Hans Edward Issacson, came over from Norway in 1882, and stayed at his aunts place in Iowa. (Aunt Hanna Syverson)...later he then went to Minnestota. He then married a girl named Gertrud Marie Skaar, in 1886. They had 10 children in total. 1)Ida Josephine 2)Oscar Merriam (my great grandfather) 3)George Howard 4)Marie Berthea 5)Clarence Edwin 6)Laura Mathilda 7)Agnes Florence Margaret 8)Pearl Irene 9)gladys Evelyn 10)Walter Eugene His wife Died in 1919. He eventually moved to California, i believe, and died in 1942.