Ole S. and Bessie Torgerson
A crested, bellcast tower adorns the mansard roof of the Torgerson House, Stoughton’s best example of the Second Empire style (and one of very few in the city). The twin Queen Anne style porches are a later addition and show the layering of another and even more popular style. At one time this house had six porches and is said to have had the first electric service in Stoughton.
Ole Torgerson (1856-1936) was born in Wisconsin to Norwegian parents. He was the Stoughton Postmaster, and one of the first in the city to own an automobile, which was housed in a garage at the rear.
After the Torgerson’s occupancy, the house passed briefly out of the family but in 1919 it was purchased by their daughter Maude Torgerson Olson and her husband Henry. It remained in their family until 1965.
“Choir practices for the Methodist Church used to be held in the spacious parlors in the front of the house.”
Judy Leonard, present owner