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Nels Bangson
Source: Compendium of History, and Biography of Northern Minnesota, 1902, George A Ogle & Co., page 556-557; submitted by Robin Line

Nels Bangson was born on a farm in Sweden 1863, and is now one of the leading men of Ogelvie, Kanabec county, Minnesota. His father was a farmer in Sweden and in his early manhood served in the national army. In 1890 he came to American and make his home in Ogelvie.

Nels Bangson is the second member of a family of three children born to his parents, and was reared and educated in Sweden, where before he was twenty years old he entered the Swedish army, and completed a term of three years. In 1886 he sought a home in the United States, landing in New York, and making his way to Big Lake, Sherburn county, where he made a brief stop, and then took a place with the Great Northern Railway, working out from Fergus Falls and Elk River, doing section work for about two and a half years. In 1889 he was made a foreman and put in charge of the section at Ogelvie, there being only a siding here at the time. Since that day he has seen the wilderness grow into a settled and orderly community, in the development of which he has done his full share.

In 1894 Mr. Bangson bought four hundred acres of land at five dollars an acre of good meadow land, and at the present time has about twenty-four acres under the plow. His land is all fenced, and he has buildings on two different farms. On the home farm is a house 28x32 feet, a story and a half high, and a kitchen 16x23 feet, and is regarded as one of the best residences in Ogelvie. This is on a forty-acre tract adjoining the town. Mr. Bangson has bought and sold farm lands quite extensively.

Mr. Bangson was married in 1887 to Betsy Oleson. She was born in Sweden, and came to this country in 1886. Her father was a blacksmith all his life, and died in Sweden. Mr. and Mrs. Bangson have two children, Ella and Ellsworth B.

Mr. Bangson in a Republican, and has been town treasurer two terms, and is also treasurer of the school district. He has taken an active part in local affairs, and was instrumental in starting the first school.


George Henry Newbert
The Book of Minnesotans - A Biographical Dictionary of Leading Living Men of the State of Minnesota
Edited by Albert Nelson Marquis (Chicago – 1907) submitted by Jim Dezotall

Newbert, George Henry, banking; born at Bethel, Minn., July 27, 1872; son of Henry and Augusta Newbert; educated in common schools at Princeton, Minn. Began active career at 17 years of age as teller and bookkeeper of the First National Bank of Princeton, 1889; moved to Mora, Minn., 1894, and organized the Kanabec County Bank, now the First National Bank, and has acted as its cashier since the organization; director of the Sandstone State Bank and the Times Printing and Publishing Co.; member Mora board of education; village treasurer. Republican. Member Masonic order, Shrine, I.O.O.F., Knights of Pythias, A.O.U.W.M.W.A. Married, Sept. 1903, to Miss Juanita Thompson, of Erhard, Minn. Club: Commercial (Minneapolis) Address: Mora, Minn.

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