Havana/Aurora Norwegians

Thank you for visiting my Guestbook.

[ Back to Home Page ]

Name: Eugene Johnson <a2gjohnson@gmail.com>
Date: 2013-10-06
Ancestors in this community Lewis & Englive Johnson, Nels Johnson, Clara Johnson
10/6/2012 Dear Carol, You have done a great job with the family history and the Aurora/Havana early immigrants. I see much of the part on Lewis and Englive is what Arlene and I put together many years ago and we submitted to the Family Reunion in 1997. Thank you for including it. It was nice meeting you that day. We recently learned new information about Lewis' brother Peter Johnson by reviewing old deed records for the farm they settled on. It answered many questions we had about Peter and Carrie but added a few more! Would love to correspond with you. The old family home and barn #where I grew up - as did my grandpa Nels# was taken down 5years ago and a new home has been built on site. We visit there occasionally. We no longer are members of the Aurora Church but visit there often as we live near by. Our oldest grandson now has the old iniatialed trunk...and the small table that was brought with the great gr grandparents from Norway- we still eat our breakfast daily from it and is placed in our sun porch. Eight years ago our home was featured on a "Tour of Homes" as a 'Scandinavian Christmas Home' by the Steele Co. Historical Society. All our Norwegian family treasures were lovingly displayed. We would welcome a visit by you any time. Peace in your heart. Eugene N. Johnson#age 77#-great grandson of Lewis and Englive Johnson

Name: Sonya <esandss@bigvalley.net>
Date: 2011-12-24
Norweign family names: Olson, Lundby, Bjorge

I don't have much information. My Grandmother Lundby was from Sherwood Minn. Her husband was an Olson. Then there is the Bjorge's.


Name: Toni <toni_olin@yahoo.come>
Date: 2011-10-22
Ancestors in this community Tollefson and Johnson
Thank you for the information!
My g.great grandparents are John and Julia (Guri# Johnson and also Ole and Synneva Tollefson. Their children Christina #Kirsti) Johnson and Andrew Tollefson are my great grandparents.
If you have additional information, or are aware of any photos, and could pass on the information I would so appreciate it.


Name: Barbara Flint <mandbflint@aol.com>
Date: 2011-06-29
Ancestors in this community Ole & Mari Hogenson
Ole and Mari Hogenson were my great grandparents, their daughter Barbara - listed as Betsy in the census report - was my grandmother. The family moved north to Ulen, Minnesota in about 1877. Barbara married Ole (Swenninsgaard) Syverson and my mother Alice was the 12th of 17 children born of this union.

Name: James Brown <thejbsincg@q.com>
Date: 2011-02-27
Ancestors in this community Erick,Dorthea Ericksen/Harry Brown
Thanks so much for the valuable information. I do have a complete history of the Brown Family from the Havana Aurora Township area. I also have information of the Erick Erickson family. If there is anybody interested in any of the information feel free to contact me.

Name: Cherry Ellen Moedde <moedde08@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-01-08
Ancestors in this community Decendant ofJens Olsen Moe/Kari Pedersdatter Midlysne
Decendant of Anders and Igeleif Moe from Laerdahl Norway
who settled in Minnesota 1800's.
Rasmus Johnson and Carrie Moe great Great-grandparents
Clara Eveline Johnson and John Numach Zugschwert g-gp.
Kenneth Albert Z./Junet Williams grandparents both deceased.
Mother Charlotte Darlene Zugschwert
Father James Allen Petersdorf son of Dean/Marsha (Will)

I came here to look at Quam,primarily
relative to Monson,Johnson,Nelson,Olson,Klastad,Kolstad
ie-Anna Moe Nelson married to Mons Quam
Hans Ari/Carrie Pedersen
Sine Bertine Swensen/Moe


