Chapter 14 • Grandparents Come to Minnesota

In the beautiful hills and fjords of Snillfjord, Norway, near the village of Mjønes, there is a big rock shaped like a hat, called Mjoneshatten. This is where Grandfather and Grandmother lived and worked. Grandfather was a fisherman six months out of the year. He went to Lofoten to fish for herring. They had barrels and salt along to salt the fish down as they brought them in. When they had a shipload, they took the fish to Trondheim to be sold at the fish market.
Grandfather was handy with a saw and hammer and worked in the shipyards building ships, boats and furniture in his spare time. Grandfather was born October 1836 at Lensvik, Norway (70km northwest of Trondheim). Ole Andersson Strand, Grandfather, died at Wildrose, North Dakota, Feb. 14 1920.

Grandmother was born June 25 1842, at Hevne, Norway. Anna, Grandmother, died Feb. 21 1931. There were five children born to them; Anna died in Norway as a small child; Andrew and Randina came here in 1887, Ole came to America before Grandfather and Grandmother, and Olina came to America before they arrived, Uncle Ole died and he was buried, but they had the sermon when Grandfather and Grandmother arrived here.

They lived on a farm outside Clarkfield, Minnesota for some time and attended the Lutheran church two miles west and one mile south of Clarkfield. But Grandfather was not ready to settle there, so they rigged up a covered wagon and bought a team of oxen and started north to look for homestead land. They came to Glenwood, Minnesota, and looked over the land. He decided it was too sandy a soil to raise crops, but while they were there, the wild raspberries were ripe. They decided to pick berries and Palmer, the grandson wandered away and got lost in the wild raspberry bushes. Uncle Andrew was with them. Palmer called for them till they found him in raspberry bushes as high as a man's head. They went back to Clarkfield, and rented a farm there until 1900.

They moved to Red Lake Falls, Minnesota, by train where they bought one hundred and sixty acres for two thousand dollars, mostly all swamp land in 1900. They cleared the land with the horses by pulling the trees down with the chains. Then the trees were cut into posts and firewood. They hauled the rocks and stick off the land on a stoneboat, and then burned the brush piles. They used a brush plow to break up the land, then seeded the thirty acres into oats. When it was ready to cut, the fields were so wet they could not get into the fields. So they put skids under the binder, with a gasoline motor to pull the binder, and the horses pulled the binder over the mud. They sank into the mud almost knee-deep.

While at Red Lake, Olina Strand married Nels Holten in the year 1902. In 1906 uncle Andrew went to Crosby, North Dakota, to homestead, not too far from Wildrose. He like it there so he came back, and wanted Grandfather and family to come to Crosby, too. Grandfather sold his land at Red Lake Falls, bought eight head of horses and cattle. He had a carload of livestock and a carload of barbed wire, fence pasts and machinery. On April 1 1907, they left for Crosby, North Dakota, by train. When they arrived, there was still snow on the ground. They had loaded the sleigh with home-smoked ham and bacon and other provisions, and they started out to drive to a friend of Andrew's with the cattle and horses behind the sleigh load of provisions. They got to within two miles of their friend, and the sleigh broke down, so they had to leave the sleigh with all the provisions behind. They drove the cattle to their friends place during night. When they came back the next day, somebody had been there and stole their hams and bacon, which did not please them too much.

They bought lumber at Crosby and built a house on their homestead, but used a sod barn for the animals and were busy breaking up the land and fencing. Grandfather and Grandmother milked seven cows and sold milk to the bachelors and neighbors. They made a milk cooler out of rocks which kept the milk nice and cool. Grandfather Strand read the Bible through three times, plus all the other times he read it.
Uncle Andrew was born in Hevne, Norway, Feb. 2 1876. He got married in North Dakota; they had a little girl and she died young. Then his wife died from tuberculosis. Then he was killed by a train at Ray, North Dakota on April 6 1910.

Aunt Lena and Uncle Nels Holten come to Crosby to live. They lived in a sod house on their homestead until they built their other house. They had six children: Harold, Thorwald, Walter, Olga, Anna, and Ethel Aase, who lives at Thief River Falls, Minnesota. Anna passed away in 1970.

