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Trydals Trek North
Osmund and Birgit (Olson) Trydal’s trek begins in their homeland of Norway. The Setesdahl Valley region. There is a city called Trydal located in this valley. We don’t have the exact date that they sailed for the Americas. I would assume from the picture of them and daughter Bergit, that Laura discovered, was taken in Norway, and since Aase was born in Yellow Medicine County, New York, in 1986, they were on their way to Minnesota, where an influx of Norwegian immigrants were going.
Since all the family were born as of the 1900 Census, one could assume that everyone still lived in Red Lake, Minnesota, where Great grandpa Osmund listed himself as a blacksmith. But when great grandma Birgit passed away (in childbirth) in 1901 and then the youngest child, Sofia died, one could imagine that life held little promise for great grandpa Osmund and his family. His oldest daughter Bergit (Betsey) 21 years old, had married Gunder Jorgen Salvhus, on February 27,1897, and Aase was 15 when their mother died. I have no information regarding Ingeborg, who would be 13 or so. Tena (my grandmother) was 11, with Ella 10 and Olina only 8. Tordjay (Tom) a mischievous 7.
Sometime after 1901, Osmund Trydal trekked north to Canada bringing his family of four girls and one boy with him. He would leave behind Bergit and her husband and family, and apparently Ingeborg, who may have stayed with Bergit to help with the household chores. Do we know anything about this trek?? The only piece of information I gathered was that Aase worked in Winnipeg at the hospital there. The map shows Red Lake just south east of Winnipeg and the Number 1 highway from there goes west past Swift Current, Saskatchewan. The Number 4 north-south Saskatchewan highway intersects the #1 and crosses the South Saskatchewan River at the Saskatchewan Landing. I believe Osmund would have applied his trade as blacksmith in the area around as there were farms and lots of ranching in the country. His girls married, but Tom never did. My grandma Tena (Tona on the 1900 Census) married a real life cowboy, Roy Dyer, who was known for his ability with horses. They had two girls, Bessie and Alma.
In 1933, Bessie and her husband Henry Krueger, their four small children Myrtle aged 3, Dave aged 2, and twins Allan and Alma aged one year, and all their belongings, cattle, and horses began their trek north. With them, on horseback was Bessie’s young sister, Alma who would be 16 that September. They trekked from the Piapot area east to the Saskatchewan Landing intending to stop over at Aunt Ella Goodwin’s place. When they arrived and the animals began to partake of the water in the trough, Aunt Ella apparently saw this and came rushing out of her house rendering the sky blue, and chased them away. Little did she know that she had chased her own nieces from her yard. Aunt Bessie told me this tale, and the postscript is that the Krueger's never visited Aunt Ella again. I don’t think my mother, Alma did either. Though I did take my three kids to meet her in 1971 on my way to Piapot to visit with my step-grandmother, Ida (Saastad) Dyer, my step-aunts Alice and Leonard Wheeler, Pearl and Bud Ellefson. They were living at Manyberries, Alta. Alice and Pearl are younger than I am. The boys, Clarence (Bud) and Vi lived at Creston, B. C. and I did visit Arthur (Sonny) and Gloria at Medicine Hat, Alta.
The trekkers journeyed across the river to cousin Nils Egeland’s homestead. They then traveled on past North Battleford to Aunt Olina and Uncle Ben Egeland’s farm. They must have spent most of the winter of 1933-4 here. In the spring the Kruegers left for the Meadow Lake country, where they homesteaded and lived for the rest of their lives raising nine children. They left without my mother Alma as my Uncle Clifford, who was married to my Dad’s youngest sister, and known as a horse-trader traveled by and suggested that Alma come to work for my paternal grandmother on the farm south of Battleford. My grandma Emma’s journal mentions “Alma not arrived yet,” then Alma arrived in February of 1934. My dad, Elmer, the youngest of five, was 26 years old and single. They were married November 17, 1934, with dad thinking she was 19, but she was really only 17. Their union brought me and my brother, Arvid in to the world. When I was 7 and Arvid was 5, their marriage broke down and our mother left. Her trek took her to the far north country of Lake Athabasca. Here is where my sister Lena’s tale takes over Alma’s final chapter of this Trydal descendant.
When my husband, Gordon Inness and I retired in1983, we trekked north to the Meadow Lake country, built a log house in the village of Dorintosh and we lived there for 19 years, when he passed away October 22, 2002. I stayed on until I sold the house in 2005.
