1 S94. Supervisors, H. Stephenson chairman, J. W. Crowson,
B. S. Hove; clerk, Geo. E. Millard; treasurer, S. E. Vadheim; as-
sessor, John Hove.
1895. Supervisors, A. H. Stephenson chairman, John Powers,
E. Bothun; clerk, Geo. E. Millard; treasurer, L. A. Vadheim; as-
sessor, John Hove.
1890. Supervisors, S. M. Edg-ing-ton chairman, Peter Hatle-
stad, Herman Berdahl; clerk, G. E. Millard; treasurer, Butler Hove;
assessor, L. Bothun.
1897. Supervisors, H. J. Berdahl chairman, J. R. Powers,
John Hove; clerk, Geo. E. Millard; treasurer. B. L. Hove; assessor,
A. A. (xrinde.
1898. Supervisors, H. J. Berdahl chairman, John Hove, W. H.
Ing-alls; clerk, John R. Powers; treasurer, B. L. Hove; assessor, A.
1899. Supervisors, John Hove chairman, T. M. Erickson, S.
M. Edg-ing-ton; clerk, John R. Powers; treasurer, S. H. Stephenson;
assessor, L. Bothun.
Anderson, Casper, was born in Norway September 16, 1844,
and emig-rated to Iowa, and from there came to this county in 1876.
He is living- upon his homestead in Edison, comprising- the southwest
quarter of section 5.
Bentson, Rognald, was born in Norway in 1826. He emig-rated
to the United States in 1866, and resided in Iowa until 1873, when he
removed to this county. He secured a homestead in Edison, filing-
upon the west half of the northwest quarter of section 1, and the
east half of the northeast quarter of section 2, where he now resides
and has one of the most substantial homes in the township. He has
several well-to-do sons in the county, and is himself a prosperous and
respected citizen. While in Norway he eng-ag-ed in farming- during-
the summer, and fishing- during- the winter, and had many a fierce
combat with the g-ales on the North Sea.
HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY. 907
Bentson, Sevier, is a native of Xorwav and was Ixirn on the 1st
day of July, 1855, In 18()(), he emig-rated with his parents to tlu-
United States and lived in Wisconsin a short time, then removed to
Decorah, Iowa, and in 1873, came to Edison, where he still resides on
his homestead in secton 1. Since his coming- to this countv he has
worked some of the time at stone masonrv and brick laving-, hut his
chief occupation has been that of farming-. He is a good citizen and
respected by his neig-hbors.
In the towns of Edison and Severdru]), there are now living- sev-
eral families bv the name of Berdahl. There are six brothers in all.
Berdahl, John E., the father, was born October 24, 1822, in
Norway, and emig-rated with his family to this country in 185(), and
settled in Iowa, where he remained four years; then removed to
^Minnesota and resided there until June, 1872, at which time he came
to Minnehaha county and took up the north half of the northwest
quarter of section 30 in Edison, and the north half of the northeast
quarter of section 25 in Sverdrup, as a homestead. He resided on
that portion of his homestead in the town of Edison until his death,
which occurred on the 23d day of February, 1883. He was a g-ood
citizen, and well thougfht of bv his neig-hbors.
Berdahl, Andrew J., the eldest son of John E. Berdahl, was
born in Norway, December 10, 1848, and lived with his father until
he came to Minnehaha count}' in 1872. In June of that year he took
up as a homestead the south half of the northwest quarter and the
north half of the southwest quarter of section 30 in Edison, and pre-
empted the southeast quarter of the northeast quarter and the north-
east quarter of the southeast quarter of section 25 in Sverdrup.
After farming- for several years he went to Baltic and eng-ag-ed in the
mercantile business for six years, and then went to (xarretson and
eng-ag-ed in the same business with his brother Anlin until 18')(),
when he resumed the manag-ement of his farm in Edison. In 1875
and 1876 he was county assessor and rx officio sheriif of the county.
He has held several town offices and frequently been a deleg-ate to
political conventions. In the fall of 1892, he was elected county com-
missioner from his district and served the full term of three years.
As an official Mr. Berdahl is conservative and uprig-ht, and looks
after the interests of his constituents with the same deg-ree of dili-
g-ence that he bestows upon his own business. He is well educated
and keeps himself well posted upon public affairs, and is recog-nized
as one of the foremost citizens in the county.
Berdahl, Anfin J., was born in Norway in 1852, and came with
his father to this county June 19, 1872. He took up as a homestead
the south half of the northeast quarter and the north half of the
southeast quarter of section 5 in Edison, and has since purchased
eig-hty acres adjoining- his homestead on the south. He was town
treasurer in 1882 and 1883. For several years he has been eng-ag-ed
in the mercantile business at Garretson, is a g-ood business man, and
a g-ood citizen.
