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Scandinavian Immigrant Experience Collection
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Ole R. Blindheim

Contains three folders. The first folder contains: A newspaper add in the Washington Post for 1 June 1939 for Kristoferson’s Dairy greeting Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Martha of Norway to Seattle, A clipping dated about 1928 about Blindheim’s dairy winning first prize in a contest, A clipping dated 15 April 1941 entitled “Norwegian Ship Engineer Flies Here for Visit After 33 Years” about Anton and Ole Blindheim, brothers, reuniting after thirty-two years, A clipping with a picture advertising a performance by Ole and his grandson, Dale, at the Tacoma YMCA. The second folder contains early snapshots: Ole as a child, Ole’s mother circa 1910, Ole’s grandparents Mikal and Gunhild Blindheim (Ole’s father’s father from Nordfjord), Ole’s father Rasmus Mikelsen and his third wife, Ole and Anna Blindheim’s wedding picture from 1919, Ole and Nick in Alaska about 1909, Ole in 1909 during the Alaska Yukon Exposition, Ole wearing a cowboy hat with a group of men in front of Smyser’s Hotel in Chatanika 1910, Nick and Ole in the mines, two pictures of the Ester Creek mine shaft, Blindheim family in front of the old homestead, Anna and Ole with Agnetta and Alvin about 1938, mining pictures, picture of a stainless steel truck trailer for taking milk from Sequim to Seattle by ferry daily about 1946, picture of John Peterson, Gus Carlson, Walter Barton, and manager Ole Blindheim in front of La Villa Dairy, Nick and Ole Blindheim in Fairbanks, Ole on Blueberry Hill. The third folder contains more recent, color snapshots: Five pictures from Blueberry Hill Farm in Bothell, Washington about 1965, three pictures of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Christmas Pageant from 1984, 1985, and 1986, ten pictures of Ole, three large pictures of Ole playing harmonica at the Northwest Folklife festival in 1989. The photographs mostly have labels on the back with greater detail.

Bilndheim, Ole

This interview was conducted with Ole Blindheim in Kent, Washington on March 3, 1983. It includes information on family background, life in Norway, emigration, dairy farming, gold mining, and Norwegian heritage. The interview was conducted in English.

Folder Contents

Box 10, File 21 Personal and Family History
Tape Archive Sheet, Family Background and Tape Index

Box 10, File 21A Correspondence and Forms
Checklist and Release Form
Thank you letter from Janet Rasmussen
Handwritten Tape Archive Sheet and Family Background

Hallvardson & Vangsness Genealogy

A nine page trypewritten genealogical narrative of Markus Hallvardson and Brita Sjursdatter Vangsness and their families. It also explains that many families that came to America took the name of the farm from Norway that they lived on, so there are many Vangsness families in America that are in no way related by blood ties.

Carl Frederick Solberg Papers

The first two pages are a short biography of Carl Solberg written by the translator, C.A. Clausen. Also included in the collection is a collection of letters written when Carl Solberg was a war correspondent for "Emigranten." He traveled with the Fifteenth Wisconsin, the “Norwegian Regiment,” during the Civil War; and these letters are an account of his observations between 2 March and 4 April 1862.

A. B. Moe Autobiography

The autobiography consists of a paper written by A. B. Moe containing information on his family life, emigration, journey to the West, employment, and pioneering experience, as well as general information on mass transportation and settling in the area.

Yost, Gretchen

The interview was conducted with Gretchen Yost on July 3, 1981 in Tacoma, Washington. This interview contains information on personal background, life in Malmö, emigration, life in early Tacoma, and Swedish heritage. It also contains a copy of Gretchen Yost's passport as a child. The interview was conducted in English.

Folder Contents

Box 3, File 12 Personal and Family History
Tape Archive Sheet, Family Background, and Tape Index

Box 3, File 12A Correspondence and Forms
Release Form
Letters from Janet Rasmussen regarding Mrs. Yost’s participation.
Handwritten Tape Archive Sheet and Family Background

Box 3, File 12B Personal Papers
Copies of her immigration papers

Western Viking

  • SIE 3.6
  • Record group
  • 1929-1939

Issues of a Tacoma-based Norwegian weekly newspaper, published by the Puget Sound Publishing Company, Tacoma, WA.

Puget Sound Publishing Company

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