Compiled by Karen S. Bormann June, 1999 Before my cousins: Anita and Bonnie and my sister Connie and I went to Norway to visit relatives and see the country our grandmother was born in.
The family tree of Rasmus Ivarsen Jorpeland, born
in 1835, died 1883, and Anna Marie Pedersdtr. Vaula, she was born in 31 Jul 1841 and died at Jørpeland 19 Sep 1888.
Rasmus and Anna Marie had 8 children; Anne Bergitte, Ivar, Peder, Serine, Ingeborg, Rasmus twins with Anna Marie, and Paul.
Anna Marie Jorpeland (2) was born a twin on October 24, 1876 in Jorpeland, Norway and died on December 12, 1956 in Sibley, Iowa of a heart attack. She is buried at Saratoga, MN cemetery.
A twin brother Rasmus was also born. He died in 1936 and is
buried next to his brother Peder in North Prairie cemetery near Lanesboro, MN.
Her father Rasmus Jorpeland was a sailor by trade, but the family lived on a farm, consisting of forty acres, a "Qegueath to her mother from someone in Jorpeland, Norway.
The farm was two miles from Stavanger and could only be reached by boat. Her father died of pneumonia at the age of 42, nine days after being rescued from the icy waters of a shipwreck.
Her mother died five years later from what was described as a
heart attack and "grief."
After her parents died, she was taken in by a first cousin. She was twelve years old at the time and had to work for her board and keep. She managed to acquire an elementary education and was
confirmed in the Lutheran
At the insistence of an older sister (Serine) who had come to America several years before, she found her way to America in 1900. She also had two brothers (Rasmus and Peder) that had emigrated to America.
When she started her voyage at
the age of 24, she knew no English. Anna Marie sailed on the Oceanic, a new liner which had only made one previous trip across the ocean.
Three days after setting sail, she came down with the chicken pox. Her good fortune was that bad weather forced
the occupants of the ship to remain in London 11 days because the passengers had to pass inspection
upon reentering the boat for the rest of the journey to New York. Just to be sure, she pulled her hat down over her forehead, so the pox would not be
visible to the inspector's eyes.
Three weeks and six days from the time it left Stavanger, Norway the Oceanic arrived in New York. She traveled by train from New York to Whalan, MN her sister's home. She taught herself to read and write English.
Having a beautiful voice, she loved to sing and wished to become a concert singer, however, lack of money prevented this dream from happening, and she had to settle for doing housework.
She became a maid for Albert Culbertson and his wife Jennie Canfield
Culbertson. As soon as was possible, she became an American citizen. On July 8, 1912 his wife Jennie died. On September 1, 1913 Anna Marie married
Albert Duncan Culbertson, Sr. He was born on February 14, 1847 in Cumberland, Pennsylvania. They were blessed
with three children. Jeannette was born June 11, 1914; Albert was born on March 16, 1916; and Mildred was born on December 3, 1918.
After only eight years of marriage Albert Sr. suffered a severe heart attackand was unable to work. He died a year later
May 22,1922, leaving Anna Marie to rear her three small children. She continued to operate the Culbertson House,
(Whalan Hotel) and to educate her family. In 1946 she disposed of the business moving to Sibley, Iowa to live with her older daughter Jeannette,
where she remained until her death from a heart attack.
She is buried at Saratoga, MN cemetery next to her husband. Albert's first wife is buried on the other side of him.
Compiled by Anita Mrozek when she was in junior high school.
Jeannette Culbertson (3) was born June 11, 1914 in Whalan, MN.
She went to Winona Teachers College in Winona, MN for one year, then took a test and started teaching elementary education. She taught in Whalan and West Concord, MN where she met a music
teacher Oliver George Whiteis (nickname O.G.) born on May 24, 1913 and died August 16, 1980.
0.G. graduated from Mankato State College with a degree in music. He later went back to school and graduated from the University of Vermillion in South Dakota
with a degree in instrmental music to teach all grades. They were married May 31, 1942 at Glen Avon Church in Duluth, MN.
