Lars Christiansen

Fargo, North Dakota

is a pharmacist. He was born in Ringsaker on March 22, 1855. He moved to America in 1873 to Preston, Fillmore County, Minnesota and worked on a farm for one year. He became employed with Pharmacist James P. Tibbetts in Preston. He was there for 1 1/2 years. He then became imployed as a branch manager at Fountain, Minnesota. In 1881 he came to Fargo and purchased a drug store on Front Street at No. 22. Since then he has lived here in Fargo and has had a drug store at Broadway No.10 since 1898.

In 1910 he married Nellie Petrine Olsen, the daughter of a merchant in Decorah, Iowa by the name of Hans Olsen (of the firm Olsen & Thompsen). They have six children, three sons and three daughters.

He has been to Norway four times. The last time was in 1913 and 1914 to visit his old mother, Marthe Stuelokken. She is 83 years, but of sound mind and has a beautiful little home. Each time Lars goes there suffering, he comes back at least ten years younger and very refreshed, both in "Body and Spirit". His Norwegian interests he has also had for many days with everything that he has done for years at Concordia College, St. Luke's Hospital and other institutions and undertakings, where Norwegians have been especially interested in song and music and he is a member of the "Norse" singing society in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Source: Norwegians and Norwegian Homes in America by Hans Jervell - 1916 - Page 141

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