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prises 400 acres and is one of the best farms in the countv. He is
not only a g-ood farmer, but is a good neighbor and citizen.

KiRKEBY, S. T., was born in Norway in 1866, and came to the
United States with his parents in 1869. In 1873, they removed from
Minnesota to this count}^ and settled in section 30 in Sverdrup. The
subject of this sketch now resides on the northwest quarter of sec-
tion 30, and has a good farm of 200 acres. He is one of the progres-
sive farmers of Sverdrup, and is a respected citizen.

Krogstad, Peter, emigrated to the United States from Nor-
way, where he was born in 1828. He came directly to South Dakota
in 1872, and settled in Minnehaha county, securing as a homestead
the southwest quarter of section 14 in Sverdrup, where he still re-
sides, and has a good farm.

Langness, John O., was born in Norway, October 22, 1839. He
emigrated to the United States in 1866, and lived in Minnesota until
in the spring of 1868, when he removed to Dakota and came to this
county about the first of May of that year. He took up a homestead
in the center of section 5 in Sverdrup, where he still resides and has
one of the most substantial and best improved farms in the county.



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John O. Laxgxess.



HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY. 929



He took up a tree claim and a pre-emption in I^o^^an, hut has since
disposed of his interest in them, and has purchased several hun-
dred acres of land in sections 5, 8 and 20 in Sverdrup. He has
held most, if not all of the town offices; has been county surveyor
two terms, and was a member of the assembly of the territorial
le^^-islature one term. In November, ISOb, he was elected county
treasurer of Minnehaha county. He is a man of positive convictions,
and always ready to stand by and advocate his princi])les. He is
as honest as he is self-reliant, and is hig-hlv esteemed by his neij^h-
bors. He is credited with a ,o(K)d deal of political sag-acity, and his
political opponents in takino- an account of stock never ig-nore his
political influence. It is not too much to say, that he stands in the
front rank of the best citizens of the county.

McBride, Owen, a native of Ireland, was born in 1829. He emi-
,i»-rated to America and lived in Iowa until in 1874, when he came to
Dakota and settled in this county, takino- up as a homestead the south
half of the southeast quarter of section 14, and the north half of the
northeast quarter of section 23, in Sverdrup, and has lived there, en-
^ayed in farming-, ever since. He was appointed overseer of hig-h-
ways in 1890.

IVIcBkide, Thomas, was born in Ireland June 12, 1839. He emi-
g-rated to the United States in 1856, and resided in Iowa until 1873,
when he removed to Dakota and located in this county. He took up a
homestead in section 24, and a tree claim in section 13, in Sverdruj),
and has a g-ood farm. His residence is on the northwest quarter of
the southwest quarter of section 24. He was a teamster in the war
of the rebellion for about three years.

MoE, Ole Peterson; was born in Norway in 1850, and emi-
g-rated to Minnesota in 1869. He remained there until the fall of
1870, when he removed to Dakota and settled in Sverdrup. He took
u[) as a homestead the southeast quarter of section 31, and pre-
empted 160 acres in the same township and has a g-ood farm with sub-
stantial l)uilding-s and improvements. He has held several school and
town offices in Sverdrup, and is respected as an honest uprig'ht man.

Moen, Peter O., was born in Trondhjem, Norway, October, 30,
1858. He emigrated and located in Minnehaha county in June, 1873,
taking- up a homestead in section 12 in Sverdrup township, where he
has since resided engrag-ed in farming-, and has a g-ood farm.

Nyhus, Guttorm T., was born in Norway in 1841. He emi-
g-rated to the United States, and lived in Minnesota for some time,
but removed to this county in 1872. He took up as a homestead the
northeast quarter of section 28, in Sverdrup, where he still resides
and has a gfood farm. He has purchased land in five other sections
in this township, and now owns several hundred acres. He is a suc-
cessful farmer, a good neigfhbor, and an enterprising- and respected
citizen.

