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Ole Estensen Bordahl (Bordal/Hugås)
Soknedal, Norway

From History of the Scandinavians and Successful Scandinavians in the United States, comp. by O.N. Nelson, 1897. p. 169-170

O. E. Bordahl - Marshalltown (Iowa) - born 14 Dec. 1860 in Soknedalen, Trondhjem stift, Norway.  At the age of twenty, he emigrated to this country, coming directly to Eau Claire, Wis. For about four years he worked in the saw mills during the summer time, running the gang-saw for some time, and worked in the woods during the winter. In 1883 he entered Augsburg Seminary, Minneapolis, Minn., graduating from the preparatory department of this institution five years later, and from the theological department in 1891. During the vacations he taught parochial schools.  After graduation he took charge of the congregations at Des Moines and Marshalltown, Iowa, residing in Des Moines for the first three years; then moved to Marshalltown. In the later place he has succeeded in building a church, and his congregation has largely increased since his arrival, now numbering about two hundred members. he is a minister in the United Norwegian Lutheran Church. Bordahl was married to Emma H. Thoreson of Ellsworth, Iowa, in 1894.

Note: O.E. Bordahl was the son of Esten Olsen Hugaas (1833-1868) and Ingri Johnsdotter Gorset (1832-?).

Reader Note:

Ingri Johnsdatter (Ingrid Bordahl) died in 1928 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
In 1902 Ole Estensen Bordahl accepted a call to the Norwegian Lutheran Church in Washburn, Wisconsin and served the congregation there until his death in 1906.  He died in a hospital in Chicago, Illinois and is buried in Homewood
Cemetery, Ellsworth, Iowa.
Rev. Bordahl and his wife Emma (1875-1925), had five children:
Gertrude  1895-1938  (Mrs. Reuben Sandell)
Ernest 1897-1930
Ovidia 1900-1984
Esther 1902-1993
Florence 1906-1964
Following Rev. Bordahl's death, his widow and children returned to Mrs.
Bordahl's hometown of Ellsworth, Iowa.  In 1910 the family moved to Boulder,
Colorado and then a few years later, to Denver, Colorado.

If anyone wants additional information on this family (or better yet, has

some!!!!!) I'd be really interested in corresponding with them. 

Cindy Sheskey

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