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WETTELAND, SV ALE AND GURINA
On July 28, 1858, Svale Faneulson was born at Stavenger Rolland, Norway. His mother was Guri Svalesen Freglestad and Svale's father was Fanuel Fermedsen Wetteland. Svale's wife was Gurina Christensen Orten. She was born at Sauda Rogland, Norway on July 24, 1856. In the summer of 1885, the two, Svale and Guri left their native Norway to come to the fabled land, America. With them they brought their two children, Christina Ferdina born October 12, 1882, at Stavanger and Dora Gurina born October 25 1884 also at Stavanger. The four travellers eventually e~ded u~ living in Grafton Walsh, North Dakota, where others from the area back in Norway had settled.
Back Row, Left to Right: Fred, Berner, Dora, Severin. Seated: Selma, Svale, Gurina and Sophia Wetteland.
Grafton was their home for a short time when Svale had heard of a much better land straight north of where they lived. After hearing news of this from people that had come back from the New Scandinavia as this area was known to the people of Norwegian and Swedish descent, he left after the birth of their 3rd daughter, Sophia Gustina who was born January 19,1887.
Svale travelled up to New Scandinavia in May, 1887.
When he had reached his destination, he was overcome with its beauty and great abundance of wood and wildlife, so much so, he applied for citizenship and to buy land. He bought the southwest corner of 17-18-18W which was covered with fine forest stand of evergreens, lush meadows and a small river running through part. He was so impressed, he wrote a letter to the Emigrator or Newspaper. This letter expresses something that everyone in the community still feels.
New Scandinavia December 27,1887
To the Editor,
Here are a few lines about this colony that I ask you to print in your paper. About a year and a half ago I came to North Dakota from my home in Norway, ac companied by my family consisting of my wife and three children. I had in mind to take up land there but found that conditions were far from satisfactory, as there proved to be a great lack of wood, poor water and also a lack of natural beauty. I had several relatives here in this colony and I heard from them that it was good here. I decided to come and see for myself, so in May I came here with my family. I found much satisfaction in what I saw, so much that I immediately took up a quarter section of land for which I paid only $10 dollars. My land is the S.W. 17-18-18W and it seems very good for cultivation. There is an immense amount of timber both for building and for firewood, an abundance of hayland and in regard to water it would be impossible to find a better quality. I have several acres ready to sow in the spring and next year I will break as much again.