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Samuel Quam - Norway>Iowa>Minnesota
Posted by: Mert (ID *****0742) Date: April 17, 2002 at 10:41:22
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from: "History of Rock and Pipestone
Counties" [in Minnesota]
by Arthur Rose, c1911

Page 760 [NOTE: (1910) indicates that he
settled in Pipestone
county in 1910.]


Samuel Quam, a Fountain Prairie township
farmer and stock raiser of recent
settlement, moved to Pipestone county
from Iowa during the spring of 1910 and
bought the northwest quarter of section
8, a finely improved farm. He makes a
specialty of raising standard bred

In Stavanger, Norway, on November 30,
1865, occurred the birth of the subject
of this biography. He is the son of
Ole and Enga (Tan) Quam, who were small
farmers in that Norwegian province.
Samuel was left motherless at the age
of twelve, and four years later Ole
Quam sold out his interests in the
northern country and with his family
immigrated to America in 1881. The
family settled in Marshall county,
Iowa, on a farm purchased by the father,
and it was there that our subject grew
to manhood and completed his education.
In 1893 Mr. Quam rented land and
commenced his career as an independent
farmer. He later bought an eighty
acre farm, which he disposed of on
moving to Pipestone county as already
noted. He is a member of the Norwegian
Lutheran church and teh Maccabee Lodge.

Samuel Quam has been twice married. He
returned to Norway to secure his first
bride, Jennie Quam, who was born July 25,
1869, and to whom he was married on
February 11, 1893. Mr. and Mrs. Quam
journeyed to America the following
spring and established a residence in
Marshall county, Iowa, where she died
October 15, 1900. Two children were
born to this union:

John R., born October 28, 1896

Ida O., born June 4, 1899

In Marshall county, on June 16, 1902,
our subject was joined in wedlock to
Enga Larson, who was born in Stavanger,
Norway, January 30, 1876, the daughter
of Torkuld and Allette (Christopher)
Larson. Mr. and Mrs. Quam are parents
of the following named children*:

Theodore O., born March 9, 1903

George, born October 9, 1904

Selma, born March 22, 1907

Otto, born June 17, 1910

[*NOTE: when the term "named children"
is used, it often means that other
children were stillborn or died in
early infancy.]


More information is available from the
Pipestone County Historical Society:

Be sure to check out the Minnesota
Historical Society on-line death
certificate database, 1908-1955, with
more years being added all the time:


Pipestone county, Minnesota, borders
South Dakota. There is an on-line
birth record database for all SD births
100 years old or more. Oftentimes, we
find MN residents giving birth in SD:

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