Biography of Gunder O. Skree
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Gunder O. Skree, a well known and respected citizen of Sheldon township, now retired, who won success as a general farmer, stockraiser and dairyman, for many years operating a farm of 153 acres in section 21, was born in Telemarken, Norway, June 11, 1851, son of Ole Halvorson and Sarah (Mickelson) Skree. His parents came to this county in the early fifties, settling first in Dane county, Wis., and then, about a year later, removing to Houston county, Minn., and settling on land in Sheldon township, where they developed a farm. Both are now deceased.

Gunder O. Skree in his boyhood attended the local schools for a limited period and was trained to agricultural pursuits on the home farm. At the age of 18 years he began working out and for some time followed various occupations, including railroad work, farms work and lumbering. Marrying in 1874, he then moved to Clay county, Minn., where he took a farm which he operated for seven years. At the end of that time he sold the place and returned to Sheldon township, Houston county, taking a farm in the valley in which he now lives, and which farm he operated for 13 years. Then selling it, he moved to his present location in section 21, where he has 153 acres of valuable land on which he has erected good modern buildings and has a thorough equipment for general stock and dairy farming. Since 1904 he has been giving special attention to the breeding of Shorthorn cattle and Duroc-Jersey swine. He is also a stockholder in the local creamery, elevator and telephone companies. At the present time he is no longer doing any hard work on the farm, leaving its operation to his son Anton. He is a member of the Norwegian Lutheran church, and in former days served as school treasurer, in politics being a Republican. Forty six years ago, on May 18, 1874, Mr. Skree assumed the responsibilities of domestic life, being united in marriage with Anna Gorena Anfinson, who was born in La Crosse Valley, La Crosse County, Wis., daughter of Anfin and Martha (Evenson) Anfinson. Of this union five children have been born: Matilda, wife of John O. Sanden, a merchant of Aurelia, N. D.; Segrid, wife of Charles Kragness, a farmer of Sheldon township; Oletha, wife of Oscar Nelson, a farmer of Kanabec county, Minn.; Anton, who married Mary Kragness and resides on the home farm; and Ellen, wife of Delbert Lewis. Anfin and Matilda (Evenson) Anfinson, the parents of Mrs. Skree, were both natives of Norway, the father born in Nunedahi and the mother in Omley. They were early settlers in Houston county, residing for a few years on Swede Bottom, after which they moved to a farm near the Stone church in Houston township, the place now being owned by Mr. Anderson. Mrs. Anfinson died in 1867, and her husband subsequently farmed for a number of years in Clay county, Minn., after which he returned to Houston county and made his home with his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Skree, dying here in 1890. They were the parents of nine children, of whom their daughter Anna Gorena was the third in order of birth.

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


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