Biography of Ole T. Keagness
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Ole T. Kragness, one of the substantial citizens of Sheldon township, where he is engaged in general agriculture, was born in this township, Oct. 31, 1869, son of Targe and Guneild (Knutson) Kragness, he being the fourth born of their thirteen children. He acquired his education in the district school, but was only nine years old when he began working for neighboring farmers. When he was thirteen his father died, and although so young he then had to assume a large part of the responsibility of carrying on the home farm, on which he continued to reside until two years after his marriage. He then operated another farm for two years, after which he bought the old homestead and was its proprietor for four years. Then selling it, he bought his present farm of 160 acres of excellent land in section 16, Sheldon township. He has a well improved place with good buildings and is raising both stock and grain with profitable results. He is also a shareholder in the Farmers' Telephone Company. In politics he is a Prohibitionist, while his religious affiliations are with the Norwegian Lutheran church, of which he is a member. On May 18, 1890, Mr. Kragness was united in marriage to -Sarah Kragness, a native of Sheldon township, this county, and the second born in a family of fourteen children, her parents being Levi and Sarah (Knudson) Kragness. Mr. and Mrs. Ole T. Kragness have had ten children: Targe O., Gilbert O., Louise, Lafe, Sophia, Lena, Adolph, Rudie, Edna and Martha. The first mentioned, Targe O. died in 1914, and Louise, Lafe and Edna are also now deceased. The others are living on the home farm. Levi and Sarah (Knudson) Kragness were both born in Telemarken, Norway, and were early settlers in Houston county, where Levi followed agriculture and became quite a prominent citizen, serving as town clerk and in other local offices, and being active in church and school work. His widow now lives with her son on the old home farm 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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