Einar Olaf Wagerlund Stenersen September 4, 1912 ~ June 20, 1992 & Pearl Angie Nelson December 3, 1916 ~ March 16, 1997
Married on November 10, 1935
Einar Olaf Wagerlund Stenersen was born on Puget Island, a little island in the Columbia River between Cathlamet, WA & Westport, OR to Magdalena (Jensen) and Lydian Stenersen. They were from Norway and Lydian’s last name was Pedersen over there. Dad/Einar couldn’t speak English when he started school, and one time some bigger boys took hold of him and wanted him to holler (so the teacher would come) but he didn’t know what they were saying! I don’t know much about his boyhood, but I do remember him telling about a bull chasing him and he jumped into a tub that must have been used for feeding. The bull pushed the tub over and he was able to get out of the tub and under the fence! He also told of falling into the slough when they were in a boat and he grabbed hold of a rope and someone pulled him out of the water and back into the boat.
When we lived in Woodson, OR he had a nice dairy herd and wanted to add another cow or two. Well, he went to an auction and got a cow that had Bang’s disease and he lost his whole herd. He had cows as long as I was home and he sold milk by the gallon after we moved to Washington. His thumbs were bent backwards from milking so many cows by hand!
He also made money by junking cars and many other things... He loved making little rhymes about everything… He always found the best places to buy fruit and would get fruit for many families… He was a reader and had a large library of religious books, Luther and Augustine ~ to name a few. He’d go to used book stores to look for them and always had catalogs coming in from all over, even some from England! You could be discussing a certain thing and he would go to his bookshelves and pull out a certain book and open it up to the page that the subject was on.
He loved babies… And ice cream and candy. He had stashes of candy hidden all over and he would bring the grandkids out and secretly give them candy.
~ Ada Kujala
This is taken from a memory book that Grandma filled out for Ronda... Pearl Angie Nelson was born on December 3, 1916 to Jessie Pearl (Culbertson) & Richard Noah Nelson, at home in Farmton, FL at about midnight. She weighed 5 pounds. She was teasing her brother Allen one time and he took her and bounced her up & down on a thistle! Once they were picking berries at a neighbor’s and they had taken the wagon, there was a wild boar loose and she stood up to look and fell out and her dad ran over her arm. They had a woodstove to cook with, lit the house with kerosene, and washed their clothes with a gas washing machine. Once she put boards in her brother’s pillows and thistles in their beds!
In school she liked reading, writing & arithmetic- she usually got A’s in penmanship ~ and she hated history, geography & science. When she was around 15 she had an allowance of $1 a month. She would save up her money and go look at dresses at Penny’s, but she usually just came home without buying anything because dresses cost 98 cents each!
Once, she made a mud ball and threw it at her brother Kenneth and it bounced and came back down and hit him again!
She met Grandpa when she was about 14; he would come over to their house to “see her brother Kenneth”. When she and Grandpa first got married they lived in Seattle, WA. Her biggest kitchen disaster was when the lid flew off the pressure cooker. When she was young she always wanted to be an old maid! When she got married she wore a long blue crepe dress, as she didn’t want a white one.
She didn’t learn how to drive until she was about 22 years old and Grandpa (Einar) learned to drive at the same time! Not long after she bought her Honda, Leslie came over and she ran to hide in the bathroom, pretended she was taking a shower so he couldn’t chew her out for not getting a Ford!
Some of her favorite things~ Food: stew and salads Color: yellow Candy: anything real nutty Cookie: Chocolate chip