Family History of Erik Larsen Nygaard and his brother Richard Larsen Nygaard
Erik L. Nygaard. Richard L. Nygaard.
This information has been contributed by Debbie Dahl-Cole from Spokane, Washington.
She would be very glad if someone would contact her with more information.
Her e-mail is: BDCOLEHOME@aol.com
Notis fra Gard Strøm: Disse brødrene kom fra Øvrumgården "Hauane" i Langerødveien, like ovenfor Nærum
Erik Sigurdsen Dalen was born in 1794 in Dalen, Sauherad, Telemark, Norway and married his first wife Kristi Larsdatter, daughter of Lars Jonsson and Kjersti Sigurdsdatter,
from Rinde #54/4 in Sauherad Telemark, Norway.
Together they had six children Sigurd b. 1819, Lars born 5 July 1925, Lars born 1829, Hans born 17 Jan 1832, Jon born 11 Aug 1832 and Erik born 15 Nov 1838/1839 and died 16 Jan
1911. Kristi died (date unknown) and he married his second wife Ragnhild Knudsdatter Hytta in 1849 and they had 7 more children from their marriage. Knut born 23 Sept 1849, Olav/Ole
born 1 Nov 1851, Kristi (aka Christie, Christine) born 4 Jan 1854 and died 29 May 1925, Guro born 7 Feb 1856, Mari born 2 Nov 1858, Hans born 4 May 1861 and died 30 May 1886 from
tuberculosis, and their last child was my great-grandfather Erik Dahl born 13 jan 1866 and died 24 November 1959.
This information is known about their children:
The fourth child of Erik Sigurdsen Dalen and Kristi Larsdatter, Hans, emigrated to America, although his date is not known. Research on this sibling has been
performed by someone else in my family and the information has been promised to me.
The sixth child of Erik Sigurdsen Dalen and Kristi Larsdatter, Erik, emigrated to America about 1860 and changed his surname to "Bakken." He married Marie Bakken
( 9 July ___ to 25 Dec 1898) who was also from Telemark, and he took her surname because he said there were "too many Dahls." He homesteaded 160 acres of
land in the Milton, North Dakota area. He and Marie had a 11 children: Edward, Simon, Christine, Sophie, John, Amelia, Gilbert, Martin, Randine, George and Hilda.
but one of them would become famous in a very unusual way. The son, John Bakken who was born in 1871 in Benson, Swift County, Minnesota had his photograph
taken while he, his wife and children were standing in front of their sod "soddy" house. In 1962 the photograph was used for an American postage stamp commemorating
the 100 years anniversary of the American Homestead Act. The picture would also appear on a stamp issued in Norway in 1975 . The picture on the American stamp was
altered, the children were removed from the photograph and the words "The Homestead Act 1862-1962" would be inserted in their place, and the dog removed from the
picture and also a window. The stamp issued by Norway in 1975 just moved the children to the side a little bit and nothing else was changed and this was a very close
likeness to the original picture. In America, the policy is that a person must be deceased for 10 years before their photograph can appear on a postage stamp.
Unknowingly, the americans used the Bakken photograph for the postage stamp and John Bakken and his children were still alive. He received many requests for autographs.
His granddaughter, by his son Eddie is a familiar face in our family and lives in Kennewick, Washington. The Bakkens have many hundreds of descendants. Erik and Marie
are buried in Highland Cemetary, Cavalier County North Dakota.
The seventh child of Erik Sigurdsen Dalen and his second wife Ragnhild Knudsdatter Hytta, Knute also emigrated to America. He emigrated at age 28 and settled in Milton,
North Dakota. He married Aase Olsdatter Ovnan who was also born in Norway (Eggedal) Nov 18, 1870. They had seven children: Robert, Edward, Oscar, Clara, Carl, Robert
The ninth child, Kresti, americanized her name to Christine and she homesteaded 160 acres of land in Cavalier County, North Dakota. She never married and did not have
any children. She is buried in Highland Cemetary, Cavalier County North Dakota. She maintained close ties to her family in Norway and her mother in Milton, North Dakota also.
