Larson, Lars W. (History - 1853)


Janet Schwarze




----Source: Biographical History of Clark and Jackson Counties, WI, published by The Lewis Publishing Co, 1891 pages. 376-377:

LARS W. LARSON, the present Postmaster and grocer of Greenwood, Clark county, WI, was born near Christina, Norway, August 1, 1853, the son of Lars LARSON, a native of the same place. He brought his family to the United States in 1860, settling in Black River Falls, but afterward removed to Springfield Township, Jackson County, eleven miles west of his former location. Our subject's mother died when he was nine years old, after which the father gave up housekeeping, and the children were placed among the neighbors until large enough to provide for themselves. Mr. and Mrs. Larson had five children, one of which died in the old country our subject's twin brother, Ole, lives in Black River Falls, and the other brother, Peter, died in 1887, at the age of thirty-one years. The father was again married, and by this union there were three children Nelson, Carl and Amelia. He died in August, 1890.

Lars W., our subject, came to this country about eighteen years ago, and first worked in the woods during the winters, and rafted lumber down the Mississippi River in the summer. He afterward conducted a camp for Robert Schofield four years, and also for Price Gibson three years. In 1884 he settled permanently in Greenwood. Mr. Larson was married, May 28, 1882, to Mary Peterson, daughter of Elias Peterson, of Greenwood, and they have three children: Lottie, born March 2, 1883 Ella, May 19, 1885 and Alvin L., July 22, 1887. Mr. Larson was appointed Postmaster in July, 1889. Socially he is a member of the Masonic order at Neillsville, and politically a Republican.



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