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Here are some Erickson stories
accounts over the years:


Leif Erikson and Vinland


earliest and most complete information about Vinland can be found in
sagas, Greenlanders’ Saga and The Saga of
Erik the Red
.  The two accounts were
written independently, though
both told of things that took place in the early 11th century and were
passed down
by word of mouth in Greenland and Iceland until they were written down
in the 13th
In Greenlanders’ Saga Leif Erikson built
several houses and called his
camp Leifsbudir.  He was said to have named
the place Vinland because of the grapes he found growing there.There are two pieces of historical information
about Vinland.  Report of a land beyond
where wild grapes and wheat grew was recorded by Adam of Bremen in
1075, based on
information received from the King of Denmark.
about Vinland also appeared in The
of the Icelanders
, the first written history of Iceland compiled
in the 1120’s.


From Andersson to Eriksson

Erik Magnus
Andersson was born in Sweden in 1849 and married Johanna Stina
Svenslotter in
1869.  They raised seven children – four
boys and three girls – all with the surname of Eriksson.
John Emil Eriksson was the son who emigrated
to America.  He settled in New Britain,


The Erickson Farmstead near Isanti, Minnesota

farmstead is located in Athens township, three miles south of the city
Isanti, Minnesota.  It was first
developed by Otto Erickson who immigrated from Sweden in 1868 and
became one of
the first settlers in the area.

Following a common pattern of land transfer from
one generation to the next, his son Edward began farming the family
about the time of his marriage in 1893.  Edward replaced the
original farm buildings
with the present ones after his farming operations had prospered and
in the early 1900’s.

The farmstead, distinctive in the county for its impressive
scale and extremely well-preserved condition, represents the upper
limits of
the prosperity achieved by successful area farmers during the county’s
successful years of potato production.

The two story frame farmhouse was constructed in 1915.  The farm
is now
listed on the National Register of Historic Places.



Milton Epstein and His Auto-Hypnotic Experience

at the age of seventeen, Milton Erickson contracted polio and
was so
severely paralyzed that the doctors believed he would die.  In the critical night when he was at his
worst, he had a formative “auto-hypnotic experience.”

“As I lay in bed that night, I overheard the
three doctors tell my parents in the other room that their boy would be
dead in
the morning.  I felt intense anger that
anyone should tell a mother her boy would be dead by morning.  My mother then came in with as serene a face
as can be.

asked her to arrange the dresser, push it up against the side of
the bed at an angle.  She did not understand why, she thought I
was delirious.
My speech was difficult.  But at that angle by virtue of the
mirror on the
dresser I could see through the doorway, through the west window of the
room.  I was damned if I would die without seeing one more
sunset.  If I had any
skill in drawing, I could still sketch that sunset.

After I saw the sunset, I lost consciousness
for three days.  When I finally awakened,
I asked my father why they had taken out that fence, tree, and
boulder.  I did
not realize I had blotted them out when I fixed my attention so
intensely on
the sunset.

as I recovered and
became aware of my lack of abilities, I wondered how I was going to
earn a
living.  I no longer had the strength to
be a farmer, but maybe I could make it as a doctor.”

still almost entirely lame in bed,
and unable to speak, Erickson became strongly aware of the significance
non-verbal communication – body language, tone of voice and the way
that these
non-verbal expressions often directly contradicted the verbal ones.

began to recall “body memories”
of the muscular activity of his own body.  By
concentrating on these memories, he slowly
began to regain control of parts of his body to the point where he was
eventually able to talk and use his arms.

unable to walk, he decided to train his
body further by embarking – alone – on a thousand-mile canoe trip with
only a
few dollars.  After this grueling trip, he was able to walk with a
cane.  This
experience may have contributed to Erickson’s technique of using
“ordeals” in a therapeutic context.



John Erickson, British
Expert on Soviet Military History

Erickson was born in Newcastle in 1929 to Norwegian parents. His father
was a ship worker who served on convoys from Archangel to Murmansk
during World
War Two.  A Swedish forebear was in the
Russian Navy and served on the cruiser Aurora
which fired the blank shot signaling the assault on the Winter Palace
in 1917.


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