Memories from a Søndervig residence

Anna Enevoldsen (née Kristensen) was born in 1927 on a farm south of Søndervig Camping as the second oldest of four siblings.

In 1954, Anna married postman Åge Enevoldsen, with whom she had four children, two girls and two boys, one of whom today lives in Søndervig, one in Rindum near Ringkøbing and two in Kloster.


Sondervigbo1 (1)Anna Enevoldsen first went out to work as a 16-year-old on a farm in Holmsland in the middle of World War II. Anna says that she had to go through two checkpoints when she had time off every second Sunday afternoon and could visit her family. Until 2, she worked in shifts with her sister in the childhood home, in Ringkøbing, Herning and on Zealand, only interrupted by a stay at the college in Haslev on Zealand. Anna Enevoldsen says that there were 2 girls and that they were the first team after the war.

Anna Enevoldsen lived right up until her death in 2015 in the house on Søndervig Landevej, which she and her husband built in 1957. After the wedding, Anna left the house as a stay-at-home housewife.

Anna Enevoldsen is from the time when the kettle was lit, the clothes were washed on a washboard and the tiled stove was fired. She remembers from her early childhood that there were 7-8 summer houses near her childhood home. At that time, the owners of the summer houses were from the better-off bourgeoisie, says Anna Enevoldsen, a doctor, a dentist and a chief constable, Anna remembers. Despite the fact that Danish society at that time was more divided by class, it was no obstacle for the summer house owners' children to play with the local children, Anna says. At the age of 80, Anna Enevoldsen still has contact with the descendants of the owner of one of the summer houses that was near her childhood home.

Sondervigbo2 (1)Anna Enevoldsen's husband, Åge Enevoldsen, worked as a postman until 1985, which popularly gave Anna the nickname "Anna Post". Anna Enevoldsen says that before the numbering of all homes, the summer houses had names such as: "Ly", "Havbo", "Klitbo", "Klitrose". It therefore required that the local postmen had an in-depth knowledge of where a house with one or more names was located, so that they could deliver the mail to the right person.

What Anna Enevoldsen notes as the biggest change in Søndervig after her return in 1954 is not, as many might think, the increasing number of tourists and guests in the area, but rather that all households now had electricity and running water. Something we take for granted today, but which back then, to a serious degree, made everyday life easier for many housewives when, for example, had to be washed. Today, the water pump from her childhood home stands and adorns Anna Enevoldsen's garden as a "dear memory".

Sondervigbo3 (1)Up through the seventies, the Danes really got to know the welfare society, and this spread to the number of summer houses, and business life in Søndervig experienced a veritable explosion. At the time, the legendary Hotel Klitten was still in operation, and Anna says that her and Åge's silver wedding anniversary was celebrated at the hotel in 1979.

When asked how Anna Enevoldsen experiences Søndervig today compared to the old days, it comes quickly and spontaneously; "I don't want to go back"! She thought that Søndervig is much more interesting today and that the city has much more to offer than when she was young.

Memories from a Søndervig residence