Biography of Mathias H. Stigen
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Mathias H. Stigen, a well known farmer of Sheldon township, residing in section 33, was born in Norway, Oct. 24, 1876, son of Hans and Olena (Hanson) Stigen In 1881, when a boy of seven years, he accompanied his parents to America, and later attended school in Black Hammer township, Houston county. His educational opportunities, however, were not great, as he had to begin industrial life at the early age of eight years, helping to support himself, which he did entirely at a somewhat later period, working out until his marriage. He then began farming on his own account at Rushford, Fillmore county, where he remained for a year, subsequently removing to Wilmington township, Houston county, where he operated a farm for about six years. At the end of that time he bought his present farm of eighty acres in section 33, Sheldon township, where he has good land and substantial buildings and is successfully raising both stock and grain. He is a member of the Lutheran church in Black Hammer township, and in politics is a Republican. Mr. Stigen was married Oct. 8, 1900, to Clara Dalhe, daughter of Andrew and Berget (Sames) Dahle, her parents, natives of Norway, being early settlers in Wilmington township, where they still reside on a farm. Mrs. Stigen was the third born in a family of eleven children, and was educated in Wilmington township, Houston county. Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Stigen: Olga, wife of Edward Beck of Minneapolis; Arnold, Minerva, and Silvia and an infant unnamed residing at home.

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


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