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John Holte (Jens Bersvendsen Holte)
Soknedal, Norway

From the History of Dunn County Wisconsin (1925), p. 341

John Holte, an early settler in the southern part of Dunn County, and , as if the creator of a good farm, a benefactor to the county's agricultural interests, was born in Soknedalen, Norway, March 2, 1843. He first came to this country in 1868 or 1869, locating at Downsville, Dunn County, where he worked seven years for the Knapp, Stout & Co. Company. He then returned to Norway, where he married Guru Holte, a native of the same place as himself, and after remaining there until until 1882, he came again to the United States, this time accompanied by his family. For two years he worked for the lumber company at old Meridean, sometimes referred to as the Meridean Lumber Co., but which in the course of years underwent several changes in ownership. In 1884, Mr. Holte turned his attention to farming, buying the Oscar Mossier farm of 160 acres in Section 35, town of Spring Brook, which he developed into a fine place, there spending the rest of his life. He died July 1, 1918, having made a good record as a pioneer farmer of this county. His wife Guru, who survived him, is still living on the farm, which is now owned and operated by her son Bert. This son, who married Inga Dragseth, has four children, John, Harry, Oscar and Gerhart. There were three other children in the Holte family: Ida, now Mrs. Andrew Anderson of the town of Spring Brook; Andrew, who died at the age of 26 years, and one who died a babe.

NOTE: In Norway, John Holte was Jens Bersvendsen Holte, son of Bersvend Andersen Sommervold, Holte, b. at Holte 1799, d. 1849; married 1825 with Ingeborg Olsdotter Nyhus, Sørstu at Holte, b. 1799, d. 1871.

Guru was Guru Andersdotter Holte, b. 1856, married in 1881 to Jens Bersvendsen Holte, went to America 1882. Her parents were Anders Eriksen Holte, b. 1815, d. 1883 and Siri Nilsdotter Østhus, b. 1821, d. 1884 -farmers at Holte.

(See Busetnad og folkeliv i Soknedal (Bygdebok), p. 230-254 for more family information)

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