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Louis & O. Tollefson


Posted By: S. Ferrall
Date: 5/18/2012 at 20:04:28

Louis Tollefson, junior member of the law firm of Proctor & Tollefson, Viroqua, was born in Norway, in 1851. In 1861 he accompanied his parents to America, and to Allamakee Co., Iowa, where they made a settlement. In 1868 Mr. Tollefson went to La Crosse, Wis., where he was employed as a clerk for five years, and also took a full course in the commercial college. In 1874 he came to Viroqua and obtained employment as a clerk with J. Henry Tate, with whom he continued one year. the following summer he went to Lansing, Iowa, and was engaged in the lumber trade with a brother for a short time. Returning to Viroqua he embarked in the mercantile trade, which he continued till the spring of 1880. He then entered the law office of H.P. Proctor, was admitted to the bar in October, 1881, and has been a partner with his preceptor since that date. Mr. Tollefson is the only Norwegian attorney in Vernon county, and the firm enjoy an extensive and lucrative practice. Mr. Tollefson married Celia, daughter of J.W. Allen, ex-treasurer of Vernon county. She died March 12, 1883 [possibly 1888-difficult to read], leaving one son. [photo of Louis Tollefson below]

O. Tollefson is a native of Norway and a brother of L. Tollefson, Esq., of Viroqua. He was born in 1854 and came to this country with his parents in 1860, settling in Allamakee Co., Iowa. In 1871 he went to La Crosse, Wis., and engaged as clerk in the wholesale establishment of marsten & Son. He was also engaged for a time with Charles Solberg and afterwards was in business three years for himself. He came to Viroqua in 1882, forming a partnership with Joseph Omundson in the general mercantile business, under the firm name of Tollefson & Omundson. Mr. Tollefson has since purchased the interest of Mr. Omundson and is now doing business under the firm name of O. Tollefson & Co. Mr. Tollefson is one of the most enterprising young merchants in the county.

~History of Vernon County, Wisconsin, 1884; pgs 195 & 718
Portrait of Louis Tollefson


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