Familien Jacobsen
fra
Wærstadkaasa
i
Helgen.
i Telemark.

 Anne Tollefsdatter Jøntvedt   1777 - 1854
ble gift  03.08.1797  med skomaker
Jacob Clausen Kaasen (under Wærstad)  1769 - 1842.
Han hadde overtatt plassen Wærstadkåsa etter sin far samme året som han giftet seg.

Deres barn er:

1
Claus Jacobsen  18.02.1798 - ....
Konfirmert i Romnes krk. 4. søndag etter påske 1816. Flyttet antagelig til Vestfold.
gift med
Sigrid Torstensdatter
Barn:
          Torsten Clausen   28.01.1835  -  24.12 s.å.
          Jacob Clausen      28.01-1835  -  14.02 s.å.

2
Anne Jacobsdatter  25.10.1799 -

3
 Peder Jacobsen  26.04.1801 - 16.05.1881
Konfirmert i Helgen krk. 16. søndag etter trinitarius 1817. Hjulmakersvend -flyttet til Drammen i 1822. Ferdig utdannet flyttet han til  Larvik der han arbeidet som hjulmakermester.
gift ...06.1830 med
Gunhild Kirstine Larsdtr. Moen   28.09.1806 - 06.06.1899
Barn:
          Hans Jacob Pedersen Kåsa   1833  -  1899
          Gunhild Andrine Pedersdatter Kåsa   1835  -  1934
          Karen Pedersdatter Kåsa   1840  -  1912
          Carl Pedersen Kåsa   1842  -  1913

Emigrerte til Amerika i 1844.

          Johannes       1845 i Am. -
          Bertha Marie   21.5.1848 i Am. -
          Johannes       1858 i Am. -  1940

4
 Tollef Jacobsen  16.10.1803 - 1874
Konfirmert i Holden krk. allehelgenssøndag 1821.
Pladssønn -  flyttet til Laurvig (Larvik) 1828.
Utdannet som skredder.
gift 1830 med
Karen Andrea Axelsdatter  1802 - 1874
Flyttet til Kristiansand hvor Tollef drev skredderforretning med flere ansatte. Senere flyttet familien til Farsund hvor Tollef fortsatte som skredder inntil de emigrerte derfra til Am. i 1855.
Barn:
          Jacob
          Gustav
          Axel
          Tallette
          Thea

5
Jacob Jacobsen  26.04.1801 - ...
Konfirmert i Helgen krk. 22. sønd. etter trinitarius 1824.
gift i Holla krk. 21.11.1829 med
Anne Hansdatter Kleven   1805 -

Barn:
          Anne Karine Jacobsdatter   21.12.1829 -
          Inger Marie Jacobsdatter    28.06.1832 -
          Hans Jacob Jacobsen        25.05.1836 -

Husmandsfolk - flyttet til Brunlaugnes våren 1838.

          Lovise Margrethe Jacobsdatter   10.10.1839
          Jacob Andreas Jacobsen            21.11.1843

Flyttet senere til Bygland og Tvedestrand.

          Peder Johan Jacobsen   ca. 1849 i Bygland -

6
 Johannes Jacobsen  04.07.1810 - 14.01.1888
Hjulmaker/gårdmann. Flyttet til Christiania (attest av 14.03.1834). Kom senere tilbake og drev gården.
gift i Helgen krk.  07.08.1840 med
Kirsten Maria Pedersdatter Ytterbøe   11.03.1816

Barn:
          Jacob Johannesen   12.09.1840 -  04.05.1919
          Peder Johannesen   02.12.1841 -  02.12.1841
          Jørgen Johannesen 27.02.1844 - død s. d.

Emigrerte til Amerika i 1844.

          Anna Kristine   ca.1845 -  ca.1854
          Anne Margrethe 07.11.1847 i Am.- 11.07.1934
          Karen Andrea  16.01.1850 i Am. -  02.11.1905
          Mari   12.04.1853 i Am. -  1882
          Amos    06.10.1855 i Am. -  14.07.1931
          Johannes 18.02.1858  i Am.

