Paul Øvergaard (1869 - 1957)

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Paul Øvergaard
1869 - 1957
October 18, 1869
Romedal, Stange County, Hedmark Norway
October 13, 1957
Romedal, Stange County, Hedmark Norway
Paul Øvergaard was born on October 18, 1869 in Romedal, Hedmark Norway. According to his family tree, Paul was father to 4 children. He married Oliv (Schøyen) Øvergaard, and they had children Karen (Øvergaard) Ekkeren, Ole Øvergaard, Helge Øvergaard, and Odd Øvergaard. He died on October 13, 1957 in Romedal, Hedmark Norway at age 87.
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Paul Øvergaard got the King's Medal of Merit in gold in 1946. He was a farmer at the farm Skøien which his wife had inherited. He sat as a member of Hedmark Agricultural Society Board, and for some periodes as the leader of the board, and he was a teacher at the Jønsberg agricultural college.
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Randi Thommessen commented on May 30, 2015
From Romedal local history book: "Here on this farm the women - at least from 1830 onwards, have entered so significantly into the limelight that it is not possible to get past. They have been more than adept and have known joy from standing at the helm. Kristine Olsdatter did not give up the farm as long as she lived. Karen Kristoffersdatter was not less skillfull than her mother in law, and after her death in 1879, she was probably the one who made the decisions. Karen Schøyen did not give away the authority over the farm as long as she lived. Her daughter Oliv got married early 1899 to Paul Øvergaard from Stange; but Karen Schøyen retained the authority over the farm. Oliv Olsdatter Øvergaard was in all her ways and manners an example of good, old Norwegian farming culture. With psychic memory she could tell about life in ages gone by, - at work and celebrations, in grief and joy. She had rich tradition to draw upon, and she kept them up with style and hospitality. Her spiritual vitality she kept to the last. Those who heard her tell stories will never forget the nice, lovable old lady.»


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Father to 4 children, he died on October 13, 1957 in Romedal, Hedmark Norway at age 87. Paul Øvergaard was born on October 18, 1869 in Romedal, Hedmark Norway. According to his family tree, he married Oliv (Schøyen) Øvergaard, and they had children Karen (Øvergaard) Ekkeren, Ole Øvergaard, Helge Øvergaard, and Odd Øvergaard.

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In 1869, in the year that Paul Øvergaard was born, on March 4th, Ulysses S. Grant became the 18th President of the United States. Previously a Union General, Grant beat the Democrat candidate, Horatio Seymour, 52.7% to 47.3% in the general vote.

In 1886, at the age of 17 years old, Paul was alive when on June 13th, the "Great Vancouver Fire" destroyed most of Vancouver, British Columbia. A small brush fire got out of control and spread to the rest of the city. Dozens of people died and it was only after the fire that money was raised for a fire hall. The local Squamish tribe rescued people who had jumped into bodies of water to escape the conflagration.

In 1890, at the age of 21 years old, Paul was alive when on July 3rd, Idaho became the 43rd state in the United States. On July 10th, Wyoming became the 44th state.

In 1914, when he was 45 years old, in June, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated by a Yugoslavian national. Austria-Hungary delivered an ultimatum to Serbia. Other major powers took sides - and World War I began: Austria declared war on Serbia; Germany on Russia and France; Britain on Germany . . . and on it went until most of the world was embroiled in the war.

In 1957, in the year of Paul Øvergaard's passing, on September 24th, the "Little Rock Nine" (nine African-American students) entered Little Rock High School. Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus had previously prevented the students from entering the school at the beginning of the term with the Arkansas National Guard - they blocked the door. President Eisenhower ordered federal troops - the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army - to guard the students and allow them entry.

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