Biography of Claus Melheim
Cottonwood and Watonwan Counties, MN Biographies

Among those who have come to Minnesota from Scandinavia, is Claus Melheim, implement dealer of Butterfield, Watonwan county, who was born in Norway, January 17, 1856, and is a son of Iver and Karn (Moe) Melheim, both natives of Norway, where they grew up and were married, emigrating with their family to Madelia, Minnesota, in 1871, where the father purchased eighty acres of land, but in 1872 moved to Odin township, Watonwan county, and bought a homestead claim of one hundred and sixty acres, on which he lived until 1902, when he moved to Butterfield, in which place his death occurred in March, 1906. His ividow is still living in Butterfield, having attained, the advanced age of eighty eight years. The paternal grandparents, Bodolif and Gertrude Melheim, were natives of Norway, where he spent his life, but she canie to America with the parents of Claus Melheim, and died on the farm in Odin township. The maternal grandparents, Peter and Karn Moe, lived and died on a farm in Norway. Iver Melheim, mentioned above, devoted his entire active life to general farming. His family consisted of seven children, namely: Bodollf, Peter, Claus, Gertrude, Karn, Dorothy, and Enner.

Claus Melheim spent his boyhood in Norway and there he received most of his education, and began life as a farmer on the old homestead, where he remained until coming to Butterfield in 1892. He was in his sixteenth year when he accompanied the family to the United States. Upon locating in Butterfield, he engaged in the farm implement business which he has continued to the present time with ever increasing success. He carries a large line of all kinds of farming machinery and other articles.

Mr. Melheim was married in December, 1890, to Gertrude Falk, who was born in Norway, from which country she came to Wisconsin with her parents, and later the family located in Stephens county, Minnesota. She is a daughter of John Falk and wife. To Mr. and Mrs. Melheim four children were born, namely: Karn, Gertrude, Iver and Bodollf. They all survive.

Mr. Melheim has been active in public affairs. Politically, he is a Republican. He was chairman of Odin township for five years, and was county commissioner in 1893 and 1894 at the time the court house was built. He is a member of the Norwegian Lutheran church at Butterfield.

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