Hans M. Vagstad belongs to the colony of Norwegian emigrants who came to Minnesota in the earlier history of
the state, and who make up a large part of the state's substantial citizenship. He was born in Norway, February
14, 1863, a son of Mads H. and Gurine (Riverdal) Vagstad, both natives of Norway. The father was a farmer in his
native land and spent his entire life in that country. He died in 1913, his wife died in 1873, Hans M. being about
ten years of age at the time of his mother's death. They had six children: Mathias, Hans M., Gabriel, Johanna,
Ran and Sara.
Hans M. Vagstad received his education in the public schools of Norway, attending the high school for one year.
He worked on his father's farm in his early years. In 1882, before he had reached his majority, with an ambition
to seek a country where there was an opportunity for greater advantages for young men starting in life, he decided
to come to America, where many others of his friends and countrymen had preceded him. In the early part of that
year he came to this country and located in St. James, Minnesota. Here he worked for a time at the carpenter trade,
and later entered the employ of Hans Olsen in the implement business. He continued in this business for four or
five years, in St. James, and then came to Ormsby and engaged in the implement business for himself. He has been
in that business since 1901.
In 1912 Hans M. Vagstad and Anna C. Brumstad were united in marriage. She is the daughter of Ole Brumstad and wife
of Chippewa. Falls, Wisconsin. Otis Herbert is their only child. Mr. and Mrs. Vagstad are members of the Norwegian
Lutheran church. He is a Republican in politics, and a member of the Woodmen lodge.
Ole Brumstad and wife are both natives of Norway; they married there, came to America, settled in Chippewa county,
Wisconsin, where they still live.
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