John Edwin Stenehjem, a prominent business man of Caledonia, a member of the Stenehjem-Hefte Co., dealers in
clothing, was born in Wilmington township, Houston county, Minn., Jan. 15, 1881; son of Andrew
A. and Gunvor (Trehus) Stenehjem. He was reared on his parents' farm, acquiring his education in the district
school, and later pursuing more advanced studies at the Luther College at Decorah, Iowa. Thus prepared, he entered
the employ of P. M. Fuss, clothing dealer of Caledonia, for whom he worked for a year and a half, at the end of
that time buying a half interest in the business. That arrangement was continued for eight years, when O. N. O.
Hefte became Mr. Stenehjem's partner, Mr. Hefte's son, Inoh P., buying an interest in the business three years
later, since which time no further changes have been made. The firm is doing a prosperous business and has an extensive
patronage throughout this part of the county. Mr. Stenehjem is a thirty second degree Mason, belonging also to
the Mystic Shrine at St. Paul. He is personally popular and, his energy and business ability have advanced him
far on the road to prosperity. Mr. Stenehjem was married Jan. 17, 1901, to Setmine Hefte, daughter of O.
N. O. Hefte, of Wilmington township. They have three children: Marie, Arnold and Genevieve.
The History of Houston County, Minnesota
Edited by: Franklyn Curtis-Wedge.
H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.
Winona, Minn. 1919
Houston County, MN
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Also see [ Railway Officials in America 1906