6 BROTHERS Documentary

A Story of Hope, Loss, and Perseverance on the Northern Plains


Dear Christian, Shall now attempt to write some words to you again. When I last wrote I wrote to both you and Henry–hadn’t thought that it would be the last time I wrote to him, he thanked me for the letter the last time he wrote home. It was a heavy blow that (?) such a boy was shot and killed by the Germans. Began to have good hope that he would have soon gotten permission to come home when...

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July 8, 1945

Watford City, ND July 8, 1945 Dear Christian Received a welcome letter from you on Thursday. Many thanks and will now send a few words in answer. Is good to see that you are healthy, and we are all healthy, which is a lot to be thankful for. We have had enough rain the whole time so everything looks good. On the 3rd of July we got a little hail but it didn’t do much damage on the (field?) here,...

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5-31-1945 Dear son Christian, We received your precious letter today. Thank you so much. It is good to see you write more and hope that you can eat again. I hope you can sleep so you can get over this grief sooner. It took me a week to be able to eat well and nothing tasted good I thought. Yes it’s terrible to think about that we will never see Henry again here, but with God’s help he will...

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5-2-1945 Dear son Christian I am sending you a few words in reply to your dear let/er we received yesterday. I was going to write yesterday, but didn’t feel like it. Pastor (?name?) ,(?name?) Monsen, (?name?)Kellog and Inga came with a telegram that said Henry has moved from this valley of complaints on April 19th. So he became the first one to meet Selmer at home with God. Had a hope that he...

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3-26-1945 Dear Christian, As it is Sunday afternoon and I am home alone I will try to write some words for you. I don’t write very often, but I have not forgotten you. I hope to live to see the day that we will meet again soon. It’s starting to be a long time since you left, I didn’t think it would be so long that you would be gone. As it is looking like the Germans will have to give up soon...

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1/23/1945 Dear son Christian, Will now send you some words so you can see that we’re alive and everything is good and hope that it is just fine with you also. We have fine weather is holding up from 10 to 30 degrees. Have a little snow so Casper uses a sled and drives (?) with. Was at Mrs. Bergem’s house last Thursday and she works and strives as before, she has only 4 cows there but she has two...

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