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Hammer Family connections, Norway to Minnesota





The Hammer Family Connection

Frederick L Hammer, his wife Anna and their seven children emigrated from Norway to America in 1881. It appears their surname in Norway may have been Larson. Anna's maiden name was reported to be Stori and also reported to be Olson. They settled in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Shortly after their arrival, Frederick was injured from falling off a roof and later died.

The children of Frederick and Anna Hammer were:

1885 MN census, Hammer family.

1885 Minnesota state census showing the Hammer family in Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County.






Ludvig and Gina Hammer take in Alma Berg in Minneapolis

Sometime between Mid-1900 and 1905, Alma Berg, sister of Ed (Berg) Ramstad, left the orphanage in Minneapolis and went to live with her uncle, Ludvig Hammer, and his wife, Gina H (Grimseth) Hammer, residing at 3610 Vincent Street. She continued to live with them thru the death of both Ludvig in 1929 and Gina in 1933. Alma continued to live at the same address after the death of Gina. Alma married James Scherrer in 1941.

Ludvig and Gina moved to Minneapolis in 1890. Gina's father, Johan, died in 1890 and is buried in Minneapolis. In the 1895 Minnesota census you can see Ludvig and Gina living at 1506 4th Street, along with Gina's mother, Anna Grimseth. Anna worked at a confectionery, while Ludvig's job is listed as a clerk in a hardware store.

1895 MN census for Ludvig Hammer
1895 Minnesota census showing Ludvig 34, Gina 35 and Anna Grimseth, age 54. It also shows Ludvig has lived in the same area for 5 years, and in Minnesota for 16 years.


gina grimseth 1880 age 19
1880 US Census showing Gina Grimseth at home with her parents, Johan and Anna, in Dane Prairie Township, south-east of Fergus Falls, in Ottertail County, Minnesota.


gina at age 24
1885 MN Census showing Gina Grimseth, age 24, living at home with her parents in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.


Anna Grimseth passed away in 1898 and is buried in Minneapolis, next to her husband, Johan.

         johan grimseth gravestone                      anna grimseth gravestone
Gravestones of Johan and Anna Grimseth.






Alma Berg is now living with her uncle Ludvig and aunt Gina Hammer, in Minneapolis

alma berg 1905 Minnesota census
1905 MN census-Alma Berg, age 15, living with Ludvig Hammer and his wife, Gina. Ludvig 42, Gina H. Hammer 44. This census listed Ludvig as a Hardware Clerk, Alma as a student.


ludvig and alma 1910
1910 US Census for Minneapolis showing Ludvig Hammer, 49, Gina H Hammer 50 and Alma Berg, 21 and single, living at 3610 Vincent Avenue.

1910 ludvia and alma jobs
1910 US Census showing Ludvig's occupation as Hardware Store Clerk, Alma's occupation as a Demonstrator for the Gas Light Company.


1920 ludvig and alma
1920 US Census for Minneapolis showing Ludvig Hammer, age 58, Ludvig's wife, Gina, age 59 and their niece, Alma Berg, age 29. They lived at 3610 Vincent avenue.

Ludvig and Alma occupations in 1920
1920 US Census showing occupation for Ludvig Hammer as a Merchant in Retail Hardware, and for Alma Berg as a public school teacher.


gina and alma 1930
1930 US Census for Minneapolis showing Ludvig Hammer's widow, Gina, age 69, and Alma Berg, niece, age 40, living at 3610 Vincent Avenue.


alma berg 1940 census
1940 US Census showing Alma Berg living by herself, working as a public school teacher.

james scherrer 1940 census
1940 US Census showing James Scherrer, a lodger, who worked as a WPA laborer on a WPA street construction project


Ludvig died Nov 23, 1929. Gina died October 29. 1933. Both are buried in Minneapolis, near the graves of Gina's mother and father in Lkewood Cemetery. There is also a monument with both the Hammer and the Grimseth names.

