Anderson, Trond and Guri (Oleson) Skogstad

(Dorothy Anderson)

“Trond Anderson, his brother, Halvor, and sister, Marie (Mrs. Ivor Opdahl), along with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andres Skogstad, emigrated from Skogstad, Norway (now the Hugali Pensponge) to Springfield Twp., Winneshiek Co., IA.” This historical information was provided to Jesse Wepler by Trond’s daughter, Julia Nelson.

Since Rev. Ulrik Vilhelm Koren insisted Trond go by the name Skogstad, this is the name on their tombstone: Trond A. Skogstad, born 1843, died 9 Dec 1917 - Guri A. Skogstad, born 22 Jul 1852, died 9 Jan 1929. Other family members buried at Washington Prairie Cemetery are Martin T Skogstad (Anderson), 26 Mar 1883-11 Oct 1944; Anders Trond Skogstad, 25 Jul 1813-5 Feb 1888; Mrs. A. Trondson, 22 Mar 1807-17 Nov 1890; Trond’s brother, Halvor Anderson, who was a shoemaker in Nordness, 24 Jun 1840-22 Sep 1921; and Gilbert A. Skogstad, 29 Jan 1879-20 May 1943. Trond and Guri also had 2 daughters who died in infancy.

Guri Oleson (Oledtr. Rudi) emigrated from Vestre Slidre, Valders, Voss, Norway, the home of her parents and brother and sister. She and her infant son, Ole, came to New York in 1873, traveling to Milwaukee, Wl, then to Springfield Twp., where she married Trond. She lived on this farm for 51 years. They had 5 sons and 4 daughters: Ole (1873-1949), Anton, Gilbert, Theodore (1882-1953), Martin, Julia (1894-1976) and Inga (1890-1960).

Guri seldom conversed in English. Trond and Guri's children were bilingual. Her grandchildren enjoyed it when she taught them to count and say words in Norwegian. They fondly remember her hooked rugs, Norwegian handiwork, flower gardens and homemade ice cream and bread plus her good humor and laughter.

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Trond and Guri Anderson family.

Back row: Ole, Marten, Anton, Gilbert and Theodore. Front row: Trond, Julia, Inga and Guri.

Ole married Olena. They had 2 children: Roy (2 Aug 1904-3 Dec 1986) and Grace (1902-1953). After Olena's death, the children were raised by their grandparents, Trond and Guri. Olena was from Lawler in Floward Co.

where she is buried. Roy was confirmed at Washington Prairie Lutheran Church and is buried in Washington Prairie Cemetery. Grace married Martin S. Williams (1887-1969). They had 3 children: Merlin, Lorraine and Gretchen. They are buried in the Decorah Lutheran Cemetery.

Ole Anderson (Flestey) then married Anna Julia Augusta Lomen (1885-1965). They moved to Hebron, ND with her daughter, Marion Elizabeth (Mrs. Max Elder) born in 1908. They had 2 sons and a daughter: Robert Orrin (b. 1920) married Eloise McMullen from Decorah: Gail Bernice (b. 4 Sep 1923) married Don Schneider; and Gordon R. (b. 1925) married “Doris” Gail Chiquelin. Robert moved to San Antonio, TX; Gail to Milwaukee, Wl; Gordon to Phoenix, AZ; and Marion to Fort Worth, TX.

Anton and Martin moved to New Salem, ND. Anton married GinaYstaas. They are buried in New Salem. Their son, Iver Anderson, and his wife, Erna, moved to Appleton, Wl and retired in Lode, CA. Their daughter, Gertrude, first married “Curly" Kirkmeyer, who died after a tragic accident while butchering. She is now married to John Warren and they live in Tucson, AZ.

Theodore married Clara Helgeson (1886-1959). They are buried in Decorah Lutheran Cemetery. Their children are: Gerhard (1912-1990); Beatrice (Mrs. Wallace Halse) of E. Moline, IL; Ceceil (Mrs. Jerome Soukup) of Moline, IL; Naomi (Mrs. Norman Ruffridge) of Pella, IA; Joseph married Irene Steele; and June (Mrs. James Gallagher).

Children born to Julia and her husband, Albin L. Nelson (1883-1935) are: Alton, Guy, Edna Berge, Truman, Effie Austad, Irene Losey, twins - Vera Yerkes (Seattle, WA) and Vernon, Joseph Norman (1927-1984) and Richard Donald (b. 20 Nov 1932).

Inga Marie was born 6 Sep 1890 in the log cabin built by her father. She married Elmer Welper. (Also see the following histories: Mr. & Mrs. Anders Skogstad, J.E. & Inga Wepler, Albin & Julia Nelson, Theodore & Clara Anderson, Anton & Gena Anderson and Ole & Anna Anderson.)

Andreae, David H.

(David H. Andreae)

David Harold Andreae , the oldest son of Herbert John and Esther Lena Mary (Zwanziger) Andreae. His father Herbert was born 11 Nov 1919 on a farm located between Strawberry Point and Volga, IA, the son of Sebald and Anna (Fliehler) Andreae. David's mother Esther was born 20 Feb 1920 on a farm between Strawberry Point and St. Sebald, IA, the daughter of Carl Georg Michael and Ida Augusta Elizabeth (Schmidt) Zwanziger. David’s parents were married 19 Jun 1941 at St. Sebald Lutheran Church.

Partial OCR transcription, some sensitive personal information such as birth dates of people that maybe living was not transcribed. See the associated scan to compare with the published information.

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