Emigration story of Engebret P. Lobeck family in 1867. His story is similar to many who came from Trysil in those early years. Engebret kept his journal from the day he left Trysil, Norway until 1894.
A few short remarks about our moving or emigration to America and also an insight into our existence here and a brief word about what has happened since we began to live and build here.
1867. Thursday, the 11th of April we left our home in Lobekseteren, Trysil, Osterdalen, Norway, Europe and traveled by horse to Eidsvolbakken and from there by train to Kristiania. The family consisted of E. P. Lobeck, wife Inger Olsdatter, and children Ingerinus, Per, Ola, Kari, John and Engebret E. (A daughter Inger was born in USA) From Christiania to Nyjork is 3600 miles. From there to Morhead is 1500 miles. From Kristiania we took the steamer Odderen to Hull in England, from there by railway to Liverpool. From there on a big steamship called City of Paris and landed in Nyork (New York) on May 5, 1867. May 7, we went by train overland to Eaton, Allantown, Reading, Harrisburg, Cleveland and from Lake Erie to Detroit, then to Grandhaven over Lake Michigan to Milwaukee. From there to Prairieduchin (Prairie du Chien) and then on the Mississippi up to St. Paul where we rested for a couple of days. Then by train again to St. Cloud. The fare from Kristiania to St. Cloud cost $57 per adult. And there the railway ended so we had to procure oxen and wagon. We bought oxen for $175 and the wagon for $100 and took a part of the belongings, all the women and children and drove west over to Holmes City in Douglas Co, in Minnesota, where we arrived May 29 where there were several Norwegians and Swedes together with Yankees who had taken most of the finest land.
In those early few years, the Trysilingers settled at Holmes City, Christiania settlement near Northfield, MN and along the Red River just north of Fargo. Later immigrants settled in clusters, mostly in Minnesota and North Dakota. It didn't take many years until Trysilingers were spread further west and into Canada. They farmed the land, built highways and dams, built their churches and raised their families. Today, we Trysil descendants live and work in numerous occupations all over Canada and the USA. Every one has a story.
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