Ole Larson's Folks

Family History by George Larson

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Born in Tretten, Norway, on this date in 1790: third great-grandfather Peder Olsen Glomme-Ødegaarden. His daughter Marit married Samuel Jørgensen Bjerke and immigrated to Wisconsin with him, where they eventually changed their surname to Samuelson(!). Top photo: stone ruins at the Ødegaard farm, taken on my visit in 2011. Below: looking across Ødegaard’s fields toward the Bjerke farm. Read more …


No close family anniversaries of ancestors. Among the living, happy birthday to cousin Larry Larson of Sidney, Montana. Born in Stockholm, Sweden,on this date in 1915: Ingrid Bergman, one of the great stars in the golden age of Hollywood. The American Film Institute ranks her as the fourth greatest film actress of all time. Still watched today in her best-known role, opposite Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca (top photo), Bergman won three Oscars, two Emmys, four Golden Globes, and a Tony award. Ingrid…


No close family anniversaries. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, on this date in 1749: German poet and playwright Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. A giant of German literature, Goethe’s poems were set to music by Beethoven, Schubert, and many other composers. Goethe is probably best known today for his tragic drama “Faust,” in which the protagonist (Dr. Faust) bargains away his soul to the Devil (Mephistopheles). Top photo: illustration by Christian von Kamp. = = = In Washington, DC, on this date…


No close family anniversaries. Born in Stonewall, Texas, on this date in 1908: Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th President of the United States. Top photo at his ranch in 1972 (public domain), below at age 7 (LBJ Library).

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Born in Vernon County, Wisconsin, on this date in 1871: grandaunt Louisa Larson, eldest child of Ole Larson and Anne Samuelsdatter. She died only eight months later. Her name was recycled (with a variation) when the next child, Louise (aka Aunt Lucy) was born in 1872. Outside the family, born in Skopje, Macedonia, on this date in 1910: Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, known to us as Mother Teresa (top photo).

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