Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Ruth Finnerud 1899-1980

Erling Breda Arctander Lange was married in Rugby, Pierce County, North Dakota, May 27, 1915, to Ruth Finnerud who was born in Christiania, (now Oslo) Norway, October 9, 1899. She was the daughter of grocer Hans Kristian Finnerud (1853 to 1908) and Karin Marie Hansen (born in 1875). Ruth went to America on February 21, 1913 on the Hellig Olav and arrived at Ellis Island, New York, on March 5, 1913. The Hellig Olav had 10,085 gross tons, one funnel, two masts, twin screw, and a top speed of 15 knots. Accommodations for 130 first class, 140-second class and 1,400 third class passengers. Built by A. Stephen & Sons, Glasgow, she was launched for the Scandinavia-American Line of Copenhagen on December 16, 1902. Her maiden voyage started on March 25, 1903 when she sailed from Copenhagen for Christiania (Oslo), Christiansand and New York. In 1922 her accommodation became cabin and third class only, and in 1927 became cabin, tourist and third class. Her last voyage started September 6, 1931 from Copenhagen to Oslo, New York, Christiansand, Oslo and Copenhagen and she was then laid up until 1933 when she was scrapped at Blyth, Northumberland, England.

Ruth lived as an indentured servant with her cousin, John Lund, in Rugby, North Dakota, until her marriage.

In 1962 Ruth Lange applied for U. S. Citizenship and received a Certificate of Naturalization number 7800194 on June 7, 1962. In researching Ruth Finnerud’s trip from Norway to USA, I discovered her passenger records and the ship manifest records from Ellis Island and learned that Ruth was born in 1899 and that she was only 14 years old when she arrived in 1913.

Ruth died on February 18, 1980 in Grand Rapids, Itasca, Minnesota. She is buried with her husband Earl Lange at Harris Cemetery, Harris Township, Itasca, Minnesota. The plot number is

My Sources are from my database, ship passenger records, ship manifest records, Lange Book 1917, birth, marriage, and death certificates.

Copyright © 2009 by Gus J. Marsh

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