E. A. Homstad
Skage, Trondhjem stift, Norway

From History of the Scandinavians and Successful Scandinavians in the United States, comp. by O.N. Nelson, 1897. p. 379-380

Homstad, E. A., merchant - Black River Falls (Wis) - born 4 June 1847 in Skage, Trondhjem stift, Norway.  He received a common school education, worked on his father's farm while in Norway, and emigrated in 1868 because he did not desire to do military duties. For a couple of years he worked on farms in Houston county, Minn., then settled at this present place, where at first he worked in the woods and lumber yards for D. J. Spaulding, being foreman in the lumber yards for several years. From 1882 to 1886 he operated a lumber yard of his own, and the latter year he, G. G. Melbye, and others organized the black River Falls Lumber and Mercantile Association with a capital stock of $15,000. Homstad has been present of the association ever since, and the firm deals in groceries, crockery, and lumber, doing an annual business of $40,000 to $60,000. Homstad has charge of the lumber department, and owns a large portion of the shares.  He was deputy sheriff for four years; city marshall for three years; city treasurer in 1887, holding office for two years, and being the first treasurer of the city; and president of the city council. He is a member of an independent Norwegian Lutheran church, having collected a large sum of money to build the church in 1876, and in other ways having taken active part in the church work, serving as treasurer and trustee most of the time. In 1888 he visited his native country, where his parents are still living.  In 1874 he was married to Mathilda Strand; but she died twelve years later, leaving one boy, who has attended college at Northfield, Minn. In 1898 he was married to Eliza Seilstad.

 

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