Romundstad - Madson

400 Years of Madson History:  1600-2000
 Nautenes Farm in the hamlet of Bossvika, Norway
Later:  the town of Risor, Norway
then a little later:
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The Story Over the Long Centuries

These pages tell the story of a family from the Land of the Midnight Sun
who for for 200 years -- 7 generations -- lived on the Nautenes Farm on a fjord
outside the hamlet of Bossvika, west of of the harbor town of Risor, Norway

Then, in 1866, one branch of this family joined the massive,
mid-1800's emigration across the Atlantic Ocean to America.

7 Generations on the Nautenes Farm,
Bossvika, Norway
on a fjord west of of the harbor town of Risor
Nautenes Farm, Bossvik, Norway - 1970

Inger Reiersdatter & Mads Hanson & Family - -
Nautenes Farm & Risor, Norway, 1820's -1873

-- the last of this family to live at the
Nautenes Farm
before having to leave it and move into the town of Risor.

Risor, Norway

Risor, Norway

1862 photo from Risor, Norway:
Hans & Christine Madson Family

Hans & Christine Madson Family, Risor, Norway, 1862
Photo taken 4 years before they left Risor for America -- with 4 of their 5 Risor-born children.  
Back row, standing beside father Hans is the oldest: Jorgen Madson, age 6, b. 1856.

Of Hans & Christine Madson's 10 Children:
- 5 born in Risor, Norway, 1 died young in Norway
- 5 born in Sheboygan, 1 died young in Wisconsin.

Of the 8 who lived to adulthood:
The oldest, Jorgen Madson. went to college in Iowa, then seminary in St Paul, then west to Montana
-  7 married in Wisconsin and stayed there.

Young Jorgen Madson
Young Jorgen Madson, in his early 20's, late 1870's
Hans Madson & Christine Jorgensdatter:
Risor, Norway to Wisconsin, USA

 Inger Reiersdatter & Mads Hanson's oldest son was Hans Madson (1830-1903).  In Risor, he and Christine Jorgensdatter married and had 5 children.

1866: Hans & Christine & family left Norway for America: 
First to Milwaukee, then Sheboygan where they had 5 more children.
1884: To their final home: Wittenberg, Wisconsin

1866 & 1884:  Two of Christine's siblings and all of Hans Madson's
siblings & mother also emigrated to Wisconsin.

1923 June,
Wittenberg, Wisconsin: 
Madson Family Reunion
--  of Descendents of Hans & Christine Madson --
Held at
Hans & Christine Madson's old farm --
at the time farmed by their son, Albert Madson.

The reunion was held in honor of the visit from Absarokee, Montana
of the oldest sibling, Jorgen Madson and his daughter, Dorthea Madson.
They had come east for the Strum, Wisconsin wedding of
Dorthea's brother Wilhelm Madson and Mildred Romundstad.

1923 June Madson Family Reunion, Albert Madson's Farm -- originallythe farm of his parents' Hans & Christine Madson -- Wittenberg, Wisconsin
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Jorgen & Helga Nayes Madson's wedding, 1882Helga Andrine Nayes & Jorgen Elisius Madson
Life together from late 1870's - 1928
- til their deaths in 1927 and 1928.

Jorgen & Helga Madson married in 1882, had 9 children, traveled widely,
and ended up in the Big Sky Country of the American West.
In Montana, Rev. Jorgen
became a circuit-riding minister,
with a "circuit" 450 miles east-to-west and 200 miles north-to-south.

Helga Nayes Madson was very lonesome in Montana,
and wrote poignant letters to her cousin back in the midwest,
sorely missing the lovely days of her youth in verdant Wisconsin,
surrounded by her Funner and Nayes extended family:

Nayes Overview Page
Funner-Nayes Women's Letters, 1889 & 1900

Helga Nayes & Jorgen Madson's 8 Grown Children
February 1922:  Immanuel Lutheran Church, Absarokee, Montana
- -  taken at the funeral of the family's 6th child, Christian Madson, 29 (b. 1893), who had died of diabetes at a
tragically young age.  Christian's grandmother, Christine Jorgensdatter Madson, had also died of this.

