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South of the Border: "Agnethe Forseth: a homesteader's letters from Grandview"


September 4, 2019

Both Agnethe Forseth and her son, Sigurd, filed for a homestead in the Grandview area. Relatives say this is the site where Agnethe first built a small house, "able to creep in to," to establish she was living on her claim. She notes in a later letter that she "added a kitchen" and some bushes and trees to the yard. In 1914 she met the requirements to "prove up" the land.

Columnist's note: Writing about Grandview Cemetery, south of the Hills and north of Galata, I learned that Agnethe Forseth donated the two acres that became, for 90 years, a children's cemetery. Toni Brown Dafoe, a great granddaughter of Mrs. Forseth, recently brought me a notebook with 71 letters written by Mrs. Forseth and her two daughters. Toni's mother, Mrs. Jeannette Brown, told me the letters were translated by "a friend of Mrs. Forseth in Norway who was an English teacher."

Agnethe Forseth's husband, Kristian, was a career soldier, still in the military when he died in 1903. She qu...

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