G.N. Nordgaard, a well-to-do and prosperous agriculturist of
Waterloo township, was born in Norway in 1853, a son of Nels O.
And Eline Nordgaard. The parents were married in Norway and in
1861 emigrated to America, settling in Winneshiek county, Iowa,
where the father purchased land. He added to his holdings from
time to time and finally accumulated two hundred and twenty acres
of land, upon which he carried on the general farming and
stock-raising until his death. He passed away in 1912, at the
advanced age of ninety-two, and is survived by his wife, who
still resides upon the homestead. In their family were eleven
children: Ole, of Decorah, Iowa; G. N., the subject of this
review: Christian, deceased; Maria, at home; Olava, the wife of
Andrew Peterson, of Canada; Margaret, the widow of K. Brunsdale,
of North Dakota; John, a resident of South Dakota; Rev. Nels, of
Minnesota; Lena and Martin, both at home; and one, who died in
G.N. Nordgaard acquired his education in the public schools of Winneshiek county and graduated from a business college in Decorah, having been only eight years of age when his parents settled in Iowa. He was reared at home and from his childhood assisted with the work of the farm, becoming in this way familiar with the best agricultural methods and with everything connected with farm operation. At twenty-nine he purchased the property which he now owns and he has devoted practically all of his attention to its development and cultivation since that time. He has one hundred and twenty acres, which lie in Waterloo township with the exception of eighty acres in Winneshiek county. His land is highly improved, being provided not only with an excellent residence but barns, outbuildings and modern machinery, and the attention which he has given to it has made it one of the most desirable properties in this locality. Mr. Nordgaard is president of the Arctic Spring Creamery at Quandahl, Allamakee county, and is a far-sighted and discriminating business man, his ability being widely recognized in commercial circles.
In 1879 Mr. Nordgaard was united in marriage to Miss Berit Haugen, a native of Norway, who came to America with her parents in 1855 and settled in Winneshiek county, where her father and mother passed away. She was one of five children born to their union, two of whom survive. Mrs. Nordgaard died in 1906, leaving ten children: Nels, who is married and is engaged in farming in North Dakota; Germond, of North Dakota, who is married and is engaged n farming and carpentering; Martin, who follows agricultural pursuits in the same state; Albert, who is married and resides upon his farm in North Dakota; Marie, taking a course as trained nurse at Northwood, North Dakota; Katherine, at home; John and Edwin, at home; Emma, who is taking the teachers course at Decorah; and Nora, at home.
Mr. Nordgaard gives his political allegiance to the republican party, to which he has always been loyal, and he served his township efficiently as assessor for ten years. He is well known throughout Allamakee county and his progressive and enterprising spirit has gained him the respect and esteem of the entire community.
-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by
Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Diana Diedrich
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