I present Lise Olson Bakke to you today:
Lise was Ingeborg’s older sister, also my grandfathers paternal aunt, born on the Bakke farm (where I’m from) in 1859 in Hornindal, Norway. She emigrated to the US in 1888, and settled on the Reed/Read farm in Ferryville, Wisconsin. This is the picture she sent home to her family. She also visited the folks back home in 1914 with her son Peder Reed (born 1894), I know this from passenger manifests of the steamboat from Bergen.
For Lise there was a life in far better circumstances in the US, than the starvation and poverty at home. Her coming back to visit is a certain proof of it, only the most fortunate were able to do so!
I love this cabinet card, with the elaborate details and die cut edge. I hope you can use my Lise for some fun crafting project, enjoying that you know a little about her too!
I have searched for Lise and her family, without luck. I believe her husband was named Reed/Read, possibly he was also Norwegian (Reed could be a Norwegian name from one of our nighbour towns). The only Lise I have found so far that might match my grandfather’s aunt would be Lise Olena Olson in Tacoma Pierce, Washington. That also matches the name of the photographer on her picture. I thought Washington and Wisconsin are two different states…? And if this is indeed my Lise, why did she go by the name Olson? Did she at some point re-marry? Or did she for some reason start using her fathers name (Ola=Olson) to simplify the Reed name? I also have no clue to what the first name of her husband was, if she had more children, and if there are living relatives after her… so all you helpful genealogy-peeps out there: please do your magic and see if you can find any more clues for me?
I also have to say that I am absolutely, utterly stunned with the response I had from you on part I of this mystery!!! Already after 1 day, I have traced Ingeborg’s big family “over there” and written several of them on facebook! I’m just now waiting, keeping my fingers crossed for positive answers, and I will of course keep you posted 🙂
The file is free for your personal use and enjoyment. I scan all my ephemera in 600 dpi. Go to the download folder below to grab your high quality PNG-file (transparent background):
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