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Reishus, Olav Sondresen "O.S., Ole S., A.S."

House 1872 (District 37)

Party when first elected:  Independent-No Party Affiliation

Counties Served:  Lac Qui Parle, Lyon, Redwood, Yellow Medicine

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 4/6/1843 (uncertain)
Birth Place: Flatdal
Birth County: Telemark
Birth Country: Norway
Date of Death: 1/6/1908
Gender: Male
Religion: Lutheran
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: O.S., Ole S., A.S.
City of Residence (when first elected): Havanger
Occupation (when first elected): Farmer

EDUCATION

Luther College, Decorah, Iowa; Attended College;

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

County Government: Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota (County Registrar); 18?? to 1???
Military: Minnesota Volunteers, Company D, 1st Regiment of Heavy Artillery (United States Civil War; Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee; Clerk, Active in Courts-Martial Proceedings); 11/18/1864 to 10/08/1865
Municipal Government: Sandnes Township, Minnesota (Clerk, he was the first clerk of Sandnes Township); 1872 to 1???
State Legislative Staff: Minnesota House of Representatives (Engrossing Clerk); 1873 to 1873
Postmaster: Stavanger, Minnesota; 1875 to 1???

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Ingeborg Olson Prestegaard (married in 1867)
Children: Eight children
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Edwin Sondresen Reishus  - Brother

GENERAL NOTES

The Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1872 has a typo and lists his first initial as A.

The Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1872 lists A.M. Cook as representing District 37 in the list on p. 106. However they list Reishus in the statistical list on p. 152. Toensing only lists O.S. Reishus. The Minnesota Journal of the House, 1872 will need to be checked to determine if Cook ever served.

He moved to Wisconsin in 1843 with his parents when he was two weeks old. He came to Fillmore County, Minnesota in 1854 and settled on a farm in Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota in 1870.

He helped organize Vineland District No. 1, the first school district in Sandnes Township in 1872.

He ran a grain elevator, an abstract office, and farmed. He taught school in Fillmore County, Minnesota for four years. He was in the drug business for a time.

He was elected to the Minnesota Legislature on an Independent ticket.

He is mentioned in the histories of Yellow Medicine County. He was elected, without campaigning I believe, as a non-partisan, but worked for the Republican Caucus and appears at Republican meetings in later years. (Lars Harrisville, a relative)

Toensing lists his city of residence as Havanger. The Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1872 lists his post office as Havanger. His relative says his city of residence was Stavanger.

Birth county, birth place, April birth date, family data, party affiliation, college, occupations, other government service, and religion provided by a relative. Another relative says he was born in May. Photo of the footstone for Ole S. Reishus lists April 6, 1843.

Total Days Served: 371

SESSIONS SERVED

14th Legislative Session (1872)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 37
Elected: 11/7/1871
Residence: Havanger
Term of Office: 1/2/1872 to 1/6/1873
Counties Represented: Lac Qui Parle, Lyon, Redwood, Yellow Medicine
Occupation: Farmer
Party: Independent-No Party Affiliation Party Notes: He is mentioned in the histories of Yellow Medicine County. He was elected, without campaigning I believe, as a non-partisan, but worked for the Republican Caucus and appears at Republican meetings in later years. (Lars Harrisville, a relative)
Committees:
  • Change of Names
  • Towns and Counties