaste Nelson, both of 
whom were born in Norway and who came to America and settled in Aur- 
dal township in [868. They took a homestead of one hundred and sixtv 
acres and both died on the homestead farm. Mr. Nelson's father came 
from Norway to Minnesota with his parents. He settled in Goodhue county 
and was also a pioneer in Mirdal township. Later be look up one hundred 
and sixty acres of land and made many improvements upon the farm, which 
he acquired from the government. \fter having made a large quantity of 
brick, he erected a magnificent brick residence on the farm and lived 111 
this home until his death, in 1900. His widow is still living. The) were 
the parents of five children, Peter, Haldon, \nna. Xels and Henn P. Mr. 
Nelson's parents were members of the Lutheran church 

Henry P. Nelson was educated in the public schools of Mirdal town- 
ship and reared on tin farm which his parents owned Mr. Nelson himself 
owns a farm of one hundred and sixty acres of land in Mirdal township, 



214 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

which is a part of the old homestead. He also owns other land in this 
county. In 1911 Mr. Nelson built a splendid home on the farm. He 1- a 
general farmer and stockman and has heen very successful although he is 
still a young man. 

On June 28, 1913, Henry P. Nelson was married to Emma Bye, the 
daughter of Stephen and Betsy Bye, and who was horn in Sverdrup town- 
ship. Mrs. Nelson's parents were early settlers of Sverdrup township. They 
have one sun, Searle LeRoy, who was born on March 29, 1914. 

Mr. and Mrs. Nelson are members of the Lutheran church. 



NELS N. ROVANG. 



A veteran of the Civil War, during the campaigns of which he made an 
enviable record, a pioneer citizen of Otter Tail county, who did much to 
make the district habitable in the early days, a citizen who in the public life 
of Tumuli township has shown himself to be a man of much worth, and one 
whose general life in the community has been such as to win for him a host 
of friends and admiring fellow citizens who delight in honoring his name, no 
record of life or review of events in Otter Tail county would be complete 
without reference to the career of Nels N. Rovang, the subject of this sketch. 

Nels N. Rovang was born in Norway on July [9, iN,y>. the son of Nels 
and Anna (Halverson) Olson Rovang. both of whom were born in Norway, 
where they made their home until the year 1850, when they came to America 
and located near the town of Madison, Wisconsin, living there for two years 
and then moved near the town of Decorah. Iowa, where Nels Rovang bought 
a farm of one hundred and sixty acres of land, on which he farmed for about 
five years and then sold his place and went to Wabash county. Minnesota, 
there buying one hundred and sixty acres of United States government land, 
for which lie paid the sum of one dollar and twenty-live cents per acre. There, 
on a farm which he had improved until it was one of the most desirable of 
the township, the elder Rovang and his wife spent their last days. Nels and 
Anna Rovang were the parents of ten children, two of whom were veterans 
of the Civil War: Nels N., the subject of this sketch, who served until the 
end of the war. with Company A. Third Regiment Minnesota Volunteer 
Infantry, and Christ, who served nearly tour years with Company C, Tenth 
Regiment, Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, and who was killed in action at 
Nashville, Tennessee. 

Following his service in the Civil War. Nels N. Rovang returned to 
Wabasha county. Minnesota, and in partnership with a brother-in-law, boughl 
one hundred and sixty aires of land, on which they farmed for two years and 
then selling their land, the) moved to Otter Tail county. Minnesota, in the 
year [868, and located in 'Tumuli township, where Nels N. Rovang home- 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 215 

steaded one hundred and sixty acres of land southeast of the town of Dal- 
ton, where he now lives in retirement with a son, who operates the farm. 

On November 29, 1865, Nels N. Rovang was married to Ingeborg 
Johnson Dahlager, who was born in Norway, and who came to America and 
settled in the state of Iowa with her parents, who were farmers. To the 
marriage of Nels N. and Ingeborg Rovang were born the following children: 
Martin, Anna. John, Julia, Christian, Emma and Otto. Mr. Rovang and 
his family are affiliated with the Norwegian Lutheran church, a congregation 
in which they are highly respected and esteemed for their lives and for their 
work- in support of the creeds and policies of this denomination. 

In the public and official life of Tumuli township, Nels N. Rovang is a 
citizen with a long and honorable record as a public servant, he having 
served for eight years as treasurer of Tumuli township, and for some years 
occupied the office of township supervisor, during which time much was done 
for the progress and advancement of the township and the county. Nels N". 
Rovang is among the esteemed citizens of the county. 



CASPER LEIN. 



few men 111 the community life of Oscar township, this county, have 
taken a more active part in the civic affairs of that community than has 
Casper Lein, a well-known and prosperous retired farmer of that section 
of the county, who since 1871 has been a resident of Otter Tail county. 
Successful in hi- Farming ventures, Mr. Lein also has been prominently con- 
nected with other enterprises of a profitable character and is regarded as one 
of the most substantial men in his community. Eor some years he has been 
living a life of retirement from the active duties of the farm, his broad 
acres long ago having been turned over to his sturdy sons and he is now 
"taking life easy." 

Casper Lein was born in the kingdom of Norway on January 7. [842, 
son of Jacob Lein, a fanner and deep-sea fisherman, who came to America 
in hi- latter days and died in Iowa, while on a visit to his son, P>. M. Lein, 
in that -late. Jacob Lein and hi- wife were the parents of seven children, 
namely: John 1'.. who i- living at lb.lt, tbi- state; P.. M.. deceased; Casper, 
the immediate subject of tbi- biographical -ketch: Jonas, who lives in Iowa: 
Mary, who lives in Pipestone comity, this state; Christina, who live- in the 
eastern part of Montana, and Martin, who lives in Burleigh county, North 
Dakota. Jacob Lein and his wife, Maltie, were members of the Lutheran 
church and their children grew up in the strict observance of the tenets of 
that faith. 

Reared and educated in hi- native country, Casper Lein did not .-me 



2IO OTTER TAIL COTNTY. MIXXKSOT.V. 

to America until he was twenty-six years of age. It was in [868 that he 
lam led in Quebec, shortly thereafter entering the United States, proceeding 
to Iowa, where for about two years he remained in Winneshiek county, 
engaged as a farm laborer. At the end of that time he decided to home- 
stead a farm in Minnesota and with that end in view came to Otter Tail 
eount\. the long journey being made by ox-team. Arriving in this county, 
he pre-empted one hundred and sixty-three acres in ( )scar township and pro- 
ceeded to make a home for himself and his wife, he having married in 
Iowa, in [869, Christine Moe, who also was horn in Norway, and who 
through all their years of activity in this county has proved a competent and 
valuable helpmate to him. Prom the ven -tart, Casper Lein prospered and 
as he became financially able added from time to tune to his land holdings 
until at one time he was the owner of four hundred acres of choice land 
surrounding his home. As he retired from the active life of the farm. 
however, he. disposed of a part of this and turned the remainder over to 
his children, who are now managing tin- estate, he making his home with 
his son, Oscar, on the old home place. 

To Casper and Christine (Moe) I. em nine children have been horn, 
Olaf, John. Nicoline, Bernard, Sophia. Carl, Oscar. Matilda and Attin. Mr. 
and Mr>. Lein are active and prominent members of the Lutheran church 

m their neighborh 1, of which Mr. Lein has been the treasurer for the past 

thirty-four years, and their children were brought up to the faithful observ- 
ance of the tenets of that faith. Active in all neighborhood good works. 
Mr. and Mrs. Lein long have been held in the warmest esteem throughout 
that pari of the county and no one thereabout has more friends than have 
they. 

For years Casper Lein has served the public faithfully and well as a 
justice of the peace in Oscar township and since 1S85 has been clerk of the 
school district. From [873 to [906 he served as clerk of the township and 
for thirty-eight years was the township assessor. He was postmaster from 
[900 to [906, at Oscar. During several decades Ik- served the government 
as a collector of census statistics and also assisted several times in taking 
the census of the state of Minnesota. For twelve years he was the secre- 
tary-treasurer of the Oscar Township Farmers Mutual Insurance Associa- 
tion and is still serving as one of the directors of that excellent organization. 
lie also is a stockholder 111 the Carlisle Elevator Company and owns a good- 
sized block of stock 111 the Carlisle Hank as well as in the Scandinavian 
Bank of Fergus Falls. The civic distinctions which have come to Mr. Lein 
during his long and busy life in this county are ample evidences of the 
regard in which he is held generally in the community and his friends very 
properly are proud of the honors which have been bestowed upon him. 



OTTEK TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 2\J 

JOHN SANFRED KALLERMAN. 

Born in Sweden, the scion of a sturdy race of fanners, swindled out of 
the possession of his farm in Sweden, a penniless emigrant to the United 
States, and now a retired farmer living in Wadena, Otter Tail county, Min- 
nesota, ami a man who has the satisfaction id' knowing that his has been a 
successful career m the agricultural life of Otter Tail county and that to him- 
self alone is due the success which he s, . deservedly has won — such, in brief, 
is the life of the person whose name forms the caption of this biographical 
review. 

John Sanfred Kallerman was horn in Skaraborgsland, Sweden, at the 
picturesque village of Skofde, on December 23, 1840, the son of James Olson 
and Cajsallesa Johnson, both natives of Sweden, the former born in 1809 
and the latter in 1813. Both were reared to manhood and womanhood and 
married in Skaraborgsland. Jonas Olson came in possession of the farm 
upon which his ancestors had lived for so many generations and devoted 
himself to general farming. Both he and his helmed wife died on the old 
homestead, the former in 1878 and the latter in [889. To Jonas Olson and 
Cajsallesa Johnson were born four children, as follow: Lorenzo, who 1- .1 
prosperous and successful farmer living on a farm in Sweden; Matilda, who 
married John Larson and lives in Sweden; John Sanfred Kallerman, the sub- 
ject of this sketch; and Franz August, a major in the Swedish army, who 
lives at Stockholm. 

John Sanfred Kallerman was educated in the public schools of Sweden 
and later pursued his secondary education in the high school of his native 
land. Being reared on the farm, he early in life became a farmer and followed 
husbandry for a time. Later, however, he became a grocer in Sodertulge, 
near Stockholm, in the meantime retaining his farm, which bore the name of 
"Bambersfik." Having received an offer to trade his farm for a larger farm 
located in the south of Sweden, he accepted the offer only to find to his loss 
that he had been swindled and could never recover the farm for which In- 
had traded, thereby losing a sum equivalent to ten thousand dollars. Now a 
poor man, he emigrated to America alone and after a perilous trip landed 
with but twenty cents in his possession. 

Mr Kallerman came immediately to Wadena. Minnesota, and worked 
for various railroad companies, boat builders and on neighboring farms. In 
the same fall, on October 12. [886, bis beloved wife and his two sons joined 
him in his new home, and in 1SS7 he homesteaded one hundred and sixty 
acres in section 1 _>. of Bluffton township, Otter Tail county. At the time tins 
land was wild, uncultivated and covered with a heaw brush There were no 
mads or other improvements. After building a log cabin on the same loca 
tion as the present site of the country home, he began to clear the land anil 



2l8 OTTER TAIL COUNTY.; MINNESOTA. 

to put it to cultivation. Later he added new buildings and began to spe- 
cialize in the raising of cattle. Still later he bought one hundred and sixty 
acres adjoining his original tract, eighty acres in section t and forty acres in 
section 12, of Bluffton township. About the year 1912 he sold his farm 
to his two sons, and- for twenty years operated a threshing outfit and saw- 
mill, at the expiration of which time he retired and moved to Wadena, where 
he bought a home and invested in other real estate. 

On November r6, 1875, John Sanfred Kallerman was married to Sophia 
Emily Anderson, a native of Sweden and the daughter of Anders Bengtson 
Carlhon. To this happy union there have been horn two 
'. and Matteas L., who purchased and have operated their 
Bluffton township. Allen F. has been prominent in local 
erved as township clerk. 

John Sanfred Kallerman. as a Democrat, has held man)' local political 
offices, including township supervisor, school director and delegate to the 
>tate convention, and has filled all positions to the entire satisfaction of his 
constituency. His interest in local politics has been a deep one and ever 
directed toward the public welfare. Both he and his beloved wife are devoted 
members of the Lutheran church. To him is tendered the respect and confi- 
dence of a bust of friends and the admiration of the good citizens of Bluffton 
ti iwnship. 

Mr. Kallerman has at various times been a public school official and has 
always been a strong supporter of free public education. He is opposed to 
various systems of private and parochial schools and has expressed the hope 
that all parochial schools may be abolished. 



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O. T. SUTTER. 



One of the well-known fanners of Compton township, this county, was 
(). J. Sutler, a native of Sweden, who died on September [9, 1 <j T 4, at the 
age oi sixty-nine years. The late < ). J. Sutter was married at the tune he 
came to America, in i<XNj. The Sutter family came to this country in com 
pany with the Johnson family, who were also early settlers of < ompton town- 
ship, ( >tter Tail county. After landing in America, the Sutter family moved 
to Wadena. Minnesota, but later settled on the farm where the family now 





In the spring of 1882, after arriving i 


n the state of Minnesota, the late 


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Sutter purchased a homestead right 1 


if eight) acres f r0 m Mels \nder- 


son, 


and. at the time of his death. 111 Sepl 


liiibcr. Mil |. bad about i me hun- 


dred 


acres of land. The farm was all w 


ild land when the Slitters settled 


upon 


it, nearly thirtv-five vears ago, and 


O. J. Sutter made most of the 



improvement on the farm. 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 2IO, 

Of the six children born to O. J. Sutter and wife, two are married, 
Anna and John. The other children are Matilda, Olaf, Mea and Charles. 

O. J. Sutter was one of the. organizers of the Swedish Lutheran church, 
of Compton township, and, for many years, was one of the deacons in the 
church. He was also a Sunday school teacher and superintendent of the 
Sunday school. Mr. Sutter was not interested in politics, but devoted prac- 
tically all of his time and energy to his family, his home, his church and his 
farm. 

Olaf Sutter was educated in the common schools of Compton township 
and also at Northwestern College, at Fergus Falls, Minnesota, which he 
attended after finishing the common school course. 

Upon completing a two-years' course at Northwestern College, Mr. 
Sutter returned to the farm and has lived there ever since. Olaf Sutter is 
now the town clerk and is an ardent Republican in politics. He belongs to 
the Lutheran church. 



OLOF PARY. 



Perhaps no citizen of New York Mills, or of Otter Tail county, has 
served his community more unselfishly, or to greater or to more permanent 
and practical good, than has Olof I'arv. pioneer business man. philanthropist 
and honored man of New York Mills. Public spirited, benevolent and tenac- 
ious in his determination that Otter Tail county should have those things 
without which it could not reach its present state of prosperity, and ever 
ready to make personal sacrifice for the realization of his patriotic ambitions 
in the interests of his locality, he is today one of the most esteemed citizens 
in the county. 

Olof I'arv was born in the northern part of Finland, very near to Lap- 
land, on July 7, 1852, the sun of Olof and Annie Margaret ( Halvor) Pary, 
who were born at that place, the father on October 21, 181 4. and the mother 
on November 25, 1S22. Olof Pary, Sr., was a farmer of his native land, 
working on his own land, until the year 1871, when witli his wife and five 
children, he came to America and went to the town of Michigammi, Michi- 
gan, where lie was employed generally for some years, and then, in the year 
1NN7. be came to (liter Tail county, Minnesota, where bis son. Olof, who 
bad preceded, was living. \t this place Olof Pary, Sr., lived in retirement 
until be died, on January 30, 1904, bis wife, Annie, surviving him until her 
death, on January 1 (., [910. Olof and \nnie Pary were the parents of the 
Following children: Abraham, a fanner of Otter Tail county, who is 
deceased: Olof, the subject of this sketch; Henry, a farmer of Newton town- 
ship; Lizzie, who married Theodore Anderson ami lives in Newton town- 



220 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

ship; and Mary, who married Isaac Peterson, who died, and who later mar- 
ried John Majava, and they live in Newton township. 

Olof Pary was educated in the public schools of Finland and in the 
public schools of Michigammi, .Michigan, after which he worked for seven 
years on railroads of the state of Michigan and in Canada, and then, during 
the year 1881. he came to Otter Tail county. Minnesota, arriving on July 14, 
and shortly following which he established a store at a small unsurveyed 
settlement, which later became the present town of New York Mills. At the 
time of his settlement at New York Mills, Olof Pary found but two .-lores 
being conducted, one known as the Winslow store and the other known as 
the Blowers store, both of which are places of history now. 

After fourteen years as a merchant Olof Pary invested in the stock of 
a flour-mill at Washburn, North Dakota, a concern with which he was identi- 
fied for about three years. In [898 he sold his interests and joined the gold 
seekers of Alaska, in which country he remained for three years, during 
which time he conducted a general store and at the same time worked on 
claims, after which he returned to New York Mills, where he lived for a 
time, lie then went to the state of Washington, where for about five years 
he was a prospector for gold and copper, and then, in the year 1908, Olof 
Pary again became a merchant of Xew York Mills, a business which he fol- 
lowed for some time and then he purchased the Farmers' Mercantile Asso- 
ciation, which he conducted until selling to (diaries A. Matala. when he 
retired from active business life. 

During the year [874 Olof Pary was married to Sarah Bippo, who 
was born in Finland, the daughter of John Bippo and wife. Sarah ( Bippo) 
Pary died in the year 1004. she being the mother of one child, John, who 
grew to maturity, and is now a business man in Duluth, Minnesota. Olof 
Pary was married, secondly, during the year [908, to Sarah 1'. Warner, the 
daughter of S. J. Warner and wife, who were early settlers in the state of 
Ohio, but who later moved to Springfield, Illinois, where they lived the 
remainder of their lives. Mr. and Mrs. Warner were the parents of eight 
children, as follow: Joseph P., Mrs. M. T. Swinney, Charles K.. Mrs. 
Annie Belle Killins, William Woodrow, Mrs. Sarah Pary, John S. and 
[•rank S. 

Olof Pary has been known throughout the history of Xew York Mills 
and vicinity as .me of the men interested in the developmenl of the general 
interests of the community, and of these interests the one closest to the heart 
of this public-spirited citizen has been the matter of good roads for the town- 
ship and for the county. During the pioneer days of Otter Tail county when 
(Hot Pan settled in the district be. with Clinton Fiske. August Sit/ and 
A. S. Rlowers, were the township board which not only assisted in the laving 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 221 

Out of public highways, but helped in the labor of the project, and gave of 
their money that ( Hter Tail count)' might he better opened to settlement and 
to intercourse with the outside world. Olof I'ary has served his township 
long and well as a member of the township board, and with the spirit oi the 
true patriot has steadily refused to accept remuneration for his services, pre- 
ferring to give of his efforts and of his judgment and experience in order 
that the community, of which he is the oldest living settler, may be a better 
place for posterit) . 

Olof I'ary is a man of important and conspicuous affiliations, not only 
in the Republican party, of which he is a supporter and which he has repre- 
sented in convention, both county and state, but in the local offices of 
president of the school board and as a member of the town council, offices to 
which he has l>een elected almost without opposition, and without seeking, 
and in fraternal circles. Olof Par)- is prominently associated as a Mason, an 
organization in which, during his twenty-one years as a member, he has 
received the degrees of the blue lodge No. [59, at Perham, and the Scottish 
Rite, as well as the Shriner honors, at Minneapolis. 

Olof I'ary is a supporter of all the churches of New York Mills, he 
taking interest in their affairs and their activities and lending his support. 
both moral and financial, to their work. 

The life of Olof I'ary has been long and good, of great service to his 
community, and one which will make an important part of the history of life 
and events in Otter Tail county. 



DANIEL ANDERSON. 



Born in Sweden. March 31, [854, Daniel Anderson, a prosperous farmer 
of Compton township, is the son of A. I ). Sutter and Christina Nelson, who 
were natives of Sweden. Mr. Anderson's paternal grandfather was also 
Daniel Anderson by name, who died in Sweden, where be was a farmer 1>\ 
occupation and where he owned a large tract of land, lie was a member of 
the Lutheran church. 

Mr. Anderson's father, V D. Sutter, was a farmer 111 the old country, 
and, after coming to America, lived retired. lie came to this countn in 
1883 and lived with his son. Daniel Anderson, until Ins death, m November, 
[905, His wife died in April, mu. They were members of the Lutheran 
church and reared a family of three children, of whom Daniel, the subject of 
this sketch, was the eldest. The other children were Margaret and Christine, 

Educated in the public school-, of the old country, Daniel Anderson came 
to America i" f88l and, after landing at Philadelphia, came direct to Minne- 
sota. Two years later he purchased land in Compton township, this county 



222 OTTEK TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

Mr. Anderson began his career as a tanner in Compton township with eighty 
acres in section 21, which Ik- subsequently increased to two hundred acres. 
but -dine of it lias been divided among his suns, lie gave eighty acres of 
his farm to his son. A. 1). Anderson, and eighty acre- to his sun. W. 1'. 
Anderson. 

On March jo. [880, Daniel Anderson was married to Christine Xor- 
den, a native of Sweden, and to them have been horn seven children, Andrew. 
John, William, Benjamin (deceased), Ella, Manna and Amanda. 

Air. and Airs. Daniel Anderson are members of the Mission church. 
Air. Anderson has served as supervisor of Compton township fur six years, 
but is no longer serving in this office. He also served as school treasurer for 
one term in Compton township. Daniel Anderson is a prosperous farmer, a 
useful citizen and is popular among all of the people in the community where 
he resides and bv whom he is well known. 



JOHN" NORDIN. 



Born in Sweden on April 25, [853, John Nordin, a well-to-do fanner 
of ( '. mptoii township, owns one hundred and sixty acres of land, of which 
his father at one time owned a part. 

Air. Xordin is a son of John Johnson and Carin Matson and the grand- 
son of John Johnson, Sr., a farmer by occupation, who owned land in his 
native country of Sweden. The paternal grandfather was a devout member 
of the 1 .utheran church. 

In 1883 Air. and Airs. John Johnson, the parents of John Xordin. sold 
their farm in Sweden and came to America, locating in Otter Tail county, 
Minnesota, where Air. Nordin's father purchased land in section 21. of 
Compton township, lie gradually added to his original purchase until he 
was the owner of one hundred and twenty acres at the time of his death. 
Mis first purchase of land in this county consisted of one hundred and forty 
acres, and thi- is a part of the farm upon which his son, John Nordin, now 
lives. Mr. Nordin's father had received military training in bis native land, 
and was a faithful and devout member of the Lutheran church, His death 
occurred in December, lN'j.v his wife having passed away previously, in 
March. [890. They were the parents of four children, of whom, John, the 
immediate subject of this review, is the eldest. Mat-, the next youngest 
burn, died at the age of fifteen years, while the other two living children are 
t 'hri-tcna and Margaret. 

|ohn Xonbn received a liberal education in the public schools of Sweden 
and was a teacher in the graded schools of that country for nine years. 
Upon coming to America with his parents, he settled with them on the farm 
w here he i- now living. 



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Un -March 25, 1880, John Nordiii was married lu Margaret Anderson, 
who is also a native of Sweden, and to this union have been born rive chil- 
dren, Axel, lj.mil, Robert, Anna and Freda, all of whom are living at home 
with then paients, with the exception of Axel, who is engaged in the cement 
business at Wadena. 

In 1907 Air. Nordin built a splendid new barn, thirty-rive by fifty feel, 
and 111 1914 he constructed a large concrete silo. The house in which the 
family lives was rebuilt in 1914, and all of the buildings and equipment 
about the farm are modern and up-to-date. .Mr. Xordin is a dairy farmer 
and keeps always twelve cows or more. 

The Xordin family are members of the -Mission church, in which they 
lake an active and interested part. 



JOHN NORGREN. 



Conspicuous among American citizens from Sweden is found the name 
of John Xorgren, who keeps well in line with American progress, and is per- 
forming his part in the business affairs of the agricultural district of Fergus 
Falls, Minnesota, where he has won for himself a name representing industry 
and energy, and where he has become a potent factor along agricultural lines. 

John Xorgren. farmer, Fergus halls, Elizabeth township, was born on 
February 8, 1845, m Sweden, and is a son of Magnus Johnson, the name of 
Xorgren being an adopted one, and was taken from the name of a farm in 
Sweden. He received his education in the public schools of Sweden, and 
came to America when he was twenty-one years of age. landing at Xew York 
in 1866, coming first to Minnesota, after which he went to Wisconsin, where 
he was engaged in the lumber business for three years, at the end of which 
time he entered the employ of the Northern Pacific railroad at St. Louis, 
Minnesota. After discontinuing this work, .Mr. Xorgren followed his track- 
Mi" stone mason for three years; coming to Otter Tail county in April, 1N71. 
where he established a homestead of one hundred and sixty acres, and where 
he still resides, lie has continued to add to his property until he now owns 

two hundred and nine acres of g 1 agricultural land, one hundred and sixty 

acres in section 14 and Forty-nine acres in section 4. lie divides his time 
and attention between general farming and stock raising of all kinds, lie has 
put all tin- improvements on the place, including ;; I buildings of a charac- 
ter to correspond with the general surroundings, giving an appearance of 
care and prosperity to his farm, which is located two miles from the town of 
Elizabeth. 

Mr. Morgren is a Republican, while his religious sympathies arc with 
the Lutheran church, which he built, and for which he hauled the lumber 



224 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

with an ox team, tie is an active worker in the church, of which he has been 
the leader for the past fifteen years, lie has also been supervisor of the 
town board for fifteen years, and occupied the office of road supervisor for a 
number of years. 

Magnus Johnson, father of .Mr. Norgren, was a native of Sweden, 
where he and his wife. Marta (Christina) Johnson, lived and died. They 
were farmers, and owned a tine tract of land, consisting of two hundred and 
eighty acres. They were members of the Lutheran church, of which Mr. 
Johnson was a leader, lie was a well-informed man. who always kept abreast 
with the times in his community. This marriage was blest with eight chil- 
dren: John, Anna, Christina. Andrew, John, Eva, Sarah (deceased) and 
< itista. Of these children. Andrew. John and Christina were the only ones 
who came to America. 

|ohn Norgren was united in marriage on June 7, 1^74. with Ellen neck- 
man, daughter of John Beckman. She was born in Sweden, and was twelve 
years old when she came with her parents to America. This union has been 
blest with the following children : Clif, Amanda, Anna. William. Ida. Rosie. 
\lfred. Elf, and two who died in infancy. Charles, \ndrew . Amanda and 
Anna l>eing the only married ones. 

John Beckman, father of Mrs. John Norgren, was horn in Sweden, and 
on his arrival in America located in Otter Tail countv, Minnesota. 



1' \CI. \. STORTROEN. 

Paul A. Stortroen. treasurer of Otter Tad county for the past sixteen 
years, and a well-known and highly respected citizen of this comity, is a 
native of Martel township, Pierce county, Wisconsin, where his birth 
occurred on ( >ctober 22, [864. 

Mr Stortroen is ,1 son of \nders J. and Sigri (Bjerkeng) Stortroen, 
the former of whom was born at Tonset, Osterdalen, Norway, and who 
came to America about 1848, in company with his brother. Anders J. 
Stortroen located in Pierce county, Wisconsin, where he lived until iN,X_v in 
winch year he came to Otter Tail county and purchased land in the Aastad 
neighborhood, where he farmed until [902, when he retired and moved to 
Fergus Falls, where he spent the remainder (if hi- life and where Mr. Stort- 
roen's mother 1- still living. 

Paul A. Stortroen was educated in the schools -1 Fergus halls, and 
after his graduation from the high school was engaged for five vears as a 
teacher in this county. He made a most commendable record as an instructor 
and was popular with school officials and with the patrons and pupils of the 
various communities in which he taught. At the end of five vears of this 



UTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 22$ 

valuable form of public service, Mr. Stortroen was appointed as a clerk in 
the office of the register of deeds at Fergus Falls, which position he held 
tor four years. Afterwards he was appointed deputy auditor of Otter Tail 
county, and served as clerk in the auditor's office for a period of eight years, 
lie then spent a year on the farm, but in 1899 was again called to official 
life, having been elected treasurer of the county, a position which he now 
In ilds. For a quarter of a century Mr. Stortroen has been prominent in 
the political life of Otter Tail county, and is today well known among all 
classes of people. 

By lii s marriage to Martha Tuve, a native of Wisconsin, Mr. Stort- 
roen has had two children, Arthur and Noble, both of whom are living at 
home with their parents. The family are earnest and devoted members 
of the Evangelical Lutheran church, and are prominent workers in that 
denomination, being regular attendants at the services and liberal con- 
trihutors to the support of the church. 

AUGUST SCHMIDT. 

August Schmidt, retired fanner of New York Mills, Otter Tail count} - , 
Minnesota, was horn in Germany, December 21, 1858, the son of Henry and 
Sophia (Broemme) Schmidt, both of whom were natives of Germany. In 
[872 Henry Schmidt came to America and located in Sibley county, Minne- 
sota, where he lived for one year and then went to Redwood county, where 
he homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres of land, on which he lived for 
some time, after which he disposed of his land and went to Lamberton, 
where he died in the year [913, his widow, Sophia, surviving him until 1914. 
Henry and Sophia Schmidt were the parents of eight children, August, Fred, 
Dora. Frank, .Minnie. Pauline, Alvine and Emma. 

August Schmidt came to America, with his parents, when fourteen years 
of age. and after his school days he came to New York Mills, near where he 
bought a farm of four hundred acres, located in Homestead township, a 
place which he improved extensivelj and where he lived until the vear [914, 
when he retired from active life and moved to the town of New York Mills. 
Mr. Schmidt has a good and convenient home in New York Mill-, where he 
now lives a quiet life. 

During tin- year [88] Augusl Schmidt was married to Dora Hoche, 
who was horn in Germany, where her parents lived their entire life I- the 
marriage of August and Dora Schmidt were bom the following children. 
Herman. Frank. Louise. Hulda, \tnanda. Walter, Fredonia and YValdemer. 

August Schmidt has been prominently connected with the official life of 
hi< community, having served as supervisor of Homestead township for 



226 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

twelve years and for a number of years was chairman of the board of super- 
visors. The part taken by Mr. Schmidt has done much to make the com- 
munity better and more progressive among the townships of the county. 



PETER BTORKLUND. 



Peter Bjorklund, a prominent farmer of Henning township, this count), 
was born in Sweden on January 13, 1 S 5 5 . As the distance to school was too 
far he was educated by his mother at home. Mr. Bjorklund had read the 
Bible through several times before he came to America, in 1867, together 
with his parents. He settled in Otter Tail county, Minnesota, in 187 1, and, 
for a time, attended the public schools of this county. 

Mr. Bjorklund took a homestead of one hundred and sixty acres in 
Henning township, where he now lives. He has added to this land from 
year to year until he now owns six hundred and eighty acres, besides eighty 
acres which he gave to his son, Oscar. After the latter had received eighty 
acres from his father, he purchased eighty acres and erected good buildings 
upon the farm. Oscar Bjorklund installed the first milking machine in Hen- 
ning township. Mr. Bjorklund's farm consists of five hundred and sixty 
acres in his home farm and one hundred and twenty acres in another farm 
in Henning township. He is a general farmer and stockman and a well- 
known breeder of Holstein cattle. 

On December 26, 1880, Peter Bjorklund was married to Alary Larson, 
who was born in Norway in [862, and who is the daughter of Herbrant 
and Borghild Larson. They moved to Dodge county in 1869 and later to 
Eagle Lake township. Otter Tail county, where Mrs. Bjorklund's father died. 
Her mother died near Thief River Falls, Minnesota. Mr. and Mrs. Bjork- 
lund have been the parents of eleven children, of whom two, Ida and Rich- 
ard, are deceased. The living children are Oscar, Clara, Hulda and \nna 
(twins), Herbert, Otto, Robert, Edgar and Edith. 

Mr. Bjorklund is one of the wealthiesl farmers of Henning township. 
He has served as a member of the school board for thirty-five war--. The 
homestead where he lives was pre-empted in 1X70 and two years later he 
got married and moved onto the farm, lie has been a member of the town- 
ship board for main years, serving as treasurer, supervisor and chairman 
of the board and president of the borne telephone line. The Bjorklund- are 
members of the Swedish Baptist church at Henning and are very active in 
religious work. 

Mr. Bjorklund's brother. August, who lives in Henning township, is also 
a prominent farmer. He was born in Sweden on July 8, 1862, and was four 
years old when the familv came to America, lie was reared in Eagle Lake 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 227 

township and attended the public schools. He bought the old homestead of 
one hundred and sixty acres and added eighty acres to the farm. In 19 12 
he sold the farm and moved to Henning township, where he purchased two 
hundred and forty acres in section 1. Mr. and Mrs. August Bjorklund are 
members of the Swedish Baptist church at Henning. While a resident of 
Eagle Lake, August Bjorklund served on the school board and, for thirteen 
years, was township clerk. He also served twelve years as justice of the 
peace and twenty-five years as assessor. For two years he was postmaster 
of his home town. 

On December 31, 1891, August Bjorklund was married to Anna Smith, 
the daughter of Olof and Mary Smith, of Fergus Falls, Minnesota. To 
them have been born five children, Erwin, Roy, Earl, Reuben and Gladys, all 
of whom are living except Earl, who is deceased. 

Both Peter and August Bjorklund are enterprising farmers, well known 
and popular citizens. They have done much in behalf of the material devel- 
opment of Eagle Lake and of Henning townships and both enjoy the confi- 
dences of a host of friends in Otter Tail county. 



H. H. STONE. 



H. H. Stone has been a resident of Otter Tail county since 1900, com- 
ing here when he was sixteen years old. After attending the high school at 
Fnlda and the St. Cloud Normal, he taught school for five years in this 
county and at the same time worked on the farm. Tn 191 1 he discontinued 
teaching and since that time has given his entire attention to the cultivation 
of the soil. The year previous to that he had purchased over eighty acres 
and now owns the southeast quarter of section 2, in Elmo township. He 
engages in general farming and is a breeder of Galloway cattle and Duroc- 
Jersey hogs, having ten of the former and of the latter one hundred. 

On October 30. if)io. H. H. Stone was married to Ethel L. Sparks, ai 
Minneapolis. His wife is a native of Miller. South Dakota, but has lived in 
this county since [902, and is a daughter of M. M. Sparks, at present a resi- 
dent of Parkers Prairie, where lie is engaged in the garage business. H. FT. 
Stone ami wife have two children, Martha Kate, born on October s. i<)ii. 
and Sylvia Beth, born on December 17. 1012. Tn 1914 Mr. Stone erected a 
line new barn, sixty-two by thirty-two feet, having a hip roof and concrete 
foundation. 

Mr. Stone is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, of the 
Royal Neighbors, and the Modern Brotherhood of America, lie was census 
taker in the year toio and since that time has been assessor, lie was. from 
the organization of district No. 275, clerk, his period of office extending 



OTTEK TAIL COt'NTY, MINNESOTA. 



from 1907 to the present time. .Mr. Stone is secretary of the Almora Co- 
operative Creamery. In politics, he is an independent voter. Mr. Stone's 
useful life is a striking example of what energy and perseverance will do, 
and it is gratifying that now he is able to enjoy the results of his skill. 



HANS C. HANSON. 



Prom the roll of public-spirited citizens, whose unselfish interests have 
done great things for the development of the county and for their more 
immediate vicinities, the name of Hans C. Hanson, of New York Mills, 
Minnesota, stands out conspicuously as one who, perhaps has done greater 
service for the public improvement of his home town and for the promotion 
of the business activities of bis locality than any other of these desirable and 
valued citizens. A man of varied experience in life, one with broad knowl- 
edge of the activities of the business world, and a citizen who as a promoter 
and as an organizer has proved himself as one of unusual ability, this review 
of Otter Tail county would not be complete without reference to the work 
and achievements of this worthy citizen. 

Hans C. Hanson was born in Denmark on the island of Fynn, on April 
1, 1859, the son of Rasmus and Alary Hanson, who were likewise natives of 
Denmark. Rasmus Hanson is well known in his community for his record 
as a soldier in the war with Germany, when he received a medal for an act 
of bravery in cutting chains which were blockading the war area to the ships 
of his country. In private life, Rasmus Hanson was a farmer and land 
owner of Denmark, and both he and his wife were members of the Lutheran 
church. To the marriage of Rasmus and Alary Hanson were horn three 
children: Hans, the subject of this sketch; Mary, who married Andrew 
Hanson, and lives at Orlando, Louisiana, and Anne, who is married and lives 
mi the island of Langeland. in Denmark. 

Hans ('. Hanson was educated in the public schools of his native land. 
where he attended classes until fifteen years of age and then he engaged in 
general farming, until the year 1880. when, being twenty-one years of age, 
he sailed for \111crica and landed at Xew York City, on his birthday, and 
immediately Following he went to Rochester. Minnesota, where he worked 
on a farm for one summer and then took up work for an elevator company, 
at the same time attending night school under the direction of a friend, who 
is now a resident of Fergus Falls, Minnesota. \fter two years Hans C. 
I [anson engaged in work at the Rochester Iron Works, where he was employed 
for five years, and then resigned to accepl a place on the police Force "t 
Rochester, under Chief of Police Capp. In the year r88q Mr. Hanson came 
to Otter Tail county, Minnesota, and boughl fortv acres of land in section 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 229 

II, of Homestead township, land which was unbroken railroad territory. 
Hans C. Hanson proceeded to clear and to improve this land, and from 
time to time increased his holdings by the purchase of additional land until 
he owned two hundred and forty acres. On this place Hans C. Hanson lived 
until a decade ago, at the time of leaving he having one of the best improved 
and most completely equipped farms of the community. 

During his residence on his farm, Hans C. Hanson, for two years, was 
driver of the United States mail on the star route, after which he moved 
to the town of New York Mills and rented an old hotel, which he managed in 
connection with his duties as a mail carrier, until one Easter morning when 
the hotel burned. Mr. Hanson then rented a nearby house, where he con- 
tinued in the hotel business, and in 1906 he erected a new hotel building 
which was known as "The Merchant's Hotel,'' a building which was equipped 
with twenty rooms, all of which were supplied with hot and cold running 
water and steam heat. Hans C. Hanson conducted this hotel until the vear 
[913, when he retired from this business for two years and then, during 
T915, he returned to the management of his former place of business. 

At the time of the double tracking of the Northern Pacific railway 
through the locality, Hans C. Hanson was given charge of a special company 
of men employed at construction work and for one season followed this 
work and then during the next year he went to the state of Montana, where 
he was engaged in the work of laying the steel rails between the towns of 
Armington and of Billings, after which Mr. Hanson returned to New York 
Mills, being called home on account of illness in his family. At this time 
Hans C. Hanson became a grain buyer for the Andrews Grain Company, a 
position in which he is now engaged. 

Hans C. Hanson has taken an important part in the public life and in 
the public affairs of New York Mills. For six years Mr. Hanson served on 
the town council and during that time it was largely clue to his personal 
efforts that the streets of the town were graded, that cement sidewalks were 
built, and that the central park of the town was arranged for and largely 
completed — this without cost to the community — the funds being collected l>\ 
public subscription and by donation. Hans C. Hanson was the organizer of 
the local Commercial Club, an organization of thirty-six- members, of which 
Mr. Hanson is now serving as president. During the year 1914 Hans C 
Hanson was an active candidate for a seat in the state Legislature, but was 
defeated at the election. 

Hans C. Hanson was married on September 0. t88i. to Charlotte Carl- 
son, who was born at Stockholm, Sweden, the daughter of Carl Carlson and 
wife, who were natives of Sweden, and of whom the father came to \merica, 
his daughter, Charlotte, coming to join her father during the vear 1880. 



23O OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

To the marriage of Hans and Charlotte Hanson were born the follow- 
ing children: Carl Oscar, who is a railroad man of Duluth, Minnesota; 
Adla, who married William Ash and later died of tuberculosis; Alma, who 
married Seblon Olson and lives at New York Mills; Abby, who is manager 
and grain buyer for the Farmers' Elevator Company, of Vining, Minnesota; 
Arthur, who is a chauffeur for the Fiske livery at New York Mills; Justus, a 
student of the Wadena Business College; Clara, who married Marshall Lloyd, 
an electrician of Verndale, Minnesota; and Laura, who lives at home. Fol- 
lowing the death of his daughter, Adla, Hans C. Hanson adopted his grand- 
daughter, Lura Ash, who now lives with Mr. Hanson as one of the family. 

Hans C. Hanson is prominently and broadly affiliated with several fra- 
ternal organizations of the community, he being a member of the Independ- 
ent Order of Odd Fellows since twenty-two years of age, a lodge in which 
he has served as vice-grand at Rochester. Mr. Hanson is also a Mason of 
Perham Lodge No. 159, as well as of the chapter at Wadena. Hans C. Han- 
son is a member of the Modern Brotherhood of America, and in church 
affiliation he is a member of the Congregational church, in which congrega- 
tion he serves as treasurer. In politics he is a Republican. 



FELIX NYLUND. 



Felix Nylund, a native of Finland, who succeeded his father in the pub- 
lication of the Uusi Kotimaa at the latter's death, in 1892, is a well-known 
citizen of New York Mills and Otter Tail county, Minnesota. 

Mr. Nylund was born on January 4, 1873, in Finland, and is 'the son of 
August and Sophia Nylund, both of whom were natives of Finland, the 
former born in 1835 and the latter in 1845. They were married in Finland 
and in 1878 he came to America and settled at Calumet. Michigan. Three 
years later the family came, and they moved to Minneapolis. Minnesota, and 
in July. 1884, to New York Mills, Otter Tail county, Minnesota. August 
Nylund had established the Uusi Kotimaa in [882, at Minneapolis, and in 
1884 moved tin- business to New York Mills, where the publication of the 
paper has since been continued. August Nylund died on December 12. [892, 
but his widow is still living, and re-ides at New York Mills. Felix Nylund, 
the subject of this sketch, in partnership with his brother, August Ferdinand, 
continued the publication of the paper alone, under the firm name of Nylund 
Brothers. August Ferdinand Nylund was born in Finland in March, 1868. 
The Uusi Kotimaa has :t circulation of approximately six thousand live hun- 
dred. It is a financial success and is ably conducted by its presenl owner 
and proprietor. 

August and Sophia Nylund were the parents of nine children, of whom 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. J^ I 

four, Felix, Lydia, Hilma Sophia and Olga, are now living. Felix Nylund 
attended public school in Finland, at Calumet, Michigan, and Minneapolis, 
Minnesota. He came to New York Mills, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, 
with Ins parents and took up the publishing business in 1892. He has been 
connected with the business ever since. For three years Mr. Nylund has 
been a member of the New York Mills council. He has been a member of 
the school board for nine years and was clerk of the board for rive years. 
Mr. Nylund has forty acres of land inside the village of New York Mills. 
He owns real estate and the building in which his business is housed. Besides 
this he owns residence property in New York Mills. He is an enterprising 
business man and well deserves the success which has attended his efforts 
since his father's and his brother's deaths. Mr. Nylund is a thorough-going 
American, thoroughly in sympathy with the institutions and traditions, and 
loyal to the country of his adoption. 



JENS NELSON. 

Jens Nelson, a prosperous farmer of Tordenskjold township, Otter Tail 
county, Minnesota, is a native of Sjalland, Denmark, where his birth occurred 
on January 2Q, 1870. Mr. Nelson is a son of Nels and Sophia (Nelson) 
Jensen. 

Nels Jensen and wife were born, reared and spent all their lives in Den- 
mark. The former was a laborer and a soldier in the War of 1863-64 against 
Germany. He is still living at the advanced age of eighty-two years and is 
in good health. His wife died about 1907. Nels Jensen and wife were the 
parents of twelve children, ten of whom were daughters and two sons. Nine 
of these children remained in Denmark. One daughter, Helena, came to 
America, and after arriving in this country, was married to N. P. Gloier, 
and they are residents of Brooklyn, New York. 

Jens Nelson was educated in the common schools of Denmark, and when 
he was twenty-one years of age came to America, settling in Tordenskjold 
township, where lie worked for the farmers of the neighborhood for about 
two vears. Afterward Mr. Nelson purchased one hundred and sixty acres 
of land in section 10. and has lived here ever since. The farm was originally 
wild land, and had only a small log house on it in the way of improvements. 
Only about twenty-two acres of the farm had been cleared, but at the present 
time there is a tine house and a magnificent bank barn with a concrete foun- 
dation em the farm. There is also a concrete chicken house, and all of the 
outbuildings are substantial and convenient for modern farming. The house 
was erected in 1001 and the barn in tqoq. There is a beautiful avenue of 
oaks leading from the road to the house, and Mr. Nelson has also set out 



232 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

evergreens and box-elders, adding much to the beauty and attractiveness of 
tlie place. He has an orchard of fifty apple trees, and is engaged in mixed 
farming, 111 which he has met with a very commendable degree of success. 
On August 9, 1892, Jens Nelson was married to Johanna Christina 
Christensen, a bister of H. C. Christensen and C. H. Christensen, mentioned 
elsewhere in this volume. Mr. and Airs. Nelson are the parents of five chil- 
dren. Marie, George, Christine, Lauritz and Herbert. 

Both Air. and Airs. Nelson and family are members of the Free Luth- 
eran church, in which they take an active and interested part. Mr. Nelson 
is independent in politics. He is an enterprising farmer, a good neighbor 
and a good citizen, and enjoys the confidence of many friends and acquaint- 
ances. 



LEANDER HOLAIES. 



Of those men who from foreign counties have come to this country, and 
in the laud of their adoption have proved thorough successes regardless of 
the handicap of life in a strange nation, the name of Leander Holmes, a native 
of Finland, is one which stands as an example of the result of industry and 
determination, used with tact and with foresight, in the development of busi- 
ness and industrial life. 

Leander Holmes was born in Finland on November 20, [852, the son of 
Charles and Elizabeth Holmes, who likewise were born in Finland, and lived 
in that country during their entire life, where the father was engaged a- a 
farmer. Charles and Elizabeth Holmes were the parents of (he following 
children: Anna Brita, who married Leander Mattson and lives at Duluth, 
Alinnesota; Charles, who lives in Finland, and Leadner, the subject of this 
sketch. 

Leander Holmes was educated in the schools of Finland, and was con- 
firmed in the Lutheran church of that country, after which he learned the 
carpenter's trade and followed that business as a skilled and expert workman 
for some years, both in his immediate locality and at the city of Petrograd 
1 Si Petersburg), Russia. In the year [882 he came to America and was 
employed as a workman in the lumber camps of the state of Michigan for 
some years, and then he went to the state of California, where he followed 
the same business, later going to Park City, Utah, and engaging as a worker 
111 the silver and lead mines of that locality, work in which he continued for 
three years. In the year c8Q2 Leander Holmes came to the state of Minnesota 
and located in Otter Tail county, where he bought eighty acres of land in 
section (», of Newton township. Being covered with brush and timber, Lean- 
der Holmes proceeded t>> clear his land and to replace the unsatisfactory 



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buildings with new structures, together with the adding of land to his hold- 
ings until he nov\ has one hundred and twenty acres of land, all well 
improved and in a good state of cultivation. 

During the year 1S77 Leander Holmes was married to Gemina Coopar, 
who was born in Finland, the daughter of Herman Coopar and wife, of that 
country. To the marriage of Leander and Gemina Holmes were born the fol- 
lowing children: Ina .Maria, who married Edward Deschaine and lives at 
.Menominee. Michigan; Gusta Leander, who died at Petrograd, when an 
infant; Axel Ananias, who died in infancy; John Adolph, an employe of the 
Dower Lumber Company, at New York Mills, Minnesota; Lydia Wilhel- 
mina, who married Arthur Haglund and lives at Hibbing, Minnesota; Hilma 
Sophia, who lives at home; Fannie Josephine, who died during the year 
1910, being seventeen years of age; and Frank William and Winnie Esther, 
who live at home. 

Leander Holmes is one of the men of Otter Tail county and of Newton 
township who has done much for the progress of the community, being- 
willing at all times to give of his time and effort for the promotion of public 
and general interests. Unselfish and ambitious for the welfare of the locality 
he ha- proved to lie a worth}' addition to the citizenship of the county. 



CHALKLEY M. BUTTON. 

Among the strong and influential citizens of Otter Tail county, the 
review of whose lives is an important part of this book, is Chalkley M. But- 
ton, who a> a man of keen perception, tireless energy and honesty of purpose. 
together with the use of intelligence, has exerted a beneficial influence in the 
community of his residence, as well as having contributed largely to the sup- 
port of the moral and material advancement of the county. 

Chalkley M. Button was born in Hardin county. Iowa, on September 
30, [860, the son of Hiram and Fannie (Bolden) Button, the father being 
born 111 Chautauqua count). Ww York, on February u, [833, and the 
mother being born near the city of Indianapolis, Indiana, on October jo. 
[843. Hiram Button was the son of Mbert and Mary (Collins) Button, 
his mother being a Quakeress and his father a well-known citizen of New 
England, in which part .if the country they were married and afterward 
moved to Chautauqua county, New York, where they lived for some time 
and then later went, about the year 1S55, to Hardin county, Iowa, where 
he followed his profession and his trades as a lawyer, merchant and as a 
shoemaker. Hiram Button, father of the subject of this sketch, was one of 
ten children, of whom two are living. 

Fannie Boldon was the daughter of \.sher and Emeline I Pitman) Bol- 



2^4 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

don, who were natives of the state of Indiana, where they lived until going 
to the state of Iowa, where Asher Boldon followed his vocation as a farmer 
during the remainder of his days. Fannie Button was one of ten children, 
rive ot whom the now living. 

Hiram and Fannie Button each came to the state of Iowa with then- 
parents and there met and married, and then Hiram Button engaged as a 
general farmer tor some years, after which he came to the state of Minnesota 
and located in Utter Tail county, where he homesteaded a farm of eighty 
acres of land in section jo, of Newton township, land which he cleared and 
where he established a home, where he lived until his death, in the year 1902. 
Fannie Button, the wife of Hiram Button, survives her husband, she being 
seventy-two years of age. Hiram Button, though a man of quiet and retiring- 
disposition, was faithful to his duty as a citizen and served his community 
in the offices of assessor, school director and supervisor, as well as being one 
of the men who organized the Farmers' Alliance, a strong and beneficial 
organization. 

Hiram and Fannie Button were the parents of the following children: 
Chalkey M., the subject of this sketch; Florence, who died in infancy; Byron 
A., who lives at Williston, North Dakota; Asher ].. who conducts a business 
college at Moorhead, Minnesota; Jessie M., who married Ole Tranby and 
lives at Malta, Montana: Oscar, who is a school teacher of Bellingham, 
Washington: Aivin, who is a school teacher of Aldrich, Minnesota; I.usia. 
who married Clarence Rowdon and lives at Malta, Montana: Mabel, who 
married David Henry and lives at Malta. Montana: Myrtle Edna, who died 
at the age of seven years; and Fannie Luella, who died at the age of three 
years. 

Chalkley M. Button was educated in the common schools of Hardin 
county, Iowa, and in the schools of Otter Tail count)'-, Minnesota, after 
which lie taught school for some time and then settled in Otter Tail county, 
Minnesota, where he homesteaded eighty acres of land, across the road from 
the land that was owned by his father, Hiram Button. Being uncleared land, 
Chalklej M. Button sel oul to prepare In- land lor cultivation, clearing the 
soil of brush and timber and building a house and other buildings, until he 
ha- ii"w one of the most complete farm- of the community, where lie engages 
in general farming and in tin- breeding of cattle and hogs. 

On December t_\ 1000, Chalkley M. Button was married to Frances 
Rummins, who was born in tin- state of Iowa, the daughter of George Rum- 
mins and wife. To the marriage of Chalkle} and Frances Button has been 
born two children. Florence and Chalkley Monroe, Jr. 

Chalklev M. Button is prominenl in the business life of his community, 
being a shareholder in the local lel.-i.honc company and being a man. who 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 235 

because of his experience and training, is one whose counsel and judgment 
in matters of general business are highly valued. 

In politics, Mr. Button is an ardent supporter of the principles of the 
Prohibition part}- and is a man whose efforts in the direction of the object 
of this party has proved of great value. 



JOHN GEISNESS. 



John Geisness, a resident of this county for twenty years, and owner of 
two hundred acres of splendid farm land, while not a native of the county, 
is looked upon as such. From far off Norway he came when a child of nine 
years, bringing with him the strong traits of character for which his coun- 
try is noted. Through energy, thrift and perseverance, he has accomplished 
much and has acquired the right to be called a representative farmer and a 
man of high character. 

