Tjodje Aanondson Harstad, was born in Valle Saetersdal, Norway, June 16, 1843. He came to Seneca, Illinois in 1861, and to Fillmore county, Minnesota in 1864. He was married at Arendahl, Fillmore County, Minn. on Feb. 16, 1868 to Eli Oldsdaughter Homme, born in Saetersdal, Norway on Nov. 12, 1843, they resided a few years near Arendahl, later located near Porter, Yellow Medicine county, Minnesota. Here he served as Postmaster for some years. They moved from there to about twelve miles west of Portlnd, Steele County, North Dakota. In 1906, they moved to Bonetrail, Williams County, No. Dakota and took a homestead. In 1912, they moved to Parkland, Washington. Tjodje died there May 13, 1915 and is buried in Parkland Cemetery. The widow Eli went east to Williston No. Dak. and lived with her sone Ole. She died there March 13,1919 and is buried in Parkland, Washington Cemetery. they had eleven children. Three of Tjodje's children, Torbjor, Olaf and Nels died March 12,13,14,1882 respectively and were buried in one casket in the Porter, Minnesote Cemetery. Then Halvor died March 23, same year.