Family following their dreams


The Mathisen family home as it was being razed.

Editor's Note: Desi Burrel's cousin Sigurd Mathisen provided a synopsis of the ownership of the family home by Norwegian immigrants who settled in Petersburg.

The Petersburg Weekly Report from October 26, 1917 stated "Mrs. A Ursin sold to Andrew Mathisen her residence property in the north end of town." The Ursins were direct relatives of Andrew's wife Anne Theodora, "Tora", whose maiden name was Ursin. She was the daughter of Laurits Solfest Ursin, and Anna Glasoe.

An interesting note, Laurit's farm at Leikvikhamn was forced for auction by the Trondeness bank after more than 100 years in thei...

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