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Siri and Knute Ranum, from Elodee Johnson's "Old Trunks and Worn Shoes"

Knud Nilsen RanumAge: 67 years18511918

Name
Knud Nilsen Ranum
Given names
Knud Nilsen
Surname
Ranum
Also known as
Knut Ramm
Also known as
Knud Nils.
Also known as
Knud N. Raneim
Also known as
Knudt Ramm
Also known as
Knudt Ranum
Also known as
Knute N. Ranum
Birth 18 March 1851 51 44
Birth 1852 52 45
Census after 18 March 1865 (Age 14 years) Age: 16
Immigration
Arrival date per 1900 U.S. Census
1869 (Age 17 years)

Civil marriageSigrid Knudsdatter ‘Sarah’ DickenView this family
26 December 1874 (Age 23 years)
Census 1 May 1875 (Age 24 years) Age: 24
Birth of a son
#1
Karl or Carl N Ranum
3 March 1876 (Age 24 years)
Birth of a son
#2
Alfred Ranum
28 February 1878 (Age 26 years)
Note: Ranum And Greenly Families packet has birth date 02-02-1878 on front page, but 02-28-1878 on internal page.
Note: Originally birthplace marked as Mower County, Ranum Greenly packet says Fillmore County.
Birth of a son
#3
Benhard Ranum
25 December 1879 (Age 28 years)
Note: The Ranum and Greenly Families packet has Benhard's birth in Fillmore County.
Birth of a son
#4
Edward ‘Ed’ Ranum
15 May 1881 (Age 30 years)
Residence 1881 (Age 29 years)
Birth of a son
#5
Berner ‘Bennie or Benny’ Ranum
10 October 1882 (Age 31 years)
Birth of a daughter
#6
Alma Karena ‘Cora’ Ranum
13 March 1884 (Age 32 years)
Residence 1 May 1885 (Age 34 years)
Census 28 May 1885 (Age 34 years) Age: 34
Census 28 May 1885 (Age 34 years) Age: 34
New Solum, Marshall County, Minnesota, United States
Latitude: N48.211277 Longitude: W96.35144

Birth of a son
#7
Caspar or Kasper Ranum
16 September 1885 (Age 34 years)
Birth of a son
#8
Oscar Ranum
18 March 1887 (Age 36 years)
Birth of a son
#9
John Ranum
26 September 1888 (Age 37 years)
Birth of a son
#10
Sanford or Sanfred Ranum
13 March 1890 (Age 38 years)
Birth of a son
#11
Freman Ranum
16 December 1891 (Age 40 years)
Death of a wifeSigrid Knudsdatter ‘Sarah’ Dicken
1893 (Age 41 years)
Census 11 June 1895 (Age 44 years) Age: 44
MarriageKari IversonView this family
26 June 1896 (Age 45 years)
Birth of a son
#12
Fredrick Sigwart Ranum
27 February 1897 (Age 45 years)
Birth of a son
#13
Otto Henry Ranum
18 December 1899 (Age 48 years)
Census 2 June 1900 (Age 49 years) Age: 49
Address: RR#1 Newfolden, Minn
Residence 1900 (Age 48 years)
Birth of a daughter
#14
Ruth Evelyn Ranum
9 January 1903 (Age 51 years)
Marriage of a childSevert O. OstgaardAlma Karena ‘Cora’ RanumView this family
16 June 1903 (Age 52 years)
Marriage of a childKarl or Carl N RanumPetrine S MelboeView this family
22 January 1904 (Age 52 years)
Birth of a grandson
#1
Melvin Roosevelt Ranum
6 July 1904 (Age 53 years)
Birth of a grandson
#2
William Sverre Ranum
6 July 1904 (Age 53 years)
Death of a sonCaspar or Kasper Ranum
25 June 1905 (Age 54 years)

Birth of a son
#15
Clarence Randolph Ranum
29 November 1905 (Age 54 years)
Census 20 April 1910 (Age 59 years)
Death of a sonSanford or Sanfred Ranum
1 August 1910 (Age 59 years)
Residence 1910 (Age 58 years)
Marriage of a childBenhard RanumJulia Clara OpsethView this family
25 June 1911 (Age 60 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#3
Mildred S. Ostgaard
30 July 1911 (Age 60 years)
Birth of a grandson
#4
Harry Arthur Ranum
31 December 191111:00 (Age 60 years)
Death of a sonClarence Randolph Ranum
13 August 1913 (Age 62 years)

