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Bringedahl's of Calumet, Michigan

Updated November 9, 2000

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Lauritz Bringedahl and his wife Marie Viggen immigrated to Calumet Michigan from Trondheim, Norway in 1889. Lauritz left Trondheim a few months before his wife and 2 children. In September 1889, Marie (Viggen) Bringedahl and their 2 children, Lona, and Joaquim Gerhardt left Trondheim to join Lauritz. He came to Calumet, Mi., to work in the copper mines. His younger brother, Joseph, arrived in Calumet 2 years earlier. Documented; Joseph Bringedahl went to work at the Yellow Jacket mine in 1890 and worked through 1901. Lauritz Bringedahl went to work for the Hecla Mine in 1892 through 1904. Lauritz's son, Joaquim went to work at the age of 16, (1903) and Joseph's son, Toralf went to work at the age of 16 also (1901). They worked 7 days a week, 12 hour days, for $1.00 a day. In Calumet, Marie had four more children, Carl born aug. 1893, Benjamin born April 1897, and Ruth and Harriett (birth dates unknown). Joaquim Bringedahl left Calumet for the Pacific Northwest in 1905 where he went into the ministry. He married Emma Ericksen in Sept. 1912. Joaquim's first preacher's license was issued under the name of Jacob Bringedahl in Seattle, Wash. (Ballard). In October 1920, he changed his name to Jack G. Bringdale, and preached around the U. S. under that name in both English and Norwegian the remainder of his life.

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