from Western Norway
Dad not only wrote the
stories in "Memories from Bear Lake," published in December
1968, but he also wrote the following stories. Most of them tell
of the seafaring days of our great-grandfather and our grandfather.
They also tell of them coming to the United States in 1882 and include
more tales of their lives in Minnesota.
Dad wrote some of the
stories in Norwegian and I thank my sisters, Marie and Astrid, for
translating them into English. I also want to thank my daughter,
Carolyn for the interest she has shown by putting the articles together
and publishing them the way Dad wrote them. Dads wish that his descendants,
relatives and friends enjoy this book will now be carried out.
Dad never did get a
trip back to Norway, but he gave us many wonderful stories, that
we can pass on to our children and grandchildren,
Thor B. Thomsen
Son of Tolleif G. Thomsen
Tolleif George wrote
the following stories in Saga from western Norway:
Memories Of My Grandfather
And Relatives In Einstabøvold, Valestrand And Sunnhordaland.
From Seafaring Days Of Taulerius Thomsen
Of Mathias Johannesen Fjellhaugen (In Norway)
Of Mathias Johannesen Fjellhaugen (In America)
First Post Office
* The Saga Of My Life Written
For My Children
Dad felt a responsibility
to acquaint his children with some of the history of the family
in Norway. He was a patriotic American, and never regretted that
grandfather Thomsen had brought his family to the United States,
but he had a deep feeling for the land of his birth.
He would tell the stories
about his grandfathers and his father when we children were young,
but, unfortunately, he didn't always have an attentive audience.
He wrote the stories in Norwegian, and they were published in the
"Visergutten", a Norwegian-American newspaper, in the
latter 1930's. He translated them into English in the last years
of his life. We are thankful he did!
It seemed to be the
desire of the children of immigrant families to separate themselves
from the "old country". Now everyone is interested in
all links with the past as never before.
These men, great-grandfather
Olsen, great-grandfather Thomsen, grandfather Thomsen, and Mathias
Fjellhagen represented a variety of occupations; sailor, farmer,
fisherman, builder, merchant and innkeeper. They all shared a common
concern for family, community, and country. The great and far-reaching
part of their lives was their faith in Christ as their personal
Saviour. Many prayers have been uttered for their children down
through the years. What a wonderful heritage we have!
To these sturdy men,
and their memory these pages are dedicated.
O render thanks to God
The fountain of eternal love,
Whose mercy firm through ages past,
Hath stood, and doth for ever past.
Daughter of Tolleif G. Thomsen
With written permission
from Carolyn Thomsen Mutchler
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