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Oimoen, Otto; Skalet, Ethel; Grender, Albert O. (ed.) / Oisæther : Oimoen, Olson and Sather family album : histories, stories and pictures

Section I: Norwegian immigration: Ole and Anne Oisaether - stories, etc.,   pp. 6-13 PDF (3.2 MB)

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They all married Norwegian girls and all
joined Norwegian Lutheran churches, that was a
must. They were a hard working bunch, never
asked for a hand-out and when they made up their
mind on some project they never quit until
accomplished. It is people like these that have
made the U. S. great.
OLE AND ANNA'S ancestors have ventured
into many different kinds of occupations. There is
or has been one doctor, one lawyer, two ministers,
many teachers, nurses, salesmen, store keepers,
accountants, insurance salesman, manager of a
co-op, some employed by the state and federal
government and one in foreign service.
A majority of them stepped into their father's
shoes and became farmers and tillers of the soil
and very good ones, I may say.
Many of their descendants have moved from
Wisconsin to the west coast and east coast and
places in between.
So this is the history of OLE and ANNA
OISAETHER'S descendants up to now, 1977.
(This interesting history of Ole and Anna
Oisaether and their descendants was writ-
ten by Oscar Oimoen, obtained mostly by
what he had stored in the back of his
mind from what he had heard from his
father and others, plus doing a little re-
search and scratching around in church
records and elsewhere. We have to say a
big "Thank You", Oscar, for your contri-
bution to this history book).
Otto Oimoen
Ethel Skalet
by Otto Oimoen
My early remembrance of the Oimoen family
that settled in this area was Uncle John, Uncle
Iver, Aunt Tonetta Ankaltrud and of course my
dad, Ole. Being a close knit family they met in
each others homes making four Sundays every year
that a big feast and enjoyment was had by all both
big and small.
This was long before automobiles were
around. The farm horse plugs were hitched to the
wagon with spring seats or no seat at all made the
journey to the different aunts and uncles homes.
This continued until as time passes on. Aunt
Tonetta Ankaltrud answered the final roll so did
Aunt Annie and Aunt Lena which left Uncles
Christ, John and Iver to take care of their families
which they did so well. Eventually the older
cousins established their own homes so that their
annual visit ceased to be. Many pleasant memories
of those happy days remain.
I remember Uncle John had such a hearty
laugh which impressed every one who heard.
Alena his daughter who with her husband Fred
Fridstrom operated a restaurant in Chicago had
her dad come to Chicago for a visit and while there
Alena took her dad to a show which was something
new for Uncle John. The show being a comedy
Uncle John laughed so much and so loud that the
entire audience had more enjoyment in hearing
Uncle laugh than in the show itself.
Uncle Iver also had   a hearty laugh. I
remember one Christmas I got what was called a
Balky Mule. It was a mule hitched to a two wheel
cart with a funny looking driver. When it was
wound up and released the spring it would start
ahead, stop and back up and go ahead again and
continue to do so and the driver would be in so
many funny different positions and when Uncle
Iver saw it, it made him laugh so long and hard
that I thought he would never stop. I can hear him
laughing yet.
My Dad when he was 10-12 years old had a
hip infection which kept him in bed over a year
with out any doctor but left to nature to heal,
results left the leg shorter as it ceased to grow
compared to the other during his growing age.
After coming to this country he was working in
Martin Sonstebo's mill just north of Barneveld in
Walnut Hollow, when the steam engine used for
power exploded and my dad was scalded and
burned on his short hip side. He carried the scars
the rest of his life. Being somewhat crippled for
this reason he was not able to do too much walking
so I was left to do most of the field work at an
early age.
I remember Dad had the ability to work cold
iron. With his hammer and anvil, which is still on
the farm, and with a chisel and punch he was able
to work iron into different shapes and sizes to
repair any broken items. No heat of fire was
connected with his work. Dad made different
pieces of furniture from old Reed organs and
material on hand with no power tools, only wooden
planes, hand saws, hand draw knives, and hand bit
drills. I have several book stands and dressers that
he made from Cottonwood lumber that was sawed
from the old homestead that my mother helped
plant 120 years ago.
Uncle Andrew, after coming to this country,
became a saw filer in the saw mills in Northern
Wisconsin and the brothers lost contact with one
another until Uncle Andrew placed a note in the
Skandinaven, the Norwegian paper m Chicago,
wanting information of his brothers in Wisconsin.

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