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Early Norwegian Pioneers
Source: Decorah Republican Oct. 10, 1895 P 4 C 1


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Holdt nar ved Decorah, in the Pines
 den 2den Oftober 1895.
Pursuant to notice given, the pioneer Norwegian settlers of this county gathered at “the pines" on the 2d inst. to the number of 150 to 200, and it is needless to say they had a good time. It was a re-union indeed. An address of welcome was delivered by Rev. A. Jacobson in which the purposes of the gathering were duly and eloquently set forth. Dinner followed, and it goes without saying it wasn’t like what such a picnic would have been thirty-five or forty years ago. But we very much doubt if it was enjoyed any more heartily than were the dinners of “ye olden time” when appetites were newer and keener. An hour or two was spent in social intercourse, and then a business session was held. The organization was perfected by the election of A. Jacobsen, president, and Iver Larsen, secretary. The date of next meeting was discussed, and it was finally agreed to meet again on the 17th of May, 1896, at “the pines” if the weather favors. If unfavorable the officers are directed to engage some suitable public hall in Decorah. There was also talk of engaging Hon. Rasmus B. Anderson to deliver an appropriate address. Meeting to commence at 11 o’clock.

“Who is a Pioneer” was settled by making all eligible to active membership who came in or prior to 1857; but all who came later are to be invited to participate in the meetings. The young people especially are desired to participate.

A partial list of those present was taken. It includes the following:—

Anderson, ErickDecorah. June. 1850
Bakken, Ole HelgesonDecorah, June. 1854
Bergan, O. L.Springfield tp. Jane. 1850
Borsheim, ???? OlsenDecorah. July 1851
Estrem, C. A. Mrs.Frankville tp. September. 1850
Evans, ChristopherGlenwood tp. May. 1851
Garden, HalvorSpringfield tp. June. 1850
Gulbransen, G.Decorah tp, August. 1852
Guttormson, G.Decorah, June. 1854
Hamre, P. P.Decorah. 1851
Haugen, Peter E.Decorah tp. May. 1851
Holvorson, T.Military tp. June. 1854
Hoyme, C. T.Decorah tp. June. 1852
Jacobson, AbrahamSpringfield tp. July. 1850
Landsrud, TorgerSpringfield tp, 1856
Larsen, NelsHighland tp. June 1854
Larson, IverDecorah July. 1851
Nelson, HalstenSpringfield tp. July. 1854
Neste, K. K. Jr.Decorah tp. September. 1853
Opdahl, E. G.Decorah. July. 1850
Roen, HansWashington Prairie, July. 1851
Rovang, Ole O.Nordness, 1853
Sanderson, KittelRidgeway, June. 1852
Thompson, K.Decorah, June. 1854
Torgrimson, C. J.born in Springfield tp. 1855
Vik, OleDecorah tp. September. 1851
Wennes, O. L.born in Highland tp. 1855
Wennes, P. L.Highland tp. June. 1854
The officers invite all who came to the county in 1857 or before, to join. To do so all that is asked is to send in their names on a postal card, stating residence with month and year in which they arrived.

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