Hans Tilleraas, one of the progressive and successful
agriculturist of Allamakee county, owning one hundred and eighty
acres of fine land in Waterloo township, is a native of Norway,
born in 1860, and a son of Isaac and Olava Tilleraas, the former
of whom passed away in 1875. His wife survives him and still
resides in her native country. To them were born six children,
there of whom are still living: Hans, of this review; Ole, who
resides in Hanover township, Allamakee county; and Isaac, a
resident of Norway.
Hans Tilleraas was reared in his native country and acquired his education there. In 1883 he crossed the Atlantic to America and in the same year settled in Waterloo township, Allamakee county, where he has since resided. In 1894 he purchased one hundred and twenty acres, one hundred of which are under a high state of cultivation. Mr. Tilleraas follows the most practical and progressive methods in the development of his property and it is today valuable and productive, reflecting everywhere his years of careful supervision. He owns in addition one hundred and sixty acres of land in the Panhandle of Texas and this property is bringing him a gratifying annual income.
Mr. Tilleraas was married in 1885 to Miss Caroline Juleson, a native of Norway, who when she was a child of six was brought to America by her parents. The mother died in 1882 and is survived by her husband, who makes his home in Waterloo township. Mr. and Mrs. Tilleraas became the parents of five children: Julius, who has passed away; Olaf, who was born in 1890; John, whose birth occurred in 1893; Julia, born in 1895; and Carl, born in 1897. Mrs. Tilleraas died in 1900.
Mr. Tilleraas is a member of the Lutheran church and give his political allegiance to the republican party. He has always been active and progressive in matters of citizenship and has been honored by his fellow citizens by election to various important local offices, now serving his third term as township trustee. Since starting out in life for himself he has given evidence of possessing the perseverance and foresight as well as the executive ability essential to success in any occupation and he has today reached a position of prominence among the representative and substantial agriculturist of his township.
-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by
Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Diana Diedrich
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