In the early 1890s, twin brothers John and Andrew Tofte who were both just over 20 years old at the time, sailed to America from the fjords of northern Norway. Along with them came Torger Engelsen, who was their age, and Torger`s brother Hans, a few years older. The four young men settled on Lake Superior`s North Shore and took up commercial fishing. This enterprise prospered and by the turn of the century they had married, occupied 160-acre tracts of land acquired through government homestead grants, and erected fish houses. The two pairs of brothers had been joined in the meantime by Edward Tofte, who set up a saw mill, and with the new expanded employment at the mill, the township of Tofte expanded.