Christen & Inger Kvame

Christen Kvame was born in 1876 to Johne and Martha Kvame at Stavanger, Norway. Johne and Martha had eight children: Christen, Johan, Severin, Johne, Anna, Christ, Andrew, and Jon.


Christen came to the United States at the age of sixteen, in 1892. He came first to Buxton, North Dakota, where he worked out his fare. In 1900, he came to Granville on an immigrant car, taking out a homestead southwest of Granville in North Prairie Township 154, Range 80, Section 13. North Prairie Township is in McHenry County, North Dakota.

In 1911, he made a trip back to Norway to see his parents. He returned to his homestead and married Inger Arnestad in December 27, 1912.

Inger Arnestad was born on July 20, 1892 to Ole and Mette Arnestad in Madison, Wisconsin. Ole Arnestad had come from Rena, near Oslo, Norway. Mette had come from Stavanger, Norway. She had one brother, Hadle.

Mette and Ole had four children, two boys and two girls.

Christen and Inger had three children. Johne was born on October 30, 1913. Mathilda was born on August 29, 1915. Ellenor was born on June 5, 1919.

Christen Kvame died in April of 1935, and was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Minot, North Dakota.

Johne Kvame married Esther Anfinson from Denbigh on December 23, 1936 at the First Lutheran Church of Towner. Johne and Esther had three children: Jerome Estell, Diane Lee, and Donna Mae.

Johne was a sheep shearer, and he purchased land six miles east of Granville, which had previously been the Olaf Herbranson homestead. Later, he became a dairy farmer. He raised his family on his farm.

Mathilda married Archie Skarstad in August of 1938, at the Skenkjaer Lutheran Church in Simcoe. They had one child, Dennis.

Mathilda passed away in 1949, and is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Ellenor married Fred Salinger in Seattle, Washington. They had two children.

Inger remarried, to Elvin P. Christianson, in 1948.

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