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Announcements:Anderkin Family trip
Posted by: Arnold W. Rossander on May 8 2014 13:25
When: August 15-17, 2014
Where: Armada Inn,Unity, Saskatchewan, Canada. A weekend gathering for the descendants and families of Rasmus Andersen and his wife, Pederline Vilhelmine Rosander of Denmark. Four of their sons farmed in this area in the early 1900s. Attendees will visit the farms,museums,fishing and picnic areas,share stories of how they and their families survived and contributed to their communities and the environment. See how they and their sister in the US kept in touch with the folks and younger brother in Denmark and some of the accomplishments of descendants. The Armada Inn has smoking and non-smoking rooms,kitchenettes and a licenced restaurant where we will have a reserved area to meet from 6-9PM for supper and orientation. See to view rooms. Call Toll-free 1-866-982-9239 to book a standard room with 2 double beds for $93/N or 1 double bed for $83/N (as these are not listed in website). If flying to Saskatoon,there's car rental or Sask.Transportation bus service 6:30PM to Unity( Call us (at the Inn) to pick you up when you arrive and arrange car pools. For more information and to RSVP contact Bonnie Sormin by email:

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Genealogy:What's in a name-Rossander
Posted by: Arnold W. Rossander on July 22 2013 17:06

The numbers who might be changing their names at the time KP Rossander changed his name (1905). Denmark had passed several name laws that attempted to get the population to adopt fixed family names. The last law was not passed until 1906. The Danish people were reluctant to give up their old tradition of using the father's name plus "sen" or "datter." This was the norm. The change happened first in the cities then in the villages and finally in the rural area. The generation of our grandfather, Anders, was the first in our Danish family that was given an inherited surname. Our Greatgrandfather, Rasmus Andersen, was named for his father Anders Knudsen using the Ander+sen form. Rasmus and Pederline followed the new laws and used Andersen. Karl Peder Rossander Andersen (1876-1961) was named in honour of his maternal grandfather of name Carl Peder Rossander (1802-1869 - he died 6 years prior to KP's birth.) This was a common tradition at the time.

We need to understand that there was no tradition in our family to preserve the Andersen surname. It was very new in the family. The Rossander name, however, did have a long tradition going back to Sweden. Nils Gustaf Rossander was in Denmark by 1802. It was a tradition in the Rossander line to use an inherited surname that started sometime at least by the early 1700s. It seems that KP's maternal grandfather only had daughters and with the tradition of using the father's name in determining the children's surnames, it was apparent that the Rossander name would stop in Denmark. We understand that KP dropped the Andersen in his name to preserve the Rossander surname in Denmark (January 1905). It is curious that he did this about the time he had siblings already in Canada and about 5 years before he began researching his own migration to Canada. When he moved his family to Canada, it seems that the name stopped in Denmark except that his brother Andreas in 1928 used Rossander as a second name - that child died before he was 1 year old. I suspect there may have been some resistance by the Danish government to permit the name change because they were trying to implement these name laws. A good argument must have been presented if there was resistance. In the end, the name was changed and there is a story that relates to its protection. KP's daughter Sophie Dixon (born Andersen, then changed to Rossander) in her notes to her neice, Joy Finlay, (see "Photos and Videos" for a copy of this note) talks about this protection.

Soon after KP left his family in Canada and returned to Denmark (1939) he agreed that the grandchildren of his cousin, Jens Neilsen, could adopt the Rossander name. I understand there was some reason why this would be delayed until the 1960s. Poul Rossander's name is a result of this arrangement. Did he speak to you of this when you visited this summer? Perhaps he can help with this story.

As a result of this arrangement there are 25 or 26 Rossanders in Denmark. We must be related to them all.

Oh, about the 2 living persons who have Rossander as a middle name: one is Bill Rossander Dixon, Sophie's son, and Iain Rossander Anderson, my son who was named for my father Oswald Rossander Anderson. I guess this is why I'm so interested in the Rossander name. I did not know this story when we chose the name.

