Inga Amanda Treland Nakkerud Oral History Interview, 1981  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Nakkerud, Inga Amanda Treland
Title
Dates
1981 (inclusive)
Quantity
2 file folders
1 sound cassette
2 compact discs
Collection Number
t058
Summary
An oral history interview with Inga Amanda Treland Nakkerud, a Norwegian immigrant.
Repository
Pacific Lutheran University, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Avenue South
Tacoma, Washington
98447
Telephone: 253-535-7586
Fax: 253-535-7315
archives@plu.edu
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Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Amanda Nakkerud was born Inga Amanda Treland on January 1, 1899 in Lyngdal, Norway. Her parents were Elias Treland and Katrina Olsen, and she had six siblings: Salve, Ola, Gunhild, Johanna, Abraham, and Amanda. Elias was a farmer, and the family lived on a medium-sized farm. Amanda thought there were too many mountains in Norway, and when her brother, who lived in Minnesota, came to visit, Amanda decided to return to America with him. She lived in New York for a year and a half, where she cooked and served in several restaurants, and then moved to Seattle, Washington. Amanda had a sister in Seattle and obtained a housekeeping job through an employment office. She later went on to do hotel rooms, mainly at the Piedmont Hotel. Amanda married Trygve Nakkerud and had three children: Elise, Gladys, and Arnold. They owned a motel and lived there while they ran it. Norwegian Christmas traditions and foods were maintained in the household, and Amanda is a member of the Sons of Norway. She has returned to Norway eight times, but is glad she lives in the United States.

Lineage

Full Name: Inga Amanda Nakkerud. Maiden Name: Inga Amanda Treland. Father: Elias Treland. Mother: Katrina Olsen. Brothers and Sisters: Salve Treland, Ola Treland, Gunhild Treland, Johanna Treland, Abraham Treland, Amanda Treland. Spouse: Trygve Bloch Nakkerud. Children: Elise Katherine Nakkerud, Gladys Irine Nakkerud, Arnold Olav Nakkerud.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The interview was conducted with Amanda Nakkerud on May 27, 1981 at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. It contains information about family background, emigration, work, marriage and family, and Norwegian heritage. The interview also contains an article on Amanda and her husband Trygve from the Western Viking (September 10, 1982). Also see Trygve Nakkerud, t57. This interview was conducted in English.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The partial interview transcription highlights important aspects of the interview. Numbers may be used as guides to important subjects. Two numbers separated by a slash indicate that the first number is for cassette and the second for CD.

Container(s) Description
Cassette
58, side 1 006/09: PERSONAL BACKGROUND
Inga "Amanda" Treland. Born on January 1, 1899 in Lyngdal, Norway, which is in the southern part of Norway.
58, side 1 024: PARENTS
Elias Treland, a farmer and Katrina Olsen Treland. They had a medium sized farm.
58, side 1 034: BROTHERS AND SISTERS (See lineage)
There were seven children.
58, side 1 042: GRANDPARENTS & NAME
How the name Treland came about.
58, side 1 051/10:
Arrived in the U.S. in August 1922, at the age of 22.
58, side 1 056: LIFE ON THE FARM IN NORWAY
Fishing with bare hands. Why she came to the U.S., there were too many mountains in Norway. (See counter I-080)
58, side 1 066: SCHOOL IN NORWAY
Skied in the winter to get there. Went to grade school and was confirmed.
58, side 1 073: LIFE ON THE FARM AFTER SCHOOL DAYS
Father died when she was 11. Her mother ran the farm.
58, side 1 080: WHY SHE CAME TO THE U.S.
Brother lived in Minnesota, came to visit, and she went back with him (see counter I-056). Family disapproved.
58, side 1 096:
Lived in the New York area for one and a half years. Sister lived in the Seattle area, so she came out here.
58, side 1 099:
Crossed the Atlantic on a Norwegian ship, the Stavangerfjord. Went by ship from Lyngdal to Oslo then on the Stavangerfjord. She was sick for four days.
58, side 1 108/11: FEELINGS ABOUT LEAVING NORWAY
Sad, but left anyway.
58, side 1 115: FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF NEW YORK
Wonderful, all the lights.
58, side 1 119: SETTLING IN NEW YORK
Went to an employment office. Worked cooking and serving. Her first job was in Hackensack, New Jersey, second in Brooklyn, and then onto Seattle alone.
58, side 1 135: ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Spoke little English, but learned fast. Started to take some English lessons, but it was hard to get to.
58, side 1 146: ARRIVED IN SEATTLE ABOUT AUGUST 1923
Did cooking, etc. for employment. Train trip to Seattle to meet her sister. Got a job through an employment office.
58, side 1 /12:
Lived at the places where she worked.
58, side 1 192: WORKING IN A HOTEL
Making up rooms. Had the afternoons off. (See counter I-219)
58, side 1 204: AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP
Five years later.
58, side 1 213: HOTEL WORK
Mainly at the Piedmont Hotel (See counter I-192).
58, side 1 225: TRIPS BACK TO NORWAY
(see counter I-108, I-294)
58, side 1 234/13,1: SETTLING IN THE U.S.
Not hard, felt at home right away.
58, side 1 244: CHILDREN'S NAMES (See lineage)
Daughters maintain the Norwegian heritage. They have six grandchildren.
58, side 1 258: CELEBRATING HOLIDAYS
Norwegian Christmas and Norwegian foods (krumkaker, spritz, fattigmand, and doughnuts).
58, side 1 288: MOTEL
Family business and life while they ran it.
58, side 1 294: RECENT TRIP TO NORWAY
Can't live there anymore (see counter I-108. I-225). Went on a tour with Normanns-Forbundet.
58, side 1 305: IMPORTANCE OF NORWEGIAN HERITAGE
Wouldn't like to stay there. Changes, prices are up.
58, side 1 320:
Norwegian relatives visit the U.S. She only speaks Norwegian when visiting Norway.
58, side 1 341/01:
Member of the Sons of Norway and the 17th of May Committee. Her hobby is needlework.
58, side 1 355:
Glad she came to the U.S. She likes this country very much.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Emigration and immigration
  • Family--Norway
  • Naturalization
  • Norway--Social conditions--1945-
  • Norwegian-Americans--Ethnic identity
  • Norwegian-Americans--Northwest, Pacific--Interviews
  • Norwegian-Americans--Social life and customs
  • Personal Names :
  • Nakkerud, Inga Amanda--Interviews (creator)
  • Nakkerud, Trygve
  • Olsen, Katrina
  • Nakkerud, Arnold
  • Nakkerud, Elise
  • Nakkerud, Gladys
  • Treland, Elias
  • Treland, Inga Amanda
  • Corporate Names :
  • Piedmont Hotel (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Sons of Norway (U.S.) Leif Erikson Lodge No. 1 (Seattle,Wash.)
  • Stavangerfjord (Steamship)
  • Family Names :
  • Nakkerud family
  • Olsen family
  • Treland family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Lyngdal (Norway)
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Oral histories
  • Occupations :
  • Domestics
  • Farmers