David Olsson Tønjum

Male 1879 - 1944  (64 years)

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  • Name David Olsson Tønjum  [1
    Born 24 Dec 1879  Lærdal, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Birth 1880  [1
    • from Lucinda Weigel 21. mai 2001:
      When David first came to the U.S., he farmed near Sisseton, SouthDakota. Olina and their infant son, Olaf, followed at a later date.Dagny was born near Sisseton, but the following year, David sold thefamily farm and the Tingum family moved to Larimore, North Dakota. Larimore was a great place to live if you were Norwegian, because mosteveryone there was also Norwegian. Lutheran churches were plentiful,and services were conducted in Norwegian and English. Norwegian foodswere served, the culture was vibrant, and it helped prevent homesicknessto live with such familiar traditions. The one thing that I do know about David and Olina is that they did notwant their children to speak English with an accent (many immigrants atthat time were embarrassed by their accent or were treated badly). Ihave never heard of any other immigrant family who made the samedecision that David and Olina made: They decided not to teach theirchildren English (David and Olina knew English, of course, but decidednot to teach it to their children). It turned out to be a very wise decision. As recent immigrants, theyknew that if they taught English to their children, the children wouldalso acquire their parents' accent. Therefore, David and Olina decidedto let Olaf and Dagny learn English from native speakers (theirplaymates and in school). At home, David and Olina spoke Norwegian. Asa result, Olaf and Dagny greq up to speak perfect Norwegian and perfectEnglish, and did not have an accent in either language. One other thing I know is that Olaf and Dagny had a foster brotherliving with them when they were children. His name was Harry Larson,but I don't know what happened that he came to live with the Tingumfamily. Olina died young, although I do not know her cause of death. Davidremarried Mabel, who was considerably younger than David. They hadthree children together (Donald, David and Duane). After David died,Mabel remarried a man named Elmer Mohn, and I believe (but am notcertain) that Mabel and Elmer had children together, as well. I do notknow very much about them, but I recently sent a letter to a DonaldTingum living in Grand Forks, whom I believe is the eldest of these three boys.[:CR:]
    Died 5 Feb 1944  Larimore, North Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I4830  My genealogy
    Last Modified 28 Dec 2018 

    Father Ola Monsson Rauno (Tynjo),   b. 1840,   d. 1928  (Age 88 years) 
    Mother Ingeborg Andersdatter,   b. 1838,   d. 1917  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 1862 
    Family ID F236  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Olina Roarsdatter Sælthun,   b. 1880,   d. 1930  (Age 50 years) 
    Married 1900  [1
    Emigration 1900  Larimore, Grand Forks County, North Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Emigration 1902  Larimore, Grand Forks County, North Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
     1. Living
     2. Dagny Olivia Tingum,   b. 1 May 1906, Sisseton, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Mar 1962, Breckenridge, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
    Last Modified 28 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F858  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Living 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F1506  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Lærdal Bygdebok III.
      side 175

    2. [S114] Lucinda Mae Weigel.
      22. mai 2001

    3. [S114] Lucinda Mae Weigel.
      21. mai 2001

    4. [S114] Lucinda Mae Weigel.