Person Sheet

Name Paul Knudsen Brimie
Birth 27 Mar 1869, Brimie nordre i Garmo, Oppland, Norway
Christen 20 Jun 1869, Garmo, Oppland, Norway
Death aft 29 Oct 1934
Immigration 1887, New York, New York
Emigration 27 May 1887, Oslo, Kristiania, Norway12
Occupation Grocer (1905/1908)
Father Knud Thorstensen (Brimi) (1832-1900)
Mother Ronnaug Knudsdattir (Ladengen) (1834->1906)
1 Elida Rohme
Birth Oct 1869, Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Death 24 Apr 1909, Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Burial 28 Apr 1909, Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Occupation Housewife
Father ??? Rohme
Marriage 1895/1897
Children: Conrad (1897-)
Ragnild (1898-1918)
Mary (1899-)
Ruth (1908-)
Notes for Paul Knudsen Brimie
The godparents and witnesses at his christening were Hans Ekle, Solfest Lyngved, Erik Laingen, Ragnild Kistehagen, Kari Lyngved, and Anne Enersvold.

Paul K. Brimie is seen leaving Oslo aboard the S.S. Rollo for the White Star Line S.S. Brittania on 27 May 1887. He is number 832 on the list and there are no others from Lom near him on the list. His destination is given as New York. He had a prepaid ticket, number SA 21,976.12 This also shows up in the general emigration protokolls on 27 May 1887 for the S.S. Rollo, sailing that day, prepaid.13

The Chicago region naturalization soundex shows that Paul K. Brimie (Brinie/Briner/Brimer), a minor residing at 653 N. Claremont Ave., Chicago, was naturalized at the Cook County Criminal Court on 20 October 1896. (certificate Minor-11789, soundex LDS FHL microfilm 1432025). Appearing as a witness for him was H. K. Brimie (Briner), residing at 505 Evergreen Ave., Chicago. Note that Knute Brimie was a boarder with Hans A. Gabrielson at that address at the time of the 1900 census. Hans Gabrielson was most likely his brother-in-law.

The 1905 Chicago city directory lists him as a grocer living at 915 N. Washtenaw Ave. The 1907 [p. 375, LDS FHL microfilm 1759637] and 1908 directory shows him living at 896 N. 51st Avenue. The 1909 city directory [p. 379, LDS FHL microfilm 1759639] shows him with a coffee shop at 741 S. Halstad and also a grocery. Still living at 896 N. 51st Ave. Apparently there was a revision of house numbers between 1908 and the 1910 census. He was found at 1725 N. 51st Avenue at the time of the 1910 census. He is not listed in the 1913 city directory.

I searched the Chicago male marriage index for 1895 through 1897 and did not find a record of his license (under Brimi). Note that it might be under Knudsen or might have been missed, as it is only alphabetical by first letter of last name and most pages are hard to read.

The 1910 Chicago directory [p. 217, LDS FHL microfilm 1759640] lists him as a grocer at 1725 N. 51st Ave.

He was back in Norway in 1901 as he left Kristiania (Oslo) on 25 October 1901 aboard the "S.S. Angelo" to connect with the White Star Line "S.S. Oceanic" for New York. Emily (Gronen) Brimie and her children were on the same boat. I have rechecked the Oceanic's passenger list and did not locate him. There are parts of the first pages which are damaged, so he could have been missed.

He was living at the time of his brother Peter's death.
14 (b. 7, p. 35)
The Lakeside Annual Directory of the City of Chicago, 1905, Chicago, IL: Chicago Directory Company, pt. 1, p. 360 [LDS FHL microfilm 1033882]
The Lakeside Annual Directory f the City of Chicago, 1908, Chicago, IL: Chicago Directory Company, p. 337 [LDS FHL microfilm 1033883]
1875 Norwegan census, Lom, Oppland, t. 1, no. 58
1910 U.S. census, Cook Co., IL, r. 270, p. 140A, E.D. 1186

Not seen in the 1920 soundex for Illinois.
Medical Notes for Elida (Spouse 1)
Her death was caused by pneumonia suffered for five days.
Misc. Notes
She was married, but neither her husband's name nor her maiden name are given. Both of her parents were born in Norway. She lived at 896 N. 51st Avenue. This information combined with the 1908 Chicago city directory (with typo) and the 1910 census, let us identify her husband as Paul K. Brimi and her maiden name as Rohme.

The death certificate for her daughter Ragnild states that she was born in Norway, and the information on that was provided by Elida's sister Olga.
Death certificate (#1508) [LDS FHL microfilm 1239809]
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