Friday, July 4, 2014
A man from Kristdala in the U.S. Army
Although Sweden by its neutrality never became directly involved in the fighting in the First World War was still Swedes who fought in the war. The largest group was probably the Swedish emigrants who emigrated to the United States and that more or less voluntarily joined the U.S. Army.
Among them was Carl Edward Carlsson 1891-1985 from Kristdala in Kalmar County. Carl Edward
emigrated in 1912 to America where he settled in the vicinity of Oneida, Illinois.
In April 1917 the United States declared war on Germany, and in December against Austria-Hungary.
In June 1917 Carl Edward was drafted along with many other young men.Just before
midsummer 1918, they were sent to Camp Grant near Rockford, Illinois.
The new Military Service Act in the U.S. in 1917 obliged even those who have begun the application process to become a citizen to stand at the army's disposal. Carl Edward became a U.S. citizen Aug. 1, 1918 while at Camp Grant. Not everyone in Rockford's neighborhood wanted to join the army in June 1917 120 Swedes were arrested in Rockford for conscientious objection.
Carl Edwards company were after a short time training went to New York and then on to Liverpool and from England by boat to Bordaux to join the rest of the American Expeditionary Force In France
Parts of Carl Edwards field equipment helmet, canteen, knapsack, etc.
The trip to the front in France was undertaken in cattle cars. Carl Edwards Companywere quartered in a farmhouse soon the the Spanish flu broke out and most of the men fell ill.Carl Edward and the few other healthy soldiers escaped the disease but were sent to the front to fill in the gaps after the armys losses .The fighting at the front was hard and after a week, there were only 76 men of 265 left in the company the rest were dead or wounded. Overall Carl Edward spend 4 times at the front the total days spend fighting was 28 . He served mainly in the 28th Infantry Division.
After the hard battles General Pershing called the division for his "Iron Division" .
Papers relating Carl Edwards time in the field and pictures of him in uniform.
After the Armistice in November 11th 1918 the U.S. troops to stayed another 6 months in France In n March 1919 Carl Edward and his company was located in Bagneux. The demobilization took place outside Le Mans and on May 1th the return journey by boat to Philadelphia began , The final demobilization. took place May 17 at Camp Dix, New Jersey
Below Carl Edward and his comrades in the 28th Infantry Division in Bagneux in March 1919
After his return from the war Carl Edward decided to visit his family in Sweden His passport application is dated October 8th 1919. December 6th he sailed from New York to Sweden.
He later returned to U.S A and stayed there until the early 1930 thies when he definitely returned to Sweden, where he married and had two daughters, He died in 1985.Towards the end of his life he wrote down his experiences in t World War 1.
Carl Edwards daughters have put their father's belongings to Kulturparken Småland s disposal for the exhibition. The picture below shows Carl Edward Carlsons daughters Irene Enoksson and Ingrid Kronvall along with the CEO of Kulturparken Småland Lennart Johansson.
The exhibition runs until November 11th.
The Outbreak of the war reported in the somewhat-German friendly local newspaper
Sweden, together with the other Nordic countries declared themselves neutral. The Home Guard
was mobilized shortly after the outbreak of war conscript and veteran reserve set. Their equipment
was apparently not of the latest model. Triangular felt hats l had probably been
poor protection against bullets and grenades and the quality of the weapons also left a lot to be desired.
In Autumn of 1914 the swedish municipalities were given the right to establish Foad Boards to regulate the distibution of food . In Växjö one was established in December 1914. The first meeting was held on December 21 In February 1916 The last meeting was held in 1921. Its task was to obtain the foods needed for municipal supply being stored and distributed properly , and to ensure that current regulations for food rationing were followed.
Below a Record book from the Vaxjo Food board from 1917.
Despite rationing there were food shortages and food speculation so called "profiteering",a particularly difficult situation was in the winter of 1916-1917. In connection with the Russian February Revolution in March 1917 there were demonstrations and even food riots in several parts of the country. In Växjö sometimes women at the entrance to town and stopped the farmers carts with groceries and followed them into the city to make sure they were sold to the city's population. In April 23rd 1917 The workers held a meeting in the People's House then about 1,000 people marched to the Main Square where engineer Ernst Johansson read out the resolutionthe meeting had adopted for the mayor of Växjö Bergendahl who listened to their demands the People then sang the song "The Sons of Labour” after which they cheered for the mayor.
