Ole was the 3rd great grandfather of our family friend Eric. Here is a chart to how they connect:
- Ole Eriksen Eggen (1849 – 1928)
- 3rd great-grandfather
Edward Bernard Eggen (1878 – 1974)
- Son of Ole Eriksen Eggen
Bernice Irene Eggen (1911 – 1984)
- Daughter of Edward Bernard Eggen
Gerald “Jerry” Ladd Anderle (1935 – )
- Son of Bernice Irene Eggen
Ole Eriksen Eggen was born on February 10, 1849, in Røros, Sor-Trondelag, Norway. He married Olava (Olive) Estensdotter Long (Langen) on November 15, 1874. They had 11 children in 22 years. He died on July 26, 1928, in McGregor, Iowa, at the age of 79, and was buried there.
In the 1900 US census, Ole stated that he had immigrated to the states in 1873. In this same census, he lists his occupation as a farmer. He would have been 23 years old when he arrived in the US. His parents both were born and died in Norway, so this leads me to believe that he did not see them again after moving here.
Ole became a naturalized citizen on 9 Sept 1879.
I found the death certificate for Ole. I believe that it says he died as a result of an accident with a bull!
He is buried in Iowa. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/75704246