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North Dakota History and People - Outlines of American History
Volume II
The E. J. Clarke Publishing Company
1917 - Chicago

Joseph Quamme, a resident of Bottineau, filling the office of register of deeds in Bottineau county, was born in Steele county, Minnesota, January 3, 1878, a son of John and Emma (Skartum) Quamme, who were natives of Norway and in the '60s came to the United States, following the close of the Civil war. They established their home in Steele county, Minnesota, where John Quamme worked for others until 1881. In that year he removed to Traill county. North Dakota, and later became a resident of Steele county, settling near Hope, where he filed on land which he developed and improved, continuing to cultivate his farm for ten years. He then retired and removed to Hillsboro, North Dakota, where he spent his remaining days, his death occurring in March, 1893 [30 March 1894]. His widow still survives and is now living at Hillsboro.
After acquiring his education in the public schools of Hillsboro, North Dakota, Joseph Quamme learned the printing trade in the office of the Traill County Times and also worked on the Hillsboro Herald. He followed that pursuit for sixteen years, and during the last eight years of the period was with the Hillsboro Banner. He then went to Fargo and for a short time was connected with the Western Newspaper Union, after which he took charge of the Traill County Times, continuing with the paper until 1903, when the plant was destroyed by fire. He was next appointed deputy register of deeds in Traill county, occupying the office until the spring of 1904. In that year he arrived in Bottineau and was employed on the Bottineau Courant for three and a half years. In the fall of 1907 he was appointed deputy register of deeds in Bottineau county and acted in that capacity until elected to his present position in 1912. In 1914 he was reelected, so that he is now serving for the second term as county register of deeds, making a creditable record in office by the methodical, prompt and faithful manner in which he discharges his duties, having thoroughly systematized the work of the office.
In January, 1903, Mr. Quamme was married to Miss Minnie Anderson and they have become the parents of five children, Milton, Roy, Thelma, Leonard and Francis. Mr. and Mrs. Quamme hold membership in the Lutheran church, and he is in hearty sympathy with the purposes of the various fraternal orders with which he is associated, including the Masons, the United Workmen and the Modern Woodmen of America. His political endorsement has always been given to the republican party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise, and upon its ticket he was elected to his present office, while at all times he has been an active and earnest supporter of its principles because of his firm belief in their effectiveness as factors in good government.

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