Johan Johansen's family continued. Gen. 3: Johan Engebretsen, Ingebretsen b. 1846  m. Maren Andrea Aakesdatr Engelbretsen children plus photographs.

 Last Updated: 4 April 2002

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Son and Daughters of Johan Engebretsen, Ingebretsen's

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IV. Christan Johansen  with his wife Nina and their children: Margaret, Johan and Nina 


Letter Written my John about his uncle John:

Uncle John - As Recounted, In Part,

 by John M. Johansen

My memory of uncle John goes back a long time - in fact before I could comprehend he visited my mother who was married to his oldest brother Christian, my father.

As was common in the era of the second decade in the 20th century there was a great influx of immigrants from Norway to the promised land.  It was opportunity and the immigrants settled in the part of this new land that was compatible with their background. The coastal Norwegians had for centuries been involved in shipping in which Norway was very involved in the sailing craft which sailed the whole world  in commerce. The inland Norwegians , where contrary to the general belief that Norway is completely rock and mountainous, ....there are farms of over 1000 acres in the rolling farm land that extends East.  The immigrants from this area settled in the Daktoas, Iowa and the rich underdeveloped farm land.

We came from sea-faring family for centuries as is substantiated in a family tree from my mother's side of the family back to 1620 which was researched by my cousins wife who lives in Toensberg. Life was rough, families were large -  12 children very common. Usually after confirmation the boys went out fishing in the most productive sea food inhabitate in the world.  The North Sea is shallow and very productive....

Uncle John helped his father fishing and his father hoped that he would return to Sandefjord at Langeby a very beautiful farm some 6 miles from Sandefjord.  My mother lived at Holtan....

Such is the background of John Johansen who born in 1890 was 17 in 1907 when he came to the new land America. My dad somewhat older had been to this country a number of times before that and in a trip or two back to Norway-- he had sailed and passed his examinations for captain of sailing vessels by 1910....

Uncle John was a very hard worker - got along very well with people and very knowledgeable....

When he was 17 he worked at a sawmill in Ballard and when the opportunity arose he worked on the "steam schooners" of the day that would load lumber for San Francisco and also the East coast."

"Uncle John in  the twenties started working for Alaska Steam at Seattle - he was familiar with the passage to Alaska..."

"...working as a longshoreman it as not long until he became a foreman in charge of loading and duscharging caro.  He knew his business.  "

"...uncle John got married to a very excellent cook who came from Bergen, Norway...."

"...In 1923 uncle John had a fine house built on Earl St....."

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