Herbster History

Larson, William and Violet

WILLIAM AND VIOLET LARSON   William Larson 1906-1997 Violet (Christenson) Larson 1915-2001   William (Bill) was born on Bark Point in Herbster. His family moved to Cornucopia in 1916. William married Violet in 1940 and adopted her son, Victor Allen Korppas. They resided on Bark River Road. In 1941, they had son, John Andrew Larson.…

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Kusel, Arne and Elsie

  THE ARNE & ELSIE KUSEL FAMILY   Elsie Forsberg Kusel was born on August 29, 1907, the oldest of five children born to John and Marie Forsberg, who were of Swedish descent. John and Marie Forsberg had emigrated from Vasa, Finland in 1900 and 1902 and were married on July 4, 1902 in Duluth,…

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Haarstad, Carl and Martha

THE HISTORY OF THE CARL AND MARTHA HAARSTAD FAMILY This is a sketch of the Carl and Martha Haarstad family as recalled and reflected by their eldest daughter, Carlene. Carl and Martha (Erickson) Haarstad settled in Herbster in 1944. Carl was the son of Amanda and Conrad Haarstad who resided in Duluth, Minnesota.  Martha was…

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The DeJong Family

  THE DEJONG FAMILY   At the age of 27, caught up in the emigration movement of 1911, Sjoerd (Stewart) DeJong followed his aunts and cousins to Canada where they settled near Winnipeg.  For a time, he and his brother, Jack DeJong, worked in the large truck gardens of their cousin Klass DeJong. Then Stewart…

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Kuechler, WIlliam and Myrtle

KUECHLER, WILLIAM AND MYRTLE   In 1931, our father, Bill, and our grandfather, John Kuechler, both carpenters, arrived in Herbster to build a home for the Bill Kuechler family. A few months later, Myrtle, our mother, arrived with three-year-old Dorothy and three-month-old Billy, to join Dad in a two-room house in the middle of the…

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The Ericksons

THE ERICKSONS Pictured above, left to right: Gust, Gerda, John, Anna, Carl and Erik Erickson The immigrant journey was often a family affair. Often one member of a family would go to America first and then bring the others to join them. The descendants of Eric and Anna Louisa Pearson Larson did just that in…

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The Sytsmas

THE SYTSMAS Photo taken in 1939 on Herbster School Steps.  Pictured above, left to right: Front Row: Maynard Dejong, Dieuke Elizinga Vander Plaats, Delores Okkonen, Minnie “Henriks” Vander Plaats Second Row: Uno Okkonen (holding Donna Okkonen), Alice Okkonen, Marie Sytsma, Tina Erickson (holding Glenda Erickson), Jake Vander Plaats Third Row: Daisy Isaksson, Peter Sytsma, Hugo…

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Korppas, Aaron and Mathilda

KORPPAS, AARON AND MATHILDA   Aaron Petterson Korppas was born on February 12, 1862 in Finland. Mathilda Pettersdotter Broas was born on March 10, 1866 in Svartback, Finland. They were married on October 17, 1884 in Phytaa Viipuri, Finland. Three children were born to them in Finland, Fanny on February 22, 1884, Victor on December…

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Isaksson Lumber

   ISAKSSON LUMBER   Timber, sawmills and lumber have been in the Isaksson family for several generations. Isak Isaksson lived in Tyndero, Sweden, the district of Sweden that is an historic saw milling area. He worked as a lumber scaler. It was said he could scale a load of lumber quickly in his mind. The…

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Isaksson, Hjalmar and Daisy Mary

 ISAKSSON, HJALMAR AND DAISY MARY Karl Hjalmar Isaksson (1898-1992) and Daisy Mary (De Jong) Isaksson (1914-2005) were married in Herbster February 29, 1939. Hjalmar left Sweden when he was 15 years old, on a three (3) masted whaling ship. He sailed all over the world on freighters, with the U.S. Merchant Marines in World War…

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