Name: John Huegel <jotemati@gmail.com>
Date: 2010-12-24
Ancestors in this community Ole Broin
Ole Broin is my great great grandfather. The chain is: Ole & Martha Broin, Synova Broin & Endre (Ed) Skaar, Iroll Skaar & Gladys Wardal, my mother - Sandra Skaar (Huegel). I am curious where you found this information. Kind regards, John Huegel

Name: Megan Janning <megan-m-janning@live.com>
Date: 2010-12-20
Ancestors in this community Zeiner
I was wondering if you could find an information on the bixby section 34 Aurora,The town was founded by John Bixby,I know my family has been here for about 4 generation's so i was wondering if maybe you could find me some information on the town an maybe a little history of my ansester's My great great grandfather's name was Frank Zeiner My great grandfather's name was Bernard Zeiner he married my Great grandmother Leona Gertrude Zeiner her maiden name was Hofer.

Name: Cheryl Fuller <stonespocket@gmail.com>
Date: 2010-08-28
Ancestors in this community Ironton , WI
I am related to Andrew Hillestad, Peter Hillestad,Charles Hillestad, Jean Hillestad, Cheryl Olson Fuller. Would love to chat sometime.

Name: Melissa Becker <palominobordercollie@yahoo.com>
Date: 2010-04-17
Ancestors in this community Anne Nilsdatter
I was looking for the Larson's of Wanamingo. Lars and son Edward that built the log house that is now part of a museum in Wanamingo. Edward's youngest sister was Anna Spafford married to Horatio Spafford that wrote "It is Well With My Soul". As I was reading the second line ...Agrim and Guri Johnson with daughter Britha, son Jens, and Guri’s mother Anna Nilsdatter. Agrim was half brother to John Johnson. Guri was first cousin to Guri (Mrs. John) Johnson, both named after their mutual grandmother. I noticed Anna Nilsdatter as a possible person from my Ancestry.com family tree. My GGGGG grandmother is listed as Anne Nilsdater born 1759 in Rud, Akershus, Norway.

Can anyone confirm this?
Thanks for the fun page.
Melissa Becker (maiden name Stark) of Beaverton/Aloha/Hillsboro/Scholls area of Oregon.


Name: Regina Mulligan <rmmullig2000@yahoo.com>
Date: 2010-02-12
Interested in any information on the Rad Ball Road now called the Austin Road in Aurora Township. Looking for history on the name.

Name: Eugene Johnson <a2gjohnson@charter.net>
Date: 2009-09-24
Ancestors in this community gr grandpar:Louis & Englive Johnson and Grandpar: Nels & Martha Johnson
I have appreciated the research done by distant relative Carol Johnson to add to what I put together in the 1960's on Louis and Englive Johnson and their family.

We still have displayed and use in our home a number of original old photos and documents, Bible,and furniture items from the old family home. We still visit the old home site in Havana township and also the Aurora Lutheran Church. We enjoy connecting with the distant relatives.

Gene and Arlene Johnson


Name: Charles Werkowski <werkwork@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2009-06-12
You mention a number of families from the Dane County community of Koskonong (Sp). that moved from there to Minnesota. One of the other families that did not move to MN could be that of Gunder Florond Olson 1807-1887 and his wife Gurine Nielsdtr 1817-1903. Gunder was from the Overland farm, Sauda, Rogaland Cty, Norway. They first settled in Dane Cty, later moving to Juneau County in 1855, and joining the East Lemonweir Lutheran Church. The Gunderson family lived across the road from the church which is located between Elroy and New Lisbon, WI. They were one of the first settlers in "church valley". I don't know for sure if they came from Koskonong or from the Deforest Settlement.

Hope this might be of help.

Chuck Werkowski


Name: Carol Johnson <carolj46@comcast.net>
Date: 2009-04-21
Ancestors in this community Louis & Lewis Johnson
I was in touch with you several years ago. I see you have not added anything to this since 2004. Can I be of assistance?

Carol Johnson


Name: Holly Vaith Prokopec <hprokopec@charter.net>
Date: 2009-01-07
Ancestors in this community Thompson's
This farm house was my Great Great Grandparent's farm.

