May 22, 1867 Frithjof Margarini at the age of 20 boarded the ship "St. Lawrence." in Namsos, Norway. Frithjof traveled with his brother, Ludvig, who was accompanied by his wife Anne,27, and their children;
their son Lauritz age 4, daughter Sandra age 3, and little son Albert age 1. Their half sister Ulrikke Leonora age 34 traveled with them.
The ship was bound for Quebec,Canada and arrived there July 16. They stayed for a while in Quebec and traveled to Pennsylvania where they became naturalized in the US. Minnesota court records show that Ludvig claimed to have landed at the port of Milwakee in July 1867. There is no info on Leonora, but Fithjof and Ludvig and his family traveled to Fillmore County, Minnesota and resided there for
In 1869 they traveled to Stony Run Township, Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota. It had only been a few years since the Sioux Indian Uprising, but it was here that Frithjof, Ludvig and his family built a 10 x 14 dugout.
He began his farm work using oxen. The first year, 1869, their entire crop was eated by grasshoppers. The next year, 1870, it was a partial failure. They persevered making many trips to the nearest market town
which was 35 miles away. One winter they made the trek 18 times.
In 1874, Frithjof married Everina Sorenson. Their first child, Andrew, was born in 1875 but, sadly, died just a year later of measles. The next year Mary was born.
In 1877 Frithjof acquired 160 acres in Section 15. Census records from 1880 show Frithjof and Everina still in Stony Run with Mary, Sophia,
Andrew and Amelia.
BLM records show that in 1890, Frithjof would acquire 160 acres in Day County, South Dakota in section 26 and 35.
They would go on to have 5 more children, Fred, Louise, Petra, Ludvig, and Severin.
Frithjof Christopher (Frank) Margarini Jensvold
Born: Oct 3, 1847 Jensvold, Bodo, Bodin, Norway
Died: Feb 27, 1917Cause of death: Cerebol hemmorhage
Sunset Memorial Cemetary Montevideo Chippewa County Minnesota, USA
Plot: Block 28, Lot 11, Plot E 1/2
Married Everina M
Born: 1851 Died 1930
Children of Frithjof Margarini Jensvold and Everina: (1)
Anna Maria B. June 25, 1874 Stony Run
Andrew Wilhelm B. Sept 6, 1875 Stony Run D. Sept 25,1876 Stony Run
Cause of death: Measles
Sophie Magaline B. Nov 22, 1876 Stony Run
Amelia B. June 14, 1879 Stony Run
Fred Engenhard B. June 1, 1881 Stony Run D. April 5, 1882 Stony Run
Cause of Death: unknown
Frederick Engenhart B. Feb 7, 1883 Stony Run
Louise B. July, 1886 S. Dakota (1900 census) D. April 29, 1917
Petra Loretta B. July 28, 1888 S. Dakota D. Oct 25, 1968 Vernon, British Columbia
Ludvig J B. May 1890 S. Dakota
Severin B. Feb 1892 S. Dakota D. Dec 11, 1960 Ohio
Leowis "Louise" Jensvold Gilbert
Birth: Jul. 30, 1888 Webster Day County South Dakota, USA
Death: Apr. 29, 1917 Hazelwood Cemetary Grinnell Poweshiek County Iowa, USA
Grinnell (IA) Herald
MRS. FRED GILBERTMrs. Leoweis Jensvold Gilbert was born July 30, 1888, at Webster, S.D. When eleven years old she moved with her parents to Montevideo, Minn. She was married to F.M. Gilbert April 6, 1913, and has made Grinnell her home ever since. She departed this life Monday morning, April 23, and leaves to mourn her loss her husband, F.M. Gilbert, two children, one two years old and one baby a week old, her mother, Mrs. F.M. Jensvold, of Montevideo, Minn., four sisters, Mrs. Cap Palmer, of Flint, Mich., Mrs. Iver Severson, Montevideo,Minn., Mrs. Cavenaugh, Bristol, S.D., Mrs. Wesley Serrell, Saskatchewan, Canada; three brothers, Fred Jensvold, Duluth, Minn., Ludurich Jensvold, Montevideo, Minn., Sine Jensvold, Bell, Minn.
Her mother and two sisters, Mrs. Severson and Mrs. Cap Palmer, and one niece, Mrs. Gaft, of Minneapolis, Minn., were at the funeral, which was held at the Adventist church Wednesday at 2:30 p.m., conducted by Evangelist V.B. Watts.The deceased had been a Christian most of her life, and the past two years she was a faithful member of the Adventist church. A large audience gathered at the Adventist church to pay their last respects to the departed.CARD OF THANKS
We wish to express our thanks to the neighbors and friends for their kindness to us during the illness and at the death of our wife and sister. Also for the many beautiful flowers.F.M. Gilbert and Relatives.Johan Jorgen Ludvig and his brother Frithjof Christopher both took the name of the Estate "Jensvold", as was the custom, when they immigrated to the USA. Ludvig Margarini Jensvold and Fritjof (Frank) Margarini Jensvold.
(1) Yellow Medicine County Records, second party research
Petra Loretta Jensvold Searle
Born: July 28, 1888 in Webster, South Dakota
Married: April 8, 1907 in Fort William, Ontario, Canada to Wesley Jacob Searle
Died: October 25, 1968 Pleasant valley Cemetary, Vernon, British Columbia
Whe Petra was 18, she left home, first going to a married sister in Brainard, Minn then to Duluth, Minn. Here she took work as a nursemaid. Later she changed to work in a restaurant. Here she associated with other young people and became close friends with another girl her age. two young men boarding at this restaurant before long, began to stop to talk to young Petra and her friend. tall dark haired Wesley Searle especially became friendly, and though he seemed somewhat reserved to the general public, he never lacked pleasantries to exchange with Miss petra. Thir friendship deepened quickly. Abrubtly, however, Wesley had to leave; in November 1906 he received word from his mother in Fort William, Ontario, Canada that he should come home at once, as his younger brother had been accidentally killed in a grain elevator accident.
Before saying goodbye, however, Wesley left his picture with Petra and promised to write. That promise kept. Not only was he a faithful correspondant but an interesting one as well. By the next spring, Wesley had definate plans. He had acquired a good position with a railroad company (Soo Line) as an air-brake tester. He wanted a good home of his own and in his letter, told Petra all the developments.
When his letter came containing her railroad fare to Fort Williams, Petra, with bridal gown fully prepared, ventured to travel further than she had ever thought - a three day journy north into canada. Traveling alone, she found to be uneventful until she came to Fort frances, where she had to change trains.
gathering her coat and bag, she quickly boarded the train she understood would take her to Fort William. Comfortably, she settled down for the last part of her journey. It was the conductor who shattered her peace; looking at her ticket he informed her that she had boarded the the Winnipeg train. Frightened, Petra had to get off at the next station to await the Fort Frances train from Winnipeg to return her to Fort frances the following morning, where she was able to make the right connections. The tiresome trip was quickly forgotten in the warm welcome given her by Wesley's kind, christian mother when she arrived at Fort William.
Wesley and petra were amrried in a quiet ceremony in Mother searles's home by the local Baptist minister, on the summy afternoon of April 8, 1907.
(From the golden anniversary letter ti family April 8, 1957)
(1)Courtesy of Robin Hawes, Searle family.