Ole Larson's Folks

Family History by George Larson

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We have been studying one Anton Hogstad, Senior, a shirttail relative who immigrated to Wisconsin, and founded a very large family of Norwegian-Americans. It is established in family lore and in documentary evidence that the father of Anton Hogstad (not married to his mother) was named Anders Brurok of Strinda parish. The form of his name, as found in Anton’s baptism record, at first seemed problematic, but I believe I have pieced together enough evidence to nail him down. This book…

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I owe an apology to the late Dick Hogstad for doubting his work, and for jumping to my own conclusions without adequate research. I have now found persuasive evidence that the John and Cecilia Olson buried in Neenah, Wisconsin, are in fact Anton Hogstad Sr’s mother and stepfather. When I finally found Cecilia in the 1975 Norway census, she was indeed married to Johannes Olsen of Verdal parish. I also found their marriage record (1872) in the churchbooks. As often happens…

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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…

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