Swedes in Canada

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: A comprehensive history book about Swedish people in Canada

Newsletter #7 December 2007

Occasional newsletter of the Swedes in Canada Project 2002-2008

Editor: Elinor Berglund Barr, barr@swedesincanada.ca

http://www.swedesincanada.ca

Welcome to my seventh Newsletter!

The manuscript is well on its way! Good news for me, and good news for you! As of 24 November seven draft chapters are completed out of a projected 20 to 25, and the eighth chapter has had a good start. Best of all, the book promises to be an interesting read. I am delighted that the material is coming together so well.

Much has been accomplished this year despite time off for cataract surgery and major computer problems. Swedes have been tracked in Yukon Territory and every province, including Newfoundland, from 1767 to 1914, except for the prairie provinces 1905 to 1914 which comprise the eighth chapter now being worked on. My goal is to finish it in time to start 2008 with the ninth chapter - the first world war. The most difficult sections will then have been completed, and I expect to finish writing the manuscript on schedule, that is by the end of 2008.

Honour the Pioneers

You can have your immigrant ancestor commemorated in my forthcoming book, under the Honour the Pioneers program. This program will end 31 December 2008, so don’t wait for spring - Do it now!

Click here to find out how you can participate. At last count there were 80 entries, and there’s still room for more!

