Christ & Ingeborg Hansen Families
Photos out of Ida's book
Mr. & Mrs. Iver Hansen, Lesa & Olava
These are mother's parents and two youngest sisters, Mr. & Mrs. Iver Hansen, Lesa and Olava. (Note: see where Elizabeth Hansen got her name?) Also...note: Mother's name was Ingeborg Iverson as in Norway the children's sur names were always used by their father's first name and added son or sen. So Iver-son or daughter. Some used the name of the farm where they were placed to work. For instance, Father used the the farm name "Vaar" for a number of years, but when he changed to Hansen I never heard. Some kept their "farm" name thru life. Well, one nice way to eliminate un-wanted relatives very easily!!
Hans & Anna Marie Melsby
This is mother's sister Anna Marie Melsby of Red Top, Minnesota. Notice the picture has "Faulkton Dakota." This was taken after the Dakota Territory was split to North and South Dakota. I presume that Mr. Keithly had those mountings on hands, so he used them. Nothing was wasted in those days.
The below information I received from the folks in
Norway through the Hadeland Lag organization, an organization dedicated
Note: These photos and text were taken from Ida (Hansen) Eschenbaum's autobiography. She was in her 80's when writing these notes and sometimes it is hard to follow. One must have some knowledge of the family I suppose. This photo was on the next page. She calls her Anna Mary...but refers to her with the below photo of Mary Price. So, it seems these are two photos of the same woman.
" This is Father's sister Anna Mary and husband taken by Chr. Kjelland, Kristiania, Norway. This is her first husband which accompanied her to America. She outlived three husbands having eight children which died at childbirth, one lived an hour, so life wasn't very pleasant for her.
They homesteaded near my folks. When he passed away she left for Minneapolis where she lived till her second husband passed away. When she married again they moved to Aberdeen where they lived where he passed away. For a number of years she lived in Roscoe, So. Dak. till she went to a home.
Hans and Mary Price
My father's sister Mary & Hans Price when they lived in Chicago, later moving to Aberdeen, So. Dak.
Ingwald C. Melsby - 91 years old
This is Ingwald's log cabin under beautiful trees. Ida writes she was here in 1932 with Ole Lelean Melsby her cousin.
Ingwald Melsby and log cabin with nephew and niece Ole Melsby and sister Martha Birdahl