Up the gangplank of a ship bound from Norway to America walked a teenage girl. The year was 1880. Berta crossed the rugged Atlantic, landed in New York City and began to learn English. She worked hard and sent money home so other siblings could follow. Six did. Soon she found the hilly country of Iowa near the Mississippi River where many Scandinavians settled. At age 33 she married Gabriel, a forty-year-old Norwegian. After seven years in Tennessee,...