Ole Larson's Folks

Family History by George Larson

With Myers, Moen, Drayer, Colby, Samuelson, Sprung, and others

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1904socialist3

Here is an article I came across from an Oshkosh, Wisconsin newspaper. It seems that in 1904 Anton Hogstad, Senior, was not only a master mechanic and millwright, he was a political activist in the Social Democrat party. Besides being elected secretary of the local central committee, Anton’s name was offered as a potential candidate for mayor, so he must have been held in high regard. Scanning Wikipedia, I found that the national Social Democrat party had officially changed its name to…

1920c Anton Jr and Sr

Top photo: Anton Hogstad Junior and Senior – Below, Anton Jr. and Ebba Nesseth. They were married in 1920; unknown whether the two snapshots were taken on that occasion. Not long ago, I met with Tom Hogstad (not pictured), a third cousin who happens to live in my town. His grandmother, Ebba Nesseth (1888-1952), is our biological connection; Ebba is my second cousin, once removed. Click on Ebba’s name to explore her line back to our common  ancestors, Lars Paulsen and Anne Larsdatter…

1874-2009 Ole house front

My great-grandmother, first wife of Ole Larson. Anne Samuelsdatter (m. Larson) was born 25 Jan 1845 in Tretten, Norway, at the farm Bjerke, where her father and many other ancestors were also born. She was christened on 16 February, as shown above, along with a twin sister named Ingebor, who apparently died during infancy, as another sister with the same name was born in 1852. While that is not conclusive proof that the first Ingebor died, it is a good bet, since…

1920 Drayer fea

My maternal great-grandparents; that is, parents of my mother’s mother. William Theodore Drayer was born in Kankakee County, Illinois, on 24 August 1859. His parents had come from Ohio and Maryland. Hattie (alt. Hannah) May Sprung was born in Huron County, Ontario, Canada, 24 January 1861. Sometime during the next several years, her family immigrated to Illinois, where she eventually met her future husband. They were married in Kankakee County  on 7 May 1884. Hattie’s parents later moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, and William…

Brush Cr church 2

Here is a link to a PowerPoint presentation I gave Jan. 19 at Bend Genealogical Society. Just click on the image below. You may then view or download all the slides and notes in PDF format. This serves as the “handout” for the talk, and may also be of interest to some Erickson relatives. It illustrates my two-step search approach, using the indexes of FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com to find key details, then locating the corresponding records in the online archives of Norway and Sweden…

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