From History of Reedsburg and the Upper Baraboo Valley, by Merton Edwin Krug, Publ. February 1929 by the author. Printed by Democrat Printing Company, Madison, Wis., Page 435
Mr. and Mrs. August Torstrup. Mr. August Torstrup, retired master-Sergeant of the 53rd U.S. Inf., was born in Moi, Stavanger, Norway, Nov. 8, 1875, his parents being Christ and Gurine (Christianson) Torstrup. The father was a captain in the Norwegian Regular Army, with which he served for a period of forty-five years. The father and mother died when our subject was quite young, and in 1893, at the age of eighteen, he came to America, locating in Mankato, Minn., where he resided for seven years, until 1901.
During this time, in June, 1898, he enlisted in the 3rd U.S. Inf., expecting to serve his adopted country in the Spanish American War. He was in training at Fort McPherson, Georgia, was mustered out Dec. 28, 1898, and returned to Mankato. On Feb. 5, 1901, he again entered the U.S. Regular Army, and began a career that was to continue for over twenty years. His first two years were spent in the Philippine Islands, where his regiment was sent to suppress the Philippine Insurrection. Returning to the United States he was stationed at Fort Reno, Oklahoma, until 1905. Then he made another trip to the Philippines in 1907, he was sent a third and last time to the Islands, and this trip caused his presence there for six years, until 1913. About one year of this period was spent in China. After returning to America he was encamped near San Francisco one year, going from there to El Paso, Texas, in 1914, to participate in the Punitive Expedition into Mexico. On leaving El Paso he went to Camp Forest, Georgia, remaining there about a year. He was now in Co. A, 53rd Inf., 6th Division, and ranked as a sergeant. The division was sent from Georgia to Camp Division, and ranked as a sergeant. The division was sent from Georgia to Camp Wadsworth, Spartanburg, South Carolina, where preparations were made to fit its men for overseas service. They were next sent to New York, and on July 6, 1918 set sail, arriving at Liverpool, Eng., July 17. On July 23 he reached Cherbourg, France. Our subject was in the trenches at Elsessor Lane for thirty-five days and later joined in the Meuse-Argonne drive in which he was engaged in Nov. 11, 1918, when the Armistice was signed. On July 14, 1919, he was with Pershing's Regiment in the Allied Parade in Paris and on the 18th in London. Returning to France he was stationed at Brest, until Sept 1, when he sailed for New York, arriving Sept. 8. He participated then in the Grand Parade in New York and Washington, D.C., after which he came to Camp Grant, reaching that camp in October, 1919. Shortly after he rejoined the 53rd regiment and remained at that point until May 8, 1921, when he was honorably mustered out as Master Sergeant, 53rd U.S. Inf.
Before leaving the service, on Feb. 22, 1921, he was united in marriage to Lois Thompson. They came to Reedsburg, May 10, following, and have since made their home in this city. On May 1, 1925, he was made Chief of Police of this city, which position he held until June 15, 1928.
Mrs. Torstrup (Lois Thompson) was born April 28, 1901, near Valton, Woodland township, Sauk Co., Wis., her father, Samuel Thompson, was born in the state of Iowa, Jan. 13, 1857, son of John and Celia (Lamb) Thompson. He came with his parents to Sauk county at an early date, settling first at Ironton and later at Valton, where he still resides. He was married June 22, 1888, to Anna Shear. This lady was born at Hillsborough, July 18, 1871, her parents being Peter and Margaret (Snell) Tracy Shear. The latter was a Civil war widow, her husband, Mr. Tracy, having been killed in that conflict. Mrs. Margaret (Snell) Tracy continued her residence at Hillsborough, until her marriage to Peter Shear. Her parents were John and Sibyl (Waite) Snell. The former was a son of Jacob and Isabel (Harding) Snell and the latter a daughter of Oliver and Elizabeth (Johnson) Waite.
To Mr. and Mrs. Torstrup have been born four children, three of whom are living: Lee, born Nov. 27, 1921; Alicia, born July 10, 1923, and died March 27, 1925; Lynn, born June 4, 1925; and Joy, born Feb. 14, 1927.
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