Name: Lori Tinjum Johansen <lrtjohansen@gmail.com>
Date: 2008-03-31
Ancestors in this community Jens Anders. Tinjum
Hi! Wondered if you have any information on Jen's uncle, Jens Olsson Tønjum and his wife Marita Olsdatter Grøthe. Know they immigrated from Norway in 1851, but have been unable to find them as not sure of surname they chose to use. Have anything?

Also, would like to put a link to your web page on mine if that's okay.


Very informative site!


Name: John Tramm <jctddt@goldengate.net>
Date: 2008-01-26
Ancestors in this community Quam; Nels/Carrie-Hogan/Unni
Thank You for the TON of work you've done here! Nels and Carrie where my Great Grandparents. Carl was my grandfather. I live in St. Cloud so I will be down to find the cemetary this summer.

Name: Darrel Gonyea <gonyealand@aol.com>
Date: 2007-11-06
Ancestors in this community Broins and Johnsons
Great site.I have a lot of info on John and Agrim Broin Johnson's brothers and parents but never knew where Agrim and John went.

Name: pete prestegaard <petego4it2@msn.com>
Date: 2007-07-20
Ancestors in this community peder and ingeleiv prestegaard
This is wonderful. I corroborate your research about Peter and Ingeleiv Prestegaard from independent research I've done and also about his father and brother Oley.

I am hoping to write a historical book about the times from 1860-1930 approx. and appreciate any life sketches you may have of the time.


Name: pete prestegaard <petego4it2@msn.com>
Date: 2007-07-20
Ancestors in this community peder and ingeleiv prestegaard
This is wonderful. I corroborate your research about Peter and Ingeleiv Prestegaard from independent research I've done and also about his father and brother Oley.

I am hoping to write a historical book about the times from 1860-1930 approx. and appreciate any life sketches you may have of the time.


Name: Dan Reek <dcr1212@msn.com>
Date: 2007-07-16
Ancestors in this community Lars and Veljer Thompson
Lars Thompson, Anna (Thompson)Quam, Viljer (Kvam) Stene, May (Stene) Larson, Delores (Larson) Reek.

If you give tours of the area or Thompson Cemetery, we would be interested. We are in Eden Prairie and very into family histories. Thank you.


Name: Tom Sheppard <tom525@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2007-06-17
Ancestors in this community none
My mother's family came from Norway, settled first in Wisconsin and Decorah, Iowa and then moved to Oregon. Your site brings back nice memories. Maybe you know why my Great Grandparents gave their norwegian-American children German names (Ida, Hannah, Rudolph, etc.).

Thanks for the site.


Name: Robin Acevedo <dnhykdwe@hxsrsdz.ir>
Date: 2007-06-07
Ancestors in this community Antonio Sullivan
<a href=http://www.nvkx.com/blogs/sandy/56/72.html >here</a> <a href=http://www.nvkx.com/blogs/sandy/72/71.html >here</a> <a href=http://www.nvkx.com/blogs/sandy/60/94.html >here</a> <a href=http://www.nvkx.com/blogs/sandy/77/50.html >here</a> <a href=http://www.nvkx.com/blogs/sandy/23/108.html >here</a> <a href=http://www.nvkx.com/blogs/sandy/92/90.html >here</a> <a href=http://www.nvkx.com/blogs/sandy/74/97.html >here</a> <a href=http://www.nvkx.com/blogs/sandy/39/36.html >here</a> <a href=http://www.nvkx.com/blogs/sandy/41/34.html >here</a> <a href=http://www.nvkx.com/blogs/sandy/11/33.html >here</a>

Name: Bobbi Thompson <schnitzelinames@gmail.com>
Date: 2007-06-03
Ancestors in this community Ella Gjerlina Anderson Thompson
I am married to Ella's grandson, Dean Thompson whose father is Gilford A. Thompson of Austin MN and Ella's son. I notice that a short bio of Ella is posted along with her interment information at the Aurora Lutheran Cemetery.

