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Kaiser
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Posted - 22/03/2020 :  21:03:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
On behalf of a good friend who is looking for information on relatives which with a modern language went to America on a shortstay work visa to earn money to invest at home. My friend is looking for information about their whereabouts and specially where and for whom they worked.

1 Gunnar Einarsen Hugaas, born 14.04.1871 in Selbu municipality, Norway. No informatioan on his departure, arrival or stay other than he worked as a farmhand probably in Minnesota, Illinios or adjacent states.

2 Paul Einarsen Dragsjø, born 1869 in Selbu municipality, Norway. His family name could have been Dragsjøen and Dragstsjø but in all cases most likely anglicised to Dragsjo, Dragstsjoen or Dragsjoen. Immigration wrote his name as Draxjø at the card at departure. Paul told immigration in Norway that his destination was Minneapolis, Minnesota and left on June 12, 1907

3 John Einarsen Dragsjø, born 05.02.1879 in Selbu municipality, Norway. For his family name goes the same as for Paul. John told to the immigration that his destination was Grove city, Minnesota and left Norway on April 7, 1903

lyndal40
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Posted - 22/03/2020 :  22:26:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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3 John Einarsen Dragsjø, born 05.02.1879 in Selbu municipality, Norway. For his family name goes the same as for Paul. John told to the immigration that his destination was Grove city, Minnesota and left Norway on April 7, 1903


John Draxtsjo
in the Minnesota, Territorial and State Censuses, 1849-1905
Name: John Draxtsjo
Age: 26
Census Date: 7 Jun 1905
County: Meeker
Locality: Acton
Birth Location: Norway
Gender: Male
Estimated birth year: abt 1879
Race: White
Father's Birth Location: Norway
Mother's Birth Location: Norway
Line: 28
Roll: MNSC_135

The emigration year is off but the county is Meeker where Grove City is located.

John Draxjo
in the 1910 United States Federal Census
Name: John Draxjo
[John Draxjs]
Age in 1910: 30
Birth Year: abt 1880
Birthplace: Norway
Home in 1910: Acton, Meeker , Minnesota
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1901
Relation to Head of House: Hired Man
Marital status: Single
Father's Birthplace: Norway
Mother's Birthplace: Norway
Native Tongue: Norwegian
Occupation: Farm Laborer
Industry: General Farm
Employer, Employee or Other: Wage Earner
Naturalization Status: Alien
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Out of Work: N
Number of weeks out of work: 0
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Ole N Nelson 43
Anna Nelson 51
Arthur O Nelson 21
Alettie Johnson 19
John Draxjo 30

Edited by - lyndal40 on 22/03/2020 22:47:32
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lyndal40
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Posted - 22/03/2020 :  22:53:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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1 Gunnar Einarsen Hugaas, born 14.04.1871 in Selbu municipality, Norway. No informatioan on his departure, arrival or stay other than he worked as a farmhand probably in Minnesota, Illinios or adjacent states.


Do you know what year Gunnar returned to Norway?

Gunnar E. Hugås
in the Norway, Find A Grave Index, 1800s-Current
Name: Gunnar E. Hugås
Birth Date: 14 Apr 1871
Death Date: 27 Dec 1951
Cemetery: Bratsberg Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: Trondheim, Trondheim kommune, Sør-Trøndelag fylke, Norway
Has Bio?: N

Here is a person in Meeker County in the 1895 Minnesota State Census. His name in the transcribed record does not look much like what I see in the original record. There is looks to me like it could be Gunder Hougas or close to that

Gunder Florence
in the Minnesota, Territorial and State Censuses, 1849-1905
Name: Gunder Florence
Age: 22
Census Date: 1895
County: Meeker
Locality: Acton
Birth Location: Norway
Gender: Male
Estimated birth year: abt 1873
Race: White
Line: 5
Roll: V290_76

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He is working on the farm of Peter Petersen 82 years old .

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Edited by - lyndal40 on 22/03/2020 23:42:07
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Kaiser
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Posted - 22/03/2020 :  23:03:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Lyndal! I just talked with my friend and based on the birth of his first child on July 24, 1903 he must have returned to Norway in 1902 according to him. In 1904 he bought a farm for the money he earned in America so definitely before 1904. Hope this will help.
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Kaiser
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Posted - 22/03/2020 :  23:12:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My friend came up with the possibility that he might have commuted until 1912 after his last child was born. He had several children and there is a wide gap between them but as messages are pouring in here from him he now believes he returned most likely in 1902 or 1904.
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lyndal40
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Posted - 22/03/2020 :  23:53:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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1 Gunnar Einarsen Hugaas, born 14.04.1871 in Selbu municipality, Norway. No informatioan on his departure, arrival or stay other than he worked as a farmhand probably in Minnesota, Illinios or adjacent states.


The find above for Gunnar in Meeker County in the 1895 Minnesota Census looks more promising when you also look at the people living on that same farm in the 1900 US Census. Here is a screen shot of the members of the farm. The last person is a G Heau? with a birth date of April 1871.

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Here is a screen shot of the occupants of the farm.

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Here is the transcribed record. Transcriber gave a last name of Hanson.

