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Midcentury Entrepreneurs

Midcentury Entrepreneurs

The signage may proclaim dealerships for Case, New Holland and GE, but there was always a lot more going on than the sale and repair of tractors and home appliances at Bergstedt’s on East Highway 61 in midcentury.  Owner and founder Sakri Bergstedt, second from left, who moved to Esko from Duluth in 1935, made and sold everything from fishing spoons and sinkers to diagonal chain elevators for transporting bales into hay barns. He had a machine shop and a saw mill; installed lightning rods and milking machines; raised strawberries, raspberries and turkeys (and one year tried celery, without success); was the father of nine children and, for good measure, was a lay preacher. Company personnel in this photo from about 1951 are, from left, Edwin S. Bergstedt, Sakri Bergstedt, Carl Juntunen, Art Tan, Bernice (Stenroos) Bergstedt, Edwin A. Bergstedt, Bill Bergstedt and Bob Bergstedt.  (Photo courtesy of Dr. Jack Bergstedt)

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