A. B. Moe - Autobiography, 1880-1924  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Moe, A. B.
A. B. Moe - Autobiography
1880-1924 (inclusive)
1 File (1 folder)
Collection Number
OPVSIEmss_27 (collection)
Autobiography of A.B. Moe, a Norwegian immigrant who came to America in 1881. He lived in Poulsbo, Washington, for 41 years and served as its first mayor.
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

A. B. Moe emigrated from Norway in 1881 after a voyage to the Baltic as a sailor. His father, I. B. Moe, had emigrated from Fredrikestad, Norway in the spring of 1880 and brought his wife, daughter, and youngest two sons in the fall of 1880. The family settled in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where I. B. Moe worked in a lumberyard and took up a homestead. When the homestead flooded, the family decided to move west to Puget Sound. They formed a group of relatives and friends journeyed by railroad, horse team, and wagon through Montana and Idaho, working along the way for a railroad company and a gold mine. They encountered hostile native populations, floods, and mountains that made their journey difficult. They eventually settled in Seattle, where A.B. Moe worked to help grade streets in the summers, and logging during the rest of the year. In the mid-1880’s, A.B.’s father formed the town of Poulsbo and A.B. served as its first mayor. A.B. Moe lived in Poulsbo for 41 years, until 1924.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The autobiography consists of a paper written by A. B. Moe containing information on his family life, emigration, journey to the West, employment, and pioneering experience, as well as general information on mass transportation and settling in the area.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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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

Journey to America and Pioneering on Puget Sound, The A. B. Moe Papers, OPVSIEmss_27, Archives and Special Collections, Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Avenue South, Tacoma, WA 98447

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Location of Collection

Box 2, file 13

Custodial History


Acquisition Information


Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Fishing--Washington (State)
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Norway -- Emigration and immigration
  • Personal Names :
  • Moe, A. B.--Archives
  • Moe, I. B.
  • Family Names :
  • Moe Family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Miles City (Mont.)
  • Fredrikstad (Norway)
  • Minneapolis (Minn.)
  • Poulsbo (Wash.)
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • St. Paul (Minn.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Autobiography
  • Occupations :
  • Lumber trade
  • Mayors
  • Railroads--Employees
  • Titles within the Collection :
  • Journey to Seattle and Pioneering at Puget Sound