Ella actually died in Yankton, SD on 20 Feb 1923 of a ruptured appendix, leaving two young children Bernette & my father-in-law, Gilford. It is true that her husband Andrew Thompson later married her cousin Gertrude (Johnson) Lunstrom, who when she was widowed first married Leslie Olcott. Left a widow a second time, Gertrude then married Andrew Thompson, my husband's grand father in Sept 1925. Gertrude was the only mother the children ever remembered. Gertrude & Andrew are buried together in the Red Oak Grove Cemetery near Corning, MN.
Just thought you'd like to know
Bobbi Thompson
Ames, IA


Name: Joyce Lewison Johns <j.johns@acninc.net>
Date: 2007-03-02
Ancestors in this community Lewison, Lee, Selthun, Erie
I have found this a very interesting website, since I have many of these names in my genealogy book. I grew up in the Aurora area and went to church at Aurora Lutheran Church. Henrik & Sigri Lewison are my great grandparents. Many of my relation is buried at Aurora Cemetery. Keep up the good work.

Joyce Johns - Blooming Prairie, MN


Name: Cammie (Erdmann) Buckendorf <cbuckendorf@msn.com>
Date: 2007-02-11
Ancestors in this community Mons Anderson, Martha Torstensdatter, Edward Erdmann, Andrena (Andrina) Olena Erdmann
Just getting into doing Genealogy I am enjoying it but it is hard to find which way to go. By any chance to you know the parents to Edward Erdmann? Thank You! Cammie

Name: Iris Westerberg <piwesterberg@aol.com>
Date: 2006-10-24
Ancestors in this community John and Brita Raa or Rae
Thank you for the work you have done on Aurora Township. I would like to know more about the where Brita (Bertha) Raa is buried. I would like to find her grave and place a stone there. She is my Grand mother.

Name: Patricia Iverson <iverson1@hickorytech.net>
Date: 2006-08-19
Ancestors in this community Yankowiak in Claremont
My name is Patricia Iverson and my husband Dennis now live in Havana Township. We have lived here 31yrs in the same house. My husband Dennis gr.gr. grandfathers surname was Sylverness then his son changed to Iverson. They lived in Hayfield, Mn. We both grew up in the Wabasha, Mn. area before moving to Owatonna 31 years ago.

I was wondering if you are related to the Bernard Sorenson family. His wife Bernice I believe was a Thompson. They live to the west of us across the road. The home we live in now was at one time a Gas Station in Havana and next door was the Church I belive.

Do you know of any photos of places in Havana/

Thank you,


Name: pete prestegaard <petego4it2@msn.com>
Date: 2006-01-26
Ancestors in this community peter prestegaard
Thanks for all the good work in gathering information. At some point I am hopeful to write a book about my ancestors and some of what you have here will be invaluable.



Name: Jo Walsh <joannewalsh@tds.net>
Date: 2005-12-30
Ancestors in this community none found yet
Where in the Blooming Prairie area would those from Buskerud, Norway have settled? I am searching for the Knut Ellingson family who settled there from 1886 to 1899 before moving on to Stearns Co., MN. I had great confidence I would have found them on your site but unfortunately did not.

Date: 2005-12-05
Ancestors in this community JOHM RAA & OLE TONJUM
This was wonderful to find my ancestors in this information. I have information on the ship they came to america on and much more if you would like to have it. Thank you again for listing them. Iris westerberg

Name: Michaele Markovits <markov211@aol.com>
Date: 2005-11-07
Ancestors in this community Ingeborg Haagensdatter
Ingeborg was my great great grandmother. She came from Aamot with her husband Jens Christensen and 5 children. They went to Sharon, Wis to stay with her brother Gunder ( Gunnar. Needless to sat I was pleased to run across your web site.

