I may have found the place. My name is Randall (Randy) A. Hermanson. I have a lot of information on the Hermanson family from Norway, who settled near Hixton Wisconsin, in the town of Garden Valley (in Illinois we call them townships). My grandfather Thom Hermanson came from Norway with his parents at around age 5. He was born in Norway around 1876. What I know is that he was a farmer in Garden Valley, in Jackson County. He had about eight children that lived to adulthood. His wifes name was Anna (Fielstedt) Hermanson. I think he spent some time in some logging camps.
Around 1930 they moved to Hebron Illinois, rented a farm for a few years and then moved to Woodstock, Il. At some point in the 1930s my dads mother died in a car/train accident here in Woodstock.
I have a lot more information about the Hermansons from Hixton/Norway, including many of my aunts and uncles when the family moved to Illinois (a bad move for me).
I want to learn more about my great grandparents some of my relatives that passed on before I was even thought of, and where in Norway do we come from.
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