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Trondhjem Twp & Rothsay Village

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From Trygg Historical Maps, Trygg Land Office, Ely, MN www.trygglandoffice.com/maps.html
b=bottom land, m=marsh, p=prairie, s=swamp

 Basic Facts:

Township N135, Range W44
Government survey 18??
First Settled 18??
Organized July 7, 1873

History

[Copied by Lory Brasel, lbrasel@leagent.net, from the book "History of Otter Tail County" Volume I - 1916 by John W. Mason]

The commissioners created the township of Trondhjem on July 7, 1873, and so named it at the request of the petitioners, practically all of whom were Norwegians. The first election was held on the 25th of the same month at the house of a man by the name of Petersen. The town­ships of Norwegian Grove and Oscar had both been organized this same year, the former at the January and the latter at the July session. These three townships, as their names indicate, were settled by Norwegians.

The petition organizing the township was dated March 25, 1872, and contained the following names: H. O’Grina, Sivert O. Hammer, Theodore Tollovoson, Ole M. Tommerness, Nils Olsen Hagen, Hans O. Lunder, Ole L. Loger, Stasius Nordgaard, Lous A. Velo, Anders Larson, Gulbrand Larson, Anders Jorgenson Satrang, Lars E. Bilden, Christoffer E. Warre­rud and Iver Wateerud.

Trondhjem township has more than a score of lakes, none of which are more than a half section in size. The eastern part of the township drains into the Pelican river, while the western part is drained by the tribu­taries of Buffalo river. The township is comparatively level, with practi­cally no land which cannot be cultivated. The soil is very fertile and yields bountifully year after year without the necessity of using fertilizers.

Probably the first blacksmith shop in the township was the one located in the southwestern corner of section 17. The first church stood in the southeastern corner of section 9. The only postoffice in the township was at Stod, but it was discontinued in 1905, upon the introduction of rural free delivery from Pelican Rapids. It stood in the eastern part of section 9. Rothsay, in Wilkin county, section 30, adjoins Trondhjem township.

In March, 1916, O. F. Juvrud announced that he would plat some ground in Otter Tail county just east of the Nordlie property. His object is to place the lots on the market as soon as possible and it is thought that it will be but a short time before the corporate limits of Rothsay will be extended to include a strip of land in Otter Tail county. There are already a number of houses on the Otter Tail side.

Population

Population totals in state and federal census summaries.

   Trondhjem  Rothsay Village
 1870    
 1875  407  
 1880  633  
 1885  765  
 1890  794  
 1895  756  
 1900  699  
 1905  682  
 1910  584  
 1920  642  
 1930  587  
 1940  515  

Places of birth for Trondhjem Township in the 1905 state census.

 Native (USA)  35   5%
 Minnesota  435   64%
 Foreign  212   31%
     Germany  2   1%
     Sweden  5   2%
     Norway  204   96%
     Canada  0   0%
     Ireland  0   0%
     Denmark  0   0%
     England  1   0%
     Poland  0   0%
     Finland  0   0%
     Russia  0   0%
     Scotland  0   0%
     Other  0   0%

Land Maps


Names



The following names have been extracted from original land records (by John Nelson) and Mason's History (by Karen Terry). Andersen , Iver ; Anderson , Andrew , Hans , Lars , Oliv ; Arntsen , Sivert ; Blegen , Erik A ; Brideson , Lars ; Christianson , Joakim ; Dyhresen , Halvor ; Elensen , Christoffer ; Ellingston , Andrew ; Engbretson , Thomas ; Engebretson , Halvor ; Erikson , Britta , Colbjorn ; Gillund , Bernt A ; Gjerdrum , Hildon ; Gjuve , Bjorn C ; Granerud , Ole O ; Gulbrandson , Gunder ; Gulbranson , Anton ; Gunmundson , Nils ; Haagenson , Ole ; Haavland , Ole O ; Hagen , Ole A ; Halvorson , Petro A ; Hanson , Casper , Lauriz , Leon , Niels ; Helgeson , Ole ; Helset , John P ; Hendrickson , Tobias ; Henningsen , Lars ; Hoakenson , Mads ; Horstad , Gunerius E , Simon E ; Hovland , Ole S , Syver O ; Hveberg , Ole P ; Ingebretson , Lars ; Jacobson , Birtha ; Jansdatter , Anna ; Jansen , Anders ; Jensen , Bernt ; Jesperson , Anders ; Johanesen , Iver ; Johnson , Torger ; Jonson , Torger ; Jorgenson , Anders ; Kittilsdatter , Jorond , Jovond ; Kraggerud , Lars L ; Larsen , Anders , Johan , Martin ; Larson , Anders , Andrew , Anton , Gulbrand , Margrethe , Ole ; Madssen , Ole ; Medpo , Peter C ; Melen , Johannes C ; Molden , Anders G ; Nelson , Hans , Thorsten ; Nord , Hans H , Martin H ; Nordmarken , Ole T ; Norgaard , Stasius S ; Olsen , Bernhard , Erick , Guttorm , Hans , Nels , Ole , Paul , Sivert , Thor ; Olson , Even , Gilbert , Lars , Nels N , Ole , Peter ; Ouren , Hoken P ; Paulson , Christian , Jens , Oley ; Pedersen , Isac ; Pederson , Knud ; Peterson , Age , Hans , Herman , Peter ; Rentz , Christian ; Sandbek , Nils T ; Sha , German ; Sjoli , Arne L ; Sjolle , Gunder O ; Sommerfeld , Dorette ; Stenerud , Hans J ; Syversen , Arne ; Tessem , Ragnhild N ; Thoressen , Marthinius ; Thorson , Ole ; Tollovsen , Theodore ; Tommeraas , Lars O ; Torgerson , Jens ; Velo , Hans A ; Weberg , Arne P ; Weik , George H ; Wold , Lina P


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