Donor Pioneers Origin Year to Canada Place of Settlement Commemorating
Angus, Patricia & Dr. Lynn Sargeant Johan Ulrich & Anna Mathilda (Jonasson) Frejd Undenäs, Västergötland 1887 Bruce Mines ON
Anonymous Oscar & Svea Anderson Rönnäs, Lappland 1909 1913 Kathryn AB
Barr, Peter & Elinor Carl & Carolina Berglund Mäland, Skog, Ångermanland 1907 Finmark ON Audrey Broman (1922-2001)
Barr, Peter & Elinor Neil & Anna Sideen Bodsjö, Jämtland Gräfsåsen, Jämtland 1900 Stanley ON Marion Muldoon (1926-2001)
Bissett, Alice (Johnson) Ingrid (Lofstrom) Johnson Ballnor, Hälsingland 1912 Chatfield MB
Bjorklund, Donna & Sharon Elis Manfrid & Edit Maria Viktoria (Vikstrom) Björklund Boden, Norrbotten 1923 1924 Port Arthur ON
Bjorkquist, Constance June Ida Margareta Blomquist Hede, Härjedalen 1911 Maidstone SK
Blaine, Jean John Peter & Brita (Gärdwall Andersdotter) Bergenham Hälsingland Offerdal, Jämtland 1892 1893 Moberly BC
Brown (Bjork), Aina & Gloria Roberton (Brown) Oskar Emil & Alvina (Lundmark) Bjork Piteå, Norrbotten 1912 1924 Timmins ON Parents and grandparents
Carlson, Evar Yngve Evert & Hulda (Olson) Carlson Västergötland
Bohuslän
1912 1908 Simmie District SK
Carlson, J.R. Kristina Persson Carlson Gagnef, Dalarna 1929 Sudbury ON
Carlson, Lynn & Neil Edwin Otto & Beda Linea (Rosenquist) Carlson Dalarna
Värmland
1929 1930 Winnipeg MB
Carlson, Nancy & Family Gustaf Carlson Vetlycke, Torsås, Småland 1928 Port Arthur ON Grandparents Gus & Vera Carlson
Danard (Sjodin), Lillian & Ann-Mari (Sjodin) Westerback Erik & Agnes Margareta (Viklund) Sjodin Bjärtrå, Ångermanland Ullånger, Ångermanland 1923 1924 Fort William ON
Edwards, Enid A. Alexander & Svea (Hess) Stenberg Stockholm 1887 Stockholm SK
Ersson, Per & Rayhni Per & Martha Jonsson Bodsjö, Jämtland 1926 British Columbia Amy Danared
Ersson, Per & Rayhni Arvid Jonsson Bodsjö, Jämtland 1922 British Columbia Wife Ester Jonsson
Fitzsimmons (Peterson), Sharon Andrew Peterson Livsdal, near Norberg, Västmanland 1908 Rich Valley AB
Hamilton, Janet Anna Dahlin Jämtland 1893 Ferintosh AB Flora Watson & Lois Fraser
Harri (Walberg), Dianne Lynn Olaf Konrad Lindberg Kasa, Grundsunda, Ångermanland 1902 Slate River ON Edith Anna Margaret Lindberg
Harri (Walberg), Dianne Lynn Olga Carolina Sellin Själevad, Ångermanland 1902 Slate River ON Edith Anna Margaret Lindberg
Harri (Walberg), Dianne Lynn Helena Augustina Lundström Bjursträsk, Norrbotten 1904 Slate River ON Renus Alfred Walberg
Harri (Walberg), Dianne Lynn Nils Alfred Walberg Vännfors, Vännäs, Västerbotten 1902 Slate River ON Renus Alfred Walberg
Havel, Dr. J. E. Anne Marie (Luhr) Havel Växholm, Stockholm archipelago 1959 Montreal QC & Sudbury ON
Holmgren Family Jonas "Helmer" & Selma (Westman) Holmgren Malmberget, Lappland 1908 1910 New Hill AB
Johnson, Elvira "Vera" & Mavis Hyde Johan Amos & Gustafva Carolina (Haraldson) Johnson Höreda, Vetlanda, Småland
Karlstorp parish, Småland
1898 1898 Scandinavia MB Carl Amos Victor Johnson
Johnson, Ken & Isabel Hans Bernhard & Agda Teolina (Carlson) Magnuson Tanumshede, Bohuslän 1908 1924 Notre Dame, now Ponteix SK
Johnson, Kenneth, Ruth, Ross (dec), & Sharon John Helmer & Anna Erika (Norman) Johnson Strinne, Bjärtrå, Ångermanland Pitholm, Piteå, Norrbotten 1912 1916 Wabigoon ON Parents Anna & John
Johnson, Dr. Leavert Per & Karna (Jönsdotter) Johnson Östraby, Skåne Vollsjö, Skåne c1893 Malmo District AB
Johnstone, Irene M. Marcus August Sylvester & Elizabet Katerina (Eriksson) Blomquist Åsele, Lappland 1912 Hayter AB Grandparents & uncles Fred & Eric who died 1914 Empress of Ireland sinking
Jones, Keith & Carol Mary (Karlsson) & Charlie Johnson born Knut Håkansson Gräfsåsen, Jämtland
southern Sweden
1909 before 1911 Port Arthur ON
Kletke, Herb & Helen Johan Hornfeldt & Eva Amalia (Eriksdotter) Holmstrom Bursjöholmen, Arnäs, Ångermanland
Åsele, Lappland
1910 1911 Inwood MB
Knutson, James Hanna Wahlgren Knutson Hjorted, Småland 1889 Waterville QC
Knutson, Marilyn Ann Anderson Hallaryd parish, Småland 1900 Stratton ON
Landine, Maureen Jon & Karin Persson Torsby, Värmland 1892 Stockholm SK Commemorating William S. & M. Zetta Persson
Landine, Maureen Kristoffer & Inga Landin Åsele, Lappland 1903 Stockholm SK
Lilja, Bob & Elsie Karl Johan Lilja Dalskog, Dalsland 1916 Hayter AB
