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While still in high school, I became interested in researching our family history. Since then I have accumulated a collection of official documents, church records, photographs and other artifacts. By creating this site I hope to pass this interest on to future generations and to preserve many of the photos and other documents created and collected by myself and others of this and previous generations.

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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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Hans H. Strand and his wife Anne M. Olson
Hans H. Strand and his wife Anne M. Olson
Studio portrait

Provenance: Amanda Larson to Karen Larson Noecker 
Matt Strand Family
Matt Strand Family
studio portrait

Matt Strand seated on the left, his wife Sophia Sordahl seated on the right and their six children.

Photographer: J. B. Anderson, Morris, Minnesota

Provenance: Amanda Larson to Karen Larson Noecker 
Ole & Martha (Larson) Pederson with their first child
Ole & Martha (Larson) Pederson with their first child
Studio portrait

Photographer: Mathers, Edmonton, N.W.T.

Provenence: Amanda Larson to Karen Larson Noecker 
Pederson and Wiltzen Families
Pederson and Wiltzen Families
Martha and Ole Pederson on the left with thier two children directly behind;
Cecilia and Olaf Wiltzen on the right with their children. 
Mr. & Mrs. Ole Sordahl
Mr. & Mrs. Ole Sordahl
Ole Sordahl and his wife Martha Nelson

Photographer: R. E. Brandmo, Benson, Minnesota

Provenance: Amanda Larson to Karen Larson Noecker 


Olson, Sophia Helena
   b. 22 Apr 1859, Sørdal, Syvde, Sunnmøre, Norway
McCormick, Letitia Ann
   b. 20 Mar 1850, Ottawa, Carleton County, Ontario
McCormick, Robert
   b. 28 Mar 1844, Osgoode Township, Carleton County, Ontario
Melville, Adam
   b. 23 Feb 1830, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Busby, Margaret
   b. 1810, Ireland
Helgeson, Ellen Ophelia
   b. 24 Jun 1878, Newburg Township, Fillmore County, Minnesota
Anderson, Bernard E.
   b. 26 Jun 1877, Newburg Township, Fillmore County, Minnesota
Knudsen, Stella Charlotte
   b. 29 Dec 1878, Newburg Township, Fillmore County, Minnesota
Petersen, Hans
   b. 4 Mar 1872, Fakse, Præstø, Denmark
Knudsen, Sophia Anzonettie
   b. 21 Aug 1881, Newburg, Fillmore County, Minnesota

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