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Archive for December 2019

Hultman, Peter and Betty

HULTMAN, PETER AND BETTY   Coming to America, Peter Hultman and Betty Erickson arrived separately, each with a hope of a better future, determined to learn a new language and culture, and love their new country. Each one had relatives living in Duluth, Minnesota and Herbster, Wisconsin. They met in Duluth, married and in 1915…

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Hendrickson, John Eric and Josephine

HENDRICKSON, JOHN ERIC AND JOSEPHINE   My grandfather, John Eric Kukkola (Hendrickson) who was born in Kokkola, Finland in 1866, left home when he was 12 years old. Initially, he traveled to Lapland to tend reindeer. Later he went to Norway and worked on fishing boats where he learned his fishing skills. When he came…

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Grandish, Vaso Michael and Pauline

GRANDISH, VASO MICHAEL AND PAULINE   On March 22, 1922, Vaso Michael and Pauline Grandish arrived in Herbster with their family of three girls and two boys from Ford City, Pennsylvania. Their forty acres was not like the home they had left where Mr. Grandish had worked for the Pittsburg Plate Glass Company. In reminiscing,…

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Grandish, George and Elva

GRANDISH, GEORGE AND ELVA   My parents, George and Elva Grandish, had a desire to open a business in Herbster after having married and live in Chicago for a time. It was close to home and aging parents for my dad, and only a few hours drive from my mother’s parents in Cromwell, MN. It…

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Glasener, George and Lucy

GLASENER, GEORGE AND LUCY   George and Lucy Glasener moved to Herbster with their daughter Alice in 1949. They lived on Bark Point Road for a few years. In 1954, they bought the apple orchard located on Clover Cemetery Road from Cybil and Carl Erickson. Their son, Dale, came to Herbster in 1955 to help…

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Fleming, Ruel and Donna

FLEMING, RUEL AND DONNA   Ruel and Donna moved to Herbster in the fall of 1952 with a one-year-old daughter, Kathy. Their son, David, was born in 1954. A second son, Tim, was born in 1956. Ruel was employed by the South Shore District as an Industrial Arts Teacher and Coach. However, his duties were…

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Forsberg, John and Marie (Mary)

FORSBERG, JOHN AND MARIE (MARY)   John Forsberg and Marie (Mary) Flinkfelt were both of Swedish descent and grew up and went to school together in Vasa, Finland. John, a hard-working and ambitious young man, came to America in 1900 landing in northern Wisconsin where his brother was already settled. Marie, an adventurous and brave…

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Forsberg, Charles and Marie

FORSBERG, CHARLES AND MARIE   The (Wiks) Forsbergs were Swede-Finns (Swedish People) living in Finland. Charles was born May 3, 1881 and his wife Marie (Rabin) was born in 1885. They came to the United States on February 13, 1907 and bought 80 acres on Bark Point for $420.00. Charles received naturalization papers on September…

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Erickson, Andrew and Fanny

ERICKSON, ANDREW AND FANNY   Andrew Erickson was born in Vaasa, Finland on May 18, 1885. At age nineteen, Andrew came to America on the ship Virginian departing Finland on May 3, 1905. The destination for the Virginian was Duluth, Minnesota. Fanny Korppas came with her family when she was eight years old. The Korppas…

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Driessen, Ira and Evelyn

DRIESSEN, IRA AND EVELYN   Ira Driessen originally from Balfour, North Dakota met Evelyn Touve in Duluth, MN where they were both employed. They were married in 1929 and moved to Balfour, ND. In 1937, they returned to Wisconsin. They bought the Reynolds’ place on Cranberry River Road where they had a dairy farm. They…

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