Click to enlarge photos Georg Jørgensen Ringereide's Photo Album from Norway
Georg Jørgensen Ringereide was the photographer of all of these pictures, except of course the one's which he is in.  He continued throughout his life to enjoy photography.  From the census of 1900 we find that he was born 16th of September that year and that he lived in Bergen (Fredriksberg no. 23, at Nordnes near the harbour, whole 3rd floor, 2 rooms and kitchen) together with his father Mons Olai Jørgensen Ringereide, (born 1863 at Ringereide, Lavik, Sogn), his mother Thrine Abrahamsdatter Waage Ringereide (born 1867) and grandmother (Maren Waage, born 1842) from Askvold in Sogn og fjordane county. He had a sister, Agnes Jørgensdatter Ringereide (born 1897), who died in childhood. Not listed are:  Alv Jørgensen Ringereide (born 1907) and Rolf Jørgensen Ringereide (born 1908).
George Jorgensen Ringereide arrived in the United States of America (USA), Ellis Island, New York, October 15, 1923, at 22 years of age.  He traveled from Bergen on the ship "Bergensfjord".  His father's address in Norway at the time of his departure was Strandgaten 28, Nordnes, Bergen.  He listed his cousin, Mons Ringereide in the town of
Crow Rock, Montana, as the person he would live with in the USA.
George talked about Norway all the time.  He played the old Norwegian songs on the violin by ear.  One of the things he told us was that the name Ringereide translated as the musical sound that is made when the wind in the Fjord blows gently on the blue bells that grow in the Spring. He brought with him a Hardanger fiddle to America. He always talked about this “violin” being a special type having two layers of strings. The violin was stolen when he first arrived in NYC and he never played a Hardanger fiddle again. George always had the best sense of humor, enjoyed life immensely and was well liked by all who knew him.  He kept the feeling of Bergen with him always and shared it with all of those around him.

Georg Jørgensen Ringereide at the Bergen Technical School in 1921
Georg Jørgensen Ringereide's Military Service in Norway 1921-22

From a Trip to Vognstølen in 1921
This is up on the hills overlooking Bergen, it is now very populated. Top left picture:  Georg Jørgensen Ringereide is to the right of the woman holding the baby;  Right:  Georg Jørgensen Ringereide. Lower left: Georg Jørgensen Ringereide. 

Top left picture:  Georg Jørgensen Ringereide is just to the right of the woman holding the baby; Right: Georg.
Lower left: Georg. 


Gamle Nordnesgutter (Old boys from Nordnes)
This is the page after "Fra Vognstølen 1921"
. Bottom row:  Left:  Georg Jørgensen Ringereide in 1923, 23 years old; Middle: Alf (Alv) Jørgensen Ringereide in 1924, 18 years old; Right: Rolf Jørgensen Ringereide in 1928, 20 years old.  

Bottom row:  Left:  Georg Jørgensen Ringereide in 1923, 23 years old; Middle: Alf (Alv) Jørgensen Ringereide in 1924, 18 years old; Right: Rolf Jørgensen Ringereide in 1928, 20 years old.


Additional photos from Bergen
Left: "Vordende gaster Laxevaagsfærgen" (Future saylor seamen on the Laksevaag ferry).  Right:  "Nysæter privat Strømgt 28" (Mr. Nysaeter in privat at the Stroem road no. 28).  

Left: "Vordende gaster Laxevaagsfærgen" (Future saylor seamen on the Laksevaag ferry).  Right:  "Nysæter privat Strømgt 28" (Mr. Nysaeter in privat at the Stroem road no. 28).  


På Paasketur ved Grovu (on an Easter trip by Grovu) 1923. First page.
[This is the first page of a group of four pages.] Top Left: "Vertskapet" (The hosts), Top Right: "Framnes hotel (vordende alkohollisthjem)" (future home for alcoholics).  Middle Left: "kjernemelk - kjernefolk?" (healthy milk - healthy people?)  Georg Jørgensen Ringereide is second from the left.  Middle right:  "En liten cene" (A little -). Georg is in the middle.  Captions below photographs:  Bottom Left:  "Aase Speider" (Mr. Aase on look-out for). Bottom Right:  "Vidden" (The mountain plateau).  

Middle Left: "kjernemelk - kjernefolk?" (healthy milk - healthy people?).  Georg Jørgensen Ringereide is second from the left.  Middle right:  "En liten cene" (A little -). Georg is in the middle.  Captions below photographs:  Bottom Left:  "Aase Speider" (Mr. Aase on watch). Bottom Right:  "Vidden" (The mountain plateau), (East of Bergen).  


På Paasketur ved Grovu (on an Easter trip by Grovu) 1923. Second page.
Georg often reminisced about serving in the Norwegian Ski Patrol.  This was probably part of his Military service.  Top Row: Left: Georg Jørgensen Ringereide sitting on roof. Right: "Tørstens kvaler slukkes" (Ending the pain of thirst): Left: Georg Jørgensen Ringereide. Middle Row:  "Biter (h)an" (Does he bite): Georg Jørgnsen Ringereide, second from right.  In this picture he is holding a handful of string which he attached to the camera to automatically take the photograph.  Right: "Avsted igjen" (Off we go): Georg is on the Left.  Bottom Row: Right: "Fotografen plystrer" (whistles) "on stepp":  Georg on far right.   

