Biography of Torge Torgerson-Sauro
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Torger Torgerson-Sauro, a prominent farmer of Yucatan township, operating a farm of 320 acres in section 32 north, was born in Telemarken, Norway, March 29, 1852, son of Torger Olson and his wife Ragneild Johnson. His mother died when he was three years old, and he continued to reside in Norway until arriving at the age of eighteen, when he emigrated to the United States, locating in Rushford, Fillmore county, Minn., where he found employment during the summer working out for others. He was at first unable to speak the English language. In 1872 his father, then well along in years, also came to this country, locating in Rushford, where he met an accidental death in the following year, being killed by a train. After his first summer in Fillmore county the subject of this sketch went to Iowa, where he remained two years, during a part of which time he attended English school, thus supplementing the education he had received in his native land. - After that he worked in the Wisconsin pineries for one winter and then returned to Rushford, where, and in the vicinity, he worked out for some years. He then rented a farm which he operated until 1877, in which year he came to his present location. On his farm of 320 acres he has made valuable improvements, practically all now in use, and as a general stock farmer has met with gratifying success. He also holds shares in the Rushford Creamery, Elevator and Telephone Co. Independent in politics, he has served at different times both on the school board of his district and as supervisor on the town board, in each case for a number of years. He is a member and trustee of the Norwegian Lutheran church at Rushford and also belongs to the camp of Modern Woodmen of America at that place. On June 12, 1878, Mr. Torgerson-Sauro was united in marriage with Gunild Gullickson, who was born in Telemarken, Norway, daughter of Gulick Herbenson and Aaslak Olson, and who came with her parents to this country in 1869, residing first in Decorah, Iowa, whence, a year later, they came to Fillmore county, Minn. Both parents are now deceased. Six children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Torgerson: Henry, who died Aug. 17, 1918; John, who married Carrie Ekre and lives in South Rushford; Ole, on the home farm; Mollie, wife of Christ Grenrud, a tinner residing in North Dakota; Anna, at home, and Emma, who is the wife of Bernt Westby, a farmer on Oak Ridge, Yucatan township.

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


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