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New Land, New Lives Oral History Collection File
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Erickson, Selma

This interview was conducted with Selma Erickson on July 2, 1979 in Seattle, WA. It provides information on Selma's family background, her experiences as a teacher and a nurse, her return trip to Norway, and her interest in genealogy. The interview also contains five papers by Selma ('Scandinavian Contributions to the American Revolution and the Declaration of Independence,' 'My Family Record, with Emphasis on the Halling-side,' 'The Ingvald E. Erickson Family,' 'Selma Erickson Writes of Christmas in Zululand,' and 'My Childhood on the Farm in North Dakota'), a poem by Selma entitled 'A Visit to My Birthplace,' Selma's family tree, and two letters from Selma to the interviewer, Janet Rasmussen.

Fet, Peter and Asta

This interview was conducted with Peter Fet on June 16, 1984 in Sykkylven, Norway. It contains information about family background, emigration, work, return to Norway, and marriage. The interview was conducted in Norwegian and was translated by Christer Uthus on June 14, 2001. Also available are photographs of Peter at an immigrant funeral in Tacoma, Washington, Peter beside his automobile, Peter and friends at Christmas in Hoquiam, Washington, and Peter and his wife Åsta at the time of the interview.

Garberg, Peder

The interview was conducted with Peder Garberg on August 23, 1984 in Spokane, Washington. The interview contains information on his childhood, relatives in America, reason for going to America, his trip, occupations, settling in LaCrosse, Washington, leasing a farm, marriage to Brynhild Kjøsnes, his family, and his Norwegian heritage. The interview was conducted in English with some Norwegian towards the end of the interview.

Gulhaugen, Theodore

The interview was conducted with Theodore Gulhaugen on April 22, 1980 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Tacoma, Washington. It contains information on personal background, emigration, life as a pastor, teaching, meeting King Olaf, and Norwegian heritage. The interview also contains articles on the American Lutheran Church (The Lutheran Standard, April 1, 1980), the five generations of the Gulhaugen family to enter the Lutheran ministry, the Gulhaugen family's 75-year legacy at PLU, and Theodore Gulhaugen being PLU's oldest Homecoming alum (Mooring Mast, October 19, 1982). The interview was conducted in English.

Halvorsen, Sverre

The interview was conducted with Sverre Halvorsen on October 6, 1982 in Gig Harbor, Washington. This interview contains information about childhood in Norway, reasons for coming to America, voyage to America and arrival in Seattle, working on various fishing boats, life in the Coast Guard, family life, life after retirement, trip to Norway, importance of Norwegian heritage. The interview also includes copies of Sverre Halvorsen's emigration papers. The interview was conducted in English.

Handeland, Torvald

The interview was conducted with Torvald Handeland on October 27, 1981 in Tacoma, Washington. This interview provides information on family history, life on a Norwegian farm, schooling, decision to move to the U.S., Christmas traditions, fishing experiences throughout life, voyage to America, jobs and changes in the fishing and logging industries, citizenship process, visits to and changes in Norway. The interview also contains photographs of Cook Inlet, Alaska (late 1930s), Gravatn stöl, Torvald Handeland's home in Sirdal, Norway (summer 1981), and Torvald and his wife Martha at the time of the interview. The interview was conducted with English with some Norwegian towards the end of the interview. Also see Martha Handeland.

Hendrickson, Arne

The interview was conducted with Arne Hendrickson on June 15, 1983 in Kennewick, Washington. This interview contains information on family history; family life in Norway; father's death in WWI; school, confirmation, and work in Norway; emigration and work in the U.S.; logging and trapping in California; WWII; citizenship; Scandinavian organizations; trips to Norway; children; Norwegian language. Also available is a photograph of Arne Hendrickson. The interview was conducted in English.

Isaksen, Olive

The interview was conducted with Olive Isaksen on April 26, 1979 in Tacoma, Washington. This interview contains information on family history, emigration, voyage to America, learning English, work in the U.S., keepsakes, marriage, children, maintenance of Norwegian language, Scandinavian foods, differences between the U.S. and Norway, church life, hobbies, and trips to Norway. The interview was conducted in English with some Norwegian towards the end of the interview. Also see Anton Isaksen.

Johnson, Magnhild

The interview was conducted with Magnhild Johnsen on November 15, 1982 in Shelton, Washington. This interview contains information on family history, personal and family involvement in WWII, childhood, school, family home, church, Christmas in Norway, emigration, reasons for emigrating, voyage to America, work in the U.S., marriage, WWII in Norway, Russian prisoners of war in Norway, return to America, return trips to Norway, changes in Norway, and Norwegian heritage. The interview also includes Magnhild Johnsen's certificate as a 'Life Member' of the Sons of Norway (January 25, 1982) and photographs of Magnhild as a child with her siblings and mother, Magnhild and her uncle (1929), Magnhild in Eureka, CA (April 26, 1952), Magnhild at her childhood home (October 1974), and Magnhild at the time of the interview. The interview was conducted in English.

Johnson, Olga

The interview was conducted with Olga Johnson on March 7, 1983 in Tacoma, Washington. This interview contains information on family history, memories of Oslo, Christmas traditions in Norway, emigration, voyage to America, settling in, school, marriage and family life, children, move to Washington, life in Tacoma, activities and work, and Scandinavian cooking. Also available are photographs of Olga Johnson in traditional Norwegian dress and Olga at the time of the interview. The interview was conducted in English with some Norwegian towards the end of the tape.

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