While he has sought nothing of renown or spectacular display in his life to the present time, but has been content
to live as a plain, industrious, frugal, upright and useful citizen, Lewis M. Hesseldahl. a retired farmer now
residing at Fertile, this county, has, nevertheless, had some exciting experiences in the service of his adopted
country and seen the other side of the world from here while rendering that service. He was a United States soldier
in the Spanish American war and as such was assigned to duty in the Philippines during that short but decisive
Mr. Hesseldahl is a native of Denmark, where his life began February 24, 1874. When he was but one year and a half
old his parents brought him to this country and took up their residence in Kendall county, Illinois. Some time
afterward they moved to Minnesota and located in Faribault county, and there their son Lewis remained until 1901,
when he came to Polk county and located on a farm near Fertile. His farm is in Garfield township and contains 240
acres. It is well improved and by his skill and industry in cultivating it he has brought it to a high state of
productiveness. A few years ago he gave up active work on the farm and moved to Fertile, where he has since had
his home, but he has continued to superintend the operations of his farm industry.
On March 4, 1905, Mr. Hesseldahi was united in marriage with Mrs. Anna (Frandahl) Thderdahl, formerly the wife
of Reginald Underdahi, who was born in Norway. They also moved from Faribault county, Minnesota, to Polk county
in 1901, and settled on a farm in Garfield township. Mrs. Hesseldahl was born near Madison, Wisconsin, November
28, 1856, and was married to Mr. Underdahi in Faribault county. She has six children living, the fruits of her
first marriage. They are: John, Julius, Ole, Christina, Ada and Eddie.
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