The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 126
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started in various parts of Texas, but never found a following
sufficient to build up strong communities. Practically all of
them eventually passed out of the picture as collective entities.
The Bosque settlement alone grew into a strong vital force,
which to this day stands out as one of the models of rural
development in Texas. It is fair to say that Bosque settlement,
now extending into neighboring counties, easily takes rank
among the five or six foremost in the state when all factors
that count in quality of husbandry and citizenship are weighed.
There is still in many homes something of an atmosphere sug-
gestive of Old World culture, of quiet and dignified reserve, of
order and home discipline. So much for survival of racial traits.
That individual Norwegians arrived in the days of the Re-
public or before, is pretty well accepted, but no collective move
was made. A thoroughly seasoned, weather-beaten, seafaring
folk sailing the seven seas, in Dutch, English, and American
ships as well as in their own, could be found in every conse-
quential port of deep-sea shipping. They would often find their
way to the interior, as they did from New Orleans and later
from Galveston. Seafarers, sea rovers as of old, the Nor-
wegians, from the days of Rollo and before, were obsessed
with land-hunger, a trait that still subsists with impelling urge
in the blood of the race. This otherwise universal Nordic urge
seems even more accentuated in the Scandinavians.
When, therefore, railroads made possible the rapid settlement
of the continent's interior, this land-hunger found expression
in a flood of migration which, from a comparatively small popu-
lation of the homeland, stands as one of the amazing mass
movements of history. But this mighty current refused to be
diverted from its gigantic sweep through the northern terri-
tories of the United States and the southern provinces of
Canada; and so it was that this broad and deep and mighty
stream flowing from the Great Lakes to the Pacific left the
settlements of the South untouched by stimulating currents and
contacts with their brethren and their homeland. So it was,
too, that the many starts at Norwegian settlements in the
South were dissipated so early.
It appears from surviving records that the first Norwegian
to establish his homestead in Texas was Johan Nordboe from
Gudbrandsdal, who took up land in a section now occupied by
the city of Dallas in 1838. The first organized group to estab-
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