O.G. was in the Marine Corps. A son LaMont Jay Whiteis (4) was born in 1944 in Leonardtown, Maryland at the marine base hospital.
They later moved to Sibley, Iowa and a daughter Bonnie Annelle Whiteis (4) was born on October 7, 1948 in Sibley, Iowa.
O.G. taught music and band in Sibley, Manly, and Rockwell, Iowa. He retired at the age of 62 years old. They moved to Mason City,
Iowa. He died in Mason City, Iowa on August 16, 1980 from a heart attack. He is buried at the Memorial Park cemetery at Mason City, Iowa.
Jeannette taught school in Wells, Sibley and Mason City, Iowa. She graduated from Mankato State in 1969. She retired
in June 1979. She later moved to a new townhouse in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was very active doing volunteer work at a school and in her church.
Her family had a surprise 80th birthdayparty for her. Jeannette later sold her townhouse and moved
to a beautiful area in Colorado Springs, where they care for 5-6 residents her age.
LaMont Jay Whiteis (4) (nickname Monty) was born in 1944 at Leonardtown, Maryland at the marine base hospital. He graduated from Mankato State in 1970 with a teaching
He taught in Mason City, Iowa for one year. He met Kathleen Ann Krugel born on November 13, 1947 in Mason City, Iowa. She also graduated from Mankato State. Monty taught in Colorado Springs, Colorado for fifteen years. He worked construction
on homes from 1982-1987.
He is currently a superintendentand has been in that job the last three years at Agate, Colorado. Kathy teaches in the media center at Yoder, Colorado. Monty and Kathyhave two sons.
A son Nathan Edward Whiteis (5) was
born on June 15, 1970 in Mason City, Iowa.
He graduated from Adam State College at Alamosa, Colorado in 1993. He married Kari in 1996. He is self-employed in construction.
A son Matthew Taylor Whiteis (5) was born on May 14, 1983 in Colorado Springs,
Colorado. He is 16 years old. He spent a lot of time doing things with his grandma Jeannette when he was growing up. He has a love for music like his grandpa O.G;
Bonnie Annelle Whiteis (4) was born on October 7, 1948 in Sibley, Iowa. She graduated
from nurses training and became a licensed practical nurse. She married Dean Wubbena in 1968. They have two sons; Scott Eric (5) and Adam Jay (5).
Bonnie graduated from Registered Nurse Training in 1984 at Colorado Springs, Colorado. Bonnie and Dean were
later divorced in 1988. Bonnie works for Colorado Springs Cardiologists (seven of them) in a hospital like setting.
She does patient teaching before the patient goes home. Bonnie lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
A son Scott Eric Wubbena (5)
was born on May 21, 1970 in Biloxi, Mississippi. He graduated from Florida International University with a teaching degree. He lives in Denver, Colorado and works for Allstate in the claims department.
A son Adam Jay (5) was born on November 26, 1972
in Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated from Colorado State University at Fort Collins, Colorado with a degree in Business Finance. He is working at Commercial Credit as a branch manager in Denver, Colorado.
He married Andrea Nicole McDonough in 1996. She
is a social worker and works at a extended care facility. They are expecting their first child in September of 1999. They know that it will be a girl. They live in Denver, Colorado.
Albert Duncan Culbertson, Sr. (3) (born on March 16, 1916 in Whalan,
MN. and died on March 23, 1979) at home in Whalan of a heart attack. He married Mildred Evelyn Bonsey on November 10, 1937 in Peterson. Mildred was born on August 30, 1919 and died on
December 23, 1967 at Rochester Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN
of congestive heart failure. She had suffered with asthma for many years.
They had eight children: Albert, Connie, Kay, Karen, Laurel, Sandra, Robert, and Allie.
