He Walks This Way Again
HE WALKS THIS WAY AGAIN is the story of George (Jørgen) Larsen’s life as an immigrant in the United States from 1904 to 1959. Though a carpenter of modest means, he was known as a knowledgeable and colorful personality in Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois in the first half of the twentieth century. He also served as a sergeant in first World War in France.
Most of his story was recorded in the little journals he constantly carried, writing first in Danish and then English as he learned the new language. He related the importance of the railroad, horse & buggy, mail, building details, and silent movies. In other words, everything he saw, experienced and read.
Matthew Larsen Lesher, production manager (1999)
Copies available for $10.00 plus shipping and handling.
The biography and original manuscripts are available at the Danish Immigrant Archives, Grand View University Library, Des Moines, Iowa 50316-1599. Phone: (515) 263-6199,
Family reminiscences are and important ingredient in any genealogy or biographical endeavor. Here are two selections:
Danish Articles and Resources
Pedersen, Lisbeth andMads Findal Andreasen. The Escape to America. Kalundborg Regional Museum, Denmark. Translated into English by Jesper Wind. The story of fellow Danish immigrants who probably knew George, August and Ane Rasmussen in Greenville, Michigan .
Pedersen, Lisbeth. Wanderlust and Homesickness. Kalundborg Museum, 2004. Translation by Freddy Volmer Hansen of Pedersen, L.: ”Udlængsel og hjemve – en dansk tømrersvends erfaringer som indvandrer i USA i begyndelsen af 1900-tallet”, in Fra Holbæk Amt 2004 (Vejlø Print, Kalundborg, Denmark, ISBN 87-87575-27-2).