The Kallman/Abrahamson Family: Exploring my Swedish-born grandparent's and siblings immigrant journey to "Amerika". Searching for cousins everywhere to share family stories, pictures, thoughts, ideas and new discoveries about our Swedish heritage and our family today.
Esther, I have heard so many good things about you, I wish I had known you,
In 1991 Sweden's Radio and TV act made it illegal to direct ads at children under the age of 12. The ban was based on research that shows children can't really tell the difference between advertising and programming until about the age of 10.
My first cousin once removed, Lynn Eckberg, shared these photos with me. They were in an album that belonged to her Mom, my great aunt Ruth (Abrahamsson) Soderstrom. She did not know the story these photos show but we can say for certainty that the fourth from the right (white apron) is Ruth. I have been researching on and off for over a year without luck but I WILL someday figure it out.
Does anyone know the story or do you have any ideas?
Here are my thoughts, ideas and avenues I have investigated...?.?.
* when Ruth left Sweden she stated her father bought her ticket and her last residence was Stommen therefore she most likely did not work outside her home in Sweden. This building is in the U.S.
* The building could be a hotel, estate, hospital but I'm betting on estate as the staff looks like a personal staff. There appears to be two butlers, two maids, two drivers, nanny and Ruth appears to be most likely cook or kitchen staff.
*This appears to be the backside of the building (God forbid the staff be photographed at the entrance). The front may be even grander.
*Ruth settled in Moline but may have worked in Chicago area briefly. I have searched online for estates this size throughout Illinois, specifically quad cities area, but no building I have found as yet matches this one.
*Some sort of fancy spa or fancy rest home for the wealthy?
*Her husband was in the cavalry WWI. Some sort of soldier sanitariam?
Inspect this and give me your thoughts or ideas. One thing I have learned with this hobby of genealogy is that you never know when the smallest tidbit, rumor or detail takes you home.
|original photo from the personal collection of Ingemar Majholm|
It is well documented that over a period of 80-some years from 1840 to the 1920's some 1.3 million Swedes left their homeland and emigrated to the United States.
I was however missing the 1920 census record. And then I found it. It had to be them. How many Olga and Uno Palms, both born in Sweden, both the exact right age, with no children, could there be?
They were in Wiseman, Keokuk, Alaska! And the occupation? "Mining for placer gold on their own account". Get out of here!
|1920 US Census Wiseman, Keokuk Alaska|
I know virtually nothing about gold mining in Alaska and what I do know is only what I overhear my husband listening to on the Discovery channel "Gold Rush" show. I HATE that show. It's a guy thing I guess, but I digress (again). If you are a guy, or if you really care, here is a great website describing placer gold and how it is mined.
|Lovisa Charlotta Majholm 1850-1931|
photo from personal collection of Ingemar Majholm
|ArkivDigital Hüsförhor Arboga, Sweden 1846-1855|
Concerning the cost of her journey here from the nearest railway station, situated 20 km from here, I will, as there are horses of my own, fetch her without the expense of the Committee.
A lifetime contract I don't want to sign. We know, of course, not about our time here. But if the Committee fear loss by letting her come here without this condition, then it's possible to wait with the payment of the first year until one year has passed from her arrival and I can even in part pay the cost for her journey to Svenljunga, if that be the wish. If things don't get worse for me henceforth than hitherto, her stay here will probably be for lifetime. Even my decease is no hinder.
However, if Lovisa by time through lengthy disease is to be in greater need for care, I declare my right to notify the Public Assistance Committee in Arboga in order to come in enjoyment of a slightly higher contribution through the confirmation of this Committee.
Any real use for Lovisa I can in our conditions of work not have. The cause for me to offer you to send her here for such a limited compensation I need not inform you about you since you know it so well.
Faithfully yours Edvard Julius Abrahamsson**
|Sarona Rebekah (Kallman) Alvine and|
first son Stanley Alvine 1912
*line #29 - 25 year old Sarona emigrated to the United States in May of 1904. She was the first of the family to leave Sweden. Her mother had died of Tuberculosis in 1898. Sarona named as her contact in the US, Hugo Henry Alvine of Chicago, Illinois. Hugo had emigrated in 1893 and was now an American citizen. He came from the same area of Sweden as Sarona. He returned to Sweden to visit in 1903. I don't know if he at that time met Sarona and convinced her to leave for America or if he returned to Sweden specifically to persuade her to follow him but on December 4, 1907 Hugo and Sarona married in Chicago. One by one each of her siblings would come to America and work to save money to bring the next sibling over. Håkon and Botvid would return to Sweden. Håkon returned due to his health and died in Sweden of Tuberculosis, as his mother did, in 1908. He was 27 years old. Botvid perhaps returned accompanying his ill brother but he married and remained in Sweden raising a family there. Their father Karl Teodor remarried in 1906 and died in 1910, also of Tuberculosis.
Sarona and Hugo had two sons born in Chicago and the family moved on to Ohio and eventually settled in California.
I was traveling with such great FART that I ran over the FARTHINDER on the way to the SLUTSPURT.
FART = speed
FARTHINDER = speedbump
SLUTSPURT = final sale
I am sure many many English words sound just as ridiculous to non-English speakers so please forgive me that these Swedish words made me laugh so hard I thought I would KISS my panties.
KISS = pee
the regrettably non bi-lingual,
If the family story is true. If Robert Albin Abrahamson is your great grandfather (as he is mine) Oscar II Bernadotte is your Great x2 grandfather AND we are among the royal.
your half third cousin
your 15th great uncle
your 8th cousin
your half second cousin once removed
your 5th cousin 17 times removed
your 5th cousin 17 times removed
But if the family story is indeed just legend