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Genealogy:Imagine what it was like.
Posted by: Arnold W. Rossander on July 22 2013 17:02

Denmark. It was the 19th of October 1911 in a village about 18 km to the West of the centre of Odense, Denmark. Rasmus (65 yrs old) and Mina (68 yrs old) Andersen were celebrating the 11th birthday of Andreas their only child who had not emigrated to North America.

Earlier in the year they had bid farewell to their two sons and their families. Karl Rossander, their son, and his wife, Karen, and the two grand daughters and grand sons departed with Jorgen and his new wife, Eleanora, and their one-year old girl to join Anders and Johannes who were already living in southern Saskatchewan. The only daughter of Rasmus and Mina had emigrated to California in 1904 and in 1910 had married Lawrence Johnson who had established a farm in Tordenskjold Township, near Underwood, Minnesota.

This story is the story of our family’s part in settling the West. Our family was part of a great movement of people as the west was opening up from 1885 to 1914. While members of our family came from many places, for the purposes of this account, it begins in Denmark.

In 1864 Denmark, as an ally of Emperor Napoleon III, lost in the war with Prussia. The loss meant Prussia acquired the two southern Danish provinces of Schleswig and Holstein. These areas were the best agricultural and dairy lands. This placed a great deal of pressure to reclaim large areas of Western Jutland where rural poor were settled. By 1885 steamship companies were advertising that land was available in the Canadian West. The last spike of the transcontinental rail that connected Canada from sea to sea had been driven and the Canadian Prairies were accessible. Our family heard the call.

North America Calls!

The first Dane on our tree to come was Lauritz Jorgensen who in 1885 changed his name to Lawrence Johnson upon arrival in Tordenskjold near Underwood, Minnesota where he established a farm. Lawrence would eventually (1910) be the husband of Ann Marie Andersen.

The next one was an 18 year old adventurer Johannes Rasmus Andersen who in 1892 checked out the opportunities in the West. While the record is not clear, it is likely he went to Minnesota or Nebraska where most of the Danes were heading. He might have heard that many of the Danes there were heading North to Saskatchewan for free land. Johannes returned to Denmark to try to persuade his parents, Rasmus and Pederline Andersen, to move the family to the New World to take part of the adventure. In 1900, then 25 years old, Johannes took up his own opportunity and moved to Omaha, Nebraska. By 1903 he left his homestead there and started a new one in Kerrobert, Saskatchewan. Johannes found that he was not suited to be a farmer and by 1906 was working as a carpenter in Assiniboia about 500 km to the south-east.

Life must have seemed good enough for Johannes because Anders Andersen at the age of 21 arrived in Craik, Saskatchewan and set up a homestead there in 1906. One of the requirements of the early Canadian land grants was that a home must be built within a year. When Anders got the home ready he sent for Emma, his fiancé in Odense. She arrived in Montreal after a long sail from Liverpool. She was grateful to find a porter that spoke Danish and he helped her get a train to Saskatchewan. Emma, however, was not especially impressed with the sod hut that Anders called a home. They married in November and settled, raising a family in Saskatchewan.

Even though Anders and Emma and their young family had difficulties in their farm experience, Karl Peder Rossander (formerly Karl Peder Rosander Andersen) came to Saskatchewan in 1910 to investigate the homestead prospects. He returned to Denmark and the next year after his 35th birthday brought his wife, Karen, their four children (Sofie, Vilhelmine, Rasmus and Hans) to a homestead in Kerrobert, Saskatchewan. He was joined by his 27 year old brother Jorgen Peder (James Peter) Andersen and his wife Eleanora and their one year old girl Elna Marie.

Our Beginning.

This is how our (Rossander / Anderson) family began it’s life in Canada and the USA. From this beginning the children of these Andersens and Rossanders moved from place to place meeting people from Poland, England, Scotland, Malaysia and, of course, those who called themselves Canadians and Americans. And yes, some would return to Europe. But Rasmus and Pederline, other than the family of Andreas and his wife Maren, would not see any of their children or their families again.
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