Biography of Ole E. Reiersgord of Ulen Minnesota

Ole E. Reiersgord, born July 23, 1875, in Norway, is the editor of the “Ulen Union” and owner of the “Becker County Journal” in Lake Park, Minnesota. Immigrating to the U.S. as an infant, his family settled in Hagen Township, Clay County, Minnesota. Educated locally and in Moorhead, Reiersgord pursued a business education before excelling as a teacher and later as a publisher. Acquiring the “Ulen Union” in 1898, he has expanded its circulation significantly. Active in community affairs, Reiersgord has served as justice of the peace, village trustee, and recorder. Married to Clara Bjerke in 1897, they have five children: Alice G., Erwin N., Cora A., Lila M., and Ruben I.

Ole E. Reiersgord, the editor of the Ulen Union, has been a resident of the village since 1898, when he acquired the printing plant from Mr. E. J. Taylor. In 1909, he also purchased the Becker County Journal in Lake Park, Minnesota. With the recent acquisition of new machinery, he has established a thriving printing business in Ulen, with his two papers boasting a circulation of over 1,000.

Mr. Reiersgord was born on July 23, 1875, in Norway. He is the son of Even and Gwri E. (Bentehaugen) Reiersgord, who immigrated to America when Ole was just nine months old. They spent their first year and a half in Houston County, Minnesota, and in 1878, they moved to Clay County. Two years later, they settled on a homestead claim in Hagen Township. It was there that Ole received his education at the local school and worked on the family farm. In 1890, he enrolled in Moorhead High School, where he spent three years. In his senior year, he left school to pursue a commercial course at a business college, from which he graduated in 1894. Equipped with the necessary skills for a successful business career, he has since been actively involved in various ventures. He excelled as a teacher during his three-year tenure in the profession before entering the publishing business, where he has achieved remarkable success. Under his management, the circulation of both the Ulen Union and the Becker County Journal has significantly increased. As a newspaperman, he is known for his methodical approach, modernity, and exceptional skills. His job printing services are unparalleled, and to keep up with the growing demand, he has recently invested in state-of-the-art printing facilities. His papers provide comprehensive coverage of all matters of public interest to the entire community.

Mr. Reiersgord is a public-spirited individual, filled with ambition and energy. He consistently lends his support to initiatives aimed at improving general conditions. From 1902 to 1903, he served as a member of the Clay County Republican committee, and in 1899, he was elected to the position of justice of the peace, serving with utmost satisfaction until the spring of 1909. He has also served as a member of the village board of trustees and held the role of village recorder for several years. He is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and the United Lutheran Church.

On January 3, 1897, Mr. Reiersgord married Miss Clara Bjerke, a native of Minnesota. Mrs. Reiersgord was born on September 9, 1878. Together, they have the following children: Alice G., Erwin N., Cora A., Lila M., and Ruben I., all residing at home.


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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