A.T. Gronna


A.T. Gronna, closely associated with agricultural interest of Paint Creek township as the owner of a fine farm of two hundred acres, was born upon the property a portion of which he now operates on the 1st of May, 1851. He is a son of Thomas and Emeline (Thoen) Anderson, natives of Norway and pioneers of Allamakee county, of whom further mention is made elsewhere in this work.

A.T. Gronna acquired his education in the district schools of Paint Creek township and when not engaged with his books assisted with the work of the homestead, becoming a practical agriculturist before he was of age. When he was twenty-seven he bought from his father two hundred acres of land and he has made his home upon this property since that time, standing today in the front ranks of progressive farmers. Upon the land he has made substantial improvements, erecting a fine barn and outbuildings and in 1883 a modern stone dwelling, each year witnessing his increased prosperity. The buildings are all substantial and adequate, the machinery of the modern, labor-saving type and the entire place reflects the owner’s many years of care and labor.

Mr. Gronna married Miss Olena Smeby, of this county, a daughter of Hans and Helen Smeby. She passed away in 1905, leaving two children. Theodore was educated in the district schools of Paint Creek township, in Luther College in Decorah and at the State Agricultural College at Ames, and he has also a diploma from the Wisconsin Agricultural College. He is now at home assisting his father with the work of the farm. The other child born to Mr. And Mrs. Gronna is a daughter, Helen. Mr. Gronna is a member of the Lutheran church and he gives his political allegiance to the republican party. He has been honored by his fellow citizens by election to various important public offices, having served as secretary of the school board and as township clerk for many years. He is numbered among Allamakee county’s most representative and progressive native sons and his influence has been a tangible force for good in the community where his entire life has been spent.

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

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