His grandfather had immigrated to the U.S. from Aurland in Sogn og Fjordane in Norway through the starting of the 1840s. His mom and dad who baptized him Jørgen Tobias Flom lived in Wisconsin, and George received his fundamental schooling in Madison. He grew up in an atmosphere the place humans then nonetheless informed and retold tales wealthy in information of existence and fight in the course of these early settler days.
This huge publication of his benefitted from this heritage, and gave him a vast foundation for figuring out and writing approximately millions of Norwegian settlers who got here to the Mid-West. He had develop into a professor of Scandinavian languages and literature on the collage of Iowa whilst he in 1909 privately released the current textual content: "A historical past of Norwegian Immigration to the U.S.: From the Earliest starting right down to the yr 1848."
It grew to become out to be certainly one of his most vital works. It used to be in accordance with years of intensive examine and various own interviews with growing older Norwegian pioneer immigrants. He had conscientiously amassed tales and names, allowing him to place down in nice element the development of the earliest Norwegian settlements within the United States.
The first ones of those have been the so-called “Spooners” who arrived in 1825 with the sloop RESTAURATION and settled in Murray, later known as Kendall, in top big apple country. a few ten years later, whilst the scoop in their payment rached Norway, they have been via a number of shiploads of immigrants, particularly within the interval 1836-1848. those rookies settled essentially in Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa. From there they later moved westward and up North, to Minnesota and the Dakotas.
For people who are he integrated an extended record of the entire kinfolk names he pointed out in his textual content, in addition to an inventory of the names of the crusing ships on which they'd arrived. a few of these ships also are proven with the identify of its captain on the time.
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