MEMORIAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD
of Turner, Lincoln, Union and Clay Counties, South Dakota.
Containing Biographical Sketches of Hundreds of Prominent Old Settlers and Representative Citizens, with a Review of their Life Work; their Identity with the Growth and Development of these Counties; Reminiscences of Personal History and Pioneer Life; and other Interesting and Valuable Matter which should be Preserved in History.
Author: George A. Ogle & Company (1897).
Publishers, Engravers and Book Manufacturers.
HONORABLE AMUND O. RINGSRUD,
who is engaged in the general mercantile business in the city of Elk Point, and who has one of the finest and best equipped stores in the county, came to Dakota territory in 1867 and has been a resident of Elk Point since 1870. He was born in Norway in 1854, a son of Ole O. and Carrie (Amundsen) Ringsrud, who emigrated to the United States with their four children and settled in Dakota territory, homesteading 160 acres of land in Brule township where they followed farming. Mr. Ringsrud's death occurred in 1S76; his wife still resides on the old homestead. They were members of the Lutheran church.
Amund O. Ringsrud received his early education in the excellent schools of his native land until he was thirteen years of age, when he came with his parents to this country. In America he worked on the farm and attended school a portion of the time until 1870, when he came to Elk Point, as stated above, and was employed as clerk till 1879. That year he was elected to the office of register of deeds which position he held continually for six years. In 1885 Mr. Ringsrud made his initial start for himself in the mercantile business in which he has been eminently successful. His patronage has been constantly increasing in volume and he now does a large business, enough to keep four men busy. He has taken quite an interest in the local political affairs of the city, county and state, and besides being register of deeds, was elected county treasurer in 1885 and served till 1889, when he was elected secretary of state and re-elected in 1890, serving until January 1, 1893, since which time he has devoted most of his attention to his private business and affairs. Many of the city offices in the gift of the people he has held; was a member of the constitutional convention of 1889, and also has served at various times as delegate to the state conventions of the Republican party, the principles of which he strongly adheres to and supports. In the fall of 1896 Mr. Ringsrud was the candidate of his party for governor of South Dakota, and was barely defeated by the combined efforts of the fusionists, it requiring an official count of the ballots to decide the election.
Mr. Ringsrud was united in marriage, in 1876, to Miss Emma F. Snyder, of Lawler, Iowa, and to this union have been born three children—Grace E., Stella May, and Alfred H. The eldest daughter is now completing her education at the excellent college at Oberlin, Ohio, the two younger children being at home. Mrs. Ringsrud was the eldest of a family of five children. Her parents, Abraham and Susan (Bender) Snyder, were natives of Pennsylvania, Mr. Snyder coming west when a young man and engaging in the mercantile business at Freeport, where he was married, and then removing to a farm in Chickasaw county, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Snyder now reside at Lawler, Iowa.
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