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Dallas Centennial 1870-1970 : August 15-16, 1970

This is Dallas

Through the pages of this book let us take
you back through the years to the beginning of
what is now the village of Dallas.
We will try to touch on the highlights of its
past, gleaned from preserved records and the recol-
lections of our old timers. So many have been a
part of the life of Dallas but names have been
changed; the Bergs to Olson, Tollefson to Granum,
Hanson to Ellefson, Stenseth to Amundson, Rolstad
to Halverson, Olson to Borgen so if anyone has
been ommitted -    maybe the name has been
In the year of 1870, three men came to this
area, found a place to their liking, brought their
families, built homes and began to farm. These
three men were Ole Knutson, his brother-in-law,
Nels Tollefson, and his son, Tollef Nelson. They
settled near a creek and parts of their farms were
later to be included in the village of Dallas.
Nels Tollefson is said to be the first Norwegian
settler in the Dallas Township. He settled on the
west side of Pine Creek. His homestead consisted
of 160 acres. Mr. Tollefson cleared 100 acres and
built a set of log buildings which he later re-
placed by frame structures. Supplies had to be
hauled by oxen or carried on foot from Eau Claire
and on trips to city he would influence friends to
come and join him in his newly found paradise.
Often the family would awaken to find someone
camping on their doorstep, and there was wall to
wall people while another home was hewn out of
the woods.
Nels Tollefson's son, Tollef Nelson, made his
home one half mile to the west of the creek. He
died while he was still a young man.
Nels Tollefson's daughter, Anna, married J. G.
Johnson, who came to the area as a log scaler
before the Civil War. He served in the Volunteer
Infantry in 1864 to 66. When he returned, he work-
ed for William Foster and James Anderson before
starting a general store with T. 0. Malum and
Anton Granum. He was postmaster for sixteen
years. He bought the farm from his father-in-law
who lived with them and at the age of 92 enjoy-
ed telling stories of pioneer days. When Johnson
passed away his son Frank G. succeeded him as
postmaster, farmed on his grandfather's homestead,
and was active in civic affairs of Dallas. His sons
Norton and Franklin are still in Dallas and vicinity.
Anton Granum, son of Tollefson, finished his
education in Norway before joining the family here.
He went into the store with Mr. Johnson and
later bought and built up the farm now owned by
Raymond Kuhn. He had one son Norval whose
widow still lives in the village limits, and one
grandson, Ronald Granum residing in Barron. His
daughter Anna married Sofus Moe, who was a Dal-
las merchant for many years. At one period of
Dallas history the Moes with the John Johnsons
operated a restaurant. The wives were such good
cooks that they were in demand, after they were
both widowed, to cook at Luther Park Bible Camp.
Many of the old pictures in this book are from
the collection of Anna Granum Moe.
Four generations of Nels Tollefson Granum. Left to right are Nels; Norton Johnson,
great grandson; Frank Johnson, grandson, and Franklin Johnson, great grandson. Standing is
Mrs. J. G. Johnson, daughter.

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