Mr. Geisness was born in Trondhjem, Norway, on January 31, 1857, 
son of Alexander and Annie Boletta (Lund) Geisness, both of whom were 
natives of Norway, where they were married. Encouraged by reports of the 
new country, they set sail for America in 1866 and arriving in this country 
made their first home in St. Croix county, Wisconsin, where they bought a 
farm the first year. Seven years after he purchased a farm there, Mr. 
Geisness died, but his wife continued to live there until her death, in 191 1, 
at the age of seventy-seven. She never re-married. Both she and her hus- 
band were members of the Lutheran church, and the latter was a Republican 
in politics. Of the ten children born in their home, four died while very 
young. The living are : John, the subject of this biography ; Bolletta Mar- 
garet, who married Magnus Olson and lives two miles east of New Rich- 
mond. Wisconsin; Anne, Mrs. Arthur Howell, resides in Duluth, Minne- 
sota; Ellen is the wife of Edward Halvorsen and lives in Duluth; Thomas is 
a resident of Port Angeles, Washington, and \manda is Mrs. Louis Wahl, 
who lives on the old home place in Wisconsin. 

Because of the large family and the difficulty of securing an adequate 
livelihood in the early days, John Geisness. with his brothers and sisters. 
shared the lo1 common to the children of pioneer settlers. The school days 
were short and the work days were long and therefore his education was 
only such as could be acquired at that time. Spending his early youth on tin- 
farm, he later worked in the pine w Is for five years previous to several 

years spenl as a farm laborer in Minnesota and Dakota. Tn [886 he bought 
eighty acres in section 31, in the township of Henning, built a log house and 
then- he lived for four years, during which time he broke the land which 
was at the date of purchase only a wilderness, lie then moved to Vining, 



236 OTTER TAIL COUNTY,, MINNESOTA. 

where he purchased a hotel, which he operated for eight years. Selling the 
Henning township land he bought a farm in Nidaros township, which was 
adjoining to his village hotel. This he later sold to a man named Froslee, 
and with the means thus obtained bought two hundred acres in Folden town- 
ship, one and one-half mile- from Vining. There he lived for four years. 
adding to his propert) by a tract of eighty acre- in section 5. and later a 
similar amount where he now lives. His residence on this place has been 
for the last nme years. The improvements consist of a line new home and 
barn and such other necessities as the modern farm demands. Mr. Geisness 
has been successful as a breeder of Duroc-Jersey hoys and has made a spec- 
ialty of dairy farming, keeping on hand from ten to fifteen cows. 

Mr. Geisness was still a young and ambitious pioneer when he mar- 
ried, bringing his bride, Thnna Haugenson, to his crude pioneer cabin home. 
This was on May 0, (888. Mis. Geisness is a native of Norway, having 
been horn there mi May 30, 18(14. Her parents, Rolland and Christna 
(Ska fnes) Eiaugenson, were among the first pioneers coming to Folden 
township, for they arrived in their wagons in 1871. The father died on 
April id. [895, his widow surviving him until September 22, 1914, when 
she died, at the age of seventy-seven. The children born to them are: Edna 
Amanda, who married Eric Paulson and lives in Sacred Heart, Minnesota: 
Reynard Alexander, who died at the age of eighteen; Annie Bolletta, who 
died at two years of age, and was followed by another daughter, also named 
Annie Bolletta, who grew up and married Clifford Read, a resident of 
Seattle. Washington; Cora Nicoline, Ella Juliet. Thea Jennette and Eva 
Elenora, all In ing at home. 

The Haugenson family were indeed pioneers, the log house in which 
the) first lived is still standing and is now used as a summer kitchen. When 
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undertaken to do and both are among the most highly respected citizens of 
this locality, Mr. Geisness being recognized as one of its leading farmers 
and business men. 



HENRY CORDES. 



The energy, frugality and business instinct of the German citizen has 
done much toward the development of the United States. Wherever these 
people have settled there is evidence of thrift and prosperity. Substantial 
homes, large barns and well-cultivated fields in the rural districts and well- 
conducted business interests in the towns and cities. Otter Tail county, 
Minnesota, is no exception to the rule, for here is found the progressive 
farmer and the successful business man of German origin. 

Henry Cordes, a German by birth, is a man true to the instincts of his 
race, born in Hanover, Germany, February 12, 1872, he came to this country 
in early boyhood and has been most successful in his calling. 

Henry Cordes was the son of Herman and Charlotte (Winter) Cordes, 
natives of Hanover, Germany. Herman Cordes was born on April 14, 1842, 
and was married to Charlotte Winter in 1870, whose birth occurred on May 
20, 1844. He received his education in the common schools of his country. 
He and his wife were active members of the German Lutheran church. Mr. 
Cordes operated a small farm in German}-, where he and his wife reared a 
family of ten children. In the year 1885 he decided to cast his fortunes in 
America and, in company with his wife and children, he landed in New York 
City mi April 5, of that year. He came directly to Minnesota, where he 
entered one hundred and sixty acres of land in section 21, Leaf Lake town- 
ship, Otter Tail county. Mr. Cordes is still living on a farm near Henning, 
Mrs. Gunk's having died on July 18, 1909. 

The parents of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Cordes never came to America. 
Henry Cordes. the lather of Herman, was an extensive farmer and owned 
large tracts of land in Germany. Fritz Winter, the father of Mrs. Herman 
Cordes, was also a tiller of the soil and owned a small farm. The Cordes 
and Winter families wen- all members of the German Lutheran church. 

Henry Conks, the subject of this sketch, received most of his educa- 
tion in Germany, having come to the United Slates when a lad of thirteen, 
he received but one year of schooling in America. Mr. Cordes was mar- 
ried on October 18, 1900, to Doris Bormann, a native of Hanover, Ger- 
many. She was bom on January 28, [878. Mr. and Mrs. Cordes are the 
parents of eight children: Herman, Hertha, Emma, Bettie, Clara, Walter, 
Edwin and Norbert. 

Tn tooo Henn Cordes purchased of his father one hundred and sixty 



238 OTTER TAIL COUNTY. MINNESOTA. 

acres of his proem farm. Two years before he purchased an adjoining 
one hundred and twenty acres completing his present farm of two hundred 
and eighty acres. Mr. Cordes has added much to the value of his farm by 
the erection of a large barn, forty by eighty-four feet, with two silos, twelve 
by thirty-four feet, the work being completed in the year 1909. Two years 
previous to this he had rebuilt a large and modern house. Later he has 
added a number of large sheds for bis machinery and for the comfort of his 
many hogs and line Guernsey cattle. Air. Cordes owns his threshing outht, 
but does only the threshing on his own farm and near neighbors. 

Mr. and Mrs. Cordes are active members of the German Lutheran 
church, in which denomination Mr. Cordes has been a member of the official 
board fur six years. He is at the present time treasurer of the school board, 
director of the creamery company and he holds the office of vice-president 
witli the telephone companies of Otter Tail and Henning. Mr. Cordes has 
been very active in all things that tend to the development and improvement 
of his home and the community in which he lives. 



MARTIN K. MARTINSON. 

Martin K. Martinson, successful and well-known farmer of Compton 
township, in Otter Tail county, a man who has taken no small part in the 
development and advancement of the community and the support of its 
movements and projects for a greater township and county, was born in 
Sweden on August 4. 1864, the son of Martin Erickson and Emma ( Peter- 
son) Erickson, both of whom were born in Sweden where they now live. 
Martin Erickson being a farmer of that country. Martin Erickson and his 
wife are the parents of four children, Margaret, Peter, Martin, and Chris- 
tine who is deceased. 

Martin K. Martinson was educated in the common schools of his native 
land after which he came to America, in the year 1889, and went to the 
state of Minnesota, where he located in Otter Tail county, working for some 
year-- as a farm helper. In the year 1885 he bought eighty acres of farm 
land in Compton township, section 28, paying for this land the sum of two 
thousand five hundred dollars. On this place Martin K. Martinson lias 
since lived, he having improved the farm and cultivated the soil until the 
place is among the most desirable of the locality. 

On December 4. ton-. Martin K. Martinson was married to Carrie 
Peterson, wh<> was horn in Sweden, the daughter of Nels Peterson and wife, 
who came to America in the year 1893, locating in Otter Tail county, 
Minnesota, where they bought a farm, which later they sold to Martin K. 
Martinson. 

Martin K . and Carrie Martinson are the parents of one child, Algot. 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 239 

who was born on October 14, 1903. Mr. Martinson and his wife are well 
known and highly respected members of the Swedisli Lutheran church, a 
congregation in which they are actively engaged as workers and as support- 
ers of the creeds of this denomination. 

In public life Martin K. Martinson has taken no especial part, he pre- 
ferring to live well and to do his duty as a private citizen of the county and 
the township. 



OLAUS O. HOYL.WT). 



The history of one who has lived an honorable life and attained high 
distinction in the community in which he lives should find a prominent place 
in the biographical records used by succeeding generations. The lives of 
these men serve as an inspiration to beginners and as a spur to novices in 
the field of industry. Among those who have resided in Otter Tail county 
since the very beginning of her agricultural development, is Olaus O. Hov- 
land. As a boy he had the privilege of living on a Minnesota homestead 
and to those days of stern labor and discipline be owes much of the success 
which came to him in later life. 

Olaus Hovland was burn in Winneshiek county. Iowa, on the 16th of 
September, 1868, and is the son of Ole O. and Anna (Teslo) Hovland. 
Contrary to the prevailing custom of that locality and period he received 
more than the average educational training. He attended the local public 
schools and at the completion of the common school course entered the high 
school at Fergus Falls, Minnesota. During his attendance in the high 
school, he absorbed the highest principles of right living and learned to 
look upon the occupation of farming as a dignified and noble form of labor. 
His first experience as a farmer was received on his father's homestead 
where he went to work after leaving high school. For several years follow- 
ing his period of residence on his father's farm, he rented a place whose 
resources proved to be unusually profitable. In iqi_>, he bought the place 
where he now reside^. The farm extends over two hundred acres of ground 
located in sections 26 and 27. He has erected, since his occupation of the 
place, buildings of modern construction and design. His interests are with 
general farming and he gives some attention to stock raising. As a Repub- 
lican he has served as township clerk and as school director and executed 
the duties of each office with efficiency and force. 

On the 21st of March. 1895, the marriage of Olaus Hovland to Minnie 
Sjolaas. a native of Oscar township, Otter Tail county, took place She 
is the daughter of John and Karin (Bjerke) Sjolaas, among the early set- 
tlers of that section, who settled there in 186V). having come from Houston 
county, Minnesota, where they had lived since the early development <>f 



-'4° OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

that community. .Mr. Sjolaas died on the 27th of March, 1902, and his 
wife passed away on the 7th of January. 10,14. No children have been born 
to Mr. and Airs. Hovland, but they have found enjoyment and pleasure in 
the task of rearing- the three nieces of Mrs. Hovland; Ida, Luella and Lena 
Lider. 

J'lie work of Olaus Hovland has been such as to win for him more 
than passing recognition in the count)- in which he lives. While he has 
worked mainly [or individual advancement, he has never lost sight of the 
fact that there are movements for public good and has used his best efforts 
in furthering the cause of honesty and business prosperity in Otter Tail 
county. lie is a man of a versatile nature which has found expression in 
deeds for the welfare of the public at large. 



MM IX B. THOMPSON. 



A man of splendid attainments as a lawyer. John B. Thompson has 
long held local precedence as an exponent of the most loyal and progressive 
spirit. An influential factor in the promotion of various important business 
enterprises, he is eminent!}- entitled to mure than passing consideration in 
the biographical records of the county in which he resides. A native son 
of < )tter Tail county and a representative of one of its well-known and 
honored Norwegian families. Mr. Thompson has well upheld the prestige 
of the name which he bears and which has been long and prominently iden- 
tified with the industrial affairs of Battle Make, this comity. His character 
and services have but further exemplified that line type of citizenship which 
has made the Norwegian element one of so much importance and influence in 
the sturdy citizenship of Minnesota. 

John B. Thompson was horn on November 4. 1876. in Mane Prairie 
township, this county, son of l'.ernt and Inger (Gulseth) Thompson. His 
parents were horn in Selber, Trondhjem, Norway, where they were also 
married. Upon their arrival in America with a large family early in the 
seventies, Mr. and Mr>. Thompson settled in Spring Grove, Minnesota. 
They later came to Otter fail count) ami took a homestead claim on one 
hundred and sixty acres on the wesl side of Indian lake in Dane Prairie 
township. In that section Mr. Thompson met the trials of pioneer lite in 
.1 strange community, but his character was of such force and strength that 
he was able to turn his means of maintenance in life from a hardship to a 
pastime. lie cleared a place for a log cabin before he entered upon any 
form of agricultural life, and lived several years in the dwelling, most of 
which had been erected by himself. Later in life he sold his place to his 
son. Nels B. Thompson, and moved to the opposite side of the lake. wher< 
he died after a few years. Mr-. Thompson spent her last days with her 




THOMPSON. 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 24I 

daughter, Mrs. Thomas Larson, the wife of one of the prominent men of 
this count}', a biographical sketch of whom is presented elsewhere in this 
volume. Mr. Thompson was a Republican and took an active interest in 
the political affairs of the county, but could never be persuaded to accept a 
candidacy for a political office. He was deeply devout in all his religious 
undertakings ami with his wife gave loyal support to the Lutheran church 
of which they were members. Mr. Thompson was not only one of the 
founders of the church in the community in which he lived, but for a time 
before its establishment on a permanent basis, gave the use of his house as 
a meeting place for the congregation. 

John B. Thompson received the advantages of a liberal education, avail- 
ing himself first of the opportunities offered in the course of study at the 
Wilmer Seminary. After he left Luther College in the year 1896. he 
attended the University of Minnesota, from which institution he was gradu- 
ated in the year 1904. Following the plan he had mapped out for his 
future profession, his course in the university was that of the law and 
shortly after his graduation he was admitted to the bar and began his prac- 
tice in Henning, a village in Otter Tail county. During the legislative 
session of 1905, he was engrossing clerk, and at the expiration of that term 
of service he returned to Otter Tail county, where he has resided ever since. 
Mr. Thompson has made rapid and substantial progress in his practice of 
law and through his ability and well-fortified powers as a counselor, has 
gained a position entitling him to the full confidence and respect of the com- 
munity. Aside from his law practice, he has at different times been engaged 
in business enterprises which have proved most successful. In 1912, in com- 
pany with T. A. Ranstad, Mr. Thompson made his initial appearance in the 
field of business enterprise, as agent for a popular line of automobiles. This 
line of work has not only proved to be profitable, but it has also been of an 
unusually pleasant nature, and has gained for the subject of this sketch a 
wide acquaintance throughout the entire county of Otter Tail. Further 
prestige was later gained by him as director and manager of the Battle Lake 
Milling Company which he organized. He has also found time ami oppor- 
tunity for work in the field of real estate in which he takes a live interest. 

Mr. Thompson has given bis entire political supporl to tin- cause of the 
Republican party, and has been honored for the last four years with the 
position of mayor of Battle Lake. With the numerous cares of professional 
and business interests on his mind Mr. Thompson still finds time to engage 
in the recreations of fraternal and social life. He is a member of the Elks 

lodge at Fergus Falls, and also of the Modern W Imen of America. He 

fills the office of secretary of the Commercial Club at Battle Lake, an office 
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2-|- OTTER PALL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

the duties of which have brought him in contact with the best class of 
citizenship of the community in which he lives and won for him much popu- 
larity among its members. 

On June 23, iqoj, John B. Thompson was united in marriage to Pauline 
Tjostelson, who was born in Dane Prairie township, the daughter of Peter 
Tjostelson, one of the pioneer settlers of that locality. Air. and Mrs. 
Thompson have no children. 



HENRY GEORGE HOFF. 

From the land of Norway have come to America many of the desirable 
and enterprising citizens of foreign countries who take an important and 
conspicuous part in the life of this country; men who are hardy, persevering, 
industrious and resourceful, a type of manhood without which America and 
American life would be denied one of its most acceptable elements. Of this 
type of manhood and citizenship is Henry George Hoff, and the excellent 
family of which he is a representative. 

Henry George Hoff was born on the farm where he now lives, in 
Tordenskjold township. Otter Tail county, Minnesota, on July 10, 1883, 
the son of John T. and Marie dishing) Hoff. both of whom were born in 
Norway, the father at Hedemarken, on August 12, 1840, and the mother at 
Vadsoe, of northern Norway, on April iS. 1856. John 'I'. Holt was the 
son of Tollef and Gunor ('Johnson) Hoff, who were horn in Norway, where 
they were married and to whom were born four sons, one. .Andrew, came to 
America in the year 1868. and located in Houston county, Minnesota. Later 
Tollef and Gunor Hoff, with their three sons, came and located with the son 
and brother, Andrew, in Houston county, where they lived for one year 
and then moved to Otter Tail county, Minnesota, where Tollef Hoff and 
two sons took up a homestead in Tordenskjold township. Later Tollef 
Hoff sold his homestead and moved to Ashby where he died in January. 
1897. Gunor Hoff preceded her husband in death thirteen years, dying in 
the year T8S4. 

Marie Ilshing was the daughter of Ole and Guri fishing, who were 
born in Norway ami came to America in the year 1865 and settled at Minne- 
apolis, Minnesota, where Ole fishing followed his trade as a mason, until 
the year [868, when he. with his family, moved to Otter Tail county, and 
took up a homestead of one hundred and sixty acres, in section 32, where 
Henry George Hoff, the subject of this sketch, now lives. After some years, 
during which time Ole Ilshing cleared his land and improved it. he sold his 
farm to John T. Hoff. following which he moved to St. Olaf township, 
and purchased a farm which later lie sold ami then hought another farm, 
which after a time he sold. Then Ole Ilshing became a merchant at Dalton. 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, -MINNESOTA. 243 

.Minnesota, a business in which he continued until four or five years later, 
when he died, his wife, Guri, having preceded him in death, in the year 
1886. Ole and Guri Ilshing were the parents of three children: Marie, 
mother of the subject of this sketch; Hans, who died as a boy, in Norway; 
llaiisiiKi, who married Halbert Parker and lives at Junction City, Oregon. 

John T. and Mary Hoff were married in Otter Tail county, Minnesota, 
after which they established a home on the claim of John T. in section 7, 
of Tordenskjold township, a place where they lived for four years and then 
bought out the place of Ole Ilshing, a farm of two hundred acres in section 
32. John T. and Mary Hoff lived on this farm until 1907 when Mr. Hoff 
sold his place to his son, Henry George, and retired. John T. Hoff was one 
of the founders of the Lutheran Free church of Minnesota. Mary Hoff 
lived as the faithful wife of John T. Hoff until her death in the year 1900. 
To the marriage of John T. and Mary Hoff were born six children : Oscar 
Theodore, who lives on a farm in Tordenskjold township. Minnesota; Gena 
Gurina, who married Edward K. Johnson and lives in Tordeskjold town- 
ship; Alma Helena; Henry George, the subject of this sketch; Manda 
Georgia, a stenographer, who lives in the state of [daho, and Borghild Julia. 

Henry George Hoff was educated in the schools of district No. 20, of 
Tordenskjold township, and then he worked on his fathers farm for a time 
after which he attended the agricultural college of the state of Minnesota. 
during the year 190 1 -2, and then returned to the farm and aided his father 
until 1907, when he bought his father's place and engaged himself in the 
pursuit of general farming and stock raising. 

On June 23, 1909, George Henry Hoff was married to Mary Weiby, 
who was born in Dalton. the daughter of Clement Weiby and wife. To 
this marriage two children have been born : Jean, who was born on March 
13, 10.10, and Allen, who was born on May 18, 1913. 



NATHAN T. FINN. 



Born in Chase county, Kansas, December 4, 1870, Nathan ]. Finn, of 
Oak Valley township, is a prosperous farmer. Mr. Finn is the son oJ 
Jasper and Yilctte (Packard) linn, the latter of whom was a native of 
Illinois. They were married in [owa and later settled in Kansas in an early 
day. .Mr. Finn's father died in Kansas, November 11, [901. His widow, 
however, is still living. Mr. Finn knows very little about his parents, how 
ever, as he was reared by his maternal grandparents, Nathan FT. and I. no 
Packard. They came to Otter Tail county in June. [875, and settled on 
section 2. of Oak Valley township. Mr. Finn's maternal grandfather died 
in iNoi and his grandmother in 1893. 

Mr. Finn came to Otter Tail county with hi- grandparents in 187:; 



-44 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

and has since resided in this county. He remained with his grandparents 
until their deaths and, after this, the farm was sold. He purchased one 
hundred and twenty acres in sections 2$ and 25, of Oak Valley township. 
In 1912 Mr. Finn built a large barn, thirty-two by forty-four feet. He 
also has improved the farm in various other ways. 

In 1893, after the death of his grandmother, Nathan J. Finn was mar- 
ried to Hattie Smith, who was born in 1873, in Chicago, and who is the 
daughter of Charles and Sarah (Naylor) Smith. They came to Oak Valley 
township in 1876 and took a homestead of one hundred and sixty acres in 
section 26. Mrs. Finn's father died in October, 1913. Her mother is now 
living in Hewitt. Minnesota. Mr. and Mrs. Finn have two children. Lee. 
born on July 2. 1910, and Leona, born on March 22, 1913. Mr. and Mrs. 
Finn also have tun adopted children. Naomia, who is seventeen years old, 
and Ralph, who is fourteen. 

Mr. Finn is a member of the township board at the present time and 
is treasurer of the school board, a position which he has filled creditably for 
several years. He is well known and well liked in the community where 
he lives and where the people have had an opportunity to know his char- 
acter and his worth as a man. 



ANDREW ISAKSON. 



Andrew Isakson, an enterprising farmer of Inman township. Otter Tail 
county, Minnesota, was horn in Sweden on December 16, 1872, the son of 
Isaac and Betsey Johnson. 

Mr. Isakson's parents were both natives of Sweden. They immigrated 
to America and settled at Henning, Otter Tail county, in 1892. Mr. Isak- 
son's father died in Henning in 1896 at the age of fifty-six years and his 
mother in iqn at the age of seventy-eight. They were the parents of six 
children, John. Christine (who lives in Sweden), Berg, Nels (deceased), 
Andrew and Olaf. 

Andrew Isakson was educated in Sweden and. in 1892. came to America 
and settled at Henning, purchasing forty acres in section 17, of Henning 
township. Later Mr. Isakson sold this farm and in 1900 purchased eighty 
acres in section 12, of Inman township. He has cleared his farm and erected 
good buildings on it. Mr. Isakson is not only a good farmer and stock man, 
but he is a carpenter by trade and has worked at this trade almost con- 
tinuously during the past two years. Nevertheless, Mr. Isakson has kept a 
very close oversight on his farm and has supervised the work on the farm. 

In iQOf) Andrew Isakson was married to Sadie Person, who was born 
in 1889 in Sweden and who is the daughter of Olaf and Ellen Person, of 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 245 

Leaf Lake township. Mr. and Mrs. Isakson have two sons, Edwin, born 
on August 29, 1909, and Melvin, born on July 22, 1913. 

Mr. Isakson is now serving his second term as supervisor of Inman 
township. Mr. and Mrs. Isakson are members of the Swedish Lutheran 
church. They are not only prominent in religious affairs but likewise 
prominent in civic affairs of this township. They have a host of friends 
in the neighborhood where thev live. 



JOHN S. TORGERSEN. 

Among the pioneer citizens of Tordenskjold township, Otter Tail 
county, Minnesota, and among its successful farmers and business men, is 
John S. Torgersen, who was born near Talvake, in Sopnes, Norway, Septem- 
ber 12, 1849. Mr. Torgersen is the son of Michael and Kari (Thompson) 
Torgersen. 

Michael Torgersen was born at Raroaas, Norway, and his wife in Tap- 
luft, near Talvake, Norway, the former in 1815 and the latter about 1825. 
They were married in Norway and lived near Sopnes, where, for twenty- 
five years. Michael Torgersen taught school. After the death of his wife, 
in April, 1866, Michael Torgersen came to America with his family. The 
voyage to America was made on a steamship and on their arrival in America, 
the family spent on winter in Winneshiek county. Iowa. After moving to St. 
Paul, Minnesota, Michael Torgersen left three daughters in that city, and, 
with three sons and two daughters, came to Otter Tail county. The journey 
from St. Paul to St. Cloud was made by rail and from St. Cloud to Otter 
Tail county by wagon. Upon arriving in Otter Tail county, Mr. Torgersen 
homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres of land in Tordenskjold town- 
ship on the west shores of Stalker lake. A cabin built on the shore of the 
lake was destroyed bv fire in 1868. For some time Mr. Torgersen had no 
horses and only two cows. Subsequently, he built another log house on a 
hill just north of the first and there lived until late in life, when he built a 
little house near the home of his son, Jens. He died there in i8qX. After 
coming to Otter Tail county, he had married Ellen Haldorson. He also 
taught school here for some years and, for some time, sang in the choir of 
his church. He was a prominent member of the Synod Lutheran church. 
Of his twelve children, four died early in life in Norway, Salvine married 
Robert Karsman. and, having returned to Sweden, now lives in Stockholm; 
Magdalena married Thomas Dwyer and died in Minneapolis; John S. is the 
subject of this sketch; Lena married Andrew Burg and lives in Grand 
Island, Nebraska; Dora is the widow of Knut Foss and lives in Butte. Mon- 
tana; fins is mentioned elsewhere in this volume; Bert lives at Tentpole, 



246 OTTER TAIL COUNTY; MINNESOTA. 

North Dakota, where he is a farmer; Bolletta married Sam Huseby and 
lives in Fergus Falls. 

John S. Torgersen was educated in the public schools of Norway and 
spent about one month in the schools of America, after which he engaged 
in farming. In 1871 Mr. Torgersen homestead ed one hundred and forty- 
nine acres in Tordenskjold township, adjoining his father's farm. Here 
he erected a shanty and began clearing the land. After a time, he bought 
forty acres from the railroad just north of his first farm. He now has a 
good modern house, barn and other outbuildings, all of which are kept in 
a splendid state of repair. Mr. Torgersen is a general farmer and stock- 
man and is a stockholder in the local telephone company and in the Dalton 
elevator. 

In 1874 John S. Torgersen was married to Johanna Nelson, a native 
of Norway and the daughter of Nels Langrjovold, who died in his native 
land. Nine children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. John S. Torgersen. 
Kari. who married Olaf Tue and lives in Carlton county, Minnesota; Annie, 
who married Spencer Folkedal and lives in Dalton; Martin, who lives in 
Moose Jaw, Canada; Emma, who died in infancy; Nels. John and Christine. 
who live at home; Emma, who married Andrew Utne and lives in Dane 
Prairie township, and Olga, who married Richard Sjordal and lives in 
Montana. 

Mr. Torgersen is a Republican in politics and both he and his wife are 
members of the Free Lutheran church. 



JOHN DOLL. 



John Doll, farmer and widely known citizen of Rush Lake township. 
< Hter Tail county. Minnesota, was born in Mercer county. Ohio, on May -'<>, 
[839, the son of Anton and Mary Ann ( [barter 1 Doll, both of whom were 
natives of Baden, Germany, the former born in iSto. the latter in 1S10 
\11ton Doll was the son of Joseph Doll and wife. Joseph Doll, after the 
death of his wife, in German), coming to America in 1830, and settling in 
Perry comity, Ohio, where be lived for five years ami then moved to Mercer 
comity, where lie died in 1838. Joseph Doll and wife were the parents of 
tin following children; \nton. father of the subject of this sketch. John. 
Wentler, Francis and Mary Ann. \nton Doll received his education in 
Germany and then came to America, with his father, in [830, ami located 
in Ohio, where he lived until 1N07. and then moved to Otter Tail comity, 
Minnesota, Inlying four hundred and seventy acres ,>t land in Rush Lake 
township, a place which be cultivated and improved and made his home 
until his death in 1881. Mary \nn. the wife of \ 1 n ■ -i 1 Dol, died on the 
home place, in the year 1<)T_>. aged ninety-three years. Anton and Mary 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 247 

Ann Doll were the parents of five children, John, the subject of this sketch, 
Joseph A., Anton, Mary Magdalena and Thresa (deceased). 

John Doll was educated in the public schools of Mercer county, Ohio, 
after which, in 1866. he moved to Rush Lake township, Otter Tail county, 
Minnesota, where he homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres of land in 
section 12. Later, Mr. Doll added to his original farm until he is now the 
owner of five hundred and forty acres of well improved and highly culti- 
vated land, where he lived as an active farmer until iSoo, when he retired. 

On January 30, r866, John Doll was married, in Mercer county, Ohio, 
td Catherine Weis, who was born in Mercer county, on March 31. 1841, 
the daughter of Joachim and Barbara (Studer) Weis, natives of Baden, 
Germany. John and Katherine Doll are active members of St. Lawrence 
church, of Otto township. 

Joachim Weis was the son of John and Mary Ann (Algeier) Weis. 
who came to Ohio, from their home in Germany, during the year 1823, and 
located in Mercer county, where John Weis died in 1867, his wife, Mary 
Ann, having died in 1868. Barbara Weis was the daughter of Joseph and 
Mary Ann Studer. who after a short residence in Columbus, Ohio, follow- 
ing their arrival in America, moved to Mercer county, where Joseph Studer 
died about i860, his wife surviving him unt ; G >;i ,mc years later. 



JACOB JUNG. 



Jacob Jung, well-known farmer of Rush Lake township, Otter Tail 
countw Minnesota, was born in Sheboygan county. Wisconsin, on March 27, 
[849, the sun of John and Katherine (Silbernagel) Jung, the former born 
in Germany in 1826, and the latter in the same country in 1824. John Jung 
came to America in 1847. with bis parents, John Jung, Sr.. and wife, and 
located in Sheboygan county, Wisconsin, where John Jung. Sr., died in 
[851 : his wife died in 1847. Katherine Silbernagel came to America and 
located at Racine. Wisconsin, where she was married to John Jung. Jr., 
after which they moved to Sheboygan county, and in 1881 came to Otter 
Tail county, Minnesota. After living in Perham, Minnesota, until 1899, 
John Jung moved to Macon. Georgia, where he lived until his death in 
January, 1002. he being survived by his wife, who died on March 25, [915. 
John and Katherine Jung were the parents of the following children, Jacob. 
John. Peter, ("hrist. Richard. Blandina and Anna Marie, all of whom are 
now living. 

facob Jung was educated in the public school-, of Sheboygan, Wiscon- 
sin, after which he went to Minneapolis, Minnesota, for a shorl time and 
then to Brainard, Minnesota, where he lived until February, 1873. and then 
returned to Minneapolis, In November, 1873, Jacob Jung went to Wiscon- 



248 OTTER TAIT. COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

sin, where he lived two years and then he came to his farm in Rush Lake 
township, a place which lie improved extensively and where he is now 
engaged in general farming and in the dairy business. The farm of Jacob 
Jung is known as "Rush Lake Dairy Farm." 

On November r6, 1876, Jacob Jung was married to Mary Ottilia Fuchs, 
who was born in Stearns county, Minnesota, the daughter of Balthasar and 
Ottillia 1 Esser) Fuchs, who came front the state of Ohio to Stearns county. 
Balthasar Fuchs died on December 22, 1014, in Saskatchewan, Canada: and 
his wife had preceded her husband in death by twenty-one years. To the 
marriage of Jacob and Alary Jung have been born the following children: 
John Arthur, who married Elizabeth Sheideker and to whom have been 
born four children. Robert, Louisa, Edward and Albert: Annie K.. who mar- 
ried John L. Doll, of Rush Lake township, and to whom have been born 
eight children. Barbara. Raymond, Louisa, Alois. Arthur, Vincent, Robert 
and Christ. Jacob Jung and all of his family are active members of St. 
Joseph's church. 

Jacob Jung has served his community in various public offices, among 
which are the offices of township clerk, assessor, supervisor and treasurer. 
For ten years Mr. Jung has been chairman of the board of supervisors. 
hi business life Jacob Jung ijs.no less prominently affiliated, he being presi- 
dent of the Farmer's Mutual Insurance Company, an office which he has 
occupied for fifteen years. Mr. Jung is president of the Farmer's Creamery 
Companv. of Perham, and is a member of the Farmer's Shipping Associa- 
tion, an organization which he assisted in organizing. Jacob Jung is presi- 
dent of the Perham Rural Telephone Company, and has been a member of 
the school board for many years, having served for six years as clerk of the 
hoard and for five years as treasurer. 



THORVALD L. TORUD. 



Born in Norway, Mav >■>, 1N-7, Thorvald L. Jorud, an enterprising 

Farmer of Henning township, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, is the son of 
Lars and Chestena Jorud, who were natives of Norway, They came to 
Fillmore county, Minnesota, in 1869 and the next year moved to Otter Tail 
county, Minnesota, settling in Eagle Lake township, where they homesteaded 
one hundred and sixty acres ,.1" land. There Mr, Jorud's father died in 
1000. at the age of eighty-four years. His mother died in 1010. also at the 
age of eighty-four. They were the parents of the following children: 
Amelia. Thorvald !... Hans. Thea, Thea and Ole. The first child named 
Thea is deceased. 

Thorvald L. Jorud was educated in the public schools of his native 
land. In [869, when his parents came to America, he accompanied them 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 249 

to this country and settled with them in Fillmore county, Minnesota. \\ hen 
Mr. Jorud was old enough, he took up farming on the old homestead. In 
1878 he took a homestead in Henning township. Having begun with one 
hundred and sixty acre-; of land, he has added to this original tract until he 
now owhs four hundred acres in Henning township. He has made general 
farming and stock raising his business since coming to this county and has 
erected substantial buildings on his farm. 

In January, 1891, Thorvald L. Jorud was married to Paulina Peterson, 
who was born in Norway, in 1873, the daughter of Peter and Chestena 
Peterson, who now live in South Dakota. Airs. Jorud's father is eighty-five 
years old and her mother about the same age. By his marriage to Paulina 
Peterson. Thorvald L. Jorud is the father of seven children. Charles, 
Marlow, Palmer, Cornelius, Edgar, Joseph and Chester. These children all 
live at home with their parents. 

Air. and Airs. Jorud and family are members of the United Lutheran 
church. Air. Jorud has devoted himself almost exclusively to farming. Me 
has never taken any considerable interest in politics, but is well known in 
the township and popular in the neighborhood where he resides. 



GUSTAV HANSON. 



Rorn in Norway, May i_\ [864, Gustav Hanson is a son of Hans and 
Sophia Hanson, both of whom were also natives of the same country, and 
who, in 1869, emigrated to Dane county, Wisconsin, and took a homestead 
of one hundred and sixty acres of land. There Air. Hanson's father died 
in 1874. at the age of forty-three years. His mother died in 1875. Hans 
Hanson ami wife were the parents of four children, of whom Martha, the 
youngest, is deceased. The living children arc Gustav, Ilaldan and Hannah 

Gustav Hanson, who is a prosperous farmer of Gerard township, Otter 
Tail county. Minnesota, was educated in the schools of Dane county, Wis- 
consin. He took up farming early in life, and after working as a farmer 
and thresherman for a number of years, came to Minnesota in 18S8. Men 
In- rented land in Yellow Medicine county. Minnesota. Subsequently he 
purchased eighty acres of land, hut in 1903 -old that farm and purchased 
two hundred and sixty-three acres in section |. of Gerard township. Otter 
Tail county, Minnesota, A lake near Air. Hanson's farm is now known as 
Hanson's lake. Mr. Hanson has sold eighty acres of this farm to hi- son, 
Henry, lie is now well known as a breeder of Shorthorn cattle and Ches- 
ter White hogs. In 101 4 Air. Hanson built a new and attractive residence, 
ami all of his farm buildings are kept painted and in the besl possible state 
of repair. Eightv acres of the farm have been cleared and are under culti- 



250 OTTER 1'MI COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

vation. Mr. Hanson's farm is the old Mclntyre homestead, and is one of 
the best in the township. 

On November 29, [888, Gustav Hanson was married in Yellow .Medi- 
cine county, Minnesota, in ^ndrine Obrekke, who was born in Norway 
in 1868. Mr. and Mrs. Hanson are the parents of the eight children. Henry. 
Hannah. John, Julius, George, Vnton, Julia and Gusta, all of whom are 
living with the exception of John. 

Mr. Hanson has always been prominent in local politics. He has 
served as treasurer of the township for eighl years, and as clerk of the school 
hoard tor nine years, discharging well the duties of both offices. Mr. Han- 
son is well known and highly respected throughout the township where he 



J. HOWARD WALBRIDGE. 

J. Howard Walbridge, a successful farmer of Oak Valley township, 
< >tter Tail county. Minnesota, was horn in Buffalo county, Wisconsin, Octo- 
ber t2, [857, and is the son of Julius and Lucretia (Bull) Walbridge. Mr. 
Walbridge's' father was a native of Vermont, where he was horn in 1817, 
and his mother also a native of Vermont, born there in 1832. 

In an early day, the Walbridge family immigrated to St. Lawrence 
county, New York, and after their marriage there, Julia and Lucretia (Bull) 
Walbridge immigrated to Wisconsin in [854. Still later they moved to 
Dakota county, Minnesota, and, for a number of years, kept a hotel at 
Lewiston. In [882 Mr. and Mrs. Julia Walbridge moved to Fergus Falls, 
Minnesota, where Mr. Walbridge died in September, [900. His widow is 
still living and 1- now eighty-three years old. They were the parents of 
-even children, Llhanan, J. Howard, Alberta (deceased), Judson, Irene. 
Lillian and Lionel. 

Mr. Walbridge's paternal grandfather, Frank Walbridge, was a native 
of Vermont, who moved to St. Lawrence county, Xew York, and in 1854 
located in the state of Wisconsin, where he died. I lis wife, who before 
her marriage was Temperence Austin, was also a native of Vermont and 
she died at St. (loud. Minnesota, at the age of ninetx two years, 

Mr. Walbridge's father, the late Julius Walbridge, was a farmer by 
occupation and a hotel keener. For a number of years lie had a hotel on 
Bismarck avenue, Fergus Falls, Minnesota. 

I. Howard Walbridge was reared on a farm and educated in the public 

5cl Is. In [882 he- settled i n Oak Valley township, purchasing eighty 

acres of land in section 11. where he now lives. Since that time he has 
added one hundred and twenty acres in sections 2 and 10, and now owns 

ether two hundred acres. Mr. Walbridge is a farmer and stockman 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 25 I 

and has made many improvements upon his farm. His buildings are all 
in good condition and are well painted. 

On October 16, 1879, J. Howard Walbridge was married to Margaretta 
Branch, who was born on December 29, 1859, in Pennsylvania, and who is 
the daughter of Adam and Margaretta (May) Branch, both of whom were 
natives of Germany. They immigrated to America and settled first near 
Phillipsburg, Pennsylvania. In 1862 or 1863, they moved to Dakota county, 
Minnesota, and located on a farm near Hastings. About 1877 they came 
to Oak Valley township, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, where they subse- 
quently acquired three hundred and twenty acres of land. Mrs. Walbridge's 
father died in 1885 and her mother in 1889. There were nine children in 
the family, of whom five, Catherine, Lewis, Adam, Charles and Benjamin, 
are deceased. The living children are, George. Margaretta, Lena and Frank. 

Mr. and Mrs. 1. Howard have been the parents of seven children, Lloyd, 
Chester. Llewellyn, Zi, Mable and Lelah, all of whom are living, and Ray- 
mond, who died in infancy. 

In politics, Mr. Walbridge is identified with the Democratic party. He 
served three year- on the township board and also served as assessor for 
many years. For twenty years he was treasurer of his school district and 
still holds this position, lie is an enterprising farmer, a successful business 
man and popular among the people of Oak Valley township. 



:dw \rd parks. 



One of the well-known farmers of Inman township, Otter Tail county, 
Minnesota, who owns two hundred acres of land free of all encumbrances, 
and who is a progressive, up-to-date farmer, is Edward Parks, who was 
born on Big Creek, five miles west of Sparta, in Monroe county, Wisconsin, 
July 2, [868, 

Mr. Parks is a son of George and Harriet (Hodgskins) Parks, both 
of whom were natives of New York state. In pioneer times the family 
emigrated from New York and settled in Wisconsin, and on June 7. 1871. 
removed from the latter -late to Parker- Prairie. Minnesota, homesteading 
one hundred and sixty acre- of land. It was there that George Parks died 
in November, [900, at the age of sixty-five wars. Hi- widow is still living 
and i- now seventy-two years old. 

Edward Park- was reared on the farm and received his education in 
the public schools of Parkers Prairie. When old enough he engaged in 
farming for himself, in which he has been very successful, now owning two 
hundred acre- of splendid fanning land in Inman township. In 1883 he 
purchased eighty acres in section [6, and ha- gradualh added to this original 
purchase from time to time until he now ha- the acreage above referred to. 



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Mr. Parks has made many material and substantial improvements upon his 
farm, and keeps his farm buildings and fences in a good state of repair. 
Besides general farming, he is also engaged in the breeding of purebred 
stuck, and has specialized in Shorthorn cattle and Percheron horses. He is 
an expert bee-keeper, and ordinarily keeps from thirty to forty hives of bees, 
and makes and sells quantities of bees-wax. He also raises sugar cane and 
engages in the manufacture of sorghum during the season. Mr. Parks is a 
stockholder in the Henning Shipping Association, and also in the Henning 
Creamery Company, lie is a well-known sportsman of the county, and is 
an extensive breeder of fox hounds, and of Single Comb White Leghorn 
chickens. 

In 18N4, Edward Parks was married to Fannie Mason, who was born 
at Sparta, Wisconsin, April 17. 1866. and who is a daughter of William 
Talmage and Harriet Elizabeth (Sessuns) Mason. Mrs. Parks' parents 
emigrated from Wisconsin to Otter Tail county. Minnesota, in 1871, and 
settled at Parkers Prairie. William T. Mason died in North Dakota, in 
iqoo, at the age of seventy-two years, while Harriet Elizabeth Mason died 
in Washington, September 13. 1912, at the age of eighty-four years. Mr. 
and Mrs. Edward Parks are the parents of four children, Cleon, Glen, Eva 
and Dee, all of whom are living. 

For more than twenty-five years Edward Parks has been treasurer of 
Inman township, and is now serving in this position. He is also treasurer 
uf the school board, and has served as supervisor of [nman township. Mr. 
Parks' father, who began with one hundred and sixty acres of land, was the 
owner uf two hundred acres at the tune uf his death. Other members of 
this family have been equally successful, and all are rated among the sub- 
stantial and influential citizens of this county. 



(HARM'S I'KPl'UNG. 



< >ne of the well-to-do farmers of Henning township. Otter Tail county. 
Minnesota, who has made a large success of his chosen vocation because 
he has followed modern methods in farming, is Charles Peppling, a native 
■ if Sweden, where he was born on October 13. 1862. 

Mr. Peppling is the son of Andrew and Charlotte (Rask) Peppling, 
both •>! whom wen- natives "i Sweden. In [883 they came to America and 
settled in Otter Tail county, where they lived with their son, Charles, until 
their deaths. Mr. Pepling's father died in July, [913, at the age of eighty- 
two, and hi- mother in rQo8, at the age of seventy-three. They were the 
parents uf seven children, uf whom four are deceased. The names of the 
children, in the order uf their births, are: Alfred, deceased: Charles. Hulda, 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, .MIXXESOTA. 253 

Mary, deceased; Augusta, who died at the age of seven; Anna, and Selma, 
deceased. 

Charles Peppling was educated in the public schools of his native land 
and in r88i came to Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Mr. Peppling walked to 
Pelican Rapids, Otter Tail count}-, and. for some time, worked on neigh- 
boring farms. In 1887 he moved to Henning township and purchased one 
hundred and twenty acres of school land. Three years later he purchased 
one hundred and sixty acres in section 25, where he now lives. All of the 
buildings which are now standing upon this farm Mr. Peppling erected. 
He built a good residence in 1908. Altogether he now owns four hundred 
and forty acres of land in Henning township and twenty acres of timber in 
Inman township. He is a general farmer and stockman. 

Mr. Peppling has heen prominent as a citizen for many years. He 
served as supervisor for fifteen years. He is a stockholder in the Henning 
Farmers' Shipping Association and in the Henning Creamery Association. 
He is also a stockholder in the farmers elevator at Henning. Mr. Peppling 
is a member of the Swedish Baptist church, of Henning. He is unmarried. 



WILLIAM J. HENDERSON. 

Born in Canada, April 13, 1864. William J. Henderson, a prosperous 
farmer of Inman township, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, is the son of 
Frank and Sarah (McKnight) Henderson. Mr. Henderson's father was a 
native of Ireland and his mother of New York state, born at Albany. The 
former came to Canada from Ireland and after his marriage in Canada. 
moved to Blue Earth. Minnesota, in 1865, purchasing one hundred and sixty 
acres of land. In 1879 he came to Otter Tail county and settled in Elmo 
township, taking a homestead in section 30. He died on this old homestead 
farm in 1004, at the age of sixty-five. His wife died about 1900, at the age 
of fifty-five. They were the parents of eight children, all of whom are 
living, Jennie, William. .Marietta and Marion (twins). Frank, Sarah. Anna 
and David. 

William J. Henderson was reared on a farm in Blue Earth county, 
Minnesota. Tie was educated in the public schools of that county and 
accompanied his parents in [879 to Otter Tail county, where he has since 
been engaged in fanning. In [896 Mr. Henderson purchased one hundred 
and sixty acres of land in section 21, of Inman township. lie is a general 
farmer and stockman and has heen very successful. 

In 1891 William I. Henderson was married to Mrs. Elizabeth Mason, 
who was born in Wisconsin and who is the daughter of George and Harriet 
(Hodgson) Park. They came to Parkers Prairie. Minnesota, June 7. [871. 
Mrs. Henderson's father died in 1000, but her mother is still living, at the 



-'5-1 OTTER TAI1 COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

age oi seventy-two years. Mr and Mrs. Wiliam J. Henderson have nine 
children, all of whom arc living, Alice, Frank, William. John, Sidney, 
Olando, Reuben, Nellie and Guy. 

Mr. Henderson has served as township clerk of Innian township for 
nineteen years. He was also clerk of the school board for twenty years 
The Hendersons arc members of the Methodist church. 



LARS OLSON TOMMER \AS. 

The late Lars Olson Tommeraas, who was a prominent farmer and 
well-known educator of Trondhjem township, Otter Tail county, Minnesota. 
was born in Norway, in the year [826, and following his education in the 
public schools of his native country, became a school teacher, a profession 
which he pursued until [877, when, having married. Lars Olson Tommeraas 
came to America and located in Otter Tail comity, Minnesota. For one 
year after reaching Otter Tail county, Lars Olson Tommeraas continued in 
his \\orl< as a school teacher and then preferring farm life, he bought one 
hundred and -i\p acres of land in section 30, Trondhjem township, a place 
to which he added eight} acres, subsequently, and then followed general 
agricultural pursuits until his death, in 1906. 

During the year [876 Lars Olson Tommeraas was married to Julia 
Gunderson, who was horn in Norway on July 31. 1X4(1. the daughter of 
well-known people of her native locality. Lars Olson and Julia Tommeraas 
were the parents of die following children: Olaf, who married Matilda 
Rudh and now lives on the home farm with six children. Cyrus, Bernice, 
Bertram, Evelyn, Edna and Curtis; Gilbert and Gustov, who arc deceased; 
Christina, who married, Harry Ranger, to whom have been horn four chil- 
dren, Elizabeth, Alois, Orpha and Joyce; Lewis, cashier of the Kent, Min- 
nesota, hank, who married \ mlet Ranger, and to whom has been born one 
child, Lois; Gilbert, who is a school teacher; Oscar and Enevold, who are 
twins, the former who was married to Merticc Stearns, of Detroit. Minne- 
sota, in 1812, is assistanl cashier of the Kent. Minnesota, bank, and the 
latter proprietor of a pool room and candy store at McVille, North Dakota: 
Alma, who i- a school teacher; Effie was married in 1015 to Benjamin A. 
Helland, assistant cashier of the hank at Perley, Minnesota; Minnie, who is 
a school teacher. 

I ars I Hson [ommeraas was a man who lived a most active and useful 
life, he, while a resident of hi- native country, having served his commun- 
ity not only as a notably efficient teacher in the public schools of that coun- 
try, hut he was a leader in public and official circles of bis locality, serving 
in various offices and as a member of organizations and societies having for 
theii objeel the promotion of the general welfare. As a pioneer school 



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teacher in Otter Tail count}-, Minnesota, Lars Olson Tommeraas performed 
inestimable service to his locality and the county in general, giving of his 
time and experience for the upbuilding of the public school system and the 
training of the children of his township and the vicinity. In the death of 
Lars Olson Tommeraas. Trondhjem township and Otter Tail county lost 
one of its most valued citizens. 



OLE LYKSETT. 



The list of Otter Tail county agriculturists would be incomplete were 
the name of Ole Lyksett omitted from these pages. He has set an example 
"i steadfast integrity, and stands today as one of the representative men in 
his line, holding the confidence of his community, and giving honest measure 
in return for all he receives. 

Ole Lyksett, farmer. Elizabeth township, was horn on February 28, 
t86i, in Wisconsin, and received his education at the public schools of that 
state. Alter his marriage he located firsl in Waseca county, where he 
bought one hundred and sixt) acres and followed farming until two years 
ago. when he moved to this township. In religion. Mr. Lyksett belongs to 
the Lutheran church, in the work of winch he has always taken an active 
part and has been a Sunday school teacher for many years. Politically, he 
is a stanch Democrat, and has held some of the township offices, among 
them being that of school board trustee, and is the present school treasurer, 
lie came to this county because of the encouraging prospects, and has done 
well in a financial way. 

Ole Lyksett, father of the subject of tins sketch, was horn in Norway, 
and was united in marriage with Alline Erikson, also a native of that coun 
try. Vfter their marriage they came to America about 1N50. and settled 111 
Wisconsin, where he followed fanning on a tract of eighty acres, located 
near Kewaunee, where Mr. Lyksetl died in May. [881. This union was 
blest with four children: Lars, deceased: Lars, Edward, deceased, and Ole. 
After the death of her husband, Mrs. Lyksett was married to Ole Christian- 
son, by whom she had three children: (diaries, Mattic and Lena Christen- 
son. Mrs. Christenson died in ioi_\ The parents of Ole Lyksett were 
members of the Norwegian Lutheran church, and his stepfather was a sol 
dier in the Civil War. serving about -i\ months during the latter part. 

Ole Lyksett was united in marriage, November 17. [890, with Sarah 
Vieg, daughter of Syvert Vieg. She was horn in Norway and came with 
her parents to America. To Mr. and Mrs. Lyksett have been horn six chil- 
dren- Helen, Sylvan, Harold. Eva, Alice and Melvin. Helen is the only 
married one of this family of children. She became the wife of Walter 
Lloyd and has one child. Thc\ reside at ^rgyle, Minnesota. 



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Syvert V'ieg, father of Mrs. Ole Lyksett, was born in Norway and 
came to the United States, where he spent the remainder of his life. 

Mr. Lyksett bears a reputation in his community that would do credit 
to any man of honest principles. He is quiet and unassuming in manner, 
and among those who know him he is held in high esteem. 



MARTIN BENSON. 



Martin Benson, a well-known citizen of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and 
one of the leading business men of this city, who is engaged in the furniture 
and undertaking business, has achieved success largely because of his strict 
attention to business, of which he is a profound student. 

Mr. Benson is a native of Sweden, where he was born on June 9, i860. 
He is the son of John and Olive 1 ( >kkerholm) Benson, the former of whom 
was a painter by trade and the latter passed the greater part of her life in 
her native land. Mr. Benson's uncle was a captain in the Swedish army 
and, after the death of John Benson, he assumed the place of a parent to 
young Martin, who at the time was but seven years old. The mother's 
family has furnished many professional men to her native land. 

In 1878 Martin Benson came to America, being but eighteen years old 
at the time. He came direct to Otter Tail county, obtaining his first employ- 
ment in Pelican Rapids with O. E. Blyberg, with whom he remained for six 
or seven months. Realizing the advantage of an education, he attended the 
public schools and acquired a good education. He afterward learned the 
trade of a flour-miller, which occupation he followed for twenty-two years, 
during which time he was head miller of several different mills. In 1888, 
being then at Red Lake Falls, he was called by Joe Featherstone, who knew 
his ability as a miller, to come to Fergus Falls to take charge of the old Red 
River null, which .Mr. Featherstone hail rented. Mr. Benson came to Fer- 
gus Falls, remodeled the mill and conducted it for one year. when, being 
offered tin- po head miller of the new Otter Tail mill, which was 

jusl completed, he accepted and continued as its bead miller for seven years. 

