biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
OLIVER G. KNEUDSON, one of the intelligent and prosperous farmers of Mahaska County, resides on section 15, Prairie Township. He was born in Norway, Jan. 1, 1842, and is the son of Gunder and Bertha Kneudson. In 1858 the family emigrated to the United States, locating for three years at Salem, Henry Co., Iowa, and in 1861 came to Mahaska County, and settled near New Sharon, where the father died in 1884. His widow is still living. There were eight children in the family: Kneud resides in Hamilton County, this State; Bertha is the wife of Eric Osvog, and lives in Story County; Osmond is deceased; Mary is the wife of Iver Larson, of Prairie Township; Christine, the wife of Thomas I. Thomson; Rebecca, Mrs. Ira Kneudson, and Christopher live in Hamilton County. During the late war, the subject of this sketch, in 1868, enlisted as a soldier of the Union in Co. C, 7th Iowa Vol. Inf., and served until the close. He participated in the battles of Lay's Ferry, Ga., Kennesaw Mountain, the siege of Atlanta, and numerous other battles and skirmishes, in one of which he was severely wounded in the arm, disabling him for two months. After the war he returned to Mahaska County, when he has since remained, with the exception of one year, which he spent in La Salle County, Ill. In 1869 Mr. Kneudson was married to Miss Bertha Sawyer, a native of Wisconsin, and to them seven children have been born-Gunder S., Sarah A., Belinda, Matthias, Burton, Rebecca and Thomas B. The home farm consists of 120 acres of good land, all in an excellent state of cultivation and well improved. The buildings are of the better class, as indeed are all the improvements about the place. Mr. K. is an active, industrious man, manages well, has been reasonably successful in life, and stands high in the esteem of his friends and acquaintances. Politically he usually votes the Republican ticket.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy