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Eilef Medtlie
Budal, Norway

Eilef Medtlie was born in Budal, Norway in 1858.  In 1883 he came to the United States to establish a home in a land of greater opportunity.  He located at once in Menomonie, Wis., and as those were the busy days of the lumber industry, he was satisfied with conditions here and determined to make this place his permanent home.  For 20 years he was employed as a carriage rider in the shingle mill of the Knapp, Stout & Co. Company, at the end of that time giving up work on account of the failure of his health.  Bur though another period of of 20 years has elapsed since he retired on that account, he is still living and resides in North Menomonie. He was married on Aug. 16, 1892 to Gertrude Rogstad who was born in Norway and came to America and to Menomonie, Wis. in 1891.

The children born of this union were six, as follows:  Isaac, manager for the Anderson Electrical Co. of Menomonie; Gena, wife of Oscar Evenson of North Menomonie; Arthur of North Menomonie; Emma, who married Alvin Anderson of Menomonie; Selma, residing at home with her parents; and Jennie, who is deceased. 

Son, Arthur, was educated in the Menomonie schools and in 1910 entered the employ of George Hovlid, with whom he remained for ten years. He then worked one year for the Farmers' Store Co. in Menomonie.  In April 1921, he established his present store at 325 Tainter Street, North Menomonie, and is conducting it on a profitable basis. He carries a fine line of groceries, flour and feed, tobacco, candy, and other commodities in popular demand, and has proved himself enterprising and far-sighted. On Jan. 1, 1917, he married in Menomonie to Edna Sipple, daughter of Peter and Emma Sipple, and he and his wife have three children, Marlys, Janet and Arthur J. The family are members of the Norwegian Lutheran Church of North Menomonie.

Extracted from the History of Dunn County, Wisconsin (1925), p. 402.


Note: Ellef E. Midtli emigrated from Soknedal, Norway via Trondheim on April 4, 1883.  In the 1875 Norwegian census, he was a servant, working on the farm Midtli (Krets 5, Liste 13, 176) where his birthplace is listed as Budal.


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