People try many ways to live beyond their own time. We name towns after ourselves, we name our children after ourselves, and we leave tombstones with our names and dates to remind the world one last time that we existed.
One imaginative Norwegian carpenter found a way to be remembered when he was building a house in Portage County’s town of Alban in 1903.
That carpenter left a red-oak board, six-by-eight inches, inscribed by pencil in Norwegian. Translated, his inscription reads: “This house built by John Barikmo from Northland (Waupaca County) 1903. Height: 6’3” Weight: 200 pounds. Age 31 years.”
The board was found by Leon Kosiec’s carpenters in the 1980s when they re-roofed the house.
The house was Rasmus Brekke’s, in the west half of the southwest quarter of Section 10 of the town of Alban.