Thomas Gilbertson

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gilbertson

Thomas Gilbertson was born in Hadeland, Norway, on September 28, 1853. At the age of eighteen, he came to the United States and worked in Iowa and Wisconsin for some years. On July 5, 1881, he was united in marriage to Mary Nordengen at Barnesville, Minnesota. She was born on November 5, 1863 in Hadeland, Norway, coming to Minnesota when she was eighteen years old.

Following their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbertson lived at Barnesville, Minnesota for a few years, then moved to Pelican Rapids, and later to Rothsay, Minnesota. In 1899, they moved to Enderlin, North Dakota, where he farmed.

In 1904, he took a homestead claim fifteen miles southwest of Ryder, on the farm that was later owned by Ole Lunden. Earl Pederson, a grandson of the Gilbertson's, owned the land in 1967, when the Roseglen Golden Jubilee book was published.

In 1914, the Gilbertson family moved to Ryder, where they remained until Mr. Gilbertson's death in 1928. Mrs. Gilbertson passed away in 1939.

Mr. Gilbertson was the Roseglen mail carrier from 1911 to 1926.

Fourteen children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Gilbertson, although five died when they were young. Their daughters included Mrs. Julia Lunden, Mrs. Alice Granum, Mrs. Mabel Anderson, Mrs. Bessie Hove, Mrs. Anna Anderson, and Mrs. Ida Seeley. Their sons were Ernest, LeRoy, and Albin.