H. O. Gilbertson, a prosperous farmer from Ulen township, Minnesota, overcame hardships and developed a successful farm, owning 200 acres of productive land. He arrived in the U.S. two years before his father, who settled in Clay County at the age of eighty-eight. Married to Miss Astra Herbransen, they had seven children, with several now living on the family homestead.
Gustav B. Wollan, born in Glenwood, Minnesota on September 21, 1877, had a diverse career, ranging from teaching to journalism and banking. He graduated from Luther College and worked as an editor and advertising manager. Additionally, he served in various positions in state legislature committees and associations. In 1908, he became the managing editor of the Barnesville Record-Review. He married Minnie S. Bergh, a talented pianist from St. Paul. Both shared the Lutheran faith and were active members of the Norwegian Lutheran Synod.
George N. Lamphere, a journalist born in Mystic, Connecticut, on August 23, 1845, served in the Civil War before settling in Moorhead, Minnesota. He published the daily and weekly “News” and served in various governmental roles. Later, he moved to Palouse, Washington, where his son, George N. Lamphere, Jr., resides.
Hans Rushfeldt, a Norwegian immigrant born on October 5, 1849, played a vital role in the development of Hawley, Minnesota. After arriving in the United States in 1869, he worked on construction trains and engaged in railroad projects. Eventually, he settled in Hawley and established a successful hardware store, which expanded over the years. In addition to his business ventures, Rushfeldt actively participated in fraternal organizations and was an influential figure in local politics. He married Helen Olson in 1882, and together they raised nine children. Their contributions to the community have left a lasting impact.
George J. Thompson, born in 1870, is the founder of Moorhead Plumbing & Heating Company. Starting as a blacksmith, he later ventured into steamfitting and plumbing. In 1907, he established his current company, which has since undertaken significant projects in the city. George is married to Gertrude Peterson, and they have four children. He is also a member of the Masonic Order and the A. O. U. W.
George E. Perley, a respected figure in Moorhead, established himself as a prominent professional and businessperson. After a successful career in law and insurance, he became the proprietor of the George E. Perley Farm Loan Agency. He has served in various legislative and civic roles, displaying progressive and liberal-minded values. Mr. Perley is known for his eloquence, versatility in writing, and passion for music.
Frank A. Weld, a renowned educator, made significant contributions to the field in the Northwest. After serving as superintendent in Zumbrota and Fergus Falls, he became the president of the State Normal School in 1889. Under his leadership, the school experienced substantial growth in enrollment and improved overall management.
Fred Stalley, register of deeds, has a rich family history tracing back to Huguenot ancestors. He settled in Minnesota in 1873, engaged in farming, and was involved in various civic roles. Appointed as deputy register of deeds in 1907, he later won the election for the office with a record-breaking majority. Fred is a member of several fraternal organizations and has two children with his second wife, Nellie H. Axtell.
Fred Johnson, a renowned decorator and painter in Moorhead, operates the largest enterprise in the region. A proactive businessman, he actively contributes to initiatives for the betterment of his hometown. With exceptional skills and artistry, he is highly regarded as the city’s most talented painter. Fred is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and has two children with his wife, Mary Manstrom.
Fred Herring, a highly regarded citizen of Hawley, Minnesota, was born in Sandford-on-Thames, England, in 1867. After receiving his education in Oxford, he worked as a teacher and later as a bookkeeper in a grocery store with a sub-postal station, gaining valuable knowledge of postal service operations. In 1894, he immigrated to the United States and settled in Hitterdal, Minnesota, before moving to Hawley. Fred became the seventh postmaster of Hawley in 1907, bringing efficiency and systematic methods to his work. He actively participated in social and religious activities, and his commitment to temperance and community improvement earned him widespread respect. Fred and his wife, Victoria, have three children: Made-line E., Bertha E., and William James.