The Inhabitants of Tyristuggu
|Ola Mæla. Ca 1900.|
Ola and Helle lived in this single room together with their 22 year-old son, a 25 year-old daughter and her son of 4. Ola Maela who was a cobbler and shoemaker, also had his workshop in the room. Helle cooked for weddings and other large occasions, and
Ola was often invited as a fiddler or violin player. The nickname of ‘Maela’ (miller) comes from the fact that Ola grew up at Maelastuggu where the river mill was sited where the large Riisgaarden property is situated today.
|Jon Christensen Hitterdal, Jo-Mæla,|
As already indicated Helle and Ole Christensen Hitterdal had two children, a daughter Olava (1846-1928) she married Anders Olsen Langen from the farm Ovre Asen; they also had a son, Christian (1849-1927) who fathered a large family and purchased the house on Bakkan at the bottom of Dahlbakken. He decided to shorten his name to Dahl and became a well-known fiddler.
In 1908 the house belonging to Ola Maela was purchased by Tyri Jensdatter Myren (1862-1937). Tyri Myren came from the farm with the name of Myren from northern Os in Osterdal. In a letter concerning the purchase of the house Tyri’s neighbour and helper in Os wrote to one of Ola Maela’s children the following words: ‘As I am unable at the moment to go with Tyri Myren up to Røros and complete the sale of the cottage, which belongs to Ola Maela, I must ask you, from your kindness, to please accompany Tyri instead of me, and complete the purchase, I have seen the cottage, and I think it is suitable for her, and I would appreciate if the contents of the cottage can also be included in the purchase for the same price.’
In 1927, a curator of the museum visited Tyri Myren’s house in order to take some measurements of the house and make a record of the arrangements inside. The living room was furniHouse with a bed, a chest of drawers, a corner cupboard, a clock, a small drop leaf table an iron stove and a wood storage bin. Lund describes the kitchen in this way, ‘very small, with just enough space for one person between the door and the chimney probably only comfortable in the winter.’