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Paul Arntsen Krogness

Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Rissa, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
Death: January 16, 1927 (71)
Hendrum, MN, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Arnts Anderrsen Krogness and Gunhild Paulsdatter Stordahl
Husband of Julia Paulina Pedersdatter (Johnsen)
Father of Gunhild Anna Paulsdatter Krogness; Petra Oline Paulsdatter Krogness; Bennie Selmer Krogness; Oscar Martin Krogness; Joseph Palmer Krogness and 2 others

Managed by: Patricia (Hanson,Severson) Maxwell
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About Paul Arntsen Krogness


Paul Krogness was horn in August of 1855 in Ritsen, (near Trondhjem)

Norway, the son of Arnt and Gunel Arntsen Krogness. The family was known to be

in the fishing trade.

Here Paul grew to manhood and married Julia Pauline Pedersdatter Johnson (sister of Galen Severson's maternal grandmother, Emelie Johnsen Landro. The date of their marriage in Rissa, Norway was 1882 and— Paulwas ahout

27 years of age: Julia, about 25. A daughter named Gunhild Anna was born in May

of 1883. And, a second daughter, Petra Oline was born January 5, 1885.

In 1886 the Krogness family left by sailhoat for New York and then

traveled to Fillmore County in Minnesota. From there, they traveled by

ox cart to the Norman County area where they had relatives. the Carl

Stordahls, who helped them in settling. During the next years five more

children were born: Oscar, Bennie, Joseph, John and Peter.

Paul, though a hard-working man, was a slow starter at everything. He

absolutely could not work without a daily supply of chewing tobacco. In

fact. his wife once had to make a special trip into Hendrum to purchase

some so that he could begin the day's work. Money not being plentiful.

Julia sometimes traded a pail of eggs for the tobacco.

Paul also had a terrific memory and could recite articles after having

read them only a few times. He had a strong voice. One of his grandsons

has remarked that Paul would have made a fine preacher."

Julia was of husky build and also was a hard-worker. She didn't find

fancy work necessary in the home. The clothes were plainly made as well

as the food. A kind, friendly lady, Julia welcomed visitors who were

always given a lunch of some sort. At such times she would hurry to the

cellar where milk cans full of round, thick potato cakes (lefse) or

thick. white sugar cookies were stored.

The Krogness family lived in the southeast corner of Section 33 of

Hendrum Township. When times became hard for the family their

son-in-law, Ole Mjoness. purchased the land.

After years of declining health, Paul Krogness died in January of 1927

of an asthmatic condition. He was 71 years old. On the day of his

burial, due to much snow, the casket was brought from the home to the

Pontoppidan Cemetery on a sled.

Julia died during the summer of 1929 after a lengthy illness of stomach

cancer. Her casket was brought to the cemetery in a grey, fringed hearse

drawn by horses.

None of the Krogness children survive.

Anna married Ole Mjoness. and they were the parents of 12 children. Anna died in 1939 at age 56.

Petra married Carl Olson. She died at a young age following the hirth of

her second child.

Oscar was a World War I veteran and had never married. He died in 1930.

Bennie never married. He died in 1919 at age 24.

Joseph married Doris McKennon. and they were the parents of five

children. He died in the late 1960s.

John remained a bachelor all his life. Ile died in 1970 at age 69.

I will find out more about Peter and the family.

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Paul Arntsen Krogness's Timeline

August 23, 1855
Rissa, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
May 13, 1883
Age 27
Rissa, Sør-Trøndelag, Norge
January 5, 1885
Age 29
Rissa, Sør-Trøndelag, Norge
May 25, 1892
Age 36
Hendrum, MN, United States
August 16, 1895
Age 39
Hendrum, MN, United States
July 19, 1898
Age 42
Hendrum, MN, United States
February 24, 1901
Age 45
Hendrum, MN, United States
Age 50
Hendrum, MN, United States
January 16, 1927
Age 71
Hendrum, MN, United States