Thoralf Skolmen (1889 - 1962)

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Thoralf Skolmen
1889 - 1962
updated February 06, 2019
Thoralf Skolmen, father to 3 children, was born on June 11, 1889 in Kongsberg, Norway. He was born to Kristian Skolmen, with siblings Paal and Ingeborg. He married Henninge Bolling Hillestad, and they gave birth to Thorbjorn Christian Synnestvedt Skolmen and Marie Skolmen. He was the parent of Marie Skolmen with an unknown spouse. Thoralf died on July 4, 1962 at King George V Hospital, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal ZA at 73 years of age.

Thoralf emigrated from Norway to South Africa in July 1909 and worked in Zululand, he was friends with the Hillestad family who were neighbors to him in Kongsberg. The Hillestad family had been in South Africa a few years before Thoralf arrived and he ended up marrying the eldest daughter, Henninge Bolling Hillestad and having two children: Thorbjorn Christian Synnestvedt Skolmen and Marie Skolmen. All the current Skolmens in South Africa are descendants of Thoralf Skolmen.

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Thoralf Skolmen was born on in Kongsberg, BUSKERUD County, Norway


Thoralf Skolmen died on at King George V Hospital, RD Naidu Drive, in Durban, Durban Metro County, KwaZulu-Natal ZA 4091

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at Stellawood Cemetery, Stellawood Rd, in Berea, Durban Metro County, KZN South Africa 4075



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Norway and South Africa



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Kongsberg High School


Trading store manager

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Kristian Skolmen
Mar 26, 1863 - Nov 16, 1946


Paal Brynjulf Skolmen
Apr 13, 1891 - Jan 3, 1981
Ingeborg Skolmen
May 26, 1897 - Oct 20, 1967

Thoralf Skolmen & Henninge Bolling Hillestad




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Thoralf Skolmen, father to 3 children, died on July 4, 1962 at King George V Hospital, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal ZA at age 73. He was buried in Stellawood Cemetery, Berea, KZN South Africa. He was born on June 11, 1889 in Kongsberg, Norway. He was born to Kristian Skolmen, with siblings Paal and Ingeborg. Thoralf married Henninge Bolling Hillestad, and they gave birth to Thorbjorn Christian Synnestvedt Skolmen and Marie Skolmen. He had Marie Skolmen with an unlisted partner.
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In 1889, in the year that Thoralf Skolmen was born, on March 4th, Benjamin Harrison became the 23rd President of the United States. His grandfather, William Henry Harrison, was the 9th President of the United States. His father, John Scott Harrison - son of William Henry - was in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In 1892, by the time he was merely 3 years old, on August 4th, the father and stepmother of Lizzie Borden were found murdered. Lizzie was accused of the crime and on June 20th of the next year, she was acquitted of murder by a jury. But she was never acquitted in the public mind.

In 1909, Thoralf was 20 years old when explorer Robert Peary, a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, claimed to have been the first to have reached the geographic North Pole. His claim has been disputed for over a century - some say that he ended up 60 miles from the North Pole. Peary was the only navigator on his team and he didn't submit his records for public review.

In 1937, Thoralf was 48 years old when on May 6th, the German zeppelin the Hindenburg caught fire and blew up. The Hindenburg was a passenger ship traveling to Frankfurt Germany. It tried to dock in New Jersey, one of the stops, and something went wrong - it blew up. Thirty-six people were killed out of the 97 on board - 13 passengers, 22 crewmen, and one ground worker. The reasons for the explosion are still disputed.

In 1962, in the year of Thoralf Skolmen's passing, lasting from October 16th - 28th, the Cuban Missile Crisis was the closest that the United States and the Soviet Union came to nuclear war. The Soviet Union had been installing a nuclear missile base in Cuba. The United States established a blockade to stop the base from being completed. Through secret negotiations, war was averted: the Soviet Union agreed to dismantle their weapons in Cuba and the United States agreed to never invade Cuba and to dismantle weapons in Turkey and Italy.

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