Born in Loiten (LÝten), Norway on May 26,1851.
Loiten is in the county of Hedmark. In
olden times the county was called Hedemarken.
Carl August died in 1924. He is buried in Halfway Creek Cemetery. C. A. Sjolander came to the
United States with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Eric Sjolander, when
he was fourteen years old. They crossed the Atlantic in a small sailing
vessel, a two-masted brig or schooner. Landing in Quebec, they traveled
by rail to Montreal and then on to Chicago where they were delayed by heavy
railroad traffic due to thousands of soldiers returning from the Civil
War. They came to LaCrosse, Wisconsin, in a box car which was temporarily
equipped for immigrants and arrived in LaCrosse July 6, 1865. Mr. Sjolander
attended school in LaCrosse and later took a position in the Spence Drug
Store and became the second druggist registered in the state. He left this
position to enter a business college in Albian, Iowa. In 1870 he became
associated with his father in a mercantile business in a small town ten
miles north of La Crosse. A few years later, taking over the store which
his father had built in 1873, he began an active service in the best interests
of the villagers. A service which he continued for half a century.
Peter E. Sjolander, born August 24, 1822, in Sweden, came to America
originally in 1853, returned to Norway in 1863, and back to Wisconsin in 1865.
He and his wife, "Anna Olsen" were married in 1850.
In 1875, he made application for the location of a post office
and, at that time, gave the village the name of Holmen. In 1884, the keen
foresight for advancement, Mr. Sjolander and Henry Starr were instrumental
in bringing to the village a community service which developed into the
thriving business of the present Cooperative Creamery. The object of these
two men was to produce a better grade of butter by gathering the cream
from the farmers in the surrounding area and churning it at a central creamery;
this object was accomplished. They operated the creamery for five years
and then turned it over to the farmers.
In 1899 he built a brick store which is still in use, and in 1905
a large addition was constructed. It is the oldest general store in this
section. In 1908, having been identified with the needs and growth of this
community from its very beginning, it was obvious that he should see the need for a bank and he took an alive
part in organizing, and building the bank of Holmen. For twelve years he
was a director and the cashier of this bank. Thus he was instrumental in
the creation of yet another thriving, successful business. He retired in
1920 for a much needed and greatly deserved rest.
Laura, Grandpa C. A., Octavia, Hulda, Oscar, Grandma Karen, Henry, Ida, Tilly(Petra),
Mabel. (photo taken about 1921.)
A personal Comment.
My father was a soft spoken, kind man who was respected and trusted
by everyone who knew him.
Sjolander Family. Left to right: Carl Bernard, Ida, Peter Albert,
John Henry, Tilly, Octave.
Front Row: Olina, Oscar, Laura (on lap), Carl August, Hulda (on
lap), Karen, Mabel. (photo taken 1891.)
Laura Sjolander Reid (the girl on CA's lap in the
photo) wrote the tribute to C.A. and it is dated June 22, 1962.