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Hans Petersen, inventor of the Linograph

Linograph Model 12
Linograph Model 12

Similar in design and operation to the Linotype, the Linograph is credited with being invented by Hans Pedersen who was born in Denmark in 1872, but emigrated to America at the age of 10 years with his parents. They settled in Fergus Falls, Minnesota and immediately Hans Peterson (he changed the spelling of his name later) got a job at the local Norwegian newspaper, learning to set type by hand, eventually leaving school at age 12 to become a compositor. Read more

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The First Northwestern Norwegian Annual Conference Members 1880
The First Northwestern Norwegian Annual Conference Members 1880
Poster commemorating the creation of the Norwegian-Danish Conference
Asle Knudsen is third from the left in the bottom row. 
L. T. Fosse before and after his trip to the 1893 Words Fair in Chicago
L. T. Fosse before and after his trip to the 1893 Words Fair in Chicago

... [M]y father decided to attend the Columbian Worlds Fair in Chicago in the late fall of 1893. His full beard drew so many unfavorable remarks that he decided to have it shaved off, except the mustache, in Chicago. When he arrived home ... my mother would not unlock the door without identification. She had never seen him without a full beard.

Ål stavkirke
Ål stavkirke
drawn by Georg Bull in 1855.

This church was razed in 1880 and replaced with a modern church. 
Photo with autograph
Photo with autograph
Inscription on back:
"From Rev Knudsen, May 1916, to C. F. Anderson"

This "calling card" is dated 1916 but the photo itself dates back to at least 1901. 


Utigard, Knud Knudsen
   b. 27 Oct 1837, Nesset, Romsdalen, Norway
Nygard, Knud Asleson
   b. 28 Feb 1813, Nygard, Hol, Hallingdal, Norway
Larson, Nels O
   b. 23 Jun 1869, Kalvenes, Austevoll, Hordaland, Norway
Olson, Hannah
   b. 8 Sep 1872, Sørdal, Syvde, Sunnmøre, Norway
Strand, Mathias L.
   b. 7 Dec 1858, Løsetstrand, Vanylven, Sunnmøre, Norway
Sordahl, Sophia Helena
   b. 22 Apr 1859, Sørdal, Syvde, Sunnmøre, Norway
Sordahl, Ole O.
   b. 21 Feb 1867, Sørdal, Syvde, Sunnmøre, Norway
Olson, Adam
   b. 19 Jan 1862, Sørdal, Syvde, Sunnmøre, Norway
Larson, Cecelia
   b. 5 Dec 1872, Kalvenes, Austevoll, Hordaland, Norway
Larson, Martha Karine
   b. 22 Jan 1860, Kalvenes, Austevoll, Hordaland, Norway

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