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Lars Oksendal

Collected and written by Karen Windheim, Oregon, USA.
Introduction by Kaare Trefall

Introduction:
The life of Lars Nilson Oksendal (1875-1953), first child of Nils Larson Øksendal (1846-1891) and Anna Rasmusdatter Straume (1845-1913). He emigrated to USA, North Dakota, in 1902. Lars was brother of Rasmus Nilson Oksendal, which setteled in the same area when he emigrated permanently in 1913. More about Rasmus under Rasmus Oksendal.
The story:

Lars. Photo by Karen
Lars was born November 5th. 1875 on. the Oksendal farm in Hordaland, Norway. He grew to manhood here and in 1902 decided to follow his uncle and brother to America. He sailed with his sister Borghild on March 4th, 1902, and 4 Oksendals from bruk 2 (not blood relatives). He filed his 'first papers' in May of 1903, and homesteaded near Butte, North Dakota. He sold that farm and moved to East Fork Township where he purchased a farm north of his brother, Nels, where he spent part of his time. He worked for a while south of Maddock, and spent some time visiting his uncle Ivar in Washington. He became a citizen in 1921. He never married and passed away in 1953. He was laid to rest in the Fron Church Cemetery, south of Maddock.

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