Biografi for: Marius Iversen

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Rejste 1895 til USA hvor han arbejdede for Union Pacific Railway som Security Police. Han læste til præst, blev gift og drog 1916 med familie videre til Canada, og virkede der som præst i mange år. 8 børn i ægteskabet. Genså aldrig sit fædreland.

1895 Københavns Politis Udvandrersager 1868-1940
Navn: Iversen, Marius Stilling: Smed. Alder: 27. Bestemmelsessted: Chikago. Kontrakt nr.: 156700 Forevisningsdato: 8/20/1895. Fødested: ? Fødesogn: ? Sidste oph.sogn: København. Sidste oph. amt: København. Sidste oph.sted: Kbhvn. Bestemmelses land: USA. Bestemmelses by: Chicago Bestemmelses stat: Illinois.
Skibsnavn: Thingvalla
IDkode: D9396J5401

1895 Passenger record Ellis Island:
First Name: Marius. Last Name: Iversen. Ethnicity: Danish. Last Place of Residence: . Date of Arrival: Sep 07, 1895. Age of Arrival: 27y, Gender: F, Marital Status:
Ship of Travel: Thingvalla. Port of Departure: Copenhagen
Manifest Line Number: 0064

Fra Sheila Iversen, Canada,, er modtaget følgende:
Marius was educated at a military school in Denmark. He joined the Danish Army in 1891-1892, in the Field Artiller, First Regiment, First Division. All male Danes were required to put in a year of Army Service.
Marius was also qualified as a forging Smithy (blacksmith)
City of Copenhagen Police Force . (1892-1895)

Emigrated to USA 1895 :
Came from Copenhagen to Ellis Island on the Ship Thingvalla . Arrived 7 September 1895. Last decades of the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century, when the Thingvalla Line out of Copenhagen, later to be renamed the Scandinavian American Line and later, in 1915, the Swedish American Line out of Göteborg, were able to offer direct and speedy transatlantic service aboard modern and comfortable steamships.
Worked the Union Pacific Railway at Omaha and Grand Island, Nebraska (Security Police).(1896-1901)

1902-1906 (?)
Attended Grandview College (Lutheran) in Des Moines, Iowa, and was ordained a minister.
Marius Iversen (Grandview College ) listed on rolls.

He met Anna Gronlund who was working at the college. Anna had come to the USA seeking a drier climate on doctor's advice and had at first joined her sisters in Chicago. After they were married they moved to Juhl, Michigan where Marius took up his first postion as a Danish Lutheran Minister.
Anna plalyed the piano and organ beautifully. Married probably 1906

1905 Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925
Name Martin Iversen. Age45. Birth Yearabt 1870. Birth Place Denmark. Residence Date 1915. Residence Place Hamlin, Audubon, Iowa, USA. Marital Status Married ?. Father Birth Place Denmark. Mother Birth Place Denmark.
Household Members
Martin Iversen 45.

1906 Marinus Iverson in the Iowa, Polk County, Marriage Records, 1880-1940
Name: Marinus Iverson. Age: 39. Birth Year: abt 1867. Birth Place: Denmark. Marriage Date: 3 Jun 1906. Marriage Place: Polk, Iowa, USA. Father: Per Iverson. Mother: Julianna Anderson. Spouse: Anna Gronlund.

1910 Census
Name: Marius Iversen, [Marins Iversen ]. Age in 1910: 41. Birth Year: abt 1869. Birthplace: Denmark. Home in 1910: Elba, Howard, Nebraska. Street: Pearl St. Immigration Year: 1896. Relation to Head of House: Head. Marital status: Married. Spouse's name: Anna Iversen. Father's Birthplace: Denmark. Mother's Birthplace: Denmark. Native Tongue: English. Occupation: Minister. Industry: Danish Ev Luth. Employer, Employee or Other: Wage Earner. Home Owned or Rented: Rent. Farm or House: House. Naturalization Status: Naturalized. Able to Read: Yes. Able to Write: Yes. Years Married: 4.
Household Members: Marius Iversen 41, Anna Iversen 33, Aksel Iversen 3, Nannie Iversen 2.