The tenth child, Guro Eriksdatter Dalen was baptized 24 Feb 1856, confirmed 20 Oct 1870 and married Lars Nygaard. 3 Nov 1877 in Gjerpen, Telemark, Norway. Lars mother's
name was Inger Rollefsen Nygaard, his father's lineage has not been researched yet. Lars and Guro had a large farm and raised strawberries. Lars was also a shoemaker and
city council member. He is buried in his family plot at Borgestad Cemetary, Telemark, Norway. To their union, 10 children were born: Richard 22 Sept 1882, Erik 1880, Olav
Tidemann born 1. Apr. 1896 died 1984, Inger, born 1878, Julie born 25 Dec 1888, Anna Marie born 15 Jan 1887, Ragnhild born 13 Dec 1884, Ingeborg born 1902 died 1985 and
two other children for whom I have no information.
The eleventh child Mari emigrated to America (date unknown) and married Helge Gronhovd. Helge and Mari homesteaded 160 acres of land in Cavlaier County, North Dakota.
Seven children were born to them: Bertha, Oscar, Edwin, Martin, Clara, Gilbert and Helmer. The descendancy of all these children are known by me.
The Family of Lars Nygaard and Guro Eriksdatter Dalen:
Guro and Lars wrote frequently back and forth to America, writing letters to Guro's sister Marie and her brother Erik (b.1866). Those letters were saved by her sister Marie Eriksdatter
Dalen who married Helge O. Gronhovd and those letters are still in the family today. From those letters we have been able to understand what was happening in Norway and America.
The letters begin in 1902 and continue until 1968. I do not have all of the letters, but have slowly been translating them, paying particularly to the time right after Guro and Lars first son
emigrated in July 1904 until just after World War 2.
In the letters I have included, anything in italics are my comments for clarification to help the reader understand whom or what is being discussed in the letter. There is not much said in
the family letters about what Erik Nygaard does for a living in America, although it is known he was a farmer. Richard Nygaard must have worked for a while with my great-grandfather
Erik E. Dahl, on his farm. My Grandfather, Erik Dahl, and Erik Nygaard and Erik Larsen were known as "the three Eriks." Richard Nygaard emigrated to America,
but went back to Norway in 1910 and then came back to America in 1911. His life after coming to America seemed to be steeped in tragedy. The details on his migration follow in the
letters below. Notes about other family members are included also.
Erik Nygaard was born 22 Sept 1880 in Gjerpen Norway and died in January 1969 in Everett Washington, but was buried in St. Olaf's Cemetary in Fairdale ND. He was a farmer.
He married Aaste Grandgard who died in 1922 leaving him with five children to raise: Leo born 27 Nov 1912 in Dewey Township, ND died 22 July 1931 in Grafton, Walsh County, ND and
is buried at St. Olaf Cemetary in Fairdale, ND, he died of apendicitis. Gudrunn was born June 3, 1914 in Walsh County, ND and died c. 1997 in Everett Washington. Evelyn Nygaard
was born June 11, 1917 in Fairdale ND and died in Everett Washington and is buried in Everett. She married Gordon Aandahl and they had four children: Gerry, Marlene, Cheryl and
Howard. Raymond Nygaard married Myrtle_________. Milo Nygaard was born 13 July 1921 in Fairdale, ND and married Elma Sobak in 1949 in Edmore, ND. They had four children:
Wayne, Mark, Joan and Kevin.
Richard Nygaard was born 26 September 1882 in Gjerpen Norway and emigrated in the summer of 1904. He married Julie Andrea Moen in America, and she was also from Gjerpen,
Norway. Nothing else is known about her or their wedding date or place. Richard farmed for awhile and when Julie became ill with Tuberculosis he sold the farm and took her back to
Norway in the summer of 1910 with the hopes it would improve her health. She died in Feburary 1911 and he then came back to America, studied for awhile and later took a job in
Las Vegas, New Mexico where he died soon thereafter. The obituary of Richard Nygaard and the family letters document his struggles with an ailing wife and her passing away and
Richard's untimely death Feb 5, 1913 in Las Vegas New Mexico. He and Julie had no children.
The Lars Nygaard family can be found on the 1900 census: Municipality: Gjerpen, Farm 105 Subfarm 3, Farm name Øvrum.
Their first son, Erik Nygaard registered his intent to leave Gjerpen Norway with the attestation to the vicar on 6 July 1900. Their second son Erik Nygaard registered his intent 1 July 1904.
