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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Gregerson, George A (1845-1914) and Family Papers, 1880-1904

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Gregerson, George A. (1845-1914) and Family. Papers, 1880-1904.
 SMHC Manuscript Collection 109

Gregerson, George A. (1845-1914) and Family. Papers, 1880-1904. SMHC Manuscript Collection 109. 1 Folder.


This collection consists of items pertaining to George August Gregerson and family encompassing the years 1880 - 1904. The papers, arranged chronologically, include patent specifications and diagrams, correspondence, receipts, and miscellaneous items including the Omaha Platform, tanning of hides, and items related to Gregerson as a harness manufacturer and inventor in Rochester, Minnesota.

Biographical Note:

George A. Gregerson was born in Laurvig, Norway in 1845. When he was nine years old his family emigrated and located in Walworth County, Wisconsin. His father and mother died the same month, leaving four children, of whom George was the youngest.

In 1861, he moved to Rochester, Minnesota, but after two years, he returned to Wisconsin to learn the harness trade. He then returned to Rochester and commenced business. Gregerson soon carried a large stock and employed a large force of men. Part of the reason for his success was his investing ability. Gregerson was the inventor of a patent blinder for bridles (1880), neck-yoke ends (1883), and a machine for braiding whips. These articles were reportedly widely sold and brought him money. He died on 13 October 1914 at the Olmstead County Hospital.

Gregerson married Anna M. Johnson, a native of Norway, in 1868. They had five children: Frederic O., Amelia M., Lulu E., Flora A., and Lawrence E. There are a few items pertaining to Frederic in the in the Gregerson Papers. Frederic moved to Fargo, North Dakota sometime around 1913, raised a family and died there on 27 January 1939.

Biographical information obtained from the Directory for Fargo, North Dakota, 1940; History of Winona and Olmstead Counties, Chicago: H.H. Hill and Company, 1883, 1046-1047; Post and Record, Rochester, Minnesota, 16 October 1914, 2; Olmstead County Democrat, 16 October 1914, 5.


There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Gregerson, George A. (1845-1914) and Family. Papers, 1880-1904. SMHC Manuscript Collection 109, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Fred Baake donated this collection to the Minnesota Historical Society. MHS transferred the collection to the Southern Minnesota Historical Center in May 1970.

Processed By:

Archives staff processed this collection in February 1974. Finding aid revised by Jeff A. Jenson September 2001.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Gregerson, George August, 1845-1914.
Harness making and trade - Rochester, Minnesota.
Inventions - Rochester, Minnesota.
Omaha Platform.