1911 they were in Ekba and Grand Island,Nebraska. Marius was probably working as police for Union Pacific Railway at Omaha and Grand Island.

1915 Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925
Martin Iversen. Age 45. Birth Yearabt 1870. Birth Place Denmark. Residence Date 1915. Residence Place Hamlin, Audubon, Iowa, USA. Marital Status Married. Father Birth Place Denmark. Mother Birth Place Denmark.
Household Members
Martin Iversen 45.

1916 they were in Laura, Iowa. Anna enjoyed the garden and flowers and the familly were doing well .
A friend (Jon Andersen) was corresponding regularly from Alberta to Marius. He convinces Marius to come to Alberta. The Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad was offering 8000 free homesteads and the area had had huge bumper crops in the Medicine Hat area.......and a large Danish community needed a Danish Lutheran minister.

1917 Marius Iversen in the U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Name: Marius Iversen [Marius Iverson]. Birth Date: 5 Apr 1876. Street address: Richfield Sta R1. Residence Place: Hennepin, Minnesota, USA. Relative: Anna Iversen. Relative's Relationship: Wife

Alberta Land Records:
First ownership of land was obtained from the Hudson's Bay Company or from territorial or dominion governments. There are homestead registers arranged by land location and indexed (1870-1930). The township registers list the name of the applicant, the application date, and the date the patent was granted. Other files contain the actual homestead applications with the name, marital status, citizenship, number and ages of family members, and previous residence of applicants.
"Under the Dominion Lands Act, once Crown land had been surveyed and officially declared available for settlement, individuals could apply to homestead a quarter section (160 acres) of their choice. Then, after paying a $10 filing fee and 'proving up' their homestead claim (occupying the land for at least three years and performing certain improvements, including building a house and barn, fencing, breaking and cropping a portion of the land), the homesteader could apply for patent (title) to the land."
[Source: Alberta Genealogical Society]

The family left a good life in Iowa and trained to Alberta and a new life. They arrived in Suffield, spent the night in the Alamo Hotel (see newspaper article).
The next day they were collected by Jon Andersen and taken to Bingville.
At the Billgville Homestead 8 years. They buildt a house and barn. Had no good crops.
(From the Calgary Herald 1992 .........." Pioneer homesteaders tried to tame this rugged, vast and dry prairie grassland a century ago, but eventually gave up and moved on.") Children had to farm as Marius away working or ministering as Danish Lutheran Minister to area Danes. Local Danes could not afford to pay Marius for services, but paid in goods etc. Hams, veg, preserved foods brought home in the saddlebags. Kids rode the pony to school. Axel and Nanna spoke Danish only, up until entering school.

Alberta, Canada, Homestead Records, 1870-1930
Marius Iverson. Age: 47. Birth Year: 1869. Birth Country: Denmark. Application Date: 22 Dec 1916. Homestead Place: Alberta, Canada. Residence Year: 1916. Residence Place: Bingville, Alberta, Canada. File Number: 3076345. Coordinates: NW. Section: 21. Township: 18. Range: 7. Meridian: 4

The 1921 Census of Canada
Marine Iverson [Marius Iversen] [Marius Iverson]. Marital status: Married. Age: 53. Birth Year: abt 1868. Birth Place: Denmark. Relation to Head of House: Head. Spouse's name: Ana Iverson. Father Birth Place: Denmark Mother Birth Place: Denmark. Year of Immigration: 1916. Province or Territory: Alberta. District: Medicine Hat. District Number: 9. Sub-District Number: 26. City, Town or Village: Tp 17 Rg 6 W 9th. Section Number: 21. Township Number: 18. Range Number: 7. Meridian Number: 4. Municipality: Unorganized. Occupation: Farmer.
Household Members: Marine Iverson 53, Ana Iverson 45, Axel Iverson 14, Nanna Iverson 53, Olga Iverson 48, Nora Iverson 14, Lester Iverson 10, Stela Iverson 7, Reymond Iverson 5, Athur Iverson 4.

