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This site as of  7 Dec.,  2006 is  done.  All links have been fixed.  ( I think )  All that remains are pages when family sends in data and photos of their family on what they want on the web.  I will be further adding as I receive them.  I notice that sometimes features do not work, due to the internet gods.  Those will be fixed as I discover them.
John Melvin Eschenbaum
Great-grandson to Christ and Ingeborg
Christ is pronounced (Krist)

 

 

Our roots can be something very important or not at all.  Our ancestry grows exponentially as we reverse time.  Who do we look like, where did I get this or that feature or temperament?  It all comes from our family genes.  Christ and Ingeborg are part of mine and a part of yours.  This website honors them, their children and down the line to you and your family.  Take the time to read their stories and gaze upon the faces in the photos.  And wonder or imagine

Christ and Ingeborg Hansen with grandson Alfred Kuper  circa 1942

 

 

To contact me: john_eschenbaum2003@yahoo.com

Great-grandson to Christ & Ingeborg, grandson to Ida son to Melvin Eschenbaum.

 


Four gen. Christ & Ingaborg, Anna Kuper, Josephine Kuper Goehring-Speck and Emil Edwin Goehring-Speck  (1938)

Music you are hearing is a Norwegian dance tune called:
Reinlenderfr Osterd

  As of 3 January,  2009.......................

  I received some great information from a gentleman from Norway through the www.hadelandlag.org Organization.  He gave me a list of Ingeborg's
  siblings and more specific dates.  Also, he gave more information on Ingeborg's sister, Anna Marie Melsby.  The website link is one of descendents from the
  Hadeland area of Norway. 


Christian Hansen was born in Nasta, Norway,  Feb. 16, 1859. Ingeborg Iverson was born at Grand Hadaland, Norway Dec. 22, 1863
    They were married in Norway and came to the U.S.A. on an emigrant boat and spent two months at Ellis Island being screened before they were allowed into the country. They lived three years in Wisconsin where he worked in a lumber camp.
    He always wanted to have land of his own and he would never be able to own any in Norway. He heard they could get 160 acres of land for a home-stead, so he brought his family to Redfield and left them while he got a 160 acre permit for a quarter of land in Irving Township. The original homestead quarter was in the northwest of Section 33.
   Christian dug a cave and lived there until he built a sod house with two rooms and a wood floor in one room. Later they moved into a five room house. Ida, the sixth child was just a little over a year old.  Her father kidded her for a long time because she was homesick and cried because she wanted to go back "home" to the sod house.
   They had 11 children: Anna (Dec.18,1895 - June 18,1955); Eda (Nov. 29, 1887 - 1888); Josephine (1889 - June 25,    ); Halbert (Aug. 11, 1891 - Nov. 2, 1967); John (April 2, 1894- ????) buried in Faulkton; Ida (May 2, 1896 1988) married Wm. Eschenbaum; both buried in Faulkton; Martin (April 4, 1898 -May II, 1977); Otto (March 28, 1900- July 30, 1980); Helmer (Sept. 29, 1902- Jan. 2, 1976); Elizabeth (March 7, 1904-Aug. 7, 1970); and Karl (Oct. 27,1907-March 20, 1976)
   When Christian died Dec. 21, 1942, three of his sons, Martin, Otto and Karl, aka Ted, inherited the farm of five quarters. After the deaths of Martin and Ted, Otto inherited the farm. They had purchased more land and built the farm up to 11 quarters of land.
   Ingeborg  died July 12, 1945.  She and Christ are buried at Faulkton.

( I have been told that some members of the family do not wish to have their data on the computer.  This is due to concerns
   about security  privacy issues.   If this is the case, please write me and I will delete or stop contacting you.  It is of no concern
   to me personally other then trying to "pass on" family history.  If that is your wish, I will abide by it.  My only request is that
   you let me know. )

 Christian Hansen was babtized Hans Christian, he was born Feb. 16 1859 in Hurdal parish, Akershus fylke (county), his father,
 Hans Nilsen was born in Gran and his mother, Karen Johnsdtr.  was born in Hurdal. 
Hans Christian had these siblings:  Marie,
b. 16 Feb.  1850, Nils b. 1 Jan.  1852, died 31 Oct.  1855, Andrine, b. 9 Mar., 1854,  Nils Gustav, b 1 Apr.,  1857, Hilda Johnette,
b. 13 Sept., 1860 died 6 Feb.  1864,  Gina Caroline, b. 8 June,  1863,  Hilda Johnette, b. 18 Apr.,  1865.  All children were born at
Vestlie (n) (Westlie) farm. 

