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The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
Paul Deason, one of the leading farmers and an extensive land owner of Sacred Heart township, was born in Fillmore county, this state, May 9, 1866, son of Ole and Anna (Uldalen) Deason. He came to Renville county with his parents in 1871. He attended school in the log schoolhouse of his neighborhood and grew to manhood on his father's farm. He helped his father break up the prairie and establish their home. In 1888 he started in life for himself, purchasing 280 acres of land in section 1, South Sacred Heart township. There was an old shack and a rude barn on this property. Mr. Deason at once set at work to establish a home on the wild prairie for himself and family. By hard work and perserverance he has become one of the prosperous men of the county, having erected a fine dwelling house and various barns and outbuildings and has added to his holdings until the farm now contains 522¼ acres. He also has three other farms in Hawk Creek and Sacred Heart township. His farms are all improved with homes and outbuildings and his land all told is 1,284½ acres. His place is well kept, drained and fenced and bespeaks great thrift to its owner. Mr. Deason keeps a good herd of cattle and follows general farming. He has never aspired to public office but has always shown a keen interest in all movements that have been advanced for the good and betterment of his town and county. He served on the school board of district No. 15. Mr. Deason was united in marriage Nov. 30, 1888, to Martha Sveiven, who was born March 25, 1867, daughter of Ole and Eline Sveiven. Mrs. Deason has taken an interest in the upbuilding of their home and has even been a most devoted wife and loving mother. Mr. and Mrs. Deason are the parents of seven children: Elvin, born August 5, 1889; Albert, born July 3, 1890, farming on one of his father's farms and married to Anna Alm, and they have one child, Martha Jean; Clara, born Oct. 18, 1892; Andrew, born Jan. 3, 1896; Addie, born Feb. 9, 1899; Joseph, born Jan. 3, 1903; Edwin, born April 28, 1907.
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