7
Anne Jacobsdatter  02.02.1813 - 26.03.1813

8
Anne Karine Jacobsdatter 06.05.1814-11.05.1815

9
Niels Jacobsen  21.12.1815 - 24.04.1816

10
 Niels Jacobsen  12.02.1821 - 27.04.1905
Flyttet til Laurvig høsten 1843  (attest av 10.10.1843). Emigrerte til Am. 1844 .
gift i Milwaukee, Wisc. 1847 med
Netta Marie Sørensdatter      12.08.1820 - 22.08.1907

Barn:
          Jacob                 17.04.1848 - 001.05.1934
          Elisabeth             03.05.1850 - 06.09.1885
          Johannes             22.05.1853 - 10.09.1945
          Adolph                11.11.1854 - 10.09.1932
          Samuel                22.03.1857 - 11.12.1943
          Anne                   09.07.1860 - 1904
          Niels Martin          03.03.1866 - 01.12.1944

The Jacobsen family
from
Wærstadkaasa
in
Helgen.
in Telemark - Norway.

Anne Tollefsdatter Jøntvedt   1777 - 1854
marr.    03.08.1797  to shoemaker
Jacob Clausen Kaasen (under Wærstad)  1769 - 1842.
Han had inherited the cotter's place  Wærstadkåsa from his father, the same year as he got married.

Their children are:

1
Claus Jacobsen  18.02.1798 - ....
Confirmed in Romnes church. 4. sunday after easter 1816. He probably moved to Vestfold.
marr. to
Sigrid Torstensdatter
Children:
          Torsten Clausen   28.01.1835  -  24.12 s.y.
          Jacob Clausen      28.01-1835  -  14.02 s.y.

2
Anne Jacobsdatter  25.10.1799 -

3
Peder Jacobsen  26.04.1801 - 16.05.1881
Confirmed in Helgen church 16. sunday after trinitarius 1817.   Wheelright journeyman - moved to Drammen in 1822.  Moved further on to Larvik, where he worked as a wheelright master.
marr.  ...06.1830 to
Gunhild Kirstine Larsdtr. Moen   28.09.1806 - 06.06.1899
Children:
          Hans Jacob Pedersen Kåsa   1833  -  1899
          Gunhild Andrine Pedersdatter Kåsa   1835  -  1934
          Karen Pedersdatter Kåsa   1840  -  1912
          Carl Pedersen Kåsa   1842  -  1913

Emigrated to America in 1844.

          Johannes               1845 in Am. -
          Bertha Marie           21.5.1848 in Am. -
          Johannes               1858 in Am. -  1940

4
Tollef Jacobsen  16.10.1803 - 1874
Confirmed in Holden church All Saints sunday 1821.
Son of a cotter -  moved to Laurvig (Larvik) 1828.
Educated tailor.
marr. in 1830 to
Karen Andrea Axelsdatter  1802 - 1874
Moved to Kristiansand where Tollef had a shop with several hired tailors. Later he tailored at Farsund, for it was from therethat he and his family sailed, in 1855, for Wisconsin to join his other brothers in the U:S.
Children:
          Jacob
          Gustav
          Axel
          Tallette
          Thea

5
Jacob Jacobsen  26.04.1801 - ...
Conf, in Helgen church 22. sunday after trinitarius 1824.
marr. in Holla krk. 21.11.1829 to
Anne Hansdatter Kleven   1805 -

Children:
          Anne Karine Jacobsdatter   21.12.1829 -
          Inger Marie Jacobsdatter    28.06.1832 -
          Hans Jacob Jacobsen        25.05.1836 -

Cotter's people -  moved to Brunlaugnes spring 1838.

          Lovise Margrethe Jacobsdatter   10.10.1839
          Jacob Andreas Jacobsen            21.11.1843

Later on he moved to Bygland and Tvedestrand.

