A.E. Lundeen Biography


This biography appears on page 1140 in "History of Dakota Territory" by George W. Kingsbury, Vol. IV (1915) and was scanned, OCRed and edited by Maurice Krueger, mkrueger@iw.net.


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A.E. LUNDEEN. One of the leading business interests of Bristol is the implement house of A. E. Lundeen, an enterprising merchant who belongs to that class of representative citizens that Sweden has furnished to this state—a class that has done much toward the upbuilding and material development of South Dakota.


He was born in Sweden, July 8, 1880, his parents being Magnus P. and Benta Lundeen, also natives of Sweden, born in 1841 and 1843 respectively. Coming to the United States in 1880, they settled in Day County, Dakota territory, where the father secured a homestead claim which he owned and occupied throughout his remaining days, winning success as the reward of the industry and determination which he displayed in the conduct of his business interests. He died in 1887, while his wife survived until 1911. They were members of the Lutheran church and in his political views Mr. Lundeen was a republican. To them were born four children, three of whom survive, namely: Peter, an agriculturist residing in Bristol; A. E., of this review; and Emma, who gave her hand in marriage to Albert Ziegenhagen, a farmer living in North Dakota. It was during his infancy that A. E. Lundeen was brought to Dakota Territory and in the schools of Day county he pursued his education, supplemented by a commercial course at Valparaiso, Indiana. His early experiences were those of the farm and he continued to engage in agricultural pursuits until 1905, when he removed to Bristol, turning his attention to the implement business, in which connection he has built up a good trade. He handles farm machinery of standard makes and his reliability in trade transactions, combined with his energy and experiences have brought to him a gratifying patronage. He also owns two farms in Day County and his property is the evidence of a life of well directed energy and thrift.


In 1907 Mr. Lundeen was united in marriage to Miss Emma Vehe, a native of Day County, South Dakota, and a daughter of John L. Vehe, who is a retired agriculturist residing in Bristol. Our subject and his wife have two children: Roumelle, who is attending school; and Lloyd. The religious faith of Mr. and Mrs. Lundeen is that of the Lutheran church, while his fraternal connections are with the Odd Fellows lodge of Bristol, in which he has passed all of the chairs. He exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the republican party and for three years served as mayor of Bristol, carefully directing its interests and seeking at all times to uphold and promote those movements and projects which are a matter of civic virtue and civic pride.