Friday, May 16, 2014

Photo Number 1573

This is a Cabinet Card from the antique shop in Detroit Lakes Minnesota.
Rena Ensby DL Ant
The photographer is Francis in Crookston Minn according to the Minnesota Historical Society Directory of Photographers he was in business in Crookston during 1885, 1888 and 1890.
Rena Ensby back DL Ant
Rena Ensby
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Update from Lars:
Oline from yesterday came from Øyer in Norway. The only place in Norway I can find a farm called Ensby is in Øyer. So that is a link to 1572... Øyer is not a very big community.

In 1885, a girl called Rønnaug Ensby emigrated from Norway, destined for Crookston. The way Rønnaug is pronounced in Norwegian sounds a bit like Rena, so perhaps she simplified her name. It says there that she was 20 when she emigrated, but she might have been 30, as the only Rønnaug (Rønoug) I could find at Ensby in 1854 (1875 census).

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  1. I suspect, but cannot prove, that Ren[n]a was the (oldest) daughter of Louis and Emma nee Hanson Ensby: Find A Grave Memorial# 51540058. Rena shows up in the 1890 city directory for Spokane, Washington working as a domestic. Perhaps Emma was related to the Hanson in Photo Number 1572.

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  2. This is a theory...

    Oline from yesterday came from Øyer in Norway. The only place in Norway I can find a farm called Ensby is in Øyer. So that is a link to 1572... Øyer is not a very big community.

    In 1885, a girl called Rønnaug Ensby emigrated from Norway, destined for Crookston. The way Rønnaug is pronounced in Norwegian sounds a bit like Rena, so perhaps she simplified her name. It says there that she was 20 when she emigrated, but she might have been 30, as the only Rønnaug (Rønoug) I could find at Ensby in 1854 (1875 census).

    (If this is the one, it makes her too old to be the daughter of Emma Hanson Ensby, but she could be related otherwise, of course. I could not find Louis or Emma Ensby in the Norwegian archives.)

    Someone is asking for traces of Rønnaug in America here.

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    1. Thanks Lars, Can you reply to the person asking for traces? Thanks!

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  3. I found a Sidsel Ensby Engh
    Birth: Sep. 18, 1857, Norway
    Death: Dec. 19, 1928
    Pennington County
    Minnesota, USA
    Saint Hilaire Cemetery
    Saint Hilaire
    Find A Grave Memorial# 70534934

    Might this be her? Or perhaps a sister?

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    1. LarsI, I see from your census link that Sidsel was indeed "Rena" sister.

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    2. With the census link, we can also answer this request...

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  4. That gaze just captures your attention, doesn't it? I know she was just holding still for the camera, but it does have a lingering "Mona Lisa" -like effect. Makes you wonder what she was thinking...

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  5. If you look closely, the women in pics 1572 & 1573 appear to be wearing the same dress, so I am assuming the thoughts that they are related is probably correct. ~Abra

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    1. Goodness, Abra is right. In fact, to me, they look like the same person.

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