Biography of Norman H. Stadum of Glyndon Minnesota

Norman H. Stadum, born February 22, 1878, in Farmington, Minnesota, was a prominent businessman in Glyndon, Minnesota. Educated in Barnesville, he began teaching and working in various jobs, including at the First National Bank and the Great Northern Railroad. In 1902, he helped establish the Glyndon National Bank, later reorganized as the First State Bank, where he served as cashier. Stadum was also involved in land and insurance businesses and held civic roles including councilman and treasurer of the Glyndon Telephone Company. He married Edna Morris in 1903, and they had one son, Edward. Stadum was active in Republican politics and several fraternal organizations.


Norman H. Stadum, a prosperous businessman of Glyndon, Minnesota, was born at Farmington, Minnesota, February 22, 1878, and acquired his schooling at Barnesville. Leaving school at the age of fifteen, he taught the district school at Humboldt two terms, working between times in a drug store.

During the latter part of 1895, he worked in the First National Bank at Barnesville, Minnesota, but left that position in February 1896, and until the following August was employed in the machine shops of the Great Northern Railroad Company at Barnesville. His next position was as a bookkeeper in the First National Bank at Barnesville, which he filled till the organization of the Glyndon National Bank in 1902, which was reorganized April 1, 1908, as the First State Bank, with a capital of $10,000 and a surplus of $500, and with Mr. Charles R. Olsen president, Mr. P. J. Shea, vice president, and our subject cashier.

One valuable feature of this bank is its burglar-proof deposit vault, which, if meddled with, rings an alarm both outside and inside the building. Besides a general banking business, this bank represents steamship companies in the sale of tickets, places insurance in the best companies, collects all manner of claims and negotiates farm loans.

Mr. Stadum is also president of the Farsdale Land Company, which makes a specialty of handling property for non-residents. He is also an agent for the St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company, the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York, and since 1899 has held a commission as a notary public.

He has always shown a commendable interest in civic affairs and is at present (1909) councilman of Glyndon, and also treasurer and a director of the Glyndon Telephone Company, which was organized February 16, 1908, and furnishes both local and long-distance service.

A man of thrift and clear foresight, he has accumulated considerable, and owns, besides his comfortable home in Glyndon, a fine farm of 160 acres in Spring Prairie, under a good state of cultivation and well improved.

In June 1903, Mr. Stadum married Miss Edna, the accomplished daughter of Miranda Morris, of Minneapolis, and they have one child, Edward Morris, born October 12, 1907.

Mr. Stadum is a Republican in politics and a member of the Masonic Order, Knights of Pythias, and the Modern Woodmen of America.

Source

C.F. Cooper & Company, History of the Red River Valley, Past And Present: Including an Account of the Counties, Cities, Towns And Villages of the Valley From the Time of Their First Settlement And Formation, volumes 1-2; Grand Forks: Herald printing company, 1909.

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