Title: Marius and Caroline Gjelsnes Papers
ID: OGLMC 1233
Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet
Predominant Dates: 1886-1896
1886 Norwegian immigrants to Reynolds, North Dakota
Marius Gjelsnes (now spelled Gjelsness) emigrated in 1880 from Sander, Odalen, Norway, first to Wisconsin and then to Dakota Territory. Caroline Olsen came from Kongsvinger, Norway, in 1886. They met in Reynolds, Dakota Territory, at the home of Caroline's aunt, Olivia Peterson, who was married to Marius' cousin, Peter Peterson. Marius worked as a railroad section hand primarily from Larimore to Devils Lake. Caroline worked as a housekeeper for Grand Forks Sheriff Swan and one or two families in Crookston, Minnesota. Marius and Caroline were married August 21, 1888, in Hillsboro, Dakota Territory. They farmed near Reynolds and had six children: Clara Mabel, Rudolph, Fred, Helen, Ruth, and Walter.
Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Acquisition Note: Source: June Gjelsness Tweten, granddaughter of Marius and Caroline Gjelsnes.
Preferred Citation: (Description of Item). Marius and Caroline Gjelsness Papers. OGLMC 1233, Box #, Folder #. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
Finding Aid Revisions: Finding aid added to Archon in February 2014.
Collection Material Type: Personal Papers
Scope and Contents: The Marius and Caroline Gjelsnes Papers document the Norwegian immigrant experience in North Dakota's Red River Valley. The collection consists of letters written in Norwegian from December 1886 through September 1892. First are love letters written between Marius and Caroline (1886-1888). There are both photocopies of the original letters and their English translations. Next are original letters and translations written during Caroline's trip to Kongsvinger, Norway, to celebrate her parents' 25th wedding anniversary (May-September 1892). Also included are copies of articles from the Grand Forks Herald describing the collection and the Gjelsness family reunion.