Spinning wheel used by Norwegian immigrants

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Spinning wheel made in 1845 in Norway by Ole Johnson Helland, a fisherman. Ole and his wife, Anne Martha Olsdatter, immigrated to the United States in the 1870s and brought the wheel to Fillmore County, Minnesota. There, Ole's son, Henry O. Helland Ulven, met and married Betsey Pederson, daughter of Norwegian immigrants. The couple moved to Dakota Territory, settling in Clear Lake, South Dakota, where Betsey used the wheel for spinning her own yarn and knitting clothing for her family.

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