Name: Bill Raine <bowser@bevcomm.net>
Date: 2005-05-05
Ancestors in this community None
Looking for historical information regarding District 24 School which I and my siblings grew up with. It was located on "our" land - Thomas and Maxine Raine - which we bought from Homer Hickok in 1943. It was in the southwest corner of the intersection - one mile south and one mile west of Havana. We lived to the south, Ed Skerick lived to the east, Glen Schuelke and Ed Dushek lived to the north and Pichners and Spatenkas lived to the west.

Name: Clark Monson <cnmonsonnorsk@earthlink.net>
Date: 2005-05-03
Ancestors in this community Tollefson
My great-great grandfather Knudt Lysne who lived near Elbow Lake in Grant County, Minnesota was a first cousin of Ole Tollefson. The Jens and Ingeborg Thompson you mentioned that lived in Owatonna and had a child baptized in 1880 was Knudt Lysne's brother. They moved to Red Wing in 1884. Can you give me the name of the child that was baptized in 1880? Thank you very much!

Name: Marilyn Krueger Renbarger <MRenbarger@Renbarger.com>
Date: 2005-01-16
I am looking for info on Clay Selthum and wife Jan. They once lived in Moline, Illinois late 60's and 70's. The last I knew they moved to Minnesota. Perhaps Duluth but not sure. Clay worked at a Moline TV station with my husband. We were good friends and I have lost track of them.

Name: Kirt Johnson <kirt @kcjconsulting.com>
Date: 2004-09-05
Ancestors in this community Prestegard's
I am interested to know where you obtained the info citing the death dates of Ole (1804-1893)and Ragnild (1806-1887)Prestegard. I have not been able to confirm those dates. Nearly all the Prestegard's are buried at Aurora, but Ole and Ragnild are not there. Nor are they at Thompson. A couple of other relatives from other branches of the family have not been able to confirm either. Any help would be appreciated.

Name: Kirt Johnson <kirt@kcjconsulting.com>
Date: 2004-08-30
Ancestors in this community Prestegard's
I would be interested to know how you arrived at the death dates for Ole and Ragnild Prestegaard. I have been trying to determine their death dates and where they might be buried. They do not seem to be buried at either Aurora or Thompson Cemeteries unless I somehow missed them. Any info you might have would be appreciated.

Name: Kay Bjoraker Wiegert <lasse1864@yahoo.com>
Date: 2004-06-26
Ancestors in this community Bjoraker, Johnson, Lee
Excellent job done putting this site together!! Thank you so much for doing this!

My g-grandparents were: Lewis/Maria (Barsness) Bjoraker and John M./Bertha (Lee) Johnson.

My g-g-grandparents were: Nels/Johanna (Johnson) Lee



Name: Iris Westerberg <scarebear@earthlink.net>
Date: 2004-06-16
Ancestors in this community John and Brita Raa
I am the daughter of Alice Raa. Alice was the daughter of Brita and John Raa. It is otstanding to find a history of the area, Thank you for putting this together. I will keep looking at this to find your updates.

Name: Linda Lee Holmes <lindalee@mcn.net>
Date: 2004-02-16
Ancestors in this community John and Jennie Thorson
What a valuable site--you have done amazing work!

John Thorson and Jennie (Unni) Peterson were my gg grandparents. I see in the 1875 census they were living in the household of Lewis and Wilde Thompson. Does anyone know if there might be a familial relationship. I am looking for any information on the ancestry and history of John Thorson.


Name: Richard Jackson <rgj@austin.ibm.com>
Date: 2004-02-03
Ancestors in this community Nels Lee
Nels Lee was my great grand father

Name: Gary Moe <garymoe@hotmail.com>
Date: 2003-12-24
Ancestors in this community not sure.
I am related to Moe's from Decorah IA, that came directly from Mo, near Laerdal/Tonjum.