In a letter from Guro to her sister Marie in North Dakota dated 4 May 1902,
Dear and often thought about Sister,
We received your most welcome letter April 22 whereof we see you are in good health and live well. The same I can inform you. We are all well except old
Besta. She's getting old and is in bed most of the day. Yes, you say you had thought to write immediately when Mother died (Ragnhild Knudsdatter Hytta).
Yes, I have waited. Dear Sister—it was a hard time for you in our mother's severe illness. She had to withstand much suffering in this life before she
was able to wander away from here, but maybe those who were around her at the time will live in the hope that she went home to God. Then we should be
happy. Tell me a little about Mother's last days, please. Yes, I must not forget to tell you thanks for the picture. We thought it was fun to see you all.
It was great to see that all your children—they look so sound and healthy. We took pictures of our house buildings and orchard last summer and these we
have sent you one each. Kristi (Christine Eriksdatter Dalen) got a smaller one which was taken in a group in the wood, but it was so poor that we didn't want
to send any more of those. (Genealogists note: we have both of these pictures in our collection) Kristi will also get one of the big pictures. You say you haven't
spoken to Erik (Erik Larsen Nygaard, their son) in a year. I suppose the distance is too far for him to visit you. Beleive me, it has been difficult for me since he
left us. I longed greatly after him, but it is better now as he is good about writing home and now he has sent us a photo of himself. He would not have left had not
our brother Erik (Erik Eriksen Dalen b. 1866) visited us.
(Genealogists note: Erik Dalen went back to Norway to visit around 1900, but he did return to America)
Believe me, sister, we were happily surprised to see him. Our Erik (Nygaard) says he hasn't been longing over in America–but I still think he often thinks of home
anyway. I was really surprised here this winter as he sent me money for my birthday. Guess he visits Kristi sometimes. She has built a new house for herself
and has hired help too. She must thrive quite well now, and she who longed so over there. Suppose she was with you when Mother was sick. Yes, it is now 12 years
this spring since Mother and my brothers and sisters went to america. It was pretty bad for us that time when we all were so sick, but God be praised, that too
passed. Yes, I have often been sick so that I have had to be in bed weeks at a time. Now, I'm pretty fair. I must now say a little about the children too. Inger will
be 24 this fall. She is in service at Ekli, near Porsgrunn. Rikard (Richard) will be 22 on the 22nd of September and is home*. Ragnhild will be 18 this fall, the 13
of December. Julie will be 14 at Christmas. Tidemann is the youngest and was six years old April 1st and is big and smart. He likes to be at the mill during the day.
As far as spring is concerned, it will be late as it has been very cold this spring. A lot of snow on the ground still. You, Sister, suppose would like to hear a little from
Saude (Sauherad G.S.), but since I haven't been there in 14 years I have no knowledge of how things are there now. Now I must stop for this time with an affectionate
greeting from us bit and little to you all, but write a long letter soon, Sister.
*She makes a mistake here, his birthdate is the 26th.
The following information comes from a telephone interview in June 2000 with
Erik Nygaard's son Milo Nygaard:
When Erik came to America worked for another farmer for awhile. The man was not family, but a man Erik became aquainted with Erik eventually bought his own property.
Erik didn't go back to visit Norway. Erik was know as one of "The Three Eriks." Erik Nygaard, Erik Larson and Erik Dahl were all relatives and chums. Erik Nygaard is remembered
as good father, which is especially notable since his wife died when Milo was only one year old. Milo stayed with friends of his family until he was 6 years old, but his dad raised
the other children. After age 6, Milo went to live with his dad again. Erik talked once in a while about his family in Norway. He didn't have the time to write much, but when he wrote, he
wrote in norwegian. All of Milo's brothers and sisters could understand spoken Norwegian, but when their parents asked them a question, the kids answered in English. Milo is still
in contact with his cousin Gudrunn in Norway. He was confirmed in the Lutheran church. In the beginning the church had worship in Norwegian and English, alternating on Sundays.
Later services would only be in English.
Date of newspaper obituary unknown:
KILLED BY FALLING IN WELL
Fairdale Times (North Dakota)
Last Thursday afternoon Erick Nygaard received a telegram from Las Vegas, New Mexico, stating his brother Richard had fallen into a well he was digging and had been killed.
No particulars were given of how the sad tragedy came about.
A few days after the telegram telling of his brother's death, Erick Nygaard received a letter giving the details of the tragedy. It appears the ground was very hard and that dynamite
had been used with unsatisfactory results.
