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I'm new to this list, and thought I would put my info out there in the hopes that it'll be familiar to someone:
I'm searching for information on my great grandfather, Karl/Carl OLSEN/OLSON, who was b. in Norway in Oct. 1879. (Have seen his last name spelled both ways, and his first name also as "Carl" and "Carl K.").He came to the US, supposedly alone, at age 12 via Hamburg, Germany "on an old sailing vessel", which landed him at Hoboken, New Jersey. He may have been ferried to Ellis Island from there. Once in the US, he was to go to live with relatives in Des Moines (which I have found no trace of him there). Unfortunately, and I don't understand why he did this, but he would never name his relatives, only refer to them as "Aunt" or "Uncle" in Des Moines.
I have a photo of Karl/Carl that was taken in Radcliffe, Hardin Co., Iowa at the F. A. Baldwin studio. There is no date on it, but he appears to be in his late teens to very early 20's. I don't know if he ever lived in Radcliffe, or if he was just passing through, visiting someone, etc.
I know that Karl/Carl lived in Webster City, Hamilton Co., Iowa for a while. Have found him on the 1900 US census for Hamilton Co., living in Ellsworth Township with the C. A. Jerdeman family as a hired hand. This census states that he immigrated in 1892--doesn't give an arrival date, ship name, etc.
Karl appeared before an open court on 3 Oct 1900 in Webster City, Hamilton Co., Iowa and made application to be admitted to become a citizen of the US. According to a copy of the Naturalization Record that I received from the National Archives, he was 21 yrs. old at this time. The bottom of the 2nd page shows that this document was signed on 21 Aug 1908 at the court house
in Webster City, by a clerk named Frank J. Lund and the deputy was Annie C.White. I've tried to get copies of info
from the INS, but they say they have nothing on him being a citizen....even resubmitted my request, and got the same answer.I don't know if there are any "first papers" or not---but would love to find that there are.
On 13 Sept. 1902, Karl/Carl (age 22) married a young lady named Millie OLSEN/OLSON, who was 20 yrs. old, in Webster City. Testimony was given by J.P. OLSEN/OLSON...I don't know if this person was a relative of Karl/Carl's or of Millie's. Would like to be able to get some information on them. I know that Millie was born in Iowa, and her parents were both born in Norway. The wedding ceremony was performed by a Lutheran minister named W. A. LIPE. I have no idea if this wedding took place at a church in the area, or if it was elsewhere. Would like to be able to find out if it was at a church, and then maybe they would have some record of Karl/Carl...
Karl/Carl purchased 160 acres of land in the Cooper/Brushie area of Meade Co., South Dakota, with the final purchase date being 15 May 1911. According to a receipt that I have, he was living in Fort Dodge, Webster Co., Iowa on 14 Aug 1908--which means he would have had to travel from Fort Dodge to Webster City to appear in court for his naturalization to be finalized on 21 Aug 1908. Karl/Carl and Millie established residence at their SD homestead in Feb 1910. The only time they left the homestead was for a period of about 3 months to earn money for the homestead--Karl went to Wasta to work in a livery barn, and Millie went to Sturgis to do housekeeping.
At some point, Karl/Carl and Millie divorced. I don't know when this happened or where....maybe while in South Dakota. Karl/Carl later moved west to Oregon, where I found him on the 1920 US census as a 41 yr. old divorced man. A year later, he remarried to Mabel Clare SHIRLEY, in Portland, Oregon.
I know this is a lot of information, but have been trying for 2 years to track Karl and Millie down in these areas. If any of this is familiar to anyone out there, please contact me at either: midget(a)hot.rr.com (my primary address) or at: MidgieGirl(a)excite.com (backup address). Would love to be able to tell my 80-yr. old grandmother that I found her father's family.
Any assistance is greatly appreciated,