Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: History; Farming, Logging, Road Building. Life.

    Here are memoirs of an old lumberman.1 Born just under the Arctic Circle in Norway, he rolled his first log as a youngster in northern Wisconsin, then made his name on the west coast of Canada.1,2 He got respect for riding through white water, but that was at Hell's Rapids. This is a humble man's … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: History; Farming, Logging, Road Building. Life.

Hemmingson Homestead Photos: 1880s WI US vs. 1914 BC CA

As a result of pursuing great grandfather genealogically, we are given a glimpse of what Ole Hemmingson (1851-1903) built! As well, his son, Matt.  Matt was born in 1876 to Ole's first wife, Berith. Mildred followed in 1897, to his second wife, Alette. Matt moved to Vancouver Island, British Columbia before Mildred was teenaged. Mildred … Continue reading Hemmingson Homestead Photos: 1880s WI US vs. 1914 BC CA

Writing Off Jane Carroll’s John Kelly

DOUBLE GENEALOGY: The ADOPTION WITNESS. Update 4, Addendum 8 Genealogical bereavement: the profound sense of loss on realizing that the long--departed soul under lengthy intensive scrutiny is not an ancestor. The state of grief and disbelief that must pass before another target can be tackled. Alas, we deem that Jane's John is not ours. Those … Continue reading Writing Off Jane Carroll’s John Kelly

Kate Rabbit Spills On Jane’s John

DOUBLE GENEALOGY: The ADOPTION WITNESS. Update 3, Addendum 7 Kate Rabbit has finally annulled Jane Kelly’s hold on us! All we wanted from Jane was a working description of her husband, who had demised so early. After all, he could be our biological great grandfather. Recall, Jane had caught our eye in 1891 at Renton … Continue reading Kate Rabbit Spills On Jane’s John

WHO WAS KATE RABBIT?

DOUBLE GENEALOGY: The ADOPTION WITNESS. Update 2, Addendum 6 Who was Kate Rabbit?  Darned if we know! Well, she married Joseph Baxter M. Osborn on 14 SEP 1885 in Montclair, Essex County, New Jersey.1A  Their marital record says she was born in 1863 to Owen Rabbit and Mary Higgins.  Truth is, a number of children … Continue reading WHO WAS KATE RABBIT?

Granddad and Caroline Dybedal: Wedding Photos 1905 … her story

Here we celebrate the wedding of our beloved Granddad, Matt Hemmingsen, to Caroline Dybedal, his first wife. They were married March 17, 1905 in the Moland Lutheran Church, Mason, Bayfield County, WI. He was 28, and she, 22.1   2   Caroline was born in Norway in September of 1883 and emigrated to the Mason area, actually … Continue reading Granddad and Caroline Dybedal: Wedding Photos 1905 … her story

Hemmingson: One Entrepreneur and One Radical Socialist

Once in the new land of opportunity, many ancestral parents could barely afford their family an elementary level education, yet saw a child attain distinction. Great grandfather, Ole Hemmingson (1851-1903), headed a family like that.1, 2   He produced two such children. Same father, different mothers. Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) was told “your mother has died, so … Continue reading Hemmingson: One Entrepreneur and One Radical Socialist

Hemmingson: TB Was Not On The Draft Card. Was Disaster?

One character often dominates a family history. To preserve the worthy tales of all, we stripped out the colorful aspects of such a member to present the family of Alette Hemmingson. That is, we give you what the standard documents tell, and withhold a broader narrative. A separate post will follow soon, to disclose the sibling, … Continue reading Hemmingson: TB Was Not On The Draft Card. Was Disaster?

If Only November Had Been August: What Came Next

In our last post, we lamented the heartbreaking emigration from Norway to Wisconsin of Mathias Olson, and his sister, Henriette. It was late 1887. She was about to celebrate her 13th birthday and he was months beyond eleven.  We have no account of first sight of a father not seen in six years, or of … Continue reading If Only November Had Been August: What Came Next

Dear Granddad: If Only November Had Been August

Emigrations were game changers, but some were more impactful than others. Our grandfather’s collision with America is a recent revision to his ancestry. He was Mathias Hemmingsen.                                RECAP: Dad wrote that his grandfather, Ole Hemmingson, pictured in the thumbnail below, … Continue reading Dear Granddad: If Only November Had Been August