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Chisago County, Minnesota

 


Biographies


Ernest Akerson
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Marilyn Clore

AKERSON Ernest A, Lindstrom. Lands. Born Sept 19, 1873 in Lindstrom Minn, son of John and Anna (Johanson) Akerson. Married Sept 28, 1899 to Adelia A Magnuson. Educated in the public schools of Lindstrom and graduated from Metropolitan Business College St Paul 1893. Clerk for Akerson & Olson Stacy Minn until 1895 when he purchased an interest in the business, changing the name to Akerson Bros; engaged in hardware business under firm name of Lindstrom & Akerson, Lindstrom Minn 1899. Organized the land firm of Lindstrom Akerson & Helberg with headquarters in St Paul 1903; firm dissolved in 1905 and he is now doing business alone. Treas Birds Eye Lumber Co. Member of Modern Woodmen of America.

Albert Berg
History of the Scandinavians and Successful Scandinavians in the United States, Volumes I & II (1900) submitted by cd

Berg, Albert, secretary of State—Centre City—born 25 June, 1861, in Centre City, Minn. His parents were among the early Swedish settlers at Chisago Lake. He attended Carleton College, Northfield, in 1876-78; then studied at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, for a couple of years. Berg traveled as a salesman through the Western states for four years, then taught school for three years, was elected register of deeds of Chisago county in 1886, and was re-elected two years later. He was a delegate to the Republican national convention at Minneapolis in 1892, and at the state convention that year was a strong candidate for secretary of state. In 1894 he was elected secretary of state, and has since been re-elected twice. Berg is a Lutheran, quite a good singer, and is married.
 


Ferdinand Sneedorf Christensen
History of the Scandinavians and Successful Scandinavians in the United States, Volumes I & II (1900) submitted by cd

Christensen, Ferdinand Sneedorff, vice-consul for Denmark and banker—Rush City—born 18 April, 1837, in Copenhagen, Denmark; died 1896. He received a college education in his native country, wrote some poems in his younger days, and participated in the Danish war with Germany in 1864. Christensen came to the U. S. in 1866, stopped in Chicago for two years, then moved to Rochester, Minn. Here he commenced the publication of Nordiak Folkeblad, which was one of the first Danish-Norwegian newspapers in Minnesota, and Christensen was the first Scandinavian in the state who commenced to agitate the election of a Scandinavian state official, which resulted in the nomination and election of Col. Hans Mattson as secretary of state in 1869. Christensen became land agent for the St. Paul and Duluth Railroad company, and moved to Rush City in 1870. In 1882 he started the Bank of Rush City. He was assistant secretary of state from 1880-82, was appointed vice-consul for Denmark in 1883, represented his district in the state legislature in 1878, and held various local offices. Christensen, who for years was the most prominent Dane in Minnesota, had, on his arrival in this country, to endure the usual hardships common to all immigrants, and for some time he earned his bread by blacking stoves for a hardware store in Chicago. In 1869 he was married to Zelma A. Willard, who survives him.


Charles Elmquist
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Anna Parks

ELMQUIST Charles E, Rush City. Lawyer. Born Jan 1, 1873 in Osceola Wis, son of John and Martha Elmquist. Married June 28, 1899 to Charlotte C Gemmel. Educated in common school St Croix Falls Wis; graduated from law dept U of M 1898. Worked as a printer 1885-95 and became editor of the Rush City Post. Elected county atty Chicago county Minn 1900 and now serving 4th term. Member Republican State Central Committee.


Thomas H. Horton
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander

Horton, Thomas H, North Branch. Farmer. Born Oct 11, 1859 in Cleveland Ohio, son of Thomas and Sarah J (Reading) Horton. Married Nov 24, 1882 to Miss M A Bourquin. Educated in public schools of Ohio. V pres and dir North Branch Produce Co and Farmers Starch Co; dir North Branch Milling Co. Member Minnesota House of Representatives.


Victor L. Johnson
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907), transcribed by Mary Saggio. 

JOHNSON VICTOR L, Center City.  Banker.  Born 1871 in Chisago county Minn.  Educated in State Normal School St Cloud; engaged in teaching school, and later graduated from law dept U of M 1895.  Elected county treas Chisago county 1896 and held office 8 years; resigned to become cashr of Chisago County State Bank Center City; elected to State Senate 1906.


John Shaleen
History of the Scandinavians and Successful Scandinavians in the United States, Volumes I & II (1900) submitted by cd

Shaleen, John, state senator—Lindstrom—born 15 Nov., 1835, near Vexio, Sweden. He received a common school education in his native country, and has since been an extensive reader. His parents and the whole family emigrated to the U. S. when he was twenty years of age; they settled at Chisago Lake, Minn., where both John Shaleen and his brother Peter—who died in 1898, and was one of the leading men in that part of the country—worked on the family homestead until the outbreak of the Civil War, when John Shaleen enlisted in company I of the Sixth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry. For some time he served against the Indians on the western frontier of Minnesota; then was on duty in the South, fighting against the Confederates at Spanish Fort and at Fort Blakeley in Alabama. At the end of the war he returned to his farm; was sheriff of Chisago county from 1870-76; represented his district in the state senate during 1878-86; and has been judge of probate since 1888. He is an independent Republican and a Lutheran, and one of the first Swedish settlers in the state of Minnesota, having passed through the usual hardships incidental to pioneer life. He is considered to have been one of the most influential Scandinavian legislators in the state; public economy has been his hobby. He was married to Annie S. Stendahl in 1869; they have several children, all of whom have received a liberal education.





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