Biography of Knud Anderson Dahle
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Knud Anderson Dahle, one of the pioneer settlers of Wilmington Township, now deceased, was born in Valders, Norway, in the year 1829. Emigrating when a young man to the United States, he was married at Detroit, Mich., in 1852, to Margit Roble, also a native of Norway. For one year he worked in the Detroit docks as a boat builder, earning at first only 75 cents a day, though after his employer learned that he was married he added 25 cents a day to his wages. After remaining in Detroit for the time above mentioned, they moved to Chicago, where they remained six months, Mr. Dahle following the same occupation there. In July, 1854, he made a more important move, he and his family leaving Chicago for the northwest. After a short stay at Rock Prairie, Wis., they came on in a covered wagon drawn by oxen to Houston County, Minn., finally reaching Wilmington Township. Before they arrived here, however, Mr. and Mrs. Dahle suffered the loss of their infant son, Wilhelm, who died enroute near Spring Grove, this county. The land which Mr. Dahle secured was in section 14, and was all wild. It had one advantage, however, as through the place ran the territorial road from Lansing, Iowa, to Caledonia, which gave them access to markets. His career was similar to that of most of the enterprising pioneers. There was plenty of hard work to do, and some privations to be suffered, but Mr. and Mrs. Dahle were hardy folks, unaccustomed to luxury, and both worked hard and made progress, in time becoming the proprietors of 360 acres of land, besides erecting substantial buildings. At last they found themselves in a position to retire and took up their residence at Spring Grove, where Mrs. Dahle died in the year 1897 at the age of 73 years. Her husband survived her three years, dying at the same age. They had eight children: Wilhelm, previously mentioned, who died in infancy; Mina, who died in the seventies; Andrew, now a farmer in this county; Sophia, now Mrs. Andrew Myhre, occupying a part of the old homestead; Knut, who was engaged in business at Minot, N. D., but who died there several years ago; Olaus K., practicing law at Caledonia, Minnesota; Maria, now Mrs. Fresly, of Elroy, Wis.; and Julia (Mrs. Dyer), who died in the spring of 1917.

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


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