Ole Larson's Folks

Family History by George Larson

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

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So, now that  the blog has looked about the same for all 6 years of its existence, welcome to the first attempt at an update. Please bear with me if the attempts begin to mount up. You can really help if you leave a comment whenever you find something that doesn’t work right, and there are lots of things. There may be more bugs showing up for the next week or so, when I hope to launch a new, reorganized site. I…

Marte Østensdatter Forbrigd, as she is known in most genealogies, or Marte Bø, as I have called her, is at the center of a most bizarre and perplexing “murder mystery,” set in the Gudbrandsdal region of central Norway in the 1690s. The basic facts of the story are well-documented. She is also a documented ancestor of all my Larson relatives, and countless other Norwegian-Americans. I recently wrote about this in a 12-part series you can find by clicking this link. Now, cousin Joanne…

About halfway between Onawa and Oskaloosa (my primary interest in this post) lies the town of Carroll, IA. Carroll is the burial place of Thiel’s great-grandparents, Philip Beechel (1849-1922) and Mary Eleanor Mohler (Beechel). Philip was born in Alsace-Lorraine, a region of eastern France where most residents spoke (and still speak) German. Presumably, his family were German speakers, as his wife was part of a long line of “German Baptist Brethren” from the Pennsylvania Dutch country, dating back to about 1700. See this…

A loop through western and central Iowa rounded out my 2014 mini-journey. The city of Onawa, south of Sioux City on the Missouri River, was the home of my great-grandparents Stephen B Myers (1848-1917) and Helen (Colby) Myers. Stephen Myers was a long-time official of Monona County, and may well have worked in the county courthouse, from the time it was built (1892) until his retirement. The building was renovated in the 1990s. On visiting the public library, I was told by a librarian…

I was just launching into the Marte Forbrigd-Bø story when Thiel and I took another of our Amtrak excursions to see our grandchildren in Dubuque, Iowa. Similar to last year, I extended my own version of the trip to include some family-history exploration. This time, we took a different Amtrak route, the California Zephyr, which runs from the San Francisco Bay area to Chicago, by way of Salt Lake City and Denver. On the return trip, I stopped off in Lincoln, Nebraska, while…

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