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Edvard GUSTAD

Male 1866 - 1942  (75 years)


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  • Name Edvard GUSTAD 
    Born 6 May 1866  Kvernes, Møre og Romsdal, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • death certificate says he was born May 16th in Christiansund
    Christened 17 Jun 1866  Kvernes, Møre og Romsdal, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 17 Jun 1866  Kvernes, Møre og Romsdal, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Confirmation 2 Oct 1881  Kvernes, Møre og Romsdal, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    MN Death Cert Checked
    Minnesota Death Certificate 1942-MN-003218 
    Occupation Day Laborer, Building Contractor 
    Died 9 Feb 1942  Crosby, Crow Wing County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Miners Hospital
    Buried 12 Feb 1942  Lakewood Cemetery, Crosby, Irondale Twp, Crow Wing County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Not listed in the 1865 Norwegian census.

      Edvard E. Gustad of Kvernes, born 1866, and a Korporal in the Army, emigrated from Kristiansund on 25 June 1891 aboard a Cunard ship bound for Duluth. Notes indicate with permission.

      Ed spoke to a WPA interviewer ( N. K. Long) in April of 1939. Some of what transcribed from the interview was erroneous, presumably the fault of the interviewer. In the interview, Ed said that he had started school at the local parish school at age 7 and was confirmed at age 16. “Then he had a short course of high school at Vebensad, Norway, graduation when 17.

      “Between the ages of 19 and 22 he went through a military school in Trondhjem, graduated in 1879. He was a corporal in the Norwegian army and served for three years.

      “Then he obtained permission to come to America. He reached Duluth in 1891 and soon found himself doing carpenter work for the contractors Everson and Christianson. He stayed there until the spring of 1893.

      “Then he moved out to Aitkin County and bought railroad land. He had three brothers, Andrew, Ever, and Halvor who had preceded him and among them they secured the whole half Section 5 in Farm Island Twp. from the railroad company. Edward cleared about 16 acres of his farm, built a house, barn, and granary, and lived there 16 years. He sold this farm in 1910 to a man named Bergman from Carver County. Mr. Bergman lives on this land today.

      “Edward’s brothers, Ever and Halvor, lived with their parents on the father’s place. Both are dead. Ever had a family. Two sisters who lived in Duluth are dead and there is one sister still living, Mrs. Peteine Skogan.

      “The Gustads moved from Aitkin County to Cuyuna in 1910 and Edward was elected to be the first mayor of Cuyuna. According to Ed, there were then three or four hundred people and six or seven residences.

      “He secured contracts and built a store for John Petersborg, the Spaulding Hotel, the other Crosby Hotel, the school house, a bank, and many private homes.

      “In 1913 he moved to Crosby. He built the Albert Hummel building, the Will S. Pitt and Co. building, at least 20 houses for Roger Brown Co., an addition to the Crosby bank, and a whole block of residences in the 100s of 2nd Street. Then he moved to Lot 2 on Crosby Beach and built a splendid residence for his family.

      “The Gustads belong to the Norwegian-Lutheran church of Deerwood. Politically, they are ‘usually Republican.’ Mr. Gustad was a member of the Farm Island Town Board and was treasurer of school district No. 2 in Aitkin County.

      “When asked about the additional building he had done in the county, he mentioned: the N.P. depot at Deerwood in 1915, the sanitarium at Deerwood, the Swartara school, the Tamarack school, the Lawler school, the Autumba school, and the community hospital at Moose Lake. In two years work at Crosby he worked on more than 50 houses. He build 20 houses for Geo. Crosby and all of ‘Honeymoon Row’ which are all yet in use. Sometimes he used a construction crew of as high as 25 or 30 men. He built several residences in Aitkin before Crosby started. He built a store building there for Ed. Howard.”

      He also built the Lutheran Church in Deerwood.

      He first shows up in the 1892-93 Polk’s City Directory for Duluth as Gustad Edward, carp, bds Andrew Everson, W P. He has the same entry in the 1893-94 directory. He is not in the 1894-95 city directory.

      Living in Farm Island township, Aitkin County, next door to his half-brother Ever, at the time of the 1900 census. Shown as 34 years old, born in January of 1866. His occupation is shown as day laborer and he is shown as able to read and write and to speak English. He lives in a house (and not a farm) which he owns, free and clear, no mortgage. He and his wife emigrated to the U.S. in 1894.

