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Astri Herbransdatter 1812


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Tracing the history of a Norwegian trunk"By Deb Nelson GourleyOctober 22, 2001

The wagon was fully loaded for the burn pile out in the woods, when I spotted the old painted trunk on the flatbed. I was a second grader at the time and yelled above the tractor noise: "Where did it come from?" Why does it have 1812 on it?" and "Can I keep it?"

It was 1962, and my family was in the process of moving from Lenora to my mom's home farm in Amherst. Mom said I could put my old trunk in the basement of our new house if I cleaned it up, so off the flatbed came the trunk and out came the hose.

The wooden trunk was three feet long, two feet wide, 2 feet tall and weighed almost 100 pounds with all the curved metal bands and the large lock. As I hosed off the years of dust, I could see blue painted flowers along with the writing: Arstri Herbrans Datter 1812.

This marked the beginning of my genealogy search. Little did I know that finding this trunk would encourage me to study Norwegian, travel throughout Norway meeting genealogists and researching archives to discover who Astri Herbransdatter was.

On the 24th day of August, 1882, my Great Great Grandfather Knud S. Knudson purchased a copy of the History of Fillmore County, 1882, for ten dollars. On page 457, Amherst Township, it told about him and his family:

Knud S. Knudson was born in Norway on the 23d of December, 1818. He emigrated to America, and settled in Rock County, Wisconsin, in 1846. In the spring of 1853, he married Miss Gune Gutumsdatter. They came to this place and took one hundred and sixty acres of land, upon which he erected a log-home, 12x14 feet, which is still standing. He has added to his farm, and now owns six hundred acres. His wife died in July, 1880, leaving six children, five having died before her.

In De Norske Settlementers Historie (The Norwegian Settlers History), 1912, pg 369, a translation from Norwegian also told about my Great Great Grandfaher:

Northeast from Harmony lies the Henrytown neighborhood. A Halling (someone from Hallingdal valley in Norway) with the name of Knut Knutson was the first man in Amherst Township, and he settled in Stringtown (old name for Amherst) in 1853.

The Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah has an incredible collection of trunks brought from Norway. The floral designs painted on the outside and sometimes the inside of the trunk is called rosemaling and the m .....
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Norwegian Ancestry Series

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The following articles are part of a Norwegian Ancestry series by Deb Nelson Gourley. Deb was raised SE of Preston, MN, at Amherst, and is writing a book about her Norwegian heritage. Deb is a layout editor at the Journal

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Rushford-Peterson Wrestling Team

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Rushford-Peterson Wrestling. Front row from left: Ben Kruze, Travis Johnsgaard, Abe Wilkemeyer. Middle row: Ben Johnson, J.J. Pettit, Christian Dahl, Nick Langseth, Dustin Johnson. Back row: Matt Rislov, Darrin Dessner, Joe Rye, Lee Johnson, Ryan Agr ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Girls Basketball Team

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Rushford-Peterson Girls Basketball. Front row from left: Stephanie Baker, Lahyn Lind, Bailey Vitse. Middle row: Chelsea Kopperud, Jenelle O’Donnell, Mackenzie Halverson, Chellsey Lind, Denise Jacobson, Jen Peterson, Leah Rislove. Back row: Hali Richa ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Boys Basketball Team

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Rushford-Peterson Boys Basketball. Front row from left: Jason Rahmana, Wade Thompson, James Colbenson, Les Ladewig, Jake Merchlewitz, Matt Reinhardt, Reid Anderson, Gregor Buchner. Back row: Jason Hall, Dustin Burke, Jacob Highum, Zach Mierau, Adam K ..... 
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