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From: "Robert Helfer" <>
Subject: Iimmigrant cluster in Albany Park
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2005 13:40:33 -0500
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Responding to Donna's request for a sort of collective description of our
immigrant clusters in Chicago:

My cluster comes ultimately from the communities of Eidanger, Langesund, and
Porsgrunn in Telemark, although most of the immigrants lived elsewhere in
Norway before coming to America. This is more of a family cluster than a
neighborhood cluster. For a time most of these families lived in Albany
Park within a short walk of each other (my mother used to talk about visits
that ended with calls of "good night" echoing down the street as the
visiters walked back to their homes, all within 4 or 5 blocks). I believe
that at some point most of these people were members of Christ English
Evangelical Lutheran Church on Wilson Ave. at Spaulding Ave., and many of
the children went to Haugan Elementary School and Roosevelt High School. In
case anyone is interested I have posted a photograph album at
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/%7Eldeg/kjolsrud/

These are the source families:

1) Lars Petter Jacobsen Kjølsrud (born in Eidanger) and Inger Laurine
Larsdatter Kjølstad (born in Langesund) were married in Eidanger in 1871.
Shortly after their marriage Lars Petter and Inger Laurine moved to
Porsgrunn. Between 1872 and 1883 they had 6 children born in Porsgrunn and
1 in Eidanger. Around 1889 they moved to Arendal, Aust-Agder, where their
8th child was born in 1890. Lars Petter worked on the family's saw mill on
the farm Kjølsrud in Eidanger, and continued to work on saw mills in
Telemark and Aust-Agder throughout his life. 2 children from this family
emigrated to the United States and settled in Chicago.

2) Lars Petter's brother Theodor Jacobsen Kjølsrud (born in Eidanger) and
Laura Jacobsdatter (born in Langesund) were married in Langesund in1875.
Theodor and Laura remained on the family farm of Kjølsrud in Eidanger, where
their first 5 children were born, until around 1885 when they moved to
Brevik, Telemark. They had 2 more children in Brevik, then moved to Fet,
Akershus, where their 8th child was born in 1891. They moved to Christiania
(Oslo) before 1900. Like Lars Petter, Theodor worked saw mills, first at
Kjølsrud and later in other towns in Telemark, Vestfold, and Akershus. 3
children from this famly emigrated to the United States and settled in
Chicago.

3) Inger Laurine's brother Anders Theodor Larsen Kjølstad (born in
Langesund) and Karen Kristine Kristensen (born in Bamble, Telemark) were
married in Langesund around 1882. They remained in Langesund where all of
their 7 children were born. Anders was a fisherman. 1 child from this
family emigrated to the United States and settled in Chicago.

These are the Chicago immigrants:

1 a) Ludvig KJØLSRUD was born in Porsgrunn in 1874; he was the 2d child of
Lars Petter Jacobsen Kjølsrud and Inger Laurine Larsdatter Kjølstad and was
about 15 when they moved to Arendal, Aust-Agder. In 1892 he emigrated from
Kristiansand, Vest-Agder, apparently intending to go to Wisconsin. I have
not found him in the 1900 census, but I believe that he is the "Louie
Larsen" who was living at 2710 North Avenue in 1910 (partly because among
the three boarders in this household were a brother and a cousin of Ludvig
Kjølsrud). Around 1910 Louie married Marta Hassel (or Hansen, possibly from
Gjerpen or Skien, Telemark) and by 1920 they were living at 3833 Lawrence
Avenue (at Avers Avenue) in Albany Park; Louie remained at this address
until his death. Louie worked as a wood finisher in a lumber yard. Louie
and Martha had 2 children. By 1920 Louie was using the name Louis KJOLSRUD.

