Waco in McLennan County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Ole Knudson was born in 1832 to Knud and Anna Knudson in Nordstokke on Norway's Karmøy Island. In 1850, the family, changing their name to Canuteson, moved to Illinois, where Ole wed Ellen Maline Gunderson, also of Nordstokke. At the urging of immigration promoter Cleng Peerson, the family moved to Texas, settling first near Dallas. They then moved with other Norwegian families to establish Norse community in Bosque County (northwest of Waco). There, Ole was a blacksmith and mechanic, making farm implements. He also served as postmaster and community leader. In 1868, he and his family moved to Waco, where he operated a successful machine shop and metal foundry.
Erected 2005 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14402.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1832.
Location. 31° 32.195′ N, 97° 6.585′ W. Marker is in Waco, Texas, in McLennan County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South 5th Street and Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2124 South 5th Street, Waco TX 76706, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. John Henry Sears (a few steps from this marker); Dr. Rufus Columbus Burleson (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hallie Earle, M.D. (about 700 feet away); Confederate Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Veterans Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Oakwood Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Robertson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Edward Ferdinant Forsgard (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waco.
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Most Norwegians who came to Texas were from the rural areas of Norway and became farmers in their new homeland. Norwegian settlement in Texas was never as large as that of several other European groups, the census of 1860 listing only 326 persons of Norwegian birth then in Texas. Those Norwegians who did come were seeking economic and social betterment. Source: The Handbook of Texas(Submitted on July 29, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
2. Peerson, Cleng (1782–1865).
Cleng Peerson (Kleng Pedersen), who championed the immigration of Norwegians to the United States, was born in Tysvær, Norway, on May 17, 1782.(Submitted on July 29, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 29, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 122 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 29, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.