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The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
Michael Larson, early settler, was born in Norway, March 2, 1837, and on April 12, 1869, married Anna Hendrickson, who was born September 10, 1846. This young couple set sail a few days after their marriage and after a voyage of six weeks landed at Quebec. From there they reached St. Peter in this state, where they visited a week before setting for Wang township, where they secured a homestead in section 34. Four years later they sold out and went back to Norway. But some six months later they came back to Wang township, and bought school land in section 36. Here, as on the previous homestead, they constructed a sod house, in which they lived until prosperity enabled them to construct better habitations for themselves and stock. They went through all the privations of pioneer life. Their mill was at New London. Mr. Larson often walked to the store of Louis Robert (pronounced Robaire and Ruber) near the Minnesota in the southern part of Hawk Creek township. He was one of the original members of the Hawk Creek congregation and a member of the building committee when the church was erected. After a long and useful life he died in 1892. His widow is still living on the home place. In their family there were five children: Henry, Olaf, Laura, Louis and Oline. Henry, Olaf and Louis are dead.
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