A Boy from Wannaska – Marjorie Wright Mortensen

A Boy from Wannaska - Marjorie Mortensen

Growing Up in Northern Minnesota, 1915-1945
Memoir of life in the first half of the twentieth century, with deep genealogical details.

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True stories of the real Norwegian bachelor farmers and their Danish neighbors: shining a light on a northern Minnesota farming community, where first-generation Scandinavian immigrants built new lives in modern America at the turn of the century.
This memoir includes details of farming and household practices, plus hilarious stories of backwoods farmers in a new environment: learning to drive, hunting moose, building new social institutions—and competitive potlucks at the local Lutheran Church, made up of “37 souls and 7 Danes…”

The appendix includes extensive genealogy of the Jens and Ellen Mortensen family, going back to the 1600s in Denmark. Learn more: A Boy from Wannaska web site

150 pages
Print ISBN: 978-1939423092
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A Girl from Sellwood - Marjorie MortensenA Girl from Sellwood
Growing up in the Twenties in Portland, Oregon
by Marjorie Wright Mortensen

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Taught by her grandmother to respect the endeavors and fruits of her ancestors, Marjorie Wright recorded portions of the family history, to be discovered later by family members who had in turn been taught to preserve family stories.

Besides details of day-to-day life in that era, A Girl from Sellwood also includes an appendix with extensive genealogy of the historic Brewster and Barrell families of New England, as well as the author’s Wright and Tozier ancestry.

Print ISBN: 978-1939423214
82 pages