Peterson, Nels B., of Sverdrup, is a native of Norway, and
was born on the 4th day of October, 1853. He emig-rated with his
parents to the United States in 1868, and upon arriving- to this



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930 HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY.



countrv took the train for the West, and came direct to Sioux City.
At that place his brother, about three years old, was taken sick. Be-
\ng short of money, and the destination of the family being- this
countv, they were oblig-ed to make the remaining- part of their jour-
nev" afoot. They carried the sick child, and walked across the prai-
rie until they reached the farm of Robert Peterson, an uncle of Nels,
who at that time lived in Mapleton. They arrived there in June,
1868, and three days after their arrival the little boy died. His
father, Jorg-en Peterson, secured a pre-emption, tree-claim and home-
stead in sections 3 and 4 in Mapleton, and in section 34 in Sverdrup,
where he resided until his death, which occurred in the fall of 18^)5.
Nels took up a homestead in section 2 in Mapleton, and has boug-ht
considerable land in sections 33 and 34 in Sverdrup, and in section 2
in Mapleton, and now owns, including- his father's property, several
hundred acres of land in this county. He has been a member of the
town board of supervisors since 1896, and also a member of the
school board for several years. He resides on the southeast quarter
of section 34, has a g-ood farm, with fine improvements, is an enter-
l)rising- farmer, and a hig-hly respected citizen.

RisvoLD, Andrew P., is a native of Norway and was born in
1835. He emig-rated to the United States in 1867, and for two 3^ears
resided in Minnesota. He came to this county in June, 1869, and
settled in Sverdrup, taking- up the southwest quarter of section 10,
as a homestead, where he still resides and has a g-ood farm with sub-
stantial building-s. He is one of the reliable citizens of Sverdrup,
and has been the treasurer of the school district in which he resides
upwards of fifteen years.

RisvoLD, John P., was born in Norway, June 20, 1851, and emi-
g-rated to the United States with his parents. He came to this
county on his 19th birthday, and in 1872 took up a homestead in sec-
tions 4, in Sverdrup, and 33, in Dell Rapids. He is a g-ood farmer,
has a g-ood farm, and is a reliable citizen.

RisvoLD, Paul A., was born in Norway, July 7, 1861. He emi-
grated to this country and resided in Minnesota until he removed to
this county in October, 1870, where he has since resided. He pur-
chased the southeast quarter of section 10, in Sverdrup, and has a
g-ood farm and is a reliable citizen.

Sando, Rev. O. O., was born in Rock county, Wisconsin, May 4,
1849. He was educated in Luther colleg-e, DecoVah, Iowa, and took
a theolog-ical course at Concordia seminary in St. Louis, Missouri,
g-raduating- in 1873. In October of that year he came to this county,
having- accepted a call from the Nidaros Evang-elical Lutheran Con-
g-regf-ation in Sverdrup township, and three other cong-reg-ations, one
at Brandon, this county, one in Brooking-s, this state, and one in
Rock county, Minnesota"! At that time there was not another Luth-
eran minister in this part of South Dakota, and a larg-e amount of
missionary work devolved upon him. Before the expiration of the
year he had organized six cong-reg-ations in addition to the four he
came to take chargre of, and he preached to them all, one of them
being- in Yellow Medicine countv, Minnesota. He was in the saddle




Xels B. Pktekson.




Kev. O. O. Sando.



lilStORY OF MiNNEriAHA COUNTY. 935



most of the time, and as the immij^Tation of Lutherans inerease-d
rapidly in this and adjoining- counties, his field of labor was broad-
ened and his missionary duties larg-elv added to. At one time he
had not less than seventeen cono-reo"itions to whom he preached. Ife
has held services in sod houses, farmers' residences, and later on, in
school houses. The cono-reg'ations org-anized by him in those pionrcr
days are now in charg-e of twelve pastors, and many line church edi-
fices have been erected. In 1876 he org-ani/.ed the first Norweg'ian
Lutheran church in Sioux Palls after having- preached reg-ularly for
a few Lutherans at that place since LS73. He has at the present
time charg-e of two cong-reg-ations— one in Sverdrup and one in
Taopi. From the foreg-oing- sketch of his labors it can readily be
seen that the people in this section of the country are g-reatly in-
debted to him for his pioneer work. He is g-reatly beloved by his
parishioners, and is a gfood preacher. But where he excels is in his
every-day work among- the people of his cong-reg-ation.

