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L.O. Rud


Posted By: Sharyl Ferrall (email)
Date: 5/30/2006 at 08:13:46

Rud, L.O., wagon manufacturer -- Lansing-- born 15 March, 1843, in Gjerdrum, Kristiania stift, Norway. He learned the blacksmith's trade in Kristiania; emigrated to America at the age of twenty-six; worked in Stoughton, Wis., for a few months; settled at his present place a year after his arrival to this country; and opened a blacksmithing shop and wagon manufacturing establishment in 1874.

At first he was in company with another man, and their business was only on a small scale, but in later years the business has greatly increased, and today Rud is the controlling stock holder and manager of a factory which employs from fifteen to twenty-five men, and turns out about five hundred wagons a year, besides making sleighs and doing repairing. The factory, dry-house and sheds not included, comprises an area of 1,300 square feet.

In 1885 he was married to Emma Erickson, of St. Paul, Minn. They have six children. Rud is a brother-in-law to the well-known literatus, P.O. Stromme.
History of the Scandinavians in the U.S.; Compiled & Edited by O.N. Nelson; Vol II; 1897; Biographies of Scandinavians in Iowa; pg 278-279


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