Sunday, June 3, 2018

The Norwegian Reinertsens pay a visit to Bovina

I had a pleasant visit from several members of the Reinertsen family from Norway on June 2. They are visiting their American cousins, including Marie Burns and her family and Norma Gabriele and her family. They paid a brief visit to my house, where Sophie and Andrew Reinertsen lived from 1944 until Andrew's death in 1961 and Sophie's in 1971.

Andrew and Sophie (Larsen) Reinertsen were both natives of Norway.  Andrew Reinertsen (1883-1961) came to the United States from Norway around 1900.  Sophia (Sophie) Larsen (1895-1971) came about a decade later.  Andrew and Sophie were married in Brooklyn and came to Bovina Center in 1918, where they farmed and raised their family of nine children:  sons Sigurd, Leif, Carl, Robert and Walter and daughters Thelma, Gladys, Ethel and Edna.  In 1944, they moved from the family farm at the upper end of Reinertsen Hill Road to a smaller farm just outside the hamlet of Bovina Center (my house, as it so happens).  Right around the time of the move came the D-Day invasion.  In that invasion, their son Carl, also known as Arthur, was killed.  Two other sons served in the war and survived.

The Norwegian Reinertsens visit their American cousins. June 2, 2018 - Jon Andre Joernby, Norma Reinertsen Gabriele, Colleen Burns Heavey, Carl Reinertsen, Marie Reinertsen Burns, Lisbeth Reinertsen, Andrew Liddle, Monica Gabriele Liddle, Amy Burns, Sylvie Liddle, Ally Heavey, Libbie Lamport. Jon Andre, Carl and Lisbeth are the Norwegian cousins. Missing from the photo are Renate Reinertsen and her son Aron.

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