Biography of Andrew A. Stenehjem
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Andrew A. Stenehjem, for many years a well known farmer and stock dealer in Wilmington township, was born on his parents' farm in that township, son of Asborn and Kari Stenehjem, who were pioneer farmers there. His education opportunities were confined to the usual course of study pursued in the little log schoolhouse of his district, while his industrial training was more thorough and was received under his father's direction on the home farm, where he always made his home, and to the ownership of which he succeeded. As a farmer he was successful, and in addition to cultivating the soil, he both raised and bought stock, which he shipped to market, following this latter occupation for some thirty years. He was also prominent as a citizen and served for a number of years as a member of the town board, and of the school board of his district, in addition to being a consistent and useful member of the Norwegian Lutheran church. His death at the rate of fifty nine years was deeply regretted throughout the township and vicinity. Mr. Stenehjem married Gunvor Trehus, who was born near Rockland, Ill., in 1853. She is still living and is now a resident of Spring Grove, this county. They were the parents of thirteen children: Ella M., Dora, Albert, Thomas, Peter, J. Edwin, Gerhard, Martin, Arthur, Odin, Styrk, Theodora and an unnamed infant. Ella M. is the wife of Christ Knottrud, of Lanesboro, Minn.; Dora is a teacher and has specialized in music in Minneapolis; J. Edwin and Styrk are business men of Caledonia; Theodora and the unnamed infant are dead. The rest of the sons are at Williston and Arnegard, N. D. The brothers are all expert baseball players and have organized a team of their own at Arnegard, N. D., which town has thus the unique distinction of possessinga ball team composed practically of the members of one family.

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


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