Halvor K. Volstad obituary

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Wednesday, February 7, 1912
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Hon. Halvor K. Volstad died at his home in Nevada township, Thursday, Feb. 1, 1912, of old age, aged 85 years.

He was born in Norway, Oct. 21, 1826, and was reared to agricultural pursuits. At the age of 27 years he came to Chicago and found employment on a farm in Winnebago county, Ill. at ten dollars a month.

He was married to Isabel Stabuck and they remained on a farm in Illinois until 1856 when they came to Mower county bringing two pair of oxen and their household goods. It took them 21 days on the road, they camping on the way.

They settled on their farm in Nevada which Mr. Volstad had bought the summer previous, and moved into a log house he had fixed up. The land was mostly covered with grubs.

He raised his first wheat in 1860 and the next year had some to sell which he hauled to McGregor, 125 miles, receiving fifty cents a bushel. Mr. Volstad was an industrious, frugal man and he accumulated a fine property, owning at one time a large farm in Iowa in addition to his home farm.

He represented Mower county in the state legislature in the 1878 session. He was one of the town supervisors and held other local offices. He was a man of upright life, well posted on public affairs and was a citizen whose influence was always on the right side.