Lind, Luella Ernst Valdemar Lind Kålhög, Lille Ryland, Tanumshede, Bohuslän 1927 Calgary AB
Lind, Luella Karl Vincent Lind Raftötången, Bohuslän 1920 Cochrane AB
Lindholm, Family of Ernest Charles & Anna Christina (Ohman) Lindholm Lovsberg, Småland Delsbo, Hälsingland 1902 1897 New Norway AB
Linneborg, Henry's Children Nils (Gullickson) & Frida Maria Augusta (Holmgren) Linneborg Malmberget, Lappland 1907 New Hill AB
Lockhart, Elsie Gustav Julius (Hellberg) Hill Södertalje, Södermänland 1910 Vancouver BC Father
Lockhart, Elsie Judith Sofia (Solberg) Hill Stockholm 1912 Vancouver BC Mother
Lundgren, Margaret Carl Fritiof (Israelson) Melin Sandås, Lappland 1902 Meeting Creek AB
McDonald, Helen E Beata (Johansson) Swanson Kinnared, Halland 1887 Vancouver BC Hilma Anna Justina (Swanson)
McGlade, Meliny Staffin & Anna (Forsberg) Melin Strådalen, Härjedalen 1912 Weldon SK
Maertens-Poole, Beverly J. Sven Emil Folke (Nilsson) Nelson Mörlunda, Småland 1928 Hughenden AB
Matson, Harold E. Gustaf Eugene & Tea Viktoria (Salomonsson) Mattson Norrbyskär, Västerbotten 1913 Fort William ON area
Monkman, Lois (Enborg) Swan Enborg Burseryd, Småland 1887 Port Arthur ON Parents Swan & Rose Enborg
Nordstrom, Carol John Carl & Hilda Nordstrom Gaddaröd, Löddeköpinge, Skåne 1909 Canwood SK
Nordstrom, Sylvia John Erland Göte Nordstrom Järbo, Gästrikland 1964 Port Arthur ON
Norlander, Ivan E. Manfred Norlander Nora, Ångermanland 1929 Norquay SK Parents E. Manfred & Mable Grace (Haglund) Norlander
Nystrom, Karen Nils Viktor Nystrom Piteå, Norrbotten 1915 Wabigoon ON Bert E. Nystrom
Olson Family Olaf Bernard Olson Hede, Härjedalen 1911 Sprague MB Elin Irene Jarf
Olson, Norman D. Erick & Sofia (Swenson) Paulson Laxsjö, Jämtland 1909 Bawlf AB
Oslund, Stone E. Axel Sigurd Åslund Jämtland 1924 Sioux Lookout ON
Pearson, Ida (Johnson) Carl J & Olga (Carlson) Johnson Småland Västmanland 1894 1895 Scandinavia & Erickson MB
Petersson, Marion (Ringwall) Peter (Ericksson) & Gölin (Skanse) Ringwall Överhogdal, Hälsingland 1900 Ferintosh AB
Roberton, Gloria & Lorne & family Aina Marie (Bjork) Brown Piteå, Norrbotten 1924 Timmins ON Mother
Rydman, Harold & Perry Gustav & Hulda Rydman Tingsås, Småland 1908 Edmonton AB
Ryland, Ida Sven Arthur Justinus Carlson Fyrunga, Västergötland 1910 Swift Current SK
Sargent, Margo E Justus (Svensson) Swanson Älmehult, Småland 1891 Vancouver BC Johan Ragnvald (John R.) Swanson
Sideen, Wesley & Carol Ann and Neil & Carol Sideen Anna Regina (Karlsson) Sideen Gräfsåsen, Jämtland 1900 Stanley ON Commemorating Marion Muldoon
Simonson, Ted Nils Valfrid & Märta Ingeborg (Hallquist) Bengtsson Larv, Västergötland 1928 Winnipeg MB Ed Carlson
Simonson, Ted Edwin Otto Carlson Dalarna 1929 Winnipeg MB
Simonson, Ted Märta Ingeborg (Hallquist) Simonson Larv, Västergötland 1928 Winnipeg MB Doug Simonson
Sjoberg, grandsons Lawrence & Donald Johan & Margareta Sillen Sihl, Ångermanland 1892 1895 Scandinavia MB
Sjoberg, grandsons Lawrence & Donald Johan & Clara Sjöberg Vindeln, Västerbotten 1904 1905 Clanwilliam MB
Sjoberg, Edna Lars & Emelie (Persson) Oman Kärråkra, Västergötland 1886 Clanwilliam MB
Smith (Axelson), Ellen Axel Eugene Axelson Överklinton, Västerbotten 1928 Geraldton ON Axel Eugene Axelson & Gene Edward Axelson
Smith, W. Robert & Helen Elizabeth Smith-Conrad Charles John & Martha Agnes (Granlund) Erickson Stockholm Stöde,
Medelpad
1907 Clyde AB Metiskow AB
Sund (Winquist), Sonja Albert Hjalmar Winquist Hökön, Loshult, Skåne 1915 Edmonton AB
Syslak, Walter Carl & Anna C. Booth Stjärnsund, Dalarna 1893 Hilltop MB
Tennis, Leonard Johan (Kristiansen) & Anna Tennis Gammalsvenskby, Ukraine 1890 Ferintosh AB
Tornblom, Erik Hildur & Ivar Tornblom Söderhamn, Hälsingland 1912 Harstone ON
Wickman, Sharon Frans Oscar Teodor & Anna Augusta Wickman, Piteå, Norrbotten c1909 Pellatt Twsp ON
Wickstrom, Family of Stan & Betty Peter Adolph & Eugenia Maria Amelia (Johnson) Wickstrom Enanegar, Hälsingland Sundsvall, Medelpad 1918 Calgary AB
Williams, Esther Oscar & Svea Anderson Hajom, Småland 1910 1913 Keoma AB
Williams, Richard & Karen Lydia Ericsson Forshaga, Värmland 1899 Revelstoke & Victoria BC Lillian Williams
Williams, Richard & Karen Johan Sigfrid Anderson Kinnared, Halland 1889 Revelstoke & Victoria BC Lillian Williams

