Biography of Olaus E. Burtness
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Olaus E. Burtness, for eighteen years treasurer of Houston County, who has for a long period been one of the most promuinent citizens of Caledonia, was born in a log house on his parents' farm in Wilmington Township, this county, April 28, 1872, son of Elling H. and Christie (Myhre) Burtness. His early education was obtained in this district school, and was later supplemented by a three years' term in Decorah Breckinridge College. He then worked for two years in a store at Wilmington, at the end of that time buying a half interest in the mercantile business conducted by J. E. Eide, the firm being known as Eide & Burtness. During this period he served four years as town clerk of Wilmington township. In 1900 Mr. Burtness was elected county treasurer on the Republican ticket and served in that office through successive re-elections until the fall of 1918, having a very creditable record as a competent and trustworthy official. He is now assistant cashier and a director in the First National Bank of Caledonia, of which he was formerly president for a number of years. A member of the Norwegian Lutheran Church, he has served for six or seven years as one of its frustees. Mr. Burtness was married Oct. 26, 1899, to Clara Kinstad, then a teacher in Houston County, whose home was at La Crosse. He and his wife are the parents of two children: Charlotte, born Aug. 3, 1903, and Martha, born March 24, 1907.

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


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