In May, [898, VIr. Benson desired to engage in the furniture and under- 
taking business, confident that there was an opening for such business, and 
his wonderful success has proved the wisdom of the course he pursued, 
rle opened a store in a small way on the north side of Lincoln avenue and 
his business increased 50 rapidly that six months later he secured a larger 
building in the Ulen and Cuttler block on Lincoln avenue west. In [903, 
he purchased a block on Hi. cornet of Lincoln ami Court street, where he is 
at present engaged in the same line of business, which ha- grown to such an 
extent thai hi' occupies the entire block from the main street back to the 
alley, three stories high He carries one oi the largest and best selected 




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OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 257 

stocks of furniture, carpets, rugs, draperies, linoleums and undertaking sup- 
plies anywhere in the Northwest. Mr. Benson is one of the first state 
licensed embalmers in the Northwest and is considered one of the foremost 
and most progressive funeral directors in the state. 

In 1914, Air. Benson added to his already large establishment a new 
and up-to-date funeral chapel with a seating capacity of at least one hun- 
dred and fifty, which is absolutely free to patrons wishing to make use of it 
for funeral occasions. In connection with the chapel, the upper floor is the 
casket show room, where such goods can be found from the cheapest to the 
best. In another department in the same building is contained the embalm- 
ing room, dressing room, etc., equipped with all modern improvements and 
appliances. The building is steam-heated, electric-lighted, has water and 
sew er connections and no expense has been spared in making this establish- 
ment the best of its knid in the Northwest. 

Mr. Benson has held many important offices in the Minnesota State 
Funeral Directors Association and has had the honor to attend a great many 
national conventions as state delegate, which has been both instructive and 
enjoyable. 

Always interested in the welfare and prosperity of the city of Fergus 
Falls, Mr. Benson has contributed both time and money to that end and 
was once a member of the city council. Mr. Benson is also interested in 
many different enterprises in the city and is one of the directors in the new 
Farmers and Merchants State Bank and is in possession of a good deal of 
property, otherwise including a handsome new home just completed. 

.Mr. Benson is an active member in the Masonic fraternity, the Inde- 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows, the Daughters of Rebekah, the Benevolent 
and Protective Order of Elks, the Royal Arcanum, the Modern Woodmen, 
the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and the Chippewa Club. 

A I r. Benson was married at Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, in 1882, to 
Julia Moe, a native of Norway, who came to America with her mother, 
sisters and brothers when she was but seven years old, her father having 
died in Norway. They were among the early settlers of Otter Tail county. 
Mr. and Mrs. Benson are the parents of f<>ur children, as follow: Otto D.. 
Mary A., Bennie \. and Annie R. Of these children. Otto married Effie 
Carsten and has one son, Donald. Annie married Robert Vedeen, of 
Detroit, Minnesota, and has one son, < )ttis. Otto and Bennie are employed 
in their father's establishment. Mary is a school teacher. All of the chil- 
dren are graduates of the Fergus Falls high school. 

Mr. and Mrs. Benson and family are devoted members of the Nor- 
wegian Lutheran Synodical church, to which they have belonged for thirt.3 
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258 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

years and where their children have all been baptized and confirmed. They 
arc all enjoying high esteem and respect in the church as well as in the 
entire community. 



OLE ANDREW OLSEN BONLIE. 

Among the well-known and successful men of Otter Tail county is Ole 
Andrew Olsen Bonlie, who is a native of Norway, having been born in that 
country on April 19, 1850, being the son of Hansold and Kare Olsen, both 
of whom were born in Norway. The Olsens came to the United States in 
[856, at first locating at Black Earth, Dane count)', Wisconsin. In 1858 
they removed to Iowa county, where they remained for four years, after 
which they took up their residence in McLeod county, Minnesota, in 1862, 
and in 1877 they moved to Clay county, this state, where the mother died 
in 188S; the father died at Fargo. North Dakota, in 1901. 

Ole Andrew Olsen Bonlie was educated in the common schools of 
Dane county, Wisconsin, and in the schools of Iowa comity. After com- 
pleting his education, he became a carpenter and engineer, which occupa- 
tions he followed for many years. Mr. Bonlie also devoted much of his 
time to farming, in which he has been successful. His first farm was a 
homestead, which he entered in 1877, in Clay county, Minnesota. He was 
located in Morehead at this time and worked at his trades. Although not 
active in the cultivation of his farm, he was always interested in agriculture. 

After a residence of some years in Morehead, Mr. Bonlie sold his 
farm near there and in 1880 came to Otter Tail county, where he purchased 
eight}- acres of land in section 9, Candor township. By close application 
and diligent work he has improved the tract until today he has one of the 
besl developed farms in the township, with good buildings and fences. Mr. 
Bonlie practices general farming and devotes much of his time to the raising 
of much stock, both of which receives his most careful attention. 

Ole \. O Bonlie was married, in 1873, to Bertha Frederickson, who 
was horn in Norway, July _'5. [853, where she grew to womanhood and 
received her education. Her mother, Ellen Frederickson, died the same year 
that Mrs. Bonlie was born, and her father. Frederick Frederickson, died 
when she was a mere child. She remained in her native country until she 
was nineteen years oi age, al which time she came to^Arnerica and settled 
in Minnesota. 

Mr. and Mrs. Bonlie are the parents of the following children: Caro- 
lina, Anton Herman, Edward, Hattie, Anton, Charles, Fred. Anna and 
Bertha, all of whom are alive with the exception of Carolina. Anton Her- 
man and Charles. 



OTTER TATL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 259 

JOHN NORDGAARD. 

A well-known and prosperous farmer of Trondhjem township, Otter 
Tail count}-, Minnesota, is John Nordgaard, who was born in Norway, 
March 28, 1864, he being the son of Staius and Mana Nordgaard, who 
were natives of Norway. Staius Nordgaard came to America in 1867, and 
settled in Fillmore county, Minnesota, where he lived for four years and 
then moved to Otter Tail county and homesteaded eighty acres of land in 
Trondhjem township, section 9, a place to which the elder Nordgaard added 
eighty acres, at a later time, and where he now lives in retirement. Mana, 
the wife of Staius Nordgaard, died in 1876. Staius and Mana Nordgaard 
were the parents of two children. Staal and John. 

Following his education in the schools of Fillmore and Otter Tail 
counties, Minnesota, John Nordgaard became a farmer, taking possession 
of Lhe home farm, a place to which Mr. Nordgaard added eighty acres and 
where he now lives and cultivated his choice farm of two hundred and 
forty acres. In addition to his general farming, John Nordgaard engages 
in the raising of considerable good grade live stock. 

During the year iSqq John Nordgaard was married to Dena Rynes, a 
native of Otter Tail county, and the daughter of Bernt and Ellena Rynes, 
who came from Norway to America in 1870, and located in Otter Tail 
county, where Bernt Rynes now lives a retired life. John and Dena Nord- 
gaard are the parents of the following children: Ella and Mabel (twins), 
Selmer, Ehvena and Bertha. In the year 1908 Dena, the wife of John 
Nordgaard. died, after which, in the year IQ12, Mr. Nordgaard was mar- 
ried, secondly, to Mar)- Watternoe, of Trondhjem township. To this mar- 
riage no children have been born. 



WILLIAM C. KRUEGER. 

Among the well-known farmers of Otter Tail county, Minnesota, the 
proprietor of one hundred and sixty acres in section 2, of Bluffton town- 
ship, and an active dairyman in this community is the man whose name 
heads this biographical sketch. 

William C. Krueger was horn in Dodge county, Wisconsin, on April 
28, [862, the son of William and Wilhelmina (NelD Krueger, both natives 
of Germany, the former born in 1838 and the latter about 1840. The 
paternal grandfather. Christian Krueger, came to America about 1842 and 
settled in Jefferson county, near \\ atertown, Wisconsin, where he lived until 
his death. He was the father of live children, Fred. John. August, William 
and a daughter. 

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260 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

b) his parents to America at the tender age of four years, and. the family 
having settled in Jefferson county, Wisconsin, was reared to manhood in 
that county. Wilhelmina Nell came to America with other members of her 
family when a girl of fifteen years of age and settled in Woodland, Wis- 
consin. She met her future husband, William Krueger, in Dodge count}', 
Wisconsin, and was married to him in that county. William Krueger had 
been a farmer and merchant at Hustis Fort, Wisconsin, but removed from 
thai place in the spring of 1X76 to Good Thunder, Blue Earth county. Min- 
nesota, where he engaged in the mercantile business for one year. After 
selling oui his business interests in Good Thunder, he removed to Hender- 
son, Minnesota, where he bought a farm comprising two hundred acres of 
partially improved land in Sibley county, where he lived until the fall of 
1913. He then sold this farm and removed to a farm about one and one- 
half miles from St. Peter, adjoining the farm of the asylum, where he died 
on August 1. mil Mis beloved wife survived him and is still living at a 
very mature age. 

I<> William and Wilhelmina (Nell) Krueger were born nine children. 
as follow: Frank, a fanner living near Drake. North Dakota; William C. 
the subject of this sketch; Fred, who died at the age of thirty years at 
Henderson; Julius, a traveling salesman living at Flasher, North Dakota; 
Peter, a farmer residing at Bemidji; Flora, who married Adolphus Boden, 
and died quite earl) m life; Anna, the wife of Paul Carpenter, who lives 
at St. Peter, Minnesota : Philip, who lives at New Salem. North Dakota. 
and Albert, who farms the home farm near St. Peter. 

William C. Krueger received his elementary education in the evening 
schools of St. Paul, where be had gone as a young man to make his way in 
the world. Alter working in various wholesale houses in St. Paul for about 
fifteen years, he removed to Buffalo Lake. Renville county. Minnesota, 
where he engaged in the saloon business for a period of six years. While 
working in St. Paul he had invested his savings in railroad land situated 111 
1 liter Tail and Wadena counties. Consequently, in 1905, upon (putting the 
saloon business in Buffalo Fake, he moved to a farm of one hundred and 
sixty acres in section 2, of Bluffton township, which he had but recently 
purchased. This land had been homesteaded, and, aside from a few log 
buildings, contained no further improvements. Determined to improve the 
farm, Mr. Krueger began to clear the land, to build fences and to erect a 
frame house. Later he enlarged his house and, in the fall of iou. erected 
.1 new and modern barn, thirty by ninelv feel, with two additions, fourteen 

irty-two feet, and ten b\ twelve feet, the latter being a milk room. 

William ( '. Krueger has made a specialty of dairying and keeps on an 

from twentv to thirtv cows, all of high grade stock, lie has a 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 26l 

silo and in fact is up-to-date and modern in every detail. In addition to 
his home farm, he still possesses the railroad land comprising one hundred 
and sixty acres. 

On September 2, 1891, William C. Krueger was married to Mary 
Zeigo, a native of Grafton, Ozaukee county. Wisconsin, the daughter of 
Charles Zeigo, an old settler of that state. Charles Zeigo was a soldier in 
the Civil War, having served in Company C, Thirty-fourth Regiment, Wis- 
consin Volunteer Infantry. He died at Winona, Minnesota, at the home of 
his son, Herman, on March 23. 191 5. at the age of ninety-three years. His 
remains were interred in Fergus Falls, beside those of his wife, who died 
on October 24, 1897. To Mr. and Mrs. Krueger have been born three 
children, namely: William A., born on July 18. 1892; Arthur H., Novem- 
ber 26, 181)7, and Louis E. (Pat). May 6, 1901. 

William C. Krueger has been prominent in the political circles of 
Bluffton township, and, as a Republican, has served as both school treasurer 
and a- justice of the peace. Both he and his beloved wife are devoted 
members of the Lutheran church, and he is a member of the Order of the 
Sons of Herman. He has commanded the respect and esteem of the people 
of Bluffton township and is well known in the social and agricultural circles 
of his community. 



CHARLES H. BOWMAX. 

Among the respected and successful agriculturists of Eagle Lake town- 
ship, ( >tter Tail county, Minnesota. Charles H. Bowman is a worthy citizen. 
He is a native of St. Olaf township, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, and his 
birth occurred on January 17. 1875. He is one of six children born to the 
union of James H. and Mary L. (Caldwell) Bowman, natives of New York 
and Ohio, respectively. The names of their children follow, in the order of 
their birth: John R., Belle. J. P.. Melissa, Charles and Kattie. Jam- II 
Bowman removed from his native state to Ohio, but shortly after changed 
hi- location to Wisconsin, where he met and married Mary L. Caldwell. In 
1873 they removed to St. Olaf township. Otter Tail county, Minnesota, and 
in [875 purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land (under the soldier's 
right), which was under the direct management of James H. Bowman until 
his death, on July to, 1909. During the Civil War he enlisted in Company 
K. Twenty-second Regiment. Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, and served 
his country as a brave and loyal soldier for three years. Mary L. Caldwell 
was a daughter of Robert and Ann Caldwell, who died in the state of Ohio 
and St. Olaf township, Titter Tail county, Minnesota, respectively. The 
paternal grandfather of Charles IT. Bowman was James Bowman, a native 
<>f New York, whose death occurred in that state. His wife died in Iowa. 



262 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

I harles H. Bowman received his education in the schools of Otter Tail 
county, .Minnesota, and has always remained on the old home place, where 
his mother, Alar)- L. (Caldwell) Bowman, also lives. In 1901 Charles H. 
Bowman was united in marriage to Amanda Edlund, and they are the par- 
ents of these children: Lorena, Ernest, Clifford and Vernon. 

Charles II. Bowman, his wife and mother are all members of the Pres- 
byterian church, and are actively engaged in the support and advancement 
of this denomination. Charles H. Bowman is a member of the Sons of 
\ eterans, and is now serving his fourth year as township assessor. He was 
clerk of school district No. 114 for seven years, and for the past two years 
has been secretary and treasurer of the Midway Mutual Telephone Company. 



JOHN DUBEROWSKI. 



John Duberowski is a native of Ohio, being born there on May 15, 
1872. His parents, William and Wilhelmina (Brockop) Duberowski, were 
natives of Germany. The father of John Duberowski came to America in 
1 87 1 and after his marriage settled in Cleveland, where he worked in a 
car-shop and lived for ten years. He brought his family to Minnesota in 
1880 and bought the farm of one hundred and sixty acres where he and his 
son, John, now live, and where his wife died. Their children are John, 
Emma and Ida. By a previous marriage, Mrs. Duberowski was the mother 
of three children, whose father's name was Schultz. These children are 
named Gusta, Andrew and Minnie. 

John Duberowski had only limited educational advantages. Attending 
the local schools he was obliged to discontinue his education in order to 
make a livelihood. Purchasing forty acres about one mile southeast of his 
present home, he began his independent career as a farmer. He later 
acquired forty acres more and after eleven years' residence there, he returned 
to the old home place, where lie has erected all of the buildings excepting 
the dwelling, lie now owns one hundred and twenty acres and his father 
IS the owner of fort}' acres. 

On December 27, 1898, John Duberowski was married to Anna Broc- 
kopp, who was born in German] 1 mi September jo, t88o, and came to 
America at the age of three with her parents. She is the daughter of Fred 
and Wilhelmina Brockopp, of Effiington township, this county. They came 
from Germany in [883. The mother died in 1911, her husband having pre- 
lier in January, 1903. lie farmed on eighty acres of land. Mrs. 
Duberowski ha- three sisters and one brother, nameh : Bertha, Gusta, Otto 
and Emma, named in the order of their birth, she being the third born. To 
Mr. and Mrs. Duberowski were horn s,\ children, of whom the eldest son. 
Tohnie, who was limn on January 22. iqoo. is deceased. The others are: 



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Paul, born on September 6, 1902; Vivian, November 5, 1906; Lulu, Octo- 
ber 9, 1909; Myrtle, May 25, 1911, and Geneva, March 22. 1913. Their 
parents are members of the German Lutheran church, which was also the 
religious affiliation of Mrs. Duderowski's family. 

Such has been Mr. Duderowski's activity outside of his vocational 
work that he has retained a keen interest in all that concerns the welfare 
of the commonwealth in which be lives. A devoted father and husband, a 
kind, considerate neighbor, a man of broad sympathies, it is not surprising 
that he has many rinse friends among the residents of this county. 



JOHN BYE. 



John Bye is one of those men who. by diligent effort and honesty, have 
earned the respect of thejr fellow citizens and a comfortable competency as 
well. He is a native of Norway and is the son of Nels and Martha (Han- 
snn 1 live, also natives of Norway, who remained in their native land until 
their deaths. Nels Bye was a farmer and the father of three sons : Ole, 
Christian and John, John being the second born. 

John Bye emigrated to \merica in 1872, at the age of twenty-three 
years of age, his birth having occurred on January 1, 1849. Finding the 
education already received inadequate to the needs of his new life, he 
attended school for one winter after his arrival in this country. For seven 
years he engaged in various occupations, mostly in Wisconsin, and in 1879 
removed to Otter Tail county, Minnesota, where he engaged in agricultural 
pursuits. In t88o he was successful in winning the hand of Liza Kjer and, 
with the new responsibilities of home making, he became interested in 
operating for himself. With this view in mind, an homestead was pur- 
chased consisting of one hundred and twenty-three acres, located in Eagle 
lake township, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, and immediate improvements 
w<re begun. Forty acres have been added to the original property, and it is 
now well improved. There have been born three children to the union of 
John Bye and Liza Kjer, namely: Martha, Nels J. and Hans A. Mrs. Bye 
died "ii February -'. [909. John Byi is a member of the Norwegian Luth- 
eran church, in which his wife was also an earnest worker. 

John Bye has proven hi- worth to the community by his having been 
appointed to offices of trust, time and again, holding the office of township 
assessor for a period of seventeen years. He has also served his fellow 
citizens in the capacity of township clerk and as justice of the peace, also as 
clerk of the school district, and has been secretary of the church congrega- 
tion the past thirty-three wars. That be his discharged all duties to the 
best of his ability and has given conscientious service, denotes him to be of 
Sterling character and the confidence reposed in him has not been misplaced. 



_>(>4 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

KNUT X. SONMOR. 

Like many of the prosperous and progressive tanners of St. Olaf 
townhsip, in Otter Tail county, Minnesota, Knut X. Sonmor, of this -ketch, 
has found time from his busy life to devote a part of his talents and ability 
to the welfare of the community, as a result of which he is one of those 
citizens who have won a place of note among the men of the township and 
county for their efforts and unselfish interest in the development and 
advancement of their communities. As a result of his success in agricul- 
tural pursuits and because of his place in the public life of the locality. 
Knut X. Sonmor is entitled to a place among the prominent citizens of the 
community. 

Knut X. Sonmor was born on the Sonmor homestead in St. Olaf town- 
ship, Otter Tail county. Minnesota, on October 22, 1869, the son of Nels 
and I'ettronille Sonmor, both of whom were natives of Norway. Nels 
Sonmor was a farmer of that country until the year 1866, when he came 
to America and after a year of residence in the state of Iowa, he came to 
St. Olaf township, Otter I ail county, Minnesota, and secured one hundred 
and sixty acres of land, on which he built a log cabin for a home, aftet 
which he broke up the sod of his new possession, cultivating his land suc- 
cessfully and later added to his holdings until he was the owner of three 
hundred and fifty acres of well-tilled and highly-productive land. From 
the days when this pioneer farmer came to St. Olaf township, making the 
trip from St. (loud. Minnesota, by ox team, until later when he was a well- 
to-do farmer, he was compelled to suffer many privations and hardships, 
due to the distance from market, where he could sell his produce and bin 
his supplies; but with a spirit >'i determination and a persevering nature, 
Nels Sonmor was able to rise above his drawbacks and become one of the 
more prosperous nun of agricultural life in the community. Xcls Sonmor 
and his wife were the parents of live children, Jacob Knut. the subjeel of 
tin- sketch, Martin. Nels and Mary. In church circles Nels Sonmor was a 
man known to be especially active, giving largely of his time and effort for 
the work of the Norwegian Lutheran church, of which he was a prominent 
member. Politically, the elder Sonmor was an ardent Republican, 

Knut X Sonmor received his education in the common schools of St. 
Olaf township, < M ter 'fail county, Minnesota, after which he helped his 
father on the home farm for some lime. In the year 1N01 he went to Polk 
county, Minnesota, where be engaged in the restaurant business for three 
wars, following which he returned to St. Olaf township, Otter Tail county, 
and rented a farm on which he lived for about two years, [n the year 
[805, after his marriage, Knut X. Sonmor went to Wadena county, Minne- 
sota, where h< homesteaded eighty acres of land, where he farmed until the 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 265 

year [898, at which time he came hack to Tordenskjold township, this 
county, and bought eighty acres of land, farming there until the year 1900, 
when he bought the old home farm of one hundred and ninety-six acre-. 
where he now lives, engaged in general farming and stock raising. 

During the year 1005 Knut X. Sonmor was married to Alary Johnson, 
who was horn on November jt. [869, the daughter of Ole Jensen and wife, 
and to this marriage have been born the following' children: Mae. Julia. 
Ruth, Oscar, (dare, Johnnie and Nellie. Knut X. Sonmor and his familv 
are members of the Norwegian Lutheian church. 

In the public and official life of St. Olaf township. Otter Tail county, 
Minnesota, Knut X. Sonmor has taker, his part willingly, and he is a citizen 
who for seven years served the office of township assessor and for six years 
served as treasurer of the school board, with well-known ability and tact. 
Politically. Mr. Sonmor is independent of party in local affairs, preferring 
to be of use and service to his community wherever he can. without regard 
to party or creed. 



CLAES ALFRED LUNDBERG. 

Far away Sweden has contributed mam a thrifty farmer and good 
citizen to this county, none of win mi stands higher than Claes Lundberg, 
who came here with his parents when he was only fifteen year-- old. He 
was burn in Sweden, February 17, [856, and is the sun of Johanas and 
Mary (Anderson) Lundberg, both natives of Sweden. The mother of 
Claes Lundberg was the second wife of his father, with whom she came to 
America in [871. 'I hey journeyed from St. Cloud to Parkers Prairie in a 
primitive wagon drawn by two faithful oxen. It was July 25 or 2~ when 
they arrived in the littl town which for many years has been their home 
and thai of their children. Mr. Lundberg, while a carpenter, also acquired 
one hundred and sixty-acres in Eastern township as a hometsead, and here 
he died Dii March 21, 1873, leaving a widow and two children, the eldest 
being the subject of tin-- sketch and the youngest being Fred, who is now a 
farmer in Plentywood, Montana. The mother lived until October 15, [882. 
By a previous marriage, Mr. Lundberg was the father of six children, all of 
whom an' deceased. 

Claes A. Lundberg. who was educated in the common schools of Swe 
den. came to lln^ country in his youth and on March 7. 1N77. took up a 
homestead of a quarter section where he now lives, in section jo. Eastern 
township. Here he cleared the laud and built a home and other equipment. 

In 1884 Claes V Lundberg was married to Tilda Anderson, who was 
born in Sweden, where her father. Vndres Anderson, lived and died. Onl) 
one child, a son, \uguM \lfred. is at In. me. the other child, a daughter, 



266 OTTER TAIL COUNTY. MINNESOTA. 

named Mary Alfield, being deceased. Mrs. Tilda Lundberg died on Decem- 
ber 26, 1914. Mr. Lundberg has been prominent in this community and 
has served as supervisor and member of the school board. He is an enter- 
prising and painstaking workman, a loyal citizen, upholding always the 
good, a devoted husband and father, and a man whose conduct and career 
have been guided by principles of right and justice. 



LAWRENCE P. STENSTROM. 

Lawrence P. Stenstrom, who for more than thirty-six years has been 
an active minister of the Swedish Lutheran church, in Otter Tail county, 
Minnesota, was born in Sweden on Tune 18. 1843, he being the son of Jacob 
Peter Stenstrom and Gustava Elizabeth Martinson, both of whom were born 
in Sweden. Jacob Peter Stenstrom died in 1845. His widow, Gustava 
Elizabeth Stenstrom, were the parents of two children, John J. and Law- 
rence Peter, J. P. Stenstrom and his family were active members of the 
Swedish Lutheran church in their native country. 

Lawrence Peter Stenstrom was educated in the public schools of his 
native country, and after his marriage, in Sweden, he came to .America in 
1872 and located in the state of Pennsylvania, near the city of Warren, 
where Mr. Stenstrom made his home for seven years and then moved to 
Otter Tail county. Minnesota. On reaching Otter Tail county, Lawrence 
Peter Stenstrom became the minister of the Elizabeth, Minnesota, Swedish 
Lutheran church, he since having been in charge of the church at Fergus 
Falls. Pelican Rapids, Erhardt and Amor. The Reverend Stenstrom is now 
the minister to the churches at Elizabeth and at Erhardt, Minnesota. Law- 
rence Peter Stenstrom has been a minister of the Swedish Lutheran 
church during a term of thirty-six years. Tn addition to his ministerial 
work, the Reverend Stenstrom cares for the activities on his farm of one 
hundred and two acres, located in Elizabeth township, Otter Tail county. 

Lawrence I '. Stenstrom, on January 21, 1866, was married to Julia 
Charlotte Stenstrom, and to this marriage have been horn nine children, 
Svan. Gothold, Samuel, T'oseph, Gabriel, I'.ina. Ruth. Miriam and Nina 



LAURITS M. HEGGEN. 

Laurits M. Heggen, the -on ,,f Martin L. and \1111 lleggen. was born 
in Fillmore county, this state, on March 28, 1872. The parent- were natives 
of Norway and came to the United States in [869, landed in the Xew York 
and moved direct to Fillmore county, where the father worked for others 
For seme four years. \fier deciding to seek a new location, he walked to 
Ottei Tail countv, where he purchased eisrhtv acres of land and then returned 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 267 

afoot to his home tor his family. Having them established in their new 
home he returned with an ox team for the family supplies. He later bought 
more land. He lived for seven or eight years in Fergus Falls, but returned 
to the home farm two years ago. where he now lives, the wife having died 
in 1914. Mr. and Mrs. Heggen were the parents of the following children: 
Ingaborg, Christine, Laurits, Adolph i deceased ) . Anton, Julia, Samuel and 
Martin. 

Laurits M. Heggen received his education in the common schools of 
Otter Tail county, where he has lived the greater part of his life. On 
March 9, 1898, he was married to Carrie Rude, who was a native of Nor- 
way. They are the parents of five children : Arthur, Myrtle. Mauris, Clar- 
ence and Arnold, all of whom are at home. 

Mr. Heggen purchased his farm of one hundred and fifty-two acres in 
Oscar township in 1898. He has improved and developed the place and 
erected most of the buildings. 

The family are members of the Lutheran church, in which they take 
an active interest. 

Mr Heggen. besides owning his most excellent farm, is the owner of 
stock in the Farmers Elevator Company at Rothsay and in the Farmers 
Telephone Company. He is a successful farmer and business man, and one 
of much influence in his community. 



TOHN G. HAGGSTROM. 



The present age demands of men who are to attain a position of prom- 
inence in the world, self-reliance, industry and an unswerving devotion to 
duty. All of these elements of character have been exemplified in the life 
of John G. Haggstrom, who has gained more than ordinary recognition in 
the agricultural field. He who is the subject of this sketch was born on 
January 1. 1853. in Sweden, and is the son of Gustav Pearson and Mary 
M. (Greta) Pearson, both of whom were born in Sweden. The parents of 
John G Haggstrom never left their native land, where they lived on an 
old homestead, to come to America as most of their neighbors were doing 
at that time. They were devout members of the Lutheran church. 

John G. Haggstrom came to this country in 1869, at the aye of sixteen 
years. He landed at Quebec, Canada, practically alone and without friends 
upon whom he could rely until he was started in the business world. He 
went first to Detroit, Michigan, and then to Chicago. In Lockport, Illinois, 
where tin subject of tin-; sketch finally took up his residence, he worked for 
fourteen years in the stone quarries and as a carpenter of that community. 
The initial appearance of John G Haggstrom in Otter Tail county was 
made in December, of the year T882. ^fter remaining ai Pelican Rapids 



268 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

four months he moved, in 1883, to the town of Maine, where he bought 
fort) acres of land. In [884 he bought thirty-two acres of land and three 
years later added twenty-seven acres to his possessions. In 1900 he bought 
twenty-seven acres and seven years later added forty acres to his farm, 
which now extends over an area of one hundred and sixty acres. The farm 
is in an excellent state of improvement and the owner continues to keep it 
supplied with all modern conveniences. 

John G Haggstrom was twice married, first to .Mary Johnson, the 
daughter of Jonas Johnson, on the 27th of June, [882. To this union were 
horn Amanda, who is a nurse in Moscow, Idaho; five children who died in 
childhood, and one son, who died at the age of twenty-two years. His first 
wife passed away on the 3rd of August, 1896. On the 4th of June. 1898, 
he was united in matrimony to Hannah Honson, the daughter of Hans 
Pearson, a native of Sweden, who never emigrated to this country. Mr. 
and Mrs. John (i. Haggstrom have two sons, Conrad and Gustaf Adolph, 
and are members of the Lutheran church, which they attend regularly, [n 
political affairs, the subject of this sketch has never taken a prominent part, 
hut has been content to devote his time to his agricultural interests. In 
traveling over the rural sections of the county, Mr. Haggstrom finds an 
automobile an indispensable convenience. 



TORKEL E. RISBRUDT. 

Torkel K. Risbrudt is generally known throughout this section as a 
leader in public affairs, and as a citizen he is highly respected. He is the 
s. m of Engebret and Kari (Ellefson) Tarkelson, both natives of Norway, 
where his birth occurred on November 6, 1845. Engebret Tarkelson was 
horn on April _'o. [825, and emigrated to America in 1861. Immediately 
upon his arrival in this country, he located in Spring Grove Houston county. 
Minnesota, and the following year removed to Winneshiek county. Iowa. 
where he remained until [867. lie then removed to Douglas count)', Min- 
nesota where he remained until May -'4. 1868, at which time he squatted 
mi land which was nut surveyed at the time, located in Si Olaf township. 
Otter Tail county, Minnesota, and continued to reside on that place until 
his death, on October ~. 1907. This home was purchased under the home- 
stead law and consisted of one hundred and sixt) acres. Kari Ellefson was 
horn on September 24, 1 
count v. Iowa- 

Torkel E. Risbrudt 
of his native land and th 
a young man he squatte 
Olaf township, adjoining his father's farm, and paid ten dollars for his first 



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OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 269 

sack of flour, which he purchased at Alexandria, Minnesota, and for which 
he borrowed the money. During the first years of his farming operations 
he did teaming in connection with his agricultural work and gradually 
added to his holdings until he owned four hundred and eighty acres of 
well-improved land. Before he began selling this property to his sons it 
was devoted to general farming and stock raising. 

Forkel E. Risbrudt has seen many changes in this section, his first 
memory of Fergus Falls being but a lone log cabin in which he spent the 
night upon his first tr ; p to thai town. Among the many offices which he 
has held are those of constable, assessor, chairman of township supervisors, 
township clerk and director. lie also served as treasurer of the township 
for sixteen years. Politically, he votes independently, and his religious 
affiliations are with the Norwegian Lutheran church. 

On March [8. [873, Torkel E. Risbrudt was united in marriage to 
Geuine Ellfson, and they are the parents of six children, whose names fol- 
low : Edward, Clara. Theodore, Christopher and Helena. 



OLE M. RUDE. 



Successful and prosperous as a farmer, alter some years of determined 
and persevering effort to reach a position of independence in the agricul- 
tural circles of Pelican township, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, Ole M. 
Rude is a man who has shown his desirability as a citizen and has demon- 
strated his possession of those qualities which, used in matters of public 
welfare and progress for the community, have given him a rank among the 
appreciated men of Otter Tail county and 1'elican township. 

Ole M. Rude was born in Norway. December 20, 1856. the son of 
Martin O. and Sigeri (Olson) Rude, both of whom spent their entire lives 
in Norway, where Martin O. Rude was a man engaged in general work, 

Ole M. Rude, the subject of this sketch was educated in Norway, after 
which he came, in the year 1883, to America, landed at Quebec, Canada, and 
from there came to Otter Tail county, settling at Pelican Rapids, near 
where he worked for some years as a farm hand, engaged in clearing the 
land of the early settlers in Pelican township. In the year [88/ Ole M. 
Rude bought fort) acres of land 111 Pelican township, a place which he 
cleared of timber and brush, and where he erected the necessary buildings, 
on land which as yet was bare of any improvement. Since his first invest- 
ment, Ole M. Rude has added to his land holdings until he now owns one 
hundred acres of land in Pelican township, and sixty-three acres of valuable 
land on the east side of Pake Luda. on this land engaging in general farm- 
ing, together with some stock raising. 

During the year [884 Ole M. Rude was married to Carrie Martinson, 



27O OTTER TAIL COUNTY. MINNESOTA. 

who was born 111 Norway, the daughter of Martin Broughten and wife, who 
were natives of Norway. To the marriage of Ok and Carrie (Martinson) 
Rude was born one son, Martin. In the year 1885 Ole M. Rude was mar- 
ried, secondly, t.o Carrie Jaeobson, who was a native of Norway, the daugh- 
ter nf Jacob Haakensen and wife, who were among the early comers to 
Pelican town-hip. Ole M. and Carrie 1 Jaeobson) Rude are the parents of 
the following children: Jacob, Simon Henry, Minnie, Amalia, Carl Oscar, 
Lawrence George, Agnes Sophie, Clara Otthilia and Eddie Norman. Mr. 
Rude and his family are well-known and respected members of the United 
Lutheran church of Pelican township. 

Politically, < Ik M. Rude has taken no especial part as an office holder 
or public man, but has served as a good citizen in the ranks, one who is 
known to be willing to do all in his power for the interests of his commun- 
ity. 



ENGEBRET L. KVERNSTOEN. 

Engebret L. Kvernstoen is of Norwegian parentage and was born in 
Norway. January 24, [865, his parents being Lars O. and Ingri CEmbret- 
datter 1 Kvernstoen, who emigrated to America in the spring of 1869. Upon 
their arrival in the United States they located in Iowa for one year, and 
then removed to Goodhue county. Minnesota. Their intentions were to 
eventually establish' a home in Otter Tail county, Minnesota, and after 
remaining in Goodhue county for one year they began their journey to 
Tumuli township. Ingri ( F.mbretdatter) Kvernstoen traveling by team, 
accompanying Carl Steien and family, while the hsuband and children jour- 
neyed by rail as far as Benson, where they hired a team to take them to. 
Tumuli township, where they joined the mother. This was in the spring of 
1871 and the} at once entered a homestead of one hundred and twenty 
acres, on which Engebret L. Kvernstoen now lives. Pars O. and Ingri 
( Embretdatter ) Kvernstoen remained on this place until their deaths. Thev 
were the parents of four children, all of whom are deceased with the excep- 
tion of Engebrel !.. Kvernstoen. 

Engebret P. Kvernstoen received his meager education in the district 
schools of Tumuli township, Otter Tail county, and after finishing same, 
assisted his father with the work on the home place and has always remained 
on the farm. This farm now consists of two hundred acres, eighty acres 
having been added to the original purchase. General farming is the mode 
of cultivation, also some stock raising. The names of the brother and sis- 
ters of Engebret P. Kvernstoen are as follow: Ole. Anne and Kirsti. 

In the fall oi [890 Engebrel L Kvernstoen was united in marriage to 
Ingeborg Sageng, and to them have been born nine children: Intra, Ole. 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 2JI 

Otto (deceased), Carl, Marie, Laura. Ottelie. Ruth and Otto. Engebret L. 
Kvernstoen and his wife are members of the Norwegian Lutheran church. 
The paternal grandparents of Engebret L. Kvernstoen, Ole and Anna 
Kvernstoen, were natives of Norway and lived and died in that country, she 
at the advanced age of more than ninety rears. 



LARS O. RONNING. 



Lars O. Ronning is a highly-respected citizen of Dane Prairie township, 
Otter Tail county. Minnesota. He has been very successful in his chosen 
calling, and his native ability, for honesty and worth, has won him many 
friends. Lars O. Ronning is one of nine children born to the union of 
Ole Larson Ronning and Ingeborg Anderson, both natives of Norwav. The 
birth of Lars O. Ronning occurred on December 31, 1845, in Norway, 
where be was reared to manhood and where all but two weeks of his educa- 
tion was received. 

Ole Larson Ronning emigrated to America in t86~. and located in 
Goodhue county, Minnesota, when- he rented a farm for a period of two 
years, in the meantime sending for his family, consisting of his wife and 
nine children, who arrived in [868. They then removed to Chippewa county, 
Minnesota, where the father and his son, Lars O. Ronning, each entered a 
claim or homestead. Five years later Ole Larson Ronning sold his land and 
removed to Dane Prairie township, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, and pur- 
chased a homestead, where both he and his wife died. The youngest daugh- 
ter still resides on the home place. The names of their children follow : 
Thor, Lars O., Anna, Mettie, Bertha, Julia. Ole, Christian and Sophia. 

Lars O. Ronning is indebted to the schools of his native land for the 
education which he received. After his arrival in this country he attended 
school for a period of two weeks, but discontinued his studies for the oppor- 
tunity of accepting a position as painter in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where 
he remained for six years following his trade. He was united in marriage 
to Oleva Erickson, while a resident of Minneapolis, the marriage having 
been solemnized in 1S75. Three years later he removed to Dane Prairie 
township, Otter Tail count), and purchased eighty acres of homestead land. 
111 which he now resides. While engaged in agricultural pursuits he has 
followed his trade most of the time and is now practically retired from 
active labor. Most of the improvements on the farm have been made by 
Lars O. Ronning, who has developed the place into a very productive piece 
of property. Ilis wife. Oleva (Erickson) Ronning, was born in Norway 
and emigrated, alone, to the United States, her parents having remained in 
Norway all of their lives. To the union of Lars O. Ronning and his wife 



-'7-' OTTER TAIL COUNTY, .MINNESOTA. 

have been born eight children: John, Severt, Oleva, Laura, Phena, Ber- 
nard. Allien and Mary. 

The members of this family are affiliated with the Norwegian Lutheran 
church and are actively engaged in the advancement and support of same. 
Lars O. Ronning was elected to serve in the capacity of supervisor for 
Dane F'rairie township and also as school director. 



KNUD C. HANSEN. 



\moiig the prosperous financial institutions of Otter Tail county men- 
tion must be made of the First National Bank, of Battle Lake, which is a 
reorganization of the old Otter Tail County State Bank, and of which Knud 
C. Hansen is the cashier. 

Knud C. Hansen was horn near Christiana. Norway, June 16. 1868, 
a son of Christopher Hansen Bye and Boel Skatvedt. After his marriage, 
Mr. Hansen's father dropped the "Bye," and used "Stovern" in its place. 
Both Mr Hansen's parents were born in Norway and spent their entire lives 
in that country. The elder Hansen was a farmer and reared a family of 
seven children, two of whom came to America, Helga, who is unmarried and 
lives in San Francisco, California, and Knud C, the immediate subject of 
this sketch. 

Knud C. Hansen received his education in the public schools of his 
native land, and at the age of nineteen years came to America. For seven 
years he was employed as clerk in a store in Sargent county. North Dakota, 
hut in [895 removed to Battle Lake, this county, and engaged in business 
with T. A. Ranstad, under the firm name of Ranstad & Hansen, and was 
thus engaged in the hardware and implement business until IQ07, a period 
of twelve years. In 1^07 Mr. Hansen reorganized the old Otter Tail County 
State Bank into the hirst National Bank of Battle Lake, and was elected 
cashier of the institution, a position which he now holds. 

The First National Bank of Battle Lake has as its president. Charles 
Keith: vice-president, Henry Olson; cashier, K. ( '. Hansen and assistant 
cashier, F. J. Rudh. A condensed statement from the report made to the 
comptroller of the currency on .May 1. 11)15. shows the hank to have total 
resources of $283,078.17, divided as follows: Loans. $213,613.61; over- 
draft-. $138.02; United States bonds, $25,000: banking house, $8,000; 
stock federal reserve hank. SX50.00: cash on hand and due from hanks. 
$34,226.54; redemption fund with United States treasurer. $1,250.00. The 
liabilities of the hank, which amount to $228,078. 17. are divided as follows; 
1 apital stock, $25,000.00; surplus, $3,500.00; undivided profits. $1,263.03; 
circulation, $25,000.00; deposits, $228,315.14. The hank makes a specialty 
of farm loans at the lowest rates, and all matters entrusted to that institu- 




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OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 273 

tion receive prompt, careful and confidential attention. The bank is in a 
most prosperous condition, due in a large measure to the efficient banking 
methods of its officers, and the cordial relations between the public and its 
cashier. 

Knucl C. Hansen, since coining to America, has been identified with the 
Republican party. He is a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order 
of Elks and of the Modern Woodmen of America at Fergus Falls. 



I< Ml AX A. MELBY. 



Johan A. Melby is a native of ( alniar. Winneshiek county, Iowa, and 
his birth occurred on February 2. 1869. He is the son of Andrew Johnson 
and Martha ( Osselson ) Melby. Andrew Johnson Melby was born in 1825, 
in Ida. Wermeland, Sweden, and emigrated to America when a young man, 
chosing Chicago as bis location. While a resident of that city he was 
engaged in various occupations, and while there his first marriage was sol- 
emnized. During the great struggle of the Civil War, Andrew Johnson 
Melby was drafted for service, lint was released because of disabilitv. \bout 
this time the death of his first wife occurred, and he returned to his native 
country, where he was employed for a dredging concern. For eight years 
he was a resident of Norway and Sweden, at the end of which time he 
returned to America, locating in Winneshiek county, Iowa. Shortlv after 
bis arrival in Winneshiek county he rented land and engaged in agricul- 
tural pursuits for some years, also operating a threshing outfit, of which he 
was the owner. 

Andrew Johnson Melby was united in marriage to' Martha Osselson. a 
native of Gran, Hadland, Norway, who was born in 1832. She was a widow 
and the mother of one daughter, who died when very young. To the union 
of Andrew Johnson and Martha (Osselson) Melby were both these chil- 
dren: Johan. Mary, now Mrs. Guilder Hanson, died in Grant county; 
Caroline, deceased; Olat. deceased, and Anna, also deceased. In the fall of 
1871 tin- family moved to St. Olaf township. Otter Tail countv, Minnesota, 
and purchased a homestead of one hundred and sixty acres, located in Eagle 
Lake township. Their home consisted of a "dugout," in which they lived 
for nine years, at the end of which time a log house was erected, and is still 
standing on the original site. 

Johan A. Melby received bis education in the local schools of Eagle 
lake township, Otter Tail county. Minnesota, and has always resided on 
the home place, which he now owns. General farming and the breeding and 
raisin- of Shorthorn cattle are the principal industries of this farm, which 
is well improved and well managed. 
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OTTER TAIL COUNTY. MINN] 501 \ 



MICHAEL VVALZ. 



Among the progressive and influential citizens of Otter Tail county, 
Minnesota, none are held in greater esteem than Michael Walz, who has 
been honored with many positions of trust. His birth occurred on October 
13, 1852, in Illinois, and lie is the son of Michael and Eva ( Schmidt) Walz, 
both natives of Germany. They emigrated to America in 1848 and located 
in Illinois, "/here Michael Walz engaged in agricultural pursuits. In c86o 
they removed to Stearns county. Minnesota, where a farm was purchased 
and this became their home until their deaths. They were the parents of 
fifteen children. 

Michael Walz received his education in St. John's College and was 
graduated from that institution in 1868, after which he taught school for 
seven years in Stearns county, Minnesota. He then removed to Otter Tail 
county. Minnesota, locating in the town of 1'erham, where he engaged in the 
general mercantile business. He continued in this line for nearly fifteen 
years and then entered the banking business, organizing a private bank- 
known as the Weber, Kemper & Walz Hank. This bank was operated from 
1890 until 1000, at which time Michael Walz sold his interest in the institu- 
tion and dealt in real estate. In 1912 he organized the Perham Holding 
Company and became its secretary and manager, which position be occu- 
pied until 1915. He served the public as representative from 1903 until 
1907. 

In 1882 Michael Walz was united in marriage to Elizabeth Ries. and 
they became the parents of five children, whose names follow: Fred A.. 
Romeo P., Arthur R., and Katheryn M. and Antoinett M., who are twins. 
Michael Walz and his wife are devout members of the Catholic church, and 
Mr. Walz is a member of the Knights of Columbus. 



EDWARD L. JENAL. 

Edward L. Jenal is one of the representative citizens of the community 
of 1'erham, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, and his progressive ideas have 
been of great benefit to the citizens. He is the son of J. P. and Katherine 
fGoeden) Jenal. and his birth occurred on November 3, 1879, in Cedar 
county. Nebraska. J. P. Jenal is a native of Switzerland and his wife is a 
native of Wisconsin. J. P. Jenal is engaged in the real-estate Imsincs^ and 
is located in Los Angeles, California. 

Edward L. Jenal received his early education in the public schools of 
Hartington. Nebraska, graduating from the high school in that town. He 
then attended Creighton University, of Omaha. Nebraska, upon the com- 
pletion of which he entered St. Vincent College, <>f Los \nge1es. California. 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 275 

and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1902. Soon after this he 
became assistant cashier of the Pierce Comity Bank, in Pierce county. 
Nebraska, and occupied that position for six years. He then became assist- 
ant manager of the Chaffee-Miller Milling Company, in Castleton, North 
Dakota, which position he held for two years. In 191 1 he became manager 
of the Globe Milling Company, in Perham, Minnesota, and has retained 
that position until the present time. 

In 1906 Edward L. Jena! was united in marriage to Florence Fay Hut- 
ton, and they are the parents of one child, Winnefred. Florence Fay (Hut- 
ton ) Jenzd is a native of Pierce, Nebraska. 

Edward L. Jenal is a supporter of the Republican party and very active 
in promoting party principles. Both he and his wife are members of the 
Catholic church. Besides his other interests, Edward L. Jenal is financial 
secretary for the Perham Council No. 1773, Knights of Columbus, in which 
order he is a member. 



NILS T. SKOGLUND. 



Every successful business man, it is said, leaves behind him a trail of 
accretions to the well-to-do classes. His children start with advantages of 
education, environment, easy command of capital. Their occupations, their 
standards of living are on a new plane. This is what Mr. Skoglund has 
done for his children and his community. He has been for twenty years a 
resident of this county and for fifteen years the township treasurer. Mr. 
Skoglund was born in Sweden on December 1, 1864, and is the son of Jens 
and Anna (Jenson) Jenson. 

Jens Jenson, the paternal grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was 
a farmer by occupation. The maternal grandfather was a soldier in the 
Danish War. The father of Nils J. Skoglund, who was a laboring man, is 
still living in his native country of Sweden, but his wife has passed away. 
They were the parents of six children, namely: Sven, who lives in Sweden; 
Nils J., Peter and Anna, residents of the United States; Bengta, who lives 
in Sweden, and John, who died in America. 

After finishing his education in his native state, the subject of this 
sketch did military service for two years. He then came to America in 
1 89 1 and for the two following years worked on a railroad near Fargo, 
North Dakota, which was then his home. In 1895 ne came to this county, 
where he purchased a farm which is the site of his present home. In East- 
ern township he now owns two hundred and forty acres, upon which he has 
built substantial buildings and fences. He is a well-known raiser of Hol- 
stein cattle and Poland China hogs. Mr. Skoglund's present possessions are 
an interesting contrast to his store of worldly goods when he arrived on the 



2/6 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

shores of America, for at that time he had been obliged to borrow the 
money with which he bought his ticket which was to bring him from the 
( lid World. 

The marriage which made Air. Skoglund and Elsie Christiana Pehrson 
man and wife took place in 1803. The bride had come to America with her 
parents when she was a child, her father, Andrew Fehrson. migrated to 
Fargo, North Dakota, and after a residence in that state came to this 
count}-, where he took up the occupation of farming. The children born in 
this household are: Edwin, Hilden, Telia, Delia, Rhode and Bernard. 

Mr. and Mrs. Skoglund are interested in the Swedish Lutheran church, 
of which they are members. Mr. Skoglund is now occupying the office of 
township trustee, a position which he has filled with credit for the past 
fifteen years. He is interested in many business enterprises in Parkers 
Prairie, being vice-president of the Farmers Equity Association, of which 
he was one of the organizers and since its beginning a director. He is also 
a director of the Joy Creamery Company, located at Parkers Prairie. He is 
also vice-president of the Eastern Telephone Company and was one of its 
organizers, and has held the office he now holds, namely, the vice-presi- 
dency, since the beginning of the organization. The many positions of 
honor and trust which have been held by the above named gentleman classify 
him as one of the progressive, wide-awake citizens of Parkers Prairie. His 
life has been no small contribution to the general welfare of this commun- 
ity, who in return give him their respect and esteem. 



TENS CHRIST! VXSOW 



When an ambitious youth starts out with no capital except his health 
and his determination to succeed and middle age finds him a representative 
of his chosen line of work, no better evidence is recpiired to show that in the 
beginning he possessed the necessary traits of character. Jens Christianson, 
a native of Sweden, was born there in July, i8f>6. 

Christian Johnson and Anna Christianson, parents of the gentleman 
whose name appears above, were natives of Sweden, but came to America 
in r8c)3 to live with their son. Tens. The father was a working man in the 
old country. Here the) lived until their death. 

Jens Christianson, the subject of this sketch, went to school in Sweden 
and came to America in December, [892. He journeyed to this township, 
where he has lived ever since. About a year after his arrival he bought 
eighty acre- and to this later added forty acres more, and again twenty 
acres. In 1909 he bought one hundred and twenty acres in section 28, of 
Eastern township, and later erected the buildings in which he and his family 
have lived and carried on their farm work. 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 2~jj 

Jens Christiansen was united in marriage to Mrs. Anna (Skoglund) 
Carlson, and to this union five children have been born, namely: Melvin, 
Ruth, Stella, Freda and Mildred. Anna Skoglund was first married to 
August Carlson, to which union were born two children, William and Agnes. 
Mr. and Mrs. Christianson are affiliated with the Swedish Lutheran church, 
in which they are active and devout members. 

Mr. Christianson, besides his farming interests, is a stockholder in the 
Joy Creamery Company. He has been gifted with the qualities of perse- 
verance and energy for which his countrymen are noted, and he richly 
deserves the prosperity which has come as. a result of his active, ambitious 
career. 



WILLIAM TANGLEN. 



So sharp is modern competition that even the man who inherits an 
estate and is able to retain it is accredited rightfully with success. William 
Tanglen, a well-known farmer of Parkers Prairie, deserves mention here 
not only as a man who has attained recognition by reason of his material 
prosperity, but because, as a public servant, he has been honorable and 
upright in the discharge of his duty. William Tanglen, a native of the farm 
on which he now lives, was born on November 26, 1881, his parents being 
John and Louise (Peterson) Tanglen. both of whom were natives of 
Sweden. 

The paternal grandfather of Mr. Tanglen was Peter Magnus, who 
lived and died in Sweden. The maternal grandparents were Peter and Ellen 
Hawkinson, the latter of whom died in Sweden, and her husband came to 
America in 1873, dying in Otter Tail county. Louise Peterson came to 
America in 1871 and lived at Stillwater, Minnesota. Her husband was 
educated in Sweden and came to the United States about i860, locating in 
Illinois, where he enlisted in the Fifteenth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer 
infantry. During the Civil War he was wounded and was in the hospital, 
but served until the close of the war. 

John Tanglen then returned to Illinois for awhile and later came to 
Stillwater, where he met and married Mrs. Tanglen. After taking up 
various occupations, in i860 he began farming, homesteading a quarter sec- 
tion, the farm on which his son now lives, remaining there until his death, 
on June r<), 1902. His widow still lives on the farm. Tt is said that he and 
frank V>. Saunders were the lirst settlers of this township. Mr. and Mrs. 
John Tanglen are the parents of twelve children, of whom Minnie, the eldest. 
1- deceased. The others are: Hilda. Mary. Matilda, Peter, Anna. William, 
l.vdia, Albena. Josie. Blanch and Walter. The parents belonged to the 
Lutheran church 



278 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

William Tanglen, who has continued to live on the home place, has 
been a successful farmer, to which fact his well-cultivated and modern- 
equipped farm as well as his beautiful new home, will bear testimony. 
Although not given to seeking public office or honors, Mr. Tanglen has 
served his community in an official capacity, and has also aided the move- 
ments which in his judgment contributed to the general good of the com- 
monwealth of which he has become a prominent factor. 



ANDREW ANDERSEN. 



As a boy denied those things which are part of youthful life and with- 
out educational advantage or training; to be thrown upon the world with 
the necessity of relying on one's resources and, regardless of this handicap, 
to rise to a place of prominence in the business life of the community and 
to be given a place of note in the public affairs of the locality of his resi- 
dence is the record of Andrew Andersen, who is one of the leading citizens 
of Otter Tail county and of New York Mills. 

