Alfhilde Olsen Monsen, widow of Gabriel Monsen, with her baby daughter Gabriella (later known as "Ella"), this photo was taken about 1885 in Bergen, Norway. Her husband, a sailor, died at sea in a boating accident, leaving her with three small children.
Ella Monsen Christensen immigrated to the United States from Norway at the age of 20, learned English, and worked as a houshold servant. She later sent for her mother and siblings. She married Peter Christensen, a baker, in Huron, South Dakota. She is pictured here with her daughter, Lillian, about 1912.
Lillian and her first child, daughter Betty, on their farm in Beadle county, South Dakota, about 1939.
Betty, with her first daughter, Karen (me!), about 1959.