Arrived in Brainerd in 1888.
Brother of Anton Mahlum.
•See David Swanson.
•See Sarah Louise Kingsley Sleeper Boies.
•See Dr. Christian S. Reimestad.
•See Asle G. Trommald.
Burnie Mahlum, of St. Paul, was in the city on Sunday, the guest of his brothers, Mons and Anton. Mr. Mahlum is in the employ of the N. P. company and was on his way to Montana. (Brainerd Dispatch, 14 May 1897, p. 4, c. 5)
In October 1907, Mrs. Loren F. Bois [sic] [Boies] sells her residence property on North Broadway, known as the Sleeper property, to Mons Mahlum. The consideration was $2,100. (This Was Brainerd, Brainerd Dispatch, Tuesday, 09 October 2007)
Mons Mahlum stands out as one of Brainerd's most successful businessmen. He came to Brainerd from Norway in 1888. He was a grocer from 1892 to 1900, when he entered the lumber business. The Mahlum Lumber Company, which he organized in 1914, has expanded to such an extent that now it is the largest system of retail lumber yards in the state, excepting the twin cities and Duluth, very few others having one-half the volume of business. Branch yards are maintained at Crosby and Pine River. At one time there were nine branch yards, but for efficiency of management they have been concentrated into a few places.
Mr. Mahlum has been a member of the Library Board, Board of Education, and Water and Light Board, is prominent in the Chamber of Commerce, having been on the advisory board since its organization, and is president of the First State Bank of Crosby and vice president of the Citizens State Bank of Brainerd. In 1922 he was elected president of Mjøsenlaget, a national association with over 1100 members. (Brainerd's Half Century, Ingolf Dillan, General Printing Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota: 1923; p. 52)
On May 3, 1922, a Building and Loan Association was organized by S. R. Adair, W. R. Greenwood, M. H. Nelson, Theodore B. Brusegaard, H. P. Dunn, Mons Mahlum, Carl Adams, Elmer Dahl, and E. O. Webb as officers and directors. The purpose of the association is to help finance prospective home owners upon mutually advantageous terms. Already a number of dwellings have been financed through this association. Brainerd bids fair to remain "a city of homes." (Brainerd's Half Century, Ingolf Dillan, General Printing Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota: 1923; p. 47)
FRIENDS MOURN DEATH OF MONS MAHLUM, PIONEER BUSINESS MAN, DIES AFTER SHORT ILLNESS
Apparently in the best of health, Mons Mahlum, well known business man of this city played a round of golf Sunday afternoon and came home to enjoy a bountiful dinner with his family. During the night he was taken ill and later he was taken to the hospital, where an operation was performed Monday afternoon.
It was found that he was suffering from gall stones, one of these having cut thru the wall of the gall bladder to the artery, causing him to bleed internally. Everything possible was done that medical and surgical science knows, but, he passed away early Tuesday morning.
Mr. Mahlum was born in Norway sixty-two years ago and came to this country when a young man of twenty, having made this city his home ever since.
A man of pleasing personality, fair in business dealings he acquired a wide circle of friends over the state, who regret to learn of his early call.
He was a member of the Elks, the Masonic bodies, Rotary, Zuhrah Temple of the Shrine of Minneapolis, North Star Lodge, Sons of Norway and the Mjøsenlaget of which he served as president.
He had served as a member of the Brainerd school board for twenty years and also as a member of the Water and Light Board and at the election of 1926 was the Republican presidential elector for this district.
He engaged in the lumber business in the early days here and was president of the Mahlum Lumber Co., until this company [was] sold to the Lampert Brothers Lumber Co. He also engaged in the banking business in this city and on the range. He was one of the directors of the Citizens State Bank of Brainerd at the time of his death and also interested in the Granite City Lumber Co. at St. Cloud and the Brainerd Service Motor Co. of this city.
Surviving him are his widow, his daughters, Mrs. Robert Nicholl of this city and Mrs. J. Stewart Muir of Duluth, also two sons, Milton of St. Cloud and Werner of Miami, Florida. Another son, John, who served as Sergeant Major of headquarters of the First Army died in France in 1918.
Three brothers, Edius of Norway, Carl of Everett, Wash., and Barney of Couer de Alene, Idaho, also survive. Another brother, John, one of Brainerd's pioneers, died here last autumn.
Funeral services were held from the home this afternoon, Rev. N. P. Olmstead officiating. Burial was under Masonic rites, the Ascalon Commandery attending in a body.
Burial was in Evergreen cemetery beside the body of his son, John.
The city and district extend sincere sympathy to the bereaved family in the loss of one, who had won such a place of esteem in the hearts of all for his many sterling qualities. (Brainerd Tribune, Thursday, 02 June 1927; p. 1)
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