                                         
                   Norway with Akershus County in red.                                          Akershus County showing parishes within

Mr. Gamme sent the Norwegian census of 1865 for this farm.  If interested and can read Norwegian........click here

                                         

 Ingeborg was born Dec. 22, 1863 in Gran. Her parents were  Iver Hansen and Anne Larsdtr., married Sept. 27, 1864 in Gran.
 Ingeborg had 6 siblings, Anne Maria, b. Dec. 2, 1865; Hans, b. Sept. 7, 1868; Lise, b. Apr. 20, 1872, Olava, b. Mar. 3, 1875 and
 Johan, b. Sept. 21, 1881, all born in Gran


     ( Of interest, I can not find on "Google" Grand Hadaland.  Then Betty Iverson, daughter of Edna Iverson,
daughter to Anna Kuper made an inquiry.  " Do you suppose that Ingeborg Hansen was actually born in Gran which
is a municipality in the district of Hadeland in the province of Oppland in Norway?"  I suspect that is a most probable
answer.  The underlined section above was given by a member of the Hadeland Lag Organization of Norway.  He read
about this website.   )

     ( I also can not find a Nasta, Norway.  However, have found a Nastad, Norway.  It appears to be around the area
        of Oslo, but not that close.  I also located a fantastic site giving a satellite image of Norway showing the terrain
        and listing the cities as one scrolls.  It is very detailed in topography and worth the time if interested.
 I left this
        section even though the information on Christian has been updated due to the terrific links I provided. )

   [ The name Nastad you write about, can be Nannestad, which is the municipality the parents and siblings of Ingeborg moved to from
      Gran. In 1900 census they live in Nannestad, East of Gran, in Akershus fylke.
]     This is from Ole P. Gamme of Norway. 

A very pleasant video of photographs taken during winter on a farm in Nannestad in 2008 found on youtube.com can be seen at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNCAMhUpR4c  copy & paste in new window or click the link


Hans Christian and Ingeborg were married Sept. 8, 1885 in the Nicolaichurch of the Sisterchurches here in Gran and they emigrated
18 Sept. 1885
to the U.S.A. on an emigrant boat of the White Star Line and spent two months at Ellis Island being screened before
they were allowed into the country. They lived three years in Waupaca, Wisconsin where he worked in a lumber camp.

Photographs and history of the St. Nicolai Church where Christ & Ingeborg were married........click here.


In the 1800 's, most everybody was born on farms in Hadeland, either on the main farm or at cotterplaces which belonged to the main farm.
Hans Nilsen was born on a cotterplace owned by the main farm Gulden in Gran, therefore we call the place Guldeneiet. Eie means own.
This cotterplaces had a small house and maybe one acre with land. The family worked for the main farm most every day, but had a cow
and a pig for them self on the cotterplace. They were very poor, and going to America was a way to make a better living.
      

What kind of land did Christ & Ingeborg leave?  Having not been there, I don't know the exact topography of Gran.  But click here and
get a taste of what they must have left.  
   

                              

                                                                                                
                                                      Christ Hansen

                                               
He always wanted to have land of his own and he would never be able to own any in
Norway. He heard they could get 160 acres of land for a home-stead, so he bought
his in Irving Township, South Dakota. The original homestead quarter was in the northwest
of Section 33.
  
Christian dug a cave and lived there until he built a sod house with two rooms and
a wood floor in one room. ( Photo only example; not Christ's ) Later they moved into a five
room house. Ida, the sixth child was just a little over a year old.  Her father kidded her for a
long time because she was homesick and cried because she wanted to go back "home"
to the sod house.

                                                                 

              The thumbnail is a June, 1900 census report of Irving School Township, So. Dak.  Click
              for the larger version for readability.  Christ Hansen's family are at the bottom showing
              names, ages & relationship.  Helmer, Elizabeth & Theodore are not listed being born after
              the census
.  Depending on your computer settings it will come up large.  If not look at "view"
              or "tools" at the top tabs and change percentage of view to 100% or higher. 
             