Andrew Andersen was born in Finland, February 18, 1854, the son of 
Andrew and Mary Huhtaketa, both of whom were born in Finland, where 
they lived on one of Andrew Huhtaketa's farms during their entire life. 
Andrew Huhtaketa and wife were the parents of eight children, of whom 
was Andrew Andersen, the subject of this sketch. 

Andrew Andersen had opportunity for attending school but one day in 
his life and that when about eighteen years of age, shortly after which time 
he came to America and went to the state of Ohio, where he was employed 
on a railroad for some time and then later he engaged in general farm work, 
after which he went to Ashtabula. Ohio, and was there employed as a dock- 
hand, until the year [879, when he came to Otter Tail county, Minnesota, 
and bought a farm of one hundred and forty acres of land in Leaf Eake 
township, land which as yet was uncleared. With a determination to suc- 
ceed, Andrew Andersen proceeded to clear his newly-acquired land and for 
a home he built a log cabin, one which is in use to tin's day. During the 
year 1898 Mr. Andersen bought eighty acres of land located in the village 
of New York Mills, to which place he moved and became the agent for the 
Monarch Elevator Company, with which company he was employed until 
they became a part of the New York Mills Farmers Elevator Company, 
when he was continued a- the agent of the new proprietors. 

During the year t88i Andrew Andersen was married to Mary E Runts, 
win. was born in Finland, the daughter of Eric Runts and wife, who at an 
early date emigrated to America and settled in Otter Tail count)-. Minne- 
sota. To the marriage of Andrew and Mary Andersen were born the fol- 
lowing children: Emil A., who i- manager of a store at 1 fibbing. Minne- 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 2/Q 

sota; Huldah, a school teacher; John L., a farmer who lives on the home 
place; Ida, who lives at home; and Alma, George, William, Vernon, and 
twi i children who died in infancy. 

Andrew and Mary Andersen are members of the Lutheran church at 
New York Mills and take an active part in the work of that congregation. 
In politics, Mr. Andersen is an ardent Republican. 

Andrew Andersen is a man who amid his personal business affairs has 
found time to work in the interests of community good, and for those things 
which have had no small part in the development of the town and the 
county. 



CHRISTIAN JOHANESEN. 

A well-known farmer and man who has taken active interest in the 
affairs of Pelican township, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, is Christian 
Johanesen. Successful as a farmer and stock raiser, public spirited in his 
attitude to his community, and a man of force and personality so that he has 
become an influence among his associates and fellow citizens, he is a man 
who has a place among the prominent citizens of the township and county. 

Christian Johanesen was born in Norway, October 30, 1859, the son 
of Johanes Hogenson and Martha Christianson, who were natives of Nor- 
way, in which country they lived until the year 1880, when they came to 
America, and located in Pelican township. Otter Tail county, Minnesota, 
where Johanes Hogenson bought twenty acres of land, which he farmed for 
the remainder of his days. To the marriage of Johanes Hogenson and 
Martha Christianson were born eight children. Agnes, Hakon, Christian, 
Mathias, Karen, Netta. Mathia and Marie. 

I hristian Johanesen was educated in the public schools of Norway, 
after which he became a farmer, later, in the year 1882, coming to America 
and locating in Otter Tail county, Minnesota, where he bought a farm of 
eighty acres of land, to which he subsequently added until he now has one 
hundred and sixty-six acres of well improved and highly cultivated land, 
on which he lives as a farmer and stock raiser. 

During the year 1880 Christianson Johanesen was married, in Norway, 
to Marie Johanesen. daughter of Johanes Mekelsen and Agnets Haagenson. 
who came to America with their daughter and son-in-law and at their home 
lived fur fifteen years, after which the elder Mekelson and his wife died. 

(hristian and Marie Johanesen are the parents of eleven children, 
Anna, Edins, Minna. Melvin, Carl, Hans. Alvin, Henry, Joseph and Clara. 
Mr. fohanesen and bis family are active members of the Norwegian Luth- 
eran church. 

In political or public life ("hristian Johanesen has taken no especial 



280 OTTER TAN. COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

part, but has preferred to serve his community as a good citizen and as one 
ready to volunteer his services in those ways or places where he may be of 
use or benefit. Mr. Johanesen and his family are well and favorably known 
throughout the township, they being people who are highly respected and 
esteemed for their part in the life of Pelican township and of Otter Tail 
county. 



AUGUST T. SITZ. 



A man of conspicuous affiliation in business and financial circles of 
Otter Tail county, one who in public life has served prominently and who 
has brought honor to his community as a representative in political associa- 
tion, a citizen who in the affairs of local life has been given a place second 
to none, the name of August J. Sitz takes a leading place in the record of 
life and event of Otter Tail county, and of the town of Xew York Mills. 

August J. Sitz was born in the province of East Poland, near Schnei- 
demuhl, Prussia, Germany, on June _'-|. 1851. the son of August and Doro- 
thy (Utke) Sitz, both of whom were born in Germany, there grew to 
maturity and were married, after which August Sitz, Si\. took up a position 
as manager of a large farm in his native country, the duties of which he 
followed for seven years, and as compensation for which he received fifty 
dollars per year, bis bouse rent, the use of one cow and the wool from two 
sheep, this product being spun in the home. In the year [853 August Sitz, 
Sr., with bis family, came to America and went to the city of Milwaukee. 
Wisconsin, where lie engaged for some time in general work. Later he 
rented a farm in Milwaukee county, which be cultivated for four years and 
•beii be moved to Monroe county, Wisconsin, and bought a farm near the 
town of Tomah and lived there for about sixteen years, until bis death. 
which occurred in the year r88o. Dorothy Sitz, bis wife, lived the remain- 
der of her life with her son. August, at New York Mills. Minnesota, she 
dying during the year r8o8. Kugust and Dorothy Sitz were devout mem- 
bers of the Evangelical Lutheran church. August Sitz, Sr.. was a man of 
Hunt and retiring disposition, preferring to live as a common citizen, rather 
than to hold public office or to take part in those things which would bring 
him before the public 

To August and Dorothy Sitz were born three children: Louisa, who 
married Christopher Liefke. and who died near Tomah. Wisconsin; August, 
the subject of this sketch, and Augusta, who married ^.ugusl Spangler. and 
lives near Brainerd, Minnesota, where Mr Spangler is a moulder. 

August 1- Sitz. the subjeel of this sketch, was educated in the public 
schools of Tomah, Wisconsin, and following bis school days be worked on a 
farm and then bought oul the heirs of bis father's farm and lived there 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 261 

until the year [883, when he came to the state of Minnesota and settled at 
New York Mills, near where he worked one season as foreman of a ditch- 
ing gang \\h<> were employed on the construction of the Northern Pacific 
railway in thai locality. Later in the year August J. Sitz built a store on 
Front street, of the tow 11 of New York Mills, where he engaged in the sale 
of implements and general hardware, at first carrying a small stock and 
later, with the progress of his business, adding to his line until, in the year 
1915, Mr. Sitz disposed of his holdings for the sum of twelve thousand 
dollars, which was more than five times the value of his original stock. 
During his mercantile experience, August J. Sitz was able to see his business 
increase to the point where he found it necessary to erect a warehouse and 
to enlarge his store room to one having a fifty-foot front. When he dis- 
posed of his store. Mr. Sitz was the oldest merchant, in poinl of continuous 
business, in the town of New York Mills. 

For the past four or five years August }. Sitz has been the occupant of 
the office of vice-president of the First State Rank of Xew York Mills, at 
the same time serving his community in several local offices, among which 
are those of councilman and village president. During a period of more 
than twenty-seven years this worthy citizen has served his locality in some 
of the various offices of honor and of trust, he at the present time being 
treasurer of the township. In political life. August J. Sitz has represented 
his district at a number of county and state conventions, where he has at 
all times been a credit to his constituents and to his county. He was county 
commissioner for four years. 

During the year 187S August J. Sitz was married to Sophia Pankow, 
who was horn at Watertown, Wisconsin, the daughter of the Rev. Krdman 
Pankow and wife. The wife of Mr. Sitz died during the month of March. 
[NXo. and on June 6. 1896, August Sitz was married, secondly, to Anna 
Pankow, who was a half-sister to the lir-i Mrs. Sitz. 

To the marriage of August J. and Sophia Sitz were horn five children: 
Adolph, a lumber dealer of Grand Rapids, Minnesota; Luella, who lives at 
home; Rufus B., who lives at Duluth, Minnesota, where he is assistant 
buyer for the Marshall-Wells Hardware Company; Blandine, a school teacher 
of Walla Walla, Washington, and Alexander, who is a Lutheran clergyman 
of Tomahawk. Wisconsin. 

August J. and Anna Sitz are the parents of three children: Arnold, a 
student of the Lutheran Seminary, of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin; Herbert, a 
student at Xew I'lin. Minnesota, and Krna. who lives at home. 

August J. Sitz and his wife are active and esteemed members of the 
Lutheran church of Perham. In political affiliation. Mr. Sitz is a Republi- 
can. 



282 OTTER TAT] COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

L. H. D. SCHMIDT. 

L. H. D. Schmidt is a native of Germany and was born in that country 
on iVovember : 5. [86r. He is the son of Deidrich and Caroline (Tearman) 
Schmidt, also natives of Germany. Deidrich Schmidt was a blacksmith by 
trade and followed that vocation until his death. I.. H. D. Schmidt received 
his education in the schools of his native land and upon the completion of 
same engaged in the wagon-making business until his emigration to America 
in r8Sc>. Upon his arrival in the United States he at once located in Min- 
neapolis, Minnesota, where he again took up his trade for more than three 
months, removing thence to Perham, (titer Tail count}-. Minnesota. Imbued 
with an independent spirit, he opened a wagon-making shop and has con- 
tinue.! in that line until the present time. In [904 he erected the present 
simp, which is eighty by eighty feet and two stories in height at the front. 
His three sons, one other man and himself are constantly employed in the 
manufacture of wagons. and bob-sleighs, completing about fifty of the for- 
mer and from two hundred to five hundred of the latter each year. 

In [890 1-. II. D. Schmidt was united in marriage to Emma Bauck, 
and tn them have been born nine children, whose names follow: Dora, 
I. 'aus !]., Herman. Arthur, Martha. Luella. Theodore, Milton, Caroline. 
Louis, Herman and Arthur are connected with their father in the manufac- 
turing business, lunma 1 Bauck) Schmidt is a native of Illinois and the 
daughter of John Bauck, a pioneer farmer of Otter Tail county. Minne- 
sota, win 1 still lives i>ii the farm near Perham. 

1.. H. 1). Schmidt and his wife are both members of the German Luth- 
eran church, and active in church affairs. In politics. Mr. Schmidt is a 
Republican. 



HENRY SCHMIDT. 



Henry Schmidt is one of ten children born to the union of Deidrich 
Schmidt am! Caroline Tearman, both natives of Germany. Henry Schmidt 
was born mi June 27, [866, in Germany, and is indebted to the schools of 
his native land for the education which lie received. Deidrich Schmidt was 
a blacksmith and followed that vocation until his death, having lived and 
died m Germany. Caroline (Tearman) Schmidt is still living. 

I lenry Schmidt was reared in the land of his nativity ami became a 
blacksmith, assisting his father in that business until his emigration to 
America, in [890. Upon his arrival in the United States, Henry Schmidt 
immediately proceeded to Perham, Otter Tail county, this state, and engaged 
in his former vocation, opening the blacksmith business which he has con- 
tinued until the present time. In [906 the present building ■>!' brick was 
erected.. 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 283 

In 1890 Henry Schmidt was united in marriage to Dora Brockman, 
and to them have been born eight children, whose names follow: Emma, 
Arnold. Robert, Richard, Edwin, Walter, Paul and Hilda. Dora (Brock- 
man) Schmidt is a native of Germany. Both Henry Schmidt and his wife 
are members of the German Lutheran church and very active in its support, 
lie is a respected citizen of the town of Perham, having devoted energy 
and thought to the solution of the community problems. 



PER GUSTAV MATSON. 

Successful farmer and stock raiser, well-known citizen of Otter Tail 
county, and a man who has had an important part in the development of 
Pida township and its resources, Per Gustav Matson, because of his helpful 
and useful life to the community, has attained a notable place among those 
men, who from the ranks of common citizenship as well as in public office, 
have done no small part to make the locality an advanced and prosperous 
community. 

Per Gustav Matson was born in Westerbotten, Sweden, on March. 14. 
1867, the son of Mathias Olson and Maria Margareta (Nelson) Olson, both 
of whom spent their entire lives in Sweden, where Mathias Olson was a 
farmer and landowner. Mathias and Maria Olson were the parents of eigh- 
teen children, Maria Matilda, Bertha Louisa, Margareta Katherine, Eliza- 
beth Sophia, Anna Christina, Charlotta Wilhelmina, Carl Magnus, Olaf, 
Eva Erika. Nils, Mathias. Johan, Clara Gustava, Erik, Anders Oscar, Per 
Gustav, and two other children who died in infancy. 

Per Gustav Matson was educated in the public schools of Sweden, 
after which he came, in the year 1802, to America and located near Bertrand, 
Nebraska, where he bought eighty acres of land which he farmed until the 
vear 1900, and then came to Otter Tail county, Minnesota, where he bought 
one hundred and thirty-one acres of land in Lida township, bordering the 
beautiful Lake Lida. a few years later adding forty more acres, a place 
which Mr. Matson has greatly improved and where he now lives, engaged 
in genera] agricultural pursuits. 

During the year 1892, shortl) before leaving bis home in Sweden, Per 
GustaA Matson was married to Marie b'.llena Sundleng, who was born in 
Sweden, the daughter of Nils Frederick and Charlotta Johana (Johnson) 
Sundleng. Nils Sundleng being a farmer in Sweden, his wife. Charlotta, 
being deceased. To the marriage of Pel' Gustav and Marie F.llena Matson 
have been bum twelve children, Olga Maria. Mma Wilhelmina, Amy 
Augusta, Gustav Elmer (deceased), Edla Erika, Victor Carl Bernard, Ver- 
ner Theodore, Gustav W. Mfml. Myrtle Lilian (deceased), Emil Wgoi 
Renhold, Ethel Lilian and Leonard Raymond. Per Gustav Matson and bis 



284 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

family arc active members and workers in the Swedish Lutheran church of 
I .ida township. 

Per Gustav Matson has proved to be one of the best and most desirable 
citizens of I. ida township, he being a man who has given much time and 
effort for the good of the community, not only during the time when he 
served his township most efficiently as a township supervisor, but in all mat- 
ters having for their objeel the betterment of general conditions in the 
county and more especially i.ida township. 



\NTON B. EVAVOLD. 

Anton Ij. Evavold is a native of Norway and was born on June 6, 1885. 
lie is die s, m m(" Glaus Evavold, who emigrated to America from Norway 
when Ant' in J.',. Evavold was a child of three years. Anton B. Evavold 
received his education in the schools of Otter Tail county, Minnesota, and 
has been reared mi the home place, having assisted with the cultivation of 
the same until the present time. He is the sole owner and manager of one 
hundred and forty acres of well-improved land, which he devotes to general 
farming and stuck raising, making a specialty of Shorthorn cattle. 

In 1912 Anton E. Evavold was united in marriage to Minnie Lang, 
daughter of Xels A. Lang, and a native of Lund township. Douglas county. 
Minnesota. Anton B. Evavold and his wife are the parents of one child, 
Arnold Wilton McKay. They are active members in the Norwegian Luth- 
eran Free church and lend their earnest support to this denomination. Anton 
I'.. Evavold was appointed to act as road supervisor and has served in that 
capacit) tor a period of two years, discharging the duties of that office with 
dispatch and efficiency. 



M. T. DALY. 



M. J. Daly holds a place of sincere regard in the hearts of his fellow 
citizens, as is evidenced by the positions of trust to which he has been 
elected, lie is the son of M . F. and Mary ( Malarky ) Daly, both natives of 
Ireland, who emigrated to America in 1847. 'hey located in New York 
City until [856 and then removed to St. Paul, Minnesota, where M. F. Daly 
was employed as a bookkeeper Some years later they removed to Carver 
county. Minnesota, where ihe\ both died. They were the parents of eighl 
children. 

\1. T. Daly was 1,,,,-n on March 13. [861, in St. Paul, Minnesota, and 
his education was received in the public schools of Minneapolis. He was 
graduated from the Iowa State University in 1886, having studied law in 
thai institution, and immediately began 10 practice law in Perham, Minne- 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 285 

sota. During the first seven years of his practice he was associated with a 
Mr. Baxter, but has since been independent in his vocation. He is con- 
nected with the First National Hank in the capacity of vice-president, and 
served as county attorney from 1891 until 1899. He also served as state 
'senator from 1899 until 1903. His fraternal affiliations are with the Bene- 
volent and Protective Order of Elks and the Knights of Pythias. Relig- 
iously, he is a devout member of the Roman Catholic church and a member 
of the Knights of Columbus. 

In 1893 M. I. Daly was united in marriage to Emma Mohr, and to 
them have been born two children, whose names follow: M. J., Jr., and 
Lenora. Emma (Mohr) Daly is a native of Perham, Minnesota, and is 
also a member of the Roman Catholic church. M. J. Daly is a member of 
the Ancient Order of United Workmen, in which order he is held in high 
esteem. 



ASBJORN ASLAKSEN. 



Having lived in this vicinity for twenty-seven years, during which time 
Asbjorn Aslaksen has become a well-known farmer, he has come to be 
considered one of the substantial citizens of Pelican township. Although 
born in the southern part of Norway, he has thoroughly identified himself 
with the life of the community in which he has lived for many years. His 
birth took place on March 12, 1869, but two years later he was left an 
orphan by the deatli of his father. Aslak Asbjornson, whose wife. Ingeborg 
Eliason, came to America in [889, one year after the subject of this sketch 
settled in Pelican Rapids. Both of Mr. Aslaksen's parents were born in 
Norway. 

The subject of this sketch was the only child burn to Mr. and Mrs. 
Aslaksen. The former, who served in the Norwegian army, became ser- 
iously ill during a military drill ami for the two years which preceded his 
death, was a helpless invalid. 

Asbjorn Aslaksen's school days in Norway were followed by a period 
during which he worked '>n his father's farm, and in [888, influenced by the 
glowing reports of friends in Vmerica, he started out for die new country 
and arriving in Pelican Rapids, worked as a farm laborer for the following 
two years. In 1892 Ik- became the owner of one hundred and sj\t\ 
land !'n milrs north of Pelican Kapids and to this he added other land until 
he had acquired three hundred and seventy acres. This property became his 
home until the fall of 0110. when he traded it for eighty acres in Pelican 
Kapids. Flis present home is a well-buill modern dwelling Although living 
in town he still gives his attention to grain farming and stock raising. In 



286 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

the latter branch of industry he specializes in dairy and beef cattle, of which 
he raises mostly the Hereford breed. 

In iSijt) Asbjorn Aslaksen was married to Xettie Johnson, of Becker 
county. Minnesota. She came to this count}- with her parents, who entered 
a homestead claim near Cormorant about the year 1875. Her father was 
Xils Johnson, a native of Norway. The home life of Mr. and Mrs. Aslak- 
sen was enhanced h\ the adoption of two children whom they took into their 
home and hearts as their very own. The children are Emma Engel and 
Arthur Nygaart. 

Mr. and Mrs. Vslaksen are devoted members of the United Lutheran 
church, of which the former is secretary. He has held the office of secre- 
tary for fifteen war-, both of the church here and at Grove Lake. He has 
also been assessor of Scambler township and was for eight years the treas- 
urer of school district No. 39. These honors have been assumed by Mr. 
Aslaksen without solicitation on his part, for he has never aspired to be an 
office holder. Gifted with the ability to engage in continuous toil, and to 
concentrate all of his energies upon the task in hand, Mr. Aslaksen has 
made a success of life. He occupies a prominent place in the business and 
religious life of the community, while both he and his capable wife have 
made many warm friendships here. 



ALBERT ELLWANGER. 

Albert Ellwanger is a native of Clitherall township. Otter Tail county, 
this state, and his birth occurred on February [3, 1874. He is a brother 
1 if John and Mathias Ellwanger, who, tor many years, owned the old home 
place together. ["he first agricultural venture of \lbert Ellwanger was 
when the three boys, Albert, John and Mathias, purchased the home farm 
of their father and, together, cultivated it for many years, Albert finally 
selling his interest to John, and Mathias doing likewise. Albert Ellwanger 
then rented a farm in Eagle Lake township for a period of three years. In 
1005 he purchased one hundred and thirty-eight acres of land in Eagle Lake 
township, Otter Tail county, and has continued to cultivate this place until 
the present time, lie has made all of the improvements and put it under a 
line state of cultivation, lie has also erected all of the present buildings. 

[n 1901 Albert Ellwanger was united in marriage to Oliva Olson. 
daughter of Nels Olson, a native of Sweden and an early pioneer of Clith- 
erall township, and the\ an- the parents of seven children: Floyd, Clar- 
ence, NTorris, Eveline, Vernie, Hazel and William. Oliva (Olson) Ell- 
wanger is a sister of Ah in Olson, and has been a very material help to her 
husband in his effort to L r a in an honorable competency. They are devout 
members of the Norwegian Lutheran church of Ashby, Minnesota, and are 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 287 

active workers for the advancement of that denomination. Albert Ell- 
wanger is a good citizen and fanner, and is much liked by tbe people of his 
community. 



W. E. THOMAS. 

W. E. Thomas, one of the prominent business men of Otter Tail comity. 
was born in Bloomington, Wisconsin, January 3. 1856, and is tbe son of 
Anson H. and .Martha (Cooley) Thomas, natives of New York. His -rand 
father. John 11. Thomas, was a native of Xew York, where he lived until 
he moved to Illinois in the early forties and engaged in farming. He later 
removed to Grant county, Wisconsin, where he purchased a farm near the 
village of Bloomington, and where he died in 1885. Anson H. Thomas was 
educated in the common schools after which he spent three years in the min- 
ing districts of California, having made the trip overland to that state with 
an ox-team train ol gold seekers in 1849. Me was moderately successful in 
his mining ventures, and on returning to Wisconsin he purchased an improved 
farm of one hundred and sixty acres, and also eighty acres of timber land. 
He came to Fergus Falls, Minnesota, in 1898, and died there in 1901, the 
wife and mother having died in 1869. They were the parents of seven 
children: Lucy E., W. E., Frank V, Jesse E., bora E., Linda E. and Mabel 
M. all of whom, at this writing, are living. 

W. E. Thomas was educated in the common schools of Grant county, 
Wisconsin, and in Pittsfield, Illinois. During bis early life he was engaged 
in farming, having been reared on the farm; agriculture has always appealed 
to him. Me came to Otter Tail county on October 20, 1878 bringing with 
him two hundred dollars in cash which he had earned working out In the 
month on a farm in Illinois. He located at Fergus Falls, and for a few 
years worked out by tbe month, then engaged in the flour and ict.-d business 
in Fergus balls, and continued in that business until 1NN7. when he sold out 
the business and came to Maine township, and built a water power dam across 
tbe Red river, where the little burg of ['helps has since been built. He then 
took in a partner, E. 1'. Adams, and together they built the Maine roller 
mills, known far and wide as tbe ".Maine Mills." They started tbe mill in 
December. 1889, and milled under the firm name of Thomas Adams until 
June. 1894, when Mr. Thomas bought out Mr. Adams' interest in the prop- 
erty and has since carried on the business alone. He has built to and 
increased the capacity of the mill. Me has enjoyed a good trade and has 
been most successful in the business. 

On September 7. 1885, W. E. Thomas was married to Liona Phelps. 
She was a native of New York, having been born in that state on February 
2*, [860, being the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. C. Phelps. Her father is 



288 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, .MINNESOTA. 

still living in Otter Tail count) - . Her mother passed away in December, 
1913. Mrs. Thomas died on October 5, 1006. She was a good and true 
helpmate and helped him to bear the many burdens and hardships which he 
encountered during the stringenl times while he was building, starting in as 
he did with but little cash or capital to work on. Mr. Thomas attribute- 
bis success to the help and encouragement she gave him during those trying 
tunes and which she continued to give throughout the rest of her life. 

In the summer of [908 Mr. Thomas tore out the old dam. which had 
begun to leak and cause some trouble, and built in its place a stone and con- 
crete dam, and lie now has , me of the best water powers on the river. Aside 
from the water power and mill property Mr. Thomas has four good houses 
in Phelps which he has built and he owns one hundred and sixty acres of 
kind near Phelps. 

W. b. Thomas was married, secondly, to Ida C. Murk, January 26, 
iqio. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Murk, of Amor town- 
ship. 

Mr. Thomas is ;i member of Maine Camp No. 41 16, Modern Woodmen 
of America, and has been venerable consul of that camp ever since its organ- 
ization in 1896. He is also a member of the Royal Neighbors of America 
and of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. 



ANTON THOMPSON. 



Anton Thompson, a prosperous attorney and the present county attorney 
of Otter Tail county, is a native of this county, where he was born on 
February 8, 1870, son of Bernt and Enga (Goldseath) Thompson, natives 
of Norway and farmer- in Dane Prairie township, this county. Anton 
Thompson was reared on a farm in Dane Prairie township, and obtained bis 
elementary education in the district schools of the township. 

When Mr. Thompson was fifteen years old, he entered the seminary at 
Wilmar, Minnesota, and was later graduated from that institution. After 
teaching school for five years successfully in Otter Tail county. Mr. Thomp- 
son entered the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, in [896, and three 
years later was graduated from the law department with the degree of 
Bachelor of Laws. The year following his graduation, he engaged in the 
practice of his profession at Henning. Mr. Thompson still retains his office 
at Henning, although in [908 he formed a partnership with Clifford L. 
Hilton, under the firm name of Hilton & Thompson, and lias since been 
in the practice of law at Fergus Falls. 

Having been elected as county attorney of Otter Tail county in 1908, 
Mr. Thompson has held the office continuously for the past seven years. 
He has proved to be a very capable and trustworthy counselor of the law 




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OTTER JAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 28g 

and is well versed in the decisions of all courts as well as the great body of 
common law, upon which our present statutory law is based. 

In 1897 Anton Thompson was married to Ragnhild Vinje, daughter 
of Olof O. Vinje, of the town of St. Olaf, this county, and to this union 
seven children have been born, Marion B., Harriet G., Frances V., Innis 
M., Owen V., Anton R. and Helen M. 

Air. Thompson is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, of 
the Hlks and of the Sons of Norway. He and his family are members of 
the Lutheran church. 



AMOS MARCKEL. 



Amos Marckel is a representative citizen in the commercial and civic 
circles of his community and has always been interested in the progress of 
the town and county. He is the son of John L. and Maria Marckel, and 
his birth occurred on June 11, 1862, in Columbiana, Ohio. John L. Marckel 
was a farmer, and both he and his wife died when Amos Marckel was a very 
young child. 

After completing his education, which was received in the common 
schools of Columbiana, Ohio, he entered the services of a hardware con- 
cern, as a clerk, and remained in their employ for a period of five years. 
In 1886 he removed to the town of Perham, Minnesota, and engaged in the 
hardware and implement business independently. The first store was located 
just three doors west of his present location and the business was pur- 
chased from A. E. Luedke. In 1895 he purchased the present site, con- 
taining an excellent brick structure. He has engaged in the lumber and 
automobile business in connection with his hardware and implement busi- 
ness, all of which he operated individually until 1914, when he incorporated 
the entire enterprise as The Marckel Company. His employees became the 
stockholders and he was elected as president. In 1906 a partnership was 
formed with A. II. llaut. and a business opened in Gackle, North Dakota. 
known as Haut & Marckel. They operate a store, similar to The Marckel 
Company, lie also is the owner of a farm near Dead Lake, Minnesota, on 
which he breeds purebred Guernsey cattle. In 1913 he assisted in the 
organization of the Hall Hardware Company, of Minneapolis. Minnesota, 
and is vice-president and director of same. This company is engaged in the 
wholesale hardware business. 

In [888 Amos Marckel was united in marriage to Emma C. Coblentz, 
ami they are the parents of one child. George E., who is now a student in 

the high scl 1 in Perham. Emma C. (Coblentz) Marckel is a native of 

Columbiana, Ohio. Both husband and wife are members of tlu Grace 

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Reformed church. The lodge affiliations of Amos Marckel are with the 
Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and his membership consists of rela- 
tions with the blue lodge of Perham, the chapter in Detroit, the command- 
cry in Wadena, and the Shrine in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has served his 
community as mayor and village recorder. 



osCAR YOUNG. 



The memory of the late < )scar Young long will be cherished in Amor 
township, this county, where for years he labored for the advancement of 
material conditions thereabout. Arriving in Otter Tail county in 1870, as the 
live-year-old son of a homesteader, Oscar Young became one of the most 
forceful citizens of Amor township, and at the time of his death, on Febru- 
ary 14, 1906. he was the owner of a fine farm of four hundred acres, which 
he bad helped to claim from the forest wilderness. 

Oscar Young was born in Sweden on November 15, 1865, son of John 
N. Young, a Swedisli farmer and carpenter, who came to America during 
the early childhood of Oscar, and after working on the railroad at that time 
being constructed in this region, entered a homestead claim in Amor town- 
ship, this county, and there made bis home. That was in the year 1870, 
Oscar Young being at that time but five years of age, and be retained a 
distinct menmn of being carried a long distance on his father's back during 
the wearisome trip to this county from the nearest railroad point. John N. 
Young and Solomon Larson were homesteaders together, and during the 
time they were "prooving up" they lived in the same humble dwelling. 

Reared on the homestead farm. Oscar Young grew up amid all the 
hardships attendant upon pioneer living, receiving such meager education 
as was afforded in the primitive schools of that day. his schooling having 
been obtained in district No. 69, and here be was a farmer all his life. \ fter 
his marriage, in 1890, lie moved to the farm in Amor township, where the 
rest of his life was spent, and which he greatly improved during his occu- 
pancy. In 1X07 he built a commodious harn and in 1 Sou erected the com- 
fortable dwelling in which his widow and children are now living. As he 
prospered in bis agricultural ventures he added to his farm by additional 
purchase from time to time, until be became the owner of a farm of four 
hundred acres. In addition to his extensive farming interests. Mr. Young 
found time to engage actively in civic affairs and for a time was a member 
of the town hoard, being regarded as one of the influential men in that sec- 
tion of the county. 

On May 24, [890, Oscar Young was united in marriage to Mary 
Bjorgaard, who was born in Norway on May 10. 1866, daughter of John 
and Sophia ( Erickson) Bjorgaard, and to this union six children were horn, 



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Mabel, John. Leonard, Donald, Alphild and Edna, all of whom are living at 
home, aiding their widowed mother in the management of the farm and are 
making a fine success of their labors. Mrs. Young came to America alone 
in 1882, proceeding at once to Otter Tail county, where she joined her 
brothers, Christian and Oliver, who had come here some years before. In 
1883 Mrs. Young's parents came to this county from Norway, bringing 
with them the other children of the family, John, Oscar and Emelie. The 
Bjorgaards, as were the Youngs, were members of the Swedish Lutheran 
church and all these children, as were the children of Mr. and Mrs. Young, 
were reared in the faith of that church. 

The late Oscar Young was devoted to his family, and his death, in 
1906, was a great loss to his loving wife and family of young children, as 
well as to the whole community, for he was a man who was doing well his 
part in the community in which he had established so excellent a home and 
he will not soon be forgotten there. 



ANDREW G. MURK. 



When Andrew- G. Murk, now one of the most substantial farmers, as 
well as one of the best-known citizens of Amor township, this county, 
arrived in Otter Tail county, he bought a quarter of a section of land, 
paying for the same five dollars an acre. He proceeded to improve the 
same and cultivated it with such profit that he presently was able to enlarge 
his holdings, until now he is the owner of five hundred and eighty acres of 
fine land, the most of which is under excellent cultivation. 

Andrew G. Murk was born in the kingdom of Sweden, July 13, 1856, 
youngest son of Gabriel and Magdalena (Carlson) Murk, who were the 
parents of six children, those besides the subject of this sketch being Albert- 
ina, Matilda. Oscar. Frank and John. Albertina and John are deceased. 
Gabriel Murk was born on January 20, 1813. For twenty-nine years he 
served his king as a soldier and was a participant in the arduous campaign 
which marked the war between Germany and Denmark years ago, and in 
[879 came to America. his last days being spent in the home of his son. 
Andrew, in this county. 

In October, 18S7. Andrew C. Murk was united in marriage to Clara 
Josephine Gustafson, who also was born in Sweden, and to this union four- 
teen children have been born. Oscar, Anna, Ida, Hanna, Beda, Amanda, 
Hulda, Gilbert, Emily, Arvid. Harold, Rolla. Carl and Clara. Oscar and 
Hanna are deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Murk are members of the Swedish 
Lutheran church and their children have been raised in the faith of that 
church, the family being held in high esteem throughout the entire neighbor- 



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hood. Mr. Murk for years has taken an active part in public affairs in 
Amor township and for fifteen years was treasurer of the school board. 

As noted above. Andrew G. Murk's start as a farmer in this county 
was on a farm of one hundred and sixty acres, for which he paid five dollars 
an acre. Since then he lias increased his farm holdings until now he owns 
nearly six hundred acres of fine land, most of the improvements on which 
he has made himself, lie having built the house and barn and numerous 
other substantial improvements. In addition to his general farming. .Mr. 
.Murk gives considerable attention to the raising of live stock, his Shorthorn 
cattle and Shropshire sheep showing an excellent strain. He is a good 
citizen and has many friends in Otter Tail county, all of whom hold him 
in the highest regard. 



HERMAN GREFE. 



Herman Grefe, born near Hanover, Germany, January 4. 1866, is one 
of the successful farmers of Otter Tail county. Minnesota. Herman Grefe, 
the father of the subject of tlii-. -ketch, was born in Hanover, Germany, 
May [7, 183 1. Herman Grefe, Sr., was married to Mary Clasen, who was 
born near Hanover, February 24, [836, and died in August, [889. The 
senior Herman Grefe received his education in the common schools of his 
native land. He never came to America and on the completion of his school 
work engaged in farming on the farm that bis father had owned. The farm 
had been in the possession of the Grefe family for over two hundred years. 
Herman Grefe, Sr.. was the father of the following children: Loise, Her- 
man, Henry, Hick and William. Louise and William remained in Ger- 
many; Henry, deceased, came to America in [882; Dick came to America in 
i88(), direct to Otter Tail county, and Herman came to America in the year 
1887. William is an officer in the German army at the present time. He 
has seen active service, and has been returned home for surgical treatment. 

John Henry Grefe, the father of Herman Grefe, Sr., was born in [802 
and died in 1877. He was an extensive landowner and a prosperous farmer 
in the community in which he lived. John Henry Grefe was an active and 
respected member of the German Lutheran church. 

Herman Grefe, on bis arrival in America in 1NN7. first worked in Kan- 
sas and later, in 1805 came to Otter Tail county, Minnesota, where he has 
since resided, with the exception of a short visit to bis native land. On his 
return to the United Slates he came direct to Otter Tail county, where be 
bought a farm of two hundred acres in Otter Tail township, sections 10 and 
11. lie has added to Ins first purchase until be now lias a well-improved 
farm of three hundred acres. 

Herman Grefe married Sophia Misegades, a native of Hanover, Ger- 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 293 

niaii\-, in May, [896. Mrs. I irefe was bom in 1876 and came to this country 
early in life. Mr. and Mrs. (irefe are the parents of the following children: 
Katherine, Herman D., Rebecca, William and Lorine. 

Herman < irefe and his wife have devoted much time and energy to the 
development of their farm. It was for the most part a wilderness of wild 
and undeveloped land when purchased by them, but by constant and patient 
labor they have seen their rough acres develop into a valuable tract. In the 
early part of their married life they built a new house and from time to time 
have added many substantial improvements, in the nature of outbuildings. 
barn and the telephone. 

Mr. and Mrs. Grefe are members of the German Lutheran church and 
take an active part in the services. Mr. Grefe is active in the affairs of the 
community, being secretary and treasurer of the Farmers Society of Equity, 
he is secretary of the creamery that was established in 1905 with but forty 
patrons and under his wise and careful management the)' now have one hun- 
dred and thirty patrons. In 1015 the creamery paid out for butter fat to 
the fanners more than thirty-seven thousand dollars The Farmers Society 
of Equity is an organization of farmers for the purpose of buying and sell- 
ing. They devote most of their energy to shipping and selling of stock 
During the past year more than thirty-nine thousand dollars worth of live 
-tuck has been shipped and sold by this organization. This society has 
handled in 11)15. more than forty-eight thousand dollars for farmers around 
1 )tter Tail. 



LEONARD JOHNSON. 






Among the successful farmers of Compton township. Otter Tail county, 
Minnesota, is Leonard Johnson, who owns two hundred and forty acres in 
this township. 

.Mr. Johnson is a native of Sweden, where he was born on June _'. 1 S ^ - 
His parents were John Anderson and Inga Lisa Magnuson, wdio were also 
natives of Sweden. Mr. Johnson's paternal grandfather was Andrew Ander- 
son, a native of Sweden and a farmer in the old country. Tie was a mem- 
ber of the Lutheran church. 

John Anderson, the father of Leonard Johnson, received military train- 
ing in his native country, but farmed practically all of his life. For eleven 
years he was the overseer of a large tract of land. He died on November 
29, [899, and his wife in June, [903. They were members of the Lutheran 
church and the parents of six children, of whom \ndrew is deceased. Two 
of the children, Leonard, the subject of this sketch, and Gustav. came to 
America. The other children, John Gustaf, August and Matilda O. live 
in Sweden. 



294 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

Leonard Johnson was educated in the public schools of his native land. 
He came to America shortly after bis marriage on February 18, 1881. Mr. 
Johnson was accompanied to America by his wife. They landed in New 
York City on April 24. 1881, and came directly to Otter Tail county, Minne- 
sota. Mr. Johnson purchased eighty acres of land in section 19, of Comp- 
ton township. After living on the farm for twenty-one years, he has gradu- 
ally increased its acreage until he now owns two hundred and forty acres. 
He paid six dollars and seventy-five cents an acre for the original tract of 
eighty acres, which consisted of wild land. Later he paid two thousand 
dollars for eighty acres which he purchased from his brother in 1899. He 
moved to the second farm two years later. 

To the marriage of Leonard Johnson and Mary Anderson, there have 
been born eight children, all of whom are living, Allilda O.. Emma M., 
Selma J., John I... Gustav A., Hulda E.. Alma W. and Oscar W. 

In 1 9 1 3 Mr. Johnson rebuilt his residence and in 1905 built a new barn. 
Leonard Johnson not only carries on general and mixed farming, but has 
made a specialty of stock raising, and has been very successful. Mr. and 
Airs. Johnson and family are members of the Lutheran church in Compton 
township. 



ANDERS T. NOREEN. 



\nders J. Noreen, the proprietor of one hundred and eighty-five acres 
of good farming land in Compton township, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, 
was born on June 11. 1861, in Sweden, and is the son of Jons Jansson and 
Margaret Anderson, who were also natives of Sweden. Mr. Noreen's 
grandfather, Jan Anderson, was also a native of Sweden and a farmer by 
occupation. He owned a small farm in his native land. He and his wife 
were members of the Lutheran church. 

Mi-. Noreen's father, Jons Jansson, was educated in the public schools 
of his native land and spent all of his life in Sweden. When a young man 
In- received the customary military training. In hi? native land his name 
was written Trap]) Jons Jansson. He died in September, 1005. and his wife 
in November, 1007. They were the parents of four children, of whom two, 
Nels and Vnders I., came to America. Karin. the second child. L deceased. 
rin- eldest child, Trapp Jons Jansson, lives in Sweden. 

Anders J. Moreen was educated in Sweden and. after finishing his edu- 
cation, came to America. Me landed in New York City on Ma\ 26, 1882. 
and immediately thereafter proceeded to [owa, where he remained for two 
month'-. He then came to Otter Tail county, \linne^>i.i. and For two years 
, upon neighboring farms. \( the end of two years Mr. Noreen was 
able to purchase sixty-five acres of land in section 2t. of Compton township. 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 2<)Z, 

He has added to this original farm until he now has one hundred and eighty- 
five acres. In 1886 Mr. Xoreen built his first house. His original farm 
was purchased from the railroad company and most of it has been cleared 
at the present time. Mr. Noreen has live stock on the farm and has been 
successful, measured by the standard of the community in which he lives. 

In 1886 Anders J. Noreen was married to Anna Johnson, a native of 
Sweden, and to them have been horn six children, all of whom are living and 
are unmarried. The names of the children in the order of their births are 
as follow : Fred William. George Henry, Ruth Emelia, Elsie Josephine, 
Ellen Augusta and Sophia Magdeline. 

Mr. and Mrs. Anders J. Noreen and family are members of the Mission 
church and are active in church work. Mr. Noreen is chairman of the town 
board and has served as chairman for six years. He is a prominent citizen 
of Compton township and a man who wields a tremendous influence in 
behalf of worthy public enterprises. 



VERNON STEDMAN BEMUS. 

Vernon S. Bemus, a prosperous farmer of Compton township, Otter 
Tail county, Minnesota, who owns a most attractive farm in the community 
where he lives and whose buildings are all practically new, both the house 
and barn having been erected in 1914, is a native of Dodge count v, Minne- 
sota, horn on October 22. i860. 

Mr. Bemus is the son of William and Elizabeth (Stedman) Bemus, 
natives of Clay county. New York, and Virginia, respectively. Mr. Bemus's 
father died in 1901 at the age of eighty-one. The father of William Bemus 
was a native of England, who, during the later years of his life, immigrated 
to America and settled in New York state. The Bemus family were farm- 
ers by occupation and attended the Methodist church. 

The late William 1 Senilis was a carpenter and contractor until i860, 
when he moved to Dodge county, Minnesota. After working at his trade 
in Dodge county for one and one-half years, he took a homestead of one 
hundred and sixty acres in Dodge count}- and lived upon this farm until his 
death. He attended the Methodist church. His wife died in April, 1008. 
The\' were the parents of nine children, all of whom are living, George \\'., 
Cora, Luella May. Vernon S., Frank E., Florence F.., Henry ('., Eva and 
\lva V 

Vernon S. Bemus received a good common-school education in the pub- 
lic schools of Dodge county, Minnesota. After his first marriage, Mr. 
Remus lived in Dodge county, Minnesota, for nine years, renting land for 
a time. Finally, he purchased two hundred acres, which he sold when he 
came to Otter Tail county on March 1. [912. At tin'-; time Mr. Bemus pur- 



2f)6 0TTEK TAII COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

chased two hundred and forty acres, but sold it in the fall of 1914 and pur- 
chased one hundred and sixty acres in the farm where lie now lives and 
eighty acres for his son, Harold. The barn on Mr. Bemus's place, which 
he erected in 11)14, ' s thirty-two by sixty feet. Mr. Bemus is one of the 
enterprising farmers of this section, and is one of the foremost stock raisers 
of Otter Tail comity, where he owns and operates "Fair View Stock Farm," 
situated two miles east of the town of Deer Creek. 

Vernon S. Bemus has been twice married. He was first married on 
December i, [881, to Carrie May Baldwin, who died on February 14, 1890. 
By this marriage, there was born one son. Percy \Y. Mr. Bemus was mar- 
ried, secondly, on November 18, [892, to Emma Leibold, and to them has 
been born one child, Harold Earl, who married Mildred Arbuckle and lives 
in Otter Tail county. 

Mr. Bemus is among the leading farmers and stockmen of Otter Tail 
county and is popular in the community where he lives. 



ANDY VEDEN. 



Andy Veden, who owns two hundred and twenty acres of line farming 
land, all of which is well improved and which is situated in Compton town- 
ship, and who is the president of the Deer ("reek Co-operative Shipping 
Association, which did a business amounting to ninety-six hundred dollars 
in 1914, is a native of Otter Tail county, born here <>n November 6. 1874. 

Mr. Veden is the son of Charles and Caroline (Johnson) Veden, both 
of whom were born in Sweden, the former in 1833. Charles Veden came 
to America before his marriage. He located in Chisago count} - . Minnesota, 
where he owned eight)' acres of land. Some time after the Civil War he 
sold the farm and moved to Parkers prairie. Otter Tail county, pre-empting 
oik- hundred and -i\tv acres of land at Horse Head lake. He lived on this 
farm until !<^7/. when he sold out and came to Compton township. Here 
he pre-empted one hundred and sixty acres of land in section 4. and here 
lived until his death, lie served three years in the Civil War, as a private 
in the Third Regiment. Minnesota Volunteer Infantry. Mr. Veden's father 
was a member of die Lutheran church and one of the organizers of the 
church in Compton township. He served as constable of his township for 
twenty-six years. He died in November, 1913, and his wife in June, 1914. 
They were the parents of seven children, two of whom. Theresa and Corena, 
are deceased. The living children are Mtora, John, Andy, Elot and Herbert. 

Andy Veden was educated in the public schools of Compton township 
and has been engaged in fanning all of his life. He has lived on the farm, 
which he now occupies, for twenty years. In the beginning Mr Veden pur- 
chased one hundred and twenty acres of land, most of which was wild prairie. 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. _><)- 

He now owns two hundred and twenty acres, all of which is in one body. 
In i<)i.-, -Mr. Veden built a splendid house and in 1907 a large barn. 

On June 24, [895, Andy \ eden was married to Charlotte Lngwald, who 
was born in Sweden and who is the daughter of Swan lngwald. Mr. and 
Mrs. Veden have seven children, all of whom are at home. Eleonora, Delia. 
Clarence. Lilly, Charles, Mable, and Donald. 

Mr. and Mrs. Andy Veden are members of the Lutheran church and 
take an active interest in church work. Mr. Veden served fifteen years as 
constable of Compton township, but is no longer filling this position. He 
also served as assessor of Compton township for seven years and served 
seven years as clerk of school district No. 94. 



vNDREW A. PETERSON. 

Andrew V Peterson, a prosperous farmer of Eagle Lake town-hip. 
()ner Tail county. Minnesota, was born in Sweden, September 6, [860, the 
son of Andrew and Cagse Peterson, who were also natives of Sweden. Mr. 
Peterson's father was a farmer in his native land and was engaged in agri- 
cultural pursuits until he came to America in 1S67. During the first two 
and one-half years of his residence in America, he was employed in the 
copper mines of Michigan. Subsequently, he immigrated to Missouri and, 
because of ill health, moved from Missouri to Iowa and, at the time of his 
arrival in Iowa, had only aboul fifty cents. In the spring of 1S74 he came 
to Eagle Lake township, Otter Tail county, and homesteaded one hundred 
and si\t\ acres of land, to which he added until he owned two hundred 
and forty acres before his death. He had a hard struggle to make a suc- 
cess in life, but he did succeed in a large measure and, at his death, left his 
family well provided with all of the comforts of life. Andrew and Cagse 
Peterson were the parents of five children, Andrew A.. John. Peter. Magnus 
and Daniel. The late Andrew Peterson was a member of the Swedish 
Lutheran church, and was identified with the Republican party. 

Andrew \. Peterson was educated in the common schools of Eagle 
lake township and, until he was twenty-three years old, was employed on 
his father's farm. In 1 SS ; he bought one hundred and sixty acres of land, 
where he now lives and. the next year, moved to the farm. Mr. Peterson is 
engaged in general farming and stock raising. Most of the improvements 
which are to be seen on the farm today have been put here by Mr. Peter- 
son's own hand. lie iris erected all of the buildings and practically all of 
the fences and installed most of the drainage. 

In 1883 \11.lrew V Peterson was married to Kate Peterson, and to 
them have been born four children, Alvin J.. Oscar I... Vide and Phoebe. 

Mr. Peterson has departed somewhat from the political wavs of his 



298 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

father. Andrew A. Peterson is identified with the Democratic party, while 
his father was a Republican. Mr. Peterson has served as chairman of the 
township board as supervisor and as constable. The Peterson family are 
members of the Swedish 1 utheran church. 

Andrew A. Peterson is one <>\ the most hustling farmers of Otter Tail 
count) and has ,1 variety of interests aside from his farm. He is a director 
in the Battle Lake Telephone Company, a director in the Melby State Bank, 
a director in the .\lelh\ Farmers Elevator and a director in the Melby Live 
Stock Shipping Association. All of these various interests demand a great 
deal of his time, lie is a man of engaging personality and extremely popu- 
lar in the countv where he lives. 



OLE O. AUNE. 



Among the self-made citizens of Sverdrup township, Otter Tail county, 
Minnesota, and among its successful farmers, is Ole O. Aune, who was born 
on December 11, 1836, in Norway, the son of Ole O. Aune, Sr., who lived 
and died in bis native land. 

Air. Aune was educated in Norway and immigrated to La Crosse, Wis- 
consin, in [869. Prior to coming to America, be had been engaged in ship- 
building in bis native land. After coming to this country be worked on the 
railroad in Huston county. Wisconsin, for a time and then went to Eau 
( 'laire. Wisconsin, where he worked in a saw-mill. Later be worked in the 
pine regions of Wisconsin and. during the summer of 1S70. worked in the 
mills on the river, fie was taken sick in the fall of 1870 and in February 
of the following year, returned to work in the mills. Tn May, 1871, Mr. 
Aune set out for Minnesota. One of his companions purchased an ox team 
at St. Peter, Minnesota, and met Mr. Aune at Willmar, Minnesota, from 
which place the two made the trip to Fort Abercrombie, North Dakota. They 
moved to a place called Georgetown and then turned east and followed the 
Buffalo river in where the city of I law ley now stands. Here they built a 
In-' cabin, shortly after June. 1 S~ 1 . \ iter remaining at this place until the 
spring of [872 the) came to Fergus Falls, which at that time was ;i small 
\ illage. 

Shortly afterward, Mr. Aune located on a farm of one hundred and 
forty-four acres, where he now lives. During the next few years, he was 
busil) engaged in clearing the land and in making miscellaneous improve- 
ments. Tie is a general farmer and stockman ami, in addition to bis farm- 
ing interests, own- stork in the elevator and in a store and creamery at 
I biderwood. 

Tn [888, Ole O. Mine returned to Norway and was there married to 
Gertrude Halgunset, who was born on January 12, 1800, in Norway, They 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 299 

have been the parents of two sons, Ole O., Jr., who was born on May 26, 
1890, and who was educated in the schools of Otter Tail county, is a farmer 
and lives at home with his parents, and John O., born on November 30, 
1893, was also educated in the public schools and lives at home on the farm. 
Mr. and Mrs. Ole O. Aune, Sr., are Lutherans. Mr. Anne is a Repub- 
lican in politics, but in late years has not been especially interested in politics 
and has taken no part in it. He is a good farmer and has been successful 
as a result of his own personal effort. 



TOHN T. WOLD. 



John J. Wold., a well-to-do fanner and business man of Sverdrup town- 
ship, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, was born in Norway, January 28, 1854. 
Mr. Wold is a son of Jens and Johanna (Swenson) Wold, both of whom 
were natives of Norway. Mr. Wold's father was born in 1820, and his 
mother in the same year. They were married in Norway, and in 1868 they 
emigrated to America, locating first in Goodhue county, Minnesota. In 
1872 they made the journey by ox team from Goodhue to Otter Tail county. 
Here they homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres of land, where their 
son. John J., now lives. They cleared and improved this farm and made it 
their home the rest of their lives. Mr. Wold's father died in 1891, and his 
mother in 1903. They were earnest and devoted members of the Lutheran 
church, and were active in religious matters in this township in the early 
days. Of the six children horn to Jens Wold and wife, Edward, the eldest, 
is deceased. The other children in the order of their birth are as follow: 
Sophia, John J.. Elizabeth. Ole and Theodore, all of whom are living. 

John J. Wold received his education in the public schools of Norway, 
and also attended the schools in Goodhue county, Minnesota, after coming 
to this country. When Mr. Wold was eighteen years of age, he came to 
Sverdrup township. Otter Tail county, with his parents, and has lived con- 
tinuously upon the farm where he now resides since coming to the county. 
After his father's death, in 1891, John J. Wold purchased the old home- 
stead farm, and built thereon a fine residence. He has also made many 
other substantial improvements on the farm and now has one <<i the most 
desirable tracts of land in this pari of Otter Tail county. He is a general 
farmer and stockman. 

On November 30, 180-'. John I. Wold was married to Karen Thronson, 
who was born in Norway, November 15, 1864, and whose parent- never 
left their native land. To this union have been horn three children ; Edwin, 
born on August 35, 1893, was educated in the public schools and lives at 
home with his parents; Clara Gelcna. horn on February o. [897, wa 
student in the public schools of her home- township, and is living at home; 



300 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

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Politically, Mr. Wold is identified with the Prohibition party. He lias 
served as supervisor of Sverdrup township, and as treasurer of the school 
hoard for seventeen years. Air. and Airs. John J. Wold and family are all 
very active members of the Lutheran church in this township. They are 
substantial and successful farmers, and well-known and valued citizens. 











