Thoralf Skolmen (1889 - 1962)

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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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Birth


Kongsberg, BUSKERUD County, Norway

Death

at King George V Hospital,
RD Naidu Drive, Durban, Durban Metro County, KwaZulu-Natal ZA
Cause of death: Tuberculosis

Cause of death

Tuberculosis

Burial / Funeral

at Stellawood Cemetery,
Stellawood Rd, Berea, Durban Metro County, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa

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Family

Father: Kristian Skolmen
Siblings: Paal Brynjulf Skolmen and Ingeborg Skolmen

Spouse: Henninge Bolling Hillestad
Children with Henninge: Thorbjorn Christian Synnestvedt Skolmen and Marie Skolmen

Children: Marie Skolmen

Education

Kongsberg High School

Professions

Trading store manager

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Ethnicity

White

Nationality

Norway and South Africa

Religion

Lutheran

Gender

Male

Timeline

1889 - In the year that Thoralf Skolmen was born, on May 31st, the South Fork Dam collapsed. Located in western Pennsylvania, the dam failed - sending more than 20 million tons of water into the towns below it. The flood killed more than 2,200 people in and around Johnstown. The newly formed Red Cross responded to the disaster.

1905 - Thoralf was 16 years old when the first movie theater opened in the United States in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was the first theater to show nothing but movies - silent films. Two men, John P. Harris and his brother-in-law Harry Davis, opened the Nickelodeon on Smithfield Street - charging 5 cents for admission. The first day, 450 people watched movies at the new theater - on the second day, more than 1500 people stood in line to get in.

1917 - By the time he was 28 years old, the U.S. Virgin Islands were purchased from Denmark in January. While they are U.S. citizens, Virgin Islanders are ineligible to vote for the President of the United States.

1951 - By the time he was 62 years old, on April 5th, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (husband and wife) were sentenced to death for treason. They were executed on June 19th. American citizens, they were convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. Their two young sons were adopted by a high school teacher and his wife.

1962 - In the year of Thoralf Skolmen's passing, on August 5th, actress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe died in Brentwood California. She was ruled to have died from suicide due to a drug overdose. There has been controversy regarding the circumstances ever since, due to her relationships with Jack and Bobby Kennedy.

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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. His cause of death is listed as: tuberculosis. He was buried in Stellawood Cemetery, Berea, KwaZulu-Natal, 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 unknown spouse.

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