Biographies


Akerson, Ernest
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.

Anderson, Anders

Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, compiled by A. E. Strand, Vol. II, page 382; submitted by rll

Anders Anderson came also in 1853 and settled in the east half of the northeast quarter of section 34. He moved to Taylor's Falls in 1859 and died there in 1873. He left but one child, the wife of Daniel Fredin of Shafer. Anderson was a born humorist and fond of practical jokes. On one occasion his ready wit was exercised at the expense of a man to whom he had mortgaged his farm. Deeming the house in which he lived his own, in the absence of the mortgagee, he removed it to Taylor's Falls. The mortgagee, E. W. Holman, told him, he had stolen the house and must replace it. Anderson told Holman to take the house and replace it himself, and if he took his (Anderson's) family along with it, he would have him sent to the penitentiary. Holman did not see his way clear and the house was not disturbed.


Berg, Albert
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.

(Photo of Albert Berg in newspaper (Little Falls Weekly Transcript, October 14, 1898, Regular Friday Edition, page 5.)


Berg, Albert (2)

Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907), rll

Berg Albert, Beaudette. Banker, insurance and real estate. Born June 25, 1861 in Center City, Minn, son of Jonas and Anna Maria (Gurmeson) Berg. Married Aug 3, 1899 to Lillian R. Daly. Educated in public schools Chisago county Minn: Carleton College Adolphus College St. Peter, Minn. 1878-80. On the staff of the Daily Argus Fargo Dak Territory 1880-84; teacher in the public schools of Chisago county Minn. 1884-86; register of deeds Chisago county Minn. 1886-94; sec state of Minn 1895-1901; member House of Representatives Minn Legislature regular session 1901 and special session 1902 from the 63d legislative dist comprising Marshall, Kittson and Roseau counties. Cashr and dir State Bank of Warroad Minn. 1904-1906; now dir; organized Security State Bank of Beaudette Minn. Feb. 1906 and was its cashr from time of organization until Jan. 1907 when he was elected pres. Delegate to the Nat. Rep. Convention. Member Masonic fraternity, K of P. B P O E. Foresters, Samaritans and Norden Club.


Bylund, Erik

Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, compiled by A. E. Strand, Vol. II, page 382; submitted by rll

Erik Bylund settled in the west half of the southeast quarter of section 23. In 1860 he sold out and moved further west. The farm he left has since been owned by John Nelson and is one of the finest farmers in Chisago county.


Christensen, Ferdinand Sneedorf
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.


Dahlhjelm, A. M.

Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, compiled by A. E. Strand, Vol. II, page, 371-372; submitted by rll

Late in the fall of 1851 arrived at Chisago Lake, in extremely poor circumstances, a former sergeant in the Swedish army, by the name of A. M. Dahlhjelm from Ostergotland, at the time of his coming an old man. He was permitted to stop over winter in a shanty situated on an island in the lake and owned by another old man, a recluse named Van Renselaer, who lived there in a kind of half-starving misery. Dahlhjelm's wife, Ulrika Pfeiff, belonged to the Swedish nobility. A son of Dahlhjelm, Claes Dahlhjelm, born in Vallerstad, Ostergotland, July 7, 1828, is still living at Center City. He was married to Miss Eva Carlson Ek, of Herrakra, Smaland, by whom he has had twelve children, of whom nine are living. One daughter is married to Mr.James E. Melin, president of the Chisago County State Bank, at Center City.


Elmquist, Charles
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.


Elmquist, J. W.

Compendium of History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota, Geo. A. Olge & Co., page 447, rll

J. W. Elmquist, son-in-law of Charles A. Hult, whose sketch is given above, is a prosperous farmer of Chisago Lake township, Chisago county. He is a young man of good business capacity and hs become one of the substantial citizens of his community.

Mr. Elmquist was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1876. His father, C. A. Elmquist, was born in Sweden and came to America about 1870. He is now engaged in farming in Chisago county. He spent about twelve years in the mills of Minneapolis and for three years was coachman for Joseph Dean. He began farming in Chisago county in 1882, erecting a log house and doing his first farm work with oxen. From 1885 to '95 he again worked as coachman for his old employer and he then returned to his farm where he now resides.

