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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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Adam Olson family
Adam Olson family
Studio portrait

Standing, l. to r.; Blanche, Mabel, Wilma, Ada.
Seated, l. to r.; Adam Olson, Dorothea (Espelien) Olson 
Nettie Heimark
Nettie Heimark
Undated studio portrait 
Hans Petersen family, ca. 1913
Hans Petersen family, ca. 1913
Monotype print on card stock

clockwise from left; Hans Petersen, Albert Cornelius Petersen, Stella (Knudsen) Petersen, Dorothy Ann Petersen 
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 


Gustafsdotter, Emma Kristina
   b. 3 Mar 1861, Madesjö, Kalmar län, Sweden
Melville, Robert
   b. Aug 1840, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Melville, Barbara
   b. ca. 1837, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Melville, Helen
   b. ca. 1835, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Melville, Eliza
   b. 18 Jan 1894, Beaulieu Township, Pembina County, North Dakota
Fosse, Torkel Torkelson
   b. Dec 1813, Stjernegjerd, Feios, Sogn, Norway
Helgeson, Obert
   b. 18 Jun 1873, Newburg Township, Fillmore County, Minnesota
Carlson, Olga
   b. 31 Jan 1887, Hawley, Clay, Minnesota
Reddick, Margaret
   b. 1824, Ireland
Knudsen, Birgit
   b. 19 Apr 1862, Vestreim, Hol, Hallingdal, Norway

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