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New Land, New Lives Oral History Collection File
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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.

Jorgenson, Jorgen

The interview was conducted with Jorgen Jorgenson on September 30, 1982 in Bellingham, Washington. This interview contains information on family history, trips to Norway, childhood home, father's visit from Norway, Norway after WWII, emigration, reasons for emigrating, voyage to America, work in the U.S., the Depression, work in Alaska, fishing in Alaska, learning English, meeting spouse, marriage and family, work during WWII, church, Christmas traditions in Norway, family in Norway, and trapping in Norway. The interview also provides two black and white photographs of Jorgen Jorgenson taken in 1982. The interview was conducted in English.

Johnson, Phiea

Phiea Johnson was interviewed on March 15, 1983 in Tacoma, Washington. Her interview provides information about family background, emigration, her adoption, education, marriage and family, church involvement, and Danish heritage. Also available are a photograph of Phiea and her husband and two photographs of Phiea at the time of the interview. The interview was conducted in English.

Nielsen, Einer

This interview was conducted with Einer Nielsen on October 6, 1982 at the Norse Home in Seattle, Washington. It provides information on family background, emigration, occupations, and marriage and family. The interview also includes two photographs of Einer at the time of the interview. The interview was conducted in English with some Danish towards the end of the interview.

Nissen, Ole

This interview was conducted with Ole Nissen on January 21, 1982 in Seattle, Washington. It contains information about family background, the tailoring business, emigration, settling in, marriage, and family. The interview also includes two photographs of Ole at his tailor shop, a photograph of Ole and his family in 1971, two snapshots of Ole at the time of the interview, and an article about Ole receiving his 50-year emblem from the Danish Brotherhood. The interview was conducted in English.

Benson, Alli

This interview was conducted with Alli Benson on January 28, 1983 in Seattle, Washington. It provides information on family background, emigration, education, employment, marriage, and heritage. The interview also includes photographs of Alli and her sister Gunhild (July 3, 1911), Alli and her mother (ca. 1916 - 1917), and Alli at the time of the interview. The interview was conducted in English.

Forman, Lempi Suaminen

This interview was conducted with Lempi Forman in Portland, OR. It contains information on her family background, life in Finland during World War II, emigration, and return trips to Finland. The interview was conducted in English.

Rinne, Sulo

This interview was conducted with Sulo Rinne on August 26, 1981. It provides information on family background, emigration, employment, marriage, and return trips to Finland. The interview also contains a newspaper clipping from The Daily Astorian, which includes a photograph of Sulo at Hillcrest School in 1913 and a picture of Sulo at the time of the interview. Also see Esther Wiirre Rinne. The interview was conducted in English.

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