They had 11 children:
Anna (Dec.18,1895 - June 18,1955); married Joe Kuper
Eda (Nov. 29, 1887 - 1 Jan.,1888);
Josephine (7 Nov., 1889 - June 25, 1963 ) married Frank Gross
Halbert (Aug. 11, 1891 - Nov. 2, 1967); married Leah Downing
John (April 2, 1894- 1983); married Malind
a
Borcherding            
Ida (May 2, 1896 1988) married William Eschenbaum;
Martin (April 4, 1898 -May II, 1977); Single                                                                            
 
Otto (March 28, 1900- July 30, 1980); Single
Helmer (Sept. 29, 1902- Jan. 2, 1976); married Leona Levtzow
Elizabeth (March 7, 1904-Aug. 7, 1970); married Maurice Kinsley
Karl (Oct. 27,1907-March 20, 1976) Single

Alice Hippen remembers:  "My grandparents were excellent speakers of English.  I did not detect
an accent at all."  Considering what is happening today in the USA, I find this amazing.  Here were
immigrants who did not speak one word of English and yet living in Wisconsin for 3 years and then
moving to the parries of South Dakota they were able to accomplish such a skill.  I find that a
wonderful demonstration of their character 

  
When Christian died Dec. 21, 1942, three of his sons, Martin, Otto aka Slim and Karl, aka Ted,
inherited the farm of five quarters. After the deaths of Martin and Ted, Otto inherited
the farm. They had purchased more land and built the farm up to 11 quarters of land.
Ingeborg  died July 12, 1945.  She and Christ are buried at Faulkton Cemetery in South Dakota.

                                                      

                                                                   Ingeborg and Christian Hansen
                                  
Taken at farm 10 miles west of Orient, SD
                                                                       In 1930s
             Farm remains in the Hansen family as of 
2006 owned by Lester Hansen  -
                                                  Operated by his son Lee Hansen

                        Fifty Years of Wedded Bliss
                      
     Faulkton Advocate August 22  1935

Christian Hansen was born in Nasta, Norway,  Feb. 16, 1859. Ingeborg Iverson was born at Grand Hadaland, Norway Dec. 22, 1863
    They were married in Norway and came to the U.S.A. on an emigrant boat and spent two months at Ellis Island being screened before they were allowed into the country. They lived three years in Wisconsin where he worked in a lumber camp.
    He always wanted to have land of his own and he would never be able to own any in Norway. He heard they could get 160 acres of land for a home-stead, so he brought his family to Redfield and left them while he got a 160 acre permit for a quarter of land in Irving Township. The original homestead quarter was in the northwest of Section 33.
   Christian dug a cave and lived there until he built a sod house with two rooms and a wood floor in one room. Later they moved into a five room house. Ida, the sixth child was just a little over a year old.  Her father kidded her for a long time because she was homesick and cried because she wanted to go back "home" to the sod house.
   They had 11 children: Anna (Dec.18,1895 - June 18,1955); Eda (Nov. 29, 1887 - 1888); Josephine (1889 - June 25,    ); Halbert (Aug. 11, 1891 - Nov. 2, 1967); John (April 2, 1894- ????) buried in Faulkton; Ida (May 2, 1896 1988) married Wm. Eschenbaum; both buried in Faulkton; Martin (April 4, 1898 -May II, 1977); Otto (March 28, 1900- July 30, 1980); Helmer (Sept. 29, 1902- Jan. 2, 1976); Elizabeth (March 7, 1904-Aug. 7, 1970); and Karl (Oct. 27,1907-March 20, 1976)
   When Christian died Dec. 21, 1942, three of his sons, Martin, Otto and Karl, aka Ted, inherited the farm of five quarters. After the deaths of Martin and Ted, Otto inherited the farm. They had purchased more land and built the farm up to 11 quarters of land.
   Ingeborg  died July 12, 1945.  She and Christ are buried at Faulkton.

Ingaborg died July 12, 1945.  She and Christ are buried in the Faulkton Cemetery by their sons. 

