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.


Carley, Otto

Compendium of History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota, page 481, rll

Otto Carley, a prosperous farmer of Chisago county, Minnesota, has a pleasant home in section 5 of Chisago Lake township. He is a man of wide experience in agricultural pursuits and he has met with pronounced success and enjoys a comfortable home and the respect and esteem of a large circle of acquaintances.

 

Mr. Carley was born on the farm where he now resides, in 1861. His name by birth was Nelson, but on account of numerous families of that name in his community he changed his name to that of Carley upon reaching his majority. His father, Charles Nelson, was born in Sweden and was a carpenter by trade. He came to America in 1854 and settled on a farm on the banks of Chisago Lake the same year. His first home was a frame building, and he followed carpentering through that part of the country and about half of the buildings of the neighborhood in the early day were constructed by him. About twenty-five of the first buildings of Chisago City were his handiwork. He also had a contract for hauling flour and provisions from Marine, and this with his contracts on buildings claimed his entire time, his farm being conducted by his older sons, until about the time of the Civil war, when he turned his attention wholly to farming and continued the improvement of his estate. He retired from active pursuits in 1895, and is now living in his comfortable home, aged eighty-one years. He was married in Sweden to Miss Christina Anderson. Mrs. Nelson died in 1895.

 

Otto Carley was the eighth in a family of nine children, who are as follows: John, an engineer at Little Falls, Minnesota; Peter, deceased; Swan, farming in Meeker county, Minnesota; Daniel, farming in the same county; Gustav, lumbering; John, a carpenter; Mary, married and residing in Dakota; Otto, our subject; and Matilda, now married and residing in Hallock, Minnesota. In the early days our subject and brothers did freighting during winter months and earned considerable in this occupation. Our subject was reared on the home farm and educated in the public schools and Gustavus Adolphus College at St. Peter. He assisted his father with the development of the home farm and in 1895 assumed control of the same. He has a residence 20 by 36 and 18 by 16 feet, and a fine barn erected in 1901, 28 by 92 feet. He also has a granary, ice house, milk house, tool and machinery house, and all buildings for the operation of a modern farm. He has one hundred and twenty-one acres of land in three tracts and has met with pronounced success in the operations on the same.

 

Mr. Carley was married in 1891 to Miss Amelia Holt, a daughter of Charles Holt, a prosperous farmer of Chisago county. Mrs. Carley is a native of Chisago county, and her father was born in Sweden. Mr. Carley is a member of the Lutheran church of Center City. He is a Republican in political faith.


 

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.


Danielson, Lisa

Chisago County Press (Chisago, MN), April 15, 1909

Lisa Danielson died last Monday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Peter Sodergren, at the advanced age of 90 years, 9 months and 1 day. She was born in Sweden and came to this country in 1870. Her husband died about 25 years ago. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Peter Sodergren and Mrs. Carl Anderson, and one son, August Wilhelm, the latter two being out west. Funeral services were held at 1 o'clock from the church and the remains laid to rest in the local cemetery.


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.


Fredell Brothers Herman-John

Compendium of History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota, page 385

 

Fredell Brothers are well known business men in Chisago county, Minnesota, and conduct a general repairing and mercantile business in Center City.

 

Herman Fredell, the younger of the brothers, was born on a farm in Chisago county, Minnesota, in 1872. His father ws born in Smoland, Sweden, and came to America about 1868, settling in Chisago county. Of a family of six children our subject was the second in order of birth, and he received his education in his native country. His mother died when he was but five years of age, and three years later the father remarried and our subject was reared by his stepmother. He worked on the farm until he was about nineteen years of age, when he showed adaptability as a mechanic, having done considerable watch repairing in his early boyhood. He spent three months with a watch maker in St. Paul, and in 1894 went to Center City, and opened a watch repairing establishment. He started in a small room, 10 by 30 feet, and he was $70 in debt. In 1895 his brother joined him in the business and they enlarged the same, and added a stock of confectionery and jewelry, and later added other lines. They added to their stock and enlarged their building as business justified, and now occupy a two-story building 44 by 30 feet with an addition 16 by 34 feet. They also do a good business in picture frames, sewing machines, bicycles, books, stationery, patent medicines, and his brother conducts a barber business also in the building. During the summer of 1901 our subject erected a handsome modern residence at a cost of $2,000. In February, 1902 he established a branch repair shop at Centuria, Wisconsin, and now makes regular trips to that point, doing watch repairing.

