Severt Melheim was born on July 18, 1891, in Norway. The story is that he came over on the Lusitania in 1910 as an indentured servant. He was supposedly an orphan who took the last name of Melheim, probably from the farm he worked on in Norway. “Melheim” means “the farm in the middle.” His patronymic (or father-name) last name may have been Olesson, which means “son of Ole,” which would indicate his father’s given name was Ole. He married Ella J. Nord on Nov. 7, 1915 in ND. Ella was born on May 22, 1894, in North Dakota, the daughter of Alfred Swenson Nord and Christine Serine (Batalden) Nord. Severt and Ella were grain farmers in York Township, Benson Co., North Dakota. They had eight children, all born in ND: - Mathilda C. Melheim, born April 25, 1916 - Arnold C. Melheim, born Sept. 18, 1917 - Gladys Irene Melheim, born Nov. 20, 1918 in Mayville - Edith S. Melheim, born Nov. 26, 1921 - Sigurd J. Melheim, born Jan. 12, 1923 in York; died 2001 - Clifford A. Melheim, born May 2, 1924 - Chester Melheim, born Dec. 4, 1925 - Elmer Melheim, born in 1932 The entire Severt Melheim family moved to Oregon after WWII, in 1945 or 1946. Severt and Ella bought a small farm outside of Albany, raised a few cows and grew a few crops. His son Sigurd was my husband's father. Would be interested in sharing info with any relatives, etc.