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S. Louis Ostrem

OSTREM, KVALE, FATLAND

Posted By: IAGenWeb History Project
Date: 11/22/2008 at 09:27:38

A Narrative History
of
The People of Iowa
with
SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN
EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY,
BUSINESS, ETC.
by
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa
Volume IV
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
Chicago and New York
1931

S. LOUIS OSTREM, superintendent of the State Securities Department at Des Moines, is a lawyer by profession, and has had a broad experience in both business and legal affairs.

He was born in Story County, Iowa, December 30, 1884, son of Henry and Anne (Kvale) Ostrem. His parents, who were born in Norway, where all the grandparents died, came to the United States when young people, were married in Story County, and Henry Ostrem for many years was a traveling salesman for Warfield, Pratt, Howell Company, Des Moines, Iowa, and later engaged in the mercantile business at Jewell and elsewhere. Of six children three are living: S. Louis; George, a dentist at Nevada, Iowa; and Edward, practicing dentistry at Iowa Falls.

S. Louis Ostrem attended the Jewell High School, had a business college course, and for about six years was engaged in the general mercantile business at Jewell. He had training in the Gregg Shorthand school at Chicago, and finished his law course in Drake University, being admitted to the bar in 1913. He practiced law five years at Jewell and for five years taught in the Lutheran College at Jewell.

In 1918 Mr. Ostrem became an assistant in the State Corporations Department at Des Moines and for a short time in 1921 was deputy secretary of state. He was then promoted to his present duties as superintendent of the State Securities Department, and his increasing experience has made him a highly valuable official to the entire state. Mr. Ostrem is a Republican in politics, and in college was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

He married in 1916 Amanda Fatland, who was born at Cambridge, Iowa, was educated in high school and in the liberal arts department of Drake University and taught school four yours before her marriage. They have two daughters, Rebecca and Flora. Both are active members of the Lutheran Church.

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