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Trygve Norman

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Trygve Norman (født 24.3.1878 på Nes Romerike- Aril 1970 i Queens County, New York, USA) sønn av kommandørkapt. Jan Marius Norman og hustru, f. Inga Mathilde Schjøth. Bror av Sigurd Norman (8.8.1876- 28.11.1972 i Portland Oregon).

Trygve Norman ble utdannet B.ing. TH Danzig 1907. Firma Philip Holzmann, Frankfurt am Main 1908, Hamburger Hoch- und Untergrundbahn 1909 -12, medinneh. bygn.tekn. konsulentfirma Bonde & Norman, Oslo 1912-23, utvandret til USA i 1923, bosatt New York.

He was a wonderful artist, Norwegian style. While he and his wife lived in the NYC area, relatives, mainly from Portland, Oregon, would visit. One was his nephew, Tom Norman. Tom had been born in Brazil to Norwegian parents, in particular, to Trygve's brother, Sigurd and Sigurd's second wife. Tom's wife, Nancy, remembers that Trygve had "rosemaled" his kitchen cabinets, a Scandinavian folk art which also fascinated her. Relatives still have Trygve's "studies", made as a younger man, of paintings kept in a Norwegian museum. His studies were excellent paintings in their own right, with at least one owned by a great-niece (Janet Giske, daughter of Anna, one of his brother Sigurd's daughters.)

No one remembers him having children of his own, at least none that came to the States. Trygve spoiled some nephews instead. He sent at least two of the families in Oregon model steamboats that he had made, with working boiler engines.

VERIFIED BY PAPERWORK. Trygve traveled out of Norway for his graduate training and early work. By 1907, he was in Danzig. At that time, it was a Prussian seaport on the Baltic used for shipping grain, filled with multiple nationalities. (It was later returned to Poland and called Gdañsk.) His next stop was Frankfurt, found in modern Germany. Once back in Norway, he would form an engineering consulting company in 1913, with Alfred Bonde, locating in Kristiania (long ago spelled as Christiana). Both the largest city and the capital of Norway, it would have attracted lots of businesses. The two men owned/earned a patent regarding longitudinal beaming inside ships. They filed it at the US Patent Office on May 8, 1918, on record as transferred to John Möllar Larsen of Chicago, Illinois, by "mesne assignment", indicating the transfer had not been totally completed.

Trygve had emigrated to the States. This while in his 40s. Immigrating in 1923, Trygve petitioned later, in 1931, at age 51, for naturalization. He did so at the US District Court in Brooklyn.

Times were hard and becoming harder. The Great Depression was underway.

A decade or so later, the US Census for 1940 caught the country barely beginning to come out of the Great Depression. By then, Trygve boarded with the Moshys, a family of five, who described themselves as Syrian. The Moshys took in, as lodgers, three other adults, a common way for Depression-era families to "make ends meet".

The Moshys were in Queens, so Trygve's address was still Brooklyn. The Moshys listed him as married, but no wife was present. Was she still in Norway, until he could "get settled"? He was the most educated person on the census page, with 5 years of college. Even so, the Depression made it difficult to work as an engineer. Trygve "made do", working as bookkeeper at a factory.

At age 67ish, he registered with the local draft board for WW II, a requirement. Given his age, would have been surprised if he had been called to serve? (Would calling the elderly to serve have meant the US was losing the War?)

By this registration, the woman we assume was his wife was present. Their apartment was on 116th St. in Kew Gardens, Queens County. Mrs. Margit Norman was his contact person at the same address. She outlived him.

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