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Conrad M. Thuland

After following the profession of journalism for six years, C. M. Thuland began the study of law, and two years later, in 1895, was admitted to the bar. Since this date he has abandoned the treadmill of a newspaper man's life, and devoted his time and applied his energies to the work of a lawyer. Ergo, writing briefs is a more congenial and profitable pursuit than writing editorials.

Mr. Thuland is the son of a Norwegian school teacher, and was born in Bergen, Norway, May 7, 1868. During his boyhood he resided in Christiana for a period of eight years, and attended the Latin school in that city. In 1884 he emigrated with the family to Decorah, Iowa, where he attended Luther College. He was graduated from this institution 1885, with the degree of A. B. He took a post-graduate course the following year at the University of Minnesota, and in 1887 began his career as a journalist by establishing a Norwegian newspaper in La Crosse, Wis. He was subsequently connected with the publication of several papers, both English and Norwegian. He moved to Seattle in 1889 (before the fire) and established the Washington Tidende, which was afterward merged into the Washington Post. His knowledge of the law requisite for admission to the bar was obtained in the office of Wiley & Bostwick, of Seattle.

He opened an office in Seattle in 1895, and was enjoying a lucrative practice when the Nome strike was made. In the spring of 1900 he came to Nome to defend the interests of some of his clients, acquired some valuable mining property while here, and after returning to Seattle in 1903, has come back to Nome to stay indefinitely. This season he is building a comfortable cottage in First Avenue, where he and Mrs. Thuland will reside. Thus are the plans of life turned awry and the current of action cuts a new channel.

Mr. Thuland has been successful in a number of suits involving valuable mining property in the Nome country, notably in the suit against Missionary. Anderson over No. 9 Anvil, which was staked for Constantine Uperazuk and Gabriel Adams, natives, who belonged to the mission over which Anderson presided. In this case a satisfactory compromise was effected, and Anderson but that is another story. During the winters of 1901-'02 and 1902-'03 Mr. Thuland was acting vice-consul in Nome for Norway and Sweden. He was married in Seattle Dec. 28, 1897. Mr. Thuland is a successful and clever lawyer, and an educated gentleman, who is met with more pleasure in social life than as an adversary at the bar.

Source: Nome and Seward Peninsula by R. S. Harrison. Seattle: The Metropolitan Press, 1905.




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