From 1846 and onwards many people from Bykle municipality in Setesdal emigrated from their poor conditions to the land of opportunities, America.
Halvor Mikkelson Holen (1880-1968), a young brother of my grandfather, emigrated in 1900 when he was 20 years old. After 19 years in Minnesota he went back to Norway to find a wife, and he succeeded. In 1920 he went back to his farm in Goodridge, Pennington Cpunty, Minnesota togheter with his wife, Gyro from Valle. They had five children and now have a large number of descendants.
After requests from some of my relatives in Minnesota I have written a saga about our common ancestors. It became a tale about seven generations.
Holen is a small, poor mountain farm in the upper part of Setesdal, a valley in Southern Norway. There the condition of life has always been very hard; still our forefathers, managed to keep this farm for more than 200 years. I am the seventh generation. Now the village is flooded with water because of a power plant that caused the farm and the village to be destroyed in the 1960’s
This is not only a book about a particular family, it is also a story wich many Americans origienating from Norway have in common. It is a tale about «Poor Norway» back in time.