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The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
Emil Thang, manager of the Mille elevator, at Sacred Heart, was born in Minneapolis, Dec. 15, 1889, son of Olaus H. and Mathia (Gulbrandson) Thang. The father was born in Norway on Aug. 18, 1847, was married in 1871, came to America in 1872; lived in Menominie, Wis., about two years employed in a lumber mill; then came to Minneapolis, and worked as a carpenter and in a lumber mill until 1900, when he came to Sacred Heart township, rented a farm, and lived there until 1911, when he retired to Sacred Heart village, where he died May 7, 1912. The mother was born in Norway, May 3, 1850, and still lives in Sacred Heart. Besides Emil, there was another child in the family, Christian by name, who died in infancy. Emil Thang remained with his parents until 1912, and then became station agent for the C., M. & St. Paul Ry. Co. In December, 1914, he left that postion, and, in January, 1915, took up his present work. Mr. Thang was married April 18, 1914, to Hilda Bagaus, born in Sacred Heart, Feb. 17, 1896, daughter of Halvor and Paulina Bagaus, natives of Norway. The father was born in Norway in 1860, came to America many years ago, engaged in railroad work and now lives in Sacred Heart. In the Bagaus family there are thirteen children: Magnus, Inga, Ole, Henry, Ingvald, Alfred, Hilda, Jennie, Elmer, Agnes, Theodore, Spencer and Charles. Mr. and Mrs. Thang have a son, Otis H., born March 11, 1915.
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