Prominent and successful in business; a man of commanding influence in local public affairs; everystere recognized
as an upright, progressive and highly serviceable citizen, and a forceful factor in all undertakings for the farther
development and improvement of his home town and county, Eddy Bolstad, the present mayor of Fertile, has reached
an elevated place in the regard of the people around him, but he richly deserves his standing and has won it wholly
by his own efforts and genuine merit.
Mr. Bolstad was born in Dodge county, Minnesota, May 3, 1872, the third child of Knute and Inge borg (Olsen) Bolstad,
natives of Norway. The family moved to Polk county in 1880, when the future mayor was but eight years old, and
settled on a homestead which the father entered in Garfield township and on which he is still living. He and his
wife are the parents of twelve children. They are industrious and thrifty farmers and are held in esteem by all
classes of the people wherever they are known.
Their son Eddy grew to manhood in Polk county and obtained his education in its schools. At the age of sixteen
he left home and began his business career as a clerk in the store of Messrs. Nelson & Opheim at Fertile. When
the partnership was dissolved two years later and Mr. Opheim became the sole proprietor of the store Mr. Bolstad
remained in his employ and continued to clerk for him seven years longer. At the end of that period he became a
clerk in the clothing store of Leo Baer, with whom he was associated in that capacity for eight years. in 1907
he bought the business of Mr. Baer, and he has conducted it himself ever since.
Throughout his manhood Mr. Bolstad has taken an earnest interest and an active part in the civil affairs of his
community, and has been very helpful to it. He has served as village assessor, and in that office he gave the people
service so entirely satisfactory that in the spring of 1915 he was elected mayor of the village. As the chief village
executive he is performing his duties with the same zeal, intelligence and fidelity that he exhibited in the office
of assessor and has always shown in the management of his private business and personal affairs.
In religious affiliation Mr. Bolstad is connected with the Synod Lutheran church, and in fraternal relations he
is a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen. On August 31, 1895, he was united in marriage with Miss Tina
Westad, the marriage being solemnized in Crookston, this county. They have one child, their daughter Edith Thelma.
Mrs. Bolstad is a Norwegian by nativity but has been a resident of this state and county for many years.
Compendium of History and Biography
of Polk County, Minnesota
Maj. R. I. Holcombe, Historical Editor
William H. Bingham, Feneral Editor
W. H. Bingham & Co.
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