Gilbert H. and Catherine (Hendrickson) Faegre, parents of T.G. Faegre
T. G. Faegre owns four hundred and eight acres of rich land on
sections 9 and 3, Center township, constituting the farm upon
which he was born. It is a valuable property, well improved, and
in its further development the owner is giving evidence of a
thorough understanding of the most modern and progressive methods
of agriculture. He was born August 1, 1859, and is a son of
Gilbert H. and Catherine (Hendrickson) Faegre, natives of Norway,
where their marriage occurred and where their two eldest children
were born. They emigrated to the Untied States in 1851 and in
that year located on the farm in Center township, Allamakee
county, Iowa, whereon their son now resides. Their first home was
a cave dug in the side of a hill, but they later built a log
house, which they afterward replaced by a comfortable frame
dwelling. From the government the father purchased two hundred
and eighty acres of land and he continued to develop and improve
it until his death, which occurred February 14, 1904. He was
survived by his wife only a few weeks, her death occurring March
10, of the same year. Both were members of the Norwegian Lutheran
church and in politics Gilbert H. Faegre was a loyal republican.
In their family were seven children: Martha and Hans, natives of
Norway, both of whom are deceased; Mrs. S. O. Nordvold, of
Pierre, South Dakota; Kasper, who lives in New York city; Albert,
deceased; T. G., of this review; and Lena, who has passed away.
T. G. Faegre was reared upon his father's farm in Center township and acquired his education in the district schools. Before his fathers death he assumed charge of the homestead and later bought the property, which he has since continued to develop. He has made several additions and improvements and he now owns four hundred and eight acres, the neat and attractive appearance of which evidences his careful supervision and practical methods. In addition to general farming he buys and sells land to some extent and this proves a profitable source of income to him.
Mr. Faegre married Miss Sarah Thorstenson, born in Allamakee county, a daughter of Ole and Gunhild Thornstenson, natives of Norway, the former of whom has passed away, while the latter makes her home in Paint Creek township. Mr. and Mrs. Faegre became the parents of six children, two of whom died in infancy. The others are Gilbert, Florence, Selma and Goldie. The parents are members of the Norwegian Lutheran church and Mr. Faegre gives his political allegiance to the republican party. He has served as township trustee and school director and his influence is always given for the furtherance of education and other interests which he deems essential to the welfare and upbuilding of the county.
-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by
Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Jan Miller
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