Senator Jacob Grimstead View All Years

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Date of Death: 11/18/1993
Birth Place: Nissedal, Telemark, Norway
Birth Country: Norway
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 55 (1953) - 60 (1963)
Home County: Winnebago
Jacob Grimstead
Winnebago County


Jacob Grimstead was born in Nissedal, Telemark, Norway, on April 11, 1905, to Nottov and Juri Grimstead. He passed away on November 18, 1993 at the age of 88 years. He attended Oslo University and was a noncommissioned officer in the King’s Guard before he immigrated to the United States in 1929. Jacob worked on farms and in factories in North Dakota and Michigan, clerked at Bakken’s grocery, attended Hamilton Business College in Mason City, Iowa, and then started a grocery store in Joice.

Jacob married Ruth Henderson on Thanksgiving Day in 1932, in Lake Mills. She preceded him in death on September 21, 1973. He married Nola I. (Brunsvold) Dahl, September 21, 1974, at Jefferson. She preceded him in death on November 21, 1991. Jacob served as a State Senator from 1952 until 1964, serving in the 55th through 60th General Assemblies. He was active in many community service activities. He translated Norwegian documents and letters for many in the area. This activity required long hours of his time and no compensation but he did so gladly. Jocob also prepared and mailed care packages for his customers to their relatives during World War II. Jacob was an active member of the Salem Lutheran Church and served on the town council.

Senator Grimstead will always be remembered as a generous individual who worked for the betterment of his community as well as for the state of Iowa. His donation of time and energy has improved the lives of Lake Mills residents.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE SEVENTY-SIXTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF IOWA: That in the passing of the Honorable Jacob Grimstead, the State has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful public servant, and that the Senate by this Resolution, expresses its appreciation of his service to the state and tenders its sympathy and kindest regards to the members of his family.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the Journal of the Senate and that the Secretary of the Senate be instructed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.





Text above from 76 GA (1995) Senate Journal Memorial Resolution
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