          Peder Johan Jacobsen   ca. 1849 in Bygland -

6
Johannes Jacobsen  04.07.1810 - 14.01.1888
Wheelright/farmer. Moved to Christiania (traveller-passp. of 14.03.1834). Came back and run the farm.
marr. in Helgen krk.  07.08.1840 to
Kirsten Maria Pedersdatter Ytterbøe   11.03.1816

Children:
          Jacob Johannesen   12.09.1840 -  04.05.1919
          Peder Johannesen   02.12.1841 -  02.12.1841
          Jørgen Johannesen 27.02.1844 - died the s. d.

Emigrated to America i 1844.

          Anna Kristine   ca.1845 -  ca.1854
          Anne Margrethe 07.11.1847 in Am.- 11.07.1934
          Karen Andrea  16.01.1850 in Am. -  02.11.1905
          Mari   12.04.1853 in Am. -  1882
          Amos    06.10.1855 in Am. -  14.07.1931
          Johannes 18.02.1858  in Am.

7
Anne Jacobsdatter  02.02.1813 - 26.03.1813

8
Anne Karine Jacobsdatter 06.05.1814-11.05.1815

9
Niels Jacobsen  21.12.1815 - 24.04.1816

10
Niels Jacobsen  12.02.1821 - 27.04.1905
Moved to Laurvig fall 1843  (traveller-passp. of 10.10.1843).  Emigrated to Am. 1844 .
marr. in Milwaukee, Wisc. 1847 to
Netta Marie Sørensdatter      12.08.1820 - 22.08.1907

Children:
          Jacob                 17.04.1848 - 001.05.1934
          Elisabeth             03.05.1850 - 06.09.1885
          Johannes             22.05.1853 - 10.09.1945
          Adolph                11.11.1854 - 10.09.1932
          Samuel                22.03.1857 - 11.12.1943
          Anne                   09.07.1860 - 1904
          Niels Martin          03.03.1866 - 01.12.1944


FAMILY HISTORY

JACOB CLAUSEN KASA 1768-1842 and
ANNE TOLLEFSDATTER JØNTVET 1776-1854


The following are excerpts from information I have collected from various people regarding Jacob and Anne Kåsa and their children. I have arranged this information in family  birth order. Some sections I left intact, in others I rearranged paragraphs and made minor  grammatical changes. The sorces are listed on the last page.

Thelma (Aasen) Johnson, a great-granddaughter of Johannes and Kirsten Jacobson


The Kåsa family lived in Holden Parish in Telemark, in southern Norway. Holden is now known
as Holla. The family farm was called Vaerstadkaasa. The farm history begins in 1776 when
Claus Jacobson bought half of the farm from Anders Olsen. The other half was acquired in 1790
from Peder Jonsen Vaerstad.

Claus Jacobson died in 1797. His widow was Anne Johannesdatter. Their son, Jacob, was
known by various names: Jacob Clausen Kaasa, Jacob Kaasa, Jacob Claus, Claus Jacob, Jacob
Clausen. Here in America he would have been called Jacob Jacobson. Jacob married Anne
Tollefsdatter Jontvedt in 1797, the same year his father died. Jacob was described as short and
swarthy. His wife, Anne, was a tall blonde. Their children were: Claus, Anne, Peder, Tollef,
Jacob, Johannes, Nils, Anne and Anne. Evidently the three daughters all died in infancy.

Jacob Jacobson was a tailor by trade. Norwegian farms were small and since the farm income was
not sufficient for their needs, most farmers also had a trade. The exact date of Jacob's death is not
known but his widow, Anne, sold the farm to Halvor Halvorson Vaerstad in 1843 so it is believed
he died in 1842.

