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Garns wheel still spinning after 200 years


Fri, Feb 1st, 2002
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By Deb Nelson GourleyMonday, February 4, 2002

Inheriting a 200-year-old Garns family spinning wheel from my Grandmother, Stella (Brdsgrd) Nelson, was exhilarating. Having myself been an avid handspinner for years, I could visualize what the assembled spinning wheel would look like from the cardboard box full of blue colored parts.

The three-legged Saxon spinning wheel is a double-drive type that can be easily disassembled, transported and reassembled. While reassembling the wheel, I discovered that "OSSB" had been pressed into each individual piece of wood.

I visited the Hallingdal Folkemuseum in Nes, Norway last summer hoping to determine what the "OSSB" represented. A staff researcher found that the initials belonged to Ola Syverson Breie, a carpenter in l i Hallingdal that built wheels. According to the l Bygde Soge, a district history book, the spinning wheel was constructed in the late 1700's or early 1800's.

In 1833, my Great-Great-Great-Grandparents, Bjrn Olson Sata and Sidsel Nielsdatter Nubgarden most likely moved the spinning wheel from their farm in l to the Grnas farm near Nes i Hallingdal. They lived on the Garns farm for 20 years until they immigrated to America in 1853, where they used Garns for their last name.

The spinning wheel came to America in Sidsel Nielsdatters Garns family trunk. The trunk was painted by famous Norwegian rosemalers, Herbrand Sata and his son, Nils Herbrandson Bra, who were relatives of Bjrn Sata. Across the front are the words "Sidsel Niels Datter Fod (born) 1803 Malet (painted) 1823." This distinctive Hallingdal trunk is owned by my Aunt Glorianne Knox of Mabel, MN.

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Until about 1300, yarn was spun on a handheld spindle. The spinning wheel made its European appearance during the 14th century. The Saxon wheel was introduced about 150 years later and became an important part of everyday living in Norway.

The Saxon spinning wheel was built for productivity by enlarging the drive wheel. A normal day's work can yield about 8,000 yards of single ply yarn. The blue paint on the treadle (foot pedal) of my spinning wheel was extremely worn, indicative of years of spinning by my ancestors.

I was fortunate to receive a picture of my Great-Grandmother, Sidsel (Bearson) Brdsgrd plying yarn. Plying is a process of re-spinning two or more yarns together. The yarn can then be used for knitting, crocheting, or weaving. [Read the Rest]

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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Feb 1st, 2002
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Journal Profile #84

Fri, Feb 1st, 2002
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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
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Carlson~Eslinger

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Rachel Christine Carlson and Jeremy Arthur Eslinger were married on September 8, 2001 at Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony. Pastor Curt Schneider officiated the ceremony.

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Birth Announcements

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No new births were announced this week.No new births were announced this week.

College/School News

Fri, Feb 1st, 2002
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Trinity J. Johnson of Harmony has been named to the fall 2001 semester Deans List at Ridgewater College, Willmar & Hutchinson.

Mitchell R. Berry and Michael W. Root, both of Preston were named to the Honors List for the fall 2001 semester ..... 
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