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1 Date of birth, date of marriage, and location came from comment by Jay Boettcher from rootsweb site. Family: F184736862
 
2 These records were found in the 1880 and 1890 census for Fond du Lac County, Eldorado Township, WI

Speculation is that August was a brother of Charles Denbrook, but the two records don't completely match

1880: Vol 9, Ed 36, Sheet 25, Line 41
1890: Vol 21, Ed 26, Sheet 7, Line 57
 
Family: F184736841
 
3 Possible info:

Parish Local Parish Farm
Froen Sødorp Byhre
 
Amund Jakobsen
 
4 It seems that Iver had a farm in Kvam (across the mountain from Kvikne and the Bakken farm. Iver and Andreas (his half-brother) visited each other very often by crossing the mountain on foot. It is a road after them. Rose-Karin Bakken (Moen) Iver Pedersen
 
5 The original "Bakken" farm site was in Kvikne, Oppland, Norway. Andreas Olsen Harboe Berg (Bakken) bought and owned the farm in 1835. Andreas was "sort of a doctor" and healer and born in 1803. Prior to Andreas, there are indications of people on the "Bakken farm dating back to 1722. Ola Arnesen Bakken and Reidar Bakken owned the farm in 1722. Ola Arnesen Bakken lived there in 1750 with his wife Ingrid Stenersdatter. They sold the farm in 1794 to Hans Hansen (Ola's nephew). Hans was married to Gjertrud Olsdatter. They had a son, Ola Hansen. Ola Hansen drown in a small lake called Slangen in Skabu.

Andreas Olsen Harboe Berg (Bakken) married Anne Olsdatter (Klevstad) in 1824. Klevstad is located in Kvam, Oppland, Norway. When King Oscar the first of Norway decided to garnish farm land in the 1860's making land owners virtual slaves, Andreas and Anna (both at age 64) emigrated to America in July, 1869 with their daughter, Karen Andreasdatter Bakken (33) and her husband Amund Mortensen (Massinglokken) (35) and their children, Mathias(8), Ane(4), and Amund(2) The Massinglokken name later became Lerbakken. They traveled from Christiana, Norway to New York via Glasgow, Scotland. The ship was the SS Columbia, built in 1866. The description of the ship reads: Clipper stem, one funnel, three masts (ship-rigged for sail), iron construction, single screw and a speed of 10 knots. There were accommodations for 80 cabins and 540 3rd class passengers. After arriving in America, they first settled near LaCrosse, in Washington Township, Wisconsin. The 1870 census shows their location as Washington Township, LaCrosse County, Wisconsin. Bohemia (the post-office for Washington Township), was also just a couple of miles from Timber Coulee, Wisconsin where Andreas' grandson, Ole Olsen the Elder Bakken would start raising his family (about 13 years later). In about 1871, hearing of wide open fields of land for home steaders in Minnesota, Andreas and his daughter Karen and her husband Amund and their children crossed the Mississippi and re-located to Oscar Township, Ottertail County, Minnesota near Rothsay, Minnesota. It was during this re-location, that Mathias J. Amundsen (Lerbakken) at about age 10, accidently drowned in the Mississippi River. Andreas' wife Anne Olsdatter survived the ocean voyage and trip to Wisconsin, but did not survive her first year in America. The reason for her death is unknown. 
Bakken Andreas Olsen
 