Berdahl, Christopher, the young-est son in the family, was
born in Minnesota, Aug-ust 14, 18()7, and came to this county with his
908 HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY.
father. He owns and resides upon the northwest quarter of section
2*) in Eldison, and has a g-ood farm.
Berdahl, Herman J., was born in Minnesota, January 16,1863,
and came to this count}^ with his father June 19, 1872. He lives on
the farm taken up by his father as a homestead. He has been con-
stable in Edison for three years. He is a o-ood neig"hbor and a g-ood
Berdahl, Ole J., the fourth son of John E. Berdahl, is an
American by birth, having- been born Aug-ust 3, 1860, while his par-
ents were residing" in Houston county, Minnesota. He came to this
county June 19, 1872, and has since then lived in Edison. He owns
and lives upon the northeast quarter of section 30. He was chairman
of the town board in 1889 and 1890, and has held other town offices.
He is a g-ood neig-hbor and a hig-hly respected citizen.
BoTHUN, Lasse, is a native of Norway, and was born in 1836.
He emig-rated to the United States in 1854, and resided in Wis-
consin, Louisiana and Minnesota before coming- to Dakota in 1861,
where he has since remained. He first located in Clav county, and
removed to Minnehaha county in 1872. He settled in Edison town-
ship, making- homestead, pre-emption and tree claim filing-s on land
in sections 18 and 19. He resides on the southeast quarter of sec-
tion 18, and has a g-ood farm with substantial building's. Since com-
ing- to Dakota he has seen a g-ood deal of public life. He was a mem-
ber of the house of the territorial leg-islature in 1862-3, and of the
council in 1864-5, and ag-ain of the house in 1874-5. He was also a
member of the house of representatives of the first leg-islature of the
State of South Dakota; was elected to the senate in 1891, and ag-ain
in 1896, and nominated to the same office in 1898, but was defeated
by the Republican nominee. Mr. Bothun is a man of more than ordi-
nary ability, is well informed upon all the public questions of the
day, and has for the last few years taken a very active part in the
politics of the state. He is an industrious, hard-working- man, a
g-ood public speaker, and while a member of the leg-islature exerted
considerable influence upon leg-islative matters. He has a wide ac-
quaintance and a host of friends.
CooN, AV, W., was born in Pon du Lac, Pon du Lac county,
Wisconsin, in 1851, and was educated in the public schools. He
worked on a farm in Wisconsin until 1869, when he removed
to Iowa. In April, 1876, he came from there to this county,
and took up a homestead in section 25 in Edison, and a
timber claim of 80 acres, in section 30 in Palisade. He said
that "at that time the larg-est market for wheat for a
larg-e extent of country from the Vermillion river, Madison,
Plandreau, Rock and Lyon counties, Iowa, was Luverne, Minnesota.
I used to g-et up at 2 o'clock A. M. and start mv ox-team with a load
of wheat for Luverne, so as to be able to start back by dark. I came
to Canton by stag-e and walked from there to Edison. I had onlv
money enoug-h to make a homestead filing- and borrowed monev to file
a timl)er^claim. Several of us were living- in a shantv in Edison in
June, 1876, and I went to Sioux Palls for provisions. I wanted some
Andrew J. Berdahl.
HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY, 911
pork, ham or bacon, but there was nothing- of the kind in Sioux Falls,
and I waited for C. K. Howard's teams to come in from Sioux City.
They arrived at eleven o'clock at nio-ht, and I got some pork and
started for home, and the next morning- we had something- to g-rease
our i)ancakes with. But those w^ere pioneer days, and now I am only
a short distance from the city of G'irretson, where anything- that a
farmer needs can be obtained." Mr. Coon has held town offices in
Edison, is a g'ood neigdibor and a respected citizen.
Crittenden, W. J., was born in New York, May 2(), 1S3(). He
resided in several states before coming- to Dakota in 1S73. At that
time he took up the northeast quarter of section L> in Mapleton,
where he made his home for several years, and was a member of the
town board of that township in 1881. He also resided in Edison a
few years, where he was elected to the same position. After having
lived in this county fourteen years, he removed to Tuscola countv,
Michig-an, but will always be remembered as a g-ood neig-hl)or and es-
Ellefson, E. E., was born October 10, 1847, in Wisconsin. He
li\etl there and in Iowa until 1872, when he became a resident of this
county. He now has a fine farm comprising- the northwest (juarter
of section 18 in Palisade, and the northeast c^uarter of section 13 in
Edison, where he resides eng-ag-ed in farming-. He is an enter])rising-
farmer, and a g-ood citizen.
