MCHENRY COUNTY, ND CENTENNIAL: 1885-1985, PAGE 344
NELS B. & SOPHIA (SKARI) KJOS -bio
Nels B. KJOS (1873 - 1949) was born at Pelican Rapids, Minnesota and his wife, Sophia SKARI was born at Ostrander, Minnesota. They were married at pelican rapids in 1903 and came to McHenry County where they homesteaded in Section 24 of Karlsruhe Township, a mile northwest of Rangeley.
Nels was a township supervisor and the township clerk for many years and also served on the school board. He farmed continuously until he retired in 1939 and they moced to Velva. Nels and Sophia were the parents of eight children:
Bencer Noel: 1904 -1967
Alice Mildred: 1906-1984
Lottie Emelie: 1908 -
Alpha Sophia: 1909 - 1976
Edna May: 1911 -
Nora Viola: 1912 - 1980
Dagna Borgene: 1914 -
Otto Harlen: 1918-1984
Bencer Noel Kjos: taught in a rural school for two years. He attended business college after which he worked as a salesman for Bechtle Motors in Drake. He was in the Army during WWII. He was a North Dakota Senator and Representative and served as an alderman on the Drake city council.
Alice Mildred Kjos: taught in rural schools a few years, then had a beauty shop for some years. She married Olai John Kvigne and they had two children. *because the children are living, their names will not be listed.
Lottie Emelie Kjos: taught in rural schools for a few years and then had a beauty shop for some time. She married Wayne Lamont Morey and they lived in Minot and had a night club and a tavern for some time. They had no children.
Alpha Sophia Kjos: taught in various rural schools. She married George W. Riba and they farmed the Nels Kjos homestead after Nels and Sophia moved to Velva. Alpha and george retired in 1972 and moved to Minot. They had no children.
Edna May Kjos: was a beauty operator for many years. She married Arnold Ness fra Elbow Lake, Minnesota and lived in many places because of his work. They had no children.
Nora Viola Kjos: also taught in rural schools. In the 1930's she moved to California and married Walter Scott. They had no children.
Dagna Borgene Kjos: worked in the AAA office in Towner for manyyears. She married Frank William (Ike) Selzler and they have five children. * because the children might be living, their names will not be listed.
Otto Harlen Kjos: married W. Kraft fra Strasburg, ND. He worked most of his adult life for airplane manufacturing companies in various cities, the last being Chula Vista, California, where they lived at the time of his death. They were the parents of two children. * because the children might be living, their names will not be listed.
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