Tove Foth Barfod Ott Oral History Interview, 1981 PDF
- Ott, ToveFothBarfod
- 1981 (inclusive)19811981
2 file folders
1 sound cassette
2 compact discs
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- An oral history interview with ToveFothBarfodOtt, a Danish immigrant.
- Pacific Lutheran University, Archives and Special Collections
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top
ToveOtt was born on June 25, 1896 in Sønderholm, Jylland, Denmark to Trenton Barfod and Emily Foth. Her father was a minister in a small town called Jølunde, which is located outside of Copenhagen, and Tove had three older siblings: Volner, Kaj, and Louise Johanna. In 1916, Tove married Mr. Peterson and a year later, had her daughter Gertrude. Shortly after Gertrude's birth, Tove's husband died of heart failure. To support herself, Tove worked at an establishment similar to Western Union, sorting telegrams. At work, Tove became friends with a woman named Annie (Kolten) Newman. Annie immigrated to the United States in 1921 and encouraged Tove to do the same. Tove came two years later, leaving Gertrude with her sister in Denmark. Tove's first job in America was as a babysitter, and in April 1924, Annie informed her of a job opening at a boys' school in Palo Alto, CA. Tove got the job and started work immediately. In May, she met her husband, Minet William Ott, and was married in March of 1925. Two years later, Tove sent for Gertrude. Gertrude was ten and a half at the time and learned English quickly. Tove has not been actively involved in church in the United States but does belong to the Danish Sisterhood in San Francisco, a Senior Citizens group in Burlingame, and a civic group. She has returned to Denmark in 1936 and 1969 and still uses Danish when she writes to her relatives there. Tove is very proud of her heritage.
Full Name: ToveBarfodOtt. Maiden Name: ToveBarfod. Father: Trenton Barfod. Mother: Emily Foth. Brothers and Sisters: Volner Barfod, Kaj Barfod, Louise Johanna Barfod. Spouse: Mr. Peterson, Minet William Ott. Children: Gertrude Barfod Peterson.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
This interview was conducted with ToveOtt, January 1981, in Burlingame, CA by Scott Lawley, a Pacific Lutheran University student and Tove's grandson. It provides information about family background, emigration, marriage, employment, community involvement, and Danish heritage. The 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.
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Subject Terms :
- Emigration and immigration
- Danes -- Ethnic identity
- Danish-Americans--Northwest,Pacific--Social life and customs
- Denmark -- Social conditions -- 1945-
- Personal Names :
- Foth, Emily
- Ott, Tove--Interviews (creator)
- Newman, Annie Kolten
- Peterson, Gertrude Barfod
- Barfod, Trenton
- Ott, Minet William
- Corporate Names :
- Danish Sisterhood of America (San Fransisco, Calif.)
- Family Names :
- Foth family
- Ott family
- Barford family
- Peterson family
- Geographical Names :
- Burlingame (Calif.)
- Jølunde (Denmark)
- Palo Alto (Calif.)
- Sønderholm (Jutland)
- Form or Genre Terms :
- Oral histories
- Occupations :