Stirpes, Volume 30, Number 1, March 1990 Page: 6
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- Four Mile Prairie, Kaufman/Van Zandt County, TX- 1847
- Blue Mounds /Mt. Horeb, Dane County, WI-1850
- Wiota, Lafayette County, Wl- 1850
- Jo Daviess County, IL- 1850
- Allamakee County, I A- 1850
- Washington Prairie/Decorah, Winneshiek County, IA- 1850
- Goodhue County, MN- 1850
- Kickapoo Valley, Crawford County, Wl-1854
- Coon Valley, Vernon County, Wl-1854
- Benton County, A- 1854
- Story County, I A- 1855
- Norse/Cl ifton, Bosque County, TX-I 1854
TEXAS PEOPLE AND PLACES
Johan Nordboe. In 1837, John Nordboe, an educated man alienated from
Norwegian society because of his politics, was at the Fox River settlement
in Illinois. In 1841, at the age of 73 he took-up farming on 1,920 acres in
Dallas County, thus becoming the first Norwegian in Texas, He died in 1855,
Kleng Peerson. In 1821, Peerson, honored as the "father of Norwegian
immigration to America" arrived in New York. He returned to Norway but
came back to America in 1824 to meet the Sloopers. In i833-34, he walked
across Ohio and Indiana and between 1837-1847 helped establish the Fox
River settlement. In 1847 he sold farms in Iowa and Missouri and joined a
Swedish religious commune in Illinois where he married a young girl, but
after the marriage failed, he rejoined the Fox River settlement. In 1849
after consulting with Johan Nordboe, Peerson set out for Dallas County,
Texas with a few families. He later received a 320 acre land grant in
Bosque County and was involved in most of the efforts to settle Norwegians
in the state. He died in 1865 at the age of 82 and is buried in Norse, Texas
where, 100 years later, King Olav V visited when a monument was placed at
Johan Relerson. In 1843, Relerson, editor of the Christiansandsposten in
Norway, after travelling throughout Illinois and Wisconsin in search of land
for Norwegians, found his way to Austin, Texas. There he gained admittance
to General Sam Houston who was interested in luring immigrants to Texas
When he returned to Norway in 1844 he published a guidebook, i/ev/iser for
Norse Emigrat3ter til de Forneode Nordamerincaske Stater og Texas (A iLe
for Norwegian Emigrants the United Nort Amercan States and Texas)
and started a monthly magazine Norge ogArmer;ka (Norwa a A eriM
which served as a clearinghouse for reports from settlers. In 1845 Reierson
journeyed to New Orleans with his family and parents and, as soon as Texas
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