The couple emigrated in 1907, arriving in the area near LaCrosse, Washington, in April of that year. They moved to Limon, Colorado, in 1917, where they remained until 1933, when they returned to the LaCrosse area. They had 7 children who lived to adulthood: John Bernard (b. 1907), Magna Gislaug (b. 1909), Astrid Josephine (b. 1911), Joris Oscar (b. 1913), Justin Alfred (b. 1916), Irvin Edgar (b. 1918), and Reidar Norman (b. 1922). Another son, also named Justin Alfred, died in infancy in 1915.