In 1844, Anne Kaasa Jacobson had decided to come to America. Two of her sons, Claus and
Jacob, stayed in Norway. There was no future for her other sons in Norway except a seafaring
life so they emigrated with her. They were Peder (Per) and Johannes, along with their families,
and Nils. Nils' fiance came two years later and they were married the following year. Another
son, Tollef, and his family from Farsund, came over in 1855. Nothing further is known of Claus
and Jacob who lived in Tvedestrand, and never emigrated.

The trans-Atlantic trip was made in six weeks to New York City on the brig Washington. Next
they went by boat, pulled by horses, on the Erie Canal, then on the Great Lakes to Chicago,
Milwaukee, and to Port Washington, Wisconsin, their destination. Timber claims were taken up at
Muskego.

Anne Kasa Jacobson had a remarkable memory and was able to repeat the Lutheran service
verbatim and did so on her deathbed. She died of cholera during an epidemic in 1854.

Following is some information about Jacob and Anne's children:

(The correct number and order of children is written above, so I'm putting the correct number in front of the names beneath, correcting the dates and putting parentheses around the children that didn't exist.
Comment:  Nils Buverud)

1. CLAUS Born in 1798. Married Sigrid Torstensdatter. Remained in Tvedestrand, Norway.


(ANNE Born in 1799. Probably died as an infant.)


2. PEDER (PER, PETER) (1801-1881)

We do not have much information on the early life of Peder Jacobson, or Peder Jakobson, as he
has been referred to in the Norwegian manuscripts and books. He was born in Norway April II,
1801. He married Gunild Larson in June 1830. In the summer of 1844, they emigrated with their
family--Hans Jacob, Charles Ludvig, Andrina and Caroline--to the U. S. A., landing in New York
City in July and, after two weeks or more of travel by land and water, arrived at Milwaukee,
Wisconsin. They set out at once by oxcart for the Indian country, arriving there August 16. They
purchased land, buying 20 acres at first, but more land was added to this so that at the time of his
death, their holdings were quite extensive.
They first lived in a dugout in the side of a hill which at one time had been an Indian burial ground
and it was here that their son, John, was born. It was not long afterward that they built a
comfortable log cabin where their youngest daughter, Bertha, was born. Much suffering and
many hardships were borne by the family. For nearly the whole first year the father had the fever
and ague which prevailed to a considerable extent at that time.

In Norway, Peder had became a master wheelwright at Larvik, after having served his
apprenticeship in Drammen. After his arrival in America he made some of the first wagons in the
area, operated a store for a couple of years, and was postmaster for twenty-five years. But his
principal attention was given to farming. He was very active in the general welfare of the
community. He served on the township, church, and school boards for many years. He died May
16, 1881 at the age of 80. His wife, Gunild, died June 6,1899, at the age of 93. Both are buried
at the Norway Lutheran Cemetery at Waterford, Wisconsin.
3. TOLLEF (1804- 1874)(1803 - 1874)

Tollef was born at Kaasa near Skien. He married Karen Andrea Axelsdatter (1802-1874) in 1830.
Tollef was a tailor and had a shop in Christiansand with several hired tailors. Later he tailored at
Farsund, for it was from there that he and his family sailed, in 1855, for Wisconsin to join his
other brothers in the U. S.

Karen Andrea's ancestry was written in an old Bible, in Thurlow T. Jacobson's possession in
1954, reveals: her father, Axel Ambrossen, was born in 1766 at Gaarden Southern Teren in
Wivestad Annex. He died in 1837. Her mother, Gunild Olsdatter, was born in 1766 on Gaarden
Northern Teren in Wivestad Annex. She died in 1836. They were engaged in 1791 and were
married that same month and moved to Haijord. Karen Andrea was one of five children. From
Thea, (Tollef and Karen Andrea's youngest child) there is a story that Karen Andrea's folks had
invested their assets in a cooperative business venture, or factory, which failed. They lost their
gaard (farm) and paid back every indebtedness (of some $10,000 in our money). They were the
last of the line to live in the house at Jarlsberg. The gaard named lay in the Jarlsberg Grevskab
(township or district) between Drammen and Larvik. (Reva and Ramnes are the gaarder
mentioned).

