After passing many years in active pursuit of various kinds in a number of different places, making each occupation
minister to his advancement in life by his industry, constant attention to duty and good management, Hans Samuelson,
formerly one of the leading farmers of Vineland township, is now living retired from hard labor, maintaining his
resider! cc in the village of Climax but still exercising active personal supervision over the management and operation
of his fine farm of 160 acres, all of which is under cultivation and yielding good returns for the labor spent
Mr. Samuelson was born in Norway November 6, 1864, and emigrated to the United States in the summer of 1882. He
landed in New York and from there came direct to Minnesota, locating in Grant county and there working at farm
labor for two years. He then went to North Dakota and during the summer months found employment on a large farm
in that territory. The following winter he passed working in the lumber woods of Michigan, and when spring came
he took up a timber claim in the neighborhood of Bemidji, on which he passed the next three years.
Early in the nineties Mr. Samuelson moved to Polk county and bought 160 acres of land in Vineland township. On
this land he lived until the Great Northern railroad was built through from Haistad to Crookston. He next kept
a hotel and saloon in Climax until 1905, when he sold his business in the village and resumed his farming operations,
but continued to live in Climax, where he owns an attractive residence. He has always taken an active interest
in the public affairs of Climax and Vineland township, serving as constable in the township and president of the
council in the village, filling the latter office three terms. He has also been a member of the board of school
directors for some years and is now its chairman. Being a strong advocate of temperance, he has rendered important
service to the cause as a member of the County Option League.
On October 20, 1890, Mr. Samuelson was married in Polk county to Miss Anne Steenerson, who was born in Houston
county, Minnesota, May 1, 1860. She is the daughter of Steener and Bergit (Rohalt) Knutson, and lived with them
in Houston county until the fall of 1876, when she came to Polk county and began a useful career as a school teacher,
her first school being in Traill county, North Dakota, which she taught during the winter of 1876-7. She continued
to teach in that state and Minnesota for about five years and was then assistant postmistress at Fisher, this county,
for three years. After that she attended the University of North Dakota two years and then again taught school
in this county five years.
Mr. and Mrs. Samuelson have two children living, their daughter Bergit and their son Stanley. Bergit is a graduate
of the State Normal School at Moorhead, Minnesota, and Stanley is a student in the Crookston High School. Their
first born child, Hans A., died at the age of seventeen, and another son, named Stanley B., at the age of two 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.
Also see [ Railway Officials in America 1906