Swedish Roots in oregon

An Immigration Research Project

SRIO

Stories

Miscellaneous

Aunt and FamilyAlma Nygren Janisch - Traces of a Swedish Immigrant’s Life in Portland, OR.
By Ingeborg Dean, A First Generation Swede and former SRIO member

 

 

 

Alma (Ingeborgs's aunt) and Frank Janisch with their children, Victor and Mildred, circa 1930

 

Cherry Grove, Oregon,  A Swedish Community
By Jerry C. Olson,  A Second and Third Generation Swede

Mr. Rolf Erlandson and the Sweden he left
Edited by Ingeborg Dean

Rötter i Vindeln möts 2009 i Palm Springs, Kalifornien (in Swedish)
By Catarina (Nygren) Martin

The Pillars of Swedish Heritage in Oregon

The following stories were written and/or edited by our board member Leif Rosqvist, except for the Granat Family Story, which is by Virginia Mapes

In perspective...

These immigration stories illustrate the shared tenacity and will that Swedish immigrants possessed in their search for a better life in the promised land of America.

When the immigrants came to America, whether Oregon or not, they searched for support from what could be called “Pillars of Heritage”. This support system made their adjustment to their new life in America easier.

In Oregon and Portland some of the most important such “pillars” were The Swedish Society of Linnea together with the Churches and other Social Clubs, providing the immigrants with support so they could build a purposeful life in their new country.

The Churches

Churches

Linnea Society

Linnea

The Singing Societies

Singing

Immigration Stories

These immigration stories illustrate the shared tenacity and will that Swedish immigrants possessed in their search for a better life in the promised land of America.
The stories are trying to recreate the route the immigrant followed when immigrating in to America, as well as trying to communicate the social and physical challenges they had to face during their journey to America.

The A Life Story - The Granat Family History

Per (John) Richard Carlson was born May 24, 1882 in Hova, Sweden. [Richard’s last name was changed from Carlson to Granat when he was in the Swedish Military Service in 1905. This is the story of his emigration and his family generations to come

John Richard Carlson, later Granat Hank & Sophia Cruising June 23, 2009
A Life Story - A Swedish immigrant soldier's life

Soldier

A life story - A Mystery of a Gravestone revised Gravestone
A life story - by Hans Gösta Andersson Gösta Andersson
A Life Story about Per Johan Anderson Per Johan Anderson
Per Wilhelm Wicklund - A loggers journey through life
Per Wilhelm Wicklund