I. I. Satrang, engaged in general farming and stock-raising on a fine property of two hundred acres on section 11, Paint Creek township, was born upon this farm on the 15th of December, 1877. He is a son of Gulbrand Satrang, a native of Norway, who came to the United States when he was still a young man and worked at various places, including Milwaukee, Chicago and Beloit, Wisconsin, and spending most of his time in the last named city. He there married, in 1855, Miss Birgit Grimsgaard, a native of Norway, and four years afterward they came to Allamakee county, the father buying two hundred acres of land in Paint Creek township. This was very slightly improved, having upon it a small log house, but with characteristic energy Mr. Satrang turned his attention to its further development, making it finally a productive and valuable property. Upon it he lived for many years and there died in 1907 at the age of seventy-six. His wife, who was also seventy-six years of age at the time of her death, passed away in 1912. The father had been for a number of years prominent in local public affairs, serving in various positions of trust and responsibility, including that of township supervisor and tax collector. In his family were seven children: Thorine, the deceased wife of John Falde; C. O., of Milwaukee; Mrs. M. T. Jacobson, of Paint Creek township; I. I., of this review; Carl, who passed away when he was three years of age; Albert, who died at the age of nine; and C. A., who passed away in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1908.
I. I. Satrang acquired his education in the district schools of Paint Creek township and in Luther College at Decorah. He spent one year in a military academy in Georgia at about the time of the outbreak of the Spanish-American war and was very desirous of enlisting for service in that conflict but was urged by his friends to return home. He did so and here purchased the family homestead, whereon he has since carried on general farming, his property reflecting in its neat and attractive appearance his careful supervision and practical methods. Mr. Satrang is one of Allamakee County’s most enterprising and progressive native sons and his record reflects credit upon his ability and public spirit. His worth is widely acknowledged, his enterprising spirit having gained distinction in business and agricultural circles, and his probity is an unquestioned fact in his career.
-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by
Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Jan Miller
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