Minnesota

COMMON CURSING: WORDS FROM WAY BACK WHEN

At about the age of ten, I made an enlightening discovery:  The world is populated with people other than Scandinavian Lutherans. Surrounded as I was by typical Scandinavian surnames--Johnson, Anderson, Arneson, Carlson, Erikson, Swanson, and many variations of Leaf—how could I think otherwise? These names dotted the local mailboxes, filled our telephone book, and populated… Continue reading COMMON CURSING: WORDS FROM WAY BACK WHEN

Compton Township, Minnesota, Ohman homestead

A CURIOUS CONFIRMATION IN COMPTON

The Johnson twins, Swan and Pete, did not take advantage of being confirmed with their fifteen year old sister Emma in 1880 when the first Lutheran confirmation occurred  in Compton Township, Minnesota. They didn't budge the next year either when Swan’s future wife, Beda at age fourteen, was confirmed. Now one might think these two… Continue reading A CURIOUS CONFIRMATION IN COMPTON