Anna W. Norquist was a Minneapolis dressmaker for about 40 years. She was a Swedish immigrant who was born in 1875 and immigrated sometime before 1900. She started her employment as a seamstress for Madame Boyd from 1901-1904. After that she worked out of her home at 1830 Nicollet Avenue until about 1940. The census that year lists her as working 40 hours a week as a dressmaker at that address. She lived there with her husband, Harold Olson. In earlier years her sister, Amanda, and brother-in-law, William Courtright, also lived there. William was also employed as a coachman and/or gardener.
The lovely day dress in the Minnesota Historical Society's collection was made shortly after she opened her own business.