Stirpes, Volume 30, Number 1, March 1990 Page: 7
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was admitted to the Union, his father Ole bought a land certificate for 1,476
acres west of the Neches River in Henderson County. Later his brothers
arrived with 50 settlers from the Acg.ar district. The colony was initially
named Normandiet (Normandy) but the name was later changed to
Brownsboro . Additional settlers arrived in 1846.
The i 850 Federal Census recorded 105 Norwegian-born persons in the state.
in the old country some influential men, unhappy by the population drain,
openly disparaged conditions in Texas and discouraged further emigration.
Elise (Tvede) Waerenskjold. In 1846, Waerenskjold, a "liberated
woman" of her day, edited the last volume of Norge ogAmenrka. In 1847 she
left for Texas where, in 1851, she wrote a "manifesto" defending Texas
emigration by giving optimistic accounts of the settlers' condition. It was
.published in Norway and has since become well known in American
immigrant letters, In Texas, Waerenskjold was active in the temperance
movement and influential in attracting settlers to Four Mile Prairie. She
died in 1895,
Four Mile Prairie, In 1850, some of the families from Brownsboro joined
a second settlement which was established by Reierson in 1847-1848, This
was Four Mile Prairie, located a few miles southwest of Dallas, near
Prairieville on the boundary between Kaufman and Van Zandt Counties, In
1850 they were joined by fourteen additional families from Norway,
Between 1854-58, Norwegian Lutheran congregations were established at
Brownsboro and Prairieville, where an old Lutheran Church stands today.
Because of disease and marginal soil the settlements a Four Mile Prairie
proved less than satisfactory, and once again Kleng Peerson led the way.
Bosque County. The area near Clifton and Meridian is the most
"Norwegian" area remaining in Texas today. In 1850, Peerson, then 67, left
Dallas County scouting for land on the Bosque River. In 1853, along with
Ole Knutson and Karl Quaestad from Four Mile Prairie, he again set forth,
journeying to Fort Graham and beyond:
"There below them lay untouched by human hands the goodly land,
fairer than they had dreamed. As they rode on over successive
ranges, feasting their eyes on intervening valleys, each seemingly
more charming than the other, a unanimous conviction decided once
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