On arriving in Wisconsin, Tollef took a lumber land claim where a clearing was made that first
winter but his claim proved to have no cleat. title. Tollef and the three boys, Jacob, Gustav, and
Axel, trekked into the southern states, as far as Tennessee and Alabama, but found that
Northerners were not welcome so they went back to Wisconsin. They then again set out with oxen
teams, expecting to file for homesteads in Missouri. On their way from Wisconsin, with two span
of horses and covered wagons, through Iowa, they stopped at the recent Norwegian settlement of
1855, two or three miles southwest of Cambridge, and stayed a few days with the Seversons, then
on to Missouri. That winter, about 1858, the boys hauled wood. Thea and Tallette worked in a
hotel as maids in St. Joseph, which was the western and of the railroad line. Tallette was a baker
in the kitchen and Thea was a chambermaid. The manager wanted Thea to go into the men's
rooms in early morning, while the men were still in bed, and light their fires. This chore was
highly distasteful. Besides, Missouri was pre-war, torn over slavery. It was then decided to go to
Kansas and get a homestead but, by then, it was "Bleeding Kansas", as our history books have it.
A change then in plans led them from Council Bluffs to Sioux City, figuring on settling in the
Dakota Territory.

They all walked except their mother, Karen Andrea, who wasn't able. They'd sing as they
tramped along. At Sioux City, Iowa, in 1860, they camped. Evenings, when they sang, it got to
be an attraction for folks in town who'd drive out to listen. Jacob and Gustav got government
contracts to haul supplies to Fort Yankton via Vermillion. Mrs. Bigelow a-sked Thea to come into
her home. They were fine, refined folks from Vermont. There was also a Mrs. Field, whose
husband was a brother of Marshall Fields of Chicago fame. It was here that Thea was discovered
looking at newspapers and found that she could read English. The Bigelow's encouraged her to go
to school and become a teacher. Mrs. Bigelow's mother said if she had money she would like to
take Thea East to study voice as she had an unusually lovely Soprano voice. However, life
brought tragedy.

Axel and another young man had taken supplies to Fort Yankton. They camped by the Jim River
on the return trip. That night, in early morning, snorting and stamping of their horses awakened
them. As they arose out of their wagon Axel was shot by the Indians and died. The other man
was wounded by an arrow but was not killed. The horses, curiously, got away from the Indians
and returned to Vermillion.

Thea, the next year of 1861, became ill with typhoid lever. Tallette and Jacob helped care for her
at night. It was 1862 when she started school.

In the meantime, Jacob liked land on the east side of the Missouri River and took up a claim, as
also did Gustav. In 1861, the Ellefson's, whom they'd known in Port Washington, trekked
through Minnesota. Margarethe took a stage via Sioux Falls and met Jacob at Vermillion, where
they were married. Jacob had built a log cabin on his claim and it was there, in December of 1862,
that Thurlow Tegner was born.

It was in 1862 that Gustav was married here to an attractive widow, Mrs. Aslaug Olson, or Aase,
who had one child, Annie, later Mrs. Wallen (Annie gave Thea a blank book for her diary in
1865). It was in 1862 or 1863 that the parent'), Tollef and Karen Andrea, decided to go to
Cambridge to live, taking Tallette with them. Thea continued in school. Dakota Territory was
organized in 1862. In the book, Builders of the Empire by Moses Armstrong, it is recorded that
Jacob Jacobson, in the fall of 1861, was elected from Clay County as representative to the first
legislative meeting of Dakota Territory, and, in April 1862, Gustav Jacobson was Sargent at Arms.
This same volume records the shooting of Axel Jacobson Much unrest, because of the Indians,
was evident and many left the country.

