Although I have chosen to name this work for our forefather, Arne Henriksen
Goplen, as he was the first of our ancestors
to be born with the surname of Goplen, there is more
Arne was the son of Henrik Arneson Odde (1784-?) and Marit Kristenstuen Ingjerdingen.
Henrik's parents were Arne Knudsen Odde (1753-1822) and Marit Johnsdtr. ?. Henrik was born on Odde, a farm that belonged to his father in Nord-Torpa, Norway.
Henrik purchased the farm Goplen from Jens Gunnerson Bratlein and
changed his surname to Goplen, as that was the practice in rural
Norway prior to the early 1900's.
When Arne Goplen emigrated to the U.S. he sold Goplen to his son-in-law, Christian Ulsaker. Christian and Helene later sold Goplen in 1877 to Mikkel Fønhus from Sør Aurdal and Anders Storruste from Hedalen. Christian and Helene then moved to Ulsaker in Vest-Torpa. Click anywhere on the map at the right for a more detailed view.
Goplen is a gård (farm) in Nord-Torpa bygd (rural district),
Nordre Land kommune (municipality or township), Oppland fylke
(county), in south central Norway. It is located almost due North of Dokka, and about 15 miles West-Southwest from the Olympic city of
Lillehammer, or at approx. 61°N, 10°E. It lies high up in the hillside, at
about 1500 feet above sea level, and has a panoramic view of the vast forests
and high mountains surrounding all of Torpa.
The climate is cool in the summer and quite cold in the winter, with temperatures now and then dropping to -40°. The snow will usually last from late November until early May.
The Torpa farmers depend upon dairy products, and they grow grass, potatoes, and a little wheat, and also work in the woods. Many farmers are also dependent upon some other income besides what they can make on the farm.
The Torpa farms are well kept, and the houses painted, usually white dwelling houses and red barns.
The name Goplen is derived from a flower. A "gople" in the local dialect meant a bell, and was used as the name of a bell-shaped flower, like a bluebell. There likely was an abundance of these "bluebells" where the farm was built and given it's name a very long time ago. The "gople" is more commonly known as the Blåklokka.