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Andrew Arntson (aka, Arnt Arntson Sæter)
Soknedalen, Norway

Andrew Arntson, a member of the Menomonie post office force, attached to the rural mail service, was born in Soknedalen, Norway, March 25, 1867, son of Arnt Setter and Mary (Wold) Setter.

The parents were also natives of Norway, in which country the mother died when Andrew was five yeas old. In 1883 the later was brought to America by his father, and coming west to Wisconsin, they reached Menomonie April 25. Here the elder Arntson entered the employ of the Knapp, Stout & Co. Company as a carpenter and mill worker, which occupations he followed for the rest of his life, remaining with the above mentioned company until his death in 1890.

Andrew Arntson acquired the chief elements of his education in his native land. He was about 16 years old when he arrived in Menomonie and for one month he attended public school here. During that short time, of course, he could learn but little English, and he had to go to work at the end of it, like his father, entering the employ of Knapp, Stout & Co, with whom he remained for two years, working in the mill, in the pineries, and also on the river, and making his first river drive when he was only 17 years old.

In 1885 he went to work for A.H. Johnson proprietor of a general store in Menomonie, in whose employ he remained for a year and a half. Then in 1892 he formed a partnership with B. Bredeson, establishing a grocery store, which they conducted under the firm name of Bredeson & Arntson until the spring of 1903, when Mr. Arntson sold his interest to his partner. He had already taken the civil service examinations and was duly appointed rural mail carrier, to begin work April 1, 1903. Assigned to rural route 4, he served it for 15 years, or until June 15, 1918, when he was transferred to Route No. 1. In 1920 he transferred to Route No. 7, on which he has since continued to travel. He has completed 22 years of postal service and during that period has covered approximately 175,000 miles of road. An efficient and faithful government employee, he enjoys a wide acquaintance, and there are few persons whose coming is looked for so eagerly on the route he travels. He keeps horses for his winter driving and runs a car in the summer time.

Mr. Arntson was married Aug. 22, 1896, to Anna Helgeson, who was born April 11, 1863. She died July 30, 1900, after less than four years of married life, having been the mother of three children: Arnold, born June 15, 1897; Evelyn, born Aug. 23, 2898, and Gilbert, born July 30, 1900. This last mentioned son, whose entrance into this world cost his mother her life, survived her but a few months, dying Dec. 21, 1900; and both the other children by the same mother are now dead. Arnold, who married Gertrude Van Alstyne of Kilbourn, Wis., but had no children, died Dec. 1. 1923, a young man in his 27th year; while the daughter Evelyn died at the age of little over 23 years, on Oct. 9, 1921. 

On Nov. 16, 1901, Mr. Arntson was married, secondly, to Lena Helgeson, a sister of his first wife, and who was born April 31, 1865. This second union has resulted in two children, both now living, namely: Anna, born Aug. 29, 1902, who is a stenographer at O & N Lumber Co. and Gertrude M., born April 24, 2904, who is a graduate of the Menomonie High School and now a student in the Stout Institute. The family home, a pleasant residence, is at No. 414 Twelfth Street, a house that Mr. Arntson purchased in 1903. He and his family are members of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church.

Extracted from the History of Dunn County, Wisconsin (1925), p. 887-888.

Note:  According to Busetnad og Folkeliv in Soknedal, Book 4, p. 300, the parents of Andrew Arntson were Arnt Ingebrigtsen Haukås, b. 1823 and Marit Olsdotter Sæter, b. 1823, d. 1873. They were husmannsfolk at Nødderhaugen and farmers in Høgsteggen (Sæterhaugen). In 1883, Arnt Ingebrigtsen emigrated to America (Menomonie, Wis) with daughter Marit Arntsdotter, b. 1864 and son Arnt Arntsen (Andrew Arntson), b. 1867.

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