AANUND SVEINUNGSSON was from the village of Morgedal in the Kommune of Kviteseid, Telemark, Norway. Morgedal is about 200km southwest of Oslo on highway E134. It is now known as the "cradle of skiing." It is the birthplace of Sondre Norheim (1825-1897) who is credited with popularizing skiing as a sport. Sondre is called the "father of modern skiing," and in his honor the Olympic torch was lit in Morgedal for three Olympic games - 1952 Oslo, 1960 Squaw Valley, and 1994 Lillehammer.
The nearest church is in the nearby village of Brunkeberg. The original "Bruggaberga Kirkja" was a stave church built about 1200. It was torn down sometime before 1790, when the present wooden cruciform church was built. The church is beautifully decorated with biblical motifs, and contains some items from medieval times. In this church, the Drangstveit children were baptized and confirmed.
Morgedal and Brunkeberg are just two of the villages that make up the municipality (Kommune) of Kviteseid. Another village is Kviteseid, which bears the same name as the larger Kommune. It lies on highway 39, south of Brunkeberg, and is the business area for the township. The canal boat "Victoria" makes scheduled stops here in the summer.
Seven children were born to AANUND and GRO, three daughters followed by four sons. Between 1863 and 1882 the oldest four children married in Norway. Olav, the fourth oldest married in 1882, and that same year, Tarald died at age 19. By the next year, 1883, all the remaining children (except Gunnhild) had immigrated to America. AANUND and GRO came in 1883. All settled in Trempealeau County, WI, except for SIGRID, who immigrated to Fergus Falls, MN, with her family. Gunnhild remained in Norway.
Except for Rannei, the family chose to use their farm name, DRANGSTVEIT, in America. Rannei married Aslak Torjusson, and they chose to use the name Thompson. Their children adopted various forms of their Norwegian farm name, using Omli and Omley, after their farm homestead of Aamlid or Omlid.
AANUND died in 1891. GRO died Nov. 29, 1899. Both are buried at the Trempealeau Valley Church Cemetery, though there are no markers and the exact burial site is unknown.
Rannei, the oldest child, was born in Morgedal, Oct. 2, 1840, and was baptized in Brunkeberg, Oct. 25, 1840. She married Aslak Torjusson, Sep. 25, 1863, in Kviteseid. They emigrated to Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, in 1872, and took the last name, Thompson. They had five children:
Torjus "Thomas" - b. Feb 1864 NOR - d. Apr 2, 1949 Ferndale, WA Gro "Julia" - b. Jan 24, 1869 NOR - d. Jul 12, 1948 Ferndale, WA Aanon "Oney" - b. Aug 6, 1872 WI - d. Nov 1962 Alaska Sophia - b. 1876 WI Gena - b. 1878 WI
The oldest daughter, Gro ("Julia Thompson") married Guttorm Torjussson ("George T. Omli") in Jackson County, WI, on Oct. 03, 1884. George was the brother of Aslak, and thereby Julia's uncle. About 1886, George and Julia left Wisconsin, settling in Richwood, Becker, MN, for several years. In 1889, they left Richwood, with their four children, and moved to Whatcom County, WA. Seven more children were born in Washington.
The entire family ended up in the extreme northwestern corner of Washington, including Rannei and Aslak. Most of the males worked in fishing and logging, spending the summers in Alaska, as far away as the Bering Sea. They would return to Washington in the winters, where they helped with the family dairy farm in Ferndale.
Gunnhild was the only child (other than Tarald, who died in Norway) who didn't emigrate from Norway. She married Johannes Johannesson AARDALEN in 1869. Their first child, Johannes Johannesson BREKKE, was born the following year at the Drangstveit farm. They decided to stay in Norway, and had three more children. Their son, Johannes, married and had nine children. Another son, Aanund married and had eight children.
The four children of Gunnhild and Johannes are:
Johannes - b. 1870 - d. 1916 at Aardalen + Ingebjørg Aslaksdotter - d. 1920 at Brekke Anne - b. 1872 - d. 1938 at home for elderly, unmarried Aanund - b. 1875 - d. 1943 at Aardalen + Kari Knutsdotter - b. 1874 Gro - b. 1883 - d. unmarried
Morgedal Skisportens Vogge
Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery
Ole moved to Minneapolis in the 1900's. Tragically, he took his life there on Aug. 27, 1909. He is buried at Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery in Minneapolis (Lot 74, Block H, 19th grave from the north).
Ole is mentioned in four different places in the book, Sondre Norheim Fra Morgedal. He is also mentioned in Morgedal Skisportens Vogge. He won first place in the Sandvika race of 1875, finishing ahead of his brother Sveinung, as well as finishing ahead of Sondre Norheim. He came in second or third in two other races in 1871 and 1879. Ole continued racing after coming to America.