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Portage county, Wisconsin. Later the) moved t<> Waupaca county and pur- 
chased a farm of eight) acres, to which they added fort)- acres. Mr. Rowe's 
father died in Waupaca count)- in [892 and his wife in [898. They were 
the parents of three children. David I... \ndrew L. and Olena. Mr. Lowe's 
mother had been previously married and by this first marriage, had three 
children, \~els, Susan and Kisti. The Rowes left Bergen. Norway, on May 
T7. 1852. and were ten weeks on the voyage from Norway to America. 

David L. Rowe was four years old when the family arrived in Wis- 
consin He was educated in the public schools of that state and, when 
twenty-five years old. in 1873. moved to Mower count)-. Minnesota, where 
In- acquired a farm and where he lived until IQ03, when he moved to South 
Dakota. After living in South Dakota for eight years. Mr. Rowe immi- 
grated to Otter Tail county and purchased a farm of two hundred and forty 
acres in sections o and 01, Everts township, lie is a general farmer and 
stock man and a breeder of llolstein cattle. 

In 1877 Mr. Rowe was married in Mower count)-. Minnesota, to Kisti 
Monson, who was horn mi January 13. 1851. in Norway, and who is the 
daughter of Mons < ). ami Kari (Tomjum) Monson. Mrs. Lowe's parents 
came to Wisconsin in 1801, hut the same year immigrated to Union count). 
South Dakota. From Union county, the family traveled overland by ox 
tram to |,,wa. Later thev settled in Mower countv. Minnesota, purchasing 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 30I 

one hundred and twenty acres of land, where Mrs. Rowe's father died. Her 
brother later sold the farm and moved to Union county, South Dakota, and 
now owns die farm which his father had owned in that county. Airs. 
Rowe's mother died in Smith Dakota in 1906. 

Mr. and Mrs. David L. Rowe have been the parents of eight children. 
Lars, who is deceased; Clara, who is the wife of Leif Swennumson and has 
three children, Francis, David and Robert; Matthew, who was burn on 
September 29, 1881, in Mitchell county. Iowa, where his parents lived for 
three years, was educated in the public schools and is now a farmer, living 
at home with his parents; Lawrence, born on April 14, 1883, in Mitchell 
county, Iowa, was also educated in the public schools and the Leroy high 
school and immigrated t<> Hettinger count}'. North. Dakota, where he took 
up a claim and farmed for two years, now being clerk of Everts township, 
to which office he was elected in 1013; Olene, who is the wife of Raymond 
Hendrix, of Elk Point, South Dakota, has two children, Margaret and 
Raiman Rowe; Norman, who lives at Devon, Montana, has a claim of one 
hundred and sixty acres in that state and is unmarried; Carl Edward, who 
died at the age of three vears, and Esther, who lives at home. 



DLL BERG 



( He Berg, a very successful farmer, who owns two hundred acres of 
land in Compton township, besides one hundred and sixty acres in Canada, 
is a native of Sweden, his birth having occurred in that country on June 0. 
[856. 

Mr. Berg's parents were Ole Olson and Margaret Anderson, both natives 
of Sweden. His grandfather was Ole Anderson, a farmer by occupation 
and a prominent member of the Lutheran church in his native country. In 
1887 Ole Olson came to America, and after landing at Halifax, came direct 
to Otter Tail county. Minnesota. Here he purchased one hundred and 
twenty acres of land in sections 23 and 28. of Compton township, and took 
up farming. He is now living with bis son, Ole Berg, at the advanced age 
of eighty-nine war-. His wife died some years ago. He is a devout mem- 
ber of the Lutheran church, and in politics is a Republican. 

Ole P>er>;\ the only child of his parents who grew to maturity, was edu- 
cated in the schools of Compton township, and when old enough took up 
farming on hi- father's place, ami in this vocation has been verj successful, 
and besides having a splendid farm, it is improved to I he minutest detail 

The buildings are all well painted and are kept in a g 1 state of repair. 

In km 1 Mr. Berg built a barn sixty by thirty-two feet. 

In 1885 < )le Berg was married t" Maggie Anderson, and to tin- union 
have been burn four children, Maggie, \nie. Andrew and Charles, all of 



302 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

whom are unmarried and who live at home with their parents. Mr. Berg 
and family are earnest and faithful members of the Lutheran church, and 
for many years have been active in church work. For the past five years 
Air. Berg has been treasurer of the local congregation. Aside from his 
interests in his church, Mr. Berg's whole interests are centered in his family 
and in hi- farm. He has a host of friends in this neighborhood. 



CHARLEY EKLUND. 



Charley Eklund, another well known and enterprising farmer of Nidaros 
township. Otter Tail count}', Minnesota, is a native of Sweden, where he 
was born on July 7. 1864. 

Mr. Eklund is the son of Ole and Hannah (Johnson) Eklund, both of 
whom were born in Sweden. Mr. Eklund' s father was born on January 22, 
1836, and his mother on July [9,-1834. They were married in Sweden and, 
after some years, Mr. Eklund' s father came to America, settling at Litch- 
field in iS6;>. The family came to America the next year and settled with 
the father at Litchfield. In the fall of 1870, the family moved to Clitherall 
township, Otter Tail county, settling on a homestead farm in section 32. 
This farm had been pre-empted in [868. Mr. Eklund's father improved 
the land and erected excellent buildings. He died on the farm on March 
1 1. 1910, and his widow is still living on the old homestead. He was one of 
the first members of the Swedish Lutheran church, known as the Eagle Lake 
church. By his marriage to Hannah Jsakson, there were born seven chil- 
dren, erne df whom, Elizabeth, is deceased. The living children are, John. 
Charley, the subject of this sketch. Inga, Sophia, Helnia and Otto. The 
last named lives on the old homestead. 

Charley Eklund was five years old when he accompanied his mother and 
the remainder of the family to America. He lived with his parents and 
attended the public schools for a number of years, after which he took up 
farming. From his father, who had purchased four hundred acres of rail- 
road land in Nidaros township, .Mr. Eklund obtained one hundred and sixty 
acres in section [9, and has since added to that original farm until he now 
owns two hundred and forty acres. He .also owns forty acres in section 20. 
Mr. Eklund has forty-five acres in Clitherall township. In 1885 he moved 
l<i the farm located in section [9, where he now lives. He has a splendid 
home situated in a pretty grove and all of the buildings on this farm are 
thoroughly modern. Mr. Eklund is a general farmer and stockman. When 
tin- family moved to * >tter Tail county from Benson, Minnesota, the trip was 
made with an OX team and immediately upon their arrival, a sod house was 
built. for some time the family lived in this house, which had only a clay 
floor. 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 3O3 

On September 6, 1885, Charley Eklund was married to Emma John- 
son, who was born in Sweden, September 6, 1865, and who is the daughter 
of Carl Peter and Christine (Johnson) Johnson. Mrs. Eklund's parents 
were both born in Sweden, her father on July 27, 1839, and her mother on 
August _'4, 1844. They came to Meeker county, Minnesota, in 1870, and 
the next year moved to Otter Tail county, making" the journey with an ox 
team. They took a homestead of one hundred and sixty acres in Leaf 
Mountain township and here Mrs. Eklund's father died on February 3, 1890. 
Her mother is still living. They were the parents of fourteen children, 
Emma Xatolia, Hilda Ulrike, deceased; Elof William, Janni Amanda, Hen- 
rick Wicter, Hilma Ullrika, Ida Theresa, deceased; Anton Frittjof, Addvingd 
Wilton, Alma Victoria, Elena Alvia, Clifford Livingston, Hatfield and Cora 
Saraphena. 

Mr. and Mrs. Charley Eklund have seven children, Alma Liventina; 
Florence Georginia, the wife of William Denoon, has one child, Kenneth 
Eklund Denoon; Edith Hafire; Lydia Elizabeth; Willie Luther Natanael; 
Mardel Adina, and Judith Eleanora. 

Mr. and Mrs. Eklund and family belong to the Eagle Lake Swedish 
Lutheran church. Air. Eklund has served as a member of the school board 
in Nidaros township and has been otherwise prominent in local affairs. He 
has a host of friends in the township where he lives. 



ERICK E. BOEN. 



One of the elder citizens and one of the highly respected farmers of 
Aurdal township, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, is Erick E. Boen, who was 
born on October 13, 1853, in Norway. 

Mr. Boen is the son of Erick T. and fngeborg ( Bjorgo) Boen. who 
were natives of Norway and who, after coming to America, homesteaded 
eight}' acres of land in section 27, of Aurdal township. Mr. Boen's father- 
died in 1896 and his mother three years previously in 1893. They had a 
family of nine children, three of the suns are living and three of the daughters. 

Erick E. Boen was educated in Norway. Upon his arrival in America 
in 1868, he settled in Moore county, Minnesota, but on October 13, 1871. 
came to Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and, for a year, was engaged in trapping 
and shooting. Mr. Boen did not enjoy the assistance of wealthy relatives 
or influential friends, but has made his own way in the world. Tn [873 he 
bought one hundred and sixty acres of internal improvement land in this 
county and it is upon this farm that Mr. Boen now lives. He has cleared 
the land and erected very fine buildings upon it. 

In 1878 Erick E. Boen was married to Christina Halverson, who was 
born in 1800 in Wisconsin and who is the daughter of Gutron and Christie 



304 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

Halverson, both of whom were natives of Norway. Mrs. Boen's parents 
came to America in the early fifties. In 1871 they homesteaded one hun- 
dred and sixty acres of land. Mrs. Boen's father died at the age of seventy- 
three years, but her mother lived to be ninety-four and one-half years old. 

Mr. and Mrs. Erick E. Boen have been the parents of eight children, 
as follow: Edith, the wife of Sigval Johnson: Clara; Ida, the wife of John 
Helden; Anne, who died in infancy; one who died unnamed; Edmund, who 
lives at home with his parents; Gustav, who married Ida Onstad, of Sver- 
drup township, and Mabel, who lives at home. 

Mr. and Mrs. Boen and family are members of the Lutheran church. 
Mr. Boen has held practically all of the township offices except that of 
justice of the peace and township clerk. 



JORGEN G. VIGEN, M. I). 

The scion of a distinguished Norwegian family, Dr. Jorgen G. \ igen, 
1- a well-known and successful physician of long standing at Fergus Falls, 
this county. Fie was horn on September jo, 1864, at Selbu, Trondhjem, 
Norway, a picturesque town situated on Lake Selbu, which is twenty miles 
in length and seven and one-half miles long. There is a small island in the 
lake composed mostly of towering rocks and an old fort, where King Sverre 
and his followers were wont to defend themselves one thousand years ago 
from his enemies. It was within a stone's throw of this historic old battle- 
ment that Doctor Vigen was born. I lis parents. (, under and Sigrid (Gul- 
seth) Vigen, were natives of Norway, both members of old and prominent 
families there. Doctor Vigen's grandmother's brother, Mr. Norby, was a 
distinguished citizen of Norway many years ago. lie was a member of the 
Storthing, which is the highest legislative body in the country. 

In [869 Jorgen ( i. Vigen, being then four years of age, came with his 
parents to America, the journey being made via Quebec. The family settled 
at VVanamingo, in Goodhue county, this state, where the father purchased 
forty acres of land and engaged in farming until [883, in which year he 
moved to New Solum, in Marshall count)-, and there be homesteaded one 
hundred and si\t\ acres and lived until his wife ami daughter died, after 
which he rented the home farm and retired from the active life of the farm. 

Educated in the Red Wing Seminary at Red Wing. Minnesota, Jorgen 
(i. Vigen later attended the high school at St. Paul and was graduated with 
the class of 1891. Subsequently, be took a medical course of three years 
al the Universit) of Minnesota and was graduated in [894. After serving 
as an interne for one year in the city hospital in St. Paul, he went to Daw- 
son, Lac qui Parle count}-, this state, and there began the practice of medi- 
cine. The field, however, was too small and the chances for advancement 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 305 

were too uncertain and in July, 1896, Doctor Vigen located at Fergus Falls, 
this county, where he is still engaged in the active practice of his profession 
and where he has built up a lucrative business. One of the honors which 
the people of Otter Tail county have bestowed upon Doctor Vigen is that 
of coroner of the county, in which office he is serving his third term. He 
also was city physician and health officer for several years. 

By his marriage to Martha Bartelson. the daughter of Gunder and 
Bertha Bartelson, Doctor Vigen has two children, Harold D. and James H. 
both of whom live at home with their parents. 

Dr. Vigen is a member of the Park Region Medical Society, the Minne- 
sota State Medical Association and the American Medical Association. 
Doctor Vigen not only was well trained for his profession, but he has ever 
since his college days been a deep and thoughtful student of the latest 
developments in medicine and surgery, among his post-graduate studies hav- 
ing been a course of five months in the great medical school at Berlin, where 
he studied diseases of the stomach and intestines, and this, in a large meas- 
ure, accounts for his splendid success. He is also a man of pleasing and 
agreeable personality and is popular not only as a physician, but as a man 
among his fellow townsmen. 



ANDREW TWETEN. 



Andrew Tweten, a successful farmer and stock man of Everts town- 
ship, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, was born in Dane county, Wisconsin, 
September 12, i860. Mr. Tweten is a son of Ole and Karen Tweten, both 
of whom were natives of Norway, the former born in 1812. Mr. Tweten's 
father came to America and settled in Dane county, Wisconsin, in 1839 
The voyage occupied eighteen weeks from Norway to America, coming over 
in one of the old-fashioned sailing vessels. He was married in Dane county, 
Wisconsin, and there his wife died in 1870, at the age of about forty years, 
leaving seven children. Julia, Ole, Kare, deceased; Engbret, Andrew, Erick 
and Johannes. In 1874 the family moved to Everts township, Otter Tail 
county, and purchased a farm of one hundred and eighty-three aero, and 
here Mr. Tweten's father died on January 7, 1900. 

Andrew Tweten was reared on his father's old homestead farm in Dane 
county, Wisconsin, and on the farm in Otter Tail county. He remained 
with his father on the old home farm until his marriage in 1887. and now 
owns the old farm. 

In 1SS7 Mr. Tweten was married to Sena Ledel, who was born in 1869 
in Dane county. Wisconsin, and who is a daughter of John and Mary Ledel, 
both of whom were natives of Norway and early settlers in Dane county. 
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306 OTTER TAN. COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

Wisconsin. Subsequently, however, they emigrated to Everts township, 
Otter Tail county, where Mrs. Tweten's father died in 1915, at the age of 
seventy-eight years. Airs. Tweten's mother died in Everts township several 
years ago. 

Andrew Tweten and wife are the parents of eight children as follow: 
Ando, who lives at home; Olger J., Thorfin, Warner. Cora. Geneva, Lillian 
and Irene. 

Mr. Tweten and his family are all earnest and faithful members of the 
Lutheran church. Mr. Tweten has never been active in politics, but has 
devoted his energies and his time rather to his chosen vocation, in which 
he has been very successful. 



BENJAMIN F. YOUNG. 

Prominent as a farmer and dairyman in Henning, Otter Tail county, 
Minnesota, was Benjamin F. Young, a well-known citizen of the township 
and a native of Sibley county, Minnesota, where he was born on December 
10, 1S57. Mr. Young was the son of Benjamin L., Sr., and Polly 1 Snyder) 
Young. 

Mr. Young's parents were both natives of Pennsylvania, his father 
being born on August -'4. 1830. His parents came to Sibley county. Minne- 
sota, in 1855, and a little while thereafter pre-empted one hundred and 
sixty .acres of land. There Mr. Young's father now resides. His wife 
died on \]iril 3, 1015. at the age of eighty-four years. They were the par- 
ents of eight children, of whom four, John Quincy, the eldest, Ella, Benjamin 
F. and Emma, are deceased. The other children are Harry, Charles, Anna 
and William. 

Benjamin !•'. Young was reared in Sibley county. Minnesota, except 
four years which he spent in Pennsylvania, where his parents lived before 
they moved to Minnesota. He was educated in the public schools of this 
state and was always engaged in farming. On May 28, r88o, Mr. Young 
came to Henning township and took a homestead of one hundred and twenty 
acres of land in section 6 He subsequently added forty acre-- to the farm 
and in all owned one hundred and sixty acres. Mr. Young made a specialty 
of keeping dairy cattle and had about twenty head of cows. He was also 
a general farmer and stockman. 

On January 17. [882, Benjamin F. Young was married to Mary E. 
Bi He-, who was born in the state of Wisconsin on May ,^. 1863, and who 
is the daughter of William and Martha Bones. They came from Wiscon- 
sin to Sibley county, Minnesota, and both died in this county. Mr. and 
Mrs. Benjamin F. Young were the parents of six children, of whom one. 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 3O7 

an infant daughter, is deceased. The living children are, William, Laura, 
Lester, Jesse and Walter. 

Mr. Young had a well-improved and fertile farm. He erected all of 
the buildings which' now stand on the farm and they are kept well painted 
and in first-class state of repair. He was a progressive citizen who believed 
in enjoying all of the comforts which are available to people who live in the 
country. 

Benjamin F. Young was clerk of the local school board. Although he 
never took an active part in politics and never aspired to political office, he 
was a man of wide influence in the community where he lived, and especially 
in matters pertaining to agriculture. He enjoyed the confidence of a host 
of friends in his home neighborhood. Benjamin F. Young died suddenly 
of apoplexy, on August 12, 1915. 



LARS OLSON. 



bar- Olson, a prosperous farmer of Henning township. Otter Tail 
county, Minnesota, was born in Olmstead county, Minnesota, June 1, 1858. 
He is a son of Ole and Kari Olson, both of whom were natives of Norway, 
the former of whom was born on November 16, 1816, and the latter born 
August 14, 1S21. Mr. Olson's parents came to the United States from 
Norway in 1847, locating first in Wisconsin. Later they moved to Iowa, 
and in 1855 came to Olmstead county, Minnesota, where they homesteaded 
one hundred and sixty acres of land. On this land more than three hundred 
Indians were at one time encamped. They gradually added to this original 
tract until at one time the family had more than two hundred acres of land, 
ami it was on this farm that Mr. Olson's father died on September 20, 1899. 
His mother had passed away more than a quarter of a centurv previously. 
August 3. 1872. Ole Olson and wife were the parents of seven children, 
of whom only three, Thomas, Olaus and Lars, are living. The deceased 
children are Ingeborg, Halvor, Helge and Helena. 

Lars Olson received his education principally in the schools of Olmstead 
county, Minnesota, and for a time was a student in the Benson high school, 
and also spent one term at St. Olaf's College, Northfield, Minnesota. He 
was reared to the life of a farmer, and in 1884 came to Otter Tail county, 
purchasing fort) acres of land in section 17, of Henning township. At this 
tini'- he also owned an eighty-acre farm in section [9 of the same township, 
lie disposed of this land, however, and purchased one hundred and sixty 
acres in Folden township, hut for the past seven years has lived in Henning 
township on a farm which is situated in section 17. 

On April 10. 1887. Lars Olson was married to Carrie Grovdal, who 
was horn in Norway in r866, and who 1. a daughter of Hans and Anne 



308 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

Grovdal. Mrs. Olson's parents came to Dodge county, Minnesota, in 1876, 
and here her father died in 1895, while her mother died in Otter Tail 
county three years later in 1898. 

Mr. and Mrs. Lars Olson are the parents of seven children, of whom 
one, Lawrence, is deceased. The living children are Oscar, Carl, Emma, 
Harris. Edwin and Lillian. 

Mr. Olson and family are earnest members of the United Lutheran 
church, in which they take an active interest. Mr. Olson has served his 
township as assessor for seven years, holding that important office at the 
present time. 



ORRIN H. VARGASON. 



Orrin H. Vargason, who is a native of Iowa, but who owns a splendid 
farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Inman township. Otter Tail county, 
Minnesota, was born on June 19, 1883. 

Mr. Vargason is the son of Charles H. and Orena ( Curtis) Vargason, 
both of whom are natives of Iowa. Charles H. Vargason was born in 
Buchanan county, Iowa. May 28, 1859, and his wife, who before her mar- 
riage, was Orena Curtis, was born in Buchanan count}-, Iowa, March 3. 
1865. They were married on June 17, 1882. 

Charles H. Vargason was the son of Charles Vargason, a native of 
Towanda, Bradford county, Pennsylvania, ami the latter was born on 
May 27, 1836. He was married to Cordelia Merrill, a native of Xew Vork 
state, who was born on June 14, 1838. She was a daughter of R. G. Mer- 
rill, who was a soldier in the Civil War, a member of the Third Iowa Cavalry 
and who owned a farm of eight}- acres in Buchanan county. Iowa. R. G. 
Merrill, after serving about one year in the army, returned to his home, 
was taken ill and died shortly afterwards. Charles Vargason was the son 
of Hiram Vargason, a native of Towanda. Pennsylvania. Hiram Vargason 
was the son of Henry Vargason, a native of Wales, who. after coming to 
America, settled in Pennsylvania and later moved to Iowa. Hiram Varga- 
son was a farmer by occupation and an active anti-slavery advocate. He mar- 
ried Elizabeth Dalton, and, after his marriage, farmed in Pennsylvania for 
a time Later he moved to Michigan and, after a few years' residence in 
that stale, moved to Wisconsin. Still later he moved to towa and settled 
in Buchanan county, where be owned one hundred and twenty acres of land. 
Charles Vargason, the father of Charles 11. and the grandfather of 
Orrin II.. was educated in the common schools and was a farmer all of his 
life lie died <'ii November _'. [859, when his son, Charles II.. was only 
five months old. lie was a member of the Methodisl Episcopal church. 
\i\w his death, hi- w 1 t'e remained in the Hawkeye state, (diaries H. Var- 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 3OQ 

gason was educated in the common schools and, from his earliest years, was 
a young man of very studious habits. He spent a great many of his nights 
in patient and unremitting study. After his marriage in 1882 to Orena 
Curtis, he located on a farm in Buchanan county, Iowa, but sold out and 
moved to Otter Tail county, purchasing land in section 10, where J. A. 
Allen later lived. After three years, however, he sold the farm and exchanged 
for a farm of one hundred and twenty acres, which he now owns. Mr. 
Vargason has erected all of the buildings on the farm, but in 1913 a fire 
destroyed his house and barn, which have since been replaced. Charles H. 
and Orena (Curtis) Vargason have been the parents of five children, Orrin 
H., Clara, Floyd, Florence, who died at the age of eighteen, and Eva. The 
Vaigasons are members of the Baptist church. Mr. Vargason is a member 
of the Modern Woodmen of America and the oldest member in his camp. 
He served on the school board for thirteen years and, until last year, was 
overseer for a period of fourteen years. Mr. Vargason is a Republican in 
politics. During the early years of the local creamery company, he was 
president of the organization. 

Reared on a farm in the state of Iowa. Orrin H. Vargason was edu- 
cated in the public schools. In 1899 he moved to Otter Tail county, and 
located in Tnman township, where he began renting land. In 191 1 he pur- 
chased one hundred and sixty acres of land in section 14, and has followed 
general farming and stock raising. 

In 1909 Mr. Vargason was married to Belle Fletcher, who was born in 
Nidaros township. Otter Tail county, and who is the daughter of James A. 
and Rose ( Murdock ) Fletcher. James A. Fletcher was born at Old Clither- 
all on February 17. 1866, and is the son of Edmond ami Sarah (Muir) 
Fletcher, the former of whom was probably born in Pennsylvania, but moved 
to Indiana, when only six years old. He also lived in Illinois and Iowa. 
but on May 6, 1865, came to Otter Tail county with a colony. Edmond 
Fletcher settled at Oldtown and worked at the blacksmith's trade for a time. 
Later, he engaged in farming with his two sons. Emery and James. They 
put chased three hundred and twenty acres of land in Nidaros township and 
Girard township. Here Edmond Fletcher lived until his death on July 26, 
1906. His wife, a native of Michigan, had come with her sister, Mary, 
to Otter Tail county. Site was horn in [842 and is still living. They 
were the parents of four children, Louisa, who married Harry McLoughlin 
and live- at ('arson Lake. Minnesota: James A.; Emery, who is a farmer 
01" Girard township, and Elsie, who married Frank Whiting, of Shelbrook, 
Canada. 

James A. Fletcher was educated in the public schools at Oldtown. In 
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3IO OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

and sixty acres of land in Nidaros township and has since been engaged in 
general farming and stock raising. He and his wife are members of the 
church of Jesus Christ and Mr. Fletcher is a trustee in the church. Airs. 
Fletcher is the daughter of Hiram Murdock. Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher have 
three children, Belle, who is the wife of Mr. Vargason; Clyde, who was edu- 
cated in the Clitherall high school and who is a farmer and lives at home, 
and Lee, who also lives at home. 

Mr. and Mrs. Orrin H. A'argason have been the parents of four chil- 
dren, Myrtle, Ilo, Harry, deceased, and Hazel. 

Mr. A'argason is a stockholder in the Deer Creek Shipping Association 
and also in the Farmers Potato Warehouse, of Deer Creek, Minnesota. 
He is a well known farmer and substantial citizen. 



CARL GUSTAV WEMSTROM. 

Carl Gustav Wemstrom, a well-known farmer of Everts township. 
Otter Tail county, Minnesota, was born in Sweden, August 2, 1858, ami is 
the son of Xels and Hellena Gustina (Lundbeck) Wemstrom, both of whom 
were born in Sweden and who lived and died in their native land. 

Carl Gustav Wemstrom was reared in Sweden and educated in that 
country. In 1801 Air. Wemstrom came to Chicago. Illinois, shortly after 
his marriage in Sweden. In 1893 his wife and family also came to Chicago. 
Mr. Wemstrom moved thereafter to a farm in Will county, forty miles 
southwest 'if Chicago and. fur the next seventeen years, rented land. In 
1910 Air. Wemstrom came to Otter Tail county and purchased a farm of 
two hundred and twenty-five acres, where he lived until a short time ago, 
whin he sold the farm, lie paid forty-two dollars an acre for the farm ami 
suld it for seventy-five dollars an acre. 

On December 22, 1S7S. Carl G. Wemstrom was married in Sweden 
to Matilda Monson, who was born in Sweden on February 3, 1857. Airs. 
Wemstrom's parents spent their entire lives in their native country. Fight 
children base been horn to Air. and Airs. Wemstrom as follow: Xels, in 
iN;w: Kare < hestin, in [884; Manges, in 1886; John, in [889; Marie, in 
[894; Ida, in r8g6; Carl, in 1898, and Clara Floreda, in 1901. Of these 
children, Nels, who is a farmer in Illinois, married Rosa Wemstrom and has 
seven children, John, Andrew, Carl. John, Joseph, Marjorie Rose and Rose 
Marie, the two latter being twins. Rare Chestin is the wife of Xels Xel- 
sen, of Illinois, and has two children, Hilda and William Xels. Marie is 
the wife of Edwin Andersen and lives 'Hi a farm southwest of Fergus halls. 
I he remainder of the children are at home. 

Air. and Mrs. Carl G. Wemstrom and family are members of the Luth- 
eran church. 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 



TOIIX PERSONS. 



John Persons, of Oak Valley township, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, is 
an enterprising and up-to-date farmer, who lias made a splendid success of 
agriculture. 

Mr. Persons was bom not far from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. March 
12, 1851. lie is the son of William and Marsha (Bagley) Persons, natives 
of Xew York state and Vermont, respectively. Mr. Persons' paternal grand- 
parents were Brainard and Lucretia ( Burrows) Persons, who were early 
settlers in X'ew York state and who later came to Wisconsin. Brainard Per- 
sons died in the state of Wisconsin, hut his wife died in Xew York state. 
The maternal grandparents of Mr. Persons were George and Sarah Bagley. 
bcth of whom died in the state of Vermont. 

Mr. Persons' parents, William and Marsha (Bagley) Persons, were 
married in New York state, hut shortly after their marriage, immigrated to 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Later, they moved to Rock county, Wisconsin, and 
still later to Green count). There William Persons died in 1859. His 
wife survived him more than a half century, passing away in 1910 in Green 
county. Wisconsin. To them were born live children. William, Byron, John, 
Oscar and Myron, the latter being deceased. Mr. Persons' mother was mar- 
ried afterward to David Heathman and to them was horn one child. Henry. 

John Persons was reared on a farm in Green county. Wisconsin, and 
educated in the public schools of that state. In 1880 Mr. Persons immi- 
grated to Iowa and purchased a farm in Pocahontas county, comprising two 
hundred and forty acres. He resided in Iowa until 1898, when lie moved 
to Otter Tail count}", purchasing eighty acres of land in section jq, of < >ak 
Valley township. Since that time, Mr. Persons has added one hundred 
and sixty acres and now has eight) acres of the farm cleared and well 
improved. While a resident of Iowa. Mr. Persons was a member of the 
school hoard. 

On Jul}- jo. [872, John Person- was married in Green county, Wis- 
consin, to Jane Meredith, who was horn on May -'3. 1 N 5 5 . in Wales, the 
daughter of Edward J. and Mary (Evans) Meredith. They were both 
natives of Wale- anil in [866 came to Green count)-. Wisconsin. Mrs. Per- 
sons' father was a shoemaker by trade, hut he owned several farms in Green 
count). Wisconsin, which he subsequently sold. Finally, he and his wife 
moved to Chicago, where the latter died on February 21, 1906, at the age of 
seventy-four. \fter her death, he moved to Lansing. Michigan, where he 
lived with his daughter. Mollie Mch'adden, until his death in 1011 at the 
age of seventy-seven. Mrs. Person- is one of eight children horn to her 
parents, -lie being the second child Two of the children, Man Ann, the 



312 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

eldest, and James, the sixth child, are deceased. The living children, besides 
Mrs. Persons, are, Edwin, Mollie, Thomas, Anna and Rose. 

Mr. and Mrs. John Persons have six children, Mary, Lillian, Myron, 
Anna, Edwin and John. Mary, born on June 23, 1874, is the wife of Frank 
Chase, of Todd county, Minnesota, and has eleven children. Pearl, Paul, 
Frank, Man - , Clara, Lloyd, Eunice, Melvin. Alpha, Irene and Fred. Lillian, 
born on November 19, 1877, was the wife of Adrian Chase and had two 
children, Lottie and Esther. She died on April 6, 1912. Myron, born on 
May 11, 1881, married Carrie Townley and has four children, Ruth, Ivis, 
Dorman and Lillian. Anna, September 6, 1886, is the wife of Roy Martin 
and to them have been born five children, Eva, deceased: Hazel, Cecil, Vera 
.and Edwin. Edwin, March 1, 1890, is unmarried. John, December 5, 
1895, lives at home with his parents. The Persons family is highly respected 
by all of the people of Oak Valley township. Mr. and Mrs. Persons have 
reared an industrious and hard-working family and well deserve the respect 
and confidence of their neighbors. 



OSCAR NORDMARKEN. 

The name Trondhjem, given to the township in which Oscar Nprd- 
marken resides, suggests the fact that the community was first settled by 
Norwegians, but there is nothing in the name to signify what feats of bravery 
were accomplished by those pioneers who met the clangers of both land and 
ocean in order that they might enjoy an independent life in a country where 
liberty and success go band in band. The story of the achievements of these 
men must be left to the biographer, who can do little more than outline 
the rugged course pursued bv these men of Norwegian birth in the county 
in which they now reside. 

Oscar Nordmarken was born on the 20th of November, 1873. in Trond- 
hjem township on the farm where he still resides. He is the son of Gilbert 
Nordmarken and Martha Haaogth, among the oldest settlers of that part 
of Minnesota in which their son now resides. No more tragic example of 
the pioneer days in that section of the country can be related than that of 
the struggles "i Ole and Thora Haaogth, the parents of Martha Haaogth, 
who, after arriving in America, came to [Minnesota for residence. The 
journey across the Atlantic in those days covered a period of sixteen weeks, 
during which perilous encounters were met and thrilling dangers passed. 
After remaining only a short lime in Fillmore county. Minnesota, where 
the) iirst settled upon their arrival in this country, (lie and Thora Haaogth, 
made a journe) to Otter Tail county, during one of the most severe winters 
ever known in that locality. During a heavy snow storm which came up 
during the course ol the trip, 1 >le Haaogth was frozen and died shortly after- 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 3 1 3 

ward, leaving his wife to meet the hardships of an unpopulated farm region, 
alone and unknown. She proved to be a woman of remarkable strength of 
character, however, and reared her family to respect the highest princi] le 
right living. Her death was the culmination of a life of usefulness and 
unremitting toil. She died in Norwegian Giove ! ■' ', here she had 

spent most of her days since the tragic death of her husband. 

The parents of Oscar Nordmarken were born in Hadeland. Norway, his 
father*s birth having occurred on the 29th of October, 1845, anc l n > s mother's 
on the 28th of March, 1842. Martha Haaogth came to America with her 
parents, in 1866, and lived with them in Fillmore county, Minnesota, where 
she met Gilbert O. Nordmarken, the man who later became her husband, 
and who had come to this country also in the year 1866, on the same ship. 
Gilbert Nordmarken rented a farm in Fillmore county during the first five 
years of his residence in America. His second move was to Otter Tail 
county, where he went by a team of oxen, in a covered wagon. In this 
locality he homesteaded two hundred acres of land in section 20, which 
was located in Trondhjem township. The character of the farm was wild 
with prairie vegetation and the first piece of labor was that of putting up a 
log cabin which was a task of strength and ability. As success came to Mr. 
Nordmarken, he began to buy by degrees, pieces of land in other commun- 
ities. One of the sections of land owned by him was located in North 
Dakota, near Mooreton and Granville. 

To Air. Nordmarken belongs the honor of having been a pioneer in the 
truest sense of the word. The hardships encountered by him in the early 
da\> of agricultural development can scarcely be comprehended by the mod- 
ern generation of nun who arc living in an age of comfort. The remark- 
able fact evident in the lives of these soldiers of the wilderness is that, not- 
withstanding their humble beginnings in the field of labor which they chose, 
they were able to reach a high place in the field of industry and were often 
looked upon later in lite as nun of wealth and prosperity. 

Probably no greater example of success through difficulties can he given 
than that of the life of Gilbert Nordmarken. One of the first disappoint- 
ments of his life occurred when the house he had labored to build was 
totally destroyed by a storm. For three consecutive years his crops were 
ruined by swarms of grasshoppers. Once during these years of hopeless 
striving, he succeeded in saving pari of the crop, which he carried main 
miles to a market. At the time of the sale it was discovered that the -rain 
was so full of grasshopper wings as to render it of no value. In relating 
the incident in later years, Mr. Nordmarken often referred to it as the 
greatest disappointment of his life. But he was not a man to be conquered 
h\ despair. lie looked about him at the resources of the community and 



314 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

turned loss into gain. For the greater part of that winter he kept his family 
by killing game. The following years of his life were filled with success 

happiness. In [897 he retired to Fergus Falls, where he and his wife 
nii! they passed away. He often returned for short visits to the farm 
he had made and looked upon its prosperity with satisfaction. 

Gilben Nordmarken was one of the first chairmen of the board of 
supervisors and had a prominent part in the laying out of the roads in the 
township where he lived. He and his wife were enthusiastic members of 
the Lutheran church, where fur twenty years Mr. Xordmarken served as 
minister. A strange coincidence brought the death of Air. and Airs. Gilhert 
Xordmarken in the same year, she having passed away on the 4th of October. 
IQ14, and he on the 13th of the following month. Of the children born to 
this couple the following facts are given: Tena. who married A. J. Moen 
at Battle Lake, died in 1912; Mollie died in infancy; Oscar is the subject 
id this sketch: Oliver resides in Minot, North Dakota; Alfred, a twin 
brother to Oliver, is living at Minneapolis; Minna, who married X. G. 
Lelovold, is living in Granville, North Dakota; Mollie married A. S. Larry 
and resides in Wolf Point. Montana. 

Oscar Nordmarken received his early education in the schools of Trond- 
hjem township and later at the high school in Fergus Falls. While he was 
fully appreciative of the educational advantages received, he owed the greatest 
influence on his character to the early discipline of the farm on which he 
was reared. For some year-, after he finished the high school course. Mr. 
Xordmarken rented the home place and farmed until 1902, when he went to 
Xorth Dakota for the purpose of homesteading one hundred and sixtv acres 
of land in Ward county. He remained on the claim for two years and at 
the expiration of that time returned to the homestead of his father, which 
he rented until 11)05. ' n that year his ventures in the field of agriculture 
had proven so profitable that he was able to purchase the home place, which 
covered two hundred and forty acres of land. He has improved the farm 
since the time of the purchase and has turned hi" attention to general farm- 
ing. Mr. Nordmarken is a man of broad mind and wide interests; his 
chosen line oi work' has in no way made him narrow, for he has reached out 
into other fields For -even years he acted as manager of the Rothsay Tele- 
phone Company and was also director in the farmer-. Elevator Company, 
at Rothsay, which he helped to organize. In 1893 he helped organize the 
Trondhjem Co-operative Creamery Company, and after its organization 
acted as director of the concern for a number of years. 

In his political interest-. Mr. Nordmarken is an independent voter, lie 

has served in a number of political offices, among which are justice of the 

constable and road supervisor, and in these positions of trust he 



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strengthened the faith of the public at large in his ability and competence. 
On the nth of January, 1899, Oscar Nordmarken was united in mar- 
riage to Annie Freng, a native of Pelican Rapids, and the daughter of 
Christian and Helga Freng, natives of Norway, and numbered among the 
oldest settlers in the Norwegian colony of Minnesota. Since the death of 
his wife. Christian Freng has made his home with his four sons in Canada. 
The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Nordmarken are Gordon, Harry and 
Alide, all of whom are living in Trondhjem township. 



ALBERT C. CARPENTER. 

Albert C. Carpenter, of Dead Lake township, Otter Tail county, Minne- 
sota, is an agriculturist of ability and honesty, and is much respected in his 
locality. He first saw the light of day on May 3, i860, in Freeborn county, 
Minnesota, and is the son of Willard L. and Prudah M. (Bullock) Carpen- 
ter, both natives of Jefferson county. New York, near Ellisburg. 

The paternal grandparents of Albert C. Carpenter were George and 
Kaziah (Macumber) Carpenter, who were natives of Vermont, but removed 
in 1830 to Jefferson county, New York, where they settled on a farm in the 
southern part of the county and remained there until 1844. At that time 
they removed to Kenosha county, Wisconsin, where they purchased land 
and engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1 8 5 5 , when they changed locations 
to Freeborn county, Minnesota. George Carpenter purchased land and cul- 
tivated the same until his death, in 1879. lie served his country in the War 
of 1812. Kaziah (Macumber) Carpenter passed away in 1865. They were 
the parents of five children and were both members of the Baptist church. 
The names of the children follow: Rebecca. Phoebe. Willar.d L., Yzubah 
and Washington G. Rebecca became the wife of Samuel Reynolds and 
they lived in Wisconsin, where her death occurred: Phoebe married Stephen 
Barber, and they also lived in Wisconsin, wliere she died: Azubah was 
united in marriage to Lemuel E. Bullock, a native of Jefferson county, New 
York, and her death occurred in Becker county, Minnesota: Washington G. 
is a veteran of the ('nil War. having served in the Ninetieth Regiment, 
Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, and a former resident of Otter Tail county, 
.Minnesota, but now living in Eland, Wisconsin, where he is retired. 

The maternal grandparents of Albert C. Carpenter were \sa and 
Sarah (Blanchard) Bullock, both natives of Vermont and early settlers in 
Jefferson count)-. New York, where they were neighbors of George and 
Kaziah (Macumber) Carpenter. Asa Bullock had been a messmate of 
George Carpenter during their service in the War of r8i2, both having been 
members of Belknap's Company. Asa Bullock was a shoemaker by trade, 
but after his removal west, he settled in Lake county, Illinois, and engaged 



316 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

in saw-mill work. In 1855 he removed the family to Freeborn county, 
Minnesota, where his death occurred soon after, in 1859. Sarah (Blanchard) 
Bullock, his wife, passed away in Illinois, before their removal to Minne- 
sota. They were the parents of ten children, Asa, Sarah, Nathan. Cyrus, 
Joel, John, Maria, Lemuel E., Prudah M. and Harrison. Asa was a farmer 
of Freeborn county, Minnesota, where his death occurred in 1864; Sarah 
became the wife of Reuben Babcock, and died at her home in Freeborn 
county, Minnesota; Nathan was a farmer, living in Freeborn county, and his 
death occurred in 1878; Cyrus, a veteran of the Civil War, was a mem- 
ber of the Tenth Regiment, Alinnesota Volunteer Infantry, and died in 
Becker county, Minnesota; Joel was also a soldier, in the Fifth Minnesota, 
and passed away in 1895, while a resident of Dead Lake township, Otter 
Tail county, Minnesota; John died in Illinois, just after having reached 
his majority; Maria died at the age of sixteen years; Lemuel was also a 
soldier in the Civil War, in the Tenth Minnesota, and his death occurred in 
the state of Oregon; Prudah M., the mother of Albert C. Carpenter, passed 
away on October 1, 1906, and Harrison, a soldier in the Civil War and 
comrade of old Judge Baxter and Mr. Niebles, served in the Fourth Minne- 
sota, and his death occurred in the state of Washington. 

Willard L. Carpenter, father of Albert C. Carpenter, was born on 
November 10, 1832, and removed to the west with his parents, who settled 
in Freeborn county, Minnesota, where he remained until his marriage to 
Prudah M. Bullock, whose birth occurred on December 23, 1835, and who 
also removed west with her parents. After their marriage, they resided in 
Oakland township, Freeborn county, until 1871). at which time they settled 
on seventy-four acres of homestead land in section jo, of Dead Lake town- 
ship, Otter Tail county, .Minnesota. This land was entirely unimproved and 
almost surrounded by the waters of Dead Lake and formed a peninsula 
into the lake. A lug house was built and improvements were begun. The 
original house of logs stood on the site of the present home. It was while 
engaged in the cultivation of this farm that his death occurred, on October 
19, 1912. lie was a stanch Republican and was elected to office while a 
resident of Freeborn county. He. as well as his wife, was a member of the 
Baptist church and was also a member of the Good Templars. They were 
ilk- parents of only one child. Albert C. 

Albert C. Carpenter received his education in the public schools of 
Freeborn county, Minnesota, and in tin- graded schools of Austin, of the 
same state. His early life wa-. spent on the home farm and he removed to 
( >tter Tail county. Minnesota, with his parents, in 1879, and continued to 
assist his father in the duties of the place until his father's death, at which 
time he assumed the entire charge and is still cultivating and managing the 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 317 

homestead. He is a breeder of Shropshire sheep and keeps a herd of eighty- 
six always on the place. Politically, he is a stanch Republican and has 
held the office of township clerk for the past ten years and has acted as 
supervisor for the period of two terms. 

In 1895 Albert C. Carpenter was united in marriage to Ellen Grover, 
daughter of Thomas J. Grover, an old settler of Freeborn county, Minne- 
sota, having settled there in 1856. He had formerly lived in the state of 
Iowa, where he had moved from Wisconsin. After residing for a period 
of twenty-five years in Freeborn county, the family removed to Dead Lake 
township. Otter Tail county, Minnesota, and there he died. Ellen Grover 
was a native of Freeborn county. Both Albert C. and Ellen (Grover) Car- 
penter are members of the Baptist church and lend their active support to 
that denomination. Albert C. Carpenter is highly respected by his fellow 
citizens, and this respect is but just and fitting, for his life has been replete 
with unselfish service to those around him. 



ARXT MONSON. 



Arnt Monson was born at Hedmarken, Norway, July 25, 1850. His 
parents, Peter and Karen (Erickson) Monson, were hardworking, honest 
people, who were born, grew up and married in Norway, where the former 
was employed on the large farm of a neighbor. When the son, Arnt, was 
seventeen years of age the family, who had friends near Christina lake, 
bought their tickets from New York to this county, taking up a homestead 
claim of one hundred and sixty acres on the line between Douglas and Otter 
Tail counties. This was after a tempestuous and almost fatal voyage. The 
little band of emigrants was shipwrecked in the sailing vessel named "Hone- 
par." Three weeks after they set sail, a terrific storm came up and nearly 
capsized the boat and for three weeks the frightened passengers drifted, 
finally being picked up by steamers and landed at Limerick, Ireland. It 
required four weeks to repair the vessel, and when it finally arrived in 
Quebec nineteen weeks had elapsed since it had embarked from Christiania. 
After the delay of another week, while their boat was quarantined, they 
traveled by way of the lakes and overland to St. Paul, Minnesota, and thence 
to this county. Here they began clearing the land and erecting the buildings 
necessary for pioneer life. 

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Monson were devout members of the Lutheran 
church of Ashby. They lived industrious lives in their new home until 
they died, the father in 1897. ;U1( ' t' le mother five years later. Their chil- 
dren continued to live in this country. They are Ludvig, who died a young 
man; Ann. the subject of this brief review; Edward, who lives east of 
Thief River Falls: Hedvick, who married Nils Wbbdstrom and lives nine 



3 18 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

miles from Crookston, Minnesota; Maria, who is Mrs. Arstlach Eanglee. 
who lives near Thief River Falls, Minnesota] Hans died on his father's 
farm near Ashby, Minnesota; the youngest child was a daughter, who died 
in infancy. 

Arnt Monson received such education as was afforded by the schools 
■of his native land, this ending when he left Norway with his parents. Dur- 
ing the first five years of his residence in this country, he worked on the 
railroads in Minnesota. In 1872 he came home to Otter Tail county, where 
he lived one year. In 1875, on January 1, he was married to Mary Thomas, 
a native of St. Croix county, Wisconsin, having been born near Centerville. 
She is the daughter of Christian and Elizaheth (Hanson) Thomas, who 
came to America from Norway about 1853 and settled in Wisconsin. They 
later took up a homestead in St. Olaf township. Otter Tail county, and 
here they spent the remainder of their lives. 

In 1876 Mr. and Mrs. Monson took up a homestead of eightv acres in 
section 4, Folden township, and the following year, with their first born 
child, moved to their new home. That this was in the early history of the 
county, is indicated by the fact that they came in wagons drawn by oxen, 
there being no railroads in the county. Their first home was a log cabin 
whose roof was constructed of bark which the)' obtained in the woods. This 
crude home stood next to where the more modern residence now stands. 
Two years later Mr. Monson bought eighty additional acres. in section 3. 
adjoining his farm, and these he cleared and improved until 1885. in which 
year he built a modern home, and a barn in i8qo, these having been kept 
m gi 11 m1 repair. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Monson were born seven children, namely: Elise, 
the deceased wife of Edward Olson, of Almora. who died at the age of 
thirty-six: Emma, who died at the age of twenty-two; Eudvik, formerly a 
teacher and lawyer, but now fanning in Alberta. Canada; Oscar, who 
attended Northwestern College in Fergus Falls, now also lives in Alberta: 
Erne, who stays at home: Hilda, who died at the age of nine, and Agnes, 
who was educated in the Henning schools and also in the Dryton schools of 
North Dakota. 

Mr. Monson has had other interests besides farming. He is a share- 
holder in the Farmers Co-operative Creamery Company, at Yining, and also 
in the Farmers Elevator Company, in Yining and Henning. He has been 
township supervisor for the pasl twenty-five years and has served as school 
treasurer since the organization of the district, in 1885. He also was cen- 
sus enumerator for tin- years [890 and 1900. He generally votes the 
Republican ticket. 

\lr. Monson is a man upright and honorable in all the relations of life. 



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That he is public spirited also is certain, because of the time and attention 
he has given cheerfully to matters concerning the locality in which he and 
his family have lived. He has been particularly interested in educational 
work, and has contributed much to the local schools. 



SIMON SIMONSON. 



Born in Norway, Simon Simonson bad the spirit of the explorer, for in 
his youth he came with his parents and their family to this country and 
joined with them heartily in fashioning the new home environment which 
was to them a strange and uncertain experience. With but little to start 
upon, he has worked and saved and, like many other self-made men, can look 
back upon his early struggles with pride. As an early settler here he has 
by his toil and enterprise contributed to the material wealth of the county. 

Mr. Simonson came from Gudbronsdalen, Norway, where he was born 
on October 21, 1863, the sun of Eric and Annie (Carlson) Simonson, who 
were pious, industrious people, ambitious for the welfare of their children. 
Fie was born on May 7. 1829, and she on March 3, 1838. In Norway these 
young people grew up and were married and while they lived in that coun- 
try be was a laborer, but in order to better his economic condition, he and 
his little family set sail for America in [866. They first settled in Menom- 
inee, Wisconsin, and lived there for four years, in 187 1 coming to Otter 
Tail county in a wagon drawn by an ox-team, in company with his half- 
brother, a cousin and their families. They took up a homestead consisting 
largely of prairie land dotted with groves, this being a tract of eightv acres 
in section 32, township 132. range ,^j. They started their new life in a log 
cabin situated a few rods west of their present home. He wa- soon able to 
homestead eighty acres adjoining his home on the north, this giving him 
possession of one hundred and sixty acres. Later he built a larger log house 
than the one he formerly lived in and this has been remodeled and i> rtill in 
use. Selling out to his son. Simon, in 1885, this successful farmer spent the 
rest of his life in retirement and has now reached the ripe old age of eighty- 
six, living at the home of his son. Simon. Both he and his wife were devoul 
members of the Norwegian Lutheran church. She died on April 23, [915. 
They were the parents of four children, namely: Simon, Johanna, the 
widow of Ole PL Ronning, who lives in North Dakota: Mary, the widow 
of P. T. Olson, living in Elmo township, near Wind river and about four 
and one-half miles northeast of her brother. Simon: Amund resides in 
Plaza, North Dakota. 

Owing to the limited educational resources of his boyhood, Simon 
Simonson had not early advantages, llis boyhood was spent on the farm 
and his schooling was such as was possible 011 the frontier in those earlv 



320 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

days. Having helped to manage the farm for a number of years, in 1885 
he purchased it from his father. Thirty years ago he bought forty acres 
additional on the east of his land in section 33, and on the entire property 
became a well-known general and dairy farmer and stock raiser. He has 
erected modern barns and buildings and since 191 3 has put up a silo, all of 
which are well painted and in good repair. 

Mrs. Simonson is also a native of Norway and was the daughter of 
Iver Lukken, her christian name being Mary. She and Mr. Simonson were 
married in 1886. The brothers and sisters of the subject of this sketch are 
Annie, who died in infancy; Emma, who was born in 1888 and died on 
October 23, 18(53; Rosa, who married a neighbor named Ole Hanson; 
Ellen, Edward, Arthur, Selmer, Mable, Marvin, Raymond and Palmer. 

Aside from his farming interests, Mr. Simonson has been identified 
with a number of business enterprises. He is secretary of the Farmers 
Elevator Company at Henning, treasurer of the Almora Co-operative Farm- 
ers Creamery Company, and has served as chairman of the board of super- 
visors and was assessor for a term of six years. As a Republican he has 
been a delegate to the county conventions a number of times. Both he and 
his wife are members of the Elmo Lutheran church, of which he is the 
secretary. 

Mr. Simonson belongs to the thrift}', industrious, persevering type of 
men for which his native country is noted. Such men have been the found- 
ers of communities upon which civilization was later built up, leaving to the 
generations that follow inheritances in strength of character as well as in 
lands and other forms of material wealth. 



A. G. AXDERSOX. 



Among the prominent citizens of Fergus Falls, this county, is A. G. 
Anderson, mayor of Fergus Falls in 1912 and, at present, president of the 
Fergus Falls Board of Education. Mr. Anderson, who was also appointed by 
Governor Eberhart as a member of the state efficiency board and who is 
treasurer of the Otter Tail County Agricultural Society, is a man of strong 
individuality, who is keenly interested in the public affairs of his home city. 
He is known far and wide as one who never hesitates frankly to state what 
he feels and believes to be right or wrong. Since March 26, 1902, he has 
been cashier of tin- Scandia State Hank. 

Born in Norway mi February 22, 1861, A. (i. Anderson is the son of 
Andrus and Guri (Gronstad) Anderson, the former of whom died in Xor- 
wav. After the father's death, the mother and son, in 1870. immigrated to 
America and A. G. Anderson received his early education at Story City. 
Iowa, and completed his schooling at the Red Wing Seminary. 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 321 

In 1884 Mr. Anderson located at Fergus Falls and, for about seven 
years was employed as a deputy in the office of the treasurer of Otter Tail 
county. In 1890 he was elected to the position of assistant cashier in the 
First National Bank, of Fergus Falls, a position which he held for seven 
years. In 1898 he returned to Story City, his boyhood home, where he was 
engaged in the mercantile business for four years. In 1902, however, Mr. 
Anderson returned to Fergus Falls as a cashier of the Scandia State Bank, 
a position which he has filled with credit for nearly fourteen years. As one 
of the executive officers of the bank, lie has had no small part in the growth 
of the prestige of this popular financial institution. He is a man of cordial 
frame of mind and is popular, not only with the other officers and directors 
of the bank, but with the depositors and the public generally. 

