Erickson-Hofstad Photo Collection

Mother (Frances Erickson) and I scanned a collection of photos that she had gathered from Gunhild Erickson. Mother's help was invaluable. She was so helpful in being able to identify, people, places, events, etc. The notes gathered from mother will be added later. Please overlook any spelling or grammar until I have more time to proof. I will be adding the nearly 200 photos as time permits.

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Erickson (Kjebekk)-Hofstad Family



Photo 098

Tom (Kjebekk) Erickson, Gunhild (Hofstad) Erickson
Harvey Erickson, Allen Erickson and Edith Erickson (Goodspeed)

This is the original log home on the Erickson Homestead. Tom was formally allowed to homestead on April 26, 1916. Notice of Allowance His claim was formally granted by President Woodrow Wilson on May 22, 1920. Claim Grant

Photo 100

Tom and Gunhild's new home built in 1936.

Photo 004

This is Dewy Peterson. Harvey Erickson is on the right.

A written note on this photo indicates that it was taken in 1947.

There was a log barn in addition to the log home. It is difficult to say for sure if this is the barn or the home.

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L: Allen Erickson
R: Harvey Erickson

It is neat that Dad has his arm around the cow.

I believe that Dad and Harvey are standing by the old log barn.

We don't have a good picture of the log barn. I do remember when dad moved the hay shed from his farm to the homestead. I remember watching dad, grandpa and others mixing cement for the corner posts and those along each side. Although I don't specifically remember the log barn, I believe it was raised and pushed down the hill to the east to make room for thee hay shed. The reason I am almost sure of this is because I specifically remember playing on the logs and roof material. I remember an old tom cat that made his home under the remains of the log barn.

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Edith and Allen. Can't tell which is which.

In the background is a wood shed and pile of wood.

There is some type of implement to the right of the wood pile. This and photo number 093 shows the enormous amount of wood it took to heat their home.

While living on the homestead, we continued to heat the home with wood. I remember dad would bring hay wagon home piled with wood. I can't remember if Dean and Dennis were big enough to help but it was our job to throw the wood through the basement window on the west side of the house. I remember stacking the wood in the furnace room. Dad kept the furnace going throughout the winter. Occasionally mother and I put wood on the fire.

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This is Allen and Edith. Although it is not easy to tell for sure, it appears that this is Gunhild holding the twins.

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This is Art and Anna Erickson holding the the twins Edith and Allen.

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Allen, Edith, (?) and Gunhild

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Allen and Edith, not sure who they are sitting with.

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Allen, Edith and Harvey

Not sure yet who the adult and child are yet.

Photo 91

Gunhild, Allen, Edith and Harvey

Photo 94

(?), Gunhild, Allen, Edith

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Allen. Both this picture and the next one shows a newer addition to the log cabin.

Photo 82

Tom, LR: Allen and Edith.

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LR: Allen and Edith

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Edith and Allen

Photo 101

Front Allen and Edith in the middle. Ardean Aakhus in the back Not sure yet who other two are.

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Allen and Edith on the right. Not sure yet who we have on the left.

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Allen and Edith. Not sure yet who the other four are.

Photo 086

Allen and Edith

Photo 108

Allen and Edith

Photo 093

Allen and Edith. Notice they have their arms around each other. Heating the home.

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Harvey and Allen

Photo 105

Family dog. It would be fun to know the name.

Photo 103

Allen and his dog.

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Tom, Gunhild, Harvey, Allen and Edith.

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Photo 102

Front row, Allen (Second the right) and Edith left.

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Edith, back row, third from the right.

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Edith (3rd row)and Allen (2nd row), partially hidden, just right of center.

Photo 119

(?) and Allen

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Tom, Gunhild, Harvey, Edith and Allen.

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Photo 121

Harvey, Edith, Allen, Tom and Gunhild.

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Allen, Harvey and Edith

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(?) Allen

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Edith, Harvey and Allen

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Edith and Allen

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Edith and Allen

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Allen and Harvey

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Allen, Edith and (?)

