Biography of S. J. Sulem
Cottonwood and Watonwan Counties, MN Biographies

S. J. Sulem is of Norwegian birth and Norwegian ancestry, another one of the Norwegian families that comprise a large part of the citizenship of Watonwan county, Minnesota. He was born in Lom, Gudbrandsdalen, Norway, December 12, 1857. He is a son of John S. and Ingeborg (Vurvold) Sulem, both natives of Norway. The father was a merchant in Norway and came to America in 1873. He came to Minnesota and located in Long Lake township, Watonwan county, where he entered a homestead of eighty acres. Here he built a home and began the improvement of the land, which he continued to cultivate until In that year he sold his farm and removed to North Dakota, where he died in 1911. There were seven children in this family: S. J., Carrie, Bessie, Lezzie, Thomas, Mary and Helen. They were members of the Norwegian Lutheran church.

S. J. Sulem received his education in the public schools of Norway, working with his father during his early years. He came with his father to America in 1873, and worked on his father's farm for several years after coming here. In 1889 he went to Butterfield and was employed with the Scandinavian Farmers Trade Association for several years. In 1911 he opened up a general merchandise store in Butterfield and gave his whole attention to that business, which he has since continued. He has established a good trade in the town and surrounding country and is doing a successful business.

In 1895 Mr. Sulem was united in marriage with Anna Rempel, daughter of W. W. Rempel, of Butterfield, Minnesota. The children born to this union are: Ada, E., Ethel W., John W., Willard T., Myrtle E., Pearl M., Martha and Marie, (twins) Chester M. and Loraine. Mr. and Mrs. Sulem are members of the Norwegian Lutheran church; Mr. Sulem was an official in the local congregation.

Mr. Sulem is affiliated with the Democratic party. He has served as village recorder for about ten years, and president of the school board for about six years. At present he is serving as mayor of Butterfield.

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