Biography of Targe Nerison
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Targe Nerison, a well to do farmer of Sheldon township, residing in section 14, was born in Dane county, Wisconsin, October 6, 1861, son of Ole and Anna (Targerson) Nerison. His parents were natives of Telemarken, Norway, coming to this country in the spring of 1858 and settling in Dane county, where they remained four years. Then removing to Houston county, they settled at Badger, in Sheldon township, where they spent the rest of their lives, the father dying Jan. 11, 1896, and the mother in 1900. Targe, who was the second born of their 13 children, was educated in the district school in Sheldon township and resided at home until he was 20 years old. After that he worked out for a number of years until his marriage. He then engaged in farming for himself, locating in Badger Valley, in which locality he remained for seven years. At the end of that time he bought 80 acres of timber land where he now lives, which he has since developed into a good farm, having made all necessary improvements, including the erection of a good set of buildings. He carries on general farming, raising crops and stock with profitable results. He has served one term as a member of the school board and in politics is independent. He and his family are members of the Lutheran church. Mr. Nerison was married in July, 1890, to Sarah Strumme, who was born in Telemarken, Norway, daughter of Andrew and Tagre Strumme. She died July 22, 1911, leaving eight children: Anna T., now a resident of California; Thea T., wife of Clifton Spears, who is in the hotel business at Devil's Lake, N. D.; Oscar T. and Anton T., residing at home; Julia T., residing at Devil's Lake, N. B.; Clara T., Lena T. and Theodore T., who are living at home. Andrew Strumme, father of Mrs. Nerison, with his wife and family came directly from Norway to Houston county, Minnesota, in 1870, locating in Sheldon township. For many years he followed the occupation of a teacher. He died here about the year 1901, and was survived by his wife, who is now living in Badger Valley. Their daughter Sarah was the youngest in a family of nine children.

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


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