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The whole fam damily

July 29, 2013 - Karin Elton
My Kjorness/Churness family reunion Saturday was fun except for the fall-like temperatures were disappointing. We couldn’t sit outside and enjoy looking at the hosts’ gorgeous array of flowers.

My sister relayed the story which my dad has told before of how Sarah married Engebret “E.K” Kjorness and they had six sons before he died at age 43. Engebret’s brother. Knut, was living with them at the time and Sarah married him and had six more sons. Engebret was my dad’s grandfather. Nine lived to adulthood. The law of primogeniture in Norway pushed the younger sons to seek their fortune in America.

I thought I hadn’t met the relative whose father changed the family’s name to Churness when they moved to California, but I had met him 20 years ago. He brought a video made from that time. I had an 8-year-old son and a two-month-old baby. It was fun for that 20-year-old to see himself as a babe.

One cousin, Paula, told the story of how her cohort cousin, Dorene, my sister, told her if she crumbled up a leaf and put it under her pillow for five days, she would get the doll that she wanted. We’ll never know if it would have worked because Paula’s mother, Aggie, changed the bedding soon after. What must she have thought when she saw leaves under her daughter’s pillow?


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Jul-30-13 5:38 AM

Primogeniture. My vocabulary word for the rest of the week!


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