Biography of Christof Evanson
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Christof Evanson, one of the pioneer settlers of Sheldon township, where he made extensive farm improvements, and became a prominent citizen, was born in Norway, which country he left in 1851 for the United States. Locating first in Koshonog, Wis., he later went to Goodhue county, Minn., where he took a claim which he subsequently relinquished. Then coming to Houston county, he took some unimproved land in Sheldon township on which he commenced improvements by building a small log house. This, however, he resided in for but a short time, as he soon put up better buildings, and as time went on he made more extensive improvements unti1 he was the owner of a fine estate. He was a man of much force of character, and also possessed some legal knowledge, which led to his becoming the general advisor of the community, and the manager of estates other than his own. For 22 years he took an active part in local affairs, serving as assessor and in all the other town offices successively, and in 1878 he was a member of the legislature. His death occurred Jan. 30, 1914, when he had attained the venerable age of 91 years. His wife, who survives him, now resides with her daughter, Mrs. Ole Nelson, in Houston. Mr. and Mrs. Evanson were the parents of seven children: Edwin, Andrew, Gilbert, Tilcia, Julia, Christopher and Anna.

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


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