Matt Hemmingsen 1867-1976: Uncle’s photo – but for a decade?

For sure, Benjamin Mikael Arntsberg, son of Mathias Bentsen and Marith Johnsdtr was born on 16 Sep 1848, as published in the Church Book of Vefsn Parish, Norway.1 He was Great Granny Beret's brother. Poor her, gone so early, just one year into her American experience and apparently no headstone erected around which to grieve. … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen 1867-1976: Uncle’s photo – but for a decade?

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 their first sight of a father not seen in six years, or … Continue reading If Only November Had Been August: What Came Next