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Edward M. Kelly
The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
Edward M. Kelly, a prosperous and energetic farmer of Camp township, was born on section 30, Bandon township, April 20, 1882, son of Mathias E. and Ranghild (Jordet) Kelly, and grandson of Erland Kille, whose name was later changed to Erland Kelly. Erland Kelly was born in Norway, May 10, 1810, and brought his family to America in 1868, locating in section 30, Bandon township, in 1869. Mathias E. Kelly was born Oct. 1, 1853, came to America with his parents, became a prominent farmer in Bandon township, and died Feb. 26, 1915. In 1881 he married Ranghild Jordet, who was born April 25, 1881, and still lives on the farm in Bandon. Edward M. Kelly was reared on the farm, passed through the district schools, entered the Red Wing Seminary and graduated in 1899. A year later he graduated from the Mankato Commercial College. Then he clerked two years for Kelly & Johnson, in Franklin, and was manager of his father's store in Franklin until 1910. During the two next years he was engaged in the real estate business at Mankato and then engaged in farming, purchasing 280 acres of land in section 5, Camp township, in partnership with his brother, Sivert M., in 1912. He raises Holstein cattle and Poland-China swine, feeding one carload per year for the market, and has one acre of fruit, two of alfalfa, and 200 acres of land under cultivation. He is a stockholder in the creamery and telephone companies at Franklin and is a member of the Hauge's Norwegian Lutheran church. Mr. Kelly was united in marriage Jan. 2, 1904, to Clara Gunderson, who was born Aug. 20, 1879, daughter of Ole Gunderson, born April 1, 1839, in Norway, now a tailor in Mankato, and his wife, Ingeborg Gunderson. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Kelly: Inez Ruth, born April 21, 1905; Marlow Osmund, born Dec. 9, 1908; Kenneth Edgar, born May 18, 1911; and Vincent Herbert, born April 26, 1914.
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