       Left:  Helga & Jorgen & 8 remaining, adult offspring                         Right: with spouses & offspring - - to date
Jorgen & Helga Nayes Madson Family, 1922     1922-madson-jorgen-helga-family-extended family
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1938, October: Dedication Ceremony for the Monument
Honoring Pioneer Pastor Jorgen Elisius Madson

- - located across the road from the site of their home,
rural Absarokee, Montana --

Click on photo for hi-rez version and identification of people --
including his namesake grandson, Jorgen Madson.

July 1993, Billings & Absarokee, Montana:  Madson Family Reunion
-- of Descendants of Helga Nayes & 
Jorgen Madson --

Tracing Their Routes:  A 1993 trip from Wisconsin to Montana,
following in the tracks made by two former Madson generations: 1895 & 1923

A story by Lisa Lindberg about a road trip by her and then-12-yr-old Matthew Lindberg-Work --
their mythic journey from Washington, DC to Wisconsin, then to Montana.
In their family's 1970 VW bus, on the way to Billings for the Madson Family Reunion,
where Lisa gave a slide show to the assembled Madsons, telling the stories on these webpages.

Many Madson
Absarokee, Montana, 1927 & 1993
1927 Grandpa Jorgen Madson with grandchildren Romund & Cherry
Grandpa Jorgen Madson
with 2 grandchildren
Romund Madson, age 3, & Charisma Madson, age 1.
At Fagerheim ("beautiful home"),
Jorgen & Helga's farm on the Rosebud River,
south of Absarokee, Montana, Summer 1927

Romund Madson with Melissa Kelsey & Shelly Lindberg
Romund Madson
with 2 grand-nieces
Melissa Kelsey & Shelly Lindberg.
At the Sunday picnic lunch on the Borland Ranch
on the Stillwater River, west of Absarokee, Montana. 
Madson Family Reunion, July 1993

July 1993, Billings, Montana: Madson Family Reunion:  Group Photo
Descendants of 6 of the 9 children of Helga Nayes & Jorgen Madson:
-- of Harald Madson, Agnes Madson Melby, Wilhelm Madson,
Dorthea Madson Holm-Jensen Baker, George Madson, & Helga Madson Morley
1993 July, Billings, Montana:  Madson Family Reunion
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1970 & 2000 :
Two Visits by Madson Descendants
to Madson
ancestral sites in
the Risor, Norway area

1970:  Lisa Lindberg's Summer
hitch-hiking trip around Europe

2000:  Romund & Harriet Madson's driving
trip around Norway during their
50th wedding anniversary

Nautenes Farm -- Bossvika, Norway
Nautenes Farm, Bossvik, Norway - 1970

Risor, Norway

Risor, Norway


Montana road

Our Montana Cousins
A story by Lisa Lindberg, written 1998
for Ed & Rosemary Melby's 50th Wedding Anniversary.
About the relationship of the descendants of the siblings
Agnes Madson Melby & Wilhelm Madson.
About the mythic role played by the Melby family in the Lindberg kids' imaginations as they were growing up in the Midwest : Knowing they had cousins in Montana was just MAGIC.

1927, Molt, Montana:  Melby's wheat field.
The families of Agnes Madson Melby
& of her visiting brother, Wilhelm Madson

1928 Melby's wheat field, Molt, Montana
Photo by Mildred Romundstad Madson, 1927.
Requested of Mildred's granddaughter, Lisa Lindberg -- and granted -- for use by Ken Burns' film company,
Florentine Films, for use in his 2012 documentary, The Dust Bowl, and on
the Episode Guide page of PBS's accompanying website
-- for "Episode One: The Great Plow-Up (1890-1935)."

Webpage by Lisa Lindberg

Work Log
2009:  10/31, 11/1-6,13,18
2010: 2/25-26, 28, 3/1-2, 21,
5/4 :changed "Fune" to "Funner"
7/14: ch this page from "index" to "madson-overview,"   10/27
2011:  6/9-11
[ Big gap }
2017:  1/31 & 2/1,2,3: tightened up, brot in links/photos from within other pages