Halvor J. Hagen

Fargo, North Dakota

is the president of the Scandinavian-American Bank in Fargo, North Dakota. He was born in Trondhjem on September 1, 1860 and emigrated to America in 1872 to Menonomee, Wisconsin. In the spring of 1873 he went to Red River Valley together with his father Jens Hagen, who took a homestead in Richland County North Dakota near Fort Abercrombie. In 1892 he organized the First State Bank in Abercrombie, North Dakota. He was the bank’s manager until 1911 when he became president of the new Scandinavian American Bank in Fargo, North Dakota and has been there since.

In 1894 he married Any Wood, who was a teacher at the Abercrombie School. She is a well educated and literate woman who was born in Sauk Center, Minnesota and is the daughter of a pioneer who was in the Indian wars in 1863.

Bank manager Hagen is the Secretary of the Old Settlers Association. He was one of the founders of Abercrombie State park. He is a member of the board of trustees for the North Dakota Historical Society. As a banker he has been with, organized and has had interests in several banks in the Northwest.

Source: Norwegians and Norwegian Homes in America by Hans Jervell - 1916 - Page 23

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