Then blasting powder was tried and just before going to dinner, Mr. Nygaard had climbed down a ladder to note the effect of the explosion. He had nearly reached the top again,
when, undoubtably overcome by the poisonous fumes from the explosive, he fell backward into the well, a distance of about 25 feet. His skull was fractured and head badly cut
and he lived only half an hour, never regaining consciousness.
The remains were shipped up here for interment, reaching here Tuesday. The funeral services were held Thursday at the Erick Nygaard home, Rev. Kluxdal officiating, and the
remains were laid at rest in St. Olaf Cemetary.
Richard Nygaard was born in Gjerpen, Norway, on Sept 26, 1882. In the summer of 1904 he came to the United States and located in Dewey Township, south of what is now Fairdale,
and two years later he was united in marriage to Julia Andrea Moen, also from Gjerpen, Norway.
In 1910 he sold his farm southwest of Fairdale and returned to Norway with the hope of benefitting the health of his wife, which was failing, but the following winter she passed away.
The next summer he returned to North Dakota and last fall went to New Mexico in company with Nels Anderson of Edinburg.
Besides his aged parents he leaves two sisters and a brother in Norway and his brother Erick here.
Here are some more correspondences from Richard Nygaard addressed to his cousin (søskenbarn) Bertha Gronhovd. All of these were written on postcards.
Some of them document his trip from America taking Julie back to Norway. The last one from Las Vegas, New Mexico, was written a couple months before he
died and evidences the fact that he did return to America.
Julie has being recovering right along. She is now feeling so good that I will take
her home today. I am well pleased that all went out so good.
Written on the picture side.
Write soon and address the letter to Gjerpen PO. Porsgrund, Norway
Baldwin Wisc. July 31st. 1910
We have not reached further than to Wisc. since we have lots of time. We left Fairdale July 18th. and arrived in Minneapolis the day after.
Stopped there for 4 -5 days before we traveled here and have now been here for some time. We have talked to a couple of doctors in
Minneapolis and one of them said that Julie would be recover very soon.
A series of postcards written from Richard Nygaard to his cousin Bertha Gronhovd document his travel back to Norway with Julie.
It has not been translated so I am summarizing it to the best of my ability, and ability to read his handwriting
July 31, 1910
It didn't take long for us to reach Wisconsin. We traveled from Fairdale 18 July and came to Minneapolis the day before.
We stayed there 4-5 days. Julie is alright again and not so long ____________ we travel to New York 6 August.
Julie is weak. We spoke with a couple of Doctors in Minneapolis and they believe Julie will be all right. Write fast a letter
to Gjerpen Pr. Porsgrund, Norway. (Richard must mean he wrote a letter quickly on the 20 July to tell them he was bringing
Julie back to Norway, the handwriting is very small to read)
4 Aug 1910
Dear Cousin, Arrived here to New York today at 5:40 p.m., start for Norway tomorrow at 12:00 noon.
Julie is getting along fine. Rich Nygaard
The next postcard Richard writes to Bertha Gronhovd
Liverpool Aug. 16th. 1910.
Yes, Now we have arrived in Liverpool. We came on sunday and will travel on tomorrow. We have had luck with the
weather on our journey and have had a nice trip. Julie has not become any worse since we started on our trip. She
gets tired very quickly - it is good that we soon will be home.
Kindest regards Rich. Nygaard
Written along the edge:
Greet all those we know.
Gjerpen Dec. 12th 1910
A Merry Christmas
A Happy New Year
we wish you all
J. & R.N.
Julie is still very ill. R.
The next postcard Richard writes to his cousin Bertha Gronhovd has a picture of Høgaas Sanatorium on it.
Dec. 29th 1910
Many thanks for the (post)cards which you sent to Julie. She is now rather ill. She has been in bed
for many weeks and her strength is dwindling and our hope of recovery is very small. I see that you
are studing and I think you like that very much, - true ?
Yes, here it will be very little sleep, I will end with kind regards from us both and a wish for a Happy new year.
Written on top:
Drop us another card soon, please.
