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

ALLEN Charles C, Ada. Lumberman. Born May 29, 1863 in Addison county Vermont, son of Lewis J and Ellen J (Kent) Allen. Married Oct 29, 1884 to Nellie S Crawford. Educated in the public schools Battle Creek Mich. Moved to James River Valley N Dak 1880 and engaged in farming. First employed with Fargo Lumber Co N Dak 1887-91; John McCullough Lumber Co Ada Minn 1891-95; engaged in lumber business with J C Nierby at Ada 1895; now managing partner C C Allen & Co lumber and building materials. Member board of education since 1897.


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

ANDREWS Arthur C, Minneapolis. Res 245 Clifton av, office 803-806 Chamber of Commerce bldg. Grain. Born Aug 21, 1854 in Oberlin O, son of Edward W Andrews and Delia E (Fenn) Andrews. Married June 10, 1880 to Mary Minerva Hunt of Otto N Y. Educated in public schools and high school Oberlin O and Oberlin College; class of 1876. Moved to Glyndon Minn engaging in lumber and farm implement business under the firm name of Andrews Bros 1878-84; moved to Fargo N D 1884; commercial grain business at Halstad Minn 1889; moved to Minneapolis 1891 and devoted himself entirely to the elevator and grain business; formed partnership with James E Gage under firm name of Andrews & Gage 1893. Dir International Elevator Co Winnipeg; sec and treas Stinson-Gage Co Minneapolis. Member of Minikahda Club.
 


Nels Andrew Biorn
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. Publ. 1907 Transcribed by Rhonda Hill

BIORN Nels Andrew, Ada. Physician and surgeon (R). Born Mar 6, 1872 in Manitowoc Wis, son of Rev L M and Borely (Fleischer) Biorn. Married Aug 19, 1906 to Julia Aune. Educated in Zumbrota Union High School; St Olaf's College Northfield Minn; and medical dept of Hamline Univ St Paul. Since graduation in 1901 has been engaged in practice of his profession in Ada. Member B P O E, K of P, M W A and I S W A.


William B. Bosworth
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. Publ. 1907 Transcribed by Rhonda Hill

BOSWORTH William B, Ada. Farmer and contractor. Born Sept 23, 1861 in Elyria O, son of Daniel and Ann Eliza (Nevins) Bosworth. Attended county school Mower county and graded school LeRoy Minn. Moved to Ada 1864 and has been engaged as contr under firm name of Bosworth Bros to date; making specialty of municipal work and drainage. Owner of fine farms comprising 1000 acres. Dir Norman County Telephone Co; propr Opera House: former sergt in M N G.
 


Michael A. Brattland
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. Publ. 1907 Transcribed by Rhonda Hill

BRATTLAND Michael A, Ada. Lawyer. Born Oct 9, 1866 in Waseca county Minn, son of Michael and Elizabeth (Stromme) Brattland. Married Julv 7, 1897 to Mabel F Dawley. Educated in Red Wing Seminary and graduated LL B from U of M. Engaged in practice of law in McIntosh Polk county Minn 1891-93; worked in law office Minneapolis 1890-91; practiced law in Ada 1893 to date. Dir State Banks of Winger and Hendrum Minn and Crosby and Kloten N D. Judge of probate 1895-98; now county atty. Member Masonic fraternity and Canadian Foresters.


William T. Carlisle
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Renae Donaldson

CARLISLE William T, Crookston. Merchant. Born June 19, 1868 in Berrien Springs Mich, son of J L and M A (Fruitt) Carlisle. Married Dec 17, 1895 to Eliza H Bullock. Educated in common schools Greenville Mich and business college Aberdeen S D. engaged as clk in Aberdeen; moved to Ada Minn as mngr and buyer for Thorpe Bros & Co 8 years; city salesman for Finch, Smith & Co Crookston 4 years; later buyer and since 1905 member of firm of Finch, Winslow, Carlisle Co whol grocers. Dir Minot Grocery Co. Member Masonic fraternity and B P O E.


Marion Arthur Clark
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Liz Dellinger

CLARK Marion Arthur. Bemidji. Judge of probate and court commissioner. Born Dec 18, 1869 in Springfield Wis son of John B and Anna (Fish) Clark. Married Sept 12, 1900 to Florence L Parker. Graduated high school Middleton Wis 1886 attended Archibald Business College Minneapolis 1897. Removed to Minn in 1895 near Ada; clk probate court Norman county 1896-97; taught school until 1899; then removed to Bemidji; clk of probate court Beltrami county 1900; removed to Blackduck Minn and practiced before U S Land Office as atty; elected judge of probate Beltrami Co 1903 which office he still holds; appointed court comnr Beltrami county 1907.


