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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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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. 
Anna Helgeson
Anna Helgeson
1945 snapshot 
Asle Knudsen, 1938
Asle Knudsen, 1938
Portrait by a staff photographer published in the 20 January 1938 Minneapolis StarTribune on the occasion of Asle's 94th birthday. 
The Helgeson's
The Helgeson's
standing (l. to r.); Parker Reed, unknown, Jim Hazen, Dolly (Marino) Helgeson, unknown, Bob P. Helgeson, Billy Reed, Sibyl (Helgeson) Reed, Doris (Helgeson) Larson, Amanda Larson
seated (l. to r.); Alice (Helgeson) Hazen, Anna (Lindstrom) Helgeson 


McCormick, Hugh
   b. 9 Aug 1810, Monaghan, County Monaghan, Ireland
McCormick, Mary
   b. 1821, Monaghan, County Monaghan, Ireland
Qualey, Anna E.
   b. 12 Mar 1860, Vestre Slindre, Oppland, Norway
Knudsen, Sophia Anzonettie
   b. 21 Aug 1881, Newburg Township, Fillmore County, Minnesota
Cobb, Elizabeth
   b. 30 Jan 1833, Gibraltar
Lindstrom, Anna Augusta
   b. 5 Apr 1881, Hökahult, Madesjö, Kalmar, Sweden
McCormick, Charles Henry
   b. 29 Mar 1861, Osgoode Township, Carleton County, Ontario
Burroughs, Lisle
   b. 29 May 1899, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota
Green, Moshier T.
   b. 18 Apr 1846, New Haven, Ohio
Dahle, Jens T.
   b. 25 Mar 1839, Feios, Sogn, Norway

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