Deuteronomy 32:7Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you.
"Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about."
— G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
Tag Archives: Hamilton County
I have only a few photographs of my great grandmother, Petra Malum Hendrickson. Here she is, on the far right, with her daughter, my great Aunt Bert. I wonder where they were going that day in those smart hats. And who thought … Continue reading
According to newspaper archives, in February 1915 our grandfather, then about 12, and several other ancestors and friends attended a gathering at the farm home of our great aunt Anna Malum Tolstrup and her husband Hans. The occasion honored the Tolstrups’ move … Continue reading
We are a family from Iowa. On both sides. Sure, our grandfather talked about his ancestors being from Illinois, but since he himself grew up in Iowa and his parents are laid to rest there — right in the middle … Continue reading
When in my research I found suggestions that some of our ancestors, after sailing from Norway, had arrived on the coast of Quebec, rather than New York, my first reaction was skepticism. After seeing such suggestions about more than one … Continue reading
My grandfather by the Boone River. Hamilton County, Iowa. 1915-ish to 1917-ish
So I finally got this framed print hanging on the wall in my living room. It’s called Haugianerne, or The Haugeans. The original was painted by Norwegian artist Adolph Tidemand in 1852 and illustrates an 18th to 19th century spiritual revival movement in the Church … Continue reading