a young Norwegian man coming to work on a farm in Winneshiek Co could expect to earn sixteen dollars a month until he got used to the work. From then on he would receive twenty. Her farm was situated near that of her niece, Barbro Nordvik Stinson (Refer to article on Steen Stinson), the daughter of Hans Nordvik. He immigrated with his family in 1871 and lived nearly 10 years in Orleans Twp., before buying land in Ransom Co., ND. Oline married Torstein Jarland and raised a large family in Winneshiek Co.

Langland, Charley and Clara (Hille)

(Walter Langland)

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Back row: Charles, Richard Maurice and Joseph. Middle row: Harold and Walter.

Front row: Lois, Clara, Norma and Corrine.

This is a record of Charley M. and Clara (Hille) Langland family who were long-time residents of Highland Twp., Winneshiek Co., IA. Both their parents emigrated from Norway in the mid-1800’s. Charley was born in 1870 (he died in 1955 at the age of 84) in Pleasant Twp., Winneshiek Co. Clara Elizabeth Hille was born in 1884 in Fergus Falls, MN. She died in 1970 at the age of 86. She was a graduate of the University of Minnesota in 1906 and was teaching at the Spring Grove, MN high school when she met and married Charley in 1911, who was then a banker in Spring Grove.

They were the parents of 9 children (six boys and three girls). Charley would jokingly say they had three and a half dozen children. Clara’s father, Hans Hille, served as mayor of Fergus Falls and also in the Minnesota legislature.

Charley was a school teacher, a bank cashier, a deputy Winneshiek Co. Auditor, an AAA (Agricultural Adjustment Act) Committeeman, and served several terms in the Iowa Legislature. They moved their family from Spring Grove to Charley’s family farm in Highland Twp. in 1921 because in their words, "that was a better place to raise their family.”

The nine children born to Charley and Clara were: Corrine, Maurice, Richard, Joseph, Lois, Charles, Norma, Harold and Walter. Corrine Minerva was born in 1912 and died in 1976 from cancer at the age of 64 years. She was a school teacher and Deputy County Superintendent of

Schools before she married George D. Hexom in 1941. They farmed all their married life in Allamakee Co., IA. They adopted two children: Phyllis (m. Raymond Kvamme) and Charles. Maurice Howard was born in 1914 and died in 1990 from cancer at the age of 76. He was a 4+ year Air Force veteran of World War II and farmed on the "home” farm all his life. He married Evelyn (Arneson-Blegen) in 1957. They had one child, Michelle (m. Paul Gulbrandson). He had two step-children, Larry and Linda Blegen. Evelyn was a church organist and Maurice spent his retirement years in Christian Fellowship activities. Richard Howard was born in 1915. He farmed in Highland Twp. on the “home” farm until 1951 when he married Lila Hagen and moved to a farm in Glenwood Twp. where they are still residing. They have four children: Charlene (m. John Loven), Cheryl (m. Brad Freilinger), Rick (m. Brenda Keatley) farming in Glenwood Twp., and Kathryn. Joseph Thomas was born in 1917. He graduated from the University of Iowa and has been a lifelong teacher, starting in a rural school in Burr Oak Twp. After 3+ years as an officer in World War II, he returned to teaching at Dana College, Blair, NE, the University of Wyoming, and the University of Massachusetts, from which he retired. He married Judith Wood in 1943 and they had three children: Joseph, Jr., Elizabeth (Hassen) John, a professor at the University of Florida, and Paul, a professor at New York University. Joseph and Judith reside in Amherst, MA. Joseph is a renowned poet who has done extensive lecturing and written several books of poetry. Lois Elizabeth was born in 1918. She graduated from the University of Iowa and University of California, Los Angeles. She began her teaching career at Corning, IA, then at Cottey College in Missouri, the University of Iowa, University of California, Los Angeles, and Scripps College in Claremont, CA from where she retired. As a psychologist, she had done extensive clinical counseling and research with the talented and gifted. Her home is in Claremont, CA. Charles Edgar Hille was born in 1921 and died in 1989 at the age of 68. Most of his career was in the dairy industry. He operated a milk and cream route for several years before becoming a butter maker and then a fieldman for a dairy cooperative. He married Lois Nesheim in 1946 and they had six children: David (a registered nurse), Constance (m. Joseph Witkowski of La Grange Park, IL), Linda (a counselor at Marshalltown, IA), Charles of Decorah, Bruce of Chicago and Joan (m. Sam Howard of Knoxville, TN). Lois, an excellent seamstress and lefse maker, continues to live in her home in Waukon, IA. Norma Adeline was born in 1922 and died in 1991 at the age of 68. She graduated from the University of Iowa Nursing School as a Cadet Nurse and practiced there until she married Dr. Alfred R. Bothell, an oral surgeon, in 1948. They moved to Menlo Park, CA in 1952 and he practiced there until retiring. They raised three girls: Janice (m. David Hendry) an airline stewardess of Windsong, CA, and Judy Law and Ann Chick both of Jefferson City, MO. Norma's husband, Al, remarried after her death. Al and Cathy now live in Sun City, AZ. Harold David was


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