Andreas and Anne Johanna Larsen - their story
 

The son of Lars Peter Gundersen Lohmann and Alethe Larsdotter, Andreas was born on Sept. 17, 1849 in Klinga. He was christened a few months later in nearby Namsos. From there, it is unclear where he grew up, but a local history book places him in Vemundvik, where he had a relationship with Anne Johanna Lassemo, and she became pregnant. They were married on May 30, 1876, and according to the book, went on to have "quite a lot of children" (eleven). They resided on the Hundhammer farm, and Andreas built most of the houses there about the year 1900. In addition to farming, he ran a boarding house for fishermen who needed lodging. Their particular location could have very rough conditions during bad weather, but the fishing was exceptional, so the boarding house did well. It was said that every single bed, as well as the floor, was often taken, and this provided extra income for Andreas' large family. While they had a successful farm and boarding house, there was not enough work to support several families, so most of their children moved elsewhere, with the exception of Laura.
 

One of the fishermen that utilized the boarding house in 1920 was Harald Myhren, who married Laura in 1923. The two of them took over operation of the farm and took care of Andreas and Anne Johanna in their senior years. Their descendants still own the Hundhammer farm.

 

   

 Anne Johanna was born in 1852 to Olaus Tollefsen and his wife Sirianna Eriksdotter in Kolvereid, Norway. As a young woman, she was working as a servant in Vemundvik, when she married Andreas Larsen. They set up housekeeping on the Hundhammer farm, and had 11 children. 

Anne Johanna was no stranger to hard work. The area where they lived could have particularly brutal weather at times, but it was quite a lucrative place for a fisherman's family. Andreas, besides fishing, made his living as a farmer and had an especially profitable business providing temporary lodging for fishermen who worked in that area. You can bet Johanna had a large part of that work, cleaning and preparing rooms, and cooking. In addition, she tended to their cattle and did other work on the farm.

Anne Johanna lost at least two of her children to death. Emma died at age 4, and son Ole drowned at the age of 22 while swimming in the fjord.

 Three sons emigrated to the United States and another one to Iceland, but two daughters stayed behind in Norway. Anne Johanna was an excellent storyteller; Lisa and Kristian Klungseth, playmates of her youngest son, Adolph, spent many hours being mesmerized as she made ordinary stories come alive.  Anne Johanna lived to be 98 years old.

 


 

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