Thorvald Brekke was born at Brekken, in Randalen, Norway. He married Inger Stubjoen from Kvinke, Norway.

The Brekkes, with three children immigrated to the United States in 1907. They first went to Warwick, North Dakota, and in 1907 to Blabon.

When the Great Northern branchline was built between Casselton and Devils Lake, Mr. Brekke worked for that railroad. In 1921, the section boundaries on the railroad were lengthened, causing the foremen to be transferred. As a result the family moved to Guthrie, and in 1925 to Hatton. In 1936 he was transferred to Mayville where they lived until retirement.

The Brekkes had eight children.

1.     Three were born in Norway: Clara,

2.     Gudrun, and

3.      Magne.

4.     Five were born in Blabon: Esther,

5.     Margaret,

6.     Walter,

7.     Thelma, and

8.     Clarence.

Clara (Mrs. Russell Arnold) became a Public Health Nurse and worked for thirty years with the Los Angeles Board of Education. They had one son.

Magne worked for the railroad in North Dakota. He passed away in 1969. They had 3 children.

Gudrun (Mrs. Ole Norgaard) taught school for many years in North Dakota and in California. They have a daughter, Ingrid, Mrs. Peter Woken.

Esther (Mrs. Glen Clemetson) was a teacher in California. They have four children.

Margaret (Mrs. Kermit B. Bye), Hatton, has three children.

Walter went on to become the seventh president of the largest wholesale hardware firm west of the Mississippi, The California Hardware Company. He held this position from 1967 until his death in 1979.

Thelma (Mrs. Herman Iverson) is on the faculty of the Hatton Public School. They have 2 children.

Clarence is an accountant for Dodge-Pontiac Company in Devils Lake, North Dakota. He has two children.

The five Brekke sisters have contributed approximately 187 years of service in the field of education.

After Mr. Brekke's retirement, they spent the winters in California and the summers in Hatton. Mrs. Brekke passed away in 1953 at the age of 76 and Mr. Brekke passed away in 1976 at the age of 96. Surviving at that time were seven of his eight children, 18 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren.

Submitted by Margaret Bye

Source: Hope Through the Century - Hope, North Dakota 1882-1982 Page 371

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