A Tribute TO

C. A. SJOLANDER - A GREAT PIONEER


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.


C. A. and family also show up on the People of Norwegian ancestry in the Wisconsin Census of 1880.
And his Dad and Mother are also People of Norwegian ancestry in the Wisconsin Census of 1880.

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