Biography of Nels Johnson Klongerbo
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Nels Johnson Klongerbo, an enterprising farmer and prominent citizen of Caledonia township, of which he is now chairman, was born in Norway Aug. 12, 1861, son of Johanes Johnson Klongerbo, by his wife Bergete Dahl. He was ten years old when he accompanied his mother to the United States, his father having come to this country in the previous year, 1870, and settled in Caledonia township, this county. Here Nels attended school for three terms, which, with two winters of school attendance in Norway, constituted his education. After the death of his father, which occurred in 1879, he and his brother took charge of the farm and worked it together for thirteen years, or until 1892, when Nels purchased it and has since been the proprietor. It has an area of 200 acres, of which about 110 acres are clear, the balance being in woodland. Mr. Klongerbo is engaged in mixed farming, raising cattle and hogs for the market, and keeping a fine herd of much cows. He has good outbuidlings, which he is engaged in still further improving. He is a stockholder in the Spring Grove Creamery and in the Peoples' Co-operative Elevator at Caledonia. Ever since he attained his majority, except for six years, he has served as school treasurer, and he has been a member of the town board for nine years, being elected chairman in the spring of 1919. On Aug. 29, 1891, Mr. Klongerbo was united in marriage with Carrie Alstad, who was born in Norway, Nov. 14, 1866, daughter of George O. and Anna (Logtu) Alstad. She died Aug. 16, 1912. Mr. and Mrs. Klongerbo were the parents of eleven children: Bedine, now deceased; Julius, residing on the home farm; Anna, wife of Carl Hanson, and Nelvin Nettie, Selma, Celia, Clara, Bernhard, Teman and Elmer, all of whom are residing at home, the younger members attending school. The family attend the Black Hammer Norwegian Lutheran church.

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


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