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Stephen B. Bartlett
Source: Compendium of History and Biography of North Dakota, Publ. 1900. Transcribed by Brenda Shaffer 

STEPHEN B. BARTLETT, one of the leading attorneys of Casselton, Cass county, is widely known for his intelligence and integrity.  He is well versed in his profession and is one of the prominent men in legal circles in North Dakota, while his active public spirit and character are irreproachable.  He has resided in Casselton nearly twenty years and counts a host of friends.

Our subject was born in Warsaw, Wyoming county, New York, April 1, 1849, and was one of eight children, six sons and two daughters, born to William K. and Elmina (McLaughlin) Bartlett.  His father was a native of New Hampshire and his mother of Vermont.  The father was a farmer by occupation and passed his life in New York.

Stephen B. Bartlett received his education in the common and high schools of New York state and on leaving the latter at once began the study of law in 1867 at Warsaw, New York, and was admitted to practice by the supreme court of that state at Syracuse, in 1873.  He began the practice of his profession at Warsaw and continued there until 1880, when he removed to Lake City, Minnesota, and practiced there two years.  He removed to Casselton in the spring of 1882 and has followed the practice of his profession in that city continuously since that date.  He formed a partnership in 1888 with V. R. Lovill, which was dissolved in 1898.  Mr. Bartlett is also extensively interested in farming and operates an extensive tract in Traverse county, Minnesota.  

Our subject was married, August 5, 1875, to Miss Cora I. Chamberlin, a native of Wyoming county, New York.  Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Bartlett, as follows:  William K., now attending the medical department of the State University of Minnesota; Elizabeth and Lawrence M.  Mr. Bartlett is a Mason of long standing and for five years occupied the position of worshipful master of the local lodge of Casselton.  He served as district attorney in 1888 and 1889 and ably discharged the duties of that office.  He was nominated by the Democratic party for attorney-general of the state, but refused to accept and has also refused to have his name used for other important offices in the county and state.  While a resident of New York he entered the field as a public speaker for General Hancock in his home county and has been associated with the Democratic party throughout his career and is an active worker for party principles and a recognized leader.

Henry W. Dezotell
Source: North Dakota History And People; Outlines of American History; Volume 3; S. J. Clarke Publishing Company; Chicago, 1917; submitted by Jim Dezotell

Henry W. Dezotell, a partner in the firm of H. Dezotell & Son, general merchants of Grand Forks, and also extensively engaged in farming, was born in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, November 5, 1857, a son of Stephen and Caroline (Getman) Dezotell, both of whom were natives of Jefferson county, New York, where they were reared, educated and married. In the early '50s they removed to Wisconsin, where the father became a well known and prominent pioneer farmer. He died in the state of his adoption in 1872, at the age of forty-five years, while his widow, surviving for many years, passed away in Chicago in 1915, at the age of seventy-seven.

Henry W. Dezotell, the second of four children, attended the public schools of Wisconsin, pursuing a high school course in Monroe county. Later he removed to Brown Valley, Minnesota, where he became connected with the lumber industry and there remained in business until 1900, when he sold out and removed to Minneapolis. In that city he established a wholesale grain business which he carried on for nine years, and in 1909 he removed to North Dakota to engage in the real estate business. In that connection he traveled back and forth between North Dakota and the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, interesting prospective farmers and settlers in this state with its wonderful productiveness and limitless possibilities. While engaged in the real estate business he brought many people to North Dakota who might otherwise never have come and yet who, like Mr. Dezotell, have won prosperity during the period of their residence in this state. He personally became interested in agriculture and at the present time owns farm lands aggregating thirty-six hundred acres under cultivation, utilized for the production of grain. On each of his farms he has erected substantial buildings for housing his vast crops and he also utilizes the most modern and improved machinery for planting, cultivating and harvesting. In the harvest season he employs hundreds of extra hands to gather and thresh the new crop and his farms are indeed places where the hum of industry is continually heard. In 1913 Mr. Dezotell established a department store at Grand Forks which is one of the leading mercantile establishments of the city, being now carried on by his son under the firm style of H. Dezotell & Son, while the father largely gives his attention to the supervision of his agricultural interests.

In June, 1879, Mr. Dezotell was united in marriage to Miss Ada L. Bigelow, of Tomah, Wisconsin, by whom he has a son, Claude E., who was born at Brown Valley, Minnesota, in 1881, is now married and acts as manager of the firm of H. Dezotell & Son at Grand Forks.

Fraternally Mr. Dezotell is a Royal Arch Mason. He belongs to the Commercial Club and he gives his political support to the republican party. Since his fifteenth year he has worked his way upward unaided and is now one of the popular and prosperous citizens of Grand Forks, having important business connections which contribute to the general welfare and upbuilding of the district as well as to individual success. He early had the prescience to discern something of what the future had in store for this great and growing western country and, acting according to the dictates of his faith and judgment, he has lived to garner in the fullness of time the results of his labors and his sagacity.

