Biography of Walter Goergen
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Walter Goergen, a former well known public official of Houston County, who resided for a number of years in Caledonia, but is now deceased, was born in the Duchy of Luxemburg, and came to the United States in 1864 with his uncle Tisen, they settling in Caledonia township, this county. Here he worked for others for awhile to earn money with which to make a start. After that he rented farms and engaged in agriculture, finally buying a farm of 260 acres in Wilmington Township, which he operated for a number of years, at the end of which time he sold it to his son-in-law. His public career had begun much before this however, as in 1878, before he had located on the last farm mentioned, he had been elected on the Democratic ticket to the office of sheriff, in which he served for three terms, or six years. He was then, in 1884, elected county auditor and held that office for two years, at the same time being a member of the village council and the board of education. Then returning to his farm, he remained there for eight years, after which he took up his residence on a farm of 65 acres in Caledonia, where his widow now resides. At the time of the organization of the Houston County State Bank he became its president and continued in that office after it became a national bank. After a long and useful career as farmer, banker and public official he passed from this life Feb. 2, 1906, his loss being deeply regretted by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances, including his surviving relatives. Mr. Goergen was united in marriage May 25, 1873, to Isabella Hemri, who was born in Norway, July 10, 1850. Her father, Ole, had died in Norway, and at the age of nine years she had come to this country with her mother, and the latter's five other children, the family settling in Caledonia Township, this county, where the mother spent the rest of her life, and before her death saw all her children well established in promising careers. Mr. and Mrs. Goergen had twelve children: Susan, now Mrs. Louis Enas, of Caledonia; Lizzie, now Mrs. Wilberdine and a resident of Montana; Martha, wife of Wilbur Nelson, of Lansing, Iowa; Phillip, who lives in Minneapolis; Walter, Isabella and Lena, who are residing at home; and Anna, who is now Mrs. Lars Hanson, of Caledonia, and four who are dead. Mrs. Goergen, who survives her husband, has also six grandchildren, and the family is one well known and respected in this part of the county.

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


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