During the last fourteen years this prominent and enterprising young business man of Polk county has been a
resident of Fertile and actively engaged in helping to build up and improve the village amid minister to the enduring
welfare and comfort of its inhabitants. He is now only thirty two years old, hut he has already established himself
in the confidence and regard of the community around him as a good business man and a progressive, enterprising
and public-spirited citizen with the welfare of the town always foremost in his mind.
Mr. Eide is a native of Norway, where his life began Feb. 16, 1883. and where he lived until 1899, when he came
to the United States. In 1901 lie located at Fertile and began his business career as a clerk for his uncle, Andrew
Opheim, with whom he remained until death ended the uncle's labors on April 5, 1915. Mr. Opheim was one of Fertile's
honored pioneers. He was born and reared in Norway and became a resident of the United States in 1871. In 1882
he located in Polk county and opened a drug store one mile east of Fertile, where he remained until 1887, then
moved his store to Fertile, forming a partnership in the drug trade and general merchandising with Dr. Âme
Nelson, which lasted from 1882 until 1893. When he died Mr. Opheim owned 600 acres of land in Polk county, and
throughout his residence here he took an earnest interest and an active part in pushing forward the growth and
improvement of the county.
Mr. Eide was appointed administrator of his uncle's estate and succeeded him in the management of the store and
the uncle's other business. He was married in East Grand Forks, Minnesota, November 30, 1910, to Miss Clara Nelson,
who was born in Fertile and is a daughter of the late Dr. Arne Nelson. They have two children, their son Knute
Arne and their daughter Anna Bessie.
Compendium of History and Biography
of Polk County, Minnesota
Maj. R. I. Holcombe, Historical Editor
William H. Bingham, Feneral Editor
W. H. Bingham & Co.
Also see [ Railway Officials in America 1906