Bertha Fredrickson (g-grandmother on my mother’s side)
– Bertha (known to the family as little grandma) was born Bertha Larsdatter Haselhaugen on December 24, 1855 in Aadalen, Buskerud, Norway. The story is that her father had been placed in jail that day for attending a workers meeting and had missed her birth because of this. She married Nub Fredrickson on February 25, 1877. They arrived in the United States in 1879 with one child, Fredrick, where they then traveled to Freeman Township, Freeborn County, Minnesota where Nub’s parents were living. Her parents were living in Barron County, Wisconsin at that time also. She had fifteen children. In 1909 her husband was killed in a train accident. She received a $1500 settlement from the railroad. Supposedly she spent the money or at least part of it on false teeth and a trip to visit her family in Wisconsin. She died April 20, 1954 in Albert-Lea, Minnesota. The pictures shows Bertha with several of her children and the house where she raised her fifteen children. One of her sons was my grandfather.