W. A. Skjolden


W. A. (Bill) Skjolden was born, in 1911, in Kloten, North Dakota, and received his schooling there and at McVille.  He later attended St. Olaf College.

He was manager of the Kloten Mercantile Company before coming to Cooperstown.  For some time he was employed with the L. A. Sayer Company here.  In 1952 he started an insurance company and represented the Griggs County Farmers Mutual Fire and Lightning Insurance Company.  At the same time he served as City Auditor of Cooperstown, and was also secretary of the Griggs County Hospital board.  He was interested in the Cooperstown Library and in his position as City Auditor assisted it in many ways.

In World War II he was a member of the armed forces in the European Theatre.  He belonged to the American Legion, Knights of Pythias, Masons and Shrine.

He married Nellie Pritz of Binford.  She taught in the Cooperstown High School.

Mr. Skjolden died in 1970.

Mrs. Skjolden presently resides in Jamestown, as does their daughter, Mrs. Herman (Elizabeth) Haugen.  Mr. and Mrs. Haugen are the parents of three daughters and one son.

Source: Griggs County History 1879 - 1976  Page 79

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