Biography of Raymond H. Halderson
North Central Ohio Biographies

Raymond Hiram Halderson. Few men are as prominent in Medina County as Raymond H. Halderson, who represents The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States, at Medina. He was born at Genoa, Wis., Nov. 25, 1890, the son of Albert and Rosalia (Caswell) Halderson.

Albert Halderson was a native of Norway, born Nov. 25, 1847. At the age of ten years he came to the United States with his parents and settled at LaCrosse, Wis. He successfully engaged in general farming throughout his life and died Jan. 7, 1924. He is buried at Galesville, Wis. His wife was the daughter of Hiram Caswell, of Vernon County, Wis. To Mr. and Mrs. Halderson were born four children: Raymond Hiram, the subject of this sketch; Gertrude, married Herman Halderson, farmer, lives near Galesville, Wis.; Grace, married Rev. John Coad, a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, lives in Arizona; and Carol, a teacher, lives at Galesville, Wis. By a former marriage, Albert Halderson had six sons, as follows: James, retired, lives in New Mexico; Melvin, farmer, lives near Beloit, Wis.; Louis, who died in January, 1921; Albert, who died Nov. 12, 1901; Elmer, lives near Galesville, Wis.; and Frank, an invalid, lives at Milwaukee.

Raymond H. Halderson received his early education in the public schools of Genoa and Galesville, and following his graduation from high school in 1910, he entered Lawrence College at Appleton, Wis. He spent two years at that institution and in 1915 was gradated from the University of Wisconsin with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. Throughout his college course Mr. Halderson earned his expenses as a sales representative of a publishing house. He spent five years as county agricultural agent in Randolph County, W. Va., after which he came to Medina as agent of Medina County, under the supervision of the State Agricultural Department. He held the latter position four years and in October, 1924, became local representative of the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States, under the supervision of the Columbus agency. During the entire period of his experience as a life underwriter Mr. Halderson has never failed to qualify for the Quarter Million Dollar Club, which requires that his paid business during one year must be in excess of $250,000. For two years in succession (1929 and 1930) he has been selected as the "Head Man" in the Columbus agency, which honor goes to the one who has best represented the Equitable through service to his clients.

On Dec. 25, 1915, Mr. Halderson married Miss Cleva May Touton, the daughter of Louis and Catherine (Zimmerman) Touton, of Edgerton, Wis. Mrs. Halderson graduated in 1912 from the Lawrence Conservatory of Music, Appleton, Wis. For a number of years before her marriage she taught music in the schools at Sun Prairie, Wis. Four daughters have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Halderson: Hazel Virginia, Lola Jeanne, Cathryn Rose, and Constance Rae. The family lives at 143 Spring Grove Street, Medina.

Mr. Halderson and his family hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he belongs to Medina Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 58; Medina Chapter, R. A. M., No. 30; and Kiwanis Club. At the present time he is a member of the Medina Village School Board, having been elected to that office in 1925 and again in 1929. He is chairman of the Boy Scout Committee, Troop 501, Medina, for 1930 and 1931.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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