             Hammer monument
              Cemetery monument for Ludvig and Gina Hammer, and the Grimseth family.

             ludvig gravestone
              Ludvig Hammer gravestone, 7-11-1861 to 11-23-1929, Minneapolis.

             gina gravestone
              Gina Helena Hammer gravestone, 7-4-1860 to 10-29-1933, Minneapolis.



John (Johann) Hammer

John Hammer was born in Norway in 1865. He came to America at age 18. He moved from Fergus Falls to Duluth and in 1895 John was living with his sister, Carrie Wicklem, in Duluth.

john norton 1895 census
1895 Duluth MN census showing John Hammer, age 29, living with his sister Carrie Hammer Wicklem.


John W Hammer married Anna Mathilda Johnson, on June 1, 1896, in West Superior, Wisconsin. Witnesses to the marriage were John's sister, Carrie Wicklem, and his brother, Olaf Hammer. Anna was born in Sweden.

Their first child, William Alfred Hammer, was born October 26, 1898. Their second child, Helen F, was born in 1899. Their third child, Wilbur J, was born in 1902.

John died June 30, 1907, age 41, in Superior, Wisconsin. John was a tinsmith. The following year, in 1908, his widow, Anna, at age 31, married William R Norton, who was 59 and a civil war veteran.

anna norton 1910 census
1910 US Census for Superior, Wisconsin, showing Anna Norton, 33, and William R Norton, 59. Also showing is that is the second marriage for Anna (M2) but the first marriage (M1) for William. It also denotes that it has been two years since they were married.

anna norton 1910 census page2
1910 US Census showing the three children of Anna and John Hammer, listed as step-children of their mother, Anna, and her second husband, William R Norton, living in Superior, Wisconsin.


Between 1910 and 1920, W.R. Norton passed away. Anna, now a widow once again, lives in Superior. Her oldest son, Alfred, age 22, is working as a bricklayer. Daughter Helen, age 20, is married to Theodore Sanger, age 21, with both living at the home, along the younger brother, Wilbur Hammer, age 17.

anna norton 1920 census
1920 US Census showing Anna Norton and her three children, plus her son-in-law, Theodore Sanger. Anna and family are still living in Superior, Wisconsin. Anna is now shown as the widow of William R Norton.

anna norton 1920 jobs
1920 census note of profession, showing none for Anna Norton and daughter Helen, Bricklayer for Alfred and not-employed for son-in-law Ted Sanger and Wilbur Hammer.


anna norton 1930 census page2
1930 US Census showing Anna Norton living with her son, Wilbur and his family, in Superior, Wisconsin. Wilbur and his wife Ida married in 1922. This shows three of their four childen.


anna norton 1940 census
1940 US Census for Duluth, showing Anna Norton (Hammer) living and working as a housekeeper, age 63. She lived on west 6th, next door to Carrie Hammer Mitchell, her former sister-in-law.


gravestone of john and anna norton hammer
Gravestone of John Hammer and Anna Norton Hammer, Greenwood Cemetery, Douglas County, Wisconsin.





Inger (Inga) Hammer Ramstad

Inger Hammer married Lars H. "Louie" Ramstad in Duluth, Minnesota, February 1, 1890. He was 26, she was 19. Both Louie and Inger became US citizens in 1896.

Inger Hammer Ramstad was born in Norway in June 1870. She passed away on Dec 28, 1962, at age 93.

1910 Census Ed Ramstad age 23
1910 US Census - Louis Ramstad, 45; Inga, 40; Lillian F, age 12; Beatrice A, age 8; Edwin Ramstad, 23


1920 Census Louie Ramstad
1920 US Census - Shows Louis and Inga and their two daughters living in Long Beach, California, on west Ocean Avenue. Louie, 55; Inga, 50; Lillian, age 22 and Beatrice, age 18.

1920 Census louie Ramstad
1920 US Census - Shows Louis Ramstad's profession as a housing contractor.


1930 Census louie Ramstad
1930 US Census, showing Louie, 67, Inga, 60, and daughter Beatrice, 28, back living in Duluth.

1930 Census louie Ramstad job
1930 US Census showing Louie Ramstad's profession as a Contractor performing excavating and brick laying.