Gustav and family, as well as Jacob and family, went back to Iowa in 1868, then to Willmar,
Minnesota, and later to Minot and Towner in North Dakota. Thea finished her schooling in Sioux
City and was on a stage coach on her way to Nevada, Iowa, where she was to take a searcher's
examination, when a horseback courier stopped the stage with the news, "Lincoln's been shot."
Thea taught school in Story  Co. and lived with her parents until 1867 , when she was married to
Alfred Johnson, a Civil War veteran. They lived on a farm between Huxley and Cambridge.
Tollefand Karen Andrea lived with them until 1874 when they both died, six months apart, from
cholera. They lie buried in Palestine Cemetery, about two-and-a-half miles southwest of
Cambridge, Iowa, on Highway 210.


4. JAKOB Born in 1807 (1806). In 1829 he married Anne Hansdatter Kleven, b. 1804. They did not
emigrate.


( ANNE Born in 1804, apparently died as an infant.)


5. JOHANNES (1810-1888)

From NORDMAENDENE I AMERIKA by Martin Ulvestad:
"Jacobson, Johannes, emigrated from  Kaasen, Holden, Lower Telemark, 1844, to Muskego,
WI, together with his brothers, Nils Jacobson and Peder Jacobson. (Latter named was the
well known "Klokker Jacobson" who is named in another place in connection with Muskego
Church.) "Nordlyset" (the first Norwegian newspaper in America began in the dirt-cellar
(dugout) where also Johannes J. lived; later (from 1867) he was a pioneer-farmer in Arctander
Township by Willmar, Minnesota. His son, Jacob Jacobson, veteran from the Civil War, is a
farmer in the same place. Another son, Peder Jacobson, also a Civil War veteran, is a
furniture maker in Louisville, Kentucky. A third son, Amos Jacobson, has been a wheat
buyer (elevator) in Kerkhoven, Minnesota since 1892." (Translated from Norwegian.)

Johannes Jacobson Kaasa (1810-1888) and Kirsten (Christine) Marie Ytterbø (1816-1890) were
married in Norway 7 August 1840. Johannes was a wagonmaker (wheelwright) in Norway. In
1844 Johannes and his family came from Holden (Holla), Telemark, to Muskego, WI, in Racine
County, south of Milwaukee. Much is written in history books about the settlement at Muskego
and their difficulties in clearing the land for farming, cholera epidemics, and the Muskego church.

The first Norwegian Lutheran congregation in the U. S. was begun at Muskego and Johannes was
involved in building the church. In 1904 the church building was moved to the campus of what is
now Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. A grandson, George Jacobson, helped with the
restoration. A picture of Johannes Jacobson hangs in the balcony of the Old Muskego church.
This picture was contributed to the seminary in the late 1930's or early 1940's by Mrs. Amos
Jacobson. Some of the descendants of Johannes bear a strong resemblance to him. There is a
similar picture of Johannes at the home of Robert  Aasen, his great-grandson, which previously
was in the home of Martin and Anne Margrethe (Jacobson) Aasen's home. To our knowledge we
have no picture of Kirsten, Johannes' wife. Family members have said Kirsten refused to allow
anyone to take her picture.

Johannes and his family left Muskego in 1848 and went to Port Washington, WI, north of
Milwaukee. In July of 1867 they headed for Kandiyohi County in Minnesota, crossing the
Mississippi River at St. Cloud on the old ferry and homesteaded in Arctander Twp., near Sunburg.
Eventually the land was farmed by their son, Amos, and his wife, Emma, who sold it after a few
years. Later the land was bought by Hans and Ole Hauge. Amos and Emma moved to Kerkhoven
where Amos worked at the grain elevator and farmed southwest of  Kerkhoven.
9. NILS (Nels) (1812-1905) (1821-1905)Married Nettie (Netta) Marie Sorenson (1820-1907).