Albert and Mildred lived in Whalan and Albert worked on the railroad. He served in
the U.S. Navy (Seabees) for four years. Some of that time was spent in Africa. He served as postmaster of Whalan during the time that Grandmother Anna Marie managed the Whalan Hotel.
They farmed at Peterson and Altura. In 1954 they moved to Winona and
Albert worked for Roverud Construction Company. Mildred wasn't employed outside the home because having eight children and keeping up with everything was enough work for her. The children were taught to help at home.
The older children helped with many
things in the house. Every Sunday we went to church and Sunday school. In 1960 they moved to Rushford and Al worked for the Minnesota Highway Department as a bridge construction worker. In 1961 they moved to Lanesboro where Mildred managed Milly's Cafe and
Albert worked on construction with the Highway Dept and helped with the Cafe. He quit the Highway Dept. and managed the Midland Gas Station in Lanesboro for one year. He worked for the Lanesboro High School as maintenance man and bus driver
for 12 years.
Before Lanesboro hired a full time police, Albert was hired as a parttime policeman in the evening. Albertserved as mayor in Lanesboro also. In 1978 Albert retired and moved to Whalan and was serving as mayor of Whalan at the time of his
death in march of 1979.
He served as a past president of the VFW Post of Lanesboro and was a member of the Whalan American Legion Post. He was buried next to Mildred in the Lanesboro cemetery with military rites by the American Legion.
Duncan Jr. (4) (nickname Lefty) was born on August 31, 1939. He served in the United States Army for four years in El Paso, Texas and France. He married Lois Jean Grafe in May 1981. They lived in Whalan, MN. They had a daughter Mildred Culbertson (5) born
stillborn on June 17, 1981.
She is buried in Lanesboro, MN. cemetery at her Grandmother Mildred Culbertson's (3) grave site.
A son Albert Duncan Culbertson, Jr. (5) was born on February 14, 1984. He has the same birthday as his great grandfather
Albert (2). Albert and Lois were later divorced in February of 1987.
Albert works for Filmore County and does the grading to improve the roads and many other jobs of that sort.
Connie Rae Culbertson (4) was born on September 27, 1941 at home in
Whalan, MN. After high school graduation she lived in Winona, MN. and worked at Randells Bakery. She married Richard Zenk at Central Lutheran Church in Winona, MN. and they made their residence in Winona.
A daughter Linda Marie (5) was born. Connie and
Richard were divorced after three years. Connie married Robert Peter Lang in 1967. They lived in Bloomington, MN and operated a bakery in Chanhassen, MN. A daughter Diane Lang (5) was born.
Connie and Robert were divorced after 23 years of marriage.
Connie is the manager of a Cub Food Bakery in Bloomington, MN. Connie purchased a townhome and resides in Bloomington, MN.
A daughter LindaMarieZenk (5) was born on August 19, 1963 in Winona, MN. Linda married Robert Mayeron March 2, 1996 in Las Vegas,
Nevada. They bought a home in Bloomington, MN. Linda is a secretary.
A daughter Diane Lang (5) was born on December 26, 1967 at Rochester Community Hospital, Rochester, MN. Diane married John Purcell (born September 24, 1968) on July 18, 1992 in Bloomington,
MN. They bought a home in Bloomington, MN.
A son Alec RobertPurcell (6) was born on August 2, 1993.
Another son JackThomas Purcell (6) was born December 19, 1995. John works for a Pontiac dealership in White Bear Lake, MN as a mechanic. Diane works
parttime for a Baby Gap store.
John and Diane are great parents to their boys, and Grandma Connie is a very proud and wonderful grandma. She tries to spend a lot of time with them and they love her.
Kay Louise Culbertson (4) was born on December
12, 1942. After high school she moved to Winona, MN and worked at Randells Bakery where her sister Connie worked. She married Armond Jerome Wier Central Lutheran Church in Winona, MN. They
lived in an apartment in Winona, MN. After their first child
was born, they moved to Trempealeau, Wisconsin and bought a farm and a dairy herd. A few years later they sold the farm and bought a farm at Augusta, Wisconsin. They have farm crops and a large dairy herd.
