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Neighbors: Long-lost relative and old Moorhead

A family from the region is trying to track down a long-lost relative. Maybe you can help them. Thorlief Diesen was an immigrant from Norway. It's known he lived in both Northwood and Tioga, N.D. He was a cousin of Gina Olson, whose maiden name w...

Bob Lind
Bob Lind

A family from the region is trying to track down a long-lost relative. Maybe you can help them.

Thorlief Diesen was an immigrant from Norway. It’s known he lived in both Northwood and Tioga, N.D.

He was a cousin of Gina Olson, whose maiden name was Diesen.

The request for help in this matter comes from Gina’s son Ken Olson, Eugene, Ore.

Ken says his mother was born south of Minnewaukan, N.D., and had many aunts and uncles there.

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“Thorlief is something of a mysterious family member,” Ken writes, “as he left no permanent address, apparently didn’t have a notable profession or career and may have returned to Norway several times before he became elderly. I have not been able to find any relative who can definitely say where he lived for more than a few months at a time.”

Ken does have the names of other members of Thorlief’s family, if that would help. They include Carl Sofus Pedersen Diesen, Gustav Thomas Pedersen, Ole Marius Pedersen, and Inga, Peter, Asta and Einar Pedersen.

“I am hoping to visit Norway in a few months,” Ken says, “and I would like to tell my Norwegian relatives any piece of news about Thorlief.”

You can send any information you have directly to Ken. His email address is: olson@bossig.com .

Here’s hoping this 30-year quest ends happily.

The old Moorhead

Now, let’s reminisce a bit about the old days in Moorhead with John Dahl.

John, who writes that he’s lived in his Moorhead house for 56 years, once attended the old Park School.

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His family also had a farm. “I remember my family used to bring homemade butter to the A.T. Nelson grocery store on Center Avenue, where they bought most of their groceries,” he says, “and they took their eggs and cream to the Fairmont Creamery.

“There was the Zervas meat market, Woodward women’s clothing store, and the Hub and Palace men’s stores, too.”

And, John says, when he was a kid, “You could buy a whole dinner or supper for 35 cents.

“Those,” he concludes, “were the days.”

They sure were, John.

If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, N.D. 58107; fax it to 241-5487; or e-mail blind@forumcomm.com

 

 

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