Those Places Thursday ~ Westby Farm

Last year I did a lot of scanning, as you may remember. I scanned a couple of photo albums which belonged to my grandmother, Thina. I fondly called the albums the "black album" and the "green album." This is one of the pictures from the "green album."

This photo is of my great grandmother, Kari (Carrie)Jonson, and great grandfather, Halvor Westby. Kari (Carrie) was born July 25, 1864 in Trysil, Hedmark, Norway. Halvor was born December 6, 1861. He was also born in Trysil, Hedmark, Norway. Halvor and Kari married in Norway in 1883. 

About March 18, 1891 Halvor came to America. His wife and their first four children followed Halvor to America about six months later, where the rest of twelve children were born. My grandmother, Thina, was the twelfth child. Eventually, Halvor and Kari became American citizens and migrated from Wisconsin to Minnesota where they stayed the rest of their lives.  

For the "Those Places Thursday" theme, I chose to highlight this particular photo as it was taken at Halvor and Kari's last residence near Blue Grass, Wadena, Minnesota, before they passed away. Unfortunately, they both passed away before I was born. Halvor passed away October 7, 1942 while Kari passed away August 14, 1949. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

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  1. It is a nice and beautiful story! And a beautiful photo! The photo looks just like in Sweden.....

  2. Wow! 16 children! It is a good story to tell. Enjoyed the picture.

  3. Thank you Yvonne! I imagine Sweden and Norway would be very similar. I can't wait to go there.

    Hi GStaples! I had to re-read what I wrote as 16 children is many more than twelve! I wasn't sure then if I actually wrote twelve, but I did. Twelve is plenty enough, lol.

  4. I've only just discovered my great grandfather Ola T (Wesby) came from Trysil. MN winters were too hard, so they ended up in the Spokane (WA) valley. Which looks remarkably like the area around Oslo, sans fjord. Anyway. Hello, Cousin. Thanks for posting the photo!


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