Teigland/Oakland reunion held

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

The Teigland/Oakland reunion was held in Randall at the shelter house on Sunday, Aug. 12. The reunion was held to honor Peder and Carrie Oakland, Martin and Anna Teigland, and John and Herborg Teigland.

The three couples emigrated from Norway and settled in and near Randall in the 1880s and farmed nearby.

The family’s original last name was Økland, and three brothers came from the Økland farm in Norway, south of Bergen. The farm is still in the family today, and the current owner raises horned sheep.

Three Økland brothers were raised on that farm, Ole, Peder and Nels. Ole stayed in Norway. Peder and Nels came to the United States and farmed near Randall. Peder changed his name to Oakland and Nels kept his as Okland. Both are buried at Mt. Olive Cemetery outside of Randall.

The Oakland and Teigland families were large and a reunion was held for many years but died out about 20 years ago. This year, eight descendants and some spouses gathered in Randall to honor their heritage. They came from California, Colorado, Minnesota, Arizona, South Carolina and Iowa.

Some knew each other but some met their relatives for the first time. They brought family trees, pictures, books and many, many stories.

They gathered at the shelter and, as good Norwegians do, they had lunch. The reunion was complete when they went to the Mount Olive Cemetery north of Randall and viewed the grave sites of their family members.

Although the group was small, it was a wonderful reunion of folks from all corners or this great nation. It is an honor to recognize Teigland and Oakland history and the group will return to Randall to do it again.