National Register of Historic Places in Coos County
This Craftsman Bungalow with Colonial Revival elements was built for Finnish immigrant Hjalte Nerdrum who worked for the Coos Bay Pulp & Paper Company. Hjalte's brother Rolfe built a house at 979 South Fifth Street, two lots away. Hjalte and his family lived in the house only a few years before returning to Finland.
When we photographed the Nedrum House in 2010, it housed the Coos Bay Manor Bed and Breakfast.
In December 2019, I received an email from Rolfe Nerdrum's grandson who lives in Finland. The email read in part: "My grandfather who built the house was called Rolf Nerdrum, not 'Rolfe'. It's not a big deal, but the spelling 'Rolfe' distorts the pronunciation."
I checked the National Register nomination forms for the Nerdrum House (1993) and the Nerdrum-Conrad House (2004). Mr. Nerdrum's first name is spelled Rolfe several times in both nominations which seems to indicate that the spelling was not a typographical error but was recorded in local documents relating to Mr. Nerdrum.
I do not know how to reconcile this discrepancy. I do know that many Europeans changed the spelling of their names when they immigrated to the United States. Some did this by choice, others because their names were incorrectly spelled in a legal document, and they decided to accept the new spelling.