I have the spinning wheel that she brought with her to this country in 1880. It must've been very important to bring with in order to haul a piece this large all that way on a ship. I would love to know what else she had with her.
The wool carding tools are handmade and came with the wheel, and the ball of yarn was supposedly made with this wheel too. I am not sure where the bobbin or the darning pieces came from, but I keep them just the same.
I also have her Autograph book - it looks like she received it for Christmas.
Did you notice the year?
Here's a closer look:
It amazes me to have this little book. It makes me wonder about her, her friends, and what her life was like in this new country. I've often thought of my various ancestors and what they were like, but having these things that once belonged to her make me wonder even more about her.
The autograph book is interesting to look at. Most of the entries are in Norwegian, and the cool thing is that there are a couple of entries by my great-grandfather from before they were married. Signed "your friend". This entry is on Christmas - the same date written inside the cover. Maybe he gave this book to her when they were dating?
And another entry by my great-grandfather is about a year and a half later.
It says: "The world is round and has no end, and so is my love for you my friend."
How sweet is that?
I can't find the date they were married at the moment, but their first child was born in May of 1890. That child even made an entry in this book! I wonder if Rise chuckled at her little girl's entry to Mama:
I remember my grandmother used to wear this locket containing pictures of her parents when I was a little girl. I am lucky to have this locket now also - my great-grandparents Rise and Thom. Another connection to the mysterious Rise.
I plopped it on a new chain, but it wouldn't pass over the little pearls on the chain.
So, I added a beautiful old clip on earring of my mom's to cover up the clasp and voila!
I have a beautiful new necklace to wear, and carry my ancestors with me.
And every time I look at the pictures, I just can't help but wonder what Great-Grandma Rise was like. Obviously she spun yarn. So, did she knit? Crochet? Did she tat? Did she sew or quilt? Certainly any of those things would have been done out of necessity - not for pleasure or crafting like we do now.
I wonder if there will be anything I have now that will make MY great-grandchildren wonder about me?