Useful Services

Genealogy

Swedish church records are online at http://www.genline.com. For a special subscription to access them, enter code GEDCOM360 on the membership page and get three months for $70 Canadian (440 SEK). For more information, contact the Canadian representative, Connie Whitmore of Ottawa, at connie.whitmore@genline.com. For relevant books and CDs, go to http://www.ancestorsswedish.com. Canadian and USA prices and shipping. For direct contact with Genline's help desk in Sweden, for example to find living relatives, send an e-mail to info@slaktforskarnashus.se. Check out www.slaktforskarnashus.se first!

Translations

Check out http://swedishabstracts.com, then contact Rickard Enstrom of Edmonton at info@swedishabstracts.com. Rickard and his team translate letters and documents as well as scientific articles.

Travel

Contact Elaine Domier The Travel Lady, Edmonton, who is a Scandinavian Specialist, at elainedomier@shaw.ca or phone 780 434 6532, and ask to be put on her mailing list! Elaine represents Ward’s, The Travel Company Ltd.

News Flash from the Empress of Ireland Artifacts Committee

Our Newsletter #6 featured a father and son who perished in Canada’s worst maritime disaster, the 1914 sinking of the Empress of Ireland in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. During its 95 successful voyages the liner brought to Canada 117,000 passengers, many of whom settled on the prairies. In 2005 the Artifacts Committee sponsored an ambitious program in Calgary, followed by a tour of the artifacts to nine different locations. It was recently announced that the prestigious Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton has agreed to house the collection. A display of the 55 artifacts, four replications, seven archival pieces, and a model of the ship will open in May. For an invitation to the opening, or more information, contact Marion Kelch at czardust@telusplanet.net. The Committee will continue to work to procure the rest of the artifacts.

Courtesy of Marion Kelch, Czar, Alberta

No Longer a Conundrum

In Newsletter #6 I asked for information about the 1916 military photo, below. Anders Neumueller, editor of Swedish Press in Vancouver, sent the following response:

Tug of War used to be part of the Olympics and the Britts had teams that won all competitions (e.g. at the Summer Olympics in 1900, 1908, 1908), but at the Stockholm Olympics in 1912 the Stockholm Police quickly assembled a team and resoundingly beat the London Bobbies. This surprise victory is probably the background to the Alberta post card.

Thanks, Anders!

Courtesy of Carin Appelqvist, Mora, Sweden

Charlie Burkman, Globe Trotter

Charlie Burkman, Globe Trotter

Courtesy of Reta Hill, Sudbury, Ontario

Pierre Berton told the story of “The Great Cross-Canada Hike” in his book My Country. This extraordinary event involved four men and one woman who walked from the Atlantic to the Pacific, a distance of 5,840 km (3,640 miles), from January to June 1921. It all started with Charlie Burkman’s layoff from the shipyards in Halifax. He and an out-of-work buddy decided to walk westward along the railway lines (this was before highways became commonplace), looking for work. Their journey was funded by selling postcards of themselves along the route. As it turned out four more people joined in after a Halifax newspaper publicized the event, and Charlie’s “leisurely walk” became a race covered by media across the country.

Charlie reached Vancouver in 150 days. He had spent time in Port Arthur [now part of Thunder Bay] visiting his parents, blacksmith John Burkman from Nederkalix in northern Sweden and his wife Annie Myllymaki from Finland. “I am a Port Arthur boy,” he told a News-Chronicle reporter, ”I have already been here a day and a half longer than I expected. I will wire you as soon as I reach Vancouver.” After completing his cross-Canada hike Charlie set out from Halifax in October 1921 to walk around the world for a prize of $20,000, subscribed by sportsmen in the Maritimes. It is not known how he made out.

For more details of the trip across Canada see http://www.users.qwest.net/~cirnielsen/winter2000.html.

A real puzzle

Olof Modin, who immigrated to Alberta in the early 1900s, returned to Gagnef, Dalarna, in 1937, and again in 1951, to film the communities of emigrants who came to Canada. He filmed Kyrkby, Djurås, Djurmo, Sifferbo and Mockfjärd in order to show his friends what their home areas looked like after so many years away. Recently Gunnel Malm took on the difficult task of identifying the people and places in the films. If you think you can help, please contact her by mail at Gunnel Malm, Gröntuv 125, 780 41 Gagnef, Sweden, or by telephone at 0241-62062.

Names Days

In earlier times, names days were celebrated rather than birthdays. See if you can find your name in this list from the 2003 Swedish Almanac, then try to convince gift givers that you deserve two special days each year! The first number is the day and the second number is the month.

2003 Swedish Almanac

Courtesy of Sonja Roulston, Winnipeg, Manitoba

A Marriage Certificate Made to Last

Once upon a time marriage certificates were a work of art, to be framed and hung in the parlour. The one below records the marriage of Arvid Petterson and Alma Erickson, solemnized by the Mission Covenant pastor in Winnipeg in 1899. The bride and groom both came from Trosa, Sweden

A Marriage Certificate Made to Last

Courtesy of David Brown, Renfrew, Ontario.

Next Newsletter

I can’t guarantee a newsletter, but everybody on my e-mail address list will receive an update in 2008 about how the manuscript is progressing. Be sure to let me know if your address changes!

Season's greetings and best wishes to all for a fulfilling year in 2008!

Elinor

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