The next letter is written on stationary with bold black border indicating there has been a death. Richard is
writing to his mother's sister and husband from Norway to North Dakota
Feb 9, 1911
Mr. H. Gronhovd and Family, It is a very sad message I have to present to you today, that is to say the message
of Julie's death. She passed away Friday 27th January and was buried Saturday 4th Feb. It's hard to think she has
left me for ever, but it is my comfort and hope that she is now in a better place. She recently often asked Jesus to
take her home, and I believe he did so. We, who stayed with her realized she would not recover, and because of
this I should not feel sad, but rather be glad she has struggled through, but all the same it is sad to know I will never
see her again her at the farm.
May God help us all to live so that we may once meet with she who now is at home in the eternal residence.
Genealogists note: Julie was buried in Gjerpen Feb 4, 1911.
Genealogist note: Richard wrote to his cousin Bertha Gronhovd a postcard in english
Grand Forks, ND
Jan 28, 1912
Dear Cousin Bertha, thought I would drop you a card today. Suppose you know that I am now in Gr. Forks, - at
Aakers Business College. Was down in MN visiting by Uncle Erik (Erik E. Dalen aka Erik E. Dahl) for 4 weeks and a
half. They was all fine down there. E. W. Larson (Erik Larson a friend of his) came down there from Ryder just before
Christmas and is still there, his brother Ole is also there now so I guess uncle don't feel lonesome this winter.
Best regards to you and all. Rich. Drop me a line sometime please, greet Astha if she is staying by you now.
Next postcard is from Richard Nygaard to his cousin Bertha Gronhovd. It has a picture of La Castaneda Hotel,
Las Vegas, new Mexico on it. It is in norwegian and I have generalized what he has said
East Las Vegas N. Mex. Nov. 7th. 1912
Will send a card now, shall write a letter later. Have been here now for 2 weeks and I feel rather comfortable.
Here is very nice weather during daytime but cold nights. I drive lumber for Nic. Anderson.
Loving greeting to you all.
Your cousin Rich.
Write some words, please.
This next letter is written from Guro to her sister Marie and discusses Richard's death
9 February 1913, Nygaard
Dear Sister Marie and family, I have often thought about writing a little to you. But I am such a bad writer that I never get around to it.
Julie (her daughter) is writing to Klara today (Marie's daughter) and I thought that I should try and send it along with her letter. I have
to let you know that we are in good health and lives well. God be praised for that. It is great gift of gracy to be in good health and be
well–we that are living here and stayed behind (those that didn't go to america). It is so strange for us that are getting to be so few left.
On the 5th of this month it is one year since Rikard (Richard her son) died from us. Yes, that was a hard blow and a sad message that
came most unexpectedly to _______. The worst was that he had such a difficult/ dangerous work as digging wells and _______ should
happened to die there and I think of maybe they didn't be as careful as they should have been. Yes, dear sister that was the heaviest
sorrow I have had. Rikard was a good boy and it has been very hard for me when I think of perhaps he wasn't saved. It happened so
quickly with him, but if I could believe that he is home with God it wouldn't be so hard for me. I hope - with the help of God that I can believe
he is saved and in God's home. It didn't work out so well for Rikard after Julie died. He didn't want to stay here at home and he didn't find
peace at any place over there in America or that he traveled that far away.
Yes, I owe you Dear Sister so many thousand thanks for looking after our boys when they came over to America. They have had a home
with you at your place and I have to tell you thank you very much for the big nice picture that you sent us for Christmas. It is so nice to see
many grownup and nice children and that you have them all at home. Then I have to remember to thank you so much for the nice towel
you got Erik Larssen (her son must have gone back to Norway to visit) to bring Back. Thank you very much.
Then I have to tell you that there is mild weather here this winter. In the midwinter the weather has been many plus degrees and very little
snow. Today it is nice, cold and clear weather and I think I'll go to Riis to see Inger our daughter since it is such nice weather. She was
here on Saturday on my birthday and I turned 58 years old. I'm getting old - how old are you? - You have to tell me that when you write to
me. How does sister Kristine do? (meaning how is she living?). I should have written her a long time ago. Lars says that I should ask if
any of you will come to Norway this summer.
Yes, then I have to end with a very dear greeting to you all from us.
Your sister Guro.
Write soon to me - a long letter - greetings to my siblings and all of our people if you can.