Ole H. Hellekson
Source: Progressive men of Minnesota. Published by The Minneapolis Journal (1897) submitted by Diana Heser Morse

O. H. Hellekson is a member of the firm of Erickson & Hellekson, dealers in hardware, lumber and machinery at Wheaton, Minnesota. His father, Hellek Hellekson, is a farmer in Iowa County, Wisconsin, and in fair financial circumstances. He emigrated from Norway in 1841, coming to Wisconsin and settling on the farm where he has resided ever since. He served throughout the Civil War and has an honorable war record. His wife, Julia Loftsgaarden (Hellekson), the mother of the subject of this sketch, was also born in Norway. Ole H. Hellekson was born on the farm in Iowa County, Wisconsin, on January 13, 1859, where he lived until he was twenty-one years of age. He received his early education at the common schools of his district, attending them as much as of the time as could be spared. When of age he borrowed sufficient money to enable him to take one term at college, after which he taught school for two terms, returning to college to take the commercial course with the money that he had earned. In 1885 he came to Minnesota and located at Wheaton, commencing work as a clerk at the salary of fifteen dollars a month. Later he was promoted to the position of bookkeeper, and finally became manager in 1886. He bought a quarter interest in the business the following year, and in the two years following purchased enough more to get a one-half interest in the present business, that of dealing in hardware, lumber and machinery, under the firm name of Erickson & Hellekson. Mr. Hellekson owes his success in business to his close attention to the same and to his strict adherence to the principles which produce business success. His political affiliations are with the Republican party, and he takes an active interest in local affairs, having served as president of the village council for three successive terms. His church connections are with the Lutheran church. He was married February 24, 1887 to Lena Olson Dokken. They have three children living, Cora Francis, Minnie Henrietta and Spencer Howard.

Thomas F. O'Hair
Source: St. Paul Daily Globe, St. Paul, MN (2 Nov. 1890) transcribed by FoFGmb

The Democratic candidate for clerk of the supreme court, was born thirty-eight years ago in Beaver county, Pennsylvania.  Mr. O'Hair moved West while a child with his parents, who located on a farm in Iowa county, Iowa, where he worked on the farm in summer time and attended McLain's Academy in winter.  Later, Mr. O'Hair pursued a course of law at the Iowa State university, and graduated in 1877, since which time he has practiced his profession at Delano, Wright county, Minnesota for about seven years, and is now engaged in practice at Wheaton, Traverse County, Minnesota.  In the spring of 1886 Mr. O'Hair married the daughter of P. Fallihee, of this city, formerly a member of the old First Regiment, Minnesota Volunteers.

John Satterlund
Source: Compendium of History and Biography of North Dakota, Publ. 1900. Transcribed by Renae Capitanio 

JOHN SATTERLUND. No foreign element has become a more important part of our American citizenship than that furnished by Sweden. The emigrants from that land have brought with them to the new world the stability, enterprise and perseverance characteristic of their people and have fused these qualities with the progressiveness and indomitable spirit of the West. A prominent representative of this class is Mr. Saterlund, the present receiver of the United States land office at Bismarck.

He was born in Carlstad, Sweden, May 3, 1851, and in 1869 came to America with his parents, Errick and Mary Saterlund, who located in Traverse county, Minnesota, where the mother is still living, but the father is now deceased. After some time spent in that state our subject came to Bismarck, North Dakota, in 1872, and remained here for some time. Subsequently he spent about four years in Port Arthur, Canada, and then, in1878, returned to Burleigh county, North Dakota, where he purchased two thousand acres of land north of Bismarck, on which he engaged in farming and stock raising. In 1882 he removed to Washburn, which was laid out and platted by Mr. Satterlund. McLean county was not organized until November, 1883, and Washburn was made the county seat. Upon the organization Mr. Satterlund was chosen the first sheriff of the county and re-elected to that office in 1884. In 1890 he was elected to represent his district in the state legislature and reelected two years later. He was the moving spirit in having the county enlarged in 1891, and is now president of the Washburn Real Estate Company.

In Duluth, Minnesota, Mr. Satterlund was married, in 1877, to Miss Charlotte Peterson, of Clay county, Iowa, and they now have a family of four children, one son and three daughters : Hilda, Lulu, Florence and Floyd. In business affairs, Mr. Satterlund has met with marked success and has large landed interests in this state. He belongs to the Masonic fraternity and is a prominent representative of the Republican party, having served to all the county and state conventions since coming to North Dakota. Besides the offices already mentioned he filled that of county commissioner of Burleigh county in 1882 and was deputy United States marshal for four years from 1883. In 1898 he was made receiver of the United States land office at Bismarck and is now most creditably and acceptably filling that position. His public and private life are alike above reproach and he stands high in public esteem.

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