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- 1984-06-20 (Creation)
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The interview was conducted with Ole Hoset in Rennebu, Norway on June 20, 1984. The interview contains information on his family background, emigration, settling in and working, return to Norway, work and family in Norway, and contacts with America. This interview was recorded in Norwegian. Also available are a letter from Ole Hoset, a postcard, a photograph of Ole's Montana homestead, photographs of Ole as a young man, and photographs of Ole and his wife at the time of the interview.
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Ole Hoset was born on February 26, 1908 in Hoset, Grindal, Norway. He was one of nine children by Ola Hoset and Marit Kjærstadhaug and was raised on a small farm near Rennebu in Sør-Trøndelag. After confirmation, he was a farm worker and served a year in the military. He immigrated to Tacoma, Washington in 1929 at the age of 20 and, because of the Depression, it was very hard to find work in Tacoma. He moved to a cousin's homestead in Scobey, Montana and continued as a farm worker until 1932. He then returned to Rennebu, married Gjertrud Grindal, and farmed Gjertrud's homestead. They had one child, Marit, who was born on May 25, 1935. Ole kept contact via letters with his relatives in America, and in 1978, he visited his cousin's children in Vancouver, B.C., a friend on Vancouver Island, and the area in Tacoma where he lived.
Full Name: Ole Hoset. Father: Ola Hoset. Mother: Marit Kjærstadhaug Hoset. Paternal Grandfather: Arnt Berbusmael (?). Paternal Grandmother: Johanna Berbusmael. Maternal Grandfather: Anders Monsen Uvbakk. Maternal Grandmother: Ingeborg Uvbakk. Brothers and Sisters: Johanna Hoset, Ingeborg Hoset, Anders Hoset, Arnt Hoset, Gunhild Hoset, Alfred Hoset, Margit Hoset, Olga Hoset. Spouse: Gjertrud Grindal. Children: Marit Hoset.