Elvig, Ole, was born in Norway in 18()G. He came to Minne-
haha county in 1883, and boug-ht and now owns the north half of the
northwest quarter of section 11 in Edison, where he resides and has
a g-ood farm.
EvENSON, Paul, was born in Norway May 28, 1849, and came to
Fillmore county, Minnesota, and from there removed to Edison in
June, 1873. He took up as a homestead 80 acres of section 0, and 80
acres of section 10 in Edison, and has a gfood farm.
Erickson, Theodore Martin, was born in Fillmore countx-,
Minnesota, June 28, 1864. He came to Dakota with his [>arenls in
the summer of 1872, and located in this countv. His father then se-
cured a homestead upon the northeast quarter and a tree claim and
pre-emption upon the southwest ([uarter of section 31 in Edison,
which he transferred to the subject of this sketch who still holds it.
They are all living- on the homestead.
F'uLLER, Alfred, was born in Connecticut June 15, 1817, and
before coming- to Dakota resided in Ohio, Wisconsin and Iowa. He
arrived in this county July 4, 1870, and took up as a homestead the
southwest quarter of section 19 in Sioux Falls, where he resided un-
til 1887, when he sold it and removed to Edison and engaged in farm-
ing- in section 26 until his death, which occurred during- the spring- oi
1893. In 1861, he enlisted in Company G, 12th Iowa Reg-iment, and
served until November, 1864. He was a hig-hh' respected citizen.
Fry, Isaac N., was born at Ephrata, Lancaster count\-, Penn-
sylvania, February 21, 1839. On the 10th day of September, 18()2,
he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, and served until Sep-
912 HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY.
tember 20, 1866. In October following- he removed to Minnesota,
and resided there until 1881. In April of that year he removed to
Palisade, this county, where he remained one month, and then set-
tled in section 27 in Edison, w^here he has since resided. He has
held the office of justice of the peace in Edison, and was town clerk
for six consecutive years from 1885 to 1891. He is a conservative,
g-ood citizen, and a good neig-hbor.
Pry, S. Lem, w^as born at Ephrata, Lancaster county, Pennsyl-
vania, December 2, 1847, and resided there until Aug-ust, 1885, at
which time he removed to this county and settled in Edison, where
he eng-ag-ed in farming- in sections 15 and 22. In 1880, while a resi-
dent of Pennsylvania, he was appointed census enumerator of an im-
portant district. Since coming- to this county he has held school and
township offices, and was census enumerator of Edison in 1890. Mr.
Pry has had some experience in collecting- data, etc., having written
the early history of an important town in Pennsylvania. In 1870, he
became a correspondent for the local papers where he resided, and
continued as such until 1884, He was also a special correspondent
for the New York Tribune and the Philadelphia Press from 1880 to
1884, and was special and regular correspondent for four other papers
during- that time. He is very active in the field of politics, and has fre-
quently been elected deleg-ate to political conventions. He has a g-ood
farm, is a good neig-hbor and an esteemed citizen.
Grinde, Andrew A., w^as born in Norway in 1854, but came to
this country wnth his father when three years old. Before comings- to
Edison in May, 1874, he lived in Wisconsin, and Minnesota. He went
into the grain business at Brandon in 1879, and continued in this
business eight years. In 1887, went to Baltic, and took charge of the
Parmers Warehouse until June, 1891. In September, 1891, he moved
back on his farm in Edison. He is highly respected as a business
man and citizen.
Hamre, Ole K., a native of Norway, was born August 2, 1855.
He emigrated to the United States and lived in Minnesota until 1873,
when he removed to Dakota, arriving in Minnehaha county June 27,
1873. He took up as a homestead the southeast quarter of section 14,
but disposed of it and now lives on and owns the east half of the
southeast quarter of section 19 and the west half of the southwest
quarter of section 20, in the town of Edison, which is a good farm
with good buildings.
Hatlestad, Peder L., was born in Norway April 15, 1863. He
emigrated in 1868, and resided in Minnesota sixteen years. On the
21st day of April, 1884, he came to this county and located on his
present farm in section 21 in Edison. He has a good farm and is a
Hegge, Anton, was born in Norway August 17, 1840, and emi-
grated to Minnesota and resided there and in Iowa until he came to
Edison, June 24, 1872. He took up a homestead, tree claim and pre-
emption. He has a large and valuable farm, a portion of it being in
Sverdrup, and a portion in Edison, but his residence is on the south-
west quarter of section 7 in Edison.
HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY. 913
Hkgge, Sivert O., is a native of Norway and was horn Septcni-
her 20, 1847. He emiy-rated to this country and settled in Iowa. In
1S73 he removed to Minnehaha county and took up a homestead and
tree claim in sections 7 and 8, in Edison. He afterwards purchased
land in section 18 and has a laro-e, valuable farm. He planted twenty-
tive acres of trees, and has jti'ood farm building's. He has held vari-
ous town offices, is a o-ood farmer and a o-ood citizen.
Henjum, Johannes, was born in Ber^-en, Norway, and emi-
o-rated to the United States in 1870. He lived in Wisconsin and
Minnesota four years, and came to this county June 12, 1874. He
took up a homestead of 160 acres in section 11, in Edison, and pre-
empted 80 acres more in the same section. He also took up the
northwest quarter of section 14, under the tree culture law, where
he resides, and has one of the finest farms in the township, with
\aluable improvements. He is a prosperous farmer, a g-ood neio-h-
l)()r and a respected citizen.
Henjum, John N., was born in Berg-en, Norway, June 23, 1856.
He came to the United States in 1870, and resided in Wisconsin an<l
.Minnesota four years. On the 12th day of June, 1874, he came to
this county and secured a homestead in sections 17 and 18, in Edison.
He also filed a tree claim on the west half of the northwest quarter
of section 20, and purchased forty acres of section 19, ancl has a
good farm. He has been town supervisor and takes g-reat interest
in the welfare of his town.
Hermanson, Henry, was born in Iowa in 1871, and came to this
county with his father in 1873. He is the owner of the east half of
the northeast quarter of section 16, in Edison,
Hermanson, Herman, was born in Iowa in 1869, and came to
this county with his father in 1873. He now owns the north half of
the southeast quarter of section 19, in Edison.
Hermanson, John C, was born in Norway, Aj)ril 16, 1843, and
after emi^rrating- to this country resided for some time in Iowa, and
came to Edison in May, 1874. He took up a homestead in section 10,
his residence being- in the northeast corner of the section. He has
since added the east half of the southwest ([uarter and now has a
g-ood farm of 240 acres.
Hermanson, Mat N., was born in Norway, May 15, 1845. He
emigrated to the United States, lived in Iowa eight months; removed
from there to Minnesota, where he lived two years; came to this
county in 1875, and took up as a homestead the east half of the south-
west quarter, and the west half of the southeast quarter of section
31, in Hig-hland township, but now resides in section 1, Edison town-
ship, where he is eng-ag-ed in farming-. He is a g-ood citizen.
Hermanson, Thor, was born in Norway, February 24, 1839,
and after coming- to this country lived for awhile in Iowa. He came
to Edison, June 19, 1873, and took up as a homestead the southwest
quarter of section 17, where he now resides. He has since boug-ht
forty acres in the same section, and has a g-ood farm with substan-
tial" building-s and improvements. He is an enterprising", g-ood
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HoGANSON, Ole, was born in Trondhjem, Norway. He emi-
w-rated to this country and came to Dakota in 1873, taking- up as a
homestead and tree claim the south half of section 0, in the town of
Edison, where he still resides, having- a g-ood farm with substantial
and fine building-s.
Hove, John, came from Minnesota, where he was born Septem-
ber 25, 1864. He settled in this county in 1885, and resides on his
160-acre farm in section 3, in Edison, eng-ag-ed in farming-, and has a
Henjum, Knut Nelson, was born in Norway, February 3, 1845,
and came to this country in 1861. He resided in Minnesota until
1874, when he removed to Dakota and located in this county. He
pre-empted the northwest quarter of section 11 in Edison, and after
perfecting- his title sold it in 1885. He also secured a timber claim
on the southwest quarter of the same section, and a homestead on
the southwest quarter of section 14, where he resides and has a very
fine farm with substantial building-s and improvements. He owns at
this writing- about 520 acres of land in Edison township, and is en-
g-aged in extensive farming-. He has held school district and town
offices, and is one of the responsible farmers of Edison, and a hig-hly
respected citizen. Mr. Henjum, tog-ether with John Hermanson,
Lars Hove and John J. Henjum were the first persons to settle out
on what w-as then called the "hig-h prairie" in Edison; the settle-
ments before that time being- along- the Split Rock and Pipestone
Ingalls, William Harrison, was born in Kane county, Illi-
nois, December 16, 1848. He lived in Iowa a few years, and came to
Dakota in 1872, where he remained until 1874, when he left the terri-
tory. In 1884 he returned to Dakota and took up his permanent res-
idence in this county on the northeast quarter of section 23 in Edi-
son, where he eng-aged in farming- until in November, 1898, when he
removed to Todd county, Minnesota, where he is now located on a
stock farm. He was an active and well-known citizen, and served as
school director and road overseer several years in Edison township.