 

Mr. Fredell was married in 1899 to Miss Louise Taylor. Mrs. Fredell was born in Chisago county, and was engaged in dress-making for several years. Her father was born in Sweden, and came to Minnesota as a pioneer of that region. He served in the Civil war. He is a farmer by occupation. Mr. and Mrs. Fredell are the parents of one son, Byron, who was born in Chisago county.

 

John A. Fredell, senior member of the firm of Fredell Brothers, was born in Chisago county, Minnesota, on a farm, in 1871. He is the eldest of a family of six children, and he was reared on his father's estate, and when about eighteen years of age went to St. Paul. He spent two summers and one winter in the lumber woods, and then went to Shafer, Minnesota, where he engaged in clerking for two years. He went to Center City, Chisago county, in 1893, and clerked some months there, and in the same year entered into partnership with his brother in the mercantile business. He has charge of the picture frame work, bicycle repairing, and the barber business, and the other lines of the business are conducted by his brother. Fredell Brothers have built up a successful business in Center City by their push and energy and honest dealings.

 

John A. Fredell was married in 1899 to Miss Hulda Quist, who is a native of Chisago county. Her father was born in Sweden, and settled in the United States, in Minnesota, in 1854, making his home in Chisago Lake. One son, Cleary, has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Fredell.


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.


Lundquist, Johannes

Compendium of History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota, page 431

Rev. Johannes Lundquist, pastor of the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran church of Chisago City, Minnesota, is one of the zealous and faithful laborers of that denomination in Minnesota. He has spent the past sixteen years in the work at Chisago City, and his efforts have been rewarded most remarkably. He is a gentleman of strong character and is beloved by his people.

 

Rev. Lundquist was born in Sjosas, Smoland, Sweden, November 15, 1853. His father was an officer in the Swedish army. When a young man twenty-seven years of age our subject left his naive land to enter the ministry in America. He began his studies in Gustavus Adolphus College at St. Peter, Minnesota, where he studied three years and then went to the seminary at Rock Island, Illinois, where he studied one year. He was ordained a minister in the Evangelical Lutheran church at Andover, Illinois, June 22, 1884. His first congregation was at Clear Lake, Sibley county, Minnesota, where he continued two years and in 1886 took up the work in Chisago City, where he has since labored.

 

The Swedish Evangelical Lutheran church of Chisago City was organized in 1874 and was incorporated in 1888. The present church edifice was erected in 1898, and with the other church buildings is valued at $10,000. The house of worship is a fine structure with a seating capacity of 700 people, and is handsomely furnished with pipe organ, carpets, etc. The residence of the church organist is valued at $800. The congregation at organization numbered one hundred and twenty-five, and there are now five hundred and fifty communicants and a congregation of eight hundred and forty-three. This is among the largest and most flourishing congregations in the state. During a disastrous wind storm June 29, 1877, the first church building was turned half way around, but the building remained in good condition and was later moved back to its original position. In connection with the church a parish school is conducted six months each year. The first pastor of the church was Rev. Eric J. Werner, who had charge from 1880 to '86, when the present pastor assumed charge.

 

Rev. Lundquist has devoted the past sixteen years entirely to the church work in Chisago City, with the exception of a few months which he spent in a visit to his native land and England, in 1895. He spent some weeks in Stockholm at the time Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany was paying a visit there and he had the pleasure of seeing him. Rev. Lundquist preached in several of the state churches of Sweden and also visited Upsala University.

 

Rev. Lindquist was married in 1884 to Miss Sarah Christina Peterson. Mrs. Lundquist was born in Sweden and came to America in 1880. Her father was a farmer by occupation. The following children have been born to Rev. and Mrs. Lundquist: Mathew Nathanel, Magnhild Cecelia Elizabeth, Johannes Theodor Krysostomus, and Anna Christina Victoria. The two last named are twins. Some of the first of his countrymen whom our subject conversed with upon his arrival in America were then located in Montana, and among the number several are now members of his congregation in Chisago City. He has made a host of friends wherever he resided and is a zealous worker and able speaker.


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.


Murdock, Horace G.

Compendium of History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota, page 428-431

 

Horace G. Murdock, M. D., who is the youngest of a long line of physicians of that name who have engaged in the practice of medicine in Chisago county, is a most successful practitioner and has gained a host of friends who hold him in high esteem. His office is at Taylor's Falls, but his practice extends far into Wisconsin and the country surrounding his home town and county. He is a man of wide experience, thorough, conscientious, and reliable, and well merits his success and enviable reputation. On another page of this volume will be found a portrait of Dr. Murdock.

