Fredrik was born as the son of Karen and Trond, on the farm Mogset in Meldal, Norway. At 21 Fredrik emigrated to America and added a new and very different chapter to the Mogset family history book. This saga-chapter is a bridge between Fredrik's start in Meldal and his life in the new world.

By LA Dahlmann

Meldal is a beautiful spot in the middle parts of Norway - a rural community located alongside the river Orkla - surrounded by forest-clad hills and highlands.

The Orkla is a salmon rich river and has been a great friend to the people of these whereabouts for centuries. But alas - as the Mogset history book can tell us - the Orkla river also carries tales of great loss and destruction.

Being a medaling through and through, Fredrik would have spoken a rich trønder-dialect (trøndersk). Traces of his childhood language would no doubt have followed him to the end of his days. What we often do not think about is that most non-American-born inhabitants of North America in the 1800s and early 1900s would have spoken English with a very heavy foreign accent.

In 1956, the Meldal historian Nils Lykkja chronicled Fredrik's family ties to the Mogset farm - going all the way back to the 1600s. However, Fredrik's ancestors may have lived in this region for hundreds of years more - throughout the viking era, surviving the black death.

Below, you will find a link to the saga-chapter "The Mogset farm history" where you can follow Fredrik's family from 1653 and onwards. But first - some milestones in Fredrik's life - both before and after he left his homeland behind in the year 1900.

Livshendelser

Fredrik Trondson Mogset ble født i Norge tirsdag 6. mai 1879. Han var også kjent under navnet Mogseth or Mogsath. Yrket hans var farmer's son and labourer (bondesønn og arbeider). Dette er nedtegnelser fra livshendelser i livet hans.

1879 - Fødsel

Fredrik Trondson Mogset ble født tirsdag 6. mai 1879. Hjemstedet ved fødselen var Mogset, Meldal, Sør-Trøndelag, Norge.

Foreldre:
Far: Trond Olson Mogset, født i Norge i 1824 | Yrke: Farmer (bonde).
Mor: Karen Frantsdatter Sugustad, født i Norge i 1845 | Yrke: Farmer's wife (bondekone).

Annen informasjon: When Fredrik was born, his mother was 34 and his father 55 - and at the time he had 5 older siblings. | Main source: ministerialbok/arkivverket.no (digitalarkivet).

1894 - Confirmation (Lutheran church)

Livshendelsen Confirmation (Lutheran church) skjedde søndag 30. september 1894 og følgende data ble notert på dette tidspunktet:

Sted for livshendelsen: Meldal church, Sør-Trøndelag, Norge.
Alder ved livshendelsen: 15 år gammel.

Annen informasjon: Fredrik is listed as number 4 out of 22 boys and 20 girls that year. Otherwise, the records contain no details about the students. | Main source: klokkerbok/arkivverket.no (digitalarkivet).

1900 - Emigrasjon

Onsdag 16. mai 1900 emigrerte Fredrik fra Mogset, Meldal, Sør-Trøndelag, Norge - til Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - via Hull and Liverpool. Han reiste fra Trondheim med 'SS Salmo' onsdag 16. mai 1900. Fredrik var 21 år gammel ved utreisen til United States.

Ved utreisen i 1900 ble følgende data registrert:
Billett betalt av: Ticket paid for in Trondheim (betalt i Trondheim)..
Yrke ved utreisen: Worker (arbeider).
Sivilstand ved utreisen: Ugift.

Annen informasjon: In the emigration records, the name is spelled Fredrik Tronds. Mogseth. According to norwayheritage.com the first leg of the journey - with the 'SS Salmo' - went from Trondheim via Kristiansund, Ålesund, Bergen, Stavanger to Hull. | Main source: arkivverket.no (digitalarkivet).

1900 - Immigrasjon

Torsdag 31. mai 1900 immigrerte Fredrik fra Mogset, Meldal, Sør-Trøndelag, Norge til Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA. Han ankom New York via Liverpool med 'Majestic (1890)' torsdag 31. mai 1900. Fredrik var 21 år gammel ved innreisen til United States.

Ved immigrasjonen i 1900 ble følgende data registrert:
Billett betalt av: Self (selv).
Er dette første besøk i landet?: Ja.
Yrke ved ankomst: Labourer (arbeider).
Sivilstand ved ankomst: Ugift.

Annen informasjon: Fredrik seem to have been travelling with several persons from neighbouring municipalities - such as Orkdal - all headed for Eau Claire, Wisconsin. | Main source: libertyellisfoundation.org.

1905 - Bryllup

I 1905 giftet Fredrik seg med Pauline Olsdatter Taug (Olsen) - født 1883 i Norge. Stedet var USA. I 1905 var Fredrik 26 år gammel.

