Cottonwood County MN Biographies--O. E. Selnes
Life has been worth the living to O. E. Selnes, now living in honorable retirement in Windom, Cottonwood county, for he has had the wisdom to make the most of it in all its relations. He was born in Racine county, Wisconsin, August 15, 1860, and is a son of Ole and Sophia (Lerbeck) Selnes, both natives of Norway, where they grew to maturity and were married. In the spring of 1860 they crossed the Atlantic to America, locating in. Racine county, Wisconsin, where they spent one year, then moved to Allamakee county, Iowa, where the father bought a farm of forty acres, to which he added forty acres, and later another eighty, all of which he sold in 1871, and moved to Jackson county, Minnesota, and purchased a homestead claim of one hundred and sixty acres and homesteaded eighty four hundred acres. He finally returned to Norway, where his death occurred on October 16, 1911. at the age of eighty-one years. His wife died in Jackson county, Minnesota, in 1902 at the age of seventy-eight. Their family consisted of six children, namely: Lena, deceased; O. E., the subject of this sketch; Lena, the second, died in 1896; Mary died in 1914 at the age of forty-eight years; John died in infancy; Minnie, was born in 1870 and is still living.

O. E. Selnes grew up on the farm and was educated in the public schools in Iowa and Minnesota. He remained at home until he was nearly eighteen years old, coming to Windom in 1881 and securing a position as clerk with Paul Seger, remaining with him for three years, then clerked for John Hutton many years. In 1903 he bought out Mr. Hutton and engaged in general merchandising, where the Foss Mercantile Company is located, selling out this concern in 1911 after a successful career as merchant, and since then he has lived retired from active life. He made a trip to Germany, Sweden, Holland, Norway and England in 1911. He has been very successful in a business way and is one of the substantial men of Windom. He owns valuable farming lands in Cottonwood county, also in Jackson county, and has a fine modern residence in Windom. Politically, he is a Republican. He has been a member of the city council of Windom. Fraternally, he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Ancient Order of United Workmen. He belongs to the Lutheran church.

Mr. Seines was married May 17, 1884, to Mary Blixseth, who was born in Norway, April 15, 1863. She is a daughter of Martin and Berte Karine (Aanderud) Blixseth, both natives of Norway, the father's birth occuring on March 29, 1837, and the mother's in 1841. They grew up in their native land and were married there, coming to Houston county, Minnesota, in 1868 and to Jackson county in 1870, where Mr. Blixseth took up a homestead of one hundred and sixty acres, and there he bought and sold land. He spent his last days in the home of the subject of this sketch, dying on April 7, 1908. His wife died on the farm in Jackson county, April 24. 1890. He was a Republican, and belonged to the Lutheran church. His family consisted of the following children: Mary M., wife of Mr. Selnes; Anna Margrete, an infant, deceased; Anna, who married Frank Anton, is deceased; Oscar lives in Windom; the union of Mr. and Mrs. Selnes has been without issue. Mrs. Selnes owns her father's and other lands, all amounting to nearly a section, besides other property.

Oscar A. Blixseth, brother of Mrs. Selnes, is manager of the Tuthill Lumber Company of Windom. He was born in Jackson county, Minnesota, January 8, 1881. He received his education in the public and high schools of Windom, later attending a business college in Mankato. He began life as a delivery boy in a store in Windom, was promoted to clerk, and finally to bookkeeper. In December, 1902, he was employed by the Tuthill Lumber Company, and became manager of the same in 1905, which position he has still held to the eminent satisfaction of the firm and its patrons. He is a Republican, and belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In 1904 he married Ida M. Miller of Windom, and to their union three children have been born, namely: Myrtle Helen, is the eldest; Blanche Lurene is deceased; and Lorene Mildred is the youngest.

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