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Biography of Thomas H Grinager

The following excerpt comes from
An Illustrated History of Jackson County, Minnesota
by Arthur P. Rose
Northern History Publishing Company, Jackson, Minnesota, 1910

p. 449-450

THOMAS H. GRINAGER (1889), deceased, was a resident of Delafield twp. for nineteen years, having made his home during that time on his farm two and one-half miles south of Wilder. He was born in Westre Toten, Norway, May 3, 1824, the son of Hans Hanson and Helen (Peterson) Hanson.

Early in life Mr. Grinager engaged in farming, later becoming a blacksmith and engaged in that for several years. He came to America in the fall of 1888 and located in Stoughton, Wisconsin. The next spring he came to Jackson county, and from that time until his death he engaged in farming in Delafield township. Upon his arrival he bought the north half of the NE quarter of section 30- a farm which is now owned by his widow and conducted by his son, Hans Grinager. Our subject was a member of the United Lutheran Church. He died June 16,1908.

Thomas Grinager was married in Norway April 27, 1859, to Andrena Hanson, who survives her husband. To this union were born the following children: Hanna (Mrs. John Aker) of Jansesville, WI, born August 21, 1860; Petra (Mrs. Mike Johnson) of Weimer township, born January 20, 1863, died May 3, 1908; John of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, born March 9, 1865; Thea (Mrs. Jacob T. Ullsnes) of Norway, born June 9,1868; Augusta (Mrs. John Johnson) of Cottonwood county, born February 15, 1871; Helen (Mrs. John Larson) of Delafield township, born November 14,1874; Hans, who resides at home, born February 20, 1878; Albert, born April 3, 1882, and died July 6, 1908.

Hans Grinager has conducted the farm since his father's death and farms in addition the SW quarter of section 19, which he rents. He is unmarried.

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