 

Mr. Murdock was born in St. Lawrence county, New York, in 1858. His father was of old American stock and was a practicing physician of New York state. The great-grandfather of our subject served in the Revolutionary war. The family came originally from Scotland. Our subject was the youngest in a family of nine children. He was raised in New York state and later attended Oberlin College in Ohio. He went to Minnesota in 1877 and studied medicine with his brother in Taylor's Falls. He graduated from Rush Medical College in 1881, and his first practice was at Glenwood, Minnesota, where he remained two years. He went to Taylor's Falls in 1883 and purchased his brother's practice and has continued there since that date. His brother was a practicing physician there from 1870 until 1883. Previous to this time a cousin, George Murdock, was engaged there in the same profession, having succeeded his father, Hiram Murdock, who succeeded Henry Murdock. The line in succession of this name who have practiced at Taylor's Falls is as follows: Henry, Hiram, George, Albert J., and our subject, Horace G. The latter has built up an extensive and lucrative practice during his nineteen years residence there, and he is called to different parts of Chisago and Polk counties and many surrounding districts. During his early practice there he traveled nearly every night, and for four months from May until September he averaged eighty miles per day. He has devoted his entire attention to the practice of his profession and has advanced with science and new ideas. He has always possessed untiring energy, and in his youth was engaged in teaching, his first term being at Boardman, in St. Croix county, Wisconsin, and six months at Oscecola. He also labored at farm work.

 

Dr. Murdock was married in 1881 to Miss Luella Dobney, daughter of William Dobney, an old settler of Chisago county. Mrs. Murdock was raised and educated in Minnesota, and taught school in Chisago county. Dr. and Mrs. Murdock are the parents of three children, namely: Earl, now deceased; Beatrice and Fanny.

(a photo of H. G. Murdock, M. D. is on page 429)


Nelson, Sven

Compendium of History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota, page 431

Sven Nelson, Deceased.

Of the early pioneers of Chisago county enough cannot be said in praise of their efforts toward its development and upbuilding. Among the number who went to that locality when there was naught to induce civilized man to choose a home there, and who through his labors and persistent efforts assisted materially in making Chisago county what it is at the present day, the gentleman whose name is given above stands in a foremost place. Mr. Nelson built up a fine estate and gained a host of friends who mourned his demise.

 

Sven Nelson was born at Hemsjo Socken, Kronebarge, Smoland, Sweden, August 25, 1827. He came to America in 1854 with his wife and one child and at once located in Chisago county, Minnesota. He bought a farm of eighty-nine acres near where the village of Lindstrom now stands. Taylors Falls was his nearest market, and there was but a trail through the woods, marked by blazes on the trees. On many occasions he carried provisions on his back over this trail. There were no teams to be had and no road for teams to travel. During the Civil war the settlers were in constant dread of an Indian outbreak, and our subject and family spent their nights in a a boat on the Chisago Lake during the worst times. The first home of our subject was a log house 16 by 26 feet, and therein he lived for twelve years. This structure was built in 1855, and in this humble home he saw his family reared and in later years had many pleasant memories of the old pioneer home. He continued the improvement of his farm and added to his acreage from time to time and at the time of his demise was the possessor of two hundred and forty acres of well improved land and 100 acres of pasture land near North Branch, Minnesota. He built a comfortable frame house in 1861 and in 1887 this was remodeled and is a modern farm house, The estate is now operated by our subject's sons, N. P. and John M. Nelson.

 

Mr. Nelson was married in 1851 in Sweden. His wife, Christina, was born at Furenby Socken, Sweden, October 27, 1830, and died in Minnesota. Mr. Nelson died in Chisago county, Children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Nelson, named as follows: Matilda, John M., Nels P., was married February 25, 1893, to Batilda Anderson, who was born in Laholm Hollan, Sweden, January 11, 1869.

 

The youngest son, Ernest T., to whom the compilers are indebted for this review of Sven Nelson, was born in Chisago county, Minnesota, on his father's farm, in March, 1878. He applied himself to farm work at an early age, and received his education in the country schools of his neighborhood and at the age of eighteen years entered Archibald Business College at Minneapolis, graduating in 1897. He engaged for a time in canvassing for Mart L. Sample in Minneapolis and soon returned to Lindstrom. He engaged in clerking for C. A. Victor, general merchant of that city, and was thus employed most of the time until February, 1902, when in partnership with William Anderson, under the firm name of Nelson & Anderson, he purchased the Lindstrom Clothing Store. The carry a complete line of clothing and men's furnishings and without doubt have as fine a line of goods as can be found in the county and enjoy a prosperous business.