1940 Census Louie Ramstad
1940 US Census showing Louie, 76, and Inga, 70, retired and living in Duluth.


Inger Ramstad Obit 1962

Louie Ramstad was born in October, 1874, in Norway. Louie died Dec 24, 1944 at age 81.

Louie Ramstad Obit 1944

Louie Ramstad stone    Inga Ramstad stone
Gravestones for Louie and Inga Ramstad, Oneota Cemetery, Duluth, MN





Children of Louie and Inger Hammer

Inger and Louie Ramstad had one son of their own, but he died very shortly after his birth. In addition to raising their nephew, Edwin Ramstad, they also had a daughter Lillian, born in December, 1898.

1930 Census lillian Ramstad
1930 US Census showing Lillian and Orson Lee and their daughter Nancy, age 2, living in St.Louis, Missouri

1930 Orson Lee job
1930 US Census showing Orson Lee's profession.



1940 Census lillian Ramstad
1940 US Census showing Orson and Lillian Lee and daughter Nancy, age 12, living in St. Louis, Missouri.


A second daughter, Beatrice Ada, was born in 1902.

1940 Census beatrice Ramstad
1940 US Census for Pueblo, Colorado, showing Louie and Beatrice Nelson, and their son, John, age 2.

1940 Louis Nelson job
1940 US Census with Louie Nelson shown as the owner of a Milk Plant



Louis Nelson died Dec 29, 1975, in Pueblo, Colorado.

Louis Nelson Obit 1975-1    Louis Nelson Obit 1975-2

Beatrice passed away on March 10. 1987 at age 85, also in Pueblo, Colorado.

Beatrice Ramstad Nelson Obit 1987

Monument for Beatrice and Louis Nelson, Roselawn Cemetery, Pueblo, Colorado.

         Louis and Beatrice monument

beatrice Nelson inscription     louis Nelson inscription
Monument inspriptions for Beatrice (Ramstad) and Louis Nelson, Roselawn Cemetery, Pueblo, Colorado








Bertha Hammer


Bertha Hammer married George Hyatt in 1891. The 1895 Minnesota state census shows George, Bertha and daughter Melvia, age 3. Melvia was born May 27, 1892, in Duluth.

George, Bertha and Melvia Hyatt 1895


Sometime between July,1897 and 1900 Bertha died, as the 1900 US census shows George and Melvia living with George's sister, Mary, and her family, in Duluth. A nephew, George E Hyatt, age 3, is living in South Dakota with an aunt and uncle. George E may be Ernest George Hyatt, the second child of Bertha and George.

George and Melvia Hyatt 1900


The 1910 US census shows George Hyatt with his second wife, Celia, age 39. George is 42, Celia is 39. Melvia is shown as Leanne, age 18, plus there is a young son, George Jr. age 12. This is speculated to the be the same son shown living with his aunt and uncle in the 1900 census, Ernest G. Hyatt. The entire family is living in Duluth. The census also shows this is the second marriage for George but the first marriage for Celia. Unfortunately, Celia died 9 years later, in November, 1919, when the family was living in Pine County, MN, just southwest of Duluth.

No record of George Hyatt could be found in the 1920 census, but he was included in the 1930 census, still in Pine County, Minnesota.

1910 US census, Hyatt family.











Karen "Carrie" Hammer

In 1893, Carrie Hammer, an aunt of Ed and Alma Berg, married Louis Wicklem in Duluth. After their September 16th wedding, Carrie and Louis lived in West Duluth. Two years later Louis Wicklem died, leaving his wife and one daughter, Ruby.

carrie hammer wicklem 1895

1895 MN census-Louis Wicklem 29, Carrie Hammer Wicklem 19, Rubie Wicklem 10 months, Alma Berg 6, John Hammer 29


Alma Berg first went to live with her Aunt Carrie Hammer in Duluth, then shortly after moved again to live with her uncle, Ludvig Hammer, and his wife, Gina, in Minneapolis.

Carrie later married Robert Mitchell, the second marriage for both. In subsequent years Robert formed a partnership with Ed Ramstad in the Building Construction Contracting business.




Olof, aka Ole, Hammer








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