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- 1984-06-20 (Creation)
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The interview was conducted with Ole Kjersem on June 20, 1984 in Tresfjord, Norway. The interview contains information on his family background, emigration to the U.S., his work experiences, his return to Norway, marriage and family life in Norway, and his impressions of and contact with America. This interview was conducted in Norwegian. Also available is a photograph of Ole Kjersem and his wife at the time of the interview.
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Ole Johnson Kjersem was born on November 18, 1893 in Kjersem, Tresfjord, which is on the western coast of Norway. His parents were Marianne Daugstad and Johan Olson Kjersem, and he had six brothers and sisters. He was born and raised on the family farm, but times were very bad and he immigrated to Portland, Oregon in 1914. He knew a family there, and they helped him find work in the lumber industry. He later moved to Seattle, fished in Alaska, and worked in a logging camp near Hoquiam-Grays Harbor, Washington. Ole returned to Norway in 1925, married Elise Tomre, and took over his father's farm. They had two children, Margit, born in 1927, and Johan, in 1931; both were born in Kjersem, Norway.
Full Name: Ole Johnson Kjersem. Father: Johan Olson Kjersem. Mother: Marianne Daugstad Kjersem. Paternal Grandfather: Ole Kjersem. Paternal Grandmother: Marit Kjersem. Maternal Grandfather: Elling Daugstad. Maternal Grandmother: Ingeborg Daugstad. Brothers and Sisters: Maria Kjersem, Ingeborg Kjersem, Elling Kjersem, Johan Kjersem, Jon Kjersem, Magna Kjersem, Spouse: Elise Tomre. Children: Margit Kjersem, Johan Kjersem.