Thorwald Amandus Holten, born Oct. 15 1904, married Dec. 19 1925 in North Dakota to Petra Albertina Norman born Sept. 9 1906.
Children: Melvin Chester Holten, born Dec. ** 19**; Betty Lavern Ditch, born Oct. * 19**; Shirley Ann Johnson, born March ** 19**; Pearl Annette Lorenz, born June ** 19**; Yvonne Marie Fox, born Aug. 29 19**; Karen May Sherstad, born Jan. 7 19**.
Melvin Chester Holten, second wife, Majoria Leslie Mar. 19**. Children, Terry Leland born Sept. ** 19**, died Sept. ** 19**. Cheryl Lynn, born Aug. ** 19**; Geraldine Lee, born Sept. * 19**, Christopher Lawrence, born June * 19**; Jeannette Linda, born Nov. 19**; Marcia Laurie, born April * 19**.
Betty married John Mitchell (divorced), children: Carolyn Joyce, born Aug. ** 19**; Kenneth Wayne, born Aug. ** 19**; Colleen Belle, born Mar. * 19**; Ronald John, born June ** 19**.
Shirley Ann married Floyd Johnson (divorced), one child: Lorene Ann Johnson.
Pearl married Bernard Lorenz. Children: Jay Jeffrey Lorenz, born June ** 19**; Sandra Lynn, born Oct. ** 19**.
Yvonne Marie married Wayne Robert Fox, family. Rachelle Marie Fox, born Feb. * 19**; Kristine Yvon Fox, born Dec. ** 19**; Pamela Kay Fox, born July ** 19**, born in Washington State.
Karen May married Leonard Sherstad. Family: Michael Martin Sherstad, born May ** 19** adopted; Brian Paul Sherstad, born Jan. 2 19**.
Majoria Holten by first marriage three children: Wayne Leslie, born Nov. ** 19**; Candace Leslie, born Aug. * 19**; Wayde Leslie, born Mar. ** 19**.
Two granddaughters married, Cheryl Holten married Robert Oakes. One great-grandchild Julie Oakes: born Mar. ** 19**.
Geraldine Holten married Garry Mott.
Harold Oliver Holten: born April 21 1903 married Agnes Nelson Nov. 13 1928, eight children born to this union:
Delores Genevieve Sept. * 19** married Bert Sando, Grafton, N.D., six children: Diane July ** 19**; Rose Holten Long, born June * 19**; Dwight, July * 19**; Katherine, Nov. ** 19**; Kim, Aug. * 19**; Brenda, Oct. * 19**. One great- granddaughter Trish Long and Rose Sandos.
Curtis Delano, born Oct. ** 19** married Iris Colette, three children: Colleen, Aug. * 19**; Shayne, June ** 19**, Scott, Mar. * 19**.
Alden Harold Holten, born Oct. ** 19** married Katherine, Nov. ** 19**, three children: Janet, Jan. ** 19**, Jeffery, Apr. ** 19**; Jason, May ** 19**.
Zula Rae, Aug. ** 19** married Eldon Davis, Mar. ** 19**. Two children: Carra, Mar.** 19**, Kendon Lee, Mar. * 19**.
Gloris Deane born May ** 19**, married George Schuster, two children: Todd, June ** 19**, (Dave, Dale Edward) Oct. * 19**.
Bruce Irving, born Aug. ** 19** married Betty Martin, Mar. ** 19** three children: Tate, July * 19**, Hope Renee, Aug. * 19**; Stacey Leone, Jan. ** 19**.
Sharon Denice married Marvin Cumberland on Mar. * 19**, three children: Tyler, Dec. ** 19**; Vonna, Feb. * 19**; Deven, Sept. ** 19**.

Ethel and Lawerence Aase family. Ethel Aase, born March 25 1916:
A son Neil, Aug. ** 19**. Neil's children are Jeffery Walter Aase, Mar. * 19**; Julie Ann Aase, Feb. ** 19**; Joan Marie Aase, Oct. * 19**.
A daughter Janice Aase Brevig, Sept. ** 19**; son Steven Brevig, Aug. ** 19**; Thomas Brevig, Dec. ** 19**, Nancy Brevig July ** 19**.
Walter Holten born July 12 1909 married has no children.
Olga June 6 1907 married has ten children:
Leroy March ** 19** married, ten children. Shirley married two children. Andy Merle married two children. Debra and Denice, Jerry, David, Leroy Jr., Laura and Rosy.
Anna, May ** 19** married has four children. Donnie married, two children; Ruby married five children: Jimmy married, one child: Patricia two children:
Lorraine, June ** 19**, married has two children; Connie, married, no children; Dwight married one child.
Orville Nov. ** 19**, four children: Greg, Boyd, Scott and Robin.
Richard Sept. 28 1935. Married, four children: Caroll Ann, Anton, Carl, Cindy Lou, Jerome. Richard died in the fall of 1971
Elaine, Sep. ** 19**, married five children: Lesland, Glen, Shawn, Ann Marie, Daniel.
Laura, May ** 19** married, four children: Elizabeth, Douglas, Barry, Craig.
Darlene, Oct. ** 19**, three children: Mary, Lee, Carey, Ray and Tony.

Eugene and Myrtle Maggi have five children. Richard died in April 1961. Delano married Louise Peterson and have three children : Anthony, Rickey, and Susan Maggi. Ronnie married Sandra and have two children, October Jean and Elaine Rene.
Louie Maggi married Nancy Trainer, have three children: LaGena, Louie Matthew IV, and baby.
Randena married John Cook, they have two children. Terresa Ivy, and Jason Cook.

Frank Peterson family: Elaine married Earl Dewitt. They have two sons, Michael Allen and Craig E. DeWitt.
Norman married has two sons, Norman Lee and Carl Edward Peterson.
Janice married Norman DeGarmo they have three children: Steven, Laura J., Neal Scott De Garmo.
Allen married Geneva. They have twin girls: Alana Geneva, and Elaina Janice Peterson born June 27 19**.

In 1913, Grandfather sold his homestead and they all came to Callaway to spend the winter with their daughter Randena. There were twelve of us in this little house.
In the spring of 1914 they went back to Wildrose and bought a little house. They lived there till Grandfather died, then she came back to live with my mother again. She lived with us for six months then she went back to Wildrose and sold her home. She then went to Northwood, North Dakota. She entered the Deaconess Hospital there for the aged. She was there for two years or so, then she fell down the stairs, and she died shortly after that. Grandmother did beautiful handwork; she had so many handmade quilts, all different patterns, and Mother never got any of them. I don't know where they went. The wedding ring, Log Cabin, and many other quilt patterns were all sewn by hand.

Here is a cool drink the Norwegians made for a hot summer day. The only place to keep it cold was in the cellar. They called it "Everlasting rice drink". This rice could be dried and saved from one year to the next, but don't know where you could get it now. You put this rice in a large jar with water and sugar molasses, then let it stand overnight, the next day you would have a very refreshing drink. You drink all of this drink and refill it again with water and sugar, molasses, and after a while you will have a jar full of rice, as it grows into more rice. This recipe came from Norway.

Ole and Anna Strand, Wildrose, North Dakota in 1918. (Elsie Peterson Johnson's Grandparents)