The Story of Carl-Ove Andersen

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Carl-Ove Andersen was born in Ringsted, Denmark in 1925. He was the eldest of 6 children, part of a close and loving family. After completing school he became an electrician.

Carl-Ove married Else Petersen in 1952. By 1957 they had two children and were heading to Edmonton, Canada. His Uncle Paul lived there and said opportunities were better.

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The Story of Børge (Chris) and Birthe (Bea) Christensen (née Hansen)

My name is Børge (Chris) Christensen. I was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1931 and trained in the insurance business. My wife, Birthe (Bea) Christensen (née Hansen), was born there in 1934. She became a stenographer.

We met at an outdoor handball tournament. It was pouring rain and Birthe was covered with mud. But I was attracted and we were engaged the following year (1955).

I was restless and thought we should immigrate to Canada, where I had an uncle in New Brunswick. I promised Birthe we'd come back if she was unhappy, so she agreed.

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The Story of Arla Hill (née Norre, then Morck and Hill)

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My grandmother, Ruth Norre (nee Thomsen), was born near Dickson, Alberta. Her husband, Soren Norre, was a lucky Dane. He just missed boarding the Titanic and caught the next ship. In 1932, the couple had twin daughters, Ardis (my aunt) and Arla (my mom).

Mom was a passionate soul who never did anything halfway. Music was her first passion. She was a registered piano teacher, public school music teacher and community organist. She loved all types of music. Her motto: a good song should rock the rafters.

When she was 21, she found a new passion: Oscar Morck, a local farmer. They married and had three children. They taught us to love farming, outdoor adventures, fishing and hunting, music and art.

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The Story of Niels Weismore

My father, Niels Weismose, never really spoke about his ancestry. Other kids had grandparents nearby but mine were back in Denmark. It never dawned on me to ask Dad about them. After all, I'd likely never meet them.  

But after my parents died, I started wondering about them and our surname, Weismose.

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The story of Niels and Nelly Husted

In 1957 Canada was heavily promoting immigration to Western Canada.  

My husband Niels and I lived in Holstebro, Denmark with our three children. Niels had a bakery and I was a nurse.

We decided to go to Olds, Alberta, where Niels had relatives.

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The story of Else Margrethe Andersen (nee Petersen)

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Else Petersen was born in Bringstrup, Denmark in 1933. She was the youngest of six children. They were orphaned at a young age and Else was raised by her aunt and uncle.  

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The Story of Per and Lilly (née Christensen) Falkenberg- Andersen

Per Falkenberg- Andersen was born in 1930 on Endelave Island, Denmark. His future bride, Lilly Christensen, was born in 1931, at Søborg, a suburb of Copenhagen. In 1936, Per and Lilly both started Grade 1 at the same school. Shortly after that, six year old Per wrote these words: Kære Lilly jeg elsker (Dear Lilly I love you), Per.

Per and Lilly's story of love and adventure had begun.

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The Story of Per and Lilly (née Christensen) Falkenberg-Andersen

About the time Per completed his carpentry apprenticeship, his two uncles from Dickson, Alberta visited Denmark. Their stories about Canada intrigued him and Per was restless. He decided to emigrate. He'd come back home if things didn't work out.

Travelling to Canada
In 1952, Per embarked on the seven-day trip to Halifax. The train journey to Innisfail took five days. There were several other Danish immigrants on the train, so they had fun. Soon even the porter was speaking Danish! Per ate the rye bread sandwiches he had brought from Denmark, saving his $50.00 meal allowance for more important things.

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The Story of Per and Lilly (née Christensen) Falkenberg-Andersen

Learning to Drive
Per worked hard on his uncles' farm near Dickson. He cultivated, harrowed and seeded from dawn to dusk. Soon he was allowed to drive the grain truck. He got his driver's license for a dollar at the liquor store, no road test required.

On his first day of driving, he headed to a new field. He saw a good parking spot––nice green grass with no stumps or snags. Per hadn't known about prairie sloughs. Now he did and he was badly stuck. Per's uncles shook their heads, then fetched the tractor to pull him out. It took a while.

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The Story of Per and Lilly (née Christensen) Falkenberg-Andersen

Working in Edmonton
After leaving Dickson, Per went to Edmonton, where he had a Danish carpenter friend. Work was plentiful. Anyone with tools and coveralls could sign on as a carpenter. Per found a job building houses.

Per liked carpentry better than farming. It was a lot cleaner. At the end of the day, the carpenters just dropped their coveralls and tools and walked away in their clean street clothes. Coveralls, tools, and building materials and supplies were left at the jobsite in plain view, without any worry about thieves or mischief-makers.

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Museum Hours: Open May 8th until September 7th. Thursday through Monday: 10:00am - 5:30pm. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

 

Year round on Fridays: 10.00 - 4.00 pm

How To Get Here: Take Hwy 54 West of Innisfail, AB - Turn South (left) on Range Road 31 in Spruce View - Straight through the 4 way stop in Dickson, AB. 0.8km south on the right.

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