Notes for Christopher Johansen Gorder: [gorders.FTW]
!It was the 12th of April 1870 when a father with five motherless children set sail from Christiania (Oslo) Norway for America, "The Land of Promise" where he hoped to be able to give his children the advantages which eventually led them to success. But this success was gained only through hard work and preseveance, and we often wondered how these pioneers had courage to face the trials and hardships they were called upon to endure.
Yhe ocean voyage was made in the sailing vessel "Josephine" , and the trip from Chritiania to Quebec took 8 weeks and four days. The mode of ocean travel in those days was much different from our steamers of today. When a family "booked passage" they were compelled to provide their own provisions, enough to last the entire trip as well as furnish their own trunks. In case a family did not have sufficient provisions to permit them to make the voyage, other unselfish passengers gave of their food that they to might get to America where they hoped to make their dreams come true.
The youngest child of the family once spoke of taking his blanket and went on top of the deck for fresh air. He right away got soaked from the waves which flooded the deck.. Their lunched were often wet from these waves.
The trip from Quebeck to St.Paul on both land and water took three weeks and three days. They landed in the Minn. capital on July 4th. They trvelled by boat from Quebec to Milwaukee Wisconson, changing boats nine times from Milwaukee to St.Paul, then by train.From St.Paul they went to Benson Minn. where they resided a short time before going to Starbuck Minnesota where Christopher filed and proved up on a homestead.
In our little family group were five children, 4 boys and one little 11 year old girl - Marie Gorder who is the herorine of our story. Maria began her family duties early in life. She, being the only daughter, much of the household duties fell upon her. She became mother and housekeeper, and she accepted her duties with much fortitude. At that time she sewed suits for all the boys ranging from 6-15 years of age.
Later in years there was a strong urge to go farther west. The Christoffer and the youngest son left for Dakota territory by train as far as Devils Lake, from there by foot to the now Bottinue County where they Squatted on a piece of land. The "new home" consisting of a one room shack was situated at the base of the Turtle mountains. Hardship and trials of early pioneering held no fear for this stury man. Within a couple of years Christoffer passed on. (he hung himself, read "giants in the Earth" by Solvag. Isolation, over work, and poor health was rampant in the dakotas during that period. His grave is still on his homestaed today with a stone marker placed their by a grandaughter, Clara), Maria who was then married took over the place where the father and son left off. The sod shack became obsolete. The homestaed became one of the most picturesque places on this earth.
It seems his real name was"Johansen" but took the name Gorder to America with him and family. It seems obvious that he may ahve worked on the Gaarder farm or from Gaardermound town.
More About Christopher Johansen Gorder: Arrival: 1867453 Date born 2: 1827, Norway.453 Date born 3: 11 Nov 1828, Nannestad, Norway. Burial 1: Nov 1885, Homestead, West Turtle Mts., North Dakota.454 Burial 2: 1885, Buried at the old John Krogstad homestead in Bottineau, ND. Christening: 30 Nov 1838, Norway.454 Died 2: Nov 1885 Emigration: 1870, to USA via Quebec. Record Change: 17 Jun 2003454 Residence: 1910, Yucatan, Houston, Minnesota.455
More About Christopher Johansen Gorder and Johanne Kneppe: Marriage: 1854, Norway.
More About Christopher Johansen Gorder and Johanna Gunersdatter: Marriage: 1854, Ostre Gaared Ulensaker, Norway.456
Marriage Notes for Christopher Johansen Gorder and Johanna Gunersdatter: [gorders.FTW]
Kristoffer Johansen apparently took the name Gorder when coming to America. Was married in Ukstadeiet, Norway. (see notes for Johanne Gundersddatter) Apparently she and her brother Gustav took the name Kneppe from whice they came.
Children of Christopher Johansen Gorder and Johanne Kneppe are:
Ole Jacob Gorder, b. 02 Mar 1855, Ulvsaker, Norway, d. 22 Jul 1919, Starbuck, Minnesota.