G Hanson
in the 1900 United States Federal Census
Name: G Hanson
Age: 29
Birth Date: Apr 1871
Birthplace: Norway
Home in 1900: Acton, Meeker , Minnesota
Sheet Number: 3
Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation: 37
Family Number: 37
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1892
Relation to Head of House: Servant
Marital status: Single
Father's Birthplace: Norway
Mother's Birthplace: Norway
Years in US: 8

Servant likely in this case means farm hand.




Edited by - lyndal40 on 23/03/2020 00:13:20
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lyndal40
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Posted - 23/03/2020 :  00:04:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
He left Norway under the name of Gunar Einers. Solem in 1892 which also matches up well with the 1900 US Census Record above. And he was also going to Grove City Minnesota which is in Meeker County, Minnesota.

https://www.digitalarkivet.no/en/view/8/pe00000000115589

1891

1875

Edited by - lyndal40 on 23/03/2020 16:46:25
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Kaiser
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Posted - 23/03/2020 :  00:28:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tank you very much for your time and truoble!
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lyndal40
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Posted - 23/03/2020 :  02:40:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here is some information on the family that Gunnar Einarsen Hugaas was living with in the 1895 and 1900 Census. The people on the farm are also from Selbu, Trøndelag. I only posted part of the family in the screen shots above. Here is the whole family.

I posted the transcribed record above on Gunnar Einarsen Hugaas in the 1900 Census. He appears twice in the transcribed records. Here he is listed with the others who are living on the farm.

Peter Peterson
in the 1900 United States Federal Census
Name: Peter Peterson
Age: 54
Birth Date: Jan 1846
Birthplace: Norway
Home in 1900: Acton, Meeker, Minnesota
Sheet Number: 3
Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation: 37
Family Number: 37
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1866
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital status: Married
Spouse's name: Berylie Peterson
Marriage Year: 1884
Father's Birthplace: Norway
Mother's Birthplace: Norway
Years in US: 34
Naturalization: Na
Occupation: Farm
Months Not Employed: 0
Can Read: Yes
Can Write: Yes
Can Speak English: Yes
House Owned or Rented: O
Home Free or Mortgaged: F
Farm or House: F
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Peter Peterson 54
Berylie Peterson 48
T Edward Peterson 15
Gustaf M Peterson 12
Martin T Peterson 7
John M Peterson 6
Paul B Peterson 3
Uglum E Peterson 78
G Hanson 29

The family is covered in a Tree on Ancestry.com. Peter Petersen is

Peder Petersen Svinaas
BIRTH 16 JAN 1847 • Selbu, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
DEATH 13 JUL 1928 • Atwater, Kandiyohi, Minnesota, USA

and his wife Berylie Peterson is

Brynhilde Ericksdatter Svengaard
BIRTH 2 NOV 1851 • Selbu, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
DEATH 18 MAY 1901 • Acton, Meeker, Minnesota, USA


Edited by - lyndal40 on 23/03/2020 02:41:17
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lyndal40
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Posted - 23/03/2020 :  02:44:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The father of Peter Petersen Svinaas is

Peter Olsen Svinaas
BIRTH 25 APR 1813 • Selbu, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
DEATH 11 OCT 1898 • Grove City, Meeker, Minnesota, USA

and his mother is

Gunhild Pedersdatter Draxten
BIRTH 8 MAR 1819 • Selbu, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
DEATH 23 AUG 1877 • Grove City, Meeker, Minnesota, USA

1865

Edited by - lyndal40 on 23/03/2020 02:48:48
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lyndal40
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Posted - 23/03/2020 :  04:32:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The wife of Peter Petersen Svinaas is Brynhilde Ericksdatter Svengaard. Her parents are also in the Minnesota Census and are

Erick Torstensen Svengaard Uglem
BIRTH NOV 1821 • Selbu, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
DEATH 8 FEB 1909 • Acton, Meeker, Minnesota, USA

Marit Johansdatter Eiden
BIRTH 18 SEP 1823 • Selbu, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
DEATH 28 DEC 1897 • Acton, Meeker, Minnesota, USA

1865

Edited by - lyndal40 on 23/03/2020 15:16:13
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lyndal40
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Posted - 24/03/2020 :  00:55:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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2 Paul Einarsen Dragsjø, born 1869 in Selbu municipality, Norway. His family name could have been Dragsjøen and Dragstsjø but in all cases most likely anglicised to Dragsjo, Dragstsjoen or Dragsjoen. Immigration wrote his name as Draxjø at the card at departure. Paul told immigration in Norway that his destination was Minneapolis, Minnesota and left on June 12, 1907


https://www.digitalarkivet.no/en/view/8/pe00000000175662

Paul E Draxejo
in the Web: Minnesota, Naturalization Index, 1849-1985
Name: Paul E Draxejo
Naturalization Year Range: 1853-1942
Residence Place: Hennepin, Minnesota, USA
Original URL: http://www.ironrangeresearchce

Naturalization Record
FIRST NAME: PAUL E.
LAST NAME: DRAXEJO
LOCATION: HENNEPIN
COUNTY: HENNEPIN
STATE: MINNESOTA
CODE: 50
REEL: 19
VOLUME: 39
PAGE: 354

https://www.ironrangeresearchcenter.org/details/7/755341/

Edited by - lyndal40 on 24/03/2020 01:15:59
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