Lars Nyggard write here to his brother in law Helge O. Gronhovd in North Dakota
23 Nov 1920
Dear Brother-in-law H. Grønhovd, I have many times thought about writing some words to you, but it have always stopped at that. First I'll have to tell you
that we live well and that we are in good health and that we have what we have what we need for support of life - thank God! I guess you have heard
that we have sold our old home and bought a small place close to Porsgrund and that we thrive well in our new home. Here is very beautiful with a view
of the town and it's surroundings. Here are many houses that are not finished yet and we are now finishing our living room that should have been ready for
Christmas. We have electric light all over and in the stable, awe have 2 cows and 1 calf and 2 horses. We don't have all the hills that we had before and
everything is easier than before. Here is everything flat and leveled like the floor of our livingroom. The grous is of old river bottom from the river that now
goes close to our property - there is also lot of fish in the river. If I had a motorboat I could go all the way to the ocean every day. During the grass cutting
season we have 3 a day. It would maybe seem strange that we now are old would move from a place where we have lived for so long, but it was bother-
some and laborious to live up there and I started to get tired of it all. When Tidemann (his son) didn't want to go on up there I decided that I wanted to sell
and I got well payed. Now everything is much easier, going to town used to take half a day and now I can walk to town and back in one hour.
Guro got a letter from you some time back where you tell about an operation you have had and that all went well. Yes, it is many things and much stuff to
live through in the short time we are here. The great thing is that we have a Sabbath rest waiting for us when we leave here if we have taken that saving
hand that are extended to us. Guro started to write but I don't know if she will finish it before Christmas. She is well even if she now is alone but she is very
fit and quick and do not long for _____ when Tidemann lives with us. Julie (Lars' daughter) lives in Skien and have two small Girls. Inger (Lars daughter)
has 7 children 3 boys and 4 girls of which 2 are confirmed. There could be a lot of different things to write about like how times are here, the high prices on
everything and that uneasiness that are among folks, but that will have to wait until next time.
Greet everyone. Erik (Lars son) in particular and tell him that he should be more eager to write to his mother and father. Then you are all most greeted
most heartily with a blessed Christmas and a blessed New Year.
Write soon again please. My address is now: Lars Nygaard, Handelslaget, Porsgrund, Norway
Next letter is from Guro and Lars Nygaard to their niece Bertha Gronhovd. She talks about her son Erik and how he is having some trouble. It was later
determined that his wife died in 1922, leaving him with all 5 children to raise. He did send the youngest one, Milo, to live with a neighbor until the boy was
6 years old, then he rejoined his family.
18 Dec 1927
Dear Mrs. Berta Grønhovd,
Thank you very much for the letter you sent us last October, it was good to hear you are all well. It's a shame your mother is having bad feet, it must
be______. I don't know if it's suitable for me to apologize I have not written earlier, but I'm still an incorrigible writer. ________Guro has much
to do. We have 6 cows, last summer we had 4 pigs as well, and some hens to look after. I'm helping with the _____, but I can't milk, so I'm driving to
town with the milk every morning and evening. It's not far, I'm home again in 45 minutes. Last summer we had much rain and floods, which resulted in a
poor crop and _______. The hay was bad, but it was hardly too much damage on (the potatoes)____. We have enough to manage. Must tell you some-
thing about our 50 years anniversary. We had not invited anyone, but they all arrived, and a lot more, there were people from Larvik and Porsrund,
Skien and Gjerpen. We had a pleasant time, there were 34 guests all together, maybe there would have been more if not for the rain and dirt outdoors.
Our eldest daughter Inga had her silver anniversary last wednesday. We visited her, and there were also others around. She is married to farmer
Anders Hansen Riis in Gjerpen, they have 7 children. Julie, our other daughter, is married to Ole Korsvedt, they are living in Larvik, having two small girls.
Then, Our youngest son Tidemann, he is married and have two handsome boys. They are living at our place. He is running a shoemaker shop in town.
I can see from the letter that you have been at Erik's (her son Erik Nygaard) last autumn, it was probably great for him to talk to you, how does he manage?
We received a letter from him recently, where he asked for a cheque for 200 kroner. It can't be easy for him, taking care of all the children.
It's nearly Christmas, this letter won't reach you by then, but we do wish you a Merry Christmas and new years,
God bless. If you see _______ our relatives, will you give the best regards.
Best Wishes Guro and Lars Nygaard.
The next letter written from Aase, who is daughter of Julie Nygaard Korstvedt, is written to her Aunt Marie Dalen-Gronhovd and
Marie's daughter Bertha.
