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  • ID: I11302
  • _UID: 7A18170D6DC0427EB5CC55E3F2E6E54E678C
  • Name: Knud (Knute) Halvorson FINSTAD
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 22 AUG 1852 in Finstad, Rendalens, Osterdalen, Norway
  • Death: 10 MAR 1926 in Pennington County, Minnesota
  • Note: MN Death Index 011395
  • Burial: 14 MAR 1926 St. Pauli Cemetery, Thief River Falls, Minnesota
  • Emigration: 1880 from Norway to America
  • Note: 1920 Census Record
  • Note:

    Declared intention to be naturalized in 1881-1882 (MN Naturalization Records Index from Polk County)

    1910 Census: Rocksbury Township, Pennington, Minnesota: Knud (53, emigrated in 1880, married for 18 years); wife Liv (age unclear, emigrated from Norway); Hjelmer (18) , Gena (16), Louise (13), Carl (11), Martin (8). All children born in Minnesota.

    1920 Census: Rocksbury, Pennington, Minnesota: (63), wife Liv (emigrated 1880), Carl E. (21), and Martin L. (17)

    From Pennignton County History [1976] submitted by Kenneth Finstad: ?Knute H. Finstad was born on August 22, 1865 and came to the United States at the age of 24 years from Finstad, Asterdalen, Norway in the year 1880. He homesteaded in Rocksbury Township in 1882.

    At that time, Crookston was the county seat and Knute would make a trip there on foot about twice yearly to purchase staples, such as flour, sugar, coffee and tobacco, etc. The trip would take about a day and a half each way and many hardships and trials were encountered. On the return from one of his expeditions, he discovered a bear had clawed the door frame of his log cabin, most likely in search of food.

    He tried later to make his trips to Crookston easier by recruiting a dear friend who was a carpenter, to help him build a raft to get them to Crookston where he would purchase supplies and horses. The carpenter friend anticipating a few weeks work in Crookston at his trade, had all his tools along. They set sail in the latter days of May when the waters of the Red Lake River were very high. All went well till they reached the rapids somewhere near what is now Red Lake Falls, when the raft hit a huge boulder. The raft capsized and all carpenter tools were lost; the men were fortunate to escape with their lives.

    As he prospered, he built a saw mill and sawed lumber for resale to neighbors to build homes. The neighborhood grew and in May 1891, Knute married Liv Engebretson who was born in Telemarken, Norway on September 29, 1860 and came with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Osten Engebretson to Wisconsin and later to Filmore County in southern Minnesota. She was a gentle lady and indeed an orchid in the wilderness of northern Minnesota.

    They had five children: Helmer, Gina, Louise, Carl and Martin. Knute farmed till the time of his death on March 10, 1926. Then his sons, Carl and Martin, helped their mother farm. Helmer had a mail route which covered about 23 miles out of Thief River Falls from 1912 through 1914. He delivered mail with horse and buggy. Following this, he went into farming at Highlanding, later moving to Wyandotte Township. He bought his father?s estate in 1936 and returned to his home farm of 240 acres with his wife (the former Mildred Husby) and seven children: Kenneth, Vernon, Edward, Goldie, Ferdie and Rueben. He did dairy farming until his retirement in July 1962.

    Gena married Albert Netteland and togheter they and their son, Glen, made their home in Washington. Louise Finstad married Carl Alberg and they farmed in River Falls township. To this couple were born eight children: Lillian, Gladys, Helen, Cleo, Mae Bell, Stanley, Ruby and Connie.

    Carl Finstad married Lydia Palm and they lived in Rocksbury Township. To this couple were born three children: Kermit, Louise and Donald.

    Martin married Julia Malmquist and farmed in Rocksbury Township. To this union were born three children: Janice, Virginia and Bonnie.?
  • Change Date: 4 FEB 2008

    Marriage 1 Liv ENGEBRETSON b: 29 SEP 1859 in Gjørdals, Telemarken, Norway
    • Married: ABT 1892
    1. Has Children Helmer Ingvald FINSTAD b: 17 APR 1892 in Red Lake (now Pennington) County, Minnesota c: 15 MAY 1892 in Hamar Lutheran Church, Red Lake County, Minnesota
    2. Has No Children Gina Kristine FINSTAD b: 13 NOV 1893 in Red Lake (now Pennington) County, Minnesota c: 26 DEC 1893 in Hamar Lutheran Church, Red Lake County, Minnesota
    3. Has Children Louise Randine FINSTAD b: 8 JUL 1896 in Red Lake (now Pennington) County, Minnesota c: 30 AUG 1896 in Hamar Lutheran Church, Red Lake County, Minnesota
    4. Has Children Carl Esten FINSTAD b: 9 OCT 1898 in Red Lake (now Pennington) County, Minnesota c: 14 DEC 1898 in Hamar Lutheran Church, Red Lake County, Minnesota
    5. Has Children Martin Lewen FINSTAD b: 23 MAR 1902 in Red Lake (now Pennington) County, Minnesota c: 24 FEB 1902 in Hamar Lutheran Church, Red Lake County, Minnesota
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