Christian Hansen was born in Nasta, Norway,  Feb. 16, 1859. Ingeborg Iverson was born at Grand Hadaland, Norway Dec. 22, 1863
    They were married in Norway and came to the U.S.A. on an emigrant boat and spent two months at Ellis Island being screened before they were allowed into the country. They lived three years in Wisconsin where he worked in a lumber camp.
    He always wanted to have land of his own and he would never be able to own any in Norway. He heard they could get 160 acres of land for a home-stead, so he brought his family to Redfield and left them while he got a 160 acre permit for a quarter of land in Irving Township. The original homestead quarter was in the northwest of Section 33.
   Christian dug a cave and lived there until he built a sod house with two rooms and a wood floor in one room. Later they moved into a five room house. Ida, the sixth child was just a little over a year old.  Her father kidded her for a long time because she was homesick and cried because she wanted to go back "home" to the sod house.
   They had 11 children: Anna (Dec.18,1895 - June 18,1955); Eda (Nov. 29, 1887 - 1888); Josephine (1889 - June 25,    ); Halbert (Aug. 11, 1891 - Nov. 2, 1967); John (April 2, 1894- ????) buried in Faulkton; Ida (May 2, 1896 1988) married Wm. Eschenbaum; both buried in Faulkton; Martin (April 4, 1898 -May II, 1977); Otto (March 28, 1900- July 30, 1980); Helmer (Sept. 29, 1902- Jan. 2, 1976); Elizabeth (March 7, 1904-Aug. 7, 1970); and Karl (Oct. 27,1907-March 20, 1976)
   When Christian died Dec. 21, 1942, three of his sons, Martin, Otto and Karl, aka Ted, inherited the farm of five quarters. After the deaths of Martin and Ted, Otto inherited the farm. They had purchased more land and built the farm up to 11 quarters of land.
   Ingeborg  died July 12, 1945.  She and Christ are buried at Faulkton.

Ingaborg died July 12, 1945.  She and Christ are buried in the Faulkton Cemetery by their sons. 

Christian Hansen was born in Nasta, Norway,  Feb. 16, 1859. Ingeborg Iverson was born at Grand Hadaland, Norway Dec. 22, 1863
    They were married in Norway and came to the U.S.A. on an emigrant boat and spent two months at Ellis Island being screened before they were allowed into the country. They lived three years in Wisconsin where he worked in a lumber camp.
    He always wanted to have land of his own and he would never be able to own any in Norway. He heard they could get 160 acres of land for a home-stead, so he brought his family to Redfield and left them while he got a 160 acre permit for a quarter of land in Irving Township. The original homestead quarter was in the northwest of Section 33.
   Christian dug a cave and lived there until he built a sod house with two rooms and a wood floor in one room. Later they moved into a five room house. Ida, the sixth child was just a little over a year old.  Her father kidded her for a long time because she was homesick and cried because she wanted to go back "home" to the sod house.
   They had 11 children: Anna (Dec.18,1895 - June 18,1955); Eda (Nov. 29, 1887 - 1888); Josephine (1889 - June 25,    ); Halbert (Aug. 11, 1891 - Nov. 2, 1967); John (April 2, 1894- ????) buried in Faulkton; Ida (May 2, 1896 1988) married Wm. Eschenbaum; both buried in Faulkton; Martin (April 4, 1898 -May II, 1977); Otto (March 28, 1900- July 30, 1980); Helmer (Sept. 29, 1902- Jan. 2, 1976); Elizabeth (March 7, 1904-Aug. 7, 1970); and Karl (Oct. 27,1907-March 20, 1976)
   When Christian died Dec. 21, 1942, three of his sons, Martin, Otto and Karl, aka Ted, inherited the farm of five quarters. After the deaths of Martin and Ted, Otto inherited the farm. They had purchased more land and built the farm up to 11 quarters of land.
   Ingeborg  died July 12, 1945.  She and Christ are buried at Faulkton.

Ingaborg died July 12, 1945.  She and Christ are buried in the Faulkton Cemetary by their sons. 

Christian Hansen was born in Nasta, Norway,  Feb. 16, 1859. Ingeborg Iverson was born at Grand Hadaland, Norway Dec. 22, 1863
    They were married in Norway and came to the U.S.A. on an emigrant boat and spent two months at Ellis Island being screened before they were allowed into the country. They lived three years in Wisconsin where he worked in a lumber camp.
    He always wanted to have land of his own and he would never be able to own any in Norway. He heard they could get 160 acres of land for a home-stead, so he brought his family to Redfield and left them while he got a 160 acre permit for a quarter of land in Irving Township. The original homestead quarter was in the northwest of Section 33.
   Christian dug a cave and lived there until he built a sod house with two rooms and a wood floor in one room. Later they moved into a five room house. Ida, the sixth child was just a little over a year old.  Her father kidded her for a long time because she was homesick and cried because she wanted to go back "home" to the sod house.
   They had 11 children: Anna (Dec.18,1895 - June 18,1955); Eda (Nov. 29, 1887 - 1888); Josephine (1889 - June 25,    ); Halbert (Aug. 11, 1891 - Nov. 2, 1967); John (April 2, 1894- ????) buried in Faulkton; Ida (May 2, 1896 1988) married Wm. Eschenbaum; both buried in Faulkton; Martin (April 4, 1898 -May II, 1977); Otto (March 28, 1900- July 30, 1980); Helmer (Sept. 29, 1902- Jan. 2, 1976); Elizabeth (March 7, 1904-Aug. 7, 1970); and Karl (Oct. 27,1907-March 20, 1976)
   When Christian died Dec. 21, 1942, three of his sons, Martin, Otto and Karl, aka Ted, inherited the farm of five quarters. After the deaths of Martin and Ted, Otto inherited the farm. They had purchased more land and built the farm up to 11 quarters of land.
   Ingeborg  died July 12, 1945.  She and Christ are buried at Faulkton.

