|Birth: ||Mar. 27, 1827|
Aust-Agder fylke, Norway
|Death: ||Nov. 19, 1918|
In October, 1862, Ole writes to his younger brother Thor from Rushford Township in southeastern Minnesota, where the good farmland has already been settled. He tells the folks in Røed that because of the Sioux uprising that year homestead land was available for $15 and there were plenty of soldiers for protection, even with the Civil War going on in the South. Ole himself returned to Risør for a couple of years, then moved to Chippewa County in western Minnesota where our family took root.
I knew Ole to be a colorful Minnesota Pioneer character from the material unearthed in 2009 (see Appendix). Now one can see how over a period of a quarter of a century (from his first arrival in the Midwest in 1852 his resettlement in western Minnesota in the late 1860s and his close involvement with the wave of settlers in the 1870s) he ties the two communities together, starting the first post office at Risør/Reesor and helping to give shape to Tønsberg/Tunsberg Township. Pending further research in Minnesota, this summary of Ole's life in America will suffice:
Ole Torgerson was born in Norway on March 26, 1827, a son of Torge Olson. He left Norway July 6, 1850 and, after spending approximately 3 years in Wisconsin lumber camps, arrived at Rushford, Fillmore County, Minnesota on July 2, 1853. Ole Torgeson became a citizen of the United States on May 23, 1855.
April 7, 1863 he went back to Norway, arriving on May 12 the same year. He left resort Norway March 26, 1866 and arrived back at Rushford, Fillmore County on May 30, 1866. He left Rushford August 4, 1866 and arrived at the Chippewa River in section 35, Swift County on August 27 the same year. The first year he lived in a 10' x 12' dugout approximately a quarter mile northeast of Hagen. He married Olive Turi Olson on September 25, 1866. Olive Olson was born in Norway July 29, 1840, a daughter of Olav and Ingeborg Svenungson. They had both been educated in the English language in Norway. In 1867 he homesteaded 147.8 acres in section 3, Tunsberg Township – approximately 4 miles north and 1/2 mile East of Watson. He built a log house on the east side of the river which became the first Risør/Reesor post office.
Olive Turi Olson Torgeson (1840 - 1922)
Theodore Torgeson (1868 - 1957)*
Edward Torgeson (1870 - 1962)*
John Torgerson (1871 - 1940)*
Julius Torgeson (1874 - 1964)*
Daniel Torgeson (1876 - 1967)*
Hannah Torgeson (1880 - 1959)*
Elias Torgerson (1881 - 1953)*
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Note: Death Record (1918-MN-003193) indicates burial at Emanual Cemetry
Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery
Created by: Jeff Kregel
Record added: Oct 03, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 59554498