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Anton Berntsen Samdahl
Horg, Norway

Excerpted from the History of Dunn County, H.C. Cooper, Jr. & Co, Minneapolis, 1925, p. 737

Anton Samdahl, who has been a resident of Dunn County for the last 46 years, during 22 of which he has been engaged in farming and dairying, was born in Norway, March 24, 1857, son of Bernt and Bertha (Lund) Samdahl. Anton attended school in his native land and subsequently worked on his parents' farm until 1878, in which year he emigrated to the United States. Landing at Philadelphia, he came west to Chicago and thence direct to Menomonie, which place he reached on May 7.

With Knapp, Stout & Co., company he got work as a blacksmith and he remained with that concern for 23 years or as long as they remained in business here. After that he followed the same occupation for 15 years in the employ of the Hydraulic Brick Co.  In 1909 Mr. Samdahl had bought 80 acres of land in Sections 4 and 9, town of Menomonie, and he now settled on it and began to build up a farm. In the years that have since elapsed he has made good progress, among the buildings he has erected being a fine eight-room brick house, with modern fittings; a barn of 34 x 70 feet with brick basement, and a machine shed of 22 x 50 feet.  He has also cleared 40 acres of his land, and as a general farmer and dairyman keeps grade Holstein cattle.

Mr. Samdahl was first married, Oct. 7. 1882, to Ingo Swenson of which union two children were born: Arthur, of North Menomonie, who married Emma Halvorson and has two children, Leo and Allen; and Martin, who is residing at home with his father.  Mr. Samdahl was married in Menomonie, Oct. 12, 1902, to Hannah Wolseth, who was born in Norway, March 13, 1871, daughter of John and Anna Wolseth.  Her parents are now deceased.  She, herself, came to this country in 1897, and for a short time resided in Menomonie. Then she went to Boston, where she spent three years after which she went back to Norway on a visit. After her return to the United States she was married to Mr. Samdahl, as above mentioned.  They attend Our Saviour's Lutheran Church of Menomonie. They have one child, Earl A., now living in Bloomer, Wis.

NOTE: Under the name Ole A. Samdal, age 20, it appears Anton emigrated from Trondheim on April 18, 1878 from Horg to Menomonie.

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