Jens (James) Magnus Wahl (1846 - 1939)

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Birthplace: Nærøy, Nord-Trøndelag, Norge
Death: Died in Sioux Falls, SD, USA
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About Jens (James) Magnus Wahl

Conflicting information: Birth in Storval, Namdal, Norway Death: 1940 in Canton, SD, USA First Name (Official Birth Name): Jens

Other information: Emigrated in 1868 Naturalized 10/17/1873

"James M. Wahl (1846-1939) was a Norwegian American settler and the first legislator of Lincoln County.[1] He named the city of Canton, South Dakota.[2]

  • Wahl was born in Storvahl, Naeroe, Norway, January 7, 1846. He was a resident of the United States for 73 years. He emigrated to La Crosse, Wisconsin, in 1867, from Norway. He attended West Salem seminary in LaCrosse and upon completion moved to Sioux City, Iowa. He served as a guide to expeditioners coming to Lincoln County from Norway for many years. He later moved to the Sioux Valley, arriving on April 23, 1868, in Canton. He filed for a homestead and on this very piece of property, the county courthouse stands today.
  • Among many contributions to the community, Wahl assisted with the organization of Bethlehem Lutheran church, organized bringing the Augustana College from Marshall, Wisconsin, to Canton, and writing a 277 page record of local settlement.[3]'

[1] [2] [3] "James M. Wahl: Earliest Co. Pioneer Dies." Sioux Valley News, Sioux Falls South Dakota. February 9, 1939 Source:

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Jens (James) Wahl's Timeline

January 7, 1846
Nærøy, Nord-Trøndelag, Norge
September 11, 1883
Age 37
Sioux Falls, SD, USA
September 21, 1884
Age 38
January 1, 1886
Age 39
September 24, 1888
Age 42
March 21, 1890
Age 44
September 6, 1892
Age 46
March 10, 1894
Age 48
February 2, 1939
Age 93
Sioux Falls, SD, USA