L[ars]. A. KOLSTO,
owner of two hundred and forty acres in section 26, Eldorado township,
was born in the village of Kopervik on the Isle of Karms, on Norway's
western coast, July 4, 1868. He is a son of Lars and Martha Iverson
(Skaar) Kolsto. His father was born in 1832 and is now living at
seventy-eight years of age; his wife died in 1882, aged forty-eight
years. They were parents of seven children, all living and mentioned in
connection with the sketch of Iver C. Kolsto, found elsewhere in this
L. A. Kolsto was reared in his native village, and there received a
good education. In 1883 when but fourteen years of age, he came to the
United States in company with his brother, Iver C., and they located
first in Eldorado township, Benton county, near Newhall, Iowa, where
for seven years L. A. Kolsto continued to work on a farm by the month.
While he was working for T. C. Tanner, Mrs. Tanner gave him lessons at
the same time as her own children; she had formerly been a school
teacher, and in this way Mr. Kolsto received a good education in
English. In 1888 he and his brother rented a farm in Fremont township,
in partnership, where they remained several years; they then removed to
Lyon county and purchased one hundred and sixty acres at twenty-seven
dollars and a half an acre; after cultivating it three years they sold
it for thirty-five and one-half dollars an acre and returned to Benton
county. While in Lyon county they sold their wheat for thirty-four
cents a bushel.
L. A. Kolsto purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land in section
25 and 36, Eldorado township, and began farming by himself. He put up
new buildings, subsequently purchased another eighty acres, and now
owns his present farm of two hundred and forty acres; he rents one
hundred and sixty acres and takes care of the remaining eighty acres
more for pastime and occupation than for profit. He has always taken
great interest in stock raising, and has made considerable money
breeding horses, also raising Shorthorn cattle and Poland China hogs.
He is an excellent judge of horses, and still deals largely in them.
Mr. Kolsto is a great reader of good literature, and is well informed
on the general topics of the day. He is a member of Valentine Lodge,
No. 76, Knights of Pythias, of Newhall. He has held the office of
school director. He is a member of the Lutheran church, and active in
working for its interest. Mr. Kolsto is unmarried. In the fall of 1908
Mr. Kolsto, in company with his three brothers, including I. C.
Kolsto's wife and two children, returned to Norway for a visit, and
they spent about three months there.