At the age of sixteen years our subject began earning his own way and he spent three years in Dakota, joining in the harvesting, and one year in Montana. He was also clerk in North Branch and in Minneapolis. He went to the farm of his father-in-law, Charles A. Hult, in 1900, and assumed the management of the same and now operates althogether three hundred and twenty acres of land, and devotes his entire attention to the development and improvement of the same.

Mr. Elmquist was married in 1900 to Miss Amanada Hult. Mrs. Elmquist, was born on the farm where she now resides. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Elmquist, Agnes L., who died March 18, 1902, aged thriteen months, and Leonard L., born May 3, 1902.


Elmquist, Charles Emil

The Book of Minnesotans, a Biographical Dictionary of Leading Living Men of the State of Minnesota, 1907, page 150, rll

Elmquist, Charles Emil, lawyer; born at Osceola, Wis., Jan. 1, 1873; son of John G. and Martha (Johnson) Elmquist; attended common schools at St. Falls, Wis., and University of Minnesota, graduating from the legal department of the University, 1898. engaged in practice of law since June 1898, at Rush City, Chisago Co.; county attorney for 6 years past and now holding that office. Republican. Married at Rush City, Minn., June 28, 1899, to Miss Charlotte C. Gemmel. Address: Rush City, Minn.


Gunz, A. N.

The Book of Minnesotans, a Biographical Dictionary of Leading Living Men of the State of Minnesota, 1907, page 206, rll

 

Gunz, A. N., physician; born at Austin, Minn., Jan. 6, 1879; son of Herman and Fanny (Deller) Gunz; graduate Austin High School, 1897; University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy, 1899; University of Minnesota, College of Medicine and surgery, M. D., 1904. In practice of Medicine at Center City since June, 1904. Licensed as pharmacist in Minnesota and Wisconsin and Illinois. Hospital steward 12th Minn. Vol. Inf., Spanish-American War. Member American and Minnesota State Medical associations, Chisago-Pine County Medical Society. Mason; member M. W. A. Unmarried. Address: Center City, Minn.


Holm, Andrew N.

Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, compiled by A. E. Strand, Vol. II, page, 370-371; submitted by rll

Andrew N. Holm, formerly Andrew Nelson, his name having been changed by legislative enactment in 1867, was born in Sweden in 1829. He learned the trade of a carpenter, came to America in 1855 and located at Center City in 1857, of which village he was the first postmaster. He served as a soldier during the Civil war and at its close removed his family to Taylor's Falls, where death ended his days.


Holt, Charles A.

A Biographical Dictionary of Leading Living Men of the State of Minnesota, 1907, page 242

Holt, Charles A., baker; born in Carver Co., Minn., Sept. 16, 1862; son of John and Katrina Holt; graduate College of Law, University of Minnesota, degree of L. L. B., 1890; married at North Branch, Minn., 1898, to Miss Julia A. Freberg. Engaged in practice of law at Duluth, 1890-94; came to North Branch, 1894, and resumed practice; was elected judge of probate Chisago Co., 1900, and removed to Center City, the county seat; resigned office and returned to North Branch, Nov. 2, 1905, as president Merchants' State Bank. Address: North Branch, Minn.


Horton, Thomas H.
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.


Hultquist, Gustaf

Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, compiled by A. E. Strand, Vol. II, page, 372; submitted by rll

Gustaf Hultquist is another of the old settlers still living; hale and hearty, at the age of seventy-seven years. He was born July 26, 1832; came to America in 1853, stopped at Chicago, where he remained until 1855, when he came to Chisago Lake. He had experienced a terrible voyage on the ocean. Of 219 passengers 64 died from cholera. Mr. Hultquist has been married and has had fourteen children, nine of whom are living. During the war he was drawn for service, but took sick and was laid up in the army hospital at Fort Snelling. He is now leading a retired life at Center City. In his younger days he held a number of county, town, village and school offices. He is a remarkably bright and intelligent man, with a never failing memory and brimful of information concerning the first Swedish settlement in Minnesota. Besides Mr. Hultquist is a well read man and has a library of many times the ordinary size generally found in a farmer's home.


Hult, Charles A.