They work very hard on the farm.
Lisa Wier (5) was born on October 14, 1964 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. She married Kenneth Charles Chegwidden on May 9, 1987. A daughter Kayli Joy (6) was born on November 23, 1994 in Appleton, Wisconsin. They bought a home outside of
Lisa doesn't work outside the home. Ken works for a company and installs furnaces.
A daughter Laurel Jean Wier (5) was born on November 18, 1967 in Lacrosse, Wisconsin. She married Wayne Anthony Nickolson on May 12, 1990 in Osseo, Wisconsin. A daughter
Averi Ann Nickolson (6) was born on December 23, 1997 in Hudson, Wisconsin.
They bought a home in Hudson, Wisconsin. Laurel works for the County and works in the welfare department area.
A daughter Leitha Ann Wier (5) was born prematurely and died
at Winona hospital in Winona, MN. She is buried at Centerville, Wisconsin cemetery.
A son Lance Armond Wier (5) was born on July 20, 1974 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Lance farms the farm he bought next to his parents' farm in Augusta, Wisconsin. He also
has a dairy herd and farm crops.
Lance has a daughter Alayna Jean Wier (6) who was born on August 2, 1997 in EauClaire, Wisconsin. She lives with her mother but visits her father often. Grandma Kay loves her so much, as well as her other grandchildren.
Grandma Kay loves spending time with her grandchildren.
Karen Sue Culbertson (4)(nickname Cookie) was born on December 1, 1944 in Lanesboro, MN. Karen went to License Practical Nurse training in 1967 and became an LPN in Rochester, MN. She is
now working in Vascular Radiology and assists the doctors with vascular and non-vascular procedures.
She married Kermit Carlton Bormann on February 24, 1968 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lanesboro, MN. They bought a home in Rochester, MN. Kermit worked
as a firefighter, then a driver with the Rochester Fire Department. Kermit worked on his days off from the Fire Dept. building five homes.
Three of them we lived in. He retired from the fire department December 31, 1997 after 32 years of service. He
works three days a week at Herring Art and Frame making frames. It is a very nice art gallery. He loves to golf in the warmer weather.
A son Eric Daniel Bormann, (5) was born on January 16, 1970 in Rochester, MN. He graduated from the University of
Northern Iowa in 1993 with a degree in Law Enforcement. He has been a policeman in Albert Lea, MN. and a Minnesota State Trooper in St. Paul, MN.
He is now a Minnesota State Trooper in Dodge and Olmsted Counfy area (which covers the Rochester, MN area).
He married MiSun Lee Grangruth on June 13, 1998 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Hopkins, MN. MiSun was born June 18, 1970 in Seoul, Korea. She was adopted on May 10, 1977.
Her parents are Clyde Seymore Grangruth born at home in October 20,1941 in Menahga,
MN. Her mother was Joyce Merial (Sanders) Grangruth born November 1, 1946 in Deer River, MN. She died suddenly of a heart attack at home on October 15, 1997.
She was cremated and ashes will be at Talmoon Cemetery near Marcell, MN. MiSun's parents are
Finnish and Norwegian. Her great grandmother came from Norway. Her grandmother and mother taught her how to make lefse. She graduated from Concordia College in 1993 with a degree in
English Writing and Business Management. She will be going back to college
starting this summer (1999) to get her masters degree in counseling for the school system. MiSun and Eric bought a home in Rochester, MN.
A daughter Denise Kay Bormann (5) was born on December I, 1971 in Rochester, MN on her mother's birthday. She graduated
from the University of Minnesota at Duluth, MN in February of 1995 with a degree in Accounting. She works in research accounting at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
She married Douglas David Jans on August I, 1998 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester,
MN. Doug was born June 14, 1968 in Buffalo, MN. He graduated from Mankato State College with a BS degree in Computer Science and Math. He works at IBM in Rochester, MN as an advisory software engineer. His parents are Dale Frederick Jans born August 6, 1939
in Buffalo, MN and his mother is Karen Dianne Jans born November 28, 1941 in Buffalo, MN. Denise and Doug
bought a home in Rochester, MN.
