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About Halvor Eggerud, Grandma Gina's Father ...

Halvor came to America in 1884 or [1888?] from Telemarken, Norway, and resided for some time in Winshiek County, Iowa. He worked for a farmer near Decorah, Iowa. Halvor went back to Norway and he and brother Austin 'Osten' came back to Iowa where both of them worked for some time. From there Halvor navigated to Elbow Lake, Minn. and met his future wife Astrid and they were married. In 1890 he came to Kittson County, Minn. and filed for homestead in the town of Poppleton where he lived the rest of his life. Shortly after marriage made their home on the homestead place. To this union was born one daughter Gina Albertina on August 12, 1868. ** Osten and Guro, Halvors parents lived with them for some time. Ole, a brother also lived with them before passing away in 1904 after being sick for a long time. Ole built the grainery and horse barn that is on the home place. Ole never married. ** Halvor and Astrid lived in a log cabin until 1905, at which time the house was built [Henry's house]. It was built by Halvor and Paul Elfstrom. ** Halvor and Astrid numbered among the pioneers who went through many hardships. Making a living on their small farm was not an easy task. They raised livestock and Halvor cut and sold wood for an added income. Their first home was a log house. During the first years, Halvor would walk to Hallock, about 20 miles, carrying home what food essentials he could. It was an all day trek to say the least [but Halvor did it]. Halvor's nephew Henry Eggerud, made his home  there as a child, where he grew to manhood, and after Halvor's death August 27, 1934, he took over the farming operation, which was mainly one of cattle raising. ** Astrid lived on the home place [Henry's home for years] with Henry until shortly before her death when she lived with her daughter-in-law, the Emil Johnsons [Gina]. Astrid passed away August 8, 1951. ** The Eggerud home was a stopping place for the travelling ministers as they stopped to have services in area homes. They were always welcome, and Astrid had the coffee pot brewing most of the time. The Eggerud’s, Halvor and Astrid, were examples in pioneer hospitality.

 

