Biography of Olaus K. Dahle
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Olaus K. Dahle, a member of the bar of Houston County, and a man of sterling reputation in public and private life, was born in Wilmington Township, this county, Jan. 9, 1865, son of Knud Anderson and Margit (Roble) Dahle. His early education was obtained in the district and Lutheran parochial schools, and was supplemented by school attendance in Caledonia and a course in the Winona Normal School. He resided on his parents' farm until he was 19 years old, and then became clerk in a store in Caledonia, being thus occupied for three years. In the year, 1888, though he had never attended a political caucus, and had voted but once, but was brought before the public as a candidate on the Republican ticket for the office of register of deeds, being nominated by acclamation, and he was also endorsed by the Democrats and his name printed on the Democratic ticket. His election followed as a matter of course, and he served in that office for four years. Ambitious of further success in life, he decided to study law, and accordingly entered the State University, being graduated from the law department in 1894. On his admission to the bar he was taken into partnership by Judge James O'Brien, the firm having offices in Caledonia. A year later, however, Mr. Dehle moved to Spring Grove and engaged in the newspaper business, becoming editor and proprietor of the Spring Grove Herald, the destinies of which paper he guided for four years and a half. In the meanwhile his ability and party services were recognized by his appointment in 1897, as second assistant to the chief clerk of the House of Representatives, and in 1899 he was made first assistant. In the year 1900 he was nominated on the Republican ticket for the office of county attorney and was elected without soliciting a vote. He continued in the office through successive re-elections, for a period of sixteen years, retiring in January, 1919. His public career, beginning at the early age of 23 years, has been a highly creditable one. In addition to the various activities above mentioned, Mr. Dahle is president of the Onsgaard State Bank of Spring Grove, and has served as a member of the local school board and president of the Commercial Club. He is a Scottish Rite Mason, belonging also to the Woodmen and Workmen lodges, while his religious affiliations are with the Norwegian Lutheran Church. Mr. Dahle married Oline Onsgaard, daughter of N. O. Onsgaard, who was the founder of Onsgaard State Bank at Spring Grove. He and his wife are the parents of seven children, Kenneth, Norris, Mervin, Obert, Oscar, Margit and Norman, all living except Mervin, born March 25, 1902 and died Jan. 21, 1919, while a student at the State Agricultural College. Mr. and Mrs. Dahle have purchased a beautiful homestead in Wilmington to which they retired in March, 1919.

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


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