Gunder Jacobson was born in Norway, January 30, 1860. He was a son of Jacob Olsen, and Ingeborg (Gunderson)
Jacobson, both natives of Norway. His father came to America in 1887 and settled among others of his countrymen
in Riverdale township, Watonwan county, Minnesota, where he lived until about 1905, when he retired and removed
to Madelia. He was the father of three children: Gunder, Ole and Jorgine. He was a memher of the Norwegian church,
and was a Republican in politics.
Gunder Jacobson received his education in Norway, and as a young man worked in a factory. He preceded his father
in coming to America about five years. In 1882 he came to Madelia, Watonwan county, where he was employed as a
clerk in the store of Bisbee & Olson for about five years. The second winter after coining to this state he
attended school in Minneapolis, in order to acquire a better knowledge of the Englis.h language. In 1890, in partnership
with Kyorlang Brothers, he opened up a general merchandise store in Madelia, and continued with this firm until
1897. In that year he sold his interest and went in partnership with S. Larson in another general merchandise store
in Madelia. This partnership continued until 1902 when Mr. Jacobson sold his interest and started another store
of the same line in partnership with Mr. Newgarll. In 1909 he again sold out and for about three years thereafter
he was in the employ of M. Olson, in Madelia. In 1912 he came to LaSaile and took a position as secretary and manager
of the Watonwan County Co-operative Company's general merchandise store, where he is at present engaged.
In 1884 Mr. Jacobson was united in marriage with Lena M. Anderson. To this union nine children were born: Peter,
deceased; Julia, John, Arthur, Mabel, Ralph, Lawrentz, Ruth and Helen.
Mr. and Mrs. Jacobson are members of the Norwegian Lutheran church. Politically, he is a Republican. While residing
at Madelia, he was for six years a member of the village council.
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