      In the 1905 state census, “Edd” Gustad lives with his family in Farm Island Twp. The household consists of Edd, 39, a carpenter, Elisa, 39, Margett, 7, Agnes, 9 months, Erick, 76, and Anna, 76. Living next door are the “Mackemans.” The Ever Eversons are no longer living nearby.

      Had an appendix operation in Duluth in September of 1906.

      Moved to Cuyuna in the spring of 1909 according to a 1910 Duluth Herald article.

      Living in Rabbit Lake township, Crow Wing County, at the time of the 1910 census in April of 1910. Shown as age 44, married 15 years, a building contractor.

      One of the three incorporators of the Cuyuna Range Publishing Co., incorporated in December of 1911.

      Was Cuyuna Village President in 1912.

      Was a member, and and an officer, in the Moose Lodge in Crosby as early as February of 1915.

      Living in Irondale township, Crow Wing county (ED 123) at the time of the 1920 census (March 9th). Shown as age 53 which agrees with a birthdate in 1866. Immigrated in 1891, naturalized in 1896.

      Still living in Irondale township in the 1930 census. The household is shown as not having a radio set.

      The 1937-38 and 1939-40 Brainerd city directories, which include other communities in Crow Wing County, lists an Edw Gustad in Irondale.

      In the 1940 census, he and “Elesa” lived in Irondale Twp. He was a carpenter and a contractor but he was not employed. He and Elesa had fourth-grade educations.

      His death certificate says that he was a building contractor, with wife Elise, and his usual residence was Irondale. The informant for his death certificate was Mrs. Fred Gustad of Crosby. He died of heart problems but he also had chronic intestinal obstructions due to adhesions.

      The Duluth newspaper of November, 1915, notes that Edward Gustad had the contract for building the Northern Pacific Railway’s new Deerwood depot.

      The Duluth Herald of August 22, 1911, notes that Ed Gustad of Crosby was awarded the contract for two identical schools, one in Crosby and one in Ironton, at a cost of $6000 each.

      The “Remember When” columns in the Crosby Courier note some of the buildings that Ed Gustad worked on: an addition to the First National Bank in September, 1927; the Range Tea Company store in July, 1929; the carpentry work on the Koop Funeral Home in September of 1935; and the R. J. Libby home on Serpent Lake in the spring of 1936.

      His naturalization records are likely these, under Aitkin County for Edward Gustad:

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    Father Erik Ingebrigtsen GUSTAD,   b. 22 Nov 1829, Rød, Næssæt, Møre og Romsdal, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1913, Cuyuna, Crow Wing County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Ane Arntsdatter VINJE,   b. 6 Nov 1828, Grytten, Møre og Romsdal, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Aug 1914, Crow Wing County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 22 Jul 1861  Kvernes, Møre og Romsdal, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F86  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elise Marie JUNGE,   b. 24 Mar 1866, Bremsnes, Kvernes, Møre og Romsdal, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 1944, Irondale, Crow Wing County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 27 Oct 1894  Aitkin County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Indexed in MOMS as Edward Gustad and Eliso M Jungo
    Children 
     1. Anna GUSTAD,   b. Jun 1895, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1905, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 9 years)
     2. Margaret (Margery) GUSTAD,   b. 4 Sep 1897, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1988, Goodhue County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     3. Einar GUSTAD,   b. 16 Jun 1898,   d. 23 Aug 1901  (Age 3 years)
     4. Agnes GUSTAD,   b. 30 Jan 1900,   d. 19 Feb 1900  (Age 0 years)
     5. Einar GUSTAD,   b. 26 Feb 1903, Farm Island Twp, Aitkin County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1903, Farm Island Twp, Aitkin County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     6. Agnes GUSTAD,   b. 28 Aug 1904, Farm Island Twp, Aitkin County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1997, Kenyon, Goodhue County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
     7. Eva Marie GUSTAD,   b. 18 Nov 1906, Farm Island Twp, Aitkin County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 2001, Goodhue County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
     8. Elsie GUSTAD,   b. 11 Mar 1909, Farm Island Twp, Aitkin County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1929, Rice County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years)
     9. Frederick Edward GUSTAD,   b. 18 Jan 1911, Cuyuna, Crow Wing County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 1989, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2020 
    Family ID F87  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart