Biography of Oscar O. Laugen
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Oscar O. Laugen, proprietor of a fine farm of 320 acres in Houston township, residing in section 36 south, and who for many years has also been engaged in the sawmill industry, was born in Rock county, Wis., near the city of Broadhead, April 18, 1869, son of Ole and Emily (Satrey) Laugen. He was a babe of two months when his parents moved to Houston county, Minn., taking the farm in Houston township on which he now lives. He was educated in the district school and also in a school at Harmony, which he attended for one term. Up to the age of twenty-two years he was his father's assistant, but at that time began operating the farm independently and, it having become his own property, he has continued its development and improvement, raising grain, hay and stock. For the last twenty years he has also operated a sawmill, and in company with Messrs. Hempstead and Smith operates a threshing outfit. He has made a specialty of stock raising, but all branches of his business are on a profitable basis, and he is numbered among the leading and most enterprising farmers of his township. He is also a shareholder in the local creamery and elevator companies. His fraternal affiliations are with the Yeomen's lodge at Houston. In politics a Republican, he served for about twenty years as town supervisor, and has also rendered efficient served on the school board, and in other capacities. He is a member of the Norwegian Lutheran church at Houston. On Dec. 22, 1892, Mr. Laugen was united in marriage with Jane Lofthus, who was born in Freeborn county, Minn., daughter of Nels and Anna (Laugan) Lofthus. She died Nov. 16, 1910, leaving five children: Olaf Norris, now a member of an engineer corps in the United States military service still in France; and Alma Telleta, Edwin Conrad, Anna Isabelle and Clara Josephine, who are residing on the home farm with their father.

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


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