Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Mr. and Mrs. Elias Pederson]
Mr. Pederson walked the nine miles from his home to the place the tied were delivered as it was usually too cold to ride. During the season he went every day. His father and mother loaded the ties onto the sleigh in the morning and this young boy walked by the side of the oxen, in high spirits and high boots, proud to be of such important assistance to his hard working people. When he reached his destination he would roll the heavy ties from the sleigh and on Saturdays his father would accompany him to pile the ties in order.
Mr. Pederson's father told many stories from Valders, Norway, at that time the people there believed in the mythical Huldre. He said they had wild dances and parties where people invariably fought and often their brawls were ended tragically. The girls always took bandages and were equipped to dress wounds as these fights were certain occur. The men carried knives for stabbing each other. These knives were usually smaller than a table knife; larger and stronger than paring knives (a knife of this sort is to be seen at “Little Norway” or Nissedal. Near Mt. Horeb.) The blade was wrapped with cord from the handle toward the point to the distance one wanted to leave unwrapped to stab at that depth. One night Peter Johnson was leaving his home to attend one of the dances when he was met at his gate by a person, apparently a human being, who would not permit him to pass through the gate of his own yard. Be [coming angry Mr. Pederson pulled the?] [?] from his stabbing knife, unwrapping the entire blade.