Endre Johannes Cleven

Endre Johannes Cleven

Endre Johannes Cleven

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Endre Johannes Cleven (May 8, 1874 - 1916) was a Norwegian-born Canadian who was prominent in the settlement and culture of Norwegian immigrants in Manitoba, Canada during the early 20th century.

(The following is based on a Norwegian-language article in Decorah Posten, a newspaper for Scandinavian immigrants once published in Decorah, Iowa.)


Cleven was the youngest of seven siblings, was born in Skudenes, Norway to Ingebjorg and Johannes Kleven. <!--Endre's name, in family tradition, is Endre Johanessen Cleven/Kleven, but he appears to have dropped the -sen as part of the anglicization when the K was changed to a C--> Johannes Kleven was a music teacher in Skudeneshavn, one of the main towns of the Skudenes parish of the island of Karm√ły, Rogaland. <!--and was a relative newcomer, "having only moved there in 1850"...this from family information which doesn't have a cite but plays into the reason the family became destitute upon his death and Endre was forced to take a labour job on a fishboat--> Cleven studied music under his father during his childhood, but was not able to pursue a musical education when his father's death, when Cleven was nine, left the family in poverty. Cleven attended public school and, at the age of fourteen, began working as a ship hand, where he cooked food for sailors and was frequently beaten for minor misdemeanors. To escape the hardships of the fishing life he moved to the United States at the age of seventeen and...
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