Last Saturday, Dave Hjortnaes passed through St Louis on his way home from Chickasha. He stopped at the Museum of Transportation in St Louis County, and Steven and Diana Thum and I met him there. Steven and Diana came in their T, and I drove modern. After a pleasant couple of hours in the museum looking at cars and (mostly) trains, Dave went to Steven and Diana's house for lunch. I had to beg off because I had committed to help my son move some furniture from his apartment to a new house. ("Hey, Dad has a trailer. Why don't we ask him to help?")
It's always fun to put faces to forum names.
You should have put Steve and Diana's names in that headline.
I wonder how many out there can pronounce my name or Steve's name correctly?
I know how to spell and pronounce Daves surname. In the correct danish way. :-)
But what Dave missed Friday was that I found the El Reno trolley and the preserved station of El Reno which was now a small museum. So Dave - here is one for when you redo Route 66 with your family :-)
Dave, I didn't think to do that because their being in St Louis isn't news
As I am new here, I am reading old threads in order to learn as much as I can.
In regards to your family name, I do know how to pronounce it. I also know what it means, but I am sure you do too.
Yes, my name translates to 'red deer headland'. Supposidely a spit of land surrounded by water on three sides, where the red deer lived.
Welcome to the forum.
A quick and easy translation would be "Elk Point".
Scandinavian "Hjort" (Cervus elaphus) is pretty much the same as North American elk (Cervus canadensis). You are correct on the spit of land sticking out into water too.
Lots of interesting stuff on this forum.
I stared at the beginning of 2010 a few days ago, and I am now up to April 1.
I enjoy all the pictures both of cars , people and most of all the educational detail pictures of the mechanical stuff.
Before I joined up here I read all the archived forums and was very impressed with the wealth of info being presented here on a regular basis.
That alone was reason enough for me to sign up.
As you must have noticed too, there is a lot of information as well as a lot of opinions. It would be simpler if they all pointed in the same direction. :-)
I would love for someone to sound Hjortnaes phonetically for me, I'm guessing yort-nays. For Thum, I'm thinking of the Thames and guessing tum. How close am I?
Dolores - I think it's Scandinavian, not Mexican.
Ken, how true. My second guess, going from elk, would be that it sounds more like Hart, as in hart-ness.
You are pretty darned close, Dolores.
Ken you are correct. Definitely Scandinavian. I'm betting on Norwegian, probably from the southern part, as that's where the elk (hjort) hangs out.
I'm sure Dave can tell us.
Thum is German and is as common in southern Germany as Smith is here. We Americanize it Thumb but it's correct German pronunciation is tum with a long u.
By the way, a big HI to Dave and you still have a standing invite the next time you come though St. Louis.
Steve - thank you. Would love to see you and Diana again.
It is almost embarassing to see my name in lights at the top of this post.
Roar and Dolores:
You are both close, but still far away. My father was born in northern Denmark, north of Aalborg. I am not Norwegian. I am 100% danish.
In northern Denmark there is a small red deer and that is where Hjort comes from. Not from elk. There is a farm with the name of Hjortnæs. The name goes back to before the 1500's.
The story I was told is that the river, or creek, had a bend in it with a grove of trees in the middle of the bend. This is where the deer would hide during the day. Hence the name Hjortnæs.
In the states we make the J silent and pronounce it Hortness. In Denmark the sound is more like yordtness with a silent H. I cannot pronounce it quite right. I accent it because of the 2 syllables, and the Danes tell me it does not have an accent. David is pronounced Da-veeth.
Last year I drove to Chickasha on the mother road, Route 66. On my way home I stopped to visit with Steve and Diana Thum, and Dick Lodge. We had a good time together at the Museum of Transportation in St Louis. Steve drove over in his Model T, and I followed it back to his house for lunch.
I am 300ft west of Route 66. You should have honked when you went by.