The Baker

Iver Nilsen Sundheim b.1895 was born at Sundheim in Valdres, Oppland, Norway. His parents was Nils Eriksen Sundheim b.1857 and Anne Julsdatter Hilmen b.1865. Iver was the 4th child of 11 total, and 5 of them emigrated to America.

Iver emigrated to America in 1913. He crossed the Atlantic on Cunard Lines Carmania together with Halvard M. Brujord and settled in Rhinelander, Superior WI. He kept in touch with his siblings, maybe especially the Hagens in Michigan and his sister Christine in California.

S/S Carmania, Cunard Line

Martha Brustuen b.1893 emigrated in 1919, and joined Iver in Rhinelander. Iver worked as a baker in Kirk’s Bakery, and later as a dairy dairy driver. They married in 1920, and Alfhild was born in 1921.

A Grandchild of the founder of Kirk’s Bakery, Richard van Kirk, described Iver as a very kind man, calm and a real gentlemanlike, and he remember being around him in the bakery during his childhood.

Iver & Martha Sundheim 1919

Iver had a valuable contact in Norwegian America Line, his nephew Rolf Hilmen. Rumour has it that he provided Iver with cheap/free tickets on the liners back to Norway. Iver visited Norway several times, and on some occations he brought back with him a motorcycle and several cars.

Iver & Martha Sundheim, with Alfhild 1929

Due to tough times in the US, the family returned to Norway in 1929. Martha was unhappy in US, and was longing for home. It may be a coincidence, but the family return to Norway in July ’29, and the Great Depression hit Wall Street hard in October ’29. All though it was hard times, it was probably some luck in play with the timing moving back to Norway.But more challenges was to come..

Iver had a sister, Anne Sundheim Andersen, who lived in Tjøme near Tønsberg. This may very well be part of the reason that he bought a small farm at auction in September ’29 at Eikeberg at Barkåker just north of Tønsberg. The family settled there.

Iver & Martha got a son, Magne in 1930.

Iver returned to America in 1930 to work, and ended up staying behind in America, close to his many familymembers and friends that settled in America. Martha with Alfhild and new born son Magne stayed behind and ran the farm to the best of their abilities. They built a chickenfarm, which turned out to be a steady income for the family, and particularly helpful during WW2.

Iver with his famous AMC Rambler during his visit to Norway in 1961 (AMC Rambler 1958)

He visited Norway a few times in the 60s after his retirement, but returned to Rhinelander, Superior, WI, where he lived until his death in 1980.

Iver with a colleague by an Oakland Dairy van
Iver as retired living in Rhinelander, WI (probably taken in the late 70s)

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