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Amund O. Ringsrud Collection M/A 1998.59.01

Creator:Ringsrud, Amund O.
Title: Amund O. Ringsrud Collection
Dates:1900-1914
Quantity: 1.0 boxes
Repository: James K. Hosmer Special Collections Library

Biography

A.(Amund) O. Ringsrud was born in Norway on November 13, 1854. In 1867 at the age of 13, he immigrated to the United States with his family, settling in South Dakota. He attended a local public school and worked on his father's farm until the age of 16. He then received his initial merchantile training in a clerkship in a general store at Elk Point. He spent over eight years in this position, gaining broad practical experience. After completing his training, he developed an interest in local politics. He was elected to the office of the registrar of deeds of Union County in 1878. He was then elected Secretary of State of South Dakota in 1889, the first man elected to the position in the newly-organized commonwealth. He ran for governor in 1896 but was defeated.

In 1885, Ringsrud established a mercantile exchange in Elk Point, SD. He incorporated it under the name Ringsrud Merchantile Company in 1896, and it remained in business for over 75 years.


Collection Description

The A. O. Ringsrud collection includes receipts and bills of sales and advertising from companies that Ringsrud did business with. These materials are from businesses located in Minneapolis. Some of the businesses included are: Munsingwear, Victrolas, General Northwestern Agents, A.E. Johnson Co., Cunard and Scandinavian-American Lines, Common and Co. Grain Commission, C.G. Franklin Company (manufacturers of furniture), and Plant Rubber Co. The collection spans from circa 1900 to 1914.


Subject Headings

Subjects

Businessmen -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis.

Places

United States -- Politics and government.

Table of Contents


Chase and West Talking Machine Co., Victrolas Distributors advertisement n.d. --
Commons and Co. Grain Commission Merchants receipts, bills of sales, and correspondence November 1900 --
Commons and Co. Grain Commission Merchants receipts, bills of sales, and correspondence December 1900 --
Commons and Co. Grain Commission Merchants receipt and correspondence January 1901 --
A. E. Johnson Co.; American, Cunard, Red Star, and Scandinavian-American Lines receipt May 1902 --
A. E. Johnson Co.; American, Cunard, Red Star, and Scandinavian-American Lines receipt May 1903 --
A. E. Johnson Co.; American, Cunard, Red Star, and Scandinavian-American Lines receipt July 1903 --
A. E. Johnson Co.; American, Cunard, Red Star, and Scandinavian-American Lines correspondence September 1903 --
A. E. Johnson Co.; American, Cunard, Red Star, and Scandinavian-American Lines receipt October 1903 --
A. E. Johnson Co.; American, Cunard, Red Star, and Scandinavian-American Lines receipt and correspondence April 1904 --
Personal correspondence to A. O. Ringsrud from a Minnesota man July 1905 --
Plant Rubber Company correspondence August 1905 --
Northwest Knitting Co., Munsing Underwear wholesale price list Fall 1905 --
Hobe and Company; General Northwestern Agents; Norwegian America Line correspondence November 1913 --
S. H. Franklin and Company, Manufacturers and Jobbers of Furniture correspondence May 1914 --


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