Aslak Gunderson was born in Telemark District Norway in 18- His wife Thoren was born at Kraagers in 1836.  Both were well educated in Norway for that time.  Their children who were to be educated in short term prairie schools were not to be as fortunate.  They immigrated to Baldwin, Wisconsin, United States of America, with their four oldest children, where they lived for about seven years.

They moved to Dakota where they took out a tree claim in southern Griggs Company in Greenfield Township in 1880.  They built the first frame house in this area.  The original house still stands on the same spot 1/4 mile south of Walum with modernization and a few changes made.  Floyd and wife Evelyn Fodgerud reside in the house at present.

Gunderson's daughter Minnie was the first white child born in Greenfield Township.  As Gunderson's home was situated on the main road, it became a stopping place or "Halfway House" for travelers and grain haulers from Cooper Ranch and other farms to the closest shipping point at Sanborn.  At Gunderson's, horses were cared for, travelers or teamsters were fed, given lodging when needed and sent on their way with a packed lunch for no remuneration.  We might insert here that Al Shue, foreman of Cooper Ranch, met Belle Gunderson here.  They were married and moved to Cooperstown until her death.  Both are buried in the Walum Cemetery.  They had two daughters, Belle and Nettie.

Gundersons had thirteen children.  Nine lived to grow up in North Dakota.  They are: 

  1. Betty
  2. Belle
  3. Gunder
  4. Peter
  5. Tillie
  6. George
  7. Edith
  8. Alice
  9. Minnie

Aslak owned and farmed the land where Walum stands.  He and his wife were Charter members of the Bald Hill Lutheran Church, later called St. Olaf, and he donated 4 acres of land for the church and cemetery.  Their children were all confirmed in the Lutheran faith.  They aided in organizing school, built cast of the road 1/2-1/4 mile south of their farm.  It was called the Gunderson School, often called "Happy Hollow" also.

Aslak Gunderson died in 1900 just as Walum was begun.  He had sold the land to his son, Peter.  His wife died in 1913.

Betsy married George Kins and moved to Montana where they raised a large family.  Histories of Peter and Gunder will be listed separately.

Tillie Gunderson married Nelson.  They had a daughter Alma, Deceased and Alan of Oregon Nelson died and his widow remarried John (Jack) Stewart.  They had two sons, Lester in Washington and Lori in Oregon.  Two daughters, Mrs. Belle Stewart Swan and Florence deceased.  Both lived in Canada where the Stewarts moved to farm and raise their family.

Georgine Gunderson married Walter (Larimore) of Hope, where they farmed.  They moved to Portal where they died.  They had several children.

Edith Gunderson married Sam Nickey who was a baseball player hired by the Cooperstown Baseball Team one season.  They moved to Montana and had three sons and one daughter.

Alice Gunderson married John Broton, parents of Glen Broten, still of Walum.

Minnie Gunderson married A. P. Jones - a colorful figure.

A. P. Jones taught in the Gunderson School or (Happy Hollow) for a two month summer term in 1897 in July and August for a salary of $35.00 per month.  His pupils and friends call him 'Apple Pie Jones'.  In 1900 he attended a summer session at a teachers college.

In 1901 he was assistant to Rearcik, editor of the Sentinel, a Cooperstown newspaper.  He soon became the editor until 1903.

Jones was an avid checker player and played checkers by mail.  He was Section to the North Dakota Checkers Club for several years.  He and Minnie Gunderson married in 1903 when he became a postal clerk on the Northern Pacific train on the run between Jamestown and Shelby, Montana.  They had four sons, two of whom grew to adulthood.

Gunder Gunderson was born in Norway, son of Aslak and Thoren Gunderson.  He came to Baldwin, Wisconsin as a small child.  In 1880 the family moved to Dakota where they took out a tree claim in south part of Griggs Company He married Ida Larson and purchased land south west of his father's home.  Here he and his wife built a home, which burned down.  In 1915 they moved to Modesto, California where he dealt in real estate.  He lived there till his death.  His wife, Ida lived to be 102 years old.  Their children: 

Mrs. Alpha Cummings, deceased.  Ira killed in a motor cycle accident, Mrs. Viola Crouch, Mrs. Berdella Johnson and Vernon all of Modesto, California

Source: Griggs County History 1879 - 1976 Page 176

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