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The workshop was founded in 1905 by the brothers Knut Gunnarsson Helland and Gunnar Gunnarsson Helland from Bø in Telemark. They emigrated to America in 1901 and made both Hardanger fiddles and violins. Knut died, supposedly of typhoid fever in 1920. Gunnar Gunnarson Helland ran the workshop alone until 1927, when it was closed due to the failure of the fiddle market.
Knute Helland did not die of typhoid fever. He died following appendectomy surgery. Note his death certificate -
Knute Helland’s death certificate from the original..
PLACE OF DEATH STATE OF WISCONSIN ____________ County Chippewa, Department of health – Bureau of Vital Statistics Township___________________ ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE OF DEATH or ____________ Village_____________________ Registered No. 84 or City Chippewa Falls (No St. Joseph’s Hospital Ward) 2 FULL NAME Knute Helland
PERSONAL AND STATISTICAL PARTICULARS
3 SEX 4 COLOR OR RACE 5
Male White Married
6 Date of birth
Nov. 6th 1881 (Error)(1880)
Month Day Year 7 AGE 38 yrs 6 mon 21 day
8 OCCUPTION (Not given) 9 BIRTHPLACE
10 Name of Father Gunnar Helland 11 BIRTHPLACE OF FATHER Norway 12 MAIDEN NAME OF MOTHER Gunhild 13 BIRTH PLACE OF MOTHER Norway 14 THE ABOVE IS TRUE TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE Nellie Helland Chippewa Falls
15 July 1919 F. J. McHugh
1919 F.J. McHugh
MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF DEATH 16 DATE OF DEATH JUNE 27, 1919 Month Day Year 17 I HEREBY CERTIFY, That I attended deceased from June 22, 1919 to June 27, 1919 That I last saw him alive on June 27, 1919 And that death occurred on the date stated above, at 4 p.m.
THE CAUSE OF DEATH was as follows: Paralysis of the bowls following Acute appendicitis open 3 wks before, & second open 2 days ago ________(…….) yrs ______wk _______dys. Contributory ptomaine poisoning from Ice cream (….)___yrs ___wks 3 days (Signed) H. William _______191__(Address) Chippewa. Falls, Wis
18 LENGTH OF RESIDENCE (Not given) 19 PLACE OF BURIAL DATE OF BURIAL
Forest Hill June 29, 1919
20 UNDERTAKER Mr. P. Hogseth Chipp. Falls
Lew Holt Salem, Oregon
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