Andrew, Brittanne and Brooke. Laurie is from the Waukon, IA area. Rick loves his wrestling and enjoys spending time with children of all ages and making woodworking projects for family members in his spare time.

Susan Jane was the only daughter born to Jerry and Martha. She graduated from Decorah High School in 1978 and has been employed by the Anderson, Wilmarth & Van Der Maaten law firm since she graduated from high school. She married Loren Joseph “Odie” Klimesh 9 Jun 1990. Loren is the son of Glen and Alice Klimesh of rural Calmar, IA. They have twin daughters, Savanna Jane and Sierra Lauren. Sue enjoys baking and spending time with her daughters who are her pride and joy. Sue had learned all about Indy car racing and snowmobiling from her husband and enjoys spending time with Odie in these activities. While growing up, Sue was designated to do much of the baking and helping with the cooking as her brothers were all out for sports and, therefore, her mother assisted with the outdoor chores.

Randy Leo graduated from Decorah High School and also graduated from the University of Iowa which he attended on a wrestling scholarship. Randy is currently employed by a medical clinic in Ashland, Wl. Randy married Jan Annette Klimesh 15 Oct 1988. Jan is the daughter of Glen and Alice Klimesh of rural Calmar. They have 3 children: Jessica, Jennifer and Ross with a fourth child due in Nov 1995. Randy loves his horses, bear and coon hunting and just plain being outside. While growing up, Randy was involved in 4-H and had many champion steers at the Winneshiek Co. Fair. Randy also was a 3 time conference wrestling champion for Decorah High School and also placed 3 times in the top 3 positions at the State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines.

Rusty Mark graduated from Decorah High School and after graduation learned the carpentry trade. Rusty is currently employed at Camcar Textron in Decorah and also builds and sells new homes. Rusty married Rosalyn Kay Headington 16 Jul 1988. Rosalyn is the daughter of Milo and Florence Headington of Decorah. Rusty and Rosalyn live in Sec. 25, Decorah Twp. They have 2 sons: Reece and Riley. While growing up, Rusty was involved in 4-H and enjoyed coon hunting. Rusty played football and wrestled for the Decorah schools. Rusty loves “pounding nails," deer hunting, golfing and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jerry Joe" graduated from Decorah High School where he participated in football and wrestling. After graduation, Joe attended Ellsworth College where he majored in the hog management program. Joe purchased a farm near Sattre (Sec. 13, Pleasant Twp.) where he currently resides and also is a feed salesman. Joe married Tracy Deal 14 Sep 1992. Tracy is originally from Ft. Dodge, IA. They have 2 sons: Gavyn and Gayge. Joe love to hunt and enjoys driving the school bus to athletic events.

Jav Edward only lived a few days.

Marty Roland graduated from Decorah High School where he participated in wrestling and FFA. Marty attended one year of school at Mason City, IA and then moved to Georgia where he learned the cement construction business. Marty returned to Decorah after 2 years and currently farms (Sec. 21, Pleasant Twp.) with his father and brother and also does odd cement jobs. He is an avid coon hunter, deer hunter and enjoys riding horses and being outdoors. Marty also enjoys working on stock cars, attending races at the local tracks and snowmobiling.

Sandbeck, Hans and Maria (Strandbakken)

(Alfred G. Kvammen)

Hans Sandbeck was born 7 Jan 1829 in Hadeland, Norway. Hans secured a loan for $25.00 from a relative Kari Egge (later Mrs. Ole Ruen). He then emigrated to the United States, first setting foot on American soil 14 Jul 1854. When he arrived in America Hans changed his name from Sandbeck to Sandbank (the English pronunciation). Later, at the request and persuasion of his daughter, Mina Klinkenberg, the family resumed the original Norwegian name of “Sandbeck”. Hans' first summer in America was spent in Rushford, MN. He worked for an Irishman for $14.00 a month. He later cut rails on the Peder Ruen farm for $.75 a hundred. Hans also did some carpenter work. Several years later he helped build the Glenwood Lutheran Church.

Maria (Strandbakken) Sandbeck was born 1 Dec 1828 in Toten, Norway. After her father Gulbrand died, the family decided to emigrate to America. They immigrated in 1852. They lived in Kilbourn, Wl several years before coming to Glenwood Twp, Winneshiek Co. In Glenwood Twp. the family bought a farm near the Ruens and Eggebraatens. Maria worked as a hired girl for “Yankee" families in Frankville Twp. by the name of Cutler, Lane and Atkins. Although Norwegian was her native language, Maria learned to speak English fluently.

Hans and Maria were married in Jan 1859. They bought a farm on the Winneshiek-Allamakee Co. line. They paid $8.00 an acre for the farm. Their first home was a small house which Hans built. His farm implements consisted of a wagon and sled which he made. Instead of a John Deere tractor, Hans had a pair of oxen.

Hans and Maria had 5 children: Melvin H.: Sophia (Olson); Mina (Klinkenberg); Henrietta; and Peter Gilbert.

Hans died 3 Dec 1912; Maria died 9 Sep 1902. Both are buried at the Glenwood Church Cemetery, rural Decorah.

Sandbeck, Melvin and Clara (Scholl)

(Alfred G. Kvammen)

Melvin H. Sandbeck was born 28 Jan 1873 on the family farm located near Waukon, IA on the Allamakee-Winneshiek Co. line. His parents were Hans and Maria (Strandbakken) Sandbeck.

Melvin had many natural gifts and talents. He could play the violin at the age of seven without any formal instruction. He played by ear much of the time, but could also write musical notes. Later in life he composed some music. Along with his farm work, he had a forge and assisted neighbors in repairing grain binders and other farm machinery by shaping (or forging) iron for broken parts.


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