Note: Apparently died of appendicitis per Lori Ranum's family history
Birth of a grandson
#5
Stanley K. Ranum
31 July 1914 (Age 63 years)
Marriage of a childFreman RanumClara JohnsonView this family
2 November 1918 (Age 67 years)
Death 7 December 1918 (Age 67 years)
Shared note: Family legend has his death related to the Spanish Influenza epidemic.
Burial
Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: 10 November 1833
7 years
elder sister
6 years
elder sister
4 years
himself
Family with Sigrid Knudsdatter ‘Sarah’ Dicken - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: 26 December 1874Amherst, Fillmore County, Minnesota, United States
14 months
son
Minnie Dahl, Severt Ostgaard, Mary Mahill, Carl and Alfred RanumKarl or Carl N Ranum
Birth: 3 March 1876 24 24Mower County, Minnesota, United States
Death: 22 January 1944Pennington County, Minnesota, United States
2 years
son
Alfred and Clara RanumAlfred Ranum
Birth: 28 February 1878 26 26Fillmore County, Minnesota, United States
Death: 21 January 1973Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Minnesota, United States
22 months
son
Benhard Ranum, from Elodee (Ranum) JohnsonBenhard Ranum
Birth: 25 December 1879 28 28Mower County, Minnesota, United States
Death: 8 February 1977Pennington County, Minnesota, United States
17 months
son
Edward ‘Ed’ Ranum
Birth: 15 May 1881 30 29Mower County, Minnesota, United States
Death: 7 May 1974Maryfield, Saskatchewan, Canada
17 months
son
Berner ‘Bennie or Benny’ Ranum
Birth: 10 October 1882 31 31New Solum Township, Marshall County, Minnesota, United States
Death: 19 September 1978Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Minnesota, United States
17 months
daughter
Alma Karena ‘Cora’ Ranum
Birth: 13 March 1884 32 32Rosewood, Marshall County, Minnesota, United States
Death: 28 August 1968St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
18 months
son
Caspar or Kasper Ranum
Birth: 16 September 1885 34 34Rosewood, Marshall County, Minnesota, United States
Death: 25 June 1905
18 months
son
Oscar and Clara RanumOscar Ranum
Birth: 18 March 1887 36 35Rosewood, Marshall County, Minnesota, United States
Death: 18 January 1924Viking, Marshall County, Minnesota, United States
18 months
son
John and Olga Ranum, from Christmas cardJohn Ranum
Birth: 26 September 1888 37 37Rosewood, Marshall County, Minnesota, United States
Death: 31 December 1982Pennington county, Minnesota, United States
18 months
son
Sanford or Sanfred Ranum
Birth: 13 March 1890 38 38Rosewood, Marshall County, Minnesota, United States
Death: 1 August 1910Minnesota, United States
21 months
son
Freman Ranum
Birth: 16 December 1891 40 40Rosewood, Marshall County, Minnesota, United States
Death: 13 October 1919Marshall County, Minnesota, United States
Family with Kari Iverson - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: 26 June 1896Marshall County, Minnesota, United States
8 months
son
Fredrick Sigwart Ranum
Birth: 27 February 1897 45 36New Solum, Marshall County, Minnesota, United States
Death: 18 September 1977Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Minnesota, United States
3 years
son
Otto Henry Ranum
Birth: 18 December 1899 48 39New Solum Township, Marshall County, Minnesota, United States
Death: 4 May 1984Poulsbo, Kitsap County, Washington, United States
3 years
daughter
Ruth Evelyn Ranum
Birth: 9 January 1903 51 42New Solum Township, Marshall County, Minnesota, United States
Death: 23 November 1993Warren, Marshall County, Minnesota, United States
3 years
son
Clarence Randolph Ranum
Birth: 29 November 1905 54 45New Solum Township, Marshall County, Minnesota, United States
Death: 13 August 1913
Fredrick Olsen Groenlig + Kari Iverson - View this family
wife’s husband
wife
step-son
23 months
step-son
3 years
step-daughter
4 years
step-daughter

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Census1910 United States - Census transcript - Knud Nilsen Ranum - Household

Year: 1910; Census Place: New Solum, Marshall, Minnesota; Roll: T624_697; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 0109 New Solum, Marshall County, Minnesota, United States

