updated
03/07/2010

Who's Who in Iowa
1940
Winnebago co. biographies


"N & O"


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

Nelson, Irving Arlington
President Canning Co.; born in Lake Mills, Iowa, Oct 29, 1891; son of Nels Il Nelson & Anna Christian Sorbon; educated Lake Mills HS; University of Minnesota; Theta Chi; married Lillian Marie Stensrud on Feb 3, 1918 in Lake Mills; 1893-1916 worked in canning factory for father, Lake Mills; 1916- president & manager Cool Spring Canning Co., canning green & wax beans, whole kernel & cream style sweet corn, tomatoes & tomato juice, beets & carrots; sells direct to jobbers, employs about 250 people during canning season in factory & several hundred in fields; 1920 built canning factory, Blue Earth, Minn.; 1918-19 mayor of Lake Mills; past president Minn. Canners Assn.; past VP Iowa-Neb Assn; director several years of National Canners Assn; Chamber of Commerce, past president; past president Lions; 1940 president Rice Lake Outing Club; AF&AM; 32nd degree; Shrine; Salem Lutheran church; Republican; hobbies: golf, all sports; office & residence Lake Mills.
I.A. Nelson
I.A. Nelson

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

 
Odden, J.G.
Representative; born Dec 11, 1878 in Winnebago Co., Iowa; son of (not given); married; in mercantile business Lake Mills 6 years; Winnebago Co. treasurer 10 years; now serving second term in legislature; member United Presbyterian church; Republican; residence Forest City.
 
Olsen, Forest B.
Attorney; born in Forest City, Iowa on Sept 19, 1887; son of O.S. Olsen & Maria Kobbervig; educated at Lake Mills HS 1905; U of Iowa, BA 1909, LLD 1911; Phi Alpha Delta; Order of Coif; married Adah Yocum on Nov 1, 1913 at Iowa City; daughter: Margaret; 1915- practicing law at Iowa City; 1929-35 Johnson county attorney; County Attorneys Assoc. of Iowa, 1933 president; Johnson county & Iowa State Bar Assn's; Chamber of Commerce; Lions, president 1936; Order Eastern Star 135; IOOF; KP; BPOE 590; Loyal Order of Moose 1096; AF&AM 4, 32; Kaaba Shrine, Davenport; Presbyterian church; Democrat; hobbies: fishing, hunting, golfing; office 502 Iowa State Bank & Trust Building, Iowa City; residence 430 S. Johnson, Iowa City, Johnson county, Iowa
 
Olson, Fred
Photographer; born in Lake Mills, Iowa on August 11, 1897; son of John Clifford Olson & Alma A. Lingren; educated Lake Mills HS 1915; Southern School of Photography, McMinnville, Tenn., 1916; married Winifred Adel Antwine on Aug 24, 1922 at Waterloo, Iowa; son: John; 1916-18 with father in photography studio, Lake Mills; 1918-19 technician, Hubner Studio, Minneapolis, Minn; 1919- photographer, Cedar Falls; NE Iowa Photographers Club, past secretary; Photographers of America; Chamber of Commerce; Rotary; past club master Boy Scouts of America; BPOE 290 (Elks); Presbyterian church elder; hobbies: fishing, hunting, golf; office 319 Main & residence 603 Walnut, Cedar Falls, Black Hawk county, Iowa.
 
Olson, Russell Leonard
Physician and Surgeon; born Lake Mills, Iowa July 5, 1901; son of David Olson & Ida Josephine Hage; educated Mason City HS, 1920; St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn, BA 1924; Univ. of Iowa, MD 1928; married Alice Marie Viberg Feb 25, 1931 at Council Bluffs; sons: Russell Edward, Rodney Norman & Paul David; 1928-30 interned at State University Hospital, Iowa City; 1930- practicing medicine, Northwood; Worth co. Medical Society, treasurer & secretary since 1934; Iowa State Medical Society; American Medical Assoc.; Commercial Club; Lions, president 1936-37; Boy Scouts of America, director troop 33 since 1938; Golf Club; Lutheran Church; Republican; hobbies: woodworking, photography, stamp collecting; office 97 8th St. N.; residence, 308 9th St. N., Northwood, Worth county, Iowa
 
Osmundson, Floyd W.
Insurance Agent; born in Thompson, Iowa on April 23, 1898; son of John Osmundson & Carrie Olson; educated Thompson HS 1915; St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., BA 1919; married Lucele Kelly on Oct 8, 1927 at Duluth, Minn.; son: William; daughter: Jo Ann; 1919-20 HS teacher & coach, Albert Lea, Minn.; 1921-24 insurance agent, Des Moines; 1924-29 agent for Equitable LIfe Insurance Co. of Iowa, Forest City, 1929-35 supervisor, Mason City, 1935- general agent, Mason City, only rural agency in county among 1st ten in U.S.; during World War entered army June 1918, Fort Sheridan, Chicago, Ill., and later Camp Perry, Ohio, discharged January 1919; American Legion; past president Mason City Life Underwriters Assn.; Chamber of Comerce; Lions; Mason City Country Club; AF&AM, past master 213, Forest City; BPOE (Elks); hobbies: golf, bridge, lake activities; office 500-04 First National Bank building & residence 41 Beaumont Dr., Mason City, Cerro Gordo co. Iowa.
 
Osmundson, George E.
Attorney; born in Cambridge, Iowa, April 12, 1883; son of Henry Osmundson & Betsy Myrah; educated Slater HS; Iowa State Teachers College, BDi; University of Iowa, BA & LLB 1912; Phi Delta Phi; married Lillian Kimbrough on March 5, 1913 at Bethany, Mo.; son Robert ; 1906-07 teacher, Roland; 1906-07 superintendent of schools, Burt; 1913- practice law, Forest City; past City Attorney 8 years; past Winnebago Co. Attorney 6 years; past member school board, Forest City, 1 term; Chamber of Commerce; Lions; Country Club; AF&AM; Congregational church; Republican; hobbies: football, baseball; office & residence, Forest City.
 


- 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



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