Peter here, in Minnesota, with some things to share.
In the spirit of all of us who do-do the grunt-work of genealogy, I hope that someone somewhere will recoginize some bit of information here and post a reply of acknowledgement, a "hello! distant cousin" or possibly add some information of their own. I will be posting this message in the following forums: Johnson, Swanson, Nelson, Bergeson, Kitelinger, Soderstrom, Anderson, White, Harms, Kloster, McDonald, Sweden, Illinois. Colorado and Wisconsin. If you do have an interest here, you may also want to check those forums for any posted replies. A big THANK-YOU in advance to anyone who does respond, and posts a reply of their own, with all that said; here we go...
A little over a year ago my mom sent me a package. A litteral treasure chest of genealogy where I have been able to trace her mothers Wisconsin-Michigan-Canada-France line back to the middle ages as well as form relationships with some of the living distant cousins. Her fathers side of the family is harder to trace. That's what this is all about.
I have my mothers, fathers, mothers first confirmation bible. On one of the first pages is this bookplate: (in Swedish)(pardon the lack of oumalas, etc,): Till Emma Sofia Swanson Minne fran Konfirmationsdagen i Svenska Ev. Lutherska Forsamlinens i Geneva, Ill. kyrka den Jun 3 1906 (S or F ?) Linder, pastor.
Emma Sofia Swanson - a.k.a. Mrs. Carl Soderstrom was my GreatGrandmother, and though she died when I was 7 or 8 years old, I did spend enough time with her to learn the basic piano chords. In her younger days, she played the piano at the old Kenosha Theatre for the silent movies.
Anyway's, in her little confirmation bible I found the following two obituaries. Just a coupla of newsclippings probably from a local newspaper, no dates other than what was printed. Mom tells me that Hilda died about 1935 and Johanna died about 1941-42.
HILDA SWANSON - a.k.a. MRS. MARTIN BERGESON
Mrs. M. Bergeson, long ill, Dies.
Wife of Martin Bergeson dies at Kenosha Hospital; Rites on Thursday.
Mrs. Hilda Bergeson, 46 years, wife of Martin Bergeson, 6430 Twenty-Second avenue, died at the Kenosha hospital last evening following a long illness. The deceased was born in North Aurora, Ill., Nov. 4. 1889. She came to Kenosha five months ago to make her home.
She is survived by her husband and by three sons and three daughters: Carl, Peroria, Ill.; Richard, George, both of Kenosha; Mrs. Esther Kloster, Ella and Delores Bergeson, all of Kenosha. She is also survived by her mother, Mrs. Christina Nelson, and by three brothers, three sisters and two step-brothers: Carl, Arthur, Harry Swanson, all of Kenosha; Mrs. Frank Kitelinger, Beloit; Mrs. Carl Soderstrom and Mamie Swanson, both of Kenosha; John Nelson, Kenosha, and Robert Nelson, Flint, Michigan.
The body is at the Crossin funeral home where funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock. Interment will follow in Hilcrest cemetery.
JOHANNA CHRISTINA JOHNSON a.k.a. MRS. SWANSON, MRS. NELS NELSON
Mrs. J. C. Nelson Taken by Death
Mrs. Johanna Nelson, 80, ill long time, Dies.
Mrs. Johanna Christina Nelson, 80 years, widow of the late Nels Gustave Nelson, died at her home 5819 Twenty-first Avenue, Friday afternoon following a long illness.
She was born at Olmvalla Elfsborgs, Sweden, on February 2, 1861,the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs, John Johnson. She spent her early life in her native land coming to America in 1888. She resided in Batavia Ill., for a short time and then moved to Geneva, Ill., where she made her home for 25 years, coming to Kenosha in 1919 and she has made her home here since that time.
She is survived by five sons and five daughters: Carl, Arthur, and Harry Swanson, Mrs. Carl Soderstrom, Mrs. Glenn McDonald, John Nelson of Kenosha; Mrs. Frank Kitelinger of Beloit, Mrs. George White of Denver, Colorado, Mrs. Mamie Harms of Sycamore, Ill., and Robert Nelson of Flint, Michigan. She is also survived by 24 grand children and 11 great grand children and by two brothers in Sweden. She was preceded in death by her husband and by three sons and one daughter.
The body will be at Hansen funeral home until noon Monday when it will be taken to the Grace Lutheran Church to lie in state until the time of the services at 2 o'clock, interment following in the family plot in Hillcrest cementary.
If you see anything familiar, post or contact me, I do have further info to share and am seeking any knowledge you would be willing to share.
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