|ANTON T. ONSRUD is a prominent farmer of Rutland Dane county. His parents, Thora Larsen Onsrud and Bertha (Gutormson) Onsrud, were natives of Ullensacker, Norway, where they were married and spent their entire lives. Of their four children, all except Allte, who died in Norway, came to America. Caroline is the wife of A. Halverson of Stoughton, and Morrison lives in Minneapolis, Minn.
Anton T. was born May 11, 1848, educated in the common schools of Norway and there confirmed in the Lutheran church, with whose branch in Stoughton he is now affiliated. He was left an orphan while quite young and worked on farms in Norway until 1871, when he set sail for America. He first home was in Rock County, where he worked out for two years at Cooksville. Two years were spent in Minneapolis, after which he returned to Cooksville and rented a farm.
In 1882, he purchased his present property of one hundred thirty-five acres in the town of Rutland, section 11. On it he has made many improvement and has a valuable farm. The house which was burned in 1897 was rebuilt and made much more modern and commodious. He also owns the farm in section 12, known as the Usher place.
Mr. Onsrud is a Republican but has never been active in politics.
In 1874 he married Miss Marie Johnson of Rutland, whose parents, John and N. (Hanson) Johnson came to America from Norway in 1882. Mr. and Mrs. Onsrud have eight children, all of whom attended school in Rutland and Stoughton and reside with their parents, except the two oldest, who have moved to other farms in Rutland. John, the oldest, married Miss Mamie Criddle, and owns and operates the Criddle farm in Rutland and Ben is also a farmer on the Usher farm. Edon, Albert, William, Edward, Clarence and May are the younger children.
Ref. 1906 History of Dane County, Wisconsin, p. 681-682.