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Jonas Olson family papers
SIE 4-11 · 1831-1979
Part of Manuscript Collection

Consists of a manuscript describing the Olson family’s history beginning with Jonas (born 1831) and his wife Anna Britta Hed (born 1835). The manuscript talks about their lives as immigrants and pioneers in Minnesota. History about their daughter Josephine and her husband John Olson and their personalities and their children is also discussed.

SIE 4-17 · 1834-1961
Part of Manuscript Collection

These documents are the family history of the Baalson family beginning with Ellen and Kari Baalson who came to America in 1861. Their descendents numbered close to 400 one hundred years later. The program for the Baalson Centennial shows that the event took place 4 July 1961 at Big Grove Church in Brooten, Minnesota. There is also a booklet that has a poem “Ode to Ellen and Kari Baalson” by Herman Baalson (the only living child of Ellen and Kari), a foreword by George Baalson, a family tree, a brief sketch of Elle and Kari Baalson’s history with a picture, and short biographies of family members.

Runa Thordarson Records
SIE 4-194 · 1975
Part of Manuscript Collection

A photocopy of a twenty-seven page typed biography of two Point Roberts pioneers, Dagbjort and Helgi Thorsteinson. Compiled, translated, and written by Runa Thordarson. Also included are photocopied portraits of Helgi and Dagbjort and a photo of their home in Point Roberts from a newspaper clipping (the newspaper cites their surname as Thorstenson).

SIE 4-204 · 1984
Part of Manuscript Collection

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.

Ole Nilsen Hegna Papers
SIE 4-210 · 1840-1916
Part of Manuscript Collection

"My journey to America and reminiscences of the Civil War" by Ole Nilson Hegna includes a 5 page typed document and 3 handwritten notes concerning the Civil War and the Fifteenth Wisconsin Regiment.

Jonas Bergner Autobiography
SIE 4-260 · 1980
Part of Manuscript Collection

Photocopied musings of Bergner titled "På väg till Amerika," or "On the Way to America." These documents are both in Swedish and typewritten in English.

A. B. Moe Autobiography
SIE 4-27 · 1880-1924
Part of Manuscript Collection

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.