Carl M. Grimstad

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Carl Martin Grimstad (August 9, 1856 – February 25, 1940) was a pioneer in Dakota Territory and a dairy farmer in the state of Wisconsin. He also served as a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly.


Grimstad was born at Brigham Township in Iowa County, Wisconsin. He was one of seven children born to Knudt Grimstvedt (1815-1900) and Mari Grimstvedt (1821-1907). His parents were Norwegian immigrants who had arrived in 1850 from Telemark, Norway. [1]

In 1879, he moved to the Dakota Territory. In 1883, he was married to Gunhild (Arneson Grimstad) (1862-1960) with whom he would have ten children. He served as town clerk of Fertile township and was the County assessor at Grafton, both in the Red River Valley of North Dakota. In 1889, the family moved to Mount Horeb, Wisconsin were he operated a dairy farm. Dating from 1927, he was engaged in writing down his reminiscences of life as a pioneer in Dakota Territory. His auto-biography was published under the title Memoirs of Carl M. Grimstad, 1856-1940 as edited by his son-in-law Henry Bakken. He died during 1940 and was buried in Mount Horeb Union Cemetery in Dane County, Wisconsin. [2][3]

Political career[edit]

From 1918 to 1926, Grimstad held public office as a La Follette Progressive Republican. He was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1918 and re-elected in 1920 and 1922. In addition, he was chairman of Brigham and a member of the Iowa County, Wisconsin Board of Education. [4]


  1. ^ Biographical Sketches. Wisconsin Blue Book. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  2. ^ Henry H. Bakken, editor. "Pioneers in Dakota Territory, 1879-89". The Norwegian-American Historical Association (Volume XIII: Page 1). Retrieved May 15, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Grimstad, Carl M. August 9, 1856". USGenWeb Archives. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Carl M. Grimstad Papers" (PDF). North Dakota State University Libraries. Retrieved May 15, 2016. 

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