Biografi for: Marie Kathrine Pedersen

Kusine til min hustrus farmor, Kristine Larsen.

Maries mand, Søren Peter, rejste til USA i 1915 og kom til Viborg, South Dakota. Han kom tilbage til Danmark i julen 1921 og blev 2 mar 1922 gift med Kathrine, hvorefter de rejste til Viborg, Turner County, South Dakota. De havde her en farm indtil de flyttede ind til byen.

I Ellis Island databasen findes bl.a. følgende:

Name: Simonsen, Soren Peter
Ethnicity: Denmark, Scand.
Place of Residence: Viborg, America
Date of Arrival: April 07, 1922
Age on Arrival: 26y
Gender: M
Marital Status: M
Ship of Travel: Aquitania
Port of Departure: Southampton, Southamptonshire, England, UK
Det fremgår endvidere, at han rejser sammen med sin hustru Maria Katrine Simonsen, 26 år, som han var hjemme at hente i Danmark, gift 2. marts 1922 i Tranum kirke.
De er på vej til Viborg, South Dakota, hvor de skal mødes med broderen Lars Simonsen.

1930 Catherine Simonson in the 1930 United States Federal Census
Name: Catherine Simonson. Birth Year: abt 1896. Gender: Female. Birthplace: Denmark. Marital status: Married. Relation to Head of House: Wife. Homemaker? Yes.
Home in 1930: Swan Lake, Turner, South Dakota , USA. Map of Home: View Map Dwelling Number: 9. Family Number: 9. Age at first Marriage: 25. Attended School: No. Able to Read and Write: Yes. Father's Birthplace: Denmark. Mother's Birthplace: Denmark. Language Spoken: Danish. Immigration Year: 1922. Naturalization: Naturalized. Able to Speak English: Yes.
Household Members: Soren Simonson 34, Catherine Simonson 34, Ruth Simonson 7.

En søgning i South Dakota, Turner county, hvor byen Viborg ligger, har givet følgende svar fra Tracy Scriver from Colman, South Dakota:
Soren P. and Katherine Simonsen.
Soren Simonsen was born at Vilsbak Farm, Brovst, Denmark on November 12, 1895. He was the second son of Peter and Pedra Simonsen, who farmed at Vilsbak. There were five sons and one daughter in their family. Because of poverty, he left home at the age of ten and began working as an errand boy on a large farm nearby. He also went to school and in 1915, at the age of 19, he bought a ticket to America. He had been told there were other Danish immigrants living in Viborg, so he chose to go there. On the train, he met Marius Petersen, who was coming to Irene. The first job Soren had was working for Alex Johansen. He later worked for Ole Flint and Martin (Mudden) Christensen. Soren's brother Lars also came to Viborg. In 1921, Soren went back to Denmark and married Marie Katherine Pedersen. She was born to Garva Peter and Marie Pedersen on May 15, 1895. Her father was a farmer and walking mailman at Tranum, Denmark. Katherine was working for a tailor shop. They were married on March 2, 1922 at the Tranum Church. They came to South Dakota and farmed in the Viborg area. In 1959, they made the journey back to Denmark by boat for a visit. In 1975 the [sic] retired from farming at the age of 80 and moved to town. They both entered the nursing home in 1986. Soren died January 14, 1987 and Katherine died June 23, 1987. They had one daughter, Ruth, married to Wayne Peterson, one granddaughter, Norma Jean, married to Gordon Knudson, and two great grandchildren, Ross Knudson and Holly Relf. Soren and Katherine were married 66 years. They were faithful members of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Danish Brotherhood and Danish Sisterhood.
-- Viborg South Dakota 1893-1993, The Viborg History Book Committee, pgs. 637-638.
My mother works with Norma Jean ("Jeanie") Knudson. I will send you her contact information by e-mail. Tracy is also descendend from Danish immigrants in Viborg, South Dakota.