1923 Marius was naturalized a British Citizen . Medicine Hat Court House Cert. # 9411B

1924 Iversen family to Tilley where they rent an irrigated farm with house. Anna and the 8 children enjoyed the plentiful garden and the house and flowers. Axel (oldest child) did the farm work with the help of the girls. Nora recalled operating the irrigation gates with brother Axel. The farm was situated right beside a major irrigation ditch. The older children enjoyed the local dances.
Marius was away blacksmithing.

1926 Marius buys a blacksmith shop in Chancellor, Alberta. He was a blacksmith by trade having learned from his own father in Denmark. Iversen Family moved to Chancellor by horse and wagon. Family lives in the back of the blacksmith shop.
Axel - a barber in Chancellor then in Hussar
Nanna - working in Maud Phillips' store
Olga - working in Rockyford as telephone operator
Lester - working construction

1930 Marius and Anna move to Calgary. While Marius had a busy blacksmith shop no one was able to pay their bills because of the depression . Address was : 805-7th Ave West.....a large rented house.
Anna took in boarders then.

This family experienced Alberta's rough and tough pioneer times and lived through the Dirty Thirties!
Life was never easy but they managed to stay together over the years and helped one and another out when they could. Remarkable considering the times! Anna especially must of struggled and felt the hardships more having raised such a large family with little or no financial help nor extended family to call on. She must often felt lonely so far from her homeland and her large family and what she came from.

1931 June 21 Lester drowns, age 19 in the Bow River.....body recovered 12 days later in Ogden on river bank. (newspaper clippings of that event and funeral)

1939 - 47 Marius and Anna living on their own in Calgary on relief. address 418-11 ave East; near the Stampede grounds. They rented one room on the main floor.

1948-49 They lived with Olga who had come from BC with her son Roy to look after them. Address then was: 720-1 Street NW .........Nora also lived with them to take care of the parents but she was not well and continued working at Christies so all the work really fell to Olga. This was after the war and Nanna and family had just returned from Prince Rupert. This arrangement with Olga and Nora didn't work out and that is when Nora went to live at the Malborough Apartments on her own.

1949-50 they lived at 24 street and 8 Ave (now Crowchild) Marius rented 2 room in the old Riley House (Riley Park and library). The house had been bought by a Mr. Johnson, a Dane, and friend of the family. He turned it into a rental house for Danes! Marius and Anna had two rooms there. Mr. Johnson was very kind to Marius and Anna and helped them a lot at this time. The Johnson house was near what is now the Bethany Care Centre today. They never lived in the Bethany although it was run by the Lutherans then.

1950-51 they lived at Westmount Road and 23 Street (near Bowness Road). A 2 storey wartime house. It was run by a Mrs. McDermid who rented them the back room and who was supposed to look after Gramma Anna. Nanna says the room was freezing and Marius and Anna were not fed enough so it must have been a type of boarding house.....before the days of public nursing homes.
Nanna got very upset about all this and moved the parents into her home from 1951 - 52.

1951-52 They lived with Nanna and Charlie and the two girls at 1340-18 Ave NW. That house was on stilts as Charlie was putting a basement under the house. This worried Marius greatly. Marius had some dementia and Anna was mostly bedridden with arthritis by then. Marius 83 Anna 75.

1952-54 There were no government nursing homes as yet. They went to the Bankview Nursing Home in Mount Royal on 15th Street where they died. A Mrs. Ross was in charge and quite nice according to Nanna. The family contributed $5.00 to $10.00 a month to their care there. It helped to boost the old folks meager pensions.

At the time of Anna's death she left behind four daughters, three sons, and nine grandchildren and one great grandchild . Also a sister in Chicago and a sister in Denmark.

1954 Marius Iversen in the Canada, Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current
Marius Iversen. Birth Date: 1868. Death Date: 1954. Cemetery: Queens Park Cemetery and Mausoleum. Burial or Cremation Place: Calgary, Calgary Census Division (Calgary), Alberta, Canada. Has Bio?: N. Spouse: Anna Iversen. Children: Nora Anna Iversen.