Bernt D. Hedemark, boot and shoe dealer, is a native of Norway; was born July 18th, 1851, and lived with his folks until he was fourteen years old, when he was apprenticed to a shoe maker. In 1873, he came to America and landed at New York, and came directly to Lyle, Mower county, Minnesota. In 1875, he engaged in the boot and shoe business, making and repairing. He has since put in a nice stock of boots and shoes, and is the only one in that trade at Lyle.
He started first with Peter Johnson as partner, but he only remained one year, when Mr. Hedemark bought Johnson out, and is now running the business alone. He was married to Miss Olivia Larson, in September, 1873. She was a native of Norway, and came to this country the same time her husband came. They have five children, Ole, Dina L., Linna M., Bernhard and Oscar L.
"History of Mower County Minnesota 1884," Compiled By The Inter-State Historical Company, The Free Press Publishing House, Mankato, Minnesota. Chapter XXVII-Lyle Township, Page-475
The first shoemaker was Peter Johnson, he being succeeded by everybody's friend B. D. Hedemark, who continued in the same line until mown down by "the grim reaper" in 1909.
"History of Mower County Minnesota 1911," Editor-In-Chief Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge, H.C. Cooper, Jr., & Co., Chicago 1911 Chapter XXXI- Lyle Township And Village, Recollections Of Early Lyle, (by L.W. Sherman) page 424.
A brief business directory, published in the fall of the year, gives the names: B. D. Hedemark, leather, boots and shoes.
"Lyle In 1885"
January 26, 1910, he was married at Winona to Dena L. Hedemark, daughter of B. D. Hedemark, a former Lyle shoe merchant, who died June, 1909, Mrs. Hedemark still making her home in Lyle.
"Biographies" page 863
The first shoemaker was Peter Johnson, who was succeeded by Bernt D. Hedemark, native of Norway. He came in 1875 and added a stock of boots and shoes.
Lyle Centennial 1870-1970 book. page 10
Business places listed in a directory in 1885 were: B. D. Hedemark, leather, boots and shoes.
1885 business Places, page 28
Olivia's maiden name was "Larson Odegaard." Odegaard being the "farm name." She was one of five siblings and two half-siblings -- children of Lars Johannesen By-Odegaard. The two half-siblings were known by the surnames of Larsen and Bye. Also, in family circles, Larson is usually spelled Larsen, but sometimes it is seen as Larsdatter; and Odegaard is sometimes spelled Odegard.
Lars Johannesen's family moved to America from Grue, (SolÝr) Hedmark county, Norway. Then, somewhere between St. Ansgar, Iowa and Traill County, Dakota Territory, they all switched from Larsen/Larsdatter to become known as "Odegaard." The next generation dropped one "a" to become "Odegard."
The five Odegaard kids were:
1. Kristian Larsen (name at baptism) - final name: Christian "Christ" Lars Odegaard.
2. Olivia Larsdatter (name at baptism) - final name as we know it: Olivia Odegaard Hedemark.
3. Johannes larsen (name at baptism) - final name: Johannes "John" Lars Odegaard.
4. Peter Larsen - final name: Peter Lars Odegard (with one a).
5. Lina Larsdatter (name at baptism) - final name Lina Odegard (one a) Schulstad (Mrs. Ludvig Schulstad).
Births and Deaths of Bernt's Family
Bernt Hedemark - 1851 to 1909