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My great-grandfather, Mens (Mentz/Ments) Arntsen
Skaarvold, was born 9 July 1854 into a cotter's family of
7 children on the sub-farm called Mens-Åsen on the
cotter's place South Gunhildsøien, of the main farm
Skårvold, about 4 km from Støren. Mens-Åsen was a very
small plot of wooded land located on a mountain above
Gunhildsøien. Part of the stone foundation of the cabin
is still visible there today.
Skårvold/Skalvoll was the largest farm in the area, it had been
subdivided many times by 1875. The population of the farm
was at its largest then with 5 husfolk, 10 tjenestefolk,
81 husmannsfolk, and 28 inderstfolk. So Mens Arntsen went
to work for the railroad in Støren. Mens parents were
Arnt Mensen Skaarvold (1823-1909) and Kari Evensdatter
Skaarvold left Trondheim on April 28 or 29, 1880 on the steamship
Pasefic for Hull, England.
There were two others from the Skaarvold farm who emigrated at the
same time: Iver P. Skaarvold, age 29 and Ingeborg Skaarvold, age
22. They each paid 30 øre for their fare.
and Gunhild (Rogneslien) Skaarvold (Mike and Gena Score)
family, about 1900 in Menomonie, Dunn County, Wisconsin.
From left: Mens (Mike), Alex, Emil, Sig, Anna, Gust,
Christina, and Gunhild (Gena) Score
Mens emigrated to America on
the ship "SS Bark Crown" from
Liverpool a few weeks later. He arrived in the port of Philadelphia on
May 23, 1880 and went directly to Dunn County, Wisconsin with about 50
other Norwegians, destined to work in the lumbering industry. They
arrived in time to be documented in the 1880 Federal Census (Dunn
County, Wis.) on June 1st.
Surnames of other emigrants who arrived on the SS Bark Crown
with Mens Skaarvold included: Lillebjørgen, Soknes, Hage, Vold,
Frøsett, Falstad, and Gynnild.
Mens' brother John Arntsen
Skaarvold emigrated to Menomonie, Wisconsin the next year. Like
other emigrant Norwegians, Mens and his brother opted to change their names to be more American. They became Mike and John
Score. The Score name had already been used by their cousins who had
come before them.
Gunhild Ellevsdatter Rogneslien, born 21 July 1863 on the
farm Rognes, emigrated from Norway on April 4, 1883. Her
parents were Ellev Estensen Rogneslien (1814-1912) and
Gjertru Stephensdatter Refsetås (1820-1863). Gunhild's
passage to America was paid by her sister, Ragnhild, 9
years older, who in 1881 married Erik Arntson
Lillebjørgen in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Gunhild and Mens
married 13 July 1883 in the Norwegian Lutheran Church in North Menomonie.