NameRelationSexRaceAgeCondMarrChilChilBPFBPMBPImmNatLangOccupationIndEmpUnempUnempRWSchHomeMortFarmCWBlindDeaf
Ranum, Knud NheadMW60M214NorwayNorwayNorway1865NaEnglishFarmerGeneral FarmEmployeryesyesOwnFreeFarm
Iverson, KariwifeFW49M214107NorwayNorwayNorway1893Norwegiannoneyesyes
Ranum, OscarsonMW23SMinnesotaNorwayNorwayEnglishFarm laborerHome farmWno0yesyes
Ranum, Sanford osonMW17SMinnesotaNorwayNorwayEnglishnoneyesyesno
Ranum, Fredrick SsonMW13SMinnesotaNorwayNorwayEnglishnoneyesyesyes
Ranum, Otto HsonMW10SMinnesotaNorwayNorwayEnglishnoneyesyesyes
Ranum, Ruth EdaughterFW7S00MinnesotaNorwayNorwayyes
Ranum, Clarence RsonMW4SMinnesotaNorwayNorway
Groenlig or Greenley, Dortheastep-daughterFW21S00NorwayNorwayNorway1893EnglishTeacherPublic schoolsWno0yesyes
Groenlig or Greenley, Charlottestep-daughterFW17S00NorwayNorwayNorway1893EnglishTeacherPublic schoolsWno0yesyesyes

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Death

Family legend has his death related to the Spanish Influenza epidemic.

Shared note

Originally Knut or Knud Nilsen or Neilson, last name changed to Ranum when he emigrated, after the name of the home farm area in Norway.

1865 Norway census lists him as Knud Nilsen, born 1850 in Nordre Aurdal (part of Valdres Valley) living with his father, Nils Knudsen, and his mother, Anne Arnesdatter, and his sister, Anne Nilsdatter, in Nord-Aurdal municipality, on the farm Ranaim, Bruget.

Four & Seven Equal Eleven

Long ago in Norway, before any of us were even thought of, Nils Knudson met Anne Arnesdottir and decided to marry. As far as we know, they were living in Norway farming, as their parents had done. Two this union were born Ragnhild, Anne, and Knut. Ragnhild and Knut both ended up coming to America to settle, while Anne Stayed in Norway and inherited the home farm.

When Knut Nilsen came to America, the name was changed to Ranum by taking the name of the home farm, which was Ranum. Knut was born in Valdres, Fagerness, (north of Oslo), Norway on March 15, 1852. He came to the United States at 16 or 17 years old and settled in Mower County. Siri Dicken was born somewhere in Norway in 1851 (or 1857). She came to America when she was only two years old and also settled in Mower County. Knut and Siri were married in Lanesboro, Minnesota in 1874. There are no details on how they met. While living in Mower County as a married couple, they had four sons join their family; Carl, Alfred, Benhard, and Edward.

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In 1880, Knut came to Northern Minnesota and North Dakota to check out land to farm. He found a piece of land somewhere near St. Thomas for the family to move and farm. The following year, 1881, Knut and Siri and their four sons, plus three of the children's uncles, traveled by two covered wagons with two horses for each wagon and two cows tied behind the wagons from Mower County to Minneapolis. Along the way they would camp and sleep in tents that they had brought along with them in the covered wagons. When arriving in Minneapolis, they camped by a big iron bridge that they would have to cross to get to Minneapolis. After arriving in Minneapolis the first night, one of the uncle's horses got sick and died. The next day, they tried to find another horse in Minneapolis to purchase, but they were asking $300 per horse and they could not afford that. They were offered $300 for the remaining horse and so they decided to sell this horse. Then they could purchase passage on the immigrant railroad car with the money. The took the covered wagons apart and put all the materials and their supplies into the railroad car and traveled to Crookston. They brought food along to eat while they traveled on the train.

When they arrived in Crookston, they had to unload everything right away. They put up their tents and stayed there for a day. The next day they decided they would not travel much further and so they traveled one day by covered wagon from Crookston and stopped. They came east off of the Pembina trail and decided this was where they would stop. Knut took a pre emption on a homestead in Strip, Polk County. Strip was a narrow strip of land between Polk and Marshall Counties, which resulted as an error in surveying, it later became a part of Marshall County and the area to the south became Pennington County. Strip was later renamed Rosewood.

Knut and Siri built a sod house to live in on this property in New Solum Township. They had a small cook stove in the sod house that was used for cooking and heating. They used a blanket for a door and made the roof out of tar paper and trees stretched across the top. The sod strips that they cut were then laid across this to make the roof. Benny, Cora, Casper, Oscar, John, Sanfred, Freeman were all born while living in the sod house. Seven plus four equals eleven.

This story was told by Elodee Ranum Johnson on her blog Old Trunks and Worn Shoes on 31 May 2007.