Hans Engberg
Source: History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota, Geo. A. Ogle & Co., Chicago, 1904. Transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

Hans Engberg, who was born on a farm in the parish of Hassala, in the village of Beckarang, in the province of Helsingland, Sweden, in 1853, by his thrift, industry and judicious investments has made himself one of the leading financiers and business men of Cambridge and Isanti county, being regarded as one of the leading men of his nationality in the state.

The home in which Hans Engberg was reared in Sweden was as that which a business man might establish for himself and family, where high moral character, deep religious feeling and a high mentality had sway. His father, Per Jouson, was for a time a merchant and afterwards a farmer, also taking a lively interest in Christianity, and being among the first dissenters from the state church, whose determined action during the last generation caused so much discussion.

Hans Engberg is the youngest member of a family of five children, reared and educated in the old Swedish home. When he was sixteen he left his native country, and came to North America, landing at Quebec, and arriving in Minnesota in 1869, settling first at Chisago Lake, where he remained six months, and then attended public school at Osceola, Wisconsin, and in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he had all the English schooling that he felt able to secure in this country. He made his own way through school and gradually became competent in business. ln 1874 he took a position in a general store in Isanti as clerk, which he held, however, but a brief time, as the same year he went into business for himself in Cambridge, in company with M. Smith, the two conducting a general store. Cambridge at that time was but a small town, and consisted of two general stores, a saloon, two small hotels, a grist-mill and about half a dozen poor dwelling houses. The town, however, had a future and the business that carne to the partners, though small, was profitable. He and his brother bought out the old store at Isanti in 1875, and engaged in mercantile and lumbering operations.

Mr. Engberg was elected county auditor in 1875, and was retained in this position, being reelected four times. In 1892, in company with H. A. Gouldberg, D. O. Anderson, Charles Keith and Swan S. Peterson, he organized the Isanti County Bank, which was opened for business October 2, 1892, and was the first in the county to begin business. Mr. Engberg is cashier, Mr. Peterson is president and Mr. Anderson, vice-president. Mr. Engberg is in general charge of the bank, which does a general and prosperous banking business. Mr. Engberg deals quite extensively in real estate.

Mr. Engberg was married in 1884, to Miss Nancy Ann Peterson, who died in 1897, leaving five children: Aurelia Elvira, Edith Marcella, Adae Walace, Rhoda and Nancy-all born in Isanti county. Mr. Engberg was again married in the latter part of 1898, to Miss Emma J. Hogdahl, who was born in Sweden, by whom he has one child.

Mr . Engberg is an independent voter, with leanings towards the Republican party, though for a few years past he has supported the local Prohibition candidates. Mr. Engberg is one of the earliest settlers in this part of the state, and brought a few hundred dollars with him, which was partly used for educational purposes, and he has built up his present comfortable competence from nothing but his own hard work and good common sense.


David Fulton
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander

Fulton David E, Ada County auditor. Born March 26, 1861 in Red Wing Minn, son of Samuel M and Elizabeth Fulton. Moved to Norman county 1879 and engaged in farming until 1885; variously engaged since 1885 as wheat buyer, clk in gen store, in insurance business, cashr of Bank of Beltrami 1900-1903; now auditor of Norman county. Member I O O F; K of P; M W A.


Louis Ada Hanson
Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Richard Ramos

HANSON Louis Ada. Miller. Born Sept 12, 1854 in Norway, son of C J and Mary (Olson) Hanson. Married April 11, 1881 to Mary Skaurud. Moved to Otter Tail county Minn and worked on farm and attended district school 1871-73; employed as clk in store at Moorhead 1873076; trav salesman for Andrews Bros, agricultural implements 1876-82; employed in bank Ada 1883-84; again traveled in implement business 1884-88; on farm until 1896; dept auditor Clay county 4 years; clk in chief inspector's office Duluth until 1901; returned to Ada and purchased interest in Ada Roller Mills. Member Masonic fraternity.