During the latter years of his life, Niels Martin Jacobson, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Nels
Jacobson, the forerunners of this particular branch of the family, was interested in preserving the
available records of the family to the best of his ability, and he started collecting some data for that
purpose. However, Niels Martin passed away before he could get the records in shape so as to
become the framework of a comprehensive record of the family.

It is, therefore, incumbent upon the remaining members of the family to decide whether or not it
would be feasible to gather together family statistics and compile a modest "family history." It was
decided to do so and a committee was chosen at one of the regular business meetings held during
the annual picnic in the summer of 1950. The committee chosen at that time consisted of the
following representative members of the Jacobson family: Mrs. Nicolai Huseth (Karen), Mrs.
Albert Quie (Nettie), Elmer Jacobson, Mrs. Jessie Johnson, Mrs. Jens Jensen (Edna), LeRoy
Peterson, Herbert Jacobson, and Mrs. James L. Crosby (Grace).

A committee meeting was held at the home of Jessie Johnson, Kenyon, Minnesota, in the spring of
1951, and at this meeting tentative plans were drawn up as to the method of gathering material for
the record. Grace Crosby was chosen to head the committee. The work of gathering and
assembling this material was." rather a slow process. but through the help and cooperation of the
committee members and members of the family in general, the final result obtained is presented in
this booklet. It is offered as information;ll data, set forth in a simple manner, but it is earnestly
hoped that the data contained herein will be of some interest and value. Many of the present
generation have never seen their ancestors and perhaps do not know much about them. Perhaps
this data will reveal facts concerning them that will make them and what they stood for and
accomplished while alive, more real and vital.

It may be said with due modesty that our ancestors were men and women who possessed great
Christian faith. It is hoped that the example and precept') of their lives may be reflected in each
passing generation so that the Jacobson family will symbolize the good and true  things of  life and
so carry on the tradition of their God-fearing purposeful and intelligent forebears.

Not a great deal is known of the Jacobson family in Norway from which we have descended.
However, a few facts have been transmitted by word of mouth and various family records from
generation to generation and we have also been fortunate in receiving some data through William
Jacobson, son of Norman Jacobson of Seattle, Washington. William traveled through some of the
European countries in the summer of 1952 and, while in Norway, he made a special effort to delve
into some of the records there, and did obtain some information in regard to the family and the old
famil y home.

The letter written by William Jacobson is set forth verbatim as it contains information of interest to
all of us. It not only sheds some light on the matter of family records hut it also gives us a glimpse
of present day Norway, its people, customs, and hospitality, as well as a bird's eye view of famed
Norwegian scenery. We are very pleased to be able to quote this letter and reel very grateful to
William for his zeal and interest in obtaining it and writing about it in such and interesting manner.
The letter is directed to his folks in Seattle and is dated August 13, 1952, at Oslo Norway. It is
quoted in full:
August 13, 1952- Oslo

Dear Folks:

I left Oslo a week ago last Monday and drove down the Norwegian coast to Larvik and then
cut through the Telemarken Mountains to Skien. The fjords in this part of Norway are just
like Puget Sound, especially Hovels Canal and the San Juan Islands. The countryside
makes me feel very much at home. Skien is a small town about the size of Sumner, situated
at the end of a long lake. It is famous because of the great canal which connects this lake to
a fjord, thus enabling sea shipping to penetrate far into the mountainous part of Norway.
Also this town is famous for being the birthplace of Henrik Ibsen.

I arrived at the hostel about five - it was in the public school (closed for summer). They
had no food at the hostel and I had a dickens of a time locating an open store. In the
country everything closes at 3:00 p.m. in the summer. But, after rattling a few knobs I
managed to buy some jam, milk, butter and rye crisp called "knekkebrød over here, also
some flatbrød which is even better.

I struck up an acquaintance with a young teacher at the school; he was working about the
school making some furniture in the workshop. As it turned out he had been married -just a
month. They had returned from their honeymoon and his bride was with her parents to
help with the harvesting.

