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1903 - 2011


Nakkerud Norway

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David Nackerud
2883 SW Champlain Drive
Portland, OR 97205


Andrew Nackerud

Living in the St. Olaf Community

Andrew Pedersen Nackerud was born in Nakkerud, Norway (Nakkerud is a railroad  station and post office north of Oslo) on February 2, 1878.  He married Gunhilda Marie Skugstad in the late 1800s. Gunhilda die in 1915 of tuberculosis after bearing five sons.  Andrew remarried a woman in the St. Olaf community by the name of Julia Olson.  Andrew and Julia had two children:  Margie and Rodney.

Descendants  Andrew's father was Petter Andersen Nakkerud (birth date 1849) and his mother was Kari G. Krodsherred (birth date 1853).  Jon Nackerud (Franz Nackerud's son) has traced the family back to the parents of Petter and Kari. 

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Occupation  Andrew was trained as a painter in Norway and upon his arrival in Walnut Grove, he worked as a painter as short time before he became a farmer. He rented a farm south of Walnut Grove on what is now known as the "Gullickson" farm.  Andrew was in partnership with H.E. Hanson, the owner of the farm, in raising cattle.  Mr. Hanson served as the Postmaster in Windom and witnessed Andrew's petition to become a citizen.

The farm in Ann Township (south of Walnut Grove) where the boys (Lief, Alf, Harry, Franz, and Rolf) grew up.Original Farm  The farm is located on County Road 14 about five miles south of Walnut Grove and just a half mile from the St. Olaf Lutheran Church. Later, when he married Julia, they purchased a 160 acre farm on the NE corner of the same section.  Rodney Nackerud, Andrew's youngest, now lives on that farm.

Andrew's Character  Andrew was a gentle person from stories I have every heard.  My mother, Bernita Nackerud, was especially fond of him as were all his children.

Language  Andrew loved the USA and learned the English language quickly.  He spoke very little Norwegian after learning English except when he was talking with his male friends or when he didn't want his children to overhear some tidbit. Both my father (Rolf Nackerud) and Aunt Margie Bakken-Nackerud have told me that their father repeatedly said, "We are in America now so we will have to speak English".

District 42 school where the children of Andrew Nackerud attended school.Aunt Margie tells a wonderful story about her father (Andrew) and her mother (Julie) speaking Norwegian in order to exchange some news that they didn't want the kids to know about.  Over time, Aunt Margie kept asking what different Norwegian words meant and soon she was able to understand her parents speaking in Norwegian.  She relates, "They caught onto me so they had to stopped speaking in Norwegian while I was around to hear them."

Citizenship  Andrew petitioned the District Court of Cottonwood County on July 5, 1906 to become a citizen of the USA.  H.E. Hanson (business partner and owner of the farm that Andrew farmed) witnessed Andrew's petition to become a citizen. The other witness was Andrew's long-time friend, Helgi Johnson of Westbrook.  Andrew was admitted to be become a citizen of the United States of America, on November 9, 1909.

St. Olaf Community  Observing the mail boxes as you approach St. Olaf Lutheran south of Walnut Grove, you will notice all the "Norwegian" names.  Growing up in the 40s, I recall at least six Bakken families in the area along with Knutson, Steen, Anderson, Kleven, Osland, Heggerston, etc.

The church was and still is the center of activity for families.  My family was part of this community until we moved into town in the early 40s.  During trips to visit relatives, I fell in love with this area and the peaceful lives they led.  My goal was to be a farmer which eventually changed after I realized all the hard work involved.

Hard Work and Clean Living  In the 30s - 60s farmers had to pool their resources.  Must of the farm equipment was jointly owned.  This was the time when farmers worked together as a group because of the manpower required for activities such as thrashing the grain and putting up hay. I recall five families (three Bakkens, Rodney Nackerud, and Harry Heggerston) owning on of the first baler in the area. Working with my Uncle Rodney on the farm in the summers, I never heard one curse word during the times I helped on the farm.  And things frequently went wrong; equipment breaking, milk cows kicking, and pigs breaking out of the barn yard.

Andrew and Gunhilda in Norway
late 1800s

Andrew and Julia

From left to right:  Rolf, Franz, Alf, Harry holding Margie, Leif, and Andrew
1924 or 1925