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Andrew Ovie Huseby
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Birth: May 8, 1873
Death: Jan. 29, 1950

Andrew Ovie Huseby was born on May 8, 1873 in Nerstrand, Minnesota. He was the son of Andrew and Gertrude Torkelson. He went through the fifth grade. In the morning, he went to English-speaking school and in the afternoon, he went to a Norwegian-speaking school. At some point, he attended Concordia College in Northfield, Minnesota for one year. In about January 12, 1902, he married Emma Josephine Nelson in Makoti, North Dakota. She was raised in Dennison, Minnesota, which was the next town east of Nerstrand. They must have gotten to know each other there.

I don't know how they ended up in Makoti and why they left before the end of the year. Makoti was located southwest of Minot in north central North Dakota. There are a lot of Fedjes in the town but no evidence of any Husebys. It is rather confusing because it appears that the town was laid out in 1914 so I am not sure what was there when our family lived there.

Although I don't Andrew homesteaded in Walsh County near Adams, North Dakota, before he got married. There was a story that his house was so small that he could cook, wash dishes, eat his dinner and never leave his bed. I don't know if this was the sod house with a dirt floor, where Emma came to live. But she soon got tired of living with dirt floors. One day she laid down an ultimatum: Either move into town where decent people lived or live by himself on the prairie. Whatever the case, Emma made her point and they moved into town. There Andrew became a watchmaker.

Andrew loved to hunt with his bird dog. He also had two falcons. He was an avid photographer, owning many large bulky cameras. He even had fully equipped darkroom. Many of his prints were of wildlife and his trips to the Badlands. Twenty years earlier Theodore Roosevelt began to hunt in this area and eventually became an avid conservationist as a result of his experience in the Badlands.

While living in North Dakota, Arnold Joseph (1902-1970) and Juel Gilmore (1904-1997) were born. Arnold was born in Park River and Juel in Rugby. Both Arnold and Juel spoke Norwegian until they started school. In 1906, they moved to Edmore where he worked as a jeweler for Mr. Lindquist. While the front of the store was a jewelry store, the back was a mortuary. So they were sort of in the marrying and burying business. In 1910, Mr. Lindquist moved to Portland and the Husebys followed. There Mr. Lindquist partnered with another jeweler, Emil Nelson. Their store was located on Williams Avenue in the northeast quadrant of Portland, which in those days was a nice part of town.

In Portland, they bought a house at 3721-71st Street and were able to ride the streetcar to work downtown. In Portland, two more sons were born: Joy Bales (1911-2000) and Elsworth Nelson (1912-1978).

In 1916, Andrew and Emma sold their house and moved to Ilwaco, Washington where he set up a jewelry store and watch repair shop. They lived in Holman Station, a little town nearby. There he became a partner in a fishing business and closed down his store. While Andrew and the boys were very happy there, Emma was not. The job was very risky due to the roughness of the waters in the Columbia Bar. Coupled with that, the town was extremely isolated. The only access to the town was by rail or boat. She finally prevailed when she became concerned about her sons' welfare. She felt that a resort was not a place to raise her children. She was already having problems with Arnold and was growing concerned about Juel as well.

In 1920, she returned to Portland and leased a seven-acre farm near Rockwood. Andrew sold his business and followed the family. He bought a jewelry shop with a man named Mr. Lakin. Andrew's eyes began to fail him and he had to take a manual job at Carman's Furniture Factory gluing veneer.

Andrew and Emma were devout Lutherans and made their children go regularly to Sunday school. Uncle Joe remembered them having a special relationship with each other. With a twinkle in his eye, he would call Emma, "Kristiansand". To that she would reply, "Sogne." These nicknames signified the region in Norway where their respective families came from.

Andrew is remembered for his quirky sense of humor. There is a story that Andrew refused to have cards played in the house, because he had gotten into a fight with a friend while playing cards. They never spoke to each other again. (This attitude was carried over to our family. It took a long time to convince my father to allow us to play board games and cards while growing up.) My mother remembered Emma as being a hypochondriac at least in her later years.

Joy served four years in World War II as a medic in the Italian campaign as part of the 91st Infantry Division. He was a Private First Class, Technician Fifth Grade. On September 15, 1944, he removed the wounded from the front line near Casal, Italy, under heavy fire, and in the process was shot in the line of duty. He carried shrapnel in his back for the rest of his life. Despite "suffering intense pain from his wounds, he went to the assistance of the other men and administered expert first aid to each of the wounded… He remained with the wounded throughout the heavy barrage, giving them what aid and comfort he could. He reported his own wounds only after the other men had been safely evacuated." He won a bronze star medal for this act of bravery.

He was awarded another bronze star medal for heroic achievement in action on June 10, 1944 near Montalto di Castro, Italy. (These medals were given to Robert Preston after Joy passed away. Robert, husband of Maret (Huseby), was a Vietnam War veteran. He had nothing to show for his years of service. He had refused several medals for bravery because he did not want his mother to worry about the military action he saw.)

Joy told us a story once. He was in a foxhole and moved out of the way for another soldier who took his place. As soon as he moved, the other soldier was blown up by a grenade. The war made a profound impression on him and in his later years, became a devout Christian.

Andrew passed away from a stroke on January 29, 1950 in Berkeley. On the night that he passed away, he gave his pipe to his wife. He said he would never use it again. Later that night, his wife and Joy saw his spirit walking down the hall. They raced down the hall to the room where he had been sleeping and found that he had just died. Emma passed away on August 24, 1953 in Portland. Both were buried in Sunset View Cemetery, Berkeley, California near the house where their son, Juel, and his family lived.
 
 
Burial:
Sunset View Cemetery
El Cerrito
Contra Costa County
California, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 37.90796, -122.28641
 
Created by: Nelson Huseby
Record added: Nov 30, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31838724
Andrew Ovie Huseby
Added by: David Menninger
 
Andrew Ovie Huseby
Added by: David Menninger
 
Andrew Ovie Huseby
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