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Ole and Mary Amundsen fonds

1895-1971, predominant 1919-1931

Physical Description:
25 cm of textual records. -- 1 photograph

Ole Jacob Amundsen, 1860-1918, emigrated to North America from Christiana, Norway. He married Mary Thompson, 1867-1918, in North Dakota, USA where he owned a farm and ran a passenger boat from his home on Devil's Lake. In 1901 Ole travelled to Alberta and purchased Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) homestead land where Claresholm is now located. He returned to Devil's Lake briefly to collect his family, and convinced many of his neighbours to purchase land in the Claresholm area as well. The Amundsens were a prominent ranching family in the district. In 1912 Ole was appointed a land agent for the Canadian Pacific Irrigation Colonization Company Ltd. He and Mary had nine children, Clara (North), Agnes (Ringrose), Adolph, Claude J.,1892-, Johnny, Mae (Thomas), Ethel (Gidman), Lena (Fix), and Grace (Berg). After the premature death of Mary and Ole, the control of their estates fell into the hands of their children.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of Ole and Mary's estate and personal papers, and land contracts. Also includes biographical information on the family and a photograph of Ole.
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS: Aberdeen Land Company, Martin Berg, Jeff Bowling, John Deere Co., J.R. Watt, J.E. McGarvey, Henry Miller, John Miller, Per Tveraaen, and Valley View Farm.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Claude J. Amundsen and Christina Simpson, 1971 - 1991.

The material is in English and Norwegian.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-8247, NA-2410, Microfilm Amundsen

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