105 Years in the USA
1903 - 2008


Nakkerud Norway

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1903:  Andrew Arrives in America

The SS Cedric was built by Harlan & Wolff Limited, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1902. 21,035 gross tons; 700 (bp) feet long; 75 feet wide. Steam quadruple expansion engines, twin screw. Service speed 16 knots. 2,875 passengers (365 first class, 160 second class, 2,350 third class). It would be used in WWI as a troopship.  The Cedric  was scraped in 1932.Andreas Pedersen (the name on the ship's manifest) left Oslo on August 21 and he arrived in the Port of New York (Ellis Island) on September 5, 1903.  Andrew was accompanying his brother's (Gilbert) wife, Alette and three of their children. The Cedric's manifest shows that Andreas listed his occupation as "painter" (maler on the Norwegian records), age 26, married, and his "Final Destination" as Walnut Grove, Minnesota. His place of residence is listed as "Cama".  The port of departure was listed as Liverpool, England – the Cedric's final pickup become steaming off to the USA.  It further states that he was going to "join a relative or friend" in Walnut Grove by the name of Johan.

Ellis Island. This immigrant processing center was opened in 1892 and closed in 1954. It processed over 12 million immigrants during this period.You can view a copy of the actual manifest from the records at the Ellis Island website.  You may have to register and sign in to view the records – make certain you click on the magnifier where it says "Click to enlarge manifest". Andrew's wife, Gunhilda Marie would join him the following year along with their two oldest sons, Leif Norman and Alf Reidar.  Gunhilda and the boys would arrive in Ellis Island aboard the same ship, the Cedric on March 10,1904. View the manifest.

Andrew's Brother:  Gilbert

Andrew and Gilbert.Andrew's brother, Gulbrand Pederson (name on the ship's manifest), arrived in New York on July 10, 1903 abroad the Germanic and  just a few weeks before Andrew.  The manifest for the Germanic lists Gilbert as age 22, married, and his occupation as a mason.  He destination was Walnut Grove, Minnesota to meet up with his brother-in-law, Iver Vikeu.  His wife Alette and the three children (Gudrin or Gertie, Solveigr or Sylvia, and Thorlief or Ted) joined Gilbert in Walnut Grove a few weeks later - they traveled with Andrew on the Cedric.

Gilbert most likely returned to Norway with his family in 1904-05 and then returned to the U.S.A. permanently in 1914 when he arrived with his now-expanded family of six children aboard the  Norwegian liner Kristianiafjord.  View the manifest of Kristianiafjord - the manifest shows that the family had been in the U.S.A. before.  Gilbert and his family moved to Watertown, South Dakota (1914) and eventually settled in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1922.  Alette passed away in 1932.  Gilbert moved to California in his later years and died there in 1955.  You can visit the family tree of Gilbert by clicking here.

The above information was obtained from Patsy Nackerud-Aldridge, the granddaughter of Gilbert who resides in Denver, Colorado.  Patsy is the daughter of Rolf Harry Nackerud, the fifth child of Gilbert and Alette.

For a heart-warming story about Aunt Syl (the second child of Gilbert and Alette) by Connie Nackerud-Stevens (the daughter of Rolf Harry Nackerud, the fifth child of Gilbert and Alette) visit Aunt Syl.  Connie's story may bring a tear or two to your eyes.  But more importantly, it will make you proud to know you might have some of Aunt Syl's genes.

What Happened in 1903

When Andrew arrived in the USA in 1903, here are some of the events and happenings taking place:

Ford's First "Model A" – (6/16/03) Henry Ford began selling the "Model A" auto for $850. His goal was to manufacture reliable cars at a price all could afford. His mass production methods would soon change the automobile industry, and eventually the world.  The first transcontinental trip by automobile - San Francisco to New York in 52 days - took place in

First Messages Sent over Pacific Cable – (7/4/03) President Theodore Roosevelt sent the first message across the Pacific Cable. The message connected San Francisco and Manila.

Wright Flyer Flies – (12/17/03) On December 17th, man's first flight in a heavier-than-air vehicle occurred in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The inventors were Orville and Wilbur Wright. In the first flight, the plane flew for 12 seconds for 120 feet.

Numbers – The population of the USA was 80,632,000.  The cost of a first-class stamp was two cents.  Federal spending was just over half a billion dollars. The population of Walnut Grove was ?.  In the 2000 census, Walnut Grove had 599 residents.

Norwegian wins Nobel Prize for Literature – Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, (byörn'styernu byörn'sōn) 1832–1910, Norwegian writer and political leader, was one of the major figures of Norwegian literature. He was an influential journalist, who sought to revive Norwegian as a literary language and championed the rights of the oppressed. His celebrated Synnøve Solbakken (1857; first tr. 1881; Sunny Hill, 1932) was one of the first Norwegian novels. Bjørnson succeeded his friend Ibsen as director of the Ole Bull Theater in Bergen (1857–59) and then became involved in politics, fighting against Norwegian amalgamation with Sweden and championing parliamentary democracy. Bjørnson became national poet of Norway—one of his poems became the national anthem—and reached his pinnacle as a lyric poet while abroad in Europe (1860–63).