Edward C. Helland
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Glenda Stevens

HELLAND Edward C, Ada. Public official. Born June 14, 1859 in Goodhue county Minn, son of Elias A and Tharine (Knutson) Helland. Married in 1886 to Anna M Gilbertson. Educated in common schools. Moved to Norman county in 1878 and has been engaged in farming to date. Elected treas of Norman county 1898 which office he has held to date.


Eugene J. Herringer
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Glenda Stevens

HERRINGER Eugene J, Ada. Insurance. Born Set 7, 1864 in Ontario Can, son of Seb and Josephine (Schwab) Herringer. Married Feb 10, 1888 to Pauline R. Grasser. Educated in common and high schools Neustadt Ontario. First engaged in managing meat market in Canada after death of father; moved to Ada and engaged in teaching school 1882-90; dep county auditor 1890; auditor 1896-1905; organized Norman county Abstract Co of which he is propr. Member village council 1906; now village clk. Member Modern Woodmen and K of P.


John M. Hetland
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Glenda Stevens

HETLAND John M, Ada. Lawyer. Born March 7, 1858 in Norway, son of Lars J and Bertha (Bilstad) Hetland. Educated in public and high schools of Norway and Wis; graduated from Highland Park College Des Moines LL B 1889. Moved to U S from Norway 1872 and located in Vernon county Wis until 1880; moved to Ada and engaged in farming until 1890 when he was elected register of deeds.


Louis Hintze
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Glenda Stevens

HINTZE Louis, Ada. Real estate and insurance. Born Sept 18, 1855 in Bremen Germany, son of C L and Louise (Ohland) Hintze. Married March 22, 1893 to Miss Minnie Riggers. Educated in public and private schools Germany. Came to U S 1872 and lived in New York 10 years; moved to Ada 1882 and has since been engaged in real estate, loans and insurance business. Chief Ada Fire Dept 1887-90; mayor 1890-91; sec Norman County Agr Soc 1895-1907; recorder and assessor Ada 8 years; justice of the peace 1899 to date; sec Business Men's Assn. Received diploma for grain and cereals at World's Columbian Exposition Chicago.


Walter B. Holmes
Source: Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota. (Publ. 1907) Transcribed by Nancy Overlander

Holmes, Walter B., Ada. Physician and surgeon. Born 1865 Province of Ontario, son of B. A. and Lucia Ann (Holt) Holmes. Married in 1906 to Valborg S. Norby. Received preliminary education Union Academy Toronto Ont; graduated from Faribault High School 1882; asst sec Minneapolis Chamber Commerce 1882-83; graduated from U of M, B Sc; B L 1888; editor University Ariel 1891-93; U of M degree of M D 1904. Hydraulic engineer St Paul Water Board 1889-90; registered pharmacist 1890-91; county physician Norman county 1896; surgeon G N Ry; member Blue Lodge 154 A F & A M; Royal Arch; and Constantine Commandery K T; Epsilon Chapt NU Sigma NU; Zurah Shrine.


Jens O. Lee
Source: History Biography of North Dakota. Transcribed by Kim Mohler

JENS O. LEE, one of the substantial agriculturists of Cass county, North Dakota, makes his home in section 25, in Noble township, and is held in the highest respect by his fellow men. He is energetic and industrious, and his fine farm evidences careful tillage and the most approved methods in its operation.
Our subject was born in Norway, March 23, 1861, and was a son of Ole J. and Johanna Lee. The mother died in Cass county, North Dakota, in the latter part of the '70s. Our subject came to America with his parents when he was seven years of age, and lived with them in Goodhue county, Minnesota, two years, and in the spring of 1871 went to Cass county and settled one mile south of Fargo, North Dakota, and lived there several years. He then settled in Norman county, Minnesota, where he resided until he removed to Noble township, Cass county, North Dakota, in March, 1898. He is now the fortunate possessor of one hundred and ten acres of land in Noble township, Cass county, and two hundred and forty acres in Norman county, Minnesota.
Our subject was married in Hillsboro, North Dakota, November 9, 1886, to Miss Sophia Grandol, a native of Norway. Three children have been born to bless the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lee, named as follows: Julia, Annie and Clarence. Mr. Lee is intelligent and progressive, and is heartily interested in the welfare of his adopted land, and in all local matters takes a prominent part. He is a member of the Norwegian Lutheran church, and enjoys the confidence of the people among whom he resides.


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