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Norwegian Bank Note - Loan for Immigrant to U.S. - 1913

Norwegian Bank Note Payable from 1913

Example of a Norwegian Bank Note from Spareskillingsbanken Trondhjem dated 24 May 1913 that was used to fund the expense of traveling from Norway to the United States by a Norwegian Immigrant.

Reverse side of Norwegian Bank Note Payable - 1913

The under-class citizens of Norway often had help from relatives in Norway or the United States to help pay for the Passage to the U.S. Saving up the equivalent of about 3 months' wages for an common laborer would have seemed like a daunting task.

Note Payable dated 29.05.1913 for Kr.300 (approximately US$ 50) that Ludvig Kristian Gjønvik received from Ludvik Troseth and Anna Haarstad, relatives in Trondhjem, who helped him.  Ludvig purchased the steamship ticket from Trondhjem to Boston with the proceeds.  The note was payable in 4 months (29.09.1913) with no stated interest.  According to Arvid Gjønvik, the note was repaid as agreed.

$50.00 from 1913 is worth approximately $1,079.91 in 2007 using the Consumer Price Index Samuel H. Williamson, "Five Ways to Compute the Relative Value of a U.S. Dollar Amount, 1790 to Present," MeasuringWorth, 2008.

Copy of front (above) and back side (at right) of note payable Spareskillingsbanken, Trondhjem, Norway. The Troseths who advanced Ludvig the funds (signed for the bank loan) in order for him to immigrate to the United States.

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The GG Archives is the work and passion of two people, Paul Gjenvick, a professional archivist, and Evelyne Gjenvick, a curator. Paul earned a Masters of Archival Studies - a terminal degree from Clayton State University in Georgia, where he studied under renowned archivist Richard Pearce-Moses. Our research into the RMS Laconia and SS Bergensfjord, the ships that brought two members of the Gjønvik family from Norway to the United States in the early 20th century, has helped us design our site for other genealogists. The extent of original materials at the GG Archives can be very beneficial when researching your family's migration from Europe.