Life of Rudy Christianson, 1978  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Koenker, Hazel N.
Title
Life of Rudy Christianson
Dates
1978
Quantity
1 item; 53 pages
Collection Number
Collection 1267, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Life of Rudy Christianson is a photocopy of an original typescript. The narration based on a series of unrecorded personal interviews with Christianson by Koenker, is in the third person with many literary embellishments. The narrative describes Rudy's childhood in Norway, his years homesteading and working in Wolf Point, his brief army service, and his work for the Great Northern. In a separate section of the manuscript is a biography of his wife, Carolyn. She homesteaded as a girl near Perma, Montana, attended high school in Missoula, and attended university studies in Wisconsin where she performed on the violin. After the death of her first husband, she married Christianson in Wenatchee, Washington in 1954.
Repository
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
Bozeman, MT
59717-3320
Telephone: 406-994-4242
Fax: 406-994-2851
spcoll@www.lib.montana.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Rudolf "Rudy" Christianson was born in Norway in 1886, the son of a store keeper. He joined an uncle in North Dakota when he was 20. In 1906 he took up a homestead on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation near Wolf Point, Montana. In 1914 he proved up on the homestead and got his citizenship papers. Rudy managed a lumber business in Oswego, Montana, before joining the army in World War I and from 1920 to 1951 he worked for the Great Northern Railroad. He retired in Wenatchee, Washington where he married Carolyn Friauf, the widow of a friend. Rudy died on August 15, 1978.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Life of Rudy Christianson is a 53 page photocopy of an original typescript. The narration, which is based on a series of unrecorded personal interviews with Christianson by Koenker, is in the third person with many literary embellishments. The narrative describes Rudy's childhood in Norway, his years homesteading and working in Wolf Point, his brief army service, and his work for the Great Northern. In a separate section of the manuscript is a biography of his wife, Carolyn. She homesteaded as a girl near Perma, Montana, attended high school in Missoula, and attended university studies in Wisconsin where she performed on the violin. After the death of her first husband, she married Christianson in Wenatchee, Washington in 1954.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Frontier and pioneer life -- Montana -- Biography
  • Personal Names :
  • Christianson, Rudy, 1886-1978