Biography of John A. Tangen
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John A. Tangen, whose death on Feb. 20, 1916, deprived Sheldon township of one. of its enterprising and respected citizens, was born in Hamar, Norway, Feb. 21, 1855, son of Anderson and Bertha Tangen. The parents, who never came to this country, are both now deceased. John A., who was the younger of two children, acquired his education in Norway, and was 17 years old when he came to America. Locating in La Crosse, Wis., he found employment in a sawmill, and later did other work, residing there for 18 years. He was married in that city, and some years subsequently moved with his family to Houston county, Minn., and began agricultural operations on a farm in section 7, Sheldon township, continuing in that line of industry until his death. A man of domestic tastes, and a good neighbor, he was well liked in the community, and had a wide circle of friends. He was a consistent member of the Norwegian Lutheran church, and in politics was a Republican. Mr. Tangen was married in La Crosse, Oct. 3, 1881, to Gusta Christianson, daughter of Cupprud and Mary (Jenson) Chrstianson, and a native of Norway, her birthplace being in the vicinity of Christiania. She was the eldest in a family of three children, and being young when she came to America, in 1860, attended school for a limited period in Fillmore county, this state, the family locating on Highland Prairie. Mr. and Mrs. Tangen had a family of four children: Ida Bertina, Gunda Jecena, Alfred Conrad and Marvin. Ida Bertina is residing at the Radison Hotel in Minneapolis; Gunda Jecena isalso at one of the leading hotels there; Alfred Conrad and Marvin are assisting their mother to operate the home farm, which she has managed successfully since her husband's death.

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


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