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  •  Nope (1+ / 0-)
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    my handle is from one of my hobbies, road cycling.  Hey, you wouldn't by any chance be related to the Sathers of New Richmond, WI?  Irv and Mary and their kids, Doug, Craig and Laura?  Longshot, but I was just wondering how many Sathers there might be in WI.

    Talking about music is like dancing about architecture. ~ Thelonious Monk

    by Roadie on Mon Mar 07, 2011 at 10:21:13 AM PST

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    •  Most of my family (0+ / 0-)

      came from Minnesota and South Dakota, so probably not.

      as I understand it the name "Sather" is a derivation of hte Norwegian word "Sætre" which is not only a village in Norway but also a word used to describe a mountain glade where the cows were taken in the summer.

      According to my grandfather (veracity is questionable) the young boys tasked with keeping an eye on the family's cows would build themselves a little hut, which became known as a sætre, and eventually the boys themselves came to be called sætres.

      If grandpa's story is true, and he loved to tell tall tales, then the translation of sætre that I prefer would be "One who watches cows for a living."

      That sits well with my cheeseblood.

      "It's never too late to have a happy childhood." - Tom Robbins - Political Compass sez: -8.25, -7.90

      by ARS on Mon Mar 07, 2011 at 10:30:18 AM PST

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