Around April 7, 1870, Halgrim Erickson received 32 shillings and emigrated to the United States. A…

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Around April 7, 1870, Halgrim Erickson received 32 shillings and emigrated to the United States. A letter from the priest of Al church stated that, "His attitude toward communion was important to him, and we hope that God in His mercy will follow him in his life in America."

Halgrim emigrated to Rochester, Minnesota, where he worked for three and a half years. He returned to Norway for a year and a half before again removing to Rochester. On his return to Minnesota, he made the trip from New York aboard a train "without covering." In 1878 he bought a covered wagon and two horses, and moved to Westbrook, purchasing 160 acres on the east shore of Bean Lake.

On May 14, 1880, he married Anna Marie Christianson in a ceremony at the home of Anna's parents. After his marriage, Halgrim sold his property on Bean Lake, and he and his wife resided on the Christiansen homestead, where he helped Anna's father work the farm. Halgrim and Anna lived there for 48 years, purchasing more farmland as time went on.

In the spring of 1914, Halgrim and Anna traveled to Norway for the centenary celebration of Norway's independence. Halgrim was active with the Old Westbrook Church, which he helped build in 1884, and he was also a member of the District 30 school board, as well as a member of the Republican party.

Halgrim died of a stroke on June 26, 1944, and is buried at the Old Westbrook cemetery.

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