Biography of Jonas G. Alstad
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Jonas G. Alstad, for many years prosperously engaged in mixed farm. ing and stock raising in section 18, Caledonia township, was born in Norway, July 20, 1869, son of George O. and Ellen Anne (Logtu) Alstad. In 1877 he accompanied his mother to the United States, and the rest of his boyhood was spent on his parents' farms in Iowa and Minnesota. During this time he attended district school in various locations, and when old enough assisted his father on the farm. He was about eighteen years old when they settled on a farm in Caledonia township. On March 13, 1902, when in his twenty-third year, he was united in marriage with Anna Johnson, who was born July 1, 1882, daughter of Soren Johnson. She was one of eight children - Ben, Carl, Anna, Christ, Simon, Eline and Olive - her parents being natives of Norway. At the time of his marriage Mr. Alstad purchased the home farm, which he continued to cultivate, doing mixed farming, including the raising of cattle and swine. The farm contains 154 acres, about half its area being cleared and the rest being in timber. Mr. Alstad rebuilt the house and erected all the other buildings now in use, including the barn, granary and chicken coop. The barn measures 38 by 38 feet, having an addition 17 by 22 feet. Mr. Alstad was also a shareholder in the Beaver Ridge Telephone Company, in which he held the office of treasurer; also a shareholder in the Peoples Co-operative Elevator in Caledonia, and the Co-operative Creamery in Spring Grove. He attends the Black Hammer Norwegian Lutheran church, of which he was trustee for three years. His public service included twelve years as school clerk and some time as road commissioner. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Alstad are: Gerhard Sigurd, Feb. 8, 1905; Alma Regina, Dec. 8, 1906; Clara Mathilde, Sept. 16, 1908, and Mabel Belinde, April 30, 1912, the three eldest of whom are attending school. Mr. Alstad was an experienced farmer and for many years pursued a prosperous career. He was, moreover, a man taking an active interest in whatever concerns the good of the community in which he resided. Since his death, January 16, 1919, Mrs. Alstad still carries on the farm.

The History of Houston County, Minnesota
Edited by: Franklyn Curtis-Wedge.
H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.
Winona, Minn. 1919


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