Biography of Halvor O. Houge
Houston County, MN Biographies

Halvor O. Houge, one of the early settlers of Sheldon township whose name has been perpetuated in Houge Ridge, a prominent elevation of land in this township, was born in Telemarken, Norway, June 24, 1844. He was about seventeen years of age when he came to the United States, accompanied by his father and grandfather. Their first settlement was made in Wisconsin, where they resided for a few years. They then came to Houston county, locating first in Badger Valley, Sheldon township, where they lived for a short: time then moving to the ridge which is now known as Houge Ridge. That place became his permanent home as long as he remained actively engaged in agricultural pursuits, and he left it only on his retirement in 1913, when he took up his residence in Houston, where he is still living. During his active career he served at times in local office, in particular as a member of the school board. Mr. Houge was married in this county to Juija Wisland, who, like himself, was born in Telemarken, Norway, the date of her birth being Feb. 22, 1850. She died June 28, 1892. They were the parents of seven children.

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


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