Thursday, November 8, 2012

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 8

November 8, 1898 – “The ten year old son of Olof Ohman, who was farming two and half miles northeast of Kensington, found strange markings on a slab of rock that had just been pried out of the ground. The son, Edward, called his father's attention to the stone,” now known as the Kensington Rune Stone.

Nine years later Hjalmer R. Holand, a University of Wisconsin graduate student with a major in history, translated the stone and found it to read,"8 Goths and 22 Norweigans on exploration journey from Vinland over the west. We camp by 2 skerries one day-journey from this stone. We were and fished one day. After we came home, 10 men red with blood and tourtured. Hail Virgin Mary, save from evil. Have 10 men by the sea to look after our ship, 14 day -journeys from this island year 1362."

Kensington Rune Stone

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