Mr. Anderson's wife, before her marriage, was Dora Olson, a native 
of Iowa, and to them have been born two children, Merriam and Eleanor. 
Mr. and Mrs. Anderson and family have a comfortable home in Fergus 
Falls and enjoy the confidence and respect of a large circle of friends. 



GEORGE TRAUTXER. 



George Trautner is one of the progressive agriculturists and respected 
citizens of Candor township. Otter Tail count}-, Minnesota, and is a native 
of Germany, having been born on May 3, 1859, in Byran, of that country. 
His parents were Peter and Annie (Pitner) Trautner, who remained in 
Germany until their deaths. Peter Trautner died in 1880. Both were 
members of the Lutheran church and the parents of the following children: 
John George, a farmer and saloon keeper in Germany : 1 'eter is a resident 
of Otter Tail county and lives with George; John is a farmer in Germany: 
John, deceased; George and Margaret, deceased. 

George Trautner received his education in the public schools of Ger- 
many, and upon the completion of same became a tailor, which trade he fol- 
lowed until his emigration to America, in 1882. He located in Carver 
county. Minnesota, for two months and then removed to Otter Tail county, 
where he was employed as a farm hand until 1887, at which trine he pur- 
chased one hundred and fifty-five acres of partly improved land, in section 
34, in Candor township. After clearing this and partially improving it. he 
sold it and in 1890 purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land on 
which he now resides. This was one of the Klug homesteads and was 
merely "proved up." George Trautner is engaged in general farming and 
makes a Specialty of breeding and raising Red Poland cattle. 

In 1890 George Trautner was united in marriage to Barbara Sigler, 
also a native of Germany, and they are the parents of the following chil- 
(21b) 



322 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

dren: .Annie, wife of Joe Mistalsky, and living in Dent; Lizzie, who lives at 
home, and George and another child who died in infancy. Barbara (Sigler) 
Trautner emigrated to America in 1882, locating in Illinois for two years 
and then removing to Otter Tail county. 

George Trautner has served the community as a member of the town- 
ship board of supervisors for nine years, and donated the land on which the 
present school now stands. For the past two years he has served as the 
chairman of the township board of supervisors and has been a member of 
the school board for twenty years. Politically, he is an independent voter. 
Both he and his wife are members of the Lutheran church, in which he has 
served as trustee for twenty-five Years. 



THOMAS I. HILDEN. 



Thomas J. Hilden, who has been prominent in the political life of 
Otter Tail county for many years and who was formerly a well-known 
teacher of the county, is a native of Hadeland, Norway, where he was born 
on October 21), 1856. 

Mr. Hilden is the son of Johannes and Kari Hilden, who never came 
to America. Johannes Hilden was a fanner and merchant. Both he and 
his wife died when their son, Thomas J., was an infant. They were the 
parents of seven children: Peter, who came to America in i860, served in 
the Civil War and died on December 25. 1913, at Montevideo, Minnesota; 
Louis I.., who is a farmer in Wisconsin; Andrew J., who spent his early 
life in Goodhue county, Minnesota, but now lives in Burdette, Minnesota, 
where he is a merchant; Martha, who married Andrew Larson, and died in 
Clitherall township; Anna, who is the widow of Ole O. Hoff, lives in 
Tordenskjold township; Kari, who died in Norway when a child, and 
Thomas J., the subject of this sketch. 

Educated in the public schools of his native land, Thomas J. Hilden 
had passed through the middle school at the age of fourteen, when he came 
tn America. After arriving in this country, Mr. Hilden settled in Goodhue 
county, Minnesota, where he worked on a farm in the summer, attending 
-clu ml in the winter until 1877. when be moved to Red Wing and there 
attended high school. 

Subsequently, Mr. Hilden started nut alone for Otter Tail county to 
visit his sister. En route to this county be met the county superintendent .if 
schools, ( i. P. Cowing, with whom he rode to Fergus Falls. Mr. ('owing 
asked him to teach school and. after having been appointed as a teacher at 
Yining, he began teaching at that place and for the next ten years was 
engaged in educational work. At the time Mr. Hilden began his educa- 
tional career, he had been in America only six years. In 1882 Mr. Hilden 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. $21, 

purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land in Tordenskjold township, 
paying nine hundred dollars cash on a purchase of land which amounted to 
thirteen hundred dollars. Of this farm only twenty-five acres were cleared 
and the only other improvement was a small log house. Air. Hilden pur- 
chased a yoke of oxen and began to clear the land, teaching school in the 
winter and farming in the summer. Subsequently, he replaced the log build- 
ings with frame ones and has lived on this farm ever since, engaged in gen- 
eral farming and stock raising. 

On September 16, 1883, Thomas J. Hilden was married to Maria C. 
Hoff, a native of Norway and the daughter of Christian C. Hoff, deceased, 
and Martha C. Hoff, who is still living. Mrs. Hilden came to America 
with her parents when only three years old. To them have been born nine 
children: Afton, who is a grain dealer and farmer at Starkweather, North 
Dakota; Nellie, who married John O. Hesby, lives at Halstead, Minnesota; 
Clifford, who is a farmer in North Dakota; Mabel, who married W. L. 
Brown, and lives in North Dakota on a farm; Thomas, who is a graduate 
of an agricultural college and lives at home with his parents; Marcus, who 
is a clerk at Deep, North Dakota ; George, Laura and Alton, who live at 
home with their parents. 

Thomas J. Hilden is a prominent Republican of Otter Tail count}-. 
He was defeated as the Republican candidate for the Legislature in 1892, 
but has since served in more important local offices and has been very active 
in politics all of his life. Both Mr. and Mrs. Hilden are members of the 
Lutheran Synod church. Mr. Hilden was prominent in raising the funds 
for the erection of a new church. He is a successful farmer, a well-known 
and highly-esteemed citizen and altogether an ideal man. 



NILS H. NELSON. 



As an extensive farmer and stock raiser and a man who has large 
interests in business circles in Otter Tail county, as well as a citizen who 
has served in various public offices and has taken an active part in the 
affairs of the community, Xils 11. Nelson has a prominent place in the record 
of valued citizens of this community. 

Xils H. Nelson was born in Norway, at Gansdahts, Prestegjeld, 
Gudbrandsdelm, near the town of Lillehammer, May 10. [853, the son of 
Hans and Randi (Gunderson ) Nelson, both of whom were natives of Nor- 
way, the father horn on April 17, 181 7. and the mother on December 8. 
1810. Hans and Randi Nelson, following their marriage, bought a farm 
in Norway, where they engaged as farmers until the year 1869, when they 
came, with their children, to America, and settled in Otter Tail county, 
Minnesota, where they bought the improvements of a land squatter, in 



324 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

sections 17, 19 and 20, of Tordenskjold township, and lived there until the 
opening of United States government land to homesteaders and then they 
took up one hundred and sixty acres of land in Tordenskjold township, a 
place on which they built a log cabin for a home, together with other neces- 
sary- improvements. On this farm Hans and Randi Nelson lived for the 
remainder of their lives. Hans Nelson dying in the year 1902, at the age of 
eighty-five years, and his wife, Randi, dying in the year 1880. Hans Nel- 
son and his wife were among the most highly respected of the community 
and they took an active part in the founding of the Free Lutheran church 
of Minnesota. In politics, Hans Nelson was a Republican. To Hans and 
Randi Nelson were born two children. Nils H., of this sketch, and Randine, 
who died at the age of forty, unmarried. 

Nils H. Nelson was educated in the public schools of Norway, where 
he attended classes until, with his parents, he came to America and then for 
a time studied in the schools of Otter Tail county, Minnesota. After his 
schools davs. Nils H. Nelson helped his father on the farm for some years 
and later became the owner of the home place, land to which he added sixty 
acres adjoining, on the west and the north. 

Nils H. Nelson has taken an important part in the public life of Tor- 
denskjold township and Otter Tail county, Minnesota, where for more than 
thirty-two years he has held the office of township clerk. Air. Nelson has 
served as treasurer of the school district in which he is located and for some 
time he served his county as deputy county treasurer. In church circles. 
Nils H. Nelson is affiliated with the Lutheran church, an organization for 
which he served as treasurer. In business life, Air. Nelson is no less con- 
spicuous, for he is a stockholder in the Otter Tail Co-operative Store, in the 
Farmers Elevator Company, in the Creamery Company and in the Telephone 
Company, of Otter Tail county. 

On December 28, 1878, Nils H. Nelson and Maren Ilansina Rasmussen 
were married; she being a native of Denmark, the daughter of Jorgen and 
Christine Rasmussen, who came to America about the year 1866, and lived 
for a time at Cleveland, Ohio, and then, in the year 1871, they moved to 
Otter Tail county, Minnesota, and settled in section 20, of Tordenskjold 
township, where they took up a homestead of one hundred and sixty acres 
of land, and where Jorgen and Christine Rasmussen lived until May 23, 
1914, when Jorgen Rasmussen died, at the age of ninety-two years, his wife, 
Christine Rasmussen, having preceded him in death about four years, she 
dying on August [3, [910, at the aye of eighty-two years. 

To Nils II. and Maren Nelson were born the following children: 
Ilarald, who for some time attended the state agricultural college at Min- 
neapolis, and who now lives at home: Ragna, a dressmaker of Fargo, North 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 325 

Dakota; Lucy Cecelia, who lives at home; Clara, who married Edwin Wag- 
strom, and lives in Maplewood township, on a farm ; Agnes, who lives at 
Fargo, North Dakota; Pauline, who is a teacher in the public schools of 
Otter Tail county; and Helen, who lives at home. 

In politics and in private life, Nils H. Nelson fills an important place 
in the community and is among those men who have the respect of the 
entire county and district Well and favorably known, he is one of those 
citizens of whom the township and county may rightfully be proud. 



HENDRICK ARNOLD HANSON. 

Prominent in the political life of Tordenskjold township and a success- 
ful farmer of Otter Tail county for many years, Hendrick Arnold Hanson 
was born on his father's homestead farm in Tordenskjold township on 
June 10, 1873. 

Mr. Hanson is a son of Nils and Anne (Monsen) Loken, both of whom 
were born in Norway, and who were married in that country. They came 
to America in 1868, and for two years lived near Red Wing, Minnesota. 
About 1870 they emigrated to Otter Tail county, being accompanied to this 
county by Mr. Hanson's maternal grandmother, Ingebor Monsen. The 
latter took up a homestead claim of forty acres in Clitherall township, and 
on this tract the whole family lived for two years, after which Mr. Hanson's 
father homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres of land in Tordenskjold 
township, which he gradually improved from time to time. Here the family 
lived until 1908, when the farm was sold to E. J. Hanson, the youngest son. 
At this time the father retired from active farm life and removed to a home 
near that of his son, Hendrick Arnold. Both Mr. Hanson's father and 
mother are living at this time, his father no*v being seventy-eight years, 
and the mother is seventy-nine. At one time Mr. Hanson's father was 
identified with the Populist party, but is now an independent voter. Both 
he and his good wife are devout members of the Lutheran church, and he 
was one of the founders of the Trefoldighed church in Clitherall township. 
They were the parents of seven children, of whom Hendrick Arnold was 
the fourth in order of birth. The others, in the order of their birth, are as 
follow: Hans Jacob, a farmer living at Landa, North Dakota; Inga, the 
wife of Hans Olsen, a farmer of Landa, North Dakota; Dena, the wife of 
Herman Lillestrand, of Landa, North Dakota; Mollie, the wife of J. B. 
Highdale, a farmer of Tordenskjold township; Edwin Julius, living on his 
father's farm, and Sarah, the wife of Jule Morstad, lives at Wall Lake, 
Minnesota, where her husband is a merchant. 

Hendrick Arnold Hanson was educated in the public schools of Otter 
Tail county, and reared on his father's farm. After reaching maturity he 



326 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

engaged in farming for himself. In 1897 Air! Hanson purchased one hun- 
dred and sixty acres of land in Tordenskjold township from Jacob Fred- 
erickson for the sum of one thousand six hundred dollars. Since that time 
Mr. Hanson has erected a handsome new house and barn, and has cleared 
forty acres of the land himself. He is a general farmer and stockman. 

In 1895 Hendrick A. Hanson was married to Emma Nelson, who died 
in 1904, leaving five children, Xora, Alfred, Herbert and Hilma and Xorris, 
twins. After the death of his first wife, Air. Hanson was married, in 1907, 
to Fina Haldorson, and to this union have been born seven children, Alida, 
Emma, Niola, Francis, Eddie, Ruby and Marwin. .Mrs. Hanson was born 
on July 2i, 1875. and is a daughter of Andreas and Agnetta Haldorson, 
who are still living at Finmark, Norway. Mrs. Hanson's father is sixty- 
seven, and her mother is sixty-five years of age. Mrs. Hanson came to 
America in 1 901, and settled in Tordenskjold township. 

Mr. Hanson is a Democrat in politics, and has served his fellow citizens 
as township treasurer for the past fifteen years. He also served eleven 
years as school treasurer, and has always taken an active interest in all 
movements which have for their object the betterment and welfare of his 
community. He and his wife and family are earnest and devout members 
of the Lutheran church. 



MARTIN S. MOKLEV 



Martin S. Moklev, a prosperous farmer of Clitherall township, and a 
well-known sportsman of Otter Tail county, is a United States citizen born 
in Sulledal, Stavanger, Norway, on June 17, 1870. 

Mr. Moklev is the son of Somjo Thorstenson Moklev and Kari Thor- 
stensdatter Helgenes. Ili^- paternal grandparents were Thorsten Somjoson 
Moklev and Mallena Levarsdatter Forland, who were born at Sulledal. 
Stavanger, Norway, and, who, after their marriage, spent their entire lives 
in their native land. They were farmers by occupation and had two chil- 
dren. Somjo Thorsenson Moklev. the father of Martin S., and Anna, who 
married Gabriel Falkelie, and died in Norway. She left one son, Olai G. 
Twedt, who lives in Dunn county, North Dakota. Another son, Jacob, died 
in Norway. 

\lr Moklev's maternal grandparents were Thornsten kali and Mallena 
Knutsdatter Halgenes, who came to America in 1867 and settled in Illinois, 
where they lived onl) one year. With their sons, ["horsten and Knut, and 
their daughters. Martha and Mallena. they moved to Otter Tail county in 
[868 and -0011 afterward settled on what is now the Hans Olson place in 
Tordenskjold township. After living on this farm for three years, they 
teaded the farm now owned by Christian k. Moe. There they lived 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. ^2/ 

for some years, or until 1881, when they moved to the place now occupied 
by their son, Tosten, which was purchased. There Thorsten Lali died at 
an advanced age, about 1886. He was the father of six children, Kari, 
Brita, Martha, Maline, Thorsten and Knut. 

.Martin S. Moklev's father was born on September 10, 1835, an d ms 
mother on August 4. 1843. They grew up in their native land and were 
married in the spring of 1867. Mr. Moklev's mother remained in Norway 
with her husband, while her parents and her brothers and sisters came to 
America. Mr. Moklev's father was connected with the fishing industry for 
twenty winters and, in the summertime, was employed in the woolen mill, 
operated by his father, and in farming. In 1880 he and his wife and two 
children came to America, joining his wife's relatives in Tordenskjold town- 
ship. In June, 1880, he homesteaded one hundred and twenty acres of land 
in Clitherall township and the family moved to this farm on July 2, 1880. 
It was timber land principally, but some of it was ready for cultivation. 
Here the family built a log cabin with bark and dirt for a roof. They 
immediately began to clear the land, and, in a few years had a most pro- 
ductive farm, which is now occupied by their son, Martin S. Mr. Moklev's 
father died in July, 1910, at the age of seventy-five years. His mother, 
who is seventy-two years old, resides with her son on the old home farm. 
She is a member of the Free Lutheran church, as was also her husband. 
They were the parents of three children, Thorsten S., a farmer of Clitherall 
township; Martin, and Dena Karina. who married John Nelson and lives in 
Tordenskjold township. 

Martin S. Moklev was educated in the public schools of Norway and, 
when old enough, engaged in farming. When he was nine years old, he 
was brought to America by his parents and grew up in this country. When 
he was eleven years old, he was employed in carrying water for a railroad 
crew. When he was old enough, he took over the management of the home 
farm and, in partnership with his brother, rented the farm for a number of 
years. In 1896 he bought the old homestead farm of one hundred and 
twenty acres and has been its sole owner ever since. Besides this farm, in 
partnership with his brother, he bought one hundred and sixty acres south 
of the homestead and now owns eighty acres of that farm. Altogether, lie 
has two hundred acres. Mr. Moklev's parents lived with him all the time. 
\\\> father dying several years ago. In 1902 Mr. Moklev built a house and 
in [913 added a barn. He is extensively interested in the dairy business 
and keeps fourteen or fifteen cows, and is interested also in poultry and fruit 
growing. He is a stockholder in the farmers creamery, farmer-; elevator 
and farmers telephone companies of this township. 

In igio Mr. Moklev was married to Randi Halvorson, a native of 



328 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

Sulledal, Norway, who was born at Havreval, and who is the daughter of 
Halvor Halvorson Tvedt and F.llerie Lifeson Aarhus. They still live in 
Norway, where they are farmers and landowners. Mrs. Moklev came to 
America in 1904 and lived in Fergus Falls until her marriage. She was 
born on August 15, 1880. Mr. and Mrs. Moklev have two children, Mallena 
Karina Eldren, born on December 22, 1912, and Sigurd Henry, August 9, 
1914. 

Martin S. Moklev is a thorough-going sportsman, who is interested in 
fishing and hunting and who spends a great deal of his time along the 
streams of this state Mr. and Mrs. Moklev are members of the Free Luth- 
eran church. Politically, Mr. Moklev is an independent voter. 



OTTO T. OAK. 



One of the well-known fanners of Folden township and of Otter Tail 
county, a man who has lived a profitable and helpful life and one who. as a 
citizen, has not been neglectful of his duty to the community, is Otto J. 
Oak. A native of Norway, who, on reaching America, applied himself 
industriously to an effort for success, he has proved of value to the com- 
munity, and is one of those men who have a place in a record of successful 
and appreciated citizen. 

Otto J. Oak was born at Drammen, Norway, on March 7. 1867, the 
son of John and Randi ( Nelson ) Oak, both of whom were born and mar- 
ried in their native land, where John Oak was a farmer. In 1886 John Oak, 
his wife having died, came with his children to America, and settled at St. 
Croix county, Wisconsin. Though at that time an elderly man, he bought 
a farm and established a home on which he lived, with his second wife, 
Anetta (Nelson) Oak, until his death, about the year 1906. To the first 
marriage of John Oak were born the following children : Christian, who 
died at the age of twenty-one years, in Norway; Bertha, who married Hans 
Nicolai Larson, and who died at Drammen. Norway, her three children 
later coming to America; (aniline, who married Anders Larson, and live 
in Norway; Olava, who lives at Christiana, Norway; George, who is a 
farmer of Canada; Gina. who married Edward Richardson, and lives in 
Canada, and Otto, the subject of this sketch. John Oak and his second 
wife. Anetta ( Nelson) Oak, were the parents of one daughter, Annie, who 
married William Albertson, and lives in the state of Wisconsin. 

Otto J. Oak. following his education in the public schools of Norway, 
at the aye of sixteen years," came to America with his brother. George, 
about three years before the arrival of the elder Oak and his children, and 

eaching Lake Park, Minnesota, he worked for about four months on 
farms of the neighborhood, after which he look up employment in the pine 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 



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woods of the state of Wisconsin, during the winter months and in the sum- 
mer worked on farms and on the railroad. 

In 1893 O tto J- O a k t0 °k U P a homestead in Wilkin county, Minne- 
sota, a place on which he lived for six years, and then sold his land and 
bought one hundred and sixty acres of land in section 8, of Folden town- 
ship, a farm which he cleared and improved until it is now highly cultivated 
and well improved and where he is engaged in general farming. 

In 1895 Otto J. Oak was married to Mary Lyngstad, who was born in 
Norway, and came to this country at an early age. To this union were born 
eleven children, Edward, Ragna Nathalie, Julia Petrine, Myrtle Olava, Edna 
Ruth, Lillian Mabel, Cora Adela, Clifford Herman and Oscar Norman, 
twins ; Laura Marie and Norah Pauline. 

In public life, Mr. Oak has served his community as school director for 
two terms and has, as a private citizen, in the ranks of the Republican 
party, done many things which have aided the progress and advancement 
of political and social conditions of the locality. Mr. Oak and his wife are 
devout members of the Lutheran church at the town of Folden. 



EDWTX C. MANEVAL. 



Edwin C. Maneval is one of those men who take great pride in the 
progress of the community in which they live, and who become active in all 
questions pertaining to the welfare of their fellow citizens. He was born 
on July 19, 1874, and is the son of John and Catherine (Bergner) Maneval. 
John Maneval was born in Pennsylvania, but is of German descent and 
when a young man came to Otter Tail county, Minnesota, where he met 
and married Catherine Bergner. She is a native of Switzerland and emi- 
grated to America when a girl of ten or twelve years. Her parents were 
among the early settlers of Minnesota, in which state she grew to maturity. 

After the marriage of John Maneval and Catherine Bergner, they 
located in Carver county, Minnesota, and purchased a farm and this place 
became their home until 1877. The farm was then sold and the family 
removed to Otter Tail county, where eighty acres of homestead land was 
purchased, in section 10, Candor township, which place became their home 
until the death of John Maneval, in [897. The first house was of logs and 
was located on the banks of the creek and south of the road. Some years 
later, forty-nine acres of adjoining land was purchased and. later still, 
another piece of land, consisting of forty acres, was added. In [885 .1 
more modern home was erected in place of the former one of logs. The 
names of their children follow: Carrie is the widow of Peter Damschen, 
who lived in North Dakota; Alice is the wife of Jacob Damschen, and 
their home is in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota: Edwin C; Horace S.. who lives 



330 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

in Candor township, and William, who lives in Detroit, Minnesota. The 
mother of this family still lives and is residing in Pelican Rapids. 

Edwin C. Maneval received his education in the schools of district 121, 
and was reared on the old home place. As he reached maturity, he assisted 
in the management of the farm and in 1900 he purchased forty acres of 
land, which was operated independently. This farm was located just west 
of his father's place and became his place of residence until 10.14, at which 
time he rented the homestead and now operates both. In 1809 Edwin C 
Maneval was united in marriage to Alice R. Blossom, and they are the par- 
ents of three children, Gladys [da, Horace Fay and Fernando John. Alice 
R. (Blossom) Maneval is the daughter of Fernando and Ida Blossom, who 
are pioneers of Candor township. 

Edwin C. Maneval was one of the organizers of the Farmers Co-opera- 
tive Creamery, of Yergas, Minnesota, and has been a director since its 
organization. He is also a stockholder of the Farmers Telephone Company 
and is serving as vice-president of same. Politically, he votes the Socialist 
ticket. He served as a member of the township board of supervisors from 
1900 until 1915. He has also served on the school board about the same 
length of time. Fraternally, he is a member of the Order of American 
Yeomen. 



C. E. OLSON. 



C. E. Olson, a prosperous farmer and business man and a popular 
citizen of Tordenskjold township, was born on the farm where he now lives 
and which he now owns. August 27, 1874, and is the son of Esten Olson 
Norgaard and Ingeborg (Olson) Olson, the oldest living settlers in Tor- 
denskjold township. 

The paternal grandparents of Mr. Olson were Ole Narjord and Sigrid 
1 Estensdatter) Narjord, the former of whom was a laborer and the latter 
a daughter of a soldier in the War of 1814. The}- were the parents of six 
children, all of whom remained in Norway except Mr. Olson's father and 
his father's sister. Airs. Johanna Peterson, who now resides at Waterloo 
Ridge, luw.'i. Mr. Olson's maternal grandparents. Ole Rosthakken and 
Kirsti (Sandmor) Rostbakken, never came to America. They died in their 
native land. 

Mr. Olson's parents wire born at Roraas, Norway, the father on Jan- 
nary J4, [827, and the mother on October 6, 183 1. They grew up near 
Roraas and were married in their native land. In 1869, with three children. 
the} came to America, settling at Waterloo Ridge. Winneshiek county, near 
Spring Grove, Iowa, and, until 1870. worked on a farm. In 1870 the 
familv emigrated to Minnesota and were able to travel by rail over to St. 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 33 1 

Cloud. From St. Cloud the trip was made to Otter Tail county with an ox 
team. In the same year Esten Olson Norgaard homesteaded one hundred 
and sixty acres of land in Tordenskjold township, which at that time was 
not only a wilderness, but a very tangled wilderness. Shortly afterward he 
built a dugout and there spent the first summer. Later, however, he built a 
log house where the present modern buildings stand. The family has lived 
on this farm ever since. The father has prospered and has added to his 
land until he now owns three hundred and twenty acres. Both he and his 
wife are still hale and hearty at very advanced ages. They are devout 
members of the Lutheran church and were associated with other citizens of 
the township in founding the church. Air. Olson's father is a devoted 
Republican. Mr. Olson is the youngest of five children, the others being: 
Oliver, who is a former probate judge and also probate clerk of Otter Tail 
county, is engaged in the insurance business at Fergus Falls; Christine, who 
married J. X. Langsjoen, lives at Norman, Washington; the third child died 
in infancy, and O. F., who is a farmer at Berg, North Dakota. 

C. E. Olson was educated in the public schools of Otter Tail county, in 
the Fergus Falls high school and in the Park Region Lutheran College at 
Fergus Falls. He graduated from the commercial department of the college 
in 1894, and, during the next five or six years, taught school in Otter Tail 
count}-. After his marriage, Mr. Olson returned to the old homestead, 
where he has lived ever since. In 191 1 he purchased one hundred and sixty 
acres of land, a part of the old homestead, and now operates not only his 
own land, but the land owned by his father. He is engaged in diversified 
farming. 

Mr. Olson is president of the Underwood creamery and was one of the 
organizers of this association. He is also secretary of the Park Region 
Telephone Company and treasurer of the Underwood Grain Association, 
which was organized several years ago, .but which has recently taken on 
added importance owing to the erection of a new elevator in 1913 and 1914. 
The elevator has a capacity of thirty thousand bushels of grain and is owned 
by forty-four shareholders. It does an annual business of one hundred and 
twenty thousand dollars. 

On March 18, 1800, Mr. Olson was married to Hannah Holbeck, the 
daughter of P. N. Holbeck. whose family history is contained elsewhere in 
this volume. Mr. and Mrs. Olson have two children, Alvin E., born on 
May 5, 1000, and Herman P., born on March 23, 1902. 

C. E. Olson is identified with the Republican party. Fraternally, he is 
a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Modern Wood- 
men of America. Mr. and Mr-. Olson are members of the Lutheran church 
and they not only attend services regularly, bul contribute liberally 10 the 
support of the church in this township. 



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OLE H. NODSLE. 

Recognized as an authority on affairs pertaining to general farming 
and stock raising, Ole Nodsle occupies an enviable position in the industrial 
life of Otter Tail county, Minnesota, where he has been a resident for over 
thirty years. He is a native of Hedemarken, Norway, having been born 
there on April 13, 1859. His father, Hans Nodsle, was born in the same 
country, on the 12th of September, 1826, and his mother, Bertha (Dyreson) 
Nodsle, on the 29th of March, 1827. His parents were married in their 
native land and in 1880 came to America, where Ole Nodsle had already 
established his residence. Upon arriving in this country Hans Nodsle took 
a claim of one hundred and sixty acres of land in Maplewood township, 
located in section 24, where he and his son, Ole, worked at the occupation 
of clearing the land and building cabins of logs. In 1889 Hans Nodsle sold 
his farm to the son- who had assisted him, but continued to occupy the resi- 
dence until his death, on September 2, 1914. His wife, who passed away on 
August 30. 1910, was survived by the following children: Dena, the wife 
of Andrew Elton, who is a resident of Kidder county, North Dakota; Ole, 
who is the subject of this sketch; Julia, Mrs. Thomas Nelson, a resident of 
Kidder county, North Dakota; Annie, Mrs. Alfred Olson, who resides in 
Clay county, Minnesota, and John, who is a farmer and a resident of Clay 
county. 

Ole Nodsle received his education in the public schools of Norway, and 
at the age of twenty sailed for America. He was unaccompanied by friends 
or relatives, and after his arrival in this country went directly to Otter Tail 
county, Minnesota, where he was employed on the farms near Rothsay for 
over three years. He assisted his father during the first few years of the 
latter's stay in this country. Since purchasing the old home place, in 1889, 
Ole Nodsle has continued to add to his possessions until now he has a farm 
of two hundred and forty acres, forty acres of which are in an excellent 
state of cultivation. In 1900 he erected a modern dwelling on the farm, 
which he uses as his present residence. He has also made a number of 
valuable improvements on the stock buildings of the farm. 

On June 11, 1886, the marriage of Ole Nodsle to Lena Vasaason, the 
daughter of Christian and Dorothy Vasaason, natives of Norway, took 
place. Mrs. Nodsle is also a native of Hedemarken. Norway. She and her 
husband have reared an interesting family, in which the following children 
are numbered: Harry, who is employed in North Dakota, but who owns a 
homestead in Beltrami county; Christian, who resides on a homestead in 
Beltrami county; Betsey, the wife of Hjalmar Stenseth. who lives in North 
Dakota; David, John, Oscar, Clara, Lewis, Martin, Alfred and Bennie, who 
reside on the home place. 



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Mr. Nodsle is a man who has always entered heartily into the affairs 
of the community in which he lives. He was instrumental in organizing the 
Erbard Farmers Creamery, and for some years acted as director of the 
same concern. He helped to organize the Maplewood Telephone Company, 
of which he is now president. In politics, Mr. Nodsle is an independent 
voter and has served as road supervisor for the last twenty years. For 
twelve years he has been director of the school district. His church mem- 
bership is given to the Lutheran church. 



CHARLES M. DOLSEN. 

Born in Schuyler county. Illinois, January 21, 1850, Charles M. Dolsen. 
a well-to-do farmer of Inman township, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, is a 
son of Charles M., Sr., and Mary E. Dolsen, who were early settlers of the 
state of Illinois. Mr. Dolsen's father was a merchant, who died in 1852, 
while his mother died in 1862. Charles M. Dolsen, Sr., and wife were the 
parents of seven children, Albert, John, Mary, Catharine, Margaret, Celia 
and Charles M., Jr. 

Charles M. Dolsen was ten years of age when he went to Minneapolis, 
Minnesota, to make his home with Mr. and Mrs. William Moffet, the former 
of whom was his brother-in-law, having married Mr. Dolsen's sister. Alary. 
Charles M. Dolsen received his education in the public schools of Minnea- 
polis, and when old enough learned the cooper's trade in that city. He lived 
in Minneapolis until 1880, when he removed to Otter Tail county and pur- 
chased eighty acres of land in Elmo township. He sold this farm and in 
1893 moved to Inman township, where he purchased one hundred and twenty 
acres, in section 22. A little later he sold this second farm and purchased 
eighty acres of land in the same section and township, and here he is living 
today. He ha.s built a new and modern residence on this farm, and has 
otherwise improved it in many ways. 

In 1879 Mr. Dolsen was married in Minneapolis to .Mary E. McLeod, 
who was born in Clearwater, Minnesota, but who lived in Minneapolis. .Mr-. 
Dolsen's parents were John and Mary I Perkins) McLeod. the former of 
whom was born in Xew Brunswick. Maine, in 1814, and the latter of whom 
was born at Topsham, Maine, about [824. They emigrated to Minneapolis 
in the fifties, and from that city removed to Clearwater, Minnesota, where 
they conducted a hotel. Later they returned to Minneapolis, and were the 
proprietors of the Tremont house. From the latter city they returned again 
to Clearwater, where they were engaged in the hotel business for a short 
time until 1868. when they removed to Alexandria, Minnesota. After living 
in Alexandria for three years they moved to Garden City, and here kept a 
hotel for one vear, after which they lived on a farm. The family later 



334 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

returned to Alexandria, where they conducted a boarding house. After 
living in Alexandria for about a year, they went to Melrose, and kept a 
hotel there for a year, when the returned to Minneapolis and kept a board- 
ing house. In 1879 the family emigrated to Helena. Montana, and here 
Mrs. Dolsen's father died in 1884, while her mother died in California in 
1910. John and Mary McLeod were the parents of ten children, four of 
whom are now living, as follow: Mrs. Celeste Heaton. of Rice, Minne- 
sota; Mrs. Charles M. Dolsen, wife of the subject of this sketch; Mrs. Lucy 
Bucke, of Pasadena, California, and Mrs. Jessie Thompson, of San Jose, 
California. 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Dolsen are the parents of five children, as 
follow ; Charles Edwin, James Mortimer, deceased ; Mary Ethel, William 
Oscar and Ray Addis. Mary Ethel is the widow of Lewis Wait, who died 
in 1912, leaving four children, Amherst Douglas, Asenath Coral, Lloyd 
Leroy and Louis Agnes Alma. 

Mr. and Mrs. Dolsen and family are prominent in the life of the com- 
munity where they live, and they have a host of friends in Inman township, 
where thev have made their home for so manv vears. 



CHARLES PAULSON. 

Charles Paulson, who has succeeded in a large measure as a farmer of 
Nidaros township, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, and who is a native of 
Norway, was born there on February 4, 1858. Mr. Paulson is a son of 
Frederick and Mina Paulson, both of whom were born in Norway, and 
spent their entire lives in that country. They were the parents of seven 
children, two of whom died earlv in life, while two others. Bertha and Fred- 
erick, are deceased. The living children are Charles, Anna and Clara. 

The eldest child of his parents' family. Charles Paulson was educated 
in the public schools of Norway. When Mr. Paulson was twenty-three 
year^ old, in r88i, be came to America, and for some time worked at vari- 
ous occupations in Otter Tail county. He worked one summer in Canada. 
In 1804 Mr. Paulson purchased one hundred and twenty acres of land in 
section 29, of Nidaros township, and shortly thereafter erected buildings on 
the farm. He is a general farmer and stockman, and has been very suc- 
cessful in all the aspects of farming in this county. 

In 1888, seven years after coming to America. Mr. Paulson was mar- 
ried to Anges Olson, who was born in Norway, December 12, 1807. and 
who is a daughter of Svend and Matilda Olson, the former of whom died in 
Norway, and the latter came after her husband's death in 1873, to Goodhue 
county, Minnesota. Mrs. Paulson's mother died in Minneapolis. Minnesota, 
in 1889. Mrs. Paulson was the only child born to her mother's first mar- 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 335 

riage. After the death of her father, her mother was married to Christ 
Hanson, and to this union one child was born, Nettie. 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Paulson are the parents of seven children, all of 
whom are living, as follow: Anna, Minnie, Frederick, Clara, Mabel, Myrtle 
and Thorfin. The Paulson family is highly respected and esteemed in Nida- 
ros township, where all the members of the family are well known. 

Mr. Paulson is known not only as a successful farmer, but he has been 
more or less prominent in politics, having served as treasurer of the school 
board for more than ten years. 



COLBEN M. SORKNESS. 

Born in Norway on January 6, 1864, Colben M. Sorkness, a well-to-do 
farmer of Pfenning township, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, is the son of 
Martin Christiansen and Oleana (Halversen) Christiansen, who were natives 
of Norway and who were married in that country prior to the time they 
emigrated to America. They came to this country in 1871 and settled in 
Otter Tail count)', taking up a homestead farm of one hundred and sixty 
acres in Eagle Lake township. The father of Mr. Sorkness died in Eagle 
Lake township in 1S96 and his wife nine years later, in January, 1905. Of 
their ten children, two, Gunda and Martha, are deceased. The living chil- 
dren are : Flalver M., Knut, Colben M., Peter, Mary, Otto, George and 
Minnie. 

Colben M. Sorkness was reared on the old homestead farm in Eagle 
Lake township and educated in the public schools of the township. When 
he was old enough he took up farming on the old home farm, but, subse- 
quently, purchased eighty acres in section 33, of Pfenning township, in 
1822. Mr. Sorkness has added to this farm until he now owns three hun- 
dred and twenty acres situated in sections 28, 29, 32 and 33. Mr. Sorkness 
has a natural grove on his home farm and has cleared practically all of the 
land, one hundred and sixty acres. He built a magnificent barn, thirty-four 
by seventy-two feet, in [914, and also has a good house. He has a silo 
twelve by twenty-six feet, which is extensively used in his cattle business. 
Mr. Sorkness has made a specialty of breeding and raising Holstein cattle. 
He is a stockholder in the creamery at llenning and the farmers elevator, 
also at Henning. 

In 1900 Colben M. Sorkness was married to Lena Olson, and to them 
was born one son, Otto, now deceased. Mrs. Lena Sorkness died on March 
1, 1903, and on August 27, 1Q04. Mr. Sorkness was married to Hannah 
Trangsrud. who was born in Norway on May 7. 1877. but. who at the time 
of her marriage was Mrs. E. P.. Anderson, of North Dakota. By tbis 
second marriage there have been born five children, of whom one. Harris, is 



336 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

deceased. The living children are: Hilda, Chester, Lilian and Agnes. By 
her first marriage, Mrs. Sorkness was the mother of two children, Selmer 
B. and Beatrice. 

Mrs. Sorkness is the daughter of Arne H. and Bolette Trangsrud, 
both of whom were natives of Norway. Mrs. Sorkness's father was born 
in 1849 an d her mother in 1852. They were married in Norway and, upon 
their arrival in America, settled in Cass county, North Dakota, in 1882. 
After living in that count}- for one year, they moved to Sargent county, 
North Dakota, and purchased a farm of one hundred and sixty acres. Mrs. 
Sorkness's father now owns six hundred and forty acres of land. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Arne H. Trangsrud were born ten children, five of 
whom, Hannah, Bernhard, Agnes, Emelia and Amelia, twins, were born in 
Norway, and five in North Dakota, Bernhard, Agnes, Alfred, Henry and 
John. Of these children, Bernhard, Agnes, Emelia. Amelia and Henry are 
deceased. 

Mr. and Mrs. Colben M. Sorkness are members of the Free Lutheran 
church. Mr. Sorkness is a very successful farmer and, having begun to buy 
land when he was eighteen years old, has made a most praiseworthy success. 
He is not only one of the leading farmers of Henning township, but one of 
the leading citizens of Otter Tail county. 



HOX. ALVINZA BAXTER COLE. M. D. 

Anion- those who stand as distinguished types of the world's workers 
is Dr. Alvinza Baxter Cole, a well-known physician and surgeon of Fergus 
Falls, who is now serving his fourth term as the mayor of the city. He is 
the Nestor of the Otter Tail county Medical profession, a man of fine intel- 
lectual and professional attainments ami of most gracious personality and 
is clearly entitled to rank, not only as the best-known physician of Otter 
Tail county, but as one of its most enterprising citizens. 

Doctor Cole is a native of Canton, St. Lawrence county. New York. 
where be was born on December 30, 1848, -on of ( >ltas C. and Alvira (John- 
son) Cole, the former of whom was a farmer by occupation. 

It was upon the farm that Doctor Cole was born and reared. He 
received bis education at the Canton Academy and. soon after completing 
the course in that institution, entered the office of Dr. Sanford Hoag. In 
[879 be was graduated from the New York Homeopathic College and in 
the same year purchased Dr. Hoag's entire practice and continued on bis 
own account in the practice of medicine there until l88l, when he came to 
Minnesota and settled at Fergus Falls, where for nearly thirty-live years he 
has been engaged in the active practice of medicine. Doctor Cole is deeply 
interested in all phases of public questions and has taken a most prominent 




HON. AI.\ IN/.A BAXTER COLE, M. I> 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

part in the political life of Otter Tail county. From 1894 to 1898 he served 
as a member of the Minnesota Senate and four years later was re-elected 
to a second term of four years. During the Spanish-American War, Doc- 
tor Cole was surgeon of the Fourteenth Minnesota Regiment, with the rank 
of major. Doctor Cole is a member of the Park Region Medical Society 
and a member of the Masonic fraternity. He joined the Masonic lodge at 
Ftermon, New York, and upon locating at Fergus Falls demitted to Corner 
Stone Lodge No. 99. Doctor Cole also is a member of the Benevolent and 
Protective Order of Elks. 

Many years ago Doctor Cole was married to Effie E. Westcott, who 
was born at Hermon, New York, daughter of John and Frances (Hemen- 
way) Westcott. Doctor and Mrs. Cole have adopted three sons and one 
daughter. Of these children, Carl V. Cole is now a physician in Lake City, 
Minnesota, lie married Ann Seeley and they have two children. Claud 
L. Cole is a practicing dentist at Alexandria, Minnesota. He married Tena 
Raiter, and they have one daughter. Herbert E. Cole is a physician and 
surgeon of Mobile, Alabama. He married Jesse Wells, of Canton, New 
York. They have no children. Ester Monson married Dr. Theodore N. 
Kittelson, of Fergus Falls. She died in 1913. 

In the history of Otter Tail county Dr. A. B. Cole is entitled to a high 
rank. He has won distinction in the medical profession and in political 
life because he has devoted himself unselfishly to the best interests of his 
fellow men. 



ZEBA WRIGHT. 



Zeba Wright, for the past twenty-five or thirty years township clerk, 
is the type of man who reminds us that agriculture, no less than other 
industries, is demanding better farmers today, in order to keep step with the 
onward march of civilization. Mr. Wright has always kept abreast with 
the times and is in the vanguard of the farming industry as pursued in this 
county. Mr. Wright, a native of Rock county, Wisconsin, was born in the 
township of Johnstown on September 23, 1840, and is the son of Wesley 
and Thankful (Campbell) Wright. 

The Wright family was an old and honored one and it was for them 
that the village of Wrightstown was named. Many of its early settlers 
were connected with it and several uncles of Zeba Wright built their homes 
on what was then wild land, near enough together to form a settlement 
later. Wesley Wright was born in Greene county. New York state, and his 
wife was born near Niagara Falls. Both were single when they went to 
Wisconsin and met and were married in 1848, settling in the township of 
(22b) 



338 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

[ohnstown, where he began to cultivate the small farm which he owned. 
In 1S76 he and his wife and their only child traveled to Wadena, Minne- 
sota, where they packed their household goods in wagons and started for 
this township, where they took up a soldier's homestead of one hundred and 
sixty acres in section 12. This was possible because of his services in Com- 
pany F, Thirteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry. He was in active service 
for a while, but illness kept him much of the time in the hospital. On their 
frontier wilderness, these stout-hearted people established their new home 
in a log cabin, which Mr. Wright built on the east side of his quarter sec- 
tion. The land was heavily covered with timber, but a stout heart and a 
resolute will accomplished what seemed at first almost impossible. This was 
the family home for many years, and by good methods became a valuable 
source of livelihood for Mr. and Mrs. Wright and their family. The former 
lived to the ripe old age of eighty-one, dying on the farm on section 12, and 
his good wife died in North Dakota in 1910. Mr. Wright was an active 
politician, allying himself with the Democratic party. He and his wife 
belonged to the Free-Will Baptist church. Their children were Zeba and 
Miranda; the latter married Jefferson Wheeler and died while still a young 
woman, living in Wisconsin. 

Zeba Wright was a youth when the war broke out, and too young to 
enlist. Having gone to the nearest country school, he varied his schooling 
with farm work and at the age of twenty-six moved to Minnesota with his 
young wife, to whom he was married on April 16, 1876. Mrs. Wright was. 
before her marriage. Annette Ely, a native of New York state, but at that 
time a resident of Wisconsin. After living with his father for four years. 
Mr. Wright bought eighty acres of the homestead of the southern section 
and converted a wild frontier into productive fields. He later built a mod- 
ern frame house, whose attractiveness is enhanced by an avenue of spruce 
and balsams leading to it from the road. Mr. Wright soon was recognized 
as a successful general farmer and stock raiser. Years of toil and frugality 
have enabled him to live in comparative ease and retirement for more than 
three years past, during which time he has rented his farm to tenants. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Wright were born three children, Charles, who i> 
now engaged in small fruit raising, was formerly a jeweler. He now lives 
in Deer Wood. Minnesota, and is the father of two daughters. Archie the 
second son, was killed in an accident when a young man: Ray passed away 
about 1912, leaving two daughters. 

Mr. Wright, who is a Prohibitionist in his political tendencies, has been 
for nearly thirty years township clerk and has also served many terms as 
school director and also as town treasurer. Both he and his wife are mem- 
bers of the United Brethren church, in which Mrs. Wright takes an active 



OTTER TATI. COUNTY. MINNESOTA. T,y) 

part. The long tenure of office with which Mr. Wright has been honored, 
speaks volumes regarding his trustworthiness as a public official. Public 
duty is to him a sacred obligation, and in repayment for the confidence of 
his fellowmen, Air. Wright has rendered efficient and honorable service. 



TACOB ERKKTLA. 



Jacob Erkkila. well-known and prominent farmer of Otto township, 
< )trer Tail county. Minnesota, was horn in Finland, in the year 1847, tnt ' 
son of Michael and Elsie Erkkila, both of whom were natives of Finland. 
Michael Erkkila was a farmer of his native country, where he died in 1893. 
at the age of seventy-one years. His widow, Elsie, after the death of her 
husband, came to America and located in Otto township, where she lived 
until her death in 1908, aged eighty years. Michael and Elsie Erkkila were 
the parents of four children, Jacob, Matthew, Kate and Erica. 

Jacob Erkkila received his education in the schools of Finland, after 
which he came to America, in the year 1871, and following a short resi- 
dence in the state of Michigan, he came, in 1881, to Otter Tail county, 
Minnesota, and bought a farm of one hundred and sixty acres of land in 
section 22, Otto township, where he now lives engaged in general agricul- 
tural pursuits. 

Tn 1881, Jacob Erkkila was married, while a resident of Michigan, to 
Lizzie Rusanen, who was born in Finland in 1857. To this marriage have 
been born the following children: Emanuel, Jacob (deceased), Ulivia, Leo 
( deceased), Matthew (deceased), Annie, John, Albert. William (deceased). 
X'atha, Joseph, Minnie. Martha (deceased) and Peter. 



NELS EDHOLM. 



Born in Sweden on August 10, 1850, Nels Edholm, a prosperous 
farmer of Inman township. Otter Tail county, Minnesota, is the son of Erick 
Erickson and Martha Edholm, both of whom were born in Sweden, where 
Mr. Edholm's father died in 1881. His mother had died previously in 1880 
They had a family of nine children, of whom Anna, the second born, and 
Engle, the seventh, are deceased. The living children are, Nathaniel. 
Bertha, Nels,. Peter, Martha, Erick and Ingrid. 

Nels Edholm was educated in the public schools of his native land and 
came to America, settling in Otter Tail county, in 1893. Shortly after 
coming to Otter Tail county. Mr. Edholm purchased eighty acres of land in 
section 11. of Inman township. Mr. Edholm's two sons, Erick and John, 
have added one hundred and twenty acres to the original farm so that it 
now consists of two hundred acres, all situated in section II. Mr. Edholm 
has cleared his farm and erected good buildings u]>on the land. 



34-0 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

Many years ago, Xels Edholm was married in Sweden to Sophia Ander- 
son, who was born in 1861 and who is the daughter of Thomas and Margaret 
Anderson, both of whom are deceased. Mrs. Edholm's father died in 1894 
and her mother in 1910. Mr. and Mrs. Nels Edholm have been the parents 
of fourteen children, of whom three are deceased. Ingrid, the eldest, died 
many years ago. Othiala died on April 3, 1912, and Lillian died on April 
4, 1912. The living children are Erick, John, Otto. Ingrid. Alma, Hilma, 
Clara, Evelyn, Elna, Arthur and Elvin. 

Mr. and Mrs. Nels Edholm are members of the Swedish Lutheran 
church of Compton township. They have always taken a very active interest 
in religious affairs and are among the prominent farmers and citizens of 
Inman township. 



FREDRICK DUNKER. 



Fredrick Dunker, successful farmer and well-known citizen of Otter 
Tail township, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, was born in Hanover, Ger- 
many, on February 0, 1876, the son of Henry and Dorothy (Blume) Dunker, 
natives of Hanover. Germany. Henry Dunker was a brick-layer in his 
native country, an occupation which, together with farming, he followed for 
some years and then came to America, where he lived with his son for some 
time. Henry and Dorothy (Blume) Dunker were the parents of one child, 
Fredrick, the subject of this sketch. By a former marriage, Henry Dunker 
was the father of three children, Dick, Mary and Dorothy. The elder 
Dunker died on December 24. 1903. 

Frederick Dunker was educated in the public schools of his native 
country, after which he came to America in 1890, and worked as a farm 
helper for ten years and then, in tooo, he secured two hundred and twenty 
acres of land in sections 33 and ;,4. of Otter Tail township, a place which 
Mr. I Junker has greatly improved and a farm, one hundred acres of which 
he has cleared of timber and has prepared for cultivation. Mr. Dunker 
now engages in general agricultural pursuits on his land in Otter Tail town- 
ship. 

On November co, [906, Fredrick Dunker was married to Catherine 
Luhning, the d^jghter of Henry Luhning and wife, well-known people of 
the community. 10 the marriage of Fredrick and Catherine Dunker have 
been born four children. Henry, Wilma, Olga and Arthur. Fredrick Dunker 
and his family are active and appreciated members of the German Lutheran 
church, of Otter Tail township. 

Mr. Dunker is a man well known in the public life of Otter Tail town- 
ship, he for many years having been actively engaged in the support of the 
progressist- measures and movements of the community. At the present 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 34I 

time .Mr. Dunker is serving his township as assessor, an office which he has 
occupied for seven years, and he is also acting as the chairman of the town- 
ship board. 



GILBERT G. MOEN. 



Gilbert G. Moen, a well-to-do farmer of Sverdrup township, Otter Tail 
county, Minnesota, was born in Norway on June 23, 1855. Mr. Moen is a 
son of Gulbrand G. Moen and Rangdi Erickson (Skatebo) Moen, both of 
whom were born in Norway, and both of whom died in that country. 

In 1883 Gilbert G. Moen came to America, and settled in Sverdrup 
township, Otter Tail county, where he subsequently purchased one hundred 
and sixty acres of land, and it is upon this farm that Mr. Moen now lives. 
He has erected all of the buildings which now stand on the farm, and which 
are now used, including the house in which the Moen family now live. Mr. 
Moen has also cleared the land of trees and stumps, and has put it under 
cultivation. Jt is a very fertile farm, and Mr. Moen raises crops equal to 
any raised in this part of the county. 

In 1876, before coming to America, Mr. Moen was married to Berit 
Haldorson, who was born in Norway, June 10, 1854. Mrs. Moen's parents 
died in their native land. Gilbert G. Moen and wife are the parents of eight 
children, as follow : Gilbert, Haldor, Edwin, Martin. Olaf, Carl, May and 
Ida, all of whom are living. Gilbert and Haldor live in Underwood; Edwin, 
in Duluth; Martin lives on a farm in Sverdrup; the others live at home. 

The Moen family are all members of the Unitarian church at Under- 
wood, Minnesota. Mr. Moen is a stockholder in the Co-operative Creamery 
Company, and in the co-operative store at Underwood. He is one of the 
well-to-do farmers of Sverdrup township, and one of its most highly respected 
and substantial citizens. 



PETER UNDER. 



Peter Under, a prosperous fanner of Nidaros township, Otter Tail 
county, Minnesota, was born in Sweden, July 7, 1846, and is a son of Erick 
and Betsey Olson, both of whom were also natives of Sweden, where they 
spent their entire lives. 

Peter Linder received his educational training in the public schools of 
his native country, and in 1867 emigrated to America, working first in 
Anoka county. Minnesota. Later he spent sixteen months in Rice county. 
Minnesota, working on a farm, after which he lived in Minneapolis for :i 
time. In 1 871 Mr. Linder came to Xidaros township. Otter Tail county. 
and took a homestead of one hundred and sixty acres in section 34, and here 



342 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

he has since lived. In 1893 he erected a magnificent barn, fifty by twenty- 
four feet in dimensions. Seven years later he built a substantial and com- 
fortable residence, and in many other ways has improved his farm, always 
keeping his buildings and fences in good repair and well painted. Mr. 
Linder is an up-to-date and progressive farmer, and has been successful 
since coming to this county. 

