Oscar C. G. Knudson

OSCAR C. G. KNUDSON, HOTEL OWNER, DIES.  Oscar C. G. Knudson, 63 years old, proprietor of the Columbia hotel and resident of Grand Forks since 1882, died Saturday morning (February 15, 1936) shortly after midnight in a Grand Forks hospital.  He had been ill about a month.  Born October 17, 1872, at Faribault, Minn., Mr. Knudson came to Grand Forks with his parents in the spring of 1882.  As a young man he was associated with his father in the management of hotels – first two hostelries on South Fourth street, then the Arlington hotel on North Third street and later the Arlington-Park on South Fifth street.  In 1902 Mr. Knudson bought the hotel property at the corner of Seventh street and DeMers avenue, and in 1907-08 he built the structure which is now the Columbia hotel.  He had operated the place ever since except for a seven-year period from 1925 to 1932.

Mr. Knudson was an alderman in Grand Forks for four years, from 1906 to 1910.  Surviving are his wife and two brothers, Rudolph of Los Angeles, Calif., and Henry of Grand Forks.  He was a member of the Elks lodge, Knights of Pythias, A. O. U. W. and Sons of Norway.  Funeral services will be at 10:30 A. M. Thursday in the United Lutheran church with Rev. F. I. Schmidt officiating and burial will be in Memorial Park cemetery.  Rudolph Knudson is expected here Wednesday from Los Angeles to attend the services.  (Grand Forks Herald, Sunday, February 16, 1936, Volume 55, Number 93, Page 9)


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