Compendium of History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota, Geo. A. Olge & Co., page 447, rll

Charles A. Hult for many years has been one of the prominent farmers of Chisago county. He developed a farm in Chisago Lake township, and became identified with the better interests of the coummunity where he passed many years of his life. He now resides in Brown county, South Dakota.

Mr. Hult was born in Herrakra, Kromobergslan, Sweden, September, 21, 1840. He was a blacksmith and also followd carpentering in his native land, and in 1868 he emigrated to America. He went to Chisago county, Minnesota, and for a short time was engaged in railroad work and for many years afterward followed lumbering. He began farming about 1871, and became the owner of one hundred and sixty acres of god land. This was located in section 30 of Chisago Lake township.

Mr. Hult was married about 1872, and four children were born of this union, namely; George, Amanda, Ernest, and Alice, all of whom were born in Chisago county. He is a young man of good business capacity and has become one of the substantial citizens of his community.


Johnson, Charles A.

A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, compiled by A. E. Strand, Vol. II, page, 399-400; submitted by rll

Charles A. Johnson, of the firm of Johnson & Sandberg, Rush City, Minnesota, has been identified with this place since 1899, and is classed with its worthy and substantial citizens. Mr. Johnson is a native of Sweden. He was born in Falkenberg, Halland, October 15, 1869, son of S. A. and Annie Johnson, natives of the same place. S. A. Johnson was a blacksmith. He came to the United States in 1878 and settled at Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where he spent three and a half years, at the end of that time returning to Sweden. He died in Sweden in 1908. His widow still lives there. Nine children comprise their family, of whom brief record is as follows: Phena, of Sweden, Charles A., the subject of this sketch; Henning, a blacksmith, of Sweden; Augusta, married and living in Brooklyn, New York; Hilma, wife of Gust Carlson, a conductor of Falkenberg, Sweden; Matilda, wife of Carl Treffenberg, a railway car repairer of Sweden; Victoria, of Sweden; Oscar, a carpenter of Brooklyn, New York; and Fritdjof, a farmer of Missouri.

In the public schools of his native land, Charles A., received his education, and in his father's blacksmith shop he learned his trade. In 1888, he came to the United States, stopping first in New York City, where he spent one year, and then coming west to Minnesota. Here he at once found railroad work. He was employed on construction work at various places along the line, and was thus occupied until 1899, when he came to Rush City. Here he opened a blacksmith shop, with Wille Sandberg as partner, and has since conducted a prosperous business.

December 17, 1904, Mr. Johnson married Miss Anna Louisa Rolander, and they have three children: Raymond, Franklin, and Elsie. The family attended the Swedish Mission church. Mr. Johnson is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, and, politically, is a Republican.


Johnson, Curtis Martell

A Biographical Dictionary of Leading Living Men of the State of Minnesota, 1907, page 266

Johnson, Curtis Martell, hardware and implement dealer; born at Rush City, Minn., April 20, 1877; son of Samuel C. and Mary W. (Martell) Johnson; attended public schools, Rush City, and graduated from Hamline University, 1899; married at Machias, N. Y., Oct. 16, 1901, to Miss Augusta M. Eddy. Began active career as canvasser for McCormick Harvesting Machine Co., 1900; became member of firm of S. C. Johnson & Son, Jan. 1, 1901, of which he is manager. Also manager Rush City Brick Co., Rush City Flour & Feed Co., Rush City Electric Light Co.; secretary Rush City Starch Co., Chisago County Agricultural Society. Republican; delegate to state convention 1906. Member Masonic order, Royal Arch, Knights Templar, Mystic Shrine, O. E. S., Modern Samaritans. Address: Rush City, Minn.


Johnson, Victor L.
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.


Johnston, John

A Biographical Dictionary of Leading Living Men of the State of Minnesota, 1907, page 270

Johnston, John, county treasurer; born in Sweden, July 28, 1868; educated at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn., 1883-89. Taught in public schools at intervals from 1887-92; was agent and telegraph operator for Northern Chisago Co., since 1904. Republican. Married at Chisago City; Minn., 1892, to Miss Helen Fengquist. Address: Center City, Minn.


