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Kristian Bjornstad
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Birth: Jul. 30, 1877
Gjovik
Oppland fylke, Norway
Death: Feb. 22, 1939
Grand Forks
Grand Forks County
North Dakota, USA

Kristian Bjornstad was born on the family farm (Greater Bjornstad Farm) in Norway, which was located on the highway between the towns of Gjovik and Kapp, on the western side of Lake Mjosa. The 2nd child of Hans and Marie (Braastad) Bjornstad, he was named after his maternal grandfather, Kristian Braastad. After serving in the Norwegian cavalry (a mandatory requirement before being allowed to leave the country), he emigrated to the US in 1902, residing with his cousin (last name was Staboe), who was a doctor in Decorah IA. During the time he worked for Dr. Staboe, they traveled to the 1904 World's Fair in St Louis MO, where he saw many medical exhibits that were not open to the general public. Later in 1904, he returned to Norway to operate the Hallingstad Farm near where he was raised, with his brother, Per Bjornstad. In 1905 he emigrated again to the US with his youngest brothers Mauritz and Casper, arriving on 30 October 1905 aboard the ship "United States" and resided near Spring Grove MN, where he met and married Olina Kvennerud (Americanized spelling: Quanrud) in 1909. He and Olina then moved to Grand Forks County ND, where he rented several farms at various times around Mekinock and Inkster ND, raising crops and livestock. He also served for a while as a local justice of the peace. His brother Casper, returned to Norway in 1914 and his brother Mauritz, lived with him and his family until his untimely death from a farm accident in 1927. There were 5 children born to Kristian and Olina Quanrud: Harold Oscar (1910-1998), Gerhard (1912-1998), Melvin Clarence (1913-1919), Tilford Bernhard (1917-2003), and Borgny Adele (1921-2004). He died at the Grand Forks Hospital due to complications resulting from appendicitis. 
 
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 Parents:
  Hans Bjornstad (1839 - 1897)
  Marie Braastad Bjornstad (1844 - 1916)
 
 Spouse:
  Olina Quanrud Bjornstad (1887 - 1968)
 
 Children:
  Harold Oscar Bjornstad (1910 - 1998)*
  Gerhard Bjornstad (1912 - 1998)*
  Melvin Clarence Bjornstad (1913 - 1919)*
  Tilford Bernhard Bjornstad (1917 - 2003)*
  Borgny Adele Bjornstad Larson (1921 - 2005)*
 
 Siblings:
  Torleiv Bjornstad (1874 - ____)*
  Kristian Bjornstad (1877 - 1939)
  Aksel Bjornstad (1881 - 1948)*
  Casper Bjornstad (1884 - 1963)*
  Mauritz Bjornstad (1884 - 1928)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Inkster Cemetery
Inkster
Grand Forks County
North Dakota, USA
 
Created by: William Bjornstad
Record added: Jun 02, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37821645
Kristian Bjornstad
Added by: William Bjornstad
 
Kristian Bjornstad
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- Ruth McDonald
 Added: Apr. 16, 2010

- purple-lady
 Added: Aug. 14, 2009
To my grandfather, who died before I was born.
- William Bjornstad
 Added: Jun. 2, 2009
 
 
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