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Notes for Christian Johnson Skalet:

The Family of John Christianson & Anne Nilsdatter Viker

!Birth: 4 Jan 1849, Hedalen Kirke, Sor Aurdal, Valdres, Oppland, Norway.
!Baptism: 1849, Hedalen Kirke, Sor Aurddal, Valdres, Oppland, Norway.
!Confirmation: In Norway, Em. at age 26 to Fillmore County.
!Marriage: Polk County MN., abt 1905.
!Death: Polk County MN., abt 1926.

1865 census Skalet, Søndre Aurdal, Oppland, Norway
1952 33 1 Hans Ols. Husfader Husmand med Jord g 42 m Søndre Aurdal 3 3 1 1 1
1953 34 Guri Arnesd. hans Kone g 34 k Søndre Aurdal
1954 1 Ole Hans. deres Søn ug 9 m Søndre Aurdal
1955 2 Anthon Hans. deres Søn ug 7 m Søndre Aurdal
1956 3 Martin Hans. deres Søn ug 5 m Søndre Aurdal
1957 4 Olia Hansd. deres Datter ug 2 k Søndre Aurdal
1958 5 1 Eivind Arnes. Inderst Dagarbeider ug 27 m Søndre Aurdal
1959 6 Ole Arnes. Inderst Dagarbeider ug 22 m Søndre Aurdal
2673 29 1 John Kristians. Husfader Forpagter g 50 m Søndre Aurdal 1 6 4 1 1/2 1 2 1/2
2674 30 Anne Nielsd. hans Kone g 40 k Vigers Prgj. (Ringeriget)
2675 31 Kristian Johns. deres Søn ug 17 m Søndre Aurdal
2676 32 Niels Johns. deres Søn ug 15 m Søndre Aurdal
2677 33 Ole Johns. deres Søn ug 12 m Søndre Aurdal
2678 34 Johan Johns. deres Søn ug 9 m Søndre Aurdal
2679 1 Karen Johnsd. deres Datter ug 6 k Søndre Aurdal
2680 2 Gunhild Johnsd. deres Datter ug 3 k Søndre Aurdal

Immigrated 1873 to America

1880 United States Census Vineland, Polk, Minnesota Page Number 340B
Nels JOHNSON Self M Male W 28 NORWAY Farmer NORWAY NORWAY
Betzy JOHNSON Wife M Female W 25 NORWAY At Home NORWAY NORWAY
Anne JOHNSON Dau S Female W 3 MN At Home NORWAY NORWAY
Clara JOHNSON Dau S Female W 3M MN At Home NORWAY NORWAY
Chris JOHNSON Other S Male W 30 NORWAY Farm Help NORWAY NORWAY

1900 census Hubbard Twp., Polk Co., MN
#84
Christian J. Skalet, head, Jan 1849, age 51, single, Norway/Norway/Norway, imm 1876, in US 24 yrs, naturalized, farm laborer

1910 census Hubbard Twp., Polk Co., MN
#68
Christian J. Skalet, head, age 60, md 4 yrs, Norway/Norway/Norway, imm 1880, naturalized, farm laborer
Gurine J., wife, age 23, md 4 yrs, 2 births, 2 surviving, Norway/Norway/Norway
Johan J., son, age 5, MN/Norway/Norway
Joel, son, age 3, MN/Norway/Norway

1920 census Scandia, Polk Co., MN
#116
Christian Skalet, head, age 70, Norway/Norway/Norway, imm 1879, naturalized, farmer, general farm
Gertie, wife, age 33, Norway/Norway/Norway, imm 1902
John, son, age 15, MN/Norway/Norway
Joel, son, age 13, MN/Norway/Norway

Christian died about 1926

1930 census Hubbard, Polk, Minnesota
Peder Thorsen, head, age 56, age at first marriage - 53, Norway/Norway/Norway, imm 1888, naturalized, laborer, Pottatoes House
Gertie, wife, age 44, age at first marriage - 41, Norway/Norway/Norway, imm unknown
Johney, son, age 24, MN/Norway/Norway, Laborer, on farms
Joel, son, age 23, MN/Norway/Norway, laborer, on farms

Film number for Polk County, Hubbard Township 1st owner of land (homestead is #338,181.

From Lorraine Haugstad:

Christian emigrated from Valdres, Norway in 1873, settling in Fillmore County, where he was engaged in farming and carpenter work. In 1878 he came by oxen and covered wagon in a caravan to the Nielsville MN area. Gurine Helland came to America in 1904 at the age of 18 and first worked on a farm near Crookston. The family settled on a farm at Beltrami MI. Bertunes, her father worked on the railroad. Other members in the family were Bennie, Eddie, Thomas, Thea, Anna, Lettie and Ida.

Parents of Christian, born on Hansebakke of Grimsrud, were John Christianson of Hedalen, Sor Aurdal, Valdres, Norway and Anne Nilsdatter Viker from the Viker Gaard in Ytre Aadalen, Ringerike. Christian emigrated in 1873 and John and Anne emigrated in 1884 from Norway to America. Christian Skalet married Gertie Helland and they had two sons-John and Joel. They lived on the Inga Paulson farm. Inga worked for her uncle and often spoke of Christian and all his cats - he had one named Frekkedona and one called Krabbelura. He did not like southern Minnesota-summers were too hot. Gertie Helland came to work for him, and later became his wife. Nels and Christian, together with several friends, came to the Red River Valley by oxen and covered wagon in a Caravan in 1879. Caravans offered protection from Indians and provided company. Others in the caravan were the Johanes Olson family, Nels and Lars Helgeland families and others. They brought cattle along, tied behind their wagons. Washed in sloughs along the way, which resulted in severe skin irritation. Christian refused to wash and had smooth, nice skin. Mosquitoes came in droves, so smudges had to be built along the way to keep mosquitoes off the animals and themselves. They followed trails, the men stopped in saloons for drinks but women were not allowed in saloons at that time. The women were delighted when Christian brought out a bottle of wine for them. Jonetta, daughter of Nils and Berthe Skalet, was two years old at the time and traveled with her parents. There was tall buffalo grass along the trail. On their journey they had deep iron kettles, put beans and lots of salt pork in them, placed them in hot ashes in the evening and had luscious beans for breakfast, dinner and supper. Corn Meal was used to make Johnny Cake and they put their butter in the flour to keep it from melting.

When they arrived at Nielsville, they hurridly built a shelter for the livestock and made a dugout to live in the first winter. They had two stones-one on either side of their door. Can be seen at the Anna Brekke farm. Next summer they built a one room house, adding to it as was necessary to accomodate the large family. There was not much snow the first winter. They melted snow for the cattle to drink.