Lindahl, Jonas

Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, compiled by A. E. Strand, Vol. II, page 382; submitted by rll

FRANCONIA.-Jonas Lindahl was for many years an enterprising and prosperous business man in Franconia. He opened up an extensive wood trade with St. Paul, in which C. J. W Vitalis was his successor. Lindahl represented his county in the senate of the fifteenth and sixteenth legislatures. He was accidentally drowned from a barge of wood at Hastings in May 1872. His widow married Chas J. Vitalis.


Melin, James E.

A Biographical Dictionary of Leading Living Men of the State of Minnesota, 1907, page 352

Melin, James E., banker; born at Center City, Minn., 1872; son of John Melin; educated in public schools. Has been president of the Chisago County State Bank since 1903; member of firm of Alfred Melin & Co., retail clothing, Chisago Co., 1895-1902. Republican. Recreations: Wild fowl and trap shooting. Address: Center City, Minn.


Mobeck, Frans

Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, compiled by A. E. Strand, Vol. II, page 374; submitted by rll

Frans Mobeck, a former corporal in the Smaland Grenadier regiment, came to Chicago in 1852. On the advice of Rev. Unonius he went to Minnesota in 1853, arriving in St. Paul, where he remained two years. He visited the Swedish settlement at Chisago lake and bought the piece of land on which he afterwards lived. He did not occupy it, however, before 1855.


Norberg, Erik U.

Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, compiled by A. E. Strand, Vol. II, page 367; submitted by rll

Erik U. Norberg, born June 22, 1813, in Ullkarfva, Vestergotland, came to America in 1842 and settled a short distance west of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. From there he moved to the state of Michigan, where he lived until 1838, when he came to Bishop Hill, Illinois, became a member of the Eric Jansson colony, and, in the same year married Brita Johnson from Ostrunda parish, Vestmanland. As he was a well educated man, having filled the office of sheriff (lansman) in his native province, he became a very prominent and useful member of the colony. Two children survive him, namely: Gustaf Norberg, a leading attorney of Holdrege, Nebraska, and Mrs.. John A. Jones of Galva, Illinois. When Norberg came to the beautiful Chisago lake from Bishop Hill, in April,1850, he certainly found it what its Indian name imparts, "fair and lovely water." The government had, in 1850, completed a survey of the lake and it was high time that it should be given a name, by which it should be designated on the map and recognized by civilized visitors. What name more beautiful and appropriate than that which the Indians had already given it? Being well pleased with the locality, Norberg came back with a colony of Swedes, including Peter Berg, Andrew Swenson, Peter Anderson, Peter Sjolin, Daniel Rattig, and Jonas Westerlund. They came by steamboat, landed at Taylor's Falls June 24,1851, cut a road to Chisago lake and took undisputed possession of its shores, finding no trace of human occupancy save some deserted Indian tepees and the claim cabin of a Mr. Van Renselaer on the island. Peter Berg settled on the east part of lot 3, section 35 and southwest quarter of southwest quarter of section 26, township 34, range 20. Peter Anderson on the east part of lot 3, and northwest quarter of northeast quarter of section 35, township 34, range 20. Andrew Swenson on lot 5, section 27, township 34, range 20. Erik Norberg had come to the country at the invitation of Nils Tornell, who was murdered in 1848, near St. Croix Falls, by some Indian assassins hired to commit the deed by one Miller, a whiskey-seller. Norberg intended to make his home at Chisago Lake, where the former island, on which Center City is now situated, for many years was called "Norbergsholmen" by the Swedes, but died at Bishop Hill, while on a visit, in 1853.

For a long time the lake was called Swede Lake, until its present name was permanently adopted.


Norberg, Erik U. (2)

[Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, compiled by A. E. Strand, Vol. II, page, 372-373] submitted by rll

Erik U. Norberg, who is mentioned quite often in this volume, seems in a large degree, to have been instrumental in directing the stream of Swedish immigrants to Minnesota. In his letters and newspaper correspondence he called the attention of his countrymen to the fertile soil which was here awaiting willing hands to cultivate it, and reap the reward for their labors which in such an abundant measure was to come to them. It is stated that he received fifty dollars from the people of Taylor's Falls for his efforts to bring Swedish settlers to Chisago county, and he certainly made good his promise.


