Magnar Strand - Autobiography, 1857-1990  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Magnar Strand
Magnar Strand - Autobiography
1857-1990 (inclusive)
1 file (1 folder), ( )  :   ; 
Collection Number
OPV mss_5 (collection)
An autobiography of Magnar Strand, a Norwegian immigran
Pacific Lutheran University, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Avenue South
Tacoma, Washington
Telephone: 253-535-7586
Fax: 253-535-7315
Access Restrictions

The autobiography is available for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Magnar Strand was born on 9 July 1910 to Anne and Lars Strand. Anne was the third child in her family and was born in 1882 to Synnove and Anders Ulvund. Magnar was the fifth of eleven children born to Anne and Lars. When he was sixteen, Magnar left his grandparents farm to work, and at the age of nineteen he emigrated from Norway to Canada. He traveled all around Canada, and worked in various occupations, often living as a hobo. In 1934, he returned to Norway and worked as an apprentice to a tailor. After four years of working, World War II began and Norway was invaded by the Nazis in 1940. This began five years of German occupation in Norway, during which Magnar worked for the underground forces. When the war ended, he worked from 1945 to 1947 as a sailor for the Norwegian Merchant Marines. During this time, Magnar traveled all over the world, and had the opportunity to visit many countries. He became a legal immigrant to the U. S. in September of 1948. Here, he began work in the fishing trade and met a woman named Astrid Kasen. Magnar and Astrid were married in July of 1949, and they had a daughter, Karen, in 1950, and a son, David, in 1952. During this time, Magnar continued fishing, and worked at Fishers Flouring Mills during the winters. He became a legal American citizen in July of 1951, and following this, he took a reunion trip to Canada in 1951, and several trips to Norway beginning in 1959. Magnar was first diagnosed with Angina in1961, and was later diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 1989. Despite his health problems, he enjoyed many activities after retirement from Fishers, including volunteering, swimming, traveling, church, visiting friends, and spending time with his family. Magnar Strand died on 22 June 1990 of cancer and is remembered for his adventurous and cheerful personality.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection consists of Magnar Strand’s autobiography written and published in 1990. The booklet was created as a part of the Write Your Life course at Seattle Community College and contains information on Magnar’s birth and early years, emigrations from Norway to Canada, back to Norway, and finally to the U.S., occupations, family life, personality, and activities.

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Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Archives and Special Collections Department at Pacific Lutheran University. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish or quote from (the collection) must be submitted to the University Archivist. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

The Magnar Strand Autobiography, The Scandinavian Immigrant Experience, OPVSIEmss_5, Archives and Special Collections, Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Avenue South, Tacoma, WA 98447

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Norway--Emigration and immigration
  • Norwegian Americans
  • Scandinavian Americans
  • Sons of Norway (U.S.) Leif Erikson Lodge No. 1 (Seattle,Wash.)
  • Personal Names :
  • Bergem, Anders
  • Røkkum, Lars
  • Strand, Astrid
  • Strand, Gunvor
  • Strand, Karen
  • Strand, Magnar--Archives
  • Strand, Ragna
  • Strand, Reider
  • Strand, Sverre
  • Strand, Synnove
  • Ullvund, Anne
  • Ullvund, Synnove
  • Corporate Names :
  • Fisher Flouring Mills Company
  • Ballard Baptist Church (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Foss Home (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Sons of Norway (U.S.) Leif Erikson Lodge No. 1 (Seattle,Wash.)
  • Family Names :
  • Strand Family
  • Ullvund Family
  • Geographical Names :
  • British Columbia
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Tingvoll (Norway)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Autobiography
  • Occupations :
  • Fishers