Sandvig Sr., Hans H., is a native of Norway, and was born
Aug-ust 20, 1826. He emig-rated to Minnesota where he resided a
few years. On the 28th day of September, 1872, he came to this
county and settled in Sverdrup, taking- up a homestead and tree
claim in sections 11 and 13. His residence is located on the north-
west quarter of section 13. He has a g-ood farm, and is a respected
citizen.

SoLEM, Henry G., was born in Norw^ay, in 1853. He emig-rated
to Minnesota and resided there until 1871, when he removed to Da-
kota and settled in Minnehaha countv. He then filed a pre-emption
in section 3, and is at the present time the owner of the southwest
c|uarter and the northeast quarter of that section, and also the north-
west quarter of section 2, in Sverdrup. He resides on the north-
east quarter of section 3, and has a very fine farm with substantial
building-s and improvements. He is a g-ood farmer and a g-ood citi-
zen, and has held several town offices.

Thompson, John, the pioneer farmer of Sverdrup, was born in
Norway, June 29, 1841, and came to this country in 1854. He was
residing- in Wisconsin at the breaking- out of the war, and enlisted
in Co. I, 7th Wisconsin, and served until April, 1862. During- the
summer of that year he enlisted in Co. H,3()th Wisconsin, and served
throug-h the war, until mustered out in October, 1865. He was a
noncommissioned officer, and had the g-ood fortune of going- throug-h
the war without receiving- a wound or being- taken prisoner. After
leaving- the army he went to Goodhue county, Minnesota, where he
soon after married Christine Haug-en. On the 4th day of June, 18()(),
Mr. Thompson and John Nelson with their wives started for Dakota,
each having- a pair of oxen, a cow and a wag-on. On the 29th day of
June, the 25th birthday of Mr. Thompson, they arrived at Sioux
Falls, and camped on the east side of the Sioux river. Within two
or three days Mr. Thompson located on section 29 in Sverdrup, and
filed a homestead claim. At first he put up four crotches, and built
his first dwelling- place of poles and hay. In the fall of that year he
built a log- house, 12x16, being- the first one built in this township;



936 HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY.



the roof of this building- was covered with soft maple shingles. He
is now residing- on section 29, and has resided in Sverdrup long-er
than any other citizen of that town. He now owns 597 acres of land in
section 29, and 240 acres on the west side of section 28. He has in
addition 236 acres of land in sections 20, 30, 32 and 33 in Sverdrup,
making- in all 1,073 acres. He has g-ood farm building-s, his barn be-
ing one of the larg-est if not the largest in the county; it is 80 feet
wide, by 100 feet in length. He has a large amount of personal prop-
erty about him, and is one of the most successful and prosperous
farmers in the county. He has also been a very active, enterprising
citizen, and has taken a prominent part in public affairs. The first
time he received an appointment to office was under quite unusual
circumstances. It was when James S. Foster was territorial super-
intendent of schools, and while engfaged in freighting g'oods to Sioux
Falls, he was assisted by Mr. Thompson (who was on his way to
Yankton) to get his gfoods across the Sioux river. For this service
Mr. Foster showed his appreciation by paying- him one dollar and ap-
pointing him superintendent of schools of Minnehaha county. He
made g-ood use of the dollar, but made no attempt to act in his official
capacity. He has been chairman of the town board of supervisors
for about nine years; was elected first township assessor of Sverd-
rup; has been justice of the peace, and was the first chairman of the
board of county commissioners of this county since its reorg-aniza-
tion; and since then he has been elected and served for three years
as a member of the same board. He was a member of the terri-
torial assembly in 1873-1877 and 1883. There are few white people,
and no farmer, who have resided in this county longer than Mr.
Thompson, and none is better known, He is an honest, earnest,
energ-etic man, a g-ood neighbor and a respected citizen.