A son David Allan Bormann (5) was born on May 5, 1980 in Rochester, MN. He graduated from high school in June
of 1998. He just finished his freshmen year of college at the University of Minnesota in Duluth, MN. He hasn't decided yet what he'll major m.
He is working at a local grocery store over the summer to earn some money for college.
Laurel Jean (4)(nickname
Lolly) was born on June 14, 1947 at Lanesboro, MN. Lolly took an art course through the mail. She was very gifted when it came to writing the different styles of writing. She wrote the Lords Prayer in English lettering for a small Lutheran church in Iowa,
wrote many short verses for people (example) "God Bless Our Home" and "There's No Place Like Home." She graduated from high school in June 1965. She became engaged (to be married in about two years) to a local boy and classmate of hers (Thomas Haugen
They both had a summer job in Winona, MN at a knitting mills factory. On August 5, 1965 they were driving home from work (not too far from Lanesboro) and they were both killed in a devastating car accident that involved three cars. They
were hit by two cars head-on and were both killed beyond recognition.
A classmate was killed in the second car, and another boy the same age was hurt in the third car. There was a double funeral for Lolly and Tommy at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. The families
bought burial plots next to one another, so Lolly and Tommy are buried side by side at Lanesboro Cemetery.
Sandra Marie (4) was born on July 18, 1948 at Lanesboro, MN. Sandra moved to Rochester, MN after high school and worked at Rochester Methodist
Hospital as a nursing assistant and later worked at Snyder Drugs in Rochester, MN.
On August 2, 1980 she married LaRoy Patrick Sampson in Bloomington, MN. His parents are George Webb Sampson and Ruth Francis Sampson.
They have two children Jessica
Nicole (5) and Sean Patrick Webb Sampson (5) Sandra and Roy moved to Duluth, MN and were later divorced on July 8, 1995 in Duluth, MN. Sandra and the children movedto Lanesboro, MN in April, 1999.
Sandra purchased a home in Lanesboro, MN.
Jessica Nicole Sampson (5) was born on March 3, 1982 in St. Louis Park, MN. She will be a senior in high school in the year 2000.
A son Sean Patrick Webb Sampson (5) was born on November 23, 1986 in Minneapolis, MN. Sean will be in the seventh grade in
the year 2000.
Allie Dean Culbertson (4) was born on July 7, 1951 in Lanesboro, MN. After high school Allie worked at AMPI Dairy in Rochester, MN. He loved to fish and hunt, snowmobile and ride his motorcycle.
On September 16, 197 4 he died of
carbon monoxide poisoning. He is buried at Lanesboro Cemetery next to his parents and sister.
A son Robert Allan Culbertson (4) (nickname Butch) was born June 16, 1950 in the hospital at Preston, Minnesota. Robert attended Rochester Community College
in Rochester, MN for 11/2 years. He quit college to work at AMPI Dairy in Rochester, MN. He was a heavyweight boxer, but gave it up when he
married Nancy Lucille Hall on November 18, 1972 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Lanesboro, MN. Nancy is the
daughter of Wilbur DeLayne Hall and Mary (Hager) Hall. After Robert and Nancy married, they lived in Rochester, MN for a short time. In 1973 they purchased 16 acres with a small
older home on it at Lanesboro, MN. They remodeled it and lived there until
February 6, 1979 when a fire destroyed their home and belongings. In 1980, a new well was drilled and a new home was built on the same spot. They have two sons Adam Robert (5) and JeredWilbur (5)
Robert worked as a maintenance engineer for Filmore County
Courthouse for severalyears. In 1980 they purchased 40 acres of cropland to raise com, and they purchased several sheep to graze on the original 16 acres.
