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Date: 5/30/2006 at 07:08:41
Larson, J.H., merchant -- McGregor -- born 19 Oct., 1852, in Wagner township, Clayton county, Iowa. His father, Helge Larson Ramstad, came to America in 1848, and settled at Jefferson Prairie, Wis.; but moved to Clayton county the following year, being one of the very earliest Norwegian settlers in the state of Iowa. It is said that only two Norwegian settlers had preceded him to that part of the state. He always farmed near St. Olaf, except in later years, which he spent in the state of Louisiana, investing greatly in real estate there, and owning some valuable mineral springs in that part of the country. His roving disposition, and his delight to investigate new countries, made him especially fitted for pioneer life. He died in 1890.
Young Larson received a common school education; attended Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, for a couple of years; started a shoe store in his present place in 1876 having been in the dry good business previously, and now does an annual business of about $25,000. He is a Republican, and unmarried.
History of the Scandinavians in the U.S.; Compiled & Edited by O.N. Nelson; Vol II; 1897; Biographies of Scandinavians in Iowa; pg 246
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