E. W. Everson’s Handwritten Life Journey
This document I have now only as a photocopy of the original is probably the most precious piece of paper I will ever attain. I have read it from time to time over the years. Something lately, has called me to action, this is the reason for the creation of Grizzly Groundswell.First, it is a brilliant document of how my family immigrated to this wonderful country of America. We came after the civil war and soon found ourselves neck deep in building a state if not a nation. I hope future and current legal immigrants read my Great-Grandpa Grizzly’s story and dream those big dreams that only an American or soon to be, can dream. Second, the document highlights many of those my Great-Grandpa Grizzly and I owe our lives and family too. These people took care of Great-Grandpa Grizzly when he was young, sick and very vulnerable. They gave employment, shelter, love and affection in a strange new land in a wave of immigration. Thirdly, the document summarizes a man, an immigrant, who served his country with public service. Great-Grandpa Grizzly was a Justice of the Peace for 16 years, served on his school and church board, and was not only elected to three terms as representative in the State House but he stood in the eye of the Townley Tornado and stood his ground as others rallied to his just cause saving North Dakota, for the time, from the devastating effects of socialism. E. W. Everson, Great-Grandpa Grizzly who inspired and has awoken me enough to create Grizzly Groundswell and ask the hard questions in order to unlock the key to defeating socialism today in our own political landscape. Minnesota was very key in exporting scalism to North Dakota in Great-Grandpa Grizzly’s day. Today, socialism is bigger, more prevalent and better funded having infested almost every institution we hold dear including our churches. Great-Grandpa Grizzly’s closing words of this document are very true even today. If you look back on how our family farmers were destroyed and now the taxpayer is threatened almost to the brink of revolt, these words seem almost prophetic, “I could write a book on this one subject alone (if only you did Great-Grandpa Grizzly!) That would be very interesting to see how these imported Scalists (socialists) could come and organize the Farmers and I.W.W.’s to gather and organization that would destroy the Farmers first, and then all other taxpayers, and to this day there is lots of Farmers just as blind as ever.” -E. W. Everson Today, you could add taxpayers to that list of people “just as bind as ever.” I was “just as blind as ever” until Great-Grandpa Grizzly called out from his grave or deep inside my DNA. Thank God my Grizzly Awoke! Document Begins:
Walum, North Dakota 8-9-1926
E. W. Everson Born in East Toten Norway April 29th, 1857. – Emigrated to U.S.A. with his Father Andrew Everson in the year of our Lord 1866. At the age of 9 years, came a cross in a small sail vessel. 9 weeks and 3 days on the Atlantic Ocean. (We) Arrived in Peirce county, Wisconsin last part of June. Father leaving his wife and 5 children back behind in Norway and owing for our tickets had to find work where ever he could get it. Being right after the close of the civil War. Times were hard wage was low. He, father could not look after me I had to take care of myself. I was first at our place then a ‘nother till I got to Mike Cafree where I staid for 3 years. Lernt (Learned) the English Language and how to work. But I shure (sure) had the Irish broge (Brogue). [End of page 1][Start page 2] In 1869 I left Cafreis (Cafree) and worked a round at difrent (different) plases (places). Father earned enough money to pay our ticket and sent a ticket to the rest of the family the next year in 1867. In 1870 I started to work for Solomon Tidd. Who was a very peculiar man, but good to me. I had a good many queer experiences withle (while) there 1874- I worked a round in 1875 and 1876 I worked for old man Webster worked in the summer season and done chores for my board in the winter and I went to school that was in Kinnickinnic, St. Croix Co. Wisconsin the winter of 1876-77. I hyered (hired) my board at Simon Nelson, my Brother in law. And went to school then I worked for Eri Coggwhale [coggerale?] in Summer and went to school in winter till the spring of 1879. I went to St. Paul and Minneapolis hard to get work. Knocked around there worken (working) in different places till I was taken sick. I was terrible [end of page 2 and beginning of page 3] sick. When I got so I could work again, I worked till I had paid for my care while sick. The sickness I had left me with a terrible cough.(E. W. Everson would eventually die of T.B. and loose two sons to the disease. Both my father and Grandfather would also die of respiratory complications.) So I left Minneapolis and went to Hudson Wisconsin to see Dr. Hoyt. They were building the North Wisconsin Rail Road and that time and I was thinken (thinking) some of trying to get a job on that. But Dr. Hoyt says if you want to live, you had better go out in the country and rest up a while. So I started for Home. And staid (stayed) a round there a few weeks soon picked up and hyered (hired) out to Mr. Aslerk (Aslak)-Gunderson worked for him trew (threw) harvest and stacken, (Stacking) then I went to Baldwin (Wisconsin) and hyered(hired) out to Mr. Foster to Cleark (Clerk) in his hotel and drive the mail to River Falls(, Wisconsin). Staid (stayed) there till in (until) January. 1880- Then I went Hudson and worked for Mr. Jerell (Jerill)[very faded] unloading logs from Rail Road Cars and rolling them on to the St. Croix Lake. [end of page 3 beginning of page 4] In the spring of 1880 I went to North Dakota. Worked around Mapleton and on the Rail Road and I filed on a ½ section of land the W ½ of Sexton (section) 20T.144-R59. During those years I worked in N.D. in the summer and looked after my claim. I filed on the first claim taken in Greenfield township and would go to the pinery in Winter in the fall of 1884 I married Betsey Mossing daughter of Ole B. Mossing who still lived in Norway, But her Brother Martin Mossing was here. With Betsey Mossing and I have lived 42 years next October 6th and have raised 8 children 3 boys and 5 girls. The oldest in Clara, Adeline, Mabel, Julia, Edwin, Myrtle, Benton & Axel- Then we adopted a girl Helen when she was 11 months old. And was confirmed this summer by Rev. Haalemed (Haaland?) . I lived trew (Through) the pioneer days [end of page 4 and beginning of page 5] here in N.D. Seen many a hardship. But to picture out the hardship I do not care how the picture out. at this time, [Very faint, hard to make out] But I was Justice of the Piece for a bout 16 years and then on the school board and elected as the Legislator in 1912-1914 & 1916 and one extra (Very faint) section(Session) and then Townley got the Farmers and the I.W.W. organized so I had to start and fight Scalisum (Socialism) and that has been a hard fight the I.V.A. (Independent Voters Association) I started and that was the organization that chacked (clocked? very faint) the Sclastics (Socialists), we put over the recall, and reformed (referred, refusal?) some of their most dangerous laws in 1922, we woun (won, very faint) house & Main branches of State Government, and so I resinged (resigned) as president of the association . I could write a book on this one subject alone that would be very interesting to see how these imported Scalists (socialists) could come and [end of 5 and beginning of 6 and final page] organize the Farmers and I.W.W.’s to gather and organization that would destroy the Farmers first and then all other taxpayers, and to this day there is lots of Farmers just as blind as ever. [End of narrative]
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