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Title M.O. Valan Collection
Call Number MSS 319
Dates of Creation ca. 1889-1930] , 1981 (photocopied in 1990)
Creator Valan, M.O.
Scope & Content The collection contains photocopies of newspaper clippings and 31 photographs of the M.O. Valan's farm and Kurtz Township in Clay County.
Admin/Biographical History Malker Valan was born in Vallersund Norway on February 12, 1871. He came to Kurtz Township near Rustad Minnesota in Clay County in 1889. When he came to America he spent his first eight years in this county working for Norwegian farmers who had settled this area before him, the most notable being Ole Thompson, one of the first settlers of Clay County.. In 1897 he was offered the job of foreman by CP Jones, a man from Minneapolis who owned 4,500 acres of land around the Elmwood area. When CP Jones' business failed in the early 1900's after the introduction of the street car in Minneapolis it gave Valan an opportunity to purchase his first tract of land, over 960 acres where he raised some crops and eventually expanded to animals. By the 1930's he was one of the largest turkey farmers in Minnesota with over 6000 birds by 1934. At the age of 70 in 1941 he had over 253 heads of cattle and 400 hogs on his farm. Perhaps more impressively at 70 years of age Valan made the switch on his farm from using horses to power everything to the use of two tractors. Malker Valan died of a stroke in 1953 at the age of 82.
Subjects Kurtz Township (Minn.)
Rustad (Minn.)
Access Conditions There are no access restrictions on the materials, and the collection is open to all members of the public in accordance with state law.
Copyrights The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright of the state of Minnesota which may be involved in the use of this collection.
Language of Material English
Archival History Borrowed from Merlyn Valan for photocopying in 1990.
Containers Copy Negatives of Valan photos, 1990
In Pursuit of the American Dream, 1981
Photocopies of Valan Pictures, 1889-1930