Biography of Ole K. Knutsen
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Ole K. Knutsen, a general farmer residing in section 24, Yucatan township, where he is successfully operating 216 acres of land, was born, in Telemarken, Norway, Feb. 2, 1868, son of Kittel and Oshear (Olson) Knutsen. The family came to Houston county, Minnesota, in 1885, locating on this farm, where the father resided practically until his death in May, 1909. The mother is now residing on Bridge Creek, Yucatan township. Ole K. Knutsen, who was the fourth born of their seven children, acquired his education chiefly in Norway, though he attended school for about two weeks here. He was 17 years old when he came- to this country and had already for four years earned his own living. Until he married he worked out for others, and then started farming for himself in Caledonia township, one mile south of the Sheldon township line. Later he bought a farm on Money Creek, which he operated for five years, at the end of which time he purchased his present farm of 216 acres, on which he raises both crops and stock, devoting his whole time to the business. He is enjoying a prosperous career and is one of the prominent citizens of his township. For two years he has served as a member of the school board. In politics he is a Republican. Mr. Knutsen was married March 17, 1896, to Lizzie Moen, who was born in Sheldon township, daughter of Samen and Anna Moen. He and his wife are the parents of five, children, all residing at home, namely: Katie, Sullivan, Anton, Amy and Knudt. The parents of Mrs. Knutsen, who were born and married in Norway, were early settlers in Sheldon township, this county, where the father died on his farm in 1889. His widow is now the wife of Halvor Hauge and resides in Houston. Before coming to the United States Mr. Moen served in the regular army of Norway. Of her parents' ten children Mrs. Knutsen was the fourth in order of birth, and she was reared and educated in Sheldon township.

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


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