Taken from the Lancaster Herald 8/31/1934: ... Another place is vacant in the ranks of the rapidly declining old pioneers of the County. One by one they pass as time goes on and on and the hourglass in the span of life shows that life's work is over and the burden of many sorrows, many hardships, and sufferings is taken away. On Monday Halvor Eggerud, old time homesteader and settler in the town of Poppleton passed away to the eternal rest at the age of 70 years, 5 months, and 1 day. He is survived by his aged wife Astrid, and 1 daughter Gina, as well as 2 brothers Sten and Osten, and 1 sister Gunhild, and 1 nephew Henry, all residents of Kittson County, Minn. Henry since age 9, has made his home at the Eggerud’s, and is considered one of the family. ** Funeral services will be held at the home on Thursday, Aug. 30th, with interment to be made in the Saron Cemetery SE of Lancaster. T F Dahl, Pastor, officiated. The deceased had been in poor health for the last several months as he suffered a stroke last spring. Lately however, he was showing improvement when another stroke came an in spite of all efforts to the contrary. The Grim Reaper could not at this time be stayed. Mr. Eggerud was a hard worker when he had his health, absolutely honest in all his dealings with his fellow men, and was held in high esteem and respect by all his neighbors and friends in the community. All honor to his memory. ** NOTE:- [???] Some say >> Halvor's real father was Ole Halvorson, and he died early in his life and Halvor's mother Aslaug [who was she??] remarried Halvor Oeysteinsson. IF this is true, this explains why Halvor has many names --- Eggerud, Halvorson, and Oeysteinsson. [Evie did mention in the above article that Little Halvor added Halvorson to his name]. BUT >>> I have Oystein 'Osten' /STEINSSON LEIRHAMMER b. 1838 d. 1920 in Lancaster, Minn. of Stroke at 82 Yr. old as Halvor's father, AND Guro Halvorsdatter Buverud/BAVERUD b. 1830 in Tinn, Hegna Farm, Telemark, Norway d. 1893 in Lancaster, Minn. of Lonesomeness for Norway, as Halvor’s mother. [this is what my dad Victor has written]. I do not know where the info came from [the note:- on Ole Halvorson and Aslaug], but I have reputable sources for what I have in my ancestry about Halvor’s Parents as Oystein/Osten and Guro. ** NOTE:- Henry Eggerud was not a sibling, but Halvor's nephew who made his home there as a child, where he grew to manhood, and after Halvor's death August 27, 1934, took over the farming operation, which was mainly one of cattle raising. Henry lived on the original farm until his death. He lived about 2 miles east of the Emil and Gina Johnson farm. ** NOTE:- An amendment to Halvor’s2 name dilemma, but questions still persist. >>> In the article above that aunt Evie is a part of, she says ‘Little’ Halvor changed his name at some point. Evie says, “Hvisle (Little) Halvor 'Eggerud' changed his name to Halvorson, but we do not know when he did this. Very often Swedes, when they came across the ocean to the USA, changed their names, for what reason, it is only speculative.” Evie can be trusted for her information, so it is probably true, but questions persist, that Ole Halvorson was Halvor’s1 real father, and Little Halvor2 used Halvorson in his name. As was said above Ole died when Halvor was very young, and it looks like this is overlooked by most people; but is it viable and true. BUT >>> above it has been said that Halvor’s real father Ole was married to Aslaug. I have no proof that Ole ever existed or who was Aslaug? It’s been stated Aslaug remarried Halvor1 Oeysteinsson, and I have his name as Halvor 'Halvorson/Oeysteinsson' EGGERUD [all very interesting(??)]. For our ancestry, I have as Halvor’s1 father, Oystein 'Osten' /STEINSSON LEIRHAMMER and his mother Guro Halvorsdatter Buverud or BAVERUD. [Could it be that Halvor1 got Halvorson from Guro as her name was Halvorsdatter? (which means Halvor’s daughter)] > And, a clear contradiction between Aslaug and Astrid still persists, because it is abundantly clear that Astrid married Halvor1. Who was Aslaug then? Who was Ole then? For now 7/2013 no clear answer has been brought forth about the validity of Ole Halvorson and wife Aslaug. BUT, from where did Little Halvor get the name Halvorson? We may never know the truth to this dilemma!!; Evie doesn’t know! 

Halvor 'Little Hvisle' Eggerud Halvorson [OSTENSON]: I insert this information again here because it is very interesting. Our grandmother Gina [Emil] never knew she had a step-brother born in Rukon, Norway [out of wedlock to Gunhild Stenerud and Halvor]. Our Aunt Evelyn Johnson heard about this news from Eggerud relatives as we will see.