Nord, Niles

Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, compiled by A. E. Strand, Vol. II, page, 370; submitted by rll

Nils Nord was born in Linkoping, Sweden, in 1819. In his eighteenth year he enlisted in the Swedish army and served twelve years. He came to America in 1855 and located on Chisago Lake in the northeast quarter of section 32, township 34, range 20. He was married in Sweden to Lisa Anderson. They had one son, John P. Nord, who for a number of years was the popular and efficient auditor of Chisago county. He was married in 1878 to Hilda, daughter of Rev. C. A. Hedengran. They had one daughter. Mrs. Nord having died, Mr. Nord now lives a retired life at the Part Hotel, Center City.


Peterson, Frank N.

Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, compiled by A. E. Strand, Vol. II, page 383; submitted by rll

Frank N. Peterson, came to America in 1865, and in 1866 settled in the valley of the St. Croix. He attended school at Carver, Minnesota, one year, when he became a traveling salesman for Leopold & Company of Chicago, and in 1881 settled in Franconia. He organized the lumbering firm of Borens Brothers and Peterson, which continued until 1886, when a new organization was formed, called the Franconia Lumber Company. Peterson has been the president of Franconia since its incorporation. In 1869 he married Miss Ingrid Johnson, daughter of Erik Johnson, a pioneer of St. Peter, Minn. Mr. Peterson owned one of the finest houses in the valley, romantically situated and supplied with pure spring water. It was a pride to the village and attracted general attention. He was also the inventor and patentee of the Lindholm & Peterson adding machine.


Peterson, Jacob

Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, compiled by A. E. Strand, Vol. II, page 382; submitted by rll

Jakob Peterson was born in 1847 and came with his parents to Chisago county in 1854. They located on a beautiful spot in Franconia, on the shore of a small lake, where they made a farm and where Jakob passed his boyhood and youth. In 1881 he commenced business at Shafer station as a merchant and dealer in wood. He was the first postmaster at Shafer and was married to Mary Helin.


Peterson John G.

Illustrated Album of Biography of the Famous Valley of the Red River of the North and The Park Regions, page 549

John G. Peterson, the junior member of the firm of D. Peterson & Son, was born in Centre City, Chisago county, Minnesota, October 21, 1860, and is a son of Daniel Peterson, whose sketch has just been given. He received his education in Chisago and Stearns counties, Minnesota, attending the district schools, and completed his education at the Cogan Academy, Pope county, Minnesota, spending one year in that institution. He then clerked in a store at Melrose for a time, after which he came to New London, Minnesota, and for eight months kept books for Johnson Bros. In 1883, as has been stated, the present firm was formed, and since that time they have carried on business. They carry a full line of clothing, dry goods and groceries, and do an extensive business.

John G. Peterson has taken an active part in every move calculated to benefit his town or county, and has held various offices-he was justice of the peace, chairman of the board of supervisors, and is the present clerk.


Roos, Oscar

Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, compiled by A. E. Strand, Vol. II, page, 368-369; submitted by rll

Oscar Roos could claim the honor of having been probably, the first Swedish settler not only in Chisago county, but in Minnesota. He was born in Vestergotland in 1827 and came to America in 1850, locating during the first summer at Rock Island, Illinois, but in the fall coming to Taylor's Falls. In his company came, among others, Lars J. Stark, who later also settled in this county. On the advice of Rev. Unonius, in Chicago, Roos, together with two other young men, Fernstrom and Sandahl, went to Minnesota. They arrived in Marine, Washington county, in October, 1850. During 1851-1852 Roos, and other newcomers, worked on the road which the United States government was then building from Mississippi to Lake Superior and which for quite a distance is running along the St. Croix river. This road was named the "Point Douglas and St. Louis River military road."Roos made his headquarters at Marine, working at timbering and logging until 1860, when he settled at Taylor's Falls, and was appointed postmaster at that place. In the same year he was elected register of deeds in Chisago county, which office he held for eight years. Those positions he kept until 1870, when he was appointed register of the United States Land Office at Taylor's Falls. He resigned that office in 1875 and was elected treasurer of Chisago county, an office he held for a number of years. The confidences thus bestowed upon him, by his fellow citizens, go to show, that he was not only well liked but also highly trusted. He later engaged in exchange, loaning money, selling land, etc., and had a branch office in Center City. He was married to Hanna Swanstrom in 1870.


