updated 06/08/2010

Who's Who in Iowa
Winnebago co. biographies


Note: there are no photos in the book, those that have been contributed are from another source, as credited with the photo.

Aasgaard, Gordon W.
Editor; b. Lake Mills, Iowa Apr 2, 1906; son of M.A. Aasgaard & Ragna Mykleby; education Lake Mills H.S. 1924 & Waldorf College; married Opal Monson, May 20, 1927 in Lake Mills; daughter Betty Jean; 1929- editor Lake Mills Graphic; 1938- business manager Steele Co. Photo News, Owatonna Minn.; 1936- operator Mylady's Style Shop, Lake Mills; has received several awards & cups from University of Iowa 1934 for best Iowa weekly newspaper in cities under 1500; 1935 member honor roll in editorial page contest, received 2nd prize commercial job printing exhibit by Nat'l Editors Association, New Orleans, La; 1936 best weekly newspaper in towns under 1500 by IPA & general excellence towns under 2500 in 1940; Chamber of Commerce; Salem Lutheran Church; hobbies: music, golf; office & residence Lake Mills.
Gordon W. Aasgaard - photo courtesy of Ken Moen
Gordon W. Aasgaard

Photo added 2/25/2010, contributed by Ken Moen from a clipping in his mother's scrapbook.

Aasgaard, Martin A.
Publisher; b. Albert Lea, Minn., Nov. 2, 1880; son of A.L. Aasgaard & Maren Hendricksen; education Lake Mills H.S.; married Ragna Mykleby June 4, 1902 in Mankato, Minn.; sons: Marlin A., Gordon W. & John David; daughter: Olga (Mrs. I.H. Jensen); 1896-1905 helper in printing business, Lake Mills; 1905- editor & publisher newspaper, Lake Mills; past Postmaster, Lake Mills, 16 years; past mayor; member park board; Commercial Club, past president 10 years, past secretary 12 years; Lions International, past district gov.; Boy Scouts of America, commissioner of N. Iowa district; Salem Lutheran Church; hobbies: magic, duck hunting; office & residence Lake Mills.

M.A. Aasgaard
Martin A. Aasgaard

Photo added 3/7/2010, contributed by Ken Moen from the book '40th Anniversary, Lake Mills, Iowa, 1896-1936'


Anderson, James B.
Investment & Insurance Agent; b. Linden twp., Winnebago Co., Iowa Dec. 8, 1884; son of Christopher J. Anderson & Tilda Hanson; education: Forest City H.S. 1903 & Waldorf College; married Minnie Sogard Feb 6, 1932 in Forest City; daughter: Lenore Jacqueline; prior to 1913 deputy sheriff under father & uncle; 1913-23 Clerk of District Court, Winnebago Co.; 1923- investment & insurance agent, Forest City; past member library board; member Farm Bureau; Chamber of Commerce, past director; AF&AM; Scot Rite, Cedar Rapids; Lutheran Church; Republican; hobbies: reading, public improvement; office & residence Forest City.

James B. Anderson, 1948
James B. Anderson, 1948

Photo added 05/24/2010, contributed by Ken Moen, courtesy of Ruth & Carol's private Collection.


Anderson, Joseph H.
Farmer; b. Forest City, Iowa Apr 12, 1871; son of Anders Anderson & Christina Hausdaughter; education: Linden twp. & Iowa State Teachers College, Master of Didactics 1898; married Mathilda Kiel Dec 26, 1898 in Thompson; sons: Orland A. & Merlin H.; daughters: Delpha (Mrs. A.J. Field), Ada (Mrs. R.F. Winder), Joy Margaret, Rhoda Muriel; 1898-1900 Superintendent of Schools, Fairbank; 1900-05 & 1913- farmer, Winnebago Co.; 1905-1913 Clerk of District Court, Winnebago Co.; 1915-1925 Representative in Legislature & Speaker of the House 2 sessions; 1928-34 member Iowa St. Board of Education; past director Co-op Creamery, Elevator, Insurance, Lumber, Oil & Telephone Cos; 1933- pres Nat'l Association of Local Creameries; Lutheran Church, 1920-30 member board education of United Norwegian Church of America; hobby: reading; residence Thompson.

Joseph H. Anderson & Mathilda Kiel
Joseph H. Anderson & Mathilda Kiel

Photo added 3/17/2010, contributed by Ken Moen from the 'Thompson, Iowa Book 1892-1992'

Anderson, Mrs. Tilda H.
Homemaker; b. Gulbrandsdalen, Norway Mar 8, 1863; daughter of Hans Hanson & Brita Jacobson; educated Norway schools; married Christopher J. Anderson Mar 5, 1884 in Lake Mills; husband deceased 1905; sons: James B., Norman , C. Tim, Orville S., Edgar E. (deceased); daughters: Belle S., Josephine (Mrs. Charles Hanger), Jose (deceased); 1884-97 homemaker, Winnebago Co., 1897-1905 Forest City where husband was sheriff until death; with husband and small group organized first Scandinavian Lutheran Church in Linden twp. Winnebago Co. 50 years; Immanuel Lutheran Church; hobbies: reading & needlework; residence Forest City.
C.J. Anderson family - from 'Ruth & Carol' private collection
C.J. Anderson Family

Photo added 2/24/2010, contributed by Ken Moen, courtesy of Ruth & Carol's private Collection.

Arneson, Ernest G.
Hardware Dealer; born in Winnebago Co. near Thompson, Iowa, July 13, 1893; son of Arne Arneson & Karina Kittelson; educated Worth co.; Luther Academy, Albert Lea, Minn., HS & commercial course 1909; married Mable Rosette Abraham Oct 31, 1912 at Northwood; son: Richard Ernest; daughter: Evelyn Mable (Mrs. H.I. Helgesen); 1909-11 clerk in Gordon Hardware Co., Joice; 1911-13 manager Farmers Co-op Co., Joice; 1913-14 partner of J.H. Bang in general merchandise business, Joice; 1914-18 manager Farmers Co-op co, Joice; 1918- owner & operator hardware co., Joice; 1931- manager Joice Co-op Livestock Shipping Assn.; past mayor and past member town council several years; past member board of education, Bristol twp. several terms; Iowa Retail Hardware Dealers Assn.; Commercial Club; Lutheran church, trustee; hobbies: outdoor life & travel; office & residence, Joice, Worth county, Iowa.

- source: The Iowa Press Association's Who's Who in Iowa, a Biographical Record of Iowa's Leaders in Business, Professional and Public Life; Pub. by Iowa Press Association, Des Moines, Iowa; 1940
- transcribed by Sharyl Ferrall for Winnebago co. IAGenWeb
- transcription note: the biographies in this book contain many abbreviations, the transcriber has taken the liberty of writing out many of these abbreviations to make the biography easier to read & to assist the researcher