6 Note Written by Elizabeth Olson. "I met some interesting and very nice people in the short while I lived near Carlisle. My folks lived on the Haldorson farm for a little over 3 years. I was in school in Fergus Falls a good part of that time and also did housework. But I was also home on that farm with my folks during the summer and one winter. We had nice neighbors - north of us a 1/2 miles two bachelors the Faldalen Brothers were. They were cozy men to visit. The one brother baked the most delicious white bread. They were jolly and fun. Then around us were farmers like Saterns, Fosse's, Nelsons, Laugens - but a 1/4 mile or so south of us lived the Andrew Bakken's. They loved music and singing. Andrew sang with a quartette for years and they were popular and requested to sing in many churches. Morris, too, loved to sing. I first met "Morrie" after he came home from Gillette Hospital in Mpls. where he took treatment for after affects of Polio (I understood). While he was in the hospital he was so lonesome and asked the young folks of the Hedemarken Church to write to him. A few of us did. We often got together somewhere to practice, or sing for fun. The quartette (my dad was one of the quartette) also Philip Fjestad and Bernard Lein, plus Andrew and my Dad, Severin Olson. One afternoon "Ma" Bakken called and said come over right away. So I went - and everyone was so excited and singing because Bakken's had just got a new piano!! So we sang and played till late and many evenings after that - many happy hours. My cousin from Sisseton, South Dakota came to visit us. Morrie was so sociable he called and took us to a lovely Park - north and east of Pelican. He was always so generous and loved company - so did Andrew, Ma, and Arthur. We got together at the Haldorson farm and played games and sang too. In those days we didn't have private lines on our phones. So if your "ring" came (maybe one short and 2 long or so) you would answer and you would also hear a soft klick here and another, etc. If it was an interesting conversation - sometimes Ma Bakken would join in. It was fun sometimes. And at the end of the day - when the sun was sinking lower in the west - there came a welcome inviting, home-coming call from "Ma" to Andrew to "come in now for supper and the evening rest." It put a smile on many a face that heard that call - you couldn't help but hear it and smile - hear it for several miles! When my brothers came to visit me from Washington D. C. we went to visit Art - the only one left of the family. He(Art) was in pain but very cheerful and happy to see friends.

Fergus Falls Weekly Journal, February 10, 1920 - Mr Andrew Bakken tells how Oscar Township go it's name. In looking over his father's (Mikkel Bakken's) old books, who was one of the first settlers, he found an account of the first township meeting. Some of the people wanted to name it after Ole Sletvold, the first settler, others suggested Christiania, after the capital of Norway. They finally decided to name it after King Oscar, at that time, the King of Norway and Sweden. 
Bakken Andrew August
 
7 11 Apr 1987: While on a business trip to Norway, I drove by the farm of Vevla and Holmestad and then by the farm of Lovbakke. I noticed people standing outside and so stopped and talked to them Bjorne and Marie Lund and daughter Bjorg.

Berget is a place on the Vevla farm. Nils Evensen Berget worked for a man named Jon Ilseng. Jon had a son named Simen who had three sons: Jon, Even, and Kunst. Jon had a son named Simen who owned the farm when I visited in 1987. 
Berget Nils Evenson
 
8 Nils worked for a man named Jon Ilsend on a farm called Vela.

source: From a talk with Ole Nelson in November, 1984. 
Berget Nils Evenson
 
9 Anne Marie Houg attended rural school in aastad Township and graduated from Fergus Falls High School. She later attended Normal Teachers School and taught at both the Lake Park Children's Home and at the Carlisle School District. On June 20, 1926 she married Otto Houg at the Aastad Lutheran church. The couple made their home on the Houg Farm in Oscar Township until moving to Fergus Falls in 1959. She trained as a nurses aid at age 60 and was employed by the Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center for ten years. She was a sixty three year active member of the Hedemarken Lutheran Church, it's Ladies Aid and Bible Classes. She was also active in the community, appearing in programs presenting her original poelms and readings. She corresponded with many many friends through letters using special clippings, poems, and puzzles . Her special hobby was her scrapbooks which she worked on regularly and shared with everyone. Dahlen Anne Marie
Dahlen Anne Marie
 
10 Anne Marie Houg attended rural school in aastad Township and graduated from Fergus Falls High School. She later attended Normal Teachers School and taught at both the Lake Park Children's Home and at the Carlisle School District. On June 20, 1926 she married Otto Houg at the Aastad Lutheran church. The couple made their home on the Houg Farm in Oscar Township until moving to Fergus Falls in 1959. She trained as a nurses aid at age 60 and was employed by the Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center for ten years. She was a sixty three year active member of the Hedemarken Lutheran Church, it's Ladies Aid and Bible Classes. She was also active in the community, appearing in programs presenting her original poelms and readings. She corresponded with many many friends through letters using special clippings, poems, and puzzles . Her special hobby was her scrapbooks which she worked on regularly and shared with everyone. Dahlen Anne Marie
Dahlen Anne Marie
 
11 Lived in Minneapolis Denbrook Arnolda D
 
12 Died of heart attack Denbrook August
 
13 These records were found in the 1880 and 1890 census for Fond du Lac County, Eldorado Township, WI

Speculation is that August was a brother of Charles Denbrook, but the two records don't completely match