Middle Row:  "Biter an" (Does he bite): Georg Jørgensen Ringereide, second from right.  In this picture he is holding a handful of string which he attached to the camera to automatically take the photograph.  Right: Avsted igjen (Off we go): Georg Jørgensen Ringereide is on the Left. Bottom Row: Right: Photographer whistles "on stepp":  Georg Jørgensen Ringereide on far right. 


På Paasketur ved Grovu (on an Easter trip by Grovu) 1923. Third page.
Top Left:  "På den høieste tinde" (On the highest top).  Mr. Aase on the left, Georg Jørgensen Ringereide on the right.  Top Right:  "En velbekommen rast" (A welcomed rest).  Mr. Aase on the right.  Middle Right:  "Utsikt til Stalheim" (View to Stalheim).  Georg Jørgensen Ringereide in the middle.  Lower Left:  "Gamlen på besøk" (The ol' man on visit).  Lower Right:  "Nam - nam" (Yum - yum).  Mr. Aase in the middle.  

 

Middle Right:  "Utsikt til Stalheim" (View to Stalheim).  Georg Jørgensen Ringereide in the middle.  Lower Left:  "Gamlen på besøk" (The ol' man on visit).  Lower Right:  "Nam - nam" (Yum - yum).  Mr. Aase in the middle.


På Paasketur ved Grovu (on an Easter trip by Grovu) 1923. Fourth page.
Left:  "Selv portræt".  Left:  Georg Jørgensen Ringereide; Second from Right:  Mr. Aase.  Middle:  "Dobbeltgjengere" (Double exposure).  Right:  "Høiland".  

 

Left:  "Selv portræt".  Left:  Georg Jorgensen Ringereide; Second from Right:  Mr. Aase.  Middle:  "Dobbeltgjengere" (Double exposure).  Right:  "Høiland".  


Trip to Os of 28 June 1923.
This photo set is the first page of three pages which probably is near Thrine Abrahamsdatter Ringereide's family home. They are taken just before George emigrated to the US:

Top row: Left and Middle: Mons Olai Jørgensen Ringereide, Right: Rolf Jørgensen Ringereide.
Bottom row: Left: Georg Jørgensen Ringereide, Thrine Abramsdatter (Waage) Ringereide, white cat, Alv Jørgensen Ringereide, "hjemme" (at home). Middle: The school house in Os. Right: Georg Jørgensen Ringereide.

(Remarks: Os is about 15 miles to the south of Bergen center in the county of Hordaland).


Trip to Os of 28 June 1923 and to Haukeland.
This is the second page which shows pictures of Haukeland, probably presenting Thrine's extended family.
Top row entitled "Foreningen for hjemmenes vel" (The society for the welfare of the homes) with: Mons Olai Jørgensen Ringereide in the dark suit, Thrine Abrahamsdatter (Waage) in the dark dress in the right hand picture with Rolf Jørgensen Ringereide and Alf Jørgensen Ringereide in the foreground at the left.
Second row on the left: Rolf Jørgensen Ringereide and Alf Jørgensen Ringereide with Martin, Arne, Alfred and Arthur. "Festkomiteen" (The Celebration Commitee).  The pictures on the bottom are labled in white ink:  "Haukeland".

Top row entitled "Foreningen for hjemmenes vel" (The society for the welfare of the homes) with: Mons Olai Jørgensen Ringereide in the dark suit, Thrine Abrahamsdatter (Waage) in the dark dress in the right hand picture with Rolf Jørgensen Ringereide and Alf Jørgensen Ringereide in the foreground at the left.
Second row on the left: Rolf Jørgensen Ringereide and Alf Jørgensen Ringereide with Martin, Arne, Alfred and Arthur. "Festkomiteen" (The Celebration Commitee).  The pictures on the bottom are labled in white ink:  "Haukeland".

(Remarks: There are two "Haukeland" farms at Os which is in the county of Hordaland. There is a farm Waage (Vaage, Våge) in Askvold in Sogn og fjordane county).


Trip to Os of 28 June 1923 and to Haukeland. Second page.
Here is the second photo page of Georg Jørgensen Ringereide's trip to Haukland, with Georg Jørgensen Ringereide, his mother, and his brother Rolf Jørgensen Ringereide near their home in Bergen. The people here are mentioned by first name and are in the same picture as the gentleman in the wainscot (vest). 

Remarks: Os is about 15 miles to the south of Bergen center. There are two "Haukeland" farms at Os which is in the county of Hordaland.


A picture of Mons Olai Jørgensen Ringereide taken at the gravesite in Bergen of his wife, Thrine Abrahamsdatter (Waage) Ringereide.  In this picture Mons Olai Jørgensen Ringereide bears a strong family resemblance to his cousin Mons Anderssen Ringereide. (See photo of him).

 

 

Remarks: People from Bergen are special. It is a good chance they will meet you with: "Eg e'kje fra Norge, eg e fra Bergen!" (I'm not from Norway, I'm from Bergen!). They are more lively and humourous than a typical reserved Norwegian, talking all the time with a joyful kind of jokes and a dialect easy to recognize.