Biography of Guttom Guttormson
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Guttorm Guttormson, one of the earliest settlers in Sheldon township, now deceased, was born in Hollingdahl, Norway, and came to the United States in 1849, first settling on a farm in Wisconsin. Three years later, in 1852, he arrived in Houston county, Minn., and took land in section 7, Sheldon township. His tract, of course, was wild, and there was a band of 300 Indians camped on it or in the immediate vicinity. Under such conditions he began the life of a pioneer farmer and in course of time improved his land and made of it a cultivated farm. With the advent of white settlers the community grew and Mr. Guttormson, as one of the first settlers, became a man of some importance, taking an active part in church and school work. He attained an advanced age, dying April 9, 1904. He was married in Houston county to Belle A. Lee, who died in 1913. They were the parents of six children, of whom their son Ole is now proprietor of the homestead. Mr. Guttormson had been twice married previous to his union with Miss Lee and by his second marriage had other children.

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


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