Ole Larson's Folks

Family History by George Larson

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

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[combining the five parts originally posted as installments.] Prologue I was browsing the website of the Regional State Archive of Hamar, Norway, when I came across a remarkable story, written in English, about a woman who was imprisoned in Oslo (Christiania) at the same time as Anne Larsdatter Skurdal, and whose story parallels Anne’s in many ways. Let’s begin at the end … the top photo shows Peace Lutheran Church and Northwest Rush Cemetery in St. Croix County, Wisconsin. It is…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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