Tarp (Ribe Co.) - Volmer, Montana


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Tarp (Ribe Co.) - Volmer, Montana.



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There's No Place Like Home

Nielsine Johansen left the comfortable home seen here in the village of Tarp in Ribe County in 1901. Less than a year after her arrival, she married Jens Clausen Brinkman in Cedar Falls and moved to Emmet County in northwestern Iowa, where they joined the Danish immigrant community around Ringsted.

After five years there they were among the families who heeded the call of Rev. Henrik Plambeck to establish a Danish colony on the virgin territory of the far northern plains. In early 1908 Jens and the family dog moved to the Volmer, Montana, area, where he filed a 160-acre claim. Nielsine and the couple’s three children followed shortly after. The building in the lower picture is their home, built by O.P. Olsen, a fellow migrant from Iowa. The story of Nielsine’s and Jens’ lives has been vividly chronicled in a family history donated to the FHGC: Drømmen om Amerika/The Dream of America.


  • Tarp. Photograph from Drømmen om Amerika/The Dream of America.

  • Volmer. Photograph from Drømmen om Amerika/The Dream of America.


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