The Lund Family


Iver Olsen Horton Lund and Hilda Marie Anderson Lund


The first Lund in this family line to come to America was Iver Lund.  According to the 1930 Washington State Census Iver Lund immigrated to the USA from Norway in 1882, and Hilda Anderson immigrated in 1891 from Sweden.  The first public record that we have found for Iver and Hilda is in the 1910 Washington State Census, where they are living in Snohomish County.  He is 51 years old and she is 44.  At this time their son Ernest is 7 years old, and the record indicated the he was born in Wisconsin.


The Family is found at the same location in the 1910, the 1920 and the 1930 Census. 


Iver Lund died on May 7, 1938.  The death certificate indicates that he was a widower at the time.  It also lists his parents as Ole Lund and Eldrie Hougan Lund.



Ernest Thorvald Lund and Bessie Hardenburger Lund


The History of the marriage of Bessie and Ernie Lund

Written by Barbara and Susan.

It was read at their 50th Anniversary Celebration.


Edited by Kenneth C. Bower


The Charleston and the varsity rag is what they might have been dancing in 1924 – when Ernie first spied Bessie and they met at Mother Hoags dancing school at Corvallis, Oregon.  Bessie was a Senior in high school and Ernie was a freshman (known as a rook back then) at Oregon Agricultural College which is now called Oregon State.


A courtship now progressed.  Bessie and Ernie dated for 6 years until they became engages in 1929.   About this time the song – ÒTip Toe through the TulipsÓ was popular and it became their song.


Ernie began work with Western Union in 1928.  He saw a lot of the nine Western states traveling about supervising the installation of new Western Union lines.


Bessie about the same time Ernie was traveling about began her teaching career, after finishing up at Oregon State.   She earned $175  a month in Toutle, Wash. Teaching English, Home economics and typing in high school.   Bessie also coached after school sports.   After Toutle, Bessie went on to the good old sawmill town of Doadie and taught for 2 years.   A lot of romantic letter writing was going on during this time.


June 18th, 1930, Bessie and Ernie were married in the ministers study of the Baptist church in Corvallis, Oregon.   After lunch, BessieÕs brother Bob drove She and Ernie in the rumble seat of his model T Ford over to the train station to catch the train to Albany.   The first stop on their honeymoon was Portland, and then on to the Grand Canyon traveling all along on the train.


Heading back to work at Wikenburg, Arizona; traveling by train became a way of life for them as they settled down to married life, taking up quarters on a train car.   Ernie was foreman in charge of the line gang.  Bessie and the cookÕs wife were the only women among this tough group of men.   Often in the morning, Ernie would have to go down to the jail house and bail someone out.  Bessie really had a pretty good deal going.  All the meals were provided by the cook and she only had a one room train car to clean.  In the hot and lazy evening, Bessie and Ernie would take a blanket and lay down on their back and gaze at the stars, oblivious to assorted creepy crawlers, scorpions and snakes.  Young love is wonderful.


Still doing a lot of traveling on the job;  Bessie and Ernie decided a trailer would be just the thing.  They went up north to Corvallis and had a trailer made by their cousin Babe Carlin.  It was a nice home.


In 1934 while still living in their trailer Bessie and Ernie were blessed by their first child, Barbara Marie, At Corvallis, Oregon.


In 1941, Bessie and Ernie moved to San Mateo, California to their dream home they had built for them to their own special plans and needs.  The nature of ErnieÕs work had changed so there was not the traveling as before and they could settle down


In 1942, Ernie and Bessie joined the ProgressorÕs Sunday School class at the Methodist church in Burlingame.  They have had lots of fun fellowshipping with their friends there for almost 40 years.  They have had many office of responsibility.  Dad was President of the group recently in 1977.  In 1947, along came daughter #2 Susan Ann.


In 1945, Ernie joined the Masons and later moved up through the ranks and became the Worshipful master in 1958.


In 1955, Dad and Mom gave away No. 1 daughter Barbara to Jack Roberts in marriage and marched down the aisle again with Susan in 1968 when she was married to Ken Bower.


On Feb. 9, 1958, Teresa Kay Roberts was born.  Bessie and Ernie were proud to become Grandpa and Grandma for the first time.  Followed in years to come by David Roberts Jenny Roberts, Michael Bower, Sarah Bower and last but not lease Deborah Bower in 1981.  Grandma Bessie and Grandpa Ernie have remarked from time to time on the pleasing attributes of their grandchildren which must stem back to their maternal heritage.


Bessie has always been a doer.  Willing to help anyone out who needed help or organize a club or activity.  She has been active in Eastern Star and Estrellita; a dynamo at P.T.A. and Girl Scouts, a resourceful brownie leader and a tremendous help to both daughters in JobÕs Daughters – even being a member of the guardian council.


Ernie was no slouch either when it came to helping out with JobÕs Daughters.  Being very handy with the tools, Dad was always being called upon to make some sort of project or other.


In 1967 Ernie retired from the Western Union and began with the Southern Pacific supervising on the lines being run for Bart.  Later Ernie decided to dabble in real estate and he obtained his real estate license and began to handle the buying and selling of properties.


With an eye out for adventure, Bessie and Ernie have had some exciting travels to many countries and in these United States.  Hobnobbing with the Eskimos in Alaska; Huluing in Hawaii; Fiorded by Norway and cousins there in Oslo; Smorgesboarded in Sweden and Denmark; Jaunted through Germany with Ken and Sue.  Floated down the canals of Holland, dined in Paris and have paraded through many of our great United States, especially the Midwest which has special meaning because of our family heritage and history.


Edited and updated 12/5/2004

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