The Utne Mens’ Saga


On November 22, 2016, I received an email that read:

Hello. I am a Norwegian farmer, and I recently found a letter from my great-grandfather’s sister. It was written from Minnesota on the 4th of July 1888. Torine had just given birth to her son Theodore (1888-1943). Her husband was Oliver Martin Utne (1848-1930). Are they your ancestors? Regards, Jostein Matre

On November 22, 2016, I responded thus:

Hi Jostein, Thanks for contacting me. Yes, Oliver and Torine Utne were my great-grandparents. Their son Theodore was my grandfather.

P.S. Where is your farm? Do you know the Utne farm near Sarpsborg?

On November 23, 2016, Jostein wrote:

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