Michael Andreas <I>Einersen</I> Dyrlie

Michael Andreas Einersen Dyrlie

Birth
Alesund, Ålesund kommune, Møre og Romsdal fylke, Norway
Death
27 Jul 1922 (aged 57)
Jamaica, Queens County, New York, USA
Burial
Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot
Bethany Section, Lot 2173
Memorial ID
123337498 View Source

Baptized Michael Andreas Einersen Dyrlie in Ålesund, Norway, Andrew M. Einersen was the fifth and final child of parents Einer Larsen Dyrlie and Berthe Gurine Evensdatter, and the brother of Lauritz (1854), Maria (1855), Anne Marie (1859) and Edvard (1861). He arrived in New York Harbor from Christiana, Norway aboard the SS Island on September 30th, 1886, where he set eyes upon the Statue of Liberty for the first time, a mere four weeks before the statue's official dedication. At times working as a sailor, carpenter, ship's cook and "tugboatsman", he married wife Mathilda in Brooklyn on September 13th, 1890, just seven days after her own arrival, he having convinced her that marriage was a legal requirement for sponsorship. Something must have worked out, as they produced ten children together, and rose from near impoverishment to prosperity in the American Century, all the while experiencing their share of blessings, triumphs and tragedies. In the last week of June 1912, having firmly established himself as an iron worker, he helped put in place the final iron beams atop the Woolworth Building, a steel structure soaring 750 feet in the air, then the tallest building in the world. At its very pinnacle the iron workers affixed a twelve-foot pole, and he among them was chosen to climb it, and unfurl an American flag, a time-honored "hoary" tradition. One can only imagine his thoughts as he scaled the swaying pole, flag clasped firmly in hand, to gaze out upon Manhattan and the harbor beyond, and in the distance, set eyes upon the Statue of Liberty once more.

Baptized Michael Andreas Einersen Dyrlie in Ålesund, Norway, Andrew M. Einersen was the fifth and final child of parents Einer Larsen Dyrlie and Berthe Gurine Evensdatter, and the brother of Lauritz (1854), Maria (1855), Anne Marie (1859) and Edvard (1861). He arrived in New York Harbor from Christiana, Norway aboard the SS Island on September 30th, 1886, where he set eyes upon the Statue of Liberty for the first time, a mere four weeks before the statue's official dedication. At times working as a sailor, carpenter, ship's cook and "tugboatsman", he married wife Mathilda in Brooklyn on September 13th, 1890, just seven days after her own arrival, he having convinced her that marriage was a legal requirement for sponsorship. Something must have worked out, as they produced ten children together, and rose from near impoverishment to prosperity in the American Century, all the while experiencing their share of blessings, triumphs and tragedies. In the last week of June 1912, having firmly established himself as an iron worker, he helped put in place the final iron beams atop the Woolworth Building, a steel structure soaring 750 feet in the air, then the tallest building in the world. At its very pinnacle the iron workers affixed a twelve-foot pole, and he among them was chosen to climb it, and unfurl an American flag, a time-honored "hoary" tradition. One can only imagine his thoughts as he scaled the swaying pole, flag clasped firmly in hand, to gaze out upon Manhattan and the harbor beyond, and in the distance, set eyes upon the Statue of Liberty once more.



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