Biography of Ole A. Tweiten
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Ole A. Tweiten, a prosperous general farmer residing in section 28, Sheldon township, was born in Telemarken, Norway, Jan. 30, 1867, son of Aaslak and Sigrid (Gruta) Tweiten, who were natives of the same locality. He was the sixth born in a family of seven children, and attended schoot in his native land, residing with his parents until arriving at the age of 20 years. He then began working out for others, spending two years at the shoemaker's trade. In 1891, wishing better opportunities than he could find in his native land, he came to the United States, locating at Madison, Wis., in the vicinity of which place he worked on farms and at miscellaneous occupations for ten months. Then coming to Houston County, he worked out for three years and then bought a farm on Oak Ridge, where he resided two years. After that for about 14 years he was engaged in operating various farms, which he purchased and subsequently sold, spending one year on his next farm after moving from Oak Ridge, then eight years on a farm in Yucatan township, three years on a farm in Money Creek township, and two years on a farm in Sheldon township. On seffing the last mentioned place he took up his residence in Houston, where he was engaged in hauling cream for two years. He then bought his present farm of 123 acres in Badger Valley, section 28, Sheldon township, which he is operating along general lines, raising both crops and stock. Capably managed, the farm is yielding good returns. He is a member of the Shipping Association. He is a member of the Free church of Houston and in politics is independent. Mr. Tweiten was married Jan. 5, 1893, to Elsie Bilstad, who was born in Telemarken, Norway, close to the home of Mr. Tweiten's parents, a daughter of Ole and Gjestrand (Kettlestrad) Bilstad. She came to America in 1889, but was not accompanied by her parents, who died In their native land. Mr. and Mrs. Tweiten have been the parents of eight children: Selena, Oscar, Julius, Julia, Albin and Gena, all residing on the home farm, and Albert and Harold, who are deceased.

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


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