1880: Vol 9, Ed 36, Sheet 25, Line 41
1890: Vol 21, Ed 26, Sheet 7, Line 57
 
Denbrook August
 
14 The 1870 US census has Charles Denbrook working as a farm laborer on the farm of Robert Abercrombie. The 1876 Fond du Lac County directory has the following entry on page 245:

Abercrombie, R. C., (m7,2) Alto, 210 acres, w line section 7, Fairwater-A. 
Denbrook Charles
 
15 These records were found in the 1880 and 1890 census for Fond du Lac County, Eldorado Township, WI

Speculation is that August was a brother of Charles Denbrook, but the two records don't completely match

1880: Vol 9, Ed 36, Sheet 25, Line 41
1890: Vol 21, Ed 26, Sheet 7, Line 57
 
Denbrook Elvena
 
16 The 1921 Directory "Wright Directory CO.'s" has the following listing:

Denbrook Fred W (Martha A), h 70 Doty

Provided by R.T. Elliott 
Denbrook Fred
 
17 These records were found in the 1880 and 1890 census for Fond du Lac County, Eldorado Township, WI

Speculation is that August was a brother of Charles Denbrook, but the two records don't completely match

1880: Vol 9, Ed 36, Sheet 25, Line 41
1890: Vol 21, Ed 26, Sheet 7, Line 57
 
Denbrook Ida
 
18 These records were found in the 1880 and 1890 census for Fond du Lac County, Eldorado Township, WI

Speculation is that August was a brother of Charles Denbrook, but the two records don't completely match

1880: Vol 9, Ed 36, Sheet 25, Line 41
1890: Vol 21, Ed 26, Sheet 7, Line 57
 
Denbrook Inez
 
19 dad is listed as a member of the 64 rd infantry Division in the "History of the 63rd Infantry Division, June 1943-Sept 1945"
 
Denbrook Lester Herman Gilbert
 
20 The 1920 directory for Fond du Lac lists their address as 70 Doty, Fond du Lac. Denbrook Lester Herman Gilbert
 
21 Lived in Tacoma, WA Denbrook Loran
 
22 Lived in Yakima, WA Denbrook Lorraine Hattie
 
23 These records were found in the 1880 and 1890 census for Fond du Lac County, Eldorado Township, WI

Speculation is that August was a brother of Charles Denbrook, but the two records don't completely match

1880: Vol 9, Ed 36, Sheet 25, Line 41
1890: Vol 21, Ed 26, Sheet 7, Line 57
 
Denbrook Paulena
 
24 Lived in Tacoma, WA Denbrook Viola J
 
25 These records were found in the 1880 and 1890 census for Fond du Lac County, Eldorado Township, WI

Speculation is that August was a brother of Charles Denbrook, but the two records don't completely match

1880: Vol 9, Ed 36, Sheet 25, Line 41
1890: Vol 21, Ed 26, Sheet 7, Line 57
 
Denbrook Willie
 
26 Lived in Wadena, MN Denbrook Wilma
 
27 Possibly the father of Charles Denbrook Dornbrock Christian
 
28 This is an assumption from one source. Need to verify this! Dornbrook Adolph
 
29 This is a guess that this person is a brother of Charles Denbrook. This is based on that his father was also named Adolph Dornbrook and this person's mother is listed as "Schmitt" (Charles' mother is listed as "Schmidt"). Also, this person was married in Ripon, WI. Dornbrook August
 
30 Died in 1873 when he fell from a wagon while hauling corn stalks Dornbrook Carl
 
31 Likely arrived in New York on 13 Nov 1857 on ship "Elise Ruebcke" traveling from port Hamburg. Dornbrook John
 
32 There are two farms listed for Nord-Fron, Oppland, Norway:

Graupe nedre and Graupe ovre 
Graupehaugen Karen Andreasdatter
 
33 Obituary - Mrs. Lerbakken was one of the oldest residents of the county and died at the age of 94 years. Death was due to the infirmities of old age. She came to this country in 1870, making her home with the Gregor Evenson family near the three mile church. Halvorson Betsy
Halvorson Betsy
 
34 Obituary - Mrs. Lerbakken was one of the oldest residents of the county and died at the age of 94 years. Death was due to the infirmities of old age. She came to this country in 1870, making her home with the Gregor Evenson family near the three mile church. Halvorson Betsy
Halvorson Betsy
 