Thompson, Tom A., is a native of Norway and was born Novem-
ber 19, 1842. He emigrated to the United States in 1872, and settled
in Wisconsin for three years. In 1875 he came to this county and
took up as a homestead the northwest quarter of section 11, and as a
tree claim the southwest quarter of section 12 in Sverdrup township,
and subsequently purchased the southwest quarter of section 11.
He resides on his homestead and has a fine farm. He has held the
office of school district, and town treasurer, and is a g-ood citizen.

VoLLAN, John P., is a native of Norway, and was born in 1844.
He emigrated to the United States in 1872,^ and lived in Minnesota
five years. In 1877 he removed to this county, where he has since
resided engaged in farming. He bought and now owns 520 acres of
land in sections 8, 9, 15, 16 and 17 in Sverdrup. He resides on the
southwest quarter of section 15, and has a very fine farm, with sub-
stantial buildings and improvements. He was assessor of Sverdrup
township in 1896, is a good neighbor, an industrious farmer, and a
respected citizen.




John Thompson.



TiYONS TO^A^NSHIP.

(103-50)

Wm. J. Neelev surveyed the boundaries of this township in
July, 1859, and Carl C. P. Meyers surveyed the subdivisions in Sep-
tember, 1864. Its acreatre is 22,942.74. Skunk creek runs throuo-h
its entire leng'th north and south, and several little streams formino-
Willow creek have their source in this township. The surface is
rolling-, and the soil fertile. The first settlers in Lyons were Knude
Larson and his son Ole Larson, who took up land and settled upon it
on the 3d day of July, 1869, and built a sod house to live in. Knude
took up the north half of section 1, and Ole took up land in sections
4 and 12. The township is now settled with a o-ood class of farmers,
and their farms and building-s denote thrift and prosperity. The
valuation of the personal property is hig-h upon the list, and <)nl\-
one township in the county has a g-reater number of cattle. There
are two post offices in this township, one called Lyons, located in the
southwestern part, and the other, called West Point, located on the
west side near the center north and south.

LYONS TOWNSHIP BOARD.

The records of Lyons township commence with September 5,
1881, at which time the board met for the purpose of levying- a tax
for hig-hways and bridg-es. L. Lyman, chairman, and John Magnu-
son were present, E. O. Possum" absent. C. P. Sisson was the first
town clerk.

1882. The names of the town officers for this year cannot be
ascertained from the records. The first warrant was issued to P.
O. Possum on the 16th day of January, for four dollars. C. P. Sis-
son clerk.

1883. Supervisors, W. P. Kelly chairman, E. O. Possum, L.
Lvman; T. E. Safer clerk. Tax levied, town fund two mills, road
fund eig-ht mills and bridge fund two mills. C. P. Sisson was paid
S14 as assessor.

J 884. Supervisors, Hans H. Sandvig- chairman, Ole J. Stordahl.
Lars Benson; clerk, T. E. Safer; treasurer, E. O. Possum; assessor,
W. P. Kelly; justice for two years, Lewis Lyman; constable for two
years, Iver Oien.

1885. Supervisors, L. A. Pease chairman, Hans H. Sandvig",
Knut Larson; clerk, T.E. Safer; treasurer, E. O. Possum; assessor,
W. P. Kellv. At the annual town election 34 votes were cast.

1880. "Supervisors, T. E. Safer chairman, G. W. Sisson, Lars



940 HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY.



Bervin; clerk, L. A. Pease; treasurer, E. C. Evans; assessor, W. F.
Kelly; justices, Axel Scott, L. Lyman; constables H. A. Foster,
Lars A. Berg-.

1887. Supervisors, H. H. Sandvig- chairman, Lars A. Bervin,
Lars Benson; clerk, T. E. Sater; treasurer, Ole J. Stordahl; assessor,
John A. Scott; constables, Geo. Foster, A. S. Fuller. At the annual
town meeting- a ballot was taken upon the question whether or not a
townhall fund should be created, resulting- in 10 votes for and 19
(io-ai}isL

1888. Supervisors, H. H. Sandvig- chairman, Lars Bervin,
Knut Larson; clerk, T. E. Sater; treasurer, Ole J. Stordahl; asses-
sor, E. O. Fossum; justices, A. S. Fuller, C. F. Sisson; constables,
Lars Benson, Iver Hildahl. At the annual election 33 votes were
cast.