The friendship came about, of course, because he spoke English very well. I told him my
plan to look up my ancestral family and he was greatly interested. He said the name Kåsa
or Kaasa was very common in Telemark, and that the headmaster of the school was a Kåsa.
While I was  eating my jam and crackers he talked to the headmaster and then to another man
so that when I next saw him he had all kinds of leads. About nine o'clock he stopped by
the school and asked me to come and,eat something with his family. His parents, originally
farmers had sold their farm and now were living in one of the new housing units one sees
all over Scandinavia. This one close to the school consisted or about 15 buildings, 4
families to a house, 2 apartments upstairs and 2 down.
These are not federal housing in our sense. They are called rather "building communities." To
get into one you have to pay 3000 kroner (about $5()(») and then about 90 kroner ($130) each
year for 5 years, 80 the next 5 years, and so on. Very modern 5-room apts. each with a sun
balcony, electric heating and kitchen are really something. Of course it was furnished with all
the old furniture from the farm and they made many excuses about it not being as modern as an
American home. Europeans, in general, have a warped idea of America mainly because  of the
American films which always show the most luxurious homes

My friend was the only one who could speak English so they set about teaching me
Norwegian in surprising rapidity. I know quite a bit now and can understand many words.
Many are the same (owing, of course, to the fact that a great portion  of our  language is
derived from the Viking influence in the north of England and Scotland. Scot, Welsh and
Irish dialect are much like Norwegian). I was the first American that these people had ever
had in their home and they were very humble and afraid I would not like their food and their
company. The father and mother started  eating in the kitchen while Trygve and I ate alone
in the dining room. However, before the evening was over we were all together joking and
jesting, learning Norwegian and English. They took our pictures, and invited a brother
over for coffee who had been 5 years in the U. S., 1925-1930, and had worked in sawmills
in Seattle and Everett.

We talked more of my search. The father knew this Simon Ytterbø  (a writer who compiled
a history of Holden Church congregation in Norway and who Aunt Nettie advised me to
look up). Trygve promised to call him in the morning by  telephone and he would be home
when I called on him. They furnished me with a detailed map of how to get there. It rained
that night but in the morning it had cleared enough for traveling.

Holden, whose name now is Holla, is about 20 miles up from the lake from Skien, an
inexpressively beautiful one. I saw why every Norwegian I met said "Telemark, oh, that is
one of the most beautiful spots in Norway," when I said that's where my great
grandparents came from. The Ytterbø farm is up on a hill along the lake--old farmhouse
and very picturesque. He could speak a little English and we shuffled through a great many
books and papers and he soon had our family identified.

The family farm on Great grandfather's side was called Vaerstadkaasa. The farm history..."
...see beginning paragraphs again. End of quotation from letter.

The rest of this letter  is made up of description of meals and of personal impressions, interesting
but not germane to the end sought which is a partial record of descendants of Nils Jacobson. This"
record is from the Nels Jacobson history written by Jessie Jacobson Johnson of Kenyon, MN, a
great-granddaughter or Nils and Nettie Jacobson.


6. ANNE Born 1813. Probably died as an infant (1813).


7. ANNE Born 1814. Probably died as an infant (1815).

8. Niels Born 1815. Died 1816.

Sources:
Bob (Charles) Cox, Blanche (Jacobson) Schmitz - Great-grandchildren of Johannes and
Kirsten [Ytterbø] Jacobson
Florence Johnson - Great-granddaughter of Peder and Gunhild (Moen) Jacobson
David Jacobson - Great-great grandson of Tollef and Karen Andrea Axelsdatter Jacobson
Leonard Jackson - Norwegian-America Genealogy Group, Minneapolis, MN
Nels Jacobson Family History Commitee
Nordmaenderne i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad
60th Wedding Anniversary W.......of Martin Hanson Aasen and Anne Margrethe Jacobson:

by Thelma (Aasen) Johnson, a great-granddaughter of Johannes and Kirsten Jacobson