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Vaatveit, John J

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Vaatveit, John J
May 03, 2011 03:49AM
Vaatveit, John J. August 13 1856 -

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John J. Vaatveit, a prominent merchant of McIntosh and well known citizen of
King township, is a native of Norway, born in Village of Voss, on August 13,
1856. He was reared on a pioneer farm home in Dodge county, Minnesota, the
family emigrating to the United States in spring of 1857, and spent his early
manhood in Dodge county. In 1856 he went to Grand Forks, North Dakota, and
began his career in the commercial world as a clerk in a general store. After
spending seven years in that employment, he made his first independent venture
in the mercantile business and for five years continued his successful
operations, establishing a store at Northland, North Dakota, and was appointed
the first postmaster at that place. In 1895 he sold his interests, resigned
from the office of postmaster and transferred his attention to farming,
removing to Polk county and buying a quarter section of land in King township,
where he engaged in agricultural pursuits for some twelve years. In 1907 he
resumed his commercial activities, opening a general store at McIntosh, where
he has since conducted a prosperous and steadily growing trade. During the
many years of his residence in King township, Mr. Vaatveit has won the respect
and confidence of all his asociates through his ability as a business man and
his public spirited citizenship. He has been prominently associated with
township affairs and has capably discharged the duties of various public
offices, as chairman and member of the township board, a member of the school
board of McIntosh and in several minor offices. He has been further identified
with public interests as the president of the Farmers Mutual Insurance Company,
serving for a term of nine years. He was married in Dodge county, Minnesota,
to Martha Alrick, who is a native of Norway and they have reared a family of
four children, Engvold, George, Minnie, who is the wife of Oliver Henson, and
Mabel. Mr. Vaatveit and his family are faithful supporters of the Synod
Lutheran church and are actively identified with all its interests.

Additional Comments:
Source: Compendium of History and Biography of Polk County, Minnesota.
Minneapolis: W. H. Bingham & Co., 1916, p. 143-4.
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