One of the successful farmers of Long Lake township, Watonwan county, who has tried to apply the most modern methods
of tilling the soil is Lauritz Larson, who was born in Jefferson county, Wisconsin, June 21, 1867. He is a son
of Hans and Karen (Buroson) Larson, both natives of Norway, where they resided until immigrating to America in
1855, locating in Jefferson county, Wisconsin, on government land, and there resided until 1870, then came to
Watonwan county, Minnesota, buying the farm on which the suhj ect of this sketch now resides, in Long Lake township,
the father becoming owner of two hundred and eighty acres here on which he erected the buildings and made general
improvements, and here he and his wife spent the rest of their lives, both dying on the farm in 1913. They were
members of the Long Lake Norwegian Lutheran church. He was active in the affairs of the community and for some
time held the office of township supervisor. His family consisted of six children, namely: Borea, Ole, Thorwald,
Johanah, Anna and Lauritz.
The subject of this sketch grew up on the home farm and worked with his father when a boy. He received a common
school education. He has remained on the homestead and owns three hundred and sixty seven acres of well improved
and productive land. He has erected the present substantial and attractive buildings. He carries on general fanning
and stock raising on an extensive scale, making a specialty of breeding full blood Jersey cattle and full blood
Clydesdale horses. His fine stock are greatly admired by all who see them.
Mr. Larson was married in 1892, to Sophia Olson, who was born in Sweden, from which country she came to America
when young. She is a daughter of Ole Olson, who came to Watonwan county many years ago. He is now deceased. The
following children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Larson: Henry, Carl, Ludwig, Otto, Amel, Alma, the latter being
deceased; Ella, Anna, and Samuel.
Politically, Mr. Larson is independent. He has held the office of clerk of the school board in his district for
the past twenty two years and is still He is a member of the Long Lake Norwegian Lutheran church. He has been chairman
of the township board for nearly two years.
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