Johnson, Nels P., was born in Sweden in 1846. He emig-rated
to the United States in 1871, and lived in Chicag-o, Illinois, until 1873,
Avhen he removed to Dakota and located in this county. He resides
on his fajm in Edison comprising- about 400 acres of land in sections
34 and 35, and is a well-to-do farmer and a g-ood citizen.
Johnson, Thomas, was born in Norway in 1852. He emig-rated
to the United States and lived in Minnesota until he removed to this
county in 1875. He took up the southwest quarter of section 22 in
Log-an as a homestead, and the northwest quarter of section 32 in
Edison as a tree claim, where he has since resided eng-aged in farm-
ing-. He has a g-ood farm, and is a gfood citizen.
LOFTESNESS, JoHN H., was born in Norwav in 1822, and resided
in Wisconsin and Minnesota before coming- to Edison in 1873. He
took up the northeast quarter of section 20, as a homestead, to which
he has added 80 acres, and has a g-ood farm.
HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY. 915
Larson, Ojle, is a native of Norway, and was horn in 1845.
After coming- to this country he lived for some time in Wisconsin
and came to Dakota in 1873, and settled in this county, takino- up
as a homestead the northeast quarter of section 3 in Kdison. He
also owns the northwest quarter of the same section, makino- in all a
u-Qod farm of 320 acres with substantial Iniildin^-s and improvements.
He is an enterprisino-, reliable citizen.
Millard, EDSON,was born at Morris, Otseg-o county, New York,
Julv 27, 1827. He was reared on a farm and educated in the common
schools. Before coming' to Dakota he resided for a few years in
Minnesota. In 1872 he came to this county and settled in Edison,
taking up land in sections 25 and 35. He resided on his farm until
his decease, which occurred December 5, 1892. He was a kind, gen-
erous man, and was g-reatly beloved by his neig-hbors. As a citizen
he was hig-hlv respected, and the pioneers of Edison cherish his
memorv and often speak of the many little helps he g-ave them.
Nesheim, Ole J., is a native of Norway, and was born in 1849.
He emig-rated to Dakota in 1868 and lived about two years near Ver-
million, then took up a quarter section of land in the northern part of
Clav county, where he was one of the first settlers. He removed
from there to this county in 1872 and took up a homestead and tree
claim comprising 200 acres in section 18 in Edison, where he has
since resided and has a g-ood farm.
OvESON, Erick, was born October 1, 1859, in Winneshiek county,
Iowa. He lived there and in Minnesota until 1872, when he came to
Dakota and settled in Minnehaha county. His farm is located in sec-
tion 31 in Edison and section 6 in Brandon. He resides in Edison,
is a g-ood farmer and a respected citizen, and has held the office of
Powers, John, was born in Ireland in 1844, and came to Minne-
sota in 1870, and to this county June 1, 1873. He took up the north-
east quarter of section 29, as a homestead, where he has since re-
sided. He also tiled upon the northwest quarter of the northwest
([uarter of section 28, as a timber claim, and has since purchased
land in Edison so that he is now the owner of 520 acres. He isagfood
farmer and a g-ood neig-hbor, and it looks now as thoug-h he would g-et
along comfortably without any outside help. He has held several
important town offices, and is a higfhly esteemed citizen. His father,
Allen Powers, took up the southeast quarter of section 29 in Edison
as a homestead in 1873, and resided there until his death, which oc-
curred in December, 1876.
Rognaldson, Hans H.i was born in Norway in 1847. He emi-
grated and lived in Wisconsin and Washing-ton Territory before he
came to Dakota in 1880, when he located in this county. He boug-ht
the east half of the northeast quarter of section 11, and the west
half of the northwest quarter of section 12, in the town of Edison,
where he now resides, and has a g-ood farm with substantial build-
ing's and improvements.
Stephenson, Andrew H., was born in Norway in 1865, and
came to the town of Edison with his father in 1873. He owns and re-,
916 HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY.
sides upon the southwest quarter of section 9, and has purchased
the northwest quarter of section 16, and has a good farm. He has
been assessor three years, member of the school board and chairman
of the town board, and in 1895 was elected county commissioner from
his district. He makes a g-ood official and is an enterprising- and re-
Stephenson, Jacob, is a native of Norwa}^ and was born June
25, 185(). He emio-rated to Minnesota and lived there until he re-
moved to Dakota with his father in 1873. He has a homestead on the
southeast quarter of section 9, in Edison, and also owns the west
half of the northeast quarter of the same section, where he resides
and has a o-ood farm.