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Ole Christianson

Ole Christianson is a representative of one of the sterling pioneer families of Clayton county, which has been his home since he was a child of two years, and he is a scion of that fine Scandinavian stock that has proved such a splendid force in connection with the civic and material development and progress of the great northwestern section of our national domain. Mr. Christianson has been one of the successful agriculturists and stock-growers of Clayton county, but is now living virtually retired in a pleasant home in the village of Gunder, his postoffice address being the neighboring village of Postville, Allamakee county.

Mr. Christianson was born in Norway, on the 4th of February, 1855, and was but two years old at the time when his parents immigrated to America and established their home in Clayton county. He is a son of Chrisian and Betsey (Olson) Christianson, both of whom passed the remainder of their lives in this county, where the father developed a good farm and became a prosperous and honored citizen, both he and his wife having been zealous communicants of the Lutheran church. Of their seven children, five survive.

To the public schools of Clayton county Ole Christianson is indebted for his early educational advantages and after leaving the parental home he was employed at farm work in this county for several years. He then purchased a farm and to the active management of the same he continued to give his attention until his retirement from the labors that had so long engrossed his time and attention. He still owns the property, which he rents to a desirable tenant. Mr. Christianson is a staunch supporter of the cause of the Republican party and both he and his wife are communicants of the Lutheran church. In November, 1893, Mr. Christianson married Miss Christina Nelson, who was born in Norway and who was a young woman when she came with her parents to the United States. Mr. and Mrs. Christianson have no children.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; page 66-67
-transcribed by Mary Cameron


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