Claus E. Eide


Claus E. Eide has given his energies and activities all during his life to agriculture, cultivating at the present time a valuable farm of two hundred acres in Waterloo township, Allamakee county. He was born in this county in 1859, a son of Elling and Inga Eide, both natives of Norway, who came, however, to the United States in 1857. They established their home in Allamakee county, the father purchasing speculator’s land on section 31, Waterloo township, and later becoming the owner of land on section 30, upon which he resided until his death in 1892. His wife survived him for many years, her death occurring in 1911. In their family were five children, of whom the subject of this review was the second in order of birth. The others are: Martha, who married John P. Morstad, and resides on the old homestead; Ole, a resident of South Dakota; Annie, the wife of Iver Johnson, of Spring Grove; and Jacob, of North Dakota.

No event of special importance came to vary the routine of life for Claus E. Eide during the period of his boyhood and youth. He was reared on the old homestead, amid the wholesome environment of farm life, and under the direction of his father early learned the best methods of tilling the soil and caring for the crops. He was twenty-seven years of age when he first became a land owner, his initial purchase giving him possession of an eighty acre tract which forms the nucleus of his present fine farm. Later he bought an adjoining forty acres and subsequently eighty acres more, so that now he has two hundred acres located on section 30, Waterloo township. This is a well improved property, equipped with modern machinery and substantial farm buildings, and its neat appearance bespeaks a life of industry and thrift on the part of its owner. He carries on general farming and stock-raising and his systematic methods and well directed efforts are proving potent forces in the acquirement of a creditable success.

Mr. Eide was married in 1889 to Miss Thea Stensgard, who was born in Norway, and when seventeen years of age came to the United States with her parents, the family home being established in Allamakee county. Here her parents have since resided and here the father for a number of years engaged in farming, but is now living retired. In his family are six children, all of whom are yet living, Mrs. Eide being the fourth in order of birth. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Eide have been born six children, as follows: Elmer, who was born in 1889 and lives in North Dakota; Amanda, born in 1891, who makes her home with her parents; Arthur and Alfred, twins, born in 1893, also at home; and Theoline and Clarence, born in 1898 and 1906, respectively, who are attending school. The family attend the Lutheran church and are highly thought of in the community in which they have so long resided.

Mr. Eide is a republican, but has never sought nor desired office as a reward for party fealty. For more than half a century he has resided in Allamakee county, and has a wide acquaintance throughout the district in which he lives, being highly esteemed and respected. His business methods are upright and straightforward and they have combined with his long experience and his detailed knowledge of agricultural methods in the promotion of a distinct and substantial success.

-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Linda Earnheart

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