Louis Stever (Lars Ingebrigtsen Støverhaug)
Trondhjem Stiff, Norway (Soknedal)

Louis Stever, a retired farmer and highly esteemed citizen of Section 26, town of Peru, was born in Trondhjem Stiff, Norway, Aug. 1, 1846, son of Engebrit and Elle (Peterson) Stever

Both parents spent their lives in Norway.  Louis, after attending school in his native land, learned the shoemaker's trade, which he followed for five years. Then in 1868, he emigrated to the United States and to Dunn County, Wis., locating at Downsville, where he entered the employ of Knapp, Stout & Co., with whom he remained two and a half years, working in the mill in summer and in the pineries in winter. Then with Ever Johnson he bought 160 acres of land in the town of Peru and farmed it a short time, after which he sold out and took up carpenter work in Menomonie, being employed on the court house which was then in process of construction.  

After that he followed the same trade in Chippewa Falls for two summers and subsequently started a saloon there which he ran for a year and a half; but, having lost money in that business,  he sold out and in 1879 returned to farming, buying 80 acres of wild land in Section 26, town of Peru.  This was really the beginning of his agricultural career and it was practically a pioneer effort. Having made a clearing, he put up a frame house of somewhat crude construction, with a straw roof, and started to break the land. In time he considerably improved his house by turning it halfway around, raising it up a story, and rectifying previous deficiencies, thereby making it into a very good and convenient residence.

He also bought a barn at Irving Creek, moved it to his farm and by his skill as a carpenter made a fine barn out of it.  To increase the size of his farm he bought more land -- 40 acres on the west in the same section and 50 acres in Section 11, which gave him a farm of 170 acres, which he develoepd in time very nearly to its present condition, operating it until 1911.  He rented it out for several years, afterwards selling it to his son Engebert O. Stever, he, himself, retiring form active work, though he has continued to reside on the farm. He is a man of high standing in the community and formerly served some time as assessor and pathmaster as well as school clerk.

Mr. Stever was married in May 1877, to Kari Lund, who was born in Gudbrandsdalen, Norway, Aug. 30, 1856. Eleven children came in time to enlarge the family circle, two of whom, however, died in infancy.  The others are: Engebert O., now proprietor of the home farm; Ellen, who is Mrs. John Anderson of Eau Claire and has two children, Lucille and Jeanette; Martin, a farmer in the town of Peru who married Sarah Mishler and has one child, Norma Ellen; Tena, who resides in Nebraska; Odin, of the town of Rock Creek, who married Cora Anderson; Laura, now Mrs. Louis Larson of Eau Claire and the mother of eight children, Kenneth, Agnes, Margaret, Gertrude, Willard, Elenora, Theresa and Russell; Eleanor, residing in Wausau, Wis.; Goro, residing in the town of rock Creek, and Irene, who lives with her parents.

Extracted from the History of Dunn County, Wisconsin (1925), p. 933.

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