Pedersen (the name on the ship's manifest) left Oslo on August 21 and
he arrived in the Port of New York (Ellis Island) on September 5, 1903.
Andrew was accompanying his brother's (Gilbert) wife, Alette and three
of their children. The
Cedric's manifest shows that Andreas listed his occupation as "painter"
(maler on the Norwegian records), age 26, married, and his "Final Destination"
as Walnut Grove, Minnesota. His place of residence is listed as "Cama".
The port of departure was listed as Liverpool, England – the Cedric's
final pickup become steaming off to the USA. It further states
that he was going to "join a relative or friend" in Walnut Grove by
the name of Johan.
can view a copy of the actual
manifest from the records at the Ellis Island website. You
may have to register and sign in to view the records – make certain
you click on the magnifier where it says "Click to enlarge manifest".
Andrew's wife, Gunhilda Marie would join him the following year along
with their two oldest sons, Leif Norman and Alf Reidar. Gunhilda
and the boys would arrive in Ellis Island aboard the same ship, the
Cedric on March 10,1904. View the
Andrew's Brother: Gilbert
brother, Gulbrand Pederson (name on the ship's manifest), arrived in
New York on July 10, 1903 abroad the Germanic and just a few weeks
before Andrew. The
manifest for the Germanic lists Gilbert as age 22, married, and
his occupation as a mason. He destination was Walnut Grove, Minnesota
to meet up with his brother-in-law, Iver Vikeu. His wife Alette
and the three children (Gudrin or Gertie, Solveigr or Sylvia, and Thorlief
or Ted) joined Gilbert in Walnut Grove a few weeks later - they traveled
with Andrew on the Cedric.
Gilbert most likely returned to Norway
with his family in 1904-05 and then returned to the U.S.A. permanently
in 1914 when he arrived with his now-expanded family of six children
aboard the Norwegian liner Kristianiafjord. View the
manifest of Kristianiafjord - the manifest shows that the
family had been in the U.S.A. before. Gilbert and his family moved
to Watertown, South Dakota (1914) and eventually settled in Tulsa, Oklahoma
in 1922. Alette passed away in 1932. Gilbert moved to California
in his later years and died there in 1955. You can visit the family
tree of Gilbert by clicking here.
The above information was obtained
from Patsy Nackerud-Aldridge, the granddaughter of Gilbert who resides
in Denver, Colorado. Patsy is the daughter of Rolf Harry Nackerud,
the fifth child of Gilbert and Alette.
For a heart-warming story about Aunt
Syl (the second child of Gilbert and Alette) by Connie Nackerud-Stevens
(the daughter of Rolf Harry Nackerud, the fifth child of Gilbert and
Alette) visit Aunt Syl. Connie's story
may bring a tear or two to your eyes. But more importantly, it
will make you proud to know you might have some of Aunt Syl's genes.
What Happened in 1903
When Andrew arrived in the USA in 1903,
here are some of the events and happenings taking place:
First "Model A" – (6/16/03) Henry Ford began selling
the "Model A" auto for $850. His goal was to manufacture reliable
cars at a price all could afford. His mass production methods would
soon change the automobile industry, and eventually the world.
The first transcontinental trip by automobile - San Francisco to
New York in 52 days - took place in
Messages Sent over Pacific Cable – (7/4/03)
President Theodore Roosevelt sent the first message across the
Pacific Cable. The message connected San Francisco and Manila.
Flyer Flies – (12/17/03) On December 17th, man's first
flight in a heavier-than-air vehicle occurred in Kitty Hawk, North
Carolina. The inventors were
Orville and Wilbur Wright. In the first flight, the plane flew
for 12 seconds for 120 feet.
– The population of the USA was 80,632,000. The cost
of a first-class stamp was two cents. Federal spending was
just over half a billion dollars. The population of Walnut Grove
was ?. In the 2000 census, Walnut Grove had 599 residents.
wins Nobel Prize for Literature – Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson,
(byörn'styernu byörn'sōn) 1832–1910, Norwegian writer and political
leader, was one of the major figures of Norwegian literature. He
was an influential journalist, who sought to revive Norwegian as
a literary language and championed the rights of the oppressed.
His celebrated Synnøve Solbakken (1857; first tr. 1881; Sunny Hill,
1932) was one of the first Norwegian novels. Bjørnson succeeded
his friend Ibsen as director of the Ole Bull Theater in Bergen (1857–59)
and then became involved in politics, fighting against Norwegian
amalgamation with Sweden and championing parliamentary democracy.
Bjørnson became national poet of Norway—one of his poems became
the national anthem—and reached his pinnacle as a lyric poet while
abroad in Europe (1860–63).