Biography of Elling K. Roverud (Jr?)
Houston County, MN Biographies

Elling K. Roverud as a boy attended the common schools, his further education being made dependent upon his own efforts. His ambition and industry solved the problem, and in 1876 he was graduated from the Winona Normal School. After that he taught school for several terms. In 1878 he finished the normal course in the Lutheran college at Decorah, Iowa, and when his diploma was given him he was entirely without money and had hardly clothes enough to present a respectable appearance. For three years he taught school, and by the end of that time his personality had made so favorable an impression upon the citizens of his county that in 1880 he was elected to his first important public office, as county auditor. His four years' service in this office led to his appointment as clerk of court, which position he held for over a year, and then for two years was again county auditor. From 1883 to 1890 Mr. Roverud was in the hardware business at Caledonia. In 1890 he bought the Caledonia Journal, of which he has since been editor and proprietor. One of the flourishing newspapers of Houston County, it has a large circulation throughout this portion of the state. The plant is well equipped, and besides the publication of the Journal does a large amount of job printing. In 1894, four years after entering into the newspaper field, Mr. Roverud was elected a member of the state senate, and gave eight years of active service as one of the law makers at St. Paul. He has taken an active part in two national conventions of the Republican party, having been elected by the republicans of the First Congressional District as a delegate to the national convention in 1900 at Philadelphia, Penn., and by the republicans of the state of Minnesota as a delegate at large to the national convention in Chicago in 1912. On Nov. 12, 1879, Mr. Roverud was united in marriage with Martha K. Blexrud, a daughter of Knute Blexrud, who was one of the earliest settlers and farmers in Houston County. Of this marriage seven children have been born: Gena C., who for a number of years has been a teacher in the Stiliwater public schools; Hannah, who is residing at home; Ella M., a teacher in the St. Paul schools; Nora, now Mrs. C. E. Daniels, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, and now living at Lehigh, Iowa; Katherine, a graduate of Stout Institute at Menominie, Wis.; Adelia, who is a stenographer for the firm of Duxbury & Duxbury at Caledonia; and Elmore K., who is a high school graduate. A member, with his family, of the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mr. Roverud has served as its secretary for over 25 years.

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


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