Ole Larson's Folks

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My paternal great-grandparents (parents of my father’s mother). Gunder Torgersen Moen was born in Faavang parish, Norway, at the farm Opsalhaugen. Top photo: Faavang Church. The stone fence around the churchyard was built by his father, Torger Gundersen, who at the time was residing at a place called Stenumgardskleven, hence the initials T.G.S. etched in a gatepost stone. Gunder came to Coon Prairie, Wisconsin, with his parents in 1877, at the age of ten. They apparently adapted their surname, Moen, from…

Out of Norway Great-grandfather, patriarch of the huge Larson clan (including descendants with surnames Sletten, Raiten, Lunde, and others), and namesake of this very website, Ole Larson was born on 10 December 1841, in Oslo, Norway. His home, however, was 150 miles to the north, on the farm Skurdal, Sør-Fron parish, in the region of Gudbrandsdal. This is a rich farming valley, landlocked in the center of southern Norway, a part of the present-day county of Oppland. And why was Ole born in…

Myers, Colby, Drayer, Sprung In honor of Uncle Barney Myers’ 105th birthday, I prepared a slideshow for the family reunion in Billings, Montana, held in late July, 2015. I have added audio narration, background music, and a few more slides and stories for this video version, now available via YouTube. There are old photos, documents, and other evidence tracing four lines of Barney’s ancestry (and my own, and dozens of Myers relatives’) back to Revolutionary War times. Ancestors in at least…

Sør-Fron, part 1 Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 A Crackerjack Guide I am deeply indebted to two individuals for the success of my “roots” tour in Gudbrandsdalen. One is Pål Kjorstad, head of the Fron Historielag. Pål had already helped my research enormously by email, as detailed in a recent post. The day before I arrived in the Fron area, I tried to telephone him, but I had copied his number incorrectly. The next morning, I luckily got the correct number…

Seeking Private Larson – Part 1 Thursday, July 30th, 2009 Smith Larson was born 22 April 1877, the second (surviving) child of Ole Larson and Anne Samuelsdatter. His elder sister Louise (Aunt Lucy) was very fond of him throughout his life. He was an amateur photographer, taking up the hobby in the early days of the Brownie camera (190-something). He claimed a North Dakota homestead in 1909, along with the three other brothers pictured above. The “famous” photo below, of…

Isaac Larson 1884-1969, part I: the Homestead Thursday, February 19th, 2009 “Grandpa Larson,” as I always called him, was born on his father Ole’s dairy farm in Vernon County, Wisconsin. He was the last of six children born to Ole and his first wife, Anne Samuelsdatter. Anne died soon after, and Ole married Helena Olsdatter, who had a daughter the same age as Isaac. Ole and Helena eventually had six more children together. Pictured below are Isaac and two of…

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