>>> This information came from Evelyn Johnson --- Hvisle or Little Halvor was Halvor Eggerud's son, born to Gunhild Stenerud out of wedlock in Norway in 2/2/1889. He and his mother came to the USA in 6/12/1902 when he was just 13 years old.  Gunhild died in 1905. He then came to Bagley, MN., where he lived for some time before going to live with a family in Wisconsin. Living in Wisconsin for some time, Halvor came back to the Bagley area, and it was there that he met his wife-to-be Anna Halvarson. They married Dec. 3, 1907, Halvor being just 18 years old. Halvor’s grandparents on his mother’s side were Ole and Margit Stenerud of Tinn, Telemarken, Norway. ** It seems that Astrid [Nirisdatter 'Anderson'], Halvor Eggerud's wife, and Gina Johnson [Eggerud] never knew about 'Little Halvor,' so Halvor’s only other sibling knew nothing about Little Halvor. If they did know anything they never said a word. 'Back in those days it was a disgrace to have children out-of-wedlock.' Evelyn Johnson, Ronn's aunt who wrote much on the Eggerud's and Johnson's, wondered about the truth of another sibbling of her mother, Gina Eggerud. I guess Evie’s hunch was correct. Her mother Gina did have another brother of whom she knew nothing about. Then one day as Evie was visiting the Eggerud’s, Delores Glad [Eggerud] came out to my car and said, 'You know something? Your grandpa Halvor had a son who grew up in the Bagley area,' and was I ever surprised, but was very interested to find out more about this. I knew that Gerty had corresponded with a person named Gusta. By mistake, a Christmas card got mixed up with my pictures that I brought to show Betsy, Alma, and Delores. In this card it said, 'How are we related?' So I decided to write to Gusta and she called me and I asked her if she knew anything about a Hvisle Halvor. She said, 'well, he's my father, and his name was Halvor Halvorson.' Then I really began to think that what Delores told me was true, and the more Gusta and I talked, the more we could see that we actually found is that Hvisle Halvor was the son of Halvor Eggerud. ** I made a point to meet Gusta who lives in Duluth, MN.  We met at a cafe, and visited for a long time. Gusta is a lovely person, and we also made it a point to meet Gusta's sister, Hanna Brewer at Grand Forks, ND. We discussed the relationship and found out that my mother, Gina, actually had a half-brother. "Grandma Gina never knew another sibling existed, her father never ‘spilling the beans’, keeping it quiet all those years."-Ron. ** Hvisle Halvor was a very short man, and looked like his father Halvor. Gusta said that her father was a very kind man, and a talkative man. "I remember that grandma Gina had the same characteristics of being very short, about 4' 8", and was a kind grandma."-Ron. Halvor lived 91 years and passed away in 1980. Evie says, "How I wished that I could of met him having passed away in 1980 before I knew anything about him. But now I have two lovely cousins, Gusta and Hanna." ** Hvisle Halvor 'Eggerud' changed his name to Halvorson, but we do not know when he did this. Very often Swedes, when they came across the ocean to the USA, changed their names, for what reason, it is only speculative. ** This information came from a Kittson County History Book compiled by Vic Johnson.

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Hello, Ronn [from Evie] A repeat from above, but Aunt Evie said this back to me. – “It was a long time ago that you asked for the missing page that relate to the story of Halvor. The end of the page you have, says, "then one day while visitng Eggeruds' Delores Glad came out to my car and said, "You know something? Your grandpa Halvor had a son who grew up interested to find out more about this."  I knew that Gerty had corresponded with a person named Gusta - by mistake a Christmas card got mixed up with my pictures that I brought to show Betsy, Alma, and Delores.  In this card, it said, "How are we related?" So, I decided to write to Gusta. She called me, and I asked her if she knew anything about a Hvisle Halvor? And she said, well, he's my father. And she said his name is Halvor Halvorson. Then I really began to think that what Delores said was true, the more Gusta and I talked, the more we could see that we actually found out who Hvisle Halvor really was. I made a point to meet Gusta, who lives in Duluth.  We met at a cafe, and visited for a long time, she is such a lovely person. We also made a point to meet Gusta's sister, Hanna Brewer at Grand Forks also and we discussed the relationship and found out that mother actually had a half-brother. Hvisle Halvor actually was a very short man, looked exactly like his dad, Halvor.  Gusta said he was a very kind, talkative man.  He lived to be 91 years old.  How I wish I could have met him, but he passed away in 1980 before I knew anything about him.  But now I have two lovely cousins, Gusta and Hanna. Gusta was born February 10, 1917. She married Adolph Bruhjell, he died 2-13-93. ** They have a family of four. Hanna was born June 15, 1924 She married Harlan Brewer, he died 11-22-79 They have two children.”

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>>> This is all very interesting, and our aunt Evie found out this information from her relatives on the Eggerud side. This world is really small when it comes down to it. This part of our family history would have never been revealed if Delores ‘Eggerud’ Glad wouldn’t have contacted Evie. Thanks Delores for telling Evie this news.

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