Bjarne Ourom (1886 - 1972)



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Bjarne had a good life. When he retired, he built a house about two kilometers from the center of Våler, where he went skiing in the winter till he was in the eighties. He had his own potatoes at his land. The whole family were quite often gathered at the house "Solbu" for great times. There were his daughters Ruth and Synnøve and their husbands with their 4 children and his son, Knut Paul with his wife and their daughter. Bjarnes wife was real good at cooking. Her name was Karen, and she was more quiet than Bjarne, who was a very social and talkative and laughing person. As grandparents they were the best. When Bjarne asked his grandchildren for services as painting some walls or participate in the harvest, fruits, vegetables and potatoes, he always paid us generously. He was proud of us, and he cared a lot about us. He was not afraid of telling us what not do to when we were teen-agers.

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in Øvre Rendal, Rendalen County, Hedmark Norge


on in Våler County, Hedmark Norge
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Father: Knut J. (Hong) Ourom
Mother: Sigrid Ellevold
Siblings: Ivar Ourom, Johannes Ourom, Gudrun Ourom (Høye), Erling Ourom, Magne Aurom (Ourom), Peter N. Ourom, Knut S. Ourom, and Sigmund Ourom

Wife: Karen (Risberget) Ourom
Children with Karen: Knut Paul Ourom, Ruth , and Synnøve


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Teacher at Nordhagen and Stræte schools in Våler i Solør, Hedmark


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1886 - In the year that Bjarne Ourom was born, on May 4th, a general strike began in Chicago. Workers were striking for an 8 hour workday and in protest of the killing - by police - of several workers the day before. When an unknown person threw a dynamite bomb, the strike became violent. Seven policemen were killed as well as 4 civilians. It became known as the Haymarket Riot and eventually resulted in an 8 hourwork day as well as commemorations on May 1st for worker's rights.

1914 - At the age of 28 years old, Bjarne was alive when President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother's Day, the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers. Anna Jarvis had championed a Mother's Day for years but Congress had joked a few years earlier that then they would have to proclaim a "Mother-in-law's Day" as well. The President who championed a woman's right to vote also created a day in their honor.

1926 - By the time he was 40 years old, on October 31st, Harry Houdini died in Michigan. Houdini was the most famed magician of his time and perhaps of all time, especially for his acts involving escapes - from handcuffs, straitjackets, chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, and more. He was president of the Society of American Magicians and stringently upheld professional ethics. He died of complications from a ruptured appendix. Although he had received a blow to the area a couple of days previously, the connection between the blow and his appendicitis is disputed.

1967 - By the time he was 81 years old, on October 2nd, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first black US Supreme Court justice. Marshall was the great-grandson of a slave and graduated first in his class at Howard University Law School. His nomination to the Supreme Court was approved by the Senate, 69 to 11.

1972 - In the year of Bjarne Ourom's passing, on June 17th, 5 men were arrested by police in an attempt to bug the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington D.C.’s Watergate hotel. The burglars were found to be paid by cash from a slush fund used by the Committee for the Re-Election of the President - the official organization of President Nixon's campaign.

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Bjarne Ourom, father to 3 children, died on September 20, 1972 in Hedmark Norge at 86 years of age. His family lists the cause of death as: age. Bjarne was born on June 24, 1886 in Øvre Rendal, Hedmark Norge. He was born to Knut J. (Hong) Ourom and Sigrid Ellevold, with siblings Ivar, Johannes, Gudrun, Erling, Magne, Peter, Knut, and Sigmund. He married Karen Risberget. and they gave birth to Knut Paul Ourom, Ruth , and Synnøve . We know that Bjarne Ourom had been residing in Våler County, Hedmark Norge.

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