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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography of Gustavus A. Ostrand

SOURCE: "History of Champaign County, Illinois," by J. O. Cunningham, 1905


GUSTAVUS A. OSTRAND was born on the University farm June 30, 1875, and received his education in the common schools. His parents, John and Christina (ANDERSON) OSTRAND, were natives of Orebro, Sweden, the former’s birth having occurred on August 27, 1843, and the latter on May 24, 1839. They emigrated to the United States May 20, 1870, locating in Illinois, where Mr. Ostrand was first employed by John G. Clark, and later worked for four years on the University farm, and since, has been engaged for a number of years in the drayage business. To him and his wife were born four children, namely: John C.; Anna; Gustavus A.; and Sophia, who is now Mrs. Louis SABIN. John C. was born July 11, 1870, in Champaign County, where he attended school and learned the baker’s trade. He owns a one-third interest in the Ostrand Bakery. Socially he is a member of the order of Redmen of America*. In 1891 he married Miss Hattie FRYE, a native of Champaign County, and they have two children,—Grace and Pansy.

Gustavus A. Ostrand, after finishing his schooling, was engaged for a time in the grocery business, in which he continued until June 8, 1903, when he started a bakery. Having, however, no practical knowledge of the business, he gave a third interest to his brother John C., and his cousin Martin G. OSTRAND, who were both experienced bakers. The bakery, which is located at No. 112 North First Street, has a daily output of from 800 to 1,500 loaves of bread. He has built up an excellent trade, his cream bread being considered the best made in the twin cities.

Politically, he is a Republican, and in religion, he and his wife are members of the Baptist Church.

Mr. Ostrand was married November 23, 1898, to Mss Daisy J. OVERMAN, a daughter of Ansell OVERMAN, of Champaign. She is a native of Indiana. To Mr. and Mrs. Ostrand two children have been born, namely; Madeline, aged five years, and Ansell, who is three years old.

*should be Improved Order of Red Men according to David Lintz, Director, Red Men Museum and Library

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