Friday, January 6, 2017

Photo Number 2469

This is a Cabinet Card from Joan.  I think this photo may have been taken about 1895-1900.
Ben Knudsen and a Float JG
Holand in Grand Forks N D was the photographer.
Ben Knudsen and a Float JG back
Ben Knutson – Aamund Flaat – ?
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Update from Iggy:
Ben Knutson was born in Norway in 1877 and immigrated in 1892.   He married Lena. 

Update from MJM:
Aamund K Flaat (1863-1934)

Update from LarsI
"Aamund K. Flaat was born Jan. 31, 1863, in Evje, Norway, to parents Kittel Aaneson Flaat and Helga Norby Flaat. Mr. Flaat emigrated to America in 1884 settling on Sec. 6-49-149 in Bentru Township. He married Thora Torkelson in 1888 who passed
away in 1901. Mr. Flaat married Anne Ode of Evje, Norway in 1915. Children born were: Aslag, Berget, Randy, Helen, Kittel, Emma, and Charles.
Mr. and Mrs. Flaat were members of the East Walle Lutheran Church.
Mr. Flaat passed away in Sept., 1934. "

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  1. Ben Knutson
    Age in 1910: 33
    Birth Year: abt 1877
    Birthplace: Norway
    Home in 1910: Walle, Grand Forks, North Dakota
    Immigration Year: 1892
    Spouse's Name: Lena Knutson

    Lena/Lina is a widow by 1930.

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  2. Find a grave memorial #24063469
    Aamund K Flaat (1863-1934)

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    1. From http://theusgenweb.org/nd/traill/historyredrivervalley.pdf

      "Aamund K. Flaat was born Jan. 31, 1863, in Evje, Norway, to parents Kittel Aaneson Flaat and Helga Norby Flaat. Mr. Flaat emigrated to America in 1884 settling on Sec. 6-49-149 in Bentru Township. He married Thora Torkelson in 1888 who passed
      away in 1901. Mr. Flaat married Anne Ode of Evje, Norway in 1915. Children born were: Aslag, Berget, Randy, Helen, Kittel, Emma, and Charles.
      Mr. and Mrs. Flaat were members of the East Walle Lutheran Church.
      Mr. Flaat passed away in Sept., 1934. "

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    2. There is an Aanon Kittilsen born at Flaat in Evje in 1863 (Norwegian Census), and Aanon Kittilsen Flaat who traveled to Norway in 1920. There is an Aanon K. Flaat, born 1863, arriving in US in 1898. He may have traveled back and forth a bit.

      (This may be another guy. Aanund and Aanon are different forms of the same name, but Aamund is somewhat different...)

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  3. It would be interesting to know what the occasion might have been for these men to be photographed together. Related? Business associates? Or?

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    1. If I'm allowed to speculate:

      Aamund was born in Evje, Setesdal, Norway, and settled in Bentru Township, ND. This is just south of Walle Township, ND, where Ben settled.

      If we take a leap of faith, and accept that Betty is Ben's daughter, then Ben came from Bygland, also in Setesdal, Norway. So they may be connected by both coming from the same valley in Norway (and neighbors in US).

      (This area is strongly connected to Setesdal in Norway. Just across the border to Minnesota, there is Bygland township. Walle township may be named after Valle, also in Setesdal. Setesdal is a small valley, in terms of people living there.)

      But Betty's obituary says she was born in Effie, MN, in 1911, while the census placed the family in Walle in 1910. However, the 1910 census says Ben had a son Knut, born in 1910, and I find a Knut Knutson in Effie in the 1920 census, who is born in ND in 1910 and has a sister named Berget (Betty was baptized Birgit, according to the obituary). If this is correct, Ben must have died before 1920.

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  4. First thing that had popped into my head was Amund (since I used to know some Amundsons)...but the double A threw me off, and it didn't really look like an "n-d" ending. Iggy, MJM and Lars are amazing. I guess I'm just a tad bit too literal...

    That cemetery has a number of Flaats buried there...some appear to be burials of descendants down to the last few years. If they are related to Aamund (and we can find some obituaries for them), that might be one way to trace a living relative who might want the photograph. I remember seeing a Kittel mentioned.

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