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The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
Hendrick Eliason, one of the honored pioneers of Renville county, is one of the few men living who can claim residence of forty-five years in this vicinity. He was born in Varmeland, Sweden, Jan. 1, 1839, and came to America in 1870, locating at once on a homestead of forty acres in section 24, Hawk Creek township. Upon his arrival, he erected the log cabin which is still part of the present dwelling. He broke and developed the land, suffered all the privations of the early settler, prospered with the years, increased his holdings until he had 320 acres and in 1895 constructed the present home and outbuildings. For many years he was one of the influential men in the community. In 1903 he retired and moved to Wright county where he lived for a year. There a longing for the scenes of his boyhood came over him and he departed for his native land. He visited many interesting points, saw many of his old friends, and then returned to America, locating in Sacred Heart village, where he is pending the afternoon of life, happy in the respect of all who know him. Hendrick Eliason was married in Sweden to Lisa Lien, who was born in that country, March 8, 1843, and died on the farm in Hawk Creek township, Sept. 12, 1903. This union has been blessed with ten children: Emil, Marthea, Hilmer, Olaf, Amelia, Christina, John, Lydia, Herman and Oscar. Emil farms in Oregon. Marthea is the wife of Albert Wiglund, of Bagley, Minn. Hilmer farms in Hawk Creek township. Olaf lives in Sacred Heart. He first married Carrie Myra and after her death, Veva Arntzen. Amelia is the wife of Nels Welman, of Bagley, Minn. Christina lives in Minneapolis. John lives in Oregon. Lydia is the wife of August Salk, of Elkton, South Dakota. Herman married Bernice Fanney. He farms in Oregon. Oscar is dead.
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