Ole O. Christianson
Posted By: Allamakee county coordinator (email)
Date: 5/17/2004 at 08:18:57
Ole O. Christianson.
One of the oldest and best known real estate men in Polk County is Ole O. Christianson, who opened his office at Crookston thirty years ago, and with energy and honesty on his own side, and with the confidence of a large patronage in his integrity has enjoyed a success that places him among the leading business men of that city.
Ole O. Christianson was born in Allamakee County, Iowa, June 28, 1858, only a few weeks after his father had come from the Scandinavian countries to America. His father was an Iowa farmer. Mr. Christianson received a public school education, and also attended business college in preparation for his career. He has been a resident of Polk county, Minnesota, since 1879, and was first identified with this community as a homesteader. He spent two years in proving up and working his claim, and then worked as clerk in a general store until 1885. In that year he came to Crookston and has since been in the real estate and insurance business. Other interests have come in the course of time, and Mr. Christianson is now a director in the First National Bank of Crookston and has given much time to public service in his locality. For four years he held the office of register of deeds in Polk county, having been elected for two terms. For four years he was a member of the city council and city treasurer eight years, and is a former member of the school board and of the library board. He is identified with the Crookston Commercial Club.
On December 30, 1886, Mr. Christianson married Ella Helland of Ada, Minnesota. They are the parents of two children: Ole and Ella.
-source: Minnesota: Its Story and Biography. Vol. I. Chicago and New York: Lewis Publishing, 1915; by Henry A. Castle; pg. 1290
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