35 More information came from:
http://ludvigsen.slektsweb.no/individual.php?pid=I3339&ged=ludvigsen
 
Holteeie Nils Olsen
 
36 Goodwin was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. He belonged to the Elks Club and served as a member of the Fergus Falls Fire Department for 20 years. Houg Goodwin Oliver
 
37 Notes for Goodwin Houg
Goodwin Houg, 57, Dies After Brief Illness

Goodwin O. Haug, popular, well known barber in Fergus Falls for nearly 40 years, died at Lake Region hospital Saturday at 8:55 p. m. His death at 57., followed a stroke suffered Friday evening.

A son oj Mr. and Mrs. Ole Houg, he was born in Carlisle township Feb. 18, 1906. He graduated from the Fargo Barber College in 1924 and had been a barber in Fergus Falls since then. He operated his own shop on Washington avenue.

He was married to Esther Moen Aug. 29, 1928, at the Rothsay home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Moen, by the Rev. Fjaere. In Fergus Falls they made their home at 204 North Sheridan.

Mr. Haug was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. He belonged to the Elks club and served as a member of the Fergus Falls fire department for 20 years.

Surviving are his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Roy L. (Normal) Henry of Hearne, Texas, and Mrs. Duane (Geraldine) Kolle of Fergus Falls, and five grandchildren. He also leaves four sisters and two brothers. They are Mrs. Andrew Bakken, Mrs. Olga Nelson, Mrs. Frances Mobraten, Regina Houg and Otto Houg, all of Fergus Falls, and Arnold Houg of Kennewick, Wash.

Funeral services will be held at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church tomorrow at 2 p. m. with the Rev. Otto Dale officiating. Interment will be in Knollwood. Friends may call at the Glende Johnson Funeral Home.

Taken from: http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mmoen/Rothsay/ps04/ps04_022.htm
 
Houg Goodwin Oliver
 
38 1900 US census lists the following additional people living with Ole and Anne Houg:

Randine: b: 3/1867, sister
Martin Spigdalin: b:7/1879, farmlaborer
Mathilde Berg: b:9/1870, servant
 
Houg Ole Jr. Olsen
 
39 Baptismal sponsors:

Borne Nilsen Stange
Johanna Fredriksdtr
Ole Johannsen
 
Houg Ole Jr. Olsen
 
40 Another source listed his parents as:

(SmedstadNedre) Ole Olsen
Halvorsdatter Gurie

and his marriage as:

(Graesby) Karen Gunnaar Fredriksdatter - I0023 (F013)
Married: Furnaes, Vang, Hedmark, Norway

Need to check this

(http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=SHOW&db=bakkenlerbakken&recno=0)
 
Houg Ole Olsen
 
41 Ole Olsen immigrated from Norway to the USA with his wife and son and daughter in 1869. They arrived in New York on June 8, 1869. The name of their ship was the "Britannia". It sailed from Glasgow, Scotland and Londonderry, Ireland. (Line 27, Microfilm serial M237, Microfilm Roll 312, List Number 612) They went originally to a settlment near Salem, Wisconsin. It was there that Ouden Olsen Houg was born on February 17, 1870. In the spring, with an ox team, they made the long journey of some four hundred miles and immigrated to Oscar Township, Ottertail County, Minnesota. Ole homesteaded one hundred and fify-four acres of land in sedctions 26 and 27 of Oscar township. Houg Ole Olsen
 
42 Form her obituary: Came to us in 1870 and lived in West Salem, WI for a short time.
Spent a few years on a homestead in Lignite, ND around 1902. 
Houg Randine Olesdatter
 
43 Obituary - Alice had a lifelong love of growing flowers and gardening. She also loved to play bingo, crochet and do embroidery work. Blossoms graced the yard of her home and most of the inside windows. She canned jellies, pickles, and all kinds of fruit during the years of raising her family. She prided herself on her ability to bake Norwegian Christmas cookies of many kinds. She was an active member of the United Lutheran Church in Elbow Lake attending circle and making quilts. Later in life, she and Verner spent winters in Mesa, Arizona. She was very active for her age. She was able to drive her own car and cut her lawn until her death. She loved walking her little dog Bailey several times each day. She also enjoyed travel, going on many trips with her husband Verner. She toured Norway with her daughter Barb. Three short weeks ago, she had a very enjoyable seven day Caribbean cruise with her daugters and grandchilren. On February 23, 2005, she had a sudden stroke and one week later God took her to her new home. Lerbakken Alice Lillian
 
