In our cemetery here at Flom, Minnesota we have an Amund P. Mahlum/Mellum buried. He was born in Ã˜yer, Oppland, Norway. He emigrated to America in 1888 with his wife Sigrid Amundsdatter and their 5 children:
Peter Anton b.1873
I am searching for descendants of Amund. In Richland County of North Dakota the following was found. This Peter was born in 1873 and emigrated in 1888 according to 1900 census records.
MAHLUM, Peter: Richland County History, 1977, Page 236
Peter A. Mahlum, the oldest of ten children at the age of 15; he came with his parents from Norway to Belgrade, MN. He worked very hard for a meager $15 a month, in the woods, at Blackduck, Bemidge and International Falls. He was happy to earn money and bought a cow and oxen team for his parents with his first wages.
He was fortunate not to contract the Black Plague when it came for as many as four or five in a family died. The doctors had no cure at that time.
He then came to Hankinson, and took out citizenship papers in 1889 with Charley Paulson and Rinaldo Moen as witness.
He homesteaded 80 acres in Elma Township. Here he met and married Gunhild Ostrom of Elbow Lake, MN. He built a shanty home, made a table and had apple boxes for chairs. They had eight children, one dying in infancy.
The weather made life harder. One tornado I remember took our hayrack and set it on top of the trees. It then blew down Gust Schults barn and lifted John Stengerâ€™s new barn off the foundation. Thirty head of cattle stood intact but one colt was carried a mile unhurt. The snowstorms were something to howl about. Often they strung ropes from house to barn to feed and water animals. Dad took us in a sleigh to school on stormy days. Often we walked six miles a day to and from school. Our schoolmates were: Kinns, Paulsons, Klars,
Strevgers, Baisleys and Littles.
We drove seven miles with horses to church every Sunday, the Brandbold Church near Anton Dahl home.
Mother passed away in 1911 and the following year Dad married Thora Thorkveen. They had seven more children and 12 of us are still living.
Dad sold out in 1918, and moved to Kalispell MT. He bought 109-acre farm and lived here until he was 82. He then move to town and kept his drivers license until age 97 so he could hunt and fish.
His second wife passed away at 89 still very active and alert. Dad lived until he was 99 alone until the last year.
Dad and mother had good health and many happy times. Both dearly loved company and the coffeepot was always on with everyone welcome. Written by Alma Mahlum Lloyd.