Ole Larson's Folks

Family History by George Larson

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

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myers home painting

Died in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, on this date in 1859: Madison Fout Myers. Our relationship is complicated. As the son of Philip Myers’ brother Michael (of Frederick County, Maryland), Madison is our first cousin, 4 times removed. By his marriage to his cousin Harriet Myers, he joined the Pennsylvania branch of the family, so that their descendants are our cousins twice over. Top photo: Painting of Madison Myers’ home by his daughter Miranda. Below, his monument in Forty Fort Cemetery.

Lincoln cemetery gate

Born in Ireland on this date in 1834: second great-grandmother Anna Hudye (m. Sprung). She lived in Ontario, Canada, with her husband Richard Sprung, before the family migrated to Kankakee County, Illinois. She died and was buried in Lincoln, Nebraska. One of Anna and Richard’s 12 children was great-grandmother Hattie Sprung, known in the Myers family as “Grandma Drayer.”

1898 Harry Eugene

Buried in Luna County, New Mexico, on this date in 1912: Granduncle Harry Eugene Myers. His birth date was noted on 31 May. Cousin Paula Howell located his grave at a military cemetery in New Mexico, inscribed “civilian.” Paula protested, offering proof that Uncle Gene saw combat with the 31st Iowa regiment in the Phillipines during the Spanish-American War. While the authorities acknowledged that she was correct, they declined to replace his grave marker.


Today is Olsok, the feast day of Saint Olaf. The patron saint of Norway, also known as King Olaf II Haraldsson, by tradition died on 29 July 1030, near Trondheim, at the Battle of Stiklestad. Below: Death of St. Olaf, from an altar at Nidaros (Trondheim) cathedral, painted in the early 14th century. The cathedral was built over the grave of St. Olaf in the 12th-13th centuries. Some living birthdays today: cousin Carrol Meschke Johnson, brother-in-law Peter Drewes, and … oh…


Died in Sør-Fron, Norway, on this date in 1816: 5th great-grandfather Amund Olsen Rønn. His grandson, also named Amund Olsen (Rønn, alt. Rolstadlien), was the father of Amund Amundsen Volden, who immigrated to Coon Prairie and became patriarch of the Volden clan.

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