from:"History of Rock and Pipestone Counties"[in Minnesota] by Arthur Rose, c1911
Page 760[NOTE:(1910) indicates that he settled in Pipestone county in 1910.]
SAMUEL QUAM (1910)
Samuel Quam, a Fountain Prairie township farmer and stock raiser of recent settlement, moved to Pipestone county from Iowa during the spring of 1910 and bought the northwest quarter of section 8, a finely improved farm.He makes a specialty of raising standard bred horses.
In Stavanger, Norway, on November 30, 1865, occurred the birth of the subject of this biography.He is the son of Ole and Enga (Tan) Quam, who were small farmers in that Norwegian province. Samuel was left motherless at the age of twelve, and four years later Ole Quam sold out his interests in the northern country and with his family immigrated to America in 1881.The family settled in Marshall county, Iowa, on a farm purchased by the father, and it was there that our subject grew to manhood and completed his education. In 1893 Mr. Quam rented land and commenced his career as an independent farmer.He later bought an eighty acre farm, which he disposed of on moving to Pipestone county as already noted.He is a member of the Norwegian Lutheran church and teh Maccabee Lodge.
Samuel Quam has been twice married. He returned to Norway to secure his first bride, Jennie Quam, who was born July 25, 1869, and to whom he was married on February 11, 1893.Mr. and Mrs. Quam journeyed to America the following spring and established a residence in Marshall county, Iowa, where she died October 15, 1900.Two children were born to this union:
John R., born October 28, 1896
Ida O., born June 4, 1899
In Marshall county, on June 16, 1902, our subject was joined in wedlock to Enga Larson, who was born in Stavanger, Norway, January 30, 1876, the daughter of Torkuld and Allette (Christopher) Larson.Mr. and Mrs. Quam are parents of the following named children*:
Theodore O., born March 9, 1903
George, born October 9, 1904
Selma, born March 22, 1907
Otto, born June 17, 1910
[*NOTE:when the term "named children" is used, it often means that other children were stillborn or died in early infancy.]
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