Name: Anna Eliza NORDSTRAND
Birth: 11 JUN 1861 in Chanhassen, Carver County, Minnesota
Death: 20 MAR 1920 in Sterling, Bingham County, Idaho
Ancestral File #: 1NN4-F8
Burial: 22 MAR 1920 North Section, Sterling City Cemetery, Sterling, Bingham County, Idaho (body Later Moved)
Ann or Anna Eliza Norsteand was a pretty, dark haired, blue eyed girl born 11 February 1861 in Chanhaussen, Minnesota to Laura Maude Meade and George Norstrand. In doing research, we found the following in the Census Record for 1865. We believe this is her family.
Census Record - inhabitants of Chanhaussen, Carver County 1st day of March 1865 - No. 162:
George Norstrand - male
Laura Norstrand - female
Anna Norstrand - female
Anna Norstrand - female
Joseph Norstrand - male
Many of the census records give a more complete bit of information about each family.
Anna had a good education, possibly even better than her husband. She was talented musically and had learned to play the organ and mandolin and had a beautiful singing voice. In the rigors of pioneer life, there was not much leisure time and she never had much time for music.
She must have had a very difficult life, for moving from one place to another as the Blair family did was not easy. To do the cooking and cleaning for a husband and nine children is never ending task. Homes in those days did not have running water. Often times, it had to be carried great distances. Washing was done with a tub and wash board and light was provided by candles or kerosene lamps. There was always a "privy" out back.
Anna developed "Milk Leg" and for many years had running sores on her leg. It caused her knee to become enlarged and her leg crooked. She walked with a cane and in later years was confined to a wheelchair. Oleva Dewell's only memory of her grandmother is seeing her sweep the floor while in her wheelchair.
Anna kept house under the most difficult of situations and helped with the farm work and chores especially when her husband was busy with carpentering. She had a bad eye which was caused when a June grass or something similar got in it while she was helping haul hay.
Anna died in Sterling, Idaho on 20 March 1920 at the age of 59 years.
Written by Maurine P. Stephensen.
Father: George NORSTRANT b: ABT. 1824
Mother: Laura Maude MEAD b: ABT. 1824
Henry Janvry BLAIR b: 5 JAN 1855 in Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County, New York
in Chanhaussen, Carver County, Minnesota or Dayton, Minnesota
- Sarah Ann BLAIR b: 17 JUL 1881 in Burns, Minnesota
- Julia Ellen BLAIR b: 4 SEP 1883 in Burns, Minnesota
- Henrietta BLAIR b: 19 OCT 1886 in Fairview, San Pete County, Utah
- Mary Estella BLAIR b: 10 JUN 1887 in Fairview, San Pete County, Utah
- George Henry BLAIR b: 5 APR 1889 in Fairview, San Pete County, Utah
- William Albert BLAIR b: 2 APR 1892 in Fairview, San Pete County, Utah
- Laura Belle BLAIR b: 9 JUL 1895 in Levan, Juab County, Utah
- Dewey Augustus BLAIR , Sr. b: 12 JUN 1898 in Levan, Juab County, Utah
- Martha Rose BLAIR b: 30 MAY 1901 in Levan, Juab County, Utah
- Alfred BLAIR b: 15 OCT 1906