T. G. Faegre owns four hundred and eight acres of rich land on sections 9 and 3, Center township constituting
the farm upon which he was born. It is a valuable property, well improved, and in its further development the owner
is giving evidence of a thorough understanding of the most modern and progresss of agriculture. He was born August
1, 1859, and is a son of Gilbert H. and Catherine (Hendrickson) Faegre, natives of Norway, where their marriage
occurred and where their two eldest children were born. They emigrated to the United States in 1851 and in that
year located on the farm in Center township, Allamakee county, Iowa, whereon their son now resides. Their first
home was a cave dug in the side of a hill, but they later built a log house, which they afterward replaced by a
comfortable frame dwelling. From the government the father purchased two hundred and eighty acres of land and he
continued to develop and improve it until his death, which occurred February 14, 1904. He was survived by his wife
only a few weeks, her death occurring March to, of the same year. Both were members of the Norwegian Lutheran church
and in politics Gilbert H. Faegre was a loyal republican. In their family were seven children: Martin and Hans,
natives of Norway, both of whom are deceased; Mrs. S. O. Nordvold, of Pierre, South Dakota; Kasper, who lives in
New York city; Albert, deceased; T. G., of this review; and Lena, who has passed away.
T. G. Faegre was reared upon his father's farm in Center township and acquired his education in the district schools.
Before his father's death he assumed charge of the homestead and later bought the property, which he has since
continued to develop. He has made several additions and improvements and he now owns four hundred and eight acres,
the neat and attractive appearance of which evidences his careful supervision and practical methods. In addition
to general farming he buys and sells land to some extent and this proves a profitable source of income to him.
Mr. Faegre married Miss Sarah Thorstenson, born in Allamakee county, a daughter of Ole and Gunhild Thornstenson,
natives of Norway, the former of whom has passed away, while the latter makes her home in Paint Creek township.
Mr. and Mrs. Faegre became the parents of six children, two of whom died in infancy. The others are Gilbert, Florence,
Selma and Goldie. The parents are members of the Norwegian Lutheran church and Mr. Faegre gives his political allegiance
to the republican party. He has served as township trustee and school director and his influence is always given
for the furtherance of education and other interests which he deems essential to the welfare and upbuilding of
Past and Present of Allamakee County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievemant
By: Ellery M. Hancock
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Allamakee County, IA
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