44 Obituary - Alma was raised and received her education in Oscar Township. She resided her entire lifetime on the home farm. She never married.l Lerbakken Alma Eunice
 
45 Fergus Falls Daily Journal (Friday, August 13, 1943) - Reuben Lerbakken, 32, was almost instantly killed and a companion was injured when their car left the highway about six miles north of Rothsay on the Pelican Rapids - Lawndale highway last night. Full details of the accident are not available. Lerbakken apparently suffered a fractured skull. An effort was made to call help from Rothsay and from Lawndale, but attempts to reach either place failed. Finally two doctors were obtained from Barnesville but when they arrived, Lerbakken had expired. Lerbakken Ander Reuben
 
46 Obituary - Arnold Peter Lerbakken, 35, well known Carlisle resident, died Monday forenoon at the Ottertail Sanitarium. He had been ill for the past three months and was taken to the Sanitarium last Thursday. His death occurred at 11 A.M. Monday. Lerbakken Arnold Peter
 
47 Obituary - Mrs. Jacobson became a resident of Pelican Valley Health Car Center in 1984. She was a lifelong member of Hedemarken Lutheran Church and served in church offices as well as its ladies aid. Lerbakken Calma Olivia
 
48 Obituary - He served in the Army during World War II. After his discharge in 1945, he returned to Rothsay and worked as a mehanic. They later moved to Breckenridge. Lerbakken Elmer Clifford
 
49 Harold was born on September 4, 1920, on the family farm in Oscar Township, rural Carlisle. He was baptized and confirmed at Hedemarken Lutheran Church rural Carlisle. He attended rural district 127, the Wigdahl School. In 1952, Harold purchased a farm in Oscar Township, with his brother, Herbert. He remained on that farm until his health failed in 1998. He then moved into the Broen Memorial Home in Fergus Falls. Harold loved to farm and garden. He ws a member of the Hamar Lutheran Church in Rothsay. People never visited him without receiving a cup of coffee or lunch. Lerbakken Harold Lloyd
 
50 Notes - Before leaving for the west coast to make her future home, Mrs. Lars Welo, of this city, gave the society a cane used by her grandfather for many years. Her grandfather's name was Andreas O. Bakken and before coming to America he had the misfortune to freeze his feet very badly. He had gone up into the mountains to get fire wood and before he realized his condition, one foot particularly was almost beyond help. He managed to get home and immediately started thawing out his feet. He soon found however that mortification was setting in on the bad foot. It was a long distance to any doctor so he commenced by cutting off the toes but this did not heal and so a little later he amputated still further up. This also did not heal and so a third operation still further up toward the instep was done. The skin was drawn down over the stump and this time healed nicely. He left Norway for America about 1865 and a little later came to Ottertail county and settled in the Trondhjem neighborhood. The cane above was given by his grand daughter Mrs. Lars Welo. The courage of some of these Norsmen is almost beyond belief. Another settler in that neighborhood, I think his name was Engebret E. Wee got caught in the great blizzard of 1872 and froze his fingers on one hand so badly that amputation was necessary. It was a long distance to Fergus Falls and so Andreas Bakken took his knife and cut all the fingers off to the second joint. Then held the hand against a grind stone and rounded the edges of the bones and then lapped the skin over the end and they all healed nicely. However, the ends of the fingers were like a knobs and while conspicuous still he was able to do a hard days work for many years afterwards. Mrs. Welo also gave a pair of plyers which her grandfather used for making hooks and eyes for the ladies' dresses. The plyers were made by hand and she feels quite certain are 150 years old having come down through several generations.

Notes (Fergus Falls Historical Society) - Mrs. Lars L. Welo, this city, has given a black dress and blouse work by her mother Mrs. Amund Lerbakken (Karen) when she came to Oscar township in 1869. The style of dress worn by the pioneers of this or any other country is interestng and always attracts attention. I wish we had more of it as well as a nice cabinet to display it in. 
Lerbakken Mathia J. Amundsdatter
 

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