Sophia & John Strand‏

I have not sent out any little stories for a while….here is another

Sophia and John Strand were George Strand’s parents and my grandparents. John had been the choir director at United Lutheran Church, but I do not remember him doing that. By the time I remember, they lived in Hopkins, Michigan in a small two bedroom in farming country They also had a hump back trailer that was pulled behind or used in Michigan for extra sleeping quarters.

They took the ...

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Ruth Strand married to Wisconsin man

In a princess gown of blush pink satin, Miss Ruth Lorraine Strand: daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George B. Strand of 1127 North Edrr was married on November 29 Roland Malcolm McClanahan, s of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest T. McClanahan of Rosholt, Wisconsin.

Dr. E. M. Hegge conducted the candlelight service at 8 o’clock United Evangelical Luthera church after a musical by Arne Schultz and Mrs. Karen Stee. ...

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Record of the Brekke Gaard and Family in Nedre, Norway

In the early years of the 1800s, Ole Lien and his wife Margit came from Tuddal and Tinn with their two. sons, Hans and Anund, to the district called Sandsver. They lived for a time in Sauherred before homesteading at Brekke, where they secured a tract of land of about 200 acres, much of which was wooded or timber. It was named Brekke, which means in Norwegian, a slope or high ridge. Brekke was located on the Buskerud-Bratsberg borderline in. Sandsver, sometimes called Lower ...

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The Story of a Norwegian Family

This is the story of eight great American families: The Berggrens, the Brotons, The Carlsens/Karlsens, the Grønlis, the Gundersons, the Hansons. The Jensens and the Strands. Six of the families were founded by children of Torine Larsdatter of Hvaler, Norway and her husbands, Carl Hansen and Karl Berggren. The Jensens were founded by a son of Torine’s sister Oline and the Grønlis by a son of Torine and Oline’s sister Andrine.

These eight founders all moved ...

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Ruth Lorraine McClanahan

She was a baby 76 years ago, but more important than that, she was a daughter to Annarose and George Strand

  • A Granddaughter
  • A great grand daughter
  • A child
  • Then, a special time… she became a big sister to Karen
  • She was a niece
  • A cousin
  • A college student
  • A sweetheart to several young men But then a wife to Mac McClanahan Sister-in-law
  • Daughter-in-law
  • Aunt
  • Mother of 3
  • A Grandmother or “Gramie” to 2
  • But she was always a Friend to many many people.

The Bible tells us that the name “Ruth” means friendship… ...

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Ruth L. McClanahan (Strand)

Ruth L. Strand McClanahan 76, of Shelbyville, passed away on Saturday, October 15, 2005, after suffering from non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for six months.

Born January 17, 1929 and raised in Chicago as the oldest daughter of George and Annarose Strand, she attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa where she met her husband of 58 years, Ronald M. “Mac” McClanahan. Mac passed away in March of this year. Most of her life was spent in Indianapolis and Shelbyville, where she was active with many organizations including ...

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A Norway Story by Fred Radewagen

We now have fully identified and located six American branches of our common Norwegian family: the descendants of four of Torine Larsdatter’s six children: Karl Karlsen, Julia Gunderson, Josie Strand and Marie Broton, and their two cousins who initially lived with the Karlsens in Chicago after first immigrating at separate times: Chris Jensen and John Grønli.  A son of Johan Grønli’s brother Harald Anker also came to America but later returned to Norway.  However, his daughter and family are still here.

I have revised the ...

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George Burton Strand

George Burton Strand, 93, Indi­anapolis, died Feb. 15. He worked at Butler University for 10 years. Previ­ously, he was an electrical engineer for 45 years at Western Electric Co., retir­ing in 1970. He was a member of Northminster Presbyterian Church, Murat Shrine, Scottish Rite, Keystone Masonic Lodge and Telephone Pioneers of America. He was a graduate of Illi­nois Institute of Technology. Memorial contributions may be made to Blue River Foundation-McClanahan Trust, 54 W. Broadway. Shelbyville, Ind. 46176. Graveside services: 11 a.m. Feb. 17 ...

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