Jul 102014

New flagpoles at CP Farm

We have had a wonderful time in Texas this summer and ,once more, a lot of things are going on.

This time we started in Duluth, Minnesota, where Thomas held a keynote presentation, and a cultural presentation at the Sons of Norway District 1 Convention. This was a good opportunity to tell more than 300 delegates, representing 10 states in the mid-West, about all the exciting things that happen in Norse and Bosque County.

At the CP Farm several activities are ongoing, and of those most visible this time we can mention:

Now we have installed 2 flagpoles, and raised the Tysvær and Texas flags on them.

Archeologists from Texas Historical Commission

Archeologists from Texas Historical Commission

Archeologists from Texas Historical Commission have come two times to the property to survey and to document buildings and artifacts.

We have now received a cost estimate to build a smoke house. Before we start to build this, we must remove an old shed which is in poor condition.

In the red barn, one of the walls has been covered with plywood, and further work will be done with this in the future.



Interior red barn

Interior in the red barn

This web page has been finalized.

The information boards for the property are printed, but some work remains on the construction of the frames. They will be installed in the near future.

This time we have met a lot of our friends here, and in addition we have met a lot of new, wonderful people. We really enjoy our visits here in Bosque, and look forward to our next visit.

May 072014

Thomas Mannes and Eldbjørg Djønne-Stuve (from Tysvær, Norway) came to the Norse Community near Clifton, Texas in April 2014 and were able to meet with many people from the area and to make some plans for the Cleng Peerson cabin and the property where it stands.

A copy of the Petition to the State of Texas written by Cleng Peerson in 1855 was obtained, and is posted here for you to read. And interesting point in the Petition states that Cleng Peerson lived at the property from about 1854 and cultivated it after the former owner, Andris Broten, died. It has been suggested that the former owner could be the same as “Andreas Bretta,” the first Norwegian who died in Norse; and several people in the area have supported this theory.


At present, designs are underway for information plaques to be placed at the property to provide a short historical overview of Cleng Peerson’s role, the original cabin on the land, and the remains of the Colwick home where Cleng spent his final days.

The old log cabin has been cleaned and temporary coverings placed on the floor. Because the cabin itself is unstable, and potentially unsafe, as well as home to snakes, visitors are not allowed entrance in the cabin at this time.

gathering-placeSome interior modifications are planned for the “new” red barn to facilitate future activities, such as the preparation and serving of traditional Norwegian food.

The Bosque County Chapter of the Norwegian Society of Texas invited Thomas Mannes to the St.Olav’s Kirke (Old Rock Church) Gathering Place to give a short presentation about these plans. The enthusiastic and positive response by so many in this “Norwegian Capital of Texas” is quite encouraging.