On August 11, 1935, Mr. and Mrs. Christ Hansen celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary at their home
20 miles southwest of Faulkton. [ Note difference from their celebration date and the actual date of marriage in
Norway.  Who knows why, perhaps due to capability of relatives attending a celebration. ]

On August 9, 1885, [ As noted by the folks from the Hadeland Lag Organization in Norway, the registered date
of marriage is 9 September of 1885.]
Mr. and Mrs. Hansen were married at Grandstation, Norway and came to Rebeca, Wisc. ,
arriving their October 5
th of the same year. They moved to South Dakota in March, 1888, homesteading in
Faulk County, where they have since resided. [ Note the differences of location of marriage and town in Wisc.  Waupaca, Wisc.
is noted on their passage tickets to the USA.  Possibly this was written by one of their children and facts were hazy.  Ida noted
elsewhere in her writings that all the children would have a difference of opinion on what happened.]

  All of the children, numbering 10, with the exception of Mrs. Anna Kuper of Highmore and Mrs. Josephine
Gross, of Vailier, Mont., were present for the anniversary. One child, Edna, died in infancy. There are 27
grandchildren.

   A cafeteria dinner and supper was served to 68 guests. Those present from away were: Mrs. Hansens nephews:
Ole J. Melsby, wife and son Duane of Watertown, S.D.; Maurice Kinsley and family of St. Onge, S.D., Mrs. John
Kinsley of St. Onge; John Hansen and family and Mrs. Ida Eschenbaum and family of Faulkton and Mrs.
Elizabeth Kinsley of Deadwood. Four sons: Martin, Otto, Helmer and Theodore reside with their parents on
the farm.

   The Advocate joins with the community in wishing Mr. and Mrs. Hansen many pleasant anniversaries in
the future. 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A great book to read on Norwegian pioneers on the prairie is Giants in the Earth by O.E. Rolvaag    

                           Also, a book about growing up on a farm in the depression is Little Heathens  by Mildred Armstrong Kalish. 
                                                                              For an excerpt check out this webpage. 

                           Secondly, another book titled Prairie Memories, Life at the Bauhs House was written by one of my Bauhs cousins. 
                               This is a remembrance of growing up on the farm just north of Orient, SD during the times of Christ and Ingeborg.
                               It is filled with memories of life on the farm, the hard work on the farm, the gadgets, the horses and family.  It is a glimpse
                               into the past with photos and old advertisements.  It was offered on Amazon.com.  It is in paperback and can be ordered from
                               the author, Marguerite Bauhs Livesay at 
dlivesay3@mit.midco.net

                                                                                                                                                         

This is a 1988 South Dakota Pheasant Stamp which featured the Hansen farm as it's background.  I learned this from
    Barbara Speck, married to Emil Edwin (Ed) Speck who is the baby on the above 4 generation photo.  Her mother-in-law Josephine
    daughter of Anna Hansen and Edna Iverson, daughter of Anna purchased from the state copies of this stamp.  The state
    of South Dakota called and said Hansen members could purchase for $75 while the public had to pay $250.00
   

Note from Eleanor Iverson, wife of Jim Iverson, grandson to Anna Kuper.   "The house in the pheasant stamp picture is not
    a Hanson house.  That is a house Joe Kuper lived in as a child.  It is located on Highway 45 North of Miller on the west side
    of the road.  The land is now owned by Theron Holt.  There is also a sod shanty of some sort dug into the side of a hill on that
    property- quite interesting." 

                                                            

                                                                                 

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