Gunder C. Frigaard was born July 24, 1864 in Stjordalen, Norway.  The family settled in southern Minnesota, and he attended St. Olaf College at Northfield for two years, after which he taught school in Goodhue and Lac Qui Parle counties for a number of years.  He married Marie Vingness of Zumbrota, Minnesota, March 7, 1891.  They had twelve children: 

1.     Marie, Bertha, Martin, Clara, Gertrude, Harold, Myrtle, George, Adolph, Agnes, Arthur, and Thelma.  The oldest four members of the family were born in Minnesota.

In 1903 Gunder came to Cooperstown to work for a land company, and his family arrived from Zumbrota the following year.  He was Clerk of District Court at Cooperstown from 1906-1922, after which he farmed north of Cooperstown for a short while and later sold insurance.  Mrs. Frigaard died July 10, 1929 and Gunder died November 7, 1929.

Surviving members of the Gunder Frigaard family in 1975 are: 

1.     Mrs. Alfred (Marie) Bolkan, Mrs. Leo (Bertha) Sinner, Mrs. W. D. (Clara) Foss, Harold, Mrs. H. O. (Myrtle) Nelson, Adolph, Arthur, and Mrs. J. (Thelma) O'Shea.  Martin, Mrs. Roy (Gertrude) Tinguely, George and Agnes are deceased.

In 1975, only the Martin G. Frigaard branch of the family is still represented in Cooperstown.  Martin (1896-1938) served in the Army in World War I

married Nora Boraas of Goodhue, Minnesota, (1893-1972): 

sons Gordon (1921-) and Alan (1925-).  Gordon married Eugenia (Duna) Hagen (1929-), children: 

1.     Lisa (1953), Karl (1962), Mark (1966). 

Alan married Eula Seffens (1927-), three children: 

1.     Sherryl (1951) who married Eric Hanf, son Colby Hanf (1970), Rebecca (1963) and Marty (1965).

Gordon Frigaard and his family reside in Cooperstown at the present time.

Source: Griggs County History 1879 - 1976 Page 65


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