Olina and Ben Egeland also trekked to the Neeb area southeast of Meadow Lake, with their children. Ben and Olina are buried there, as well as four of their children, Ted, Oskar, Gladys and Selma.
Written by Julia Inness (Laycock)(Kuhnle)
Grand-daughter of Tena (Trydal) Dyer
The following information was provided to Glen Meyer (Glen is married to a great granddaughter of Gunder Salvhus) by the Tuve family and relates to two Salvhus sisters departure from Norway and journey to the United States.
TORBJØR SALVHUS TUVE 1820-1901
Birgit Salvhus and her older sister Torbjør were at a party at Dale, a small town about twenty miles from their home in Bygdland, Sogn, Norway. It wasn’t really a party, but rather an auction, and a farewell for a family that was about to leave for America. Birjit was in her early twenties and very beautiful. She was being courted, sometime almost violently, by one of the Tollefson boys, a next-door neighbor she described as ugly. She couldn’t care for him but had to admit that on occasion he could put on a charming and magnetic personality. It occurred to her during the festivities that day that one way to end young Tollefson’s chase would be to join her friends going to America.
It was Four o’clock on Saturday afternoon when she made her decision to do just that. She had expected to stay overnight with her friends, and make the day-long drive home Sunday. Instead, she told her friends in Dale that she was going to America with them and would go home for her clothes and return late the next day, Sunday. The girls didn’t set out for home until after dark. The poor mountain roads made it slow going but the horses were equal to it. The girls were excited, wide awake and full of talk, and besides it was Spring and the weather was ideal.
They arrived home just at daybreak, and the family was soon in an uproar trying to dissuade Birgit from her plan. But she insisted on Woman’s lib, and finally convinced her brother Jorgen to take her side. He persuaded the family that Torbjør should accompany her young sister. Torbjør was almost thirty and it didn’t take long to convince her. After it was agreed, Jørgen hastened to reach the parish minister before church so as to get the necessary papers for his sister. He then canvassed several friends and managed to collect over a thousand crowns of borrowings (about $300) cash for the trip. For the long trip on a sailing ship, the girls must furnish and carry their own food, so at the house their mother Rachel and the four daughters were too busy all morning to think much about what was happening to the family. Of course they realized that soon the three-story manor house with the large storage cellar and adjacent pantry structure (Stolpehus), would serve only the widowed mother and her youngest daughter Mari, She was seventeen. The other son and daughter were married, and lived nearby. Shortly after noon that Sunday the girls set out for Dale, and arrived late at night. The next day they must go on to Grøndal, another full day’s drive. The ship was waiting, but they learned it would not depart until Thursday.
What a letdown and time to think! They would be steerage passengers in that crowded little sailing ship, the “North Pole”, and the trip would take weeks. They began to realize that they had forsaken family, friends and comfort. Brigit was getting rid of young Tollefson alright, but Torbjør (Grandma Tuve) has even left her fiancé, who was a prosperous young coastwise trader. The girls also realized that they would lose their inheritance, the land that was given them when their father died. How they would miss their freedom in summer at the three mountain chalets (seeter) belonging to Salvhus; and Lake Jaardal, and Hestefjell Mountain.
The voyage was even worse then they had feared, but they did meet several other home folks from Saeterdalen on the boat. There were several storms that lasted for days and the little boat rocked and pitched violently, making the girls very sick. For many days, they were becalmed, between storms and made no progress at all. It lasted sixteen miserable weeks, but the time passed somehow, even if toward the last, the food ran very low.
Newfoundland finally came in sight, and they landed at once so that anyone with a little money could buy food, and share it. The stop at Quebec was the most exciting. They were there several days and some of the local boys in military uniform insisted on showing them the town. The girls dressed up in their traditional Saeterdahl fold Costumes. With embroidery, colorful silk neckscarf, knee-length dresses, silver pins, and silver buckles in their shoes. The soldiers paraded with them up and down the avenue, -- it was the experience of a lifetime. But back to the ship. They were on shipboard almost all the way to and across Lake Michigan, and they finally landed at Milwaukee.
It was wonderful to find that transportation was waiting to take the group to a meeting place several miles away on the Rock River. Here the Salvhus girls were delighted to be met by an acquaintance from Saeterdalen, Peer Baarson. He had an ox team to take them the overland journey to Jefferson Prairie, Rock County, Wisconsin to the farm of Baar Nilson. They learned later that this community near Madison and Janesville was at that time one of the largest Norwegian settlements in America.
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