William was born about 1838 in Ireland. He enlisted in Company E, New York 82nd Infantry on 17 August 1862 and was discharged as a Sergeant on 1 September 1865. He started drawing his pension in Minnesota on 8 August 1890. He married Susie V. Hacker in Clay County on 1 January 1880. In the 1880 and 1890 census records he is in Glyndon and after that is in Washington state. In 1920 he is a widow and living in the Washington Soldiers Home in Orting, Pierce County, Washington. William died on 10 December 1925 in the Soldiers Home and is buried at the Washington Soldiers Home Cemetery. Burial, Tombstone Picture.


Charles was born 29 September 1841. He enlisted in Company G, 46th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry on 15 October 1862 and was discharged on 29 July 1863 in Hampden Park, Springfield, Massachusetts. He started drawing his pension in Minnesota on 18 January 1892 and his wife, Katharine S., started drawing a widow's pension on 16 July 1928 in Washington. In the 1880 and 1900 census records his family lived in Glyndon. By 1910 the family was in Washington where Charles died on 4 July 1928. Burial, Portrait, Tombstone Picture.


Carl J. Knutson is a farmer in Eglon township, Clay County, with a varied and interesting history, and is a living demonstration of the fact that no difficulties and hindrances are enough to defeat a man determined to rise to dignity and independence in the great northwest if he is only willing to be industrious, honest and persistent.
Mr. Knutson was born in Walders, Norway, in 1851/1853, and was left fatherless when a young child, and when he was about six or seven years old the family came to the United States settling on a farm in Houston County, Minnesota. There he was reared and given such education as the public schools of the day afforded. When he was about nineteen years old he struck out in the world for himself, and in 1871 came to Eglon township, Clay county, where he was employed by the farmers of that community for a number of years.
At the time of his arrival in Clay county he visited Moorhead, which then gave little promise of its future importance, as it consisted of a few tents and shanties. In 1872, and again in the summer of 1873, Mr. Knutson took service as a boat hand on the Red River, and made many trips to Winnipeg. Later he was employed on the famous Dalrymple farm, and in the course of the next few years travelled all over the northern part of the state and largely over North Dakota. When the Northern Pacific and the Great Northern Railroads were put through Clay County he was engaged in the work.
Mr. Knutson was married in 1880 to Martina Olson. She was born in Norway, and came to the United States in 1871. She lived two and a half years in Texas, and lived in North Dakota before coming into Minnesota in 1876. They have four children: Christ, who was born in 1881; Ida O., born in 1883; Ole A., in 1884; and Ollie, in 1887. All were born in Eglon Township, where the wife had previously taken a homestead farm and in 1880 engaged in its development.
He also bought railroad land and began farming with a fine tract of land at his command. Beginning with very little, he farmed with oxen some six or seven years. His first crop of wheat was one hundred and fifty-five bushels from eight acres. While Mr. Knutson has no very phenomenal crops to report, he has kept steadily at work, and he and his wife now own a fine farm of two hundred and sixty acres, with about one hundred and sixty under cultivation.
In his political views he affiliates with the Populist party, and has been assessor of the town many years, and school clerk some fourteen years. He helped organize the school district, and was chairman of the board of supervisors five years, his term of office expiring in March, 1901. He has taken an active and leading part in local politics, and has been a delegate to many conventions.
Mr. Knutson and his family are members of the Lutheran Church, and are among the most respected and popular people of the community.

Biography provided by Margit Bakke at margit@eot.com

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In at least 2006, 2008, and 2009 Aanund is one of two Civil War veterans celebrated by the Concordia Cemetery Association; however, no other records can be found for him. It is assumed that his Civil War records are under a different name. Burial, Tombstone Picture.

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