Ole Larson's Folks

Family History by George Larson

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

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I just received a packet from  third cousin Carmen Stifstad, great-granddaughter of Kari Larsdatter. In the late 1980’s, Carmen was researching in the Coon Prairie area, and met up with Aline Jernander. Aline had recently published “Larsons and Slettens,” but at the time it was unknown that Kari and her family had immigrated to Wisconsin three years after Ole and his companions. Carmen was actually searching for a Sletten connection, but after meeting Aline, found out it was Larsons instead…

Still struggling with the handwritten court document. It will probably be after the holidays by the time I have something ready to publish, and it’s likely to be sketchy even then. Regarding just what Anne was accused of stealing, the printed document says only, “A good deal of foodstuffs, clothing, etc.,” nearly all of which was recovered after her arrest. In the cursive document, there is more detail, including the names of farms where the thefts took place, but not…

Right now here in Bend, Oegon, USA, it is 3 PM, and the temperature is 8 degrees F (- 12 C). Wind chill below zero. Snowing lightly. Very cold for our area, *extremely* cold for snow to be falling. But probably a typical winter day in Norway. Maybe like February 1842, when Anne was released from prison in Oslo with 2-month-old Ole, facing a 150-mile journey home to the north.

Here’s a curious detail from the sentencing document lines 13-16: Allegedly, the defendant (our ancestor), while stealing from a “Stabur” (a food storage building of some kind), *locked the outside door* of a nearby dwelling that was occupied at the time. While the motive for that is easy enough, how the heck did it work? What kind of dwelling door has an outside lock with which a malefactor (bad guy) could lock the occupants in???

One of the two sentencing documents (the one in Gothic *printing*) is now fully up, with its translation, at Supreme Court Sentence. Have a look and please comment. The handwritten document is also up – page 1, page 2 – but is not linked to within the site itself. It still needs a lot of work to decipher the script, and then translate. It is tantalizing, because it has a lot of detail not included in the printed version. There…

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