L. T. Christiansen, one of Center township's energetic and progressive farmers, is one of Allamakee county's native sons, his birth occurring on the old family homestead in Paint Creek township on the 11th of May, 1857. He was the third in order of birth in a family of seven children born to Thyge and Ingeborg Larson (Lien) Christiansen, natives of Norway, both of whom are now deceased. More extended mention is made of the parents in another part of this volume in connection with the sketch of C. T. Christianson.
L. T. Christiansen received a good education in the district schools while his father's farm was the training ground where he received practical experience in agricultural pursuits. He has always engaged in general farming and now owns one hundred and twenty acres located on section 34, Center township, which he inherited from his father. He has greatly improved the place since it came into his possession and erected all of the buildings which now stand upon the property. They are neat and substantial and the general appearance of the farm bespeaks a life of industry, energy and thrift upon the part of the owner.
Mr. Christiansen was married, in Allamakee county, to Miss Mary Ann Thompson, a native of Norway and a daughter of Torsten and Annie Guneldson. Mr. and Mrs. Christiansen are the parents of five children now living, namely: Amanda Idelia; T. T.; Luella M.; Inger M.; and Annie G. One daughter, Ruth, died in infancy. Had Mr. Christiansen followed the custom of his native land his sirname would have been Thygeson, but he followed the American custom and has borne his fatherís sirname. Wishing, however, to honor his father, he has made arrangements whereby his children shall bear the name of Thygeson. The family hold membership in the Lutheran church. Mr. Christiansen gives stalwart support to the republican party. He has resided in Allamakee county from his birth to the present time and has ever enjoyed in the fullest degree the respect and confidence of his fellowmen, his worth as a man and citizen being widely acknowledged.
-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by
Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Jan Miller
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