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Elling S. Houg

Elling S. Houg has in his independent career as a farmer manifested the energy, progressiveness and excellent judgment that invariably conserve success that is stable and worthy, and he is consistently to be designated as one of the representative agriculturists and stock-growers of his native township and county.

He is a son of Svend Houg, who was one of the sterling pioneers of Clayton county, and concerning the family history it is not necessary to enter into details in the present connection, for on other pages the record is adequately given in the sketch of A.S. Houg.

He whose name introduces this article was born in Marion township, this county, on the 1st of March, 1865, his early educational advantages having been those afforded in the common schools of the locality and period and his entire career having been marked by close and effective association with farm industry, of which he has become a prominent and substantial representative in his native township. In 1903 he purchased his present well-improved farm of two hundred and seven acres, the same being eligibly situated in Sections 15 and 22, Marion township, and in the proximity of the village of Elgin, from which the pleasant home receives service on rural mail route No. 5. Mr. Houg carries forward his agricultural and live-stock operations with energy and circumspection, is an able and popular representative of these all-important lines of industry in Clayton county, is a Republican in politics and takes loyal interest in community affairs of a public order. He has given effective service as an official of his school district and is now serving as school director. Both he and his wife are active members of the Norwegian Lutheran church.

On the 13th of December, 1897, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Houg to Miss Maria Olson, who, has been a resident of this county from the time of her birth and who is a daughter of John Olson, further mention of the family being made on other pages, in the sketch of the career of T.J. Olson. Mr. and Mrs. Houg have seven children, all of whom remain at the parental home, namely: Joseph Millard, Ruth Sylvia, Emily Myrtle, Agnes Sophia, Hilda Geneva, Alice Loretta, and Myron Ansel.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; page 181-182
-transcribed by Mary Cameron


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