Charles J. Knudtson
Of the native sons of Allamakee county, none have taken a deeper interest in its welfare than has Charles J. Knudtson, who is numbered among the progressive farmers of Makee township. He was born on the homestead farm, on which he still resides, December 1, 1867, a son of Knudt Knudtson, who was born in Norway, September 28, 1818. After reaching mature years the father emigrated to the new world, first making his home in Wisconsin. Subsequently he removed to Iowa and spent his remaining years in Makee township. His wife bore the maiden name of Rhenild Ambrose. She was likewise a native of Norway, and by her marriage became the mother of seven children, four of whom are living: Mrs. Cornelia Banks, a widow, residing in Tacoma, Washington; Mrs. Anna Johnson Engrav, of Waukon; Thomas, who is mentioned elsewhere in this work; and Charles J., of this review. The parents are now deceased, the father passing away in August, 1902, when he had reached the advanced age of eighty-three years. The mother died about 1887.
Charles J. Knudtson was reared on the home farm and was early trained in the work of plowing, planting and harvesting. After reaching mature years he more and more largely assumed the responsibility of the farm and cared for his parents in their declining years. He eventually succeeded to the east half of the homestead and now has a tract of one hundred and sixty acres. Since coming into possession of the place he has made further improvements, having remodeled the house, barn and other outbuildings, and is today numbered among the successful farmers and stock-raisers of Makee township. He raises Chester White hogs and Percheron horses and also does some dairying.
Mr. Knudtson was married on the 11th of June, 1895, to Miss Amelia Enguburtson, who was born and reared in Taylor township, Allamakee county. Two children have been born of this union, Clyde J. and Beulah.
In politics Mr. Knudtson is a stanch republican, and he and his family are members of the Lutheran church. He is not only a successful farmer but is a public-spirited man, loyal to the best interests of Makee township and Allamakee 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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