On October 4, 1872, about five years after coming to the United States, 
Peter Linder was married to Sarah Johnson, a native of Sweden, born in 
that country in 1844. Mrs. Linder came to Otter Tail county, in 1867, and 
five years later was married to Mr. Linder. To this union have been born 
eight children, of whom six are deceased, Alexander, Emma, Bessie, \da. 
Josephine and Bettsy. The living children are Charles and Oscar, both of 
whom arc farmers in North Dakota. The mother of these children died on 
May 17, 1902, and two years later, on June 21, 1904, Mr. Linder was mar- 
ried to Matilda Johnson, wdio had two children, a daughter and a son. The 
daughter, Mrs. Brunsell, is now living at Ashland. Wisconsin : the son. John. 
is staying at home. 

Mr. Linder and family are members of the Eagle Lake Swedish Luth- 
eran church, in which the}' take an active and interested part. 



JOHN HAGLUXD. 



Among the well-known farmers and stock raisers of Scambler town- 
ship. Otter Tail county, Minnesota, is John Haglund, who was born in 
Sweden, on September 16, 1864, the son of Erick and Anna Haglund, natives 
of Sweden. Erick Haglund died in the year 1868. after which his widow. 
Anna, was married, secondly, to Hans Berglund. John and Anna Hag- 
lund were the parents of the following children, Nels, John, and August, 
twins; Abraham and Anna. 

John Haglund was educated in the public schools of Sweden, after 
which he came to America, in the year 1893, and settled in Otter Tail county. 
where he bought sixty acres of land in Pelican township, on which he lived 
for a short time and then disposing of his land, Mr. Haglund purchased one 
hundred and sixty acres of land in Mahnomen county. He disposed of his 
land in Mahnomen and bought one hundred and sixty acres of land in sec- 
tions 13 and 1 j. Scambler township, a place which he improved with new 
buildings and equipment and a farm on which he now lives as a general 
farmer and stock raiser. 

I11 1897, John Haglund was married in Frances Davis, who was horn 
in Rock Elm, Pierce county, Minnesota, in iSjc;. She i*- the daughter of 
Robert and Adella Davis, natives of Ohio and Wisconsin, respectively. To 
the marriage of John and Frances Haglund have been born the following 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 343 

children, Annetta, Robert I deceased ) . Albertina, Hazel, Harold, Melvin, 
Mary and Earl. 

John Haglund has taken a prominent place in the business life of 
Scambler township and the vicinity; he is a stockholder in the Farmers' 
Elevator Company, of Pelican Rapids, as well as being a stockholder in the 
Farmers Co-operative Creamery Company, of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota. 



ALVA L. SHAW. 



Alva L. Shaw, fanner and prominent citizen of Otter Tail township, 
Otter Tail county, Minnesota, was born in Mower county, Minnesota, on 
August 11. 1865. the son of Darious N. and Sylvia (Wood) Shaw, natives 
of New York state. 

Darious X. Shaw came to the state of Minnesota, from his native state 
of Xew York, in 1852, and settled in Mower county, where he secured one 
hundred and sixty acres of land, on which he made his home for two years 
and then disposing - of his land, the elder Shaw moved to Otter Tail county, 
and purchased one hundred and two acres of land in section 24, Otter Tail 
township, a farm which he cultivated for some time and then traded his 
land for "Sandy Beach," making his home there for a time, after which he 
moved to the town of Otter Tail, where he now lives. 

Alva L. Shaw received his education in the public schools of Otter Tail 
township, after which he became a farmer. He rented a farm for some 
time and then in 1900 purchased eighty acres of land, a place which Mr. 
Shaw has greatly improved and on which he now makes his home, as a gen- 
eral farmer. 

On May 2.2, [895, Alva L. Shaw was married to May Taylor, and to 
this marriage were born four children, Marvin, Ruth, Eleanor and Flora. 
By a former marriage to Bessie Hemstreet, on July 11, 1891, Mr. Shaw is 
the father of one daughter, Bessie. Mr. Shaw's first wife died on Februar) 
-Vv 1804. 

As a public man, Mr. Shaw has served his township as clerk for four- 
teen years and for ten years has been chairman of the township hoard. 



EMANUEL M. JOHNSON, 

Emanuel M. Johnson, a native of Sweden, was born on February 21, 
[844, and was the son of John and Christena Johnson, both of whom lived 
and died in their native country. 

John Johnson was a day laborer and for twenty-five years served as a 
soldier in the arm) of InS country. Me was an active member of the Swedish 
Lutheran church and took much interest in all church work. Mrs. Tohnson 



344 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

previous to her marriage to Mr. Johnson was the wife of Solomon Larson 
and to this union four children were horn; Solomon. N. N., Miestine and 
Sarah. 

Emanuel M. Johnson, the only child of John and Christena Johnson, 
received his education in Sweden, having come to. .America at the age of 
twenty-five, in 1870. After landing in Xew York City he came direct to 
Chicago where he remained for three years working on the street cars, heing 
one of the first men to engage in that occupation in that city. Later he was 
employed by a railroad company where he remained for some time. 

In tNt.i Mr. Johnson homesteaded eight} acres of land in Otter Tail 
county and worked for others for a time. Later he bought more land and 
now owns two hundred and eighty acres which he has improved and developed, 
all the buildings having been built by him. The house was built in 1895 
and the present barn was erected to replace one that burned some time ago. 
Mr. Johnson practices genera! farming and stock raising, having some of 
the finest Shorthorn cattle and Poland China hogs in the county. 

In 1878 Emanuel M. Johnson was married to Mary Anderson, a native 
■ if Sweden and the daughter of Mr. and Airs. P. A. Anderson, who had 
located in Minnesota. They are the parents of the following children: 
Theodore, Gottfred, Oscar, Olga and Lilly. Mrs. Johnson died on July 9. 
1914. Olga is the wife of John Pearson and they have two children. Theo- 
dore, the eldest of the family, a young man of much force and ability, is still 
at home. Gottfred and Oscar are operating the home farm. Gottfred 
Johnson was married on September 14. 1015. to Marie E. Johnson, a daugh- 
ter of John Johns! m. and a native of Sweden. Marie E. Johnson came to 
America in 101 i ami located in Fergus Falls. 



JOHN LIEN. 



In the financial history of (titer fail county. Minnesota, particular 
mention is but the just right of the gentleman whose name introduces this 
sketch. Mr. Lien is one of the self-made men of this county, having won 
his way to achievements to which many aspire, but few reach, lie has set 
an example of industry and thrift that could well be followed to advantage 
by the rising generation. 

John Lien, farmer. Battle Lake. Amor township, < (tter fail county, was 
burn 011 July 28, [864, in Faribault count}', Minnesota, and is a son of J. J. 
and Sigri (Nordskog) Lien. Ilis education was obtained at the public 
schools of the district, after which he took a normal course at Maukato. 
Minnesota, graduating it the end of three and one-half years. After com- 
pleting his education. Mr. Lieu taught school lor five years in (liter fail 
county, and one year at Battle Fake, where he occupied the position of 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 345 

principal, and had entire charge of all the classes. After he took charge of 
the work, the school was rebuilt, and three teachers added to the educational 
staff. After his marriage, he located on a farm of eighty acres, which he 
had bought in the fall of [889, where he has since resided, and to which he 
has continued to add, -until he now owns a fine tract of five hundred and 
twenty-four acres of good agricultural land, all situated in Amor township. 
He has put extensive and valuable improvements on his place, including a 
substantial modern house and a new barn, erected in 1915. 

The land at the time of purchase was mostly covered with timber, which 
Mr. Lien has cleared, and nut in good agricultural condition. Politically, 
he has long been a loyal Republican, and has been active in local politics for 
many years, having held the office of town clerk for twenty-six years, and 
a member of the school board for twenty-one years. Religiously, he belongs 
to the Swedish Lutheran church of Amor township, while his fraternal 
alliance is with the Modern Woodmen of America and the Ancient Order 
of United Workmen. He is a director in the Sverdrup Insurance Com- 
pany, with which he has been associated for the past nineteen years, and has 
held the office of president in the Otter Tail Co-operative Company for six 
years. He is president of the Telephone Compan) of Amor township. His 
particular interest on the farm is confined to the breeding and raising of 
Shorthorn cattle, of which he sells a great many each year. 

J. J. Lien was born in Norway, and was united in marriage with Sigri 
Nordskog. He was educated in the old country, and came to America 
when about twenty-one years of age. landing at New York City, and moving 
direct to Iowa, where he was engaged as a day laborer at Spirit Lake, after 
which he squatted some land and did trapping and hunting until driven away 
by the Indians, after which he took up a homestead of one hundred and 
forty-three acres on the border of Lake Lura, near Delavan, Minnesota, 
where he spent the remainder of his life, his death occurring in June, 1889. 
Mis wife still lives on the home place, which is under the management of 
her sou, Thomas J. Lien. The children born to J. J. and Sigri ( Nords- 
kog) Lien are as follow: John, Ole, Thomas J., Elias, Elizabeth (who 
died at the age of twenty-seven years), Peter, Alfred, Halvor. Eva, Caro- 
line and Arnold. Of these children, \lfred and Halvor are in Canada: 
\rnold is teaching at Boulder, Colorado, in the State University. J. I Lien 
was a member of the Lutheran church, in which he was a leader, always 
taking an active part in church work. 

Joseph Lien, the paternal grandfather, was a farmer in Norway, where 
In- lived and died. 

lohn Lien was united in marriage, March _>_'. [890, with Hannah John- 
son, daughter of [bhn Johnson. She was born on August 2, 1867, in 



346 OTTER TAN. COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

Sweden, and came with her parents to America, locating in Amor township. 
Otter Tail county, Minnesota. Eleven children have been born to this 
union: Clarence T., Sarah, Mabel, Bert, Anton, Arne, Halvor, Marvin. 
Rhoda, Kenneth and Forest. Of this family of children, those married are: 
Sarah, who became the wife of Andrew Larson, and Mabel, who was mar- 
ried to Gilbert Murk and lives in Amor township. 

Mr Lien occupies a position of prominence in Amor township, where 
he has trained his children to become honored and useful citizens and where 
he has many warm and admiring friends. 



JOHN HANECAM. 



A drive through the outskirts of Elizabeth, Minnesota, will take one 
past the prosperous and attractive looking farm of Mr. Hanecam, the gentle- 
man whose name introduces this sketch, and whose name is well and prom- 
inently known in the agricultural district in which he resides. Nothing is 
more convincing of the prosperity of a farmer than the condition in which 
be keeps bis building and fences, and in this direction .Mr. Hanecam takes 
particular pride. 

John Hanecam, fanner. Elizabeth township. Otter Tail county, was 
horn on January 15. 1864, in Wisconsin, and is a son of Peter and Alice 
( Moe) Hanecam. He received his education at the public schools and has 
always followed farming, being the present manager of his father's farm, 
consisting of one hundred and sixtv acres. Mr. Hanecam belongs to the 
Lutheran church. 

Peter Hanecam. lather of the subject of this sketch, was born on 
November 26, iNjj. in Norway. His wife was Alice Moe. daughter of 
bars Moe. She was born in Norway, and came with her parents to America, 
settling on a farm in Minnesota. Mr. Hanecam has followed farming nearly 
all his life. On his arrival in Minnesota, Mr. Hanecam selected Rochester 
for bis home, in 1864, where be followed his trade of stone-mason until 
iNji. Both Mr. Hanecam and his wife are still living, and he is doubtless 
the oldest man in Elizabeth township, Otter Tail county. Their children 
were as follow: John. Hannah, Bertha, Louis (deceased), and Lena 
(deceased!.- Mr. Hanecam's farm is located in Elizabeth and Oscar town- 
ships, ainl consists of two hundred and forty acres. Politically, he has 
always given bis support to the Democratic party, while his religious mem- 
bership is with the Lutheran church. During his active agricultural pur- 
suits, Mr. Hanecam gave considerable "I his time and attention to stock 
raising, in which direction he was also very successful. 

[ohn Hanecam was united in marriage on June 1. [888, with Christie 
Biornud, who was ; , native of the old countrv. The children born to this 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 347 

marriage are Louise and Theoline. Louise became the wife of Marvin 
Roghelt and is now living on the old homestead, and Theoline is a school 
teacher. 

Air. Hanecam is une of the substantial agriculturists of Otter Tail 
county, where he has built up a comfortable fortune for his declining years. 
Both he and his wife have won and retain the friendship of many warm 
friends in the community in which they reside. 



EDWARD A. PECK, JR. 

Edward A. Peck, Jr., is among those citizens who are entitled to a 
place of respect in the esteem of their fellowmen and whose efforts for the 
betterment of the community in which they live commend them. Mis birth 
occurred on May iy, 1880, on his father's homestead, located in section 24, 
Scambler township, Otter Tail county, Minnesota. He is the son of Edward 
A. and Sarah (Sischo) Peck. 

Edward A. Peck, Sr.. was born in Jefferson county. New York, and 
at the age of eight years, owing to the death of his mother, was placed in the 
care of A. P. Clark, with whom he made his home until the age of twenty- 
one years. At that time he was given one dollar and his freedom and, thus 
equipped, he became the arbiter of his own destiny. He soon married and 
immediately after became an employee of a cheese factory, in which service 
he remained for a period of two years, removing to Iowa in 1876. During 
their three years' sojourn in that state the great plague of grasshoppers so 
destroyed their crops that they were forced to seek habitation elsewhere, and 
in a covered wagon, drawn by oxen, the)- started northward, stopping for 
one month in Alexandria and then on to Becker county, Minnesota. Edward 
\. Peck; Sr., became interested in the draying business and remained in that 
line for a period of two years, also engaging in the teaming business, which 
was a flourishing trade in those days. He finally removed to Otter Tail 
county, Minnesota, where he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of 
land, under the homestead law, which was located in section 24, Scambler 
township, and which was partly cleared. The house was of logs but was 
soon remodeled into a very comfortable residence and the family remained 
in this home for two years. 01' until the place was entirely cleared prepara- 

Peck accepted a position in 
who owned large farming inter 
for sixteen o msecutn e years. 
\fter the death of Mr. (anlield, Edward A. Peck, Sr.. became an employee 
of the younger Mr. Canfield and remained in his service for one year. At 



tory to cultivation. 






Shortly after this work 


was C ( 


.mpleted M 


Lake Park, as foreman for ;i 


. Mr. 1 


anlield. wli 


ests, and he remained in Mr. 


( 'anfi< 


'Id's service 



348 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

the beginning of this seventeen years service Sarah (Sischo) Peck remained 
on the homestead with the children, of whom there were six, but her death 
occurred and the problem of caring for the family was solved by two of the 
daughters removing to Lake Park, where they were under the direct super- 
vision of the father. 

The Otter Tail county property was left in charge of the sons, whose 
efforts were so productive of results that the farm was gradually increased 
until it now contains six hundred and forty acres. The buildings are mod- 
ern and .among the best in the county. A specialty is made of breeding and 
raising pure strain Durham cattle, of which a herd of twenty head arc- 
kept. An herd of thirty head of the same stock is kept, which are not as 
perfect in strain as are the others. 

In 1898 Edward A. Peck, Sr„ became interested in the livery business, 
which he continued for three years, in Lake Park. He was also engaged 
in the hardware business for two years. A residence was built in Lake Lark 
and both Edward A. Peck, Sr., and his second wife. Hattie (Randolph) 
Peck, made their home in this place. Hattie ( Randolph) Peck is a native of 
Kingston, Canada. 

Both Edward A. Peck, Sr.. and his first wife were members of the 
Presbyterian church but he now- attends the Methodist Episcopal church, 
lie is a member of the Republican party. The names of the children born 
to his first union follow : Lilly, who became the wife of Stewart McCoy, 
and died while a resident of Larimore, North Dakota; Nellie, who became 
the wife of Jay Rider, and now lives at Portland, Oregon; Harry J., 
deceased, and who formerly had charge of the home place in Scambler town- 
ship, where his death occurred; Mattie married George Tucker, and they 
make their home in Watson, Canada; Florence married Adolph Norby, and 
they live in Moorhead, Minnesota, and Edward A., Jr. 

Edward A. Peck, Jr., received his education in the schools of Lake 
Park, graduating from the high school in that town. However, he was 
reared until the age of fifteen \ ears on the place in Otter Tail county. Min- 
nesota, at which lime he assumed full charge of the home farm because of 
his brother. Harry I., wishing to begin independent operations for himself. 
Edward V Peck, Jr., operated the farm for three summers, attending school 
in Pake Park in the winter. At the age of eighteen years he assumed charm' 
of his father's hardware interests, which he continued for two years, renting 
the farm in the meantime. This arrangement was very unsatisfactory and 
the store was sold, lie then became an employee on a farm in Becker 
county, Minnesota, on which he worked for one year, returning to the home 
place in [Q03, which he has continued to cultivate ever since. In addition 
1" the breeding and raising of high grade stock, a large amount of grain is 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 349 

also grown. In [915 the production of grain, raised on two hundred and 
thirty acres of this place, was three thousand six hundred bushels of oats, 
two thousand six hundred bushels of wheat, seven hundred bushels of rye 
and two thousand bushels of barley. 

On January II, 1905, Edward A. Peck, Jr., was united in marriage to 
Anna Lillie Schannach, and to their union liave been burn three children, 
whose names follow: William Donald. Edward Aaron and Wilfrid Ira. 
Lillian Schannach is the daughter of Ira Schannach. an harness-maker, who 
has resided in Becker county, Minnesota, for forty years. She is a native 
of that county. Politically, Edward A. Peck, Jr., is a Republican. Anna 
Lillie (Schannach) Peck is a member of the Catholic church and is an active 
worker in that denomination. 



HAAGEN HAAGENSON. 

Haagen Haagenson is a native of Norway and was born in that coun- 
try on September 8. 1850. He is the son of Haagen and Kari (Anderson) 
Haagenson, also natives of Norway. The father was a blacksmith and fol- 
lowed that vocation until his death, after which his wife emigrated to 
America and marrried Magna Samson. Haagen Haagenson received his 
education in the schools of his native land and emigrated to America in 
1877, following which he located in Dakota county, Minnesota, remaining 
there for three years. In 1880 he removed to Otter Tail county. Minne- 
sota, and purchased forty acres of land, to which he has since added until 
he now owns five hundred acres. This farm is devoted to general agricul- 
ture and stock raising and is well improved. In 1015 a new barn was erected, 
which adds much to the beauty of the place. Haagen Haagenson was united 
in marriage to Matilda Anderson, and they are the parents of eight chil- 
dren, whose names follow: Henry, Ufred, Melvin, Alma. Mabel, Loyd, 
Minnie and Helmer. Haagen Haagenson and his wife are members of the 
\'< irwegian Lutheran church. 

Magna Samson, stepfather of Haagen Haagenson, was born on Novem- 
ber 3, 1838, in Bergen, Norway, and is the son of Peter and Betsey 1 Sater) 
Samson, both natives of Norwaj'. Peter Samson was a fanner of Norway- 
voss, and emigrated to America in [841, locating in LaSalle county. Illinois. 
He remained in that place for five years and then removed to Dane county, 
Wisconsin, near the town of Madison (now the stale capital), where he 
lived until 1854. He then removed to Dakota county, Minnesota, where 
he remained for ten year-, and was one of the pioneers of thai section, fie 
was the father of two sons, Samuel, who died at sea. and Magna. 

Magna Samson received his education in the common schools of Dane 
county, Wisconsin, and Dakota county. Minnesota \- a roung man he 



350 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

enlisted in Company B, of the Fourteenth Missouri Sharpshooters, and 
served in the battles of Mt. Zion Church, Missouri; the taking of Ft. Henry, 
Tennessee; Ft. Donelson, and was at the famous battle of Shiloh, April 6 
and 7. [862; at Corinth, Mississippi, in the spring of and again in the fall 
iif [862, and at the battles of Buzzard Roost, Resaca and Kenesaw Moun- 
tain, lie was honorably discharged in [863, but re-enlisted and served until 
the end of the war. taking part in the Atlanta campaign and was witli 
Sherman on the march to the sea. Mr. Samson accompanied his regiment 
through Xorth and South Carolina and Virginia in 1865, and was present 
at the Grand Review, at Washington, ] ). C. He was wounded four times, 
on two occasions being sent to a hospital in Georgia. For his faithful 
service and gallant conduct he receives a pension from the United States 
government of thirty dollars a month. After the war Mr. Samson continued 
to lead a strenuous life — exploring, hunting, trapping, fishing, locating sel 
tiers and surveying — from the effects of which he is somewhat crippled. 

Magna Samson became surveyor of Dakota county. Minnesota, serving 
two term- of two years each. In 1880 he removed to Leaf Mountain town- 
ship. Otter Tail county, where he homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres 
of land on which he now lives. His second wife was Mrs. Kari (Anderson) 
Haagenson, and to them have been born these children: Betsey, wife of 
\xel Fieldset; Carrie, wife of Iven Tacobson, and Anna, wife of Morton 
facobson. Mr. Samson i- a member of the Norwegian Lutheran church and 
is a Republican. He has served as township clerk, chairman of the town- 
ship board and postmaster. He was appointed justice of the peace and 
served in that capacity for many years. He is a loyal member of the Grand 
Army of the Republic and one of the pioneers of Otter Tail county. 



OLE JOHN S()\ 

Having been born and educated in Skane, Sweden. Mr. Johnson, like 
many others of his native country, has combined the thrifty habits of his 
ancestors with the modern progressiveness of America, making a combina- 
tion difficult to beat, viewing it from a standpoint of financial success. 

Ole Johnson, farmer. Eagle Bend, Eastern township, Otter Tail county, 
was born October jo. t86o, in Skane. Sweden, and is a son of Johan and 
Mattha (Nelson) Person. Ills education was obtained in the public schools 
of Sweden, from which country he came to America in 1887, locating at 
once in Eastern township. Otter Tail county, where he bought his present 
farm in [8qi, consisting of one hundred and sixty acres in section 25, all of 
which was in timber and had to In- grubbed. He has put all the improve- 
ments on his place, and now has some good buildings. Mr. Johnson divides 
his time and attention between general farming and stock raising, and keeps 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 35] 

a large number of dairy cows. Religiously, he is a member of the Swedish 
Lutheran church, of which he has served as deacon and officiated as secre- 
tary for the past three or four years. 

Johan Person, father of Ole Johnson, was born in Sweden, where he 
was a laborer and where lie spent his entire life. His wife was Mattha 
Xelson. This marriage was blest with three children, Ole, Andrew and Nels. 

Ole Johnson was united in marriage in 1885 with Ingar Nelson, burn 
in Skane, Sweden, and by whom he has had nine children, two being dead. 
The living children are John. Martha. Anna, Esther, Ernest, Arvid and Oliva. 
John Johnson was united in marriage. December 31, [912, with Christiana 
Skyburg. by whom he has had one child, Leona V. Johnson. John Johnson 
received his early education al the public schools of Eastern township, and 
later attended the Northeastern College at Eergus Falls, Minnesota. In 
1907 he established the Round House at Duluth, and in 1900, he engaged 
as a fireman at Two Harbors, where he remained until the fall of IQ12. 
He now owns bis own farm of eighty acres in Eastern township, in section 
_'4. near his father's place, where he follows general farming and stock rais- 
ing. 

Ole Johnson has reared his children along the lines of usefulness, and 
lias always impressed upon them the importance of leading lives that would 
result in holding positions of the highest respect in their community. Both 
he and his wife enjoy the friendship of a large number of warm friends. 



CARL BERG. 



Born in Norway, February 10, 18^0. Carl Berg, who, with his brother. 
Martin, owns two hundred and forty acres of land in Everts township, Otter 
Tail county, Minnesota, and who with his mother, owns eighty acres of land 
in Everts township, is a well-known farmer and stockman. 

Mr. Berg is a son of Anton ( '. and Anne ( Glende) Berg, both of whom 
were natives of Norway, the former of whom was born in [839, and the 
latter in 1845. They were married in Norway, and in the spring of 1880 
settled in Otter Tail county, Minnesota, purchasing one hundred and sixty 
acres of land, also homesteading seventy-three acres. Mr. Berg's father died 
on the old homestead farm in 181)7. His mother, who is a devout member 
of the Lutheran church, is still living. Carl Berg is the second child in a 
family of ten children. The others, in the order of their birth, are as fol- 
low: Annete, Martin. Ole W., Anna. Inga, Emma, Sophia. Alfred and 
Karen, all of whom are living with the exception of the eldest born. 

Educated in the public schools of Norway, which he attended until he 
was ten years of age, Mr. Berg came to Everts township, Otter Tail county. 
Minnesota, with his parents, and after coming t<. this countn was a student 



352 OTTER TATT. COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

in the public schools of his home township for a time. He is a well-known 
fanner and stockman of this community, and with his brother, Martin, has 
an interest in two hundred and forty acres of land, and with his mother an 
interest in eighty acres mure in Everts township. 

In 1008 Carl Berg was married to Lina Larson, who was born in Xor- 
man county, Minnesota, in [884, and who is a daughter of Lars Larson, a 
successful fanner of Everts township. Mr. and Mrs. Berg have no chil- 
dren. The} arr earnest and devout members of the Lutheran church, and 
take an active and interested part in the work of the church, and are prom- 
inent in social and civic affairs in the community where they live. 



LEONARD ERIKSSON. 



Among the most successful lawyers of Fergus Falls, and especially 
among the younger lawyers who have attained a large measure of success, 
is Leonard Eriksson, a native of Yesterao, Sweden. He was born on 
November 11. 1870 son of August Herman and Anna Matilda (Person) 
Eriksson. Having attended school regularly in his native land, Leonard 
Eriksson was well advanced in his studies at the age of fourteen years when 
he came to America. After landing at Quebec, he came to the state of 
Minnesota and settled in Warren, Marshall count}', where he arrived in 
1891. After having been employed for some time on a farm in Vega town- 
ship. .Marshall county. Mr. Eriksson began clerking in a hardware store and 
in the meantime attended school. Subsequently he was graduated from the 
normal school at Moorhead and then obtained a government position as 
clerk in the census bureau at Washington. 1). C, being detailed to take 
statistics df factories, a position that lasted four and one-half years. Dur- 
ing a pari of that period, while a resident of Washington, Mr. Eriksson 
was a student in Georgetown University, and was graduated from the law 
department of that- university with the class of 1964, most of his legal 
studies having been pursued at night. On August 22, 1005. Mr. Eriksson 
took up the practice of law in Fergus balls, this count}-, in partnership with 
two other lawyers, the firm name being Eriksson, Rice & Schweitzer, which 
arrangement continued until 11)07. ul which year Leonard Eriksson pur- 
chased the interests of his partners, lie lias since continued in business 
alone and has built up a large and lucrative practice in Fergus Falls and 
( (tter Tail county, lie is a good lawyer and enjoys today not only a large 
practice, but one that i- rapidb growing, bis clientele comprising all clas-t-s 
of ] iei iple. 

By In- marriage to Kate Shonts, daughter of James < i. and Emma C. 
(Clement) Shouts. Mr. Eriksson has two children, Sidney M. and James S. 

Mr. Eriksson is a member id' the Independent Order of Odd Fellows 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 353 

and is secretary of the local lodge and past grand master of the lodge in this 
district. He is also foreman of the Brotherhood of American Yeomen and 
a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, as well as a 
member of the influential Chippewa Club. In politics he has been active 
in municipal affairs and is now a member of the Fergus Falls city council. 
In 1912 he was a delegate to the national convention of the Brotherhood of 
American Yeomen. Mr. Eriksson is a member of the Swedish Evangelical 
Lutheran church of Fergus Falls and Mrs. Eriksson is a member of the 
federated church of Fergus Falls. They are regular attendants at church 
services and liberally support all of the church enterprises. 



JOHN OLSON. 



Since the subject of this brief biographical record has become a repre- 
sentative among the fanners in this community, it may be assumed that he 
early made a plan for his life, and with undeviating determination carried 
out this plan from day to day, until the present time. He spent a long and 
arduous apprenticeship under the guidance and example of his father, who 
was also a farmer. Coming from Sweden, where he was born on May 23, 
[864, John Olson has become a full-fledged American citizen. 

Mr. Olson's parents. Ole Anderson and Margaret Nelson, were born in 
Sweden, where the latter died, but the former came to America the year fol- 
lowing his son's arrival here. He lived with his son, Bengt Olson, until his 
death at Minneapolis. In the old country he was a farmer. The children 
born to him and his wife were Margaret, Elna, Andrew, Bengt and John. 

John, who is the subject of this sketch, arrived in America from Sweden 
in [887 and located in Minneapolis, where he worked in a flour-mill for 
seventeen years, being conversant with this trade from his experience as a 
miller in Sweden from the time he was fifteen years old. Leaving his mill 
work in Minneapolis, in 1903, he purchased a farm of one hundred and 
twenty acres in Eastern township, this land consisting of uncultivated fields, 
barren <>f any profitable vegetation, and without buildings of any kind. He 
immediately set to work to clear this land and to erect necessary buildings, 
and since that time has become well known as a general fanner. 

Mr. Olson was united in marriage to Matilda Nelson in Februarv, 
1894. Mrs. Olson, who was born in Sweden in 1872. is a daughter of 
Christian and Elna Nelson, the latter being a daughter of Nels Pehrson. 
Both of Mrs. Olson's parents were horn in Sweden, where the father died. 
The mother of Mrs. Ols, >n came to America in 1888 and made their first 
home at Litchfield, Minnesota, later living in Minneapolis. Mrs. Olson's 
father was a miller by trade. 
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354 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

An interesting family of six children was born to Mr. and Mrs. Olson, 
these being Oscar A., Mabel Elizabeth, Ethel G, Florence Hilda. Mildred 
Joseph and George William. All of them have been brought up in the faith 
of the Swedish Lutheran church, of which the parents are members. 

Because of his success in the material world and his worthy character 
as a man, the record of John Olson has a place among those of the prom- 
inent men of this locality. He is noted for his unflinching loyalty to duty, 
his rugged honesty and his steadfastness of purpose. 



DWITE ROYAL GREEN 1 . 

Born in Erie county, New York, March 6, 1857, Dwite R. Green, a 
prosperous farmer of Girard township, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, is the 
son of Rev. Eli W. and Caroline (Colby) Green. 

Mr. Green's father was born in Broome county, New York, April 7. 
1835, and his mother in Sardinia, Erie county, New York, January 14. 
1838. In 1863 they emigrated to Wisconsin, and, after a number of years, 
returned to Evans, Xew York, where Mr. Green's father died in 1900. His 
mother is now living at St. Paul. They were the parents of six children, of 
whom Cora, ( arrie and Clyde are deceased. The living children are Dwite 
R., Ralph H. and Itie. 

Dwite R. Green was educated in the public schools of Wisconsin. When 
he was eighteen years old he moved to Fillmore county, Minnesota, and, 
three years later, was married in Limesprings, Howard county, Iowa, to 
Frances E. Conklin, who was born in Fillmore county, Minnesota. August 
3-1, i860, and who is the daughter of Lewis and Lena (Haves) Conklin. 
Mrs. Green's father was born in Broome county. Xew York, about 1820. 
and her mother in Binghamton, Xew York, in 1823. They emigrated to 
Wisconsin in pioneer times and later to Fillmore county, in 1857. Mrs. 
Green's mother died about 1878 on the old homestead in Fillmore county, 
and in 1000 her father died in Iowa. They were the parents of nine chil- 
dren, Elizabeth, George, Kate, Emily, Robert, Thomas, Frances. Charles 
and Minerva. 

Dwite R. Green engaged in farming in Fillmore county, Minnesota, but 
in 1880 moved to Compton township. Otter Tail county, and soon thereafter 
to Oak Valley township, where he took a claim. After two and one-half 
years he moved to the village of Deer ('reck and. two and one-half years 
later, in 1885. moved to Girard township and rented a farm. lie also 
bought one hundred and fifty-five acres, which lie sold and later purchased 
eighty acres in section 23, where be lives. Before he purchased the last 
eighty acres he bad purchased another forty acres Mr. Green has cleared 
and cultivated his land and erected all of the buildings which stand upon it. 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 355 

Mr. and Mrs. Dwite R. Green are the parents of twelve children, all of 
whom are living, Mary, Ella, Merle, Cora, Beryl, Frank, Jesse, Muriel, Allie, 
Thelma, Fay and Dwite, Jr. 

Mr. Green is a member of the Farmers Shipping Association of Hen- 
ning, Minnesota. Fraternally, he is a member of the Modern Woodmen of 
America. He is now clerk of the school board and has been a member of 
the board for sixteen years. He has also served as supervisor of the town- 
ship. He is now a justice of the peace. Mr. Green's father was a well- 
known pioneer Baptist minister. 



JULIUS JENSEN. 

A review of the life of the subject of this sketch must of necessity be 
curtailed, as specific mention is made within the pages of this volume of a 
number of the worthy residents of Otter Tail county, among whom Mr. 
Jensen has figured in the growth and development of Pelican township, aid- 
ing with his industry, wealth and public interest. 

Julius Jensen, farmer, Pelican Rapids, Otter Tail county, was born on 
August 26, 1865, in Norway, and is a son of Jens and Beata Nelson. When 
about two years of age he came to America with his parents, who settled in 
Fillmore county, Minnesota. His education was obtained at the public 
schools of Pelican township, and as a young man he began farming for him- 
self on the place which he now owns, and which he bought in 1895, consist- 
ing of one hundred and sixty acres. Mr. Jensen divides his time and atten- 
tion belween general farming and stock raising. He is a member of the 
Norwegian Lutheran church, in which he has held the office of trustee for 
many years. 

Jens and Beata Nelson were both born in Norway, where Mr. Nelson 
learned and followed the carpenter's trade, coming to America about 1867, 
and settling, first, for about two and one-half years, in Fillmore county, 
Minnesota. In 1870 he came to Pelican township, Otter Tail county, Min- 
nesota, where he took up a homestead of one hundred and sixty acres, and 
where he spent the remainder of His life, his death occurring in 1878. To 
Jens and Beata Nelson were born nine children: Nels, Agnette, Bernt 
(deceased), Dedrich, Julius, Ludwig, Anton, Julia (deceased in infancy), 
and Gina. Mr. Nelson was an earnest member of the Norwegian Lutheran 
church, of which he was one of the founders. 

Dedrich Jensen, brother of the subject of this sketch, was born in 
[862, and received his education in the public schools of Pelican township 
\s a young man he clerked in a store at Pelican Rapids. Aboul [895 he 
opened a hardware store at Pelican Rapids, in partnership with J. E. John- 
son, which business he discontinued at the end of five years and became a 



35^ OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

salesman until about 1915, when he took charge of the Farmers Co-operative 
Store at Norwegian Grove, which he managed for two years. He then went 
to North Dakota for four years, and is now living at Pelican Rapids. He 
was united in marriage with Mathia Afseth, by whom he has had seven 
children: Julia. Arthur, Nora, Betsey, Oliver, Morris and Grace. Mr. Jen- 
sen is a member of the Norwegian Lutheran church, of which he has been 
trustee for three terms. He has also served as a member of the town coun- 
cil for a number of years. 

Julius Jensen was united in marriage in 1898 with Nicoline Bentrud. by 
whom he has had six children: Nora, Borghild, who died in 1915; Bennie, 
Alida, Arnold and Elma. 

Mr. Jensen is genial and unassuming in manner, and has made many 
warm friends throughout Pelican township, where he is well known and 
highly esteemed l>v all who know him. 



EDWARD KLIMP. 



Born in Sweden, May 17, 1876, Edward Klimp, a prosperous farmer of 
Henning township, is the son of Aaron and Matilda Klimp. Mr. Klimp's 
parents were both natives of Sweden, the former born in 1857 and the latter 
in 1849. They were the parents of six children, as follow: Anna, who 
died at the age of six; Edward. John, Ogvald. Hulda and Daniel, the last 
named being deceased. In 1885 Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Klimp came to America 
and settled in Leaf Mountain township, Otter Tail county. Minnesota, where 
they purchased one hundred and twenty acres of land. John Klimp added 
to this farm until they had one hundred and forty acres. They are now 
living retired on the old home farm, but the farm is owned by their son, 
John, who also owns one hundred and twenty acres adjoining the old farm. 
Mr. Klimp's parents are members of the Norwegian Lutheran church. 

Edward Klimp attended the state school in Sweden and the public 
schools of Otter Tail county, Minnesota. He has always been engaged in 
farming. In 1X07 Mr. Klimp went to North Dakota and homesteaded a 
tract of land in < avalier county. After living in North Dakota for six and 
one-half years, he sold out and came back to Henning township, purchasing 
one hundred and sixty acres of land in section 33, of Henning township. 
\lnsi qf the improvements to he found upon this farm have been placed 
here by Mr. Klimp. He is a general farmer, but makes a specialty of rais- 
ing stock. 

In November, 10m. Edward Klimp was married to Anna Tellofson. a 
native of Pope county, Minnesota. Mrs. Klimp's parents were early settlers 
in ;Pope county. The mother is now deceased, but the father is living in 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. ^57 

Yining, Minnesota. He owns a farm in Folden township. Mr. and Mrs. 
Edward Klimp have six children. Tillie, Arthur, Amy, Edna, Roy and 
Edwin. 

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Klimp and all of the members of their family 
belong to the Norwegian Lutheran church at Vining. While a resident of 
North Dakota, Mr. Klimp served as a member of the school board. He is a 
prosperous farmer and a well-known citizen, and is highly popular in the 
community where he lives. 



JOHN ESSER, M. D. 



One of the active physicians who has lent honor to the medical pro- 
fession in Minnesota is Dr. John Esser, whose technical knowledge and skill 
are such as to give him a place of confidence in the community where his 
greatest practice is carried on. He who is the subject of this sketch was 
born on the ioth of June, 1883, in St. Cloud, Wisconsin. His father, 
Theodore Esser, who was a native of Madison, Wisconsin, came to Minne- 
sota in 1872, and located at Austin, where he was employed as an engineer 
on the railroad. The wife of Theodore Esser, who was Mary Stephany, of 
St. Cloud, Wisconsin, became the mother of the following children : John, 
who is the subject of this sketch; Benjamin: Margaret, who is deceased; 
Joseph and Malinda. 

The early educational discipline of John Esser was secured in the public 
schools of Austin, and after completing a high school course he availed him- 
self of the opportunities offered in the State University of Minnesota, where 
two years were spent in the course of liberal arts and four years in the 
medical school. Doctor Esser began his service as interne in the Bethesda 
Hospital, of St. Paul, where he remained on duty for a year. In 1900 he 
moved to Perham. Otter Tail county, Minnesota, where he has built up an 
extensive practice in his chosen field of endeavor. Aside from the insistent 
demands of his profession, Doctor Esser has found time to mingle among 
those citizens who have the welfare of the community development at heart 
and has taken an active interest in political and educational affairs. 

On the 4th of October, 1909, occurred the marriage of John Esser to 
Lucy Wallace, a native of New Richmond, Wisconsin. 

Doctor Esser votes an independent ticket. He holds membership in the 
American Medical Association, the Minnesota Medical Society and the Otter 
Tail County Medical Society, and in these organizations receives distinctive 
attention. He is also prominently affiliated with local fraternities, being a 
Knights of Columbus, a member of the Workmen's lodge and the Fraternal 
Order of Eagles. 



358 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

ANDREW JOHNSEN. 

As a result of domestic circumstances to be compelled, with little educa- 
tion or training, to seek employment as a means of support and to aid in the 
betterment of home conditions, and from this humble position to rise to a 
place of recognized success in the agricultural and business world, as well 
as to attain a place of prominence and influence in the public and official 
life of the township and community, is the record of Andrew Johnsen, well 
known and honored citizen of Eastern township, Otter Tail county, Minne- 
sota. From days of hardship to those of comfort as a farmer and land- 
owner, with limited schooling to become a man of knowledge and judgment 
in the conduct of public affairs, and as a result of his own efforts and 
resourceful ways to reach a place in the life of the community which has 
given him a place of honor and esteem, he is worthy of a notable position 
among the men of achievement and accomplishment in Otter Tail county, 
Minnesota. 

Andrew Johnsen was torn in Smaland, Sweden, on March i, 1859, the 
son of Peter and Sarah (Person) Johnsen, both of whom were born in 
Smaland, Sweden, during the year 1836. Peter Johnsen was a fanner in 
his native land, where he lived until the year 1868, at that time coming, 
with his family, to America and stopping at the city of Chicago, Illinois, 
where, as a result of insufficient means, the elder Johnsen found it necessary 
to leave his family while he journeyed to Washington county, Minnesota, 
a) which place he secured funds with which to bring his wife and children 
to Washington county. Minnesota, a place where this hardy pioneer lived 
until the year 1871, when he moved to Otter Tail county, Minnesota, living 
for the first summer 111 a granary, after which Peter Johnsen homesteaded 
a farm which he improved from time to time, at the same time engaging in 
general agricultural pursuits, a line of endeavor in which he has prospered 
to the point of comfort and independence. Peter and Sarah Johnsen are the 
parents of the following children: Andrew, the subject of this sketch: 
( msl : Swan J.; Ida ("., who is deceased; Emma F... who is deceased; Sophia, 
who lives at Webster, South Dakota; William A., who lives at Minneapolis, 
Minnesota, and Frank E., who lives at Fargo, North Dakota. Peter John- 
sen and his family are well known and prominent members of the Swedish 
Lutheran church, the elder Johnsen being known especially for his great 
interest and efforts in the church of his choice. 

Andrew Johnsen was able to secure hut little education, at the age of 

twelve years leaving his classes and working in a pinery until he was about 

sixteen years of age, after which he became a helper with a party of sur- 

evors who were planning the state road between the towns of Wadena and 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 359 

Long Prairie, Minnesota. Air. Johnsen relates that while with this party 
at one time the food supply became exhausted and it was necessary to make 
a journey of thirty-six miles on foot before more food could be obtained. 
The early days of Andrew Johnsen from the days when he with his brothers 
were trappers seeking to aid in the support of the family, until at the time 
when he became twenty-one years of age and homesteaded one hundred and 
sixty acres of land in Eastern township, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, where 
he has since become an extensive and well-to-do farmer, are full of interest 
and are illustrative of the spirit and manner of this estimable citizen. Since 
acquiring the land of his homestead, Andrew Johnsen has added twenty 
adjoining acres to his farm, has cleared many acres of uncleared land and 
has improved and equipped his farm until it is among the most desirable of 
the county for the general agricultural life which Mr. Johnsen follows. 

During the year 1885 Andrew Johnsen was married to Jennie Nuttson, 
who, in the year 1890, died, being the mother of three children: Rudolph, 
Amelia and Elsie. Mr. Johnsen married, secondly, Anna Sjodin, to whom 
were born the following children: Merton and Myrtle, twins; Anna and 
Vivian. Andrew Johnsen is a member of the Swedish Lutheran church, a 
congregation which he has served as trustee. In politics, Mr. Johnsen is a 
Democrat. Andrew Johnsen has been county commissioner since 1910 and 
at one time served a term of five years as township assessor; he also served 
on the township board from 1890 to 1910, and as treasurer of the school 
board for six years. 

For nearly thirty years Mr. Johnsen has been the agent for die Farmers 
Mutual Insurance Company and he is now president of the Parkers Prairie 
Co-operative Creamery Company. 



TAMES H. SHEA. 



To attain a position of trust in the financial world requires mental 
faculties of a superior order and great strength of character. These ele- 
ments of high citizenship have been combined in such a way in the character 
of James H. Shea as to make him a constant recipient of public confidence. 
He whose name initiate- ibis sketch was horn in Otter Tail county, in Rush 
Lake township, on the 21st of May, 1876. He is the son of Martin Shea, 
whose life history is presented elsewhere in this volume. 

James H. Shea began his educational training- in the common schools 
of Perham and completed his education in St. John's Univershy at College- 
ville, Minnesota. Upon leaving school he became assistant postmaster at 
Perham from [893 until [897. The following year he became interested in 
the hardware business and was employed by \. Marckel. for whose hard- 
ware firm he worked until 1Q02. He gained a wide experience in this line 



360 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

of work from January, 1902, until February. 1904, when he traveled for 
the Marshall-Wells Hardware Company, through North Dakota. In 1904 
Air. Shea entered in the employment of the bank at Perham and is now 
acting as cashier of the State Bank of Perham, where his ability has received 
marked recognition. 

On the 12th of April, iqio, the marriage of James H. Shea and Anna 
L. Flynn was solemnized. Anna (Flynn) Shea is the daughter of Daniel 
and Mary ( Marmara) Flynn, who are well known in Meeker county. Mr. 
and Mrs. Shea are members of the St. Henry's Catholic church, where they 
attend regularly. 

Mr. Shea is affiliated with the Knights of Columbus, and lives up to the 
highest ideals of the organization. In the social and business life of the 
community in which he lives, Mr. Shea is looked upon as a man of engaging 
personality, and he has a spirit of good fellowship which has won for him 
many friends. Mr. Shea is a member of the Democratic party, and is treas- 
urer of the citv of Perham. 



HANS N. ARVIDSON. 



Hans N. Arvidson, a prominent farmer of Parkers Prairie, should be 
included among the men who represent that industry in this part of the 
county. Born in Sweden on May 22, 1872, he is the son of Nels Olsen and 
Margaret Jenson. both of whom were born in Sweden and came to America 
in 1892, bringing with them all of their children excepting Christe, who is 
deceased. Nels Olsen, who was a forester in Sweden, settled with his fam- 
ily in Eastern township, near the present home of the subject of this sketch. 
He and his wife, both of whom are dead, were the parents of thirteen chil- 
dren, namely: Bengta, lng-ar, Ole, James (deceased), Botilda, Nils, Ellen, 
Andrew, Hans. Charles, Mary, Christe (deceased) and another child, who 
died in infancy. < If the living children only three are residents of localities 
other than Eastern township. 

Hans Arvidson was a school boy in Sweden up to his fifteenth year, 
when he came with one brother and three sisters to live in this township. 
Accustomed to hard work, he soon found employment as a farm laborer, 
and in 1898 purchased the farm of one hundred and sixty acres on which he 
now lives. ( >n tlii- he has placed modern improvements and has become 
successful as a raiser of Shorthorn cattle. In 1002 he added to his property 
by the purchase of eighty acres in section 2< ). also in Eastern township. 
After his arrival in this country he lived continuously in Otter Tail county 
with the exception of two seasons in North Dakota, during his nineteenth 
and twentieth years. 

The ceremony which made Hans N. Arvidson and Sophia Anderson 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 361 

man and wife took place on September 18, 1898. Airs. Arvidson, who is a 
native of Sweden, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tuve Anderson, who 
lived thirty years in America and from whom Mr. Arvidson purchased the 
land which he added to his farm. Mr. Anderson later returned to Sweden, 
where he now lives. 

A large and interesting family grew up about Mr. and Mrs. Arvidson. 
and the mother took pains to instruct them in the tenets of the Swedish 
Lutheran denomination, to which she and her husband belong. The children 
horn in this home are Clifford, Ruben, Gertrude, Henry, Rhinhart, Signa. 
Alvin and Edna. 

.Mr. Arvidson is at present chairman of the supervisors of this township 
and has held this office for ten years. He is also a stockholder in the Joy 
Creamery Company. A man who can hold a public office acceptably to him- 
self and to the community for ten years is a man worthy of respect and 
commendation. No public duty has ever been neglected by Mr. Arvidson, 
who has also led an exemplary life, as is attested by the respect in which he 
is held. 



WILLIAM F. SMITH 



One of the largest landowners of Inman township, Otter Tail county. 
Minnesota, is William F. Smith, who owns five hundred and twenty acres in 
Inman township, besides one hundred and twenty acres in Oak Valley town- 
ship. Mr. Smith has been a resident of Otter Tail county, Minnesota, since 
[Q02, a period of fourteen years, and bis present large holdings of farm real 
estate are a splendid testimony, not only of his industry, but of bis knowl- 
edge of farming and his careful business management. 

William F. Smith was born in Rock county, Wisconsin, July 22, 1862. 
His parents were William and Laura C. (Eulles) Smith, the former of 
whom was born in 1S1S, and the latter in 1S22, in Massachusetts. They 
came to Wisconsin about [845, and in 1873 moved to Buchanan, Iowa, 
where Mr. Smith's father engaged in farming and where he died in rqoi. 
(lis wife had died seven years prior to her husband's death, in 1894. 

William F. Smith was reared in the village of Avon, Rock county. 
Wisconsin, until be was eleven years old, when the family moved to Iowa, 
where be lived on a farm until he was twenty-eight years old. At this time 
the family moved to Hazelton, Iowa, and Mr. Smith was engaged in the 
well business until 1902, when be moved to Otter Tail county, Minnesota. 
Here he purchased three hundred and twenty acres of land in sections 10 
and 3. of Inman township. He has since added three hundred and twenty 
acres, and now owns altogether six hundred and forty acres, all of which, 
except one hundred and twenty acres, is situated in Inman township. The 



362 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

other is situated in Oak Valley township. Air. Smith is a general farmer 
and stockman and one of the most extensive farmers of this township. 

In 1903 William F. Smith was married to Vmnie E. Tuffs, who was 
born near Mason City, Iowa, and to them have been born six children, Vera, 
William Glenn, Vernon Clifford, Lester Lowell, Inez and Theodore Mars- 
don. 

It can hardly be expected that a man who has been so busily engaged as 
William F. Smith in farming, has had very much time for other things. 
Nevertheless, he has taken an interest in educational affairs and is at present 
a member of the local school board. His prominence in this community rests 
more on his success as a farmer than on anything else. He has a host of 
friends in lnman and Oak Valley townships, where he has come to be well 
known. 



GOTTLIEB MENGE. 



Gottlieb Menge, prominent farmer and stock raiser of Oak Valley town- 
ship, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, was born in Winona county, Minnesota, 
on April 3, 1877, tne son °* Fred and Fredericka (Lentzj Menge, natives 
of Germany. Fred Menge came to America when eighteen years of age and 
following his marriage in the state of Wisconsin, where he first located, he 
settled in Winona county, Minnesota, on eighty acres of land which he pur- 
chased in that county. In the year 1902, the elder Menge moved to Otter 
Tail county, where he bought two hundred and forty acres of land in section 
<S, Oak Valley township, and lived there until his death, in 1906. Fred and 
Fredericka Menge were the parents of the following children: Herman, 
John, Gottlieb. Amelia, Gusta, Minnie and Louise. 

Gottlieb Menge was educated in the schools of his native county, after 
which he went to the state of North Dakota and homesteaded a farm of 
one hundred and sixty acres of land, where he lived for three years and then 
returned to Oak Valley township. In 11)03 Gottlieb Menge bought one 
hundred ami sixty acres of land in lnman and Oak Valley townships, where 
he lived for some time and then sold his land and bought the one-hundred- 
and-sixty-acre farm of his father, a place which he greatly improved and to 
which he added eighty acres of land, making the farm, where he now 
engages in farming and stock raising, one of the best farms of the com- 
munity. 

In business and political circles Gottlieb Menge has taken an important 
part. Mr. Menge is a stockholder of the Oak Valley Co-operative Creamery 
Company, and in official life ha- served his community as treasurer of Oak 
Valley township and for six years served a- clerk of the school board. He 



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has also served as secretary of the Oak Valley Creamery Association since 
the same started. 

On November 24, 1904, Gottlieb Menge was married to Anna W'acholz, 
who was born in Germany, the daughter of John and Caroline (Wahrmas- 
ter) W'acholz. To the marriage of Gottlieb and Anna Menge have been born 
four children, Florence, Elsie (deceased), Arnold and Erwin. 

John W'acholz was born in Germany, November S, 1846, and his wife, 
Caroline, was born in Germany, December 11, 1846. Following their mar- 
riage, in 1872, John and Caroline came to America and settled in Winona 
county, where they lived until 1905 and then moved to Otter Tail county. 
On coming to Oak Valley township, where Mr. Wacholz had secured a 
farm of eighty acres, at an earlier date, the family established a home on 
their farm and after many improvements had one of the best farms of the 
locality, where John Wacholz has since lived, his wife, Caroline, dying on 
July 7, 1915. John and Caroline Wacholz are the parents of six children. 



ALBERT R. KNUTSON. 

Among the well-known fanners and prominent stock raisers of Erhards 
Grove township, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, is Albert R. Knutson, who 
was born on the old Knutson homestead in Erhards Grove township, on 
June 25, 1884, the son of August and Amanda (Anderson) Knutson, 
natives of Sweden, the former born on September 28, 1854, and the latter 
born on July 2, 1861. 