What might have been Ole's most outstanding skiing accomplishment is described in Halvor Kleppen's Telemark Skiing: Norway's Gift to the World. In February, 1868, Sondre Norheim was invited to the first national skiing competition in Norway, held in the capital Christiania (now Oslo). Sondre brought two friends with him, one being Ole and the other Olav Torjusson Byggland. There were 50 of Norway's best skiers in the competition, but these three captured first, sixth and eighth places. It was the first time the "Telemark turn" had been seen outside of Telemark. Ole was only seventeen at the time. He received 2-1/2 "spesi-dollar" for finishing eighth.
Morgedal Skisportens Vogge
Trempealeau Valley Church Cemetery
Ingeborg was the daughter of Even and Birgit Olson. She was born in Telemarken on July 25, 1863. She came to America, when 3 years old, by sailboat. The crossing took 16 weeks. Her family settled in Tamarack Coulee, south of Arcadia, Trempealeau, WI.
Sveinung was an avid skier along with his two brothers. He finished third in the Sandvika race in 1875, beating Sondre Norheim. He came in sixth in the Sandåker race in 1880.
Sveinung and Ingeborg had 10 children:
Edwin - b. 1888 - of Westby, MT (near Plentywood), wife Gunda Nygaard Albert - b. 1890 - of Minneapolis, MN Gertie - b. 1893 - Mrs. Floyd Sanders of Minneapolis, MN Theodore - b. 1895 - lived on the home farm in Blair Clara - b. 1897 - Mrs. William Kelly of Los Angeles (or Hollywood), CA Bernette - b. 1904 - Mrs. Glen Milton Brandon of Minneapolis, MN 4 others who died in infancy
Sveinung's obituary, in the Blair Press, November 27, 1941, states that all his brothers and sisters preceded him in death.
Aslak was born July 24, 1858. He emigrated to America at the age of 21, and settled in the Trempealeau Valley. He purchased railroad land from the Green Bay Railroad Company, and farmed the land for almost 30 years. In 1911, he sold the farm to Martin Thompson, and purchased the Rotenberg farm, north of Blair on Fly Creek ridge. He died Oct. 22, 1926, in Blair.
Signe Helgeson was born in Kviteseid, Aug. 18, 1859, daughter of Halvor and Aslaug (Knutson) Helgeson. She came to America with her parents in 1861, and settled in Racine County. The family later moved to Trempealeau County. Signe was confirmed at the Trempealeau Valley Church on Sep. 12, 1875, as one of a group of 60 confirmed that day. She married Aslak on Sep. 13, 1882, and moved to his farm. She had a twin brother, Knute Helgeson, who died Mar. 3, 1939. She also had a brother, Henry, and a sister, Thon. Thon was the wife of Ole Christianson.
Aslak and Signe had 9 children:
Albert - b. 1883 - of Black River Falls, WI Amanda - b. 1885 - Mrs. August Anderson of Bengough, Saskatchewan Gena - b. 1889 - Mrs. Hans Renning of Minneapolis, MN Helen - b. 1891 - Mrs. Roy Perin of Oakland, CA Arthur - b. 1894 - of Strum, WI Mabel - b. 1896 - Mrs. John (Gerald) Eddy of Minneapolis, MN Laurence - b. 1898 - of Minneapolis, MN Melvin - b. 1900 - lived on the home farm on Fly Creek ridge Nora - b. 1902 - Mrs. Herbert Hughey of Story, WY
Aslak's obituary, in the Blair Press, October 26, 1926, mentions his sister, Mrs. SIGRID THORSTENSON of
Tarald died, of tuberculosis, December 16, 1882, at the age of 19. By the following year, his parents and all his siblings (except Gunnhild) had emigrated to America.
|1880 Wisconsin Census||-||Rannei, Aslak Torjusson, and five children.|
|1900 Washington Census||-||Rannei's daughter, Gro (Julia) and her family.|
|1900 Wisconsin Census||-||Ole and family.|
|1900 Wisconsin Census||-||Sveinung and family.|
|1900 Wisconsin Census||-||Aslak and family.|
|1905 Wisconsin State Census||-||Rannei's nephew (Tom Omli), son of Aslak's brother Olav Torjusson.|
|1905 Wisconsin State Census||-||Ole and Dora.|
|1905 Wisconsin State Census||-||Sveinung and family.|
|1905 Wisconsin State Census||-||Aslak and family - page 1.|
|1905 Wisconsin State Census||-||Aslak and family - page 2.|
|1910 Wisconsin Census||-||Sveinung and family.|
|1910 Wisconsin Census||-||Aslak and family.|
|1920 Wisconsin Census||-||Sveinung and family.|
