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Ludwig Dragseth & Mary Sneen
Meldal, Norway

From the History of Dunn County, Comp. by F. Curtiss-Wedge, et al, Minneapolis, MN: H.C. Cooper, Jr. & Co., 1925, p. 603

Ludwig Dragseth, carpenter, contractor and cabinet-maker, of Menomonie, was born in Mildalen, Norway, Feb. 18, 1872, son of Johan and Mary Dragseth, the latter of whom died in Norway in 1881, the former being still living and now 80 years old. Ludwig Dragseth attended public school in his native land and for a few years followed farming.  He then learned the trade of carpenter and cabinet-maker and was engaged in it there until 1902, when he came to America with his family, locating at once in Menomonie, Dunn County. For ten years he worked as a carpenter for the well known contractor, J. S. Govin, was later for three years in the employ of Sever Olson and for shorter periods worked for other contractors.

In 1918 he was at the Barksdale in Bayfield County, Wis., and then returned to Menomonie and worked for a year for Contractor Rudolph Jaeger. He is now in business for himself as a contracting carpenter, and at his home at 1220 Third Street, which he purchased  in 1914, he has a shop in which he does all kinds of cabinet work and repairing. He is a member of the carpenters' union and has the reputation not only of being a good workman but also a square man of business.

Mr. Dragseth married in Norway in May, 1899, to Mary Sneen, who was born at Mildalen, Norway, Oct. 14, 1870, daughter of John and Anna Sneen

Her parents (John and Anna Sneen) came to America in 1886, locating in Menomonie, and Mr. Sneen was from that time in the employ of the Knapp, Stout & Co. Company, until they retired from business, working in the mill in summer and in the woods in winter. After the company closed down their plant and business here in 1901, he worked at Drummond, Bayfield County, Wis. until old age caused him to retire. He now lives with Mr. Dragseth, the subject of this sketch, his wife having died in July, 1920. 

Mr. and Mrs. Dragseth are the parents of a son, John L., born Oct. 11, 1900. He was graduated from the high school and then entered Stout Institute, where he took a two years' course, after which he taught school one year at Waterville, Minn. The re-entering Stout Institute, he completed the other two years of the course, being graduated with the degree of B.A. in June, 1923. He is now a director of manual training at Dubuque, Iowa. The Dragseth family are affiliated religiously with the Lutheran church.

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