"Among the citizens of Clermont township who have
built up comfortable homes and surrounded themselves with landed and
personal property, few have attained a higher degree of success than the
subject of this sketch. With few opportunities except what his own efforts
were capable of mastering and with many discouragements to overcome, he
has made a success of life, and in his old age has the gratification of
knowing that the community in which he has resided has been benefited by
Knud Halverson is a Scandinavian by nativity, having first
seen the light of day in far-away Norway on March 24, 1835. He is a son of
Halver and Margaret Knudson, both also natives of the "land of the
midnight sun." In 1857, attracted by the alluring prospects offered in the
New World, they set sail for the United States, and on landing came at
once to Clayton county, Iowa, settling on a farm, to which they devoted
their energies. Their deaths eventually occurred in Wisconsin, both at
advanced ages, the father being eighty-eight years old and the mother
ninety-five years and two months old at decease. They were the parents of
three children, of whom the subject of this sketch and a sister survive.
The subject was reared under the parental roof and secured his education
in the schools of his native land. He came to the United States in 1855,
two years prior to the coming of his parents, and he established himself
in Clayton county, this state, where he successfully prosecuted farming
operations and at the same time worked at the carpenter's trade, at which
he had become an adept before leaving his native land. In 1905 he sold his
Clayton county farm and came to Clermont, Fayette county, where he now
resides. His success in business affairs has been pronounced and he has
also acquired that which is of more importance - the good will and respect
of the people with whom he has been associated for so many years.
Persistent industry, good management and strict integrity have been the
elements which have contributed to his success and today no man in the
community stands higher in general esteem than does he.
In 1866, Mr. Halverson was united in marriage to Isabel Oleson, who also
was a native of Norway, and to them was born a daughter, Anna Matilda, who
married Edwin Knudson, now deceased, and they had two children, Mabel and
Edna. Mrs. Halverson died in February, 1908.
Politically, Mr. Halverson has given a stanch support to the Republican
party and has at all times taken a keen interest in public affairs, though
in no sense has he been a seeker after public office. Religiously, he is a
faithful member of the Lutheran church, to which his wife also belonged.
He has been true to his life's duties and opportunities as they have come
to him and has been a loyal supporter of his adopted government at all
times. In marked evidence of this is the fact that in 1861, at the
outbreak of the great Rebellion, he enlisted as a member of Company B,
Sixteenth Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry, for the three-year service.
After about a year's service, however, he was injured in the engagement at
Florence, Alabama, and was sent to the hospital at St. Louis, being
afterwards discharged from the service because of physical disability. He
was a good soldier and faithfully served his country to the extent of his
ability. He enjoys a wide acquaintance and is well liked by all who know
him and who esteem him for his genuine worth.