|Birth: ||Dec. 29, 1829|
|Death: ||Jul. 2, 1911|
J. S. (Jorgen Soren) Aandahl was born December 29, 1829, and his wife, Martine Ericksen, was born May 25, 1844. When they left their homeland of Norway, they came from Aandalsnes, Norway, with six of their first seven children in the spring of 1881.
They arrived at Sanborn, Dakota Territory, in May of that year. They first settled on the SW 1/4 of Section 24 of Svea Township, Barnes County. In 1884 they moved to and homesteaded the SE 1/4 of Section 24. It is not known whether they had filed a homestead on the first quarter or did not finalize such a claim.
The first seven children were Soren Christian, born and died as an infant in 1867; Soren (Sam) J. 1869-1922; Gertrude 1870-1940; Carl (Karl) 1873-1895; Elliot 1875-1944; Anne 1877-1909; and Bertha 1880-1943. Their son George (J. J.) was born when they lived on the SW 1/4 of Section 24. He had the distinction of being the first white child born in Svea Township. He was born August 1, 1882, and died in 1967. Sara was born May 15, 1885, and died in 1973. Willis, the youngest member of the family, was born July 27, 1887
and died in 1974. Their childhood memories on the prairie included trapping gophers, herding cattle and collecting buffalo chips for the fire.
In 1890, the family left the farm and journeyed to Norway to try to claim family property left as a result of a death. It was during the time they were in Norway, that their son Soren (Sam) J. Aandahl returned to the United States and homesteaded the SW 1/4 of Section 26 in Svea Township in 1891.
Meanwhile, the courts in Norway ruled against the Aandahl family, so they returned to the U. S. and lived temporarily with Sam. On July 16, 1895, a fearful hailstorm came up and ruined the crop.Soren (Sam) J. Aandahl went to the Fargo Business College during the winter of 1895-96 while Anne, George and Bertha attended the Gusaas school, with Miss Mamie Lawry as the teacher. Sam and Mamie were married March 28, 1896.
The rest of the family then moved to J. S. Aandahlís homestead in Section 8 of Spring Creek Township. A small hovel was dug 3 feet in the ground with one small bedroom. They lived here for three years, until 1899 when they moved back to Samís homestead as Sam and Mamie had moved to Section 27 in Svea Township.
Only two of their children remained in Svea Township, S. J. (Sam) and George. Martine Aandahl died December 18, 1901. J. S. Aandahl died July 2, 1911.
Published in the Litchville North Dakota History Book, 1900-2000, copyright 2000. Page 224-225
(bio by: Dennis C. Olson)
Marthine Ericksen Aandahl (1844 - 1901)*
Soren Jorgen Aandahl (1869 - 1922)*
Elliott Andreas Aandahl (1875 - 1944)*
George Aandahl (1882 - 1967)*
Created by: Littlmouse
Record added: Mar 27, 2010
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