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(?) Edith and Allen

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Gunhild and Tom

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Allen and Edith

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Allen, Tom, Gunhild, Harvey and Edith

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Edith, Gunhild, Tom and Allen

Photo 161

Edith, Bergit Anderson, Allen and Tom

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Photo 123

Back Row: Harvey, Allen and Bill Elstad
Front Row: Joan, Edith, Jean, Gunhild and Edna Peterson

I neeed to make sure I have Joan and Jean identified correctly

Photo 139

Back Row: Harvey and Dewy Peterson
Front Row: Joan, Jean, Edith, and Edna Peterson

I neeed to make sure I have Joan and Jean identified correctly

The Homestead

Photo 112

Allen, Harvey and Edith. Neat that Allen and Edith are each holding a kitten. The haystacks in the background are amazing.

Photo 113

LR: Allen, Not sure yet, Tom and Harvey

Photo 118

This is Allen standing in front of the brooder house which was still in use for storage when our family move to the Twin Cities.

Photo 111

Allen and Harvey. This photo and photo 112 shows the enormous amount of hay that was put up to feed the cattle.

Photo 127

Tom  and I believe Harvey with his team of horses. I don't remember seeing feed bags on horses too often. I think Tom took very good care of his animals. I know dad took very good care of his farm animals.

Photo 128

Another close-up of Tom, his team and the dog.

Photo 125

Tom's turkeys. It appears to be Allen and Harvey standing next to the horse.

Photo 130

Tom's cattle.

Photo 124

This photo was taken from the area near the house looking across the river. You see Tom's cattle grazing near the river. The Halvor Aakhus farm is in the background beyond the river.

Photo 129

Tom is milking one of his cows and making sure the cats have some to drink.

Photo 104

Family dog. It would be fun to know the name.

Photo 106

This is the new home. It appears that the porch is either under construction or being removed.  Note the 100 lb propane cylinder under the kitchen window. This was for the kitchen stove and the water heater. The home had running water that was supplied by a cistern  and electric pump. I need to add my experience with the cistern pump. The well house was about 100 yards east of the house. I don't know if we have a picture of the well house. After mother and dad move into the home, they had mother's dad Floyd drill a well next to the south side of the house at the southeast corner. Comment on the upstairs in the garage.

Photo 162

This is the new home with the front porch removed and new siding. It looks like the awning over the front door and side door has been started. Note the building in the background behind the garage near the trees. I remember playing in the upstairs. For some reason there were a lot of empty tin cans. I remember specifically playing with a syrup can. The ground floor was used as a shelter for dad's sheep. I had the unpleasant task of helping dad remove the lamb's tails. There was another unpleasant task that I won't elaborate on for now.

Photo 037

See photo 162. I need to describe the layout of basement, main floor and upstairs.

Photo 001

I am not sure if this is the barn that dad moved onto the homestead. This barn is very similar. The building next to the barn escapes my memory. In this picture, the grainery should be visible.

I will need to do some more research on this.


Photo 38

Tom and Gunhild's home in Effie.

Photo 163

Tom and Gunhild's home in Effie.

Photo 039

Gunhild and Tom, Friedheim Lutheran Church, Effie, MN.

Photo 072

Gunhild and Tom. This was taken in their home in Effie.


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Deer Hunting

Photo 117

Allen and Harvey. Tom and Gunhild often hosted deer hunters. More on this later.

Photo 015

This is Dad using his "Farmhand" hay loader to move the deer or lift it high enough to hang from a cross beam on the barn. Normally the "Farmhand" was used to move and stack hay.

Photo 016

I don't have a description for this photo yet. Certainly some nice deer.

Highway 38

Photo 010

Continental Divide on Highway 38.

Photo 071

While working for the Minnesota State Highway Department, Tom maintained Highway 38 from Effie to Day Lake. Tom often referred to this as his highway.

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