August Knutson was the son of Knut and Botilda Nelson, who were 
born in Sweden, where they lived until coming to America and settling, as 
pioneers, in Erhards Grove township, where Knut Nelson homesteaded one 
hundred and sixty acres of land, which he cultivated for some time, selling 
the land later to his son-in-law, P>. A. Bengtson, but continued living on the 
farm until his death, on October 6. 1895. Botilda, the widow of Knut 
Nelson, died on October 5, 1900. Amanda Knutson was the daughter of 
Samuel and Lizzie (Swanson) \nderson, the former of whom lived and 
died in Sweden. His wife, Lizzie, after Mr. Anderson's death, emigrated, 
with the rest of her family, to the United States in the spring of 1876, 
coming to Otter Tail. She married Carl Fogelberg there and died in the 
year 1870. August Knutson came to ( »tter Tail county from Sweden in the 
fall of 1875 and homesteaded eighty acres of land in section 14. Erhards 
Grove township, where he lived as a farmer, adding- to his land until he 
was the owner of one hundred and twenty acres of land at the time of his 
death, in 1SS7. August and Amanda Knutson were the parents of three 
children, Jennie, Alma and \lbert, all of whom are living. Amanda Knut- 



364 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

son, after the death of her husband, August Knutson, was married to Noah 
[ohnson, a native of Sweden, who came to America and now cultivates 
eighty acres of land in sections to and 15, of Erhards Grove township. 

Albert R. Knutson received his education in the common schools and 
in the high school of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, after which he became a 
student at the University of Minnesota, graduating from the school of agri- 
culture in 10 u. Air. Knutson was then appointed assistant agricultural 
agenl for the Great Northern agricultural extension division, an office which 
he occupied for .me year. Later, Mr. Knutson went to Polk county, Minne- 
sota, where lie served as county agricultural agent for six months, after 
which he returned to the home farm, and. in partnership with his step- 
father, he established a firm known as Johnson & Knutson. stock breeders 
and dealers. As a stock dealer and raiser Mr. Knutson has been thoroughly 
successful, the linn of which he is a member being the owners of some of 
the finest cattle to lie found in the state, the herd consisting of purebred 
Holsteins. as well as many high-grade animals of the same breed. Johnson 
& Knutson are also breeders of Duroc-Jersey hogs, they making a specialty 
of this stock, together with Holstein cattle. 



ANDREW T. VIGEN. 



Andrew T. Vigen, farmer, prominent citizen, man of affairs and legis- 
lator, of Pelican Rapids, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, was born in Norway 
on March 2, 1854, the son of Thrond E. and Lizzie A. (Stadum). natives 
of Norway. Thrond E. Vigen came to America in 1S70. and located in 
Eillmore count}', where he lived for two years and then moved to Otter 
Tail county, where he homesteaded one hundred and twenty acres of land in 
section 18, Erhards Grove township, a place which he cultivated until his 
death, on June 7. 181 ,j. Lizzie A., the widow of Thrond E. Vigen, now 
lives' with Mrs. Strinden, in Pelican Rapids, at the age of ninety years. 
Thrond E. and Lizzie A. Vigen were the parents of the following children: 
Mareii. who married Isaac Strinden, of Pelican Rapids; Andrew T., the 
subject of this sketch, and Ingebret T.. a hardware and machinery dealer. 
Lake Park. 

Andrew T. Vigen was educated in the public schools of his native coun- 
try and in the common schools of Fillmore county, Minnesota, after which 
lie came to ( )tter Tail count) with bis parents and homesteaded eighty acres 
in section 18, Erhards Grove township, a place to which he later added one 
hundred and sixty acres, m Trondhjem township, and then bought forty 
acres in Erhards Grove township and ten acres of timber land in the same 
region. ( hi this land Andrew T. Vigen placed extensive improvements and 
has since- engaged in general fanning and stock raising. 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 365 

On October 20, 1877, Andrew T. Vigen was married to Jorgina P. 
Mitbo, who was born in Norway, November 29, 1857, the daughter of Peter 
and Christina Mitbo, natives of Norway, who came to America and located 
in Fayette county, Iowa, where they lived for four years and then, in 1870, 
came to Otter Tail county, Minnesota, where Peter Mitbo homesteaded a 
farm of two hundred acres, on which he lived until his death, in 1904. To 
the marriage of Andrew T. and Jorgina P. Vigen have been born the fol- 
lowing children : Theodore, Anton, Lizzie Christena, Hilda, Edward, Anna, 
Syvirin, Ottelia, Severine, James. Elmer and Wilhelm George. Mr. Vigen 
and his family are active members of the Norwegian Lutheran church. 

Andrew T. Vigen is one of the best-known and honored citizens of 
Otter Tail count}', he having taken a conspicuous part in the public life and 
official circles (if township, county and state. Mr. Vigen has served his 
township as supervisor, as clerk of the township, as clerk of the school board 
and for many years as a member of the school board. In 1S88 Andrew T. 
Vigen was appointed to fill a vacancy as county commissioner, he later, in 
IQ07. being elected to the office, which he occupied for eight years. In 1894 
Andrew T. Vigen was elected to a seat in the state Legislature, taking office 
in [895 and serving two terms, being re-elected to that office in 1807. Mr. 
Vigen is a stanch Progressive. 

As a business man, Andrew T. Vigen is prominently affiliated, he being 
a stockholder of the Farmers Elevator Company, a company which he was 
instrumental in organizing. 



OLAF ISAKSON. 

Born in Sweden, March 8, 1876, Olaf Isakson, a successful farmer of 
Inman township. Otter Tail county. .Minnesota, is a son of Isaac and Betsey 
(Johnson) Isakson. 

Mr. Isakson's parents were both natives of Sweden, who emigrated to 
America, settling at Henning, Otter Tail county, in 1802. Mr. Isakson's 
father died at Henning, in 1896, at the age of fifty-six years, and his mother 
died in kmi. at the age of seventy-eight. They were the parents of six 
children, as follow: John. Christine, who lives in Sweden; Ber^. Xels 
( deceased I, Andrew and Olaf. 

Olaf Isakson received his education in the public schools of his native 
land, and in [893 came to America, settling at Henning, Otter Tail county, 
Minnesota. Five years later he purchased eighty acres of land in section 12. 
of Inman township, and since that time has cleared the farm, drained the 
land and erected substantial and comfortable buildings on the place, all of 
which arc kept in a very fine state of repair. Mr. Isakson is a general 



366 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

fanner and stockman, and has met with a very commendable degree of 
-access in his chosen calling. 

In 1 90 1 Olaf Isakson was married to Anna Silverberg, who was born 
on November 11, 1880, in Sweden, and who is a daughter of Nels and Anne 
Silverberg. Airs. Isakson' s father died in 1885, at the age of forty-three, 
and his widow is now living in Sweden, at the age of seventy-three years. 
Olaf Isakson and wife are the parents of four children: Lillie. aged twelve; 
Ned, deceased ; Lloyd, six years old, and Irwin, aged four. 

Mr. Isakson is a member of the Deer Creek Shipping Association. He 
has served as overseer of the roads of Inman township for several years, 
and still holds this position. He and his wife are members of the Swedish 
Lutheran church, in which they are deeply interested, and to the support of 
which they are liberal contributors. In the community where he lives Mr. 
Isakson is rated as one of the substantial and successful farmers of the 
township, and is a most desirable and popular citizen. 



HANS CHRISTIAN CHRISTENSEN. 

Otter 1 ail county has been favored with many desirable men from 
Scandinavian countries, men who, in the land of their adoption have taken 
an important part in its public life and who in private lines of endeavor 
have demonstrated their efficiency and their value as citizens of this country r . 
( )f this class and of this people is Hans Christian Christensen, who as a 
good man and as a true citizen has won a place of prominence among the 
masses of this county. 

Hans Christian Christensen was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 
27-, 1871, the son of Lars and Karen (Hansen) Christiansen, both of whom 
were natives of Denmark. Lars Christensen was born on Long Island, of 
the province of Fyn, an island only four miles in circumference, which was 
used as a game preserve for the royal family of Denmark and on which 
island Lars Christensen was employed as a fisherman for the Danish royalty, 
together with the privilege of farming on a few acres (Conder) of the place, 
as compensation for his services, a position which was held by his father. 
Christian Christensen, during his entire life, and who received his position 
from an aunt, who had preceded him in the work. After some years living 
on I ong Island. Lars Christensen, with two brothers, said good-by to seven 
married sisters who remained in Denmark, and came to America with the 
intention of joining a cousin at Cleveland, Ohio, an expectation which was 
not realized, as on reaching the cit) of Cleveland they found that the cousin 
had died. The three brothers then went to l r t. Wayne, Indiana, where one 
In-other followed his trade as a mason and where the other brother engaged 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 367 

in the trade of a cigar-maker, while Lars (Jhristensen learned the trade of a 
carpenter, after which they returned to Cleveland, Ohio, and lived for a 
time, when Jergen, the younger brother, went to Otter Tail county, Minne- 
sota, and took up a homestead of one hundred and sixty acres in Tordensk- 
jold township, where he lived for the remainder of his life. Thos, the other 
brother, lived at the city of Cleveland until his death. 

Lars Christensen, at this time, was married to Karen Hansen, who was 
born at Moen, Denmark, and while a young woman came to America on a 
sailboat, which as a result of cholera discovered on board, was held at quar- 
antine in the port of New York for seven weeks (after several weeks in 
crossing the ocean), during which time the passengers were not permitted 
to land. On her release Karen Hansen went to Cleveland, Ohio, where, 
after three years, she was married and then three years later Lars and Karen 
Christensen went to Otter Tail county, Minnesota, and bought one hundred 
and sixty acres of land in sections 17 and 20, of Tordenskjold township, 
land which was unimproved, and as a carpenter Lars Christensen built a 
small house and a log barn, structures which, greatly enlarged and improved, 
are standing today. On October 27, 1881, Lars Christensen died, a victim 
of tuberculosis, and later his widow married Jergen Christensen, the younger 
brother of her deceased husband. Karen Christensen lived on the Christen- 
sen farm until May 14, rcjli, when she died, she having survived her hus- 
band, who was killed in a runaway, for twenty-one years. Lars Christen- 
sen was the father of seven children : Johanna, who married Jens Nelson, 
and who lives in Tordenskjold township; Hans Christian, the subject of this 
sketch: Jens Peter, who died when sixteen years of age; Carl E., who is a 
real-estate dealer of Underwood, Minnesota, and three children who died in 
infancy. 

Hans Christian Christensen received his education in the public schools 
of his boyhood home, but as a result of the poor health of his father he 
had to stay at home most of the time to assist his father, as a result of 
which Hans C. Christensen is largely a self-educated man. As a young man 
Hans Christian Christensen learned the carpenter's trade but later engaged 
as a farmer and now cultivates about one-half of the original homestead in 
Tordenskjold township. 

During the year [903 Hans Christian Christensen was married to 
Christina Robertson, who was born in Denmark, the daughter of DidlofT and 
Margaret (Larsen) Robertson, who were natives of Denmark, and many 
years ago came to America and settled in Clitherall township. Otter Tail 
county. .Minnesota. To Hans Christian and Christina Christensen were born 
the following children : Corn's, who died at the age of three months: Delora, 



368 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

I [uldah, Lawrence, Marvin, who died when seventeen days old; Margaret 
and Joyce. 

For the past twenty years Mr. Christensen, in addition to his farming 
pursuits has been engaged in the business of conducting a threshing machine 
and in more recent years has been running a portable saw-mill, which he has 
operated in many localities, until Hans C. Christensen is one of the best- 
known men of agricultural activities in the county. 

Hans Christian Christensen has not only been a busy and a successful 
farmer but he has found time t>> serve bis township in the office of town 
clerk for seven years, and in the office of clerk of the school district for 
fourteen years. Mr. Christensen in politics is a Socialist. In church affilia- 
tion. Hans Christian Christensen is active in the work of the Lutheran 
church. 



WILLIAM J. LEACH. 



William J. Leach, the well-known superintendent of the Fergus Falls 
waterworks, is a native of Westport, province of < hitario. Canada, where 
he was born in 1856. 

Mr. Leach is the son of Isaac J. and Minerva ( Robertson) Leach, the 
former of whom was born near Edinburgh, Scotland, where he was a 
painter by trade. He emigrated to Canada when he was about twenty-one 
year- old and there opened a shop where his business developed amazingly. 
He did contract work for a number of years, or until 1861. when the family 
moved to Rockford, Illinois, where they lived for some years. Afterward 
they moved to Excelsior, Hennepin county, this state, where the father still 
continued to work at his trade and where he spent the remainder of his life. 

William J. Leach obtained his early education at Rockford, Illinois. 
He left home when he was twenty years old and moved to Minneapolis, 
where he worked at the Minneapolis reaper works for a time and was later 
employed at the Lillybridge cracker shops. On Easter Sunday, 1882. Mr. 
I. each arrived at Fergus Falls, this county, and his wife followed him two 
weeks later. For a few months, Mr. Leach turned his hand to anything 
that he could find to do. In 1883 he was employed with the pipe crew. 
laying waterpipes for the city, and since that time has been continuously 
employed in the city waterworks department, with the exception of five years 
which were spent at Wahpeton, North Dakota, where lie was employed in 
the construction of a waterworks plain. In [889 he returned to Fergus 
Falls and was employed by C. D. Wright, who had charge of the water- 
works at that time. When the waterworks were turned over to the city, 
Mr. Leach continued in the employ of the corporation and is now the efficient 
superintendent of the plant. 




WILLIAM J I.L'ACI 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 369 

Before going to Fergus Falls, Mr. Leach was married to Ida Raymond, 
who was born in Moline, Illinois, the daughter of Thomas and Hannah 
(Longdon) Raymond. The former was born in Rindge, New Hampshire, 
and is now living with Mr. and Mrs. Leach, being in his eighty-sixth year. 
His wife died in November, 1912. .Mr. and Mrs. Leach have two children, 
Irene, who married Arthur L. Brown, and Florence, who is the wife of 
Edwin Schow and has two children, Florence R. and Donald R. 

In 1893 ^ ir - Leach became a member of Corner Stone Lodge No. 99, 
Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. He joined the Independent Order of 
Odd Fellows in 1887 and is likewise a member of the Modern Woodmen of 
America and of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. 



WTLLTA H. HARRIS. 



Born in Stephenson county, Illinois, February 8, 1861, Willia H. Harris, 
a successful farmer of Oak Valley township. Otter Tail county, Minnesota, 
is the son of Christopher and Cyntha ( Hodgson) Harris. His father was 
horn in Pennsylvania on January 20, 1818, and his mother in Ohio, Febru- 
ary 14. 1822. Christopher Harris emigrated from Luzern county, Pennsyl- 
vania, where he was born, to Ohio, when he was a young man. He settled 
in Delaware county in 1838 and, after his marriage in that county,* moved 
to Franklin county. Illinois, in 185 1. and then to St. Paul. Minnesota, in 
1855. where he pre-empted a claim where the city of Rosemount is now 
located. Later he returned to Illinois, but came back to Minnesota and 
settled at Rosemount. where he lived for seven years. He then moved to 
Oak Valley township. Otter Tail county, in 1878, and took a homestead of 
eighty acres in section 24, of this township, which his son now owns. He 
improved this farm and lived upon it until his death, on August 11. 1802. 
His widow died on the old homestead farm on September 27. 1893. They 
had a family of eight children, as follow: Jane, born on November 26, 
[841; Harriet. February 14, 1844; Monroe, November 15. 1845: Marcella, 
(•ctclier [3, [849; Caroline, October 10, 1851; Martha, October io, [854; 
Willia H. the subject of this sketch, and Josephine, June 13, 1862. 

Willia H. Harris was reared on his father's farm and educated in the 
schools of Rosentont, Minnesota, and the public schools of Stephenson 
county. Illinois. lie was seventeen years old when the family moved to 
(liter Tail county, Minnesota, lie agisted his father on the old home farm 
and later purchased eighty acres in Todd county, Minnesota, In 1911 Mr. 
Harris purchased eighty acres adjoining his original farm, and in 1913 
built a good barn and a splendid residence. In 1914 he built a large granary. 
(24b) 



2,jn OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

and in mi 5 he built another large barn, thirty- four by seventy feet. The 
buildings are all painted and his farm is kept in a good state of repair. 

On October 26, 1884, Willia H. Harris was married to Lillie Flora 
Marshall, who was bom in Wright county, Iowa. January 21, [868, and 
who is the daughter of Rasmus and Elizabeth (Caldwell) Marshall. Mrs. 
Harris' father was born in Denmark on September 26, 1833. and her mother 
mi June 22, [845. They were married in Iowa. Her mother died in Iowa, 
September 10, 1N71. There were two children horn to this marriage, Lillie 
Flora and Lydia Ann, born on February 4, [870. Mrs. Harris's father 
moved to Todd county, Minnesota, in 1875 and took a homestead of one 
hundred and sixty acres. He has served three years in the Civil War and 
owned property in Wadena, where he lived for three years. He died, how- 
ever, on the old homestead on September 11, ton. By his second marriage, 
to Laura Nelson, there were horn four children, Anna, Minnie. William and 
Frank. 

Mr. and Mrs. Willia H. Harris have been the parents of nine children: 
Frank Monroe, born on October 12, 1885; Charles Eugene, July 29, 1S87; 
Crace Luella, July 25, [889; Roy Wilbur, March [2, 1892; Earl Clifford, 
November 25, [894; Hazel Blanche, July 26, [897, died in infancy: Harold 
William, October 5. [899; Floyd Ralph, September 4. 1902; and Miriam 
Lee, April 24, [906. 

Mr. Harris has never aspired to office and has never been especially 
active in politics. He has devoted his life and his energy to farming and 
his ability to apply himself to his chosen vocation, no doubt, is responsible 
for a large measure of his success. Mr. and Mrs. Harris and family attend 
the Cnited Brethren church. 



ADOLPH SCHMTTZ. 



Proprietor of one hundred and sixty acres of land in Bluffton town- 
ship, Otter Tad county, and a man prominent in the political circles of 
Bluffton township, having served three terms as supervisor, two years as 
clerk and at the present time as justice of the peace of that township — por- 
trays in a very brief maner the life accomplishments of the person whose 
name forms the caption of this biographical sketch, as well as being an index 
of the esteem and respect which be has commanded for himself in his com- 
munity. 

\dolpli Schmitz was born mi September 27. 1856, in Dane county, 
Wisconsin, the sun of Joseph and Annie (Buyschal) Schmitz, both natives 
of the province of Prussia. Germany, the former born on December 24. 
1808. and the latter on \pril 28, iS_-N. Each came to \111erica unmarried 



I'orXTY. MIX XKSOT \. 



and settled in Jefferson county, Wisconsin, where it chanced they became 
acquainted and, the acquaintanceship developing in love, were married. Soon 
thereafter they removed to Dane county, Wisconsin, where, after purchas- 
ing one hundred and sixty acres of unimproved land, they set about to clear 
and improve the land and to engage in husbandry. For the remainder of 
their lives, Joseph and Annie (Bnyschal) Schmitz lived lived on this farm 
and reared their children. He passed away in 1888, at a mature age, and 
she. surviving her husband many years, passed away on February 14. 1914. 
at the ripe old age of eighty-six years. To this devoted couple there were 
born twelve children, namely: Celia, the widow of Henry Ganser, who lives 
at Sauk City, Wisconsin; Nicholas, a laborer, who died in Wisconsin at the 
age of thirty-five years; Margaret, the wife of Anton Kirschner, who died 
on the home farm; Joseph, a farmer of Sparta, Wisconsin; Adolph, the 
subject of this sketch; Alary, the wife of a Mr. Foose, who lives in Madison, 
Wisconsin; Annie, the wife of Hubert Lombardy, who lives at Lodi, Wis- 
consin; Theresa, the wife of Charles Strangt, who lives at Charles City, 
Iowa; Barbara, who married a Mr. Kelly, and also lives at Charles City, 
Iowa; John, who lives on the homestead farm in Dane county; Mat, a car- 
penter, of Waunakee, Wisconsin, and Frank, a carpenter of Sauk City, 
Wisconsin. Both Joseph and Annie ( Buyschal) Schmitz were devoted mem- 
bers of the Catholic church. 

Reared on his father's farm and receiving a good education in German 
and English public schools, Adolph Schmitz, upon attaining his majority, 
learned the mason's trade, which trade he has followed intermittently up to 
the present time. In 1879 he came to Otter Tail county, Minnesota, and 
homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres of unimproved and heavily tim- 
bered land. After erecting a log house upon the same site where the present 
farm dwellings are situated, he began to clear his land and to break the soil. 
Continuing the process of clearing, Mr. Schmitz now possesses seventv acres 
of cleared land besides the remainder of the one hundred and sixty acre 
tract which is in meadow and timber land. In 1909 the present farm home 
was erected. Being interested in live stock, Mr. Schmitz has made a 
Specialty of breeding Shorthorn cattle and keeps from fifteen to twenty head 
of cattle on his farm. 

On April 20, r88o, Adolph Schmitz was united in marriage to Mary 
Welsch, a native of Dane county, Wisconsin, and the daughter of John 
and Flizabeth ( Mertans ) Welsch, the former of whom died in 1890, 
as a result of severe injuries received from a bull, and the latter of whom 
is still living in Sauk county. Wisconsin, at the age of eighty-nine years. 
To Mr. and Mrs. Schmitz have been born twelve children, as follow: 
Annie, the wife of Bert Lamb, who lives in the state of Washington; Mary, 



37 J OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

the wife of Christ Thompson, who lives in Staples, Minnesota; Theresa, 
the wife of Kinif James, who resides in Bluffton township; Mat, who lives 
at home with his parents; Lena, the wife of John Hanson, who resides at 
Nashwauk, Minnesota; Julia, the wife of Joseph Ertz, who resides in Bluff- 
ton township; Joe, a carpenter, living at home with his parents; Susanna, 
the wife of Watson Overstreet, who lives at Nashwauk, Minnesota; Lizzie, 
John, Katie and Henry, who live at home with their parents. 

A successful farmer, devoted husband and parent who has reared his 
large family of children to lives of usefulness. Adolph Schmitz has done 
more than attend to his agricultural and family interests, having ever been 
solicitous of the social conditions of his community. As a Republican he 
has served Bluffton township creditably and well as supervisor for three 
terms, township clerk for two years and now is justice of the peace. He 
and his beloved wife have also been influential in religious affairs and have 
been devoted members of the Catholic church. 



GEORGE W. STOKES. 



Born in England, February 21, 1862, George W. Stokes, a successful 
farmer of Oak Valley township, is the son of George and Anna H. (Mudg) 
Stokes. Mr. Stokes's parents were both natives of England. His father 
was born in 1830 and his mother in 1828. They were married in England 
and in 1864 the father came to New York. He was followed by the family 
in 1867, and in 1880 the)' emigrated to Minnesota and. on February 21. 1880, 
settled at Wadena. Later on in the year they came to Oak Valley township, 
Otter Tail county, and homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres, one hun- 
dred and twenty acres of which was in section 6, of Woodside township 
and forty acres in section 32, of Oak Valley township. Here the father 
lived until his death. The mother died on May 31, [9x2. They had a 
family of six children: Grace, who married Benjamin Costen, of Hewitt, 
Minnesota; Elizabeth, who married John Biggs, of Wadena; George \\'.. 
who is the subject of this sketch; Jane, who is the wife of Barney Sanders. 
of Park Rapids, Minnesota: Katie, who was the wife of Mike Snodgrass, 
both now deceased, and Edward, who lives in Canada. 

George W. Stokes was reared on a farm until he was nine years old 
and was educated in the public schools of New York state. He accompanied 
his parent^ to Wadena county and a little later to Oak Willey township. 
Otter Tail county. Mr. Stoke- purchased forty acres of land where he now 
lives and which is situated in section 32. He later added eighty acres to his 
original farm and has erected substantial buildings on the farm. In 1915 
he built a Hue barn, thirty-two bv fifty feet. Mr. Stokes is a general fanner 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 373 

and stockman, and has been prominent in the agricultural life of Oak Valley 
township for many years. He is a stockholder in the Oak Valley Creamery 
Company and in the Farmers Co-operative Creamery Company of Hewitt. 

In 1 886 George W. Stokes was married to Eliza Irons, who was born 
in 1869, in England, and who was the daughter of William and Anna Irons. 
Mrs. Stokes's parents came from England to America in 1886 and located 
eventually in Oak Valley township, in section 32. They purchased forty 
acres of land and here they lived for a number of years. Mrs. Stokes's 
father is deceased, but her mother is still living. At the time of her death, 
in 1902, Mrs. Stokes left six children, Albert, Ernest, Joseph, Roy, Rose and 
Ralph. One child. Leo, had previously died. In 1903 Mr. Stokes was 
married, secondly, to May Hubbard, who was born in Otter Tail county. 
Minnesota, and who was the daughter of Frank and Anna Hubbard, now of 
Oak Valley township. By this second marriage there was born one son, 
Fred, who died in infancy, September 27, 1004. Mrs. May Stokes died in 
September, tqo6. 

George W. Stokes has served as a member of the school board, but is 
not now a member. He has never aspired to office. Nevertheless, Mr. Stokes 
enjoys the confidence and esteem of his neighbors and the respect and 
admiration of those who know him for his worth as a man and citizen. 



JOHN C. JOHNSON. 



A prosperous and well-known farmer of Bluffton township, the pro- 
prietor of a farm comprising three hundred and twenty acres of contiguous 
land equipped with a beautiful house and barn, director of both the tele- 
phone company and creamery at Wadena, chairman of the board of super- 
visors of Bluffton township for the last fifteen years and a man who has 
served as school director — stand as evidence of the energy and thrift, of the 
eminent success and of the high regard and esteem with which the people 
of Bluffton township and Otter Tail county regard the man whose name 
heads this biographical review. 

John C. Johnson was born in Skane, Sweden, on January 28, 1859. 
the son of John and Annie (Nelson) Johnson, both of whom were bom 
and reared in Skane, the former both on June 21, 1821. and the latter on 
October 12, 1824. The parents were married, lived and reared their chil- 
dren to manhood and womanhood in their native village, the father being a 
laborer by occupation. In 1883. however, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson left their 
native land and emigrated' to the United States to the United States in order 
t<i spend their declining; years with their son, John O, who two years pre- 
viously left the parental roof and came to America. Annie 1 Nelson) John- 
son died two years after her arrival in the United States, in 1885. at Rock- 



^74 UTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

ford, Illinois, where her remains were buried. John Nelson survived his 
wife many years, passing away in 191 2, in Bluft'tun township, his remains 
being buried at Wadena, Minnesota. To Mr. and Mrs. John Johnson were 
horn four children, as follow: Emma, who married Andrew Hanson, lives 
in Bluffton township; Betsey, the wife of Nils Nelson, lives in Sweden; 
John C. is the subject of this sketch, and Andrew died cpiite young in 
Sweden. 

John C. Johnson was educated in the public schools of his native land 
and at an early age learned farming. In 1881 he emigrated to America and 
settled near Rockford, Illinois, where he at first worked on neighboring 
farms but later became a renter. He remained in Illinois during the next 
fourteen years, or until 1895, when he came to Otter Tail county. Minne- 
sota, and bought one hundred and twenty acres of wild, unbroken land in 
section 21, of Bluffton township. Like many another farmer now living 
in this section of Minnesota, he began to clear his land of brush and timber. 
to break the soil, and to build a log cabin and barn to serve as the pioneer 
home. Later he added two hundred acres until he now owns a farm of 
three hundred and twenty acres, all lying in a contiguous body and highly 
improved. Mr. Johnson continued the process of improvement and in 1915 
erected a magnificent barn and other buildings, the barn being one hundred 
and twenty feet long and thirty feet wide and equipped with every modern 
convenience, hay sling and fork and large enough to shelter sixty head of 
cattle, sixteen head of horses and one hundred and twenty tons of hay. 
Both the house and barn are equipped with electric lights generated by an 
electric light plant located on the farm. He also has a waterworks which 
makes possible the furnishing of the house with modern plumbing fixtures. 
The water is compressed in a tank located in the cellar. Mr. Johnson also 
owns an automobile which insures rapid transit and conserves a great deal 
of time. All in all. Mr. Johnson enjoys all the conveniences of modern 
life and is reaping the fruits of his labor. Mr. Johnson is deeply inter- 
ested in high grade stock and, though formerly a breeder of Durham cattle, 
now keeps a fine herd of Holstein cattle as well as Duroc-Jersey hogs. 

In 1882 John C. Johnson was married to Christena Tornstrand. a 
native of Sweden. To this happy union there have been bom nine children, 
as follow: Oscar is at home with his parents; Edna married Allen Keller- 
man and lives in Bluffton township; Edwin died at the age of fourteen: 
Ella married Victor Marine and lives in Minneapolis: Emma married Albert 
Schwartz and lives at Wadena; Julius. Ester, John and Edith live at home 
w itb their parents. 

lohn C. Johnson has always taken an active part in the civic and social 
lifi of lii- community. More or less independent in politics, he has served 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY., MINNESOTA. T,J$ 

as school director and as chairman of the board of supervisors of Bluft'ton 
township, serving both positions to the utmost satisfaction of his constitu- 
ency. He plays no small part in the commercial circles of Bluff ton town- 
ship, being both director of the telephone company and of the creamery of 
Wadena. Raised as a supporter of the Lutheran faith, he still supports this 
denomination and takes an active part in church affairs. 



AIMS. MARTHA (HILDEN) LARSON. 

The life of Airs. .Martha Larson has exerted an influence which has 
been uplifting as well as sympathetic upon those with whom she came in 
contact. As a valuable companion of her husband, during the days of his 
early struggles in the uncultivated sections of Minnesota, she proved to he 
a woman of rare wisdom, firm convictions and true sympathy. The suc- 
cess attained by her husband was attributed by him to the efforts of his wife, 
whose presence and advice lent inspiration to his business endeavors. Those 
who had the good fortune to know Airs. Larson, speak of her as a woman 
whose life was full to the brim. Her usefulness has extended along various 
lines until she can truthfully be classed with those women whose descend- 
ants "rise up and call them blessed." 

The birthplace of Martha Hilden was at Holland, Norway, where she 
was born on the Qth of February, 1X47. She was the daughter of Johannes 
Hilden, a resident of Norway, who spent the greater part of his life as a 
farmer in that country, where he is now buried. The aim Martha Hilden 
had in coming to this country was to join her brother. Peter, who was 
located in Goodhue county, .Minnesota She arrived in that section of the 
country on the 4th of July. 1868, where she lived with her brother until the 
7th of November, 1N70, when her marriage to Ole Swensen, also a native 
of Norway, took place. 

Shortlv after their marriage. Mr, and Mrs. Swenson came to Otter 
Tail count)', Minnesota, where they homesteaded one hundred and sixty 
acres of land in Clitherall township, located in section 18. The land was 
a wilderness covered with timber and underbrush and the task of removing 
the growth of vegetation was both difficult and dangerous. The toilers 
were left upon their own resources, and as the community was only scantily 
inhabited, assistance could be obtained only after delayed communication. 
It was in the capacity as a farmer's wife that Mrs. Swensen proved her 
greatest worth. She and her husband were obliged to live in a dugout for 
two years, until they were able to erect a log house, which, in part, is still 
standing on the farm, a landmark of the early privations endured by the 
pioneers. After their struggles had terminated in enjoyment and pros- 
perity, Airs. Swenson losl her husband on the jrd of .May. [886, His 



3/6 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

death occurred shortly after he had reached his thirty-eighth year. He and 
his wife were devout members of the Norwegian Synod church, and among 
its first members. 

To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Swenson, the following children were 
born: Mary, who died at the age of eleven years; John, who passed away 
at the age of twenty-five years; Helma, who married Harold Halvorson. 
and who resides at Henning, Minnesota; Alfred, who died in infancy; 
Mary i Airs. Carl Gilbertson), who resides near Battle Lake; Jtdia, who 
makes her home with her mother, and Lottie, who is also at home. 

On the 17th of November, [889, Mrs. Swenson became the wife of 
Andrew Larson, a native of Eidswold, Norway, who came to America about 
1868, where he lived for a time in Goodhue county. Minnesota. Upon his 
arrival in Otter Tail county he took a homestead claim on one hundred and 
sixty acres in sections 21 and 28. in Qitherall township. At the time of 
his meeting with A.Irs. Swenson, Mr. Larson had five children, who were 
born to his marriage to Mrs. Martha Paulson, a widow, who passed away 
in 1888. The children who survived Mrs. Martha Larson are: Mary 
(Mrs. Albert Beardslev). a resident of Fergus Falls, Minnesota; Clara, 
the wife of Francis Vennerstrom, who lives in White Fish, Montana; 
Alfred, of New Eflington, South Dakota; Amanda, who married Clarence 
Rolandson, of Fergus Falls, and Martha who makes her home with an aunt 
in Dakota. One child Louis, died in infancy. 

After his marriage to Mrs. Swenson, Mr. Larson took full charge of 
the homestead at Battle Lake, where he proved his ability to meet the prob- 
lems of agricultural life with courage and strength of will. He worked 
unceasingly upon improvements on the land. He built a large barn, cleared 
large tracts of land surrounding the place and before his death bought one 
hundred and thirty-three acres joining the original farm, located in section 
7. Mr. Larson was a man of progressive spirit, high ideals and force of 
character. At the time of his death he was interested in many lines of 
farm work and enjoyed a wide and popular acquaintance among the citizens 
of the community in which he lived. In his political interests he was a 
Republican. He was a member of the Norwegian Lutheran church, in 
whose welfare he took a keen interest. Mr. Larson passed away on the 
3rd of January, 1907, and after that his wife continued to live a retired 
life on the farm, to the excellent state of cultivation of which she so gener- 
ously contributed in former years. Her life was, on account of its useful- 
ness, singularly happy and beautiful and the memory of her good works will 
be cherished by those children for whom she sacrificed many pleasures. 

By her union with Mr. Larson, the subject of this sketch became the 
mother of tin- two children. Louis, who lives on the home place, which be 



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manages most successfully, is interested in the breeding of Holstein cattle 
and Poland China hogs. His brother, Clarence, assists him in the farm 
work. 

Mrs. Martha (Hilden) Larson passed away on the iSth of August,. 
1913, and is buried in the Norwegian Lutheran cemetery. 



JENS NELSON. 

One of the venerable citizens and successful farmers of Clitherall town- 
ship. Otter Tail county. Minnesota, is Jens Nelson, who was born at Skane, 
Sweden July 21, 1831. He is the son of Nels and Elsie Okeson. who 
spent their entire lives in Sweden. The father was a farmer and land- 
owner, and was born in 1804. his death occurring in 1851. His wife was 
born in 1808 and died in 1869. They were earnest and devoted members 
of the Lutheran church and were the parents of a family of eight children. 

Of the children born to Xels and Elsie Okeson. Oke was born in 1826 r 
Nels in 1827; John, who was born in 1830. is a farmer of Clitherall town- 
ship; Peter born in 1833, was also a farmer in Clitherall township until his 
death in 10,13; Burnet was born in 1830; Anna, who was born in [839, 
married Nels Matheson, and died in Denmark: Louis, horn in 1842, died 
at the age of seventeen years; Frank, the youngest, was born in 1845. 

Jens Nelson was educated in the public schools of his native country, 
and after his marriage and the birth of four children, and the death of one, 
emigrated to America in 1870, making the voyage on a steamship. Upon 
the arrival of the Nelson family in the United States, they settled at Litch- 
field, Minnesota, where they lived for one year, when they moved to Otter- 
Tail county, where they homesteaded one hundred and siNty acres of land in 
Clitherall township The land was largely covered with timber. Mr. Nel- 
son started life in the new country by constructing a dugout, but in 1878' 
built a log house, which- is still standing, and which is still used as a 
residence. 

Jens Nelson was married in his native land to Elna Anderson and to 
this union have been born, ten children: Nels, who died at the age of three 
in Sweden; Andrew, who died at Moorhead, Minnesota, at the age of six- 
teen; Johanna, the wife of Charles Larson, lives at Liberty, Canada; Emma, 
the wife of William Curinger, lives at Cass Lake. Minnesota; John, who 
died at the age of eleven ; Frank \.. who is referred to later on in this sketch, 
lives at home and operates the home farm; Ella, who died at the age of 
nineteen; August, a resident of Lunds Valley, is a wheat buyer; Ida, the 
wife of William McCormick, lives at Minot, North Dakota; \manda. the 
wife of \11toi1 Morrau. lives at Delaware, North Dakota. 

( )f these children. Frank V, who was born on the farm where he now 



378 OTTER TAIL riU'VTY MINNESOTA; 

lives, and which he now operates, was educated in the public schools of his 
home township, and reared to the life of a fanner. Since he was old 
enough he has been engaged in agricultural pursuits, and during the past 
eight or ten years, has rented the farm of his father. He is a Democrat in 
polities, and is a constable in Clitherall township. 

Jens Nelson was i nc of the founders of the Swedish Lutheran church 
111 Clitherall township, of which his family are devoted and earnest members. 

FRITZ LUEDERS. 

It means much for the young man to sever the ties of home, to leave 
his native land for the uncertainties of a new world, here to establish a 
new home and meet the requirements of a new condition. To make a, suc- 
cess of his work, means much hard work and good judgment. Many of 
the Old World boys and young men have succeeded in America, but only 
by strict application and hard work. The German coming to this country, 
comes with the desire and determination to meet with success and make a 
home worthy of his efforts. 

Fritz Lueders, sun of John and Margretta (Thalman) Lueders, was 
horn in Germany on June 24, 1N50. John and Margretta Lueders were 
life-long residents of Hanover. Germany. The family were members of 
the German Lutheran church. John and Margretta Lueders were the par- 
ents of the following children: Herman. Mary. Dora and Fritz. Herman. 
Mary and Fritz came to this country, while Dora remained in the home- 
land. 

Fritz Lueders was educated in the schools of Germany. As a young 
man he came to America <>n March _>_>. 1881. and landed in Xew York, but 
M« in resumed his journey to Brown county. Minnesota. Here he worked 
for others fur a year and. later, he worked in Sibley county, Minnesota, 
for seven months. After this, he visited the home in his native land, bir 
two months. On returning to America he located in Otter Tail county, 
purchasing three hundred and eighty acres of land one-half mile northwest 
of Otter Tail. 

Fritz Lueders was muted in marriage to Dura Hunkers, the daughter 
•of Henry Hunkers, and to this union has been born the following children. 
Henry. Fred, Ella, Herman, George, Olga and Martha. Henry, Fred and 
Ella are married and have homes of their own. 

Mr. Lueders lias reclaimed his farm from a wild state to a beautiful 
country home. He has a large and modern house, two large barns, silo, and 
other buildings and sheds necessan to a well-kept farm estate. Mr. Lueders 
has held the important office of school treasurer L>r twentj years, and treas 
urer <ii tin- township for ten years. He and his family arc active members 
oi the 1 lerman Lutheran church ai < Itter Tail. 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 379 

OLE O. HOVLAND. 

For over a half century, Minnesota and her agricultural opportunities 
have been extolled in other lands, and to her farms have come people of 
every country. The industrious, thrifty Norwegian has been among the 
settlers, and in almost every instance he has come fully prepared for self- 
support and for assuming the responsibilities of citizenship. One who 
represents most broadly this strong element in American citizenship, is Ole 
O. Hovland, who after many years of a busy life is able to look back upon 
his accomplishments with satisfaction. He was born in Hadeland, Nor- 
way, on December 17. 1837. and is the son of Ole Hanson and Joran Oles- 
datter. 

The parents of Ole Hovland were born in Norway and spent most of 
their married life in the country of their nativity. Their last days, how- 
ever, were spent in America, on the farm owned by their son, Nels Hov- 
land. in Trondhjem township, where the father died in 1888, and the mother 
passed away in 1893. They reared a large family, of whom the following 
information is given: Gilbert, a farmer, is now residing in Wert county. 
Iowa; Hans, who died in Iowa, was also a' farmer; Ole is the subject of 
tlii- sketch; Syver lives in Trondhjem township, where he has a farm; 
Nels lives near Lawndale, in Wilkin county, and Otto is a farmer in Trondh- 
jem township. 

The educational advantages received by Ole Hovland were, according 
to the customs of that locality and period, extremely meager. The prin- 
cipal lessons of his life were gained in the early years during his boyhood 
on the farm in Norway. The remarkable fact of his career is that with so 
small a fund of educational resources, he was able to cope with the problems 
of an independent life in this country and win success. In 1867 he came 
to America, a journey that covered a period of over seven weeks. He set- 
tled in Winisheik county. Iowa, where he lived for four years, working as 
a farmer. In 1871 he came to Otter Tail county, Minnesota, in a covered 
wagon drawn by a team of oxen. In this county, he began the task of 
homesteading one hundred and twenty acres of land located in section 26 
of Trondhjem township. The land was wild prairie and the task of break- 
ing ii] j the soil and cutting the timber was the first to he considered. A 
log house was built by Mr. Hovland during his first months of residence on 
the place and there he lived until [883, when he purchased two hundred acre- 
in section 25 of the same township. lie moved upon this land where he 
now resides. The farm represents a large investment of modern improve- 
ments and is devoted exclusively to general farming. Mr. Hovland sold 
the homestead a few years ago to his son Olans, and after his retirement 
in 1007. rented pari of the land to his son, Lewis. 



380 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

Mr. Hovland has not been content to work in just one field of enter- 
prise, but has reached out into broader interests where his influence has been 
lasting for the welfare of the community. For a number of years he acted 
as school treasurer and was active as road supervisor for some time. He 
has always been an ardent member of the Synod Lutheran church, in which 
congregation his wife is also a valuable assistant. 

On November 14. 1863, the marriage of Ole Hovland to Anna Teslo, 
a native of Norway, took place. She is a daughter of Arne and Annie 
(Wika) Teslo. Norwegians by birth, who died in their native land. Mrs. 
Hovland was born on September 14, 1840, in the same community where 
her husband spent his childhood. In 1913, fifty years after their marriage, 
Mr. and Mrs. Holland celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, amid 
much rejoicing and among a group of old and intimate acquaintances. 
The celebration was a fitting climax to fifty years of patient toil, devotion 
to duty and true home building. The following children were born to Mr. 
and Mrs. Hovland: Julia married O. J. Aamodt and later died in Barnes- 
ville. Minnesota; Mary, who lives near Barnesville, became the wife of A. 
P. Stadum. and after his death married Ole Stone; Olans lives on his 
father's homestead: Anton, a farmer, resides in North Dakota: Thea, the 
wife of O. S. Osten, lives in Norwegian Grove township; Lewis manages 
part of his father's estate and has never married: Sophia, the widow of A. 
11. Kittelson, lives in Norwegian Grove township: John, who follows fann- 
ing resides near Stampede, North Dakota; Minnie, the wife of O. B. Ulsrud, 
lives in Columbus, North Dakota; C. Edwin, a banker, lives in Cotone. 
North Dakota; Ida I Mrs. A. O. Sommerness), is residing in Columbus. 
North Dakota; tda Caroline died at the age of four years, and Oliver died 
at the age of seven. 



HANS LARSON. 



Hans Larson, well-known farmer and highly-respected citizen of Amor 
township. Otter Tail county, Minnesota, was bom in Sweden, on August 
10. 1X64. the son of bar-, and Hannah (Olson) Hanson, both of whom 
were born in Sweden. Lars Hanson came to America in 1889, and located 
in Otter Tail county, where he joined his son, Hans, who had preceded him 
a short time. Lars Hanson now lives at Battle Lake, having retired from 
more active life, bars and Hannah Hanson were the parents of four chil- 
dren, Lewis, Xels. Olef and Hans. Hannah, the wife of Lars Hanson died 
on September 7. 1014. Hans Hanson is one of the well and favorably 
known citizens of his community, taking an active interest in all useful 
matters for the promotion of the life and interests of his locality. The 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 381 

elder Hanson is especially interested in the Swedish Lutheran church, of 
Amor, of which he is a leading member. 

Hans Larson was educated in the common schools of Sweden, after 
which he came to America, in 1888. and located in Otter Tail county, fol- 
lowing a short time in St. Paul. Minnesota. In the year 1891, Mr. Larson 
bought a farm in Amor township, a place to which he later added forty 
acres of land, and a farm on which he now lives as a general farmer. 

On July 12, 1893, Hans Larson was married to Emily Lundstrom, 
who was born in Otter Tail county, on August 8, 1874, the daughter of 
A. O. Lundstrom and wife, natives of Sweden, who came to America and 
homesteaded a farm in Clitherall township, Otter Tail county, where they 
now live. To the marriage of Hans and Emily Larson have been born 
three children, Amy, Lawrence and Edith, the former of whom is married 
to Rex H. Sanders, of Bismarck, North Dakota. Hans Larson and his 
family are members of the Swedish Lutheran church, in which he is a 
prominent member, he for many years having been teacher of the Sunday 
school of this church. 



TOHN T. TOMHAVE. 



John J. Tomhave is one of the representative agriculturists of Carlisle 
township, Otter Tail county, Minnesota, and his life is typical of the pro- 
gressive spirit of the community. He is a native of Germany, where his 
birth occurred on July 27, 1858. He is the son of John Tomhave and a 
brother of George E. Tomhave. of Fergus Ealls township, Otter Tail county. 
John J. Tomhave received his education in the schools of Germanv, Fonte- 
nac. Wisconsin and in Fergus Falls. As a young man his time was devoted 
to the vocation of masonry, which trade was also followed by his father. 

In 1884 Mr. Tomhave became interested in agriculture and purchased 
a farm in Carlisle township on which he has since remained. With the 
exception of one winter, he has lived his entire life in this locality since his 
arrival in America. I lis first farm consisted of one hundred and sixty acres. 
located in section 27, ( Carlisle township, hut he has increased his holdings 
until he now owns three hundred and twenty acres, all in this township. 
IK also owns eighty acres in section 30, Fergus Falls township, about 
twenty-one acres in the city of Fergus halls, locate. I in the third ward and 
twelve and one-half acres of timber land in section 28, Elizabeth township. 
Otter Tail county, llis agricultural operations consists in general farming 
and the place is well improved. 

John J. Tomhave was united in marriage to Carlena Schmidt, daughter 
of Ludwig Schmidt, and they are the parents of seven children whose names 
follow: Louis A.. Mary, Emelia, Clara, lohn, Bertha and Albert, fohn 



382 OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 

I. Tomhave and his wife are members of the German Evangelical church, 
of which denomination lie is the treasurer. Politically, he is affiliated with 
the Republican party and has served as clerk of the school board. He is 
also a member of the Sons of Herman and is at present supervisor of 
Carlisle township, Otter Tail county. 



NELS M. NELSON. 

To record the personal career of men who have raised themselves from 
humble circumstances to positions of responsibility and trust in a community, 
is no ordinary pleasure. Self-made men, men who have achieved success 
by reason of their personal qualities and who have impressed their indi- 
viduality upon the business development and agricultural life of their com- 
munity, have an important influence upon such institutions as have come 
within the sphere of their usefulness. Of such, we have the unquestionable 
right to say is Xels M. Nelson, a prosperous farmer of Aurdal township 

Mr. Nelson was hum mi April 4, 1885, in Aurdal township. Otter Tail 
county, Minnesota, on his father's old homestead farm. He is the son of 
Xels E. and Methe (1 lallan i Nelson, who came to America from Norway. 
Mr. Nelson's father was horn in Norway on December \~. 1844, and his 
mother in the same country on January 6, 1850. Nels E. Nelson, who 
passed away in this township and count), in [909, was the son of Ingebret 
and \aste Nelson, both of whom were natives of Norway, who settled in 
Aurdal township, Otter Tail county, in 1868. They took a homestead farm 
of one hundred and sixty acres in this township and here spent the balance 
of their lives. Before coming to Otter Tail county. Mr. Nelson's father 
had lived for a time in Goodhue county. He was a typical pioneer of this 
section, who took a great interest in public improvements. He had one 
of the best farms in this part of Otter Tail county. Manx years before his 
death, he erected a magnificent brick house, made of bricks burned on the 
farm. His wife, now a widow, is still living on the old farm. Mr. and 
Mrs. Nels E. Nelson were the parents of three children. \nna, Nels and 
Henry 1'. Hie Nelsons have always been identified with the Lutheran 
church and have always keen prominent in religious affairs. 

Nels M. Nelson, who was reared on his father's old home farm, was 
educated in the public schools of his home community and. during his boy- 
hood and youth, performed the tasks which generally fall to the lot of the 
average country boy. In 1 < > 1 j . Mr. Nelson bought the Martin Halverson 
farm, comprising one hundred and sixty acres of splendid land. He is a 
general farmer and stock man and has been very successful, although he is 
a young man and has many years before him in which to work out his life's 
success. 



OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA. 383 

On October 25, [909, Nels M. Nelson was married to Anna Golberg, 
who was born in Olmstead county, Minnesota, in 1889, and who is the 
daughter of Endrew O. and Mary Golberg. \fter living for many years 
in Olmstead county, Minnesota, they came to Otter Tail county, about 1900 
and are now residents of Sverdrup township. Mr and Mrs. Xels M. Nel- 
son have two children. Norris and, Kenneth. 

Mr. Nelson has always been independent in politics. He cares more 
for measures and men than he does for parties and party emblems. Be- 
llas served in many positions of trust and responsibility, especially positions 
of local trust. For a number of year-, he was a supervisor of Aurdal town- 
ship and, for three years, was chairman of the hoard. He has also served 
as a memher of the school hoard and as clerk of the hoard. Mr. and Mr-. 
Nels M Nelson are members of the Lutheran church. 



GF.ORGK R. KAPLER 



George R. Kapler is one of the well-known and representative citizens 
of Perham. Otter Tail cottnty, Minnesota, ami his influence has heen a 
dominant factor in the development of the locality.' He is one of ten chil- 
dren horn to the union of 0. and Barbara (Bachel) Kapler, natives of 
Wittenburg, Germany, and Iowa, respectively. 

< ). Kapler was horn in 1 84 1 and immigrated to America 111 1S52. He 
immediately located on a farm in Winneshiek county. Iowa, and at the age 
of twenty years enlisted in Company C, Twenty-first Iowa Regular Infantry, 
and served throughout the Civil War. lie became commissary sergeant 
and was in the battle of Vicksburg and Gettysburg, as well as in many other-. 
receiving many wounds, one of which caused his death in after years. At 
the close of the war he returned to Iowa and shortly afterward married 
Barbara Bachel, who is still living. To them were bom the following chil- 
dren. George, Caroline, Rose. Anna. Louise, Regena, Frank. Gertrude, and 
two other- who died in infancy. From the time of his marriage, 0. Kapler 
resided in Snillville, Winneshiek county, Iowa, until his death on September 
1, 1912. Most of the lime he practiced law. hut operated a hotel a- well. 
Religiously, he was a memher of the Catholic church. 

George R. Kapler was horn on November 7. [866, in Spillville, Winne- 
shiek county. Iowa, and received hi- education in the schools of that town. 
In the fall of 1SS5 he removed to North Dakota, where he was engaged in 
the capacity of dry-goods clerk until [896, at which time he transferred his 
services to the firm of Wyman Partridge & Co., whole-ale dry-goods mer- 
chants, as their traveling representative and ha- -nice remained in their 
employ. In April. [896, he removed to Wadena, Minnesota, hut in [903 
his location was changed to Perham, Minnesota, where he remained for 



3&j OTTER TAIL I'OUXTV, MINNESOTA. 

two years, removing to Big Pine Lake, Minnesota, in 1905, and establishing 
a summer resort known as Grand View Heights. This resort is one of the 
finest in the state. In June, 1915, this place was sold and he has since 
devoted his time to the management of the Perham Land and Investment 
Company, which he organized in 1912. He is the president of this com- 
pany. Politically, he is a stanch Republican and fraternally, he is a mem- 
ber of the Free and Accepted Masons and Zuhrah Temple, Ancient Arabic 
Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Minneapolis. On October 29, 
1890. Mr. Kapler was united in marriage to Frances E. Bell, who was born 
on Angus! 20, [866, and reared in Mansfield, Ohio. 



EDWARD I. RUDH. 



Edward J. Rudh, a former teacher, merchant and salesman, who has 
been assistant cashier of the First National Hank of Battle Lake, this county, 
Minnesota, since its organization, is a native of Norway, born at Smaalene, 
near Christiana, April 6, 1869, the son of Jens A. and Maria (Kasa) Rudh, 
farmers and landowners in their native land, who. in the latter part of that 
same month, sailed for America with their baby, spending six weeks on the 
voyage. Upon tbeir arrival in America, they settled in Rice county. Minne- 
sota, where, for two years, Mr. Rudh worked on neighboring farms. 

In 1 87 1 the family moved to Otter Tail county and purchased three 
hundred and twenty acre- of wild prairie land in Dane 1'rairie township. 
There Mr. Rudh built a small log cabin, which has long since disappeared, 
and there be lived, improving his farm and adding to his possessions until 
his death, March 28, 1900. His widow afterw