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Andrew Hultgren

Andrew Hultgren is one of the sturdy, vigorous and determined men who has not missed the true purposes of life nor waited for circumstance to mould or change his fate. His stewardship has been shown in steadfast integrity, invincible determination and indefatigable industry, the result being that in the land of his adoption he has won worthy success and an independent position as one of the essentially representative agriculturists and stock-growers of Clayton county. He is a scion of the fine Scandinavian element that has contributed greatly to the social and material development and progress of the great northwestern portion of our national domain, and is thoroughly in harmony with American sentiment and institutions; the while he consistently treasures the traditions and honors the history of his native land. He was born at Philipstad, Wermland, Sweden, on the 28th of July, 1861, and is a son of Andrew Hendricksen and Annie (Walberg) Hultgren, both of whom passed their entire lives in that district of Sweden, where the father was a substantial farmer, and both of whom were earnest communicants of the Lutheran church. Of the children the subject of this sketch is the eldest, and the younger is Annie Sophia, who is the wife of Carl Granberg, their home being still in Sweden. He whose name introduces this article gained his early education in the schools of his native land and as a youth he there found employment in iron mines. In 1881, with the determined courage born of worthy ambition, he set forth to seek his fortunes in the United States, where he felt assured of better opportunities for the winning of success through individual effort. Soon after his arrival in America he made his way to Clayton county, Iowa, and established his residence in Mendon township, where for three years he found employment in a saw mill. In the meantime he further showed his spirit and good judgment by attending school when opportunity afforded in order that he might acquire a better knowledge of the English language. After remaining in the county somewhat more than three years Mr. Hultgren went to the city of Chicago, where he found profitable employment and where he remained unlil 1893, in which year he returned to Clayton county and purchased a farm of forty acres, in Mendon township. Pressing forward to the high mark of his ambitious purpose, he finally sold this property and purchased his present fine landed estate of three hundred and twenty acres, upon which he has made numerous improvements and which he has developed into one of the model farms of Mendon township, his attention being energetically given to diversified agriculture and to the raising of good grades of live stock. Mr. Hultgren has entered fully and loyally into community affairs, is a Republican in his political proclivities and has served effectively as a member of the school board of his district. Both he and his wife are zealous members of the Swedish Lutheran church, in which he is serving as a deacon, and he is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Brotherhood of American Yeomen and the Woodmen of the World. November 24, 1887, recorded the marriage of Mr. Hultgren to Miss Caroline Olson, daughter of Ole and Christine (Beckman) Olson, of Mendon township, this county. Mr. and Mrs. Hultgren became the parents of seven children, all of whom are living and still residents of Mendon township except the youngest, Walter, who died in early childhood. The names of the surviving children are here entered in the respective order of birth: Arthur Otto, Edwin B., Carl W., Elmer G., August C. and John A. The sons are identified with agricultural pursuits in Mendon township, and the eldest son, Arthur 0., and his wife are the parents of two children, Alice and Richard. Ole and Christine (Beckman) Olson, parents of Mrs. Hultgren, were born in Jutland, Sweden, where their marriage was solemnized and whence they immigrated to America in 1870. They established their home in Clayton county and still reside on their old homestead farm, in Mendon township, venerable in years and honored by all who know them. Mr. Olson was born July 29, 1835, and his wife on the 22d of June 1842. Both are devoted communicants of the Swedish Lutheran church and he is a stalwart Republican in his political adherency. Of the children, Mrs. Hultgren is the first-born; August has charge of the old homestead farm of his parents; and Hannah died in childhood.

-source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg 187-189
-scanned & submitted by S. Ferrall


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