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Halvor Olsen Sageng

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Farmer og misjonær Halvor Olsen Sageng (f. 1873 i Tynset, død 1949 i Milaca, Mille Lacs County, Minnesota, USA ), sønn av Ole H Sageng (9.7.1839 Tynset- 4.5.1913 i Dalton, Otter Tail County, Minnesota, USA ) og Mali Sageng (1839 - 23.8.1931). Han emigrerte 8.5.1878 fra Trondheim sammen med familien.

Gift 1. i 1902 med Maria S. Heskin (22.2.1882 i Portland, Traill County, North Dakota, USA- 1904 i Madagaskar), datter av Sven Heskin and Ragnhild Haugen Heskin. Datter: Magdaline Sageng Tostengard (1903-1995)

Gift 2. med Eva Sageng (1882-1953). Barn Milo Olean Sageng (1914-1999).

Siblings: Kari, Ingeborg, Hans, Ole O. Sageng (1.12.1871- 30.3.1961), Marit, Lars

Halvor Olsen Sageng var en Free Lutheran Missionary. Han oppfant senere en treskemaskin.


Maria "Mary" Heskin Sageng was the daughter of Sven Heskin and Ragnhild Haugen Heskin, born at Portland, North Dakota, in 1882. She married Halvor O. Sageng in 1902, and they gave birth to one daughter, Magdalena, in 1903, in Paris, France. Halvor was a Free Lutheran missionary who later invented a combine. Maria died in Madagascar and is buried there in a cemetery in Manasoa.

From "The Years of Our Church," by Clarence Carlsen (1942):

Not all who were sent to Madagascar were permitted to live out their lives on the mission field. Ill health compelled a number to return to the homeland. Others were forced to give up their work for other good reasons. Many of our early missionaries died soon after reaching Madagascar, victims of the diseases prevalent there.

The first missionaries were, naturally, inexperienced. They did not know how to protect their health from the inroads made upon it by tropical conditions. Moreover, suitable homes were not available, and living in native huts brought disaster. During the first thirty years nine missionaries were laid to rest in the cemetery at Manasoa. During the past twenty years only one death has occurred. The graves of our missionaries in Malagasy soil bear silent but strong testimony to the constraining power of the love of Christ in human lives. [143] Those who are buried there are: Sister Pernilia Pederson (d. 1898), Mrs. J. B. Hoigaard, N. A. Hatlem, and Sister Caroline Olson (d. 1900), Mrs. E. H. Tou (d. 1901), Sister Milla Larson (d. 1902), Mrs. Halvor Sageng (d. 1904), Pastor J. B. Jerstad (d. 1911), Miss Ragna Dahle (d. 1919), and Mrs. J. O. Dyrnes (d. 1937).

From the book, "The Evenson-Moen Family 1785 - 1958" by a Committee of family members.

Maria Heskin Sageng was born near Portland, Traill Co. North Dakota on Febr. 22, 1882. She was baptized and confirmed in the Aurdal Lutheran Church, there in Portland. She attended rural and parochial schools also in Portland.

In 1902 she was united in marriage to Halvor Sageng. She felt that her lifes' work was to accompany her husband to the mission field and help in the work of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Malagasy people. In preparation for this work, they spent a year in France studying the French language. While in France, their daughter Magdaline was born on March 24, 1903.

In the fall of 1903, the family moved to Madagascar and took up the missionary activity. This, however, proved to be a short experience for Maria, as in 1904 she contracted climate fever and died. The baby was taken care of by the missionaries and later brought back here to make her home with her grandparents.

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  • Olaf Morgan Norlie. History of the Norwegian People in America
  • US Cencus 1940
  • Digitalarkivet
  • Trondheimsbasen 2018
  • Ancestry

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