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.

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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.


Sausen, P. G.

A Biographical Dictionary of Leading Living Men of the State of Minnesota, 1907, page 448

Sausen, P. G., clerk of district court; born at Wyoming, Minn., May 31, 1861; son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Schmidt) Sausen; public school education. Clerk of district court, Chisago Co., since March 1, 1898. President Lindstrom Investment Co., director and general manager Chisago County Telephone Co. Married at Center City, Minn., Dec. 31, 1884, to Miss Ida Johnson. Address: Center City, Minn.


Shaleen, John
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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.


Sohlberg, Olof

A Biographical Dictionary of Leading Living Men of the State of Minnesota, 1907, page 483

 

Sohlberg, Olof, physician; born at Ostersund, Sweden, July 6, 1859; son of Olof and Ingrid (Olsdotter) Sohlberg; graduated from College of Ostersund, Sweden, 1879; Minnesota College Hospital (now Medical Department of the University of Minnesota) Md., 1884. Married at Cannon Falls, Minn., 1886, to Helvina A. Wold. Engaged in practice of medicine since 1884. Member Ramsey County Medical Society, Minnesota State and American Medical associations, director of the North Star Benefit Association of Moline, Ill.; director Minnesota College (Minneapolis, Minn.), Bethesda Hospital, Bethesda Deaconness Home (St. Paul) and The Home for the Aged at Chisago City, Minn. Lutheran Club; Norden Office; 329 East 7th St., St. Paul, Residence: 783 Fairmont Av., St. Paul, Summer home, Lake Forest, Minn.

 

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.


Stolberg, Alfred F.

A Biographical Dictionary of Leading Living Men of the State of Minnesota, 1907, page 496

Stolberg, Alfred F., lawyer; born at Fish Lake, Minn., Dec. 4, 1876; son of Hon. P. H. and Sarah (Larson) Stolberg; attended public schools at Harris and Taylor's Falls, Minn.; Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn.,  graduating degree, of A. B., 1899; college of Law, University of Minnesota, graduating degree of L. L. B., 1902. Has been engaged in practice of law since 1902; has held office of register of deeds, Chisago Co., since Jan., 1903. republican. Member of Swedish Lutheran Church. Married at Center City, Minn., 1906, to Miss Laura Nelson. Address; Center City, Minn.


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

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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.


Voss, Henry

Compendium of History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota, page 679, rll

 

Henry Voss, whose life has been spent in Chisago county, Minnesota, is one of the prosperous farmers of Sunrise township, and is an esteemed citizen of his community. He has aided materially in the development of the agricultural resources of his home county, and is an energetic and progressive business man.

 

Mr. Voss was born at Sunrise, Chisago county, in 1861. His father, Theo, Voss, was one of the first settlers at Sunrise, Minnesota. He was born in Germany and came to America when a young man previous to his marriage. He was a blacksmith by trade. He settled at Stillwater, but later resided at Marine and St. Croix Falls. The mother of our subject was a native of Germany and was of German descent. She died December 7, 1894. Of a family of five children Henry Voss was the third in order of birth. He was raised and educated in the village of Sunrise and received the advantages of the public schools of that place. He early became used to farm work, assisting his father in clearing a farm for cultivation. He entered the lumber woods at the age of twenty years and spent eight or ten winters on the log drives. He began the management of his father's place in 1886, and has been very successful. The farm was purchased in 1881, and is a tract of two hundred acres, all of which is operated by our subject. He engages in grain raising and general farming. During the fall and winter he buys, sells, and ships stock and does an extensive business in this line.

 

Mr. Voss is a Democrat in political sentiment, but does not enter actively into public affairs. He is a man of good judgement and broad mind and lends his influence for the upbuilding of the better interests of his community. His father is still living aged eighty-

eight years and resides with our subject and his daughter Ella at Sunrise.


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, Andrew

Compendium of History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota, page 494

Andrew Wallmark.

Probably no character in the early public life of Chisago county, Minnesota, became better known or gained a greater degree of confidence from those with whom he associated, that the subject of this review. Andrew Wallmark is a man of much force of character, honest and industrious, and has always displayed an active public spirit, lending his influence for the good of his fellowmen. He is now in the evening of life, and enjoys the fruits of his labors as an agriculturist of Chisago county, his well improved farm being now conducted by his two sons, while he enjoys retirement from active pursuits. He makes his home near Chisago City.