March 4, 1934.
Dearest Aunt Marie and Bertha,
Now you get a letter from someone you have never have gotten a letter from before. I am Åse and is Julie's daughter.
Just now I'm visiting grandmother (Guro Eriksdatter Dalen Nygaard) and she has difficulties with writing letters and asked
me to do it for her. I shall greet you so much from her and grandfather and tell you a heartfelt thanks for the letter they received
from you. They think it is so nice to get a letter from "someone over there."
Grandfather is in the hospital again and have had a little operation. It is nearly the same as last year - he is old you know and it
is bad that he have to suffer so much in his old day. Grandmother is quick and well. She keeps house and are in good humor
and that is important. She often think about Aunt Marie that have to use crutches. She thinks it is so nice that Bertha can stay in
your home. Yes, I'm sure that you have a nice time together - Evelyn is also there with you. You have to greet her so much from
me and say thankyou a thousand times for her. I'll shall soon drop her some lines. Now I'll tell you that Lars, son of Aunt Inger
(Guro's sister) is dead. He died Feb 22 from pneumonia and was buried March 1st at Borgestad Church yard. He was only ill
from Saturday until Thursday - it was very quick. It is so strange to think about that he is no more. He was such a kind and good
boy. The loss and sorrow is worst for the parents and his brothers and sisters.
(The rest of the letter discusses weather and school and health and is not included here)
I hope that one of you will write some letters to Grandad and Grandmother.
Lots of greetings from uncle Tidemann, Aunt Ingeborg, Leif, Rolf and Erling.
My best regards to you all,
The next letter written from Julie Nygaard Korstvedt, daughter of Lars and Guro is dated 22 June 1948 and is written from Larvik Norway
to her cousin Bertha Gronhovd. That letter discloses that she was delighted for the package and note that Bertha sent to her, but she had
thought it was "from my brother Erik." This indicates that Erik Nygaard was still alive at this date in time. Julie also discusses the hardships
WW2 put on them, and Guro's death. Julie has received a package from America
Larvik June 22, 1948.
My dear Cousin Bertha!
First I have to thank you so much of all my heart for the very welcome and much needed and unexpected package we received yesterday
the 21st. When I got the note and saw that it came from USA I thought it was from my brother Erik (Nygaard). When I saw it had your name on
it I had to cry because I thought it was so touching that you should think of us. You better beleive me when I say that we hurried off to pick it up
at the post office. I only payed Kr. 1.33 , I guess that is about 35 cents so you see they didn't charge any custom for it. It cost so much for you in
freight to send packages over here. It was so nice to get sugar and everything. The rice had spilled out but I was able to save it , so nothing
got lost. As you understand they treat packages _______ .
It is such a small ration of sugar we have this year. Now we can make jam and that's an advantage. This year they are giving us 1 kg Sugar
less than last year that means it's getting worse. People wants more sugar but what's the use? There are many other things we can't get, things
that there were plenty of before the war. Like a little thing as an elastic band for our underwear is nowhere to be found. A little cloth for a summer
dress or to a everyday dress is not to be found. If the rumor comes out that there is some article available in a store the people line up in long
lines in hope of acquiring this article. Before the war there were plenty of things to be had and much cheaper. We have to be glad and grateful
that we can get the most essential food stuff regularly now. We don't see meat very often and only once in a while some cheese and sandwich
spread. Butter however is still rationed but we manage by being very careful with it. One should not complain now, because while the war was
on we had next to nothing. Last winter - in 1945, we didn't have butter until Easter and we got only 1/2 liter of milk a day for our youngest girl Ruth.
(Genealogists note. The letter is clearly dated 1948 although she says ‘last winter in 1945,' that date is clearly discernable also.")
Yes, you should beleive me when I say that I'm glad that my mother (Guro) didn't have to live through the wartime here. She died in June 1940
just after the war started. She were not ill until just a few weeks before she died. She was bright by her senses, happy and content when she
died with her faith in her Saviour nearly 84 years old. She was a loving mother for her large family.
Yes, - dear Bertha may we all meet again in God's home when our wanderings on this earth comes to an end. Now I have to end with once again,
our most heartful thanks for the things you sent us.
Best greetings from your _________
Genealogical Sources: Bygdebok for Sauherad, Census, Church microfilm, family letters newspaper obituary, family interviews.