Dave Lahti was from Virginia, Minnesota and was born in 1905. He died at 57 in 1962.
Despite his crippling disease of arthritis he overcame the pains associated with this disease and carved quite a few very nice decoys.
Stoetzel, William. “Minnesota Style: The Decoys of Dave Lahti” NFLCC Gazette, Vol 12, No. 39, (Dec., 1988), pg. 10. (A one page biographical sketch of this very interesting disabled fish decoy carver