Hjalmar Johan SMEVIK

Male 1911 - 2001  (90 years)


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  • Name Hjalmar Johan SMEVIK 
    Born 24 Jun 1911  Bjørnskinn, Andøy, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 4 Aug 2001  Oslo, Oslo, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Vestre Aker Kirkegård, Oslo, Oslo, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Confirmation Record: Church Book: Bjørnskinn 1918-1938
      Confirmation Date: 13 Jun 1926
      Name: Hjalmar Johan Smedvik
      Birthdate: 24 Jun 1911
      Baptism date: 1 Oct 1911
      Birthplace: Bjørnskinn
      Parents: Gbr. Johan Smevik og k Hilda f. Hanssen

      From a letter written to Jerry Lowell by Hjalmar Smevik, dated November 20, 1995, living in Oslo:

      “Hjalmar Smevik
      Hovseterv. 44C
      N-0768 Oslo
      Norway

      Oslo, 20 November 95

      Dear Jerry,

      “Thank you for your interesting letter. You “emigrants” are far more interested in knowing about and documenting your roots than those of us in the “old country”. Naturally enough: You went so far away from them, while we have them around us aall the time. This searching for things past was evident in Harald in Vik (Harold Nelson) in 1921, and in Aunt Karen during her visit here at about the same time, and I felt really ashamed when Kalmar, still with a broad Sortland’s dialect after 50 years in America, could tell me about relatives, even here in Norway, who I had no idea existed.”

      “But those times have gone. The old storyteller traditions vanished in this country at the start of the century, and now everyone’s searching for their ancestors in the archives. Meanwhile, a lot has disappeared--since many church books have been destroyed by fire. I can trace my wife’s family back to 1650, but my own only to around 1800.

      “The following is a summary of my knowledge of our common ancestors: Hans Andreas Jakobsen, 30 Dec. 1833-11 Feb. 1914, a farmer and fisherman, lived at Bjørnskinn on Andøya in Vesterålen. He came from Skjolde, eight kilometres south of Bjørnskinn. His parents were Pernelle Hansdtr. and Jakob Andreassen.

      “He had managed to acquire a medium-sized property, with animals and farm implements and nets to fish with in the winter. He was a hard worker, and well-liked.

      “He was married twice, both times to women from Kolvereid in Namdalen, in North Trøndelag.

      “His first wife was Pauline Olsdtr. (1834-1870). Children: Kristine (1838), Vik in Sortland; Adolf (1859), Å in Andøy; Hans (1862), Vik in Sortland; Anna (1864), Myre in Øksnes; Marie (18xx), Medby in Hinnøy; and Helmer (1870-1957), Tromsø. By the way, of all the men who were in polar explorer Roald Amundsen’s service, Uncle Helmer was the only one who went through the North West Passage (Greenland - Nome), to the South Pole and through the North East Passage (Novaja Semlja - Nome).

      “After the death of Pauline, he remarried, this time Johanne Paulsdtr. (1844-1918), Kolvereid. Children: Petra (1872), BJørnskinn; Amanda (1875), Haugnes in Andøy; Simon (1878), Bjørnskinn; Hilda (1880-1972), Bjørnskinn; Daniel (1883), Bjørnskinn; Bernhard (1885), America; and Ragnar (1887), Haugnes in Andøy.

      “My mother often liked to tell of how happy they were in their childhood home. But no-one used the word half-brother or half-sister. All 14 were brothers and sisters--the best proof that H A J together with first Pauline and then Johanne, managed their most important task: to create a good, comfortable home for a large family.”

      “So far, I have 84 1/2 interesting years behind me. Starting in 1910, through a period with two World Wars and enormous changes, and now at full speed into an incredibly different existence, I have been allowed to participate in humanity’s perhaps most revolutionary epoch. Bearing in mind my forefathers’ existence, I feel undeservedly privileged and deeply grateful.

      “Just after the Second World War, I was lucky enough to take part in establishing something which was unique at that time: The State Loan Fund for Students--a bank where the Government guarantees for loan repayments. I had the honor of being in charge of this work for the rest of my working life. However, this entailed interrupting my philological studies before I had managed to acquire a reasonably satisfactory knowledge of English and this has bothered me ever since.

      “Today, my age and reduced sight have restricted my activities mainly to home, and I find it difficult to read, even with strongly magnified spectacles. But I can watch TV and listen to the radio quite well, and I get others to write for me.”

      “I hope the little information I can give you is of some help.

      “Now we’re approaching Christmas and New Year, and my family and I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas--and all the best in the year to come!

      “Best regards,

      “Hjalmar

      “P.S. A copy of this letter has been sent to Sonia.”
    Person ID I693  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 24 Oct 2013 

    Father Johan Helmer Aleksander Edvardsen SMEVIK,   b. 8 Jun 1873, Borg, Vestvågøy, Lofoten, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1938, Bjørnskinn, Andøy, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Mother Hilda Josefine HANSSEN,   b. 4 Apr 1880, Bjørnskinn, Andøy, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1972, Stokmarknes, Hadsel, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 19 Nov 1899  Bjørnskinn, Andøy, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Headstones
    Smevik, Johan and Hilda Hanssen Smevik
    Smevik, Johan and Hilda Hanssen Smevik
    Family ID F361  Group Sheet

    Family Ragnhild Elisabet MIKALSEN,   b. 29 May 1913, Åse, Andøy, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1986, Oslo, Oslo, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Children 
     1. Bjarne SMEVIK
     2. ? SMEVIK
     3. ? SMEVIK
     4. ? SMEVIK
     5. ? SMEVIK
    Last Modified 5 Feb 2017 
    Family ID F363  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 24 Jun 1911 - Bjørnskinn, Andøy, Nordland, Norway Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 Aug 2001 - Oslo, Oslo, Norway Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Vestre Aker Kirkegård, Oslo, Oslo, Norway Link to Google Earth
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  • Histories
    Correspondence. Smevik, Hjalmar.  Letter to Gerald Lowell dated 20 Nov 1995.
    Correspondence. Smevik, Hjalmar. Letter to Gerald Lowell dated 20 Nov 1995.
    Hjalmar wrote about family recollections, especially about Hans Andreas Jakobsen, Hans' two wives, and his fourteen children. Hans was Jerry's great great grandfather and Hjalmar's grandfather.
    Correspondence. Smevik, Hjalmar. Letter to Niece, Sonia Woster.  Letter dated 7 May 1995.
    Correspondence. Smevik, Hjalmar. Letter to Niece, Sonia Woster. Letter dated 7 May 1995.
    Sonia copied Hjalmar's letter, added additional comments to the copy, and sent the copy to Jerry Lowell on 1 Jul 1995.