The Rue-party from Tinn parish in northern Telemark left Skien May 22 on the boat "Paketten", mastered by Capt. Halvardsen from Brevik. They sailed to Gothenburg in Sweden, where boarded the
Niord on May 31 for New York, where they landed on August 15. This party settled in Fox River in La Salle Co., south-west of Chicago. One of those who left was Jon Torsteinson Rue, who later became known as "Snowshoe Thompson". In the custom-protocol of Langesund we find a short note dated May 22, saying that captain Ole Halvardsen from Brevik by the small boat "Paketten" of 4.1/2 kml (Commercial lasts) intended to export for Gothenburg some crates and packages belonging to various passengers. [Porsgrunn Historie 2 page 260] On May 24, 1837, there was a note in the local newspaper "Ukeblad for Skien":
"Yesterday 56 people from Tinn departed for North-America in order to find a better destiny. Some of them is said to be supplied with more than 800 Speciedaler, and they have agreed among themselves that they will support each other with money and labor. In the party there were several craftsmen, like carpenters, blacksmiths etc. Two of these people intended to go back to Norway after 1 year together with 2 men from Numedal, in order to tell their neighbors and family back home of their destiny and prospects for the future. If the prospects were favorable, one third of the people of Tinn and Numedal wished to emigrate the year after."
Passenger list Niord 1837