Some fellow researchers found a family in the Oslo area that matches our Ernst's family (the number of kids, etc) and are thinking that the family name is Rosenlund. Our question is are there any Rosenlund descendants that know of a missing great-grand uncle? born about 1887-1889.
Our Ernest (Ernst) Hans Larsen(As we know his name) Born March 6, 1889 in Oslo (Kristiania), Norway (per Naturalization papers). WW I Draft papers show DOB Mar 6, 1887. Death Certificate show DOB 3/6/1888. Died July 23, 1956, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California (CA), USA Father: John or Johannes Larsen, Born ~1850 (guess), Oslo??Death Certificate shows father as Hans. Mother: Mary or Maria, Maren (Walden or Valden?), Born ~ 1850 Oslo?Death Certificate shows mother as Christine. Per his writings Ernst youngest of 8 brothers and 1 sister (no names ever given). Family operated a family farm near Oslo.
Ernst used to spend the summers working on his uncle’s nursery in Riga, Latvia. His uncle was also his Godfather. Could this uncle be a Walden?Did not need a passport to travel to and from Riga per Norway State Archives.
Ernst jumped on the Latvian ship “Roma” during the summer of 1902-4 out of Riga and was never in contact with his family again.
1902-1904 to 1911 as a sailor. Traveled to England, South America, Australia, and finally the USA.
Based upon his writings these are the areas he went: Riga to Middlesborough; Middlesborough to Norway for a cargo of ice then to Plymouth England; Plymouth to Richibucto, Canada with a cargo of salt for the French fishing ships; Richibucto to Demerana, British Guiana; Demerana to Georgetown, British Guiana for a load of hardwood to take back to Liverpool, England; (Note: he states his 3 year hitch is up at this point.) Ernst got on a 3 masted ship going to Hamburg, Germany; A week later he signed onto an "English 4 masted full-rigged ship (one of the largest in Britain with a crew of 40 sailors, plus officers & students). "Hamburg, Germany "around the Horn" to Santa Rosalia, Lower California, Mexico. Trip took 186 days! Santa Rosalia to Newcastle, New South Wales (56 day trip); Worked at a "big Packing House several miles out of Newcastle for several weeks. Worked for a while for a railroad draining swamp land for 28 days. Sailed on same ship from Newcastle to Valparaiso, Chile; Several weeks later signed up for a 3 year hitch on a German Steamer "Burgermaster Hackman." departed Valparaiso, Chile to Sydney Australia for a load of frozen lamb for England. Trip took 54 days and stayed in a "clean boarding house with a cafe and dance hall below." Ten days later signed up for a 3 masted sailing vessel leaving for San Francisco (FM Slade).
He jumped ship in San Francisco entered the USA 22 February 1911and worked in various shipyard and lumber mills and became a chef. 1920 & 1930 census shows him as a chef in the Los Angeles area. Became an accomplished Chef and worked at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA, The Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco, CA and the Wawona Hotel in Yosemite Valley, CA. Passed away in Los Angeles, CA July 23, 1956.