Chris L. Ottum, a successful farmer, of Long Lake township, Watonwan county, was born in Norway, March 18, 1859,
and is a son of Lars C. and Gertrude (Serum) Ottum, both natives 1866 Norway, where they lived until immigrating
to America with their family in 1862, locating in Wisconsin, but a year later they came on to Olmstead county,
Minnesota, where they spent two years, then moved to Steele county for one year. in 1866 they came to Watonwan
county, locating in section 22, Long Lake township, homesteading eighty acres, later buying eighty acres additional,
and improving a good farm from the raw prairie, on which these parents spent the rest of their lives. They and
their children helped to organize the Long Lake Norwegian Lutheran church. There are five of the children, namely:
Anna is the wife of Ed. Olson, Christina, Chris L. of this sketch, John, and Julia is the wife of John H. Burdell.
Chris L. Ottum was three years old when his parents brought him to America. He received his education in the public
schools here and helped his father with the work on the farm and has remained a farmer. He has lived on the same
farm, which consists of two hundred acres, for the past thirty two years. He also owns eighty acres of the old
homestead and forty acres in Martin county. He has placed his land under excellent improvements, especially his
home place, which he has developed from the wild prairie. He has a comfortable home and such convenient outbuildings
as his needs require. In connection with general farming he raises considerable live stock, especially a good grade
of Hereford cattle and Poland China hogs.
Mr. Otturn was married, March 18, 1883, to Mary K. Qualley, who was born in Moore county, June 13, 1857, in Nevada
township, Moore county, Minnesota. She is a daughter of Knut and Anna J. (Rudie) Qualley, natives of Norway, who
came to Minnesota many years ago. The following children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Ottum: Anna Josephine,
born December 31, 1883, died April 11, 1914; Clara Louisa, born July 23, 1885; Ella Celina, born August 3, 1887;
Gertrude, born July 19, 1889; Selma Melissa; born September 6, 1891; Otto Leonard, August 16, 1896; Clarence John,
born November 24, 1894; died February 2, 1898, and Clarence John, born September 13, 1898.
Politically, Mr. Ottum is a Republican. He was formerly township supervisor. He is a member of the Long Lake Norwegian
Lutheran church. He came to Minnesota four years before his wife came, and married in Iowa; then came to Minnesota.
History of Cottonwood and Watonwan Counties
Their People, Industries and Institutions
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