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Hagerup, Trygve & Hulda (Kronquist)

by Carl Hagerup

Trygve Vangen Hagerup was born to Ferdinand and Dagny Hagerup in Trondheim, Norway, in 1887. He immigrated to the United States in 1904, first working for relatives in Chicago. He arrived in San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake and worked in the clean-up of that City.

In 1908, he sailed to Valdez on a Coast and Geodetic Survey vessel and shortly afterward he walked the trail from Valdez to Fairbanks. During this time, he also visited Nome. In 1909, Trygve settled in Juneau and a year later married Hulda Sophia Kronquist. Hulda was born in 1891 in Tore, Sweden. She was one of five sisters who had immigrated from Sweden in 1908. These sisters were Anna Kronquist, Alma Niemi Blomquist, Tekla Niemi, Hulda Hagerup and Enne Shudshift. All married and lived in the Juneau-Douglas area.

Trygve and Hulda had five children all born in the Juneau area: Dagny Hermann Chandler 1911; Carl 1913; Ervin 1915; Ray 1917 and died in 1981; Annabelle Eylar 1924.

Trygve worked as a carpenter for the Alaska-Gastineau Mining Company at Thane and for the Alaska-Juneau Mine. His wages were $180 per month for an 8-hour day, 30 days per month, working only the day shift. He also worked at logging camps at Funter Bay, Excursion Inlet and Suloia Bay, taking his family along on his boat, the Buster U-50 and sometimes being away from home for months.

Trygve applied for a homestead of 160 acres at Thane but was unable to complete the residency requirements. His son, Carl, later applied for a homesite on this property, obtained title and still lives there.

Trygve worked on many other carpenter jobs here and in Southeastern Alaska, including the Governorís Mansion (1913), the Triangle Building, Krause Construction projects, Ketchikanís Stedman Hotel (1918), Building Contractor Jimmy Larson, and Columbia Lumber Companyís Plywood Plant. He also had a saw-filing business at his home shop.

Trygve was a member of Igloo #6, Pioneers of Alaska, I.O.O.F, the Douglas Eagles, the Moose and Sons of Norway. He was a charter member of Carpenterís Union #2247.

Hulda and Trygve loved Alaska. Hulda was known as an excellent cook and hostess and the couple enjoyed a wide circle of friends. Hulda passed away in 1956, and Trygve passed away in 1960. Both are buried in the Odd Fellows plot in Evergreen Cemetery.

Trygve and Huldaís son, Carl, graduated from Juneau High School in 1933. During the Depression years, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps which offered room and board and $1 per day for working on projects such as the Skaters Cabin, Auke Bay Recreation site and various hiking trails. He was a truck driver during construction of the Douglas Bridge in 1935. Prior to this time, ferries furnished transportation across Gastineau Channel, among them the Teddy and the A-Jís Amy.

During the latter 30ís, Carl was employed by the Forest Service in their sign shop for several years, making directional signs and name signs for recreational sites. He also carved in rock the Mendenhall Glacier ice limit signs which are still visible. During WWII, he enlisted and served over 3 years in the 924th Boat Squadron attached to the U.S. 11th Air Force in Kodiak and Adak, which operated boats in rescuing downed aircraft.

In 1949, Carl married Agnes Erlandson. She was a native of Minnesota and graduated from Glenwood High School and the Minneapolis Business College. She was employed in secretarial work in Minneapolis, Washington, D.C. and Pasadena for government and private industry. In 1948, she arrived in Juneau on the Aleutian. In Juneau, she worked for the Territorial Employment Service and later in the Clerkís office, House of Representatives during legislative sessions.

Their three children were born in Juneau: Ronald 1952, Marjorie 1953, and Karen 1956, all of whom graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School.

After working as a carpenter for various contractors, Carl retired in 1978. Shortly thereafter, he volunteered as a teacherís aide in practical mathematics to elementary grade students in several local schools for about 12 years. He designed and obtained a patent for a tool used to illustrate the concept of mathematics. Carl is a member of Igloo #6, Pioneers of Alaska and Carpenterís Union Local #2247.

Son Ron, also follows the carpenter trade, the third generation following this work. He and his wife, Tuyet, have two children, both born in Juneau: Rose 1994 and Lily 1998. His work has taken him to various places in Southeastern Alaska and westward to Bethel. He has recently built his own home and is a member of Carpenterís Union #2247 as well as a local Amateur Radio Club.

Daughter Marjorie graduated with degrees from Fort Wright College and Gonzaga University, both in Spokane. She and her husband, Terry Buckendorr, live in the Seattle area and have three children. Marjorie is a social worker and volunteers in the Trauma Unit of a local hospital.

Daughter Karen graduated from California State University in San Bernardino. She and her husband Dudley Haines are developing a lovely home area which they share with their domestic animals. They enjoy the wild animals native to the high desert where they live. Karen also is pursuing her hobby of writing and taking workshops on this subject.

Over the years, the Juneau area has grown from a population of 6,000 to 30,000. City streets and outlying roads were graveled and gradually now paved. The last to be paved was the road to Thane in 1981. There were several downtown grocery stores and grocery orders could be delivered. Also, there were about six dairy farms and milk was delivered to customerís houses.

The Juneau area has developed from its beginnings with mining and government with the city serving as the capital of Alaska, to a growing tourist-oriented city, attracting thousands of visitors each year.

Left to right: Trygve Hagerup, Ervin Hagerup, Annabelle Hagerup, Ray Hagerup, Dagny Hermann Chandler, Carl Hagerup, Hulda Hagerup, 1947.

Left to right: Pat Hagerup, Dagny Hagerup Chandler, Carl Hagerup, Ervin Hagerup, Annabelle Hagerup Eylar, Agnes Hagerup, 1997.

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