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The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
Knute Osmundson, deceased, was born in Norway, July 18, 1824. His parents did not come to America but died in Norway. Mr. Osmundson and his family located in Renville county in 1870 and settled in section 4, where he bought a homestead of 80 acres, amd moved into a log cabin with a sod roof and earthen floor. He had nothing to begin with and worked among the farmers. Soon he was able to afford an ox team and a cow. Later he located in section 4, in the same township, on the homestead of his brother Aslak, receiving 80 acres. Later he bought the whole tract of 120 acres amd moved his family into one of the first frame houses of this section. About 80 acres of this land was under water but it has been drained and now is very valuable. He increased his farm until, at the time of his death, he owned 200 acres and had built many fine buildings. Mr. Osmundson was a member of the Norwegian Lutheran church. In 1867 he was married in Waseca county, to Gunhild Osmundson, born June 18, 1832, in Norway, who came to this country when a young girl. Three children were born to this marriage, Osmund, born May 13, 1868; Aslack, born June 14, 1869 (deceased); Richard, born Feb. 2, 1871. The father died August 17, 1898. The son Richard now farms the old homestead. He grew to manhood in Renville county and took part in the public affairs of the township, holding various positions. For three years he was the marshal of Sacred Heart village. He was clerk of his school district for twelve years and has served on the school board. For the last three years he has been township supervisor. In 1898 Richard Osmundson was married to Hermina Larson, born in Ericson township, Renville county, daughter of Albert Larson of Sacred Heart. Four children have been born to these parents: Lloyd, Roylard, Odell, and Mabel. The family are all members of the Norwegian Lutheran church.
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