Marie Torbenson Papers
Primary Creator: Torbenson, Marie (1880-1966)
Extent: 0.25 Linear Feet
Date Acquired: 07/09/1980
Marie Louise Syverson was born June 28, 1880 in rural North Dakota. She was the daughter of Thore and Karina Syverson, Norwegian immigrants who were married in Decorah, Iowa, on July 21, 1879. Thore Syverson was born in Valdres, Norway, on April 20, 1854; Karina Syverson was born June 27, 1853, also in Norway.
On October 20, 1880, the family moved to a homestead claim in Moore Township, Ransom County. A son, Albert, was born in 1885, while a second daughter, Millie, arrived on September 4, 1888.
Thore Syverson was a driving force behind the 1885 founding of Fillmore Lutheran Church in Enderlin, North Dakota. Many settlers came from Fillmore County, Minnesota. In 1908, Thore retired from farming and moved the family to Enderlin. Thore died in 1941, and Karina died eight years later, in 1949.
In 1907, Marie Syverson married Oscar Torbenson, son of Norwegian immigrants who settled in Moore Township. The ceremony took place at Fillmore Lutheran Church. They farmed in Moore Township and raised two daughters, Cora and Mildred, and three sons: Osmond, Richard and Donovan. Marie Torbenson died in 1966, preceded by her husband, Oscar, in 1965.
Access Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Acquisition Source: Mildred Torbenson, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Acquisition Method: Donation; 81-695
Preferred Citation: (Description of Item). Marie Torbenson Papers. OGLMC 599. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid migrated to Archon in November 2013.
Browse by Box:
- Box 1
- Folder 1: Marie Torbenson The First Ten Years of Pioneer Life in Moore Township, undated
- Folder 2: Photocopied selection from Ninetieth Anniversary of Fillmore Lutheran Church, Enderlin, North Dakota, October 12, 1975; Photocopied selection from July 30, 1937 issue of the Fargo Forum, announcing the 58th Wedding Anniversary of Thore and Karina Syverson
- Folder 3: Obituaries for John Torbenson (1914), Thore Syverson (1941) and Karina Syverson (1949). “The Torbenson Family” from Enderlin, North Dakota, 1891-1966 Diamond Jubilee, 1966.
- Folder 4: Photographs
OGLMC 599-1: Oscar and Marie Torbenson, 50th Wedding Anniversary, June 27, 1957
OGLMC 599-2: Wheat field in Moore Township, Ransom County, undated
OGLMC 599-3: Fillmore Lutheran Church, Moore Township (rural Enderlin, North Dakota), undated