A lot of people from the valley of Eksingedalen emigrated to America. From some of the farms almost whole families left. The second uppermost farm Ekse was one of those.
One which left was Lars Jakobson Ekse, b. 1849. He left in 1871. Of 9 siblings 6 left. On the picture below you can see his house in 1881. A sodhouse. We are in Spring Lake outside Oldham, Kingsbury County, South Dakota. Lars and his wife Anna lived in this house for five years, from 1876 when they just married arrived with their properties and two children on a mule wagon westwards from Kasson Minnesota. In this house Anna gave birth to 3 children. Anna is sitting in the doorway holding John borne in 1881. Later this year they could move into a real house. Lars was back in Norway in 1908. He died in 1937. His brother Jakob b. 1860 became a pastor “over there”. The picture and picture-text are from the 1930 Golden Anniversary edition of the De Smet newspaper The News.
This as an example of the hard life meeting the immigrants in the “beloved land”. When I started back in 2004 to publish articles about the emigration from Eksingedalen to America I did it on trefall.com/emigration. Those pages will continue to exist. But new articles will appear here. The goal is that all new articles will be both in Norwegian and English.
SD = South Dakota.
Kartet viser og antall innvandrarar til kvar stat:
Kingsbury County to the right in the middle:
Parts of Spring Lake Township in Kingsbury County from 1929.
Lars J Ekse in sector 7.
A sister of Lars, Dortea b. 1857 emigrated in 1882, married to Christian E. Nelson, was located in sector 18.
The Lars farm is in the square in the middle, surrounded by roads below and to the left.
Use “full screen” and zoom and pan around:
Some data about age of persons are incorrect. I have to go through censues and correct these, + add cementary data and gravestones for Lars and Anna.
Emigration from the Ekse farm
- Rev. EkseThis article is an unchanged copy from www.trefall.com/emigration. New though are the additional data at the end, as sources, the geographical maps, and the family maps, although these are so far a bit un-complete. Jakob Jakobson Ekse b. April 27 1860, emigrated in 1882. He left April 21 1882 from Bergen 22 years and unmarried cotter, ...read more
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