Here a banner probably used by the demonstrator tion April 23, 1917. The texts on it says “More Bread End food speculation”.
On April 22 1917 , had some of the conscripts of the Kronoberg regiments twelfth company refused to show up at a church service Ten of the conscripts were then arrested and put into custody . Later that day conscripts and some members of the public went to the the Bäckaslövs school then used as military camp for Conscripts where the company was located to get the arrested free. Colonel Cavallin ordered the conscripts to return to the barracks the crowd dispersed only after "military pressure" had been used.
Monday, April 16, 2012
via Wikimedia Commons
Just a few days ago it was 100 years since the sinking of Titanic
Of the passagers several were from Scandinavia.
Swedes and Swedish -Americans 123
Danes and Danish-Americans 14
Finnish and Finnish- Americans 63
Norwegians and Noregian-Americans 31
In all 231 Scandinavians on the ship only 66 survived
Around 28% saved. And 72 % lost
Most of the scandinavians were emigrants travelling in second and sterage class.
They were around 17.6 % of Titanics around 1310 passagers
and only 13,3 of its saved passagers. Only one of Titanics crew were
Scandinavian ( a Dane) and he went down the ship.
Do any of My readers have any connections to Titanic and its passagers
Or do you want to hear more about the scandinavians on Titanic.
Sources for this post: Titanic. By Claes-Göran Wetterholm 1999 (in Swedish)
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Saturday, December 3, 2011
Swedish folklore has many strange beings. one of them is the feared Gloso.
A Terrible sow with burning red eyes and a razorsharp back. She is believed to reside near cemeteries or cross roads.
She usually tries to run between peoples legs thus dividing or scratching them up completely. Nowadays she is not seen that often but since there seem to be so many people with split personalities she must still be around.
At the yearly Christmas Fair at the Smalands Museum in Växjö this year a little Gloso piglet was shown.
Historian Håkan Nordmark acted as its keeper
apparently the little beast has taken a liking to him.
The little animal seemed calm when I saw it but who knows
what will become of it when it becomes bigger !
The little gloso was feed by giving it decorated swedish ginger breads eagerly decorated by the visitors to the
Christmas Fair. In the future the inhabitants of Växjö
obviously have to keep their legs crossed ! ;)
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
This years Minnesota Day was held not i Växjö as usual but in The Parish of Ljuder. It was held in
the beatiful church is build in thew begiining of the 1840-thies . Soon after that the mig emigation to USA started .the writer Vilhelm Moberg chosed the area as home area for the main characters of his Emigrant -epos.
Some of the emigrants from the area returned to Sweden
and was buried in there home soil as can be seen on this grave stone from the cemetery by the church in Ljuder
Among the activities during the Minnesota Day was welcoming the Swedish-American of the Year Kerstin Lane from Chicago.she told about her work as the director of the Swedish-American museum in Chicago .
Saturday, March 12, 2011
A popular event was "Ask the expert"where the visitors could book a 20 minute talk with a genealogist and get advice about their family research and similar subjects
Several genealogical Magazines was represented among them
Who Do you think you are Magazine all trying to get as many new readers as possible !I would gladly have subscribed but it is a bit expensive to pay postage forMagazines from England to Sweden. I bought a couple of back issues instead.
(Do anyone know the name of the lady holding up the Magazine ?)
Another popular event was interviews with persons featured in the TV series Who do you think you are . I listened to Ainsley Harriott talking about finding out about his black and white ancestors in the West Indies.the program
about his ancestors were first shown in England in 2008.
Lisa Louise Cook from Sand Francsisco host of the
gave a lecture about how to use Google in genealogical
research. She has even written a book on the subject.
Deceased Online is the largest UK online index off burial and cremation records .
Searching the database is free. seing the orginal record cost a small fee.