In the early 20th century my paternal grandparents, Rikard Severin Källman (1887-1968) and Lydia Abrahamson (1890-1978) immigrated from Sweden. I am exploring my Swedish ancestors immigrant journey to "Amerika" and life in Swedish Chicago. I am searching for cousins everywhere to share family stories, pictures, memories and new discoveries about our Swedish heritage and our family today.

~ This blog, like my family tree, is always a work in process. Please stop back now and again! ~

Friday, May 6

Friday's Faces from the Past - Olga and Tekla Källman

These are my great aunts, the sisters of my grandfather, Richard Kallman. Their family was very very poor. With money for a ticket earned by siblings already in America, Olga (on the right) immigrated to the U.S. from Sweden arriving at Ellis Island September 29, 1902. She was 16 years old. She worked in Chicago as a domestic, saved her money, and returned to Sweden in 1907 for her sister Tekla (on the left). Olga returned to Chicago bringing her 17 year old sister Tekla through Ellis Island on September 6, 1907.

I never knew them as they settled in California when I was very young but my California cousin Jeanette did and spoke highly of them. I thank her for this photo.

          My Great Aunts

          Olga Eufemia Källman Palm
          born: 03 Nov 1885 Grytgòl, Hällestad, Östergötland, Sweden
          died: 23 Sep 1984 Santa Cruz, California, U.S.A.

          Tekla Eugenia Källman Peterson
          born: 03 Oct 1889 Grytgòl, Hällestad, Östergötland, Sweden
          died: 01 Oct 1979 Santa Cruz, California, U.S.A.

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