A Norwegian emigrant and his sweetheart | Norway AD 1895

Neither the great Atlantic Ocean, nor time or social conventions, could crush a love meant to be.

In 1868, a 22-year-old poor young man from a small cotter’s holding (husmannsplass) under a farm in Romerike, Norway, emigrated to America.

The main reason for the boy leaving, was that he was in a loving relationship with the farmer’s daughter – a girl of the same age as him. Sadly, the girl’s father would not give his blessing to this socially unacceptable liaison.

Seemingly, no one had heard much from the boy until he unexpectedly returned to Norway for a brief visit in 1895 – 27 years later.

The boy had done well for himself in America – and was now a prosperous property owner. Upon his return to Norway, he was still unmarried – and his beloved equally so.

The two lovers rekindled their relationship and got married. Soon thereafter, they travelled across the Atlantic Ocean – to live together as man and wife in their now second homeland.

Source: Moss Avis 1895.07.13 page 3. Nasjonalbiblioteket. nb.no 2022.07.25. | MNR.00026

By LA Dahlmann | My Norwegian heritage