19 May 1921, pg 1, column 4
Sam Robertson Died Suddenly
Sam Robetson, a pioneer homesteader of this community, died *****. He had been ailing for several days, but his death came quite unexpectedly at about two o’clock.
He was born in Romsdalen, Norway, November 28, 1847, coming to America at the age of 25 in 1872, settling at LaCrosse, Wis. He was married to Miss Janete Hanson in 1875 and moved with his family to North Dakota, location on a homestead near this village in 1880. His wife died three years later and he was married again in 1886 to Miss Karen Erickson, who, with two daughters and one son, survive him. The children are Mrs. A. C. Green of Enderlin, Miss Lena B. who lives at home, and Rudolph of Velva, all being present at the funeral. Three children preceded him to the grave. He is also survived by a brother, Robert of Enderlin and two brothers and one sister in Norway.
The funeral was held Monday afternoon from St. Peter church. Rev. E. Struxness officiating—Nome Tribune
There were lots of coincidences: date of birth, where she was born, who she emigrated with, the knowledge that Rasmussen was often Americanized to Robertson, and that they both ended up in the same area of North Dakota, but I could find nothing to actually prove that this was the right woman.
I eventually decided to search for Sam’s obituary. I searched google, some paid newspaper archive sites, and messaged several historical societies. I found nothing! Then a woman on Facebook suggested the State Historical Society of North Dakota. They searched their microfilm and in about a week had emailed me Sam’s obit.
And there she was! His obituary lists a daughter, Mrs A.C. Green.
So now I know, that Sam is my Inga’s father.
Her story is interesting – watch for more about her.