Biography of John K. Strand
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John K. Strand, who owns and operates a good modern farm of 119 acres in section 24, Sheldon township, was born in Telemarken, Norway, Oct. 22, 1875, son of Knudt and Sarah (Johnson) Strand. He was but three years old when he crossed the Atlantic with his parents and accompanied them to Houston county. After a while they located on a farm in Sheldon township, and in that locality he attended district school. Being his parents' only son, he became his father's chief assistant on the farm, residing at home until twenty one years old. He then worked out for a year, after which he engaged in agricultural work for himself, renting his present farm, which he bought a few years later. He has made all the noteworthy improvements on it, putting up the buildings and fences, and bringing the land into a high state of cultivation, and is breeding up in Durham cattle and other good stock. One of the enterprising and substantial citizens of his township, he is widely known and respected. He has served on the school board for a number of years, in politics being independent, while he and his wife are members of the Lutheran church, known throughout this part of the county as the "Stone Church." Mr. Strand was married Dec. 2, 1896, to Carrie Dohle, who was born in Sheldon township, this county, daughter of Hans and Ingeborg (Nelson) Dahle. He and his wife have had seven children: Clarence, who resides on the home farm; Henry, who died Sept. 25, 1905, at the age of six years; and Orvin, Emma Sylvena, Louisa Nara, Lizzie Dorthea and Clara Bernice, who are residing at home. Hans Dahle, father of Mrs. John K. Strand, was born in Telemarken, Norway, as was also his wife Ingeborg. They were early settlers in Sheldon township, where Mr. Dohle cleared and improved a farm, residing on it until his death about 1907. During his active career he was a prominent man in the township, serving for some time on the town board and taking a lively interest in school and church work. His wife, who survives him, in now living in Houston. They had ten children, of which their daughter carrie (Mrs. Strand) was the fifth in order of birth. In her girlhood she attended school in the Badger district of Sheldon township.

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


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