Hans Jørgen Bengard and Cathrine Jørgine Birk


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Hans Jørgen Bengard and Cathrine Jørgine Birk.


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Hans Jørgen Bengard and Cathrine Jørgine Birk, were married July 28, 1893, in New York City.
Hans and Cathrine were both born near Kolding, where they met. Her parents disapproved of Hans because of their differing economic status. The social, independent and more affluent Cathrine argued with Hans about their future life. She sailed to New York without him to stay with her sister, Anna Olsen. Hans followed her to New York and they were reunited. Shortly after their marriage they moved to Brayton, Iowa.


  • Photograph courtesy of Corine K. Keller.


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