1 b) Nicolai KJØLSRUD was born in Porsgrunn in 1879; he was the 5th child of
Lars Petter Jacobsen Kjølsrud and Inger Laurine Larsdatter Kjølstad and was
about 9 when they moved to Arendal, Aust-Agder. In 1904 he emigrated from
Kristiansand, Vest-Agder, intending to go to Chicago. I assume that Louie
was already in Chicago at this point. Nicolai is the "Nick Kolsrud" who was
a boarder at 2710 North Avenue in the household of "Louie Larsen" in 1910.
In 1910 he married Anna Amundsen (born Åsa Åmundsdatter Kvamsøy in Kvam,
Hordaland). Around 1912 they moved to East Moline, Rock Island Co.,
Illinois, and he began using the name Nick JACOBSEN. In 1915 or 1916 they
moved back to Chicago, and by 1920 they were living at 4722 Avers Avenue
(1/2 block south of Lawrence Avenue) in Albany Park; Nick remained at this
address until his death. Nick worked as a machinist. Nick and Anna had 4
children.

2 a) Carla Berthea KJØLSRUD was born on the family farm Kjølsrud in Eidanger
in 1876; she was the 1st child of Theodor Jacobsen Kjølsrud and Laura
Jacobsdatter. Around 1899 she married Nils Christian Carl JENSEN, probably
in Christiania. N.C.C. was a Dane, working as a bricklayer in Christiania.
In 1905 N.C.C. emigrated from Christiania to Chicago with his two brothers
(Hans Christian and Adolf Valdemar) to work as bricklayers, and in 1906
Carla and their daughter Gudrun Elisabeth followed. In 1910 N.C.C. and
Carla were living at 2041 North Sawyer Avenue. Apparently N.C.C. died in
1910, and Gudrun died in 1918. I do not know what happened to Carla after
that; perhaps she returned to Norway. N.C.C. and Carla had 1 child.

2 b) Maren Elise KJØLSRUD was born on the family farm Kjølsrud in Eidanger
in 1881; she was the 4th child of Theodor Jacobsen Kjølsrud and Laura
Jacobsdatter. Around 1907 she married Hans Christian JENSEN (brother of her
sister's husband Nils Christian Carl) while he was visiting in Christiania
and emigrated with him from Christiania in 1907 to Chicago. In 1910 they
were living at 2058 North Sawyer Avenue; in 1920 they were living at 4948 N.
Hamlin Avenue in Albany Park (and Hans' brother Valdemar, whose wife was
also from Norway, was living at 4308 Ridgway Avenue); in 1930 they were
living at 6101 Forest Glen; I believe that they later moved to Barrington,
Illinois. Hans and Maren had 3 children.

2 c) Theodor Laurentius KJØLSRUD was born on the family farm Kjølsrud in
Eidanger in 1883; he was the 5th child of Theodor Jacobsen Kjølsrud and
Laura Jacobsdatter. He emigrated from Christiania in 1907 (on the same boat
with his sister Maren and his brother-in-law Hans) with the stated intent of
working for his brother-in-law's construction company. He is the "Theodore
Kolsrud" who was a boarder at 2710 North Avenue in the household of "Louie
Larsen" in 1910. Around 1916 he married Sofie (last name not known, born in
Norway). In 1920 they were living at 4800 N. Lawndale Avenue (at Lawrence
Avenue) in Albany Park; in 1930 they were living at 4919 North Kedvale.
Theodor was a foreman for the Jensens' construction company. Theodor used
the name Theodore KJOLSRUD; he and Sofie had 2 children.

3 a) Anders Theodor KJØLSTAD was born in Langesund in 1885; he was the 2d
child of Anders Theodor Larsen Kjølstad and Karen Kristine Kristensen. He
emigrated from Christiania in 1909 in company with some other sailers with
Eidanger and Langesund connections (Gustav GUNDERSEN DAHL, Peder AMUNDSEN
BJERKØEN, and Karinius A. LARSEN), apparently intending to work as a seaman
on Lake Michigan. Probably not long after 1910 he married Frieda (or
Alfrieda, last name not known, born in Norway). In 1930 (and according to
Polk's Chicago street directory for 1928-1929) they lived at 7252 Ibsen;
Anders used the name Andrew KOLSTAD. Andrew and Frieda had 4 children. In
1924 Andrew's brother Enoch (born in Langesund in 1891) also came to
Chicago, possibly to decide whether he should emigrate, but he returned to
Langesund.

Regards,
Robert in Austin, TX


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