John J. Vaatveit, a prominent merchant of McIntosh and well known citizen of King township, is a native of Norway,
born in Village of Voss, on August 13, 1856. He was reared on a pioneer farm home in Dodge county, Minnesota, the
family emigrating t.o the United States in spring of 1857, and spent his early manhood in Dodge county. In 1856
he went to Grand Forks, North Dakota, and began his career in the commercial world as a clerk in a general store.
After spending seven years in that employment, he made his first independent venture in the mercantile business
and for five years continued his successful operations. establishing a store at Northland, North Dakota, and was
appointed the first postmaster at that place. In 1895 he sold his interests, resigned from the office of postmaster
and transferred his attention to farming, removing to Polk county and buying a quarter section of land in King
township, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits for some twelve years. In 1907 he resumed his commercial activities,
opening a general store at McIntosh, where he has since conducted a prosperous and steadily growing trade. During
the many years of his residence in King township, Mr. Vaatveit has won the respect and confidence of all his associates
through his ability as a business man and his public spirited citizenship. He has been prominently associate with
township affairs and has capably discharged the duties of various public offices, as chairman and member of the
township board, a member of the school board of McIntosh and in several minor offices. He has been further identified
with public interests as the president of the Fanners Mutual Insurance Company, serving for a term of nine years.
He was married in Dodge county, Minnesota, to Martha Alrick, who is a native of Norway and they have reared a family
of four children, Engvold, George, Minnie, who is the wife of Oliver Henson, and Mabel. Mr. Vaatveit and his family
are faithful supporters of the Synod Lutheran church and are actively identified with all its interests.
Compendium of History and Biography
of Polk County, Minnesota
Maj. R. I. Holcombe, Historical Editor
William H. Bingham, Feneral Editor
W. H. Bingham & Co.
Also see [ Railway Officials in America 1906