Shaleen, John
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.


Sjoberg, Andrew

Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, compiled by A. E. Strand, Vol. II, page, 398-399; submitted by rll

Rev. Andrew Sjoberg.-Without thought of self, and with the spirit of the master manifested in his labors, Rev. Andrew Sjoberg is faithfully ministering to the spiritual needs of his congregation at the Swedish Mission church of Rush City Minnesota, where he has served as pastor for ten years. He was born, December 5, 1865, in Vermland, Sweden, where his parents, John Larson and Britta (Erickson) lived and died, being engaged in agricultural pursuits. the parental household consisted of eight children as follows: Sophia, who married W. F. Bergen, an iron worker of Sweden; John and Lars, both engaged in farming in their native land; Lina, married Carl Johnson, an iron worker in Sweden; Louisa, wife of E. Palmquist, of Sweden, also an iron worker; Andrew, the special subject of this brief biography; Anna, wife of G. Brostom, a farmer, in Sweden; and Charles J., deceased.

Receiving his rudimentary education in the common schools, Andrew Sjoberg remained at home, assisting his father in the care of the farm until 1892. Emigrating in that year to the United States, he followed farming in Grant county, Minnesota, for seven months, when, having been interested in religious matters from early life, he began preparing himself for the ministry. Going to Minneapolis, Mr. Sjoberg studied theology in that city two years, after which he continued the study in Chicago for a year, then returned to Minneapolis, where he again studied for a year. Being then sent out in the mission field, he was in North Dakota for six months, in Iowa seven months, and at Winnipeg Junction, Minnesota, three and one-half years. For the past ten years Mr. Sjoberg has been pastor of the Swedish Missions church ten years Mr. Sjoberg has been pastor of the Swedish Missions church in Rush City, Minnesota, in 1902 being ordained as a minister, and is performing the duties connected with this position most faithfully.

On April 15, 1902, Mr. Sjoberg married Amanda Berg, of Moorhead, Minnesota, and they have three children, namely: Herbert Vernon, May Harriet, and Wendell Vernon. Politically Mr. Sjoberg is a Republican.


Smith, John

[Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, compiled by A. E. Strand, Vol. II, page, 372] submitted by rll

During the year 1852 only a few settlers arrived. John Smith came from Orrofta in the spring of that year. Ahead of him, he declared, were only five settlers at Chisago Lake He took land near the lake, just west of where the church now stands. Smith had read an article written by Norberg in a Swedish-American paper (Hemlandet) in which the soil and conditions of Minnesota were praised to the sky and that article induced him to emigrate. In his company came also John Anderson from Ostergotlan.


Smith, Nils J.

Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, compiled by A. E. Strand, Vol. II, p 390.; submitted by rll

Nils J. Smith.-A live, energetic man, skilled in mechanical pursuits, Nils J. Smith is actively associated with the promotion of the industrial interests of Lindstrom as one of the leading blacksmiths of this part of Chisago county, and is worthy representative of the honored Swedish citizens who have, by sturdy perseverance and wise thrift, achieved success in their various lines of occupation. A son of the late Jons Nelson, he was born, August 13, 1855, in Blekinge, Sweden, where he lived until attaining his majority.


Stark, Lars Johan

Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, compiled by A. E. Strand, Vol. II, page, 370; submitted by rll

Lars Johan Stark was born in Sweden in 1826, came to America in 1850, and settled at Chisago Lake in 1852. He was married in 1865 and again 1870. He had eleven children. In Sweden he had served as clerk ten years. In his American home he followed farming chiefly. He served as justice of the peace and county commissioner and also filled some town offices. He was engrossing clerk of the house of representatives in 1864. He was a member of the house in the sessions of 1865 and in 1875. In 1868 he moved to the town of Fish Lake, and in 1877 to Harris, where he died. One of his sons is probate judge Start, who resides at Harris.


Stenholm, Carl A.

Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, compiled by A. E. Strand, Vol. II, page, 399-400; submitted by rll

 

Rev. Carl A. Stenholm.-Although he has been in the ministry a comparatively short time, Rev. Carl A. Stenholm, as pastor of the Swedish Lutheran church at Rush City, Chisago county, is carrying on a most successful work in the building up of his congregation. He is well educated, a deep thinker, and as broad and liberal in his spirit as he is sincerely devout in his convictions. A Swede by birth and breeding, he was born, December 13, 1873, in Grongolsmala Tving, Blekinge Ian, where his parents, Sven Manson and Ellen Olson, spent their lives. His father, a farmer by occupation, died in 1875, in manhood's prime, leaving two children, namely: Carl A., the subject of this sketch; and Ida, wife of Magnus Abramson, a farmer in Lindstrom, Minnesota. The mother subsequently married for her second husband Andrew Pilquist, by whom she had two children, also, Alma and Walfried.

 

Coming to America in May, 1888 a lad of fourteen years, Carl S. Stenholm worked as a farm hand in Almelund, Chisago county, Minnesota, until 1895. Having by that time a sufficient sum of money to warrant him in so doing, he entered Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, from which he graduated in 1905. Going afterwards to Rock Island, Illinois, Mr. Stenholm was graduated from the Theological Department of Augustana College in 1908, and on June 14, of that year was ordained to the ministry in Chicago, Illinois. Since his ordination Mr. Stenholm has had charge of the Swedish Lutheran church in Rush City, where, by his ability, his quiet persuasion, and his earnest enthusiasm, he is improving the material as well as the spiritual welfare of those who look to him for help, comfort and advice.

 

On June 23, 1908, Mr. Stenholm was united in marriage with Elizabeth Hedberg, daughter of Revisorn i Kongl, Kammar-Ratten Erland George and Hilma (Spangberg) Hedberg, of Stockholm, Sweden. Politically Mr. Stenholm takes an intelligent interest in local affairs, and is a stanch supporter of the principles of the Republican party.


Swenson, Henry Augustus

Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, compiled by A. E. Strand, Vol. II, page, 397-398; submitted by rll

Henry Augustus Swenson, surveyor of Chisago county at Center city, and a civil engineer who has earned a fine reputation in railroad, harbor and drainage work, is a splendid credit to himself, his family and his Swedish ancestry. He was born near Chisago City, July 12, 1857, his parents being John and Sara (Shaleen) Swenson. His father was a chorister, organist and school teacher at Ormesberga, Smaland, who came to America and Chisago Lake in 1855; pre-empted a homestead in Chisago Lake township (section 30, township 34 north, range 20 west), settled down and raised a family. He died in 1883 and his wife in 1908, and they are both buried in Lindstrom cemetery. To them were born eight children, of whom four are living. One daughter and one son died in infancy; Jennie C., wife of Frank Erlandson, died in 1879, and Emelie F., at Lindstrom in 1908, the same year as her mother. The living children are: John Alfred, born in Sweden in 1854, who is cashier of the Scandinavian American Bank, St.; Henry A., of this sketch; Oscar W., superintendent of construction with Foley Bros., Larson & Co., railroad contractors, and Olive Agnes, wife of George W. Martin, who is in the railroad supply business at Duluth.

Henry A. Swenson attended the district school at Chisago City until 1873, having been confirmed in the Chisago Lake Swedish Lutheran church in the preceding year. In 1874-75, while still in his teens, he taught school in Chisago and Isanti counties. He then attended grammar school at Taylor's Falls and Carleton College (1876-1877), and during a portion of 1877-78 he was clerk in the office of the state superintendent of public instruction, David Burt.

In 1879-80, Mr. Swenson continued his scientific course at Carleton College. After leaving college he worked in the engineering department of the St. Paul and Duluth Railroad until 1888, occupying the position of chief engineer during the last five years of that period. He then engaged in real estate business at West Superior, Wisconsin, and from 1890 to 1892 was principal United States Government inspector of the harbor improvements on the Superior side of the Duluth-Superior harbor improvements on the Superior side of the Duluth-Superior harbor. In 1893-95 he engaged in private engineering and surveying in Chisago and adjoining counties, and subsequently, at different times, was assistant engineer for the Great Western, Great Northern, St. Paul & Duluth and the Northern Pacific Railroads, and the St. Paul Union Depot company. In 1903, Mr. Swenson was appointed superintendent on the drainage work then being projected in Chisago and part of Washington and Isanti counties, in which position he has been serving until the present time. In 1906 he was elected surveyor of Chisago county at the completion of this term, January 1, 1909, he declined a renomination, but his successor, Harry Cowell, having resigned, Mr. Swenson was appointed to fill the position until the next term. In connection with other duties, since 1899 he has continuously maintained an office for the general practice of general engineering and surveying. He is a member of the Civil Engineer's Society of St. Paul, of the Commercial Club of St. Paul, and of the Minnesota Historical Society-a man of broad and able professional character, and a popular and sociable gentleman.


