A Special Report from Fogn, Norway

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Sunday September 3rd was unveiled a memorial stone on the farm Eide on the island of Fogn to commemorate Marta Jørgensdotter Eide.

Many people came to Eide this day. Also the new Restauration, the replica of the first Restauration came to Eidsvåg dock with many guests on board. All had a nice, interesting celebrating.

Marta was married to Lars Larsson Jeilane. He was the leader of the group who emigrated at the sloop Restauration from Stavanger, Norway July 4th 1825.

After two mounts on board, Marta gave birth to their first baby, a daughter named Margareth Allen. And still the mother with the baby had to be one month more on board till the sloop arrived in New York October 9th.

Martha and Lars Larson built their home in Rochester. They helped many emigrants comming to America the next pioneering years. On the way toward west the emigrants often came with short of money and food. Martha, the head of the housekeeping was helpful, and with love she took good care of them, though it was often difficult to supply all the necessary food.

Here on Fogn, Martha`s birth place, we call her: Mother of the Norwegian emigration to America.

           Greetings from Øystein Sandanger
Address:   Opsal 4164 Fogn


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