Samuel Jackson, the subject of this sketch, belongs to one of the sturdy Norwegian families who emigrated to
this country in the years following the Civil War, and who have contributed so large a part to the development
of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and other northwestern states. Mr. Jackson was born in Norway, October 16, 1873, a son
of Jacob S. Ekren and Kari (Nyhus) Jackson, both natives of Lesje, Gudbrandsdalen, Norway.
Jacob S. Ekren came to America in 1879 and settled on a farm in Chippewa county, Wisconsin, but did not live long
after establishing himself a home there. He died in 1881. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Ekren moved to Dover,
Baron county, Wisconsin, and a few years after married her second husband, P. Murstad, of that place. She was the
mother of four children by her first husband; Samuel, subject of this sketch; Mary, Peter and Julia.
The year after his father's death Samuel Jackson came to St. James to make his home with Gilbert Swensen. While
here he attended the public schools of St. James for about two years. He then returned to Chetek, Barron county,
Wisconsin, where he made his home with his parents. In 1895 he returned to St. James, Wantonwan county, where he
entered the employ of G. Swensen & Bro. in a general store, where he continued work. until 1908. From 1909
to 1914 he served as deputy county auditor, in 1914 he was elected to the office of county treasurer of Watonwan
county, which office he now holds.
In 1889 Mr. Jackson was united in marriage to Bertha Dalager, daughter of Ole and Ingeborg Dalager, both natives
of Valders, Norway, and who had settled on a farm near Austin, Mower county, Minnesota. To this union four children
have been born: Evelyn C., Iva J., Alba R., and Oliver S. Mr. and Mrs. Jackson are members of the Lutheran church.
History of Cottonwood and Watonwan Counties
Their People, Industries and Institutions
John A. Brown, Editor in Chief
B. F. Bowen and Company, Inc.
Cottonwood and Watonwan Counties, MN Biographies
Also see Railway Officials in America 1906