Svenson, Peter

Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, compiled by A. E. Strand, Vol. II, page, 372] submitted by rll

Peter Svenson from Algutsboda, Kronoberg's Lan, arrived in Knoxville, Illinois, in 1852. Also he had read the article by Norberg and by the same was induced to emigrate. Accompanied by six other Swedes, he came to St. Paul. thence he went to Carver and St. Peter, but finding that part of the country wild and entirely unsettled, he returned to St. Paul, whence he went to Chisago Lake, settling to the east of that water.


Swensson, Anders

Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, compiled by A. E. Strand, Vol. II, page, 370; submitted by rll

Anders Swensson, the founder of Center City, came from Smaland to the shores of the lake in 1851, and made his home on the present site of the city. He was born in 1817, came to American in 1850, and remained a short time in New Orleans before coming to Minnesota. He was a farmer and married to Katarina Peterson in 1838. He died in July, 1887, leaving two sons and two daughters who are all living at the present writing and mentioned in the biographical sketch of John Swanson.


Unonius, Gustaf

[Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, compiled by A. E. Strand, Vol. II, page, 373] submitted by rll

Another man should also be kept in kind remembrance by the Swedes of Minnesota, namely-rev. Gustaf Unonius, who built the St. Ansgarius (or Jenny Lind) church in Chicago, Illinois. He was the first Swedish minister who visited the Chisago Lake settlement and preached and officiated among the few settlers in 1852. During this visit he tied the nuptial knot between a daughter of Daniel Nilson in Marine and Fredrik Lammer, a German, living a couple of miles from Taylor's Falls. Mrs. Lammer was probably the first Swedish girl to be married in Minnesota.


Vitalis, Charles J.

Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, compiled by A. E. Strand, Vol. II, page 382-383; submitted by rll

Charles J. Vitalis was born in Smaland in 1843, came to America in 1868 and settle in Franconia village. He was for five years employed as clerk. In 1873 he embarked in the mercantile and wood business. In one year he shipped 13,000 cords of wood and averaged for the following fourteen years 7,000 cords, making a total of 100,000 cords. He was married to Josephine Nelson, widow of Jonas Lindahl, in 1873. He had four brothers, Elof, John, Elias and Hans, who all resided in Franconia.


Waldemarson, Tuve

Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, compiled by A. E. Strand, Vol. II, page 382; submitted by rll

Tuve Waldemarson was born in Sweden in 1812. He was a member of the Swedish colony of 1853. Mr. and Mrs. Waldemarson reared a fine family of children. By hard work, close attention to business and frugality the family prospered abundantly.


Wallmark, Otto and Anders

Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, compiled by A. E. Strand, Vol. II, page 374-375; submitted by rll

 

The two brothers, Otto and Anders Wallmark, came from Halmstad in 1854, bought land and settled near Chisago City. The land was owned by Bernheimer & Arnold of Philadelphia, who platted the village site and started in to erect buildings. A store was opened in which Otto Wallmark became clerk. Saw and flour mills were built. which, however, burned down in 1860. Anders Wallmark was foreman for the workingmen who graded and cleared the land for the village site. Otto Wallmark was auditor for Chisago county during a number of years. Anders Wallmark was register of deeds since 1868. To this office he was elected six times.


Wicklund, Peter

Source: A History of The Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, compiled by A. E. Strand, Vol. II, page 382; submitted by rll

Peter Wicklund came from Sweden in 1853 and settled in the northeast quarter of section 26. He moved to Anoka in 1860, and was drowned in the Rum river in 1880. His son Peter became a prominent merchant in Anoka.

 



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