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Martin Fladoes


Source: The History of Dunn County Wisconsin, Comp. F. Curtiss-Wedge, et al. Minneapolis: H.C. Cooper, Jr. & Co. 1925. p. 640-641

Martin Fladoes, president of the Bank of Menomonie and who has long been one of the leading citizens of Dunn County, both as a business man and as an incumbent of public office, was born in Norway, Jan. 23, 1860, son of Sever and Ann M. (Overlie) Fladoes. The family came to the United States in 1875, arriving in Menomonie, Wis., Aug. 23 of that year. For the next two years, Sever Fladoes, the father, was in the employ of the Knapp, Stout & Co. company, after which he settled on a farm in the town of Menomonie which, was his home for the rest of his life. He and his wife had three children: Karen, deceased; Andrew, now a farmer in North Dakota, and Martin of Menomonie.

Martin Fladoes attended school in his native land and was 15 years old when he accompanied his parents to America. Like his father, he entered the employ of the Knapp, Stout, & Co. remaining with them until he was 25 years of age, working in the woods or mills, or on the drives, wherever he was most needed. At the end of his service with them, he returned home and for the next nine years was engaged in operating his father's farm. In the fall of 1894, having by that time become well and favorably known throughout Dunn County, he was elected register of deeds, taking office Jan. 1, 1895. His entry into the financial world occurred in 1903, when he became connected with the First National Bank of Menomonie. There during the next two years he learned much relative to the banking business, and, his adaptability being recognized, in January, 1905, he was offered and accepted the position of cashier of the Bank of Menomonie, which he retained until 1910. Then together with L. D. Harvey and others he purchased the James H. Stout interest in the bank, Mr. Harvey becoming president, and Mr. Fladoes vice president. As such the latter remained until 1922, in which year Mr. Harvey having office of president.

He is a member of the Commercial Club, and a blue lodge Mason. Mr. Fladoes was married in Menomonie, Jan. 16, 1886, to Anna Midtlyng, daughter of Andrew and Mary Midtling who are now deceased. Five children, as follows, are the fruit of this marriage: Alice, now Mrs. E. N. Atwood of Malta, Mont.; Karen, who is a food demonstrator for the Washburn-Crosby Milling Co. of Minneapolis; Clara, who is in charge of the girls' physical training department in the high school at Virginia, Minn.; Martin A., traveling salesman for Sivyer Steel Casting Co. in Milwaukee, and John A., the present cashier of the Bank of Menomonie. Mr. and Mrs. Fladoes and their children are members of the Norwegian Lutheran Church.
 
 

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