Olaf Almklov was born November 31, 1882 in Norway and came to the United States as a young man with his brother Andrew.  Olaf was a graduate of the University of Oslo.  He attended the Drew School of Pharmacy in Minneapolis graduating about 1906.  This was about the same time as his cousin Dr. L. A. Almklov attended medical school.  He was employed at Portal and Minot, North Dakota until September 1905 when he came to the Hannaford drug store.  He bought the drug store a short time later.  During the flu epidemic of 1918, Ole worked at the Almklov drug store in Cooperstown.  during World War II, on the west coast.  After he returned to North Dakota he was employed as a pharmacist at Almklov drug in Cooperstown until his retirement.

In 1911 Olaf married Rose Hoiby.  She was born at Osakis, Minnesota April 2, 1887.  She taught school at Dickinson and Hannaford before her marriage.  When she stepped off the train at Hannaford for the first time, the desolate prairie was a fearful thing.  She carried a small pistol with her at all times while teaching.  She married Olaf in Moorhead, Minnesota.  they made their home in Hannaford.  Rose Almklov died December 17, 1966.  Olaf Almklov died May 1969.  They are survived by two children: 

1.     Mark of Hannaford and Audrey of Lisbon, North Dakota

Mark married Lou Randall of Foley, Minnesota November 24, 1951.  She had two children from a previous marriage: 

Nancy Randall born March 16, 1946 and James (Murky) Randall born February 28, 1949.  Nancy is married to Michael Hook.  they have two children: 

Lisa Alvern born April 30, 1966 and Linda Lu born July 31, 1968.  They reside in Hannaford.  James (Murky) Randall died, at age eighteen, in a car-train accident at Hannaford in 1967.

Mark and Lou Almklov have two sons.  Reginald, born in 1952 is serving his fifth year in the United States Army at Camp Roberts, California.  Marc, born in 1953, will begin his junior year at Valley City State College, majoring in Bio-Chemistry.

Mark was bulk-agent for Mobil Oil Company for 6 years, then agent for the Farmers Oil Company at Cooperstown for 21 years.  This is his present employer.  The company has changed over to Farmland products and at this time are building a bulk-station on the site of the Olson black-smith shop in Hannaford.  It will be completed this summer of 1975.

Source: Griggs County History 1879 - 1976 Page 122

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