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Use the Contact Form to send in information for this page. The page presents recent items placed on this website, announcements and events in the lives of K-Family members. The text here is by Ed Knudson unless otherwise noted.
4/24/2013 - Four Generation Photo Added
3/24/2013 - Greg in Sven's Boots
3/21/2013 - Growing Up at Rosendal
3/14/2013 - Biking Poem Hits Facebook
2/27/2013 - The Civil War and Bentru Township
2/24/2013 - Family Reunion 2000: Rumble on the Red!
2/22/2013 - The Significance of Memory: Writing Your Story
A sigificant page has just been added to the website, the Life Memories of Marian Knudson Barnes. Linda Barnes Goldstein had sent this to the K-Family mailing list some time ago. Reading it over again I am reminded of how significant "memory" is for us human beings. It is a great gift to all of us that Marian took time to write memories of her life. This includes information about our many cousins who trace their heritage back to that farm near Manvel, North Dakota.
2/14/2013 - Vigen - Moi Ancestors
In 1977 Clarence Knudson published a booklet on the Vigen - Moi Ancestors which has been scanned and added to this website. These are the relations of his mother, Julia Vigen Knudson, pictured on the right. Lots of detail here.
2/13/2013 - A Farmer Who Made Violins
For those of you who have not seen it, here is a page about Grandpa Edward Knudson, Clarence's father. An article appeared about him in the Grand Forks Herald in 1948. It describes how he made violins and more details about his life. Check this out, it's interesting.
2/12/2013 - There Have Been Some Outstanding People in the Post Office
One of them is my father. I just put up an interesting document on a page entitled The Post Office Career of Clarence E. Knudson. There are some details here that even I didn't know about his life.
2/10/2013 - Jim Aakhus Buys Bemidji Cabin and Restores Boat
Though some of us have known about it, it's pretty big news that Jim Aakhus, son of Diane Aakhus Easton, has purchased the cabin in Bemidji that Clarence and Ina Knudson used summers for years and years and where us Knudson kids spent the summers while growing up. Diane and her husband, Bill Easton, decided to move into a new home in Bemidji. It is a wonderful thing that the cabin will stay within the family!
Furthermore, Jim, who lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has over the past year been taking on the project of restoring the old Aluma-Craft boat which my brother, Curt, and I used so much those Bemidji summers, water skiing, going up the Mississippi River, and cruising around the lake. My father bought the boat in 1957 at the Coast to Coast store which was then next door to the old Johnson Drug Store in Bemidji. Jim is having a professional restore the boat who even found the original model outboard motor which was on the boat, an Evinrud Lark. This year he is restoring the trailer and cushions too. (Jim is in the boat at the Bemidji dock in the photo on the right.)
The boat has been owned or used by lots of family members over the years, including Mel and Max Danner in Gilby, North Dakota. Curt and Carl brought the boat out to Nehalem, Oregon, when they owned a store there which Carl ran. I last remember being in the boat fishing for salmon on the Nehalem River. Carl had the boat at his place on Cormorant Lake but wasn't using it. Jim got it from Carl. What fun it will be to go for a ride in that boat again!!
By the way, the Bemidji cabin is great in summer, but you can't live there year round. To see why, check out this video on the unique parking lot at Bemidji State University (where I worked for four years, 1970-1974).
Halllinglag Meets in Seattle in 2013
The Hallinglag of America's 106th Stevne (meeting) will be held at Seattle Pacific University - Seattle, Washington on August 22-25 2013----Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun til noon. This is a gathering of "Hallings", persons who trace their heritage to those who came to this country from the Halling valley in Norway, which includes the forebears of Ina Knudson. For more information go to the website of the HALLINGLAG of America.
2/8/2013 - Feeling Stupid, Again
Yesterday I wrote an email to my sister, Diane Easton, asking her if she still had a computer file of an article our father had sent to his kids and other family members about his grandmother, Ingeborg Trydahl Knutson. She said she would have to check to see but asked me if I didn't have a scanner. If I had the document I could scan it. I hadn't used this technology for so many years I had forgotten about it. But it is now entirely possible to scan text from a written page and use OCR software to turn it into a digital text file.
So I immediately tried it on my scanner and lo and behold, in a few minutes I had a file I could put on this website. I named it Ingeborg Trydahl Knutson and it is a fantastic account of the early life of an important figure in K-Family history.
I then also realized I had good copies of transcripts of interviews done with my father by his niece, Joyce Lester Pond. I scanned these into files and put this title on them: The Early Life of Clarence Knudson. This is an extremely interesting account of life on the Manvel farm. Joyce is an excellent interviewer. Thanks to her for doing this when my father was still alive. And thanks to Diane for reminding me of some modern technology I had in my own office!!
2/1/2013 - New K-Family Website Begun
The K-Family website was begun in 1996, but then some year in the mid 2000s we took it down due to a virus going around and the fact that I had sold my web hosting business and no longer had easy access to host machines. Now my wife and I have moved back to Portland, Oregon (we lived here seventeen years earlier), after ten years in Gig Harbor, Washington. We lived a couple years in an apartment right downtown but now, on December 5, 2012, moved to a ranch style home in Northeast Portland with a large room which now serves as my study/office. There is room here for a couple server machines so I am again hosting websites. And it is easy for me to start up the K-Family site again.
This time we will provide the option of having private pages, using a family password to access pages with more personal content that people don't want open to anyone on the Internet. Anyone with concerns about this should send me a message from the Contact Form. I hope the site helps everyone in K-Family to learn about and appreciate the richness of our history as a family. And I hope many of you will decide to write up your own stories, or stories of your family members, send them to me, and we will get them onto the website.
Older news items are below.
Linda Knudson Retires!
New York City on September 11.
Sofia Mari Wilkinson Baptized.
Ed and Linda Knudson Moved Again (old news)
Todd Charles Danner Graduated
Article about Paul Murphy