Name: Karen Schmedding <schmed@hickorytech.net>
Date: 2003-10-26
Ancestors in this community Selthuns and Prestegards
Your site has been a big piece that I've been missing! I had been able to find info on the Selthun side from a distant relative in Norway and by purchasing a Bygdebok from Laerdal but thought I would have to get the other volumnes to get the Prestegard side and since I don't read/speak Norwegian it's a bit of a struggle. However, I still keep running into a brick wall on Albert Erie (Ingebright Olson Eri). I was able to take a trip to Laerdal this summer and visit the family farm and meet a second cousin of my Dad's. What an adventure! Thanks for the info and any other sites/sources would be greatly appreciated.

Name: Jef Carlson <carl0282@tc.umn.edu>
Date: 2003-09-04
Ancestors in this community Quam/Nelson
My name is Jeff Carlson. According to my research, I am a descendant of Johannes Nielson Quam and Anna Larsdatter. My dad was adopted into the Carlson family. His original name was Norman Eugene Quam. His father was Norman J. Quam, who was the son of Edward and Pauline Quam. Edward Quam's father was Nils Quam and his father Johannes Quam. We have lived in Minnesota all our lives. Recently, after contacting my father's birth family, I was able to trace our lineage through the help of your website. I am extrememly grateful and will continue to research the history of my ancestors.

Name: Diane Christnagel <ichristnagel@earthlink.net>
Date: 2003-07-22
Ancestors in this community Anna and Erick Moe
They are my great grandparents. Their daughter Mamie Moe Skalicky was my mothers mother.

Name: Gary Jacobson <jacobsongary@yahoo.com>
Date: 2003-03-11
Ancestors in this community Jens and Karen Hansen - Aurora
So happy to see your site! I was thinking about doing a similar project for the Danish settlements in Aurora and Blooming Prairie Townships. I grew up in Aurora Lutheran's sister parish, Trinity Lutheran. I have started a small site about it at:
Do you know anything about the Dania Lutheran Church that was on Section 4 of Havana Township?

Gary Jacobson
Rochester, MN


Name: Warren Nordgren <genwen2u@aol.com>
Date: 2003-01-20
Ancestors in this community Prestegard family
1890 Cen.
OO Prestagord 40, wife Dora 40


Name: Michelle Agrimson Meyer <mamphn@yahoo.com>
Date: 2002-11-09
Ancestors in this community ?
Hi! Just looking to see what info I might find about my ancestors.I am the daughter of Jean and Donald Maland Agrimson. Interesting reading the history. Michelle Meyer

Name: Karen Farestad <kfarestad@yahoo.co,>
Date: 2002-11-08
Ancestors in this community Bernard Farestad, Oliver A. Farestad, Anna Munson Farestad, Orville Farestad
I have not done much geneological work, but I have some information about my father (Bernard Farestad), his family of origin and his chidlren and grandchildren. Would this be helpful? Please let me know.

Name: Beverly Westerberg <scarebear4@yahoo.com>
Date: 2002-10-10
Ancestors in this community John & Breta Ra, Ole Tonjum
I would love to hear from anyone who has information about the Ra and Tonjum families in this area! I also have a copy of an anniversary booklet put out by Aurora Lutheran Church, which includes its history and confirmads. I am willing to share info, etc.
This is a great website!


Name: Alana <alana9358@aol.com>
Date: 2002-09-17
Ancestors in this community Lewis and Jennie Selthun
Lewis and Jennie Selthun were my great-great grandparents. Their daughter Margaret was my great grandmother. Your site is fabulous and your information incredibly helpful in my quest for learning my family history. thank you!

Name: Michelle Agrimson Meyer(daughter of Donald Agrimson) <mamphn@yahoo.com>
Date: 2002-06-23
Ancestors in this community Don't know
Does anyone know my dad,Donald Agrimson, son of Jacob and Ella Agrimson? He was born in Fillmore County, Minnesota and presently is living in Rock Valley, Iowa. I live in Yucaipa, California. Hope to hear from someone! Michelle Agrimson Meyer

Name: Scott White <whites@kgs.ukans.edu>
Date: 2002-04-17
Ancestors in this community None - but a few distant relatives

Your web-site looks great! There's something new every time I check. Thanks for all of your hard work!