Ole and Johanna Stenoien

Gena, Gilbert, Sam, Inga, Pete, Ole, Bestefar, Petra, Bestemor, Thilda, Judith, Selmer, Russell

Jerald relates, “Bestefar was alot like my Dad, and even me. He didn’t say alot. Every once in awhile, he would ask me, “Do you know Jesus?” It scared me. I hadn’t yet make my decision. I would start to whistle and try to change the subject.”

“The only time that he ever got upset with me was one time when he, Bestemor and I were riding into town. When we drove up to the grain elevator, he got up and asked, “Where’s my hat?” He had put his hat in the back seat, and I was sitting on it. He was more than a little perturbed, punched that hat out and stalked angrily off to the elevator.”

Photo of Ole P. and Johanne Stenoien in their Sunday best about 1935.

Notes about Peder Stenoien:

Lived in grand Forks, ND in 1905 (employed by GF Fruit Co)

1900 Census:

Pederson, Ole born feb, 1861 m 1883, arrived 1880

Johanna born Dec 1864, arrived 1882

Peder born 11/1883

Sven born 11/1884

Gilbert born 11/1886

Ingeborg born 2/1889

Gina born 11/1891

Ole born Jan 1892

Petra born May 1895

thilda J born 3/1887

Selma l born 10/1899

Sarah Pederson servant born 11/1867

 

1920 Census: Gordon Township, Todd, MN

Peter O Stenoien 36 married to Jenney (45) born in Norway

Oscar Johnson 18 and Russell Johnson 16 were stepchildren, both born in ND, their parents were Swedish

 

1940 Census:

Mary O (Larson), widow,  Goodrie Head of house born abt 1881,

Alex Goodrie  married Carrie Paulson in Grand Forks, ND on Feb 1, 1906. Alex born Jan 1882, died Nov 2, 1942 In Hennepin Co, he is buried in Calvary Cemetery, in Grand Forks, ND. He is listed as living with mother Jane Leroux born Canada Nov, 1845; one of twelve children in Fisher Township, Polk County MN on the 1900 census. His little brother Frank Goodrie married Martha R Stenoien Larson (Mary’s little sister) on Mar 12 1913. He is listed with his mother on the 1915 ND census. In 1922, both Alex Goodrie and Frank Goodrie are listed in the Minneapolis directory. In 1934, Frank and Alex’ mother Delia lived with Frank and Martha Goodrie.

To Mary Larson and Alex Goodrie were born twin boys on June 20, 1914. Mary was likely introduced to Alex while she was visiting her little sister Martha, who was married to Alex’ little brother Frank. Mary, 33 at the time, would have been considered an old maid in that era. There is no record that she married Alex, nor that she lived with him afterwards. Alex, it turned out, was a bit of a rogue and spent much time behind bars (as did many of his siblings). He was part-Indian, a convicted criminal who had alreadly abandoned his first wife and child.  In later censuses, she lists herself as widowed, despite the fact that Alex did not die until 1942. One can only speculate how difficult it was for Mary to give up Ralph to be raised by Ole and Johanne Stenoien. She raised Russell to be a solid citizen, and Ralph is listed as living with his mother and brother in the 1941 Minneapolis directory.

Russell Goodrie 6/20/1914 – Mar 5 1959 (son), died hennepin CO, MN, buried Glenhaven Memorial Gardens, lived with Mother Mary, listed as laborer in 1934 directory. 

In 1942, brother Peder Larson was living with her on Lyndale, listed as unemployed. Peder, never married, was a veteran of WWI. serving in in the infantry.

Russell Goodrie was born June 20, 1914, in Grand Forks, Grand Forks County, North Dakota, son of Alex Goodrie and Mary Larson. He died March 5, 1959, at Minneapolis, Minnesota, aged 44 years, 8 months and 15 days, and was buried in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens, Crystal, Hennepin County, Minnesota.

On November 1, 1941, Russell was united in marriage to Anne Marion Kobliska in a ceremony performed F. J. Swenson of Chetek. She was born in 1913, at Chetek, Barron County, Wisconsin, daughter of Joseph Louis Kobliska and Mary Eliza Dean. She died February 12, 1992, aged 79 years, while living at the Crystal Lake Health Care Center at Crystal, Minnesota and was buried besides the remains of her husband in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens, Crystal, Minnesota. Their two children, both born in Minneapolis, Minnesota were:

Barbara Ann Goodrie born 5 Feb 1943.
Robert Russel Goodrie 2 May 1947.

Russell was a railroad switch tender at Minneapolis, at the time of his marriage, a position he held the rest of his life. Ann retired as a Supervisor for an insurance company in Minneapolis and lived at 4946 Emerson Avenue North, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Anne Marion Kobliska, daughter of Joseph Louis Kobliska and Mary Eliza Dean, was born in 1913, at Chetek, Barron County, Wisconsin. She graduated from the Weyerhauser, Wisconsin High School in 1930. She died February 12, 1992, aged 79 years, while living at the Crystal Lake Health Care Center at Crystal, Minnesota and was buried besides the remains of her husband in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens, Crystal, Minnesota.

On November 1, 1941, while employed as a stenographer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she was united in marriage to Russell Goodrie, in a ceremony performed by F. J. Swenson of Chetek. The flower girl at their wedding was Janet Merle Niederloh. Russell was born June 20, 1914, in Grand Forks, Grand Forks County, North Dakota, son of Alex Goodrie and Mary Larson. He died March 5, 1959, at Minneapolis, Minnesota, aged 44 years, 8 months and 15 days, and was buried in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens, Crystal, Hennepin County, Minnesota.

References: Marriage License, Ann Kobliska & Russell Goodrie, Volume 13, page 487, Barron County Register of Deeds, Barron, Wisconsin.

Ralph Stenoien born June 20, 1914 ( twin son)

Larson, Kate (mother) born 1859

Carrie Larson (sister) born 1891