1910 - Folketelling

Det var en folketelling i 1910. Fredrik var da 31 år gammel. Følgende data ble registrert:

Bosted: Portland Ward 1, Multnomah, Oregon, USA.
Yrke: Labourer (arbeider) saw mill (sagbruk).
Sivilstand: Gift.

Annen informasjon: In the digitised record, Fredrik is listed as Fredick Mogaith - head of household - living with wife Pauline Mogaith (27), son Theodore Mogaith (4) and son Arnold Mogaith (0). Listed in the household are also roomers Ole Sather (25) and Ore Tang (21) (looking at the original record this may rather be an Ole Taug - probably related to Pauline) - both born in Norway. The language spoken is listed as English. All adults in the household are listed as being able to read and write. Both sons are listed as born in Oregon. The family is living in rented accommodation. | Main source: familysearch.org.

1918 - United States World War I Draft Registration Card

Livshendelsen United States World War I Draft Registration Card skjedde torsdag 12. september 1918 og følgende data ble notert på dette tidspunktet:

Sted for livshendelsen: 802 Albina, Multnomah, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Alder ved livshendelsen: 39 år gammel.

Annen informasjon: Fredrik signed the card as Fred Mogseth and he is listed as a naturalized citizen. His occupation is grain handler and the employer is Kerr-Gifford & Co, Albina dock. Nearest relative is Paulina Mogseth (wife). Fred is described as having medium height, medium build, blue eyes and brown hair. The registration card is signed by Carrie E. Warutz. | Main source: familysearch.org.

1920 - Folketelling

Det var en folketelling i 1920. Fredrik var da 41 år gammel. Følgende data ble registrert:

Bosted: Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, USA.
Yrke: Grain handler.
Sivilstand: Gift.

Annen informasjon: In the digitised record, Fredrik is listed as Fred Mogsett - head of the household - living alone. Year of naturalization is listed as 1906. Fredrik's wife Pauline and the 5 children are at this point registered as living in an Oregon health facility. | Main source: familysearch.org.

1930 - Folketelling

Det var en folketelling i 1930. Fredrik var da 51 år gammel. Følgende data ble registrert:

Bosted: Portland (Districts 271-553), Multnomah, Oregon, USA.
Yrke: Grain handler.
Sivilstand: Skilt.

Annen informasjon: In the digitised record, Fredrik is listed as Fred Mogsets - head of the household - living with his son Kenneth Mogsets (16) born in Oregon. Fredrik is in 1930 listed as the owner of his home. In connection with Fredrik and Pauline getting divorced in 1921, the following was recorded "The Mogseths were married in 1905 and there are five children." | Main sources: familysearch.org and The Morning Oregonian, Tuesday 18 October 1921.

1940 - Folketelling

Det var en folketelling i 1940. Fredrik var da 61 år gammel. Følgende data ble registrert:

Bosted: Multnoma, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Yrke: Longshoreman (docker).

Annen informasjon: In the digitised record, Fredrik is listed as Fred Mogsath - the head of household - living with his son Kenneth Mogsath (28) born in Oregon. | Main source: familysearch.org.

1940 - United States World War II Draft Registration Card

Livshendelsen United States World War II Draft Registration Card skjedde i 1940 og følgende data ble notert på dette tidspunktet:

Sted for livshendelsen: 3814 N Albina, Portland, Oregon.
Alder ved livshendelsen: 61 år gammel.

Annen informasjon: The registration card is incorrectly listing Fred's birthplace as Trondheim. His work place is Waterfront Employers. The 'person who will always know your address' is listed as Mildred Yerke (daughter). In the 1940 census, Mildred is married to Hugo Yerke and her occupation is stenographer. They lived at 4136 North Gantenbein Avenue. | Main source: familysearch.org.

1957 - Død

Fredrik Trondson Mogset døde onsdag 13. mars 1957 i USA i en alder av 78.

Bosted ved sin død: Oregon, USA.
Sted begravet: Oregon, USA.

Annen informasjon: Main source: familysearch.org.

Family members and friends

Ektefelle: Pauline Olsdatter Taug (Olsen), født i Norge i 1883.
Forelder: Trond Olson Mogset, født i Norge i 1824 | Yrke: Farmer (bonde).
Forelder: Karen Frantsdatter Sugustad, født i Norge i 1845 | Yrke: Farmer's wife (bondekone).
Barn: Theodore Mogseth, født i USA i 1905.
Barn: Arnold Mogseth, født i USA i 1909.
Barn: Kenneth Mogseth, født i USA i 1911.
Barn: Mildred Olivia Mogseth, født i USA i 1914.
Barn: Peter "Buster" Wennberg (Mogseth), født i USA i 1917.

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