|1920 Wisconsin Census||-||Aslak and family.|
|1930 Wisconsin Census||-||Sveinung and Emma.|
|1930 Wisconsin Census||-||Signe, widow of Aslak.|
husband Aslak Torjusson
husband Johannes Johannesson
SIGRID A. DRANGSTVEIT
husband BJORN THORSTENSON
wife Gunnhild Knuttsdotter
wife Ingeborg Evenson
wife Signe Helgeson
|Aanund Sveinungsson DRANGSTVEIT
+ Gro Olavsdotter
|HOMME 49 |
|Rannei Aanundsdotter DRANGSTVEIT
+ Aslak Torjusson KOSI
1835 VESLE KALLÅK
||HOMME 52 |
|Gunnhild Aanundsdotter DRANGSTVEIT
+ Johannes Johannesson AARDALEN
|HOMME 53 |
|Sigrid Aanundsdotter DRANGSTVEIT
+ Bjorn Thorstenson SLETTETVEIT
|HOMME 54 |
|Olav Aanundsson DRANGSTVEIT
+ Gunnhild Knuttsdotter BJÅLAND
|HOMME 55 |
|Sveinung Aanundsson DRANGSTVEIT
+ Ingeborg Evenson
|HOMME 56 |
|Aslak Aanundsson DRANGSTVEIT
+ Signe Helgeson
|HOMME 57 |
|Tarald Aanundsson DRANGSTVEIT||1863 DRANGSTVEIT||1882 DRANGSTVEIT||HOMME 58|
enumerated at Drangstveit (Søndre Morgedal), Brunkeberg, Hvideseid, Telemark, Norway _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ navn familiestatus yrke sivilstand alder kjønn Fødested Overskrift (name) (fam. member) (occupation) (marital) (age) (sex) (birthplace) ________________ _____________ ________________ ___________ ___ ___ _______________ _______________ Aanund Svenungs. Husfader Husmand med Jord g (gift) 56 m Hvideseid Prgj. 2 cows, 6 sheep, (father) (tenant farmer) (marr) male (Kviteseid) 2 goats, barley Gro Olafsd. hans Kone g 46 k Hvideseid Prgj. potatoes (his wife) fem. Gunnild Aanundsd. deres datter Inderste ug (ugift) 22 k Hvideseid Prgj. (his daughter) (lodger) (unmarr) Olaf Aanunds. deres son hjaelper Faderen ug 16 m Hvideseid Prgj. (his son) (helps father) Svenung Aanunds. deres son hjaelper Faderen ug 11 m Hvideseid Prgj. Aslak Aanunds. deres son hjaelper Faderen ug 8 m Hvideseid Prgj. Tarald Aanunds. deres son hjaelper Faderen ug 3½ m Hvideseid Prgj.
enumerated at Bygland øvre (Søndre Morgedal), Brunkeberg, Hvideseid, Telemark, Norway _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ navn familiestatus yrke sivilstand alder kjønn Fødested Overskrift (name) (fam. member) (occupation) (marital) (age) (sex) (birthplace) ________________ _____________ ________________ ___________ ___ ___ _______________ _______________ Steffen Evends. Husfader Gaardbr. Selveier g (gift) 30 m Hvideseid Prgj. 1 horse, 5 cows, (father) (owner) (marr) male (Kviteseid) 12 sheep, 5 goats, Gunnild Iversd. hans Kone g 29 k Hvideseid Prgj. barley, oats, (his wife) fem. potatoes Tone 1 k Birgit 3 k Even 5 m Sigri Aanunds. Tjenestepige ug (ugift) 18 k Hvideseid Prgj. (girl servant) (unmarr)
Dette er ein plass utskild frå Bygland i 1906, 10. 11. Han ligg i sudhalli mot morgonsoli, lognt attom ein tykk skogkrull. Det er 10 mål dyrka og 40 mål utmark. Namnet finst i Fyresdal og andre stader. Under Skare ligg ei slåtte som heiter Drangeland. Etter O. Rygh: «spids, opragende klippe», men dette passar no ikkje så godt her nett -- for lendet ovan plassen har berre låge knausar.
Husi på bruket er i brukeleg stand. Stoga er gamal, men omattbygt (1939). Løda er ny (1954), men fjøset gamalt og skal snart gjeva rom for nytt.
Buret er berre ei vanleg, liti stolpereising.
Plassen har gått i fleire kjøp på dei siste 50 åri. Bjørgulv Sveinungson Vassend hadde kjøpt det innåt Vassend av Olav Eivindson Bygland i 1906. Bjørgulf selde det til Tormod Nuten, og han til Sigvald Sandstaul (Rauland) og så til Olav Skålid (utv.) Av den siste kjøpte Aslak Guttormson Nordjorde g.m. Bergit Halvorsdtr. Harthol eigedomen i 1924.
31. 3. 1857 Kari Halvorsdtr. Drangstveit til U.S.A. (20 år).
Halvor Olavson (1814-66) komen frå Mo budde her i 1850 åri, (Drangstveit 1).
Litt i sudvest for Styve, ligg Dalen jorde i jorde. I 1853 kom Halvor Dalen frå Dalane og spurde Eivind Donstad etter rudningslende. Eivind åtte då nigard Bygland og gav Halvor rudningslende der. Kona hans heitte Tone og var dotter åt Guttorm og Margit Lian. Dei fekk 5 born (Olav, Guttorm, Halvor, Margit og Turid).
Etter Halvor og Tone hadde døytt, kom Aslak Torjusson Omlid g.m. Rannei Ånonsdtr. Drangstveit der. Dei reiste til Amerika og plassen vart lagd øyde.