Sunday, December 21, 2014


 I HAVE SHARED A FEW CHRISTMAS CARDS FROM YEARS PAST THAT HAD BEEN SAVED BY INGA CHRISTOPHER.  (If you missed those, go to "older posts" on this page and look for Dec 2011)  THERE WAS A LOT OF INTEREST IN THESE TREASURES. SHARING THESE WITH ALL OF YOU MAKES CHRISTMAS EVEN MORE SPECIAL TO ME.  SO HERE ARE A FEW MORE...I am including the written side also so you can see the handwriting of our family members from years ago.  .
from John Davis Charleson's family (Carl Christopher's half brother)about 1920 

From Inga's father Christ Olson 1911 Pequot MN

from Oscar Christopher 1917 (Carl's youngest brother) to their mother Kjestina)

from Clara Olsen (Inga's sister) 1927

from Mary (Inga's sister in Edmonton, Canada) 1928


Saturday, August 16, 2014

100 year celebration/reunion-Frenchtown Pond-Montana

To honor my father's memory, Lester - born 100 years ago, my daughter Sara, her three children and I visited his grave in Anaconda, Montana.
Hannah and Eden Bingham

Sara, Hannah, Eden Bingham
On Sunday, August 10, 2014, We also celebrated with a family reunion in Frenchtown at the Pond with about 37 people. Many liked the area and want to have another reunion there next year. Some are interested in attending the larger Olsen Family Reunion in Pequot Lakes, Minnesota next year.  They hold it on the 2nd Saturday each August and this year they had 147 attending as pictured below. 
Olsen Reunion 2014- Pequot Lakes Minn.
George Barb, Faye Goldie, Lana Roger, Donna, Roy
Some attending the Christopher Reunion were brave enough to dress up in Viking costumes to honor our Norwegian ancestry.  Many were interested in the Christopher Family History binder and the Olsen Family History binder containing information and pictures of family members. 
Roger, Faye, George, Roy
 Good food, swimming, visiting was enjoyed by all attending.  Do you know how to make Norwegian cupcakes????
Troy Bingham
Dawn, Riley, and Michael Wahl

Goldie, Barb & Carl Erlandson
Wyatt and Kelsey Indreland with Eden Bingham

Rory, Abby, Goldie Indreland

and Cathy (Olsen) from Spokane came the farthest....She also made it to the California Olsen Reunion in June this year.
Cathy Nefzger

Some of us were tired after the long day.
Eden Bingham

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


On August 5, 1914, twin boys were born to Carl and Inga Christopher at their home. Lauren Ivan was born first, then Lester Carl. Their grandmother,  Bessie Christopher and neighbor, Mrs. Peterson, served as midwives who came to the home in Peterson Township just north of Medina North Dakota. As the twins were the 5th and 6th children, everyone else had to leave the house until they were born.  Siblings Glenn, Clifford, Roy and Ruth helped take care of the boys as they grew.  As more siblings joined the family
( Kenneth, Vernon, Bob, Doris, and Don, ) they learned to adjust to surviving during the depression by growing all their own food and hunting wildlife.  All the children shared the one upstairs bedroom and they also shared the work on the farm.  In addition to raising normal farm animals, the twins remember raising skunks for their fur which they sold in nearby towns. The twins both attended Medina schools and joined the Conservation Corps in Medina.  For fun they enjoyed boxing, hunting and fishing.  Lester worked on the Charley Peterson family as a ranch hand for a while.

As young men,  the twins often would hop a frieght train and travel out west to get odd jobs.  They would pick apples in Washington and be ranch hands for ranchers all over North Dakota and Montana.  When they came to the Jocko Valley in Montana,  they liked it so much they decided to stay.  Lauren married Lillian Sanders from Arlee in 1939 and they farmed for a while, then worked in the shipyards of Portland.  They moved back to Arlee, when Lauren got a job at the Burea of Land Management. They also and harvested hay, and raised cattle on their ranch, the old Sander's place, but sold it in 1957 and  purchased the Jocko Store. They operated that business together for 28 years, while raising their family of seven: Faye, Alice, George, Donna, Roy, Roger, Rick. They sold everything in that little store- from food, gas, dry goods, and nickel ice cream cones. The store kept everyone busy seven days a week.
Lauren continued his Reclamation job until he retired from 30 years service in 1978 and started a new farm. He and Lillian enjoyed 54 years of marriage.

Lester served in the Army stationed in Texas and California.
Lester married Blondie Billington in 1941.  They had two children; .Goldie and Lana.
Goldie and Lester
Lauren's family
  When the children from both families were together they had some difficulty telling which of the twins was their dad.  Some children laughed, some cried, but always they had good fun together.

Lester, usually called Chris, moved to Anaconda in 1949 and worked as a carpenter for the Anaconda Company.  He maried Ethel Simonson there and worked until he had Parkinson's disease.

The Christopher siblings manage to get together at times and enjoyed many Family Reunions.

Glenn, Ruth, Lauren, Lester, Ken, Bob
Lester and ?? riding horseback 


Lauren, Bob, Ken in back, Lester, Glenn in front
Goldie's family:  Dean and Rory

Lana's family: Chris, Mike, Becca, Sara, Tina, Emma, Eva
Lauren's family

Some of the Christopher Cousins..remember this.. we need an uppdate..Let's take one at the reunion!!!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Lester Carl Christopher 1941
This year on August 5, Dad,  Lester Carl Christopherwill be 100 years old!  We thank you dad, for our very lives..and the lives of our children and grand-children..for you we are deeply grateful. 

          WITH LOVE from  Goldie Jean(Christopher ) Indreland families and
Lana and Goldie Christopher  1950
 Lana Marie(Christopher) Rankin families.

Goldie Indreland and Lana Rankin 2010
Dad you now have: Nine Grandchildren and so far eighteen great grandchildren! 
Goldie, Dean and Rory Indreland   1980
Dean's family, Karen, Kelsey, Kaitlyn, Wyatt in 2013
Rory's family: Mary, Abby, Owen, Ely in 2013
Bill and Lana Rankin  1973

Rankin children in 2010  yougest to oldest
 Chris  Mike  Becca, Sara, Tina. Emma, Eva
Dave and Eva Wruck

Aaron and Emma Grigg  Amy Timothy Melanie David

TJ and Sara Bingham    Hannah   Troy   Edan

Tina and John Cheney  James and Lizzy
Aaron and Becca Bell    Liam  Colby  Hali    2013

Mike Rankin

Chris Rankin
-In Dad's honor, we are asking any relatives that have pictures of him to please send copies to Lana or Goldie so that we can post them on the Chrisotpher Blog in August.  
Also, our goal this year 2014 is to post mini biographies of all his brothers and sisters.  We are hoping if you are children and grandchildren of his siblings, would you write down your greatest memories of your parents/grandparents and send them to Goldie or Lana along with any pictures to share.  Thank you and  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!