A Facebook connection brought a distant relative into my life. I’m still not sure but I think this Wisconsin woman is the granddaughter of my grandfather’s half brother. She graciously shares this photo of the original Sonmor farm near Tolga, Norway (not far from Lillehammer, famous for the Winter Olympics a while back). Evan Jacobson, my main character in the Abercrombie Trail Series, is loosely based on my Great Grandfather Even Jacobson Sonmor. This photo shows the ancestral farm where he lived before coming to Minnesota in the 1860s.
As always, I am amazed by the great courage it took for him to leave all that he knew and strike out on his own for the wilderness of Minnesota. I’m glad he did.