Bio: Rusten, Christian (1 Jan 1855-17 Apr 1924)

Contact: Janet


Surnames: Rusten


----Sources: Census & Family Records; Wikipedia


Postcard: Sent from Granton, WI to Christian Rusten in Madison, WI (1912)


Christian Rusten immigrated from---------Norway in 1869 as a teenager, just a year after the Fourteenth Amendment provided citizenship to "All persons born or naturalized in the United States." All children born in America were then given citizenship status. Transatlantic steamships had cut the travel time between the two countries by more than half. About two-thirds of the sailors working on Lake Michigan were born in Norway and many were able to provide helpful information for the nervous new arrivals.


April 19th, 1886 Christian, having previously filed his intention to become a citizen of the USA, stood before the Honorable Louis K. Church District Court Judge of Beadle Co., SD Territory and gave his testimony showing his oath of allegiance. He was April 19th, 1886 Christian, having previously filed his intention to become a citizen of the USA, stood before the Honorable Louis K. Church District Court Judge of Beadle Co., SD Territory and gave his testimony showing his oath of alligence to his adopted country. Norton D. Wallerig and Isaac J. Neouren, both US citizens, testified to his residence within the Territory of Dakota for the required five years and confirmed his good moral character who behaved himself according to the Constitution of the USA. The mandatory two years had elapsed since Christian's declaration of intent. Having renounced all allegiance and fidelity to every Foreign Prince, ruler, State or Sovereignty, and to Oscar King of Norway and Tuerden, Judge Church certified his citizenship under the court seal. George Edw. Woodbury attested to the event and Christen left the Courthouse, an American Citizen.



Christian Rusten Naturalization--19 Apr 1886, South Dakota, United States

**The same day, 19 Apr 1886, Simen Christensen Rustin was naturalized in the same Courthouse and acknowledged by the same witnesses. He was likely a relative of Christian Rustin.  On the 1900 Census, Simen was recorded in Esmond & Mathews Townships, Kingsbury, South Dakota.


King of Sweden and Norway

Oscar II became King on 18 September 1872, upon the death of his brother, Charles XV. At his accession, he adopted as his motto "The Welfare of the Brother Peoples". The King's family and Royal Court resided mostly in Sweden.  From the very beginning he realized the essential difficulties in the maintenance of the union between the two countries.

The Statue of Liberty


Liberty Enlightening the World is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor within New York City, in the United States. The copper statue, a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States, was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and its metal framework was built by Gustave Eiffel. The statue was dedicated on October 28, 1886, the same year Christian Rusten was naturalized.  The statue was built in France, shipped overseas in crates, and assembled on the completed pedestal on what was then called Bedloe's Island. The statue's completion was marked by New York's first ticker-tape parade



1900 Federal Census, Richland Twp., Beadle County, SD


1910 United States Census, Washburn, Clark, Wisconsin, Sheet Letter: A, Sheet #6

George Haselhuhn Head Male 29 Germany
Altha (Rusten) Haselhuhn Wife Female 27 Wisconsin
Harold Haselhuhn Son Male 1 Wisconsin
Father-in-law--Christen Rusten, 56 yr. (1 Jan 1855) white male, b. Norway, Widowed, Parent's Birthplace: Norway


South Dakota, Department of Health, Index to Births 1843-1914 and Marriages 1950-2016

Conrad Rusten (Christian Rusten's Son)

Christian Rusten's Spouse: Julia Gilbertson
Son: Conrad Rusten, born 25 Aug 1887 in Beadle, South Dakota, United States
Father's Name Christian Rusten, Mother's Name Julia Gilbertson


Beadle County, SD Dam




Obit: Rusten, Christian (1 Jan 1855-17 Apr 1924)


Father: Tidemand Eriksen--Not married--Mother: Anne Christensdatter (1824, Rusten, Faaberg, Oppland, Norway–1914)

Location of Rusten, Faaberg Norway

Child of Anne Christensdatter and Tidemand Eriksen
Christian Rusten 1855–1924


Christian Rusten is buried in Madison, Dane Co., WI

**He was Christened 07 Jan 1855 Faaberg,Opland,Norway--Fåberg was a village and former municipality in Innlandet county, Norway.  The parish of Faaberg was established as a municipality January 1, 1838.  Death knocked at his door in Vermont, Dane Co, WI and he was buried (4/21/1924), four days later. 

Occupation: Retired Farmer



BioM: Rusten, Julia (21 Jul 1905)


Wisconsin Marriages, 1836-1930

Groom: Herman Qualley, white American male born in Koshkonong, Wis.
Father's Name Christ Qualley
Mother's Name Andrene Lynas
Bride: Name Gena Rusten, white female born in S. Dakota
Father's Name Christ Rusten
Mother's Name Julia Gilbertson
Marriage Date 21 Jul 1905 in Blooming Grove, Dane, Wisconsin, United States


**See Luella Neff's (their daughter) obit (she is buried in the Neillsville City Cemetery)



Bio: Rusten, Alpha / Altha Bertine (7 Feb 1881- )


Wisconsin Births and Christenings, 1826-1926

Name: Alpha Bertine Rusten, female
Birth Date: 7 Feb 1881
Birthplace: Burnside, Trempealeau, Wisconsin, United States
Father's Name: Christian Rusten
Mother's Name: Julia Gilbertson

*See the 1900 Census



Possibly Related


Home in 1880: Sterling, Vernon, Wisconsin, USA


Sywer E Rusten Abt 1856 Norway 1880 Sterling, Vernon, Wisconsin, USA
Guri N. Rusten Abt 1860 Norway 1880 Sterling, Vernon, Wisconsin, USA



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