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! ~

Monday, June 20

Richard Kallman - Body and Fender Man

our cousin Kerry Johnson submitted this photo.
  (Kerry Johnson-Robert Johnson-Laverne Kallman-Lydia Abrahamson-Robert Albin Abrahamsson)

Second from the right is my grandfather, Richard Severin Kallman 1887-1968, with his work buddies. My Dad Melvin had told me he was a "body and fender man". When coming from Sweden he stated he was a blacksmith and in the 1910 census he was working as a blacksmith in a wagon wheel factory. Well, times were certainly changing and luckily his smith skills were of value in the exploding auto industry. I wish I could see the car the fellows are posing in front of better but from the rounded top and the apparent age of grandpa I am guessing this photo was taken in the early thirties.

Thank you Kerry!

*click on photo to enlarge for easier viewing*

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