Sunday, March 2, 2014

Bernt Bredesen SANDER

Portrait. Bernt SANDER (Decorah, IA: O. E. Borlaug, c. 1885). Image courtesy of Verla Williams.

Bernt Bredesen SANDER was born 8 Jan 1864 in Madison Township, Winneshiek County, IA, the youngest of Brede and Karen Sander's six children. has two records of his baptism on 2 Jul 1864. Unfortunately it is not clear where the baptism took place. One record seems to indicate Springwater Norwegian Lutheran Congregation (5 miles NE of Decorah, IA), the other Washington Prairie. The pages both appear as shown below.

Baptism record. Bernt SANDER (Winneshiek, IA: 2 Jul 1864). Image courtesy of

In the 1870 Census, Bernt appears with his family in Madison Township, and in 1880 in Glenwood. From 1880-1882 he attended Luther College (Norlie 1922: 219).

On 9 Mar 1893 at Glenwood Lutheran Church, Bernt married Hannah Hagen, daughter of Hans and Sigrid Hagen.

Marriage record. Bernt and Hannah (Hagen) SANDER (Glenwood Lutheran Church, Winneshiek, IA, 9 Mar 1893). Image courtesy of

We are fortunate to have a lovely wedding portrait of Bernt and Hannah. What is uncertain is why it is from the Lubeck studio in Howard, SD.

Wedding portrait with scalloped and gilded edges. Bernt and Hannah (Hagen) SANDER (Howard, SD: H. H. Lubeck, 1893). Image courtesy of Verla Williams. Digitally retouched by Mark D. Williams.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

1900 US Federal Census: Bernt and Hannah SANDER

Detail of 1900 US Census. Image courtesy of

Sander, Bernt / Head / W / M / Jan 1864 / 36 / M / 7 / Iowa / Norway / Norway / Farmer
_____, Hannah / Wife / W / F / Apr 1867 / 34 / M / 7 / Norway / Norway / Norway

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Glenwood, Winneshiek, Iowa; Roll: 466; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0132; FHL microfilm: 1240466.
Source Information: 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004.
Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.