Ole Larson's Folks

Category: Moen

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…

Died in Vernon County, Wisconsin, on this date in 1929: 2nd great-grandmother Marie Amundsdatter Volden (m. Moen). Also featured on her birth date, 1 October. She was the mother of my paternal grandmother, Anna Moen Larson. Marie is buried at Brush Creek Church (top photo). === Died in Lincoln, Nebraska, on this date in 1895: maternal second great-grandfather Richard Sprung. Already featured twice last month, on the dates of his birth (16 November) and marriage (5 November).

Born in La Crosse, Wisconsin, on this date in 1888: grandmother Anna Moen (m. Larson). Also featured on her death date, 2 August. Top photo: detail from her confirmation portrait, c. 1904. Below: wedding with Isaac Larson, 1912.

Born in Vernon County, Wisconsin, on this date in 1858: great-grandmother Marie Amundsdatter Volden (m. Moen). Her parents were the first in our line to immigrate from Norway, the year before her birth, making her the only one of my four paternal great-grandparents born in America. Marie is the mother in the top photo, taken before Grandma Anna Moen was born.

Born on this date in 1916: cousin Milton Arthur Larson. “Larson, who?” you may ask. He is rather distant, at second cousin, once removed. I couldn’t resist including him, because he is not related by the Larson name, but is a great-grandson of Amund Volden, whose birth was featured yesterday. = = = On this date in 1918 (World War One), US Army troops operated tanks for the first time in combat, at the battle of St. Mihiel in France…

Born in Sør-Fron, Norway, on this date in 1829: great-great grandfather Amund Amundsen Volden, also featured on his death date, 2 May. His birth was “out of wedlock,” which must have been difficult growing up, both from the standpoint of poverty and stigmatization. Amund was one of the early immigrants to the Coon Prairie settlement in Wisconsin, arriving in 1857. His daughter Marie, our great-grandmother on the Moen side, was born the following year,  the only one of my father’s…

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