1889. Supervisors, Hans H. Sandvig- chairman, S. H. Tidemann;
W. F. Kelly; clerk, T. E. Sater; treasurer, Ole J. Stordahl; assessor,
E. O. Fossum. At the annual town meeting- the question of resur-
veying- the township was submited to a vote, resulting- in ^ for and 43
ag-aiust,

I85K). Supervisors, Hans H. Sandvig- chairman, S. H. Tide-
mann, C. F. Sisson; clerk, T. E. Sater; treasurer, Ole J. Stordahl;
assessor, E. O. Fossum; justices, Wm. F. Kelly and A. S. Fuller;
constables G. W. Sisson, John O. Hildahl.

1891. Supervisors, H. H. Sandvig- chairman, C. F. Sisson, S.
H. Tidemann; clerk, T.E. Sater; treasurer, Ole J. Stordahl; assessor,
J. O. Stordahl.

1892. Supervisors, Hans H. Sandvig- chairman, E. O. Fossum,
C. F. Sisson; clerk, T. E. Sater; treasurer, Ole J. Stordahl; asses-
sor, J. O. Stordahl; justices, W. F. Kelly, G. W. Tyler; constables,
Iver Oien, Martin Gunderson. At the annual town meeting- 54 bal-
lots were cast, and it was ordered that the Russian thistle law be en-
forced.

1893. Supervisors, Hans H. Sandvig- chairman, C. F. Sisson,
Lars Benson; clerk, T. E. Sater; treasurer, Ole J. Stordahl; asses-
sor, S. M. Tidemann; constable, Lars J. Void.

1894. Supervisors, Hans H. Sandvig- chairman, C. F. Sisson,
S. H. Tidemann; clerk, T. E. Sater; treasurer, Ole J. Stordahl; as-
sessor, J. O. Stordahl; justice, A. Scott; constables Iver Oien, Alex
Walsh.

1895. Supervisors, C. F. Sisson chairman. Nils I. Oien, Lars
A. Berg-; clerk, T. E. Sater; treasurer, Lars A. Bervin; assessor,
Georg-e W. Tyler.

1896. Supervisors, Hans H. Sandvig- chairman, A. Berg-, S. H.
Tidemann; clerk, T. E. Sater; treasurer, Lars A. Bervin: assessor,
G. W. Tyler.

1897. Supervisors, Hans H. Sandvig- chairman, Lars A. Berg-,
James Sherrv; clerk, T. E. Sater; treasurer, Lars A. Bervin; asses-
sor, G. W. Tyler.

1898. Supervisors, Hans H. Sandvig- chairman, C. F. Sisson,
Oscar Lambert; clerk, T. E. Sater; treasurer, Lars A. Bervin; as-
sessor, G. W. Tvler.



HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY. 941

1899. Supervisors, Oscar Lambert chairman, Lars I5cr\in,
Nils Oien; clerk, T. E. Sater; treasurer, Iver Oien; assessor, (L W.
Tyler: justices, S. H. Tidemann, Nils Oien; constables, B. Johnson,
John C. Johnson.

bio(;kaphical SKi^rrcHES.

Benson, Lars, is a native of Sweden and was born in 1844. We
emio-rated to the United States in 1870, and lived in Wisconsin until
1874, when he located in this county. He filed a homestead u])on tiu'
northwest quarter of section 4 in Lyons, which he afterwards sold,
and now resides on his farm in section 33 in the same township. He
was a member of the town board of supervisors several vears. He
has a g-ood farm and is a g-ood citizen.

Bekg, Lars Anderson, is a native of Norway and was born in
the province of Trondhjem in 1847. He emig-rated to the United
States and came directly to Dakota, arriving- in this county June 10,
1871. He secured a homestead and a timber claim in section 1, in
Lvons and eng'ag"ed in farming-. He also owns some land in section (>
in Sverdrup, and a house and lot in Baltic. He is an industrious
farmer and a g^ood citizen, and has been super\isor of the town board
several 3^ears.

