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  • ID: I11011
  • _UID: 9F338F051A9F4DFEBC04AEEBD0077BDFF4CE
  • Name: Peder A. THUNE
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 14 MAR 1864 in Gudbrandsdalen, Norway
  • Note: according to Minnesota Death Index
  • Death: 8 AUG 1958 in Rocksbury Township, Pennington County, Minnesota
  • Note: according to Minnesota Death Index
  • Burial: 11 AUG 1958 St. Pauli Cemetery, Thief River Falls, Minnesota
  • Emigration: 1888 from Norway to America
  • Note: Date according to 1930 Census Records
  • Note:

    From Pennington County (Minnesota) History book: Mr. Peter Thune was born in Gulbranddalen [sic], Norway. His mother died when Peter was young, so he was raised by his grandmother, growing up in Oslo, Norway.

    Mrs. Peter Thune was born Gro Tweeten in Telemarken, Norway where she grew to womanhood. They immigrated to the United States and they were both employed in Grafton, North Dakota, where they met and were married. They came to Smiley Township and homesteaded on a 160-acre farm. there they built their log home and also shared it with Lars Loken's, until Lokens got their home built on the land they had homesteaded. The woods were so thick where they built, that our Mother would say, "Climb to the top of the roof to see if the wind is blowing." I can remember Mama telling about Dad going in to the harvest fields in the fall to earn extra money and she was left at home with the three oldest children and some Indians came by and she took them outside, they looked around and said "Twins - Twins", Ole and Emil were twins.

    When neighbors had babies, Mama would go and take care of them and then, when the delivery was completed, she came home and would cook rommegrut (cream mush) and sweet soup and take back the net day, when she returned to visit them. Also, if a neighbor passed away, Mama would wash and dress them and take care of getting them ready for the burial.

    Alma still has the big wooden trunk that has the date and rosemaling painting on the top that Mama brought all her possessions in from Norway and she can remember as a child how she would awake in the morning and see the lid of the trunk. Alma's first thought was "we have company staying over night." She had been moved form her bed to sleep in the trunk so that the company could have her bed.

    Our Dad would cut cord wood and bring to Thief River Falls and sell for 50 cents to a dollar a cord. When he'd return home it was so cold, he'd have frozen icicles in his mustache and would sit by the wood stove and thaw them out. The children always knew he'd bring a small sack of hard candy for them.

    Money was scarce but we never were in want, thanks to the good management of our parents. They raised vegetables, which were stored in the dirt cellar under the house. They also picked wild berries, made sauce and jams, canned the meat, smoked the ham, made dried beef, made primost (cheese), and pultost (cheese). When the children grew up and had dates they didn't like the smell of pultost, so it was hidden in the cellar. Mother made lefse and flat bread. After threshing, Grandpa would take a load of wheat to Terrebonne by oxen (horses later) about 25 miles from home, to grind the wheat into flour. I remember having oxen and getting up very early to come to town. We left around five in the morning and did not get home until ten in the evening and spent only a few hours in town. To keep our feet warm, we would have big chunks of wood that were heated through by placing them in the oven and always stopping at the Peter Engelstad farm to get new chunks of wood and then picking them up on the way back again.

    The first team of horses was bought from the Stenbergs (Martin Stenberg's parents) in Thief River Falls. One was called Kate and was older and very easy to handle and was used to raise more horses. The other was named Dan and was much more frisky.

    The only newspaper we had was the Decorah Posten [Norwegian language paper] and we all seemed to enjoy the paper and also the comics, Ole and Per.

    Our Dad would walk to St. Hilaire and carry a hundred pound sack of flour home on his back. He would have to carry the cream and eggs to Hazel. When the men were busy in the fields, Mama would take the plow share and walk seven miles to St. Hilaire and have it sharpened and walk back.

    At four o'clock on Christmas Eve, dinner was ready and we would all be dressed in our very best. This was our devotion and prayer time. The only work on Christmas Eve was to milk and take care of the cows. We always looked forward to New Year's Eve because we know we would have Yule Bukker [crowds of costumed revelers] that would come. Mama always had a good lunch for them. Mrs. Austad would play the mouth organ and everyone would dance and we would have the best time in the one room log house, that had the sleeping quarters upstairs.

    1900 Census: Township 153, Red Lake (now Pennington) County, Minnesota: Petter (36), Groe (37), Emil (8), Ole (8), Gilla (7), August (3), Inga (1). 1887 is listed as their immigration date, along with their oldest daughter Tilda (13)

    1920 Census: Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota: Peter A. (55), Gro (57). Emigration dates listed as 1887. Naturalization dates are 1893 or 1895.

    1930 Census: Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota: Peter A. (65) and Gro (67). He was 26 when they married. Both listed as emigrating in 1888.

    Obtained Land Grant #9431 from Crookston Land Office on 1 August 1898 for 160 acres in Section 32 of what would be Smiley Township.

    Pallbearers: Glenn Thune, Harvey Thune, Donald Thune, Ernest Thune, Norris Thune, Russell Thune
  • Change Date: 3 JUN 2006

    Mother: UNK

    Marriage 1 Gro TWEETEN b: 30 DEC 1862 in Telemarken, Norway
    • Married: ABT 1891 in Grafton, North Dakota
    1. Has Children Ole G. THUNE b: 10 SEP 1891 in Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota
    2. Has Children Emil Ingman THUNE b: 10 SEP 1891 in Smiley Township, Minnesota
    3. Has No Children Gilla THUNE b: 21 DEC 1892 in Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota
    4. Has No Children Peder August THUNE b: 4 AUG 1896 in Smiley Township, Minnesota
    5. Has Children Inga THUNE b: 23 OCT 1898 in Smiley Township, Minnesota
    6. Has Children Alma THUNE b: 26 APR 1902 in Smiley Township, Red Lake (now Pennington) County, Minnesota c: 29 JUN 1902 in Hamar Lutheran Church, Red Lake County, Minnesota
    7. Has No Children Tilda THUNE b: MAR 1887 in Norway
    8. Has No Children Inga A. THUNE b: 15 JAN 1895 in Smiley Township, Minnesota
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