 

Mr. Wallmark was born in the province of Halland, Sweden, in 1826. He followed farming and also bookkeeping in his youth and was superintendent of a farm in his native land. He emigrated to America in 1854, and settled on his present farm in Chisago county, Minnesota, purchasing the land from the government. He served as a public county official in numerous offices in the early day, part of the time renting out his land and during some seasons running it with hired help. He filled the office of justice of the peace, overseer of highways, and township supervisor, and was later elected sheriff of Chisago county, which office he faithfully filled for three terms. He was then appointed deputy county treasurer, and later was chosen register of deeds. In this latter office he served nineteen years, being re-elected time after time, and finally he refused to accept the office longer. After his retirement from public life he engaged his time wholly to the improvement and development of his farm, and he has now a fine estate. He is now seventy-eight years of age and has placed the operations of the farm with his sons.

 

Mr. Wallmark was married in 1856 to Miss Mary Shaleen. Mrs. Wallmark was born in Sweden, and came to America with her parents. The family were among the early settlers of Chisago county. Mrs. Wallmark died in May, 1900. Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Wallmark, namely; Sophia, now married; Amanda, also married; Alida, since married residing at home; George and Theodore. The last two named now conduct the home farm. Mr. Wallmark's brother, Otto Wallmark, was one of the oldest settlers of Chisago county, and took an active part in public affairs, serving sixteen years as county auditor. He died in November, 1901. Mrs. Wallmark's brother, John Shaleen, was probate judge in Chisago county for about ten years. He died in September 1901. Another brother, Peter Shaleen, was clerk of court for eight years. He was an organist of Center City for thirty-six years. He died in 1899. Andrew Wallmark is a stanch Republican and always worked earnestly for the principles to both county and state conventions, and has a wide acquaintance in Minnesota.


Wallmark, Charles A.

Compendium of History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota, page 455-456, rll

Charles A. Wallmark, a prominent business man of Chisago, Minnesota, is classed among the early settlers of Chisago county. He is a man of good business capacity and is enterprising and well and favorably known.

 

Mr. Wallmark was born in Chisago City, Chisago county, Minnesota, in 1860. His father, Otto Wallmark, was born in Halland, Sweden. He was engaged in clerking in his native land and in 1854 came with his brother, Andrew, to America. he spent a few months in Illinois and then some time in St. Paul, Minnesota, and also visited Duluth and Superior. He taught school and clerked in a general store in Chisago City and later in partnership with Mr. Klinger, bought the store and they operated the same for some time. He was elected county auditor and held the office for eighteen successive years and was then elected state senator and held the office one term. In the fall of 1882 he and his son-in-law went into the merchandise business together, owning two stores, one at Chisago City and one in Chisago. The Chisago City store was burned in 1895 and thereafter, until the spring of 1900, he and his son, Charles A., owned the business and conducted the same in Chisago. He was among the oldest settlers of the county and was always prominent in all pubic affairs and was delegate tot he national Republican convention which met in Philadelphia, and was a delegate to numerous county and state conventions. He was twice married and of the first union two children were born, namely: Anna Louisa, and Charles A., our subject. A daughter was born of the second marriage, who died at the age of fifteen years. Mr. Wallmark departed this life in Chisago, Minnesota, in the fall of 1901.

 

Charles A. Wallmark began his business career as grain buyer for Arnquist & Wallmark at the age of eighteen years and he was connected with this firm for eighteen years.

 

Mr. Wallmark was married in 1892 to Miss Jennie Nelson. Mrs. Wallmark was born in Sweden and came to America when she was twelve years of age. Her father died in Sweden in 1900 and the mother is still living in that country. Mrs. Wallmark was engaged as clerk in a dry goods store in Minneapolis for several years. One son completes the family, Roy, who was born in 1894.


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.


Werner, Olof S.

A Biographical Dictionary of Leading Living Men of the State of Minnesota, 1907, page 550

Werner, Olof S., Physician; born in Sweden, Nov. 11, 1866. Educated at College of Hetsingburg, Sweden, graduating, degree of A. B., 1888; University of Lund, two years; Augustana Theological Seminary, graduating, degree of B. D., 1892; came to America, 1890 graduate, Milwaukee Medical College, M. D., 1897; post graduate course in Chicago, 1899. Has been engaged in practice since March 30, 1897. Member Chisago and Pine County Medical Society, Minnesota State and American Medical associations. American Electro-Therapeutic Association. Health officer Village of Lindstrom, Married in Sweden, 1892, to Miss Ellen Rindstrom. Recreation: Music (flutist of Lindstrom Band and Orchestra), Address: Lindstrom, Minn.


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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