They moved to Hudson, Wisconsin where Robert started working as a prison guard at Oak Park Heights
Prison in Stillwater, MN. They had a new home built in Hudson, Wisconsin. They were later divorced in 1990.
Robert married KathyJanePasonon October 5, 1996 at New Richmond, Wisconsin. They had an outdoor wedding on the farm where Robert lived and where
they would take up residence. Kathy was born on May 28, 1953 at St. Paul, MN. Her parents are James LeRoy Pason and Patricia Dorothy (Wallace) Pason.
Kathy has two daughters and two sons from a previous marriage. Her children are all grown.
and Kathy purchased a home in Lanesboro, MN and are converting it over to a bed and breakfast. It will be called the "Thompson House Bed and Breakfast." It is a beautiful brick home that is filled with lots of character. It sits on a big lot and from the back
of the house, you have a
beautiful view of the Lanesboro dam. The house has been made a historic house. Robert's sons have been a big help with working on the house, as well as many other people. Robert and Kathy moved to Lanesboro and live in the house.
The date they will open the bed and breakfastis unknown at this time.
Kathy works evenings at the Preston Nursing Home, and Robert made sargeant at work and he transferred to Red Wing, MN Prison.
Adam Robert (5) was born August 10, 1976 at Spring
Valley, MN. Adam works as a welder at Crenlo's in Rochester, MN. Adam purchased a house in Whalan
Jered Wilbur (5) was born February 28, 1979 at Spring Valley, MN. Jered works for his uncle Alex Hall's cement business.
Mildred Mary Ann Culbertson
(3) was born on December 3, 1918 at Whalan, MN and died on December 12, 1958 from a blood clot following surgery of a ruptured duodenal ulcer. She married Elmer Vincent Mrozek. They had a daughter Anita Eloeeze Mrozek (4).
Mildred and Elmer were later
divorced in 1939. Mildred later married Allie Percival Johnson Born in 1904 and died in 1969. They lived most of their married life in Houston, MN. Allie farmed till 1949 and later managed the Greenway
Co-op in Houston, MN. Mildred worked at a local Houston
cafe and later worked at Onstad's Store 1951-1958 till the time of her death. Mildred and Allie are buried at the Stone Church Cemetery, rural Houston, MN.
A daughter Anita Eloeeze Mrozek (4) was born on February 27, 1938 at Lanesboro, MN. Anita graduated
from Winona State College in 1958 with a teaching degree. She married Daniel Paul Bartel on August 5, 1961 in Dodge Center, MN at St. John DeLaselle Catholic Church.
Dan managed the Hubbell House Restaurant at Mantorville, MN. They have three children,
Douglas Jay, Denise Rae, and Dean Paul. Anita taught in Kasson MN for six years; she worked at the Mayo Clinic in the Publications Department for two years, and
taught English, Speech and Developmental Reading in Byron from 1974-1998 and retired at the
end of the 1998 school year. Anita and Dan were divorced on October 25, 1979. Anita purchased a townhouse and resides in Rochester, MN.
Douglas Jay Bartel (S) was born on. May 15, 1962 in Rochester, MN. He graduated from the University of MN in Minneapolis,
MN majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He works as a computer programmer and works with software development. He resides in the Twin Cities.
Denise Rae Bartel (5) was born on March 12, 1969 in Austin, MN. She was adopted on May 12, 1969. She graduated
from the University of MN in Minneapolis, MN with a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies. She works at Norwest Bank as a technical writer.
She is engaged to be married to Eric Donald Hassenstab on September 11, 1999 in Richfield, MN. Denise resides
in the Twin Cities.
Dean Paul Bartel (5) was born on July 15, 1973 in Rochester, MN. Dean finished Seminole Community College in Florida. He took an apprenticeship in meat cutting. He works as an assistant manager for Winn Dixie Supermarket chain. Dean
resides in Florida.