Family Remembers History in Old Barn

By Cahner Olson On my mom’s side of the family, I am the fourth descendant of Norwegian immigrants. Eli Olson, who would be my great-great-grandfather, arrived in Iowa in 1876 when he was just 2. We don’t know the reason for his immigration, but we do know he came at a time when almost one-ninth of Norway’s population was immigrating. The surge started in the 1820s during times of religious tensions in the country. Eli and his parents followed the same trail as many other Norwegians, arriving in New York before moving west and settling on a farm in...

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