Going back 102 years to 18 October 1915

Most days of most lives are “ordinary.” But, our ordinary is likely very different than the ordinary of our ancestors. Though, in some ways things are probably similar. So, this is the first of a series of what will become regular blog posts in which we will go back in time to explore what our ancestors may have been doing on a certain date. This idea was inspired by Roberta Estes’ blog post, On This Day – What Were Your Ancestors Doing? – 52 Ancestors #170. She picked a day and went back 100 years. I’m putting a slightly … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Margaret Olga Aldahl

Margaret Aldahl.

Margaret Olga Aldahl (1902-1972)

Margaret Olga Aldahl was born on 21 Jan 1902 at home in Lansing, Mower, Minnesota as the eleventh child of Lars Olson Aldahl and Caroline Hilson. She had eleven siblings, namely: Johanna Ragnila, George Oscar, Clara Marie, Selmer Ludvig, Ida Bertina, Hilda Melvina, Judith Ronellie “Nellie,” Olga Mathilda (who died young), Noel Clarence Ruben, Joseph Tilman, and Martha Cornelia. Margaret was baptized as an infant on 20 Apr 1902 in Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, Austin, Mower, Minnesota. She was confirmed on 11 Nov 1917 in Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church. She grew up on the … Continue reading

Ancestors of Margaret Olga Aldahl

Outline Ancestor Report for Margaret Olga Aldahl

1 Margaret Olga Aldahl (1902 – 1972)

—2 Lars Olson Aldahl (1856 – 1940)

——3 Ole Knutson Aldahl (1814 – 1890)

———4 Knut Olson Aldahl (1787 – 1851)

————5 Ole Hansson Aldahl (1754 – 1840)

—————6 Hans Johannesson Hermundsdal (1729 – 1812)

—————6 Ingeborg Magnesdtr Aldahl (about 1733 – 1817)

——————7 Magne Jonson Vassenden (1690 – 1769)

——————7 Anna Helgesdtr Aldahl (1688 – 1765)

———————8 Helge Larsson Aldahl (1650 – 1688)

————————9 Lars Hansson Aldahl

————————9 Agate

———————8 Kari Botolosdtr Luren (1645 – )

————5 Marjo Knutsdat Hermundsdal (1757 – 1789)

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Happy Birthday Caroline Hilson

Caroline HIlson (1863-1940)

Caroline Hilson (1863-1940)

Today is the 153rd anniversary of the birth of Caroline Hilson.


Caroline Hilson was born on 04 Mar 1863 in Westfield, Dodge, Minnesota as the third child of Guttorm Hillson Wenaas and Jorand Christiansdtr Rukke. She had seven siblings, namely: Inger Randina, Helena, Ragnild G, Christian G, Henry G, Marie, and Thomas Bennett. Caroline Hilson was baptized on 01 May 1863 at First Lutheran Church in St Ansgar, Mitchell, Iowa.

Three months after her birth, Caroline’s father was drafted for the Civil War. Fortunately for him (and us) there were several options when Guttorm’s number was called. You could … Continue reading