Brakke, Lars N., was born in Norway January 12, 1837; came
to this country in 1859, and lived in Iowa until his coming- to this
county, April 1, 1874, except the time he was in the army. He en-
listed^ in 1861, in the 1st Illinois Artillery, called Waterton's Bat-
tery; ^vas taken prisoner in 1862, at Pittsburg- landing-, and was dis-
charg-ed when released. After coming- here he secured as a home-
stead the northeast quarter and as a tree claim the southeast quarter
of section 19 in Lvons, and eng-ag-ed in farming-, in which he has been
very successful, having- a beautiful home, and an extensive and well
cultivated farm. He has also purchased the northwest quarter of
the same section and 10 acres in section 30 in Mapleton, making in all
al)out 500 acres of land in this county, which he now owns. He has
held the office of constable, and has been on the jury in the courts of
this county several times.

Danielson, Lars, was born in Norway July 9, 1847. He emi-
g-rated and came directly to Yankton, Dakota. He soon left there
for this county, where he settled in 1872, and commenced farming
upon a homestead previously taken by his wife, and situated u])on
the southwest quarter of section 23, in the town of Lyons. He is a
good farmer, and a g-ood citizen.

Evans, E. C, was born in Canada in 1847. He emigrated and
lived in Wisconsin for some time, and came to Dakota in 1875. He
located in this county, taking- up as a homestead the northwest
([uarter of section 32 in the town of Lyons, where he still resides and
has a g-ood farm. He now owns about 560 acres of land in Lyon
township, and is eng-ag-ed in extensive farming-. He was town treasurer
in 1886, is an industrious, enterprising- farmer, and a respected
citizen.



942 HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY.



FossuM, Even O., was born in Norway, March 4, 1849. After
coming- to this country he lived in Iowa and Minnesota, and came to
Dakota December 12, 1874, and the next day pitched his tent in
Minnehaha county, where he has been a permanent resident ever since.
He secured as a homestead the northeast quarter of section 3, and
pre-empted the northwest quarter of northwest quarter of section 2,
in Lyons, and filed a timber claim on the southwest quarter of sec-
tion 35, in Burk. He resides on his homestead and has a g-ood farm
with a larg-e live stock. He has always been prominent in town
affairs, has been a member of the town board of supervisors, town
treasurer and assessor for several years, and school district clerk
for about seven years. He is a good farmer and a g-ood citizen.

Foster, Horace A., was born in Canada, March 5, 1840. He
emig-rated to Wisconsin, then removed to Iowa and resided there
until March, 1876, when he settled in this county. He took up a
homestead and a tree claim in sections 28, 29 and 33 in Lyons, where
he has since been eng-ag^ed in farming-, and has been quite success-
ful. October 17, 1861, he enlisted in Co. K, 14th Wisconsin Infantr\',
was discharg-ed June 7, 1862, owing- to disability; re-enlisted vVug-ust
27, 1864, in Co. C, 42d Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, and was dis-
charg-ed June 20, 1865, at the close of the war.

Gunderson, Martin, was born in Verdalen, Norway, October
2'), 1854. He emig-rated to Minnesota and resided there until in 1876,
when he left for Dakota and settled in this county. He filed upon
the north half of section 25, in the town of Lyons, and has since
resided there. He is a g-ood citizen, and a successful farmer.

Hildahl, Knut O,, was born in Norway, November 3, 1840. He
emig-rated to America, and lived in Illinois and Iowa until the spring-
of 1874, at which time he removed to Dakota and settled in this
county. He secured a homestead and tree claim in section 13 in
Lyons, where he now lives and has a g-ood farm. He says when he
first came here the present city of Sioux Falls was a pretty small
])lace, the g-rasshoppers were destroying- everything-, and he made
his living- by hauling- lumber from Sibley, Iowa, to Sioux Falls, for
which he received $10 per thousand,

Hilmoe, Jens Johnsen, was born in Norway, June*5, 1839. He
emig-rated to America and settled in Wisconsin in 1869. In 1872
he removed to this county, and took up a homestead in sections 1 and
12 in Lyons, where he now lives and has a g-ood farm. His wife had



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